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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Listen: Javen's "Worshipper in Me"

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As an Award-winning Recording ArtistJAVEN has the dynamic talents of Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Speaker, and Producer. With more than 10 years in the music industry, he has won multiple awards for his outstanding work and gained notable recognition across the country and around the world. 

JAVEN's impeccable stage presence led him to star in numerous productions. He was a lead in the theatrical production of "A Raisin in the Sun" and he starred in the Off-Broadway musical"The Rock and the Rabbi." JAVEN continued to earn parts in feature films like "One Night with the King" starring opposite Omar Sharif; the feature film "Abandoned" starring Britney Murphy; and the feature film "Preacher's Kid" starring Clifton Powell. As a songwriter, JAVENwrote and recorded the hit single "One Step" which was featured in the 2010 feature film, "The Cross." 

While balancing an acting career, JAVEN actively produced and delivered attention garnering music that his fans could enjoy and appreciate. His first single, "Never Give Up on Love" from the self-titled CD "Javen," soared to the top 10 CCM charts. In 2003, he released his first independent CD, "Change," on his production label jRock Entertainment which was nominated for several awards topping the charts. In 2009, JAVEN released the "Keeping the Faith" CD, which included duets with Israel Houghton and Deitrick Haddon as well as the hit single, "None Like You." In 2010, JAVEN released the power-packed CD "Free" which included the hit single, "One Step," which was featured in the movie, "The Cross." As a songwriter JAVEN has several top music videos, hit singles, and awards. 

JAVEN has also served his community as a full-time worship leader at a mega-church for many years. He now travels doing over 130 dates per year singing and speaking across the country and around the world in locales as varied as Africa, Indonesia, Europe, Canada, Brazil, the Caribbean, and more. 

He is a spokesperson for World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide; he is a consistent donor and supporter of Hope for Haiti, an incredible missions program that houses, feeds, educates and trains over 300 children in Haiti; and participates in several domestic mission programs that deal with homelessness, hunger, and poverty in the Los Angeles, CA area. 

JAVEN launched the Worship in the Now Conference, a powerful two-day seminar featuring great speakers, leaders and pastors on successful living, spiritual growth, and more which has toured major cities such as San Diego, CA; Atlanta, GA; and Tampa, FL. Carrying this vision forward, JAVEN has launched the Worship in the Now Ministries in South Florida to bring hope and encouragement to those in need. His much anticipated and long awaited Live CD Recording entitled "Worship in the Now" will be released on May 21, 2013. Also being released in 2013 is JAVEN's short book, "100 Things You Need to Know in Life," a gift to all of profound statements that have revolutionized his life. Through his message of both love and faith, JAVEN desires to see lives changed wherever he goes. You can keep up with this dynamic talent by logging on to www.javenonline.comwww.twitter.com/javenonline orwww.facebook.com/MeetJaven. 
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

New head of OMB confirmed

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Sylvia Matthews was selected as the Director of the Office of Management and Budgets on April 24, 2013.
The Senate unanimously confirmed Sylvia Matthews Burwell as the head of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  Burwell formerly served as the Budget Director  in the Clinton administration. In this position she will oversee  efforts to balance the national debt and map out a plan to dampen the impact of sequestration. President Obama praised the Senate for being non-partisan in its 90-0 vote. His remarks follow:

Statement from the President on the Confirmation of Sylvia Mathews Burwell

"I am pleased that the Senate took bipartisan action today to confirm Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.  Sylvia shares my commitment to growing our economy, shrinking our deficits in a balanced way, and reigniting a rising, thriving middle class.  Sylvia has spent a career fighting for working families, and she was part of an OMB team that presided over three budget surpluses in a row.  Her experience will be especially important as we continue our efforts to replace the indiscriminate budget cuts that are already starting to cost jobs, hurt families, and inconvenience Americans.  Sylvia will be a key member of my economic team, and I look forward to working with her in the years ahead."

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TAKING VOWS: Tamela Mann, Tia Mowery and Leandria Johnson said 'I do' this April

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With messy break-ups and the love light dimming on many celeb couples, it's good to see several  popular couples are committed for life.

Ahead of their 6th Wedding Anniversary Style Network star of "Tia & Tamera," Tia Mowry Hardiwict and her hubby Cory renewed their vows in a beautiful, yet simple beachside ceremony in Malibu, CA.

The Hardiwicts  renew their vows annually.  The bride and groom and their guests all wore white.
The Hardiwicts renewed their vows on April 16, 2013 in Malibu, CA.

Since they became parents, saying "I do" again and again reflects their mutual love for their almost 2 year old son, Cree, as well as for each other.

""Cory and I have been together for 13 years and married for five. However, we now have this new miracle in our lives and I wanted to celebrate our love, and what our love together created -- Cree!," she shared with US Weekly.  

Husband and wife acting team David and Tamela Mann renewed their vows of 25 years on April 20.

David and Tamela Mann ("The Browns") wed for the first time as they renewed their vows for their 25th wedding anniversary on April 20 in Dallas, TX  at the Joule Hotel.  The high school sweethearts could not afford a suitable wedding when they first wed.

At last year's Dove Awards she told me she wore a borrowed ring when they first wed.   Her hubby has long since replaced it with a 7 carat whopper of a ring.  The "Take Me to the King" singer chose an enchanted forest theme to fulfill her fairy tale wedding dreams.

Mrs. Mann said  she likes to emphasis they have been in holy matrimony "with no separation."

We are now able to confirm Leandria Johnson has wed he long-time boyfriend and musician, Forrest Walker. Johnson is not spilling any tea on the wedding itself just yet, but she introduced her New Jersey based  in-laws on Socialcam recently.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Fantasia comeback: new sound, new person

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Fantasia released her fourth studio album, "The Side Affects of You" (RCA) today.  'Tasia (her nickname) said she wanted to make music like Tina Turner and Patti Labelle and for the first time she had full creative control.  She is working with  British producer Harmony Samuels, who knows how to fuse rock and soul to her liking.  Last week she performed the lead single "Lose to Win" on American Idol where her career in music kicked off ten years ago.

This recording represents a comeback mentally and musically for the Grammy award winner.

On the Steve Harvey Morning Show she said artistically this album is to her and Samuels what "Thriller" was to MJ and Quincy Jones.

Scottish singer Emeli Sande penned the title cut.

In music and in her personal life, the North Carolina darling was not in a good place three years ago.  Her frustration with the industry and feeling drained by the people who were closest to her was lived out publicly as she tried to take her life. The suicide attempt was unsuccessful as was the hard-to-let-go-of relationship with Antuan Cook, a  married man.

This is now: a new album that debuted at #3 on iTunes, the cover of Upscale, tons of performance dates and a new lease on life.

Missy Elliott, Kelly Roland, and K.R.I.T  appear on "The Side Effects of Me."

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Bassist Anthony Crawford Fuses Musical Genres with "Urban Jazz / My Story" Release

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Los Angeles - One might easily contend that bassist Anthony Crawford has music flowing through his veins instead of blood.  When you take into consideration that his dad is the noted funk and rock drummer Hubert "H bomb" Crawford, who has played with greats likeJames Brown, Cyndi Lauper and Mother's Finest, and his uncle is the legendary jazz saxophonist Hank Crawford, the evidence becomes even more convincing.   Now factor in the knowledge that he picked up his first instrument at age two, began visualizing his musical destiny at age 6, started teaching himself the bass at age 12, and was performing on stage with Bette Midler at 14, the evidence is enough to make you really wonder.
One listen to his latest release however, and one just might be totally convinced.  With his new effort, Crawford amazingly mixes, meshes and mingles musical genres in a lusciously seductive terrain he calls "Urban Jazz / My Story."  "Urban Jazz / My Story," on Hydro 6 Records, sweeps across the textures of  jazz, funk, R&B, pop and hip hop and morphs into a musical collage of enchanting innovation and interpretation.
Crawford's intricate bass styling grounds and centers the listener through 14 tracks of mellow melodious adventure.  With contributions from a variety of artists, including Eric Darius, Frank McComb and Dave Weckl; song, harmony and rhythm wondrously whirl together in artistic free flight.  "Only You," the single release from the project, features McComb on vocals and is a determined declaration that rocks with commitment.   "Bass Guitar" another track from the project, singularly swirls and twirls the flavors of hip hop, pop and contemporary jazz into one delicious treat. 
"Baby" is another ear pleaser. The R&B bass tinged ode soars with sentiment highlighted with vocals from Valencia Robinson.  Crawford's  "Jazz vs. Hip Hop" takes it up a funk notch with an engaging interplay so wound up, that the notion of jazz vs. hip hop becomes an improbable feat with no winner.  "For My Mother," Crawford's stirring solo effort, is pure bass that touches the heart strings with every timbre.
A true prodigy in his own right, Anthony Crawford has been honing his own musical legacy over the years, working with artists such as Erykah Badu, Justin Timberlakeand Jeff Lorber.  The Memphis, TN native is one of four featured bassists on the upcoming release "Bass Sessions Vol. 2" from GospelChops.com and he tours internationally to wide acclaim.
His dedication to his art is highlighted throughout "Urban Jazz / My Story" with his thoughts on perseverance. "I am a true believer in what the mind can see will be made real.  My musical journey has always been about me seeing something first and then it manifesting later.  I have been blessed to work with many of my music heroes, including bassist Stanley Clarke and legendary guitarist Allan Holdsworth, in just this fashion.  'Urban Jazz / My Story' is about pushing beyond borders, not just with music but also in life.  We have the power to make things happen and hopefully 'Urban Jazz/ My Story' inspires that modus operandi in others."
Anthony Crawford - Urban Jazz - Promo Video
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DeVon Franklin Shares the Keys to Green-lighting Your Career

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Author and Senior Film Executive DeVon Franklin shares that integrity is the key to success in Hollywood. Photo credit: Laura Locke/ARC
LOS ANGELES -- As a senior executive in the film industry and a man of faith, DeVon Franklin knows all too well the challenges of working in Hollywood and maintaining a high moral standard by not reducing one's values in return for a chance at career advancement. Over the past 15 years Franklin worked his way up the corporate ladder, from Overbrook Entertainment intern to Senior Vice President at Columbia Pictures through hard work, fervent prayer and integrity. He addressed a packed room of aspiring actors, directors and producers at the Artist Resource Center in North Hollywood to make one thing very clear: You don't have to compromise who you are to get where you're going!

"Don't want the job so bad that you compromise who God is to get it," said Franklin. "The bible says do not be weary in well doing because you will reap a harvest in due season, if you don't give up."

Franklin noted that many times people of faith who desire to be in the entertainment industry have all the knowledge of God they need to succeed but lack proficiency in the industry once they land the job. During his own internship process, Franklin made it a point to "study to show thyself approved" by understanding the film industry and researching who the key players were at every production company and studio. Then, when Franklin had an opportunity to be in front of someone who could give him information to advance his career, he knew specifically what to ask to maximize the moment.

"We pray 'Lord, green light my career,' but we don't want the preparation," said Franklin. "In life, so much of what you need to get to the next level is in the preparation."

While waiting on the opportunity for advancement, Franklin emphasizes the importance of being of service in your current position. He contends that though your title may not qualify you to be a resource, you can always be of service by making the boss' life easier.

"When you serve somebody and do it with excellence, it will set you apart," said Franklin, who made it a point to display a level of energy and enthusiasm in the workplace, even as an intern making coffee runs and lunch deliveries. "God wants to use you where you are to prepare you for where he is going to take you."

Referencing his book, "Produced By Faith," Franklin also shared how life and the pursuit of one's career goals are much like the production of a movie. There is always a director, stars of the film, and a budget. Franklin said the person of faith will allow God to be the director of their movie; the stars are you, God and whomever you allow to play a leading role; and the budget is your humility, faithfulness and sacrifice.

"God is saying in order for me to green light your movie, you have to be faithful," said Franklin. "Commit yourself to serving God first with your gifts and he'll do the rest!"

ARC Executive Director Toure' Roberts stood in agreement with Franklin as he acknowledged that he also experienced an increase in favor when he yielded his life to God's plan rather than his own ideas of success.

"Deuteronomy 8:18 states that God has given you the ability to create wealth, and I know God has great plans for your life once you commit to the vision and the process," said Roberts. "DeVon's message is a challenge to remain focused and diligent while going through the preparation season. The race is not given to the swift, but to those who will endure."
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