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Melba Moore

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by Lucas

Melba Moore – Legend!

The One and Only Melba Moore!  Always a key-player, Urban Buzz Magazine is honored to acknowledge and give thanks for all the inspiration, all the opened doors, all the music; As well as highlight her widely acclaimed, brand new soul-savvy album – IMAGINEBorn to the music-manor, Melba Moore’s career spiraled in paths often surprising (to her), but almost always successful. One may call it fate, flavor or favor; and maybe it’s all those things and more, but no doubt Melba would faithfully say – to God be the glory.  Daughter of saxophonist Teddy Hill whose own orchestra featured music-masters Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge, and Bill Coleman.  Hill was also widely known as the manager of Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem, back in its jazz heyday. Melba’s mother, Bonnie Davis was a prolific and very popular singer with her Don’t Stop Now reaching number one on Billboard’s R&B chart. She encouraged her daughter’s dreams, but also moved Melba to earn a B.A. in Music Education…just in case. Clement Moorman, pianist, music director and loving stepfather was instrumental in Melba’s early piano lessons, as well as her entre’ into showbiz as a session singer which eventually led from there to ..Hair! Purlie! Timbuktu! & beyond.

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Michelle Dawes Birt

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By Nigeria Anderson

Be Kind To Yourself

Michelle Dawes Birt is the founder/CEO of Real Chicks Rock, based in Atlanta, GA.  Real Chicks Rock targets women of every ethnic background.  Women who are ready to abandon toxic relationships and address their personal struggles.  Michelle’s organization is quickly growing with women who have cracked their lying mirrors.  Becoming their fabulous authentic self.  Michelle realized that she no longer had to compete with the industry images which deemed a woman beautiful.  There is nothing wrong with make-up, hair weave, heels and eyelashes.  For many of us, that is not our life.  Real Chicks Rock is a 501c3 non-profit organization.  Celebrating eight years in operation.  Many can relate living in today’s society has become very challenging for women globally.  Michelle’s success in identifying her natural beauty and loving herself, launched Real Chicks Rock.  Today she is inspiring women young and old all around the world.  Real Chicks Rock is a banner for all women to know they are to be treated with the utmost respect.

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YONATAN CHAITCHIK

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By Nigeria Anderson

Redefining Jewish Cuisine

Chef Yonatan Chaitchik is disrupting the food industry with his New York Monday pop-up Jewish cuisine.  Born in Israel, Chef Yonatan Chaitchik honed his craft in some of the top restaurants in Tel Aviv, starting for Chef Eyal Shani.  Studying at The Culinary Institute of America, working with Chef James Kent and Restaurateur Jeff KatzYonatan found his niche as a chef in New York.  Collaborating with other up and coming chefs, Yonatan has opened the door for Chef’s to create dishes from their heart.  He is adding an option to the American menu of burgers & fries, pizza, Mexican, Chinese and Italian menu.  Using fresh vegetables and ingredients to stimulate one’s palate.  Chef Yonatan’s staple meal for Mondays pop-up includes delicious veggies, fish and hummus. 

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Charles Clark

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By Nigeria Anderson

New Music By Charles Clark

Charles Clark is a respected minister of song from North Carolina. Spreading encouragement through songs like Champion, Forever Always and I Am combining scripture with song.  He is credited for reminding us of the goodness of the Lord. His new release You Are stays with Charles’ theme of putting God in His rightful place. He is a musical disciple.  His songs are guaranteed to usher you into the presence of GodCharles Clark’s professional recording career began as a background vocalist for some of gospel’s greats.  He stepped out in 2013 to pursue his solo career and we are glad about it.  Each song exhorts the identity of Christ while ministering to the audience.  With a classic Kingdom sound of gospel, praise, and worship, Charles inevitably has an anointed sound that shifts the atmosphere, inspiring every listener to join in with a confident declaration that God is good.

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Beth

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By Nigeria Anderson

BETH Always Sings

Straight out of Detroit, MI, Beth Griffith-Manley known as Beth is a solo artist,  singer, songwriter, producer, actress, author and CEO of Anise Records. She has an extremely unique voice that has been enchanting audiences worldwide. Her gorgeous tone, and ballads are only a few reasons why so many people adore her. Hands down, she is easily one of the best singers in the music industry.  Beth’s voice many consider to be one of the finest.  Here are the receipts; toured with Anita Baker (background singer), Kem, Babyface, Peabo Bryson, Najee, Yolanda Adams and (coached) by Kelly Clarkson and John Legend on the Voice.  This is still an introduction to her musicianship which is like no other  There’s a reason why Beth is a greatly respected vocalist.  She can sing and work ethic is top-notch.  Beth is equally gifted with other first name recording artists like Mariah, Beyonce and WhitneyBeth has certainly earned her title to pick up a microphone.  If you’ve always dreamed of becoming a great singer.  Beth is an example of making that dream come true.  She reveals what it takes in our interview.  She holds the moniker Beth Always Sings @bethalwayssings

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Robert Harper

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By Nigeria Anderson

The Bomb

Robert Harper is a bassist, recording artist, composer and songwriter who has just released a new single titled “Tha Bomb” that is now available on all major digital outlets.  “Tha Bomb” was released just in time for the fourth of July celebration and the reopening of many cities from the shutdown of the COVID PandemicTha Bomb has a horn section that is serious and Robert shares his solid bass grooves & rap/vocals on this funky track.  Earlier this year of 2021 he released The Fonk Record which is a tribute to legendary pioneers of funk, with a song dedicated to the late Wayman Tisdale titled Mr. Tisdale, which is available as well.  Robert Harper began his interest in music at the tender age of thirteen.  Inspired by Bootsy Collins, Robert Harper has developed his own sound by using a variety of special effect pedals to create various tones which add to his bass groove.  You can view Robert Harper’s passion for funk music by subscribing to his YouTube Channel @robertharperbass  *The bass community is deep-rooted. Many have enjoyed their rhythms on the dance floor.  There are many bass lines we remember and enjoy from some of our favorite recording artists.  Robert Harper’s passion for funk has resurrected what many of us over 40 miss in music today. You can listen to his earlier recordings such as;  Ride With Me and The Fonk Record at: https://robertharper.bandcamp.com/ 

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Shéquanda (Shea) Long

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By Nigeria Anderson

JUNETEENTH IS COMING TO HARLEM

Mrs. Shéquanda (Shea) Long is known for her culmination of creative events. A graduate of the University at Buffalo, Shéquanda Long served as Event Coordinator to the Black Student Union (BSU), where she helped to service roughly 5000 student members of color. She was responsible for overseeing and tending to the logistical details of over a dozen annual events. Raised in Harlem, NY Shéquanda Long was born a leader and an innovator. Shea is known for her commitment to improve progress in low-income communities. She is the proud owner of Kidz Day Care, author of a children’s book Rain, Rain, Go Away!  And the first to launch Juneteenth Freedom Fest NYC, (JFFNYC). Although, there is talk of fewer restrictions for events. Shea and her team have decided to have a week-long Juneteenth virtual festival online sponsored by Lunchtable June 13th to 18th and a block party on June 19th in Harlem, 12pm to 6pm,129th street between 7th and 8th avenue.

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David Sosa

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By Nigeria Anderson

Journey: To Love EP

David Sosa, a New York based singer/songwriter, is promoting his EP Journey: To Love.  David was introduced to musical stylings such as Opera, Jazz standards and Broadway that allowed for him to build an eclectic taste and multi-genre performances. While sonically contemporary, David’s musical influences stemmed from 90’s R&B which grew outward into the soul music of the 60’s and 80’s. Powerhouses such as Luther Vandross and Donny Hathaway to prominent women like Patti Labelle, Mariah Carey and Rachelle Ferrell significantly added to David Sosa’s soundscape. Sosa has toured with Nashville artist Tim Dillinger as part of his trio Soulkiss working alongside Charlene Moore, Patsy Moore and Susaye Green. Songstress and longtime friend Ramona Montanez who’s also featured as a vocalist and co- writer for his  EP Journey: To Love may be seen touring with him locally.

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Ben Tankard

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By Nigeria Anderson

New Music SHINE

Ben Tankard has blessed the gospel community with smooth jazz and gospel renditions for over two decades. Ben Tankard is a Christian renaissance man, he is a licensed pilot, former NBA basketball player, author, owner of Tribute Records, 8 Dove awards, 15 stellars and grammy nominations, producer for reality show, The Tankards, best-selling gospel jazz artist, inducted into the Gospel Hall of Fame and he is known as the Godfather of Gospel Jazz. He released his new project titled SHINE. He says it is a follow-up to his last project RISE. A spin-off from his youth.  When his mother’s morning call would be rise and shine.  Ben Tankard’s music is available on all digital platforms.  I am enjoying one of his musical meditation on Youtube during this month. Between making music and speaking engagements, Ben Tankard is spreading love and music wherever he goes.  Ben Tankard is an example of being successful in Christ Jesus.  Which he teaches at The Destiny Center Church, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  Tankard and his wife started The Destiny Center Church and they practice what they preach. 

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Travis Higgins

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By Nigeria Anderson

Soul Session Vol. 1

Travis Higgins is a musician, recording artist and songwriter. He is no stranger to soul and inspirational music.  Born the son of a pastor, Higgins grew up in his father’s church. The drums were his first introduction to musicianship. Later, he transitioned to piano and organ. When he got hit with the music bug it was not gospel music.  He enjoyed hip-hop and secular music and even played for a few well-known artists.  Travis Higgins credits his mother for training his musical ear by listening to gospel greats like Walter Hawkins, the Winans, Rance Allen, and other soulful gospel recordings. Her secular playlist included sounds of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and the Jackson 5 to name a few. Travis Higgins was unknowingly becoming a student of soul music.  Which can be heard on his debut project Soul Session Vol. 1.  Soul Session Vol.1 is a breath of fresh air for those missing good soul music. 

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