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Friday, July 15, 2011

Matthew Knowles Responds to Slanderous Claims from Beyonce's Camp

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Beyonce's father denies stealing from her; files court papers against accusers

By Nekesa Mumbi Moody

NEW YORK (AP) — Mathew Knowles insists he still has an amicable relationship with his daughter Beyonce — even though she dumped him as her manager two months ago — but is alleging that people close to her have tried to destroy his reputation with allegations that he stole from her.

Knowles filed papers in a Texas court this week alleging that members of Beyonce's camp, which he says includes her label, Columbia Records, Live Nation Entertainment Inc. and her superstar husband Jay-Z's Roc Nation, have made "negative comments about me."

"We absolutely have not taken any money from Beyonce, and all dollars will be accounted for," he told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday afternoon. "In no way have we stole money. Again, this about the people who have made these claims — they have to come into the light."

Knowles guided his daughter's career since she was child, first to super stardom as part of the group Destiny's Child, and then as she continued with her blockbuster solo career. Beyonce has sold millions of records, won numerous Grammys, is a lucrative spokeswoman for different products, and has also had considerable success in film with movies like the Oscar-winning "Dreamgirls" and the movie "Obsessed."

When Beyonce announced in May that she would no longer use her father to guide her career, she stressed that at almost 30, she was ready to take control of her own affairs and pledged her adoration for him.

"He is my father for life and I love my dad dearly. I am grateful for everything he has taught me," Beyonce said at the time.

On Thursday, Knowles said he had no problem with his daughter.

"The relationship with Beyonce is extremely amicable. I want to make that clear. Where there's concern is the people that she's doing business with," he said. "I'm challenging all of these folks on integrity, professional integrity."

Knowles said he does not believe the allegations that he stole money from her are the reason why he was fired, and said his daughter completely cleaned house: "She changed almost every aspect of her business."
But he painted a picture of a concerted effort to oust him from the helm of her career.

"The team ironically appeared to be a cross-pollination of Beyonce's team, Roc Nation's team, and Live Nation's team, who ironically have the most to gain," he said.

When asked if there was a deliberate plan to take him out of the equation, he said: "I'll let people come to their own conclusion."

Knowles said he has not spoken to his daughter specifically about the allegations, but at one point told her: "The only way we will be able to understand this is through a court of law. That's the only way either one of us will be clear if someone in our camps did something that was not correct."

Beyonce released her fourth solo album, "4," last month, and it debuted at the top of the charts, and remained at the top for the second week in a row this week. Still, it has yet to produce the kind of massive hits that Beyonce has charted routinely during her career, which has spanned more than a decade.

Knowles blames her camp and her label for that. "They put out the record in a vacuum," he said, adding that her success came despite setbacks.

"It makes you believe that there are some artists that don't need radio. There are some records that don't need a record label, and Beyonce is one of those artists," he said.

While Knowles had only positive things to say about his daughter, he acknowledged when asked that he they have not spoken since she let him go.

"We have not had that conversation," he said.

Representatives for Beyonce and Roc Nation did not respond to requests for comment. Columbia Records and Live Nation had no comment.
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011


The funeral arrangements for Bishop F.C. Barnes are as followings:

Memorial Service: Friday, July 15, 2011, 7:00 pm

Funeral Service: Saturday, July 16, 2011, 11:00 am:

All services will be held at:

Red Budd Holy Church

627 Cleveland Street

Rocky Mount, NC 27803

The funeral arrangements are being handled by:

Hamilton Funeral Chapel, Inc

726 S. Tarboro Street

Wilson, NC  27893

252 291-0234

All condolences sent to the e-mail address ydeejay1@yahoo.com will be
printed and given to the family.
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Monday, July 11, 2011


Gospel Icon, Bishop F.C. Barnes passed away early this morning, July 11, 2011 at approximately 2:30

am. He was 82.

Bishop Barnes began singing in quartets when he was 14 years old. He would

later record eight albums with Rev. Janice Brown and "Rough Side of the

Mountain" became the most popular album remaining #1 on the gospel charts

for more than a year, selling over 500,000 copies. Bishop Barnes spent his

entire recording career on Atlanta International Records, (Air Gospel) a

subsidiary of The Malaco Music Group. He recorded 15 albums, not including

appearances on several LP's with his son, Gospel Legend Luther Barnes and

the widely successful direct marketing campaign infomercial entitled, Gospel


Bishop Barnes has received numerous Stellar Award nominations as well as a

Dove Award nomination. In 2010, Bishop Barnes & Company received a Stellar

Award nomination for their latest CD "The Old Time Way." On this CD, he

recorded his first collaboration since Rev. Janice Brown with Darrell Luster

on the single, "God Is God" (He Won't Change) which received considerable

airplay and garnered an appearance on BET's Bobby Jones Gospel.

According to Malaco's Executive Director - Gospel Division, D.A. Johnson...

"I was saddened when I received the news of the passing of Bishop F. C.

Barnes. Bishop Barnes was the true patriarch of his family, consummate

leader to his church ministry, highly dedicated professional in his dealings

with his music ministry and always a gentleman. He wrote one of the greatest

songs of all time so I affectionately referred to him as, "Mr. Rough Side Of

The Mountain" I'm honored to have had the opportunity to serve in his music

legacy. Bishop F. C. Barnes will be greatly missed."

Please pray for the entire Barnes Family.

Funeral Arrangements will be forthcoming.

To listen to clips and read the complete bio of Bishop F.C. Barnes, visit

* When it Rains it Pours

* Rough Side of the Mountain

* No Tears in Glory

* Rev. F.C. Barnes - Live

* Keep Me All the Way

* I shall Not Be Moved

* I Can't make It (Without the Lord)

* Hold On

* God will Heal the Land

* God Delivered

* Come on in the Room

* Can't See You

* Barnes Family Reunion

* Barnes Family Reunion II

* The Old Time Way
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Sunday, July 10, 2011


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Season 4 of the hit singing competition "Sunday Best" -- the only televised singing contest that's just as riveting as "The Voice" -- will premiere on BET tonight, July 10 at  8P/7C.

Kirk Franklin will return as host with fellow superstar gospel acts  as judges (Mary Mary and Donnie McClurkin). Participants from all over the nation were selected from auditions in Dallas, Atlanta and Los Angeles and judging from the past the compeition is bound to be intense. 

"Musical powerhouse Kim Burrell also returns as celebrity mentor.
Fans can expect to be blown away by performances as this season's hopefuls venture from the auditions to the main stage. In the premiere episodes, thousands of contestants make their way to audition stops in Dallas, Los Angeles and Atlanta, but only 20 are selected to compete in Atlanta. Many are called but only one will be crowned winner of this season's SUNDAY BEST. In addition to the coveted title of SUNDAY BEST, the winner of season four will receive a national recording contract, a cash prize and a brand new 2011 Ford Explorer." (Via press release)

Join Mona Austin of The Slice on FB  (@Mona Austin) for an online " SB Viewing Party" to be held every Sunday evening during the show for commentary, discussion, gospel CD give aways and predictions.  Of course, you'll find a weekly recap on The Slice.
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