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Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Joins 102.9 KBLX Morning Dream Team

Digital and Radio Facts: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff joined the 102.9 KBLX Dream Team (Tony Sco, Kimmie Tee & Tony Roberts) to announce...

AWARD-WINNING PRODUCERS MARA BROCK AKIL AND SALIM AKIL PARTNER WITH OPRAH WINFREY FOR NEW...

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AWARD-WINNING PRODUCERS MARA BROCK AKIL AND SALIM AKIL PARTNER WITH OPRAH WINFREY FOR NEW OWN ORIGINAL SERIES ‘LOVE IS ___’ 

Created and Executive Produced by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil (“Being Mary Jane,” “The Game,” “Girlfriends”), New Dramedy from Akil Productions and Warner Horizon Scripted Television, Tells the Love Story of a Modern-Day Power Couple

Brock Akil Will Serve as Showrunner

Los Angeles – Oprah Winfrey and Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, the award-winning producers behind such hits as “Being Mary Jane,” “The Game” and “Girlfriends,” have partnered together to create “Love Is ___” a new original one-hour series for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

The Akils will create and executive produce the series through their Akil Productions banner with Mara Brock Akil also serving as showrunner. Drawing inspiration from their real-life relationship, the humorous drama tells the love story between a modern-day power couple. Produced in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television, the series will premiere on OWN in 2018.

The new series joins OWN’s growing lineup of top-rated scripted dramas including “Queen Sugar,” “Greenleaf,” “The Haves and the Have Nots” and “If Loving You is Wrong,” which year-to-date comprise four of the top six original scripted series on ad-supported cable for women 25-54.

“I've dreamed of working with the Akils,” said Oprah Winfrey. “I've been a huge fan of their work since first viewing ‘Girlfriends.’ They know just how to hit the cultural nerve to make you think and laugh at the same time.”

“To have a partner that brings the attention to detail and sheer excellence that Oprah has built an empire on is an absolute dream come true for Salim and me,” said Mara Brock Akil. “That, and it’s Oprah! ‘Love Is ___’ is not only a passion project, but is a personal one for us as well. We’re grateful to have her wholehearted support and magic touch behind this story.”

Jay Z's Business Acumen Bites an Apple 2

Jay Z’s Business Acumen Bites an Apple

Digital and Radio Facts: Why is anyone surprised that Apple is in negotiations with TIDAL? While there may be more to the deal...
Jay Z's Business Acumen Bites an Apple 1

Jay Z's Business Acumen Bites an Apple

Radio Facts: Why is anyone surprised that Apple is in negotiations with TIDAL? While there may be more to the deal behind the scenes,...
adidas and Kanye West Make History with Monumental Deal

adidas and Kanye West Make History with Monumental Deal

Radio Facts: [caption id="attachment_174185" align="aligncenter" width="600"](L-R) adidas CMO Eric Liedtke and Kanye West at Milk Studios on June 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. adidas and Kanye West announce the future of their partnership: adidas + KANYE WEST (PRNewsFoto/Kanye West,adidas) (L-R) adidas CMO Eric Liedtke and Kanye West at Milk Studios on June 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. adidas and Kanye West announce the future of their partnership: adidas + KANYE WEST (PRNewsFoto/Kanye West,adidas)[/caption]Ye is out here making huge waves in the industry. With the Saint Pablo tour coming up and a new deal with adidas, Kanye West may have found the answers he was looking for from Sway.   Today, adidas announced the cementing of its long-term relationship with creative pioneer Kanye West in the launch of adidas + KANYE WEST, a YEEZY branded entity creating footwear, apparel and accessories for all genders across street and sport.Recognizing the influence, success and global brand power that began almost two years ago with YEEZY for adidas Originals, the unprecedented new alliance makes history as the most significant partnership ever created between a non-athlete and an athletic brand. It will redefine the future, uniting adidas' technical, innovative expertise and capabilities with the visionary imagination of West.Together with Kanye West, a dedicated adidas team will lead the development and creation of all YEEZY products. Led from adidas' Portland headquarters the team will manage and oversee the collaboration to assure its continued success globally. The expansion plan includes retail stores that will serve as distinct hubs for adidas and West developed YEEZY product. Further, adidas + KANYE WEST will extend beyond its current lifestyle focus, with the introduction of performance-intended designs, consequently offering options for both sport and street.West said: "These past two years adidas and YEEZY have given a glimpse into our future. This partnership illustrates that anyone with a dream can dream without limitations.""Kanye is a true creator who has the ability to see things others don't. We are excited and honored to build on this partnership, and eagerly look forward to defining the future together," commented Eric Liedtke, adidas CMO. "With adidas + KANYE WEST we are exploring new territories by opening up the sports world to Kanye's creativity. This is what adidas has always been about, empowering creators to create the new."Today's announcement is the latest in a series of landmark achievements made by the German sports innovator and the globally influential artist. In February 2015, the presentation of YEEZY SEASON 1 rewrote the template of the modern fashion show, uniting style, music, celebrity, social media, and contemporary art to create a vibrant spectacle of creative expression. YEEZY SEASON 1 established West and adidas as powerful partners.At the same time the YEEZY BOOST 750 set off a global consumer sensation, serving as the first product drop born of the collaboration between adidas and West. Composed with adidas BOOST™ cushioning technology, the model combines the ultimate in comfort and performance with high-end style.As a follow-up, West and adidas launched the YEEZY BOOST 350, which went on to become one of the most sought-after and fastest-selling footwear models in history. The low-top model unites a BOOST™ cushioning sole and adidas' Primeknit material with West's pioneering aesthetic. The resulting design led to a consumer frenzy, followed by unprecedented sales and, last December, a Footwear News award for 2015 Shoe of the Year.Now, as long-term partners, West and adidas remain excited to reveal the next chapter of their collaboration.
McDonald's 365Black Awards to Honor Toni Braxton and Charles Tillman

McDonald's 365Black Awards to Honor Toni Braxton and Charles Tillman

Radio Facts: tonibIn celebration of the 13th annual McDonald's 365Black Awards,the company will honor personalities and everyday heroes who make positive contributions to the community. To date, this year's roster of remarkable honorees include: legendary R&B singer Toni Braxton, NFL athlete Charles Tillman, historian Lonnie Bunch; and McDonald's Owner/Operator Larry Triplett. Additionally, 13-year-old Donovan Smith of Albuquerque, NM and 16-year-old Lauren Seroyer of Lawrenceville, GA, will be recognized alongside this lineup with McDonald's 365Black Community Choice Youth Award, a category designed for consumers to nominate exceptional teens striving to better their community. Hosted by actor Lance Gross and actress Amber Riley, the awards show will be held Friday, July 1, 2016, during the 22nd annual ESSENCE Festival™ presented by Coca Cola® in New Orleans. McDonald's 365Black Awards are given annually to salute outstanding individuals who are committed to making positive contributions that strengthen the African-American community. McDonald's 365Black Awards show is known for drawing a number of top celebrity attendees, many of whom will grace the signature gold carpet prior to the ceremony. Surprise musical performers and presenters will make this highly-anticipated show a not-to-be missed event. "We are excited to recognize these outstanding individuals for their incomparable contributions to the community," said William Rhodes, McDonald's U.S. marketing director. "Like our honorees, McDonald's is committed to being deeply rooted in the communities we serve 365 days a year. We strive to continually create positive platforms, such as the 365Black Awards, that bring social awareness to areas that are important to our customers."
McDonald's 365Black Awards to Honor Toni Braxton and Charles Tillman

McDonald’s 365Black Awards to Honor Toni Braxton and Charles Tillman

Radio Facts: tonibIn celebration of the 13th annual McDonald's 365Black Awards,the company will honor personalities and everyday heroes who make positive contributions to the community. To date, this year's roster of remarkable honorees include: legendary R&B singer Toni Braxton, NFL athlete Charles Tillman, historian Lonnie Bunch; and McDonald's Owner/Operator Larry Triplett. Additionally, 13-year-old Donovan Smith of Albuquerque, NM and 16-year-old Lauren Seroyer of Lawrenceville, GA, will be recognized alongside this lineup with McDonald's 365Black Community Choice Youth Award, a category designed for consumers to nominate exceptional teens striving to better their community. Hosted by actor Lance Gross and actress Amber Riley, the awards show will be held Friday, July 1, 2016, during the 22nd annual ESSENCE Festival™ presented by Coca Cola® in New Orleans.McDonald's 365Black Awards are given annually to salute outstanding individuals who are committed to making positive contributions that strengthen the African-American community. McDonald's 365Black Awards show is known for drawing a number of top celebrity attendees, many of whom will grace the signature gold carpet prior to the ceremony. Surprise musical performers and presenters will make this highly-anticipated show a not-to-be missed event."We are excited to recognize these outstanding individuals for their incomparable contributions to the community," said William Rhodes, McDonald's U.S. marketing director. "Like our honorees, McDonald's is committed to being deeply rooted in the communities we serve 365 days a year. We strive to continually create positive platforms, such as the 365Black Awards, that bring social awareness to areas that are important to our customers."
Usher and Samsung Smart TV Star in Innovative Digital Film by Samsung and Huge

Usher and Samsung Smart TV Star in Innovative Digital Film by Samsung and Huge

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Digital and Radio Facts: Radio Facts: Usher, eight-time Grammy winner, one of the best-selling musical artists in history and currently one of the...
RF Tech Watch: Rhapsody Brings Fans Closer To The Music With New Concerts App

RF Tech Watch: Rhapsody Brings Fans Closer To The Music With New Concerts App

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Digital and Radio Facts: Radio Facts: Today, Rhapsody, the original streaming music service, launched Rhapsody Concerts, a new music app that connects fans...
Scratch Music Group Receives Growth Funding from NEA and Contour Venture Partners

Scratch Music Group Receives Growth Funding from NEA and Contour Venture Partners

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Digital and Radio Facts: Radio Facts: Scratch Music Group, a fast growing music and technology company, announced today that it completed an additional...
Clear Eyes Announces Vanessa Williams as New Spokesperson 2

Clear Eyes Announces Vanessa Williams as New Spokesperson

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Digital and Radio Facts: Radio Facts: Clear Eyes announced today that award-winning actress and singer, Vanessa Williams is joining the brand as its...

LOOK! It’s Philip Michael Thomas

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Digital and Radio Facts: Radio Facts: Just days before his 64th birthday celebration, Philip Michael Thomas is back and better than ever,...

LOOK! It's Philip Michael Thomas

Digital and Radio Facts: Radio Facts: Just days before his 64th birthday celebration, Philip Michael Thomas is back and better than ever,...

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