TV One’s signature, award winning music biography series “Unsung” continues its brand new season with R&B quintet Blue Magic on Sunday, March 11 at 9/8C. Blue Magic stands as the last of the great vocal groups from the 1970s, and all five original members reunited for the first time since 1982 to tell their incredible story on “Unsung.”
Blue Magic began as a group of neighborhood friends from Philadelphia and went on to achieve worldwide acclaim. The group blended the sound of classic soul singing groups of the 1950s with the lush sound of Philadelphia Soul that defined an era. With distinct lead vocals and smooth harmonies, Blue Magic was hot right out of the box. Their choreography became their identity, with moves designed to fit each song and performed with the kind of precision that made each show memorable. Throughout the ’70s, Blue Magic delivered infectious radio hits, including “Stop to Start,” “Spell,” and the chart-topping “Side Show,” but bad business deals and internal struggles stopped the group from reaching its full potential.
Through first-hand accounts, interviews with family and friends, and archival footage, each episode of TV One’s signature series Unsung sheds much-deserved light on some of the most influential and talented R&B, soul, funk, hip hop, disco, and gospel artists of the last 30 years. In upcoming episodes featuring Deborah Cox, Avant, Shirley Caesar, Brand Nubian and Lost Boyz, season 12 of TV One’s critically acclaimed and award-winning Unsung uncovers the personal triumphs and struggles of these musical legends.
A stunning pop culture darling, Hollywood leading lady and three-time NAACP award winner, Nia Long’s run of success spans three decades. The journey to get there, however, was a turbulent one and she’s telling her story on “Uncensored,” TV One’s new hit autobiography series that features the first-person accounts of today’s hottest celebrities, on Sunday, March 11 at 10/9C.
Nia encountered racism and bullying during her adolescence, but the Brooklyn-born actress’ mother helped her to overcome it encouraging her to stand up for herself. It was this raw and authentic flavor that made Nia perfect fit for her film debut in the Oscar-nominated “Boyz N The Hood.” Nia continued her string of TV and film roles in urban classics like “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Friday,” “Love Jones,” and “The Best Man.” While the trajectory of Nia’s successful career was being chronicled publicly on magazine pages, Nia privately struggled with being typecast and pigeon-holed by the limited roles that existed for Black women in Hollywood at the time. She decided to put Hollywood on the back burner and focus on her favorite and most rewarding role to date: being a mom. She’s now mastering the juggling act of balancing motherhood, love, and her career by returning to television on “NCIS: Los Angeles,” and starring in the upcoming film “Life in a Year.”
In its first season, UNCENSORED dives deep into the lives of your favorite personalities as they reveal secrets to their success, obstacles they’ve faced, and how they manage this new world of social media that has helped but sometimes haunted their careers. The 10-episode autobiographical series gives unprecedented access to stars of film, television, music, and pop culture, with upcoming episodes featuring La La Anthony, Snoop Dogg, Nia Long, NeNe Leakes, Charlamagne Tha God, Le’Andria Johnson, and more as they personally reveal their own stories, in their own words, in the places their stories unfolded.
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Is Pres. Elect Biden Obama’s 3rd Term? & What 44 Said About Black America’s Progress Under His Watch on ‘Breakfast Club’ (VIDEO)
*Attorney Antonio Moore discusses the recent Obama Breakfast Club interview during his Book tour.
Moore harshly critiques the interview of Pres. Obama performed by Charlamagne, DJ Envy and Angela Yee.
He also looks closer at President Elect Joe Biden’s cabinet picks and measures them again Barack Obama & Bill Clinton’s prior administrations.
The Virtual United Negro College Fund Tour Heads to NY, DC & NJ on Fri & Sat-Nov. 20 & 21 (EUR EXCLUSIVE!)
*African American students interested in going to college can attend the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) Fall 2020 virtual Empower Me Tour. Set for this Friday and Saturday (November 20 & 21, 2020), New York, District of Columbia, and New Jersey will be repped. (This year’s tour kicked off earlier this month in Wisconsin and Illinois). To register, go here.
The Empower Me Tour is an extension of the goals of the UNCF. Founded in 1944, the UNCF, a non-profit, has raised more than $5 billion and helped more than 500,000 students attend 37 private historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
The EUR caught up with Stacey Lee, the tour’s director for four years, who discussed the importance of the event.
“The UNCF is the nation’s largest provider of education support to minority students,” said Lee. “The Empowerment Tour has been executed for the past 12 years and last year along we offered over $12 million dollars in scholarships.”
Lee continued, “I think the great thing is that during these times, even with COVID-19, is that a number of corporations (Wells Fargo/P&/FedEx/Disney/Goldman Sachs) and donors have really been providing opportunity and financial access to our schools and students.”
The tour is packed with information and resources so that students and parents have the right tools to make informed decisions.
“It’s a free event that provides educational support, scholarships, interviews with colleges, empowerment, and information on how to get to and through college. We also provide this information for parents as well. We have a parent section that focuses on financial aid and the things you need to get your students to college.”
Lee continued, “Sometimes we have students that don’t realize that they can attend college. They can receive scholarships. Some of them don’t even know what an HBCU is. So, it’s inspirational for me to see these students receive this information and the excitement that’s around this tour.”
In addition to college information, panel sessions on issues affecting the community will also take place. Legendary rapper Bun B will be part of a special My Black Is Beautiful panel. The panel will have discussions with girls and boys and the MC will lead the male portion.
“It’s about empowerment,” Bun B told the EUR. “It’s vital for us to lift each other up and amplify each other’s voices. We just talk about now what that role is in this COVID world. And with everything that we are seeing with young Black men on television, we want to keep them motivated and centered. We want to make sure that they are not discouraged in this moment.”
Ever since Kamala Harris threw her hat into the presidential race and elected vice president of the United States, a spotlight has shined on the fact that she’s an HBCU grad (Howard University) and member of the African American sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha. These facts are not lost on the UNCF.
“Kamala has really boosted people’s awareness about HBCUs and (African American sororities) and the type of people that come out of HBCUs. HBCUS have also provided so many people from science, mathematics, and engineering programs (STEM).”
Bun B added, “We have more than enough examples to show you how beneficial an education from an HBCU can be. So, there is no reason to not be a part of an HBCU because the world is just as available to you as it is for anyone else attending any other type of university.”
New Music Buzz: Jazzy Rita Shelby’s ‘Goodbye 2020’
*SB Music presents “Goodbye 2020” a new single for the times we are in.
“Goodbye 2020” is performed by Jazzy Rita Shelby and written by Miss Shelby (ASCAP) and Eddie Lawrence Miller (BMI).
It’s the perfect anthem to end a year that has impacted the globe.
EURweb’s Jazzy Rita is also a prolific lyricist who has teamed up with Eddie Miller for “Goodbye 2020” because it was timely and convenient for the birth of a song such as this.
Eddie Miller is a coveted keyboardist & vocalist who performs regularly with Brian Culbertson and he’s the Rhodes Festival musical director. Jazzy Rita rose to notoriety as host & performer at The Starlight Jazz Serenade, an annual benefit concert in North Hollywood with an A list of stars. As a teen Miss Shelby was inspired to write songs by the legendary David Porter.
This year has been a year like no other. “Goodbye 2020” is an ode to the world for the year that we have seen and the hope that lies ahead. Radio Programmers click here for adds.
“Goodbye 2020” is released on the SB Music label and was recorded at Wishing Wells Studio in Canoga Park, CA. Willie Daniels and Mildred Black perform background vocals along with Jazzy Rita. The video is produced & directed by Jazzy Rita (LaRita Shelby), filmed & edited by Reggie Simon of Simon Vision Media, with wardrobe styling by Jazzy Rita and Poet Roni Girl’s Army Couture. “Goodbye 2020” is available on most digital platforms. Click here to listen on Spotify.
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