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  • 02:00

    JOHNNY KING - EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW - TUE, JUNE 23, 2015 - 7:00 PM PST

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    It would seem that Johnny King came out of nowhere but, in fact, he comes from music royalty. Born in the Bronx, his multi-talented family has given the entertainment world his big sister R&B/Disco Diva Evelyn "Champagne" King. His great Uncle Avon Long is credited with truly discovering Lena Horne and bringing to life the character "Sportin' Life" in Porgy and Bess. His mother and father successfully developed and co-managed musicians and groups. It wasn't unusual for Johnny to come home from school and see famous musicians at his kitchen table. Growing up surrounded by music, he taught himself to play several instruments at a young age. It seems natural that, as his mother said; Johnny would "make his mark on the music world one day".

    With the release of his debut album "All About Me", writer /singer/producer/musician Johnny King intends to carve out his own niche in a market inundated with scores of cookie cutter songs driven by computerized, techno-driven sampled grooves. This album is reminiscent of a time when music was actually made, not programmed. All tracks are written, composed, produced and performed by Johnny King. All of the instruments are recorded live and are all played by Johnny--guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards. The lush background harmonies are all Johnny. In fact, there is not another human being on this album. Johnny wanted his debut effort to truly represent who he is--thus the album title and theme "All About Me" was formed. The entire album was recorded by Johnny in his home studio and released under his own record label, Like A Duck Music, LLC.

     

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    Jonelle Allen - Exclusive Interview - Thurs, June 18, 2015 - 5:00 pm PST

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    Jonelle Allen is an American actress, singer, and dancer.


    Born in New York City, Allen grew up in Harlem's Sugar Hill in a neighborhood that included Duke Ellington, Sonny Rollins, and Johnny Hodges, and NAACP founder Walter White. She made her Broadway debut at the age of six in The Wisteria Trees, Joshua Logan's Americanized adaptation of The Cherry Orchard starring Helen Hayes. As a child, she also made regular appearances on a local children's television series, The Merry Mailman, hosted by Ray Heatherton.


    Allen returned to Broadway for a revival of Finian's Rainbow. She was in the cast of the original off-Broadway production of Hair at Joseph Papp's Public Theater and also appeared in George M! before receiving critical acclaim and a Tony Award nomination for Two Gentlemen of Verona, which earned her New York Drama Critics' Circle, Drama Desk, Theatre World, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance. Despite her success, it proved to be her last Broadway appearance to date.


    Allen's film credits include Cotton Comes to Harlem, The Hotel New Hampshire, and The River Niger, for which she won an NAACP Image Award. Other television appearances include Barney Miller, The Love Boat, All in the Family, Trapper John, M.D., Hill Street Blues, Cagney and Lacey, ER, and Girlfriends. She played a lesbian prison inmate in the 1975 television movie Cage Without a Key, which starred Susan Dey.


    Her most notable roles are Grace, the entrepreneurial cafe owner in the old west, that she played for seven years on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, as well as the flamboyant and outspoken Doreen Jackson on the NBC soap opera, Generations and Lucinda Cavender, the vampire witch in the horror comedy film The Midnight Hour. Before her role of Doreen on Generations, Jonelle played ambitious salesgirl turned boutique manager Stacey Russell, on the short-lived primetime soap, Berrenger's.

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    DREAD ARCHIE - EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW - TUES, JUNE 16, 2015 - 7:00 pm PST

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    Dread Archie Jr. is an actor, known for Off the Hook (1999), Colorz of Rage (1999) andScratch (2001).He is a stand-up comedian.

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    JON JON / TROOP - EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW - WED, JUNE 10, 2015 - 5:00 PM PST

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    Jon Jon Harreld aka Jon Jon of the popular R&B group Troop at the age of six start singing gospel with his mother brother and sister in churches where he grew up which was located in the city of Pasadena, California. His desire for music did not stop there as he quickly became obsessed with playing the bongos drums and start playing for the congregation at the tender age of 8. Even though Jon Jon is already an accomplished entertainer with a powerful voice which is constantly compare to R&B / pop legends like Teddy Pendergrass, Luther Vandross, Michael McDonald and Philip Bailey, he knows doing music the way God gives it to him is important. But he also wants to make sure that his fans know how important they are to Troops success as well as his own. Musically, Jon Jon has work and challenge himself by getting deeper involved in writing and producing side of the business . On the opposite end of the entertaining world, his talent as an actor have emerged by appearing as a extra on they hit motion picture "Coming to America" starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall in 1990. Jon Jon has also performed as an actor in a play called Treat her like a lady which was directed by Roy Fegan. Troop accompanied him on the set of New Jack City starring Wesley Snipes and Ice T

  • 00:29

    RAINERE MARTIN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW - THUR, JUNE 4 2015 - 6:00 pm PST

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    RAINERE MARTIN         -             DONNA SUMMER


     


    Blessed by God with the gift of voice and a grandmother who filled her heart with beautiful songs, Rainere learned at an early age that she could use her voice to lift a soul and bring joy to all who hear her sing. With an early focus on R&B ballads, an appreciation for the art and craft of performers of all eras, and a desire to find her right niche, Rainere’s early explorations had her performing in theater, music videos, motion pictures, TV, and becoming a sought after entertainer for a variety of social and corporate events, with her appearance on the Nationwide TV show Showtime At The Apollo in New York City earning her a standing ovation. And while all the opportunities fulfilled her desire to delight audiences with song and passionate performance, it was the musical pulse of the 70’s and the era’s great headliner Donna Summer that stuck in her memory. Rainere explains, “It was a realization that I just didn’t sing Donna’s songs, I felt them. They were so deeply inside me that I knew I could honor her and all the good she did by re-creating her presence for audiences who remember how great she and her contributions were to all of us!”. This led to Rainere developing and presenting legend shows featuring many of Donna’s favorites to audiences small and large, with the gold ring being recognized by audiences as being worthy of portraying Donna Summer in the “Legends in Concert” series. Her performances to date have been electrifying audiences with her uncanny resemblance to Donna’s style, grace, energy, and of course, voice.


     


     

  • 00:34

    Tommy Odom - Exclusive Interview - Thur, June 4 2015 - 5:00 pm PST

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    TOMMY “O” HAS BEEN KNOWN IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY FOR MANY YEARS. STARTING IN MEAGER BEGININGS WITH A SET OF DRUMS GIVEN TO HIM AS A CHRISTMAS GIFT FROM HIS PARENTS FOUND HIMSELF WITHIN THREE MONTHS IN THE FRONT OF AN AUDIENCE OF THOUSANDS PLAYING DRUMS FOR REV.IKE .IT WAS THEN THAT TOMMY O KNEW HE WAS GIVEN SOME SPECIAL GIFTS. AS TIME PAST ON TOMMY BEGAN PERFECTING HIS TALENTS IN DRUMS, PERCUSSION AND SINGING WITH A LOT OF VERY TALENTED PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNTY OF ENTERTAINERS THAT LEAD TO SOME VERY REWARDING AFFILIATIONS. TOMMY O HAS BEEN ON VARIOUS T.V SHOWS: MIKE DOUGLAS SHOW (1974) MERV GRIFFIN (1975) TALK SHOW WITH RICHARD BEY (1986)  BOBBY JONES GOSPEL SHOW 2011.TOMMY O’s MOVIE CREDITS INCLUDE: THE HOSPITAL, ACROSS 110TH STREET, COTTON COMES TO HARLEM LELAH TOURED WITH: THE DRIFTERS, THE MOMENTS, PIKE AND EVELYN “CHAMPAGNE” KING TOURS INCLUDE: GERMANY, FRANCE, ENGLAND, THE NETHERLANDS, JAPAN, AUSTRALIA ITALY AND THE USA OPENING ACT FOR ARTIST: RICK JAMES,LUTHER VANDROSS,CAMEO,KOOL AND THE GANG,THE DAZZ BAND,LELO THOMAS,GEORGE CLINTON,FRANKIE BEVERLY TOMMY “O” HAS RECORDED WITH NUMEROUS ARTISTS THROUGH HIS CAREER AND HAS BEEN AN ASSET IN ALL OCCASIONS. TO SEE TOMMY O ON STAGE IS AN OVERWHELMING EXPERIENCE, THE DRIVE, THE ENERGY AND THE COMMITMENT TO HIS CRAFT, ONE CAN ONLY REALIZE THE YEARS OF EXPERIENCE HAS TRULY PAID OFF.


    MORE RECENTLY HE HAS BEEN A PRAISE AND WORSHIP LEADER AT RIVERS OF LIVING WATERS MINISTRY FOR ELEVEN YEARS. HE ALSO FUNCTIONS AS A MINISTER WITH THE REBIRTH OF PRAISE OUTREACH  WHICH HE AND HIS WIFE HAVE BEEN SPEARHEADING FOR THE LAST SIX YEARS GOING INTO NURSING HOMES WITH MUSIC AND UPLIFTING MESSAGE OF HOPE ABOUT JESUS CHRIST.


    AS A SONGWRITER HE HAS TWO SINGLES ALREADY ON THE MARKET ENTITLED "GOD'S GOT A BLESSING" AND "STRONGER THAN U ARE" WHICH ARE SOLD ON CDBABY,ITUNES,AMAZON AND RHAPSODY.


     


     

  • 02:07

    Diane Latiker & Bill Duke - Exclusive Interview- Thur, May 28, 2015 - 6pm PST

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    KIDS OF THE BLOCK, INC. (KOB) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit incorporated in the state of Illinois. Founded in 2003 by Diane Latiker, she opened her home to youth in her community to help them steer away from the negative influences they saw daily. KOB, has it is known, began to work with youth, teens, and young adults ages 12-24 years old. After speaking with the young people about their issues and concerns, she offered them homework help, mentoring, activities and a "safe place". Her work with youth emphasized self-development that would lead to change. Through individual meetings and group discussions new recruits were encouraged to assess their current situation, identify skills and a knowledge base needed to achieve the goals they have targeted. Starting out with ten youth from the neighborhood, almost 12 years later, KOB has serviced over 2,000 participants since it's inception.  


     


    The “at-risk” youth are involved in Health Workshops, Cultural Events, Educational Tutoring and celebrations in their honor for achievements and participation.  The density and variety of programming invites these youngsters to come “off the streets” and become engaged in events that are conducted in a safe and caring environment.


     


    The organization’s key objectives are:



    To create a positive environment where youth can feel free to be creative;

    To provide exposure to other cultures, ethnic groups, communities, and activities;

    To work with each youth as an individual to promote continued positive development;

    To cultivate skills and meet the needs of the young people we serve;

    To celebrate their accomplishments.


     


     

  • 01:03

    Ernest Thomas - Exclusive Interview - Thur, May 21, 2015 - 5:00pm PST

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    Ernest Lee Thomas (born March 26, 1949) is an American actor. He was born in Gary, Indiana. He is best known for his role as Roger "Raj" Thomas on the 1970s ABC sitcom What's Happening!!, and its 1980s syndicated sequel, What's Happening Now!!, and for his recurring role as Mr. Omar on Everybody Hates Chris.Thomas began his professional acting career as a Broadway actor, appearing in the 1974 revival production of Love for Love and in the 1975 revival of The Member of the Wedding. Both shows starred actress Glenn Close. Shortly after he moved to LA to pursue a career as a TV/film actor. In the fall of 1975 he received a role on an episode of The Jeffersons. It was during the taping of the show that he learned of an audition for the upcoming comedy sitcom What's Happening!!, loosely based on the 1975 film Cooley High. He eventually went on to win the role of Roger "Raj" Thomas on the show, which aired from 1976 to 1979.


     


    During the show's run, Thomas was involved in other acting film and TV projects including Baretta, Roots, The Brady Bunch Hour and the film A Piece of the Action starring Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby. Though the series rated well, What's Happening!! was cancelled after its third season in the early spring of 1979.

  • 02:00

    SURFACE - EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW - TUE, MAY 12, 2015 - 7pm PST

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    Now based in Aurora, Colorado, Conley is gearing up to follow the release with the June 1st full album launch. He states, "Because of my past music I still wanted to keep things pretty much close to the Surface in doing this record. So that's kind of what you should be expecting...  Not a lot is new under the sun but I just took the old and blended it with the new to bring you what we have."Having also produced and written for major artists such as Aretha Franklin, Stanley Jordon, George Benson, and other notables like VictoriaBeckham and  Damon Dash, Conley reenters the R&B world as an industry veteran ready to connect with fresh listeners-worldwide.


     


    ABOUT SURFACE:


    Surface landed a record deal with Columbia and released their debut album in 1986. The album peaked at #55 on the Billboard 200 and #11 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. In 1989, Surface released their second album, "2nd Wave" which peaked at #56 on the Billboard 200 and #5 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA. The single "Shower Me With Your Love" peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, and became Surface's second #1 R&B hit single Gold , topping Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for a week in July 1989, staying on the chart for 20 weeks. Following up with a gold single called "The First Time" #1 on Billboard's R&B, Billboard Adult Contemporary and Billboard's Hot charts.


     

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    VERNON SAWYER-EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW-THUR, MAY 14, 2015 - 7PM PST

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    Blue Magic is an American R&B/soul music group, and one of the most popular Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970s. Founded in 1972, the group's original members included lead singer Ted Mills with Vernon Sawyer, Wendell Sawyer, Keith Beaton, and Richard Pratt. Their most notable songs included smooth soul ballads such as "Sideshow", "Spell", "What’s Come Over Me", "Three Ring Circus" and "Stop to Start."


    Blue Magic was formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1972 when former member of The Delfonics Randy Cain brought in singer-songwriter Ted Mills to do some writing with the Philly-based WMOT production company to create a new band. A short time later the group Shades of Love, featuring Keith Beaton, Richard Pratt, Vernon Sawyer and his brother Wendell, came in to audition. (According to Marc Taylor in his book 'A Touch of Classic Soul of the Early 1970s',[1] "although the group performed admirably, they lacked a standout lead singer".) The execs decided to replace the Toppicks, the act Mills recorded with. They inserted Shades of Love (which they owned contractually) with Ted Mills and retitled the group Blue Magic. They were signed with Atco Records through WMOT in the same year.