Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey Celebrates The Hometown Of Mick Jenkins

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Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey “Neighborhood Flavor” returns to celebrate the neighborhoods that helped shape the culture of music today. In collaboration with Complex Networks, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey is staying true to its roots of hometown pride by paying tribute to the sights and sounds of the communities that helped groom some of today’s most prominent and rising stars

Neighborhood Flavor will explore five hometowns through mini documentaries focusing on popular cultural centers in Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Oakland and Houston. The series will shed a light on communities such as Chicago’s Burnside, New York’s Bushwick and East Atlanta Village. Starring top music artists Mick Jenkins, Statik Selektah, St. Beauty, E-40 and LeToya Luckett, the docu-series will highlight the culture, people and places that played a part in who they are today.

“Growing up on the South Side of Chicago made me the man I am today,” says hip-hop artist, Mick Jenkins. “Neighborhood Flavor allows me to celebrate where I’m from and shine a positive light on my neighborhood for the world to see.”

The summer-long program will culminate with block parties, inclusive of live music performances, food and vendors specific to the culture of the neighborhood, as well as signature Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey cocktails. Guests will experience Jack Daniel’s hometown of Lynchburg, Tennessee, where every drop of the Tennessee Whiskey is made, with a virtual trip to the distillery and more.

“Mr. Jack Daniel was very invested in his hometown of Lynchburg, Tennessee,” says Casey Nelson, Brand Director, Jack Daniel’s Flavor Portfolio. “With Neighborhood Flavor, we are honoring his legacy by celebrating neighborhoods that are special to our friends, and bringing a little bit of our home to each of these cities.”

The Neighborhood Flavor block party series will kick off in New York and travel to Atlanta, Oakland, Houston and Chicago this summer. Please visit www.JackHoneyNF.com for more information on the featured artists and neighborhoods or to RSVP for an event near you. Must be at least 21 years of age to access content and attend events.

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Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Celebrates The Hometown Of Mick Jenkins

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Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey “Neighborhood Flavor” returns to celebrate the neighborhoods that helped shape the culture of music today. In collaboration with Complex Networks, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey is staying true to its roots of hometown pride by paying tribute to the sights and sounds of the communities that helped groom some of today’s most prominent and rising stars

Neighborhood Flavor will explore five hometowns through mini documentaries focusing on popular cultural centers in Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Oakland and Houston. The series will shed a light on communities such as Chicago’s Burnside, New York’s Bushwick and East Atlanta Village. Starring top music artists Mick Jenkins, Statik Selektah, St. Beauty, E-40 and LeToya Luckett, the docu-series will highlight the culture, people and places that played a part in who they are today.

“Growing up on the South Side of Chicago made me the man I am today,” says hip-hop artist, Mick Jenkins. “Neighborhood Flavor allows me to celebrate where I’m from and shine a positive light on my neighborhood for the world to see.”

The summer-long program will culminate with block parties, inclusive of live music performances, food and vendors specific to the culture of the neighborhood, as well as signature Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey cocktails. Guests will experience Jack Daniel’s hometown of Lynchburg, Tennessee, where every drop of the Tennessee Whiskey is made, with a virtual trip to the distillery and more.

“Mr. Jack Daniel was very invested in his hometown of Lynchburg, Tennessee,” says Casey Nelson, Brand Director, Jack Daniel’s Flavor Portfolio. “With Neighborhood Flavor, we are honoring his legacy by celebrating neighborhoods that are special to our friends, and bringing a little bit of our home to each of these cities.”

The Neighborhood Flavor block party series will kick off in New York and travel to Atlanta, Oakland, Houston and Chicago this summer. Please visit www.JackHoneyNF.com for more information on the featured artists and neighborhoods or to RSVP for an event near you. Must be at least 21 years of age to access content and attend events.

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Star-Studded Ed Gordon Special Features Omari Hardwick, Queen Latifah, Michael Strahan, Jada Pinkett Smith and More

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Ed Gordon hosts a star-packed special featuring interviews with the biggest African-Americans in movies, television and comedy world premiering on Mon. July 17 at 10:00 p.m. (ET) on Bounce.

In the celebrity-driven Ed Gordon special, the award-winning journalist interviews the stars of the upcoming summer comedy Girls Trip, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish, who discuss their careers and reflect on the contributions of black women in Hollywood today.

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Queen Latifah on paving the way for others in Hollywood:

“It’s people like Jada’s husband Will (Smith) who helped us every step of the way, so it wasn’t just us When Will got in, he helped me get in; I’m going to help somebody else get in. It’s not about keeping it all to yourself, it’s about passing it on and keeping that door open.”

Pinkett Smith on Black (Acting) talent:

“This year for some reason it’s really been illuminated that given the opportunity we can produce!”
Gordon profiles Super Bowl champion-turned broadcaster Michael Strahan and the very busy television talent discusses his life, the challenges of becoming famous and gossip-page fare and more. Gordon interviews Strahan on the set of GMA.

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Strahan on being a role model:

“When you see someone of color excelling at something or given an opportunity, people are very embracing of that. I understand what I represent and every day I do my best. I try to be the guy, when I walk in the room everybody is happy I am there and not happy when I am gone.”
Power’s Omari Hardwick talks with Gordon about the hit series, the relationship with his wife and how he has handled fame in the social media era.

Hardwick on considering giving up acting when he was young:

“There was that moment when I decided to ask Mom and Pops what they thought about that. They collectively put together about twenty-five hundred dollars and said ‘You ain’t going nowhere. You didn’t go that far to come back home, not when you got all that talent.'”
Gordon also sits with Cedric the Entertainer and D.L. Hughley who, among other things, discuss the state of comedy in the age of President Donald Trump and the pros and cons of utilizing material based on the activities of the current administration.

Cedric the Entertainer on being funny during the Trump Administration:

“That’s the part that is frustrating, that you can’t always find humor in it. You do have to take it on stage, you do have to find moments in there that you can turn it into a joke, but on a daily basis, the dude is a liar, the dude is a liar. When is that funny someone who just lies to you all the time?”

D.L. Hughley on the difference between White and Black people being funny:

“I think our funny is more melancholy and painful and angry. It’s much like the skill set when slaves used to pick fun at the masters and they didn’t know it. It’s a skill, it’s something you learn. You learn how to stab at authority.”

Award-winning journalist Gordon serves as executive producer and host of the Bounce original series Ed Gordon, sitting down for revealing interviews with top headline makers, entertainers and pop cultural figures. Ed Gordon also includes investigative pieces, celebrity profiles, current event segments and human-interest feature stories.

Gordon has been a contributing correspondent for 60 Minutes II, The Today Show and Dateline NBC, the host of “News and Notes with Ed Gordon” on NPR, anchorman for BET and is a weekly contributor to the national Steve Harvey Radio Show. He is also the recipient of an NAACP Image Award, as well as the prestigious Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists.

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Motown to Release DETROIT the Soundtrack Music From and Inspired by the Film DETROIT

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LOS ANGELES – Motown Records announces the Detroit Official Soundtrack music from and inspired by Detroit coming this July, 2017. The record features original architects of the immortal ‘Motown Sound’ as well as a new song from GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum hip-hop icons The Roots entitled “It Ain’t Fair (feat. Bilal).”

“‘It Ain’t Fair’ was designed to emphasize the importance of social justice through the prism of late-sixties Detroit, which means many things culturally and politically, and also certain things musically,’ says The Roots drummer and producer Questlove.

From Kathryn Bigelow, two-time Academy Award®- winning director of THE HURT LOCKER and ZERO DARK THIRTY, and Annapurna Pictures, Detroit captures one of the most terrifying events during the riots that took place over five tumultuous summer days in 1967.

“It’s been fifty years since the events of this film, but the powerful images I saw on the screen reminded me that we’re still going through the same things now,” says Questlove. “That knowledge produces anger, but not despair: music has the power to express both anguish and hope.”

The Detroit Soundtrack Album captures light amidst one of America’s darkest times by illuminating the power at the heart of the Motown, Detroit, and late sixties cultures all at once. It’s the sound of change in the face of oppression and a moment of revolution brought to life in song and on screen.

“We’re honored and excited to work on such an important and special project as DETROIT,” says Motown Records president Ethiopia Habtemariam. The music from this soundtrack highlights the ‘Classic Motown Sound’ which is a beautiful accompaniment to the story of tumultuous times in 1967 as well as the struggles we face within society today.”

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Capitol Music Group Names Dion 'No I.D.' Wilson EVP

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DION “NO I.D.” WILSON has been named Executive Vice President of CAPITOL MUSIC GROUP (CMG) by CMG President ASHLEY NEWTON. In his newly created position, WILSON will be involved in A&R and production, and work closely with NEWTON and members of CMG’s senior management team on the creative direction of CMG’s labels. A renowned hip-hop and R&B producer, Wilson will helm recordings for select CMG artists and will continue as President of the relaunched ARTIUM RECORDINGS, which will expand to include artist management and music publishing.

According to NEWTON, “DION’s vast experience and esteemed stature as both a creative executive and highly influential producer are crucial to our continuing commitment to Urban music and artists. I’m absolutely thrilled that he has joined as a key member of the CMG family.”

CMG Chairman/CEO STEVE BARNETT added, “With DION in such an important role within the company, CMG has taken another important step in our revitalization and in realizing our vision for a company in which creative executives are empowered to help artists achieve their dreams. DION’s track record as a producer and executive is stellar and I couldn’t be happier that he’s in the TOWER and that his creative abilities are already benefiting us greatly.”

WILSON commented, “I look forward to working with the entire CAPITOL team to build on the cultural impact of our music and further expand into the global markets. There is a legacy of great artists and important records at CAPITOL, and I look forward to helping create more history and building upon the company’s great brand. “
WILSON’s work as a noted hip-hop and R&B producer has resulted in a long list of culturally impactful records by a diverse array of artists, including JAY Z, KANYE WEST, COMMON, NAS and BIG SEAN. He recently produced LOGIC’s new album (with 6TIX), “Everybody,” which features guest appearances from CHUCK D., ALESSIA CARA, KILLER MIKE, KHALID and more. Prior to joining CMG, WILSON was EVP A&R for DEF JAM RECORDINGS and signed COMMON, JHENE AIKO and VINCE STAPLES to his label ARTIUM RECORDINGS.

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Capitol Music Group Names Dion ‘No I.D.’ Wilson EVP

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DION “NO I.D.” WILSON has been named Executive Vice President of CAPITOL MUSIC GROUP (CMG) by CMG President ASHLEY NEWTON. In his newly created position, WILSON will be involved in A&R and production, and work closely with NEWTON and members of CMG’s senior management team on the creative direction of CMG’s labels. A renowned hip-hop and R&B producer, Wilson will helm recordings for select CMG artists and will continue as President of the relaunched ARTIUM RECORDINGS, which will expand to include artist management and music publishing.

According to NEWTON, “DION’s vast experience and esteemed stature as both a creative executive and highly influential producer are crucial to our continuing commitment to Urban music and artists. I’m absolutely thrilled that he has joined as a key member of the CMG family.”

CMG Chairman/CEO STEVE BARNETT added, “With DION in such an important role within the company, CMG has taken another important step in our revitalization and in realizing our vision for a company in which creative executives are empowered to help artists achieve their dreams. DION’s track record as a producer and executive is stellar and I couldn’t be happier that he’s in the TOWER and that his creative abilities are already benefiting us greatly.”

WILSON commented, “I look forward to working with the entire CAPITOL team to build on the cultural impact of our music and further expand into the global markets. There is a legacy of great artists and important records at CAPITOL, and I look forward to helping create more history and building upon the company’s great brand. “
WILSON’s work as a noted hip-hop and R&B producer has resulted in a long list of culturally impactful records by a diverse array of artists, including JAY Z, KANYE WEST, COMMON, NAS and BIG SEAN. He recently produced LOGIC’s new album (with 6TIX), “Everybody,” which features guest appearances from CHUCK D., ALESSIA CARA, KILLER MIKE, KHALID and more. Prior to joining CMG, WILSON was EVP A&R for DEF JAM RECORDINGS and signed COMMON, JHENE AIKO and VINCE STAPLES to his label ARTIUM RECORDINGS.

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Behind The Scenes with Cast of 'ALL EYEZ ON ME'

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Demetrius Shipp Jr. … Tupac Shakur
Annie Ilonzeh … Kidada Jones
Kat Graham … Jada Pinkett
Cory Hardrict … Nigel
Benny Boom ,,, Director
L.T. Hutton … Producer 

[caption id="attachment_32061" align="alignnone" width="797"]rfocus.org (L-R) Actors Cory Hardrict, Annie Ilonzeh and producer LT Hutton seen at All Eyez On Me Press Junket – Los Angeles on Monday June 5, 2017[/caption]

 

rfocus.orgDirector Benny Boom seen at All Eyez On Me Press Junket – Los Angeles on Monday June 5, 2017 

[caption id="attachment_32064" align="aligncenter" width="410"]rfocus.org Actors Demetrius Shipp Jr and Kat Graham seen at All Eyez On Me Press Junket – Los Angeles on Monday June 5, 2017[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_32066" align="alignnone" width="964"]rfocus.org Greg “Shock G” Jacobs, actors Demetrius Shipp Jr and Annie Ilonzeh (All Eyez On Me) seen at Flaunt Magazine The Cadence Issue Tupac Shakur on The Cover Party on Wednesday May 31, 2017 at Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood, California.[/caption]

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Behind The Scenes with Cast of ‘ALL EYEZ ON ME’

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Demetrius Shipp Jr. … Tupac Shakur
Annie Ilonzeh … Kidada Jones
Kat Graham … Jada Pinkett
Cory Hardrict … Nigel
Benny Boom ,,, Director
L.T. Hutton … Producer 

[caption id="attachment_32061" align="alignnone" width="797"]rfocus.org (L-R) Actors Cory Hardrict, Annie Ilonzeh and producer LT Hutton seen at All Eyez On Me Press Junket – Los Angeles on Monday June 5, 2017[/caption]

 

rfocus.orgDirector Benny Boom seen at All Eyez On Me Press Junket – Los Angeles on Monday June 5, 2017 

[caption id="attachment_32064" align="aligncenter" width="410"]rfocus.org Actors Demetrius Shipp Jr and Kat Graham seen at All Eyez On Me Press Junket – Los Angeles on Monday June 5, 2017[/caption][caption id="attachment_32066" align="alignnone" width="964"]rfocus.org Greg “Shock G” Jacobs, actors Demetrius Shipp Jr and Annie Ilonzeh (All Eyez On Me) seen at Flaunt Magazine The Cadence Issue Tupac Shakur on The Cover Party on Wednesday May 31, 2017 at Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood, California.[/caption]

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