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Starrdom100 Exclusive: Raheem DeVaughn Talks New Album, His Definition of Love & Thoughts on Today’s R&B Music

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Photo credit: DMG (DeVaughn Music Group)

Three-time Grammy Nominated Recording Artist RAHEEMDEVAUGHN Releases Seventh Studio Album, “THE LOVE REUNION”

(New York, NY), Three-time Grammy Nominated and 2019 NAACP Outstanding Male Artist nominee, singer, songwriter, producer, actor and last but not least,  philanthropic-pioneer, RAHEEM DEVAUGHN released his seventh studio album, “The Love Reunion“. The anticipated album released on June 28th, 2019, via the SRG/DMG label imprint.

The Love Reunion” is led by the already Top 15 Billboard Chart hit single, “Just Right” (Testify), written by Raheem DeVaughn and produced by Tim Kelley (one half of the multi-award-winning producers, Tim & Bob). “Just Right is an infectious anthem composed to celebrate not only women of black and brown color but all women globally,” mentions Raheem.

Although this is album number seven that we’re calling The Love Reunion,” says RAHEEM of his surprise second release in eight months, “it’s a part-two to Decade of a Love King, which just came out in October. I never stop making music; I’m still working on finding new ways to use my instrument, so the best way to do that is to stay in the studio…that’s my refuge, my therapy, and my sanity. [So] this Decade of a Love King trilogy has a lot of different tones and variations in it. When people go through albums six, seven, eight, and maybe nine and ten, they’re gonna be like `Wow, he gave us some real hardcore, new millennial R&B!’”

(AUDIO LINK): “JUST RIGHT” (TESTIFY) by RAHEEMDEVAUGHN

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During our recent interview with the talented singer, he shared some thoughts on the new album, expressed his definition of love and spoke on today’s R&B music scene.

Why is this album so special to you?

It’s my seventh album. My first album came out actually on June 28th and fast forward through the energy of the universe, my seventh album released on the same day in 2019. This album, in my opinion, is one of my best bodies of work to date. I am better vocally, I am better at writing. I have found the Raheem Devaughn sound.

What are your thoughts about the style of R&B music being produced today compared to the 90s and early 00’s?

I love lots of the new generation that is making music and that are being successful with it, but to me, there is nothing like that good ole 90’s R&B vibe. I love to still be able to deliver that quality music for my fans that have been with me from the beginning and my new fans just learning about the Raheem Devaughn sound.

How do you define love?

Love is understanding, compassion and making sure you look out for one another.

                                     What upcoming events do you have? Any tours?
There is a tour in the works that it’s still early to discuss, but I promise you it will be one for the books. It’s being planned for this fall/winter.

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Photo credit: DMG (DeVaughn Music Group)

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Starrdom100Blog Exclusive: Pamela Y. Smith Speaks Out On Prior Relationship With Former NBA Player Michael Jordan

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Pamela Y. Smith & Michael Jordan

Pamela Y. Smith shook the media back in 2013 after she came forth and filed a paternity suit against former NBA legend Michael Jordan. Smith claimed he was the father of her 17-year-old son at the time. She demanded a DNA test, full custody and child support. Of course the courts did not work in her favor behind the accusations against the former NBA player. The paternity suit was dismissed alleging that Michael Jordan fathered her son, Grant Pierce Jordan Reynolds. Pamela Y. Smith was fined by an Atlanta court and accused of making false claims against the NBA Hall of Famer. For the first time in years she is finally speaking out about what happened with her prior relationship with Michael Jordan and the case.

On Wednesday, March 21, Pamela Y. Smith opened up to me about the entire experience.

How did you and Michael Jordan meet?

               “We met in the late 1980’s ( full story on how we met is in the Book)”

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Pamela Y. Smith released a book recently titled, “Love, Sex, and Power” which tells the full story of her relationship with the former NBA player and more, the book is available now on her website.

Did Michael Jordan ever agree to the paternity test?

“The civil case was based on a Georgia statue and law, when it comes to a child being born, before birth automatically the parents through marriage is said to be the father. (not the biological father).”

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Pamela Y. Smith & her son, Grant Pierce Jordan Reynolds

Why do you feel he has been avoiding the paternity test?

                     “He avoided the test based on Money not the GA statue.”

 How does your son feel about what has happened with the case thus far?

“My son felt Michael should have spoken up or at least acknowledged the relationship existed.”

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Michael Jordan seen here with son of Pamela Y. Smith

Does your son want a relationship with Michael Jordan?

                                                                         “No”

What are you in hopes of gaining from this case? Do you simply just want Michael Jordan to acknowledge his son?

“The book is about repairing the lie. Michael stated he did not have a relationship with me prior to his first marriage.”

How has this entire experience affected your life and your son’s life?

“It affects us based on the lie told but not the truth. In the end its his loss for not having a relationship with his son.”

Do you feel that due to Michael Jordan’s status that they are mistreating you with the handling of this case?

“Yes, because of his money and status, people assume he has power. So they would do anything for money even if it lies or damages the other person. That’s why in my book you can read the truth and see the proof. That’s the glory in it……”

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“My book is my Memoir of the Love, Sex, and Power of my relationship with one of the Greatest Of All Time Basketball stars Michael J. Jordan. I believe we shared the journey of real love and friendship. A love that would last forever, yet never seen.” -Pamela Y. Smith

Pamela Y. Smith simply wants Michael Jordan to stop pretending the relationship never existed and to face the truth about his alleged son. In her new book Smith tells it all about her relationship with the NBA legend. You can get your copy of the book by clicking HERE.

I must admit her son looks just like Michael Jordan so hopefully he will just come forth and take the test and lay this matter to rest.

 

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