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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.
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.
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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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', "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.
Most was born in Brooklyn, New York. Most lived in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from Erasmus Hall High School in 1970. He attended Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, but dropped out before his senior year and moved to California to pursue acting full-time.Following his role as a regular cast member on Happy Days, Most has appeared in other film and television work. Film credits include EDtv (1999), Planting Melvin (2005) and The Great Buck Howard (2008). He also made guest appearances on many TV shows, including CHiPs, Baywatch, The Love Boat, Sliders, Star Trek: Voyager, Diagnosis: Murder and Glee. He also made an appearance on Charles in Charge, alongside his former Happy Days co-star, Scott Baio. He plays a man who has just won the lottery, and as part of the cameo joke, runs up to Scott Baio and waving the winning ticket shouts, "It looks like Happy Days are here again!" He also receives several looks from Scott Baio that suggests familiarity throughout the episode. He is sometimes credited as "Donny Most."Most performed as a voice actor on several Saturday morning cartoon series. Among these roles were: Ralph Malph on The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang (1980); Eric the Cavalier in Dungeons & Dragons (1983); and Stiles on Teen Wolf (1986–1989). Most had a cameo as himself in the fifth season Family Guy episode "It Takes a Village Idiot, and I Married One" in 2007.
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Lloyd Parks is an American R&B/soul singer born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is an original member of the Grammy-Nominated Philadelphia International Records group Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes.Lloyd is noted for his high tenor and falsetto vocal leads and harmonies. He is also a founding member of The Epsilons who backed Arthur Conley on his Atco Records hit single Sweet Soul Music. He is also the sole surviving original Blue Note.Parks started his career in music in the mid-1960s performing with various local Philadelphia vocal groups including the Emanons who hit with "One Heart" on "Phila Of Soul" Records. He later merged with friends Gene McFadden and John Whitehead to form the Epsilons. The group was managed by Soul Singer Otis Redding and were soon signed to the Stax Records label. They toured for two years with Redding and backed label mate Arthur Conley on his 1967 recording "Sweet Soul Music." The single reached No.2 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard R&B charts. The following year the Epsilons a quintet that included Allen Beatty and James Knight released "The Echo." The group disbanded following the tragic death of their mentor Otis Redding. Parks joined another local act The Broadway Express while McFadden and Whitehead reformed The Epsilons as the group Talk of The Town.
Drew Fraser begain his career in Boston, Massachusetts at the world's famous "Nick's Comedy Stop." He later moved to New York City where his career took off. His first television appearance was on "Showtime At The Apollo". Since then, Drew Fraser has been seen on Russell Simmons' "Def Comedy Jam", "BET Comic View" and has made performances all over the world, including London, Holland, Bermuda, and Australia. Drew Fraser also have several music videos to add to his list of performance credits.
Drew Fraser has received numerous awards for his stand-up acts, including the "New York City's Funniest Male Comedian" award in 1996. In 1999, Drew Fraser won honors in third place a the Urban Comedy Awards as well as performing at The Melbourne Comedy Festival in Australia.
Drew Fraser currently hosts "Amatuer Night" at the world's famous Apollo Theater in New York City. He also does the "Warm-Up" for one the world's top talk shows, "The Queen Latifah Show".
Drew Fraser has the ability to perform for any group regardless of race or age.
Wayne began his comedy career in 1998, and quickly established a reputation as one of the city's most outrageous young performers. A 2004 shooting left Wayne paralyzed from the waist down, but he returned to the stage, and continues to crack up audiences around the Bay Area and beyond. In 2011, Wayne won the Bay Area Black Comedy Competition and the Central Valley Comedy Competition, and he's opened for comedy stars including D.L. Hughley and Katt Williams.First time Bay Area Music Awards Next Rising Star
2nd Place Shades of Laughs Comedy Competition 2011
Semi-Finalist San Francisco International Comedy Competition 2010
3 Time Champion Sacramento Black Expo
Alicia Michelle "Miki" Howard (born September 30, 1960) is an American R&B/jazz singer and actress who had a string of Top 10 hit songs in the late-1980s and early-1990s, including "Baby, Be Mine", "Come Share My Love" and "Love Under New Management". "Ain't Nobody Like You" and "Ain't Nuthin' in the World" both peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard Top R&B Singles chart.
Howard was born in Chicago, Illinois. She is the daughter of gospel singers Josephine Howard of The Caravans, and Clay Graham of The Pilgrim Jubilees. Howard's mother took her to the homes of various stars such as Aretha Franklin and Mavis Staples. At the age of nine, Howard and her family moved to Los Angeles where Howard's mother sung in a choir led by Caravans member and arranger James Cleveland. Among those who visited Howard's Los Angeles residence were Albertina Walker, Shirley Caesar, Billy Preston and Fats Domino. Howard was also influenced by jazz greats, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington and Nancy Wilson.
As a teenager, she often visited Maverick's Flat, a popular night club in Los Angeles, and a venue for music acts such as Rufus and Chaka Khan and Earth Wind & Fire, who were influential in her pursuit of a professional singing career.
At the age of 16, she performed in a teen pageant. After the show, she met singer Augie Johnson, leader and member of R&B group Side Effect, who happened to be in the audience and began working with Howard on music. Johnson charmed Howard and later chose her as the vocalist for the group.
Taking a leap of faith Conley began his professional career when he moved to Los Angeles with David Townsend. It was there he joined the group Port Authority in 1976. After an un-released record with 20th Century Records Conley left the group to join Mandrill in 1977. In 1978 he made his television debut with Mandrill performing on the popular show Soul Train hosted by Don Cornelius. Conley released only one album with Mandrill, New Worlds, in 1979. Conley left the group and after a short hiatus Townsend and Conley collaborated on the beginnings Surface. When Conley became the founder of the Multi-Platinum Soul/R&B group Surface in 1983 the original group consisted of Conley and Karen Copeland. Townsend collaborated by writing and producing. In that same year Surface released their debut single, Falling in Love performed by Copeland, which peaked at #84 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 4 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #67 on the U.K. Singles chart. In addition Surface recorded 2 more singles with her; When Your Ex Wants You Back and Stop Holding Back. After Copeland left the group in 1984 Bernard Jackson and David Townsend replaced her by becoming the Surface we know today. More success came in 1985 when Conley became a staff writer for Screen Gems BMI. Shortly after in 1986 Surface landed a record deal with Columbia leading them to release their debut album in 1987. The album peaked at #55 on the Billboard 200 and #11 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. In 1989,
Actress / Comedienne, COCOA BROWN will be my upcoming Guest on Entertainment NOW on The fiery performer, whose credits includes a starring role in Tyler Perry’s critically acclaimed comedy series “For Better or Worse” on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network, her one-woman show “Cocoa Brown – Off the Chain” on Bounce TV, releasing her new comedy CD “One Funny Momma”, which is available now on iTunes and co-starring in the upcoming sequel to the blockbuster “Ted 2” with Mark Wahlburg. Don't miss it and for more show information please visit www.facesofsuccessradio.com!
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