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Pres. Obama and Trump let their guards down at White House

buzzz worthy. . . By Mona Austin President Obama and Donald Trump met for the first time on Thursday to begin talks about the official...

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

James Fortune & FIYA "Live Through It" DC Listening Party

buzzz worthy. . . On March 1, James Fortune brought along a few members of FIYA to give DC's Praise 104.1 listeners a sampling of his new album, "Live Through It." The Slice was there. The double disc, available in stores and online, offer 20 songs and feature Isaac Carree, Tasha Cobbs, Zacardi Cortez, Israel Houghton and others. Listen to the group perform the title cut live in this exclusive video.
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SNEAK PEEK: OWN welcomes back 'Sweetie Pies'

buzzz worthy. . . In the new season of Welcome to Sweetie Pies, the family wants to expand the business. . .but in different directions. What new city will get a taste of Ms. Robbie's soul food? Watch a five minute preview of the season premiere and catch the full episode tonight on OWN!
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Deitrick Haddon's League of Extraordinary Worshipers to perform on Celebration of Gospel

buzzz worthy. . . Deitrick Haddon's LXW to make nationwide debut on BET's Celebration of Gospel (Indianapolis-March 4th) Deitrick Haddon's LXW (League of Xtraordinary Worshippers) entered into 2014 with a mission to introduce the world to a new choir sound. With their current single, "Great God" steadily rising up the charts (currently #28 on Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart; debuted this week on Mediabase) and the video racking up YouTube view each passing day, it looks like people are beginning to take notice. In a few weeks, the choir will gain the attention of an even larger audience. On April 6th, LXW will make their nationwide debut on BET's Celebration of Gospel where they'll perform, "Great God". Since forming last year, the 100-member strong young adult choir has been wowing audiences with their performances. Not only does LXW capture the high-energy, larger-than-life sound and meticulous melodies that fans have grown to love about choir music but they also bring something different. According to the choir's founder, Deitrick Haddon, LXW is truly passionate about presenting God in a contemporary way. They've been known to incorporate dance, spoken word and more into several of their performances. Don't miss what's sure to be a show-stopping performance, Sunday April 6th at 8 p.m. EST. Be on the lookout for their self-titled debut available via a digital album, full concert music DVD, and CD on April 22nd.
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SNEAK PEEK: Sweetie Pies returns to OWN on March 15

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Los Angeles, CA - Sassy soul food entrepreneur Miss Robbie Montgomery and her rambunctious family are returning to OWN on March 15 at 9 pm ET/PT for another lively season of the NAACP Image Award-winning docu-series "Welcome to Sweetie Pie's."

In the new season, the former Ikette and her "Sweetie Pie's" restaurant franchise experience business growing pains as her son, Tim, attempts to expand their soul food empire beyond St. Louis with a new restaurant in Houston, Texas, and launch a new bottled tea line with the potential to grow their brand nationally.  Miss Robbie's nephew, Charles, is torn about whether to pursue his fledgling acting career or continue trying to move up in the family business, while niece, Monique, expresses interest in taking over the Mangrove restaurant as manager if Tim moves to Texas.  Meanwhile, Tim and Jenae appear to have found a comfortable balance as co-parents to their son, TJ, until Tim's business ambitions and emotional distance bring their relationship to a breaking point.  Through it all, Miss Robbie tries to juggle three restaurants, write a cookbook and manage both family and staff.  But when her younger brother falls ill, the family's matriarch puts everything else on the backburner: because in the end, family is what really matters. 
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Camp Broadway® Announces Partnership with United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets Campaign

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Today, Camp Broadway announced a strategic alliance with the United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets campaign to encourage performing arts-loving kids to take action and raise awareness about the global fight against malaria. The year-round partnership connects arts and advocacy by showcasing youthful creativity, delivering classroom curriculum, and offering immersive summer camp programming.

Nothing But Nets is the largest global, grassroots campaign to fight malaria, a disease that kills a child in Africa every 60 seconds. Malaria, a disease caused by a single mosquito bite, is preventable. Since 2006, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $50 million, and together with its UN partners, has delivered 7.25 million insecticide-treated bed nets to protect families in sub-Saharan Africa from malaria.

The alliance begins with the Camp Broadway Challenge, a national arts-in-action initiative that invites multi-talented youth, ages 10-17, to create an original work of art themed around Nothing But Nets' mission to "Send a Net. Save a Life." Kids are asked to create, produce and share a video featuring their original song, dance, music composition or prop by posting it in the Camp Broadway Challenge showcase at www.NothingButNetsChallenge.net. Two youth artists whose videos receive the most votes will be announced on World Malaria Day – Friday, April 25 – and will be awarded a trip to New York City to attend The Lion King and Camp Broadway's coveted annual summer session, July 14-18, 2014.

"Hundreds of thousands of people across the country have taken on the challenge to stop the spread of malaria," says Chris Helfrich, Director of Nothing But Nets. "Kids are our most proactive supporters because they understand it only takes $10 to provide a life-saving bed net that will protect a child and their family from malaria. We've had great success with youth sports programs and we're excited to get theater-loving kids involved in the campaign through our new partnership with Camp Broadway."

To help kids understand the global health issue, expand their knowledge about Nothing But Nets and inspire creativity, Camp Broadway is providing an online educational toolkit that enables kids to follow the Bed Net Journey from the $10 donation to its delivery to a family in Africa. The story is augmented with maps, graphs, videos, African artwork and other resources. To enable teachers to integrate the program into their classroom, Common Core-aligned lessons and activities can be found atwww.NothingButNetsChallenge.net.
"Nothing is more dramatic than the life or death battle to stop the spread of malaria around the world," says Melissa Caolo, Managing Director of Camp Broadway. "Children today are effective advocates for social good and have creative ideas for expressing their support and showing their commitment to the causes that are important to them. Camp Broadway is proud to help the UN Foundation
 Nothing But Nets get young artists involved in this life-saving campaign."
Since 1995, Camp Broadway has encouraged kids to develop their "character" and learn about other people's lives and cultures through its Broadway-inspired camps, workshops and experiential programs. To further elevate Nothing But Nets, Camp Broadway's 2014 summer programs will feature songs and scenes from four Broadway musicals: Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida, Disney's The Jungle Book Kids, as well as Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's Once on This Island and Seussical, transporting theater-loving kids to other parts of the globe.

"We believe that theater kids will be great performers in the effort to promote good health and the greater social good," says Caolo. "All the world's a stage...and they have an important role to play in it."
For more information on the artist showcase, lessons and activities, or summer programs, visit www.NothingButNetsChallenge.net.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Guess who will be on the new season of DWTS? Plus, the switch up that will give the show a twirl

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Dancing With the Stars 2014 cast

By Mona Austin

Among the 12 celebs who will be putting on their boogie shoes for the 18th season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) are  teen pop stars, legendary actor, game show host, and a "real housewife."

First, major changes:  Producers added a twist in the competition called "The Switch Up," which allows America  to vote on partner changes. For the first time in the history of the show, at some point in the season every contestant will have a different partner. So far the dancers are not looking forward to this next level of challenge. 

The other big change is that Brooke Burke-Charvet won't be standing by Tom Bergeron's side as the co-host. She has been replaced by Erin Andrews, a former DWTS season 10 contestant and sportscaster.

This year's line-up of contestants are like the usual ratings grabbing gaggle: popular youngsters, beloved actors, athletes and a reality TV star were selected.

The Slice has obtained the bios of all contestants (below).  The full line-up of parings are:

Sean Avery - Karina Smirnoff
Amy Purdy - Derek Hough
Candace Cameron Bure - Mark Ballas
Billy Dee Williams - Emma Slater
Drew Carey- Cheryl Burke
Cody Simpson - Whitney Carson
Charlie White - Sharna Burgess
Meryl Davis - Maksim Chmerkovskiy
NeNe Leakes -Tony Dovolani
Diana Nyad - Henry Byalikov
James Maslow - Petra Murgratroyd
Sean Avery - Karina Smirnoff

Not knowing for sure who can actually bring it on the dance floor remains a huge part f the draw for DWTS. The variance in skill levels already has fans quarreling online about who has an unfair advantage since contestants are supposed to be amateurs.

Take Real Housewives of Atlanta star Nene Leakes, for example.  She made the cut.  As a former exotic dancer, Leakes isn't exactly an "amateur."

Neither are Olympic Gold medalists Charlie White and Meryl Davis.  Some have argued that figure skating is dancing on ice. And no one can claim these ice-skating champs are not pros at that.

But, past contestants have proven time and time again that spirit and the ability to be  a quick study are just as skill when it comes to winning on DWTS.   With natural born rhythm and coordination, last year's winner , Glee singer/actress Amber Riley won the mirror ball trophy, surprising many.

Will the force be with Star Wars' Billy Dee Williams (he played in Lucas' 'The Empire Strikes Back' and 'Return of the Jedi') this time? 

The two-hour season premiere of DWTS happens on Monday, March 17 at 8:00 p.m., ET on ABC. Viewers may cast their votes either by phone or Facebook.  

Season 18 Dancing With the Stars Contestants

SEAN AVERY -- Former pro hockey player Sean Avery is known for his unpredictable antics on the ice and a humorous personality. During his twelve year hockey career, he played left wing for the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars, and the New York Rangers. Typically known as his team’s “enforcer,” Avery had a reputation as an outspoken agitator on (and sometimes off) the ice. Controversy followed him wherever he played, and he became known as much for his mercurial style of play as for his eclectic interests. These interests led Avery to many unique experiences including an internship at Vogue Magazine, working under the famed Anna Wintour and André Leon Talley. He has been featured in numerous ad campaigns as a model, including 7 For All Mankind and is currently the Luxury Advertising Director at Playboy. Also an activist, Avery is on the Board of Directors of Athlete Ally, a nonprofit raising awareness about homophobia and transphobia in sports. SEAN AVERY partners with KARINA SMIRNOFF.

CANDACE CAMERON BURE -- Actress, producer, New York Times bestselling author and inspirational speaker, Candace Cameron Bure is both outspoken and passionate about her family and faith. Known to millions worldwide from her role as D.J. Tanner on the iconic family sitcom “Full House,” Cameron Bure continues to flourish in the entertainment industry as role model to women of all ages. With an acting career that started at the age of five, Cameron Bure grew up in show business alongside her brother Kirk Cameron and has appeared in countless national television commercials, prime-time hits, TV movies and feature films. Mostly recently, Cameron Bure starred in the Hallmark Original Movie “Let It Snow.” In addition, she starred on ABC Family’s hugely popular show “Make It Or Break It” in a three year run as Summer Van Horn. Cameron Bure added bestselling author to her many titles with her bookReshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness, inspiring women to embrace a healthier lifestyle by moving faith to the forefront of their relationship with food. Her second book, Balancing It All, shares her story of successfully balancing different roles and responsibilities including motherhood, work, and Hollywood. Cameron Bure and her husband, former NHL star Val Bure, have been happily married since 1996. Together with their 3 children, Natasha, Lev and Maks, they split their time between Los Angeles and Napa Valley, California which is home to their boutique wine label, Bure Family Wines. CANDACE CAMERON BURE partners with MARK BALLAS.

DREW CAREY -- Drew Carey is a stand-up comic turned actor and producer who had the distinction of having two hit shows simultaneously: the long-running comedy “The Drew Carey Show,” which ran from 1995-2004 and the improv/sketch show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” on which he was host and a producer. The success of that show led to the creation of “Drew Carey's Improv All-Stars,” an improv troupe that performs in showrooms across the country. In July 2007, he was named the host of “The Price Is Right,” succeeding longtime host Bob Barker. He began his successful career as a comedian in April of 1986 at the Cleveland Comedy Club. In 1988, one of his first big breaks was competing on “Star Search.” In 1991, Carey landed a spot on HBO's “14th Annual Young Comedians Special” and appeared on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.” Carey landed his own television development deal with Disney, which led to an opportunity for him to co-star in the series “The Good Life.” He also had the opportunity to work with Bruce Helford, who was a consulting writer on the series and hired him as a staff writer for “The Gaby Hoffman Show.” Their experience led the two of them to decide to co-create a series for Carey. He went on to star in his own comedy special for Showtime, “Drew Carey: Human Cartoon” and performed in Showtime's “Tenth Anniversary of the Montreal Comedy Festival.” Carey was born in Cleveland, Ohio and currently resides in Los Angeles. DREW CAREY partners with CHERYL BURKE.

MERYL DAVIS -- Paired in 1997, Meryl Davis, 27, and her partner Charlie White, 26, are the longest-running ice dancing partnership in the history of United States figure skating. As a child, Davis wished to glide atop the frozen surface of the Michigan Lake adjacent to her home, so learning to ice skate at the age of five was a natural choice. They are 2014 Olympic Gold Medalists, 2010 Olympic Silver Medalists and 2011 & 2013 World Champions. Davis and White are also six-time (2009-2014) U.S. Champions, and five-time (2001-2013) Grand Prix Final Champions. Led by one of the most successful coaching teams in the world, she and White have steadily climbed the ranks of the U.S. and international ice dancing world. In 2006, they made their senior debut on the Grand Prix Series. They dominated the international skating scene this season, standing atop the podium at all six competitions they entered. By winning the 2013 World Championships, the team made figure skating history, becoming the only U.S. ice dancing team to ever win two World titles. The second title cemented their place in figure skating history and positioned them as the team to beat at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. When not on the ice Davis enjoys reading, traveling and learning about other cultures. She is currently a student at the University of Michigan. MERYL DAVIS partners withMAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY.

NENE LEAKES -- NeNe Leakes shot to stardom as a fan favorite on Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Her popularity as a housewife led to her own Bravo television series “I Dream of Nene: The Wedding.” In 2012, she was cast as coach Roz Washington on “Glee” and later that year landed a starring role on NBC’s sitcom “The New Normal.” Leakes has also guest-starred in BET comedies, “The Game” and “Let’s Stay Together.” She was voted as one of Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainers of the Year and was the recipient of Bravo’s A-list Award for Fan Favorite. She is the author of Never Make the Same Mistake Twice, discussing her fractured childhood, abusive relationship and struggles with being a single mother. Currently, Leakes resides in Duluth, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta, along with her two children and husband Gregg Leakes. NENE LEAKES partners with TONY DOVOLANI.

JAMES MASLOW -- James Maslow is best known as the star of the hit television series “Big Time Rush” and as a member of the worldwide bestselling music group of the same name. Maslow has headlined sold out tours across the globe, most recently the Big Time Rush Live 2014 World Tour, performing at some of the largest venues across North & South America. Maslow began his acting career on the popular series “iCarly” and completed the fourth season of “Big Time Rush” last year. As one of the most popular music groups internationally, Big Time Rush has won countless Kids’ Choice Awards, and a 2012 Parade Magazine poll named Big Time Rush the “Best Boy Band in the World,” topping other well-known bands such as One Direction and The Wanted. Maslow has collaborated with many popular recording artists, such as Jordin Sparks, Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic and with Snoop Dogg on Big Time Rush’s international, chart-topping hit single “Boyfriend.” Born in New York and raised in San Diego, Maslow began performing at an early age, training at the prestigious La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, and the Coronado School of the Arts. JAMES MASLOW partners with PETA MURGATROYD.

DANICA MCKELLAR -- Danica McKellar, best known as Winnie Cooper on “The Wonder Years” and Elsie Snuffin on “The West Wing,” is a New York Times bestselling author with her three groundbreaking books, Math Doesn’t SuckKiss My Math and Hot X: Algebra Exposed. She is also the author of Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA, McKellar wrote a theorem that has been dubbed, “The Chayes-McKellar-Winn Theorem,” and was published in Britain’s esteemed Journal of Physics. Her recent acting roles include appearances on “How I Met Your Mother” and “The Big Bang Theory.” DANICA MCKELLAR partners with VALENTIN CHMERKOVSKIY.

DIANA NYAD -- 25 million people worldwide rooted for Diana Nyad last September as she approached the Florida shore, at long last achieving her 35-year-old dream of becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida. Nyad is not one to quit. On her fifth attempt, speaking the words “Never Ever Give Up” to the wildly cheering crowd on a Key West beach on September 2, 2013, Nyad may have been dazed and physically spent, but she showed the world what persistence and belief can manifest. Nyad stroked the amazing 110.86 miles in 52 hours, 54 minutes, 18 seconds. Daring to reach for the stars, this swim beginning to seem impossible (after her four attempts and other strong swimmers trying and failing since 1950), Nyad has motivated the world at large to be bold, to live fearlessly, to chase one’s dreams with unwavering commitment. The second statement the victorious 64-year-old made on that Key West beach? “You’re never too old to chase your dreams.” And her third statement on that historic day: “It looks a solitary sport, but it’s a TEAM.” A prominent sports broadcaster, reporting for National Public Radio, Fox Sports, ABC’s Wide World of Sports, and The New York Times for thirty years, Nyad has carved her place as one of our compelling story-tellers. She has written three books and is currently writing her memoir for Knopf, due out in 2015. Nyad is a talented linguist, speaking three foreign languages fluently. She has also earned the reputation of a uniquely entertaining and inspiring public speaker. DIANA NYAD joins first time professional partner HENRY BYALIKOV.  

AMY PURDY -- Amy Purdy had a typical childhood until losing her legs at 19 as a result of Meningitis, which has led to an adulthood of extraordinary accomplishments. Currently training for the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia, she is the top ranked adaptive snowboarder in the U.S. and three-time World Cup Para-snowboard winner. Purdy is the Co-Founder of Adaptive Action Sports, a non-profit organization which helps disabled youth, adults and wounded veterans get involved in action sports. AAS was instrumental in getting adaptive snowboarding added to the 2014 Paralympic Games.Purdy’s positive outlook has opened many doors to other opportunities including being featured in a Madonna music video, a lead acting role in an award winning independent film and multiple modeling projects. She is an accomplished motivational speaker who has shared her story with audiences around the world. In 2013, Purdy was named by the International Olympic Committee as one of the top 15 most marketable Para-athletes in the world. AMY PURDY partners with DEREK HOUGH.

CODY SIMPSON -- With over 6.4 million Twitter followers, over 6.7 million Facebook likes and nearly 200 million YouTube views, 17-year-old pop star Cody Simpson has taken the world by storm. Simpson recently released “The Acoustic Sessions” EP that followed the release of his sophomore album, 2013’s “Surfers Paradise” that debuted top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart and features the Top 40 hit single “Pretty Brown Eyes.” He recently wrapped his sold out US and Canadian Acoustic Sessions Tour and had previously been touring with Justin Bieber on Bieber’s Believe Tour. In 2013, Simpson released his first book, Welcome To Paradise: My Journey published by HarperCollins. CODY SIMPSON joins first time professional partner WITNEY CARSON.

CHARLIE WHITE -- Paired in 1997, Charlie White, 26, and his partner Meryl Davis 27, are the longest-running ice dancing partnership in the history of United States figure skating. White, who grew up just down the street from his partner, began skating at the age of three. They are 2014 Olympic Gold Medalists, 2010 Olympic Silver Medalists and 2011 & 2013 World Champions. White and Davis are also six-time (2009-2014) U.S. Champions, and five-time (2001-2013) Grand Prix Final Champions. Led by one of the most successful coaching teams in the world, they have steadily climbed the ranks of the U.S. and international ice dancing world. In 2006, they made their senior debut on the Grand Prix Series. They dominated the international skating scene this season, standing atop the podium at all six competitions they entered. By winning the 2013 World Championships, the team made figure skating history, becoming the only U.S. ice dancing team to ever win two World titles. The second title cemented their place in figure skating history and positioned them as the team to beat at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. White is an avid sports fan, particularly hockey. An accomplished hockey player himself, White was part of a State Championship-winning team. Believing education is important, he is currently a student at the University of Michigan and hopes to attend law school in the future. CHARLIE WHITE partners with SHARNA BURGESS.

BILLY DEE WILLIAMS – Legendary leading man, Billy Dee Williams, was often touted as the 'black Clark Gable,' especially after his co-starring role in “Lady Sings the Blues,” opposite Diana Ross. George Lucas tapped him to play the scoundrel Lando Calrissian in “The Empire Strikes Back,” and “The Return of the Jedi.” He also played the district attorney Harvey Dent in 1989's “Batman.”  Williams many films include “The Ladies Man,” “Undercover Brother,” “The Visit,” “Fanboys,” “Barry Munday” and “Constellation” opposite Gabrielle Union. Most recently, the iconic Williams appeared in the blockbuster film “The Lego Movie.” In 2006, the NAACP recognized Williams for his immense contribution to the arts by awarding him the Lifetime Achievement Award.  His television appearances include “Lost,” “Private Practice” and “Scrubs.” In addition to his impressive acting career, Williams is also a very accomplished artist and has a painting on display at the Smithsonian. BILLY DEE WILLIAMS partners with EMMA SLATER.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Ernest Pugh becomes director of worship at Houston church

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Ernest Pugh
Pastor Keion Henderson
Pastor Keion Henderson of The Light House Church, a mega-sized congregation in Houston, TX, has appointed Stellar Award nominated gospel star Earnest Pugh as the assembly’s new Pastor of Worship. “It is an honor to announce the addition of Earnest Pugh to our church,” Pastor Henderson noted. “It’s a perfect match. He fits in with our church’s culture and shares the same vision as I. We are excited to embrace his talent and utilize his God-given gifts to help grow our congregation even further.”

Gospel music fans know Pugh for his #1 radio smashes such as “Rain on Us” and “I Need Your Glory” but he has a long history as a church music administrator. Over the last two decades, he’s served as a worship leader at various churches including Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in Ft. Washington, MD and recently at Silver Lake Church in Pearland, TX. In 2013, the Institute for Teaching God’s Word awarded him an honorary doctorate for his twenty years of service in ministry and music. 

Aside from a hectic touring schedule and promoting his latest #1 CD “The W.I.N. (Worship in Nassau) Experience” featuring the radio hit “All Things Through Christ” with Bishop Rance Allen, Pugh also serves as CEO of EPM Music Group where he oversees the careers of gospel artists such as Chrystal Rucker, Keith Williams, Vincent Tharpe & Kenosis, and Charles Butler & Trinity  The EPM Music Group will soon release a Word & Worship CD on Pastor Henderson to bring greater awareness to his dynamic preaching, teaching and singing ministry. “I’m excited about my future with the church and also about the blooming of Pastor Henderson’s ministry,” Pugh adds.

Keion Dwayne Henderson is a provocative pastor with a dedicated and rapidly growing flock. The Lighthouse Church was born in 2009 with just over 100 people and has since swelled to over 2,500 members.  The church is holdings services at Summer Creek High School, 14000 Beckford Blvd. in Houston at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Fans can view Pugh’s riveting “All Things Through Christ” music video with Bishop Rance Allen online at www.earnestpugh.com and it’s now available for download on iTunes.

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Season 7 of 'The Game' garners huge ratings

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By Mona Austin

The season 7 premiere of  The Game did not fumble with ratings on March 4.   Garnering nearly 3.4 million viewers, the Sabers and their supporting crew  ranked as the highest rated sitcom on all cable among women 18-49 this season and the No. 1 scripted series premiere among adults 18-49 on all cable for the year.

Writers and producers must has heard fans who  complained that the storyline was getting boring in the past as this season is thick with interesting

Season 7 finds Tasha Mack (Wendy Racquel Robinson) still trying to manage her men and son changing life experiences.   With the support of Chardonnay, Tasha visits the doctor and gets news that qualifies her to be a guest on Maury, while Malik struggles to come back from an injury that threatens to end his career. 
Malik receives physical therapy for injured arm.
Photo Credit: Annette Davis
Malik.  Both mother and son face potentially game-

Kelly Pitts (Britney Daniel) has worked her way back in the mix, but has viewers wondering what her role will be since she is still single after divorcing Jason, who retires in the season opener, leaving a tainted legacy after alleged.  The big question is how will her presence affect the dynamic of Jason's relationship with Chardonnay?   And the newbies, Keira (Lauren London) and Blue (Jay Ellis), continue to make rookie mistakes on and off the field.  Everything comes to a head for Sabers devotees as the end of the season builds to an unforgettable conclusion.

She's back! Will Kelly and Jason reconnect on this season of The Game? Phtoo Credit: Quantrell D. Colbert
With ratings like this ad a story line this in
Tune in to The Game on BET on Tuesday nights at 10:00 p.m./EST.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

'Boondocks" creator Aaron McGruder takes 'Black Jesus' to Adult Swim

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New Live-Action Series from Aaron McGruder to Premiere this Year
Adult Swim has  greenlit a new half-hour live-action scripted comedy called Black Jesus from award-winning writer/producer, Aaron McGruder (The Boondocks, Red Tails). The show finds Jesus living in present day Compton, CA on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers. The series stars newcomer Gerald "Slink" Johnson (Grand Theft Auto V) as Black Jesus, and also stars Charlie Murphy (Are We There Yet), Corey Holcomb (The Cleveland Show), and John Witherspoon (The Boondocks, The First Family). Productionhas begun on the new series in Los Angeles, CA, which will premiere later this year.
McGruder, who created the series, will serve as executive producer through his 5 Mutts Productions along with writer/director Mike Clattenberg (Trailer Park Boys) and LEG's Norman Aladjem and John Bravakis.
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Single Ladies will conclude this March

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VH1's first scripted program, "Single Ladies" won't be returning next season.  
The music network has decided to cancel the hour long drama/comedy executive produced by Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment. 
In a statement VH1 said, “We’ve been proud to deliver three seasons of the drama, romance, and style that engaged viewers in each episode of Single Ladies.   Although we’ve decided not to move forward with another season, we hope to work again with the talented cast, creatives and producers as well as our partners at Flavor Unit Entertainment in the near future. We also thank the show’s fans for their support since the premiere in 2011.”
Catch the series finale of "Single Ladies" on March 24 at 9 p.m. on VH1.
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Malaco's D.A. johnson mourns the loss of his father, Willie Connell Johnson

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Jackson, MS - Quartet Pioneer and father of D.A. Johnson (Executive Director, Gospel Division Malaco Music Group), Willie Connell Johnson passed on Thursday March 6, 2014, at his home, surrounded by family in Jamaica, NY.

Willie Connell Johnson, born in Sumter, SC, founder of The Mighty Brooklyn Skyways, a quartet that enjoyed such hits as, “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven (But Nobody Really Wants To Die),” “May The Work I’ve Done Speak For Me,” and “Unbelievable Man,” all with Peacock Records. In the seventies, The Skyways recorded three albums with Savoy Records now wholly owned by the Malaco Music Group. Willie Johnson was honored when he was invited to participate in the historic recording of the 3 CD / 3 DVD Box Set of "Gospel Legends" released exclusively for television in 2005.

D.A. Johnson has brought the family legacy full circle by signing with Savoy / Malaco Records in 1999.

 Please keep the entire Johnson family and friends in prayer.

The funeral arrangements are as follows:

Date:     Friday March 14, 2014

Viewing: 5pm-7pm

Service:  7pm 

Venue:  Holy Nazarene Deliverance Ministry
              237 Ralph Ave.  Brooklyn, NY 11233

Funeral Home: James H. Willie Funeral Home Inc.
                           918 Gates Ave.  Brooklyn, NY 11221
                           (P) 718-875-1036
                           (F) 718-875-4082

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Women of Soul rock the White House

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Musical veterans and and future vetrans united in the Performance at the White House series, Women of Soul on March 6.    Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Melissa EtheridgeTessanne ChinJill ScottJanelle Monáe and Ariana Grande were all placed in the spotlight

President Obama noted ha soul music was rooted in the church, where many R&B performers got their start:

"For many of the performers here tonight, it all began on Sunday morning.  Growing up in Detroit, Aretha sang at her father’s church, and recorded her first album at that church when she was just 14 years old.  Patti LaBelle was painfully shy -- I cannot believe that, but this is what I’ve been told --(laughter) -- until she sang a solo in front of the congregation, and got a standing ovation.  That’s when she realized she could do something special. 

Eventually, artists like Aretha and Patti began mixing gospel with R&B, and rock and pop.  Instead of singing about love and pain, forgiveness and acceptance to a church audience, they sang about them to the world.  And the world had never heard anything like it."

"Women in Soul" will air on OBS on April 7.  Check your local listing for airing times.
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