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Straight Outta Compton garners SAG nomination + FULL LIST OF NOMINEES

buzzz worthy. . .The film about the birth of West Coast Hip Hop, "Straight Outta Compton" has been nominated for a SAG Award.  Other Black actors who impressed members of the foreign press included Queen Latifah for her role a blues and vaudeville pioneer, Bessie Smith and Idris Elba's Luther Announced on the morn of Wed., Dec. 9 the Screen Actors Guild Awards will air live from the Shrine Auditorium on TNT and TBS on Jan. 19, 2016.  Actress Carol Burnett will be honored for lifetime achievement.  Check out all of the 2016 SAG nominees.

 SAG AWARD NOMINEES
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
BRYAN CRANSTON / Dalton Trumbo – “TRUMBO” (Bleecker Street)
JOHNNY DEPP / James “Whitey” Bulger – “BLACK MASS” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
LEONARDO DiCAPRIO / Hugh Glass – “THE REVENANT” (20th Century Fox)
MICHAEL FASSBENDER / Steve Jobs – “STEVE JOBS” (Universal Pictures)
EDDIE REDMAYNE / Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe – “THE DANISH GIRL” (Focus Features)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
CATE BLANCHETT / Carol Aird – “CAROL” (The Weinstein Company)
BRIE LARSON / Ma – “ROOM” (A24)
HELEN MIRREN / Maria Altmann – “WOMAN IN GOLD” (The Weinstein Company)
SAOIRSE RONAN / Eilis – “BROOKLYN” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
SARAH SILVERMAN / Laney Brooks – “I SMILE BACK” (Broad Green Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
CHRISTIAN BALE / Michael Burry – “THE BIG SHORT” (Paramount Pictures)
IDRIS ELBA / Commandant – “BEASTS OF NO NATION” (Netflix)
MARK RYLANCE / Abel Rudolph – “BRIDGE OF SPIES” (DreamWorks)
MICHAEL SHANNON / Rick Carver – “99 HOMES” (Broad Green Pictures)
JACOB TREMBLAY / Jack – “ROOM” (A24)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
ROONEY MARA / Therese Belivet – “CAROL” (The Weinstein Company)
RACHEL McADAMS / Sacha Pfeiffer – “SPOTLIGHT” (Open Road Films)
HELEN MIRREN / Hedda Hopper – “TRUMBO” (Bleecker Street)
ALICIA VIKANDER / Gerda Wegener – “THE DANISH GIRL” (Focus Features)
KATE WINSLET / Joanna Hoffman – “STEVE JOBS” (Universal Pictures)
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
BEASTS OF NO NATION (Netflix)
ABRAHAM ATTAH / Agu
KURT EGYIAWAN / 2nd I-C
IDRIS ELBA / Commandant
THE BIG SHORT (Paramount Pictures)
CHRISTIAN BALE / Michael Burry
STEVE CARELL / Mark Baum
RYAN GOSLING / Jared Vennett
MELISSA LEO / Georgia Hale
HAMISH LINKLATER / Porter Collins
JOHN MAGARO / Charlie Geller
BRAD PITT / Ben Rickert
RAFE SPALL / Danny Moses
JEREMY STRONG / Vinny Peters
MARISA TOMEI / Cynthia Baum
FINN WITTROCK / Jamie Shipley
SPOTLIGHT (Open Road Films)
BILLY CRUDUP / Eric MacLeish
BRIAN D’ARCY JAMES / Matty Carroll
MICHAEL KEATON / Walter “Robby” Robinson
RACHEL McADAMS / Sacha Pfeiffer
MARK RUFFALO / Michael Rezendes
LIEV SCHREIBER / Marty Baron
JOHN SLATTERY / Ben Bradlee, Jr.
STANLEY TUCCI / Mitchell Garabedian
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON (Universal Pictures)
NEIL BROWN JR. / DJ Yella
PAUL GIAMATTI / Jerry Heller
COREY HAWKINS / Dr. Dre
ALDIS HODGE / MC Ren
O’SHEA JACKSON JR. / Ice Cube
JASON MITCHELL / Eazy-E

TRUMBO (Bleecker Street)
ADEWALE AKINNUOYE-AGBAJE / Virgil Brooks
LOUIS C.K. / Arlen Hird
BRYAN CRANSTON / Dalton Trumbo
DAVID JAMES ELLIOTT / John Wayne
ELLE FANNING / Niki Trumbo
JOHN GOODMAN / Frank King
DIANE LANE / Cleo Trumbo
HELEN MIRREN / Hedda Hopper
MICHAEL STUHLBARG / Edward G. Robinson
ALAN TUDYK / Ian McLellan Hunter
TELEVISION PROGRAMS

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
IDRIS ELBA / DCI John Luther – “LUTHER” (BBC America)
BEN KINGSLEY / Grand Vizier Ay – “TUT” (Spike)
RAY LIOTTA / Lorca/Tom Mitchell – “TEXAS RISING” (History)
BILL MURRAY / Himself – “A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS” (Netflix)
MARK RYLANCE / Thomas Cromwell – “WOLF HALL” (Masterpiece/PBS)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
NICOLE KIDMAN / Grace – “GRACE OF MONACO” (Lifetime)
QUEEN LATIFAH / Bessie Smith – “BESSIE” (HBO)
CHRISTINA RICCI / Lizzie Borden – “THE LIZZIE BORDEN CHRONICLES” (Lifetime)
SUSAN SARANDON / Gladys Mortenson – “THE SECRET LIFE OF MARILYN MONROE” (Lifetime)
KRISTEN WIIG / Delores DeWinter – “THE SPOILS BEFORE DYING” (IFC)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister – “GAME OF THRONES” (HBO)
JON HAMM / Don Draper – “MAD MEN” (AMC)
RAMI MALEK / Elliot – “MR. ROBOT” (USA Network)
BOB ODENKIRK / Jimmy McGill – “BETTER CALL SAUL” (AMC)
KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
CLAIRE DANES / Carrie Mathison – “HOMELAND” (Showtime)
VIOLA DAVIS / Annalise Keating – “HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER” (ABC)
JULIANNA MARGULIES / Alicia Florrick – “THE GOOD WIFE” (CBS)
MAGGIE SMITH / Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham – “DOWNTON ABBEY” (Masterpiece/PBS)
ROBIN WRIGHT / Claire Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)
LOUIS C.K. / Louie – “LOUIE” (FX Networks)
WILLIAM H. MACY / Frank – “SHAMELESS” (Showtime)
JIM PARSONS / Sheldon Cooper – “THE BIG BANG THEORY” (CBS)
JEFFREY TAMBOR / Maura Pfefferman – “TRANSPARENT” (Amazon)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren – “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK” (Netflix)
EDIE FALCO / Jackie Peyton – “NURSE JACKIE” (Showtime)
ELLIE KEMPER / Kimmy Schmidt – “UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT” (Netflix)
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / President Selina Meyer – “VEEP” (HBO)
AMY POEHLER / Leslie Knope – “PARKS AND RECREATION” (NBC)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
DOWNTON ABBEY (Masterpiece/PBS)
HUGH BONNEVILLE / Robert, Earl of Grantham
LAURA CARMICHAEL / Lady Edith Crawley
JIM CARTER / Mr. Carson
RAQUEL CASSIDY / Baxter
BRENDAN COYLE / Mr. Bates
TOM CULLEN / Anthony Gillingham
MICHELLE DOCKERY / Lady Mary Crawley
KEVIN DOYLE / Mr. Molesley
JOANNE FROGGATT / Anna Bates
LILY JAMES / Lady Rose
ROBERT JAMES-COLLIER / Thomas Barrow
ALLEN LEECH / Tom Branson
PHYLLIS LOGAN / Mrs. Hughes
ELIZABETH McGOVERN / Cora, Countess of Grantham
SOPHIE McSHERA / Daisy
LESLEY NICOL / Mrs. Patmore
JULIAN OVENDEN / Charles Blake
DAVID ROBB / Dr. Clarkson
MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
PENELOPE WILTON / Isobel Crawley
GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
ALFIE ALLEN / Theon Greyjoy
IAN BEATTIE / Ser Meryn Trant
JOHN BRADLEY / Samwell Tarly
GWENDOLINE CHRISTIE / Brienne of Tarth
EMILIA CLARKE / Daenerys Targaryen
MICHAEL CONDRON / Bowen Marsh
NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU / Jaime Lannister
BEN CROMPTON / Dolorous Edd
LIAM CUNNINGHAM / Ser Davos Seaworth
STEPHEN DILLANE / Stannis Baratheon
PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister
NATHALIE EMMANUEL / Missandei
TARA FITZGERALD / Selyse Baratheon
JEROME FLYNN / Bronn
BRIAN FORTUNE / Othell Yarwyck
JOEL FRY / Hizdahr Zo Loraq
AIDAN GILLEN / Littlefinger Petyr Baelish
IAIN GLEN / Ser Jorah Mormont
KIT HARINGTON / Jon Snow
LENA HEADEY / Cersei Lannister
MICHIEL HUISMAN / Daario Naharis
HANNAH MURRAY / Gilly
BRENOCK O’CONNOR / Olly
DANIEL PORTMAN / Podrick Payne
IWAN RHEON / Ramsay Snow
OWEN TEALE / Ser Alliser Thorne
SOPHIE TURNER / Sansa Stark
CARICE VAN HOUTEN / Melisandre
MAISIE WILLIAMS / Arya Stark
TOM WLASCHIHA / Jaqen H’ghar
HOMELAND (Showtime)
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM / Dar Adal
ATHEER ADEL / Numan
CLAIRE DANES / Carrie Mathison
ALEXANDER FEHLING / Jonas Hollander
RUPERT FRIEND / Peter Quinn
NINA HOSS / Astrid
RENÉ DAVID IFRAH / Bibi
MARK IVANIR / Ivan Krupin
SEBASTIAN KOCH / Otto Dűring
MIRANDA OTTO / Allison Carr
MANDY PATINKIN / Saul Berenson
SARAH SOKOLOVIC / Laura Sutton
HOUSE OF CARDS (Netflix)
MAHERSHALA ALI / Remy Danton
DEREK CECIL / Seth Grayson
NATHAN DARROW / Edward Meechum
MICHAEL KELLY / Doug Stamper
ELIZABETH MARVEL / Heather Dunbar
MOLLY PARKER / Jackie Sharp
JIMMI SIMPSON / Gavin Orsay
KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood
ROBIN WRIGHT / Claire Underwood
MAD MEN (AMC)
SOLA BAMIS / Shirley
STEPHANIE DRAKE / Meredith
JAY R. FERGUSON / Stan Rizzo
BRUCE GREENWOOD / Richard Burghoff
JON HAMM / Don Draper
CHRISTINA HENDRICKS / Joan Harris
JANUARY JONES / Betty Francis
VINCENT KARTHEISER / Pete Campbell
ELISABETH MOSS / Peggy Olson
KEVIN RAHM / Ted Chaough
KIERNAN SHIPKA / Sally Draper
JOHN SLATTERY / Roger Sterling
RICH SOMMER / Harry Crane
AARON STATON / Ken Cosgrove
MASON VALE COTTON / Bobby Draper

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS)
MAYIM BIALIK / Amy Farrah Fowler
KALEY CUOCO / Penny
JOHNNY GALECKI / Leonard Hofstadter
SIMON HELBERG / Howard Wolowitz
KUNAL NAYYAR / Rajesh Koothrappali
JIM PARSONS / Sheldon Cooper
MELISSA RAUCH / Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz
KEY & PEELE (Comedy Central)
KEEGAN-MICHAEL KEY / Various Characters
JORDAN PEELE / Various Characters
MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
JULIE BOWEN / Claire Dunphy
TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy
AUBREY ANDERSON EMMONS / Lily Tucker-Pritchett
JESSE TYLER FERGUSON / Mitchell Pritchett
NOLAN GOULD / Luke Dunphy
SARAH HYLAND / Haley Dunphy
ED O’NEILL / Jay Pritchett
RICO RODRIGUEZ / Manny Delgado
ERIC STONESTREET / Cameron Tucker
SOFIA VERGARA / Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
ARIEL WINTER / Alex Dunphy
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix)
UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren
MIKE BIRBIGLIA / Danny Pearson
MARSHA STEPHANIE BLAKE / Berdie Rogers
DANIELLE BROOKS / Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson
LAVERNE COX / Sophia Burset
JACKIE CRUZ / Marisol “Flaca” Gonzales
CATHERINE CURTIN / Wanda Bell
LEA DELARIA / Carrie “Big Boo” Black
BETH FOWLER / Sister Jane Ingalls
JOEL MARSH GARLAND / Scott O’Neill
KIMIKO GLENN / Brook Soso
ANNIE GOLDEN / Norma Romano
DIANE GUERRERO / Maritza Ramos
MICHAEL J. HARNEY / Sam Healy
VICKY JEUDY / Janae Watson
SELENIS LEYVA / Gloria Mendoza
TARYN MANNING / Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett
ADRIENNE C. MOORE / Black Cindy
KATE MULGREW / Galina “Red” Reznikov
EMMA MYLES / Leanne Taylor
MATT PETERS / Joel Luschek
LORI PETTY / Lolly Whitehill
JESSICA PIMENTEL / Maria Ruiz
DASCHA POLANCO / Dayanara Diaz
LAURA PREPON / Alex Vause
ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ / Aleida Diaz
RUBY ROSE / Stella Carlin
NICK SANDOW / Joe Caputo
ABIGAIL SAVAGE / Gina
TAYLOR SCHILLING / Piper Chapman
CONSTANCE SHULMAN / Yoga Jones
DALE SOULES / Frieda
YAEL STONE / Lorna Morello
SAMIRA WILEY / Poussey Washington
TRANSPARENT (Amazon)
ALEXANDRA BILLINGS / Davina Rejennae
CARRIE BROWNSTEIN / Syd Feldman
JAY DUPLASS / Josh Pfefferman
KATHRYN HAHN / Raquel Fein
GABY HOFFMANN / Ali Pfefferman
CHERRY JONES / Leslie Mackinaw
AMY LANDECKER / Sarah Pfefferman
JUDITH LIGHT / Shelly Pfefferman
HARI NEF / Gittel/Gerson
EMILY ROBINSON / Rose Boymelgreen
JEFFREY TAMBOR / Maura Pfefferman
VEEP (HBO)
DIEDRICH BADER / Bill Ericsson
SUFE BRADSHAW / Sue Wilson
ANNA CHLUMSKY / Amy Brookheimer
GARY COLE / Kent Davidson
KEVIN DUNN / Ben Cafferty
TONY HALE / Gary Walsh
HUGH LAURIE / Tom James
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / President Selina Meyer
PHIL REEVES / Doyle
SAM RICHARDSON / Richard
REID SCOTT / Dan Egan
TIMOTHY SIMONS / Jonah Ryan
SARAH SUTHERLAND / Catherine
MATT WALSH / Mike McLintock
SAG AWARDS® HONORS FOR STUNT ENSEMBLES
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
“EVEREST” (Universal Pictures)
“FURIOUS 7” (Universal Pictures)
“JURASSIC WORLD” (Universal Pictures)
“MAD MAX: FURY ROAD” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
“MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION” (Paramount Pictures)
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
“THE BLACKLIST” (NBC)
“GAME OF THRONES” (HBO)
“HOMELAND” (Showtime)
“MARVEL’S DAREDEVIL” (Netflix)
“THE WALKING DEAD” (AMC)
LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
52nd Annual SAG Life Achievement Award
CAROL BURNETT
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Ex-Oklahoma cop found guilty of raping Black women

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 By Mona Austin

Black women await final verdict in racially charged cop rape case

Daniel Holtzclaw, the Oklahoma police officer charged with raping over a dozen Black women while on duty was charged on 18 of 36 counts on Thursday, Dec. 10. Along with sexual battery, Holtzclaw was found guilty of four counts of rape in the first degree and four counts of forced oral sodomy. 
Some victims, community leaders and their supporters are awaiting the verdict before they cry victory.

A bittersweet victory was handed down in an Oklahoma courts as some women leveraging rape charges agains a police officer got justice and other did not.
Several victims confessed that over a two year period he stopped them for no apparent reason and sexually violated them. The allegations were diabolical. The ex-cop reportedly raped one victim while she was hand-cuffed to a hospital bed, another, age 17, on the porch of her home. The serial rapist  was on the prowl for at least two years, using his badge as bait before rape victim Jannie Liggons came forth with her story, which launched the police investigation.  Liggons said she feared for her life when the officer pulled her over for no reason and forced her to perform oral sex on him. Liggons said she was afraid for her life, but had the courage to say something. "He picked the wrong lady to stop that night,” said Liggons.  The trauma of the heinous experience, she said to press following the conviction, caused her to have a stroke.  The other victims repeatedly confessed they too were afraid for their lives, shocked into silence.  None of the women knew each other and ranged in age.  Race was their common link.

Civil Rights leaders were concerned that there were no minorities on the jury. However, after 40 hour of deliberation the jury recommended 263 years of prison time for Holtzclaw's criminal acts. The suspect, the 29-year-old son of a police officer, sobbed uncontrollably as the counts were read.  According to the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office Holtzclaw is on suicide watch. The sentencing will take place on January 21, 2016. 

Attorney Benjamin Crump who represented several of the victims has criticized the media for the lack of national coverage on this verdict. 

Crump, who plans to pursue civil action on behalf of all rape vitims told reporters, “It just left a hollow pit in your stomach as you listened to them tell similar story after similar story. And these women didn’t know each other.”
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Friday, December 11, 2015

MC FLOTUS IN THE HOUSE (WATCH MICHELLE OBAMA RAP IN VIRAL VIDEO)

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As a part of her Reach Higher Education initiative First Lady Michelle Obama has teamed up with Jay Pharoah in a rap video that received over a million views in less than 24 hours.  A Princeton graduate, Mrs. Obama has repeatedly said education was the link to her and President Obama's success. We all know from previous viral videos the First Lady has some serious dance moves. Now e know she has rap skillz too. Wearing a blue and White wrap around dress in the video like a true MC she raps about where she is from (Chicago) and the need for higher learning.  The video is fun, but FLOTUS may have chosen to wear a dress as opposed to a more apparel to keep a serious undertone to the video.   They rapped both inside and outside of the White House, while grooving to the beat of the song. Along with health and fitness, support for veterans and military families and empowering girls Mrs. Obama will leaved behind a legacy of education when she and her family exit the White House in 2016.

 For more information on obtaining a college education go to www.bettermakeroom.org.
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FDA: Sweet Leaf Tea recall

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The Sweet Leaf Tea Company  is voluntarily recalling Sweet Leaf® Tea in 16 ounce glass bottles out of an abundance of caution because of the possible presence of glass fragments. This was the result of glass breakage during the filling process. Consumers could potentially be cut or injured if ingested. The company has received 4 complaints of glass in the product. No injuries were reported.
The voluntary recall is limited to specific production codes of Sweet Leaf® Tea, as follows, which were distributed between February 27, 2015 and December 6, 2015. Only 16 ounce glass bottles are affected, and only those listed below:
Sweet Leaf 16 ounce glass product onlyManufacture CodeManufacture DateBest By DateBottle Label UPCCase UPC
Sweet Leaf Tea Raspberry022615057WC402
042315113WC402
042415114WC402
060415155WC402
2/26/15
4/23/15
4/24/15
6/5/15
6/30/16
8/31/16
8/31/16
10/31/16
6-51538-06703-66-51538-06803-3
Sweet Leaf Half and Half Lemonade Tea022715058WC402
042315113WC402
060315154WC402
2/27/15
4/23/15
6/3/15
6/30/16
8/31/16
10/31/16
6-51538-06708-16-51538-06808-8
Sweet Leaf Tea Original022615057WC402
042514115WC402
042415114WC402
060315154WC402
2/26/15
4/25/15
4/24/15
6/3/15
6/30/16
8/31/16
8/31/16
10/31/16
6-51538-06700-56-51538-06800-2
Sweet Leaf Tea Green Tea w/Citrus022715058WC402
042415114WC402
060415155WC402
2/27/15
4/24/15
6/4/15
6/30/16
8/31/16
10/31/16
6-51538-06720-36-51538-06820-0
Sweet leaf Tea Peach022615057WC402
042315113WC402
060415155WC402
2/26/15
4/23/15
6/4/15
6/30/16
8/31/16
10/31/16
6-51538-06704-36-51538-06804-0
Sweet Leaf Tea Mint & Honey022715058WC402
042415114WC402
060415155WC402
2/27/15
4/24/15
6/4/15
6/30/16
8/31/16
10/31/16
6-51538-06701-26-51538-06801-9
 
In order to determine the manufacturing date and best by date of a bottle, consumers are advised to look for the manufacturing code on the shoulder of a bottle or on the shipping case, as seen below:
First Line
042415 – Production Date Code: mmddyy (e.g. April 24, 2015)
114 – Julian Date Code
WC40 – Factory Code
2 – Bottling Line Identification Code
Second Line
15:19 – Military Time
BB 08/31/16 – Best Before date mm/dd/yy (e.g. August 31, 2016)
The Sweet Leaf Tea Company is committed to ensuring the quality and safety of all of its products. All recalled products are being removed from store shelves. Consumers who have any of the glass products with the affected date codes should not drink the product, can contact the Sweet Leaf toll-free number 1-877-832-5323 FREE Monday through Friday 8am - 8pm EST for replacement product, or return the product to the store of purchase for a refund.
This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of and in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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Thursday, December 10, 2015

BeBe and CeCe Winans and Mary Mary named 2016 BMI Traliblazers

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NEW YORK – Gospel music superstar sibling acts, BeBe & CeCe Winans and Mary Mary will be honored at the 17th annual Broadcast Music, Inc. ® (BMI®) Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards at the Rialto Center for the Arts in Atlanta, GA on January 16, 2016. Hosted by former Trailblazer recipient and renowned gospel singer-songwriter, Yolanda Adams, this special night will pay tribute to the best in the gospel music community.
The invitation-only event, which is part industry celebration and part awe-inspiring worship service, will be attended by gospel music’s premier songwriters, brightest stars, and leading industry executives. In addition to honoring BeBe & CeCe and Mary Mary, BMI will also announce the “Most Performed Gospel Song of the Year” at this memorable ceremony.
“BMI is thrilled and privileged to once again bring the leaders in gospel music together for one of the most unique and moving celebrations in music today,” said BMI Vice President, Writer-Publisher Relations in Atlanta, Catherine Brewton. “The ability to honor superstars BeBe & CeCe Winans and Mary Mary, as well as other gospel trailblazers in a city as steeped in musical history as Atlanta, will make for a truly inspirational night filled with incredible performances.”  
BeBe & CeCe Winans were born for musical greatness, as members of the Winans family, a dynasty in the world of gospel music. Though they each have impressive solo careers and have taken the time to focus on their individual talents, but as a pair, have made musical magic. Their legacy, spanning over 25 years has granted them many accolades as singer-songwriters in the gospel community. Together they have sold over five million records worldwide and received five GRAMMY Awards, eight Dove Awards, and a Soul Train Award. In May 2015, the duo was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame and a new stage musical, Born For This: The BeBe Winans Storywill premiere in January 2016 at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta.  
Legendary sister act Mary Mary, featuring the soul-stirring vocals of Erica and Tina Campbell, have successfully crossed genres blending gospel and contemporary music with the smoothness of R&B. Since the group began over 15 years ago, the sisters have proven their star power with five studio albums, two of which reached No.1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums, along with a compilation album of their biggest hits. Now a household name in the industry, Mary Mary also conquered the world of television with their own self-titled series on WE tv and were judges on BET’s gospel singing competition show, Sunday’s Best  for over five seasons. Some of their many accolades include four GRAMMY Awards, four BET Awards, seven Dove awards, two American Music Awards, and have graced the covers of Ebony, Jet, and Sister 2 Sister Magazine to name a few.  
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TURNING THE TABLES AT CHRISTMAS-- REFUGEES FROM 30 WORLD HOT SPOTS SHARE THEIR CULTURE, LEARN ABOUT CHRISTMAS IN THE U.S.

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With Tension About Refugees at a High Point,

Region's Largest Refugee Outreach Sets Unique Christmas Event

GatewayofGrace.org
DALLAS – Dec. 10, 2015 – Gateway of Grace—the largest refugee outreach in the region and founded by a refugee—turns the tables on the traditional “helping hand” this Christmas. Instead of serving meals to the displaced in North Texas. . . the displaced will serve their homemade dishes to North Texans.
“The goodwill we celebrate at Christmas extends to everyone,” said Samira Izadi Page, founder and executive director of Gateway of Grace. “This Christmas, refugees in our communities can give us the gift of meals from their homelands, even as we reach out to them with gifts and an explanation of what Christmas is about.”

The event—a Christmas Party for Refugees: Peace on Earth and Goodwill Toward Mankind—will be Friday, Dec. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Wilshire Baptist Church, 4316 Abrams Road, Dallas 75214.
More than 200 refugees, their families and volunteers will be on hand for a potluck lunch of native food from around the world—Burma, Bhutan, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Senegal, Sudan, Congo and Syria name just a sampling of nations represented. And dishes will range from African rice to Uzbek stew to whatever the families bring.

Each refugee family receives a gift card, and as live Christmas songs are sung, Santa Claus will share the story of St. Nicholas with children and explain what Christmas is about.

In 2014, of the 70,000 refugees arriving in the U.S., Texas received 11%--more than any other state, Page said. She knows their plight well. Her family fled Iran and sought political asylum in the U.S., where she eventually converted to Christianity, attended seminary and founded Gateway of Grace.
“The negative portrayal of refugees these days causes them to feel unwanted, to feel shame, insecurity, anxiety and fear,” she said. “With all that is going on in the world, this year, more than any other time, the message of Christmas is relevant in imparting dignity and worth to refugees. To share the joy of Christmas with refugees who have never experienced Christmas is a great way of removing some of the fear and anxiety and bringing healing into their lives.”

The event still needs volunteers for transportation and to provide gift cards plus necessary items for the refugee families including winter coats, baby formula and diapers.
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

OWN'S HIT TYLER PERRY DRAMA "THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS" AND POPULAR SITCOM "LOVE THY NEIGHBOR" RETURN WITH ALL-NEW EPISODES THIS JANUARY

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Tips on getting your guest room ready for holiday company

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The holiday season is here and family gatherings with overnight guests are plentiful. But before your guests arrive, consider making a few additions to your guest room to make your overnighters feel welcome and comfortable. There are so many small yet meaningful things you can add to your guest room to make it inviting and like a home away from home. Most ideas can be done without having to spend a lot of money or requiring much work. 




Interior Design Expert Maria Samuels of InStyleModern has collected her favorite guest room updates to help you prep for your holiday guests.


Tips for a Welcoming & Comfortable Guest Bedroom
 
  • Framed Photos—place a framed photo of the family/guest staying with you in their room to make them feel right at home. If you do not have any photos of the guests, check out their Facebook page and print a few off.
  • Room Service—leave a bottle of wine with glasses in the guest room for the first night along with a personalized welcome note.
  • Personalize It—purchase monogrammed/personalized towels for the bathroom that the guests will be using. This gives the feeling of a spa or resort getaway. Or instead of just leaving out a towel for your guests in the bathroom, fill a basket in the guest room with bath towels, hand towels and wash cloths. Then your guest won’t feel bad for requesting more towels if they need them. Putting a nice fluffy robe in the room is a welcoming addition as well. Most people do not travel with a robe due to the amount of space it takes up in a suitcase, so this will allow them to run to the bathroom during the night covered up.
     
  • For the Kids—If your guests have kids with them, make sure there are plenty of fun board games on-hand in the guest room. Put together a basket of other items kids love like crayons and color books, card games and DVD’s of kid favorites.
  •  In-Room Holiday Entertainment–place a television with some favorite holiday movies (‘White Christmas’, ‘Home Alone’, ‘It's a Wonderful Life’, etc.) in the guest room. Your visitors will appreciate being able to retreat to their room and pop in a holiday favorite.
  • Local Goodies & Snacks—fill a basket with snacks and gifts that are local to the area, and place the basket in the guest room with a nice welcoming note. Nothing says welcome like local artisan chocolate. You can also tuck a few snacks in a side table drawer. Small packs of trail mix, granola bars, or even sweets are a nice touch for your guests. Put a bowl of fresh fruit like apples or bananas on the dresser too. If they get the munchies or if they are hungry before bedtime, they will have something they can easily grab without having to ask you or make noise in the kitchen.
     
  • Assemble a Box of Goodies—keep a small storage container in the guest room filled with travel/sample size items, such as shampoo/conditioner, razors, pain reliever, a shower cap, facial cleanser, lotion, toothpaste and toothbrush, etc. These items can be purchased in the travel section of most big box stores or they might be complementary items you collect from your hotel stays. Your guests will appreciate having the items they may have forgotten at home.
  • Light the Path--keeping a small nightlight in the guest room on top of the dresser or side table will help the guest feel comfortable. You can plug it in where it is needed most. As you know, getting around in the dark in a different home can be challenging. Your guest may want to have it plugged in the hallway, bathroom, or guest room.
  • Wake-up Call—a nice clock radio/CD player/mp3 or iPod player is also helpful for guest rooms. Your guests won’t have to ask for a wake-up call (especially if it’s earlier than you rise!) and they can put on music to help them fall asleep. Falling asleep in someone else’s home can sometimes be difficult.
  • Light the Path--keeping a small nightlight in the guest room on top of the dresser or side table will help the guest feel comfortable. You can plug it in where it is needed most. As you know, getting around in the dark in a different home can be challenging. Your guest may want to have it plugged in the hallway, bathroom, or guest room.
  • Good Night, Sleep Tight—create an environment that promotes a great night's sleep like high-thread-count, 100 percent cotton sheets with thick, soft blankets and fluffy pillows.
  • Add Some Light—put an adjustable desk lamp or nightstand lamp beside the bed. This will allow your guest to enjoy a good book or catch up on emails without disturbing the rest of the house.
  • Sleep Appeal—make sure the windows have room darkening blinds or shades in them. Some people like to wake up to sunlight but others prefer to keep a completely darkened room. It also helps create a buffer from street traffic outside.
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RCA celebrates four Grammy nominations

buzzz worthy. . .

 
Kirk Franklin, Travis Greene and Israel Houghton Nominated Across
Two Categories For the 58th Annual Awards
 
New York, NY (December 7, 2015) – Today, RCA Inspiration celebrates four nominations for the 58th GRAMMY® Awards, with artists Kirk Franklin (Fo Yo Soul Recordings/ RCA Records), Travis Greene (RCA Inspiration) and Israel Houghton & Newbreed (RGM NewBreed/ RCA Inspiration) garnering nods in two different categories.
 
Five-time GRAMMY Award winners Israel Houghton & Newbreed are nominated in the Best Gospel Album (Covered: Alive In Asia” (Deluxe) and Best Gospel Performance/Song (“How Awesome Is Our God” featuring Yolanda Adams) categories. And nine-time GRAMMY winner Kirk Franklin and stand-out newcomer Travis Greene are recognized in the Best Gospel Performance/Song category for “Wanna Be Happy?” and “Intentional,” respectively. “Wanna Be Happy?” is Franklin’s latest single off of his recently released #1 album Losing My Religion and “Intentional” is the #1 single from Greene’s major label debut, The Hill.
 
“We’re extremely proud of our GRAMMY nominees,” said RCA Inspiration’s General Manager, Geo Bivins.  “There’s a lot of great gospel music that came out this year and we congratulate Kirk, Israel and Travis on this very special achievement.” 
 
The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will air on CBS on Sunday, February 15, 2016 at 8pm EST.
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Monday, December 7, 2015

Gospel Music's Rising Urban Inspirational Group LIVRE' Brings Soul And Cheer With New Holiday Video “GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN”

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 LIVRE's Christmas Single Highlighted On Star-Studded Holiday Compilation Featuring Alicia Keys, Brandy, Tyrese, Justine Skye, Gabi Wilson, Elle Varner, SWV’s Coko And More
New York, NY --  Gospel music's Urban Inspirational  quintet LIVRE'(pronounced liv-RAY) release the official video for their modernized rendition of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” a featured track on the star-studded compilation, A Classic Holiday Presented by MBK.
Comprised of Ajanee Hambrick, Ariel Malloy, Malik Spence, Kenneth Williams and Roger Tolbert, the New York-based group is already earning accolades with their stand-out holiday track that’s reminiscent of a soulfully enriched Pentatonix. A recent review in The New York Timesdescribes their rendition as “precise” and “tightly harmonized.”
Crowned the next generation of urban inspirational singers, LIVRE' had three Top 20 singles on Billboard’s Gospel Radio Chart: “I Will Be Alright,” “Amazing” and their most recent release “Everything's Coming Up Jesus.” The talented vocalists are preparing their debut album JERICHO: TRIBE OF JOSHUA slated for release in Spring 2016.
A Classic Holiday… offers a range of contemporary R&B pop, traditional soul, gospel and jazz-infused songs from super-stars: Alicia Keys, Tyrese and Brandy; talented singers: Coko (of SWV), Gabi Wilson, Elle Varner, B. Slade (formerly known as Tonex), Justine Skye; Anaysha, who came to prominence as of one of Kirk Franklin’s lead singers; and emerging artists Daisha and Alex Harris, who is already drawing comparisons to Sam Cook with his retro-vocal styling’s.   The Huffington Post has declared that the new classic set “is the new holiday album of the year.” 
LIVRE' will be promoting the Christmas project and their single by making special appearances onGood Day New York (Airing 12/22) and performing live at the Woodbridge Center Mall, NJ (12/11) and at Macy's Atlanta Lenox Mall (12/12). 
Additionally, artists from the album have been covering media outlets locally and nationwide including Brandy on the TODAY Show (12/3) and The Chew (airing 12/15), and Alex Harris performing on WFLA’s DAYTIME morning show (airing 12/7).  On December 15th, many of the artists from the compilation will perform at a holiday concert/party at B.B. Kings in NY including B. Slade, Gabi Wilson, Justine Skye, Bridget Kelly, LIVRE', Alex and surprise guests.   
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