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Tamar Braxton

The 2023 Black Music

(CHICAGO, IL.) – May 2, 2022 - The 2023 Black Music Honors unveils its awe-inspiring roster of performers, poised to honor the music that has captivated and influenced generations with a special live taping at Atlanta's Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Friday, May 19

The 2023 Black Music


Anthony Hamilton

Black Music Honors, Premiering In June, Is A Powerful Tribute To The Rich Legacy Of African-American Music, Timed To Coincide With Black Music Month Featuring a Salute To The Late Bobby Caldwell’s Soulful Legacy Transcending Racial Boundaries.

Latocha Scott

Exhilarating performances are slated by music heavyweights including belting vocalist and Reality TV superstar Tamar Braxton; the sweet-sounding and quartet-influenced Anthony Hamilton feat. The Ton3s; powerhouse singer and Gospel staple Tina Campbell of Mary Mary; falsetto-serenader and diamond-selling recording artist Robin Thicke; Hip-Hop & R&B superwoman Lil’ Mo; modern soul man and crooner Kenny Lattimore; influential 90’s R&B group 702; three-time GRAMMY-nominated, “The Love King,” Raheem DeVaughn; Chicago soulful veteran Dave Hollister; melodic songbird and actress Elle Varner; six-time ASCAP award-winning singer-songwriter Sevyn Streeter; multi-talented singer-songwriter Nicole Wray; southern hummingbird and songstress Tweet; contemporary Gospel vocalist and pastor Beverly Crawford; Gospel soloist and Sunday Best winner Le’Andria Johnson; Gospel award-winning singer-songwriter Zacardi Cortez; member of the multi-platinum R&B group Xscape and inspirational artist Latocha Scott; raspy-tone Gospel singer and composer Melvin Williams; retro R&B/Soul trio The Shindellas; New Orleans rapper Juvenile; Gospel viral sensation and songster Kelontae Gavin; and dynamic gospel chorale ensemble Kevin Lemons & Higher Calling.


Kenny Lattimore

Robin Thicke

The 2023 Black Music

Black Music Honors, Premiering In June, Is A Powerful Tribute To The Rich Legacy Of African-American Music, Timed To Coincide With Black Music Month Featuring a Salute To The Late Bobby Caldwell’s Soulful Legacy Transcending Racial Boundaries.

The late Bobby Caldwell will be recognized with a special salute for his over 25-year career as an acclaimed in-demand songwriter and soul performer. Other honors for the celebration include Music Innovator Icon tapped to be received by Hip-Hop superstar Missy Elliott; Urban Music Icon to be presented to girl group SWV; R&B Music Icon awarded to singer-songwriter Evelyn "Champagne" King; Legends Award snagged by R&B/Soul crooner Jeffrey Osborne; and Gospel Music Icon set to be received by gospel trailblazers The Hawkins Family.


The dynamic duo of Grammy-winning artist LeToya Luckett and acclaimed comedian DeRay Davis return as co-hosts with their infectious charisma and electric energy. The televised tribute will debut on the Stellar Network TV June 3 with national broadcast syndication starting June 10 - July 2 and an airing on Bounce TV June 19. The 8th Annual Black Music Honors is presented by Procter and Gamble. Sponsors include AT&T, General Motors, Johnson & Johnson, State Farm, Verizon and Walmart. The 8th Annual Black Music Honors show is Executive Produced by Don Jackson with Jennifer J. Jackson serving as Producer and Executive in Charge of Production; and Michael A. Johnson as Producer and Director.


Tickets for the live-taping event are available at or you can purchase tickets at




Tina Campbell


The summer is hot and it's time to have fun. Take a listen to the latest track from Indy's own Reckless Rhymacide as he kicks off "It's Yo Birthday." 

“Sparklers on bottles, delivered by models.”

“Pocket full of money, and you’re ready to splurge.”

---Reckless Rhymacide



Reckless Rhymacide (Kelvin Coe) is a rap/hip hop artist and songwriter from Indianapolis, Indiana. He is the biological brother of hip hop artist Loc Rhymacide (Anthony Coe). He began rapping in elementary school. His biggest musical influence was his cousin, producer Carlton Hart ($ir Hart). He recorded his first EP Young Black Males in the early 2000’s. His follow up LP Greatest Stories Ever Sold wasn’t released until several years later. Both projects earned him regional success in the Midwest, and opportunities to open up for artists such as Twista, Coo Coo Cal, and Lil’ Flip. Recently, Reckless Rhymacide Released a film comprised of all of his music videos titled Seeing Is Believing. Screening was at Kan Kan Cinema In indianapolis. Chances are you’ve seen people wearing Rhymacide t-shirts around Indy and the midwest.


Teaser| Keeping Up with The Joneses|


After the death of second husband Webb (Ted McGinley), Robin (Fox) stands to inherit a fortune with the help of family lawyer Sheldon's (Michael Paré) legal wrangling. Carrie’s (Carter) philanthropic endeavors have always taken a backseat to the family’s business, but now, with Lance (Adonis Williams) at her side, she plans to expand her role by creating the Crystal Water Fund. Meanwhile, Kayla (Sterling) is enjoying the single life until she meets Carter (Sam Schweikert) who she quickly falls for. Tara (Aivaliotis) begins an affair with her college professor, while Pam (Thompson) strikes up a friendship with Stephen Napoli (Chris Cleveland), the CEO of the construction company building the family's new water facility and who she grows close to after the building is vandalized. But Pam is in for an even bigger shock when the child whom she gave up for adoption years ago suddenly returns!

(CHICAGO) July 19, 2022 The Stellar Gospel Music Awards celebrated its 37th year honoring excellence in Gospel music during an uplifting weekend of events, concluding with the live-taped ceremony on Saturday, July 16, at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia. Hosted by Stellar Award-winning artists Jekalyn Carr and Kierra Sheard, this year’s celebration will premiere Sunday, August 7 at 8 PM ET/PT on BET, BET Her, and BET International and will be syndicated in various local markets across the country between August 13 and September 11, 2022.

Pastor Mike, Jr. leads the list of winners with a total of six Stellar Awards, including Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary Male Artist of the Year, Contemporary Album of the Year, and Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year, as well as Album of the Year for I Got It: Single's Ministry Vol. 1. CeCe Winans won three Stellar Awards, including Producer of the Year, Praise and Worship Album of the Year, and Praise and Worship Song of the Year, all tied to the album Believe For It. Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music received three awards for their collaboration, Jonny x Mali: Live in L.A. EP, including Duo/Chorus Group of the Year, Contemporary Duo/Chorus Group of the Year, and Special Event Album of the Year. 

Other notable winners during the 37th Stellar Gospel Music Awards include Tamela Mann and Ricky Dillard, both of whom received two Stellar Awards, with Dillard also receiving the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Toyota in recognition of his contributions to Gospel music as a renowned choir leader and recording artist. In addition, Two-time nominee E. Dewey Smith was named Best New Artist for his 2021 albums God Period and Let Praises Ring.

The 37th Stellar Gospel Music Awards features showstopping performances by Kirk Franklin, Erica Campbell, Maverick City Music, Marvin Sapp, Tye Tribbett, Le’Andria Johnson, Koryn Hawthorne, Brian Courtney Wilson, Jor’Dan Armstrong, Doe, Rudy Currence, Chrisette Michele, Darrel Walls, James Fortune and more. 

The Stellar Gospel Music Awards also bestows special honors to industry titans who continue creating a legacy of excellence that reaches and influences the masses, both within and outside of the Gospel genre. Six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning hitmaker and producer Aaron Lindsey received the Aretha Franklin Icon Award Presented by Aflac. Candi Staton also received the Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award, an honor that reflects her career of nearly seven decades as a music pioneer and a captivating Gospel music artist. 

Top nominees for this year’s ceremony included CeCe Winans, who led the field with nine nominations, followed by Pastor Mike, Jr., who received eight nominations. Tamela Mann, Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music, and Todd Dulaney all received six nominations. Kelontae Gavin received five nominations. Maverick City Music, Israel Houghton, Ricky Dillard, E. Dewey Smith, and Jason Clayborn received four nominations each.


The 37th Stellar Gospel Music Awards is proud to be presented this year by AT&T Dream in Black. This year’s sponsors also include Procter & Gamble (P&G), Walmart, State Farm, Toyota, McDonald’s – Black & Positively Golden, and Aflac. The 37th Stellar Gospel Music Awards is also proud to partner with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 


For additional updates, follow The Stellar Awards on social media — @thestellars on Instagram and Twitter, and Stellar Gospel Music Awards on Facebook — and check out the Stellar Awards website. The hashtag for the show is #StellarAwards.


T-Pain Has (Fitness) Tips for Peloton -- All For One Surprise Appearance at PSNY

“Can I Mix You a Drink” Author and Rapper T-Pain may be known for his love of cocktails but this week he’s been the ultimate fitness motivator at Peloton! The rapper, singer, songwriter and producer made a special appearance at Peloton Studios New York (PSNY) during All for One (AFO) weekend, a music festival inspired event uniting the power of music, movement and community. 


To help celebrate special T-Pain themed classes, T-Pain hyped up lucky Members in Peloton Instructor Camila Ramón’s T-Pain Cycling class where he brought all the energy, motivating Members to move, no auto-tune necessary!  But, that wasn’t enough for the irreverent rap legend who also swung by Peloton Instructor Jess Sims' T-Pain Strength class complete with one of Sims’ signature “listening games.” 


For the T-Pain stans, the classes live on demand in Peloton’s class library, also available on the Peloton App, free to new Members for 30 days. 


We hope you’ll share this special moment from the Peloton Community with readers. Please see below for assets and the photo caption/credit to include in coverage.


Music Streaming News: Twitch to Exclusively Stream AFROPUNK Brooklyn 2022

Exciting streaming news to share with you this morning! We’re excited to announce that AFROPUNK Brooklyn 2022 (9/10-9/11) will stream exclusively on Twitch next month! This builds on top of an impressive roster of festivals exclusively livestreamed on Twitch (Gov Ball 2022Rolling Loud, and Outside Lands), where musicians and venues have adopted a hybrid model— streaming in-person festivals and events online to reach a wider, global community.



 Headlined by The Roots and Burna Boy, AFROPUNK Hits Commodore Barry Park on September 10th-11th, 2022


Isaiah Rashad, Lucky Daye, Freddie Gibbs, Earl Sweatshirt, Tierra Whack, and Many More To Perform at the First AFROPUNK Brooklyn Since 2019


Tune Into AFROPUNK’s “HELLLOOO BROOKLYN!!!!” Festival Pre-Show on Twitch Today at 4:30pm PT/7:30pm ET, Exclusively on Twitch

AFROPUNK is again teaming up with Twitch as the official livestream partner for AFROPUNK Brooklyn 2022. The upcoming Brooklyn festival is AFROPUNK's first event in its hometown since 2019, and the two-day show will air live exclusively on the AFROPUNK Twitch channel to a worldwide audience. AFROPUNK Brooklyn 2022 happens on September 10th-11th in Commodore Barry Park.

The Twitch broadcast for AFROPUNK Brooklyn will feature performances by artists including The Roots, Burna Boy, and Isaiah Rashad, as well as exclusive interviews and other behind-the-scenes content from the festival grounds. Fans tuning in virtually will be able to interact with artists in real time and participate in AFROPUNK's discussion panels. In addition to live music, AFROPUNK Brooklyn offers several segments highlighting the unique and distinctive elements that define AFROPUNK including roundups of fashion, hair, beauty and art.  Visit to watch the stream, and stay tuned for the full livestream schedule. 

FX’s Atlanta will sponsor the exclusive livestream on Twitch, and is presenting a custom “Black Excellence Is” segment that will profile the AFROPUNK community - from artists to in-person attendees to festival staff - on their definition of Black Excellence. Twitch viewers can tune into the series during a custom segment within the AFROPUNK livestreams on Twitch. FX’s Atlanta’s fourth and final season premieres on Thursday, September 15 at 10pm ET/PT on FX and streaming the next day on Hulu.

Beyond the headliners, AFROPUNK Brooklyn brings a group of game-changing artists looking to make a statement at AFROPUNK. Notable big names on the lineup include Lucky Daye, Freddie Gibbs, Tierra Whack, and Earl Sweatshirt, who performs at his first AFROPUNK since reuniting with Tyler, The Creator and Syd at AFROPUNK 2016.

Prior to the festival, AFROPUNK will host two pre-shows on Twitch. Titled “HELLLOOO BROOKLYN!!!!,” the pre-shows will provide an inside look and first impression of what’s in store for AFROPUNK Brooklyn 2022. Hosted by Diana Doowop, Chozan Behn, and Aaron Sanford, and with live music by Chozan Behn and Thunderous Knight, the two “HELLLOOO BROOKLYN!!!!” episodes will offer exclusive announcements, interactive elements, giveaways, and much more. Tune into the first episode tonight (8/18) at 4:30pm PT/7:30pm ET, and once again on 8/25 at the same time, to join AFROPUNK on the road to Brooklyn.

After hosting events in Miami, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Bahia, and Johannesburg in recent years, and an event in Minneapolis this weekend, AFROPUNK feels great to be home. With AFROPUNK 2022, the global brand seeks to remind New York and the wider world why it's one of the most vital and vibrant cultural events on the calendar.

Viewers interested in watching the AFROPUNK Brooklyn stream can follow for a real time festival experience. 

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Peloton Announces the Return of All For One Music Festival, Aug 19-21

Peloton announced the return of its All For One (AFO) Music Festival, an annual community tradition taking place from August 19 through the 21. This epic three-day celebration will be bigger than ever, uniting the power of music, movement and community, and will feature an incredible line-up from 33 musical artists across Rock, Pop, Country, Dance, Latin, Hip Hop and more.


AFO will mark the official opening of Peloton Studios New York (PSNY) and Peloton Studios London (PSL) and will welcome in-studio Members for the first-time to take part in the live AFO classes! With a bigger line-up than ever before, Members will feel the collective vibration of this historic weekend whether participating IRL or at home. With 160 classes across 3 days, 54 instructors, 33 artists, 10+ disciplines (including Adaptive offering) and content available in 3 languages (English, German and Spanish), Peloton’s AFO event promises to deliver a jam-packed music festival weekend.


Here’s more on what to expect: