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February 27, 2015

Faces From Ferguson: Ashley 'Brown Blaze' Yates

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In the basement of St. Louis' Saint John's United Church of Christ at the end of the Labor Day weekend, Yates recounted almost a month's worth of harrowing encounters with a militarized police force to a room of Black Lives Matter freedom riders. She woefully explained that as the days bled into one another, she began "marking days by police tactics."

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It's a Tuesday afternoon and sisters Erica and Tina Campbell, better known as Mary Mary, are balancing a hectic schedule of rehearsals for their tour with Bebe and Cece Winans next month, while getting the word out about their upcoming album, 'Something Big,' which just dropped this week.

In the midst of all of that came the news that Chris Brown had a bit of an outburst following an interview and performance on 'Good Morning America.' Brown has since appeared on the BET show '106 and Park,' where he apologized "to anybody who was startled in the office, anybody who was offended or really disappointed in my actions, because I was disappointed in the way I acted."

The Grammy Award-winning duo had recently reached out to the 'Deuces' singer for a possible collaboration, but things didn't pan out.

"We actually didn't [get in the studio with him]. We did connect. We were considering having him do a remix to 'Walking,' and we since have decided to go in a different direction," says Erica.

Continue reading Let Go & Let God With Mary Mary

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If you turned on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' a few weeks back and saw Oprah having a heated sit-down with Iyanla Vanzant, you might have thought she was just another crazy black female.
In fact, she's an attorney, motivational speaker, life coach, former talk-show host and has over eight million books in print.

Since her talked about fallout and recent reconciliation with one of America's media darlings, Vanzant has come to terms with some of her darkest moments and truly is in a peaceful place. So much so, she penned a book to help inspire others to get through the tough times and see the other side of the rainbow. 'Peace From Broken Pieces,' the NAACP Image Award winner's newest memoir and inspirational tome is already a New York Times Best Seller.

Iyanla Vanzant filled BlackVoices.com in on how it feels to share her story, why she really went broke and why she has nothing bad to say about Oprah Winfrey.

Here's 20 Questions with Iyanla Vanzant.

Continue reading 20 Questions With Best Selling Author/Spiritual Guru Iyanla Vanzant

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Former 'America's Next Top Model' contestant Toccara Jones never ceases to entertain.

The plus-size beauty shed pounds on VH1's 'Celebrity Fit Club,' appeared as a spokesperson for Ashley Stewart, interviewed a who's who of entertainers as a correspondent for the now-defunct BET show 'The Black Carpet' and even nailed more pages in the much-buzzed-about all-black issue of Vogue Italia magazine than her mentor Tyra Banks (14, to be exact).


These days, she's not opposed to striking a pose, but Toccara is on the hunt for a man and ready to let America in on the action.

TV One announced a few months ago that she'd be replacing Omarosa on the second season of 'Donald Trump Presents the Ultimate Merger' -- something she's beyond excited about.

"Right now, I am in La La Land because I'm fantasizing and think everyone is going to be 6'3. I feel like I am doing a dating show and I want to broaden my horizons so I told them, [I'm open to] any nationality, but I do like height," she gushed to BlackVoices.com in the midst of hosting an event in Atlanta recently.

Continue reading Toccara: Sexy, Single and Ready to Find Her Perfect Man

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March 25, 2011 marks the one and only Aretha Franklin's 69th birthday. The Queen of Soul is undisputedly one of the most recognizable soul singers of all time. And for good reason, too. There is no one like her.

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For years, Mona Scott-Young has been behind the scenes effortlessly crafting the careers of Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott and 50 Cent, to name a few.

While filming a reality television show documenting the life of Harlem rapper and her client Jim Jones, Scott got a unique perspective about the complex relationship between his longtime girlfriend and mother.

Through her Momami Entertainment company, she teamed with VH1 for 'Love and Hip Hop,' the natural transition from 'Basketball Wives' and 'Football Wives,' which uncovers the lives of the women behind some of the most famous rap stars out.


BlackVoices.com got the scoop from Mrs. Scott-Young on if these women should throw in the towel with their relationships, the future of hip hop music and why her show is different from the rest.

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It's been quite a journey to the Billboard charts for former Floetry singer Marsha Ambrosius. She's gone from having Michael Jackson cover her 'Butterflies' song and guesting on tracks for The Game, Fabulous and Jamie Foxx, to name a few, to parting ways with Aftermath and giving fans little hope that they'd ever hear her long-delayed solo debut.

But signing with J Records in 2009 proved just the right move for the six-time Grammy-nominated British singer/songwriter. Her debut, 'Late Nights & Early Mornings,' debuted at #1 on the Billboard R&B Album chart and #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart.


BlackVoices.com talked to Marsha about her current critical acclaim, any possibility for a Floetry reunion and her thoughts on the passing of Teena Marie and her old friend Michael Jackson.

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If actress LisaRaye McCoy knows anything, she certainly knows how to keep it really real. And having a reality TV show is a natural fit for the former first lady of Turks and Caicos. For that reason, TV One decided to bring back her top-rated series, 'LisaRaye: The Real McCoy,' for a second season.

The cable network and the actress announced that she was filming nine new episodes at their New York Upfront presentation in January.

Now we have a date.

"We've come a long way since we first started taping season one of this show," said McCoy, who is better known just as LisaRaye. "I am very excited to be back with TV One for season two, and to share with viewers the many exciting developments and blessings in my life over the past year."

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For the past several months, McDonald's has been on a search for African-American men who are creating change and positively impacting their communities around the country.

Last weekend, the annual Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Basketball Tournament took place in Charlotte, N.C., and McDonald's and a few of their celebrity brand ambassadors were on hand to culminate their latest Men of McCafé Search, to identify five community service-driven men.


The food service giant previously kicked off the search at the Atlanta Football Classic, where historically black college and university (HBCU) rivals Florida A&M University and Tennessee State University battled it out at the Georgia Dome.

The lucky contest winners will win an all-expense paid trip to the 2011 Essence Music Festival.

BlackVoices.com was on location to catch all of the action.

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Disney's cruise ship, Disney Dream, is the cruise line's newest ship and most innovative to date. Not only does it boast 14 towering decks and accommodates 4,000 passengers, it even features a cruise-industry first; the AquaDuck, which is the first-ever water coaster at sea.

The family friendly cruise line has taken a great deal of initiatives by creating unique dining experiences, teen-only lounges, a myriad of lounges for adult entertainment and, of course, plenty of opportunity to meet and greet Disney characters, like Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

BlackVoices.com was on the scene to get a sneak peak at all the fun the new ship has to offer.

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For years, Kevin Frazier has lent his reporting to two of television's biggest entertainment shows, 'Entertainment Tonight' and "The Insider.'

Today, CBS announced that the former ESPN 'SportsCenter' host has been named the new co-anchor of 'The Insider.' He will work alongside 'The Insider' anchor Lara Spencer.
Frazier will be the first African-American male to host a daily entertainment news show on a major television network - an opportunity he doesn't take lightly.

"I'm really exciting," he told BlackVoices.com today.

"It's an amazing opportunity and there has not been an African-American male hosting a show like this before. It's a female-dominated genre and so that's why you haven't seen African-American males in this genre. It's a little historic and it's a great responsibility more than a great opportunity."

Continue reading Kevin Frazier Makes History With Move to 'The Insider'