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Friday, May 9, 2014

Score!: MVP Kevin Durant names mother 'real' MVP in acceptance speech

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"When something good happens to you, I don't know about you guys, but I tend to look back to what brought me here.. . .mom, you are the real MVP" Kevin Durant, 2014 MVP, Oklahoma City Thunder 

The NBA's newly minted MVP, Kevin Durant has given his mother, Wanda Pratt  a priceless Mother's Day gift during his acceptance speech Wednesday.  Durant concluded that his mother, a single mom, was the real MVP for instilling the discipline that made him a basketball star and for sacrificing for her family.  Touching many hearts, the speech went viral. The NBA has also made a Mother's Day commercial around his powerful words.  

Earning 119 first-place votes, Durant was a clear favorite in the league. Miami's LeBron James, who won the last two MVP awards and four of the previous five, finished second with six first-place votes, and Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers came in third. 

If you can't find the words to say to let your mom know she is still #1 in your life, quote Kevin. Listen to his powerfully beautiful speech in The Slice Radio Report here. Don't forget to call her, send flowers, a card or some token of appreciation.  Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 11.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

First Lady Obama to speak at Dillard University 2014 commencement

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First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the commencement address to the class of 2014 at Dillard University in New Orleans, LA. Dillard is a private four-year liberal arts historically black university with a history dating back to 1869. Academically, Dillard is listed on: Forbes’ 2013 list of Top Colleges and Universities in the U.S., top 60 liberal arts institutions by the Washington Monthly (2013), and is consistently one of U.S News and World Report’s top Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The University has been fully engaged in the economic development of the Gentilly community in which it is located as well as the city of New Orleans. Dillard University partners with 12 community organizations, businesses, and local schools in implementing such projects as home buyer workshops, community health fairs, edible gardens, and water sustainability.
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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Dana Perry launches "Hannah the Great" childrens book line

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(Atlanta, GA) – May 7, 2014Dana L. Perry, launches her children’s book line, Hannah the Great!

Author Dana L. Perry began shopping for books when she learned that she was pregnant with her daughter, Hannah Alexandria and was very disappointed in the options that were available. She was looking for books that affirmed her daughter’s beauty, brilliance, talent and ability and could not find a line that was dedicated to edifying and encouraging her daughter.

Girls face unique challenges with self-esteem, peer pressure and developing a healthy sense of worth due to being bombarded by messages that chip away at the very essence of their being. So Dana began writing affirming letters to her daughter and "Hannah the Great" books were born. During the exploratory process, she learned that girls in the United States are considered "in crisis" due to low self-esteem with a reported 70%  having poor self-image and esteem, leading to a host of other issues.

Upon discovery of this statistical data, Dana knew she was indeed on the right track and created a line that gives little girls the foundation they need to feel good about themselves, their talents and abilities. Currently, there are two books in the series: "Girls Can Do That" and "What Is Pretty" .

"Girls Can Do That" highlights the importance of following your heart and your dreams while "What Is Pretty" declares that beauty comes from within and is in every shape and hue.

For more information on visit www.hannahthegreat.com
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Maxine Jones of En Vogue is headed back to the studio!

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Maxine Jones
Former En Vogue member,  Maxine Jones prepares to launch her debut project as she joins the client roster of Girl in Charge Public Relations (GICPR).  Once a member of one of the best selling female groups in history, the soulful and sexy diva is ready to embark upon a new phase of her career and create music fusing R&B, Soul and a pinch of Rock & Roll. 
Jones is excited about the freedom and creativity that comes along with developing new music.   A mixture of pure talent, beauty, and style she is confident the music industry is ready to receive music from her that will showcase her sensual voice and allow her to expand her musical reach.   

"I am ready to show fans my vocal range and ability.  I was somewhat limited with En Vogue, but now I am ready to try new styles and sounds.  The right producer will get in the studio with me and challenge me vocally and allow me to be me," said Jones. 

Jones is using her knowledge of the music industry to make sound decisions for her career this time around.  She has new management and a hot new single.  Life after En Vogue has been challenging, but Jones refuses to let any challenges keep her down.  This is a new chapter in her career, with no restrictions and no boundaries this Soulful Diva is back and better than ever.  
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Apollo pleads guilty to fraud charges

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Apollo Nida, the husband of Real Housewives of Atlanta Star Phaedra Parks has plead guilty to fraud charges. On May 6, Apollo plead guilty to money laundering and identity theft, which are federal offenses that are  similar to crimes he's served time for in the past. Pending sentencing, reports say he could face up to 30 years behind bars.

(Sidebar: Doesn't it seem unfair that Porsha Williams was fired for dragging Kenya Moore by the hair on the RHOA  reunion show?  Especially when you take into consideration that  Bravo allowed Apolloto finish the season even though he allegedly injured Brandon's ribs during the "Pillow Talk" melee that led to one of the most violent eruptions in all of reality television? At the time, all he got was  a good chiding from his attorney wife and seemed to benefit from the Network's double standard y remaining on the show and traveling to Mexico with the cast.)

Just days after the former inmate avoided Andy Cohen's questions about fraud charges on part two of the reunion show, the tables have turned. Chances are Nida won't be back on the show for the next season because he could be headed back to jail.   Nida is also facing assault charges from the fight with Brandon. ~Mona Austin
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Obama serves honest humor at White House Correspondents Dinner

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Comedians love to make President Obama the butt of their jokes.  On Saturday he became a comedian and poked fun at himself too.  In front of an audience of reporters, Hollywood A-Listers and politicians at the 100th  Annual White House Correspondents Dinner, Obama tossed around zingers about his job performance, GOP obstruction of his agenda, race and healthcare.  After the awarding of journalism scholarships, a toast and a video clip

This one liner got the crowd laughing  as POTUS poked fun at rumor of Hilary Clinton's bid for the presidency. "Let's face the fact: you'll miss me when I'm gone.  It'll be hard to convince the American people that Hillary was born in Kenya," said President Obama at the 100th Annual White House Correspondents Dinner. 
"Orange is the new black" joke about treatment of Boehner and himself
got one of biggest laughs in ballroom.
In a surprise bit, HHS Sec Sebelius helped President fix a video, a
riff on healthcare.gov's problems.
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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Beckah Shae’s Champion, Attracts Critics & Fans Alike Electronic Dance Album Available Nationwide Today

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Nashville, Tenn. (May 6, 2014) – Shae Shoc’s flagship artist Beckah Shae has unveiledChampion, her eighth studio album that is available nationwide today. The dance/pop release features collaborations with award-winning and multi-platinum selling artists such asIsrael Houghton, Crystal Lewis, Eric Dawkins, Canon and T-Bone and is attracting fans and critics alike.
"Maybe you’re looking for a motivational soundtrack to bump up your workout. Maybe you need a 'spiritual trainer' to cheer you on and push you to strive for that finish line. Beckah Shae’s Champion is both.Christian Music Review
"Every song is filled with energetic, heart-pounding beats and synths…if you're looking for a positive alternative to Rihanna, Gaga, Miley Cyrus, or Ke$ha then check out CHAMPION by Beckah Shae “ Iamentertainment.com
“Champion is a high octane dance album that fits nicely along the current swell of EDM artists like Zedd and Aviclii, but with Hebrews 12:2 as a backbone that runs throughout the stream of music.”- HollywoodJesus.com
Music critics aren’t the only ones showing their excitement for Champion, fans have been submitting dance videos to their favorite tracks and with the help of Shae’s social media following, the videos are going viral. See dance compilation video below.
Radio stations across the country are also showing their support for the Dove nominated artist. Shae’s current single “Pioneer,” continues to be added to rotations and was recently picked up by Air1, Reach Radio and many others.  
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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Dr. Helen J.H. Stephens Passes

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Official Family Statement Regarding the Passing of Gospel Trailblazer Dr. Helen J.H. Stephens

OAKLAND, Calif. (May 4, 2014) – Dr. Helen James Haynes Stephens passed away peacefully, the evening of Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 10:30 p.m. under the care of hospice.

Statement from the Family:
“The Stephens Family wishes to thank everyone for their outpouring of love and prayers. Her passion was more than vocation - she used her gifts to their full potential, and as a result, her trailblazing contributions are forever etched in Gospel Music's timeline. We ask for your continued prayers during this difficult time.”

A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Lady Stephens’ early musical instruction began at the age of 4, later accepting her first pianist position at 13 years old. After completing her degree at Dillard University in 1949, Helen married Arnold E. Stephens (1927-2009) in 1950 and shortly thereafter moved to California in 1953.

In 1965, she organized the “Stephens Singers,” and later organized the “The Voices of Christ” of Berkeley, California in 1969 with 23 members, which later grew to include 92 members the following year. Additionally, in 1979, Stephens founded “The Lighthouse Singers,” an interdenominational community-based gospel choir in Marin County, California.. Lady Stephens traveled nationally with the late Rev. James Cleveland, and is most notably known as the organizer and long-serving Chapter Representative of the Northern California Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA), officially retiring in 2013. At the time of her passing, Lady Stephens remained an Emeritus member of the GMWA National Board of Directors.

She is survived by her children Reginold Stephens, Rene Stephens, and Rosalyn Stephens; 6 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

Condolences can be sent to: The Stephens Family, 4968 Buckboard Way, El Sobrante, CA 94803
Homegoing details to follow.
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