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Rock Star Rollout: Cast of “Get On Up” Gets James Brown Treatment On Promo Tour

Posted  July 30, 2014  by  jmurray

“The Godfather of Soul” James Brown was an icon in music who’s career spanned six decades and spawned anthems like ‘Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud,’ ‘Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine,’ ‘Living in America’ and ‘It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World,’ among countless others. The Toccoa, Georgia-bred entertainer [...]

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The Playmakers: Viral Stars Get Dramatic For New Web Series

Posted  July 29, 2014  by  jmurray

Viral video stars The Playmakers have premiered their first web series, “Flawed,” a faith-based drama produced by the trio and written and directed by one-third of the troop, Jason Fredericks. The series stars Nathaniel Scott (Pastor William Young) and Jor él Quinn (Kenny) and chronicles the story of an aspiring bishop of a popular church [...]

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Reality Rapture: Is “Preachers of L.A.” Taking A Turn For Good?

Posted  July 28, 2014  by  jmurray

Is the “Preachers of L.A.” taking a turn for the better? All five pastors – Noel Jones, Clarence McClendon, Jay Haizlip, Wayne Chaney and Ron Gibson – as well as Gospel singer/former pastor Deitrick Haddon, return for season two. When “Preachers of L.A.” premiered on Oxygen last fall, the show was marred with backlash from [...]

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Indie All-Star: Eric Roberson Readies New CD “The Box”

Posted  July 25, 2014  by  jmurray

Singer/songwriter Eric Roberson is readying her latest music release, “The Box.” A Grammy-nominated independent artist who has organically established a huge fan base, “The Box” is Roberson’s 10th release. Set to bow on Aug. 12, “The Box” pays homage to the place where the 37-year-old crooner first learned to appreciate music – at home.  Coming [...]

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Lifestyle

The Fixer Fashion: Kerry Washington’s “Scandal” Clothing Line On The Way

Posted  July 25, 2014  by  jmurray

Remember Olivia Pope’s white trench coat? Well, you can have that look and more because Pope’s signature look is coming to The Limited. “Scandal” star Kerry Washington and the hit drama’s costume designer Lyn Paolo have developed a new fashion line for the retailer inspired by the Shonda Rhimes’ series. The collection is set to [...]

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Movies

Third Installment: Date Set For Next “The Best Man” Movie

Posted  July 24, 2014  by  jmurray

On Nov. 20, 2013, AlwaysAList.com reported that there were already talks of a third installment of “The Best Man” franchise because of the success of “Best Man Holiday.” Now, we can confirm that a date has been set for the franchise trilogy, “The Best Man Wedding.”  Universal Pictures has announced that the forthcoming feature starring [...]

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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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Jennifer Holliday: Talks Health Challenges, Dream Duets & Broadway Revivals

Posted  July 14, 2014  by  jmurray

She’s Broadway royalty and Jennifer Holliday approaches the entertainment business on her own terms – recording when she wants to, how she wants to and whatever she wants to. Now, after a 23-year hiatus, this Tony Award-winning original member of the acclaimed musical “Dreamgirls” has released her first full-length mainstream CD, “The Song Is You.”  [...]

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McHonorees: Rev. Al Sharpton, Iyanla Vanzant & Will Packer Among 365Black Awards Recipients

Posted  July 11, 2014  by  jmurray

McDonald’s held its annual 365Black Awards honoring outstanding African-Americans who are making positive contributions to the community during the 20th Anniversary of the Essence Festival in New Orleans. McDonald’s 365Black Awards was launched in 2003 as an extension of McDonald’s 365Black platform, created to celebrate the pride, heritage and achievements of African-Americans year-round. Held at [...]

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Rhythm Ride: Ford Brings Detroit Beats To New Orleans Heat

Posted  July 11, 2014  by  jmurray

Ford returned to the Essence Festival this year, an event that they’ve been the premiere sponsor of since 2009. This year, the iconic automotive company began its road to New Orleans by partnering with R&B newcomer Sevyn Streeter on a Road To Essence web series. Streeter was especially excited to make her Essence Festival debut [...]

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Miss D: Said She’s Filling The Void For Absent Black Leaders On “Bring It!”

Posted  July 10, 2014  by  jmurray

Fans of Lifetime’s “Bring It!” get to see more of Dianna “Miss D” Williams and her award-winning Dancing Dolls troupe preparing for competitions and pushing themselves to the limit when the show returns later this month. The popular reality series that focuses on Miss D’s Jackson, Mississippi-based dance collective is more about winning 15 Grand [...]

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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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