The Word Network to Premiere Video Alongside the 30-Minute ‘You Are the Sunshine’ TV Special with the
Emmy Award-Winning Chrysler Choir
Larry Callahan & Selected of God Featuring
the Deaf Dynamic Praise Choir of San Francisco
on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 27
Sing2Praise Recording Group Larry Callahan & Selected of God Joins GRAMMY® Award-Winning Recording Artists
The Clark Sisters for
D-PAN: The Deaf Professional Arts Network and Chrysler’s
‘You Brought The Sunshine
American Sign Language (ASL)’ Video
Premiere and VIP Fundraiser on November 24 in Detroit
The Word Network to Premiere Video Alongside the 30-Minute ‘You Are the Sunshine’ TV Special on November 24
Sing2Praise Recording Act Larry Callahan and Selected of God’s
The Evolution II Still Going Strong on
Billboard’s Top Gospel Album Charts for Nearly 50 Weeks
(Detroit, MI – October 14, 2013) – Best known as the Chrysler Choir in the Emmy Award-winning Super Bowl XLV’s “Born of Fire—Imported from Detroit 200 Chrysler” commercial with Eminem, Larry Callahan and Selected of God (SOG) are still going strong after nearly 50 weeks on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart. The Sing2Praise recording group and three-time Verizon’s How Sweet The Sound Choir competition winners are steadily climbing the radio and sales charts. Callahan and SOG’s current album, The Evolution II, peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart and has remained in the Top 25 since its November 2012 release. This week, the album moves to #17 and their hit single, “Be Still and Know” is #30 on the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart. Read more…
BIG SEAN DEBUTS STUNNING NEW VIDEO FOR ‘HALL OF FAME’ STANDOUT TRACK “FIRE”
VIDEO STARS MILEY CYRUS, DIRECTED BY MATTHEW WILLIAMS FOR DONDA
HALL OF FAME IN STORES AUGUST 27 ON G.O.O.D. MUSIC/DEF JAM RECORDINGS
“The Detroit rapper has grown…into something way more formidable, someone who’s leveled up from quick-hitting, quotable bursts into someone who can carry the ball on his own. “Fire”, from Sean’s forthcoming Hall of Fame LP, is a vibrant, pillowy piece of Graduation-style production that finds Sean in total control of his surroundings.” – PITCHFORK
(August 2, 2013 – New York, NY) Big Sean’s legions of fans have ignited the web for the hotly anticipated video premiere of the autobiographical “Fire,” the brand new advance track from HALL OF FAME, the Detroit rapper’s long-awaited second album, due in stores on August 27th on G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings. Beautifully striking, haunting visuals epitomize the “Fire” video, which stars Miley Cyrus, and was directed by Matthew Williams for DONDA. Read more…
Motown Gospel Artist Tye Tribbett’s
New Album, Greater Than In Stores August 6
Album Pre-Order Available Now on iTunes
Tribbett’s Greater Than Promotional Tour
Kicked-Off at the Howard Theatre in Washington, DC
Hit Single, “If He Did It Before…Same God” #3 at Gospel Radio
(Nashville, TN – August 1, 2013) – Motown Gospel recording artist Tye Tribbett’s new album, Greater Than hits stores on August 6. Fans will receive a new song instantly from Greater Than by pre-ordering now at iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/greater-than/id672949110). This week, Tribbett’s hit single “If He Did It Before…Same God” moves up to #3 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Song chart and has an accumulative listening audience of over 12 million. Read more…
Multiple Stellar Award-Winning Recording Artist and TV Personality Kierra Sheard Hosts the Fourth Annual BRL Experience and Concert…August 15-17
Gospel Music Legend and First Lady Karen Clark Sheard Reschedules The International Summit for Women in Church Leadership
The New Summit Dates Are Tentatively Scheduled for
September 10-13, 2014 in Virginia Beach, VA
(Detroit, MI – July 18, 2013) — Gospel Music Legend Karen Clark Sheard, who is the first lady of Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God and Christ in Detroit, MI (pastored by her husband, Bishop J. Drew Sheard), has rescheduled the Ladies 1st “A Celebration of Women” Inaugural Annual International Summit that was scheduled to be held September 18-21, 2013, in Virginia Beach, VA. The new summit dates are tentatively scheduled for September 10-13, 2014 in Virginia Beach, VA.
Jonathan Nelson Finish Strong at #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums Chart
(Detroit, MI – May 1, 2013) – Karew recording artist Jonathan Nelson may intend to finish strong, but he also started out strong with a #1 debut on Billboard’s Top Gospel Album chart. The album titled Finish Strong also entered at #2 on iTunes’ Top Selling Christian/Gospel Albums chart.
Finish Strong is Nelson’s first recording on Karew Records, distributed by Motown Gospel. This week, the album’s title single jumps to #21 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart with the #1 most increased spins (+125) and the #1 most increased in audience (+395,000) at gospel radio. “God is truly amazing,” says Nelson. “I’m super amped, grateful and excited that my faithful supporters, Karew family, and fellow artists have helped me to earn my first #1 Gospel Billboard charting CD. Thank you so much. I will finish strong. Many blessings to you all.” Read more…
Electric Soul Entertainer Vina Mills announces “BLUEGOLD” via Social Media
(Atlanta,Georgia)April 17, 2013 – Detroit native, singer and songwriter, Vina Mills has been making an impeccable presence in the social media realm, that it was only befitting for the entertainer to make her official announcement for the release of her first national EP titled “BLUEGOLD” via her twitter account. Read more…
(Detroit, MI – November 7, 2012) – Karew (pronounced: Kuh-rue) Records announces the CD release of Jonathan Nelson’s first album on Karew Records, Finish Strong. The album will be in stores on February 26, 2013. The album’s title single, “Finish Strong,” is available on iTunes and other online retail. The single was released on Election Day, November 6.
A leader in urban contemporary worship and praise, Nelson penned the single with Kenneth Shelton. “Finish Strong” captures the message of the whole album-whatever God has for you to do, you must continue to go after it, never give up and finish strong. It is a universal message that will appeal to a broad audience. “I hope people will finish strong in whatever they are assigned to do in life,” says Nelson. “It isn’t about how well you start, but it is about how well you finish. You must run the race and do it with patience and endurance because it’s not going to be easy. You’re going to have some road blocks, detours and delays, but you have to finish strong.” Nelson also hopes to use this song as a platform to promote healthy living, encouraging people to get their “minds, bodies and souls” intact; and he wants to use the universal themes of the song to bring people to Christ. Read more…
It’s DJ Chill Will of the University of Michigan’s WCBN 88.3 FM. Home of the longest running Hip Hop show in the Mid-West and maybe the country. Check our Top 40 chart October 31, 2012. And be sure to tune into the show weekly on 88.3 FM in the Ann Arbor/Metro Detroit area or at www.wcbn.org Saturday night’s from 9pm until 12 am est.
What’s up people? Been a while and I’m gonna keep it short. Yes I’m giving out candy for Halloween Lol. But back to music, I’m feeling this Kendrick Lamar album and I still can’t stop listening to the Nas album. Everyone have a good and safe Halloween and watch the kids walking around in all black costumes. Don’t forget to check me out on Friday in the mix on Detroit’s 987 AMP Radio from 10pm to 2am and Mondays at 12 noon and 9pm est. For more information about me DJ Chill Will got to www.facebook.com/djchillwill734., www.twitter.com/chillwill734 or www.djchillwill734.com
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FROM FINALLY FAMOUS TO THE HALL OF FAME: BIG SEAN PREMIERES NEW SINGLE “GUAP” & ANNOUNCES DEC. 18TH RELEASE DATE FOR NEW ALBUM HALL OF FAME
“GUAP” BLASTS OFF AT RADIO, UKNOWBIGSEAN.COM, AND AROUND THE WORLD – THURSDAY, OCT. 25th, 7:00 p.m. (ET) !
COUNTDOWN BEGINS TO DEC. 18th RELEASE OF HALL OF FAME, SECOND ALBUM FOR G.O.O.D. MUSIC/DEF JAM RECORDINGS
BIG SEAN ON FIRE AT RADIO WITH SMASH CRUEL SUMMER SINGLES “CLIQUE” & “MERCY,” HOT 100 MONSTER “AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME” WITH JUSTIN BIEBER; DETROIT MIXTAPE & RED-HOT STREET RECORD “BURN” Read more…
Aretha Franklin Will Perform the National Anthem at Detroit’s Commercia Field in Game Five of the World Series
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“REPORTING LIVE” FEATURES APPEARANCES FROM FREEWAY, SAIGON, FASHAWN & ETERNIA WITH PRODUCTION FROM ODDISEE, SNOWGOONS, APOLLO BROWN & THE AUDIBLE DOCTOR
Honing in on the modern man’s struggle, Journalist 103 uses his words to paint vivid pictures of peril, inspiration and overcoming hardship. As the lyricist behind The Left’s critically acclaimed 2010 opus, Gas Mask, Journalist maneuvered through obscurity and rose to infamy as one of Detroit’s most celebrated narrators. Throughout the years, he has shared the mic with legends such as Kool G Rap and even lent his voice to the opening track on Proof’s out-of-print Detroit classic and now collector’s item, Electric Coolaid Acid Testing. Read more…
A Royal Connection: The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin and Award-Winning Actress Halle Berry Could Be Cousins
It’s DJ Chill Will of the University of Michigan’s WCBN 88.3 FM. Home of the longest running Hip Hop show in the Mid-West and maybe the country. Check our Top 40 chart September 14, 2012. And be sure to tune into the show weekly on 88.3 FM in the Ann Arbor/Metro Detroit area or at www.wcbn.org Saturday night’s from 9pm until 12 am est.
What’s good people? Gonna keep it quick because of a busy weekend. But if you haven’t been paying attention. There’s a lot of good music out and, from some vets in the game. First Talib Kweli now X to the Z Xzibit, King T and the Alkaholiks have a banger called Louis XIII. The song is straight fire and I’m glad to see them back working together. Don’t forget to check me out on Friday in the mix on Detroit’s 987 AMP Radio from 10pm to 2am est. For more information about me DJ Chill Will got to www.facebook.com/djchillwill734., www.twitter.com/chillwill734 or www.djchillwill734.com
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KEM COMPLETES “WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS” – HIS FIRST CHRISTMAS ALBUM, SET FOR OCT. 16th RELEASE ON MOTOWN
SELF-PRODUCED ALBUM MIXES NEW ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS WITH TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS CLASSICS
DUET WITH LEDISI ON NEW COMPOSITION, “BE MINE FOR CHRISTMAS”
Two-time Grammy Award®-nominated Motown Records artist KEM has completed his first holiday album, WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS, set for October 16th release, it was announced today by Ethiopia Habtemariam, SVP of Motown Records. The album is highlighted by a duet with Verve recording artist Ledisi on “Be Mine For Christmas,” co-written by KEM and new collaborator Melanie Rutherford. Read more…
Karen Clark Sheard Performs an Unforgettable Musical Tribute to Mariah Carey at the BMI Urban Music Awards
Sheard Receives Rave Reviews for One of the Evening’s Most Memorable Performances
(Detroit, MI – September 10, 2012) – Karew (pronounced: Kuh-rue) Records and four-time GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist Karen Clark Sheard gave one of the evening’s most memorable performances in a tribute to music legend Mariah Carey at the BMI Urban Music Awards at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles.
Carey was the 2012 recipient of BMI’s Icon Music Award. A personal favorite, Carey requested Clark Sheard to be a part of the tribute, which also included performances by Fantasia, Joe, Eric Benet and a special DJ medley mix by longtime super producer Jermaine Dupri. Clark Sheard performed Carey’s gospel-influenced “Anytime You Need a Friend,” written and co-produced by Carey, which was featured on the Music Box album (1993). “It was an honor to be a part of Mariah’s tribute,” says Clark Sheard. “From the beginning, I’ve always loved her and her music. She is an inspiration and blessing to the world. She is an incredible artist and friend. She has always been a constant supporter and cheerleader for my music and ministry.” Read more…
It’s DJ Chill Will of the University of Michigan’s WCBN 88.3 FM. Home of the longest running Hip Hop show in the Mid-West and maybe the country. Check our Top 40 chart August 23, 2012. And be sure to tune into the show weekly on 88.3 FM in the Ann Arbor/Metro Detroit area or at www.wcbn.org Saturday night’s from 9pm until 12 am est.
What’s the deal people? I’m gonna keep it short but there’s a lot of new fire out. Check the newest joint of Talib Kweli and Maino with production by 9th Wonder. Busta also has a banger with Cam’Ron, and The Game yes, The Game has a new joint with a Bone Thuggz type feel that’s dope. Yeah I know I didn’t give any titles, but if your fiendin for some good music you’ll find them and support. Don’t forget to check me out on Friday and Saturday’s in the mix on Detroit’s 987 AMP Radio. For more information about me DJ Chill Will got to www.facebook.com/djchillwill734., www.twitter.com/chillwill734 or www.djchillwill734.com
RAP SENSATION YOUNG MARQUS OPENS UP FOR MINDLESS BEHAVIOR ON #1 GIRL TOUR
Houston, TX(BlackNews.com) — The #HTownSponsor himself, Young Marqus (YM) is taking his personal brand of Hip Hop to the next level this week by jumping on the road with Interscope Records artists, Mindless Behavior on their #1 Girl Tour. The opportunity comes as no surprise for the young rapper who last year, saw himself opening up for Lupe Fiasco on the “Generation LASERS” Tour. With more amazing fetes in the works for this 12 years old artist, YM is easily proving to everyone that he’s definitely poised to be the next face of Hip Hop. Read more…
It’s DJ Chill Will of the University of Michigan’s WCBN 88.3 FM. Home of the longest running Hip Hop show in the Mid-West and maybe the country. Check our Top 40 chart July 25, 2012. And be sure to tune into the show weekly on 88.3 FM in the Ann Arbor/Metro Detroit area or at www.wcbn.org Saturday night’s from 9pm until 12 am est.
What’s up people? Gonna keep it short but good to finally start getting things back to normal. At least a little. Been running into a lot of dope local talent. That I think could blow, so look out for them. I will be definitely shouting them out in the coming weeks. Don’t forget to check me out on Friday and Saturday’s in the mix on Detroit’s 987 AMP Radio. For more information about me DJ Chill Will got to www.facebook.com/djchillwill734., www.twitter.com/chillwill734 or www.djchillwill734.com
By Torrance Stephens
With the growing troubles of the Eurozone economic crisis, most recently as it pertains to Greece, massive bailouts for Italy and Spain and a recent request for European Central Bank support for more loans for Cyprus, the US economy continues to stall with projections of stagnant growth and perpetual unemployment above 8 percent. Now, with major banks being downgraded across the nation, it is clear again that blacks will bear the brunt of the economic downturn.
Historically, blacks always suffer disproportionately in times of economic hardship. Today it may be even worse than past decades, in particular in urban areas. According to a new study conducted by Dr. James Parrott, chief economist for the Fiscal Policy Institute, more than half of all of African-Americans in New York city who were old enough to work had no job at all in the past year based on an analysis of employment data compiled by the federal Labor Department.
Who: “Adorable P”
What: Sniper Squad DJ’s, LLC
Why: Sniper Squad DJ’s was created to primarily create a viable network of DJ’s to address the the needs and resources of the DJ first, ahead of the artists seeking promotion. “The DJ is the architect and the backbone for hip-hop and beyond,” Payton often states. “DJ’s continue to be just as relevant as the artists that seek to promote their music. We are for the DJ’s, with the DJ’s, and provide to the DJ’s first.” With careful attention paid to the concerns and current business trends of several DJ’s, Payton and her team continue to lay groundwork involving several different aspects of the business and cultural needs of the DJ. Sniper Squad DJ’s continue to build a close-knit organization of diverse DJ’s and select industry tastemakers, both nationally and internationally, transcending well beyond the realms of not only hip-hop and otherwise urban music, but also inclusive of all genres of music. Sniper Squad DJ’s can be found on terrestrial, satellite and internet radio, mixtapes, club and mobile events, in addition to artist and tour DJ’s. Expansion will include select industry tastemakers that promote cultural diversity and uphold a strong sense of professionalism and integrity, both personally and professionally. The Sniper Squad DJ’s believe that proper performance speaks for itself, on and off stage
By Torrance Stephens
By NICK CHILES
Something remarkable happened in Detroit this past week: dozens of students at the all-male Frederick Douglass Academy walked out of school together to protest the depressingly bad education that they have been receiving at this public school. The students claim that teachers are consistently absent, the school leadership is in disarray, they don’t have enough textbooks and so many of them have been left unattended by teachers calling in sick that dozens of students regularly gather together in the cafeteria and other common areas because they have nothing else to do.
The protest is taking place in a city that is viewed as one of the worst urban school districts in the nation. On the first day of school this year in Detroit, the attendance rate was 55 percent! Read more…
Recently, the Detroit News published a call to add contraceptives to the water supply, in an effort to limit the number of Africa Americans born based on the assumption that they will only become poor as well as a burden to society. In essence a state mandate to decide who should live and who should die.
The Editorial page editor Nolan Finley writes: “Since the national attention is on birth control, here’s my idea: If we want to fight poverty, reduce violent crime and bring down our embarrassing drop-out rate, we should swap contraceptives for fluoride in Michigan’s drinking water.“
Written By Ryan Mack, President of Optimum Capital Management and Author of Living in the Village
The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditure Survey in the year of 2008 calculated the average annual contribution of Black households to religious organizations was $683. With well over 9 million Black households in America, that means well over $6 billion in 2008 was contributed to Black churches across the country. What is done with this money and are the churches doing all they can to make sure this money is fruitful?
In the year of 2008 I spoke with over 80 pastors in the NYC area to discuss how they can more effectively use their church as an empowerment vehicle these are just a few of my findings… Read more…