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Friday, July 1, 2011

Sunday Best Favorite Releases Debut Single "Put It On the Altar"

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Are you ready for more Jessica Reedy?  We sure are!  After watching her bubbly personality on Youtube and enjoying  her voice on I can hardly wait until her first album debuts this September!

Jessica Reedy, undeniably a breakout star in Gospel music, first came to the world's attention with her standout vocals and incomparable range on Season 2 of BET's 'Sunday Best.'
After the long wait, FROM THE HEART, Reedy's anticipated debut CD will be available in stores on September 27, 2011.  This week Light Records will service her new single, "Put It On The Altar" to radio & online outlets and it will be available on iTunes on July 12th.

The bouncy, fun song is a perfect for complement for the summer season and shows a different musical side to Reedy.  The upbeat song speaks to any problem and is poised to be the feel good song of the year. 

Reedy co-wrote "Put It On The Altar" along with the producer of the song, an up and comer out of Atlanta Tony Homer and his wife Nakeia Homer.

Jessica remains busy for the rest of the summer as she ramps up to her release date in September.   Reedy will participate at the Essence Music Festival at the Verizon Meet & Greet held at the New Orleans Convention Center Friday, July 1st at 4:00pm.  On July 25th Reedy will perform at the SAMSUNG Presents: The Singer Lounge Showcase at the Time Warner Center in NYC as well as appear July 30th on the Verizon/Radio One Empowerment Tour in St. Louis.

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Click here to LISTEN TO "PUT IT ON THE ALTAR" now.
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MSNBC ANALYST SUSPENDED AFTER CALLING PRESIDENT OBAMA A *ICK!

MSNBC Analyst and Time magazine's Editor-at-large Mark Halperin has been suspended  from the network indefinitely after he called President Obama a '*ick' during a Morning Joe segment on June 30.  Stating his opinion of the POTUS's previously held press conference, gaffed Halperin: "I thought he was a dick yesterday."

Halperin thought there was a 7-second delay, but the mic was hot and caught his every word.  He immediately apologized on air, but that wasn't enough to save his job.

Read the transcript or watch the video of the exchange below:

Joe Scarborough: Mark Halperin, What was the president’s strategy? We are coming up on a deadline and the president decided to please his base, push back against the Republicans.I guess the question is, we know a deal has to be done. Is this showmanship? A lot of times you go up there and both sides and they act tough so their base will be appeased, then they quietly work the deal behind the scenes.

Mark Halperin: Are we on the seven second delay?

Mika Brzezinski: Lordy.

Halperin: I wanted to characterize how the president behaved.

Scarborough: We have it. We can use it. Go for it. Let’s see what happens.

Brzezinski: We’re behind you, you fall down and we catch you.

Halperin: I thought he was a dick yesterday.

Scarborough: Delay that. delay that. what are you doing? i can’t believe — I was joking. Don’t do that. Did we delay that?

Halperin: I said it. I hope it worked.

Scarborough: My mom is watching! We’ll know whether it worked or not.



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Busta Rhymes to Perform in Vegas July 4th Weekend; Beyonce in NYC,

From the East Coast to the West Coast, musical fireworks will light up the scene this July 4th Weekend.

Beyonce and Brad Paisley will be featured in the televised Macy's  July 4th Celebration concert.  Hosted by former boy band member, and NBC's The Sing-Off host, Nick Lachey, the show will be aired on NBC, July 4 beginning at 9 PM EST.


The event coincides with the Statue of Liberty's 125th anniversary, and the 10 year anniversary of 9/11.  It is the nations largest pyrotechnic display and will set ablaze 40,000 fireworks.


Busta Rhymes will heat up the Vegas Strip on July 2.  He took to the Internet to tell fans just how hot his set is going to be.  Check it out:
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Star of 'The Game' Reveals How He Got His Nickname

My best guess would be that those puppy dog eyes inspired the nickname "Pooch" for Marion "Pooch" Hall, who plays Derwin Davis on BET's "The Game."  Well, I'm wrong,  but there is a cute story behind the on-screen athlete's name.

In our brief chat Hall told me while he was in his mother's womb, a neighbor  talked to her tummy calling the unborn child "Pookie."  His father, Marion Hall, Sr.,( notorious for mispronouncing names) thought he was saying the same thing the neighbor said, calling him "Poochie" once he was born.  A shorter version of the fudged nickname stuck and that's what all his friends and fans call him today.   God thing he and his dad share the the same government name.

And ladies, in case you were wondering, this hotty is taken.  Ballerwives.com reports he and wife, Linda met at Dartmouth and got married after graduation.  The couple have two adorable daughters.  Read nmore about Pooch Hall in the current issue of "Bleu," a men's fashion and lifestyle glossy.
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ESSENCE FEST WEEKEND KICKS OFF A CELEBRATION OF 'THE ROOTS OF R&B'



The ultimate  women's empowerment, cultural celebration and black music experience --THE ESSENCE FESTIVAL -- get underway today.

Multi-platinum superstar Jennifer Hudson will make her debut Festival performance, joined by R&B/Funk icon Chaka Khan and the reunion of New Edition at the 2011 ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL celebrating the "Roots of R&B" July 1, 2 and 3 in New OrleansKem, Miguel, Naughty By Nature, Doug E. Fresh, Marsha Ambrosius, Mavis Staples, Eric Benet, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Trin-i-tee 5:7 and Brian Courtney Wilson, Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz, Jill Scott, Charlie Wilson, Boyz II Men, Fantasia, George Clinton, Macy Gray and more round out an incredible performance line-up.

"The ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL is bringing together the world's best entertainers representing all genres of R&B -- from the inimitable Jennifer Hudson to the iconic Chaka Khan," said Michelle Ebanks, President, ESSENCE Communications Inc. "We are celebrating the Roots of R&B this Fourth of July weekend!  From the powerhouse performances on the main stage to the more intimate jam sessions in the Superlounges, the ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL offers blues, funk, classics and neo-soul that our audience craves to renew their spirit and connect to their joy."





Now in its 17th year, the ultimate destination for entertainment and inspiration hosted over 400,000 attendees last year. What began in 1995 as a one-time event to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of ESSENCE magazine has now grown into one of the country's "Top 10 Leading Brand Events" by Advertising Age.  The ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL is the nation's largest annual gathering of African-American music and culture.  Throughout its history, the Festival has featured an array of performers including Alicia Keys, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Beyonce, Chaka Khan, Destiny's Child, Earth, Wind & Fire, Gladys Knight, LL Cool J, Jamie Foxx, John Legend, The Isley Brothers, Lionel Richie, Luther Vandross, Maxwell, The O'Jays, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Toni Braxton, Patti LaBelle and Yolanda Adams, among others.

For information about ticket sales, accommodations and the latest news about the ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL, visit http://www.essence.com/festival. Join the Festival community: follow us on Twitter @essencemusic #EMF2011 and become a fan of 2011 Essence Music Festival on Facebook.
The presenting sponsor for the 2011 Essence Music Festival is Coca-Cola.  Major sponsors include Coors Light, CoverGirl Queen Collection, Ford, McDonald's, Olay, Pantene, Tide, U.S. Army, Verizon and Walmart; official sponsors include CNN, My Black is Beautiful, State Farm and Visa Pre-Paid.
The 2011 ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL is executive produced by Essence Festivals LLC, a division of Essence Communications Inc. (ECI).
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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Mathew Knowles and Music World Gospel Essence Fest Showcase July 3

Trin-i-tee 5:7, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Brian Courtney Wilson and Micah Stampley
Hosted by Emmy nominated Radio Personality and Comedian "GRIFF" along with Pastor Rudy Rasmus, Music World Gospel Ambassador, and host of SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio's Show, Pastor Rudy's "Love Revolution," "GRIFF" to Host Live Performances at the Music World Entertainment/Beyond Productions Booth at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center



(Houston, TX - June 28, 2011) -- Mathew Knowles and Music World Gospel Present an ESSENCE Music Festival Superlounge Showcase at the Louisiana Superdome on Sunday, July 3. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and showtime is at 7:00 p.m.

The showcase features artists on the Music World Gospel roster, including Trin-i-tee 5:7, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Brian Courtney Wilson and Micah Stampley. The event will be hosted by Emmy nominated radio personality and comedian "GRIFF" along with Pastor Rudy Rasmus, Music World Gospel Ambassador, and host of SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio's new show, "Pastor Rudy's Love Revolution.

Knowles is charting new territory with his latest venture and passion, Music World Gospel. The faith-based record label and management company is dedicated to producing and promoting the best in gospel, Christian and inspirational music, entertainment and ministry. "One of our goals is to be the number one faith-based record label worldwide within four to five years," said Knowles, founder, President and CEO of Music World Entertainment. "We have a stellar roster and some of the best talent in the industry with a team dedicated to excellence."

Music World Entertainment is the official music partner for the ESSENCE Music Festival. During the music festival holiday weekend (July 1, 2 and 3), Music World Entertainment and Beyond Productions (booth #220) will present a series of performances (see schedule below for dates and times) at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. "GRIFF" will host all live performances and activities at the booth during the holiday weekend. In addition, Music World Entertainment will have the official "must have" CD/DVD of the festival's live experience, along with other top title releases, artist(s) signings, giveaways and more.


Music World is celebrating nearly 20 years in entertainment, Knowles has built an empire that includes record label ventures; artist/producer management services; artist development services; music catalogue series; film and television ventures; recording, performance and event facilities; licensed merchandise products; philanthropic work, and investment and property holdings. Music World Entertainment's core mission is to produce and distribute quality entertainment to a diverse and global audience.


Widely recognized in the entertainment industry for the global successes of Destiny's Child, BeyoncĂ©, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Solange and numerous others, Knowles and Music World Entertainment have achieved record sales exceeding 200 million worldwide and have garnered an unprecedented number of awards including GRAMMY® Awards, American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards (U.S. Europe and Asia), Billboard Awards, BET Awards, NAACP Image Awards, World Music Awards and countless others.
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J LO TO STAR IN WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING


Lionsgate and the producers of the film adaptation of the worldwide bestselling book “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” are thrilled to announce that Jennifer Lopez (MONSTER IN LAW, MAID IN MANHATTAN) has been cast to star with Cameron Diaz in the film, which is expected to begin shooting mid-Summer 2011, and will be released on Mother’s Day Weekend 2012. Lopez will play Holly in one of the film’s the interlocking stories, a woman who adopts a baby from abroad with her husband after difficulty conceiving.

Kirk Jones (WAKING NED DEVINE, NANNY MCPHEE) is directing the film, which was acquired from a script by Heather Hach and re-written by Shauna Cross (WHIP IT). The film is based the book by Heidi Murkoff that has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 500 weeks. Lionsgate has worldwide rights to the film.


Lopez is represented by manager Benny Medina, Tracey Jacobs at UTA, and attorneys Barry Hirsch and Bob Wallerstein.

Rob McEntegart, the Motion Picture Group’s Senior EVP, negotiated the deal on behalf of Lionsgate. Alli Shearmur, President of Motion Picture Production and Development, and Jim Miller, SVP Motion Picture Production and Development are overseeing the production for Lionsgate.

Mike Medavoy, Arnie Messer and David Thwaites are producing, with Doug McKay co-producing, through their Phoenix Pictures. Heidi and Erik Murkoff will executive produce along with their literary manager Alan Nevins of Renaissance Literary & Talent.


About the film

Based on the 16 million copy best-selling book, WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING is an ensemble romantic-comedy is in the vein of LOVE ACTUALLY and VALENTINE’S DAY. The film is a modern look at love through the eyes of four interconnected couples experiencing the thrills and surprises of having a baby, and ultimately coming to understand the universal truth that no matter what you plan for, life doesn’t always deliver what’s expected.
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Monday, June 27, 2011

Chris Brown Top Winner at BET Awards--Mistake Cleared Up; Winner's List



 
Tiffany Green looks confused while announcing Viewers Choice results

Chris Brown won the most BET Awards Sunday night, but a mess up had everyone thinking one of the trophies was intended for another artist--either his ex, Rihanna or Drake.
BET President of Entertainment Stephen Hill clarified that Chris Brown is the real winner of the Coca Cola Viewer's Choice Award.

Confusion around who won occured when fan contest winner Tiffany Greene (presenting with Terrance and Roxy BET's 106 & Park) announced Brown won, then she corrected herself and read Rihanna's name from the  HTC Evo View 4G tablet that served as "the envelope."

The moment became more awkward when Terrance announced Drake was the winner. Drake actually came up to accept the award saying, "Well this is awkward."   But Brown was the winner all along. The host, Kevin Hart brought Brown on the stage to acknowledge the error and give him props.
Making a strong comeback from a tumultuos past few years, the newly crowned Male Artist of the Year came into the show with the most nominations, six and left with the most wins, four.
Hill took full responsibility for the snafu that was due to a technical glitch and he said the fan only read what she saw.





PHOTO CREDIT: Picture group

WINNERS LIST

Best Movie: For Colored Girls




Best Actress: Taraji P. Henson



Best Actor: Idris Elba



Young Stars Award: Jaden Smith & Willow Smith [tie]



Video of the Year: 'Look at Me Now' - Chris Brown f. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes



Video Director of the Year: Chris Robinson



Best Female R&B Artist: Rihanna



Bast Male R&B Artist: Chris Brown



Best Female Hip-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj



Best Male Hip-Hop Artist: Kanye West



Best Group: Diddy-Dirty Money



Best Collaboration: 'Look at Me Now' - Chris Brown f. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes



Best New Artist: Wiz Khalifa



Best Gospel Artist: Mary Mary



Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice: 'Look at Me Now' - 'Chris Brown f. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes



Centric Award: Marsha Ambrosius



Subway Sportswoman of the Year: Serena Williams



Subway Sportsman of the Year: Michael Vick



Best Int'l Act, Africa: 2Face Idibia, Nigeria



Best Int'l Act, UK: Tinie Tempah



FANdemonium Award: Chris Brown



Cee Lo Green dressed at Patti LaBelle during performance.

BET Lifetime Achievement: Patti LaBelle



BET Humanitarian Award: Steve Harvey
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MJ JACKET SELLS AT AUCTION

The red and black leather jacket Michael Jackson wore in the renowned "Thriller" video sold at the Julien's Auction for 1.8 million dollars.  A Texas man won the bid and plans to use it to raise money for a childrens organization.
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Sunday, June 26, 2011

2011 BET Awards Dinner and nominations


Tachina Arnold rocks a "saucer ring"
Elise Neal talks to the press.
Laz Alonza talks to press

Mona Austin with veteran broadcaster Tanya Hart

Kerri Hilson and her assymetrical hairdo was flawless

Chocolate dipped Ledisi

Dinner is served
Guests of Debra Lee arrive on the gold carpet for an exclusive dinner.  Lee and Anthony Anderson hosted the evening that was held in Culver City, CA June 24, 2011.

With the arrival of these gorgeous couples, marraige never looked so good. . .

The Kodjoe's


The Anthonys

 The Crews'

2011BET Awards Nominees


The 2011 BET Awards will annouce winners at the historic tonigon Sunday, June 26, at 8 p.m. ET and is hosted by comedian Kevin Hart.


Kelly Rowland, Trey Songz, Lil Wayne, Drake, Jill Scott , May Mary, and Alicia Keys are among the performers.

Check out the full list of nominees for the 2011 BET Awards.



Best Female R&B Artist

Marsha Ambrosius

Beyonce

Keri Hilson

Jennifer Hudson

Rihanna



Best Male R&B Artist

Chris Brown

Cee Lo Green

Bruno Mars

Trey Songz

Usher



Best Male Hip-Hop Artist

B.o.B

Drake

Lil Wayne

Rick Ross

Kanye West



Best Female Hip-Hop Artist

Diamond

Nicki Minaj

Cymphonique

LoLa Monroe



Best Group

Diddy-Dirty Money

N.E.R.D.

New Boyz

Travis Porter

Cali Swag District



Best Collaboration

B.o.B feat. Hayley Williams - "Airplanes"

Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes - "Look at Me Now"

Chris Brown feat. Tyga & Kevin McCal - "Deuces"

Rihanna feat. Drake - "What's My Name?"

Waka Flocka Flame feat. Roscoe Dash & Wale - "No Hands"

Kanye West feat. Rihanna - "All of the Lights"

Video of the Year

Marsha Ambrosius - "Far Away"

B.o.B. feat. Hayley Williams of Paramore - "Airplanes"

Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes - "Look at Me Now"

Keri Hilson - "Pretty Girl Rock"

Willow Smith - "Whip My Hair"

Kanye West feat. Pusha T - "Runaway"



Video Director of the Year

Benny Boom

Mr. Boomtown

Chris Robinson

Kanye West

Hype Williams



Best New Artist

J. Cole

Willow Smith

Bruno Mars

Miguel

Wiz Khalifa



Best Gospel

Byron Cage

Deitrick Haddon

Mary Mary

Karen Clark Sheard BeBe & CeCe Winans

Best Actress

Halle Berry

Taraji P. Henson

Regina King

Zoe Saldana

Kerry Washington



Best Actor

Laz Alonso

Chris Brown

Don Cheadle

Idris Elba

Jamie Foxx



YoungStars Award

Shenell Edmonds

Keke Palmer

Diggy Simmons

Jaden Smith

Willow Smith



Best Movie

"For Colored Girls"

"Death at a Funeral"

"Takers"

"The Book of Eli"

"Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?"



Sportswoman of the Year

Serena Williams

Venus Williams

Tamika Catchings

Candice Dupree

Maya Moore



Sportsman of the Year

Carmelo Anthony

Kobe Bryant

LeBron James

Derrick Rose

Michael Vick



Viewer's Choice Award

Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes - "Look at Me Now"

Lil Wayne feat. Cory Gunz - "6 Foot 7 Foot"

Mindless Behavio - "My Girl"

Nicki Minaj feat. Drake "Moment 4 Life"

Rihanna feat. Drake "What's My Name"

Trey Songz feat. Nicki Minaj "Bottoms Up"



Centric Award

Marsha Ambrosius

Eric Benet

Cee Lo Green

R. Kelly

Kem



Best International Act (UK)

VV Brown

Chipmunk

Laura Izibor

Skepta

Tinchy Stryder

Tinie Tempah



Best International Act (Africa)

2Face Idibia (Nigeria)

D'Banj (Nigeria)

D-Black (Ghana)

Angelique Kidjo (Benin)

Fally Ipupa (Congo DR)

Teargas (South Africa)
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