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R&B lost three legends this weekend in Little Richard, Andre Harrell and Betty Wright

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By Amir Vera, CNN

(CNN) – It was a tough weekend for rhythm and blues with the deaths of three musical icons.Singers Betty Wright and Little Richard along with music executive Andre Harrell died this weekend. All had major impacts on R&B and the music industry as a whole. If one wasn’t moving the genre forward, another was introducing the world to new acts.

Betty Wright influenced a generation of female artists

Betty Wright performs on stage at The 12th Annual Jazz In The Gardens Music Festival on March 18, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  Betty Wright performs on stage at The 12th Annual Jazz In The Gardens Music Festival on March 18, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida.The soulful Betty Wright died from cancer Sunday at the age of 66 in her Miami home, according to Billboard.She had been diagnosed with endometrial cancer in the fall, Steve Greenberg, president of S-Curve Records who worked with Wright, told The New York Times.Wright’s career started with her family’s gospel group, according to Billboard, and she released her first album at the age of 14 in 1968.The Grammy-award winner and six-time nominee is known for her hits “Clean Up Woman” and “Tonight is the Night.”Many of her hits have been sampled by rappers and singers like BeyoncéColor Me Bad and Chance the Rapper.

Little Richard was an early figure in rock

Little Richard at his concert performance in the Hamburg Star Club, singing in the 1960sLittle Richard at his concert performance in the Hamburg Star Club, singing in the 1960sThe screaming, preening, scene-stealing wild man of early rock ‘n’ roll first came on the scene in the 1950s with hits like “Tutti Frutti,” “Long Tall Sally” and “Slippin’ and Slidin‘.”The Macon, Georgia, native had a long career after that saw him becoming one of the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, getting a street named after him in his home town and receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1993 Grammys.Aside from music, Little Richard’s most noted ambivalence was in his attitude toward his sexuality. He told Charles White he was “omnisexual.” A decade later, he told Penthouse magazine he always knew he was gay.”I’ve been gay all my life and I know God is a God of love, not of hate,” he told the magazine in 1995. “How can I (put) down the fisherman when I’ve been fishing all my life?”

Andre Harrell had an everlasting footprint in hip-hop

Andre Harrell, left, and Sean "Diddy" Combs pose for a photo at a party after Lifebeat's Urban Aid benefit concert at Madison Square Garden on October 5, 1995 in New York City, New York.Andre Harrell, left, and Sean “Diddy” Combs pose for a photo at a party after Lifebeat’s Urban Aid benefit concert at Madison Square Garden on October 5, 1995 in New York City, New York.Harrell is credited with mentoring Sean Diddy Combs as well as discovering and launching the careers of various artists and entertainers.He got his start in 1980s with as one of two members in the rap group Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde. Harrell was then hired by Def Jam Records where he worked as vice president and then became a general manager of the label.It was when he founded Uptown Records that things really took off. He hired Diddy as an intern and launched the careers of Mary J. Blige, Heavy D and The Boyz, Jodeci and Teddy Riley.”Known to have the midas touch when it came to discovering and developing talent, Andre was responsible for changing the sound of R&B music and crossing artist and executives over into what was then known as ‘pop culture,'” the Combs Enterprises website said.

CNN’s Todd Leopold, Chloe Melas, Hollie Silverman and Jay Croft contributed to this report.

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Detectives David Quinn and Vince Velazquez Solve A Horrific John Doe Case on TV One’s Hit Show ATL HOMICIDE

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(SILVER SPRING, MD) — TV One’s hit true-crime show ATL HOMICIDE airs on Monday, February 22 at 9 P.M. ET/8C. In this episode, David Quinn and Vince Velazquez recount the botched robbery of a young Hispanic male whose story involves several members of Atlanta’s criminal underworld. After months of hitting dead ends, the detectives receive intel that an unlikely teen duo are the prime suspects and have been bragging about several crimes that were committed in that span of time. Can the detectives link them to the death of the murder victim?

In each episode, thirty-year Atlanta PD veteran Detectives David Quinn and Vince Velazquez recount their past homicide investigations of Atlanta in their quest to put heinous murderers behind bars. Real-life interviews are paired with dramatic recreations from actors Angelo Diaz as David Quinn and Christopher Diaz as Vince Velazquez. 

In addition to the weekly episodes, Quinn and Velazquez give viewers tips on how to think like a detective and solve cases in exclusive ATL HOMICIDE: AT HOME clips segments available across social platforms via @tvone.

ATL HOMICIDE is produced for TV One by Wide Net Productions and Jupiter Entertainment. Executive Producers for Wide Net Productions are Rob Kerr and Sedg Tourison. For Jupiter Entertainment, Allison Wallach serves as Executive Producer and Rudolf Fischmann is Supervising Producer. For TV One, Susan Henry is the Executive Producer in Charge of Production and Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production.

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CLEO TV serves up a second helping of quick and savory gourmet on the next episode of NEW SOUL KITCHEN REMIX, hosted by acclaimed chef Jernard Wells, airing Saturday, February 13 at 9:30 P.M. ET/8:30C. Chef Jernard’s weekly cooking demonstrations provide healthy alternatives to viewers’ favorite classic dishes. 

The classic Chicken Cordon Bleu has taken on new life with Jernard’s New School Chicken Cordon Bleu with steamed asparagus topped with honey mustard and tarragon sauce. In true NEW SOUL KITCHEN REMIX fashion, the dishes are made with health-conscious ingredients without sacrificing flavor.

NEW SOUL KITCHEN REMIX is produced by Powerhouse Productions, with Rochelle Brown and Sonia Armstead serving as Executive Producers. For CLEO TV, Susan Henry and Gold Morgan serve as Executives in Charge of Production; Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting; and Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production.

For more information about CLEO TV visit www.mycleo.tv and check out CLEO TV YouTube Channel. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TwitterInstagramPinterest and Facebook (@mycleotv) using the hashtags #NEWSOULKITCHEN and #CLEOTV.



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TV ONE CELEBRATES THE REPRESENT BLACK LOVE CAMPAIGN WITH SPECIAL VALENTINE’S DAY CONTENT

Network Continues Black History Month Programming With UNSUNG Specials and Focus on the Future Black Leaders of the New Civil Rights Movement

TV One celebrates Valentine’s Day with a special “REPRESENT BLACK LOVE” lineup featuring classic movies and shows. On Sunday, February 14 starting at 6 a.m./5C, the network air a special marathon of A DIFFERENT WORLD showcasing the ‘Dwayne and Whitley’s epic love affair. At 11 a.m./10C catch back-to-back airings of THE BEST MAN. Then settle in for a night of romance starting at 4 p.m./3Cwith three of the most iconic films in cinema history with MAHOGANY, CARMEN JONES and CLAUDINE

The love continues online with the launch of exclusive content from the cast of the TV One’s original movie DON’T WASTE YOUR PRETTY. From Keri Hilson (“Think Like A Man,” “Almost Christmas”) to Deborah Joy Winans (“Greenleaf), the cast sits down to discuss what #BlackLove means to them. The content will be available across TV One’s digital and social platforms leading up to the film’s premiere on Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 8 p.m./7C. Based on the eponymous novel penned by award-winning author and media personality Demetria L. Lucas, the film tells the story of tightly knit friends as they sort out their turbulent life and love issues. The cast of DON’T WASTE YOUR PRETTY also includes Redaric Williams (“The Yard,” “The Young And The Restless”), Jasmine Burke (“Saints & Sinners”), Kaye Singleton (“American Soul”) and Rainey Branch (“Being Mary Jane,” “Grey’s Anatomy”). The film is directed by Tamara Bass and written by Katrina O’Gilvie (NAACP Image Award nominee for “Behind the Movement”). 

The networks’ Black History Month programming continues with a full schedule of content that exemplifies this year’s theme, “REPRESENT THE MOVEMENT.” The network celebrates the young, “uplifted” and black leaders of the New Civil Rights Movement and what they hope for the future. The four female activists who will be featured in various spots throughout the month include Zyahna Bryant, Brea Baker, Nupol Kiazohu, and Kenidra Woods. Each activist will reflect and give their point of view on today’s most important causes such as women’s rights, criminal justice reform, freedom of speech, LGBTQ rights, racism, immigration and gun control.

TV One will also pay tribute to the life and career of Cicely Tyson with REFLECTIONS OF AN ICON WITH CATHY HUGHES which will air on Wednesday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30C. The archival interview features the legendary actor when she was on Broadway for the 2013 Broadway production of A Trip to Bountiful. Additionally, a special presentation of the 1972 classic film, SOUNDER (based on the book by William H. Armstrong) will air Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 5 p.m. ET/4C. The film earned Ms. Tyson an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, as well as a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture. 

Encore presentations of UNSUNG episodes continues with spotlights on trailblazing musicians and musical innovators who have impacted music over the past 40 years, including:
UNSUNG: The Dramatics on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8 p.m./7CUNSUNG: David Ruffin on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 9 p.m./8CUNSUNG: Tammi Terrell on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 10 p.m./9CUNSUNG: Teddy Pendergrass on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 8 p.m./7CUNSUNG: Blue Magic on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 9 p.m./8CUNSUNG: Switch on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 10 p.m./9CUNSUNG: Roxanne Shante on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 8 p.m./7CUNSUNG: Mtume on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 9 p.m./8CUNSUNG: DeBarge on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 10 p.m./9C
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