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Thursday, March 14, 2013


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New online & bi-annual print magazine Celebrates Urban Music and Urban Culture

Hollywood, CA (March 14, 2013) – Urban culture has propelled beyond hip-hop music and has morphed into a significant lifestyle of its own throughout the decades. The latest fashion trends, brands, careers and nightlife only represent a portion of the urban culture growth. As the industry reaches a brighter era for the countless lyricists, trendsetters, and tastemakers on the rise, only an innovative viral presence will help connect them to the connoisseurs who are immersed in this culture. Enter the trendy and upscale online magazine Coool Flame. Created by former NFL Veteran Cornerback Anthony Henry, Coool Flame is a newly launched online and bi-annual print magazine that takes the “coolest” trends, music, fashion and lifestyle happenings and explore why it’s “hot” thus the play on words of “Coool Flame.” It focuses on a positive and in-depth approach in music & urban life while following the efforts of emerging talents in the industry.  

Coool Flame represents the art of the urban culture and how it has become deeply rooted in the human lifestyles including how the generation dresses, where and how they spend their money, what they drive to how they talk and carry themselves. Inspired by Henry’s passion of urban music and the notion that “life makes music happen,” Coool Flame is here to ignite the flame for urban culture. The NFL veteran was instilled with the love of music since his childhood years as he was surrounded by the Gospel sounds of Shirley Caesar and James Cleveland. As a teen, Henry pursued deejaying where he was influenced by the hip-hop tunes of old school artists Wu Tang Clan, EPMD and Jam Pony Express. Although his career would lead him to professional football, Henry’s flame for music never burned out, hence the birth of Coool Flame. Henry’s objective is not only ignite the flame for the culture by introducing readers to emerging and veteran figures in the industry but to also also give these figures a platform to bring their passion to life through their work and talent.

Grammy Award-Winning Music Producer Bangladesh, is featured on the February 2013 launch cover of Coool Flame’s print and online issue. He is renowned for conceiving hits for the likes of BeyoncĂ©, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, Usher, Rihanna, Lil Wayne & many more. The magazine also contains several editorial categories that feature interviews with music artists, music reviews, independent artist highlights, fashion and technology trends, on the scene video segments, mogul features, brand representatives and much more. Henry will also contribute his thoughts each issue in his section entitled “Letter From the Publisher.”

The launch of Coool Flame marks a special milestone for Henry, the power players and the consumers whose lifestyles are influenced by music, and it’s only a matter of time before Coool Flame becomes a part of music and urban culture history.

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Chaka Khan Featured on Billboard Magazine's First-Ever Augmented Reality Cover on Newsstands March 16

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Ten-Time GRAMMY® Award Winner Celebrates 60th Birthday with Exclusive Events to be Held in
New York, Los Angeles and Miami

The Highly-Anticipated CD The iKhan Project: Alive!
The Commemorative Edition Hits Stores July 2

(Los Angeles, CA - March 14, 2013) - Chaka Khan Enterprises and Management announces today the release of Billboard magazine's Stars Tribute issue, dated March 23, to coincide with the music icon's 60th birthday and the 40th anniversary of her career in music and entertainment. The issue hits newsstands on March 16 and is the first issue published by Billboard magazine that features Augmented Reality--bringing print to life. Printergize is a new and creative way of linking traditional print media with your online marketing efforts. Simply launch the Printergize app, scan the target object and watch the content come to life. Printergize utilizes mobile technologies to interact with consumers in a unique and engaging way. "Chaka has always been an innovator as an artist," says Tammy McCrary of Chaka Khan Management. "In today's market, it is just as important to be innovative technologically. This is why we chose to partner with Printergize."

The cutting edge mobile app will go directly to www.chakakhan.com where Chaka'sBillboard magazine cover image will come to life through the Augmented Reality app. At that moment, you will see Chaka introduce her 100 Days of Chaka campaign, which marks the 100 days from her birthday (March 23) to the anniversary of the release of her first recorded album with Rufus, Rufus (July 1, 1973) 40 years ago. This timeline will highlight daily, a series of historic moments in Chaka's career, mixed with celebratory current events. The 100 Days of Chaka culminates with the release of The iKhan Project: Alive! The Commemorative Edition, in stores July 2.

Chaka's 40th anniversary will include the release of a series of music projects recorded in eight genres including R&B, pop, jazz, gospel, rock, country, classical and dance. The first installment of The iKhan Project: Alive!, which will include a CD and DVD, will be recorded live at the legendary Henson Studios in Los Angeles, where Chaka is one of a few artists in residence that has a recording studio on site. The iKhan Project: Alive! will be recorded the same way Chaka recorded her first album. "I want to experience the magic I felt 40 years ago when I recorded my first record," says Chaka. "The thrill of recording with all the musicians in one room, the interaction with the producer and the spontaneous moments of the experience."

The music icon will celebrate her 60th birthday with three exclusive events held in Los Angeles (March 21), Miami (March 23) and New York (March 26). "I'm excited and looking forward to celebrating my 60th birthday in all the cities I love," says Chaka. "I will also have a rare opportunity to spend time with my old and new friends, business associates and family. I am especially happy about my Billboard Tribute issue; this is the first time in my career that I have been honored in this way."

The 40th anniversary will also include the release of her jazz project, The iKhan Project: Jazz, produced by GRAMMY® award-winning producer Robert Glasper. The album will be released this year on Bluenote Records. During the year-long celebration, Chaka will launch the I'm Every Woman World tour; produce her own television specials; release an updated version of her memoir, Through The Fire; relaunch her website, www.chakakhan.com; relaunch her signature gourmet chocolates, Chakalates and launch her Khana Sutra candles, as well as other exciting surprises.

Her new single, "It's Not Over," featuring GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist LeCrae, is available on iTunes and all other digital retailers. Produced by Theron "Neffu" Feemster, "It's Not Over" includes an urban version and the Papercha$er pop dance remix.

Earlier this month, Chaka was honored at the Rock Art Love Ball, benefitting the Homeless World Cup, held in New York City. Other honorees included Carlos Slim Helu, Lee Daniels, Mel Young, Miri Ben-Ari and Nancy Lublin. On April 19, she will be honored by the Howard Theatre Restoration Gala and Benefit Concert in Washington, DC, along with Dionne Warwick, and Valerie Simpson. The Howard Theatre will also pay tribute to Etta James and the International Sweethearts of Rhythm. Chaka will also perform at the Keep Memory Alive Gala celebrating the 80th birthdays of Quincy Jones and Sir Michael Caine in Las Vegas in April.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Barbara Walters: Joy Behar is leaving and Elisabeth Hasselback is not

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Originally posted on March 11, 2013

Personnel changes on the show itself was the hot topic on "The View" today.

Last Thursday, Joy Behar announced she will not renew her contract with "The View" for the next season.  But, she will remain on the show until August, the conclusion of the current season. According to US Weekly she is leaving after 16 and a half years because she says that amount of time is long enough  to be on a talk show. The 70-year-old veteran co-host is the last original cast member along with its co-creator and Executive Producer, Barbara Walters. Behar also hosts her own show, "Say Anything," on Current TV.

On "The View" today the comedian rattled off the top ten reasons she is departing, all of them riddled with her sarcastic brand of humor.  The number one reason she gave for not returning to the show is that she wants to go a "whole week without putting on a brassiere."


10: "ABC won't let me drink on the air like Hoda and Kathy Lee."
9: "The glare from Bill Geddie's head is giving me migraines."
8: "I have a pathological fear of catching childhood diseases like mumps from Barbara."
No. 7: "Steve (her husband) keeps pressuring me to have a five-way."
No. 6. "The contact high from sitting next to Whoopi keeps giving me the munchies."
No. 5. "I find the constant echo coming from Sherri's cleavage distracting."
4. "My flings with Wolf Blitzer and Regis make a lot of demands on my time."
3. "I'm busy producing a new show for Al Jazeera, 'The Real Housewives of Fallujah County.' "
2. "Like Barbara, I'm developing an unhealthy attraction to Elisabeth."
1. "I finally will have a chance to fulfill my dreams. Going a whole week without putting on a brassiere."

"It is bittersweet" said Walters about Behar's plans to leave.

Hours after word came that Behar would be leaving, a rumor surfaced that co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck would be ousted from the show because viewers were tired of her extremely conservative views.

"There’s a particularly false story that keeps getting picked up about Elisabeth’s alleged departure saying we don’t approve of her conservative views," Walters said. The truth is... we value and appreciate her point of view."

Walters said she likes Elisabeth and her point of view "gives the show to the show depth and balance."  We have no plans for Elisabeth to leave the show."

The Daily News is reporting that Barbara Walters, 83, will step down by the end of the year. Walters has been frequently absent due to her health.  Most recently she was away because she had  Chicken Pox. In 2010, the iconic broadcaster had heart valve replacement surgery.

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