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BET Awards 2012: An Evening to Remember

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By Lea Michelle Cash

Los Angeles, CA—It was a brief few moments in time, which stood still as a magnificent voice of a mother, Cissy Houston sang tribute to her late daughter, Whitney Houston as an emotional highlight on Sunday, July 1 at the BET Awards held at the legendary Shine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Whitney’s brother, Gary, Brandy, Monica, Mariah Carey and the cast of Waiting to Exhale graced the stage as well to remember Whitney, but the stage belonged to Cissy.

She sang Simon and Garfunkel’s unforgettable song, Bridge Over Trouble Water and by the time, she had reached the lyrics, “Sail on silver girl. Sail on by. Your time has come to shine, all your dreams are on their way. See how they shine…” tears from those in the audience and backstage were falling everywhere. A beautiful performance was rendered from a heart not yet healed regarding a precious daughter gone too soon. This emotional moment will go down in time as a Black Entertainment Television classic.

Actor Samuel L. Jackson hosted the three- hour telecast this year. There were performances by Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Pusha T, Big Sean and several others. The show remembered the late Don Cornelius and Dick Clark. Chante Moore performed a short medley of Donna Summer’s hits in remembrance of her as well. Kanye West and his G.O.O.D music collaboration kicked off the show. The first award of the night, for the Best Group went to Jay-Z and Kanye’s The Throne. This year’s Humanitarian Award presented by State Farm went to Reverend Al Sharpton.

The electric star-studded evening produced another highlight—the honoring of Frankie Beverly and Maze. This was a musical tribute long overdue. Maze received the Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award. The telecast premieres a video montage of the legendary performer’s forty-year career with Tyrese, Joe and Faith Evans singing the soul groups’ classics. After receiving their award, and acknowledging a member of the group “McKinley “Bug” Williams” passing on, they then took over the stage and performed two songs.

Many awards were passed out to deserving Black entertainers as the evening featuring old school, Hip Hop, gospel and R& B music took center stage. The winners were: Best Group — The Throne (Kanye West & Jay-Z); Best Actor — Kevin Hart; Best New Artist – Big Sean; Best Male R&B Artist — Chris Brown; Best Collaboration — Wale ft. Miguel; Best Gospel — Yolanda Adams; Best Female R&B Artist — Beyonce; Best Female Hip Hop Artist — Nicki Minaj; Video Of The Year — “Otis” by Kanye West & Jay-Z; Viewers’ Choice Award –Mindless Behavior; Video Director of The Year — Beyonce & Alan Ferguson; and Fandemonium Award — Chris Brown.

Multiple Grammy® Winner, Anita Baker, Headlines San Manuel Casino Singer/Songwriter Brings Classics to the Inland Empire on August 23

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San Manuel Indian Nation – Thursday, August 23, 2012, San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino welcomes multiple Grammy® Award winner, Anita Baker. Tickets are on sale today and available at Ticketmaster.com and the San Manuel Box Office for $35, $45 and $55.

Anita Baker started singing in church and later in groups throughout Detroit, before landing a gig with Chapter 8 with whom she had the hit “I Just Wanna Be Your Girl” in the early 80s. Anita later went solo and recorded the classic collection The Songstress before finding her way to Elektra Entertainment and a decade-long collaboration that birthed such projects as Rapture, Giving You The Best That I Got, Compositions and The Rhythm Of Love. These albums produced a powerhouse songbook that includes such masterpieces as “Watch You Step,” “Been So Long,” “Lead Me Into Love, “Talk To Me,” “Body and Soul,” and “I Apologize.”

In 2003, Anita debut My Everything which held a collection of the best attributes of the singer, songwriter and producer. The album produced 10 songs including the album namesake single. The record also included other masterful pieces “Like You Used To Do,” a duet with fellow singer/songwriter/producer Babyface. Anita’s mantel holds Grammy, Soul train, NAACP Image, Billboard and Rolling Stone Awards.

Every Thursday night with headliner entertainment, San Manuel gives away $1,000 just for seeing the show. To be eligible to win, guests only need a ticket to the show, a Club Serrano card and to be 21 or older. Guests can enter beginning at noon on such days. Three drawings will be held on those nights: $250 at 7:20 p.m., $250 at 10:00 p.m. and $500 at 11:00 p.m. Winners must be present. Doors open at 6:30pm. Must be 21 to enter Casino. Please gamble responsibly.

University Village Concerts Concert Series

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RIVERSIDE – Are you looking for a romantic date night or family outing this summer? Mark your Thursday calendars from 7 to 9 p.m. from July 19 through August 23 for the free Summer Music Concert Series at University Village, located at the intersection of University and Iowa in Riverside. Come listen or dance-a-long to live bands perform favorite hits from The Beatles, Tom Petty, The Heartbreakers and more. Bring lawn chairs and blankets every week to enjoy an array of music from classic rock to Tribute Bands: July 19, The Magnutz, Classic Rock; July 26, Copycats, Top 40; August 2, 45RPMS Rock N’ Roll; August 9, Dsanti Rock and Blues; August 16, The Petty Breakers, A Tom Petty Tribute; and August 23, Silver Beetles, A Beetles Tribute Band Each week Concert attendees can register for the chance to win merchant prizes. Plus shoppers who present University Village store receipt(s) of $25 or more dated July 19- August 23, 2012 at the concert event table get a FREE concert T-Shirt. Shirts limited to one per customer while supplies last. Enjoy free delicious food sampling during the concerts and come for dinner, snacks or specialty beverages at great University Village restaurants including At Thai, Boba Café, Busy Café, Fatburger, Juice It Up!, Lollicup Tea Zone, Pho Vinam Restaurant, Quizno's Classic Subs, Ranch One, Ray’s Pizza, Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill, Starbucks, Sushi Ya, Teriyaki Bowl, The Flame Broiler and Yoshinoya. For more information on the Summer Concert Series, call Danielle Bovard at 818.710.6100 or visit HYPERLINK "http://www.universityvillageriverside.com" http://www.universityvillageriverside.com.

Brian Mcknight Brings Love And Soul To San Manuel June 14

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Platinum Artist Musiq Soulchild, Joins McKnight in the Inland Empire San Manuel Indian Nation

San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino welcomes the return of Brian McKnight with Musiq Soulchild for their Love and Soul tour. Tickets are on sale today and available at Ticketmaster.com and the San Manuel Box Office for $40, $50 and $60.

Brian McKnight has released 13 albums to date, with several going two and three times platinum, and he has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. In addition to being a singer, songwriter and producer, McKnight is also a multi-instrumentalist who plays nine instruments including piano, guitar, bass, drums, percussions, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn and trumpet. His musical career began in childhood when he became a member of his church NY choir and a bandleader for his high school.

By the age of 19, he signed his first recording deal with Mercury Records. In 1992, his self-titled album “Brian McKnight” was released followed by “I Remember You” (1995) and “Anytime” (1997). “Anytime” sold over two million copies and was nominated for a Grammy® Award. Along with several Grammy nominations, Brian McKnight has been the recipient of American Music Awards, Soul Train Awards, NAACP Image and Blockbuster Awards, and Billboard Songwriter of The Year. 2011 saw the release of McKnight’s 14th album, entitled “Just Me”, along with a worldwide tour and live DVD. With over a decade on the scene, the multiplatinum singer/songwriter, Musiq Soulchild brings a new depth to his meditations on life and love with his sixth studio album, “Musiqinthemagiq”. He’s gone platinum not once, but twice, and has performed with everyone from Mary J. Blige and Carlos Santana to Estelle and The Roots. He is a soul star who has developed a sound uniquely his own by fusing together the essence of soul music with funk rules and hip-hop, all while making his mark on the charts with his first hit single entitled "Just Friends" from his platinum Def Soul release "Aijuswanaseing” (I just want to sing). Following up with his sophomore album "Juslisen," also platinum, and debuting at number 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts.

Hank Williams, Jr. Makes Tour Stop At San Manuel Casino The Inland Empire Takes Back the Country June 28

San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino welcomes Hank Williams Jr. Taking Back the Country Tour to the San Manuel stage. Tickets are on sale today and available at Ticketmaster.com and the San Manuel Box Office for $70, $80 and $90. Hank Williams Jr. has done more than honor his father’s legacy; he has extended it, enriched it, enhanced it, and elevated it. He learned music from the finest teachers: Earl Scruggs gave him banjo lessons and Jerry Lee Lewis did likewise with the piano. At age eight, Hank made his music debut, dressed in a black suit for a Georgia show, singing his father’s songs to wild applause. At nine, he was touring in earnest with his mother’s Caravan of Stars. At age 11, he made his Opry debut, walking across the same wooden boards his father had walked on and singing the same song “Lovesick Blues.” After a nearly tragic footnote in his life, he began recording his first truly original work, an album titled “Hank Williams Jr and Friends”, which featured untraditional country types like Jennings and the Tucker Band’s Toy Caldwell. Next came the release of his first million-selling album, “Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound”, and captured superstar status with major hits like “Texas Women,” “Dixie On My Mind,” “All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down),” and his 1984, “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight.”

In 1987, Hank, Jr. won his first of five country music entertainer of the year awards, and the two albums released that year – “Hank Live” and “Born to Boogie” – were platinum sellers. His star rose when ABC’s “Monday Night Football” arranged a deal to have him rework “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” into a theme song to be played before each Monday’s game. Two years later, the “Monday Night” theme won the first of four straight Emmy® Awards, and Hank, Jr. would be the singing voice of “Monday Night Football” for 22 years. Every Thursday night with headliner entertainment, San Manuel gives away $1,000 just for seeing the show. To be eligible to win, guests only need a ticket to the show, a Club Serrano card and to be 21 or older. Guests can enter beginning at noon on such days. Three drawings will be held on those nights: $250 at 7:20 p.m., $250 at 10:00 p.m. and $500 at 11:00 p.m. Winners must be present.

NOTE: Doors open at 6:30pm. Must be 21 to enter Casino. Please gamble responsibly.

Almost Like Nostalgia

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The University of California, Riverside, Department of Dance presents almost like nostalgia by choreographer Kendall Loyer, an evening-length work that explores the fixity and blurring of memory. This movement exploration looks at memories, not as fixed points in history, but as experiences that can be re-embodied and made present in this current moment through the process of remembering.

The work is performed by Edgard Areas, Alyssa Burton, Jessica Finkelstein, Kendall Loyer, Jes Mulette, Cydney Watson, Mynesha Whyte and Hannah Zisman. Kendall Loyer created almost like nostalgia in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Fine Arts degree in Experimental Choreography.

Photo by Aliya Jafar

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