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Central City Productions completed the taping of the 2018 Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards in Las Vegas at the Orleans Arena. The annual show hailed as an, “epic night in gospel music,” was hosted by Kirk Franklin. The telecast will premiere on TV One, Good Friday, March 30, at 9/8c . Additionally, the Stellar Awards will air in national broadcast syndicationMarch 31-May 6, 2018.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 24: Tina Campbell and Erica Campbell of Mary Mary attend the 33rd annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards at the Orleans Arena on March 24, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Tina Campbell; Erica Campbell; Mary Mary

This year’s spectacular show open featured Stellar Awards alum Erica Campbell reuniting with her sister Tina Campbell as the hit gospel duo Mary Mary for the first time in more than six years. The show also included an all-star tribute to the late, great Edwin Hawkins, with his sister Lynette Hawkins accepting the Edwin Hawkins Icon Award in his honor. Also, a stand out moment featured the multi-platinum award-winning Snoop Dogg performing material from his new gospel album, “Bible of Love.”

The night included performances by Snoop Dogg, Mary Mary, Kierra Sheard, Tori Kelly, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Anthony Brown, JJ Hairston, Travis Greene, Jonathan McReynolds, Ricky Dillard, Todd Dulaney, Tasha Page Lockhart, KeKe Wyatt, Canton Jones, Deitrick Haddon, Koryn Hawthorne, Le’Andria Johnson and more. Special presenters included Donnie McClurkinMerle DandridgeDavid MannAnika Noni Rose and more.

Top winners of the night were JJ Hairston winning six awards; Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Travis Greene each winning four awards; and Anthony Brown winning two awards.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 24: Honoree Ben Tankard (L) and guest attend the 33rd annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards at the Orleans Arena on March 24, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ben Tankard

Don Jackson bestowed special honors upon gospel greats who have made significant contributions to the genre. The incomparable Tamela Mann was the 2018 recipient of the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award and the legendary Rev. Milton Biggham received The Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award. Stellar Honors Hall of Fame Inductees includes Kurt Carr, Ben Tankard, and Dr. Marabeth Gentry – President of the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses.

The Stellar Awards telecast will premiere on TV One on Friday, March 30 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and air in broadcast syndication on 130 stations in more than 110 markets around the country March 31 – May 6, 2018.  For more information visit us at www.thestellarawards.com.

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LIT! Bobby V’s (@BobbyV) Listening Party was “Electrik!”

When you have it, YOU HAVE IT; and in the case of Bobby Valentino (Bobby V) he NEVER  lost it! The same man who brought us hits like Slow Down, Anonymous, and Tell Me is back with a new album that is literally electrifying–Electrik! 

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When you have it, YOU HAVE IT; and in the case of Bobby Valentino (Bobby V) he NEVER  lost it! The same man who brought us hits like Slow Down, Anonymous, and Tell Me is back with a new album that is literally electrifying–Electrik! 

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Bobby V had a lit listening party last night and thanks to Kontrol Magazine, our very own Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning was in the building, with Web Star/actor, Chris June in tow. It all went down at W Hotel in Midtown Atlanta and we were there as Bobby sang a medley of the hits that made him famous and revealed his latest singles, Lil Bit, featuring Snoop Dogg, and Promise. The latter song is EVERYTHING! It is ballad he wrote for his daughter–yes, Bobby is “a daddy now” as he so humorously stated–and the lyrics, guitar, and chords are so catchy!

You can catch the official music video for Lil Bit below as well as listen to Promise:

However, one of the biggest surprises, and coolest moments, happened when he performed Blackberry Molasses with his former group members from Mista. Check out a snippet of it below:

We have to say we are glad Bobby V is back and giving us some much needed and authentic R&B. Check out the track list from Electrik below and you can purchase it everywhere this Friday, March 9th! Tell us what you think of the new singles and album overall in our comments section below! Happy Listening! Good job Bobby!

 

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[RECAP/PHOTOS] Premiere Night w/ Atlanta’s Top Directors Rahim Brazil (@rahimbrazil) & Tre Floyd!

 Sunday, February 25 at Atlanta’s Sandtown Pub wasn’t just an ordinary night aside from the good food, great drinks and even better vibes both directors dished out a double dose of entertainment. Cheaterz Never Win, new web docu-series, written by Rahim Brazil and Dwyane Stovall; and a sneak peek into Episode 4 of the dramatic comedy web series, Love Sex and Marriage, written and produced by Tre Floyd.  

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 Sunday, February 25 at Atlanta’s Sandtown Pub wasn’t just an ordinary night aside from the good food, great drinks and even better vibes both directors dished out a double dose of entertainment.

Cheaterz Never Win, new web docu-series, written by Rahim Brazil and Dwyane Stovall; and a sneak peek into Episode 4 of the dramatic comedy web series, Love Sex and Marriage, written and produced by Tre Floyd.  

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XSCAPE Performs on 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards!

The 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards, the prestigious annual event celebrating African-American achievements and contributions, world premieres exclusively on Bounce on Sunday, February 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET.
The Red Carpet Pre-Show, featuring arrival interviews with the honorees, performers, presenters and stars, will air immediately beforehand at 8:30 p.m. ET; Ed Gordon, Demetria McKinney and Juhuan Jones host.

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The 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards, the prestigious annual event celebrating African-American achievements and contributions, world premieres exclusively on Bounce on Sunday, February 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET.

The Red Carpet Pre-Show, featuring arrival interviews with the honorees, performers, presenters and stars, will air immediately beforehand at 8:30 p.m. ET; Ed GordonDemetria McKinney and Juhuan Jones host.

The 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards is hosted by actors Larenz Tate (“Power”) and Erica Ash (“Survivor’s Remorse”) and the spectacular show includes powerful performances, moving tributes and appearances by many entertainers, politicians, activists, thought leaders and more.  

Memorable moments from the show include:

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  • A rousing musical tribute to So So Def Recordings Founder and honoree Jermaine Dupri which included performances by Anthony Hamilton, Bow Wow, Xscape and a surprise appearance by Ludacris that brought the house down. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms joined for the presentation.
  • A crowd-pleasing celebration of honoree group Cameo featuring Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane, Carl Thomas, Stokley Williams, Bilal and Mr. Talkboxx performing a medley of Cameo hits including “Single Life,” “Sparkle,” “She’s Strange,” “Rigor Mortis,” “Word Up!” and “Candy.” CeeLo Green presented the group their Lifetime Achievement Award and then joined in for the closing number.
  • Thrilling performances by Arrested Development, Michel’le and Major.
  • Estelle, V. Bozeman and We’ McDonald with a powerful rendition of “Conqueror” to open the show.
  • Sir the Baptist performing “Heaven” joined by Keke Wyatt, Donald Lawrence and the Kevin Lemon & Higher Calling choir.
  • Honoree Rhyon Brown lighting up the stage with an energetic performance of her hit single “After Party.”
  • Angie Stone, Lamman Rucker, Omar Gooding and Angell Conwell appearing as presenters, and more.

The 2018 Honorees were: Jermaine Dupri, the GRAMMY® Award-winning record producer, songwriter, and hip-hop artist who received The Music Innovation Award; Founder of Sundial Brands and new owner of Essence Communications Richelieu Dennis recognized with The Entrepreneur Award; Activist and National Co-Chair of the Women’s March Tamika Mallory who received The Impact Award; 13-year old social activist and author behind the #1000BlackGirlBooks Marley Dias who was presented with The Trailblazer Award; nuclear engineer and inventor Dr. Lonnie Johnson receiving The Innovator Award; Actress, singer and dancer Rhyon Brown who was given The Rising Star Award presented by McDonald’s and legendary American soul-influenced funk group Cameo being honored with The Lifetime Achievement Award.

Founded in 1992 by American Civil Rights leader Xernona Clayton, The Trumpet Awards were acquired by Bounce in 2016. The list of prestigious honorees over its 26-year history includes Muhammad Ali, Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Halle Berry, Stevie Wonder, The African-American Women of the United States Congress, Steve Harvey, Martin Luther King III, Janelle Monáe and Spike Lee. Visit www.trumpetawards.com for more information.

 

 

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