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Thursday, October 10, 2013

'Preachers of L.A.' premieres to 1.1 million viewers

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Oxygen made reality TV history by becoming the first Network to take its lenses into the pulpits and personal lives of 6 prominent pastors with the premiere of Preachers of LA last night.   The highly anticipated  delivered 1.1 million total viewers,  which marks the network’s strongest Wednesday season premiere ever according to Nielsen.  
Also, “Preachers of L.A.” was the #2 most social cable reality program and #3 most social reality program in primetime with #PreachersofLA trending in the U.S. on Twitter during the premiere.  
The cast members are Bishop Noel Jones, Deitrick Haddon, Bishop Clarence McClendon, Bishop Ron Gibson, Haizlip and Wayne Chaney, eac prominent in his own right.
Viewers learned right away that sparks will fly in a room full of passionate preachers with differing opinions.  On the premiere  Haddon and McClendon got into a heated argument over honorariums and entourages during the "Man Cave" scene, setting the tone for more drama to come.  
On next week’s episode, airing on Wednesday, October 16 at 10PM ET/PT, Bishop Gibson and his wife First Lady LaVette invite Deitrick and fiancé Dominique to dinner to question them on whether they are marrying for the right reasons. Pastor Jay Haizlip seeks divine wisdom in dealing with a transgender former church member.

Reviews on the show have been mixed. Even before the first episode aired a Change.org petition sought to have the show cancelled.  There have also been positive reviews as some viewers appreciate pastors being relatable.
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013


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CBS Entertainment Special Will Announce Nominations for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards® Live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Oct. 09, 2013) — GRAMMY® winner DrakeMacklemore & Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke, and four-time GRAMMY winner Keith Urban are the first acts announced to perform on "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night®." Two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J returns to host the one-hour special, which takes place at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Friday, Dec. 6. The show — which will announce nominations in several categories as well as feature performances by past GRAMMY winners and/or nominees — will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 10 – 11 p.m. ET/PT. Additional performers and presenters will be announced shortly. For updates and breaking news, please visit GRAMMY.com, and The Recording Academy®'s social networks on Twitter and Facebook.

Following the one-hour live telecast, guests will experience an exclusive concert by Thicke. Tickets for "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" go on sale to the general public on Thursday, Oct. 17, and will be available online at www.axs.com or via AXS charge-by-phone lines at 888.9.AXS.TIX (888.929.7849).
This concert special marks the sixth time nominations for the annual GRAMMY Awards® will be announced live on primetime television. Last year's airing of the nominations special helped lead to stellar ratings for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which garnered 28.37 million viewers — the second-largest audience for the awards broadcast since 1993. The telecast also nearly doubled its social media conversation from the previous year, generating 24.8 million comments (based on research compiled by Bluefin, PeopleBrowsr and Mass Relevance).

LL COOL J has hosted "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" since its inception in December 2008, and also hosted the annual GRAMMY Awards telecast for the second time earlier this year.

The road to Music's Biggest Night begins with "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!" and culminates with the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, and broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013


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Led by master jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and choral director Damien Sneed, the national Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration tour begins in Charlotte, NC on October 8. The show features Marsalis, the Lincoln Center Orchestra and 70-piece Chorale Le Chateau. 

On this unique tour, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Damien Sneed, and Chorale Le Chateau will perform Marsalis' composition Abyssinian Mass, a landmark collaboration of jazz, gospel, instrumentation, and vocals. The Abyssinian Gospel Tour kicks off in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on October 3 and ends in Boston, Massachusetts on October 27 (see tour dates below).   

Since Marsalis composed and recorded In This House, On This Morning two decades ago, he has remained committed to projecting a theme of universal humanism--and raising a joyful noise--while reflecting the form of the African American church service. Never has Marsalis coalesced the codes of sacred and secular expression more successfully than with the 2008 extended work Abyssinian Mass, commissioned to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Abyssinian Baptist Church on West 138th Street in Harlem. 
In select cities, Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration Tour will include education initiatives curated by conductor Damien Sneed and utilizing the talents of gospel artist and educator Karla Scott to engage thousands of high school age choir students to community choir members. In workshop settings, the young participants will study and perform select movements from Abyssinian Mass. These workshops will be supported by online videos featuring Damien Sneed discussing the history of gospel music, cultural background and its relevant styles, as well as specific rehearsal techniques. 

October 8, 2013
Charlotte, North Carolina - Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

October 10, 2013
Athens, Georgia - University of Georgia

October 11, 2013
Augusta, Georgia - Good Shepherd Baptist Church

October 13, 2013
New Orleans, Louisiana - Saenger Theatre

October 14, 2013
Houston, Texas - Fountain of Praise Church

October 15, 2013
Austin, Texas - The Long Center
October 16, 2013
Dallas, Texas - The Black Academy of Arts and Letters

October 18, 2013
St. Louis, Missouri - Touhill Performing Arts Center

October 19, 2013
Kansas City, Missouri - Kaufmann Center for the Performing Arts, Helzberg Hall

October 21, 2013
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania - Messiah College

October 22, 2013
New Haven, Connecticut - Yale University, Woosley Hall

October 24-26, 2013
New York, New York - Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall

October 27, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts - Symphony Hall

Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration is made possible through the generous lead support of the Steward Family Foundation and Ray and Barbara Dalio. Additional support is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
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Pentagon recalls workers

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The furlough has been lifted at the Pentagon for some civilian employees. During the second week of the government shut down thousands of workers headed back to work after Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel  released a recall memo last Saturday. In the memo Hagel explained the Pay Our Military Act (POMA) makes provision for some personnel to continue working during government closures.

"DoD and DOJ attorneys concluded that the law (POMA) does allow the Department of Defense to eliminate furloughs for employees whose responsibilities contribute to the morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members."

This explanation essentially means it was unnecessary to furlough most of the workers who did not report to the Pentagon last week. With over 350,000, the Pentagon has the largest share of the 800,000 of workers affected by the furlough.

This decision puts a welcome dent in the numbers but not all Pentagon Civilians are in the clear.

"While the additional flexibility provided by POMA will significantly reduce the number
of furloughed employees, it will not eliminate civilian furloughs altogether. We will continue
our efforts to bring those who still remain under furlough back to work as soon as possible."\

" Consequently, I am now directing the military departments and other DOD components to move expeditiously to identify all employees whose activities fall under these categories. I expect us to be able to significantly reduce – but not eliminate – civilian furloughs under this process." e

Meanwhile,  President Obama and Congress continue to debate about putting the end of the government shut down to a vote.

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Halle Berry welcomes a baby boy!

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Congratulations to Halle Berry on the arrival of her second child, a son. Berry gave birth at Cedar Sinai on Saturday according to People.
This  47-year-old has a 5-year-old daughter, Nahla with her ex-boyfriend, Gabriel Aubry. This is the first child for her new husband Olivier Martinez.  
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