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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Damion Murrill receives Lamplighter Award for helping senior citizens

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GRAMMY Award Nominee Damion Murrill Ends Phenomenal Year With Lamplighter Award
Upcoming Year Finds Artist Readying New Single, New CD, And Recording Studio
(Wilmington, NC) – December 12, 2014 - 2014 has been an amazing year for GRAMMY Award Nominee Damion Murrill.  Introducing his group, Siloam, Damion released a brand new single, “Kingdom Come”, in early 2014 to rave reviews.  The ensemble sang the tune on television stations and networks nationwide including TBN, The Word Network, The Christian Television Network, TCT, NBC, and FOX and live on Radio One’s Praise 102.5FM in Atlanta.  Although Damion is thrilled with the exposure of his music ministry, he’s also excited about being the recipient of the 2014 Lamplighter Award for Senior Citizen Outreach. Presented on December 6th by Radio One’s Praise 103.9FM in Raleigh, NC, led by Jerry Smith, the annual awards program highlights those who have given back to the community.
As the founder of Word Changing Mission in Wilmington, NC, Damion has been giving back to his community since 1998.  With a goal of helping the lost and reaching the needy, Word Changing Mission targets its outreach in urban areas with high rates of unemployment and poverty.  In the Mission’s partnership with Word Changing Hearts Ministries, pastored by Damion’s brother, Pastor Darwin N. Murrill, they have fed the homeless, lent a hand to those with AIDS, promoted cancer awareness, initiated food, shoe and school drives and serviced local shelters.
Damion says, “Understanding how blessed I am, I am happy to help those who are in need.  Scripture tells us that if our brother or sister is hungry, we should feed them; if they are thirsty, we should give them something to drink and if they are naked, we are to clothe them.  Both my brother and I count it a blessing for the opportunity to give back.”
Damion is ending the year on a high note with the award, but 2015 promises even more for the singer, songwriter and producer.  He will be releasing a brand new single called “Don’t Let Me Fall”.  Penned by Murrill and flaunting a classic Gospel sound, “Don’t Let Me Fall” will be impacting radio in early 2015.  The single will be followed by the group’s debut CD, the Divinity Music Group release, Take A Stand, in the spring of next year.  In addition, in January 2015, Damion Murrill will be opening DMG Studios.  Located in Leland, NC, the full-service recording studio will be providing a variety of services for recording artists including production, CD duplication, mixing and mastering.
Groomed by the best, Damion Murrill is the protégé of multiple award-winning producer, songwriter and choir director Donald Lawrence.  He rose to fame as part of his family group, The Murrills.  The ensemble is known for backing Lawrence as part of the Tri-City Singers and for their Billboard-charting hits and GRAMMY and Stellar Award Nominations.  For more information on Damion Murrill, visit www.DamionMurrillAndSiloam.com.  Connect with Damion Murrill & Siloam on Facebook and Twitter (@DMandSiloam).
Pictured: (l-r) – Pastor Darwin N. Murrill, Damion Murrill, Praise 103.9’s Truitt O’Neal, Earnest Pugh;Photographer: Glenn Parson
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Multi-talented Andy Magro Debuts Album with Half of Proceeds Benefitting Charities

International singer, songwriter, actor and model, Andy Magro, dreams of making a positive difference in this world. On his 24th birthday, December 12, 2014, armed with a new EP debut album, "Never Stop Dreaming," and a new charity organization, "United for Charity," he hopes to do just that. Fifty percent of all sales revenue will be channeled through his charity. The proceeds will then be forwarded to multiple charities throughout the world benefitting everything from environmental causes to helping people in areas that are hit by catastrophic hurricanes, earthquakes, or tornadoes.

"My goal is to raise awareness about different kinds of charity needs," said Magro. "We need people to help protect nature, endangered animals, our environment, the ocean, our drinking water, or even providing homeless kids a home." He says that he considers himself a normal person with philanthropic interests. He wants to use his talents in a way that propels people to want to help.

The EP will consist of four original songs written and performed by Magro and will be available worldwide, through digital format on iTunes, Amazon, JB Hi-Fi, etc. The album will also be made available on CD, based on demand, and is expected to be part of a social charity campaign launched within a few weeks. The songs, three English and one Italian Pop/Rock/Rap song, showcases Magro's singing and songwriting talents. The album and song titles represent his professional life's journey and the passion needed to achieve the beginnings of success.

Magro is already a supporter of SaveTigersNow.org, a global campaign dedicated to saving tigers from extinction, which is headed by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio. Magro credits his personal interest in acting to DiCaprio, a recognized environmentalist who uses his fame to garner environmental issue awareness. Magro plans to follow his idol's lead with the launch of his charity organization, "United for Charity," which coincides with the release of his new album.

For more information regarding his charity or EP, please visit www.andymagro.com. Magro's mission is to make a positive impact on the environment and encourage others to do the same. "By buying my music, you'll be helping people and the environment," Magro said.
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Friday, December 12, 2014

FULL 2015 Grammy List: Beyonce breaks record for most nominated woman

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By Mona Austin

Queen Bey has surpassed the Queen of Country music, Dolly Parton with her 47th Grammy award nod, becoming the  most Grammy-nominated woman of all time.  Parton held the record for years, but last week with the announcement of the 2015 Grammy Award nominees Beyoncé  took the top spot.

Beyoncé is up for the Best Urban Contemporary album along with five other nominations, keeping pace with Sam Smith and Pharrell Williams all  top the Grammy nominations list with six.

Grammys will be handed out in 83 categories.  Below is sampling of nominations from various categories reflecting the diversity that defines today's music industry:

Album Of The Year:
Morning Phase — Beck
Beyoncé — Beyoncé
X — Ed Sheeran
In The Lonely Hour — Sam Smith
Girl — Pharrell Williams
Record Of The Year:
"Fancy" — Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX
"Chandelier" — Sia
"Stay With Me" (Darkchild Version) — Sam Smith
"Shake It Off" — Taylor Swift
"All About That Bass" — Meghan Trainor
Song Of The Year:
"All About That Bass" — Kevin Kadish & Meghan Trainor, songwriters (Meghan Trainor)
"Chandelier" — Sia Furler & Jesse Shatkin, songwriters (Sia)
"Shake It Off" — Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
"Stay With Me" (Darkchild Version) — James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith, songwriters (Sam Smith)
"Take Me To Church" — Andrew Hozier-Byrne, songwriter (Hozier)
Best New Artist:
Iggy Azalea
Brandy Clark
Sam Smith
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
"Fancy" — Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX
"A Sky Full Of Stars" — Coldplay
"Say Something" — A Great Big World With Christina Aguilera
"Bang Bang" — Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
"Dark Horse" — Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J
Best Dance Recording:
"Never Say Never" — Basement Jaxx
"Rather Be" — Clean Bandit Featuring Jess Glynne
"F For You" — Disclosure Featuring Mary J. Blige
"I Got U" — Duke Dumont Featuring Jax Jones
"Faded" — Zhu
Best Rock Performance:
"Gimme Something Good" — Ryan Adams
"Do I Wanna Know?" — Arctic Monkeys
"Blue Moon" — Beck
"Fever"— The Black Keys
"Lazaretto"— Jack White
Best Alternative Music Album:
This Is All Yours — Alt-J
Reflektor — Arcade Fire
Melophobia — Cage The Elephant
St. Vincent — St. Vincent
Lazaretto — Jack White
Best Urban Contemporary Album:
Sail Out — Jhené Aiko
Beyoncé — Beyoncé
X  — Chris Brown
Mali Is… — Mali Music
Girl — Pharrell Williams
Best Rap Performance:
"3005" — Childish Gambino
"0 To 100/The Catch Up" — Drake
"Rap God" —  Eminem
"I" — Kendrick Lamar
"All I Need Is You" — Lecrae
Best Rap Album:
The New Classic — Iggy Azalea
Because The Internet — Childish Gambino
Nobody's Smiling — Common
The Marshall Mathers LP2 — Eminem
Oxymoron — Schoolboy Q
Blacc Hollywood — Wiz Khalifa
Best Country Duo/Group Performance:
"Gentle On My Mind" — The Band Perry
"Somethin' Bad" — Miranda Lambert With Carrie Underwood          
"Day Drinking" —  Little Big Town
"Meanwhile Back At Mama's" — Tim McGraw Featuring Faith Hill
"Raise 'Em Up" — Keith Urban Featuring Eric Church
Best Country Album:
Riser — Dierks Bentley
The Outsiders — Eric Church
12 Stories — Brandy Clark
Platinum — Miranda Lambert
The Way I'm Livin' — Lee Ann Womack  
Best Improvised Jazz Solo:
"The Eye Of The Hurricane" — Kenny Barron, soloist
"Fingerprints" — Chick Corea, soloist
"You & The Night & The Music" — Fred Hersch, soloist
"Recorda Me" — Joe Lovano, soloist
"Sleeping Giant" — Brad Mehldau, soloist
Best Gospel Album:
Help — Erica Campbell
Amazing (Live) — Ricky Dillard & New G
Withholding Nothing (Live) — William McDowell
Forever Yours — Smokie Norful
Vintage Worship — Anita Wilson
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album:
If We're Honest — Francesca Battistelli
Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. — For King & Country
Hurricane — Natalie Grant
Welcome To The New — MercyMe
Royal Tailor — Royal Tailor
Best Latin Pop Album:
Tangos — Rubén Blades
Elypse — Camila
Raíz — Lila Downs, Niña Pastori And Soledad
Loco De Amor — Juanes
Gracias Por Estar Aquí — Marco Antonio Solís
Best American Roots Performance:
"Statesboro Blues" — Gregg Allman & Taj Mahal
"A Feather's Not A Bird" — Rosanne Cash
"And When I Die" — Billy Childs Featuring Alison Krauss & Jerry Douglas
"The Old Me Better" — Keb' Mo' Featuring The California Feet Warmers
"Destination" — Nickel Creek
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling):
Actors Anonymous — James Franco
A Call To Action — Jimmy Carter
Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America — John Waters
Diary Of A Mad Diva — Joan Rivers
A Fighting Chance — Elizabeth Warren
We Will Survive: True Stories Of Encouragement, Inspiration, And The Power Of Song — Gloria Gaynor
Best Comedy Album:
Mandatory Fun — "Weird Al" Yankovic
Obsessed — Jim Gaffigan
Oh My God — Louis C.K.
Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time — Patton Oswalt
We Are Miracles — Sarah Silverman
This year's Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical nominations go to Paul Epworth, John Hill, Jay Joyce, Greg Kurstin, and Max Martin.

This year's GRAMMY Awards process registered more than 20,000 submissions over a 12-month eligibility period (Oct. 1, 2013 – Sept. 30, 2014). GRAMMY ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed on Dec. 17 to The Recording Academy's voting members. Ballots are due back to the accounting firm of Deloitte by Jan. 16, 2015, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the 57th GRAMMY Awards telecast.

The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, and Louis J. Horvitz is director.
The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on "GRAMMY Sunday," Feb. 8, 2015, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on CBS from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

Click here to see the FULL 2015 Grammy Award Nominations.

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Congressional staffers and medical students of all races protest Ferguson, New York verdicts

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Walk outs and die-ins.  Those are the non-violent weapons of choice for citizens responding to racial injustice in police conduct in recent grand jury decisions that became headline news in two American cities -- Ferguson, MO and New York City, NY.

Non-violent protests continue in the aftermath of the Eric Garner and Mike Brown verdicts.  On Thursday Black Congressional staffers were joined by members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association and the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association in a walk out on Capitol Hill.

On Wednesday medical students from over 70 U.S. schools participated in die-ins in support of the nationwide outcry against the deaths of unarmed Black men killed by police and against racial bias in healthcare. Students of all races from such colleges as Boston University, Harvard, Yale, Duke and Emory wore white coats as the lay on the ground and floors around the nation, using ‪#‎whitecoats4blacklives‬ to spread their message.
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TUNE-IN ALERT: Roland Martin joins panel discussion on Dr. Phil on Friday, Dec. 12

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Provocative dialogue includes interviews with the families of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin; Roland Martin, Reverend Al Sharpton and New Orleans Saints Player Benjamin Watson are among panelists providing additional insight. 

Tune In, Friday Dec. 12 - (check local listings)
Watch a teaser of Dr. Phil
Photo of Roland Martin, Dr. Phil and Benjamin Watson

Provocative Dialogue Includes Interviews with the Families of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin; Reverend Al Sharpton and New Orleans Saints Player Benjamin Watson
Asking "What is the solution?," DR. PHIL takes an in-depth look at the current racial tension in America, from the events surrounding the deaths of Michael Brown to Tamir Rice to Eric Garner at the hands of law enforcement, and explores why our nation is in turmoil.  Joining the wide-ranging discussion are: Roland Martin (TV One's, "News One Now") host, Ellisha Flagg and Erica Garner, (sister and daughter of Eric Garner), Lesley McSpadden, (mother of Michael Brown), New Orleans Saints player Benjamin Watson, Sybrina Fulton (mother of Trayvon Martin), Mike Brooks, (former Washington D.C. detective), and CNN's Sunny Hostin. The episode airs Friday, December 12 (check local listings)
Taking the conversation beyond what we've seen on the news, Dr. Phil speaks with the families of Garner, Brown and Martin to hear their perspectives on the events they believe took the lives of their loved ones, and get their viewpoint on what they think can be done to affect change. Also, NFL star Benjamin Watson explains why he was so moved to write an eloquent Facebook essay after the verdict in Ferguson that went viral.
Select Quotes from the Episode:
"The police need to have the power to induce order.  But if that power doesn't have checks and balances - if they are not held accountable of their decision, if they are not properly trained -  then you are going to have chaos and we're seeing that now."
Dr. Phil on the current racial tension in America
"People have to start policing the police, point blank."
Ellisha Flagg. sister of Eric Garner, who died after police put him in an apparent chokehold.
"If history continues to repeat itself, not only do we need to change the laws, but we need to change people's mindset as well. We have a right to be safe."
Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, fatally shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. 
DR. PHIL was created by Harpo Productions, is produced by Peteski Productions in association with CBS Television Distribution, which also distributes the show. Carla Pennington and Dr. Phillip C. McGraw are the executive producers. Angie Kraus is co-executive producer.
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

FORMER FIRENDS HAVE GRAMMY WORTHY BEEF: Diddy and Drake threw down over performance rights

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(ICYMI): Remember back in the day when rappers used beats and lyrics to battle? If only we could bring back the good old days.  

About that Diddy and Drake fight over the weekend. . . their beef runs deep and it's not over Cassie, Diddy's girlfriend as many bloggers speculated.  Instead of fighting with the tools of Hip Hop they were fighting over a potential Grammy winning Hip Hop song.  Drake's current hit single "0 to 100" garnered Grammy nominations for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song, but Diddy had contemplated releasing it too, TMZ reports. Producer Boi-1da gave both Drake and Diddy permission to record the song earlier this year. A video shows Diddy performing the song in FLA months before Drake released it.   The rappers saw each other for the first time since Drake released the cut on Sunday night at LIV nightclub in Miami Beach.  Witnesses say Drake snubbed Diddy and that's when Diddy allegedly said, "You'll never disrespect me again" and threw the first punch.  Drake landed in the hospital after sustaining a dislocated shoulder which was previously injured.  

Let's hope the fellas settle their feud in court before things get too far out of hand.  
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FULL 2015 Golden Globes List: Ava Duvernay makes history

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Ava DuVernay makes history as the first Black woman to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the position of Director.

Ava DuVernay. . .say that name with me:"A-VA- DU- VERNAY."  It's a name you will be hearing a lot in the coming months.  Not only should you know her name because she directed and co-wrote "Selma", one of the most anticipated films of 2014, but also because she is the first Black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe for her work on it.   "Selma" itself been nominated for several GG's including the coveted Best Motion Picture ahead of its Christmas Day release.  Be sure to check it out. The Golden Globes have traditionally been viewed as a foreshadow to the Oscars, so Selma is off to a good start this award show season.

Other stand out female nominees include Quvenzhane Wallis for Annie, Jennifer Anniston for Cake and Reese Witherspoon in Wild. Angelina lie's movie "Unbroken" was completely snubbed.

The nominees were announced live from the Beverly Hills Hotel this morning.  Check out the FULL list, below:
Best Motion Picture, Drama
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Steve Carell - Foxcatcher 
Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game 
Jake Gyllenhaal - Nightcrawler 
David Oyelowo - Selma 
Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama 
Jennifer Aniston - Cake 
Felicity Jones - The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore - Still Alice 
Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl 
Reese Witherspoon - Wild
Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
St. Vincent
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Amy Adams - Big Eyes 
Emily Blunt - Into the Woods 
Helen Mirren - The Hundred Foot Journey 
Julianne Moore - Maps to the Stars
Quvenzhane Wallis - Annie
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Ralph Fiennes - Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton - Birdman Bill Murray - St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix - Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz - Big Eyes
Best Animated Feature Film
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie

Best Foreign Language Film 
Force Majeure Turist (Sweden)
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Gett (Israel)
Ida (Poland/Denmark)
Leviathan (Russia)
Tangerines Mandariinid (Estonia)
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Patricia Arquette - Boyhood 
Jessica Chastain- A Most Violent Year 
Keira Knightley - The Imitation Game
Emma Stone - Birdman 
Meryl Streep - Into the Woods
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Robert Duvall - The Judge 
Ethan Hawke - Boyhood
Edward Norton - Birdman
Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher 
J.K. Simmons - Whiplash
Best Director, Motion Picture
Wes Anderson - Grand Budapest Hotel 
David Fincher - Gone Girl
Ava Duvernay - Selma 
Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu - Birdman 
Richard Linklater - Boyhood
Best Screenplay, Motion Picture Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel 
Gillian Flynn - Gone Girl 
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr.- Birdman 
Richard Linklater - Boyhood 
Graham Moore - The Imitation Game
Best Original Score, Motion Picture Alexandre Desplat - Imitation Game
Yohan Yohanson - Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – Gone Girl, 
Antonio Sanchez- Birdman 
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar
Best Original Song, Motion Picture 
"Big Eyes" - Big Eyes (Lana Del Rey)
"Glory" - Selma (John Legend, Common)
"Mercy Is" - Noah (Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye)
"Opportunity" - Annie (Sia)
"Yellow Flicker Beat" - The Hunger Games: Mockingjy -- Pt 1 (Lorde)
Best TV Series, Drama
The Affair
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
House of Cards
Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama
Claire Danes, Homeland 
Viola Davis -How to Get Away With Murder 
Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife 
Ruth Wilson - The Affair 
Robin Wright - House of Cards
Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama Clive Owen - The Knick 
Liev Schrieber - Ray Donovan 
Kevin Spacey - House of Cards 
James Spader - The Blacklist 
Dominic West - The Affair
Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy 
Jane the Virgin
Orange Is the New Black
Silicon Valley
Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical
Lena Dunham - Girls 
Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie 
Gina Rodriguez - Jane the Virgin 
Julia Louis Dreyfuss - Veep 
Taylor Schilling - Orange Is the New Black
Best Actor, TV Series Comedy or Musical
Don Cheadle - House of Lies
Ricky Gervais - Derek 
Jeffrey Tambor - Transparent 
Louis C.K. - Louie 
William H. Macy -Shameless
Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Fargo
The Missing
True Detective
The Normal Heart
Olive Kitteridge
Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television Maggie Gyllenhaal - The Honourable Woman 
Jessica Lange - American Horror Story: Freak Show
Frances McDormand - Olive Kitteridge
Frances O'Connor - The Missing 
Allison Tolman - Fargo
Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Martin Freeman - Fargo 
Woody Harrelson - True Detective 
Matthew Mcconaughey, True Detective
Mark Ruffalo - The Normal Heart 
Billy Bob Thornton - Fargo
Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series or MiniseriesUzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black 
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey 
Allison Janney, Mom 
Michelle Monaghan, True Detective
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television
Matt Bomer - The Normal Heart 
Alan Cumming - The Good Wife 
Colin Hanks - Fargo 
Bill Murray - Olive Kitteridge 
Jon Voight - Ray Donovan
The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards will air Jan. 11, 2015 on NBC with the always hilarious Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are returning as the hosting duo.

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BabyNames.com Announces the Top Baby Names of 2014

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As time goes on baby names seem to get more creative, but this year the top baby names were rather common.   Expectant parents also get inspiration form popular TV shows and movies.  If I had to guess, I would say the top girl name would be Elsa (after the "Frozen" character.)  Instead, Charlotte was the most popular  girl name.  Liam was at the top of the list of boy baby names according to babynames.com
The leading website for naming your baby has tallied up the most popular names of the year and the winners are Liam and Charlotte for the third year in a row.

"Entertainment is influencing baby naming more than ever," says BabyNames.com founder, Jennifer Moss. "We're seeing celebrity names and character names flooding the popularity charts. The name Liam, for example, started to become popular after the actor Liam Neeson, but then jumped to #1 when Liam Hemsworth came on the scene."

Parents are also using popular character names from fiction, especially television. Moss says the name Aria/Arya hit the top ten names for girls after the television shows Pretty Little Liars and Game of Thrones both featured popular characters with that name.

BabyNames.com compiles its name ranking from the site members' favorite name lists. "We have millions of members that add names to their favorite name lists each year," states Moss. "So we can track which names are trending in real time. Our lists often predict the actual birth name trends by one to two years."

So what entertainment names are rising fast? According to the BabyNames.com trends, we will be seeing more baby boys named Archer (Archer), Finnick (The Hunger Games) and Atticus (To Kill a Mockingbird). For girls, watch for Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Hazel (The Fault in our Stars), and Piper (Orange is the New Black).

The full list of the 100 most popular names of 2014 can be found on the BabyNames.com website.

SIDEBAR: BABYNAMES.COM'S TOP 20 BABY NAMES FOR 2014Name statistics include alternate spellings of the same name

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Digital Musical Holiday Cards are all the Rage, and Live365 has the Solution

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Live365, the original internet radio network, offers free customizable Musical Holiday Cards that give listeners a personalized, simple & eco-friendly way to spread holiday cheer this season.
FOSTER CITY, Calif., Dec. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Now through December 25th, Live365.com is offering its listeners a solution to expensive and generic holiday greeting cards with free customizable digital musical greeting cards. The Live365 Holiday Card is a cost effective, time efficient and "green" option for sending holiday cheer through a digital, fully customizable template that can be completed in 4 easy steps.
Design your holiday card using several holiday card skin designs, insert a personal photo & custom greeting, select your music from Live365's holiday music selection curated by our music experts and Live365's top broadcasters, preview your holiday card and then share it. The Live365 Holiday Card can be sent to one recipient or many at once.

"Attaching customized music to your holiday card is another revolutionary idea from Live365," stated Director of Broadcasting Dennis Constantine. "We are offering dozens of personalized holiday music channels in every conceivable genre created by Live365 and our dedicated broadcasters." Insanely successful last year, Live365 served out tens of thousands of holiday greetings that played a million hours of holiday music and cheer. Make yours today.

To design your own Live365 Holiday Card, go to www.Live365.com and click on the Musical Holiday Card icon anywhere on the homepage screen.

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18th Annual Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project Economic Summit "Where Wall Street, Main Street & Silicon Valley Converge" Speakers to include Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Black Enterprise CEO Earl G. (Butch) Graves, Jr. & Abyssinian's Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts ....

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Rev. Jesse Jackson's Annual Economic Summit Takes Place On
Tuesday, January 13 - Thursday, January 15, 2015

(New York, NY) - The Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund will host the 18thAnnual Wall Street Project Economic Summit, January 13 - January 15, 2015 at The Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, 811 Seventh Avenue at 52nd Street, New York, NY, 10019. The Summit, "Where Wall Street, Main Street & Silicon Valley Converge" will feature sessions on technology, entrepreneurship, best companies for diversity, the role of corporate boards, and investing in communities.

 The Wall Street Project's Economic Summit brings entrepreneurs, corporate executives and the nation's political leadership together to increase business and employment opportunities for minorities.

 "While many strides have been made in America," says Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and organizer of the Wall Street Project, "the leadership and workforce of too many corporations still don't look like America or reflect the population and consumers they rely on for success."  The summit will address this ongoing issue.
 Highlights of the three-day summit will include:      

  • Release of the Wall Street Project's Asset Management Study during the "Money Where It Matters: Managing Corporate, Endowment and Foundation Funds" session which features data on the utilization of MWBE asset management firms by corporations and foundations. Sabrina Philson, Principal, Epsilon Advisors, LLC, will present the study. Money Where It Matters will be moderated by Ralph G. Moore,and will feature John W. Rogers Jr., Chairman, CEO & Chief Investment Officer, Douglas J. Brown, CIO, Exelon Corporation,Emmett T. Vaughn, Director, Office of Diverse Business Empowerment, Exelon Corporation and Orim Graves, Executive Director, National Association of Securities Professsionals
  • Black Enterprise Magazine presents "The 40 Best Companies for Diversity" during the opening day's joint Wall Street Project/Black Enterprise luncheon.
  • Access to Capital - Part I: How to Secure Venture Capital for your Business, and
    Access to Capital | Part II: Securing The Money Minority Businesses Need to Grow: 
    Moderated by JoAnn H. Price, Co-Founder/Managing Partner, Fairview Capital Partners and featuring panelist Louis Green, Former President and CEO, Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council.
  • Why Strategic Partnerships Work: The most successful minority financial firms have strategic partnerships with larger majority companies. Chris Williams, Chairman & CEO, Williams Capital, Jim Reynolds, Chairman and CEO, Loop Capital Markets will discuss the need to give up some equity in order to grow. 
  • The Urban Tech Boom: (Silicon Valley, Silicon Alley, Silicon Harlem) - encouraging and creating collaborations to drive tech economic development.
  • Convergence: The Intersection of Tech and Wall Street: This panel will explore the many areas in which technology and Wall Street intersect, how technological innovation occurring both internally and externally is impacting large and small financial institutions.  Panel will also address how data, automation, mathematics and science are creating both efficiencies and challenges within the industry.
  • The Role of Corporate Boards When Driving Diversity: Moderated by Earl G. (Butch) Graves, Jr., President & CEO, Black Enterprise and featuring panelists such as John Rogers, Chairman and CEO, Ariel Investments.
  • WSP Tech Meetup (WSPTM): Silicon Harlem and NY Tech Meetup will co-host a special "Meetup" where attendees can view and participate in live demos from entrepreneurs developing great technology.
  • Faith and Community Leader's Session: With a focus on access to capital for churches and community development corporations and initiatives, this session will examine what faith-based communities can do to promote financial literacy as a means to achieve economic justice and how they can effectively work with banking institutions on partnerships that stabilize and invest in their communities and create housing, businesses, and jobs. 
  • Investing in Communities: Featuring Mayor Ras Baraka, City of Newark, NJ. This panel will cover public-private partnerships that are helping our communities through dynamic initiatives that foster the development of housing, businesses, and jobs.
  • Thinking Outside The Box To improve Minority Hiring: Featuring Pat Harris, Global Chief Diversity Officer, McDonald's Corporation, and Robert F. Smith, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Vista Equity Partners, Gale V. King, Nationwide EVP & Chief Administrative Officer, and Seth Welty, Senior Vice President, Diversity and Veteran's Recruiting, Citi.
  • Focus on Africa: Africa Economic Expansion Forum: Moderated by Mrs. Roslind McLymont, Editor- In-Chief, The Network Journal and featuring Texas Senator, Rodney Ellis, Hon. Benson Fihla, Mayor, Nelson Mandela Bay Metro - South Africa and more.
  • Access to Capital Luncheon: Honoring Sidney Dillard, Partner, Corporate Investment Banking Division, Loop Capital; Robert F. Smith, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Vista Equity Partners, and Donna Sims Wilson, President, Smith Graham & Company.
  • The Business of Hip Hop: Featuring Rakim Allah, Hip Hop Artist; Rah Digga Hip Hop Artist; Freeway Rick Ross; and Erick Sermon, President, Def Squad Enterprises.
  • Google Small Business Supplier Diversity Program: Featuring Allison Bernstein, Diversity Markets Program Manager, Google.

The 2014 Honorary Co-chairs are: Cloves C. Campbell, Jr., Chair, National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), Cynthia D. DiBartolo, Esq., Chief Executive Officer, Tigress Financial Partners LLC and Chairperson, Greater New York Chamber of Commerce, Earl G. (Butch) Graves, Jr., President & Chief Executive Officer, Black Enterprise, Alfred C. Liggins, Chief Executive Officer and President, Radio One, Inc./TV One, LLC, The Honorable Charles B. Rangel, U.S. Representative, D-NY 13th Congressional District, James Reynolds, Jr., Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Loop Capital Markets, John W. Rogers, Jr., Chairman, CEO & Chief Investment Officer, Ariel Investments, LLC, and Clifford C. Swint, Executive Vice President, Capital Markets, MFR Securities, Inc.

The full agenda can be found online at www.rainbowpushwallstreetproject.org. The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a progressive organization protecting, defending and expanding civil rights to improve economic and educational opportunity. 

To register, visit:
 www.rainbowpushwallstreetproject.org or call (646)-569-5889
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