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Cedric the Entertainer to Host Soul Train Awards

NEW YORK, Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CENTRIC announces the 3rd annual SOUL TRAIN AWARDS, the classic music awards show that highlights R&B music's finest and bridges the gap between the soulful sounds of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Celebrated actor and stand-up comedian Cedric the Entertainer will host the 3rd annual SOUL TRAINAWARDS, taping at the iconic Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA on Thursday, November 17 and premiering on both CENTRIC and BET in a special simulcast at 9:00 PM* ET on Sunday, November 27.

Celebrating 40 years, the 3rd annual SOUL TRAIN AWARDS  will honor the longstanding careers and musical influences of the renownedgroup Earth, Wind, and Fire and "Empress of Soul" Gladys Knight.
"We are honored to be celebrating 40 years of Soul Train by bringing the SOUL TRAIN AWARDSback to CENTRIC," stated Paxton Baker, CENTRIC's General Manager and Executive Vice President. "The Soul Train brand has played a fundamental role in shaping Ame…

Mathew Knowles' Music World Music Presents A TWIST OF JAZZ

CD Features Chaka Khan, Anna Wilson, and Suzy Bogguss Available at Online Retail Outlets on October 4
(Houston, TX - October 3, 2011) - Mathew Knowles' Music World Music Presents A Twist of Jazz, a collection of songs featuring Chaka Khan, Anna Wilson and Suzy Bogguss. The three featured artists bring R&B, Pop and Country influences to jazz songs and American standards to create a whole new genre-bending sound. The CD features both new songs and previously recorded classics. It will be released in digital form only and is available at iTunes, and other online music retailers everywhere.
"I'm excited about the release of this CD because it offers listeners the opportunity to both hear some of their favorite artists performing in ways they may not have heard them before, and it offers listeners an opportunity to experience music that may not be a part of their regular musical repertoire," said Mathew Knowles, founder, President and CEO of Music World Enterta…

Seriously?!-Obama Fried Chicken in China

buzzz worthy. . .

FILE UNDER SMH: We've barely gotten pass the racial epithets about Black folks, monkeys, watermelon, and chicken that popped up during the last presidential election in America, as the Chinese are taking racial stereotyping to another ridiculous dimension and  using the POTUS to do so.

President Obama (or someone who is his spitting image with squinted eyes) is the face of a chicken restaurant patterned after KFC over in China called OFC (Obama Fried Chicken).  The sign shows an Obama like caricature dressed as Col. Sanders, the original KFC logo.

The restaurant in China is not alone in the misuse of Obama's image to advertise.  KFC ran ads using an Obama look alike in Hong Kong earlier this year.  Across the shores, right here on American soil an OFC (unrelated to the one in China) was opened in Brooklyn in 2009.  Al Sharpton led a protest for the owner to change to name, which was previously Royal Fried Chicken according to the New York Times.  At the time …

First Magazine to Showcase African-Americans in Food, Wine and Travel Makes Its Debut in Print

After years of planning and months of anticipation, V. Sheree Publishing announced the premiere print issue of Cuisine Noir, the first magazine to showcase African-Americans in food, wine and travel.

Chef Tre Wilcox from Bravo’s “Top Chef” and Marquee Grill & Bar in Dallas reconnected with Cuisine Noir after being the first online feature story in 2007 when the magazine originally launched before changing ownership and re-launching under V. Sheree Publishing in 2009.  Readers will enjoy an in-depth look into Wilcox’s career and rise to the top.
Cuisine Noir was founded by Richard Pannell who noticed a lack of African-American chefs in mainstream food and wine magazines.  Deciding to do something about it, he started to print Black Cuisine in 1998 as an insert in the Los Angeles Watts Times. When the insert was no longer an option, he continued to shop the concept around and soon changed the name to Cuisine Noir and pitched it to Sheree Williams in 2007 who came on board and helped …

Jeff Majors Homeless Tour Kicks Off Oct. 14

Special Concert Will Feature Majors Alongside Gospel Legend Vickie Winans  and Urban Gospel Artist Swoop Brown
Inspirational Jazz/Gospel harpist, Jeff Majors, is bringing his 6th Annual National Tour for the Homeless to the Israel Baptist Church in Baltimore, MDon Friday, October 14th @ 7:00 p.m.  for a concert featuring his musical ensemble, gospel music’s Hardest Working Woman, Vickie Winans, and Urban Gospel Vocalist, Swoop Brown, who is currently making noise with his hit “Praise You.” Over the last few years, Majors’ non-profit organization, The Network of Doves, has partnered with churches and social service organizations to raise awareness of homelessness and to provide food, blankets and other necessities for the needy in these communities across the country.

A Washington, D.C. native, Majors was raised in a musical household with his…

Bieber and Boys II Men to Collaborate

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Four years, tons of awards and a legion of swooning school-girl-aged fans later,  You Tube phenom Justin Bieber's dreams are still coming true.  Bieber announced via a tweet last month that he will be collaborating  on his upcoming Christmas album ("Under the Mistletoe" scheduled for release on Nov. 1) with Boys II Men, the guy group that influenced him to sing.

“2day i woke up and realized that the group that made me want to sing @BoyzIIMen are now on the christmas album singing with me. #DREAMBIG,” Bieber wrote on twitter on Tuesday. “i used 2 listen to their music and practice the runs. that is how i learned how to sing. now im in the studio with them making music telling you…never say never…never stop dreaming….never give up,” he added. “#DREAMBIG. @BoyzIIMen Im honored and blessed. thank u.”
Bieber has already had studio time with the fellas.  In the meantime,  the Island Records artist is touring in Mexico. Also, following in the foot-st…

Bishop Eddie Long Wants His Money Back!

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The Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) reports that Bishop Eddie Long, the Atlanta pastor who settled a sexual coercion case out of court, says he wants his money back.   Attorneys representing Long from Drew Eckl & Farnham wrote a letter to three of the five men involved in the case -- Jamal Parris, Spencer LeGrande and Centino Kemp -- asking for $900,000 of the total pay out alleging the young men violated terms of a confidentiality agreement with Long and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.  Two of the accusers, Parris, 24 and LeGrande, 23 expressed their feelings about Long on a Florida news station and were interviewed by the AJC in August. Parris said he plans to release a book. 

Kemp emerged as the fifth accuser later.  In late May, Kemp wrote on his Facebook page, "I may be bad but I got paid perfectly good for it." He has co-authored a book with T. Benson Glover entitled "The First Lady." 

The terms of the initial confidentiality a…