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Thursday, December 10, 2009

TRADITIONAL GOSPEL STAR ALVIN DARLING’S




Linden, NJ: Traditional gospel star, Alvin Darling and his group Celebration, are making room for themselves at the table of contemporary gospel music. Amid playlists filled with modern-styled tracks by J Moss and BeBe & CeCe, Darling’s latest hit “Do it for Me, Lord” is making the case that down home gospel is still in demand. The mid-tempo, hand-clapper has climbed to #15 on Billboard magazine’s Hot Gospel Songs chart.


It’s the first single from Darling’s new CD “You Can Make It” that debuted at #11 on Billboard magazine’s gospel album sales chart. The twelve-song CD was recorded live at Jehovah-Jireh Praise and Worship Ministries in Newark, NJ this past spring. Darling wrote or co-wrote nine of the dozen songs that range from praise and worship tunes such as “O Lord We Worship You” and ballads like “I Thank God for Knowing You” to traditional church fare such as “One More Day.”


Before his signature song “All Night” took off and became a Top 10 smash in 2005, Darling had considered quitting music. “I was retiring after `All Night’ but Troy Sneed [Emtro’s President] wanted me to do another album,” Darling says. “Alvin had been burned a lot,” Sneed says. “I think this was the last straw for Alvin. People had said that he couldn’t sing. He had written all of these hits for other artists but didn’t have a hit himself. He was about ready to throw in the towel and call it quits.”


In the past, Darling’s written gospel smashes such as Dorothy Norwood’s “Somebody Prayed for Me” and “A Praise in the Temple.” Aside from keeping Norwood bathed in hits, Darling has also written Albertina Walker’s “He Keeps On Blessing Me” and “He’s All Over Me” that Whitney Houston, Shirley Caesar and the Georgia Mass Choir performed on “The Preacher’s Wife” soundtrack. Emtro Gospel is one of the most aggressive independent gospel labels in the USA. Since 2003, the label has successfully competed with the major labels by placing chart hits by the legendary Candi Staton, Troy Sneed’s “Work it Out” and Youth for Christ’s “The Struggle is Over” among others.
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T57 PERFORMS IN NYC


Broadway's MINSKOFF THEATER
Overlooking Times Square
with host
SETH RUDETSKY of Chatterbox

featured performers and special guests include

SHOSHANA BEAN of Wicked
UZO ADUBA (Corman Boy)
SEAN BRADFORD (The Lion King)
TODD BUONOPANE (Spelling Bee)
LILLI COOPER (Spring Awakening)
STEPANIE D'ABRUZZO (Avenue Q)
LAURA MARIE DUNCAN (South Pacific)
ASMERET GHEBREMICHAEL (Legally Blonde)
FRANKIE JAMES GRANDE (Mr. Broadway 2007, Mamma Mia!)
ADAM KANTOR (Rent)
LAUREN KENNEDY (Side Show)
ANDREW KOBER (Hair)
TRACY MCDOWELL (Rent)
COURTNEY REED (In The Heights)
JULIE REIBER (Wicked)
RASHIDRA SCOTT (Finian's Rainbow)
LAQUET SHARNELL (Memphis)
CHRISTOPER SPAULDING (Curtains)
LISA NICOLE WILKERSON (The Lion King)
and many more!
MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2009
7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.



MINSKOFF THEATER
200 West 45th Street
New York, New York
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Tickets are $30, $75 for VIP and $250 for sponsorships,
and can be purchased at the door or by visiting www.broadwayinsouthafrica.org


Along with a spectacular view of Times Square, guests will enjoy open bar, hor d' oeuvres in part provided by Madiba Restaurant and Cafeteria, live entertainment, a chance to mingle with Broadway's top stars, and an opportunity to purchase exciting, tax-deductible live auction packages, just in time for the holidays. All proceeds help to fund the arts education programming of this non-for-profit. This holiday event is designed to raise funding and awareness for the work that Broadway in South Africa does to create cross-cultural exchange between youth in need and artists who seek to use their talents for change.
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tyler Perry Mourns the Loss of His Mother


Tyler Perry's mother, Willie Maxine Perry, 64 has died. Perry has described his mother as "the wisdom" of the Madea character that made him famous. The AP did not report the cause of death. Mrs. Perry was a long-time pre-school teacher in New Orleans.

More: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hg-ThkUZDEPh9Kk7XxRiEGQmRXNwD9CFRCOO0
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"Emmanuel" Christmas CD In Stores Now

(Los Angeles, CA) “Emmanuel” - one of the top selling gospel Christmas CDs of all-time - is now available in stores everywhere. Featuring the #1 hit single “Emmanuel”, Norman Hutchins & JDI Christmas is distributed worldwide by JDI Records/Universal Music Group.

A Year-Round song geared not just for Christmas, Ebony Magazine says “Emmanuel is our favorite Christmas/365 days of the year song!” Featuring JDI Records’ stellar roster of artists - Norman Hutchins, James Roberson, DeNetria “Aretha” Champ, etc - plus special guest Nikki Potts of the Kurt Carr Singers, “Emmanuel” is a Year-Round classic!

JDI/Universal Music Group
Available on CD, Songbook, and Sing-Along Performance Tracks:
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/normanhutchins3
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

BET’S TENTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF GOS P EL S P ECIAL ADDS AMAZING TALENT TO THE ALREADY SPECTACULAR LINEUP






GRAMMY® Award Winning Songstress Yolanda Adams, R&B Singer/Songwriter Ledisi, Gospel Singer Donald Lawrence, and Actress Robin Givens Join This

One-Of-A-Kind Event on Saturday, December 12



LOS ANGELES —December 8, 2009 —BET’s tenth anniversary of CELEBRATION OF GOS P EL adds performances by Yolanda Adams, Ledisi, Donald Lawrence, and spoken word monologues by the talented actors Robin Givens and Ernie Hudson. Hosted by comedian and actor Steve Harvey, CELEBRATION OF GOS P EL will be taped at the famed Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday, December 12 and will air on Sunday, January 10, 2010. With grandiose performances by gospel and mainstream artists, a 24-piece orchestra led by world-renowned musical director Ray Chew and the most engaging comedian around, CELEBRATION OF GOS P EL is sure to get viewers on their feet.



In addition to the newly added talent, the house will be filled with joyful praise and stunning performances by Fantasia and her mother Diane Barrino Barber, Anthony Hamilton and his wife Tarsha Hamilton, GRAMMY™ award winners BeBe and CeCe Winans, Fred Hammond, Kelly Price and Sherri Shepherd, along with gospel superstars Donnie McClurkin, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Marvin Sapp, James Fortune & FIYA, Tye Tribbett & Greater Anointing, Dr. Bobby Jones and the Nashville Super Choir, SUNDAY BEST winner Y’Anna Crawley, The Rance Allen Group, and The City of Refuge P.S.A.L.M.S. Choir.



CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL is produced by Stephen Hill, President of Music Programming & Specials, BET; Lynne Harris Taylor, Vice President of Specials, BET; and Geovanni Brewer, Executive Producer.
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FGW PRODUCTIONS REVEALS THE UNTOLD STORIES BEHIND


The Diary of A Princess: The Princess and the Frog

Television Special Premieres December 9 on TV One



Los Angeles, CA December 8, 2009 - History was made at the beginning of this year and is being made at the end of the year. During the first month of the year, we witnessed the first African American President being sworn into office, and at the close of the year Disney’s first Black princess graces the big screen and makes her royal debut http://theloop21.com/news/disney’s-first-african-american-princess-makes-her-royal-debut. “I have a five-year old daughter… It means a lot to me to have a princess that looks like her,” says Marlon West /Disney Special Effects Animator.



Every African American girl has been waiting for that special princess, but so has every woman, mother, aunt, and grandmother. Everyone has been waiting for a princess who they can identify with and who looks like them. So who is this princess? What's her name? Who are her friends and family? Who are her foes? What does she want out of life?



That’s the story that will unfold in a TV One prime-time special, “The Diary of a Princess:

The Princess and the Frog,” premiering on Wednesday, December 9 at 8pm (ET)/ 5pm PT.

Check local listings for exact channel in your area. An encore presentation will air at 10:30pm (ET) /9:30pm/(CT) and 7:30pm (PT) the same night. The TV One special is produced by FGW Productions Inc. and executive produced by Stephanie Frederic and Flo McAfee for Walt Disney Animation Studios.


"We're very proud to be part of history and to help the world get to know Princess Tiana better," said Frederic, President of FGW Productions. "This is event television and I hope families will gather around the TV to watch this revealing special."


During the half-hour special, clips and music along with interviews from the cast and creators of the animated movie will provide a more insightful look into the beautiful girl with big dreams---

Princess Tiana.



"The Princess and the Frog" cast members included in the special are: Tony award-winning actress Anika Noni Rose, Princess Tiana; Terrence Howard, the father of the princess; Jenifer Lewis, the fairy godmother Mama Oldie; Keith David, the villain Dr. Facilier; and Bruno Campos, Prince Naveen. Special behind-the-scenes footage of television titan Oprah Winfrey voicing her much-coveted role as the princesses' mother, Eudora, is also included.



In addition to seeing the faces behind the voices, Academy Award-winning composer Randy Newman reveals what motivated him to write some of the New Orleans Style music in the film. R&B singer, Ne-Yo discuss his chance to

write and perform the brand new song, "Never Knew I Needed."


FGW Productions is a full-service Los Angeles-based television, film and internet production company producing high-definition content for all media. For more information about company log onto www.fgwproductions.com


Disney "The Princess and the Frog," opens nationwide on Friday, December 11
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DV Charges Against Be Be Winans dropped: Will Oprah Apologize?



Gospel singer BeBe Winans has been exonerated of all charges of allegations that he assaulted his ex-wife Debra Winans. Judge Gloria Dumas of the General Sessions Court for Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County signed an order on Friday, December 4, 2009, dismissing all charges with prejudice. With this order, this domestic matter is over and cannot be reopened.




“This has been a trying year, beginning with the death of my father, “ says Winans. “Even though this allegation has affected not just me, but also the entire Winans family, my children and certain aspects of my career, I chose to stay quiet because I knew the truth. To be exonerated of all charges shows the power of trusting in God, and is a wonderful Christmas gift for me and my children.”




On February 13, 2009, the Grammy Award winning singer was accused of allegedly shoving his ex-wife to the ground during an argument. Court filings stated that the alleged altercation was based on custody issues dealing with their two children. Winans was arrested on March 11, 2009 on a misdemeanor domestic assault charge and was briefly held at the Davidson County jail before posting $1000 bond.




During the media frenzy, Winans maintained his innocence all along, choosing to take the high road, never responding to his ex-wife and allowing justice to prevail. The allegations, however, have stirred up a fire inside Winans to begin a persistent effort to fight for the father or the man who may be going through the same struggle. “This situation has made me a changed man,” says Winans. “But it has also helped me see that there needs to be legislation that protects the rights of fathers when it comes to the custody of their children. All men are not deadbeat Dads, all men are not abusing women. And it’s unfortunate that the legal system and society assume the worst before they hear the truth. My children are my first priority and I want and need to become the voice for the men around the world who are doing the RIGHT thing!”

In late November I reported that BeBe Winans was banned from The Oprah Winfrey Show due to a charge of domestic violence against his ex-wife, Debra Winans. The charges have now been dropped and in the following statement Winans says that's the best Christmas present he could receive:
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