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New Music: Bre-Z – “Up”

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While she’s busy as anything in Hollywood these days, Philly songwriter/actress Bre-Z has successfully managed to keep up with her rising music career.

As a follow up to her recent Round 1 mixtape, Bre-Z presents the new single “UP” produced by Honorable C Note and D.Digital. Look out for more sounds coming soon!

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Fashion

Champs Sports “Her Take” Hosted by Steph Lecor & Norma Now Takes Over YouTube at DJ Khaled’s Champs Sports Store, Steph Visits SXSW & more

Watch Steph Lecor and Norma Now as they recently kicked off “Her Take” in style at Art Basel, where Champs Sports launched the Nike Lunarcharge at DJ Khaled‘s Birthday Party at his private Champs Sports store! Watch the full episode above.

Other episodes include Rapper and G.O.O.D. Music‘s head honcho, Pusha T, Empire‘s Bre-Z, DJ Dimples, Lifestyle Ambassador Missy Diddy LA and more.

Tune in every Wednesday for a new episode of “Her Take.”

**UPDATE**

During the 2017 SXSW, Her Take took over Austin with special guests.

In the mecca of Austin street art, Steph linked up with DJ Brittany Sky to talk sneakers, international style and earning respect in a male dominated industry.

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Check out the rest of the episodes HERE.

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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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‘Empire’ Star Bre-Z Releases New Track “Say What You Want (#SWW)”

BreZ is recognized now for her role as fictitious emcee “Freda Gatz” on FOX‘s hit show Empire, however the Philly-born, Delaware-raised songwriter is a fierce lyricist in her own right.

Listen as BreZ shoots from the hip on her new single “Say What U Want”, and watch for more new music coming soon!

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EMPIRE’s Bre-Z, YG, Jessica White, Eric Bellinger and more party it up at Penthouse Day Club

This past weekend in Hollywood, CA, it was definitely a celebrity filled event that took place at the very popular Penthouse Day Club with #TeamHennessy in the City of Angels. Spotted was FOX Empire‘s Bre-Z, Grammy Award Winning Singer/ Songwriter Eric Bellinger and friends, International supermodel Jessica White, Hip Hop Recording Rap artist YG, Lifestyle Specialist/Team Hennessy Key Manager, Miss Diddy.

Sounds were provided by DJ Sean Macnificent with the party completer drink, Hennessy being the drink of choice.

Photo Cred: Jennifer Johnson

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‘Empire’ Star Lihtz Premieres His Visual For “Simplicity” [New Video]

Representing Philly to the fullest, Lihtz’s natural talents have been the driving force behind his success. The MC got his big break when added to the cast of television’s most popular show, Empire, thus exposing the world to his music.

Today, Lihtz takes another step forward in his career by unveiling the official music video for “Simplicity” as follow up to his recent release “Fishscale” produced by AListFame. The clip, which is directed by Guru Media Group, matches the audio’s emotionally charged theme of appreciating the simple things in life.

Lihtz debuted on the hit series show ‘Empire’ Fox on October 7th. Lihtz landed this role through an actual audition where he and a few other candidates tried out for the role in front of a panelist of Fox directors. Lihtz character on the show is actually attached to new cast member and “Rising star” Bre-Z. Bre-Z, who plays, “Freda Gatz” on the show is a young talented female rapper who had a rough upbringing and is seeming to gain interest from “Lucious Lyon”, (Terrence Howard).

With all eyes currently on Lihtz, there are rumblings of major recording contracts in the works. This is sure to be augmented by collaborations with the likes of Fat Joe and fellow Philadelphia native Meek Mill. With the world at his fingertips, it is safe to say that there is nothing simple about the life of Lihtz.

Peep the visual above.

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