Farewell Oprah!

Farewell Oprah!

The second part of Oprah’s “Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular” event was filled with high-profile singers, actors, and journalists, but surprisingly they were not the stars of yesterdays show. There is no doubt that the spotlight moment of the show was when Oprah was honored by a group of scholars from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.
Tyler Perry began the tribute by acknowledging how Oprah has helped thousands of young people throughout the country go to college, and amongst these students are more than 400 African American men from Morehouse College that she sent to school on scholarship. Perry then announced that some of the recipients of the scholarship came to participate in the farewell celebration. Following this, hundreds of recipients of the scholarship began to fill the stage and aisles of the United Center carrying electric candles. These candles symbolized the importance of allowing one man to complete his education and build a new life.
One of the 400 men who was blessed to receive the scholarship and appear on yesterday’s show was Parnell Minter, who is from my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Watch the video describing his once in a lifetime experience.

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Common Goes To The White House

Common Goes To The White House

The rapper Common was invited to take part in a White House poetry event on Wednesday, angering some GOP members who claim the hip-hop artist’s lyrics celebrate violence.

Last night’s “Evening of Poetry,” part of Michelle Obama’s White House Music Series, reportedly went smoothly, showcasing performers like singer Aimee Mann, comedian Steve Martin, and former poets laureate Billy Collins and Rita Dove.

But some right-wing pundits criticized Common’s participation in the event, pointing to controversial rhymes he recited on a 2007 episode of HBO’s “Def Poetry”: “Why they messing with Saddam? / burn a Bush cos’ for peace he push no button / killing over oil and grease / no weapons of destruction,” ABC News reports.

Karl Rove railed against the inclusion of Common on the radio program “The Sean Hannity Show” on Tuesday, calling the rapper “a thug.”

“Yes, let’s invite a misogynist to the White House, a guy who’s called for violence against police officers, and called for killing the former president of the United States George W. Bush,” Rove said, according to ABC.


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Malcolm Jamal Warner/Tracee Ross land new BET show



It was recently announced that Tracee Ellis Ross (”Girlfriends”) and Malcom Jamal Warner (”The Cosby Show”) have just signed on to do a new BET show. The series, “Reed Between the Lines” is scheduled to premiere October 2011, and will join “The Game” and “Let’s Stay Together,” the popular comedies which have both been renewed for a second season.


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The Crossrhodes Reunites in DC May 18th

The Crossrhodes Reunites in DC May 18th

To me this has been a long time coming, I totally wish I lived in Dc for this reunion. These are two incredibly talented artists. W.Ellington Felton & Raheem Devaughn will perform songs from the Crossrhodes collaboration albums

  • 2004: Limited Budget, Unlimited Quality, Urban Ave Music/Art Hurts
  • 2005: The Invitation, Urban Ave Music/Art Hurts

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Illvibe Releases First Compilation

Illvibe Releases First Compilation


Finally the  debut album by here. The cd entitled “All Together Now” is an incredible collabarative effort. You can get it now digitally and CDs are shipping to your favorite stores. Add this to your collection and I promise you will be very glad you did!


1. All Together Intro
2. Heavy Soul (feat. Replife & Cecilia Stalin)
3. 80 Days (feat. Ne’a Posey)
4. Certified (feat. Invincible, Bahamadia, & Finale)
5. Over Now (feat. Hezekiah & Conya Doss)
6. Pictures (feat. Aaron Livingston)
7. DJ Play (feat. Kokayi)
8. Everybody (feat. Rich Medina)
9. Ridin’ Slow (feat. Schoolz of Thought)
10. Authentic Raw (feat. Supastition & Reef The Lost Cauze)
11. Can’t Deny (feat. Ishe & Dave Ghetto)
12. Standard of Rhyme (feat. John Robinson & Fatin) [of Kindred The Family Soul]
13. Medicen Men (feat. A.R.M.) [African Rebel Movement]
14. Indigo Child


Hezekiah is one of the many artists to appear on our debut album coming out on March 29th. While he was at our new studio recently, we filmed him discussing his contributions to the project and well as his relationship with us and more. Pre-order All Together Now.

Filmed, edited, and directed by Mr. Sonny James for Illvibe Media


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