Category Archives: Music

Stars Turnout for Steve Harvey’s 2014 Neighborhood Awards (Photos)

Steve Harvey and his wife Marjorie attend the 2014 Ford Neighborhood Awards hosted by Steve Harvey at Philips Arena on August 9, 2014, in Atlanta, Georgia. (photo credit: Jerome Dorn)
Steve Harvey and his wife Marjorie attend the 2014 Ford Neighborhood Awards hosted by Steve Harvey at Philips Arena on August 9, 2014, in Atlanta, Georgia. (photo credit: Jerome Dorn)

 

*Award-winning television/radio host and best-selling author Steve Harvey, hosted one of the hottest nights of entertainment at the 2014 Ford Neighborhood Awards on August 9th, bringing the 12th year of the awards show to Atlanta for the first time, before a packed crowd at Philips Arena.

Honoring businesses and community leaders, educators and more from across the nation, Harvey presented one of the biggest lineups of award-winning entertainment for the show, with performances from Robin Thicke, Ne-Yo, Anthony Hamilton, Chrisette Michele, Tamela Mann, India.Arie, Johnny Gill, Keith Sweat, joined by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Sherri Shepherd, Shemar Moore, Tracee Ellis Ross, Keke Palmer, Erica Campbell, Kirk Franklin, Holly Robinson Peete, and more, taking the stage to present the 12 Neighborhood Awards categories. Continue reading

‘Pornographic Performances’ Report Condemns Portrayal of Black Women in Videos (Watch)

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*Researchers release a new report that revisits an age-old concern about how black women are being portrayed in music videos. Clearly, these so-called works of art are engulfed in overtones of racism and sexism, researchers say, according to the International Business Times.

The depiction of women in music videos “creates a ‘conducive context’ for violence against women and girls,” the IBT writes about the recurring theme, which is especially prominent in hip-hop lyrics.

The report, Pornographic Performances, was released in Britain by End Violence Against Women Coalition, Imkaan and Object, and condemns the portrayal of women in pop videos as hypersexualized and “endlessly sexually available” objects. Continue reading

Watch: Homeless Man ‘Will Sang 4 Food’ (And You’ll Be Glad He Did!)

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*People are getting creative and using their innate talents as resources to get what they need. Just ask Byon Artrell McCullough, a homeless South Carolina man with a voice – a gift – that would make you scratch your head and question why he isn’t living the life of a John Legend.

The 28-year-old has been on the streets since he was released from prison, but he proudly wears a sign that reads, “Will Sang 4 food.”

And your ears will be happy that he did.

“Am I homeless? Yes. Am I a bum? No,” McCullough told the New York Daily News. Continue reading

Dr. Riki Brooks Announces 9th Annual Atlanta Gospel Fest – Health & Wellness Festival!

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Special concerts featuring J Moss, Vickie Winans, Lisa McClendon, Natalie Grant and more! 

(ATLANTA, GA) July 22, 2014 - The 9th Annual Atlanta Gospel Fest – Health & Wellness Festival will be held at the Cobb Galleria Centre, August 1st & August 2nd 2014.  The Atlanta Gospel Fest – Health & Wellness Festival is a two-day musical and health extravaganza designed for the entire community. Tickets can be purchased at www.atlantagospelfest.com
 
The Gospel Fest promises to elevate attendees spirit the array of gospel music concerts; the body, with healthcare workshops and training; the mind with financial and literary empowerment workshops. There will also be special youth activities available.

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New Jackson Book Details ‘Angry Michael’…Michael ‘Making Out’ With Girls In Car…and A Fierce Michael Channeling ‘My Perogative’

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*It has been five years since the passing of Michael Jackson and many, many stories of diverse natures have surfaced in the news since that fateful June 25, 2009. Now comes the new book, “Remember The Time: Protecting Michael Jackson In His Final Days,” written by Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard, who served as Jackson’s exclusive personal security team in the last 2-1/2 years of his life.

The two men were the only professionals with 24-7 access to the elusive star, and they bring a fresh perspective on life with Jackson – the father, the man behind the glove. Many of the experiences they share are supported by details so intricate and intriguing that they would be a challenge to the creative mind of even the best liars.

This book may well be the best gift ever to serious Jackson fans; many of whom are still struggling with the loss of the icon. It is they, who will most likely appreciate the many great stories that are told with no fanfare, just real – sometimes raw, often heartfelt sincerity; by two men who may have often had reasons to leave, but chose to stay out of loyalty to a family of three that they had grown to love.

But the stories in “Remember The Time: are not solely about Michael Jackson. What makes each one so compelling is how those who worked with, around, and for – all jockeying for his ear – are factored in. You will be sorely disappointed if you are expecting a book that talks about how great “The King of Pop” is…or not.

You will find no “King of Pop” here. In fact, any mention of that term is referred to as a “mode.” As in, “When he is in King of Pop mode.” And this happens closer to the end, after Jackson starts prepping for “This Is It.”

This book, is about a man named Michael Jackson…a completely different person. This man calls down to security to go to the store for more laundry detergent because “he ran out.” This man is pained because he has to ask someone to go to Walmart and buy his kids some cereal. He wants to do it his “damn self!” This man makes sure that he is at home each morning to have breakfast with his kids, no matter how late he stayed at the hotel with girlfriends, “Friend” and “Flower.”

The man in this book, listens almost exclusively to classical music in the car; he has no computer of his own, and only goes online to purchase from eBay. He doesn’t watch TV because he doesn’t care for the bullshit, instead, he’ll choose DVDs for him and his family. But boy does he love to unwind by shootin’ hoops…and he is even said to have a pretty decent jump shot.

As I said in the beginning, much has been written about the man we call, “The King of Pop.” But within the pages of this book, and the degree to which these two men choose to go in order to tell their story – as they say in some circles:

The shit just got real. Continue reading

Michael Jackson U.S. Postal Stamp: L.A. National Action Network Launches Petition Campaign (Sign)

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Katherine Jackson with Najee Ali, political director of the L.A. chapter of the National Action Network.

 

(Press Release) On the 5th anniversary of the passing of The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, the L.A.Chapter of the National Action Network is launching a global petition campaign in support of a U.S.Postal Stamp in honor of Jackson. Continue reading

ThisNThat Exclusive: 12 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Michael Jackson

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(L-R) Bill Whitfield, Javon Beard

This article was written by Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard (Authors of Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days) EURThisNThat/EURweb was granted exclusive permission to publish it. Look forward to our exclusive interview with the authors.

*For the last two and a half years of Michael Jackson’s life, we had the privilege of serving as his personal Las Vegas security team. The man we worked for and got to know — a kind and generous person and a loving father — was completely different from the cartoonish figure that the tabloids made him out to be. Here’s just a few of the things we learned that we think might surprise you:

1. Mr. Jackson had at least two secret girlfriends who lived abroad. We met them when they flew in to visit him during his summer vacation on a horse farm in Middleburg, Virginia. He kept their presence a secret from his family, his managers, even his children. We were the only two privy to their arrival, and even we were never told their real names; he referred to them only as “Friend” and “Flower.” Continue reading

Just Bought A Pair of ‘Beats’ Headphones? Uh Oh…Changes Coming Your Way!

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*OK, wait a minute. Wasn’t it only a bit more than a nanosecond that Apple bought the Beats headphone company founded by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine? Well get a load of this, Apple has now revealed plans to change things up a bit. The company plans to get rid of the headphones with the old headphone socket and use the “Lightning socket” that’s normally used for charging and adding accessories on your iPhone/iPad/iPod in its place.

What does all of this mean for you, Mr. and Ms. consumer?

It means dig into your pockets to purchase a new set of Beats headphones that now have the new connector.

Ain’t that a blip?

I pity the poor fool that just bought the Beats headphones brand.

The Beats brand will launch the first headphones that use the connector. Continue reading