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January 2011

Mathew Knowles Named to Fisk University Board of Trustees

Mathew Knowles Named to Fisk University Board of Trustees

HOUSTON, Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Mathew Knowles, the founder, President and CEO of Music World Entertainment (MWE), has been elected to the Board of Trustees of Fisk University. A 1974 graduate of the Historically Black College based in Nashville, Tennessee, Knowles also will serve on the Board of the General Alumni Association of Fisk University.
The leader of one of the world’s leading music and entertainment
conglomerates, Knowles brings to the board his business and management
expertise, a strong commitment to education and a great enthusiasm for
his alma mater. To continue, Please click “MORE”!

‘Essence Music Festival Volume 3’ Live DVD & CD | Coming Feb. 1st, 2011

Music World Entertainment Announces the
Release of ‘Essence Music Festival Volume 3’ Live DVD and Bonus CD
Available February 1, 2011



HOUSTON, Jan., 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Music World Entertainment will release the Essence Music Festival Volume 3 Live DVD and Bonus CD on February 1, 2011.  This exciting new DVD and Bonus CD includes ten tracks from a line-up of multi-platinum singing artists including Janet Jackson, LL Cool J, Monica, Mary J. Blige, Keri Hilson and more.

The Essence Music Festival
is the nation’s largest annual gathering of African-American music and
culture featuring emerging, superstar and legendary recording artists,
with an attendance of over 400,000 people. To continue, Please click “MORE”!

The 4th Annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon | Feb. 24th, 2011

ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood: Honoring ‘Simply the Best’



NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2011
/PRNewswire/ — ESSENCE, the number one media brand aimed at
African-American women, is honoring ‘Simply the Best’ Black actresses in
Hollywood with its annual Oscar-week soiree.  The fourth annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheonhonoring Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Loretta Devine and Viola Davis — will be held on February 24, 2011 at the Beverly Hills Hotel and will celebrate African-American women who, through their work in Hollywood, have inspired positive images of Black women around the world.

“As women who define star power, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Loretta Devine and Viola Davis unquestionably embody the spirit of ESSENCE with strength, optimism and resiliency,” said ESSENCE Communications President Michelle Ebanks. “The ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood
luncheon enthusiastically honors the achievements of extraordinary
women who are ‘simply the best’ at their craft and boldly encourage
millions of other young women who dare to dream.” To continue, Please click “MORE”!

VaShawn Mitchell and Jessica Reedy Featured in “My First Celebration of Gospel”…

by Grammy Award Nominee VaShawn Mitchell and  Breakthrough New Artist Jessica Reedy Featured in Exclusive Digital Show MY FIRST CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL On   Jessica & VaShawn’s Web-show Gives YOU Backstage Pass to Celebration of Gospel Can’t get enough Celebration of Gospel?     After the premiere of BET Celebration …

Mark Williams Releases “Everything”. (Avail Now)



 Nashville, TN — Gospel music is privy to a new artist who is delivering a fresh, anointed, worshipful resonance, and is also a skilled vocal healthcare professional blessed with talent and a timbre that is garnering attention everywhere.  Dr. Mark Williams, native of Cincinnati, OH, is a songwriter, psalmist and a board-certified Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose & Throat Physician) who has penned a new worship project Everything and is proving to be an example of multi-faceted gifting, diligence and persistence.

Employing the talents and the ingenious orchestrations of award winning Contemporary Christian and Gospel music producer Roger Ryan (CeCe Winans, Take 6, Mandisa) and the innovative style of Gospel’s rising super producer Daniel Weatherspoon (Donald Lawrence, Fred Hammond, Darwin Hobbs), Williams has captured the essence of true worship that is engaging audiences in a powerful, pure worship experience. To continue, please click “MORE”!

RICHIE SPICE – ‘BOOK OF JOB’ | New Album Coming March 15, 2011


(VP RECORDS, NEW YORK) – Reggae culture sensation Richie Spice is back with a brand new collection of signature hits on his new album Book Of Job, in stores and online on March 15, 2011. This, his fifth studio effort, is packed with 12 tracks of socially conscious roots reggae tunes that have made the entertainer an international staple for reggae lovers worldwide.
Spice chose Book of Job as the title because of his commitment to creating uplifting music, which is as unwavering as Job’s faith was while enduring his many hardships. “A whole heap of things reach Job, he lose wealth, he lose him family, him lose everything, but because he was praising God, he regain,” Spice explains. “It’s the same thing with the music – it is righteousness me declare to the fullest and me nah go switch.” To continue, Please click “MORE”!

Russell Simmons Delivers Exclusive Message from President Barack Obama via MySpace

Russell Simmons
Delivers Exclusive Message from
President Barack Obama
 via MySpace

New York – Hip-Hop icon Russell Simmons delivered a direct message from the President of the United States, Barack Obama, today, January 28, 2011, via MySpace.  Simmons, founder of and the author of the best-selling book, “Super Rich,” has been this week’s celebrity participant in the MySpace Hijack.  He extended his week long take-over as the celebrity “Editor-In-Chief” of MySpace in order to facilitate the message’s delivery and impact.

The Myspace Hijack is a program developed by Myspace where celebrities take over the editorial content for the week, populating the site with content that is interesting to them . Recently, Myspace has partnered with Black Eyed Peas and Jack Black.

Russell Simmons’ message from the President can be viewed at and is captioned below:

“Over the past week, I have had the great pleasure of taking over Myspace, which was suppose to end on Thursday, but I just couldn’t let go.  I have shared my musical influences, exclusive excerpts from my new book, Super Rich, inspiring content from GlobalGrind, the best in art and culture, and even a little yoga.  I couldn’t let go because I had one more thing to share.  Nothing makes me prouder than what I received late last night from a hero of mine, the President Of The United States, Barack Obama, and I am overjoyed to deliver his exclusive message to young people of this great nation.  As we move forward, let us move forward together as one.”

With great love, all things are possible.
-Russell Simmons

“I’ve always believed that here in America, every young person should be able to set goals and reach them; to discover their passions and follow them; and to earn their piece of the American Dream.  That’s why, during the last two years, my Administration has worked hard to give people like you the opportunities you need to reach your potential and win the future.  We passed the Affordable Care Act that allows young people to stay on their parents health care plan until they’re 26 – allowing more time to find a job that carries insurance.  We reformed the student loan system to put billions of dollars back into the pockets of students paying for college instead of watching it pad the profits of big banks.   We’ve invested in clean energy and encouraged a generation of innovators working to start the companies and build the technologies of the future.  We’ve ended combat operations in Iraq and brought more than 90,000 troops home from the battlefield, and also made sure they get the care they have earned when they got back.  And, even though there’s still a tremendous amount of work to be done, I promise that every decision I make in the years ahead will be made with you in mind.  Each of you represents our hope for this country.  Your generation will be the one leading America into the future.  And if we do our part, I know you’ll make us proud.”

~ President Barack Obama
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R&B Icon Bobby Brown Performs 1st Single “Get Out Of My Way” on TV One

R&B Icon Bobby Brown Performs First Single “Get Out The Way”

On TV Ones’s “Way Black When”

Performance Is the First Broadcast Airing of Single from the
Forthcoming CD on B Brown Productions/ Bronx Bridge Entertainment, Inc.

2011—R&B Icon Bobby Brown’s performance of his new single, “Get
Out The Way”, will air for the first time on TV One’s  “Way Black When”
on February 9th.  The single is from his forthcoming CD, on B Brown
Productions/Bronx Bridge Entertainment, Inc., which will be released
Spring 2011 through Fontana Distribution.

Bobby Brown, who is one of the biggest R&B stars in the business,
came on the scene in the late 80’s with his schoolmates, Michael Bivins,
Ralph Tresvant, Ronnie DeVoe and Ricky Bell, to form New Edition.  He
left the group and released his debut solo album “King of Stage” in 1987
that produced the hit “Girlfriend”.  His follow-up album “Don’t Be
Cruel”, sold over 7 million copies and had 5 top ten hits as well as
garnered him a Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance,
Male in 1989, and contributed to Ja Rule’s single, “Thug Lovin” in 2002
which won Brown a Source Award for R&B/Rap Collaboration of the
Year for 2003. To continue, Please click “MORE”!

Bob Marley Celebrates a Birthday | Would Have Turned 66 on Feb. 6th, 2011

Bob Marley Celebrates a Birthday


The Legendary Reggae Star Would Have Turned 66 on February 6th

Radio Specials, Streaming Parties, Video Premieres and more planned

Marley was born on February 6th, 1945. The legendary reggae star, best
known for such exceptional hits as “Could You Be Loved,” “One Love” and
“Three Little Birds” would have celebrated his 66th birthday this year.

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Universal Music Enterprises and Tuff Gong Records team up to present Bob Marley & The Wailers – Live Forever: The Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA, September 23, 1980This never before released 2 CD concert was recorded 30 years ago while Bob was touring in support of his famed album,   Uprising. Live Forever features many of Bob’s most cherished songs. Live Forever
also immortalizes his final concert, and the last song Bob ever
performed in concert: his rally cry for equality, “Get Up Stand Up.”
Available on CD for the first time, unforgettable performances of “No
Woman No Cry,” “Jammin'” and “Is This Love,” to name a few, appear on
this incredible audio documentary depicting an innovator and inspiration
to people of many generations. 

“Bob’s music
has always conveyed a message of hope, unity and love.  It has brought
countless people together as it did that night 30 years ago in Pittsburgh.
 To hear that music today and to be able to share it with a new
generation shows that Bob is as relevant today as he was 30 years ago,”
says Rita Marley. To continue, Please click “MORE”!

The 37th State Compilation (Coming Feb. 6th, 2011)

37th STATE

Title:  37th State Compilation
Release date:  6th Feb 2011 digital / 7th Feb Exclusive Ltd edition CD
Pre Order:
Mozik Records: 8th February –
Label: Mozik Records

It’s a well-known fact that history is cyclical – regenerating and reinventing itself over time. Music as one of the components of culture is very much a part of that transformative process and it’s with this in mind that the 37th State was born. Inspired by the continent’s first World Cup finals and Nigeria 50 this compilation uses that essence – pulling together the best in hip hop, funk, soul and jazz under the banner of Afrobeat.

Made famous by Fela Kuti in the 60’s – HMV Magazine ranked him #46, on a list of the top100 most influential musicians, of the 20th century – Afrobeat is a combination of Yoruba music, jazz and funk rhythms, originating from the southern part of Nigeria in the 1960s. Fela was also a human rights activist, political maverick and it’s that zeal and honesty that makes Afrobeat so enduring. To continue, Please click “MORE”!