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Friday, May 3, 2013

Motown gospel has signed Micah Stampley

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New Studio Album Set For Release Winter 2013

Project Features Gospel Legends
Karen Clark-Sheard and Donnie McClurkin

NASHVILLE, TN (May 2, 2013) ----Motown Gospel is pleased to announce the signing of celebrated artist Micah Stampley. Known for his worship-filled style and stunning vocal range, the Atlanta-based singer/songwriter came to national prominence in 2005 with the release of the critically acclaimed album The Song Book of Micah. That project, which was released on Bishop T.D. Jakes’ Dexterity Sounds/EMI Gospel label, featured the instant smash, now classic anthem “Take My Life.”

“I'm excited to be working with Ken PennellLarry Blackwell, and the Motown Gospel family to take my ministry and career to the next level,” Stampley says. “It's great to be home with a new start, a new vision, a new passion, and a new sound that I'm ready to share with the world.”

Slated for release in Winter 2013, the yet-to-be-titled studio project is produced by multi-award-winning producer Asaph "Alex" Ward (Kim Burrell, Dorinda Clark-Cole), and will feature guest appearances by Gospel legends Donnie McClurkin and Karen Clark-Sheard. The album will also feature a cover of the chart-topping Chris Tomlin hit “Our God.”

“This is a very exciting time for me right now,” Stampley says. “I'm honored and overwhelmed to be working with such a genius like Asaph ‘Alex’ Ward, one of the most profound producers I have ever had the opportunity of working with.”

The admiration is mutual: "Micah Stampley is at his best yet!” says Ward. It is a pleasure to be working with an anointed passionate singer. I am very excited about this record. It's going to bless everyone."

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

2013 Student Academy Awards Finalists Announced

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Thirty-eight students from 17 U.S. colleges and universities as well as nine students from foreign universities have been selected as finalists in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Student Academy Awards competition.  Winners will be brought to Los Angeles for a week of industry activities and social events that will culminate in the awards ceremony on Saturday, June 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The finalists are (listed alphabetically by film title):

“Beyond the Spheres,” Meghdad Asadi Lari, Rochester Institute of Technology
“Bottled Up,” Rafael Cortina, Occidental College
“Bye Hyungjik,” Hyungjik Lee, Florida State University
“The Compositor,” John Mattiuzzi, School of Visual Arts
“File Not Found,” Maria Sequeira, University of Southern California
“The Pirate of Love,” Sara Gunnarsdottir, California Institute of the Arts
“Zug,” Perry Janes, University of Michigan

“Couch & Potatoes,” Chris Lam and Eunsoo Jeong, San Jose State University
“Dia de los Muertos,” Lindsey St. Pierre and Ashley Graham, Ringling College of Art and Design
“Drifters,” Ethan Clarke, California Institute of the Arts
“Make a Wish,” Heejin Kim, School of Visual Arts
“Peck Pocketed,” Kevin Herron, Ringling College of Art and Design
“Runaway,” Emily Buchanan and Esther Parobek, Ringling College of Art and Design
“Still I Breathe,” Sang Ho Lee, School of Visual Arts
“Watercolors,” Robert Kornstein, New York University
“Will,” Eusong Lee, California Institute of the Arts

“The Battle of the Jazz Guitarist,” Mark Columbus, University of California, Los Angeles
“Every Tuesday: A Portrait of The New Yorker Cartoonists,” Rachel Loube, School of Visual Arts
“Everybody’s Business,” Laura Green, Stanford University
“Graceland Girls,” Jordan Theresa Salvatoriello, Emerson College
“A Second Chance,” David Aristizabal, University of Southern California
“Through the Fire,” Eunice Lau, New York University
“Vultures of Tibet,” Russell O. Bush, University of Texas at Austin
“Win or Lose,” Daniel Koehler, Elon University
“Wonder Workshop,” Amitabh Joshi and Erik Spink, School of Visual Arts

“Caught,” Bruce Li, New York University
“Cootie Contagion,” Joshua Smooha, Florida State University
“Footsteps,” Thomas (Hyungkyun) Kim, New York University
“Josephine and the Roach,” Jonathan Langager, University of Southern California
“Kalifornija,” Tomas Vengris, American Film Institute
“The Midwife’s Husband,” Deja Bernhardt, University of Texas at Austin
“Ol’ Daddy,” Brian Schwarz, University of Texas at Austin
“Samnang,” Asaph Polonsky, American Film Institute
“Un Mundo para Raúl (A World for Raúl),” Mauro Mueller, Columbia University

Foreign Film
“Erbgut (Liquidation),” Matthias Zuder, Hamburg Media School, Germany
“För Sverige i Tiden (King of Sweden),” Jonas Westbom, Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, Sweden
“Kanyekanye,” Miklas Manneke, AFDA The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and 
Live Performance, South Africa
“The Library of Burned Books,” Alasdair Beckett-King, London Film School, United Kingdom
“Miss Todd,” Kristina Yee, National Film and Television School, United Kingdom
“MO,” Jakub Kouril, FAMU, Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic
“Parvaneh,”Talkhon Hamzavi, Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland
“To Guard a Mountain,” Izer Aliu, The Norwegian Filmschool, Norway
“Tweesprong (Crossroads),” Wouter Bouvijn, Rits School of Arts, Erasmus College Brussels, Belgium

To reach this stage, U.S. students competed in one of three regional competitions.  Each region is permitted to send to the Academy up to three finalists in each of the four categories.  The Student Academy Awards Executive Committee screened and voted on the finalists in the Foreign Film category.

The Academy established the Student Academy Awards in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level.  Past Student Academy Award® winners have gone on to receive 46 Oscar® nominations and have won or shared eight awards.  Notable alums include John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Robert Zemeckis, Trey Parker and Spike Lee.

The 40th Student Academy Awards ceremony on June 8 is free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required.  Tickets are available now online at www.oscars.org, in person at the Academy box office, or by mail.  The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.  For more information, call (310) 247-3600.

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Juanita Bynum responds to arrest and files suit against former management company

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As widely reported, Prophetess Juanita Bynum was arrested on April 18 in Dallas, TX. Bynum allegedly was arrested on a bench warrant for missing a scheduled court date pertaining to a civil law suit from Al Wash Entertainment (ALW Entertainement).  ALWclaimed Bynum kept money for a performance in a play they were promoting that was cancelled.  The 54-year-old evangelist has since issued a statement saying she was wrongfully arrested.  She says the matters between her and Wash has been resolved and he even sent her a letter of apology following the arrest.

[There was] a 2007 judgment ordering her to pay $140,000 to ALW Entertainment.  The statement indicates she paid $25,000 to ALW, but she adn the promoter could not agree on who was responsible for the total  debt stemming from a cancelled  play.

Now, Bynum is suing Holly Carter, the owner of Releve Entertainment, the entertainment and production company that represented her at the time.  She is the former manager of Powerhouse duo Mary Mary and has been seen recently in The Sheards reality show as Kierra Sheard's manager.

In a Christian Post article, Carter called Bynum's accusations baseless.   "I am deeply saddened by Ms. Bynum's baseless accusations, which are not only false but also slanderous. I will continue to keep her in prayer," said Carter.
Her explanation follows in its entirely:

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

More on The Manns: David And Tamela Mann Celebrate 25 Years Of Marriage With Wedding Ceremony

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DALLAS (April 30, 2013) – Gospel Power Couple David and Tamela Mann celebrated 25 years of marriage with an intimate wedding ceremony and vow renewal surrounded by family and close friends last week at the Joule Hotel in Dallas. From Tamela’s couture wedding gown and beautiful ceremony to a reception filled with plenty of dancing and entertainment, the event was everything David and Tamela dreamed of for their wedding – 25 years in the making.

“We decided to celebrate our 25th anniversary by renewing our vows at a wedding ceremony because when we got married 25 years ago, we didn’t have enough money for a wedding,” explained Tamela.  “We wanted a ‘fairytale wedding,’ so we picked an ‘enchanted forest’ theme: from the invitation, which has David and me acting crazy in the middle of a forest – in 3D! ...to the décor, which featured live trees, greenery and all kinds of flowers at the reception... to our grandbabies as our wedding party dressed as little princes and princesses. Our children weren’t happy THEY didn’t get to be in the ceremony, but they eventually were ok with it because their kids got to be up front with us.”
KP Designs helped to coordinate the event hosted at the Joule Hotel in Dallas, creating the old-world romantic, beautiful, chic and lush feel David and Tamela wanted for their guests. The Cake Guys created the wedding cake, and Christy Davison from Dallas’ Sweet Creations made the groom’s cake. Tamela’s dress was designed by Binzario Couture.

“My dress makes me emotional to talk about,” said Tamela. “I spent months designing the gown with the designer, so I knew every intimate detail of it, but when I saw it at my final fitting – I lost it. It was everything I could have ever dreamed of in a bridal gown and something 25 years ago I never would have imagined I’d ever get to wear. I felt like I was in a fairytale in it, but I have to say, no more than I felt 25 years ago when I was blessed enough to marry my forever love, my best friend, my baby daddy, David.” 
With a couple like David and Tamela, entertainment for their guests was high on the priority list for the reception. The evening was filled with musical entertainment by Shawn Martin and The Go-Go Band and singer/songwriter Terrell Carter, comedic entertainment by Derrick Kenner, and even an impromptu performance of “Take Me To The King” from Tamela and her long-time pal, Kirk Franklin.
As congratulatory toasts were made by some of David and Tamela’s high-schools friends, Franklin took to the piano and began playing notes to “Take Me To The King,” motioning for Tamela to take the microphone. The collaboration at the reception was their first public performance of the mega-hit single since working together in the studio.

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