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Why Aretha Franklin is the Queen of Our Souls

Posted by Admin On August - 31 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS


ARETHA FRANKLIN: QUEEN OF OUR SOULS

By Tolson Banner

Aretha Franklin, Queen of SoulNationwide (BlackNews.com) — In many ways the litany of songs Aretha Franklin (THE QUEEN) bestowed upon us mirrored more than love between a man and a woman, or the lack thereof. I guess it could be said, the Queen of Soul crooned from the bowels of her spirit about the relationship between America and as Curtis Mayfield would say, “The people who are darker than blue.”

The Queen obliterated genres. The Queen gave us deep feeling and meaning to all the harsh conditions we faced in America: a field holla goddess-like cry; dignity in the work songs; sweet joy in the morning spirituals; shouts-from-the-back-of-the-church gospels; deep moaning blues; jazz be-bopping; rhythm and blues doo-wopping. The Queen served up a healing/soulful polyrhythmic mix for our troubled souls.

It is almost like each song the Queen delivered told a story about our journey to a foreign land, the horrors we would endure while at the same time giving us the strength to persevere.

When we crossed the threshold at Goree Island, we had no idea we would be walking into an enslavement terror heretofore unknown to humankind. And once we were forced onto the ship called Jesus there was no mercy shown for the travails that lay ahead. The turbulence of the Atlantic waters tossed us about like rag dolls and we learned how to “ROCK STEADY” for our survival.

We quickly recognized we would need to build a spiritual “BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS”. There were those of us who would rather die than be enslaved and threw themselves overboard. Historians have noted the shackled enslaved Africans still on board would murmur, “He gone home.” We could surmise: to find an ANGEL. Upon reaching the shores of Jamestown, VA all we could here from the slave masters’ bellicose commands was “JUMP, JUMP, JUMP TO IT”!

As cold as winter in the colonies, we were stripped of our identities, culture, and religion. We would find solace in the warmth of our spirits and our ancestors. As Malcolm X would say, “Just because a cat has kittens in a stove, you don’t call them biscuits.” An AFRICAN IS STILL AN AFRICAN. In the Queen’s words, “A ROSE IS STILL A ROSE”. We took that to heart and would “SAY A LITTLE PRAYER” to call forth our heaven on earth — not in the bye and bye!

With the civil war coming to an close, emancipation began swirling in the air. We wanted to believe we had a “DO RIGHT MAN” in President Lincoln and a “DO RIGHT WOMAN” in America. On both accounts, we were sadly mistaken and realized we were only a “CHAIN OF FOOLS”. We were turned back during Reconstruction, forlorn and bewildered – betrayed with the removal of all federal troops from the south. Forty acres and a mule was just DAY DREAMING. Consideration or discussions about reparations with America became, “DON’T PLAY THAT SONG”.

Jim Crow swept across the land like boll weevil. Marauding gangs consumed with white nationalism punctuated the American landscape with “strange fruit”. Protests and marches ensued endlessly. We stood at the crossroads between violence and non-violence. Not fully recovered from the four little girls bombed in the Birmingham church; a shot rang out in Memphis, a body fell. The King of Love was dead. In total disbelief, we said, “AINT NO WAY”.

The lyrics from ELEANOR RIGBY reverberated with us singing the chorus, “All the lonely people where do they belong?” The political milieu continued to offer a fox or a wolf. We turned to each other for support. It appeared as if our compass for moving forward had gone awry but there was a light at the end of the tunnel and it wasn’t the train coming back at us. We elected the first African-American president. On that accord we demanded, R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

Just recently, the Queen was called home by her celestial designer – her maker, where she now joins the ancestors. Collectively, we all sighed. The fact is the Queen had fulfilled what she came here to do: to be of service; her divine purpose complete. I had one last request. I asked the Queen to “CALL ME” the second, the minute, the hour, the moment she get there. She did. Thank you QUEEN for the spiritual call back.

Tolson Banner is a writer and columnist.

A Tribute to The Queen of Soul

Posted by Admin On August - 20 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
Tribute to Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul By Raymond Christian <sirrcccapt@msn.com>

When we think about crossing over to the other side. Leaving this world in spirit form where our soul returns back to the one and only creator of life, God.  Many of us have had the opportunity to be blessed with the chance to see the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin either in church or in concert. Through the years Aretha has entertained us. By gracing us on stage with the lovely and unique voice she was blessed to entertain us with. Her music was shared with the world which involved different occasions, happy, sad, subtle and heartbreaking love. Many  of her songs reminded me of family fun when I was a child watching my mother and uncles and aunties dancing in the living room at my grandmother’s house. I am certain there are so many of us irreguardless of color who can relate to those precious moments.

Aretha Franklin shocked the world when she demanded her(Respect)  R.E.S.P.E.C.T. a major hit and every household throughout the United States was playing it. Let’s go back for a moment  as I take you a little further down memory lane when Aretha blasted the world with Ain’t No Way. There was just no stopping The Queen of Soul as she went into demand filling concert hall after concert hall. You can bet there would be a sell out on all tickets with Aretha Franklin’s name posted at the top of the marquee.

Although she was the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin was discovered in church.   Where she started as a gospel singer, I can still close my eyes and hear her singing Amazing Grace, I’m  Climbing Higher Mountains,  Precious Lord. Yes we all loved her and you have to admit she still holds the title The Queen of Soul. Mrs. Aretha Franklin continued to challengw herself through the years. A Queen amongst Queens there was no task she was afraid to meet and complete. Don’t forget Natural Woman, You Send Me; 3.The Weight; 4. Baby, I Love You; 5.Do Right Woman; 6.Chain Of Fools; 8.My Song; etc. She let us into her life and shared her love for music with the rest of the world.

Aretha Franklin gave us “I Say A Little Prayer”  Now we must all say one for her and give thanks to the love, happiness and joy she brought into our homes, businesses, streets, club’s and churches.  And we all danced to the unique tunes of Aretha Franklin. She is now being laid to rest and her journey on this earth is complete. A legend in her own time. You should sit back and play this song  “Gotta Find Me an Angel.”  Because one of our Angels has just flown away. Thank you Aretha for all the love you shared with us through the years.

Copyrights Elder Raymond C Christian all rights reserved

Just know, God is always watching

Chicago to See Roles of Women and Girls in Detroit’s ’67 Rebellion

Posted by Admin On June - 16 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

After Life stage play
Members of the cast of AFTER/LIFE in their 2017 Detroit debut

Chicago, IL (BlackNews.com) — A play chronicling the untold story of women and girls in the 1967 Detroit rebellion is making its way to Chicago for special performances this month.

AFTER/LIFE: In Honor of the City Rising from the Ashes debuted in Detroit last year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the rebellion “from the perspective of the thousands of overlooked women and girls who rose up to burn their city down.” It will run June 15-17, 2018, as part of Perform Midwest at Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Avenue, Chicago.

“I’m so pleased to bring this story to Chicago,” said Dr. Lisa Biggs, a Michigan State University professor who, with her students, wrote the play. The play is supported by grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the University of Michigan’s Humanities Without Walls program.

She conceived the play, Biggs explained, because “I was struck by the silence around women and girls’ involvement. In ’67, they were pictured right alongside the men and boys on the streets. They put their bodies on the line, but from many written accounts you would never know it. I hope AFTER/LIFE can better represent the past and create opportunities for audience members to dream of a more fair, just and equitable future.”

In July 1967, Detroit residents in largely African-American neighborhoods squared off against the city’s largely white police department in a five-day confrontation that resulted in the deaths of 43 people (33 African-American and 10 white). The clash, which saw thousands of buildings burned, followed a police raid on an after-hours nightclub; residents said the rebellion was in response to an overzealous and racist police force.

AFTER/LIFE is part of a dual performance at Links Hall, paired with “The Living Lakes.” Set in 1915- 1935, “The Living Lakes” tells the work and cultural history of Latino and African American communities in Chicago and Detroit.

Dr. Biggs, an actress, playwright and performance scholar, serves as an assistant professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at MSU.

Tickets are $10. For more information, go to https://bit.ly/2JemM2q

Chicago Jazz Orchestra Launches CJO Mondays at The Mill Happy Hour Jazz Series Every Monday in June and July at The Green Mill

Posted by Admin On June - 4 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Guest vocalists to include Dee Alexander,

Frieda Lee, Paul Marinaro and more

The Chicago Jazz Orchestra (including Jerry DiMuzio and other CJO saxophonists, top) will perform with Chicago’s top vocalists every Monday in June and July at Chicago’s iconic Green Mill as part of the new CJO Mondays at the Mill cocktail hour concert series.
 
 
CHICAGO, IL – Join the Chicago Jazz Orchestra every Monday in June and July at the Green Mill, Chicago’s most iconic jazz club, for an unforgettable summer of live jazz featuring Chicago’s hottest vocalists.
The CJO’s new cocktail hour jazz series launches next Monday, June 4 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with one of the top vocalists in Chicago, guest vocalist Dee Alexander. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. The Green Mill Cocktail Lounge is at 4802 N. Broadway Ave., in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.

Dee Alexander

Make the Green Mill your new Monday night after work hot spot this summer, because CJO Mondays at the Mill will continue every Monday in June and July with a different guest vocalist each night:

Frieda Lee
Monday, June 11 – Frieda Lee
“One of Chicago’s most beloved jazz singers” – Chicago Tribune
Monday, June 18 – Dee Alexander
“One of the year’s 10 best” – The New York Times
Alyssa Allgood
Monday, June 25– Alyssa Allgood
“A young singer of unusual accomplishment and extraordinary potential”
– Chicago Tribune
Sophie Grimm
Monday, July 2 – Sophie Grimm
“An entertainer of extraordinary gifts”– Cabaret Scenes Magazine
Monday, July 9 – Dee Alexander
“Jazz Entertainer of the Year” – Chicago Music Awards
Sarah Marie Young
Monday, July 16 – Sarah Marie Young
Winner, 2011 Montreux Voice Competition judged by Quincy Jones
Monday, July 23 – Dee Alexander
“Best singer” – Chicago Magazine
Paul Marinaro
Monday, July 30 – Paul Marinaro
“Vocalist, narrator, storyteller, historian
and the most dapper and elegant of tour guides”
– Chicago Jazz Magazine
“Neither Marinaro nor the CJO has ever sounded better” is how the Chicago Tribune’s Howard Reich described the CJO’s most recent concert with Paul Marinaro, A CJO Salute to “Sinatra at the Sands,” May 12 at Chicago’s Studebaker Theatre.
See and hear why such high praise has been rolling in of late for Chicago’s oldest professional jazz orchestra in continuous operation, as they play Monday nights this summer in the intimate confines of Chicago’s favorite jazz club, the Green Mill.
For more information about the new CJO Mondays at the Mill series, visit chicagojazzorchestra.org.
Click here or the image above for this photo of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra.
Founded in 1978, the Chicago Jazz Orchestra (chicagojazzorchestra.org) is the city’s oldest professional jazz orchestra in continuous operation and one of the oldest jazz repertory orchestras in the country. The CJO strives to develop and promote an appreciation for and understanding of music for the American jazz orchestra as it was originally conceived, performed and recorded by jazz master composers and soloists.
Under the direction of Founder and Artistic Director Jeff Lindberg, Chicago’s premiere jazz ensemble features some of Chicago’s top jazz musicians, including Scott Burns, Jerry DiMuzio, Bill Overton, Eric Schneider and John Wojciechowski on saxophone; Art Davis, Victor Garcia and Doug Scharf on trumpet; Steve Duncan, Tom Garling, Luke Malewicz and Michael Young on trombone; Dan Trudell on piano; Dennis Carroll on bass; George Fludas on drums; and Michael Pettersen on guitar.
The Orchestra has performed with such artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Nancy Wilson, Louis Bellson, Herbie Hancock, Jon Faddis, Kurt Elling, Jack McDuff, Kenny Burrell, Roy Hargrove, Marquis Hill, Walter White, Joshua Redman, and many more. The CJO performs at a wide variety of top venues across the Chicago area, from the Green Mill, to City Winery, to Andy’s Jazz Club, to the Spertus Institute, to the Studebaker Theatre. The CJO served as the resident orchestra for the Kennedy Center Honors Supper Dance for over 25 years performed before a sold-out audience at the 2006 Spoleto Festival, and has toured Europe twice, including performances in Italy, Spain, Denmark and Sweden.
The CJO’s recordings include Clark Terry and Jeff Lindberg’s Chicago Jazz Orchestra: George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (Americana Music, 2004), nominated “Jazz Album of The Year” by the Jazz Journalist’s Association and a rare “Five Star” rating by DownBeat magazine, Burstin’ Out with vocalist Cyrille Aimée performing classic and original jazz arrangements, and the 2017 compilation Live from Space, with live recordings from the summer of 2016 recorded at Space in Evanston.
The Chicago Jazz Orchestra is supported by The Stare Fund, The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Joseph B. Glossberg Foundation, Illinois Arts Council Agency, and The Saints, with media sponsorship from WDCB 90.9 FM, DownBeat Magazine and Chicago Jazz Magazine.
For more information, visit chicagojazzorchestra.org.
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PHEN Entertains and Educates With “Daddy Boys” Stage Play

Posted by Admin On May - 25 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

One of the largest and most successful community-based events for prostate cancer education and awareness

Daddy's Boys Stage Play

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — PHEN (Prostate Health Education Network) presented the Daddy’s Boys stage play on May 12th at the Reid Temple AME Church in Glenn Dale, MD before an audience of more than 1,000. With an educational workshop and prostate cancer screening held prior to the play, this was a highly successful community based prostate cancer education and awareness event.”

This was a Broadway caliber play, my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this amazing production with a great message. PHEN and Garrett Davis productions have shifted the paradigm enabling them to meet the needs of more people through creative ministry,” says Rev. Dr. Lee P. Washington, Reid Temple’s Senior Pastor.

Rev. Joseph Deck, III, Senior Minister to Men at Reid Temple who led the efforts at Reid to host the play states, “As Minister to Men, I witnessed after the workshop and play, men and caregivers moving from victimization and fear to empowerment and courage! Our Partnership with PHEN has been life giving to Reid Temple.”

Daddy’s Boys is the latest health-oriented presentation by playwright Garrett Davis, who uses humor and music-laden dramas to bring awareness to minority health issues. The PHEN/Davis collaboration builds on Davis’ established portfolio of stage productions that highlight diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease among other issues.

 

PHEN is touring Daddy’s Boys nationally with the support of partners including Astellas, Amgen, Accuray, Bayer, Pfizer Oncology, Genomic Health, Myriad and Janssen Oncology. PHEN works with its network of church partners to host and promote the play within their communities. The performances are free of charge to the public.

“The Daddy’s Boys play enables us to use entertainment to attract thousands more people to educate about prostate cancer and this will impact their actions and help save more lives,” according to Thomas Farrington, Founder and President of the Prostate Health Education Network and an 18-year prostate cancer survivor.

“The play was outstanding and very informative. Often family members feel left out and hurt when they discover that a loved one has kept life changing information from them. I feel the members of the cast did an excellent job of showing how families can and should come together to address medical concerns,” says Abraham Parks who attended Daddy’s Boys at Reid Temple.

PHEN will next present Daddy’s Boys at The Saint Paul’s Baptist Church in Richmond, VA on June 9th where the Rev. Dr. Lance Watson is the Senior Pastor. For more information about the play and for free tickets visit www.daddysboys.net

 

About PHEN
The Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) is the leading prostate cancer patient education and advocacy organization addressing the needs of African American families. Based in Quincy MA, PHEN is a 501c(3) organization founded in 2003. Prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer among all men. Black men are diagnosed at a rate 60% higher with a death rate 130% higher than men of all other racial and ethnic groups. PHEN provides education and awareness about the disease towards eliminating this disparity. For more details, visit www.prostatehealthed.org

 

About Reid Temple AME Church
Reid Temple AME Church, led by Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Lee P. Washington, is one church in three locations in DC/Maryland/Virginia (DMV) with a growing community of faith of over 15, 000 members. Reid Temple Men’s Ministry is a dynamic and innovative ministry of 8,000 men strong who demonstrate an unshakable faith in God.


Churches and other organizations that may be interested in hosting Daddy’s Boys should email PHEN at rapcancer@prostatehealthed.org

Photo Caption: Scene from the play “Daddy’s Boys”

 

Master P’s Daughter, Cymphonique, to Star in Superhero Franchise

Posted by Admin On May - 21 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Genius Mind Films Announes a New Superhero Franchise – “Eyes of ESCA” Starring Cymphonique Miller


Eyes of Esca starring Cymphonique Miller

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — From the comic book and novel Eyes of Esca comes the highly anticipated screenplay adaption. The story range carries a potential of Star Wars and is comparable to Avengers and Shape of Water with a young adult edge.

The ethereal, bioluminescent, world of Nautilus lies beneath the ocean as well as in space. In the Sci-fi Thriller/ Drama, actress Cymphonique Miller stars as “Jade” – the brain-child of two high profile marine biologists.

She mourns their death after their ship mysteriously wrecks on an expedition and is taken under the wing of a billionaire professor who leads her on a journey of discovery and unimaginable power that will change Jade and the world she thought she knew, forever.

Eyes of Esca brings the super hero genre to the YA (Young Adult) audience with an original scientific theory based on the shape-shifting octopus. This is the first in a trilogy of films that will not only see Jade’s coming of age, but also a war between aliens and humans.

 

This is an original screenplay written by Ramello Barnes and Michael Ballard.

For more information, go to www.EyesOfEsca.com

Photo Caption: Film artwork

Elton John Joins Auddly as Ambassador – Calls on the Industry to Manage its Metadata More Efficiently

Posted by Admin On May - 18 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

 

Legendary songwriter, artist and musician backs song data hub Auddly in its quest to empower the global music industry to solve its metadata issues.

 

In the past year, Auddly has entered partnerships with some of the world’s most powerful music companies and organizations, including Universal Music Publishing Group, ASCAP, PRS and STIM. Its most recent and very prestigious partnership is with Elton John, who will be an official ambassador for the company.
“It’s time to realise that we need to manage our metadata more efficiently to overcome the challenges preventing creators from getting paid correctly, and I support Auddly in its efforts towards a more sustainable music industry.” – Elton John
“It’s an honour to have Elton John on board as an Auddly ambassador. Thanks to his outstanding experience as a songwriter and artist he is very aware of the metadata issues and his support is valuable for us.” – Niclas Molinder

 

More news regarding Auddly’s latest progress and plans ahead will be revealed soon.

 

World Premiere of Amira: A Chicago Cinderella Story Kicks Off Hyde Park School of Dance’s 25th Anniversary Season

Posted by Admin On May - 2 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) celebrates its home base—Hyde Park—and its hometown—Chicago—with a world premiere to kick off its 25th anniversary season: Amira: A Chicago Cinderella Story. Performances are June 15–17, 2018 at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th Street, Chicago.

Staged by HPSD Founding Artistic Director August Tye, ballet mistress and choreographer at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Amira is the story of a young girl forced to leave her native country without her mother, arriving in Chicago and struggling to make a home in Hyde Park. The story follows the events of the traditional Cinderella story, leading to a Masked Ball in Hyde Park and a young man who becomes smitten with Amira. When she runs away at midnight, he and his friends search various Chicago neighborhoods trying to find her—Little India, downtown, Pilsen, Chinatown, Bronzeville, and Hyde Park—until they meet at a place that is special to both of them.

“Amira: A Chicago Cinderella Story celebrates Chicago’s South Side and its diverse neighborhoods, as well as the perseverance of immigrants to make a home in a new place,” commented Tye. “We also hope to provide positive images of young girls as strong, smart, and capable.”

The cast includes more than 130 dancers age seven to adult. Tye is directing the production and collaborating with seven HPSD faculty members to create the choreography. Tye is also working closely with Costume Designer Jacquelyn Sanders on this modern Cinderella story and professional photographer Damien Thompson to create projection scenery featuring the neighborhoods of Chicago.

University of Chicago Lab School senior Olivia Issa, who is performing the title role in two of the four performances, is also involved in a special feature of the costumes. “Olivia is thrilled to combine her love of dance and her curiosity and drive for computer coding to help create Amira’s magical gown, which will light up, and the glowing fireflies for her transition into her ball costume,” said Tye.

Hyde Park School of Dance – History
Tye founded Hyde Park School of Dance in 1993, after the School of Chicago Ballet, where she had been teaching, closed its doors. Starting with two teachers, an accompanist, and 30 students in one studio, HPSD has grown to a staff of 38 part-time faculty, accompanists, and administrators; more than 500 students; and 100+ hours of weekly instruction in four studios at three neighborhood locations. During the past 25 years, Hyde Park School of Dance has grown and prospered, while remaining true to its commitment to Training, Performance, and Community.August Tye
Before coming to Chicago in 1991 to teach at the School of Chicago Ballet, under the direction of prima ballerina Maria Tallchief, Tye performed with the Kalamazoo Ballet Company. She is a two-time recipient of the Monticello Choreographers Award and has choreographed for companies throughout the country. She has performed with Joel Hall Dancers, Salt Creek Ballet, and Second City Ballet. Tye started at Lyric Opera as a dancer in Un ballo in maschera during the 1992–93 season. Since then, she has worked on more than 38 productions as dancer, choreographer, or ballet mistress. Her credits include remounting the choreography of Lyric’s Iphigénie en Tauride at San Francisco Opera and the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden and remounting Lyric’s Salome at the Saito Kinen Festival in Matsumoto, Japan. She is thrilled to make her Dallas Opera debut in April 2018 as the original choreographer for Bob Falls’ Lyric production of Don Giovanni. Tye met her husband, opera singer Wilbur Pauley, when they appeared together in Lyric’s 1994 production of Candide. They were married in 1998 and have three children—all of whom will dance in Amira: A Chicago Cinderella Story.

Amira: A Chicago Cinderella Story takes place Friday, June 15 at 7 p.m.;
Saturday, June 16 at 1 and 6 p.m.; and Sunday, June 17 at 2 p.m.
at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th Street in Chicago.
Tickets, which go on sale May 8, are $25 for adult general admission seating,
$20 for seniors (ages 65+), $15 for children ages six through 18 and
students of all ages with ID, and free (ticket required) for children five and younger.
Tickets and information are available at773-493-8498 or hydeparkdance.org/tickets.

Hyde Park School of Dance
Founded in 1993 as The Hyde Park School of Ballet, Hyde Park School of Dance provides opportunities for students of all ages and abilities to study, perform and create classical and contemporary dance at the highest levels of discipline and artistry. Through high quality training and performance, HPSD’s goal is to cultivate a love of dance and strength of body, mind and character that will benefit students throughout their lives. Led by Founding Artistic Director August Tye, the faculty is committed to helping children experience the empowering rewards of self-discipline, hard work and collaboration in a supportive and nurturing environment that values healthy bodies.

Rappers Ludacris, Flo Rida Added To 2018 Grandstand Concert Series at Illinois State Fair

Posted by Admin On May - 1 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

 

Tickets will go on sale Saturday, May 5th via Ticketmaster

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – One of the music industry’s premier entertainers is headed to the Illinois State Fair this summer. Grammy award winning recording artist, songwriter, actor, and philanthropist Ludacris will perform on the Grandstand stage on Saturday, August 18.

Countless hits including “Stand Up,” “Get Back,” and “Money Maker,” have solidified Ludacris as one of music’s best entertainers with more than 20 million albums sold domestically.  In fact, in 2010, Ludacris was named one of the most effective influencers on American culture.

In addition to his dynamic stage performances, Ludacris is a well-known actor.  Ludacris has a recurring role in The Fast & The Furious film franchise, and has also appear in the movies Crash, Hustle & Flow, and No Strings Attached.  Ludacris is also no stranger to the small screen with appearances on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, hosting duties on the Billboard Music Awards, and former judge on the reality television show, Rising Star.

Joining Ludacris at the Illinois State Fair will be Flo Rida.  The Florida native rose to fame at the age of 18 as the hype man for Fresh Kid Ice from 2 Live Crew.  Flo Rida comes from a long line of family musicians, including his father and sisters, with a variety of gospel and R&B influences.  His 2008 breakout single, “Low,” was number one on the U.S. charts for ten weeks and broke digital download sales at the time of its release.  Other Flo Rida hits include, “Club Can’t Handle Me,” “Right Round,” and “Wild Ones.”

Tickets to see Ludacris and Flo Rida at the Illinois State Fair will go on sale on Saturday, May 5th via Ticketmaster.com, and sales for that concert will begin at the Emmerson Building on Monday, May 7th.   Tickets for six other concerts are on sale now.  Ticket prices are as follows:

Friday, August 10:  Boy George and Culture Club with Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey
Tier 3 – $22 / Tier 2 – $27 / Tier 1 – $32 / Track – $32 / VIP – $42

Saturday, August 11:  Halestorm & Mastodon
Tier 3 – $28 / Tier 2 – $33 / Tier 1 – $38 / Track $38 / VIP – $48

Sunday, August 12:  Foreigner with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Tier 3 – $25 / Tier 2 – $30 / Tier 1 – $35 / Track $35 / VIP – $45

Monday, August 13: Dueling Pianos International
Free Concert

Wednesday, August 15:  311 & The Offspring with Gym Class Heroes
Tier 3 – $34 / Tier 2 – $39 / Tier 1 – $44 / Track $44 / VIP – $54

Friday, August 17:  Brett Eldredge
Tier 3 – $29 / Tier 2 – $34 / Tier 1 – $39 / Track $39 / VIP – $49

Saturday, August 18:  Flo Rida & Ludacris with Childish Major
Tier 3 – $27 / Tier 2 – $32 / Tier 1 – $37 / Track $37 / VIP – $47

Sunday, August 19:  Brantley Gilbert
Tier 3 – $35 / Tier 2 – $40 / Tier 1 – $45 / Track $45 / VIP – $55

The Illinois State Fair will once again offer Stage Side Parties for each of the Grandstand concerts. An additional $30 ticket will provide fairgoers access to an exclusive pre-show party that includes a food provided by the Illinois Pork Producers Association, entertainment, giveaways and early entry into the concert.  New this year, the fair will provide each stage side ticket holder with a parking pass for that night’s concert if the tickets are purchased prior to July 31st.  The Stage Side Party is only available to those who have purchased a concert ticket to attend that night’s concert – BOTH concert & party ticket will be required to enter the party tent.   These tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster once tickets go on-sale.

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Illinois State Fair, August 9th – 19th, in Springfield, IL.

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MTV Reinvents “Yo! MTV Raps” Across Linear and Digital Platforms Kicking Off With 30th Anniversary Live Event at Barclays Center on June 1st

Posted by Admin On May - 1 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Network Will Live Stream Event Featuring Eric B & Rakim, KRS ONE, Flavor Flav, EPMD, Big Daddy Kane, Doug E. Fresh, Ed Lover, Doctor Dré, T-Money, Fab Five Freddy, Fat Joe and more


Yo MTV Raps 30th Anniversary

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — Thirty years after its premiere on MTV, “YO! MTV Raps” legacy continues to have a lasting influence on hip-hop and pop culture. To celebrate this milestone anniversary, MTV will reinvent the franchise for a new generation as a both a linear and digital series across its platforms. To kick things off, show alumni, artists and fans will gather for the “YO! MTV Raps: 30th Anniversary Experience” on Friday, June 1st at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, which will be live streamed by MTV.

After its debut on August 6th, 1988, “YO! MTV Raps” became the premiere source for all things hip-hop. The advent of the series was crucial to the rise of hip-hop, and created a worldwide appreciation of the genre, which has since become one of the most influential in mainstream music.

The “YO! MTV Raps: 30th Anniversary Experience” will bring together an all-star line-up of the series’ alumni and hip-hop legends including Big Daddy Kane and the Juice Crew, Eric B & Rakim, Doug E. Fresh, KRS-One and Boogie Down Productions, Fat Joe, Yo-Yo, Onyx, EPMD, Flavor Flav, YBT Tap the bottle reunion, Black Sheep, DAS EFX, Special Ed, Pharcyde, Brand Nubian, Nice & Smooth, Melle Mel & The Furious Five, Kid Capri, DJ Skribble, Red Alert, Chuck Chillout, Fab 5 Freddy, Ed Lover, Doctor Dré, T-Money and others for a night to remember.

The event will also feature special tribute videos from Eminem, Method Man, Redman and more.

For more information about the event, tickets and additional artist announcements, follow “YO! MTV Raps: 30th Anniversary Experience” on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

For more details about the event, visit www.yomtvrapsexperience.com

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Tickets to the show go on sale on Friday, April 20 at 10AM ET and can be purchased on Ticketmaster.com and barclayscenter.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office beginning at 12PM ET on Saturday, April 21.

The “YO! MTV Raps: 30th Anniversary Experience” is the brainchild of Charlie Stettler, who, with his partner Lynda West, managed and developed the careers of the Fat Boys, Ed Lover & Doctor Dré, Leslie “Big Lez” Segar and DJ Skribble, among others. Stettler, along with “YO! MTV Raps: 30th Anniversary Experience” co-producers Blue Williams, Matthew Kemp, Sal Abbatiello and DJ Skribble, helped usher in the hip-hop mainstream revolution. The live stream is Executive Produced by Eric Conte, of Content.23 Media.


About Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment:
Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE) develops and operates state-of-the-art venues and manages premier sports franchises, delivering dynamic content and experiences for audiences. BSE oversees programming, marketing, sales, and operations for Barclays Center; NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum; LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre; and Webster Hall. BSE manages and controls the Brooklyn Nets and its NBA G League team, the Long Island Nets, as well as the business operations of the NHL’s New York Islanders. Barclays Center, which opened on September 28, 2012, offers 17,732 seats for basketball, 15,795 for hockey, and up to 19,000 seats for concerts, and has 101 luxury suites, four bars/lounges, four clubs, and Parm Italian Restaurant & 40/40 CLUB by Tanduay Rum. NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, reopened on April 5, 2017 after undergoing an extensive renovation. The Coliseum offers 14,500 seats for basketball, MMA and boxing, 13,900 for hockey, up to 15,000 for concerts, and 4,500 seats for its theater configuration. With a focus on emerging businesses, BSE identifies and creates alliances, strategic partnerships and other business opportunities to ensure the success of its assets.


About MTV:
MTV is a global youth culture brand inspired by music. For more information, check out mtvpress.com. MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA)

 

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