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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart's Beyonce lip sync battle was a huge hit on Fallon

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The "Super bowl of Lip Sync Battles," on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon ruled television this week. This lip sync battle between Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart  was the most popular moment on late night and came in as the #1 TV clip on You Tube with over 25 million views.



All three men performed two songs each. Ferrell stood out as the most entertaining. Not only did he  mouth the lyrics to Beyoncé's "Drunk In Love" precisely, but he also "killed it" with spot on dance moves that took the performance to another .  Kev Hart and host, Jimmy Fallon could not hold in the laughter as they jammed with him from the sidelines. Fallon was up next with "Since You've Been Gone" by Kelly Clarkson. Kev Hart slowed things down with "All of Me" by John Legend making it comical by singing directly to Ferrell.

Check out the funny fellas in the above clip.
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2015 NAACP Image Award Winners Full List: Selma, Blackish, How to Get Away With Murder take the night

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Taraji P. Henson accepts the NAACP Image Award
for Entertainer of the Year on February 6, 2015.

Anthony Anderson had his hands full juggling hosting duties and multiple wins for black-ish at the 46th NAACP Image Awards last night.  The ABC comedy swept the television field.

How to Get Away with Murder jousted with Scandal in the drama category with both popular programs netting two wins. 

After getting off to a slow start this award season, Selma received top film  honors. Oprah, Selma producer in accepting the award for Outstanding Motion Picture said, "We did this movie because we wanted to tell their story--our story." 

In the area of music The Three Winans Brothers (3WB), a trio of siblings who have had long-standing careers in music individualy--won the award for Best New Artists.

Beyoncé, Pharrell and Sam Smith all earned Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Center.

Gladys Knight took home the award for Best Gospel Album.

Taraji P. Henson (No Good Deeds, Empire) bagged the biggest award of the evening being  named Entertainer of the Year.

Winners in all categories are highlighted below.
 
2015 NAACP Image Award Winners

“black-ish” (ABC) (Winner)
“Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
“House of Lies” (Showtime)Beyonc
“Key & Peele” (Comedy Central)
“Real Husbands of Hollywood” (BET)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson – “‘black-ish” (ABC) (Winner)
Andre Braugher – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (FOX)
Don Cheadle – “House of Lies” (Showtime)
Keegan-Michael Key – “Key & Peele” (Comedy Central)
Kevin Hart – “Real Husbands of Hollywood” (BET)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Tracee Ellis Ross – “black-ish” (ABC) (Winner)
Mindy Kaling – “The Mindy Project” (FOX)
Niecy Nash – “The Soul Man” (TV Land)
Uzo Aduba – “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
Wendy Raquel Robinson – “The Game” (BET)


 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Laurence Fishburne – “black-ish” (ABC) (Winner)
Boris Kodjoe – “Real Husbands of Hollywood” (BET)
Glynn Turman – “House of Lies” (Showtime)
Marcus Scribner – “black-ish” (ABC)
Terry Crews – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (FOX)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Yara Shahidi – “black-ish” (ABC) (Winner)
Adrienne C. Moore – “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
Laverne Cox – “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
Lorraine Toussaint – “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
Sofia Vergara – “Modern Family” (ABC)


Outstanding Drama Series
“How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC) (Winner)
“Being Mary Jane” (BET)
“Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
“House of Cards” (Netflix)
“Scandal” (ABC)


 Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Shemar Moore – “Criminal Minds” (CBS) (Winner)
LL Cool J – “NCIS: LA” (CBS)
Omar Epps – “Resurrection” (ABC)
Omari Hardwick – “Being Mary Jane” (BET)
Taye Diggs – “Murder in the First” (TNT)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Viola Davis – “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC) (Winner)
Gabrielle Union – “Being Mary Jane” (BET)
Kerry Washington – “Scandal” (ABC)
Nicole Beharie – “Sleepy Hollow” (FOX)
Octavia Spencer – “Red Band Society” (FOX)


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Joe Morton – “Scandal” (ABC) (Winner)
Alfred Enoch – “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)
Courtney B. Vance – “Masters of Sex” (Showtime)
Guillermo Diaz  – “Scandal” (ABC)
Jeffrey Wright – “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)


 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Khandi Alexander – “Scandal” (ABC) (Winner)
Aja Naomi King – “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)
Alfre Woodard – “State of Affairs” (NBC)
Chandra Wilson – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
Jada Pinkett Smith – “Gotham” (FOX)

Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
“The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks) (Winner)
“A Day Late and a Dollar Short” (Lifetime Networks)
“American Horror Story: Freak Show” (FX)
“Drumline: A New Beat” (VH1)
“The Gabby Douglas Story” (Lifetime Networks)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Blair Underwood – “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks) (Winner)
Charles S. Dutton – “Comeback Dad” (UP Entertainment)
Larenz Tate – “Gun Hill” (BET)
Mekhi Phifer – “A Day Late and a Dollar Short” (Lifetime Networks)
Ving Rhames – “A Day Late and a Dollar Short” (Lifetime Networks)


 Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Cicely Tyson – “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks) (Winner)
Angela Bassett – “American Horror Story: Freak Show” (FX)
Keke Palmer – “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)
Regina King – “The Gabby Douglas Story” (Lifetime Networks)
Vanessa Williams – “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)

Outstanding News/ Information (Series or Special)
“Unsung” (TV One) (Winner)
“America After Ferguson” (PBS)
“Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” (PBS)
“Melissa Harris Perry” (MSNBC)
“Oprah’s Lifeclass” (OWN)

Outstanding Talk Series
“Steve Harvey” (Syndicated) (Winner)
“Oprah Prime” (OWN)
“The Queen Latifah Show” (Syndicated)
“The View” (ABC)
“The Wendy Williams Show” (Syndicated)


 Outstanding Reality Series
“Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN) (Winner)
“Shark Tank” (ABC)
“Dancing with the Stars” (ABC)
“The Voice” (NBC)
“Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” (OWN)

Outstanding Variety (Series or Special)
“Oprah’s Master Class” (OWN) (Winner)
“BET Awards” (BET)
“Family Feud” (Syndicated)
“On the Run: Beyoncé and Jay Z” (HBO)
“UNCF An Evening of Stars” (NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, The CW, BET, Centric)

Outstanding Children’s Program
“Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior) (Winner)
“Anna Deavere Smith: A Youngarts Masterclass” (HBO)
“HALO Awards” (Nickelodeon)
“Dora and Friends: Into The City!” (Nickelodeon)
“Kid President: Declaration of Awesome” (HUB)


 Outstanding Performance by a Youth in a Youth/Children’s Program (Series or Special)
Fatima Ptacek – “Dora and Friends: Into The City!” (Nickelodeon) (Winner)
Amber Montana – “Haunted Hathaways” (Nickelodeon)
China Anne McClain – “How to Build a Better Boy” (Disney Channel)
Curtis Harris – “Haunted Hathaways” (Nickelodeon)
Taliyah Whitaker – “Wallykazam!” (Nickelodeon)

Outstanding Host in a Talk, Reality, News/ Information or Variety
Steve Harvey – “Steve Harvey” (Syndicated) (Winner)
Queen Latifah – “The Queen Latifah Show” (Syndicated)
Chris Rock – “BET Awards” (BET)
Gwen Ifill – “America After Ferguson” (PBS)
Melissa Harris Perry – “Melissa Harris Perry” (MSNBC)

Outstanding New Artist
3 Winans Brothers (BMG) (Winner)
Aloe Blacc (XIX Recordings/Interscope Records)
Erica Campbell (My Block Inc./eOne Music)
Jhene Aiko (Def Jam Recordings)
Liv Warfield (Kobalt Label Services)


Outstanding Male Artist
Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records) (Winner)
John Legend (Columbia Records)
Kem (Motown – Capitol)
Kendrick Lamar (Interscope Records)
Michael Jackson (Epic Records)

Outstanding Female Artist
Beyoncé (Columbia Records) (Winner)
Alicia Keys (RCA Records)
Jennifer Hudson (RCA Records)
Ledisi (Verve Records)
Mary J Blige (Capitol)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
“Stay with Me” – Sam Smith feat. Mary J Blige (Capitol) (Winner)
“Being With You” – Smokey Robinson feat. Mary J Blige (Verve)
“Brand New” – Pharrell Williams feat. Justin Timberlake (Columbia Records)
“Gust of Wind” – Pharrell Williams feat. Daft Punk (Columbia Records)
“Love, Marriage & Divorce” – Toni Braxton & Babyface (Def Jam Recordings)


Outstanding Jazz Album
“My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke” – Al Jarreau (Concord) (Winner)
“Dave Koz and Friends: The 25th of December” – Dave Koz (Concord Records)
“Beautiful Life” – Dianne Reeves (Concord)
“Living My Dream” – Jonathan Butler (Rendezvous Music)
“Up” – Stanley Clarke (Mack Avenue Records)

Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary)
“Where My Heart Belongs” – Gladys Knight (Shadow Mountain Records) (Winner)
“Duets” – Donnie McClurkin (RCA Inspiration)
“Help” – Erica Campbell (My Block Inc./eOne Music)
“I Will Trust” – Fred Hammond (RCA Inspiration)
“Journey To Freedom” – Michelle Williams (eOne Music)

Outstanding Music Video
“You & I (Nobody in the World)” – John Legend (Columbia Records) (Winner)
“Pretty Hurts” – Beyoncé (Columbia Records)
“It’s You” – KEM  (Motown – Capitol)
“i” – Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Interscope)
“Love Never Felt So Good” – Michael Jackson feat. Justin Timberlake (Epic Records)


 Outstanding Song
“We Are Here” – Alicia Keys (RCA Records) (Winner)
“The Man” – Aloe Blacc (Interscope Records)
“Pretty Hurts” – Beyoncé (Columbia Records)
“i” – Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Interscope)
“Good Kisser” – Usher (RCA Records)

Outstanding Album
“Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics” – Aretha Franklin (RCA Records) (Winner)
“Beyoncé Platinum Edition” – Beyoncé (Columbia Records)
“JHUD” – Jennifer Hudson (RCA Records)
“G I R L” – Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records)
“Love, Marriage & Divorce” – Toni Braxton & Babyface (Def Jam Recordings)

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction
“A Wanted Woman” – Eric Jerome Dickey (Penguin Random House) (Winner)
“An Untamed State” – Roxane Gay (Grove/Atlantic – Black Cat)
“Another Woman’s Man” – Shelly Ellis (Kensington Publishing Corp.)
“Momma: Gone” – Nina Foxx (Brown Girls Publishing)
“The Prodigal Son” – Kimberla Lawson Roby (Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group)

Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction
“Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” – Bryan Stevenson (Spiegel & Grau) (Winner)
“Bad Feminist” – Roxane Gay (Harper Perennial/HarperCollins)
“Place not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America” – Sheryll Cashin (Beacon Press)
“The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act” – Clay Risen (Bloomsbury Press)
“Who We Be: The Colorization of America” – Jeff Chang (St. Martin’s Press)


 Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author
“Forty Acres” – Dwayne Alexander Smith (Atria Books) (Winner)
“Queen Sugar” – Natalie Baszile (Pamela Dorman Books/Penguin Random House)
“Remedy For A Broken Angel” – Toni Ann Johnson (Nortia Press)
“The 16th Minute of Fame: An Insider’s Guide for Maintaining Success Beyond 15 Minutes of Fame” – Darrell Miller (Dunham Books)
“Time of the Locust” – Morowa Yejide (Atria Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/ Auto Biography
“Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine” – Louis Sullivan with David Chanoff (University of Georgia Press) (Winner)
“Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair)” – Rosie Perez (Crown Archetype)
“Life In Motion” – Misty Copeland (Touchstone)
“Mayor for Life” – Marion Barry, Omar Tyree (Strebor Books)
“Stand Up Straight and Sing!” – Jessye Norman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional
“Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life” – Joe Brewster, Michele Stephenson, Hilary Beard (Spiegel & Grau) (Winner)
“101 Scholarship Applications: What It Takes to Obtain a Debt-Free College Education” – Gwen Richardson (Cushcity Communications)
“10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse” – JJ Smith (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster)
“Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed” – Bryant Terry (Ten Speed Press)
“Justice While Black: Helping African-American Families Navigate and Survive the Criminal Justice System” – Robbin Shipp, Nick Chiles (Agate Bolden)

 Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry
“Citizen: An American Lyric” – Claudia Rankine (Graywolf Press) (Winner)
“Digest” – Gregory Pardlo (Four Way Books)
“The New Testament” – Jericho Brown (Copper Canyon Press)
“The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013″ – Derek Walcott, Selected by Glyn Maxwell (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
“We Didn’t Know Any Gangsters” – Brian Gilmore (Cherry Castle Publishing, LLC)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children
“Dork Diaries 8: Tales From A Note-So-Happily Ever After” – Rachel Renee Russell with Nikki Russell and Erin Russell (Simon & Schuster) (Winner)
“Beautiful Moon” – Tonya Bolden (Author), Eric Velasquez (Illustrator) (Abrams/Abrams Books for Young Readers)
“Little Melba and Her Big Trombone” – Katheryn Russell-Brown (Author), Frank Morrison (Illustrator) (Lee & Low Books)
“Malcolm Little” – Ilyasah Shabazz (Author), AG Ford (Illustrator) (Simon & Schuster)
“Searching for Sarah Rector” – Tonya Bolden (Abrams/Abrams Books for Young Readers)


Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens
“Brown Girl Dreaming” – Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books) (Winner)
“Because They Marched: The People’s Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America” – Russell Freedman (Holiday House)
“Revolution” – Deborah Wiles (Scholastic Press)
“The Freedom Summer Murders” – Don Mitchell (Scholastic Press)
“The Red Pencil” – Andrea Davis Pinkney (Author), Shane Evans (Illustrator) (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

Outstanding Motion Picture
“Selma” (Paramount Pictures) (Winner)
“Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)
“Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media)
“Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)
“Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)


Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
David Oyelowo – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures) (Winner)
Chadwick Boseman – “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)
Denzel Washington – “The Equalizer” (Columbia Pictures)
Idris Elba – “No Good Deed” (Screen Gems)
Nate Parker – “Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Taraji P. Henson – “No Good Deed” (Screen Gems) (Winner)
Gugu Mbatha-Raw – “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)
Quvenzhané Wallis – “Annie” (Columbia Pictures)
Tessa Thompson – “Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)
Viola Davis – “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Common – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures) (Winner)
André Holland – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)
Cedric the Entertainer – “Top Five” (Paramount Pictures)
Danny Glover – “Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media)
Wendell Pierce – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)


 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Carmen Ejogo – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures) (Winner)
Jill Scott – “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)
Octavia Spencer – “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)
Oprah Winfrey – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)
Viola Davis – “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
“Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films) (Winner)
“Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)
“Half of a Yellow Sun” (monterey media inc.)
“Life of a King” (Animus Films/Serena Films)
“JIMI: All Is By My Side” (XLrator Media)

Outstanding Documentary (Theatrical)
“Documented” (Apo Anak Productions)
“Finding Fela” (Jigsaw Productions)
“I Am Ali” (Focus World/Fisheye Films)
“Keep On Keepin On” (RADiUS)
“Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People” (Chimpanzee Productions, Inc.) (Winner)


 Outstanding Documentary (Television)
“Bad Boys” (ESPN) (Winner)
“American Experience: Freedom Summer” (PBS)
“Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown” (HBO)
“Rand University” (ESPN)
“The War Comes Home: Soledad O’Brien Reports” (CNN)

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Sara Hess – “Orange is the New Black” – It Was the Change (Netflix) (Winner)
Brigette Munoz-Liebowitz – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” – Road Trip (FOX)
Aisha Muharrar – “Parks and Recreation” – Ann & Chris (NBC)
Regina Hicks – “Instant Mom” – A Kids’s Choice (Nickelodeon and Nick@Nite)
Mindy Kaling – “The Mindy Project” – Danny and Mindy (FOX)

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series
Erika Green Swafford – “How to Get Away with Murder” – Let’s Get To Scooping (ABC) (Winner)
Zahir McGhee – “Scandal” – Mama Said Knock You Out (ABC)
Mara Brock Akil – “Being Mary Jane” – Uber Love (BET)
Warren Leight, Julie Martin – “Law & Order: SVU” – American Disgrace (NBC)
Zoanne Clack – “Grey’s Anatomy” – You Be Illin’ (ABC)


 Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Television)
Shernold Edwards – “A Day Late and a Dollar Short” (Lifetime Networks) (Winner)
Karin Gist, Regina Hicks – “Drumline: A New Beat” (VH1)
Reggie Bythewood – “Gun Hill” (BET)
Sterling Anderson, Maria Nation – “The Gabby Douglas Story” (Lifetime Networks)
Sharon Brathwaite, Peres Owino – “Seasons of Love” (Lifetime Networks)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical)
Misan Sagay – “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films) (Winner)
Chris Rock – “Top Five” (Paramount Pictures)
Richard Wenk – “The Equalizer” (Columbia Pictures)
Justin Simien – “Dear White People” (Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate)
Margaret Nagle – “The Good Lie” (Alcon Entertainment)

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Ken Whittingham – “Parks and Recreation” – Prom (NBC) (Winner)
Ken Whittingham – “The Mindy Project” – Think Like a Peter (FOX)
Reginald Hudlin – “Bad Judge” – Knife to a Gunfight (NBC)
Linda Mendoza – “Bad Judge” – One Brave Waitress (NBC)
Stan Lathan – “Real Husbands of Hollywood” – No New Friends (BET)



 Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series
Carl Franklin – “House of Cards” – Chapter 14 (Netflix) (Winner)
Anton Cropper – “Suits” – One-Two-Three Go… (USA)
Cary Joji Fukunaga – “True Detective” – Who Goes There (HBO)
Hanelle Culpepper – “Criminal Minds” – The Edge of Winter (CBS)
Millicent Shelton – “The Divide” – And the Little Ones Get Caught (WE tv)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television)
Reggie Bythewood – “Gun Hill” (BET) (Winner)
Bille Woodruff – “Drumline: A New Beat” (VH1)
Greg Champion – “The Gabby Douglas Story” (Lifetime Networks)
Michael Wilson – “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime Networks)
Stephen Tolkin – “A Day Late and a Dollar Short” (Lifetime Networks)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical)
Antoine Fuqua – “The Equalizer” (Columbia Pictures) (Winner)
Amma Asante – “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)
Ava DuVernay – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)
John Ridley – “JIMI: All Is By My Side” (XLrator Media)
Gina Prince-Bythewood – “Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media)

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance
Loretta Devine – “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior) (Winner)
Jamie Foxx – “Rio 2″ (20th Century Fox)
Morgan Freeman – “The Lego Movie” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow Pictures/Ratpac-Dune Entertainment/Lego System A/S/Vertigo Entertainment/Lin Pictures)
Tracy Morgan – “The Boxtrolls” (Focus Features)
Zoe Saldana – “The Book of Life” (20th Century Fox)
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Friday, February 6, 2015

BET presents first mini-series 'Book of Negroes' on February 16

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BET launches its first-ever event miniseries “The Book of Negroes,” a six-part historical drama in the tradition of Roots, based on Lawrence Hill’s award-winning, Oprah Winfrey-listed novel (known in the United States as Someone Knows My Name).  The highly anticipated television event will run over the course of three consecutive nights in two-hour installments starting Monday, February 16, 2015 at 8 PM ET/PT. “The Book of Negroes” depicts the extraordinary life journey of Aminata Diallo (Aunjanue Ellis) – an indomitable African woman who cuts a swath through a world that is pre-disposed to underestimate her. Kidnapped by slave traders in West Africa and subsequently enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata must navigate her way through the American Revolution in New York, the isolated refuge of Nova Scotia and the treacherous jungles of Sierra Leone before ultimately securing her freedom in England at the dawn of the 19th century. Produced by Conquering Lion Pictures, Out of Africa Entertainment, Entertainment One (eOne) and Idelwild Films, the star-studded cast features lead actress Aunjanue Ellis (Ray, The Help), Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire, A Few Good Men), Oscar and Emmy winner Louis Gossett Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman, Roots, Boardwalk Empire), Lyriq Bent (Rookie Blue), Oscar nominee Jane Alexander (The Cider House Rules), Ben Chaplin (The Thin Red Line) and Allan Hawco (Republic of Doyle).  “The Book of Negroes” is executive produced by Damon D'Oliveira, Clement Virgo, Carrie Stein and Margaret O'Brien.
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MALI MUSIC, LUKE JAMES, OTHERS TO PERFORM AT BET’S MUSIC MATTERS SHOWCASE: THE GRAMMY® EDITION 2015

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BET will kick off Grammy weekend with a special Music Matters presentation in Beverly Hills tonight. 

Music Matters Artists:

Mali Music (Nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album for “Mali Is” and Best Gospel Performance/Song for “I Believe”)

Luke James (Nominated for Best R&B Song for “Options (Wolfjames Version)”)

Antonique Smith (Nominated for Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Hold Up Wait A Minute”)
 
About the performers:

Mali Music - Kortney Jamaal Pollard, who performs under the stage name Mali Music, made his first televised performance during the Music Matters segment on the “BET Awards ‘11.”  His soulful blend of R&B and hip-hop, and impeccable lyrics can be seen throughout his ByStorm Entertainment/RCA Records album, Mali Is, which has been nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 57th GRAMMY® Awards.

Luke James - New Orleans native Luke James, creates a fresh take on contemporary music. As a singer/songwriter already in the industry, James has co-written songs with artists such as Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, and Britney Spears. His fan base continues to grow with the support of Beyoncé, who selected James to appear in her “Run the World” video and granted him the opportunity to open for her on The Mrs. Carter World Tour. His innate talent and passion for R&B has been recognized by The 57th GRAMMY® Awards where he has received a Best R&B Song nomination for “Options (Wolfjames Version).”

Antonique Smith - The multi-talented Antonique Smith is no rookie to the spotlight. Smith is well-known for her role of Mimi Marquez in Broadway’s production of Rent and continued this role for two years.  Wanting to expand to her musical agenda and film career, she left the role of Mimi to tap into another prominent role. She played Faith Evans in the film Notorious which is based on rapper The Notorious B.I.G.  Now focusing on her music, Smith released her debut single “Hold Up Wait A Minute” and it became an instant hit. Her single was crowd funded on Kickstarter by raising $50k in 30 days. “Hold Up Wait A Minute” has received a GRAMMY® nomination this year in the Best Traditional R&B Performance category, and Antonique is the first artist whose project went from Kickstarter to a GRAMMY® nomination.

Avery Wilson – The talented Avery Wilson,  originally an outstanding performer on the singing competition show “The Voice,” was recognized as a powerhouse singer instantly. His performance of “Without You” by David Guetta and Usher had all four judges fighting over him, but he ultimately went with CeeLo Green as his mentor. After leaving his mark on the show, Avery recently signed a major label deal with Grammy Award winning producer/song writer Sean Garrett and industry legend Clive Davis. He continues to create a buzz on social media as he covers tons of songs every week on his Instagram and Vine accounts. Avery Wilson will be taking 2015 by storm and is destined to have a breakout year.

Special guest Kierra Sheard - Gospel singer and songwriter, Kierra Sheard, is an unstoppable force. She’s also the newest judge on BET’s gospel signing competition “Sunday Best” representing the new, young generation of gospel music.  As the granddaughter of Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, one of gospel’s most influential and celebrated figures, Sheard’s talent runs through her veins. At the ripe age of 17, she released her debut album “I Owe You.” This groundbreaking album combined hip-hop, soul, and gospel into a unique and beautiful sound that was unmatched with other gospel artists. Sheard's contemporary voice and music has followed her all the way up to her most current album “Graceland,” which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Gospel Albums Chart in 2014. Her undeniable vocals resonate with
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Charlie Sifford, first black on PGA Tour, dies at 92

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Charlie Sifford, who fought the Caucasian-only clause on the PGA Tour and became its first black member in 1961 died Tuesday night. He was 92.
 
The PGA of America confirmed the death of Sifford, who recently suffered a stroke. No cause of death was given.
 
A proud man who endured threats and racial taunts, Sifford won twice on the PGA Tour. His goal was to win and play in the three American majors. He never made it to the Masters, which did not have its first black player until Lee Elder in 1975.
 
Sifford became the first black to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2004. Late last year, President Barack Obama presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
 
Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer are the only other golfers to receive that honor.
 
Source: Associated Press
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Thursday, February 5, 2015

RUMOR CONTROL: Bobby Brown releases statement denying rumors that his family is saying good-bye to Bobbi Kristina

buzzz worthy. . .

Yesterday was Bobby Brown's forty sixth birthday and he spent it at his daughter's bedside where he has stayed since she was revived from drowning last Saturday, January 31.

Over the last week since Bobbi Kristina Brown was found unresponsive in the bath tub of her Georgia home, the media has struggled to get a handle on her exact condition. 

On Thursday, Bobby Brown issued another statement  amid rumors that their  family is preparing to say good-bye to his daughter, following reports that she is on life support. 

Although it has been widely reported that doctors  have done all they could, through  his attorney Bobby Brown released the following statement to the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

“If we issued a statement every time the media published a false report regarding this matter, that’s all we would be doing 24 hours a day. This is false, just as is the vast majority of the other reporting that is currently taking place.”

He said to an Access Hollywood reporter outside of Emory Hospital in Atlanta his daughter is "good"

Bobby Brown said in a statement Tuesday that earlier reports that his daughter is  married to her boyfriend, Nick Gordon, are also false.  Nearly 3 years ago, Bobbi Kristina announced she was "married" that she and Gordon married online showing off a photo of them wearing wedding rings. 

Another update to this story is that Maxwell Lomas, the friend who reportedly called 911 to assist Bobbi Kris was arrested for drug possession as recently as this January.  His attorney says he is "devastated" and  alleges he performed CPR on his friend, not Gordon as initially reported.  Cissy Houston, her grandmother is said to have arrived in Atlanta late this week, fueling speculation that the young woman is nearing the end. Finally, according to CBS police say at the time of the incident there  was a party at the home.


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President Obama speaks on protecting religious freedoms at the National Prayer Breakfast

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AP photo.




As his Holiness the Dalai Lama sat in the audience,  today at the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton Hotel,  President Obama said in an excerpt from his speech:

" Our job is not to ask that God respond to our notion of truth -- our job is to be true to Him, His word, and His commandments.  And we should assume humbly that we’re confused and don’t always know what we’re doing and we’re staggering and stumbling towards Him, and have some humility in that process.  And that means we have to speak up against those who would misuse His name to justify oppression, or violence, or hatred with that fierce certainty.  No God condones terror.  No grievance justifies the taking of innocent lives, or the oppression of those who are weaker or fewer in number.

And so, as people of faith, we are summoned to push back against those who try to distort our religion -- any religion -- for their own nihilistic ends.  And here at home and around the world, we will constantly reaffirm that fundamental freedom -- freedom of religion -- the right to practice our faith how we choose, to change our faith if we choose, to practice no faith at all if we choose, and to do so free of persecution and fear and discrimination.

There’s wisdom in our founders writing in those documents that help found this nation the notion of freedom of religion, because they understood the need for humility.  They also understood the need to uphold freedom of speech, that there was a connection between freedom of speech and freedom of religion.  For to infringe on one right under the pretext of protecting another is a betrayal of both.  "

Obama is a professed Christian, but with respect to an ecumenical spirit, he quoted the Tora and the Islamic Hadith in his speech

Obama stated he plans to keep fighting fr and protecting religious freedoms.  He also noted  Pope Francis will be visiting the US later this year, an event the President said looks forward to.

The National Prayer Breakfast is held in DC annually.
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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Stargazer's children's fashion show to stop in Staunton, VA with top stylist searching for models on new turf

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(BRISTOW, VA) -- Popular New York child fashion stylist Stacie Fitzgerald, producer of East Coast Starz, is taking the runway on the road.  Next stop:  Virginia! The pop-up runway show heads to the South for the very first time on February 15, 2015. Sponsored by sports apparel brand Outerstuff , the  "Stargazers Halftime Fashion Tour"  will take place in Staunton, VA at the Holiday Inn Conference Center from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Male and female models, ages 12 months - 25 years are welcome to participate.

Stacie Fitzgerald
This event is an opportunity to experience the "runway the fun way" and possibly be recruited by  Outerstuff for future work.  All models will be provided sports apparel representing teams in the area to keep. New York City photographer, Nathan Blaney will shoot individual and group photos of the models.

Complete with hair styling and make-up this team of pros is prepared to deliver a slice of the New York fashion experience to  the Shenandoah Valley.


"We want to bring the opportunities of New York to the suburbs of VA to give the kids who don't have modeling opportunities in their area a chance," Fitzgerald stated about the goal of the event.
Fitzgerald, a former model-turned-momager, has been putting children in the spotlight for over 20 years and scouting new talent at her signature events.  Some might also call her a "fashion fairy"  as through her platform she has  granted wishes and met the needs of  children and families both stateside and abroad with her crew of miniature models working with the One Kid Can Change the World campaign and donating coats to Polish orphans.

The modeling dreams of two Virginia sisters recently came true with her help.
Last Fall Aria Austin, 15, of Bristow, VA landed her first print modeling job with  Outerstuff for an NFL spread.  Fitzgerald discovered Austin, a national talent winner, in the sister pageant organization, East Coast USA, which is directed by her business partner Lauren Handler. The preliminary pageant will also take place on the same day at the same venue.
Amber Austin, 8, was scouted at the premiere bi-annual children's fashion event East Coast Starz "Take 7," where competitive models joined teams named after global fashion destinations to win a trip around New York City in a pink Hummer limousine. Amber was featured in  a catalog spread for Les Tout Petite, a high end fashion line for girls that is the label of choice for many celeb kids.

Aria Austin wearing Outerstuff Baltimore
Ravens shirt.
Amber Austin wearing Les Tout Petite.

A mother of five of Fitzgerald's children have also  taken part in entertainment in various capacities.  Her daughter Paige Fitzgerald has modeled for Vogue Bambini and numerous other brands and  was recently seen by millions on an episode of NBC's Saturday Night Live.
"I am looking forward to coming to Virginia.  I know there is a lot of great talent there and look forward to working with everyone!," said Fitzgerald.

 To participate  in the "Half-time Runway Tour," sign up online with a paid registration fee of $98.  The price includes hair, make-up, photography and digital images.  Models also keep the clothes. For more information call (908) 612-8305 or e-mail: Info@EastCoastStarz.com
For media inquiries contact Jireh Communications Group at 703-986-3464.
DETAILS AT A GLANCE
Registered models will get an email the week of the show with their scheduled times for hair & make up, styling and photos shoot.  They will arrive at the event and check in with East Coast Starz staff and get their parent pass that is included in the price for admission into the event venue. They will get their Outerstuff apparel that they will be modeling and it is yours to keep! After completing hair and makeup they will do a private photo shoot with one of our favorite photographers. The high quality images will be emailed  in an link the following week to download.

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Beck, Mary J Blige,and Chris Martin added to Grammy line-up

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2015) — The latest performers for the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast have been announced and include GRAMMY® winner and current nominee Beck, who will perform a song from his GRAMMY-nominated album alongside Chris Martin, who holds three nominations this year with Coldplay; nine-time GRAMMY winner and nominee Mary J. Blige, set to duet with Sam Smith, one of this year's top nominees; country music singer/songwriter and nominee Brandy Clark performing with two-time GRAMMY winner Dwight Yoakam; GRAMMY winners Herbie Hancock, John Mayer, and Questlove in a special performance with current nominee Ed Sheeran; two-time GRAMMY winner, 20-time Latin GRAMMY winner and current nominee Juanes; internationally acclaimed pianist Lang Lang, who will add his musicality to one of this year's most infectious songs; the recently reunited, legendary Jeff Lynne's ELO, set to perform with Ed Sheeran; and current four-time GRAMMY nominee singer/songwriter Sia. Entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J returns as host. 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).

Three-time GRAMMY winner Beck is nominated for four awards: Album Of The Year and Best Rock Album for Morning Phase; and Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song for "Blue Moon."

Nine-time GRAMMY winner Mary J. Blige is up for Best Dance Recording for "F For You" with Disclosure.

This will be the first performance on the GRAMMY Awards telecast for Brandy Clark, who is up for two awards: Best New Artist and Best Country Album for 12 Stories.

Two-time GRAMMY winner and 20-time Latin GRAMMY winner Juanes is up for Best Latin Pop Album for Loco De Amor (Crazy About Love).

Seven-time GRAMMY winner Chris Martin holds three nominations with Coldplay: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "A Sky Full Of Stars," Best Pop Vocal Album for Ghost Stories, and Best Music Film for Ghost Stories.

This will be the first performance on the GRAMMY stage for Australian singer/songwriter Sia, who is up for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, and Best Music Video for "Chandelier."


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Charles Jenkins' "This Is War" is on Billboard's top 10

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PASTOR CHARLES JENKINS & FELLOWSHIP CHICAGO
WAGE BATTLE ON BILLBOARD TOP 10 CHART WITH “WAR”
Dynamic Urban Choir Drops New Music Video And Sets March 17th As Release Date For Sophomore Album “Any Given Sunday”



Chicago, IL - GRAMMY® Award-winning songwriter and Inspired People recording artist Pastor Charles Jenkins and his electrifying choir Fellowship Chicago storms its way into the Top Ten of Billboard Magazine’s Gospel airplay chart for the fourth week with a triumphant #6* placement for the rousing radio smash “WAR,” a New Orleans Brass Band-flavored call-to-action. “War is a victory anthem, fight song, and an inspirational prayer,” says Jenkins. “I believe everyone is fighting for victory in one way or another every day.  Sometimes life is like a boxing ring and Satan brings new and often multiple opponents into our lives. This song is a reminder of who you are, whose you are, and calls on your faith, strength, and hope in God. It is a reminder not to settle for defeat when victory is an option.” Chicago’s Spin Artist agency just cut a slick “WAR” music video that begins rotating on Aspire TV and other video outlets this month.

Pastor Jenkins is in the midst of planning a promotional tour to launch his sophomore album “Any Given Sunday” (Inspired People/Motown Gospel) that releases March 17th with guest appearances from Rev. Clay Evans (founder of Fellowship Chicago), John P. Kee, Beverly Crawford, Byron Cage, Jonathan McReynolds, Sean Hodo, Kevin Vasser, Tanesha Jefferson and the new Inspired People recording artist Donishisa Ballard. “Any Given Sunday is a celebration of the live worship experience! Our goal is to bring the diverse, powerful and impactful soundtrack of Sunday to every single day of your life,” Jenkins adds. “Simultaneously, this album is a typical picture of `Any Given Sunday’ at Fellowship Chicago, depending on which worship experience you attend.”

An established Grammy® Award-winning songwriter and pastor of the 8,000-member Fellowship Chicago church, Pastor Jenkins burst into the national spotlight when he and the Fellowship Chicago choir’s radio debut “Awesome” topped Billboard Magazine’s Hot Gospel Songs chart at #1 for 22 weeks in 2012.  It also won a BMI Award in 2014 for over 50,000 lifetime radio spins.The album “Best of Both Worlds” debuted at #1 holding the spot for 3 weeks on Billboard’s Gospel Album sales chart, garnered five Stellar awards, a historic win for a new artist, and featured one more chart single, “I Will Live.”
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Crystal Aikin releases long-awaited sophmore album, "All I Need"

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New York, NY – Today, RCA Inspiration released Crystal Aikin’s highly anticipated sophomore album, All I NEED.  The new CD features seven powerful and uplifting songs such as, “Heaven,” “Mighty To Save” and the hit lead single, “So Amazing.”  All I NEED is available everywhere music is sold.  
 
Aikin, a native of Tacoma Washington and former registered nurse, began singing as a teenager and first gained worldwide acclaim as the winner of the first season of BET’s popular competition show, Sunday Best in 2007. Following the win, Aikin went on to release her eponymous debut in 2009 and earn a Dove Award nomination for the project. Since bursting onto the professional music scene, Aikin has been performing all over the world and worked with world-class artists, songwriters and producers.
 


ALL I NEED TRACKLIST:
1.      All I Need (Intro)
2.      I Won’t Let You Go
3.      Mighty To Save
4.      Right Here With You
5.      Heaven
6.      So Amazing
7.      So Good 
 
Connect with Crystal Aikin at:
Twitter:    @CrystalAikin
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Coming to an e-reader near you: Sequel to "To Kill A Mockingbird" to be published

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By Mona Austin

Harper Lee will publish a sequel to her Pulitzer prize winning tome, "To Kill A Mockingbird"  55 years after its release.  Although she is well known as a classic American novelist, this will be Lee's second novel. She thought the manuscript of the first book she wrote was gone for years and it was finally found in her late sister's safe deposit box  attached to the original manuscript of "Mockingbird."

"In the mid-1950s, I completed a novel called 'Go Set a Watchman,'" the 88-year-old Lee said in a statement issued by publisher Harper. "It features the character known as Scout as an adult woman, and I thought it a pretty decent effort. My editor, who was taken by the flashbacks to Scout's childhood, persuaded me to write a novel (what became 'To Kill a Mockingbird') from the point of view of the young Scout."    

Lee took the editor's recommendation.  The book she actually intended to publish as a sequel was published first, becoming  a one hit wonder.

"I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told. I hadn't realized it (the original book) had survived, so was surprised and delighted when my dear friend and lawyer Tonja Carter discovered it. After much thought and hesitation, I shared it with a handful of people I trust and was pleased to hear that they considered it worthy of publication."

The page-turner first came out in 1960, was made into a movie by '62, has been required reading in schools for decades  and was banned in some areas for its racially offensive language, as use to address civil unrest in her hometown, Monroeville, AL where she currently resides in an assisted living center.  Said Lee, " I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years."  

Anticipation for the second novel is enormous.  “Watchman” was in the top 10 on barnesandnoble.com, representing a flood of pre-orders within just a few hours of its announcement.  The publisher plans a first printing of 2 million copies.  "Go Set A Watchman" will be release this July 14.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

UPDATE: Bobbi Kristina is "fighting for her life" with small signs of improvement days after drowning

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In the last 72 hours, details that have emerged about the health status of Bobbi Kristina Brown are somewhat vague, amid conflicting reports.  Some say the prognosis is grim, while others say she is showing small signs of improvement.  For certain, family members continue to hold out hope while her life hangs in the balance.


As of press time, Brown, the daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, is hospitalized in Atlanta, having been transported from a North Georgia hospital where she was initially admitted after a death scare over the weekend.  Her father  and other immediate family members are said to have been by her beside this entire time.

Ms. Brown was pulled from a tub in her North Georgia home on Saturday, January 31 in a scene that ominously mirrored her mother's death nearly three years ago. She had drowned, face down, left without the flow of Oxygen to her brain for minutes.  Nick Gordon, her adopted-brother-turned-husband performed CPR until authorities arrived and according to Roswell, GA police authorities performed life-saving measures to revive her.

On the next day, doctors placed the 21-year-old  in a coma to reduce swelling on her brain, she was breathing  only with the support of a ventilator.  People Magazine online reported that a close family friend told them Bobbi Kris is stable.

"She's pretty good right now, she's around family," said her cousin Jerod Brown. At the time he said she was doing "just fine" and as a family, "We're just praying for a speedy recovery, that's it." 


By Monday, the swelling around her brain decreased as Oxygen flow increased. Doctors say her recovery is possible, but it is "going to take a miracle."

Police are  investigating the incident and have said there were no drugs in the home and do not suspect foul play.   Roswell police spokesperson Lisa Holland said so far no clues are pointing to how Bobbi Kris drowned and  there wereno signs of struggle.

Police were called to Brown address on suspicion of a domestic dispute over a week before the incident.  When they arrived no one was home. The investigation is on-going.


Bobby Brown Statement

"Privacy is requested in this matter.  Please allow for my family to deal with this matter and give my daughter the love and support she needs at this time."

Houston Family Statement

"Bobbi Kristina is fighting for her life and is surrounded by immediate family.  As her father already stated, we are asking you to honor our request for privacy during this difficult time. Thank you for your prayers, well wishes, and we greatly appreciate your continued support."



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Monday, February 2, 2015

Two sports broadcasters charged with soliticiting a prostitute

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Sports broadcasters Greg Anthony and Warren Sapp have more in common than their jobs. The two sports commentators, one local, one national  have made headlines for committing the same crime.

Anthony entered a not guilty plea in court on Monday for soliciting a prostitute.  He was previously arrested in his hotel room in a Doubletree Hotel on Rhode Island Ave. in Washington, DC as a part of a police sting.  At the time he was in town for CBS Sports to cover a University of Maryland game when he was arrested in a police sting set up to catch people seeking sex over the Internet.  The commentator was busted by an undercover cop posing as a call girl.

National Football League Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp was arrested at a Phoenix hotel on Monday on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute and assault.   Sapp got into a dispute with two escorts over money, authorities said.  He admitted to engaging in an act of prostitution with one of the women but denied assaulting them.  The police report indicated the two escorts' injuries were consistent with their claims. Sapp was in town to cover the Super Bowl.

Both men have been terminated from their respective jobs.
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Sunday, February 1, 2015

GAME TIME: When to tune in to the Super Bowl

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Super Bowl Sunday if finally here. The New England Patriots will face off against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl 49 in Glendale, AZ.  Kick off for the big game is at 4:30 PM local Arizona time. 

To make sure your viewing or party plans are tight o time, here is a breakdown of Super Bowl kickoff times by time zone.

Pacific Time Zone (PST) 3:30 PM
Mountain Time Zone (MST) 4:30 PM
Eastern Time Zone (EST) 6:30 PM
Central Time Zone (CST) 5:30 PM
Hawaii Time Zone (HST) 1:30 PM


The Pepsi sposored halftime show will feature Katy Perry with an appearance from Lenny Kravitz.
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Katy Perry's half time could be best NFL investment yet, both off and online (SPOILER: Missy Elliot is on deck)

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By Mona Austin

Will Katy Perry Break the Internet?


"I came from nothing and I created this world with my own strength," Katy Perry she said on a GMA interview  that aired on January 12, 2015. Perry is the featured half time performer at 49th Super Bowl, airing on February 1, 2015.

When a star gets the  call from the NFL to perform  on the Super Bowl half time show, they are apt to say yes to the opportunity because  they know the benefits and rewards of being  handed the biggest stage in the world. It's like getting a veritable pay raise as past  entertainers have seen an immediate hike in album sales, chart position, and ticket sales.

Being a Super Bowl act is a high pressure undertaking that requires a spectacular performance that  lives up to all the historic hype.  In order to be memorable an artist is expected to bring a special kind of magic to the field.  It takes a talent with a strong brand to do the job.

Last year  a captive audience of 115-million people tuned in to the Super Bowl XVIII.  Becoming the most watched musical event ever, the half time show  featuring Bruno Mars and his band was thoroughly entertaining, following the enormous success of the Beyonce/Destiny' Child reunion the previous year. Both acts definitely had the "abracadabra" factor.  Mars' record sales were up by 90 percent after the mid-game appearance and Beyonce saw a 60 percent hike in her record sales.  But, that's TV and we all know the  impact of its reach. 

This year it looks as if the powers that  be are reaching for a ratings win off the tube too in selecting the most popular artist in the social media universe as the centerpiece to their game day experience, Katy Perry. As  the headliner of the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show on NBC in the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona Perry  is in a league of her own on the Internet.

There is no question that the "Dark Horse" singer  can deliver "fireworks" as an entertainer.  As a brand, Perry  has a roaring 63 million Twitter followers, literally  more than anyone else on the planet. She also has 12.3 million Instagram followers and over 76 million likes on Facebook. And boy are those followers loyal. Her latest album went quadruple platinum during a time when records sales are in the doldrums.     Rock guitar God Lenny Kravit will be joining the set to perform "America Woman", this could break the internet. In a press conference ahead of the game the "Roar" singer said she may be the first person to involve  lion and a whale in her set and she promised to deliver and extravagant entrance and exit.  SPOILER ALERT:  Missy Elliot will also make a surprise appearance during the 12.5 minute performance break.


NBC has a "golden egg" in Perry and they knew exactly what to do even before it hatches. Combining various forms of advertisement, publicity and promotion of her appearance has been set  into motion form day one. They teased fans about what to expect from Perry  all to the way until the week of the game where the headliner only assured reporters that it will be the biggest half time show yet.  It's a cliche. But coming from Perry it's a safe bet that its true. 

The NFL use to pay artists to perform, but now offers the exposure, which of course is worth millions of dollars.  With Perry and crew on the field the return on their investment online is expected to be yield a high return too, a true win-win situation for all stake holders.  Let the half time games begin!

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