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Monday, January 20, 2020

One Jail.  One Recording Studio.- 16 Bars

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​16 BARS is a feature length music documentary that offers a rare glimpse at the human stories — and songs — that are locked away in our nation’s jails and prisons. The film follows a unique rehabilitation effort in the Richmond City Justice Center that invites inmates to write and record original music. In the jail’s makeshift recording studio, 4 men collaborate on an album with a Grammy-winning recording artist, Todd “Speech” Thomas, from the iconic activist hip-hop group Arrested Development. As the creative process unfurls, each of these men must unearth painful memories from the past, which hold a key to a new chapter in their lives. 
"THESE MEN ARE BEHIND BARS... BUT THEIR VOICES HAVE TO BE HEARD."
- SPEECH (ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT)
​The film is set in Richmond Virginia, the former seat of the confederacy, where the legacy of systemic racism, a spiraling opioid crisis, generational poverty, and a lack of mental health services have entrapped many of its citizens in a cycle of incarceration, making the city itself a unique case study for rising recidivism rates in the U.S. at large. With the U.S. locking up more of its citizens per capita than any other nation on the planet, the music of the film serves as rare testimony to the raw and messy truth behind the criminal justice system’s revolving door.
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Gospel singer, Yolanda Adams, shares a message of encouragement to Jermaine Sain

​During the 2019 Black Music Honors, Yolanda Adams was presented the Gospel Music Icon Award and received a beautiful musical tribute from Jekayln Carr, Kelly Price, and Le'Andria Johnson.   We had the pleasure of speaking with Yolanda Adams, during the red carpet event.

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Actor/Singer Terrell Carter Shares His Unbelievably True Life Story in His New Book

Problem Child is a heart-wrenching story that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride that makes the Twilight Zone look like Disneyland.
“Terrell, we’re still feeling the goosebumps.”—Quincy Jones
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Problem Child by Terrell Carter

“My beautiful baby boy, even more beautiful on the inside, and he sings even better than that. Now Ms. Patti is giving him his wings to fly among the greats.”—Patti LaBelle
Problem Child is the unbelievably true story of Terrell Carter, an American musician and actor who grew up in Buffalo, New York, in a dysfunctional family, each member crazier than the next. And the Problem Child is the only one in the story who may, or may not, actually have a problem. An emotional journey of trials and revelations, with a huge secret at its core, this story may force you to laugh—just to keep from crying.
MORE ABOUT TERRELL CARTER
Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, Terrell Carter has become a major rising force in entertainment​ as an actor-singer-songwriter, making him a true triple-threat. Recently (2017) staring in the critically acclaimed and very popular Fox drama series Empire alongside Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard and Phylicia Rashad. He has also starred in a major recurring role in the USA Network drama Shooter, opposite Ryan Philippe and Omar Epps, among many other television appearances.
On the big screen, Carter made his film debut in Tyler Perry's Diary of a Mad Black Woman and performed the song '"Father Can You Hear Me." He also appeared in Screen Gems' Think Like a Man Too opposite Kevin Hart and has racked up many additional film credits. Both films debuted at number one in the country. He spent several years touring as a lead in the Perry-produced plays Madea's Class Reunion, Meet the Browns and What's Done in the Dark.
Carter spent his first five years in the entertainment industry touring with Fred Hammond as part of his musical group, Radical for Christ. At the end of the tour, he reconnected with childhood friend Stevie J. and worked with him under P.Diddy and the Bad Boy umbrella as a songwriter and vocalist in Manhattan. Within a year, Carter was signed by Quincy Jones to work in music publishing as a singer-songwriter and made his move to Los Angeles. He went on to work with a number of recording artists, including Patti LaBelle, Beyoncé, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera.

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Tyler Perry Sets Two New Original Series at BET Plus

​We are so excited to see that another When We Speak TV guest is doing big things!!!
Congrats to our friend, actress Chandra Currelley, who will star in Tyler Perry's new series "Bruh".

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​Rhonda Ross (daughter of Diana Ross) speaks with When We Speak TV

The month of April rolled around and I was going back and forth about reaching out to Rhonda Ross because I was so afraid that she would say no.......but then finally I decided to put down my fears and reach out to her management.  To my surprise, she said YES!!!!!

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Actor Jermel Howard To Play Rapper Treach in Salt-N-Pepa Biopic

​Lifetime’s Salt-N-Pepa biopic has found its leads. G.G. Townson and Laila Odom will be playing Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton, respectively.  Additionally, the upcoming limited series will also star Cleveland Berto as music producer Hurby Azor, Jermel Howard as rapper Treach and Monique Paul as DJ Spinderella.

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Celebrating 40 Years of Radio One!!

News Source: CR8

CATHY HUGHES AND CHRIS TUCKER CO-HOST 
STAR-STUDDED ANNUAL URBAN ONE HONORS, 
PREMIERING JANUARY 20 AT 8 P.M./7C
WITH SPECIAL PRE-SHOW TRIBUTE FEATURING BILLY PORTER AND REV. AL SHARPTON AT 7 P.M./6C ON TV ONE

 ​Celebrating 40 Years of Radio One with Honorees Jamie Foxx, Missy Elliott, 
Sylvia Rhone, Chance the Rapper and Ryan Jamaal Swain; and Performances by Ne-Yo, Wale,
Brandy, Eric Benét, Al B. Sure!, Chanté Moore, Pastor Charles Jenkins and Jac Ross

The annual URBAN ONE HONORS event will premiere on Monday, January 20 - the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday - at 8 P.M./7C on TV One. Co-hosted by Urban One Founder and Chairwoman Cathy Hughes and actor Chris Tucker, the star-studded event celebrates the 40-year legacy of Radio One and honors some of the biggest names in film, television and music.
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[credit: Urban One, Inc]- Ryan Jamaal Swain & Billy Porter
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[credit: Urban One, Inc]- Jamie Foxx
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[credit: Urban One, Inc]- Lil Kim, Missy Elliott, & Da Brat
In addition to the telecast, TV One will air REPRESENT: 40 YEARS OF NURTURING CHANGE WITH CATHY HUGHES, sponsored by Lexus, immediately preceding the show at 7 P.M. ET/6C. Hosted by Hughes, the TV One special features in-depth one-on-one conversations with actor Billy Porter and activist Rev. Al Sharpton, highlighting their lasting impact on black culture. The special also includes commentary from Urban One CEO Alfred Liggins, III, along with Radio One personalities Rickey SmileyRuss ParrDonnie Simpson, and more sharing the impact that working at Radio One had on their careers.
This year's honorees include:
  • Veteran music executive Sylvia Rhone (Lifetime Achievement Honor)
  • Grammy Award-winning recording artist and producer Missy Elliott (Music Innovation Honor)
  • Academy Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx (Entertainment Icon Honor)
  • Grammy Award-winning artist Chance the Rapper (Represent Change Honor)
  • Actor/Dancer and star of "Pose," Ryan Jamaal Swain (Represent Pride Honor)
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[credit: Urban One, Inc]- Ray J & Brandy
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[credit: Urban One, Inc]- NeYo
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[credit: Urban One, Inc]- Anita Baker
Special recognitions for the evening include executive legend Clarence "The Black Godfather" Avant (Represent Opportunity), civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton (Represent Leadership) and Emmy Award-winning actor Billy Porter (Represent Excellence).

Lil' KimCorinne FoxxAaron Walton, Billy Porter and Clarence Avant are among the show's presenters.

The event also features riveting performances from Grammy Award-winning R&B superstar Brandy, Grammy-nominated rapper Wale, new artist Jac Ross, Pastor Charles Jenkins, along with a special musical tribute to the late, two-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, James Ingram, by Ne-YoEric BenétChanté Moore and Al B. Sure

Special appearances by Alfred Liggins, III, veteran radio personality Tom Joyner, entrepreneur and TV personality Ray J, rapper/radio host Da Brat and Reach Media/Radio One personalities Willie Moore, Jr. and Dyana Williams round out the show.

Ford Motor Company serves as Presenting Sponsor of the event and will present a special backstage pass segment hosted by TV Personality Tai Beauchamp, featuring exclusive interviews with the show's honorees, performers, and presenters. Ford also sponsored the Entertainment Icon Award.
URBAN ONE HONORS is presented by TV One and Radio One's Washington D.C. market's cluster of radio stations: 
Majic 102.3 and 92.7, WKYS 93.9, Praise 104.1WOL 1450Spirit 1340, and The Team 980 and 95.9. The televised event heralds the accomplishments of individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in entertainment, media, music, education, and the community.

URBAN ONE HONORS is produced for TV One by Eric Tomosunas and Keith Neal of Swirl Films. Kashon Powell, Vice President of Programming for Radio One and Susan Henry and Gold Morgan are the Executives in Charge of Production for TV One. For TV One's Original Programming and Production, Robyn Greene Arrington serves as Vice President and Brigitte McCray serves as Senior Vice President.
 


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Monday, January 6, 2020

NEW MUSIC ALERT: Darlene McCoy Releases "Jesus Was Electric" in 2020.

News Source:  IM3media

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ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 6, 2020 - Nationally Syndicated Radio Host Darlene McCoy reintroduces a God led gift of "Songstress" as she releases her new EP “Jesus Was Eclectic” [DECADES]. Scheduled to hit all digital music platforms January 24, 2020! With newly authentic released titles like, “Even Me” and “Walk”, McCoy takes her fans on a decades journey giving you the rich sounds from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and early to mid-2000’s.
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​On January 29, 2020 City Winery of Atlanta located at 650 Ponce De Leon Ave, Atlanta 30308 welcomes Darlene McCoy as she performs her songs from “Jesus Was Eclectic” with special guest Hip Hop artist The Champp and R&B recording artist and song writer Alvin Garrett. Other special guest to be announced. Doors open at 7 pm. Show starts at 8 pm.

​​//ABOUT DARLENE MCCOY//

Host of The Nightly Spirit with the nation’s number one urban media specialists Urban One Media on the roster with National Brands of the like Rickey Smiley, Erica Campbell, and D.L Hughley to name a few. Upon arriving to the radio scene she quickly rose as a much respected voice on the inspirational platform contributing to her base stations 4 Stellar Award wins.

Darlene was introduced to the world as a National Recording artist on the soundtrack to Tyler Perry’s first Movie “Diary of a Mad Black Woman”. Her first self – titled CD was released on Capital/EMI executive produced by music mogul Dallas Austin earning her 2 Dove award nominations and a Grammy nod.

She is a comedian and has written and co-produced a project with Rickey Smiley and his quartet Group “Joe Willie and the Deuteronomaires”. She has appeared in Las Vegas at the Flamingo on George Wallace’s Stage. She has also teamed up with George Wallace and J. Anthony Brown on a show called “Two Devils and an Angel” She is the host and vocal coach for T.D. Jakes talent search The Gospel.”

For More Information about Darlene McCoy visit: www.iamdarlene.com


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The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, Extends Its Reach to a New Audience

News Source:  CR8
​(January 6, 2020) - DALLAS, TX – Reach Media Inc.’s nationally syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show debuts as an Urban AC morning show at the start of the new year, airing weekdays from 6a-10a ET. The Rickey Smiley Morning Show is quick-paced and anchored by one of the nation’s most popular comedians. Easily entertaining a wide variety of listeners, the “can’t miss a minute” morning show perfectly blends music, exclusive comedy and spiritual entertainment with today’s hottest topics in news, entertainment and sports. Rickey Smiley was recognized by the National Association of Broadcasters in 2017 as recipient of the Marconi award for “Top National/Syndicated Talent.”
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Rock T, Eva Marcille, Rickey Smiley, Gary Wit Da Tea, Da Brat and Special K
​Rickey uses personality, humor, conviction and relevant information to deliver a high-energy morning show engaging his listening community in unexpected ways. His show has distinguished itself with its innovative mix of entertainment and an unfiltered view on contemporary black life and parenthood, focusing on family, community and mentorship. 
Rounding out the show is a cast of personalities known to spark engagement and laughs:
 
  • Eva Marcille – Mom, model and entrepreneur who contributes a relatable woman’s point of view with a sharp wit and sometimes challenging position 
  • Gary Wit Da Tea – Listeners count on Gary for the hottest entertainment gossip and a colorful opinion on just about everything
  • Da Brat – The same in-your-face candor that made her a hip hop star makes her a listener favorite, bringing wit, humor and a fresh outlook every morning 
  • Rock T – A sports analyst with a hip hop flair, he not only reports the sports news…he predicts it as well
  • Special K – A master at finding the funny in the headlines, Special K takes the role of news correspondent to hilarious new levels
​The show will be enhanced with fresh and energetic soundtracks of R&B hits that adults want to hear, expanded social and digital opportunities to grow tune-in and extend audience engagement beyond the airwaves, as well as a connection and commitment to community – on and off air – from family and parenting initiatives to supporting education and HBCUs.

The Rickey Smiley Morning Show is syndicated nationally with markets including Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Detroit, Miami and Orlando.


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Support The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra’s New Recording

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PHOTO CREDIT:  LIBRO MUSICA
Greetings All, We are The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra. We are getting set to record the follow up, or “prequel” to last years recording “Pyramids” This new recording is entitled “The Sirius Mystery” and takes place many thousands of years before “Pyramids”. It is part 1 of our trilogy that will end in 2021 with the sequel to “Pyramids”. The Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra is wholly original from concept to execution. Our music is the living embodiment of “Ancient Future” We strive to educate, illuminate, and entertain at the highest possible levels. As you know, financing a large ensemble is very expensive. As the leader of our group this responsibility falls to me. Trust me, It’s not easy asking for help, but in today’s music business we are left with very few favorable alternatives. We hope you will contribute to our campaign. Thank You.

CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT THE ROYAL KRUNK JAZZ ORKESTRA'S NEW RECORDING


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Jermaine Sain (When We Speak TV) and Russell Gunn ( Grammy nominated musician) hanging out at album release of Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra's release of, "Pyramids".
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Attending the Album release of Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra's album, "Pyramids". (LtoR) Chester Lawrence, Jermaine Sain, and Ziggy Warfield.
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Jermaine Sain (When We Speak TV) and Dionne Farris ( Award winning Singer/Songwriter/Producer), hanging out at album release of Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra's release of, "Pyramids".

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WHAT DO YOU SPEAK? GRAMMY NOMINATED GUITARIST: ROD HARRIS JR

Over his time as a guitarist, Rod has performed and recorded with countless artists spanning multiple genres and the list continues to grow. Artists such as J. Holiday, Miki Howard, jazz trumpeter Russell Gunn, Eightball and MJG, Musiq Soulchild, Jagged Edge, Donell Jones, Lloyd, ...

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Jae Franklin Speaks Love and Self Love!!

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Singer Jae Franklin sits down with When We Speak TV for a segment of What Do YOU Speak?
During the segment, Jae shares her thoughts on love, self love, and the death of her father.

Dynamic songstress Jae Franklin is a citizen of the world. Her curiosity about the interconnectedness of people has led her to perform in over 20 countries from Ethiopia to Dubai. No stranger to pop stardom, Jae toured as a background vocalist for Grammy Award winner Melanie Fiona and eventually began performing at a host of reputable venues across the world as a solo artist. Franklin sure knows her stuff and now its time for her to get in the minds of the masses.

Jae was a 80s baby. She grew up in one of the most dynamic eras of music when R&B, house, electro, and hip hop increased in popularity.

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Jae’s father exposed her to the blues - the likes of B.B. King and Bobby “Blue” Bland, balanced out with greats like Shirley Caesar and Michael Jackson.
Jae also shared her mother’s love of contemporary pop and soul music, admiring the music of Whitney Houston, Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, and Michael Bolton. Today, Jae is inspired by legends like Angelique Kidjo, Jamiroquai, Stevie Wonder, and Sade. It’s no wonder her music sounds the way it does.

Since 2010, Jae has given the world a taste of what’s next. Her voice can be heard on countless collaborations across the web. Her cover of Jamiroquai’s “Morning Glory” was praised by the British band and featured on their official Facebook page. Her collaborations and solo projects have been applauded by esteemed websites like VIBE, MOOVMNT, Sampleface, and Groovement. Her new single ‘Music & Love,’ premiered on reputable websites like Indie Shuffle and URB.
Franklin is well on her way to cementing herself among the soul and pop greats that have influenced her. Her new self-titled EP, “JAE FRANKLIN,” was released on Dec 8, 2017 and features production by Vicente Espi. “JAE FRANKLIN EP” features the lead singles, ‘Skeleton’ and ‘Fools Lane,’ Jae Franklin is set for an impressive year

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WHAT DO YOU SPEAK? Trumpeter K.C. O'Rorke of FLOW TRIBE

Few bands arouse a crowd into a collective shake like Flow Tribe. The six-member band’s onstage chemistry reflects a seamless combination of soul and movement that hits the audience...

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ABOUT JERMAINE SAIN




Jermaine Sain is the host/ creator of a talk show called When We Speak. After exiting the U.S. Army in 2003, as a Medical Sergeant, Jermaine began pursuing a career in music after he auditioned for American Idol in 2005, in Austin, Texas.


In 2008, Jermaine moved to Atlanta where he has had the opportunity to provide backing vocals for Kem (Grammy nominated R&B Singer) Heart (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), and Barry Manilow, as well as for companies such as Pink Ribbon Story Foundation and Verizon Wireless. He made his first music video appearance in Kem's Glorify The King.


Jermaine's talk show, When We Speak, caters to entertainment with a close focus on indie music professionals.

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