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Apple News’s Review: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado LT Z71 4×4



2019 Chevy Silverado (street)
2019 Chevy Silverado LT Z71 4x4 (photo credit:

2019 Chevy Silverado LT Z71 4×4 (photo credit:

Highlight: The all-new Silverado is available with a 4-cylinder, 2.7-liter turbo engine, which produces 310-horsepower. It’s the first fullsize truck to be outfitted with a 4-cylinder engine.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $52,205 (Base Model: $36,095)

Seating Capacity: 5 or 6 (depending upon trim)

Standard Safety Features: air bags; a locking tailgate; a tire pressure monitoring system; Daytime running lights; a stability control system; a hill start assist system; rear camera; and a teen driver safety monitoring system

Standard Equipment (Crew Cab Base Model WT): 17-inch wheels; a 6-speed automatic transmission; single zone manual a/c; rear air vents (heating/cooling); a 7-inch infotainment screen; power door locks; rubberized-vinyl floor covering mats; a rear manual tilt inside center mirror; 40/20/40 manually adjustable split bench seat with a center armrest; a manual operated tilt steering wheel; a rear seat reminder system; cargo tie downs; tailgate and bed rail protection cap; a capless fuel filler door; 170-amp alternator; a heavy duty cold cranking battery; single outlet exhaust system; 3:42 ratio rear axle; and power electric steering

Standard Equipment On Test Vehicle (Crew Cab LT): a 5.3-liter/V8 engine; a fuel saving start/stop engine; an 8-inch infotainment screen; cruise control; a keyless entry system; color coordinated floor carpeting; a built-in WiFi system; a rear bumper with a corner step; a driver’s spotter mirror; and a Durabed (pick up bed)

Optional Features On Test Vehicle: All Star Edition: a dual zone climate control system; a power driver’s seat; heated front seats; a heated steering wheel; a leather wrapped steering wheel; a manual operated tilt/telescopic steering wheel; rear seat USB ports; rear power outlets; a remote vehicle starter system; front seat covered armrest storage; under seat storage; a power locking tailgate; LED Durabed lighting; auto locking differential; and a trailer package with hitch

Z71 Off-Road And Protection Package: 18-inch wheels; 5.3-liter, V8 engine;  suspension- off road; a hill descent control system; skid plates; air cleaner, high capacity; a transfer case; all-terrain tires; rear wheelhouse liners; Chevy spray-in bedliners; assist step and toneau package; trifold tounneau cover; assist steps; front and rear park assist and a dynamic fuel management system

Safety Package I: a front and rear parking assist system; a lane change alert with side blind zone alert system; a rear cross traffic alert system; and a trailer brake controller system

Other Trims:

1500 Regular Cab

1500 Double Cab

2500 Heavy Duty Regular Cab

2500 Heavy Duty Double Cab

3500 Heavy Duty Regular Cab Single or Dual Rear Wheels

3500 Heavy Duty Double Cab Single or Dual Rear Wheels

3500 Heavy Duty CrewCab Single or Dual Rear Wheels

Standard Audio On Test Vehicle:  a 6-speaker AM/FM

Apple CarPlay/Android: Yes

Bluetooth Connectivity: Yes

iPod connectivity/USB Port: Yes

Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 3 years or 36,000 miles

Powertrain Warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles

Standard Engine/Horsepower: 4.3-liter, 6-cylinder/285-hp

Recommended Fuel: Regular

Standard Fuel Mileage: 15-city/20-hwy

Towing Capacity: 9,800 lbs


2019 Chevy Silverado LT Z71 4x4 (photo credit:

2019 Chevy Silverado LT Z71 4×4 (photo credit:

What’s New: In the competitive truck market, the Silverado has been redesigned for the 2019 model year. In addition to an all-new design, this is the first truck in the fullsize segment to offer a 4-cylinder engine.

Why: Chevy’s fourth generation Silverado is available in a variety of trims, with up to six engines. Buyers can opt for a regular cab, double cab or a crew cab model. As a result of its longer wheelbase, this year’s model offers more passenger space and cargo volume. In fact, Chevy’s design and engineering team were able to accomplish this feat, while placing the vehicle on a Slimfast diet, making it 450 pounds lighter. The truck also increases its miles per gallon, as a result of the fuel deactivation system that is available in the 5.3-liter, V8 engine.

When comparing the truck to the previous generation, Chevy’s engineers has really stepped up its game with its best-selling model. This year’s model adds such features as a power up and down tailgate, a bed mounted 120-volt power outlet, 12 fixed tie-downs for the bed, an improved braking system, a 360-degree camera and an advanced trailering package with a hitch view (and a trailering App).

Moreover, the brand’s truck engineering team has also infused a higher strength steel floor and the ability for the redesign truck to enhance its payload and trailer ratings in its heavy duty trucks. The engineering team has also altered the rear leaf springs on the LT trim in order to enhance the ride and handling capabilities.

Traditional Chevy loyalist will welcome the array of driver assist features too. Those features range from a rear park assist feature to a lane departure warning system to a lane keep assist system.

And, for those seeking leather, heated and ventilated front seats and 22-inch wheels, Chevy has made this and more available on designated trims.

But: Some critics believe the controversial headlights meshed into the bowtie grille isn’t one of the best styling attributes of this fullsize truck. The fascia of the truck can be somewhat polarizing.

Moreover, just as Chevy has stepped up its game, so has Ram.  Ram’s all-new interior, with its optional massive Tesla-like infotainment screen, is an industry standout, when compared to the Silverado’s more reserved instrument panel layout. The Ram’s car-like ride rivals Ford’s trucks, which have set the standard for the industry. Ironically, as a result of new Ram’s more car-like characteristics along with them selling their previous truck side-by-side, as the Ram Classic, they have managed to outsell the Silverado for the first quarter, after combining the sales of two trucks.

And while Chevy has a fully functional power operated tailgate, some of its competitors, including its sibling from GMC, has developed innovative ways to reconfigure their tailgates.

Furthermore, while we had an opportunity to review the Silverado LT Crew, it didn’t necessarily showcase the vehicle’s best features, as was the case with the Ram we reviewed earlier this year. While this is a great truck, it does not seem as though Chevy moved the needle enough in this highly competitive segment.

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Verdict: While Chevy has reworked its best-selling vehicle inside and out. Its nemesis, Ram, has done the same. Thus, the pickup truck sales war is great for buyers in the market for either a stripped work truck or a high end luxury truck. In the all-new Chevy Silverado has the market covered, with its array of cabs, engines, trims and price points.

Competition: Ford F-150; GMC Sierra; Nissan Titan; Ram 1500; and Toyota Tundra

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The Virtual United Negro College Fund Tour Heads to NY, DC & NJ on Fri & Sat-Nov. 20 & 21 (EUR EXCLUSIVE!)




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*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.”

MORE NEWS/RELATED: BMEE Authors: Urgent Steps Are Necessary to Address Implicit Bias in Early Education  

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Stacey Lee, director of the Empower Me Tour. (Photo credit: UNCF)

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.”

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Source: Empower Me Tour

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.”

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Legendary rapper Bun B is a panelist at the Empower Me Tour. (Photo credit: UNCF)

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.”

Register for the virtual Empower Me Tour on November 20 & 21, 2020 here. Spring tour dates will be announced soon. For general information on the United Negro College Fund, go here.

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(Photo credit: UNCF)

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New Music Buzz: Jazzy Rita Shelby’s ‘Goodbye 2020’



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Goodbye 2020 Jazzy Rita Shelby

After all that’s happened this year, it’s time to say Goodbye 2020. New single available by Jazzy Rita Shelby at most digital platforms.

*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.

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Jazzy Rita Shelby is fed up with this year and elated about her new single “Goodbye 2020.” Avail now from SB Music (Written by L. Shelby & E. Miller)

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.

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“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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Celebrate Halloween with ‘Spell’ Starring Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine and John Beasley / WATCH




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*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 FearsThe 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.

WHOA! READ THIS: Disabled Siblings Found Living with Dead Body of Mother Decomposing Under Pile of Clothes

DIRECTED BY | Mark Tonderai


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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