CHARLIE MURPHY & LIL’ DUVAL TO HOST SECOND ANNUAL OZONE AWARDS

Posted: August 9, 2007 by bigced in Hip Hop News/Press Releases

OZONE Magazine today announced that actor/comedian and star of Chappelle’s Show, Charlie Murphy, will host the Second Annual OZONE Awards presented by Defient Entertainment.  The awards will take place on Monday, August 13, 2007 at the James L. Knight Center in Downtown Miami at 7PM.  Roland Powell better known in the comedy and hip hop circuits as “Lil’ Duval” will also appear as the co-host alongside Murphy for the star-studded event.  It will be the first time in OZONE Magazine awards show history that two comedians will preside over the event as hosts. 

“Their presence is a great balance of entertainment.” says awards show co-executive producer, Thomas “TJ” Chapman, CEO of TJ’s DJ’s Inc.  “Charlie and Lil’ Duval will have the crowd amused, while the performers will keep the crowd moving.  It’s a perfect blend of today’s top talent and music’s hottest artists, which cements why this is the premiere hip hop awards show.”

Murphy is most noted for his famed roles as a star on “Chappelle’s Show” with David Chappelle and his resume includes roles in “Roll Bounce,” “Night At The Museum” and writing credits for the box office hit “Norbit.”  Upcoming projects for Murphy include “A Perfect Christmas” with Queen Latifah and Gabrielle Union as well as a co-starring role in “Garbage Men,” Fox Searchlight’s spin-off of the hit film “Roll Bounce.”

Lil’ Duval is a Jacksonville, FL native, known for his witty punch lines and jokes of growing up in the South.  When asked about fitting in amongst rappers, he replies, “…My comedy is based off of what’s going on in the hood, and that’s pretty much where most [of the] rappers are from.  What makes jokes funny are the [topics] that you can relate to.  So with that [in mind] my routine can’t help but fit.”  Lil’ Duval is most known for his appearances on BET’s Comic View, and an abundance of rap music videos.  His upcoming projects include a T.V pilot called “T.I. Presents:  Grand Hustle Comedy” and a comedy album soon to be released entitled “Funniest Comic Alive.”

The show will air repeatedly on MTV Jams, Labor Day Weekend (September 1st – 3rd). The presenter/performance lineup for the awards show includes Rick Ross, T-Pain, Young Jeezy & USDA, Plies, Lil Wayne, Baby, Yung Joc, Hurricane Chris, Gorilla Zoe, Lloyd, Rich Boy, Fat Joe, Bun B, Shop Boyz, Trey Songz, Lil Scrappy, Trick Daddy and many others. 

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About OZONE Magazine

Founded by Julia Beverly in 2002, OZONE Magazine represents the best in Southern rap music and is now internationally distributed at many major retail outlets and newsstands. The OZONE Awards are OZONE Magazine’s annual star studded award ceremony honoring the biggest names in Southern Hip Hop. The event honors Southern artists in over 20 different categories. Past participants include Lil Wayne, Ludacris, Rick Ross, Trick Daddy, UGK, Pitbull, David Banner, Trina, DJ Khaled, and DJ Drama. For more information, please visit www.ozonemag.com

About TJ’s DJ’s Tastemakers Only Music Conference

TJ’s DJ’s was established in 1994 as an opportunity for thirsty DJs in North Florida and Southern Georgia to receive the best music first while providing powerful feedback that fuels the crucial decisions made by labels.  Over the years, TJ’s DJ’s has evolved to an organization that builds bridges with the quarterly Tastemakers Only/DJ Music Conferences including the annual partnership with OZONE Magazine’s OZONE Awards, takes advantage of technology by being the first urban pool to service CDs, incorporating mp3s to break music, utilizing the music traders on the message boards at www.TJsDJs.com to generate over 20 million hits per month, and provide first class promotions and consulting on how to navigate the dangerous waters of the music industry.

About Defient Entertainment

Defient Entertainment (www.thedefient.com) was started in Springfield, Virginia and is now located in South Florida.  Defient consists of entrepreneurs Greg Calloway and Paul Gulbronson who both share the same work ethic for “grinding it out” and for great music.  Defient Entertainment is passionate about ALL genres of music, but recognizes there are two types of music – “good music and bad music.”  Defient’s main focus and goal is to change the lives of young artists who share their passion for great music. Defient Entertainment has had great success since its inception five years ago. They are credited with a gold record and two platinum records.  Greg Calloway won the prestigious AOL reality show “The Biz”, produced by Lyor Cohen and Kevin Liles of Warner Music Group which resulted in a record label as its grand prize. 

About MTV Networks

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 130 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services – MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 200 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services. The network also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

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