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Friday, June 27, 2014

Facebook diversity report reveals the company is not what it wants to be

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For the first time this week Facebook released its company diversity report.  The results?  The company is predominately white and male.  As a global communicator serving diverse customers, the issued press release says FB is dissatisfied with its own demographics. Facebook is addressing this stark reality by executing plans to engage and hire more women and minorities.
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Yolanda Adams, Ledisi, Iggy Azalea others added to BET Awards line up

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New York, NY (June 26, 2014) – Music stars T.I., Tyga, Iggy Azalea, Yolanda Adams and Ledisi will perform at the “BET Awards” 14. Actresses Gabrielle Union, Keke Palmer and Regina Hall will also present during the Awards.

As previously announced, the “BET Awards” 14 will be hosted by actor and comedian Chris Rock with performances and appearances by Pharrell Williams, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Lil’ Wayne, Lionel Richie, Robin Thicke, Trey Songz, Kevin Hart, Kerry Washington, Nicki Minaj, John Legend, Jhene Aiko, August Alsina, Larenz Tate, Bow Wow and Keshia Chante.

During the Awards show, Tim King (Founder, President and CEO of Urban Prep Academies) and Denzel Thompson (a 19-year-old founder and manager of a successful community urban farm and garden) will be recognized as the 2014 Shine-A-Light recipients. Each year, BET shines a light on individuals working to make the world a better place for future generations.

Tim King is founder, President and CEO of Urban Prep Academies, a non-profit organization operating a network of public college-prep boys’ schools in Chicago including the nation’s first all-male charter high school.  Tim also serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at Northwestern University and has been recognized by Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton for his work promoting college success with youth.

At the age of 14, Denzel Thompson noticed that his community didn’t have many resources for fresh food. He met up with a group of college students and neighborhood activists to build a garden for the community. In just 4 years, the group built up an urban farm large enough to provide fresh produce for their neighborhood. Thompson is now 19 and plans to attend Temple University to study agriculture and liberal arts.

The “BET Awards” is one of the most watched award shows on cable television according to the Nielsen Company.  The “BET Awards” franchise remains as the #1 program in cable TV history among African-Americans, and it is BET's #1 telecast every year.  It recognizes the triumphs and successes of artists, entertainers and athletes in 19 categories. The highly-anticipated event airs live, Sunday, June 29th at 8 p.m. on BET from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and is guaranteed to be the hottest ticket on television.

A full list of the “BET Awards” 2014 nominations is now available at http://www.bet.com
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Double #1s Mark Career Milestone for Ricky Dillard

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NASHVILLE, TN (June 26, 2014) – Acclaimed Gospel superstar, choir master, songwriter and producer Ricky Dillard continues to blaze trails in his celebrated 25-year career with a milestone double #1s, as his new live album Amazing, and the lead single “Amazing,” both hit the latest charts at #1.  Garnering Dillard’s first simultaneous #1s, Ricky Dillard & New G’s much-praised new album release Amazing, remains atop Billboard’s Gospel Albums Chart to mark a second consecutive week at #1, while the inspiring lead single “Amazing” ascends to the top of the Gospel Radio chart.          

Following on the #1 album debut for Dillard’s ninth album, the much-anticipated 13-track album has stirred up listeners with Dillard & New G’s signature powerhouse style, delivering songs extolling grace, strength in faith, and more on tracks from “Grace” and “I Believe” to “Always There” with Le’Andria Johnson, “Everything” and “Grateful” with Byron Cage.  With numerous accolades from fans and critics, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution declaring the “Amazing” single “soul-stirring,” Gospel Pundit praising the album for its “singable and contagious hits,” and four stars from The Black Gospel Blog as “quintessential Ricky Dillard & New G in full voice and fine form,” among others, Amazing soars as another show-stopping album showcasing Dillard’s hit-making talents that will continue to impact music ministry worldwide.  Ricky Dillard continues to travel the country this summer, with upcoming dates in Tennessee, Florida and more.     

Ricky Dillard & New G: Amazing (Light Records/Entertainment One Music)

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Livre unveils cover art CD

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New York, NY --  Ariel Mallory, Kenneth Williams, Richard Tolbert, Jr, Ajanee Hambrick and Malik Spence are five young friends cohesively joined in music and united as one incredible urban worship group called LIVRE’.  The talented and fashion-forward New Yorkers are inching closer to the release of their debut project and have unveiled the cover for their self-titled fall 2014 CD LIVRE’.
Following the success of their single “I Will Be Alright”, which peaked at #12 on Billboard Gospel Radio Chart, LIVRE’ has been racing up the radio charts again with their“Amazing” single which is currently at #23 and rapidly rising.  The powerful worship anthem has a companion music video that has become widely popular on Youtube and can be seen on Aspire TVSoul of The South TV, Gospel Music Presents and many other national and regional Christian music video programs.
On July 8, LIVRE’ will travel to Nashville, TN to perform “Amazing” on TBN’s “Praise The Lord” hosted by Contemporary Christian singer Terry Warren.http://trinitymusiccity.com/   The five will be singing at the John P. Kee's Victory In Praise Conference Series in Charlotte, NC on Aug 2.  You'll also be hearing LIVRE' soon on the highly anticipated 2015 Fast And Furious 7 feature film soundtrack along withMBK Entertainment mate Ell Varner.  Follow LIVRE' and be in the know of their breaking news and events by logging on to www.LIVREMusic.com 
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Bryan Andrew Wilson scores highest chart ranking since he was a teen

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Dove and Stellar Award nominated singer/songwriter Bryan Andrew Wilson has hit the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart for the first time since 1996 when the then 12 year-old reached #14 with his solo CD debut “Bryan’s Songs.” The dynamic vocalist’s current and fifth solo CD “The One Percent” lands in the #18 slot on the Top Gospel Albums chart in the July 5th issue of Billboard Magazine.

The soul-stirring CD is fueled by the Top 20 radio hit “Turning Away” that has impressed many gospel radio programmers and caused them to look at Wilson with a new level of respect. “Bryan has a once-in-a-lifetime single with Turning Away,” says Lee Pettigrew, Program Director of WUFO in Buffalo, NY. “It can be played on true Urban AC radio. This song can fit into a movie. It’s smooth, clear, personal and powerful. John Legend would have wanted to be able to do this one but Bryan got there first.”

Bryan celebrates the success of “Turning Away” this Friday, June 27th in the 6 p.m. EST hour with a visit to the nationally-syndicated radio program, “The Lonnie Hunter Show.” Meanwhile, the new album and radio single are garnering Wilson the best reviews of his career.  The Birmingham Times’ music critic Esther Callens calls the project “remarkable” in a June 19th article and writes that it’s “Wilson’s most impressive work to date.” A scribe for the ASCAP online portal also notes, “the passionate and vibrant recording is a testament to gospel music’s enduring power and growth.”

Hear Wilson’s ASCAP interview here: http://www.ascap.com/audioportraits/w/bryan_wilson.aspx

Wilson, who is also a dynamic preacher, made his big splash in the gospel pool as the ten year old soloist for “His Eye is on the Sparrow” with The Mississippi Children’s Choir in 1994.  His debut CD “Bryan’s Songs” was produced by the late Walter Hawkins, John P. Kee and Kirk Franklin. Wilson earned Dove and Stellar Award nominations for his music and made cameos on Malaco Records sessions with Rev. James Moore and LaShun Pace. After a recording hiatus to attend Claflin University and Princeton Theological Seminary, Wilson returned to the recording booth in 2008. Instagram: BryanAndrewWilson.
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Hip-Hop/R&B Producer Easy Mo Bee Celebrates 25th Anniversary in Music with Brand New CD, "...And You Don't Stop!"

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(New York, NY) -- Renowned hip-hop/r&b music producer Easy Mo Bee celebrates 25 illustrious, prolific years in the music business  this year.  One of the most influential producers of his time, he has transcended hip-hop, with his discography including producing a Grammy Award winning album for the late jazz great Miles Davis and doing Grammy Award winning work with superstar Alicia Keys.

From his production beginnings with Big Daddy Kane to providing a strong musical foundation for Sean "Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy Records, which created groundbreaking multi-platinum success for iconic hip-hop artist The Notorious B.I.G., Easy Mo Bee's handiwork has been felt far and wide within music circles for over two decades.  Widely acclaimed for his bass-heavy style and jazzy influence, he has worked with countless notable talents, including Tupac Shakur, Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, Mos Def, Wu-Tang Clan and Public Enemy.

In celebration of his 25th Anniversary in music, Easy Mo Bee has partnered with Chuck D of Public Enemy's label imprint, SLAMjamz Records (www.slamjamz.com), for the early Fall 2014 release of a new project titled "...And You Don't Stop!"  This new offering, Executive Produced by Chuck D, Janol "Mecca" Holmes and Easy Mo Bee, contains selections possessing the Easy Mo Bee flow of innovative instrumentals, which epitomizes his distinct sound.  The title track, "...And You Don't Stop," represents the growth and evolution of Easy Mo Bee within music as an artist/music producer.

Several sponsored events are slated for Fall 2014 in multiple cities, to commemorate Easy Mo Bee's 25 years in music; they will be announced shortly. 
Producing timeless musical masterpieces isn't easy; but like his moniker, for the past quarter century, Easy Mo Bee has made it look that way.  With his newest CD, he demonstrates his career mantra - "...And You Don't Stop!"

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014


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Brooklyn, NY - In My City Records, the indie recording label boasting the slogan of “Sounds That Connect People To God & Invoke change” is gearing up for a slate of dynamic album releases that are sure to connect listeners to God and invoke spiritual change in their lives. The label kicked off the year with rapper Heesun Lee’s brillant CD “Stereotypes” that debuted at #25 on Billboard’s Gospel Albums chart.  On June 23rd the label will launch the Atlanta-based alternative rocker Christian Lewis’ CD “Genesis” that can be downloaded free of charge at: http://noisetrade.com/imcr/genesis

The Rochester, NY-based rapper D-Will is currently working on a mix tape to be released this summer and Brooklyn, NY-based Urban Praise & Worship leader Benjy who will release his debut album in early 2015. D-Will joins labelmate Heesun Lee, Da’ T.R.U.T.H and others on In My City’s summer concert series that touches down July 11th at Faith Fellowship Ministries in Sayreville, NJ; July 12th at Redeemer in New York City and July 13th at Rivers of Life Seibert Church in Allentown, PA. Tickets are now available at GBIMC.com.

In My City Records is an offshoot of the God Belongs In My City movement that kicked off in October of 2009 when members of a Christian youth group saw a billboard in the New York City subway system that asked the question, “A Million New Yorkers Are Good Without God. Are You?” They were so angered by the ad’s blasphemy that they complained about it to their youth pastor who in turn started to ask area church leaders, “What are we, as the body of Christ going to do about this?” Those leaders galvanized young adults from all five New York boroughs to hold a prayer walk where participants wore T-shirts simply declaring that “God Belongs In My City.”

On November 14, 2009, over 1,500 youth trekked down from Harlem and up from Battery Park and met in the middle - Times Square - to make their voices heard through public prayers and music. “It’s like the civil rights movement but from a spiritual perspective,” says In My City Records CEO Jeremy Castro. At that assembly, a rapper named Andy Mineo, free styled the song “In My City” that’s become the movement’s anthem. A You Tube video has nearly 700,000 hits. The walk was duplicated in other cities and has now mushroomed into a national movement for the millennial generation to evangelize a society that is increasingly losing its religion.

Mineo, has gone on to become a Christian Hip Hop celebrity. His recent CD “Heroes For Sale” debuted at #11 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and sold almost 28,000 units its first week of release. The success of Mineo and the thousands who gather for the music at the rallies prompted the birth of In My City Records.

“Diversity is the heartbeat for us,” Castro adds. “From Brooklyn to Botswana this has become a global movement. Young people today want to stand for something and are trying to find out who they are and where they fit in this world. With the diversity of sounds and artists in our new roster, from a Korean born female rapper to a Latin urban praise and worship leader to an African-American alternative rocker, our hope is that we inspire, empower & fuel them for their calling.”
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