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SOULY HAD EXPLORES THE DEPTH OF TOXIC RELATIONSHIPS IN RELEASE OF NEW SINGLE “DRUGS”

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Today, singer-songwriter and rising music sensation Souly Had releases his new single “DRUGS”, the first track to be unveiled from Souly’s forthcoming EP D.R.U.G.S. due this summer via 4th &
7 Black Male Stigmas Addressed

7 Black Male Stigmas Addressed

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When it comes to Black Male Stigmas, in all fairness, let's start off by saying we are not completely innocent all the time, like anyone else isn't. ...

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.

Natalie Cole’s Son Found Dead in LA’s San Fernando Valley

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Originally posted on 2020-05-05 18:05:05 Radio Facts is sorry to report that the late Natalie Cole's son Robert Yancy, 39, was found dead in his San Fernando Valley apartment in Los Angeles on Monday. He apparently died of a heart attack.
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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...

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... even when it has to do with someone harming our children...

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

LA Changing the Cannabis Industry for Minorities

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The City of Los Angeles is taking steps forward to help ensure minority inclusiveness in the emerging local cannabis industry with a vote to introduce a social equity program intended to serve individuals and communities that were disproportionally harmed by cannabis prohibition during the war on drugs that unfairly incarcerated millions of African Americans, destroying countless families and futures. Council President Herb Wesson has pledged his support to championing adoption of this program aimed at a pathway to minority ownership participation of commercial cannabis businesses through access to training programs and technical assistance, among other offerings.

The key provisions of LA’s social equity program should provide more opportunities for people of color to succeed as entrepreneurs in the burgeoning cannabis industry.

“We applaud the actions of the Los Angeles City Council and Council President Herb J. Wesson to advance LA’s legal licensing in encouraging racial diversity among cannabis businesses," said Donnie Anderson, California Minority Alliance - Chairperson. The cannabis industry will create more jobs than any preceding industry of the past 30 years. It is time for cities everywhere to change policy from their prior marijuana law enforcement attacks on minorities to foster equity, economic empowerment, and restorative justice for those most impacted by the failed war on drugs."

Quick Facts within the Los Angeles Minority Cannabis Community.

Los Angeles has more dispensaries than the entire state of Colorado.
L.A.'s population is nearly three-fourths minority.
The Drug Policy Alliance estimates that only about 1 percent of weed business owners are African American and people of color.
70 to 80 percent of marijuana-related arrests nationwide happen "in communities of color," according to the Drug Policy Alliance.

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Must See – The Alarming Numbers Behind Drug Addiction

An organization called RecoveyLocal.org has put together an alarming real-time counter that puts into perspective the costs of addiction to bring awareness to the current epidemic.  It measures how much is spent, how many lives are taken, and how many are arrested due to alcohol, addiction, and the war on drugs.

Is That Don Cheadle or Miles Davis?

Don Cheadle is one of the most diverse and talented actors in the game and their is no doubt in mind he will be extraordinary in his role as the legendary Miles Davis.

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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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Mohagany has incredible confidence and she refuses to allow her big leg caused by Lyphodemia to hinder her. She gets the nails panted and...

Keyshia Cole Talks about Grief of Losing her Mother Frankie

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Keyshia Cole has spoken out about the recent death of her mother on her mother's birthday, here her Instagram post explains how she feels...

Berry Gordy Recipient for 44 Kennedy Center Honors

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44th Kennedy Center Honors Slate Announced JUSTINO DÍAZ, BERRY GORDY, LORNE MICHAELS, BETTE MIDLER, AND JONI MITCHELL TO RECEIVE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS IN RECOGNITION OF LIFETIME...

Radio Facts Announces Start of Production for First Annual “Celebrating Men of Color in...

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Los Angeles, CA - July 22, 2021 Radio Facts, the industry's only black-owned broadcast and music industry trade publication and site, is proud to...

Black Philly Cop Charged After Harassing Black Man then Deleting Video of Incident from...

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A Black Philadelphia police offer, Tyree Burnett, is facing charges after tampering with another Black man's phone, during a stop at a gas station. The...

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Krystal Pino Promoted at Cumulus

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Gibson Announces Launch of Record Label 

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Cumulus San Francisco Promotes Chasta Michaelis

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Cumulus San Francisco Promotes Chasta Michaelis to Program Director for 107.7 The Bone/KSAN-FM CUMULUS MEDIA (NASDAQ: CMLS) announces that it has promoted Chasta Michaelis to Program...
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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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