*On Monday, February 3, 2014, a special exhibit premiere for Motown: The Truth is a Hit opened at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at 515 Malcolm X Boulevard in Harlem, New York.
The acclaimed exhibit which is Schomburg Center’s first exhibition of 2014 chronicles Motown The Musical creator and legendary Motown record label founder Berry Gordy and the Motown institution as one of the most important record labels in American music history.
The multi-showcase exhibition features items that highlight Motown’s incomparable founder and the institution’s most matchless musical acts. The presentation which was in the Langston Hughes Auditorium featured a special performance by the cast of the smash Broadway hit Motown The Musical.
*For the past five years, Essence, the preeminent brand for African American women hosts the most envied event leading up to the annual Grammy Awards with presenting sponsors Lincoln and beauty brand Cantu.
The 2014 Essence Black Women in Music event attracted the who’s who in entertainment with Lincoln having boasting rights of always being the biggest star on the red carpet as it commands the most space.
*On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, Sisters With Voices (SWV) and some of their celebrity friends celebrated WE tv’s new docu-series “SWV Reunited” at a New York City premiere screening and post party in the Jazz Room at The General in lower Manhattan.
The show which premiered Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 10PM ET/PT has been added to the network’s explosive Thursday night line-up with six, one-hour episodes. “SWV Reunited” follows Grammy nominated SWV during their make-it-or-break-it comeback tour.
As a hit ‘90s R&B trio — Cheryl “Coko” Clemons, Leanne “Lelee” Lyons and Tamara “Taj” George – repeatedly landed on top of the charts with a string of top ten R&B hits including “I’m so Into You,” “Right Here,” “Downtown,” “Weak,” and “You’re Always On My Mind.” With over 15 million albums sold, a Grammy nomination, an American Music Award nomination and 11 Billboard Music Awards nominations, SWV was unstoppable.
However, while they appeared to have it all, distrust mixed with divalosity brought their success to a screeching halt! Unfortunately, it didn’t just end — it ended shoddily; and in 1998 the members of SWV went their separate ways.
From the streets of New York to superstardom, the tantalizing trio is back to set the record straight! After marriage, kids and other endeavors, SWV decided it was time to reunite for a chance to recapture their fame.
“SWV Reunited” follows these three tough but talented women as they face transformational challenges of how to trust again — on and off the stage – while performing with each other. The premiere episode follows SWV on the first stop of the comeback tour at Wembley Stadium in London, but new secrets about Coko’s health threaten the rehabilitated bond of the group.
Coko, Lelee and Taj not only address old wounds like trust, jealousy, egos and selfishness, but face new challenges including health scares, family issues and management drama. And although they share plenty of tears, the ladies share lots of laughter — whether it’s poking fun at Lelee’s butt lift, Coko’s tummy tuck or sharing hilarious behind-the-scenes stories from their early years.
In 2012, SWV’s sultry sound was introduced to a whole new generation of fans with fifth studio album I Missed Us, which earned a Grammy nod in 2013 for “Best Traditional R&B Performance.”
Throughout the season, SWV fans will go on a reality tour with the ladies as they hit such cities as Atlanta, D.C., L.A., and New York. Fans can watch along as the ladies of SWV finally come to terms with the issues that ended their friendship and career once before. However, the main question still haunts them — Will they be able to put their differences aside to recapture fame?
“SWV Reunited” is produced for WE tv by Entertainment One Television, executive produced by Tara Long, John Morayniss, Jeff Hervert, Howie Miller and Jennifer Lane. Lauren P. Gellert and Kate Farrell serve as the executive producers for WE tv.
Get ready for the remix – ‘Sisters With Voices’ reunites!
About WE tv
WE tv (www.wetv.com) showcases and celebrates modern women who are bold, independent and taking control of their lives. Whether they are celebrities like Joan Rivers or Toni Braxton, or everyday women, their stories are as relatable as they are entertaining. WE tv’s popular slate of fresh and modern unscripted original series includes the hit shows Braxton Family Values, Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? and Mary Mary, among others. WE tv will debut its first scripted series, The Divide, in 2014. Audiences connect to WE tv online, on demand and via social media. WE tv is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and is available in over 84 million homes on every major cable, satellite and telco provider.
New York based award-winning journalist Audrey J. Bernard covers entertainment, fashion & beauty, film, lifestyles and travel for the Electronic Urban Report and other outlets. Contact her via: firstname.lastname@example.org
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*In December 2013, Disney’s Dreamers Academy (DDA) judges gathered in Chicago, Illinois to review applications and select the next 100 teens to take part in Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence magazine.
After reviewing nearly 10,000 applications from teens across the U.S. who answered copious essay questions about their dreams, the distinguished panel of judges selected 100 Dreamers.
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*Thousands braved frigid cold weather to attend the swearing in ceremony of New York’s 109th Mayor Bill de Blasio who pledged to close the gap between the “haves” and “have nots” in the nation’s largest city, on Wednesday, January 1, 2014, on the steps of City Hall as New York’s 109th mayor. Former President Bill Clinton administered the oath of office at a ceremony outside City Hall using a Bible once owned by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.