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UNSUNG REVIEW: Billy Preston… One Very Sad Show

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Without question, TV One has a HUGE hit with UNSUNG. I got a raw unedited copy of Billy Preston yesterday and I HOPE they don't change the final edit because this has to the best UNSUNG I have seen... thus far.
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Billy Preston’s Unsung … 1 Very Sad Show (video)

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I got a raw unedited copy of Billy Preston yesterday and I HOPE they don't change the final edit because this has to the best UNSUNG I have seen... thus far.It is silently and collectively ingrained in our (black) culture that if we ignore certain things it will enable us to maintain our OWN level of sanity...

UNSUNG REVIEW: Billy Preston… One Very Sad Show

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Originally Posted July 18, 2011. See the new shows. Without question, TV One has a HUGE hit with UNSUNG. I got a raw unedited copy of Billy Preston yesterday and I HOPE they don't change the final edit because this has to the best UNSUNG I have seen... thus far. It is silently and collectively engrained in our (black) culture that if we ignore certain things it will enable us to maintain our OWN level of sanity... even when it has to do with someone harming our children... but what about the child's sanity? Billy Preston's mother refused to accept what Billy had confessed to her as a child, he told her that he was being molested by a man. His mother's refusal to accept the news categorically (and ironically) weighed heavier than the molestation itself by destroying Billy's self worth well into the realm of his adulthood and massive success. He hid a great amount of pain and self hatred behind a huge gapped-tooth smile by being completely disconnected from himself, his success and the world for his entire 50 year career. Every manager and booking ripped him and paid him pennies where he should have been making thousands but he didn't have the business savvy (and/or gumption) to fight. He finally turned to hardcore drug use in an attempt to merge all the parallels in his life, of course to no avail.   The drugs only exacerbated the situation. There was not one person in this show that did not end up in tears while talking about Billy and his concerted and feigned efforts to conceal an extremely sad, complicated and difficult life. Billy's career began in the church and by the time he was 10-years-old he was playing the organ as a guest on the short-lived Nat King Cole show (the show was cancelled because white sponsors refused to advertise on the highly rated show by the black singer).   Billy and Nat were very close but Ray Charles was Billy's true mentor. He took Billy on the road with him and Billy also toured and performed with major rock acts that few if any black acts got to tour with including members of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Billy branched out and formed a group with three men in the late 60s/early 70s and I was shocked to hear (and the fact TV One did not edit it out) one of the men openly admit that when he first met Billy, Billy had asked him if he could give him some head. He said he was shocked because Billy was so masculine that Billy made HIM feel like HE acted like a girl. He had no idea Billy was gay. Preston admitted he would never openly come out because the black church and the music industry (and black people) would have turned against him. He was not the first black singer to be in this position (and he won't be the last). Billy's tenure on Motown where he sang the massive hit with the late Syretta Wright (an ex wife or girlfriend of Stevie Wonder who was once considered to replace Diana Ross in the Supremes) was MISERABLE. He HATED being on the label and the massive extremely somber love song, "With You I'm Born Again" was a single that had been sitting on the shelf at Motown for quite some time and was a far cry from Billy's (then) modern day Little Richard gospel/rock persona. Billy desperately wanted to leave Motown and go back to A&M records. Billy would have lived but his massive addiction to drugs which finally ended up with a foray into the cheap street drug crack, ultimately took his life when he was still using it in huge amounts even AFTER receiving a successful kidney transplant. There are some people who commit suicide immediately and others who do it over a period of years, but it's ultimately the same thing. I will let you get the rest of the story from the show. It is a must-see. The Show airs July 25 on TV One. Check local times for listing. Kev Ross

Angela Bassett Receives Icon Award At Hollywood Confidential

Brand Maverick Entertainment (BME) president and event series creator, Steve Jones (Producer of OWN’s “Black Love,” “Motherly Love”) moderated a conversation with award-winning actress Angela Bassett (“911,” “Black Panther,” “Waiting to Exhale,” “What’s Love Got to Do With It”) who received the “Icon Award” at the 10th  installment of Hollywood Confidential on Monday, October 8, 2018 at the The Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, CA in partnership with Essence Magazine.The conversation with Bassett overviewed her trailblazing catalogue of work, her perso

Eddie Murphy Threatens to Sue Comedian Claiming to Be His Son

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If you haven't heard this story, there is a comedian named Brando Murphy that actually does look like he could be Eddie Murphy's son, but he isn't. Brando has performed on the "Sons of Comedy" tour and I have personally seen him in comedy clubs around the LA area doing stand up. To be completely honest, not all of his jokes are like Eddie's but he definitely borrows some of Eddie's swag.

DOCU-SERIES FATAL ATTRACTION RETURNS TO TV ONE

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Popular docu-series Fatal Attraction returns to TV One with all new stories of deadly crime and passion gone wrong, Monday, December 2 at 9PM/ET.
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TV ONE ANNOUNCES NEW SEASON OF AWARD–WINNING SERIES UNSUNG

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TV One will premiere the new season of its NAACP Image Award-winning music biography series Unsung on Wednesday, October 30 at 8PM/ET, with a profile of rap and hip-hop outfit Heavy D& the Boyz.

Beyonce’ Joins Global Aid Organizations to Highlight World Humanitarian Day

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International star Beyoncé, the United Nations and humanitarian aid organizations are launching a global campaign today to shine a spotlight on humanitarian work...

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Stephanie Mills Doesn’t Consider Her Career & Life to be Unsung

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In an interview with the Huffington Post, Stephanie Mills revealed that she doesn't want anything to do the very popular TV One show...

RF Review: The Roots Move the Crowd at the UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival

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As temperature in the air was starting to cool down, the crowd started to heat up as the anticipation grew for The Roots to hit the stage. Whether they had known about the band since the early 90's or just found out about them from the Jimmy Fallon show, people were excited to see Black Thought, Quest Love, and the rest of the legendary Roots crew.

Cause of Joey Jordison’s Death: Statement from Family

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Joey Jordison, one of the founding members of the heavy metal band Slipknot, has died at the age of 46.Statement of Jordison Family on Death of Joey JordisonWe are...

Woman Shoots Cop After Bust with Drugs During Police Stop (video)

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This woman lost her life after what appeared to be a small charge but considering she had several warrants out in her name she...

Why Did T.I. Chime in on Da Baby’s Rant?

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Not sure why T.I. felt the need to respond to Da Baby's homophobic rant on stage the other day. See what he had to...

Is Your Landlord Breaking into Your Apartment When You Are not Home? Tips

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This week, a Connecticut landlord was arrested after being caught on camera sniffing a tenant's underwear while she and her daughter were out. The...

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World’s “Ugliest” Man Is a Musician with a Great Life

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This man is regarded as the world's ugliest man and he doesn't mind. His love life has not been affected and he recently became...

10 Worst Foods You Can Ever Eat

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It's amazing how much of this food is in our everyday diets causing incredible harm to our bodies. This a great video breaking it...

Beautiful Woman With Huge Leg Determined to Live Her Life (video)

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RADIO NEWS

Krystal Pino Promoted at Cumulus

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Krystal Pino Takes Middays at Cumulus Tucson’s Classic Hip Hop 97.5 The Vibe/KSZR-FM  CUMULUS MEDIA (NASDAQ: CMLS) announces that it has appointed radio personality Krystal Pino...

Gibson Announces Launch of Record Label 

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Gibson Records:  Gibson Announces Launch of Record Label First Album With Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and the ConspiratorsFor the past 127 years, Gibson--the iconic American instrument...

Cumulus San Francisco Promotes Chasta Michaelis

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CUMULUS MEDIA Taps Popular Colorado Springs Radio Personality Cliff Cage as On-Air Host, Nights...

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Sony Music Publishing Promotes Carol NG to President, Asia

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Sony Music Publishing today announced the promotion of Carol NG to President, Asia. Carol is based in the company’s Hong Kong office and reports...

Comedy Central Creates Segment for Charlamagne The God

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It's been a long time coming for media mogul Charlamagne The God and something that he has repeatedly told Radio Facts over the years. He...

CLEAR MEDIA NETWORK LAUNCHES A NEW AND INNOVATIVE FORMAT IN THE SYNDICATION MARKET R&B...

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Clear Media Network announces a groundbreaking format to its network arsenal, R&B ADULT HITS. Programming veterans Mark McCray (President of Programming and Operations/Clear Media Network)...

Radio Veteran Shawn Knight Joins Cumulus Topeka as Host of Mornings on Majic 107.7/KMAJ-FM

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CUMULUS MEDIA announces that it has named veteran on-air personality Shawn Knight as Host of The Majic Morning Show on Topeka, KS, Adult Contemporary...

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