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Chris Tucker to Host EBONY Power 100 Gala

EBONY Magazine announces the host for its annual EBONY Power 100 Gala and this year’s special award recipients.

Acclaimed actor and comedian Chris Tucker will steer the star-studded event.

Distinguished industry leaders to be recognized with the EBONY Icon Award and Inaugural Chairman’s Award

Following the recent unveiling of its prestigious annual EBONY Power 100 List in celebration those whose work and heroism continue to inspire and influence society, EBONY magazine has announced the host for this year’s highly anticipated EBONY Power 100 Gala, presented by Nationwide, taking place in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on Nov. 30.

EBONY is also pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s coveted special awards which will be presented during Hollywood’s star-studded spectacle.

Helming the celebration of the 2018 EBONY Power 100 list honoring crusaders, innovators, disruptors, business titans, entrepreneurs and MVPs who are making a difference in the community at the EBONY Power 100 Gala is international award-winning actor Chris Tucker. Once a frequent stand-up performer on Def Comedy Jam in the 1990s, Tucker is best known today for playing Det. James Carter in the Rush Hour film series. Chris is currently returning to the stage on his stand-up comedy tour that has received rave reviews all over the world, while spending much of his spare time traveling and working with his foundation.

EBONY Media Operations CEO Michael Gibson will present the inaugural Chairman’s Award to former BET Chairman and CEO Debra Lee. The trailblazing business dynamo joined BET as executive vice president and general counsel in 1986, was promoted to president and COO of the network that reaches approximately 78 million homes in March 1996 and to chairman and CEO in 2005. She guided much of the 38-year-old network’s growth beyond music and into entertainment, news and public affairs programming, including original movies, late-night talk shows and concert specials, with successes such as bringing to cable The Game in 2014 and the miniseries. The New Edition Story in 2017, the launch of BET.com and the acquisition of the television rights to Black Girls Rock!

This year’s prestigious EBONY Icon Award will be presented to Motown Records. There simply isn’t a name in music more synonymous with era-defining hits, star-making, and innovation than Motown. Started in Detroit with a dream and an $800 loan, Berry Gordy’s Hitsville USA became a cultural behemoth that swiftly hooked pop culture with a brand new beat. The unmistakable, irrepressible sound of young America didn’t just dominate the charts–it crossed the racial divide during the social upheaval of the 1960’s. The hits and cultural influence doesn’t stop as Motown and its family of imprints explore new genres in partnerships with labels including Quality Control Music, which set the stage for signings of Migos and Lil Yachty. In recognition of the brand’s iconic relevance and impact, EBONY is pleased to honor Motowns decades of success. The award will be accepted by Motown President, and EVP of Capitol Music Group. Ethiopia Habtemariam, who is also honored in the Women Up category for her outstanding leadership in the music industry.

Habtemariam, whose former title, President of Urban Music & Co-Head of Creative for Universal Music Publishing, is responsible for revitalizing the storied label that boasts hit makers NE-YO and Erykah Badu. Habtemariam has ushered in a new generation of artists with acts like JAMESDAVIS, Lil Baby, City Girls, and BJ The Chicago Kid. Last summer, Billboard magazine recognized her as Universal Music Group’s Most Powerful African-American Woman.

“We are delighted to announce our celebrated host and award recipients for this year’s EBONY Power 100 Gala,” says Gibson. “Since unveiling our 2018 EBONY Power 100 List last month, the anticipation and buzz throughout the country has been very exciting to see. This year’s gala will surely prove to be the most memorable to date, and I would like to personally congratulate all our honorees.”

The 2018 EBONY Power 100 List recognizes the most influential and inspiring from the business, philanthropic, entertainment, and social activism communities in the following eight categories: Community Crusaders, Disruptors, Entertainment & Arts, Entrepreneurs, Innovators, MVPs, Power Players and the coveted Women Up.

Former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama lead the Entertainment & Arts category, with a focus on Mrs. Obama’s book tour for her new memoir, Becoming. Barry Jenkins, director of the Academy Award-wining Moonlight and the upcoming If Beale Street Could Talk, is also being honored in the category for his achievements in the film industry, as Tony Award-winning actor Billy Porter is for his role in the television series Pose. Other notables being honored in the Entertainment & Arts category include the cast of Black Pantherand rappers Cardi B, Drake and Travis Scott. Athletes being honored in the MVPs category include Houston Rockets guard James Harden, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and professional WWE wrestler and superstar Thaddeus Bullard, aka Titus O’Neil.

The 2018 EBONY Power 100 List includes politicians and lawmakers who made the news over the past year, such as Stacey Abrams, the first Black Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee (recognized in the Disruptors category); Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, Florida, and the first Black candidate for governor of the Sunshine State (another Disruptors honoree); Keisha Lance Bottoms, the second Black female mayor of Atlanta (recognized in the Women Up category); and London Breed, the first Black female LGBT mayor of San Francisco (also honored in the Women Up category).

Other honorees run the gamut of industry, community activism and more. Civil rights activist Tarana Burke the Bronx, New York native who achieved global acclaim after starting the MeToo movement will be recognized in the Community Crusaders category. Group President and Chief Operating Officer Rosalind Brewer will be honored in the Women Up category as the first African-American woman to the hold that position as at Starbucks. March of Dimes President Stacey D. Stewart will be recognized in the Disruptors category as the first African-American female president to lead the charitable organization. Junior Flip Kids, honored in the Entrepreneurs category, is a company made up of six schoolchildren aged 7 to 13 years old who met with Oprah Winfrey before starting their business to transform distressed properties into renovated single-family homes in Washington D.C., and Maryland. Cheryl “Action” Jackson will be recognized in the Community Crusaders category as the founder of Minnie’s Pantry, an organization that has provided over 8 million meals to families in need.

Honorees are celebrated each year at the EBONY Power 100 Gala, presented by Nationwide. The event will take place this year in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on November. During the gala, the prestigious EBONY Power 100 special award recipients will be recognized for their contributions to business and industry. The 2018 EBONY Power 100 Gala is hosted by EBONY Foundation and benefits Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. Learn more about sickle cell disease and to donate by texting “EBONY” to 91011 and using #SCDHOPEWINS. Follow #EBONYPower100 on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

The complete EBONY Power 100 List for this year can be viewed here!

Kash Doll Releases “Ice Me Out” Video

Today, Detroit rapper and rising hip-hop MC Kash Doll shares the visuals for her single “Ice Me Out”.

Watch it HERE.

The video showcases Kash Doll’s versatility, whether she’s toying with life size hand carved male ice sculptures or wearing the limited-edition jewel adorned Versace boots – she knows exactly how to get your attention. She wrote “Ice Me Out” for women who can do the same!

“This is a song to remind guys that there are still independent women who can provide and spoil themselves,” she explains. “They can afford to buy their own things, but they still want to be treated special, courted and taken on dates, go out and experience new things together, exchange nice gifts… it’s more to getting to know someone than Netflix and chill.”

Earlier this year, Kash Doll released a project solely for her fans titled “Brat Mail” to thank them for all their continued support. The project garnered over 13 million global streams and features the break out single “Check”.  Shortly before “Brat Mail,” Kash released one of her biggest singles to date, “For Everybody” which racked up 10 million YouTube/VEVO views independently.

Coming from Motor City, Kash Doll first bubbled up in 2014 with a remix of Tinashe’s “Too On” which received airplay on local radio stations. Shortly after, her single “Run Me My Money” went viral and paved the way for the release of her mixtape Keisha vs. Kash Doll which exceeded over 600,000 downloads in the first two days. A child of hip-hop, she immediately became a regional favorite, generating millions of streams and packing shows. She started exploding with “For Everybody” in 2017 and was awarded the BMI Social Star award. In 2018 she made headlines by winning the “Issa Wave” Award at the 2018 BET Social Awards. Watch her acceptance speech and a fiery performance of “For Everybody.” She’s definitely proven herself as an artist to watch.

Ella Mai and Bruno Mars 24K Magic World Tour

10 Summers and Interscope Records’ breakout star Ella Mai will be joining the esteemed Bruno Mars on his 24K Magic World Tour. Ella Mai will appear on seven of the tour’s October dates, kicking off her run in Brooklyn, NY at the Barclays Center. The announcement marks yet another accomplishment for the UK songstress whose debut single, “Boo’d Up” is now RIAA Certified Double-Platinum.

Ella Mai’s latest single, “Trip,” is also being met with high praise, with SPIN describing it as, “a bouncy R&B jam with another earworm hook so infectious you can’t help but put your hands up.” As the 23-year old embraces her sweeping success, she has made a point of documenting her journey on YouTube in the form vlogs titled Ellasodes. The first episode highlights her BET Awards experience, while the latest video will detail her Essence Festival performance. Ella Mai is currently on the road, headlining her own sold out Boo’d Up tour.

DaniLeigh

When the end of Summer hits, the desire to rewind time kicks in, reliving every magical moment from the season’s past. It’s a vibe that newcomer DaniLeigh has managed to encapsulate in her debut EP Summer With Friends, coming soon. The 22-year-old singing and dancing phenomenon cut her teeth in the business when she directed a music video for her late mentor, Prince. She enhanced her buzz with back-to-back jams “Play” (featuring Kap G) and “Lurkin’”, and is here to continue her mission of making music that both sounds and feels good.

The South Florida native had music in her blood, singing from a young age. As an early teen, DaniLeigh recorded YouTube covers of songs like Musiq Soulchild’s “So Beautiful,” though she wasn’t quite ready for the big time. “I was really shy,” she admits, “and I didn’t realize the unique sound of my voice until later on.” It wasn’t until a few years later when she moved to Los Angeles at 16 that DaniLeigh began harnessing her craft. In LA she found her footing in the music industry, starting with dancing. “I was dancing in music videos, commercials, you name it,” she recalls. “From there, I met a lot of producers onset and just networked.” Singing became the secret weapon, as DaniLeigh would reveal her chops and be invited to studios for recording sessions. However, a life-changing encounter with the legendary Prince would be the real catalyst.

After learning of DaniLeigh’s talents as a dancer (through a one-minute video clip), the Purple One reached out to have her direct his video for “Breakfast Can Wait” at just 18 years old. The video hit worldwide, appearing on networks like MTV, BET, and REVOLT. Prince ultimately took DaniLeigh under his wing, mentoring her budding singing career. His untimely death in 2016 left a void in DaniLeigh’s life, though his presence is still felt as DaniLeigh’s star is only getting brighter.

“Play” truly kicked things off. The high-energy single is described by DaniLeigh as an empowering anthem for women. “It’s a bold statement,” she says of the cut, which carries a message of “making a play” in all areas of life. “I’m a very positive person and this song I feel can help motivate people to put in that work,” she says. Bringing Kap G (who is of Mexican descent) into the fold as a feature was her way of uniting more Latinos in music, as DaniLeigh’s Dominican heritage is evident in both her style and sound. The single “Lurkin’” immediately followed, as a slick nod to social those stalkers who don’t congratulate moves, yet look on from the social media sidelines. The song even made its way to the HBO hit series Insecure. The stage is now set for DaniLeigh to show the diverse angles of her talent on a grander scale.

Aptly titled Summer With Friends, the upcoming EP sums up DaniLeigh’s past few months, which she lightheartedly describes as “just having fun and working.” The relatable nature of the project brings forth the aforementioned singles, along with feel good songs that channel the young artist’s inspirations including Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, and Drake while showing her ability to fuse hip-hop and R&B with poppier electronic-driven vibes. Songs like “Questions” playfully target those relationship interrogation sessions (Where were you? Who were you with?), while “Ex” is a self-explanatory track about the now-single artist’s previous romance. “He got one song,” she jokes. Other cuts like the infectious “On” and “All I Know” show DaniLeigh’s versatility within the pop-urban landscape, while “All Day” highlights her Dominican roots. “That’s a bachata beat underneath [the production],” she proudly points out. “The time right now is in alignment, showing that things are going the right way.” As DaniLeigh unveils her debut Summer With Friends and the projects that follow, she maintains her goal of positive music, though has one wish involving one important angel by her side. “I always say I wish Prince was here to see all of this happening with me right now,” she says. “It’s okay though. I know he’s watching.”

Culture Creators

[Los Angeles, CA, June 23] Friday, June 24, Culture Creators gathered black culture’s most impactful and inspiring voices under one roof for the third annual Innovators & Leaders Awards Brunch. This year, the event took over The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills and received the support of sponsors such as Remy Martin, The Mane Choice, Morgan Stanley, and Beats by Dre.

300+ guests witnessed the honorees receive their respective awards and share stories, memories, and gratitude. Bringing the house to its feet in a roar of applause, Sylvia Rhone garnered the Culture Creators Icon Award.

Other recipients included Jemele Hill, who received the Defiance Award, Kenya Barris, Jana Fleishman, Tunji Balogun, Shawn Gee, and more. Celebrity guests included Will.i.am, DJ Khaled, Tank, Andre Harrell, Miles Brown, Essence Atkins, Luke James, Waka Flocka, and more. Once again, Culture Creators magnified the resonance of Black Culture’s Innovators & Leaders and kicked off BET weekend in uplifting fashion.

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LIST OF HONOREES

Honorees: Sylvia Rhone | President, Epic Records // Jemele Hill | Chief Correspondent & Sr. Columnist, The Undefeated ESPN // Lauren Wesley Wilson | President ColorComm, Inc. // Fatima Robinson | Choreographer & Director // Brea Stinson | Owner & Fashion Designer, STINSON HAUS // Jason Bolden | Co-Founder, JSN Studio/ / Charles D. King | Founder & CEO, MACRO // Kenya Barris | Writer & Producer, Creator of “Black-ish” // Rashaun Williams | General Partner, MVP All-Star Fund // Shawn Gee | President, Live Nation Urban // Tunji Balogun | Co-Founder, Keep Cool/EVP, A&R RCA Records // Jana Fleishman | EVP Media & Strategic Development, Roc Nation // Kristi Henderson | Co-Founder, WEEN // Carlos Fleming | Partner & Head of Sports Talent Marketing, WME // Rodney Williams | CEO & Co-Founder, LISNR

ABOUT CULTURE CREATORS

Culture Creators (CC) is an organization made up of the key figures from music, technology, film, television, fashion, and much more. Culture Creators always aims to celebrate the accomplishments of minorities in various industries and how African American culture continues to thrive and impact popular culture. As part of its programming for the 2016 GRAMMY weekend, Culture Creators hosted a soiree that attracted the likes of Diplo, Chris Rock, Skrillex, Lorde, Fatima Robinson, Cory Gamble, SZA, KeKe Palmer, and many more important Hollywood trendsetters and pioneers. Culture Creators also partnered with Howard University to provide executive leadership and recruitment to aid in the diversity and inclusion recruitment of students for mass merchant retailers, advertising agencies and athletic apparel companies.

Teyana Taylor

TEYANA TAYLOR RELEASES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SOPHOMORE ALBUM K.T.S.E. VIA G.O.O.D. MUSIC/DEF JAM RECORDINGS

K.T.S.E. (KEEP THAT SAME ENERGY) PRODUCED ENTIRELY BY KANYE WEST
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(June 22, 2018 – New York, NY) R&B superstar, dancer/choreographer, actress, model, and Harlem native Teyana Taylor releases her highly anticipated sophomore album, K.T.S.E. today via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings. Produced entirely by Kanye West, the seven-track album is the fifth and final installment in the historic weekly series of G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam releases this month.

K.T.S.E.– Keep That Same Energy – is the long-awaited follow-up to 2014’s VII, Teyana’s G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam debut album. VII’s top 10 R&B/Hip-Hop single, “Maybe” featuring Yo Gotti and Pusha T has collected over 16 million YouTube views to date.

K.T.S.E. was unveiled Thursday night at a livestreamed listening event on the Universal Studios lot in Los Angeles. Universal’s famed “New York” set was transformed into Taylor’s native Harlem, with street signs pointing to 141 Street and Lenox Avenue, while mock-NYPD cruisers flashed their blue and red lights into the Hollywood night. The event was livestreamed on Twitter, and featured merch designed by Cali Thornhill DeWitt. Teyana Taylor merchandise is available now at her exclusive online store: https://shop.teyanataylor.com/

Teyana Taylor is one of the most versatile entertainers of her generation. As a respected recording artist, dancer, choreographer, fitness aficionado, actress and model, she has made waves across a variety of fields. Her Vh1 reality show Teyana & Iman was highly successful, with the finale coming in as the #1 watched show on cable television on a Monday night in the 9pm time slot. Teyana opened Junie Bee’s Nail Salon, a 90’s inspired salon in Harlem in an exclusive partnership with OPI Products. Coming up, she will star alongside Blair Underwood and recording artists French Montana in the Netflix film The Afterparty. She will also star in BET’s scripted series, Hit The Floor, premiering on July 10, with upcoming movie The Trap with Mike Epps and T.I. following. Her collection with GCDS launched recently in addition to her ongoing partnership with her own Reebok shoe line. Her recent Pretty Little things x Karl Kani collaboration sold out in a whopping 19 minutes.
Teyana’s dance performance in Kanye West’s “Fade” music video became a global viral sensation, attracting 100 million + YouTube views, and won the 2017 MTV VMA for “Best Choreography”.

Woody McClain to Reprise Role in “The Bobby Brown Story”

NAACP-nominated Lead Actor Woody McClain is reprising his role as Bobby Brown in BET’s The Bobby Brown Story, which follows Brown through highs and lows both personal and professional as he settles into new roles as a husband and father. The direct sequel to The New Edition Story is set to premiere in September as a two part television event.

Woody was recently nominated for Outstanding Actor at the NAACP Image Awards for his depiction of Bobby Brown in The New Edition Story, while the show took home the award for Outstanding Limited Series. The New Edition Story pulled record ratings, attracting 29 million total viewers during premiere week, making it the network’s highest-rated and most-watched telecasts since 2012.

Soon after the premiere of The Bobby Brown Story, he will be seen on the big screen in Canal Street playing “MayMay,” set to release in Fall 2018. His recent projects also include a role in USA’s series “Unsolved,” a scripted true crime series based on the murder investigations of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.

Woody McClain was born in Charleston, South Carolina, and raised in Jacksonville, Florida before moving to Los Angeles in 2012 to pursue a career as a professional dancer. He has since performed with numerous artists including Chris Brown and Fifth Harmony.

After excelling in his career as a professional dancer, he began creating original social media content and noticed very quickly that he had a gift for making people laugh. In fact, Woody signed with Kevin Hart’s production company, ‘HartBeat Digital’, in December 2015 to produce content after his version of Hart’s “Permission to Cuss” skit went viral and caught Hart’s attention.

Alongside his acting, he has teamed up with Kevin Hart for a streaming series in which he plays Kevin, based on Hart’s most iconic stories and stand-up bits available via Hart’s streaming video service, “Laugh Out Loud”. McClain is the creator, Executive Producer and star of Stories With Kev, with Hart serving as Executive Producer.

EW’s first look at The Bobby Brown Story

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TK Kravitz Drops Carib-Influence “Mile Away”

+ Lead Single “Ocean” ft. Jacquees – 23 million streams

+ “Space” ft. Sexton – Top 10 at US Urban Radio

[May 18, 2018] After the release of his bubbling new video “Ocean Ft. Jacquees,” TK Kravitz is back with his latest single “Mile Away,” which premiered via Rap-Up.

The Atlanta native and military brat told Rap-Up, “I wanted a fun vibe, but I didn’t want the message to get lost either. It’s about still being able to spot the bullshit from a mile away no matter what’s going on around you.

Keeping with his undeniably catchy hooks, TK delivers a mid-tempo jam with reggae-infused production. “Mile Away” is bound to be the summer soundtrack to everyone’s BBQs and day-parties.

Equipped with effortless melodies and clever lyricism, TK Kravitz has definitely built a strong foundation for himself in the music industry. His record “Ocean” featuring R&B phenomenon Jacquees was the #1 most added song at radio last week and his 2017 single, “Space ft. Sexton” reached #8 at US Urban radio. His unique sound and ability to brilliantly delve into R&B and hip-hop has garnered TK the attention of Complex, The Fader, Billboard, Hot New Hip-Hop, Singersroom, XXL, BET, The Source, and countless other publications. His incredible penmanship has allowed him to collaborate with everyone from Meek MillTy Dolla Sign to YFN Lucci.

Fans will be excited to hear that his second project, 2.0 is just around the corner! Take a listen to “Mile Away” below and be on the look out for the official music video next w.

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LION BABE + LEIKELI47 = THE WAVE

Lion Babe’s new single “The Wave” debuted as BBC Radio 1 Annie Mac’s “hottest record in the world.”

“We’re feeling really good about this new music and so excited about it. It’s really just the two of us out here making the records we’ve always wanted to make and the sound is really coming into its full form because we’ve been doing this for a little bit so we know what we want to do and we’re going for it!”

“We’ve been fans of Leikeli47’s music for a while now. She’s so creative and visual like us so it seemed like a great match-up and it’s super exciting for us!” – Lion Babe, interview with BBC Radio 1 

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Stay Tuned for a television performance of “THE WAVE” airing this Thursday April 5th at 11PM Est on Bet’s The Rundown With Robin Thede !

 

 

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NAVIA ROBINSON

The talented and beautiful, Navia Robinson is one of the stars of Disney Channel’s hit new series “Raven’s Home.” A spin-off from the hit Disney Channel series “That’s So Raven!” The show follows Raven (Raven Symone) and Chelsea who are now divorced single mothers raising their two separate families in one chaotic, but fun household full of friends. When one of Raven’s kids begins to show signs that they have inherited her trait of seeing into the future, the already hectic household gets turned upside down, keeping even Raven on her toes. On the show Navia plays Raven’s daughter “Nia.” The second season premiere is TBD 2018. The show was recently nominated for 2018 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children’s Program.

In addition to “Raven’s Home,” Navia has a lead role on the hit Netflix series “Free Rein”. After befriending a mysterious horse during a summer in the English countryside, 15-year-old Zoe finds the strength to deal with issues she faces. On the show Navia plays “Rosie” Zoe’s little sister. The second season is currently airing. The show was recently nominated for 2018 NAACP Image Award (Outstanding Children’s Program) and a 2018 Daytime Emmy Award (Best Children’s Series).

Navia’s television career began by recurring as D’Asia, the young niece to Gabrielle Union’s character, Mary Jane, in the ground-breaking pilot and ongoing subsequent series of BET Network’s “Being Mary Jane”. In early 2016 Nicki Minaj handpicked Navia for her new pilot about her life growing up in Queens entitled “NICKI” which was shot for the Freeform Network formerly known as ABC Family. She’s starring in a new Netflix original coming of age series currently titled “Horse Mystery Project”, which is presently in production in the United Kingdom and due for release in Spring of 2017.

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