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Diddy pledges $1M to Howard University, plus a million to Deion Sanders at Jackson State University

Sunday night’s BET Awards turned into a big night for Howard University and Jackson State football, courtesy of Sean “Diddy” Combs.

The music and cultural icon pledged to donate a million dollars to his alma mater and Deion Sanders’ program after accepting an award on show.

“I want to donate a million dollars to Howard University,” Combs told the crowd while accepting his award, flanked by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Kanye West. “Also I’m gonna drop another million dollars on Deion Sanders and Jackson State, because we should play for us. Thank you everyone from the bottom of my heart, I love y’all — peace.”

Diddy attended Howard in the late 1980s before becoming an intern at Uptown Records under the guidance of the late Andre Harrell. Despite leaving school early, Diddy has returned to the Washington, D.C. HBCU often since making it big. He even gave the university’s commencement address a few years back.

Ludacris’ manager shot, in critical condidtion, in Atlanta

Chaka Zulu, manager of rap mogul Ludacris, was one of three people shot during a dispute outside Apt4b Atlanta, a Caribbean restaurant and bar that is popular with the industry’s elite in Atlanta. One man is dead.

Police say one man was killed during the shooting, however Chaka is listed as “critical but stable” at a nearby hospital, according to a credible source.

Police Lt. Germain Dearlove said the shooting was the “result of a dispute in the parking lot” behind the club.

Investigators are reviewing surveillance footage from businesses that share the parking lot with Apt4b to identify a shooter.

Chaka is the longtime manager and business partner of multi-platinum selling rapper, Ludacris.

Mitch Faulkner RIP

The Urban Buzz sends heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and fans of production and content guru, Mitch Faulkner passed away after a lengthy illness. Mitch was an accomplished radio personality, production and imaging provider and content creator. Mitch was a talented man and a good brother. May He Rest in Peace and Power.

No word yet on funeral services.

BET Awards 2022: See the full list of winners

The BET Awards were back and bigger than ever.

Taraji P. Henson returned as host, reprising her gig from last year, to lead the celebration of talent across music, television, film, and sports at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles Sunday night.

Doja Cat led the pack with six nominations including album of the year, video of the year, and both Best Female R&B/Pop Artist and Best Female Hip Hop artist.

The human turned living frequency formerly/currently/potentially known as Sean “Diddy” Combs was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award with a starry lineup of friends paying tribute to the producer/artist, including Mary J. Blige, Jodeci, Nas, Lil’ Kim, Busta Rhymes, the Lox, Bryson Tiller, and Faith Evans.

Lizzo opened the show, flute in hand, dressed as a glamorous disco ball to perform her single “About Damn Time.” Janelle Monáe then graced the stage, giving a special shout-out to “all the gays in the house” and giving a “f— you” to the Supreme Court, before presenting the first award for the night, Best Female R&B/Pop Artist to Jazmine Sullivan.

R&B queen Brandy made a surprise appearance, lending Jack Harlow a hand and — channeling her Queens emcee character — a few bars for his performance of “First Class.” Lil Wayne had previously snuck out to duet with Harlow. Speaking of surprises, Ye (né Kanye West) came out covered from head to toe, breathing heavily through a mask as he helped Babyface present Diddy the Lifetime Achievement Award.

See the whole story with video and the full list of winners in EW.com.

Performance of the night: Muni Long

Lizzo pledges $1M to support reproduction rights

Lizzo is taking action after nearly 50 years of reproductive rights were snatched away on Friday (June 24) when the United States Supreme Court ruled to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that protected a woman’s federal right to have an abortion. As a result of the ruling, an expected 23 states will make abortion illegal nearly immediately.

The “Grrrls” singer is set to embark on her tour in support of her upcoming album Special this fall, and she pledged to donate $500,000 to Planned Parenthood and the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) from the profits. Promoter, Live Nation will match the pledge to bring the donation to $1,000,000.

Cox names Wanda Patterson to MD of Hot 99.5 Jacksonville

Cox Media Group announced the promotion of Wanda Patterson, longtime radio personality and the current producer of the Rickey Smiley Morning Show/on-air. Wanda will become the music director of WOKV -HD2 (HOT 99.5) in Jacksonville. In addition to her current duties, Wanda will hold the title of the local producer of the newly added “DeDe In The Morning” show for sister station, WJGL-HD2 (Power 106.1). Wanda has been one of the most dedicated employees at CMG-Jacksonville for the last four years. Her dedication and commitment to excellence, have resulted in her being promoted to the title of music director.

“I’m thrilled for Wanda, who’s such a smart, insightful, professional, and dedicated team member,” said Elroy Smith, Director of Branding & Programming for CMG in Orlando & Jacksonville. “In the last six months working closely with Wanda, I could not wait for this day to inform her that her hard work and commitment to CMG-Jacksonville have not gone unnoticed. She knows the audience of HOT 99.5 well, and I cannot wait to see Wanda’s brilliance enhance the direction and growth of HOT 99.5.”

Wanda Patterson is equally excited about her new role. “I’m extremely excited to be working for CMG Jacksonville in this new capacity, and especially under the leadership of Jules Riley and

Elroy,” Wanda said. “With their guidance, we’re going to do great things together, and I’m looking forward to it!

WMG forms 300 Elektra Entertainment

Warner Music Group today announced the creation of 300 Elektra Entertainment — 3EE — a new frontline label group that brings together the multi-genre power of 300 and Elektra. Headed by Chairman & CEO Kevin Liles, this supergroup of iconic, indie-spirited brands includes 300, Elektra Records, Fueled by Ramen, Roadrunner, Low Country Sound, DTA Records, Public Consumption, Young Stoner Life Records, Sparta, and 300 Studios.

Under the umbrella of 3EE, both 300 and Elektra will maintain their independent identities and cultures. Overseeing 300 Entertainment are newly appointed Co-Presidents Rayna Bass and Selim Bouab, while Mike Easterlin and Gregg Nadel will continue to serve as Co-Presidents of Elektra Entertainment (formerly Elektra Music Group). In addition, a 3EE central hub of expertise will be established to bring together the deep knowledge and wide experience spanning the 300 and Elektra teams.

“Every single brand within 3EE was born as an independent, entrepreneurial label made up of music-lovers who take risks, break rules, and disrupt culture,” said Liles. “The mission of 3EE is to reimagine our value proposition to artists and creative partners globally. We fuel the spirit of our labels’ identities through the creation of powerhouse brand management teams that span genres and cultures. Our people are handpicked because they all live what they work and love what they do. Every label within the 3EE family is driven by a unique point of view and purpose, and, at the same time, they all benefit from our years of collective expertise, wisdom, and influence. We call this #BiggerFamilyBusiness.”

Bass & Bouab said, “From the day we walked in the door at 300, we’ve been on a mission to sign original artists and nurture a brand that stands out from the crowd. Mike, Gregg, and the Elektra team share our artist-first philosophy, and the combination of our companies creates an exciting, collaborative environment where artists across the musical spectrum can be anything and achieve everything.” Easterlin and Nadel commented, “From Elektra to Fueled by Ramen to Roadrunner and throughout our label family, we’re defined not by one single identity, but by a collective of distinctive brands. We’re very excited to be joining forces with Kevin, Rayna, Selim and the entire 300 team to build a company that nurtures authentic artists, songs, and visions from conception to global greatness.”

WHUR Dominates DC Radio Ratings

96.3 WHUR has reclaimed its place back at the top as the #1 music station in the DMV, according to the May 2022 Nielsen Ratings. The stand-alone station in the nation’s 8th largest market of corporate giants, WHUR has slain its competition in several key areas, including #1 overall among the all-important group of adults between the ages of 25 and 54 and among women in the same age group.

The climb back to #1 has been steady under the leadership of General Manager Sean Plater who officially took the reigns of the heritage Howard University owned commercial station in April 2019. Plater made some strategic changes in August 2019 with the hiring of blockbuster talent on and off the air starting with veteran Program Director Al Payne.

“WHUR has always been a leader in the industry. We are known for making the necessary adjustments at the right time to stay true to our mission of delivering excellence in broadcasting and community service. That direction has not changed and so we made some important tweaks in the right places at the right time to get us back to the top,” said Plater.

Here’s a quick glance at the station’s rating success:

#2 Steve Harvey Morning Show (6 a.m. – 10 a.m.) #1 Autumn Joi Live (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) #1 Frank Ski with Nina Brown (3 p.m. – 7 p.m.) # 3 Daily Drum with Harold Fisher (7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) #2 Quiet Storm with John Monds (7:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.)

WHUR also reigns supreme on the weekends. Coka Lani commands the #1 slot Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 5.pm. Gospel hosts Jacquie Gales Webb and Anthony Brown also capture the #1 position with Webb commanding 1 out of every 5 radio listeners on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

“We are very proud of our #1 position. But we know we can’t rest on our laurels. We will continue to do the work to capture and engage the DMV to keep listeners entertained and informed 24/7,” said Payne.

Celebrating Jesus Garber

Founder and CEO of the Music Consulting and Radio Promotion outlet, The Jesus Garber Company. Zeus is celebrating over 40 years in the business.

Since 1974 working in the music business with some of the world’s most recognizable artists, in the history of the music business. Jesus has made contributions to Motown Records, A&M Records, BMG Music and The Walt Disney Company. Working in the areas of promotion, marketing and artist development. Assisting in the sales of hundreds of millions of albums and CD’s. Since 1995 founded own company consulting in every aspect of the music business.

He’s worked with superstar artists such as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Lionel Richie, DeBarge, Rick James, Teena Marie, The Mary Jane Girls, Herb Alpert, Janet Jackson, Jesse Johnson, Vesta Williams, Barry White, James Brown and many, many more artists.

Jesus has been an independent business owner for decades and has worked with radio decision makers, artists, producers and managers. Zeus knows everybody and everbody knows and loves Zeus. He’s very proud to have cultivated a working relationship and personal friendship with folks like Skip Miller, Miller London, Clarence Avant, Herb Alpert & Jerry Moss, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, EJ Jackson, and many other executives.

Jesus celebrates his 67th trip around the sun with wife Teresa and son Atticus. Happy Birthday, we love you Jusus Garber.

Zeus is a dear friend. No he’s my brother and I love him!

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