#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.

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Nene Leakes, Bryshere “Yazz” Gray, Debbie Allen, Luke James & more Attend Johnny Gill’s 50th Birthday Celebration


Over the weekend, the stars aligned to celebrate the 50th birthday of legendary singer Johnny Gill. The 50 Shades of Johnny themed birthday celebration was held at a private Bel-Air mansion.

VIP’s in attendance included: Smokey Robinson, NeNe LeakesCynthia BaileyNicole MurphyEric BenetBryshere Y. GrayCedric The EntertainerRon DevoeMichael Bevins, Luke JamesShaun RobinsonJill Marie JonesNichelle TurnerYvette Nicole BrownJon Jon (Troop), Phillip Bailey (Earth, Wind & Fire), Jeffery OsborneKenny LattimoreRocsi DiazJoeDebbie AllenSheryl Lee RalphA.D. DolphinHarmony SamuelsMAJOR. and more.

Photo Credit: @ArnoldShoots

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Listen: Gipp feat. Eric Benet – “Beautiful Lover” [Fly Music]


Rapper Gipp (of Goodie Mob) premieres his DR Freak-produced single entitled “Beautiful Lover” featuring singer Eric Benet, which is from the artist’s new upcoming album Zagga. 

Fly Visuals: Mila J, Ty Dolla $ign, Gipp, Cee Lo & more…

Check out the full song below:

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[Fly-LIGHTs] Performances From Black Girls Rock 2012….

Last Night,  marked the return of BET’s annual tribute to women of color ‘Black Girls Rock’.


The annual ceremony that celebrates women of color who have made impacts on their respective professional fields, now in it’s third year being televised on BET was an amazing show. Hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross & Regina King (for the second year) and taped  at New York City’s Loews Paradise Theatre, this year’s show honored actress Kerry Washington and songstresses Alicia Keys and Dionne Warwick among others, and featured performances from the likes of Ciara, Brandy, Keyshia Cole, India Arie and more. Check out the performances below ...

Alicia Keys performed ‘New Day’ and ‘Girl On Fire’.  Shout Out to former SFPL intern Shernita who can be seen performing/dancing right next to AK! She’s the brown skin beauty with the shaved head!

Brandy performed her newest single “Wildest Dreams” of her AMAZING album, Two Eleven. In, Stores. Now. 

Keyshia Cole gave us some great vocals on her new single, “Trust & Believe”.

Ciara danced her ass of during her performance featuring the Queen, Missy Elliott: She performed “One Woman Army,” “Sorry,” “One, Two, Step;” and brought out Missy for “9th Inning”.

India.Arie performed her single “6th Avenue”.

The fellas did an AMAZING job, with this the first appearance of gentlemen on BGR! Step into Eric Benet, Anthony Hamilton & Luke James’ performance of “Wild Flower”.

And R&B Divas,  SWV ended the celebration with their hits “Right Here”, “Sp Into You” and “Weak”.

Actually India ended with her single, “I am not my hair”, but we’re good 🙂

Who was your favorite?

-Stay Fly!


[Album Cover] Eric Benet – ‘The One’

Eric Benet gives us a glimpse of his new album cover and track listing, which features a new track with the one and only Lil Wayne. Check it out below..


[New Video] Chaka Khan ft. Eric Benet, Kelly Price, Luke James & More – ‘Super Life’ (Trayvon Martin Tribute)

Chaka Khan calls a few of her dear friends for a Trayvon Martin Tribute. Check it out…


Eric Benet is back with an Upcoming album, ‘The One’, kicks off with the new single and video, “Real Love”


The One will be available online and in stores Spring 2012

Also, don’t forget to tune into the GRAMMY Awards Sunday, February 12th to see if Eric will take home the Best Traditional R&B Performance Award for “Sometimes I Cry”.

Eric Benet is out on tour!

02/07/12 Alexandria, VA at The Birchmere Buy tickets
02/08/12 Alexandria, VA at The Birchmere Buy tickets
02/09/12 Durham, NC at Carolina Theatre Buy tickets
02/10/12 Atlanta at Atlanta Civic Center Buy tickets
02/11/12 St. Louis at Lumiere Place Buy tickets

For more dates/info, please see

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Valentine’s Day Message From: Jeremih, Freekey Zeekey, New Boyz, Phreshy Duzit, Miguel & Eric Benet

A group of your favorite male hip-hop and R&B artists answer the question “What’s Your Idea Of A Perfect Valentine’s Day Date?” for Live!

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New Music Video: Eric Benet “Never Want To Live Without You”

Mr. Eric Benet is back with a new smash, “Never Want To Live Without You…”

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Eric Benet gets married in his 2nd music video for the follow up single to his #1 radio smash “Sometimes I Cry”

Check out the FLY video after the jump…

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Eric Benet on the Wendy Williams Show “Sometimes I Cry” (LIVE)

Eric Benet gives an intense and vocally stunning performance on The Wendy Williams Show.