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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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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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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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Ruben Studdard: Ready To Be “The Biggest Loser”

Posted  July 1, 2013  by  jmurray

“American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard is gearing up for a new run on reality TV, this time on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” The 34-year-old vocalist has battled with his weight all of his life. In 2010, he lost more than 80 pounds after becoming a vegetarian and regularly exercising. Now, the man dubbed “The Velvet [...]

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Percy Watson: Talks Release From WWE

Posted  July 1, 2013  by  jmurray

In May, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) cut seven of its development wrestlers currently working for its “NXT” brand. One of the budding superstars released from his contract was Percy Watson (real name: Nick McNeil), a 31-year-old former NFL star who had been a development wrestler since 2009. Watson, a former defensive end for both the [...]

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Whitney Houston: Broadway-Bound In “The Bodyguard”

Posted  July 1, 2013  by  jmurray

Heather Headley is currently the ‘Queen of the Night,’ starring as Whitney Houston in the U.K. musical production, “The Bodyguard.” Launched last fall on London’s West End, the big-budget show is gearing up to launch on Broadway in 2014. Headley will play her final performance after nearly a year of working in the U.K. on [...]

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Beyoncé: Taps Luke James For U.S. Tour Run

Posted  July 1, 2013  by  jmurray

Fresh off his run with Beyoncé on the international leg of her “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour,” it’s been announced that Luke James will now join her on the U.S. leg of the tour. “Luke James is pure talent. He is a gifted singer and songwriter. I am excited to have him continue on the [...]

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Oprah Winfrey: Changes Her Mind On Daytime Soap Operas

Posted  June 28, 2013  by  jmurray

Back in 2011, fans of daytime soap operas “One Life To Live” and “All My Children” begged Oprah Winfrey to pick up “One Life To Live” and “All My Children” for her OWN Network following the announcement by ABC that both shows would be cancelled. At the time, Winfrey announced via a YouTube video that [...]

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Stevie Wonder: Readying His Gospel Debut

Posted  June 28, 2013  by  jmurray

R&B superstar Stevie Wonder is preparing his first gospel CD, “Gospel Inspired By Lula.” The 63-year-old Grammy winner does not have a release date for his long-awaited gospel offering, but told Rolling Stone that his gospel debut is “coming out relatively soon.” “I never put a time on things, because the most important thing is [...]

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Hot Shots: Estelle, Malinda Williams, Terri J. Vaughn, LaTavia Roberson, Bevy Smith & more

Posted  June 28, 2013  by  jmurray

On April 29, 2013, AlwaysAList.com reported that Magic Johnson’s new cable network ASPiRE has greenlit a new ensemble talk show of Black women called “Exhale.” The show premiered on Thursday on ASPiRE, but not before hosting a screening and reception in Atlanta to celebrate the launch of the series. Co-hosts Malinda Williams, Rene Syler, Angela [...]

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Judy Smith: Can “Scandal” Inspiration Fix Paula Deen?

Posted  June 26, 2013  by  jmurray

It could be too little too late but apparently Paula Deen has hired crisis manager Judy Smith. The public relations practitioner has just been brought on to try to salvage what’s left of the once popular TV chef’s career following her declaration that she’s used the n-word both in conversation and in a comedic matter [...]

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American Black Film Festival: Movie Magic In Miami Heat

Posted  June 26, 2013  by  jmurray

Film Life’s 17th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) concluded on Sunday, June 23 after five days of film screenings, insightful panels, celebrity one-on-ones, master classes, talent showcases, symposiums, entertainment and corporate soirees. This year the festival, founded by Jeff Friday, had actor Omari Hardwick as its ABFF Celebrity Ambassador. AlwaysAList.com traveled with ABFF premier [...]

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T.J. Holmes: Anchoring Trayvon Martin Trial Coverage For HLN

Posted  June 26, 2013  by  jmurray

Popular news anchor and TV host T.J. Holmes has landed a new gig following his departure from BET at the end of last year. The former host of BET’s short-lived late night show “Don’t Sleep” began anchoring HLN’s court coverage of the Trayvon Martin case this week. Holmes will oversee the trial against George Zimmerman [...]

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