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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

TUNE IN ALERT: R&B DIVAS Atlanta premieres tonight with two new cast mates

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TV One's R&B Divas Atlanta returns for its third season on Wednesday, April 23 at 10 PM/ET. Former Destiny's Child member LaTavia Roberson and former 702 lead singer Kameelah Williams join original cast members Syleena Johnson, Keke Wyatt, Angie Stone and Monifah Carter as the ladies seek higher recognition in the music industry. The 10 episode, one-hour series will conclude with two reunion specials to recap the season.

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Congrats to Lupita for snagging People's'Most Beautiful Woman' cover, but Sandra Rose did not have to go there!

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OPINION
By Mona Austin

Applause, applause, applause to Lupita Nyong'o! Today,on NBC This Morning  it was revealed that the woman who continues to be Hollywood's latest obsession, Lupita Nyong'o is People magazine's "Most Beautiful Woman In the World." Topping the list of 50,  the Kenyan born actress, 31 genuinely gushed,  “It was exciting and just a major, major compliment.  And especially, I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen.”

Lupita has posed for more covers and been in more magazines than some professional models over the last year. Landing this coveted cover on a major mainstream mag is extra significant as it shows  what we've known along, that Black is beautiful.  Lupita is the first African face chosen as the publication's "Most Beautiful" and this is the 25th Anniversary issue to boot.
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American Bible Challenge Season 3 with Jeff Foxworthy and Kirk Franklin Air Dates Announced

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GSN ANNOUNCES SPECIAL TWO-HOUR PREMIERE EVENT
FOR THIRD SEASON OF "THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE,"
THURSDAY, MAY 22 AT 8 PM (ET/PT)

Comedian and Author Jeff Foxworthy and Grammy® Winner Kirk Franklin Return 
As Record-Breaking Original Series Kicks Off Season Three With Two Back-To-Back Original Episodes

New York, NY (April 23, 2014) - GSN (The Game Show Network) announced today the third season premiere of its highest rated original series of all time, THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE,a one-hour game show hosted by Jeff Foxworthy in which contestants compete based on their knowledge of the Bible.  Season three premieres on Thursday, May 22nd at 8 PM (ET/PT) with two back-to-back original episodes and continues with new episodes Thursdays at 8 PM (ET/PT) on GSN.

In addition to 9 original episodes, season three of THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE will bring a new set of diverse, fun and colorful contestants which include a team of former beauty queens, motorcycle riding priests, police officers and Mormon moms.  THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE has also added brand new games that put the contestant's spiritual and physical talents to the test with new categories that include "Christ or Klingon" in which contestants have to guess whether words are from the Bible or Star Trek's Klingon language; "Curse You Autocorrect" where contestants must decipher a typed Bible passage that has been "autocorrected" and "Nazareth Enquirer" with sensational Biblical headlines that could have appeared in a tabloid.  Barry Poznick ("Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader," "Lingo") joins Tom Forman as Executive Producer for new season. 

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy hosts this lively studio-based game in which contestants compete by answering questions drawn from the rich, dense narrative found in the world's best-selling book.  In addition, the contestants share their compelling back-stories and each team plays for a charitable organization.  GRAMMY® winner and multi-platinum-selling musician and producer Kirk Franklin, known for his unique style of Gospel music, serves as musical co-host of THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE.

THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE garnered the network's highest delivery in its 18-year history with 1.7 million total viewers for its August 23, 2012 series premiere. Factoring in the encore airing, the premiere episode was watched by over 2 million viewers.   The second season premiered on March 21, 2013 and built upon the success of season one with year-to-year increases of +34% W18-49 and +17% W25-54.  THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE has now been seen by over 21 million viewers. 

THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE is produced by Relativity Television for GSN, with Relativity Television's Tom Forman ("Extreme Makeover: Home Edition") serving as Executive Producer.  Barry Poznick ("Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader," "Lingo) also serves as Executive Producer.  Nick Stuart and Maura Dunbar of Odyssey Networks are Consulting Producers. Odyssey Networks is the country's largest multi-faith coalition dedicated to producing and distributing media that creates understanding among people of different beliefs and perspectives. Jeff Foxworthy also serves as Producer. Embassy Row's Michael Davies as well as Parallel Entertainment's J.P. Williams and Jennifer Novak serve as Executive Producers.
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day 2014: In Our Multicultural Society, Asians Are Most "Green"

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NEW YORK -- In celebration of the 44th annual Earth Day, DDB Worldwide today announced findings from the 2014 DDB Life Style Study® (LSS), which indicates that across both attitudinal and behavioral measures, race is one of the best predictors of "green" living. The LSS survey compares U.S. adults from among four racial groups – those who identify as White, Black, Hispanic, or Asian – and reveals that by a significant measure, Asians show the highest levels of agreement with stated beliefs and intentions about doing the right thing for the environment. 
According to the DDB Life Style Study data, over 75% of U.S. Asian adults agree that recycling is important and that they make a strong effort to recycle everything they possibly can. In addition, 62% of U.S. Asian adults say they use a refillable water bottle when they drink water outside of the home, compared with only 52% of U.S. White adults. 
Asian adults are willing to pay more for an environmentally safe version of a product than White adults (57% vs. 44%). They are also significantly more likely to make a special effort to buy from businesses that are environmentally conscious than any other racial group, with 54% of Asians doing so, versus 36% of Whites, 43% of Blacks, and 46% of Hispanics. Furthermore, they are much more likely than other racial groups to admit that a business's social or environmental practices are important to them (59% vs. 50% for Whites and Hispanics and 48% for Blacks).
Finally, when it comes to deciding what's best for the environment over what's best for the individual, 60% of U.S. Asians say they would be willing to accept a lower standard of living to conserve energy.  Only 50% of U.S. Hispanics, 46% of U.S. Blacks, and 41% of U.S. Whites are willing to make the same sacrifice.
Denise Delahorne, SVP/Group Strategy Director of DDB U.S., commented, "It's important to consider another demographic variable that influences these results, and that is education. U.S. Asians are much more likely than other racial groups in the United States to be college educated."
The study finds distinct differences between those who have completed college and those who have not when comparing green attitudes and behaviors across highest levels of education completed.
Nelson Mandela said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."Earth Day is a good time to remember that it can also save the planet.
RACE
White
Black
Hispanic
Asian
SAMPLE SIZE
4,749
816
989
330
I would pay more for an environmentally safe version of a product
44%
53%
51%
57%
I make a strong effort to recycle everything I possibly can
67%
61%
72%
78%
I use a refillable water bottle when I drink water outside of the home
52%
51%
58%
62%
I make a special effort to buy from businesses that are environmentally conscious
36%
43%
46%
54%
I would be willing to accept a lower standard of living to conserve energy
41%
46%
50%
60%
How important is this issue to you? Recycling
71%
65%
71%
76%
How important is this issue to you? Whether a business ensures that its practices have minimal social/environmental impact
50%
48%
50%
59%
HIGHEST LEVEL OF EDUCATION COMPLETED  

High School
Bachelor's Degree

Post Graduate  
SAMPLE SIZE

1,727
1,786

878
I would pay more for an environmentally safe version of a product
42%
52%
51%
I make a strong effort to recycle everything I possibly can
62%
74%
71%
I use a refillable water bottle when I drink water outside of the home
49%
58%
55%
I make a special effort to buy from businesses that are environmentally conscious
35%
44%
44%
I would be willing to accept a lower standard of living to conserve energy
46%
44%
44%
How important is this issue to you? Recycling
64%
76%
74%
How important is this issue to you? Whether a business ensures that its practices have minimal social/environmental impact
42%
56%
57%
The DDB Life Style Study® is the nation's longest running and largest longitudinal study of attitudes and behaviors. Conducted annually since 1975, the sample is balanced to the U.S. Census on gender, age, and race. This proprietary survey, with its 600+ questions, enables DDB to provide exceptional insight into American consumer attitudes and behaviors. The 2014 study was fielded among 7,020 respondents during January 2014. ©2014 DDB Worldwide Communications Group Inc.

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Tamela Mann to perform on 'The View'

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“The View” celebrates co-host Sherri Shepherd’s birthday today with a performance by Tamela Mann.

Shepherd chose NAACP Image Award winner Mann, one of her favorite vocalists, to sing  "Take Me to the King."

"Sherri is a dear friend, and I'm thrilled to be a part of her special day," said Tamela. 

"It's going to be a big celebration and time of fellowship, and I'm honored to be able to share my music with the ladies of The View and people across the country."

Mann's follow up single "I Can Only Imagine" is the No. 1 single at Gospel radio  for the fifth week.


Entertainment and pop culture expert Jawn Murray guest co-hosts; James Franco, Chris O’Dowd and Leighton Meester (Broadway’s “Of Mice and Men”); a performance from singer Tamela Mann.


Tune in to ABC on Tuesday, April 22 at 11a.m. EST to catch Tamela's performance.
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