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T.D. Jakes & University of North Texas at Dallas Launch Entrepreneurial Pitch Contest For...

T.D. Jakes, CEO of TDJ Enterprises and Robert Mong, President of the University of North Texas at Dallas announced today the creation of an innovative entrepreneurial competition called [email protected], designed especially for students in grades 6-12. The competition will debut as part of this year's MegaFest, the nationally acclaimed four-day festival of faith and family.

"There is a hunger across America to start a company, to be one's own boss, and to give flight to those ideas that allow our young people to drive their own destinies," Bishop Jakes said. "That's why we're delighted to create a platform for young entrepreneurs from all walks of life to express their creativity in meaningful ways."

The Call for Entries is now open. Online applications are due by Monday, June 12. Participants will compete in two age groups (11-14 and 15-19), with finalists having the opportunity to present a three-minute oral presentation to the judges' panel on Thursday, June 29. A total of $50,000 in prize monies, sponsored by PlainsCapital Bank, will be awarded.

"Our Mission is to empower students, transform lives and strengthen communities," said UNTD Dallas President Robert Mong, "We are tremendously excited to co-sponsor an entrepreneurial competition that both inspires and equips young men and women to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. By starting at a young age, we can help ensure our next generation has the foundation they will need for success."

This will be the third year MegaFest will be returning to Dallas. Between June 28 and July 1, more than 100,000 attendees are expected to embark on a journey of inspiration, empowerment and entertainment.

For those wishing to apply to the entrepreneurship contest, additional information can be found at www.megafutures.org.

D. L. Hughley Chosen for CBS Comedy Pilot

D. L. Hughley Chosen for CBS Comedy Pilot

D.L Hughley is no stranger to television.  He has done it all from sitcoms to talk shows.  Adding to his resume, CBS has made the decision to make a cast change on the comedy pilot "Brothered Up" by casting D.L. Hughley in a significant role. Romany Malco was originally casted as the co-lead but the shows creator decided to go with Hughley after a solid table read.  Comedy veteran D. L. is ...
Translee Ready for Sway in the Morning

Translee Ready for Sway in the Morning

rfocus.orgTranslee is an Atlanta-based indie hip hop music artist who recently signed to TIP's Hustle Gang label. His M.A.O.T..P. Pt1 project served as a “ghetto gospel” to music lovers, spiting out lyrics focused on love, hypocrisy, life, struggle, politics and faith. His singles “Depends”, “Humble” and “Lost In The Sauce” have become fan favorites, causing his underground buzz to catch mainstream attention, especially from the likes of B.o.B, Sway Calloway and T.I. He will be in NYC from April 19 to April 20, 2017 and is now taking interviews.

WHAT: Translee on "Sway in the Morning" show on Shade 45 - Artist will be talking about: his upcoming project M.A.O.T.P. Pt2, plus talk about why he’s one of the few artists in Atlanta NOT making trap music, the Hustle Gang Tour (kicking off 4/26) and being discovered by an Atlanta icon.

WHO: Translee, Atlanta-based hip hop music artist

WHEN: Wednesday, April 19th from 9:45am - 10:30am EST

WHERE: Shade45 (channel 45) on SiriuxXM satellite radio

Add Published Author to Rickey Smiley's Resume

Add Published Author to Rickey Smiley’s Resume

rfocus.orgIf you don't know, now you now Comedian/Radio Host, Rickey Smiley is officially a published author. Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, will publish STAND BY YOUR TRUTH: And Then Run for Your Life by comedian, radio personality, and television star Rickey Smiley, it was announced by Jennifer Bergstrom, Publisher.

This should be really interesting because Smiley has lived an intriguing life with many ups, downs, smiles, and frowns.  If you ever catch his morning show, he speaks openly about the way he was raised and the success he has attained now due to his upbringing.  

As for the book,  STAND BY YOUR TRUTH is part memoir, part testimonial, and part life guide, mixing Rickey’s down-home humor with the wholesome values that stuck with him, both from his childhood spent in the Baptist church, as well as from his professional and comedic mentors. In his book of essays, Smiley reflects on a variety of topics: the challenges of raising children, the importance of education, the need for people to get out of their comfort zones, and his strong feelings on social justice and always standing up for your own truth. His recent musings on how teenagers need to be more appreciative of their parents lit up social media.




rfocus.orgThe African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), in association with some of the nation’s leading libraries will commemorate the cinematic legacy of Prince with a series of special screenings and panel discussions that showcase his career in film. During his lifetime, the iconic entertainer, who died on April 21, 2016, starred in four films: UNDER THE CHERRY MOON, SIGN OF THE TIMES, GRAFITTI BRIDGE and the highly-lauded PURPLE RAIN.

AAFCA’s “Celebration of Prince in Cinema” will take place over two weekends, beginning on April 21st at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City and the Blair-Caldwell Library in Denver, and concluding with two screenings, at the Auburn Avenue Research Library in Atlanta and the African American Research Library and Cultural Center in Ft. Lauderdale. “Prince was one of the few black musicians who enjoyed success in cinema,” said AAFCA President, Gil Robertson. “His aptitude as a visual artist was stunning and continues to be influential today. It is both a privilege and an honor to share his cinematic works with our community partners around the country.”

Angela Yee to Serve as Special Guest Co-Host on Popular Talk Show

Angela Yee to Serve as Special Guest Co-Host on Popular Talk Show

rfocus.orgIt's about to get real on "The Real." This Friday, April 21, Angela Yee will bring her Breakfast Club flavor to "The Real" as she joins the cast as a special co-host. The ladies and special guest co-host Angela Yee start the show with a candid Girl Chat, and in the words of Loni Love, it’s juicccyyyy!

On another note, The Breakfast Club Radio Show hosts as a whole are really cashing in on the success of their radio careers.  Charlamagne has his book tour going on right now, Envy was signed to a label, and Angela Yee is obviously doing her thing.  They all have several other ventures as well but it is good to see them using their platform to branch off. 

Praise 102.5 Announces Praise in the Park 2017

Praise 102.5 Announces Praise in the Park 2017

rfocus.orgPraise 102.5 FM and Nissan South Morrow announces the 13th Annual Praise in the Park, the largest Outdoor Inspirational Music concert in the country taking place Saturday July 29, 2017 12 noon at Lakewood Amphitheater.

This is the first year that Praise in the Park will be held at Lakewood Amphitheater and attendees are in for a treat with a bigger stage, interactive displays and an expanded artist marketplace. There will be a small fee for entry, $10 for reserved seating and $5 for lawn. Group sales will also be available for groups of 20 or more.

Praise 102.5 Program Director Derek Harper said, “We are beyond excited to be in our new location. It gives us the chance to do bigger and better things with Praise in the Park. I know that our listeners will be pleased with all we have planned for the day. Adding the small fee allows us to produce an even better show for our loyal listeners.”

Tickets will officially be available for purchase Friday April 21st at 10am through Ticketmaster.com and the Lakewood Amphitheater box office. There will also be a pre-sale for loyal text club members, Thursday April 20th at 10am.

Jay Pharoah Says He Was Fired from SNL for Not Being a Yes Man

Jay Pharoah Says He Was Fired from SNL for Not Being a Yes Man

rfocus.orgComedian Jay Pharoah stopped by the Ebro in the Morning Show on Hot 97 to talk about SNL and why he was fired.  Although Ebro was out of studio,  the conversation still got real with Rosenberg and Laura. Pharoah talked about not being appreciated and sparking controversy when he spoke up about the lack of black talent on the show.  He also talked about not putting and a dress and not being a "Yes Ni%%a." Through it all, Jay still said he has great respect for SNL creator, Lorne Michaels and they are on good terms.  Check out the full interview below. 


102.9 KBLX presents the 20th Anniversary Stone Soul Concert

102.9 KBLX presents the 20th Anniversary Stone Soul Concert

rfocus.orgA 20-year anniversary calls for a two day celebration of Stone Soul concert magic! The 20th Annual Stone Soul Concert is this Memorial Day Weekend featuring a heavy hitting line up of 10 musical acts. Saturday’s lineup is headlined by the Isley Brothers, Joe, Cameo, Average White Band and Hip Hop Icon, Doug E. Fresh. Sunday’s lineup is led by Frankie Beverly and Maze, Chaka Khan, Lalah Hathaway, After 7 plus Jalil and Ecstasy of Whodini. 

102.9 KBLX Program Director / Operations Manager, Elroy Smith said “The Stone Soul Concert is one of the biggest traditions in the Bay Area. Since this year marks our 20th anniversary, we wanted to double the excitement by making this iconic event two days and the reaction from our listeners is overwhelming.”   

Memorial Day Weekend – Saturday, May 27th and Sunday, May 28th2017

Concord Pavilion– 2000 Kirker Pass Rd. Concord, CA 94521