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|Thurs, June 19, 2014 at 2:46 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
According to The Wrap, HBO is once again teaming up with BeyoncÃ©. The cable outlet will start to air "BeyoncÃ©: X10" starting Sunday, June 29 before new episodes of "True Blood."
HBO previously aired her previous concert series and made a documentary titled, "Beyonce: Life Is But a Dream." This series will chronicle performances from BeyoncÃ©'sÂ Mrs. Carter World Tour in 10 four-minute segments. The segments will air Sundays at 8:55 p.m. (EST) before new episodes of "True Blood."
The tour ran from April 2013 to March 2014 and the series will feature performances of songs such as "Blow/Cherry," "Drunk in Love," "Ghost/Haunted," "Flawless/YoncÃ©," "Get Me Bodied/Baby Boy/Diva," "Girls," "Heaven," "Partition," "Why Don't You Love Me?" and "XO."
|Thurs, June 19, 2014 at 12:45 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Musician D'Angelo will release a new album and tour this year. (Image: Facebook)
According to Rolling Stone, D'Angelo has plans to release a new album this year as well as embark on an international tour. This information was revealed by his manager Kevin Liles during an interview with Billboard magazine.
"[I]t's very melodic and there's an influence of all the things he loves: there's James Brown, there's Prince, and everything people grew up loving D'Angelo for, from Brown Sugar to Voodoo," Liles says. "It's a mixture and an evolution of where he is right now. And you have to think that when you have the opportunity to work 10 years on an album, that album's truly gonna be what you want it to be. Is it limited to the kind of sound that he did with the earlier records? No, it's not."
It's been more than 14 years since D'Angelo released his last studio album "Voodoo," (although he has since done compilation albums) and his fans are still clamoring for a new recording by the talented artist who hasn't released a new project in recent years.
|Thurs, June 19, 2014 at 11:45 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Netflix's popular original programming is spawning favorable reviews for shows such as "Orange Is The New Black" and "House Of Cards." Now, the binge-watching worthy service provider is looking to expand its empire into the talk show realm.
Set to be hosted by E! Network's own Chelsea Handler, the online TV network said Thursday (June 19) that her new show will begin in early 2016. It will adopt the format of her current E! talk show, "Chelsea Lately," and retain the comedic focus on pop culture and entertainment.
Other than that, no other details were provided.
The seven-year run of "Chelsea Lately" will end this year on August 26. To usher in Handler's induction into the Netflix family, the deal will spotlight an original stand-up performance that will premiere on October 10, 2014. The talented comedian will also create four original specials that will debut in 2015.
Speculation grew after Handler announced her departure from E!, with many thinking that she would continue her hilarious reign on a broadcast network. With word now that she is taking her talents to Netflix, Chelsea Handler is revolutionizing how late night talk show stans get their fix.
|Thurs, June 19, 2014 at 11:31 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
For those not keeping score, BET and B. Scott have been at war for the past year since the former forced the latter to change into men's clothes during the 2013 BET Awards.
The transgender host decided to take the matter to court and rejected the network's offer to settle. Now, according to TMZ, the move might have cost the embattled talking head some major bucks. To be succinct, B. Scott could end up having to pay Black Entertainment Television six figures.
Scott's losing the case left him on the hook for BET's attorney fees, which according to court documents, totaled $279,000. Originally, BET offered to let him off easy for $15,000, if Scott promised to drop any appeals. Given that he decided to go hard into the courts by rejecting the offer, and filed an appeal, BET is now going after him for the fees-demanding $150,000 at least.
The ever-defiant Scott isn't going down without a fight, saying to TMZ, "No one will tell me who I should be, how I should present myself, or what I do with my life."
Suffice to say, a judge will decide what Scott will do with his money.
|Wed, June 18, 2014 at 5:56 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Professional dancer and author, Misty Copeland (Image: Facebook)
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Success Keeps Growing for Misty Copeland
Misty Copeland continues to transcend boundaries in the world of classical dance as the first African American female to perform principal roles the history of American Ballet Theatre. Copeland. The 31-year old ballerina is on a roll with a New York Times Best Selling book, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, product endorsements (Coach, Dr. Pepper, and Under Armour) and high-profile TV appearances. She is currently lending her dance expertise as a special guest on the popular Fox dance competition show "So You Think You Can Dance." This fall, the explosive dance diva will release her first children's picture book entitled Firebird.
The Expanding Footprint of Eriq La Salle
Eriq La Salle continues to expand his footprint in entertainment. At 51 years old, the former "ER" star is busier than ever, directing TV shows and also pursuing a new career as a novelist. His second novel, Laws of Wrath was recently released and the actor continues to make moves behind as a director with two shows: the new NBC's action/thriller series "Crisis," and the CBS science fiction thriller, "Under The Dome," (based on the Stephen King novel) currently on the air.
"My motivation for creating this project began after we lost grandpa. There were so many life-questions that I didn't get the chance to ask him, so I turned to grandma," says "Life Essentials with Ruby Dee" director Muta'Ali Muhammad, who will lead a discussion celebrating his late grandmother's this weekend during the American Black Film Festival. "My grandmother understood why I needed to learn more about her and grand pa's lives and she was willing to share with me the most important things that had framed both of their lives. Community was very important to her and she always encouraged people to stay connected to their families because she believed that it tighten the bound that holds us all together. After people watch this film I hope they will understand how my grandparents used their art and activism to impact other people."
For more information on this promising new director visit: www.mutaali.com
Brett Dismuke is a man on the move. After spending over six years as a senior vice president of Acquisition at RLJ Entertainment (formerly Image Entertainment), the Home Entertainment executive has joined Moguldom Media Group as the president of its Entertainment division. Dismuke will be moving to Atlanta in his new position, where he will oversee all phases of future growth for the fast growing media company.
Hollywood's "A" Spot
Coming off the success of her successful, high-brow documentary, "Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution," filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper is prepping her next project "Olympic Pride, American Prejudice." Now in pre-production, the project explores the little-known history of the 18 African American athletes who participated in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. "Most people only remember Jesse Owens' great triumphs at the '36 Olympics and don't know that he wasn't alone in capturing making history. Of the 18 African Americans who took part in those Games, 11 earned medals, including Max Robinson who was the older brother of baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson."
Having already gained international interest from the surviving athletes and the families of the deceased participants, Draper recently launched an indiegogo fundraising campaign via indiegogo/1936OlympicsMovie at the recent Cannes Film Festival. "I love sports and felt that this was an important project to tell and wanted to give a voice to these heroes who combated Jim Crow, racism to steal the hearts of the world," she says. The dynamic Atlanta-based advertising executive has already decided the subjects of her next two projects: Fashion model Donyale Luna and Harlem Renaissance novelist Nella Larsen.
All of the following films were set or shot in Brooklyn, New York. True or False?
"Do The Right Thing," "The French Connection," "Dog Day Afternoon," "West Side Story," "The Wiz."
Answer: "The French Connection"
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|Wed, June 18, 2014 at 5:01 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Big Tigger (Image: File)
The Bronx, New York: Home of the greatest sports franchise, the New York Yankees and also the place that birthed hip-hop. More than likely, growing up in the '80s, a New York kid had dreams of being involved in the business of hip-hop and or sports. The environment provided kids with the opportunity to use whatever talents they thought they had and seeing people like Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash succeed in music, and listening to the sounds of KRS-One, gave a lot of kids from the Bronx, the hope to "make it big."
Darian "Big Tigger" Morgan, Bronx native, Truman High School graduate, was one of those kids. The lure of success in the hip-hop game led him to participating in several aspects of the culture, including rapping, brea dancing and, of course, DJing. As an intern at Washington D.C.'s WPCG 95.5, the Big Tigger brand was just formulating, success was within reach. Twnety years later, Big Tigger is STILL here, still building and it may take another 20 years for him to slow down.
BlackEnterprise.com spoke to the radio personality from Atlanta's V-103 FM, who can be heard weekdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. EST. He discussed the business of his brand, how he got his start and why he doesn't "want no issues with the MOUSE!"
BlackEnterprise.com: You've been in the game for a number of years now, being successful in the radio and TV arenas, what prompted you to make this your career? Was this something you set out to do?
I kinda fell into this career. I grew up in the Bronx rapping, djing, beatboxing, breakdancing, etc ... Basically anything that had to do with hip-hop. As an intern at WPGC 95.5 in DC during college, I fell in love with the promise of being a radio/TV personality. It allowed me to be close to music that I loved, as well as make an impact on the community. I had no idea I would be in this field until I was an intern. I was a social psych and accounting double major at University of Maryland. Once exposed to the inner workings of the radio station and experiencing the intoxicating feeling of being on air, it was a wrap!
Being a personality and being recognized every way you go, how do you handle the "pressure" of being "Big Tigger" when you are out and about? Do you always have to keep your "game face'" on when interacting with people, even in your own free time?
When I don't wanna be bothered with people, I stay in the house. As a public person, sometimes the fans/audience that loves and supports you have no sympathy or compassion for the fact that you might have already taken 200+ pictures, or that you haven't eaten all day, or that you have a headache ... They just know they didn't get their autograph or pic. So when I don't wanna be bothered, I don't go out. I normally love taking pics or signing things and try to accommodate any and all that ask. Additionally, as a role model, I'm always conscious of everything I do and say in public.
If you were told you could only hold one position between being a radio host and a TV host, which would you choose and why?
Almost impossible to choose because they offer different feelings, platforms and opportunities. A live, interactive radio show simulcast on TV would be the best option to me à la Howard Stern or a nighttime talk show à la Arsenio.
Let's talk about the business of Big Tigger, how do you manage to control your brand in terms of making the right decisions so that Big Tigger can continue to flourish?
I've been lucky and blessed to have common sense, an awesome manager/attorney/best friend in Jason Riley, and God's blessings. I've tried only to attach myself to and do things that were not only authentic to me, but of quality. Maintaining, protecting, and improving my brand have always been paramount.
You were the five-year resident DJ for the Washington Wizards, currently the offical DJ of the Atlanta Hawks, still an official CirocBoyz DJ and member of the Monster DJs, how do your DJ gigs get incorporated with other businesses that may utilize your services? Example, are there ever any conflicts with a venue being sponsored by, let's say, Grey Goose, yet, wants to hire you as a CirocBoyz DJ?
I was also the first member of the Core DJs. There are some opportunities where being attached to brands such as the NBA, Monster, & Ciroc has allowed my participation in certain lucrative and amazing situations, and has also excluded me from some awesome opportunities as well due to affiliations. As with most things, you take the good with the bad. Ultimately, I'm happy and proud that companies see the value in Big Tigger and have decided to let me represent their brands.
Among your hosting duties and radio appearances, you are also a DJ. You've also been featured as a rapper on several tracks with known artists. What else is in the Big Tigger bag of tricks? Are there any other opportunities you are planning to embark on in the future or is there anything in the works that you'd like to talk about?
I have had my own brand of Cognac (Grand Lenare Cognac) and my own line of aftermarket wheels (BT Wheels). I recently shot my first movie "Where's the Love," that aired on UPTV. Definitely planning on some more acting very soon. Behind the camera, I'm co-producing a documentary that I feel will be one of my best accomplishments yet. I'm always looking for and entertaining entrepreneurial ideas ... Don't wanna work forever! I've also been doing free music podcasting for two-and-a-half years now and have accrued 3.3 million-plus downloads of my 56 different podcasts. I've used it as another platform to reach consumers and offer companies an opportunity to reach them as well! They're available on iTunes for free by typing BT Radio in the search or going to bigtiggershow.podomatic.com!
You've been involved in charitable functions, including, for nine years, Big Tigger's Annual Celebrity Classic, what prompted you to start doing the event and are you still involved with any charities? Is there anything planned in the future for any causes?
I first began doing them as a fun way to give back to the community that supported me in all my endeavors. It turned into an annual celebration of life and the struggle to increase the awareness of HIV/AIDS through education and testing. I've had many superstars graciously lend their time and talents to my foundation and cause over the years like Alicia Keys, Kevin Durant, Mike Vick, R. Kelly, Nick Cannon, Vince Carter, Trey Songz, Gabrielle Union, Ludacris, and more. The plan is to bring it to Atlanta in 2015 or as soon as I can find some funding and a director for my new foundation, The Big Tigger Foundation. The new foundation will have a broader reach as it will encompass the betterment of children's lives thru education, nutrition, physical fitness, as well as HIV/AIDS prevention.
What goal have you set for yourself, that you haven't accomplished, if any, that you look forward to doing and when do you think you will complete it?
I'm looking forward to getting married and having a lil Tigger!! Aside from that, I think I wanna do something for ESPN or TNT. I think I'd bring a fresh perspective on sports and will represent a personality that most sports figures will feel comfortable talking to and relating to. Ultimately, 20 years later in radio and 17 years later in TV, I just want to continue representing and resembling what some have called a "legendary" career.
Has Disney ever had a problem with you using Big Tigger as your moniker?
Not that I know of. Yet another reason I had to stay keep my image clean! Don't want no issues with the MOUSE!! lol
|Wed, June 18, 2014 at 3:23 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
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New York radio station Hot 97 just lost a longtime legend in the form of Angie Martinez.
Known inside and outside of the Tri-State area as "The Voice of New York," Martinez just recently posted an Instagram photo confirming her resignation from the Hot 97. "Today, I resigned from HOT97," Martinez wrote in the caption. "I am grateful to the Emmis family for my life. This was one of the toughest decisions I've ever had to make but ultimately it is time to move on, to grow and to be challenged in new ways."
Her iconic voice, her defined style, and her founding position in making Hot 97 a staple in where Hip-Hop lives, Martinez was one of the iconic stars in the Emmis Communications roster. Having been a part of the crew, which also boasted DJ Funk Master Flex and DJ Cipha Sounds, since 18-years-old, Angie Martinez interviewed all the legends in the culture from 50 Cent to Jay Z.
Twitter was understandably moved by the announcement, as tweets saluting her legend began flooding in.
If you're a fan, you can listen to her last show (on now), and bump some "Ladies Night" in her honor.
Do you have a fond memory of Angie Martinez that you'd like to share? Leave it in the comments section below!
|Wed, June 18, 2014 at 1:15 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
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Unlike most 9-year-olds who are concerned with getting adjusted to the fourth grade and navigating through elementary school hallways, Jaden Newman is far ahead of the game with a talent that's putting her on the radar of one of the nation's biggest universities for sports.
Last week, Newman spent three hours touring the University of Miami, where the school's women's basketball coach urged the young athlete to keep the university in mind when it comes time for her to narrow down her college options.
Despite only being in the fourth grade, Newman, who stands at 4-foot-7-inches, has already played two seasons on the girl's high school varsity team at Downey Christian School in Orlando. Her basketball performance against teenagers almost twice her age has gained national attention, with Newman averaging 14.5 points and 7.5 assists per game.
"It did surprise me a little bit," her father and the coach of her basketball team, Jamie Newman, told TODAY.com. "When I first got the call [from Miami assistant coach Derrick Gibbs], I thought it was for my son. I understand why, though, because she has an amazing skillset at 9 years-old, and her potential is through the roof."
Newman is believed to be the youngest player ever to get recruited by a Division 1 college program.
|Wed, June 18, 2014 at 12:09 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
The people who brought you "Despicable Me" and "Jurassic Park" are adding a bit of funkiness to theaters around the country.
Universal Pictures announced in conjunction with their upcoming James Brown biopic, the launch of the "Get On Up" tour. The event will mark an immersive storytelling experience set to the sounds of James Brown's legendary funk.
Beginning Friday, June 20, interested participants can jam out to The Godfather of Soul's timeless hits and learn about his legacy in the process. The tour will journey throughout the United States this summer in anticipation of the film's release that hits theaters on August 1, 2014.
"Our goal with the Get On Up Tour is to entertain audiences who were directly influenced by James Brown's life, as well as to demonstrate to a new generation just how impactful he was, and remains, to modern culture," said Talitha Watkins, vice president of Multicultural Marketing for Universal Pictures. "We want to engage fans in a way that authentically honors his legacy while bringing the fun and funk that he brought to global audiences."
Intrigued fans and newcomers alike can experience all the hoopla as attendees can record their best impersonation of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, bust a move on a dance area that casts colorful shadows, and peruse through a vinyl record tribute wall that shows off how James Brown inspired the masses.
Clips and behind-the-scenes footage from the "Get On Up" film will be made available, too.
If you're in New York, the "Get On Up" tour will begin this week at the American Black Film Festival (June 20-22). After that, it will travel down to New Orleans for the 20th anniversary of the Essence Festival (July 3-6). The tour will return to New York on July 18.