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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Andrae Crouch funeral arrangements and participants announced.

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Andraé Crouch Funeral Details and Participants Announced, BET to Stream Services Live

Rev. Jesse Jackson, Dr. Bobby Jones and Kirk Franklin set to speak and Pastor Marvin Winans will give the Eulogy

Performances from CeCe Winans, BeBe Winans, Shirley Caesar, Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, Fred Hammond, Hezekiah Walker, Kim Burrell, Erica Campbell, Israel Houghton, Ledisi and many more


(LOS ANGELES, CA) -- A celebration of Andraé Crouchs life will take place on Tuesday, January 20th and Wednesday, January 21st at West Angeles Church of God In Christ, located at 3600 Crenshaw Blvd in Los Angeles, California. Both services will be open to the public.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Viewing: 2:00pm 5:00pm
Tribute Celebration: 7:00pm

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Viewing: 9:00am 10:00am
Celebration of Life: 11:00am

Cable network BET will stream both services LIVE at BET.com/andraecrouchfuneral. West Angeles Church of God In Christ will also stream both services at watch.westa.tv.

"People are coming from all over the world to say goodbye, from as far away as Japan and South Africa" says publicist Brian Mayes. "Sandra Crouch and everyone on Andraes team appreciate the outpouring of love and support from the fans, media and music community. He would have been completely overwhelmed.

The funeral will be officiated by Bishop Kenneth Ulmer, with a eulogy by Pastor Marvin Winans. The services will include appearances and performances by Rev. Jesse Jackson, Yolanda Adams, Kurt Carr, Donnie McClurkin, Donald Lawrence, Karen Clark-Sheard, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Fred Hammond, BeBe Winans, CeCe Winans, Hezekiah Walker, Kirk Franklin, Dr. Bobby Jones, Kim Burrell, Pastor Shirley Ceasar, Byron Cage, Edwin Hawkins, Lynette Hawkins-Stephens, David and Nicole Binion, Erica Campbell, Smokey Norful, Richard Smallwood, Israel Houghton, Bryan Duncan, Ledisi, Tata Vega and more to be announced. An all-star band has been assembled by Mano Hanes and Bill Maxwell, including an 80-voice choir.

In addition, video tributes will be shown by Bishop T.D. Jakes, Kenneth Copeland and Michael W. Smith.
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Film and TV vet Antonio Fargas does the Blues

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(New York, NY)  -- Based in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, this tight combo of veteran musicians brings new energy to a style that has its roots in the swing era. The New Jump Blues blends up-tempo elements of blues and jazz and adding touches of calypso.
 
The ensemble showcases dynamic front man Antonio "Huggy Bear" Fargas who gained fame as an actor earning the nickname as the iconic street character from the mid-'70s television series Starsky & Hutch. He has also appeared in countless films such as "I'm Gonna Get You, Sucka", "Foxy Brown" and played a recurring role Everybody Hates Chris.
The New Jump Blues also features additional vocalists Adrian Battle and Airreal Watkins and is packaged as an exuberant revue-style stage show with dazzling choreography giving its audience an authentic dancehall experience reminiscent of the 40's and 50's.
The band taps into that infectious energy, setting a modern tone while building the traditions of the great jump blues artists of yesteryear, such as Tiny Bradshaw, Wynonie Harris, Louis Jordan, and Ella Mae Morse.
The band celebrates the art of the swing style with having performed at events like Twilight Series, Central Avenue Jazz Festival and the Hollywood & Highland Summer Jazz Concert Series as well.
One standout performance at last year's Playboy Jazz Fest's Community Concert prompted Don Heckman's strong praise in the International Review Of Music in which he described a New Jump Blues performance: "Their opening number immediately showcased the essence of their art with fast-stepping choreography and rapid-fire vocals".
Currently, The New Jump Blues is laying plans to continue spreading jump blues tradition throughout the universe.
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LIGHT SKINNED GIRLS TO PREMIERE ON OWN

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Los Angeles - OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will air the world premiere of "Light Girls" on Monday, January 19 at 9 p.m. - 11 p.m. ET/PT.
 
The critically acclaimed documentary "Dark Girls" aired on the network last year, and award-winning filmmaker Bill Duke continues the conversation on colorism with "Light Girls," sharing an in-depth study of the advantages and disadvantages of being a lighter-skinned woman as seen through the eyes of notable entertainers, educators and everyday people.
 
 
The film highlights and questions the notion that "light skin makes for an easier life" andprovides a global analysis of skin color and its relationship with societal values. It boldly dives into topics such as bullying, skin bleaching and the trending social media separation, #teamlightskin versus #teamdarkskin.
 
The documentary features interviews with Russell Simmons, Soledad O'Brien, Diahann Carroll, India ArieIyanla VanzantMichaela Angela Davis, Essence Atkins, Kym Whitley, Raven Salli Richardson-Whitfield and more. 

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Ohio man accused of plotting against capitol arrested

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(AP) — A man who plotted to attack the U.S. Capitol and kill government officials inside it and spoke of his desire to support the Islamic State militant group was arrested on Wednesday, the FBI said.

A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Ohio charges Christopher Lee Cornell with attempting to kill officers and employees of the United States. Just a day earlier, authorities revealed another Ohio man had been charged with threatening to kill House Speaker John Boehner.

Cornell, also known as Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah, was arrested as he took control of a firearm during an undercover FBI operation in southwestern Ohio, the FBI said. The public was never in danger in the investigation, said John Barrios, acting special agent in charge of the FBI's Cincinnati division.

A phone message and an email were left Wednesday for attorney Karen Savir, a federal public defender listed in court records as Cornell's attorney. A working phone number could not be found for Cornell's family members.
The complaint alleges that an FBI informant began supplying agents with information about Cornell last year. The informant and Cornell, who's 20 and lives in Green Township, first began communicating through Twitter in August and then through an instant messaging platform separate from Twitter, according to the complaint.

"I believe we should meet up and make our own group in alliance with the Islamic State here and plan operations ourselves," Cornell wrote in an instant message, according to the court document.

The Islamic State militant organization, which broke with the al-Qaida network and took control of large parts of Iraq and Syria, has drawn jihadi fighters from across the Muslim world and Europe. It has been blamed for violence such as the beheadings of foreign captives including a former U.S. soldier turned aid worker and two American journalists.

Cornell and the informant met in person in October in Cincinnati and again in November, the complaint states. Cornell told the informant at the November meeting that he considered the members of Congress as enemies and that he intended to conduct an attack on the Capitol, according to the complaint. The document says Cornell discussed his plan for them to travel to Washington and conduct reconnaissance of the security of government buildings including the Capitol before executing "a plan of attack."

Cornell planned for the two to detonate pipe bombs at and near the Capitol and then shoot and kill employees and officials, and Cornell had saved money to fund the attack, according to the complaint.

Cornell was arrested after buying two semi-automatic rifles and about 600 rounds of ammunition, authorities said.
On Tuesday, authorities disclosed a Cincinnati-area bartender had been charged with threatening to kill Boehner at a country club near his home with a gun or a poisoned drink. Boehner, a Republican, returned to the Capitol on Wednesday without commenting to reporters. But a Boehner spokesman, Michael Steel, said, "Once again, the entire Congress owes a debt of gratitude to the FBI and all those who keep us safe."
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2015 Oscar nominees list lacks color; filled with heroes, fairytales and veteran actors

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Niel Patrick Harris will host the 87th Annual Oscars.
Announced in a live news conference from Hollywood early this morning, "Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Birdman" received the most nominations  for the 87th Oscars with nine a piece.  Most of the actors and actresses nominated have been around for a long, long time (Michael Keaton, Robert Duvall, Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon, for example), while some fresher faces made the list (such as Marion Cotillard and Rosamund Pike.)  

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs was accompanied by a few actors in  announcing the 27 categories starting at the crack of dawn, 5:30 A.M., PST.

For the rest of the day movie fans and the rest of Hollywood have pondered the puzzling outcome of this year's nominees that does not include any Blacks and few women.

Conspicuously absent from the  2015 Oscar nominations is the diversity factor.  That leaves "Selma,"  one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year out of  several categories as well as  the Will and Jada Pinket-Smith reboot of "Annie" with past Oscar nominee Quevenzhane Wallace in the lead.  If not for the acting, several songs on the "Annie" soundtrack deserved a shot for the Best Song Oscar, namely "Opportunity." Given the success of "12 Years A Slave" last year, that was touted by many in the music business as a progression for Blacks in Hollywood, the lack of black film makers and actors is particularly questionable.

Adding insult to injury, the Hollywood Reporter  rounded up some numbers on Academy members' participation in the voting process and surprisingly, 5.5%of the Academy members polled said they did not see the films nominated for Best Picture.  

Even worse for "Selma," 10% of the member polled admitted they did not not see it, which was a greater percentage than any of the other films in the Best Picture category.

Other notable snubs include Clint Eastwood (Best Director, "American Sniper"), Angelina Jolie (Best Director, "Unbroken"), Jennifer Aniston (Best Actress, "Cake") and the "Lego Movie." With two Golden Globe nominations, Aniston was favored to be contenders. The dismissal of Jolie is further proof  that the Academy had little love for the ladies. 

There is talk  that this year's nominees are more white and male than before the 90's and of course that leads to questions of fairness.
 
It could also be said that the Academy could work on recruitment.  The average age of Academy member is 63, which  could be a reflection on the types of films that are favored if not preferred.

Per the Academy, here is the process for choosing nominees in a nutshell. . . 

How Oscar Nominations Work

Academy members from each of the 17 branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories – actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc.  In the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, nominees are selected by a vote of multi-branch screening committees.  All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees.

Qualifying for Next Year  

Official screenings of all motion pictures with one or more nominations will begin for members on Saturday, January 24, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.  Screenings also will be held at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood and in London, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Active members of the Academy are eligible to vote for the winners in all categories.
    
     
When to Watch
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2014 will be presented on Oscar® Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 8:30 P.M./ EST, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network.  The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
              
         


Nominations for the 87th Academy Awards

Performance by an actor in a leading role
  • Steve Carell in “Foxcatcher”
  • Bradley Cooper in “American Sniper”
  • Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Imitation Game”
  • Michael Keaton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
  • Eddie Redmayne in “The Theory of Everything”

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
  • Robert Duvall in “The Judge”
  • Ethan Hawke in “Boyhood”
  • Edward Norton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
  • Mark Ruffalo in “Foxcatcher”
  • J.K. Simmons in “Whiplash”

Performance by an actress in a leading role
  • Marion Cotillard in “Two Days, One Night”
  • Felicity Jones in “The Theory of Everything”
  • Julianne Moore in “Still Alice”
  • Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl”
  • Reese Witherspoon in “Wild”
 
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Meryl Streep extends her lead as the most nominated performer with her 19th nomination.  Into The Woods.
     
 
Performance by an actress in a supporting role
  • Patricia Arquette in “Boyhood”
  • Laura Dern in “Wild”
  • Keira Knightley in “The Imitation Game”
  • Emma Stone in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
  • Meryl Streep in “Into the Woods”

Best animated feature film of the year
  • “Big Hero 6” Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli
  • “The Boxtrolls” Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable and Travis Knight
  • “How to Train Your Dragon 2” Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold
  • “Song of the Sea” Tomm Moore and Paul Young
  • “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura

Achievement in cinematography
  • “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Emmanuel Lubezki
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Robert Yeoman
  • “Ida” Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski
  • “Mr. Turner” Dick Pope
  • “Unbroken” Roger Deakins

Achievement in costume design
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Milena Canonero
  • “Inherent Vice” Mark Bridges
  • “Into the Woods” Colleen Atwood
  • “Maleficent” Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive
  • “Mr. Turner” Jacqueline Durran
Achievement in directing
  • “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Alejandro G. Iñárritu
  • “Boyhood” Richard Linklater
  • “Foxcatcher” Bennett Miller
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Wes Anderson
  • “The Imitation Game” Morten Tyldum

Best documentary feature
  • “CitizenFour” Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky
  • “Finding Vivian Maier” John Maloof and Charlie Siskel
  • “Last Days in Vietnam” Rory Kennedy and Keven McAlester
  • “The Salt of the Earth” Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and David Rosier
  • “Virunga” Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara
 
Best documentary short subject
  • “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1” Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry
  • “Joanna” Aneta Kopacz
  • “Our Curse” Tomasz Sliwinski and Maciej Slesicki
  • “The Reaper (La Parka)” Gabriel Serra Arguello
  • “White Earth” J. Christian Jensen

Achievement in film editing
  • “American Sniper” Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach
  • “Boyhood” Sandra Adair
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Barney Pilling
  • “The Imitation Game” William Goldenberg
  • “Whiplash” Tom Cross

Best foreign language film of the year
  • “Ida” Poland
  • “Leviathan” Russia
  • “Tangerines” Estonia
  • “Timbuktu” Mauritania
  • “Wild Tales” Argentina

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling
  • “Foxcatcher” Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy” Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Alexandre Desplat
  • “The Imitation Game” Alexandre Desplat
  • “Interstellar” Hans Zimmer
  • “Mr. Turner” Gary Yershon
  • “The Theory of Everything” Jóhann Jóhannsson

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
  • “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie”
    Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson
  • “Glory” from “Selma”
    Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn
  • “Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights”
    Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
  • “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me”
    Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
  • “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again”
    Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois

Best motion picture of the year
  • “American Sniper” Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan, Producers
  • “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole, Producers
  • “Boyhood” Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland, Producers
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson, Producers
  • “The Imitation Game” Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman, Producers
  • “Selma” Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers
  • “The Theory of Everything” Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten, Producers
  • “Whiplash” Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook and David Lancaster, Producers


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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Colorado church bans lesbian woman's funeral

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Vanessa Collier


A church in Colorado refused to have the funeral of a lesbian woman, minutes before her service was scheduled to begin on Saturday. Vanessa Collier, 33, a wife and mother died in a gun cleaning incident and friends say her funeral proceedings were already arranged to take place at New Hope Ministries in Lakewood, CO.  However,  minutes before the service was to begin the  church  refused to allow the family to  play a video that showed Collier's marriage proposal and other images of the couple displaying lesbian affection. The church wanted the openly gay images to be edited out of the video, but according to the deceased's family and friends  the video was provided to the church for review days before the service giving the church enough time in advance to notify them with any concerns.

Colliers loved ones moved the service  across the street to a small mortuary,  in disbelief that the service was abruptly cancelled.

Jose Silva a high school friend of Collier's said he was completely caught off guard by the change of plans and thought it was a "joke."  He  since organized and led a "Dignity in Death" protest out side of the church on Tuesday.  Silva said, “It’s about understanding that there should be dignity in death and that everybody deserves the right to be celebrated in the right way,” adding, "The  lack of oversight, and lack of personal ideals and values, should never trump being able to celebrate someone’s life.”

New Hope Ministries has hosted funerals of gays in the past, but are reportedly known for their censorship policy.  The church is not responding to media calls.



More on this story from Colorado's 9 News.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

HOW TO: Stay committed to fitness by incorporating kids into the workout




MOMS, DO YOU WANT TO WORK OUT BUT CAN'T FIND TIME FOR THE GYM?

 

We can all agree that moms have to be the busiest people on the planet! Between 2 a.m. feedings, running the kids to school and activities, and managing a household, who has time to go to the gym?  Working out at home saves time and money, and fitness experts also say that you only need 30 minutes of exercise a day to make a difference. So moms, are you ready to kick your at-home workout regimen into full gear?

Parenting Expert Jennifer Chung, Co-Founder of the Kinsights parent advice sharing community and online pediatric health record keeper, has the scoop on easy and efficient ways to get fit with your kids. Use her tips below to finally lose those frustrating few pounds and feel better than you've felt in ages!

1. If you’re a new mom, as soon as your doctor clears you to resume moderate exercise, get outside and take the baby for a walk.  Postpartum exercise has many benefits:
  •     Improved immune function and increased production of antioxidants. 
  •     Increased energy levels during the day, which is conducive to more restful sleep.
  •     Better flexibility and muscular strength, as well as reduced joint strain. 
  •     Suppressed cravings for sweets and an increased appetite for nutrient-dense foods.
2. Resume Kegel exercises within 48 hours of a healthy vaginal delivery.  These deep pelvic floor exercises increase the speed of healing to the rectal and vaginal area by increasing blood flow and circulation directly to the muscles that make up the pelvic floor. Strengthening pelvic floor muscles also reduces and may prevent urinary stress incontinence, which affects up to 70 percent of women during or after pregnancy.

3. Consult a doctor before starting any exercise after a C-section, and be cautious as a new mom to not overdo it.  Avoid doing sit-ups until you know you don’t have separation of your deep abdominal muscles.  This condition is called diastasis recti.  Ask your doctor to check for this, as it is not necessarily part of your postpartum exam.
4. Most moms might ask themselves, “How can I possibly fit in an exercise program with a baby?” The answer is to work out WITH your baby!  That’s right, here are 10 fun tips to promote a healthy lifestyle while getting fit with your kids: 
  • “Peek-a-boo” Plank over baby – Get on your hands and knees and place your hands on both sides of your baby.  Engage deep abdominal muscles.  Stretch one leg out behind you at a time until both legs are straight and make a straight line from your head to heels, in a push-up position. Rock backward and forward by pushing with your toes and say, “Peek-a-boo!” Repeat 10 times

  • Kisses -Tricep Pushup – Get on your hands and knees and place your hands on both sides of your baby.  Engage deep abdominal muscles.  Stretch one leg out behind you at a time until both legs are straight, in push0up position (or on knees for a ladies push-up position), and make a straight line from your head to heels.  Bend elbows and kiss your baby. Repeat 10 times

  •  Meow and Moo – Cat and Cow – Get on your hands and knees and place your hands on both sides of your baby.  Round your spine like an angry cat and say, “A cat says, Meow!" Then arch your back, squeezing your shoulder blades together, and say, “A cow says, Moo!" Repeat 10 times.

  • Nursery rhyme Squats – With baby on the floor or, while holding baby safely in your arms for an extra challenge, sing the ABC’s or other nursery rhyme songs while performing squats.  Start by standing with feet shoulder width apart, then bend knees in a deep squat by pressing your heels into the ground and sitting back as if you are lowering down onto a bench. Bend slightly forward from the hips as you go down, then return to an upright standing position.

  • As baby gets bigger, interact with him on a squishy beach ball sized ball and do Get The Ball Leg Swings - While lying on your side, place the ball under your ribs.  Lift your top leg, swing it in front of you and then behind you.  Allow a slight movement of the upper body front and back.  Concentrate on leg motion and body lengthening in each direction.  Encourage your child to try to get the ball out from under you and run around your legs. 

  • Try to grab the ball Bridge – Lie on your back, with your bent knees, and squeeze the ball between your knees.  Lengthen the spine while lifting your hips up towards the ceiling, starting with the tailbone and moving up the body. While in table position, squeeze and release the ball between your knees, but don’t let the ball drop to the floor.  Encourage your toddler to try to grab the ball when you are releasing the squeeze.  Add hip pulses to the ceiling for increased difficulty.

  • Throw The Ball Lats – If your child is able to catch a ball, throw the ball to him. However, if he is too young to participate, throw the ball against a wall.  The higher the ball is thrown, the more intense the shoulder workout. Catching the ball will work the lats.

  • As kids get older, play Airplane Abs – Lie on your back, with your knees bent and feet in the air.  Prop your child onto your feet.  Hold their hands and slowly press your legs to their belly and lift them toward the ceiling with them balanced on your feet.  Engage abdominal muscles and take them on a little plane ride.  Bend and straighten your knees, slightly moving your legs towards you and away.  Avoid side-to-side motion to preserve balance.

  • Teach your child how to ride a bike and Jog – This will allow you to spend time outside and get fresh air.  Switch off with another adult if you get winded.
  • Dance Party Cardio – Kids love to dance, so turn on child-appropriate music and dance it out. Dancing is great cardio, so be silly, laugh, and have fun!
As you can see, the goal is to make exercise fun and interactive.  You don’t have to have perfect form while working out with the kids, just be active! Be a consistent example for your kids by modeling a healthy lifestyle, as they will love exercise if you do.
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ENTERTAINMENT ONE MUSIC RELEASES TWO-DISC HITS COLLECTION WITH BILLBOARD #1 GOSPEL HITS, OUT NOW

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20-Track Album Features Kirk Franklin, Andraé Crouch, Hezekiah Walker, Tamela Mann, Ricky Dillard, Marvin Sapp, Donald Lawrence, and more
 
NASHVILLE, TN (January 13, 2015) – Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) releases a must-have album out today, January 13, with the greatest hits collection Billboard #1 Gospel Hits, featuring fan favorites of this past decade from gospel’s biggest stars, including award-winning artists Kirk Franklin, Andraé Crouch and Marvin Winans, Tamela Mann, Hezekiah Walker, Marvin Sapp, Donald Lawrence, Fred Hammond, and more.  Bringing together the chart-topping hits that fans have driven to #1 atop Billboard’s Gospel songs chart since 2010 to now, the Billboard #1 Gospel Hits album captivates both new listeners and gospel superfans with 20 inspiring tracks that have become beloved instant classics.
 
The global stars and legends whose songs have been in heavy rotation with fans in the past decade range from – Kirk Franklin’s “I Smile,” Hezekiah Walker’s “Every Praise,” Tamela Mann’s “I Can Only Imagine,” VaShawn Mitchell’s “Nobody Greater,” and Earnest Pugh’s “I Need Your Glory” – to “The Gift,” by Donald Lawrence, “The Best In Me” by Marvin Sapp, “Awesome” by Pastor Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago, “He Wants It All” by Forever Jones, “Amazing” by Ricky Dillard & New G, and more.  Compiled on one double-disc album, Billboard #1 Gospel Hits also features some unparalleled matchups among them, including “Let The Church Say Amen” from Andraé Crouch ft. Marvin Winans, “I Believe” from James Fortune & FIYA ft. Zacardi Cortez and Shawn McLemore, “I Want to Say Thank You” from Lisa Page Brooks ft. Royal Priesthood, and “It’s Not Over (When God Is In It)” from Israel & New Breed ft. James Fortune and Jason Nelson. 
 
Leading fans on a powerful journey to renewed spiritual vitality with the diverse sounds of contemporary gospel, praise and worship, and choir, the mix of invigorating and contemplative hit singles showcases the continued indispensable impact of gospel on music today. 
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Madonna, Eric Church, Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran to perform on 2015 Grammys

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Jan. 13, 2015) —The first performances for the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast have been announced and include a range of new and legendary artists, from country rocker Eric Church, pop star Ariana Grande, and singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran to GRAMMY®-winning hard rock veterans AC/DC and seven-time GRAMMY-winning pop icon Madonna. The eclectic lineup sets the stage for what's sure to be an incredible night for music. Taking place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Music's Biggest Night® will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

Church is up for four awards this year; Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song for "Give Me Back My Hometown;" Best Country Duo/Group Performance for "Raise 'Em Up" (with Keith Urban); and Best Country Album for The Outsiders.

Grande, who will be performing on the GRAMMY stage for the first time, holds two nominations: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Bang Bang" (with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj); and Best Pop Vocal Album for My Everything.

Sheeran has three nominations: Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for X; and Best Song Written For Visual Media for "I See Fire."

The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, and David Wild and Ken Ehrlich are the writers.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture.
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SeaWitches to release new music this February

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 Eighties indie pop lovers, this one is for you. . .coming out February 16. Based in Liverpool, Jo Herring and Laura Caldwell met in 2007 through friends; a meeting that resulted in an explosion of creativity where songwriting, musicianship and visual art collided to create SeaWitches.

The band gig regularly in Liverpool, where they've played Sound City, Music Week and the Green Party Conference as well as hosting their own nights supporting other well known bands like Eagulls and Giant Drag.

2012 saw Tilo Pirnbaum joining the band on drums, and SeaWitches entered the studio to record their first EP 'Spacegun', which received positive reviews and helped secure a loyal and diverse fanbase. They also began to play outside  Liverpool, securing gigs in Manchester and London.

Jamie Jenkin was recruited on guitar in 2014 and, seven years in the making, the line up is complete and the band are ready to take their music to a wider audience.  Prolific songwriters, they work collaboratively with each member bringing a diverse set of influences.

Hailed as one of the most exciting bands to emerge from Liverpool's music scene is recent years, SeaWitches are the latest signing for Edge Hill University's The Label Recordings run by Carl Hunter of The Farm and assisted by media students.  An experiment that has led to huge success for previous signing Hooton Tennis Club, who are now with Heavenly Recordings.
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2015 Stellar Awards hosts and nominees announced; President Obama and Bishop Paul Morton to be honored

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Erica Campbell and Ricky Dillard Top List of Nominees with Ten Nods Each; Kirk Franklin's The Walls Group Earns Eight, Including Artist of the Year; Deitrick Haddon's LXW, Arkansas Gospel Mass Choir, Smokie Norful, Michelle Williams, and newcomer Tasha Page-Lockhart Also Score Multiple Noms

 
The Stellar Awards Telecast Taping Moves to the Las Vegas Orleans Arena 
on Saturday, March 28

 
CHICAGO, IL (January 13, 2015) - Central City Productions today announced that stand-up comedian turned television personality, David Mann, multiple Stellar Award winner, Tamela Mann, and syndicated radio personality Rickey Smiley (Dish Nation) will  collaborate to co-host the 30th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards. The annual salute to Gospel music, The Stellar Awards will be held at its new location, the Las Vegas Orleans Arena on Saturday, March 28, 2015. The Awards and Pre-show will both be held in the Orleans Showroom. The show will air in broadcast syndication on 150 stations in over 125 markets around the country from April 12 through May 3, 2015 and on the TV One network on Easter Sunday, April 5. 

The nominees in 27 categories were unveiled today, with gospel superstar and WEtv personality Erica Campbell and Ricky Dillard and New G sharing the top spot as the most nominated artists with ten nominations each.  In her first solo project effort, Mary Mary's Campbell earns ten nominations for "Help," including "Artist of the Year," "Song of the Year," "Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year," "CD of the Year," "Contemporary Female vocalist of the Year," "Contemporary CD of the Year," and "Urban /Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year."  The project also received nominations in the categories of "Producer of the Year," "Music Video of the Year," and "Recorded Music Packaging of the Year."  Ricky Dillard and New G's "Amazing" tied "Help" for the most recognition with nominations for "Artist of the Year," "Song of the Year," "Male Vocalist of the Year," "CD of the Year," "Producer of the Year," "Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year," "Traditional CD of the Year," "Choir of the Year," "Traditional Choir of the Year," and "Recorded Music Packaging of the Year."

Another artist to receive multiple nominations is The Walls Group with eight nominations.  Gospel music luminary Kirk Franklin goes head-to-head against himself in the "Producer of the Year" category for the projects of both his protégés, Tasha Page-Lockhart and The Walls Group. Gospel chart-topper and reality television star/producer  Deitrick Haddon earns seven nominations for his project Deitrick Haddon's LXW including "Male Vocalist of the Year," "Choir of the Year," "Contemporary CD of the Year," and "Urban /Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year."  Other artists earning multiple nominations include Arkansas Gospel Mass Choir, Smokie Norful and Michelle Williams.

Hailed as "gospel music's biggest night," this year's Stellar Gospel Music Awards features live performances by The Walls Group, Tasha Page-Lockhart, Mali Music, Deitrick Haddon's LXW, and Beverly Crawford among others

The Stellar Awards will also present five special categories highlighting the top radio stations serving urban Gospel music audiences nationwide. The awards honor terrestrial radio and internet programs that broadcast Gospel music, including the top Gospel Announcer of the Year.

"I am pleased that God has blessed us with the staying power of the Stellar Awards brand, and we are celebrating our 30-year anniversary as the most respected name in Gospel music and in the faith-based community today," says Don Jackson, founder & Executive Producer of the Stellar Awards. "Our 2015, 30th anniversary 'Stellars' will give thanks to those who have contributed to the success of the Stellar Awards in tribute and in song, bringing back some of the greatest names in the genre as well as featuring many of the nominated artists of 2015. I am also grateful that Central City Productions, the producers of the Stellar Awards will be celebrating 45 years in business as one of the leading television production companies in the media industry."

In addition to recognizing the year's most outstanding contributions in gospel music, The Stellar Awards will also bestow special honors upon President Barack Obama with the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award and Bishop Paul Morton with the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award.  Andrae Crouch and Al "The Bishop" Hobbs will be celebrated posthumously for their significant contributions to the industry with the Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award.

The taping at The Orleans Arena is open to the public, and tickets are on sale now through (www.orleansarena.com). Ticket prices range from $50 - $200. Special student pricing for balcony seating is available for $35.  In addition to the awards ceremony, there are a number of ancillary activities that celebrate and recognize outstanding achievement in the genre which are open to the public:  the Stellar Awards Pre-Show is held on Friday, March 27 at 7 pm and the Stellar Gospel Radio Awards and Showcase on Saturday, March 28 at 11 am; both events require the purchase of a $30 ticket.

For additional details, visit the Stellar Awards website at http://www.thestellarawards.com.

 
Summary of 2015 Stellar Awards Top Nominees:

 
Erica Campbell -- 10 Total Nominations
Ricky Dillard -- 10 Total Nominations
The Walls Group -- 8 Total Nominations
Deitrick Haddon's LXW -- 7 Total Nominations
Arkansas Gospel Mass Choir -- 6 Total Nominations
Smokie Norful -- 4 Total Nominations
Michelle Williams-- 4 Total Nominations
Tasha Page-Lockhart -- 4 Total Nominations

2015 STELLAR WARD NOMINES
FULL LIST

 CATEGORY #1 ARTIST OF THE YEAR
– ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
– RICKY DILLARD & NEW G, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
– SMOKIE NORFUL, FOREVER YOURS, TREMYLES/MOTOWN GOSPEL
– THE WALLS GROUP, FAST FORWARD, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA
 

CATEGORY #2 SONG OF THE YEAR
– MICHAEL MCDOWELL & JAMES JOHNSON, YOU ALONE – YOU ALONE (ARKANSAS GOSPEL MASS CHOIR), EMTRO GOSPEL
– W. CAMPBELL, L. MOORE, H. LILLY, A. SLEDGE, H. JONES & E. CAMPBELL, HELP FT. LECRAE – HELP (ERICA CAMPBELL), MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
– HARMONY SAMUELS, MICHELLE WILLIAMS, H. “CARMEN REECE” CULVER & AL SHERROD LAMBERT, SAY YES FT. BEYONCE & KELLY ROWLAND – JOURNEY TO FREEDOM (MICHELLE WILLIAMS), ENTERTAINMENT ONE
– TIFFANY JOY MCGHEE, AMAZING – AMAZING (RICKY DILLARD & NEW G), LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
 

CATEGORY #3 MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
– DEITRICK HADDON, DEITRICK HADDON’S LXW, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
– MALI MUSIC, MALI IS…, BY STORM ENTERTAINMENT/RCA RECORDS
– RICKY DILLARD, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
– SMOKIE NORFUL, FOREVER YOURS, TREMYLES/MOTOWN GOSPEL
 

CATEGORY #4 ALBERTINA WALKER FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
– ANITA WILSON, VINTAGE WORSHIP, MOTOWN GOSPEL
– ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
– MICHELLE WILLIAMS, JOURNEY TO FREEDOM, ENTERTAINMENT ONE
– TASHA PAGE-LOCKHART, HERE RIGHT NOW, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA


CATEGORY #5 GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
– DONALD LAWRENCE, BEST FOR LAST, QUIETWATER/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
– JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA, LIVE THROUGH IT, FIYA WORLD/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
– THE WALLS GROUP, FAST FORWARD, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA
– THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS, SONGS OF WORSHIP, PRAISE & DELIVERANCE, BLACKBERRY RECORDS
2014 – 2015


CATEGORY #6 NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
– RUTH LA’ONTRA, SO GOOD, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
– TASHA PAGE-LOCKHART, HERE RIGHT NOW, FO YO SOUL RECORDSINGS/RCA
– TEMPLE OF DELIVERANCE WOMEN’S CHOIR, IN THE SANCTUARY, HABBAKUK MUSIC
– UNCLE REECE, BOLD, OBED MUSIC GROUP
CATEGORY #7 CD OF THE YEAR
– ARKANSAS GOSPEL MASS CHOIR, YOU ALONE, EMTRO GOSPEL
– ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
– RICKY DILLARD & NEW G, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
– THE WALLS GROUP, FAST FORWARD, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA
 

CATEGORY #8 CHOIR OF THE YEAR
– ARKANSAS GOSPEL MASS CHOIR, YOU ALONE, EMTRO GOSPEL
– DEITRICK HADDON’S LXW, DEITRICK HADDON’S LXW, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
– RICKY DILLARD & NEW G, AMAZING,LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
– THE MISSISSIPPI MASS CHOIR, DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE, MALACO RECORDS
 

CATEGORY #9 PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
– WARRYN CAMPBELL, HELP (ERICA CAMPBELL), MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
– RICKY DILLARD, WILL BOGLE & RICK ROBINSON, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
– KIRK FRANKLIN, HERE RIGHT NOW (TASHA PAGE-LOCKHART), FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA
– KIRK FRANKLIN, FAST FORWARD (THE WALLS GROUP), FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA
 

CATEGORY #10 CONTEMPORARY GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
– DONALD LAWRENCE, BEST FOR LAST, QUIETWATER/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
– JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA, LIVE THROUGH IT, FIYA WORLD/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
– THE WALLS GROUP, FAST FORWARD, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA
– ZIE’L, PRONOUNCED ZY-EL, DREAM GOSPEL


CATEGORY #11 TRADITIONAL GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
– LISA KNOWLES & THE BROWN SINGERS, THE EVOLUTION CONTINUES, ONE VOICE MEDIA
– THE CANTON SPIRITUALS, KEEP KNOCKING, MALACO RECORDS
– THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS, SONGS OF WORSHIP, PRAISE & DELIVERANCE, BLACKBERRY RECORDS
– TIM WOODSON & THE HEIRS OF HARMONY, MILLIONAIRE, MARXAN/CENTRAL SOUTH
 

CATEGORY #12 CONTEMPORARY MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
– DONALD LAWRENCE, BEST FOR LAST, QUIETWATER/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
– DEITRICK HADDON, DEITRICK HADDON’S LXW, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
– MALI MUSIC, MALI IS…, BY STORM ENTERTAINMENT/RCA RECORDS
– SMOKIE NORFUL, FOREVER YOURS, TREMYLES/MOTOWN GOSPEL
 

CATEGORY #13 TRADITIONAL MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
– DONNIE MCCLURKIN, DUETS, RCA INSPIRATION
– EARNEST PUGH, THE W.I.N. (WORSHIP IN NASSAU) EXPERIENCE, P-MAN MUSIC
– RICKY DILLARD, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
– WILLIAM MCDOWELL, WITHHOLDING NOTHING, DELIVERY ROOM MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
 

CATEGORY #14 CONTEMPORARY FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
– ANITA WILSON, VINTAGE WORSHIP, MOTOWN GOSPEL
– ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
– KIERRA SHEARD, GRACELAND, INDEPENDENT
– TASHA PAGE-LOCKHART, HERE RIGHT NOW, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA
 

CATEGORY #15 TRADITIONAL FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
– BEVERLY CRAWFORD, THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU’VE DONE, ECHO PARK/JDI
– LISA KNOWLES, THE EVOLUTION CONTINUES, ONE VOICE MEDIA
– RUTH LA’ONTRA, SO GOOD, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
– SHERI JONES-MOFFETT, POWER & AUTHORITY: LIVE IN MEMPHIS, MOTOWN GOSPEL


CATEGORY #16 CONTEMPORARY CD OF THE YEAR
– DEITRICK HADDON’S LXW, DEITRICK HADDON’S LXW, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
– ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
– SMOKIE NORFUL, FOREVER YOURS, TREMYLES/MOTOWN GOSPEL
– THE WALLS GROUP, FAST FORWARD, FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA


CATEGORY #17 TRADITIONAL CD OF THE YEAR
– ARKANSAS GOSPEL MASS CHOIR, YOU ALONE, EMTRO GOSPEL
– DONNIE MCCLURKIN, DUETS, RCA INSPIRATION
– RICKY DILLARD & NEW G, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
– WILLIAM MCDOWELL, WITHHOLDING NOTHING, DELIVERY ROOM MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
 

CATEGORY #18 URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
– DEITRICK HADDON’S LXW, GREAT GOD, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
– ERICA CAMPBELL, HELP FT. LECRAE, MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
– JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA, LIVE THROUGH IT, FIYA WORLD/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
– MICHELLE WILLIAMS, SAY YES FT. BEYONCE & KELLY ROWLAND, ENTERTAINMENT ONE
 

CATEGORY #19 MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
– FLORIAN SCHNEIDER, GREAT GOD – DEITRICK HADDON’S LXW, TYSCOT MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT
– BILLIE WOODRUFF, HELP FT. LECRAE – HELP (ERICA CAMPBELL), MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
– MR. BOOMTOWN, LOVE ON THE RADIO – FAST FORWARD (THE WALLS GROUP), FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA
– MATTHEW CHERRY, SAY YES FT. BEYONCE & KELLY ROWLAND – JOURNEY TO FREEDOM (MICHELLE WILLIAMS), ENTERTAINMENT ONE
 

CATEGORY #20 TRADITIONAL CHOIR OF THE YEAR
– ARKANSAS GOSPEL MASS CHOIR, YOU ALONE, EMTRO GOSPEL
– BISHOP LARRY D. TROTTER & SHS COMBINED CHOIR, PRAISE REVISITED, UTOPIA
– RICKY DILLARD & NEW G, AMAZING, LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
– THE MISSISSIPPI MASS CHOIR, DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE, MALACO RECORDS


CATEGORY #21 CONTEMPORARY CHOIR OF THE YEAR
– CHARLES BUTLER & TRINITY, BETTER, EPM MUSIC GROUP
– DEITRICK HADDON’S LXW, DEITRICK HADDON’S LXW, TYSCOT MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
– LAMAR CAMPBELL & SPIRIT OF PRAISE, OPEN THE SKY, 360 MUSIC WORX/MOTOWN
– DARNELL DAVIS AND THE REMNANT, MOVING FORWARD, RCA INSPIRATION
CATEGORY #23 SPECIAL EVENT CD OF THE YEAR
– DONNIE MCLURKIN, DUETS, RCA INSPIRATION
– VARIOUS ARTISTS, WOW GOSPEL 2014, RCA INSPIRATION
– VARIOUS ARTISTS, EARNEST PUGH PROUDLY PRESENTS GOSPEL’S RISING STARS, EPM MUSIC GROUP
– TAMELA MANN, BEST DAYS DELUXE EDITION, TILLYMANN MUSIC
 

CATEGORY #24 RAP HIP HOP GOSPEL CD OF THE YEAR
– ANDY MINEO, NEVERLAND, REACH RECORDS
– DA’ T.R.U.T.H., HEARTBEAT, MIXED BAG
– LECRAE, ANOMALY, REACH RECORDS
– UNCLE REECE, BOLD, OBED MUSIC GROUP
 

CATEGORY #25 YOUTH PROJECT OF THE YEAR
– KENDRA SMITH, SOMETHING NEW, DIVINE RECORDS
– NYASIA, SHOOTING STAR, INSPIRING DREAMS ENTERTAINMENT, LLC
– PURE-N-HEART, ALPHAEUS ANDERSON PRESENTS PURE-N-HEART KIDS, TEENS MOVEMENT “SING THE WORD”, MUSIC2CHANGEU RECORDS
– STL3, ALL THINGS NEW, PGK MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, LLC
 

CATEGORY #26 QUARTET OF THE YEAR
– LISA KNOWLES & THE BROWN SINGERS, THE EVOLUTION CONTINUES, ONE VOICE MEDIA
– THE CANTON SPIRITUALS, KEEP KNOCKING, MALACO RECORDS
– THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS, SONGS OF WORSHIP, PRAISE AND DELIVERANCE, BLACKBERRY RECORDS
– TIM WOODSON & THE HEIRS OF HARMONY, MILLIONAIRE, MARXAN/CENTRAL SOUTH


CATEGORY #27 RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR
– DEREK BLANKS, VINTAGE WORSHIP (ANITA WILSON), MOTOWN GOSPEL
– DEREK BLANKS, HELP (ERICA CAMPBELL), MY BLOCK/EONE MUSIC
– DEREK BLANKS, AMAZING (RICKY DILLARD & NEW G), LIGHT RECORDS/ENTERTAINMENT ONE
– JEFF GILLIGAN, FAST FORWARD (THE WALLS GROUP), FO YO SOUL RECORDINGS/RCA
 

CATEGORY #28 PRAISE AND WORSHIP CD OF THE YEAR
– ARKANSAS GOSPEL MASS CHOIR, YOU ALONE, EMTRO GOSPEL
– EARNEST PUGH, JUST WORSHIP (EP), P-MAN MUSIC
– MICAH STAMPLEY, LOVE NEVER FAILS, MOTOWN GOSPEL
– WILLIAM MCDOWELL, WITHHOLDING NOTHING, DELIVERY ROOM MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT ONE


GOSPEL RADIO OF THE YEAR NOMINEES MAJOR MARKET OF THE YEAR
– HEAVEN 97 – KHVN 970 AM, DALLAS/FT. WORTH, CARMINA BARNETT
– WGRB – INSPIRATION 1390 AM, CHICAGO, SONYA BLAKEY
– WPZE 102.5/102.9, ATLANTA, DEREK HARPER
– WPPZ – PRAISE 103.9, PHILADELPHIA, KYLE GLOVER
 

LARGE MARKET OF THE YEAR
– 95.7 FM HALLELUJAH – WHAL, MEMPHIS, TRACY BETHEA
– HEAVEN 600 – WCAO 600 AM, BALTIMORE, LEE MICHAELS
– 1480 WBBP, MEMPHIS, TRACY MORGAN
– WCCD 1000 AM, CLEVELAND, DRS. DARRELL & BELINDA SCOTT
 

MEDIUM MARKET OF THE YEAR
– WENO 760 AM, NASHVILLE, LADY SHAUNTE GARRETT
– KMVP GOSPEL 860 AM, PHOENIX, LOUIS BLAND
– THE LIGHT 103.9 – WNNL, DURHAM, JERRY SMITH
– WXOK-AM- HEAVEN 1460 AM, BATON ROUGE, J’MICHAEL FRANCOIS
 

SMALL MARKET OF THE YEAR
– KSYB 1300 AM, SHREVEPORT, RHONDA PHILLIPS-SANDERS
– REIGN RADIO LIVE, EDMOND, R.A. MCCULLOUGH
– WEHA, ATLANTIC CITY, ELAINE M. HAWKES
– WGOK – GOSPEL 900, MOBILE, FELICIA ALLBRITTON
INTERNET STATION OF THE YEAR
– I AM RADIO, WWW.I-AM-RADIO.COM, BEATRICE “SISTAH PEACHES” HAYWOOD
– ALL NATIONS RADIO, ALLNATIONSRADIO.NET, BISHOP SAMUEL MCGILL III
– URBAN PRAISE, WWW.MOODYRADIO.ORG/URBANPRAISE, EFFIE ROLFE
– YES LORD RADIO, YESLORDRADIO.COM, ELDER HOWARD C. YOUNG III & RODRICK J. WARREN
GOSPEL ANNOUNCER OF THE YEAR
– RICK JOYNER, SHERIDAN GOSPEL NETWORK – ATLANTA, GA
– ANGELA MARTIN, WGRB – CHICAGO, IL
– MELANIE PRATT, WPZS – CHARLOTTE, NC
– REGINALD GAY, WPJM – ATLANTA, GA

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Monday, January 12, 2015

'My Big Fabulous Life' comes to TLC on Jan. 13

buzzz worthy. . .#mybigfatfablife



Whitney Rae Thore is almost 400 pounds and she did not eat her way there as many people may assume.  Thore, whose dance Youtube video went viral last year, hopes to expand the conversation obesity as the star of the  new reality "My Big Fat Beautiful Life." We are looking forward to Thore challenging America to measure people by the size of the hearts instead of their waist lines. "My BigFat Fabulos Life" artisis on Jan. 13, 10/9c on TLC
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Romantic comedy 'She Wishes' premieres on digital and on demand on Jan. 20



MarVista Digital Entertainment Presents Lexi Giovagnoli and Austin & Ally Star Calum Worthy in the Romantic Teen Comedy, All She Wishes, Premiering on Digital and On Demand January 20, 2015, Just in Time for Valentine's Day


The Thriller Patient Killer, Starring Victoria Pratt and Casper Van Dien, Available January 13, 2015
Calum Worthy and Lexi Giovagnoli Star in All She WishesLOS ANGELES, Jan. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Two original movies from MarVista Digital Entertainment (MVDE) will debut in January 2015. Just in time for Valentine's Day is the romantic teen comedy All She Wishes, starring Lexi Giovagnoli (Varsity Blood) and Disney star Calum Worthy (Austin & Ally), and featuring Diedrich Bader and Julia Duffy. The hypnotic thriller Patient Killer, starring Victoria Pratt (Mutant X) and Casper Van Dien (Sleeping Beauty), also debuts with a sophomore directorial debut from Van Dien. Both films will be available on demand and across digital platforms.
In All She Wishes, sardonic high school loner Sophie O'Dea (Lexi Giovagnoli) is given a beautiful but ancient car from her eccentric grandma Grace (Julia Duffy, Newhart) on her birthday. Told that the car has magical powers that will grant her one wish, non-believing Sophie casually makes a wish for a date to an upcoming school Valentine's Day dance. To her surprise her wish comes true in the form of Drake (Calum Worthy), a cute, comical actor from Los Angeles who magically appears in the trunk of her car.
Sophie and Drake are immediately at odds over every little thing, and Sophie makes numerous efforts to ditch Drake only to find that, no matter what she says or does, he continues to pop out of her car trunk. In a last resort to get rid of annoying Drake, Sophie decides that she must follow through to fulfill her wish of taking him to the "Girls Ask Guys Valentine's Day" school dance. However, as the big dance rapidly approaches, she starts to feel that Drake might not be so bad after all... and that she in fact might be the one who needs to have a change of heart. Realizing that she must learn to open her heart up to others, she sets out to make things right with Drake before her wish is finally fulfilled and he disappears back to the big city forever.
Based on an original story by Kent Jameson and Jessica L. Anderson, All She Wishes was produced by Elizabeth Snoderly (Bloody Homecoming, Varsity Blood), Jake Helgren (Bloody Homecoming, Varsity Blood), and Charlie Vaughn (Happily Ever Spinster); and directed by Letia Clouston Miller (3 Times a Charm) from a screenplay by Jameson and Clouston Miller.
  • All She Wishes will be available on January 20, 2015 on Amazon, AT&T, Charter, Google Play, iTunes, Vimeo, VUDU, and Vubiquity.
In the thriller Patient Killer, years after a patient killed himself under her care, a therapist finds herself reliving the case when a new patient with a similar condition asks for her help. But as her life begins spiraling out of control again, she wonders if this is mere coincidence… or if there are more sinister forces at work. In his sophomore directorial run, Casper Van Dien stars alongside Victoria Pratt, Barbie Castro (Conduit), Richard Burgi (Desperate Housewives) and Patrick Muldoon (Days of Our Lives).
  • Patient Killer will be available on January 13, 2015 on Amazon, AT&T, Charter, Google Play, iTunes, Vimeo, VUDU, and Vubiquity.
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