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Kelly Price is NOT missing and is safe, at least according to her attorney.

Monica Ewing, Kelly’s rep, tells TMZ … the singer is continuing to recover from COVID at an undisclosed location.

We’re told Kelly’s legal rep reached out to Cobb County police to notify law enforcement. Kelly is accounted for … even though she’s now listed as missing with the National Crime Information Center.

Before going missing, Kelly revealed in July she had COVID and was battling symptoms, and her family says she was eventually admitted to a hospital and ended up in the ICU.

Kelly’s family told us her kids recently got a call that she was discharged, which surprised them because she was apparently not fully out of the woods.

The family says Kelly has gone radio silent and they told police her boyfriend is allegedly keeping her children from visiting her home … and it led the fam to have cops conduct a welfare check.

We asked Ewing to clarify why Price had seemingly been ignoring her family and what her current status was with her fiancé, Ewing reiterated Kelly is safe and recovering from COVID and is trying to get well and will further address the story later.


Dara Michelle

Dara Michelle is returning to the label where her career began, Def Jam Recordings, this time as Executive Vice President & Head of Marketing.

Michele spent the last year consulting for Justin Bieber. Prior to that, she was Senior Vice President, Global Marketing, at Roc Nation, which she joined in 2012.

“I am extremely excited to welcome Dara back to Def Jam at this pivotal time of growth and development at the company,” said Jeff Harleston, Interim Chairman & CEO, Def Jam Recordings. “Dara returns to the Def Jam Family bringing a wealth of experience, insight and gravitas. She is recognized by the industry for her marketing accomplishments in all genres. Her leadership is already impacting the culture at Def Jam and I am confident she will make a lasting contribution.”

Having begun her career as an intern in video production at Island Def Jam Music Group in 2003, Michelle began working in Def Jam’s marketing department in 2005, eventually rising to Director of International Marketing.


Jenifer Smith

Live Nation has upped Jenifer Smith to Head of Urban Tour Marketing & Strategy. She’ll be leading Live Nation’s team in support of their roster of R&B and Hip-Hop tours.

Live Nation Concerts Head of Talent & Touring Omar Al-Joulani commented, “Whether it’s artists or our own internal team, Live Nation is always investing in people we believe in. Jenifer has been an incredible leader at Live Nation, and we are confident her strategic focus and experience will do big things for every artist working with our Urban marketing team.”

Prior to joining Live Nation in 2019, Smith was a Tour Marketer at AEG Presents and GOLDENVOICE for nearly ten years.


Shark Tank star Daymond John is bringing Kevin Hart, Tyra Banks, Khalid, Shaquille O’Neal and Rev Run on board for his 2nd annual Black Entrepreneurs Day.

Presented by Chase for Business, the free global live-stream event — created by John to spotlight Black businesses, entrepreneurs and leaders while helping the next generation — will air on Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. EST on John’s Facebook page and other channels on the platform. Harlem’s iconic Apollo Theater is hosting the COVID-19 safe event with a studio audience expected to be full of NAACP groups, HBCU students and contest winners.

The program includes Game Changer Conversations presented by The General Insurance that will find John chatting with O’Neal, Banks, Michael Strahan, Marcus Samuelsson, Rev Run and Janice Bryant Howroyd. Hart is confirmed to lead a Hart Felt Conversation sponsored by J.P. Morgan Wealth Management.​​ Khalid has also confirmed his participation, and the music star will perform live for the Apollo crowd. Angela Yee has joined as a co-host.

Read more in HollywoodReporter.com.


Mario Van Peebles and Melvin Van Peebles

Melvin Van Peebles, a trailblazing African-American director who helped champion a new wave of modern Black cinema in the 1970s, has died, his son announced Wednesday. He was 89.

Van Peebles, father of actor and director Mario Van Peebles, died at his home on Tuesday night, according to a statement shared on social media.

“Dad knew that Black images matter. If a picture is worth a thousand words, what was a movie worth? We want to be the success we see, thus we need to see ourselves being free,” Mario Van Peebles said of his father’s work in his statement. “True liberation did not mean imitating the colonizer’s mentality. It meant appreciating the power, beauty and interconnectivity of all people.”

Melvin Van Peebles’ numerous film credits include “Watermelon Man” and “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song.”

Read more from CNN.com.



Travie McCoy has released the new song and music video for “Loved Me Back To Life”, which is premiering now on Facebook through at this link: www.smarturl.it/LMBTLVideo. Fans will notice some familiar faces as the video features cameos from Zach Holmes (Zackass), GaTa (from FXX’s Dave), Toby Morse (H2O, Hazen Street), Wes Period, and Chad Tepper

“It’s a song about finding your twin flame after years of failed relationship,” says Travie about “Loved Me Back To Life”. “You start to grow more and more cold and detached when you begin to think you may die alone. I’m a true believer that there is someone out there for EVERYONE but it took a very long time and lots of broken hearts to come to that realization. This song is for my second half.” 

Stream “Loved Me Back To Life” here: www.smarturl.it/LovedMeBackToLife
The single follows “A Spoonful Of Cinnamon”, released in June, which was the introduction to the most honest, unpretentious, devastatingly powerful music of Travie’s career. He writes about his battles with bi-polar disorder and drug addiction, his heartbreak and devastation with the loss of loved ones, including his grandfather, and his emergence from a shell of a person into a full-fledged human ready to follow his dreams and his heart. Stream the song here and watch the music video here.

Growing up as a bi-racial kid in Geneva, NY, he grew up loving hardcore and punk rock, along with hip hop and R&B, and instead of choosing one lane, he created a genre-bending sound that changed what modern alternative and pop looked like. He formed Gym Class Heroes, a group that found a community in the alternative/punk space, but shot into the mainstream with hits like the 3x Platinum “Cupid’s Chokehold” and “Stereo Hearts.” But as a solo artist, he hit new heights, and jump-started the careers of a number of up and coming artists, with songs like the 4x Platinum, “Billionaire ft. Bruno Mars.”  

Travie was recently a guest on the popular podcast ‘No Jumper’, where he dove into detail about his past addictions, inspirations, and upcoming new music. Fans can check it out here: https://youtu.be/1Jg8x-dJTJ0
With his signing to the powerhouse independent label, Hopeless Records, Travie McCoy is ready to be in control of his life and career, however vulnerable and scary that may feel. Having come out on the other side, Travie wants to share his story with the world, “Being myself and completely transparent throughout my entire career hopefully inspires everyone to do exactly the same. Hopefully all the trials and tribulations that I went through helped pave the way for the next generation.”



Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith were unharmed in the harrowing incident that went down at their $42 million home in Calabasas, California. Sources close to “The Pursuit of Happyness” actor and his wife said that they’re “fine.”

“They are all fine and in the home. A fire broke out in the basement, and a fireman was treated, but everyone is fine,” a source close to the family told Page Six. Previously, a separate informant informed the outlet that a fire “broke out somewhere on one of the properties” of the superstar couple’s sprawling estate and that “someone was treated at the scene” but not hospitalized.

Read more in Aceshowbiz.com.


Sarah Dash

Sarah Dash, the singer who gained national fame singing in vocal groups with Patti LaBelle starting in the 1960s, died Monday at the age of 76, multiple reports and officials say.

Dash’s passing was first reported by Soul Tracks and WDAS radio in Philadelphia, and she was swiftly mourned on social media for her pioneering singing in the 1960s and 1970s and beyond.

The group Labelle, of which Dash was a founder, topped the charts in 1974 with the disco smash “Lady Marmalade.” It was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003. At the time, Labelle was a trio, along with Nona Hendryx and LaBelle.

Read more in NJ.com.


Angela Yee, Kenny Burns and Others to Be Honored at

2021 Music Business Empowerment Conference

Top Music Industry Professionals Convene

To Share, Discover & Celebrate Black Music

2-Day Music Conference Takes Place on October 1 – 2 in Atlanta, Georgia


Media personality Angela Yee of the biggest syndicated urban radio talk show in the nation, The Breakfast Club and the multi-talented trendsetter Kenny Burns are among those being honored at this year’s 7th Annual Music Business Empowerment Conference taking place in Atlanta at the Renaissance Concourse Hotel, on October 1 -2, 2021. The MBE Conference Awards Dinner is on Saturday, October 2, from 7-9PM. Registration for the conference and tickets to the awards are open to the public. Register Here.

Founded in 2015, the Music Business Empowerment organization was developed to create an open forum accessible to the public that brings artists, creatives, managers, record label executives, radio programmers, tech specialists, executives, and other music industry professionals together to share their behind-the-scenes insights and advice. The conference consists of seminars, panels, performance showcases, an annual awards dinner and more.

“I created MBE with the purpose of creating a pathway for those aspiring to be in the music business to be able to connect and have access to successful executives in the industry,” says founder Arlinda Garrett. The MBE conference is the only Black-owned music conference in the country. “The advisory board consists of current and veteran Black Music professionals and our goal is to establish a place for institutional knowledge to be shared between younger and older generations in different sectors of the business,” say’s Ms. Garrett.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Re-Emerging for Success: Solidifying Our Future.” The line-up of panels includes Radio Programming (Is Radio Still Relevant and How Programmers

Decide What Songs To Play); Music Tech (A Conversation About NFT’s and more); Publishing (Calling All Songwriters!); Culture (What Does Equity & Inclusion Look Like in The Music Business); Promoting & Marketing Music (Record Label Executives), an Entrepreneurs panel and more.

The MBEC 2021 Honorees:

Lifetime Achievement Linda Lou McCall, Music Business Consultant

Vanguard Award Kenny Burns, Lifestyle Specialist

Trail Blazer David Linton, Chairman of The Living Legends Foundation

Radio Personality Angela Yee Co-Host of The Breakfast Club/Lip Service Host

Radio Programmer Derrick Brown, Vice President of Programming at iHeartMedia Chicago

Record Promotion Lionel Ridenour, Founder & CEO of Anchor Promotions

Humanitarian of The Year Marsha Washington George, Radio Lady

On The Grind Award Craig Davis, Owner of Music Matters Entertainment and SVP at SRG/ILS

About MBEC

MBEC was founded in 2015 by veteran music executive Arlinda Garrett and its mission is to EDU-TAIN (Educate & Entertain) by creating a space to bring together new artists, producers, managers, and other industry professionals of the music industry. As the only seminar in the country that focuses on Black Music, the goal of this conference is to EMPOWER future music business professionals. MBEC is committed to preparing and educating the next generation of emerging artists, producers, and songwriters for successful careers.

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Visit MBEConference.com for more information on the schedule, panelists and performances.




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