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Fred Hammond to headline 20th Annual I Hear Music in the Air Concert Father's Day Weekend

Posted on June 10, 2021 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (6414)

I Hear Music in the Air returns to Cincinnati, OH June 20, 2021 for its 20th year. The highly anticipated I Hear Music in the Air Concert will be headlined by Grammy Award-winning artist Fred Hammond and include performances by Jason Clayborn, Shawanda Smith, Waymond Dean, Lamont Sanders, Valencia Jennings and Trevone Perry.


The concert will be a drive-in format in the parking lot of Corinthian Baptist Church. Attendees will be able to sit outside of their cars on the lawn and enjoy the show, if they choose, and families are able to be seated together. Wing Champs, Foster Foodies and Scotty’s BBQ will be on site for food purchases. There will also be retail vendors available. Mercy Health will be on-site to provide Covid vaccinations from 2-6 p.m.


Sponsors for this year’s concert include Fifth Third Bank, SORTA/ Cincinnati Metro, Kingdom Family Dentistry, Interact For Health, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Health Gap, First Financial Bank, JazJordan, Inc., Journey Steel, The African American Chamber, Xtreme and Corinthian Baptist Church.


What: 20th Annual I Hear Music in the Air Conference


When: Sunday, June 20, 2021


Where: Corinthian Baptist Church, 1920 Tennessee Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45237.


Time: 3:00 p.m until 5:30 p.m.


Cost: $75 for a car of up to three, $25 for a car with one person, $25 for individual lawn seating, $40 for VIP lawn seating and $100 for VIP parking for a car of up to three


For information about the I Hear Music in the Air concert or to purchase tickets, please visit


Posted on June 9, 2021 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (1769)

Buzzing recording artist Nikea Marie announces the highly anticipated release of her single "I Believe In Me" scheduled for June 18th. The Arlington VA based artist recently landed a distribution deal with IndieBlu Music Digital Distribution, apart of the Entertainment One Music Nashville. "I Believe In Me" presents the listener with a new sound that feels like a burst of fresh air.

This beautiful, up tempo and self-affirming song is a special new work for Nikea, and a strong introduction to her artistic sensibility. The artist’s influences set the bar higher in terms of blending different genres, including Gospel, Pop, and R&B. The key to Nikea Marie’s sound is to find the right balance between these different worlds and create something that’s quite unique and utterly one-of-a-kind, unlike anything else out there on the scene today. This personal aspect is what makes Nikea Marie’s music quite endearing, and “I Believe In Me” is no exception, giving listeners a more immersive and characterful experience to enjoy.


Stay connected with Nikea Marie and do not miss out on her upcoming studio album, “Breathe,” which will be released in the fall of 2021. "I Believe In Me" will hit all digital outlets June 18th, 2021. Nikea Marie new single is now available for pre-orders on Apple Music. She is currently available for performances, appearances & interviews.



BNC Teams Up with Café Mocha to Present the Salute THEM Awards Sunday, June 6 at 10:00 P.M. ET

Posted on June 6, 2021 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (1255)

In celebration of Black Music Month, BNC and Café Mocha, the #1 nationally syndicated radio show for ‘women of color,’ announced today the Salute THEM Awards ‘soundtrack of our lives’ will broadcast on BNC Sunday, June 6 at 10:00 P.M. ET. The awards will feature several musical tributes and will be co-hosted by Café Mocha Gracie Award Winners Yo-Yo, Loni Love and “Ain’t Too Proud” Broadway star Saint Aubyn from the new National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) in Nashville.

This is a first for the Salute THEM Awards, airing on the newly re-launched BNC, which is available in more than 52 million households with linear agreements in place with major providers including Xfinity (Ch 1116), DIRECTV (Ch 342), Spectrum, DISH (Ch 361), and also available on over 200 million internet-connected devices via partnerships with Amazon Fire TV, Pluto, Roku, Tubi, Vizio, Samsung and more.

The Salute THEM Awards ‘soundtrack of our lives’ is the second in a unique, “Saluting Our Culture,” awards series that recognizes the indelible impact of those who serve as a catalyst for change through their artistry. The awards will be the first-ever to take attendees on a historical journey of Black music curated from the National Museum of African American Music. In 1979, President Jimmy Carter decreed June as “Black Music Month” in recognition of Black Music’s remarkable contributions to American culture.

“Café Mocha is ecstatic to pay homage to this year’s honorees, who collectively exemplify a body of creative forces from legendary musical treasures to the architects of contemporary music today,” says Café Mocha creator and executive producer Sheila Eldridge.

“We applaud the efforts of Café Mocha Radio in providing a platform to voice Black-owned businesses and experiences,” said Alva Adams-Mason, Group Manager, Multicultural Business Strategy, and Dealer Relations for Toyota Motor North America. “Toyota is proud to support the impressive trajectory of the Salute THEM Awards from in-person engagements to virtual shows to now broadcast.”

2021 Salute THEM Honorees:


Sly Stone, musician, songwriter and record producer, Legend Award

June Ambrose, award-winning creative director, stylist, costume designer, and entrepreneur, Woman of Style Award

Jamal Josef, celebrity choreographer and author, Champion for Children Award

Earth, Wind & Fire, 6x Grammy Award-winning male group, Creating the Legacy Award

Bille Woodruff, award-winning music video and film director, Director’s Award

Dr. Bobby Jones, singer, TV host and “Ambassador of Gospel Music”, Spirit Award

Patrice Rushen, Grammy Award-nominated jazz pianist and producer, Trailblazer Award

Ludacris, 3x Grammy Award-winning hip hop artist, actor and philanthropist, Game Changer Award

Darlene Love, legendary songstress, Soul Solidarity Award

This year’s tribute performers include 2021 ACM Awards new male artist of the year Jimmie Allen, multi-Stellar Award nominee and GMA Dove Award winner Maranda Curtis; and multi-GRAMMY nominated songwriting and production duo Louis York.

“BNC is excited to partner with Café Mocha to present the Salute THEM Awards and pay tribute to a fantastic collection of honorees,” said Princell Hair, CEO of BNC. “This event marks the first of many partnerships and presentations that will allow BNC to honor and showcase Black excellence and the myriad of contributions that people of color have made to American culture.”

Presented by Toyota North America and AARP, the Salute THEM Awards honors the phenomenal contributions of Black creatives. Through a longstanding collaboration with AARP, Café Mocha is proud to bring together the National Museum of African American Music and Salute THEM Awards, as they “Celebrate Black Joy” in music.


The Salute THEM Awards benefits the Mocha Cares Foundation to support housing and services to combat homelessness and domestic violence through mentorship programs.

The awards will broadcast on BNC and via across all Café Mocha network's social media platforms @cafemocharadio. To register for a special gift, visit


Posted on June 6, 2021 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (1622)

CeCe Winans continues to blaze the trail in the gospel music industry with her latest chart-topping release, Believe For It. After occupying the #1 slot for seven consecutive weeks on the Billboard Gospel charts for best album, the single, “Never Lost” makes its way to the #1 spot at Gospel Radio on both the Mediabase Gospel Chart and the Billboard Gospel Airplay Chart. This accomplishment marks Winans’ first #1 single in 15 years since her 2006 hit single, “Pray” dominated the charts. The debut track, “Never Lost” was the most added song for three weeks straight. All this on the heels of racking up four #1 slots on the Billboard Gospel Charts: #1 Top Gospel album, #1 Total Current Gospel Album,#1 Gospel Digital Song and #1 Top Christian/Gospel Album less than two weeks after street date.


According to Winans, “A song reaching #1 on the Charts is a group effort. There are so many elements that involve so many people. I’m grateful to Kyle Lee and Dwan Hill for producing an album that we are so proud of. I’m grateful to Eboni Funderburk and for the incredible team at Fair Trade – my label for all their hard work. And most of all I’m thankful that the God of the universe gives us a voice to Praise Him. My prayer is that the success of “NEVER LOST” only brings honor and Glory to our Lord!”


Believe for It album producers, Kyle Lee and Dwan Hill leaves no stone unturned on the powerful


12 track offering of worship songs. Their production takes you on a journey that’s so beautifully woven together it becomes a musical tapestry. Winans adds her distinctive sound and style to the contemporary hymns that has been sung in churches worldwide.


“It's been so amazing and inspiring to get to be a part of the journey of "Believe For It" and "Never Lost" with CeCe. She is one of the most compelling voices ever, and there's no question that plays a big role in the rise of these songs. To know CeCe's life, is to know the story these songs tell. They're more than clever lyrics and hooky production. They're declarations of faith, rooted in the reality of God's awesome, undefeated power. I'm so grateful for so many who have championed these songs. And I can't think of anything more exciting than to know that so many voices are being gathered around such power truths: that nothing is impossible and no battle is too great. We only have to believe!” says Producer, Kyle Lee.


Posted on June 6, 2021 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (1852)

Moms of Black Boys United for Social Change, Inc. (M.O.B.B. United for Social Change), an online community of nearly 200,000 moms with 15 local chapters nationwide advocating for fair and just treatment of Black boys and men in American society, remains on the front lines of the fight against racial injustice.


Today, M.O.B.B. United remembers George Floyd, whose tragic murder at the hands of Minnesota police one year ago ignited a worldwide outcry against police brutality of Blacks in America, and the organization continues to forge ahead in the fight for justice and police reform. Founder and President Depelsha McGruder has issued the following statement:


"One year ago today, we all watched in horror as George Floyd’s last breath was snuffed out of him by the pressure of Officer Derek Chauvin’s knee on his neck for more than nine minutes. In his final moments, George called out in desperation for his mother. For the past year, we all have been under arrest with emotion over the incredible injustice done to George Floyd and many others harassed and killed by law enforcement. Last month, we got a glimpse of justice being served and finally witnessed accountability where there hasn’t been before. We are thankful for the change in tide, but understand that one verdict cannot erase 400 years of hate, discrimination and dehumanization.

The conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd is just the beginning of the road to accountability. We need true policy reform that holds law enforcement accountable and also makes them think twice before they act.

Our children continue to die needlessly, and we have no way to protect them from those who refuse to view and treat them as fully human. While the Derek Chauvin trial was underway, we learned of the murder of Daunte Wright just 10 miles away, and subsequently saw previously unreleased video of the gruesome 2019 murder of Ronald Greene in Monroe, Louisiana.


We must continue to make our voices heard by our lawmakers. We must fight for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which contains many of the ideals that M.O.B.B. United has been fighting for since our inception in 2016. Among other things, the bill (HR 1280):


Bans chokeholds and carotid holds at the federal level and conditions law enforcement funding for state and local governments banning chokeholds.


Requires that deadly force be used only as a last resort and requires officers to employ de-escalation techniques first.


Changes the standard to evaluate whether law enforcement use of force was justified from whether the force was “reasonable” to whether the force was “necessary.”


On this day and everyday, we honor the life of George Floyd and all others whose lives were ended too soon. Our hearts go out to all Moms who have lost their sons at the hands of those meant to protect and serve.


We encourage you to contact your U.S. Senators to press for passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. Future generations are counting on us."



M.O.B.B. United for Social Change, Inc. provides information and support for moms of Black sons while promoting positive images of Black boys and men. The organization's goal is to influence policy impacting how Black boys and men are treated by law enforcement and society.


For more information on M.O.B.B. United, to donate or volunteer, please visit

Jor'Dan Armstrong Is Back With Hot New Music!

Posted on June 6, 2021 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (1504)

A "singers-singer," Jor'Dan Armstrong, a multi-hyphenate talent, catapulted to popularity in 2018 with a series of BLSD EP releases, will release new music this summer. He will kick off an audacious summer release schedule with the world premiere of "My God," today on the nationally syndicated Willie Moore Jr. Show.


The songwriter/producer continues to create music in the unique space he created with his previous hits with feel-good and uptempo music that is fresh and fun. "I create music that isn't just for Sunday. It's music for Monday night, Tuesday, and even Saturday night to have a good time & feel empowered," Armstrong said.


"My God" was inspired by the singer's love and appreciation of life. It was something as simple as witnessing the California sunsets and sunrises when one day Jor'Dan woke up and thought, "My God is such a masterful artist. He created the universe, and earth and something as beautiful as this sunset. I want to show that the good life isn't just hyper focused on material or sexual things," Armstrong said. "In a society where most people brag about materialistic things, I want to brag about God.”


Authentically captivating, Jor'Dan makes music that speaks to a generation often ignored by traditional church music while keeping true to his style and background".


Jor’Dan. will release more singles throughout the summer, but ”My God" is available for pre-save or pre-add NOW and is the first single off a forthcoming full album. ”My God" can be heard this Memorial Day weekend exclusively on Radio One and will be available on all digital platforms on Friday, June 11.




Posted on June 6, 2021 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (1697)

Following the success of its popular film BAD DAD REHAB, TV One today announced the premiere of BAD DAD REHAB: THE NEXT SESSION. The film features a brand-new cast that includes rapper Anthony “Big Daddy Kane” Hardy (Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap, Dead Heist) as Owen, Lamman Rucker (“Greenleaf”, “Why Did I Get Married”;) as Mr. Arnold, Blue Kimble (“Monogamy,” “Ruthless”;) as Chauncey, Onyekwere Eme-Akwari (“Queen of the South”;) as Marshall, Carlo Mendez (“90210,” “Parks and Recreation”;) as Hosea, Chrystale Wilson (“The Rich and the Ruthless”;) as Marjory. The film will air on Sunday, June 20 at 8 P.M. ET/7C.


“The film is a fun, entertaining and authentic way to address the struggles and varied realities of fatherhood” said Jason Ryan, Executive in Charge of Production for TV One. “I’m excited to help bring this important story to our audience as we celebrate the men who shaped us this Father’s Day.”


BAD DAD REHAB: THE NEXT SESSION follows the new class of Bad Dads hailing from Jersey City, New Jersey who must confront their personal demons in order to get their act together and become better dads. Hosea (Mendez) is more concerned about being his rebellious son’s best friend than disciplining him. Marshall (Eme-Akwari) works pyramid schemes in his mancave instead of helping his frustrated wife and son. Chaucey (Kimble) holds a grudge against his ex-girlfriend oblivious that it’s hurting their young daughter. Owen (Hardy) spent thirty years denying his daughter from an affair but now wants to make amends before her impending wedding.


“Being a dad is a layered, yet rich experience. It was awesome to be part of a film that captures the reality of fatherhood which is not easy, but very gratifying” said Big Daddy Kane.

(Syndication Tune-In Alert) BLACK MUSIC HONORS Celebrates Legendary Music Icons With Performances From Cece Winans, Montell Jordan, Jacquees, Syleena Johnson, And More Set To Air In Syndication- Saturday, Sunday June 6 Inbox

Posted on June 6, 2021 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (2986)

The 6th Annual Black Music Honors will be televised in national broadcast syndication in key markets such as New York on June 5, 2021 at 3:00 PM ET on WPIX and in Baltimore on June 6, 2021 at 3:00 PM ET on WBFF this weekend. This year’s presentation kicks off Black Music Month and commemorates Juneteenth and airs Saturday, June 19 at 1:00 PM ET on Bounce TV.


The honorees for this year’s Black Music Honors includes multiple Grammy® Award-nominated R&B legend Angie Stone tapped to receive the Soul Music Icon Award, Grammy® Award-nominated singer, songwriter and actor Ginuwine will receive the Urban Music Icon Award, multiple Stellar Award-winning and Grammy® Award-nominated gospel vocalist Marvin Sapp will receive the Gospel Music Icon Award, and Grammy® Award-winning jazz virtuoso, Ramsey Lewis will receive the Legends Award. The National Museum of African American Music will be honored with the Legacy Award.


Performers include Cece Winans, Montell Jordan, Jacquees, After 7, Syleena Johnson, Pleasure P, Stokley, Avery Sunshine, J. Moss, Q Parker, Bahamadia, Chrisette Michele, Jac Ross, Mumu Fresh, Kevin Ross, Theresa Tha Songbird, and Zacardi Cortez. Emmy® Award-winning talk show host, comedienne and author Loni Love will host the star-studded two-hour special which will honor artists and musicians who have influenced and made significant contributions to American music.


In addition to New York and Baltimore, air dates and times for the 2021 Black Music Honors will be aired in the following cities:


Columbia, SC - 6/5/21 @ 8pm on WLTX

Little Rock - 6/6/21 @2pm on KASN

Los Angeles - 6/19/21 @ 10am on KABC

Memphis - 6/19/21 @11am on WATN

Philadelphia - 6/19/21 @ 2pm on WPSG

Detroit - 6/19/21 @ 3pm on WKBD

Atlanta - 6/19/21 @ 4pm on WATL

Houston - 6/19/21 @ 7pm on KIAH

Chicago - 6/20/21 @ 7pm on WGN



Posted on April 27, 2021 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (915)

Following the week-long virtual experience, tonight the NAACP celebrated the stellar achievements of the 52nd NAACP Image Awards winners during a special LIVE broadcast on BET and simulcast across ViacomCBS networks including CBS for its first time, as well as BET Her, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV, MTV2, Paramount, Pop, Smithsonian, TV Land, VH1, BET PLUTO, and CMT.


President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris kicked-off the night in a special recorded message highlighting the importance of the NAACP and saluting its work.


Winners of the night included D-NICE (Entertainer of the Year), Viola Davis (Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series - “How To Get Away With Murder” and Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture- “Ma Rainey's Black Bottom”), Regé-Jean Page (Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series –“Bridgerton”), Issa Rae (Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series – “Insecure”), Stacey Abrams (Social Justice Impact) and “Bad Boys For Life” starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence (Outstanding Motion Picture).


The late Chadwick Boseman won the award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture – “Ma Rainey's Black Bottom”. Chadwick’s wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, accepted the award in his honor, encouraging fans to be proactive about their health and visit for more information about detecting the signs of colon cancer.


During the ceremony, legendary entertainer, film icon and two-time Image Award recipient Eddie Murphy was inducted into the acclaimed NAACP Image Awards Hall Of Fame. The Hall of Fame Award was presented by Eddie Murphy’s collaborator and long-time friend Arsenio Hall.


NAACP President and CEO, Derrick Johnson, presented NBA superstar, business entrepreneur, and philanthropist, LeBron James, with the President’s Award which was presented in recognition of a special achievement and distinguished public service.


Civil Rights Movement Icon Rev. D. James Lawson, was recognized with the NAACP Chairman’s Award during the ceremony. In his acceptance speech, he recalled a time in High School in 1944, where he went door-to-door soliciting memberships for his local NAACP chapter in Ohio.


Image Award Outstanding Female Artist nominee Jazmine Sullivan, kicked-off the music portion with an electrifying performance of “Pick Up Your Feelings” from her latest album Heaux Tales. Additionally, Grammy Award-winning singer Maxwell took to the stage to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his debut album Urban Hang Suite, performing “Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)”.


Additional guest appearances included Alicia Keys, Andra Day, Arsenio Hall, Cynthia Erivo, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Michelle Obama, Misty Copeland, Regina King, Samuel L. Jackson, the cast of Tyler Perry's Sistas, Swizz Beatz, and Tracy Morgan. MC Lyte served as the night’s Voice Over announcer.


Tonight’s LIVE show followed the week long NAACP Image Awards Virtual Experience, which invited fans to join the Image Awards in a celebration of “Black Excellence”--including the non-televised awards program, virtual red carpet, and a curated conversation series. The Virtual Experience additionally played host to the night’s post-show virtual afterparty which featured classic cuts by DJ Questlove, current cuts by DJ Kiss, and a Jazz Lounge performance by Robert Glasper and Lalah Hathaway. Fans can relive all of the Image Awards moments from the week in the Virtual Experience’s NAACP Theatre at

Vivica A. Fox and Kym Feltus Join Forces with Eva Marcille, Tyler Lepley, Trina Braxton and More for a Virtual Women's Empowerment Festival

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Motivational speaker and philanthropist Kym Feltus has announced the launch of what is bound to be the premier virtual women’s empowerment event of the year! To be co-hosted by actress Vivica A. Fox, this four-hour workshop on Saturday, May 15, 2021, is anticipated to be the empowerment event of the year! Other special guest will include Eva Marcille (RHOA), Tyler Lepley (P-Valley on STARZ/Tyler Perry’s The Have and Have Nots), Trina Braxton (Braxton Family Values), Vincent Velazquez (TV One’s ATL Homicide), Isaac Hayes III (Estate Manager and Son of Isaac Hayes), Micah Stampley (gospel recording artist), and more! There will also be special virtual gospel performances from the "Southern Hummingbird" Tweet, "The Prince of Praise", Byron Cage, and Dorinda Clark Cole of the legendary gospel group, The Clark Sisters.



The event will be held virtually using the platform “Hopin”. There will be multiple stages, vendor booths, and more all hosted by an array of experts and public figures that will be sure to leach each attendee with an overwhelming sense of empowerment and pride. Topics to be covered during the conference include health & wellness, crossover services, business & entrepreneurship, domestic violence and more! Sponsors that are helping to create this incredible event includes Ampro Pro Styles, Curls, CWK Virtual Experience, Fanbase, The Law Offices of Jamie Feltus, GA Entertainment, The Pink Sugar Box, Pure Soul Powered by Isaac Hayes, Strong Consultants Foundation, Orleans Food, and Bar Chix. For VIP ticket holders there will even be a special New Orleans themed brunch hosted by Stellar Award-winning worship leader, Micah Stampley and his wife Heidi.



When asked about her inspiration for creating such an event, founder Kym Feltus says, “I created this based on my own story. I know what it’s like being a victim of domestic violence and I understand the support that it takes in order to overcome this.” She continues, “…It is my goal that people leave feeling excited about the next steps of their journeys as domestic violence survivors with a supportive community to uplift them.”



Tickets for “Conversations with Kym” can be acquired at



Event Details

When: May 15, 2021

Where: Streaming on Hopin Platform

Time: 1pm -4pm



General Admission: FREE

(Register online


VIP: $100 (Includes special perks and Q & A with Special Guests)


Celebrity Appearances


Vivica A. Fox (Two Can Play That Game)

Eva Marcille (RHOA/America's Next Top Model)

Tyler Lepley (Tyler Perry's The Haves and the Have Nots/STARZ P-Valley)

Trina Braxton (WETV's Braxton Family Values)

Vincent Velazquez (TV One's ATL Homicide)

Chaz Shepherd (Luke Cage/Set it Off/The Parkers)

Micah Stampley and his wife Heidi (Stellar Award-winning gospel artist)

Special Performances

Tweet (Soul Train nominated R&B Artist)

Dorinda Clark Cole (2x Grammy winning gospel artist and member of The Clark Sisters)

Byron Cage (Grammy-nominated 7x Stellar award-winning gospel artist)

DJ Chic Chick (DJ and radio host)

Kenny Lewis & One Voice (Stellar-nominated gospel artist)

Guest Panelists

Aldren McCullar (Founder of Gospel Artist Entertainment)

Marc Coley (Founder of The Marc Coley Business Academy)

Maurice Johnson (Creator of "Moments with Maurice")

Erica Duignan (Founder of Reign Ventures)

Warren Mitchell (Founder of Journey of Self Discovery)

Mina Ennin Black (Investor/Serial Entrepreneur)

Dr. NYC (CEO of Greatness in You)

Corey Taylor (Founder of Fitness As a Lifestyle)

Norris J (Christian Hip Hop Artist)