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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Tune-in Alert: BRAVO'S 'DON'T BE TARDY' RETURNS

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Kim , her hunky younger husband Kroy and their kids are back on Bravo and apparently fans wer happy to see them. 
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BRAVO MEDIA WIGS OUT AS “DON’T BE TARDY…” EARNS HIGHEST-RATED SEASON PREMIERE IN SERIES HISTORY WITH 1.7 MILLION TOTAL VIEWERS

NEW YORK – Sunday night’s season four premiere of Bravo Media’s “Don’t Be Tardy…” earned 1.7 million total viewers, 1.1 million P25-54 and 904,000 P18-49, according to Nielsen Live+3 data. The episode was up 19 percent, 30 percent and seven percent, respectively, from the prior season premiere (7/17/14). This marked the highest-rated season premiere of the series among all key demos.
 
Tune in this Sunday, August 23nd at 10p.m. ET/PT as the Biermanns celebrate Brielle’s 18th birthday. With her graduation also on the horizon, Kim worries that she will need a therapist to get her through the next few months. Despite her anxiety, Kim is determined to give Brielle the birthday gift she’s been dreaming of, but Kroy wants her to earn it and sends Brielle on a scavenger hunt all over town to find her present. Meanwhile, an unwanted visitor arrives in the Biermann’s front yard and Kim is finally forced to bring her new dogs Turbo and Jet to the vet in an effort to alleviate their ongoing “problems.” For a sneak peek, go to: http://www.bravotv.com/dont-be-tardy/season/episode-402/videos?clip=2891060
“Don’t Be Tardy…” is produced by True Entertainment with Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh, Lauren Eskelin, Jen Morton and Michelle Schiefen serving as Executive Producers.
Source: Nielsen Media Research, Live+3 data.  
 
Bravo Media is the premiere lifestyle and entertainment brand that drives the cultural conversation around its high-quality, interactive original content that focuses on the network’s passion points of food, fashion, beauty, design, digital and pop culture. The network’s diversified slate includes Bravo’s first scripted series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” scripted comedy “Odd Mom Out,” and unscripted favorites such as Emmy award-winning “Top Chef,” “Vanderpump Rules,” “Below Deck,” “Thicker Than Water” and the popular “Million Dollar Listing” and “The Real Housewives” franchises as well as the only live late-night talk show, “Watch What Happens Live.” Available in 92 million homes, Bravo is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Watch Bravo anywhere: On Demand, online or across mobile and connected TVs. Bravo has been an NBCUniversal cable network since December 2002 and first launched in December 1980.
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MTP Delivers Biggest Total Viewer Win over CBS’s “Face the Nation” Half-Hour Since August 2012 MTP Tops ABC’s “This Week” in Total Viewers for 4th Consecutive Week In Demo, MTP Marks 10th Consecutive Win over “Face the Nation” Half-Hour
AUGUST 20, 2015 – “Meet the Press with Chuck Todd” (MTP) was #1 across the board on August 16, delivering its biggest total viewer audience since February 9, 2014 and biggest A25-54 demo audience since March 1 of this year.  The program featured a Sunday exclusive interview with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and an interview with Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders.  
MTP averaged 3.612 million total viewers, +739,000 more than ABC’s “This Week”, +775,000 more than CBS’s “Face the Nation” half-hour, and +1.197 million more than CBS’s “Face the Nation” hour.  This marks MTP’s biggest total viewer win over the CBS half-hour since August 12, 2012 and best over ABC since February 22, 2015.
With 1.005 million viewers in the A25-54 demo, MTP topped ABC’s “This Week” by +232,000 viewers, CBS’s “Face the Nation” half-hour by +205,000 viewers, and CBS’s “Face the Nation” full-hour by +323,000 viewers. This marks MTP’s biggest demo win over the CBS half-hour since June 28, 2015, and best over ABC since June 22, 2014.
MTP’s momentum scored double-digit gains across all key categories year-over-year: +36% in total viewers, +37% in A25-54, and +40% in A18-49.
In the influential Washington, D.C. market, MTP continued its dominance with a three-digit advantage against the competition in total viewers.
MTP delivered an additional 1.016 million total viewers and 439,000 A25-54 viewers with rebroadcasts on the NBC network and on MSNBC.
NATIONAL AVERAGES – AUG. 16, 2015
Show NameNetDurTOTAL VIEWERS25-54
VIEWERS
MEET THE PRESSNBC4536121005
FACE THE NATION HALF-HOURCBS302837800
FACE THE NATION HOURCBS602415682
THIS WEEKABC332873773
FOX NEWS SUNDAYFOX601175336
WASHINGTON, D.C. AVERAGES – AUG. 16
TOTAL VIEWERS25-54 VIEWERS
MarketStnProgramTV(000)MTP ADVTV(000)MTP ADV
WASHINGTONWRCMEET THE PRESS113--25--
WASHINGTONWUSAFACE THE NATION LEGACY35323%10150%
WASHINGTONWUSAFACE THE NATION HOUR29390%9178%
WASHINGTONWJLATHIS WEEK ABC21538%21150%
WASHINGTONWTTGFOX NEWS SUNDAY39290%1392%
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Donnie McClurkin pays tribute to Andrae Crouch at 2015 BET Awards

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RCA Records recording artist, Donnie McClurkin a trailblazer in the gospel music industry paid tribute to gospel legend, Andrae’ Crouch at the 15th Annual  BET Awards airing Sunday, June 28 5:00  An encore airing will premiere around the world on BET’s International Network on Tuesday, June 30 at 9:00pm BST/10:00pm CAT and will air live on MTV Australia for the very first time (check local listings).  Special Guests include: Janet Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Robin Thicke, Janelle Monae, Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar and others. This year’s show will be hosted by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross.
 
While our nation will be celebrating Independence Day on July 4th, The Donnie McClurkin Show will also be celebrating its 9th year on the air.  To kick things off TDMS will be giving away one cabin for two on the upcoming Gospel Music Cruise March 6-13, 2016.  The winner will cruise the high seas with Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Marvin Sapp, Shirley Caesar, Take 6, Tye Tribbett, Fred Hammond and hosted by Kirk Whalum & Regina Belle. The contest was announced  on Monday, June 15 but for more details visit www.donnieradio.com .

Season eight of BET's NAACP Image Award-winning gospel competition show Sunday Best returns with a special all-star edition featuring contestants from the last seven seasons picked by the viewers. It not only marks the return of the series' most memorable contestants, but also its legendary host Kirk Franklin and superstar judges Donnie McClurkinYolanda Adams and Kierra Sheard, along with the help of singer and mentor Kim Burrell. Sunday Best All Stars premieres Sunday, July 19 at 8P/7C on BET .
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Oldest vet, Emma Didlake dies

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Emma Didlake, the nation's oldest veteran has died at the age of 110. Having served in the Women's Auxiliary Army Corp for 7months during WWII in 1943, she was a private and driver.  In July Didlake was invited to meet President Obama at the White House as an honor. The White House issued statement from Obama:

Statement by the President on the Passing of Emma Didlake

Emma Didlake served her country with distinction and honor, a true trailblazer for generations of Americans who have sacrificed so much for their country.  I was humbled and grateful to welcome Emma to the White House last month, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to Emma’s family, friends, and everyone she inspired over her long and quintessentially American life.
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Travis Greene releases 'Intentional' CD

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Gospel singer Travis Greene has released his debut EP on RCA Inspiration, titled INTENTIONAL. The 4 track EP includes the hit single “Intentional,” a song that keeps climbing the gospel charts. The track is currently at #3 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart and holds the #6 spot on the Mediabase Gospel chart.
 
INTENTIONAL is being released in anticipation of Travis’ debut album THE HILL, which is slated to be released in the fall on RCA Inspiration. THE HILL was recorded live in front of a packed house in his hometown of Charlotte, NC late last year.
 
In addition to the new EP, be sure to catch Travis performing on BET’s Sunday Best Live Finale on Sunday, August 30th and at the New York Empowerment Summit on Saturday, September 5th.
 
ABOUT TRAVIS GREENE
For 31 year old singer/songwriter Travis Greene, destiny announced itself several times. Travis entered into this world with complications that threatened his survival. At the age of four, he was pronounced dead after falling four floors out of an apartment window in Germany. As his mother picked up the lifeless body of her child, she called on Jesus over-and-over, praying until he came back to life. These near fatal and precious testimonials of life preface the anointing of a young man destined to minister to the world. Growing up in a military family in various parts of the world, Travis used music as an outlet to overcome many heart-breaking and crucial life experiences. Through his own broad style of music and ministry, Travis accepts the personal challenge to continually unify the body of Christ as one. The passion that dwells in him allows him to use his gifts as an instrument to help, heal and bring positive change to the lives of God’s people. Travis, his wife Jackie, and their son, David Jace, currently reside in Charlotte, North Carolina. 
 
INTENTIONAL Track Listing
1.      Intentional
2.      Thank You For Being God
3.      Made A Way
4.      You Got Up
 
INTENTIONAL EP Retail Links
 
For more information on Travis Greene, please visit:
Twitter:    https://twitter.com/TGreeneStuff    
Instagram: @TravisGreeneLive 
YouTube: TravisGreeneLive  
 
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Friday, August 21, 2015

SHERYL UNDERWOOD AND A BEVY OF COMEDIANS BROUGHT DOWN THE HOUSE THURSDAY, AUG. 20 AT THE 2015 MEGAFEST COMEDY SHOW: "A TIME TO LAUGH"

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Dallas, Texas (Aug. 21, 2015) - Comedian Sheryl Underwood hosted the 2015 MegaFest “A Time to Laugh” comedy show on Aug. 20 at the Dallas Convention Center Arena.  Bringing the comedy was actor/comedian Brandon T. Jackson along with a special appearance/performance by Grammy-nominated singer, song­writer, and television superstar Tamar Braxton. Guests enjoying the show and getting their laugh on included celebrity couple Salli Richardson-Whitfield (“Eureka”) and Dondre Whitfield (“The Bill Cosby Show,” “All My Children”).  “A Time to Laugh” also featured Akintunde (“No Joke”), Lavell Crawford (“Breaking Bad”) Tony T. Roberts (“Def Comedy Jam”/“It’s Showtime at The Apollo”), Aida Rodriguez (NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”) and Marcus Wiley (“Yolanda Adams Morning Show”) - see attached tip sheet and high res images.

About MegaFest
Since its inception in 2004, MegaFest has been a meeting place for diverse audiences from Atlanta, Ga., to Johannesburg, South Africa, and has reached nearly 1 million people. Visit www.mega-fest.com for more confirmed talent and special event updates, and stay connected via Twitter by following @tdjmegafest@wtalconf, and @mpconf. This year’s list of events includes Woman Thou Are Loosed, ManPower, MegaYouth presents Fire Code, and MegaKidz presents Destiny World.  General admission tickets for all events can be purchased by visiting www.mega-fest.com. (#MegaFest2015)
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Karrueche Tran and Chantel Jeffries Land Roles in Upcoming Comedy 'Dinner with the Stankershets'


LOS ANGELES, Aug. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Emmy Award-winning actress Karrueche Tran and model/actress Chantel Jeffries will star in the upcoming romantic comedy Dinner with the Stankershets directed by Chris Stokes. The movie tells the hilarious story of a newly-engaged couple introducing their families to each other for the first time. Tran will play the lead female role opposite her on-screen fiancé Marques Houston. Jeffries will play Tran's half sister in the film alongside other notable castmates including Dorien Wilson, Suzanne Whang, Clifton Powell, Wendy Raquel Robinson and Black.

Dinner with the Stankershets tells the story of a high-powered attorney (Houston) who has been keeping secrets about his family from his well-to-do fiancé (Tran). The comedy ensues when his fiancé secretly invites his family to dinner and all truths begin to unravel.
Both managed by Electric Republic, Karrueche Tran and Chantel Jeffries are two multifaceted talents who have been hard at work in Hollywood. Tran currently stars in the Emmy Award-winning web series The Bay and Stylehaul's hit web series, Vanity. Tran also landed a role in the upcoming film The Good Guys with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, as well as Syfy's TV movie 3 Headed Shark Attack, which premiered summer 2015. Chantel Jeffries recently wrapped filming her upcoming movie The Perfect Match, which is also executive produced by Electric Republic. Jeffries was also just named the face of San Lorenzo Bikinis Fall 2015 collection.

For more information about Karrueche Tran, Chantel Jeffries or Electric Republic, please visit: www.electricrepublic.com

About Electric RepublicFounded in 2008 by entertainment executive Jacob York, Electric Republic is an independently-owned media company that develops and markets talent, film, television, and digital assets which speaks to today's popular culture. Electric Republic continues to build the careers of well-known talent including model/actress Karrueche Tran, Wilhelmina model and Vine star Chantel Jeffries and actress Lalanya Masters. In 2014, Electric Republic executive produced their first film Percentage starring Cam'ron, Omar Gooding, Ving Rhames, Melinda Williams and Macy Gray. The film became No. 1 on Netflix in 2014. Their first theatrical film, Brotherly Love hit theaters spring 2015 and stars Keke Palmer, Cory Hardrict, Romeo Miller and Eric D Hill, Jr. Electric Republic's current digital assets include the fraternity and sorority networking app, Prophytes, founded by Electric Republic VP Eric York in 2012 and launched in January of 2015 on the iOS and Android markets.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

STILL WINNING: Pres. Obama gives Steph Curry a lift on the green

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When the POTUS invites you to golf and drives the cart, you got serious game!  

NBA, MVP Steph Curry is still winning in the off season. He golfed a  round while hanging out with President Obama who humbly gave him a lift on the green during the first family's annual summer vacation at Martha's Vineyard. 

Beating out LeBron James, Tom Brady and Cristiano Ronaldo, Curry also won a Teen Choice Award for Choice Male Athlete! Curry once told a CBS sports reporter he practices golf during the off season and if he was  not a b-baller he would take at swing at the PGA. #winning

Other VIP's joining the president for golf on his two-week trip  include Alonzo Mourning, Ray Allen, "Seinfeld” creator Larry David, former President Bill Clinton, UBS chairman of the Americas Robert Wolf and Cyrus Walker, a cousin of White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. 

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Prince to release upcoming album exclusively on TIDAL on September 7

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Multi-platinum music icon Prince, and global music and entertainment platform TIDAL, today confirmed that the next release from the entertainer will be exclusively on TIDAL on September 7, 2015.
The upcoming release, the experimental, HITNRUN, was first announced by his band, 3RDEYEGIRL, on BBC radio late last month, following the release of the critically praised first single, “HARDROCKLOVER”.  Minutes after the song was released on July 1st, critics raved with The Guardian saying, “Prince is back to his old sensual self ‘ripping jeans’ and ‘making women scream’ on this minimal slow jam.”  Billboard called the single “A dreamy rock song”, and Rolling Stone described it as simply “Wild”.
“Super hardcore Prince fans that know every song he’s ever recorded – we refer to them as ‘The Purple Collective’ or ‘The Purple Army’ – this album is absolutely for them, because it’s super funky,” reported 3RDEYEGIRL.  “There are a lot of experimental sounds.  It’s just hit after hit and definitely caters to those fans who just love to hear what Prince has to say, rather than wanting to always hear that classic Purple Rain Prince sound.”  Prince worked with co-producer Joshua Welton on HITNRUN – Welton was also a co-producer on Prince’s ARTOFFICIALAGE album, released late last year.
The Prince/TIDAL partnership has been in the works for some months, but was quickly cemented out of mutual admiration and respect and a profound belief in artists’ rights.  The relationship began in May with TIDAL live streaming the first hour of Prince’s RALLY 4 PEACE concert in Baltimore.  TIDAL hosted live audio of the event and matched funds for donations made on TIDAL.com.
The music icon stated, “After one meeting, it was obvious that Jay Z and the team he has assembled at TIDAL recognize and applaud the effort that real musicians put in2 their craft 2 achieve the very best they can at this pivotal time in the music industry.  Secondly, TIDAL have honored Us with a non-restrictive arrangement that once again allows Us to continue making art in the fashion We’ve grown accustomed 2 and We’re Extremely grateful 4 their generous support.  And lastly, in the tech-savvy, real-time world We all live in 2day, everything is faster.  From its conception and that one & only meeting, HITNRUN took about 90 days 2 prepare its release.  If that’s what freedom feels like, HITNRUN is what it sounds like.”
JAY Z added, “Prince has always been a visionary, a free-thinker.  We’re honored to offer his breadth of work, “1999,” “Purple Rain,” etc., music that has inspired so many, on TIDAL.  We’re also excited to be the home for his new upcoming album, HITNRUN.  Both Prince and TIDAL share the belief that all creatives should have the opportunity to speak directly to those that love and support them.  This partnership with Prince represents TIDAL’s philosophy in its truest form, a 1 to 1 connection and direct delivery of artistry to the world.”
About TIDAL
TIDAL is an innovative platform to experience and discover music from artists around the world, enjoy access to exclusive and curated content, and connect and share with artists. TIDAL is available in more than 44 countries with a 30 million song catalog, and more than 75,000 high quality videos. The service offers high-fidelity CD sound quality, high quality video, expertly curated content and unique experiences.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

'War Room' movie debuts on August 28

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CULVER CITY, Calif. -- War Room, the highly-anticipated fifth film from Alex and Stephen Kendrick (Fireproof, Courageous, Facing the Giants, Flywheel) will debut in theaters nationwide on August 28, 2015. Sony Pictures Entertainment's TriStar Pictures, distributor of Soul Surfer, Courageous and last summer's faith-based sensation Heaven is For Real, will release the film, which is rated PG, perfectly positioning it to entertain families of all ages.
 
The family-friendly movie explores the transformational role prayer plays in the lives of the Jordan family.  "We made this film to inspire, challenge and motivate viewers to fight the right kind of battles and to fight them the best way possible," said Director and Co-Writer Alex Kendrick.
Filled with heart, wit & humor, War Room follows Tony and Elizabeth Jordan, a middle-class couple who seemingly have it all – great jobs, a beautiful daughter, their dream home. But appearances can be deceiving. In reality, the Jordan's marriage has become a war zone and their daughter is collateral damage. With the help of Miss Clara, an older, wiser woman, Elizabeth discovers she can start fighting for her family instead of against them. Through a newly energized faith, Elizabeth and Tony's real enemy doesn't have a prayer.
 
The film features New York Times best-selling author and Bible teacher Priscilla Shirer in her film debut. The cast also includes director Alex Kendrick (Moms' Night Out, Courageous), T.C. Stallings (Courageous), and comedian Michael Jr. War Room introduces film newcomers Karen Abercrombie as Miss Clara and Alena Pitts as Danielle, and features a cameo by renowned speaker Beth Moore in her first acting role.
 
"War Room is the ideal addition to our August slate, following in the footsteps of last year's hit, Heaven is For Real, which had a $12 million budget and grossed more than $100 million," said Rory Bruer, President, Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures. "We are pleased to be distributing the Kendrick Brothers' next film, which will be the perfect programming for families seeking a wholesome and inspiring Summer movie."
War Room is directed by Alex Kendrick and produced by Stephen Kendrick and Gary Wheeler.  Written by Alex & Stephen Kendrick, War Room was filmed in and around Charlotte, N.C.
AFFIRM Films and Provident Films partnered with the Kendricks on the film. 
 
To learn more, visit:WarRoomTheMovie.com
Facebook.com/WarRoomMovie
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FOUR-TIME GRAMMY® WINNER LIONEL RICHIE TO BE HONORED AS MUSICARES PERSON OF THE YEAR

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Confirmed Performers To Date Include Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, and Pharrell Williams
  Annual Gala Benefiting The MusiCares Foundation® and Its Vital Safety Net of Health and Human Services Programs for Music People Will Be Held During GRAMMY® Week
on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016

SANTA MONICA, Calif. Lionel Richie will be honored as the 2016 MusiCares® Person of the Year on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, it was announced today by Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation® and The Recording Academy®, and Bill Silva, Chair of the MusiCares Foundation Board. Proceeds from the 26th annual benefit gala dinner and concert — to be held in Los Angeles during GRAMMY® Week two nights prior to the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards® — will provide essential support for MusiCares (www.musicares.org), which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.

To date, confirmed tribute concert performers include multi-GRAMMY winners Lady Antebellum and Pharrell Williams, as well as singer/songwriter Luke Bryan, reigning Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year. Rickey Minor, current music director for "American Idol" and past two-time music director for the GRAMMY Awards, will be the evening's musical director. Additional performers will be announced shortly.

Richie is being honored as the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year in recognition of his significant creative accomplishments as well as his career-spanning charitable work, which has included support for an impressive range of causes over the years, ranging from AIDS and human rights to famine, poverty, human trafficking and women's issues. He is also a longtime contributor to the United Negro College Fund.

"Each year our MusiCares Person of the Year tribute honors an extraordinary artist and humanitarian who lends their considerable time and talents to raising the funds necessary to continue to meet the ever-increasing need for our programs and services," said Portnow. "And it is truly a privilege to be paying tribute to Lionel, whose musical gifts and philanthropy have touched millions of people around the world."

"Lionel's artistry is a genuine blend of emotional connection and poignant lyricism, and we look forward to a truly magical evening that will highlight his astonishing and inspiring body of work," said Silva.

"I'm really very proud of this," said Richie. "As far as I'm concerned, this is the highest honor in our music business because it means you have a career. You've survived the journey, if you will. The people who have been there defy categories. When you say Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney — are you kidding me? When I got in this business I wanted to be like them. When you get recognition like this, it's everything. It really is the top of the mountain when it comes down to what your industry gives as recognition for great work, and the opportunity to help raise funds to sustain MusiCares' critical safety net of programs for members of the music community is momentous to me."

The 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year gala will begin with a reception and silent auction offering an exclusive and unparalleled selection of luxury items, VIP experiences and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The reception and silent auction will be followed by a dinner, the award presentation and a tribute concert featuring renowned musicians. The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute ceremony is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week. The celebration culminates with the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

While Lionel Richie's career includes such accolades as selling more than 100 million albums and achieving countless honors, from an Academy Award to four GRAMMY Awards, one of the accomplishments he is most proud of is his bachelor's degree in economics from Tuskegee University.

In the Commodores, he developed a groundbreaking style that defied genre categories, penning smashes such as "Three Times A Lady," "Still" and "Easy." The diamond-certified Album Of The Year GRAMMY winner Can't Slow Down followed in 1983, giving the world classics such as "All Night Long (All Night)," "Penny Lover," "Stuck On You," and "Hello." His music continued to push boundaries and unite listeners worldwide. It's because he wasn't afraid to break genre barriers and craft something singular and timeless.

The next year he performed at the historic 1984 Summer Olympics closing ceremony. In 1985 he joined forces with Michael Jackson to write one of most important pop songs in history, GRAMMY-winning "We Are The World," for USA For Africa and the album We Are The World. A decade later, in 1996 he began a run of powerful, personal albums that commenced with the gold-certified Louder Than Words, followed by 1998's Time and 2001's Renaissance.

In addition to a total of four GRAMMY Awards, he won ASCAP's "Golden Note Award" and "Lifetime Achievement Award," as well as 14 American Music Awards, five People's Choice Awards, a World Music Awards Legend Award, TV Land Icon Award, Germany's Echo Award for lifetime achievement, Hong Kong's Rojo Award, Goldene Kamera Award, Italy's San Remo Festival Lifetime Achievement Award, and The Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter Governors Award, among others. He received the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award presented at Harvard University. He's been inducted to both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and knighted in France, receiving the Légion d’Honneur.

Always giving back, his charity work extends from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, City of Hope and Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center to UNICEF and the Art of Elysium.

In 2012 the trailblazer creatively returned home with his 10th full-length album, Tuskegee. It would mark his third No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 and attain platinum status. Now, in 2015, he receives one of his biggest honors yet being named MusiCares Person of the Year.
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Sheehan and Streep back together again

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LOS ANGELES, Aug. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- After 44 years on the Southern California airwaves at KCBS-TV and KNBC-TV, movie reviewer and interviewer David Sheehan has declared Meryl Streep to be Hollywood's leading leading lady.
"It's her incredible versatility that strikes me," Sheehan says, "and her willingness to try anything, like her current 'Ricki & The Flash' role, to deliver a humanizing characterization."
Sheehan's new weekly web series "Sheehan & The Stars" is devoting 3 episodes (what Sheehan calls 'Streepisodes') to Meryl Streep.
 
It will be the first 3-part feature in the show's brief history, which has so far included episodes with Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Al Pacino, and a special edition of never-seen-before chats with the late Robin Williams.
 
WHY THREE PARTS WITH MERYL
"Meryl is monumental," Sheehan explains. "As a role model and an achiever, Meryl Streep embodies distinctly different reflections of women today -- in performing, in the working world and in the awards arena, giving us three very distinct Streepisodes to present."
 
Meryl Streep reveals many personal insights into the 'Meryl Mystique' on "Sheehan & The Stars". "I can get very wrapped up in the details of life," Meryl laughs, "and the deadlines and the appointments, sometimes losing the big pictures for the trees."
 
MERYL TALKS OSCARS
Her "Sheehan & The Stars" Academy Awards comment expresses what it's like to be nominated a record 19 times but only win 3. Meryl grimaces slightly, and admits, "I have lost the Oscar more times than any human being in history," she smiles. "Everybody says 'Oh you've been nominated more than anybody.' Yeah but I've gone to the thing many times and lost, so there's kind of a cumulative nausea that builds up, and fear. I try to keep it equipoised with hope, but I'm not sure I'm able to do that."
 
The three Streepisodes on "Sheehan & The Stars" can be seen on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and other social media platforms.
 
THE OUT-OF-RETIREMENT BACKSTORY
There has been some fascination with the background of "Sheehan & The Stars", because the 'Digital Sheehan' idea virtually brought David Sheehan out of semi-retirement.
It all started when Sheehan's actress-comedian-filmmaker girlfriend Kellyann Chippendale took him to see "Testament of Youth", followed by "Manglehorn", two films he liked so much he began wishing he was back on the news at CBS (or NBC) so he could call attention to small worthwhile movies.
After posting brief 'check-this-out' rave reviews for the two pictures on his Facebook page, Chippendale suggested Sheehan go back to his video library and bring out what she thought was a very spiritual interview with the star of "Manglehorn", a longtime Sheehan friend named Al Pacino.
 
Chippendale, who now serves as the show's executive producer, thought it could be the beginning of a series called "Sheehan & the Spirituality of Stardom". Suddenly interested in his library again, Sheehan did post the Pacino interview, under the heading "The Other Side of Stardom".
 
That title was quickly replaced by what Sheehan's young producer/editor Derek Bloom said is a more online-friendly label: "Sheehan & The Stars". And before he knew it, David Sheehan had what people told him is a 'web series'.
So, the momentum had begun and now "Sheehan & The Stars" is a weekly social media event.
Here's a clickable look at the show's Past & Future:
 
For a preview of coming episodes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3fo3CErJkU
Coming soon: Woody Allen, Marlon Brando, George Clooney, Jack Nicholson, Brad Pitt, Robert Redford, Barbra Streisand, Clint Eastwood, Johnny Depp, Dustin Hoffman, Warren Beatty, Sylvester Stallone, Paul Newman, Donna Summer, Jeff Bridges, Jane Fonda, Henry Fonda, Liza Minnelli, Russell Crowe, Richard Burton, Burt Reynolds, Bette Midler, and many many more!
BOB FOSSE AND 'PIPPIN' COMING UP
The "Sheehan & The Stars" series will also include a special 5-part look at the ground-breaking $3 million Pay-TV and home video version of the late director/choreographer Bob Fosse's 5 Tony Award Winning Broadway musical "Pippin", starring Ben Vereen, Martha Raye, Chita Rivera, and William Katt as Pippin.
Sheehan was producer and camera-directed the "Pippin" revival-for-video, with Fosse himself recreating his original Broadway stage direction and choreography. The Sheehan/Fosse video "Pippin" is the first Broadway musical ever captured by cameras during live stage performance in the history of the theater and/or television.
The "Pippin" special edition of "Sheehan & The Stars" will focus on the making-of the unusual production, and a unique set of interviews with Bob Fosse, in rehearsals, and at the Cannes Film Festival, where Fosse won the Palm d'Or for "All That Jazz".
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For footage inquiries please contact Ian Marshall at RetroVideo through Email -or- Ivan Lovegren through Email.
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News One Now to air in earlier time slot

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Los Angeles, CA -- August 10, 2015 -- As part of the 2015 Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards, Roland Martin joined the "Black Lives Matter" forum on Saturday, August 8 with a diverse panel of journalists and public figures who have been on the front lines of the issue.
 
Moderated by show host Ed Gordon, the panel also included Benjamin Crump, lead attorney for the Trayvon Martin family during the controversial George Zimmerman case; and Mo Ivory, TV personality and host for WHUR 96.3 FM.
 
During the seminar, Martin and the panel of distinguished thought leaders discussed the current condition of the black community and next steps to strengthen and protect black lives.
 
The Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards is a star-studded, annual celebration of the best leaders and organizations in local neighborhoods across the nation. Sponsored by Ford, the award show is the cornerstone event of the four-day Neighborhood Awards Weekend which brings hundreds of families and friends together to enjoy live entertainment, education workshops, empowerment panels and more.
 
Roland S. Martin is a nationally syndicated, award-winning journalist and columnist who currently serves as chief political editor and host of TV One's revolutionary daily program NewsOne Now, an innovative multi-platform news source that allows viewers and listeners to experience Martin's show on TV and through Newsone.com, a website from Radio One's web division, Interactive One.
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

JONATHAN MCREYNOLDS RELEASES NEW SINGLE “WHOLE” FEATURING INDIA.ARIE TO RADIO TODAY

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Remember the blazing collaboration between India Arie and Jonathan McReynolds  on BET's "Celebration of Gospel" last year? Their energy together was kinetic. The strumming pair could not leave it there. McReynolds dropped a new single featuring Arie today entitled, "Whole" released one full month ahead of the debut of his second album, "Life Music: Stage Two."  "Whole" is currently only available on the full length album. "Limp," "Pressure," "Maintain" and the catchy 'Gotta Have You" are available for purchase as singles on iTunes.







NASHVILLE, TN (August 18, 2015) – “Whole” is the latest single from Entertainment One Music singer-songwriter Jonathan McReynolds and is being released to Urban AC radio today, August 18, 2015!  This new song has him teaming up with GRAMMY® Award winning singer-songwriter India.Arie, following his first collaboration with her in an acclaimed live performance together on BET’s Celebration of Gospel in 2014.  “Whole” is the fresh new single off of his upcoming sophomore album Life Music: Stage Two, which is slated for release in September.

Collaborating with India.Arie gives “Whole” a grace-filled and inspiring quality and the melody has a simplicity and elegance to it that will keep it on repeat.  

About working with India.Arie, Jonathan says, “How is it working with India? How is it working with a living legend that changed the songwriting game, that pioneered a niche, that you've admired most of your life? Ha...surreal!”

Life Music: Stage Two brings 13-inspiring tracks that join gospel, pop and urban sounds with influential lyrics, including songs such as “Gotta Have You,” “Pressure” and “Limp.”  This highly-anticipated album also has Jonathan working with a diverse roster of producers and artists including Chuck Harmony, Claude Kelly, Warryn Campbell, PJ Morton, Derek Minor, DJ Camper and Israel Houghton.

Be sure to catch Jonathan performing around the country throughout the rest of the year in Washington DC, Boston, Freeport NY, Raleigh NC, Richmond VA, as well as in his hometown Chicago for the Life Music: Stage Two album release concert on September 18, 2015.

On Thursday, August 20, 2015, Jonathan will be appearing on REVOLT Live and you can also see him performing on McDonald’s 365Black Awards on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 9pm EST on BET.

Also just released is Jonathan’s new song “Maintain” on iTunes, with a video on Vevo.

Pre-order Life Music: Stage Two on iTunes and receive four tracks instantly:




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Monday, August 17, 2015

Statement by the President on the Passing of Julian Bond

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Julian Bond was a hero and, I’m privileged to say, a friend. Justice and equality was the mission that spanned his life – from his leadership of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, to his founding role with the Southern Poverty Law Center, to his pioneering service in the Georgia legislature and his steady hand at the helm of the NAACP. Michelle and I have benefited from his example, his counsel, and his friendship – and we offer our prayers and sympathies to his wife, Pamela, and his children.

Julian Bond helped change this country for the better. And what better way to be remembered than that.
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Comedy Dynamics Presents Colin Quinn: Unconstitutional streaming exclusively on Netflix

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LOS ANGELES, Aug. 17, 2015 -- From executive producer Jerry Seinfeld, now streaming exclusively on Netflix is Colin Quinn: Unconstitutional.

The Trainwreck star's historically themed, Unconstitutional, covers the creation of the United States Constitution and its effect on the American psyche. Quinn examines how the three branches of government are similar to people in a bar, why most U.S. presidents are unattractive, and how the Kardashians reflect on our country.

Colin Quinn recently played Amy Schumer's father, Gordon, in the popular romantic comedy Trainwreck. Other film credits include Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2, and A Night at the Roxbury. He has also appeared multiple times on the television series Inside Amy Schumer, Girls, and was a regular on Saturday Night Live from 1995-2000. Quinn and Seinfeld previously worked together on Colin Quinn: Long Story Short, a one-man show about world history that was presented on Broadway in 2010.

"Nothing is off-limits here," says Brian Volk-Weiss, president of Comedy Dynamics. "You don't have to be a history buff to find this show brilliant."

Colin Quinn: Unconstitutional is directed by Jay Chapman, and written and performed by Colin Quinn. Jerry Seinfeld, Mike Berkowitz, Brian Stern, Cisco Henson, Jack Vaughn, and Brian Volk-Weiss executive produced. Kieran Dotti is production supervisor for Comedy Dynamics.
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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