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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.”

Chance the Rapper, John Legend, The Roots: Featured Artists in Concert to Preserve...

rfocus.orgCHANCE THE RAPPER, PARAMORE, STURGILL SIMPSON AND MORE ANNOUNCED FOR THE INAUGURAL KAROONDINHA MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL Hawk Eye Presents, LLC announces its full artist lineup for the first annual Karoondinha Music & Arts Festival {pronounced ka-roon-din-ha} to take place on Friday, July 21, Saturday, July 22, and Sunday, July 23, 2017, with a kick-off party on Thursday, July 20th at Penn’s Cave & Wildlife Park, America’s only all-water cavern and wildlife park in Centre Hall, PA. Set on 1,600 unspoiled acres of rolling hills and rich farmland, the festival site, the largest in the northeast, boasts acres of sunflowers, world-class trout fishing, off-road tours, native North American wildlife, including mountain lions, wolves, bison, bears, longhorn cattle, bighorn sheep and more. The Seneca Tribe aptly dubbed this land, Karoondinha, meaning The Land of Shining Waters. The three-day, multi-stage, camping festival will highlight over 80 artists, including Chance the Rapper, Odesza, John Legend, Paramore, Sturgill Simpson, The Roots, Porter Robinson, Dillon Francis, Young the Giant, Chromeo, Alessia Cara, Leon Bridges, X Ambassadors, The Revivalists, Daya, Maren Morris, Needtobreathe, MisterWives, Jon Bellion, AlunaGeorge, Marian Hill, Broods, DNCE, St. Lucia, Coin, PVRIS, Grace VanderWaal, and Jacob Collier. The full Karoondinha artist lineup is 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



ESSENCE Festival Announces Full Lineup 1

ESSENCE Festival Announces Full Lineup



Time Inc.’s (NYSE: TIME) 2017 ESSENCE Festival® presented by Coca-Cola®, now among the largest consumer live events in the nation, announces the all-star, night-by-night schedule for its concert series, from June 30 to July 2 at the Superdome in New Orleans, LA.

he A-list nighttime concerts will feature more than 40 acts across five stages in the Superdome throughout the weekend on the festival’s renowned Mainstage and in the intimate Superlounges. Festival first-timers Diana Ross and Chance the Rapper will open and close the weekend concert series with unforgettable headlining performances on Friday and Sunday night respectively – along with a special all-female Saturday night lineup, inspired by headliner Mary J. Blige’s forthcoming album Strength of A Woman.

The 2017 ESSENCE Festival® presented by Coca-Cola® night-by-night musical lineup is as follows:


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."