When your star power is on the ascending trajectory, there will be a time or two when your name will be ringing bells simultaneously. Thus was the case on Saturday, Oct. 29 for the ultra-hot recording artist TEMS. In Los Angeles, at Milk Studios in Hollywood, to be exact, EBONY Media Group, the leading and most influential Black-owned media company in the world, held their signature annual gala, the 2022 EBONY Power 100 Gala. The star-studded event, hosted by Emmy-nominated comedian and actress Amber Ruffin, honored the remarkable achievements of African Americans spanning across various disciplines from business, sports, media, activism, music and entertainment.
The 2022 EBONY Power 100 includes the aforementioned TEMS, as well as Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Usher, recent Emmy Award-winning actress and writer Quinta Brunson, future NFL-Hall Of Famer and spouse, singer Russell and Ciara Wilson (EBONY’s Sept./Oct. cover star), Academy Award-winning actress Ariana DeBose, power couple and actor Idris and Sabrina Elba, R&B singer H.E.R., comedian Martin Lawrence, daytime television host, actress and comedian Sherri Shepherd and tv personality Kandi Burruss are a few of the selected for this year’s list.
Special awards were also presented to add to the star-laden festivities. Roger Guenveur Smith presented legendary film director Spike Lee with the Icon Award; Nia Long presented Emmy-nominated actress and producer Issa Rae with the People’s Choice Award; Jonathan Majors presented the cast of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” with the For the Culture Award; Kendrick Sampson presented the mothers of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, Tamika Palmer and Wanda Cooper-Jones with the Social Justice Award; Jay Ellis and Garcelle Beauvais presented Target’s Senior Vice President of Marketing Maurice Cooper with the Corporate Citizen Award; and Kandi Burruss (2022 EBONY Power 100 honoree) presented President and CEO Cheryl McKissack with the Black Business Award.
One of the laurels TEMS managed this calendar year is participation on the soundtrack for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” Her cover of Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry” helped fuel the excitement for the film in the initial trailer as well working on the musical comeback of sorts for superstar Rihanna as they collaborated on the recently released single “Lift Me Up.” As it was released on Friday (Oct. 28), TEMS took to social media to comment about the new song, “Blessed to have written this song in honor of Chadwick Boseman and even more blessed to hear the baddest @badgalriri voice it to perfection.” Rihanna responded, “It’s the pen for me love to you sistren.” As big an event as that was, TEMS had a live engagement with her fans at the Prudential Center as part of the lineup for Power 105.1’s Powerhouse 2022. Nicki Minaj, Moneybagg Yo, Kodak Black, Lil Tjay, Badmanrill and DJ Spinking. Rowdy Rebel, Juelz Santana, J.I. The Prince and B. Lovee were also part of the capacity filled festivities.
During her performance, TEMS also received a major honor. “Breakfast Club” host Angela Yee joined TEMS’ label as they presented her with a plaque for her song “Free Mind” which became her first No. 1 song and reached Gold status.
Crazy how life turns. It was almost a year ago that one of the headliners of this same show had gone through some cosmetic changes. The superstar group that was a trio had rumblings of a solo departure; further fueled by a duet album with two of the three members. The specter of the group ever coming back together as a unit was MAJOR news to the masses. Unfortunately we got our answer. The Migos are no more. At press time we got word that Kirsnik Khari Ball known to millions by the moniker Takeoff was gunned down in Houston Texas. Details are trickling in. DAMN!!!!
Over and out. Holla next week. Til then, enjoy the nightlife.