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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, June 7, 2014

Actor Tracy Morgan critically injured in car crash

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Tracy Morgan, 30 Rock actor/comedian was critically injured in a 6 car pile up on the New Jersey Turnpike.  Morgan was in a limo  that was overturned in the accident.  Morgan's rep said in a sttement: "Tracy remains in critical condition at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. He sustained these injuries in an accident that occurred early this morning as one of several passengers in a chauffeured SUV returning from a tour date in Delaware," the statement read. "His family is now with him and he is receiving excellent care. We don’t anticipate much of a change in his condition today but will provide a further update once more information becomes available."
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First Lady Michelle Obama is added to Angelou Funeral

buzzz worthy. . . First Lady Michelle Obama will speak at the private funeral of Maya Angelou on Saturday. To be held in Wait Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest University in Winston Salem,NC where Angelou taught, the service will be streamed for public viewing on the schools web site and simulcast on OWN at 10:00 A.M. EST.

The First Lady presented a special honor to Angelou at the BET Honors in 2012 and considered the well respected port one of her "she-roes." In 2011 President Obama presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Angelou.  In their acknowledgement of Dr. Angelou's passing, the Obama's called her "a fierce friend."Having bee a supporter of Hillary Clinton, Angelou endorsed Obama when Clinton pulled out of the 2008 race for president.   Angelou spoke at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton, penning and reciting the seminal "On the Pulse of Morning.)  Former President Bill Clinton will also reportedly be in attendance.

First Lady Obama is one of many high profile people who are expected to be in attendance at the "A Celebration of Rising Joy" service. Rolling Stone reports country singer Leann Womack who popularized "I Hope You Dance" will sing that song at the service. Angelou, who was a professional dancer before knee problems ended her career, was known to be a country music fan and considered "I Hope You Dance"  one of her favorite songs. There have not been many details released about the memorial which Oprah, who held the acclaimed poet as a mentor and friend, helped plan.


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Friday, June 6, 2014

Tasha Cobbs second single release "For Your Glory"

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NEW SINGLE FROM TASHA COBBS HITTING RADIO NOW!
“FOR YOUR GLORY” IS SECOND SINGLE FROM AWARD-WINNING DEBUT ALBUM GRACE
 
Tasha Cobbs Also Set To Present The iLead Experience and
Release First Book - “Worship 101: Back to Basics”


June 6, 2014 – Tasha Cobbs has become synonymous with powerful praise and worship. Her passion and gifting for worship is evident on her debut CDGRACE, which has been lauded with three GMA Dove Awards, three Stellar Gospel Music Awards and a Grammy Award. 
While the first single off of GRACE catapulted Cobbs to the top of the charts, the entire album is a rich experience into the heart of a worshipper, with each track taking listeners on a spiritually fortifying journey.  One of those tracks, “For Your Glory,” was just released to radio and will soon be on airwaves everywhere.
Cobbs is also preparing to present her first worship conference, The iLead Experience, June 11-13 in Orlando, Florida. The conference quickly sold out and will offer attendees an extraordinary time of refreshing as well as teaching. Additionally, Tasha is releasing a book, Worship 101: Back to Basics, which is designed to reconnect praise and worship leaders with deep knowledge and understanding of their role in the church and why it is so important. These elements are extensions of Cobbs’ ministry, iLead, which facilitates mentorship of over 2,000 praise and worship leaders from around the world.
“Worship is at the heart of everything I do,” says Cobbs. “Beyond cultures and creeds, outside of the four walls of the church, I expand myself beyond every boundary to glorify God - and to help others do the same.”

Tasha Cobbs is Worship Pastor at the dReam Center Church of Atlanta, and Worship Leader for the Young Adult Division of the Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship. 
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Kevin Levar returns with new music

buzzz worthy. . . KEVIN LEVAR IS A NAME YOU WANT TO REMEMBER AND ! A VOICE YOU WON’T FORGET!! ! His new single “Your Destiny” is a powerful reminder that this is ! not the time to get distracted or lose your focus. The song expresses a passionate plea to stand firm and don’t give up was penned by LeVar and produced by the musical genius of Harmony Samuels. Known for putting his spin on chart-topping hits fronted by the likes of Maroon Five, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, Rihanna, Fantasia and others; Harmony became a fan of Kevin’s after experiencing him live and then hearing a demo of the song, without hesitancy agreed to work with LeVar.! ! The rest as they say is history and we now have the results of that union in LeVar’s first single,”Your Destiny.” As it relates to the single Samuel says, “Kevin LeVar’s song, is life changing! It’s the sound of God’s heart.” Learn more about Kevin LeVar at www.kevinlevar.com
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UP PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE MOVIE COMEBACK DAD AT AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL (ABFF) IN NEW YORK ON SATURDAY, JUNE 21

buzzz worthy. . . Film Marks Fourth Movie Produced from Winning or Honorable Mention Scripts in the UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition at ABFF Charles S. Dutton, Tatyana Ali, Brad James, with Loretta Devine Star in the Father-Daughter Drama Debuts on UP on Saturday, July 12 ATLANTA - UP, the television network dedicated to uplifting viewers every day, today announced the world premiere of the movie Comeback Dad (#ComebackDad) at Film Life's 18th Festival (ABFF) in New York City on Saturday, June 21 at 4:30 p.m. EDT at the SVA Theater (333 West 23rd NY, NY). Comeback Dad marks the fourth film to be produced and air on UP as a direct result of the network's highly successful "UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition," now in its fourth year. The script is by newcomer Kimberly Walker, the Honorable Mention Winner in last year's UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition at ABFF. Last year's Competition Grand Prize screenplay winner Mary Jo's Candy (working title), is scheduled to go into production in June and premiere later this year on UP. Comeback Dad is a dramatic, emotional father-daughter reunion film, starring Charles S. Dutton (Rudy, "Roc"), Tatyana Ali ("Love That Girl!," "The Fresh Price of Bel-Air") and Brad James (UP's Marry Me For Christmas, "For Better or Worse") with Loretta Devine (UP's Saving Westwood High, "Grey's Anatomy"). The movie is directed and executive produced by nationally-syndicated radio host/writer/producer/director Russ Parr (The Undershepherd, 35 and Ticking) and produced by Swirl Films. Filmed in Atlanta, Comeback Dad will debut exclusively on UP on Saturday, July 12. "We are excited to premiere the movie Comeback Dad, a moving, emotional, beautifully-shot father-daughter film, at this year's ABFF," said Brad Siegel, vice chairman, UP. "We were so impressed by both the winning script Mary Jo's Candy by Keronda 'KiKi' McKnight and this honorable mention script by Kimberly Walker in last year's UP Faith and Family Screenplay Competition that we decided to produce both films this year. The scripts that we receive for the UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition display the depth of talent and kind of entertaining, contemporary and uplifting stories that we develop and share with our viewers. And, the movies that result from these scripts are among our most watched original movies. Now in its fourth year, this Competition has proven to be a valuable source for fresh, creative storytelling from aspiring African-American writers." "UP's commitment to ABFF through its screenplay competition reinforces the entire filmmaking process - taking a project from script to screen. Tangible career opportunities are exactly what emerging artists need to help further their careers. Brad Siegel and the UP team have created a truly meaningful partnership," said Jeff Friday, ABFF Founder and CEO. In Comeback Dad, Nima Babineaux (Tatyana Ali) looks like a woman who has it all - she is an accomplished pianist who runs her own music school and is engaged to Spence (Brad James), a successful engineer who adores her. But, in truth, she has never recovered from her alcoholic father, Othell (Charles Dutton), walking out on their family and it has made it hard for her to truly trust anyone. When Othell decides it is time to make amends and tries to reenter her life, Nima begins an emotional and eye-opening journey she could have never expected. Loretta Devine stars as Malinda, Othell's sister. The ensemble cast also includes Donna Brisco, Elizabeth Omilami, Ja'El Robertson, Takara Clark, E. Roger Mitchell, Todd Anthony and Palmer Williams, Jr. In addition, UP will present a Live Table Read at ABFF where a scene from each of the top three 2014 screenplay finalists will be performed live by celebrities and finalists from ABFF's Star Project Acting Competition. The Table Read will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 20th in the SVA Theatre. Following the three live screenplay scene performances, one Grand Prize winner will be announced and selected to receive $5,000 during the "ABFF Honors" Awards presentation. For the fourth year, UP is partnering with the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) on its annual UP Faith and Family Screenplay Competition. The Competition, developed to promote the development of faith-friendly, family entertainment screenplays, with a focus on the American Black experience, is a component of UP's Official Sponsorship of Film Life's 18th the film and television industry. This is the first time the ABFF will be held in New York City. To date, the UP Faith & Family Competition has generated three films that UP has produced and aired on the network. These include In the Meantime, written by Nzinga Kadalie Kemp, and Raising Izzie, written by David Martyn Conley - both produced by Roger Bobb of Bobbcat Films, the only two-time winner of the Best Film Award at ABFF. The third film is Somebody's Child, written by Siddeeqah Powell and directed by Gary Wheeler. Raising Izzie and Somebody's Child were the number one and number two ranked telecasts in their time slots among African-American W18-49 on their premiere nights. UP presents Comeback Dad, a Swirl Films production. Starring Charles S. Dutton, Tatyana Ali, Brad James, Loretta Devine, Donna Brisco, Elizabeth Omilami, Ja'El Robertson, Takara Clark, E. Roger Mitchell, Todd Anthony and Palmer Williams, Jr. Directed and Executive Produced by Russ Parr. Produced by Eric Tomosunas, David Eubanks and Keith Neal. Director of Photography is George Su. Editor is Dante Wyatt. Written by Kimberly Walker.
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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

REUNION: Michelle Williams and Destiny's Child sing together on her latest gospel release

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By Mona Austin
Michelle Williams (center) on the set with former Destiny's Child members Beyonce (left) and Kelly Roland (right).

Destiny's children have reunited once again, but this time on a gospel song!

The latest collaboration between Michelle Williams, Beyonce and Kelly Roland (formerly Destiny's Child) has listeners lifting up holy hands and rocking to the beat. The single "Say Yes," an African praise anthem has been released to rave reviews.   The new track will appear on Williams’ fourth album, Journey to Freedom scheduled to be released in September 2014.   The infectious Afro-Caribbean inspired beat produced by  Harmony Samuels (Ariana Grande, Chris Brown,J Hud, Maroon 5), will unite listeners across continents. 

Williams leads in with the catchy lyrics, "When Jesus says yes, nobody can say no."  Beyonce sings the second verse and Kelly comes in last repeating the verse. The arrangement showcases their individual talent as each woman's distinct voice carries its own weight and blends perfectly when the song ends with the three ladies in harmony just like the good ole days.

The ladies came together to do the single voluntarily.  Williams  told the Hollywood Reporter Beyonce and Kelly fell in love with "Say Yes" when they first heard it and wanted to release a Destiny's Child version of the cut. "Kelly did it and Beyonce got right in the Studio and did her part."

Ironically, the quasi Destiny Child reunion on "Say Yes" could be the break Williams needs to finally climb the charts with her own.  Since the group parted ways, all three ladies have done solo work, but Williams has yet to see commercial success on the same level of either Kelly or Beyonce.  

They all apparently like gospel music and have sang it together in the past.

The vocal sisters first united in praise singing in the no gospel medley on the MTV Awards in 2001.  Watch the now classic performance below.  (At the time the group caught flack for singing sacred songs in tummy bearing outfits.) Beyonce sang gospel on the Fighting Temptations movie soundtrack.





Recently, the trio shot the full length video for the "Say Yes" single.  The lyric video is currently available on Youtube:


In addition to the debut of “Say Yes,” catch Michelle Williams performing at the Essence Festival July 5th, and starring on the new Oxygen television series “Fix My Choir” later this year.

Jesus Christ Superstar tour (in which Williams was to play Mary Magdelene) was abruptly canceled.

  
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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Funeral arrangements for Dr. Maya Angelou released

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On Monday, Oprah Winfrey spent time at Wake Forest University making funeral arrangements for her beloved friend and mentor, Dr. Maya Angelou.  Here are more details about the memorial service from the Associated Press:

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A memorial service will be held at Wake Forest University for poet and author Maya Angelou, who died last week.
Wake Forest says Angelou’s family is holding a private service Saturday at the university’s Wait Chapel.
Angelou died last Wednesday at her home in Winston-Salem at age 86. She was known throughout the world as a literary pioneer and champion of civil rights and began teaching at Wake Forest in 1982, after she first visited the university to read her work.
Saturday’s service is private, but Wake Forest is streaming it online atgo.wfu.edu/angeloumemorial.
The school says Angelou’s family will be planning additional events in other cities across the country. That information will be released later.
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