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Matrix Awards Winners Announced

New York Women in Communications has announced the 2015 Matrix Awards winners. The Matrix Awards honor women who excel in the communications industry.

The winners will be celebrated Monday, April 25, during a ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria. Congrats to all the winners listed below.

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Beyoncé to Headline BET Experience

Fresh off her amazing performance at the Super Bowl, BET announced Monday that Beyoncé would be the headliner for the BET Experience at L.A. Live in June.

Beyonce’s performance is the first stop of the North American leg of the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. Comedian Mike Epps, Erykah Badu, The Roots, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Miguel, Schoolboy Q, Kirk Franklin, R. Kelly, New Edition and The Jacksons (MJ on hologram?) will also perform between Staples Center and Club Nokia from June 28-30. The weekend concludes with 2013 BET Awards from the Nokia Theatre on June 30.

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BET Experience at L.A. Live Coming in 2013

With the 2012 BET Awards in the books, the cable network has already turned their attention to next year’s show — a three-day celebration at L.A. Live in partnership with AEG.

The BET Experience at L.A. Live will take place June 28-30, 2013. According to the press release, attendees at the BET Experience ”will enjoy great performances, participate in TV show tapings, attend thought provoking seminars, interact with sponsor exhibits and connect with their favorite BET programs.” Staples Center will host three nights of megastar concerts as well.  Read more

Cool Media Gigs For The Music Lover

The music business is in the gutter right now. Sales are down, downloading is up, and mags covering the category are either shrinking, folding — or folding, relaunching, and then shrinking. What’s a music-loving media pro to do?

Change with the times, of course. While you might not be able to pen that 3,000-word Bono profile anymore, there’s still space for music critics in print. In this week’s kick-off to’s second annual Profit From Your Passion series, we’ve got the goods on how you can stay afloat and get paid to listen to Vampire Weekend. (Sidebar: My 2005 iPod conked out this week. Anyone know what the sad face message means?)

Here’s what you missed:

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New Year, New Job: Profit From Your Passion 2011


Being in the media biz doesn’t have to mean reporting on fires and homicides all day.

Each week in January, we’ll line up a creative interest with a path in media for the third installment of our Profit From Your Passion series. It’s packed with step-by-step features and insightful interviews from those who have successfully merged their personal and professional interests.

Like, how do you turn 60 seconds on the red carpet with Elton John into a winning story? Tip #3: Try to break the ice before asking about a recent scandal. Is it really possible to get paid for your addiction to, well, getting paid? Of course. Do any of the Time Out titles accept freelance pitches about art or architecture? Yes, they do — especially, the Chicago mag.

And that’s just a taste of what we have planned. See more of the lineup for Profit From Your Passion after the jump… Read more

Imus Fallout: Russell Simmons, Hip-Hop And Record Industry Leaders Call Closed-Door Meeting In New York

russell_simmons_imus.jpgRussell Simmons and dozens of record industry executives and hip-hop moguls are scheduled to meet at 2:00PM today in New York to discuss the fallout from last week’s Don Imus controversy.

Participating in the closed door meeting at the Park Central Hotel include Simmons, US Recorded Music CEO Lyor Cohen, Warner Music Group, RIAA chair Mitch Bainwol, Warner Music Group EVP Kevin Liles, Def Jam chairman LA Reid and COO Steve Bartels, Atlantic Records co-chair Craig Kallman, Interscope president Jimmy Iovine, Universal Music Group CEO Steve Rifkind, Atlantic president Julie Greenwald, Motown president Sylvia Rhone, Sony EVP Lisa Ellis, BET CEO Debra Lee, Damon Dash and Chaka Zulu, among others.

Simmons is promising “initiatives” after a discussion “issues challenging the industry in the wake of controversy surrounding hip-hop and the First Amendment,” according to his reps.