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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

2010 In Memoriam (Slide Show)

By Mona Austin

Prominent people in entertainment, music, sports, and  politics made the death toll for the year two thousand ten.
America lost two Soul singers in 2010, one at the beginning and one at the end of the year.  The sexy R&B balladeer, Teddy Pendergrass, died in January and by year’s end Teena Marie, “Ivory Queen of Soul”, passed away. 
The world of entertainment also lost the tallest professional basketball player, Manute Bol, and one of the shortest actors in Hollywood, former child star Gary Coleman.

Two feisty middle-agers that brought their Southern charm to classic female casts are also dearly departed, the hot momma Rue McClanahan (Blanche of the “Golden Girls”) and the no non-sense Dixie Carter (“Julia Sugarbaker” of “Designing Women”). 

In the poli-social arena, three notable civil rights era activists also passed away:  Benjamin Hooks, Dorothy Height, and Jefferson Thomas of the Little Rock Nine

The gospel industry said good bye to two of its pioneers, the “Queen of Gospel” Albertina Walker and the “elder statesman” Bishop Walter Hawkins.

These are just some of the people who shared their lives with the world through the first decade of the millennium.  We remember their legacy and say farewell to them and others in this photographic memoir.
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Sunday, January 2, 2011



Chicago, IL: Kingdom Records, the recording firm that brought the world the RIAA gold-certified Shekinah Glory Ministry, has set the release date for contemporary jazz gospel artist Tonya Baker’s highly anticipated sophomore CD, “The Live Encounter.” The follow-up to Baker’s 2008 Kingdom Records debut, “Special Friend,” the new set is the Dayton, OH native’s first live album. It was staged at The Ginghamsburg Church outside of Dayton, OH in July 2010. Grammy winner Myron Butler, who’s collaborated with gospel stars such as Smokie Norful and Kirk Franklin, produced the project.

The first radio single is the sing-a-long ballad, “Miracles.” The lush tune is a sophisticated declaration of the Almighty’s omnipotence. Backed by a seamlessly tight, backing-group of singers, the engaging song climaxes with Baker’s engaging, and heartfelt adlibs over a joyous call-and-response with the ensemble. The song was composed by well-known drummer Romel Gibson who has also written hits such as American Idol champion Ruben Studdard’s “Holding On To You, Lord,” L. Spenser Smith’s “Surgery,” and The Anointed Pace Sisters' tune entitled, “Praise and Worship.”

“I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous,” Baker confesses. “I've been asked for several years, `When are you going to do a live recording?’ Well, this was the right time and I hope that God will be pleased with our offering and the listeners will be blessed and encouraged. There's nothing like the live experience. You feel the energy from the people and the presence of God. Most importantly, I didn't want the people to just come looking for a great show. I wanted them to come for an encounter with God.” Visit www.kingdomrecordsinc.com or www.tonyabaker.com for more information.
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