Deion Sanders apparently played a part in Lil Wayne’s presidential pardon.
The Jackson State football coach spoke on behalf of the rapper’s pardon, which was granted by outgoing President Donald J. Trump.
The rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Carter, pleaded guilty to illegal gun possession on Dec. 11, 2020 after being arrested a year earlier. He was awaiting sentencing later this month and faced up to 10 years in federal prison.
Here’s the full statement on Lil’ Wayne from The White House: Read more in HBCUGameDay.
Bridgeman Sports & Media has installed Michele Ghee as CEO of iconic brands EBONY & JET. This historically rooted brand celebrates 75 years of chronicling Black life in America. With that, it now embarks on its future with Ghee boldly holding the reigns. A brand known for unapologetically documenting the courageous contribution of Blackness to the American landscape, its new CEO states, “Everything we say will come through the lens of Black journalists. We will ensure there is a safe space for Black journalism to thrive. I’m a little Black girl from Oakland, CA. I’m not apologizing for any of it. Our voices matter. We are History in the making!” Read more in Finance.Yahoo
Record industry luminary, TEC Hall of Fame inductee and one-half of Pensado’s Place, the web’s most popular pro audio show, Herb Trawick, will join Believe TV as co-host for Thursday, January 21 and Friday, January 22 during Believe in Music week (January 18-22). For the two days, Trawick will share the desk, banter, stories, and interviews with NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. PT. Review the Believe TV schedule.
“Herb has that special gift of making everyone feel like they’ve been friends all their lives. That, combined with his knowledge of the industry makes him the perfect person to lead Believe in Music TV. There will certainly be a couple of days where I just shake my head and laugh at how lucky I am to get to do this kind of stuff,” shares Joe Lamond, NAMM President, and CEO.
Trawick says, “Joe Lamond’s brilliance and the impressive NAMM team are at heart musicians guided by the spirit of music: community, education, technology, resources, and artistry. While their global scale is large, their approach is personal. I couldn’t be prouder to get the call.”
Trawick is perhaps best known as the co-host and executive producer of Pensado’s Place. Each week, audio professionals join Dave Pensado and Trawick to discuss technical tips, the dissection of popular music, and viewers’ questions. Together, along with the team, Pensado and Trawick have built Pensado’s Place into a global powerhouse of pro audio education with 6 million viewers annually and as a resource curriculum at over 100 colleges and universities.
Before this, Herb Trawick helped launch Brian McKnight into an R&B superstar with 20 million albums sold, global tours, and more than 30 GRAMMY®, American Music, Billboard, Emmy, and Image Awards nominations. Trawick was also a partner with Maurice White, the legendary creator of Earth, Wind & Fire, and as a producer, took the EWF catalog to Broadway for the play Hot Feet.
Trawick’s long career has also included consultancies with top imprints like Interscope, RCA, Mercury, Capitol, Motown, Island, and Def Jam, while creative shops like the 1500 Sound Academy, The Blackbird Academy, and Musicians Institute have also tapped Trawick for his expertise.
Believe TV is just one part of Believe in Music week, which will feature a variety of special events and concerts, a Marketplace to experience the latest in new products and technologies, nearly 200 professional development and training sessions for all sectors of the music products, pro audio, and entertainment technology industries, and NAMM Foundation education for music educators and administrators, nonprofit professionals and college-aged students and faculty, among others. Visit https://attend.believeinmusic.tv to review the schedule of events or to register to attend.
Cardi B has scored her first leading role in a movie. The hip-hop icon is set to star in Paramount’s upcoming film “Assisted Living.”
“Assisted Living” is being described as a “raucous comedy” with “tremendous heart,” in the vein of classic funny films like “Tootsie,” “Sister Act” and “Mrs. Doubtfire.” It follows Amber (Cardi B), a small-time crook who finds herself in over her head when a heist goes wrong. On the run from the cops and her former crew, she struggles to find anywhere to hide. Running out of options, Amber disguises herself as an elderly woman and hides out in the one place no one will look — her estranged grandmother’s nursing home.
Paramount won rights to “Assisted Living” in a competitive bidding war in spring of 2019. The film is based on an original spec script by Kay Oyegun, a writer for “This Is Us.” Temple Hill and Stephen Love are producing. Read more in Variety.
Radio promotion executives have always been the titans of T&E, jetting around the country to convince programmers from Miami to Milwaukee to play the new single they’re working. “It used to be, ‘Can we bring in the artist and put him on a Ferris wheel with the morning show?'” says Skip Bishop, a former Sony promotion executive in Nashville who now owns his own consultancy, Studio2Bee Entertainment. “But it’s not about that anymore.”
There just aren’t as many programmers anymore. The pandemic has supercharged radio consolidation, and iHeartMedia, Entercom and other big radio companies are gradually replacing local personalities with syndicated shows and remote DJs recorded elsewhere. That could mean label promotion departments will focus on fewer programmers, mostly in big cities — and highly paid top executives like Joe Riccitellli, a longtime radio-promotions exec who just lost his job as RCA Records’ co-president, may be no longer crucial to label operations.
Labels “still need promotions people, but when you get to people who make seven figures, you start to question the sustainability of that,” says a major-label executive.
The pandemic has also forced promotion executives to do their glad-handing over Zoom rather than in person. “Is there a need for someone in Denver to just cover Denver? No. Someone from the national team could just cover Denver on their own,” says Risa Matsuki, vp promotions at indie Beggars Group, which has a small staff for radio. “Labels are going to let people go. It just doesn’t seem fiscally relevant; the bottom line sucks for labels now when it comes to radio promotions.”
After laying off over 100 programming staffers in November, iHeartMedia said in a statement, “Listeners care about what our personalities are saying, not where they’re sitting.” And while some of its rivals like Entercom and Townsquare Media say they’re committed to a “live and local” approach, they’re also sharing on-air talent among different stations. Says executive vp programming Jeff Sottolano: “We’ve got a lot of talent broadcasting from basements and closets and garages with no perceptible impact on the consumer.” Read more in Billboard.
Issa Rae, star and creator of HBO’s “Insecure,” is launching her first online class — in which she promises to share her approach to “creating outside the lines” and how she followed her own path to showbiz success.
Rae teamed with MasterClass, an e-learning company that offers a lineup of celebrity-led courses, to launch the class. Through a series of 14 video lessons, the Emmy-nominated actor-writer-producer presents her signature do-it-yourself ethos and humor to provide advice for how students can find their own voice to take their ideas to the next level. Rae also shares her experience about how she has navigated Hollywood as a Black creator.
Rae’s class is available now through MasterClass’ $180 annual membership, which provides access to more than 100 classes. Read more in Variety.
Known as the “Windy City,” Chicago’s rich musical history lives on with the relaunch of Chi-Sound Music Group’s, debut collaboration featuring Marshall Thompson (of the legendary Chi-Lites), Denroy Morgan (renowned Reggae pioneer) and songwriter/producer Guy Daniel, known as The GDVO.
With the recent upset and unrest across the globe, The GDVO opted not to wait until the UN International Day of Peace on September 21, 2021 and use the healing power of music to support closing the deep international divide with their debut release of the aptly titled, “PEACE.”
All media outlets are encouraged to join the global “PEACE” movement on Wednesday, January 2021 at 12:01 pm (EST) immediately following Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris and President-Elect Joe Biden taking the Oath of Office. Additionally, The GDVO and Chi-Sound Music Group will utilize the hashtags #PeaceDay and #GivePeaceAChance across social media platforms on January 21st.
For additional information, contact Chi-Sound Music Group via email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or call 614-288-1660.
Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOH7z3SGXOc
Spotify link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1bW16TFPEgQ835d8NfWWap
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Marshall Thompson, is the last living member of the Chi-Lites who rose to international fame during the 1970’s scoring eleven (11) Billboard Top 10 R&B hits and twenty-one (21) songs on the Billboard Hot 100.
Denroy Morgan’s rise to fame started in the 1970’s with the creation of the reggae band, Black Eagles and continued into the early 1980s with the Billboard Top 10 dance and club hit “I’ll Do Anything For You.”
Guy Daniel is an award-winning producer, songwriter and studio engineer who has worked behind the scenes in the music business. He’s collaborated with several major record labels and artists such as Bunny Sigler, Richie Zambora and Danny Aiello.
The National Black Radio Hall of Fame (NBRHOF) Board of Directors have approved the following industry trailblazers into our prestigious national museum for our 2020 and 2021 induction ceremony on Saturday, February 27,2021 at 6pm(est.) via Zoom. The 2021 ceremony will also include a tribute to NBRHOF Atlanta Board Member, the late Hamilton Bohannon(1942-2020).
National Black Radio Hall of Fame (Posthumous Award): Guy Brody, Yvonne Daniel, Big George, Burke Johnson, Martha Jean the Queen, Irene Johnson Ware
Radio/Music Career Artist of the Year: Bobby Rush
Community Service Artist of the Year: Tony Terry
Radio Media Specialist Award: Harry Lyles – Lyles Media Group
Lifetime Media Achievement Award : Joe “The Black Eagle” Madison – The Joe Madison Show
Jack “The Rapper” Gibson
Special Black Radio Original 13 Award Presented by Jill Gibson Bell: Dorothy Brunson Family, Marshall Thompson of the Chi-Lites, Willie “Perculator” Martin
Radio Promoter Award: Ted Astin, Arlinda Garrett, Leroy Little
Radio Station Owner Award: Mutter Evans, Davis Broadcasting Inc., Roscoe Miller
Community Service Personality Award: Derrick Chatman, Monica Pearson
Talented Sisters of Radio Award: Carol Blackmon, Shirley Ellis, Renee Miller
Talented Brothers of Radio Award: Mitch Faulkner, Bill Gay, Doug Steele
Gospel Radio Personality Award: Twanda Black, Melissa Summers, Larry Tinsley
Hip Hop Radio Personality Award: Dncredible Freddie Fred, Ryan Cameron, Greg Street
House Music Pioneer Award: Bobby Holiday, Requaya Ward
National Terrestrial Talk Radio Award: Derek Boazman, Joyce Littel
For more information contact: Marsha Washington George /1-866-206-9069 x5511
E-mail: email@example.com /www.nbrhof.com
About National Black Radio Hall of Fame
The National Black Radio Hall of Fame (NBRHOF)located on the campus of Stowe State University in St. Louis, Mo., is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable non-profit organization established in 2010 to recognize and acknowledge the countless contributions of personalities and pioneers to African American radio on a national platform. Our vision and strategic focus is, promoting the historical perspective of African Americans on national radio platforms to our target market segments and providing opportunities to educate about the past performance, the rich history and highest achievement in national radio. It also provides the step-by-step plan for developing ongoing fundraising, achieving organizational sustainability, and strengthening the organization’s overall capacity across the USA and abroad.
The NBRHOF’s consists of a museum that showcases radio memorabilia, exhibits, and displays honoring personalities who developed and shaped Black radio nationally. We also offer an outreach component offering educational and scholarship programs that connect communities to increased higher learning opportunities through radio’s rich and dynamic past.
Black female-founded snack company Partake Foods is starting the new year ROCK solid. According to Forbes, the food brand rolled over into 2021 with millions of dollars from a mega roster of celebrity investors.
The fourth quarter of fundraising ended with the company, led by founder and CEO Denise Woodard, snagging $4.8 million for operations, product manufacturing, marketing, etc.
Leading the pack is R&B singer, Rihanna, former NBA player Kevin Johnson’s Black Capital, and NFL player Bobby Wagner’s Black Star Fund.
Read more in AllHipHop.com.