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#AllStarWeekend: New Orleans Hip Hop Take Over Bud Light Crew HQ

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This weekend Bud Light invaded All-Star Weekend, taking over 211 Royal Street with the Bud Light Crew HQ. With the spirit of friendship, Bud Light had some of the sports’ industries leading NBA talent and musical guests stop by, including their friends and crew. Throughout the weekend, the guests danced to

Throughout the weekend, the guests danced to some hit record spins by DJ’s Zaytoven, Sonny Digital and even Basketball Wives LA star, DJ Duffey. The stage was later set ablaze by electrifying performances by New Orleans’s finest musical acts – Jay Electronica, Mannie Fresh, Birdman, and 2Chainz. Grammy-award winning superstar Toni Braxton even stopped by to see Birdman take the stage, along with Hannibal Buress who came by.

The space was full of activities for friendly competition, including a pop-a-shot gallery and an NBA Jams arcade tournament. Hit rappers A$AP Ferg, Stalley, Master P and fellow friends/Wu-Tang Clan members Raekwon and Ghostface Killah event battled it out in wings contest called “Hot Ones.” Also, former Houston Rockets player, Kenny Smith also stopped by with his daughter/recording artist Kayla Brianna.

Photo Credit: Patrick Melon & Jacqueline Verdugo

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#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.

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Watch: Moniece Slaughter From ‘Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood Covers Toni Braxton’s “Unbreak My Heart”; Milan Christopher Speaks on Their “Relationship”

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Working on her craft, LHHH‘s Moniece Slaughter takes her vocal chops to Instagram, as she is seen covering Toni Braxton‘s classic hit song “Unbreak My Heart” with Celebrity Vocal Coach/Singer, Stevie Mackey.

Admist, the alleged new relationship between her and reality tv cohort Milan Christopher, the rumors were squashed once Milan shared his connection with Moniece on social media.

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And there you have it!

Now, back to the subject at hand, get into Moniece’s quite surprising range in song and let us know what you think! She sounds good!

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Unbreak My Heart Pt1…@steviemackey

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New Video: Tamar Braxton – “If I Don’t Have You” feat. Nene Leakes & more

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Nene Leakes is running  a chic brothel? The Braxton’s very own, Tamar Braxton teams up with the RHOA‘s Nene Leakes for a mistress-themed visual for “If I Don’t Have You.”

Tamar spoke to ET about the inspiration behind the song:

“It’s about being transparent and it’s about being open and honest with the person that you love,” she said. “It’s just saying, ‘If I don’t have you in my life, I don’t have anything!’ Because sometimes we say things that we don’t mean, and people can get the wrong message by having an argument or not being able to express ourselves, so this song is just something that you can just play and let it talk for you.”

On Toni Braxton finding a “Man”: 

“Toni Braxton need a man!” she laughed. “First of all, I tell her to open herself up. You know, don’t be afraid to go outside of the house, I promise he’s not going to ring your door bell and… be herself! She’s a really cool girl and I think she would be a catch for any man. She loves football, she loves to eat, she loves to have fun. She would be a great girlfriend.”

Check out the visual below:

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#HappyEaster: See How Our Favorite Celebs and Their Families Celebrated Easter Sunday.

 

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Yesterday a lot of us celebrated the Easter Holiday at Church, around the dinner table, and most importantly on social media! Some of our favorite celebrities enjoyed the day in style with their family and friends. Check out the FLYest celebs from yesterday’s festivities!

The First Family posed for this beautiful family photo on Easter Sunday. Amazing how fast the girls grew up before our eyes #WELIKE

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Jazz In The Gardens 2015: Toni Braxton, Erykah Badu, Bryshere Y. Gray, Jussie Smollett, Rickey Smiley, Maxwell, Run DMC, R. Kelly & more [Photos]

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The yearly music event, Jazz In The Gardens took place on this weekend in Miami Gardens, Florida, which marks the music series’ 1oth year. In case you missed it, check out our photo gallery to see who hit the stage!

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Live Performances: 50 Cent at #SXSW, Toni Braxton & Babyface on ELLEN, Drake covers Rihanna’s “Stay”, Sevyn Streeter on Arsenio Hall Show

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Drake, 50 Cent, Toni & Babyface, Sevyn Streeter take their talents to the stage for some dope performances. Tune-in below…

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New Music: Chris Jackson – ‘Lay It On Me’

As an accomplished producer and songwriter (for Toni Braxton, Cheryl Cole (X-factor, UK), Marcus Canty (X-Factor US/Epic Records) etc.), and with singles currently climbing Billboard‘s Top R&B/Hip-Hop charts at a rapid pace (“Leggo” by Motown Recording artist B. Smyth) recording artist and “new kid on the block” Chris Jackson has already laid the foundation for what many believe will be one of the most unprecedented careers in Gospel Music today! Check out his new single from his upcoming mixtape ‘No Pressure’ (April 23rd) entitled “Lay It On Me” below…

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Video: Tamar Braxton Chats With Rap-UpTV On The Set of Her ‘Love And War’ Shoot

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Right off the success of her current single ‘Love And War’, Tamar Braxton takes a break on the set of the upcoming video and chats it up with Rap-UpTV. She speaks on the concept of the video, her upcoming album and few of her favorite tracks that will be on the album.

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[VIDEO] Toni Braxton ‘Behind-The-Music’…

Step into the latest installment of VH1’s  Behind  The Music, featuring one of our favorite song birds, Toni Braxton.

See how her life and career unfolded from Bankruptcy to Braxton Family Values below …

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