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Friday, February 5, 2016

Non-televised winners of the 2016 NAACP Image Awards

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Winners were announced in 45 non-televised categories for the 47th Annual NAACP Image Awards ahead of it airing tonight.  The controversy that has surrounded the lack of diversity at the Oscars and Blacks getting proper recognition is a none issue at this love fest for Blacks in film,  television, music, various other areas of entertainment and community impact. 

Early winners include Gospel's Tina Campbell who snagged an award for Best Gospel album for her first solo release, "It's Personal."  The Wiz Live! won for Outstanding Television Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Special.  "Wiz" co-star David Alan Grier won the award for his performance as the Cowardly Lion. The remaining 10 categories will be announced starting at 9 PM/Eastern in the live 2-hour telecast on TV One, hosted by Anthony Anderson of "black-ish."

There was a tribute to the late NAACP Chairman Julian Bond at the pre-award show dinner.

The winners are as follow:
Television Categories
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Mike Epps – “Survivor’s Remorse” (Starz)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Marsai Martin – “black-ish” (ABC)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Joe Morton – “Scandal” (ABC)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Regina King – “American Crime” (ABC)
Outstanding Television Movie, Mini- Series, or Dramatic Special
“The Wiz Live!” (NBC)
Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini- Series, or Dramatic Special
David Alan Grier – “The Wiz Live!” (NBC)
Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini- Series, or Dramatic Special
Queen Latifah 
– “Bessie” (HBO)

Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special)
“Unsung” (TV One)

Outstanding Talk Series
“The Talk” (CBS)

Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series
“Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” (OWN)

Outstanding Variety (Series or Special)
“Family Feud” (Syndicated)

Outstanding Children’s Program
“Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Mini-Series)
Marcus Scribner – “black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Host in a News, Talk, Reality, or Variety Program (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble
Steve Harvey- “Family Feud” (Syndicated)

Recording Categories   
Outstanding New Artist
Jussie Smollett (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Male Artist
Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Female Artist
Jill Scott (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
“Conqueror” – Empire Cast feat. Estelle & Jussie Smollett (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Jazz Album
“Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol.4” – Miles Davis (Columbia Legacy Recordings)
Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary)
“It’s Personal” – Tina Campbell (Gee Tree Creative)

Outstanding Music Video
“Shame” – Tyrese Gibson (Voltron Recordz)

Outstanding Song – Traditional
“Back Together” – Jill Scott (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Album
“Woman” – Jill Scott (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Song – Contemporary
“You’re So Beautiful” – Empire Cast feat. Jussie Smollett & Yazz (Columbia Records)

Literature Categories  
Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction
“Stand Your Ground” – Victoria Christopher Murrary(Touchstone)

Outstanding Literary Work – Nonfiction
“Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga” – Pamela Newkirk (HarperCollins/Amistad)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author
“The Fishermen” – Chigozie Obioma (Little, Brown & Company)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Autobiography
“Between The World

For the full list go to the NAACP Awards website at www.naacpimageawards.net.

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The Slice News and Entertainment Weekly Report, Feb. 5, 2016

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In this week's Slice Report with Moan Austin learn more about President Obama's views on religious tolerance, the unemployment rate, Super Bowl 50 performers, the NAACP Image Awards, the passing of Earth, Wind and Fire's Maurice White and why Donald Trump is calling for a recount of the Iowa caucus votes. Listen to the Slice Radio Report.

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Statement by the President on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

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Thirteen years ago tomorrow, four first ladies in Africa came together and declared an International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). They knew that by targeting and holding back girls, this practice harms and holds back entire communities. Since then, countless others--from the Middle East to South Asia to here in the United States--have joined these women to say that FGM/C has no place in any community and undermines our efforts to celebrate and empower women and girls.
Some people say that FGM/C is a rite of passage--something families do to help prepare girls for adulthood or marriage. In my travels last year, I made clear my view that "there's no reason that young girls should suffer genital mutilation."  Just because this is a tradition in some places does not make it right.  This practice is harmful, and therefore wrong wherever it occurs.  That is why we have funded programming to combat FGM/C in places like Guinea, just as we have launched a range of actions here at home to stop the practice. In the United States, we have criminalized the transport of girls to undergo FGM/C, worked with religious leaders and community-based organizations to raise awareness--especially in some immigrant communities, where the pressures to engage in this practice remain--and provided grant opportunities for domestic NGOs implementing innovative prevention strategies. 
Today, we stand with communities here and around the globe working to prevent FGM/C. We call on girls and their families, teachers, health workers, community and religious leaders, and government officials to act together to make a difference. It's time to put an end to this harmful practice, and to allow communities everywhere to meet their full potential by enabling women and girls to meet theirs.
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ROLLING STONE breaks news of Country & Western Nights Tour today.
See the full post here - http://goo.gl/7bsmCe

"Angeleno by Sam Outlaw. Just beyond great songwriting. What a record." - Ryan Adams
‘SoCal Country’ singer Sam Outlaw takes Angeleno back out on the road in February and March for the Country & Western Nights Tour with new Six Shooter Records labelmate Whitney Rose. The tour brings together two exciting breakout artists, both at the vanguard of country music, each with a distinctive sound and style. Outlaw’s country is classic and smooth, made his own with dappled Baja tones; Rose has developed a rich countrypolitan sound with beguiling vintage pop inflections.

The Country & Western Nights Tour starts on Outlaw’s home turf in California and will cover ten states, through country music hotbeds and heartlands of past and present. Fittingly, the tour winds up in Nashville, TN.

Hailed as one of the best country albums of 2015 by Rolling Stone and The Guardian, Angeleno and Outlaw have just made a strong showing in Nashville Scene’s annual and influential Country Music Critics’ Poll, with New Artist and Best Album nods - http://goo.gl/1ODRbE

Whitney Rose made an impact with Heartbreaker of the Year, produced by Raul Malo of The Mavericks. The New York Times, Rolling Stone and American Songwriter are included on a long list of enthusiastic coverage Rose has received thus far.

SAN DIEGO, CA: Soda Bar, Feb 19
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA: The Grange, Feb 21
SAN FRANCISCO, CA: The Chapel, Feb 22
PORTLAND, OR: Mississippi Studios, Feb 24
SEATTLE, WA: The Sunset Tavern, Feb 26
VANCOUVER, BC: The Cobalt, Feb 27
SPOKANE, WA: The Bartlett, Mar 2
BOZEMAN, MT: Live from the Divide, Mar 3
BILLINGS, MT: Pub Station, Mar 4
LARAMIE, WY: Phoenix Ballroom at Gryphon Theatre, Mar 5
DENVER, CO: Larimer Lounge, Mar 7
SALT LAKE CITY, UT: Kilbey Court, Mar 8
PHOENIX, AZ: Viva Phoenix Downtown Music Fest, Mar 12*
TUCSON, AZ: Flycatcher, Mar 13
ROSWELL, NM: The Liberty, Mar 15
DALLAS, TX: Twilite Lounge, Mar 16
AUSTIN, TX: SXSW, Mar 17-19

KNOXVILLE, TN: KMW Secret Show Series, Mar 25
NASHVILLE, TN: The High Watt, Mar 26

* Sam Outlaw only
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Tesoro, Steelworkers Reach $8.08 Million Settlement

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Washington, D.C.—The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has approved a settlement agreement between Tesoro Refining and Marketing and the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, AFL-CIO-CLC (Steelworkers). Under the bilateral agreement, Tesoro will pay more than $8.08 million to 769 employees at their Carson, CA and Anacortes, WA facilities who engaged in the winter 2015 refinery strike. They will also post a notice for employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act.

In February 2015, collective bargaining agreements at both facilities expired. Workers at the Carson, Anacortes, and facilities across the country began a strike that stretched into late March when a new contract was reached. Once an agreement was reached ending the largest refinery strike in 35 years, employees at the Carson and Anacortes facilities returned to work.

On March 6th, Tesoro awarded bonuses for the previous year to non-unit and non-striking employees, but withheld such bonuses from striking employees deeming them ineligible to receive them under the parties' Memorandum of Understanding. These annual incentive bonuses were based upon performance and profits during the previous calendar year.

In response, charges were filed by the Steelworkers against Tesoro with the NLRB’s Region 21 Office in Los Angeles and Region 19 Office in Seattle alleging that the accrued bonuses were not paid in retaliation for the employees’ strike, and that failure to pay the bonuses was an unlawful modification of the parties’ contract. After the NLRB issued complaint in both cases, parties reached this settlement which will provide workers with 100% of the bonuses that they were eligible for under their contract.

By entering into the agreement, Tesoro does not admit to any violations of the National Labor Relations Act.


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Live Album Features 14 Tracks, including Lead Single “Anything Can Happen” and “I Believe (Island Medley)” Available Now

NASHVILLE, TN (February 5, 2016) – Multiple Stellar Award-winning recording artist, songwriter/producer, and worship leader Jonathan Nelson has crafted a powerful call to freedom with his upcoming new live album FEARLESS, unveiling the album cover, track listing, and a new song today.  Scheduled to be released on Friday March 18, 2016, FEARLESS is available for pre-order on iTunes and Amazon now, with two songs “Anything Can Happen” and “I Believe (Island Medley)” available instantly on iTunes.

Marking his fifth album, Jonathan leads listeners on an open journey of praise and hope, to rejuvenate and fuel their faith, urging strength and freedom from fear through receiving and trusting God’s steadfast love and powerful gifts.  Recorded live before a packed audience at his church The Faith Center in Sunrise, FL last year, FEARLESS features fourteen tracks, including the soaring contemporary lead single “Anything Can Happen,” “I Believe (Island Medley),” “My Hope,” and the title song “Fearless” feat. Da’ T.R.U.T.H., joined by additional guest performances from Kim Burrell, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Tye Tribbett, Sonnie Badu, and his twin brother Jason Nelson.  A digital deluxe edition of FEARLESS will be released on iTunes, with seventeen tracks.

Following on his last live album, the gospel chart-topper Finish Strong, Jonathan is excited to share the new songs on FEARLESS with fans worldwide, saying: “I’m really excited about this new music. Each lyric is designed to increase our faith. High energy, deep impact and true inspiration from God is my ultimate goal. I pray that each listener would be bold, walk in faith, and simply BE FEARLESS.”

Catch Jonathan Nelson’s upcoming performances around the country, including Monday February 15th on The Word Network (at 8 pm ET), on Friday February 19th at the Stellar Awards Pre-Show in Las Vegas, NV, and on Wednesday March 2nd at the iLead Escape Face2Face Worship Concert in Birmingham, AL.
Jonathan Nelson: FEARLESS album pre-order available now:

iTunes: Receive 2 instant grat tracks “Anything Can Happen” and “I Believe (Island Medley)”


Jonathan Nelson: FEARLESS album Track Listing:
Release: March 18, 2016 (Light Records/Entertainment One Music)
  1. "Intro"
  2. "Fearless" feat. Da' T.R.U.T.H.
  3. "My Hope"
  4. "Name of the Lord"
  5. “Anything Can Happen"
  6. "BABA Oh" feat. Sonnie Badu
  7. "You Are Good"
  8. "Forever Settled" feat. Dorinda Clark-Cole
  9. "Brand New" feat. Kim Burrell
  10. "I Believe (Island Medley)"
  11. "Amazing Love"
  12. "Everything You Are (Jesus Chant)" feat. Jason Nelson
  13. "Jesus Chant"
  14. "I Give You Glory" feat. Tye Tribbett

To connect with Jonathan, visit:
Facebook: /JonathanNelsonMusic
Twitter, Instagram, and Periscope: @NelsonJonathan   
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Drew Worthley releases 'Crucible' CD

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Drew Worthley
Massive Arms Records
Lead Tracks: Bone China Saviour, John Proctor’s Lament, The Underground Man, Daemon

Drew Worthley is an East London musician who crafts a curious blend of cerebral indie-pop with a twist of lyrical Americana. His newly released sophomore record 'Crucible', recorded at Echo Zoo Studios has been priased by Louder Than War as 'one of the albums of the year without doubt.' The 'blisfully atypical' collection of songs explores memory, economics, London and literature, weaving heartfelt vocals around a smorgasbord of analogue synths, guitars, flugelhorns and battered drums.

Crucible has been receiving regular airplay on BBC 6 Music, BBC London and BBC Introducing, numerous features on Baeble Music and 'Tune of the Day' recommendations on AmazingTunes. Drew will be touring in early spring 2016.
“Its charm and downright insubordinate addictiveness shines through on each and every one of Crucible’s eleven tracks…In short, Crucible is a quite luscious album on many levels. Drew Worthley is clearly an exciting, talented and unique artist, and if this is the sort of quality he can produce on a difficult second album then there are potentially amazing times ahead. 8.5/10”
Louder Than War
“Sonically, the track combines Phil Spector’s wall of sound with a titanic swell and cinematic tension that play into the beauty and grandness of the track’s emotional themes…His songwriting is a type that breaks down many boundaries”
Baebel Music
“Makes you want to just stop everything and simply listen.”
“The East Londoner plays well, a sort of retro pop made new again.”
Glacially Musical 
“This is a stunning release with beautifully crafted songs and arrangements, really engaging lyrically and musically as it shifts from incisive folk to tracks of almost pastoral pop.”
Curved Radio (Australia)
“Is this the first song to mention Bamber Boozler?”
Teletextr Podcastr
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'Gospel Mix 2016' compilation CD in stores today, Feb. 5

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All-Star Collection Features Exclusive New Music
By Zacardi Cortez and James Fortune & FIYA

Houston, TX:  Billboard Magazine’s #1 independent gospel CEO Kerry Douglas has compiled an awesome and inspiring new collection of gospel radio smashes in “Kerry Douglas Presents Gospel Mix 2016” (Blacksmoke Music Worldwide/eOne) that hits terrestrial and online digital retailers everywhere on Friday, February 5, 2016.

The thirteen-track set launches with Ricky Dillard & New G’s festive “Celebrate The King” before sliding into the smooth Top 20 hit “Great God” by Jennifer Mekel & The Boys & Girls Choir of Harlem Alumni Ensemble. This set is stacked with chart hits such as Zacardi Cortez smoking new track “#YDIA,” Byron Cage’s funky “Like No Other” and James Fortune & FIYA’s soul-stirring ballad, “Prayer Saved My Life.”  Ohio trio Half Mile Home delivers an urban-friendly rhythm on their uptown Top 15 track “More Than Enuff.” before gliding into Earnest Pugh’s soaring new anthem “Trade It All.”

The project is rounded out by several soon-to-be radio smashes such as Chad Brawley’s worship tune “Greater” and Damon Little’s testimonial “I Won’t Be Defeated.” Zacardi Cortez delivers a vocal knock-out with “Let Your Power Fall” and the Brown Boyz deliver a contemporary quartet vibe on “Harvest Time.” Minneapolis’ legendary gospel group James Grear & Co. is back with a song entitled “I Am Not Alone” that’s destined to shoot to #1 with a compelling vocal by Paris Bennett. The album closes with Mike E.’s “Alright,” a bouncy retro-flavored groove. “These gospel mixes just keep getting better and better,” Douglas says. “I’m so proud of this group of songs and these artists that we’re planning to take this show on the road this Spring.” Keep informed of the future tour and Black Smoke Music Worldwide projects at www.mrkerrydouglas.com.
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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Recording Academy statement on the death of Maurice White

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The Recording Academy® Statement Re: Maurice WhiteFeb. 4, 2016

We are very saddened to learn of the passing of seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner Maurice White. A founding member and leader of Earth, Wind & Fire, who are receiving our Lifetime Achievement Award this year, Maurice was the guiding force behind the group’s success and helped create hit songs such as "Shining Star," "September," "After The Love Has Gone," and so many memorable others. His unerring instincts as a musician and showman helped propel the band to international stardom, influencing countless fellow musicians in the process. While he will be greatly missed, Maurice’s contributions to music will live on. We offer our condolences to his family, friends and creative collaborators.

Neil Portnow
The Recording Academy
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EWF's Maurice White has passed

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The music world has lost another great one.

Internationally known music genius, founder and former band leader of Earth, Wind and Fire Maurice White passed away Wednesday (Feb. 3) at the age of 74. His brother and fellow group member Verdine White told the Associated Press he passed away while asleep in his Los Angels home. 
The Memphis, TN native started his career as a session drummer and went on to forge the sound of one of the most critically acclaimed bands in history.  White was the front man on a torrent of classic hits throughout the 70s and 80s such as the  soulful romantic rhapsodies "Loves Holiday" and "Can't Hide Love."  He was also the lead on socially conscious track "That's the Way of the World." It was White voice that added to the dynamics of the infectiously rhythmic "September" and "Serpentine Fire."  Known for their energetic stage presentations and a tight horn section, Earth, Wind and Fire was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
This year at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards Earth, Wind and Fire will be saluted for lifetime achievement. 

 The Slice remembers the unmatched musical legacy of Maurice White and joins the people of the world in mourning this tremendous loss. Our prayers are with Verdine, Phillip and Ralph. 
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(LOS ANGELES, CA) - February 4, 2016 - Last night in Los Angeles, Hip Hop Weekly and Armadale Vodka hosted a red carpet premiere for TV One's new shows "Here We Go Again" and "The Next :15" and the season 2 return of "Born Again Virgin." The star-studded event took place at H.O.M.E. (House of Music and Entertainment) and was attended by TV One stars Danielle Nicolet and Eva Marcille of "Born Again Virgin;" Wendy Raquel RobinsonKyndall FergusonAndra FullerMonique ColemanTravis Winfrey, Chris O'Neal, Sterling Sulieman and Kennedy Rue-McCullough of "Here We Go Again;" and Claudia JordanKaramo BrownLaura GovanBenzino, and Jennifer Williams of "The Next :15."
Guests enjoyed light bites and cocktails by Armadale Vodka. The program began with welcome remarks by Lori Hall, TV One's senior vice president of marketing, followed by additional remarks from D'Angela Proctor, senior vice president of programming and production at TV One. Then, showrunners Ranada Shepard ("Born Again Virgin"), Meg DeLoatch ("Here We Go Again") and Carlos King ("The Next :15") each presented sneak peeks from their upcoming shows, while cast members thanked the audience for their support. The evening quickly turned into a party, thanks to sounds provided by DJ Fatz.
Additional attendees included Michael Jai White ("For Better or Worse"), Kenya Moore ("Real Housewives of Atlanta"), Nicole Murphy ("Hollywood Exes"), Jensen Atwood ("Noah's Arc" on LOGO) Tara Reid (Sharknado), rappers Trinidad James and K. Camp, "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood" stars Hazel-EJason LeeMiles Brock and Moneice Slaughter and many more. 
"Here We Go Again" premieres Tuesday, February 9 at 8PM ET/PT followed by an all-new season of "Born Again Virgin" at 8:30PM ET/PT. "The Next :15" debuts Wednesday, February 10 at 9PM/ET.
Additionally, a sneak peek of both "Here We Go Again" and "Born Again Virgin" will air after TV One's live telecast of the 47th NAACP Image Awards on Friday, Feb. 5 at 11PM ET and 11:30PM ET, respectively. 
For more information about TV One's original programming, visit www.tvone.tv. Join the conversation on TwitterInstagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using
the hashtags #HereWeGoAgain #BornAgainVirgin and #Next15.

left: Eva Marcille; right: Wendy Raquel Robinson
left: Jennifer Williams; right: Laura Govan
left: Claudia Jordan; right: Danielle Nicolet
Kennedy-Rue McCullough and Kyndall Ferguson from "Here We Go Again"
Monique Coleman and Andra Fuller from "Here We Go Again"
Ranada Shepard, Danielle Nicolet and Eva Marcille present a clip from the new season of "Born Again Virgin"

left: Benzino; right: Carlos King
left: Chris O'Neal ("Here We Go Again"); right: Karamo Brown ("The Next :15")
Travis Winfrey and Sterling Sulieman from "Here We Go Again"
left: Kenya Moore; right: Miles Brock
Karamo Brown, Laura Govan and Jennifer Willams snag a selfie
left: Trinidad James; right: K. Camp
left: Tara Reid; right: Sunday Carter
left: Michael Jai White and Gillian White; right: Spectacular
left: Jensen Atwood; right: Jon Chaffin
Kyndall Ferguson shares her enthusiasm for her new show
left: Somaya Reece; right: Moniece Slaughter
left: Tyran Brown; right: Nicole Murphy
left: Khleo Thomas; right: Marcus T. Paulk
left: Mandell Frazier; right: A.D. Dolphin
Danielle Nicolet and Eva Marcille are all smiles as they celebrate the new season of "Born Again Virgin"
A little TV One and Hip Hop Weekly decor
  Kiki Haynes, Lori Hall and Kelly Jenrette

Kennedy-Rue McCullough, Chris O'Neal and Kyndall Ferguson pose minutes before hitting the stage

A packed house!
  Check my snapchat!

Dancing the night away!

Get your groove on, ladies!

The cast of "Here We Go Again" interview with host Hazel-E in the Hip Hop Weekly Lounge
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