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Thursday, August 13, 2015


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Principal Photography Expected for Early 2016

BET is in production on its first scripted music-focused television movie featuring iconic 90's boy group New Edition.  The original miniseries is being produced in partnership with Jesse Collins Entertainment.  New Edition members Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant have all signed on as co-producers for the film that is being developed into a three-night miniseries premiering on BET in 2016.
“It's been a long time coming and that time is finally here! Now that we have signed the deal, New Edition's journey will be captured in a three night miniseries to tell our life story through our very own eyes. We are happy to have New Edition Enterprises collaborate with BET Networks’ Debra Lee and Stephen Hill along with Jesse Collins Entertainment.  From our beginning in the Orchard Park Projects in Boston to Hollywood and everything in between, just like The Temptations and The Jackson Five—we are ready to retrace our footsteps and show everyone how we got here. For the fans all over the world, this one's for you,” says New Edition.
“Personally, my relationship with New Edition goes back to being among the first to play ‘Candy Girl’ on my college radio station, so I’m ecstatic that BET is the place where the guys wanted to come to tell their complete, dynamic story,” said Stephen Hill, President of Programming, BET Networks.  “Everyone’s been waiting for the New Edition saga to be told in all its triumphs and heartbreaks and we can’t wait to bring it to the screen.”
Jesse Collins (Real Husbands of Hollywood) is executive producer. “New Edition’s music is woven into the fabric of our culture.  When I brought the idea to BET years ago, I wanted to create a film that would tell the story of how New Edition emerged into one of the most important groups of its generation.  I am so grateful that Stephen Hill and his team are giving Jesse Collins Entertainment the opportunity to chronicle the lives of these music icons,” says Collins.
New Edition’s longtime manager Brooke Payne will also serve as a co-producer.  With a script by Abdul Williams (Lottery Ticket), the untitled film is slated to begin shooting in early 2016.  A director has not yet been selected. 
Jesse Collins is represented by ICM Partners, Niles Kirchner Management and Bloom, Hergott, Diemer & Rosenthal.  Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant are repped by ICM Partners and Gordon Bobb at Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano.  Abdul Williams is represented by UTA, Bonnie Berry LaMon at B2L Entertainment Law Group and Brad Kaplan at Primary Wave.

Jesse Collins Entertainment is a full service television and film production company founded by entertainment industry veteran Jesse Collins. For more than a decade, Collins has played an integral role in producing some of television’s most memorable moments in music entertainment. Formerly Executive Producer/EVP of Cossette Productions, Collins has produced ground-breaking and award winning television programming including the BET Awards, the GRAMMY Awards, BET Honors, UNCF An Evening of Stars and the BET Hip Hop Awards. Collins is an executive producer of Real Husbands of Hollywood (now going into its 4th season) and will also produce the 2015 Soul Train Awards for CENTRIC.  He has worked with a myriad of superstar talent including Will Smith, Chris Rock, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Prince and Mariah Carey. Go to http://www.jessecollinsent.com/ for more information.
New Edition Enterprises was established in 2006.  It is a global entertainment company that includes touring, music, television, apparel and now film.
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President Obama and Rep. John Lewis Commemorate Voting Rights Act at 50

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The diluted landmark Voting Rights Act turned 50 on August 6, 2015.  One of the leaders in the freedom movement, Rep. John Lewis or Georgia and President Obama commemorated the occasion at the White House as shown in the above video. The occasion was bittersweet as the Supreme Court overturned a key provision, Section 5 of the VRA in 2013, leaving the law vulnerable to future revisions.  Obama has urged  Congress to restore the Act to  its original state.
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Ken Francis inks "Buckwild" You Tube Deal with Fullscreen, Inc.

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Recently Released from the Feds
Former Playboy TV Producer
Ken Francis
Inks "Buckwild" YouTube Deal
with Fullscreen, Inc.

Los Angeles - Former Playboy TV producer Ken Francis III has signed a deal with Fullscreen, Inc., one of the largest YouTube multi-channel network operators. Fullscreen, Inc., will promote and monetize Francis' YouTube channel, "The Buckwild Show," an archive of exclusive behind-the-scene footage Francis has secured filming, interviewing and documenting the biggest names in hip hop over the past two decades, including Snoop Dogg, Run DMC, Black Eyed Peas, Pharrell, Bobby Brown, and Outkast. Francis' channel will feature classic episodes of "The Buckwild Show" as well as his new show, "In The Lab." The signing marks a milestone feat for Francis who was just released from Federal prison less than a year ago.
An original and groundbreaking hip hop music video show, "The Buckwild Show" presents top name artists with sexy models. The series originally aired on Playboy TV in 2005 and has now been revamped for YouTube programming.   
Snoop Dog and producer Ken Francis III
on the set of "The Buckwild Show"
photo credit:  Joel Payne
Francis' other show, "In The Lab," goes behind the scenes of music productions, featuring footage of studio sessions with various top recording artists. The show also showcases the home studios of famous as well as up-coming artists. There is a "Check The Technique" segment where music producers reveal some of their recording tips and Francis' vintage footage of various celebrities in the studio is highlighted in the "Classic Clips" segment of the show.
"The Buckwild Show" channel will also incorporate current celebrity hip hop news into Francis' funny "Qwik Clips," a 'talking heads' spoof on topical subjects and current events like the Drake vs. Meek Mill rap battle. There is exclusive archival footage of various artists like Kim Kardashian and Ray J, Quincy Jones, Jamie Foxx, Paris Hilton, Russell Crowe, Justin Timberlake and more. Additional content also includes history making footage such as the attack on Dr. Dre at the Vibe Awards and other memorable music events.
Francis' personal adventure in the hip hop industry is urban legend status. The television and video producer once captured and documented Hollywood's most intimate hip hop scenes with his lens. A pioneer underground video veteran, Francis' early productions included the now cult classics "Buckwild Beach Week," "Buckwild in Brazil," and "Buckwild 2001." These DVD productions were the first to showcase the beauty of women of color back when the popular "Girl's Gone Wild" series was ignoring them.
It was also Francis who introduced hip hop programming to Playboy TV with his original series "Buckwild." The shows highlighted uncensored videos and interviews from the likes of Busta Rhymes, Lil' Jon and the Eastside Boys, the Ying Yang Twins, Jadakiss, Loon and Treach from Naughty by Nature. Real hip hop heads still own the Playboy TV DVD classic "Snoop Dogg's Buckwild Bus Tour" a project directed and produced by Francis.
A 20-year entertainment industry veteran who worked his way up from an ambitious intern at Polygram Records to owning and operating the hip-hop industry's most sought-after video vixen modeling agency, Dimepiece USA, Francis furnished countless models for the music videos of superstar artists like Jay Z, Usher, Eminem, 50 Cent, Kanye West, Nelly, Missy Elliot and many others. It was the operation of Dimepiece USA which saw his eventual demise however when he was convicted for the agency's involvement in an international drug smuggling ring. Francis maintains his innocence to this day.
"My ordeal with the Feds and subsequent imprisonment was a very humbling experience after having such broad access to Hollywood's elite hip hop community," reveals Francis. "I believe the journey has enlightened me and given me the answers to some of life's hidden secrets.  I have literally sat in a prison cell and dreamt of days like this."
"While incarcerated, I spent much of my time writing my memoirs and reading tech and business magazines. Once I realized the Internet was taking over the industry and moving toward original content, I knew I was sitting on a vast catalog of prized footage. I am more than thankful to be aligned with Full Screen, the number one content provider in the marketplace. Securing this deal with them is a huge affirmation for me and a tremendous boost as I work to secure and position myself again."
New episodes of "The Buckwild Show" air every Tuesday on YouTube and new airings of "In The Lab" premiere every Thursday.  
Check out "The BuckWild Show" Channel on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_XgcVn4D1HMisRjXG9euug .
In The Labhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neauwlJ_HSs

Drake vs. Meek Mill Qwik Clip - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX8fQfciVIg   
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Sheryl Lee Ralph covers 'Sheen' magazine for fall

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(ATLANTA, GA) The legendary actress, SHERYL LEE RALPH is the standard for what a classy, timeless woman embodies. Sheryl has been on the acting scene since she was a very young woman and later blossomed into the original Dreamgirl "Deena Jones" on Broadway. Many know Sheryl as "Dee," our favorite stepmother on Moesha, or as "Maggie Turner" on Nickelodeon's Instant Mom. The multitalented actress lives by the acronym D.I.V.A-- Divinely, Inspired, Victoriously, Alive.
Following Sheryl's lead, SHEEN Magazine traces the everlasting elegance of women over the years including Eartha Kitt, Pam Grier and more. Celebrity makeup artist, Renny Vasquez, who has "beat" the faces of Queen Latifah and Gabrielle Union, gives us his insight on fall makeup trends. With cool weather approaching, keeping your skin and lips hydrated is a must! Read about the  best lip exfoliates and beauty secrets you need in your beauty arsenal! Also, Dr. Paul Nassif from Botched on E! explains the enticing world of extreme plastic surgery. Do you need "tress relief?" SHEEN answers your hair questions. Queen of Color and Cuts, Cynthia Meadows, gives us tips about keeping hair healthy in living color. Hairstylist Highlight, Gocha Hawkins, takes center stage on her new role on LA Hair.
Lifestyle blogger and journalist Tami Reed talks blogging and Stylist Ayanna J talks how social media landed her the job of her dreams. VH1's Love and Hip Hop Atlanta star Erica Dixon balances business and pleasure. Featured Mandate, Tank, tells us how he becomes the ultimate tempter on TV One's Born Again Virgin. Wendy Raquel Robinson channels her inner Tasha Mack. Karen Clark Sheard speaks on her legacy while #ILoveMyPastor contest winner, Dr. Joseph L. Williams, shares his spiritual journey.
Read all about it! SHEEN MAGAZINE's September/October "Timeless Beauty" issue on stands August 28, 2015.
SHEEN MAGAZINE is The Ultimate Beauty Guide and can be purchased nationally at Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Books-A-Million, and Barnes & Noble. Visit SHEEN online at SheenMagazine.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @sheenmagazine.
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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Lecrae leads 2015 Dove Award nominees with 7 (Full list)

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Lecrae Leads With 7 Nominations, Including Artist Of The Year; for KING & COUNTRY Garners 5 Nominations, With Crowder, Chris Tomlin and Matt Maher Each Earn 4 
For full list of nominees, go to www.doveawards.com/nominees

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (August 12, 2015) — The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced today, from on the campus of Lipscomb University, the nominees in 41 categories for the 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards. The theme of this year’s award show is “Better Together” which focuses on the strength in unity. The conference was also streamed live on CMM MAGAZINE and YES Lord Radio.   The awards show will take place on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN at 6:30pm CT. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will exclusively air the awards show on Sunday, October 18 on the network’s global stage reaching over 100 million homes in the US, plus global and multi-platform distribution. Voting for the final winners will run August 20th through August 27.   The “Song of the Year” and “Songwriter of the Year” categories will be made in a special announcement in the coming weeks.

Lecrae leads all nominations with 7, followed by for KING & COUNTRY with 5. Crowder, Matt Maher and Chris Tomlin tally 4 nods each.
The full list of nominees can be found here: FULL LIST OF 46th ANNUAL GMA DOVE AWARD NOMINEES

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, GMA Executive Director/President Jackie Patillo and artists Audio Adrenaline, Jason Crabb, Colton Dixon, Joseph Habedank, Casey J and RED were among the artist and dignitaries participating in the nominee announcements.

“This is always an exciting day for us at the GMA,” states Patillo.”We are honored to recognize the many talents of our industry and the contributions they have made. This year Gospel and Christian Music’s biggest night is going to be off the charts with unforgettable performances and special pairings.

Additionally, Patillo expanded on this year’s “Better Together” initiative.  “Since 1969, the GMA Dove Awards has honored the outstanding achievement and excellence of our music community.  We hope to bring much more light to our mission with this year’s “Better Together” theme as we focus on unity, diversity and creativity and come together during this exciting time in our industry,” states Patillo.

TBN Vice President Matthew Crouch said the network is excited to serve as the exclusive broadcast partner for the GMA Dove Awards. “The Dove Awards represent the gold standard for Gospel and Christian singers, songwriters, and music professionals,” he said. “And TBN is privileged once again to share this special evening of honors, excitement, and life-changing music with our viewers around the world.”

The nominees in 12 categories were revealed today during the press conference and included here are five of the top categories announced today:

Artist of the Year
Francesca Battistelli
Kari Jobe
Mercy Me

New Artist of the Year
About A Mile
Danny Gokey
I Am They
Lauren Daigle

Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year
Chris Tomlin
Hillsong UNITED

Southern Gospel Artist of the Year
Booth Brothers
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Gaither Vocal Band
The Collingsworth Family
The Isaacs

Gospel Artist of the Year
Erica Campbell
Fred Hammond
Israel & New Breed
Jonathan McReynolds
Tamela Mann
Tasha Cobbs

The GMA Dove Awards, Gospel music’s biggest night of the year, will feature artists from every style of Gospel/Christian music coming together to celebrate the impact of its music. Dove Award nominees are determined by over 1,500 professional members with the winners will be voted on by the entire GMA membership of nearly 2,500. The awards are produced by the GMA.
CCM Magazine will live stream the red carpet, pre-telecast and other non-broadcast show activities, including never before seen backstage access.

 Tickets to the 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards are now on sale at the Allen Arena box office in Nashville or at www.doveawards.com. Ticket prices range from $35.00 to $200.00.
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PAJAM releases The Music Department Vol. 1 on Aug. 23

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(DETROIT, MI) PMG Records presents their latest project PAJAM presents The Music Department Vol. 1, digitally on August 21, 2015. The Music Dept is a band of musicians with a contemporary edge. The groups EP will consist of easy listening jazz contemporary music and feature major recording artists, Faith Evans, Wayman Tisdale, J Moss, and others.

PAJAM is a Grammy Award wining songwriting and production team from Detroit. They have worked with artists such as BeyoncĂ©, Boyz II Men, Dru Hill, Patti LaBelle, Justin Timberlake and Kelly Price. Their creativity has also placed them in the arena to produce music for commercials (Chrysler, Kmart, etc.), movie soundtracks (Deep BlueSea, Fighting Temptations, Rush Hour II, etc.); and television series (Greys Anatomy, CSI, Soul Food, etc). The team have gained a host of accolades that include, 12 Grammy Award nominations (5 wins), 3 American Music Award nominations (1 win), 5 Soul Train Award nominations (3 wins), 39 Stellar Award nominations (22 wins), 4 Dove Award nominations, BMI Songwriter of the Year Award and 15 first singles. 

In 2014, PAJAM announced the launch of their music label, PMG Reocrds. November 25, 2014 marked the release of the labels first #1 Billboard Gospel project, 'Grown Folks Gospel, by J Moss. The label, successfully gained another #1 Billboard Gospel album with the release of 21:03's, 'Outsiders.'

PAJAM presents The Music Department Vol. 1, will be released digitally on August 21, 2015.
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Former Ferguson insider blows the whistle on racism in new book

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Ferguson, MO - Despite angry protests and national outcry after the police killing of unarmed Michael Brown, Jr., a year ago Aug. 9, the police shootings of Black citizens and ensuing uprisings continue to occur across the country. Diversity expert and author, Devin S. James, warns the tragedies and conflict will continue until government leaders make a real commitment to cultural sensitivity training, diversity recruiting, and accountability. In his new memoir, Inside Ferguson: A Voice for the Voiceless, James offers readers a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges he experienced while working with Ferguson city officials and  leaders resistant to change.
When protests turned violent after Michael Brown was killed, St. Louis County leaders called upon James to help bridge the gap between Ferguson's all-white leadership and its outraged Black community. They thought his background made him the perfect for the task. James has firsthand experience of the ambiguity of the criminal justice system, making him a very unlikely success story.  An abused child, high school drop out, victim of gun violence and former gang member, his transformation as an astute, educated communications professional speaks volumes about his intellect, character and integrity. Inside Ferguson is James' chilling account of the hypocrisies of Ferguson's leadership and the consequences he suffered when he tried to do his job and dared to become a voice for the voiceless. 

"The mentalities displayed by leadership in Missouri demonstrate how devalued Black people are in America," states James, whose expertise includes crisis management and community engagement. "The leaders pretend to be concerned about the issues impacting the black community however, they refuse to listen to the needs of the community or make any significant changes. Rather than acknowledge systemic racism exists and try to understand why residents were offended by their actions, the leaders often defended their actions and denied any wrongdoing," adds the CEO of The Devin James Group.
Inside Ferguson explores the City Council's inability to address any real issues, and the subsequent character assassination that occurred when James refused to play along and pushed for real change.  The book details shocking, yet insightful, conversations based on memories, experiences, e-mails, text messages, audio recordings and transcriptions of events as they unfolded according to James. 

Despite the tragedies and challenges evident during his time in Ferguson, James still remains hopeful about what can be done: "Ultimately, it's my hope that my book can help put the focus back on what really matters: why racial inequality and discrimination is still a major crisis in America today. In the wake of Ferguson and similar tragedies occurring nationally, government officials across the country must examine the racist laws and policies that foster an environment in which the killing of Black men and women is acceptable."
Inside Ferguson: A Voice for the Voiceless is an explosive missile of truth from a man uniquely positioned to uncover the real mechanics of damage control and race relations.  The insider game he reveals is gut wrenching as he exposes the Black community as pawns in a war that rages deeper than the death of one victim. James's account will make you question the progress America has made in the quest for racial equality and reflect upon the true meaning of "Black Lives Matter."
Inside Ferguson: A Voice for the Voiceless will be available Friday, August 14th, 2015 at www.amazon.com  and www.barnesandnoble.com. Please visit www.insideferguson.com and connect with Devin S. James on www.facebook.com/insideferguson, Twitter: @Devin_S_James, and Instagram: @devinsjames.
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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

White House assistant shoots at capitol police boyfriend

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A White House assistant to President Obama and House Legislative Affairs Liaison, has blown away her career for allegedly firing a gun at her Capitol Police Officer boyfriend in  a domestic violence related dispute.

Barvetta Singletary
On Friday, August 7, in a fit of rage Barvetta Singletary, 37, turned her boyfriends service gun on him when he would not release his cell phone pass code.  They had argued about him seeing other women and she wanted to check his phone for evidence. When he refused to cooperate with her demands, she shot the 40 caliber Glock 23 service gun once into the couch where he was sitting. "You taught me how to use this, don't think I won't," she said before shooting according to the police report. Her lover ran out of her home located in Prince George's County unharmed and called 911, telling police he saw her wipe the gun down before he left.

Charged with first and  second degree assault and reckless endangerment, Singletary's access to the White House was revoked and she has been place on unpaid leave.

The  White House released this  statement on Monday: "We are aware of the matter and have temporarily placed the employee in question on unpaid leave and revoked her access to the complex until we have more information. We will take additional actions as needed."

Public records indicate she earned an annual salary of $126,250 last year,
She was released Monday after posting a $75,000 bond and now faces unpaid leave and revoked access to The White House com.A U.S Capitol Poilce Department investigation is underway.

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(L to R): Deidre McDonald, Executive Producer Bentley Kyle Evans, Family Time's Angell Conwell and Omar Gooding, Mann & Wife's Tamela and David Mann, Ryan Glover, VP of Original Programming at Bounce TV, Ri-Karlo Handy, Kathleen Bertrand, Demetrius Bridges and Comedian Rodney Perry pose following the screening of the new seasons of the Bounce TV shows Mann & Wife and Family Time at Georgia World Congress Center. 
(Photo credit: Chris McKay/Courtesy of Bounce TV/The FrontPage Firm)

ATLANTA, GA (August 11, 2015) - Stars of Bounce TV's original series Family TimeMann & Wife, and In The Cut took part in multiple ancillary events during The Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards. The events included a media press tour; attendance to VIP parties; walking the blue carpet, presenting at, and attending the Neighborhood Awards; fan meet and greets; and a preview screening of new episodes of the upcoming seasons of Mann & Wife and Family Time. Bounce TV also showed a sneak peak of their new original series In The Cut, premiering Tuesday, August 25. Angell Conwell and Omar Gooding of Family Time took part in a Q & A panel with the show's Executive Producer and Director, Bentley Kyle Evans following the screening. David and Tamela Mann of Mann & Wife also took part in the Q & A panel with Executive Producer and Director Roger Bobb. The panel was moderated by comedian and Bounce TV star Rodney Perry.
Angell Conwell of Bounce TV's 
Family Time on the blue carpet at the 
Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards 
Omar Gooding of Bounce TV's 
Family Time on the blue carpet at the 
Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards 
Tamela and David Mann of 
Bounce TV's Mann & Wife on the blue carpet at the Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards 
Executive Producer of Bounce TV's 
Family Time, Bentley Kyle Evans, 
on the blue carpet at the Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards
Behind the scenes at the Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards***       

Dorien Wilson of Bounce TV's In The Cut  backstage at the 
Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards

Photo credit: Moses Robinson/Courtesy of W&W PR
Tamela Mann of Bounce TV's Mann & Wife on stage at the 
Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards

Photo credit: Moses Robinson/Courtesy of W&W PR
Tamela and David Mann of Bounce TV's 
Mann & Wife on stage at 
the Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards

Photo credit:Moses Robinson/Courtesy of W&W PR
A Baby Boy Reunion Backstage!
Angell Conwell, Omar Gooding, and Tyrese Gibson backstage at the Neighborhood Awards

Photo Credit: The FrontPage Firm
Omar Gooding backstage with Roland Martin during the Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards 

Photo credit: Roland Martin
Angell Conwell backstage with Roland Martin during the Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards 

Photo credit: Roland Martin
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Monday, August 10, 2015

Home > Politics Clinton Records: Judge Sets Schedule for Release to AP

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Impatient with years of delays, a federal judge on Friday gave the State Department some tight deadlines to provide The Associated Press with thousands of pages of documents related to Hillary Rodham Clinton — a timetable that means many of the files should be released well before the U.S. presidential primary elections.

Friday's order came one week after U.S. District Judge Richard Leon chastised the department for its slowness in satisfying years-old records requests, including for Clinton's schedules and calendars.
The AP sued in March after the department failed to turn over files requested under the Freedom of Information Act, including one request made more than five years ago.

Since then, the State Department has said it struggled to meet the AP's demand on time because of limited staff resources and thousands of other pending requests. But at a hearing last month, Leon appeared troubled that the document requests had gone unsatisfied and said at least part of what the AP wanted could be processed with ease by "the least ambitious bureaucrat."

State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the department was aware of the judge's order but wouldn't comment further on a pending lawsuit.

It was not immediately clear whether the State Department will comply with the judge's order or ask an appeals court to give it more time, though the judge said the agency must alert him if it feels that it cannot meet any part of the deadline.

"We are very pleased Judge Leon set a tight production schedule for review and release of these public documents," AP's general counsel Karen Kaiser said in a statement. "We remain committed to the goal of getting this important information released to the public as quickly as possible."
Under the new schedule, the State Department will have 30 days to produce roughly 68 pages of documents related to Clinton's former top aide, Huma Abedin. The State Department last week in writing asked Abedin's lawyers to preserve and return to the government any federal records that Abedin might have in her possession.

Within 90 days, the judge said, the department must turn over nearly 5,000 pages of calendars and schedules from Clinton's four years as secretary of state.

In addition, the State Department will have eight months to produce 13,387 pages of materials concerning its oversight of military contractor BAE Systems during the years Clinton served as secretary of state.

The British firm settled with the Justice Department in February 2010 to end a long-running investigation into its overseas contracts and later agreed to pay a $79 million fine to the State Department and submit to auditing and oversight. So far, after more than two years, the State Department had turned over seven pages to the AP on the subject.

The AP submitted its FOIA request targeting records from Clinton and a number of her top aides in July 2013. The State Department denied fast processing of the request and later missed a promised target date for completing its searches.

The scheduling order does not include the 55,000 pages of Clinton emails that the State Department is already in the process of releasing in a separate case. It also does not take into account documents contained in 20 boxes that were recently given to the State Department by Philippe Reines, a former Clinton senior adviser.
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Hands on artist: Tyrese points out double standard in ariplay for Black R&B artists

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TYRESE ASKS:  “I’m simply asking the question: If Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke and Sam Smith are singing R&B/soul music, how is it possible that they’re being played by Top 40, rhythmic and urban AC stations? Yet when we sing R&B/soul, it’s only being played on black radio?”

Tyrese Gibson

Tyrese Gibson, who has the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, has a lot to say about what seems to be racism and double standards in the music industry. His latest album, Black Rose, has sold more copies than any other album this week, but yet it’s mostly being played on radio stations listened to by African Americans.

“I’m not a racist, I’m not using the race card and I’m not trying to create any type of negative energy toward (radio hosts) Ryan Seacrest or Elvis Duran specifically,” he says. “I’m simply asking the question: If Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke and Sam Smith are singing R&B/soul music, how is it possible that they’re being played by Top 40, rhythmic and urban AC stations? Yet when we sing R&B/soul, it’s only being played on black radio?”

“I don’t have a problem with any of these artists, or the fact that they’re white and singing R&B/soul,” Gibson continues. But “are you telling me that if Robin Thicke sang Shame featuring Jennifer Hudson, they would be playing it? We can’t play that game. If I would’ve sung Sam Smith’s version of (Stay With Me) that has a full choir on the chorus, my song would’ve been played on urban AC radio and that’s it. It wouldn’t have went any further than that.”
He adds, “It’s not fair, it’s not right and I’m not having it.”

Meanwhile, at least one station director from KIIS, which airs On Air with Ryan Seacrest, fired back saying: “Pop radio pulls from all genres… You can hear hip-hop and R&B artists like Wiz Khalifa, Omarion, The Weeknd, Fetty Wap and Silento, in addition to Nicki Minaj, John Legend and many more, on KIIS currently. We will continue to consider all artists for airplay.”

But Tyrese does seem to have a point. It doesn’t seem fair that he has the number one selling album in the country, and is not getting airplay on mainstream radio.

Tyrese, who started out doing commercials for Coca-Cola, has had several hit songs, but is mostly known for his chart toppers “Sweet Lady” in 1999 and “How You Gonna Act Like That?” in 2003. He has also starred in several films including Baby Boy and the Fast and Furious franchise. Black Rose is his sixth studio album, and he says it is also his last solo album. Next year, he will host a relationship talk show on OWN with Rev Run called “Manology”, and will also star in another another Fast and Furious film to be released in 2017.
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Japan Mass Choir's "Powerful" is #3 on Billboard

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“Powerful” is Now Live On iTunes!!
Watch 1,000 Voice Choir "Powerful" Video on YouTube

Successful US Southern Tour Ends with Distribution Deal with SRT Entertainment

(Flowood, MS) – The Japan Mass Choir’s CD entitled “Powerful” (Living In His Body As One) on Lifeline Records / SRT Entertainment, reached  and spent 3 weeks at #3 on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums Chart.  According to Billboard, it was the greatest gainer on the Gospel chart!  It remains in the Top 10 at #7.

The Japan Mass Choir’s visit to America has been a tremendous success! They signed a distribution deal with D.A. Johnson, President of SRT Entertainment and the “Powerful” CD is now Live on iTunes!

Witness the 1,000 voice, Japan Mass Choir, the world’s largest community choir's debut video, "Powerful – Living In His Body As One”  now on YouTube.  

“SRT Entertainment is honored to be the home for the Japan Mass Choir throughout the world. We truly believe that this project Powerful – Living In His Body As One” is a rare opportunity to present Gospel music in a unique way, showing its diversity and influence around the globe. Its rise into the Top 3 of the Billboard Top Albums chart is a testament that the American Gospel / Christian music purchaser has overwhelmingly embraced the ministry of the Japan Mass Choir and the message in the music covers any cultural divide.” Said D.A. Johnson.

JMC kicked off their U.S. Southern Tour in Kings Mountain, NC, which is Jett Edwards, TJMC producer’s hometown. Edwards received the “Key To City” by Mayor Rick Murphrey, followed by many performances throughout the state.

The producer, Jett Edwards and co-producer Jenna are making history, as this is the first time in the history of Japan or Asia, that a record and producing team has manage to produce a thousand-voice choir record release and U.S. Tour.

Edwards, CEO, a Tokyo based producer and Gospel Artist has worked with the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi & Alabama, Janet Jackson, George Benson, among others.  Edwards has partnered with Japanese Gospel entrepreneurJenna, who runs the largest Gospel music school franchise in Japan with approximately 2000 members nationwide.

“I started my Gospel Music journey here in Japan using music to encourage people who were impacted by the 2011 Tsunami,” says Edwards, “and through our charity Believers Today, we would visit the devastated areas like Tohoku Ishinomaki and encourage them with songs.” 

Powerful explains the message taken from 1Corinthians 1:12 and the rich cutting edge sound of the music. Feel like you need a little Power in your life, here's where you get it. The CD is available through all the usual digital media outlets as well as the Believers Today and Japan Mass Choir websites.

Look forward to the release of the film DVD coming soon.

About Jett Edwards
Jett was born in King Mountain, North Carolina, grew up in a household of Professional Entertainers. His father, Hiawatha Edwards, was a renowned Gospel Singer. Jett learned how to play multiple instruments from him. He recorded his first record as a Bassist on one of his father’s CD as writer for his first recording at the age of 14, entitled Lonely Man recorded on Philly Sounds. Jett later became one of the first African-Native Americans to perform at the Grand Ole Opry, in Tennessee with The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi. The group won a Grammy Award the following year with Jett Edwards was Bassist for the Group. Jett has Produced - Executive Producer, Managed, written for or performed with: Dionne Warwick, George Benson, Janet Jackson, Dianna Ross, Isley Brothers, K C & The Sunshine Band, Crusaders, Chaka Khan, Gap Band, Edgar Winter, Temptations, Latoya Jackson, and others.

Website: www.japanmasschoir.com  or www.believerstoday.org
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