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First Look: R&B Stars and Legends Celebrate Music & Culture at 2015 Soul Train Awards


Time flies. The Soul Train Awards pulled into Las Vegas on Nov. 6 to tape the 2015 ceremony and celebration of today’s hottest R&B/Soul stars and legendary artists. The highly-energetic show was held once again at the Orleans Arena, and was hosted by the queen of neo-soul Erykah Badu, who did a great job keeping the momentum going throughout the show.

Emerging onto the stage wearing glow-in-the-dark roller skates and flanked by skaters in similar gear, she performed a medley of her hits and informed the audience that, although she likes hip-hop, the evening’s show was going to be solely a “soul extravaganza.”

Among the evening’s highlights was an excellent tribute to Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, recipient of the Legend Award. The tribute began with an introduction by his former songwriting partner, L.A. Reid, and culminated with terrific performances by some of the artists Edmonds wrote hits for, including Tevin Campbell, Brandy, Bobby Brown, and Boyz II Men. Babyface wowed the crowd with his 1990 hit, “Whip Appeal.” Fantasia delivered a fantastic rendition of the Babyface-produced “Exhale (Shoop Shoop),” which the late Whitney Houston originally sang for the 1995 film Waiting to Exhale, and a blistering rendition of Karyn White’s 1988 hit “Superwoman.”

The funk group Cameo made an appearance to do their classics “Word Up” and “Candy,” while the R&B group After 7 appeared with Jazmine Sullivan for their classic “Ready Or Not.”

There was a great black & white video performance presentation of Eddie Levert, K-Ci, Janelle Monae and Lalah Hathaway, who called themselves Soul Cypher, performing an impromptu, soul-stirring session of songs.

Tyrese had the ladies screaming during his performance of his current hit, “Shame.” Jill Scott received the Lady of Soul Award and followed with an outstanding medley of her hits.

Jeremih sang a couple of tracks from his new album Late Nights, and the King of R&B, R. Kelly closed the show with a dynamic medley of hits including “Backyard Party,” “Your Body’s Calling,” and “Step in the Name of Love,” which had the audience up on its feet stepping in the aisles.

The 2015 Soul Train Awards airs Sunday, November 29 on the BET and Centric networks. Check out the photos below:

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Jill Scott, Babyface, New Edition & More Team Up for Holiday Jam Concert Series

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This holiday season will be extra merry as R&B/Soul heavyweights, Jill Scott, Babyface, New Edition, Tyrese and more are set to perform in the second annual Holiday Jam Concert Series. They will be spreading cheer through four cities: Philly, D.C., Detroit and Hampton, VA., with some added spice from SWV, Jazmine Sullivan, and the Black Alley Band.

As of now, the tour kicks off on November 28 in Philly and closes out on December 12 in Detroit.

The tour was developed by Shawn Gee of Maverick Management and Geoff Gordon from Live Nation as a way to highlight and renew interest in the R&B genre. According to Gee: “We noticed the success and phenomenal growth of multi-act radio concerts platforms over the last decade. The concept works so well in the pop and hip-hop genres; we are certain it will be successful in the R&B space as well.” He continued, “The vision is to continue to grow the platform, expanding to 12-15 markets, creating a platform that showcases the R&B superstar, while at the same time gives much needed exposure to some of the emerging acts in the space.”

Tickets to this R&B extravaganza would make perfect early stocking stuffers. Check out the dates and venues below, and visit for more info.

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Throwback Thursday: Tyrese – Sweet Lady

Tyrese is a Grammy-nominated R&B singer-songwriter, actor, author, television producer, and former fashion model. He is also a member of R&B super group TGT.

“Sweet Lady” was the second single released from Tyrese’s eponymous debut album. The single reached No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 9 on the R&B charts. The song stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a total of twenty five weeks.

The music video shows Tyrese riding a bus singing “Sweet Lady” with his eyes closed fantasizing about another passenger, the video’s leading lady, actress Maia Campbell.

Classic! Enjoy the throwback above!

Tyrese, Jazmine Sullivan, Ledisi & More Perform at 2015 Triumph Awards

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On Saturday night, the 2015 Triumph Awards presented by Reverend Al Sharpton, National Action Network (NAN) and TV One, was filmed in Atlanta at 200 Peachtree. Hosted by actress Tichina Arnold, the ceremony – now in its 6th year – recognized the impact its honorees have made on our society.

Recording artist and philanthropist Tyrese Gibson was presented the Entertainer of the Year honor by Martin Luther King III and received a special message from friend and fellow entertainer Ludacris. With a body of work as a civil rights leader, activist and minister spanning over six decades, Rev. Dr. Joseph Echols Lowery received the Chairman’s Award for Historic & Transformative Service. Emmy® winning comedienne, actress and producer Wanda Sykes received the Activism in the Arts honor for her years of service to youth homelessness and engagement within the LGBT community. Chief Diversity Officer and Global Director of Education and External Relations for Intel, Rosalind Hudnell was presented the honor of Corporate Executive of the Year in support of her distinguished leadership within the corporate sector. The night’s final honor, the President’s Award for Service and Humanitarian Efforts, was presented to John Legend for his work as a vocal champion for social justice.

Presenters included Afemo Omilami, Danielle Nicolet, Darrin Henson, Donnie Simpson, Nicole Beharie, Soledad O’Brien, Syleena Johnson, Richard Lawson, Patrik-Ian Polk and Terri J. Vaughn.

Musical performances included Tyrese, Tasha Cobbs, Estelle, Jazmine Sullivan, Ledisi, Chante Moore, Stokley Williams and the Youth Ensemble of Atlanta. Award winning hip-hop artist, T.I. delivered an original spoken word piece titled “United We Stand,” urging youth to not lose focus on the meaning behind the Black Lives Matter movement.

Musical Director and house band for the night was The Robert Glasper Experiment.

The 2015 Triumph Awards will air on Saturday, October 3 at 8PM/ET on TV One.

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Exclusive: K. Michelle, Jazmine Sullivan, Robin Thicke, Tyrese and More Appear on Steve Harvey Morning Show Live Broadcast


This year’s Neighborhood Awards Weekend had an amazing kick-off that was filled with nothing but R&B!

Taking place in Atlanta, Georgia the award show – formerly known as The Hoodies – was hosted by Steve Harvey and was created to show an appreciation for leaders in communities around the country. Beginning last Friday, Aug. 7 and going through Sunday, the weekend was filled with moments of fun, laughter, and supreme R&B.

To jump start the weekend, fans and stars came out to a live broadcast of the Steve Harvey Morning Show on Friday morning at 6 AM. A packed house to say the least, the Georgia World Congress Center was overflowing with those looking for inspiration from Steve and his crew as well as a chance to meet and greet those set to perform.

Throughout the four hour live broadcast, R&B talents such as Avery Sunshine, Jazmine Sullivan, K. Michelle, and Robin Thicke all took the stage to give onlookers a one-song performance as well as some sit-down time with the co-hosts of the show. In addition to the aforementioned, R&B crooner Tyrese surprised Steve Harvey as he took the stage and engaged with the crowd for a few moments. Stars of the upcoming film The Perfect Guy, Sanaa Lathan and Michael Ealy, also stopped by during the segment to plug their upcoming thriller.

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Tyrese Protests at iHeartRadio, Cited By Cops


Tyrese continues his mission to get Top 40 radio to pay attention to his latest hit single “Shame.”  The record was No. 1 on the Adult R&B chart for 2 weeks in a row and is currently down to No. 2 now, but looks to continue its reign on the top of the chart. In recent interviews he has been questioning why mainstream radio isn’t paying attention to what’s popular on other charts and testing them on theirs.

After numerous attempts to get the attention of the two biggest radio hosts, Elvis Duran and Ryan Seacrest, Tyrese decide to take his battle to the source and set up a friendly protest in front of the iHeartRadio building in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Well, as expected he drew a crowd and it got the attention of the police. According to TMZ, cops came because the protest was clogging traffic. After being warned, Tyrese got a ticket for blocking traffic.

But, was his point made clear enough? Did he cause anyone at the controls to pay attention? We salute Tyrese in his continuous efforts to get mainstream radio to pay attention to not only popular R&B records, but to any single that has been proven successful at its original genre. Stand up for the music!

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Tyrese Scores First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200, Releases The “Black Rose Experience” Video


Times, they are a changing! Since last week we have been celebrating the success and accomplishment of Tyrese, who through devoted, honest promotion put ego to the side and did whatever it took to get fans aware of his brand new album Black Rose.

The album, his sixth, was released via his independent label Voltron Recordz on July 10, and has officially debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. According to Nielsen Music the set sold 77,000 unit equivalents (including streaming) during the week ending July 16, giving the singer/actor his first ever No. 1 on the Top 200. His last album, 2011’s Open Invitation, debuted at No. 9 with 76,000 in its first week.

Tyrese took to social media to thank his fans for their support. “We did it!! We made a statement….. R&B is still very much ALIVE,” he declared. “And R&B consumers are still very much here you were just waiting on #BlackRose.” He continued, “Whatever the first week of sales are, doesn’t matter…. Every interview, every radio spin, every PD and on air personality shouting out my #Shame single and #BlackRose, all of the social media fun we’ve had and more importantly every fan and supporter…. Even if you couldn’t buy the album I love you and I’m smiling ANYWAY… You guys should be very very proud… WE made a statement…. WE took a pure R&B album to #1 in 15 countries and #1 on the TOP 200 and #1 on the R&B Billboard charts!!!!”

In addition Tyrese has now shared a video from a private album listening event he held at his home in Los Angeles, which he has titled “The Black Rose Experience.”

Check it out below!

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WOW! Tyrese Aiming for First No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart!

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This right here is AMAZING! Tyrese has literally spoken a movement into existence. Being completely open and honest about his hopes and goals for his brand new, independently released album, Black Rose, the singer/actor has used his voice to penetrate and motivate people to support – not only the album – but R&B music.

According to Billboard, Tyrese is set for his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart! Industry forecasters suggest Black Rose – released July 10 on his own Voltron Recordz (distributed through Universal Music) – could earn 70,000 equivalent album units in the week ending July 16.

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