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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Charges thrown out of court in Elmo puppeteer sex scandal

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Sex Offender charges against Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash have been dropped. New York federal judge Kevin Koeltl tossed the case out of court on Monday due to a statute of limitations on when such charges can be filed. The filing time frame is six years after the cause of action or three years after the plaintiff turns 21 court documents say.
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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

"Fatherlessness: The Epidemic" is no filming in New Orleans

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POWERHOUSE PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCES FILMING OF NEW DOCUMENTARY WITH DR. STEVE PERRY, "FATHERLESSNESS: THE EPIDEMIC"
PRODUCED BY THE MAKERS OF "G. GARVIN'S ROAD TRIP"


LOS ANGELES, July 2, 2013 PowerHouse Productions, the award-winning television production company based in New Jersey, has announced filming will start this week on their latest project, "Fatherlessness: The Epidemic," a new documentary hosted and co-produced by Dr. Steve Perry.  Interview segments and roundtable discussions for the documentary will be taped in New Orleans during the Essence Music Festival.  Additional shooting will take place in other cities throughout the country this summer.

"Fatherlessness: The Epidemic," will take an inside look at the impact of young African-American men who have no relationship with their fathers, and the effect it has on the Black community.  There is an alarming epidemic sweeping through urban America at a devastating pace, which has been attributed to high crime and incarceration rates, greater risk of drug and alcohol abuse, poor high school graduation trends, and an increased chance of living in poverty. 
Dr. Steve Perry, one of America's most-loved educators, will engage in in-depth conversations with sons, fathers, mentors, politicians, educators, clergy, businessmen, and entertainers, among others, to hear real stories, form real solutions, and showcase programs that offer real hope.
The documentary, "Fatherlessness: The Epidemic," is a natural extension for
PowerHouse Productions and Dr. Steve Perry, as they previously worked together on the critically-acclaimed television series, "Save My Son," which currently airs on TV One.  The powerful program was the catalyst for candidly discussing issues affecting young Black men, especially fatherlessness, and was nominated for a NAACP Image Award.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

BET AWARDS 13 IS THE #1 AWARD SHOW ON CABLE AMONG ADULTS 18-49, DRAWING 7.6 MILLION TOTAL VIEWERS

NEW YORK, July 1, 2013 - For the second consecutive year, the live premiere of the BET AWARDS 13 on Sunday, June 30, is cable’s #1 award show among adults 18-49, drawing 7.6 million total viewers and accounting for 51% of all social chatter across all of cable, dominating Twitter with nearly ten million tweets. With an average 4.7 million households tuning in, this blockbuster special is now the #2 BET telecast of all time, only behind the BET Awards 09 Michael Jackson tribute. Consistently ranking among the top five cable awards show for the past two years among total viewers, this year's show, which aired from 8:00 p.m.-11:39p.m.*, featured performances and appearances by Mariah Carey, Chris Brown, Justin Timberlake, Jamie Foxx, Nicki Minaj, Erykah Badu, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Stevie Wonder and Janelle Monáe. The 106 & PARK pre-show was the #1 BET evening telecast for the season and the after-party post show was the #1 Sunday late night cable telecast for the season among adults 18-49. The post-show also ranks as the #2 BET AWARDS post-show telecast ever, only behind the BET AWARDS 09 post show (Michael Jackson tribute year). BET AWARDS 13 was this year’s #2 award show on television among women 18-49 only behind the GRAMMY Awards and posted triple digit time slot gains against this season’s Sunday primetime shows.

The first ever BET Experience at L.A. LIVE in partnership with AEG, one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world, drew 100,000 attendees to the downtown Los Angeles area for an electrifying three days and nights of music, film screenings, seminars, 106 & PARK live tapings, a Taste of Soul food festival, BET GRAMMY® Museum exhibit, comedy shows and concerts featuring a-list talent including Beyoncé, Miguel, The Roots,  J. Cole, Mike Epps, Cedric the Entertainer, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, R. Kelly, The Jacksons and New Edition.

The live telecast of BET AWARDS 13 dominated the digital and social media world with BET.com breaking an all-time single day record, drawing in more visitors than ever before in the history of the website. Daily unique visitors were up 39% from last year’s show while page views increased by 43% and video views were up 142% from last year’s day of show.  BET Mobile also smashed records, generating more page views and engagement than any other year in the network’s history. Mobile page views on the day of show were up 65% from last year, with app users performing 187,000 social actions on the day of show, an eight –fold increase over 2012. Mobile users were also fervently engaged in app features with over 45,000 app users playing the all-new “Hustle” leader board game for a chance to win fame and prizes and casting an average of 150 votes per person in June, an increase of 60% over 2012. Additional highlights include:

• The BET AWARDS 13 ranked #1 on both SocialGuide and Trendrr.TV’s charts measuring social media engagement for television
• The BET AWARDS 13 had a 76% increase in trending topics on Twitter over 2012
• From a social standpoint, the BET AWARDS 13 outperformed major 2013 tent-pole events including the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards
• More than a 100,000 posts on Instagram were tagged using our official hashtag #BETAwards
• The pre and post shows combined generated nearly half a million social interactions.  Both telecasts placed in the top 10 of most social television shows on June 30, 2013
Stephen G. Hill, BET’s President of Music Programming and Specials, Lynne Harris Taylor, BET’s Vice President of Specials, served as Executive Producers for the BET AWARDS 13, along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.

Official sponsors of The BET AWARDS 13 include Cadillac, Coca-Cola, Dominos, Ford, Macy’s, State Farm and Subway.
For a list of winners from the BET AWARDS 13, please visit http://www.bet.com/betawards Get u.p-to-the-minute reactions about the BET AWARDS 13 by following @BETAWARDS on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com).

The BET AWARDS 13 will premiere Tuesday, July 2nd at 8 pm BST on BET’s international network in the UK and Africa, reaching more than 13 million households in 50+ countries.
Encore times for the BET AWARDS 13
BET Encore #1:
Tuesday, July 2, 6:30 pm – 10 pm
BET Awards Encore #2:
Saturday, July 6, 8 pm – 11:30 pm
BET Awards Encore #3:
Thursday, July 11, 7:30 pm – 11 pm
*All times ET/PT
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Oprah's Life Class to tak epart in T.D. Jakes' Megafest

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Oprah Winfrey and Bishop T.D. Jakes share a light moment during "Oprah's LifeClass" taping.  The pair will reunite in Dallas, TX for "Oprah's LifeClass" live at MegaFest 2013. (photo credit: Courtesy of OWN)

Los Angeles, CA - Oprah Winfrey will travel to Dallas, Texas to film an all-new episode of her popular OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network series "Oprah's Lifeclass" at MegaFest 2013, Bishop T.D. Jakes' multi-day event, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, August 29, 2013.

Tickets to attend the show will be available for purchase starting Friday, July 5 at 1 p.m. ET via www.tdjakes.org/oprahslifeclass.

Oprah will take the stage in one of the world's most social experiences on television to kick-off MegaFest 2013 at 9:30 a.m. CT. She will be joined by Bishop Jakes and together they will continue the important work of reaching out to the many fatherless sons and daughters who are struggling and in need of healing. Earlier this season on "Oprah's Lifeclass," Oprah and spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant started the in-depth conversation around fatherless sons and daddyless daughters, a crisis affecting nearly 21 million children in the United States today*, that elicited a strong and passionate viewer response.

*Source: U.S. Census Bureau 

The episode of "Oprah's Lifeclass" will air in September on OWN.
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Monday, July 1, 2013

2013 BET Award Winners

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The BET Awards were held in the Nokia Theater in downtown last night and broadcast live on the network. The winners are:


Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Rihanna


Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Miguel
Best Group
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Collaboration
A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar – Problems
Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Kendrick Lamar 

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Nicki Minaj
Video of the Year
Drake – Started From The Bottom
Video Director of the Year
Benny Boom
Best New Artist
Kendrick Lamar

Best Gospel Artist
Mary Mary
Best Actress
Kerry Washington

Best Actor
Jamie Foxx
YoungStars Award
Gabrielle Douglas
Best Movie
Think Like A Man
Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Gabrielle Douglas
Subway Sportsman of the Year
LeBron James
Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award 
Drake – Started From The Bottom
Centric Award
Tamar Braxton – Love and War
Best International Act: Africa
Ice Prince (Nigeria)
Best International Act: UK
Emeli Sandé

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Sunday, June 30, 2013

2013 BET Awards To Air Huge Show Where 'Anything Could Happen' (View Performers)

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BET Networks will cap off its first BET Experience weekend with the live broadcast of the 2013 BET Awards (#BET AWARDS, @ 2013 BET AWARDS.  The BET Experience is a music festival that offers a hodgepodge of event sand activities. Over 40,000 people took over downtown LA to participate in the festivities. The acts are all major.  Beyonce kicked off the North American leg of her two days ago.  As an added bonus, R. Kelly is closing the BET Awards ’13 and will dash from the Nokia theater to head over to the Staples Center immediately after to open the BET Experience concert. 



An entire stage was dedicted to gospel artists today.  Hats off and good luck to all the 
Best Gospel nominees



Deitrick Haddon



Lecrae

Tamela Mann

Mary Mary*

Marvin Sapp

(Mary Mary is also nominated for best group.)

The  2013 BET Awards performers are a good mix from all areas of music below:

  • 2 Chainz
  • A$AP Rocky
  • Charlie Wilson
  • Chris Brown
  • Ciara
  • Erykah Badu
  • India Arie
  • J. Cole
  • Jamie Foxx
  • Janelle Monáe
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Kirk Franklin
  • Mariah Carey
  • Miguel
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Pharrell Williams
  • R. Kelly
  • Robin Thicke
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Stevie Wonder
  • T.I.

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