The Pulse of Entertainment: Ben
Tankard's ‘Rise' Inspires, Garners NAACP Image Award Nomination / 50th NAACP Image Awards Nominee Luncheon Holds the
Spotlight on Talent
"We appreciate all the attention, but when your own people say you
did a good job I get tears in my eyes," said 15-time Stellar Award winning Smooth Jazz/Gospel pianist Ben Tankard about
his nomination for a 50th NAACP Image Award. Winners will be selected when it airs live on TV One from the Dolby Theatre in
Hollywood on Saturday March 30, 2019. Ben was nominated for his latest album release "Rise," featuring Paul Jackson,
Jr., Kirk Whalum and Marion Meadows. Tankard's "Rise" was released in late 2018 and aside from
a nomination from the NAACP Image Awards the album reached #2 on Billboard's Jazz Radio Chart. The project also features 1LV,
Dejuan Williams, Kyle Schroeder, Unlisted Number and Neb Draknat. Ben Tankard is hailed as the "Godfather of Gospel Jazz".
He is a pianist, drummer, guitarist, percussionist and music producer. In 2018 he...Read
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The NAACP hosted its 50th NAACP Image Awards Nominee Luncheon recently at the Loews Hotel in Hollywood, California to put
the spotlight on talent that was nominated for a possible win at this year's NAACP Image Awards to be aired live on TV One
at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Saturday March 30, 2019, hosted by Anthony Anderson ("Black-ish"). I covered
the red carpet arrivals and I had a chance to talk with some of the nominees, such as the event's co-host Major ("Better
With You In It") nominated in three categories - Outstanding Male Artist/Traditional Song/Best Album; Emmy winning Lynn
Whitfield-Green (HBO's "Josephine Baker Story") nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress for the series "Greenleaf";
Tracey Bing, producer of Nappily Ever After, which was nominated for Outstanding Independent, and Sheryl Lee Ralph (CBS ‘Fam"),
who co-hosted the event with Major. "I'm co-hosting with the queen right here," said Major during
the red carpet arrivals. "I'm super honored...I'm up for three nominations. Ya'll pray for me. I'm just living the dream." Nominations for this year's NAACP Awards are led by Bruno Mars and H.E.R. who received five; followed by four
nominations for... Read
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Janelle Monáe to present to Janet Jackson at
the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony March 29, 2019 at Barclays Center
(Cleveland) - Janelle
Monáe to present Janet Jackson at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The sold-out Rock & Roll
Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is presented by Klipsch Audio and will take place on March 29, 2019 at Barclays Center in
Brooklyn, New York. Other presenters include Harry Styles presenting for Stevie Nicks; Brian May of Queen presenting for Def
Leppard: Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails presenting for The Cure; David Byrne presenting for Radiohead; John Taylor &
Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran presenting for Roxy Music, and Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles presenting for The Zombies. The Ceremony
will be aired exclusively on HBO on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 8 p.m. EST.
Rahsaan Patterson to Debut on Shanachie with 'Heroes & Gods',
Led By First Single 'Sent From Heaven'
CA) - Los Angeles based singer/songwriter and actor Rahsaan Patterson
is comfortable being in the limelight. This summer marks his 35th anniversary in the entertainment industry with a May 17,
2019 Shanachie Entertainment debut album "Heroes & Gods", which is led by the first single "Sent From Heaven."
"Journey to Love" by Eunice Moseley now Available at Barnes and Nobles.
VIDEO CLIP OF THE
Pulse of Entertainment covered the Grammy Museum's "An Evening with Thelma Houston," where she was interviewed by
Scott Goldman (Grammy Museum) and hte audience, was honored with a replacement Grammy Award that she won in 1977 for "Don't
Leave Me This Way" and performed her and Motown labelmates' hits. Watch coverage below!
(Silverspring, MD) - Noted
comedian, actor and Reach Media Syndicated Radio host, DL Hughley is bringing his own brand of comedy and commentary to TV
One with his new nighttime talk show "The DL Hughley Show" premiering Monday, March 18, 2019 at 11/10C p.m. The
show will air four nights a week, Monday through Thursday.
Hughley is one of the most unapologetic voices of our time and does not shy away from controversy. "The DL Hughley
Show" dives head first into hot topics of the day and dishes on the latest news, entertainment, Pop culture and what's
trending in social media.
Always insightful and informative, Hughley and his co-host Jasmine Sanders use humor
to deliver everything from hard news to lighter fare. Featuring stories relevant to a rapidly evolving African-American community,
the one-hour show, which is a hybrid of Hughley's existing radio show with fresh content created specifically for a nighttime
audience, will offer everything from covering the day's major headlines and roundtable discussions to celebrity guest interviews
and comedy bits.
Shot in a stylized studio, the look and feel of "The DL Hughley Show" is patterned
after a traditional radio show, adapted for television and will be taped in-studio four days a week from Burbank, CA.
"The DL Hughley Show" is produced for TV One by Pygmy Wolf Productions with DL Hughley and KP Anderson
serving as Executive Producers. Sonya Vaughn and Charlie Gerencer serve as Co-Executive Producers and Jade Mills serves as
Executive in Charge of Production. Melanie Massie serves as Talent Producer. For TV One, Susan Henry and Regina Thomas serve
as Executive Producers in Charge of Production.