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Friday, July 29, 2011

The Return of Dawkins and Dawkins

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Relevance: check.   
Production value: check.
Fresh factor: check.
Signature sound: check. 
These are the vital signs of "From Now On" (Light Records),   the new career-reviving CD  from Dawkins and Dawkins. 
It has now been 10 years since blood brothers Eric and Anson recorded as a duo after their former label Harmony Records dissolved.
Fortunately, for Dawkins and Dawkins,  fans have not forgotten "Focus" (their last studio release recorded in 1998) that had a sound that was before its time and traces of it have remained.  (With its street-friendly grooves, Focus, landed in the Top 200 on the Billboard chart and yielded the hit songs "Wrapped Up," "Praisin' On My Mind ," and  "Need To Know." ) This time around listeners can expect more of the same with a few musical twists.
Eric said, "We're raising the bar with elements that our fans are expecting to hear, but also stepping into some areas that we haven't ventured into before, i.e. pop and rock that will no doubt place us in other arenas."
The CCM tinged “Can You Hear Me?” from the 16-track recording has the most potential to appeal to new ears.  But the album’s overall tone has the urban zest of its lead single “Get Down,” --a command to pray when life gets overwhelming--which has a beat that induces perpetual head bobbing.

The PKs (who are only one year apart in age) started singing gospel when they were knee-high, but neither are strangers to diverse music genres. During their hiatus, Anson became the College and Career Pastor at Life Center Church, in Tacoma, WA, a setting that prefers a contemporary Christian style of worship.  Eric picked up songwriting and producer credits in mainstream music, working with leading R&B and pop entertainers Ruben Studdard, Tyrese, Tank, Chris Brown and Christina Aguilera.
Bringing the message of the project into focus,  Anson said, " ’From Now On’ is a declaration of faith, a commitment to live a life that makes room for God to be God. It serves to remind us that we are to do all that we can while letting God do only what He can."
He describes the songs as “truthful” and the singing as “passionate” adding, “We hope it will encourage, inspire, and birth a faith in the greatest man that ever lived...Jesus... The faith to follow Him for life."
And Dawkins and Dawkins undoubtedly hope to re-establish their position as the inventors of "Rhythm and Praise," a style that blazed a trail in contemporary gospel music.
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Thursday, July 28, 2011

106 & Park Gets More Air Time -- Show Extended An By An Hour

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Viola Davis, Zoe Saldana, Lamar Odom, Swizz Beatz, The Game, Dwight Howard,
Diggy Simmons Are Among Some of the Celebrities Stopping by the Hottest Spot of the Summer, 106 & PARK
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NEW TIME: “106 & PARK” Airs Monday – Friday from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.*
NEW YORK, NY (July 28, 2011) – TV’s #1 music countdown show just got better—BET announced that 106 & PARK will give its viewers an extra hour of fun for the summer with a brand new 3-hour format. Beginning Tuesday, July 26 until Friday, September 2, 2011, the newly upgraded 106 & PARK will be jammed packed with more music videos and the brightest stars in sports and entertainment. Hosted by the hottest duo on television, Terrence and Rocsi, 106 & PARK will continue to keep the party going weeknights beginning at a new time, 5:00 p.m. with appearances and performances by Oscar-nominated Viola Davis, NBA ballers Lamar Odom and Dwight Howard, Grammy Award-winning artist and producer Swizz Beatz, The Game, Ace Hood, Diggy Simmons, Twist, Trevante, Tyga and the sexy screen siren, Zoe Saldana
106 & PARK fans will still be able to keep it live in the social media world with this new format through the 106 & Park App available for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Viewers can vote for the hottest music videos, connect live with the show’s guests and studio audience and keep the conversation going with the more than 2 million fans following @106andPark on Twitter. A powerful presence in the music and entertainment industry, 106 & PARK remains the #1 music countdown show on cable for 15 consecutive quarters among adults, according to Nielsen Media Research, and has been integral in launching the careers of numerous hip-hop and R&B artists.
*All times are ET/PT.
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OFFICIAL STATEMENT REGARDING CANCELLATION OF MO'NIQUE- SHOW WILL BE ON 'HIATUS'

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BET Networks has released the following official statement regarding the reported cancellation of the Mo'Nique Show:

"The Mo’Nique Show will be on production hiatus beginning in the Fall.  However, new episodes of the show will continue to air throughout the summer. Mo’nique Hicks and The Mo’Nique Show are important to the BET Networks family and we look forward to continuing our relationship with her."
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

JOHN H JOHNSON IMMORTALIZED ON FOREVER STAMP

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The U.S. Postal Service will honor John H. Johnson, founder of preeminent media company Johnson Publishing Company, publisher of EBONY and JET magazines, and owner of Fashion Fair Cosmetics, a global prestige cosmetics brand for women of color, by featuring the legendary publisher and distinguished business leader on a 2012 Forever Stamp as part of its Black Heritage stamp series.
A preview of the stamp, which will be available nationwide in 2012, will be on view at Beyond the Perf at www.beyondtheperf.com/2012-preview, on Facebook at facebook.com/USPSStamps, and on Twitter at @USPSstamps beginning Thursday, July 21 as part of the USPS' effort to harness social media to bring the message of its honorary stamps to a broader audience. The stamps will also be available to view on johnsonpublishing.com, ebony.com, and jetmag.com.

Since 1978 the Black Heritage series has honored Black Americans whose contributions to the civil rights movement, politics, business, art, and culture have had a substantial and lasting impact on the Black American community and on American culture. Past honorees include Harriet Tubman (1978), Martin Luther King (1979), W.E.B. Du Bois (1992), Langston Hughes (2002), and Thurgood Marshall (2003).
Linda Johnson Rice, Chairman of Johnson Publishing Company and daughter of John H. Johnson, said, "I am honored and pleased that the U.S. Postal Service has chosen to recognize the extraordinary and revolutionary work my father did in giving a voice and a platform to Black Americans in a time when so few sources recognized our achievements. We are committed to carrying on his legacy and to continue producing products that portray the best of Black America and represent the community with the same level of pride and authenticity."

"We are proud to immortalize John H. Johnson as our latest inductee into our Black Heritage stamp series," said Stephen Kearney, manager, stamp services, USPS. "As the trailblazing publisher of EBONY, JET, and other magazines, and as an entrepreneur, he became the first African American listed by Forbes magazine in 1982 as one of the 400 wealthiest people in America. Johnson overcame poverty and racism to build a business empire embracing magazines, radio stations, cosmetics, and more. His magazines portrayed Black people positively at a time when such representation was rare, and played an important role in the civil rights movement."

The stamp was designed by USPS art director Howard Paine featuring a color photograph of John H. Johnson by David McCann for Bachrach Studios.
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Monday, July 25, 2011

SERENA WILLIAMS SERVES UP STYLE AT 2011 ESPY'S

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RADIANT IN PINK


Tennis star Serena Williams walked the red carpet in a flattering pink 2-piece skirt suit at the 2011 ESPY Awards, July 13 and broadcast live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.  Williams was apresenter that evening. She is moving up in the fashio world with her own jewelry line and has her own OPI nail color.
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AMY WINEHOUSE SUCCOMBS

British Soul singer Amy Winehouse has passed away.  The 5-time Grammy Award winner was found dead in her London apartment on July 23, a month after being released from rehab.  Winehouse's world was defined by hard partying and drug abuse. She often appeared frail and disheveled in photograph and loved to party hard.    Ironically one of the most popular hits of her career was titled "Rehab." The hook in the song says they say I need to go to rehab, but I say no, no, no. People Magazine reports Winehouse's PR rep Chris Goodman said that she had suffered setbacks in recent weeks in her battle against addiction. The cause of death is unknown.  Amy Winehouse, dead at 27.
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