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Tee-Roy, iHeartMedia's on-air personality at 93.3 The Beat in Jacksonville, Power 99 in Philadelphia, and in other markets; tells local Jacksonville TV station News 4 that his listeners say play Kanye West in light of Ye's recent anti-Semitic posts on Twitter that have resulted in him being banned by Elon Musk. “I thought more people would be like, ‘Hey, don’t play Kanye. I don’t want to hear him.’ But the response has been the total opposite So, to me, it’s shocking,” Tee-Roy said. “The biggest thing that came up has been race. Everybody’s said, ‘He’s a Black man and we need to support him as a Black man.’”


ABC News president Kim Godwin has decided to take Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes off the air, saying they’ve become too much of an internal and external distraction. Look for the hosts to return rather quickly as the ratings for 'GMA3' from last week saw a significant boost from the prior two weeks before the news of their affair surfaced. Godwin said that the relationship is not a violation of company policy.


Samantha Chatman has been promoted to weekend morning anchor at Chicago's WLS-TV ABC 7 Eyewitness News.


Watch and listen to Angela Yee's last broadcast on The Breakfast Club. Charlamagne and DJ Envy will continue on without a third member as no replacement for Angela has been named as of yet. >Read more...


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April 3, 2020

A Tribute to The Great Bill Withers, Has Passed Away at the Age of 81


Bill Withers, the three-time Grammy-winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, who sang such classics as “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lovely Day,” “Grandma’s Hands,” “Just the Two of Us,” and “Lean on Me,” died Monday (March 30, 2020) from heart complications, according to a statement released by his family on Friday morning.

“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father. A solitary man with a heart driven to connect to the world at large, with his poetry and music, he spoke honestly to people and connected them to each other,” the statement read. “As private a life as he lived close to intimate family and friends, his music forever belongs to the world. In this difficult time, we pray his music offers comfort and entertainment as fans hold tight to loved ones.”

We have put together a compilation of his songs and performances. Our favorite, although it's hard to pick one, starts off with Grandma's Hands.  We wished the mainstream media would not limit his greatness. To categorize him as a Soul singer of R&B hit is a disservice to his legacy and his friends. He was a great singer and songwriter whose impact was felt throughout the culture of American music and throughout the world. R.I.P. Mr. Bill Withers of Slab Fork, West Virginia.



Here's Bill on the WNYC program Death, Sex, and Money
Maybe it's not manly to say, "I'm scared." But for Bill Withers, being a man isn't about ignoring fear. It's about getting things done in spite of it, and knowing when to ask for help. Before he wrote some of the most memorable hits of the 70s and 80s—songs like "Ain't No Sunshine," and "Lean on Me"—Withers was a stuttering boy in a poor mining town.



Here is the trailer for one of the best documentaries (Still Bill) we've seen that shows the intimate portrayal of not just a singer but a man.  Below that is the documentary in its entirety.



Watch before it's no longer available.



A short documentary on Bill Withers' debut album on Clarence Avant's Sussex Records




Updated: (4/4/20) Here's Questlove's multi-platform social media Bill Withers Tribute. It was truly amazing. Yes it was 4 hours, but well worth it.









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