ODELL BECKHAM AND EZEKIEL ELLIOTT'S FATHERS PARTNER WITH NON-PROFIT FOR FATHER'S DAY

I'M A FATHER F1RST BRINGS THE FATHERS OF NFL's ODELL BECKHAM JR (NY GIANTS) AND EZEKIEL "ZEKE" ELLIOTT (DALLAS COWBOYS) TO ATLANTA FOR A POWERFUL FATHER'S DAY MESSAGE

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The fathers of arguably the two most influential players currently in the NFL have partnered with "I'M A FATHER F1RST" to appear in Atlanta, GA for Father's Day for the 1st annual, "A Day in the Park" during Father's Day weekend. Odell Beckham Sr. and Stacy Elliott managed to raise two of football's biggest names. The NFL Dads will be speaking to a group of father's at the 1st annual Day in the Park during Father's Day weekend Saturday, June 10, 2017.
Raising sons that have achieved a level of excellence in their career that millions aspire to reach and never do is an accomplishment in itself but both Beckham and Elliott agree their biggest accomplishment was in being a father to their sons and offering the leadership needed as their sons grew and developed. Football fans know Ezekiel Elliot was a first round draft pick, signing with the Dallas Cowboys and has continued to be a fan favorite for his numbers on the field along with his fashion and lifestyle choices. Odell Beckham Jr. is one of the most talked about figures in both sports and pop culture and is rumored to have recently signed the biggest shoe deal in NFL history. 
Odell Beckham Sr. and Stacy Elliott both doubled as father and coach while the players were young navigating their high school and college careers and making sure they exploited every opportunity to keep their sons on the path to achieving super stardom.
Beckham Sr. and Elliott both had different parenting styles but their sons ended up achieving the American dream through hard work and consistency. I'm a Father F1rst is proud to welcome both fathers to their first annual "I'm a Father 1st Field Day and celebration". "We're excited to have the father's of these two powerhouses coming together to empower other young fathers. Growing up most young boys have aspirations of playing ball on that professional level but we all know it takes a lot to get a young man to that place of excellence. Both of these players were blessed to have their father's actively in their lives and they both believe strongly in the power of fatherhood," says Keith A. Lewis, Jr. founder of I'm a Father F1rst.
Lewis started the movement to emphasize the importance of fatherhood, especially in the black community. "It's always powerful when men come together to uplift and encourage each other. We want to be a resource for young fathers and fathers who may not feel they have support. Our communities will see a change when our men step up in leadership and the most leadership role most men will experience is fatherhood," Lewis says.

Ariana Grande Returning to Stage Sunday for Manchester Benefit Show

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Images by the Manchester Evening News, victim of the Manchester concert blast Lily Harrison hugs singer Ariana Grande during her visit to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, in Manchester, England. Grande surprised young fans injured in the Manchester Arena attack, hugging the thrilled little girls in their hospital beds as they recovered from injuries sustained in the May 22 suicide bombing.
Ariana Grande will return to the stage today in Manchester, England, for a concert to raise money for victims of a suicide bombing that struck at the end of her last show nearly two weeks ago.

Grande’s “One Love Manchester” concert, to be held at the city’s Old Trafford cricket ground, comes the day after attackers targeted the heart of London, killing seven people. Authorities have said the attack started with a van plowing into pedestrians and then involved three men using large knives to attack people in bars and restaurants at a nearby market.


Grande’s manager Scooter Braun said that the concert will go on as planned. He called the event a “statement that hatred and fear will never win.”

“Today’s One Love Manchester benefit concert will not only continue, but will do so with greater purpose,” Braun said in a statement. “We must not be afraid and in tribute to all those affected here and around the world, we will bring our voices together and sing loudly.”
A star-studded lineup including Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Marcus Mumford and Take That is scheduled to perform. The show will be broadcast across the globe and proceeds will go to an emergency fund set up by the city of Manchester and the British Red Cross.

The May 22 attack at Grande’s Manchester concert killed 22 and wounded dozens more. The pop singer visited young fans injured in the attack at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital on Friday.

“We will not quit or operate in fear. We won’t let this divide us. We won’t let hate win,” Grande wrote in a statement when she announced the benefit concert last week. “Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before.”

Other performers will include Pharrell Williams, Usher, the Black Eyed Peas, Robbie Williams and Niall Horan.

The concert will be broadcast on a variety of outlets. Disney’s young adult cable network Freeform will air the full concert live at 2 p.m. EDT on Sunday. ABC plans a one-hour highlight special following its NBA Finals telecast.

The concert also will be broadcast on more than 130 iHeartRadio stations, and MTV will livestream the event on the website www.onelovemanchester.mtv.com.

NEW FX DRAMA "SNOWFALL," CO-CREATED BY JOHN SINGLETON, ERIC AMADIO & DAVE ANDRON, TO PREMIERE WED, JULY 5 @ 10PM ET/PT

Series illustrates the beginnings of the crack cocaine epidemic 

 
Los Angeles 1983. A storm is coming and its name is crack.  Snowfall is a one-hour drama set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it. 

The story follows numerous characters on a violent collision course, including: Franklin Saint (Damson Idris), young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo "El Oso" Zapata (Sergio Peris-Mencheta), a Mexican wrestler caught up in a power struggle within a crime family; Teddy McDonald (Carter Hudson), a CIA operative running from a dark past who begins an off-book operation to fund the Nicaraguan Contras and Lucia Villanueva (Emily Rios), the self-possessed daughter of a Mexican crime lord.

Created by John Singleton & Eric Amadio and Dave Andron, Snowfall is executive produced by Singleton, Andron, Thomas Schlamme, Amadio, Michael London and Trevor Engelson.

Click image below for the trailer

Notorious B.I.G Still Winning After Death with ASCAP Honor

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Notorious B.I.G. - photo credit to The Associated Press
Hip hop legend Notorious B.I.G  is scheduled to be posthumously honored at the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards later this month.

The performing rights organization said Thursday that the rapper also known as Biggie will receive its ASCAP Founders Award on June 22 at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. It will be its 30th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards.

The Notorious B.I.G, born Christopher Wallace in New York City, was shot to death in 1997. His mother, Voletta Wallace, his children, and his widow, R&B singer Faith Evans, will accept the award on his behalf.

The hip-hop legend was a powerhouse success in the ’90s with albums like “Ready to Die” and “Life After Death.” His hits include anthems like “Juicy,” ″Big Poppa,” ″Stay With Me,” ″Hypnotize” and “Mo Money Mo Problems.”

“Biggie was a legend in his own time and his legacy lives on through his music,” said ASCAP President Paul Williams. “Like all songwriters, he was a master storyteller, but it was the realism in his rhymes that captured so many.”

Last month Evans released a collaborative album with Notorious B.I.G called “The King and I.”

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis will also be honored at the ASCAP event with the Voice of Music Award. The Grammy-winning songwriting duo, who will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this month, mostly notably have worked with Janet Jackson throughout her career. They have also crafted No. 1 hits for George Michael, Usher, Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men.

JARREN BENTON PAYS HOMAGE TO WU-TANG WITH THE RELEASE OF C.R.E.A.M 17 FROM NEW LP THE MINK COAT KILLA



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Having announced the growing 38-city “The Mink Coat Killa Tour” last week, Seventy 2 Music is now pleased to announce the release of JARREN BENTON’s new LP, the 90s inspired THE MINK COAT KILLA, for presale on June 1st. With the pre-order purchase, two (2) instant gratis tracks are available: “C.R.E.A.M. 17,” featuring Nick Grant and “AGAIN,” featuring Aleon CraftTHE MINK COAT KILLA is available in stores on June 23rd.
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Jarren states, THE MINK COAT KILLA is my self-inspired honorary Wu-Tang name and the album started out as a tribute album to the Wu-Tang Clan but as I was making it and going through samples it became a tribute to the 90s period. I produced half the album going through the samples the WU used but instead of using them all out I flipped them and came up with a totally different 90s feel on some of the tracks.”
He continues, “I was raised in the 90s and I have always been inspired by that era and wanted to represent it well. That starts with the Wu. I am literally still the biggest fan of the 90s and the music is still in rotation in my car. When I started making this album I was at a point where I didn’t want to jump on the new wave and this project is me saying fk what’s on the radio now, I’m going to do what resonates with me.”
The first song from THE MINK COAT KILLA,"C.R.E.A.M. 17," produced by JARREN and Spitzwell, is a tribute to the Wu-Tang Clan and it’s 1993 release of C.R.E.A.M. “C.R.E.A.M. 17” was released in partnership with HotNewHipHop on June 1st. Listen here.
“’C.R.E.A.M.’ is the first song that got me into the Wu. I was like 12-years-old laying in my bed when Yo MTV Raps started playing the video. I heard the sample and I was like what IS that? The beat just captivated the hell out of me. It was my intro to the Wu and because of that it was the first song I wanted to start with for this album.”
THE MINK COAT KILLA features production by Jarren, Spitzwell, 8trackDirty Art Club & Coalition and guest appearances by newcomers such as Nick Grant, Chris RiversBingx, Termanology and more.
Being from Atlanta and a huge fan of Outkast, Jarren decided to use their DJ, Cutmaster Swiff on the track “AGAIN.” Jarren explains, “He’s one of those Atliens that brings a very different sound from Atlanta the masses need to recognize. I included him and a few others on this project just because of that. Atlanta isn’t all trap. We are very diverse sonically.”
“AGAIN,” produced by 8track, is heavily influenced by the Tribe Called Quest who used a slick sample by Minnie Riperton on their “Lyrics To Go.” “This track reminds me of that song, “says Jarren.
On the gritty and eerie 8track-produced “MENTAL ISSUES,” featuring Sarenna Dominquez, Jarren shows his most vulnerable side speaking about his diagnosis of depression. “I wanted to be completely honest about what I am struggling with in my life on this track hoping to let people know they shouldn’t be afraid to face their demons.”
THE MINK COAT KILLA is Jarren Benton’s 4th studio album release. In support of The Mink Coat Killa, Jarren is embarking on an ever growing 38-city tour which starts in Ottawa, ON @ The Bourbon Room on June 28th and ends in Atlanta, GA on August 13th at the Masquerade. To see new tour dates and purchase tickets, go to  IAmJarrenBenton.comIAmJarrenBenton.com.
THE MINK COAT KILLA TRACKLISTING:
1.The God Intro
2.C.R.E.A.M.17 feat. Nick Grant
3.Designer Belts feat. Elz Jenkins
4.Again feat. Aleon Craft
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6.The One feat. Demrick
7.Tears feat. Big Cheeko
8.Black Jesus (Interlude)
9.Ill Nigga
10.The Break Up feat. Bingx
11.Passenger Side feat. Aleon Craft
12.Fuck Everybody
13.Mental Issues feat. Sareena Dominguez
14.Gun Shot (Bonus Track) feat. Termanology, Chris Rivers & Chucc Daily)
15.The Stylist (Bonus Track)

Encanted Closet: Girl Power with STEAM


What?
The Enchanted Closet, Inc. will address the under-representation of female STEAM professionals with an exciting and engaging Women in STEAM GIRL$ Program.
We're going to expose, excite, and empower girls to narrow the gap. There is a lot of money and fun in STEAM and girls are missing out on it. Along with the professions people know about like doctors, scientists and engineers, STEAM includes professions like app and game developers, computer coders, digital graphic, fashion and web designers, music and television editors, videographers, and podcasters.
  


Girls will speak with young women who have traditional and non-traditional careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. They will also engage in cool, innovative, and confidence building hands-on activities that relay the importance and practicality of these fields and the many opportunities available for them.
This is an incredible opportunity. Bring girls, age 12-19 years old, out to join in the discussion and fun. Registration is required. No cost to attend. Breakfast items and lunch will be provided.
Where?
Villages at Carver Family YMCA
Teen Center
1600 Pryor Road
Atlanta, GA 30315
Parking is available at the YMCA

When?
Saturday, June 17, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

THE JAMAICA CENTER FOR ARTS & LEARNING LAUNCHES INAUGURAL INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL SATURDAY, JUNE 3

Tickets are on sale now!

JCAL is proud to announce the first annual
International Music Festival featuring various 
music legends, writers and local artists. 
Saturday, June 3rd, 2017
1:00pm - 10:30pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center
153-10 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica NY 11432

SAVE THE DATE and purchase your tickets now. 

Shawn "JAY Z" Carter Signs 10-Year Touring Contract With Live Nation



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Deal Continues Long-Standing Partnership with Largest Producer of Live Music Concerts
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Shawn "JAY Z" Carter and Live Nation announced an exclusive touring partnership. The agreement continues JAY Z's longstanding partnership with the world's leading live entertainment company. The deal includes worldwide touring, in which Live Nation will produce and promote JAY Z concert events. 

"Live Nation and I entered uncharted territory in 2008. Over 9 years, we have traveled the world producing historic music experiences. Michael Rapino is an industry visionary, and this renewed partnership is a testament to our longstanding relationship and the talented individuals at Live Nation. For the next 10 years, we will continue redefining the live event landscape," stated JAY Z. 

"JAY Z is one of the world's preeminent touring artists," added Michael Rapino, president and chief executive officer, Live Nation Entertainment. "This strengthens the creative and business partnership of someone that continues to expand his touring base and reach."

Radio One, Inc. Officially Launches Name Change To "Urban One" On The 18th Anniversary Of Its IPO

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New Name Reflects Long-Standing Role as the Only Integrated Multimedia Company Representing Black Culture


Commemorating the 18th anniversary of its IPO on May 5, the only integrated, multimedia company focused on Black culture, Radio One, Inc., is changing its name to Urban One, Inc. Reflecting its longstanding, rich history as the most trusted source to inform, entertain and inspire the African-American community, Urban One will continue to provide culturally relevant integrated content through its iconic brands and platforms – TV One, Radio One, Reach Media, iOne Digital and One Solution. "


More than 35 years ago, we proudly began representing Black culture by lifting our voices boldly, courageously and unapologetically," said CEO Alfred C. Liggins III. "

Urban One's mission is to enhance and maintain our position as the largest distributor of urban content in the country." Urban One is at the epicenter of Urban America and is the only multimedia company reaching 82 percent of Black America. Its diverse audience is seeking one thing – high-quality, relevant urban content that reflects, acknowledges and pays homage to the Black culture that has impacted every fiber of American life. 

Dedicated to diversifying its overall business portfolio away from dependence on advertising revenues, Urban One will continue to establish mutually beneficial partnerships like the One VIP card from American Express Serve© and its investment as a Principal Entity of MGM National Harbor, LLC. 

Urban One is also committed to connecting with Black America, urban enthusiast and lovers of Black culture one person at a time and does so through its annual live and public affairs events reaching over 1 million people a year. In addition, the company offers actionable insights to help the community make informed decisions with consumer insights and research studies.