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Saturday, October 10, 2015

RLJ Entertainment acquires "Nina" for distribution

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Los Angeles, CA — RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE), founded by Robert L. Johnson, RLJE Chairman and Founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) has acquired all North American rights to the highly anticipated film NINA, based on the life of legendary American singer-songwriter Nina Simone. With first time writer-director Cynthia Mort, the film stars Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Guardians of the Galaxy) and David Oyelowo (Selma, The Butler). NINA will be released in theaters in December 2015 under the RLJ Entertainment brand. RLJ Entertainment previously released its theatrical titles under the Image Entertainment brand, which RLJ Entertainment purchased in 2012.

“I am very excited that RLJ Entertainment will be distributing Nina Simone’s biopic with the tremendous talent involved including Zoe Saldana and David Oyelowo,” said Johnson.  “I had the special privilege early in my career of working with Ms. Simone while coordinating a performance for former D.C. Delegate Walter E. Fauntroy and knowing first-hand of her major contribution to the soul and emotion of the Civil Rights Movement.  I look forward as I am sure many others will, to her story and legacy being made available by RLJ Entertainment to consumers on various media platforms in the coming months.”

“Robert Johnson is passionate about this film and he is passionate about Nina Simone, so we are excited to be in business with him,” said producer Ben Latham-Jones. “We believe he can bring the powerful performances of Zoe and David to as wide an audience as possible.”
NINA traces the career of legendary American singer-songwriter and civil rights activist, Nina Simone (Saldana). The story follows her struggle to balance music, family and what she believes in, which leaves her living alone in France feeling exiled from her own country. That is, until she meets Clifton Henderson (Oyelowo) who helps the high priestess of soul rediscover meaning in her life and music, and to once again embrace America. NINA reflects both her and the people she gave voice to in both their search for redemption and hope in America during the 1960’s.
Nina Simone is unarguably one of the great vocalists of the 20thCentury, a 15-time Grammy nominee, she received the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 2000.  Nina’s versions of ‘My Baby Just Cares For Me’ and ‘Feeling Good’ have become standards, featuring in advertising and jazz compilations, and frequently covered by other artists. Her versions of such classics as ‘I Put a Spell on You,’ ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,’ ‘Lilac Wine,’ ‘Ain’t Got No, I Got Life’ and ‘Wild is the Wind’ have become the definitive versions.
Nina’s strong involvement in the civil rights movement brought out the talented songwriter in her.  While ‘To Be Young Gifted and Black’ is probably her best-known composition, and was subsequently covered by Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway, Bob and Marcia (whose cover was a U.K. top five hit) amongst others, she also wrote many other songs including ‘Mississippi Goddam’ and ‘Four Women.’
NINA was produced by Barnaby Thompson (The Importance of Being Earnest), Ben Latham-Jones (Kids in Love), Stuart Parr (Get Rich or Die Tryin’) and Cynthia Mort (The Brave One) and executive produced by Pierre Lagrange (Kick-Ass), Allison Sarofim (Lake City), Aigerim Jakisheva (Kids in Love), Zoe Saldana, David Oyelowo, James Spring (Burke and Hare), Gene Kirkwood (Rocky), Lauren Lloyd (Cellular) and Paul Rosenberg (Southpaw).
RLJ Entertainment executives Mark Ward, Chief Acquisitions Officer and Angela Northington, SVP, Content Acquisitions negotiated the deal with ICM Partners behalf of the filmmakers.
Recent RLJ Entertainment releases include The Rewrite with Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei and written and directed by Marc Lawrence; The Cobbler with Adam Sandler, Cliff “Method Man” Smith, Ellen Barkin, Melonie Diaz, Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi, and Dascha Polanco, and written and directed by Tom McCarthy; and Blackbird Based on the same title novel by Larry Duplechan stars Academy Award® winning actress and comedian Mo’Nique (Precious), Isaiah Washington (Grey’s Anatomy), and introduces breakthrough actor Julian Walker and directed by Patrik-Ian Polk (Noah’s Arc, The Skinny).

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Justice Or Else Film Screenings: The Million Man March - The Untold Story

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As the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March approaches with the theme of “Justice…Or Else!” on October, 10, 2015, in Washington, DC, Vanguard Television and the Washington, D.C. Ministry of Arts and Culture are proud to present free film screenings of the groundbreaking documentary, The Million Man March – The Untold Story. Screenings begin on Thursday evening, October 8th, and will continue all day Friday, October 9th, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The documentary, directed by independent filmmaker and Howard University graduate, Angela R. Muhammad, addresses numerous questions, controversies and misconceptions about the Million Man March of 1995 in Washington, D.C. and offers a behind the scenes look at what occurred before, during and after the March with firsthand accounts from the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, among others.
The documentary answers the following questions: What inspired the call and what caused more than one million to respond? What role did religion play? Why only black men? What happened to the money? Why a journey to the Middle East and Africa after the March? What should be done after the March?
 
The Million Man March - The Untold Story also features Chuck D (Public Enemy), Rev. Willie Wilson (Pastor of Union Temple Baptist Church), the late Marion Barry (former Washington, D.C. mayor), the late Dr. Dorothy Height (former president of the National Council of Negro Women) Ice T (Hip Hop Artist, Law and Order SVU) and others.
 
Show times are Thursday, October 8th, at 8 pm and Friday, October 9th at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm & 7pm at the Creative Acts Learning Center, LLC located at 631 B Pennsylvania Ave, SE in Washington, DC.
 
For more information about “The Million Man March – The Untold Story” and to view the trailers, visit http://www.themillionmanmarch.org To schedule a screening, contact Anthony or Angela Muhammad at 202.705.0617 or email angelamuhammad(at)vanguardtvn(dot)com
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TRAVIS GREENE’S NEW LIVE ALBUM THE HILL AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW

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Album Features Chart-Topping Lead Single “Intentional” and 11 Other Tracks
 
NEW YORK, NY – October 9, 2015 – Anticipation is high for new music from RCA Inspiration artist Travis Greene, as he releases his major label debut album THE HILL, on Friday, October 30thTHE HILL, a soaring, alternatively soothing and triumphant tribute to God, features 12 tracks driven by the chart-topping lead single “Intentional.”  Pre-order THE HILL today and instantly receive four tracks from the new album.
 
Recorded before a packed crowd in Charlotte NC, THE HILL delivers the powerful music experience of Greene’s captivating live performances, driven by his searing vocals,  and moving songwriting that have garnered him ongoing accolades from peers and fans.  Creating a distinctive sound that incorporates several genres, from contemporary Christian to gospel and reggae, Greene has penned a diverse collection of uplifting anthems with songs such as “Made A Way,” “You Got Up,” “Soul Will Sing,” “Love Me Too Much,” and “The Hill.”  
 
Sought-after for his music ministry and serving a wide range of audiences as a youth pastor and worship leader, Travis Greene continues a busy slate of appearances through the rest of this year.  Following performances that include appearing at Bishop T.D. Jake’s MegaFest and on BET’s “Sunday Best” star-studded finale, Greene’s upcoming appearances include stops in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Connecticut, Indiana, North Carolina, and London, England.
 
Travis Greene: THE HILL Retail Links
 
Travis Greene: THE HILL, Track Listing
  1. Here For You
  2. Gave It All
  3. Intentional
  4. You Got Up
  5. Made A Way
  6. Thank You For Being God
  7. Who You Were
  8. The Hill
  9. You Keep Me
  10. Just Want You
  11. Soul Will Sing
  12. Love Me Too Much
TRAVIS' TESTIMONY
 
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 South Carolina. 
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SEVENTH DAY SLUMBER Releases New EP - REDLINE

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Band Preps to Kick Off Small Town America Tour with Fireflight and Shonlock.

Nashville, TN – Throughout its eighteen-year history, VSR Recording Artist Seventh Day Slumber has always been willing to confront the tough issues of life. SDS fans expect and respect the band’s commitment to writing tell-it-like-it-is lyrics and recording with musical excellence. Now on the new EP REDLINE, SDS provides a sonic rock assault that tackles issues pulled straight from the news headlines. Redline is available in stores and online today, October 9. VSR is distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution.
 
Based on the image of a red line on a car tachometer, Redline is a metaphor for the state of our country. Lead singer Joseph Rojas explains, “If you run a car in the red too long, it will literally blow up the engine. It seems like our country is in the same position. We have great division in our country like we have not seen in over a century. We have started to remove God from just about everything, and our society has been becoming more imbalanced. We are running in the red, and we can only do that for so long.”
 
In a unique turn, all proceeds from the Redline album will be donated to a variety of ministries and organizations. This five-song EP includes 4 original songs as well as a cover of Temple of the Dog’s “Hunger Strike.”  A duet with special guest Kevin Young (Disciple), all proceeds from “Hunger Strike” will be donated to several non-profit organizations that work to build wells and help alleviate childhood hunger.
 
On the heels of the Redline release, Seventh Day Slumber will launch the 2015 Small Town America Tour with Fireflight, and special guests Shonlock and Scarlet White. Tour dates include:
 
Oct 14 - Chadron, NE 
Oct 15 - Hastings, NE 
Oct 16 - Sioux Falls, SD 
Oct 17 - Ames, IA 
Oct 18 - Bettendorf, IA 
Oct 21 - Loudon, TN 
Oct 22 - Anderson, SC 
Oct 23 - De Land, FL 
Oct 24 - Kissimmee, FL 
Oct 25 - Miami, FL 
Oct 29 - Salina, KS 
Oct 30 - Montgomery City, MO 
Oct 31 - Alva, OK 
Nov 01 - Plainville, KS 
Nov 02 - Fort Smith, AR 
Nov 06 - Pekin, IL 
Nov 07 - Vinton, IA 
Nov 08 - Yankton, SD
 
The theme of finding hope in every circumstance of life has been a consistent message in the ministry of Seventh Day Slumber. Redline is no different. “We hear from fans constantly and they are simply looking for answers to their everyday problems. Our goal with this record is to let them know that the answers they are looking for can only be found in one place; in the arms of Jesus.”
 
Seventh Day Slumber – REDLINE – available in stores and online today, October 9, at an introductory rate of $5.99. Redline is released through VSR Music Group and is distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution.
 
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OVER EXPOSED: Grace Jones exposes breast at book signing, talks twerking on NPR

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Iconic super model and former Bond girl, Grace Jones showed up at a New York book signing acting "stran-ge" on October 1.  She knows how to make an entrance.  First she arrived to sign her book "I'll Never Write My Memoir" two hours late.  Then she flashed photographers by raising her see-through Black blouse she wore on the cover of her book for a full frontal look at her breasts.  She was not wearing a bra under the attention grabbing attire, but she took getting noticed a few steps further...in a family friendly.    In the process Jones revealed she is in good shape physically, showing off impressive abs.  The wild entertainer has a penchant for shock value and apparently no worries about violating public decency laws.  Jones' behavior in an environment where children shop with their families was over the top even for her by American standards.  Jamaican-born Jones has lived in Europe for decades.

Born Beverly Grace Jones, the actress has always projected an out-of-this-world persona, seemingly acting out since she left her strict religious upbringing, under which she felt she was not free.   Her twin brother, Bishop Noel Jones followed in their father's footsteps.  Perhaps, he should lay hands on his sister before police do for public indecency.

Jones, who performs in body paint and next to nothing else, does not for shock value.  She recently spoke to NPR about her philosophy on art and sexiness. 

GRACE JONES TELLS NPR TWERKING ORIGINATED IN JAMAICA

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Convicts beat Harvard debate team

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A prison debate team consisting of three violent criminals  has defeated Harvard's Ivy League educated scholars.  The prisoner are enrolled in the Bard College Initiative, a reformation  program that gives inmates a second chance at life. Last month the debate was held at the Eastern New York Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison.

To prepare for the debates inmates were only allowed to use books from the prison library instead of the Internet.  They defeated the Cambridge Mass undergraduate debate team successfully arguing in favor of immigrant students being denied enrollment.  The Wall Street Journal noted they strongly disagreed with the position they supported.  This is not the first time the Bard team triumphed over a formidable opponent.  In 2014, they won against the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.
Their victories confirm the United Negro College Fund tag line: "A mind is a terrible thing to waste."

The win is bittersweet.  The prison debaters are unable to obtain education in the traditional sense, resorting to sharpening their minds while serving time behind bars.  Without a way to harness their knowledge, their potential will literally remain locked up.  As the justice department and White House push for prison reform, perhaps they will explore ways in which the sharper inmates' knowledge can be used as a resource to benefit society?  Many activists argue there is a school-to-prison pipeline that blocks the growth of young black men from being positive contributors to society.

Read the full story at the Wall Street Journal.
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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Latin tribute to MIchael Jackson airs on PBS on Oct. 9

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Photo Credit: Ciprian Lacob
“UNITY – THE LATIN TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL JACKSON” TO PREMIERE ON PBS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9
 – Latin Artists Bring New Life, Rhythms to Hit Songs –
– Concert Hosted by Sheila E. Launches Fifth PBS Arts Fall Festival –
– Special to be Followed by 28th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards –
ARLINGTON, VA; September 10, 2015 – Iconic songs will be heard like never before – with inventive, energetic and distinctively Latin twists – when PBS premieres UNITY – THE LATIN TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL JACKSON on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings). Hosted by the legendary percussionist Sheila E., the concert special features 10 of Jackson’s greatest hits interpreted by award-winning Latin artists with a 37-piece orchestra, and kicks off the fifth annual PBS Arts Fall Festival.
UNITY – THE LATIN TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL JACKSON is the passion project of Peruvian-born, Miami-raised producer/multi-instrumentalist/arranger Tony Succar. The special features live performances of the Latin-infused arrangements featured on Succar’s chart-topping album also titled “Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson.”  Signature Jackson songs like “Smooth Criminal,” “I Want You Back,” “Billie Jean” and others showcase musicians from across Latin America brought together by Succar to celebrate and reimagine the iconic song catalog.  Among the performers are Jon Secada, Angel Lopez, Michael Stuart, Obie Bermúdez, Jennifer Peña, Kevin Ceballo, Judith Hill and Jean Rodriguez, among others. The concert was taped in Miami in July.
“We are kicking off the fifth annual PBS Arts Fall Festival with a truly unique and special musical performance. Sheila E., Tony Succar, and all of the featured artists bring tremendous energy and talent to the stage, and you have never heard Michael Jackson’s songs sound quite like this,” said Donald Thoms, Vice President of Programming for PBS and festival curator. “UNITY – THE LATIN TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL JACKSON is a marvelous testament to the diversity of art and performances being created in the U.S., and we are delighted to showcase that diversity on PBS.”
“The Unity Project began as an homage to Michael, and to underscore the key messages I always associated with his music: unity and love. These themes drive the album and the concert, and the resulting music has been remarkable,” said Succar. “Every song is true to the essence of the original, but I predict viewers will be inspired to find new moves in their living rooms as salsa and other Latin beats drive their favorite songs.”
The album Unity: The Latin Tribute To Michael Jackson, debuted on three simultaneous Billboard Charts after its first week of release in April, including #1 Latin Tropical, #3 World and #11 Heatseekers. The album is a joint project between Universal Music Classics, Universal Music Latin Entertainment and Universal Music Mexico.

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White House announces fall garden tour

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WASHINGTON, DC – This fall, the White House will be opening its gardens and grounds to visitors on Saturday, October 17 from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM EDT, and Sunday, October 18 from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM EDT.  During this event, visitors can see the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden and South Lawn of the White House.  Additionally, the White House Kitchen Garden – the first vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden – will be accessible to guests.
 
This event is free and open to the public; however, a ticket is required for all attendees (including small children).  The National Park Service will distribute free, timed tickets at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion located near 15th and E Streets Northwest on each tour day beginning at 9:00 AM.  Tickets will be distributed -- one ticket per person -- on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
Please note the following items are not allowed on the White House grounds:
 
 
·         Tablets, iPads, Tripods, Monopods, or Selfie Sticks
·         Video Recorders
·         All Bags, including Purses, Backpacks, or Suitcases
·         Animals other than Service/ Guide Dogs
·         Bicycles, Folding Chairs, Umbrellas with metal tips, Balloons, Coolers, Glass, Thermal or Metal Containers
·         Signs or Flags of Any Kind
·         Any Pointed Object(s), Including Pocket Knives
·         Diaper Bags
·         Food, Liquids, Aerosols, Tobacco Products, Lighters
·         Firearms, Ammunition, Fireworks, Laser Pointers, Stun Guns/Tasers, Mace/Pepper Spray, Toy Weapons or Knives of Any Kind
·         Any Other Items Determined to be Potential Safety Hazards
 


The U.S. Secret Service reserves the right to prohibit any other personal items.  However, strollers, wheelchairs, umbrellas (no metal tips), and cameras are permitted. All items needed for medical purposes will be permitted on the tour (e.g. wheelchairs, electric scooters, glucose tablets, EpiPens, etc.).  Please identify and explain all items needed for medical purposes to U.S. Secret Service upon arrival.
 
In the event of inclement weather, the event may be cancelled.  Please call the 24-hour information line at (202) 456-7041 to check on the status of the event.
 
 
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The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, GRAMMY Foundation® and MusiCares® Announce Sixth Annual Teens Make Music Contest

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Competition Challenges Teens to Share How They Stay Above the Influence Through the Power of Music

SANTA MONICA (October 8, 2015) – Today marks the launch of the sixth annual GRAMMY Foundation® and MusiCares® Teens Make Music Contest, in conjunction with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids as part of its Above the Influence (ATI) campaign. The contest asks young musicians, ages 14 – 18, to compose or create an original song and/or music video that celebrates life above the influence or brings attention to the real-life consequences of substance abuse.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares to recognize talented young teens empowered to share their views on substance abuse and addiction,” said Marcia Lee Taylor, president and CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. “As youth are bombarded with pro-drug and pro-alcohol messages, our Above the Influence program empowers teens to stand up to the daily pressures in their lives, including drug and alcohol use. The Teens Make Music Contest is a great outlet for teens to showcase why they choose to be above the influence.”

“Through this unique opportunity with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, we are encouraging young people to create stories that celebrate the positive aspects of a healthy lifestyle, or reflect on the devastating effects of substance abuse,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the GRAMMY Foundation, MusiCares and The Recording Academy®. “The Teens Make Music Contest provides a rewarding chance for teens to speak to their parents, teachers and, perhaps most importantly, their peers."

The first-place winner will receive two tickets to the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards® at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, two tickets to the GRAMMY Celebration®, a grand cash prize of $5,000 courtesy of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, a cash award of $500 provided by Visions Adolescent Treatment Center, and the opportunity to perform a set at the Acoustic Tent on the 2016 Vans Warped Tour in the city closest to their hometown. The second- and third-place winners will receive two tickets to the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards, cash prizes of $250 and $100 (provided by Visions Adolescent Treatment Center), respectively, and all three winners will have the opportunity to attend the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards backstage experience during rehearsals in February 2016. Other prizes include a VISA gift card valued at $250 to be used toward airfare to and from Los Angeles, two tickets to any Vans Warped Tour show, gift bags and more.

“As the world’s largest music publishing company, Sony/ATV Music Publishing treasures its aspiring songwriters. We are thrilled to be a part of something so important to this generation’s young writers and musicians,” shared Martin Bandier, chairman and CEO, Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

All three winners will have their original compositions posted on the MusiCares and GRAMMY Foundation's websites, the Vans Warped Tour website, and the Above the Influence website in January 2016. Winners will also be featured during National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week℠ taking place Jan. 25 – 31, 2016.

Original music compositions or compositions with accompanying videos must be sent to the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares postmarked no later than Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. Entries must be no more than four minutes long and include lyrics. For more information and to enter the contest, please visit www.abovetheinfluence.com/GRAMMYs.
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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Black Whopper causes green poop scare

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Burger King got into the Halloween spirit and unveiled a Black Whopper has scared some diners. While they should get credit for creativity, the fast food chain's new twist on their classic produces an odd side effect. Some people have reported via Twitter that their stool turns green after eating the limited-time-only sandwich!  One person tweeting after eating it said their poop turned bright green.The Black Whopper comes with the normal fixings (lettuce, tomato and onion) and A1 steak sauce baked into the burger  and on it.  Other than lettuce there is nothing green on it. 
  Burger King says they only use a
small amount of dye (1%) color the bun, adding they passed Food And Drug Administration requirements.

It is unclear what is causing the creepy colored poop.
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Stevie Wonder divorce finalized

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Divorce papers have been signed, sealed and delivered to Stevie Wonder three years after the Grammy winning singer filed them. Kai Millard Morris and Wonder wed in 2001 and separated in 2009 .  She was his second wife.  The judge  ordered the legendary singer to pay a lofty 25 grand a month.  The pair will share custody of the boy (ages 10 and 14) reports AP. 
Wonder, 65 has a total of 9 children.
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

REPUBLICAN SHOCKER: Scott Walker suspends presidential campign, urge others to drop out

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A second Republican has bowed out of the race for president.  Scott Walker (R-I) suspended his campaign at a Madison hotel Monday, Sept. 21. 

Walker said his decision was influenced by the sermon he heard in church on the previous  Sunday wherein the pastor talked about how the Bible is full of stories about people who are called to be leaders in unusual ways. 

"Today I believe I am being called to lead by helping to clear the field in this race so that a positive conservative message can rise to the top of the field." Walker further explained  when he was at the second Republican debate, which was held a the Reagan Library, he pondered how the former president's eternal optimism in the American people influenced him.   "With this in mind, I encouraged other Republican candidates to do the same so that the voters can focus on the a limited number of candidates that can offer a positive conservative alternative the the current front runner."

This is fundamentally important to the future of the party and more ipartntly to the future of t e county. This  is a difficult decision as so many wonderful people stepped up to support our campaign.

“Sadly, the debate taking place in the Republican party today is not focused on that optimistic view of America. Instead, it has drifted into personal attacks.”

Thrice a candidate, the the suddenness of the suspension comes as a surprise to many.
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Season 3 of Bounce TV's Hit Series Family Time premieres on Oct. 6

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This Season Features Guest Star Cameos by Michelle Williams, 
 Salt & Pepa, Mark Curry and Malika Haqq 

 
 
 Omar Gooding, Angell Conwell, and Clayton Thomas
on the set of Family Time Season Three.
Photo Courtesy of Bounce TV/ FrontPage Firm

Click the image above to watch the episode one trailer!

Atlanta, GA - Oct. 6, 2015 -- Bounce TV, the fastest-growing African-American network on television, will premiere the third season of the popular hit comedy series FAMILY TIME tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. ET.
 
FAMILY TIME chronicles the lives of the recently relocated Stallworth family, guided by Tony, a struggling general contractor, and Lisa, an unfulfilled stay-at-home mom.  These high school sweethearts lovingly quarrel with each other and their mischievous children Devin and Ebony as they make up their own rules to love, marriage and family along the way.
 
When they are not battling each other, they are contending with a host of family, friends, and neighbors including Lisa's feisty sisters Lori (Paula Jai Parker) and Rachel (Tanjareen Thomas) and Tony's financially challenged best friend Donnie (Clayton Thomas) in the tight-knit community of Windsor Hills. Shanti Lowry (The Game) and comedian Rodney Perry round out the cast of recurring characters. 
 
The first episode of the new season finds Tony and Lisa seeking ways to earn more money for their family. Lisa discovers she can make some extra money on social media by posting photos and gaining followers on the popular mobile app "Funstagram." She soon realizes the money she's earning comes at a cost and does not want to upset her family.
 
Notable guest stars this season include: singer/actress Michelle Williams, comedian/actor Rodney Perry, legendary rappers Salt n' Pepa (Cheryl James and Sandra Denton), comedian/actor Mark Curry, actor/singer Jason Weaver, actress/reality TV star Malika Haqq, comedian Alex Thomas and actresses Caryn Ward and Ellia English.
 
FAMILY TIME has seen viewership soar every season since its debut in 2012 and has helped Bounce TV become one of the fastest-growing network among African-American households.
 
Series stars and industry veterans Gooding and Conwell also serve as producers. Gooding is best known for appearing in television shows such as Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, Smart Guy, Deadwood, Barbershop: The Series and Playmakers. He has also starred in feature films, Ghost Dad and Baby BoyAs a two-time NAACP nominee, Conwell's television credits include The Young and the Restless, The Real Husbands of Hollywood, NYPD Blue, City Guys, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Moesha and 3rd Rock from the Sun. She has also appeared in MGM's Soul Plane alongside Kevin Hart, Sofia Vergara and Mo'Nique and the comedy The Wash.
 
The half-hour situation comedy was created by Bentley Kyle Evans (The Jamie Foxx Show, Martin, Love That Girl) and is produced by Evans and partner Trenton Gumbs (Love That Girl).
 
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'Jeopardy' uses Chubb Rocks lyrics in question as star celebrates 25 years in radio

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The classic television game-show "Jeopardy" quizzed its contestants using one of Chubb's most famous lyrics: IN THIS YEAR, CHUBBROCK UMPED UPON THE SCENE, WITH A LEAN AND A POCKET FULL OF GREEN.  


Of course the contestants weren't stumped because everyone knows the famous lyric from Chubb's platinum selling anthem, "Treat Em Right".  
The timing of Chubb Rock's lyrics being used on a mainstream game show is appropriate since he's celebrating more than 25 affiliates airing his 2 hour weekend show, "Diggin' In Tha' Crates", which has become increasingly popular.   The emergence of "classic hip hop" formatted stations nationally has also increased Chubb Rock's stock exponentially as he's the only performing nationally syndicated hip hop artist on the radio.  Distributed through Superadio Network, each affiliated market including:
Atlanta, Philadelphia, St.Louis, Memphis, Reno, Raleigh, Charleston, and
Cleveland is experiencing a competitive advantage during Diggin's time slot.   
"Crates has all the elements of a great show.Old School Hip-Hop, Old School R&B, Rap, and Chubb Rock; --it cuts through on air and makes you take notice", says veteran PD Nate Bell, WDMK, Detroit. " Word up!" exclaims 'Baby J' Jones, Hot 95.5 Augusta, PD. "As a throwback hip hop and r&b station exclusively, 'Diggin in the Crates' with Chubb Rock gives that extra bit of knowledge along with the music."

Chubb Rock can also be heard afternoons with SiMan Baby on Majic107.5, Atlanta and solo middays on WRNB 100.3, Philly,both for Radio One.

Chubb Rock also famously said, "I'm the man that was born to have a mic on."  No truer words have ever been spoken ... and there's no Jeopardy if you treat 'em right!

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You would not believe what Ta'Rhonda Jones admitted on national television!

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On the Meredith Vierja Show today, Ta'Rhonda Jones  (Porsha on "Empire") was asked about the origin of her name. She unashamedly admitted that her name was a combination of the names of two men her mother dated at the same time (Tyrone and Ronnie.) Continuing without being prompted she explained that neither man was her father (his name's Derrick she said) and that her mom used the other two to take care of her. The embarrassment was audible in the crowd's reaction.  Filed under "TMI."
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Monday, October 5, 2015

Man fired over racist FB selfie

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"Be careful of what you post or say online," the "social media police" have warned time and time again, because, they admonish, "It could cost you your job!"
Here's proof they were right:
A Georgia man was fired for posting racist comments about a co-worker's child on his personal FB page. Geris Hilton, who is white, had taken a selfie with his black co-worker's little boy standing in the background. The photo triggered a string of racially-insensitive comments that Hilton made no effort to silence and his post  went viral. Today Michael Di Graca Pinto, the president of PMG Marketing Group in Atlanta said in a Facebook post on his company's page Hilton was terminated, calling his behavior "hateful, ignorant and despicabe." Pinto ended with a vow to that the company “will ensure that none of the businesses that we associate with will ever do business with him again.”
 
The child's mother, Sydney took to Twitter to defend her son, creating the hashtag #HisNameIsCayden.
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Eyewitness says Oregon shooter targeted Christians

buzzz worthy. . .

(CN) -- A woman whose grandmother was reportedly inside of the Oregon college classroom where 9 students were shot dead on Thursday says that the gunman singled out Christians in his massacre on the campus.

“The shooter was lining people up and asking if they were Christian,” the woman, identified as Bohdi, wrote on Twitter following the tragedy. “If they said yes, then they were shot in the head. If they said no, or didn’t answer, they were shot in the legs.”
Bohdi’s report is similar to that of student Kortney Moore, 18, who told the News Review-Today that a bullet flew through the window of her writing class and she looked up to see her teacher being shot in the head. She said that the gunman then told everyone to get on the ground, and asked students to stand up and state their religion.

10 students were killed in the attack, and approximately 20 others injured. Some students are fighting for their life in the hospital.
As previously reported, the incident occurred after 10 A.M. at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, approximately 180 miles south of Portland, and is believed to have been contained to a classroom in the science building.

However, Cassandra Welding, 20, who was in the classroom next door to the shooting, told the New York Times that a woman in her classroom rose to close their door and was struck by a bullet.
“He was just out there, hanging outside the door,” she recalled. “And she slumped over and I knew something wasn’t right. And they’re like, ‘She got shot, she got shot.’ And everyone is panicking.”
The shooter, who is now being identified as 26-year-old Christopher Harper Mercer, exchanged gunfire with police, and is now deceased. His MySpace page features a number of photos of rifles, including Mercer holding a rifle himself. Several photos are of the Irish Republican Army, which was considered a terrorist organization that carried out violent acts in opposition of British rule of Ireland.
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