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YouTube & The Springhill Company announce “Recipe For Change: Amplifying Black Women”

The new episode will feature hosts Mary J. Blige, Saweetie, and Tabitha Brown with chefs Kelis and Danielle Saunders and dinner guests including Chlöe Bailey, Winnie Harlow, Kelly Rowland, Jackie Aina, Keisha Lance Bottoms, Roxane Gay, Sarah Jakes Roberts, Lynn Whitfield, Yaya DaCosta, Loni Love, Renee Montgomery, Danielle Young, Angelica Ross, Hallease, and Elaine Welteroth. Reporter Amanda Seales will have segments interviewing “Black women and their allies” on the streets of Los Angeles, YouTube says.

YouTube adds that this installment with center “the powerful stories and experiences of Black women, celebrating their perseverance and strength while making space for joy and the power of sisterhood.”

Recipe for Change: Amplifying Black Women premieres May 19 on the Jubilee YouTube channel.

“Today’s announcement continues YouTube’s long-standing commitment to celebrating diverse perspectives on its platform,“ Nadine Zylstra, global head of YouTube Originals, said in a statement. “Our upcoming projects highlight important stories and raise impactful voices to not only educate and entertain our audiences, but to also inspire meaningful change.”

Inductees announced for The Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame June 2022 Induction

Spotlighting a cross-section of history’s most influential Black artists, entertainers and icons, the Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame (BMEWOF) Crown Jewel of Excellence Black Music Month Class of 2022 Induction and Juneteenth Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 18.

The Black American Music Association (BAMAssoc) and the Georgia Entertainment Caucus (GEC), collaboratively announced the ceremony and plans for the Black Music Month Class of 2022 Induction.

BMEWOF founders Catherine Brewton (GEC), Demmette Guidry (BAMAssoc), Erica Thomas (GEC) and Michael T. Mauldin (BAMAssoc) are proud to unveil the names and categories of this year’s Black Music Month Class of Inductees, which includes the legendary Prince as a Legacy Inductee, according to a press release. In honor of Prince’s one-of-a-kind greatness, his June 7 birthday and 25 years of Emancipation, the closing ceremonies will end with a spectacular fireworks display, featuring one of his more popular mainstream songs “Let’s Go Crazy.”

The Black American Music Association (BAMAssoc) and the Georgia Entertainment Caucus (GEC), collaboratively announced the ceremony and plans for the Black Music Month Class of 2022 Induction.

BMEWOF founders Catherine Brewton (GEC), Demmette Guidry (BAMAssoc), Erica Thomas (GEC) and Michael T. Mauldin (BAMAssoc) are proud to unveil the names and categories of this year’s Black Music Month Class of Inductees, which includes the legendary Prince as a Legacy Inductee, according to a press release. In honor of Prince’s one-of-a-kind greatness, his June 7 birthday and 25 years of Emancipation, the closing ceremonies will end with a spectacular fireworks display, featuring one of his more popular mainstream songs “Let’s Go Crazy.”

A full list of all 16 legendary inductees are as follows:

Cathy Hughes (Foundational), Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (Foundational),Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff (Foundational), Robert Smith (Foundational), RUN DMC (Foundational), T.D. Jakes (Foundational), Charlie Wilson (Mainstream), Donnie McClurkin (Gospel), Tamela Mann (Gospel), The Clark Sisters (Gospel Group), NAS (Hip Hop), Angela Bassett (Actress), Steve Harvey (Mogul), Bob Marley (International), Patti LaBelle (Legacy) and Prince (Legacy).

With a national and international appeal, the BMEWOF will acknowledge, preserve, respect and inspire the Black creative community for generations to come. Atlanta has long been the mecca of Black music and entertainment and the BMEWOF has already become a key addition, showcasing the industry’s greatest contributors.

The Crown Jewel of Excellence emblems for the inductees of the BMEWOF are permanently installed on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, in front of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The first two induction classes included: James Brown, Otis Redding, Quincy D. Jones, Stevie Wonder, Berry Gordy, Cicely Tyson, Ray Charles, and Smokey Robinson (Foundational Inductees), Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie (Legacy), Beyoncé and Mary J. Blige (Mainstream), Usher Raymond IV (Mainstream), New Edition (Mainstream Group), Shirley Caesar and Yolanda Adams (Gospel), Kirk Franklin and Donald Lawrence (Gospel), BeBe and CeCe Winans (Gospel Group), Missy Elliott and Ms. Lauryn Hill (Hip Hop), Outkast and Snoop (Hip Hop), Sean Love Combs and Tyler Perry (Mogul) and Fela Kuti (International).

The Crown Jewel of Excellence emblems for June 2022 — and for every class of inductees moving forward — will continue to be added at the BMEWOF’s location in historic downtown Atlanta, preserved for all the world to see and for generations to come.

For information and updates on the Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame head to: http://www.theblackwalkoffame.com/.

Byrd Pressley “Feeling Your Love”

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Puffy launches Love Records via Motown

Sean “Diddy” Combs, a.k.a. Love announced the launch of his new R&B record label Love Records and simultaneously signed a one-time album deal with Motown Records. The new label will be dedicated to R&B music and will release singles and collaborative projects from a collective of world-class artists, producers and songwriters. The announcement marks Combs’ official return to music.

Diddy’s album is the first project under the Love Records imprint set to be released this summer in partnership with Motown Records, uniting the three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning executive with Motown for the first time in his 30-year career.

“Music has always been my first love, Love Records is the next chapter; it’s about getting back to the love and making the best music of my life,” said Combs (left). “For the label I’m focused on creating timeless R&B music with the next generation of artists and producers. Motown is the perfect partner for my album and I’m excited to add to its legacy.”

Ethiopia Habtemariam, Motown Records CEO & Chairwoman, stated, “This is a major moment for Motown, as Diddy is one of this century’s most important voices in music and culture; to be a part of his next evolution and album is nothing short of monumental.”

Not only is Diddy one of the highest-selling artists in history, he’s also one of the most accomplished music producers of all time. Love Records represents Combs’ triumphant return to R&B as an Executive Producer, curator and A&R of his forthcoming album. Combs will continue his oversight on his successful Bad Boy Entertainment label. [Photo Credit: Gio Bandero for Combs Enterprises]

World One TV Launches Global Streaming Platform Headed by Sean Reid

Hollywood producer Sean Reid is at the helm of World One TV as Co-Founder and President to spearhead a global and diverse platform of over 300 hours of content that focus on pre-existing African American cinema, alongside partners, actor and producer Brian White and entertainment attorney Christopher Brown. The new subscription streaming service will focus on documentary pieces and feature films by entertainment luminaries Kevin Hart, TD Jakes, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Tiffany Haddish, Drake, and Beyonce. 

Reid, whose extensive television experience includes management roles at E! News Live, Fox, the TV Guide Channel and production credits on projects produced by Tyler Perry and Will Packer, has earned him a reputation for combining story lines and technical savvy to his production skills. “We intend to deliver films and stories that bring African Americans, families and communities together with inspiring images and informative content portrayed by household names, through computers and mobile devices across streaming platforms,” stated Reid.  “To educate and broaden our volume of viewers, plans are also underway to expand on streaming original film content through our services,” announced Reid.  

World One TV is currently streaming on Roku, Google Play (Android) Samsung Galaxy Store and Amazon Fire Stick. Plans are also underway to develop a World One TV Apple app, scheduled to be launched the fourth quarter of 2022.

Drake signs a new record deal worth $400 million

Drake has reportedly signed a huge new deal with Universal Music Group that could be worth around $400 million.

On May 3rd, Variety reported that UMG head Sir Lucian Grainge confirmed Drake has inked a massive “expansive, multi-faceted deal” deal with the label that “encompasses recordings, publishing, merchandise and visual media projects.” According to industry sources, the deal could be worth $400 million or more, considering Drake’s track record at moving major units and bringing in unprecedented streaming numbers.

“Drake benefits from a deep catalog that performs well,” says one industry veteran. “Also he became a free agent at a young age.”

If Drake had gone the indie route, it would have spelled doom for the recording industry, according to music industry exec Steve Stoute, who predicted Drake would command a major paycheck back in 2020.

“I said this before, Drake is about to come out in the next six months,” the hip-hop mogul shared during the virtual SelectCon conference. “Drake is about to get the biggest bag in the history of the music business by far. Both A and B, they don’t want that to happen. Because the day that happens, they might as well close the business down.”

He added, “If Drake goes independent, the music business is over. If Drake goes independent, the music business is done.”

Snoop Dogg Buys Minority Ownership in Ice Cube’s Big3 Basketball Team Bivouac

The Big3 is adding some big names to its ownership groups. Rapper Snoop Dogg and PayPal co-founder Ken Howery are expected to buy a 40% stake in Big3 team Bivouac, the league announced on Friday. The purchase will be made exclusively through designated NFTs.

The Big3 has been a successful 3-on-3 basketball league since its inception during the summer of 2017. Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz founded the league five years ago, and it features many big names in leadership positions including former NBA star Clyde Drexler as commissioner and former Raiders CEO Amy Trask as Chairman of the Board.

According to Ice Cube, the league targeted Snoop Dogg and Howery because of their experience with the NFT community.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Snoop, Ken, and their communities on board with the BIG3,” co-founder Ice Cube said in a statement. “Having someone with Ken’s knowledge and experience wanting to be a part of our league demonstrates that we are moving in the right direction. Snoop is an undisputed legend who has jumped headfirst into the Web3 space and clearly understands the importance and the value of what we are trying to create. Together, I know they will take Bivouac to new heights and we can’t wait to get started.”

Howery added that he is excited to bring his knowledge of blockchain to this new venture.

“The BIG3 is on the leading edge of enabling blockchain technology as utility,” Howery said. “The league’s embrace of NFTs as ownership rights is both visionary and practical; key features of every smart investment.”

KCRW-Santa Monica Rebrands to ‘Always On LA’

Santa Monica College’s Non-Commercial KCRW-Santa Monica has rebranded with a new look and the new slogan “Always On LA.” A statement on the newly revamped website said, “KCRW has always been more than a radio station: We’re a gathering place, a site of communion and connection. When you turn on the dial or press play on a KCRW podcast, you too belong to Los Angeles. We’ve partnered with the agency WORK X WORK, the creative team behind ON AIR FEST and a longtime friend of KCRW, to develop a new look and messaging that’s reflective of where we come from, who we are today, and where we’re growing.”

KCRW President Jennifer Ferro said, “We’re standing in a moment of profound change and precious opportunity. Our city is changing rapidly, and so is the media landscape. We know that our listeners are seeking a sense of belonging to something bigger than themselves — to each other. That’s exactly what the new brand stands for.”

Jesus Garber ‘Sits Down’ with The Black Godfather

Two dear friends recently got together for a ‘sit down’ to catch up with each other. Music and business icon, Clarence Avant, The Black Godfather, and his longtime friend, music and marketing consultant, Jesus Garber recently got to together to reflect on life, love and music, and of course, share some laughs! “Clarence and I have been friends for many years and it’s great just to spend time with him,” says Jesus. “Clarence just beamed talking about his protege’s Jimmy and Terry and our friend Lionel being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He’s so proud of Jam & Lewis because they’ve come such long way and have been so successful.” Clarence commented, “Jesus is one of my dearest friends and it’s wonderful to hang out with him and laugh.”

Magic Johnson joins bid to buy the Denver Broncos

Magic Johnson made jaw-dropping assists look routine during his legendary career with the Lakers. Now, the Hall of Fame point guard is looking to do so in terms of sports ownership. Johnson has partnered with Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Josh Harris to bid for the Denver Broncos, according to Sportico. The Bowlen family, which owned the Broncos for 38 years, put the team up for sale earlier this offseason. 

Johnson, 62, is currently a part-owner of MLB‘s Los Angeles Dodgers and the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks. Under Johnson’s watch, the Dodgers ended their 30-plus-year World Series title drought in 2020. Four years earlier, Johnson watched as the Sparks captured their third championship and first since 2002. Johnson also recently spent two years as the Lakers’ president of basketball operations; he helped recruit LeBron James to the Lakers before the team captured an NBA title in 2020. 

Last August, Forbes valued the Broncos at $3.75 billion, which means the franchise may very well sell for north of $4 billion. 

“Selling an NFL team is a complex process involving numerous parties and league approval procedures,” Broncos president and CEO Joe Ellis said in a statement earlier this offseason. “Nonetheless, the trustees hope to have the sale completed by the start of the 2022 NFL season. The Broncos are a special franchise that is part of the fabric of this region, and whoever emerges as the new owner will certainly understand what the team means to our great fans and this community.”

Along with the impending sale of the franchise, the Broncos have had a busy offseason. The team changed head coaches, bringing in former Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. Denver then pulled off one of the offseason’s biggest trades with the acquisition of quarterback Russell Wilson, who helped lead the Seahawks to the franchise’s first Super Bowl title in 2013. 

Courtesy CBS Sports.

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