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New @YG Now Available....

Rapper YG is back with the new release, “Still Brazy”. Available NOW through all online retailers, the album features a variety of guest appearances, including Lil Wayne, Drake, and Nipsey Hussle. It also boasts production from Hit Boy, Terrace Martin, DJ Swish, P-Lo, 1500 or Nothin, CT Beats, and Ty Dolla $ign. 

 

“Still Brazy” has been anticipated for quite some time, with the initial single, “Twist My Fingaz”, being released nearly a year ago. Two more singles, “FDT” and “Why You Always Hatin?”, would surface throughout the next year, leading up to the album finally being released. 

 

As a whole, Still Brazy shows the growth YG has made in the short time he has been here. The album stands as his 3rd studio release (he released both “My Krazy Life” and “Blame It On the Streets” in 2014), in addition to multiple mixtape released prior to his studio efforts.

 

Fans will definitely be pleased with “Still Brazy”.

 

Look for "Still Brazy" in Apple Music, as well as all other online/digital retailers. 

 

Celebrity Birthdays: May 29...

Celebrity Birthdays: May 29...

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Good morning and Happy Sunday UGD readers! Hopefully everyone is having an excellent day thus far. Join us in sending birthday shouts to the following celebrities.... 

 

Aaron McGruder, Laverne Cox, Mel B, Brandon Smith, Latoya Jackson, Rebbie Jackson, Alonzo Gee, Earthquake, Kamal (Chance) Givens, Ezekiel Ansah, and Carmelo Anthony. 

COULD A FULL-ALBUM RESPONSE TO "LEMONADE" BE IN THE WORKS FROM JAY-Z?

What more could one need after a tall glass of lemonade? Could a response album be in the works from rapper Jay-Z? Sources are hinting at just that. If speculation is correct, the rapper may indeed be working on a full album in response to Beyoncé’s hit album “Lemonade”, which saw a surprise release nearly two weeks ago. 

 

Beyoncé dropped the album, which instantly soared to the top of the Billboard charts, exclusively via Tidal 2 days before it was released via streaming giants like iTunes, Spotify, Google Play. The album, which chronicles the supposed strife in their marriage following alleged cheating, caused a fire storm of rumors, including who Beyoncé was referring to in the lyrics “he better call Becky with the good hair”. Of course, Beyoncé has been mum about the situation. Currently, she can be seen out on her Formation tour, which kicked off a week ago in Miami, FL. 

 

“Lemonade” is currently available via most online streaming services.

ALBUM REVIEW: ANTHONY HAMILTON: WHAT I'M FEELIN....

ALBUM REVIEW: ANTHONY HAMILTON: WHAT I'M FEELIN....

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Just after promoting his new Christmas offering, Anthony Hamilton is back, this time with a 12-track set that is sure to set the industry ablaze. Led by the melodic tune “Amen”, Hamilton is digging deep into his emotions and sharing both his pain and happiness with this LP. He’s dealt with so much throughout the past year, most significantly his divorce, and it’s easy to see that this album was his way of releasing and coming to grips with it all.

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Hamilton worked with a few familiar names on this LP who have helped him throughout the years in building, including Salaam Remi, James Poser, and Mark Batson, who has worked with a who’s who of entertainers throughout the years, and contributed heavily to Hamilton’s 2003 So So Def release, Comin’ From Where I’m From.

On a personal note, it’s always great to get new music from Anthony Hamilton. With each release, he ventures down new avenues, trying different things with his music, and it always results in multiple masterpieces that long-resonate with his fanbase. Examples of that include “Never Letting Go”, which features Vince Gill, and “Ain’t No Shame” with Gary Clark, Jr. Personally, I’m loving “What I’m Feelin” which features the Hamiltones.

It’s difficult to single out specific tracks as standouts, because truthfully, the entire album gels quite nicely. What’s nice with Hamilton is that while you’ve come to know what to expect with his releases, the flip side is that you still get something new each time around. He makes it a point to deliver what his fanbase has come to expect while still evolving with the industry and times. Fans will thoroughly enjoy “What I’m Feelin’”.

HUDSON, A NEW DRAMATIC SERIES FROM HAVE FAITH PRODUCTIONS AND CANADIAN BROADCASTER CHANNEL ZERO….

HUDSON, A NEW DRAMATIC SERIES FROM HAVE FAITH PRODUCTIONS AND CANADIAN BROADCASTER CHANNEL ZERO….

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March 16, 2016 - It was recently confirmed that a new dramatic series is in the final stages of development for Have Faith Productions and Canadian Broadcaster Channel Zero, with the U.S. network to be announced shortly. The show, titled Hudson, will be shot in Toronto, and will focus on the divide of community and neighborhoods and the police precincts that hold both sides together through intertwined relationships, pitting the wealthy against the not-so-wealthy, and vice versa. With this series, you'll see who has landed where, how they fit, and if they ultimately belong.

Have Faith Productions has made quite an impressive name for themselves, having recently been behind the major film production Sons 2 the Grave, which stars Brad James, Darrin Dewitt Henson, Trevor Jackson, Justin Martin, Messiah James, Maria Howell, Demetria McKinney, and a host of other major names in the business. Sons 2 The Grave is currently screening, with plans of a theatrical release soon.

Hudson will feature a laundry list of amazing talent, including some hip-hop royalty who will join the cast.

While no official timeline has been announced in regard to debut of Hudson, the time is coming rather soon. Stay tuned to UGDigital for updates regarding the debut.

@NuShoozMusic Prepares to Reach the World through PledgeMusic..

@NuShoozMusic Prepares to Reach the World through PledgeMusic..

With decades of great music behind them, the legendary Nu Shooz Music is geared up to release their new project, Bagtown! With that comes their all new campaign, PledgeMusic! Learn more about PledgeMusic by clicking HERE.

Don't forget to check them out in the latest issue of UG Digital in the LEGENDARY series, where we talk about the influence they've had on urban culture and entertainment throughout their career. 

 

FUTURISTIC SOUL ARTIST ZACHARY MURDOCK RELEASES OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR "I’VE LOOKED EVERYWHERE" FROM ELECTRICIFYING DEBUT EP FOR THE MAD ONES

FUTURISTIC SOUL ARTIST ZACHARY MURDOCK RELEASES OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR "I’VE LOOKED EVERYWHERE" FROM ELECTRICIFYING DEBUT EP FOR THE MAD ONES

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February 17, 2016 - Today, Zachary Murdock, the multi-talented, soul inspired singer, songwriter and rapper releases the official music video for emotional single, “I’ve Looked Everywhere," off his recently dropped EP For The Mad Ones. The visually stimulating video proves Zachary’s capabilities as a true artist who has a profound message.

 

"I’ve Looked Everywhere," directed by award winning film director Matthew Charof, is a song and video about finding the mystrious truth that is hidden within your heart. In honor of World Human Spirit Day, Murdock explains, "Often we are presented with limited options: conform or rebel; hate or love. But there must be more! Instead of accepting definitions and boundaries, it is our job as humans to push past these man-made walls, explore outer space and inner space and bring back the unique magic that we discover. With this project, I wanted to point towards that other way, the way that only you can find, the way that the 'mad ones' throughout time have travelled." "I've Looked Everywhere and I can't find my home and my heart is the only unturned stone." The answer is in you.

 

For The Mad Ones is produced Grammy award winner Benny Reiner (Hamilton) and Grammy award nominee !llmind (Drake, J.Cole). Artwork for the EP is by conceptual artist Eoin Coigan.

 

Good Music All Day said, “[Zachary’s] unique blend of Hip-Hop, Soul, and Electronica is further uplifted by affecting, poetic lyrics that suggest a dynamic understanding of human truths. With satisfying melodies and upbeat hooks, [Zachary] has proven the ability to captivate even the most casual music fans.”

 

Born in London, Murdock received a degree in Creative Writing from the New School in New York City. In addition to being a solo artist, he is a founding member of the popular New York-based group, Smokey Robotic.  With five group albums, over 30 music videos, two major ad campaigns, several children’s books and over a decade of mixed media collaboration to his name, Murdock divides his time between Harlem and Venice, making a lasting creative imprint on both coasts.

Seith Mann Writes, Directs and Executive Produces Film Inspired By Dan Charnas' Book on the History of the Hip Hop Industry "The Big Payback"

Seith Mann Writes, Directs and Executive Produces Film Inspired By Dan Charnas' Book on the History of the Hip Hop Industry "The Big Payback"

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 NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 26, 2015 – VH1 has set the airdate for its next original movie "The Breaks," continuing a successful push into scripted programming for the channel.  Set in New York City in 1990, "The Breaks"will premiere onMonday, January 4 at 9PM ET/PT.

"The Breaks" will chronicle the journey of Nikki (Afton Williamson),David (David Call) and DeeVee (Mack Wilds), three friends united by their love of hip-hop, as they work to make their big mark in the music industry. The film will travel viewers back to the summer of 1990 in New York City where the music industry's artists and hustlers intersect in the dance clubs and the street corners of the still crime-ridden city. 

Nikki Jones is a brilliant recent grad who abandoned a scholarship to law school to pursue her dream of becoming a record exec.  Her boyfriend, David Aaron, is the scrappy son of a legendary music producer who is unwilling to rest on his father's laurels and notorious reputation.  DeeVee is an aspiring producer on the hunt to find the next big rapper on the come-up. Nikki fast talks her way into an internship at the premier hip-hop company, Fouray Entertainment and catches the eye of the label's infamous founder, Barry Fouray (Wood Harris) while David struggles at the city's top R&B radio station whose celebrity DJ refuses to program real hip-hop. Meanwhile, DeeVee returns to his roots in the Fort Greene projects to scout for talent and runs into Ahm (Antoine Harris), a drug dealer with a lyrical gift whose talent could bring them all to the next level.  But they will soon discover lives can be broken as fast as legends can be born.

Inspired by the book by journalist Dan Charnas entitled "The Big Payback," a narrative history of the hip-hop business, "The Breaks" is written, directed and executive produced by Seith Mann ("The Wire," "The Walking Dead," "Homeland") with a story by Mann and Charnas. The cast is comprised of Wood Harris, Mack Wilds, Afton Williamson, David Call and Antoine Harris. Additional cast members include Cliff "Method Man" Smith, Evan Handler, Russell Hornsby and AFRO. Legendary New York music producer DJ Premierwill compose the score and serve as executive music producer.

"The Breaks" is the third movie in VH1's recent successful push into scripted programming, following the 2013 record-breaking premiere of "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story" andthe success of last year's original movie, "Drumline: A New Beat."

Be sure to 'like' "The Breaks" on Facebook and follow @TheBreaksVH1 on Twitter and use #TheBreaks to join the conversation.

In addition to Seith Mann, Dan Charnas, Darren Goldberg of Atlantic Pictures, Maggie Malina and Bill Flanagan will serve as executive producers. Susan Levison will executive produce for VH1.

Gangsta Boo: "Stop Asking Me About Three Six Mafia"...

Gangsta Boo: "Stop Asking Me About Three Six Mafia"...

Memphis rapper has had about enough of the questions relating to her leaving Three Six Mafia. In an exclusive, she sits down and talks with DJ Smallz to express her displeasure about the matter. Watch it all unfold in the video below... 

@dropolo RELEASES DA REALITY SHOW TODAY; "WE IN DA CITY" AND "UGH" AT RADIO NOW!

@dropolo RELEASES DA REALITY SHOW TODAY; "WE IN DA CITY" AND "UGH" AT RADIO NOW!

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 (September 18, 2015 -- New York, NY) --  Da Reality Show, the new album by Young Dro, is available today.

 

Dro recently released his three-part "Da Reality Show" vlog series -- watch episodes onetwo, and three here.

His new single, the infectious "Ugh," was produced by Zaytoven and is at urban radio now.  Listen to "Ugh" here and watch the video here.

"We in Da City," the first single off of Da Reality Show, has been climbing up the charts all summer, and is currently #12 at urban radio.Dro also released a new mixtape, Hellcat, earlier this month.  LIsten to it here.

Young Dro’s debut album, Best Thang Smokin, debuted at #1 on the U.S. R&B and U.S. Rap Charts, and #3 on the Billboard 200. The hit single off of the album was the 2x platinum “Shoulder Lean,” featuring label mate T.I.  Dro followed with his sophomore effort High Tymes which featured the hit single you "FDB."  In addition to releasing these official albums, Dro has released numerous mixtapes and has kept a loyal fanbase with his featured appearances.

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@Selasimusic Releases New Single, "Love Me or Leave Me"...

@Selasimusic Releases New Single, "Love Me or Leave Me"...

 

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Following the success of "Tear Up the Floor" from the 5-track EP "Shades of Grey", newly coined Global Pop artist Selasi has released his new single, "Love Me or Leave Me". This release is not only a natural progression, but also a dream realized for Selasi, who has spent much of his time writing and producing the hits for other artists. His dream, of course, has always been so do it for himself. With encouragement from supporters like Kandi Burruss of Bravo's Real Housewives of Atlanta (Selasi not only appeared on RHOA, but also joined the cast of Burruss' hit Bravo spin-off, The Kandi Factory), he's finally releasing his own music. 

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Selasi is also building his name in the film industry, having former his own company, Steady Vision Film, in 2014 and directing and co-producing a short film. "Haunted" stars actress Rachel Neal, and the trailer can be see here

For more information, Follow @Selasimusic on Twitter, Facebook, Soundcloud, YouTube, and Instagram.  

Listen to "Love Me or Leave Me" by clicking here

Watch  "Love Me or Leave Me" by clicking here

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: @Zero2Aphiniti

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: @Zero2Aphiniti

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I felt compelled to drop a few lines and point you all to check out the amazing artistry offered by @zero2aphiniti! We had the opportunity to check her ou today at the @ohiohiphopaward #HipHopHomecoming, and she was dope would be an understatement. Behind her gruff, no holds barred-type posterior lies an enormous amount of talent and charisma. You actually have to hear her spew her rhymes to get what I'm saying. While brief and lasting only minutes, she delivered a rousing set that, to me, was worthy of praise, and showed that she takes this game seriously. I see so many big things happening for her, and I promise, we WILL get her in the pages of UGD! Until then I want to point you to her online sites so you can see and get an idea of what I'm talking about. If you're here in town this weekend, you must check her out throughout the weekend at the OHHA events! 

Instagram: @zero2aphiniti

Twitter: @zero2aphiniti

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/zero2aphiniti 

 

Check out this video from Aphiniti & Cleveland's Trump! Shouts to @clevelandstrump as well for the video, which we pulled from YouTube! 

 

Reality Star Draya Michele to Make Acting Debut in TV One Original, Will to Love...

Reality Star Draya Michele to Make Acting Debut in TV One Original, Will to Love...

 

Draya Michele

Draya Michele

Reality television star Draya Michele will be making her acting debut this month in an exclusive TV One original film. Michele will star alongside Marques Houston and Keshia Knight-Pulliam in the TV One original, Will to Love. 

Marques Houston, Draya Michele

Marques Houston, Draya Michele

Directed by Chris Stokes and Joel Layogan, the film follows the story of Jamal Hawkins; played by Houston, a bachelor who must marry within 90-days to earn an expected inheritance from his grandfather. In comes Michele, who is out to find and marry the baller of her dreams. This will stand as Michele's first acting role, after having starred in the Basketball Wives LA franchise. 

Marques Houston, Keshia Knight-Pulliam

Marques Houston, Keshia Knight-Pulliam

Others featured in this film include Shondrella Avery, Black Thomas, Valarie Pettiford, and Gary Sturgis. Will to Love will debut on TV One June 27, 2015!


Sean "Diddy" Combs To Be Joined By All-Star Lineup Of Industry Innovators At 2015 REVOLT Music Conference Including Scooter Braun, Vania Schlogel, NO I.D., Troy Carter, Jay Brown, And More....

Sean "Diddy" Combs To Be Joined By All-Star Lineup Of Industry Innovators At 2015 REVOLT Music Conference Including Scooter Braun, Vania Schlogel, NO I.D., Troy Carter, Jay Brown, And More....

 

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NEW YORK, June 8, 2015 -- Today, REVOLT announced the return of the highly anticipated, one-of-a-kind, second annual REVOLT Music Conference (RMC) to the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, October 15–18, 2015. Themed, "The Merging of Music, Technology and Innovation", RMC 2015 will provide attendees with an interactive experience that explores how technology influences the music industry, executives, recording artists, and fans. Returning to Miami, after an extremely successful inaugural year, event planners are taking the 2015 REVOLT Music Conference to the next level with more music, more stages and heightened new experiences.

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"REVOLT is leading a revolution. Last year, RMC brought together the hottest acts and the most influential leaders and speakers in entertainment, media, and digital to start a new conversation about the future of music," said REVOLT Chairman Sean "Diddy" Combs. "This year with the new lineup of speakers we will bring the conversation to the next level, as we explore new ideas and important innovations that will further engage new audiences and open up new frontiers of success."

The three day event will provide attendees with the opportunity to personally interact with leaders from both the music and technology industry, hear keynotes from industry trailblazers, and enjoy exclusive performances from some of the largest names in music.  Andre Harrell, REVOLT Music Conference Chair, tapped the following industry innovators to join Sean "Diddy" Combs, REVOLT Chairman, for this year's conference as panelist:  Scooter Braun, Founder and CEO of SB Projects; Jay Brown, Co-Founder and CEO of Roc Nation; Abe Burns, Digital Operations at Maverick; Troy Carter, Chairman and CEO of Atom Factory; Jeff Harleston, General Counsel and EVP, N. America; NO I.D., EVP of Def Jam; Charles King, CEO and Founder of Macro; Anthony Saleh, CEO at Emagen Entertainment; Vania Schlogel, CIO of TIDAL; and Sickamore, Vice President, A&R and Creative Development at Epic Records; with additional names to be announced. 

"The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is delighted to welcome the return of REVOLT Music Conference to Greater Miami and The Beaches," said GMCVB President & CEO William D. Talbert, III, CDME.  "Our dynamic and diverse multicultural community looks forward to sharing our spectacular state of the art music venues, beautiful beaches and world-class amenities with the many fans of this extraordinary event."

"As the music business continues to evolve, technology and innovation are at the forefront of how we listen to music, stream content, and do business. RMC will focus on the intersection of music with the business of content while building brands, creating culture, and inspiring the next generation of leaders," added REVOLT CEO Keith Clinkscales. "After an incredible inaugural year, we couldn't be more excited to bring this unique conference back to Miami Beach to focus on the power of music and to experience the true power of innovation and collaboration."

For more on the 2015 REVOLT Music Conference and to purchase early-bird ticket packages, available for a limited time and starting at $199.00, visit WWW.REVOLT.tv/RMC. Join the #RMC2015 conversation on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @REVOLTtv. 

ABOUT REVOLT MEDIA & TV  
REVOLT is the new #1 name in music. Focused on expertly curating the best of the best in music and engaging youth in social conversation, the multi-genre, multi-platform network offers breaking music news, videos, artist interviews, exclusive performances, and original programming. Attracting over 50 million young adults through television, digital properties, social and mobile, REVOLT is accessible 24/7 – anytime, anywhere, any screen. Launched in broadcast on October 2013, REVOLT is available on Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Verizon FiOS, CenturyLink and Suddenlink in 46 of the top 50 U.S. markets including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Miami, Boston, Atlanta, and DC.  

Voice Contestant Anthony Riley Dead at 28

Voice Contestant Anthony Riley Dead at 28

In shocking news, The Voice contestant Anthony Riley has passed away from what is being reported as being reported as a suspected suicide. He was 28.

Riley immediately wowed judges, becoming known for having all 4 judges turn their chairs around the fastest. His blind audition featured his rendition of the James Brown classic "I Got You (I Feel Good)". That audition can be seen below. 

Without hesitation, he selected Pharrell Williams as his coach. After winning his first round, he abruptly left the show, initially citing "personal" issues. It was later revealed through an interview with Philly.com that he was battling substance abuse addiction, and had left to enter a rehabilitation facility. He was quoted as saying "The Voice wasn't working for me, and I felt like I needed to go, instead of taking on more responsibility than I can handle". 

Report suggest that Riley passed away Tuesday, but was not found until Friday. Continue to check back for additional details as the story develops.

 


R&B Superstar Syleena Johnson Graduates with College Degree....

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R&B superstar Syleena Johnson has ample reason to be celebrating this weekend! Yesterday, she strut across the stage, graduating with her college degree from Kaplan University. 

Johnson, who has released 8 studio albums throughout her career, enrolled Drake University 21 years ago. Her career would take her in a different direction when she signed her first recording contract in 1997. As she posted on social media this weekend, she's finally finished what she started, proving that all things are possible through Christ, and that it's never too late to get your education. With all A's, Johnson graduated Summa Cum Laude. 

Join us in congratulating Syleena Johnson on a job well done!

ANTHONY ANDERSON AND TRACEE ELLIS ROSS TO HOST “BET AWARDS” 2015

ANTHONY ANDERSON AND TRACEE ELLIS ROSS TO HOST “BET AWARDS” 2015

New York, NY (June 4, 2015) – BET Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), today revealed Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross as hosts for this year’s "BET Awards" 2015 airing live on Sunday, June 28 at 8pm/ET on BET from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, CA.

“I look forward to the BET Awards every year! Tracee and I are going to have so much fun this year celebrating 15 years in black entertainment television,” said Anthony Anderson. “I can’t wait to see all of my peers and the amazing performances that evening.  We may even have a few surprises up our sleeves!”


“I’m thrilled to be hosting the 15th annual BET Awards alongside my on-screen husband Anthony, and am so honored to also be a nominee!  The BET Awards always deliver an epic evening with the best of the best across movies, sports, TV and music,” said Tracee Ellis Ross.


“We can’t think of a better way to ring in 15 years of BET Awards than with the talented on-screen duo of Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross as our hosts,” said Stephen Hill, BET’s President of Programming. “They are both comedic geniuses and we are ready for them to unleash the laughter and good times on June 28. It will be a night to remember!”

Actor, writer and Los Angeles native, Anthony Anderson is currently starring and Executive Producer of ABC's new comedy Black-ish alongside actress Tracee Ellis Ross and host on Food Network's Eating America.  He is known for leading roles on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning drama Law & Order where he played Detective Kevin Bernard opposite Jeremy Sisto as Detective Cyrus Lupo, as well as the shows K-Ville and The Shield. Anderson also brought his talent and humor to the small screen in his own WB sitcom All About the Andersons, which was loosely based on his life. Anderson has appeared in over 20 films, and his performance on Law & Order earned him his second consecutive NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for the 2008 season. He also displayed his bountiful talent in the DreamWorks’ blockbuster Transformers directed by Michael Bay; as well as in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar winning feature, The Departed, alongside a stellar cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson. Anderson first gained attention as one of Jim Carrey’s sons in Me, Myself, and Irene, and has subsequently appeared in such films as Scary Movie 3, Barbershop, Kangaroo Jack, Exit Wounds, Cradle 2 the Grave, Two Can Play That Game, and Malibu’s Most Wanted.
Actress, model, comedian, producer and television host, Tracee Ellis Ross began her career acting in independent films, variety series and hosted the pop-culture magazine The Dish on Lifetime. She is best known for her lead role as Joan Clayton on the UPN/CW comedy series, Girlfriends. She starred in the show from 2000 to 2008. In 2007, Ross also starred with her brother Evan Ross and Queen Latifah in the HBO film Life Support. That same year, she appeared in the Tyler Perry theatrical movie,Daddy's Little Girls and in 2011 had a leading role as Dr. Carla Reed on the BET sitcom Reed Between the Lines. She won a third NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series in 2012 for her performance in the series. In 2012, the fashion influencer expanded her vast digital influence by launching her official website Traceeellisross.com. The lifestyle site utilizes Ross' unique cross-cultural and joyful point of view to inspire the soul, body and mind of her followers. In 2014, Ross began starring as Dr. Rainbow Johnson in the hit ABC comedy series, Black-ish, which will return in September 2015. For her role, Ross won the 2015 NAACP Image Award for “Best Actress in a Comedy Series”. This past April, Ross returned to the BET Network to co-host the popular award show, “Black Girls Rock,” with Regina King for the fourth televised installment. In May, Ross was awarded an honorary doctorate of fine art (honoris causa) by Brown University. She is nominated in the Best Actress category for the “BET Awards” 2015.


BET Networks recognizes artists, entertainers, and athletes across 20 categories with the "BET Awards" 2015 nominations. The nominations are selected by BET’s Voting Academy, which is comprised of fans and an esteemed group of entertainment professionals in the fields of television, film, music, social media, digital marketing, sports journalism, public relations, and the creative arts.


BET Experience VIP Package offers the only way to purchase a “BET Awards: ticket, great seats to 3 nights of concerts at the Staples Center, and exclusive access to events at the free Fan Fest. For more information, including exclusive hotel rates, and to purchase tickets, go to BET.com/BETX.

 

The list of nominees are as follows:

BEST FEMALE R&B/POP ARTIST
BEYONCÉ
CIARA
JANELLE MONÁE
JHENÉ AIKO
K. MICHELLE
RIHANNA

BEST MALE R&B/POP ARTIST
AUGUST ALSINA
CHRIS BROWN
JOHN LEGEND
THE WEEKND
TREY SONGZ
USHER

BEST GROUP
A$AP MOB
JODECI
MIGOS
RAE SREMMURD
RICH GANG
YOUNG MONEY

BEST COLLABORATION
AUGUST ALSINA F/ NICKI MINAJ – NO LOVE (REMIX)
BIG SEAN F/ E-40 - IDFWU
CHRIS BROWN F/ LIL WAYNE & TYGA - LOYAL
CHRIS BROWN F/ USHER & RICK ROSS - NEW FLAME
COMMON & JOHN LEGEND - GLORY (FROM THE MOTION PICTURE "SELMA")
MARK RONSON F/ BRUNO MARS – UPTOWN FUNK

BEST MALE HIP HOP ARTIST
BIG SEAN
COMMON
DRAKE
J. COLE
KENDRICK LAMAR
WALE

BEST FEMALE HIP HOP ARTIST
AZEALIA BANKS
DEJ LOAF
IGGY AZALEA
NICKI MINAJ
TINK
TRINA

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
BEYONCÉ - 7/11
BIG SEAN F/ E-40 - IDFWU
CHRIS BROWN F/ LIL WAYNE & TYGA - LOYAL
CHRIS BROWN F/ USHER & RICK ROSS - NEW FLAME
COMMON & JOHN LEGEND - GLORY (FROM THE MOTION PICTURE "SELMA")
NICKI MINAJ - ANACONDA


VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
BENNY BOOM
BEYONCÉ, ED BURKE & TODD TOURSO
CHRIS ROBINSON
FATIMA ROBINSON
HYPE WILLIAMS

BEST NEW ARTIST
BOBBY SHMURDA
DEJ LOAF
FETTY WAP
RAE SREMMURD
SAM SMITH
TINASHE

BEST GOSPEL ARTIST
DEITRICK HADDON
ERICA CAMPBELL
FRED HAMMOND
LECRAE
MALI MUSIC
MICHELLE WILLIAMS

BEST ACTRESS
GABRIELLE UNION
KERRY WASHINGTON
TARAJI P. HENSON
TRACEE ELLIS ROSS
VIOLA DAVIS

BEST ACTOR
ANTHONY ANDERSON
IDRIS ELBA
JUSSIE SMOLLETT
KEVIN HART
TERRENCE HOWARD

YOUNGSTARS AWARD
JACOB LATIMORE
JADEN SMITH
MO'NE DAVIS
QUVENZHANÉ WALLIS
ZENDAYA

BEST MOVIE
ANNIE
BEYOND THE LIGHTS
SELMA
THINK LIKE A MAN TOO
TOP FIVE

SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
BRITTNEY GRINER
CANDACE PARKER
SERENA WILLIAMS
SKYLAR DIGGINS
VENUS WILLIAMS

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR
CHRIS PAUL
FLOYD MAYWEATHER, JR.
LEBRON JAMES
MARSHAWN LYNCH
STEPHEN CURRY

COCA-COLA VIEWERS’ CHOICE AWARD
BEYONCÉ – 7/11
DEJ LOAF – TRY ME
KENDRICK LAMAR – i
NICKI MINAJ F/ DRAKE, LIL WAYNE & CHRIS BROWN - ONLY
RAE SREMMURD F/ NICKI MINAJ & YOUNG THUG – THROW SUM MO
THE WEEKND – EARNED IT (FROM THE “FIFTY SHADES OF GREY” SOUNDTRACK)

CENTRIC AWARD
AVERY SUNSHINE – CALL MY NAME
JAZMINE SULLIVAN F/ MEEK MILL – DUMB
MARK RONSON F/ BRUNO MARS – UPTOWN FUNK
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Album Review: Janine and the Mixtape: XXEP

Album Review: Janine and the Mixtape: XXEP

 

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With such a beautiful voice, good, relevant lyrics, and hot production, Janine and the Mixtape is definitely that next big thing to hit the music scene. She gave us Dark Mind in 2013, and that was then re-issued last year. Now, she’s surfaced again, this time with XXEP, a 6-song EP offering what I consider to be some of her best music to date.

 

The mood is still dark with this album, and the tracks are mostly filled with pain and heartache. I’ve said before that she reminded me a little of Aaliyah, and I hear it more in her style and delivery with XXEP, but it’s honestly a good thing. It definitely isn’t at a level where you feel she’s trying to emulate. It’s evident that there’s a lot of influence in general, and it comes out in the music.

 

Nevertheless, Janine and the Mixtape is an artist all her own, and is destined for great things. She's a much-needed breath of fresh air in an industry that has become inundated with copycats and downright theft. I, for one, am eager to hear more from her. 

FEATURE: TAHJ MOWRY: MUSIC'S NEW POWERHOUSE

We recently had the opportunity catch up with Actor Tahj Mowry. We've seen him throughout the past two decades on shows like Full House, Smart Guy, and Kim Possible. For the past 4 seasons, he's been the star of his own sitcom, Baby Daddy, which has done phenomenally and was recently renewed for a 5th season. Now, in the midst of it all, he's embarking on a new path in his career. He's soon to release his debut album, and the lead single dropped the day we spoke with him. He spoke with us about the single, the direction of his new album, Baby Daddy and it's success, and so much more. Take a few moments to check out our exclusive with Tahj Mowry by clicking HERE

This will also run in the upcoming issue of Urban Grandstand Digital Mag, which will be available for download later this week!