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UMC – Urban Movie Channel’s February Slate Features Exclusive Streaming Premieres of Star-Studded Romantic Comedy and Inner-City Youth Documentary

No Regrets movie

— Romantic comedy, “No Regrets,” premieres February 10, 2017; Inner-city youth documentary, “Hatching Shakespeare,” to follow on February 17, 2017 — Los Angeles, CA — A celebration of black history […]

Revolutionary Weight Loss Device Gets Rid of Belly Fat -- Never Touches the Skin!

Whoopi Goldberg

A Czech-made device called Vanquish, manufacturered by BTL Aesthetics of Framingham, Massachusetts, gets rid of belly fat without even touching the skin. The product was featured on ABC’s The View […]

NFL, American Heart Association and Discovery Education Host Virtual Field Trip Live From Super Bowl LI

Whitney Mercilus and Mercedes Carnethon, Ph.D. NFL Play 60 Challenge Virtual Field

— Free Virtual Class to be Live-Streamed in Classrooms Nationwide — Dallas, TX — The NFL and American Heart Association, together with Discovery Education, will host the first-ever AHA-NFL PLAY […]

How Obama Made $20 Million Dollars in 8 Years -- Book Deals, Speaking Engagements, and More!

President Obama

Barack Obama served his last day as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2017. Although, his annual salary was only $400,000 a year, during his presidency, […]

Michael Colyar Hits the State with the World Debut of His Dramatic One Man Show "Michael Colyar's Momma" Fri., Feb 3 to Sat., Feb 4 in Hollywood

Michael Colyar

And Colyar Gets Poetic With New Book “Miss Innocent Goes to Kool Skool and Other Silly Stuff” Hollywood, CA — Michael Colyar (The Princess and the Frog, Mi Casa, Mi […]

Despite Meeting With Trump, Steve Harvey Says: "I Won't Be At Anybody's Inauguration"

Donald Trump With Steve Harvey

Nationwide — Steve Harvey is getting a lot of heat from the Black community regarding his recent meeting with Donald Trump, but he recently told reporters that he will not […]

The “Houston Comedy Bowl Explosion” is a “Must Attend” on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017, During “Big Game Week” in Houston!

Rickey Smiley Show

— Rickey Smiley is hosting the “Comedy Bowl” which will benefit the Mack Performing Arts Collective (MPAC) and Texas Southern University for student scholarships. The event will feature the best-of-the-best […]

Veteran R&B/ Quiet Storm Artist Michael Henderson Announces 2017 Tour Dates

Michael Henderson

— Henderson will perform at the Fenix in San Rafael, CA on February 4th, at the Promontory in Chicago, IL on February 11th, and at the New Red Rooster in […]

Michael McCant a.k.a. “Billionaire Catt” Finally Breaks His Silence and Reveals the Messy Truth: Full Interview

Michael McCant aka Billionaire Catt

Nationwide — The following is a transcript of Michael “Billionaire Catt” McCant’s interview with reporters, editors and an opinion columnist.

Former NBA Star Jamal Mashburn Now Owns More Than 80 Franchises

Jamal Mashburn

Success on the court doesn’t always lead to success off the court for many professional NBA players who retire from the sport. But for this former NBA player, it lead […]

Black Community Upset Because NBA Star Derrick Rose Won't Sell His Trump Tower Condo

Derrick Rose in his Trump Tower Condo

Nationwide — Many African Americans are reportedly upset that NBA star Derrick Rose refuses to sell his luxury condo that he owns at the 98-story Trump Tower in downtown Chicago. […]

Russell Simmons Writes Open Letter to President-Elect Donald Trump -- Says, "I am Willing to Work For and With You"

Donald Trump and Russell Simmons

Nationwide — Russell Simmons, known as the international mogul that founded hip-hop, Def Jam records, Def Comedy Jam, GlobalGrind.com, and more, recently wrote a lengthy open letter to Donald Trump […]

Wendy Raquel Robinson, Miguel Nunez Jr. Host the 26th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards

NAACP Theatre Awards

— Honoring Joe Morton, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Ledisi, Rory Pullens with legendary presenters Debbie Allen, Loretta Devine, Kenny Leon — Beverly Hills, CA — The Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Branch announces […]

Steve Harvey Chats With Tyler Perry At His Los Angeles Home

Steve Harvey Show interview with Tyler Perry

Nationwide — During a recent episode of Steve Harvey’s daytime talk show, filmmaker and playwright Tyler Perry opened up his home in Los Angeles and the two had an intimate […]

Legendary Comedian Michael Colyar Brings His Funny to Radio

Michael Colyar, host of The Afternoon Rush

— Replaces the Late, Great Doug Banks on Fresh, New Nationally Syndicated Drive Time Radio Show “The Afternoon Rush” — Hollywood, CA — With a natural gift for gab with […]

TV One Celebrates the 100th Episode of Viewer Favorite, "Fatal Attraction," on Monday Oct. 17 at 9pm ET

TV One's Fatal Attraction 100th Celebration

— Milestone Episode Features Tragic Murder in The Transgender Community: Lover’s Quarrel or Hate Crime? — Silver Spring, MD — TV One’s hit crime and justice series Fatal Attraction turns […]

$62 Million Dollars Gone -- Another NBA Player Files For Bankruptcy

Darius Miles, former player of the LA Clippers

It’s no secret that professional sports stars make a lot of money. Millions! It’s hard to believe that some of them go broke. But that is what has happened to […]

It's True! Tommy Ford From the Hit 1990's "Martin" Sitcom Has Died at Age 52

Actors Tommy Ford and Martin Lawrence

Nationwide — TMZ and other credible sources have now confirmed that actor and comedian Tommy Ford, born Thomas Mikal Ford, has died. Ford was best known for his character on […]

How Kevin Hart Made $87.5 Million Last Year -- Making Him the Highest Paid Comedian (More Than Jerry Seinfield!)

Kevin Hart

For the very first time in several years, Forbes’ annual list of celebrity money-makers has a new comedian topping the list. For years, Jerry Seinfeld topped the list. But for […]

Actor Edwin Freeman Stars In Marvel’s Series Luke Cage Streaming Now On Netflix

Edwin Freeman as Young Pop in the Luke Cage Netflix series

— Edwin Freeman is Young Pop in Marvel’s new “Luke Cage” series airing on Netflix — Nationwide — Edwin Freeman stars as Young Pop in Marvel’s series Luke Cage. Young […]

In a Special New York Times Report, Jay-Z Explains Why "The War on Drugs Is an Epic Fail"

Jay-Z War on Drugs

Nationwide — In a New York Times short film narrated by rapper/ entrepreneur Jay Z (Shawn Carter), a very important history lesson is taught about the war on drugs. The […]

Content Creator/ Actor/ Writer/ Director Mike Ray Is On The Move -- A Rising Star For Sure!

Mike Ray Awards

— His pilot “The Productive Lie” and written script “Letters to My Father” have already gained noteworthy respect. — Atlanta, GA — You may have heard him, voicing commercials for Home […]

Rapper Young Jeezy Donates 2,500 Backpacks and Hundreds of School Supplies to Atlanta Kids

Young Jeezy Backpack and School Supplies Giveaway

Atlanta, GA — Jay Wayne Jenkins, better known as rapper Young Jeezy, recently hit the streets of Atlanta, Georgia for his annual Backpack Blessings Back-To-School Drive. Via his foundation, Street […]

Just Days After Keshia Knight-Pulliam Announces She's Pregnant, Her Husband Files For Divorce -- Wants Paternity Test

Keshia Pulliam-Knight Wedding

Nationwide — Former NFL player Ed Hartwell and his wife actress Keshia Knight-Pulliam are calling it quits, just days after she announced on social media that they are expecting a […]



NBA Legend Michael Jordan Releases Statement on Police Brutality and the Killings of Police Officers in Retaliation

Michael Jordan speaks out on police brutality

Nationwide — Michael Jordan, whom many call the best basketball player of all time, has finally broken his silence. Many have criticized him in the past for not using his […]

Report: Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby Says He Is Completely Blind

Bill Cosby Gone Blind

Nationwide — As Bill Cosby awaits his trial for sexual assault charges, the legendary comedian has reportedly completely lost his eyesight due to a degenerative eye disease called keratoconus. A […]

Actress Lunden De'Leon to Star in New Romantic Comedy, "An Inherited Life"

Lunden De'Leon

Nationwide — It was announced today that actress Lunden De’Leon has joined the cast of the romantic comedy An Inherited Life playing the role of Bianca. Filmed in South Carolina, […]

Forbes Magazine Confirms Dwayne Johnson is the Highest Paid Actor in the World

Actor Dwayne Johnson

Nationwide — Actor Dwayne Johnson, who started out as “The Rock” in the world of professional wrestling, is now the world’s highest paid actor. According to Forbes Celebrity 100, he […]

Actress Tatyana Ali Gets Married in Beverly Hills to University of Chicago Professor Dr. Vaughn Rasberry

Tatyana Ali with husband

Beverly Hills, CA — In a very intimate ceremony in Beverly Hills, actress Tatyana Ali, 36, married Dr. Vaughn Rasberry, an assistant professor at the University of Chicago. The two […]

Baltimore-Based R&B Group, KSTONE, Releases First Single "Tic Toc"

Kstone

Baltimore, MD — Baltimore-based R&B artist and family trio, KSTONE, announces the release of their long awaited CD single, “Tic Toc”, on their independent label, Unome Music, and is now […]

Attorney Files Claim on Behalf of Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s Dominique Robertson Who Was Denied Access to Family, Attorney and Medical Attention By Police

Dominique Robertson

Loma Linda, CA — On or about June 30, 2016 at approximately 3:30 a.m. Mr. Robertson, an offensive lineman with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers home visiting friends, arrived at the […]

Singer Chaka Khan Cancels Show -- Checks Into Rehab For Pain Killer Addiction

Chaka Khan

Nationwide — Just two days before she was set to perform at the California State Fair, 63-year old singer Chaka Khan reportedly canceled her performance, and announced that she will […]

Kevin Durant Leaving Oklahoma City Thunder; Heading to Golden State Warriors

Kevin Durant joins Golden State Warriors

Oakland, CA — OKC Thunder NBA star Kevin Durant has decided to change teams, and has already signed with the Golden State Warriors. He has apparently decided that he has […]

Randal Pinkett Vs. Omarosa -- Former "Apprentice" Contestants Talk About Donald Trump

Randal Pinkett and Omarosa

Nationwide — Both Omarosa Manigault and Randal Pinkett starred in Donald Trump’s hit reality show, “The Apprentice”. Omarosa, however, was fired and in the fourth season, but Randal Pinkett was […]

LeBron James Passes Michael Jordan as the Most Valuable Player in NBA History

Lebron James

Nationwide — According to the Washington Post, “Lebron James has moved past Michael Jordan in post-season value over replacement, a box score estimate of the points per 100 possessions that […]

Rapper T.I. and Tiny's Daughter, Zonnique, Arrested for Taking a Gun Through Airport Security

Zonnique Pullins

Atlanta, GA — Zonnique Pullins, the daughter of rapper/actor T.I. and Tameka “Tiny” Harris, was arrested recently for carrying a concealed weapon through security at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. According […]

UMC – Urban Movie Channel Celebrates Black Music Month with June Streaming Slate, Paying Homage to Musical Icons and Hip Hop Legends

RLJ Entertainment/ UMC

— First Premiere, “Welcome to Blackroc,” Debuts Friday, June 10 — Los Angeles, CA — In honor of Black Music Month, RLJ Entertainment’s Urban Movie Channel (UMC) presents a month […]

2016 Cincinnati Music Festival Rolling into Cincinnati, July 22 to 23

2016 Cincinnati Music Festival

— Each year, the festival draws a wonderful mix of Old School and the hottest contemporary R&B music performers to its stage. — Cincinnati, OH — QLZ Productions, LLP will […]

Jay-Z and Beyonce Are Reportedly Making Millions From the Cheating Rumors

Jay-Z and Beyonce

Nationwide — Did Jay-Z really cheat? Or is the whole thing a big money-making scheme? Well, according to some reports, the superstar couple made a joint decision to make up […]

Robert L. Johnson Releases Statement on the Death of Prince

Robert L. Johnson

West Palm Beach, FL — Robert L. Johnson, Founder & Chairman of The RLJ Companies, RLJ Entertainment, and the Founder of Black Entertainment Television, recently released the following statement:

Confirmed: Prince Dead at 57 Year Old -- Plus 10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Him!

Prince Dead at 57

Nationwide — According to TMZ and other reputable sources, it has been confirmed that the artist known as Prince, (full name Prince Rogers Nelson) has died at the young age […]

Viola Davis to Star With Denzel Washington in Film Adaptation of August Wilson's "Fences"

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis

Hollywood, CA — According to HollywoodsBlackRenaissance.com, Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis and two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington, will star in a film adaptation of August Wilson’s Fences to be released next […]

"Express Yourself" Rhythm & Blues Great Charles Wright Releases 1st Memoir "Up From Where We've Come" Along With New Single "She Don't Believe in Love"

Charles Wright

— Get Ready for the “Express Yourself” Book Signing Tour — Los Angeles, CA — Borrowed by Dr. Dre, Madonna and Diplo; sampled looped by N.W.A. and themed by the […]

Rapper Jay-Z and His Mom, Gloria Carter, Announce New 2016 Scholarship Program via the Shawn Carter Foundation

Rapper Jay-Z and His Mom

Scholarship awards range from $1,500 to $2,500, and the application deadline is April 30th Nationwide — The Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship provides financial support to high school students as well as […]

Are Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry Really Fighting? -- Tyler Perry Breaks His Silence

Oprah and Tyler Perry Feud

Nationwide — Rumors say that there’s bad blood between media mogul Oprah Winfrey and filmmaker/ TV director Tyler Perry. An article from the The Daily Mail has reported that Oprah […]

600 Million Africans Getting Electricity -- Thanks to Rapper/Singer Akon!

Akon Lighting Africa

Nationwide — More than 600 million people in Africa do not have access to electricity, particularly those who live in rural areas. Not only does this create a problem for […]

NAACP Theatre Awards Celebrated Black Excellence In Theatre

NAACP Theatre Award Winners

— Winner’s announced at Red Carpet Press Conference — Los Angeles, CA — The Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP branch has recognized the exceptional impact African Americans have contributed to the world […]

New Rap Song "We Rep Carolina" By Hip-Hop Artist, Big Youngstar, Explodes on the Internet

Big Youngstar

Charleston, SC — With an extremely aggressive marketing campaign, Big Youngstar’s single and YouTube Video entitled “We Rep Carolina” was released on March 2, 2016, distributed universally, and in just […]