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George Clinton to embark on final tour with Parliament Funkadelic

NASHVILLE PRIDE — Capping over 50 years of touring and recording, George Clinton is set to embark on his farewell tour with the legendary Parliament Funkadelic before he retires. After joining Red Hot Chili Peppers for a nine-city tour of Australia, George and P-Funk follow up with their own Australian headline tour in April where they will hit the legendary Bluesfest stage in Byron Bay, and a stint in Japan at Billboard Live.

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Capping over 50 years of touring and recording, George Clinton is set to embark on his farewell tour with the legendary Parliament Funkadelic before he retires. After joining Red Hot Chili Peppers for a nine-city tour of Australia, George and P-Funk follow up with their own Australian headline tour in April where they will hit the legendary Bluesfest stage in Byron Bay, and a stint in Japan at Billboard Live. Starting after Memorial Day weekend, the group will hit the road in North America with the ‘One Nation Under a Groove Tour.’ Joining P-Funk to send this icon of American pop culture off with a bang are Galactic, Fishbone, and Miss Velvet & The Blue Wolf all of whom are taking time out of their own busy schedules to hit the road with the Grammy-winning, once-rainbow-dreaded pioneer of Funk, Hip Hop, and Rock & Roll.

The ‘One Nation Under a Groove Tour’ will be coming to the Nashville Municipal Auditorium on Friday, July 26 for one night only.

Parliament Funkadelic has been a touring force for decades, and the current lineup including veterans Bennie Cowan (trumpet), Greg Thomas (sax), Lige Curry (bass), and Blackbird McKnight (guitar) have been with George for 30 plus years. Parliament Funkadelic also now includes many younger generations of Clinton’s family who are set to move the legacy forward into the 21st century. This blended-family business has no plans of slowing down, even with their helmsman moving on.

“It’s always been about the music and the band” said the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. “That’s the real P-Funk legacy. They’ll still be funkin’ long after I stop.”

The ‘One Nation Under a Groove Tour’ is the latest blockbuster package tour created by Universal Attractions Agency, George and P-Funk’s booking agency. The tour was conceived around the anniversary of the iconic album and single of the same title. “We had been kicking this idea around for a long time” said Nick Szatmari, George’s agent at UAA. “It just felt organic and authentic, especially with the current social climate and the powers that be trying to divide everyone. It has always been a call for unity and togetherness through music. When George announced his retirement it just all clicked. It’s surreal how it all came together, and we are very fortunate to have the support of Galactic, Dumpstaphunk, Fishbone, and Miss Velvet & The Blue Wolf on this historic tour.”

UAA and its co-owners, Jeff Epstein and Jeff Allen, are gearing up to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the company’s founding in 1945 with ‘One Nation Under a Groove’ as the flagship tour for this year among many shows they are rolling out for the 2019-20 season. “We are excited and honored to be sending one of the most iconic touring artists in history into his well-deserved retirement with a bang, and quite a bang this will be. It is a fitting culmination of our years of work together,” said Jeff Epstein.

Billboard summed up the historic nature of this moment perfectly in their coverage of the retirement announce: “If you want to watch the original master of funk do his thing, you’ve got one more year. Parliament/Funkadelic frontman/producer George Clinton is set to retire from touring in 2019.”

This article originally appeared in the Nashville Pride

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‘The Neighborhood’ Welcomes New Executive Producer Meg DeLoatch 

Firing on more than one cylinder and beyond the comedic arena, DeLoatch wrote on VH-1’s hit drama, “Single Ladies” and is completing a middle school fantasy novel about a boy who fights demons.

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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is in the house and in “The Neighborhood.” 

CBS Studios has brought aboard Meg DeLoatch as executive producer and showrunner to guide its popular Monday night, family-centered sitcom starring Cedric the Entertainer and Max Greenfield.

DeLoatch, a proud member of the iconic African American national sorority, is an award-winning Hollywood veteran who’s written and produced a variety of hit shows during her acclaimed entertainment career.  She’s the recipient of two (2021, 2020) NAACP Image Awards and nominated for a 2020 Writers Guild Award for Netflix’s “Family Reunion,” the multi-generational family series she created and currently serves as its executive producer.

An advocate for diversity and inclusion, DeLoatch assembled one of the first all-Black writers’ rooms to authentically voice the comedy series starring Tia Mowry-Hardrict (“Sister Sister”), Anthony Alabi (“Insecure”), and Emmy-winner Loretta Devine (“The Carmichael Show”).  Richard Roundtree (the original John Shaft) guest stars as Grandpa.

An impressive list of industry credits for DeLoatch range from family-friendly shows including Disney Channel’s “Raven’s Home” and “Austin & Ally” to adult comedies “Born Again Virgin,” “Bette,” (CBS) and “Brothers,” (FOX). DeLoatch created and executive-produced UPN’s romantic comedy, “Eve,” starring Grammy Award-winning Hip Hop artist Eve.  She wrote and executive produced TV One’s comedy series, “Here We Go Again,” starring LeToya Luckett and Wendy Raquel Robinson.

Firing on more than one cylinder and beyond the comedic arena, DeLoatch wrote on VH-1’s hit drama, “Single Ladies” and is completing a middle school fantasy novel about a boy who fights demons.

The Maryland native is no stranger to celebrity stratosphere having worked with Bette Midler, Jennie Garth and Ice Cube.  Early on, DeLoatch combined her interests in theater, literature and visual media to earn an interdisciplinary degree from American University.  She subsequently moved to California and the rest is Hollywood history.

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Geoffrey’s Inner Circle Not included in Funding Support

We will ultimately be successful in our efforts to reach the goal of our fundraising campaign but will also ensure that the native Oakland community of African Americans will receive equal assistance and opportunity in this city.

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Athenian Nile Club founded in 1915 often presented their wealthy members in entertainment in Black face

Publisher’s note by Paul Cobb: Several years ago when writer MarvinX Jackmon and I asked Mayor Libby Schaaf and Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney to name the downtown business district in honor of the historic Black achievements, Black Newspaper, Black Businesses, Art Galleries, Black Museum, Government Buildings, Arts and Entertainment venues, I asked the Mayor to make sure that Geoffrey’s Inner Circle would receive the same financial support and grants that the Fox Theatre and the Oakland Auditorium were receiving. I reminded her how I as the former director of OCCUR, had led a group of historical preservationists to save the Fox from a demolition wrecking ball, she said she liked the Malonga Arts Complex instead. We at the Oakland Post support Geoffrey’s Go Fund Me appeal https://gofund.me/b2541419 with a $1,000.00 donation and my wife Gay Plair Cobb and I urge others to join us either in-kind or with at least the donation of a “Tubman” ($20.00 bill). Geoffrey’s ironically was the original home of Oakland’s white power structure. (We have published a photo below of how those White wealthy leaders often met and entertained themselves by adorning themselves in Black Face at the former Athenian Nile Club ( now Geoffrey’s). And now that the same establishment is represented by the face of a Black man, his establishment is being whitewashed with neglect.

The Post has asked Mr. Pete to give his own opinion below.

Paul Mooney appeared at Geoffrey’s Inner Circle some 30 or more times over the years. His platform and message were always used to shed a light on the grave racial disparity and economic injustice that has, whether acknowledged or not, plagued this country since its inception. This racially aggressive ideology has also had its tangles in our dear city of Oakland. A disparity study illustrated by Dr. Eleanor Ramsey highlighted the glaring absence of African Americans in the city’s landscape of budgeted allotments for professional services, labor construction and city development.

Former entertainer Paul Mooney often performed at Geoffrey’s urging America to face-up to White racism

While I applaud Yoshi’s Oakland for reaching their goal in their most recent Go Fund Me efforts, it should be noted that Yoshi’s also received $5 million dollars in assistance from both the City and Port of Oakland to open a jazz entertainment venue at Jack London Square. Geoffrey’s Inner Circle, a live entertainment venue that began at Jack London Square, has been operating for 30 years. This offer was not extended to expand GIC or renovate, nor was it offered to any other Black Owned Business in the entertainment genre in Oakland.

The Fox Oakland was $50 million dollars over budget for its renovation project and most recently left the City of Oakland with a $78 million cost overrun.

When an African American Development Firm entered a bid on the Oakland Auditorium/ Kaiser Center, the city gave a white developer the contract and $12 million dollars in naming rights. This deal in its origin should not have had any monetary exchange whatsoever, naming rights included. The aforementioned developer has additionally secured a 99-year lease that will cost him a hefty $1 dollar. He will also receive tax credits to the tune of a $20-$40-million-dollars in subsidies. Go fund me has a different ring to it if you are non-black and vending with the City of Oakland it seems.

We will ultimately be successful in our efforts to reach the goal of our fundraising campaign but will also ensure that the native Oakland community of African Americans will receive equal assistance and opportunity in this city.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Geoffrey Pete
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OWN’s Got Plenty Good Loving on Friday Nights With New Season of ‘Black Love’

OWN’s popular series, now in its fifth season, takes viewers inside the joys and challenges of married couples.  From co-creators Codie and Tommy Oliver, the famed husband-and-wife filmmakers have a sure hit on their hands with this four-time NAACP nominated docu-series.

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Keith David and Dionne Lea Williams

A riveting collection of relationship chronicles will have you tuning in every Friday night to glean lessons learned and lived experiences of celebrities and everyday people on “Black Love.”

OWN’s popular series, now in its fifth season, takes viewers inside the joys and challenges of married couples.  From co-creators Codie and Tommy Oliver, the famed husband-and-wife filmmakers have a sure hit on their hands with this four-time NAACP nominated docu-series.

“Black Love” is a veritable bounty of romantic perspectives from the Black community. A perennial favorite, “Black  Love” was ranked No. 1 in its time slot across all cable with African American women age 25-54.  The ground-breaking expose airs 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The hour-long weekly snapshot posits itself as a presentation of real, honest, emotional, and transparent love stories.

The new season features Chance and Tabitha Brown, R&B singer Kenny Lattimore and Judge Faith Jenkins; Grammy-winner Ledisi and  husband Ron Young; singer/songwriter Tank and Zena Foster; “Greenleaf” actor Keith David and his wife Dionne; stylist Jason Bolden and interior designer Adair Curtis, plus others who will discuss topics from navigating finances, religious differences, parenting and the unexpected twists that are part of every couples’ journey.

Personally, “Black Love” is one of my favorite shows on television.  I spoke with Season 5 cast members Keith David and his wife of 20 years, Dionne Lea Williams, about the back story of their love story.

David and Williams describe their relationship this way–

We protect our marriage, as much as we can, from the scrutiny of outsiders. We avoid negative feedback because we’re trying to do something positive for ourselves, for our family, and for younger couples who need to see longevity in marriage.  It’s also about acceptance of each other and the things that make you, you.  Sure, there are little annoyances, but are you going to nitpick all the time? Are you going to pick each other apart over the little things?  The answer is, ‘No.’ It’s about acceptance.

Regarding the impact COVID19 had on the marriage, the couple articulated challenges of being in each other’s presence for extended periods, which was quite an adjustment.

David describes himself as a workaholic, working mostly away from home for the last 15 years.  Williams said, “I had to get used to him being home. … Keith has a large personality and takes up the space in a room.  I, on the other hand, like quiet.  He’s a star and used to people doing everything for him.  When he’s home, I expect him to help out around the house.”

They confess that their three children help to balance the family household dynamics.  “They keep us accountable and we are dedicated to keeping our family together.”

Each episode seeks to answer the burning question, “What does it take to make a  marriage work?” Here’s a clip from the show.

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