*Lauryn Hill, Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar and “Empire” star Jussie Smollett will all hit the road for major tours celebrating both new albums and classic favorites.
Hill is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her multiple-Grammy-winning debut solo album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” with a North American tour produced by Live Nation. The trek kicks off on July 5 in Virginia and will hit 28 cities, including its final gig in St. Louis.
Tickets and VIP experiences go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, April 20 at 10 a.m. (Get tickets here.) A portion of the ticket sales go toward the MLH Foundation, which directly contributes support for education, health, agriculture, technology and community-based businesses and development initiatives “throughout the Diaspora,” according to the tour announcement.
Hill said in a statement, “This album chronicled an intimate piece of my young existence. It was the summation of most, if not all, of my most hopeful and positive emotions experienced to that date. I Loved and believed deeply in my community’s ability to both Love and heal itself provided it received the right amount of support and encouragement. Our world today, both complex and changing, is in need of the balance between moral fortitude and cathartic expression. I hope the Love and energy that permeated this work can continue to inspire change with Love and optimism at the helm.”
Lauryn Hill 2018 Tour Dates:
Thu Jul 05 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
Sun Jul 08 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
Wed Jul 11 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Fri Jul 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
Sun Jul 15 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Wed Jul 18 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
Fri Jul 20 – Detroit, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
Wed Jul 25 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
Thu Jul 26 – Raleigh, NC – The Red Hat Amphitheater
Sun Jul 29 – Tampa, FL – Al Lang Stadium
Tue Jul 31 – Miami, FL – Bayfront Park Amphitheater
Thu Aug 02 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
Fri Aug 03 – Atlanta, GA – State Bank Amphitheatre At Chastain Park
Sun Aug 05 – Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium
Wed Aug 08 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Fri Sep 07 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
Sun Sep 09 – San Diego, CA – Open Air Theatre
Wed Sep 12 – Portland, OR – Portland Memorial Coliseum
Fri Sep 14 – Vancouver, BC – Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park
Sat Sep 15 – Seattle, WA – ShoWare Center**
Thu Sep 20 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sat Sep 22 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
Mon Sep 24 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
Wed Sep 26 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater
Sat Sep 29 – Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
Sun Sep 30 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Wed Oct 03 – New Orleans, LA – UNO Lakefront Arena
Fri Oct 05 – St Louis, MO – Chaifetz Arena
Kendrick Lamar, SZA, and a slew of TDE talent will travel together for the aptly titled “Championship Tour.”
The 29-stop tour will kicked off May 4 in Vancouver and hit cities across the U.S. and Canada before wrapping on June 16 in Pittsburgh. Get tickets here.
A digital short has been crafted to promote the trek. Described as an homage to the film “Rocky,” the Jack Begert and Dave Free-directed visual follows Lamar and his crew as they hit the tennis and basketball courts, golf course, soccer field and track.
Watch below, followed by “TDE: The Championship Tour” dates:
TDE: THE CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR DATES
May 4 — Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
May 5 — Seattle, WA White @ River Amphitheatre
May 6 — Portland, OR @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
May 8 — Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
May 10 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
May 11 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
May 13 — San Diego, CA @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
May 14 — Phoenix, AZ @ Ak. Chin Pavilion
May 15 — Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
May 17 — Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion
May 18 — Austin, TX @Austin360 Amphitheater
May 19 — Houston, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Presented by Huntsman
May 22 — Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
May 23 — West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
May 25 — Atlanta, GA @ Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
May 26 — Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
May 27 — Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
May 29 — New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
May 30 — Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
June 1 — Bristow, VA (DC) @ Jiffy Lube Live
June 2 — Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
June 3 — Buffalo, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
June 5 — Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
June 7 — Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre
June 8 — Philadelphia, PA @ BB&T Pavilion
June 9 — Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 12 — Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
June 13 — Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 15 — Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
June 16 — Pittsburgh, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion
Jussie Smollett will promote his long-awaited debut album “Sum of My Music” with an inaugural tour that kicks off Friday (April 20) in Dubai and continues overseas in Germany and France before returning to U.S. soil.
He’ll hit such cities as Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit and more before wrapping up at the New Orleans-hosted Essence Festival on July 7th. A portion of all ticket sales will benefit The Black AIDS Institute and Flint Kids.
Purchase tickets now at http://jussiesmollettmusic.com/.
Jussie Smollett’s Sum of My Music Tour:
April 20 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
May 7 – Cologne, Germany, Luxor
May 8 – Frankfurt, Germany, Zoom
May 9 – Berlin, Germany, Lido
May 10 – Cannes, France, VIP Room
May 17 – Oakland, CA, Complex
May 19 – Long Beach, CA, Long Beach Pride Festival
May 20 – Santa Ana, CA, Constellation Room
May 21 – Los Angeles, Roxy
May 25 – Philadelphia, Coda
May 26 – Washington, D.C., U Street
May 27 – New York, SOB’s
May 29 – Atlanta, The Masquerade (Hell)
June 1: Houston, Satellite Bar
June 2 – Austin, Empire Control Room
June 3 – Dallas, Deep Ellum Art Co
June 5 – St. Louis, Old Rock House
June 8 – Cleveland, Grog Shop
June 9 – Milwaukee, Milwaukee Pride Festival
June 10 – Chicago, Subterranean
June 12 – Detroit, El Club
July 7 – New Orleans, Essence Festival
In the meantime, Smollett has released a video for his new single “Hurt People.” Shot in Johannesburg and Soweto, South Africa, the actor/singer reportedly hired an all South African crew for the shoot.
“‘Hurt People’ in particular is about celebrating the breaking of the cycle, getting out of that mental prison and taking off for home,” Smollett stated, adding, “…when I think of someone who was consistently attacked and could’ve given in it’s Nelson and Winnie Mandela. This video is completely inspired by them.”
Watch “Hurt People” below:
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.
Celebrate Halloween with ‘Spell’ Starring Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine and John Beasley / WATCH
*Today/TONIGHT is Halloween and what could be a more perfect way to celebrate than with the release of SPELL? Enjoy the clips below to get you in the spooky spirit!
Omari Hardwick (“Power,” Sorry to Bother You), Loretta Devine (“Black-ish,” Crash) and John Beasley (The Sum of All Fears, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) star in the terrifying thriller SPELL, coming to Premium Video-On-Demand and Digital today October 30 from Paramount Home Entertainment.
While flying to his father’s funeral in rural Appalachia, an intense storm causes Marquis (Omari Hardwick) to lose control of the plane carrying him and his family. He awakens wounded, alone and trapped in Ms. Eloise’s (Loretta Devine) attic, who claims she can nurse him back to health with the Boogity, a Hoodoo figure she has made from his blood and skin. Unable to call for help, Marquis desperately tries to outwit and break free from her dark magic and save his family from a sinister ritual before the rise of the blood moon.
DIRECTED BY | Mark Tonderai
SCREENPLAY BY | Kurt Wimmer
STARRING | Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine, John Beasley
AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL PLATFORMS | Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, DirecTV, VUDU, Xfinity, FandangoNOW and more.
Rating | R – violence, disturbing/bloody images, and language
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