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Part 1 of BET’s ‘The New Edition Story’ Gained Millions of Views, Cast Covers VIBE Magazine

BET completely racked up in numbers from Part 1 the highly anticipated 3-part miniseries, The New Edition Story. The most-talked about biopic drew in 2.5MM viewers P18-49, and 4.2MM total viewers P2+ on Black Entertainment Television. Teaming up with their sister network Centric the telecast scored 2.6MM viewers P18-49, and 4.4MM total viewers across both networks. BET also dominated the social-sphere as the channel ranked as the #1 most social network on television.

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On BET alone The NE Story was the highest rated and most watched telecast in five years since 2012 with the Season 5 premiere of The Game (excluding tentpoles). Outranking all other TV programs including cable, syndication, and sports the special was the #1 most social episode on both Facebook and Twitter. Across social platforms, 2.2 million people generated nearly 1 million interactions. On Twitter, BET and the series drove 12 of the top 20 trending topics of the night including #Betamax, #BobbyBrown, #CandyGirl, #MikeBivins, and #LukeJames. Interactions peaked during the live 10:30 pm – 10:44 pm window, as viewers applauded the transition of the band from boys to men.

To add, the multi-talented cast was also featured on VIBE‘s new digital cover which includes Bryshere Y. Gray, Elijah Kelley, Luke James, Keith Powers, Algee Smith, and Woody McClain as the adult members of New Edition. Along with a stellar cast, it also includes a collective of award-winning producers and directors including iconic music powerhouses

Along with a stellar cast, the movie also includes a collective of award-winning producers and directors including iconic music powerhouses James “Jimmy Jam” Harris, Terry Lewis and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Executive Producer Jesse Collins (Real Husbands of Hollywood) for JCE Films, a division of Jesse Collins Entertainment, and award-winning director Chris Robinson. Co-Producers are: co-produced by Brooke Payne, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant and Bobby Brown.

The most epic television film of 2017 continues tonight, Wednesday, January 25 at 9 pm ET/PT, and concludes Thursday, January 26 at 9 pm ET/PT. 

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Beyonce, Chance the Rapper and Fat Joe & Remy Ma Win Big at Soul Train Awards 2016

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SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 celebrated the best in Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop by highlighting both returning legends and breakout stars with unrivaled musical moments and titillating performances. The awards show, which aired tonight on CENTRIC and BET, was hosted once again by the funkadelic Godmother of neo-soul, Erykah Badu, who also served as Executive Producer.

Beyoncé led the night’s winners dominating in top categories including Video of the Year, Album/Mixtape of the Year, Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, and Song of the Year. Fat Joe and Remy Ma featuring French Montana and Infared took home two awards of their own, Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year) and Best Collaboration, for their smash hit “All the Way Up.” Artists were honored across 12 different categories and additional winners included Kanye West featuring Teyana Taylor for Best Dance Performance for “Fade,” Chance the Rapper (Best New Artist), Anderson .Paak (Centric Certified Award), Andra Day “Rise Up” (The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award), Maxwell (Best R&B/Soul Male Artist), and Kirk Franklin “123 Victory” (Best Gospel/Inspirational Song.)

The evening marked the inaugural Soul Train Awards since BET Networks officially acquired Soul Train earlier this year and it did not disappoint. The night featured crowd-loving classics and current favorites from the best Soul artists of yesterday and today.

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Dru Hill kicked off the Soul Train Awards 2016 with the ultimate throwback of their 90s R&B jams including “Tell Me,” “In My Bed,” and “Beauty.”

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Dru Hill lead singer Sisqó then took the stage solo to perform his late 90’s mega-hit “Thong Song.”

 

An endearing and  inspired Jill Scott presented Brandy with the second annual Lady of Soul Award, who went on to blow the crowd away with a full dance and stunning vocal performance of her most beloved hits including “Almost Doesn’t Count,” “What About Us,” “Full Moon,” “I Wanna Be Down,” “The Boy Is Mine,” “Talk About Our Love,” “Have You Ever,” and “Sitting On Top Of The World,” joined by MA$E.

 

Soulful newcomers Anderson .Paak and BJ the Chicago Kid performed “Waters” and “Cha Cha” singer D.R.A.M. joined Badu on stage for their recently released single, “WiFi.”

The awards ended on a high note with Teddy Riley pulling out all the stops for an unforgettable showcase following his receiving of the night’s highest honor, the Legend Award. Riley brought out retro hitmakers and past collaborators including Doug E. Fresh, Bobby Brown, Tito Jackson, Wreckx-N-Effect and Guy for a medley of classics including “My Prerogative,” “Remember the Time,” “Rump Shaker,” and more.

Alongside the amazing performances, the second annual Soul Cypher, featuring Erykah Badu, Tyrese, Ne-Yo, Angie Stone and the incomparable Gladys Knight was another musical moment not to be forgotten.

SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 WINNERS

Best New Artist – Chance the Rapper

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist – Maxwell

Centric Certified Award – Anderson .Paak

Video of the Year – Beyoncé – “Formation”

Best Gospel/Inspirational Song – Kirk Franklin – “123 Victory”

Album/Mixtape of the Year – Beyoncé – “Lemonade”

Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year) – Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared – “All the Way Up”

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist – Beyoncé

Song of the Year – Beyoncé

The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award – “Rise Up” – Written by Andra Day and Jennifer Decilveo (Andra Day)

Best Dance Performance – Kanye West (Dance Performance featuring Teyana Taylor) – “Fade”

Best Collaboration – Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared – “All the Way Up”

The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 are produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment. Executive Producers of the network telecast are as follows: Debra Lee, Stephen G. Hill and Connie Orlando from BET; and Jesse Collins for Jesse Collins Entertainment.

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Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis & Babyface confirmed as music producers for the NEW EDITION STORY on BET in January

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Along with a stellar cast, THE NEW EDITION STORY includes a collective of award-winning producers and directors including iconic music powerhouses James “Jimmy Jam” Harris, Terry Lewis and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Executive Producer Jesse Collins and award-winning director Chris Robinson. THE NEW EDITION STORY will air as a six hour, three night event on January 24, 25, and 26, 2017 at 9 PM ET/PT on BET.

The much-anticipated biopic follows the famed group (Ronnie DeVoe, Ralph Tresvant, Bobby Brown, Michael Bivins, Ricky Bell & Johnny Gill) from their humble beginnings as kids in Boston to global mega stardom- weathering the highs and lows of controversy, personnel changes, and the ultimate cost of fame.

The biopic is the brainchild of Collins who says the idea first came to him when he was producing 25 Strong: The BET Silver Anniversary Special (2005) and New Edition was set to perform. “New Edition was pure magic on stage.  The first time I got to see the behind the scenes challenges that they were dealing with to function as a group was during production of the special.  I reached out to Michael Bivins after the show and we started the process to produce a film based on the group,” said Collins. “Ten years later, after production delays, we were finally able to tell their story.”

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, with 17-Grammy Award wins collectively (11 for Babyface, six for Jam & Lewis, all receiving awards for Producer of the Year) were already an integral part of the careers of the members of New Edition. Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis produced New Edition’s 1988 seminal, Double Platinum-selling album “Heartbreak,” their highest selling album to date as well as produced Ralph Tresvant’s solo breakout #1 single “Sensitivity” and Johnny Gills #1 single “Rub You The Right Way.” ‘Heartbreak’ ushered in a new, mature sound for the band, introduced Johnny Gill into the group after the group voted out Bobby Brown and featured five singles including #1 & #2 Billboard R&B tracks “Can You Stand the Rain” and “If It Isn’t Love” respectively.

“Terry and I came in at a pivotal time when they were having internal issues and growing pains. Fans will get the true behind-the-scenes story of this key phase in their personal lives and careers,” said Harris. Lewis added, “Their songs are like a time capsule, not only capturing the quintessential 80’s R&B sound but also document the New Edition journey particularly transitioning from a boy band to adult stars. ”

Edmonds will serve as the music producer for the first half of THE NEW EDITION STORY, but ironically he and producing partner L.A. Reid were responsible for crafting almost half of the hits, including the Grammy-Award winning “Every Little Step,” from Bobby Brown’s explosive 1988 sophomore solo album, ‘Don’t Be Cruel.’ “I learned a lot about Bobby and the band dynamic during the making of ‘Don’t Be Cruel.’ But I also lived and breathed 80’s R&B because I was performing with my band (The Deele) and producing with L.A. Reid, so I make sure the feeling was captured,” said Babyface.

Chris Robinson, is responsible for a long list of iconic music videos for the likes of Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Pharrell, Diddy, Usher, T.I., Nas, Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys, Common, Boyz II Men and more. His biggest goal was to capture the band’s distinct look and feel.

“We went through great pains to get every detail right because true New Edition fans and 80’s babies like myself will know. That was such a distinctive and colorful era. I think we succeeded,” said Robinson.

The star-filled ‘New Edition Story’ cast includes Bryshere Y. Gray Elijah Kelley,  Luke James, Keith Powers, Algee SmithWoody McClain as NEW EDITION along with La La Anthony, Yvette Nicole Brown, Monica Calhoun, Lisa Nicole Carson, Sandi McCree Wood Harris, Michael Rapaport, Faizon Love, Duane Martin Tank and Bre-Z.

The story is executive produced by Jesse Collins (Real Husbands of Hollywood) for JCE Films, a division of Jesse Collins Entertainment; directed by Chris Robinson (ATL) and co-produced by Brooke Payne, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant and Bobby Brown.

For behind the scenes look at the making of the film, plus exclusive clips and photos from the movie, log on to http://www.BET.com/shows/the-new-edition-story.html and join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #NewEditionBET.

 

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MYX Fusions & Monami Entertainment Bring VIPs to 2016 Circle of Sisters Expo

On SaturdayMonami Entertainment and Myx Fusions Moscato and Sangria served as proud sponsors of the 2016 Circle Of Sisters Expo at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

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Circle Of Sisters Expo attendees were able to hear the multi-faceted entertainment and brand mogul, Mona Scott-Young, share key advice on three panels focused on entrepreneurship, health and wellness, as well as, tips on how to break into Hollywood.

Over 600 attendees over the course of 7 hours were able to enjoy the Monami experience at the”Myx & Mingle” Lounge where they met and took photos with cast members of Monami Productions’ hit tv shows: Vh1‘s Love & Hip Hop and WEtv’s Money, Power, Respect. In addition to meeting some of their favorite personalities, Guests were treated to a demo of the new mobile app Love & Hip Hop – The Game and a giftbag of Monami branded items while sampling cocktails from Myx Fusions Moscato and Sangria.

Celebrity guests included: Money. Power. Respect Co Stars: Dana Whitfield, Kendell Kelly, Nakia Thomas, Tiffany Ballard, and Wendy Credle; Love & Hip Hop New York Cast Mates: Bianca Bonnie, Chrissy Monroe, Mariah Lynn,Peter Gunz, Rich Dollaz, and Tara Wallace; Centric TV Personality-Staci Jae; Multi-Platinum Grammy Award Winning Recording Artist-Bobby Brown; R&B Sensations Joe and Mario; Actors : Clifton Powell, Rotimi, and Ninja Devoe; Former NBA Star/Personality- John Salley, and WBLS/Hot 97 On Air Personalities: Deja Vu, Lenny Green, Raqiyah Mays, and Lisa Evers.

Love & Hip Hop – The Game is available now for free download on Android and IOS.

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Fly Visual: Pardison Fontaine – “Bobby Brown”

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The rap game was introduced to Newburgh, New York rapper Pardison “Pardi” Fontaine when the charismatic and animated artist released his debut single “OYYY”, which had its video world premiere on MTV Jams. The catchy tune quickly became one of the most talked about new songs in the 4th quarter of 2014.
This past summer, Pardi released his anticipated mixtape, Not Supposed To Be Here, labeling him one of the most talented and promising newcomers in hip-hop.
Representing his accolades, the Newburgh native recently released his newest single “Brown Brown” along with it’s T-Swiffa directed video which was debuted this past weekend on BET Jams.
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She’s Finally In The Arms of God: Bobbi Kristina Has Passed Away At The Age of 22

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ET has exclusively learned that Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown has passed away at the age of 22. 

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Bobbi Kristina Moved To Hospice Care: “She is in God’s hands now”

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Sad news has come upon us within the hour. Bobbi Kristina has been moved to hospice care and now the family awaits her condition. A specialist informed her immediate loved one’s that there is no chance of recovery.

Since the advisory, Bobbi’s aunt, Pat Houston publicly announced that BK was being transferred, and taken off all medications, so she can naturally pass away.

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Pat says in her statement:

“She is in God’s hands now.”

According to TMZ, Brown family sources said they consulted with a top brain specialist last week in Chicago — who told them Bobbi had “no hope” of pulling out of the coma. The family discussed the doctor’s findings and made the decision to allow her to die in peace.

Right now, doctors and the family are not sure how long Bobbi Kristina will last.

We’re sadden by this information here at SFPL. Our prayers go out to Bobbi, close friends and family. This is truly heartbreaking.

May God be with her in this time of need.

(@GabrielofSFPL)

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The Daily Word: What’s Really Going On with Bobbi Kristina? And Bobby Brown’s Wife Is Expecting?

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Today, Bobby Brown turns 46 years old and as promised, we are updating you on the well being of his and the late Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina.

On another good note:

Bobby’s wife Alicia Etheredge is pregnant with their second child together. This will be Brown’s sixth child. He and Alicia have a five-year-old son named Cassius together and he has three children with his ex-girlfriend Kim Ward. The kids are as follows; Bobby Jr., 21, Landon, 26 and LaPrincia, 25.

On to not so good news:

According to People, doctors have told the family there is nothing more they can do with Bobbi Kristina health state.

However, NBC has reported that the family denies that saying, she isn’t brain dead. Still on a ventilator, TMZ claims that with Bobby Brown’s birthday today, they’ve decided to wait until after the weekend to make a decision.

According to Radar Online, Bobbi K’s most recent text messages read:

“I was ALLLLL my mother lived for.”

Followed by:

“She was and is my everything ma’am.”

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Baby Bobbi Kristina & Whitney Houston | TUMBLR

 

The recipient has remained undisclosed. However, Bobbi Kristina’s endless mourning makes perfect sense. We wish the family and Bobbi Kristina well.

We’re wishing you blessings and a miracle on your birthday, Bobby Brown.

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[Fly girl Shayna]

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[Fly EP] Spade – iAmSpade

Check out Brooklyn’s own, Spade as he drops his new EP entitled iAmSpade! Spade has worked as a background vocalist for the likes of Sean Kingston, Bobby Brown and Lyfe Jennings to name a few. Download and listen to his new EP after the jump…

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[The Word] Bobby Brown Returns to the Stage in Whitney’s Hometown ..

Bobby Brown felt all the love and support imaginable Sunday night in Newark, NJ, the same town where his ex-wife Whitney Houston was laid to rest less than 24 hours earlier. Celebrating their “Road To The 30th” anniversary, Brown and the R&B group that jump started his career, New Edition took center stage at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and it was quite clear that everyone was more than happy to see Mr. Brown back in his natural comfort zone.

Rusty from taking a few nights off to console his daughter through their recent family tragedy, Brown joked about missing a few dance steps saying, “I just can’t leave the stage!”

As the group performed a near 2 hour long list of 1980’s and 1990’s chart toppers, backed by a live band, the reunited original “boy-band” soaked in adulation from faithful fans, some who traveled over 100 miles to see their favorite group. One fan, Halimah, of Philadelphia, PA says being at the show fulfilled her childhood fantasy and brought her “back to a place of innocence.” Before concluding the evening’s show the group took time to express their appreciation for fans support and prayers after the final song of the night, appropriately titled, “Home Again”. While greeting fans individually and posing for photos, group member, Michael Bivins asked for continued prayer on behalf of the group.

Back at full strength, New Edition seemed poised to solidify their place in music history, and if the words of Bobby Brown prove to be true, “this is only the beginning.” Special Thanks to The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) for putting together a great show!

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