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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

THE BLUEPRINT A Plan for Overcoming Life's Obstacles


(New York, NY -- March 10, 2010) -- For some people, obstacles are minor bumps in the road on the way to success. For others, obstacles represent a major catastrophe of epic proportions threatening to disrupt any chance of success they may have otherwise had. But for seven-time GRAMMY® award winner Kirk Franklin, obstacles represent the challenges needed to propel you through life. In THE BLUEPRINT: A Plan for Living Above Life's Storms (Gotham Books; May 18, 2010; $25.00), Franklin reveals how he turned negative aspects from his own life-drugs, an absent father, teenage parenthood, poverty, etc.-into blessings by learning from them and moving forward. The beauty of THE BLUEPRINT is that Franklin by no way claims to be perfect or have insider knowledge of how to live your life wisely, but rather puts his setbacks and faults on full blast and suggests that oftentimes people, like Franklin at one point, go through life without a plan for success, simply living purposelessly, and without a person to show them the right way. THE BLUEPRINT fills the void of not knowing which way to turn and arms you the necessary tools to succeed.


By the time Franklin was just fifteen years old, he was a young father, without an encouraging figure in his life, and just another statistic on the street. As he explains in THE BLUEPRINT, "The street corner was my classroom. The 'hood was my Harvard." He went through life thinking he knew it all, and blamed the fact that he didn't have a role model for not being able to achieve his dreams, until the day he realized he had to turn his life around and become the man he needed to be on his own. That is what Franklin has outlined in THE BLUEPRINT-a chance for young people to become the person they need to be, no matter what the situation, or where they come from.



Today, Franklin is the proud father of four and devoted husband of fourteen years, as well as one of the biggest multiplatinum-selling gospel artists of all time. He credits his faith in God and a very close mentor he found later in his life for his success.



Whether you're down and out, misguided, or simply need a boost to push forward, THE BLUEPRINT is the essential guide to creating a better you, one day at a time. Success doesn't come easy, but it will come with a helping hand. Follow THE BLUEPRINT and start living the life you were always meant to live.



THE BLUEPRINT:

A Plan for Living Above Life's Storms

Gotham Books | May 18, 2010 | $25.00 | ISBN: 978-1-59240547-3

www.kirkfranklin.com


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TOUR DATES



Tuesday, May 18
Atlanta, GA


Wednesday, May 19

Washington, DC/Baltimore, MD



Thursday, May 20

New York, NY



Friday, May 21

Cleveland, OH



Saturday, May 22

Detroit, MI



Sunday, May 23

Monday, May 24

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX



Tuesday, May 25

Houston, TX



Wednesday, May 26

Lexington, KY



Friday, May 28

Los Angeles, CA
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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

ED GORDON TO RETURN TO BET


"Respected news anchorman Ed Gordon is returning to the network where he got his start. Today, BET announced that the former '60 Minutes' correspondent will host a variety of news programs and specials.

This year marks the network's 30th anniversary celebration and Gordon couldn't be happier about his return. "I am excited about coming back to BET," Gordon said. "Since my departure (from BET) viewers have told me consistently that they wanted me to return to the network. Well here I am! I am elated about the plans we have to serve the viewers and cover our community and the world."

CEO of BET Networks, Deborah Lee brought back Gordon and the news element mindful of the legacy she want to leave.

Lee said that it was “time to sit back with my management team and say, ‘where are we going. What do I want my legacy to be? After 30 years, what do we want to stand for?”
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Stellar Awards Gospel Music Festival

After celebrating its 25th Anniversary in January 2010, The Stellar Gospel Music Awards will kick off its newest Gospel Music venture this spring with The Stellar Awards Gospel Music Festival in Celebration of Mother’s Day to take place in Orlando, Florida. Hosted by the City of Orlando and the Orlando Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the Stellar Gospel Music Festival has set its sights on becoming Gospel Music’s premiere festival and Mother’s Day event, setting itself apart from other events with star-studded talent, informative seminars and a Stellar Awards Expo attracting vendors from around the Globe.



The event will take place Mother’s Day weekend, Friday, May 7, through Sunday, May 9, 2010 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort and Spa and will feature 3 days of music from today’s top Gospel music stars, a Mother’s Day Gospel Brunch and Runway Fashion Show. Also look for updates in the next few weeks on the Daily Empowerment Seminars and Stellar Awards Expo. A host of activities are planned during the weekend including discount packages at the host hotel, The Rosen Shingle Creek Resort and Spa, as well as discounts and transportation to Orlando’s many theme parks.

“After 25 years of producing and perfecting Gospel Music’s premiere awards show, The Stellar Gospel Music Awards has decided to create another weekend-long event like no other to celebrate Mother’s Day,” said Don Jackson, CEO and founder of Central City Productions, the producers of the Stellar Awards and the Stellar Gospel Music Festival. “We intend to make The Stellar Awards Music Festival the top destination for Gospel talent and fans to come together and celebrate their shared faith, Mother’s Day and Gospel Music. We are excited that the Orlando Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has partnered with us in building what we know will be the nation’s largest Gospel Music Festival.”

All of the Stellar Awards Gospel Music Festival activities will take place at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort and the GatlinBallroom, in Orlando, Florida. Stellar Awards-winning gospel star, Vickie Winans and comedian Akintunde will host the Festival.

The Stellar Awards Gospel Music Festival Line up is as follows:



Friday, May 7

Byron Cage

Deitrick Haddon

James Fortune

KiKi Sheard

Jonathan Nelson



Saturday, May 8

Shirley Caesar

Yolanda Adams

Vickie Winans

Crystal Aikin



Sunday, May 9

Karen Clark Sheard

Kevin Lavar

Endurance
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Monday, March 8, 2010

41st Annual NAACP Image Awards Winners, 'Precious' Dominate'




Here's a complete list of the winners at the 41st NAACP Image Awards.

-- Comedy Series: ''Tyler Perry's House of Payne''

-- Actor in a comedy series: Daryl ''Chill'' Mitchell, ''Brothers''

-- Actress in a comedy series: Cassi Davis, ''Tyler Perry's House of Payne''

-- Supporting actor in a comedy series: Lance Gross, ''Tyler Perry's House of Payne''

-- Supporting actress in a comedy series: Keshia Knight Pulliam, ''Tyler Perry's House of Payne''

-- Drama series: ''Lincoln Heights''

-- Actor in a drama series: Hill Harper, ''CSI: NY''

-- Actress in a drama series: Jada Pinkett Smith, ''HawthoRNe''

-- Supporting actor in a drama series: Delroy Lindo, ''Law & Order: Special Victims Unit''

-- Supporting actress in a drama series: S. Epatha Merkerson, ''Law & Order''

-- Television movie, miniseries or dramatic special: ''Gifted Hands''

-- Actor in a television movie, miniseries or dramatic special: Cuba Gooding Jr., ''Gifted Hands''

-- Actress in a television movie, miniseries or dramatic special: Kimberly Elise, ''Gifted Hands''

-- Actor in a daytime drama series: Cornelius Smith, Jr., ''All My Children''

-- Actress in a daytime drama series: Debbi Morgan, ''All My Children''

-- News/information (series or special): ''The Inauguration of Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States''

-- Talk series: ''The Mo'Nique Show''

-- Reality series: ''Extreme Makeover: Home Edition''

-- Variety series or special: ''The Michael Jackson Memorial: Celebrating the Life of Michael Jackson''

-- Children's program: ''Dora the Explorer''

-- Performance in a youth/children's program: Keke Palmer, ''True Jackson, VP''

-- New artist: Keri Hilson

-- Male artist: Maxwell

-- Female artist: Mary J. Blige

-- Duo, Group or Collaboration: The Black Eyed Peas

-- Jazz album: ''He and She,'' Wynton Marsalis

-- Gospel album: ''Still,'' BeBe & CeCe Winans

-- World music album: ''Black President,'' Sila and the Afrofunk Experience

-- Music video: ''I Look to You,'' Whitney Houston

-- Song: ''God In Me,'' Mary Mary

-- Album: ''Stronger With Each Tear,'' Mary J. Blige

-- Literary work, fiction: ''The Long Fall,'' Walter Mosley

-- Literary work, non-fiction: ''In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past,'' Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

-- Literary work, debut author: ''A Question of Freedom,'' R. Dwayne Betts

-- Literary work, biography/autobiography: ''Michelle Obama,'' Deborah Willis

-- Literary work, instructional: ''Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man,'' Steve Harvey

-- Literary work, poetry: ''Bicycles,'' Nikki Giovanni

-- Literary work, children: ''Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration of Rosa, Barack, and the Pioneers of Change,'' Michelle Cook

-- Literary work, youth/teens: ''Michelle Obama: Meet the First Lady,'' David Bergen Brophy

-- Motion picture: ''Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire''

-- Actor in a motion picture: Morgan Freeman, ''Invictus''

-- Actress in a motion picture: Gabourey Sidibe, ''Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire''

-- Supporting actor in a motion picture: Adam Rodriguez, ''Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself''

-- Supporting actress in a motion picture: MoNique, ''Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire''

-- Independent motion picture: ''Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire''

-- Foreign motion picture: ''The Stoning of Soraya M.''

-- Documentary: ''Good Hair''

-- Writing in a comedy series: Halsted Sullivan and Warren Lieberstein, ''The Office''

-- Writing in a dramatic series: Shonda Rhimes, ''Grey's Anatomy''

-- Writing in a motion picture: Geoffrey Fletcher, ''Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire''

-- Directing in a comedy series: Ken Whittingham, ''30 Rock''

-- Directing in a drama series: Chandra Wilson, ''Grey's Anatomy''

-- Directing in a motion picture: Lee Daniels, ''Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire''
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HIP-HOP ARTIST CHRISTAWN HITS NATIONAL RADIOWAVES WITH DEBUT SINGLE “SAVE ME” FEATURING MICAH STAMPLEY

Urban Rock Song Details Rapper’s Transformation From Drug Dealer to Bible Belter

Christawn is a THUG on a mission. A THUG. for him, is The Higher Understanding of God. This Hip Hopper has real talk street cred. In his past life, he ran the streets, sold crack, packed pistols and chased skirts. He’s rapping about all of it on his forthcoming debut CD Life Story (Abundant Harvest Entertainment/Universal Music Christian Group) that hits stores everywhere on May 18, 2010.

Christawn’s first radio single “Save Me” (featuring firey tenor Micah Stampley on the hook) is heating up around the country. The in-your-face rock guitars set the stage for Christawn to rap about the day he cried out for God to save him in 2003. “I had a bundle of crack I had stashed in this brick wall,” he recalls. He and a buddy were leaving the area when the cops caught them. “They threw us up against the car, took our money and put us in the back of the squad car and I’m thinking this is it,” he says. One of the cops went searching for the crack. “You could actually see where the bag was hanging out of the wall,” he explains. “He was putting his hand in holes and feeling around the wall. I just called on the Lord and said, `God if you save me from going to jail, I will leave this life for good.’ The cop came back to the car and I’m thinking the worse. He says, `Get out of the car; this is your lucky day. Get out of here.’”

After the cops left, Christawn returned to the wall and pulled the stash. “I gave it to Buck. He owned Morse Street at the time. I said, `Man, this is it. I’m leaving.’ He tried to talk me out of leaving but I refused to listen. He had some harsh words for me and I left. Two weeks later, Buck gets killed and two years later, the whole block was raided. They were all Bloods and now they are all facing 25 to life. So I know the Lord saved me for a reason.” Since then, Christawn has turned his life around and has been a member of Bethany Baptist Church in South Jersey. The church’s pastor, Bishop David Evans, mentored him and has now made Christawn’s rap dreams a reality.

“Save Me” was recently featured on the “Play it or Fade it” segment on Radio One’s nationally-syndicated program “The Spirit of Hip Hop with Coco Brother.” The audience called in and overwhelmingly voted for the song to be played. “It talks about what I was doing at different points of my life in the streets,” he explains. “That’s the closest song to my heart because it brings me back to where God brought me from… I want people to know this is where I’ve been. A lot of my life story started right there in the streets. I can’t sugar coat it because this is what’s going on in the lives of many people today…This isn’t just about smoking crack.... I was literally around killing all day long and going home and crying at night praying to God to save me.”
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