August 01, 2013

LAWT News Service


Broad­caster Tavis Smiley announced that the Tavis Smiley Network (TSN), a network of programs developed exclusively for BlogTalkRadio, the world’s largest social broadcasting network, has amassed more than 1.5 million listens since launching on June 25 of this year.

The milestone points to the success of TSN as the first network partnership for BlogTalkRadio with a national media personality. TSN is anchored by Tavis Talks, a daily news and opinion program that engages a diverse array of high-profile guests, such as Oscar-winning actress Helen Hunt, Larry King, Walter Mosley and Suze Orman. Tavis Talks posts daily at 4 p.m. (EST) and is complimented by an all-star line-up of expert hosts.

“TSN is an opportunity for us to deepen our connection with people and communities across the country,” said Smiley. “Our network hosts work hard to create unique programs with strong content driven by listeners and we are thrilled that they have responded so strongly.”

“TSN is a showcase of the online radio experience and hitting the 1.5 million mark so soon after launch is reflective of how our partnership is reshaping the media industry,” said Alan Levy, co-founder and CEO of BlogTalkRadio. To accelerate the momentum, TSN will premiere a new slate of additional hosts after Labor Day. They include: political commentator and Howard University professor Michael Fauntroy; arts and culture critic Bill Banfield; political theorist and New York Times bestselling author Benjamin Barber; historian and UCLA professor Robin D.G. Kelley; social commentator April Yvonne Garrett; travel expert Alison Taylor; and others.

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August 01, 2013



For quite some time, the underrated and underappreciated Chante Moore has been one of my favorite female singers, and her new release, an eclectic and appealing 10-track collection titled “Moore Is More,” definitely served to solidify her status.

After a bit of a hiatus, Moore’s career is on the upswing, and she is currently starring in the “highly rated and anticipated” TV One reality show spin-off, “R&B Diva’s: L.A.,” which premiered on July 10, breaking records for its high viewership. The show follows the lives and careers of Moore as well as Kelly Price, Lil’ Mo, Claudette Ortiz, Michel’le and Dawn Robinson.

“Moore Is More” is Chante’s first album since 2008, and the project showcases her talent as a songwriter, as well as her seductive, focused and often dramatic vocal delivery, which comes quite naturally to singers that work in live theater. It was also refreshing to note that several of the songs are backed by live musicians — a novelty in today’s recording industry.

The disc opens with “Baby Can I Touch Your Body,” which has a smooth jazz flow. Among several selections that feature Moore’s stunning upper range, “Talking in My Sleep,” co-written by the artist, has strong lyrics, and probably the best shot at crossover airplay, while the impassioned “Jesus, I Want You” is a lock for the contemporary gospel format. An example of Moore’s impressive versatility, the cute and campy “Doctor, Doctor,” co-written by Moore and Kwame’ Holland, is built on the Sam Cooke dance classic, “Shake.”

“This album draws from many moments in the last ten years of my life,” Moore explains. “It is filled with intimate details and subject matters I cannot ‘talk’ about but I have to sing about. Understanding more about who I am and more about what I want. I am victorious! I choose to live! And man, am I gonna live! Love is on the way.”

Prime Cuts:

“Baby Can I Touch Your Body”

“Talking in My Sleep”

“Doctor, Doctor”

“Mrs. Under, Stood”

“Jesus, I Want You”

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August 01, 2013

LONDON (AP) — Pop singer Rihanna has won a court case in Britain against retailer Topshop, which was selling T-shirts bearing her image without permission.

High Court Justice Colin Birss ruled in favor of the singer on Wednesday, saying buyers were likely deceived by believing Rihanna had authorized its sale.

“I am quite satisfied that many fans of Rihanna regard her endorsement as important,” the judge said in his ruling. “She is their style icon. Many will buy a product because they think she has approved of it. Others will wish to buy it because of the value of the perceived authorization itself. In both cases they will have been deceived.”

Birss also said the sales caused a loss of control over Rihanna's reputation in the fashion realm, where the singer has been trying to carve out a name as a designer. She has a clothing line in her name at a rival store.

The shirts were first sold as the “Rihanna Tank.” After her complaints, they were sold as being the “Headscarf Girl Tank” and the “Icon Tank.”

Topshop’s owner, Arcadia Group Brands Ltd., had argued that Rihanna was seeking legal recognition for a flawed assumption that only a celebrity could market a product bearing his or her image.

Topshop said it was surprised and disappointed by the ruling and was considering an appeal.

“There was no intention by Topshop to create the appearance of an endorsement or promotion,” it said in a statement. “We do not believe it conveyed any false message to our customers.”

The judge did not make an assessment of damages in his ruling.

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August 01, 2013

By Jonathan Landrum Jr.

Associated Press


Buddy Guy knows that blues music isn’t the taste of today’s youth, but the Chicago guitar legend wants to show directors at radio stations and aspiring musicians that the classic sound is still alive with his new album, “Rhythm & Blues.”

“I’m not saying play the blues every day like everything else,” said Guy, who released the album Tuesday, the same day he turned 77. “Just play the blues two or three times a week and I’ll be happy with that.”

Guy is looking to make a hit by infusing his down-home country blues sound with top acts from the rock and country music realm. The double album includes guest appearances from Kid Rock, Keith Urban, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Beth Hart and Gary Clark Jr.

Guy, who toured with the Rolling Stones during the 1960s, said there are a few fresh acts keeping the blues sound alive with Clark Jr. and 14-year-old guitarist Quinn Sullivan. He said they may be the key to “wake up” the genre.

“In the late ’50s and ’60s, people in America were ignoring guys like B.B. King and T-Bone Walker,” Guy said. “But when the British guys started playing the blues, people thought it was something new, but that gave the blues a lift. I’m hoping that same thing will happen with the new youngsters.”

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August 01, 2013

Special to the NNPA from

The Houston Defender


Originally titled “Taking Atlanta,” the series is more along the lines of MTV’s “The Real World,” simply following six strangers – Alexandra Dilworth, Emily Lipman, Africa Miranda, Tribble Reese and Jevon “Vawn” Sims, each of whom is busy in various professions but finds common ground in the city’s social scene.

Atlanta is mecca,” Bravo Media senior vp of current production Shari Levine tells The Hollywood Reporter. “There is so much personality to that city and the people really reflect that.”

Levine says the casting process wasn’t that far off from the network’s “Real Housewives” franchise. “You’re looking for similar qualities, people willing to be transparent with interesting lives, but we’re targeting a different age group and very different places in their lives,” she says. “Much of the cast is 10 years younger, they’re single, they’re active in their careers.”

The younger set is something Bravo has been going after more and more. Levine compares “The New Atlanta” to recent successes Vanderpump Rules and Shahs of Sunset — both of them filmed in Los Angeles. Bravo wants to bring that success to the ATL, a city which has already been a ratings boon to the network.

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and Atlanta-set “Married to Medicine” gave the network its most-watched night ever back in April.

“Atlanta last season was just amazing,” says Levine. “The first part of the reunion was the highest-rated ever [2.9 million adults 18-49 and 4.3 million viewers] for any of the franchise. It’s an amazing cast.”

That’s probably one of the reasons why the “Real Housewives of Atlanta’s” third spinoff will help launch “The New Atlanta” on Sept. 17, at 10 p.m. “I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding,” starring “House­wives” fan favorite NeNe Leakes, will be “The New Atlanta’s” lead-in.

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