RL (Next), Meelah (702), Nokio (Dru Hill), more Perform at RnB Spotlight in DC (PHOTOS)


Over the weekend, R&B singers from around the country came to Washington, D.C. to perform at the premiere of RnB Spotlight. The musical event, which started in New York, was held at the Howard Theatre on Sunday (Aug. 11). The theme of the show was “Revisiting the 90’s,” and let’s just say, we went on a trip to memory lane.

The showcase was headline by R&B veterans RL (former lead singer of Next), Meelah (former lead singer of 702), Nokio of Dru Hill, and D’Angelo Redman of Making The Band. The latter artist also served as the co-host with Cory Taylor, the founder of RnB Spotlight. Other performers included rising artists Ywada, Shadina, Shaun Mykals, Suzy Q, The Myra Experience, Damon “DJ” Parker and Heather Stevens.

For the record, EVERY artist that hit the stage was incredible. Their vocals were powerful and soulful — just how we like it!

Check out photos from RnB Spotlight below.



RL of Next gave a stellar performance. He performed hits like “Butta Love,” “Too Close,” “Wifey,” and “Can’t Be Friends.” He also performed songs that he wrote including Jaheim’s “Anything” and “Just Incase.” RL’s vocals have really matured over the years and we look forward to his upcoming project.


Dru Hill singer Nokio gave the audience a taste of his Rock/Soul band B.A.D.


Meelah (former lead singer of 702) performed “Where My Girls At,” “Steelo,” “Get It Together,” and”I Still Love You.”


C0-host DeAngelo Redman performed a medley of R&B classics.


Suzy Q. gave a remarkable performance of Minnie Riperton’s classic hit “Lovin You.” Yes, she hit those high notes with perfection!


Lil Mo made a surprise appearance and took us to church!


Damon “DJ” Parker did his thing!


Shadina performed Mary J. Blige’s “Real Love” as well as an original song.


Shaun Mykals lit up the room with his cover of Maxwell’s classic song “Fortunate.”


 Ywada gave us a memorable performance of her new single “End of the Road.”


The Myra Experience stole the show with her cover of Chaka Khan’s “I’m Every Woman.”

(Photography by Shamya Lynn)


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Mary J. Blige Talks Golden Globe Nominations: ‘I’m Just So Grateful’

Mary J. Blige has a lot to be proud of. Blige has been nominated for two Golden Globes, including best supporting actress and best original song in the Netflix film Mudbound. 

The Queen of Hip Hop Soul spoke with The Los Angeles Times about how she felt about her nomination, which she found out about while still in bed. “This is different because [acting] is something I’ve always set out to do and I wanted to get it right and do it right,” she said. “The reward that comes with this is this nomination so I’m grateful. It feels good because I’m being nominated for something other than singing. [laughs] I don’t even know what else to say. I’m just so grateful.”

Blige also dished on what she hopes people take away from her character Florence Jackson in the film.”To be humble. To be powerful. To know who we are. Florence is like every woman. She’s the center and holds things together without getting too emotional about it,” Blige said. “She loves her family. So, I hope people know that … you can figure a way out of things. Florence was a quiet, silent power.”

Mudbound follows the story of two men – one white, one black – returning home from WWII to life on the Mississippi Delta. As their families struggle to share the land, they discover what they hold in common is more true than what tears them apart.

SoMo Announces ‘The Reservations Tour’ Dates

SoMo stays on the road. After wrapping up his The Answers Tour this year, the Texas native announces dates for The Reservations Tour. The tour will begin on February 21, 2018 in Tulsa, OK and will hit cities across the U.S. including Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Atlanta and Los Angeles, before wrapping up on April 14 in Dallas.

“Can’t wait to see new and old faces on this tour,” SoMo tweeted.

In September, he released his My Life III mixtape. “This project means so much to me! These songs poured out of my soul and I hope you enjoy them,” SoMo said.

See SoMo’s tour dates below and get tickets at officialsomo.com.

Justine Skye Announces Debut Album ‘Ultraviolet’

With three EPs and a handful of one-off singles under her belt, Justine is finally ready to deliver her debut album. The project is titled Ultraviolet and is set to release on January 19, 2018 via Roc Nation. It will include her previously released songs “U Don’t Know” featuring Wiz Kid, “Back For More” featuring Jeremih and “Don’t Think About It.”

Skye took over Apple Music’s official Instagram account to announce the exciting news and to share a few details about the project. She revealed she collaborated with PARTYNEXTDOOR on a song called “Good Love,” which will be out on Friday.

“It was just dope working with PARTY because not only is he an amazing artist, he is a fire, fire songwriter and very passionate about the projects he works on,” she said.

The Brooklyn native also mentioned track seven, “Heaven,” is the most personal to her. “‘Heaven’ I feel like is the most vulnerable song on the album,” Skye said. “I did this song with Prince Charlez and Fred Ball who did ‘Love on the Brain’ with Rihanna.”

Ultraviolet will be on pre-order starting Friday (Dec. 8). Fans who pre-order the album will get an instant download of Skye’s new track “Goodlove.”

Ultraviolet Track List
1. Wasteland
2. Goodlove
3. U Don’t Know feat. Wiz Kid
4. Back For More feat. Jeremih
5. Don’t Think About It
6. You Got Me
7. Heaven
8. Push Ya
9. Lil Boy
10. Ultraviolet

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