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Moodymann Will Play At Paisley Park

 

 

Detroit DJ and house music auteur Moodymann will play an extensive set of Prince’s music at Paisley Park December 1st. The longtime Prince fan will honor the late musician with a set of rare tracks, B-sides, and unreleased songs. Red Bull Music will present the event at Prince’s home in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Prince’s relationship with Detroit was unique because of the way the city embraced him before superstardom. The artist gave rare interviews to DJ The Electrifying Mojo and played limitless concert dates in the city during his rise in the ’80s. Moodymann has always been open about Prince’s influence on his music. The reclusive artist and label owner, who has recorded with Prince collaborator Amp Fiddler in the past, became one the most respected names in dance music during the ’90s. His unconventional approach and refusal to dilute his vision with trends produced some of the most sweat-inducing moments on wax. Moodymann’s “Shades Of Jae” became an anthem at Detroit’s Club Heaven under the fingers of late legendary DJ Ken Collier. His catalog was also received on an international level and Drake recently sampled his “Live At Cutloose 2nd Birthday Party” on “Passionfruit.” 

Tickets for Moodymann’s set at Paisley Park can be purchased from Red Bull’s site

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Hello Yello Share Video For Feel That Again & Announce New EP

Oakland trio Hello Yello make their debut as a band with the video for “Feel That Again.” Vocalist Dylan, his younger brother Jaden (bass) and their friend Martin (drums) came together in the midst of Oakland’s music scene. Aramis Hudson of the Illegal Civilization skate collective stars in the “Feel That Again” video. The trio’s free-form approach to music which includes reggae, hip-hop, punk and grunge influences will be presented on their soon to be released debut EP. 

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CEO and Author Modi Says “Some Women Prefer Hell” With New Book Release

Chicago -Modi, author, entrepreneur and CEO of Chicagoland’s chain of Premier Child Care Centers, is exploding on the literary scene with the absorbing and intriguing new fiction, Some Women Prefer Hell. A must-read for women who often precariously seek out ‘bad boys,’ thinking the outcome will be all good, Some Women Prefer Hell lends engaging insight into one young woman’s set of circumstances behind this preference of choice.
It has always been said that ‘some women like it hot,’ well Kana, the young teen protagonist in the sweltering ‘urban lit’ offering, Some Women Prefer Hell, is one of those women.  Some Women Prefer Hell unravels with 14-year-old Kana’s world falling apart all around her. Her mom’s recent divorce finds the family living in Flossmoor, Chicago’s upscale suburban community, with her new man, Mike. Mike epitomizes gangsta’ swag from his 6’5″ frame to his fast car lifestyle and Kana’s mom, Kim, is possessed by him. A violent argument between the two sets off a whirlwind of events that catches Kana off guard, leaving her to figure out how to navigate life’s turbulent waters on her own.  
With her mom as her foremost role model, she acts as she has seen, and falls into the arms of her very own bad boy, 18-year-old high school senior EJ. Kana is quickly propelled into womanhood, coming to a deep understanding of owning one’s choices and dealing with the consequences. A revealing narrative and think piece told in the voice of a young teen, Some Women Prefer Hell will pull on the hearts of women young and old as the curse of “crazy love syndrome” is a universal one defying age and logic.
Budding book author Modi is following in the footsteps of her celebrity mom, Tamera Fair, an actress, on-air personality and founder of Chicago’s distinguished Premier Child Care Centers. Carrying on her mother’s legacy, she has held reign as the CEO of Premier Child Care Centers since the age of 23. As the author of the new release, Some Women Prefer Hell, Modi, now 25, is carving out her own path and claiming her own personal legend.   
A graduate of Fisk University, with a degree in English, Modi fell in love with literature. In fact, words became her lifesaver when she found herself battling a serious bout of depression. Depression can be a crippling disease, but Modi was resilient and refused to let it get the best of her. At the beckoning of her therapist, she took pen to paper and Some Women Prefer Hell was born! Her first entry into the world of urban literature, the book has already garnered her media accolades with appearances on Fox32 in Chicago as well as Chicago’s WGN-TV. 
“It was a deep heartbreak that rendered me immobile and depressed. I created Kana in “Some Women Prefer Hell” as an extension of my persona and my personal pain. Sometimes the path toward love that we choose is hell. But no one can tell us anything different until we get the lesson for ourselves,” offers Modi.  “So many women suffer from unrequited love. On the surface, yes, it may seem like we prefer hell, but our real preference is just to be loved. Kana, as a young teenager, grows into this understanding, and her life lessons were my life lessons. Hopefully, the reader can garner some teachings from her wild and crazy tale as well!”  
Modi is raising the bar for millennials everywhere. As the CEO of Chicago’s Premier Child Care Centers, the enterprising young executive stays busy overseeing four state-of-the-art locations that have served the city for over 30 years now. Educational activities incorporated into the vast curriculum include French, Japanese, Spanish, computer classes, etiquette classes and Pre-Fit (preschool gym). In addition, each classroom suite includes a computer lab, library, cafeteria, indoor playground, an on-site kitchen, and soft top outdoor playground.
Visioning a full-fledged “Modi-vational empire with the intention of inspiring her peers to keep pushing forward, no matter what love brings or doesn’t bring, Modi is planning a movie sequel to the book, additional fiction releases, and she has launched a “Some Women Prefer Hell” product line that includes lashes, hoodies and scarves.    
Some women prefer hell, but Modi knows heaven is the real answer.  Keep cool with Modi at http://somewomenpreferhell.com/ and on Instagram at @justmodi_ and on Facebook at @Some Women Prefer Hell.  
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Brown Sugar Video-On-Demand Service Makes Xfinity X1 Debut

Bounce TV’s Brown Sugar video-on-demand service is now available on Comcast’s Xfinity X1. Brown Sugar has a broad library of Black movies through several eras including classic titles including Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, blaxploitation; Super Fly and critically acclaimed like Monster’s Ball. There are music documentaries on Beyonce, Prince, Michael Jackson and more. Brown Sugar can also be accessed through Apple TV, Amazon Channels, Roku, Amazon Kindle, Android, Apple smartphones and tablets and web browsers via Brownsugar.com. Subscribers can try the service for free on a seven-day trial period. The $3.99 a month service can be added to a viewer’s streaming options by simply saying “Brown Sugar” into their X1 Voice Remote or by finding it within Xfinity’s networks section.  

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Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace Documentary To Debut At 2018 DOC NYC

Aretha Franklin’s long-awaited Amazing Grace documentary will debut at the 2018 DOC NYC on Monday, November 12th at the SVA Theatre in New York City. The film captured Franklin’s acclaimed performances at New Temple Missionary Church in Los Angeles that took place on January 13th and 14th 1972. Warner Brothers Pictures filmed the footage as a companion to her Amazing Grace album which is the best-selling gospel album of all time. The concert has never been seen by those who didn’t attend before now and producer Joe Elliott acquired the film rights in 2007. Franklin’s niece Sabrina Owens, who is a personal representative of the Aretha Franklin estate made a statement about the significance of the documentary,

“Amazing Grace is the heart and soul of Aretha Franklin. This film is authentic and is my aunt at her core. She was a daughter of the church, she loved gospel music, and she always incorporated some form of sacred music in her concerts.”

Fans have waited for decades to see the performances that had Franklin’s father C.L. Franklin, Mick Jagger, Clara Ward, Mother Ward, Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts in the audience. 

Tickets for the world premiere of Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace documentary can be purchased at the SVA Theatre on 333 West 23rd St, NY, NY and Docnyc.net.

 

Amazing Grace Trailer 072718 from alan elliott on Vimeo.

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