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‘Showtime At The Apollo’ being picked up by FOX as a weekly series

The Apollo Theater and FOX today announced that SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO has been picked up as a one-hour weekly series featuring Emmy Award-winning personality Steve Harvey as host. Set to debut during the 2017-2018 season, SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO is a reimagining of the classic talent showcase series.

“We all had such a blast on the two specials that aired earlier this season, that we thought it really deserved being a weekly event,” said Harvey. “But our mission is a little different this time around. Instead of just putting on a great show, we’re going to do that and find the next great comic and the next big music star. That’s what the Apollo is all about. My roots are on that stage and I can’t wait to be there every week, looking for great talent. Who said you can’t go back home again?”

Featured in the series are elements from the Apollo’s legendary Amateur Night – the long-running, live talent competition, now in its 82nd year – which provides a platform for up-and-coming artists to perform in front of the toughest audience in the world. The Apollo audience is famed as one of entertainment’s most boisterous and brutally honest, and those amateurs who don’t win them over must endure the wrath of this notorious crowd.

The Apollo Theater launched the careers of many iconic artists, including James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill, Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five, D’Angelo and countless others. Its venerable stage show, Amateur Night at the Apollo, has long been revered by artists as a transformative experience during which up-and-coming talent feel the power of the legendary performers who have come before them, while audience response can help make or break a career.

In each episode, Harvey will be joined by some of the biggest stars in comedy and music. Artists featured in the two SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO specials that aired earlier this season on FOX include John Legend, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Busta Rhymes, Doug E. Fresh, Chaka Khan, Anderson.Paak & The Free Nationals, Flo Rida, Rakim, T.I. featuring Meek Mill, Quavo and RaRa, Bell Biv Devoe, En Vogue and Jodeci; and comedians Anthony Anderson, Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Jay Pharoah, Mike Epps and Gabriel Iglesias.

Open auditions for SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO will be held at the legendary Theater on Sunday, April 23rd. Additional auditions will be held in select cities across the country.

This audition is open to singers, dancers, comedians and musicians of all ages and musical styles. Artists are encouraged to arrive early as auditions are on a first come first seen basis and only the first 300 acts per venue will be seen. More complete details are outlined below and available on www.apollotheater.org.

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Sevyn Streeter and Luke James – “Nothing Even Matters” [New Music]

Sevyn Streeter and Luke James collab in the name of love on this Valentine’s Day and covers a Lauryn Hill featuring D’Angelo classic slow jawn, “Nothing Even Matters.” In case you were under a rock, the original song was birthed from the “Ex-Factor” singer’s ultimate album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

Sevyn surprised fans and dropped the link to the cover on Twitter today:

Just three days ago, Lauryn wished D’Angelo a Happy Birthday via Instagram:

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Hill has yet to comment on the new cover by Sevyn and Luke but we will keep you updated once she does.

Streeter just ended her successful Girl Disrupted Tour on Feb. 12 in Los Angeles at The Roxy Theatre.

Luke just recently celebrated the success of The New Edition Story as he played the role of singer Johnny Gill.

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Steve Harvey To Host 2-Hour SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO Special On FOX

Emmy Award-winning personality Steve Harvey will host SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO, a two-hour event and re-imagining of the classic talent showcase series, in which Harvey will celebrate his return to the famed theater, where he launched his own career, and where he’ll be joined by some of the biggest stars in comedy and music. The star-studded special will air Monday, Dec. 5 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. An additional one-hour special, also hosted by Harvey, will air in early 2017.

Also to be featured in the special are elements from the Apollo’s legendary Amateur Night – the long-running, live talent competition, now in its 82nd year – which provides a platform for up-and-coming artists to perform in front of the toughest audience in the world. The Apollo audience is famed as one of entertainment’s most boisterous and brutally honest and those amateurs who don’t win over the crowd risk being booed off the stage. Amateur Night at the Apollo launched the careers of many iconic artists, including James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill, Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five, D’Angelo and countless others, and the show continues to present new talent on the legendary Apollo stage every Wednesday night. The Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night has long been revered by artists as a transformative experience during which up-and-coming talent feel the power of the legendary performers who have come before them, while audience response can help make or break a career.

 “I’m excited to be going back home to the Apollo to celebrate the history of this great theater,” said Harvey. “I have great memories from my time there, and this is going to be a homecoming party that you won’t want to miss.”

Jonelle Procope, President and CEO of the Apollo Theater and an executive producer of the special said:

“Since its inception in 1934, the world’s original talent competition – Amateur Night at the Apollo – was, and continues to be, a primary source for discovering new talent and spotlighting up-and-coming artists. That tradition was extended with the successful 21-year run of the ‘Showtime at the Apollo’ television program. We’re proud to continue to produce our live, weekly show, and are equally excited to be partnering with FOX to produce this SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO special and to bring the Apollo experience back to television!”

David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company says:

“The Apollo Theater played a crucial role in so many of this nation’s most talented artists, including Steve, and we couldn’t be happier to have him lead us back to this legendary venue. We’re sure this will be a fantastic night of entertainment.”

Photo Credit: Foc Kan/WireImage

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SFPL MUSIC: BJ THE CHICAGO KID CELEBRATES THE 16th ANNIVERSARY OF D’ANGELO’S “UNTITLED” WITH HOMAGE EP

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​With the evolution of R&B drastically prevalent, BJ The Chicago Kid is still inspired by the simple complexities of the genre’s traditional sound – and its artists. As today marks the 16th anniversary of D’Angelo‘s “Untitled,” BJ has recreated an ear-pleasuring experience of his favorite tracks from the incomparable album, including the title track “Untitled,” “​Always In My Hair,” which also includes a mash up of “Dreaming Eyes of Mine,” ​and a fan favorite, “Send It On.”

BJ says:

“His musicality is beyond this world,” said BJ. “I had to celebrate his genius​​ ​as​ ​he continues to kill the game and make great music. It’s a new year and there’s no better way to start it off than taking it back to where it all began for me. This is real ​soul/​R&B.”

BJ The Chicago Kid ​will release his debut album early 2016, which includes his hit singles “Church” ​ft. Chance The Rapper, and recently released buzz track, “The Resume” ft. Big K​rit​.

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Seen On The Scene: D’Angelo, Brandy, Terrance J, Lil Kim, Keyshia Cole & more

 

(Left: Keyshia Cole, Keisha Epps and Brandy Norwood) Photo by HENNESSY V.S
(Left: Keyshia Cole, Keisha Epps and Brandy Norwood) Photo by HENNESSY V.S

On Sunday, March 15th, Girls With Gifts, Inc. hosted their 3rdAnnual Celebrity Bowling Event, sponsored by Hennessy V.S at AMF Bowling Lanes in Santa Monica, CA. First, spotted in the building were trio Brandy Norwood, Keyshia Cole and Keisha Epps (of Total).

The non-profit organization, founded by Antoinetta Hairston, raised funds at the event  to further their mission to mentor, inspire, and empower young girls from the inner-city or low-income households to help them develop their talents and gifts in arts and entertainment from an early age.

Others in attendance: Julissa Bermudez, Stephen Hill, Head of Programming for BET, Alesha Renee, Gloria and Laura Govan, Shamicka Lawrence, NY Giants Wide Receiver, Kevin Ogletree, and Denver Broncos Safety, Omar Bolden were a few of the celebrities and tastemakers bowling for a great cause as donors enjoyed custom Hennessy cocktails, and music by Jae Murphy.

[Photos by HENNESSY V.S]

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More of Seen On The Scene after the jump…

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Watch: D’Angelo Delivers Powerful Message On SNL [Video]

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With all of the commotion from the Super Bowl (good game Patriots!!), we need to take some time out and pay homage to Sir D’Angelo for gracing the SNL stage with an amazing performance from his most recent album, Black Messiah.

He starts off his first performance with “Really Love” wearing a poncho over a suit with an Old West-style hat. We also got a chance to see The Vanguard, including guitarists Jesse Johnson (of The Time) and Isaiah Sharkey, Prince drummer John Blackwell, the Who bassist Pino Palladino and keyboardist Cleo “Pookie” Sample.

For his second performance of “The Charade”, he steps out paying his respects to Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner by wearing a hoodie and shirts that read “I Can’t Breath”.

Check out his powerful performances here:

“Really Love”

“The Charade”

#BlackLivesMatter

-Stay FLY

[FLY Girl Cherri]

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#BlackMessiah: D’Angelo – “Sugah Daddy”, Stream New Album NOW!

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Just when you thought that new music chords didn’t exist, D’Angelo pops back up in the game, and kills! Today, the soul veteran pairs with Red Bull’s 20 Before 15 Series and drops a new track entitled “Sugah Daddy.”

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Usher & Adam Levine Covers D’Angelo’s “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” on The Voice

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Two of the best voices in the music industry, Usher & Adam Levine come together on The Voice‘s ‘Top 3’ show and cover D’Angelo‘s classic hit “Untitled (How Does It Feel)”. The crowd was completely in awe as the judge duo conquered the stage with their amazing talents. Check it out below…

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Beyonce & D’Angelo – ‘Untitled Rocket’ (A JAYBeatz Mashup) [SFPL Tunes]

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As we get into the new year of #2014, check out this dope mashup musically concocted by JAYBeatz entitled “Untitled Rocket”. Formulated with D’Angelo‘s “How Does It Feel” with an addition of Beyonce‘s current hit “Rocket” mixed with her throwback tune “Speechless”, this mashup is definitely one to remember! Check it out below…

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[SFPL’s Artist Spotlight] Wonderland Arts Society Presents: Roman GianArthur – “I-69”

Wondaland Arts Society has added a new electic recording artist to their roster, and he goes by the name of Roman GianArthur. Roman has toured with his label mate and boss, Janelle Monae and recently opened for Solange Knowles in Atlanta. His sound is nostalgic yet contemporary sound is described as a mash up between D’Angelo and Radiohead. Ladies & Gents, click below and be amazed by the sounds of  Roman GianArthur…