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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Injured Kobe Bryant is out of the game

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Win or lose, the Lakers will meet the fate of an already rocky season without their leader, Kobe Bryant.  Bryant, 34, was injured last night in a game against the Golden State Warriors.  He will have an MRI today to confirm a suspected tear to his Achilles in his left leg.  The famous guard will be out indefinitely. ESPN reports this is the end of the season for Bryant.

"This is just terrible," said Bryant.

The Lakers did win the game last night with a score of 118-116.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Tommy Couch Jr. Named President Of Malaco Music Group

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Jackson MS – The Malaco Music Group, one of the largest U. S. independent record companies, announces the Board of Director’s election of Thomas J. Couch, Jr. as the new President and CEO of the company.  Mr. Couch, currently a Board  member, has been associated with the company for over 15 years.  He started in the Entertainment business at Ole Miss when he formed a regional booking agency and started the Waldoxy record label after graduating.
Mr. Couch succeeds his father, co-founder Thomas Couch, Sr. in that position. “Tommy was instrumental and took the lead in several of our acquisitions throughout the years with the most important being the purchase of 50% interest in Select-O-Hits, the premier independent record distributor located in Memphis, TN.  In this ever- changing and challenging Music Business, Tommy has the leadership, experience and vision to carry Malaco forward,” according to Couch, Sr.     
In the past, Malaco’s expansion has included the  purchase of the Savoy Gospel label in New York and the The Atlanta International Record Company with Select-O-Hits, as well as the distribution of numerous other labels including Apollo Records of New York, Muscle Shoals Sound Records, Jermaine Dupri’s SoSo Def Records,  BeBe and CeCe Winans’ B & C label  and Warryn Campbell’s My Block Records.


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The Sheards reality show has a smash debut, Celebration of Gospel remains at the top

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The Sheard family has another #1 hit.  This time it's a television show.

BET continues to dominate gospel programming with Sunday night's telecasts of CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL and THE SHEARDS! According to the Nielsen Company, the 10:00 p.m.* series premiere of THE SHEARDS was viewed by 1.2 million viewers and garnered a 1.0 coverage rating. When combined with THE SHEARDS 11:00 p.m.* encore, the episode attracted nearly 2 million total viewers. THE SHEARDS is now the #1 Sunday cable reality series telecast in its 10:00 p.m.* time-slot this year among adult women 18+ and a top 3 Sunday cable reality series debut for 2013 among total viewers. Hosted by Steve Harvey, CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL 2013 was seen by 1.8 million viewers and garnered a 1.5 coverage rating. CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL remains the #1 gospel telecast on TV for 13 consecutive years.

Encore telecasts of CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL 2013 include:
· Thursday, April 11 at 10:00 p.m.*
· Saturday, April 13 at 8:00 p.m.*
· Wednesday, April 17 at 9:00 p.m.*

Beginning April 14, 2013, THE SHEARDS moves to its regular time slot of Sundays at 8:00 p.m.*
*All Times EST

Before show aired my buddy Vaughn Alvarez spoke to one of the stars of the show, KiKi Sheard.  
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Thursday, April 11, 2013

GMC changes name, boosts programming

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As a part of its rebranding efforts the Gospel Music Channel (GMC) will change its name and logo to UP TV this June. The network decided to move the name change from September to June due to positive feedback from advertisers and viewers.
In the past, the name has been somewhat a hindrance

Siegel said the network decided to move up the re-branding of the network’s name and logo to June after receiving positive feedback from viewers and advertisers on the new moniker. He added that recent network research has found that network non-viewers are 116% more likely to watch the network with UP as its name rather than GMC.
“The name was a bit of a barrier for the network, so we’ve removed that barrier and we think we’ll see tremendous results just with the rebrand,” Siegel said.

The network also announced it will be running 66 original programs over the enxt rtwo years. That includes
On the programming front, the network will launch 40 original movies, 22 gospel-themed stage plays and four original series between over the next two years, all reflecting the network’s family values and uplifting entertainment theme. The new series include Family Addition With Leigh Anne Tuohy, which follows the lives of foster care families who are on the verge of adopting their foster children, and Miracle Hunters, which will explore the world of unexplained events.

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Rand Paul changes his position on Civil Rights at Howard University

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) changed his position on the Civil Rights Act when responding to a question at an event that was held at Howard University yesterday.

It’s a mischaracterization of my position. I’ve never been against the Civil Rights Act, ever, and I continue to be for the Civil Rights Act as well as the Voting Rights Act. There was a long, one interview that had a long, extended conversation about the ramifications beyond race, and I have been concerned about the ramifications of certain portions of the Civil Rights Act beyond race, as they are now being applied to smoking, menus, listing calories and things on menus, and guns. And so I do question some of the ramifications and the extensions but I never questioned the Civil Rights Act and never came out in opposition to the Civil Rights Act or ever introduced anything to alter the Civil Rights Act.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said Paul is flat out lying:
“I remember [the interview] because it’s the last time [Paul] ever spoke to me………..Rand Paul saying at Howard University today that he never questioned the Civil Rights Act is not true. And it’s not true on tape … It’s one thing to have a sketchy record on racial discrimination you don’t want to defend, it’s another to think you can get away with flat-out lying about it. If you’re a U.S. senator, you’re Googleable! 
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Doctor's wives fight on "Married to Medicine'

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This Sunday on "Married to Medicine"  a fight turns a black tie affair into a black eye brawl. Mariah Huq and  Kari Wells, despite having a fall out during a wine-tasting in the last episode, hosted a swank joint party for their husbands Aydin and Duncan respectively.  The blow up happens when Toya confronts Mariah about her mom's rude treatment at the event. Mariah was already infuriated with Toya for revealing a secret and talking about her mom caused her to snap.  Before Quad, Mariah's sidekick, rushes over to break up the vicious fight, a glass of wine is tossed and  and a purse is flung.  Apparently, it gets nasty because a voice in the background asks for a doctor.  Check out the previews of the ladies exchanging punches by the pool-side.  "Married to Medicine" airs on Bravo on Sundays at 9-10 p.m. (EST).

Mariah Huq stars in and produces the doc-series "Married to Medicine"

Toya Bush-Harris

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

If Barbie could talk. . .

If Barbie could talk she'd sound like Valerie Lukyanova.  A 21-yer-old from the Ukraine, she looks just like a human Barbie doll.  From her perfect skin tone, to the tiny waist and wide, winged eyes she has achieved a doll-like look that is so convincing she seems to be unreal.

Lukyanova was discovered sharing make-up tips on Youtube.
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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

INTERVIEW: Tye Tribbett’s New Single “If He Did It Before…Same God” Enters at #1 on iTunes, Talks New Album and Being Restored

 Greater Than In Stores June 4

Tribbett Performed on BET’s Celebration of Gospel

(Nashville, TN – April 8, 2013) – Motown Gospel/Kingdom Music recording artist Tye Tribbett’s new single “If He Did It Before…Same God” enters at #1 on iTunes. The single is also #17 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Singles chart. And his Motown Gospel debut project, Greater Than, will be in stores on June 4 (see attached CD cover).

On the historic night of the launch of Motown Gospel at the Arc Theatre in Los Angeles, GRAMMY®-nominated and multiple Stellar Award-winner, Tye Tribbett performed “If He Did It Before…Same God” and other new music from his Motown Gospel debut album, Greater Than, for a standing room audience of over a 1,000 industry VIPs and supporters from all over the country. With additional performances by Tribbett’s label mates Smokie Norful, Kierra Sheard and Tasha Cobbs, the Motown Gospel showcase was streamed live to nearly 200,000 viewers.

Tribbett opened this season of BET’s Celebration of Gospel, where he performed his new single. “We at Motown Gospel are thrilled with our partnership with Tye and his ministry,” says Larry Blackwell, General Manager and Vice President of Motown Gospel. “His new song and upcoming album are sure to positively impact lives and re-establish his sound and music in 2013 and beyond."

Plans are underway for a promotional tour in May and June. “Tye’s one-of-a-kind brand is on full display on his new project,” says Karen Jackson, Director of Marketing of Motown Gospel. “As we market the uniqueness of his music, ministry and style, we will continue to build his platform and create opportunities in the gospel and urban mainstream arenas.”

Tribbett has recorded four albums with numerous groundbreaking and chart-topping hit singles. His highly praised debut album, Life (2004), brought Tribbett and his group, GA (Greater Anointing), a wide array of new fans and a Stellar Award nomination. Tribbett’s sophomore project with GA, Victory, was released in 2006, debuting at #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart. This break-out project, which included the #1 gospel radio single, “Victory,” received three Stellar Awards, three GRAMMY® Award nominations and a Dove Award nomination. His third release, Stand Out (2008), again topped the charts and earned the group another nomination for a GRAMMY® Award. In 2009, Tribbett, who is also an accomplished musician who plays multiple instruments, retired GA and made other changes in his musical style and direction, resulting in the 2010 release of the aptly named Fresh. The CD, which the Washington Post called “a wondrous album,” also entered Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart at #1.

Tribbett first came to national attention in 1997 when he entered his group, GA, into the McDonalds and Wrigley’s Gospel choir competitions, where they "swept the competitions," winning first place in all categories. The group quickly became highly in demand, performing with music industry superstars Gloria Estefan, LeAnn Rimes, Elton John, Luther Vandross, and Stevie Wonder. They also appeared with Jill Scott, India Arie, John Mellencamp, Musiq Soulchild, and The Roots, among many other artists, and toured with Faith Hill and Don Henley.

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Rick Warren's son dies

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The 27-year-old son of "Purpose Driven Life" pastor and author Rick Warren has committed suicide.  Saddleback Church announced the death of Matthew Warren in a statement.  It said he dies  Friday night.  Described as a "gentle, King and compassionate" young man. Matthew struggled with mental illness that led to years of depression and  suicidal thoughts.  The family sought the est medical attention to help him according to the statement.
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