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NEW EDITION ANNOUNCE TOUR AT BET AWARDS WEEKEND

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.

BET AWARDS PERFORMANCE: http://www.bet.com/video/betawards/2017/performances/new-edition-performs-mr-telephone-man-can-you-stand-the-rain-if-it-isnt-love.html

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.