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Saturday, August 1, 2015

'Flex and Shanice' return to OWN tonight

buzzz worthy. . . Los Angeles - OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network docu-series, "Flex & Shanice," following actor and comedian Flex Alexander ("One on One"), Grammy-nominated singer Shanice ("I Love Your Smile") and their hilarious extended family returns this Saturday, August 1 at 10 pm ET/PT.
Shanice's mother Crystal experiences a health scare in a brand new episode of
"Flex & Shanice" Saturday, August 1 at 10 pm ET/PT.
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After Ruba's house party is abruptly cut short, Flex & Shanice head back from Atlanta to get the house back in order in Saturday's episode. Shanice's mother Crystal is still on the hunt for an apartment, much to husband Mike's dismay. He doesn't believe Crystal is truly interested in leaving the family home, and she is over pretending otherwise. Crystal continues to stand her ground and insists she's found the perfect place, but her broken heart lands her in urgent care. Egos will be tested, as Flex and Shanice must decide if they will invite Crystal back home. Meanwhile, as the house gets increasingly more annoyed with surprise houseguest Brooklyn, Uncle Spirit decides a spiritual intervention is in order and tries to get in tune with a tuned-out Brooklyn. Catch "Flex & Shanice" this Saturday, August 1 at 10 pm ET/PT.

While starring in the docus-series, Shanice continues to do what she dies best--sing. Shanice recently released new music.
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Friday, July 31, 2015

Sleep in heavenly peace, Bobbi Kristina Brown (March 4, 1993 – July 26, 2015)

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She's gone.  Bobbi Kristina Brown is gone.  If we are to accept the traditions of her late mother, Whitney Houston and grandmother Cissy, her spirit is now absent from the body and present with the Lord.  Surrounded by her family, at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, Georgia, Brown passed away on Sunday, July 26.   Her life was but a dash from the time the world heard her sweet little voice on her mothers recordings to the day she lost consciousness in a bath tub under eerily similar circumstances to her mother's passing, to the moment the family surrounded her bedside at an Atlanta hospice to say good-bye.  She was 22.


On Jan. 31, Bobbi Kristina had been found unresponsive in her bathtub. For months doctors tried various froms of treatment to revive her including placing a trach in her throat and placing her on a ventilator. and was then taken to North Fulton Hospital in Roswell, Georgia, where she was put on a ventilator to assist her breathing. She was transferred to an Atlanta hospice center.

She never revcovered.

All along family members were accused on infighting. Her boyfriend, Nick Jordan was accused of abusing her and possibly causing the near-drowning incident.

Her cousin, Dionne Warwick was the first family member to speak on the passing on "Watch What Happens" with Bravo's Andy Cohen. She said Bobbi Kris was a sweet girl. Warwick is upset that Pat Houston is planning a sweet 16 themed funeral according to Access. Funeral services will be held in Atlanta on August 1.
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SHAE SHOC RECORDS PREPARES TO UNVEIL FIRST CHILDREN’S ALBUM, Fun Size, Vol. 1 BY SCRIPTURE SNACK KIDS

Daughters to Critically Acclaimed Artist Beckah Shae, Grace & Joy Put Bible Verses in the Form of Song To Help Kids Memorize Scripture

Nashville, Tenn. (July 31, 2015) -- Shae Shoc Records has just unveiled its first children’s album by Scripture Snack Kids titled Fun Size, Vol. 1 available on digital platforms and select retailers around the nation today. Aimed to help kids memorize Bible scripture, the 20-track album features the vocal talents of Grace (6) & Joy (8), daughters to Dove Award Nominee Beckah Shae and famed producer Jack Shocklee. Stemming from Shae Shoc Records’ previous Scripture Snack albums, which featured Beckah, the proud parents wanted to ignite their daughters’ gifts, while helping other kids their age grow in their relationship with God.

Scripture Snacks fills the gap by memorizing scriptures in the form of a song. Fun Size, Vol. 1 by Scripture Snacks Kids is an a cappella album, consisting of kids vocals along with critically acclaimed singer Beckah Shae and producer Jack Shocklee’s (tobyMac, Group 1 Crew, Montell Jordan) spin on pop driven melodies and low bass vocal percussion. With 10 tracks breaking down various scriptures from “The Ten Commandments” to “Fruits of the Spirit”, the project also includes instrumental karaoke tracks to each song to put listeners memorization skills to the test. “Our great privilege as parents is to encourage them to walk in truth and to leave a legacy of faith,” shares Beckah. “We wanted to teach our children that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and we know that it is necessary in the growing of their faith to hear the Word of God, to not just hide it in their hearts but to share it with the world!”

For additional information on Scripture Snacks Kids, please visit scripturesnack.com. The CD can be purchased on iTunes for $15.99.
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Abel Raise the Cain releases 'Black Swan'

buzzz worthy. . . An alternative indie rock band formed in the Northeast, Abel Raise the Cain were brought together by a mutual love of atmospheric and epic indie soundscapes influenced by the likes of Arcade Fire, Sigur Ros and Editors. The release of double A side single ‘Too Late/The Promise' brought the band widespread critical acclaim leading to both singles receiving repeated airplay on radio stations across the UK, including regular plays on BBC Introducing. 'Too Late' was also playlisted on Brazilian National Radio & featured by Channel 4 on a primetime television program. Regulars on the live circuit, Abel Raise the Cain have played shows across the UK, where they've earned a reputation for enthralling and energetic live performances, which have led to coveted support slots for Happy Mondays, Primal Scream, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Spiritulized, Kodaline and Skaters. The music video for new single ‘Black Swans', taken from the forthcoming debut EP ‘For Strangers Only’, went straight to number one in the Beat 100 music chart which features bands from all over the world. The song also led to Abel Raise the Cain to win the Beat 100 Ultimate Musician award, recognizing them as one of the most outstanding bands on the network. ‘Black Swans’ is a sign of things to come; an epic, sweeping message, the symphony of a Broken Heart. "When the bubble or romantic suspense pops, a chorus, a wall of sound, a full culmination of six instruments really grabs the ears; A chanted motif, "I'm just too late", has rung around in my head since coming across Abel Raise The Cain. This is a 'big room' song." Narc Magazine "Abel Raise The Cain closed out 2012 with the release of their fantastic Double A-Side single, entitled ‘Too Late /The Promise’. The two tracks are great, with ‘Too Late’ having the previously mentioned orchestral sound that builds up to a satisfying crescendo with Crichton delivering a repeated poignant line “ I’m just too late” that really sticks in the head. ‘The Promise’ is equally majestic, but with a more varied structure of an acoustic opening, before building up to a huge cymbal-crashing middle-section and neatly wrapping up with a beautiful guitar line to draw the song to a close." Hooting and Howling Magazine “'The Promise', their latest single, is a positive example of what is yet to come. A strong arrangement of components from a solid foundation to husky vocals. A distinct range of elements creates the perfect atmospheric soundscape. With riffs that blend well when harmonized with repetitive vocals, effective musical layers are produced adding to the depth of this song. Despite being a new act we’re sure these guys will take 2013 by storm. Such a promising act with evident talent, you would be a fool not to keep an eye out for Abel Raise The Cain this year." Venture Mag Northeast "'The Promise' is an ambitiously produced ethereal indie rock tune filled with tastefully layered guitar riffs and haunting harmonies. Sean Crichton's husky vocals are filled with intense depth and emotion that instantly sweep you off of your feet." Cargo Collective "An ambitious, bold sound for fans of Arcade Fire and Coldplay!" Mixtape "Abel Raise The Cain pack quite a punch – a visceral live band, their post-rock is expansive and epic." KYEO TV "Even closer to home are Abel Raise The Cain and they seize their moment in the sun. A powerful atmospheric performance reveals clear and present signs of life on the Teesside music scene." God is in the TV Zine
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Thursday, July 30, 2015

PREVIEW: TV ONE'S NEW SCRIPTED COMEDY "BORN AGAIN VIRGIN" ARRIVES ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5 AT 10PM/ET

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 Silver Spring, MD  - This summer, TV One takes a sexy, sassy look at love and dating in today's hyper-connected world in the new scripted comedy Born Again Virgin premiering Wednesday, August 5 at 10PM/ET.

Born Again Virgin explores the journey of dating through three 30-something best friends. The series follows Jenna (Danielle Nicolet), a writer who decides to become celibate after a stream of unsuccessful dates and hook-ups leave her wanting more meaningful relationships. She decides to blog about her newly adopted sex-fast and share the hilarious "sexcapades" of her girlfriends - Kelly (Meagan Holder), a publicist, known equally for her success launching new clients as her ability to attract 'failure to launch' men and Tara (Eva Marcille), a budding actress who splits her time between gigs hanging out with her girls and finding her next suitor to bankroll her celebrity-inspired lifestyle. Delivering a bit of temptation is Donovan (Durrell "Tank" Babbs), their hot neighbor who makes staying on the right path nearly impossible for Jenna. Each week, the ladies comically work through their dating woes and career challenges while showcasing heartfelt moments of friendship.

 "The face of abstinence is changing daily, as evidenced by Russell Wilson's recent disclosure of abstaining from sex with girlfriend Ciara, and proving that even when sex is removed from the relationship equation, there remains a never-ending supply of flirty fun and adventure to be had," said D'Angela Proctor, SVP Original Programming & Production for TV One. "As Jenna's journey continues, viewers will see that sexual liberation doesn't have to include sex at all."    Born Again Virgin Cast Includes:  Danielle Nicolet is a veteran of 3rd Rock From The Sun. Most recently, she recurred on BET's The Game, Family Tools for ABC, and guest starred on CBS' hit drama, Elementary. She is currently filming Central Intelligence opposite Kevin Hart and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. 

Eva Marcille got her first big break when she won the third cycle of America's Next Top Model. She guest starred on several television shows including Smallville and Everybody Hates Chris, landed a recurring role on Tyler Perry's House of Payne and showed off her comedy chops on MTV's Wildin' Out and BET's Real Husbands of Hollywood. 

Meagan Holder made her film debut in Bring It On: Fight To The Finish. Shortly after, she appeared in the Disney comedy You Again. On television, Meagan starred in ABC Family's Make It Or Break It. Additional television appearances include roles on Ringer, 90210, NCIS: Los Angeles and popular children's shows Victorious and Shake It Up.  

Durrell "Tank" Babbs has one of the most recognizable voices in modern R&B. Known for vivid storytelling and sensual love songs, Tank is readying the release of his upcoming album Now Or Never. The eight-time Grammy(R) Award nominated artist transitioned into film roles with The Fast And The Furious, Preachers Kid and More Than A Game. View the pilot episode o Born Again Virgin:



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EARNEST PUGH hits iTunes with new single, "Trade It All"

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Five-Octave Singer Is Scheduled To Perform Song On BET’S “Bobby Jones Gospel” Program on The 35-Year Old Show’s Final Season
 

Gospel music’s smoothest balladeer Earnest Pugh has a new classic entitled “Trade It All” available for immediate download from all digital retailers such as the iTunes Store and Amazon MP3. The uplifting song of hope and inspiration hails from Pugh’s forthcoming EP “Fully Persuaded” (EPM/P-Man). The compelling tune was written and produced by Lucius B. Hoskins who masterminded Zacardi Cortez’ radio smash “1 on 1” that spent five weeks at #1 on Billboard Magazine’s Gospel Airplay chart in 2013.
 
There’s been much buzz about the track.  CEO of the ND Company, Neily Dickerson says, “Pugh did some good sanging on this record.” Veteran radio promoter Tracey Artis adds that,  “This song has legs…a hit.”  Singer Byron Cage gives the track high praise while radio executive Elroy Smith says it is “Well delivered (vocally), well written and well mastered solidly.” However, Melanie Clark-Pratt, midday host at Radio One Charlotte, is more direct: “ Earnest, you nailed it!”
 

The five-octave vocalist is now on his way to Washington, D.C. to perform the song on BET’s “Bobby Jones Gospel” program this Friday for the show’s 35th and final season. “This song reminds me of the feeling I had when I first heard `Rain On Us’,” says Pugh who is best known for the #1 hits “Rain On Us” and “I Need Your Glory” which spent nine weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart. “I wrote the song for Earnest at least four years ago but he never got around to recording it because his label took him into another direction,” Hoskins adds. “I recently ran into him and reminded him about the song and the timing was right so we cut it.” The song is available for download at all major digital music stores, including iTunes at this link:  http://syntax.cr/1JeGjwf. Fans can keep up with Pugh by visiting his website  www.earnestpugh.com for more news.
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TUNE-IN ALERT: Bounce TV's New Original Series 'In the Cut' premieres on Tues., August 25 at 9:00 p.m. (ET)

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Two stars from two highly successful 90's sitcoms, The Parkers and Sister Sister return to television as co-stars of "In the Cut" as Bounce TV welcomes Dorian Haywood and Jackee Harry to prime-time.  In the cut also stars John Marhsall Jones (The Smart Guy), and Ken Lawson (The Parkers) along with along with special guest stars Vanessa Bell Calloway (Shameless), Golden Brooks (Girlfriendsand Chastity Dotson (Single Ladies).


 

Atlanta, GA - Bounce TV (http://bouncetv.com), the nation's first-ever over-the-air broadcast television network for African Americans, will launch a new original series In The Cut - a half-hour situation comedy created by Bentley Kyle Evans (Family Time, The Jamie Foxx Show, Martin) - in a special six-week summer series run Tuesday nights at 9:00 p.m. starting Aug. 25.
 
Photos courtesy of the Front Page Firm.


In The Cut stars Dorien Wilson (The Parkers, Dream On), Ken Lawson (The Parkers) and also features Jackee Harry (Sister, Sister) and John Marshall Jones (The Smart Guy  

 

The showcenters on Jay Weaver (Wilson) who owns several businesses in a strip mall in San Diego and spends most of his time working in his barbershop, Jay's Chop Shop. Jay also co-owns a beauty salon a few doors away - Nadine's Shop - named for his ex-wife (Harry) who still runs it. One day, a young man named Kenny Clark (Lawson) shows up out of nowhere claiming to be Jay's 31-year-old illegitimate son from a short-lived fling. Kenny sticks around and begins to take on a role in the family business as he and Jay start to bond.  Jay's long-time sidekick Clevon "Smitty" Smith (Jones) also works at the barber shop and adds to the comedy -- as well as the occasional drama -- that comes into their lives.
 
The series was created by Bentley Kyle Evans and is produced by Evans and partner Trenton Gumbs, both of whom produce the current Bounce TV hit original series Family Time. Evans also produced the hit series Martin and The Jamie Foxx Show, and both he and Gumbs produced Love That Girl. The third season of Family Time, starring Omar Gooding and Angell Conwell, will premiere on Bounce Tues. Oct. 6 at 9:00 p.m. (ET), taking over the In The Cut time period.

(L to R) Ken Lawson, Dorien Wilson, and John Marshall Jones)
 
 
Bounce TV is carried on the broadcast signals of local television stations and corresponding cable carriage.  For local channel location, visit BounceTV.com.
 
Bounce TV is the fastest-growing African-American (AA) network on television and features a programming mix of original and off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and more.  Bounce TV has grown to be available in more than 85 million homes across 90 markets, 90% of African American television homes -- including all of the top AA television markets. Among the founders of Bounce TV are iconic American figures Ambassador Andrew Young and Martin Luther King III

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

UC OFFICER RAY TENSING INDICTED FOR THE MURDER OF SAMUEL DUBOSE, FULL VIDEO RELEASED

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FINAL WORDS:  "I didn't even Do nothing," Sam Dubose

A Cincinnati grand jury has determined the actions of a campus police officer during a routine traffic stop that left a man dead were not justified.

On July 19, University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing pulled over Samuel Dubose, 43  for a missing license tag. Video from a body cam worn by Officer Tensing shows a less than 2-minute verbal exchange quickly came to a tragic end with a single fatal shot to Dubose's  head.   Mr. Dubose died instantly in the front seat of his car. Today, a day after Dubose was laid to rest,  Prosecutor Joe Deters announced in a press conference at city hall the Hamilton county grand jury indicted Tensing on murder charges.


This incident comes as a wave of police brutality sweeps the nation.

Officer Tensing is White.  The man he killed was Black and unarmed.

A summary of the deadly encounter follows:

Samuel Dubose was pulled over for a driving infraction.  Officer Ray Tensing asked, "Do you have your license?"  The suspect did not immediately admit he did not have his license when asked several times and was hesitant to get out of the vehicle when asked.  He cooperated in giving  the officer a bottle of gin that was spotted on the drivers side.  Suspecting the license was suspended Officer Tensing  told Dubose to fess up.  Dubose said he had a license, but did not seem to have it on him at the time and suggested the officer run his name. Dubose did not get out of the vehicle.  He said he  was en route to his home and asked, "What did you pull me over for?"  Replied Officer Tensing, "Again the front tag."  Dubose retorted, "But it is not illegal not to have a front tag in Cincinnati." Officer Tensing disagreed and proceeded to open the car door.  Dubose's next words were his last. "I didn't even Do nothing," he said.  In an instant he was dead in the front seat of his car. Tensing claimed he opned fired because the car was dragging him.

WARNING-UNCENSORED VIDEO, HIGHLY GRAPHIC CONTENT




Tensions in the area have been high since the shooting. Authorties braced for possible eruptions of violence and the UC campus was shut downin anticipation of the grand jury announcement ith increased police presence.

At a press conference held at city hall afer the announcement, Mayor John Granley said, "WE ARE GOING TO GET THROUGH THIS WITH THE HELP OF HE FAMILY, POLICE...OBVIOUSLY REASON FOR PEOPLE TO BE UPSET, PD PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO RESPECT PACEFUL PROTEST AND ALSO PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO DON'T."

"UC has terminated Tensing.  We are fully committed to doing nything so that we a model of public safety in a college setting."  University of Cincinnati Pres. Santo Ono. 

Tensing was on the force for four years and graduated from the university.
Policechie prepared says they are repared to respond to ourburst.  Violence can not be tolerated


According to FOX19 news protests in the area have remained peaceful.
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Lincoln Chafee is running for president on the Dem ticket too

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Hillary Clinton is not the only contender in the Democratic field for president.  But, that's stating the obvious.  What is less obvious to the average American voter is that the former Secretary of State is not a shoo-in for the Democratic presidential nomination. Recently, The Washington Post had Clinton polling at less than 50%.  Questions about her integrity stemming from Bengazi and having her own personal email account when serving as Secretary of Sate are getting in her way.  It's time to get to know other candidates vying for the Democratic nomination. Here's a name to remember: Lincoln Chafee. The Rhode Island governor is one of five candidates running for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Lincoln Chafee (D-RI),  has political roots, is strong on foreign affairs and says politically he compares to FDR. When asked why he is running for president by MSNBC's Andrea Mithell, he replied, "I have three children and I care about the future of all children and  future genertions. . . I car about the repair work after the collasal mistake we made in invading Iraq."

Learn more at http://www.chafee2016.com/
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ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY TOPS SEVERAL BILLBOARD CHARTS

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Baltimore's  Anthony Brown & group therAPy are in familiar territory once again ith the release o ther sophomore album, "Everyday Jesus."  The group's sophomore release, Everyday Jesus has landed in the #1 spot on multiple charts  during  its first week of release.

 EVERYDAY JESUS is #1* on both the Billboard Top Gospel Albums and Top Christian & Gospel Albums (combined) charts as well as #9* on the Billboard Top Album Sales Chart (a multi-genre chart) and #11* on the Billboard Top 200 Chart (that also combines all genres along with album sales, audio streaming and track sales).  The project, released on Tyscot Records, is also the Number 1 Christian/Gospel selling digital album for the week ending 07/23/15.
 
Heralded as his best work, EVERYDAY JESUS is a blend of contemporary praise, gospel, worship and pop sounds.  Recorded live in Brown's hometown of Baltimore, MD, the album is a true testament of the vast arsenal of talent that is Anthony Brown & group therAPy.  From exceptional vocals, to a variety of sounds and styles EVERYDAY JESUS has something for everyone. 
 
The lead radio single, "Worth," has truly connected with audiences everywhere as it continues to be the top selling Gospel digital song nationwide while it climbs the Billboard Gospel Airplay Chart.  
 
"I'm so overwhelmed and excited to have had the opportunity to share this music," Anthony Brown said.  "I do it for God...I do it for you...but to have this kind of response the first week is icing on the cake.  I can't say thank you enough to those who shopped online or went to the stores to purchase EVERYDAY JESUS.  This isn't just big for me, it's big for gospel."
 
"This is an exciting and historical day for Tyscot Music & Entertainment, as this is our best debut week ever!" said Bryant Scott, President Tyscot Records. "We are delighted to be working with a great group of ministry partners; Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Key of A Music, and V Man Entertainment, in presenting this anointed project to the masses."
 
Brown continues to travel and perform this summer in support of the new album including an appearance at Mega-fest on August 23rd.  He can also be seen performing "Worth" on BET SUNDAY BEST airing nationally August 23th on BET!  
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JJ Heller to Release Eighth Studio Project in August

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First single “Fully Known” Available Now
New CD comes out on August 15
 
Nashville, TN – Indie music and radio favorite JJ Heller’s professional and personal life always seems to be chronicled in her songs. With the release of her eighth studio album Sound of a Living Heart, JJ stays true to her signature style, welcoming her listeners to join her in the pursuit of a whole-hearted life. Produced by Jonny Macintosh (Third Day, Switchfoot), Sound of a Living Heart will hit stores and online outlets August 21, 2015.
 
The songs on Sound of a Living Heart seamlessly merge JJ’s charming, accessible voice with a new sound for the seasoned songstress. The album features pop-infused tracks, familiar folk melodies (you might recognize “This Year” and “Meant to Be” which already garnered immediate and widespread attention with millions of listeners through JJ’s social media presence), as well as soaring power ballads, a gospel-inspired tune, and a heartrending story-song that features the vocals of Sanctus Real frontman, Matt Hammitt. The 11 brand-new songs describe the pursuit of a whole-hearted life like a well-textured story, inviting the listener into a deeper journey that continues long after the final song ends.
 
“I’m a recovering perfectionist,” Heller says with a laugh, “but I’m learning to press into the discomfort and messiness of life. I know I’m going to make mistakes and experience pain, but God is always there to put the pieces back together.” 
 
JJ first hit the spotlight when her music was discovered by the hit show So You Think You Can Dance? in the fall of 2009. Within weeks, her music blossomed beyond her fan base, and found a life of its own on radio airwaves spanning the country.  Since that time, JJ has achieved incredible achievements for an independent artist, with numerous TV placements and a successful touring career.  Her song “Your Hands” reached the #18 spot on the Billboard Christian Charts and #9 at Indicator and was named Best Christian Song on Amazon’s “Best of 2010” list. This was followed by the song “What Love Really Means” peaking at #12 on the Billboard Christian Charts and the #9 spot at Indicator.  Most recently, JJ was honored to receive an Inspirational Album of the Year nomination at the 2014 Dove Awards for her lullaby album “I Dream of You.”
 
With Sound of a Living Heart, JJ hopes that listeners will realize the incredible story they are living out. On her journey toward an authentic and honest life, Heller is choosing vulnerability even if is painful. “Rather than trying to shield myself from pain,” Heller says, “I want to choose to be adventurous, take risks, and tell a better story with my life.”
 
JJ Heller – SOUND OF A LIVING HEART – will be available in stores (New Day Distribution) and via digital outlets August 21, 2015.  Currently the album is available for pre-order at iTunes, where fans can receive her new single “Fully Known,” and story song “Father-Daughter Dance” as an instant digital download after pre-ordering the album. 
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Comedy Dynamics to Premiere Season 2 of Original Series 'Coming To The Stage', Hosted By Dan Levy

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Coming To The Stage: Season 2, a Comedy Dynamics original series, will premiere exclusively on all Comedy Dynamics platforms, starting August 13, 2015.
 
Coming To The Stage cultivates the freshest faces in comedy by giving them an opportunity to literally "come to the stage" and gain exposure to a much larger audience. Season 2 spotlights up-and-coming stand-up comics, some of which have already flirted with the limelight, such as 30 Rock's Josh Fadem and Adventures in Comedy's Tom McCaffrey. Other rising comics include: J.R. De Guzman, Ashley Barnhill, Finn Straley, Rhea Butcher, Eddie Della Siepe, Dan St. Germain, Megan Koester, Donnivin Jordan, Vincent Oshana, and Merril Davis.

"This season's lineup is one I could not be more excited about," says Brian Volk-Weiss, president of Comedy Dynamics. "I predict that in less than 5 years, we will see many of them perform at the highest levels of the business."

Comedy Dynamics is the largest independent comedy production and distribution company in North America, specializing in a range of established and emerging comedic talent.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

AI's Riley Bria to perform at Chem Duck 3rd Annual Duck Derby in Nashville




Riley Bria


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Nashville-based non-profit Gabes Chemo Duck Program is pleased to announce that Riley Bria from this season of American Idol will perform live and meet with fans at Chemo Ducks 3rd Annual Duck Derby, taking place at Nashville Shores (4001 Bell Road in Hermitage, TN) on Saturday, August 1st. The popular family-friendly event will benefit kids living with cancer.

Discount tickets to the event at Nashville Shores are available for $19.99 (plus tax) at
www.nashvilleshores.com (promotional code: DUCK). For a donation of $5, supporters can purchase one of 2,500 rubber ducks that will be dropped into Nashville Shores lazy river. A Grand Prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the donor whose rubber duck is the first to cross the finish line. Additionally, a donation of 24 Chemo Ducks will be made to the hospital of the winners choice. Winners do not need to be present to win, and all proceeds from the event will be used to place more Chemo Ducks into the hands of young cancer patients waiting for a duck of their own.

Doors open at 10 a.m. and the Duck Derby will take place at 3 p.m. Eighteen year-old Spring Hill resident Riley Bria, who has shared the stage with artists like Keith Urban and made the Top 10 for the guys on the just-completed season of American Idol, will be on hand to perform and meet with fans. Additional games and activities for the entire family will take place throughout the day including a duck scavenger hunt and a duck face contest. Door prizes will also be available.

We are so excited to have Riley joining us at Nashville Shores for the 3rd Annual Duck Derby, said Lu Sipos, founder of Gabes Chemo Duck Program. Nashville continues to embrace Chemo Duck allowing us to provide huggable hope to children living with cancer!

Chemo Ducks 3rd Annual Duck Derby is sponsored by Jackson National Life Insurance Company, with additional sponsorship by B.L. Harbert, Williamson Pediatric Dentistry, StoneTree Mulch, Gravel & More, Crain Construction and Nashville Publicity Group.

ABOUT GABE'S CHEMO DUCK PROGRAM
Gabes Chemo Duck Program is a program of the Nashville-based nonprofit organization, Gabes My Heart, which was established in 2004 to provide education and comfort to children living with cancer through medical play using therapeutic tools. The goal of the program is to enable hospital staff and parents to prepare children for chemotherapy treatment and eliminate the fear of the unknown. Chemo Duck is a stuffed yellow duck dressed in blue hospital scrubs with a bandana around its head, a chemotherapy port on its chest and an immobilizer on his arm. In a gentle, age-appropriate manner, children learn what to expect during cancer treatment and have a friend to share the experience. In turn, children can use Chemo Duck to help friends, siblings and classmates to understand and empathize with their experience. For more information, visit
www.chemoduck.org.

 



 



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Johnny Gill’s Current Single ‘Game Changer’ hits top 10

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Check out Johnny’s Summer Concert Dates along with
Select Dates with New Edition and More
 


(Los Angeles, CA – July 2015) – Multiple GRAMMY®-nominated recording artist and R&B Superstar Johnny Gill hits another milestone with his Billboard Top 10 R&B Adult Airplay single “Game Changer” from the album of the same title. This is Johnny’s second single from the album that also boasted a Top 10 single, “Behind Closed Doors,” which peaked at No. 6 on both the Mediabase Urban Adult Contemporary and the Billboard R&B Adult Airplay charts.
 
Game Changer is the second album release on his label JSkillz Records, in partnership with Universal Music Group’s Caroline Records and Capitol Records.
 
“Johnny is such an incredible talent and it is a pleasure working with him,” says Azim Rashid, Senior Vice-President of Urban Promotions of Capitol Records.
 
“Radio has embraced Johnny’s entrepreneurial spirit and applauds his work ethic. With that combination, we have a lot of life left in this single and the album.”
 
Music industry radio veteran Ken Wilson adds, “Johnny makes music that is timeless and it touches everyone’s emotions.”
 
This summer, Johnny performs on a series of concert dates, along with select dates with New Edition.
 
Dates for July and August include the
Dell Music Center in Philadelphia, PA (July 30)
Black Family Cultural Festival in Cesar Chavez Park in Sacramento, CA (August 1)
The Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont with New Edition in Richmond, VA (August 8) the Wolf Creek Amphitheater in Atlanta, GA (August 15); the Fantasy Springs Casino with New Edition in Indio, CA (August 21); the Star of the Desert Arena with New Edition in Primm, NV (August 22), Allstate’s Tom Joyner’s Family Reunion in Orlando, FL (September 5); the Heritage Classic at Landers Center in Southhaven, MS (September 11); and more dates to be announced in the coming weeks. An avid golf player and a sports enthusiast, Johnny will join Jeffrey Osborne and other celebrities at Osborne’s annual Celebrity Classic in Newport, RI (August 9-11).
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Joe Jackson suffers a blinding stroke

buzzz worthy. . .

Mona Austin

Jackson family patriarch, Joe Jackson is hospitalized in Brazil after suffering a stroke on his 87th birthday.  On Sunday in São Paulo,  Jackson reportedly woke up dizzy and unable to see.   According to TMZ, who broke the story, doctors at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Brazil are running tests to determine the extent of the damage and whether to fly the elder Jackson back to the U.S. for treatment.  Mr. Jackson is diabetic, but at reporting time it is unknown if the  disease was a factor in the illness or whether Jackson has regained his sight.


Mr. Jackson was in the country to celebrate his birthday in a massive Brazilian-themed bash, placing an open invitation online:  “Join me on the 26th of July to celebrate 87 full years on earth. The greatest adventure you can take on this world, is to live your life and enjoy the ride.” 

The father of the late Michael Jackson arrived in the country on July 22 ahead of the official party and had been living it up and "enjoying the ride" just days before illness struck. Photos on his Web site show the talent manager  appearing to be in good spirits while making appearances with a client, French artist Angelina Stillitti at various venues.   Prior to leaving for Brazil, in  June Jackson attended the BET Awards to see his youngest daughter, Janet receive the Icon Award.  He also makes a cameo appearance in Janet's video, "No Sleep." It is currently unknown whether any Jackson children were in Brazil with their father.

The visit may have combined business as Nexxing Marketing Group  was to host the $200,000 celebration for Poppa Jackson according to his Web site.


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