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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Paul Anthony's journey with cancer chronicled on "Unsung Revisited"

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CEO & Founder of TV One, Cathy Hughes, Sites How Full Force Has Always “Shown Love” And “Paul Anthony Is A Visionary”
(New York, NY) – June 29, 2015 – Producers, Recording Artists Full Force, known for their work with artists such as Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, UTFO, Patti Labelle, James Brown and The Backstreet Boys, as well as The Full Force Brothers B-Fine, Bowlegged Lou and Paul Anthony for their co-starring roles in the urban classic film "House Party", have entertained fans for years from stages all over the world.  As a member of the ground-breaking, award-winning R&B group Full Force, Paul Anthony has uplifted people with his music and his stage persona.  But when he was diagnosed with Cancer in a number of different forms, he reached for the One who has ALWAYS been his number one inspiration.  Leaning on his faith and Father God, he tackled each challenge with the same perseverance he used to consistently hit the top of the charts.  His powerful story was told in TV One’s “Unsung” about Full Force, which ultimately became the most watched episode of “Unsung” on the network.  Now debuting “Unsung Revisited”, TV One gives fans an up close and personal look and an update of Paul’s Cancer Champion Journey as the segment airs on Wednesday, July 1st at 8PM ET.  During the premiere airing, fans of Paul Anthony can provide feedback and connect with the artist directly on Facebook or on Twitter (@Paul_AnthonyFF).
“The first ‘Unsung’ focused on the vast work we’ve done as Full Force, and my personal health journey with Mantle Cell Lymphoma, an incurable blood cancer," Paul recounts. “‘Unsung Revisited’ continues my ‘Life Dance’ with two other life-threatening diseases, Myelodyplastic Syndrome and Acute Myeloid Leukemia, as well as my life-saving bone marrow transplant from my brother and Bone Marrow Donor Champion Bowlegged Lou.  In this episode you'll hear, see and feel the journey from views of both my brothers Lou and B, my wife Michelle, and Dr. Hamlin and Dr. Sauter of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as well as the wonderful transplant team.  This episode goes in depth to the point of animated description of cancer activity at the cellular level to educate, inform and highlight the importance of health, wellness and 'Godspirational Love-Electric’.  Many people have been shocked by my diagnoses, but more importantly, I believe people are being touched and inspired at my approach to healing: tying the mind, body and spirit together,” shares Paul.
Members of Full Force says, “We're so thankful to Ms. Cathy Hughes, the TV One family and the ‘Unsung’ production team, A. Smith & Co., for presenting this wonderful continuation.  Ms. Hughes, the CEO and Founder of TV One and Radio One, as well as the TV One family has been a Full Force supporter for years”.  Ms. Hughes says, “Full Force has always shown love through music and Paul Anthony is truly a visionary.”
Always a man of vision and faith, Paul says, “My testimony would not be complete without my Heavenly Father.  There is no way I could ever leave Him out of the equation.  Through it all, He was there with me.  I always look to Him for rejuvenation and replenishment.”  His trials were the impetus for some recent inspirational songs, a genre Paul and his brother Lou call “Godspirational”.  “Godspirational” is a mixture of Gospel music, inspirational music and Love-Electric, or songs that focus on the positive and electric nature of love.  His recent song, “I Feel Good, I Look Good, I’m God Good” featured the incomparable talents of R&B artists Faith Evans and Sheila E.; Full Force also released the song’s star-studded music video with cameos from some of today’s top stars in the world of entertainment including Will Smith, Quincy Jones, Donnie McClurkin, Anthony Anderson, Common and a slew of others.  The star-studded video can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/1woRI3b.  This summer, Full Force will be releasing another “Godspirational” song featuring Shanice Wilson and Raphael Saadiq called “God’s Love, He Takes Me High”.
Paul Anthony is helping other Cancer Survivors transform themselves into Champions through the Paul Anthony Foundation and the Paul Anthony Cancer Champions Initiative.  Upcoming initiatives and appearances include: the First Arts Honoree at the 12th Annual Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation Celebrity Golf Outing and Dinner on August 3rd at the Scarsdale Golf Club in New York (with Board Member Jeff Oppenhiem); a presentation of “Women We Salute You” in New York in September, honoring women who blazed the trail for others to follow (with Ed Boone as Executive Partner); a riveting and inspiring stage play about domestic violence called "Then Sings My Soul" to be presented on October 25th at THEARC Theater in Washington, DC (with Wyomme Parris as Executive Director); a dinner/fundraiser in October for the "3-Step Program", a life changing program to empower teens and young adults, created and supported by influential community and civil leaders in Atlanta, GA (with Ron Stephens, CFO of the Paul Anthony Foundation); the "Celebrate The Fight” Concert Event in October in Atlanta, GA for awareness and positive impact in championing cancer and a variety of other life challenges (with Bishop Darius Ashlock, Co-Founder and Partner) and a series of health and wellness initiatives hosted by the Paul Anthony Foundation Health and Wellness Global Ambassador Coach Anthony Elfonzia and his NN90 Program.  For more information, log on to www.palivelife.org.
Andrea R. Williams
Tehillah Enterprises, LLC

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    Friday, July 3, 2015

    Kim Burrell releases news single ahead of Essence Fest appearance

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    Ahead of being saluted at the gospel tribute offering a master music mentoring event  at the Essence Festival this weekend, Kim Burrell has released a new single. Earlier this week Burrell tweeted a big announcement was coming.  "Surprise! Head on over to iTunes an Google play to get my new single. It's entitled "Thank You Jesus," wrote  Burrell in a follow up Tweet on Tuesday.    The funky, upbeat song of gratitude is sealed with  a sample of the hymn "Oh, What He's Done for Me."  Penned by Myron Butler, "Thank You Jesus" has received mighty applause from the songstress's followers in the Twitterverse. Burrell retweeted the praise and support from fans, fellow artists and radio personalities that continued to pour in for the unexpected track throughout the day.

    On August 21, 2015 Kim Burrell will release her highly anticipated Shanachie Entertainment CD, "From A Different Place" featuring "Thank You Jesus (That's What He's Done)."



    The dynamic, instantly recognizable and captivating voice of Kim Burrell is undeniably one of the most powerful voices in music today.

    USA TODAY declares, "Nobody stretches a melody like gospel singer Burrell." 

    The San Francisco Chronicle says,"Burrell's improvisational style, studied by vocalists of various genres, is filled with jazz phrasing and limber riffs, subtle pleasures from a woman who has nothing to prove."

    Kim Burrell's unrivaled instrument, impeccable musicianship and ability to tap into the human experience and emotion, has made her a favorite across genre and within the musician community. The Grammy-Award nominated and Stellar Award winning singer has collaborated with artists as diverse as Harry Connick Jr. and funk master George Clinton. In the middle, there's R. Kelly, Stevie Wonder and Gospel's First Lady, Shirley Caesar. Her soulful vocal runs have influenced a generation of mainstream recording artists ranging from Jazmine Sullivan to Justin Timberlake. Her burgeoning A-List Hollywood fan club includes Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Omarion, Jessica Simpson and Chaka Khan. Donnie McClurkin has said "There's nobody greater" while Whitney Houston once declared Burrell to be "One of the greatest voices of our time." It is clear why Ms. Burrell is everybody's favorite mentor on BET's "Sunday Best." It is also no wonder why this year's Essence Festival has chosen to honor the incomparable Pastor Burrell.
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    Thursday, July 2, 2015

    BET Awards 2015 recap and winners

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    From JANET JACKSON and PUFF DADDY & THE FAMILY to SMOKEY ROBINSON and KENDRICK LAMAR, it was a night full of electrifying performances, heartfelt speeches and unforgettable moments at the 15th annual “BET AWARDS" hosted by ANTHONY ANDERSON and TRACEE ELLIS ROSS, which aired live from the Microsoft Theatre at L.A. LIVE on Sunday, June 28, 2015. Hosts ANTHONY ANDERSON and TRACEE ELLIS ROSS surprised the audience with a hilarious original opening song complete with Tracee flying over the stage in a money suit. The two captivated the crowd the entire night, thanks to their riffs on a range of hot topics, from Rachel Dolezal to Tyler Perry and impersonating celebrities from Sam Smith to Cookie and Lucius from “Empire.”

     KENDRICK LAMAR kicked off the show with an explosive performance of his latest single “Alright” and graced the stage again after winning Best Male Hip Hop Artist. BEYONCÉ and CHRIS BROWN tied with 3 awards, followed by Oscar-winning film “Selma” and FOX’s “Empire,” which each took home two awards.
    Tracee Ellis Ross, co-host of the 2016 BET Awards
    makes a grand entrance.

    One of the most attention-grabbing moments of the evening was JANET JACKSON taking the stage to receive the inaugural Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual Award, presented by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The pop icon was honored with a tantalizing, high-energy dance tribute highlighting a mix of some of the most memorable and successful performances of her storied career, as told by a star-studded roster of a few of the hottest names in the 2015 class of pop music. It included a pulsating rendition of “Pleasure Principle” by TINASHE, followed by “All for You” by JASON DERULO and CIARA’s hard-hitting delivery of “If.” All three stars joined forces for an unforgettable dance-off to “Rhythm Nation,” which had the entire crowd on their feet and cheering. A humbled Jackson shyly thanked God and her fans for her 25 plus year career, along with BET for the honor, all while smiling brightly and clutching her trophy in hand.

    ALICIA KEYS made a surprise appearance joining THE WEEKND on the “BET AWARDS” stage for a stunning performance of "Earned It" that drew a standing ovation. The ultra-talented JANELLE MONAE delivered an incredible performance of "Yoga,” which was amped up even more with an appearance by JIDENNA, who took over the stage to perform his own hit “Classic Man.” Always one to keep the party going, NICKI MINAJ got the crowd popping when she joined MEEK MILL on stage with CHRIS BROWN to perform their brand new single “All Eyes on Us.” Then, today's hottest rising stars, AVERY WILSON and ANDRA DAY both had impressive performances during the evening as a part of Music Matters presented by Nissan.

    Earlier in the night CHRIS BROWN had the audience moving to his latest hit with TYGA “Ayo,” then the crowd got on their feet when OMARION joined the stage to jump on “Post To Be” for a hot dance routine with Brown. YAZZ, JUSSIE SMOLLETT and SERAYAH from the cast of “Empire” had the entire room dancing to “No Apologies,” “You're So Beautiful,” and “Drip Drop,” which JUICY J joined for on stage. BIG SEAN got the crowd on its feet to “One Man Can Change the World,” “Blessings,” and “IDFWU” with special guest E-40.
    Tamar Braxton, Patti Labelle, K. Michelle perform on the 2015 BET Awards.

    Presenter LAVERNE COX got in on the night's fun with co-presenter GABRIELLE UNION, who played a round of “hip-hop trivia” to determine who would have to change after wearing matching dresses. One of the nights top highlights was a surprise reunion performance from PUFF DADDY & THE FAMILY who brought out original members of Bad Boy Records including LIL’ KIM, MA$E, FAITH EVANS, THE LOX, 112 and a projection of NOTORIOUS B.I.G. as well as special guests FRENCH MONTANA and PHARRELL to perform classic records including “Peaches & Cream,””Feel So Good,” “Hypnotize,’” and “All About The Benjamins” as well as Diddy and Pharrell’s newest collaboration “Finna Get Loose.” Following the performance, Diddy presented legendary recording artist and Motown executive SMOKEY ROBINSON with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

    TORI KELLY blew the audience away during the tribute performance for Robinson with her powerful vocals to a rendition of “Who’s Loving You,” followed by soulful performances from ROBIN THICKE and NE-YO, before Smokey himself took the stage to perform “Tracks of My Tears,” “Cruisin’,” and a crowd sing-along to “My Girl,” for which Kelly, Thicke and Ne-Yo returned to the stage.

    PATTI LABELLE proved she hasn’t missed a beat joining TAMAR BRAXTON and K.MICHELLE who put their differences aside as they performed “If Only You Knew.” FETTY WAP capped the epic night with smash hit “Trap Queen”, which delivered on its promise to be the hottest ticket in town. The "BET AWARDS" 2015 drew the biggest names in music, entertainment and sports, with appearances by Rihanna, Kevin Hart, Janet Jackson, Brandy, DeSean Jackson, Donald Glover, Gabrielle Union, Kelly Rowland, Laverne Cox, Michael B Jordan, Michael Ealy, Nicole Ari Parker, Sanaa Lathan, Terrence Howard, Tia Mowry-Hardict and Zendaya. NICOLE ARI PARKER and BORIS KODJOE presented Bivian “Sonny” Lee lll (Founder and President of Son of a Saint) as a recipient of the 2015 Shine-A-Light. Michael B. Jordan also presented the honor to the #BLACKLIVESMATTER movement.

    RIHANNA made an appearance to give BET the first look at her music video for “Bitch Better Have My Money” before its Thursday, July 2 release, which had the audience yelling “give her her money.”

    In addition to all of these incredible moments, the complete list of “BET AWARDS” 2015 winners is:

    Best Female R&B/Pop Artist Beyoncé
    Best Male R&B/Pop Artist Chris Brown
    Best Group Rae Sremmurd
    Best Collaboration Common & John Legend, “Glory” from the Motion Picture Selma
    Best Male Hip Hop Artist Kendrick Lamar
    Best Female Hip Hop Artist Nicki Minaj Video of the Year Beyoncé, “7/11”
    Video Director of the Year Beyoncé, Ed Burke & Todd Tourso
    Best New Artist Sam Smith
    Best Gospel Artist Lecrae
    Best Actress Taraji P. Henson, “No Good Deed/Think Like a Man Too/From the Rough” Best Actor Terrence Howard, “St. Vincent/Lullaby/Sabotage”
    YoungStars Award Mo'ne Davis
    Best Movie Selma Subway
    Sportswoman of the Year Serena Williams Subway
    Sportsman of the Year Stephen Curry
    Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award Nicki Minaj ft. Drake, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown “Only” McDonald’s I’m Lovin’ It Award Nicki Minaj
    Fandemonium Award Chris Brown
    Centric Award The Weeknd
    Best International Act: Africa Stonebwoy (Ghana) Best International Act: UK Stormzy
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    Local NAACP chapter pushes for removal of Confederate flag seen on I-95

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    STAFFORD, Va. (AP) - Civil rights leaders are rallying opposition to a Confederate battle flag that flies over Interstate 95 in Virginia.

    But the flag is on private property in Stafford County and the owner vows the flag will stay as a symbol of Southern heritage.

    The Stafford chapter of the NAACP tells the Free Lance-Star of Fredericksburg that it has collected 200 signatures on a petition protesting the flag. NAACP President Aston Haughton calls the flag a "symbol of hatred and oppression."

    He is hopeful the petition will encourage lawmakers to ban such symbols.

    The deadly attack on an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, has sparked a national debate on symbols of the Confederacy.

    Earlier this week, Gov. Terry McAuliffe moved to have the Confederate flag removed from state license plates.
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    Tuesday, June 30, 2015

    Michael Jai White to wed

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    June 30, 2015, New York, New York:  On Friday, July 3rd, 2015, actor Michael Jai White will wed his fianceé and actress Gillian Waters in an intimate but extravagant evening ceremony in Thailand.  The family and friends-only wedding will take place at the multi-acre riverfront estate of financial executive Michael Selby

    Having spent the past month in Thailand where White just completed his directorial debut for the upcoming film Never Back Down 3 , which stars both White and Waters in leading roles, the couple will tie the knot and exchange diamond and platinum wedding bands during a traditional Thai-themed union that will also include fireworks and elephants!

    Best known for roles in various Tyler Perry projects including Why Did I Get Married and the TBS/OWN comedy and drama For Better or Worse, White was the first African American to portray a major comic book superhero in a major motion picture in 1997's SPAWN.  An accomplished martial artist, White also starred as Mike Tyson in the 1995 HBO television film TYSON, and the hit film Mortal Kombat.

    Waters is a Howard University graduate and has starred in music videos for LL Cool J and Boyz II Men.  Best known for roles on the classic sitcom Martin, Waters also starred as China Lee in the popular soap opera Days of our Lives, and as Amoria in Xena: Warrior Princess.

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    Sunday, June 28, 2015

    (VIDEO) Black activist and cohort arrested for removing SC state flag "in the name of Jesus"

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    Bree Newsome and James Ian Tyson were arrested in Columbia, SC in association with the removal of the Confederate Flag  on the grounds of the state capital.

    Allegedly, millions of dollars have been raised online for the defense of Dylan Rooth, the South Carolina man who confessed to killing the "Emanuel 9."

    Who is going to raise money to free Bree Newsome?  She's going to need it should she go to trial for performing a daring act in South Carolina that will also go down in the annals of history.

    Early Saturday morning, just as the sun was breaking (June 27) Newsome scaled the flagpole at the South Carolina State Capital to pull down the confederate flag as Tyson stood by as a watchman.

    "In the name of Jesus this flag has to come down," the activist from Charlotte, NC yelled as an officer from the South Carolina Bureau of Protective Services threatened to use a taser.   

    "You come against me with hate, prejudice and violence.  I come against you in the name of God!," were her words as she dismounted the flag with the relic of America's racist past in hand. 

    Newsome elaborated on the cause of her actions in an email statement that was released to the media.

    "We removed the flag today because we can't wait any longer. We can't continue like this another day," it said. "It's time for a new chapter where we are sincere about dismantling white supremacy and building toward true racial justice and equality."

    Newsome and James Ian Tyson (both 30 years old and from Charlotte) were arrested, but released from jail Saturday after posting $5,000 bond. 

    Indiegogo, the "Bail for Bree Newsome" fund had raised just over $77,000 in nine hours to help cover Newsome's legal expenses. 

    According to the Associated Press Sherri Iacobelli, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Safety, said Newsome and James Ian Tyson, 30, also of Charlotte, have been charged with defacing monuments on state Capitol grounds. That's a misdemeanor that carries a fine of up to $5,000 and a prison term of up to three years or both.

    Was Bree Newsome's effort planned?


    Days before  Newsome's heroic climb Shaun King  offered a reward of $10,000 to whomever would remove it.  King later tweeted Newsome did not remove the flag for money but he had been contacted to post bail.

    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called for the removal of the flag ahead of the funeral of State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, who was killed with 8 others at the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.  Haley indicated the flag remains due to legal reasons. Under the South Carolina Heritage Act, the removal of the flag is subject to a two-thirds vote by South Carolina legislators.

    Pinckney's body laid in state at the state house as the rebel flag wave high outside.  Request to have the flag removed during his funeral service were not honored, bringing a sense of disgrace to an otherwise distinguished occasion.

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