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Comedian Teddy Ray RIP

Teddy Ray, a Los Angeles born-and-bred comedian, has died. He was 32 years old.

Ray’s death was confirmed by Comedy Central last Friday evening.

“Teddy Ray was a hilarious and beloved performer,” the network wrote. “He’ll be deeply missed by the entire comedy community.”

Ray was best known as a stand-up comedian who had appeared on many prominent television and internet comedy series. His first TV gig was an appearance on BET’s “Comic View.

He then appeared on multiple standup series for Comedy Central and HBO’s “All Def Comedy.” He also appeared on MTV’s popular “Wild N’ Out” series, joining the cast for the show’s eighth season.

He most recently appeared in comedian Sam Jay’s HBO series “Pause With Sam Jay.”

Ray was born in Los Angeles on July 30, 1990. He rose to prominence in the local comedy scene, frequently performing at places like the Improv and the Laugh Factory, in addition to his acting roles in multiple internet comedy series on YouTube through All Def Digital and television gigs.

Read more in NBCNews.com.

Charlie Wilson Reclaims #1 Spot as Billboard’s Top Adult Male Artist with “No Stoppin’ Us” Ft. Babyface, Johnny Gill & K-Ci Hailey

Also Becomes Billboard’s first #1 song ever on the Adult R&B chart

with 4 credited artists

Charlie Wilson’s “No Stoppin’ Us,” featuring, Babyface, Johnny Gill, and K-Ci Hailey is #1 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Airplay chart, making Wilson Billboard’s Top Adult Male R&B Artists with the most No. 1’s ever on the chart. “No Stoppin’ Us” additionally makes history as Billboard’s first song ever with 4 credited artists to reach No. 1 on the chart. This accomplishment also gives K-Ci Hailey his first No. 1 song as a solo artist. All 4 artists are managed under P Music Group who is promoting the record, which was released via the Parandise imprint, giving the label its first No. 1 song & P Music Group its eighth No 1

Denver Broncos name Damani Leech as team president

The new Denver Broncos‘ owners are making changes at the top. The team tabbed former NFL executive Damani Leech to be its next president.

Leech has a lengthy history working in sports. After graduating from Princeton University — where he was a student-athlete — he started working for the NCAA. Leech spent 17 years in the NCAA national office before joining the NFL in 2015. Leech initially served as the vice president of football strategy and business development. He was promoted to senior vice president of football strategy and business development in 2018. Over the past three years, Leech has worked as the COO of NFL International.

In a statement, new team owner and CEO Greg Penner spoke highly of Leech’s reputation within the game.

“Damani is highly regarded throughout the National Football League for his leadership, strategic vision and collaborative spirit. As a former college player with executive experience at both the NFL and NCAA levels, Damani understands the value of teamwork and knows what it takes to win—on and off the field. Most importantly, he leads with integrity, empathy and respect. I’m confident Damani will help the Broncos grow across all areas of our business and make our staff, partners and fans proud of this organization.”

The hire makes Leech one of three Black team presidents in the NFL. Washington Commanders president Jason Wright was the first to hold that role after he was hired by the team in 2020. The Las Vegas Raiders named Sandra Douglass Morgan as their team president in July.

Leech’s hire comes days after the Broncos were sold to a group led by Walmart heir Rob Walton.

L.A. Reid’s HitCo Entertainment has been Sold to Concord Music Group

HitCo Entertainment, the music company launched by Antonio L.A. Reid and Charles Goldstuck in 2017, has been sold to ConcordVariety has learned through multiple sources. Home to such artists as Jennifer Lopez, Saint Jhn, Outkast’s Big Boi, Yella Beezy and Dixie D’Amelio, HitCo had been distributed through ADA.

Concord, a private company funded by long-term institutional capital, in addition to equity holders from Concord’s senior management team, represents close to 900,000 songs and trades in recorded music, music publishing, theatrical and original productions. Headquartered in Nashville, it has additional offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Berlin and Miami. Its frontline labels include Concord, Concord Jazz, Easy Eye Sound, Fantasy Records, Fearless Records, KIDZ BOP, Loma Vista Recordings and Rounder Records. Its publishing arm owns or administers more than 600,000 copyrighted musical works and represents the catalogs of Benny Blanco, Sammy Cahn, Phil Collins, John Fogerty, Cyndi Lauper, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Ryan Tedder. Although sources say the deal only involves recorded music.

With offices in Beverly Hills, Atlanta and New York, the name and entity HitCo dates back to early in Reid’s career — around 1996. A musician himself (Reid played drums with Cincinatti’s the Deele), in 1989 he co-founded LaFace Records whose roster included several superstar artists, including OutKast, Pink, TLC, Toni Braxton and Usher. Reid’s track record resulted in a joint venture with Arista Records, a label he would later head as president and CEO, succeeding Clive Davis.

Read the full story in Variety.com.

Tyler Perry, Steve Harvey, T.I., Rick Ross & More Shut Down Atlanta for Invest Fest

The biggest financial literacy podcast, Earn Your Leisure, returned to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta for their second annual Invest Fest. This year’s festival brought out more than 12,000 people for the weekend-long assortment of activities and expert-led discussions focused on investing, entrepreneurship, real estate, and financial literacy. Speakers included billionaire Dan T. Cathy (chairman of Chick-fil-A), billionaire real estate entrepreneur Donahue Peebles, T.I., Dame Dash, Terrence J, DJ Envy, Angela Yee and many more.

Steve Harvey and Harvey Ventures were strategic partners and co-producers for this year’s Invest Fest and programming.

“I am proud to partner with Earn Your Leisure, which was founded by two young and dynamic Black entrepreneurs, to take this year’s Invest Fest to the next level,” said Steve Harvey.

“There is an urgent need for more expansive financial literacy to promote saving, investing, and generational wealth creation for traditionally underserved communities. Rashad and Troy have responded with an incredibly innovative and visionary platform to make this information open and accessible to all.”

The highlight of the festival came when billionaire writer/director Tyler Perry took to the stage alongside Earn Your Leisure hosts Troy Millings and Rashad Bilal to share words of wisdom and influential takeaways he learned throughout his career. Immediately following Tyler Perry’s fireside chat, Steve Harvey joined the guys on stage to congratulate them and to salute Mr. Perry.

Read more in finance.yahoo.com.

Angela Yee exits The Breakfast Club

Premiere Networks just announced that award-winning media personality Angela Yee will host a new midday radio show, Way Up with Angela Yee, which will launch this Fall cross more than 30 iHeartMedia stations, including flagship WWPR (Power 105.1)/New York and will be available for syndication through Premiere Networks.

With the launch of Way Up with Angela Yee, Yee will depart her spot on the Premiere-syndicated The Breakfast Club this Fall. Additionally, Yee’s popular Lip Service podcast will soon be available through the iHeartPodcast Network. 

“Angela Yee is a Powerhouse!” said Thea Mitchem, iHeartMedia EVP of Programming. “She’s a businesswoman, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a highly-entertaining, smart and witty talent who will go down as one of the greats of her generation. We are thrilled to have her lead this new show. Angela has her finger on the pulse of entertainment and culture, and I look forward to watching her bring her positive outlook and even more great content to her devoted listeners in new and influential ways.”

Yee said, “I’m overwhelmed with gratitude and excitement to have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a brand-new show. I appreciate everyone who has helped to make this happen at iHeartMedia, and most importantly, the listeners who are like family to me. It’s a bittersweet feeling to leave an iconic show like The Breakfast Club, which we built from the ground up for 12 years, but we will forever be an extension of each other. I’m working hard and dedicated to making our new program exciting, thoughtful, provocative, and most importantly, a safe haven for even more of us to grow and learn while having fun. I’m ready for this new chapter!”

Miss Jones joins WXBK-NY 94.7 The Block

Audacy welcomes popular tri-state radio veteran of Miss Jones as the new morning show host for Classic Hip Hop WXBK (94.7 The Block)/New York, with a start date of August 22.

A native of Queens, NY, Miss Jones, also known as “Jonesy,” is the first African American female to be syndicated on morning radio in North America, and most notably a two-decade-long stint on Hot 97/New York and in Philadelphia on WUSL (Power 99) and the former WPHI (100.3 The Beat). Miss Jones discovered, taught, and influenced some of the biggest brands in radio and entertainment including Stephen A. Smith, Ebro Darden from Hot 97, and DJ Envy from The Breakfast Club.

Skip Dillard, Brand Manager of 94.7 The Block, said, “Jonesy is a person of many talents and I’m so excited to witness the fun and excitement she’ll add to morning radio in New York City on 94.7 The Block. Welcome home!”

Miss Jones commented, “After stepping away from the industry to raise my two sons, I am beyond thrilled to be back home and leading morning drive at 94.7 The Block.”

Legendary Motown Songwriter/Producer Lamont Dozier RIP

Lamont Dozier, an all-time great pop hitmaker who supplied endless classics to Motown in the 1960s with the production team Holland-Dozier-Holland, has died, his son Lamont Dozier, Jr., said on social media. No cause of death was given. Dozier was 81

Happy Birthday Derek Harper

Music executive Colleen Wilson, Radio One Atlanta OM and PD of WAMJ-Atlanta, Derek Harper along with Southeast Promo Director Christine Cunningham celebrating Derek’s Birthday! Happy Birthday Brother!

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