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Saturday, November 28, 2015

PICTURES: J Moss's home destroyed in fire last year restored just in the time for the holidays

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DETROIT, MI - This Thanksgiving season, Grammy & Stellar Award Winner,J Moss, has a reason to be thankful! For over a year, J Moss, his wife and two sons, have been displaced due to a vicious electric fire that destroyed their home and precious memories. In October 2014, Moss returning from a sold out show at V103's, 'For Sisters Only,' in Atlanta, GA; Moss watched as his house burn after escaping the fire. 

The Moss family is getting ready to experience the fruit of being restored. On Thanksgiving Eve, they will re-enter their newly rebuilt and restored home in West Bloomfield, MI (suburb of Detroit). J Moss, a Detroit native, states, "God has given us double for our trouble and we are thankful." 

Billboard #1 Gospel artist J Moss is set to release a brand new album, 'GFG Reload,' on December 18, 2015.  The new album is another PAJAM production on his own imprint, PMG Gospel.

Platinum plaque with fire damage
Gold plaque with fire damage
Home studio with fire damage
Fire damage
Completely restored & rebuilt home

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White House fence jumper left suicide note

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Another fence jumper attempted to enter the White House, despite the extra barbs that were added to the metal fence in front of the first family's residence. Joseph Caputo made it over the fence onto the North Lawn on Thanksgiving afternoon, but was immediately halted by the raised guns of secret servicemen. Apparently on a mission, the clinched a binder between his teeth as he lept. The White House has increased security following a string of fence jumping incidents over the last year. Caputo is in custody and facing criminal charges. President Obama spent Thanksgiving with his family at the White House ahead of his trip to France. Read the update after the jump.

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Dance-sanity and 2015 AMA winners list

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Celine brought everyone to tears in her tribute to Paris, Justin got rained on, Trainor and Puth needed to get a room and Pentatonix  harmonized the Star Wars theme, but the most memorable moment of the American Music Awards came when the host, J Lo opened the show at the Microsoft with a musical tribute to the songs of the year.  J Lo should be crowned president of the over 40 club because she slayed the stage and could clearly dance a ring around her younger peers. Her performance got a  standing ovation to the at Sunday night event. The former Fly Girl stopped in the middle of singing and said, "This is about the music," then broke into the dance routine.  The opening was easily the top performance of the night.  In fact the entire ensemble of dancers were so "on point" that one of the ladies literally dance out of her clothes, exposing her buttocks.  However, she quickly recovered for the major wardrobe malfunction, never missing a beat.  The show was extraordinarily entertaining overall.

2015 American Music Awards Winners 

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR presented by Khol's
  • Fetty Wap
  • Sam Hunt 
  • Tove Lo
  • Walk The Moon
  • The Weeknd
  • Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
  • Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk!”
  • Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”
  • Taylor Swift, “Blank Space” 
  • The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face”
  • Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
  • Rihanna & Kanye West Featuring Paul McCartney, “FourFiveSeconds”
  • Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk!”
  • Skrillex & Diplo Featuring Justin Bieber, “Where Are Ü Now” -Winner
  • Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood”
  • Nick Jonas
  • Ed Sheeran 
  • Sam Smith
  • Ariana Grande 
  • Taylor Swift
  • Meghan Trainor
  • Maroon 5
  • One Direction 
  • Walk The Moon
  • Ed Sheeran, X
  • Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
  • Taylor Swift, 1989 
  • Jason Aldean
  • Luke Bryan 
  • Sam Hunt
  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Carrie Underwood 
  • Zac Brown Band
  • Florida Georgia Line 
  • Little Big Town
  • Jason Aldean, Old Boots, New Dirt
  • Florida Georgia Line, Anything Goes 
  • Sam Hunt, Montevallo

  • Fetty Wap
  • Nicki Minaj 
  • J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive
  • Drake, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  • Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint 
  • Chris Brown
  • Trey Songz
  • The Weeknd 
  • Beyoncé
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Rihanna 
  • Chris Brown, X
  • D’Angelo and The Vanguard, Black Messiah
  • The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness 
  • Fall Out Boy 
  • Hozier
  • Walk the Moon
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Taylor Swift 
  • Meghan Trainor
  • Enrique Iglesias 
  • Ricky Martin
  • Romeo Santos
  • Casting Crowns 
  • Hillsong United
  • MercyMe
  • Calvin Harris 
  • David Guetta
  • Zedd
  • Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 1
  • Pitch Perfect 2 

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Inspirational and Jazz Pianist, Anthony Walker, Offers Classical Praise In New Project, Convergence

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(Washington, DC) – November 25, 2015 - There has always been a strong connection between classical and sacred music.  Some of the most popular classical composers were believers, creators of timeless music, with perhaps the most popular piece being Handel’s Messiah.  Popular pianist Anthony Walker draws his musical inspiration from both genres as well and his expertise has placed him in great company.  Walker has been blessed to play at the 2013 Inauguration of President Barack Obama and at the White House at the personal request of First Lady Michelle Obama.  He’s played with the best in multiple genres including artists such as Stevie Wonder, The Yellow Jackets, Richard Smallwood & Vision, Maurette Brown Clark, Donnie McClurkin, Take 6, Edwin Hawkins, BeBe & CeCe Winans and countless others.  Now Walker takes center stage as he celebrates both classical and sacred music in an amazing collection of songs in his new CD called Convergence.  The project is currently available on iTunes and other digital retailers.
Known as the consummate musician, Anthony Walker’s superior piano skills and his ability to execute one flawless performance after another are clearly apparent throughout Convergence.  Songs like the opening track, “Tony’s Prelude”, a sweet but brief melodic interlude, and “Enter The Gates” flaunt this amazing keyboardist’s talents.  The up-tempo track “Leyenda” showcases Anthony’s expertise on complicated yet inspiring pieces.  Lovers of classical music will recall pieces like Bach’s “Jesu Joy” and Beethoven’s “Ode To Joy”.   Walker’s affinity for Jazz comes through on unforgettable songs like “Enter The Gates” and “Neo Mozart Quintet Groove”.  Sure to be a favorite is Walker’s rendition of Chopin’s classic piece, “Prelude in E Minor”.  Keeping the integrity of the original composition, Anthony weaves a brilliant, contemporary arrangement around a familiar melody.
The seventh solo project from this maestro finds him moving in a new direction.  “This project is a little different for me,” explains the artist.  “This is the first time I've dedicated an entire project to using a chamber music and orchestral format.  Convergence is a re-imagination of popular classical works along with original compositions. I see it as a celebration of sacred and God-inspired music, but displayed through classical melodies.”
“Anthony Walker is world class musician, period.”
- Gary Hines, Founder, Director, Songwriter and Producer of GRAMMY Award Winning Sounds of Blackness
    “This incredible gift has been part of my music ministry for 20 years. Not only is he one of the most amazing keyboard players around, but he has one of the kindest, gentlest spirits of anyone I know.  RUN to iTunes right now and get his BRAND NEW RELEASE, CONVERGENCE by Anthony 'Tony' Walker.  It's awesome!  So continually proud of him…now available at iTunes, Amazon, Spotify! Classical, Jazz, a little Latin and Gospel. Spread the word! Convergence by Anthony Walker.”
     - Richard Smallwood, GRAMMY, Stellar and Dove Award Winning Pianist, Composer, Singer & Producer
      “Anthony Walker is one of the smoothest and cleanest players I’ve ever experienced playing with.  His sense of comprehending and accompanying is impeccable.  His style is as pure as fresh water and his gift can also cut like a razor blade all at the same time.  Ladies and Gentlemen, the man that I call Mr. Undeniable, Anthony Walker.”
      - Jonathan Dubose, Jr., Guitarist with Harry Connick, Jr. and Sought After Session Musician

        Hailing from St. Paul, Minnesota and currently residing in the Washington, DC area, Walker received his musical education at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, where he graduated with a Master’s of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy.  Since that time, he’s become a master in multiple idioms including Contemporary Jazz, R&B, Instrumental Praise & Worship and Meditation music.  During his illustrious career, he’s performed at famed venues like The Blue Note in New York City and Blues Alley in Washington, DC.  He’s been seen on Broadway and has toured with The Winans in a gospel musical.  Anthony has also appeared on shows like NBC’s Today Show, The CBS Morning Show, David Letterman Late Night Show, The Queen Latifah Talk Show, and The Mo’Nique Show.  From 2000 – 2001, he was tapped by The Smithsonian Institution to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the invention of the piano.  The showcase saw the pianist playing the favorite instruments of artists such as Duke Ellington, Beethoven, Mozart, Liszt and Liberace. In addition to his role as Musical Director for 8-time GRAMMY Award Nominee songstress Ledisi, he serves as Minister of Music at Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, MD, under the leadership of Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr.  For more information on Anthony “Tony” Walker, log on to www.walktones.com.  Connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

FOX ON FOX: Vivica A. Fox joins 'Empire'

The online spat with her ex-boyfriend 50 Cents put actress Vivica A. Fox back in the spotlight recently, but not in a light her fans prefer to see her in. Last Thursday FOX put the "good diva" back where she belongs in a more positive light,  doing what she does best--acting.  FOX will enter the Lyon's den  in her big return to television on the hit series EMPIRE, where she plays Cookie's older sister Candace again tonight. 


The once top ranked show has been steadily plummeting in ratings lately.  Will the veteran actress make a difference.  Find out on FOX series on Thursdays at 9 PM (8PM Central.)

Ms. Fox also appeared on the small screen recently in TV One's A Royal Family Holiday.
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2016 class of students announced for prestigious Grammy Camp

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Nov. 24, 2015) — The GRAMMY Foundation® (www.grammyintheschools.com) announced today that 32 talented high school students from across the United States have been selected for the 2016 GRAMMY Camp® — Jazz Session. Their selection launches them into the spotlight surrounding the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, and provides them with unparalleled opportunities to perform for some of music's biggest names. The students, representing 29 cities and 15 states, will travel to Los Angeles for a weeklong musical adventure under the direction of Justin DiCioccio of the Manhattan School of Music, Dr. Ron McCurdy of the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and associate choral director Susanna Wegner of Kansas City, Mo. Two former GRAMMY Camp students will be joining as members of the GRAMMY in the Schools® Media Team to document the GRAMMY® Week experience for the GRAMMY Foundation's social media platforms.

"Each year, GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session brings together some of the most gifted jazz singers and instrumentalists and gives them an extraordinary musical experience during GRAMMY Week," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy®. "These talented young people demonstrate their gifts by making music with their peers and performing with GRAMMY-nominated and GRAMMY-winning artists at a range of events. We're especially proud that many of them actually go on to have successful careers in our music industry."

From Feb. 12–14, courtesy of Capitol Studios & Mastering, the young musicians will record an album (GRAMMY Jazz 24) at the legendary facility in Hollywood, Calif. Over the years, noted members of The Recording Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing® have worked with the ensembles during the recording process. Again this year, multi-GRAMMY-winning engineer and Producers & Engineers Wing member Al Schmitt will be mixing the project. GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session albums from 2007–2015 are available for purchase via online music outlets such as Amazon, iTunes and Rhapsody.

In addition, the selected students will perform at various GRAMMY Week events, including — for the seventh year — an appearance at GRAMMY In The Schools Live! — A Celebration Of Music & Education sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund. This special event, which is open to the public, will showcase the selectees, along with special guest artists, on Feb. 11, 2016, at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. The group will offer additional public performances with special guest artists at Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment in Seal Beach, Calif., and Spaghettini & the Dave Koz Lounge in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Feb. 10 and Feb. 12, respectively. GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session members will also attend the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 15 as guests of The Recording Academy and will perform at the GRAMMY Celebration® after-party.

GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session selectees are eligible for more than $2 million in college scholarships made possible through the GRAMMY Foundation's college partners: Berklee College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and USC Thornton School of Music. In addition, each selectee's school will receive a professional cymbal courtesy of the Zildjian Company.

Name CityStateSchoolPart
Matt  RichardsWalnut CreekCalif.Las Lomas High SchoolAlto Sax 1
Nathan   FarrellMontclairN.J.Montclair High SchoolAlto Sax 2
Jason  ChrismanWeavervilleN.C.North Buncombe High SchoolTenor Sax
Morgan  GuerinAtlantaGa. Westlake High School Tenor Sax
Ben  FitzpatrickBethelConn.Bethel High SchoolBari Sax            
Jonah   MossWalnut CreekCalif.Northgate High SchoolTrumpet Lead
Evan  AbounassarYorba LindaCalif.Los Angeles County High School for the ArtsTrumpet Jazz
Alex  MelnychuckTucsonAriz.Salpointe Catholic High SchoolTrumpet 3
Geoffrey  GallanteAlexandriaVa.West Potomac High SchoolTrumpet 4
Carlos  RamosDowneyCalif.Downey High SchoolTrumpet 5
Remee  AshleyBerkeleyCalif.Berkeley High SchoolTrombone 1
Jack  KotzeFrankfortIll.Lincoln-Way North High School Trombone 2
Jasim  PeralesOaklandCalif.Oakland School for the ArtsTrombone 3
Ethan  SantosFresnoCalif.Buchanan High SchoolBass Trombone
Sam  TowseHuntingtonN.Y.Friends AcademyPiano
Abeed  JanjuaPembroke PinesFla.Dillard High SchoolBass  
Joseph  BellPrincetonN.J.Princeton High SchoolGuitar
Julius  RodriguezWhite PlainsN.Y.The Masters SchoolDrums
Sharada  ShashidharPainted PostN.Y.Corning-Painted Post High SchoolSoprano
Abigail  BerryBurbankCalif.Los Angeles County High School for the ArtsSoprano
Kara  WaltonLa VistaNeb.Papillion La Vista High SchoolAlto
Makele  ClemmonsChicagoIll.Chicago High School for the ArtsAlto
Jack  VanGordenDallasTexasBooker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Tenor
Jack  O'ConnorDallasTexasBooker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual ArtsTenor
Daniel  BarbrackNew YorkN.Y.Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music, Art and Performing ArtsBass
Evan  WrightTemple CityCalif.Los Angeles County High School for the ArtsBass
Jamael  DeanRedondo BeachCalif.Los Angeles County High School for the ArtsPiano
Maxwell  SchwartzBerkeleyCalif.Berkeley High SchoolBass
Jordan  ReifkindLos AngelesCalif.Los Angeles County High School for the ArtsGuitar
Zachary  VaughenLancasterPa.Manheim Township High SchoolDrums
Media Team     
Anthony  Richard Jr.GretnaLa.New Orleans Center for Creative ArtsMedia Team
Alejandra  Matheu-RiosHendersonNev.College Southern Nevada High SchoolMedia
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Monday, November 23, 2015

Veteran Hollywood Actor & L.A. King Legend Challenge DraftKings and FanDuel

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Zack Ward ("Scut Farkus") and Bernie Nicholls to Change the California Constitution

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Nov. 23, 2015 -- John Oliver's coverage of DraftKings and FanDuel collected more than 2.5 million views in the first week as the impact of the daily fantasy sports (DFS) implosion took hold. Internal DFS policy documents filed in court advised employees they should not win too much money on competing websites. ESPN reported internal board minutes that suggest DraftKings may have knowingly violated Federal law. A newly filed class action by the fans name Visa, MasterCard and American Express, among others, in a RICO suit accusing them of participating in a racketeering scheme facilitating illegal gambling. Another Florida lawsuit names DraftKings and FanDuel, along with the NBA, MLS, affiliates of MLB and NHL, various media companies and banks and payment processors as defendants for racketeering among other things. More than 36 lawsuits have been filed in just over 6 weeks.
Meanwhile, DraftKings has retained David Boies, arguably one of the top legal talents in the country. In addition to trying to shift the conversation back to the skill vs. chance argument, a battle which the New York Attorney General doesn't need to win to prevail in court, Mr. Boies is quick to highlight the fact that FanDuel and DraftKings have been operating in New York for years, potentially implying that since they haven't been caught so far, it's too late for action.

"DraftKings and FanDuel are collecting headlines almost as fast as John Oliver's video is collecting views," said veteran actor Zack Ward, who played 'Scut Farkus' in A Christmas Story. "I mean... I may need to hire a personal assistant to keep up to date on all of this. Daily fantasy sports betting is dead in New York, period. Why does it matter that they have been there for a few years? Is the Attorney General supposed to turn a blind eye to illegal gambling just because he didn't take action before? By the same logic, cops shouldn't stop cars going 90 mph when the speed limit is 65 and just let them continue to be a threat to everybody else because they haven't been caught in the first 5 miles. That's completely ridiculous nonsense."

NHL Legend Bernie Nicholls echoes Mr. Ward's view: "With the death of daily fantasy sports betting looking like it's just around the corner, I can't help but think that this is a good thing. Fans can go back to cheering for their favorite real-world team like it should be, rather than cheering for a mish-mash of players from different and competing teams. DraftKings and FanDuel had their moment in the sun and they decided to cram tons of obnoxious ads down our throats rather than work to legalize and legitimize their products. But, since you can't keep gambling from destroying sports, and daily fantasy is obviously gambling, I suppose they had no choice. However, we DO have a choice."

On October 8, 2015, Zack sponsored the Sports Integrity Protection Amendment (SIPA) in California to get us off the wrong path and onto the right one. "This is how I see it... leagues will now end up spending money, time and effort to defend themselves in court. Their investment in DraftKings and FanDuel along with the companies themselves will go down the same drain. For a little bit of 'fan engagement,' you get the cancer of gambling on sports, addiction issues and unsolvable integrity problems. As if that wasn't enough, you get sued in court for racketeering and your reputation takes a hit. I'm an old-fashioned straight-up guy when it comes to sports. Sports inspire us to be more, to try harder, to work together, to believe we can and to turn dreams into reality. It should stay that way. SIPA creates a thriving regulated marketplace for sports trading that will benefit the fans, the players, the leagues, and the state of California. This is a win-win for everyone."

Bernie Nicholls agrees. "Being drafted by the Los Angeles Kings and having called California home for over a decade, I have a real soft spot for the people and the state. To think I can be a part of SIPA and help work to create a new economy for the state is an absolute honor. I believe California should be the home of the World's First Sports Stock Market and I will do what I can to rally the public and get the support we need to make SIPA a reality."

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TUNE-IN ALERT: PBS airs Kennedy Center salute to Eddie Murphy tonight

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Eddie Murphy (center) the honoree, his date and his children.
Eddie Murphy and friends on stage at his Kennedy Center Honorsevent.

Need a laugh? In honor of his legacy as an actor and comedian, in October Eddie Murphy received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the J.F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.  The Twain award isthe op honor for humor in the nation. The Brooklyn native whose career kicked off on SNL boasts a long list of film accomplishments including Dr. Dolittle, Coming to America, The Nutty Professor, Vampire In Brooklyn, 48 Hrs., Harlem Nights and is well-resepcted as a funny man. Sure to be a laughable experience, fellow comedians on hand to fete Murphy included Dave Chappelle, Kathy Griffin, Arsenio Hall, Brittany Howard, George Lopez, Sam Moore, Kevin Nealon, Trevor Noah, Jay Pharoah, Joe Piscopo and Chris Rock. SNL alum an car crash survivor Tracy Morgan also took part in the salute.  Airing tonight at 9:00 P.M. Eastern on PBS.

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