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Bobby Brown, Faith Evans, Bebe and Cece Winans, and Dallas Austin to Receive Recognition at 2018 Black Music Honors Awards

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RICKY SMILEY

Chicago-based television production company Central City Productions (CCP) announced today the 2018 Black Music Honors – the annual two-hour television special that honors artists and musicians who have influenced and made significant contributions to American music. The television special is set to take place on Thursday, August 16th in Nashville, TN.

This year’s honorees for the 2018 Black Music Honors include Bobby Brown, who will receive the R&B Soul Music Icon Award for his 40 years in entertainment and 32 years as a solo artist, Bebe and Cece Winans, who will be co-honorees of the Gospel Music Icon Award, and chart-topping music producer and label executive Dallas Austin, who will be presented with the Music Innovator Icon Award, and multi-platinum, Grammy® Award-winning recording artist, songwriter and producer Faith Evans, who is set to receive the Urban Music Icon Award.

“The vision of the Black Music Honors is to recognize the trailblazers in African American music who have paved the way for the artists of today. Many of these artists have never received their much-deserved recognition,” said Don Jackson, founder, and CEO of Central City Productions.

LeToya Luckett 

LETOYA LUCKETT 

Television and radio personality Rickey Smiley and Grammy® Award-winner and actress LeToya Luckett return as co-hosts of the show, which is set to air on broadcast syndication on Sept. 8-30, 2018. This year’s sponsors include AT&T, McDonald’s, Walmart, Johnson & Johnson, and Chevrolet with State Farm tapped as the title sponsor.

Ticket proceeds will benefit the 2019 opening of the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) in Nashville. NMAAM’s mission is to educate the world, preserve the legacy, and celebrate the central role African Americans play in creating the American soundtrack.

“I am pleased that our Black Music Honors special has the opportunity to promote the National Museum of African American Music and that proceeds from ticket sales are donated to the museum,” said Jackson.

This epic event will be held at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC)located at 505 Deaderick St., Nashville, TN. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the  show taping at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available HERE.

For more information on Black Music Honors, head to www.blackmusichonors.com and connect with us on social media for more updates @blackmusichonors.

Check back with Prestige for additional information.

BOBBY BROWN
                       BEBE & CECE WINANS
                                   FAITH EVANS
DALLAS AUSTIN

 

 

 

ABOUT BLACK MUSIC HONORS

Black Music Honors is an annual two-hour event that acknowledges the legendary African American artists who have influenced and made significant musical contributions to African American culture and American music worldwide. Produced by Chicago-based production company Central City Productions (CCP) and hosted by Rickey Smiley, television and radio personality, and Grammy Award-winner and actress, LeToya Luckett. For more information visit www.blackmusichonors.com

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Y&R Star Kristoff St. John Autopsy Report rule Heart Disease as His Cause of Death

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According to the autopsy report, Kristoff St. John was discharged from a mental health facility just 2 days before his death. The report says he was admitted after threatening to harm himself.

The report also states that St. John died from heart disease and alcohol abuse … according to a report from the L.A. coroner’s office.

The ‘Young and the Restless’ star’s official cause of death is listed as hypertrophic heart disease and is categorized as accidental, according to the report. The disease makes it difficult for the heart to pump blood and often goes undiagnosed.

As for the “accidental” label — that’s because St. John was apparently on an alcohol binge at the time of his death.

News broke last month that 52-year-old St. John was found dead at his home in San Fernando Valley. Law enforcement sources say one of the actor’s friends went to check on him and found his body. Police and paramedics responded, and pronounced him dead on the scene.

Another source that was close to St. John’s states the actor checked himself into UCLA Medical Center in January for depression issues, and he had just been released a few days before his death. Reports also states that St. John’s depression was partially linked to his son, Julian’s suicide in 2014. It also seems to be the likely trigger for St. John’s heavy drinking at the time of his death.

As you know, around the 3-year anniversary of Julian’s suicide in 2017, St. John’s allegedly threatened to take his own life with a gun … and cops placed him under a 72-hour hold for psychiatric evaluation.

St. John had played Neil Winters on ‘The Young & the Restless’ since 1991 — earning 9 Daytime Emmy Award nominations for the role. He also won 10 NAACP Image Awards.

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Wendy Williams Reveals She’s Getting Treatment for Addiction

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Wendy Williams just made a very personal revelation — she’s now getting round-the-clock help to deal with addiction issues.

She made a very emotional announcement Tuesday on her talk show … revealing she’s currently living in a sober house somewhere in the Tri-State Area — of NY, NJ & CT — and has been for some time now. Wendy teared up quite a bit as her audience listened intently.

Wendy talked about battling cocaine addiction in the past, but never sought treatment to stay clean … until now, that is. She didn’t specifically say what substance she’s addicted to now. Wendy added she has a 24-hour sobriety coach, and spoke lovingly about the “brothers and sisters” in addiction with whom she’s living now.

She took an extended leave from her show back in mid-January and didn’t return until a couple of weeks ago. As you know … she also told viewers last year she was suffering from Graves’ disease before taking a 3-week hiatus.

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Attorney Gloria Allred says Third Sex Tape Surfaces of R. Kelly

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Another sex tape has surfaced that purportedly shows R. Kelly with minors – and attorney Gloria Allred is representing the guy who claims to have found it and turned it over to cops.

Allred just held a press conference in NYC, where her client, Gary Dennis, came forward to explain how he found the tape, and why he’s speaking out now.

Dennis, who says he has no connection to R. Kelly whatsoever, claims he recently found this new sex tape while going through old VHS tapes of his own. He says he initially discovered the tape as a “sports tape,” but that it also had R. Kelly’s name on it.

Dennis goes on to say that he thought the R. Kelly part of the tape would feature a concert of his, but later discovered it was a sex tape as he continued to watch past the sports content. He says he doesn’t know how this tape turned up in his possession but says he watched it and saw R. Kelly engaging in sex acts with what he perceived to be underage black girls … more than one.

Dennis didn’t go into much detail about what he saw on the tape but did say that the girls on camera were doing and saying things based on R. Kelly’s instructions. Dennis also says the girls appeared to be underdeveloped and that the only man on tape — who he claims looked a lot like R. Kelly — seemed to be in charge of the camera.

The guy says the tape appears to have been produced in the 1990s … adding there’s no indication of where it was filmed.

Allred says they’ve turned over the sex tape to law enforcement officials from U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. She wouldn’t comment one way or another on whether she’d personally seen this new tape herself. However, Allred says she believes more tapes of R. Kelly are in circulation.

This tape would be the third one handed to law enforcement in the last month. Attorney Michael Avenatti has already turned over 2 tapes to prosecutors in Chicago … one of which prompted the 10 count indictment against R. Kelly for aggravated sexual abuse.

Over the last week, we have had 5 other individuals contact us with tapes that they claim show R. Kelly having sex with underage girls. Upon investigation, they don’t and the individuals would have no reason to have such a tape. Publicizing this “evidence” undermines the process.

Speaking of Avenatti, he appears to have responded to Allred’s press conference … and seems to be casting doubt on the veracity of her client’s claims.

BTW … Allred already reps a number of R. Kelly accusers, including two women who say he targeted them after a Baltimore concert in 1995. One of those women, Latresa Scaff, says R. Kelly had sex with her without her consent in a hotel room … this after he’d already plied the then-underage girls with alcohol and drugs at an after-party following his concert.

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