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

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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.

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

Fans can connect with Raheem Devaughn through Instagram: @raheem_devaughn, Twitter: @raheem_devaughn, and Facebook:www.facebook.com/raheemdevaughn

Photo Credit: Tony Mobley for The LoveLife Foundation

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RAHEEM DEVAUGHN & WES FELTON Presents The CrossRhodes The Great Debates Mixtape

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The Revolution Will Not Only Be Televised, But Also Provided In Surround Sound With An Appropriate Soundtrack.

As we embark on the most important election of our lifetime, Raheem DeVaughn and Wes Felton, collectively known as The CrossRhodes are back with the, The Great Debate mixtape. Available for a free download via Datpiff.com, The Great Debate mixtape speaks to the importance of social consciousness and political awareness.

The Minister of Domestic and International Information of The CrossRhodes states:

The CrossRhodes Manifesto

The intersection of our vision, dreams, beliefs and reality. We are taking back the linage of what they have stolen. We also acknowledge our immediate ancestors who used the Rhodes piano to create soul music.

Our logo captures the intersection of 4 elements of life for what it means to be human, men, Black, fathers, lovers, believers in God and artists.

1.The gun reflects the fact that we see our art and community at the Crossrhodes of both the living and dying by the gun which is reflected in both the  growing BLM movement about violence against our community and the continued work we have to do about the violence we inflict on each other in our community.

2.The heart reflects the love which is at the root of our music and the movement we are building as men who love, feel, care and struggle.

3.The fist reflects the beauty and power of our commitment to our struggle.  We understand that we come from a long tradition of elder and ancestor artists. A legacy which we have an obligation to continue, transform, and pass on to the next generation.

4.The microphone reflects our art, culture and music which when crossed with love and consciousness is what can use to teach, heal and rebuild our community.

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Raheem DeVaughn and Wes Felton Presents The CrossRhodes [New Music]

This is a reintroduction for many and a formal introduction for a few. Before Grammy Award Nominated Recording Artist, Raheem DeVaughn, became a rising R&B artist, the singer and his poet collaborator, Wes Felton, set DC ablaze with their group, The CrossRhodes.

Both the sons of jazz musicians meshed lush neo-soul crooning with socially conscious hip-hop word flow. With the current state of constant social unrest, The CrossRhodes seeks to be a voice to express valid concerns affecting the Global community especially the plight of the minority community. Their first single is the album title track, “Footprints On The Moon” from their forthcoming album being released through BMG in Fall 2016.

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#EssenceFest: My Black Is Beautiful with LeToya Luckett, Amber Riley and more

My Black Is Beautiful (MBIB), an African-American community-building platform created by Procter & Gamble (P&G), celebrates 10 successful years of initiating and sustaining a broad dialogue around black beauty at Essence Festival in New Orleans. As the Official Sponsor of the Beauty and Style Expo within Essence Fest, MBIB galvanized thousands of African-American women and encouraged them to continue to fuel conversations around beauty and pride.

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During the weekend leading into the 4th of July, MBIB offered festival-goers with interactive, educational and engaging experiences that inspired them to be #BeautyEmpowered, while connecting them with P&G products with benefits for their hair and skin.

Several well-known celebrities that stopped by to celebrate with MBIB, including Amber Riley, Jordin Sparks, Claudia Jordan, Christian Keyes, Raheem Devaughn, LeToya Luckett and many more.

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SFPL Music: Raheem DeVaughn Presents ‘1 (Me) + 1 (You)’ = “Come Together”

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Ten years of sultry and thought provoking hits. Ten years of love ballads. Ten years of unforgettable performances.

The 3-Time Grammy Nominated Recording Artist , Raheem DeVaughn, has contributed the ‘Soundtrack Of Life.’ The Love King is back with a sexy new track titled “1 (Me) + 1 (You)= Come Together”.

The featured song leaves off where the critically acclaimed Love, Sex, and Passion left off and sets the stage for  his new upcoming mixtape Decade Of The Love King coming soon.

https://soundcloud.com/raheemdevaughn/come-together

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New Video: The Love King, Raheem DeVaughn, Celebrates Black Womanhood With “Black Ice Cream”

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As The Love King, Raheem DeVaughn prepares to tear down stages nationwide during the Love ‘N Soul Experience, he is back to salute the ladies with the new visuals for his new single, Black Ice Cream (directed by 6ix Shoota), from his chart topping album, Love, Sex, and Passion.

In addition to his video and upcoming Tour with Leela James featuring V.Bozeman, Raheem will also continue his good will through his foundation, LoveLife Foundation, by saluting survivors of Domestic Violence with the “Queen For A Day” Spa Tour taking place in 10 cities.

Black Ice Cream is a salute to the ladies with Black Girl Magic who exude a powerful sexual confidence. It is my hope that the ladies of all shades enjoy a song and video made specifically with them in mind,” says DeVaughn.

Take a look at the video below:

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Fans can connect with Raheem Devaughn via his website: www.lovekingforever.com

Instagram: @raheem_devaughn

Twitter: @raheem_devaughn

Facebook: www.facebook.com/raheemdevaughn.

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Raheem DeVaughn & Leela James To Embark On The Love ‘n Soul Experience with Special Guest V Bozeman

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This fall, soul music favorites Raheem DeVaughn and Leela James are partnering up to co-headline The Love ‘n Soul Experience. With shows in 25 major cities across the United States, the two will be performing hits off of their recent chart-topping albums alongside fan favorites from their entire catalogues.

Three-time Grammy Award nominated 368 Music Group & Entertainment One recording artist Raheem DeVaughn is one of the most exciting R&B artists of the 21st century. His fifth studio album, Love, Sex, and Passion, released in February 2015, debuted at #1 on the Billboard R&B chart and #2 on Billboard’s Independent Album chart. It continues to be propelled by radio hits “Queen” and “Temperature’s Rising”. In addition to his musical interests, Raheem is equall passionate about the various philanthropic initiatives run by his charity organization, The LoveLife Foundation. Launched in April 2014, the foundation currently focuses on youth education, HIV/AIDS research, and domestic violence prevention. Throughout the tour, Raheem and The LoveLife Foundation will be hosting their national “Queen for a Day” campaign against domestic violence. More information on QFAD & TLLF can be viewed HERE.

Leela James’s explosive 2015 saw her new album Fall For You reach #1 on the iTunes R&B chart, three top-15 singles highlighted by the smash hit “Set Me Free” (currently at #6 on the Urban AC charts), a starring role on TV One‘s R&B Divas LA, and a BET/Centric Awards win. She has often been compared to soul legends Etta James and Mavis Staples, and cites them alongside Aretha Franklin and Bobby Womack as primary influences. Her passionate and deeply emotional performances have connected her with fans worldwide. James’s most recent album Fall For You recently re-charted #1 on iTunes’ R&B chart following a critically acclaimed performance on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars.

Joining The Love ‘n Soul Experience as the opening act is the exciting new talent V. Bozeman. After an enthralling debut as the co-star of the hit Fox TV series, Empire, Mosley Music Group/Epic Records Recording Artist Bozeman is currently preparing her highly anticipated debut album Music Is My Boyfriend, produced by Timbaland. Her single “What Is Love” captivated both viewers and listeners alike and garnered the second most downloads from the Empire Soundtrack.

“Art is culture. Culture is Art. I invite you to bear witness to the live performance that will feature a decade of music that I have created. #TheLove&SoulExperienceIsComingFall2015,” says Raheem DeVaughn.

“Creating music that taps into the heart of people is what I live for. Soul music connects, affirms, and lifts people out of their seats. I’m proud to be a part of it,” says Leela James.

The North American leg of ‘The Love ‘n Soul Experience’ will hit 25 cities beginning October 7, 2015 and concludes November 13, 2015:

October 7, 2015 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm

October 8, 2015 – Chattanooga, TN – Track 29

October 9, 2015 – Atlanta, GA – Symphony Hall

October 10, 2015 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall

October 11, 2015 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works

October 14, 2015 – St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room

October 15, 2015 – Chicago, IL – Portage Theater

October 16, 2015 – Detroit, MI – The Garden Theater

October 17, 2015 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room

October 18, 2015 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues

October 21, 2015 – Boston, MA – Wilbur Theatre

October 22, 2015 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA

October 23, 2015 – New York, NY – Apollo Theater

October 24, 2015 – Washington, DC – Warner Theater

October 25, 2015 – Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live

October 27, 2015 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s

October 29, 2015 – Norfolk, VA -The Norva

October 30, 2015 – Winston Salem, NC – Lawrence Joel Vet. Memorial Coliseum

November 1, 2015 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore

November 4, 2015 – Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre

November 5, 2015 – New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues

November 6, 2015 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues

November 7, 2015 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues

November 12, 2015 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater

November 13, 2015 – Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia

Check your local listings for tickets to The Love n’ Soul Experience.

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Essence Fest 2015: The 12th Annual McDonald’s 365Black Awards hosted by Terrance J & Keke Palmer [Photos]

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During this year’s Essence Music Festival, celebs hit the gold carpet for the 12th Annual McDonald’s 365Black Awards in New Orleans at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

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The lively annual event hosted by Terrance J. and Keke Palmer took place during EMF weekend to recognize exceptional leaders who make positive contributions within the African-American community.

The 2015 Honorees were:

 

Community Service Youth Award (CCYA) Recipients: 

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Aaron Johnson & Tori Turner

Others in attendance were: B.o.B, Sevyn Streeter, Yolanda Adams, Amber Riley, Smokie Norful, Johnathan McReynolds, Andra Day, Raheem DeVaughn, Dee-1, Avery Sunshine, Avant, Flex & Shanice, Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner and more.

[Photos by Gabriel Williams (of SFPL) & Peter G. Frost]

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Essence Fest 2015: Amber Riley, Sevyn Streeter, Laurieann Gibson, Raheem DeVaughn & more at P&G’s My Black Is Beautiful Reception

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During this year’s 2015 Essence Music Festival, Proctor & Gamble‘s My Black Is Beautiful held an exclusive cocktail hour and dinner at New Orleans Jazz Market. As you entered the pristine establishment, guest were greeted with passed hors d’oeuvres and speciality drinks, and subtle sounds of a trio jazz band playing in the background.

As part of its long-standing commitment to touch and improve the lives of African-American women, Procter & Gamble (P&G) has always been proud to be a title sponsor of the 2015 ESSENCE Festival for the 7th straight year. This year, P&G’s ‘My Black is Beautiful’ inspired women to celebrate and share their “Beauty In Action” during the ESSENCE festivities and beyond by providing signature experiences with its partner brands, CoverGirl Queen Collection, Pantene, Clairol Professional, Olay, Gain, Bounty, Charmin and Puffs.

Attendees of the EMF joined the celebration by visiting the ‘My Black is Beautiful’ booth and enjoyed fun makeovers, live music, transformational programming, celebrity meet & greets, and surprise gifting through social media. Guests also meet the six newly crowned 2014 “MBIB Ambassadors” who was on hand throughout the weekend to motivate, excite and galvanize attendees to affect positive change in their local community.

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Before, heading into the next room for a sit-down dinner, Dancer/Choreographer/Creative Director Laurieann Gibson showed the attendees how to boost their confidence through dance, therefore, teaching the new #MBIB line dance, which she created herself.

Other guests included: 

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Singer/Actress Amber Riley who wowed the crowd with her flawless vocals and premiering a new song for the very first time, which she performed.

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Singer/Songwriter Sevyn Streeter performing her hit single “4th Street.”

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Singer/Songwriter Raheem DeVaughn.

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TV Host & Pop Culture Expert Jawn Murray and Blood, Sweats & Heels star & Author Demetria Lucas D’Oyley.

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Singers/Songwriters & Wal-Mart Ambassadors Kindred The Family Soul.

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TV Personality & MTV Girl Gode‘s Alesha Renee.

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Congrats to P&G’s MBIB for a great turn out!

For more information about My Black is Beautiful, visit www.myblackisbeautiful.com and follow us on facebook.com/MBIB, Instagram (@MBIB) and Twitter (@MBIB), using hashtags #MBIB and #BIAJourney.

 

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Fly Interview: Raheem DeVaughn Talks ‘Love, Sex & Passion’ with SFPL TV

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Veteran Singer/Songwriter Raheem DeVaughn stopped by the Stuff Fly People Like TV Headquarters to discuss his latest album, Love Sex & Passion, longevity in the music business, Marvin Gaye, Prince, R. Kelly and more.

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‘Love, Sex & Passion’ available on iTunes now.

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