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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Presidential Proclamation --- National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, 2014

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Domestic violence affects every American.  It harms our communities, weakens the foundation of our Nation, and hurts those we love most.  It is an affront to our basic decency and humanity, and it must end.  During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we acknowledge the progress made in reducing these shameful crimes, embrace the basic human right to be free from violence and abuse, and recognize that more work remains until every individual is able to live free from fear.
Last month, our Nation marked the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  Before this historic law, domestic violence was seen by many as a lesser offense, and women in danger often had nowhere to go.  But VAWA marked a turning point, and it slowly transformed the way people think about domestic abuse.  Today, as 1 out of every 10 teenagers are physically hurt on purpose by someone they are dating, we seek to once again profoundly change our culture and reject the quiet tolerance of what is fundamentally unacceptable.  That is why Vice President Joe Biden launched the 1is2many initiative to engage educators, parents, and students while raising awareness about dating violence and the role we all have to play in stopping it.  And it is why the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault and the newly launched "It's On Us" campaign will address the intersection of sexual assault and dating violence on college campuses.
Since VAWA's passage, domestic violence has dropped by almost two-thirds, but despite these strides, there is more to do.  Nearly two out of three Americans 15 years of age or older know a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault, and domestic violence homicides claim the lives of three women every day.  When women and children are deprived of a loving home, legal protections, or financial independence because they fear for their safety, our Nation is denied its full potential.
My Administration is committed to reaching a future free of domestic violence.  We are building public-private partnerships to directly address domestic violence in our neighborhoods and workplaces, and we are helping communities use evidence-based screening programs to prevent domestic violence homicides.  At the same time, the Federal Government is leading by example, developing policies to ensure domestic violence is addressed in the Federal workforce.  New protections under the Affordable Care Act provide more women with access to free screenings and counseling for domestic violence.  And when I proudly reauthorized VAWA last year, we expanded housing assistance; added critical protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans; and empowered tribal governments to protect Native American women from domestic violence in Indian Country.
Our Nation's success can be judged by how we treat women and girls, and we must all work together to end domestic violence.  As we honor the advocates and victim service providers who offer support during the darkest moments of someone's life, I encourage survivors and their loved ones who are seeking assistance to reach out by calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or visiting www.TheHotline.org.
This month, we recognize the survivors and victims of abuse whose courage inspires us all.  We recommit to offering a helping hand to those most in need, and we remind them that they are not alone.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 2014 as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  I call on all Americans to speak out against domestic violence and support local efforts to assist victims of these crimes in finding the help and healing they need. 
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this  thirtieth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.
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Top NFL Dads discuss fatherhood on "My Life As A Dad"

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The games have begun. It's football season.  Tailgates are out, bets are on and fans are fanatically spectating. But many fans want to see a different side of the players, having interest in who they are beyond the turf.   "My Life as a Dad", a Web series that delves into the lives and fatherhood experiences of celeb dads has rounded up top NFL fathers to discuss how they play one of their most important positions off field--the position of father. 

With the  recent incidents of domestic violence and accusations of child abuse clouding the image of the National Football League, a program showing numerous players in a positive light is a welcome arrival. Over the next five weeks, The Slice will post a new episode of "My Life as a Dad" featuring a top NFL player addressing life outside of the stadium. 

"My Life As A Dad" host Daddy Nickell sat down with players such as  Super Bowl 2014 Champion Michael Robinson of the Seattle Sehawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Safety Dashon Goldson. From their "Daddy Time" activities to tried-and-true tips for new dads the players gladly open up.  

How does NFL Tight End Delanie Walker want to be remembered as a dad? Does New Orleans Saints Tight End Benjamin Watson have any special "Daddy Routines" to share? Learn more about these and other proud NFL poppas by watching "My Life as a Dad" clips right here on The Slice.


Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson talks fatherhood with Robert "Daddy" Nickels on "My Life As A Dad." Click video to watch.

In the first 5-minute episode, Seattle Seahawks Superbowl champ  Michael Robinson shares the values her instills in his children and advice for new NFL fathers:

On being a good example for his children to follow as a husband: [By example] "I feel like for  my girls I'm teaching them the man the should one day marry. . .
You teach your sons how to love a woman and they learn that by how you treat your wife."

On how his kids reacted to him winning Super Bowl 2014: "Because it was in New York and we were expecting bad weather, I didn’t bring them all out there...They all got in front of the TV and watched it. When I got home, they were so excited and thought that I was actually bringing confetti home with me!"

On seeing his one-year-old baby right after his big Super Bowl win: "Being able to see my kid after being out on the field, going to war with my teammates, and battling it out kind of neutralizes me...I think that was probably the best moment of my life.”

His top advice for young NFL players who are about to become a father: "Football is a stressful sport, and sometimes it’s hard to keep all of the stresses associated with football on the field...I would advise all NFL fathers to talk to their kids and be there and be present with them. Try to keep all the football worries out of the picture during this time.”

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

OPINION: Where's Gov. Mitt Romney?

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 This editorial  was written two years ago  following the concession of then GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, provided here as a historical reference for the struggling RNC.  

 During the last several weeks  of the 2014 mid-term election season Mitt Romney re-emerged  as a supporter on the political scene. Here in Virginia he showed up at an event for Barbara Comstock, the successor to retired Republican Congressman Frank Wolfe and his name asa potential contender began appearing appearing more in the media. No doubt about it,  his eyes were on the White House for 2016. 
  In early January he said he was interestedin putting in a bid for th presidency.
On Friday, Romney put an end to speculation that he insisting that he had widespread support in the 

“I am convinced that we could win the nomination, but fully realize it would have been difficult test and a hard fight,” Romney said in remarks he delivered by phone from New York with his wife, Ann, by his side.

He said it was a hard decision.

“You can’t imagine how hard it is for Ann and me to step aside, especially knowing of your support and the support of so many people across the country,” he added. “But we believe it is for the best of the party and the nation.”

But before the  businessman makes another investment into his political future, he must consider how the party distanced him in the past and whether he is ready to serve 100% of the country.  The latter is a question Romney has already having to answered how he would lead in reference ot the gaffe that jeopordized his career. If he is to ever ever run as a Repubican again Romeny has to accept what he and the GOP did to curtail the win.  The  conclusion of  his second run for presient  reealed poor leadership and management on the part of his campaign managers and him. He faled to connect to the people arounfs him to secure their loyalty that could have been key yo a subequent win and that is nt presidfential

This is what I wrote about my assessment  after Romeny wa sdefeated I wasn't tryong ro be a prpet, but two years later the lay fo the land is the same. Republicans has abandoned Romeny once agian:

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has not been seen in the media since he conceded on election night. Other than Laura Ingram, conservative talking heads are tongue-tied about Gov. Romney. Republican pundits are only talking about the defeat and how to re-image the party. No one seems to want to utter the name of the man they were supposedly backing, let alone show any appreciation for him. What happened?  White male dominance in the form of Romney, Todd Akin, and Robert Mourdock is in part what happened. Flip flopping on key issues and insulting half of the nation, which led to social media slaying is what happened.  Nonetheless, he deserves more credit for running a tighter race than McCain in 2008, making some progress for the Grand Old Party.

Romney was blatanly rejectedas if he alone was the reason for the defeat itself was a threat to a future run for the White House.

(By the way, wasn't the RNC supposed to rectify long standing perceptions about Conservatives? Black Republicans Mia Love, Arthur Davis and several women were a part of the show. The show of diversity on the stage would have been a more convincing narrative had the American people plugged their ears when Romney said 47% of the American one of several gaffs proving how a wealthy businessman is disconnected from common folks.)
Romney is no by far the rsole reason a Repubica is living at 1600 Pennsulvaian AVe.

The Republican Party does have a real image problem that will get abysmal if its ideologies around race, women, work and war are not reset. It's problem is that in a nation of diversity and change, most of its leaders have a one size fits all mentality. It's problem is stern, non-inclusive, white, male, antebellum and so bottomline the party often seems heartless and alienating--even toward its ow constituents.

Here's just one tacid example of the GOP's internal conflict:  They don't handle political business in a unified, compasionate manner.  Staffers got out of cabs on the same night Romney lost the race and their credit cards were not working and secret service is done, Garrath Haake a campaign worker said on MSNBC today. They were cut off instantly. I was listening to a news program when the reporter attemepted to find out what Romney would do next. One of his former staffers nonchalantly says he does not think we will hear from the again; Romney will just "fade" away (but for the record the defeated politician did formally say goodbye and thank his team in Boston on Wednesday.) Maybe the unity was just a facsade.

After Romney put his life and family on the line for the GOP, shouldn't someone acknowledge that he fought the good fight? Maybe the old political saying is true; in politics there are "no permanent friends, no permanent enemies, " but there are "strange bed fellows."As a man who dedicated years of his adult life to public service, who has politics in his DNA (both of his parents were lected officials), I doubt this defeat will snuff out Romney's political ambitions. In his acceptance speech President Obama says he plans to work with Romney. Will he answer the call? In this world of strange bedfellows, a world where Pres. Bill Clinton set aside his differences to become President Obama's  crony --in fact he was the chief surrogate that helped secure Obama's second term-- perhaps some good can still come of Romney's work. wiht not so uch as a happy trials end off.

So far what we know about how Romeny will spend is rime.  With Rome he will be moving into an office with his son and tomorrow he will meet with the president for the first time since the election.  

Pretending Romney never existed won't do anything to advance the party. 

Going forward the Republican party would benefit from the advice in a Willie Nelson song: "You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold them. Know when to walkaway, know when to run. You never count your money when you're sitting at the table. They'll be time enough for counting when the beating's done." talking oris it all for show.
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UPDATE: Walmart alleges Tracy Morgan was not wearing a seat belt during the crash with company vehicle

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According to Attorney Benedict Morelli, the future of Comedian Tracy Morgan is uncertain. Morgan sustained a debilitating brain injury during the June automobile crash that rendered him wheel chair bound.  Adding insult to injury, in response to Morgan's lawsuit, Walmart is placing blame on the star alleging he was not wearing a seat belt when a company truck collided with the limo he was in during a crash on the New Jersey turnpike.

 A Walmart driver hit the vehicle  Morgan and a group of friends were riding in, killing fellow comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair.

“After I heard what Walmart said in court I felt I had to speak out,” Morgan said in a statement. “I can’t believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused. My friends and I were doing nothing wrong. I want to thank my fans for sticking with me during this difficult time.”

Up until this point the retail giant gave the impression it would cooperate in satisfying damages. They  also released another statement about their position on the matter: “As part of the ordinary course of legal proceedings, Walmart filed an initial response yesterday to the lawsuit that included facts and defenses that may impact the case moving forward. While we were required to respond to the lawsuit, we have also taken steps to encourage settlement discussions. Our thoughts continue to go out to everyone involved, and we remain committed to doing what’s right."

Will Morgan ever perform again is the lingering question?  Morelli said the recovery process is slow and "the jury is still out" on his client's future as an entertainer.
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Tune in on Wednesday, October 1 @ 10/9c


In this week's episode of "Preachers of L.A.," after being dramatically restored by his old congregation in Detroit, Dietrick decides to reconcile with Jay. Bishop Gibson attempts to reunite his family, and Pastor Wayne struggles with a very personal decision.
Season two of Oxygen's "Preachers of L.A." is full of self-discovery and change with growing families and ministries, incredible women of strength beside the preachers, and ever-changing relationships.  Tune in on Wednesdays at 10/9c.
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A new season of Bobby Jones Gospel premieres on October 5

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(Kirk Franklin co-hosts the premiere episode of “Bobby Jones Gospel” Sunday, October 5 at 9:00 A.M.* ET/PT. Also pictured GRAMMY® Award winning Dr. Bobby Jones, Jr., host of the network’s flagship gospel music program. / Photo credit: BET Networks)

NEW YORK, NY (October 1, 2014) - The longest running original series on cable television, "BOBBY JONES GOSPEL," premieres its 34th season on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 9:00 A.M.  Gospel star Kirk Franklin will participate as co-host alongside Dr. Bobby Jones in the premiere episode.

The season premiere episode will showcase organist Dove and Stellar Award nominee Vicki Yohe, organist Moses Tyson and Twinkie Clark pianist and member of GRAMMY® Award winning group The Clark sisters, Dr. J & NSC featuring family quartet The Walls Group and previous “Sunday Best” winner Tasha Page Lockhart.

(The Ascension Dancers perform on the new season of “Bobby Jones Gospel” premiering Sunday, October 5
at 9:00 A.M.* ET/PT.  Photo credit: BET Networks)

Tune in every Sunday morning for joyous performances and riveting interviews from gospel music’s most talented entertainers, choirs, evangelists, and others.  Guests include Hezekiah Walker, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Tye Tribbett, Yolanda Adams, LeAndria Johnson, Byron Cage, Dorinda Clark Cole, Donald LawrenceTamela Mann, James Fortune & FIYA, the Howard University Gospel Choir just to name a few.  New episodes air every Sunday at 9 A.M. on BET.  

For video sneak peeks and first looks of “BOBBY JONES GOSPEL” visit BET.com/bobbyjonesgospel. Viewers can also find series updates on Facebook by liking the fan page at facebook.com/BETgospel. Join the conversation by following the show on Twitter @BETGospel.

(Dove and Stellar Award nominee Vicki Yohe performs on the premiere episode of “Bobby Jones Gospel” Sunday,
October 5 at 9:00 A.M.* ET/PT. / Photo credit: BET Networks)

(Organist Moses Tyson and pianist Twinkie Clark of the Grammy Award winning group The Clark Sisters, chat with guest co-host Kirk Franklin and Dr. Bobby Jones before performing on the premiere episode of “Bobby Jones Gospel” Sunday, October 5 at 9:00 A.M.* ET/PT. / Photo credit: BET Networks)

(“Sunday Best” winner Tasha Page Lockhart performs on the premiere episode of “Bobby Jones Gospel” Sunday,
October 5 at 9:00 A.M.* ET/PT. / Photo credit: BET Networks)

 (Dr. Bobby Jones opens the show with Nashville Super Choir / Photo credit: Jireh Communications Group)

  (Brent Jones prepares to sings on the 34th season of "Bobby Jones Gospel" / Photo credit: Jireh Communications Group)

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014


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LOS ANGELES, Calif. (September 30, 2014) – Ocean Avenue Entertainment continues to solidify strategic partnerships and endorsements in support of its October 24 national theatrical release of 23 Blast. On the heels of announcing its primary partner, K-LOVE/Air1, 23 Blast adds Contemporary Christian music sensation, Casting Crowns and former NFL coach and best-selling author Tony Dungy to its growing list of champions.

The Grammy and GMA Dove-award winning Casting Crowns, founded by youth pastor Mark Hall, has signed an exclusive tour sponsorship deal with 23 Blast for all 39 of its upcoming fall dates. The group will feature a specialized movie trailer that will play three times on screen each evening for its hundreds of thousands of fans around the country.

“I am glad to have the powerful movie 23 Blast be a part of our Casting Crowns tour this fall, says Hall. “I love the story of Travis Freeman overcoming incredible obstacles to reach his goal.  Even more so, the message of hope, through Christ, that 23 Blast brings.  Having K-LOVE and Air1 behind it as well made it a perfect fit for us!”

Tony Dungy, a former professional American football player and first African American National Football League head coach to win the Super Bowl when his Colts defeated the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI, is also a strong advocate for the film.

23 Blast is a powerful movie about football and perseverance, based on the true story of Travis Freeman,” Dungy said. “If you’re looking for an inspiring movie that the whole family can enjoy, go see this film!"

Earlier this month, K-LOVE/Air1 Radio released an exclusive 23 Blast movie trailer featuring the David Crowder’s single “My Beloved” (KLOVE.com andAir1.comwhich continues to gain national airplay and momentum. In addition to tour partnerships and endorsements, Casting Crowns and Dungy also plan to support and promote 23 Blast via their social media channels, leading up the film’s theatrical kick-off. 

Alongside Crowder (“My Beloved”), Grammy® award-winning artist and producer TobyMac (“Unstoppable”), Contemporary Christian music singer/songwriter Sean McDonald (“We Are Brave”) and Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter Ginny Owens (“Stublin’”) have teamed up to support 23 Blast through their musical contributions to the movie’s soundtrack with songs featured throughout the film.

23 Blast features Freeman, a typical teenager growing up in a small town in Kentucky, who is a local hero on and off the field. In the fall of 1997, in the prime of his youth, he is unexpectedly stricken with an infection that destroys his optic nerve. He becomes blind overnight. Under the influence of parents who love him, a physical therapist who challenges him, a coach who inspires him, and a best friend who he cannot bear to leave behind, Freeman shows us what true bravery is by competing on the gridiron, helping his Corbin High School team advance to the state playoffs. 23 Blast follows Freeman and Jerry Baker, his closest friend, from the time they meet on the football field as kids through high school. Baker’s attraction to the dark side of teenage temptations, beer and drugs, threatens to pull the friends apart. It is only on the football field where they truly connect.

The film stars Dylan Baker, Stephen Lang, Alexa Vega, Mark Hapka, Max Adler, Bram Hoover, Kim Zimmer, Becky Ann Baker, Timothy Busfield, andFred D. Thompson, and is written by Bram Hoover and Toni Hoover, directed/produced by Dylan Baker (Spider-Man 2 & 3, 13 Days) and produced byGary Donatelli and Toni Hoover. Executive producers for the movie include Daniel Snyder (owner of the Washington Redskins), Misook Doolittle andBrent Ryan Green.

The Dylan Baker Film is designed to encourage and uplift audiences and depicts a story of hope triumphing over despair, of courage and faith overcoming fear and of victory prevailing over adversity. Inspired by the true life events of Travis Freeman, who played football for Corbin High School in the mid 1990’s despite being blind, 23 Blast will release through Ocean Avenue Entertainment, Inc. in association with Toy Gun Films.
For more information about 23 Blast, please visit:
Website:            www.23blast.com
Twitter:             www.twitter.com/23Blast
Instagram:        www.instagram.com/23blast  
Facebook:         www.facebook.com/23Blast  

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NoiseTrade Welcomes Over 7,000 Downloads    
Soundtrack Features Ricky Skaggs, Emmylou Harris, Roger McGuinn,
NEEDTOBREATHE and 11 Original Songs
September 30, 2014 (Nashville, Tenn.)— Fans of the movie THE SONG are showing their support for the release of the soundtrack through an exclusive NoiseTrade promotion that has received over 7,000 downloads. Last weekend, Samuel Goldwyn Films and City On a Hill Studios released the Americana Music-driven drama in theaters nationwide—today, the critically acclaimed soundtrack can be found on shelves and digital platforms.

In conjunction with the theatrical release, THE SONG ALBUM has received praise from critics and fans alike.  
  • “The sincere and heartfelt passion of the lyrics to the infectious melodies, incredible talent, and impeccable effort of producer Vincent Emmett and you've got an eclectic Americana collection that all will enjoy!"-James Vaughn, Absolutely Gospel  
  • “Edifying - The music from 'The Song' soundtrack feeds your soul with tunes that are real and from the heart. If you're looking for lavish arrangements of glossy pop, look elsewhere. If you're looking for songs that personify love and loss in such a way that they touch your very core, look to 'The Song.’”-Kim Jones, Music Times & About.com  
  • "One of the better Christian-themed independent productions to come along …moralistic yet lushly romantic…persuasive acting and stirring music … an emotionally involving love story…” -Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter  
  • “The musical performances are quite good…”- Justin Chang, Variety    
The inspiration for the soundtrack and film was derived from the ancient biblical text that inspired The Byrds’ No. 1 hit “Turn! Turn! Turn!” The Byrds’ Roger McGuinn contributed to a rearrangement of his timeless classic for the soundtrack, which is sung by bluegrass award winning artist Ricky Skaggs and Americana Vocalist of the Year Emmylou Harris.

Additionally, THE SONG ALBUM features 11 original American Roots songs, also inspired by the life and writings of Solomon, and four classic hits with new musical arrangements. 

Celebrated American Roots music artists Marco Giovino, Byron House, Andy Leftwich and Colby Kilby collaborated in performing the original songs, and the stars of the movie Alan Powell and Caitlin Nicol-Thomas provide vocals and additional instrumental accompaniment. Critically acclaimed rock band NEEDTOBREATHE contributed a song to the project rounding out the American Roots sound. See full track listing below.

THE SONG follows aspiring singer-songwriter Jed King (Alan Powell of Anthem Lights) as he struggles to catch a break and escape the long shadow of his father, a country music legend. After reluctantly accepting a gig at a local vineyard harvest festival, Jed is love-struck by the vineyard owner’s daughter, Rose (Ali Faulkner, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 1), and a romance quickly blooms. Soon after their wedding, Jed writes Rose “The Song,” which becomes a breakout hit. Thrust into a life of stardom and a world of temptation in the form of fellow performer Shelby Bale (Caitlin Nicol-Thomas, “Nashville,” ABC TV), Jed’s life and marriage begin to fall apart, proving even the wisest of men is a fool for love. 

For more information on THE SONG ALBUM, please visit www.thesongalbum.com.   

The Song (Awaken Love)
Son of a King
Kentucky Voice (Ricky Skaggs)
Split the Baby
You Made Me Love You
Can’t Hold On
I Love You Truly
All I Wanna Be
Falling Life Stars
Ooh’s and Ahh’s (NEEDTOBREATHE)
Prayer in Open D (Emmylou Harris)
Chasing After the Wind
Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)- Roger McGuinn, Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs
End of the Matter                                                                                 
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