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Friday, September 18, 2015

Quincy Jones hospitalized, but 'all is good'

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Fans of Quincy Jones can breath a little easier after hearing from the famed producer after his hospital scare today.

In an early morning report TMZ said Quincy Jones was taken to a Los Angeles area hospital for chest pains.  The 82-year-old music impresario's publicist later emailed the Associated Press stating Jones was hospitalized for observation following breathing problems on Thursday and he was doing fine. According to the statement, Jones was not admitted for chest pains as initially reported.  A Tweet that appears be Jones himself  quelled fans fears, clarifying he'd experienced shortness of "but all is good."

As a producer an music arranger, Jones has worked with music greats like Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles. The Tweet ended with the words, "Still much to do.  God bless," followed by a red heart.
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McDonald's Gospel Superfest comes to Los Angeles for 'Taste of Soul'

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McDonald's Brings Afternoon Of Gospel Music, Fellowship And Fun To Taste Of Soul Family Festival

McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour merges local and national gospel artists to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southern California

LOS ANGELES -- McDonald's is bringing its Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour to the 10th Annual Taste of Soul Family Festival on October 17, 2015. Southern California McDonald's will join local gospel choirs with today's biggest names in gospel music for a day of fellowship and fun for the community festival in Crenshaw. Hosting the tour is Stellar-nominated artist and radio personality Lonnie Hunter. Joining him on stage will be music director and songwriter Donald Lawrence, vocal powerhouse Yolanda Adams, evangelist and the "Rose of Gospel" Dorinda Clark-Cole, the incomparable choral-master Ricky Dillard, urban inspirational artist DeWayne Woods, Stellar Award nominee and BET's Sunday Best season six winner Tasha Page-Lockhart and Christian comedienne Small Fire.

Back for its ninth year, McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour focuses on the importance of giving back to the community by supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). In recognition of the Charity's 41st anniversary, this year concertgoers will have the opportunity to learn about RMHC and the important role it plays in helping families heal and thrive in their local community and worldwide. Attendees will also be encouraged to support Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southern California by donating to help local families served by the Charity.
"Southern California McDonald's is overjoyed to bring a little lovin' to the Crenshaw community through the 2015 Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour," said Clay Paschen III, McDonald's owner/operator and president of the McDonald's Operators' Association of Southern California (MOASC). "The tour is just one way we are able to build on the support we provide to our local communities, as well as give back a little more lovin' to our local Ronald McDonald House chapter."
Locally, the Southern California Black McDonald's Owner/Operator Association (BMOA), collectively and individually supports RMHCSC and its six Ronald McDonald Houses, the RMHC/African American Future Achievers Scholarship Program, and the community grants board – which has awarded funding to organizations like Sabriya's Castle of Fun Foundation, Challenger's Boys and Girls Club, and the Brotherhood Crusade get funding from RMHCSC's community grants board.

"Our local owner/operators are passionate about being an integral part of the communities we serve," said Kiana Webb-Severlough, president of Southern California's Black McDonald's Owner/Operator Association. "Being able to bring the Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour to the community is just one example of the commitment we have to impacting our customers 365 days of the year."
McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour is an extension of the brand's 365Black platform, an initiative that celebrates the pride, heritage and achievements of African-Americans year round. To learn more about the tour and the 365Black initiative, visit www.365Black.com. For more information on local gospel acts gracing the stage and details, follow @McDonalds_SoCal on Twitter and join the conversation at #365BlackGospel.
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Thursday, September 17, 2015

ICYMI: Why Minaj and Swift were beefing over the VMAs. . .

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With the summer award season up and running, it would seem like the Twitterverse would have be teeming with excitement among fans and especially nominees. But apparently Hollywood drama takes precedent over positive entertainment news.  The supposed feud between Katy Perry and Taylor Swift isn't the only "Bad Blood" Swift has been experiencing lately. Beginning Tuesday (July 21), when the MTV VMA nominations for Video of the Year were announced, rapper  Minaj was displeased with  not being nominated for the top category. Of course  she tweeted about it and Swift took offense to it:
If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year

Under the impression Nicki was throwing shade in her direction, Taylor "swiftly" replied:

I've done nothing but love & support you. It's unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot

Nicki then appears to be confused:

Huh? U must not be reading my tweets. Didn't say a word about u. I love u just as much. But u should speak on this.

Taylor attempts to take the high road and make light of the matter making Nicki an offer:

If I win, please come up with me!! You're invited to any stage I'm ever on.
      The Twitter spat then sparked an nationwide battle: Taylor VS Nicki. It has been said that Nicki was trying to bring attention to a bigger issue: racism in the music industry and how people fail to recognize white privilege. Minaj even began promoting articles supporting why she was right to call out the music industry and Swift was wrong to call her out:
    Great article, thank you

    Many other celebrities such as Katy Perry had something to say about the feud:

    Finding it ironic to parade the pit women against other women argument about as one unmeasurably capitalizes on the take down of a woman...

    That was definitely a subtweet directed at Taylor Swift since Perry is the one rumored to be the subject of the "Bad Blood" music video.
    Even Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran (both nominees for the Video of the Year Award) got in on the action, creating a fake twitter feud mocking Swift and Minaj's conversation:

    Yo I want in on this twitter Beef!! VMAs is the new WWF!! Fuck You!

    any way we do dis you gon' come up short

    So who won this Twitter war? Taylor issued a public apology on twitter two days later to Nicki:

    I thought I was being called out. I missed the point, I misunderstood, then misspoke. I'm sorry, Nicki.

    Nicki accepts Taylor's apology:
    That means so much Taylor, thank you.

    The spat between Minaj and Swift blew over as fast.  Nicki even talked to Taylor on the phone later on. Nicki told Lara Spencer on Good Morning America, "She was super, super sweet and she apologized...".

    Last month, Minaj and Swift opened the VMAs in a surprise collaboration that gave the Twitterverse something more comely to talk about.  All's well that ends well.
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    Wednesday, September 16, 2015

    The Lonnie Hunter Show comes to an end on September 21

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    Philadelphia, PA — Stellar Award winning recording artist Lonnie Hunter is calling it quits with his highly rated syndicated afternoon drive radio program “The Lonnie Hunter Show.” Today, Hunter took to the airwaves to announce that his final show will air Monday, September 21. “It’s time for a change,” Hunter says of his exit that’s been in the plans for weeks. “I’ve loved doing the show, interviewing artists and playing the Battle of the Sexes and Clues & Categories games with the audience; but I’ve got lots of other new and exciting adventures on the horizon that I’m about to get off the ground.”

    Among those new adventures is Hunter’s rousing new radio single “He’s Worthy” that will be serviced to gospel radio formats next week. It’s the second radio single from his Top 5 album  #GETITDONE (Tyscot Music & Entertainment).  “Forever I Will Worship” was a popular radio hit over the summer.  Hunter is also wrapping up his stint as the host of the McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour that kicked off this past May. Faith Based Communications produced the thrilling tour that hit the prestigious Kennedy Center this week and makes its final stop October 17th in Los Angeles.  Faith Based Communications has already signed Hunter to host next year’s tenth anniversary Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour.

    In other big news, Hunter has also signed a deal for his own television program that launches in 2016. “We’re still working out the format because we want it to be different but it’s going to be very good,” Hunter adds. A Chicago native, Hunter began his career as a runway and print model but music was his first love. He was a soloist for the U.S. Air Force Jazz Band and a celebrated gospel choir conductor. He was well known for his work with the Voices of St. Mark Choir where he produced three albums for Malaco Records that resulted in the radio hits "Even Me" (The Drip Drop Song),” "Let's Dance" and "There's Power In His Name." He began his radio career with Chicago’s #1 gospel radio station WGCI where he dominated the morning drive ratings for three years before launching “The Lonnie Hunter Show” in 2007.  He also serves as Pastor of Worship at Bethany Baptist Church, a 26,000-member church in Lindenwold, NJ.
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    Tuesday, September 15, 2015

    Nationwide Casting Call: Were You Born Into the Wrong Race?

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    Casting Call for New Cable Show

    Burbank, CA - Veteran television casting director Jacqui Pitman is a true powerhouse in the reality TV world when it comes to finding the right talent for some of TV's hottest shows. Most recently, her agency, Pitman Casting Inc., has been selected by Screaming Flea Productions, the producers of the critically acclaimed television series "Hoarders," to conduct a nationwide casting search for a new groundbreaking television series which asks "Were you born into the wrong race?" Pitman is in search of people who genuinely feel they were born into the wrong racial group. Selected parties, who truly believe they have been misidentified racially, will appear on the thought provoking series airing on a major cable network. Screaming Flea Productions, one of the country's leading producers of non-fiction programming, will produce the series.
    The casting call, which is open to all nationalities, is a particularly sensitive one in light of recent current events. Both Rachel Dolezal, the former president of a local NAACP chapter and Shaun King, a prominent leader in the Black Lives Matter movement, have instigated far reaching conversation and made mainstream news headlines with unresolved issues concerning racial ambiguity. Both parties have been accused of masquerading as African American.
    Interested persons of all races, who are experiencing a racial identity crisis, should apply by Friday, September 25, 2015 at  https://pitmancastinginc.formstack.com/forms/race_project or call 818-666-3606 for more details.
    "The conversation of race has become an increasingly hot topic in the US and abroad," asserts Pitman. "With the outing of Rachel Dolezal, more and more people have come forward with claims that they too are experiencing a similar kind of racial identity phenomenon. It is our hope that this project will give a face and a greater understanding to those who feel like they were born in the wrong skin and until now have been too afraid to admit it. Our intention is that the show will garner a better acceptance of people who feel unable to live an authentic life as who they believe they really are, despite what society might dictate."
    Television casting director
    Jacqui Pitman
    Pitman Casting, a full service, reality television casting company, has provided talent for some of TV's hottest shows, including Syfy's "Face Off," Spike's "Framework," "VH1's "Naked Dating," Bravo's "Who Wants to be a Supermodel?" and Discovery's "Dual Survival."
    For 18 years, Screaming Flea Productions has been creating content with a list of hits that includes not only A&E's "Hoarders" but also "Sell This House," "The Legend of Mick Dodge" on the National Geographic Channel, Oxygen's "My Shopping Addiction," and "Biography" on Bio.
    For additional information, contact Pitman Casting at http://pitmancasting.com/, via email at Race@pitmancasting.com or call 818-666-3606.

    The deadline for the new show submissions is Friday September 25, 2015.
    Click here to apply online: https://pitmancastinginc.formstack.com/forms/race_project.
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    Cicely Tyson, Carol King, George Lucas, Rita Moreno, The Eagles and Seijo Oawa to receive Kennedy Center Honor

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    Press Release




    America to Celebrate Honorees’ Lifetime Artistic Achievements

    Sunday, December 6, 2015

    Gala will be broadcast on CBS on December 29, 2015 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT
    (WASHINGTON)—The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced the selection of six Honorees who will receive the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors. Recipients to be honored at the 38th annual national celebration of the arts are: American rock band the Eagles, singer-songwriter Carole King, filmmaker George Lucas, actress and singer Rita Moreno, conductor Seiji Ozawa, and actress and Broadway star Cicely Tyson.

    "The Kennedy Center Honors recognizes the extraordinary and unparalleled talents of individuals whose impact and genius have left an indelible mark on civilization," stated Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein. "Quite simply, our Honorees represent the voices, soundtracks, and stories of our personal lives and memories. The music of the Eagles has endured as the quintessential American rock and roll sound for generations; Carole King’s heartfelt lyrics and tunes are woven throughout the tapestry of American music; George Lucas’ films have enriched our world with stories of epic adventure; Rita Moreno’s iconic spitfire roles are embedded in the heart of American culture; Seiji Ozawa’s artistic leadership as a conductor has set a new standard for orchestras around the world; and Cicely Tyson’s range of strong female roles on stage and screen have broken boundaries for women of color."

    "When I look at this year’s outstanding slate of Honorees, I am struck by a powerful common theme— artists as history-makers, artists who defy both convention and category," commented Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter. "Each Honoree and their career-spanning achievements exemplify a rare quality of artistic bravery. They have pushed the limits of their gifts as musicians, actors, and storytellers to inspire generations of Americans and those around the world. Their individual paths to excellence are inspirational and their contributions to the fabric of American culture are equally permanent and timeless."

    The annual Honors Gala has become the highlight of the Washington cultural and society calendar, and its broadcast on CBS is a high point of the television season. On Sunday, December 6, in a star-studded celebration on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage, produced by Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment, the 2015 Honorees will be saluted by today’s leading performers from New York, Hollywood, and the arts capitals of the world. Seated with the President of the United States and Mrs. Obama, the Honorees will accept the thanks of their peers through performances and tributes.

    This year’s Honors Gala is chaired by Wayne

    — — Center’s Board of Trustees.

    . This year’s selected Honorees were the Center’s
    six number one albums and have topped the singles charts five times. The band’s Their Greatest

    Hits 1971–1975 album, with sales in excess of 29 million units, is second only to Michael Jackson’s Thriller

    Ronstadt’s backing band, they began writing songs that would appear on th Eagles wrote most of the band’s best when he joined the Eagles in 1975. Walsh introduced a grittier, hard rock sound to the group’s

    – Hell Freezes Over Long Road Out of Eden
    hit "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" at the tender age of 17, she has "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" (Shirelles, 1960) "Take f My Baby" (Bobby Vee, 1961), "The Loco ion" (Little Eva, 1962), "One Fine Day" (The Chiffons, 1963), "Hey Girl" (Freddie Scott, 1963), "I’m Into Something Good" (Herman’s Hermits, 1964), "Just Once In My Life" (with Phil Spector for The Righteous Brothers, 1965 In 1967, Goffin and King’s "Natural Woman" was immortalized by Aretha Franklin. King’s 1971 solo album, Tapestry Tapestry or recorded King’s "You’ve Got a Friend," taki Tapestry

    awarded the National Academy of Songwriters’ Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1990, the duo was and most successful of King’s car A Natural Woman York Times Beautiful: The Carole King Musical . (Editor’s note: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical – .

    Filmmaker George Lucas’ devotion to timeless storytelling and cutting Star Wars Indiana Jones THX 1138 American Graffiti Willow, Tucker: A Man and His Dream

    He has been honored with the nation’s highest award for technological achievement, the National
    Life Without Makeup , Rita Moreno: A Memoir New York Times Nina’s World, TV’s Sprout Network.

    2002), making history as that orchestra’s longest BSO’s acclaimed summer music academy, where Mr. Ozawa himself was a Fellow in 1959. Now BSO awa Matsumoto Festival, Japan’s pre

    Europe, Mr. Ozawa has conducted many of the continent’s orchestras, including the Berlin

    Dark of the Moon ie Watts in Horton Foote’ The Trip to Bountiful, The Gin Game The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. Sounder The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All Roots King Sweet Justice The Marva Collins Story A Lesson Before Dying. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Fried Green Tomatoes Because of Winn-Dixie Hoodlum Diary of a Mad Black Woman Madea's Family Reunion Why Did I Get Married Too? The Help Alex Cross.
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    Senate passes assisted suicide bill in California

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    A victory for the families of terminally ill patients in California, the state's legislature has approved assisted suicide. The "right to die" bill was approved by the State Senate on Friday (Sept. 11) with a vote of 23-14. 

    California joins  Oregon, Washington, Montana and Vermont in  allowing physicians to prescribe medications that accelerates death. the bill will now go to Gov. a Jesuit Catholic who some  expect will wrestle with passing it.
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    Monday, September 14, 2015

    Miss Georgia crowned Miss America 2016, Vanessa Williams gets an apology

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    The “2016 Miss America Competition” Aired Live on Sunday, September 13th from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on the ABC Television Network for its 95th Anniversary

    Vanessa Williams, first African American Miss America returns to the competition as head judge and performer and receives an apology from current CEO Sam Haskell after nude photo scandal fall out 32 years ago

    ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - Miss Georgia, Betty Cantrell, was crowned Miss America 2016 Sunday night at the birthplace of the legendary competition in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall for its 95th Anniversary broadcast on the ABC Television Network. Vanessa Williams returned to the Miss America stage after 32 years since her crowning as Miss America 1984 and served as Head Judge. Williams opened the show with a performance of “Oh How the Years Go By.” Williams joined host Chris Harrison, co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet, music curator Nick Jonas and celebrity judges Brett Eldredge, Taya Kyle, Danica McKellar, Kevin O’Leary, Amy Purdy and Zendaya.
    Cantrell’s acceptance of the highly-prized crown is just the beginning of a journey that will take her to every corner of the nation during her year of service as Miss America 2016. She will embark on her national speaking tour about her platform, Healthy Children, Strong America, and act as the official National Goodwill Ambassador for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children's hospitals, is the national platform partner of the Miss America Organization.



    Cantrell is a student of Mercer University. During her year as Miss America, she will serve as spokesperson for Healthy Children, Strong America. Along with the coveted title of Miss America 2016, Cantrell won a $50,000 scholarship provided in part by Joseph Ribkoff Inc. and the Miss America Organization to continue her education. For the talent portion of the competition, Cantrell performed the operatic vocal performance of “Tu Tu Piccolo Iddio.”

    First runner-up in the competition was Miss Mississippi, Hannah Roberts, who earned a $25,000 scholarship. Her talent was classical violin, and her personal platform is Pages of Love. Second runner-up honors and a $20,000 scholarship was awarded to Miss Colorado, Kelley Johnson. Her talent was original monologue, and her personal platform is The Health Initiative PLUS.
    The 52 contestants, who represented all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, participated in preliminary competitions earlier in the week. Miss Tennessee, Hannah Robison, was the winner of “America's Choice,” an online competition where viewers were given the first time opportunity to vote for their favorite Miss America contestant entirely on social media. The winner of “America’s Choice” advanced to the Top 15 in the competition.

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    Delta University professor killed on campus

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    Ethan Schmidt
    History Prof. Ethan Schmidt  was  shot and killed at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS while sitting at his desk this morning.  The person of interest, Shannon Lamb (45), a fellow professor at the university, is at large.  The Cleveland Police spokesperson said Lamb may be connected to the  homicide of a woman in Gautier, MS located four hours away.   Police also said in a press conference no further details will be released at this time.  The university and neighboring schools are on lock down. 

    The Slice will provide updates when more information is available.

    Update, 9/15/15

    Shannon Lamb, a college instructor suspected in the homicide of Ethan Schmidt and Amy Prentis his live in girlfriend died Monday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound amid apprehension, authorities said. Lamb left an apology note.
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    'The Caged In Heart' book addresses the impact of childhood hurts on adulthood

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    (NASHVILLE, Tennessee)
    We often carry the wounds that happened to us as a child into adulthood. Although those wounds do not dictate our future, they do have a huge influence on it. In the new book, The Caged In Heart, available everywhere on November 10, 2015 from Clovercroft Publishing, author Trillion Small will help you discover what it takes to break the cycle of childhood abuse and be the change that the generations to follow you are in desperate need of.

    Many children grow into adulthood with unresolved childhood attachment injuries - internal wounds that often originated in the home and affected his or her view of self. It doesnt matter if the wound was intentional or not, it still can have the same adverse effects on the child and his or her intimate relationships later in life. In this book you will gain a better understanding of abuse and its cycle, how to break the cycle, and how to find beauty in the ashes of your past experiences.

    If you or your current relationships are suffering in an endless negative cycle it may be time to assess where the root of the problem is coming from. You no longer have to be a prisoner of your past and you no longer have to be controlled by your symptoms. Free your heart from the cage that your painful experiences put it in and begin to experience what freedom feels like with God, yourself, and with others.

    The Caged In Heart will help you discover:
    • How your past is affecting your today and your tomorrow
    • Ways to improve your emotional heart health
    • How to develop relational discernment to help you initiate healthy relationships
    Do not let your past be a barrier to your future another day, says author Trillion Small. Shift from a caged heart to a changed heart.

    View The Caged In Heart Book Trailer at https://youtu.be/hda4cwyAJ8E.

    Pre-Order The Caged In Heart at Amazon.com.

    About the Author:
    Trillion Small is the founder of Navigate You Counseling & Consulting in Nashville, TN. In her private practice she specializes in interpersonal trauma. Trillion is a Doctoral Candidate (PhD) in Clinical Counseling at Trevecca Nazarene University. She is a professional speaker, counselor, and author of Internal Navigator: Basic Steps to Get You from Point A to Point B in Your Life (2013) .

    For more information, visit www.trillionsmall.com.
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