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Black Panther Receives Seven Academy Award Nominations

Tracee Ellis Ross and Kumail Nanjiani announced the 2019 Oscar nominations Tuesday morning from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Marvel Studio’s Black Panther received seven Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Sound Editing, Production Design, Sound Mixing, Original Score, Original Song and Costume Design. Black Panther is the first comic book movie to get Best Picture Oscar nomination. The film became the highest earning film of 2018 in the United States and the second highest worldwide. 

The 91st Annual Academy Awards will broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on February 24, 2019.


LeChateau Earl Records Releases ‘Damien Sneed: We Shall Overcome’ in Celebration of MLK Day

Acclaimed multi-genre recording artist Damien Sneedreleased a new full-length recording titled Damien Sneed: We Shall Overcome on LeChateau Earl Records on January 18th. The inspiring new project is currently available on iTunesAmazon,Google Play, and all other digital retail outlets everywhere. A celebration of R&B classics, civil rights anthems, beloved spirituals, jazz compositions and more, the album arrives on the heels of the 35thAnniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which was made a federal holiday in 1983.


Wendy Raquel Robinson & Tank to Host 2019 Bounce Trumpet Awards

Actress Wendy Raquel Robinson and R&B singer Tank will host the 2019 Bounce Trumpet Awards. The black-tie ceremony will take place at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta Georgia on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Bounce will premiere the show on Sunday, February 17th, 2019 at 9:00 PM ET. 

Ashanti, Da Brat, India.Arie, YoYo, Keyshia Cole and more are scheduled to perform. 

Honorees for the 2019 Bounce Trumpet Awards:
  • The inaugural Xernona Clayton Award will be presented to GRAMMY® Award-winning rapper, actor, entrepreneur and activist Tip “T.I.” Harris by Trumpet Awards founder and civil rights leader Ms. Clayton herself. Harris will be recognized for his extensive charitable work and numerous contributions to economic development and job creation within his hometown of Atlanta.
  • The Living Legend/Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to actor, comedian, film director and writer Robert TownsendWith a multi-faceted career spanning over 40 years, Townsend is best-known for Hollywood ShuffleThe Five HeartbeatsThe Parent ‘HoodMeteor Man and more. In addition to his professional work, Townsend is also an active humanitarian, working with the UNCF, NAACP and numerous organizations on a variety of projects.
  • The Rising Star Award Sponsored by McDonald’s will be presented to singer, dancer and actor JD McCrary. Presently appearing in The Paynes on the Oprah Winfrey Network, he will be starring as the voice of Young Simba in the live-action remake of The Lion King. 2018 Rising Star honoree Rhyon Brown will present this award.
  • The Trailblazer Award will be presented to GRAMMY ® Award-nominated rapper MC Lyte. Long considered as one of hip-hop’s pioneer feminists, she paved the way for future female artists and has collaborated with Missy Elliott, Jermaine Dupri, Sean Combs and Janet Jackson, among many others.
  • The Music Excellence Award will be presented to four-time GRAMMY® Award-winning record producer, rapper and songwriter Rodney Jerkins aka Darkchild. In a career spanning nearly 25 years, he has produced and written hits for Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton and Cher among many others.
  • The Vanguard Award will be presented to fashion designer and haberdasher Dapper Dan (Daniel Day). Owner of the influential store, Dapper Dan’s Boutique, Day is most associated with introducing high fashion to the hip hop world, with clients including Jay-Z, LL Cool J and Salt-N-Pepa.
  • The Education Excellence Award will be presented to educator Tim King, President and CEO of Urban Prep Academies, a nonprofit organization which provides high-quality and comprehensive college-preparatory educational experience for young men resulting in graduates succeeding in college.

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Smino To Headline Hoopti Tour

St. Louis rapper Smino announces his headlining Hoopti tour of North America. The tour will begin on March 23rd in Chicago and will end May 17th in Detroit. Smino just appeared with Noname and Saba on The Tonight Show for a performance of “Ace.” Smino’s sophomore album NOIR was released last year following his 2017 breakout blkswn. Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday January 18th at 10 AM ET at

                                                                      Hoopti Tour Dates 

3/16 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 3 
3/19 –  London, UK @ Brixton Electric 
3/23 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
3/27 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater

3/28 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater  
3/30 – Lawrence, KS @ The Granada Theater  
4/1 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall  
4/2 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Complex 
4/4 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
4/5 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theater 
4/9 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
4/10 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst 
4/13 – Indio, CA @ Coachella  
4/20 – Indio, CA @ Coachella 
4/22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom 
4/23 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad  
4/25 – Dallas, TX @ Trees 
4/26 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s 
4/29 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live 
4/30 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
5/2 – Nashville, TN @ The Cannery
5/3 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theater
5/4 – Orpheum @ Tampa, FL
5/6 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
5/7 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
5/9 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
5/10 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza 
5/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ The TLA 
5/13 – Boston, MA @ Paradise 
5/14 – Montreal, QC @ L’Astral 
5/16 – Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix 
5/17 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall 

Missy Elliott Is The First Woman Rapper Inducted Into The Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Missy Elliott now has the honor of becoming the first woman rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. She is the fourth hip-hop songwriter to be inducted sharing the distinction with Jay-Z, Jermaine Dupri and Dallas Austin who is also a 2019 inductee. Elliott’s success in the ’90s put her among the most influential artists of the decade. She broke through as a unique voice comprised of humor and style when she debuted as a solo artist with the single “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” in 1997. It was the beginning of her time as a creator of some of the era’s classic songs with Timbaland’s computerized rhythms that complimented Elliott’s singing and rapping. Her pen extended its reach to gain writing credits for Aaliyah, Whitney Houston, SWV, Total, and Destiny’s Child among others. The Songwriters Hall of Fame describes Elliot as “One of the most significant female artists in contemporary music history.” Chairman Nile Rodgers said in the press release that the 2019 inductees wrote songs that made the music of today possible. Elliott’s music resisted stereotypes about women and opened up a new path of individualism for women rappers and her videos have inspired artists across genres. The induction event is scheduled for Thursday, June 13th 2019, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.