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Saturday, September 12, 2015

2015 Country Music nominees announced


 
 
Hosts, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.
NASHVILLE – Eric Church and Little Big Town top the list of final nominees for “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” with five nominations each. The stellar lineup of finalists includes staunch traditionalists, format icons, roots rockers, and contemporary trailblazers.

“I am very excited by this year’s list of nominees,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “They represent the breadth and depth of the format – from first-time nominees to revered members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.”

Kenny Chesney and Miranda Lambert received four nominations. Sam Hunt, Maddie & Tae, Kacey Musgraves, and Chris Stapleton each received three nominations for trophies that will be handed out on Country Music’s Biggest Night™. CMA industry voters also gave their support to Country Music Hall of Fame members Garth Brooks, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson.

For the first time in the history of the CMA Awards, four acts – Kelsea Ballerini, Hunt, Maddie & Tae, and Stapleton – debut in BOTH New Artist and categories for Female Vocalist of the Year; Single and Song of the Year; Vocal Duo of the Year; and Male Vocalist and Album of the Year (respectively).

“The 49th Annual CMA Awards” will be hosted for the eighth time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 4 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

For the 10th time, the announcement of the final nominees in five of the 12 CMA Awards categories was made live on ABC News’ “Good Morning America” with two-time nominee Ballerini and music icon Steven Tyler delivering the news from the heart of New York City’s Times Square. Following “Good Morning America” seven categories were announced by Ballerini and Tyler on GoodMorningAmerica.com on Yahoo and ABCnews.com – making the announcements a complete ABC takeover.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” will once again celebrate the CMA Awards with an exciting “Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the CMAs” featuring some of Country Music’s biggest acts Wednesday, Nov. 4 (11:35 PM/ET) on ABC.
“This is our tenth anniversary on ABC and there was no better way to kick off our Awards season than to include our ABC partner properties in the announcement of our final nominees,” Trahern said.
Church’s nominations include Entertainer (his first nomination in the category); Male Vocalist; Single of the Year for “Talladega,” which was produced by Jay Joyce and Arturo Buenahora, Jr.; Song of the Year for “Like A Wrecking Ball,” which he wrote with Casey Beathard; and Musical Event of the Year for “Raise ‘Em Up” with Keith Urban. Church has a total of 17 nominations since his first in 2011 for New Artist of the Year.

Three-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town (2012-2014) has been nominated in the category every year since 2006 and received a nomination again in 2015. Adding to their list of 21 total nominations are industry nods this year for Single of the Year for “Girl Crush,” which was produced by Joyce; Album of the Year for Pain Killer, which was produced by Joyce; Musical Event of the Year with Lambert for “Smokin’ and Drinkin’”; and Music Video of the Year for “Girl Crush” which was directed by Karla Welch and Matthew Welch.

“Girl Crush” was also nominated for Song of the Year, which is awarded to the songwriters (Liz Rose, Lori McKenna, and Hillary Lindsey).

Chesney is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, a trophy he has collected four times (2004, 2006-2008). His other nominations in 2015 include Single of the Year for “American Kids” and Album of the Year for The Big Revival, both produced by Buddy Cannon and Chesney (Chesney only receives one nomination for the category, but can receive a second trophy as producer). His last nominations for Single and Album of the Year were in 2008 for “Don’t Blink” and Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates. His fourth nomination is for Musical Event of the Year for “Wild Child” with Grace Potter. The pair was also nominated for Musical Event in 2011 for “You and Tequila.”

Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, and Shane McAnally all received nominations for Song of the Year for Chesney’s “American Kids.”

Lambert received her third Entertainer of the Year nomination in 2015 along with nominations for Female Vocalist (she is a five-time, consecutive winner in the category); Musical Event, featuring Little Big Town, for “Smokin’ and Drinkin’”; and Music Video of the Year for “Little Red Wagon,” which was directed by Trey Fanjoy. Lambert is the most awarded female in CMA Awards history with 11 wins and 38 nominations.

Earning early and ardent industry support, three of the four acts who received three nominations in 2015 are first-time nominees (Hunt, Maddie & Tae, and Stapleton).
Hunt collected nominations for Single of the Year for “Take Your Time,” which was produced by Zach Crowell and McAnally; Song of the Year for “Take Your Time,” which Hunt wrote with McAnally and Josh Osborne; and New Artist of the Year.
Duo Maddie & Tae (Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye) received their first nominations for Vocal Duo of the Year; Music Video of the Year for “Girl in a Country Song,” which was directed by TK McKamy; and New Artist of the Year.

Stapleton’s first CMA Awards nominations include Album of the Year for Traveller, which was produced by Dave Cobb and Stapleton (Stapleton only receives one nomination for the category, but can receive a second trophy as producer); Male Vocalist of the Year; and New Artist of the Year.

Musgraves, who won New Artist of the Year in 2013 and Song of the Year in 2014, has three nominations this year including Album of the Year for Pageant Material, which was produced by Laird, McAnally, and Musgraves (Musgraves only receives one nomination for the category, but can receive a second trophy as producer); Female Vocalist; and Music Video of the Year for “Biscuits,” which was directed by Marc Klasfeld.

Artists who received two nominations include Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, and Underwood.

Ballerini, who hosted the announcements received her first nominations in 2015: Female Vocalist and New Artist of the Year.

Bryan, who is the reigning Entertainer of the Year, is nominated again in 2015 (he received his first nomination in the category in 2013). He is also nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year.
Shelton is nominated for Musical Event of the Year with Ashley Monroe for “Lonely Tonight” and Male Vocalist, a trophy he has won five consecutive times (2010-2014). This marks Shelton’s second Musical Event of the Year nomination with Monroe. Monroe was a member of Pistol Annies in 2013 when they were nominated with Shelton for Musical Event of the Year for “Boys ‘Round Here.”

CMA Awards co-host Underwood will be busy during the three-hour broadcast on ABC. She has two nominations including Female Vocalist, which she has won three times (2006-2008); and Music Video of the Year for “Something in the Water,” which was directed by Raj Kapoor.
Country Music Hall of Fame member George Strait retains his status as the most nominated artist in CMA Awards history with 83, but there were several other Hall of Fame members receiving nominations including Brooks, Haggard, and Nelson.

Brooks returns to the Entertainer of the Year category in 2015. He was last nominated in the category in 1999 and has won four times (1991, 1992, 1997, 1998) tying him with Chesney for the most wins in the category. He has a career total of 11 CMA trophies and 31 nominations.
Nelson and Haggard are nominated for Musical Event of the Year for their album Django and Jimmie, the iconic pair’s fifth collaboration in 32 years.

Nelson’s last CMA Awards nomination was in 2012 for Musical Event of the Year for “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” with Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, and Jamey Johnson. He has won nine CMA trophies and received 46 nominations. Haggard was last nominated for Musical Event of the Year in 2006 for “Politically Incorrect” with Gretchen Wilson. He has six CMA Awards and 46 nominations.

Lee Brice continues to rack up nominations with hit songs. In 2013, “I Drive Your Truck” won Song of the Year for the songwriters. In 2014, he was nominated as a songwriter for his hit “I Don’t Dance” with songwriters Rob Hatch and Dallas Davidson. And this year, “I Don’t Dance” is nominated for Single of the Year. Brice also produced the song, which makes him eligible to receive a second trophy as producer.

Jason Aldean is nominated for Album of the Year for Old Boots, New Dirt, produced by Michael Knox. In 2011, Aldean won Album of the Year for My Kinda Party.
Randy Houser received his first nomination as a songwriter in 2015, for “Like a Cowboy,” which he wrote with Brice Long. He has received two previous nominations for Music Video of the Year and New Artist (2009).


Making her return to the Female Vocalist of the Year category in 2015 is Lee Ann Womack. She won the title in 2001.

Rounding out the field for Male Vocalist of the Year is Dierks Bentley, a 15-time nominee and two-time winner including the Horizon Award in 2005 (now New Artist of the Year) and Music Video of the Year in 2014 for “Drunk on a Plane.”

Urban’s “Raise ‘Em Up” featuring Church is nominated for Musical Event, a category Urban has won three times: “Start A Band” with Paisley (2009), “Highway Don’t Care” with Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift (2013), and “We Were Us” with Lambert (2014).

Joining Little Big Town in the CMA Vocal Group of the Year category are Lady Antebellum, who have also won Vocal Group three times (2009-2011); Rascal Flatts, who have won six times (2003-2008); The Band Perry, who have been nominated six times (2010-2015); and Zac Brown Band, who have been nominated every year since 2009.

Joining Maddie & Tae as first-time nominees in the Vocal Duo of the Year Category are Brothers Osborne. Dan + Shay are returning to the category after receiving their first nomination in 2014. Rounding out the category are two-time winners Florida Georgia Line (2013 and 2014) and Thompson Square, who won the trophy in 2012.

With four acts debuting in the New Artist of the Year category (Ballerini, Hunt, Maddie & Tae, Stapleton), Thomas Rhett is the only returning member of the group. Artists can only be included in this category twice.

The Musician of the Year category includes Sam Bush (mandolin), Jerry Douglas (dobro), Paul Franklin (steel guitar), Dann Huff (guitar), and current title holder Mac McAnally (guitar).
 
Winners of “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the Country Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is tabulated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members Thursday, Oct. 8. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Tuesday, Oct. 27 (6:00 PM/CT).
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WHITE HOUSE: U.S. to take in 10,000 Syrian migrants and more news from the week ending 9/11

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On Thursday the White House announced the U.S. will take in 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next budget year.  This and other news including news on the Hillary Clinton email controversy, criminal justice reform, Kim Davis and more.
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Statement from Rev. Jesse Jackson on the 14th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001

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On this day 14 years ago, hatred and madness scarred but did not break the spirit and the soul of our nation. By days end, nearly 3,000 Americans – including Christians, Jews and Muslims – would be dead, slaughtered in the worst terrorist attack to ever bloody U.S. soil.

Yet, as horrific as the events of 9/11 were, the day was filled with the heroism of ordinary Americans – from the passengers on United Flight 93 who resisted the evil and prevented even more death and destruction to the first responders who rushed into the blinding dust and flames of collapsing office towers to save lives, risking, and often losing, their own in the process.

Today, terrorism still stalks the lives of too many of our brothers and sisters around the world and here at home. The Confederate flag may be coming down across the South but the Confederate agenda remains, poisoning hearts and minds. In June, a young white man, reportedly determined to start a race war, walked into the historic Mother Emanuel church in downtown Charleston and gunned down nine black worshipers who had welcomed him with loving and open arms. And remember, April was the 20th anniversary month of the second worst terrorist attack in American history, the truck bomb explosion that brought down the federal building in Oklahoma City, an act of terror committed by a former U.S. soldier, Timothy McVeigh.

Nations and governments also wage terror campaigns. The terror of war has uprooted hundreds of thousands of Syrian men, women and children, sending them on perilous journeys across the sea in dangerously crowded and leaky vessels. Who can get out of their head the image of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi, his tiny lifeless body washed ashore on a Turkish beach? The small, overcrowded boat the child was riding in capsized and the toddler drowned in the Mediterranean Sea as his family tried to escape their war-torn homeland.
  
The forces of peace are also on the march. President Obama has moved to normalize relations with Cuba and to end the nuclear tensions with Iran despite Republican resistance to peace and commonsense.

And the President just announced that the United States will take in 10,000 Syrian refugees, a good start, yet so much more needs to be done for the Syrians and the world.

Let us honor the memories of those who died on 9/11 by continuing to march, work and pray for peace and human rights for all. We are the passengers of Flight 93. We are the first responders. 

Together we can transform the world.

Keep Hope Alive!

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Netflix offers urban animated series DA JAMMIES exclusively


LOS ANGELES - September 10, 2015 - First of its kind new 3D animated urban music series Da Jammies is now streaming across the country, exclusively on Netflix. Combining hip-hop dance, music and fashion in a way never before seen in animation, Da Jammies follows five diverse 'tweens from the suburbs attending a performing arts middle school, who form a group in hopes of making it to the 'big time.' With support from their genius friend Einny, Da Jammies -- Novelist, Dolla, MoMo, Seven and Lala -- study singing, dancing and music to prepare for a run at superstardom, learning big life lessons along the way. Together they learn that the road to success, while a bumpy one, can still be navigated with hard work, dedication and most of all belief in oneself.

Da Jammies tackles the sometimes difficult issues of growing up today, such as bullying, identity, self esteem, homelessness and other real world challenges, but never loses its fun approach. The vibrant 3D animation, multicultural cast, relatable subject matter and skillful choreography create a world that engages young viewers, providing them with role models they can look up to and learn from -- but most importantly, dream with.

MEET THE CHARACTERS


Dolla
(Voiced by William Chapman II)
Einny
(Voiced by Shane Tsurugi)



Momo
(Voiced by Alisa Reyes)
Lala
(Voiced by Dani Nicolet)



Seven
(Voiced by Anderson Johnson Jr.)
Novelist
(Voiced by Aulsondro Hamilton)



The voice actors who bring Da Jammies to life include Aulsondro Hamilton (Novelist), William Chapman (Dolla), Dani Nicolet (LaLa), Alisa Reyes (MoMo), Anderson Johnson, Jr. (Seven) and Shane Tsurugi (Einny), along with guest stars Darius McCrary (as Principal Cransberry), Buddy Lewis (as Klondell the security guard), and Kel Mitchell (as Mike Fresh). In addition, special cameo appearances are made by rap legends Kurtis Blow and Yolanda "YoYo" Whitaker, actors Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Kyla Pratt, and the late James Avery.

Per the press release, Da Jammies is the perfect family programming-- not only does it appeal to younger audiences but it also entertains the kid within all of us. Da Jammies was co-created by Aulsondro "Novelist" Hamilton and William "Dolla" Chapman II for Toon Farm Animation.


LA native Aulsondro Hamilton is the Co-C.E.O. of Toon Farm, LLC., an animation development house that created the animated music series "Da Jammies."  In addition to being Da Jammies' co-creator, Hamilton stars in the series voicing the character "Novelist."  
 
Hamilton, better known by his stage name Emcee N.I.C.E., has been active in the music industry for over 15 years, including entertaining, performing, recording and writing both as a recording artist and producer. Through his musical endeavors he has collaborated on 25 different records that have sold more than 7 million copies. 
 
In 2013, Hamilton released a single with Actress/Fox News Correspondent Stacey Dash and followed it up a year later with breakout single, "Tonight" ft. Suhana Machete. "Tonight" spent 13 weeks on the Billboard Hot Single Sales Chart, peaking at #8 all the way into February of 2015. In June of 2015, Hamilton released his debut album "However U Want It" that features production from Grammy Nominees and Winners such as Ralph "Phantom" Stacy, Dennis Bettis, Emanuel Officer & Kelly Keys. As of late Hamilton has also been featured on over 30 Mixtapes released by AllHipHop.com's and WeTheWest.com Dj Hustle as the companies official DJ.
 
In July 2015, Hamilton also penned a poetry book entitled "50 Shades of L.O.V.E.: Learning Our Various Emotions on paperback and eBook. 

William "Dolla" Chapman II
Co-Creator/Voice Talent


California native William "Dolla" Chapman II has been active in both the music and animation industry for over 15 years including performing, recording and writing both as a recording artist and producer.  He currently serves as Co-C.E.O. of Toon Farm, LLC. an animation development house that created the animated music series Da Jammies.  William serves not only as the show's co-creators, but as one of the co-stars in the series voicing the character Dolla. 
 
William is a product of the Roland R.O.P. Animation Program, a program that under the teachings of 30-year animation veteran Dave Masters has produced top notch animators for Disney and many other studios. 
 
Prior to Williams' endeavors in the animation industry, his musical pursuits landed him in collaborations with famed producers such as G1 and hip hop veteran Fat Jack, as well as Nick Mundy, Babyface and L.A.Reid. As a solo recording artist he has appeared as a guest feature on records to artists such as Darius McCrary, KansasCali and many more. With his diverse background in both animation and Hip Hop, Dolla and his partner give the animated property its authentic edge.

Dolla and Novelist signing autographs for young fans
Photo Courtesy of the FrontPage Firm

 
 
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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

SNEAK PEEK: 'For Better or For Worse'

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The Oprah Winfrey Network is set to premiere a brand new season of Tyler Perry's hit show, 'For Better or Worse,' starring Tasha Smith and Michael Jai White. The new season of "For Better or Worse" premieres Friday, Sept. 11 at 9p & 9:30p on OWN



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TUNE IN ALERT: Hon. Louis Farrakhan to discuss Million Man March in New One Exclusiveon Sept. 10

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"NEWS ONE NOW" DEDICATES ENTIRE SEPT. 10 BROADCAST TO LIVE IN-STUDIO INTERVIEW WITH THE HONORABLE MINISTER 
LOUIS FARRAKHAN 

Host and Managing Editor Roland S. Martin Lands Nation of 
Islam Leader's First Live National Broadcast Television Interview
Since Announcing 20th Anniversary Million Man March
 
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NewsOne Now

WASHINGTON, D.C. - TV One's News One Nowthe first morning news program in history to focus on news and analysis of politics, entertainment, sports, and culture from an explicitly African American perspective, is devoting its Thursday, Sept. 10 broadcast to an in-studio interview with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. Airing live from 9-10 a.m. ET, Host Roland S. Martin will speak withFarrakhan in his first live national broadcast television interview since announcing the upcoming 20th Anniversary Million Man March. Throughout the hour-long show, Farrakhan will discuss the reason for the "Justice or Else!" rally, the Black Lives Matter Movement and the Youth Hip Hop Mobilization. He will also share his thoughts on income inequality, the devaluation of human life, the state of race relations in America, and more.
 
"It has been 20 years since 1 million Black men assembled on the National Mall for the Million Man March. The impetus then was the condition of Black men and the Black family, and 20 years later, we are still dealing with the same issues," says Martin, who is also News One Now's managing editor. "This no-holds barred discussion with Minister Louis Farrakhan will focus on lessons learned - good and bad - from the March 20 years ago, and the 10 year anniversary March in 2005, as well as the agenda that will be implemented for this year's Justice Or Else! rally."
 
Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader who spearheaded the successful 1995 Million Man March on the Mall in Washington, D.C., announced "Justice or Else!," a rally commemorating the 20th anniversary of the original 1995 event, earlier this summer. At a gathering of Christians and Muslims at the historical Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in June, he called for equal justice under the law regardless of creed, class and color, and is currently calling on African American men to come together for a peaceful protest on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. 
 
In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March, TV One will also present a special two-hour block of programming on Friday, Oct. 9 from 8-10 p.m. ET. The evening's programming, presented by Martin, will feature the network's premiere of documentary The Million Man March Story,including a one-hour News One Now primetime roundtable special.  Hosted by actor Malik Yoba, The Million Man March Story features behind-the-scenes footage and unique coverage of speeches by Minister Louis Farrakhan, Maya Angelou, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rosa Parks, Dorothy Height and Stevie Wonder.  
 
The Million Man March Story is executive produced by Thomas Hart, Jr., for On the Potomac ProductionsSusan Henry is executive producer of News One Now and Craig Henry is executive-in-charge of production for News One Now/TV One. D'Angela Proctor is TV One'shead of original programming and production.
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Kirk Franklin makes sales history with new song

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KIRK FRANKLIN MAKES HISTORY WITH NEW #1 SINGLE “WANNA BE HAPPY?”
 
Dallas, TX (September 9, 2015) – Nine-time GRAMMY® winning recording artist, songwriter and super producer Kirk Franklin, continues his track record of making a strong impact on popular music with the release of his new single “Wanna Be Happy?”  “Wanna Be Happy?” – Franklin’s first new song in four years, from his forthcoming eleventh album, has debuted at #1 and breaks the record to become the best first-week digital single in gospel sales history.  
 
With a first-week gospel sales record of 11,882 digital units “Wanna Be Happy?” surpasses the first week sales (11,008 units) of Franklin’s last #1 single “I Smile,” from the chart-topping Gold album HELLO FEAR
“This is great news for both Kirk Franklin and the entire gospel genre,” said Mark Michel, VP of Sales, RCA Inspiration.  “We haven’t seen first week numbers like this in gospel since his last record four years ago.  We’re all very excited about this single and his forthcoming album.” 
Following the debut of “Wanna Be Happy?” on the Steve Harvey Morning Show and with a live performance on the Season 8 finale of BET’s Sunday Best, Kirk Franklin has crafted a song that once again resonates with the masses, setting the stage for what he’s calling his “most intentional work” yet.  Kirk Franklin’s new album is scheduled for release this November.  
“Wanna Be Happy?” is now available everywhere music is sold digitally. 
 
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HEXXU Options Screenplay for First Virtual Relaity Film, as Shared Pipeline for Content Creation

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Atlanta Company's Unique Approach Provides High-Quality Content Solutions for Traditional Media, Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality Formats
     
ATLANTA, Sept. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- If developers of augmented reality and virtual reality hardware devices could hang a sign in their front window, it would probably say this.
HEXXU...The future of entertainment approaching escape velocityNow wanted: Content.
Augmented reality and virtual reality are widely regarded as the future of entertainment, with Facebook's $2 billion purchase of Oculus, Google's investment in Magic Leap, Microsoft's HoloLens and others making headlines. But each of these ventures will need one critical element to achieve mass consumer demand – high-quality content.
The HEX process – producing stories for traditional media, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) – is the foundation of Atlanta-based HEXXU Studios. Instead of focusing on just one of these formats, HEXXU is embracing and delivering solutions for all three of these formats, providing a full spectrum of original stories and experiences from which to choose. As a shared pipeline for content creation, the HEX process concentrates resources and mitigates expenses while providing multiple outputs.
"The future of entertainment is approaching escape velocity, and we are engineering the next frontier of cost-effective content creation," said Richard Oesterreicher, President & CEO of HEXXU. "We are primed to explore how each format changes the way people connect to characters and environments. For the audience, each format offers a different way to experience the same story in an alternative art form while also changing the tools the filmmaker has available to tell the story."
HEXXU recently signed an option for its first original film, titled OBI, from local award-winning screenwriter Wiley McCain. OBI is the first film that will be produced and released in all three formats simultaneously. "OBI, being such a powerful, moving and visual story, is a great example to experience in more than one way," Oesterreicher added.
This animated short film will be released in all three formats. The traditional media form will be available to watch in a theater or on a television, computer or mobile device. The traditional form will be extended with AR experiences to enhance the story for audiences with Microsoft HoloLens, Magic Leap or other mixed-reality devices. OBI will also be released as a stand-alone VR narrative film to experience on devices such as Oculus Rift, Sony Morpheus or similar VR devices. In VR form, the user can move and adjust their view – just like watching a stage play where the audience can move on the stage.
"HEXXU has the perfect team to not only move the art of film forward, but to also move the film viewing experience further inward. I am excited that audiences will get to experience the OBI story, but I am ecstatic that HEXXU will be delivering that experience," screenwriter McCain said.
HEXXU starts by embracing traditional content creation in its current form with traditional media. A parallel part of the process is to create sequences that enhance the story experience through the addition of AR content, objects, characters and environmental features in and around the audience. This optional form of immersion requires some form of wearable or visor. But the "face race" has already begun with heavy-hitters such as Microsoft's HoloLens and Google's investment in Magic Leap leading the charge in what analysts like Digi-Capital's Managing Director Tim Merel predict will be a $120B market in five years.
The final experience option – VR, or immersive multimedia – creates an environment that simulates physical presence in imagined worlds and lets the audience interact with the story in that world. This experience requires a full Head Mounted Display (HMD) for viewing. With Facebook's Oculus Rift and Sony's Morpheus entering the market, content will be needed that borders on the realm of game experiences but also offers cinematic quality to drive a $30B market adoption in five years.
Utilizing HEXXU's patent-pending technology to create content this way is likely to raise many eyebrows. "The bedrock of our approach stems from the fact that we are first and foremost a technology company; the result being cinematic content creation. Imagine a world where you are sitting with the characters in a narrative and share the same point of view, the same experience and journey; you no longer watch the story but you are part of the story. This completely immersive experience goes far beyond storytelling. Simply stated, it will revolutionize an entire industry," added Carl W. Childers, VP of Marketing for HEXXU.
The HEXXU team averages 2-3 decades of experience each and has worked for companies like Microsoft, Softimage, Disney, DreamWorks, Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures. Its team members are creative technologists, visual effects artists, 3D modelers and animators, as well as real-time graphics experts and problem solvers – and they are already creating the high-quality content that mass consumer adoption of AR and VR hardware devices will demand.
To learn more, please visit www.hexxu.com.
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Trump pledges his loyalty to the GOP, get sued for security gaurd punching incident

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On Thursday, September 3 Donald Trump announced from Turmp Tower in New York City that he signed a Republican pledge issued to all rightwing candidates by the Republican National Committee.  The pledge was set forth to ensure current candidates will not run as an Independent or throw their support behind another party if they do not win the nomination. In the first GOP debate Trump was the only candidate who said he would not necessarily support the Republican party if he did not win the bid for the GOP. All summer long he has been polling in the lead for the position, despite receiving  backlash for derogatory comments about minorities, namely immigrants and women.

At the same press event, a security guard was caught on tape punching a protestor.  The victim has filed a lawsuit against both the Trump campaign and the security guard according to TMZ.
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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

NOW IN PRODUCTION: Brandy to star in BET's new scripted series "Zoe Ever After" in January 2016

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BET NETWORKS BEGINS PRODUCTION ON NEW SCRIPTED SERIES “ZOE EVER AFTER” IN ATLANTA, GA

Starring Brandy Norwood and Executive Produced by Debra Martin Chase, Danny Rose, Erica Montolfo-Bura, Scooter Braun; Co-Executive Produced by Norwood and Elaine Aronson
ZOE EVER AFTER Is Slated to Premiere in January 2016
NEW YORK — September 2, 2015 — BET Networks announced that production on its new scripted series ZOE EVER AFTER, starring Grammy Award winning superstar Brandy Norwood, is underway in Atlanta, GA.  ZOE EVER AFTER comes from executive producers Debra Martin Chase, Danny Rose, Scooter Braun, executive producer/writer Erica Montolfo-Bura and co-executive producers Brandy Norwood and Elaine Aronson.  The BET Networks production is slated to premiere in January 2016.

ZOE EVER AFTER is a multi-camera romantic comedy about Zoe Moon (Brandy Norwood), a newly single mom stepping out of the shadow of her famous boxer ex-husband Gemini Moon (Dorian Missick) while trying to balance dating, motherhood, a complicated relationship with her ex and finally fulfilling her career dream of starting a cosmetics line.

Zoe is surrounded by a cast of colorful characters, including her smart and precocious eight year old son Xavier (Jaylon Gordon), her fashion-forward and fun assistant Valenté (Tory Devon Smith), company publicist and best friend Pearl (Haneefah Wood) and sexy contractor Miguel (Ignacio Serricchio).

ZOE EVER AFTER comes from executive producers Debra Martin Chase, Danny Rose, Scooter Braun, executive producer/writer Erica Montolfo-Bura and co-executive producers Brandy Norwood and Elaine Aronson.
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Federal judge releases Kim Davis from jail

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The same judge who sent Kentucky clerk Kim Davis to jail for contempt of court ordered her release today. Davis was jailed for refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay couples citing religious reasons. An appeal she submitted to have her signature removed from licenses was denied. The clerk position is an elected office in Rowan Country, KY.

Davis returned to work on Monday, September 14 spouting the same non-compliant attitude that got her arrested. The judge stipulated that Davis  could not interfere with other staff members issuing marriage licenses. Davis insists that marriage licenses that are being handled by her staff are invalid,while Kentucky state governor and the state's attorney general say they are valid. She could end up back in jail if she does not abide by the judges orders.
 
Davis is being upheld as a martyr by many Christians who have rallied behind her since  two men released a video showing she did not cooperate with their request for a marriage license.  Upon being released, she wept as the crowd waiting outside the jail greeted her, giving praise to God for her release: She said, "Thank you all so much. I love you all so very much. I just want to give God the glory. His people have rallied, and you are a strong people. We serve a living God who knows exactly where each and every one of us is at. Just keep on pressing. Don't let down, because he is here. He's worthy."

Some Republican presidential hopefuls also support Davis.
 
Mike Huckabee was by the clerk's side when she was freed from prison and has been a supporter through the 5-day ordeal.  Last week he argued Davis' imprisonment, comparing it to the Dred Scott slavery case a Supreme Court ruling .  Questioned the former Arkansas governor, a minister,  "Is slavery the law of the land? Should it have been the law of the land because Dred Scott said so? Was that a correct decision? Should the courts have been irrevocably followed on that? Should Lincoln have been put in jail? Because he ignored it."

Republican Candidate Rick Santorum is also bucking the system
Published first on 9/8 and updated on 9/10
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Monday, September 7, 2015

OBAMA's Labor Day Gift: Obama authorizes sick leave for federal contractors

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Obama speaks at GREATER BOSTON LABOR COUNCIL LABORDAY BREAKFAST
(Andrew Harnik/AP)


President Obama has just announced a massive gift to federal contractors and subcontractors this Labor Day. He has signed an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to pay their employees sick leave to attend to the most common personal and family affairs. The action will allow one hour of paid time off for every 30 hours worked. Obama's more flexible workforce policies encompass  one of the most common concerns of federal workers taking time off, maternity leave. 

On Monday morning, a sign behind the stage where he spoke at the GREATER BOSTON LABOR COUNCIL LABOR
DAY BREAKFAST read "Workers and Community, United for a Stronger Future” hung behind the main stage.  Obama put his reason for the policy change into global perspective, while showing sensitivity to working mothers, stating: "Right now, we are the only advanced nation on Earth that does not guarantee paid maternity leave.  Think about that.  (Applause.)  You had -- one study found that nearly one in four working moms return to work within two weeks of childbirth.  Think about that.  Now, for the men in the audience in particular, think about that.  We wouldn’t even go to work if we had to carry around somebody for nine months.  The human race would evaporate.  We couldn’t even take it.  (Laughter and applause.)  And then the notion that after you had that baby you had to go back to work two weeks later. . ."

The Executive Order specifies the new policy is   "effective immediately and shall apply to covered contracts where the solicitation for such contract has been issued, or the contract has been awarded outside the solicitation process, on or after January 1, 2017."
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Sixth Democrat enters 2016 race for president

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Today Harvard Law Professor Lawrence "Larry" Lessig became the 6th major Democrat to announce his run for president. He raised $1.1 million through crowd funding to secure a seat at the first democratic debate.  Lessig joins previously announced candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Jim Webb, Lincoln Chafee and Martin O'Malley.

In the video below Lessig speaks to ABC's George Stephanopolous about why he decided to run and his intended platform.

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