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2015 Commutations and Pardons from President Obama

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President Obama Grants Commutations and Pardons
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Barack Obama granted commutations of sentence to 95 individuals and pardons to two individuals.
 
The President granted commutations of sentence to the following 95 individuals:
 
·         Donald Allen – Lynn Haven, FL
Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; possession of a firearm during a felony drug offense (Northern District of Florida)
Sentence:  Life plus five years’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Aug. 17, 1998)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Royal Deandre Allen – Houston, TX
Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (Southern District of Texas)
Sentence:  Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $17,500 fine (May 13, 1996)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016, and balance of the fine remitted.
 
·         Sandra Avery – Sarasota, FL
Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine base; possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (three counts); possess with the intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine; possess with the intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine base (Middle District of Florida)
Sentence:  Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Jan. 3, 2007)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016. 
 
·         Jose Aviles – Chicago, IL
Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine (Middle District of Florida)
Sentence:  Life imprisonment (Apr. 23, 1993)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 18, 2016.
 
·         George Andre Axam – Atlanta, GA
Offense:  Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon (Northern District of Georgia)
Sentence:  180 months’ imprisonment; four years’ supervised release (Jun. 12, 2007)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Ray Bennett – Hazlehurst, GA
Offense:  Knowingly conspiring to distribute cocaine base (commonly known as “crack”); knowingly possessing with intent to distribute and causing to be possessed with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine base (commonly known as “crack”) (Middle District of Florida)
Sentence:  Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Nov. 22, 1991)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Wendell Edward Betancourt – Washington, D.C.
Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute “crack” cocaine (Northern District of West Virginia)
            Sentence:  220 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (Jun. 11, 2002)
            Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Edward B. Betts – Carbondale, IL
Offense:  Conspiracy to distribute in excess of 100 kilograms of marijuana (Southern District of Illinois)
Sentence:  360 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release (Jul. 27, 1992)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016, and eight-year term of supervised release commuted to two years of supervised release.
 
·         Anthony Bosley – Spokane, WA
Offense:  Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (Eastern District of Washington)
Sentence:  240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Jun. 13, 2006)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Ramona Brant – Freeport, NY
Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute a quantity of cocaine and cocaine base (Western District of North Carolina)
Sentence:  Life imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (Feb. 2, 1995)
            Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Ivory Charles Brinson – Wabasso, FL
Offense:  Possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (Southern District of Florida)
Sentence:  360 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release (Nov. 15, 2004)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Carolyn Yvonne Butler – San Antonio, TX
Offense:  Armed bank robbery (three counts); using a firearm during a crime of violence (three counts) (Western District of Texas
Sentence:  48 years’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release; $1,200 fine; $3,339 restitution (Jul. 30, 1992)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016. 
 
·         Arnold Charles Cabarris – Victoria, VA
Offense:  Distribution of cocaine base; conspiracy to distribute cocaine base (Eastern District of Virginia)
Sentence:  262 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (Feb. 19, 1999)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Jimmy Lee Carter – Okeechobee, FL
Offense:  Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (Southern District of Florida)
Sentence:  Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Jul. 21, 1993)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Sherman Dionne Chester – St. Petersburg, FL
Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine; conspiracy to possess and distribute heroin; distribution of cocaine (six counts); distribution of heroin (five counts); possession with intent to distribute cocaine (Middle District of Florida)
Sentence:  Life imprisonment (Feb. 11, 1994)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 18, 2016.
 
·         Herbert Lee Christopher, Jr. – Cordele, GA
Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (Middle District of Florida)
Sentence:  Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Oct. 4, 1991)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016. 
 
·         Jawariel Coffie – Hollywood, FL
Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base (Northern District of Florida)
Sentence:  Life imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (Oct. 5, 1993)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Michael Reese Coffman – Milton, FL
Offense:  Conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine (Northern District of Florida)
Sentence:  Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Jul. 21, 2005)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Oscar Cole, Jr. – Bessemer, AL
Offense:  Possession with intent to distribute fifty (50) grams or more of a mixture and substance containing cocaine base and cocaine hydrochloride (Northern District of Alabama)
Sentence:  240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Sep. 21, 2006)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016. 
 
·         Alex Contreras – Anchorage, AK
Offense:  Drug conspiracy; distribution of a controlled substance (four counts); possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance (four counts); using, carrying, possessing firearm during drug trafficking crime (three counts) (District of Alaska)
Sentence:  481 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (Jul. 11, 2002); prison sentence amended to 480 months’ imprisonment (May 27, 2008)
            Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Eddie Lee Cooks – Monroe, LA
Offense:  Conspiracy to distribute cocaine base; distribution of cocaine base (three counts) (Western District of Louisiana)
Sentence:  Life imprisonment (May 24, 1994)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 18, 2016.
 
·         Lelus Crawford – St. Louis, MO
Offense:  Distribution of cocaine base (“crack”) (two counts); possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (“crack”) (Eastern District of Missouri)
Sentence:  240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Jun. 15, 2007)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Dewayne Crompton – Bakersfield, CA
Offense:  Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (Western District of Wisconsin)
Sentence:  Life imprisonment (May 28, 1993)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 18, 2016.
 
·         Charles Frederick Cundiff – Altoona, FL
Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana; attempt to possess with intent to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana (Northern District of Florida)
Sentence:  Life imprisonment (Jan. 8, 1992)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 18, 2016.
 
·         Thomas Daniels – Philadelphia, PA
Offense:  Distribution of cocaine; distribution of cocaine base ("crack cocaine") (Eastern District of Pennsylvania)
Sentence:  Life imprisonment (Jun. 26, 1996)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 18, 2016.
 
·         Joe Nathan Darby – Salters, SC
Offense:  Possession with intent to distribute and distribution of five grams or more of crack cocaine (two counts); possession with intent to distribute and distribution of 50 grams or more of crack cocaine (District of South Carolina)
Sentence:  240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (May 25, 2006)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Alphonso Davis – Ridgeway, SC
Offense:  Conspiracy to violate narcotic laws (crack) (Western District of North Carolina)
Sentence:  Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Feb. 12, 1996)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         William Ervin Dekle – Lake City, FL
Offense:  Conspiracy to import 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana; conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana; importation of 100 kilograms of marijuana (four counts); possession with intent to distribute 100 kilograms of marijuana (four counts) (Northern District of Florida)
Sentence:  Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; four years’ special parole (Jun. 7, 1991)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Dianne Demar  -- St. Petersburg, FL
Offense:  Conspiracy to distribute in excess of 100 grams of methamphetamine; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine (two counts); unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine (two counts); possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime (Northern District of Georgia)
Sentence:  Life plus five years’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Dec. 13, 1991)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016. 
 
·         Eric T. Downs – Mansfield, OH
Offense:  Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (Northern District of Ohio)
Sentence:  Life imprisonment (July 18, 1996)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 18, 2016.
 
·         Ernest R. Eads – Seneca, MO
Offense:         1. Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine (Western District of Missouri
                        2. Felon in possession of firearms (Western District of Missouri)
Sentence:        1. Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Mar. 7, 1997)
                        2. 12 months’ imprisonment (consecutive) (Mar. 7, 1997)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentences commuted to expire on April 16, 2016. 
 
·         Reginald Gerard Ennis – Mobile, AL
Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine (Southern District of Alabama)
Sentence:  240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Apr. 22, 2004)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Jimmy Lee Fields – Dundee, FL
Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base (Middle District of Florida)
Sentence:  Life imprisonment (Jan. 16, 1996)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 18, 2016.
 
·         Pedro Figueroa – Philadelphia, PA
Offense:  Conspiracy to distribute controlled substance; distribution of controlled substance, aiding and abetting (three counts); possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute, aiding and abetting (Eastern District of Pennsylvania)
Sentence:  240 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release; $1,000 fine (Jul. 15, 2003)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Donald Lee Gill – Cincinnati, OH
Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and aiding and abetting; carrying firearm during a drug trafficking crime (Eastern District of Kentucky)
Sentence:  Life imprisonment (Aug. 20, 1997)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 18, 2016.
 
·         Calvin C. Gillings – Chicago, IL
Offense:  Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, “crack”; possession with intent to distribute cocaine (Southern District of Iowa)
Sentence:  360 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release (Jul. 18, 1997)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Glenn D. Gold – Clarksville, TN
Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base; use of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime; felon in possession of a firearm (Middle District of Tennessee)
Sentence:  Life plus 60 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (Apr. 23, 1997)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Alberto Gonzalez – Philadelphia, PA
Offense:  Conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine; distribution of 1,003 grams of cocaine (Eastern District of Pennsylvania)
Sentence:  262 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release (May 19, 2003)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Willie James Griffin, Jr. – Pensacola, FL
Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine (Northern District of Florida)
Sentence:  252 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $1,000 fine (Dec. 2, 1999); prison sentence amended to 240 months’ imprisonment (Apr. 14, 2008)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016 and balance of the fine remitted. 
 
·         Doyle Grimes, Jr. – Miami, FL
Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute a detectable amount of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (Middle District of Florida)
Sentence:  292 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Apr. 8, 2003); prison sentence amended to 240 months’ imprisonment (Dec. 5, 2014)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Kenneth Hamlin, Jr. – Pittsburgh, PA
Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of in excess of 50 grams of cocaine base, in excess of 100 grams of heroin, and a quantity of marijuana; possession with intent to distribute and distribution of in excess of 100 grams of heroin
(Western District of Pennsylvania)
Sentence:  360 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Mar. 4, 1999)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Glenn A. Harris – Elizabeth City, NC
Offense:  Distribution of more than five grams of cocaine base (crack) (Eastern District North Carolina)
Sentence:  188 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release; $2,100 restitution (Aug. 8, 2005)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016, and balance of the restitution obligation remitted.
 
·         Lisa Harris – Arcadia, FL
Offense:  Possession with intent to distribute fifty grams or more of cocaine base, crack cocaine; conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base, crack cocaine (Middle District of Florida)
Sentence:  235 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (Nov. 30, 2005)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Antorrian Adrionne Hawkins – Lilburn, GA
Offense:  Felon in possession of a firearm; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime (Eastern District of Michigan)
Sentence:  300 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Apr. 12, 2005)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Eugene L. Haywood – Peoria, IL
Offense:  Conspiracy to distribute cocaine base (crack); possession of cocaine base (crack) (Central District of Illinois)
Sentence:  Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Jul. 12, 2002)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Jerome A. Jackson – Washington, DC
Offense:  Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base: unlawful distribution of cocaine base (two counts) (District of Columbia)
Sentence:  Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Feb. 18, 1994)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.  
 
·         Gloria Louise James – Fort Madison, IA
Offense:  Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine (Southern District of Iowa)
Sentence:  188 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (Feb. 9, 2004)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Angie Jenkins – Klamath Falls, OR
Offense:  Conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine; manufacture of methamphetamine; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine (District of Oregon)
Sentence:  360 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (Sep. 22, 1998); prison sentence amended to 324 months’ imprisonment (Jan. 29, 2015)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Allen Johnson – Live Oak, FL
Offense:  Distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base (Middle District of Florida)
Sentence:  188 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (Oct. 3, 2003)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Javon Tyrone Johnson – Saginaw, MI
Offense:  Distribution of 50 grams or more of cocaine base (Eastern District of Michigan)
Sentence:  240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Sep. 30, 2004)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Mario Alonzo Johnson – Stockton, CA
Offense:  Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine (Eastern District of California)
Sentence:  288 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (Jan. 20, 1999)
            Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence to expire on April 16, 2016.    
 
·         Tommy Lynn Johnson – Athens, TX
Offense:  Conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine; conspiracy to possess a listed chemical knowing it will be used to manufacture a controlled substance; possession of a listed chemical with intent to manufacture a controlled substance (two counts); possession and distribution of a listed chemical with intent to manufacture a controlled substance (two counts); use, carrying and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime (two counts); possession of an unregistered firearm (Eastern District of Texas)
Sentence:  511 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (Jul. 21, 2003); prison sentence amended to 481 months’ imprisonment (Oct. 6, 2015)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Sharanda Purlette Jones – Terrell, TX
Offense:  Conspiracy to distribute cocaine base (Northern District of Texas)
Sentence:  Life imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (Nov. 10, 1999)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Ryan O’Neil Lansdowne – Haymarket, VA
Offense:  Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (Eastern District of Virginia)
Sentence:  292 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Oct. 20, 2000); prison sentence amended to 262 months’ imprisonment (Apr. 28, 2009)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Chad Robert Latham – Tacoma, WA
Offense:  Conspiracy to manufacture marijuana; manufacturing marijuana (Western District of Washington)
Sentence:  180 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (Jan. 18, 2006)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Jimmy Ewell Lee – Bonifay, FL
Offense:  Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine (actual) and more than 500 grams of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine (Northern District of Florida)
Sentence:  240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (May 4, 2005)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Carlos Lopez – Lawrence, MA
Offense:  Conspiracy to distribute cocaine base; distribution of cocaine base (four counts); possess and carry a firearm during a drug crime; possession of firearm by a prohibited person; possession of firearm with an obliterated serial number (District of New Hampshire)
Sentence:  300 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (May 14, 2003)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Kevin McDonald – Lawrenceville, NJ
Offense:  Conspiracy to distribute cocaine base “crack” (Eastern District of Virginia)
Sentence:  Life imprisonment (Oct. 17, 2005)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on December 18, 2016. 
 
·         Terry Dennard McNeair – Lexington, NC
Offense:  Possess with intent to distribute cocaine base (crack) (Middle District of North Carolina)
Sentence:  360 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (Nov. 18, 1996)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Michael McRae – Wadesboro, NC
Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base (Western District of North Carolina)
Sentence:  Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (May 22, 2006)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Juan Fernando Mendoza-Cardenas – Houston, TX
Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana (Northern District of Georgia)
Sentence:  240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Jan. 28, 2004)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
·         Billy R. Mercer, Jr. – Slapout, AL
Offense:  Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; use/carry firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime (Middle District of Alabama)
Sentence:  292 months’ imprisonment; 72 months’ supervised release (May 24, 2006)
Commutation Grant:  Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.
 
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PHOTO CONTEST: Submit your 'Merry & Bright' pics to spread holiday cheer on social media and win fashionable prizes

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There are plenty of examples of how technology has changed the holiday experience over the years both positively and negatively.  One good thing technology ch has done is connect people through photo sharing on the Internet. Stars of the new You Tube based show "Model Behavior One Year Later" want to put social media technology to good use by presenting a photo contest that spreads cheer.   Participants must share photos using the #piapd (which stand for "pretty is as pretty does").  The top 3 people with the most likes will be announced as the winners. 

An all new episode of "Model Behavior One Year Later" will be posted to the show's You Tube page in January of 2016.  Follow the stars of MBOYL on Facebook, You Tube and Instagram for family-friendly entertainment and more fun ways to make a difference with the #PIAPD campaigning.
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Kirk Franklin to kick off '20 Years in One Night Tour ' in March 2016

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Dallas, TX -- Award-winning artist, songwriter, producer and trailblazer Kirk Franklin, has announced the 20 Years in One Night Tour in conjunction with Live Nation. The 24-city concert tour will kick off on March 15, 2016 in Miami, FL and visit other major U.S. cities including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Oakland and Washington, D.C. Tickets for 20 Years in One Night will go on sale on December 18th and are available for pre-sale for Citi® card members on December 15th and via Live Nation and the Kirk Franklin Fan Club beginning December 16th.
 
This announcement comes on the heels of the release of Franklin’s eleventh studio album, LOSING MY RELIGION (Fo Yo Soul Recordings / RCA Records), on November 13, 2015. The album, which marked his eleventh consecutive #1 debut, premiered at #1 on Billboard’s Current Gospel, Top Christian/Gospel and R&B Albums charts and #10 on Billboard’s Top 200. In addition, Franklin just received a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Gospel Song / Performance for LOSING MY RELIGION’S #1 single, “Wanna Be Happy?”.
 
The 20 Years in One Night Tour will be a retrospective of Kirk Franklin’s impressive, 20-plus year body of work, which has garnered him honors including nine GRAMMY Awards, 40 Stellar Awards and 16 GMA Dove Awards. Beloved for his distinct brand of inspirational music and lively stage performances, Franklin is extremely excited about the upcoming tour.
 
20 Years in One Night Tour Schedule:                                                                                                               
March 15th                 Miami, FL                   The Fillmore Miami Beach
March 17th                 Atlanta, GA                 The Tabernacle
March 18th                 Greensboro, NC         Greensboro
March 19th                 Washington, DC         Warner Theatre
March 20th                 Norfolk, VA                Chrysler Hall
March 22nd                 Brooklyn, NY             Kings Theatre
March 23rd                 Philadelphia, PA        Tower Theatre
March 24th                 Cleveland, OH            The Masonic Temple
March 25th                 Detroit, MI                  Fox Theatre
March 26th                 Pittsburgh, PA            Heinz Hall
March 29th                 Nashville, TN             Ryman Auditorium
March 31st                  Louisville, KY             Palace Theatre
April 1st                       Chicago, IL                 Chicago Theatre
April 2nd                     Minneapolis, MN       State Theatre
April 3rd                      Indianapolis, IN         Murat Theatre
April 5th                      St. Louis, MO              Peabody Opera House
April 8th                      Oklahoma City, OK     The Criterion
April 9th                      San Antonio, TX         The Aztec Theater
April 10th                    Dallas, TX                   Majestic Theatre
April 11th                    Houston, TX               Revention Music Center
April 14th                    Phoenix, AZ                Comerica Theatre
April 15th                    Los Angeles, CA         The Wiltern
April 16th                    Oakland, CA                Paramount Theatre
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Friday, December 18, 2015

Dionne Warwick celebrates 75th birthday with non-profit launch and star studded support

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DIONNE WARWICK'S 75th BIRTHDAY PARTY BRINGS OUT THE STARS AND  LAUNCHES HER NONPROFIT



One by one, they gathered. Stars of Broadway, film and TV, alongside music superstars and politicians alike to honor the 75th birthday of Dionne Warwick-mother, friend, humanitarian, and icon. Convened in secret, in the private dining room of Mr. Chow's restaurant in New York, they waited for a woman who has achieved more in her 75 years than one could with two lifetimes. Born into a talented clan of musicians on December 12, 1940, by 1962 she was one of the 40 biggest hit makers of the entire rock era. Her hits wooed not just America, but the world at large when she sang, "Don't Make Me Over," "Walk On By," as well as her trademark tune "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?," which was her first Grammy winner. Her class act even landed her a place in history as the first African-American woman to perform for Queen Elizabeth II in England.Yet on this day, she was the queen. Nothing could surpass her delighted expression of joy as she regally entered the dining area to the fabulous surprise reception by her loved ones.
Acclaimed Music Executive Clive Davis was the first to greet her, quickly followed by U.S. Representative Charles Rangel who bestowed a proclamation-the first of many to follow. Her son David Elliot serenaded her beautifully with a "happy birthday" message straight from everyone's heart. Soul singer Chuck Jackson presented her with a bouquet of flowers as she was greeted byan array of guests that included Cissy Houston, Leslie Uggams, Freddie Jackson, Melba Moore, renowned music director Ray Chew, among many more. Clearly moved, Ms. Warwick beamed and repeated 'thanks you' as her sons Damon and David Elliot, daughter-in-laws, longtime friends, and colleagues surrounded her with hugs and praise. Once DJing legend Easy Mo Bee hit the ones and twos, the music started flowing in harmony with the drinks and copious amounts of sumptuous food. The birthday cake was a five-tiered work of art, as reflective of Ms. Warwick's elegance as one would expect. Guests received signature goodie bags with lollipops, horn blowers, and a mug with the guest of honor's image and quote-all reflecting the launch of her nonprofit organization.



After a series of additional proclamations which included: one presented by U.S. Rep Charlie Rangel, two from the state of New Jersey-one of which declares December 11th Dionne Warwick Day throughout the state, another declaring Dionne Warwick Day in East Orange, New Jersey, and other presentations of honor.  Huge panels with Ms. Warwick's image covered the walls, where many guests joined for a photo opt with the star. As well, there were large placards announcing the launch of The Dionne Warwick Foundation, a nonprofit organization promoting access to resources and information that empowers health and well being. As a United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization, and a United States Ambassador of Health, she has long been a visionary in holistic health and wellness. The foundation's launch shows her continued forward motion, culminating decades of advocacy for the world's well-being, as well as her gift and resources as an entertainer, into an energetic graceful new beginning.
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Christian singer wins The Voice and bumps Adele out of #1 spot

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New York, NY -- JORDAN SMITH was crowned the winner of the ninth season of NBC’s EMMY AWARD®-winning The Voice

With 1 million singles sold and over 57 million cumulative streams of his performances on YouTube, he has set his place in history as the highest-selling artist to ever emerge from The Voice.

This season, eight of his songs have reached the Top 10 of iTunes Overall Top Songs Chart. Among those, 6 hit the Top 3, and 3 took #1 on all of iTunes. Following Monday night’s broadcast, he landed 4 songs in the Top 10—a first for any artist from The Voice!

In celebration of the success, JORDAN has released a full-length album, Jordan Smith: The Complete Season 9 Collection [Republic Records], out today on iTunes and exclusively on CD December 24,2015 at Wal-Mart locations. Overnight the album has skyrocketed to the Top 5 on iTunes Overall Album Chart! Get it HERE today.

Hailing from Whitley County, Kentucky, the 22-year-old singer captured the hearts of audiences everywhere with his powerhouse voice. His rendition of the Queen classic “Somebody To Love” unseated Adele’s “Hello” from #1 on iTunes Overall Top Songs chart in a matter of hours, and moved 164K copies in its first week clinching #1 on Digital Songs Chart. He sold more than any other track that particular week even with a limited three-and-a-half day availability from Monday afternoon through Thursday night. His performance of the holiday classic “Mary Did You Know” also hit #1 on the iTunes Overall Top Songs Chart, making Jordan and Cassadee Pope the only artists from The Voice to notch three #1s in their respective seasons. 


Continuing this hot streak, both “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” and “Hallelujah” reached #1 on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs Chart, making him “the first artist to replace himself at #1 on the chart.”

Jordan Smith: The Complete Collection includes those fan favorites as well as “Chandelier”“Halo”“Climb Every Mountain”“God Only Knows” with Adam Levine, and many more. It spotlights his undeniable and unforgettable vocals and introduces an exciting new star. Get ready to hear a lot more from JORDAN SMITH soon.

Jordan Smith: The Complete Collection Track listing:
  1. Chandelier (The Voice Performance) – Jordan Smith
  2. Like I Can (The Voice Performance) – Jordan Smith & Regina Love
  3. Set Fire To the Rain (The Voice Performance) – Jordan Smith
  4. Halo (The Voice Performance) – Jordan Smith
  5. Great Is Thy Faithfulness (The Voice Performance) – Jordan Smith
  6. Who You Are (The Voice Performance) – Jordan Smith
  7. Hallelujah (The Voice Performance) – Jordan Smith
  8. Somebody To Love (The Voice Performance) – Jordan Smith
  9. Climb Every Mountain (The Voice Performance) – Jordan Smith
  10. God Only Knows (The Voice Performance) – Jordan Smith & Adam Levine
  11. Mary Did You Know (The Voice Performance) – Jordan Smith
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