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New Music: Ledisi – “High”

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Multi-Grammy nominated R&B powerhouse and Verve Label Group artist Ledisi is back with a brand new single “High,” which premiered via Okayplayer.com. “High” is a song of self-celebration, empowerment, and heightened love.This honest message with raw bravado only emphasizes Ledisi’s powerful vocal performance. Written by Prince Charlez (Rihanna, Beyonce), Ledisi, Rex Rideout and produced by DJ Camper (Mary J Blige), this track is a bold first offering from Ledisi’s upcoming fall LP. “High” impacts radio May 23 and is available at all digital retailers.

In addition, Ledisi will also be hitting the road with the amazing Maxwell on the blacksSummers’ Tour ’17. Ledisi will join Maxwell for 18 cities that will kick-off in Nashville, TN on May 23 at the Bridgestone Arena and will conclude on June 23 in San Diego at the Valley View Casino Arena. Other cities include Raleigh, NC Virginia Beach, VA, Atlantic City NJ, Newark, NJ and more.

Ledisi Tour Dates (with Maxwell)
05/23/17 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
05/24/17 Greenville, SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena
05/26/17 Raleigh, NC Red Hat Amphitheater
05/27/17 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
05/28/17 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Resort Spa & Casino–Event Center*
05/30/17 Kettering, OH Fraze Pavilion*
06/01/17 North Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena*
06/02/17 Biloxi, MS Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
06/03/17 Baton Rouge, LA River Center
06/04/17 Chattanooga, TN Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium
06/06/17 Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena
06/08/17 Newark, NJ The Prudential Center
06/09/17 Mashantucket, CT The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Casino
06/10/17 Nassau, NY Nassau Coliseum
06/13/17 Southaven, MS Landers Center
06/15/17 Toledo, OH Huntington Center
06/16/17 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
06/17/17 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theatre
06/20/17 Kent, WA Showare Center
06/22/17 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
06/23/17 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Arena

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Twitter: @ledisi
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Entertainment

Women’s March Performance Lineup: Janelle Monáe, Maxwell, Angelique Kidjo and more

Today, the Women’s March on Washington announced that music icons Janelle Monáe, Maxwell, and Angelique Kidjo will be performing at the Women’s March on Washington, which will take place in Washington, D.C. on January 21, 2017. Additional performers include Toshi Reagon, Samantha Ronson, Emily Wells, DJ Rekha, MC Lyte, St. Beauty, Beverly Bond, Alia Sharief, DJ Rimarkable, Amber Coffman, the Indigo Girls, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Climbing PoeTree.

In addition to the performers, top artists Questlove, Grimes, Matt and Kim, KT Tunstall, Neko Case, Rakim, TV on the Radio, and Lila Downs will join the March’s Artist Table, a diverse group artists, musicians, actors, writers, and creatives who are supporting the Women’s March on Washington and sister Marches around the country, joining in solidarity either in person, or via social media. Chaired by America Ferrera, the Artist Table includes over 150 artists; to view the full list, click here.

“I am honored to join this critical movement to bring justice and equality to all,” said Janelle Monáe. “Music has always been a powerful tool for galvanizing unity and I believe that singing and standing together, our voices will be stronger than any force that tries to repress us.”

“We are here because women are every bit as capable if not more able to pursue any goal they set forth for themselves. Were it not for the limitless depths of their love we would not be the men that we are,” said Maxwell.

“I feel my role as an artist coming from the African continent is to remind people again and again, through music and advocacy, how beautiful and important our cultural diversity is. This is what makes our shared humanity so precious,” said Angelique Kidjo.

In honor of the March, performing artist and Music Director of the Women’s March Toshi Reagon recorded an original version of “Ella’s Song” aka “We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest Until it Comes,” a classic protest anthem that was written by Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, Toshi’s mother, in honor of civil rights icon Ella Baker. The song was originally recorded by the famed activist A Capella group, Sweet Honey in the Rock. The rally portion of the March will conclude with a live performance of Reagon’s rendition of “Ella’s Song.” All March participants will be invited to join together in song. “Ella’s Song” can be listened to or downloaded here.

“Music engages every part of the body. It is also a call. Anyone within the sound of a voice ringing a good song has the opportunity to join in congregation and not only tell a power for story, but make necessary declarations. Now is the time for action. Now is the time for singing our songs together,” said Reagon.

Held on the first day of the new presidential administration, the Women’s March on Washington aims to send a message to all levels of government and the incoming administration: that we stand together in solidarity and expect elected leaders to act to protect the rights of women, their families and their communities.

“We are inspired by the 150 plus artists that have joined us to say that they will not be silent while the most vulnerable communities come under attack. Artists are the gatekeepers of truth and we are lucky to have these brilliant and brave artist stand in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington,” said Paola Mendoza, Artistic Director of the Women’s March on Washington.

Producer of the Women’s March on Washington, Ginny Suss said, “Music uplifts, inspires, and empowers during times of protest. At these crucial moments when we are taking to the streets to stand up for our rights, music can fortify us to go on with the hard work ahead.”

The Women’s March on Washington is a women-led grassroots movement that will bring people of all genders and backgrounds together to take a stand on social justice and human rights issues ranging from race, ethnicity, gender, religion, immigration and health care. Over 200 sister marches are also being planned across the country. The March is a statement of solidarity affirming our shared humanity and fundamental human rights. Visit www.womensmarch.com for additional information.

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Beyonce, Chance the Rapper and Fat Joe & Remy Ma Win Big at Soul Train Awards 2016

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SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 celebrated the best in Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop by highlighting both returning legends and breakout stars with unrivaled musical moments and titillating performances. The awards show, which aired tonight on CENTRIC and BET, was hosted once again by the funkadelic Godmother of neo-soul, Erykah Badu, who also served as Executive Producer.

Beyoncé led the night’s winners dominating in top categories including Video of the Year, Album/Mixtape of the Year, Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, and Song of the Year. Fat Joe and Remy Ma featuring French Montana and Infared took home two awards of their own, Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year) and Best Collaboration, for their smash hit “All the Way Up.” Artists were honored across 12 different categories and additional winners included Kanye West featuring Teyana Taylor for Best Dance Performance for “Fade,” Chance the Rapper (Best New Artist), Anderson .Paak (Centric Certified Award), Andra Day “Rise Up” (The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award), Maxwell (Best R&B/Soul Male Artist), and Kirk Franklin “123 Victory” (Best Gospel/Inspirational Song.)

The evening marked the inaugural Soul Train Awards since BET Networks officially acquired Soul Train earlier this year and it did not disappoint. The night featured crowd-loving classics and current favorites from the best Soul artists of yesterday and today.

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Dru Hill kicked off the Soul Train Awards 2016 with the ultimate throwback of their 90s R&B jams including “Tell Me,” “In My Bed,” and “Beauty.”

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Dru Hill lead singer Sisqó then took the stage solo to perform his late 90’s mega-hit “Thong Song.”

 

An endearing and  inspired Jill Scott presented Brandy with the second annual Lady of Soul Award, who went on to blow the crowd away with a full dance and stunning vocal performance of her most beloved hits including “Almost Doesn’t Count,” “What About Us,” “Full Moon,” “I Wanna Be Down,” “The Boy Is Mine,” “Talk About Our Love,” “Have You Ever,” and “Sitting On Top Of The World,” joined by MA$E.

 

Soulful newcomers Anderson .Paak and BJ the Chicago Kid performed “Waters” and “Cha Cha” singer D.R.A.M. joined Badu on stage for their recently released single, “WiFi.”

The awards ended on a high note with Teddy Riley pulling out all the stops for an unforgettable showcase following his receiving of the night’s highest honor, the Legend Award. Riley brought out retro hitmakers and past collaborators including Doug E. Fresh, Bobby Brown, Tito Jackson, Wreckx-N-Effect and Guy for a medley of classics including “My Prerogative,” “Remember the Time,” “Rump Shaker,” and more.

Alongside the amazing performances, the second annual Soul Cypher, featuring Erykah Badu, Tyrese, Ne-Yo, Angie Stone and the incomparable Gladys Knight was another musical moment not to be forgotten.

SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 WINNERS

Best New Artist – Chance the Rapper

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist – Maxwell

Centric Certified Award – Anderson .Paak

Video of the Year – Beyoncé – “Formation”

Best Gospel/Inspirational Song – Kirk Franklin – “123 Victory”

Album/Mixtape of the Year – Beyoncé – “Lemonade”

Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year) – Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared – “All the Way Up”

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist – Beyoncé

Song of the Year – Beyoncé

The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award – “Rise Up” – Written by Andra Day and Jennifer Decilveo (Andra Day)

Best Dance Performance – Kanye West (Dance Performance featuring Teyana Taylor) – “Fade”

Best Collaboration – Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared – “All the Way Up”

The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 are produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment. Executive Producers of the network telecast are as follows: Debra Lee, Stephen G. Hill and Connie Orlando from BET; and Jesse Collins for Jesse Collins Entertainment.

Photo Credit: Getty Images for BET

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In Fashion: Quincy Brown Shines In ANZ Clothing SS17 Campaign

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For their highly anticipated sophomore collection, ANZ have lightened the mood.

Signature knits come in subtle tonal pastels referencing the work of artist David Hockney and his fresh effervescent palette.

ANZ hero piece the signature cardigan has been further developed to include 2 weights of weather dependent knits – lightweight in tango, mojito, noir and lakers. Heavyweight in dark sky, sky, salmon and patriot colourways.

 

 

The limited release ‘Dean Collection’ designed in collaboration with artist and producer Swizz Beatz includes two new graphic black/white and oatmeal/charcoal.

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The London based label have introduced an easy wear varsity style ‘members jacket’ with contrasting popper fastening body and kaffiyeh pattern sleeves in four popping color-ways; grey/pink. grey/green, grey/orange and traditional black/white, which can be personalized on request.

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Head to toe coords come in 2 styles; The Jamal funnel neck zip through with stars and speedway checker pattern and The Gosho varsity popper front with speedway checker sleeves, accompanying joggers have ribbed waist and ankle cuffs.

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Oversized King Sweaters come in black on charcoal and black on white with a lucky 8 appliqué. Having garnered a huge following for the brand’s illustrated cartoon mascots, ANZ have introduced a cartoon appliqué sweater featuring the crying King.

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A nod to b-boy culture sees the first release of custom ANZ shoe laces in collection co-ordinating colours that will add an additional cool to the coolest of kicks.

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The season’s campaign is fronted by entrepreneur and multifaceted artist Quincy Brown. Known for his strong personal style and infectious spirit Quincy perfectly embodies the playful, buoyant mood of the collection.

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In the SS17 campaign Quincy is captured interacting with ANZ’s signature cartoon mascots. First introduced in 2015, the instantly recognizable cartoon crew, inspired by pop art, counter-culture, the designers love of comics and modern cultural stereotypes have rapidly grown and impressive following of their own. They will be popping up across garments and as an integral part of the brands ANZ for future seasons.

Progressive polychromatic jacquard techniques and unique raised textures result in truly tactile garments all produced in a historically celebrated family run factory in Leicester, England.

Other celebs were seen rocking a few pieces from ANZ:

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Lance Gross

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Carmelo Anthony 

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And even our very own of SFPL, Gabriel Williams.

Make your purchase today over at www.ANZClothing.com.

Photo Credit: ANZ Clothing / Instagram

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Anthony Hamilton Premieres New Video “Ever Seen Heaven”, Receives Nomination for Soul Train Award

Anthony Hamilton debuts his music video for the track “Ever Seen Heaven,” which was filmed near the ocean to depict the purest form of love between Hamilton and his female companion. The single is from his fifth studio album, What I’m Feelin’, which was released earlier this spring via RCA Records.
In addition to premiering his new music video, Anthony also received a nomination for “Best R&B/Soul Male Artist” for the 2016 Soul Train Music Awards. For this category, Hamilton is nominated alongside Bryson Tiller, Maxwell, The Weeknd, and Usher. The filming for the awards will take place on November 6th before it airs on Centric and BET at 8 p.m. ETon November 27.
Along with new music videos and award nominations, Anthony has remained busy this fall with recent television appearances on Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon. Hamilton also embarked on his second tour of the year with Eric Benet and Lalah Hathaway, at the beginning of October. Anthony’s latest album, What I’m Feelin’ is available for purchase.
Be sure to look out for Anthony’s music video for his second single, “What I’m Feelin,” later this fall.
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Fly Interview: Julissa Bermudez Talks ‘Ringside’, Maxwell, Reality TV and more

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Recently, actress-model-host Julissa Bermudez sat down with SFPL TV to discuss her role in the upcoming original TV One movie exclusive, Ringside starring Tyler Lepley, Sevyn Streeter, Jackie Long, Tequan Richmond and more.

In the movie, Julissa plays a feisty Latina woman by the name of “Carmen Santiago,” whose the love interest of “Jaxon” (Tyler Lepley). Bermudez did admit that she was a little hesitant of the role at first, but then found the role to be exciting.

Being asked our tricky question of: “If you were stuck on an island, what 5 albums would you choose to have with you?”, you may be surprised by a certain artist that Julissa mentions. Hmmmmm…peep the full interview to find out!

Check out the clip above.

Don’t forget to tune into ‘Ringside’ on TV One this Sunday at 7/6c.

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Fly Visual: Maxwell Sets The Mood in “1990x” Video

Back in July Maxwell released his highly anticipated fifth studio album black SUMMERS’ night. Yesterday the R&B crooner dropped off the visual for “1990x” one of tracks off the project.

The sultry ballad is perfectly complimented by the dark and sensual Philip Andelman directed video. In the visual we find Maxwell serenading a special someone before they take things inside as things start to get a little hot and heavy.

Watch Maxwell’s fitting video for “1990x” below.

 

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#EssenceFest: FORD Takes Over NOLA at The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Held Exclusive Media Welcome Dinner

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30: Preparations at the Ford Motor Company booth for the 2016 Essence Festival on Thursday, June 30, 2016, in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Ford Motor Company)
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Marking 2016 as Ford’s eighth consecutive year as an exclusive automotive sponsor of the ESSENCE Festival, the company pulled out all the stops for this year’s festivities with their dynamic booth display showing off some of their best and newest rides, allowing the public to even test drive the vehicles.

Sirius XM was also on-site to broadcast live from the Ford booth during the entire weekend and conducted interviews with your favorite celebrities like Sevyn Streeter, Maxwell, Chrisette Michelle, Ro James, New Edition, Tony Gaskins and the cast of STARZ hit series’ Power and Survivor’s Remorse.

As mentioned, Ford’s latest lineup of vehicles was on full display at the Ford booth including the 2017 Ford GT, 2017 Ford Fusion Sport, Shelby Mustang GT350, and Ford Focus RS. The company was giving away the keys to a new 2017 Ford Fusion to one lucky winner. Four lucky contestants had the chance to compete on stage, alongside Nephew Tommy, to win the keys to the brand new car.

Also, Festival attendees had the chance to test drive the latest lineup of Ford vehicles, including the 2016 Ford Explorer, 2017 Ford Fusion and 2017 Ford Escape.

Kicking things off at the start of the festival on Friday, July 1, the brand started their charity initiative, Ford Warriors in Pink to raise funds and bring awareness to breast cancer. Ford donated $20 for each of the first 250 test drives (total of $5,000) on July 1 to support Young Survival Coalition. Over $130 million has been donated towards the fight against breast cancer through Ford’s ‘Warriors in Pink.’

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Lastly, Ford hosted an exclusive Media and Influencer Dinner, which included SFPL‘s very own Gabriel Williams amongst many others held at Mardi Gras World, an indoor Bayou themed location that gives the nostalgia of what NOLA is all about.

Attendees were treated to New Orleans inspired dishes, especially the all-time favorite, Po’ Boy Sandwiches, and the well-known popular drink, The Hurricane. Great food, great conversations, a great time.

Manager of Ford Multicultural Communications, Raj Register hosted the evening along with Life/Relationship Expert, Tony Gaskins.

Raj greeted the attendees and spoke on a few initiatives that Ford was working on paired with a very new ad campaign, as well as, introducing Tony for those that may not have been familiar with the budding self-made expert/entrepreneur. You may remember him as he recently appeared a few times as a special guest on K. Michelle‘s My Life on VH1, counseling the songstress through her troubled relationships.

Mr. Gaskins is also apart of the Ford campaign where he was featured in the official commercial.

In the video clip, he quotes:

“If you don’t build your dream, someone will hire you to build theirs…”

Take a look below:

While speaking at the dinner, Tony gave insight on what his life was like in the past, and how he needed to grow up and take control of his life. Fascinated with money, girls, selling drugs and eventually being kicked out of college on a full football scholarship, Gaskins soon realized that he was heading down the wrong path.

Starting on a new quest, he then thought to himself that he could help others through their process without necessarily worrying about money. Moving in a more positive direction, Gaskins raised his own brand from the ground up, now holding his positions as an esteemed Life Coach and Author, not to mention a Father, and Husband.

Congrats to Tony on his major accomplishments.

Remember to Dream Big but also build that Dream.

 

 

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Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Chance The Rapper, Chris Rock, Rihanna, & More Create PSA In Support of #BlackLivesMatter

The Black community is still reeling from the tragic murders of Philando Castille and Alton Sterling at the hands of police. Many have taken to the streets and social media to protest, voice their opinions, and demand a change.

Mic along with a plethora of actors and musicians that include Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Bono, Chance The Rapper, Chris Rock, Common, Pink, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Hart, Rihanna, Taraji P. Henson, Queen Latifah, Rosario Dawson, Swizz Beatz, Talib Kweli, Lenny Kravitz, Zoe Kravitz, A$AP Rocky, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Maxwell have teamed up for PSA titled “23 Ways.” The PSA aims to shed light on the non-stop brutality and countless murders of POC at the hands of the police; simply for doing things most wouldn’t think twice about like walking home with a friend, trying to get help, and making eye contact.

Each harrowing account of the the men, women, and children of color who have been murdered by police, serves as a painful reminder of the deep rooted and systematic racism still prevalent in society today. Watch the PSA in it’s entirety below.

 

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SFPL CONTEST: Win A Pair Of Tickets To See Maxwell and Ro James In Concert

Enter a chance to win a pair of tickets each (2 pairs available) to see Maxwell and Ro James in concert at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, Brooklyn, NY, Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 8 pm. If you haven’t experienced both Maxwell and Ro in concert then you don’t wanna miss out on this!

Below, you will find SFPL’s Instagram page where the contest is being held. You must visit the page and follow the instructions to enter.

Winners will receive a pair of tickets each, as stated, and custom Ro James merchandise which can be seen HERE.

Good luck!

Be sure to check out Ro James’ new album ELDORADO on iTunes.

In case you missed it, view Ro’s latest visual “Already Knew That” below: