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Music

Ro James – “Holy Water” [New Visual]

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From his successful album release ELDORADO, Ro James premieres the visual to the single cut “Holy Water.” Also, the Grammy-nominated singer now kicks off his official XIX tour which starts today in Portland, Oregon at the Star Theater.

Check out the visual above.

“XIX” Headlining Tour Dates:

February 3rd           Portland, OR                       Star Theater                                                  

February 4th        Seattle, WA                        Columbia City Theater                              

February 7th        Oakland, CA                        The New Parish                                          

February 8th        Sacramento, CA                 Harlow’s                                                         

February 9th        Santa Ana, CA                     The Constellation Room @ The Observatory

February 13th      Los Angeles, CA                 The Roxy

February 14th      Detroit, MI                          Fox Theatre w/ Joe, Chrisette and Vivian Greene

February 15th      Houston, TX                        Studio @ Warehouse Live

February 16th      Dallas, TX                              South Side Music Hall

February 19th      Nashville, TN                       Basement East

February 22nd     Baton Rouge, LA                 The Varsity Theatre

February 23rd      Birmingham, AL                  Workplay Theatre

February 24th      Atlanta, GA                          Vinyl

February 25th      Raleigh, NC                          The Pour House Music Hall

February 26th      Philadelphia, PA                 The Foundry

February 28th      New York, NY                      Highline Ballroom

March 2nd            Washington, D.C.               The Howard Theatre

March 3rd            Baltimore, MD                     Soundstage

March 5th            Cambridge, MA                    The Middle East

March 7th            Toronto, ON                         Mod Club Theatre

March 8th            Cleveland, OH                      The Cambridge Room @ HOB

March 9th             Chicago, IL                             The Promontory

March 10th          Kansas City, MO                  Voodoo Lounge @ Harrah’s Casino

March 11th           Memphis, TN                       1884 Lounge

 

For the latest on Ro James, please visit:

 

Website : www.RoJamesXIX.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoJamesXIX

Instagram: https://instagram.com/RoJamesXIX/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RoJamesXIX

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Fashion

Aether 79 Releases Collection II Lookbook Featuring Rapper Tray Pizzy & more

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Just in time for the holidays, jewelry brand Æther 79 releases the lookbook for its “Collection II,” featuring Bronx Emcee, Tray Pizzy, Model/DJ Odalys, and R&B Singer RainaRich. Shot on location in Central Harlem on 35mm film, the trio adorn precious gemstones and crystals paired with classic yellow gold chains.

Æther 79 Collection II features the addition of chokers and bracelets to its exclusive product line, as well as an expanded catalogue of rough crystals to include rose quartz, black tourmaline and blue kyanite. Lastly, Collection II introduces a new luxury line of limited edition birthstone necklaces, set in 14K solid gold.

Æther 79 Collection II is available for purchase today at aether79.com.

About Æther 79

Inspired by the the natural beauty and healing powers of crystals, New York-based brand Æther 79 creates one-of-one unisex designer jewelry from raw crystal and gold elements. Debuting in late 2014, its unique take on the quintessential hip-hop chain and pendant has quickly made it a favorite amongst musicians and NYC club kids. With support from artists such as  Ro JamesChaz FrenchChynna Rogers, and Kiesza, Aether 79 gives everyone a chance to explore the metaphysical realm while remaining grounded in classic street style.

Æther 79 Collection II Lookbook: https://aether79.com/pages/ae-79-ii-lookbook

Æther 79 Website: https://aether79.com

Æther 79 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aether79/

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Entertainment

Grammy Nominated Singer Ro James To Embark On His Own ‘XIX’ Tour

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On the heels of receiving his first ever Grammy nomination for Best R&B Performance for his hit single, “Permission,” ByStorm Entertainment/RCA Records recording artist Ro James announces his headlining XIX Tour. The 23-city tour will kick off on February 3, 2017, stopping in major cities across the US including Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and more. On February 14th, James will perform a special Valentine’s Day show in Detroit with Joe, Chrisette and Vivan Greene. Tickets and VIP packages will be available for purchase at 10 am local time on Friday, December 16, 2016 at RoJamesXIX.com.

After touring with Maxwell and Mary J. Blige on their King + Queen of Hearts World Tour this fall, the ‘XIX’ tour comes in support of James’ debut album, ELDORADO. The album features Ro’s sultry hit single, “Permission,” which held the #1 spot on the Billboard Urban Adult Contemporary Songs chart for 9 weeks and is described by Complex as a “…lustily, respectfully intimate jam.” Solange’s Saint Heron declares, “[‘Permission’] captures the fervent tenacity of Ro’s voice, while still captivating listeners with its undemanding sex appeal to create a sound that is easily winsome.” The track was also included on Billboards “10 Best R&B Songs of 2016: Critic’s Picks.”

James also recently stopped by the NPR offices to deliver a powerful and soulful performance on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series. James performed his sultry “Permission,” his second single “Already Knew That” and “A.D.I.D.A.S,” from ELDORADO which NPR describes as “… a hazy ride that explores love, lust and other vices without the lovey-dovey clichés. The album always feels current, even as his slick wordplay and acoustic vibe could easily slide it into a ’70s or ’90s hit list.” Last month, James delivered an upbeat and exciting performance of “Already Knew That and “Permission” on the 2016 Soul Train Awards, where he also received a nomination for Best New Artist. Ro James is also nominated for a 2017 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding New Artist.

“XIX” Headlining Tour Dates:

February 3rd           Portland, OR                       Star Theater

February 4th        Seattle, WA                        Columbia City Theater

February 6th        Oakland, CA                        The New Parish

February 7th        Sacramento, CA                 Harlow’s

February 9th        Santa Ana, CA                     The Constellation Room @ The Observatory

February 13th      Los Angeles, CA                  The Roxy

February 14th      Detroit, MI                          Fox Theatre w/ Joe, Chrisette and Vivian Greene

February 15th      Houston, TX                        Studio @ Warehouse Live

February 16th      Dallas, TX                             South Side Music Hall

February 19th      Nashville, TN                       Basement East

February 22nd     Baton Rouge, LA                 The Varsity Theatre

February 23rd      Birmingham, AL                  Workplay Theatre

February 24th      Atlanta, GA                          Vinyl

February 25th      Raleigh, NC                          The Pour House Music Hall

February 26th      Philadelphia, PA                 The Foundry

February 28th      New York, NY                      Highline Ballroom

March 2nd            Washington, D.C.               The Howard Theatre

March 3rd            Baltimore, MD                     Soundstage

March 5th            Cambridge, MA                    The Middle East

March 7th            Toronto, ON                         Mod Club Theatre

March 8th            Cleveland, OH                      The Cambridge Room @ HOB

March 9th             Chicago, IL                                The Promontory

March 10th          Kansas City, MO                  Voodoo Lounge @ Harrah’s Casino

March 11th           Memphis, TN                          1884 Lounge

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Last Night in NYC

Last Night In NYC: ‘The Rotimi Experience’ at SOB’s with 50 Cent, Bianca Bonnie, Kelby and Ayo Jay

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Last Night In NYC, POWER‘s very own Rotimi graced the SOB’s stage to a ‘SOLD OUT’ crowd hosted by SFPL‘s Rae Holliday. Premiering his music series titled Rotimi Experience, opening the show were artists Kelby and LHHNY‘s Bianca Bonnie. During Rotimi’s performance he surprised his fans with guest appearances by G-Unit head honcho, 50 Cent, and Nigerian singer/songwriter, Ayo Jay.

Other celebs in attendance were Yandy Smith, Ro James, Luke James, Sonyae Elise, Lea Robinson, Michael Kenneth Williams and more.

Photo Credit: @jmartinvisuals

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FLY Events

#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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(Photo by Peter Forest/Ford Motor Company)

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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Entertainment

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:

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Entertainment

#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.

More pics below.

Photo Credit: Soul Brother 

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Music

Ro James – “Already Knew That” [New Video]

Today, singer/songwriter Ro James premieres the video for his song, “Already Knew That” on The FADER.

Filmed in Los Angeles, CA, the vibrant visual directed by Calmatic (Kendrick Lamar, Jhene Aiko, The Internet), features a laid-back James partying with his friends including Luke James, Wynter Gordon, Leah Labelle, Audra the Rapper and more, while pursuing a love interest.

Recently included on Rolling Stone‘s “10 New Artists You Need to Know: June 2016” list, James’ “Already Knew That” is the follow up to his sultry first single, “Permission” from his debut album ELDORADO. The album, which was released May 27th via Mark PittsByStorm Entertainment joint venture with RCA Records entered the charts at #3 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and #8 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

Fans can experience ELDORADO live as Ro James joins Maxwell as a special guest on his SUMMERS’ Tour 2016. Kicking off tomorrow, June 18th at Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA, the tour will be stopping in cities across the U.S. including Sacramento, Brooklyn, Nashville and more.

For more information, visit Ticketmaster.com. James will also headline a show in Los Angeles at The Viper Room on June 22nd.

Peep the full video from our friend above.

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SFPL TV

Fly Interview: Ro James Talks ‘ELDORADO’, Style and more with SFPL TV

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We caught up with singer/songwriter Ro James just a few days before his official first album ELDORADO dropped via ByStorm/RCA Records. The “Permission” singer spoke more about the raving new project, his favorite artists, his style paired with fashion and much more.

James also talked about his journey through music and trying to learn himself as an artist; getting rid of shyness, and insecurities. Going through that process, molded him into the star that he is today.

Ro James is like family to SFPL, and can’t be more proud of his achievements!

Congrats Ro!

Be sure to cop ‘EL DORADO’ on iTunes and other streaming services.

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Music

Ro James – “Everything” [New Music]

Strums of a guitar clad with the soulful vocals comes across in Ro James‘ new jawn “Everything.” The track was birthed from the crooner’s upcoming 13-track album ELDORADO, due on May 27th.

Ro sings:

“Everything is about you…”

Check it out above.

Recently, hitting the stage with the likes of K. Michelle and Jazmine Sullivan, you catch Ro James this June on the SUMMERS’ Tour with Maxwell.

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