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    Chris Brown, Jodeci, Jeremih And More Confirmed To Take The Stage During Soul Train Awards

    October 21st, 2014
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    CENTRIC today announced a lineup of hit-making performers and presenters for SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014. Leading the charge for his first SOUL TRAIN AWARDS performance is the multi-talented GRAMMY Award winner, Chris Brown, who leads the show with seven nominations. In addition, the reunion we’ve all been waiting for is going down as the platinum selling group Jodeci is scheduled to sing a medley of hits before ending with a sneak peek of their new single, “Nobody Wins.” Chart-topping international fan favorites Aloe Blacc and Nico & Vinz will keep the audience entertained with upbeat performances of their catchy sing-a-long hits. Jeremih, Lisa Stansfield, Kem and Liv Warfield round out the list of rhythm and soul singers set to captivate viewers during this year’s show. Presenters Trey Songz, Boris Kodjoe, Laila Ali and Wolf Blitzer will join host Wendy Williams on stage at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on November 7, 2014. The show airs on CENTRIC and BET Networks on November 30, 2014 at 8PM ET/PT.

    “This slate of performances is another example that SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014 is the only place where soul music lovers can find the diverse combination of current chart-topping performers and reunions from their favorite hit-making groups,” said Paxton Baker, General Manager and Executive Vice President, CENTRIC. “We are pulling out all the stops this year and are thrilled to have Chris Brown and Jodeci lead the big surprises we have in store.”

    This year’s theme will celebrate the history of dance, from the classic Soul Train line and the electric slide, to the Dougie and this year’s breakout, the Nae Nae. To bring the dance theme to life, SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014 has brought in award-winning choreographer Fatima Robinson and her 12 seasoned dancers to lead the show. Additionally, Grammy Award-winning producers 1500 or Nothin’ are back again as music directors for the show and will keep the party rolling throughout the night.

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    Trailer: “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Tough Love” – On DVD January 20th

    October 21st, 2014
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    Writer/director/producer Tyler Perry makes his first foray into family animation with the release of Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Tough Love arriving on DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand January 20, 2015 from Lionsgate. The film will be available on Digital HD one week earlier on January 13.

    Having conquered stage and screen, Tyler Perry has now turned his attention to creating entertaining programs specifically for families to enjoy together. In Tyler Perry’s first animated film, fans of Madea can now watch all of their favorite characters including Madea, Uncle Joe and Aunt Bam in a whole new way! The larger than life Madea gets herself into even more over the top and outrageous situations – all in the name of helping children save their youth center.

    The comic adventure features the voice talent of Tyler Perry as “Madea” and “Uncle Joe” among others and Cassi Davis (TV’s “House Of Payne”) as “Aunt Bam” along with Rolonda Watts (TV’s “Curious George”), Avery Kidd Waddell (Road Trip), William “Bootsy” Collins (Night at the Museum) and Cree Summer (TV’s “WordGirl”). Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Tough Love is based on “Madea” created by Tyler Perry, from a story by Ben Chambers, screenplay by Matt Fleckenstein, supervising director is Frank Marino and produced for Tyler Perry Studios by Tyler Perry, Ozzie Areu and Matt Moore.

    “We are thrilled to partner with Tyler Perry on the launch of Madea’s Tough Love,” said Anne Parducci, Lionsgate EVP of Marketing and Family Entertainment. “Given the tremendous success and appeal of his beloved character Madea across screen and plays for the past 15 years, we know fans and families will love to watch and laugh with Madea in her first animated movie.”

    After a hilarious run-in with the law, Madea is sentenced to community service. Determined to do good for the ‘hood, Madea enlists Aunt Bam and Uncle Joe to try and save the Moms Mabley Youth Center from being shut down. With her irresistible sass and wisdom, Madea rallies the local kids to make a stand—and proves that behind her tough exterior is a whole lot of love!

    Including a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film and a sketch-to-screen storyboard comparison that show Tyler in the recording studio voicing his characters, the Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Tough Love DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98. Madea fans can get a sneak peek of the movie starting November 25 when “Introducing Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Tough Love” debuts as a special feature on Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.

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    Joe Budden to Release New EP, “Some Love Lost,” on November 4th

    October 20th, 2014
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    Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) announces the release of Some Love Lost, the new digital EP by hip hop star Joe Budden. The EP features seven tracks and will be released on November 4th, 2014.

    The first single from the EP, “Ordinary Love Shit Part 4, (Keep Running)” is available beginning today, and can be purchased on iTunes.

    Budden will also perform a special show at SOB’s in NYC on November 4th to celebrate the release of Some Love Lost.

    The EP will be followed by a new studio album, All Love Lost, set to be released in Spring 2015. Details will be forthcoming.

    In addition to being a successful solo artist with three albums, EPs and mixtapes under his belt, Budden is a member of acclaimed hip hop supergroup Slaughterhouse (with Joell Ortiz, Crooked I and Royce Da 5’9”) and has had a recurring role on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop for the show’s last two seasons, with the new season premiering in December of this year.

    Budden’s last studio album No Love Lost debuted #1 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Album Chart and Top 15 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album featured the singles “N.B.A.” and “She Don’t Put It Down Like You.”

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    [Audio] Noel Gourdin is Joined by Hil St. Soul on New Remix to “No Worries”

    October 14th, 2014
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    R&B Singer/songwriter Noel Gourdin and the stunning UK R&B/Soul darling Hil St. Soul join forces for a shining new remix of Gourdin’s “No Worries.” The original version of the song is featured on Gourdin’s newest CD City Heart, Southern Soul.

    The dynamic young musician first took the music world by storm with his #1 hit “The River” which topped the Urban AC Radio charts for 15 consecutive weeks and was championed by Steve Harvey. Influenced by iconic voices like Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding and Johnny Taylor, Gourdin has learned a thing or two about crafting songs that speak to the heart, mind and soul. His rich buttery smooth alto, flavored with a gritty and bluesy undercurrent and punctuated by agile gospel riffs, make him instantly recognizable. Gourdin’s lastest album, City Heart, Southern Soul, features the single “Patience,” the Top 25 single “Heaven Knows” and the free-spirited and heart-warming “No Worries.” When it came time to do a remix for “No Worries,” Gourdin had a specific vision in mind.” He shares, “The UK loves up-tempo feel-good soul music. I immediately thought about Hil St. Soul’s voice and knew her voice and chemistry would be perfect. She nailed it!. It was an absolute pleasure to work with the lovely and talented Hil St. Soul on the remix. Her voice is incredible and she’s so down to earth and easy to work with. She offered such a fresh feel and new life to the record and I’m so appreciative. I most definitely hope it’s not the last time our voices grace the same record.” Hil St. Soul adds, “When I first ‘No worries,’ I was instantly hooked! I loved everything about the song – Noel’s vocals, the lyrical content and uplifting production. I could totally relate to the subject matter so I gladly got on board! It’s been a pleasure working with Noel and I will definitely be working with him again!”

    City Heart, Southern Soul speaks directly to Noel Gourdin’s roots. Born in Brockton, MA and having spent numerous summers with his family in Pachuta, Mississippi, Gourdin is the perfect amalgamation of city fire and southern heat. He began singing in Church and was influenced by this father’s soul records but at the same was influenced by the new jack swing his brother introduced him to. Signed to Sony Music at 24, Gourdin contributed the song “Family Reunion” to soundtrack for the film The Cookout, starring Queen Latifah. His debut After My Time came in 2008 featuring his gospel tinged hit single “The River.” Fresh: The Definition was released in showcasing a refreshing blend of live instrumentation, organic production, and lyrical content as heard on the Top 10 Urban AC single, “Beautiful.” In 2012, Gourdin was featured on pianist Brian Culbertson’s sultry hit R&B ballad “You’re My Music.” With the release of City Heart, Southern Soul, Noel Gourdin continues to assert himself as one of the most promising voices of his generation, making music that promises to stand the test of time. Noel confides that he hope his music will be known for its quality. He adds, “It’s really important for me to be respectful and have music that can speak to the masses, from a two year old to your Great GrandMAMA! Musical integrity is extremely important to me, for when I leave the industry my musical legacy is what I want to be remembered for…Timeless, Real and Soulful, music.”

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    Anthony Hamilton to Release First Holiday Album Oct. 21st — feat. Chaka Khan & More

    October 13th, 2014
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    Grammy® Award winner Anthony Hamilton will release his first ever Christmas album, “Home For The Holidays” on October 21, 2014 via RCA Records. The holiday themed LP will include six original tracks including, “Spend Christmas With You,” “Coming Home” and “‘Tis The Season”. The 14-track album will also feature appearances from Grammy® Award winner Chaka Khan, Grammy® nominated Gavin DeGraw and singer-songwriter maven ZZ Ward.

    With his signature voice and harmonious presence, Anthony Hamilton croons his way through some of the season’s most beloved holiday classics, providing soulful renditions of “Little Drummer Boy,” “Away In A Manger” and “Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto”. Home For The Holidays features production from Grammy® nominated producer Kelvin Wooten, Grammy® Award winners The Avila Brothers, Mark Pellizzer and Alex Tanas of the hit band Magic!. The euphonious production is paired with original songwriting and arrangements from Hamilton, in addition to two members of Anthony Hamilton’s band, Kenneth Leonard Jr. and Corey “2E” Williams II.

    Although this is Anthony Hamilton’s first holiday album, he approached it with the same sophistication and delivery he is doted over and respected for, as seen with his previous projects. When it came to recording for Home For The Holidays Hamilton said:

    “This album is for the people who really love the holidays and what feelings they bring. For the families that get together and love a good time. He went on to say, “I wanted to remember every joyful, wholesome, tender, raw moment you feel during the holidays. I feel like some of the things we enjoy most, we can only feel with our hearts. Having an emotional connection to this project was essential because I want my fans to be moved by the music and associate each song with a time where no other feeling mattered but love. This album is for people who love good music.”

    Home For The Holidays is Anthony’s most recent project since his Grammy® nominated album, Back To Love. Anthony has released a total of four studio albums spawning hit singles as “Charlene,” “Can’t Let Go,” “The Point Of It All,” and “Pray For Me”. In addition, Anthony has collaborated with such artists as Nas, Carlos Santana, Jill Scott, Tupac, Josh Turner and John Rich (of Big & Rich) to name a few. In 2008, Hamilton collaborated with Al Green on the song “You’ve Got The Love I Need,” earning the pair a Grammy® for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance in 2009.

    With a career that spans over a decade, Anthony Hamilton’s Home For The Holidays is sure to become another defining moment in his already remarkable career.

    HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS TRACK LISTING:
    1. It’s Christmas
    2. Spend Christmas With You
    3. Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto
    4. Little Drummer Boy (Interlude)
    5. Little Drummer Boy
    6. Home For The Holidays feat. Gavin DeGraw
    7. ‘Tis The Season
    8. What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas
    9. Coming Home
    10. Away In A Manger (Interlude)
    11. Away In A Manger feat. ZZ Ward
    12. Please Come Home For Christmas
    13. The Christmas Song feat. Chaka Khan
    14. Spirit Of Love

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    The Cast of “Dracula Untold” Speaks on The New Film – In Theaters Now

    October 10th, 2014
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    Dracula Untold” is the hottest film to hit theaters this weekend and UrbanBridgez.com recently attended the press junket for the film.

    Find out what Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon and the films director,
    Gary Shore had to say.

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    Q: With Dracula being such a massive figure in pop culture and storytelling
    over the last 100 years or so, can you share with us your first experience
    with Dracula growing up or as a child. Was it in film, or a novel or
    television?

    Gary Shore: It was actually a novel. I found the novel when I was 8 years
    old. I have no idea why the novel was in school but it was something that I
    read and was very fascinated with. Growing up my Dad used to take us down to
    Bram Stoker’s house which was just down the road, and we were very aware of
    it’s origin. We also used to watch Sesame Street growing up.

    Q: What were the challenges that you had to face when creating the film
    based on the fact that there are so many Dracula stories out there already?

    Gary Shore: When I first got the script there was a bit of skepticism. I was
    like “do we really need to see another Dracula film?” I remember opening the
    script, it was a very quick read (104 pages long). It was such a left field
    approach and there were a few characters in there that didn’t make it into
    the film. The way the script was able to take the real character in history
    and bridge it over to into mythology; I thought was just a really exciting
    approach. And then I started discussing with the studio how we would make
    the film. I wanted to try and find a way into the story where the audience
    could see the film through different characters eyes.

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    Q: We’ve never had an image of a woman interacting with Prince Vlad. What
    did you do to create your idea of Vlad’s woman?

    Sarah Gadon: It’s so interesting because people always say “your Vlads wife”
    but no one ever says your Mirena’s husband to Luke Evans” (laughing). I
    think I probably started there. I definitely didn’t think of her as a
    secondary character in the film. It was very important for me to convey to
    our films director, Gary Shore, that I was interested in playing a woman
    that the audiences could access. I think that kind of dynamic is what I also
    brought to my interaction with Luke Evans. Mirena had this pure, unrelenting
    love for her family. I think it was beautiful to see this woman that was
    just so in love with her husband.

    UrbanBridgez.com: With there being so many Dracula films released, what
    was it about this particular script that drew you to the role? Also, what
    was the process like preparing for the role of Mirena?

    Sarah Gadon: Well I was really excited to be apart of the Dracula film
    because there have been so many cinematic incarnations on the film. For me,
    each film kind of speaks to a point in film history that it was made. So it
    was kind of a cool thing to think of us putting a cool contemporary
    Hollywood stamp on this story of Dracula. From the visual effects to how we
    tell the story. That was really exciting for me. In terms of preparing for
    the role of Mirena; Luke and I did a lot of work researching the characters’
    background. Knowing that Vlad had a dark past was an interesting dynamic for
    us to play. I did dialogue coaching and my typical scene study. I watched a
    lot of samurai movies too because I felt that there was kind of a real
    samurai feel to the story. I actually gave Luke a samurai box set when we
    finished the film (laughing). Gary is also heavily influenced by Steven
    Spielberg so he asked me to watch a lot of early Spielberg movies because of
    the banter that they contained between men and women.

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    Q: Luke, looking at your bio, you’ve appeared in a number of mythic period
    pieces. Are you the go-to-guy for this genre?

    Luke Evans: I don’t know. Maybe I’m an old soul. Maybe I’ve lived before.
    And I guess maybe directors see a face that seems to have been lived in. I
    know that my face has been lived in. So yeah, I guess I’ve got a certain
    look about me and I think once I’m in a costume or I’ve got a certain period
    look, I seem to fit it quite well. I don’t know why that is. I’m quite happy
    that’s the case though because it’s actually quite fun to jump into a world
    that doesn’t exist anymore or didn’t exist ever. But it’s exciting because
    it’s an incredibly immersive job, as an actor, to disappear into a world
    that doesn’t exist or to tell a story about a character that lived a long
    time ago.

    Q: Can you talk about your fighting gear in Dracula Untold?

    Luke Evans: Costume is a massive thing. I think costume makes you stand
    differently. And in in this film, quite clearly ­ in the billboards, you see
    this incredible, elaborate armor. This chest breastplate with the dragon on
    it and it makes you stand differently. It also turns heads. It turned the
    cleaners’ heads, it turned the caters’ heads, it turned makeup’s heads,
    everybody. I remember walking out of my trailer the first day on set when I
    put that armor on for the first time, and only my assistant and I and my
    dresser had sen the costume. And then I walked out for the first time and we
    were up in a quarry and it was cold, and mother nature had allowed us this
    great atmosphere so there were no fog machines needed. It was all natural
    and I walked out through this mist, and everyone was just like “Holy shit!
    He’s here. Bad Vlad’s arrived.” It was a really good moment. But it makes
    you walk differently and carry yourself differently. You even fight
    differently.

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    Check out UB’s Review of The Film!
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    “Addicted” – In Theaters Now Starring Sharon Leal & Boris Kodjoe

    October 10th, 2014
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    Based on the best-selling novel by Zane, “Addicted” is a sexy and
    provocative thriller about desire and the dangers of indiscretion. Successful
    businesswoman Zoe Reynard (Sharon Leal) appears to have attained it all – the dream
    husband she loves (Boris Kodjoe), two wonderful children and a flourishing career.
    As perfect as everything appears from the outside, Zoe is still drawn to temptations
    she cannot escape or resist. As she pursues a secretive life, Zoe finds herself
    risking it all when she heads down a perilous path she may not survive.

    Starring: Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe, Tasha Smith, Tyson Beckford, Emayatzy
    Corinealdi, Kat Graham, and William Levy

    Directed By: Bille Woodruff

    Make sure you buy your tickets NOW: Addic.td/tix

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    Hi-Five Releases New Lyric Video For “It’s Nothing”

    October 9th, 2014
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    HI-FIVE returned to the music scene this past August, with the release of
    their EP entitled, “HI-FIVE THE EP”. “It’s Nothing“, the lead single from
    The EP” was released to rave reviews and continues to climb the music
    charts. The song was produced by Sheldon Goode, Brian Adams and group member
    Billy Covington and written by Brian Adams and Billy Covington. “We wanted
    to give our fans a familiar sound yet more mature but still the signature
    HI-Five delivery
    ”, mentions Billy Covington.

    Check out the new lyric video for the track.

    “The EP” is available now on iTunes and all other digital retail outlets
    under the Bronx Most Wanted Entertainment label imprint.

    Members Treston Irby, Marcus Sanders, Shannon Gill, Billy Covington and
    Faruq Evans are eager to present to the world the new music that they have
    been working on as they are in the studio continuing to add touches to their
    upcoming album. “It has been a long time coming and we are just filled
    with excitement to reconnect with our loyal fans and meet new ones along the
    way”, says group member, Treston Irby.

    HI-FIVE was recently featured in an episode of the popular TV ONE “Unsung”
    series. The group’s episode was one of the most watched episodes ever
    for the network. HI-FIVE shared intimate moments of their music career
    journey as well as the ups and down of being an artist.

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    UB Reviews: “Dracula Untold” – First Time Director Bats Home-Run with New Film

    October 9th, 2014
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    DRACULA UNTOLD
    Universal
    In Theaters October 10th

    Director Gary Shore hits the lottery with his directorial debut Dracula
    Untold
    . This first time director bats a home-run with this new creative spin
    on the Dracula franchise which features superb acting from Luke Evans (Fast
    & Furious 6, The Raven, Immortals, The Hobbit)
    & his on-screen love interest
    Sarah Gadon (Belle, Enemy).

    Dracula Untold takes place in the year 1462, and the city of Transylvania
    has enjoyed a prolonged period of peace under Prince Vlad III (Luke Evans).
    Prince Vlad along with his wife Mirena (Sarah Gadon) successfully broker
    peace for their country and ensure their people of protection from the
    various evil empires abroad. But when Sultan Mehmed II (Dominic Cooper)
    demands 1,000 boys ­ including Vlad’s only son, shit hits the fan and all
    hell breaks loose. Prince Vlad defies the Sultan’s wishes and then flees to
    Broken Tooth Mountain where he encounters a very scary and decrepit demon
    (Charles Dance of Game of Thrones). Prince Vlad and the demon broker a deal
    in order for Prince Vlad to defeat the Sultan and his enormous army of
    soldiers. Without giving away too much, this is where the film picks up and
    will have you on the edge of your seat till the end.

    Of course there are a few bumps in the road where the die hard Dracula fans
    may have a few questions and theories about certain things that take place
    throughout the film. However, these bumps aside, the film is definitely very
    good coupled with a great storyline, action and superb acting from it’s
    leading cast.

    Just in time for Halloween, moviegoers should definitely go see Dracula
    Untold and just remember you’re never too old to be afraid of the dark.

    - JDot. (UrbanBridgez.com)

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