Earth Day Music Festival (Courtesy of City of Inglewood)
Lifestyle

Chillin’ in Inglewood at the 2019 Earth Day Music Festival

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL — The festivities were already on and crack a lackin when I arrived on the scene. Several thousand people, 4,000 to be exact, from near and far heeded the invite to join the City of Inglewood for one of their signature events. […read more]

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In addition to music and spirited events, the Culturefest arena also plans to lend its stage to highlight and support many important causes including the New Hope Horizon Foundation and the Lupus Foundation/Color Me Happy Fund.
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Culturefest Connects the Black Diaspora with an International Music Fest

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Scheduled to launch June 8 at the National Harbor, from 1–9 p.m., Culturefest features international artists, including Reggae icons Aidonia; Romain Virgo & The Unit Band; Tanto Metro and Devonte; and SOCA superstars Patrice Roberts; Skinny Fabulous; and Afrobeat legend Timaya and the image band. Culturefest’s Co-founder Freka Scott says, “This one, will be one for the books.” […read more]

Photo courtesy of dcjazzfest.org
Entertainment

DC Jazz Festival Announces Lineup

WASHINGTON INFORMER — The DC Jazz Festival, celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, announced the schedule for its 2019 “Jazz in the ‘Hoods” lineup. Presented by Events DC, the festival runs from June 7-16 with an array of music ranging from the traditional to the avant garde, in all four quadrants of the nation’s capital, featuring performances at more than 20 neighborhood venues. […read more]

Chae Stephen stars in "Pride & Joy: The Marvin Gaye Musical." (Courtesy of thenationaldc.org)
Art

‘Pride & Joy’ Delivers the Motown Sound and Swag in Spectacular Form

WASHINGTON INFORMER — From the very first downbeat and accompanying dance routine, performed to the 1959 tune made famous by Chubby Checker when he added his special touch to the tune “The Twist” just a year later, it seemed evident that “Pride & Joy: The Marvin Gaye Musical” had all the makings of an old-school, blue lights in the basement party, fueled by the phenomenal, new wave of rock and soul that would take the world by storm throughout the turbulent ’60s. […read more]

Prince (Photo by: forwardtimes.com)
Family

700 People Respond to Local Ad Seeking Prince’s Relatives

HOUSTON FORWARD TIMES — Prince was tragically found dead in an elevator at his Paisley Park compound in 2016, and in the wake of his unexpected passing, nearly 700 men and women are trying to get a piece of the fortune he left behind – rumored to be nearing $1 billion. Investigator Harvey Morse may be primarily responsible for this jaw-dropping number because his family-run business of genealogical investigators placed an ad offering a finder’s fee for any long-lost Prince relatives they discover. […read more]

T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle, with exciting lives and high stakes careers, this group of loyal friends will continue to support each other as they navigate the complex terrain of balancing family, fame and the hustle.
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VH1’S T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle

NNPA NEWSWIRE — T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle returned with a new season on April 15. In promotion to launch season two of the VH1 reality show hit, I invited Antonia “Toya” Wright and her daughter Reginae Carter to give a peek into season two. Toya is a rapper, businesswoman, and best-selling author of several books: Priceless Inspirations: The Memoir In My Own Words. […read more]

Patti LaBelle
HBCU

Patti LaBelle to headline Dillard University Founding Anniversary Celebration

NEW ORLEANS DATA NEWS WEEKLY — To mark its 150th founding anniversary, Dillard University will welcome singer Patti LaBelle as its featured performer for its gala event on May 11. The Grammy-award winning artist, actress, and entrepreneur will perform at the event, which also serves as a fundraiser for students attending this historically black university. The gala at the Hyatt Regency downtown will recognize the university’s contribution to the city, and work to sustain its legacy. […read more]

Music

PRESS ROOM: Gloria Gaynor Releases New Album

THE TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — After decades spent as the reigning Queen of Disco, Gloria Gaynor is announcing the release of her new gospel album, Testimony (June 7th). Recording for the first time in Nashville with Grammy-winning producers Chris Stevens (TobyMac, Mandisa, Blake Shelton) and Reid Shippen (Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Kenny Chesney), Gaynor uplifts listeners with a carefully-chosen selection of classic hymns, self-penned songs, as well as a stirring cover of Bob Dylan’s “Man of Peace.” […read more]

Charleston Chronicle

PRESS ROOM: The 25th Anniversary ESSENCE Festival Brings the 90’s Heat with Special Performances of the Hottest Albums Celebrating 25 Years

CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — The ESSENCE Festival, the world’s largest cultural, entertainment and empowerment experience and largest celebration of global Black culture, is set to bring the 90’s heat with special performances that celebrate the 25th anniversary of some of the top albums of the decade. The Festival also just announced the official night-by-night performance line up for its concert series taking place July 5th, 6th and 7th at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. […read more]

“I want my music to be an inspiration of individual growth in the economic sector. That is the path I took as I grew up and I want to put it in music. My life is different from when I first came out as a teenager with expressions from the teenage perspective of young men in the streets. Now, as I grew older and became successful in music and business my perspective changed accordingly. And so my art evolved with it.” — Nipsey Hussle
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COMMENTARY: Nipsey’s life: A hussle that motivates, resonates around the globe

THE FINAL CALL — From buying up the block, to creating businesses that employed Black people, aimed to educate them, and give them a space to be creative and help develop and realize their dreams, Nipsey Hussle was a man of the people because he was a man who saw what their needs were and took it upon himself to do what he could to help provide opportunities and a platform for others, because at one point in his life, he was looking for someone to give him the same opportunities and guidance. His death has seemed to galvanize the Black community, and this was evidenced by the recent gang truce that happened in the wake of his death. […read more]

DJ Yasmina (Photo by: Andre H)
El Mundo

DJ Yasmina has rocked the stage across the US and internationally

ROLLINGOUT.COM — Rolling out’s Master DJ series spotlights DJs recognized in their respective cities who are making an impact in their communities. Australian-born Yasmina Angele — known professionally as DJ Yasmina — came to the United States a few years ago to pursue her music career. Rolling out recently caught up with DJ Yasmina to learn more about how she got started and how far music has taken her around the world. […read more]

The Freret Street Festival (Photo by: Kichea S. Burt)
Entertainment

Freret St Fest

NEW ORLEANS DATA NEWS WEEKLY — The Freret Street Festival returned this year to give New Orleanians and visitors eight blocks of fun. The festival, which includes pet adoptions, food courts, various vendors, and a diverse music line-up across three stage, is a can’t-miss event, and Data News Weekly made sure to be there. […read more]

Music

PRESS ROOM: Kaya Fest 2019

THE WESTSIDE GAZETTE — Kaya Fest is the creation of Stephen Marley, an eight-time Grammy Award winner, singer, songwriter, musician producer and son of the legend Bob Marley.  It was named by the New Times as one of “Miami’s Ten Best Musical Moments of 2017! […read more]

Rhiannon Giddens, left, and Uma Peters. (Photo by: Bradley Hanson)
Education

Rhiannon Giddens Mentors 11-Year-Old Banjo Player

THE TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — Rhiannon Giddens, co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning string band, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, is passing her distinctive banjo skills to eleven-year-old musician, Uma Peters through a one-on-one apprenticeship supported by the Tennessee Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, an initiative of the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Folklife Program. […read more]

Manny Houston
Charleston Chronicle

Manny Houston joins the Charleston Jazz Orchestra for “Mess Around: A Tribute to Ray Charles”

CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — South Carolina native and College of Charleston grad, Manny Houston, joins the Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO) on April 20, 2019 to pay tribute to Ray Charles. Known as the ‘Genius of Soul,’ Ray pioneered the soul music genre during the 1950s and 60s by combining blues, jazz and gospel styles. […read more]

Estelle
Atlanta Voice

Estelle opens up about new album and Kanye

ATLANTA VOICE — Estelle, the British singer, and songwriter have been no stranger to the music industry releasing music beginning in 2003. However, she rose to prominence in America in 2008 with her hit single “American Boy” featuring Kanye West from her album Shine. In the 2009 GRAMMY Awards, Estelle won an award for Best Rap/Sung Performance. […read more]

Photo by: charlestonchronicle.net
Charleston Chronicle

Motown in the Moonlight series premieres May 4 at the Mount Pleasant Pier with Bobby Alvarez and the Supernaturals

CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — Sway to the sounds of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Smokey Robinson with the stunning sunset views of the Charleston Harbor as your backdrop. Charleston County Parks is excited to introduce Motown in the Moonlight, a new summer dance series. On May 4, the Mount Pleasant Pier will come alive with the “sound that changed America” as this series kicks off with music provided by Bobby Alvarez and the Supernaturals. […read more]

Kim Berry (Photo by: George Eyo)
Books

Prince’s Longtime Hairstylist Writes New Memoir

SAN DIEGO VOICE — Longtime Prince hairstylist and first-time author, Kim Berry will release her new book, Diamonds and Curlz – 29 Years Rolling With Rock Royalty Prince, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The memoir will be issued as an e-book and print edition on Amazon.com and will be debuted in Minneapolis during the Celebration of Prince 2019. […read more]

Alice Smith: The Sound of Freedom (Photo: facebook.com/VisionsAndVoices)
Los Angeles Sentinel

PRESS ROOM: USC to Host Event Marking the 80th Anniversary of Marian Anderson’s Historic Lincoln Memorial Concert

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL — Held in honor of the 80th anniversary of Marian Anderson’s historic concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial – often called “The Concert that Sparked the Civil Rights Movement” – and the generations of women who have and continue to fight for humanity, equity, and justice, the evening will feature an intimate conversation and performance exploring the legacy of music’s relationship to activism and social change. […read more]

George Clinton's Parliament/Funkadelic performing at the 2018 Love Supreme Jazz Festival. (Photo by: Wiki Commons)
Entertainment

George Clinton to embark on final tour with Parliament Funkadelic

NASHVILLE PRIDE — Capping over 50 years of touring and recording, George Clinton is set to embark on his farewell tour with the legendary Parliament Funkadelic before he retires. After joining Red Hot Chili Peppers for a nine-city tour of Australia, George and P-Funk follow up with their own Australian headline tour in April where they will hit the legendary Bluesfest stage in Byron Bay, and a stint in Japan at Billboard Live. […read more]

Jay-Z (Photo by: defendernetwork.com)
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Jay-Z’s Album Inducted Into Library Of Congress

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — It’s undeniable that rap legend Jay-Z has left an indelible mark on the music industry and he recently received a huge honor for his contributions to hip-hop and beyond. According to Billboard, his album The Blueprint has been inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry; making it the 10th hip-hop recording to join the collection. […read more]

Centric and Joc Scholar of Grand Opus in Richmond
California Voice - San Francisco Bay View

Hip hop and culture: ‘High Power’ by Grand Opus

SAN FRANCISCO BAY VIEW — In the African American community, hip hop serves as a musical culture and an instrument to voice the struggles and hardships of the African American race in the United States, such as discrimination, poverty and other social injustices. This implies that hip hop goes beyond the music level like other songs whose focus is on amusement. […read more]

Company CEO Alfred Liggins III is an equal partner in the journey of this black multimedia and entertainment enterprise.
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Alfred Liggins is the Other Half of Urban One’s Success Story

OMAHA STAR — “Look, my mother has an amazing story from where she came, and she’s always been more of a forefront person. A lot of people tend to think this woman built this company and she made her son the CEO, but they don’t realize how long I’ve been at the company and that it was really a joint effort. They tend to think it’s a traditional family business. But my mother is very good at giving me credit. She did it when we were in Omaha.” […read more]

Dionne Warwick will begin a highly anticipated concert residency in Las Vegas on April 4, 2019.
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PRESSROOM: Legendary songstress Dionne Warwick announces, “She’s Back,” first new album in five years

NNPA NEWSWIRE — In addition to ten tracks of new songs as well of remakes of pop/soul gems, “She’s Back” will be packaged with a bonus disc of Ms. Warwick’s 1998 album, “Dionne Sings Dionne,” which features her greatest hits, remastered for this package. “She’s Back” also includes duets with Kenny Lattimore (“What Color Is Love”), Musiq Soulchild (“Am I Dreaming?”) as well as Bone, Thugs & Harmony’s Krayzie Bone (“Déjà Vu”). […read more]