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The Sense of Success: New Book from Angelo Ellerbee

VIDEO: Public relations guru, Angelo Ellerbee, takes us on a path of getting in touch with our abilities to live a fuller life through The Sense of Success

Angelo Ellerbee, a PR powerhouse with nearly 50 years of experience working with some of the biggest names in the music industry including Dionne Warwick, DMX, Mary J. Blige just to name a few, is our in-studio guest to talk with us about his new book, The Sense of Success; and the accompanying candle, The Scent of Success.

In this interview, Ellerbee takes us on a path of getting in touch with our abilities to live a fuller life through The Sense of Success.

Nabate Isles on his Eclectic Excursion

VIDEO: Nabate Isles takes us on an eclectic excursion talking about his debut album and the life of one musician

In this video, Grammy award-winning trumpeter, and composer, Nabate Isles, joins journalist Kizzy Cox and comedian Onika McLean to talk about his first album, Eclectic Excursions, which is available worldwide.

What we learned from Nabate is that in addition to being a great musician, he is a multi-tasker. In between, playing in bands around the world, composing music, creating an album, Nabate is an executive producer a Sirius/XM NBA Radio. Nabate played at the White House in a Tribute to Ray Charles during the Obama Administration and obviously, he is connected to other artists in the music industry such as Usher, Mos Def, and Busta Rhymes to name a few.




Janet Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Kim Kardashian, Omarosa, Nicki Minaj and more! | Episode 131

Janet Jackson and Daddy Yankee perform for 30,000 people in Harlem; LisaRaye criticize for ending engagement | VIDEO




It’s official. Tamar Braxton has confirmed she’s NO LONGER with her ex, Vincent Hubert. Also, they quietly sold their L.A. property for $9.25 million, much less than the original asking price and even less than the $10.5 million they paid to buy it in 2012. They also paid their former nanny $213,431.37 from a judgment she won relating to unpaid wages.


The beef between Nicki Minaj and her ex-boo, Safaree, has gotten so loud that MTV beefed up its Video Music Awards security.


ESPN has decided to not televise the National Anthem during NFL Games.


Jesse Williams went before a judge to get his child support payments lowered, but the Judge in the case said no way. So, thus far, the Grey’s Anatomy actor will continue to pay his ex-wife Aryn Drake-Lee the court-ordered $50K for his two children. OUCH!


Bossip is reporting that Lauryn Hill’s NJ mansion is in foreclosure because a nearly $1 million tax bill has gone unpaid.


Pop star Janet Jackson performed before 30,000 adoring fans in front of the State Office Building in Harlem for Harlem Week.


And, we end this Quick Takes segment with condolences to the family and friends of two icons, Kofi Annan and Aretha Franklin. Annan was the first Black person to serve as UN Secretary-General, and the first officeholder to be elected from the UN staff itself. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.


Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul, was not only a pop singer but a cultural icon that helped to bridge the racial divide with her music. Franklin’s first hit, “Respect,” immediately became an anthem of the African-American civil rights movement and later other movements. In addition to Franklin’s 20 Grammy Awards, she was the first woman to receive a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame award. She performed at the White House for several presidents and received a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George Bush in 2005. Thank you, Aretha, for your life-long contributions to the world.



The culture of taping everything. In the last few weeks, we have learned that Omarosa Manigault Newman has perhaps, hours of tape from her time in the White House. And, we already know that Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, has hours of recorded telephone conversations with Donald Trump.



Recently, LisaRaye McCoy got engaged to Anthony B. on the television show, The Proposal. A month after a 2nd proposal at her home with family and friends, LisaRaye has called off the wedding. During a Facebook Live, LisaRaye said she's glad she did the show, and that she did the show because she was "lonely" and wanted to find a companion. LisaRaye then went on to say that she wants a man that's "equally yoked."

Soon after that comment, some on the Facebook Live started calling her a gold-digger because in effect, she considered Anthony B’s net worth to be too low.

Q. Is it fair to call LisaRaye a gold digger?



Southwest Airlines has joined the list of airlines to crack down on “Emotional Support Animals” flying with passengers.

The airline is limiting the ESAs to dogs and cats, so no, you can’t bring your pet peacock or kangaroo, and claim they are emotional support animals.

Q. As one who travels by plane often, do you welcome this announcement? Do wish the NYC Transit would do the same?



Refinery29 posted an article, What Happened When I Moved in With A Casual Fling. A woman’s roommate unexpectedly moved from their rent-stabilized NYC SoHo apartment, so she now had to find a new roommate or a new apartment, and a guy she had been dating for six weeks became her new roommate. They broke up for financial reasons and both moved on with their lives. Lo and behold, a few years later they are both financially stable, living in L.A. and married with children.

Q. This story went well, rather fairytale like. Do you think this happens more than we know?



Our Quote of the Week is:

“Kindness comes back like a boomerang by those who are kind. Perhaps its return takes years. Perhaps the kindness returns from a different direction. But, it will return. It is never lost.”

This is a quote attributed to John Marks Templeton and was posted by Denise Hurley.

If you would like for us to shine a light on a quote, hit us up on our Facebook page or on LinkedIn.



Our Photo of the Week is a photo of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at the wedding of 2Chainz and Kesha Ward this past weekend in Miami.

Beyonce, Kenya Barris, Tamron Hall, Will Smith, Meghan Markle, Sex Dolls, and more | Ep. 130

K. Michelle brings up her old flame, Idris Elba; sex dolls are back, and this time with artificial intelligence; Meghan Markle's husband wants to cash in on Ms. Markle's celebrity

In this episode of What's The 411, journalist Kizzy Cox, and comedian Onika McLean are talking about:

In Quick Takes, the duo is giving a rundown of the following news stories:

• It’s official. Television producer, Kenya Barris, is following in the footsteps of Shonda Rhimes. He is leaving his overall pact at ABC, which terminates in August. Sources state that Barris will remain an executive producer on all of his shows, Black-ish on ABC; Grown-ish and the upcoming Besties on Freeform. He will continue to work on the ABC Studios projects he has in development, and his Netflix deal is expected to be substantial.

Tamron Hall is on her way back to daytime! She has inked a deal with Disney for a new Daytime talk show, and she stated in a press release:

“I’m so thrilled to partner with Disney ABC to create a daytime television show that’s unconventional, fun, intimate and sometimes even raw. My new partners appreciate and respect the relationship I’ve built with my audience and know that if we create television worth watching, they’ll join us for the ride. I’m so grateful and excited for this next chapter. The landing makes the leap of faith so worth it."

• Actor and rapper, Will Smith, announced in a video on Instagram that he is teaming up with self-help author Mark Manson to write a book. Smith said:

• “We’re going to be meeting with five publishers… we’re gonna pick one. And if I had to take a guess, I feel very confident that we’re gonna go with the highest bidder… I’m just saying.”

• We talked about Meghan Markle’s father and sister doing everything possible to cash in on the celebrity of the Duchess of Sussex. Now, Meghan Markle’s ex-husband, Trevor Engelson, wants in, too. He’s planning to put all of their business on Front Street.

• And, in case you missed it, Beyoncé will be on the all-important September issue of Vogue magazine. Beyoncé’s photos were shot by Tyler Mitchell, the first Black man to shoot a Vogue cover.

• Singer K. Michelle fondly remembers her romance with actor Idris Elba, she told Hollywood Unlocked that “they split up because he wasn’t ready to settle down. “He told me he would never be committed to one woman. He said I would be taken care of, I would be fine, but he would never commit to one woman.”




KIZZY: There is a huge debate going on right now about the unequal treatment of Black people subjected to gun violence vs. White people. Recently, actress Anne Hathaway, who is white, shaken by the death of Nia Wilson at the hands of a white man, challenged white people to wake up and pay attention. Hathaway said in part, White people DO NOT have equivalence for this fear of violence.”

Even David Hogg one of the survivors of the Parkland H.S. massacre in Florida said he would use his “white privilege” to also address the often overlooked gun violence in black and brown communities.

Q. Now, granted, Black people are not monolithic, but the response to these overtures have been mixed, ranging from it’s about time that white people are recognizing the inequality to, no I am not afraid and only Black people can help Black people. Where do you stand on this issue?



ONIKA: Recently, Meagan Good’s husband, DeVon Franklin, in an effort to separate dating from marriage posted on Instagram:

“There’s a time to act like husband and wife, but if doesn’t come until you’re actually married—until you have that indelible commitment to each other.”

Q. Do you like this idea? What happens when people choose to live together minus the marriage nuptials?




ONIKA: Speaking of marriage, ‘The Daily’ host Michael Barbaro, splits from his husband and is now dating a female producer on another show at The New York Times.

Q. I know that we live in a fluid society, but would you date man who was married to a man?



KIZZY: If you are a regular viewer of What’s The 411, you know we have talked about sex dolls at least twice before. Well, sex dolls are back in the news! And, this time because the manufacturers in China are now including artificial intelligence in the dolls. So they will be able to hold short conversations.

Q. Where are we headed with this? Is this good for society?




Gloria Estefan Talks About Little Miss Havana

Gloria Estefan talks with media about her first English-language album since 2003's Unwrapped and her twenty-sixth overall


What's The 411 correspondent, Andrew Rosario, got the "411" from Gloria Estefan at a press event for the release of her latest album, "Little Miss Havana."

Gloria reflects on working with producer Pharrell Williams, the retail chain Target, and connecting with her young fans.

Boyz II Men, Babyface, and Aaron Hall Backstage at Soul Train Awards

Boyz II Men, Babyface, and Aaron Hall are backstage in a bustling media room at the Soul Train Awards

What's The 411's west coast correspondent Wanda Formey gives us a backstage pass to a hectic media room at the 1995 Soul Train Awards. In this feature, the men of R&B, Boyz II Men, Babyface, and Aaron Hall respond to the media and interestingly, all three give the same secret for success.

Additionally, Aaron Hall explains the reasoning behind the concept for the video, I MISS YOU.

Don Cornelius Speaks to Media Backstage at Soul Train Awards [VIDEO]

Don Cornelius Speaks

What's The 411's west coast correspondent Wanda Formey was backstage at the Soul Train Awards when Don Cornelius, the man who started it all, takes the stage and discusses that his career began in radio and how Soul Train first came to television.

Radio Legend Hal Jackson Celebrated at Community Event

What's The 411 captured The Positive Community Magazine's festive celebration saluting, Hal Jackson, the legendary 97-year-old radio pioneer.

The video features an interview with Mr. Jackson against the backdrop of booming music; as well as those extolling Mr. Jackson's great contributions to our community.

Mr. Jackson, the founder of the Talented Teens program, explained that throughout his life, he received great joy in helping those who wished to put their dreams into action.

The event organized by Adrian Council, The Positive Community Magazine Founder and Publisher; and Stacie N.C. Grant, Empowerment Specialist & Event Strategist; was held at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, which is led by Reverend Dr. Johnny Ray Youngblood.

Featuring the sounds of WBLS-FM Radio DJ, Dr. Bob Lee, the dance party was practically nonstop especially when Soul Line Dance Guru Kenny J and his crew took to floor.

PRODUCER'S NOTE: Harold Baron "Hal" Jackson, the legendary radio broadcaster passed away on May 23, 2012.

Snoop Dogg, Naughty By Nature Backstage at Soul Train Awards [VIDEO]

Snoop Dogg and Naughty By Nature give sentimental comments at the Soul Train Awards

What's The 411's west coast correspondent Wanda Formey is backstage at the Soul Train Awards when Snoop Dogg tells the media why his Soul Train award is the most meaningful of all of the awards he has received to date. Snoop also explained what inspired him to become a rapper and his love for Tupac.

Naughty By Nature praised Queen Latifah for her generosity and Treach impressed upon the media to start paying attention to the lyrics.

Circa 1995.

SWV - Hot 97 Charity Basketball Game

The crowd at the SWV - Hot 97 Charity Basketball Game to Benefit Sickle Cell Anemia are really clear about who's going to win

What's The 411 co-host Amelia Moore is at the SWV – Hot 97 Charity Basketball Game to Benefit Sickle Cell Anemia.

The charity event took place at Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY.

Amelia talks to the referees, the fans and to the ladies of SWV.

These ladies really understand the music business and if you are interested in a career in the music business, heed their advice.

Monie Love's daughter also makes an appearance. Circa 1994.

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