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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Coaching Never Looked So Good: Popular Television Personality Von Decarlo Coaches For Both Sports and Relationships

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Von Decarlo Co- host Centric TVs' hit Relationship Show,
'' According To Him And Her"

(New York, NY)...........Beautiful television personality Von Decarlo, Relationship Expert and Comedian on Centric TV's "According To Him And Her" and a veteran of FOX's sexy reality tv show "Temptation Island" is the epitome of a multi-tasker.  This New York lovely wears several hats (actress/singer/comedian/writer/producer) and juggles her projects effortlessly. 

But it's as "Coach Von" that she sprints ahead of the pack.  A "professional sports fan" originally from the sports-centric city of Pittsburgh, she developed a love for and knowledge of sports from childhood, particularly for basketball. She speaks "a man's language" when it comes to sports, able to chop it up like one of the guys, from stats to trades to drafts and all in between.  

Von garnered valuable relationship experience throughout her 10 year relationship with the late comedian Patrice O'Neal, to whom she was engaged to be married, losing him one month prior to their wedding date.  

From O'Neal, Von lived and learned the true give-and-take of a successful relationship; they were partners in every sense of the word, fully supporting one another's dreams and endeavors.  Having lived every woman's dream of a dynamic, regarding relationship, today Von observes and guides ladies (and men) regarding their relationship foibles and quandaries, from her perspective.  

This level of her "coaching" is from her personal experience.  She will add "author" to her many hats in 2015, when she releases her first book, entitled Speak Fluent Man: The Top Things Women Should Consider Before Blaming The Man.  And lest that title sound anti-woman, Von asserts that ladies should be mindful that equality and accountability goes both ways. There is the woman's side, the man's side and hopefully, there is their side, when they come together/work together and agree to build a mutually beneficial union between them.

For Coach Von, sports and relationships go hand in hand. She often dispenses relationship tips in the form of sports plays. As a fan favorite on "According to Him + Her", she landed her very own popular Instagram spin-off series called "Coach Von's Playbook".

She's the best of two disparate worlds, and bridges that gap effortlessly.  She's model-gorgeous, but drives a pickup truck; she's a man's dream girl.

Being fluent in sports and able to relate to men from an enlightened perspective, Von Decarlo definitely has The Right Stuff.  

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Friday, October 31, 2014

134 Documentary Features Submitted For 2014 Oscar® Race

LOS ANGELES, CA – One hundred thirty-four features have been submitted for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for the 87th Academy Awards®.

The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:

“Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq”
“Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case”
“Alive Inside”
“All You Need Is Love”
“America: Imagine the World without Her”
“American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs”
“Antarctica: A Year on Ice”
“Art and Craft”
“Awake: The Life of Yogananda”
“The Barefoot Artist”
“The Battered Bastards of Baseball”
“Before You Know It”
“Bitter Honey”
“Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity”
“Botso The Teacher from Tbilisi”
“Captivated The Trials of Pamela Smart”
“The Case against 8”
“Cesar’s Last Fast”
“Citizen Koch”
“Code Black”
“Concerning Violence”
“The Culture High”
“Dancing in Jaffa”
“Death Metal Angola”
“The Decent One”
“Dinosaur 13”
“Do You Know What My Name Is?”
“The Dog”
“Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me”
“Evolution of a Criminal”
“Fed Up”
“Finding Fela”
“Finding Vivian Maier”
“Food Chains”
“The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden”
“Getting to the Nutcracker”
“Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me”
“Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia”
“The Great Flood”
“The Great Invisible”
“The Green Prince”
“The Hacker Wars”
“The Hadza: Last of the First”
“Hanna Ranch”
“Happy Valley”
“The Hornet’s Nest”
“I Am Ali”
“If You Build It”
“The Immortalists”
“The Internet’s Own Boy”
“Ivory Tower”
“James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge”
“Jodorowsky’s Dune”
“Journey of a Female Comic”
“Keep On Keepin’ On”
“Kids for Cash”
“The Kill Team”
“La Bare”
“Last Days in Vietnam”
“Last Hijack”
“The Last Patrol”
“Levitated Mass”
“Life Itself”
“Little White Lie”
“Llyn Foulkes One Man Band”
“Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles”
“Merchants of Doubt”
“Mission Blue”
“Mistaken for Strangers”
“Monk with a Camera”
“Nas: Time Is Illmatic”
“National Gallery”
“Next Goal Wins”
“Next Year Jerusalem”
“Night Will Fall”
“No Cameras Allowed”
“Now: In the Wings on a World Stage”
“Occupy the Farm”
“The Only Real Game”
“The Overnighters”
“Particle Fever”
“Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes”
“Pelican Dreams”
“The Pleasures of Being Out of Step”
“Plot for Peace”
“Point and Shoot”
“Poverty Inc.”
“Print the Legend”
“Private Violence”
“Rabindranath Tagore – The Poet of Eternity”
“Red Army”
“Remote Area Medical”
“Rich Hill”
“The Rule”
“The Salt of the Earth”
“Shadows from My Past”
“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry”
“A Small Section of the World”
“Smiling through the Apocalypse – Esquire in the 60s”
“Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon”
“The Supreme Price”
“Tales of the Grim Sleeper”
“Tanzania: A Journey Within”
“This Is Not a Ball”
“Thomas Keating: A Rising Tide of Silence”
“Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People”
“True Son”
“20,000 Days on Earth”
“Under the Electric Sky”
“Underwater Dreams”
“Waiting for August”
“Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago”
“Warsaw Uprising”
“Watchers of the Sky”
“We Are the Giant”
“We Could Be King”
“Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger”
“A World Not Ours”

Several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles and New York qualifying releases. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the category’s other qualifying rules in order to advance in the voting process.  A shortlist of 15 films will be announced in December.

Films submitted in the Documentary Feature category also may qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, provided they meet the requirements for those categories.
The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
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BMI to Honor Israel Houghton, LaShun Pace & The Anointed Pace Sisters at Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards

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Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), a global leader in music rights management, is set to salute gospel leaders Israel Houghton, LaShun Pace and The Anointed Pace Sisters at its 16th annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards in Atlanta.

The event, which was previously held in Nashville, is slated for Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the Rialto Center for the Arts (80 Forsyth Street NW, Atlanta, Ga.). Gospel music’s premier songwriters, brightest stars and leading industry executives will attend the invitation-only event, which is part industry celebration and part awe-inspiring worship service. BMI will also announce the Most Performed Gospel Song of the Year at the ceremony.

“I’m thrilled to bring the fete to Atlanta this year, and to honor these revered luminaries of gospel music,” said BMI Vice President, Writer-Publisher Relations, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton. “Atlanta has a rich musical history and it’s the perfect setting to laud Israel Houghton, LaShun Pace and The Anointed Pace Sisters.”

Israel Houghton is a prolific worship leader, musician, songwriter, producer and recording artist. His music ministry has spanned 22 years and includes work on more than 50 albums as an artist or producer, 19 awards and countless accolades. In 1995, he formed New Breed Ministries that gave way to his debut releases in 1997, Whisper it Loud and Way of the World. Since then, Houghton has released 11 solo and group CDs and has consistently been a commercial success with Billboard chart toppers New Season, Power of One and his most recent release, Jesus at the Center. Houghton has won several awards including five GRAMMY awards, 13 Dove awards, two Stellar awards and a Soul Train award.

The Anointed Pace Sisters’ storied career ranges from singing as children in local talent competitions in their native Georgia, to wowing audiences with their mellifluous harmonies on national television networks such as BET. Their debut release, U Know, climbed to No. 2 on the Billboard Gospel Album chart and spawned the hit singles “When God is in the Building,” “Safety Zone.,” and “Be a Fence.” Their success laid the groundwork for group member and sister LaShun Pace to launch a successful solo career. LaShun’s first album, He Lives, featured her opus “I Know I’ve Been Changed.” Accolades and memorable albums followed including Shekinah Glory, to being inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame, multiple Stellar awards, and a Soul Train Lady of Soul award. Collectively, LaShun Pace and The Anointed Pace Sisters have a discography and legacy worthy of celebration.

BMI’s impressive roster of gospel songwriters includes Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, Jessica Reedy, Marvin Sapp, Twinkie Clark, BeBe Winans, Israel Houghton, Kim Burrell and many others.
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Docu-series Features Family Life of

Actor Flex Alexander and '90s Pop Singer Shanice
"Flex & Shanice"

Photo Credit: OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

Los Angeles - OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network docu-series, "Flex & Shanice," following actor and comedian Flex Alexander ("One on One"), '90s pop singer Shanice ("I Love Your Smile") and their extended family all living together under one roof will premiere Saturday, November 1 at 10 pm ET/PT. 

From the outside looking in, Flex and Shanice are living the dream - they are beautiful celebrities with a long-standing marriage, gorgeous kids and a lovely home in suburbia.  But what this fairytale couple has been hiding from the world is that they have been teetering on the edge of financial ruin for the past five years.  So they moved their hilarious extended family in to help make ends meet, but nine people under one roof can add just as much stress as it relieves.  

In the series premiere, Flex procrastinates launching his stand-up comedy comeback after more than 20 years. Shanice takes matters into her own hands by booking him a last-minute comedy gig, while also cooking up a scheme to breathe new life into her career.

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Nashville, Tenn. (October 30, 2014)—THIRD DAY, for the first time in more than a decade, will release a new worship album, titled LEAD US BACK, slated for March 3, 2015.  The GRAMMY©, American Music Awards and Dove Award winning band, that has had 12 career albums to date, will also perform live on the day of the album release, at the famed Beacon Theatre in New York.  The highly anticipated LEAD US BACK album is the third worship recording that the multi-Platinum rock band will have released since the group made their mark on the music industry in 1996 with their self-titled debut smash on Reunion Records, which was certified Gold by the RIAA.  It will also include a deluxe version, with an additional disc of 10 fan favorites from THIRD DAY, captured LIVE ON THE ROAD from their previous sold-out tour performances.
Says vocalist Mac Powell, "We've wanted to do a worship album for quite a while but have been waiting for the right time. NOW is that time! I believe this is the best batch of songs that we have ever recorded!” Bass player Tai Anderson adds, “’Lead Us Back' is a call to worship not just for our audience but the band as well. Why now? We're ready for these songs. We're ready to feel God's spirit fall afresh on all of us again.”
The group’s previous worship albums, OFFERINGS – A Worship Album in 2000 and OFFERINGS II – ALL I HAVE TO GIVE in 2003, have been the two biggest selling albums of the band’s career to date. “I think the essence of THIRD DAY music,” says drummer David Carr, “has always had a thread of worship to it, whether we’ve classified an album as worship or not. Though we are confident in the direction we took on previous albums, we felt it was time for us to revisit the emotion and heart that comes through when the songs are unabashedly directed to God.”
THIRD DAY, comprised of members Mac Powell, Tai Anderson, David Carr and Mark Lee, during the last two decades, has racked up 30 No. 1 radio singles.  The band has sold more than eight million albums, including two RIAA 2x Multi Platinum, five Platinum and 12 Gold certifications.  A Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee (2009), THIRD DAY has garnered four GRAMMY© Awards (with 11 career nominations), an American Music Award (with four American Music Award nominations), multiple ASCAP honors (including its coveted Vanguard Award for songwriting), and 24 career GMA Dove Awards (from 42 nominations).
Long known as Christian music’s premier live band, the Atlanta-based THIRD DAY has performed for audiences reaching into the millions all around the world.  The group has been featured on “The Tonight Show,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “60 Minutes,” ABC’s “Nightline,” and written about in USA Today, the New York Times and Billboard magazine – a cover story which called THIRD DAY “one of the best rock bands, period.”
Tickets for the March 3 Beacon Theatre performance go on sale November 21.  The band will also embark on a 2015 worldwide tour in support of LEAD US BACK – dates to be announced.
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Mike Bracken, Executive Director of Government Digital Service (GDS) named first-ever U.K. Chief Digital Officer of the Year

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NEW YORK and LONDON, Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mike Bracken, Executive Director of Government Digital Service (GDS), was named today as the first-ever U.K. Chief Digital Officer of the Year by the CDO Club, the world's largest network of Chief Digital Officers. 

The award was given to Bracken after his keynote presentation, "Digital by Default: Two Years On," at the inaugural UK CDO Summit on Wednesday 29 October 2014 at the BBC in London, England (http://CDOSummit.co.uk).

Mike joined GDS in July 2011, and since that time, he and his team have encouraged over 100 digital and technology experts to join HM Government to help lead the digital transformation of public services.

Notably, recent Chief Digital Officer hires have included the U.K. Ministry of Justice, the Home Office, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the Department for Work and Pensions, Student Loans Company (SLC), and the Surrey County Council, among others. 

In addition, GDS's responsibilities include building and maintaining the consolidated GOV.UK website, which brings government services together in one place. 

GOV.UK was recently described by O'Reilly Radar as "the default for how government should approach their online efforts in the 21st century."

The Award was presented by CDO Club founder David Mathison, who remarked: "Mike is an inspiration to all digital leaders tasked with transformation, regardless of sector. The work by his team at GDS provides a case study for the rest of the world on how to transform public sector services to a "digital by default" model, by building and championing a digital culture that puts the user first and delivers the best, low-cost public services possible. We therefore recognize Mike and his team with this inaugural UK CDO of the Year award."

Prior to joining Cabinet Office, Mike worked as Director of Digital Development at Guardian News & Media.

This is the first-ever CDO of the Year award given in the U.K. 

The first-ever CDO of the Year award was given in the U.S.A. in February 2013 to Teddy Goff, who served as Digital Director at Obama for America in 2008 and 2012. 

The second award was given in April 2014 to Rachael S. Haot, former Chief Digital Officer of New York City in Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration, and currently serving as Chief Digital Officer of New York State in Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration. 

The CDO Club is the world's largest network of Chief Digital Officers. Its goal is to provide its members with breaking news, original research, career development support, networking opportunities, and inspirational events such as the Chief Digital Officer Summit.

The Chief Digital Officer Summit addresses the challenges and opportunities arising from digital, social, and mobile media. We convene meetings that include some of the best digital strategists and practitioners on earth, in an intimate, open, collegial, and supportive environment that encourages learning, knowledge-sharing, and networking.
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Jack Mishkin Memorial Golf Classic hosts and celeb supporters announced

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Marshall Faulk, Thursday Night Football Host and NFL Hall of Famer, Boxing Legend Sugar Ray Leonard, Music Stars Brian McKnight and Stephen Stills, NFL Hall of Famer Andre Reed and Other Sports and Entertainment Celebrities to Hit the Links at Tower Cancer Research Foundation's Jack Mishkin Memorial Golf Classic on Monday, November 3rd, 2014 in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Thursday Night Football host and NFL Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk, Boxing Legend Sugar Ray Leonard, R&B Star Brian McKnight, Music Legend Stephen Stills, NFL Hall of Famer Andre Reed, PGA pro Duffy Waldorf, Actor Neal McDonough (Captain America: The First Avenger; Justified) along with over 150 other stars from TV, sports, music, film and medicine will hit the links to support cancer research and change the future of cancer at Tower Cancer Research Foundation's (TCRF) Inaugural Jack Mishkin Memorial Golf Classic on Monday, November 3, 2014 at El Caballero Country Club, 18300 Tarzana Drive, Tarzana, CA 91357. Arrivals and media availability from 8 AM - 10 AM PST; Helicopter Ball Drop at 9:45 AM PST.
The tournament honors philanthropist, business and community leader Jack Mishkin, an avid golfer, whose life was cut short earlier this year by Mesothelioma, a devastating disease. TCRF's Jack Mishkin Memorial Cancer Fund is primarily focused on Mesothelioma and related cancers since the treatment for one type of cancer can often be utilized to slow the progress of others as well. Funds generated by the tournament will be directed towards funding a multi-year study to help uncover new and innovative therapies for cancer. Currently, fewer than 10% of people with Mesothelioma live at least 5 years and most survive only 12 to 21 months.
TCRF has been the Southern California cancer patient's greatest ally since 1996. The foundation is known for its stellar reputation professionally vetting cancer research programs and maximizing the impact of donor-investors. TCRF provides grants for clinical trials, innovative cancer research, caring patient support and community education. In line with its mission to advance local cancer research on every level, TCRF supports pioneering and talented physician scientists from the Southern California community with awards of annual grants to those doing cutting edge bench-to-bedside lab research. TCRF's free patient support services include patient mentoring, cancer support groups, groundbreaking workshops and support for caregivers.
The full day of golfing and events includes: a Putting Contest; a Helicopter Ball Drop at 9:45AM where up to 500 numbered golf balls will be dropped from a hovering helicopter; Contests for, Longest Drive, Straightest Drive, Closest to the Pin, Hole-in-one; On-Course Entertainment; Catered Lunch; Awards Reception; Cocktails and Hors D 'Oeuvres.
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Houston Rapper, SUN Collaborates with Denmark’s Jacob Luc on New Single “My Place”

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Hip Hop recording artist, SUN is not limiting his musical offerings to the music scene in the United States.  He has collaborated with one of Denmark’s hottest new hip hop artist Jacob Luc on a single entitled “My Place.”   The video premiered today on the popular website World Star Hip Hop.

“My Place,” is a funky rhythmic song that showcases Jacob Luc’s melodic style of rap and mixes it with SUN’s distinct sound and vibrant flow.  The difference in the two rap styles of these talented artists is the perfect contrast to make this song a radio friendly hit.  World Star Hip Hop video link:  http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh6YfeW276i14RMAAC

About SUN
SUN is one of the hardest working new hip hop artists in the game.  Well known and respected among his peers, he has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry. A close associate of 50 Cent and the G-Unit family he shares the stage with his famous mentor whenever he gets the chance, but chooses to make a name in this business on the strength of his talent and work ethic.  With a love for hip hop and a never ending drive he spends endless nights in the studio or on the set of video shoots creating new ways to reach his fans and expand his audience base. 

SUN is currently putting the finishing touches on his first full solo project entitled “The Cause and The Cure,” scheduled for a first quarter release. He will also make his acting debut in the feature film “Candy,” directed by the legendary, Mr. Boomtown due to be released in 2015.

About Jacob Luc
Jacob Luc is half Danish/half African. Jacob Luc's dad is from Denmark and his mom is from the former Belgian colony Congo. That is why Jacob and his 4 brothers all have the Belgium middle name of Luc. 

Jacob Luc writes all his material himself, and he arranges and co-produces his music with various musicians.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014


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New Compilation Album Features Holiday Music from Mary Mary, Fred Hammond, Whitney Houston,
Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Sapp, Hezekiah Walker and More

NEW YORK—October 28, 2014—RCA Inspiration has announced the release of its new holiday compilation album, Gotta Have Gospel! Christmas… O Holy Night. The album became available in stores and via all digital music providers on October 21, 2014.
The 15-song collection boasts some of the most beloved and recognizable voices in both popular and inspirational music performing holiday classics and modern worship songs. The award-winning artists featured on Gotta Have Gospel! Christmas…O Holy Night are:  Yolanda Adams, Anthony Brown & Group therapy, Commissioned, James Fortune & FIYA, Ayana George, Fred Hammond, Israel Houghton & New Breed, Whitney Houston, Joe, John P. Kee & The New Life Community Choir, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, Tarralyn Ramsey, Richard Smallwood and Hezekiah Walker.
This timeless collection is the latest offering from the Gotta Have Gospel series which brings together the biggest artists in gospel as well as superstars from other genres to provide music lovers with a complete listening experience from start to finish. Featuring perennial favorites including, “The First Noel,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” and “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” (full track listing below) Gotta Have Gospel! Christmas… O Holy Night is certain to bring enjoyment this holiday season and for years to come.  The Gotta Have Gospel! series is a brand partnership between RCA Inspiration and Integrity Music. 
Gotta Have Gospel! Christmas O Holy Night Track Listing
  1. His Name Is Jesus – Fred Hammond
  2. Only One – Mary Mary
  3. Christmas Time – James Fortune & FIYA
  4. Home For Christmas Marvin Sapp Featuring Joe
  5. Tidings (God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman) – Israel & New Breed
  6. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Anthony Brown & Group therAPy
  7. O Come, O Come Emmanuel – Ayana George
  8. Christmas Medley – Richard Smallwood with Vision
  9. Donnie’s Christmas Songs (Medley) – Donnie McClurkin
  10. The First Noel – Whitney Houston
  11. No Christmas Without You – John P. Kee & The New Life Community Choir
  12. O Little Town Of Bethlehem – Yolanda Adams
  13. 4 Real Christmas – Commissioned
  14. O Holy Night – Tarralyn Ramsey
  15. Born To Die – Hezekiah Walker

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Monday, October 27, 2014

TUNE-IN ALERT: This week on Family Time, Oct. 28

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Veteran actors, Miguel Nunez and Al Shearer guest star as Anthony Stallworth's poker buddies -
Tune in on Tuesday October 28 @ 10/9c

Chris Williams co-stars in "Family Time" as Todd, Tony's big brother
Click to watch episode teaser

In this week's episode of "Family Time," Tony Stallworth invites friends over for a friendly game of poker. It's not until losing all of his money that he realizes he's been swindled. Tony doesn't want to admit defeat to his wife, Lisa, so he invites his big brother Todd to help him win all of his money back. 
Season two of Bounce TV's "Family Time," is full of hilarious situations and family bonding within a tight-knit family atmosphere. Tune in on Tuesdays at 10/9c.
Bounce TV invites fans to ask the cast questions via Twitter throughout the airing of season two.
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