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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Serena Williams wins Australian Open

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BLACK HISTORY MAKER: At the age of 33, champion tennis player Serena Williams won the Australian open for the 9th time, becoming the oldest woman to do so. It was her 19th grand slam title.

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UPDATE: Suge Knight jailed for murder; bail set at $2 million

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Suge Knight is in an L.A. jail on murder charges, following a fatal hit and run accident in Compton on Thursday.  While trying to escape from an altercation on the scene of  a commercial shoot for "Straight Out of Compton", Knight hit three individuals, killing one, Terry Carter.  The fatal hit and run accident happened as Knight was leaving  the scene.  He  later turned himself in to the Los Angeles COuntry Sheriff's Department for questioning.

TMZ is reporting exclusively that  the entire ordeal stems from  a long-standing beef between Dr. Dre and Knight and it looks like a set up. According to TMZ,  police broke up a scuffle between Knight and two of Dre's security guards a short time before the accident.  Carter, who was identified early on as Knight's friend,  allegedly contacted Suge suggesting that he and Dr. Dre, his former partner in Death Row Records, make amends.  Thinking he would be meeting Dre under peaceful conditions, Knight agreed.

That is when the situation became deadly. Per TMZ, Suge says  when he arrived he got jumped before he even got out of his truck.

A statement for the Sheriff's Department adds:
The argument escalated and the driver backed up striking one of the victims. The driver then drove forward driving over both victims. Various witnesses described the driver as being Marion Suge Knight.

Knight's bail was set at $2 million.
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Whitney Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina is in a coma

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Bobbi Kristina Brown has been placed  in a medically induced coma, reports say.  Her husband, Nick Gordon and a friend found the 21-year-old  face down and unresponsive in a tub of water in her North Georgia home this morning.  Roswell police said Gordon  started CPR and a police officer took over life-saving measures until an ambulance arrived. She was later revived at North Fulton Hospital, but remained  in the ICU. Doctors placed Bobbi Kris in the coma due to swelling in the brain.

Sadly, Whitney Houston, her mother was found dead in the bath tub at the Beverly Hills Hotel on February 11, 2012.  The only child between Houston and Bobbi Brown said she did not want to live and attempted suicide following her mother's death.  Earlier this week online she spoke of missing her mom.

The incident is under investigation.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Woman marries herself

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A glaring 70% of African American woman are single or unwed and roughly 70% of African American children are being raised in single-parent homes according to various studies on African American families.  With the divorce rate in America being about 50/50 people are trying something new to beat the odds of a failed marriage.

Tired of waiting on a suitor, Yasmin Eleby an African American woman in of Houston has become the first known person in the U.S. to marry herself.  She vowed that if she was not married by the age of forty she would pursue matrimony alone.   So on January 3 at the Houston Museum of African American Culture she put on a purple gown and walked down the aisle at a lavish wedding with 10 bridesmaids and said "I do" to herself.   

Technically a solo wedding  is not legal.  The ceremony was moreso a spiritual gesture performed by Eleby’s minister sister.
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Suge Knight surrenders after killing man in hit and run accident

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UPDATE:  Suge Knight has surrendered to police after killing a friend in a hit and run accident in Compton, CA yesterday.  Wearing dark shades, Knight turned himself in to police for questioning last night. Allegedly Knight was involved in a fight instigated by two crew members on the set of a project that involved rappers The Game, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube.  In his attempt to flee, the music mogul clipped three people, fatally running over one, his friend Terry Clark.  We have since learned that one of the other two victims was involved in the fight, which may lead authorities to believe the hit and run was intentional.

It seems like Knight, the founder of Death Row Records, can't escape  danger. Last summer, Knight survived being shot 6 times at a Chris Brown performance in LA and since developed a life threatening blood clot.

Some spectators on the scene of yesterday's accident said they believe Knight was scared and ran away to protect his frail health.

TMZ originally broke this story.  Click here for more detailed timeline of what happened .
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TUNE-IN ALERT: Mom chooses the bride for her son in Wetv's "Match Made In Heaven" this February (VIDEO)

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Millionaire Shawn Bullard Searches for True Love; And This Time 
The Pastor Is In Charge 
NFL Spiritual Advisor for the Indianapolis Colts, Pastor Ken Johnson, 
Hosts and Guides Bachelor Bullard In His Quest

(NEW YORK) -   Meet Shawn Bullard, an African American real estate magnate and former college athlete looking for true love. And who better to help him find The One than the man upstairs - or someone with a close connection? Enter Pastor Ken Johnson (spiritual advisor to the Indianapolis Colts) who guides Shawn and observes the authenticity and godliness of 24 women living under one roof hoping to find a love connection with Shawn. Not only does the pastor weigh in on Shawn's choices, but when his very outspoken mother moves in, she too has a say on who could potentially be her daughter-in-law. While some ladies are sane and sweet, others are downright devilish leading to plenty of drama and bad behavior. After a series of dates, romantic rendezvous, harsh eliminations, and solicited (and unsolicited) advice from the Pastor and his mother, find out if Shawn finally meets his match.  "Match Made in Heaven" premieres on WE tv, Wednesday, February 4 at 8pm ET/PT.

In each of the eight hour-long episodes, the bevy of beauties will face temptation at every turn. From the sweet girl next door to the smoking hot vixen; the polished career women to the innocent virgin; no one is immune to temptation. In this proverbial Garden of Eden, the ladies are constantly met with the opportunity to make a choice between good and evil in their quest for Shawn's love.  Should they undermine their fellow housemates to win him over? Or take the high road and trust in their connection with him?  Does "do unto others" have an alternate meaning? Will Shawn be tempted to take a bite of the forbidden fruit these women have to offer? Or will Pastor Ken and Mama Bullard be able to guide Shawn into the light so he can pick the right girl to spend the rest of his life with? Tune in Wednesday, February 4 at 8pm ET/PT.
Produced for WE tv by Glassman Media with Andrew Glassman executive producing, and Gaspin Media with Jeff Gaspin executive producing. Lauren Gellert and Suzanne Murch also serve as the executive producers for WE tv
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Coco Brown's comedy specialto air on Bounceon March 10

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ATLANTA, GA  - Comedian and actress Cocoa Brown will headline her very own one-hour special as part of the third installment of Bounce TV's popular, family-friendly original comedy series "Off The Chain." "Off The Chain: Cocoa Brown" premieres on Tuesday, March 10 at 9/8pm (CT). "Off The Chain" features some of the most hilarious African-American comedians on the stand-up scene. For season three, Bounce TV turns over the microphone to one comic per show, expanding to an hour-long format. 

With her raw, yet relevant, and side-splitting delivery of comical observations on topics from Jay Z's lips to keeping "Side Men" in their place, Cocoa Brown is undeniably one of the most talented comics and performers working today. The Newport News, VA native assails her craft with such passion and soul-searching veracity that when she claims a stage, the ensuing act is nothing short of a force of a nature. Cocoa draws from painful reminiscences and hard-knocked lessons, weaving humorous and uplifting tales. What drives the comic who female fans have nicknamed "The Truth"? The sheer will of a woman who survived the worst life had to offer and is still standing.   

And on March 10, she stands on the "Off the Chain" stage.

Starting off as an advertising associate for Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the fiery mother of one is now a seasoned performer who has assembled an extensive body of work, including appearing on Tyler Perry's critically-acclaimed comedy series "For Better or Worse."  From stand up to comedic roles in film and television, Cocoa Brown has delivered scene-stealing performances everywhere she goes. She most recently starred in "The Single Mom's Club" opposite Nia Long, Roslyn Sanchez, Wendi McClendon Covey and Amy Smart, and is set to appear in the upcoming "Ted 2" with Mark Wahlberg. On the small screen, Brown has delivered her quick wit on top-rated comedy shows including BET's "Comic View" and "One Mic Stand," as well as "Showtime at the Apollo." 

"This is a peek inside the diary of comedian Cocoa Brown," Brown explains. "Absolute TRUTH...absolute COMEDY!!!!"

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Anthony Brown and Group Therapy and Casey J to end January with live recordings

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Catch two dynamic live recordings from Tyscot artists, Casey J (Jan.30) in Atlanta and Anthony Brown & group therAPy (Jan. 31) in Baltimore.

(Indianapolis, IN; Tyscot Music & Entertainment; January 27, 2015) Tyscot Music & Entertainment sets the stage for a dynamic 2015 with the jump start of two live artists' recording events by breakout artist, Casey J and Stellar award-winning, Anthony Brown & group therAPy on Jan. 30 in Atlanta and Jan. 31 in Baltimore, respectively.

Recently signed to Tyscot through a partnership with Marquis Boone Enterprises (MBE), elementary school teacher turned praise and worship sensation, Casey J is making her mark with her powerful debut radio single, "Fill Me Up," which has quickly reached Top 5 on three Billboard gospel charts. Featured in Essence's "2015 Gospel Artists to Watch," the 28-year old is set to share a true worship experience during her live recording of her forthcoming project, "The Truth" featuring Jason Nelson. "The Truth" is scheduled to hit stores and online platforms everywhere on April 21.

Taking to the stage for their sophomore project with Tyscot, Anthony Brown & group therAPy doesn't disappoint with an invigorating live recording dubbed "Everyday Jesus." Named the 2013's Stellar Awards Group (Duo) of the Year, Anthony Brown & group therAPY have created a top-notch musical event geared towards helping us experience Jesus every day and in every way.
"Everyday Jesus" will feature guest artist and label mate Rance Allen, along with Maurette Brown Clark, Gaye Arbuckle, Darrell Walls, Chrystal Rucker and Beverly Crawford.

Details at a Glance:

Casey J's Live Recording-Friday, Jan. 30 at Fresh Start Church, located at 2021 W. Liddell Road, Duluth, GA. Recording starts at 7:30 p.m. and is a FREE event.

Anthony Brown's "Everyday Jesus" Live Recording-Saturday, Jan. 31 at the New Psalmist Baptist Church, located at 6020 Marion Drive, Baltimore, MD at 5:30 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ajbgrouptherapy.ticketleap.com.

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Vidoe To Premiere on Centric TV’s “Lifted” Program
 Sunday, February 1, 2015 @ 8:00 AM EST

The music video for Bryan Andrew Wilson’s haunting song of reflection and redemption “Turning Away” will make its Centric TV debut this Sunday, February 1, 2015 when it airs in the 8:00 AM hour block on the cable channel’s “Lifted” program. The Top 15 Billboard Magazine Gospel Airplay single has also just posted to the Vevo channel (http://www.vevo.com/watch/bryan-andrew-wilson/turning-away/QM9TF1490089) and will go on sale on iTunes within the next two weeks.

Meanwhile, “Faithful God” - the upbeat urban-flavored second radio single from Wilson’s Top 20 Stellar Award nominated “The One Percent” CD – is now making its way onto gospel radio station playlists. The infectious track was produced by Andre “A-Minor” Johnson of A-Minor Music in collaboration with the Major 3rd Production team  (Gerald Jones, Justin Francis and Carlos Woodard) that has cut tracks on marquee gospel artists such as Darwin Hobbs, Lowell Pye, Damita, Virtue and BET Sunday Best Season 4 finalist Amber Bullock. Log on at www.bryanandrewwilson.org for Bryan news.
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Meet Elena, Disney's first Latina Princess

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"Elena of Avolar" series will start in 2016

Princess Elena of Avalor, a confident and compassionate teenager in an enchanted fairytale kingdom inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore, will be introduced in a special episode of Disney Junior’s hit series Sofia the First beginning production now for a 2016 premiere. That exciting story arc will usher in the 2016 launch of the animated series Elena of Avalor, a production of Disney Television Animation.  The announcement was made today by Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide.

The role of 16 year-old Princess Elena, the bold, caring, funny and clever ascendant to the throne in the fairytale kingdom of Avalor, will be voiced by Aimee Carrero (ABC Family’s Young & Hungry).

Kanter said, “Our creative team has delivered a universal story with themes that authentically reflect the hopes and dreams of our diverse audience.”  She continued, “What excites us most is the chance to use distinctive animation and visual design to tell wonderful stories influenced by culture and traditions that are familiar to the worldwide population of Hispanic and Latino families and reflect the interests and aspirations of all children as told through a classic fairy tale.”
As with all Disney Junior programming, Elena of Avalor stories will be guided by an established curriculum that nurtures multiple areas of child development:  physical, emotional, social and cognitive; thinking and creative skills, as well as moral and ethical development.  Created for kids age 2-7 and their families, the stories are designed to communicate positive messages and life lessons that are applicable to young children about leadership, resilience, diversity, compassion and the importance of family and family traditions.
The series will be presented in 25 languages on Disney Junior channels and daily programming blocks for kids age 2-7 on Disney Channels, among other platforms, in 154 countries around the world. On television alone, its estimated daily reach will be over 207 million households.
Princess Elena’s journey began long ago when her parents and kingdom were taken from her by the evil sorceress, Shuriki.  Elena bravely faced the sorceress to protect her little sister, Princess Isabel, and grandparents but in the process, her magical amulet pulled her inside its enchanted jewel, saving her life but imprisoning her at the same time.  Decades later, Princess Sofia of Enchancia discovers the truth about the amulet she has worn since joining her royal family and sets out to restore Elena to her human form and help her return to the kingdom of Avalor.
While Elena is the rightful heir to the throne, she is only age 16 so she will rule Avalor with the help of a Grand Council comprised of her Grandfather Tito, Grandmother Cici and Royal Advisor, Duke Esteban.

With some magical friends by her side – Mateo, a wizard-in-training, and Skylar, a magical flying creature – Princess Elena’s further adventures will lead her to understand that her new role requires thoughtfulness, resilience and compassion, the traits of all truly great leaders.

Elena of Avalor is executive-produced by Craig Gerber (of the Emmy Award-nominated Sofia the First).  Silvia Cardenas Olivas (Moesha, The Brothers Garcia), an alumna of the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s Television Writers Program, is the story editor, and Elliot M. Bour (The Little Engine That Could) is the supervising director.  The series’ cultural advisors are Doris Sommer, Harvard University professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Spanish; and Marcela Davison Aviles, Managing Director and Executive Producer, El Camino Project, an international Latino arts initiative.

The series is a spin-off of Sofia the First which has delivered the two highest rated telecasts in cable TV history among Kids 2-5 and Girls 2-5, and the #2 preschooler cable TV telecast ever in Total Viewers, Adults 18-40 and Women 18-49.

Disney Junior reflects the emotional connection generations of consumers have to Disney storytelling and Disney characters, both classic and contemporary. It invites mom and dad to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for kids age 2-7. Disney Junior’s series blend Disney’s unparalleled storytelling and characters kids love deeply with learning, including early math, language skills, healthy eating and lifestyles, and social skills. In the U.S., Disney Junior is a daily programming block on Disney Channel and a 24-hour channel.  There are 34 Disney Junior channels in 25 languages around the world.

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Meet the Ruckers…Three high society southern belles that shake things up and bring a new meaning to the word sisterhood

WE tv has started the new year with some good ol’ southern charm…some sugar and some spice, but not everything is nice.  LOVE THY SISTER”, premiering Thursday, January 8 at 10pm ET/PT, is a docu-soap that showcases three affluent African-American sisters at the height of southern society, who put the “FUN” in dysfunctional.

From the producers of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” comes a whole new kind of sisterhood.LOVE THY SISTER” follows The Ruckers - Ruby, Ellen and Ione - educated, sexy, and sassy southern sisters who love hard and fight even harder. Ruby Rucker…”The Hothead”. The former lawyer and eldest of the three sisters is married to Ford Sawyer Cooper, an orthodontist with several offices in the Charlotte area. The matriarch of her siblings, Ruby has recently fallen on hard times and works to hide her current financial struggles. Regardless Ruby never holds back and is notorious for being vocal about her opinions, especially when going head-to-head with her two younger sisters. Ellen Rucker Carter…“The Perfectionist”. Divorced from NBA star Vince Carter, Ellen has recently taken a step back from her chiropractic practice to spend more time with their daughter and enjoy life & family more. She wants to start a new chapter in life and is anxious for an official commitment from her longtime boyfriend, Bakari Sellers, an attorney-at-law and well-known politician in South Carolina. Ione Rucker…”The Baby”. Pampered and privileged for most of her life, Ione is eager to prove to herself and her sisters that she can stand on her own two feet. Recently divorced from her college sweetheart and retired NBA player, Ione deals with pressure from her sisters to find a new man - to be her partner in life and in the bedroom! While Ione jumps back into the dating scene, she also wants to prove her independence and capability by organizing a benefit for the family's non-profit organization, The Rucker Education Scholarship Fund.

In the revealing debut episode of Love Thy Sister we meet the three sisters and get introduced to their outrageous and unfiltered world. Ellen's trust issues get the better of her, and she accuses longtime boyfriend Bakari of cheating on her. The sisters try to rein Ellen in, but not before she almost destroys her relationship. Ione hasn’t been with a man in two years, relying on her best friend Londyn for companionship and adult toys for pleasure. However, once Ellen catches Ione in the act, Ruby and Ellen begin a full court press in the search for a potential suitor for their baby sister. While Ruby’s relationship seems to be on solid ground, she must defend her parenting skills when her daughter’s actions create static throughout the Rucker clan. Tune in Thursdays at 10PM ET/PT.
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Baseball legend Ernie "Mr. Cub" Banks dies at 83

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Ernie Banks received the Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.  WHITE HOUSE PHOTO

He was the first Black player on the Chicao Cubs baseball team. The color barrier was just one of many barriers Ernie Barnes broke in his lifetime, including being  one of the early Black athletes selected for product endorsements and the first Black to manage a team.

Chicago (AFP) - Hall of Fame infielder Ernie Banks, who was affectionately dubbed "Mr Cub" by the Wrigley Field faithful, passed away Friday. He was 83.

Banks, the Cubs' first-ever black player, played shortstop and first base, and was a 14-time all-star who played for Chicago from 1953-1971. 

He was the National League's Most Valuable Player in 1958 and 1959 and he blasted 512 homers in 19 seasons of Major League Baseball before being elected to the Hall of Fame in 1977.
US President Barack Obama and first Lady Michelle sent their condolences to Banks's family, and to "every Chicagoan and baseball fan who loved him."

"He became known as much for his 512 home runs and back-to-back National League MVPs as for his cheer, his optimism, and his love of the game," Obama, a former Illinois senator, said in a statement. 

"He was beloved by baseball fans everywhere, including Michelle, who, when she was a girl, used to sit with her dad and watch him play on TV."

Tall and thin, Banks didn't have the stature of a typical baseball player, but his accomplishments were many. Banks hit 47 home runs with 129 RBI in 1958 and followed up the next year with 45 homers and 143 RBI.

Of Banks's 512 career home runs, 277 came at shortstop. That still stands as the most in the National League for a shortstop. He hit .274 and drove in 1,636 runs.

- Major milestones -
Banks broke down a lot of major league barriers. He became the first African American to manage a major league team on May 8, 1973 when he took over for the ejected Whitey Lockman.
He was also the first player in Cubs' history to have his number retired in 1982 and was voted to Major League Baseball's All-Century Team in 1999. He was the first Cub to be honored with a statue outside Wrigley Field in 2008.

Friends remembered his bright personality and the indelible mark he left on baseball and the city he played for.

"Words cannot express how important Ernie Banks will always be to the Chicago Cubs, the city of Chicago and Major League Baseball. He was one of the greatest players of all time," Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said.

"He was a pioneer in the major leagues. And more importantly, he was the warmest and most sincere person I've ever known."

Ricketts said while the world had lost a "great" man, his life and achievements would be remembered fondly. 

"Approachable, ever optimistic and kind-hearted, Ernie Banks is and always will be Mr Cub. My family and I grieve the loss of such a great and good-hearted man, but we look forward to celebrating Ernie's life in the days ahead."

Banks's love of baseball was legendary. His two favorite catchphrases were, "It's a great day for baseball" and also "Let's play two" -- for his desire to play a doubleheader each day.
He remains the Cubs' leader in games played (2,528), at-bats (9,421), plate appearances (10,395) and extra-base hits (1,009).

Banks was also active in the Chicago community during and after his time with the Cubs.
In 2013, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor given to American citizens.

When he received the prize, Banks handed Obama a bat that belonged to groundbreaking baseball star Jackie Robinson.

"Jackie was the first black to play major league baseball, and here we got Barack, first black president. The president held the bat in his hands," Banks told Sports Illustrated last year.
"That was a thrill."

The marquee at Wrigley Field paid tribute to Banks Saturday, with his name and "Mr Cub" lit up outside the storied stadium.
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#SuperBowlGospel. . .

NEW YORK, NY (January 29, 2015) – BET Networks announced today that it will air a one-hour special from the “The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration” on Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, 2015. Co-hosted by actress Holly Robinson Peete and retired NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, the gospel musical special will premiere on BET at 10:00 a.m.* and on Centric at 2:00 p.m.*. The 16th annual concert event has become a Super Bowl weekend favorite and has taken place in the host city of the Super Bowl football championship game since its launching in 1999. Grammy-winning legend Gladys Knight leads an all-star line-up including a special appearance by David and Tamela Mann, plus Tichina Arnold, Anthony Hamilton, Fred Hammond, Dave Hollister, Israel Houghton, Natalie Grant, Mali Music, Donnie McClurkin, DeWayne Woods along with current and former NFL athletes Deion Sanders and Ray Lewis, Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers), Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals), Rashad Jennings (New York Giants), and Devon Still (Cincinnati Bengals). The acclaimed NFL Players Choir, which features current and retired players, will also perform at the celebration. Rounding out the 3-hour block of gospel programming on BET is a new episode of “Bobby Jones Gospel” with guests Byron Cage, Y’anna Crawley, Charles King and William McDowell at 9:00 a.m. ET* and “Lift Every Voice” hosted by Derek “Fonzworth Bentley” Watkins with guests Stephen Bishop and Aaron Spears, the men of “Being Mary Jane” immediately following at 11:00 a.m. ET* For more information on “The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration,” visit www.BET.com/SuperBowlGospel. Follow the show and join the conversation about the special on Twitter @SuperBowlGospel and by using hashtags #SuperBowlGospel; Also visit Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SuperBowlGospel The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration takes place during Super Bowl weekend on Friday, January 30th at ASU Gammage in Phoenix, AZ. The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration is produced by event creator Melanie Few-Harrison, and Bart Phillips from Sunseeker Media. Tickets to the event are available via Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com).
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New from Erica Campbell: From the forthcoming album "Help 2.0" comes "More Love"

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What the "movement" for racial unity and justice for all needs is "More Love."  Erica Campbell delivers with her latest single from "Help 2.0."


Brand-new Single “More Love” Hits Radio and iTunes
In Prep for Release of HELP 2.0

(Los Angeles, CA) — Popular songstress, TV star Erica Campbell offers new single “More Love,” to gospel radio this week.  

“More Love,” is a mid-tempo and poignant song that advances HELP 2.0, a “re-release” of her top-selling 2014 album HELP.  Available on March 31st on MyBlock/eOne, HELP 2.0 will feature never before heard music, remixes of her hits and several guest artists.  “More Love,” is also available digitally on iTunes.

This right-on-time single comes at a time when we as a community, industry and society are all seeking direction, inspiration and encouragement. ““More Love" comes from taking the temperature of the times we live in,” said co-writers Erica and husband Warryn Campbell.  “The sense of frustration, anger that we all feel, from the civil unrest and tragic deaths in Ferguson, New York and around the world … We thought it was important to emphasize the importance of love. Love truly does change things. We believe that.” 

An absolute force in music, Campbell continues to succeed on her solo journey.  In addition to winning a Dove Award and Soul Train Music Award, this year Erica has earned 2 Grammy nominations, 2 NAACP Image Award nominations and 10 Stellar Award nominations for her top-selling, outstanding album HELP.  Erica will head to both the NAACP Image and Grammy Awards next week and will perform at the 17th Annual GRAMMY Foundation Legacy concert, an event celebrating music and philanthropy.  

Campbell’s hit TV show, Mary Mary, returns
on March 5th​ for the 4th Season on WE tv.  Additionally, she will launch the HELP 2.0 Tour this Spring which kicks off in New York City on May 2nd at BB Kings.  For details, cities and venue information follow Erica online. 

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Gaga, Legend, Grande and The Band Perry to perform in Grammy Salute to Stevie Wonder

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Two-Time GRAMMY Winner LL COOL J To Host

Music Stars Will Perform Iconic Songs By The 25-Time GRAMMY® Winner; Special
To Be Broadcast On CBS, Feb. 16, 2015

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2015) — Current 57th GRAMMY® nominees The Band Perry, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, and John Legend have been added to the list of performers for "Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life — An All-Star GRAMMY Salute." They join previously announced performers Janelle Monáe, Ed Sheeran, and Usher. The primetime special, presented by The Recording Academy®, AEG Ehrlich Ventures, and CBS, will pay homage to Wonder's iconic career with superstar performances celebrating his incomparable songbook. The live concert takes place at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Tuesday, Feb. 10. Tickets are on sale now at AXS.com and the two-hour special will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network on Monday, Feb. 16 from 9 – 11 p.m. ET/PT. Two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J will host this very special tribute.

A 25-time GRAMMY winner, Wonder is the only artist to have received Album Of The Year honors for three out of four consecutive years with Innervisions (1973), Fulfillingness' First Finale (1974) and Songs In The Key Of Life (1976).

"Stevie Wonder is an icon who forever changed the world of music with his extraordinary gifts, pure talent, kind spirit and incredible sense of humor," said LL COOL J.  "I am honored to host this special show filled with incredible talent as we pay homage to the one and only Stevie Wonder."

For ticketing information, including VIP ticket packages and group sales, call 877.234.8425 or email tickets@aegworldwide.com. Additional performers and presenters will be announced shortly.

"Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life — An All-Star GRAMMY Salute" is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC. Ken Ehrlich is the executive producer, Leon Knoles is director, and David Wild and Ken Ehrlich are writers.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Man with the Iron Fists 2 coming to DVD

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UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., -- A mysterious stranger leads a rebellion to liberate a Chinese village from its oppressive overlord in The Man with the Iron Fists 2, available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD as well as On Demand on April 14, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Global hip-hop superstar, actor and filmmaker RZA reprises his role as the enigmatic blacksmith Thaddeus in this explosive sequel to the 2012 action-adventure The Man with the Iron Fists. Inspired by classic kung-fu films, The Man with the Iron Fists 2 Blu-rayand DVD are packed with exciting bonus material including a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes and commentary by director Roel Reiné and executive producer and star RZA. 

RZA (The Man with the Iron Fists, co-founder of the Wu-Tang Clan), who co-wrote the film with screenwriter John Jarrell (Romeo Must Die), stars alongside a stellar international cast including Dustin Nguyen (22 Jump Street), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (47 Ronin), Eugenia Yuan (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend), Pim Bubear (Ninja: Shadow of a Tear), Carl Ng (New Police Story), Simon Yin (Ip Man), Ocean Hou (Man of Tai Chi), Grace Huang (The Man with the Iron Fists) and Andrew Lin (The Man with the Iron Fists). The film is directed by Roel Reiné (The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption, Death Race 2).

When Thaddeus (RZA) is found badly wounded near a 19th-century Chinese town, miner Li Kung (Dustin Nguyen) and his wife Ah Ni (Eugenia Yuan) offer him refuge. As he heals, he becomes entrenched in a conflict that pits the townsfolk against the evil Master Ho (Carl Ng), his nefarious Beetle Clan and the terrifying Lord Pi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa). With Thaddeus at his side, the mild-mannered Kung transforms into a deadly warrior in this martial arts epic.

To view the trailer visit: http://uphe.biz/IronFists2Trailer

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Bonus Features on Blu-ray and DVD
  • Deleted Scenes 
  • Chi Warriors: The Making of Man With the Iron Fists 2 – a behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Man with the Iron Fists 2 featuring the cast and crew including director Roel Reiné and star RZA
  • Feature Commentary with director Roel Reiné and executive producer and star RZA
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