28 Jun

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Johnny Gill also announced BET weekend that New Edition would be embarking on a tour later this year (November 2017)  bringing former promoter Al Haymon out of retirement to promote the tour.

New Edition spoke at BET Weekend at Genius Talks.  Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Johnny Gill, and Manager Brooke Payne were present to speak with Host Charlamagne Tha God.

Charlamagne asked Ricky Bell why he decided to speak on his drug addiction in BET’s The New Edition Story.  According to Ricky Bell “Shame and embarrassment caused me to dread telling the story, but I felt that telling the story would help save someone else.”

New Edition spoke on why they decided to film their movie with BET and how it allowed them to tell their story in a more authentic way.  It also allowed Manager Brooke Payne to fully participate in the creative process of the film. Working with the BET also allowed them to sit in a room for two days to tell their story and allowed them to have conversations about things that took place 20-25 years ago, not knowing that they had offended each other.

According to New Edition, the film was “Therapeutic” for the group as a whole and brought the group closer together after going through many ups and downs.

According to Johnny Gill, the group went through so much, including being told that they can’t tour, that they can’t bring an audience out, that they lost fans, etc.   But Actor Eddie Murphy inspired Johnny by saying “keep turning out and you can’t be denied.” It was then when New Edition were sighted by Sean “Puffy” “Diddy” Combs.

Charlamagne Tha God also asked New Edition how social media has helped to connect New Edition to an entirely new generation.  According to Ronnie DeVoe “social media brought more eyeballs to the movie” to an entirely new generation.




28 Jun

The Host, Actor, Talks About Parenthood, Being Labeled “Corny”, and Why He Left NBC’s America’s Got Talent

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Nick Cannon was a guest at BET Weekend at Genius Talks to speak with Host Charlamagne Tha God.

When asked why he decided to leave NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Nick replied “I didn’t feel that I was losing my job….But I felt that I was losing my integrity..”  According to Variety, Nick Cannon left America’s Got Talent” after a falling out with the network over a joke told on a Showtime comedy special—which included a racially charged joke employing “NBC” as an acronym incorporating a racial slur.

Nick Cannon says that he was inspired by his father, who was a community leader, as well as industry influences such as Dave Chappelle who walked away from his show (The Dave Chappelle Show), to be “fearless” as he felt that he was losing his voice.

Charlamagne Tha God also asked how does Nick Cannon feel about being labeled “Corny”  According to Nick Cannon, for him it is more about “authenticity.”  Even though he grew up in the “hood” he didn’t necessarily wanted to tell that story or share any negative connotations “As a man, once you remove that ego, you can become more vulnerable….”  “I’m more concerned about my Legacy.”

Despite everything, Nick Cannon says that he is “a father first” and how he and Mariah Carey co-parent so well.  He also expressed his fears and anxieties about raising a daughter and his children in this ever-changing world of race and social issues and how he discusses skin color issues with his own children.

One of these students was Nick Cannon, who revealed he’s enrolled as a freshman at Howard University in Washington, D.C.  where he’s majoring in “strategic legal and management communications,”  According to Cannon that despite his success and money— “Education is real wealth” and how he reads a least one book a week.


28 Jun

The Christian Artist Performed on the Main Stage of BET Presents: Celebration of Gospel BET Awards Weekend


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Los Angeles, CA – June  25, 2017 Christian music artist Israel Houghton and his new wife Adrienne Bailon—Actress, Singer and Host of the talk show “The Real” were in attendance at the BET Experience.

Israel Houghton performed on the Main Stage on Sunday, June 25th during the BET Awards Weekend, where Los Angeles Church One Church LA and BET joined forces to host BET’s Celebration of Gospel Live at the BET Experience at LA Live in the Los Angeles Convention Center—Bringing praise and worship to the BET Experience

Hosted by One Church LA husband-and-wife pastors Touré Roberts and Sarah Jakes Roberts, other featured performances also included Major, Tasha Cobbs, Jonathan McReynolds, Mali Music.  In addition, One Church LA dance ministry “One Movement” presented a special presentation choreographed by A-list choreographer, Laurieann Gibson, who has worked with Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj and others.

About Celebration of Gospel Live, Touré comments, “We’re very thankful to BET for granting One Church LA an unbelievable platform to share our message during BET Weekend. We’re making the most of this incredible opportunity with an unforgettable experience—According to Variety.

Israel Houghton is an American Christian music singer, songwriter, producer and worship leader. Houghton is usually credited as Israel & New Breed.


26 Jan

I was surprised and impressed to hear during New Edition Week in Los Angeles that 90’s R&B group Hi-Five reunited post the untimely passing of lead singer Tony Thompson.

Their most recent performance, recently during New Edition week in Los Angeles, showcased their new adult, sexy image with original members Treston Irby, Marcus Sanders, Shannon Gill along with two new group members Billy Covington and Faruq Evans.

The heart-swooning teen sensation from the 90’s known for their hits such as “I Like the Way (The Kissing Game ) and “Quality Time” reunites with a new single and tour.  The group recently reunited on original member Treston Irby’s label Bronx Most Wanted.

Their latest single “KitKat” is a smooth R&B tune that gives you a more grown & sexy version of the former teen group.  Take a listen here:

The group is embarking on a tour with Whodini, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Al B. Sure, Force M.D.’s, Hi-five, Cherrelle, and Doug E. Fresh

There Tour Schedule is as Follows:

Feb 03   Raleigh NC           Duke Energy Ctr

Feb 10   Washington DC   Constitution Hall

Feb 11   Nashville, TN        Municipal Auditorium

Mar 03   Dallas, TX             Verizon CTR

Mar 04   Birmingham, AL  BJCC

Mar 11   Baltimore, MD      Royal Farms Arena

Mar 17   Detroit, MI              Fox Theatre

Mar 18   Chicago, IL           Arie Crown Theatre

Mar 25   Charlotte NC        Ovens Aud

Mar 31   Philadelphia, PA  Liacoras CTR

Apr 08    Indianapolis, IN    Farmers Arena

Apr 15    Cleveland, OH     Woolstein Theatre

Bronx Most Wanted was founded in 2005 by Treston Irby, a member of the celebrated 90’s R & B group Hi-Five. As an artist, it was his vision to form a company that understood artists and treated them the way he felt they should be. Using this vision as a foundation, the Official Hi-Five found its home at Bronx Most Wanted, bringing R & B music that is relevant and trend setting

New Edition Receive Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

24 Jan

January 23, 2017 — New Edition were honored today with their very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. New Edition is a boy band formed in Boston who rose to fame in the early 80’s.  All members were in attendance which consists of Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe and Johnny Gill.

Can You Stand the Rain?   I did….as well as the fans,  who didn’t let the L.A. rain stop them from coming from far and wide to attend the Ceremony, given by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

Those also in attendance included BET and The New Edition Story—BET’s Jesse Collins, Stephen Hill,  Marvin McIntyre (Artist Development worked with New Edition) , Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis (co-wrote and produced many of the band’s hit songs, including “If It Isn’t Love,” “Can You Stand the Rain” and “You’re Not My Kind of Girl,”), Manager Brooke PayneBET’s The New Edition Story Cast— Bryshere Y. Gray, Melvin Jackson Jr., Yvette Nicole Brown, Elijah Kelley, Keith Powers, Algee Smith, and Luke James.

New Edition’s Manager Brooke Payne, gave a touching speech of how the group started off in Boston to their humbled moment on the Walk of Fame.

New Edition’s group member Ricky Bell took the podium to speak on behalf of New Edition.  He spoke of how he knew the other group members since they were 7 & 8 years old.  His words took on a spiritual and inspirational note,.  speaking of how hard it has been to keep the group together “Sometimes there are forces that try to stop you–invisible forces, egos and other things…..Keep us in your prayers.”

Ricky Bell further explained how the rise to get this far has been a tough one; however, he is humble and grateful that they have made it this far. “We were just teenagers that wanted to make the ladies scream….We never thought that there would be a day that we would make in on the Hollywood Walk of Fame…..This goes to show that this thing is bigger than us”, says Ricky Bell.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony is part of a week-long celebration of all things New Edition. BET’s The New Edition Story is 3 night miniseries chronicling the ups and downs of legendary music group New Edition from their humble beginnings in Boston to individual solo success and everything in between.


13 Jan


As America still sits in shock over the U.S. Presidential Election……trying to make sense of the unexpected result.  One has to muster – What went wrong?

Trump, a businessman himself, knew the importance of Marketing, Publicity in this Social Media age.

Trump started with a Campaign Slogan “Make America Great Again”  This Tagline resonated with a segmented population who may have been “Anti-Obama.”  This “campaign” started well before the election.  Trump first garnered attention with comments made challenging President Obama’s citizenship. Trump expressed internal fears that a segmented population were relating to. Trump’s “no filter” comments expressed the thoughts and fears of the demographic that won him the election.

Trump’s lack of tactfulness and political correctness caused an uproar on Social Media. These “rants caused a “reaction” and garnered the attention of the people…and most importantly The Press.


Good or Bad—ALL Publicity is good publicity.


On the other hand, while having history and being somewhat of an “incumbent”. Hillary Clinton was a “shoe-in” people assumed.   However, Hillary Clinton failed to execute a strong Campaign.  Hillary Clinton for a huge duration of her Campaign, failed to secure a solid, distinct positioning in election.

Hillary failed to create a solid/memorable Campaign Slogan or Tagline.  “Stronger Together” was vague with no strong specific messaging, mission or target.  Furthermore, she didn’t choose a solid Campaign Slogan until late into her campaign (May 2016).

The wiki-leaks email scandal also did not help her Campaign from a Public Relations perspective.  It tarnished the image of being a trustworthy Politician.  Hillary’s vagueness to define which issues she stood for also failed to define a clear mission as well.

Hillary also failed to solidify a well-defined demographic – whether her target was minorities, women, or urban- Hillary failed to create significant messaging to resonate with those targets. She lost in major Democratic/Urban states that are typically Democrat—Wisconsin Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Pennsylvania. Hillary then reached out to Celebrities later in her campaign, but it arrived “too late” Trump had well spent a few years creating buzz in the marketplace due to his controversial comments which overshadowed any Publicity for Hillary.

Whether Trumps viewpoints were real or fabricated to generate a buzz from a Publicity standpoint to reach a certain demographic, Trump’s campaign drew in those voters.

What’s next remains to be seen with this unexpected win.



11 Oct

As a fellow tastemaker, I had the pleasure of attending the Legends & Icons 7th Annual Picnic.  The Legends  & Icons picnic was held on Saturday, October 8th, and hosted by The Living Legends Foundation in Woodley Park in Van Nuys California.

This annual picnic celebrated music artists, music executives—our past, passion & progress to those who paved the way for others in the Music Industry.  It was great seeing some legends in attendance– including George Daniels, Chicago Music Retailer of George’s Music Room, Jamie Foster Brown of Sister 2 Sister Magazine, Lee Bailey of EURweb,and many other countless journalists, publicists and retailers who were honored for their contributions for working behind-the scenes in the Music Industry.

The picnic also honored those in the Music Industry that have passed from October 2015 to 2016 with a moment of silence.

I had a great time, it felt like a family reunion of Industry people–a chance to reconnect to those who work tirelessly behind the scenes to bring forth the artists that many enjoy. All in all the food, family environment, and fun brought these important components to the event and it was all love.

The host committee consists of Carole Carper, Charlene Cyrus, Chris Jones/Jonz, Joan Scott, Kevin Fleming, Lee Bailey, Marty Mack, Pat Shields, Renee Givens, Rick Nuhn, and Wendell Bates.