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Friday, August 2, 2013

ELLEN DEGENERES RETURNS TO HOST THE OSCARS®

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Ellen DeGeneres
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Television icon Ellen DeGeneres will return to host the Oscars® for a second time, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Academy Awards® will be broadcast live on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, on the ABC Television Network.
"We are thrilled to have Ellen DeGeneres host the Oscars," said Zadan and Meron. "As a longtime friend, we had always hoped to find a project for us to do together and nothing could be more exciting than teaming up to do the Oscars. There are few stars today who have Ellen's gift for comedy, with her great warmth and humanity. She is beloved everywhere and we expect that the audience at the Dolby Theatre, and in homes around the globe, will be as excited by this news as we are."
"I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time. You know what they say - the third time's the charm," said DeGeneres.
"I agreed with Craig and Neil immediately that Ellen is the ideal host for this year's show," said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President. "We're looking forward to an entertaining, engaging and fun show."
"Ellen is talented, wonderfully spontaneous, and knows how to entertain a worldwide audience," said Dawn Hudson, Academy CEO. "She's a big fan of the Oscars; we're huge fans of hers. It's a perfect match."
"It is an honor to welcome back Ellen DeGeneres as the host of the biggest entertainment celebration of the year," said Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group. "She is the consummate entertainer, equally beloved by her peers in the industry, movie fans and television viewers. We very much look forward to having her back on ABC for Oscar Sunday."
DeGeneres hosted the 79th Academy Awards in 2007, for which she received a Primetime Emmy® nomination for "Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program."
DeGeneres has made a home for herself in daytime with her hit syndicated talk show, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," which has earned a total of 45 Daytime Emmys during its 10 seasons.
DeGeneres' began her career as an emcee at a local comedy club in her hometown of New Orleans. Her acting career in television included roles in several successful sitcoms before being offered a part on "These Friends of Mine" by ABC. After the first season, the show was renamed "Ellen." Running from 1994 to 1998, the show garnered record ratings, with DeGeneres receiving Emmy nominations each season in the Best Actress category. In 1997, DeGeneres was the recipient of the coveted Peabody Award as well as earning an Emmy for writing the critically acclaimed "Puppy Episode" when her character came out as a gay woman to a record 46 million viewers.
DeGeneres has also been successful in her feature film work. DeGeneres scored unprecedented popular and critical response to her character, Dory, the fish with extreme short-term memory, in the blockbuster Pixar animated feature "Finding Nemo." DeGeneres recently announced the highly anticipated sequel to "Finding Nemo," Disney-Pixar's "Finding Dory," currently scheduled to be released in November 2015.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar® Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Smithsonian museum wants Trayvon Martin's hoodie

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The Smithsonian's African American Museum of History and Culture is interested in acquiring the hoodie slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin wore on the night of his death, the Washington Post reports.  But why place the most painful reminder of the tragedy on display? "Because it's such a symbol, it would allow you to talk about race in the age of Obama," says Museum Director Lonnie Bunch tells the Post.  The black hooded sweatshirt became  statement attire for Trayvon Martin supporters as it was speculated he was profiled based on appearance alone.

Currently under construction on 5 acres adjacent to the Washington monument, the museum will open its doors in 2015.  Visitors will view artifacts from the Civil Rights era, the handcuffs from the arrest of professor Henry L. Gates and a theater named in honor of media tycoon Oprah Winfrey, its largest benefactor.  Oprah has donated 13 million dollars to the museum to date.

Erstwhile on the national mall, police have a possible suspect in custody for the  vandalism at the Lincoln Memorial.  The same green paint  that was splattered at the feet of Lincoln was splattered over parts of the children's area at the Washington National Cathedral an at the Smithsonian. Police in charged a 58-year-old woman Jiamei Tianh with defacing property at Washington National Cathedral with green paint and have questioning her to determine if there is a possible link to the other two locations.

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Former governor father's child at the age of 85

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Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards'  is a father again.

His wife, Trina, has given birth to a baby boy.
Edwin is 85 years old; his wife is 34.
A post on Trina Scott Edwards' Facebook page says the boy was born Thursday at 12:52 a.m.
Also on her Facebook page, it says the boy's name will probably be Eli Wallace, after her husband's father.
This will be the third child for Trina and the fifth for Edwin, but it's the couple's first together. They've been married for two years.
Edwin Edwards served four terms, ending in 1996. He married Trina shortly after his release from federal prison for his role in a bribery and extortion scheme.
A reality show about their life, "The Governor's Wife," was supposed to premier on A&E network in June but was delayed.
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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Introducing Contemporary Christian Artist Philip White

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Philip White is an Urban/Contemporary Gospel artist with an upcoming EP entitled ‘Here I Am’ set for release August 27, 2013. With an R&B sound and the production of both gospel and urban producers Philip has captured a fresh new sound on his independent imprint White Hill Music with distribution through Fontana/Ingrooves.  

While some contemporary gospel male artist resort to heavy hip-hop features or hype tracks this collection of songs contains a gospel, inspirational message tinged with R&B flavor. With a voice that parallels current gospel artists such as Isaac Carree, Donnie McClurkin or even R&B artist Usher; Philip takes the time to bear his soul on his current single ‘Here I Am’ and previous single ‘Laid It Down’ written by Juan Winans.

Philip is a native of Jacksonville, FL who has been singing since he was a child. He moved to Nashville, TN to pursue his musical career after his college graduation in 2006. Singing and writing in the studio since he was a teen, Philip began honing his craft  in church while pursuing his professional career. After hearing songs like Donnie McClurkin’s ‘Stand”, Whitney Houston’s ‘The Preacher’s Wife’ Soundtrack and Mary Mary’s first single ‘Shackles’ he knew that recording contemporary Christian music was something he had to do. 

“I thought to myself, this desire to sing and record was given to me to inspire and minister to the hearts of people every age, creed and color. “ Philip White released his first top 40 single ‘Laid It Down’ in 2012 and the single was well received by radio listeners everywhere.

Both a songwriter and an artist Philip has written for artist Juan Winans and Lisa Kimmey-Winans (Out of Eden). He sang background for  Judith McCallister, Debbie Winans and Lisa McClendon. In addition, he has written and co-written a vast majority of the songs on his current release. 

Philip is currently a praise and worship leader at Bethel World Outreach which is extremely important to him and has helped to maintain his relationship with God and people who need to be lifted. “Singing in church and being accountable is one of the best place for a Gospel/Christian artist to begin.” Philip has made appearances on the TCT Network Dorinda Clark-Cole Show as well as the Jimmy Fallon Show where he performed a song he co-wrote for Jimmy’s 100th episode on NBC.


With production from Kyle Lovett (Vashawn Mitchell), Juan Winans, gospel rap artist Pettidee who produced sampled music from Ken Williams (Alicia Keys/Kanye West) and up and coming Hip-Hop rapper Flawda Water; the release of the project and appearances to follow will showcase the singer’s ability to touch the hearts and souls of people everywhere.

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Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton joins panel discussion on racial profiling in Arizona

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 Sybrina Fulton is entrenched in a national  campaign  to help save others with her son's death. On Monday Fulton spoke to the National Bar Association about repealing self defense like stand your ground around the nation.  Fulton says she will use her "broken heart" to get justice for Trayvon.  Later this week she will spak at the 38th National Ass0ciation of Black Journalist Convention in Kissemee, Fla. By Mid August attorney Benjamin Crump will join Fulton  in Phoenix, Az. for a panel discussion on racial profiling.



Are Black and Brown Men Under Attack?

Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayon Martin,  will be a featured speaker during a community dialogue addressing illiteracy, unemployment, urban violence, disproportionate incarceration and premature death among minority men.  Along with Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump, will take part in  a distinguished panel set to examine the systemic impact of race bias and profiling on communities of color.   

The panel discussion will be facilitated by Fatimah Halim - Author, activist, speaker, television show host, and founder of the Rites of Passage Programs for Youth.

Featured panelists from the literary, legal and entertainment genres are as follows:

Charlene TarverUnited States Supreme Court attorney -Tarver Law Group.

Rick “Freeway” Ross - Former trafficker best known for the "drug empire" he presided over in Los Angeles, CA in the early 1980s.

Dr. Ray Winbush – Scholar/activist in the field of developmental psychology of African boys; Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University (Baltimore, Maryland).

Alex Munoz- Director and documentary filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, and founder of FYI: Films by Youth Inside, a non-profit organization that teaches film production to incarcerated youth.

Roger “Rampage” McNair - Multi-platinum rap artist and hip hop mogul.  Former 1st Lieutenant of Flipmode Squad.  Rampage has collaborated with and been featured on numerous platinum and multi-platinum projects with Busta Rhymes, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys and Mariah Carey.

Racial Profiling: Life to Death
Saturday, August 17, 2013
10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Memorial Hall, Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix, AZ

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Academy elects Cheryl Boone Isaacs as President

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Cheryl Boone Isaacs was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday night (July 30) by the organization’s Board of Governors.
Boone Isaacs, who is beginning her 21st year as a governor representing the Public Relations Branch, served as Academy first vice president during the past year. She also produced the 2012 Governors Awards. Boone Isaacs succeeds Hawk Koch, who served a one-year term as president.

In addition, John Lasseter was elected first vice president; Jeffrey Kurland and Leonard Engelman were elected to vice president posts; Dick Cook was elected treasurer; and Phil Robinson was elected secretary.

These will be the first officer stints for Engelman, Kurland and Cook.  Lasseter previously served one-year terms as treasurer (2011-2012) and secretary (2009-2010). Robinson served as vice president during the past year, his fourth consecutive term in that office (2009-2013).

Boone Isaacs currently heads CBI Enterprises, Inc., where she has consulted on such films as “The Call,” “The Artist,” “The King’s Speech,” “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Spider-Man 2” and “Tupac: Resurrection.”Boone Isaacs previously served as president of theatrical marketing for New Line Cinema, where she oversaw numerous box office successes, including “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” and “Rush Hour.” Prior to joining New Line in 1997, Boone Isaacs was executive vice president of worldwide publicity for Paramount Pictures, where she orchestrated publicity campaigns for the Best Picture winners “Forrest Gump” and “Braveheart.”

Academy board members may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms, while officers serve one-year terms, with a maximum of four consecutive years in any one office.

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Child prostitution ring buste

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The City of Chicago Honors Chaka Khan with Street Naming

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Many entertainers can claim a piece of a sidewalk.  But, few can call an entire street  their own.  This weekend a street was named in honor of singing icon Chaka Khan in the City of Chicago where her life and career began. Her publicist said the 10-time Grammy winner considers the street naming her greatest honor. "Now people will be giving directions to take a left or right on my street," the Tell Me Something Good singer.  Khan celebrated with a free concert in Millennium Park that drew 20,000 fans.

 July 28, 2013 Declared "Chaka Khan Day" in Her Hometown


  
(Los Angeles, CA - July 29, 2013) -- The City of Chicago honored ten-timeGRAMMY® Award winner Chaka Khan with a Street Naming of "Chaka Khan Way" on Saturday, July 27, and declared Sunday, July 28, 2013, "Chaka Khan Day" in Chicago, her hometown. The weekend-long celebration also included a free outdoor concert in Millennium Park.
  
The music icon, who was honored for her stellar 40-year career in music and entertainment, participated in the ceremonial unveiling of Chaka Khan Way on S. Blackstone Avenue, between 50th and 51st Streets, with her family, including her mother Sandra Coleman, her sister, Tammy McCrary, and a host of other relatives in the Chicago area. Several city officials, business executives and community leaders were among the participants, including Fourth Ward Alderman William Burns, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Father Pfleger of St. Sabina Catholic School, State Senator Kwame Raoul, State Representatives Christian Mitchell and Barbara Flynn Currie, and Carl McKenzie, a cultural event producer and the president of Artworks Chicago. McKenzie organized the weekend-long celebration, which was co-sponsored by MINI USA. Chaka Khan Way is located on the west side of Kenwood Academy, where Chaka attended high school during its early days of operation. The students of Kenwood Academy also had the opportunity to participate in the event.
  
"This is the biggest honor I have ever received in my life," says Chaka. "The people of Chicago have always loved me and have supported me throughout my career--through thick and thin. To have a street named after you in the third largest city in the country is a big deal. To think that people will say 'make a right or left turn on Chaka Khan Way' is mind blowing. Long after I'm gone, and my children and grandchildren are gone, the street named Chaka Khan Way will still be here to carry on my legacy in the city where it all started for me. I never would have imagined that I would have been granted this honor. I thank all the city officials responsible for making this happening--and I especially thank Carl McKenzie, who vigorously campaigned and almost single-handedly made this event a reality. My family and I thank God for this blessing."

Nearly, 20,000 people attended the free outdoor concert at Chicago's Millennium Park, where Chaka performed all her classic hits, including "I Feel For You," "I'm a Woman," "Whatcha Gonna Do For Me," "You've Got The Love," "Everlasting Love," "Packed My Bags," "Papillon," "Tell Me Something Good," a medley of "Stay," "Sweet Thing," and "My Funny Valentine," "Through The Fire," "Do You Love What You Feel," "I'm Every Woman," and an encore of "Ain't Nobody."

The weekend-long activities also included a visit to Operation Push with Reverend Jesse Jackson and a private reception at the DuSable Museum. A devoted activist and philanthropist, Chaka met with Reverend Jackson to discuss the issues facing and affecting the black community of Chicago. Operation Push and Reverend Jackson also hosted Chaka Khan Foundation's latest campaign initiative with the Chicago chapter of Dress for Success.


Chaka was born in Chicago and grew up on Carpenter Street in Hyde Park, where her parents provided her with a very rich musical foundation by introducing her to a wide range of music, starting with jazz and opera. Before joining Rufus, Chaka sang with local groups such as The Babysitters, Lock and Chain and Lyfe.

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