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What’s The 411 Episode 107: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Tupac

Freddie Jackson gives an extended interview, Ridley Scott hopes Idris Elba will be James Bond, stars come out for Dress for Success and more

On this episode of What’s The 411, we are talking about former US First Lady and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and US Senator Bernie Sanders are coming to Brooklyn to give separate commencement addresses. Hillary Clinton will give a commencement address at Medgar Evers College, while Senator Bernie Sanders, who was born in Brooklyn, will speak at Brooklyn College’s graduation ceremony.

Minnesota courts have whittled down the number of heirs to the estate of the deceased pop star, Prince.

Film director, Ridley Scott, told BBC Radio One that he hopes that actor Idris Elba would be the next James Bond.

Ifeoma White-Thorpe, a senior at Rockaway High School in Morris Hills, New Jersey. Ms. White-Thorpe received acceptances to all eight Ivy League colleges and Stanford University.

Dress for Success, an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life, held its annual fundraising gala at Cipriani Wall Street.

Popular rapper, Snoop Dogg, gave a heartfelt tribute to deceased rapper Tupac Shakur who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

We also have an extended interview with R&B singer Freddie Jackson, who has a new album, LOVE SIGNALS, with an expected release date in June. The album’s first single, One Night, will be released on May 1st.

RnB Singer Freddie Jackson is Back, and He’s Sending "Love Signals"

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Freddie Jackson is gearing up for his One Night Tour, the name of the first single off of his new album, Love Signals

In this video interview recorded on April 11, 2017, award-winning RnB singer, Freddie Jackson, talks about growing up in Harlem, sneaking into the Apollo Theater, his start in the music industry, his first record deal, working with singer/actress Melba Moore, younger singers like Jennifer Hudson that are destined to have longevity, and of course, his new single, ONE NIGHT.

By way of background, Freddie Jackson mastered the art of chart domination during the mid-to-late 80s, and today continues proving his distinction as one of the Top 50 Greatest R&B Singers (Billboard 2017). Jackson’s Billboard chart resume that boasts 18 songs in the Top 10 with 10 songs rocketing to #1, a 3x Grammy Nominee, and an American Music Award winner. The Harlem native's star first appeared on the horizon in 1985, after releasing his debut album, Rock Me Tonight (Capitol Records).

While waiting his turn, Jackson worked a word processing job, did session work, and backup singing gigs throughout New York nightclubs. Then, while singing backup for Melba Moore, fellow church member and friend Paul Laurence at Hush Productions, decided enough was enough. Laurence, a talented record producer, and songwriter pulled Jackson from behind both the typewriter and other acts; penning him a hit with the title track for what would become Jackson's debut album, Rock me Tonight.

As we waited for Freddie Jackson to arrive for his interview, person after person, talked about how Jackson’s music was “music to love by” or “baby-making music,” evidenced by Keisha Wilson during the interview.

We agree with others that Jackson’s current album, Love Signals, offers longtime fans and new listeners alike, a melodic offering of love in a multitude of styles. From the orchestral openings to the instrumental driven collaborations with master musician Gerald Albright on Hold Me Tonight, each song is a pulse of passion and light. All I Wanna Do will surely become the new anniversary anthem, while his most global track to date, Save The Babies, asks this tumultuous era's most pertinent question, 'Who is going to save the child?'

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