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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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Lauryn Hill’s Son Zion Marley Covers OOB Magazine, Daughter Selah Marley Stars In Beyonce’s Ivy Park Campaign

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Remember hearing the song and lyrics from Lauryn Hill‘s project The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill entitled “Zion?” Well, if you didn’t know, at the time that particular track was dedicated to her very own seed, son Zion Marley.

Well, today, Zion is all grown up and has passed his good looks on to the fashion sector as he lands a spread in OOB Magazine.

With Creative Direction by Paco Lampecinado, the shoot pays homage to the homeland of Jamaica with artwork by Jade. On Set Stylist, Rick Johnson added his finishing touches bringing the portraits to life.

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His Father Rohan Marley expressed how proud he was of his son on Instagram:

He also shared his love for his daughter (Zion’s sister, Lauryn’s daughter) Selah Marley who was featured in the Miu Miu Automne 2017 campaign:

To add, Selah was recently featured in Beyonce‘s Ivy Park fashion campaign as well:

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Congrats to Lauryn and Rohan on raising such amazing and beautiful children! Both Selah and Zion definitely have promising careers in the fashion field and we can’t wait to see what they will have in store next!

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Sir the Baptist Drops Thought Provoking Visual “What We Got” feat. Donald Lawrence

On the heels of his groundbreaking performance at Tidal X: 1015, that benefited the poverty-fighting organization The Robin Hood Foundation, Atlantic Records recording artist Sir The Baptist releases a groundbreaking message driven visual for his current single, “What We Got” featuring Grammy-winning producer/songwriter, Donald Lawrence. The track was written and produced by Sir himself.

Sir the Baptist joined contemporaries Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj, Lauryn Hill, Common, Robin Thicke and more as his message-driven music has resonated in a true impactful way among his peers and fans the world over. Now following this paramount moment, Sir gives fans a new music video and a glimpse from his moment at Tidal X: 1015.

The music video finds Sir delivering a powerful message of faith and being true to one’s community and history. Baptist uses the music and accompanying video as a bridge for building a stronger sense of community for African-Americans, especially as it relates to economics. Just as every major community has a self-sustaining Chinatown, Sir believes that African-American neighborhoods too can work toward creating their own self-sustaining communities. This message of hope and harmony is reflected in the video, lyrical theme and artwork for “What We Got.” Ultimately, the song is really about taking pride and ownership for one’s own community.

Full-length debut project, PK: PREACHER’S KID coming soon.

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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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Apollo Theater To Hold Amateur Night Auditions In New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC For 2017

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The Apollo Theater announced today that it will hold auditions for its legendary Amateur Night show, now in its 82nd year, in multiple cities this Fall. Auditions will be held in Philadelphia at the Kimmel Center on Saturday, September 17th, in New York City at the Apollo Theater on Saturday, September 24th and will conclude in Washington, D.C. at Howard University on Saturday, October 1st. Amateur Night producers will screen hundreds of vocalists, rappers, dancers, comedians, spoken word artists, and other performers vying for a coveted spot on the Apollo’s stage, where they will then compete for a chance to win the new grand prize amount of $20,000.

“The Apollo is driven by a commitment to explore all possibilities of contemporary artistic expression. One way to achieve this is by opening our Amateur Night 2017 auditions to a geographically-diverse pool of talent,” said Jonelle Procope, President and CEO of the Apollo Theater. “Amateur Night is not only a beloved live, weekly show but rather a greater catalyst renown for sparking the careers of so many legendary performers.”

“The Apollo is the world’s stage and, as such, we want to make sure the performers are equally world-class. By reaching out to talent in locations like Washington, DC, we ensure we are getting the best possible competitors. Long before American Idol, America’s Got Talent, and Star Search, the Apollo’s Amateur Night was, and continues to be, a primary source for discovering and spotlighting up-and-coming artists. We’re on a hunt for the best of the best,” said Amateur Night Producer and audition judge, Marion J. Caffey.

Since its inception in 1934, the Apollo Theater’s signature show, ‘Amateur Night,’ has been one of New York City’s most popular live entertainment experiences, launching the careers of thousands of performers and attracting audiences from all over the world. ‘Amateur Night’ has long been revered by artists as a transformative experience where up-and-coming talent feel the power of the legendary performers who have come before them, and where audience responses can help make or break a career. Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill and Michael Jackson are just a few of the legendary performers who launched their careers on the Apollo stage.

 

Auditions for Amateur Night are as follows:

September 17th in Philadelphia (10am- 6pm)

Location: Kimmel Center

300 South Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19102

 

September 24th in NYC (10am-6pm)

Location: Apollo Theater

253 West 125th Street

New York, NY 10027

 

October 1st in Washington, D.C. (10am- 6pm)

Location: Cramton Auditorium – Howard University

2455 6th St NW

Washington, DC 20059

 

*Important Note: For Amateur Night, only children ages 5 to 17 will be considered for the “Child Stars of Tomorrow” segment. For those competing in the adult category, you must be 18 years and older to compete in the adult category. Children under 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult. For a complete list of audition guidelines and rules, visit apollotheater.org

For Amateur Night auditions, judges will only see the first 250 acts if time permits, so please arrive early. Amateur Night at the Apollo weekly performances are independent from the APOLLO LIVE and SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO taped events. 

 

RULES:       

  • An Amateur is anyone who has not had a recording, Film or TV contract with a major studio.
  • NO profanity, including any racial epithets or slurs all material must be appropriate for a family show.
  • Children under 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult.
  • Only children ages 5 to 17 will be considered for the “Child Star of Tomorrow” segment.
  • For those competing in the adult category, you must be 18 years and older.
  • No lip synching, singing along with track vocals or post-production engineering of vocals is permitted.
  • The audition is open to singers, dancers, comedians, spoken word artists and musicians and other variety performances.
  • Each live contestant will have up to 90 seconds to perform.
  • Singers can bring a track on cassette or CD or sing a cappella. A band is NOT available.
  • Musicians must bring their own instruments.
  • Dancers should bring a CD.
  • Do NOT bring CD’s in CD-RW format.
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On The Gram: Lauryn Hill Roasted For Her Tardiness Due To Her “Energy Not Being Aligned”.

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auryn Hill maybe a legend to most, but she’s definitely gonna get these jokes. Lauryn Hill trended on social media for all the wrong reasons on Friday night .Ms. Hill issued a statement in the form of a lengthy Facebook post explaining why she continually shows up late to performances blaming her energy being off. Basically saying she will be there when she gets there.

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Of course folks weren’t here for it all. Fans took their favorite social apps to roast the “Ex-Factor” singer for being ridiculously tardy for the Friday night show in Atlanta.  It was nothing but stories from fans attending her shows where of course Hill showed up late, disappointment in folks still purchasing tickets to Lauryn Hill shows and pure disappointment in her constantly showing up late. Peep some of the tweets below:

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Type in Lauryn Hill in your Twitter search bar and you will be there for a while reading all of the tweets blasting Hill. The bashing wasn’t only relagated to Twitter though, Lauryn and her energy was dragged on Instagram too. Hit the gallery below to see the hilarious memes making light of Lauryn and her misaligned energy.

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The Word: Lauryn Hill Shows Up Late (Again), Gets Roasted By Fan(s), Pens Lengthy Letter…

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Lauryn Hill, also known as “The Late Escape”…

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Watch: The Weeknd & Lauryn Hill Perform “In The Night” On ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ [Video]

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After much controversy about Lauryn Hill‘s absence during this year’s Grammy’s as she was scheduled to hit the stage with The Weeknd, the pair made up for the failed attempt, and appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Delivering his performance of chart-topping song “In The Night” from the album Beauty Behind the Madness, Abel then called out Lauryn as the two blessed souls with their duet-souled-filled-vocals.

Check it out below:

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SFPL MUSIC: LAURYN HILL – “A CRADLE IN BETHLEHEM”

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Lauryn Hill goes back into her gospel roots as she provides an angelic carol cover written in the 1920’s but resurfaced from Nat King Cole in 1960 — a  song “A Cradle In Bethlehem.”

The posted version is unfinished but Ms. Hill wanted to get the song out exclusively to her fans on this perfect holiday. Listening to song, you can’t help but think of Lauryn’s past classic moments in the movie Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit.

Check it out below:

https://soundcloud.com/mslaurynhill/a-cradle-in-bethlehem