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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Jennifer Hudson is headed to Broadway

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Oscar winning actress Jennifer Hudson will be  starring in the reboot of "The Color Purple."  Producers confirmed rumors  that the "Dream Girl" actress would be taking on the role of Shug Avery in the Oprah Winfrey backed production Friday.  Hudson tweeted that she was excited to be a part of the play in the coming fall.

Hudson is not the only American Alum to be associate with the Broadway version of the play based on the book written by Alice Walker.  Fantasia once played in the lead role as Celie.
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WATCH: Lecrae does "America" on Jimmy Fallon

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Thrice Grammy nominated Christian Rapper Lecrae spit lyrics in a second appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night.  After performing the conscious raising "America" he said, "Go see Selma," the Paramont Picture release about the MLK led Civil Rights movement.

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President Obama's statement onthe passing of Andrae Crouch

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Following a busy week of travel delivering progress reports on the recovering economy, housing market and his proposal for  free community college tuition, President Obama took some time to  speaks on the death of gospel music pioneer Andrae Crouch in a heartfelt statement.  Read more.
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Colorado NAACP office bombed, drawing of suspect released with $10,000 reward

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By Mona Austin

Authorities released this sketch of a man they say is a person of interest in the Colorado Springs NAACP bombing case on Friday, January 9, 2014.
Terrorist activity in France dominated news reports  this week while a bombing incident in America was largely ignored by major media.

A building housing the NAACP office in Colorado Springs, CO was bombed on Tuesday, January 6.   Cornell  Brooks tweeted, "Thankfully no one was hurt in a suspicious explosion at our Colorado Springs office. We remain vigilant." A statement from the national office indicated, " The NAACP looks forward to a full and thorough investigation into this matter by federal agents and local law enforcement." The FBI has already begun an active investigation into the incident, avoiding speculation about the incident possibly being domestic terrorism relate or a hate crime.

Official have released a composite drawing of a balding white male around the age of 40 as a person of interest. A man by that description was seen on dropping of a package at the building just before the explosion.  Federal law enforcement is offering a $10,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest (call: 303-425-7787).

At a news conference at the Colorado Springs police operations headquarters, the Denver Post reports FBI Special Agent in Charge Thomas Ravenelle said, "I'm not going to be naive, I know what the NAACP means to some extremists in this country."

The office re-opened two days after the explosion.

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AAFCA names "Selma" Film of the Year

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Selma, the first studio film to center around Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is the big winner among the critics representing the African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA). The Paramount film earned multiple awards from AAFCA for Best Director, (Ava DuVernay); Best Actor for Oyelowo and Best Song for its John Legend/Common theme song, “Glory”. AAFCA will hold its annual award ceremony and dinner on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 7:00pm the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood, CA.

“Our members found the output of cinema released this year to be a truly insightful mix of titles that reflect the world we live in. The members of AAFCA were especially pleased with this range of storytelling supported by the studios that gave voice to the many sides of the experience of black people in America and around the world,” says AAFCA president Gil Robertson. “We had a lot to pick from this year from Belle, Dear White People, Top Five, Timbuktu and Selma and hope the industry will continue to provide a platform for diversity on the big screen.”
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THE FACTS: Details on tuition free community college proposal from the White House

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White House Unveils America’s College Promise Proposal: President Obama states his case for Tuition-Free Community College for Responsible Students

"Community college should be free for those who are willing to work for it," said President Obama on January 9 during an address at Pellissippi State College in Knoxville, TN.  Under the proposed plan for higher education qualifying students would get two years of free education. Eligibility for the plan enrolled half tome maintain 2.5 and working toward a degree.  Participating states would have to take care of a quarter of the cost with a financial breakdown of $60 billion federal an $20 billion for participating states. The White House plans to roll out how costs will be handled in its budget next month. 
From the White House. . .
Nearly a century ago, a movement that made high school widely available helped lead to rapid growth in the education and skills training of Americans, driving decades of economic growth and prosperity. America thrived in the 20th century in large part because we had the most educated workforce in the world.  But other nations have matched or exceeded the secret to our success. Today, more than ever, Americans need more knowledge and skills to meet the demands of a growing global economy without having to take on decades of debt before they even embark on their career. 
Today the President is unveiling the America’s College Promise proposal to make two years of community college free for responsible students, letting students earn the first half of a bachelor’s degree and earn skills needed in the workforce at no cost. This proposal will require everyone to do their part: community colleges must strengthen their programs and increase the number of students who graduate, states must invest more in higher education and training, and students must take responsibility for their education, earn good grades, and stay on track to graduate. The program would be undertaken in partnership with states and is inspired by new programs in Tennessee and Chicago. If all states participate, an estimated 9 million students could benefit. A full-time community college student could save an average of $3,800 in tuition per year. 
In addition, today the President will propose a new American Technical Training Fund to expand innovative, high-quality technical training programs similar to Tennessee Tech Centers that meet employer needs and help prepare more Americans for better paying jobs. These proposals build on a number of historic investments the President has made in college affordability and quality since taking office, including a $1,000 increase in the maximum Pell Grant award to help working and middle class families, the creation of the $2,500 American Opportunity Tax Credit, reforming student loans to eliminate subsidies to banks to invest in making college more affordable and keeping student debt manageable, and making available over $2 billion in grants to connect community colleges with employers to develop programs that are designed to get hard-working students good jobs.
The President’s Plan: Make Two Years of College as Free and Universal as High School
By 2020, an estimated 35 percent of job openings will require at least a bachelor’s degree and 30 percent will require some college or an associate’s degree. Forty percent of college students are enrolled at one of America’s more than 1,100 community colleges, which offer students affordable tuition, open admission policies, and convenient locations.  They are particularly important for students who are older, working, need remedial classes, or can only take classes part-time. For many students, they offer academic programs and an affordable route to a four-year college degree. They are also uniquely positioned to partner with employers to create tailored training programs to meet economic needs within their communities such as nursing, health information technology, and advanced manufacturing.
The America’s College Promise proposal would create a new partnership with states to help them waive tuition in high-quality programs for responsible students, while promoting key reforms to help more students complete at least two years of college. Restructuring the community college experience, coupled with free tuition, can lead to gains in student enrollment, persistence, and completion transfer, and employment. Specifically, here is what the initiative will mean:

Enhancing Student Responsibility and Cutting the Cost of College for All Americans: Students who attend at least half-time, maintain a 2.5 GPA while in college, and make steady progress toward completing their program will have their tuition eliminated. These students will be able to earn half of the academic credit they need for a four-year degree or earn a certificate or two-year degree to prepare them for a good job.
Building High-Quality Community Colleges: Community colleges will be expected to offer programs that either (1) are academic programs that fully transfer to local public four-year colleges and universities, giving students a chance to earn half of the credit they need for a four-year degree, or (2) are occupational training programs with high graduation rates and that lead to degrees and certificates that are in demand among employers.  Other types of programs will not be eligible for free tuition.  Colleges must also adopt promising and evidence-based institutional reforms to improve student outcomes, such as the effective Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) programs at the City University of New York which waive tuition, help students pay for books and transit costs, and provide academic advising and supportive scheduling programs to better meet the needs of participating students, resulting in greater gains in college persistence and degree completion.
Ensuring Shared Responsibility with States: Federal funding will cover three-quarters of the average cost of community college. States that choose to participate will be expected to contribute the remaining funds necessary to eliminate community college tuition for eligible students. States that already invest more and charge students less can make smaller contributions, though all participating states will be required to put up some matching funds. States must also commit to continue existing investments in higher education; coordinate high schools, community colleges, and four-year institutions to reduce the need for remediation and repeated courses; and allocate a significant portion of funding based on performance, not enrollment alone. States will have flexibility to use some resources to expand quality community college offerings, improve affordability at four-year public universities, and improve college readiness, through outreach and early intervention.
Expanding Technical Training for Middle Class Jobs. Additionally, in order to spread the availability of high-quality and innovative programs like those in Tennessee and Texas, which achieve better than average completion and employment outcomes, the President is also proposing the American Technical Training Fund. This fund will award programs that have strong employer partnerships and include work-based learning opportunities, provide accelerated training, and are scheduled to accommodate part-time work. Programs could be created within current community colleges or other training institutions. The focus of the discretionary budget proposal would be to help high-potential, low-wage workers gain the skills to work into growing fields with significant numbers of middle-class jobs that local employers are trying to fill such as energy, IT, and advanced manufacturing. This program will fund the start-up of 100 centers and scale those efforts in succeeding years. Smaller grants would help to bring together partners and start a pilot program. Larger grants would be used for expanding programs based on evidence of effectiveness, which could include past performance on graduation rates, job placement rates and placement wages. Building on the President’s community college initiative, known as the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grants and for which 2014 was the final year of funding, these funds will help community colleges become more job-driven.
Building on State and Local Programs.  In the past year, Tennessee and the City of Chicago initiated free community college programs.  In the first year of the Tennessee program, 57,000 students representing almost 90 percent of the state’s high school graduating class applied for the program. The scholarship is coupled with college counseling, mentorship, and community service that early evidence suggests supports greater enrollment, persistence and college completion.  This is coupled with efforts to spur innovation and improvement by funding colleges using performance outcomes based on student success and an innovative approach to career and technical education through the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology.  These Tennessee Tech Centers have a graduation rate of 80 percent and a job placement rate of 85 percent.
Building on a Record of Progress. Since taking office, President Obama has taken steps to expand federal support to help more students afford college, while calling for a shared responsibility in tackling rising college costs. Key achievements include:
·         Doubling the Investment in Pell Grants: The President has raised the maximum Pell Grant award to $5,730 for the 2014-15 award year — a nearly $1,000 increase since 2008. The number of Pell Grant recipients has expanded by 50 percent over that same time.
·         Expanding Education Tax Credits: President Obama established the American Opportunity Tax Credit in 2009 to assist families with the costs of college, providing up to $10,000 for four years of college tuition.
·         Pay-As-You-Earn Loans: All new borrowers can now cap loan payments at 10 percent of their incomes. The Department of Education has begun the process to amend its regulations and will make the new plan available on all direct loans by December 2015. We expect it to benefit up to 5 million borrowers.
·         First in the World Grants: In September, the Department of Education awarded $75 million to 24 colleges and universities under the new First in the World grant program to expand college access and improve student learning while reducing costs.
·         College Ratings Program: The Department of Education continues to develop a college ratings system by the 2015-2015 school year that will recognize institutions that excel at enrolling students from all backgrounds; focus on maintaining affordability; and succeed at helping all students graduate with a degree or certificate of value.
·         Job-Driven Training Grants: Through the Trade Adjustment Community College and Career Training program more than 1,000 institutions have received $2 billion in federal funding to design education and training programs, working closely with employers and industry that prepare workers for jobs in-demand in their regional economies, such as health care, information technology and energy. These programs have shown early success -- through the end of FY2013, among the nearly 164,000 individuals who had enrolled in these programs 88 percent either completed a program or continued the program into a second year.
·         White House Summit on Community Colleges: In October 2010, the President convened community college leaders, faculty and students; business leaders; philanthropic organizations; and other workforce development experts for the first White House summit dedicated to the role that community colleges play in our efforts to increase the number of college graduates and prepare those graduates to lead the 21st century workforce. 
·         Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness: Last August, the Department of Education launched a new $10 million Institute for Education Sciences-funded Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness (CAPR) that is working to strengthen the research, evaluation, and support of college readiness efforts across the nation. CAPR is documenting current practices in developmental English and math education to identify innovative instructional practices that improve student success.
·         Call to Action on College Opportunity: Last December, the President, Vice President, and First Lady joined college presidents and leaders of non-profits, foundations, and other organizations to announce over 600 new commitments to produce more college graduates. Community colleges made commitments individually, and in partnership with neighboring school districts and four-year institutions, to build seamless transitions among institutions, develop clear educational and career pathways, implement strategies to increase student completion of STEM programs, and establish more accurate measures of student progress and success.
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Andrae Crouch memorial service announced

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(LOS ANGELES, CA) -- A celebration of Andraé Crouch’s life will take place on Tuesday, January 20th and Wednesday, January 21st at West Angeles Church of God In Christ, located at 3045 Crenshaw Blvd in Los Angeles, California. Both services will be open to the public.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Viewing
7:00 p.m. - Service Time

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
10:00 a.m. - Viewing
11:00 a.m. - Service Time
Bishop Charles E. Blake, Pastor

In lieu of flowers, please send tax-deductible donations to:
Andraé Crouch Memorial Fund
c/o New Christ Memorial Church
13333 Vaughn Street
Pacoima, CA 91340

Cards and letters may be sent to:
New Christ Memorial Church
Attn.: Mauri Jones
13333 Vaughn Street
Pacoima, CA 91340
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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Gospel pioneer Andrae Crouch has died

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“I don’t want to just go into glory without leaving what God has given me in the hands of whoever wants to use it for the glory of God.” Andrae Crouch
Read more at http://www.eurweb.com/2011/02/eur-exclusive-audio-interview-andrae-crouch-continues-gospel-music-legacy/#MfPUUsDWUmseQxPv.99
(LOS ANGELES, CA) -- Music legend Andraé Crouch has died. The Grammy and Dove Award winner passed away on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at approximately 4:30pm PST at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in the Los Angeles area. Andraé, 72, was hospitalized on January 3rd.

Andraé’s family requests privacy at this time. All media requests should be directed to Brian Mayes at Nashville Publicity Group, brian@nashvillepublicity.com or 615-771-2040. All other requests can be directed to Demetrus Alexander at demetrus.alexander@comcast.net.

About Andraé Crouch:
Andraé’s accolades include 7 Grammy Awards, 6 GMA Dove Awards, an Academy Award nomination for "The Color Purple," induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His songs have been recorded by everyone from Elvis Presley to Paul Simon, and he has worked as a producer and arranger with many of music’s top artists, including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Elton John and many others. Andraé can also be heard on Michael Jackson's hit singles "Man in the Mirror," "Keep the Faith,” "Will You Be There" and “Earth Song.”
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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

BET announces the return of "The Game" and "It's A Mann's World"

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NEW YORK, NY — January 7, 2015 — BET Networks announces the return of hit original dramedy “THE GAME” and the premiere of the brand new docu-series “IT’S A MANN’S WORLD” starring David and Tamela Mann. Both series premiere on a new night, Wednesday, January 14 beginning at 9 P.M. ET/PT.

“The Game” returns with a special one-hour premiere episode beginning Wednesday, January 14 at 10:00

Season 8 of “THE GAME”  continues to explore the world of The San Diego Sabers through the eyes of its beloved characters, while bringing back some fan favorites to stir up the drama.  After the Season 7 cliffhanger, the new season kicks off with Jason (Coby Bell) apologizing for refusing Chardonnay (Brandy Norwood) at the altar, as he tries to reconcile with his ex-wife Kelly (Brittany Daniel). Jason also faces new pressures, as he assumes the role of interim coach of the Sabers.  Meanwhile, Tasha Mack (Wendy Raquel Robinson) re-enters life as a single mother, while Malik (Hosea Chanchez) struggles for visibility from the bottom tier of the team.  The newbies, Keira (Lauren London) and Blue (Jay Ellis), continue to make rookie mistakes on and off the field.
“THE GAME” is a half hour dramedy that takes a behind-the-scenes look at the “dysfunctional” football family of the San Diego Sabers, as they navigate fame, relationships and the pressures of professional football. “THE GAME” is executive produced by Mara Brock Akil, Salim Akil, Kenny Smith, Hale Rothstein, Jenifer Rice-Genzuk and Kelsey Grammer. “The Game” season 8 will consist of eight episodes airing consecutively each Wednesday.

“It’s A Mann’s World” starring David and Tamela Mann premieres Wednesday, January 14 at 9:00 PM ET/P

Known for their starring roles on stage and screen, Tamela and David Mann have become household names for their #1 comedy, “Meet the Browns.”  Their new show, “IT’S A MANN’S WORLD” will take a peek behind their celebrity on-screen personas, exclusive events, famous friends and the at-home lives of David and Tamela Mann. Over the course of eight one-hour episodes, viewers will get a taste of how David and Tamela balance being celebrities, entrepreneurs, and parents to four adult children – all while maintaining their 26-year old marriage. Viewers may have met the Browns, but this show introduces them to the Mann’s world like you’ve never seen them before.

The series is executive produced by David and Tamela Mann in partnership with eOne along with Tara Long, Howie Miller, Kim McKoy, Roger Bobb, Eric Hoberman and John Morayniss.
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Anthony Brown and Group TherAPy to record sophmore album In Baltimore

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(Indianapolis, IN; Tyscot Music & Entertainment; January 7, 2015) Check out Anthony Brown and group therAPy this THURSDAY, January 8 on the Yolanda Adams Morning Show. Tune in from 6-10 a.m. to learn exciting news about Brown's debut of his sophomore project, a live recording concert dubbed, "Everyday Jesus."
The musical event will take place on Saturday, January 31 in Baltimore, MD. 
The Stellar-award winning group will introduce a sound of hope, encouragement, love and transparency that is geared towards helping us experience Jesus every day and in every way.  Seeking to create a relatable and open atmosphere for fans to experience Jesus, Brown will present the music in his unique way. 
Brown's first project, "Anthony Brown & group therAPy" was released in late 2012 to recognition and accolades.  The album generated the hit song, "Testimony," which was named 2013's most popular Gospel song by Billboard Magazine.  Brown & group therAPy capped off their debut run earning three Stellar Awards for Group / Duo of the Year; Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year and Music Video of the Year (for "Testimony.")  Since the release, Brown and group therAPy, has traveled the country performing and ministering.  They performed at the 2013 Essence Music Festival and  appeared on national platforms including in JET Magazine and on BET's "Celebration of Gospel," The Stellar Awards, Bobby Jones Gospel, TBN and more.  
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2015 People's Choice Award nominees and airing details

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The 41st Annual People's Choice Awards will air on CBS tonight, live from LA's Nokia Theater at 9:00, ET.  Hosted by Anna Faris and Allison Janney, star of CBS's "Mom", the show honors the public's favorites in film, movies and music.  Ben Affleck will also be honored with the People's Choice Favorite Humanitarian Award.

Celebs scheduled to appear include  Patricia Arquette, Matt Bomer, the cast of "The Big Bang Theory," Jon Cryer, Viola Davis, Portia de Rossi, Emily Deschanel, Robert Downey Jr., Donald Faison, Billy Gardell, the cast of "Grey's Anatomy," Kristen Johnston, Katharine McPhee, Chloe Grace Moretz, Eric Christian Olsen and Daniela Ruah, among others.


Favorite Movie

"22 Jump Street"
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier"
"Guardians of the Galaxy"
"X-Men: Days of Future Past"

Favorite Movie Actor
Brad Pitt
Channing Tatum
Hugh Jackman
Mark Wahlberg
Robert Downey Jr.

Favorite Movie Actress
Angelina Jolie
Emma Stone
Jennifer Lawrence
Melissa McCarthy
Scarlett Johansson

Favorite Movie Duo
Andrew Garfield & Emma Stone ("The Amazing Spider-Man 2")
Chris Evans & Scarlett Johansson ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier")
Jonah Hill & Channing Tatum ("22 Jump Street")
Shailene Woodley & Ansel Elgort ("The Fault in Our Stars") Shailene Woodley & Theo James ("Divergent")

Favorite Action Movie
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2"
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier"
"Guardians of the Galaxy"
"X-Men: Days of Future Past"

Favorite Action Movie Actor
Chris Evans
Denzel Washington
Hugh Jackman
Liam Neeson
Mark Wahlberg

Favorite Action Movie Actress
Angelina Jolie
Jennifer Lawrence
Scarlett Johansson
Shailene Woodley
Zoe Saldana

Favorite Comedic Movie
"22 Jump Street"
"Let's Be Cops"
"The Other Woman"

Favorite Comedic Movie Actor
Adam Sandler
Channing Tatum
Jonah Hill
Seth Rogen
Zac Efron

Favorite Comedic Movie Actress
Cameron Diaz
Charlize Theron
Drew Barrymore
Melissa McCarthy
Tina Fey
Favorite Dramatic Movie
"The Fault in Our Stars"
"The Giver"
"Heaven Is for Real"
"If I Stay"

Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor
Ben Affleck
Brad Pitt
George Clooney
Matt Damon
Robert Downey Jr.

Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress
Chloe Grace Moretz
Emma Stone
Meryl Streep
Reese Witherspoon
Shailene Woodley

Favorite Family Movie
"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day"
"How to Train Your Dragon 2"
"The LEGO Movie"
"Rio 2"

Favorite Thriller Movie
"Dracula Untold"
"The Equalizer"
"Gone Girl"
"The Purge: Anarchy"

TV Favorite TV Show
"The Big Bang Theory"
"Game Of Thrones"
"Once Upon a Time"
"The Walking Dead"

Favorite Network TV Comedy
"2 Broke Girls"
"The Big Bang Theory"
"Modern Family"
"New Girl"

Favorite Comedic TV Actor
Ashton Kutcher
Chris Colfer
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Jim Parsons
Ty Burrell

Favorite Comedic TV Actress
Amy Poehler
Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting
Melissa McCarthy
Sofia Vergara
Zooey Deschanel

Favorite Network TV Drama
"Chicago Fire"
"Downton Abbey"
"Grey's Anatomy"

Favorite Dramatic TV Actor
Dax Shepard
Jesse Williams
Justin Chambers
Patrick Dempsey
Taylor Kinney

Favorite Dramatic TV Actress
Alyssa Milano
Ellen Pompeo
Emily VanCamp
Hayden Panettiere
Kerry Washington

Favorite Cable TV Comedy
"Baby Daddy"
"Cougar Town"
"Faking It"
"Melissa & Joey"
"Young & Hungry"

Favorite Cable TV Drama
"Bates Motel"
"Pretty Little Liars"
"Rizzoli & Isles"
"Sons of Anarchy"
"True Detective"

Favorite Cable TV Actor
Charlie Hunnam
Eric Dane
Matt Bomer
Sean Bean
William H. Macy

Favorite Cable TV Actress
Angie Harmon
Ashley Benson
Courteney Cox
Kristen Bell
Lucy Hale

Favorite TV Crime Drama
"Criminal Minds"
"The Mentalist"

Favorite Crime Drama TV Actor
David Boreanaz
Kevin Bacon
Nathan Fillion
Shemar Moore
Simon Baker

Favorite Crime Drama TV Actress
Emily Deschanel
Lucy Liu
Mariska Hargitay
Robin Tunney
Stana Katic

Favorite Network Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show
"Beauty and the Beast"
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
"Once Upon a Time"
"The Vampire Diaries"

Favorite Cable Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show
"American Horror Story"
"Doctor Who"
"Game of Thrones"
"The Walking Dead"

Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor
Ian Somerhalder
Jared Padalecki
Jensen Ackles
Misha Collins
Paul Wesley

Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress
Ginnifer Goodwin
Jennifer Morrison
Jessica Lange
Kristin Kreuk
Nina Dobrev

Favorite Competition TV Show
"America's Got Talent"
"Dancing with the Stars"
"Hell's Kitchen"
"The Voice"

Favorite Daytime TV Host(s)
Ellen DeGeneres
Kelly Ripa & Michael Strahan
Queen Latifah
Rachael Ray
Steve Harvey

Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host
Conan O'Brien
Craig Ferguson
David Letterman
Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Kimmel

Favorite Dramedy
"Orange Is the New Black"
"White Collar"

Favorite TV Icon
Betty White
Katey Sagal
Mark Harmon
Tim Allen
Tom Selleck

Favorite TV Duo
David Boreanaz & Emily Deschanel ("Bones")
Ginnifer Goodwin & Josh Dallas ("Once Upon a Time")
Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles ("Supernatural")
Nathan Fillion & Stana Katic ("Castle")
Nina Dobrev & Ian Somerhalder ("The Vampire Diaries")

Favorite TV Character We Miss Most
Dr. Cristina Yang played by Sandra Oh ("Grey's Anatomy")
Dr. Lance Sweets played by John Francis Daley ("Bones")
Hershel Greene played by Scott Wilson ("The Walking Dead")
Leslie Shay played by Lauren German ("Chicago Fire")
Neal Cassidy played by Michael Raymond-James ("Once Upon a Time")

Favorite Actor In A New TV Series
Ben McKenzie
David Tennant
Dylan McDermott
Laurence Fishburne
Scott Bakula

Favorite Actress In A New TV Series
Debra Messing
Jada Pinkett Smith
Octavia Spencer
Tea Leoni
Viola Davis

Favorite Sketch Comedy TV Show
"Drunk History"
"Inside Amy Schumer"
"Key & Peele"
"Kroll Show"
"Saturday Night Live"

Favorite Animated TV Show
"American Dad"
"Bob's Burgers"
"Family Guy"
"The Simpsons"
"South Park"

Favorite New TV Comedy
"A to Z"
"Bad Judge"
"Jane the Virgin"
"Marry Me"
"The McCarthys"

Favorite New TV Drama
"The Flash"
"How to Get Away with Murder"
"Madam Secretary"
"The Mysteries of Laura"
"NCIS: New Orleans"
"Red Band Society"
"Scorpion Stalker"

Favorite Male Artist
Blake Shelton
Ed Sheeran
John Legend
Pharrell Williams
Sam Smith

Favorite Female Artist
Iggy Azalea
Katy Perry
Taylor Swift

Favorite Group
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
One Direction

Favorite Breakout Artist
5 Seconds of Summer
Charli XCX
Fifth Harmony
Meghan Trainor
Sam Smith

Favorite Male Country Artist
Blake Shelton
Brad Paisley
Hunter Hayes
Luke Bryan
Tim McGraw

Favorite Female Country Artist
Carrie Underwood
Dolly Parton
Faith Hill
Lucy Hale
Miranda Lambert

Favorite Country Group
The Band Perry
Florida Georgia Line
Lady Antebellum
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band

Favorite Pop Artist
Jennifer Lopez
Jessie J
Taylor Swift

Favorite Hip-Hop Artist
Iggy Azalea
Jay Z
Nicki Minaj

Favorite R&B Artist
Chris Brown
Jennifer Hudson
John Legend
Pharrell Williams

Favorite Album
"G I R L" by Pharrell Williams
"Ghost Stories" by Coldplay
"In the Lonely Hour" by Sam Smith
"My Everything" by Ariana Grande
"X" by Ed Sheeran

Favorite Song
"All About That Bass" by Meghan Trainor
"Bang Bang" by Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
"Maps" by Maroon 5
"Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift
"Stay with Me" by Sam Smith
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Jonathan Nelson signs to Entertainment One

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Nelson to Host Live Recording in Florida on February 20, 2015
NASHVILLE, TN (January 7, 2015) –  Acclaimed recording artist Jonathan Nelson has a new home, with award-winning record label Entertainment One Music (eOne Music).  Signing the multiple Stellar Award-winning hit artist, songwriter and worship leader, eOne Music will release Nelson’s upcoming new album FEARLESS, a new live project to be released in Fall 2015, with its first single slated for release in Spring 2015.
Recording his new album before a live audience, Jonathan Nelson’s live recording will be hosted at his church, The Faith Center in Sunrise, FL on Friday, February 20, 2015.  Coming together with fans for an inspiring live concert experience performing new music and spreading the powerful message of God’s love, Nelson’s album recording concert is free to the public.  Following his 2013 #1 gospel album, Finish Strong, which was recorded live in his native Baltimore, the chart-topping singer/songwriter behind the smash hit “My Name Is Victory,” “Finish Strong,” and more, continues to reach mass audiences and peers with a refreshing music ministry through traditional songs of worship, as well as choir songs that speak about praise and worship.             
Says Jonathan Nelson, “I'm more than excited about this new journey, new label, new direction, and new season that lies ahead with eOne Music. I'm ready for this FEARLESS journey! LET’S GO!!”
Phil Thornton, eOne Music Vice President and General Manager, Urban Inspirational, says: “We are thrilled to sign Jonathan Nelson and welcome him here at eOne Music in developing his new live album. Jonathan is a dynamic creative force as an artist, songwriter and worship leader. His distinctive voice has produced unforgettable lyrics and songs that have transformed the sounds of gospel in our times, and this live recording will showcase many incredible songs in store that take his music ministry to another level.”
Nelson joins eOne Music’s award-winning diverse gospel roster, which includes critically-acclaimed artists from legendary Gospel Hall of Famer Shirley Caesar and Gospel icon Dorinda Clark-Cole to Erica Campbell, Michelle Williams, Donald Lawrence, Ricky Dillard and more.  Growing up in Baltimore, Jonathan Nelson comes from a family that has been inspired to spread God’s word in ministry.  At his church in the Ft. Lauderdale area, Nelson has the chance to further inspire and reach others through music and prayer at The Faith Center, as the minister of music.   
Stay tuned for more information to come on Jonathan Nelson’s FEARLESS new live album recording taking place at The Faith Center on Friday, February 20, 2015.   
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Bob Dylan to be honored as Grammy Person of the Year with star-studded gala tribute

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Bob Dylan (Photo by William Claxton)
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter To Present Award To Bob Dylan
 Beck, The Black Keys, Crosby, Stills & Nash, John Doe, Norah Jones, Tom Jones, Los Lobos, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Eddie Vedder, Jack White, and Neil Young Previously Announced As Performers For Star-Studded Tribute Concert To Benefit MusiCares' Emergency Financial Assistance And Addiction Recovery Programs

Bob Dylan will be honored as the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year at a special event celebrating his extraordinary creative accomplishments.  Proceeds from the annual Person of the Year tribute — now in its 25th year — provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, and personal need.

MusiCares Person of the Year tribute is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week. The celebration culminates with the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Sunday, Feb. 8, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

The 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year gala will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction, sponsored by the Starkey Hearing Foundation, that will offer an exclusive and unparalleled selection of luxury items, VIP experiences and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The auction will be followed by a gala dinner sponsored by Lexus, and a star-studded tribute concert sponsored by AXS. During the gala dinner, a live auction will feature an exciting array of items. MusiCares would also like to thank CenterStaging, Delta Air Lines, Diageo, Double Platinum, FrameX, Gibson Guitars, Jackson Limo, Pepsi, and Sweetwater. This MusiCares gala event is completely sold out.

The list of performers may explain why everyone had to get their hands on at ticket to this event.  Performances by multi-GRAMMY®-winning artists Beck, The Black Keys, Norah Jones, Los Lobos, Taj Mahal, Alanis Morissette, Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, Bonnie RaittBruce Springsteen, Derek Trucks and GRAMMY winner Susan Tedeschi of the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jack White, and Neil Young; GRAMMY winners Crosby, Stills & Nash, John Mellencamp, Susan Tedeschi, and Eddie Vedder; singer/songwriter Jackson Browne and singer/songwriter John Doe. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will present the MusiCares Person of the Year award to Bob Dylan.

Attendees will include Neil Portnow, President/CEO of MusiCares® and The Recording Academy®; Bill Silva, MusiCares Foundation® Board Chair; and Scott Pascucci, MusiCares Board Chair Emeritus. In addition, a host of celebrities, along with prominent music industry and entertainment executives, are scheduled to attend. Three-time GRAMMY-winning producer and recent Emmy® winner Don Was will be the evening's musical director.

Past MusiCares Person of the Year honorees include: Tony Bennett, Bono, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, David Crosby, Neil Diamond, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Carole King, Paul McCartney, Luciano Pavarotti, Raitt, Paul Simon, Springsteen, Sting, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, and Young.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

McDonnell is headed to jail

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On Tuesday, January 6, 2015former VA Governor Bob McDonnell was sentenced to two years on federal corruption charges.
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Mali Music and the NFL Players Choir will also perform at annual event celebrating faith, music and football

Atlanta, GA – The 16th Annual NFL Sanctioned Super Bowl Gospel Celebration will kick-off Super Bowl XLIX weekend on February 1, 2015 at Gammage Hall on the campus of Arizona State University in Phoenix, AZ. American Family Insurance, the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration will bring together GRAMMY® and DOVE Award-winning artists, inspirational leaders and special guests to create an unforgettable evening celebrating faith and football. 
Headlining the night will be some of the biggest names in Gospel & Christian music, including one of the strongest female voices in Contemporary Christian Music, five-time Dove Award winning artist Natalie Grant; multiple GRAMMY, Dove and Stellar Awards winning artist Israel Houghton; three-time GRAMMY winning artist Donnie McClurkin; and GRAMMY, multiple Dove & Stellar Awards winner Fred Hammond. Also appearing will be Phoenix-native singer-songwriter Mali Music.  Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.
Always a highlight of the evening, the NFL Players Choir will make its eighth appearance, once again under the direction of Donnie McClurkin. Annually, both active and former NFL players gather to share a mutual love of performing off the field, using their musical gifts to celebrate their faith through song. These athlete and musicians come together inspired to create an extraordinary experience unique to football’s biggest weekend. 
Over the past sixteen years, Super Bowl Gospel Celebration has brought together amazing performances and special guests including Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Yolanda Adams, Tamela Mann, Mary Mary, Kelly Price, The Clark Sisters, Kirk Franklin, Lecrae, and many more. 
“The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration has been a formal, sanctioned partner for 16 years, and has played an integral role in bringing together fans and football players under one roof with a shared love of inspirational music,” said Tisha Ford, Former NFL Director of Events Business Development and current NFL Consultant.
“This year we celebrate the 16th Anniversary of bringing even more power and celebration to one of the biggest events of the year — the Super Bowl,” says Melanie Few-Harrison, Creator and Executive Producer of Super Bowl Gospel Celebration. "Each year we aim to make the experience bigger than the last with artists and special guests from all backgrounds and this year will be no different! Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix will be our biggest yet!"
Since its inception in 1999, the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration has donated a portion of its proceeds to local and national charities. For the second year, the event will be benefitting the incredible work of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Tickets are currently available for purchase on www.ticketmaster.com. The show will be televised in February 2014. 
About The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration:  The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration was launched in Miami in 1999 during Super Bowl XXXIII weekend. In 2002, the event became the first, and remains the only concert sanctioned by the National Football League (NFL). The show has drawn crowds in the thousands and has demonstrated growth year-after- year, selling out venues in major Super Bowl host cities including New York, Dallas, Tampa, Detroit, Jacksonville, Houston and Phoenix. For more information, visit: www.SuperBowlGospel.com, Facebook.com/SuperBowlGospel and Twitter.com/SuperBowlGospel.
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