• 01:26

    Will Downing joins host Choc'Let, LIVE on "Everybody is a Star"

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    Brooklyn-native Will Downing has cultivated a faithful audience worldwide with his sonorous baritone voice, gallant charm, easygoing sense of humor and sincerely engaging stage presence. He is also often called upon as a featured special guest on recordings and in concert with peers such as Bob Baldwin, Gary Taylor, Jonathan Butler, Maysa, Chante’ Moore, Brian Culbertson and Marion Meadows. His 1992 duet “Nothing Has Ever Felt Like This” with Rachelle Ferrell is among the most dynamic, sophisticated jazzy soul pairings of all time. This year he placed lucky #21 out of 100 on respected international music website Soul Tracks’ “Greatest Male Soul Singers of All-Time” poll.


    Beyond the music, Downing is a published photographer with one coffee table book, “Unveiled Series I” (2005) and a follow-up soon to come. He is a passionate and purposed spokesperson for the American Stroke Association, often hosting a charity bowling event of his creation, “Strike Against Stroke,” to raise funds towards awareness and education in the disproportionately affected African American community. The American Heart Association officially recognizes Downing as a Celebrity Ambassador. Closer to home, Downing battled and beat the chronic muscle inflammation disease polymiositis over the course of several years, beginning in December 2006 – a hard-won triumph that has given him a new lease and outlook on life.


     

  • 01:27
  • 01:18

    Join Choc'let w/Rustee Allen bass player w/Sly Stone on Everybody is a Star

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    Rustee Allen is best known as the bass player for the influential funk band Sly and the Family Stone from 1972 to 1975. Allen replaced founding Family Stone member Larry Graham.

  • 01:08

    Kathy "We Are Family" Sledge joins Choc'Let -Season Opener-Everybody is a Star

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    Kathy Sledge is a Renaissance woman — a singer, songwriter, author, producer, manager, and Grammynominated
    music icon whose boundless creativity and passion has garnered praise from critics and a
    legion of fans from all over the world. Her artistic triumphs encompass chart-topping hits, platinum
    albums, and successful forays into several genres of popular music. Through her multi-faceted solo
    career and her legacy as an original vocalist in the group Sister Sledge, which included her lead vocals on
    worldwide anthems like "We Are Family" and "He's the Greatest Dancer," she's inspired millions of
    listeners across all generations. Kathy is currently traversing new terrain with her critically acclaimed show
    The Brighter Side of Day: A Tribute to Billie Holiday plus studio projects that span elements of R&B, rock,
    and EDM. Indeed, Kathy's reached a fascinating juncture in her journey.

  • 02:02

    JOIN CHOC'LET LIVE W/ RICHARD LAWSON!!!!

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    JOIN CHOC'LET LIVE W/ RICHARD LAWSON!!!!
    CAN YOU SAY ACTOR? HOW 'BOUT: POLTERGEIST, ALL MY CHILDREN, HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK, CHICAGO STORY (I DON'T EVEN HAVE ENOUGH SPACE TO KEEP GOING....)
    ANNNNND HE'S A GOT A MASTER'S IN FONKOLOGY!


    Richard Lawson has had a long and distinguished career wearing a variety of hats in show business.  He is an actor, director, choreographer, teacher and writer.

  • 02:19

    Join Choc'Let with and co-host, D. J. JOHN ELLISON!

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    Ellison, who is a Broadcaster, Musician and now Podcaster/Blogger in this New Media space is enthusiastic about his latest undertaking. "The Internet is the last frontier to create, and build a platform for Information, Entertainment, and Education".


     


    For content creators, "The Sky's the limit", he continues. "It's a  platform to talk about the genre of music I love, my life's experiences as a concert-going fan and my encounters with various artists when I worked in terrestrial Broadcast Radio as an On-Air-Talent".


     


    "The show gives me the freedom to create intriguing, long form episodic programming with no strings attached. The show is a mix of reviews, interviews,  multi-person discussions and remembrances".

  • 02:42

    Rosa Lee Brooks joins CHOC'LET in a bEarthday tribute to JIMI HENDRIX!!!!!!

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    This show is a birthday tribute for Jimi Hendrix with a special lady of his, Rosa Lee Brooks.


    Rosa Lee Brooks is a Soul/Blues singer and performer who recorded two songs in 1965 "MY DIARY" and "UTEE" with a young and unknown Jimi Hendrix on guitar. 
    Rosa continues to keep Jimi's legacy alive. Hear her story!!!

  • 02:41

    A TRIBUTE TO "SLICK" RICK JAMES-JOIN CHOC'LET W/"THE ORIGINAL STONE CITY BAND!

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    Grammy and American Music Award Winning… Platinum and Gold Record Producing… Considered by many of their peers, as being one of the greatest live performing Funk/Rock Bands to ever hit a stage!
     
    Formed in 1978, by The King of Punk Funk, Rick James, The Original Sto...ne City Band served as Rick's exclusive recording and touring band from the beginning and through the height of his career. They were responsible for cranking out the memorable sounds to timeless hits such as “You and I”, “Super Freak”, “Mary Jane”, “Bustin’ Out”, “Ghetto Life”, “Fire and Desire”, The Temptations’ “Standing on the Top”, The Mary Jane Girls’ “All Night Long”, “Boys”, “In My House” and many, many more. 
     
    This legendary band not only have released their own albums under Motown's Gordy Label, but for more than two decades, have provided the sounds that have been heard on recordings and tours with Rick James, MC Hammer, Teena Marie, The Temptations, Eddie Murphy, The Mary Jane Girls, Smokey Robinson, New Edition and Bobby Brown just to name a few. 
     
    Their musical performances can be seen on The Grammy’s, The American Music and Soul Train Awards, as well as appearances on the Arsenio Hall, Tonight with Jay Leno and Lopez Tonight Shows, Saturday Night Live, Dick Clark's Rockin New Years Eve, and many more. Countless samplings are used by many of today’s Hip Hop artists. On any given day, you can watch a TV commercial or listen to your Radio and you will hear that distinctive signature sound of Rick James’ Original Stone City Band. …Pulsating bass lines and irresistible rhythms!! 

  • 02:33

    Eddie Lanier joins Choc'Let to lay down REAL FUNK!!

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    Eddie Lanier was born in New Jersey, home to funk giants Parliament-Funkadelic and Kool N The Gang, but it was Sly & The Family Stone that turned me out and made me a funkateer for life. Bought my first guitar after hearing Sex Machine. Played guitar with a high school rock band that did a few SATFS songs. Later played in the back-up band for some singers in an organization run by Martha Taylor (wife of Richard Taylor singer with The Manhattans). Many of those musicians went on to work with Kool N The Gang. 


    Maintained my love for SATFS and all related music throughout all these years. Throughout those years, I met and became friends with many of the original Family Stoners. For the last ten years or so, I frequently hook up with them mostly at the east coast shows. 


    These days, I run the Sly & The Family Stone FB page which now has over 5000 members as well as the current Family Stone FB page.


    I am associate producer for the upcoming Sly & The Family Stone Convention in Oakland.



    Keeping the legacy of Sly & The Family Stone legacy alive...forever!

  • 02:03

    DOUBLE HEADER!!! JOIN CHOC'LET LIVE W/ BARRY JACKSON and GRADY HARRELL!!!

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    FONK ALERT!!!! "EVERYBODY IS A STAR" LIVE ON TRIBE!!!!
    FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2014 @ 8PM PST/11 PM EST
    DOUBLE HEADER!!! JOIN CHOC'LET LIVE W/ BARRY JACKSON
    FROM THE TUESDAY MIDDAY MEDLEY - 90.1 FM KKFI 
    KANSAS CITY N THE HOUSE WIT THE FONK!!
    AAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNDDDDDD......
    GRADY HARRELL!!! SINGER/ACTOR/ENTERTAINER SUPREME
    HE PLAYED THE HECK OUTTA JACKIE WILSON IN THE MOVIE, 
    "THE JACKSONS: AN AMERICAN DREAM" 
    To listen in, go to: TribeFamilyChannel.com and click on
    "Everybody is a Star" OR call: 347-539-5285
    Don't be shy! Call in @ 347-539-5285 and chop it up.
    We would love to hear from you!
    Party ovah dis sway!!!! Y'all know what this is....B THERE!!

  • 01:50

    Everybody is a Star hosted by CHOC'LET LIVE W/ LARRY BATISTE

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    JOIN CHOC'LET LIVE W/ LARRY BATISTE!!!
    BAY AREA'S FINEST...ENTERTAINER, PRODUCER, SONGWRITER, ARRANGER, DIRECTOR!
    AWARDED THE "KEYS" AND "LARRY BATISTE DAY" IN BOTH OAKLAND AND SAN FRANCISCO! IF YOU DIDN'T KNOW, NOW YOU KNOW.


    Larry Batiste’s career in the entertainment industry spans over 30 years.  He has worked with some of the most successful new, and legendary artists of all time.   Whether it is music production, songwriting, recording sessions, performance, education, or musical directing the GRAMMY Awards Pre-Telecast or TEC Awards at NAMM, his talent for understanding and working in all genre’s of music makes him an asset in almost any musical situation.   Batiste’s musical associations read like a “who’s who” of the entertainment industry.  His recording career started when he joined the group Bill Summers & Summers Heat. 

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