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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A REALITY TV FIRST: Aviva stands her ground by tossing her leg

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Viewers already knew Aviva was a one-legged diva, but she drove the point home during the season finale of Real Housewives of New York last night.  Her prosthetic leg toss is the talk of the Internet.  The uncanny episode happened in response to her cast mates grilling her about lieing about having asthma. "There's nothing fake about me but this," she yelled as she threw the fake leg to the ground. She called the gesture a "knee-jerk" reaction in a Access Hollywood interview.  
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

2015 STELLAR GOSPEL MUSIC AWARDS MARKS 30TH ANNIVERSARY MILESTONE WITH NEW DATE AND LOCATION IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

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 Telecast Taping Moves West to Las Vegas' Orleans Arena on Saturday, March 28, 2015; Travel and Ticket Packages On Sale Beginning July 26
CHICAGO, IL (July 22, 2014) -The biggest night in Gospel music, The Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, is moving to a new venue and taping date in celebration of its 30th Anniversary milestone. The show's producer announced today that the telecast will be taped in front of a live audience at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with a new Spring production date, shifting from January to March 28, 2015. "I am excited about moving the Stellar Awards to the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas to celebrate our 30th Anniversary in a bigger, more elegant venue," said Don Jackson, founder & executive producer of the Stellar Awards. "The 30th Anniversary of the Stellar Awards will mark the longest running Black awards show in television and we wanted to commemorate this historic occasion in a first class venue that we know our Gospel music stars and guests will enjoy." Annually the Stellar Awards recognizes the accomplishments of Gospel music icons and individuals instrumental in advocating for Gospel music. The show will air in broadcast syndication on 150 stations in over 125 markets around the country during the Easter holiday season from April 5 - May 3, 2015. 

 Artist submissions for Stellar Awards consideration will be accepted from September 1 - September 30, 2014. Per changes to last year's eligibility criteria, projects qualified for consideration this year must have a release date between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014. Additional rules, regulation and the online submission form will be posted at www.thestellarawards.com. 

 The show is open to the public, with hotel and ticket packages on sale beginning July 26, 2014. Package prices range from $600-$1000 per person and include premium or deluxe accommodations as well as priority seating at the live taping and ancillary events. Individual show tickets for SAGMA members will go on sale August 15, 2014 and general public show tickets will go on sale August 29, 2014. Show ticket prices range from $50-$200. Prior to the Stellar Awards taping, The Stellar Gospel Music Awards Pre-Show will be held on Friday, March 27, 2015 to announce winners of the non-televised awards categories. Additionally, The Stellar Awards Gospel Radio Awards & Showcase will be held the morning of March 28 to honor the top radio stations serving urban Gospel music audiences. Tickets for each event are $30.00. Advance tickets for SAGMA members can be purchased starting August 15, 2014 and general sale tickets will be sold beginning August 29, 2014. "We are also pleased that the Orleans Arena complex will provide our guests with a one stop destination to attend all of the new and exciting events taking place for our 30th Anniversary production," says Jackson. For additional details, visit the Stellar Awards website (www.thestellarawards.com). To join the conversation on social media and receive up-to-the minute update on this year's show, "Like" The Stellar Awards on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/StellarAwards) and follow the Stellars on Twitter (https://twitter.com/TheStellars). ###
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VIEW TRAILER: Preacher of L.A. Season 2

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The entire cast of "Preacher of L.A." will return for the second season of the docuseries on August 20, 2014.
MINISTRY AND FAMILY TAKE A FRONT PEW
ON OXYGEN'S "PREACHERS OF L.A." SEASON TWO
PREMIERING WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20 AT 10 PM ET/PT

Join Grammy Award-Winning Recording Artist Michelle Williams
In A Two Part "Preachers of L.A." Special
Wednesday, July 23 at 10:00 PM ET/PT 
During season one of the Oxygen Media program, P.O.L.A. delivered digital success as well with more full episode streams per week in season than any other Oxygen original series and was a Top 10 most social cable reality program in October and November 2013. On VOD, "Preachers of L.A." earned over two million transactions.

"'Preachers of L.A.' is powerful, impactful and touches viewers' spirit," said Rod Aissa, Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Development for Oxygen Media. "These six men of God and the amazing women alongside them are brave and transparent about their journey in life, which is why it resonates so well with Oxygen's young, female audience."


CAST BIOS


THE PREACHERS
Minister Deitrick Haddon (@DeitrickHaddon)
The son of a bishop and an evangelist, Deitrick was preaching at the age of eleven and conducting the church choir at thirteen.  At twenty-three he married the woman he was expected to marry – the lead soprano of the church choir.  However, everything didn’t continue as perfectly as the church had hoped. After going through a divorce, moving to California, and having a child out of wedlock, he hit rock bottom. However because of the call on his life and his love for music, Deitrick picked himself back up, rebuilt his faith, and restored his family with now wife, Dominique and beautiful daughters, Destin and Denver.  

With two little girls and Deitrick’s busy career, the newlyweds must now learn to balance parental duties and their roles in the house. The expansion of Deitrick’s immediate family causes him to reflect on his own extended family and sends him on an emotional rollercoaster journey to find answers regarding his past.

Bishop Noel Jones (@BishopNoelJones)
Hailing from a legacy of Bishops in the Pentecostal faith, from his step-Grandfather to his father, Jamaican born Bishop Noel Jones is the pastor of the City of Refuge, a church frequented by celebrities, and has a congregation of over 15,000 members. The brother of Grace Jones, Noel comes from a diverse family background and now finds himself living on a hilltop with a view of the Pacific Ocean, Malibu at his feet, and in a neighborhood whose residents included the late Jerry Buss, owner of the Lakers.  

A notable leader in the faith community, Jones spends his time traveling the world spreading the gospel message of Jesus Christ. While his busy schedule has made it difficult to maintain a relationship, many continue to question the extent of his friendship with Loretta. Instead of focusing on his personal life, Bishop Jones shifts his attention to what’s important, his ministry.


Bishop Ron Gibson (@RonMGibson1)
Born and raised in South Central L.A. and Compton, Bishop Ron M. Gibson seemed to be the least likely to end up a preacher.  Although he was raised by a Christian mother in the Church, Ron succumbed to the pressure of the streets and became a Compton Crip by the age of sixteen.  This led to a life of crime and drug addiction, until Christ changed his life.  He started Life Church Of God In Christ with nine members, which has now grown to a congregation of approximately 4,000 members. In 2011 he was appointed by the General Board of the Church Of God In Christ as the Bishop of the Dominican Republic Jurisdiction. Through it all he’s accumulated much, but the one thing that he and his devoted wife, Lady LaVette, have not experienced is the joy of having children. 

Bishop Gibson finds fulfillment by passionately leading people into the same deliverance that he experienced through the Gospel. With nothing but his faith to protect him, he takes his ministry to the streets of the most dangerous neighborhoods in South L.A. in hopes of saving more of his fellow brothers and sisters, including his own sister Shaun. With their strong commitment to the word of God, Bishop Gibson and Lady LaVette’s convictions lead them to confront the nature of the relationships of those closest to them.


Pastor Jay Haizlip (@jayhaizlip)
One of the pioneering greats of competitive skateboarding, Pastor Jay Haizlip, known as Jay “Alabamy” in the skating world, collected big trophies, bigger paychecks and high-end sponsors, but fell deep into a 12-year-long drug addiction that ended when Jay asked Jesus to be Lord of his life. Now serving as founder and Lead Pastor of The Sanctuary in Orange County, California, Pastor Jay Haizlip reaches out to troubled youth, finding them in prisons, skate parks and the same crack houses he once shot dope in. 

Pastor Jay has the gift of making the Bible relevant to today’s generation. Although he’s known in the Christian world for his street ministries, Pastor Jay recently found the most challenging souls may be within the walls of his own church.  He and his wife, Christy, struggle to balance the traditions of their faith with what they feel God has called them to do– minister to everyone, and never judge a book by its cover.


Pastor Wayne Chaney (@WayneChaneyJr)
Pastor Wayne Chaney got the call from God at the age of eighteen and has grown to become a prominent pastor of the church his grandfather founded.  Fast-forward 10 years later, Antioch Church of Long Beach is the leading church in its community. With an ability to communicate complex truths in a simple way, Pastor Chaney has helped grow the church exponentially, along with the help of his secret weapon, his wife and newly appointed Executive Pastor, gospel artist Myesha Chaney.

While Antioch is poised to become the next mega-church with the ability to reach millions worldwide, Pastor Chaney and First Lady Chaney must balance their business relationship with their personal one. Together they struggle with a life altering decision about growing their family. Through it all they must keep the faith while continuing to reach out to the people that need them the most – their church-members.


Bishop Clarence McClendon (@BishopMcClendon)

Bishop Clarence McClendon appears throughout the world on his weekly international broadcast, which is available in 250 million homes worldwide.  This charismatic and ubiquitous bishop of Full Harvest International Church in Gardena, CA, has been noted for his contemporary and relevant approach to the Gospel. He believes the Gospel is not only for the down and out, but for the up and out. His ministry spans from skid row to the estates of Bel Air.  
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Sunday Best 2014 Names Top 10 Finalists

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(Top 10 contestants take the stage on SUNDAY BEST; Airs Sunday Nights At 8PM ET/PT* on BET Networks/Photo Courtesy of BET Networks)


BET Networks has announced the Sunday Best Season 7 top 10 finalists.  The judges had their work cut out for them, sifting through some of the strongest voices in the top 20 to date.  William Demps and Drew, who both have recording experience, were among the biggest shockers from the top 20 finalist that were sent home.  Those who remain run the gamut of styles and are all highly capable of walking away with the title of Sunday Best. It could be anyone's year.  Congratulations to all of the finalists.  Be sure to join me on Facebook every Sunday during this season of the show for a watch party at Mona King Austin.

NEW YORK—July 21, 2014 – Once again viewers are singing the praises of BET Networks’ award-wining hit gospel competition show SUNDAY BEST,with millions of dedicated viewers tuning in to the season seven premiere on July 6th.  Hosted by Kirk Franklin and featuring new judge Kierra Sheard, alongside gospel legends Pastor Donnie McClurkin and Yolanda Adams, SUNDAY BEST continues its reign as television’s #1 gospel series.

The Top 10 finalists were announced in last night’s episode (alphabetized by first name):

Anita Johnson – New York, NY
Ayodele Owolabi – Macon, GA
Brightnie Jones – New York, NY
Candace Benson – Pottstown, PA
Damarka Wheeler – Buffalo, NY
DeAngelo Gardner – Detroit, MI
Geoffrey Golden – Cleveland, OH
Jay Williamson – Shreveport, LA
Serena Young – Rochester, NY
Tiquila Wilson – Winston Salem, NC

This season fans can expect to be blown away by performances as the hopefuls make the journey all the way from auditions to the finals. Along the way, musical powerhouse and vocal mentor Kim Burrell will provide vocal guidance to the Top 10 contestants. Many are called but only one will be crowned victor of this season’s SUNDAY BEST. In addition to the coveted title, the winner of season seven will receive a national recording contract with Fo Yo Soul / RCA Records and a cash prize. SUNDAY BEST will run for 9 consecutive weeks and is executive produced by Marilyn Gill, Kirk Franklin, Brian Gadinsky, and Arnold Preston.
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Deborah Cox will sing Whitney Houston songs in biopic

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Deborah Cox will allegedly act as a vocal stand in for the Whitney Houston biopic.  Why?  Because Houston's family did not want Lifetime to use Houston's voice, so  YaYa DeCosta the film's lead actress belts those notes we will actually be hearing the voice of R&B singer Deborah Cox.  TMZ has acquired an alleged leaked first listen of Cox singing Houston's "I'll Always Love You."  Check it out.
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