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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Neil Patrick Harris promoted to host 2015 Oscars

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Neil Patrick Harris's performance as the host of the Tonys lands Oscar hosting gig.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – Award-winning star of stage and screen Neil Patrick Harris will host the 87th Oscars®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today.  This will be Harris’ first time hosting the ceremony.   The show will air live on ABC on Oscar® Sunday, February 22, 2015.
"We are thrilled to have Neil host the Oscars," said Zadan and Meron. "We have known him his entire adult life, and we have watched him explode as a great performer in feature films, television and stage.  To work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm, all of his resources and talent coming together on a global stage."
“It is truly an honor and a thrill to be asked to host this year’s Academy Awards.  I grew up watching the Oscars and was always in such awe of some of the greats who hosted the show,” said Harris. “To be asked to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, and everyone else who had the great fortune of hosting is a bucket list dream come true.”

“We share Craig and Neil’s excitement in welcoming the incredibly talented Neil Patrick Harris,” said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President.  “He is the consummate entertainer.  Neil’s distinctive charm and showmanship make him the ideal host to honor the Oscar legacy and ensure we all enjoy another unforgettable celebration.”
“Neil is a terrific actor, singer, risk-taker and collaborator,” said Dawn Hudson, Academy CEO. “We can't wait to see the show that he and Craig and Neil create together.”
“Neil Patrick Harris is highly energetic and a definitive entertainer,” said Paul Lee. “We are thrilled to have him as our 2015 Oscar host.”

A triple-threat performer, Harris has enjoyed a successful career in entertainment.  He can currently be seen starring opposite Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in David Fincher’s critically-acclaimed feature film, “Gone Girl.”  Harris garnered multiple Emmy® and Golden Globe award nominations for his role as Barney Stinson on the hit television series, “How I Met Your Mother,” and he won an Emmy for his guest-starring role on “Glee” in 2010.  He also recently starred in the title role of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” on Broadway, earning the 2014 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.  Harris served as host of the 61st and 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, as well as the 63rd, 65th, 66th and 67th Tony Awards, for which he won four Emmys.  Most recently, Harris added the title of author to his list of accomplishments with the release of his autobiography from Crown Publishing, “Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography.” 
The last two Oscars telecasts, which were produced by Zadan and Meron, received a major spike in the ratings.  The 86th Oscars was TV’s most-watched entertainment event in 10 years and attracted the biggest viewership since 2000, with more than 45 million viewers.  The show resulted in dramatic gains in younger demos and social media conversation, with more than one billion impressions generated on Twitter and 25 million interactions happening on Facebook on Oscar Sunday.  Additionally, the star-studded “selfie” became the most retweeted photo of all time with 32.8 million views.
The Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 4 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

TRAILER: Dear White People

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"Dear White People"  addresses racism among millennials attending  an ivy league college. A bi-racial student radio host, Samantha, tries to  clarify complex in "post racial" America on her show, "Dear White People" before  misunderstandings and tensions come to a head when  African American students on the campus  literally fight back at a stereotype-filled "Black" themed Halloween party put on by White students.  Racial politics play out on a playing field that appears to be level, causing the very definition of racism.  The Justin Simien directed picture has already won four awards before its theater release including the Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Talent at the Sundance Film Festival.  Starring Tyler James Williams ("Everybody Hates Chris")
, Kyle Gallner, and Teyonah Parris, "Dear White People" will be in theaters on October 17, 2014.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

TUNE IN ALERT: BET Hip Hop Awards air tonight featuring a

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2014 marks 20 years since the release of Brandy's debut single, "I Wanna Be Down." BET brought together the female artists that appeared on the remix to the chart-topping hit song. Queen LatifahMc Lyte and YoYo joined Brandy on the stage at the 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards for an outstanding performance celebrating the song. The highly anticipated performance will air tonight on BET at 8P/7C. 

As previously reporteed on The Slice, Uncle Snoop joins Common, Birdman, DJ Premier, DJ Mustard, Rich Homie Quan, Bobby Shmurda, Young Thug, Vince Staples, Jay Electronica, Migos, YG and Rae Sremmurd as confirmed performers for this “Hip Hop Awards.”  BET’s “Real Husband of Hollywood” and Grammy award winning rapper, Nelly and the “first lady” of G.O.O.D Music, Teyana Taylor are confirmed to be presenters.

The “I Am Hip Hop Icon” Award, recognizing legends in hip hop music, returns to honor renowned MC, Doug E. Fresh. As a distinguished beat boxer and rapper, he has redefined hip hop time and time again with notable achievements and all-time classic hits such as “La Di Da Di” and “The Show.”
Doug E. Fresh has served as a forerunner for hip hop culture for a whopping 29 years.  He proved to be a powerful force by 1985, with his dope rhymes, clever lyricism and extraordinary beat boxing skills. Since then, Doug E. Fresh has respectfully been known as “The Human Beat Box” and “The World’s Greatest Entertainer.” Throughout his career, he has pushed boundaries and undoubtedly earned the well-deserving title of a hip hop legend.

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2014 Soul Train Award nominees announced and Wendy Williams is hosting

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CENTRIC has announced the nominees for SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014, which will celebrate and honor R&B’s finest and most soulful artists on November 7, 2014 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.  Hosted by Wendy Williams, this year’s fete will take Vegas by storm with not -to-be missed moments, including unforgettable performances, iconic tributes, and appearances by today’s leading musicians. The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014 will air on CENTRIC and BET on November 30, 2014 at 8PM ET/PT.

SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014 will honor artists in 12 different categories. R&B star Chris Brown leads the pack with seven nominations, including Best R&B/Soul Male Artist, Song of the Year for “Loyal” featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga, and Video of the Year for “New Flame” featuring Usher.  Beyoncé follows with six nominations, including Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, and Pharrell Williams is next in line with five nominations, including Best R&B/Soul Male Artist of the Year.

SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014 is part of Centric’s Soul Train Weekend at the Orleans Hotel & Casino.  The weekend includes the following events:

Thursday, November 6: Kick-Off Reception with meet and greets featuring SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014 and Comedy All Stars Show talent

Friday, November 7: SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014 with host, Wendy Williams

Saturday, November 8: Centric Comedy All Stars Show hosted by Bill Bellamy featuring comedic legends and up and coming stars

Sunday, November 8: Centric Presents: The Soul Train Review, two live musical events with the iconic Kool and the Gang

For additional information and to purchase tickets for all of the exciting events, visit http://www.SoulTrainWeekend.com or call 888-234-2334888-234-2334.

The Soul Train Awards is directed by Tony McCuin and produced by BET Event Productions and Sunseeker Media. Executive producers of the network telecast are as follows: Paxton Baker, Tami Arasli, Derek Lewis from Centric; Bart Phillips from Sunseeker and David Koff and Jerry Letter from Soul Train Holdings.

For show information, please visit BET.com/SoulTrain, the official site for SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014.

And the nominees are. . .

SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014 – Nominees & Categories

Best New Artist
August Alsina
Jhené Aiko
LiV Warfield
Mack Wilds
Nico & Vinz
Sevyn Streeter

Centric Certified Award

Leela James
Luke James
Robert Glasper

Best Gospel/Inspirational Song

Help - Erica Campbell feat. Lecrae
I Can Only Imagine - Tamela Mann
No Greater Love - Smokie Norful
Real Love - Inspired People feat. Charles Jenkins
Say Yes - Michelle Williams feat. Beyoncé & Kelly Rowland
We Are Victorious - Donnie McClurkin feat. Tye Tribbett

Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year

Fancy - Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
Hold On (We’re Going Home) - Drake feat. Majid Jordan
Loyal - Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Tyga
No Mediocre - T.I. feat. Iggy Azalea
Pills N Potions - Nicki Minaj
Studio - ScHoolboy Q feat. BJ the Chicago Kid

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist

Janelle Monaé
Jennifer Hudson
Jhené Aiko
Marsha Ambrosius

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist

Chris Brown
John Legend
Pharrell Williams
Trey Songz

Album of the Year
Beyoncé - Beyoncé
G I R L - Pharrell Williams
Love In The Future - John Legend
Nothing Was The Same - Drake
The Electric Lady - Janelle Monaé
Xscape - Michael Jackson

Song of the Year

All of Me - John Legend
Drunk In Love - Beyoncé feat. Jay Z
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Hold On (We’re Going Home) - Drake feat. Majid Jordan
Love Never Felt So Good - Michael Jackson feat. Justin Timberlake
Loyal - Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne and Tyga

The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award

All Of Me – John Legend (Toby Gad, John Stephens, Dave Tozer)
Happy – Pharrell Williams (Pharrell Williams)
Pretty Hurts – Beyoncé (Joshua Coleman, Sia Fuller, Beyoncé Knowles)
Stay With Me – Sam Smith (Steve Fitzmaurice, James Napier, William Phillips, Sam Smith)
The Man –Aloe Blacc (Khalil Abdul-Rahman, Sam Barsh, Aloe Blacc, Elton John, Daniel Seeff, Bernie Taupin)
The Worst – Jhené Aiko (Jhené Aiko Chilombo, Mac Robinson, Brian Warfield)

Best Dance Performance

2 On - Tinashe feat. ScHoolboy Q
Electric Lady - Janelle Monáe
Good Kisser - Usher
Loyal - Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Tyga
Talk Dirty - Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz
Turn Down for What - DJ Snake & Lil Jon

Best Collaboration

Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Tyga - Loyal
Chris Brown feat. Usher & Rick Ross - New Flame
Janelle Monaé feat. Miguel - Primetime
Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake - Love Never Felt So Good
Robert Glasper feat. Jill Scott - Calls
Toni Braxton & Babyface - Hurt You

Video of the Year
Drunk In Love - Beyoncé feat. Jay Z (Hype Williams)
Good Kisser – Usher (Christopher Sims)
Happy - Pharrell Williams (We are from L.A.)
New Flame - Chris Brown feat. Usher (Breezy & Mike Ho)
The Man - Aloe Blacc (Matty Barnes)
The Worst - Jhené Aiko (Danny Williams)

Best International Performance
Davido - Aye
Machel Montano - Ministry Of Road (M.O.R.)
Nico & Vinz - Am I Wrong
Sam Smith - Stay With Me
Shaggy feat. Ne-Yo – You Girl
Ziggy Marley - I Don’t’ Want To Live On Mars

Best Traditional Jazz Performance (CENTRICTV.com)
Audra McDonald - What a Little Moonlight Can Do
Gregory Porter - Hey Laura
Kenny Garrett - Pushing the World Away
Monty Alexander - Concierto de Aranjuez
Wynton Marsalis - Flee As A Bird To The Mountain (Live)

Best Contemporary Jazz Performance
LiV Warfield- Stay- Soul Lifted
Najee feat. Meli'sa Morgan - In The Mood To Take It Slow
Robert Glasper feat. Jill Scott - Calls
Snarky Puppy - Lingus (We Like It Here)
Terrace Martin feat. Robert Glasper - It’s Yours
Vandell Andrew - Let’s Ride

Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance

Joe feat. Kelly Rowland - Love & Sex Pt. 2
Kelly Price - It’s My Time
LiV Warfield - Why Do You Lie?
Sebastian Mikael feat. Wale - Last Night
Shaliek - The Past
Terrace Martin feat. Tye Dolla $ign, Tone Trezure - You’re The One

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