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The Pulse of Entertainment: After 7 is Back with a Chart Topper; EURweb’s Lee Bailey Honored by BBA

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Platinum selling After 7 and radio pioneer Lee Bailey (insert). (Photo Credit for Lee Bailey: Ion Fox)

*“It’s hard to know God’s mind, but we give him the glory,” said Kevon Edmonds about the newest album “Timeless” (eOne Music) of his group After 7.

Kevon is one of four members of the R&B group that consist of Kevon’s brother Melvin, Melvin’s son Jason and childhood friend Keith Mitchell. “We stay faithful and do the work, what happens in the end – happens”

What happened was the Edmond brothers founded a group, After 7, in 1987 years after their brother Kenneth “BabyFace” Edmonds’ career was blossoming as a musician (guitar, keyboards), songwriter (with LA Reid) and vocalist in the late 70s – early 80s. The After 7 group reached platinum status carving their own niche in the music industry. The new project is the first since 1995. The latest single of the album, “Runnin’ Out” peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs Chart – next to Bruno Mars who was #2. Kevon launched a solo career in 1999 with an album “24/7” that reached #10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart. His second album “Who Knew” was released in 2009.

“We started with a song and ended with an album,” Keith laughed. “We just wanted to put our toe in the water to see where we were…today we have am album.”

“We didn’t try to find new producers,” Kevon added to stress that they wanted to keep their signature sound.

Platinum selling After 7.

The platinum selling group After 7 is currently on a promotional tour performing their hits and songs from the new project. They recently performed in Los Angeles July 16, 2017. The Indianapolis natives are now working their way across the country.

“We are extremely proud of that achievement,” Keith said about completing the “Timeless” album when they were just going to record a single. “Both songs (first two singles) paved the way for ‘Runnin’ Out.’ It has the signature sound for After 7.”

Radio pioneer and publisher of www.EURweb.com Lee Bailey was recently honored for his achievements, along with the Godfather of Black Music Clarence Avant, by the Black Business Association (BBA) at their annual “Salute to Black Music Awards Gala.”

The BBA was founded in 1970 by Earl “Skip” Cooper, a 501 (c) 3 organization head quartered in Los Angeles which champions for over 100,000 African-American, women and minority owned businesses with strategic alliances with W/MBE Trade Associations nationwide.

“I was talking to Skip about something,” Lee Bailey said about the honor bestowed on him by BBA. “I’ve known Skip for about 20-30 years. I was talking to him about doing the narration for Clarence Avant’s video and out of no where he said I need to give YOU an award.”

Radio pioneer Lee Bailey, BBA founder Earl “Skip” Cooper and Godfather of Black Music Clarence Avant (Photo credit: Ion Fox).

I agree, he so deserves to be honored. I admired Lee Bailey from afar for over 20 years just from the professionalism and popularity of his website www.EURweb.com, which it seemed everyone in the entertainment industry knew about and made it a point to visit at lease once a day. But that is not the beginning of Lee’s career in the entertainment business. The Air Force Veteran started out as a radio personality while serving in the military and in civilian life. Back then they were called radio Jocks. He went on through his company RadioScope to be the first Black radio personality to go syndicated. The news content on his shows was picked up by so many mediums and businesses, such as the Motor Vehicle Administration where he had a segment on the vehicles equipped with television monitors, cell phone apps and so many more places. Every high profile person I have interviewed for this column when they learned it was also published on his website became so excited when I mentioned his name. They all had stories to tell me of how his radio show or website gave them exposure which contributed to their success. I can claim the same when it comes to the success of my column, which now has an estimated syndicated readership of ¼ million per week.

“Big ups to my boss of 30 years Lee Bailey,” said LaRita Shelby, a high level executive in his company. “I was honored to follow him from RadioScope to EURweb.com and many, many ventures. So God bless you.”

“It took me a while to appreciate (the popularity),” Bailey admitted. “I am not comfortable with people making a big deal. I am low key. I do the work and keep it moving. I think it’s my calling.”

As someone who was also employed by Lee as his Gospel Content Editor I know that his nick name is “The Voice” because of his unique baritone accent. His company Rabercom was a client of my Public Relations Consulting Company Freelance Associates, which produced for him an award show. The red carpeted “EURweb Awards” Show honored outstanding media companies and personalities and was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Tons of celebrities came out to support him with performances by Shanice and many more who credited Lee for helping to launch their careers. So I know first hand that he is right. Lee is a very humble and low key man who has high standards, which has made him a media living legend.

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT:  18th annual “Uplifting Minds II” Free Entertainment Conference (Baltimore and Los Angeles in October, 2017). Entertainment Business panel and national talent showcase competition (vocal, songwriting and dance) with over $13,000 in prizes.  www.UpliftingMinds2.com.

 

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Pastor Cal Keeps Love Alive on ‘Married at First Sight’ (EUR EXCLUSIVE!)

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*For 11 seasons, “Married at First Sight” (MAFS) has been the ultimate experiment in matchmaking as couples who have never met – complete strangers – tie the knot.

If you are not familiar with the popular Lifetime series, people looking for love are matched by relationship experts (Dr. Pepper Schwartz, Dr. Viviana Coles, and Pastor Calvin Roberson-known as Pastor Cal) and agree to tie the knot before meeting their mates.

The show follows the couples for a few weeks as they experience their first meeting at their weddings, their honeymoons, meeting each other’s families, and other milestone events all the while being counseled by the experts. At the end of each season, the couples are given the chance to continue in their marriage or get a divorce.

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Pastor Calvin Roberson (Pastor Cal) is one of the experts matching couples on “Married at First Sight.” (Photo: Lifetime)

While some may question the show’s premise, the EUR spoke to Pastor Cal recently and he said the series is genuine.

“My job on the show is to get these couples, put them together, and make sure they stay together,” said Pastor Cal. “My goal is to look at their differences, see where they’re compatible, counsel them and in some cases, threaten them, to make it work. All the experts, our focus, is simply making sure the couples stay together.”

As for a method in which the couples are matched, he added, “There isn’t a solid formula we apply to every couple. It has to be tweaked as we find out people’s peculiarities. It can be nerve-wracking but it’s rewarding in the end.”

Like many MAFS seasons, there are surprising revelations and this one, featuring couples from New Orleans, is no exception.

“Season 11 has brought us so many surprises,” Pastor Cal said. “Even in casting, one of the couples we thought would get along much quicker is one of the ones lagging behind. And one couple we thought would move slower to intimacy are moving ahead. And that’s with Miles and Karen being the slower and Woody and Amani being the faster of the two.”

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Woody and Amani in current season (11) of “Married at First Sight.” (Photo: Lifetime)

He continued, “Also, by my own admission, I fall on the sword on this one, I was not expecting Bennett and Amelia to get along so well. I thought she would be put off more by his lack of profession. It was a big surprise to me.”

The next MAFS season will include Atlanta couples and after that the show heads to Houston, which is casting now. Pastor Cal told the EUR that the show adapts to the couples from each city.

“I believe that every city we film in brings a certain flavor and the participants from that city take on the flavor from that city,” Pastor Cal said. “New Orleans is laid-back, they party, and it’s a very fun city as opposed to a city like D.C. that is very political, buttoned up, and tight. But definitely we found that every city influences the participants. We definitely see different personalities coming out of each city.”

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Speaking of Atlanta, Pastor Cal is the lead pastor at Progression church in the peach city. He and his wife Wendy have a marriage coaching organization that offers marriage and relationship conferences, boot camps, and seminars worldwide.

While COVID-19 may have slowed down the in-person events, that has not stopped people from contacting Pastor Cal for love connections, “Because of COVID, we’re online. I get more people through DM’s, email, etc. asking me to match them.”

And how does the church feel about the show?

“My church actually loves it.” Pastor Cal said. “They are so supportive and such an incredible group of people. They tell people about the show. Our church was actually founded on relationships, so it was an easy fit. Our church was founded on positive marriage and positive family.”

Look out for Pastor Cal’s book, “Marriage Ain’t for Punks,” slated to come out next year.

If you are interested in being on “Married at First Sight” and live in Houston, click here to apply.

For more information on MAFS’ current season, click here.

 

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Nigerian Bread Seller Lands Modeling Contract After Photobombing Rapper’s Shoot

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*27-year-old former bread seller Olajumoke Orisaguna captured the world’s attention a few years ago when a photo of her carrying a massive bag of bread loafs ontop of her head went viral.

She was discovered on the streets of the city of Lagos by international photographer Ty Bello, who was shooting with English rapper Tinie Tempah. Unintentionally, Orisaguna came out in one of the images.

Days later, Bello shared pictures from that shoot on his social media but with interest of finding out who the bread seller was in the photo.

“WHO IS SHE? Everyone has been asking if this lady is a model… She definitely SHOULD be a model… I’ll find a way to track her down somehow. You guys can also help,“ the photographer captioned the post.

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As PEOPLE notes, from that moment on, her life changed forever. In less than a year, Orisaguna managed to sign contracts with recognized agencies. Earlier this year, she wrapped up her tour of South Africa and she also launched a vlog and reality show.

“I never expected this would ever happen to me,” she told CNN. “My friends have told me they saw me on the TV and they are really happy. My parents cannot believe their own child can become such a success.”

In March, she celebrated the one year anniversary of her discovery. In an exclusive interview with Pulse in January, Orisaguna spoke about the people who have been influential in her rise to fame. During the interview, she thanked Azuka Ogujuiba of ThisDay Newspaper, as she was instrumental in Olajumoke’s success story.

Orisaguna, who left her two children and husband to sell bread, is now being offered by a bank to pay for her kid’s education through college.

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‘Origin of Everything’ on PBS Sparks Interest with Controversial & Everyday Topics (EUR Exclusive!)

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*“Origin of Everything,” available on PBS.org, has been exploring topics since 2017 that run the gamut. The show jumps into a variety of subjects by investigating daily life like the words we use, pop culture, and why we are hooked on technology.

The show does not shy away from controversial topics such as slavery, race and ethnicity, and mass incarceration of African Americans.

Danielle Bainbridge, Ph.D., the host and lead writer of “Origin of Everything,” told the EUR in a recent interview that the series is about making people think beyond the restrictive ways we have been taught to view history.

“It’s a show about our collective story and how we are envisioning history,” Dr. Bainbridge said. ”How do we think about history that includes all of us and just not the figures and facts that we were taught in school. So, it’s a show about under told and underrepresented history. We’re trying to make history feel very present to the people who watch it.”

She continued, “One of the reasons to watch it is if you’re curious about how did we get to our current moment? How do small things such as why do we eat popcorn at the movies or what is the origin of ethnicity and how do these things still impact the way we think about the world?”

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Dr. Danielle Bainbridge, host of “Origin of Everything,” available on PBS.org. (Courtesy of PBS)

Deftly equipped to talk about controversial topics, Dr. Bainbridge holds a Ph.D. in African American Studies and American Studies from Yale University and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English & Theatre Arts. She is also a faculty member at Northwestern University in Theatre and African American Studies

In early 2017, when she was a graduate student, she was contacted by PBS about working on the show and thought it was a joke.

“When they first reached out to me, I thought it was a hoax,” Dr. Bainbridge said. “I was thinking how would they even know who I am because I was a graduate student? But I think they found me through a since defunct janky website that I had set up. They reached out to me, I auditioned, did a screen test, and a writing sample and after that I was hired to help develop the show.”

Viewers are encouraged to be interactive with the series because it is digital. With instant commentary from the audience, the show knows immediately what viewers think, which for the most part is positive. However, when it delves into controversial subject matters things can get sticky.

“I would say overall people are pretty positive about the series because most of the folks who watch it are longtime watchers who tune in every week for episodes,” Dr. Bainbridge said. “The only exception is if we cover more sensitive topics like, race, gender, or sexuality we will get some pushback. I think that’s just the cost of doing business with open discourse.”

One of the most controversial shows was about the transatlantic slave trade.

“We did one episode on why Europeans enslaved Africans and that was probably our most viewed episode as well as our most critiqued one,” Dr. Bainbridge said. “I think often times if you view yourself as pretty well versed in history from what you learn in school and then you learn something that goes in the opposite direction it can be jarring or for some people upsetting. We think of it as our value or service to our audience to present accurate history or history that doesn’t get told that often so that people can be informed with the whole picture.”

She added that she has an answer for those who point out that Africans sold slaves to Europeans.

“Slavery was not invented with West Africans and Europeans,” Dr. Bainbridge continued. “Some form of enslavement – whether through war, becoming a prisoner of war, or through different systems – goes back to ancient societies from around the world. So, it is not distinct to West Africa or Europe or any other region of the world.”

Dr. Bainbridge added, “But the difference with this particular moment in slavery was that it intersected with capitalism in a way that was very different with slavery that preceded it. People were taken into the system and their children inherited their status as a slave and that is where the differences started to emerge. We have to think about these things as distinct only because the system that existed with chattel slavery was so radically different than the slavery that existed around the world beforehand.”

With the ongoing protests against police brutality, “Origin of Everything” has also tackled the racist beginnings of United States law. Dr. Bainbridge breaks down the discriminatory history by looking at colonialism, slavery, the Jim Crow era, and mass incarceration.

“I decided to write this episode about legal discrimination, and I didn’t have a particular agenda in mind,” she said. “As I started doing the research it was overwhelming. I started to find (material) that just dealt with legal discrimination about black people in this country from its origin to now. I thought it was something that people needed to know.”

“I was never taught in any history class that I took through high school any of the information from that episode. I was taught that things are fair and that a lot of the blame was placed inadvertently or inherently on black communities, impoverished communities, or communities that struggle. When I saw that in some ways the law was stacked against black people and certain other populations, I thought that was important to bring to light. In this moment, people are looking for reliable sources and this could add to the conversation.”

New episodes of “Origin of Everything” are available on PBS.org and the PBS Digital Studios’ YouTube Channel. Join the conversation by visiting Twitter-@PBSOrigin and Instagram-@pbsoriginofeverything.

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