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Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame comes to life in Atlanta – TheGrio

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Attendees at the event spoke to theGrio’s Hannah Gebresilassie about what being honored as part of the inaugural class of inductees meant to them

Jun 17, 2021
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The inaugural induction and unveiling ceremony of the Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame brought the stars out as they made history in Atlanta. 

It was a celebration filled with music, marching band performances and smiles as everyone from celebrities to politicians came together to honor the moment. 

The 12 inductees of the first-ever Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame class included: Beyoncé, James Brown, Kirk Franklin, Michael Jackson, Missy Elliot, Otis Redding, OutKast, Quincy D. Jones, Sean “Love” Combs, Shirley Caesar, Stevie Wonder, and Usher

Big day in Atlanta honoring legends at the city’s first Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame! Congratulations to all the inductees 👑 pic.twitter.com/HakKA9K53p

— Hannah Gebresilassie (@hannahjoyTV)

Some of the inductees were present for the honor while others sent family and friends to represent on their behalf.

Kirk Franklin attended the event and spoke with theGrio about how he felt about being recognized.

“It’s overwhelming,” Franklin told theGrio. “It’s overwhelming to know where I come from and there’s so many people who really are the architects of gospel music in America that were the soundtrack to a lot of changes that we saw in urban America’s music, but they never got the recognition, they never got the notoriety.”

The Grammy-winning artist said many more people deserve to be celebrated.

“So all I am is a person that wants to make sure that people know that I’m standing on great shoulders from an incredible genre of music and musicians that deserve this opportunity to be seen and celebrated,” Franklin told theGrio

Georgia State Representative Erica Thomas is one of the founders of the Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame, which came to life after the Atlanta City Council recently passed an ordinance to approve the installation.

It was finalized via an agreement between the City of Atlanta, the Georgia Entertainment Caucus and the Black American Music Association.

Thomas, along with members of the Georgia Entertainment Caucus, hosted the event on Thursday. 

“I want to thank Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the Atlanta City Council for helping this Walk of Fame come to fruition, especially Councilman Antonio Brown who introduced the local ordinance,” Thomas said.

“As those around us try to silence Black history, it is more important than ever to preserve Black history. Our stories will not be silenced. Our history will not be forgotten. And, now, the success of Black creators and entertainers will be memorialized here in Atlanta.”  

Mayor @KeishaBottoms celebrated the unveiling of the star-studded Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame with @Blackamaorg. Stop by MLK Jr. Drive to pay your respects to some of the greatest entertainers of all time! pic.twitter.com/NY0vydy3fu

— City of Atlanta, GA (@CityofAtlanta)

This day touched many community members, including activist and author Kimberly Latrice Jones, who runs a production company called Push Films that helped sponsor the event. Jones was one of the alternate voters who got to sit on the calls and chime in to vote when there were opportunities.  

“Honoring them is key and critical because this is part of the problem, especially right now as we’re having this intricate conversation about critical race theory, to have them get the acknowledgment that they deserve, to talk about the contributions we as African Americans have made to this nation,” Jones told theGrio.

“This is part of us honoring our value and letting the world know you cannot deny the value of Black Americans.”

Several people from around Atlanta also expressed joy in this moment. 

“Being from the westside of Atlanta and seeing something amazing and historical and groundbreaking like this is truly inspiring,” said Britt Jones-Chukura, Atlanta activist and organizer. “Atlanta is known to change the culture nationwide so it’s been about time that we recognize the influencers as well as the entertainers who continue to inspire youth and community members.”

Watching @MissyElliott tear up while getting inducted into the Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame…wow. pic.twitter.com/JsdpmpBNZC

— Jewel Wicker (@jewelwickershow)

Among the speakers at the ceremony were Bottoms, CEO of AMB Sports and Entertainment Stephen Cannon, and many other Atlanta figures.

A range of politicians also attended the event, including Black leaders in the Georgia House of Representatives. Park Cannon, Kim Schofield, Sandra Scott, Erick Allen, Derrick Jackson were there, along with candidates for Atlanta’s open mayoral position, Antonio Brown and Andre Dickens.

The Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame in Atlanta is located on a sidewalk along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in front of the Mercedes Benz Stadium.

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Air Partner launches Tour Protect for music and entertainment industry

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Air Partner’s Tour Protect offers the advanced safety solutions needed to mitigate risk, safeguard all VIP charter flights and ensure a smooth travel experience at each stop along the tour

Diversified private jet services provider Air Partner has announced the launch of Tour Protect. It’s described as “the first COVID-19 travel protection program for complex world tours.”

As the music and entertainment industries begin to plan to tour again, Tour Protect offers the advanced safety solutions needed for today’s age in travel to mitigate risk, safeguard all VIP charter flights and ensure a smooth travel experience at each stop along the tour.

The Tour Protect add-on charter program delivers a new industry solution to music and entertainment companies. It comes as they begin to plan their tours. The plan provides the most advanced safety measures including, enhanced COVID-19 protocols, evacuation planning, security detail, and 24/7 health and medical support.

Air Partner Tour Protect

Air Partner’s Tour Protect add-on program includes:

  • Enhanced COVID-19 Safety Protocols: Guarantee all aircraft and crew comply with recommended COVID-19 procedures, including deep cleaning of aircraft, advanced crew training, access to ground transportation that has been safely vetted, and access to COVID-19 testing and vaccination validation screenings.
  • Quick-Response Evacuation Planning: Governments trust Air Partner for its evacuation planning services. Tour Protect provides this same protection level to ensure the fastest solution for any evacuation needs related to COVID-19 or other emergencies that may arise.
  • 24/7 Medical Support: In partnership with Northcott Global Solutions, Tour Protect includes 24/7 access to medical support for individuals and groups, along with access to a network of highly trained medical personnel who can deploy on short notice to assist with any needs.
  • Security Screening: Air Partner works closely with airports, airlines, suppliers, and cargo agents globally to ensure that necessary security is in place, offering solutions that meet the requirements set out by international regulations and compliance. This includes advanced security screening through rapid deployment of security teams and equipment and added security for high-profile clients. Credentialing and badge IDs are available for all passengers, including crew, entourage, and additional personnel.

“With so many considerations going into the production of live events, Tour Protect is designed to alleviate clientele of concerns and provide reliable air transportation to take them where they need to be and back on schedule,” said David McCown, President of Air Partner, Americas.

He added, “Air Partner’s global network of resources, and 60 years of experience in the private aviation space, allows our team to manage these tours with the highest degree of care and service. Our ability to swiftly pivot, robust level of security capabilities, and experience coordinating campaign tours during COVID-19, allows our team to be an ideal resource to entertainment and music companies as they take flight again.”

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Paramount+ Launches Today With Live Sports, Breaking News, And Entertainment | SEAT42F

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Paramount+, the highly anticipated streaming service from ViacomCBS, launched today with an unparalleled content offering that bundles live sports, breaking news, and an expansive collection of exclusive new originals, hit series, marquee franchises and popular movies. Featuring more than 30,000 episodes and countless films from ViacomCBS’ family of world-renowned brands and production studios, including BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel, Paramount+ is home to premium entertainment for the whole family.

“The launch of Paramount+, which builds on ourlegacy of innovation and superior storytelling, is a significant milestone for ViacomCBS that demonstrates our commitment to being a global leader in streaming,” said Tom Ryan, President and Chief Executive Officer, ViacomCBS Streaming. “By combining fresh original content with live and on-demand programming and an established library of titles from world-class entertainment brands, we have created an unrivaled service that offers live sports, breaking news and entertainment for all audiences.”

Premiering today with the launch of the service is a slate of new originals, including The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, the first-ever all CGI SpongeBob motion picture event; Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years, a prequel series and the first-ever spinoff of SpongeBob SquarePants; MTV Documentary Films 76 Days, the Oscar Shortlisted documentary that looks at life in the earliest days of the COVID-19 crisis in Wuhan, China; For Heaven’s Sake, a docuseries blending comedy and crime for a unique take on uncovering the truth; The Real World Homecoming: New York, a reunion special with the original New York cast in the iconic NYC loft; 60 Minutes+, a new form of the flagship series that reveals the stories behind the news through original reporting and captivating interviews; and Stephen Colbert Presents Tooning out the News, the second season of the animated daily news satire series.

These titles join a growing slate of originals currently on the service exclusively, including The Good Fight, Why Women Kill, The Stand, Star Trek: Lower DecksNo Activity, Coyote and more.

Coming this Spring to Paramount+ is an extensive lineup of live sports including every UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League match, culminating with the UEFA Champions League Final on May 29;coverage of the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, featuring all of CBS’s games throughout the tournament highlighted by the National Championship game and Final Four with first-round coverage beginning on March 19; and CBS Sports’ coverage of The Masters.

The Paramount+ slate will also continue to expand with 36 exclusive originals coming to the service in 2021, including the following titles that will debut this spring: Rugrats, an all-new series featuring Nick’s iconic babies, back together with the original voice cast and an all-new CG animation style; No Activity, a half-hour police comedy that will transition from live action to animated for season four; and Behind the Music, the groundbreaking and prolific music documentary series returns with several new episodes and the best of the vault remastered. Beginning late spring, the Paramount+ film library will grow to over 2,500 titles including recent hits from Paramount Pictures, such as BumblebeeCrawlDora and the Lost City of GoldGemini ManLike a BossPet SemataryPlaying with FireRocketman and Sonic the Hedgehog, as well as popular movies from MGM, such as Bill & Ted Face the MusicSkyfallThe Addams FamilyChild’s Play and Valley Girl.

The reimagined service, built on the strong foundation of CBS All Access, features live linear programming, plus a deep and growing content portfolio that spans the best in scripted dramas, kids and family, sports, news, documentaries, comedy, music and reality. Starting today, subscribers can stream:

How to Stream

Paramount+ has two pricing tiers available to U.S. subscribers that marry the best of live and on-demand programming. The premium tier, at $9.99, is available now and combines live sports, including NFL games, soccer and more; breaking news through CBSN; CBS’ live linear feed; and commercial free, on-demand entertainment options spanning Paramount+ originals to the full suite of current and library shows and movies with 4K, HDR and Dolby Vision and mobile downloads. In June, Paramount+ will introduce a new ad-supported tier, at $4.99, that offers live NFL games, news and entertainment, but no longer includes local live CBS station programming. A $5.99 ad-supported tier, which includes live CBS programming, is available until June at which point only the $4.99 and $9.99 tiers will be offered to new subscribers.

All Paramount+ subscribers will have access to a seamless user interface, enhanced curation and discovery, cross-platform dynamic play functionality, personalized homepages, content categories and central hubs for ViacomCBS’ brands. Additionally, each subscription option will include parental control capabilities and up to 6 individual profiles.

Consumers can subscribe to Paramount+ online at ParamountPlus.com; via the Paramount+ app for iOS and Android; and across a wide number of platforms, including smart TVs, connected-TV devices, online, mobile, gaming consoles, and leading OTT providers. Paramount+ will also be distributed on major platforms in local markets internationally. The new Paramount+ app will begin rolling out across platforms today. For more details on Paramount+, please visit ParamountPlus.com.

International Rollout

ViacomCBS will bring Paramount+ to international markets with initial debuts in 18 Latin American countries and Canada today; the Nordics on March 25, 2021; and Australia with a rebrand and expansion of 10 All Access later this year.

With production capabilities across five continents, strong distribution agreements and local relationships and expertise around the world, Paramount+ will leverage ViacomCBS’ leading global reach — including the largest global broadcast footprint — to drive streaming growth and international expansion. ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) will build on its momentum in prized formats, and as one of the top global producers of Spanish-language content, to bring exclusive series to market for fans of kids and family, scripted dramas, reality and more. Subscription prices will vary by market, but Paramount+ will be available to international audiences at a compelling price point.

Paramount+

Paramount+, a direct-to-consumer digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service from ViacomCBS, combines live sports, breaking news, and a mountain of entertainment. The premium streaming service features an expansive library of original series, hit shows and popular movies across every genre from world-renowned brands and production studios, including BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel. The service is also the streaming home to unmatched sports programming, including every CBS Sports event, from golf to football to basketball and more, plus exclusive streaming rights for major sports properties, including some of the world’s biggest and most popular soccer leagues. Paramount+ also enables subscribers to stream local CBS stations live across the U.S. in addition to the ability to stream ViacomCBS Streaming’s other live channels: CBSN for 24/7 news, CBS Sports HQ for sports news and analysis, and ET Live for entertainment coverage.

For more information about Paramount+, please visit www.paramountplus.com and follow @ParamountPlus on social platforms.

About ViacomCBS:

ViacomCBS (NASDAQ: VIAC; VIACA) is a leading global media and entertainment company that creates premium content and experiences for audiences worldwide. Driven by iconic consumer brands, its portfolio includes CBS, Showtime Networks, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount+, Pluto TV and Simon & Schuster, among others. The company delivers the largest share of the U.S. television audience and boasts one of the industry’s most important and extensive libraries of TV and film titles. In addition to offering innovative streaming services and digital video products, ViacomCBS provides powerful capabilities in production, distribution and advertising solutions for partners on five continents.

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Evercade VS – A New Home Gaming Console From Blaze Entertainment

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On April 23, 2021, Blaze Entertainment announced their newest console, called Evercade VS.  What is the console?  Well, this console is a home-based 1080p Evercade system with up to four players supported. 

Evercade VS is set for release on November 3, 2021 starting at $99.99 USD.  There are multiple options that will be available for purchase.  These order configurations include:

  • Starter Pack 1 Game (TBA) and 1 Controller

  • Premium Pack: 2 Games (TBA) and 2 Controllers

  • Special Edition color scheme (TBA)

One of the interesting facts about the console is the dual cartridge slot, which allows for more games to be selectable at a given moment.  Evercade VS uses existing Evercade cartridges, which will feature over 280 games by the end of 2021.  Save stages are saved directly to the cartridge, so they can be swapped between consoles. 

The console will feature a brand-new user interface as well as new resolution options, including “Pixel Perfect” option.  There is also built-in Wi-Fi to enable a hassle-free user interface and game updates.  At this time, there are no plans for online gameplay. 

The console comes with a new controller, but non-Evercade controllers and wireless adapters are supported.  Even the handheld Evercade can be used as a controller, but it requires an additional link cable, which is sold separately. 

Let’s talk about the cartridges being “subject to license” for a moment.  According to the press release, “The Namco Museum collections are by contract Handheld exclusives and are available in Europe only. Therefore those two cartridges will not be compatible with the Evercade VS.”  Hopefully this will change because I have routinely said that Namco Museum 2 is the reason to buy the handheld console:

·         Brutally honest opinions on Evercade: https://youtu.be/TY7OVpZiUVI

·         Review of Namco Museum 2: https://youtu.be/L9CCjztYpeg

The Evercade VS is the first consolized version of the existing handheld ecosystem, and the price is reasonable. I am a bit disappointed because the Namco collections are not currently licensed for this console, but that will hopefully change. I like the controllers and design of the console. It reminds me of the Nintendo Entertainment System’s design. Would I buy one for myself; well that remains to be seen.I bought my handheld unit last year and it supports HDMI out.

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