And The Beat Goes On – Famed R&B Singer/Songwriter Lee Hutson
Wins Round One In His Copyright Infringement Challenge
to Bad Boy Entertainment/Estate of the late Notorious B.I.G.
(Atlanta, GA)………Noted 70′s soul man Lee Hutson, former lead singer of the famed vocal group The Impressions, after Curtis Mayfield, as well as a successful solo artist, has won Round One of his multimillion dollar copyright infringement lawsuit action against Bad Boy Entertainment, the estate of the late Notorious B.I.G. (aka Biggie Smalls) and music producer Easy Mo Bee, for the unauthorized use of a sample on Biggie’s 1994 hit “The What,” from his multi-platinum debut album, “Ready To Die.” That song utilizes a sample from Hutson’s 1973 song “Can’t Say Enough About Mom,” as admitted under oath by its producer, Easy Mo Bee (Osten Harvey Jr.), who acknowledged that he did not have permission, but that he informed Bad Boy that he had used it. Read more…
LIFE’S ESSENTIALS WITH RUBY DEE TO PREMIERE JUNE 22
AT THE AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL
Hollywood Royal Couple Share Hard-Won Life’s Lessons
on Love, Art and Activism with Grandson, Director Muta’Ali
NEW YORK (June 10, 2014)—Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee, the documentary about the iconic Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee by their grandson Muta’Ali, will have its world premiere at Film Life’s 18th Annual American Black Film Festival on Sunday, June 22 in New York City. The film—part tribute, part history lesson and part coming-of-age story—give viewers an intimate look into the remarkable lives of the couple many consider the all-time king and queen of Black Hollywood.
Stars Come Out to Celebrate Stuff Fly People Like 6th Anniversary in Style
June 13, 2014 _ New York – Thursday night, the stars were out to honor Rae Holliday and Gabriel Williams as they celebrated the 6th Anniversary of their influential lifestyle blog Stuff Fly People Like at the sultry Soho hot spot Salon De Lafayette.
Hosted by recording artist and author Olivia Longott and MTV2′s Sofi Green the night, presented by Avion Tequila, A – List Entertainment and Flat Fitty invited the pair’s special guests to a high-energy celebration with Da Union’s DJ Ominaya and Wendy William’s own DJ Boof rocking the tables. Signature cocktails were created for the event by Avion Tequila and artistically delicious appetizers were crafted by Tres Chic Cupcakes.
Attendees included Recording Artist and Reality Show Star – Olivia Longett, MTV2′s – Sofi Green, Recording Artist – Bridget Kelly, Sway in the Morning Co-Host – Tracy Garraud, Celebrity image Consultant – Pat Sumpter-Davis, Revolt TV’s – Sharon Carpenter, Model & Actress – Liris Crosse
Special thanks to A-List Entertainment, Salon De Lafayette, Avion Tequila, Tres Chic Cupcakes, The Holiday Agency & The Legion Media Group
ME. I AM MARIAH… THE ELUSIVE CHANTEUSE ENTERS SOUNDSCAN AT #1 R&B – HER 15th TOP 5 ALBUM!
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM RELEASED ON DEF JAM RECORDINGS FEATURES “YOU’RE MINE (ETERNAL)” (17th #1 DANCE HIT), AND RIAA PLATINUM-PLUS “#BEAUTIFUL” FEATURING MIGUEL, #1 IN OVER 40 COUNTRIES – GLOBAL CHART-TOPPING HIT!
“Carey remains an icon…Call her Mariah, the original chanteuse – a diva with staying power.” (TIME)
“What’s most striking about Carey’s new album is how relaxed and confident she sounds. The tender, aching ballads and joyful pop-soul numbers here both mark a return to form and reveal increased nuance, particularly in the singing.” (USA TODAY)
“[One of] the great soul singers of the modern era.” (THE NEW YORK TIMES)
“Love Handles” Is Back With New Episodes For You To Binge Watch!
New York, NY (May 22, 2014) — Celebrity blogger Carlton Jordan and his film-making partner Crystle Clear Roberson are back with their hilarious web series “Love Handles.” Carlton and Crystle decided to give the fans and viewers what they want — a binge watching episodic format. Season one episodes of “Love Handles” are available today. “We felt rather than spread out the episodes and air new ones every other week or every month, why not release the entire season in one shot” says Carlton Jordan.
“Love Handles” the web series is Executive Produced by reality TV show runner, Benjamin Hurvitz of Benjamin Films. “Viewers have been shocked by some of the things seen and heard in the first episode, all I can say is, yall ain’t seen nothin’ yet” says Crystle. The premiere episode has received over 40K views and has online taste-makers calling the web series a “must watch”!
Here’s what the world is saying about Love Handles so far! Read more…
Chinx Holds Private Listening Session in NYC For CR4
Cocaine Riot 4 is Out via Datpiff.com
New York, NY, May 15, 2014 - On Tuesday, May 13, 2014, The Legion Media Group and Four Kings Management held a private listening session for rapper Chinx for the release of Cocaine Riot 4 Woulda Been Here Sooner at the legendary Jungle City Studios in New York City.
Chinx wowed the crowd with his performance of various tracks off of CR4 including smash hits “Couple Niggas” and “Feelings.” Music was provided by DJ Amazin. Notable guests include Lenny the Barber, Hot 97′s DJ Bobby Trends, Big Kapp, Hot 97′s Dominican Drew, Dancehall artist Lady Saw, Rapper Smoke DZA, Da Union’s DJ O. Minaya, producer Buda Da Future, Willy Dope and Gif the Great of Par-City, DJ Drewski, Sirius XM’s DJ Juanyto, DJ Zeke, Hot 97′s DJ Spynfo, P.A. The Lemonade Man, singer Jey Gibbs, as well as Love and Hip Hop’s Kaylin Garcia.
Damien Sneed Presents The Levites’ Gathering June 5- 7 in Detroit
The Inaugural Conference is a Forum for Music Ministers, Musicians, Psalmists, Praise and Worship Leaders and More
Special Guests Include Bishop Jason Nelson, Elder Mark Jackson and Prophetess Denise Blaze
(New York, NY –May 8, 2014) – Conductor, pianist, producer and recording artist Damien L. Sneed presents The Levites’ Gathering, a forum for spiritual refreshing, prophetic impartation and strategic empowerment in the areas of the Levitical priesthood: music ministers, musicians, psalmists, prophetic minstrels, praise and worship leaders, sound engineers and more. The conference theme is “The Season of Synchronization,” and will feature guest speakers Bishop Jason Nelson, Elder Mark Jackson and Prophetess Denise Blaze. Musical guests include James Ziegler, Judy Ray Tucker, Damien Sneed & The Levites and more. The conference will be held Thursday, June 5, through Saturday, June 7, at the Abyssinia Christ Centered Ministries in Southfield, MI, where Bishop Iona E. Locke, serves as a senior pastor and host of this year’s conference.
FILMMAKERS SPIKE LEE, TIM STORY AND WILL PACKER TO SCREEN THEIR LATEST TITLES AT THE 18TH ANNUAL AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL IN NEW YORK CITY
Think Like A Man Too Set To Open the Festival and the Highly-Anticipated
World Premiere of Spike Lee’s Da Sweet Blood of Jesus to Serve as Closing
–The American Black Film Festival’s Exciting Slate of Events and
Screenings to Take Place at the Metropolitan Pavilion and SVA Theatre from June 19, 2014 – June 22, 2014–
New York, NY – May 2, 2014 – The 18th annual American Black Film Festival
(ABFF) today announced that Screen Gems’ Think Like A Man Too, the eagerly
anticipated second installment of the riotous comedy, Think Like A Man,
will open the 2014 ABFF, for its East Coast premiere, and Spike Lee’s Da
Sweet Blood of Jesus will make its world premiere as the Festival’s
closing night film. Both films will screen at the SVA Theatre, 333 West
23rd Street, New York, NY. Read more…
The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards Invades New York City on May 19th With An Explosive Lineup of Performances and Inductees!!!
THE HIP HOP HALL OF FAME TO HONOR HIP HOP LEGENDS AT AWARDS SHOW, HOSTED BY THE LEGENDARY ROXANNE SHANTE, IN NEW YORK CITY ON MONDAY, MAY 19TH AT 8PM
STAGE 48 WILL BE ABLAZE WITH LIVE TRIBUTE PERFORMANCES BY TALIB KWELI, BRAND NUBIAN AND SLICK RICK AND A SPECIAL MEMORIAM TRIBUTE TO DJ EZ ROCK
SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY RAKIM
Reggae Sensation Hezron Delivers the Hits with Massive Debut Album, ‘The Life I Live(d)’ – Tad’s Record
HEZRON DELIVERS THE HITS
WITH MASSIVE DEBUT ALBUM,
THE LIFE I LIVE(D)
Tad’s Record Releases the Double-Disc Album
Worldwide on May 27, 2014
PHARRELL WILLIAMS JOINS
OPRAH WINFREY ON “OPRAH PRIME”
THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 13 AT 9PM ET/PT ON OWN
Oprah Winfrey with Pharrell Williams
Photo Credit: Harpo Studios, Inc. / George Burns
High-res images available to download:
(NEW YORK) April 12, 2014- Oprah meets up with seven-time Grammy Award winner Pharrell Williams, one of the most innovative and sought-after artists in music today. On the heels of his chart topping #1 hit “Happy,” which also received an Oscar nomination for “Despicable Me 2,” Oprah and Pharrell discuss his critically acclaimed album “G I R L,” his rise to fame and how his creative vision has propelled him to music superstardom. They also discuss his recent marriage to Helen Williams and fatherhood. Read more…
AECG and Executive Producer Mark Wahlberg Announce A&E Series “Wahlburgers” Partnership
AECG to supervise, create and supply music to the hit television series
NEW YORK, NY – (March 31, 2014) – AECG, an evolving community of companies and tastemakers focused on the future of the entertainment industry, is pleased to announce its partnership with A&E Networks’ hit series “Wahlburgers.” The Music Collective, one of AECG’s most successful divisions, will be supervising, creating, and providing music for the series. Executive produced by Mark Wahlburg himself, the show airs on Wednesday nights.
A&ENetwork’s newest original series “Wahlburgers” gives a behind-the-scenes look into one of Boston’s most well-known families, the Wahlbergs. Brothers Mark and Donnie head back to their hometown to join forces with their professed ‘most talented sibling,’ Paul, in their tasty business venture. An homage to their humble beginnings, the hamburger restaurant is home base for the gang from the old neighborhood, including the real Johnny “Drama” and of course their spirited mother Alma. Read more…
THE AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL (ABFF) SELECTS ACTOR MORRIS CHESTNUT AS ITS 2014 CELEBRITY AMBASSADOR
AUTHOR AND PRODUCER TONYA LEWIS LEE WILL BE THE NYC HOST COMMITTEE CHAIR FOR THE 2014 ABFF
THE 2014 ABFF WEBISODE SELECTION IS NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS THROUGH APRIL 23, 2014
HBO is accepting stand-up comedy submissions for their highly successful 2nd Annual Comedy Wings Competition to take place during the 2014 American Black Film Festival
–American Black Film Festival Takes Over New York City from June 19, 2014 – June 22, 2014–
March 24, 2014, New York, New York – Actor Morris Chestnut (The Best Man Holiday, Nurse Jackie, Legends) will be the American Black Film Festival’s (ABFF) 2014 celebrity ambassador, and author/producer Tonya Lewis Lee (The Watsons Go To Birmingham) will chair the New York City Host Committee for the Festival. The 18th annual festival will be held June 19-22, 2014, in New York City throughout several screening and event venues in Manhattan.
SEXY NEW SERIES ‘LOVE IN THE CITY’ TO PREMIERE APRIL 12 AT 10PM ON OWN
Courtesy of Harpo Studios, Inc.
(New York) – March 27, 2014 – OWN:Oprah Winfrey Network has announced that Saturday, April 12 marks the premiere date of the new docu-series, Love In the City, featuring the fast-paced lives of four fabulous friends living in New York City.
Kiyah, Bershan, Chenoa and Tiffany have known each other for more than ten years, and are constant sources of inspiration, support, competition and companionship to one another. Kiyah, an ambitious and successful celebrity hair stylist and Clairol Professional Celebrity Spokesperson, is the link who brought the four friends together. New York’s legendary Harlem neighborhood is where the quartet assembles on a regular basis over drinks, lunch, dinners, you name it! Two are married, two are single, and all are strong, fiercely independent women who believe in living out their dreams and not letting anyone or anything get in their way.
Ground-Breaking Documentary “Point and Drive” Gives Intimate & Exciting View of the HBCU Marching Band Phenomenon
Ground-Breaking Documentary “Point and Drive”
Gives Intimate & Exciting View of the HBCU Marching Band Phenomenon
Indiegogo Campaign Running Throughout Month of March To Complete Filming
New York, NY – (March 4, 2014) – Everyone loves a high-spirited marching band, but few know what it takes to land one of the coveted spots on the field, and many will be amazed at where these musicians end up in life once their band uniforms are hung up for good.
Conceptualized, directed and produced by visual architect Brandi Mitchell, a graduate of Florida A&M University and alumna of the school’s trailblazing Marching 100, Point and Drive gives viewers an up close look at the evolution and impact of the country’s top marching bands, and how they equip their members to be driven and pursue excellence in every area of life. The underlying theme of the documentary, which profiles successful marching band alumni, is “who did you become because of music?” Read more…
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA TO HEADLINE THE NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK (NAN) 16TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CONVENTION APRIL 9–12, 2014
NAN CONVENTION TO BE LARGEST GATHERING OF ACTIVISTS THIS YEAR
ALSO PRESENTING WILL BE US ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER, NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO, AND NYC MAYOR BILL de BLASIO
New York, NY –Rev. Al Sharpton announces that President Barack Obama will address National Action Network’s (NAN) 16th annual national convention being held April 9-12, 2014. Also confirmed are US Attorney General Eric Holder, Obama administration cabinet members; New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. This will be the largest civil rights convening of the year bringing our nation’s top activists, political strategists and leading academia together to create an action plan for a civil rights agenda. On the heels of thousands joining NAN in Tallahassee, FL for a ‘stand your ground’ rally, participants will address additional key policy issues such as jobs, voter ID and immigration; which will be key in this midterm election year. Read more…
MULTI PLATINUM SINGER CASSANDRA LUCAS OF CHANGING FACES ANNOUNCES SOLO PROJECT & RELEASES VLOG FOR NEW SINGLE DAMN FEAT UNCLE MURDA
(February 17, 2014 New York, NY)- Singer/songwriter Cassandra Lucas, formerly one-half of the platinum selling R&B duo Changing Faces is back and ready to conquer the music world once again. Cassandra announces her debut EP, releases her first blog installment for her single “DAMN” featuring Hip Hop recording artist Uncle Murda and talks plans for a solo album entitled “Elevation”.
Cassandra Lucas experienced the sweet taste of success as part of Changing Faces throughout the mid 90’s to the early 2000’s with hits like “Stroke You Up,” “Foolin’ Around,” and “G.H.E.T.T.O.U.T.” When their self entitled album landed No. 1 on the Billboard R&B charts, the group went on to sell millions of records. Returning to the spotlight after 10 years, the stunning R&B songstress is working on her solo project and more focused then ever. With a fresh new sound sure to captivate and entertain both new audiences and loyal fans alike, Cassandra is prepared to take her career to higher heights. Read more…
|REGGAE STAR I-OCTANE IGNITES
THE NEW YEAR WITH NEW ALBUM,
Album Available Worldwide on March 4, 2014
January 30, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New York, NY (FOX FUSE) - Reggae star I-Octane ignites the New Year with his new album My Journey, available worldwide in stores and online on March 4, 2014 from DJ Frass/Tad’s Record. Born Byiome Muir in Clarendon, Jamaica, I-Octane has been blazing a trail for himself at home and internationally ever since hitting the scene over 5 years ago, and has accomplished the rare feat of consistently remaining relevant in a fickle reggae landscape, receiving continuous airplay across reggae formats globally with his flourishing catalog. A special project with his long-time musical collaborator and friend Andre “DJ Frass” Gordon, My Journey delves inside the soul and sound of this prolific artist, whose innate talents, conscious lyrical offerings and high-energy performances remain unparalleled. Read more…
Who: Kimberly Wilson Marshall, Founder & Director
Why: Wilson Marshall Inc. provides clients with a hands-on experience in public relations and special events planning to deliver a quality experience from concept to completion. Wilson Marshall Inc. current client roster includes: 5001 FLAVORS, African Health Now, Harlem Haberdashery, and Making Books Sing (as of Feb. 2014).
AL SHARPTON & NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK (NAN) TO HOLD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DAY TOY GIVE-AWAY & COMMUNITY MEAL FOR THE HUNGRY
Rev. Al Sharpton, President of the National Action Network
Local elected officials
Members of the community and residents of local homeless shelters
WHERE: Read more…
NEW YORK FILMMAKER’S GROUP HOSTS 2 DAY FILM WORKSHOP
Weekend of intensive workshops on producing, screenplay writing and directing
presented by New York based trade association.
NEW YORK (December 23, 2013) On January 25 and January 26, 2014, the Black and Latino Filmmaker’s Coalition (BLFC) will host three workshops at their new home in Long Island City (21-36 44th Road, Studio 5 Long Island City, NY). With just a train stop from Midtown East/Turtle Bay section of New York City, the three intensive workshops will provide film industry novices and those wanting to build extra support with a project, step-by-step guidelines and resources in achieving success within the film industry.
Conducted by producer and Founder of BLFC, Babatunde Odesanya, the three workshops will include: Intro Into Line Producing, Learn to Write Screenplays and Learn To Direct.
“These workshops are great for anyone just getting into the industry, looking to building a stronger foundation for their project and those wanting to just learn important aspects of the film industry. People attending BLFC’s workshops are able to speak with the instructor and ask questions specifically pertaining to their project. These workshops give people that individualized attention,” says Babatunde Odesanya.
Workshop Schedule Read more…
The Salvation Army Greater New York Division distributed Red Boxes to local NYC families in need as part of its inaugural Red Box Campaign. Check out a highlights reel and photos from the distribution at The Salvation Army Brownsville Community Center where families received their “Christmas in a Box.”
|The Salvation Army: Red Box Distribution|