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Sunday, June 30, 2019

First Look at Season Four of Saints & Sinners

First Look at Season Four of Saints & Sinners Unveiled,
Hit Bounce Original Drama Series Returns Sunday, July 7 at 
9:00 p.m. (ET)

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Binge-Viewing Marathons of Seasons 1-3 Airing Daily 
July 5-7, All Episodes Available for Streaming on 
Brown Sugar

The much-anticipated fourth season of the hit drama series Saints & Sinners will debut on Bounce on Sunday, July 7 at 9:00 p.m., with new episodes premiering Sunday nights through the summer.
Season four of Saints & Sinners sees Mayor Ella Johnson (Vanessa Bell Calloway) setting her sights beyond Cypress, Georgia and using her power and influence to position herself for a state senate seat. When her mother's (Donna Biscoe) deep buried secrets surface, they threaten the very foundation of Ella's world as she struggles to keep her enemies at bay and her children safe. Saints & Sinners also stars Keith RobinsonDemetria McKinneyClifton PowellJ.D. Williams, Jasmine Burke, Dawn Halfkenny and Tray Chaney. Special guests this season include Tami RomanRoger Guenveur Smith and Karon Joseph Riley.
Bounce will air marathons of the first three seasons of Saints & Sinners Friday, July 5 through Sunday, July 7 beginning each day at 1:00 p.m. ET. Additionally, all the scandalous episodes can be viewed anytime on Brown Sugar,Bounce's subscription-video-on-demand service which is available on Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Comcast Xfinity X1, Amazon Channels, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Kindle, Android and Apple smartphones and tablets and web browsers via BrownSugar.com.
 
Saints & Sinners is produced in partnership with Swirl Film's Eric Tomosunas Ron Robinson (Behind the Movement: The Rosa Parks StoryLove Under New Management: The Miki Howard StoryTales, Pride & Prejudice.
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Bounce (@bouncetv) is the first and only multi-platform entertainment network targeting African Americans, with programming seen over-the-air, on cable, on DISH channel 359, over-the-air, over-the-top on Roku®, on mobile devices via the Bounce and Brown Sugar apps and on the web via BounceTV.comBounce features a programming mix of original series and movies, off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and events and more.
​Bounce is part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP). 
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Friday, June 28, 2019

RICKEY SMILEY REPLACES TOM JOYNER

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June 28, 2019 - Today on The Tom Joyner Morning Show, Tom introduced listener favorite Rickey Smiley as the successor to the morning anchor position established by Tom over the course of 25 years. Joyner, who is retiring at the end of the year, acknowledged that Smiley has established himself as a trusted leader on-air and in the community with his current show, captivating audiences with his authentic humor but also his unique perspective on topics important to his audience. Smiley also announced that Eva Marcille and Gary Wit Da Tea would be among the on-air cast members joining him to broadcast out of the Dallas studios beginning January 2020. Additional details about the show will be shared in the coming months. 
Joyner reflected on his accomplishments and the future“I’m happy to see the landscape of Urban AC morning radio continue to expand with Rickey, and I’m proud of the doors the Tom Joyner Morning Show opened. Twenty-five years ago, there was no template for a syndicated Urban radio show and we worked hard to prove that we could successfully produce and market a national platform that would entertain, inform and empower African-American listeners. We broke some ground, raised the bar for what audiences expected from Black radio all while partying with a purpose. Yeah, we’ve done a lot but there’s still a lot left to be done. I’m confident that Rickey’s activism along with his love for radio, the community, and HBCUs, will pick up where we left off.” 
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Making the announcement public, Rickey Smiley shared his excitement“It’s an honor to continue the legacy of my boss and frat brother Tom Joyner. Not only has he been a friend to my family and me over the years, but we consider him family. Tom’s mentorship has instilled in me valuable wisdom that I will carry with me through this new morning show.” 

​​David Kantor, Reach Media and Radio One CEO, acknowledged the collaboration, “Tom changed the entire urban radio marketplace. He entertained and educated multiple generations of listeners over the last 25 years. While there is and will always be only one Tom Joyner, we are excited that Rickey will be moving to Urban AC in January. Like Tom, Rickey’s talent, community consciousness and commitment to his audience will serve his listeners well.” 
Reach Media’s other current morning Urban AC program, The Russ Parr Morning Show, will also continue in syndication into 2020.
BACKGROUND: Rickey Smiley Morning Show Brand and Trajectory
The Rickey Smiley Morning Show has been recognized for its excellence in connecting with its listeners, and continues to grow with the belief that “Radio is community”. The industry took notice in 2017 awarding Rickey with the NAB Radio Marconi Award as the top national/syndicated talent. 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.
 
Smiley uses his radio platform to express his belief that “we are responsible for each other”, including purchasing a car for a young man profiled on social media who persisted through a daily 3-hour bus commute to his high school for well over a year in order to graduate. Similarly, the discovery of a co-host’s history with domestic violence prompted Rickey to put a spotlight on the urgency of the issue along with the resources available to provide support to victims.
 
Having attended Alabama State University and participated in numerous HBCU tours, Smiley is an ardent supporter of education - especially Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
 
Rickey reinforces his radio brand 24/7 interacting online, socially with 5 million followers, through his stand-up comedy, reality-based TV shows, and publishing – all amplifying his voice!
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Gary Wit Da Tea, well established as everyone’s favorite diva, dishes the hottest gossip on the world of entertainment and his colorful opinions on all topics. With over 22 years on radio, along with numerous TV and charitable initiatives, he’s someone whose thoughts listeners look forward to hearing.
Eva Marcille, while originally known as a high fashion model and television celebrity, contributes a relatable women’s point of view with her sharp wit and sometimes challenging position, bringing balance to the show. She shares her life with listeners from entrepreneurial pursuits to marriage and motherhood.
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BACKGROUND: Tom Joyner’s Career and Influence
In his 25 years as a leader in the industry, Tom Joyner’s impact and influence have never wavered. His morning “Party with a Purpose” revolutionized radio when it became the first morning show with music in syndication. Known widely as “The Hardest Working Man in Radio,” Joyner has made a career of doing the extraordinary in order to serve his audience: flying round-trip between Dallas and Chicago five days a week for seven years hosting morning drive and afternoons in two different cities; raising money to support students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities with The Tom Joyner Foundation; producing and hosting a celebration of black families and communities, the Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion; galvanizing his listeners to provide relief funds for survivors of natural disasters. The Tom Joyner Morning Show is heard as a guide to the future of communications in the African-American community, consistently promoting relevant issues and social causes that need attention and action.
About Urban One, Inc.
Urban One, Inc. (urban1.com), together with its subsidiaries, is the largest diversified media company that primarily targets Black Americans and urban consumers in the United States. The Company owns TV One, LLC (tvone.tv), a television network serving more than 59 million households, offering a broad range of original programming, classic series and movies designed to entertain, inform and inspire a diverse audience of adult Black viewers. CLEO TV (mycleo.tv), a lifestyle and entertainment network targeting Millennial and Gen X women of color that launched in January 2019, is fully owned by TV One, LLC, a brand of Urban One, Inc. As one of the nation's largest radio broadcasting companies, Urban One currently owns and/or operates 59 broadcast stations (including HD stations we operate) branded under the tradename "Radio One" in 15 urban markets in the United States. Through its controlling interest in Reach Media, Inc. (blackamericaweb.com), the Company also operates syndicated programming including the Tom Joyner Morning Show, the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, the Russ Parr Morning Show and the DL Hughley Show.
In addition to its radio and television broadcast assets, Urban One owns iOne Digital (ionedigital.com), our wholly owned digital platform serving the African-American community through social content, news, information, and entertainment websites, including its Cassius, Bossip, HipHopWired and MadameNoire digital platforms and brands.
We also have invested in a minority ownership interest in MGM National Harbor, a gaming resort located in Prince George's County, Maryland. Through our national multi-media operations, we provide advertisers with a unique and powerful delivery mechanism to the African-American and urban audiences.


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THINGS TO DO AROUND ATLANTA: JULY 2019

JAZZ IN THE ALLEY

Norcross, Georgia
July 27, 2019
FREE EVENT
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As an official partner of Jazz In the Alley, When We Speak TV cordially invites you to the City of Norcross, Georgia, for the 2019 Jazz In The Alley concert series, highlighting elite and emerging jazz artists.

July 27th- Greg Robbins & Remey Williams

August 17th- The 4 Korners & YemiConga
September 28th- Unknown Lyric

Previous Date: 
June 22nd- Grammy nominated guitarist, Rod Harris Jr

Held in historic Norcross, Georgia, (Betty Mauldin Park), Jazz In the Alley has an upward attendance of 1,000. did we mention that it's FREE? That's RIGHT! Thanks to generous sponsors like the City of Norcross and Peachtree Awnings, so bring your entire family.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT JAZZ IN THE ALLEY:
​WWW.THEJAZZINTHEALLEY.COM


AJC PEACHTREE ROAD RACE

The AJC ​Peachtree Road Race presented by the Atlanta Track Club, is an annual fourth of July tradition in Atlanta.
 
​July 4, 2019
AJC Peachtree Road Race follows a scenic 10K course from Buckhead to Piedmont Park.



SUNDAYS ON THE RIVER CONCERT SERIES- JOE ALTERMAN

JULY 14, 2019
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Joe Alterman
Only 29 years old, Jazz pianist Joe Alterman has already released four critically-acclaimed albums and played some of the best venues in the country. Don't miss your chance to hear this amazing musician live.

Check out the sounds of Joe Alterman at www.joealtermanmusic.com.

Fourth of July - Stone Mtn.
July 1 - 7, 2019
Enjoy a spectacular laser show and then fireworks every evening during Fantastic Fourth Celebration at Stone Mountain Park.
Free except parking.

Atlanta attractions
July 1 - Sept. 30, 2019
 (also June)
multiple locations
These discount prices include all taxes and fees. Third of July - Norcross
July 3, 2019
Red White & BOOM! has bounce houses (cost), food trucks, DJ music from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., and fireworks about 9:25 p.m. in Lillian Webb Park. Free.

Third of July - Duluth
July 3, 2019
 (5:30 to 10 p.m.)
Duluth Celebrates America includes bands, children’s activities, food trucks, vendors, and fireworks (9:45 p.m.) on the Town Green. Free.

Fourth of July - Six Flags
July 3 - 6, 2019
See fireworks every night at dusk during July 4th Fest at Six Flags Over Georgia.

Rock musical
July 3 - Aug. 18, 2019
Tony Award winner Hair features the music, culture, and controversy of hippies who opposed the Vietnam War, performed outdoors in The Wildflower Meadow at Serenbe Playhouse.Ticket deal $9 to $25

Fourth of July - Centennial Park
July 4, 2019
Centennial Olympic Park has confirmed that it will host the 2019 4th of July Celebration, which features top music artists and fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Arrive early since gates may close when the park is full. Free.

Fourth of July - aquarium
July 4, 2019
 (7 to 10 p.m.)
A ticket to Red White & Brew includes unlimited beer and cider samples, a BBQ dinner, live music, aquarium exhibits (7 to 9 p.m.), and views of fireworks from the top of the parking garage (9:45 p.m.) for age 21+.

Fourth of July - East Point
July 4, 2019
Salute to the Red, White and Blue includes a food court, live music, and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. near City Hall in East Point. Bring blankets and chairs but no food or pets. Free.

Fourth of July - Sandy Springs
July 4, 2019
Music begins at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks at 9:45 p.m. at Sandy Springs Stars and Stripes Celebration on the lawn at Concourse Corporate Center. Free.

Fourth of July - Marietta
July 4, 2019
Fourth in the Park features a 10 a.m. parade, arts & crafts booths, food, carnival games, and live music at Marietta Square, followed by fireworks launched from First United Methodist Church at dark. Free.

Barbecue in Roswell
July 4, 2019
Barbecue & Bluegrass features live music, a children’s area, and vendors of barbecue, beer, soft drinks, and desserts on the grounds of Barrington Hall. Free entry.

Fourth of July - Lilburn
July 4, 2019
 (5:30 to 10 p.m.)
Bring lawn chairs or blankets to Sparkle in the Park, which has food vendors, bounce houses (cost), a band at 7:30 p.m., and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Free.

Fourth of July - Roswell
July 4, 2019
Fireworks Extravaganza has food trucks beginning at 5:30 p.m., live music beginning at 6 p.m. and fireworks at dark at Roswell High School. Bring blankets or chairs. Free.

Fourth of July - Alpharetta
July 4, 2019
Enjoy family activities, bands, food vendors, and fireworks at dusk at 4th of July Celebration at Wills Park. Free.

Fourth of July - Mall of Georgia
July 4, 2019
Star Spangled Fourth at Mall of Georgia has family-friendly activities beginning at 3 p.m., live music at 5 p.m., fireworks at 9:40 p.m., and then a movie (Lego Movie 2, PG) in Buford. Free.

Fourth of July - Henry County
July 4, 2019
The 4th of July Family Fest promises live music, a BBQ contest, 100 vendors, a ticketed kids’ zone, and fireworks at Warren Holder Park in Locust Grove. Free admission, $5 parking. July 6 if it rains.

Fourth of July - Dahlonega
July 4, 2019
4th of July Family Celebration includes a 5K run, an 11 a.m. parade, a patriotic speech at noon, the national anthem, a crafts market, a kids’ zone, a car show, and fireworks at dark in small-town Dahlonega. Free.

Fourth of July - Callaway
July 4, 2019
July 4th Star Spangled Beach Party has beach activities, live music, circus acts, and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. (weather permitting) at Robin Lake Beach at Callaway Gardens. See schedule.

Garden party for adults
July 4 - Sept. 26, 2019
 (Thurs. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
Cocktails in the Garden invites you to explore the garden each week as you stroll with a cocktail, hear live music, and play games at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Admission fee, cash bar.

Free movies - parks
July 6 - Sept. 6, 2019
 (begins May 25)
See free films outdoors at Georgia Movies in the Park in Canton, Cumming, and Dawsonville.
  • July 6 - Small Feet (Canton)
  • July 9 - Captain Marvel (Cumming)
  • July 20 - Captain Marvel (Woodstock)
  • July 23 - Train Dragon: Hidden World (Cumming)

Concerts in Alpharetta parks
July 6 - Sept. 14, 2019
 (Saturdays 7:30 p.m.)
Bring a blanket and a picnic to hear “family-friendly performances by different Alpharetta based entertainment groups” at Brooke Street Park Summer Concert Series. Free.

Free movies - Mableton
July 10 & 24, 2019
 (begins May 29)
See an outdoor movie at the Free Movie Series at Mable House Amphitheatre.
  • July 10 - A Wrinkle in Time
  • July 24 - How to Train Your Dragon 3

Concerts in the Garden
July 10 - Aug. 25, 2019
 (begins May 24)
See national acts at Concerts in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden. You can pre-order food on the website. The concerts on July 27 & Aug. 25 are in Gainesville.

Short films
July 11 - 13, 2019
Atlanta Shortsfest shows movies under 45 minutes long in a variety of genres at Synchronicity Theatre.

Underground art show
July 12, 2019
 (8 p.m.)
The Atlanta Pancakes & Booze Art Show is a traveling exhibition of 100 artists, with pancakes, live music, body painting, and multimedia displays at GA Freight Depot for age 21+. Pay cash at the door or buy a line-jumper ticket online.

Arcade game expo
July 12 - 14, 2019
Southern-Fried Gaming Expo has 250 arcade and pinball games, tabletop games, vendors, speakers, movies, and a tournament at Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel.

1950s singer Rosemary Clooney
July 12 - 28, 2019
Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical tells the story of the legendary singer and features songs like It’s Only A Paper Moon, Sisters, and Mambo Italiano at Art Station Theater in Stone Mountain.Ticket deal $16

Mexican circus
July 12 - Aug. 4, 2019
Circo Hermanos Vazquez has human cannonballs, graceful dancers, daring acrobats, and crazy clowns in a tent at Plaza Fiesta near DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. The show is visual, with announcements made in both English and Spanish.Ticket deal $5 to $45

Field day in the park
July 13, 2019
Sign up your eight-person team to compete in zany outdoor contests for prizes at Atlanta Field Day in Historic Fourth Ward Park.

Elegant party
July 13, 2019
 (7 to 10 p.m.)
Celebrate French Bastille Day in all-white cocktail attire at the $125 Soirée Blanche Bastille Day, with a rooftop fashion show, a silent auction, an open French wine bar, a French buffet, and dancing at Nelson Mullins.

Magic show
July 13, 2019
 (8 p.m.)
Watch three magicians perform with a combination of magic, mentalism, and humor for all ages at Atlanta Magic Night at Red Light Cafe.Ticket deal $11

Reptile Day
July 13, 2019
 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Come face-to-face with live pythons, king snakes, geckos, tortoises, monitors, and iguanas, and see presentations about them on Reptile Day at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Tomato festival
July 14, 2019
 (1 to 5 p.m.)
Enjoy tomato dishes and drinks by some of the South’s best chefs and mixologists plus live music at Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival at Westside Provisions District.

Free concerts in Sandy Springs
July 14 - Sept. 8, 2019
 (7 to 8:30 p.m.)
Concerts by the Springs are held on one Sunday a month at Heritage Green, 6110 Blue Stone Road. Bring food and drinks, or buy them onsite. Beach chairs and blankets are welcome. Free.

Taste local food
July 15, 2019
 (5 to 8 p.m.)
“Enjoy local food prepared by Atlanta’s top chefs” plus “a selection of beverages, live music, cooking and art demonstrations, garden tours, and a silent auction” at AgLanta Eats at Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Monthly family festival
July 18, 2019
 (5 to 9 p.m.)
Alive in Roswell has live bands, food trucks, craft beer, vendors, kids’ games, entertainment, and socializing in three locations connected by a free trolley (on Canton Street, in Roswell Square, and behind city hall). Free.

Shakespeare comedy
July 18 - Aug. 11, 2019
Full of romance, mischief, and whimsy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the comical story of four young lovers caught up in a quarrel between the king & queen of the fairies, at Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse.Ticket deal $8 to $19

Summer jazz
July 19, 2019
 (8 to 11 p.m.)
Hear great jazz once a month this summer during Jazz Matters at The Wren’s Nest.Ticket deal $10 to $13

Scrapbook Expo
July 19 - 20, 2019
Scrapbookers find classes, vendors, and crop parties at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo at Infinite Energy Forum in Duluth.Ticket deal $6

Georgia Mountain Fair
July 19 - 27, 2019
Georgia Mountain Fair has family-friendly music, an arts & crafts show, carnival rides, and a parade in Hiawassee.

British magicians
July 20, 2019
 (7:30 p.m.)
Champions of Magic features amazing “levitation, disappearances, teleportation, and a heart-stopping finale” at Fox Theatre.Ticket deal $33

A day on the river
July 20, 2019
Rent a tube, raft, kayak, or paddle board (or bring your own) for Whatever Floats Your Boat, with live music, yard games, and food for sale at Rogers Bridge Park in Duluth. You must bring or rent a life jacket to wear and be age 5+ to go on the water. Free entry.

Fashion show
July 20, 2019
Small Boutique Fashion Week is a runway show and market of 20 independent fashion brands at Atlanta Banquets in Suwanee.

Tennis tournament
July 20 - 28, 2019
The Atlanta Open is a televised annual men’s tennis tournament held at Atlantic Station.

Girls’ basketball tournament
July 23 - 25, 2019
Watch hundreds of teenage teams compete at the Tournament of Champions at Georgia World Congress Center.

Gourmet gala
July 24, 2019
Summer in the City promises “an evening of fine wine, delicious food, and an exciting auction” at The Fairmont to support charity.

Family bubble party
July 24, 2019
 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Back to School Bubblepalooza has bubbles for the kids, large games, and DJ music on Duluth Town Green. Free.

Macon festival
July 26 - 27, 2019
Hear 60 rock, blues, and soul-infused bands in multiple venues at Bragg Jam Concert Crawl in Macon. Saturday also has an Arts & Kids festival (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), with art vendors, food trucks, and kids’ activities in the plaza at Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

African dance festival
July 26 - 28, 2019
Atlanta African Dance and Drum Festival offers dance and drum classes, an African inspired craft market with food vendors, a kids’ camp (Friday 9 a.m.), and a concert (Saturday 8 p.m.) at Covenant House of Georgia.

Free concerts in Sandy Springs
July 26, 2019
 (6:30 p.m.)
Bring a blanket or lawn chair, food and drinks (except alcohol, which is sold onsite), and money for food trucks to City Green Live for free concerts on select Fridays.

Beer & bites in a brewery
July 27, 2019
 (12 to 4 p.m.)
A ticket to Old 320 Beer Fest includes a tasting room with restaurant bites, 30 breweries offering unlimited sampling, and live entertainment at Max Lager’s Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery.

Ice cream festival
July 27, 2019
Atlanta Ice Cream Festival features ice cream for sale, entertainment, vendors, and fitness events at Piedmont Park. You can bring chairs and umbrellas but no pets. Free entry.

Zombie Pub Crawl
July 27, 2019
Atlanta Zombie Pub Crawl for age 21+ begins at Diesel Filling Station and features makeup artists plus food & drink specials at multiple pubs. Wear sunscreen.

Dance battle
July 28, 2019
 (7 p.m.)
See the stars of the the Lifetime dance reality show Bring It! when they perform live at the Fox Theatre, including Miss D and her fierce Dancing Dolls.Ticket deal $28 to $34


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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

4TH OF JULY EVENTS- AROUND ATLANTA

AJC PEACHTREE ROAD RACE

AJC Peachtree Road Race, organized by Atlanta Track Club, is the largest 10K in the world and has become a Fourth of July tradition for thousands of people throughout the metro Atlanta area and beyond.   

The AJC Peachtree Road Race starts in Buckhead near Lenox Square Mall and ends in Piedmont Park.

MORE 4TH OF JULY EVENTS

Fourth of July - Centennial Park- Atlanta
July 4, 2019
Centennial Olympic Park has confirmed that it will host the 2019 4th of July Celebration, which features top music artists and fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Arrive early since gates may close when the park is full. Free.

Fourth of July - Aquarium- Atlanta
July 4, 2019
 (7 to 10 p.m.)
A ticket to Red White & Brew includes unlimited beer and cider samples, a BBQ dinner, live music, aquarium exhibits (7 to 9 p.m.), and views of fireworks from the top of the parking garage (9:45 p.m.) for age 21+.

Fourth of July - East Point
July 4, 2019
Salute to the Red, White and Blue includes a food court, live music, and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. near City Hall in East Point. Bring blankets and chairs but no food or pets. Free.

Fourth of July - Sandy Springs
July 4, 2019
Music begins at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks at 9:45 p.m. at Sandy Springs Stars and Stripes Celebration on the lawn at Concourse Corporate Center. Free.

Fourth of July - Marietta
July 4, 2019
Fourth in the Park features a 10 a.m. parade, arts & crafts booths, food, carnival games, and live music at Marietta Square, followed by fireworks launched from First United Methodist Church at dark. Free.

Barbecue in Roswell
July 4, 2019
Barbecue & Bluegrass features live music, a children’s area, and vendors of barbecue, beer, soft drinks, and desserts on the grounds of Barrington Hall. Free entry.

Fourth of July - Lilburn
July 4, 2019
 (5:30 to 10 p.m.)
Bring lawn chairs or blankets to Sparkle in the Park, which has food vendors, bounce houses (cost), a band at 7:30 p.m., and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Free.

Fourth of July - Roswell
July 4, 2019
Fireworks Extravaganza has food trucks beginning at 5:30 p.m., live music beginning at 6 p.m. and fireworks at dark at Roswell High School. Bring blankets or chairs. Free.

Fourth of July - Alpharetta
July 4, 2019
Enjoy family activities, bands, food vendors, and fireworks at dusk at 4th of July Celebration at Wills Park. Free.

Fourth of July - Mall of Georgia- Buford
July 4, 2019
Star Spangled Fourth at Mall of Georgia has family-friendly activities beginning at 3 p.m., live music at 5 p.m., fireworks at 9:40 p.m., and then a movie (Lego Movie 2, PG) in Buford. Free.

Fourth of July - Henry County
July 4, 2019
The 4th of July Family Fest promises live music, a BBQ contest, 100 vendors, a ticketed kids’ zone, and fireworks at Warren Holder Park in Locust Grove. Free admission, $5 parking. July 6 if it rains.

Fourth of July - Dahlonega
July 4, 2019
4th of July Family Celebration includes a 5K run, an 11 a.m. parade, a patriotic speech at noon, the national anthem, a crafts market, a kids’ zone, a car show, and fireworks at dark in small-town Dahlonega. Free.

Fourth of July - Callaway
July 4, 2019
July 4th Star Spangled Beach Party has beach activities, live music, circus acts, and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. (weather permitting) at Robin Lake Beach at Callaway Gardens. See schedule.

Garden party for adults 
July 4 - Sept. 26, 2019
 (Thurs. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
Cocktails in the Garden invites you to explore the garden each week as you stroll with a cocktail, hear live music, and play games at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Admission fee, cash bar.


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Friday, June 21, 2019

BET ANNOUNCES TOP 20 SUNDAY BEST CONTESTANTS

“SUNDAY BEST” PREMIERES SUNDAY, JUNE 30th ON BET IN THE U.S.A.
AND INTERNATIONALLY BEGINNING SUNDAY, JULY 7th 

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Photo Credit: BET Networks
(NEW YORK, NY) – June 21, 2019 – Returning from its four-year hiatus, America’s most inspirational singing competition, “Sunday Best,” makes its triumphant return to BET on Sunday, June 30that 8/7c with two brand-new back-to-back episodes. The well-established gospel show welcomes back Grammy Award®-winning music legend Kirk Franklin as host, gospel songstress and host of "Get Up Mornings," Erica Campbell as a judge; and added two Grammy-Award® nominated artists Kelly Price and Jonathan McReynolds as new additions to the panel. With a brand-new stage and exciting themed challenges, this season has narrowed down the competition to 20 finalists.
The new season kicks off for the first time ever with in-person auditions in front of the judges, with no audience.  The contestants have to show their true talent, with no smoke and mirrors, by performing acapella with no band support, as they narrow the field from 20 to the top 10.  For the first time the contestants were able to use an online submissions process, after which the team lead a global search for this year’s contestants, leading up to the much-anticipated live auditions in Dallas, TX, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA, and Detroit, MI, Lagos, Nigeria and for the first time-ever London, England and Johannesburg, South Africa, which were open to select international contestants. The top 20 contestants are:
  • Antonio Santora, 31, Durham, North Carolina
  • Ashley Barnes, 24, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Brielle Frage, 21, Avenel, New Jersey
  • Cornelius Edwards, 33, West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Chelsey Barnes, 22, Memphis, TN
  • Emorja Roberson, 27, South Bend, Indiana       
  • Jamal Roberts, 22, Meridian, Mississippi
  • James Thompson, 23, Derby UK
  • Jason Warrior, 23, Chicago, IL
  • Joshua Copeland, 37, Salisbury, Maryland
  • Kayva Offord, 27, Orange, Texas
  • Keyla Richardson, 22, Pensacola, Florida
  • Lakeesha Rice, 36, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Linda Williams, 52, University Heights, OH
  • Melvin Crispell III, 21, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Opal Staples, 38, Chicago, IL
  • Roy Moye, 26, Wichita, Kansas
  • Tiffany Andrews, 35, Newark, New Jersey
  • Tiffany Moore, 35, Augusta, Georgia
  • Yoonjung Park, 32, South Korea
Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment (BET Awards, The New Edition Story), serves as executive producer of season nine of Sunday Best along with showrunner Josh Greenberg (The Sing-Off, Lip Sync Battle).  Dionne Harmon (The Bobby Brown Story, Hip Hop Squares) and Jeannae Rouzan–Clay (Dear Mama, Black Girls Rock!) and are co-executive producers.
For updates and more information about “SUNDAY BEST”, please visit BET.com/SundayBest. Join the conversation on social media by logging on to our social media platforms using the hashtag: #BETSundayBest.


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Thursday, June 20, 2019

2019 ARTISTS FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND IN DALLAS, TEXAS: RIVERFRONT JAZZ FESTIVAL

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​Are you ready for another year of great music in Dallas, TexasThe Riverfront Jazz Festival is back for the 3rd year and once again, with a great line up of musical artists to enjoy over the Labor Day Weekend. 
​The Riverfront Jazz Festival presented by The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, is a multistage musical festival, that promotes, cultivates, and spotlights renowned musical artists from around the world as well as promising young artists from the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  
The inaugural 2017 and 2018 festival featured an array of renowned music artists from around the world where patrons experienced a gumbo of jazz, 
​blues, R&B and soul music. Also, there was a stage for Promising Young Artists from Dallas/Fort Worth, showcasing youth from area schools and music programs in day-long back-to-back performances.

GET YOUR TICKETS TO THE 2019 RIVERFRONT JAZZ FESTIVAL

2019 ARTIST LINEUP

FRIDAY
AUGUST 30, 2019

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VISIT DALLAS JAZZ MAINSTAGE
ENCHANTING 
featuring TBAAL Youth Performers 
THE DALLAS HOT BAND
featuring SHAUN MARTIN and fifteen of Dallas' Best Jazz Artists
ERYKAH BADU

SATURDAY
AUGUST 31, 2019​

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VISIT DALLAS JAZZ MAINSTAGE
RHONDA ROSS
RODNEY KENDRICK
AVERY SUNSHINE
BILAL
OLETA ADAMS
REMEMBERING JAZZ LEGEND NANCY WILSON
MIKE PHILLIPS, NESTOR TORRES
CASSANDRA WILSON
BLUES AND SOUL MAINSTAGE
AHYONZ BAND
featuring Kenya C
SIX BROTHERS ON SAX
featuring Keith Anderson, Tom Braxton, Mark Felton, Joseph Vincelli, Art Sherrod, Jr., Jason Davis
TITO PUENTE, Jr.
HIROSHIMA
JONATHAN BUTLER

SUNDAY
​SEPTEMBER 1, 2019

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VISIT DALLAS JAZZ MAINSTAGE
THE DALLAS JAZZ COLLECTIVE
​ROY AYERS
LOOSE ENDS
FEATURING JANE EUGENE
WILL DOWNING
MEMBERS OF THE DALLAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

with AMERICA'S ORIGINAL "DREAMGIRL" JENNIFER HOLLIDAY 
BLUES AND SOUL MAINSTAGE
​THE NASTY BRASS BAND
LEELA JAMES
RAHEEM DEVAUGHN
THE YELLOWJACKETS
BENNY GOLSON
EDDIE HENDERSON
NNENNA FREELON
There will be an artist Talk Back/Meet-and-Greet following selected performances from the Jazz and Blues/Soul Main Stages. Artists will sign products in TBAAL's Eva Jessye Gift Shop.

GET YOUR TICKETS TO THE 2019 RIVERFRONT JAZZ FESTIVAL



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LIKE MOTHER LIKE DAUGHTER: Rhonda Ross joins her mom, Diana Ross, on tour.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Atlanta Events- June 2019

​JAZZ IN THE ALLEY

FREE TO THE PUBLIC
JUNE 22, 2019
NORCROSS, GA

All concerts begin at 7:30 PM

Grammy nominated guitarist, Rod Harris Jr.

FUTURE DATES
July 27th- Greg Robbins & Remey Williams
August 17th- The 4 Korners & YemiConga
September 28th- Unknown Lyric


'Defend The Flame' Record Release

Friday, June 21, 2019
9:15 PM

EDDIE'S ATTIC
515-B North McDonough St. 
Decatur, GA

FOR TICKETS:  GARETH ASHER AT EDDIE'S ATTIC

4th Annual Jazz Matters At The Wren’s Nest
Summer Concert Series

Relax, relate, release at the 4th Annual Jazz Matters At The Wren’s Nest summer concert series in Atlanta’s Historic West.  Enjoy musical performances, by regional, national and international artists, highlighting the diversity and cultural roots of jazz music, and musical genres influenced by it.
WEBSITE:  JAZZ MATTERS
JUNE 21, 2019  JAZZ, BLUES & BBQ – CHANDRA CURRELLEY, YONRICO SCOTT & THE BARRY REDMOND BAND
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Ticket Prices:
Advance Lawn Seating $25 / Gate $30
Advance Table Seating $300 / Gate $350
  • Rain or Shine Event
  • Bring your chairs or blankets
  • Food, beverages and small tables are allowed
  • No grills or large tables
  • We can only accept credit/debit cards at the Gate.  NO CASH
  • Gates open at 7:00p


​Affordable theater
June 9, 2019
Atlanta locations
Atlanta Fringe Festival includes 20 theater shows by “adventurous artists” at six venues, plus parties.Car-free streetsJune 9, 2019
multiple locations
You can walk, run, or bike down the middle of the road during Atlanta Streets Alive, which offers free entertainment and activities for all ages on three days.
  • April 7 - Peachtree Street
  • June 9 - Cross-city
  • Sept. 29 - Southwest

Peachtree Corners Festival
June 9, 2019
Peachtree Corners Festival [website has sound] features craft & food vendors, entertainment, live music, car shows both days, and kids’ activities. Free.

Scottish festival
June 9, 2019
Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland Games is about athletic games, bagpipes and drums, Scottish dancing, food, music, and historical demonstrations in Blairsville. No pets or alcohol.Free concerts in

Sandy Springs
June 9 - Sept. 8, 2019 (7 to 8:30 p.m.)
Concerts by the Springs are held on one Sunday a month at Heritage Green, 6110 Blue Stone Road. Bring food and drinks, or buy them onsite. Beach chairs and blankets are welcome. Free.

Atlanta attractions
June 9 - Sept. 30, 2019
multiple locations
These discount prices include all taxes and fees.
Free movies - parks
June 11 - Sept. 6, 2019
multiple locations
See free films outdoors at Georgia Movies in the Park in Canton, Cumming, and Dawsonville.
  • June 7 - Small Feet (Dawsonville: Lake)
  • June 8 - Ralph Breaks the Internet (Canton)
  • June 11 - The Lego Movie 2 (Cumming)
  • June 15 - Train Dragon: Hidden World (Woodstock)
  • June 25 - Aquaman (Cumming)

A surprising play about race
June 12 - 30, 2019
Can a racist who is thrust into an African-American family be changed and redeemed? Hands of Color “examines the issue of racism and how it is inevitably dismantled and unraveled in the face of pure love and innocence” at Synchronicity Theatre.Ticket deal $15

Free movies - Mableton
June 12 - July 24, 2019
See an outdoor movie at the Free Movie Series at Mable House Amphitheatre.
​Oliver
June 13 - 23, 2019
Oliver is a popular musical about a London orphan, based on the classic book Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre in Marietta.Ticket deal $15 to $29

Free movies - Atlantic Station
June 13 - 27, 2019 (Thursdays 8 p.m.)
Atlanta city parks
Watch Movies in the District beginning at dusk (usually 8:30 p.m.). It’s best to arrive early with a blanket or lawn chair. Free.

Family puppet show
June 13 - July 28, 2019
True love prevails in this new version of Beauty and the Beast, which “hip-hops its way into a modern day city complete with alley cats, beauty shops, and exercise videos” at the Center for Puppetry Arts for age 4+.Ticket deal $12

The story of Pocahontas
June 13 - Sept. 1, 2019
Pocahontas is about to leave her beloved home in Virginia to begin a new chapter with her husband in England, in this play that “explores self-reflection and healing by reconnecting to one’s past” on the forest stage of Serenbe Playhouse in Chattahoochee Hills.Ticket deal $15

Garden party for adults
June 13 - Oct. 24, 2019 (Thurs. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
Cocktails in the Garden invites you to explore the garden each week as you stroll with a cocktail, hear live music, and play games at the
Atlanta Botanical Garden. Admission fee, cash bar.

Latin music
June 14, 2019 (8 p.m.)
Club Babalú features a vocalist backed by Frankie Quiñones and the Atlanta Salsa All-Stars, followed by a dance party at Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville.Ticket deal $10

African-American music & parade
June 14 - 16, 2019
Juneteenth is a free three-day music festival with vendors and children’s activities at Home Depot Backyard. On Saturday, a parade leaves Gordon Terrace SW at 10 a.m. and follows MLK Drive to the festival. The festival ends Sunday night with fireworks.

Short plays in Hapeville
June 14 - 23, 2019
Tapas IV: The Great Divide is a festival of 10-minute plays performed by the Academy Theatre at Hapeville Performing Arts Center.Ticket deal $13

Schoolhouse Rock
June 14 - 23, 2019
Your favorite campy childhood jingles like “Just a Bill” (video) and "Conjunction Junction" come to life during Schoolhouse Rock Live at Act1 Theater in Alpharetta.Ticket deal $15

Concerts in the Garden
June 14 - Aug. 25, 2019
See national acts at Concerts in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden. You can pre-order food on the website. The concerts on July 27 & Aug. 25 are in Gainesville.


Free concerts in Sandy Springs
June 14 - Sept. 27, 2019 (Fridays 6:30 p.m.)
Bring a blanket or lawn chair, food and drinks (except alcohol, which is sold onsite), and money for food trucks to City Green Live for free concerts on select Fridays.

Ghost Tours
June 14 - Sept. 28, 2019
Ghost Tours feature “Lawrenceville’s most interesting places and the stories behind its most bizarre events, hauntingly told with the charm and personality of a real Southern storyteller.” This 90-minute walking tour goes one mile and departs from Aurora Theatre.Ticket deal $6


​​Hip hop show
June 15, 2019
0.6 miles SW
Birthday Bash ATL will be held at State Farm Arena.

Summer beer festival
June 15, 2019 (4 to 8 p.m.)
1.7 miles NE
A ticket to Atlanta Summer Beer Fest includes samples of 200 kinds of beer, wine, and cider, with live music and food for sale at Historic Fourth Ward Park for age 21+.

Fried chicken festival
June 15, 2019 (12 to 6 p.m.)
2.5 miles NE
ATL Chicken + Beer Festival [formerly ATL CluckFest] promises the “best fried chicken dishes” from 25 restaurants at Piedmont Park. Your ticket includes three samples of 3 ounces each, and you also can purchase full servings.

Mississippi picnic
June 15, 2019
11.7 miles north
Mississippi in the Park has live music and authentic food (fried catfish, chicken nuggets, coleslaw, corn nuggets, hushpuppies, tea, and cake) at Chastain Park.

Blues concert
June 15, 2019 (7 p.m.)
16 miles SW
An Evening Under the Stars Blues Festival features Tucka, T.K. Soul, Lenny Williams, Nellie Tiger Travis, and Willie Clayton at Wolf Creek Amphitheater.Ticket deal on the lawn $59

Lantern parade
June 15, 2019
18 miles north
Attend a lantern-making workshop, or bring your own lantern, or just watch the Sandy Springs Lantern Parade, which goes from Steel Canyon Golf Club to Morgan Falls Overlook Park. People gather at 7:30 p.m. and the parade begins at 9 p.m. Free.

Caribbean festival
June 15, 2019 (1 to 8 p.m.)
31 miles SE
McDonough Caribbean Cultural Festival features live music, food, vendors, games, and a kids’ zone in Alexander Park. Free.

Women’s drama/comedy
June 15 - 29, 2019
7.6 miles NE
Nine women show up for a baby shower in the idyllic city of Morningside, each with her own secrets and emotional issues to resolve at OnStage Atlanta.Ticket deal $10 to $12

Concerts in Alpharetta parks
June 15 - Sept. 14, 2019 (Saturdays)
24.9 miles north
Bring a blanket and a picnic to hear “family-friendly performances by different Alpharetta based entertainment groups” at Brooke Street Park Summer Concert Series. Free.

Father’s Day restaurants
June 16, 2019
Greater Atlanta
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Father’s Day.

Father’s Day tasting
June 16, 2019
0.9 miles south
Family Food Fest Atlanta offers food tasting and live R&B music at Georgia Railroad Freight Depot.

Father’s Day at the Zoo
June 16, 2019
4 miles NW
Dad enters free with any regular adult or child ticket purchase on Father’s Day at the Zoo at Zoo Atlanta.

Shakespeare for families
June 19, 2019
32 miles NE
Midsummer Jr. is a 45-minute version of the comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” performed by Atlanta Shakespeare Company with puppets, live music, and silly props at Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville.Ticket deal $5.50

Monthly family festival
June 20, 2019 (5 to 9 p.m.)
22 miles north
Alive in Roswell has live bands, food trucks, craft beer, vendors, kids’ games, entertainment, and socializing in three locations connected by a free trolley (on Canton Street, in Roswell Square, and behind city hall). Free.

Shakespeare comedy
June 20 - July 14, 2019
0.6 miles north
As You Like It is a romantic comedy of mischievous misunderstandings, pleasing poetry, and hilarious happenings at Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse.Ticket deal $8 to $19

Summer jazz
June 21, 2019 (8 to 11 p.m.)
3.9 miles SW
Hear great jazz once a month this summer during Jazz Matters at The Wren’s Nest.Ticket deal for lawn seating $13

Beach party in Decatur
June 21, 2019 (5 to 11 p.m.)
6 miles NE
The Decatur Beach Party [formerly Summer in the City] has 80 tons of sand on the street, kids’ activities, live music, food trucks, beer, and wine. Mostly free.
​Athens festival
June 21 - 23, 2019
70 miles NE
AthFest Music & Arts Festival has 50 musical acts, an artists’ market, a club crawl, and a KidsFest in Athens.

Tony Award for Best Play
June 21 - July 7, 2019
18.6 miles NW
A black family moves to the white side of Chicago in the classic 1950s drama “A Raisin in the Sun.” Now see the same family just prior to their move (in Act 1) and 50 years later (in Act 2) of the 2010 play Clybourne Park at Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square.Ticket deal $19

Burlesque light show
June 22, 2019 (9 p.m.)
3 miles NE
Watch eight acts that all feature light in some way, including LED lights, black light, and fire, during Illicitly Illuminated at the Red Light Cafe for age 21+.Ticket deal $10

Canadian party
June 22, 2019 (noon)
16.3 miles north
Come celebrate Canada, eh? Atlanta Canada Fest features Canadian food, Canadian musicians, and street hockey for the kids at Meehan’s Public House in Sandy Springs. Children under age 16 are free.

Paddleboard race
June 23, 2019
20.7 miles north
Stand Up for the Hooch is a race that goes 2 and 6 miles on the Chattahoochee River from Morgan Falls Overlook Park in Sandy Springs. Free for spectators.

Uplifting musical
June 25 - 30, 2019
1 mile north
With incredible kindness, the people of Newfoundland welcomed 7,000 airline passengers stranded for days when all flights were grounded on 9/11. Come from Away “is a musical that changes you, heals old wounds, and lifts the spirit” at Fox Theatre.Ticket deal $30

French dinner & cooking class
June 28, 2019 (7 to 9:30 p.m.)
14.6 miles north
Begin with wine and appetizers, help the chef prepare dinner, and then dine with wine and dessert during the $90 Classic Cut Series: Parisian Steak Bistro at Vino Venue in Dunwoody.

Men vs. bulls in Gainvesville
June 28 - 29, 2019
53 miles NE
Watch talented bullfighters trying to win points by exhibiting style and control as they maneuver around and jump over bulls in the Bullfighters Only Southern Classic at Chicopee Woods Agriculture Center.Ticket deal $15 (VIP $25)

Patriotic concert
June 28 & 30, 2019
21 miles north
A choir and symphony perform patriotic classics at the Patriotic Celebration Concert at Roswell United Methodist Church. Free but get tickets in advance.

New classical music
June 29, 2019 (12 to 10 p.m.)
2.1 miles east
Watch six performances of “music that’s vibrant, engaging, and not yet widely known” at YInMn Atlanta [formerly New Music Festival], surrounded by visual art in Whitespace Gallery. Donation.
Hip hop
June 29, 2019 (8 p.m.)
12 miles north
Grammy winner Common performs his hit songs plus new selections with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in the amphitheatre at Chastain Park.Ticket deal $56 to $64
Father’s Day at the Zoo
June 16, 2019
4 miles NW
Dad enters free with any regular adult or child ticket purchase on Father’s Day at the Zoo at Zoo Atlanta.

Shakespeare for families
June 19, 2019
32 miles NE
Midsummer Jr. is a 45-minute version of the comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” performed by Atlanta Shakespeare Company with puppets, live music, and silly props at Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville.Ticket deal $5.50

Monthly family festival
June 20, 2019 (5 to 9 p.m.)
22 miles north
Alive in Roswell has live bands, food trucks, craft beer, vendors, kids’ games, entertainment, and socializing in three locations connected by a free trolley (on Canton Street, in Roswell Square, and behind city hall). Free.

Shakespeare comedy
June 20 - July 14, 2019
0.6 miles north
As You Like It is a romantic comedy of mischievous misunderstandings, pleasing poetry, and hilarious happenings at Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse.Ticket deal $8 to $19

Summer jazz
June 21, 2019 (8 to 11 p.m.)
3.9 miles SW
Hear great jazz once a month this summer during Jazz Matters at The Wren’s Nest.Ticket deal for lawn seating $13

Beach party in Decatur
June 21, 2019 (5 to 11 p.m.)
6 miles NE
The Decatur Beach Party [formerly Summer in the City] has 80 tons of sand on the street, kids’ activities, live music, food trucks, beer, and wine. Mostly free.


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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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