Jill Scott Puts Her Poetic Skills To Good Use [Unlike Some] As She Partners with Hallmark’s Mahogany

As some are releasing random poetic explanations of supporting “anything Trump”, hence Inauguration Performances, Jill Scott takes her skills into a partnership lane with Hallmark, putting her gift to great use.

Hallmark’s Mahogany brand today announced the Jill Scott Collection, a new offering of greeting cards featuring design, editorial, and sound inspired by and created with Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Jill Scott.

“The Mahogany brand is genuine, progressive and optimistic – values that are important to me and reflected in my music and poetry, and now, through my card collection,” said Jill Scott. “I was inspired by highlights within my own life – love, marriage, motherhood – in the writing behind these cards, and I am excited to be involved in a project that will give others another way to express their love to the people that matter most to them.”

Scott collaborated with the creative team at Hallmark to develop design themes that reflected her personality, often including layers of vivid colors, natural textures and soothing metallics. Scott also helped set the editorial ‘voice’ and wrote many of the cards— opting for affirming optimistic and genuine messages.

“Ms. Scott is more than a singer, songwriter and actress – among other things, she is a busy mom and wife, like many Hallmark shoppers who cherish and celebrate the important relationships in their lives, and this card collection is a reflection of that,” said Philip Polk, Vice President – Multicultural Strategy, Hallmark Cards. “Through this partnership, we were able to combine Mahogany cards’ messages rooted in inspiration, positivity and cultural connection with Jill Scott’s unique, bold and soulful editorial and design vision to create a one-of-a-kind collection.”   

The Jill Scott Collection includes 20 cards for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduation, friendship, love, and support. Ranging from $3.99 – $5.59, the cards feature unique combinations of patterns, colors, lettering and illustrations created specifically for this collaboration.

The Valentine’s Day and Everyday collections are available at select Hallmark Gold Crown stores and mass retailers starting this month. In addition, seasonal collections for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day will be available throughout the year. Visit to find the nearest store. In 2018, the Jill Scott collection will expand to gifts including notebooks, mugs, trinket trays and pouches, which will be available at select Hallmark Gold Crown stores.


Fix It Jesus: Chrisette Michele Responds To Donald Trump Inauguration Backlash But No One Is Here For It

It seems that Chrisette Michele has made the final decision to hit the stage of Donald Trump‘s Inauguration set to take place in Washington D.C. Receiving much backlash once her name was announced that she would be a part of the official performance lineup, social media caught wind of the news they were not too happy.

Today, the singer finally releases a statement somewhat explaining why she made such call that could possibly ruin her entire career. Trying to read her exact words is quite confusing to some, and just pure bull to others.


Branded with the hashtag #NoPoliticalGenius with a social media photo that says “We can’t be present if we’re silent,” it reads:

“My heart is broken for our country, for the hopes of our children, for the fights of those who came before us.
I cry at the thought that Black History, American History might be in vain.
This country has had great moments. God has shined His light upon us.
Today, I hope that Great Moments begin in peaceful & progressive conversation. I am willing to be a bridge. I don’t mind “These Stones”, if they allow me to be a voice for the voiceless.
I am here.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about what matters,”.
I am here, representing you, because this is what matters.”

– Chrisette Michele

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Last Night In D.C.: Wale, Ro James, Tweet, Kelly Price and more at Raheem and Friends Benefit Holiday Concert


The Stars Aligned In Washington, DC in support of the 3rd Annual Raheem DeVaughn and Friends Benefit Charity Concert on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at The Historic Howard Theater.


Presented by The LoveLife Foundation and AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), attendees were treated to performances by  Grammy Nominated Recording Artists: Raheem DeVaughnChrisette MicheleKelly Price and Tweet; Hit Fox TV’s Empire Breakout Artist, V.Bozeman; DC Fan Favorites: Rare EssenceBlack Alley Band, and The CrossRhodes; Actor- Chaz Shepard, Music Newcomer: Chantil Dukart, and Radio One DJs: DJ Rico and DJ Quicksilva. The highlights of the evening were appearances by GRAMMY Nominated RCA Recording Artist, Ro James and DMV‘s own Maybach Music Recording Artist, Wale.

The 3rd  Annual Raheem DeVaughn & Friends Holiday Concert is aimed to help raise funds and awareness through DeVaughn’s non-profit organization, The LoveLife Foundation. The LoveLife Foundation provides monetary support for youth and education initiatives, scholarships, women’s issues, and community programming. This year, TLF has partnered with AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) to present this benefit concert as a means to further educate the community at large on progress of HIV/AIDS Prevention in the hopes to eradicate the global pandemic.

The 3rd Annual Raheem Devaughn & Friends Holiday Concert was also supported by media sponsorship Majic 102.3 FM and 93.9 FM WKYS (Radio One DC) and DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTFME).

For more information, please visit and connect via Twitter @LoveLifeDMV and Instagram @lovelifedmv. For more information on AIDS Healthcare Foundation, please visit Please connect via social media@aidshealthcare.

Fans can connect with Raheem Devaughn through Instagram: @raheem_devaughn, Twitter: @raheem_devaughn, and

Photo Credit: Tony Mobley for The LoveLife Foundation

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#EssenceFest: Toni Braxton, Wendy Raquel Robinson and More Honored at 13th Annual McDonald’s 365Black Awards in NOLA

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A number of notable celebrities, community leaders and entertainers descended on the city of New Orleans once again to attend the 13th Annual McDonald’s 365Black Awards, held today at the New Orleans Theater in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. They were joined by spectators who converged to salute this year’s recipients of the distinguished awards, including Grammy Award-winning artist Toni Braxton; football cornerback Charles Tillman; award-winning actress Wendy Raquel Robinson; educator and historian Lonnie Bunch; and McDonald’s owner/operatorLarry Triplett. Additionally, teen philanthropist Lauren Seroyer and teen social-entrepreneur Donovan Smith were recognized alongside this lineup with the third McDonald’s 365Black Community Choice Youth Award, facilitated by Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Actress and singer Amber Riley and actor Lance Gross co-hosts the 13th Annual McDonald's 365 Black Awards at the Ernest Moral Convention Center in New Orleans, LA on Friday, July 1, 2016.
Actress and singer Amber Riley and actor Lance Gross co-hosts the 13th Annual McDonald’s 365 Black Awards at the Ernest Moral Convention Center in New Orleans, LA on Friday, July 1, 2016.

McDonald’s 365Black Awards are given annually to salute outstanding individuals who are committed to making positive contributions that strengthen the African-American community. The program launched in 2003 as an extension of the company’s 365Black platform, created to celebrate the pride, heritage and achievements of AfricanAmericans year-round. Held in conjunction with ESSENCE Festival™presented by Coca-Cola®, the event was hosted by actor Lance Gross and actress/singer Amber Riley.

Singing siblings and reality television co-stars The Braxton Sisters performed a show-stopping tribute to their sister, Lifetime Achievement honoree, Toni Braxton. Vocal powerhouse Kelly Price, along with recording artists Kenny Lattimore, V. Bozeman and Eric Benet joined the sisters in the esteemed accolade to Toni. Anthony Hamilton and the Hamiltones, Chrisette Michele, Ro James and Canton Jonesled the other crowd-moving performances at the awards.

Actresses Sheryl Lee RalphTa’Rhonda JonesErica Ash and Gabrielle Dennis, along with actors Cornelius Smith Jr., Ronreaco Lee and Jay Ellis, were among this year’s presenters. Other celebrities in attendance included recording artists Jordin SparksAvery Wilson and Guordan Banks, as well as music producer Sean Garrett and comedian/philanthropist Ricky Smith.

Actor, comedian and popular internet personality King Bach brought his large social media following along to the event, posting photos from the signature gold carpet prior to the ceremony.

“We salute this year’s honorees for all of their achievements and for positively contributing to their communities,” said William Rhodes, McDonald’s U.S. marketing director. “It is important to acknowledge people who are making a real difference. We at McDonald’s are proud to be able to honor this group with this form of recognition. We hope it inspires them and others to continue to make positive impact.”

Those who missed the live awards ceremony can share in the experience by watching the broadcast on BET® Networks and CENTRIC later this summerAdditionally, consumers can follow @365Black on Twitter for commentary on the awards and join the conversation using #365BlackAwards.

More pics below.

Photo Credit: Soul Brother 

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Chrisette Michele feat. Rick Ross – “Equal” [New Music]

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Chrisette Michele joins forces with Rick Ross once again for a fly new tune entitled “Equal.” The official track is the second single off of her 5th upcoming album Milestone.


Chrisette Michele’s Album ‘Milestone’ Is Now Available for Pre-Sale


Chrisette Michele has been on a roll lately, and today announced the pre-order for her her 5th studio album titled Milestone. TheTrap-Soul vibe can be felt on this album with top singles that include “Steady” and “Unbreakable” features include Meet Sims, Mali Music, and Rick Ross. It is being released independently through Capital‘s Caroline Records. The official street date is set for June 10th.


Beyond the fact that its been 10 years and counting, Chrisette says this album is different from all the others because she’s personally picked up the pen to take us on this journey, writing personal stories to each and every track. The project is Executive Produced by her fiancé Doug “Biggs” Ellison. She’s singing about love that she’s found, and the fact that she is no longer broken.

This music is a testament to all things being possible and finally, a true tale of love! I’ve pushed thru the music industry and began my own record label. I’ve gotten engaged after so much heartbreak. The album is upbeat, honest, triumphant and fun. I’m calling the shots and it feels so good!

In regards to going the independent route, Chrisette says everything is excellent, honest, and consistent.

Running an independent record label for me is about being organic. It’s about taking enough time to tell each story. It’s about not rushing, and sharing each part of me on an album as the public is ready for it. This isn’t Easy Bake Oven, this is Rich Hipster.

The Milestone Tour will kick off at The Starland Ball Room on June 3rd 2016, and will stop in 33 City’s including Philadelphia, Denver, Richmond, Dallas, and many more.

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Pre-sale for Milestone Available HERE.

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Fly Visual: Chrisette Michele Premieres New Video As She Covers Adele’s “Hello” #TrapSoul Style


After dropping the audio covering Adele‘s massive hit-single, songstress Chrisette Michele leaps right back with a new visual for her very own cover of “Hello”.

As mentioned, this is the second installation from her forthcoming mixtape Steady Gang Mix due out February 27th.

Her album Milestone is set for a Spring release.

Also, check out Episode 5 of Chrisette’s video series: Becoming Mrs. Ellison as she prepares to hit the 2016 Celebration of Gospel stage along with Ty Tribbett, Jonathan McReynolds and Travis Greene to perform Travis’ hit single “Intentional.”

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SFPL Music: Chrisette Michele Delivers Superb Vocals on Adele’s “Hello”


Chrisette Michele is inspired by her love for quartet music. Here, Chrisette arranges an a’cappella version of Adele‘s “Hello.” This is the second installation from her forthcoming mixtape Steady Gang Mix due February 27th. Her album Milestone is set for a Spring release.

Just this week, coming off of making an appearance of BET‘s Celebration of Gospel, Chrisette also drop a Tory Lanez cover of “Do It”. Check it out HERE.

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SFPL Music: Chrisette Michele Covers Tory Lanez’s “Say It”, 1st Track from Her Mixtape ‘Steady Gang Mix’


As Chrisette Michele gears up of the release of her album Milestone this spring, she wets the palettes of her fans with this remix, “Say It.” It is the first track off of her mixtape Steady Gang Mix to release February 27th with a special release party at CIAA.


Watch: Ebony Magazine Says Chrisette Michele isn’t one to put in a box, sits with the Rich Hipster to talk Life & Music [Video]


It’s hard to describe the Chrisette Michele sound. From Rick Ross‘ “Aston Martin Music” to Musiq Soulchild‘s “Ah Yeah,” the songstress clearly isn’t afraid to dabble in an array of genres. Her gospel roots, vocal jazz education and chart-topping R&B and hip-hop records prove that she isn’t one to be put in a box either. Gearing up for the release of her upcoming album, Milestone, the big-eyed beauty stopped by the EBONY office in Chicago to chat about her fresh single “Steady,” her Rich Hipster record label and much more.

Check out the full visual interview HERE.

Source: Ebony

Photo: Instagram/ChrisetteMichele