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Black Women in the US: Progress Made, But Key Areas Need Attention

March 31, 2014 Leave a comment

 Black Women in the US:

Progress Made, But Key Areas Need Dire

National Attention and Urgent Action

Contributors to Black Women’s Roundtable report, Black Women in the U.S., 2014  stop for a photo during the BWR Summit kick-off at the National Council of Negro Women headquarters. Pictured (L-R):Dr. L. Toni Lewis, SEIU Healthcare; Joycelyn Tate, Telecom Talk;  Melanie L. Campbell, Black Women’s Roundtable; Felicia Davis, Building Green Network;   Avis Jones-DeWeever, PhD, Incite Unlimited; Rev. Barbara Williams-Skinner, Ph.D.; and Carol Joyner, Labor Project for Working Families. PHOTO CREDIT: CIT-VISUALS
Washington, DC – A report released today by Black Women’s Roundtable Public Policy Network (BWR), Black Women in the U.S., 2014, found that significant progress has been made since key historical markers however, there are many areas that remain in need of dire national attention and urgent action.  The report was released during a legislative briefing at the historic headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW). The event kicks off the BWR National Summit taking place over the next three days.

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7 Super Important Dates For Black People in March and April

March 16, 2014 Leave a comment


7 SUPER, ABSOLUTELY DO-NOT-FORGET, IMPORTANT DATES FOR BLACK PEOPLE IN MARCH AND APRIL 2014

By BlackNews.com

Time For Action

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Spring time has finally arrived, and the summer months are closer than ever. But don’t start getting lazy yet! Below are the top seven dates that are crucial to African Americans during the months of March and April. They include scholarship deadlines, a business grant deadline, a healthcare deadline and as you already know – a tax deadline.

Here they are:

#1 – MARCH 24TH: Deadline For The Jerry Malloy Negro Baseball League Scholarship
The Jerry Malloy Negro Baseball League Scholarship is open to high school seniors who plan to attend college and work towards a college degree. Two scholarships will be awarded to the students who write the most compelling essay on a topic pertaining to Negro League baseball. Read more…

‘Promises Kept’ Offers a Gold Mine of Tips on Raising a Successful Black Child

March 14, 2014 Leave a comment

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by — Mar 14, 2014

Promises KeptIf you have any interest in understanding how to raise brilliant and successful African-American children, particularly boys, you have to grab a copy of “Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life.”

Written by married couple Joe Brewster, M.D., and Michele Stephenson—the filmmakers behind the masterful documentary “American Promise”—with the considerable assistance of writer Hilary Beard, this book is a profoundly important work presenting the latest research and innovations that can nearly guarantee improvement in the outcomes for Black children.

Thanks to President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative—and, unfortunately due to the disturbing murders of Black boys like Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis— the challenges surrounding Black boys in America have suddenly found a place on the front pages of the nation’s newspapers and websites. But as you know, it’s an issue that we’ve been writing about for years here at MyBrownBaby.

When I was working on my series for Ebony magazine on the state of Black boys in America, which Ebony called “Saving Our Sons,” one of the first people I turned to was my good friend, writer Hilary Beard. Hilary is a three-time New York Times bestselling author who is a master collaborator, working over the years with such big names as Venus and Serena Williams and Angela Bassett and Courtney Vance to bring their stories to life in books such as Venus and Serena: Serving From the Hip: 10 Rules for Living, Loving, and Winning and Friends: A Love Story. In other words, Hilary does the same thing that my wife Denene and I do—helping celebrities and other successful folk tell important stories that advance our understanding of the human condition, particularly that brand of the human condition lived by African Americans. Read more…

PRESIDENT OBAMA TO HEADLINE NAN’S 16TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CONVENTION APRIL 9-12, 2014

March 12, 2014 Leave a comment

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

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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…

Chances Make Champions!

March 11, 2014 Leave a comment

Chances Make Champions!  – Daily Word March 11, 2014
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If You Do Say So Yourself….

February 24, 2014 Leave a comment

If You Do Say So Yourself…. – Daily Word February 24, 2014
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Help Lines For Black Families With Money Troubles

February 21, 2014 Leave a comment

7 FREE HELP LINES AVAILABLE TO HELP AFRICAN-AMERICAN FAMILIES WITH MONEY TROUBLES

– As a public benefit, CareConnect USA has published several toll-free help lines for families seeking financial assistance. –

Waxhaw, NC (BlackNews.com) – When a household relies on two paychecks, budgets are strained if one job is lost. In cases like this, a family can tread water for a time. But as they struggle to find work, many will fall into troubling debt. Fortunately, more households are finding lifelines for help.

Since 2009, phone calls to financial help lines have risen 10% per year. As a public benefit, CareConnect USA publishes help lines for families seeking financial assistance. According to national director David Moakler, awareness is the key. “Although we are pleased that more people have learned about programs to ease their money troubles, the sad news is that the need for such help continues to grow.” The national rise in calls to the help lines has been especially strong from African-American regions. Read more…

Three Remaining Black History Month Scholarships

February 20, 2014 Leave a comment

THESE THREE BLACK HISTORY MONTH SCHOLARSHIPS WILL SOON BE HISTORY — IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO APPLY

– All Have Deadlines on February 28, 2014 –

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — There are only 28 days in Black History month, so the month does seem to go fast. As a part of their celebration of African American culture, many companies launched initiatives including special programming on TV, celebratory web sites and even scholarship funds. There are actually just three more major Black History month scholarship programs left, and all of them have a deadline to apply on February 28, 2014.

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FAMED ARTIST AND WRITER ANDRE’ LEROY DAVIS BRINGS US THE LAST WORD: 17: THE REVOLUTION WILL BE VISUALIZED

February 7, 2014 Leave a comment

CELEBRATED ARTIST AND WRITER
ANDRE’ LEROY DAVIS
BRINGS US THE LAST WORD WITH
17: THE REVULOTION WILL BE VISUALIZED
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 7, 2014

Stratosphere Studios and We’re 4 ART, Thou? Curating, Present…
The first stop for a Poignant and very important Art Show:

17: The Revolution will be Visualized
A Group Exhibition
February 26th — March 3rd 2014
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 the 2nd year anniversary of the murder of Trayvon Martin: The Revolution will be Visualized… 6-10PM

The show will feature the works of 17 diverse and talented African-American Artists/Revolutionaries.  Read more…

Summer Internships With President Obama

February 6, 2014 Leave a comment

WANT TO WORK FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA THIS SUMMER?

– African American Interns Wanted For 2014 Summer White House Internship Program; Deadline to Apply is March 15 –

Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — The White House Initiative’s Year-round Internship Program provides current undergraduate and graduate students with an opportunity to learn about African American-focused education policy, communications, and outreach at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C.

Until March 15, 2014, the program will be accepting applications for summer interns. Their responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: Collecting and compiling research and data on African American education, institutions and communities; Performing data entry and managing the office database; Greeting and escorting visitors to meetings; Participating in strategic planning and staff meetings and other Department policy briefings and meetings relevant to the work of the Initiative; Responding to constituent inquiries verbally or in writing; and more. Read more…

The 5Ws: Dexter Story

December 23, 2013 2 comments

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What: Life Force Trio Entertainment

Why: Life Force Trio Entertainment is a company dedicated to expanding what’s possible in music composition, recording, film composing and live music. Life Force Trio started as a collaborative recording project between Carlos Niño and Dexter Story and has grown into a full service creative entity. Upcoming projects include a an early 2014 East African soul album release entitled ‘Wondem’ produced by The Life Force Trio on Plug Research Records; a 1960′s protest song tribute concert entitled ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ at Grand Performances in downtown Los Angeles; and an Ethiopian music-inspired score for ‘Eyes of Amhara,’ a documentary demonstrating the effects and cure of trachoma in East Africa. LFTE is based in Los Angeles.

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STATEMENT BY REV. AL SHARPTON, PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK (NAN) ON ACCESS TO EQUAL EDUCATION AND UPKNYC

December 19, 2013 1 comment

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December 18, 2013
“National Action Network (NAN) and I have long advocated for access to equal education, calling it the “civil rights issue of the 21st century.” Every child deserves a chance to succeed and NAN supports new proposals to tackle inequality and poverty.
NAN worked with the outgoing Administration of New York City on tackling the achievement gap and we look forward to working with Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio. We support his effort to fund universal pre-k for every four year old and after school for every middle school student in New York City with a small tax increase on those New Yorkers making $500,000 or more per year. Read more…

Megyn Kelly, Black Santa and Other Colored Things That’ll Make Her Fox Head Explode

December 17, 2013 Leave a comment

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by — Dec 17, 2013

African American holiday cards

Oh, if a simple blog post about Black Santa can get Fox News’ Megyn Kelly all riled up, let me hip her to some African American family truth that’ll make her effing head explode: practically every African American family I know sticks not only to Black Santa, but brown people on any and every item that has a face on it.

If we give birthday cards, we’re reaching for the Hallmark Mahogany joints with the Black people on it. If my daughters wear shirts with people’s faces on their chests, you best believe those faces are brown—or the shirt will not get bought. Art that I spend my  hard-earned money on? Black artists. Black faces. Same for pillows, wallpaper and magazines I display on the tables throughout my home.

Raise your hand if you went to a church that had a Black Jesus on the big stained-glass window behind the pulpit at your church. Bonus points if his hair mirrored scripture and looked like “lamb’s wool” and his feet were the color of “brass.” Triple that if you’ve ever purchased a card from a drug store that didn’t carry the Mahogany line, and colored in the faces/hands/feet and anything else that looked like skin with brown crayon/marker/anything that can make the characters look like you and the people you love.

What you know about the wrapping paper with the Black Santa on it?

Oh, it’s out there. I got some, please believe it. Read more…

Black Teen Pregnancy Rates Drop By 51 Percent—Thanks To Responsible Teens

December 12, 2013 Leave a comment

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black teen pregnancy ratesAs the mom of a teenage girl and another girlpie well on her way to becoming one, this news feels like the Fourth of July: the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy says Black teen pregnancy rates fell 51 percent between 1990 and 2009.

Campaign CEO Sarah Brown says the massive drop is due to three factors: more teens are waiting to have sex; teens are reporting fewer sexual partners, and; teens are using contraception more. “In short, the credit for this remarkable national success story goes to teens themselves,” said Brown.

Still, Brown took us adults to task for not giving our kids credit, noting that nearly half of Americans “incorrectly believe the teen pregnancy rate in the U.S. has increased over the past two decades.”

This could be because at every turn, social conservatives—from the big-mouthed-but-clueless hypocrites in Congress to the loud-mouths-out-for-ratings TV and radio talking heads to your nutty neighbor next door—shout from the rooftops that American women, women of color specifically, are nothing more than promiscuous harlots sucking the system dry to support kids we can’t afford to raise. Those same mouthpieces are the ones who cheer on cuts to the federal food stamp program, welfare and Medicaid—programs that provide a safety net to our most vulnerable: children—all while spending their every waking moment trying to dismantle sexual health and reproduction programs and obliterate our lawful rights to reproductive choice.

The very face of those attacks is young Black women—teens included. So it makes sense that Americans are deluding themselves into thinking our daughters are promiscuous, fertile hookers just one hot-and-heavy sex session away from making a gang of babies. Read more…

The 5Ws: N!ni * Eternal Sol

December 10, 2013 1 comment

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usWho: N!ni * Eternal Sol

What: ETERNAL SOL PROMOS

(promotions, parties/events, music, djs, concerts, marketing, news/current events, trivia, inspirational quotes, fashion, books, recipes, photos, history, nightlife + more!)

Why: Eternal Sol Promos is a promotions, events, marketing and entertainment company that Globally Spreads the Word, One Event at a Time. Specializing in, but not limited to House Music parties, nightlife and more from NYC to South Africa; Eternal Sol is your source for music, inspiration and information. Eternal Sol clients include: http://about.me/nini.eternalsol.promos

Where: Based in New York

When: Established October, 2007

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Federal Criminal Attorney Jeremy Gordon Puts a New Face on Legal Defense

December 6, 2013 1 comment

Federal Criminal Attorney Jeremy Gordon

Puts a New Face on Legal Defense

with Compassionate Counsel and Resourceful Representation

 

Attorney Jeremy Gordon’s web portal, non-profit work and inmate scholarship program serves to change the public’s perception of prisoners


 

Waxahachie, TX – With the broad appeal of the popular Netflix series “Orange is the New Black,” the release of celebrated actor/author Hill Harper’s new book, “Letters To An Incarcerated Brother,” and television’s Judge Greg Mathis‘ launch of his own Prisoner Empowerment Education and Respect (PEER) Initiative, the public perception of America’s prison system and its prisoners is rapidly evolving. Discriminatory drug laws, the high rate of black incarceration and unjust over-sentencing procedures have become major societal concerns now that the U.S. incarceration population outranks any in the entire world. Even mainstream media’s focus on the prison industrial complex has intensified with daily coverage highlighting the many atrocities.

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@BobbyV Releases New Music “Who Am I to Change”

December 5, 2013 3 comments

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA – December 5th, 2013 – R&B superstar Bobby V‘s newest musical endeavor is best described with three words: Vibes, Moods, and Moments. Peach Moon combines the vibes of a Motown inspired jam session, the unpredictable moods of love and the defining moments that shape our everyday lives. Backed by a full band and showcasing his love for the piano, Peach Moon sets the stage for Bobby’s most honest and most inspired project to date.“I’m not chasing trends with this EP or trying to emulate what’s on the radio. This project is all about a feeling, a vibe.” The “Peach Moon” EP will be available digitally on December 10th. Read more…

The 5Ws: Kevin Bracey

December 5, 2013 3 comments

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Who: Kevin K.B.Bracey
What: Your Image by Cisa
Why: Your Image by Cisa is affordable custom and ready to wear men’s clothing. We assist you on “Mastering the Art of Dressing” at an affordable price.
Where: Based in New York City
When: Established in 2011

Reggae Singer Norris Man Takes Us on a ‘Mystical Journey’ with New Album, Available on December 17, 2013

December 5, 2013 Leave a comment

NORRIS MAN TAKES US ON A
MYSTICAL JOURNEY WITH NEW ALBUM, AVAILABLE ON DECEMBER 17, 2013
 

Album is Now Available for Pre-Order from FOX FUSE  

 

Cover Art 

December 4, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New York, NY (FOX FUSE) - Veteran Jamaican reggae artist Christopher “Norris Man” Campbell invites us on a Mystical Journey with his 13th full-length studio effort, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on December 17, 2013, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE. The Rastafarian singer is known for spreading positive vibes and socially-conscious messages through his uplifting, feel-good sounds, and this collection of new works is no different. Read more…

Black Novel – “Dark Side of Money”

November 18, 2013 Leave a comment

THE DARK SIDE OF MONEY: AMERICAN DREAM MEETS MURDER AS GRITTY NEW NOVEL PEAKS BEHIND THE GLAMOUR OF AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN FAMILY’S HIGH LIFE

– Written by d. E. Rogers and uniquely fusing fact with fiction, ‘The Dark Side of Money’ proves that some people would do anything to retain their wealth and the promise of the American Dream – even if it means killing their family. As one of the few books to focus on the successes of African-Americans, the novel is poised to resonate with readers from coast to coast. –


Bookcover and author, d. E. Rogers

San Francisco Bay Area, CA (BlackNews.com) — While thousands of books depict African-American families as struggling to reach the success of wider society, The Dark Side of Money showcases the high-life millions of families enjoy. However, no book of gripping fiction is worth its weight without a heavy dose of action, suspense and murder.

Thankfully, author d. E. Rogers gives readers all three with gusto. The novel’s narrative thrusts readers from the fruits of success to the tumultuous consequences of trying to hold onto the American Dream.

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Bradd Marquis Performs For One Night Only At The Legendary Blue Note November 29, 2013

November 12, 2013 Leave a comment

bradd-marquis-the-industry-cosignBradd Marquis is a contemporary yet classic soul singer.  He sings real RnB with a golden voice that brings out his gospel roots while the subject matter of his lyrics addresses topics that are relevant and timeless.  Bradd has just released his third album, Thank You which has spent 4 weeks on Billboard’s R and B/Hip-Hop Charts and the R and B charts.  This is  quite an accomplishment for an independent artist. As a singer and songwriter Bradd redefines the meaning of the word excellence and on November 29th his show is going to be a special experience for his fans, which also includes a guest performance by rising songstress, Anna Whatt.
For one night only Bradd will perform songs from his album including, “Thank You,” “Happy Home,”  “B4 I Knew You,” and the single from his hit video, “Love Will Find A Way,” along with past favorites and new surprises.  Bradd’s current single, “Love Will Find A Way” is currently in regular rotation on mainstream FM stations, WPHR/Syracuse, NY, WQHH/Lansing, MI, KJLH/Los Angeles, CA, WBTJ/Richmond, VA, WBLS/New York, NY, WXST/Charelston, SC as well as Sirius XM (Heart & Soul), Music Choice, iTunes radio and several Internet stations.  The full album is featured and can be heard in it’s entirety on www.BET.com.

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson to Visit Miami TigerDirect Store in Support of SMS Audio ™ Headphones

November 11, 2013 Leave a comment

Award-winning rapper to visit TigerDirect.com’s Flagler location in Miami for an exclusive meet-and-greet with fans

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TigerDirect.com is proud to announce they will host platinum-selling rap artist, philanthropist, and SMS Audio CEO, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson for a meet-and-greet on November 16th at the Flagler St. location in Miami. The event will celebrate SMS Audio™, a premier audio headphone and accessories brand from Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, which includes the STREET by 50 ™ and SYNC by 50 ™ models.

Announced via jumbotron during the 2nd Annual TigerDirect Tech Bash, 50 Cent took a break from his new music, philanthropy and businesses to let South Florida know of his upcoming appearance at the tech superstore. Delivering a professional, studio-quality music experience, the SMS Audio™ line includes STREET by 50™ On-Ear, Over-Ear, In-Ear, DJ Pro and Active Noise Control (ANC) wired headphones and SYNC by 50™ On-Ear wireless headphones and portable speaker.

With over 80 awards and 135 nominations under his belt, 50 Cent is no stranger to quality sound, and his line, SMS Audio™, delivers studio-mastered sound wherever you go. Read more…

Paul Rodgers To Celebrate The Songs & Musicians Of Memphis On The Royal Sessions – Out 2/4/14

November 11, 2013 Leave a comment

 
PAUL RODGERS CELEBRATES THE SONGS AND MUSICIANS OF MEMPHIS
ON “THE ROYAL SESSIONS”
 
Bad Company’s Founding Singer, Songwriter And Multi-Instrumentalist
Records Versions Of Classic Songs At Memphis’ Royal Studios With Original Session Musicians
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November 11, 2013 Santa Monica, CA:  Paul Rodgers, longtime singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with Bad Company, has partnered with 429 Records and is gearing up for the release of “The Royal Sessions”—a lovingly crafted collection of classic R&B and soul songs re-imagined by the iconic rock singer recorded at Memphis’ Royal Studios, historic home of Willie Mitchell and Hi Records, with many of the musicians who played on the original tracks.  Truly a lifetime in the making, Rodgers has come full circle with “The Royal Sessions” as he pays homage to the legendary hits he collected on 45s released on Stax/Volt, Goldwax and Hi Records—recordings by Otis Redding, Albert King and Ann Peebles which made such an indelible impression on the young Rodgers inspiring him to pursue a career as a singer. Read more…

The 5Ws: Asya Shein

November 7, 2013 Leave a comment

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What: Fusicology.com

Why: Fusicology is the Source for Progressive Music, Events and Culture.  Our online calendar lists “what to do” for the Soul Diaspora, the Urban Alternative.  We also have exclusive content with free downloads, podcasts, new releases to media such as interviews, photos and videos.  We have mobile apps and are developing much for 2014 now that we celebrated our 10 Year Anniversary this past fall.

Where: Based in Los Angeles

When: Established September 12, 2003 

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NYC Black Dentist, Oral Health/ Diabetes Panel

November 7, 2013 Leave a comment

DR. CATRISE AUSTIN JOINS THE COLGATE TOTAL® “WATCH YOUR MOUTH!” CAMPAIGN IN COLLABORATION WITH THE AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION®

– Celebrity Dentist Dr. Catrise Austin Joins Panel of Health and Wellness Experts To Provide Oral Health Education and Tips to the Nearly 26 Million Americans Living with Diabetes –


Celebrity Dentist Dr. Catrise Austin

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — In support of November’s American Diabetes Month, Colgate Total® has launched “Watch Your Mouth!”, a new campaign to help raise awareness about the often overlooked link between oral health and diabetes. Celebrity Dentist Dr. Catrise Austin is an oral health expert and American Diabetes Association ambassador who has joined Colgate’s panel of health and wellness experts to educate Americans living with diabetes. Read more…

Alborosie Releases Dub Version (Nov 12) of Brand New Studio Album Sound The System

November 7, 2013 Leave a comment

ITALIAN REGGAE STAR ALBOROSIE UNLEASHES

BRAND NEW STUDIO ALBUM AND VINYL LP

SOUND THE SYSTEM IN U.S. THIS MONTH

A Vinyl-Only Dub Version of the Album’s Select Songs

Dub The System Out Next Week November 12

Spring 2014 U.S. Tour Dates To Be Announced

The MOBO award-winning Italian reggae artist Alborosie recently released his brand new studio album and vinyl LP Sound The System (October 1, VP/Greensleeves) in the United States.

The multi-talented artist encompasses a mix of live instruments and analogue recording techniques akin to reggae’s golden age. On his latest album, he produced the majority of the tracks and played 90% of the accompanying instrumental parts. Sound The System follows his two previous acclaimed Greensleeves studio albums – Two Times Revolution and Escape From Babylon.  Special guests on the album include Ky-Mani Marley on the Bob Marley classic “Zion Train” and Italian star Nina Zilli on ska-flavored track “Goodbye.” The legendary Abyssinians are also featured on a horn-drenched “Give Thanks.” The 16-track selection includes sound-system favorite “Rock The Dancehall” and the hit single “Play Fool (To Catch Wise).” A brand new music video (directed by Ras Kassa) for the latter track is slated to premiere this month.

To accompany this authentic collection fueled by his passion for real reggae music, he will unveil a vinyl-only dub release Dub The System (VP/Greensleeves) on November 12, 2013. The 11-track deconstructed instrumental set features select songs from Sound The System, showcasing the producer’s melodic hooks and impressive use of vintage recording equipment. Each dub selection takes a deeper look into the original song and bridges reggae’s rich cultural history with a contemporary world view.

Alborosie, who has extensively performed and headlined shows in Europe this year, now has a U.S tour planned for Spring 2014 in support of the North American releases. Tour dates will be announced later this fall.
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Gyptian’s “Creative” (AP) Album Debuts #1 on Billboard Reggae Album Chart

November 6, 2013 Leave a comment

GYPTIAN’S “CREATIVE AND COURAGEOUS” (ASSOCIATED PRESS) SEX, LOVE AND REGGAE DEBUTS AT #1 ON U.S. BILLBOARD REGGAE ALBUM CHART
 
This week, Gyptian’s brand new album Sex, Love and Reggae (Oct 29, VP Records) debuts at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Album chart and at #24 on the Billboard Heatseekers/Top New Artist Album chart.
On the heels of his Sex, Love and Reggae Tour across the United States, the Jamaican singer is elated with the news. “It is a real honor to hold the top spot in the reggae category. We worked hard on this album and it represents me to the fullest. I want to thank all my fans who support me each day to do what I do best,” proclaims Gyptian.

HEALTH AWARENESS NOW!

November 6, 2013 Leave a comment

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Concept Factory Healthcare Consultant Group

Health Awareness Now!

Wednesday, October 30th 2013

Grand Prospect Hall, Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn, New York- Through an evening of elegant hosting by Recording Artist Melanie Fiona, a keynote address from Dr. Benjamin Chavis, and a closing performance by the self-proclaimed World’s Greatest Entertainer Doug E. Fresh, Brooklyn got rocked out for the Health Awareness Now Black Tie Gala.

The evening which was sponsored by Le Medallion Champagne, DocChecker and Doctor on The Go, brought together healthcare providers, health professionals, pharmaceutical representatives, policy makers, funders and musicians under one roof to alert the masses of the importance of health awareness. Read more…

‘Clear the Airwaves Project’ Wants Violent, Explicit, Misogynistic Music Off Chicago Radio

November 5, 2013 Leave a comment

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by — Nov 5, 2013

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Let me tell you, it’s so good to know I’m not alone in my hatred for what Black radio is serving our kids (and us grown folk!): A new group out of Chicago is going after radio stations and their advertisers for filling the airwaves with misogynistic, violent, sexually-explicit music.

The Clear the Airwaves Project, led by founder Kwabena Rasuli, says the music being played on radio should be for adults only, and inaccessible on free, public radio that our kids can access at any time. But instead of protesting outside Chicago’s Hip Hop stations, Rasuli’s group is getting gully: they’re protesting the advertisers who hawk their products between songs whose lyrical content make hardened criminals and porn stars blush.

For the past two months, The Clear the Airwaves Project has been standing outside black-owned McDonald’s restaurants on Chicago’s South Side, holding placards with warnings about the music being played on the station and its easy access for kids. Their thinking: if radio stations refuse to stop playing music that consistently disrespects Black women, celebrates illicit drug use and refers to its audience as nothing more than a bunch of broke niggers who can’t keep up with their rampant excess, perhaps taking away their money source will make the radio station’s listen.

“We feel that the music being played on the radio is influencing our children and is detrimental and should be for adults only,” Rasuli told the Chicago Sun Times, noting that in about 90 percent of the songs, artists are dropping the “N bomb” and in about 80 percent, “they are calling our sisters the B-word.” “This is music that encourages girls to be strippers and young men to kill each other, to pop mollies or Ecstasy pills, and to be unrealistically materialistic.”

Say that. Read more…

OPRAH’S NEXT CHAPTER: REV. AL SHARPTON AIRS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17

November 1, 2013 Leave a comment

OPRAH’S NEXT CHAPTER: REV. AL SHARPTON AIRS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2013 AT 9:00 P.M./ET/PT

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AIR DATE: Oprah’s Next Chapter: Reverend Al Sharpton airs Sunday, November 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
REVEREND AL SHARPTON – Sunday, November 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Oprah sits down with Reverend Al Sharpton for an open and revealing conversation about race in America, how his role as a civil rights activist has shifted and the moment that changed his life. They also discuss his new book, “The Rejected Stone,” what drives him to stand up for causes he believes in and his dramatic weight loss.  Later, his daughters Ashley and Dominique join the conversation in their first interview together to share their perspective on how their father has shaped their lives and their plans for the future. Read more…
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