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Friday, August 22, 2014

GRAMMY WINNER MICHELLE WILLIAMS RELEASES FOURTH STUDIO ALBUM “JOURNEY TO FREEDOM,” OUT SEPTEMBER 9TH

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12-Track New Album Features “Say Yes,” “Fire,” “If We Had Your Eyes,” And More    


Nashville, TN (August 22, 2014) – Acclaimed Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and actress Michelle Williams will release her upcoming fourth studio album,Journey to Freedom, in stores Tuesday September 9th. Following the album’s releases of the #1 hit summer anthem “Say Yes” (feat. Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland),which topped Billboard’s Gospel Digital Songs for 4 weeks, and Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs and Gospel Streaming Songs charts, as well as the powerful tracks “Fire” and “If We Had Your Eyes” (feat. Fantasia), Journey to Freedom’s much anticipated songs reveal one of Williams’ most personal and inspirational journeys yet, in a 12-track album that showcase her striking vocal range coupled with a lush musical soundscape.
In addition to “Say Yes,” “Fire,” “If We Had Your Eyes,” Michelle Williams continues to break musical boundaries on tracks such as “Need Your Help,” “Free,” Believe in Me,” and “Fall” (feat. Lecrae and Tye Tribbett). Teaming up with superstar producer Harmony Samuels, Williams has created a deftly-crafted album of reflective and rousing lyrics, empowering listeners to find strength and freedom through life trials, against a backdrop of gorgeous sonic grooves mixing African-influenced and dance beats, pop, R&B and more.

Journey to Freedom is available for pre-order now on Walmart, iTunes, and Amazon. Fans can pre-order an exclusive Walmart CD/DVD special edition, containing never-before-seen footage on the bonus DVD, while fans who pre-order the album on iTunes will receive 3 tracks instantly.    

In addition to high anticipation for the new album and upcoming appearances surrounding the release of Journey to FreedomMichelle Williams will be starring on the new Oxygen television series “Fix My Choir” later this year.    

Michelle Williams: Journey to Freedom (Entertainment One Music)
Album Release: September 9, 2014 

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Trip Lee returns this October

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Via Press Release

(Atlanta, GA) August 21, 2014--Reach Recording artist Trip Lee is excited to announce the release of his long awaited fifth full-length album Rise on October 28. Executive produced by long friend and Grammy award winning producer Gawvi (Lecrae, Andy Mineo), Rise is a call-to-action for fans to experience and live life to the fullest, while still honoring their faith and beliefs. The album will also feature label mates Lecrae and Andy Mineo as well as soul singer Leah Smith.  "Rise has a lot of different meanings," he explains. "It's a call-to-action to rise from the dead and actually live. We're born spiritually dead, and I'm calling for everyone to become spiritually alive. Secondly, don't wait until later to live the way you were created. God created you to honor Him, find joy, and serve others. Don't sleep on that. Lastly, rise above the low expectations people have.”
The first single off the album “Shweet,”  (CLICK HERE TO LISTEN) was released online to streaming services earlier this week and has fans talking.  With its simmering production, the track nods to that classic down south bounce with New York-style storytelling.   
"I wanted it to be light and playful to a degree," he admits. "I talked about my life and growing up in Dallas. Then, it switches up. So many rappers talk about themselves and how amazing they are. What if when I brag, I'm not talking about me, but I use everything in my life to point to God and honor him? That was the idea. I point to how great He is."
Over the past decade, Trip has released four full-length albums via Reach, culminating with 2012's The Good Life, which debuted at #17 on the Billboard Top 200. It spawned a book of the same name and garnered two 2013 Dove Award nominations—Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year and Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year.
Additionally Trip is preparing to join Jeremy Camp, Disciple, Newsong and many others, on select dates of the Winter Jam Tour. He will kick off the show in New Mexico on November 6 through November 26, 2014 closing in Portland, OR. For a full list of tour dates, visit http://www.jamtour.com/artist/trip-lee.
For more information on Trip Lee, fans can log onto http://reachrecords.com/artists/show/Trip-Leeor follow him on social media at @triplee. 
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ANDREA MCCLURKIN MELLINI MAKES SPECIAL APPEARANCE AS PSALMIST IN NEW YORK DRAMATIC PLAY “A CRY FOR HELP”

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McClurkin-Mellini Stops By Sirius XM Manhattan Studio Chat about New CD HIGHER

Los Angeles, CA (August 20, 2014) - Camdon Music Artist, Andrea McClurkin-Mellini continues to make her rounds promoting  her new release, Higher.   She recently made an appearance in New York play, “A Cry for Help” produced by Cheronic Productions.  In support of her sister, Cheri McClurkin, the writer and producer of play, both Donnie McClurkin and Andrea made an appearance in “A Cry for Help” at Upper Room Christian World Center in Dix Hills, Long Island. 

“‘Everybody is crying for help in some sort of way. God is the healer and he hears you,” Says Cheri McClurkin.  The project was a long-time dream of Cheri’s to reach not only the youth who have lost their way in life but for those who feel there is no hope for their situation.

McClurkin-Mellini made a stop by the Manhattan Sirius XM Studio for a one-on-one with “Praise” host Meta Washington. Of course they chatted up the new album, Higher.  The single, “God Can” is being blasted on radio stations across the country. 

In addition to the new release Andrea and husband, Louis Mellini, are the founders of Perfecting Community Ministries. Check their Face Book page for upcoming Los Angeles date in November, and   be sure to post your prayer request.  This page is all about ministry!
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LITTLE TWIG & SPARROW PAJAMAS FALL 2014 LINE

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Your Little Ones Will Be as Snug as a Bug in a Rug in Their Modern, Comfy Little Twig & Sparrow PJ’S, Parents Will Love PJs That Are Good For Their Kids & Good For The World They Live In

For families getting a little tired of super hero and princess pjs, this is their chance to give their kids the healthiest possible start in life with pajamas that are exceptionally durable and, therefore, more sustainable for the environment. Meet Little Twig and Sparrow. Little Twig & Sparrow pajamas stand out through modern style, extraordinary quality and in keeping with well regarded values of conservation, frugality-parents wanting to give their kids the very best start in life with only fashions and gear that is good for them and for this world.

These gorgeous contemporary pajamas are made from Peruvian Tanguis cotton (reputed to be one of the finest, most durable fibers in the world, created from a plant that requires very little water, thus being very friendly to our environment) with a luxurious feel and perfect for sleepwear, lasting many washings and many pillow fights:). Mom and dad will likely even be able to pass them down to a younger sibling! Talk about a good investment! The stylish, modern design comes in a soothing palette of colors, soft breathable fabric that is comfortable and stylish, and adored by both girls and boys alike. Truly quality vs. quantity.

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EARNEST PUGH'S "GOSPEL’S RISING STARS" COMPILATION CD IS AVAILABLE ON ITUNES THIS WEEK

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Over the last few years, Gospel’s Leading Man Earnest Pugh – who brought back the art of balladry with his #1 hits “Rain on Us” and “I Need Your Glory” - has taken a big lead in presenting gospel music’s next generation of stars such as Chrystal Rucker, Vincent Tharpe & Kenosis, Charles Butler & Trinity and Keith Williams. Now, the electrifying artist has put together an equally electrifying collection of songs by some of the most dynamic young gospel artists on the rise and entitled the project, “Gospel’s Rising Stars” (EPM Music Group). It’s now available on the iTunes Store, Amazon MP3 and other digital platforms.

The 13-track set opens with the R&B flavored track “I Made It” by Angel Davis whom Pugh has crowned as the First Lady of the EPM Music Group. The 29-year old Dover, Delaware native began singing in church at the age of four and has been one of Earnest Pugh’s background singers for five years. He recently had her join him for a riveting duet on the upcoming season of BET’s “Bobby Jones Gospel” to introduce her to a wider audience.

BET’s “Sunday Best” program introduced Seattle native William Demps to a wider audience as well. He shines on the bouncy `60s soul-styled tune “All Because of You.” There are moving songs of praise by God’s Chosen, Cody Holley, Michelle Prather, George Powell, Derek Jermaine and Carnel Davis, Jr. & ITP. Lawrence Dotson chooses the center of a dance floor to sing about “The Light” on this uplifting electronica tune.

However, this is also a gospel for a young generation which will enjoy the contemporary flavor of Ralph Williams smooth tones on the Pop tune “In Spite of Me” and Sheree Holman’s velvety soprano on the engaging, acoustic-colored sing-a-long “Only Hope.” Richmond, Virginia’s Titus Jackson delivers a funky declaration on “Changed” while Brittney Wright’s dazzling vocal gymnastics somersault and pirouettes all over the blazing, percussive worship track “I Came to Bless the Lord.”

 “This series is my vision of creating a larger platform for untapped talent that has been working on the backside of the desert for years and its time to push them to the forefront and expose them to the masses,” EPM founder Earnest Pugh says of the soul-stirring compilation.
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Jericho City of Praise Announces DR. JASMIN "JAZZ" SCULARK INTERNATIONAL MEGA VOICE TO BE INSTALLED AS PASTOR

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Via Press Release



Dr. Jasmin
Washington, DC: On Sunday, September 7, 2014 Jericho City of Praise (JCOP) will officially install Dr. Jasmin "Jazz" Sculark as the new pastor to lead the ministry of one of the largest churches in the country.   This event will mark history; Dr. Jazz will serve as one of the youngest women to lead a mega church in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. 

Dr. Jasmin Sculark, nationally and internationally known as Pastor, Teacher, Author, Evangelist and better known in the Christian community as "Dr. Jazz, The Daughter of Thunder," was named Pastor-Select at JCOP in Landover, Maryland in March 2014. Since then nearly 500 people have joined the church as members under her leadership.

"I am going to build on the legacy of Apostle Betty Peebles," Dr. Jasmin "Jazz" Sculark said in a statement. "I am not coming to lay a foundation; I am coming to build upon a foundation that has already been laid. I am excited about what God will do with Jericho City of Praise and the people in the D.C. Metropolitan area."

"We are excited to have Dr. Jazz as our Pastor. Her ability to connect with us at every level and the anointed teaching she brings to us not only on Sunday but by her presence daily is refreshing and real. We love our Pastor!" stated the Board the Trustees.

Dr. Jazz, is a native of Trinidad and Tobago. She received her license to preach the Gospel in 1992 at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church of Washington, D.C. and has since built a worldwide ministry and is no stranger to large crowds. She has preached at the historic Hampton Minister's conference, world renowned MegaFest in 2013 (Woman Thou Art Loosed) hosted by Bishop T.D. Jakes and made such an impact with her powerful message to an audience of over 25,000, she has been invited back and will be a featured speaker at this year's Woman Thou Art Loosed "The Wait Is Over" October 2-4, in Atlanta, GA.

Services will be held at JCOP beginning September 4, 2014 at 7 pm nightly and will include guest speakers, Dr. Charles Booth and Pastor John K. Jenkins; with musical guests Tasha Cobbs and Stephen Hurd.  

Official Day will commence Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 9:30 am with Co-Pastor Susie Owens and VaShawn Mitchell. At 7 pm Bishop T D Jakes will minister and officiate the installation ceremony with musical guest Pastor Jason Nelson.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Catch Torrei Hart in the premiere of VH1's "Atlanta Exes"

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New York, August 18, 2014--  Be sure to catch actress, producer and comedienne, Torrei Hart, as she stars in VH1’s new series Atlanta Exes when it premieres TONIGHT at 9p.m. E.T.

The Atlanta Exes cast features the exes of major Atlanta-based entertainers/celebrities. Joining Torrei Hart  on the show are ex-wife of Tameka Raymond (ex-wife of R&B singer Usher Raymond), Christina Johnson (ex-wife of singer Cee Lo Green), Moneyetta Shaw (ex-fiancé of R&B singer Ne-Yo), and Sheree Buchanan (ex-wife of NFL player Ray Buchanan). 

The captivating reality series follows the ladies and tells their side of the story about their public separations from their famous exes.  The show combines a great deal of drama, love, ambition, and sisterhood that is sure to be tomorrow’s water-cooler chat! 

A savvy businesswoman and budding entrepreneur destined to empower women, in 2013, Torrei launched her non-profit initiative called S.O.A.R., an organization developed to help women overcome adversity, and in early 2014, Torrei teamed up with Skimpy Mixers and created her own low- calorie, low-sugar cocktail mixer! 

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There is a Ferguson near you

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BY JESSE JACKSON
August 18, 2014

There is a Ferguson near you. Many pundits are saying that the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., has revealed troubling racial tensions in America. But the real scandal in Michael Brown’s shooting is that it reveals what we’ve already known.

As conservative Republican Senator Rand Paul wrote about Ferguson: “Anyone who thinks race does not skew the application of criminal justice in this country … is just not paying attention.”

Ferguson is a suburb of St Louis that is two-thirds African American. Its 53-person police force has only three African Americans. Its mayor and five of six of its city council members are white. Its seven member all-white school board has just closed the school that Michael Brown graduated from.

Across this country, African American parents warn their children, particularly their sons, that they have a bull’s eye on their T-shirt. They are more likely to be picked up, more likely to be arrested if stopped, more likely to be jailed if arrested, more likely to be jailed if charged. This isn’t just in Ferguson; this likely is true in the town where you live. While the investigation is not complete, what we know is that Michael Brown was unarmed.

Imagine if that had been your son.

The reaction of the police in Ferguson to demonstrators looked like a military, not a police response. Police are trained to use the least force necessary. The county police in Ferguson acted like an occupying military force, responding to a threat by hitting hard and escalating, firing tear gas at residents standing on their own lawns. Police carry identity and name badges so residents can know them. Ferguson’s force was decked out in camouflage as if it were facing not outraged citizens, but foreign guerrillas.

The excesses in Ferguson aren’t unique. Across this country, the Department of Homeland Security and the Pentagon have been providing military type weapons ­— tanks, artillery, mortars, tear gas — and arming SWAT teams in local police forces.

No one should condone violence, whether by the police or the people. But everyone must understand the rage expressed by the residents of Ferguson. Whole sections of our cities and suburbs are like kindling, needing only a spark to flame up.

The urban middle class in this country has been under economic assault. In Ferguson, a middle class suburb, the poverty level now is at 22 percent. Homeowners have been victimized by bankers peddling fraudulent loans. Good jobs are scarce. African American unemployment remains about twice that of whites; for the young it is even higher. Their schools are underfunded. They lack affordable day care, decent public transport, adequate training and educational opportunity.

When people see no way out, then an unrepresentative, discriminatory, heavily armed police force only adds to the alienation.

Ferguson should lead to a review of police hiring, arming and procedures across the country. But that alone is not enough. We need a new urban initiative, a renewed focus on the poor. We need a plan for jobs, decent schools, and affordable public transport. For decades, we’ve chosen to lock people up rather than lift them up, to build first-class jails and second-class schools. Michael Brown was a victim of that reality. The people of Ferguson have every reason to be outraged. And there is a Ferguson near you.
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Bishop Iona Locke Hosts 1oth Annual Kingdom Victory Conference and Institute

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Bishop Iona Locke Hosts 1oth Annual
Kingdom Victory Conference and Institute
August 21-22, 2014 at
Abyssinia Christ Centered Ministries, Southfield, MI

Institute Will Feature Denise Baize, Todd Hall, Damien Sneed, Juandolyn Stokes and J. Douglas Wiley

(Detroit, NY – August 18, 2014) — Bishop Iona Locke, pastor of the Abyssinia Christ Centered Ministries, will host the 10th annual Kingdom Conference and Institute, August 21-22, at Abyssinia in Southfield, Michigan. The two-day gathering brings together pastors and ministers from around the country and the world to learn, share, and decompress.

Bishop Locke began this conference and institute to provide pastors with the support they need to sustain their ministries and families. “The challenges are endless and the problems are many, and sometimes the burden is so heavy that you want to quit” she says. “It’s a unique dance that has to take place, but everyone has to come off the floor healthy and whole.”

Statistics support the need for this kind of institute. Research by the Fuller Institute, Pastoral Care.com, and other research entities show: 90 percent of the pastors report working between 55 to75 hours per week; 80 percent believe pastoral ministry has negatively affected their families; 75 percent report a significant stress-related crisis at least once in their ministry; 70 percent feel grossly underpaid; 90 percent feel they are inadequately trained to cope with the ministry demands; 50 percent feel unable to meet the demands of the job; 50 percent of the ministers starting out will not last 5 years; more than 1,700 pastors left the ministry every month in 2013.

The institute is designed to address many of the issues that pastors regularly face in their ministries through instruction, discussion and time for private reflection. There are morning, afternoon, and evening sessions that focus on matters such as prayer, preaching, church management and leadership and communications, as well as dealing with congregational and individual concerns such as marriage, divorce, and LGBT issues, among other. The sessions are led by prominent leaders in various aspects of ministry. This year’s Institute instructors include Prophetess Denise Baize, co-pastor of the Gifted Life Ministries in the Bronx, New York; Prophet Todd Hall, founder and Chief Apostle of Shabach Ministries of Praise in the Orlando Metropolitan Area in Florida; Elder Damien Sneed, an award-winning pianist, organist, conductor, composer, producer, arranger, vocal coach and lecturer;  Pastor Juandolyn Stokes, of Juandolyn Stokes Ministries, and Pastor of Deeper Life in Christ Ministries in Conyers, Georgia; and Bishop J. Douglas Wiley, pastor, Life Center Cathedral in New Orleans, LA.

The institute is designed to provide church leaders, who come from different regions of the country and different parts of the world, with tools that they can use with their various congregations. Each session is designed to provide general information and guidance, while leaving time for participants to discuss how that information could be used to address issues specific to their congregations, so that they can use it in ways that fit the culture of their churches and communities.

Bishop Locke says that while pastors who attend the conference and institute are at various stages in their careers and dealing with various issues in their congregations, they share the same goals. “We come together because we want to be sure that we are master pulpiteers, masters in our character, clear and sharp in the Word, and that we care about our congregation and communities,” says Bishop Locke. “We want to be the best that we can be, and the only way to do that is to take the time to slow it down to learn from the instructors and each other. Iron, sharpens iron.”

Bishop Locke is a celebrated bishop and motivational speaker who has touched the lives of millions worldwide through spoken word and song. In 1993, when Intersound Records released her first recorded albums, What Kind of Fool Are You? and Let’s Get It On!, Bishop Locke made history, becoming the first Pentecostal preacher to have a spoken word CD distributed by a music label. Her most recent recording, Kingdom Victory, is produced and co-written by Damien Sneed, with whom she co-founded LeChateau Earl Records in 2009. Bishop Locke founded Abyssinia Christ Centered Ministries in 1994 and began hosting the Kingdom Victory Conference and Institute in 2004.

The conference is free, but registration is required. For information about registration, housing, and other conference details, please visit,www.bishopionalocke.com.

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