Da-Professor’s Lounge’s Food For The Soul Episode

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Legendary Cat Woman’s documentary was purrfect

TV One’s Unsung Hollywood aired it’s documentary on Singer/Dancer/Actress/Activist Eartha Kitt last night and though I don’t feel that she’s Unsung, her life was interesting, heartbreaking and inspiring. I recall seeing many interviews she did where she revealed that she couldn’t locate her birth certificate and that she grew up on a cotton plantation, but I had no idea she was born in North, South Carolina, where her mother worked as a maid where she was raped by the plantation owner’s son who refused to be a part of his child’s life, forcing Eartha’s mother to allow Eartha Mae to be raised by her side of the family due to her mother’s husband refusing to raise Eartha due to her light complexion which caused the family where she lived with abused her. “The odds of her to make it was little” Actor Dick Gregory said on his friend’s documentary. I had no idea that her mother had remarried and her husband refused to allow Eartha to move with them due to her being light-skinned and bi-racial, and being forced to live with her mother’s relatives and other families where she was the victim of colorism and abuse. Her saving grace was when a local church arranged for Eartha to relocate to Harlem to live with an aunt, where she was quickly captivated with the singer and musicians, and it was watching them perform that made her decided to pursue a career in entertainment.  At the age of 16, Kitt auditioned to perform with Kathleen Dunham’s dance company and not only did she nail the audition, she was awarded a full-scholarship and began her first trip overseas where she performed throughout Europe including performing in front of the King & Queen of England. Eartha also did a successful fun in Paris where she began to added singing to her stage show and quickly learned to speak and sing in many different languages. By the time she returned to the U.S. she was fluent in 4 different languages. Eartha also began to experience racism in the both the White and Black communities. While performing a song in Turkish at a fancy night club in New York, an racist male called her an educated nigger, while many Blacks felt she wasn’t Black enough due to her not speaking slang nor sounding like a southern belle. Eartha would always show Blacks her southern roots by speaking with a southern twang while teaching them how it’s done. “Blacks didn’t like her speaking proper and she told people that was nonsense” Eartha’s friend Singer/Actress Freda Payne said on the documentary about how Eartha felt about Blacks criticizing her for having class. Eartha scored many hits including “Santa Baby” which became a huge hit and her signature song that still gets air-play on radio during the Christmas holiday due to the song’s adult, yet mature lyrics. “It was a sexy song” Actress/Author Robin Givens said while actress Tessa Thompson spoke highly of Eartha’s phasing and vocal performance. “She Inspired Madonna, Janet Jackson and Diana Ross.” She knew the power of her sexuality” college professor Anna Evertte added. Eartha began to receive several male suitors who was captivated by her beauty and intelligence which also added to the racism she encountered due to the fact that she dated both Black and White men including an actor who’s parents were part owners of MGM studios who refused to have A Black lady to be the heir of their family regardless of her being a successful entertainer. The actor though he was in love with Eartha had decided to make her his mistress, which naturally made Kitt devastated and pissed. Eartha pressed on and in 1958, she broke ground by working with Nat King Cole, where they displayed great chemistry on screen and for many decades many have assumed they have an affair. Eartha denied this claim for years, but in her later years, she finally revealed that Cole was the love of her life and she asked him to leave his wife for her. Cole refused. Eartha got the opportunity to work with Sammy Davis Jr who had a crush on her and romantically pursued her to be a powerful Black Couple. Eartha turned down his romantic request, but they remained friends and became active in the Civil Rights Movement. She did marry a real-estate agent who would drive her around while she was protesting for equality. Eartha also gave birth to her only child; a daughter name Kitt who became an attorney and later her manager. Eartha and Kitt had a close relationship. Despite her success, many casting directors wanted Eartha to play maids, but she refused and later on she got the role that would cement her place in history. She received the role as Catwoman in the Batman series and it was groundbreaking; Eartha was the first Black actress to play the role and Eartha along with her fans were extremely happy with the role. “That was the luckiest thing that happened to me” she said during an interview that was featured in Unsung. Many fans and performers spoke about how the role was a defining moment for her during the Civil Rights era and it further showed her strength and independence. “Cats are independent” Actor John Williams said. Eartha also became a youth advocate and formed the Kittsville Center a dance center in Watts where inner city children would attend to help develop their talents.  Eartha’s career was on the rise, but it came to an unexpected halt when she was invited to an all ladies luncheon by  President Johnson and while the President was speaking about the war, Eartha spoke out against the war asking ‘what about the Black boys you’re sending over there to get shot?’ The president and guest were shocked and outraged by her question that they decided to get the FBI and CIA involved forcing Eartha to relocate to Paris where she lived and worked for nearly a decade. She also ended her marriage to Kitt’s father. In a interview with Ebony Magazine, Eartha revealed that she discovered he was robbing her financially. In 1978, Eartha returned to the states and starred in the hit play Timbuktu with Actress/Singer Melba Moore and it was on opening night where Eartha received a standing ovation for her line I’m here. I give props to the late Geoffrey Holder for telling producers that he wouldn’t do the play if Eartha wasn’t cast. Eartha began to gain a new legion of fans by starring in the hit film “Boomerang” which was named one of the 10 romantic comedies of all time. She played the Sexy business Lady Louise the head of a legendary hair and skin product company who seduced Eddie Murphy’s character to make him believe he will be placed in charge of the company, which doesn’t happen. Her famous line “Marcus darlin’ I’don’t have any panties on’ became a hit with the fans. Many fans and critics loved seeing Eartha playing an older woman being seductive and sexual and inspired many females to dress without wearing panties while inspiring ladies in their 50’s and 60’s to be more outgoing and sexual. The documentary also spoke of Eartha’s returning to performing live concerts and still seducing males with her sexiness while speaking about her not remarrying and not finding a soul mate. Sadly she was diagnosed with colon cancer which had her shocked considering that she was into healthy eating and working out and she maintained her sassiness while fighting because she didn’t want to die. The documentary was great but I still feel that Eartha Kitt isn’t unsung. The documentary missed a few marks. It failed to mention Eartha returning to recording and scoring a huge Dance hit in 1983 with her single “Where’s My Man” (which my late father predicted was going to be a big selling hit)  which got lots of spins in clubs and was featured on New York City Hot Tracks. The documentary failed to mention her releasing a Live Jazz album which earned Eartha a Grammy Nomination and her making guest appearances on “In Living Single” and “New York Undercover.” Those elements were have made Eartha’s documentary more perrrrrfect. It was great to see Eartha’s daughter as well as actress Robin Givens, Singers Melba Moore and Freda Payne and director Reginald Hudlin featured along with many of Eartha’s friends participating in the documentary about this legendary icon who overcame many obstacles including racism, colorism, being blacklisted and being abandoned by her mother. Eartha showed the world that anybody can pursue their dreams. This review is dedicated to the Ultimate Cat Woman Miss Eartha Kitt.

Da-Professor’s Lounge celebrates R&B/Soul Singer/Songwriter/Producer Joe’s Birthday

R&B/Soul Singer/Songwriter/Producer/Musician Joe is still admired and loved by music lovers around the world. Many males loved his songwriting and production skills, while many ladies loves his voice, looks and his ability to sing songs about romance and sensuality. Many of his fans appreciate his down to earth and personality. He’s also known for arriving early for scheduled in-store signings and meets and greets, which is another reason why the singer is loved and respected.

Joe Thomas was born on July 5th, 1973 in Columbus Georgia to a set of ministers who preached the Gospel out of their love for God and not legalism and materialism items. Joe’s parents later moved him and his siblings to Opelika, Alabama, where he began to develop his vocal and musician skills performing in his parents church while listening to secular music being heavily influenced by Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire and Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly. After graduating from Opelika High School in 1990, Joe decided to pursue a career as a musician by singing in various clubs while working many jobs to support himself and his family. Seeing the limited opportunities in his city for musicians, Joe decided to migrate to New Jersey, where he continue to hone his talents in local churches while working at a Gospel Record Store and networking. He hit the jackpot when he met producer Vincent Hubert who helped the singer record a 3 song demo, which landed him a deal with Mercury Records, where he released his debut album “Everything” and single “I’m In Luv” which became a minor hit helping him create a buzz. The lack of record sales forced the label to release Joe, who continued to grind as a musician. In 1995, Joe was recruited to record a song for the soundtrack “Don’t Be A Menace In South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood” and his single “All The Things (Your Man Won’t Do)” became a huge R&B and Quiet Storm hit, peaking at # 2 on the R&B charts and # 11 on the Pop charts. The success of the single earned Joe a record deal with Jive Records and in 1997, Joe released his 2nd album “All That I Am” which went platinum thanks to the single “Don’t Wanna Be A Player” which became a huge R&B and Pop hit while the title track and “Love Scene” became huge R&B radio hits. Joe also began to branch out as a performer. He produced a remix for the Tina Turner/Barry White duet “In Your Wildest Dreams” and recorded 2 duets with Chico DeBarge on his albums “Long Time No See” and “The Game” and their collabulation on the single “No Gurantee” became a huge R&B hit. Joe also teamed up with Rapper Big Pun on the remix single of the late Latin Rapper’s classic “Still Not A Player” which also become a huge hit peaking at # 6 on the R&B charts and # 25 on the Pop charts, introducing Joe to the Hip-Hop crowd, while helping Big Pun gain a Pop audience. The year 2000 would be a huge year for Joe professionally. He and Pop Boy Band 98 Degrees were recruited by Mariah Carey to join her on the single “Thank God I Found You” which became a # 1 Pop hit for both Joe and the quartet. Mimi also asked Joe and rapper Nas to record a cover of the Keith Sweat/Jacki McGhee duet “Make It Last Forever” which was produced by DJ Clue. The cover also featured re-sung ad-libs from their original duet and became a fan favorite. Joe also produced The Temptations’ classic single “I’m Here” which peaked at # 40 on the R&B charts and became a huge Quiet Storm hit, helping the Motown Legend’s 57th album “Ear-Resistable” reach gold status and it’s legacy of attracting additional fans. The success of the single also earned The Emperors of Soul earn a Grammy Award; the group’s first Grammy in nearly twenty years.  Joe had also released his 3rd album “My Name Is Joe” which became his biggest selling album to date reaching triple platinum status and peaking at # 2 on the Pop album charts while topping the R&B album charts. The album, which Joe revealed was one of his favorites due to him finally having the creative freedom he been advocating for also did well internationally topping # 1 on the South Africa album Charts for 18 weeks. The album scored many hits including “I Wanna Know” which became a huge Pop hit reaching # 4 while topping the R&B Charts, followed by “Treat Her Like A Lady” but it was the mid-tempo single “Stutter” that really help Joe become a household name. The remixed version of the single which was also featured on the Double Take soundtrack  was produced by Allen  “AllStar” Gordon, Jr featured samples from the Hip-Hop group The Pharcyde’s classic single “Passin’ Me By” and rap by label mate Mystikal became a huge with with the men and became his first # 1 Pop hit. The following year, Joe released the follow up album “Better Days” which earned Joe several Grammy nominations. Despite the nominations, Joe revealed that the album was rushed due to Jive forcing him to release a follow up to the previous album. In 2002, Joe decided to take a well-deserved vacation and the time off would pay off in a huge way. The following year he released his album “And Then” which became a hit reaching gold status, and while Joe served as executive producer and co-wrote and produced 3 songs, he worked with several big name and up and coming producers and songwriters including R. Kelly who wrote and produced the album’s lead single “More & More” which hit # 15 on the R&B charts and got great reviews from the press and fans who loved the production and arrangements. In fact, many fans originally thought it was a Joe composition and production. Joe’s follow up single “Ride With U” featuring Hip-Hop trio G-Unit also became a hit with the men and musicians who love the live grove. Originally written by Mario Cardoso who was a student in a London Inner City school at the time, the single became Joe’s 2nd biggest international hit and his signature mid-tempo song. The single helped Joe gain more Hip-Hop fans while helping G-Unit gain a R&B fans. “Ride Wit U” also became a hit with many in the LGBT/SGL community and it still gets spins on radio and in clubs to this day. Joe later appeared on G-Unit’s single “Wanna Get To Know You” which did well globally reaching the top 20 and 40 on many European music charts while becoming peaking at # 5 on the U.S. Rap single’s charts. The success of “And Then” earned Joe a spot on a tour which featured Ginuwine and Jaheim. After taking time off and delays due to staff changes at Jive, Joe released his long-awaited album “Ain’t Nothin’ Like Me” which became his second highest charting album to date. The album featured contributions from many outside songwriters and producers and got mostly positive reviews, though many journalist felt that Joe’s ballads sounded similar to singles that were released by many of his peers and up and coming artists. Shortly after the album’s release, Joe decided to leave Jive Records and sign with his manager Kedar Massenburg’s Kedar record label where he released his album “Joe Thomas, New Man which debut at # 1 on the Independent Album Charts. In several interviews the talented artist spoke about Jive showing favortism towards label mate R. Kelly by giving him more promotion, publicity and creative control while Joe and other artists had their album release dates pushed back, while many artists was forced to leave due the label. Joe released his first greatest hits CD in 2008 followed by his album “Signature” which became his 2nd album to debut at # 1 on the Independent Album charts and gained positive reviews and praised by fans and journalist who were happy to see Joe return to writing and producing his music. Joe also released 2 Christmas album and his first live concert DVD Joe In Japan which became a hit and one of 2010’s best selling live concert DVD’s. After releasing his last album on Kedar, Joe decided to sever his business relationship with Massenburg and in 2014 he released his 11th album “Bridges” on his Plaid Takeover Entertainment Record label. The album became a hit with Joe co-writing 14 of the 16 songs. The album’s lead single Love & Sex Part 2 featuring original Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland became a huge R&B hit. Joe also was one of many singers and rappers who paid homage to Funk/R&B band Kool & The Gang who was honored by the Soul Train Music Awards. Joe has influenced many singers including Soul/R&B/Rock Singer/Songwriter/Stylist Stage-Soul Music and U.K. based Soul/R&B Singer/Songwriter Sam The Man. Many authors and model has also named Joe as one their favorite male singers including Funk/R&B/Rock/Hip-Hop Singer/Songwriter/Producer/Musician L*A*W and Model/Actor Jay The Model. Da-Professor’s Lounge is more than honored to wish Joe a Happy Birthday

AUSSIE R&B SINGER/SONGWRITER SELWYN IS HONORED AS PART OF DA-PROFESSOR’S LOUNGE’S BLACK MUSIC MONTH CELEBRATION

Da-Professor’s Lounge is honored to continue it’s Black Music Month celebration by honoring Austrailian R&B/Soul Singer/Songwriter Selwyn for his contributions to music. Born in Durban, South Africa, Selwyn Pretorius grew up listening to the music from his native homeland as well as music by American Hip-Hop and R&B singers and rappers including Jermaine Dupri, Usher, Michael Jackson and Destiny’s Child. At the age of 16, Selwyn’s family relocated to Perth, Australia for better opportunities and while it took him time to adjust to the city, he quickly made friends and became fell in love with the city. To help his family, Selwyn secured a job at Bi-Lo supermarket pushing trolley carts where he would sing, impressing many of the customers who was amazed by the power and tone of his voice. One customer even spoke to the store’s manager and suggested that Selwyn audition for the Australian reality talent show “Popstars.” Touched and inspired by the customer’s note and suggestion, Selwyn took a chance and auditioned for the show and made the audition where he competed for an opportunity to become a member of the singing group Scadal’Us. Sadly, despite getting great reviews and praise for his unique vocal gifts, he didn’t make the cut, so he returned to Bi-Lo to help pay the bills. 3 months later, Selwyn received a call from one of the show’s judges who believed in his talent and flew him Sydney to meet and audition for many record labels and producers who was eager to work with him. Selwyn wounded up signing a deal with Epic Records and linking up with Zimbarbre born Producer/Songwriter Audius who had also remember hearing sing at Bi-Lo. The two co-wrote nearly all the songs on Selwyn’s debut release “Meant To Be” which became an instant hit reaching gold status in Australia, while becoming a hit in America and South Africa. The album scored many hits including “Buggin’ Me” “Way Love’s Supposed To Be,” “Like This, Like That” and a remake of Philly Soul duo’s Daryl Hall & John Oates’ classic “Rich Girl” which  helped him gain an international following. In fact U.S. based R&B Singer/Songwriter Mya’s production team Red Zone contacted Selwyn’s label and informed them that they planned on submitting him songs for his follow up album. Selwyn embarked on an international tour around Australia, Europe and his homeland South Africa opening for Destiny’s Child and appearing on the legendary Rumba Tour with Shaggy, Pink and Sugar Babies. The singer had won several awards including a dance award which he was the 1st Black recording artist to receive the honor. After touring, Selwyn began to take more control of his professional career.He linked up with a new management team, and he decided that he didn’t want to keep recording Pop flavored music. He wanted to add more R&B, Rock and African styled music to his sound. He and his label clashed over his desire to grow which delayed his 2nd album for being released. After a long battle, he began to work on his follow up and in November 2004, Selwyn’s follow up “One Way” was released, and unlike his debut release, the new album had different types of music including UK Garage, Dance, Rock, Classic R&B, Sowetto Pop and Hip-Hop R&B. Selwyn also had co-wrote 6 of the albums songs as well as recorded a song with Singer/Songwriter/Rapper Isareal while members of the production team Red Zone composed 2 songs. The album featured 2 hit singles. “Boomin'” which hit # 28 on the Australian Pop charts, while the follow up “Satisfactual” didn’t chart at all, but many international producers began to record remixes for many of the album’s songs with several American Rappers including Mr. Cheeks of The Lost Boyz who rapped over a remix of “Boomin'” while U.S. Harlem Born-Australian raised rapper Stan Bravo appeared on a remix of the album track “Cutie” which became a fan favorite. Especially in America. Despite the glowing reviews from critics and fans, the album didn’t so well. Management and executive changes at Epic prevented the album to be promoted properly and with low sales, the label decided to drop Selwyn from the roster. After being dropped, Selwyn decided to take time out to relax and spend time with his mother, sister and friends. He also began to date and wound up marrying a Salsa dancer who gave birth to their son (The couple had divorced, and he spends time with their son). He enjoyed being a husband and father, but when his money began to dry, up he was forced to return to the work force and he worked several jobs including driving a fork lift and working for a charity. However he love for performing began to return. Selwyn began to perform at various clubs around Australia, opening for several acts including Flo Rida. He also began to record music with several producers around the world including New York and Atlanta. Some of his singles including “Me & U” was released with good reviews as well as “Not Gonna Let You Go” which was his first music video since “Boomin'” Last year Selwyn was featured on the Soul Promotions tour which featured several talented Australian R&B and Hip-Hop acts which toured around the state and in New Zealand where Selwyn performed many songs from his upcoming album. Despite his desire to return to performing, Selwyn keeps a low profile and usually connects with fans on his twitter page from time to time. Da-Professor’s Lounge is awaiting for Australian’s 1st R&B star to return, and while many are awaiting for his return, Da-Professor’s Lounge continues its celebration of Black Music Month by honoring Australian R&B Singer/Songwriter Selwyn.

DA-PROFESSOR’S LOUNGE CONGRATULATES NEW EDITION CONTINUING SUCCESS AND LONG OVERDUE HONORS

Da-Professor’s Lounge is more than happy to celebrate Black Music Month by congratulating R&B/Soul Singing group New Edition who will be receiving a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame next year. Congratulations also goes out to the group’s founder Bobby Brown, who will also be inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame this summer in Detroit. New Edition has made a huge impact on music with their singing and smooth dance steps, inspiring many singers and rappers including Boyz II Men, Jodeci, SWV, L*A*W and I.K.P to pursue careers in music. The original line-up which featured Ronnie De Voe, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ralph Tresvant began to sing in their Boston neighborhood where DeVoe’s uncle Brooke Payne became their choregrapher. The group had entered a talent show which was sponsored by producer/songwriter Maurice Starr, who planned to give the 1st place winner a recording deal. The group came in 2nd place, but Starr decided to work with the teens after seeing the love they received from the audience. After singing with Street Wise Records, New Edition released their debut album and single “Candy Girl” which became a huge and instant hit. The single topped the US R&B charts while topping the UK charts followed by Is This The End, Popcorn Love, Jealous Girl and She Gives Me A Bang capturing fans with their harmonies, rapping skills and urban street attire. The group left Streetwise Records and later inked a deal with MCA Records and began to gain more fans with their platinum self-titled which featured the classic hits Cool It Now, Mr Telephone Man, Lost In Love and My Secret. The group also scored a huge radio hit with the ballad I’m Leaving You Again (written by Bell and Tresvant) which would later be sampled by Bow Wow & Ciara for their 2005 gold selling duet Like You. Despite the hits, the group would later admit that they weren’t happy with the label wanting to adapt a pop bubblegum image and they also learned that the new management team who encouraged them to sue Streetwise Records after the group received only $1.87 from their first tour had them signed to a production company that had it’s own deal with MCA. Also adding to the issues was the group’s founder Bobby naturally becoming upset with not receiving proper pay and clashing with members of the group. Their management who would talk Brown into pursuing a solo career, had also told the group that Brown was messing up their image and career. Fearing they would return to the projects 3 of the members voted Bobby out while they were planning to promote their 3rd album All For Love. The following year both New Edition and Bobby Brown would release albums and while the group’s album of covers barely went gold, Brown’s album King of Stage scored a # 1 R&B single with Girlfriend. Many critics had wondered had New Edition’s time had gone? The answer was no. The group decided to shed their bubble gum image by recruiting Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis of The Funk/Soul/Rock band The Time to produce their next album as well as recruiting Soul Singer Johnny Gill to become a member of the group. Their album Heartbreak went multi-platinum, earned them a Soul Train Music award and scored many hits including If It Isn’t Love, You’re Not My Kind of Girl, Can You Stand The Rain, Crucial and the title track. Bobby did well himself. His follow up album Don’t Be Cruel became a huge and international hit. Working with L.A.Reid & Babyface and Teddy Riley the album hit # 1 on the Pop and R&B album charts and was named the 2nd best selling New Jack Swing album of all time thanks to the hits Don’t Be Cruel, Roni, Every Little Step (which earned Brown a Grammy Award) Rock Wit Cha and his signature song My Prerogative (which he co-wrote with Riley) becoming a # 1 R&B, Pop and Dance hit. Brown became the 2nd teenager to have a # 1 Pop album as well as the youngest Black male artist to have a # 1 album of the year. Both acts embarked on the classic Heartbreak tour which featured New Jack Swing/R&B/Quiet Storm heartthrob Al B. Sure! which became one of the hottest tours of the 1980’s. Around 1990 New Edition decided to pursue solo projects which became historic. Singing with Motown, Gill released his 2nd self-titled album which went multi-platinum and scored many hits including Rub You The Right Way, My My My, Fair Weather Friend and Wrap My Body Tight. Gill also made history by becoming the 1st Black artist to have an album produced by 2 major Black Songwriting and producing teams. Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis of The Time and L.A. Reid & Babyface of The Deele. Ricky, Mike and Ronnie formed the Hip-Hop/R&B/Pop trio Bell-Biv-DeVoe and became a household name on their own thanks to their singles Poison, Do Me! BBD (I thought It Was Me), When Will I See You Smile Again and She’s Dope becoming hits with fans including many in the LGBT/SGL community who love their street attire and their messages of being true to oneself. The success of their singles also helped the trio win awards in the Best New Artists and Best song by a Duo or Group categories. Lead vocalist Ralph Tresvant scored a huge hit with his single Sensitivity which topped the R&B charts and earned him many awards for Best Male Vocalist. Bivins also pursued a successful career in management and artist development where he discovered singing groups Another Bad Creation and Boyz II Men who became very successful. The former’s album Coolin’ At The Playground Ya Know made them the youngest kid act to score a platinum album while the latter’s debut album sold over 9 million copies along with their single End of The Road made them the 1st Black group to have one of the longest running single of the Pop charts breaking Elvis Presley’s record. In 1996 all 6 members of New Edition reunited for their classic Home Again album which debut at # 1 on the R&B and Pop album charts while the album’s lead single Hit Me Off debut at # 1 R&B and # 3 Pop. The group made history again by becoming the 1st Black group to have a reunion album debut at # 1. The group embarked on the historic reunion tour which helped introduce the group to a new generation of fans. After the tour wrapped, Johnny teamed up with Gerald LeVert and Keith Sweat to form the super group L-S-G who’s debut album reached platinum status while the single My Body became a huge R&B, Pop and Quiet Storm hit earning the trio many nominations for Best New Artists. Ricky and Ralph joined fan rapper LL Cool J on the single Candy while the former released his only solo album before re-joining BBD to release their 3rd album which featured the single Da Hot Shit featuring Posta Boy and Shamari of Blaque who would later become DeVoe’s wife a few years later. Bobby starred in several movies and in a reality show with his first wife Whitney Houston. In 2004, the group minus Bobby signed with Sean Puffy Combs’s Bad Boy Records and released their gold album One Love which got great reviews despite the group’s clashing with Puffy over creative control. The following year Bobby re-joined the group for their performance on BET’s 25th anniversary which earned them a standing ovation. The group began to perform with all 6 members as well as solo artists with Bobby, Johnny and Ralph forming the trio Head of State who got bookings around the world while Ralph released his long-awaited solo single. Bell-Biv-DeVoe released new music and toured as a trio. In 2011, Johnny released his long-awaited solo album titled “Still Winning” and the single “In The Mood” becoming a hit, followed by Bobby releasing his solo album “Masterpiece” which featured duets with Johnny and Ralph.New Edition began to finally receive the recognition they deserved. In 2008 the group was honored by ASCAP for their contributions to music and in 2012 the group was honored by the Soul Train Music Awards with a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2014 the group embarked on the successful all six tour which gained lots of great reviews. Johnny also released his Disco-flavored album Game Changer which featured New Edition’s single This One’s 4 Me and You which hit # 1 on the Adult Comtemporary Charts making it the group’s 1st # 1 hit in 20 years. Bobby also released his line of seasonings and Bar-B-Que sauces which has fans ordering to add to their food pantry’s. Bobby was also honored for his success as last year’s HAL Music Awards and he recently released his memoirs “Ever Little Step which recently made the Times’ best sellers list.. The group is recently co-producing a mini-series about their live that will be airing on BET next year which has fans excited along with the news of them finally receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. New Edition continues to make an impact on the world and they are showing people that a group of 5 boys from the Boston projects and a preacher’s son from the national’s capital were able to live out their dreams. Da-Professor congratulates Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike, Ralph & Johnny for their recent honor.NEW EDITION STAR ANNOUNCEMENT