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Saturday, June 14, 2014

After allegedly cheating, Robin Thicke names new album after his wife Paula Patton

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By Mona Austin




Singer Robin Thicke is feeling lost without his wife, actress Paula Patton.  The couple separated in February after nine years of marriage due to  alleged infidelity. Since their break up Thicke has left a trail of emotions at concerts and online, letting  Patton and the world know he misses her and wants another chance to love her again. Usually when men want to win back lost love, they do something extraordinary and the bigger the mess up the bigger the apology.  A room full of roses, the purchase of a huge diamond or other high ticket item are some drastic ways men have tried to mend broken hearts. But Thicke has made a move that's considered a grand gesture even for a star. Read about the "Blurred Lines" singer's desperate move to get his wife back after the jump.
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Thursday, June 12, 2014

'Alone Yet Note Alone' movie in theaters June 13

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Eric Cantor Loses in primary

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HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER CANTOR DEFEATED IN PRIMARY


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In an upset for the ages, Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, the second-most powerful man in the House, was dethroned Tuesday by a little-known, tea party-backed Republican primary challenger carried to victory on a wave of public anger over calls for looser immigration laws.
"This is a miracle from God that just happened," exulted David Brat, an economics professor, as his victory became clear in the congressional district around Virginia's capital city.
Speaking to downcast supporters, Cantor conceded, "Obviously we came up short" in a bid for renomination to an eighth term.
The victory was by far the biggest of the 2014 campaign season for tea party forces, although last week they forced veteran Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran into a June 24 runoff, and hope state Sen. Chris McDaniel can prevail then.
Cantor's defeat was the first primary setback for a senior leader in Congress in recent years. Former House Speaker Thomas Foley of Washington and Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota both lost their seats at the polls in the past two decades, but they fell to Republicans, not to challengers from within their own parties.
The outcome may well mark the end of Cantor's political career, and aides did not respond Tuesday night when asked if the majority leader, 51, would run a write-in campaign in the fall.
But its impact on the fate of immigration legislation in the current Congress seemed clearer still. Conservatives will now be emboldened in their opposition to legislation to create a path to citizenship for immigrants living in the country illegally, and party leaders who are more sympathetic to such legislation will likely be less willing to try.
The majority leader had been tugged by two warring forces in his party and in recent weeks sought to emphasize his opposition to far-reaching immigration legislation as Brat's challenge gained force. Last month, a feisty crowd of Brat supporters booed Cantor in front of his family at a local party convention.
Still, neither he nor other House leaders betrayed any serious concern that his tenure was in danger, and his allies leaked a private poll in recent days that claimed he had a comfortable lead over Brat.
In the end, despite help from establishment groups, Cantor's repudiation was complete in an area that first sent him to Congress in 2000.
With votes counted in 99 percent of the precincts, 64,418 votes were cast, roughly a 37 percent increase over two years ago.
Despite that, Cantor polled fewer votes than he did in 2012 — 28,631 this time, compared with 37,369 then.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, issued a statement hailing Cantor as "a good friend and a great leader, and someone I've come to rely upon on a daily basis as we make the tough choices that come with governing."
It was unclear if Cantor intended to remain in his leadership post for the duration of the year or who might replace him in the new Congress if Republicans hold their majority.
Democrats seized on the upset as evidence that their fight for House control this fall is far from over.
"Eric Cantor has long been the face of House Republicans' extreme policies, debilitating dysfunction and manufactured crises. Tonight is a major victory for the tea party as they yet again pull the Republican Party further to the radical right," said the Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi of California. "As far as the midterm elections are concerned, it's a whole new ballgame."
Cantor was appointed to his first leadership position in 2002, when he was named chief deputy whip of the party and became the highest-ranking Jewish Republican in Washington. It was a recognition of his fundraising skills as well as his conservative voting record at a time Republican leaders were eager to tap into Jewish donors for their campaigns. Since Boehner became speaker in 2009, Cantor has been seen as both a likely eventual successor and at times a potential rival.
Jay S. Poole, a Cantor volunteer, said Brat tapped into widespread frustration among voters about the gridlock in Washington and issues such as immigration. "I can't tell you how amazing this is to me," Poole said.
Much of the campaign centered on immigration, where critics on both sides of the debate have recently taken aim at Cantor. Brat accused him of being a top cheerleader for "amnesty" for immigrants who are living in the U.S. illegally. Cantor responded forcefully by boasting in mailers of blocking Senate plans "to give illegal aliens amnesty."
It was a change in tone for Cantor, who has repeatedly voiced support for giving citizenship to certain immigrants brought illegally to the country as children. Cantor and House GOP leaders have advocated a step-by-step approach, rather than the comprehensive bill backed by the Senate — but were persistently vague on the details.
Brat teaches at Randolph-Macon College, a small liberal arts school north of Richmond. He raised just over $200,000 for his campaign, while Cantor spent more than $1 million in April and May alone to try to beat back his challenge.
Washington-based groups also spent heavily in the race. The American Chemistry Council, whose members include many blue chip companies, spent more than $300,000 on TV ads promoting Cantor in the group's only independent expenditure so far this election year. Political arms of the American College of Radiology, the National Rifle Association and the National Association of Realtors also spent money on ads to promote Cantor.
Brat offset the cash disadvantage with endorsements from conservative activists like radio host Laura Ingraham and with help from local tea party activists angry at Cantor.
In the fall, Brat will face Democrat Jack Trammel, also a professor at Randolph-Macon, in the solidly Republican district.
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Stars of stage and film to converge at the 2014 BET Awards

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Some of the biggest names in entertainment will take the stage at the “BET Awards” 2014 on Sunday, June 29, 2014.  Pharrell Williams, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Drake, Lil Wayne, Trey Songz and Lionel Richie are among the names set to perform at the BET Awards show.  Kevin Hart and Tracy Morgan are also set to appear.   
Additionally, BET Music Matters will again cast the spotlight on new talent whose stars are on the horizon.  Like J. Cole and Elle Varner before them, Adrian Marcel and Gabi Wilson are set to give the world a sneak peek of their talents at the “BET Awards 2014.”
Emmy and Grammy® Award winning comedian Chris Rock will host the “BET Awards 2014,” live on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 8pm ET on BET from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, CA.  
The BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola  VIP Package offers the only way to purchase a BET Awards ticket, great seats to 3-nights of concerts at STAPLES Center, and exclusive access to events at the free Fan Fest. For more information, including exclusive hotel rates, and to purchase tickets, go to
BET.com/BETX.
A full list of the BET Award 2014 nominations follows:

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Beyoncé
Janelle Monáe
Jhené Aiko
K. Michelle
Rihanna
Tamar Braxton
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
August Alsina
Chris Brown
John Legend
Justin Timberlake
Pharrell Williams
Best Group
A$AP Mob
Daft Punk
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
TGT
Young Money
Best Collaboration
August Alsina f/ Trinidad Jame$ – I Luv This
Beyoncé f/ JAY Z – Drunk In Love
Drake f/ Majid Jordan – Hold On (We’re Going Home)
JAY Z f/ Justin Timberlake – Holy Grail
Robin Thicke f/ T.I. & Pharrell Williams – Blurred Lines
YG f/ Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan – My Hitta
Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Drake
Future
J. Cole
JAY Z
Kendrick Lamar
Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Angel Haze
Charli Baltimore
Eve
Iggy Azalea
Nicki Minaj
Video of the Year
Beyoncé – Partition
Beyoncé f/ JAY Z – Drunk In Love
Chris Brown – Fine China
Drake – Worst Behavior
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Video Director of the Year
Benny Boom
Chris Brown
Colin Tilley
Director X
Hype Williams
Best New Artist
Ariana Grande
August Alsina
Mack Wilds
Rich Homie Quan
ScHoolboy Q
Best Gospel Artist
Donnie McClurkin
Erica Campbell
Hezekiah Walker
Tamela Mann
Tye Tribbett
Best Actress
Angela Bassett
Gabrielle Union
Kerry Washington
Lupita Nyong’o
Oprah Winfrey
Best Actor
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Forest Whitaker
Idris Elba
Kevin Hart
Michael B. Jordan
YoungStars Award
Gabrielle Douglas
Jacob Latimore
Jaden Smith
KeKe Palmer
Zendaya
Best Movie
12 Years a Slave
The Best Man Holiday
Fruitvale Station
Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Brittney Griner
Lolo Jones
Serena Williams
Skylar Diggins
Venus Williams
Subway Sportsman of the Year
Blake Griffin
Carmelo Anthony
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Kevin Durant
LeBron James
Centric Award
Aloe Blacc – The Man
Jennifer Hudson f/ T.I. – I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)
Jhené Aiko – The Worst
LiV Warfield – Why Do You Lie?
Wale f/ Sam Dew – LoveHate Thing
Best International Act: Africa
Davido (Nigeria)
Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
Mafikizolo (South Africa)
Sarkodie (Ghana)
Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)
Toofan (Togo)
Best International Act: UK
Dizzee Rascal
Ghetts
Krept & Konan
Laura Mvula
Rita Ora
Tinie Tempah
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Judge Mablean Ephraim continues to honor fathers with Huff Awards

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June 9, 2014 - Los Angeles, Calif. - Some of today’s most talented television and music stars will come together to join Judge Mablean in honoring Fathers on Sunday, June 15th. Hosted by Judge Mablean, Founder/Chair of the H.U. F. Awards, and the Mablean Ephriam Foundation, a non-profit, public benefit corporation, the Honoring Unsung Fathers (H.U.F.) Awards and Scholarship Brunch is scheduled to take place 1:00 PM at the Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center, 701 West Ocean Blvd in Long Beach, California. The Red Carpet will begin promptly at 12noon. Celebrities such as Wendell James (OWN Networks, Raising Whitley), Elisa Neal, (TV One’s Hollywood Divas), LisaRaye McCoy (Single Ladies), Cocoa Brown (Tyler’s Perry’s For Better or Worse), Robert Riley (VH1's Hit the Floor), Claudette Ortiz (TV One’s R&B Divas LA), Renée Lawless (Tyler Perry’s The haves and the Have Nots), and Sicily Johnson (One on One) will present the winning father’s with awards for their outstanding commitment to their family and/or community. In addition to these awards, Judge Mablean and the MEF Board of Director will make a special presentation to the Founder’s Awardee; Dr. George McKenna III, (Educational Consultant) and Board of Director’s Awardee; L. Mack Mossett, III (Principal of Amino Westside Charter Middle School). The event will include an awards program and brunch, with entertainment, featuring performance by, Chanté Moore (R&B and Jazz Vocalist) and house band provided by Mike Phillips (Musical Director). Actress Jenifer Lewis (Think Like A Man) will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies. The H.U.F. Awards 2014 Honorary Co-Chair includes Byron K. Reed, Sr. Vice President of Wells Fargo and Director of Community Relations for the Los Angeles Metro/Orange County Region. In addition to the Father’s Day Awards, the foundation will present scholarships to students from the Greater Los Angeles area, high school graduates, nursing and continuing college students between the ages of 19-35 who quit college, but have now returned. About Judge Mablean: Before fittingly portraying a judge in Madea’s Family Reunion and Madea Goes to Jail, Judge Mablean served as the judge on the courtroom series Divorce Court from 1999 to 2006. Judge Mablean’s trademark phrase “Look deep before you leap” soon became a household phrase. Judge Mablean is returning back to daytime television in the fall of 2014 with a new court show “Justice With Judge Mablean” which has been cleared in syndication in over 75% of the country. About Honoring Unsung Fathers Awards & Scholarship Brunch: The Honoring Unsung Fathers Awards program is an event designed to pay tribute to everyday fathers who go about their daily lives providing the love, nurturing and support their children need, but who often go unnoticed. Its purpose is to highlight the fathers in our community who are indeed great role models of fatherhood with an effort to dispel the negative image of the “Dead Beat” dad. Too much focus is placed on the absent and neglectful father in the news, radio, television and film. Little attention is given to fathers who do their job well. The Mablean Ephraim Foundation has been honoring men who make us proud for the past (12) years. For more information regarding purchasing tickets visit website: www.hufawards.com or call: (323) 445-6669.






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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

BLACK MUSIC MONTH THROWBACK: Crouch’s magnum opus won’t blow over.

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By Mona Austin

WRITER'S NOTE:  Sandra Crouch, the twin sister of Pastor Andrae Crouch has shared that her brother is at home recovering from a recent hospital stay. Th reason eh was hospitalized was not disclosed. Crouch, a well renowned gospel artist, has struggled with his health over the years, having overcome cancer four times.  Ms. Crouch is asking that supporters send words of encouragement to Pastor Crouch, a living gospel legend.

I have had the honor of exclusively interviewing Pastor Crouch twice.  As it is Black Music Month, I am re-running a review of the album release party where I first met the icon in 2006. At the time, I thought the album "Mighty Wind" was his most significant collective work because of the many people who took part in it having been influenced.  However, he returned with "Journey" and crated another church classic, :Let the Church Say Amen."  Crouch has written numerous hymns and led people to Christ all over the world.  It is only right that we give him his "flowers" while he can smell them:

      On the same night the Miami Heat blazed their way to an NBA championship ring win, a “mighty wind” rushed through downtown LA vis a 
vies Andrae Crouch’s album release party. Nearly fifty friends, select media and industry folks celebrated the legend’s fortieth anniversary 
and the album that was destined to be, “Mighty Wind." Crouch believes 
the Verity Gospel release is the crème de la crème of his resume of over 
twenty albums.

      Dapperly dressed in a cream suit accentuated with gold and a complementing hat, the man of the evening strolls into a room stuffed 
with applause just after 8 p.m. The admiration and respect for the  gospel pioneer is justified. He is a four star General in gospel--perhaps having done more to impact modern-day church music than anyone alive today. 

      Jeff Grant, the label’s VP of Radio Promotions introduced the 
incomparable Crouch. Concurring with a comment from Vickie Winans, he 
lauded, “You know you bad when you’re in the hymnal.” (Crouch’s first 
hymn, “The Blood of Jesus” was published when he was just fourteen.) 
Honored as a label rep and fan to re-present one of Verity’s latest 
gifts to music, he added, “That is an incredible legacy to leave here.”

      Twin Sister Sandra then took the floor to salute her legendary 
sibling. “You’re looking at a person who has set the standard,” she 
stated. She confessed that she was always jealous of the way her brother 
connected to God: “What drew me to God was watching him serve so 
passionately.”   Now the pair are both pastors, Andrae as the at their 
deceased father’s church, Christ Memorial Church in San Fernando, CA).

      Before the elevator whisked us up thirty-two floors to the chic 
Windows restaurant in downtown LA, Mr. Crouch tells me he’s tired after 
performing at the wake and funeral services for his beloved friend Billy 
Preston on the day of and the day before. However, the next hour and a 
half of testifying, jokes and devil-stomping performances seem to belie 
his admission. 

      For anyone who is either curious or doubtful about his abilities, 
after defeating cancer four times and taking a breather from recording 
Andrae Crouch still sings and plays brilliantly.

      The set began with Crouch doing a well-known solo from his earlier 
days, “It’s Not Just A Story,” a song about the reality of Christ. The 
prolific lyrics aroused his spirit as he rocked and swayed with his eyes 
closed. Self accompanied, he let loose on the keys with riffs and rolls 
that allowed his fingers to tell the story. 

      The nightclub feel of the dimly lit room overlooking the city did 
not inhibit the praise of the people who were completely captivated by 
four performances from “Mighty Wind” that brimmed over with sincerity 
from Crouch backed by six powerful singers, including Tata Vega. He 
gave liberty to his singers on “I Was Glad” and “Bless the Lord.” A 
crowd pleaser, one of his male singers steered “All Because of Jesus” 
which is led on the album by Marvin Winans. They topped off the evening 
with the a cappella “Bless the Lord Chant.” 

      Leaving, room for anticipation, the group did not perform “Mighty 
Wind,” which is the writer/singer/composer’s choice cut from the album.

      As I departed, Cliff Uhruh who supplies the vintage Hammond organs 
for Mr. Crouch’s concerts joined me on the elevator. “Wasn’t that 
incredible?” he asked. He carried a stack of six “Mighty Wind” CDs that 
he’d just purchased as gifts to friends. “You know, I’ve had the 
privilege of seeing him perform before six people and before thousands 
and he’s always the same.” And that’s the best thing about the new 
album—it’s quintessential Crouch.

      Drama with the musical arranger delayed the album for over a year. 
A man who Crouch kept nameless, disappeared with the songs never to be 
reached again. Crouch eventually moved on to work with others. The 
album was produced by Crouch and well-known gospel producer Luther 
“Mano” Hanes yielding a wondrous recording filled with mostly songs 
reflective of Crouch’s timeless style. Crouch has re-made the classic 
“Jesus Is Lord” with a Latin treatment and Karen Clark Sheard on lead 
vocals. 

      However, he has penned several new songs and features other 
favorite guest artists on most of the fourteen tracks. There Fred 
Hammond does “O Give Thanks” representing the freshest in terms of 
style. “We Give You Glory” sang by Crystal Lewis has a definite 
classical Crouch feel. is something for his old and new fans on this 
one. Check out the full “Mighty Wind” Track Listing with guest lead 
vocalists:

1. I Was Glad – Andrae Crouch and Tata Vega
2. I Was Glad - (Reprise
3. All Because Of Jesus – Marvin Winans
4. All Because Of Jesus - (Reprise)
5. Jesus Is Lord – Karen Clark Sheard
6. Bless The Lord
7. Bless The Lord - (Chant)
8. O Give Thanks – Fred Hammond
9. We Give You Glory – Crystal Lewis
10. Come Home – Marcus Cole
11. Holy – Andrae Crouch and Lawrence Beamon 
12. Thank You For Everything - Daniel Johnson and Ingrid Rosario 
13. Yes Lord – Lauren Evans
14. Mighty Wind – Andrae Crouch, Tachina Danielle and Howard Smith

First published on July 3, 2006 in EURWEB.COM
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

2014 Allstate Gospel Superfest Battle of the Bands auditions announced


Producers of the Allstate Gospel Superfest will conduct its sixth annual new talent competition in three major U.S. cities this coming August. The Allstate Gospel Superfest Battle of the Bands, a competition for aspiring gospel artists, will travel to Washington, DC, Memphis, TN and Jacksonville, FL in search of its next opening act for 2015. Interested gospel artists and groups (consisting of twenty members or less) can enter the competition now. The winner will be selected on Monday, September 15, 2014.

Each submission will be reviewed by the show’s producers and a select panel of industry professionals. Up to twenty (20) acts will be selected in each city. The competition will feature celebrity judges, a free concert in each city immediately following the auditions and local Allstate agents and agency owners on hand to raffle off free gifts and prizes to the audience.

The Allstate Gospel Superfest Battle of the Bands is family oriented entertainment suitable for the entire family. All seats are free and open to the public.  The audition cities and locations are as follows:

Jacksonville, FL – The Potter’s House International
5119 Normandy BLVD, Jacksonville, FL 32205
Saturday, August 2, 2014 – 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Local Time)

Memphis, TN – Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church
7289 Highway 64, Memphis, TN 38133
Friday, August 8, 2014 – 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Washington, DC – The Sanctuary at Kingdom Square
9033 Central Avenue, Capitol Heights, MD 20743
Saturday, August 16, 2014 – 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

For more information and to submit an entry, please visit www.gospelsuperfest.com. The Allstate Gospel Superfest is a production of Unity Media Limited of Ohio who is solely responsible for the contest and fulfillment of the grand prize.

About Allstate Gospel Superfest:
The Allstate Gospel Superfest is one of the nation’s largest TV recordings in the field of urban-targeted, inspirational music and entertainment. Founded in 1998, the show has maintained a consistent presence in broadcast syndication for fourteen consecutive years. Releasing five one-hour specials a year, The Allstate Gospel Superfest is carried by major TV network affiliated stations including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW, & MYTV. The Allstate Gospel Superfest is known for its elaborate staging, trendsetting production and Hollywood styled approach to gospel music television. Allstate Gospel Superfest reaches millions of TV viewers annually via domestic syndication and cable. The programs have been carried on major cable and Christian networks including The Trinity Broadcasting Network, The Word Network and the newly launched Bounce & Aspire cable networks. The Allstate Gospel Superfest is the most widely distributed US domestic TV brand in the history of black gospel music. Gospel Superfest is a trade name of Unity Media Limited of Ohio. For more information and details please visit www.gospelsuperfest.com.
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