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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Award-winning Worship Artist and Songwriter PATRICK DOPSON Releases New Radio Single and Lyric Video "GOD IS"

Patrick Dopson has established his distinguished soulful voice as one that God has designated a special anointing for praise and worship and to cross, tear down and unify racial, cultural and denominational barriers.  Patrick is a 2014 Stellar Award winner who, by his pen, delivers poignant lyrics and life-changing music.  His 2012 debut projectOPEN THE HEAVENS yielded signature hits “Keep Me” and “Open The Heavens”.  Patrick is now prepping for his sophomore release GOD IS (fill in the blank) on his indie label  Oilonit Music and Central South Distribution by releasing a new radio single and title track “GOD Is”.
With the plethora of songs that come about every day, each are purposeful in their own right.  “GOD Is” is simply a powerful song, for this appointed time, that ignites a deluge of worship.  That is the uniquely special ‘thing’ that sets this song apart from any other. 
“I started writing this song by really asking God two things about this record,” Patrick shares.  “One, ‘what is it that you want to say to your people?’ and two, ‘what do you want your people saying back to you - how do You want to be worshipped?’. There was simply no other intent.”  Patrick concludes, "This particular song really was pulling on me. I knew it was supposed to be the single before I wrote it."
Listen To "GOD IS"
"With my song "Keep Me" people became aware of how God carried me and my wife Christina through the challenges of conceiving a child," Patrick shares.  "We were blessed to adopt our son Garion and he has changed our lives forever. In this season, God has placed a couple of new and exciting items on our plate that is far more than we can accomplish on our own. We know it's going to be all Him. So this new single 'GOD Is' is definitely reiterating our dependence being fully on Him; Giving us the faith to stand on our feet and say GOD IS!"
Patrick, Kevin Camp (contributed to OPEN THE HEAVENS) and Parris Bowens (former  Tye Tribbett Music Director) will be at the producing helm on GOD IS (fill in the blank) which will release this summer. “Both Kevin and Parris are musical masterminds that truly create an atmosphere for praise and worship,” says Patrick. “I look forward to working with these guys for some years to come. They are really the next, now producers.”
"GOD Is" will be available on iTunes March 18 and is available for pre-order now.  Patrick has released the official lyric video to "GOD Is" on Youtube.  Supporters can log on to www.Oilonit.com for current tour dates as a national tour will soon be announced.
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The Obamas are working hard to establish their legacy

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The Obamas are a power couple who are just as strong working together as they are working apart.  Both President Obama and First Lady Obama have been doing powerful "legacy" work this week.  Today the president rolled out his "My Brothers Keeper" initiative aimed at getting businesses and communities to support the overall development of Black and Hispanic boys.  The First Lady,  who is celebrating 4 Year of the "Let's Move" health campaign, announced yesterday she has proposed changes to labeling of foods that will highlight calorie intake and change portion sizes in connection with the FDA.
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The Best of Both Worlds: Gospel and R&B Vocal Powerhouses 
Unite as Yolanda Adams,
Charlie Wilson, India.Arie and Jonathan McReynolds,
Donnie McClurkin, SWV, Tye Tribbett, Erica Campbell, Ruben Studdard, Chante Moore, Hezekiah Walker, Lalah Hathaway, Tasha Cobbs, Kem, Tamela Mann and More Come Together to Bring the Praise

BET Networks’ Annual Praise-Fest Tapes Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA

LOS ANGELES, CA – February 27, 2014 – Academy Award® nominated actress Taraji P. Henson has been chosen to host BET’s #1 gospel music special, Celebration of Gospel.  The multi-talented Taraji takes over the role as Steve Harvey, king of comedy and all things media, ends his historic 13-year run.  Taraji will bring her own charming and high voltage personality to the stage as the best singers in gospel, R&B and pop music come together for one powerful night of television. 

"I am thrilled to join the BET “Celebration of Gospel” family.  I look forward to a great evening of incredible music and continuing the rich history of BET and gospel music which started 14 years ago hosted by the talented and very funny Steve Harvey," said Taraji Henson.

This year, Celebration of Gospel will feature even more captivating pairings between gospel and R&B artists including “American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard, “Sunday Best” winner LeAndria Johnson, and soulful croonerKem, who will join forces to raise the praise as a triumphant trio. Acoustic soul artist India.Arie will team up with Christian contemporary artist Jonathan McReynolds for a special performance. Female R&B group SWV and the renowned Rance Allen Group will also join together to anoint the crowd through song. 

Celebration of Gospel will also offer dynamic duets by Donnie McClurkin and Tye TribbettLalah Hathaway and Zacardi Cortez; and Chante Moore and Vashawn Mitchell.  A touching tribute to gospel music pioneer Richard Smallwood and rousing spoken word pieces from Pastor Shirley Caesar and Dr. Bobby Jones will also highlight the night.

“Since its’ inception, ‘Celebration of Gospel’ has brought together the best voices from both the secular and gospel music worlds to give praise like only they can,” said President of Music Programming & Specials, Stephen Hill for BET Networks. “This year is no exception because at the end of the day, everyone's roots are in gospel music.  A gathering of powerful singers like these on one show can only happen on BET.”
Experience the life-changing power of gospel music with rousing, spirit-filled performances by powerhouses including Yolanda AdamsErica Campbell, Hezekiah Walker, Tamela Mann, Tasha Cobbs, Detrick Haddon, J.J. Hairston“Sunday Best” Season 6 winner Tasha Page-Lockhart and current “American Idol” Candice Glover.  Additionally, NAACP Image Award winner, Charlie Wilson will share his testimony in a sanctified song titled “If I Believe” that’s sure to shift the atmosphere. 

BET’s annual gospel music special, Celebration of Gospel tapes Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 7 p.m./PST at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, CA, and will premiere on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8 p.m./EST.

Acquiring Tickets
Tickets to attend the taping are free to the public and are distributed on a first-come first-serve basis.  To acquire tickets, please submit a request via email to COGrsvp@bet.net.

Celebration of Gospel is a BET Networks production and is executive produced by Stephen Hill, President of Music Programming & Specials, BET Networks, Lynne Harris Taylor, Vice President of Specials & Music Production BET Networks, and Geovanni Brewer.

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Fan-submitted photos to appear next to stars online
and on "The Oscars® Red Carpet Live" telecast

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – For the first time, Oscar fans watching the “Oscars Red Carpet Live” show on March 2 on ABC will have the opportunity to see themselves next to the stars on the red carpet through Twitter.
Starting today, fans who follow @TheAcademy and tweet a red carpet-ready photo of themselves using hashtag #MyOscarPhoto will be eligible to have their photo featured on the red carpet.
On Oscar Sunday, arriving nominees, presenters and performers will pose in front of a video wall showcasing fan-submitted photos and generating unique images that will be tweeted back to the original submitter through the @MyOscarPhoto Twitter account.
Additionally, some of the submitted photos will appear on the “Oscars Red Carpet Live” telecast beginning at 4 p.m. PT.
To be eligible, fans must sign the online release form located at www.oscars.org/MyOscarPhoto.
“This is a way to create an once-in-a-lifetime experience for fans and give them the opportunity to literally be a part of the red carpet excitement,” said Josh Spector, the Academy’s managing director of digital media and marketing. “We think it will be a lot of fun – not only getting to see a photo of themselves on the red carpet, but also getting to see who poses in the photo with them.”
“The Academy has long been one of the most innovative partners when it comes to creating a truly social Oscars,” said Andrew Adashek, television partnership manager at Twitter. “We’re excited to see them strengthen their connection to the Twitter audience by letting our users get closer to the red carpet experience than ever before.”
During the broadcast, hosts will describe to viewers at home how they can use Twitter to participate in #MyOscarPhoto and provide updates on the experience throughout the show.
In addition to the #MyOscarPhoto red carpet experience, the Twitter Mirror in a frame designed by Architectural Digest will be placed in the Oscars greenroom to give fans at home more behind-the-scenes access to the show. The stars of the show will stop by the Mirror to take candid photos of themselves, which will be tweeted throughout the night from @TheAcademy.
Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Annual Target Market News Black Buying Power Report

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Black consumers are responding to tighter economic conditions by focusing more of their spending on productss and services that improve their homes and lifestyle. That's one of the trends revealed in the 15th annual report, "The Buying Power of Black America," published by Target Market News.

The report analyzes spending for black households and finds that African-Americans began showing signs of the pending economic turmoil that would hit the entire nation. The pattern of purchases shifted dramatically in some categories. Contributions to churches and other non-profits dropped 16% to $11 billion. Expenditures on personal care products and services declined 10% to $6.6 billion. Spending on alcoholic beverages decreased 6% to $2.8 billion.

Purchases of items related to the home continued to increase despite the need for economic sacrifices. Appliance purchases grew 27% to $2.2 billion. Computers for home use climbed 28% to $3.5 billion. Consumer electronic expenditures went up by 32% to $4.5 billion.

"African-American households are facing this economy by being more focused in the purchases they make," said Ken Smikle, president of Target Market News and editor of the "Buying Power" report. "In 2008 black consumers had total earned income of $803 billion. They ranked 17th among the economies of the world in comparable gross national income. They continue to be a critical part of the American marketplace, and will contribute substantially in the economic recovery of American business."
Apparel Products and Services
$26.9 billion
2.2 billion
Beverages (Alcoholic)
2.8 billion
Beverages (Non-Alcoholic)
3.1 billion
289 million
Cars and Trucks - New & Used
31.5 billion
3.5 billion
Consumer Electronics
4.5 billion
11.0 billion
71 billion
Entertainment and Leisure
2.8 billion
65.3 billion
3.5 billion
Health Care
23.9 billion
Households Furnishings and Equipment
12.9 billion
836 million
Housing and Related Charges
166.3 billion
19.0 billion
8.3 billion
4.4 billion
Personal Care Products and Services
6.6 billion
Sports and Recreational Equipment
1.0 billion
Telephone Services
17.2 billion
Tobacco Products and Smoking Supplies
3.1 billion
Toys, Games and Pets
2.4 billion
Travel, Transportation and Lodging
6.4 billion

The "Buying Power" report's 100-Plus Index section shows how black households continue to spend on average more than their white counterparts in categories such as food, apparel, appliances, personal care products and services and phone service.

"The Buying Power of Black America" is the nation's most quoted source on the billions of dollars spent annually by African-American consumers on goods and services. The report is a comprehensive research source that has been used by hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies. The report provides updated information in five sections:

- Black Income Data
- Purchases in the Top 30 Black Cities
- Expenditure Trends in 26 Product & Services Categories
- Demographic Data on the Black Population

Copies of the Buying Power of Black America can be purchased from Target Market News for $99 each. Local market editions are also available at $99 for the top 45 African-American metropolitan areas. For more information call 312-408-1881, or click here to purchase online.
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

SNEAK PEEK: Deion Sanders' new reality show premieres on OWN on March 1

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Sneak Peek: Watch the First 5 Minutes of Deion's Family Playbook
It's the first day of the school year at Deion Sander's Prime Prep Academy! As Deion gets his football team ready for a big game, his 11-year-old son, Shedeur, struggles to make friends at his new school.
Los Angeles - OWN's new docu-series, "Deion's Family Playbook," follows pro-athlete Deion Sanders off the field and into his home.  The series premieres on Saturday, March 1 at 10pm ET/PT.

This new series is the fun-filled and compelling real-life story of Deion Sanders, the only pro athlete to ever play in both a Super Bowl and a World Series.  Few people know that Deion is a single father raising five kids of his own, while also helping to raise five other children who live with him, including the twins whom his mother cares for, his niece and nephew and a student in need whom he recently took into his home.  Additionally, Deion is co-founder and football coach of Prime Prep Academy, a charter school that aims to make a lasting impact on the lives of children in underserved areas. With so much on his plate both at school and at home, Deion strives to keep all facets of his complicated, crazy and chaotic life in balance and under control.   Help is on the way every other week when his girlfriend, Tracey Edmonds, a Hollywood producer who has two sons of her own, comes to visit. 

"Deion's Family Playbook" is produced by Edmonds Entertainment, Prime Time Media Ventures and Rogue Atlas Productions in association with Lionsgate Television.  Executive producers are Eli Frankel, Tracey E. Edmonds and Deion Sanders. Co-Executive Producer is Rob Cornick.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Dream Maker Films Seeks 300,000 Movie Extras to Break World Record on Sci-Fi Film 'The Energy Begins'

The production company needs 6,000 extras per state to fill U.S. streets, city parks, and neighborhoods DENVER, Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Dream Maker Films, a Colorado based production company, is now in pre-production for the new Sci-Fi movie, "The Energy Begins". To fulfill script requirement the film needs 6,000 extras in each state, about 300,000 nationwide or just over 300,000 to break a world record. Neighborhoods, parks, city streets, and skyscrapers are some of the many filming locations across the US where thousands of people will take pictures of something strange in the sky. Over the next year, camera crews in each state will be hired to film the scenes with the extras. Project Manager Terry Spar said, "We've been asked why not use CGI? Our answer is simple, real is real and the footage of real crowds across the country is crucial to the film. We can't do this without the extras, so it's urgent for us to get the word out now. We're spending the first year filming the scenes with the extras and will start production on the rest of the film soon after." The Energy Synopsis: In our world there's a positive and negative balance. Few become drawn to the very ends of a single side. Those exceptional few develop unimaginable powers called, The Energy. Whether they know it now or not, they will have the power to destroy our world or save it, and both sides will try. This is a great opportunity for a lot of aspiring actors, artists, and crew across the US to get experience and to be a part of history. All extras should add their name to the list by visiting www.TheEnergyBegins.com. All other cast and crew should sign up at www.DMFentertainment.com. Both websites are owned by Dream Maker Films.
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Clark Sheard Performs on a Tribute to Aretha Franklin Tonight on BET Honors

buzzz worthy. . . Multiple GRAMMY® Award-Winning Recording Artist Karen Clark Sheard New Single ‘Sunday AM’ Impacts Gospel Radio
(Detroit, MI – February 24, 2014) – Four-time GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist Karen Clark Sheard releases new single, “Sunday AM” impacting gospel radio March 24th. “Sunday AM”, pronounced as “Sunday Morning” is produced by award-winning super producer Donald Lawrence and was recorded live at the House of Hope in Chicago, IL. The recording marks the first project with Karew Record’s new distribution partner, Entertainment One Music (eOne Music). The untitled forthcoming album is scheduled for release later this year. Clark Sheard performs tonight as part of a tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin on BET Honors. The show premieres during Black History Month, February 24 in the USA and around the world on BET’s international network on February 28, 2014 at 9:00pm GMT (check local listings). Other artists scheduled to perform in Franklin’s tribute include Jennifer Hudson, Franklin’s son, KeCalf Franklin and her granddaughter, Victory Franklin. BET honorees include Motown Records founder and creator of the Broadway smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, Berry Gordy, American Express CEO & Chairman, Ken Chenault, visual artist, Carrie Mae Weems and entertainment trailblazer, Ice Cube. BET Honors is hosted by actor and comedian, Wayne Brady. Other performances include Mariah Carey, Janelle Monae, Tamar Braxton, and Smokey Robinson with special guest appearances by Rev. Al Sharpton, Joe Morton, Ludacris and Mac Wilds. Clark Sheard recently completed taping the second season of the hit docu-series, The Sheards also airing on BET.
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James Fortune & Fiya "Live Through It" release & tour details

buzzz worthy. . . AWARD-WINNING GOSPEL SUPERSTAR JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA CELEBRATE FEBRUARY 25TH RELEASE OF TWO-DISC LIVE ALBUM, LIVE THROUGH IT, AND KICK OFF MULTI-CITY ALBUM RELEASE TOUR Hit Single “Live Through It” Continues to Rise at #4; Highly-Anticipated Album Features 20 Tracks with Guest Appearances from Tasha Cobbs, Zacardi Cortez, Israel Houghton, Isaac Carree, Kirk Franklin, Bishop Hezekiah Walker and More 

NASHVILLE, TN (February 24, 2014) – Get lifted live with the rousing sound and spirit from award-winning Gospel star, songwriter, producer and nationally-syndicated radio host James Fortune, & FIYA, as they embark on a multi-city promo tour in support of the highly-anticipated live album Live Through It. In stores Tuesday February 25th, Live Through It is now available early today, February 24th on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-through-it/id795080025).

Giving fans another early listening experience of the whole two-disc album, on February 24th James Fortune will also host a Live Through It Listening Party on “The James Fortune Show,” on-air from 6 – 10 pm CST. The first live new album from James Fortune & FIYA, following on the Grammy-nominated 2012 album Identity – Live Through It was executive-produced by Fortune and bares the energy, celebrated performances and testimonies of praise and the power of faith that evening at the sold-out live recording in September 2013 at Atlanta’s Word of Faith Church. Featuring the dynamic lead single “Live Through It” – which continues to rise at #4 on the Gospel radio charts, “Best Praise,” “We Give You Glory” (feat. Tasha Cobbs), “Empty Me” (feat. Isaac Carree), “Let Your Power Fall” (feat. Zacardi Cortez), “All For Me” (feat. Alexis Spight), “Forever,” “Never Forsake Me” and more – James Fortune & FIYA have a slate of performances and appearances in store during the promo tour.

On February 25th, James Fortune & FIYA host a free album release concert from Atlanta, performing at Greater Travelers Rest Church (House of Hope) beginning 7 pm EST, with live appearances from Tasha Cobbs, Isaac Carree, Zacardi Cortez, Alexis Spight and more, and the album release concert will be live streaming on Yes Lord Radio (www.yeslordradio.com). Other stops include Houston at Lakewood Church (February 26), Chicago at New Life Covenant Church (February 27), Charlotte for a free concert with Yolanda Adams (February 28), Washington DC for an exclusive Listening Party with Praise 104.1 DC’s Inspiration Station (March 1), and more, appearances on “The Yolanda Adams Morning Show,” “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show,” “The Tom Joyner Morning Show,” as well as upcoming performances at the Allstate Gospel SuperFest in Chicago (March 22) and Praise 103.9’s Inspiration & Music Conference Finale Concert in Philadelphia (March 29).
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