Celebrity DJ's unite for Breast Cancer Awareness Event through Music


 

Celebrity DJ's DJ B-Hen (DJ from Good Morning America), DJ D-Nice, Vashtie, Quiana Parks, along with their celebrity friends join together in support to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month through music.

The 2nd Annual Beats to Beat Breast Cancer is kicking off the month of October by hosting an annual multi-city event to help spread awareness and raise funds to support American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) which works tirelessly to eradicate the disease.

"When my mother, Tracy Henry was only 35 years old, I lost her to a 14-month battle with breast cancer. She inspired me to not only live a life of passion and purpose, but to also dedicate my talents to preventing the impacts of this devastating disease... so I have asked my fellow DJ's to help me do just that through music," says DJ B-Hen.

Other Celebrity DJ's In Support: MC Lyte, DJ Moma, DJ Young 1, DJ Kiss, Quick Silva, Spinser Tracy, DJ Korrect, Quiana Parks, Jayceeoh, Damage, Orator and Scratch Academy
 

MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL CONTINUES TO KEEPS SYLVESTER'S LEGACY ALIVE AS IT TOURS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

A photo of Lee Daniels visiting Mighty Real is attached. Pictured from left to right: Sheryl Lee Ralph, Naomi Campbell, Lee Daniels, Anthony Wayne (as Sylvester) and co-producer, co-director Kendrell Bowman. Photo by; Getty Images

MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL, the musical celebration of the life and music of Sylvester (born Sylvester James, Jr.; September 6, 1947 - December 16, 1988), the original 1970s "Queen of Disco," proudly continues to keep the musical icon's legacy alive as it tours the country following its smash Off-Broadway premiere last September. 
 
Anthony Wayne and Kendrell Bowman, creators and producers of MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL, along with acclaimed stage and screen actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, who serves as the show's co-producer with her DIVA Foundation, are thrilled that Sylvester's classic "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)"will be featured on the Season 2 Premiere of Fox's "Empire" airing Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 at 9pm EST.
 
Lee Daniels attended MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL during its Off-Broadway run last September at The Theatre at St. Clements with "Empire" star Naomi Campbell.
 
"It was thrilling for us to meet Lee and Naomi at the show last September.  Their enthusiasm and support of the show was beyond words. Lee told us he was so touched by Sylvester's story and we areso excited that he'll be featuring the classic "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" on Empire, as we strive to keep the legacy of this great artist -- and pioneer in the LGBTQ community -- alive. Disco Heat is spreading!," said MIGHTY REAL star, Anthony Wayne.
 
MIGHTY REAL is currently on tour with the next scheduled stop being a return engagement at The Brava Theater in San Francisco beginning February 17th, 2016.
 
Produced by AnthonyKen LLC and Sheryl Lee Ralph/The DIVA Foundation, MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL is written by and stars Anthony Wayne (Pippin, Anything Goes, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) and is co-directed by Mr. Wayne and Kendrell Bowman, who also serves as the show's costume designer.  Wayne and Bowman were inspired to create the musical after seeing the "Unsung" documentary about the artist on TV One in 2010.  Moved by his story - by Sylvester's bravery to openly be who he was in an era in which that was not supported or encouraged by society - Mr. Wayne sought out his music.  Hooked, he discussed Sylvester's music and influence with Mr. Bowman and they both put their talents together with determination to bring the icon's story to the stage.  

WATCH THE TRAILER FOR 'MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL'
MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL (60 Sec. COMMERCIAL)
 

A3C Festival & Conference Releases The FINAL Talent Announcement - 2 Chainz, Boosie BadAzz, Ryan Leslie, Dungeon Family, Coach K, Shanti Das and More



A3C is excited to announce the final, of three, installments of artists and speakers to participate at this years events. The 11th annual A3C Festival & Conference, affectionately known as "Hip-Hop's Annual Pilgrimage,"  2015 A3C will take place October 7-11, 2015, in Atlanta's eclectic Old 4th Ward, along Edgewood Ave, and East Atlanta Village.  

Today, the internationally recognized five-day festival and conference adds the following artists and speakers to the A3C line-up: 2 Chainz, Boosie BadAzz, Ryan leslie, Shanti Das, Maino, Dungeon Family (Big Gipp, Cool Breeze, Backbone), DJ Scream, Coach K, Crooked I, Kyambo "Hip-Hop" Joshua, OG Maco, Key!, Sacha Jenkins, FRKO, Sir Michael Rocks, Zaytoven, TM88, Brandon "Jinx" Jenkins, Organized Noize (Ray Murray, Rico Wade & Sleepy Brown), Kap G, Young Dolph, Travis Porter, Cap 1, Short Dawg & Skooly.

This talent list joins the massive list (...and growing) of artists and speakers already announced, including: Taylor Gang & Wiz Khalifa, Pete Rock, Jungle Brothers, Beanie Sigel, Peter Rosenberg & Cipha Sounds, Joe Budden, Father & Awful Records, Marc Lamont Hill, Karen Civil, Combat Jack, Sonny Digital, Sha Money XL, Tha Alkaholiks, Scotty ATL, Johnny Cinco, Tsu Surf, Silkk The Shocker, Mike Zombie, DC Young Fly & Stic of Dead Prez, De La Soul, Rakim, Cam'ron, Dame Dash, Just Blaze, Curren$y & Jet Life, Jean Grae, Cyhi the Prynce Pharoahe Monch, Soulection Executive Team, PNB Rock, The Difference Machine and Kool Keith.  
You can explore the 2015 line-up, as it continues to build, and begin creating your personal schedule at the below links. Single Day A3C All-Access Passes are NOW on sale and the newly revamped 2015 A3C App is launching soon.

Who Signs An Artist On A Private Jet? Yo Gotti Signs Blac Youngsta To His Label CMG Like a Boss

 
Yo Gotti introduces South Memphis rapper Blac Youngsta as the latest addition to his label, CMG,  joining Snootie Wild
 
Blac Youngsta "I Swear To God" drops 9/24

"Blac Youngsta's style is unique and he has the energy to be a great entertainer," says Yo Gotti of his newest protégé. "His hustle and drive reminds me of myself, so I thought he'd be a perfect fit at CMG."
 
Growing up in Memphis in the 90s, Blac Youngsta, like many of his peers fell prey to the allure of the street life and gang culture but he always carried an interest in music and shifted to that after coming face to face with the consequences of his lifestyle.  An avid Yo Gotti fan, he dropped his first serious offering Fast Bricks as a consecutive trilogy in homage to Gotti's Cocaine Muzik mixtape series. "I was praying Yo Gotti would see me," he says.   
 
While still recovering from a drive-by shooting that sidelined him for five months, Blac Youngsta released the street single "Heavy," which received a huge response from both the streets and the internet. The next step for him was to get Yo Gotti's attention. After parlaying his way into one of Gotti's videosBlac Youngsta landed a meeting with the CMG team and, within a few weeks, a meeting with Gotti himself, which led to an opportunity to tour with his idol for two months while still independent. Following the tour, Gotti decided that Blac Youngsta was ready and signed him immediately. 
 
As Blac Youngsta preps the release of his next mixtape, I Swear To God, due out September 24th, Blac Youngsta's "Heavy" has been re-released and will be promoted as his major label debut single.  The single can be purchased on iTunes here.   And while his upcoming project is still a work in progress, Blac Youngsta is already thinking about his debut album. 
 
"If anybody knows Gotti they know he's always in the studio," Blac Youngsta says. "And that's where you'll find me too." 
 
Blac Youngsta's music combines his street philosophies with production that keeps the club shaking. It's a balance his mentor Yo Gotti knows all too well, and one Blac Youngsta is ready to release upon the world.

Cafe Mocha Radio & Hyundai Motor America Team Up To Challenge Women To Make A Difference In Their Community

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the nationally syndicated radio show Café Mocha has joined forces with Hyundai Motor America to launch the Salute Her presented by Hyundai: New Thinking, New Possibilities campaign. With a mission to salute and reward women who are demonstrating new ways of thinking and creating new possibilities in their communities, prizes will include one-on-one professional coaching sessions, all-expense paid trips to the 47th NAACP Image Awards and one grand prize, a 2016 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T.

Open to women 18 years old and older, the Salute Her presented by Hyundai: New Thinking, New Possibilities campaign is looking for women whose work is making positive changes in their respective communities. Nominators can submit up to a 60 second video stating why their nominee deserves to be saluted at http://www.salutehertour.com. Each submission will be critiqued on creativity, originality, presentation and quality of message. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. PST on December 11, 2015.
Cafe Mocha Salute Her Tour presented by Hyundai Motor America Car Giveaway Campaign
How to Enter

The top three finalists will receive an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles to attend the 47th NAACP Image Awards and post-show VIP gala, where one finalist will take home the grand prize - a 2016 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T. More information can be found on http://www.cafemocharadio.com click on the Hyundai banner, or visit http://www.salutehertour.com directly.


"It's essential to salute and uplift women for their contributions to the communities they serve," says Zafar Brooks, Director Diversity and Inclusion, Hyundai Motor America. "We're honored to be able to provide an opportunity for anyone around the country to nominate a woman that's a friend, family member, colleague, and associate, whose new ways of thinking, can lead to new, amazing life-changing results for all."

Armed with an aggressive 360° integrated media approach, the show will host a series of "New Thinking, New Possibilities" tips built around the concept of women helping other women to grow through shared experiences and insights. The series will be featured across all Café Mocha's social platforms including Twitter, Facebook,

Instagram, YouTube and Periscope (@CafeMochaRadio) as well as via their Mocha Mavens Network of bloggers. The Salute Her presented by Hyundai: New Thinking, New Possibilities campaign is an extension of the show's Salute Her: Superwomen Making a Difference Tour presented by Hyundai. With tour stops in Washington D.C., Atlanta, New York and Chicago, the events pay tribute to female innovators in business, media, civic leadership and entrepreneurship for their contributions to their respective industries. This year's honorees include Sybrina Fulton (The Trayvon Martin Foundation), TV personality/ordained minister, Omarosa Manigault, Esther Aguilera (President/CEO Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute), Egypt Sherrod (HGTV Host), Helen Ho (Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice), Marve Frazier (Chief Creative Officer of Moguldom Media), Davida Mathis and Janice L. Mathis (Sisters In Law), and legendary broadcaster,
Shirley Strawberry (Steve Harvey Morning Show).

"Since the tour's inception in 2012, we've honored a diverse group of successful and unsung women for their dedication and work," says Sheila Eldridge, creator and executive producer of Café Mocha Radio. "Now with the support of Hyundai, we can inspire as well as 'salute' even more women across the country."
 
To find out more about the Salute Her presented by Hyundai: New Thinking, New Possibilities campaign and upcoming tour stops in New York October 15th and Chicago December 11th, visit
http://www.salutehertour.com or http://www.cafemocharadio.com.

Now Showing: Informed Consent

http://www.horizontheatre.com/plays/informed-consent/



Jillian, an ambitious geneticist, is racing against her own genetic clock to solve scientific mysteries that will save both an ancient tribe and her own young daughter. She jumps at the chance to do ground-breaking research on an isolated Native American tribe being devastated by diabetes. But as Jillian uncovers the truth about the tribe’s origin, her research threatens to destroy their most sacred traditions. At the same time, she and her husband face off with a monster lurking in Jillian’s own DNA – and possibly her 4-year-old daughter’s. With today’s science moving at breakneck speed, how much knowledge is too much?

Based on a true story, this fast-paced, heartfelt tale by the author of Horizon’s popular End Days is a current New York Times Critics Pick

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here
 

http://www.horizontheatre.com/plays/informed-consent/

2015 Triumph Awards Lookback

Photos courtesy of National Action Network
Last night, the 2015 Triumph Awards presented by Reverend Al Sharpton, National Action Network (NAN) and TV One, was filmed in Atlanta. Hosted by actress Tichina Arnold, the ceremony - now in its 6th year - recognized the impact its honorees have made on our society.
Recording artist and philanthropist Tyrese Gibson was presented the Entertainer of the Year honor by Martin Luther King III and received a special message from friend and fellow entertainer Ludacris. With a body of work as a civil rights leader, activist and minister spanning over six decades, Rev. Dr. Joseph Echols Lowery received the Chairman's Award for Historic & Transformative Service. Emmy® winning comedienne, actress and producer Wanda Sykes received the Activism in the Arts honor for her years of service to youth homelessness and engagement within the LGBT community. Chief Diversity Officer and Global Director of Education and External Relations for Intel, Rosalind Hudnell was presented the honor of Corporate Executive of the Year in support of her distinguished leadership within the corporate sector. The night's final honor, the President's Award for Service and Humanitarian Efforts, was presented to John Legend for his work as a vocal champion for social justice.

Presenters included Afemo Omilami, Danielle Nicolet, Darrin Henson, Donnie Simpson, Nicole Beharie, Soledad O'Brien, Syleena Johnson, Richard Lawson, Patrik-Ian Polk and Terri J. Vaughn.
Musical performances included Tyrese, Tasha Cobbs, Estelle, Jazmine Sullivan, Ledisi, Chante Moore, Stokley Williams and the Youth Ensemble of Atlanta. Award winning hip-hop artist, T.I. delivered an original spoken word piece titled "United We Stand."
L to R: Tichina Arnold, Terri J. Vaughn, Tyrese, Nicole Behari, Al Sharpton and Ledisi
Musical Director and house band for the night was The Robert Glasper Experiment.
The 2015 Triumph Awards will air on Saturday, October 3 at 8PM/ET on TV One.