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Dorrough Music Releases New Single "Who Got It;" Third Studio Album TexaFornia Scheduled for Fall Release

Dorrough Music Releases New Single "Who Got It;" Third Studio Album TexaFornia Scheduled for Fall Release

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New York - ( May 12, 2015 ) Dallas hip hop recording star Dorrough Music announces today the release of his new single " Who Got It," featuring West Coast favorite Problem. The heavy bass drum track is produced by League of Starz,  who are also known for their work with Wale, Chris Brown, Snoop Dogg and DJ Drama. The single is now available on iTunes.  Purchase "Who Got It" here and listen here. Visuals for the hot new record are up on Vevo and can be seen here.  Fans can also check out the network premiere of the new video on Revolt TV today at 4 pm PST / 7 pm EST. The track is the first official single off his new album, TexaFornia  (eOne Music/PrimeTimeClick), expected in late fall. 

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"I've never put so much time and effort into one project like i have with TexaFornia," says Dorrough Music about the upcoming album. "This will be the album that separates me from the rest and shows the world that I am a true artist that can create music at the highest level."

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TexaFornia will be Dorrough Music 's third studio album released through eOne music. He coined the album's title from his split studio sessions in Texas and California. His breakout smash hit "Ice Cream Paint Job,"  from his debut album Dorrough Music, peaked at number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. The song's success earned him a 2009 B.E.T. Hip-Hop Award for “Best New Artist” and “Rap Song of The Year.”


His latest mixtape, "Shut The City Down 2," is hosted by DJ Skee and DJ Base.  It is available for download here. It  features a collection of southern hit makers including Young Dolph, Riff Raff, Too Short, Chamillionaire, and Lil Boosie.

#UGDExclusive with Calvin Richardson

#UGDExclusive with Calvin Richardson

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We had the pleasure of completing an exclusive interview with singer & songwriter Calvin Richardson today, and that will begin running at #UrbanGrandstandDigital Friday, April 10!  

 

Calvin gives us the rundown on his new album, his new deal with Eric Benet's recording label, and so much more.  

 

Be sure to check that out here at #UrbanGrandstandDigital! 

 

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Celebrity Birthdays: April 9, 2015

Celebrity Birthdays: April 9, 2015

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Good morning world! Join us in extending birthday wishes to the following celebrities: 

 

Jazmine Sullivan: Soul Siren! Legend in the making! Both definitely apply for Jazmine Sullivan. She hit us with her debut back in 2008, and rose to the top of the charts with hits like Need U Bad, Bust Your Windows, and Lions & Tigers & Bears! She followed with her sophomore effort in 2010, and just recently released her third LP, Reality Show. #HappyBirthday Jazmine! 

 

Keshia Knight Pulliam: The world knows Keshia forever as little Rudy Huxtable, but she has grown up, and become an exemplary role model. Recently a part of Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice, Keshia is quite the business woman. A graduate of Spelman College and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, she launched Kamp Kizzy in 2011 as a way to give back to youth. She has continued to act in numerous roles, including a recurring role on Tyler Perry's House of Payne, and roles in the movies Beauty Shop and Madea Goes to Jail! #HappyBirthday Keshia!

 

Arlen Escarpeta: Born in Belize, Arlen Escarpeta is known most for his roles in Friday the 13th, Final Destination 5, and most recently he played the role of Bobby Brown on the Lifetime Biopic Whitney! #HappyBirthday Arlen!

 

Sunny Anderson: Sunny Anderson has been hosting for the Food Network for 7+ years, and prior to that, was a radio personality for six year in Texas and Louisiana. #HappyBirthday Sunny! 

 

A Night at the Improv with Jay Phillips...

A Night at the Improv with Jay Phillips...

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Tonight's show at the Cleveland Improv was definitely one to remember.  The show featured comedians Rob Ward, Patrick Melton, and headliner Jay Phillips. Phillips is no newcomer to comedy, having been all over HBO comedy specials and Def Comedy Jam. He also carried a leading role in the 2008 film Semi Pro alongside Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, and Outkast's Andre Benjamin. He's now a part of the new BET sketch series The Xperiment! 

Rob Ward emcee'd the show, offering his own unique brand of comedy that had the audience at ease. Ward often emcees a number of shows here at the Improv, and continues to build his following with each show. He always does a fantastic job with warming the crowd up. 

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Patrick Melton followed Ward with a hilarious set that had the audience laughing energetically from the start. There wasn't necessarily one thing that Melton focus on. He talked about a variety of topics, but it was more conversational. That's what made him easily relate with the crowd, ultimately wining them over, Both Ward and Melton were the added bonus of the night, as with the Improv, only the headliner is advertised. You don't necessarily know who you're getting with the openers, so being completely honest, the show could go one of two ways. Tonight was definitely one of those nights where each comedian rocked hard.

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Following the trend of the night, Jay Phillips commandeered the crowd with no trouble whatsoever. His often animated delivery made for a fun time, and his style, also conversational, definitely won the audience immediately. It was basically like he was spending the night talking with friends, and nothing was off limits. One of the things that stood out for me was his impression of President Barack Obama. Anyone in the audience would say he was "spot on" with the President's dialect. We definitely can't give too much away in reference to what he joked about, but we emphatically say that Phillips is absolutely hilarious, and you'd be doing yourself a disservice by not going out to see him, wherever the is.

Phillips will be here in Cleveland throughout the remainder of the weekend performing with both Patrick Melton and Rob Ward at the Cleveland Improv. For more info or to purchase tickets, contact 216-696-4977, or visit www.clevelandimprov.com

Jay Phillips can be found on both Twitter and Instagram with the handle: @jayphillipslive

Patrick Melton can be found on both Twitter and Instagram with the handle: @pmelt

Rob Ward can be found on Instagram with the handle: @robwardcomedy

 

Steve Harvey to Speak at the 20th Annual Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit...

Steve Harvey to Speak at the 20th Annual Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit...

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NEW YORK, March 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Where Innovation and Capital Meet. Join BLACKENTERPRISE at the 2015 Entrepreneurs Summit hosted by Nationwide on Wednesday, May 13 through Saturday, May 16, at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, with a powerhouse lineup of some of the nation's most accomplished and celebrated entrepreneurs and motivational speakers. Steve Harvey, No. 1 New York Times best-selling author, Emmy Award-winning television host, and renowned radio personality, is confirmed as one of the Summit's keynote speakers at the 2015 Entrepreneurs Summit.

An annual highlight of the Summit is the presentation of the nation's top awards for African American business achievement and community involvement. The Black Enterprise Trailblazer Award will be presented to legendary record producer, musician, and humanitarian, Quincy Jones; and music executive and entrepreneur Clarence Avant, at the BE 100s Gala on Friday, May 15. This award recognizes the outstanding achievement of an individual who has had broad and positive impact on his or her industry as well as the community at large, while serving as a champion of entrepreneurship and business growth, employment opportunities, and wealth creation for African Americans. 

Celebrating more than 60 years of performing and music industry involvement, Jones's creative magic has spanned more than six decades, beginning with the music of the post-swing era and continuing through today's high-technology age. An impresario in the broadest and most creative sense of the word, Jones's career encompasses the roles of composer, record producer, artist, film producer, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, TV producer, record company executive, magazine founder, multimedia entrepreneur and humanitarian. As a master inventor of musical hybrids, he has shuffled pop, soul, hip-hop, jazz, classical, African and Brazilian music into many dazzling fusions, traversing virtually every medium, including records, live performance, movies, and television. As producer and conductor of the historic "We Are The World" recording (one of the best-selling singles of all time) and Michael Jackson's multiplatinum solo albums, Off The WallBad, and Thriller (the best-selling album of all time, with more than 50 million copies sold), Jones stands as one of the most successful and admired creative artist/executives in the entertainment world.

Avant was the chairman of Motown Records and board member of PolyGram. A renowned entertainment industry executive known for his keen business sense and unique deal-making skills, Avant is regarded in the highest esteem and is arguably one of the most influential African Americans in entertainment business history. He has worked with industry greats, such as Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Antonio "L.A." Reid, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, and veteran music executive Doug Morris, but his scope extends beyond the music industry to people such as Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, BLACK ENTERPRISE Publisher Earl Graves, Oprah Winfrey, and BET Founder Robert Johnson. He serves as a member of the Advisory Board of Network Foundation Technologies L.L.C. Among the many honors he has received are the Heroes Award from the Los Angeles chapter of the Recording Academy, an honorary doctorate from Morehouse College, and the Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award.

The 2015 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit boasts high-powered sessions on critical business topics such as Attracting Angel Investors, Accelerating Your Tech Startup, The Art of Raising Money, It's Called Show BUSINESS, and Selling Your Ideas and Building Consumer Brands.

Confirmed speakers include: 

  • Steve Harvey, Author, Radio Personality and Television Show Host 
  • Lisa Nichols, CEO, Motivating the Masses 
  • Michael Eric Dyson, Author, Professor and Radio Host 
  • Roland Martin, Journalist, Commentator, Host, News One Now 
  • Paul Judge, Managing Partner, Judge Ventures, Advisor Opportunity Ventures 
  • Jermaine Dupri, Record Producer, Songwriter and entrepreneur 
  • Randal Pinkett, Co-Founder & CEO of BCT Partners, Speaker and Author 
  • Ken Coleman, ChairmanSaama Technologies 
  • Don Peebles, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Peebles Corp. 
  • Reginald Hudlin, American Writer, Film Director, and Producer 
  • Necole Parker, Founder and CEO, ELOCEN Group 
  • Samuel Gilmore, Founder and President, Overnight Success Inc. 
  • Tom Chikoore, Founder, Techstars Risingstars Program 
  • Kim Kimble, Celebrity Hairstylist, Owner of Kim Kimble Salons and Kimble Haircare System 
  • Chris Bennett, Co-Founder and CEO, Soldsie; Founder, Black Founders (NewME) 
  • Sherrod Shackelford & LaVon Lewis, CEOs & Co-Founders, PDG Branding & Marketing 
  • David Grain, Founder & Managing Partner, Grain Management L.L.C. 
  • Stacey Key, President & CEO, Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council 
  • Robert Santiago, Owner of Empire FX 
  • Kim Wales, Founder & CEOWales Capital

For the aspiring entrepreneur, The Small Business Success™ Boot Camp offers practical advice on how to take your business to the next level. Plus, the Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch Competition will award $10,000 for the best new business idea. 

Attendees of the 2015 Entrepreneurs Summit will also have for the first time the opportunity to tap into all the latest BLACK ENTERPRISE developments taking place in and around the Summit courtesy of the new dedicated BE Events app. Available for free on AndroidiOS and other smartphones (attendees with Windows and BlackBerry devices can go here), the app allows visitors to access the full event schedule, browse the event social media updates, receive information on all the speakers taking part in the Summit, as well as develop a personal event planner to remind them of their must-attend sessions. It also features a detailed interactive floor plan to help attendees navigate the session rooms as well as keep attendees fully up-to-date with the latest developments through a link to the #BESummit social media tag. Attendees will also receive push notifications in the event of room changes and black enterprise giveaways. 

To download the app for free, visit the iTunes App Storeand Google Play Store.

The host sponsor of the 2015 Entrepreneurs Summit is Nationwide; presenting sponsor is Walmart and platinum sponsor FedEx.

For updates, follow Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit page on Facebook and search the #BESummit hashtag on Twitter.  

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BLACK ENTERPRISEyour ultimate source to build Wealth for Life, is the premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans. Since 1970, BE has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and decision makers. Every month, BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine provides 6 million readers with information on entrepreneurship, careers, and financial management. A multimedia company, BE also produces television programming, business and lifestyle events, Web content, and digital media. Visit www.blackenterprise.com for more information.