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Essence Festival: FORD rocks out with Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith& more

Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Lorenz Tate, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Tiffany Haddish at a Sirius/XM radio interview at the Ford Motor Company booth during the 2017 Essence Festival at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup)

Ford Motor Company celebrated the July Fourth weekend in New Orleans as part of the annual ESSENCE Festival®. As an exclusive automotive sponsor for the ninth consecutive year, Ford provided attendees the opportunity to get up close and personal with its latest lineup of vehicles, including the all-new 2018 Ford Expedition and 2018 Ford F-150.

ESSENCE Festival delivered a star-studded lineup this year, with Ford hosting the most exciting and chart-topping talent at the Superdome lounge and at the Ford booth all festival weekend. Legendary singer Chaka Khan debuted the world premiere of her latest single during her live interview with SiriusXM from the Ford booth at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The cast of Girls Trip including Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, Larenz Tate and Tiffany Haddish were also spotted onstage at the Ford booth.

R&B singer’s Tank, India Arie and Elle Varner graced the Ford booth stage, as well as Empire, stars Bryshere Y. Gray and Ta’Rhonda Jones. Joseph Sikora also stopped by for an interview.

Festival-goers had the opportunity to register to test drive the newest vehicles in the Ford lineup, including the 2017 Ford Explorer, 2017 Ford Escape, and 2017 Ford Fusion. One lucky registrant was presented keys to a brand-new 2018 Ford Mustang on Sunday by comedienne and daytime talk show host Loni Love and Raj Register, Ford Multicultural Communications Manager.

Photo Credit – Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup on behalf of FORD

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In Fashion: Fox Empire’s Bryshere “Yazz” Gray Covers Heed Magazine

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Just on the tip of the new season of FOX‘s Empire, Fly Guy Bryshere “Yazz” Gray covers Heed Magazine looking as dapper as usual. Heed Magazine debuts its Spring issue on the Premium Digital Magazine application called Texture.

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In the issue, Yazz talks about his time at the Million Man March for Justice this past October 2015:

“Don’t try to stand up for something that you don’t believe in…not the jewelry, the cars, the women, etc. The Million Man March was a historic moment. So, I feel like I had to be there as a young millennial and it was dope!”

Check out more of his interview and spread over at Heed Magazine.

Photo Credit: Isa Akahome for Heed Magazine Inc.

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Entertainment FLY Performances

The ‘Empire’ Cast, Chris Brown, Patti Labelle, Tank, John Legend, Mary J. Blige Perform for ‘Taraji & Terrence’s White Hot Holidays’ Special [Video]

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The Lyons (Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard, Jussie Smollett & Bryshere “Yazz” Gray) brought a superb presentation to the main stage, only this time out of their actual Empire characters, but as themselves, performing with the likes of: John Legend, Chris Brown, Tank, Patti Labelle, Mary J. Blige and more.

Chris grace the stage paying homage to the “Lucious Lyon” character, donned in all brown paired with a white tee under his blazer, and a brown fedora.

Performing the classic “This Christmas” with singer Tank and his current single “Back To Sleep”, you could notice a slight vocal tension in Chris’ voice, which affected the singer’s overall performance, showing that he was clearly under the weather.

Of course, Social Media had a lot to say [in the negative zone] and “Cookie” aka Taraji jumped in to save the day.

Sick or not, Chris stayed committed to his performance and that’s all that counts. He carried out the task as a true performer should.

Congrats to everyone that took part. It was indeed a great show! We hope Patti brought some of her famous pies for everyone backstage! 🙂

Take a look at all the live performances below:

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Picture Source:Instagram/@tarajiphenson

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V. Bozeman on Grace Jones: “She’s Paved The Way For Me; If There Wasn’t A Grace Jones, It Wouldn’t Be A V. Bozeman”, Singer Talks with SFPL TV [Video]

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Singer/Songwriter/Producer/Actress/Philanthropist and star of EMPIRE, V. Bozeman paid a visit to the Fly Offices of SFPL TV, during her short-stay in the Big Apple! Born and raised in South Central, California, the established artist talked about her recurring role on the FOX hit series, new single “Smile”, working with Timbaland, tribute performances in honor of the late John Lennon, and living music veteran and actor Harry Belafonte, forthcoming 2016 album Music Is My Boyfriend and more.

NEW VIDEO: V. BOZEMAN FEAT. TIMBALAND – “SMILE”

V talks about EMPIRE: 

The experience has been nothing but amazing. So many doors have opened, i’ve developed so many new relationships with people from Terrance, Taraji, Jussie and Yazz. I just think it’s a big family and everybody is so grateful to be there and just be apart of a special series.

About being compared to the legendary Grace Jones, all while still forming her own lane:

She paved the way for me. If there was no Grace Jones, it wouldn’t be a V. Bozeman, and I honor her to the upmost — I give her so much respect. She’s broken so many barriers and that’s kind like what i’m about, I vibe on my own vibration.

In case you didn’t know, V. Bozeman first made her way onto the scene when singer/musician Timothy Bloom premiered his 2011 single/video ‘Til The End of Time’, which featured Bozeman and her powerful vocals, as the visual went viral capturing the duo in a D’ Angelo‘esque type vibe, barring a little skin; all while delivering a soulful love song. Two years later, V debuted her new single/visual “Race Jones”, where she delivered a powerful message about accepting the color of her skin, that she’s in.

Since then, V’s wings continued to spread as she moved on to work the likes of Cee-lo Green, Rihanna and now hit-maker Timbaland under the label Mosley Music Group.

Watch the FULL interview below:

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Bryshere “Yazz” Gray, Diggy Simmons, Sevyn Streeter & more Attend Non-Profit Duffy’s Hope 13th Annual Celebrity Basketball Game

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This past Saturday, August 1st Delaware-based non-profit Duffy’s Hope, founded by former Harlem Globetrotter Allen “Duffy” Samuels, presented its 13th Annual Celebrity Basketball Game in the Bob Carpenter Center at the University of Delaware.

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Fans and supporters enjoyed a fun-filled evening of friendly competition between celebrities, local community leaders and former basketball players. Celebrities players and honorary were Yazz the Greatest (of hit TV show “EMPIRE”), Diggy Simmons (Recording Artist), Sevyn Streeter (Recording Artist), Tristan “Mack” Wilds (Recording Artist, former star of “The Wire” and “90210”), Jay Ellis (of TV show “The Game”), Bobby V (Recording Artist), Trevor Jackson (Recording Artist, Disney Actor), Kap G and Shameik Moore (Recording Artists, Actors in movie “DOPE”), Kamil McFadden, Trinitee Stokes and Veronica Dunne (of Disney show “KC Undercover”).

Prior to tip-off, VIP ticket holders were able to experience a private celebrity meet and greet receiving autographed paraphernalia and exclusive selfies with the celebrity guests. During halftime local dance troupes performed center court, entertaining the crowd while players were able to rest from an intense first-half. One of the main highlights of the halftime was the presentation of awards to the first annual Duffy’s Hope Hometown Heroes.

These select group of individuals were born in Delaware and have amassed success in their respective fields. This year’s Hometown Heroes were: Jaunice Sills (Director at REVOLT), Heather Lowery (Founder of Agency for Artists), LaQuan Smith (Celebrity Fashion Designer), Stephen Rider (Actor, “The Butler”), Maria Chacon (Corporate Brand and Sr. Marketing Manager at The Chemours Company), Dr. Jason Lowery (Bio-Chemist), Dr. Ellen Pritchett (Dermatologist) and Ashley Deadwyler-Jones (State Farm Owner). After a competitive game, the White team led by Coach Sevyn Streeter took home the 2015 win.

Sponsors of the event included the Delaware Prevention Coalition, Hilton Hotel (Wilmington/Christiana), Wilmington University, City of Wilmington – Mayor Dennis P. Williams, Reebok, Moneyball Sportswear, Pepsi Bottling Company, Wawa and New Castle County Executive – Thomas P. Gordon.

For more information on Duffy’s Hope, Inc. visit www.duffyshopeinc.org and join the conversation on Facebook Duffy‘s Hope” and Instagram at @DuffysHope

PHOTO CREDIT: NewsJournal/Saquan Stimpson, Color of Life Photography/Andre’ Wright JR, Instagram, NewsJournal/Andre Smith, Gary Johnson & NAZCA/Ed Grobes

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The Lyon’s Roar: Jussie Smollet, Yazz, Raven Symone & Derek Luke Celebrate At The Radio 103.9 Empire Album Release Party [Photos]

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Last Night in NYC, at Stage 48Empire stars Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon), Bryshere “Yazz” Gray (Hakeem Lyon) celebrated the release of the Empire original soundtrack and team SFPL was on hand.

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The Hennessy was flowing as fans of Fox’s latest phenomenon Empire packed the building. Former old school at noon on Hot 97 DJ and now Radio 103.9 personality Mister Cee kept the crowd amped as they waited for the Lyon boys.

Contest winners selected  by the new station, whom also sponsored the event got a chance to meet the cast members they have come to love. The Lyon brothers then hit the Stage 48 stage to perform well known hit’s from the show “Keep Your Money”, “Drip Drop”, “You’re So Beautiful” and Hakeem’s unreleased track for Camilla (Naomi Campbell). Other cast members in attendance were Raven Symoné (Olivia) and Derek Luke (Malcolm Deveaux).

Checkout all the photos from the night in the gallery below…