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Friday, May 24, 2013

Openly Gay Boy Scouts are now allowed to join the organization

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By Mona Austin

After 103 years, the Boys Scouts of America (BSA) has lifted its ban on gays.  During a vote on the matter yesterday, 61 percent of the 1400 leaders participating approved of opening membership to gay boys.  Gay adults can still  not become members.

The Boys Scout Pledge ends with a promise "to keep myself morally straight."  Many members and parents in the organization do not believe this promise has been kept and will be removing their support.  A loss of sponsorship is also anticipated as a part of the fall out, despite a clear majority of the leaders deciding to step away from tradition.
Updated on May 28:


The BSA released the following statement:
The approximate 1,400 voting members of the Boy Scouts of America's National Council approved a resolution to remove the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation alone. The resolution also reinforces that Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether heterosexual or homosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting. A change to the current membership policy for adult leaders was not under consideration; thus, the policy for adults remains in place.
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION

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PRAYER FOR PEACE, MEMORIAL DAY, 2013
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Since our Nation's earliest days, America has been blessed with an unbroken chain of patriots who have served our country with honor and distinction. From Concord to the Korengal, generations of brave warriors have fought for freedom across sand and snow, over mud and mountains, into lonely deserts and through crowded streets. Today, we pay tribute to those patriots who never came back -- who fought for a home to which they never returned, and died for a country whose gratitude they will always have.

Scripture teaches us that "greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." On Memorial Day, we remember those we have lost not only for what they fought for, but who they were: proud Americans, often far too young, guided by deep and abiding love for their families, for each other, and for this country. Our debt to them is one we can never fully repay. But we can honor their sacrifice and strive to be a Nation equal to their example. On this and every day, we must meet our obligations to families of the fallen; we must uphold our sacred trust with our veterans, our service members, and their loved ones.

Above all, we can honor those we have lost by living up to the ideals they died defending. It is our charge to preserve liberty, to advance justice, and to sow the seeds of peace. With courage and devotion worthy of the heroes we remember today, let us rededicate ourselves to those unending tasks, and prove once more that America's best days are still ahead. Let us pray the souls of those who died in war rest in eternal peace, and let us keep them and their families close in our hearts, now and forever.

In honor of all of our fallen service members, the Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 11, 1950, as amended (36 U.S.C. 116), has requested the President issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer. The Congress, by Public Law 106-579, has also designated 3:00 p.m. local time on that day as a time for all Americans to observe, in their own way, the National Moment of Remembrance.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Memorial Day, May 27, 2013, as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate the hour beginning in each locality at 11:00 a.m. of that day as a time to unite in prayer. I also ask all Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day.

I request the Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff until noon on this Memorial Day on all buildings, grounds, and naval vessels throughout the United States and in all areas under its jurisdiction and control. I also request the people of the United States to display the flag at half-staff from their homes for the customary forenoon period.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
twenty-fourth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.
BARACK OBAMA
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Let us pray: Teddy Campbell asks fans to fast and pray for his marraige

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Teddy Campbell, the husband of Mary Mary's Tina Campbell is asking for prayer and fasting to help save their marriage. Tina admitted to wanting a divorce in the past and attempting to stab her husband  after learning he'd cheated in the current issue of Ebony Magazine.

Now, Teddy is talking.

For the first time since news broke of his affair, Mr. Campbell responded this morning via Facebook, admitting that he has struggled with sexual morality.  However, since their family secret was revealed matters have worsened he said.

The "Tonight Show with Jay Leno"  drummer  and member of the "Soulseekers," sent out an S.O.S for prayer and fasting .  He said that while Tina's hope for healing turned to despair, they are now "mad at the devil and ready to fight," but the prayers of others will really help.

During the second season of the hit WeTV reality show "Mary Mary," Tina made an effort to spend more time with her husband and family and ultimately would sacrifice touring with the group for marriage and family.  This story line showed there were signs of "trouble in paradise," but Tina's confession in the magazine came as a surprise to viewers/fans.

Mr. Campbell's post ends with James 5:16, a scripture that tells Believers to confess their sins to each other as the prayers of the righteous can be effective. The couple have four young children together.  Teddy has a daughter from a previous relationship.

Exposing this private matter publicly appears to be a last resort and desperate cry for help on both Tina and Teddy's part.

We wish the Campbell's all the best and hope their story has a happy ending, but can't help but wonder if and how their raw confessions will benefit the couple or others.

Read the entire post here:

Hi fans and friends. I hope all of you are well and i thank you for all the love and support you've shown me. 

Well, Im actually writing you on behalf of my wife Tina and I. Im assuming that many of you have seen or heard about our article in Ebony that discussed the challenges of overcoming infidelity in our marriage. Well since the article, the challenges have worsened. My wife's hope turned into hopelessness & despair and she became unwilling to forgive and fight, until God showed her herself.

My struggle, was with sexual immorality but my wife struggled with anger, rage, unforgiveness, pride, just to name a few, for over 2 decades. The devil wanted to use strongholds that took hold of our lives in our childhood, to remain and destroy us as adults. So now instead of being mad at each other we're mad at the devil and we're ready to fight.

Today we began a 30 day fast (May 24th-June 22nd) for complete deliverance & restoration.

If u are able to, please fast and/or pray daily that God would answer our prayer and give us a deeper love & commitment to him and to each other. We believe he still works miracles and he can give us the greatest marriage we could have ever imagined. We can pray alone BUT your prayers will certainly help. 

2 Chronicles 7:14
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

James 5:16
"Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much."

Thanks in advance. Talk to you in 30 days.


In light of this story and the numerous scandals that have surfaced among well known Christians, several questions arose:


Is it wise for Christian celebrities to openly reveal their indiscretions?

Should they handle this issue with marriage counseling from a pastor or professional counselor before giving up?

Will being "transparent and real" to the masses have a positive or negative impact on those struggling in their marriages?

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Students Face Higher Loan Interest Rates Thanks To Julia Brownley

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Brownley Owes Voters An Explanation After Her Vote Today

WASHINGTON – Today, Julia Brownley inexplicably voted against legislation that would work to lower student loan interest rates. The bill, which received bipartisan support, would prevent student loan interest rates from increasing on July 1st.

Now, thanks to Brownley and her fellow Democrats, students across the country could see a rise in their rates. Brownley owes an explanation to the many hard-working students in California whose rates are at risk because of her own intransigence. It’s time she put aside her allegiance to Nancy Pelosi and her liberal agenda and start supporting common-sense legislation like this.
 “It’s not surprising that Julia Brownley chose to put politics over a bill to prevent student loan rate hikes,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “California voters deserve an explanation as to why she would vote against a common-sense bill that garnered bipartisan support.”

Julia Brownley Voted To Allow Student Loan Interest Rates To Increase. (H.R. 1911, Roll Call Vote 183, 221-198, 5/23/13)

Today’s Bill Prevents Interest Rates From Doubling On Millions Of Student Loan Borrowers And Removes Politicians From Setting Student Loan Rates, Which President Obama Has Requested. “The House Republicans' proposal would tie loan rates to the interest rate on a 10-year Treasury note, plus 2.5%, with a cap that would prevent the interest rate on Stafford loans from rising above 8.5%.” (Susan Davis, “House Begins Effort To Head Off Student Loan Increase,” USA Today, 5/22/13)
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

SiriusXM's Praise Channel to Become Kirk Franklin's Praise

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NEW YORK-May 22, 2013- Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) announced today that its gospel music channel, Praise, will become Kirk Franklin's Praise, a commercial-free music channel executive produced by multi-Grammy® Award-winning, multi-platinum selling, crossover gospel artist Kirk Franklin.

Kirk Franklin's Praise channel will give SiriusXM listeners the opportunity to hear contemporary and classic gospel music from artists such as Shirley Caesar, Fred Hammond, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Sapp, Isaac Carree, LeAndria, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Mali Music and Lecrae. 

Kirk Franklin's Praise will be available via satellite on channel 64, and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online atsiriusxm.com. The 24/7 commercial-free gospel music channel will launch on Friday, May 24, at 12:00 pm ET.

Kirk Franklin will celebrate the launch of Kirk Franklin's Praise with a live performance and an intimate Q&A in front of an audience of SiriusXM listeners for SiriusXM's "Artist Confidential" series. The performance will air on Kirk Franklin's Praise channel, on Monday, May 27 at 8:00 am ET and throughout the following week.  SiriusXM's "Artist Confidential" with Kirk Franklin will also be available on SiriusXM On Demand for listeners listening via the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smartphones and other mobile devices or online atsiriusxm.com. Visit www.siriusxm.com/ondemand for more information on SiriusXM On Demand.

"I am so honored and excited to be able to have this platform to bring music fans the biggest stars and the freshest new talents in Gospel music," said Mr. Franklin. "Over the years, SiriusXM has shown a real commitment to Gospel music and I am proud to be working alongside their staff to build this new channel."

"We are thrilled to have Kirk Franklin bring his passion and enthusiasm to SiriusXM and help change how gospel music is heard"," said Steve Blatter, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Music Programming, SiriusXM.

SiriusXM listeners will also continue hearing Houston-based Pastor Rudy Rasmus sharing his unique style of applying love to real-life, spiritually uplifting and motivational situations on his weekly Love Revolution show, airing Sundays at 12:00 pm ET, with an encore broadcast on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm ET.  Popular hosts Gina Rogers, Meta Washington, and Fred Mills will also continue presenting gospel music to SiriusXM listeners.

For nearly two decades, Franklin has been a multi-platinum-selling pioneer in gap-bridging musicianship, uniting audiences across gospel, hip hop, pop and R&B. His irresistible rhythms and rhapsodies have resulted in albums that consistently top both Billboard's Gospel and Christian charts, as well as ascend triumphantly into the Top 10 of the R&B/Hip Hop chart. His unprecedented penetration into the mainstream has fortified him to also become a New York Times bestselling author for The Blueprint: A Plan for Living Above Life's Storms (Gotham/Penguin). Franklin is also the host and executive producer of the gospel talent show "Sunday Best," the highest-rated gospel program in BET network history now heading into its sixth season. To date, the trendsetter has garnered nine Grammy Awards, 39 Stellar Awards, 16 Dove Awards (CCM), eight NAACP Image Awards, two BET Awards, an American Music Award, a Soul Train Award and numerous others.

More recently, Mr. Franklin has been hard at work alongside the House of Blues creating a brand new Gospel brunch experience.  Kirk Franklin's Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues debuted this month at all of the HOB locations around the country and will continue each and every Sunday (check local clubs for times).

Kirk Franklin's Praise joins SiriusXM's roster of channels created with iconic artists, including Bruce Springsteen's E Street Radio, Ozzy Osbourne's Ozzy's Boneyard, Pearl Jam Radio, Eminem's Shade 45, Willie Nelson's Willie's Roadhouse, B.B. King's Bluesville, Elvis Radio, Jimmy Buffett's Radio Margaritaville and Siriusly Sinatra.

SiriusXM's "Artist Confidential" series features important and timeless names in music sitting down for candid interviews, intimate conversations exclusively with SiriusXM studio audience members, and live performances.  SiriusXM's "Artist Confidential" series has featured Paul McCartney, Santana, Coldplay, Phil Collins, Foreigner, Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt, Rush, Smashing Pumpkins, Moody Blues, Robert Plant, Sting, Bob Weir and over 100 others.

For more information on SiriusXM, please visit www.siriusxm.com
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Songwriter Carole King to be honored at the White House

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  All-star tribute to honor Carole King in the Nation's Capitol

Tonight Carole King ("You Got A Friend," "I Feel the Earth") will be the first woman to receive the distinguished Gershwin Prize presented by the Library of Congress.  Musicians who have achieved the magnanimous level of success associated with the Gershwin Brothers (George and Ira: "Summertime"), whose manuscripts reside in the Library of Congress.    King will received the honor for her contributions to Popular Songs, which boasts numerous standards from the 1970's. 

The program will include performances by King, as well as The all-star tribute will include performances by Patti Austin, Colbie Caillat, Michael Feinstein, Siedah Garrett, Louise Goffin, Shelby Lynne, Gian Marco, Arturo Sandoval.
 
The President’s remarks as well as the rest of the event will be streamed live on www.whitehouse.gov/live starting at 7:00 PM ET.  “Carole King: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize In Performance at the White House” will be broadcast Tuesday, May 28 at 8:00 PM ET on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings). 

 

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Chad Johnson arrested for violating probation

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Chad Johnson, AKA Chad Ochocinco, was arrested on a parole violation  yesterday.  The 35-year-old ex Miami Dolphins wide receiver missed two meetings with parole officers according to TMZ. When  Johnson appeared in the Broward County courtroom, a judge ordered him to be arrested and jaiiled. Johnson was out of Florida at the time he was called to court.

Johnson was on probation for a domestic dispute involving his ex-wife, Evelyn Lozado, formerly of  Basketball Wives."
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Monday, May 20, 2013

Miguel's accidental jump at Billboard Awards

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Ouch!  Did he just land on her neck?  That's what most viewers wondered as R&B singer Miguel attempted to jump over the fan pit and narrowly missed it as his boot came crashing down onto a fan's head at last night's 2013 Billboard Music Awards. Although he kept singing his hit single "Adorn" the failed kick-landing looked like it was painful for him and injurious to at least two fans.  The impact knocked one spectator's glasses off and the other collapsed to the ground! Fellow fans played it off, toying  with the camera as if they saw nothing!  Thankfully, according to a tweet the woman he kicked is fine. The 27-year-old tweeted “got caught up in moment, thank goodness Khyati is okay.” (It appears the other fan's glasses were just knocked off, so hopefully she is okay too.).

MUST SEE! CLICK THE VIDEO ABOVE to SEE MIGUEL ACCIDENTALLY DROP KICK A FAN DURING BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARD PERFORMANCE.

Miguel is up for four 2013 BET Awards.  Let's hope he has learned a lesson and  doesn't get the urge to fly again! Let's also hope he "adorns" the young ladies with more than an apology.
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TRAILER: THIRD SEASON OF “Teen Wolf”


TEEN WOLF, PREMIERING MONDAY, JUNE 3 AT 10:00 P.M. ET/PT
Network to Air Hour-Long Special “Teen Wolf: Back to the Pack” on Monday, May 27 at 10:00 P.M. ET/PT, Plus Season Two Marathon on June 3 Beginning at 10:00 A.M. ET/PT 
 
New York, NY (May 20, 2013)—MTV released today the season three trailer for its hit scripted series "Teen Wolf" which will premiere the first half of its supersized 24-episode third season on Monday, June 3 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.  To check out the trailer, click here.
 
Season three will pick up four months after the events that nearly ended Jackson's life and resurrected Peter Hale's, when teen werewolf Scott McCall and his friends Stiles, Lydia and Allison begin their Junior year of high school unaware that a new threat has arrived in Beacon Hills: a deadly pack of Alpha werewolves intent on bringing Derek into their fold.  In the season three premiere, a new Alpha Pack arrives to wreak havoc on Scott's life while Derek and Isaac struggle to locate Erica and Boyd.
 
MTV will air the hour-long special “Teen Wolf: Back to the Pack” on Monday, May 27 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT to give viewers a chance to catch up on all the action, scares, laughs and romance from the first two seasons of “Teen Wolf.”  Fans will have access to behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast as they look back at seasons one and two, plus look forward with a special season three sneak peek.
Need to catch up on season two?  MTV will air a season two marathon from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Monday, June 3.  Tyler Posey, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden and Daniel Sharman will be on hand to offer insights about episodes, answer fan questions and give behind-the-scenes tidbits.  In addition, the second season DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will be released tomorrow, May 21, and will include exclusive special features such as alternate, deleted and extended scenes; commentary from Executive Producer Jeff Davis, a gag reel, fight choreography, shirtless montage 2.0 and much more.  To catch up on seasons one and two, fans can visit MTV.com, Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, Amazon, Xbox and xfinity.tv for complete access to every “Teen Wolf” episode.
As previously announced, season three will also feature several new faces in Beacon Hills, including: Ethan and Aiden as twin Alpha werewolves and played by Charlie and Max Carver; Gideon Emery as Deucalion, leader of the Alpha werewolves; Kali, an Alpha werewolf played by Felisha Terrell; Brian Patrick Wade as Ennis, an Alpha werewolf who is a force of pure brutality; and Cora, a tough 17-year-old, who has ties to the Beacon Hills werewolf line, played by Adelaide Kane.  This season will also mark the return of series stars Tyler Posey as Scott McCall, Crystal Reed as Allison Argent, Dylan O'Brien as Stiles, Tyler Hoechlin as Derek Hale and Holland Roden as Lydia Martin.
The third season comes on the heels of a highly successful second season in which the show was the #1 cable series among P12-34 in its time period and averaged a 1.6 rating among P12-34, marking a 7-percent increase over season one.
Source: Nielsen. Live+SD. Ssn 2: 6/3/12-8/13/12. Ranked on 000s.
For more ways to connect with “Teen Wolf,” follow the show on @MTVTeenWolf or like it on Facebook.
"Teen Wolf" was developed by Jeff Davis (creator, "Criminal Minds") who also serves as executive producer.  Additional executive producers include Marty Adelstein ("Prison Break"), René Echevarria ("MEDIUM," "Castle"), Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley.  Russell Mulcahy ("Highlander," "Resident Evil: Extinction") is co-executive producer.  The pilot was written by Jeff Davis and Jeph Loeb & Matthew Weisman and directed by Russell Mulcahy.  The "Teen Wolf" series is based on a Screenplay by Jeph Loeb & Matthew Weisman.  Justin Levy is the MTV executives in charge of production.  The series is a co-production with, and distributed by, MGM, in association with Lost Marbles Productions, Inc., First Cause, Inc. and DiGa.
About MTV      
MTV is the world’s premier youth entertainment brand.   With a global reach of more than a half-billion households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people.  MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its Emmy®, Grammy® and Peabody® award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile.  MTV’s sibling networks MTV2 and mtvU each deliver unparalleled customized content for young males, music fans and college students, and its online hub MTV.com is a leading destination for music, news and pop culture.  MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  For more information, go to www.mtvpress.com.
About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and distribution of film and television content globally.  The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content.  In addition, MGM has investments in domestic and international television channels, including MGM-branded channels. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.
About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is a recognized global industry leader and a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film, a News Corporation company. Representing over 75 years of innovative and award-winning filmmaking from Twentieth Century Fox, TCFHE is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming, acquisitions and original productions as well as all third party distribution partners on DVD, Blu-ray™, Digital Copy, Digital HD™, and VOD (video-on-demand). Each year TCFHE introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets from mass merchants and warehouse clubs to specialty stores and e-commerce throughout the world.
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DONALD TRUMP CROWNS MULTI-PLATINUM COUNTRY STAR TRACE ADKINS AS WINNER OF FIRST “ALL-STAR CELEBRITY APPRENTICE”

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“All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” Raises Over $3,000,000 
for Charity This Season a Record Number for the Show
Country star Trace Adkins becomes the fist Celebrity Apprentice on May 19, 2013, pictured with the show's originator Donald Trump.


New York, NY – May 19, 2013 – Host and executive producer, Donald J. Trump, named multi-platinum country star Trace Adkins as the first-ever All-Star Celebrity Apprentice in tonight’s live season finale, concluding a dramatic and closely watched sixth season of “The Celebrity Apprentice” (Sunday, 9-11pm ET.)  Adkins beat Las Vegas superstar Penn Jillette in the exciting finale held at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, which was followed by a party at Cipriani 42nd Street sponsored by Walgreens. Five year's ago Adkins was the runner up.

In addition to the celebrated boardroom showdown, the finale revealed that Adkins’ designated charity will receive the $250,000 prize, which will be added to the show’s total charity earnings for the season of $3,332,000.  Adkins raised a total of $1,554,072 for American Red Cross, while Jillette raised a total of $598,655 for Opportunity Village.

Jillette also received $100,000 from Walgreens for creating the top selling signature celebrity flavor of Good & DeLish™ premium ice cream, bringing his charity total to $698,655.  The products, Adkins’ “Maple Macadamia Mash-Up” and Jillette’s “Vanilla & Chocolate Magic Swirtle,” were sold in Walgreens and Duane Reade stores nationwide last week.

In addition, Mr. Trump awarded fan-favorite contestant Lil Jon $100,000 for his chosen charity, American Diabetes Association.

“We had the All-Star players this season and Trace clearly demonstrated that he has what it takes to be a winner,” said Mr. Trump. “As our new Celebrity Apprentice, he proved to have the winning strategy throughout the intense schedule and tough boardrooms. He was also able to win $1,554,072 for his charity, American Red Cross.  I congratulate him on his win - Trace is a star all the way and now joins Piers Morgan, Joan Rivers, Bret Michaels, John Rich and Arsenio Hall as winners of the toughest reality show on television today.  I’d also like to salute Penn, who was also a very impressive player.”

“Sometimes in life we begin a task wondering if it’s the right thing to do," said Adkins. "Tonight, I can proudly say that competing on the show a second time ended up being a very good thing.  I was honored to play for the American Red Cross – they came to my family’s aid when we needed them and I am a man who repays my debts. They deserve this bonus check for $250,000 from Mr. Trump and I also must thank the Nashville COMMUNITY and all my friends who contributed to the fund-raising efforts all season long.  At any hour of the day, there is an American Red Cross volunteer selflessly helping others and they deserve our support.  I’d also like to congratulate Opportunity Village for finding the ultimate supporter in Penn Jillette. He is a man of integrity and compassion who I am glad to call my friend.”

In the episode before the finale, Mr. Trump shocked the final four contestants by calling them back to the boardroom just minutes after the previous task ended.  After asking all four contestants to make their case, he chose Adkins and Jillette as the finalists.  Trump then issued the last, and most challenging task – to create a signature Good & DeLish™ premium ice cream flavor to be sold in Walgreens and Duane Reade stores, then design packaging, produce a promotional video and sell tickets to an ice cream social event.  Six celebrity contestants returned to help them and the two finalists had to work together to bring star power and entertainment to a shared event space.

In addition to Walgreens, this season’s sponsors included Australian Gold, Farouk Hair Systems’ Chi and BioSilk products, Foxwoods Resorts, Kraft, LG Electronics, and The South African Tourism Board.

When the season began on March 3, the women included “Taxi” star and best-selling author Marilu Henner; entertainment icon La Toya Jackson; television/radio personality and actress Claudia Jordan;  “The Apprentice” original all-star Omarosa; actress, host and author Lisa Rinna, and Playmate of the Year Brande Roderick.

The men included multi-platinum country star Trace Adkins; actor, author, and entrepreneur Stephen Baldwin; Academy Award-nominated actor Gary Busey; magician, master illusionist and Vegas superstar Penn Jillette; DJ artist, rap star and entrepreneur Lil Jon; Poison frontman Bret Michaels; NBA Hall-of-Famer Dennis Rodman, and rock star and Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider.
This season, Mr. Trump’s advisors included Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Eric Trump as well as former “Celebrity Apprentice” winners Piers Morgan, Joan Rivers, John Rich and Arsenio Hall.
“All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” is produced by Mark Burnett in association with Trump Productions. Mark Burnett, Donald Trump, Page Feldman, and Eric Van Wagenen are executive producers. Sadoux Kim, Johnny Petillo and Michael Dietz are co-executive producers.
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