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.
Presented by The LoveLife Foundation and AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), attendees were treated to performances by Grammy Nominated Recording Artists: RaheemDeVaughn, Chrisette Michele, Kelly Price and Tweet; Hit Fox TV’s Empire Breakout Artist, V.Bozeman; DC Fan Favorites: Rare Essence, Black 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.
The3rd Annual RaheemDeVaughn&FriendsHoliday Concertis aimed to help raise funds and awareness throughDeVaughn’s non-profit organization,The LoveLife Foundation.The LoveLife Foundationprovides monetary support for youth and education initiatives, scholarships, women’s issues, and community programming. This year, TLFhas 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 visitwww.lovelifefoundationdmv.organd connect viaTwitter @LoveLifeDMVandInstagram @lovelifedmv. For more information on AIDS Healthcare Foundation, please visit www.aidshealth.org. Please connect via social media@aidshealthcare.
V.Bozeman is an R&B songstress on the rise. The California native recently delivered the visual for her no-nonsense record “Go.”
Directed by Stephen Garnett, the video opens with VB putting in some work in front of the camera during a photo shoot. Things take a turn when her significant other gets fed up with waiting and makes a fuss, ultimately walking off. VB wraps up the shoot and heads to the dance studio where she vents and shows off some sensual moves. In the end, VB makes it perfectly clear that if her man can’t stand behind her and provide support, he’s more than welcome to “Go.”
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.
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 African–Americans year-round. Held in conjunction with ESSENCE Festival™presented by Coca-Cola®, the event was hosted by actor Lance Grossand 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 Ralph, Ta’Rhonda Jones, Erica 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 Sparks, Avery 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 summer. Additionally, consumers can follow @365Black on Twitter for commentary on the awards and join the conversation using #365BlackAwards.
Singer/Songwriter/Producer/Actress/Philanthropist and star of EMPIRE, V. Bozeman paid a visit to the Fly Offices of SFPL TV, during her short-stay in the Big Apple! Born and raised in South Central, California, the established artist talked about her recurring role on the FOX hit series, new single “Smile”, working with Timbaland, tribute performances in honor of the late John Lennon, and living music veteran and actor Harry Belafonte, forthcoming 2016 album Music Is My Boyfriend and more.
The experience has been nothing but amazing. So many doors have opened, i’ve developed so many new relationships with people from Terrance, Taraji, Jussie and Yazz. I just think it’s a big family and everybody is so grateful to be there and just be apart of a special series.
About being compared to the legendary Grace Jones, all while still forming her own lane:
She paved the way for me. If there was no Grace Jones, it wouldn’t be a V. Bozeman, and I honor her to the upmost — I give her so much respect. She’s broken so many barriers and that’s kind like what i’m about, I vibe on my own vibration.
In case you didn’t know, V. Bozeman first made her way onto the scene when singer/musician Timothy Bloom premiered his 2011 single/video ‘Til The End of Time’, which featured Bozeman and her powerful vocals, as the visual went viral capturing the duo in a D’ Angelo‘esque type vibe, barring a little skin; all while delivering a soulful love song. Two years later, V debuted her new single/visual “Race Jones”, where she delivered a powerful message about accepting the color of her skin, that she’s in.
Since then, V’s wings continued to spread as she moved on to work the likes of Cee-lo Green, Rihanna and now hit-maker Timbaland under the label Mosley Music Group.
Legendary producer and artist, Timbaland, today dropped “Them Jeans” featuring Migos in anticipation of his upcoming album TextBook Timbo. This will mark Timbaland’s fourth solo album under his own label Mosley Music Group, a joint venture with Epic Records.
His first album release since 2009, the concept of TextBook Timbo, takes it back to the beginning – to the roots of what Timbaland is known and recognized for in a textbook style album. The project features a heavy-hitting line up of industry favorites including: Future, Justin Timberlake, Migos, Jay-Z, Missy Elliot, Drake and Lil Wayne.
“This project has been a long time coming and I am excited to give my fans something new and dope to look forward to. I’ve got a lot of new talented artists involved in this project, we’ve created something really special.”
With the current growth of the first single “UFO,” featuring Future and Tink, the album continues to build momentum as it heads towards its official drop within the coming months. Similarly, the current single “Smile” featuring V.Bozeman off of Timbaland’s album Opera Noir dropping at the top of 2016, has only added to the anticipation of both projects on the horizon. V.Bozeman from the TV show EMPIRE that Timbaland is the music Executive Producer for is featured on every song on Opera Noir.
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.
Broadcast Music, Inc.®, (BMI®), the global leader in music rights management, presented the BMI Icon Award to GRAMMY-winning songwriter, composer, producer, arranger and guitarist, Nile Rodgers, at the 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, held at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills on August 28th. The star-studded event celebrates the songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs of the previous year.
Rodgers was honored for his unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers and his ability to connect people through song and defy musical expectations. As the 2015 BMI Icon Award recipient, Rodgers joins an elite list of previous honorees that includes The Jacksons, Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Little Richard and Al Green, to name a few.
The evening featured a slew of performances: B.o.B opened with a medley of hits, followed by IloveMakonnen who kept the energy going with “Tuesday.” Backed by music director Rickey Minor, as well as band and Donald Lawrence’s vocals, the high-powered Icon tribute was kicked off by R&B chanteuses Kelly Price covering “Upside Down,” Deborah Cox’s delivery of “I’m Coming Out,” Kathy Sledge and the Company offering a rousing rendition of “We Are Family,” and Empire’s V. Bozeman’s vibrant version of “I Want Your Love.” The celebration continued with CeeLo Green’s dynamic performance of “Let’s Dance.” The night concluded with the top honoree taking the stage to perform fan favorites “Good Times” and “Rappers Delight,” with hip-hop legend Chuck D joining Rodgers.
Additional top honors presented at the awards ceremony: John Legend “All of Me” earned the Song of the Year prize; DJ Mustard was crowned the Songwriter of the Year for penning hits “2 On,” “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” “I Don’t F**ck With You,” “Main Chick,” “My Hitta,” “Na Na,” “No Mediocre,” “Paranoid,” “Show Me,” and “Who Do You Love?” DJ Mustard also won the coveted Producer of the Year award for the second year in a row, while Universal Music Publishing Group accepted the prestigious Publisher of the Year crystal for having 18 of the most-performed songs from the previous year. BMI also recognized top producers Kanye West, J Cole, Jim Jonsin, Michael “Finatik” Mulé and Isaac De Boni.
SoMo won the BMI Social Star Award. Selected by fans voting via Twitter and Instagram, the award salutes the BMI R&B/hip-hop songwriter who has best demonstrated the power of social media to showcase their songwriting talents.
BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill and Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton shared the evening’s hosting duties with R&B artist and actor Ray J.
Guests celebrated and mingled while enjoying Red Bull cocktails during the evening’s festivities. BMI partnered with HD Radio, TW Steel, Provider Inc. and KIND Snacks to present the 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards.
Photos by Lester Cohen & Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for BMI
With his new album Opera Noir reportedly dropping soon, super-producer Timbaland follows in the steps of Diddy and Dr. Dre and releases a track with his signee, singer V. Bozeman.
The title cut is called “Smile,” which infuses a throwback sound that will immediately grab your attention. With V’s soulful sound, Timbaland authentic vocal and production, the single will definitely receive major attention. Another feel-good track for the books!