*(New York, NY) – Multimillion-selling R&B/pop pioneer and seven-time GRAMMY® Award-winner, Toni Braxton has announced that her 10th studio album, ‘Spell My Name,’ will be released on August 28th and today, she shares her new single, “Dance” from the new album (Island Records). The up-tempo new single is an energetic and empowering anthem that celebrates being carefree and confident as one moves on and gets over heartbreak. Purchase and stream “Dance” here.
“Dance” is the latest single Braxton has released from her forthcoming album which is available for pre-order/save here and new exclusive merch bundles will be dropping here. Earlier this year, Toni released “Dance (Dave Aude Remix),” a remix of the new single, which went #1 on the UK’s Commercial Pop Club Chart. And last month, Braxton teamed up with the legendary Missy Elliot for a remix of her single “Do It.” The original version of “Do It” was the #1 most added song at Adult R&B radio after release and is currently #3 on the Adult R&B chart.
‘Spell My Name’ is Braxton’s follow up to her multi-GRAMMY® nominated album ‘Sex & Cigarettes.’ Released in 2018, the album features hit single “Long As I Live” which shot to #1 on the Billboard Adult R&B chart and top 10 on the R&B charts. Last year, Braxton embarked on her “Long As I Live” tour visiting 21 cities in addition to South Africa and for the first time in 22 years, the United Kingdom. In late 2019, Braxton graced the stage at the American Music Awards for a breathtaking performance of her iconic song, “Un-Break My Heart,” which marked the 25th anniversary of her first appearance on the show which become one of the most talked about moments from the evening.
Braxton is the legendary, multimillion-selling R&B/pop pioneer and seven-time Grammy Award-winner behind timeless hits such as “Love Shoulda Brought You Home,” “Another Sad Love Song,” “Breathe Again,” “Seven Whole Days,” “He Wasn’t Man Enough” and “Un-Break My Heart.” The official video for the iconic “Un-Break My Heart” recently broke 500 million views on YouTube. If that wasn’t enough, the multi-talented singer/songwriter has also expanded her skillset along the way: music producer, Broadway musical star, television actress/producer and best-selling author.
Listeners first became aware of the newcomer’s mesmerizing sultry voice when she appeared on the soundtrack to the Eddie Murphy box office smash Boomerang. That set the stage for Braxton’s 1993 breakthrough with her self-titled debut LaFace album that’s now 8x platinum. Between 1996 and 2010, she released six more solo albums (Secrets, The Heat, Snowflakes, More Than a Woman, Libra and Pulse) and charted a string of hits (including “You Mean the World to Me,” “You’re Makin’ Me High” and “I Love Me Some Him”/ “I Don’t Want To”) before teaming with Babyface 2014 for the critically acclaimed duets album that won her a seventh Grammy for Best R&B Album.
Along the way, Braxton reinvented her game as she effortlessly segued into a theatrical acting career in 1998 as Belle in Beauty and the Beast. That barrier-breaking portrayal—the first black woman to play a leading role in a Disney Broadway production—led to a stint in a second Disney Broadway musical, Aida, and later a special guest star engagement with another Broadway musical, After Midnight.
Since then, Braxton has starred in three TV films for Lifetime and she and her three sisters have become popular reality stars via WE tv’s flagship series Braxton Family Values. Diagnosed with lupus several years ago, Braxton hasn’t allowed that to slow her career momentum nor her role as the proud mom of sons Denim and Diezel. She devotes time as spokesperson for Lupus L.A. and Autism Speaks, the latter on behalf of Diezel who is living with autism.
Robin Givens on the Upcoming ‘Finding Mike’ Biopic Starring Jamie Foxx
*Robin Givens recently called into a couple of SiriusXM shows today to promote her directorial debut with Lifetime’s A Murder to Remember.
Givens spoke with Andy Cohen on SiriusXM’s Andy Cohen Live on his exclusive channel Radio Andy. During their conversation, Robin Givens spoke about the upcoming Finding Mike biopic starring Jamie Foxx and shared why she hopes to not be in the new movie.
Andy Cohen hosts SiriusXM’s Andy Cohen Live Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00 am ET on his exclusive SiriusXM channel Radio Andy.
Robin Givens on why she hopes to not be in new Mike Tyson biopic
Additionally, Robin Givens spoke with SiriusXM Radio Andy’s Bevy Smith. While talking to Bevy Smith, Robin Givens shared whether she thinks she’ll be treated more fairly in this depiction compared to how she was treated in the past, why she feels it’s important to not let other people’s lies take away your truth and how she hopes the film reflects the different climate we are now living in. Additionally, Robin spoke about the surprise cancelation of Ambitions on OWN and the possibility of another network picking up the show.
Bevy Smith hosts Bevelations on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy (ch. 102) Mondays through Fridays at 5:00 pm ET.
Audio clips credit: SiriusXM’s Radio Andy and/or SiriusXM’s Andy Cohen Live
Carolina Dubón| Senior Manager | Public Relations – SiriusXM
He Said What?! Roger Stone Called Talk Show Host Mo’Kelly A ‘Negro!!’ / LISTEN
*The nerve! Who da hell does Roger Stone think he is? Roger Stone?!
Yep, the Trump operative and acolyte straight up called a negro radio host a “Negro” during a heated debate. Yes, he did.
The insulted host later tweeted, “I’m nobody’s Negro.”
In an era where one doesn’t think you can be surprised anymore … https://t.co/oXQegBZrJe
— janewells (@janewells) July 19, 2020
OK, so what led up to the low-budget n-word coming out of Stone’s mouth? Morris O’Kelly, A/K/A Mo’Kelly, who hosts on Southern California’s KFI AM 640, was grilling Stone over his convictions for lying to Congress. Mo’Kelly argued that Stone’s close friendship with Trump was the reason he was granted clemency, and not because he was treated unfairly by the justice system as Stone has insisted.
“There are thousands of people treated unfairly daily. Hell, your number just happened to come up in the lottery,” Mo’Kelly said. “I’m guessing it was more than just luck, Roger, right?
An exasperated Stone paused during the debate and appeared to vent to someone else in the room with him.
“I don’t really feel like arguing with this Negro,” Stone could be heard saying.
“I’m sorry, what was that?” Mo’Kelly responds.
“Roger? I’m sorry, what did you say?”
Stone then went silent for more than 40 seconds before claiming the phone line was going in and out.
Wait… Did Roger Stone just say “I don’t feel like arguing with this negro…”?
Man…2020 is the wildest! pic.twitter.com/ssWy8RYYWT
— michaelharriot (@michaelharriot) July 19, 2020
Mo’Kelly asked Stone to repeat what he said, the word “Negro,” but Stone denied ever saying the word — which was nonetheless clearly audible on a taped version, at around the 12-minute mark of the 30-minute interview.
“I did not,” Stone insisted. “You’re out of your mind. You’re out of your mind.”
Mo’Kelly later blogged about the interview, calling Stone out for using the “low-calorie version of the N-Word.”
“[Stone] didn’t see me as a journalist, not as a professional, not a radio host … but a “Negro” first and foremost,” he wrote.
“Thirty years as an entertainment professional, twenty of them in radio. ‘Negro’ was the first pejorative uttered.”
Watching Live Feed, 911 Concerned Dispatcher Called MPD Sergeant About George Floyd Arrest / LISTEN
*An interesting story is emerging regarding a 911 dispatcher in Minneapolis who witnessed the live feed of George Floyd’s arrest on May 25.
She was so concerned about what she was seeing that she called a superior to express her concerns.
This new information about the call is in a newly released transcript from the Minneapolis Police Department, reports Fox5DC.
In the phone call, the dispatcher is heard saying she watched the arrest on live camera feed outside Cup Foods in south Minneapolis.
“You can call me a snitch if you want to,” she said, before adding she saw three officers physically restrain Floyd who was already handcuffed on the ground.
“All of them sat on this man. I don’t know if they needed to or not. They haven’t said anything to me yet,” the dispatcher added.
The transcript also included two calls from pedestrians who witnessed the murder. Both calls were placed at 8:32 p.m.
In the first call, the bystander said he watched as an officer, “just pretty much killed this guy that wasn’t resisting arrest. He had his knee on the dude’s neck the whole time.”
The caller asked to speak with a supervisor and was in the middle of being connected when the call abruptly ended.
A second call placed about 30 seconds later was also disconnected before the caller could speak with a supervisor about the incident.
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