"I remembered I met Gerald," said Billboard
chart topper Doug Williams (The Williams Brothers) about his "An Unusual Child"
(DLW Music Group) single featuring Grammy winning saxophonist Gerald Albright. "I contacted him to do a song. When I
first started writing the song, I was having conversations with Kirk Whalum, but he couldn't do it. I appreciate what he (Gerald)
did, just the vibe. In writing it I could hear a Jazz sax." Doug Williams' new single is off of his
new record label DLW Music Group. He was CEO of Blackberry Records for 28 years before retiring in 2019 to start his own label
during the pandemic. While head of Blackberry Records the label accumulated seven Grammy Award nominations and 19 Stellar
Awards, and signed Bishop Paul S. Morton, The Canton Spirituals and of course The Williams Brothers who garnered five Grammy
Award nominations and released 42 albums! The Williams Brothers were also inducted into the International Gospel Music Hall
of Fame. The Williams Brothers was formed by Doug's father in... <Read the full December 2, 2022 column here...>
The Pulse of Entertainment: Grammy Nominated Joan Belgrave Releases ‘Oooo Boy' EP, Working on Documentary
for the Late Jazz Trumpeter Marcus Belgrave
"It's a song that touches my heart," said
Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Joan Belgrave about her single from her new EP "Oooo Boy"
- the title track. "The song is out right now. I wanted to get the last song out right away...to say when you lose someone
you don't lose them, they stay with you." This is Joan's sixth solo project. The title track features
vocal assistance from Mark Scott (lead singer of the Miracles) and comes with a music video filmed at the Berry Gordy Mansion
in Detroit. It was produced by Grammy Award winning Sanchez Harley (Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar). Belgrave is dealing with
a physical ailment and wanted her children to know, through her music that she's not going anywhere - one of the singles on
the EP. "I was pushing to get it done so my children could have it," she said seriously.
The singer has lived a glamorous life, as a vocalist for Motown Legends Gospel Choir; for herself on... <Read the full November
29, 2022 column here...>
Tiarah Williams, Young Hi-Way, TariaJaybre Announced as Winners
of the 23rd Los Angeles ‘ULMII' Entertainment Conference's National Talent Competition
(Los Angeles, CA) -The winners of the 23rd annual Los Angeles "Uplifting
Minds II" Entertainment Conference's National Talent Competition was announced, which includes dancer Tiarah
Williams for "ULMII Best Dancer" (Washington, DC), rapper Young Hi-Way for "ULMII
Best Songwriter" (Texas), and Gospel vocalist TariaJaybre for "ULMII Best Singer" (Iowa).
The ULMII Entertainment Conference was held again this year via Zoom hosted by SAG/AFTRA actors/comedians Doresa Harvey (Battlestage
Plays) and Stamaur Mitchell (Fox Sport's Spencer vs Garcia) offering a Q&A session with the panelists, a professional
showcase of talent and its legendary national talent competition credited for launching the careers of Grammy winning Miguel
("Adorn"), actress Naturi Naughten (STARZ's drama "Power"), actor/dancer Roshon Feagan (Disney, "Dancing
with the Stars") and music producers/songwriters The Featherstones (Dru Hill, Chris Brown).
The panelists, who also judged the competition, included actress/professionally trained
dancer Marita de Lara (General Hospital, Hawaii Five-0); artist manager Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs (Anthony-Michael.com); opera
singer Cheryl Warfield (MoreOpera.com); singer/actor/model Calvin D. Tucker, Jr. (Wonder Woman 1984); multi-award-winning
actor/filmmaker Anthony Michael Hobbs (ImaginationLunchbox.com), and Reggae singer/songwriter/guitarist Hezron Clarke (Tad
Records). Tad Records, along with Soul Survivor Records, Dagga Records and VP Records sponsored the Professional Showcase.
The professional showcase offered performances by panelist Hezron Clarke from Jamaica (Reggae), Kalico di King from Canada
(Dancehall), Calvin D. Tucker, Jr. from Maryland (Inspirational), and King Cosmos from Trinidad (Calypso). VLF Media and Promotions
sponsored the National Talent Competition were Tiarah Williams won best dancer which includes a scholarship to the Debbie
Allen Dance Academy, 10-year-old rapper Young Hi-way (Jayden Everitt) won best songwriter for his performance of his single
"Slide", and Gospel singer TariaJaybre (Taria Mills) won best vocalist. Aside from the 2022 ULMII Award the winners
can take advantage of over $7,500 in products and services.
"Uplifting Minds II" Enter Conference - Nov 5th - (562)-424-3836
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"LL COOL J"
(Los Angeles, CA) - Hip-Hop
living legend LL Cool J to receive the Entertainment Icon Honor at the 5th Annual Urban One Honors, hosted
by Tank on Friday, December 2, 2022 in Atlanta. TV One Networks is the hub of black culture and entertainment with a broad
offering of original programming and classic series, serving both diverse audiences for TV One and CLEO TV. Launched in January
2004, TV One currently serves 43 million households and CLEO TV, launched in January 2019, is the sister network with a 41
million household reach. Each network has a unique audience that serves viewers with fan favorites from TV One such as Unsung,
Uncensored, Fatal Attraction, Payback, Tough Love: Atlanta, Never Would Have Made It: The Marvin Sapp Story and Urban One
While CLEO TV, a lifestyle and entertainment
network targeting Millennial and Gen X women of color, delivers content that uplifts and inspires today's modern-day woman.
Viewers of CLEO TV can expect award-winning content both original and acquired series including Boss Girl's Guide, Culture
Kitchen, New Soul Kitchen, Just Eats with Chef JJ, Global Gourmet, Living By Design, Tia Mowry's Quick Fix and All Things
Adrienne House to Home. Both networks are solely owned by Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, Inc. [NASDAQ: UONE
and UONEK, www.urban1.com], the largest African-American owned and operated multi-media company.