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Joy Reid, who rose to television fame as a sharp critic of President Trump and commentator on liberal politics and race, will become the host of a new nightly show on MSNBC, the network announced on Thursday, placing her among a handful of Black women to anchor an American evening news program.

Ms. Reid, 51, who has hosted the MSNBC weekend talk show “AM Joy” since 2016, will move to the 7 p.m. hour on July 20. Her show, “The ReidOut,” succeeds “Hardball” and its host, Chris Matthews, who was forced to resign in March after a series of on-air gaffes and accusations of sexist behavior in the workplace.

Ms. Reid’s promotion is a significant programming move by Cesar Conde, the new chairman of NBC’s news networks. Black women, including Gayle King of CBS and Robin Roberts of ABC, hold leading roles in morning and daytime television, but none currently host a nightly evening show on a major network. The last to do so was Gwen Ifill, who co-anchored “PBS NewsHour” until shortly before her death in 2016.

In an interview on Wednesday from her home in Harlem, Ms. Reid cited Ms. Ifill and two other Black anchors, Deborah Roberts and Carole Simpson, as role models.

“Evening and prime-time news has been a universe of white men really since I was growing up,” Ms. Reid said. “For somebody who grew up as a nerdy kid obsessed with news, watching ‘Nightline’ and ‘Meet the Press,’ the idea of being a part of that family has always just been kind of overwhelming.”

“The ReidOut” will be based in Washington and focus on political analysis and punditry, but Ms. Reid said she also planned to address race, class, policing and other “cataclysmic social issues we need to reckon with.”

“I am a Black mom, a Black woman, a Black daughter,” said Ms. Reid, who is married with three children. “I am also a journalist who can conceptualize that pain from a unique point of view. Every day I’m in this job, I’m very conscious of that responsibility to make that collective voice heard. It’s unique to do that as a Black woman.”

Executives at MSNBC are hopeful that Ms. Reid will attract a younger audience at 7, where Mr. Matthews’s ratings lagged behind Fox News and CNN. Ms. Reid has a big online fan base — search the hashtag #reiders — and interacts with critics and supporters on Twitter, a realm where Mr. Matthews rarely engaged.

Her progressive bona fides, however, were called into question in 2017 when homophobic posts and comments from “The Reid Report,” a blog she wrote in the mid- to late 2000s, resurfaced on social media.

Ms. Reid apologized for writing mocking claims that Charlie Crist, the former Florida governor, was gay. But additional offensive posts emerged. Along with opposing gay marriage, she opined that “most straight people cringe at the sight of two men kissing” and that “a lot of heterosexuals, especially men, find the idea of homosexual sex to be … well … gross.” She said Rachel Maddow, who was not yet her colleague, held views “at the left-most end of the political spectrum.”

Ms. Reid initially claimed those posts had been fabricated and inserted into the archives of her blog by hackers intending to defame her. She even hired a cybersecurity expert. Later, she acknowledged that there was little evidence that the posts had been faked.

“I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things because they are completely alien to me,” she told viewers in April 2018 in a lengthy apology, saying she had grown up “in a household that, like many in America, had conservative views on L.G.B.T.Q. issues.”

“The person I am now is not the person I was then,” Ms. Reid told viewers. Many liberal pundits defended her, including Jonathan Capehart, Jeffrey Toobin and Joan Walsh.

Asked on Wednesday if she still believed she had not written the posts, Ms. Reid said: “It’s two years ago, so I don’t spend a whole lot of time thinking about that old blog. What I genuinely believe is that I truly care about the L.G.B.T. people in my own life. I care about being a good ally, a good person, and making sure that my voice is authentic, that I can make a difference.”

NBC has pledged to improve its diversity, an area where its news networks have struggled. Mr. Conde, a former chairman of Telemundo who succeeded NBC News’s previous chairman, Andrew Lack, in May, said this week that he wanted a work force that was 50 percent nonwhite, with employees split evenly by gender.

“AM Joy” was created after a previous weekend host, Melissa Harris-Perry, left MSNBC, accusing the network of sidelining her. “I am not a token, mammy or little brown bobble head,” Ms. Harris-Perry, who is Black, wrote in an email to NBC staff at the time.

Another prominent Black anchor at NBC, Tamron Hall, who hosted a popular hour of the “Today” show, parted ways with the network in 2017 after her contract expired. The former Fox News host Megyn Kelly replaced her, briefly, at 9 a.m.

In an interview, Ms. Maddow said Ms. Reid’s promotion “feels like such a good decision by the network.”

“African-American journalists, African-American women in particular, are woefully underrepresented on TV in all hours of the day,” Ms. Maddow said. “But particularly in prime time, it’s just a desert. Joy more than deserves this time slot and this kind of national platform.”

Harris Faulkner of Fox News, who hosts an afternoon show, is the only Black woman who solo anchors a weekday program on the three major cable news networks. In moving to 7 p.m., Ms. Reid will go up against another newcomer to the time slot: Shepard Smith, the former Fox News anchor, who said on Wednesday that he would lead a new newscast starting in the fall on another NBCUniversal network, CNBC.

Ms. Reid’s replacement of Mr. Matthews means that the 7 p.m. hour on MSNBC is likely to tilt farther left, mirroring the network’s liberal-leaning prime-time lineup. Mr. Matthews was a political moderate who wrote nostalgically about the bipartisan friendship between President Ronald Reagan and Thomas P. O’Neill Jr., the Democratic speaker of the House.

But his barking style was increasingly out of step with the mores of modern politics and cable news. He apologized in February after comparing Senator Bernie Sanders’s victory in the Nevada caucuses to the Nazi takeover of France in World War II. And a journalist, Laura Bassett, said Mr. Matthews had made inappropriate comments about her appearance.

Born in Brooklyn to immigrant parents, Ms. Reid grew up in Denver, and now splits her time between New York and Washington. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in film, she worked her way up the competitive Florida media market, where she hosted TV and talk-radio shows and wrote a column for The Miami Herald. She has also taken time away from journalism, including a position on Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.

She later served as managing editor of TheGrio.com, a news and opinion site geared toward Black readers. With a growing national reputation, she joined MSNBC as a contributor in 2011 and, in 2014, began hosting a daily talk show, “The Reid Report.” It was canceled after a year, but she remained at the network as a correspondent.

Away from the anchor desk, Ms. Reid has written two books, including “Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide.”

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Kanye president

Kanye for President? Would someone please tell Koon-ye that we already have a clown in the White House. We really don’t need anther one. Go make some music and chill bro!

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Entertainment One (“eOne”) promotes Andre Howard to VP Digital Marketing and Ebrahim “Abe” Rasheed to Director, A&R & Artist Development.

Andre Howard - HeadshotWith nearly 20 years of experience, Howard joined eOne in September 2019 as Director, Digital Marketing. In his newly expanded role as VP, Howard oversees all aspects of urban digital strategy and initiatives for the company’s urban roster, and strategizes with and assists the marketing, A&R and operations teams. Howard reports to both Sean Stevenson, eOne’s EVP and GM, Music, and Alan Grunblatt, eOne’s President, Urban Music.

Grunblatt says, “Dre and Abe were a big part of our recent successes with Brandy, Blueface, Bryant Myers and others. In their new roles, they will help usher in a bigger year with our expanding roster of new and established artists.”

Howard says, “I’m excited to be a part of the eOne team working alongside Chris Taylor, Sean, Alan, and team. There are so many exciting artists set to release new music in the pipeline. 2020 will be an eventful year for eOne.”

Howard most recently helmed the marketing firm The Media Music, Inc., a company he founded, where he managed and created marketing strategies for independent artists navigating music’s expanding digital landscape. He also held positions at Universal/ Republic Records, Violator Management, Family Tree Entertainment, Def Jam Records, MTV, and EMI, in roles specializing in A&R, Artist Development, Management, eCommerce and Marketing. He’s previously worked with artists Jay Z, Outkast, Missy Elliott, and Redman, among others.

Ebrahim RasheedRasheed is promoted to Director, A&R and Artist Development. Rasheed has done A&R and production work for artists ranging from icon Lil Kim, Platinum Latin artist Bryant Myers, Brandy, and others. Rasheed will focus on growing the urban roster with new artists in addition to providing A&R duties for established artists. Additionally, he’ll work closely with the publishing division and Audio Network to grow the publishing roster with more writers and producers. He is based in New York and reports to Grunblatt.

Rasheed previously worked at New York urban radio station Hot97, where he booked the Who’s Next monthly showcase, highlighting emerging artists such as Cardi B, Belly, MoneyBagg Yo, ASAP Twelvy and others, and curated the Hot97 Who’s Next playlist.

For more information, contact Giovanna Melchiorre

at 212-353-8800×5279 / gmelchiorre@entonegroup.com

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Rodney Evans #WCLKJazz 91.9 WCLK Announcer, Rodney Evans, host of Joy in the Morning celebrates 35 years of broadcasting Gospel music this year.  Rodney began his career in broadcasting as a volunteer at WCLK in a production assistant role.  Rodney has worn many hats at WCLK over the years ranging from program coordinator to membership director.  Today, he has become a household name as an on air personality of the popular Gospel programming on WCLK.  His soothing voice can be heard on 91.9, Monday through Friday from 4:00 a.m. until 6:00 am. and on Sundays from 6:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

 “Jazz 91.9 WCLK fostered my passion for sharing Gospel music,” says Rodney Evans.  “That love for sharing Gospel music with so many listeners during Joy in the Morning fuels my ministry.”  “Rodney Evans is a pacemaker in the Gospel music community,” says Wendy Williams, general manager, Jazz 91.9 WCLK.  “With numerous awards and recognitions throughout the years, Rodney’s contributions to WCLK are extraordinary,” adds Williams.

 Rodney Evans, a licensed and ordained minister of the Gospel, serving as the co-pastor of Faith Temple Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. John E. Butler, senior pastor.  Evans is the proud founder of For The Children, Inc., Give a Toy, Give a Smile, an organization that provide toys to metro Atlanta foster care children through the juvenile court system.

 Another sign of his love for Gospel music is his assignment as a former Manager for the late Gospel recording artist, Lecresia Campbell.  The father of three, he has served as President of the Lindley Middle School PTSA and Bryant Elementary School PTA.  He has also spent 20 years as a part of the Fulton County Juvenile Citizen Panel Review (Panel #17), of which he has faithfully served as Chairman during his entire tenure. In addition, Rodney is the President of the Atlanta, Gospel Radio Announcers Guild.

 Evans obtained formal training in accounting from Mercer University.  He has also served as Executive Director for Another Way Out, a Southwest Atlanta based educational organization for underserved youth.  He is also very proud of his family, and in addition to his children, he equally cherishes his wife of 26 years, DeJerris.

Rodney is known for giving listeners the best Gospel music from new, emerging and legacy artists during Joy in the Morning on Jazz 91.9 WCLK.  Rodney is the longest serving on air personality at Jazz 91.9 WCLK.

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Sheryl Underwood cartoonSheryl Underwood Radio is amplifying the voice of urban radio and Black media while celebrating it’s 500th radio affiliate, with the addition of Atlanta-based SGR 81.4FM (internet station) Social Goats Media. Entertainer, TV host and activist Sheryl Underwood founded Sheryl Underwood Radio in 2013 with passion and a dream.

Underwood acknowledges that there have been champions who were part of this success. She says, “Thank you Tom Joyner, Steve Harvey, Jamie Foxx and everyone who ever gave me a radio job! We started with one affiliate and one show in 2013 and now we have 500 affiliates and 4 shows! We produce Sheryl Underwood Radio (airing five days a week), as well as Late Night Cupcaking (Slow Jams and Dedications); Spiritual Nourishment – The Best Bible Study on Radio (Gospel), Auntie Sheryl’s House Party (Hip Hop, Funk, Jazz, Blues, R&B), and The World According To Sheryl, the podcast of all Sheryl Underwood Radio produced content, all under the SUR banner.”

The phenomenal growth experienced by Sheryl Underwood Radio is due, in part, to the high-quality, high impact content provided to radio stations in the US and 20 countries: US Virgin Islands, Australia, Cambodia, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Panama, Nigeria, Swaziland, China, Belize, Russia, Trinidad, Italy, Dominica, Canada, West Indies, Pakistan, Uganda and the United Kingdom. Underwood gives special thanks to Rob Wilkins who came on board five years ago. Underwood says, “we could not have done this without him. We wish him Godspeed To Great Things.”

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“Open Letter To Wale”

Dear Sir,
On June 25th 2020, I happened to read an article where you were discussing the very real possibility that you may have been “Blackballed” in the music industry and it really hurt your overall career. That was sad for me to read.

Obviously, I am not privy to any inside information you may have to clearly prove your point and I have no reason to doubt your claims. You have lived this situation and the deceit in your mind at the hands of others is real. With that being said, I wanted to take a few moments of your time to give you a bit of insight as to why you may be experiencing these negative encounters.
Sir, unfortunately you made the decision to enter the Recording Industry several years ago to create music, express your emotions via your heartfelt lyrics, and to bring joy to the world. The only problem with that approach is that you work in an industry where most people in the executive suites at the major labels don’t give a rat’s ass about you! It’s just about their stock numbers and cash.

I have worked at all the major labels in the executive suites nationwide, and I am one of the most knowledgeable record men in our industry. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY in the industry has the experience that I have in the streets and in the major label boardrooms. Sir, with all due respect, you seem like a truly good person, but you work in an industry that is evil and it has a blueprint for disaster attached to it that will eventually devour you if you let it. It almost did it to me. It is pure devilish.

Let me explain the Blueprint to you Sir; bullet point style to save time.
1. Most new recording artists feel they are creating music to impact the world in a
positive way and to express their inner feelings that will hopefully connect with
people of all nationalities. Their main goal is not money. They do music out of love.
2. Most new recording artists do not have connections to major labels. Insert
managers into the equation that do have connections to major label executives,
and to small label owners in the city where the new artist lives. The managers
introduce the artists to the small label owners who strike up an agreement to fund
the studio time for the artist, and to help build their careers to get the major labels
to notice them. In return; the artist signs a deal with the small label for 5 years.
3. The artist usually signs a management contract with the person who put this
whole hookup together. This is where the blueprint for disaster kicks into gear.
4. The major label does not really want to deal with the small production company
the new artist is signed to. Their focus is to cause trouble with the small label to
hopefully get them out of the picture forever. The label executives complain to the
manager that the small label owner is causing grief with the various departments
within the company, and it could adversely affect the artist’s career.
5. The manager gives this information to the artist. The artist panics and wants to
leave the small label. The manager then plays both sides because they don’t want to
lose the artist and they want to keep their relationships with the major label for
future deals.
6. The new artist is now caught up in some business mess they wanted nothing to do
with. This causes heavy mental damage to the artist because in their minds they are
the precious commodity that is being manipulated by all parties involved. Now they
are unsure if they should trust the manager or anyone at the major label.
7. The major labels hear all the grumbling and they step in to position themselves
as a voice of reason when in reality, they started all the crap in the first place. Now
the label executives can sit back, lick their chops and wait for the bull crap to settle.
Their objective is to deal directly with the artist; and in many instances the
major label will suggest new management for the artist that has a history of
working well with the major label. The artist is now being served for dinner.

Unfortunately Sir, you were served up for dinner several years ago. You just did not know you were the “specialty plate on the menu”. Hopefully you realize now that the major labels view new artists like car manufactures view automobiles. Their view is: that there will always be another new artist coming down the manufacturing line to replace the artists that are already in the marketplace.

The various artist manufacturing companies (major labels), know they have to get all they can as fast as they can from their artists. Contracts expire. You want artist development Sir? Don’t hold your breath. These folks want numbers and sales data and they really want you to be quiet Sir. You are now causing trouble with your legitimate concerns and complaints about how treacherous the industry is. Believe me, if you want these label executives to hopefully feel your mental pain about the negativity you’ve experienced in your career, you have miscalculated. Case closed.

Stan Sheppard has managed the careers of numerous Platinum Rap recording artists during the last 30 years such as “DJ Quik”, “DJ Battlecat” “Suga Free” “Mausberg” & “Kokane”, selling millions of albums/singles worldwide through his “Sheppard Lane” Music/Management Corporation.

Inquiries: stansheppard2020@gmail.com

stan-sheppard

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Charlie Wilson “One I Got”

CW One I Got

Charlie Wilson returns with a Powerful Summertime Smash

To follow-up his #1 single, “Forever Valentine”

CHARLIE WILSON

“One I Got”

Impacting R&B Radio Now!!

See Uncle Charlie’s “One I Got” Video

“Charlie Wilson does it again!

The perfect blend of throwback vocals and new school vibes!

‘One I Got’ #ForTheWin!”

–Kenny Smoov, Vice President/Urban Programming
Program Director, WQQK-Nashville

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Ken Wilson at wilson.ken@mac.com

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Colleen Wilson at colleen402@gmail.com

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Alvin Garrett “Something’s Different This Time”

Alvin

A Powerful New Song For Today’s Trying Times

Alvin Garrett

“Something’s Different This Time”

Something’s Different is on:

WKZJ-Columbus, WIMX-Toledo, WKXI-Jackson,
WTYB-Savannah, KOKY-Little Rock, WTUG-Tuscaloosa,
WRBO-Memphis, WTTH-Atlantic City, KDKS-Shreveport,
KRMP-OKC, KSSM-Killeen-Temple, WAKB-Augusta,
WJUC-Toledo, WMJM-Louisville, WMPZ-Chattanooga,
WTLZ-Saginaw, WWDM-Columbia, WBHK-Birmingham,

Music Choice

Going For R&B Radio Airplay Now!
Follow Alvin Garrett:
Grammy-nominated songwriter, Alvin Garrett, has written and produced the theme song for today’s racial and social justice issues in America with his new single, “Something’s Different This Time”. With classic soul style and a passionate sound for racial justice reminiscent of Motown in the 1960’s, “Something’s Different This Time” harnesses the cry for change within its melodies this Black Music Month.
Contact:
Lygia Lott at Lygia.Lott@gmail.com

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ESSENCE, the leading media, technology and commerce company serving Black women and communities, today announced its 2020 ESSENCE Festival of Culture: Unstoppable Virtual Experience Presented by Coca-Cola. For the first time in the Festival’s 26-year history, the much-anticipated celebration – which annually draws more than 500,000 attendees and contributes almost $300 million in economic impact over July 4th weekend in New Orleans – will be produced as a fully virtual experience spanning two weekends of programming that entertain, empower, inspire, educate and mobilize. Taking place June 25-28 and July 2-5 (Thursdays-Sundays) and streaming on ESSENCE Studios, the multi-day experience will extend to a global audience of viewers and feature virtual performances, summits, panels and more including leading musical artists, influencers and experts from around the world. ESSENCE’s #BlackVotesMatter365 voting hub will also be a core element of the virtual Festival including quick access to helpful resources for Black women and communities to amplify their voices in local and national elections through voting. The Festival will also include a benefit initiative to raise funds to support the critical needs and sustainability of Black and Brown entrepreneurs, micro and small businesses, and organizations focused on racial equity across the U.S. For an up-to-date artist lineup and schedule, click here.

“Due to COVID-19, this was certainly not the year we planned for the 2020 ESSENCE Festival of Culture, but challenging times call for innovative measures,” said Richelieu Dennis, founder & chair, Essence Ventures (parent company of ESSENCE). “As we began to see the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on our community, it became more important to us than ever to still create a Festival experience that delivered the community, love, laughter, fun and empowerment that the Festival is known for—and to leave our audience feeling inspired and uplifted, especially during these times. “For 50 years, it has been ESSENCE’s mission to provide content that our community needs – when they need it, and we are thrilled that ESSENCE Studios has been the perfect platform to deliver our offline experiences, such as Festival, for the first time ever virtually. We are also appreciative of our partners for their support and vision as we continue to navigate this time together and provide the quality programming, stellar lineup of musical talent, leading experts and thought leaders, and epicenter of global Black culture that only ESSENCE can.”

The 2020 ESSENCE Festival of Culture will feature a global ensemble of performers, including: Amanda Black, Andra Day, Bell Biv Devoe (“BBD”), Bruno Mars, Burna Boy, Common, D-Nice, Damian Marley, Diamond Platnumz, Doug E. Fresh, Elephant Man, Estelle, India.Arie, John Legend, Ledisi, NAS, Patti LaBelle, Raphael Saadiq, Rapsody, Sauti Sol, Shaggy, Swizz Beatz and more, hosted by Loni Love. Leading a special tribute to the city of New Orleans will be Mayor LaToya Cantrell, PJ Morton, Big Freedia, Irma Thomas, Tank and The Bangas and Big 6 Brass Band. Also, featured in the popular Sunday gospel Get Lifted celebration are Anita Wilson, Bri Babineaux, Erica Campbell, Fred Hammond, Greater Sound of Greater St. Stephen FGBC, Jonathan McReynolds, Kierra Sheard, Kirk Franklin, Koryn Hawthorne, Marvin Sapp, Tamela Mann, The Clark Sisters, The Walls Group, Tye Tribbett, and more, along with Sunday sermons from Bishop Paul S. Morton and Bishop T.D. Jakes.

Other culture-leaders and influencers raising their voices to speak include: Steph and Ayesha Curry; Rev. Al Sharpton; Ryan Michelle Bathe; Don Lemon; New Orleans, LA, Mayor LaToya Cantrell; Atlanta, GA, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms; Chicago, IL, Mayor Lori Lightfoot; Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser; Ferguson, MO, Mayor-Elect Ella Jones; San Francisco, CA, Mayor London Breed; Tamika Mallory; Lori Harvey; Teyana Taylor; Iman Shumpert; Ryan Destiny; Kirk and Tammy Franklin; Lexi Underwood; Egypt Sherrod; Lena Waithe; Lisa Nichols; Marc Morial; Master P; Naomi Campbell; Nia Long; Shaun T.; Tabitha Brown and more.
With an impressive slate of talent, the 2020 ESSENCE Festival of Culture will deliver diverse programming within the following daily overviews:

THURSDAYS:
ESSENCE Wellness House [5 PM-9 PM (ET)]: Kickstart your path to recovery with meditation, conversations, workouts and tutorials designed to boost your mental, physical, spiritual, emotional and financial wellbeing.

FRIDAYS:
ESSENCE Beauty Carnival [5 PM-9 PM (ET)]: Step inside a virtual beauty sphere with top brands, makeup artists, hair stylists, skincare experts and more! Stream live tutorials and get expert tips for accentuating your own flawless beauty with products and brands that are making a splash across the globe.
ESSENCE After Dark [9 PM-10 PM (ET)]: Tune in for music brought to you by your favorite stars.

SATURDAYS:
Wealth & Power [2 PM-6 PM (ET)]: Get the tools you need to invest in yourself and make strides in entrepreneurship, career and personal finance. Plus, get the latest on the 2020 candidates, the issues that matter most…and why your voice counts!
Entertainment All-Access [6 PM-7 PM (ET)]: Catch your Hollywood favorites in Q&As and be the first to see exclusive sneak peeks of the hottest upcoming releases.
Evening Concert Series [7 PM-10 PM (ET)]: Our explosive evening concert series goes digital! Catch the #ESSENCEFest all-star lineup in performances to benefit and celebrate our Essential Heroes, Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs.

SUNDAYS:
Get Lifted Gospel Sunday Celebration [11 AM-1 PM (ET)]: Tune in for Sunday worship featuring powerful words of praise and legendary Gospel performances.

In addition, as the fight against COVID-19 rages on in states across the country, many essential workers continue to be on the frontlines helping to ensure the nation’s health, safety and essential needs are met. ESSENCE is honoring these workers with its first-ever ESSENCE Essential Heroes Awards program. This three-part, year-long franchise will highlight those who, despite systematic disparities, have risen to become Essential Heroes in their communities during this pandemic. A ceremony recognizing the 50 ESSENCE Essential Heroes honorees will be streamed live via ESSENCE Studios during the virtual Festival experience on Saturday, July 4th.

For more information and to register, visit www.essencefestival.com. Join the conversation via social @EssenceFest.

*Artists and schedules are subject to change.

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As 2020 continues to surprise, whether it be COVID-19 or the unprecedented global protests denouncing police brutality and systemic racism, women in radio continue to “walk through the fire,” serving as important community voices, much-needed sounding boards, pivotal change-agents and more. Custom-designed to celebrate Black Music Month, Café Mocha captures this fierce fearlessness in a series of social vignettes in celebration of its Salute Her Tour 10th anniversary.

True to the mission of its creator, media visionary Sheila Eldridge, the nationally syndicated radio show Café Mocha hosted by Emmy & 2x NAACP Image Award-winning talk show host Loni Love, hip hop icon Yo-Yo and radio veteran Angelique Perrin, has led the charge in amplifying the voices of women of color. Offering ‘Radio from a Woman’s Perspective’, the theme Stand in Soul Solidarity is timely and serves as the launch of an ongoing virtual campaign that runs Women’s History Month 2021.

“It’s time for those of us who have a voice to speak out for life, for love and for justice using the same media we’ve used throughout our careers,” Chaka Khan once said. The women featured in the Café Mocha 2 Go vignettes have spent their entire careers shining that light and more.

Series is hosted by Café Mocha multicultural millennial influencer Vanessa James who is a social ambassador,  travel enthusiast, music lover, and lifestyle connoisseur of culture.

Café Mocha 2 Go launches with national personality Déjà Vuthe lady with the ‘voice’ heard every afternoon from #1 station in NYC on WBLS 107.5FM. Speaker, author, philanthropist, and lifestyle expert she delivers a new experience to her listeners around the country.

Asia Chandler-Morris, author, motivational speaker, and award-winning personality whose voice is heard in DC, Baltimore, Philly, and Cincinnati.

Candice Williams, known as Ms. Drama, gives you the full 4-1-1 on what’s going as an Urban Entertainment Reporter & Producer for ABC News Radio.

Vic Jagger, a DC native who helps listeners get through their day with “VJ in The Midday” on WMMJ MAJIC 102.3.

Kandi Eastman, an award-winning veteran who joined the Majic family in 1994 after having renowned success as a station manager and music director at WRBB and on-air positions at Boston’s historic WILD, Raleigh NC’s WQOK and Norfolk, VA’s WOWI.  Kandi has received earned numerous honors and awards for her contributions in the radio industry and for her efforts in improving and inspiring the Houston community

DeDe McGuire, behind her energetic, delightfully frank voice she sets ambitious goals to dominate. DeDe is a proven winner- serving as host of the nationally syndicated “DeDe in the Morning show” K104FM since 2013.

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