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FOR DECEMBER 2021 & SHIFTS TO VIRTUAL FESTIVAL
Nashville, TN – After careful consideration, the International Black Film Festival (IBFF) has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2021 film festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival will now take place virtually, streaming fully from our website at www.ibffevents.com on December 2-5, 2021.
At present, Nashville is in the midst of an active Delta variant surge, and the number of daily infections & hospitalizations continues to trend upward. Unfortunately, this cautions against our gathering together for an in-person festival; nevertheless, we remain committed to delivering a film festival that is both entertaining and resourceful, distinctive in the range of themes represented in our films. This has been a challenging time for us all. But we remain optimistic that our efforts to keep healthy and excited about the coming days will lead to a memorable festival.
A playlist of exceptional films live and pre-recorded panels, and intimate conversations will be available each day of the festival, easily accessed by going to our website at www.ibffevents.com and clicking on “Watch Now”. Our website also will provide pre-festival information–filmmaker news, trailers, film posters, screening times, etc.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24th, 2021
Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music Join Forces
JONATHAN McREYNOLDS AND MALI MUSIC
JOIN FORCES ON JONNY x MALI: LIVE IN LA
AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE NOW
Nashville, TN (September 24, 2021) – Today, GRAMMY® winning artists Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music released their highly anticipated collaboration album, Jonny x Mali: Live in LA in partnership between Mali’s imprint, K Approved Enterprises, RCA Inspiration, Jonathan’s Life Room Label and eOne Music.
The EP, which was recorded live in Los Angeles, features six dynamic odes that showcase Jonathan’s and Mali’s individual voices and prowess as songwriters but meld their talents together in a glorious fashion. Among Jonny x Mali’s tracks is the uplifting hit, “Movin’ On,” which earned Jonathan and Mali a GRAMMY for Best Gospel Song / Performance at the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards in March, 2021. Another highlight of Jonny x Mali is the super charged single, “Jump Ship”. The live performance video for “Jump Ship” premiered today in conjunction with the release of the album.
In addition to the debut of the album, Jonathan and Mali will co-headline the Jonny x Mali Tour kicking off in Atlanta, GA on September 30th. The multi-city tour will make stops in Charlotte, NC, Philadelphia, PA, New York, NY, New Haven, CT, Washington, DC, Chicago, IL and Los Angeles, CA.
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NASHVILLE MOURNS THE LOSS OF LEGENDARY GOSPEL RADIO ICON CONNIE DENELL CATO-DICKERSON, 65
Nashville, TN — Legendary Stellar Award and NAACP Award-winning radio announcer Connie Denell Cato-Dickerson was the pride of Nashville.
The daughter of radio legend Evelyn Cato, the first black female disc-jockey in the Southeast, Denell started as a sports reporter for her school newspaper while attending Riverside High School in Chattanooga, TN. She worked for two local Chattanooga radio stations, WNOO AM and WNTP, hosting the Quiet Storm shows before attending the famed Morris-Brown College, a historically black college in Atlanta, GA. Denell went on to attend Georgia State University and worked at the local Atlanta radio station WAOK FM on the campus of Clark-Atlanta University.
In the early 80s, Denell married and relocated to Music City, Nashville, TN, where her career took off. She worked briefly at WLAC radio doing the news. Later, she joined the Nashville-based television network TNN and became the first black talent coordinator to book country music artists on nationally televised Music City Tonight, hosted by legendary country music artist Ralph Emery. Denell went on to work with the Charlie Chase and Lorraine Crook Show, as well as with Dick Clark Productions and Rac Clark on the popular show, Prime Time Country, hosted by Gary Chapman.
In 1983, Denell worked as the Morning Show Host for 92.1 WQQK FM and news reporter for WVOL AM in Nashville. By 2000, she made the shift from R&B to Gospel, launching 92Q’s hugely popular radio show, Gospel Inspirations, which aired Sunday mornings and earned her the beloved title of “The Gospel Diva.” Gospel Inspirations quickly became one of the most listened to radio shows in the Music City, thereby accrediting her with laying the blueprint for Black Gospel in Nashville. She retired from 92Q in December 2017, after 37 years with the company.
Kenny Smoov, Vice-President of Urban Formats and Classic Hip Hop for Cumulus Media, reflects on Denell’s impact on the community. “Connie Denell retired from 92Q in 2017, but her impact on our 92Q family will last a lifetime. She is one of the architects of Gospel music for the entire region and she had a ‘Heart of Gold’ to go with that.”
Her love and passion for Gospel music led her to audiences once more. In late 2017, Denell joined the legendary Dr. Bobby Jones as a co-host on Dr. Bobby Jones Presents television show currently airing on the Impact Television Network.
“Losing Connie has certainly been an uncomfortable situation for me,” says Dr. Bobby Jones. “However, to know that I was able to play a part in her life makes me smile. I am blessed to know that I was able to give something to another soldier that has gone home to be with the Lord.”
Her request to Dr. Jones was to be on television, and he obliged by sharing his platform with her as a co-host. Dr. Jones says Denell was delighted to be a part of the show.
Connie Denell Cato, 65, passed away Tuesday, August 24th, after a series of surgeries and medical complications. She is survived by her son, Stephen Keith Dickerson.