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Grammy-winning Diva Stephanie Mills Reveals Who Her Famous Cousins of R&B Are

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*Former Broadway musical star and Grammy-winning R&B singer Stephanie Mills recently revealed that she’s not the only powerful singer in the family.

It turns out that Mill’s real cousins are K-Ci (Cedric Hailey) and JoJo (Joel Hailey) lead vocalists of the R&B group Jodeci which formed in the late 1980s.

The group, with the Hailey brothers, elevated its style of R&B music to include, hip hop, soul, gospel, and new jack swing.  Over the past three decades, “Jodeci” has scored numerous Top-10 hits to include “Forever My Lady,” “Stay,” “Come and Talk to Me,” “Cry for You,” “Feenin” and “What About Us.”  The two brothers, between 1996 and 2013, released five albums as a duo, all of which charted nationally and internationally.

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Mills said recently that she will soon release a new single, titled “Afraid to Love,” which will include duets with her cousins K-Ci and JoJo.  And to show the extended power of the family’s musical DNA, Mills, K-Ci and JoJo have other famous singing cousins.  There’s Dave Hollister, who once sang lead vocals for the R&B group “Blackstreet.”  Hollister is featured on the group’s smash hit “Before I Let You Go.”  He later recorded and performed as a solo artist.

According to industry sources, Dave’s father and K-Ci and JoJo’s fathers are brothers.  The family tree of music also includes Grammy-winning R&B singer Fantasia, who is a first cousin to K-Ci and JoJo; their fathers are brothers, as well.  Like her cousin Stephanie Mills, Fantasia, has starred on Broadway, when the American Idol winner dazzled audiences in the classic production,  “The Color Purple.”

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While this is an amazing story of cousins with powerful musical genes and a strong singing DNA, Mills began it all for the family when she starred on Broadway as “Dorothy” in “The Wiz” in the mid-1970s.   In the 1980s, she charted many R&B hits to include “Home,” “I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love,” “I Feel Good All Over,” “(You’re Puttin’) A Rush on Me,” “What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin’ ” and “Something in the Way (You Make Me Feel).”  Mills also won a Grammy for the R&B hit “Never Knew Love Like This Before.”

With so much vocal power and talent in the family, will there be a music project that will feature the cousins, Stephanie Mills, K-Ci, JoJo, Dave Hollister, and Fantasia?  Inquiring minds want to know!

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ARRAY DRIVE-IN: ‘GET OUT the Vote with SELMA’

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*Ava DuVernay’s non-profit ARRAY ALLIANCE is launching its second ARRAY Drive-in screening event on Friday, Oct. 30 and Sat. Oct. 31.

This latest cinema experience is a community empowerment activation featuring two Oscar-winning films: SELMA amplifies the importance of voting to activate change as we approach the upcoming presidential election. GET OUT is the perfect psychological horror thriller to screen on Halloween.

In addition to the films, the open to the public screenings in ARRAY’s Historic Filipinotown/Westlake neighborhood will include on-site voting booths provided by LA Vote mobile voting center, on Friday, Oct. 30. Attendees can vote in person or drop-off their ballots.

Friday, Oct. 30 – SELMA, directed by Ava DuVernay and on-site voting via LAVote.net’s mobile voting center

Saturday, Oct. 31 – GET OUT, directed by Jordan Peele

Ticket Information: First come, first serve entry with advance ticket registration at http://www.arraynow.com/drivein#elevent

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ABOUT ARRAY
Founded in 2011 by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, ARRAY is a multi-platform arts and social impact collective dedicated to narrative change. The organization catalyzes its work through a quartet of mission-driven entities: the film distribution arm ARRAY Releasing, the content company ARRAY Filmworks, the programming and production hub ARRAY Creative Campus and the non-profit group ARRAY Alliance. www.arraynow.com

 

 

 

 

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The Pulse of Entertainment: Brian Courtney Wilson Says Be ‘Still’ on New Album

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Grammy and Billboard Music Award nominated Brian Courtney Wilson releases ‘Still.’

*“Move past fear,” said Grammy nominated Brian Courtney Wilson about the meaning of the title to his new album “Still” (EMI/Motown Gospel). “You got to stay focused on your assignment. It’s in the Bible. Be still and keep moving without doubting and move mountains.”

“Still” is the Chicago native’s fifth album and in that time since 2009 he has garnered multi-Grammy nominations, a Billboard Music Award nomination, and has won multiple Stellar Awards, a Dove Award and an ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Award.  Featured artists on “Still” include Maranda Curtis and Jeff Pardo. Grammy nominated Eric Roberson (United Tenors) co-wrote the track “Waiting” which encourages one to recognize when God has answered your prayers.

“The best feeling I had was when Eric Roberson sent it to me,” Brian said about the single “Waiting.” “I was almost in tears. It’s why I was feeling this peace.”

Other tracks on the album include “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler);” “Ain’t No Need to Worry,” featuring Maranda; “Forever;” “Sure As;” the title track “Still;” “Merciful and Mighty,” and “Fear is Not Welcome,” featuring Jeff.

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Wilson launched his first solo tour, “Just (B) Tour,” just before the pandemic hit and grounded everyone home.

“It went well,” he said when I asked about the tour. “I’m looking forward to doing it again. We’re figuring out a way to do it virtually.” www.BrianCourtneyWilson.com

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, MS, MBA, MPhil 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. EVENTS: “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference (ULMII), founded by Eunice in 1999, is into its 21st year. Next events are coming to Los Angeles Saturday, November 7, 2020 via Zoom Video Conferencing and to Baltimore Saturday April 17, 2021 at Security Square Mall. The ULMII event is a free conference offering an Entertainment Business Panel Q&A Session, a Talent Showcase and Talent Competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) where aspiring artists have a chance to receive over $15,000 valued in prizes/product/services.  Log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com for more information or to RSVP for Zoom Access email [email protected]

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‘Selena: The Series’ – Official Trailer Debut from Netflix! / WATCH

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*Today, Netflix debuted the trailer for “Selena: The Series” – A coming-of-age story following Selena as she chases her dreams, and the heart-wrenching and life-changing sacrifices she and her family make as they navigate the highs and lows of success, loss, love, and music. Part one of the two-part series premieres on Netflix on December 4, 2020.

MORE ABOUT SELENA: THE SERIES
Before she became the Queen of Tejano Music, Selena Quintanilla was a young girl from Texas with big dreams and an even bigger voice. Selena: The Series explores her journey from singing small gigs to becoming the most successful female Latin artist of all time — and the years of hard work and sacrifice the Quintanilla family navigated together.

From executive producers Jaime Dávila, Rico Martinez, Hiromi Kamata, Suzette Quintanilla, Simran A. Singh and Moises Zamora, Selena: The Series was created by Zamora, with Don Todd (“This is Us”) consulting, and stars Christian Serratos, Gabriel Chavarria, Ricardo Chavira, Noemí Gonzalez, and Seidy López.

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