November 19, 2014

Hip Hop: The Billion Dollar Industry that Criminalizes Black People

In 2006 Nas declared that "Hip Hop is Dead." So anything that appears to be Hip Hop now should be thought of as the music industry's version of "The Walking Dead." A post-apocalyptic horror that plays out through media images that affect minds and ill-advised actions by young people each and everyday. Urban radio is essentially giving free advertisement, each time a song is played, to the well-documented private prison industry. There is a cause for alarm. As many states are relinquishing their control of incarcerating their disproportionally affected African American population and turning it over to "for profit" private companies throughout the United States. It's probably the only business in America that doesn't have need for an advertising budget! Just call it what it is: Inmates for profit.

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November 17, 2014

Radio One Blows Up Tom Joyner & K-SOUL for Classic Hip Hop Boom 94.5

Over the weekend Radio One launched a new Classic Hip Hop format in the Dallas Fort Worth area as Boom 94.5. The format change saw the end of the Classic Soul and R&B format of K-Soul 94.5 (KSOC). Also with the change was the surprising end of the Tom Joyner Morning Show. The Reach Media program that is in partnership with Radio One is based in Dallas. The move seemed to come as a shock to Tom Joyner himself as he broadcast from the show's studios in Texas.

November 11, 2014

DJ Herb, Radio's Best 5 O'Clock Mixer on the Frank Ski Show

Frank Ski Afternoons 3-7 on 96.3 WHUR
Many stations, be it Hip Hop or Urban Adult R&B stations feature a 5 o'clock music mix. Many stations employ a mix DJ whose sole purpose is to make the ride home from work more pleasurable or less stressful depending what the traffic looks like around you.

We've taken a listen to many of these mixes across the country, but for our money, DJ Herb out of Atlanta is by far the best there is. He mixes Monday through Thursday on 96.3 WHUR (Washington, D.C.) on the Frank Ski Show. Listeners can stream WHUR on a smart phone or computer
and get a taste of the mixes heard throughout the DMV each afternoon.

November 7, 2014

BOOM Replaces Hot 107.9 in Philly

Boom 107.9 (WPHI) replaces the Urban/Hip Hop format of Hot 107.9 in Philadelphia. The station is positioning itself as "Throwback Hip Hop." The station will play core artists such as Jay Z, Biggie, 2Pac, Dr. Dre, Missy Elliott, and The Roots. Radio-One VP/Programming and former Philly radio personality Colby Colb is the imaging voice for Boom 107.9.

October 30, 2014

Wendy Williams Talks Lifetime's Aaliyah Biopic and More

Wendy Williams talks to Power 106 and Big Boy's Neighborhood about producing the upcoming Aaliyah biopic, she goes inside the Lifetime TV Movie Biography. She also talks the sixth season of her show and getting her start in radio.

After actress Zendaya Coleman dropped out of the movie, Lifetime found her replacement in actress Alexandra Shipp. She is also the star of the new VH1 “Drumline” sequel Drumline 2 A New Beat.

October 28, 2014

TJMS: Don Lemon Says Some Black People Are Mad at Charles Barkley Because He’s Right

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Boy oh boy, Charles Barkley sure stirred a hornet’s nest over the weekend.

Barkley made comments on a radio sports program after being asked about a report that states some black Seattle Seahawks players don’t really like QB Russell Wilson because he’s too close to team management and because in their estimation he’s not black enough.

Barkley talked about how black kids who focus on school and studying are often told by “the loser kids” that they’re acting white.

Barkley says all black people who are successful go through it and its just unintelligent black people who do it to intelligent black people.

October 13, 2014

Radio One Drops the All News for BOOM 92 Classic Hip Hop

Radio One Houston dropped the All News Station "News 92 FM" last week and began playing a continuous loop of songs from native Houston artist Beyonce as B92 prior to the upcoming format change. The all-Beyonce stunt made international headlines and was mentioned by national media outlets from CBS News to Entertainment Tonight.

At 5 o'clock local time, Radio One launched a new format featuring Classic Hip-Hop as "Boom 92." Expect the station to feature many classic hip hop artists like Biggie, 2Pac, Dr. Dre, Missy Elliott, Snoop Dogg along with Houston area rap groups like Geto Boys and UGK.

The Breakfast Club Power 105.1 interviews Black Enterprise Magazine

Alfred Edmond Jr., Chief Content Officer and Sirita Wright, Social Media Manager from Black Enterprise Magazine stopped by The Breakfast Club on Power 105.1 to educate all on the "how-to" on business and more importantly solutions. DJ Envy, Charlamagne, and Angela Yee held down a pretty insightful interview about success in business with the people from Black Enterprise Magazine. Take a look and find out why there is still a need for a magazine such as BLACK Enterprise!