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DONNIE AFTER DARK RETURNS
THURSDAY, NOV. 24 AT 11 P.M. ET
Second Season Premiere Features Entertainers
Angela Robinson, DC Fly Young, Pooch Hall and Musical Guest Ro James
SILVER SPRING, MD – Nov. 23, 2016 – TV One’s second season premiere of Donnie After Dark kicks-off Thanksgiving with some of Hollywood’s hottest stars. Hosted by radio and TV legend Donnie Simpson, the talk show returns on Thursday, Nov. 24 at 11 p.m. ET with more laughs, insights and special live performances from today’s biggest names in music, television and film.
In the premiere episode, Angela Robinson (The Have and The Have Nots) talks about the gift and curse of being the villainess everyone loves to hate; Comedian DC Young Fly reveals his tried and tested formula for elevating your brand on social media; and Pooch Hall (Ray Donovan, Media) reveals his undercover talent as an amateur boxer and a freestyle rapper. The show also features a sensual performance by musical guest Ro James performing his hit singles “Permission” and “Already Knew That.”
Following the special holiday premiere, Donnie After Dark moves to its regular time slot on Sundays at 11 p.m. ET. Guests of future episodes include:
Sunday, Dec. 4 at 11 p.m. ET
Simpson invites rapper and activist David Banner, spoken word artist Ernestine Johnson and Interactive One VP of News and Men’s Programming Jamilah Lemieux to discuss the pros and cons of the Black Lives Matter movement. Comedian Lil Duval brings the laughs, plus Empire’s talented V. Bozeman delivers a breathtaking performance.
Sunday, Dec. 11 at 11 p.m. ET
Simpson sits down with music mogul and super producer Jermaine Dupri and catches up with the incomparable LisaRaye McCoy. He shares a few laughs with Survivor’s Remorse actress Erica Ash and comedian Special K. And don’t miss two unforgettable performances by musical guest, 112.
Sunday, Dec.18 at 11 p.m. ET
Simpson is joined by heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. Power star Naturi Naughton stops by, along with the hilariously funny comedian Tony Roberts. Plus, R&B crooner Musiq Soulchild hits the stage.
Simpson, known for his sultry voice, warm smile and piercing green eyes, is the son of a record shop owner. Having been exposed to multiple genres of music, he began his radio career at 15 with WJLB in Detroit, Mich. He relocated to Washington, D.C., where he began working at WRC-TV. Soon after he hosted Video Soul, a music video show on BET, and many other network specials.
Simpson eventually hosted The Donnie Simpson Morning Show on WPGC-FM where he continued to captivate listeners for 17 years until his retirement in 2010. In 2015, Simpson returned to radio as the host of The Donnie Simpson Show on TV One’s sister property WMMJ-MAJIC 102.3 FM.
COMMON, PATTI LABELLE to Headline Free ‘Keep the Promise’ Concert &
March in L.A. for World AIDS Day as AHF Goes _‘AROUND THE GLOBE IN A
_Free KTP concerts to take place in Cambodia, Mexico City and Los
Angeles; L.A. ‘Keep the Promise’ Concert & March features COMMON, PATTI
LABELLE, JOJO, __ESPINOZA PAZ__, JENCARLOS CANELA, B-FLOW__ and will be
hosted by ROSIE PEREZ on Wednesday, November 30th Dolby Theatre,
_Keep the Promise will also honor legendary entertainer & humanitarian
HARRY BELAFONTE with AHF’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his
__charitable efforts and advocacy around the world._
LOS ANGELES, CA (NOVEMBER 21, 2016) AIDS HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION (AHF
), recently announced their _AROUND THE GLOBE IN A DAY _initiative, a
series of events across the world to commemorate WORLD AIDS DAY and
continue to spread awareness about HIV and AIDS. The activities will
include free concerts in Cambodia , Mexico City  and the United
States  as well as free awareness and testing events throughout the
U.S., Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Asia. The
U.S. _KEEP THE PROMISE_ _Around the_ _Globe in a Day_ advocacy effort
and will take place on November 30th at the Dolby Theater in Los
Angeles, CA. The event, hosted by critically acclaimed
actress/choreographer ROSIE PEREZ, will begin with a large Keep the
Promise March on Hollywood Boulevard leading to a free concert at the
theater with special performances by Grammy Award-winners PATTI LABELLE
and COMMON, as well as JOJO, ESPINOZA PAZ, and B-FLOW. AHF additionally
confirms today Latin singer/actor JENCARLOS CANELA has been added to the
bill.. _Keep the Promise_ will also honor legendary entertainer, HARRY
BELAFONTE with AHF’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his charitable
efforts and advocacy around the world.
Since its inception in 1987, AHF has been a provider of HIV prevention
services, testing, and healthcare for patients living with HIV. The
mission of _Around the Globe in a Day_, _Keep the Promise_ and AHF’s
other efforts all over the world is to accelerate the fight against HIV
/ AIDS. Speaking about their efforts, AHF’s President, MICHAEL
WEINSTEIN, says, “Our hope is that our upcoming World AIDS Day _Keep the
Promise_ concert and march serve as a potent reminder that the fight
against HIV/AIDS is not yet won and that these events serve as a clarion
call to action. The irony is that we are the victims of our own success:
As the AIDS situation improves, with better treatments and more people
being able to access them, the urgency of winning the war against AIDS
here in the U.S. and around the globe has diminished. As a result,
HIV/AIDS is increasingly pitted against other important issues as far as
funding as well as for the attention of policy makers. It is critical
that we continue to speak out through events like KTP in order to remind
governments, public health officials and other stakeholders to keep the
promise on AIDS and other key public health issues.”
_KEEP THE PROMISE_ IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. KTP MARCHERS WILL
BEGIN GATHERING AT 5PM ON SCHRADER BLVD. SOUTH OF HOLLYWOOD BLVD., THOSE
WHO MARCH WILL BE GIVEN PRIORITY SEATING FOR THE CONCERT. THE CONCERT
WILL BEGIN AT 7PM AND PARTICIPANTS CAN REGISTER TO ATTEND ONLINE AT
ABOUT AIDS HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION (AHF)
The Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is a global
non-profit organization providing cutting-edge medicine and advocacy to
more than 641,000 people in 37 countries. They are currently the largest
provider of HIV / AIDS medical care in the U.S.
AHF funds its mission to rid the world of AIDS through a network of
pharmacies, thrift stores, healthcare contracts and other strategic
partnerships. Generating new, innovative ways of treatment, prevention
and advocacy has been the hallmark of AHF’s success. They are currently
leading a mass testing initiative to identify and treat the 25 million
people who are unaware they are infected.
By advocating big goals – such as having 1 billion people tested each
year – AHF hopes to eliminate older, more time-consuming methods. Since
1987, AHF has cared for thousands of people living with HIV and AIDS
worldwide. As they create and implement new programs in communities
across the U.S. and abroad, they expand delivery of healthcare and
influence over policy with the aim of saving more lives.
For more information on AHF, also visit www.aidshealth.org .
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACTS
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TICE MERRIWEATHER 917-685-6094 mobile
GED KENSLEA, AHF Communications
Billboard Staff via MSN.com
Gucci Mane proposed to his longtime girlfriend Keyshia Ka’oir at an Atlanta Hawks basketball game on Tuesday (Nov. 22), with the whole thing broadcast on the kiss cam for the stadium to watch.
The two met in 2010, when Gucci requested Ka’oir appear in a music video (he had seen her in XXL magazine before) and they soon began dating.
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-Huff Post Black Voices
Starring “Empire” star Bryshere Y. Gray (as Michael Bivins), singer Luke James (as Johnny Gill), Woody McClain (as Bobby Brown), Elijah Kelley (as Ricky Bell), Algee Smith (as Ralph Tresvant), and Keith Powers (as Ronnie DeVoe), the biopic will chronicle the trials and tribulations of the group’s 30-plus year music career.
Directed by Chris Robinson and executive produced by Jesse Collins, the group will serve as co-producers of the film, alongside music producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds.
In addition to ensuring the film’s music is befitting to New Edition’s musical legacy, Jam tells HuffPost, that the biopic will also present a few revelations about the influential collective.
“I think there’s gonna be a lot of surprises and a lot of things they’re gonna learn. There’s things that I learned in the movie and I know the guys really well,” Jam said. “I would love for fans that maybe heard the name New Edition to really understand the magnitude of what this group has done and what they have accomplished and why historically they should really be recognized in the upper reaches of all-time groups.”
“Their influence on every group that has come after them ― whether it’s the Backstreet Boys or NSYNC, New Kids On The Block or even One Direction ― all of that was really from New Edition. Just as New Edition was from The Jacksons, The Temptations. To me, they’re part of that legacy line,” he added.
Jam and Lewis’ longstanding relationship with the group dates back to their 1988 multi-platinum album “Heartbreak,” which spawned a string of hits including “If It Isn’t Love,” “You’re Not My Kind Of Girl,” and “Can You Stand The Rain.”
Adding to their rich musical history, Jam went on to add that he’s “definitely” expecting to work on the group’s upcoming as-yet-untitled album, which is tentatively set to coincide with the 2017 biopic.
“We have great history. And a lot of times it’s less about what we do for them as producers and more about what we do for them as confidants, mentors, psychiatrists sometimes ― they know we got their back no matter what,” he said. They’re family, and it’s such an honor to be involved with this project and I hope that the fans really like it. The anticipation for it has been amazing, and it’s so well deserved.”
The six-hour, three-night premiere of “The New Edition Story” airs on Jan. 24 at 9PM/ET on BET.
Aria Ellise –Blackdoctor.org
After hearing rumors that the beloved cartoon show featuring America’s favorite toy doctor may not come back, parents now have reason to rejoice. It’s official, Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins will be back to help her patients for another season.
Disney Junior announced on Wednesday that the show has been renewed for season five, which will start airing in 2018. This summer, it was unclear whether the show, whose main character is an African American girl who aspires to be a real doctor, would be renewed. It’s important to note that Doc McStuffins’ mother on the show is also a doctor. A family of Black doctors? Awesome!
The renewal of the show is likely to due to fans who took to social media pushing for a fifth season, even though the series at the time was in the middle of its fourth cycle. Comedian and CNN’s “United Shades of America” host, Kamau Bell, helped intensify speculation about the fate of the program when he took to Twitter and asked similar questions, sparking a grateful reaction from Chris Nee, the program’s creator.
The character’s clinic, in which she helps fix broken toys like barbie dolls and stuffed animals to toy trucks and bubble makers will remain open. “‘Doc McStuffins’ is an unmistakable example of our commitment to powerful storytelling that enriches and enlightens kids. I can think of no other children’s television show in recent history that has touched as many lives and made the kind of impact around the world that Doc has,” said Nancy Kanter, executive vice president and general manager, Disney Junior Worldwide, in a prepared statement. “Our viewers have forged a deep connection with this series and are very vocal about how strongly they believe in these characters.”
Doc McStuffins won a Peabody Award in 2015 and NAACP Image Awards in 2015 and 2016 in the “Outstanding Children’s Program” category. The series averages 16 million views on the Disney Junior app, VOD and Hulu, and reaches 150 million viewers worldwide each quarter, and in the past year was ordered over 20 million times via set-top-box VOD.
Upon hearing the news, fans took to social media to show their appreciation.
Mary B. on Instagram comments, “I love this show and the fact that it encourages working together with health. My daughter says she wants to be a doctor now based upon watching the show and I’m here for it all!”
Nationwide — Elvin Ross, an award-winning composer, makes his directorial debut with a compelling and inspirational documentary called Kunta Kinteh Island: Coming Home Without Shackles. It will will air on Tuesday, November 15 at 7pm on Georgia Public Broadcasting/PBS.
Kunta Kinteh Island: Coming Home Without Shackles chronicles the pride, strength and journey of the most celebrated captive African, Kunta Kinteh. The saga of Kunta Kinteh’s life was characterized and featured in an American made-for-TV movie and book entitled Roots, created by his descendent Alex Haley. The book and film highlighted the life of an African warrior-in-training who was enslaved and brought to the New World, the Americas, during the West African Slave Trade.
During this forced exodus, Kunta Kinteh was captured and transported to James Island where he was held captive for 15 days before being shipped as cargo to the Americas. Recently, Alhaji Dr. Yahya Abdul-Aziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh, President of the Republic of The Gambia, reclaimed and renamed the old British Fortress from James Island to Kunta Kinteh Island to honor his legacy. Although Kunta Kinteh was captured, shackled and abducted from his homeland, his legacy returns home to Jufferreh, The Gambia, West Africa, without shackles.
What others are saying:
“I felt the heart and emotion of our rich history in this brilliantly made and powerful documentary.” — Tyler Perry
“This documentary feature, Kunta Kinteh Island: Coming Home Without Shackles is a powerful intersection of African and American history. Congratulations to Elvin Ross in his directorial debut as he shines a light on this fascinating story that celebrates the strength and spirit of the Gambian people, and introduces this important part of history to a new generation.” — Marc H. Morial, President & CEO, National Urban League
For more details about the film, visit www.kuntakintehislandmovie.com
-Huff Post Black Voices
While it seemed that virtually everyone, regardless of their political beliefs, was utterly shocked when Republican candidate Donald Trump won last week’s presidential election, iconic hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest saw it coming.
“I knew it was gonna happen,” Jarobi White told Vanity Fair last week. The outcome was predicted on A Tribe Called Quest’s latest album, “We Got It From Here … Thank You 4 Your Service,” their first release in 18 years.
The album, available for streaming below, features Jarobi White, Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and the voice of late member Phife Dawg, along with guest appearances by artists including Elton John and André 3000.
Although there is a song titled “The Donald” on the record, the track “We the People …” features lyrics that will surely resonate the most with those who opposed Trump. The song’s chorus sums up present-day America in simple and scathing verses:
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Julie Jordan of People Magazine via MSN.com
The world’s highest-paid actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has big box-office draw — but it’s his even bigger heart that made the Moana star this year’s Sexiest Man Alive!
So what did the former WWE champ, 44, think when he first heard about his latest title?
“I said, ‘That’s awesome.’ And then what went through my mind was just how cool and exciting it is,” Johnson tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “And then I thought, ‘Wow, we’ve pretty much reached the pinnacle.’ I’m not quite too sure where we go from here. I’ve done it all, this is it.”
To celebrate his title – and his upcoming Disney role – Johnson is making his Sexiest Man Alive debut Tuesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (check local listings for time).
At 6’5″ and 245 lbs., the Herculean star insists that becoming comfortable in his own skin “took a lot of time.”
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Donald, congratulations on becoming our next president of the United States,
While almost everyone in this country doubted that you could win, you believed in yourself and pulled off one of the greatest upsets in political history. Now, your new job begins and I offer you some friendly advice. As a yogi, not a priest.
You’ve never been a part of the Republican Party or the Democratic Party, as neither of them ever fully embraced you. You have been an independent thinker and successful businessman, who has spoken your own truth during your entire life. While I disagree with many of the things that you have said during your campaign and many of your policies that you have proposed, you will still be our president, and I am willing to work for and with you.
You have many progressive friends from New York and your campaign has alienated many of them. It is time to bring them back into your circle, so you can get honest advice from people who have known you for years. Those who have surrounded you during the campaign have offered some very dangerous policies that would hurt people and the planet, which I want to believe you still care about. The far right wing and the alt-right were your most staunch supporters, but those people are not your friends and you know that. You have the chance to be the first true independent president this country has ever seen, but your radical beliefs you ran on during your campaign must be addressed.
Donald, you cannot target a religious group of people. That is dangerous. You cannot separate families and deport people who have only known this country as their home. That is immoral. Donald, you cannot further militarize the police and empower them to antagonize and terrorize black communities. That is unjust. You cannot wage war against women’s rights. That is disastrous. You must stop with the hateful and harmful language towards women and people of color. That is unacceptable. Donald, you cannot rip up all of our regulations that protect our planet, continue to subsidize the meat industry and put people in power that think climate change is a hoax (the rumor of who you want to appoint to run the EPA is frightening). That is beyond repair. There are a lot of people who felt the government had forgotten about them, lead them to outcomes that don’t hurt those who did not support you. Put the pain on the lack of ingenuity and opportunity that government might have not provided to them, but never punish those that think differently than you.
Since you were elected, Donald, we have already seen hundreds of incidents around the country of hate, whether swastikas spray-painted on buildings or students taunting children of color… it is terrifying. And many of them claim to do it in your name. As our president-elect, as a man, as a human being with children (who I have known since they were all born), it is your duty to denounce this kind of behavior immediately. This is not the legacy you want to leave behind.
I, like millions of Americans, will watch you very closely. Every statement you make. Every tweet you send out. Every person you hire. Every document you sign. We will be watching you to make sure that your power does not corrupt the entire union. We will never be caught off guard by any move you make that would hurt the most vulnerable in this country. In that first hundred days, you have expressed your desire to deport two million people, implement a ban on Muslims and propose a Supreme Court justice that will favor overturning Roe v. Wade. Donald, you don’t work for the Republicans in the House or the Senate (or the Democrats either), you work for the American people. And you didn’t win the popular vote, so more people in this country disagree with what you propose, so remember that if you make a dangerous move, the people will be at your front door — I am sure you heard the 100,000 people who showed up last night in front of your New York City apartment. The numbers will only grow and they will be in front of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue every night for four years. And I will be there with them.
An entire generation of young people fear that this country has just elected its first dictator, and I cannot blame them for thinking that. However, I know you and I have to believe that you want to listen to outside people. But if you want to just listen to people like Rudy Giuliani and Mike Pence, then I am sorry to tell you that your four years in the White House will be incredibly unpleasant. As always I stand with ALL the people and strongly admonish you to do the same.
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You know her name – as the former star of NBC’s “Community,” actress Yvette Nicole Brown has been known to inspire glee, on-and-off the small screen. In fact, according to the CBS “The Odd Couple” star, laughter not only pays the bills but it heals.
After revealing her battle with type 2 diabetes – a disease that affects the way the body processes blood sugar — Brown got proactive, partnering with the American Diabetes Association and Colgate Total, to raise awareness about the link between oral health and the chronic condition.
“I was prediabetic for 10 years. I never thought it would become actual diabetes. I don’t know if this is a community thing – I don’t want to place this on all of us – but in my family, when someone’s levels were high, it was called ‘sugar.’ Like, ‘she’s just got some sugar.’ It was really a liberating moment – if that makes any sense — once I realized that I had to make some big life changes,” Brown told BlackDoctor.org in a recent interview.
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