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Wednesday, October 10, 2012


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300K+ Social Media Followers Encouraged to Tune-In to BLIS.FM for African American Political Perspective on Thursday, October 11, 16 and 22

NEW YORK - October 9, 2012 - Citing a void in the marketplace for African American perspective during this year's election season, award-winning journalists Roland S. Martin, host and managing editor of TV One's "WASHINGTON WATCH WITH ROLAND MARTIN" and Jeff Johnson, social activist and political commentator, have teamed up to provide weekly pre- and post-debate analysis via live web streaming during a special edition of Johnson's weekly BLIS.FM show, "THE INTERSECTION."  "THE INTERSECTION PRESENTS: OUR VOICE, OUR VOTE" airs Thursday, October 11, 2012 beginning at 8:30 pm ET.  

"As contributors to the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Jeff and I know the power of the Black perspective and the need for a breakdown of our issues from our perspective," said Martin. "We see this broadcast as an opportunity to get a fuller understanding of the candidates and where they stand on the issues that affect the nation's 40 million African Americans." 

Martin and Johnson will provide running commentary and offer astute observations from a uniquely African American point-of-view on the Vice Presidential Debate between Democratic incumbent Vice President Joe Biden and GOP challenger Congressman Paul Ryan.  Throughout the evening, Martin and Johnson will tweet updates and analysis using the hashtag #OurVoteMatters.  

The journalists are encouraging their nearly 300,000 social media fans to follow them on Twitter @RolandSMartin and @JeffsNation, then join the discussion by posting comments, posing questions or retweeting statements with the goal of creating trending topics.  Viewers may also join the live Facebook chat online via 

The weekly online debate analysis will be hosted by Martin and Johnson during each of the remaining presidential debates to be held October 16th and 22nd. 

"This election is critical to the future growth of America and we all need to be engaged in the process," said Johnson, "Roland and I want to encourage everyone to understand the candidate's policies on the topics that matter most to them; and they can trust that we will be there to present the facts and provide analysis to help them make informed decisions at the polls."

Johnson will dissect the candidates' debate performance from the Nation's Capitol while on location at Studio 202, a digital media facility donated by proprietor Ron Dixon (this location not open to public). Reporting live from New York City, Martin's webcast will be held during the non-partisan VP debate viewing party presented by the Young Professionals United for Change (YP4C) and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) at Katra Lounge, 217 Bowery Street, NY 10002. To attend, please RSVP here.

For additional information on "The Intersection Presents: Our Voice, Our Vote," click here
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Monday, October 8, 2012

Bryan Wilson sweeps the South with ministry dates and new song, "Expect You Now"

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Veteran gospel singer Bryan Wilson is preparing to sweep through the South next week with a series of ministry dates. The Apostle of the Bapolstogic Movement (a 501C3 organization to reintroduce old school Pentecost to a new generation of believers) will also be promoting his Bryan’s Songs/Worldwide Gospel radio single, “Expect You Now.” The song came to Wilson during a worship service two years ago. “The song is a simple one,” he says. “The pastor was praying over people during an altar call and I got up and started singing what they call ` a song of the Lord.’ When people go to the altar, they are expecting God to change them or change their situation so I started to sing, Lord, we expect you now’ and after the service people asked me if that was on one of my CDs and I said, `Not yet but it will be.’”

The soul-stirring track has been simmering at radio for several weeks and earning enthusiastic thumbs up from radio programmers. “Bryan Wilson did his thang on Expect You Now - goose bumps factor enabled,” says Kyle Stewart, an announcer with B106.2 FM in Palm Beach, FL. “There is much maturity in this song that is sure to be pleasing to all ages,” says Jacki Holliday of KDAY in Louisiana. “A true, honest and heartfelt petition to our Lord. Intimate Time with the Lord at its finest.” Jacquie Gales Webb of Washington, D.C.’s WHUR 96.3 FM says, “It’s a pretty song.” One fan on Jango wrote that Wilson is “back with a bang” while another simply said, “just beautiful.”

While Wilson puts the finishing touches on his Worldwide Gospel CD release for 2013, he currently has a new “Limited Edition” CD available on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby.  Fans can listen to sound bytes at http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/best-time-of-my-life/id561940494?i=561940504. Wilson is also be selling the physical CD on his website www.bryanwilson.com and on his tour stops:

10/14 @ 10:00 AM          Red Oak AME Zion Church, Edgemoor, SC
10/15 @ 7:00 PM            New Life in Christ Ministries, Orangeburg, SC
10/16 @ 7:00 PM            New Life in Christ Ministries, Orangeburg, SC
10/17 @ 6:00 PM            True Life Church, Newberry, SC
10/18 @ 6:30 PM            Centenary United Methodist Church, Moncks Corner, SC
10/19 @ 7:00 PM            Full Life Victory Center, Hartsville, SC
10/20 @ 7:00 PM            Full Life Victory Center, Hartsville, SC
10/21 @ 4:00 PM            Faith United Baptist Church, Baltimore, MD

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The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin Packed an Out of Season Venue

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Franklin Receives Rave Reviews and
Performs a Memorable Tribute to the late Whitney Houston

(New York, NY - October 8, 2012) - Nineteen-time GRAMMY® Award winner and music icon Aretha Franklin packed an out-of-season Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort at the Mark G. Etess Arena on Saturday night in Atlantic City. The Press of Atlantic City headline reads "Aretha Franklin pleases Atlantic City crowd." Vincent Jackson of the Press of Atlantic City states "[Aretha] Franklin was singing her heart out to the delight of the thousands in the audience."

During her 85 minute set, Franklin performed several of her classic hits from the Atlantic Records days, including "Chain of Fools," "Something He Can Feel," "Respect," "Day Dreaming," "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)," "Oh Me Oh My (I'm a Fool for You Baby)" and numerous others. Franklin also performed some jazz standards and some of her favorite gospel songs. She performed a special tribute to the late Whitney Houston with her rendition of "I Will Always Love You." Franklin said that Houston was "one of the finest singers who ever stepped in front of a microphone. She was my Christian sister."

This fall, Franklin continues her busy tour schedule, including East Coast dates at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (November 10) and the Westchester County Center (November 13).
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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Ark. GOP calls candidates 'slavery' comments 'offensive'

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Republicans tried to distance themselves Saturday from a Republican state representative's assertion that slavery was a "blessing in disguise" and a Republican state House candidate who advocates deporting all Muslims.

The claims were made in books written, respectively, by Rep. Jon Hubbard of Jonesboro and House candidate Charlie Fuqua of Batesville. Those books received attention on Internet news sites Friday.
On Saturday, state GOP Chairman Doyle Webb called the books "highly offensive." And U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, a Republican who represents northeast Arkansas, called the writings "divisive and racially inflammatory."

Hubbard wrote in his 2009 self-published book, "Letters To The Editor: Confessions Of A Frustrated Conservative," that "the institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise." He also wrote that African-Americans were better off than they would have been had they not been captured and shipped to the United States.

Fuqua, who served in the Arkansas House from 1996 to 1998, wrote there is "no solution to the Muslim problem short of expelling all followers of the religion from the United States," in his 2012 book, titled "God's Law."

Fuqua said Saturday that he hadn't realized he'd become a target within his own party, which he said surprised him.

"I think my views are fairly well-accepted by most people," Fuqua said before hanging up, saying he was busy knocking on voters' doors. The attorney is running against incumbent Democratic Rep. James McLean in House District 63.

Hubbard, a marketing representative, didn't return voicemail messages seeking comment Saturday. He is running against Democrat Harold Copenhaver in House District 58.

The November elections could be a crucial turning point in Arkansas politics. Democrats hold narrow majorities in both chambers, but the GOP has been working hard to swing the Legislature its way for the first time since the end of the Civil War, buoyed by picking up three congressional seats in 2010. Their efforts have also been backed by an influx of money from national conservative groups.
Rep. Crawford said Saturday he was "disappointed and disturbed."

"The statements that have been reported portray attitudes and beliefs that would return our state and country to a harmful and regrettable past," Crawford said.

U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., kicked off the GOP's response Saturday by issuing a release, saying the "statements of Hubbard and Fuqua are ridiculous, outrageous and have no place in the civil discourse of either party."

"Had I known of these statements, I would not have contributed to their campaigns. I am requesting that they give my contributions to charity," said Griffin, who donated $100 to each candidate.
The Arkansas Republican House Caucus followed, saying the views of Hubbard and Fuqua "are in no way reflective of, or endorsed by, the Republican caucus. The constituencies they are seeking to represent will ultimately judge these statements at the ballot box."

Then Webb, who has spearheaded the party's attempt to control the Legislature, said the writings "were highly offensive to many Americans and do not reflect the viewpoints of the Republican Party of Arkansas. While we respect their right to freedom of expression and thought, we strongly disagree with those ideas."

Webb, though, accused state Democrats of using the issue as a distraction.
Democrats themselves have been largely silent, aside from the state party's tweet and Facebook post calling attention to the writings. A Democratic Party spokesman didn't immediately return a call for comment Saturday.

The two candidates share other political and religious views on their campaign websites.
Hubbard, who sponsored a failed bill in 2011 that would have severely restricted immigration, wrote on his website that the issue is still among his priorities, as is doing "whatever I can to defend, protect and preserve our Christian heritage."

Fuqua blogs on his website. One post is titled, "Christianity in Retreat," and says "there is a strange alliance between the liberal left and the Muslim religion."

"Both are antichrist in that they both deny that Jesus is God in the flesh of man, and the savior of mankind. They both also hold that their cause should take over the entire world through violent, bloody, revolution," the post says.

In a separate passage, Fuqua wrote "we now have a president that has a well documented history with both the Muslim religion and Communism."
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Black Ministers are coming to Obama's defense

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RALEIGH, N.C. (NNPA) – As the election between President Obama and Mitt Romney enters the final stretch, Black ministers are becoming more outspoken in taking on colleagues who are urging his defeat because of his support of same-sex marriage.

For the Rev. Dwight McKissic, a Black Southern Baptist, told the Associated Press, "[On Election Day], I plan to go fishin.'"

Rev. Derrick Harkins, Democratic National Committee Faith Outreach director, said, "How dare anyone say to somebody that you ought not exercise the franchise that people literally have breathed their life's effort and life's blood into for us to have, and especially now when we have the opportunity to continue the work that we've begun."

He added, "Follow the money, follow the support,"Money – and conservative politics – is the basis of some of the criticism of Obama by some Black pastors.

In an effort to galvanize his support base in the Black church in the midst of growing headlines that African-American pastors, angered by his personal endorsement of same-sex marriage, were telling their communities not to vote in November, President Barack Obama spoke with many Black ministers from across the nation by telephone last month, urging them to stick with him.

Meanwhile a local pastor says he has now pulled a controversial radio ad he's featured in that blasted Pres. Obama for several weeks. That ad was paid for by a right-wing group that has made removing Obama from office one of its top priorities.

Many of the ministers are telling all who would listen not to vote for Republican Mitt Romney either because of his Mormon faith. Mormonism is seen by some in the Christian Black church as a racist cult because of its long history of racism, a history the Mormon church never apologized for.
What is becoming more and more evident is that several of the black pastors most prominent in telling African-Americans to sit this presidential election out are being backed by the right-wing lobbying group known as NOM – the National Organization for Marriage.  Read more
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'Star Trek: The Next Generation' 25-Year Reunion Set for Wizard World New Orleans As Main Cast Members Join Patrick Stewart

It has been 25 years since "Star Trek: The Next Generation," hit the air. Now, seven main members of that historic show will reunite as Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard), Jonathan Frakes (Commander William T. Riker), LeVar Burton (Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge), Michael Dorn (Lieutenant Worf), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deanna Troi), Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data) and Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher) will attend Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, Nov. 30 - Dec. 2 at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

The series, which ran for seven seasons from 1987 through 1994, garnered 18 daytime Emmys and was a hugely successful follow-up to the original "Star Trek" from two decades earlier. The seven stars are also scheduled to appear at this month's Austin Comic Con in what would be the first gathering of the group in the U.S. since "TNG" first aired.

Stewart is scheduled to appear on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2, while the rest of the cast is slotted for attendance all three days. Weekend fans will have the unique opportunity to pose for a photo op with all seven actors.

Other standouts on the Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con celebrity roster include comics legend Stan Lee, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star Eliza Dushku, Reservoir Dogs headliner Michael Madsen and WWE® Superstar CM Punk®. They will be joined by an All-Star collection of well-known artists and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions in the final event on Wizard World's 2012 calendar.

Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK), will bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Admission is free for kids 10 and under, and Sunday, Dec. 2, is "Kids Day," filled with an array of programming specially designed for children.

For more on the 2012 Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-neworleans.html.

About Wizard World:
Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.

October 26-28, 2012 - Wizard World Austin Comic Con
November 30 - December 2, 2012 - Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
February 22-24, 2013 - Wizard World Portland Comic Con
May 30 - June 2, 2013 - Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 8-11, 2013 - Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 20-22, 2013 - Wizard World Ohio Comic Con


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Good Times Cast Unites for Tour

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 For the first time in the 33 years all of the original cast of Good Times is uniting for a historic nationwide tour! This widely beloved sitcom, still in syndication almost 40 years later, is the groundbreaking show that launched Black television. Given its extensive multigenerational fan base, the Good Times Reunion Tour provides an unprecedented opportunity to meet and interact with some of the favorite and most memorable characters in entertainment. Limited and exclusive booking opportunities are available immediately for the Good Times cast to be featured at your event, television or radio show.

The Good Times Reunion tour marks the 38th anniversary of the show that forever changed the landscape of American television. Active and loyal fans have been clamoring for years to see the Good Times cast united and their call has been answered! The iconic Good Times longevity attests to its widespread appeal and the Good Times brand is being actively scouted by major motion picture companies to produce a blockbuster Good Times movie. The goal of the Reunion tour is to bestow overdue acknowledgement of this show's positive influence in television entertainment while promoting awareness of the lack of age appropriate entertainment.

Carlena Harris, daughter of the late Michael Evans, the co-creator of the Good Times brand, is CEO of Kidsplosion Entertainment. As steward of her father's legacy, Ms. Harris finds it important to foster unity in the beloved brand. Facilitating the Good Times Reunion tour Carlena states, "It is imperative in these perilous times, that we preserve the beauty of strong family that Good Times represents.. We are excited to reintroduce Good Times to a new generation and build buzz about the upcoming major motion Good Times movie."
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Season 32 of Bobby Jones Gospel Airs on Oct. 7

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This Sunday, October 7, 2012, Dr. Bobby Jones welcomes Earnest Pugh, Beverly Crawford, Valerie La Flore and Hezekiah Walker to kick-off the 32nd season of the longest running program on cable television.

This season of “BOBBY JONES GOSPEL” promises to bring the best of gospel to your living room for Sunday mornings filled with divine fellowship. Each episode of “BOBBY JONES GOSPEL” is packed full of blessings with testimonials, praise dancers, mass choirs and the best of established and up and coming gospel artists. It’s a gathering to praise the Lord and everyone is invited. “BOBBY JONES GOSPEL” airs Sundays at 9:00AM ET/PT on BET.

Dr. Bobby Jones and Mona Austin at the taping of Bobby Jones Gospel  in July of 2012.

Bobby Jones Gospel Season 32 Schedule

Oct 7, 2012
Beverly Crawford, Hezekiah Walker, Earnest Pugh, and Valerie LaFlore

Oct 14, 2012
Cissy Houston, DA TRUTH, and Earl Bynum & Mt. Unity Choir

Oct 21, 2012
Yolanda Adams, Bishop Paul Morton, Derrick Starks Family & Friends

Oct 28, 2012
Marvin Sapp, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Linda Williams

Nov 4, 2012
BeBe Winans, Tamela Mann, D. Jakoby Washington & Judah Lyfe

Nov 11, 2012
Isaac Carree, William McDowell, Anna Crawley

Nov 18, 2012Donald Lawrence, Byron Cage, Anita Wilson

Nov 25, 2012
The Rance Allen Group, Shirley Murdock, Amber Bullock

Dec 2, 2012
Vicki Winans, New Life, Ted Winn, Sensere

Dec 9, 2012
Smokie Norful, Jonathan Nelson, Tammy Edwards & the Edwards Sisters

Dec 16, 2012
Kurt Carr, Stephen Hurd, Genita Pugh

Dec 23, 2012
Moses Tyson Jr, Vicki Yohe, William Murphy, James Ziegler

Dec 30, 2012
James Fortune & FIYA, Michelle Williams, Myron Butler, the Wardlaw Brothers

Jan 6, 2013
Israel Houghton, Forever Jones, Jackson Southernaires

Jan 13, 2013
J. Moss, Anthony Brown & Group Therapy, Deanna Ransom

Jan 20, 2013
Vashawn Mitchell, Helen Baylor, Cepeda McKay & No Limits

Jan 27, 2013
Karen Clark Sheard, JJ Hairston, Javen, & special guest Sheryl Lee Ralph

Feb 3, 2013
Dorothy Norwood, Pastor Charles Jenkins, Tasha Cobbs

Feb 10, 2013Tramaine Hawkins, Chicago Mass Choir, Zacardi Cortez

Feb 17, 2013
Dottie Peoples, Jason Nelson, Bryan Wilson, Mary Glover
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