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“Success doesn’t come to you…you go to it.” – Marva Collins
Sept. 17: Singer LaMonte McLemore of the Fifth Dimension is 78. Singer BeBe Winans is 51. Rapper Doug E. Fresh is 47. Actor Malik Yoba (”New York Undercover”) is 46. Rapper Vinnie of Naughty by Nature is 43. Singer Anastacia is 40. Singer Marcus Sanders of Hi-Five is 40. Singer-actress Nona Gaye is 39.
Sept. 17, 1861: Hampton Institute was founded. (Source: www.BlackFacts.com)
*Michelle Obama has been singing this tune for a long time: We must put an end to childhood obesity!
Now she has help. She is partnering with Hip-Hop Public Health and Partnership for a Healthier America to release “Songs for a Healthier America” on September 30th. The hip hop album comes complete with 10 music videos and 19 tracks to support her “Let’s Move!” nutrition program.
The single “Everybody” features the first lady joined by songstress Jordin Sparks, emcee Doug E. Fresh, and medical expert Dr. Oz.
The video shows children of all ages dancing lightheartedly between takes of kids exercising.
“Everybody tell somebody, it’s your body. C’Mon,” croons Sparks on the chorus; while Doug E. Fresh and Dr. Oz trade short verses about exercise and cardiac health.
“For years I have known that we need to reach children in the formative years to educate them to live a life of prevention,” said Dr. Mehmet Oz. “The best way to do this is to build a bridge with the artists that they see on television and listen to. When someone like Doug E. Fresh shows our youngsters that health can be fun and cool, we are winning the battle.”
Some other songs on the album include “Veggie Luv”, “Hip Hop LEAN”, and “Get Up Sit Up” most of which will be hip-hop based, according to U.S. News and World Reports.
“This album is about more than just a great message and it’s about more than great music,” said PHA’s Chief Marketing Officer Drew Nannis. “It’s about making the healthy choice the easy choice… The simple act of getting up and dancing is a great way to get active and this album – and the dozens of generous musicians who helped make it possible – can help show us how. The added motivation of trying to do the Dougie better than Dr. Oz doesn’t hurt either.”
Michelle Obama launched the campaign to fight childhood obesity on February 9, 2010 and has been personally involved throughout the years. She has traveled to visit schools, pushed for healthier lunches, and even hosted community sports programs on the South Lawn of the White House. She was even spotted doing the “dougie” with students during a visit to promote physical health.
The full tracklist and Songs for a Healthier America album is available for free on the Partnership for a Healthier America’s website.
*Los Angeles - The Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza popular BHCP LIVE! is the place to be throughout the Summer months in Los Angeles.
They have already hosted R&B band Loose Ends and Klymaxx-an all-female R&B/funk group. The Mall collaborated with the Playboy Jazz Festival for a special concert featuring 1+One consisting of Patrice Rushen and Ndugu Chancler with special guest Paul Jackson Jr. and The Harmony Project. Several weeks ago, Alexander O’Neal and Cherrelle graced the stage.
Thursday, July 11th brought some unusual Summer rain early in the morning. Most of the day remained overcast and gray. People will remember this day not only for the weather, but also for the concert that was on the bill for the evening. The East Coast was well represented in the special appearance of Doug E. Fresh & The Fresh Crew and Slick Rick The Ruler.
DJ Paradise turned this event into a party that was all the way live. He set the mood for the evening with some classic Old School tracks with “Flashlight,” and “Funkin’ for Jamaica” grooves to make your body move. The crowd responded in kind with some popular dance moves of the era.
The Fresh Crew worked the crowd before being joined onstage with Doug E. Fresh. They took the crowd back to school with “Where the Party At,” “Back in he Dayz” while sampling the theme songs for Fat Albert, Sanford and Sons, The Jeffersons and Good Times.
Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick The Ruler set it off with a flurry of rap, rhymes and rhythms that flowed fluidly from tune to tune. The audience favorite tune was “Ladi Dadi.” A group of young kids were invited onstage to dance to “Teach Me How to Dougie” to the delight of a captivated crowd.
Visit www.baldwinhillscrenshawplaza.com for more information about future concerts in the BHCP LIVE! Summer Concert Series. You can also follow them on Twitter, and Facebook and other Social Media.
Ricky Richardson is a Southern California based writer, music reviewer and photographer. Contact him via: email@example.com.
*NY, NY – Fans of rap Icon and beat box legend Doug E. Fresh will soon be able to catch him as he rides the air waves on his new WBLS Radio show; getting his brilliant spin on classic Hip Hop as well social and political topics which plague urban communities.
The rapper, record producer, and legend extraordinaire is hands down the pioneer of the beat boxing phenomena. Fresh’s ability to take rap and Hip Hop listeners to new levels with his lyrical dexterity is just one of the many reasons his new radio show will resonate with music lovers. Doug E Fresh’s classic hip hop radio program aptly entitled “The Show” will air every Saturday morning from 9am-11am.
Fresh’s hits “The Show” and “La-Di-Da-Di” are no doubt Hip Hop classics themselves and forever stand at the foundation of the genre itself; which is why Fresh seems to remain timely in his industry presence.
When rap group Cali Swag District introduced a song giving credit to Fresh for the popular new dance “The Dougie” based on his trademark dance moves – “Teach Me How to Dougie” became not just a tribute but a new craze. Fresh has performed with Cali Swag District at the BET Awards Pre-show, on ESPN ‘First Take’ discussing the Dougie as a sports celebration, and even appeared at the Soul Train Awards teaching the dance to CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer.
With his latest venture into radio, Fresh is excited to be close to the music regularly and in control of sharing real Hip Hop with the people. He looks forward to hitting ears with the hottest selections while helping keep the respect for the music alive – both to New York listeners as well as via live streamed shows available to music lovers everywhere.
WBLS (107.5) is an urban adult contemporary FM radio station in New York City, that from the early 1970-80s was kicked off by renowned Disc Jockey Frankie Crocker; now being the flagship station for new talents such as Steve Harvey, Jeff Foxx, Imhotep Gary Byrd, and Wendy Williams. WBLS is proud to host Doug E. Fresh in its new line up – continuing to build on the station’s signature Urban Contemporary sound Use this block to tell the audience about your company. A short paragraph or a few sentences including your company’s location, description and website is ideal.
*Bell Biv Devoe, Doug E. Fresh and MC Lyte are among the entertainment lined up for BET’s Inaugural Ball, celebrating the second inauguration of Barack Obama.
The black tie affair will take place on Jan. 21 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Smithsonian National Art Museum in Washington (8th & F Streets, NW). Frédéric Yonnet, Jermaine Dupri and DJ’s D-Nice, DJ Kiss and DJ Quick Silva will also be on hand.
*This month, Centric will premiere its new talent show “Apollo Live,” an update of the “Amateur Night” portion of the syndicated “Showtime at the Apollo” series – where the audience is encouraged to boo an act that’s not on point.
Filmed inside of the world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, “Apollo Live” will give its amateurs more than just bragging rights. Contestants can walk away with cash and prizes in addition to the respect of the toughest crowd in showbiz.
“I’ve been booed at the Apollo,” says Jamie Foxx, the executive producer of “Apollo Live” along with Marcus King and Don Weiner. “When I first went to New York as a young comedian and Sinbad brought me out, I think he kind of set me up, too, because he said, ‘We’ve got a West Coast comedian.’ Immediately they started booing before I even got on the stage.”
Executive produced by Jamie Foxx, Marcus King, and Don Weiner, the show features soul legend, Gladys Knight; veteran emcee Doug E. Fresh, and New Edition’sMichael Bivins as judges, while comedian Tony Rock will serve as host.
Below, Foxx explains why he wanted to “reboot” the Apollo.
“Apollo Live” premieres on Nov. 25 at 11 p.m. following the 2012 Soul Train Awards. Watch a preview below.