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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Tragedy and loss opens doors for dancer Trent Von Lee in music ministry with Bishop Noel Jones

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Losing A Kidney to Prostate Cancer and 911 Tragedy Close Call Ends One Career and Opens Door for New Assignment and Project; 'Bishop Noel Jones Presents Trent Von Lee: I Am A Praiser'

After losing a kidney to prostate cancer, that ended his dance career, and escaping the 911 World Trade Center tragedy, due to a sudden layoff, God had a different plan for Trent Von Lee--moving him from the east coast to Los Angeles, becoming Worship Leader and an elder under Bishop Noel Jones at the City of Refuge--A tool in the form of a musical CD to praise God and to celebrate His grace and mercy in a new project entitled, "Bishop Noel Jones Presents Trent Von Lee: I Am A Praiser."

"Bishop Noel Jones Presents: Trent Von Lee I AM A PRAISER," released March 24, 2015, is a compilation of testament songs, produced by Trent Von Lee, Marcus Hodge and Patrick Bolton, expressing his heart for praise & worship and the passion of his earth's purpose. With standout songs as "That's Your Name", "We Offer Worship", "Psalm 147" and "Be Who You Are," Trent Von Lee & Great Praise (an aggregation of singers, musicians and dancers) have launched a movement to instigate intense praise with the goal of worship.

Von Lee worships based on the concept that praise and worship are spiritual weapons that have the power to invoke the presence of God and destroy the yolks of the enemy; thus yielding a healthy and submissive relationship of transparency between God and man.

Trent Von Leeis a man of faith, praise and power.  Traveling extensively with kingdom integrity, throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Canada, Europe and Africa, he shares the power of worship through seminar and demonstration. His goal is to help, inspire and enlighten people with the benefit of the presence of the Lord.

"Some may not understand why I lift my hands or why I run and dance, it's because that's who I am.  I Am A Praiser! -Trent Von Lee.

Trent Von Lee's Testimony
At the age of 26, in the prime of my years as a dancer, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Though the course of my plans and aspirations as a performer changed after several major surgeries and the loss of one of my kidneys,like to say that I still got away with my praise!  I thought that my bout with cancer would be the story and testimony of my life. As a young man I could go around the world and tell everyone that God is a healer. True, He is a healer! However, my story didn't stop there.


On November 18, 1999 I took a job in New York City. I was employed on the 104th floor of Tower One of The World Trade Center. A few days before the events of 9/11 my VP and Director came into my office to go over a reorganization plan that entailed me being laid off.  At the time I didn't understand what God was allowing and directing.  However, Psalm 37:23 says, "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord and he delights in his way."  The firm that I worked for lost almost 700 employees; the fabric of our nations existence was challenged and both the towers came down killing thousands of innocent people, but I'm still standing with my praise! 

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Mann and Wife premieres highest ratings on Bounce

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The premiere of the new Bounce TV Original Series Mann & Wife has become the network's most-watched original to date.

The series premiere telecast on Tues. April 7 at 9:00 p.m. (ET) delivered:
  • 461K Viewers 2+, nearly doubled vs. the prior 4 weeks*
  • 260K Households (+41%)
  • 142K Adults 18-49 (+67%)
Across its two premiere night timeslots, Mann & Wife reached nearly 800K viewers 2+ and 540K HHs.

When included among all ad-supported cable television in the time period, Mann & Wife's 9:00 p.m. premiere telecast was the third most-watched program in total African-American viewers and fourth in African-American 18-49 viewership.

Bounce TV's most-watched original previously had been the premiere telecast of Off The Chain: Rodney Perry on1/13/15.

Real-life husband and wife team David Mann (House of Payne, Meet The Browns) and Tamela Mann (Madea's Big Happy Family, Sparkle) star and serve as executive producers of Mann & Wife (Click here to watch premiere episode.) The series follows the newlywed, second-chance sweethearts as they laugh and love their way through the ups and downs of life as a blended family, each with two children from previous marriages.  In addition to the show's popular stars, Mann & Wife features a vibrant supporting cast: Vivica A. Fox, portraying Daniel's ex-wife; Tony Rock, playing Daniel's new partner; JoMarie Payton as Lorraine, Daniel's overbearing mother and Tiny Lister as Daniel's Lieutenant and boss.

New episodes of Mann & Wife premiere Tuesday nights at 9:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. CT on Bounce TV.

Bounce TV is the nation's first-ever and fastest-growing broadcast television network designed for African-American audiences.  Itairs on the digital signals of local television stations and features a programming mix of original and off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, documentaries, specials, live sports and more. (Click here to find local channel location.)

The rapidly-expanding Bounce TV is the number two most-watched African-American network on television. It continued its ratings surge in the just-completed first quarter of 2015, setting network records for viewership and the delivery of key targeted demographics audiences.
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Thursday, April 9, 2015

AUGUST RAIN Releases Debut Single “Grace” from New Album AMERICAN JESUS

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Conyers, GA – Today, the Atlanta-based August Rain is debuting their new multi-format single “Grace” via the PlayMPE platform. The debut single off their highly anticipated new CD AMERICAN JESUS, “Grace” is written with raw and authentic lyrics that tell a story of faith and determination in the face of struggle.
Even before the official release, an impressive number of networks have become early adopters of “Grace,” including Family Life Network, WECC, KYXY, WCLQ, WJQK, and a dozen others across the country.
In order to stay true to their “rootsy-style rock”, the band once again enlisted the production talents of award-winning producer Jason Hoard (Third Day, Casting Crowns) of Black Cat Studios. In the studio, their “give-and-take” collaboration in vocals and instruments allowed Hoard to capture the vision surrounding the musical and personal journeys of each member, while pushing the young artists to grow sonically.
AMERICAN JESUS is a blend of styles, including the upbeat standouts “Walk Like Enoch,” and “Bloom", while "Little Ones" takes listeners on a more emotional journey. Title track “American Jesus” sonically solidifies the band’s gritty, powerful vocals, while lyrically it is a call to action to live our lives on earth as a reflection of Jesus, not of culture.  To round out the project, the band enlisted the harmonizing vocal talents of Word Entertainment artist Dara Maclean for the song “Highway”.  Her own blues-influenced Southern vocals blended effortlessly with August Rain lead singer Matthew Janzen. 
When asked about how this album is different from the first three, drummer Frank Bowen said, "From talking to so many souls over the past seven years, we think most people feel lost, hurt, bitter, discouraged, or broken in some way.  It's not gloom, it's reality." He goes on to reaffirm our hope, continuing, "We are here to say that's us too.  We are also here to say that we have a Savior big enough to handle all of it."
Radio stations can download the new single “Grace” now on PlayMPE.
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015


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Feidin Santana, a 23-year-old a native of the Dominican Republic, told MSNBC's Craig Melvin in an exclusive interview that he looked up to America before witnessing a police kill an unarmed Black man in an open field in North Charleston, South Carolina. Santanta said he considered deleting the video he shot of the officer involved murder of Walter Scott, but put himself in the family's shoes.  Feidin witnessed and recorded the entire episode of Scott being tasered and fatally shot 4 times in the back and 1 time in the ear in North Charleston.  Feidin said he  initially was hesitant to report the crime for fear of his own life. His video was used as evidence in the murder charge of Michael Slager.  The death of Scott is the latest in string of high profile cases where police has gunnned down Black men in cold blood. What started out as a traffic stop for  busted tail light eneded in death, but Santana says the incident report is inaccurate. MSNBC has the interview, http://www.msnbc.com/
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Flowood, MS – SRT Entertainment is set to release newly signed two-time Stellar award winning recording artist Maurette Brown Clark’s new single, “King Oh King.”

“King Oh King” is the debut single from her upcoming fifth solo album and will be officially released digitally online, Tuesday, April 14, 2015; However, music enthusiasts can take a first listen and pre-order single now on iTunes, Amazon & Google Play.

Produced by Stellar Award nominated  producer Kenny Shelton, and co-written by Shelton, Brown Clark and Kristin Ringgold, “King Oh King” is purely a refreshing, uplifting, adoration of praise experience unlike anything you’ve ever heard before musically from her.  It's apparent that she is stretching herself, her ministry, and  “King Oh King” undeniably exemplifies that fact.

Maurette Brown Clark, the award-winning Gospel starlet has hit Billboard's Hot Gospel Songs Chart Top 5 three times in recent years of her career with her singles "I Hear The Sound (of Victory)," and #1 singles "One God" and "It Ain't Over (Until God Says It's Over)," setting the stage for her highly anticipated new single, "King Oh King.” Her fourth album, “The Sound of Victory” was released to acclaim from critics and fans, garnering a career-high Top 10 album debut at #7 on Billboard's Gospel Albums Chart.

Affectionately referred to as The Princess of Praise & Worship, Maurette Brown Clark is in-demand for her musical ministry. She amassed many extraordinary years in the Gospel music industry, with hits including "Breaking of Day," "Just Wanna Praise You," "Even in the Rain," along with "Calvary" and "Angels" recorded with Richard Smallwood and Vision.  Growing up in Long Island, NY singing with her family group The Brown Singers, Brown Clark remains committed to expanding boundaries and uplifting others in faith as a singer, songwriter, musician, producer, wife and mother.  She continues to tour across the country and worldwide sharing the Gospel including the UK.

Maurette Brown Clark, states I am very excited and optimistic about this next move in my musical journey. To be working with D.A. Johnson again is a joy and I look forward to what God has for SRT Entertainment and my ministry. #forward

SRT Entertainment is indeed honored to partner and present Maurette Brown Clark’s unique revered musical ministry to the world.

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'Celebrity Family Feud' added to ABC 2015 summer schedule

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New Series “The Whispers,” “500 Questions,” “Celebrity Family Feud” and “BattleBots”
Join the ABC Summer Schedule

Returning are “The Bachelorette,” “Bachelor in Paradise,” “Celebrity Wife Swap,”
”Extreme Weight Loss,” “Mistresses” and “Rookie Blue

ABC announced its summer lineup, with four new series joining the schedule: “500 Questions” on Wednesday, May 20 at 8:00 p.m.; “The Whispers” on Monday, June 1 at 10:01 p.m. and “Celebrity Family Feud” on Sunday, June 21 at 8:00 p.m., followed by “BattleBots” on Sunday, June 21 at 9:00 p.m. on the ABC Television Network.

These series join returning shows “The Bachelorette,” which premieres Monday, May 18 at 9:00 p.m.; “Celebrity Wife Swap” on Wednesday, May 20 at 10:00 p.m.; “Extreme Weight Loss” on Tuesday, May 26 at 9:00 p.m.; “Mistresses,” with a special two-hour premiere on Thursday, June 18 at 9:00 p.m.; “Rookie Blue” on Thursday, June 25 at 10:00 p.m.; and a two-night premiere of “Bachelor in Paradise” on Sunday, August 2 at 8:00 p.m. and on Monday, August 3 at 8:00 p.m.
ABC’s summer premiere dates are as follows listed in chronological order (all times are ET/PT):

Monday, May 18
9:01-11:00 p.m. “The Bachelorette”
Wednesday, May 20
8:00-9:00 p.m. “500 Questions” (new series premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. “Celebrity Wife Swap
Tuesday, May 26
9:00-11:00 p.m. “Extreme Weight Loss”
Monday, June 1
10:01-11:00 p.m. “The Whispers” (new series premiere)
Thursday, June 18
9:00-11:00 p.m. “Mistresses
Sunday, June 21
8:00-9:00 p.m. “Celebrity Family Feud” (new series premiere)
9:00-10:01 p.m. “BattleBots” (new series premiere)
Thursday, June 25
10:00-11:00 p.m. “Rookie Blue
Sunday, August 2
8:00-10:01 p.m. “Bachelor in Paradise” (special two-hour premiere)
Monday, August 3
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

NEW VIDEO: "Nobody Bigger" by 21:03

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Stellar Award winning and Grammy nominated gospel music duo, 21:03 (Evin Martin and Torrence Greene), new EP 'Outsiders' is available in stores and online now'Outsiders,' by 21:03, features 8 audio-only tracks, including the bonus iTunes track, "Nobody Bigger." The fellas are flexing rap skills to a Hip Hop beat.  The song is about the importance of getting to know God.  View it below.

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White House affected in DC power outage

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The  PEPCO electric company has reported a massive power outage throughout much of downtown DC, including the White House today.  In a press statement PEPCO explained: "Shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday we experienced a dip in voltage in the Washington D.C. area.  This was caused by an issue with a transmission line. There was never a loss of permanent supply of electricity to customers. The dip in voltage caused equipment at some customer facilities to transfer to their backup systems.  The momentary outage occurred because of customer equipment responding to a dip in voltage.  Customers should be able to operate their own equipment at this time.  There are no current supply problems. We have crews onsite investigating the cause."

The Department of Homeland Security is also investigating the cause.
Homeland security officials said an explosion at a southern Maryland electrical facility is believed to have caused the power surge that temporarily knocked out power in D.C.

Per MSNBC, the explosion was at a facility run by SMECO, a customer-owned electric that serves parts of the District’s Maryland suburbs, said Nicole Chapple, a spokeswoman for the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency.

While MEATRO trains continued to run, 13 METRO stations and various government building operated off back up generators.

At press time electricity in the affected are should be restored.  To report outages by phone dial 1-877-PEPCO-62 (1-877-737-2662).
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July 1 Premiere of Faith Film Honors U.S. Military and Families;

Stephen Baldwin Stars; Features Duck Dynasty's Si Robertson

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. – April 7, 2015 – FAITH OF OUR FATHERS—a moving story of faith and friendship in time of war, and for generations—premieres nationwide July 1 as the nation commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.  
A Downes Brothers production in association with Pure Flix, FAITH OF OUR FATHERS stars Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Downes, David A.R. White, Candace Cameron Bure, Rebecca St. James and Si Robertson, Duck Dynasty’s “Uncle Si,” who is a Vietnam veteran. Carey Scott directs. Pure Flix and Samuel Goldwyn Films distribute.
“From Vietnam battlefields to emotional battlefields of today, FAITH OF OUR FATHERS shows the power of faith in God to transform lives,” Producer Bobby Downes said. “Uplifting and encouraging, FAITH OF OUR FATHERS is an important journey—one that brings honor and, hopefully, healing to vets and families affected by their great sacrifices.”
“So many young men who went to Vietnam never came home,” said Si Robertson. “Hey,  they left families behind who never got to know those great guys. This story is about two sons on a road trip to learn about their dads. It’s a story about Vietnam, but it happens in all wars, and I’m proud to be part of a film that helps bring peace to people.”  
SYNOPSIS: With the Vietnam War raging in 1969, two young fathers report for duty. A man of great faith and a doubtful cynic. A quarter-century later, their sons, Wayne and John Paul (David A.R. White and Kevin Downes), meet as strangers. Guided by letters handwritten from their fathers from the battlefield, they embark on an unforgettable journey to The Wall—the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Along the way, they discover the devastation of war cannot break the love of a father for his son.
FAITH OF OUR FATHERS is coming out at a strategically important time in American history as our nation is currently commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War,” said Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Doug Carver, USA-Retired, 22nd Army Chief of Chaplains (2007-2011).
Beginning July 1, stand up for faith, freedom and fatherhood as Pure Flix, the studio that created GOD’S NOT DEAD, presents FAITH OF OUR FATHERS. A story of fatherhood. A journey of brotherhood.  
FAITH OF OUR FATHERS honors all of those who served,” said Pure Flix Co-Founder and President Michael Scott. “Pure Flix is thrilled to partner with Downes Brothers and Samuel Goldwyn as we commemorate this important moment in our nation’s history.”
“Samuel Goldwyn Films is about unique voices bringing original stories to a wide audience,” said Meyer Gottlieb, president of Samuel Goldwyn. “In that spirit, FAITH OF OUR FATHERS is a fresh look at brotherhood forged in battle and love’s lasting power into future generations.”
FAITH OF OUR FATHERS reunites Stephen Baldwin (THE USUAL SUSPECTS) with the Downes Brothers (Baldwin previously starred in the Downes’ film SIX: THE MARK UNLEASHED), and marks Candace Cameron Bure’s (Full House) return to feature films. It also features  Grammy and Dove Award-winning Christian singer, author and actress Rebecca St. James. For David A.R. White (GOD’S NOT DEAD, THE VISITATION), a founder of Pure Flix, FAITH OF OUR FATHERS is the latest collaboration with the Downes Brothers. And Si Robertson brings his signature humor to his role as well as his personal experience as a Vietnam vet and man of faith.
Bobby Downes, Kevin Downes, Michael Scott and David A.R. White produced the film. Executive producers are Bill Herren, Kevin Malone and Christopher Morrow. 
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Maya Forever: Late poet immortalized on Forever Stamp

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First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah, and Ambassador Andrew Young were in attendance at a United States Postal Service (USPS) ceremony today revealing the Forever Stamp, dedicated to the late author and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou. 

The dedication ceremony was held  at the Warner Theater in D.C. where people lined up early to purchased the commemorative stamp. The USPS will release 800,000 stamps bearing Ross Rossin's portrait of Angelou and fittingly offers a line associated with Angelou's autobiography, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."

The Maya Angelou Forever Stamp reads:

"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song."

Another author wrote the Washington Post saying the line was from her book and has been long, but falsely attributed to Angelou.  USA Today has more.
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FIRST LOOK: Brandy is Roxie Hart in Broadway's 'Chicago'

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(NEW YORK, NY)Brandy Norwood is no stranger to performing on a big stage and this Grammy Award winning songstress could have a Tony Award in her future as she prepares to make her debut as "Roxie Hart." Brandy will play an 8-week limited engagement at the Ambassador Theatre in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, CHICAGO. Recently, she decided to give her "Starz (fans)" a first look of her as Roxie Hart.  

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