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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Black Enterprises' annual fest kicks off today in Bmore (See Schedule of Events)

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 BLACK ENTERPRISE will present the 2014 African American Festival with platinum sponsor Pepsi on Saturday, June 21 through Sunday, June 22, at the Camden Yards Sports and Entertainment Complex in Baltimore, Maryland. A powerhouse line-up of musical performers including "R&B Divas" star Monifah, Chico DeBarge, Jacob Latimore, and the rock-based funk band Mint Condition will be on hand Saturday, June 21. On Sunday, June 22, during the day attendees will enjoy Choir Boys, "Preachers of L.A." star Deitrick Haddon and Mario and at night the soulful R&B crooner Johnny Gill takes the stage before ending the festival with Grammy Award winning artist Brandy.
Over the two-day festival, attendees are encouraged to visit the Pepsi Pavilion which will be located in the center of "Sponsor Way" walkway. Festival goers can expect two full days of activities in the PepsiPavilion that will be sure to keep them entertained and ready for the main stage performances later in the day. 
Saturday, June 21
1:00 – 1:30 p.m.
"Propelling Dreams into Action" session with Valeisha Butterfield-Jones moderated by Kwame Jackson
1:30 – 2:00 p.m.
The Girl Print book signing with Valeisha Butterfield-Jones
2:00 – 2:30 p.m.
One-on-One with Kevin Liles and Alfred Edmond Jr., SVP & Chief Content Officer at BLACK ENTERPRISE.
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. 
Swimming with the Sharks pitch competition. The competition will be judged by Rodney Sampsonauthor of Kingonomics and the head of diversity and inclusion for reality show "Shark Tank", Black Enterprise SVP/Chief Content Officer Alfred Edmond Jr.; Sharon R. Pinder, director of minority and Women-Owned Business Development for the Baltimore Mayor's Office; and serial entrepreneur - Lauren Maillian Bias.
5:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Resume/Interview do's and don'ts (game show style) with Raheem DeVaughn.

Sunday, June 22
1:00 − 1:20 p.m.
Meet & Greet with surprise guest
1:30 – 2:15 p.m.
Empowerment session with Lincoln Stephens of The Marcus Graham Project moderated by Kwame Jackson.
2:30 − 3:00 p.m. 
From the boardroom to Hollywood – Empowerment session with Laz Alonso
3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Meet & Greet with Laz Alonso
3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
The Business of Sports with LaVar Arrington
The annual free festival is a celebration of life, music, and culture that includes stellar performances, empowerment seminars, and fun for the entire family has welcomed more than 350,000 attendees annually, making it the largest festival on the East Coast. Attendees explore wellness, beauty, and technology while enjoying the sultry sounds of national recording artists and emerging talent.
The African American Festival is presented by BLACK ENTERPRISE, hosted by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the city of Baltimore, and produced by greiBO Entertainment.
For updates, follow BLACK ENTERPRISE's Facebook page and search the #BmoreAAF hash tag on Twitter
The African American Festival is an annual Celebration of Life, Music, and Culture. It includes stellar performances, empowerment seminars, and non-stop fun for the entire family. As the largest cultural festival on the East Coast, Baltimore has welcomed over 350,000 attendees annually. Attendees experience Wellness, Beauty, and Technology while enjoying the sultry sounds of national recording artist and emerging talent.
BLACK ENTERPRISEyour ultimate source to build Wealth for Life, is the premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans. Since 1970, BE has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and decision makers. Every month, BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine provides 4 million readers with information on entrepreneurship, careers, and financial management. A multimedia company, BE also produces television programming, business and lifestyle events, Web content, and digital media. Visit www.blackenterprise.com for more information.
PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $66 billion in net revenue in 2013, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.
At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our goal to deliver top-tier financial performance while creating sustainable growth in shareholder value. In practice, Performance with Purpose means providing a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; finding innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and reduce our operating costs; providing a safe and inclusive workplace for our employees globally; and respecting, supporting and investing in the local communities where we operate. #realbigsummer
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Friday, June 20, 2014

Teresa Giudice Father-in-law passes away, delayed hearing follows

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Life just got a bit more tumultuous in the household of Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice.  

Frank Giudice, the father of her husband Joe Guidice passed away suddenly on Wednesday.The deceased collapsed in the garden of the couple's home in Montville, New Jersey reportedly after he an his son were chasing a dog.Frank Guidice was 63.

Frank Giudice died at the age of 63 on June 18, 2014.
This loss  comes as Joe and Teresa face a sentencing hearing on September 23 after pleading guilty to more than 41 counts of fraud and tax evasion as part of a plea deal. The hearing date, originally scheduled for July 8, was changed, but the U.S. Attorney's Office says the new date is unrelated to the elder Mr. Giudice's passing.

The Giudice's arerightfully  keeping their focus on their young family despite the fact that  this unexpected tragedy occurred in the midst of the upcoming sentencing and new season of the reality show. 

In a statement the family released to In Touch magazine, they said, "The ONLY focus of both Joe and Teresa is their family right now, especially the girls. No decisions about the court case or the show are being addressed today."

Joe Giudice faces deportation as he never became a U.S. citizen.  How their family is dealing with the  pending sentencing will play out on Season 6 of RHONJ.  Catch the Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 6 premiere on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014


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It's been five years since fans have heard from Bryan Andrew Wilson musically.   The studio CD,  “The One Percent” (EchoPark JDI Entertainment)  was released in the USA and Canada on Tuesday.  
Upon his return, the DC-based minister, who got his start at the age of 10 as a soloist singing “His Eye is on the Sparrow” with The Mississippi Children’s Choir in 1994, wants fans to hear the maturity of  his natural and spiritual voice.  “This album reflects who I am as a grown man and a believer more than any other album I’ve recorded,” Wilson says.

“Turning Away” the project's lead single debuted at #29 on Billboard Gospel Airplay chart and at #23 on the Mediabase Gospel chart – his highest charting radio single since his days as a teen gospel star in the 1990s. The nationally syndicated Yolanda Adams Morning Show. In the evening Wilson held court about his latest work on The James Fortune Show, also airing on Radio One stations.

Otherwise,the musical roots of the project are soiled with rhythms ranging from Stevie Wonder-styled ballads and Motown Soul to Caribbean and Go-Go beats according to a press release.

“I’m excited about it because I put my all into it and wrote or co-wrote 10 of the 13 songs. There’s very little programming and the album has a really warm sound like a lot of the great records from the `70s. I haven’t invented anything new. It’s just a reminder of a certain sound I grew up loving about music that got a little lost with some of the new age production styles.”

The album title hails from the Biblical Parable of the Lost Sheep. “The message is to neglect no one and to leave no one behind – emotionally, spiritually or in terms of their human needs,” says Wilson who is also a preacher and traveling evangelist.
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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Actress Ruby Dee dies; Obama responds

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On June 12, actress Ruby Dee passed away in New Rochelle, NY. Dee's talent carried her career over several gernerations from her earliest work with the Negro Theatre to  acting alongside her husband of over 50 years, Ossie Davis who proceeded her in death and for the many roles she played on the Silver Screen alongside Sidney Portier. In 2007 Dee won the "Best Supporting Actress" Oscar for her portrayal of Denzel Washington's mother in "American Gangster".  Dee died of natural causes at the age 82.

President Obama had this to say about her passing:
Michelle and I were saddened to hear of the passing of actress, author, and activist Ruby Dee.  In roles from Ruth Younger in A Raisin in the Sun to Mama Lucas in American Gangster, Ruby captivated and challenged us – and Michelle and I will never forget seeing her on our first date as Mother Sister in Do the Right Thing.  Through her remarkable performances, Ruby paved the way for generations of black actors and actresses, and inspired African-American women across our country.  Through her leadership in the civil rights movement she and her husband, Ossie Davis, helped open new doors of opportunity for all.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Ruby and Ossie’s three children, with their friends and family, and with all those who loved them dearly. 
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"42" shows baseball hero in a romantic light

We've seen Jackie Robinson depicted as a hero, but in the new movie "42" we also get to see him as a husband.

The 90-yer-old widow of baseball legend Jackie Robinson is pleased with "42," the film about her husband's tumultuous entrance into major league sports. Mrs. Robinson told Essence Magazine she was glad the movie showed how in love they were as a couple.

The movie is about the history-making signing of Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers, the frist African-American to integrate Major League Baseball.

Standing by her man while he faced disgraceful taunts on the filed and dangerous threats in his personal life, Mrs. Robinson's relationship with her husband was woven in to the story appropriately.

Jackie Robinson died over 30 years ago in 1972.  Over the years Mrs. Robinson has kept her husband's legacy alive by maintaining a scholarship fund that was set up in his honor.

"42" stars Harrison Ford as the coach of the Brooklyn Dodgers and newcomer Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson.

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