New York, NY — It’s ladies night at SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014! Today, CENTRIC announced that the Grammy Award-winning Queen Bee herself, Lil’ Kim; Grammy Award-winning double platinum artist, Missy Elliott; and the first female solo rapper to ever go platinum, Da Brat, will join the list of all-star performers and presenters at this year’s awards show. Also new to the performance lineup are music fan favorites Tamar Braxton, Bobby Brown, Tank and Sevyn Streeter, who join previously announced hit-makers Chris Brown, Ma$e, Aloe Blacc and Nico & Vinz. Additions to the roster of presenters are LisaRaye McCoy, Bill Bellamy, Keith Sweat and Leon, who will be joining Wendy Williams at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on November 7, 2014. The show airs on CENTRIC and BET Networks on November 30, 2014 at 8PM ET/PT.
Funk icons Kool & the Gang will be honored with the Legend Award, which recognizes individuals for their outstanding achievements and contribution to soul music. There’s no better way to pay homage to one of the most-sampled bands in history than with top notch performances. Get ready, because hip hop’s legendary MC’s Lil’ Kim, Missy Elliott and Da Brat will perform their 1996 platinum single, “Not Tonight,” the remix from Kool & the Gang’s first platinum album and same-titled single, “Ladies Night.” The tribute also includes a performance by soulful singer Joe. In addition to the celebration during the awards show, Kool & the Gang will headline a live musical event during Centric Presents: The Soul Train Review on Sunday, November 9, 2014.
“We are keeping the momentum going with hit-making musical acts from different decades and are thrilled Missy Elliott, Lil Kim and DaBrat chose SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014 for their reunion,” said Paxton Baker, General Manager and Executive Vice President, CENTRIC. “We are humbled to honor Kool & the Gang with the Legend Award this year. They’ve set music trends that are sampled still today, and I know they, along with the other performers, will bring the Celebration to Vegas throughout the weekend!”
This year’s theme will celebrate the history of dance, from the classic Soul Train line and the electric slide, to the Dougie and this year’s breakout, the Nae Nae. To keep the party going throughout the show, international DJ and King of Crunk, Lil Jon, has been tapped as the house DJ. His voice has been heard over radio waves for decades, so it only makes sense to have Big Tigger as this year’s official celebrity announcer.
SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014 is directed by Tony McCuin and produced by BET Event Productions and Sunseeker Media.
OWN PR: Los Angeles – On the heels of OWN’s popular series “The Haves and the Have Nots” comes Tyler Perry’s new primetime drama “If Loving You is Wrong,” premiering on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Tuesday, September 9 with two back-to-back, one-hour episodes from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET/PT.
With a diverse cast and storylines ranging from heartfelt to scandalous, the sexy, sleek drama takes viewers into the lives of a group of husbands, wives and friends that live and love in the same middle class neighborhood. On the surface they are true-to-life, relatable people – raising children, working jobs, finding and maintaining romance – but just below the veneer of happiness, their lives are entangled by heartbreak, deceit and lies that threaten to destroy everything.
The season premiere opens in the middle of a torrid affair between neighbors Randal (Eltony Williams, “24”) and Alex (Amanda Clayton, “John Carter”). Randal’s wife Marcie (Heather Hemmens, “Hellcats”) desperately wants children, but Randal’s attention is focused on the wife of his best friend Brad (Aiden Turner, “All My Children”). Just down the street, divorcee Esperanza (Zulay Henao, “Single Moms Club”) is trying to move on with her life, while keeping a budding relationship with Julius (Octavio Pizano, “East Los High”) a secret from her vindictive ex-husband Edward (Joel Rush, “Days of Our Lives”). Meanwhile, neighbor Kelly (Edwina Findley, “Treme”) longs to marry Travis (Denzel Wells) who is away on a relief mission in Haiti and who has promised to help her raise her 8-year-old son, Justice. Outside of the neighborhood, single mother Natalie (April Parker-Jones, “Jericho”) struggles to raise her children in the inner city. Lushion (Charles Malik Whitfield, “Law and Order”), the father of her son Frank, has returned to town and stepped up to the plate to help. In addition, Natalie grapples with the tough decision whether or not to allow her fourth son, Joey (Matt Cook), to return home once he is released from prison.
Throughout the season, “If Loving You Is Wrong” continues to follow Alex, Kelly, Marcie, Esperanza and Natalie on their quest to find love in the midst of managing very complex lives. For these women, love is an ever-present necessity in spite of the high price that sometimes must be paid.
After being bombarded with calls to its main phone line and emails to its website, in addition to high-ranking executives at the company being called by many of Gospel’s top tier artists, BET will not move forward with canceling “Celebration of Gospel” even after previously deciding to end the franchise.
On May 1, AlwaysAList.com reported that BET had opted to cancel the yearly special despite its stellar ratings and it being the number one gospel/religious telecast on TV for 14 consecutive years.
Apparently, BET’s previous decision to cancel “COG” was strictly based on the show “not being profitable,” as it was explained by one BET executive who spoke to us anonymously.
“It was simple, the sales team said they couldn’t sell the show because it was a gospel show and without those big sponsorships, the show cost money to produce but didn’t make money for the network,” the source elaborated. “But BET never imagined ending this show would cause the outcry that it received from the viewing public and have decided to see if they can make things work.”
AlwaysAList.com was told several months before the airing of the 2014 “COG” in early April that the special was being cancelled. Things were solidified at BET’s upfront presentation to advertisers in New York when the show was omitted as one of the network’s returning “Mega-Specials.”
In a follow-up document serviced to the media following the upfronts, the show was nixed from the production lineup as well.
Apparently, BET was overwhelmed by the backlash for cancelling its top-rated salute to gospel. Privately the network started telling several artists that the show was omitted from the upfront presentation because “it was moved to a new month.” However, the award show special “Black Girls Rock” has also been moved to a new month but was still highlighted for advertisers and the media at the upfronts.
While a concrete date has not been solidified for “COG,” a new production schedule issued to employees late last week has the show slated to tape in September/October 2015.
BET originally taped “COG” each December and aired it in February for Black History Month. In 2012, the show started taping in March so that it could air in April closer to Easter.
With “COG” now scheduled to tentatively tape in late fall next year, it would likely air around Thanksgiving
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Madea is back — and this time she’s dressed as Santa Claus in the upcoming film Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas.
A short teaser of the film shows the iconic character employed at a mall as Santa where, one-by-one, kids sit on her lap and share their wish lists.
She quickly becomes irritable and fires off a series of amusing one-liners.
“Y’all been to the North Pole? So have I — I been on the pole,” she says before she stands and gyrates like a stripper.
This is the first clip from the film so far. The movie is expected to hit theaters on Dec. 13.
Remember Kirk Franklin’s Popular World song “Lean on Me”. There was R. Kelly, Mary J. Blige, Bono and Crystal Lewis and several other stars whose voices we leaned on in the time of need. Darlene McCoy has put a spin on this song and its good people who can sang vs those who struggle with a note.