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Friday, April 24, 2015

BET announces new programs for the coming season/year

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NEW YORK – April 23, 2015— BET Networks announced its upcoming programming schedule for BET and Centric at its annual Upfront presentation. BET Networks’ 2015 slate features more original programming hours than ever before in the history of the network, anchored by high quality scripted and reality shows, star studded tentpoles and original movies that reflect and celebrate the lives of African American adults.
BET Networks is not just the #1 network for African Americans, it’s an experience across every screen, delivering more African Americans each week than any other cable network. African American viewers continue to seek BET first and it consistently ranks as a top 20 network among total audiences.
“Black consumers experience BET Networks differently than any other network because of our 35 years of history, tremendous experience and insights. We continue to give our viewers what they want – high quality content that respects, reflects and elevates them.” said Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO, BET Networks. “With more hours of original programming than ever before, our new shows coupled with our returning hits like “Being Mary Jane” and “Nellyville” make our original slate stronger than ever.”
“Our brand has always been a trailblazer with our content trending, influencing and leading the culture. With BET Networks, you get celebrity, genuine community, deep audience connection and a rich environment for brand immersion and brand consumption.” said Louis Carr, President of Broadcast and Advertising Media Sales, BET Networks. “Our research and insights on the African American consumer are unparalleled and gives BET Networks a competitive advantage. Our most recent BRAND LOVE study demonstrates the intimate connection our viewers have with us. This study showcases our lean-in engagement, heightened cool factor and supreme brand affinity.”
NEW 2015 BRAND LOVE STUDY
BET Networks’ recently completed a BRAND LOVE 2015 study to examine African American viewership, passions, engagement and ‘lean-in’ emotional attachment. This study is the first of its kind to capture ‘real time’ reactions and get a critical read on the affinity and “it factor” networks have with  viewers who frequently watch them. Among the core target of Black adults 18-49, BET is the #1 brand among 33 competitors, delivering the highest brand love score. Centric ranked #4. The critical measurement involves emotional attachment and engagement in five key areas that audiences have with networks they embrace for all of their entertainment. BET received most #1 ranking as Best-In-Class in the following categories:
• #1 Network for one of my favorites
• #1 Network with a fresh outlook on entertainment, music and fashion
• 1 Network for an ad /sponsor is considered a recommendation to viewers
•  #1 Network featuring liked-personalities, celebrities and talent
• #1 Network that respects my culture
DIGITAL INSIGHTS
BET is a multi-platform megastar; Black viewers embrace digital and mobile first. BET.com is the premiere screen for lifestyle, content and information for African Americans and those who love black culture. The brand ranked as one of the top 25 most social brands of 2014. BET is 1 of only 4 networks to make the list and is the only multi-cultural targeted brand on this list. The interactive network continues to set trends worldwide with a digital footprint of 60 million users. BET continues to develop exclusive original digital series like #BLX that takes artists back to their old neighborhood through their own voice, in their own eyes.
“As consumer behavior shifts to a multi-screen approach, BET Digital is reinventing the way it creates content at the speed of culture. Our properties, BET Digital and BET Social, are daily destinations for lovers of Black culture generating the most connected, engaged and loyal users of any consumer segment. This experience provides an avenue of organic communication between user and publisher, while also serving as a conduit for BET’S clients and partners.” said Kay Madati, EVP and Chief Digital Officer, BET Networks.

CENTRIC, THE FIRST NETWORK DESIGNED FOR BLACK WOMEN
Centric, the first network designed for Black women, reaches 1 out of 3 black women ages 25-54 in the U.S. and is one of the fastest growing ad-supported cable networks among women, posting double year over year gains in Primetime and Total Day. Black women control $260 billion dollars of buying power and consume more television than women from any other ethnic group.  In addition, Centric ranked #4 in the BRAND LOVE study among 33 competitors.
“At Centric we believe black women deserve a dedicated space that celebrates their bold and diverse taste and aspirations. The African American woman is an increasingly powerful yet often overlooked consumer. Centric is the first network to deliver the programming that celebrates, inspires and addresses her unique perspective.” said Michele Thornton, SVP of Ad Sales, Centric.
BET Networks announced the following programming at its annual Upfront presentation:
NEW PROGRAMMING ON BET: 
• CHASING DESTINY– “CHASING DESTINY” takes us behind the scenes as Grammy-award singer Kelly Rowland, and member of one of the biggest female groups of all time Destiny’s Child, goes on a quest to find the next big female superstar group to make their mark in a dog-eat-dog music industry. In the series, these singing hopefuls will vie their way to stardom with recording mogul Rowland helping them to find their voice as entertainers. From Den of Thieves and Executive Producers Jesse Ignjatovic; Evan Prager; Kelly Rowland; Tim Weatherspoon; Danny Rose and Co-Executive Producers Jared Morell and Jordan Barrow.

• ABOUT THE BUSINESS – “ABOUT THE BUSINESS” is a docu-series following a tight-knit group of friends in the elite world of urban Hollywood. During the day, they are all about the business and on their grind in the high stakes worlds of entertainment. And at night, this clique balances career and family while navigating being power players in LA’s African American celebrity circles.  These true friends have big dreams and big drama, but their problems are always raw and relatable.  Stars Eva Marcille, Sparkle Holmes, Danielle Crawley, Crystal Renay and EJ King. Produced by Entertainment One (eOne) and from Executive Producers Tara Long, David Shaye and Eric Hoberman for eOne, and Shanta Conic.

• CRIMINALS AT WORK – “CRIMINALS AT WORK” is a docu-crime series that explores crimes committed around the workplace.  From inside jobs to corporate espionage, “CRIMINALS AT WORK” dramatically illustrates that you may not really know the person in the cubicle next door.
ZOE MOON– A romantic sitcom featuring Zoe Moon (Brandy Norwood), a live-out-loud newly single mom embarking on a new life and career as a fledgling cosmetics mogul - but it won’t be easy.  Gemini, a famous boxer and Zoe’s soon to be ex-husband, is not ready to take a back seat in her life, nor is her precocious 8 year-old son, Xavier, ready for Zoe’s new dating life.  Surrounded by a cast of colorful characters, Zoe puts a new spin on the old song “You’re Gonna Make It After All!” From Executive Producers Debra Martin Chase; Scooter Braun; Danny Rose; Executive Producer/Writer Erica Montolfo-Bura and Co-Executive Producer Brandy Norwood.

• THE LABEL – The docu-series will tell the story of the rise…and sometimes fall of the classic record labels over the past 25 years. We’ll talk to the entrepreneurs, the artists, the insiders and key people involved in the creation of the music that defined us over the last quarter century. From Executive Producers Chaka Zulu; Jeff Dixon and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges.
• DESEAN JACKSON: HOME TEAM - Washington Redskins’ wide receiver DeSean Jackson is literally at the top of his game as one of the most talked about and watched players in the NFL today. While being watched is a great thing, it means eyes are always on him– waiting for him to score touchdowns and waiting for him to drop the ball off the field. Even though he has the money and the fame, DeSean's life is actually run by a core group of women including his “momager” Gayle, his sister and assistant A’Dreea, his publicist Denise and his new girlfriend, Kayla.  Produced by Rogue Atlas Productions in association with Lionsgate Television. Eli Frankel, Ryan Holcomb, Elise Duran, Desean Jackson and Byron Jackson serve as Executive Producers.  Jay Fragus and Lawrence Bell serve as Co-Executive Producers.

• PUNK’D – A reboot of the popular hidden camera series tailored for the BET audience. For the first time, audiences will be taken behind the scenes as the pranks are conceptualized and carried through. Stakes are high as our viewers follow the ticking clock on the journey of pranking their favorite celebrities. Produced by Katalyst Media and from Executive Producer Jason Goldberg.
NEW MOVIES/ MEGA-SPECIALS ON BET:
• ROCNATION SPORTS LIVE BOXING - BET Networks steps into the ring with RocNation Sports as their exclusive broadcast partner to air live boxing events. The partnership is the first of its kind for the network and includes airing up to nine live; two-hour telecasts of Roc Nation Sports throne boxing events over the next 18 months. The first main event fight to air on BET Networks will feature WBA Super Middleweight World Champion Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KO’s) facing former World Title Challenger Paul Smith (35-5, 20 KO’s) of England on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
• BROTHERLY LOVE - Set on the backdrop of Philadelphia's famed Overbrook High School, we track the lives of the nation’s number one high school basketball player Sergio Taylor as he deals with the early pressures of hoop fame. Starring Keke Palmer, Cory Hardrict , Romeo Miller, Macy Gray, Malik Yoba, Quincy Brown and Eric Hill. Written and Directed by Jamal Hill. From Flavor Unit Entertainment.
• NOVEMBER RULE - Up-and-coming sports shoe entrepreneur Steve, who is still reeling from the death of his dad, has made a "November rule" in order to keep his distance from the women who seem to be getting too serious about their relationship. Every November 1st, Steve makes up a whopping lie in order to break up with his current girlfriend. However, this year, when he gives the beautiful Leah her walking papers, he realizes his immature and arbitrary rule has just lost him the woman of his dreams. But whether he can win Leah back seems increasingly doubtful, especially after she starts dating pro sports star, James Avedon. Starring Tatyana Ali, Mo McRae, DJ Qualls, La La Anthony, Faizon Love, Jay Ellis. Directed by Mike Elliot and Executive Produced by Flavor Unit Entertainment.
• DEUCES - An ambitious undercover agent Jason Foster infiltrates an airtight crime ring ran by a charismatic young boss, Stephen “Deuces” Brooks. In time Jason finds himself identifying more with the criminals than with his own reality. But when Jason finds out Deuces is dating his younger sister Janet Foster, things become even more complicated as they both become drawn into Deuce’s intrigue. Starring Larenz Tate, Lance Gross and Meagan Good. Written and Directed by Jamal Hill. From Flavor Unit Entertainment.
• S.N.I.T.C.H. - Inspired by the song S.N.I.T.C.H. from Pusha T’s critically acclaimed album – Pusha T plays JR in a story steeped in distrust and apparent betrayal amongst childhood friends. From Flavor Unit Entertainment.
NEW BET NEWS SPECIALS
• KATRINA - 10 YEARS LATER – On the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we will take a look back at the devastating effects of the storm as well as the current conditions of residents of the 9th Ward and neighborhoods most affected by the flooding. The water has receded but what’s left in its wake.
• O.J. SIMPSON- 20 YEARS LATER – On the 20th anniversary of the acquittal of O.J. Simpson, we will revisit what was billed then as “the trial of the century.” Simpson is currently serving 33 years for robbery, kidnapping, coercion and conspiracy. The documentary will also explore fame vs infamy.
• JUSTICE & RACE – The documentary explores the convergence of hot button issues of Justice and Race in America. It will explore whether the system is different for African Americans through the lens of average citizens as well as high profile cases including O.J. Simpson, Rodney King, Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
• MUHAMMAD ALI – A biographical tribute to the former heavyweight champion, this news special will connect his boxing prowess as well as his social media activism to the millennial audience to reveal Ali’s meaning in the world today. Known as “The Greatest” and “The People’s Champion,” Ali remains a global icon.  From Creative Control and Executive Producers Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah.

NEW BET DIGITAL PROGRAMMING

• #BLX SPORTS EDITION – An intimate look at top players from the National Basketball Association and National Football League. The digital series highlights our partnerships with both premiere sport leagues’ player associations.
“BET is where cool is created and craved. We create content that let’s our audience know we understand their culture and their lifestyle better than anybody else,” said Stephen Hill, President of Programming, BET Network. “Our programming lens is simple; we are showing the variety in black life in an authentic way. We are the only network that takes the complete, complex and comprehensive view of African American life.”

NEW PROGRAMMING ON CENTRIC:
• ACCORDING TO ALEX– Alex Martin Dean is NOT your typical mom, and she doesn’t have a typical family. Sure, they get loud and have their own drama, but in the end, there’s nothing but love! Now that the kids are getting old enough to step out of the house and make their own plans, Alex and her best friend, Leisa, are talking about what they want to do with the rest of their lives, both professionally and personally-- that is, until a new grandchild, Alex’s daughter Amara and her fiancĂ©, Chris, move home, turning to Alex and the rest of the family to help raise their new baby girl.  Can they balance family, fun and future plans without losing their cool, or their minds? Find out... on ACCORDING TO ALEX!  Produced by 44 Blue Productions and One Ho Productions and from Executive Producers Whoopi Goldberg; Tom Leonardis; Stephanie Noonan Drachkovitch and Alex Martin Dean.  Co-Executive Producer Esther Frank.

• #MYCURRENTSITUATION– A documentary series that explores both common and unusual parts of society offering an unadulterated look into the interesting lives of everyday people dealing with everyday issues.  Driven first-hand by the subjects, each episode focuses on one particular topic while weaving in between unique storylines of 2 different participants with 2 different perspectives. From I’m Running for Office to I’m a Stripper, this show will highlight the many roles that black women play and the various situations in which they find themselves. 

• CURVE APPEAL – Award-winning Fashion Director and Celebrity Stylist Timothy Snell (Queen Latifah, Angela Bassett, Tisha Campbell-Martin) is the winning combination: Image-maker/ therapist. “CURVE APPEAL” is a half hour docu-drama series that follows Hollywood’s hottest plus size stylist and his team as they work to dress both his celebrity clients and everyday women.  From Executive Producers Queen Latifah; Shakim Compere and Ianthe Jones.  Co-Executive Producers Tim Snell; Cameron Kadison and Diane Perez.

• FROM THE BOTTOM UP -   “FROM THE BOTTOM UP” is a six-part docu-series that follows the journey of five women, after falling from grace, as they try to make the necessary changes to turn their lives around and find redemption for themselves and their families. The series provides an unfettered view into their world and the organic chaos within their individual lives.  The series tackles real, raw, gritty, emotional and honest issues from women who are smiling on the outside, but two minutes from dying on the inside.  It’s not what you have, but what you do with what you have that matters! Starring Christine Beatty; Sara Stokes; Chrystale Wilson; Kim Smedley and Stacii Jae Johnson. From Flavor Unit Entertainment and Executive Producers Queen Latifah; Shakim Compere; Nicci Gilbert; Luchia Ashe; James Dubose and Yaneley Arty.
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"Blackbird: opens today in select theatres (View List)

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FILM STARS ACADEMY AWARD WINNER MO'NIQUE & ISAIAH WASHINGTON
'BLACKBIRD' OPENS TODAY IN THE FOLLOWING THEATERS:

 
NEW YORK CITY

 
AMC Empire 25 - 234 W. 42nd Street, New York, NY

 
AMC Village 7 - 66 3rd Avenue, New York, NY

 
AMC Magic Johnson Harlem - 92309 Frederick Douglas Blvd., New York, NY

 
ATLANTA

 
AMC Stonecrest - 8060 Mall Pkwy, Lithonia, CA

 
AMC Southlake Pavilion - 7065 Mt. Zion Circle, Morrow, GA

 
WASHINGTON, DC

 
City Cinemas Angelika Pop Up- 550 Penn Street, NE, Washington, DC

 
ArcLight Bethesda - 7101 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda, MD

 
AMC Magic Johnson Capital Center -The Boulevard at the Capital Centre, 800 Shoppers Way, Largo, MD

 
LOS ANGELES

 
Cinemark 18 - 6081 Center Dr., Los Angeles, CA

 
TCL Chinese Theatre - 6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA

 
AMC Town Center 8 - 201 E Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA

 
SAN FRANCISCO

 
AMC Metreon - 135 4th St Suite 3000, San Francisco, CA

 
Cinemark 20 Great Mall - 1010 Great Mall Dr., Milpitas, CA
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Statement by the President on the Confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General

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Loretta Lynch was sworn in as the first African American woman to hold the seat of U.S. Attorney General on April 23, 2015.
After a 5 month wait on Thursday afternoon the U.S. Senate finally confirmed Loretta Lynch as Attorney General  with a vote of 56 to 43.  Lynch, president Obama's nominee, is the successor to Eric Holder and first African American woman to become the nation's top law enforcement official. 

The vote was held 166 days after President Barack Obama nominated Lynch in November of 2014.

Pres. Obama said “America will be better off” with Ms. Lynch heading the Justice Department.

Democrats believed the history-making vote was delayed due to Republican opposition spurred by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  The GOP largely took issue with a combination of things including Lynch's possible support o Obama's immigration reform, some language in an unrelated abortion bill and partisan quarreling over a human trafficking bill.   On Tuesday of  this week, unanimous bi-partisan compromise on the human trafficking bill cleared the way for Lynch's confirmation.   

Surprisingly, McConnell voted for her along with 9 other Republicans, giving Lynch 8 more votes than the 51 needed. On the other hand, South Carolina Republican Tim Scott, the first Black to serve in Senator since Reconstruction did not back Obama's nomination. 

Ms. Lynch will be sworn in as the ne Attorney General on Monday, April 27, 2015.
 

President Obama had this to say in a written statement released on Thursday:
 
Today, the Senate finally confirmed Loretta Lynch to be America’s next Attorney General – and America will be better off for it.  Loretta has spent her life fighting for the fair and equal justice that is the foundation of our democracy.  As head of the Justice Department, she will oversee a vast portfolio of cases, including counterterrorism and voting rights; public corruption and white-collar crime; judicial recommendations and policy reviews – all of which matter to the lives of every American, and shape the story of our country.  She will bring to bear her experience as a tough, independent, and well-respected prosecutor on key, bipartisan priorities like criminal justice reform.  And she will build on our progress in combatting newer threats like cybercrime.  Loretta’s confirmation ensures that we are better positioned to keep our communities safe, keep our nation secure, and ensure that every American experiences justice under the law.
 
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Multi-Genre Recording Artist Damien Sneed Makes His Carnegie Hall Conducting Debut

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Multi-genre recording artist and Sphinx Medal of Excellence recipient Damien Sneed makes his Carnegie Hall conducting debut for Wynton Marsalis’ “Abyssinian 200: A Celebration” on the legendary Ronald O. Perelman Stage on Sunday, April 26. The new offering features WorldStrides’ Heritage Performance National Jazz Choir accompanied by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra. Participants were selected through a formal application process and invited to experience an opportunity of a lifetime.

Over the years, Marsalis has been a mentor and champion for Sneed’s varied music endeavors. He has worked with Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra since his conducting debut at Jazz at Lincoln Center in April 2008. Sneed and Marsalis also star in the new PBS documentary, Everyone Has a Place by Dennis Scholl of the Knight Foundation and Marlon Johnson, a six-time Emmy award-winning producer and director. The film captures their musical journey of last year’s historic performance of the Abyssinian Mass, composed by Marsalis and conducted by Sneed. The documentary was filmed at Charlotte’s Friendship Missionary Baptist Church during the 16-city national tour. Everyone Has a Place features the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Sneed’s 70-piece Chorale LeChateau.
  
Tonight, April 23, Sneed will perform in a multi-media concert of music and spoken word titled: “Migration Rhapsody: An Aleatoric Exploration of the Journey North through Music, Poetry, and Personal Narrative at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), in conjunction with the Jacob Lawrence “MIGRATION SERIES.” The concert is directed and produced by Terrance McKnight and written by McKnight and Karen Chilton. The concert also features Chilton (narrator), James Davis, Jr. (piano), Nick Finzer (trombone), Ernesto Gomez (harmonica); Ricky Gordon (percussion); Alicia Hall Moran (vocals), Randall Haywood (trumpet), Bill T. Jones (narrator); Joseph Joubert (piano), Kevin Maynor (vocals), Jason Moran (piano), Nicole Phifer (vocals), Bill Sims, Jr. (guitars), Chaney Sims (vocals), Bob Stewart (tuba); Curtis Stewart (violin); Tuffus Zimbabwe (piano) and The Levites featuring Quinn Brown, Chenee Campbell, Lynette Rhett McNeil, Tiffany Stevenson and Matia Washington. 

In between Sneed’s two professorships at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Nyack’s Christian College, and the promotions of his new double disc project, Broken To Minister: The Deluxe Edition, Sneed completed a very successful 15-city Broken to Minister Promotional tour and a series of special events including appearances surrounding the 30th Anniversary of the Stellar Gospel Music Awards in Las Vegas; Spiritual Sketches In Recital with Lawrence Brownlee in Youngstown, OH and more!
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THIS MOTHER'S DAY, LET GO OF THE MOM GUILT AND EMBRACE "IMPERFECT PARENTING"

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Psychotherapist & Right Life Project Founder Jim Hjort Explains Why Being A "Good Enough" Mom Is Perfectly OK

  Mother’s Day is a great time to explore and unwind some of the myths and expectations around motherhood that converge to place moms under a great deal of pressure to perform. Not all of them come from society or finger-waggers on the playground, either; moms are often the victims of self-inflicted friendly fire.

The Perfect Mother Myth, Busted
Part of the problem is the long history in psychological circles of placing the onus of successful childrearing squarely upon the mother. Fathers played very much a secondary role in childhood development among early theorists like Freud, and the belief propagated that one or two missteps on the mother’s part were enough to scar Junior forever.

We know now, though, that a perfect mother isn’t necessary for a child to turn out perfectly well adjusted. There are certain things that a parent should provide for a child to foster their healthy development, like emotional and physical attunement to the child’s expression of needs, and support for their exploration of the world on their own—while also providing a safe home base to which the child can return.

But children aren’t quite as fragile as once thought. A misattunement here or there doesn’t spell disaster. We also know now while the primary caregiver (of either sex) is most important figure for a child, both parents carry a great deal of influence. So moms, you’re not alone on the hook.

Distorted Reflections
But myths that well-established don’t die easily and, as highly social animals, comparing ourselves to the mythical perfect mother, and to each other, comes very naturally. Whether we like to admit it or not, most of us care how we are seen by others (people who genuinely do not care what any other person thinks of them are in dangerous territory, actually).

As a result, not only do we compare our perception of ourselves to our perception of others, but we also tend to broadcast images of ourselves that are likely to draw favorable reviews, even if it just means wearing clean clothes to your business meeting instead of your tattered sweatpants. There’s a term for this: “impression management.”

These comparing and broadcasting tendencies, however, create a problem. We’re comparing ourselves to a perception of someone else that is at least in part fictional. More likely, it’s highly fictional, and when we don’t measure up to it, we feel inadequate. Even if we project an image of measuring up, it takes effort to display that image if it doesn’t match the inside.

As deeply rooted in our social nature as these phenomena are, they aren’t easy to change. Sometimes my clients find it helpful just to understand that comparison and impression management are perfectly natural and, thus, they’re not the only ones doing it. But there are certainly ways to feel more comfortable in your “good enough”-ness.

Your Fact-Finding Mission
The one I’ll mention here is pretty simple. Any negative self-assessments you may have probably take the form of thoughts; it would be good for you to make a list of them. Let’s use this one as an example: “I’m always screwing up with my son. I’ll never be a good mother.” Now, what you need to do is separate fact from opinion.

If you recently committed a parenting error—let’s say, forgetting to pick your child up from day care—then that’s a fact. Are you “always screwing up” and will you “never be a good mother?” Well, the first clue that these are opinions is the presence of the words “always” and “never.” People are rarely always or never anything.

But you can cross-examine those statements yourself. Think of (or list) the times when you were a Class A parent, and the times that you did remember to pick your child up, which are probably much more numerous. The human brain has a tendency to emphasize the negative, so you need to make effort to flesh out the full picture.

Once you’ve done that, restate the original thought with the new perspective and evidence you’ve gathered. For instance: “I forgot Johnny at daycare today—the second time I’ve done that. It’s not like me, because the vast majority of the time I’m very much on the ball and a loving and responsible mother. Still, I feel terrible about what happened. So I’m going to make an extra effort to get organized and leave myself reminders, so this never happens again.”

See what we did there? We produced a statement that acknowledges the negative and the positive, using solid evidence on both sides, that expresses the reality of what is going on. It’s not a hollow, feel-good affirmation. Let the opinions go and bank on the objective facts, and you’ll feel much better about yourself.

Intangible Self-Care
Speaking of feeling better, Mother’s Day was conceived as an occasion to honor the important role the mother plays in the world, and it makes for a good excuse to pamper yourself. I encourage you to take the opportunity to have your nails done, or buy yourself some new clothing if you like those things. However, I also encourage you to consider activities that pamper the parts of yourself that you can’t see.

Our social nature means that deeply-felt interpersonal connection with others is a crucial ingredient in our ability to thrive—whether we’re an infant or a mother. Therefore, a high-quality conversation with a close friend or family member would be an example of intangible self-care.

Others would include clearing your schedule for a long walk in a pretty place, taking a class in an area of interest, or giving a new hobby a try. You could also take some quiet time to create a personal mission statement for the next year of your life. It doesn’t need to be boring, like homework. Just let your mind run free to an ideal vision of your life, and start working backward to identify the things that are really important to you, and how you might get closer to them. It can be an empowering and refreshing exercise.

Above all, be sure to take some time to cultivate some appreciation for yourself, for all of the good work you do as a mom, and all of your good intentions. Let it soak in, and enjoy it. Sure, you could probably use some improvement—who couldn’t? And you’re also probably doing pretty great just the way you are. 
- Jim Hjort, founder of the Right Life Project
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Filmmakers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey among Top Chirstian Leaders in America

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Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, creators of the successful television series "The Bible," and its current NBC spinoff, "A.D. The Bible Continues," were listed at No. 3 in Newsmax’s Top 100 Christian Leaders in America. Released on Monday, April 20, Downey and Burnett joined the rankings alongside other notable figures including, Franklin Graham, Joel Osteen, Rev. Billy Graham, and Rick Warren, among others.

Awarding influencers in the nation who make a real impact on modern lives in 2015, Newsmax’s Top 100 list included a wide range of prominent figures. Featuring entertainment and sports stars that are not usually considered religious leaders, but whose influence often exceeds that of pastors and televangelists, Downey and Burnett were applauded for resurrecting the Christian entertainment industry with their hit series "The Bible" and "A.D. The Bible Continues."

The original NBC series event, “A.D. The Bible Continues,” premiered as the No.1 television show of the night on the major networks in every key measure --- adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers with over 9.5 million tuning in. The show also Trended at #1 on Twitter Easter Sunday.
The 12-week series airs each Sunday evening at 9/8c on NBC and features an uplifting and harrowing journey through the beginning moments of the birth of the church picking up where the smash hit, “The Bible,” left off.  “A.D. The Bible Continues” follows the first ten chapters of the Book of Acts exploring the aftermath of Christ's death and its profound impact on his disciples, his mother Mary, and key political and religious leaders of the era, an impact that would completely change the world.  
In addition, NBC Entertainment launched its first-ever digital talk show companion series, "Beyond A.D." Hosted by E! News co-host Jason Kennedy, The half-hour digital companion series serves as a discussion platform for fans, cast, producers, and special celebrity and musical guests. Airing at 9AM ET/6AM PT on Sundays and available for streaming thereafter on nbc.com, "Beyond A.D." covers both the historical and spiritual topics depicted in the broadcast and offers the chance for fans and audience members to interact with cast, producers and special guests.
 
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BOOK: "No Fear In Love - Loving Others the Way God Loves Us" in stores this May

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A hookah bar in Saudi Arabia. Gay friends in Durango. A forest fire sweeping toward a Colorado youth camp. All three can help improve on Christian love?
 
Yes, and all three feature prominently in Andy Braner’s new book—No Fear In Love—Loving Others the Way God Loves Us. Available May 19, this uncommon book from the bracingly uncommon youth leader challenges readers to love people God’s way—brokenness and all—and to trust that God stays in control.

“It’s in our unlikely encounters that God shows love boldly and without reservation,” Braner said. “And my only conclusion is to love his way too—based not on the other person’s performance or familiarity to me but simply because God created and loves that person.”

Braner is founder of Ahava Ministries, helping young people see the world through Jesus’ eyes. In a typical year Andy speaks to more than 100,000 students, parents and teachers around the world—and works with hundreds of young people at Ahava’s Camp Kivu in Colorado. In No Fear In Love, he traces his personal journey through 21st-century cultures and to loving people nothing like him.
“We Christians, myself included, lock onto the appearances, blind to the core fears common to every person,” Andy says. “So what if, just for a moment, we forgot about our own safety, security and sense of normalcy? What if we looked past the obvious to connect for real?”

Braner’s story takes readers to a hookah bar in Saudi Arabia and a meeting with a Muslim imam—a man he reflexively feared. And yet that meeting opened a conversation about how Jesus is viewed from differing perspectives. With a group of gay friends, Braner learned to listen without prejudice: to understand as he wished to be understood. As for the forest fire raging straight for Camp Kivu, and all he and his wife, Jamie Jo, had poured their lives into . . . it passed them by in a way even local firefighters called miraculous. And it taught Andy about trust.

In a world connected but contentious, Braner says, Christians are too well known for all they’re against. But to an unbelieving world, is that the best way to show God’s love?

With deep insight and compelling storytelling, No Fear In Love hands readers new glasses to see a world in flux through God’s timeless perspective. 

Advance praise pours in:

"Braner nails it with No Fear in Love. No simple platitudes, just real-life stories soaked in truth that will set you free."Carl Medearis, author of Adventures in Saying Yes: A Journey from Fear to Faith

"The pathway of authentic love has led Andy past fear and into that wonderful, adventurous place where 'the other' becomes a friend. Like Andy, I'm learning that's often where Jesus does his best work in and through us."Lynne Hybels, advocate for global engagement, Willow Creek Community Church

"A critical and timely book that demands serious attention and reflection."Bob Roberts Jr., author of Bold as Love and senior pastor of Northwood Church

No Fear In Love is available online now for preorder and for sale in stores and online May 19.
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"I was embarassed": Ben Affleck apologizes or asking PBS to censor unfortunate piece of family history

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PBS is now doing an internal investigation into Ben Affleck covering up he had a slave owning ancestor in "Finding Our Roots," hosted by Henry "Skip" Louis Gates.  In a Facebook post on Tuesday, the actor-director apologized, writing he was "embarrassed"  by the discovery. He admitted to influencing the edit, but claims the host was ultimately responsible for the final edit that aired.

“I didn’t want any television show about my family to include a guy who owned slaves. I was embarrassed. The very thought left a bad taste in my mouth,” Affleck wrote.

“Skip decided what went into the show. I lobbied him the same way I lobby directors about what takes of mine I think they should use. This is the collaborative creative process." 

The episode in question aired last October, but the news that Affleck asked the show to hide his ancestor came out through hacked Sony emails made public last week by WikiLeaks.
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Bill Withers, Joan Jett & The Blackharts, Ringo Starr among Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees

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Performer Category:
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Green Day
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Lou Reed
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
Bill Withers
Award for Musical Excellence:
Ringo Starr
Early Influence Award:
The “5” Royales
“As we mark 30 years of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions, we’re proud to honor these artists,” said Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation President Joel Peresman. "These Inductees epitomize rock and roll’s impact over the past 50 years and continuing through today."
The 30th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Cleveland’s Public Hall. Tickets go on sale Thursday, December 18, 2014, at 10 a.m. EST. Additional ticketing details are below.
- See more at: http://rockhall.com/pressroom/announcements/rock-hall-2015-inductees/#sthash.qCvX5eQs.dpuf
Performer Category:
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Green Day
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Lou Reed
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
Bill Withers
Award for Musical Excellence:
Ringo Starr
Early Influence Award:
The “5” Royales
“As we mark 30 years of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions, we’re proud to honor these artists,” said Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation President Joel Peresman. "These Inductees epitomize rock and roll’s impact over the past 50 years and continuing through today."
The 30th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Cleveland’s Public Hall. Tickets go on sale Thursday, December 18, 2014, at 10 a.m. EST. Additional ticketing details are below.
- See more at: http://rockhall.com/pressroom/announcements/rock-hall-2015-inductees/#sthash.qCvX5eQs.dpuf

Performer Category:
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Green Day
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Lou Reed
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
Bill Withers
Award for Musical Excellence:
Ringo Starr
Early Influence Award:
The “5” Royales
“As we mark 30 years of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions, we’re proud to honor these artists,” said Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation President Joel Peresman. "These Inductees epitomize rock and roll’s impact over the past 50 years and continuing through today."
The 30th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Cleveland’s Public Hall. Tickets go on sale Thursday, December 18, 2014, at 10 a.m. EST. Additional ticketing details are below.
- See more at: http://rockhall.com/pressroom/announcements/rock-hall-2015-inductees/#sthash.qCvX5eQs.dpuf
Inductee Bill Withers (L) and John Legend perform onstage during the 30th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Hall on April 18, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

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TUNE-IN ALERT: Brandy to perform on NBC's Today Show with the cast of 'Chicago' for Broadway Week

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Tune-in to NBC's, 'TODAY Show,' Wednesday, April 22, 2015 to watch Brandy as Roxie Hart from BROADWAY's, 'CHICAGO.' In celebration of Broadway Week, the cast of CHICAGO will perform a selection from the Tony Award winning musical. Don't miss all the fun during the 8AM EST hour.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

'Huggy Bear' Antonio Fargas Named Brand Ambassador for NBC's COZI TV

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 Antonio Fargas, best known as "Huggy Bear" from Starsky & Hutch, has signed on as the first brand ambassador for NBC's COZI TV.

In this role, he'll star in exclusive musical promos for the network, which airs iconic series including Starsky & Hutch as well as Magnum, P.I., Charlie's Angels, The Bionic Woman, Six Million Dollar Man and Lone Ranger, plus classic movies.

Fargaas kicked off his relationship with COZI TV on Monday, with the premiere of the first of three network identity spots featuring Fargas and his swing band, The New Jump Blues (watch it below). The musical promos feature soundtracks created exclusively for COZI TV. The other two promos will premiere later in the year. 
In his new role as brand ambassador, Fargas will also host other projects for the network.
"We are thrilled to have Antonio be part of the COZI TV family," said Diane Petzke, director of programming and promotion. "Antonio's career embodies our programming philosophy and the warm, inviting and laid-back attitude of our network."

After Starsky & Hutch ended its run in 1979, Fargas continued his stage, film and television career with roles in such movies as Foxy Brown, Don't be a Menace and Car Wash and appearances on shows including All My Children, House of Lies, Miami Vice, Lie to Me and Everybody Hates Chris.
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Vashawn Mitchell signs Stellar-winning Songwriter of the Year to Walkway Music

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April 21, 2015 (New York, NY) - Hot off the heels on winning her first Stellar Award, Tiffany Joy McGhee (TiffJoy), announces new deal with VaShawn Mitchell's new company, Walkway Music Group, a division of VMan Entertainment. 

TiffJoy penned and is featured on the title track to Ricky Dillard's successful 2014 album "Amazing" for which sherecently won the Stellar Award for "Song of the Year."  "Amazing," had an impressive run at radio last year holding the number one spot on the Billboard singles chart for 30 consecutive weeks.  An epic worship ballad, McGhee proves herself as an emerging songwriter, singer and worshipper.

In partnership with Tyscot Records, award-winner, producer and top selling artist VaShawn Mitchell will release McGhee's debut single "The Promise" under Walkway Music Group/VMan Entertainment. "The Promise" will be available this Summer and McGhee's full album is slated for next year. 

"Tyscot has enjoyed years of working with VaShawn in various capacities, and now we are elated to be the label partner for his Walkway Entertainment," said  Bryant Scott, President and COO Tyscot Records.  "We are excited about our first artist through this joint venture, TiffJoy. Her voice and song have saturated our spirits for the past year, culminating with a Stellar Awards win for Song Of The Year.  It is now time to present TiffJoy on her own stellar project."

Mitchell continues to expand his brand in the music industry away from the microphone.  As head of the newly established, Walkway Music Group, Mitchell hopes to blaze new trails in Gospel music.  

"I am excited to partner with Tyscot Records after years of being in relationship. With this endeavor I'll be able present fresh new artists through Walkway."  Using this platform as a way to create new opportunities and produce life-changing music from rising new talent, Mitchell will tap into all avenues of praise and worship, gospel and Christian music genres
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5 Surprising Strategies to Increase Business Productivity and Profitability

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Counterintuitive strategies to help business managers and owners reimagine their company with more meaning, purpose and urgency

In today’s cut-throat business climate, the pressure to generate profits quickly is often unrelenting and intense. From accommodating anxious shareholders and contending with new competitors that seemingly surface by the hour to providing good service to a large customer base and maintaining relationships with vendors and business partners, the daily grind is complex. And, to do all of this efficiently, effectively and expertly can be daunting to say the least.

Maximizing both productivity and profitability in a business often takes out-of-the box thinking. But, don’t stop there! It’s also wise to go a step further and think “against the grain;” to look at issues and approaches through a different “lens” and from a different angle—even one that is counterintuitive or contradictory. The wisdom this can reveal can rapidly take a business to new heights.

With this in mind, consider these 5 surprising success strategies based on common career and organizational views held by many business managers and owners:

  1. ‘Quitting’ can be a good thing:  In his book, The Dip , popular author Seth Godin says that we need to quit the wrong stuff to do the right stuff. In other words, people often see letting go as something bad, but corporations, solvent governments, and the best-of-the-best among the financially savvy quit all the time. In other words, they remain solvent because they refuse to lose all of their money on a bad investment. They quit to cut their losses. Even with government, deficit spending can never sustain itself. In hard times the Mayors, Governors, and corporate executives that are the most savvy force the elimination of programs in order to regain fiscal health. If you’re headed for disaster and know it, it’s time to bail—there’s no shame in doing so. The embarrassment comes from spinning your wheels endlessly for the sake, the sheer principle, of trying to finish what you started. Be smart and calculating and when it’s finally time to quit….QUIT! 

  2. Superheroes are their own enemy: When the going gets tough, and rest assured it will, it may be time to lighten the load—don’t be reluctant to make difficult cuts. Too many managers and entrepreneurs have a superhero complex, often taking on far more than they can handle, both as a business professional and even in their personal lives. Delegating or even shutting down select initiatives and programs may be just what’s required to avoid a big picture catastrophe. In business, there is a practice known as "lean operation"—the proverbial process of "throwing things overboard" that slow a business operation down. In nearly every business, there are processes or personnel that are not optimal. They are "heavy" and sometimes dead weight, and if you ever endure a financial storm, they may sink the ship. This “weighted tackle" of financial liability takes many forms, including outdated technology, inefficient manual processes, failing marketing campaigns, and unproductive staffers. All can threaten the entire business during a tempest.  Lightening your load rids you of those obstacles that weigh a business down, and makes business process much easier to manage.  

  3. Clarity trumps cash. Quite simply, those who have purpose work more productively and become more profitable. In other words, clarity of vision spurs production.  Having passion for what you do is still a popular mantra but, realistically and practically speaking, most people’s passions have little or nothing to do with their business. In an age where we’re told to transform our passions into lucrative careers, it’s no wonder so much of today’s workforce suffers from discontent and endless job hopping. Rather, among the most important factors involved in earning sustained profits is simply knowing the meaning of the work being conducted. What are you doing it for, and what is the significance to you both professionally and personally? The best business mindset acknowledges that no matter what industry you’re in, clarity breeds conviction and conviction spurs success. Once you’re focused on the substance of the work and the way in which it’s executed, money is sure to come. However, focusing solely on money-minded objectives is a driver for failure because, in the end, money is nothing more than a by-product of the overarching purpose you’re trying to achieve. The real payoff is the quality of your production output, the way you go about achieving it, and the resultant benefits to those you serve.  

  4. Giving is the new receiving: Wealth building should not be a self-serving goal.  Some have said that money can be the root of all evil, however; the actual quote is “the love of money is the root of all evil.”  In fact money can be the root of a lot of good-doing.  For many, a strong business venture may be the path to helping those with less resources and more need.  Today's philanthropists are as diverse and unique as the causes they support. Many approach charitable causes with the same drive and commitment they apply to building their businesses. Some take it a step further and establish their own purposeful charities that can be more effective and helpful than some of the more traditional non-for-profits in existence. Of course, businesses gain tax-related and other less altruistic benefits from philanthropic work, but that does not negate the powerful and positive societal impact of the effort.

  5. Sharing wealth makes you richer: Since the recession that gripped the nation in recent years, there has been a lot of light shed on the great disparity of wealth among Americans. The “Occupy Wall Street” protests reflect just a small amount of those people who feel disadvantaged by the financial upper class. Many people view money and success as if there is a limited quantity of both. Rest assured there is enough to go around. Indeed, wealth doesn’t have to be something that everyone feels the need to compete for, but rather shared and “paid forward” for the greater good. When you focus on multiplying the amount of wealth as opposed to dividing it, you may be extremely surprised how well this mindset can work in favor of your own growth and gain—financial, emotional, spiritual, social and otherwise.
Each year, over 500,000 small businesses close their doors in the United States. Those that do succeed have a plan that not only details strengths and opportunities, but also weaknesses and threats. Bearing the perspectives above in mind will improve the chance for success as a profitable, socially conscious business that benefits the greater good.

Professional Risk Solutions’ CEO De'Andre Salter, author of “7 Wealth Building Secrets: Your Guide to Money and Meaning,” is a dynamic business expert who has helped countless aspiring entrepreneurs build wealth to unlock new opportunities and influence society.  He may be reached online at http://www.deandresalter.com/.
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VERTICAL CHURCH BAND WORSHIP LEADER JON GUERRA, RELEASES FULL-LENGTH DEBUT, LITTLE SONGS, TODAY, APRIL 21, 2015

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Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Jon Guerra releases his first full-length debut album, Little Songs (Essential Records/Provident Label Group), today, April 21, 2015. Fans recently got a taste for Guerra’s fresh artistic style on the Rock & Worship Roadshow alongside top acts including Crowder, Matt Maher and Jamie Grace, among others.
 
As a member of Vertical Church Band, Guerra leads worship at Chicago’s Harvest Bible Chapel when he’s not on the road. Prior to taking his place among the worship collective, the Wheaton, Ill.-native cut his teeth as a jingle writer for mega companies like Comcast, Chase Bank and Allstate Insurance. In addition, he’s opened for the likes of .fun, and was courted by labels before finally signing with Essential Records in 2014.
 
Little Songs reflects Guerra’s skilled musicianship and vast experience and reveals his heart for worship. Relevant Magazine is already praising Guerra’s offerings as “some of the most creative music we have heard in a while… “Inspired by everyone from Bob Dylan and Rich Mullins to Emily Dickinson and George Herbert, Guerra fuses the personal with the prolific.”
 
“The most personal songs are the most worshipful for me, and every song on the record is extremely personal,” Guerra shares. “All of these 11 songs are my best effort at being a songwriter, at pleasing God, at giving something that I think is going to be useful to my friends and family in their journey of faith, and something that will be useful to churches on a Sunday morning as they’re trying to engage with God as a faith community.”
 
Guerra is currently on the road with Matt Maher on “The Saints & Sinners Tour.” For tour dates and more information on Jon Guerra, visit www.jonguerramusic.com, www.facebook.com/jonguerramusic or www.twitter.com/iamjonguerra.
 
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First Lady Obama to deliver commencement address at HBCU Tuskeegee University

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First Lady Michelle Obama to Address 2015 Graduating Seniors
Tuskeegee University is a historic Black college located in Tuskeegee, Alabama.

This year, as part of her Reach Higher initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver commencement addresses at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, AL; Oberlin College in Oberlin, OH; and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Preparatory High School (King College Prep) in Chicago, IL. All of these institutions are doing their part to answer the President’s call to ensure that America once again has the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.
 
Mrs. Obama will deliver remarks at Tuskegee University because of its legacy as one of America’s top historically black universities. She will deliver remarks at Oberlin College and King College Prep because of their outstanding video submissions to two commencement challenges issued by the First Lady last October: the “Near-Peer” Mentoring College Challenge and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Completion Challenge.
 
The “Near-Peer Mentoring College” Challenge was directed at college communities and institutes of higher education, urging them to share via student-produced video the ways that they are creating college immersion experiences for high school students. Research has shown that students connecting with other students, or “near-peers,” can make a significant difference in motivating them to make higher education a reality. 

View the First Lady’s video issuing the challenge HERE.
 
The FAFSA Completion Challenge was directed at high schools, urging them to creatively share via student-produced video how they are increasing Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion rates among their seniors. 
View the First Lady’s video issuing the challenge HERE.
 
The First Lady’s Office received nearly 200 video submissions from schools across the country who are striving to make attending and completing college a reality for all students.  

Watch highlights of these video submissions HERE. 

Commencement details follow:

Tuskegee University on Saturday, May 9 at 11:00 AM (Central)
 
First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2015 at Tuskegee University in Alabama. Tuskegee University – founded by Booker T. Washington in 1881 – is a private, state-related historically black university and is the only university in the nation designated as a National Historic Site.  According to U.S. News and World Report, Tuskegee is listed as one of the top five HBCUs and amongst the top ten south regional colleges.
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Howard University Divinity School to honor Gospel's Ernest Pugh

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The Howard University School of Divinity Alumni Association 
SET TO HONOR GOSPEL STAR
EARNEST PUGH
WITH ALUMNI AWARD FOR THE ARTS
DURING 3RD ANNUAL ALUMNI AWARDS BANQUET
Sunday, April 26 @ 3:00 PM At The Blackburn Center

Gospel star and Howard University School of Divinity alumnus, Earnest Pugh, best known for the #1 gospel radio hits “I Need Your Glory” and “Rain On Us,” is headed to the nation’s capital this week for The Howard University School of Divinity’s third annual Alumni Association Awards Banquet.

It kicks off with a special live concert by Earnest Pugh on Saturday, April 25 @ 7:00 PM at The Berean Baptist Church in honor of Howard University School of Divinity Professor Robert G. Childs’ 30th anniversary as the pastor of The Berean Baptist Church. The concert proceeds go to the Alumni Association’s Scholarship Fund.

Dr. Pugh lived in the DMV area for over a decade until his recent move to Houston, TX where he’s the Worship Pastor at The Lighthouse Church. While in the DMV, Pugh was a member of the music department at Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in Ft. Washington, M.D. and earned a master’s of divinity degree from Howard University’s School of Divinity while continuing his successful recording career. Last year he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity in Christian Counseling from The Institute for Teaching God’s Word in Rockdale, TX.

After an early Sunday morning performance during the 7:45 AM worship service at Ebenezer A.M.E. Church, Dr. Pugh will head over to the Howard University main campus where he’ll be honored with an Alumni Award for the Arts from the Howard University School of Divinity Alumni Association. “I view this as one of the greatest accomplishments in my life to be honored by my alma mater,” he adds. “My tenure at HUSD was instrumental in shaping, molding, and developing me into the man, preacher and artist that I am today.”

The Alumni Awards Banquet begins with a red carpet arrival for the honorees followed by a 3:00 p.m. reception, a 4:00 p.m. dinner and then a full Earnest Pugh concert beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Armour J. Blackburn University Center, 2397 Sixth Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20059. The banquet honors distinguished alumni for achievements in their respective fields and raises funds for the Howard University School of Divinity Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. Visit www.earnestpugh.com for more news.
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Pentacostal leader, college founder Bishop William L. Bonner dies at 93

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World Renowned Pentecostal Leader, Builder, College Founder – William L. Bonner Dies at 93.
Celebration of Life services to take place in New York and Detroit before Bonner is laid to rest on Saturday, April 25 in the Bronx, NY.

The honorable Chief Apostle William Lee Bonner, a spiritual leader and book author who built an international organization, landmark educational institutions and churches, and reached millions in his ministry, passed away Friday, April 3, 2015. Celebration of his life services will be held in Detroit, MI and New York, NY. Final viewing will take place at The Palace Cathedral in New York, NY on Friday, April 24, 2015.  (Please refer to the flyer included in this report for complete service details.)

Bonner served as Senior Prelate of the General Assembly of the Churches of Our Lord Jesus Christ (COOLJC) of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Under his administration, the assembly grew from one hundred fifty-five (155) churches in 1961 to over five hundred (500) churches and missions throughout the world. He faithfully kept the charge of the founder Bishop Lawson, to "Add Thou to It". Apostle Robert L. Sanders currently presides over the organization and seeks to “equip every believer to become true Disciples of Christ.” Currently, there are established COOLJC churches in the United States, Liberia, West Africa, Barbados, Canada, Caribbean, Dominican Republic, England, Ghana, Haiti, India, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Lee wood Islands, Sierra Leone, St. Croix, St. Kitts, Trinidad, and West Germany. (www.cooljc.org)

Chief Apostle Bonner and WLBC served the needs of families, communities, and congregations, through diverse outreach programs.  In addition to a life of servie as a pastor,  an educational institutional is also a part of Bonner's legacy.

William Bonner established the W.L. Bonner College in1995 to prepare all students of all denominations and  to equip and empower students with Christian values that are reflected in the Holy Scriptures, prepare them for service to the Church and community through biblical instruction, ministry and vocational training, and generally educate them in the context of the Apostolic- Pentecostal tradition.

The college is the reality of a dream Bishop Bonner envisioned in 1945 and the college’s board of directors, along with the administrators plan to continue his legacy. “Bishop Bonner has equipped us with everything we need to carry out this work,” said Elaine McQueen, who serves as dean and interim president of WLBC. He was also a mentor and fervent trailblazer with a unique perspective. Dr. Melvin Bullock, Sr., alumnus of W.L. Bonner College says, “I will cherish the memories of him and experiences at the college that help build me as a spiritual leader.”

Bonner’s love for God and humankind was known by many. He impacted social, educational and spiritual institutions. Many have characterized Bishop Bonner as a godly man, a servant leader, a visionary, and a man of great faith, strength, and passion for the work of the Lord. “As beneficiaries of the legacy of William Bonner, we gratefully and prayerfully acknowledge the many blessings that God bestowed on his life, on his ministry, and on W.L. Bonner College,” says Dr. Celeste Ashe Johnson, chair of the College’s Board of Directors.

To sustain the mission of WLBC, donation may be made in Apostle Bonner's memory at the following link: https://www.wlbc.edu/product/donations-online .
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