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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Funeral services for Donna and Donald Creer announced

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The life and legacy of prominent gospel radio announcer Donna Grady Creer and her husband Donald will include a Memorial Musical to honor the couple on June 20 in Little Rock, AK and a live stream of their funeral services on June 21.

The couple died in a fire inside their Little Rock home on June 12 under suspicious circumstances.  Sgt. Cassandra Davis of the Little Rock Police Departments said Wednesday the deaths do not appear to be "accidental" and an investigation and autopsy are underway.

Affectionately known as "Lady Donna," the Radio Hall of Fame member impacted numerous lives beyond her duties. According to Vicki Mac Lataillade founder of Gospocentric label that birth the career of Kirk Franklin, Creer was the first to play Franklin's  "The Reason Why I sing."
 "She called me & said it was a hit and said that she would call her friends in radio and encourage them to play 'Reason Why We Sing.' She loved my daughters and insisted that I send her pictures . . .I miss her already," Lataillade said in a Facebook post.

Donald Creer was reportedly and airline attendant and opera singer.

The outcry as well as the  outpouring of love and support for the loss of the Creers online has been overwhelming.

Funeral arrangements for the couple  are as follows:

Viewing for Donald & Donna CreerThursday, June 20th 12noon to 6pmRobinson Mortuary1201 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. DrLittle Rock, AR 72202

Memorial Musical in Honor of Donald & Donna CreerThursday, June 20th @ 6:30pmGreater St. Mark Church5722 W. 12th StreetLittle Rock, AR 72204(501) 663-3955

Funeral Services for Donald & Donna CreerFriday, June 21st @ 11:00amGreater St. Mark Church5722 W. 12th StreetLittle Rock, AR 72204(501) 663-3955

SERVICES WILL BE STREAMED LIVE at: http://smark.org/content/livestream 


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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Winners of National Most Powerful Voices Gospel Competition Selected! Contestants and Voters Engage In Stroke Awareness.

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(Dallas, Texas) (June 12, 2013) -- The votes have been tallied, and the 2013 Grand Prize winner of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s  4th annual Most Powerful Voices Gospel competition is Vetrea Slack Ruffin from Harvest, Alabama.  Vetrea beat out 651 artists for the coveted title and will receive:

•    The opportunity to perform at a concert with Light Records artists, including $2,500  
•       $1,500 cash and a digital single on iTunes from Light Records
•       Personal coaching by a renowned Light Records gospel artist 
•       $5,000 in musical instruments and gear from Roland Corporation
•       National recognition on UP TV’s Digital Download of the week

The top 10 finalists were judged by gospel music industry leaders including Michelle Williams (formerly of Destiny’s Child), James Robinson, former senior vice president/general manager of Light Records, and holy hip hop artist Flame. 

More than 9 thousand fans voted for their favorite and Nikea Marie Jones from Woodbridge, Virginia was chosen as the Fan Favorite.  The top 10 artists will receive prize packs from Light Records.

Most Powerful Voices is an annual online gospel competition of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Power To End Stroke cause campaign.  In conjunction with UP TV, Light Records and Roland Corporation, the competition helps the association to educate people, especially African- Americans, about stroke, the No. 4 cause of death for all Americans and the No. 1 preventable cause of disability.

"I entered this competition because it was unique, and I felt it was a wonderful opportunity for my group to be heard. Our ministry’s message is focused on healing the total person.  This competition focuses on a cause that I believe in.  My mother passed away in November 2001 after having a massive heart attack.  The American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association has given us a platform to focus our ministry towards raising community awareness about the prevention of heart disease and stroke, " says Vetrea.

When people registered to vote or compete in the competition, they also received monthly e-newsletters from the American Stroke Association’s Power To End Stroke campaign and other information to help them to reduce their risk of stroke.
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Sunday, June 9, 2013

2013 Tony Awards Winners List, Cicely's moment

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Neil Patrick Harris hosted a fabulous, fun, evening of firsts at the Tony's Sunday night.  He received a standing ovation following a high energy opening performance that involved singing, dancing, and rapping.

The legendary Cicely Tyson, 79, won her first Tony for Best Leading Actress followed by a standing ovation. Tyson said she had not been on Broadway in thirty years and wanted to give the theater one more shot.  In a thoughtful and classy acceptance speech she said,  "I'm the sole surviving member of my immediate family. I've asked over and over again why," she said. "I now know why."
Courtyney B. Vance accepted the first award of the evening for he said his wife, Actress Angela Bassett was responsible for his decision to take the part.
Actress Cicely Tyson won her first Emmy on June 9, 2013. She wore a stunning royal blue  gown made of satin horizontal ruffles designed by . Michael.


 Here is the complete winners list:


2013 Tony Award Winners

Best Musical: Kinky Boots
Best Revival of a Musical: Pippin
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Patina Miller, Pippin
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play: Cicely Tyson, The Trip To Bountiful
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: Tracy Letts, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Billy Porter, Kinky Boots
Best Book of a Musical: Matilda The Musical
Best Revival of a Play: Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?
Best Play: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Andrea Martin, Pippin
Best Scenic Design of a Play: John Lee Beatty, The Nance
Best Scenic Design of a Musical: Rob Howell, Matilda The Musical
Best Lighting Design of a Play: Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, Lucky Guy
Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Hugh Vanstone, Matilda The Musical
Best Choreography: Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theater: Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots
Best Direction of a Play: Pam MacKinnon, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?
Best Direction of a Musical: Diane Paulus, Pippin
Best Sound Design of a Play: Leon Rothenberg, The Nance
Best Sound Design of a Musical: John Shivers, Kinky Boots
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Gabriel Ebert, Matilda The Musical
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Judith Light, The Assembled Parties
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Courtney B. Vance, Lucky Guy
Best Costume Design of a Play: Ann Roth, The Nance
Best Costume Design of a Musical: William Ivey Long, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Best Orchestrations: Stephen Oremus, Kinky Boots
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