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Road Reunion: Ford Focused On Families During Essence Festival Weekend

In 2009, following the exit of Chevrolet, Ford drove into New Orleans and became a premiere brand sponsor of the Essence Festival.  Seven years later, they’re going strong as a partner of what’s now become one the largest consumer live events in America. This year, the company known for vehicles like the Taurus, Fiesta, Expedition, […]

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Fully Fierce: The Curvy Con Redefines The Look Of Fashion

AlwaysAList.com had the chance to attend The Curvy Con, a two-day fashion expo and empowerment seminar in New York City aimed at bringing together plus-sized style brands, celebrities, full-figured fashionistas, influencers, models, shopaholics, fashion media and bloggers. An immaculately-produced event, The Curvy Con is surprisingly only in its second year and attracted upwards of 500-plus […]

Shaun Robinson Lifestyle

Formation: Shaun Robinson Developing Girls To Run The World

Almost a year to the date that she announced she was leaving “Access Hollywood,” Emmy Award-winning journalist and TV Host, Shaun Robinson has announced the formation of the S.H.A.U.N. Foundation for Girls. The non-profit organization will work to empower young women in five areas derived from Robinson’s name: (S)tem, (H)ealth (A)arts (U)nity and (N)eighborhoods. “I […]

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Montell Jordan: Releases New Memoir & Returns To Performing R&B

Former R&B superstar Montell Jordan has released a new book, “Becoming Unfamous: The Journey of ‘How We Do It’ To How He Do It.” The “This Is How We Do It” singer stepped away from his career in mainstream music in 2010 to become a Worship Minister at Victory World Church in Norcross, Georgia. Jordan, […]

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HOT SHOTS: Common, Fantasia, Soulja Boy, The O’Jays, Xavier Woods, Ruben Studdard, Case & more

Oscar and Grammy Award winning superstar Common was in his hometown of Chicago to celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service at Chicago’s Washington Park. The event was part of the National Park Foundation’s Find Your Park movement. During the event, held in the South Side community of Chicago, the prolific hip-hop star […]


 
 

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McHonors: McDonalds To Honor Toni Braxton & Charles Tillman At Essence Festival

Posted  June 10, 2016  by  jmurray

The 13th Annual McDonald’s 365Black Awards will take place on Friday, July 1, 2016 in New Orleans during the Essence Festival Weekend. The annual star-studded mid-day awards ceremony honors outstanding African-Americans who are making positive contributions to the community. This year, the 365Black Awards will honor Grammy Award winner Toni Braxton; former Chicago Bears cornerback […]

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Gospel

First 15: JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise Record To Culminate Music Milestone

Posted  June 7, 2016  by  jmurray

Stellar Award winning Gospel star J.J. Hairston and his choir Youthful Praise recently culminated 15-years in gospel music with a live recording at City of Praise Ministries in Hyattsville, Maryland. Thousands were in attendance at the mid-week concert that featured J.J. and Youthful Praise revisiting classic songs like “Lord, You’re Mighty,” “Deliver,” “Awesome God,” “Resting […]

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Radio

Big Return: Ebony Steele Back On Radio & Lands New TV Show

Posted  June 6, 2016  by  jmurray

Ebony Steele is back on the radio as the co-host of the “The Doug Banks Show.” Steele’s full-time return to radio was first reported by Radio Facts. It was originally believed that the late Doug Banks’ last co-host Dee Dee Renee would be staying on to co-host with the show’s new host, comedian Rudy Rush. Instead, American Urban […]

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Muhammad Ali: My Two Unforgettable Encounters With “The Greatest of All Time”

Posted  June 4, 2016  by  jmurray

More than a decade ago, I was driving down Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles, California in a red Cadillac on loan from General Motors. I had the windows down, as it was a beautiful sunny day in L.A., and I was blasting my Syleena Johnson CD, “Chapter 2: The Voice.”  I was on my way […]

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Theater

Nine Lives: “Cats” Returning To Broadway Starring “X Factor” Winner

Posted  June 3, 2016  by  jmurray

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famed musical “Cats” is returning to the Great White Way in July and pop superstar Leona Lewis has been tapped to play the lead role. Lewis will star as the withered and worn lonely cat Grizabella in the Broadway revival, which will start in previews at New York City’s Neil Simon Theater […]

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Sonically Superior: Maestro Damien Sneed Marvels In Marrying Music Genres

Posted  June 2, 2016  by  jmurray

He’s church-reared and classically-trained; young maestro Damien Sneed gets to marry the best of both worlds on “The Abyssinian Mass,” a musical opus recorded with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra that features Sneed alongside his mentor Wynton Marsalis and his acclaimed choir, Chorale Le Chateau. Combining elements of gospel music, classical and jazz, this […]

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Rolonda Watts: Talks New Novel & Rumored Romances With Al B. Sure, Henry Simmons & James Brown

Posted  June 2, 2016  by  jmurray

She’s a beloved talk show host, actress, voiceover goddess and radio personality. But now, Rolonda Watts can add author to her multi-hyphenated list of titles. The Winston-Salem, North Carolina native, who was one of the hosts of “Inside Edition” before landing her own talk show, “The Rolonda Show” in 1994, can now be heard as […]

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LisaRaye McCoy: Her White Being Right Revelation

Posted  June 1, 2016  by  jmurray

For some, Memorial Day kicks off the season to officially wear white clothes and shoes. If you’re a person who defies traditional fashion rules and Hollywood actress LisaRaye McCoy, wearing white is a year-round thing. When AlwaysAList.com editor Jawn Murray interviewed LisaRaye back in 2010, she said that her affinity for white wasn’t something contrived, […]

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Hot Talk: Wendy Williams Readying Return To Radio

Posted  May 31, 2016  by  jmurray

Wendy Williams has desires to return to the genre that made her famous—and to some people, infamous! The 51-year-old host of “The Wendy Williams Show” has been in talks with radio syndication companies, as well as SiriusXM satellite radio, about a possible return to radio. Williams, who is inducted in the National Radio Hall of […]

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Theater

Deborah Cox: Makes Her Debut As Josephine Baker

Posted  May 13, 2016  by  jmurray

Deborah Cox has started her run as the legendary Josephine Baker in the new musical “Josephine,” which opened at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Flor. on May 6 and will play through May 29. The long-in-the-works show about Baker explores the life of the twentieth-century’s first international black female sex symbol and how a […]

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Rush Hour: Comedian Rudy Rush Replacing Doug Banks

Posted  May 13, 2016  by  jmurray

Comedian Rudy Rush has been tapped to replace the late Doug Banks on afternoon radio. AlwaysAList.com reported on April 11 that Banks died from after a long battle with Diabetes at age 57. Now Rush, the former host of “Showtime at the Apollo,” will take over the time period for the syndication company American Urban […]

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