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Friday, May 10, 2013

Randy Jackson is leaving "AI"

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"Yo, yo, yo, yo!"  With that familiar introduction, Randy Jackson, the big "Dawg" judge on American Idol announced  in a statement Thursday that he will be leaving the show.  Jackson was the lone original judge this year, having started with Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell, the originator of the singing competition. 

"Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on 'American Idol,' I have decided to leave after this season," admitted Jackson. . . .

"It's been a life-changing opportunity, but I am looking forward to focusing on my company, Dream Merchant 21, and other business ventures," he added.

A bass player from Baton  Rouge, LA, Jackson s got his start in the early 80's backing Carlos Santana, Jerry Garcia and later on in that decade, Brue Spinsteen.

Jackson was paid $10 million per season to judge aspiring singers on the FOX television program.  His total net worth as a musician, producer and songwriter combined is $40 million.

In recent years American Idol's ratings took a dive, despite the addition of popular judges like J Lo, Steven Tyler and Nicki Minaj.

Jackson said he is "very proud of changing television history and the music industry."



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Thursday, May 9, 2013

HISTORY-MAKING: Blacks out voted Whites in 2012 Presidential Election

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Washington, DC - Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO of The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (The National Coalition) and convener of Black Women's Roundtable issued the following statement in response to a U. S. Census Bureau report released yesterday finding that about two in three eligible blacks (66.2 percent) voted in the 2012 presidential election, higher than the 64.1 percent of non-Hispanic whites who did so. This marks the first time that blacks have voted at a higher rate than whites since the Census Bureau started publishing statistics on voting.


Campbell said, "Let me first say it's a great day in America for Black People - especially Black women. It is extremely gratifying to see Census data that reinforces what we already knew: despite rigorous systematic efforts to suppress our vote, Blacks voted at higher rates than whites in 2012. Black women outdistanced every demographic in America and made a difference in the outcome of the election.

"Given the enormous challenges facing our community, The National Coalition's Board of directors, members and affiliates are proud to have played an integral role in a historic turnout. Working in partnership with A. Philip Randolph Institute and other coalition members,  our Black Women's Roundtable unified women in our communities to help us organize,  educate, mobilize and protect the Black vote in 2012.  Black women delivered in a powerful way.

"Fifty years after the historic March on Washington - when the Black vote was suppressed across the country - there is no better tribute to the leadership of A. Philip Randolph, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Dorothy I. Height and other civil rights leaders.

"So, today we celebrate the power of the sister vote as we continue to organize and mobilize to push our elected officials to act in our best interest."
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NIELSEN: MUSIC WORLD GOSPEL MOVES UP RANK TO #3 GOSPEL LABEL

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MATHEW KNOWLES’ MUSIC WORLD MUSIC MOVES UP IN ITS MARKET SHARE FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW
THE IMPRINT IS RANKED 3RD BEHIND BMG/VERITY [Now RCA Inspirational] & EMI GOSPEL MUSIC [Now Motown Gospel]

(New York, NY – May 8, 2013) – Music World Music continues to establish itself as an independent label with the muscle of a major. Under the helm of music mogul, label president and CEO, Mathew KnowlesMusic World Music has weathered the changing climate of the music industry over the past twenty years and has remained on top. Just in from Nielsen Soundscan are reports that Music World Music has acquired 8.36% of the market share with BMG/Verity (now RCA Inspirational) claiming 19.83 % of the market share and EMI Gospel (now Motown Gospel) following with 9.25% of the market share. Music World Music’s placement puts the imprint ahead of industry peers Sony/Columbia, RCA, E1 Music Ent., Gospo Centric and others and marks the imprint’s third consecutive year moving up in its market share holdings.

 Music World Music boasts the coveted title of the largest owned and operated African-American gospel label in the US. 2013 will see the release of several projects including the May 14th dual release of Ultimate Gospel Volume 6 Sunday Morning featuring Music World Gospel Artists, Brian Courtney Wilson, Joshua Rogers, Juanita Bynum and Vanessa Bell Armstrong and Ultimate Gospel Volume 7 Contemporary Ladies of Gospel featuring former and current Music World Gospel artists Le’Andria Johnson, Michelle Williams, Alexis Spight, Trin-i-tee 5:7 and Amber Bullock. 

Summer time will bring the release of a Trin-I-tee 5:7 Hits Compilation album (7/23) featuring some of their greatest hits along with a DVD collection of their best videos. The fourth quarter of the year will see some of the most highly anticipated releases from Music World Gospel artists Le’Andria Johnson (9/10/13), Andrea Helms (10/15/13) and Brian Courtney Wilson (11/19/13).Music World Music continues to reinvent itself and reinforces a standard of excellence as a trusted leader in innovation, quality, and vision.

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It's Son #2 for Phaedra Parks!

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RHOA star Phaedra Parks has given birth to her second son!  She and her husband Apollo Nida wed in 2009 and are already parent  two-year-old Ayden.  Baby #2 was born on May 8, 2013.  His name has not been released, but Park's rep said both mommy and baby are well.

The couple branched out from reality TV and  appeared in a series of workout videos released arlier this year called "Phine Body: Donkey Booty."  Their next big move will be the RHOA spin off,  "Rich People's Problems," which follows Phaedra handling legal cases of her celebrity clientele.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Win tickets to see BeBe Winans in concert!

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Jireh Communications Group giving away tickets to see BeBe Winans in concert through this Friday. For a chance to win tickets answer today's trivia question at http://jirehcreative.com/conteststickets.html. Feel free to share with all your friends in the DMV! It's going to be an fabulous evening.

TRIVIA QUESTION:

In what Broadway play did BeBe Winans star opposite Chaka Khan?

Give us your answer at www.jirehcreative.com/conteststickets.html



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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Lauryn Hill gets prison time in tax case

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Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to 3 month of prison for tax evasion.  The 37-year-old  will also spend 3 months in home confinement. The original Fugee member failed to pay over $1 million in taxes over a decade, despite having paid more than $900,000 in the past several days, Hill still owes interest and penalties, the U.S. attorney’s office said.
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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Mary Mary Cover Ebony, Tina reveals personal details about her marraige

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It appears that the more Mary Mary said they were parting ways, the media hungered for more of them.

The WeTV reality stars appear together on the June Black Music Month  cover of Ebony  to share more about their complicated relationship. The issue is due to arrive on news stands on May 7.


Surprisingly, Tina, who wanted to leave the group to focus on her family life, revealed her husband Teddy had an affair.  She admitted she was so livid she attempted to stab him, according to singersroom.com.

“Once I became aware [of the affair], I initially wanted to kill my husband,” she admitted. “I was considering adjusting the will, the living trust and all that kind of stuff. I did physically try to stab him. Several times…I never got to the point of physical harm, not really, but my words…My words hurt.”


The couple is still together working on their marriage.

Erica, discussed going solo and her belief that her hubby Warren should go into ministry.
She has released her first solo single, " Little More Jesus."

(It turns out their highly reported split is a moreso a break.)
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Bebe Winans to perform solo in concert at Lisner Auditorium in DC on May 11

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Grammy winner to perform in a rare limited engagement on the day before Mother's Day

George Washington University will present critically acclaimed balladeer BeBe Winans at Lisner Auditorium on Saturday, May 11, the day before Mother's Day. Beginning at 8:00 p.m. Winans will review
over two decades of Gospel, R&B and Soul infused inspirational songs for one night only.

The 50-year-old, who keeps the schedule of a newborn (he said he rises at 4 a.m. and is asleep by the time the sun goes down) chuckled about making an exception for his DC fans, "I'm staying up pass my bedtime."
BeBe Winans is the youngest son in the Winans family. The Winans family is to gospel music what the Jacksons are to pop. The entire family has recorded music professionally. "The Winans," a quartet of all the
boys in the family (but BeBe), became one of the most celebrated groups in gospel music. BeBe was their driver before he and his twin sister branched out and became a noted cross-over favorite. Their hit-making career was recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


But in DC,the audience will have the rare opportunity to experience BeBe as a solo act.


With a voice made of velvet and steel, the Detroit bred artist will deliver selections from his repertoire as
well as from the BeBe and CeCe catalog. Concert-goers could hear a blend of his very own “In Harm’s Way”,
the duo’s Grammy- winning “Addictive Love,” or a pick from his latest album en homage to our nation
called “America, America.” The seasoned performer says guest can count on enjoying the show.

"I have learned to just have a good time. I am excited to have an evening of something I have not done in a
while, so" says Winans, "If you come out you're going to have a good time."

Ticket prices are $35-$45 and can be purchased online. The concert will be hosted by Patrick Ellis of
"Morning Glory" airing on 96.3 FM, WHUR.


CONCERT DETAILS AT A GLANCE
BeBe Winans at Lisner Auditorium @ 8 PM. May 11th, 2013
730 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052
Hosted by 96.3 Sunday Morning Gospel’s Patrick Ellis
Tickets available at www.Lisner.org or by phone at 202-994-6800

MEDIA CONTACT
Contact Jireh Communications Group to schedule an interview with Mr. Winans or for concert review
credentials (703) 986-3464 or info@jirehcreative.com.




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