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Friday, April 18, 2014

'Apple Mortgage Cake' movie encourages faith, self reliance premiering on UP this Easter Sunday

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By Mona Austin

In 2009 if you would have told  Angela Logan that you could envision her in a movie -- about her life -- it would not  have been hard for her to fathom.  

Back then, the country was in a recession and like many Americans, Logan lost her job.    The single mom was struggling to take care of her three sons, who were ages 15, 17 and 19 at the time.  Then, a series of  unforeseeable circumstances threatened to land them on the streets. Desperately, Logan conjured up a sweet, money making solution that tugged hard at people's heart strings. Soon the out-of-work actress was on a path that appeared to be scripted for television. 

Five years later,  her surreal experience, has become a movie in reality.  UP TV has produced its first original movie, "Apple Mortgage Cake" based on Logan's inspiring real life story, airing on Easter Sunday. 

"Apple Mortgage Cake,"  tells the story of how Logan baked her way out of a financial crisis.
When she was about to lose her  Teaneck, New Jersey home she drew from her cooking talent to save her family from homelessness using a cherished family recipe. The home was paid in full, but financial problems arose and a second mortgage was taken to cover her mother's medical and subsequent funeral expenses.   After an honest confession about her dire circumstances to friends,  family and church members,  the life-changing bake sale was on!  

(Que the movie score here.)  

Selling cakes made with organic ingredients at $40 each in a poor economy, within a few days Logan raised enough money to pull the home that had been in her family for generations out of foreclosure with " four pans, one mixer and one bowl." Garnering national media attention, word about her goal spread fast and compassionate people placed orders for Apple Cake from all over the country, despite the hefty price tag.  

The self-reliant  baker now runs Mortgage Apple Cakes, LLC full time. 

An actress of 30 years, Logan spoke to me from the commercial kitchen in Hawthorne, NJ where they were processing orders in the late afternoon hours on Good Friday.  She recalled working steadily as an actress prior to  facing financial challenges:

 "I was doing pretty well and all of a sudden the agency closed.  They did not pay me.  They took the money and ran."

This Sunday, Logan will again exercise her acting chops in a small role opposite the star of the movie, acclaimed actress Kimberly Elise (Diary of A Mad Black Woman, For Colored Girls).  

When asked about possibly portraying herself  in the movie she answered that she preferred working alongside Elise, one of her favorites. "It's like a dream come true."

Today life for Logan is in complete contrast to peril she overcame. Earlier this year her company catered the Superbowl VIP Tailgate Party.
 Said Logan about acquiring the made-for-television-movie , "I'm grateful for so many blessings.  I try to  be ready and responsible for them.  You must be ready because when the blessing comes it's time to work!," adding she is "thrilled" the movie is being released on Easter.

"Apple Mortgage Cake" airs on Easter Sunday, April 20 only on Up TV at 7 P.M./EST.
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

TUNE-IN ALERT: The 'shocking' season 3 finale of Scandal airs tonight

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By Mona Austin

Okay Scandalizers (ooops, LOL!), I mean Gladiators: The season finale of Scandal airs tonight. More lives are in danger. Who will die next?   Lead character Kerry Washington said the finale will be "very shocking."  

“The final shot of the episode is not anything I could have imagined weeks before — or the episode before,” she told the Hollywood Reporter. 

Election Day has arrived and nothing is off limits as the candidates try to capture votes. Meanwhile, Olivia tries to understand Maya's motives and Charlie makes a very surprising move.

 Watch ABC's "Scandal," tonight, THURSDAY, APRIL 17 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. 
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Transgender man loses law suit against BET Viacom

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B Scott at the 2013 BET Awards.

By Mona Austin

Popular blogger, B. Scott, an out transgender male has lost the law suit he filed against BET/Viacom.
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Stars turn out for L.A. premiere of Haunted House 2

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(LOS ANGELES) April 17, 2014 - Last night, Hollywood hit the red carpet for the L.A. premiere of Open Road Films' A Haunted House 2.  Cast members Marlon WayansJamie PresslyAffion Crockett,Essence AtkinsCedric the Entertainer, and Gabriel Iglesias turned out in style at Regal Cinema L.A. Live to celebrate the release of the film which opens tomorrow.  Special guests in attendance were singer/actress BrandyLisa RayeDamien WayansOmar EppsFloyd MayweatherDawn Richards,NeyoShar JacksonBrely Evans, comedians Niecy Nash and Mike Epps

Written and produced by Wayans, A Haunted House 2 is the sequel to the hilarious box office hit that spoofs the latest supernatural horror movie franchises.

Take a look at who showed up at the premiere!


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Erica Campbell and Jonathan Slocumb to host McDonald's Inspiration Gospel Tour

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OAK BROOK, Ill.-- McDonald's USA has announced its Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour is back and better than ever with some of gospel music's biggest acts. Hosting the tour this year is one-half of sister duo Mary Mary and now solo artist Erica Campbell and comedian Jonathan Slocumb. Joining them will be three-time 2014 Stellar Award-winners Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy, the renowned Mississippi Mass Choir, gospel's latest hip-hop sensation Uncle Reece, organist Moses Tyson, Jr. and the incomparable Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers. Back for its eighth year, the free summer concert series sets out May 22 and runs through July 25 to deliver messages of hope and inspiration to communities nationwide.
"I am so thankful and honored to be chosen not only to host the tour, but to perform alongside other gospel greats," said Campbell, a gospel music veteran. "The tour will definitely be filled with uplifting music, laughter and an overall good time for everyone."
McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour will again focus on the importance of giving back to the community by supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), the company's Mission Partner. In recognition of the RMHC's 40 years of keeping families together and helping children heal, this year concertgoers will have the opportunity to learn about the Charity and the important role it plays in helping thousands of children and families heal and thrive better together. Attendees will also be encouraged to support their local RMHC Chapter by participating in a love offering to help neighboring families served by the Charity.
"I could not pass up the opportunity to co-host such an amazing tour that's on a mission to give back to families like yours and mine," Slocumb said. "I can't wait to bring the non-stop laughter to everyone, especially those who are going through a tough time."
All Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour concerts are free of charge. Gospel music fans can visit www.365Black.com to obtain tickets. The multi-city tour will make stops in 12 markets, including: AtlantaCharlotteChicagoDetroitGreensboro, Jackson,Los AngelesMemphisOaklandPhiladelphiaRaleigh and Washington, D.C.
Tour dates and locations include:
  • May 22 – Philadelphia, Mount Airy COGIC
  • May 23 – Washington, D.C., Ebenezer AME Church
  • June 5 – Charlotte, The Park Church*
  • June 6 – Raleigh, Wake Chapel Church
  • June 7 – Greensboro, Mount Zion Baptist Church*
  • June 19 – Jackson, Greater Bethlehem Temple Church
  • June 20 – Memphis, New Salem Baptist Church
  • June 27 – Detroit, Greater Grace Temple
  • June 28 – Chicago, Chicago Gospel Music Festival – Ellis Park
  • July 9 – Atlanta, Full Gospel Baptist Conference – Georgia World Congress Center
  • July 24 – Los Angeles, City of Refuge Church
  • July 25 – Oakland, Craneway Pavilion
    *Only Erica Campbell and Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy will perform.
"We are committed to giving back and bringing joy to thousands in our local communities," said Rob Jackson, McDonald's U.S. marketing director. "McDonald's has been deeply rooted in the community for generations, and we will continue to serve our neighbors, both inside and outside of our restaurants."
McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour is an extension of the brand's 365Black platform, an initiative that celebrates the pride, heritage and achievements of African-Americans year round. To learn more about the tour and the 365Black initiative, visit http://www.365Black.com. Follow @McDonalds on Twitter for tour updates and join the conversation at #365BlackGospel.
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Damien Sneed on his work with reviving traditional church music with Wynton Marsalis and the Abyssinian Mass Choir

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During Holy Week, award-winning gospel recording artist Damien Sneed is co-presenting, in conjunction with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center organization, a series of YouTube videos featuring the historic Abyssinian Mass: A Gospel Celebration.  The videos feature Rev. Calvin Butts, Damien Sneed, Wynton Marsalis and others.

 Damien Sneed reflects on the concert experience in his own words:

 The Power of Prayer (Part One) -
"This first video shows candid footage of me, Wynton Marsalis, Rev. Calvin Butts, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and my choral group, Chorale Le Chateau during the Abyssinian Mass 2013: Gospel Celebration Tour. The footage was recorded during one of our performances in New York City at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall. The video's musical underscore is based on the movement PRAYER where the choir declares “Come Together through the Power of Prayer.” At 3:44 - 3:46, you can even see Jessye Norman and Lawrence Fishburne seated on the side of the stage, standing up clapping and singing with us."

 God's Trombone (Part Two) -  
"This video uses the title of a well-known collection of poetry by James Weldon Johnson “God's Trombone”. My homeboy, Chris Crenshaw, trombonist for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra who happens to be from the CSRA area is featured in this video that was taped in my hometown, Augusta, GA and shows a lot of footage of my home church, Good Shepherd Baptist Church."

 Heaven Makes a Great Noise (Part Three) - "This video is a wonderful memoir of the experience I had conducting the Abyssinian Mass at my home church in Augusta, GA with so many close family, friends, high school classmates, music teachers and others in the pews watching me conduct my mentor, Wynton Marsalis's original composition. This is a personally touching video for me. My 5th and 6th grade science teacher, Bishop Rosa L. Williams of Augusta, GA who worked as a school teacher with my deceased father speaks about her experience knowing me. And Wynton Marsalis tells the story of how we met and encourages me to continue doing what I feel to be a calling." 

 Meditation (Part Four) -
 "This particular clip is quite moving and was directed by Wynton Marsalis' son, Simeon Marsalis. Meditation was one of the movements of the Abyssinian Mass, but here the viewer gets to see a montage made of up members of Chorale Le Chateau singing while Bishop Rosa Williams focuses and expounds on Psalm 23, Psalm 91 and what music in Heaven will be like."
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SNEAK PEEK: Jessica Reedy joins Deitrick Haddon's LXW for Good Friday Concert on Oxygen

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 [Los Angeles, CA] April 16, 2014 -Deitrick Haddon's LXW wowed the audience as the opener of this year's, "Celebration of Gospel", and for those who wanted to see more, here's your chance. Oxygen viewers will be in for a treat on Good Friday this year. The network has just announced that they will be airing the entire LXW concert on Friday, April 18th, at 8:30 A.M. EDTThe concert was taped at the City of Refuge Church in LA.  Deitrick wanted to bring together the BEST of the BEST in choir music to help propel the movement.  Featured acts include: Jessica Reedy, Hezekiah Walker, Ricky Dillard, and Donald Lawrence.


Haddon has this to say about the special airing of Christian programming on the network, "Wow! This is amazing! Oxygen is not afraid to go where no other network has gone just to encourage their viewers...and it's the perfect day, it's Good Friday.  This is groundbreaking for the Kingdom."

Fans can pre-order Deitrick Haddon's LXW CD and DVD now.  Their debut project will be available in stores and online April 22.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Kerry Washington to Narrate Steve Stoute's The Tanning of America Audiobook

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NEW YORK -- Steve Stoute's acclaimed 2011 book, The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture that Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy, is now available as an audiobook narrated by Scandal star Kerry Washington. A portion of the proceeds from the book, which presents an insider's view of how the transcendent power of popular culture is helping reinvigorate and revitalize the American dream, will go toward Washington's charity, the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

The Tanning of America serves as a pop culture anthology that chronicles the impact of hip-hop on the economy over the last thirty years. Stoute traces how the "tanning" phenomenon raised a generation that has the same mental complexion based on shared experiences and values, rather than the demographic boxes that have been used to a fault by corporate America. The Tanning of America provides a translation guide to bridge the language gap and , The Tanning of America: How Hip Hop Changed Us, which aired in February of 2014.

"I chose Kerry Washington to narrate The Tanning of America for the audio format because she represents a generation that pushed boundaries in order to be heard and respected," said Stoute. "Throughout her career, she has exemplified what it means to be an artist, a humanitarian, and a political activist. I'm honored she agreed to read the book and represent the values of tanning."
"I am honored to play a small role in bringing this important book to the world," said Washington. "By examining hip-hop through the lenses of ethnomusicology, marketing analysis, sociology and Stoute's own personal reflections as a cultural pioneer, The Tanning of America helps us to understand how the American dream has and continues to be redefined by the transformative forces of inclusivity and aspirational drive embodied in the journey of hip-hop and pop culture."

The Tanning of America audiobook is available on iTunesAudible and everywhere audiobooks are sold.
About Steve Stoute: A powerful innovator in brand marketing, Steve Stoute has made a career out of identifying and activating a new generation of consumers to help Fortune 500 companies thrive in the world of popular culture. He is the founder and chief executive officer of the industry-leading marketing firm Translation, whose client roster includes iconic brands such as McDonald's, Anheuser-Busch InBev, State Farm, Target, Coca-Cola and Lady Gaga. In 2014, Stoute was recognized as one of Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business, and in 2013, Advertising Age named him Executive of the Year. Much of Translation's work is based on Stoute's philosophy about the changing landscape of American culture and how people are all moving toward a shared mental complexion.

About Kerry Washington: A versatile, fearless, Emmy-nominated actress who continues to shine on both the big screen and small, Kerry Washington, a Bronx native, has received high acclaim for her work on stage, on television and on film. She currently stars in the hit ABC drama Scandal, a role for which she broke barriers by becoming the first African-American woman to headline a network television show since 1974. An activist as well as an actress, Washington was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President's Committee of the Arts and Humanities in 2009.
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It's April 15 - TAX DEADLINE DAY

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Today, April 15 is the day of reckoning for U.S. taxpayers.  It's time to turn in 2013 tax forms.  The White House led by example in releasing the tax filings of the Obama's and Biden's last week.  Both families are paying over $90 thousand in taxes for earnings in 2013.  Bother families are in a higher tax bracket, but supported policies to protect the majority of Americans who are not.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

White House Announces 2014 Easter Egg Roll Program and Talent Line-up

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The White House announces the program, activities, and talent line-up for the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll, a tradition in its 136th year and the largest annual public event at the White House. 

The Easter Egg Roll will take place Monday, April 21, on the South Lawn of the White House and in support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative is focused on promoting health and wellness with the theme, “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape.”  The event will feature live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter egg rolling.

To learn more about the Easter Egg Roll visit www.WhiteHouse.gov/EasterEggRoll. Tune in for live streams from the South Lawn on April 21, 2014 on WhiteHouse.gov/live. You can also join the conversation online using the hashtag #EasterEggRoll and get the latest updates by checking out Let’s Move! on Twitter and Facebook.

Talent Line-up

This year’s special guest is 12-year-old singing sensation, Cam Anthony. Anthony will sing the National Anthem as well as perform on the Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll Stage

DJ Beauty & the Beatz, Ariana Grande, Candice Glover, R5 featuring Ross Lynch, DJ Young1, and Sesame Street’s Mando, Rosita, Abby Cadabby, and Cookie Monster, will perform on the Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll Stage.  The Official Emcee of the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll is Tommy McFly, who will introduce acts on the Ellipse music stage. The United States Marine Corps Band will perform American classics. 

Readers on the Storytime Stage will be Jim Carrey, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri, former NFL player and NASA astronaut Leland Melvin, DJ Lance Rock, Debby Ryan from the Disney Channel’s JESSIE and Sesame Street’s Mando, Rosita, Abby Cadabby, and Cookie Monster.

Chefs Maneet Chauhan, Alexandra Guarnaschelli, Sam Kass, Marc Murphy, Charles Phan, Super Sprowtz, and the Disney Channel cast of JESSIE will prepare healthy eating demonstrations in the Play with your Food station.

In the Eggtivity Zone, Dr. Jayne Greenberg, Cornell McClellan, Donna Richardson Joyner, Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, Michelle Kwan, Anthony Robles, and Shellie Pfohl will represent the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition as players and coaches from professional sports teams teach kids how to play sports and show kids easy, fun ways to stay active and fit. 

Athletes participating in the Eggtivity Zone include:

Katrina Adams (US Tennis Association)
Dwayne Allen (Indianapolis Colts)
Davy Arnuad (D.C. United)
Brian Baker (US Tennis Association)
Kelly Berger (US Lacrosse)
Bonnie Bernstein (Sports Journalist)
Bobby Boswell (D.C. United)
Stephen Bowen (Washington Redskins)
Michael Carter-Williams (Philadelphia 76ers)
Julie Chu (US Olympic Ice Hockey)
Kirk Cousins (Washington Redskins)
Monique Currie (Washington Mystics)
Martin Conlon (NBA)
Adrian Dantley (NBA)
Derrick Dockery (NFL)
Fabian Espondola (D.C. United)
Dwight Freeney (San Diego Chargers)
Maria Cruz Garcia (US Olympic Fencer)
Pierre Garçon (Washington Redskins)
Gio Gonzales (Washington Nationals)
Robert Griffin III (Washington Redskins)
Richard Hamilton (NBA)
Allyson Hamlin (D.C. United)
Jamie Hampton (US Tennis Association)
Tony Hawk (Professional Skateboarder)
Daryl Homer (US Olympic Fencer)
Ryan Kerrigan (Washington Redskins)
Bradley Klahn (US Tennis Association)
Matt Lawrence (NFL)
Ivory Latta (Washington Mystics)
Nancy Lieberman (WNBA)
Nastia Liukin (US Olympic Gymnast)
Felipe (Luis) López  (NBA)
Le’Ron McClain (NFL)
Grace Min (US Tennis Association)
Tim Morehouse (US Olympic Fencer)
Dikembe Mutombo (NBA)
Lewis Neal (D.C. United)
Bill Olsen (D.C. United)
Mzingha Elaine Prescod (US Olympic Fencer)
Melanie Oudin (US Tennis Assocation)
Jeff Parke (D.C. United)
Sam Querrey (US Tennis Association)
Paul Rabil (Lacrosse)
Sanya Richards-Ross (US Olympic Track and Field)
Ruth Riley (WNBA)
Sysannah Scalon (US Olympic Fencer)
Adrian Smith (NFL)
Briana Scurry (US Soccer)
Eric Thibault (Washington Mystics)
Etan Thomas (NBA)
Charles Tillman (Chicago Bears)
Ashley Wagner (US Olympic Figure Skater)
Lardarius Webb (Baltimore Ravens)
Buck Williams (NBA)
Donna Wilkinson (D.C. Divas)
USA Field Hockey

The Hop To It Stage will offer a variety of interactive dance and other physical fun including Baby Loves Disco, Hip Hop Public Health, KidTribe, and the Ohmies.

The Ellipse will have an entertainment stage and guests can enjoy musical acts, activities, and a real NASCAR racecar as they prepare to enter the South Lawn. Tommy McFly will be on the Ellipse spinning music and getting guests excited about the event. 

This year’s costume characters include:

Abby Cadabby -- AbraKidabra! -- Angry Birds -- Arthur -- Belt from The Croods -- Big Green Rabbit -- Cabbage Patch Kids Amy Sue and Brian Josh  -- Caillou and Gilbert -- Captain Barnacles Bear and Kwazii Kitten from The Octonauts -- Charlie Brown -- Charlie and Checkers -- Clicky  -- Curious George -- Daniel Tiger -- Doc McStuffins -- Doki and Anabella from Discovery Familia -- Domino the Great -- Dora the Explorer -- Dynamike

Emmet and WyldStyle from the LEGO Movie -- Fairy Twinkletoes --
Franklin the Turtle -- Geo and Milli from Team Umizoomi -- Hatching Chick -- Jake from Jake and the Never Land Pirates -- Little Nutbrown Hare -- Maisy -- Mama, Papa, and Junior Bunnies -- Mario and Luigi -- Maya & Miguel -- Miffy -- Minion Tim and Minion Jerry from Despicable Me -- Mop Top the Hip Hop Scientist -- Mozzie the Mosquito -- Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head -- Olive the Ostrich -- Peg + Cat -- Peter Rabbit and Lily Bobtail -- Power Panther -- Power Rangers –

Princess Presto – Screech – Slapshot -- Smokey Bear -- Snoopy -- Sofia the First -- Spider-Man -SpongeBob SquarePants -- Squiggz from the Bug Rangers -- Super WHY! -- Talking Tom and Talking Ben -- The Cat in the Hat -- The Racing Presidents Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Thomas Jefferson -- Tommy and Tallulah from Tickety Toc -- Toothless the Dragon from How to Train Your Dragon 2 -- Topspin and Slice -- Twig Wompkee -- Witzy the Duck -- Woodsy Owl

Full List of Events

With the “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape” theme, all of the activities on the South Lawn promote healthy and active living.  The activities include obstacle courses, yoga, dancing, playing sports with professional athletes, and of course, the traditional egg roll.  The full list of events is below:

Egg Roll Classics
An Egg Hunt & the traditional Egg Roll

Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll Stage
Live musical performances for all ages

Storytime Stage
Listen as celebrities bring books to life

Hop To It!
An instructional dance party on the South Lawn!  Get up to dance and more

Eggtivity Zone Obstacle Course
An ultimate all-in-one obstacle course! Climb, jump, and run your way through a variety of sports drills
Basketball and Tennis
Get hands-on training from basketball and tennis pros on the President’s court

Yoga Garden
Come enjoy a session of yoga from professional instructors

Eggspress Yourself
Hatch your inner artist with arts and crafts fun! Egg dying, egg decorating, and more

Play with your Food 
An entertaining activity center filled with opportunities to learn about healthy eating

Eggsperiment Zone
Interactive, educational activities designed to spark scientific curiosity and creativity

Additional Information about the 2014 Easter Egg Roll

For the sixth year in a row, members of the public had the opportunity to enter an online lottery for a chance to win tickets to the event and more than 30,000 people from all 50 states and the District of Columbia have received tickets to the event. 
This year’s event will begin at 7:30 AM and end at 6:45 PM EDT.

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Karen Clark Sheard Hosts International Summit for Women in Church Leadership

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 Ladies 1st "A Celebration of Women" Inaugural International Summit Will Be Held September 10-13 in Virginia Beach, VA Confirmed Presenters Include Faith Evans, Erica Campbell, Dorinda Clark Cole, Vickie Winans, Jacky Clark Chisholm, and Kierra Sheard More to be Confirmed in the Coming Weeks 

(Detroit, MI – April 14, 2014) – Gospel Music Legend Karen Clark Sheard, the first lady of Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God and Christ in Detroit, MI, which is pastored by her husband, Bishop J. Drew Sheard, will host an international summit for women who serve in various leadership roles in the church. First Lady Karen Clark Sheard Presents: Ladies 1st “A Celebration of Women” Inaugural International Summit will be held September 10-13, 2014, in Virginia Beach, VA.

The summit will bring together women from all over the globe, including pastors, co-pastors, bishops, and minister’s wife, widows and adjutants from all denominations for three days of sharing, healing and breakthrough in a relaxing environment outside of the traditional church landscape. To date, confirmed presenters include Erica Campbell, Dorinda Clark Cole, Vickie Winans, Jacky Clark Chisholm, and Kierra Sheard; and more to be confirmed in the coming weeks. For more information, please visit www.kcsladies1st.com. The summit will be divided into three phases: The Woman Within, The Woman for Her Family and The Woman of the Ministry. The first day will focus on personal needs. It will begin with a morning of beauty, pampering, shopping and sightseeing; followed by an afternoon tea time (meet and greet); and capped off with a white carpet dinner and fashion show. The second day is designed to target family needs and issues. The final day of the summit focuses on issues and concerns around ministry. Days two and three will feature a series of workshops and other activities.

 The Ladies 1st International Summit is the vision of Clark Sheard, who hopes to use the summit as a platform to recognize and show appreciation to women who give so much of themselves to their families and ministries. Part of First Lady Sheard’s vision and goal for the Ladies 1st Summit is to provide enriching and fulfilling tools that will help maximize the full potential in those women who have a sincere heart for servitude. “As a partner in ministry with my husband [Bishop J. Drew Sheard], and through my travels, I get to see firsthand the need for this summit,” she says. “These women of God are often forced to conceal their struggles from the friends, who just don’t understand, and the congregations that they serve. They have stories to tell and hearts to be healed.” Clark Sheard can relate to the struggles these women have in trying to juggle family, ministry and their own personal development. She has seen and done it all and she will share her experiences and lessons-learned with her fellow summit participants who are facing similar challenges.

 A four-time GRAMMY® Award-winner and multiple Stellar and GMA Dove Award winner, Karen Clark Sheard is a vocalist, songwriter, entrepreneur, first lady, wife and mother. The daughter of pioneering gospel choir director and gospel music icon Dr. Mattie Moss and member of the famed Clark Sisters, she is part of a musical dynasty. She also has a thriving solo career and is the founder, along with her husband, of Karew Records, a family-owned label. She guides the lives and careers of her daughter, award-winning gospel music sensation Kierra Sheard and her son, J. Drew Sheard II, a producer and musician. She travels the country as both a singer and an evangelist, and she plans and leads both church-based and national women’s conferences. In addition, her family is the subject of a docu-drama series, The Sheards. The second season of The Sheards will air later this year on the BET Network. Sheard new single, “Sunday AM” (pronounced as “Sunday Morning”) is produced by award-winning producer Donald Lawrence and available on iTunes. (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sunday-a.m.-single/id829725886?ls=1)
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