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On Her Own: Trin-I-Tee 5:7′s Chanel Talks Tina Turner, PJ Morton & Solo Debut

Posted  July 23, 2014  by  jmurray

She made her debut in 1997 as one-third of the top-selling gospel trio Trin-I-Tee 5:7. Now, Chanel Haynes-Schwartz is making her own mark with the debut of her solo CD, “Trin-i-tee 5:7: According to Chanel.” Despite having shared the spotlight with group members Angel Taylor, Terri Brown Britton and lastly Adrian Anderson—who replaced Britton in [...]

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Digital Dish: Misster Ray Takes On SWV & The Braxtons

Posted  July 22, 2014  by  jmurray

Social media socialite Misster Ray (real name: Ray Cunningham) has become the face of WeTV online. The former star of the BET reality series “College Hill” has been named WeTV’s Digital Correspondent after a successful run recapping the 12 episodes of season three of “LA Hair.” “I’m excited to be WeTV’s digital correspondent because now [...]

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I Feel For You: Chaka Khan Is Single & Sex-less

Posted  July 21, 2014  by  jmurray

Grammy winner Chaka Khan has gone a long time without having sex. The ‘Tell Me Something Good’ singer was a guest on “The Wendy Williams Show” last Friday to perform for Wendy Williams’ 50th birthday celebration. During an interview on the couch, Williams asked Khan was she dating anyone or did she have “friends with [...]

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Black Bourgeoisie: Lifetime’s “BAPS” Has High-End Hoopla

Posted  July 18, 2014  by  jmurray

“Don’t judge us based on that clip,” Jason K. Wilson told a group of media professionals who gathered in a small room inside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center during the Essence Festival in New Orleans to meet the cast of “BAPs.” This isn’t “B*A*P*S” the 1997 film starring Halle Berry, Martin Landau and Natalie [...]

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Lifestyle

Tech Talk: Lance Gross & Regina Hall Host Verizon Dinner

Posted  July 15, 2014  by  jmurray

Verizon Wireless returned as a sponsor for the 2014 Essence Festival. To culminate the 20th year of the festival in New Orleans, Verizon Wireless had an interactive booth activation at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center where festival attendees could explore technology, dance to live music, participate in celebrity meet-and-greets with Kim Burrell, Tank, Jazmine [...]

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Lifestyle

The Braxtons: Reality Sisters Show Why Their Black Is Beautiful

Posted  July 14, 2014  by  jmurray

Procter & Gamble returned to the Essence Festival as a sponsor for its seventh year. The company returned with its My Black Is Beautiful (MBIB) campaign, a program instituted by P&G as part of its long-standing commitment to touch and improve the lives of African-American women. This year, P&G expanded its MBIB campaign with “Beauty [...]

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Apollo Nida: Sentenced In Fraud Case

Posted  July 8, 2014  by  jmurray

Apollo Nida, husband of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Phaedra Parks, is headed to prison for eight years. The 35-year-old reality TV star faced 30 years in prison for his extensive four-year scheme that involved bank, mail and wire fraud, identity theft, and laundering more than $2.3 million in fake bank accounts. Judge Charles Pannell [...]

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Cricket Cool: Wireless Company Captures Candid Photos At BET Awards

Posted  July 7, 2014  by  jmurray

AT&T is vying to be a contender in the prepaid wireless business with the re-launch of Cricket Wireless. AT&T purchased Cricket as part of its $1.19 billion Leap Wireless acquisition just a couple of months ago and officially kicked off its re-launch in May. As you may have noticed in your respective neighborhood, Cricket Wireless [...]

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Patti LaBelle: Praying Angels Will Save Broadway’s “After Midnight”

Posted  June 26, 2014  by  jmurray

Earlier this month news broke that “After Midnight” would close on June 29 after having played 19 preview performances and 272 regular performances. The Tony Award-nominated musical revue originally starred actor Dulé Hill and “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino when it opened to critical acclaim on Nov. 3, 2013. Despite having previously announced that Grammy [...]

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The Winners Are: Top Prizes Awarded At American Black Film Festival

Posted  June 25, 2014  by  jmurray

Film Life’s 18th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) announced the winners of their independent film awards in the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City on Sunday, June 22. AlwaysAList.com attended the award ceremony with premier sponsor Cadillac and Jocelyn K. Allen, Director of General Motors Global Marketing Operations, presented a top prize alongside ABFF [...]

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Move To Manhattan: American Black Film Festival Drove Into NYC With Cadillac

Posted  June 25, 2014  by  jmurray

Film Life’s 18th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) concluded on Sunday, June 22 after five days of film screenings, industry panels, celebrity interviews, master classes, talent showcases, symposiums, and soirees presented by its corporate sponsors. This year the festival, founded by Jeff Friday, had actors Morris Chestnut and Tonya Lewis Lee (wife of Spike [...]

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D’Angelo: Finally Readying Album After 14-Year Delay?

Posted  June 25, 2014  by  jmurray

Is D’Angelo finally readying his new music? According to his manager Kevin Liles, the CD could finally hit stores this year. In an interview with Billboard, Liles claims that D’Angelo will drop his album “sooner than later.”  Though he couldn’t give a specific date or a working title of the album, he did assure that [...]

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Audra McDonald: Marvels As Billie Holliday In “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”

Posted  June 25, 2014  by  jmurray

Want know why Audra McDonald is the most-celebrate performer in Tony Awards history? Well, just go see “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” and you will understand why! The six-time Tony Award winner is transfixing as Billie Holliday in the musical set in a seedy joint in North Philadelphia where the ‘God Bless the [...]

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Multitasking: Phaedra Parks Hosts Infomercial & Signs New Book

Posted  June 24, 2014  by  jmurray

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Phaedra Parks recently hosted an infomercial for the Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute – a Washington, DC-based Med-Spa service, skin care and cosmetic surgery facility servicing the District of Columbia and patients who fly in from all over the world.  The infomercial was taped at Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute’s Fairfax, Virginia [...]

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Call Log: Cricket Wireless Dials Queen Latifah & Offers Tickets To BET Awards

Posted  June 24, 2014  by  jmurray

Talk show host Queen Latifah has partnered with Cricket Wireless. The Oscar nominee and her syndicated daytime talk show have signed on to help Cricket Wireless promote its simple, affordable nationwide no-annual contract wireless phone service. “I’m personally selective about the brands I associate with, and I couldn’t be more excited about Cricket’s goal to [...]

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Merry Clayton: “Twenty Feet From Stardom” Star Injured In Auto Accident

Posted  June 24, 2014  by  jmurray

Power vocalist Merry Clayton, who was featured in the Oscar-winning documentary “Twenty Feet From Stardom,” was recently injured in a serious car accident in Los Angeles. The 65-year-old singer, whose voice is featured on songs by Rolling Stones to Ray Charles, suffered severe injuries according to the artist’s official website. The full statement read: “It [...]

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