Kari Epps: The sweet, soulful sound of music

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Kari Epps has a vocal prowess that makes you shudder. You take one sip of her musical tea, and you’ll find yourself begging for seconds. And, Kari surely isn’t a vocalist who can be placed in a box or tossed into a pile of mediocre artists. She commands the attention of those in earshot and captivates you… Read more »

The 2014 Soul Train Music Awards

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Do you hear that sound? That would be the buzz of the world (yes, the entire world) attempting to wrap its mind around and process yet another successful foray into the awards show world by the good people over at Soul Train. Backed by some really big TV cameras owned by BET and Centric, the… Read more »

Top-earning women in music in 2014

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In 2013, the queen of pop music, Beyoncé had one impressive year, pulling in $53 million. While many thought she could do no more, Mrs. Carter surprised us with a self-titled disc and went on tour with her rapper husband Jay Z, resulting in more than double the increase in earnings in 2014. According to… Read more »

Bikinis, panels and pool parties at Revolt Music Conference

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The 2014 Revolt Music Conference is taking place in Miami at the Fontainebleau oceanfront resort hotel and conference attendees, partygoers and industry trendsetters are taking advantage of the blazing temps and having fun in the sun, in between panels and workshops. (Wink!) Check out our gallery of pics of the hottest bikinis, panelists, conference and partygoers… Read more »

Ludacris on new music, movies, and the Atlanta Football Classic

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Ludacris is at a pivotal point in his career. Since gaining national recognition with the release of his debut album, Incognegro, in 1999, Ludacris has conquered nearly every aspect of entertainment. He has sold more than 15 million records; four of his albums have reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 charts; he has won three… Read more »

Filmmaker Tommie Ingram talks black women in the film industry and her new movie, ‘Trespassers’

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Tommie Ingram is quickly making a name for herself in the film industry and doing it on her own terms. Since making the transition from full time photographer to filmmaker, the native Chicagoan has immersed herself in a number of well received projects that have made some of the top players in the industry take notice. Throughout her… Read more »

Patrice Covington of ‘Motown The Musical’ talks stage and song

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(Photo credit: Dirty Sugar Photography) (Hair/Make-up credit: Camille Thompson) Having graced stages in countries such as Germany, Japan, France, Turkey and The Bahamas, actress and singer Patrice Covington has literally been around the world while fulfilling her wildest dreams. The Chesapeake, Virginia, native has been seen internationally belting tunes with all-star Broadway casts of such smash hit… Read more »

ONE Musicfest 2014 hosts Atlanta music history tour

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This past weekend, the ONE Musicfest hosted their first ever Atlanta Music Culture Crawl powered by Uber ATL, which journeyed through Atlanta‘s rich music history and iconic locations that have made invaluable contributions to Atlanta’s music culture. The media crawl, hosted by the self-titled “Atlantapologist,” Maurice Garland, treated the intimate tour group to complimentary beverages, courtesy of… Read more »

Music marketing executive Cannon Kent talks social media, artists Trey Songz, Diggy Simmons and more

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Cannon Kent, southeast promotions manager, Atlantic Records How would you define the role of a marketing professional? A marketing professional’s role is to be the creative force of their brand that communicates to its target audience for an eventual sale of their product. How has digital technology changed promotional and marketing programs? With digital technology,… Read more »

Tiffany Hardin, music and advertising exec, discusses entrepreneurship

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Tiffany Hardin, co-founder and principle of Gild Creative Group  is a boutique management company focused on delivering cultural currency across client business through music, social, partnership & brand strategy. Working with Mona Scott Young and Steve Stoute, she has blended two businesses that mean the most to culture, music and advertising. Opening up and offering… Read more »

Legendary entertainment and banking industry mogul Don Davis dead at 75

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Legendary entertainment and banking industry mogul Don Davis died Thursday, June 5, following a brief illness. Davis was chairman and CEO of First Independence Bank in Michigan, the state’s only black-owned and operated commercial bank. Black Enterprise magazine recognized First Independence Bank as one of the top ranked black-owned banks in the United States with… Read more »

3,000 former Warner Music Group interns sue for unpaid wages

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A group of 3,000 former Warner Music Group interns have been approved to file a class action lawsuit against the recording label giant, according to Complex. The news comes a week after a New York federal judge approved a lawsuit that claimed WMG violated minimum wage and overtime requirements as well as other Fair Labor Standard Act regulations.

Common announces jobs initiative program and music festival in Chicago

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  Hip-Hop is once again doing something good in the ‘hood. This past Wednesday (April 9) hip-hop artist, actor and philanthropist, Common held a press conference to announce his foundation’s alliance with Donda’s House Inc., and the Chicago Urban league to create a jobs initiative program and music festival created specifically for the youth of… Read more »

All-Star Music Experience Producer’s Panel

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The 2014 NBA All-Star weekend was in full force last weekend, with a range of events to meet many tastes and talents. In addition to the focus on NBA dunkers and superstars, the jam-packed days in New Orleans provided events focused on current, budding and future music superstars. On Saturday at the legendary music showcase, the… Read more »

Mixtape Mondays: Castro’s ‘F— the Industry’

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Over the last couple years, Chicago emcee Castro has gradually made a name for himself as an up-and-coming star on the Chicago hip-hop scene. Working at a breakneck pace, Castro is determined to carve out his own niche in the marketplace. As the follow-up to the riveting Welcome Home (The Prelude), the upstart emcee drops his latest… Read more »

Ciara thanks fans and slams music executives in open letter

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It’s no secret that Ciara has struggled in the music game. Aside from her single “Body Party,” the singer – model pretty much fell flat this year aside from her budding modeling career and engagement to longtime boyfriend rapper Future. But when it comes to her true fans, Ciara promises that she plans to come… Read more »

Beyoncé: Pop diva remains contemporary music’s biggest icon

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Beyoncé is a one-woman force of nature, and after spending much of 2012 adjusting to motherhood, she came roaring back into the spotlight in 2013. She kicked off the year singing at the inauguration ceremony for Pres. Barack Obama, and followed that moment with an explosive performance during halftime of the Super Bowl

Robert Glasper: The master musician bridges the gap between hip-hop and jazz

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Industry: Music Title: Jazz Artist Twitter: @robertglasper Robert Glasper understands the importance of keeping the legacy of jazz alive while incorporating new age sounds and styles into his music. The Brooklyn, N.Y.-based pianist and producer has bridged the gap between hip-hop and jazz unlike any other artist of this generation. Glasper successfully infused both genres… Read more »

Whitney-Gayle Benta: The talent relations exec who’s changing music television

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Name: Whitney-Gayle Benta The Business: Revolt TV Industry: Entertainment Twitter: @IamWhitneyGayle This music maven knows a thing or two about talent, so it’s no surprise that Revolt TV scooped her up from MTV News to serve as their senior vice president of music and talent. When it comes to entertainment television she is creating some… Read more »

Janelle Monáe, Pink, BET’s Debra Lee honored at Billboard’s Women in Music event

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P!nk, Janelle Monáe, and the top women in business were honored at Billboard’s Women in Music event that took place at Capitale Tuesday at NYC’s Capitale, luminaires from the music industry celebrated the top women in the business at Billboard’s annual Women in Music event. P!nk was named Woman of the Year, while Janelle Monae was honored as the Billboard Rising Star. Among the top women… Read more »

Child musical genius Joshua Mhoon

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We knew there was something special about our Top 25 Women of Chicago honoree Taj Mhoon. What we didn’t know was that her gift was also coursing through the veins of her 10-year-old son Joshua, a classically trained pianist. He’s been wowing audiences and winning competitions since he began playing the piano in 2010. With… Read more »

Gospel music leaders Daryl Coley and Richard Small to be honored as Trailblazers by BMI Publishing

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Performing rights organization BMI will honor Daryl Coley and Richard Smallwood during its 15th annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon on Jan. 17, 2014, the day before the 29th annual Stellar Awards. The gospel industry’s biggest and brightest stars and industry executives will attend the invitation only event in Nashville. Stellar, Dove, and GRAMMY… Read more »

Rihanna set to receive 1st American Music Award’s Icon Award

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Rihanna’s reign on the music industry continues as the Barbadian born singer will be the very first recipient of the American Music Award’s Icon award. The award, voted strictly by fans was made to honor artists who influence pop music across the globe. With multi-platinum albums in dozens of countries, Rihanna certainly fits that bill… Read more »

ASCAP’s 5th annual ‘Women Behind the Music’

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On Wednesday, October 23rd The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers hosted it’s fifth annual “Women Behind the Music” series at Lexicon in New York City. ASCAP celebrates, acknowledges and encourages influential women in the music and entertainment industry. Attendees included the brightest of  label executives, songwriters, managers, attorneys and music publishers. Among those… Read more »

Industry celeb dad and daughter combos

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The bond between father and daughter is unique, irreplaceable and should be cherished. Being a father is a stressful job but add to the equation a beautiful and multi-talented daughter and it might seem impossible. The fathers we highlighted make it look effortless as they’ve raised some of our favorite celebrity women that are truly role… Read more »

Real music lives through Music Atlanta

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How did you arrive at making the choice to create the Music Atlanta Conference? Was it a deliberate decision or a gradual and natural evolution? Who was influential in your decision? I arrived at the choice to create the Music Atlanta Conference as I realized the need to create balance between rappers and singers in urban… Read more »

Hundreds attend International Music Conference 2013 in Atlanta

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In the middle of September’s jam-packed month of major music events happening in Atlanta, the International Music Conference made its triumphant third annual return last week to the South’s capital music city. With attendees from numerous cities in the U.S. and the U.K., many of the music industry’s most prominent trendsetters, alongside several hundred estimated in attendance, gathered… Read more »

BET Hip Hop Awards 2013: V-103 music conference with T.I., Mike WiLL Made It

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Rap moguls T.I. and Mike Will helped kick off the BET Hip Hop Awards weekend with an industry insider event with the “V-103 Hip Hop Conference” presented by Foot Action. Hosted by V-103’s Greg Street and Big Tigger 
at CenterStage in Atlanta, this event focused on networking, information and entertainment and featured exclusive segments and… Read more »