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'Miles Ahead' is finally out

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Don Cheadles 'Miles Ahead' is finally in theater after the release as initially delayed.  Both the star and director of the film, he work came out of his passion for the artist and his music and is highly anticipated.  Take a look at the trailor and check out 'Miles Ahead' at a theater near you nationwide.



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Miles Ahead Soundtrack released

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MILES AHEAD - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack became  available Friday, April 1. A cinematic exploration of the life and music of Miles Davis, the movie feature "MILES AHEAD" marks the directorial debut of Don Cheadle, who co-wrote the screenplay (with Steven Baigelman) and stars as the legendary musician in the film. MILES AHEAD -Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is available now for digital pre-orders via iTunes -http://smarturl.it/Miles_Ahead_iTunes.
EVERYTHING'S BEAUTIFUL, reimagined interpretations of Miles Davis' music produced by Grammy Award winnerRobert Glasper (who also served as coproducer of the MILES AHEAD soundtrack) with musical guest artists including Bilal, Illa J, Erykah Badu, Phonte, Hiatus Kaiyote, Laura Mvula, KING, Georgia Ann MuldrowJohn Scofieldand Ledisi, and Stevie Wonder. A visionary exploration of the music of Miles Davis, EVERYTHING'S BEAUTIFULincorporates Davis' original recordings into new collaborative soundscapes and will be available Friday, May 27 (the day after Miles' 90th birthday). The Miles Davis track featuring Bilal "Ghetto Walkin", from the upcoming releaseEVERYTHING'S BEAUTIFULpremieres today for the first time during Zane Lowe's Beats 1 show on Apple Music. EVERYTHING'S BEAUTIFUL is also available now for digital pre-orders via iTunes -http://smarturl.it/Davis_Glasper_iTunes

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Final Obama White House Easter Egg Roll in Pictures

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By Mona Austin

There are two things I wish could last forever:  perfect weather and happiness. The White House photos I offer on this page capture both.

Per tradition, the White House held its 138th Annual Easter Egg Roll on March 28, on the Monday following Easter.  This year's theme was "Let's Celebrate."   The South lawn was filled with children decked in their Sunday Best and their families enjoying a variety of activities. Along with a long list of celebs, 35,000 people were invited to the Obama's last Egg Roll. BeyoncĂ© and family made a surprise visit with little Blue Ivy punctuating a fashion statement in her furry white jacket and bunny ears.

Speaking to the crowd before the festivities began, First Lady Obama said their last Easter Egg event was "bittersweet."  First families choose to what extent they get involved in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll--whether they want to serve as hosts only or directly participate. From the start the Obama family has been all in.  This year the  First Lady participated even more than usual. She motivated runners and pro athletes before the first ever White House Fun Run , then participated after warming up with the runners on the South Lawn. When finished they all posed for a pic on the South portico.

The mood and scene were especially sentimental  as DC was on heightened alert following a terrorist attack in ally nation Brussels, Belgium and the White House was placed on lock down after a man who called himself "a prophet of God" opened fire at the Capital.  We are living in a time of global terror and Americans can no longer  take the peaceful assembly of large numbers of citizens for granted.

On the inside of the White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest carried on a press briefing when the lock down took affect and he continued on as usual.  Outdoors the festivities went on uninterrupted too.  POTUS and  FLOTUS read "Where the Wild Things Are" together at a reading station and worked  the crowd separately.  There was no indication that anything went wrong.  Just lost of smiles on a bright, sun-shiny day in Washington.   That's the story the photos tell, which reminds me  there is a third thing for which I wish -- peace on earth and goodwill toward all men. 

Here are  a few snaps from the day:





















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Jonathan nelson releases live 'Fearless' album

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JONATHAN NELSON
RELEASES NEW ALBUM
FEARLESS, AVAILABLE NOW

Nelson hits the road including Chicago, Detroit, DC, Miami, and more

NASHVILLE, TN (March 18, 2016) – Acclaimed chart-topper Jonathan Nelson leads a restorative declaration of strength, faith in God’s ever-present love and guidance, and bold praise and worship in his new live album FEARLESS, available now.  Celebrating his fifth album, FEARLESS is an empowering mix of the award-winning sound and gifted songwriting Nelson is known for, drawing the crowd into a transcendent spiritual journey on songs such as the lead single “Anything Can Happen,” “I Believe (Island Medley),” “Fearless” (feat. Da’ T.R.U.T.H.), and more. 

Also featuring guest appearances from Jason Nelson, Kim Burrell, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Tye Tribbett, and Sonnie Badu, FEARLESS is available in-stores as well as a special digital deluxe edition containing 3 bonus songs: “Name of the Lord (Reprise),” “Rehoboth,” and “Victory Chant.”  GospelPundit.com gives FEARLESS four stars, praising the album’s diverse styles and “beautifully orchestrating faith, life, and hope into each song.”  JournalOfGospelMusic.com’s five-star review praises Nelson’s voice and style, saying the album “demonstrates how a project can be musically versatile and passionate yet remain firmly rooted in the atmospheric and hypnotic P&W technique.”

The multiple Stellar Award-winner has hit the road performing across the country.  Jonathan Nelson’s upcoming appearances include NewsOne Now with Roland Martin (airing on TV One), the Triumph Church in Detroit, MI (March 24), Royal Missionary Baptist Church in Charleston, SC (March 25), Simon Temple AME Zion Church in Fayetteville, NC (Easter Sunday March 27), the Cathedral of Greater Faith in Brooklyn, NY (April 6), Agape Embassy Ministries in Alexandria, VA (April 8), Mr. Hermon AME Church in Miami, FL (April 9), New Life Covenant Church SE in Chicago, IL (April 10), among other dates.    

Jonathan Nelson, FEARLESS album available in stores and at online retailers now:

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Jimmy Kimmel to host Emmys

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The “68th Primetime Emmy Awards” will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and broadcast live from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/5:00-8:00 p.m., PDT) on the ABC Television Network.

“Jimmy Kimmel is the consummate showman,” said Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment.  She added, "With Kimmel at the helm, expect to be at the edge of your seat for a bigger, bolder, and better-than-ever Emmy event.” 
“I am excited to be hosting the Emmys again. I have a feeling I’m going to be great,” said Jimmy Kimmel.
Kimmel serves as host and executive producer of the Emmy-winning “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” ABC’s longest-running late-night talk show. Now in its 14th season, “JKL” has previously earned five Emmy nominations in the Outstanding Variety Series Talk category, Writing for a Variety Series, and Variety, Music or Comedy Series nominations. This marks Kimmel’s second time as host of the Emmys.  Prior to 2016, he presided over the “64th Primetime Emmy Awards” in 2012.
Separately, the Academy announced that the Creative Arts Emmy Awards will take place over two nights, Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11, at the Microsoft Theater. Bob Bain will executive produce.
The Television Academy will announce nominations for the “68th Primetime Emmy Awards” during the morning of Thursday, July 14. 

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TUNE IN ALERT: 'The Next 15' finale and reunion shows are coming up

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SILVER SPRING, MD  - TV One's trailblazing reality series The Next: 15 is coming to a close with the season-long drama hitting all-new heights with its two-part reunion premiering on two special dates: Sunday, April 3 at 7 p.m. ET and Sunday, April 10 at 7 p.mET. Executive producer and reunion host Carlos King brings his reality all-star cast - including Tiffany "New York" Pollard, Claudia Jordan, Jennifer Williams, Karamo Brown, Laura Govan and Raymond "Benzino" Scott - together to look back at the fun and the feuds, as well as update fans on where fame will take them next.
 
"The Next: 15 defies expectations in the reality genre as it showcases the normally unseen 'fourth wall' between the producers and the talent by revealing what happens not only on camera, but behind it as the action unfolds," said D'Angela Proctor, TV One's SVP, Original Programming & Production. "This game changing series, including our upcoming two-part reunion specials, offers an authentic and honest look at reality stars striving to change their public personas and take their careers to new heights."
 
Pollard continues to run the emotional spectrum as she explains what exactly an "inner cry" (download clipHERE)is to confronting Govan for her controversial statement wishing there were more "light skinned" cast members (download clip HERE). Scott is in the hot seat when fiancĂ© Althea Heart demands to know why they haven't tied the knot, while Brown is called out for playing both sides against the middle when it comes to Jordan versus everyone else. The shade between Williams and Jordan -- which has been brewing all season -- comes to a head, with the ladies putting one another on blast for indecent exposure and racial insensitivity.  
 
In part one of the reunion special, Pollard tries to find balance between her split personalities whileWilliams defends her song "No Bricks" and her new attitude (download clip HERE). Meanwhile, Brown andJordan are forced to face the music about their questionable behavior as talk show producers. The Next: 15 Season One Reunion Pt. 1 debuts Sunday, April 3 at 7p.m. ET.
 
In part two of the reunion special, Govan and Williams give a glimpse into the unpredictable world of dating a professional athlete, and Scott talks about his acceptance of the gay community. Jordan andWilliam's feud continues to take center stage as they hash out their differences over a mutual lover and a controversial video.The Next: 15 Season 1 Reunion Pt. 2 debuts Sunday, April 10 at 7p.m. ET.
 
Viewers are also encouraged to visit TV One's companion website at www.TVOne.tv to catch sneak peek clips of the reunion shows, as well as participate in "Clapback Queen," an interactive opportunity to decide which cast member had the best, sassiest and most ratchet comeback line during the two-part reunion specials.
 
To catch up on all of the messy moments that led to this reunion showdown, a must-watch Season 1 marathon is airing on TV One, Sunday, April 3, beginning at 11 a.m. ET.
 
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Obama Administration Announces New Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Hub in Cambridge, MA and New Report on $2 Billion in Manufacturing R&D Investments

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FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Announces New Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Hub in Cambridge, MA and New Report on $2 Billion in Manufacturing R&D Investments
Eighth manufacturing innovation institute brings over $300 million in public-private investment from leading universities and manufacturers to develop futuristic fabrics and textiles, helping accelerate the revival of textiles manufacturing in the United States

Today, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that a leading consortium of 89 manufacturers, universities, and non-profits organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will spearhead a new manufacturing innovation institute in partnership with the Department of Defense focused on securing U.S. leadership in revolutionary fibers and textiles manufacturing.

The new Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Cambridge, MA, will combine over $75 million of Federal resources with nearly $250 million of non-Federal investment in innovative fabrics and textiles with novel properties ranging from being incredibly lightweight and flame resistant, to having exceptional strength and containing electronic sensors. With wide-ranging applications, these technical textiles can forge protective gear for firefighters impervious to the hottest flames, replicate the sensing capabilities of a smart watch into a lightweight fabric, or detect when a wounded soldier needs to be treated with an antimicrobial compression bandage.

This new institute is the eighth manufacturing hub to be awarded by the Obama Administration, building on the President’s vision to create a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) of at least 15 hubs across the country during his Administration. Collectively, the Federal government’s commitment of nearly $600 million to the eight awarded institutes has been matched by over $1.2 billion in non-Federal investment from across industry, academia, and state governments. The institutes, each led by manufacturing experts renowned in their field, have attracted over 800 companies, universities, and non-profits as members of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.

The American textile industry is adding jobs for the first time in decades, increasing shipments by 14 percent from 2009 to 2015, and growing exports globally with a 39 percent increase in exports from 2009 to 2015. After a decade in decline during the 2000s, the U.S. manufacturing sector as a whole has added nearly 900,000 jobs since February 2010. Today’s announcement builds on this momentum in American textile manufacturing and lays the foundation for future leadership and innovation in the production of sophisticated fibers and textile technologies. 

In addition to the manufacturing institute award, today the Obama Administration released a new report detailing a snapshot of Federal priorities across 13 agencies for research and development investment in advanced manufacturing technologies. The President’s FY2017 Budget builds on the Obama Administration’s success in increasing manufacturing research and development by 40 percent since 2011 by proposing to further grow Federal investment in manufacturing technologies to $2.1 billion.

Early Successes from the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation

The new institute is part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) launched in 2012. From the very first manufacturing institute pioneering novel 3D printing technologies in Youngstown, OH, to the most recently awarded institute pushing the boundaries on flexible hybrid electronics in San Jose, CA, each of the now eight institutes is part of a growing innovation network dedicated to securing U.S. leadership in the emerging technologies and manufacturing capabilities required to win the next generation of advanced manufacturing. 

Each manufacturing institute is designed to build U.S. leadership and regional excellence in critical emerging manufacturing technologies by bridging the gap between early research and product development; bringing together companies, universities, and other academic and training institutions, and Federal agencies to co-invest in key technology areas that can encourage investment and production in the United States while serving as a ‘teaching factory’ for workers, small businesses, and entrepreneurs looking to develop new skills or prototype new products and processes.

The Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute being announced today is the eighth institute awarded to date.

Already, these investments are generating wins for U.S. manufacturing, including -

·         In March, two photonics companies announced $1.4 billion of investment and over 800 manufacturing jobs in Rochester, NY, leveraging the facilities and capabilities of AIM Photonics, the Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Innovation Institute. These investments are helping revive a region that was once a global powerhouse for optics manufacturing.

·         To help anchor production of new semiconductor technologies in the United States and accelerate the commercialization of advanced power electronics, in March the Power America Manufacturing Innovation Institute successfully helped X-FAB in Lubbock, TX, upgrade a hundred-million dollar foundry to produce cost-competitive, next-generation semiconductors, enabling new business opportunities to sustain hundreds of jobs.

·         Using next-generation metals manufacturing techniques, Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT), the institute in Detroit focused on lightweight metals, has successfully reduced the weight of core metal parts found in cars and trucks by 40 percent, helping improve fuel efficiency and save consumers dollars at the pump. In addition, LIFT has introduced curriculum in 22 states to train workers on the use of lightweight metals.

·         America Makes has attracted hundreds of millions of dollars in new manufacturing investment to its region, including helping to attract GE’s new $32 million global 3D printing hub and spurring Alcoa to invest $60 million in its New Kensington, PA facilities, both of which will benefit from proximity to America Makes and its expertise in 3D printing with metal powders.

While still in its early stages, the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation is already having a visible impact on advanced manufacturing in America as detailed in the NNMI Annual and Strategic Reports released by the Department of Commerce.

New Report from the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) on Federal Priorities for Manufacturing Research and Development

Growing and sustaining an innovation ecosystem for cutting-edge advanced manufacturing technologies, like revolutionary fibers and textiles, requires a concerted effort across government, industry, and academia.

To foster a shared technological vision across the public and private sectors, today the NSTC Subcommittee on Advanced Manufacturing, representing 13 Federal departments and agencies, released Advanced Manufacturing: A Snapshot of Priority Technology Areas Across the Federal Government, a report detailing common priorities for research and development in advanced manufacturing technologies and initiatives to strengthen manufacturing education and workforce development. Among the shared-priorities identified in this new report are:

·         Advanced materials manufacturing: designer materials that are “born ready” for specific next-generation products, approaching atomic precision at kilogram scales
·         Bio-manufacturing for regenerative medicine: repairing and replacing cells, tissues, and organs that might one day lead to 3D-printed organs
·         Continuous manufacturing for pharmaceuticals: uninterrupted production enabling greater quality, yield, and flexibility toward personalized medicine

Launched in its current form in 2015—following recommendations from the university and industry leaders of the President’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership—the NSTC Subcommittee on Advanced Manufacturing seeks to identify gaps in the Federal advanced manufacturing research and development portfolio and policies; programs and initiatives that support technology commercialization; methods of improving business climate; and opportunities for public-private collaboration.

The Subcommittee’s new report captures technology areas in advanced manufacturing that are current priorities for the Federal Government and are strong candidates for focused Federal investment and public-private collaboration. Recognizing these areas is a critical step toward identifying smart, strategic investments that build on our strengths—revving the engines of American ingenuity and honing the skills of the world’s most productive workforce.

Additional Information on the Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute:

To lead the new Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute, MIT is standing up Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, or AFFOA, a new consortium headquartered in Cambridge, MA, uniting 89 partner companies, non-profits, independent research organizations, universities and start-up incubators to help ensure that America stays at the leading edge of fiber science and the production of modern-day fabrics and fibers with extraordinary properties.  

This new manufacturing innovation institute will harness the Northeast region’s community of technical textile manufacturing entrepreneurs and innovators, strengthened by a robust nationwide network of manufacturers, to underpin a national fibers and textiles manufacturing ecosystem and position the United States for growing leadership in this critical technology area.

The institute will bring together nontraditional partners to integrate fibers and yarns with integrated circuits, LEDs, solar cells, and other devices and advanced materials to create textiles and fabrics that can see, hear, sense, communicate, store energy, regulate temperature, monitor health, change color, and more. For example, the institute will pair the likes of audio equipment maker Bose, computer chip maker Intel, and nanofiber manufacturer FibeRio with more customary textile manufacturers and textile users like Warwick Mills, Buhler Yarns, and New Balance.

The institute will work to commercialize innovations being developed in the labs of member universities including MIT, the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, Cornell University, and others, while partnering with local workforce organizations to train workers on how to manufacture these technologies in the United States.  The institute will also accelerate technology transfer to enable defense and commercial applications such as shelters with power generation and storage capacity built into the fabric, ultra-efficient, energy-saving filters for vehicles, and uniforms that can regulate temperature and detect threats like chemical and radioactive elements in order to warn warfighters and first responders.  The new institute’s headquarters in Cambridge, MA will host a prototyping facility designed to help start-ups test their first products and scale up new technologies into full production, to ensure that textile technologies invented in America are made in America.

The winning team includes the following 52 industry members and non-profit organizations, as well as 37 additional partners across 28 states:

52 Companies and Non-Profit Organizations: Analog Devices,  Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Bluewater Defense, Bose, Buhler Quality Yarns, Business Education Design & Research (BEDR) Consortium, ChK Group, Corning, Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center (DVIRC) – Southeast PA MEP, DuKorp, DuPont, EHMKE, Electronic Textile, eSpin, FabNewport, Faurecia, FibeRio, Flex, FLIR, Hills, Ikove Venture Partners, Inman Mills, Intel, Macromolecular, Manufacture NY, MassMEP, Medtronic, Milliken, MiniFIBERS, Ministry of Supply, Nanocomp Technologies, Nanoterra, National Occupational Competency Testing Center (NOCTI), New Balance, Nike, Offray Specialty Narrow Fabrics, Per Vivo Labs, Protect the Force, R&M International, RTI International, SAP, Steelcase, Stitch Texas, Ten97 Technologies, The Corridor – FL, The Solar Energy Consortium (TSEC), V2 Composites, Vartest Laboratories, Vecna, Vorbeck Materials, VF Corporation, and Warwick Mills
32 Universities, Colleges and Other Schools: Auburn University, Carnegie Mellon University, Clemson University, Connecticut College of Technology RCNGM-ATE, Cornell University, Drexel University, Fashion Institute of Technology, Florida Atlantic University, Gaston College, Iowa State University, Jefferson University, Kansas State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ohio State University, Penn State, Rice University, Temple University, University California-Davis, University of Central Florida, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, University of Arkansas, University of Delaware, University of Georgia, University of Illinois (National Center for Supercomputing Applications), University of Kentucky, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Rhode Island, University of Tennessee – Knoxville, University of Texas – Austin, Virginia Tech, and Washington State University
5 State Government and Regional Organizations: State of California, State of Georgia, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, City of Philadelphia, and Industrial Development Agency (IDA) – Orange County, NY
28 States Represented: AL, AR, CA, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MI, MN, NC, NJ, NH, NY, OH, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA
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Obama grants clemency to 61 prisoners

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res. Obama embraces a ex-offender after a meeting at the White House on March 30.

The White House says President Barack Obama has now commuted the sentences of 248 individuals – more than the previous six Presidents combined. He has commuted a total of 92 life sentences.

Most of the individual being released are non-violent drug offenders.   White House says he plans to release more before he leaves office.

The President granted commutations of sentence to the following 61 individuals on March 30, 2016:

· Henry Claude Agnew – Miami, FL Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; Southern District of Florida Sentence: 262 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (November 24, 2003) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· David Lang Akana – Pahala, HI Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine; attempt to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine; attempt to possess with intent to distribute cocaine; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; District of Hawaii Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (February 15, 2006) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Robert Anthony Anderson – Louisville, KY Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine; attempt to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, aiding and abetting; Western District of Kentucky Sentence: Life imprisonment (August 8, 1994) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on March 30, 2017.

· Marvin Bailey – Hollywood, FL Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base; aiding the travel in interstate commerce to promote the distribution of cocaine; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; Southern District of West Virginia Sentence: Life imprisonment; $25,000 fine (June 19, 1997) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on March 30, 2017, and unpaid balance of the $25,000 fine remitted.

· Bernard Beard – Compton, CA Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine, cocaine base, heroin, and phencyclidine (PCP); felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition; Central District of California Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (May 22, 2009) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Reginald Wendell Boyd, Jr. – Greensboro, NC Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine hydrochloride; carry a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime; Middle District of North Carolina Sentence: 180 months' imprisonment; eight years' supervised release (October 31, 2005) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Carmel Bretous – Miami, FL Offense: Conspiracy to import at least five kilograms of cocaine; importation of five kilograms of cocaine; conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms of cocaine; possession with intent to distribute five kilograms of cocaine; Southern District of Florida Sentence: 235 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (November 6, 2001) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Terry Brown – St. Louis, MO Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and phencyclidine (PCP); Eastern District of Missouri Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (July 7, 2005) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Willie Chevell Cameron – Panama City Beach, FL Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, a mixture and substance containing cocaine, more than 50 grams of methamphetamine (actual) and more than 50 grams of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine; Northern District of Florida Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (June 14, 2006) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Nathan Carter – Memphis, TN Offense: 1. Possession of 121 grams cocaine with intent to distribute; possession of 65.8 grams cocaine base with intent to distribute; Western District of Tennessee 2. Supervised release violation (attempted possession with intent to distribute cocaine); Western District of Tennessee Sentence: 1. Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (April 30, 1999) 2. 30 months' imprisonment; 18 months' supervised release; $10,000 fine (May 5, 1999) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence for both offenses commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Lewis Clay – College Park, GA Offense: Possession with intent to distribute and the distribution of at least 50 grams of crack cocaine; possession of cocaine; Northern District of Georgia Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (May 1, 2003) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Manuel Colon – Springfield, MA Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, cocaine base, and heroin; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; District of Massachusetts Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (January 25, 2007) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Alvin Cordell – Cincinnati, OH Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana; attempt to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base (crack); Southern District of Ohio Sentence: Life imprisonment; $50,000 fine (May 5, 1997) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on March 30, 2017, and unpaid balance of the $50,000 fine remitted.

· Kevin County – New Orleans, LA Offense: 1. Distributing more than 100 grams of heroin; distributing less than 100 grams of heroin (two counts); Eastern District of Louisiana 2. Conspiracy to distribute cocaine base and cocaine hydrochloride, distribution of cocaine base, distribution of cocaine hydrochloride, use of a communication facility in furtherance of a drug crime; Eastern District of Louisiana Sentence: 1. 151 months' imprisonment; six years’ supervised release (December 18, 2002) 2. 240 months' imprisonment (concurrent); 10 years' supervised release (March 26, 2003) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.
· Nabar Moneek Criam – Brooklyn, NY Offense: Possessed with intent to distribute crack; possessed firearms during trafficking crime; Middle District of North Carolina Sentence: 180 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (March 30, 2007) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Amos Embress Cyrus – Hemingway, SC Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base; supervised release violation (Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and possession with intent to distribute cocaine); District of South Carolina Sentence: 300 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (June 21, 1996) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Roy Lee Debose – Shreveport, LA Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine hydrochloride; conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; Western District of Louisiana Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (September 18, 2000) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Dexter Lanoyd Dickens – Panama City, FL Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of a mixture or substance containing cocaine; distribution of a mixture or substance containing cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school (four counts); principal to distribution and possession with intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing cocaine; distribution and possession with intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing cocaine; possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing cocaine; Northern District of Florida Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (December 17, 2004) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Andre Ester – Houston, TX Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base; aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; Southern District of Texas Sentence: 300 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (October 25, 2002) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Christopher Tim Florence – Chapel Hill, NC Offense: Possessed with intent to distribute cocaine base (crack); Middle District of North Carolina Sentence: 268 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (August 9, 2005) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Ian Kavanaugh Gavin – Eight Mile, AL Offense: Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine; using/carrying a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense; Southern District of Alabama Sentence: 180 months' imprisonment; eight years' supervised release (March 8, 2007) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016, and supervised release term commuted to four years of supervised release.

· Isadore Gennings – Cincinnati, OH Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine; interstate travel in aid of racketeering enterprises; possession with intent to distribute in excess of five kilograms of cocaine; Southern District of Ohio Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (March 14, 2002) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016, and supervised release term commuted to five years of supervised release.

· Lamont Durville Glass – Knoxville, TN Offense: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; felon in possession of a firearm; Eastern District of Tennessee Sentence: 262 months' imprisonment; eight years' supervised release (January 9, 1998) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Vander Keith Gore – Little River, SC Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base, five kilograms or more of cocaine, 50 kilograms or more of marijuana, and less than 100 grams of heroin; District of South Carolina Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (October 30, 2002) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· George Michael Gray – Springfield, OR Offense: Conspiracy to manufacture, possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine; manufacture of methamphetamine; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; possession of firearm in connection with drug trafficking offense; District of Oregon Sentence: Life imprisonment; five years' supervised release (July 3, 1995) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Curtis Greer – Rosenberg, TX Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine base (two counts); Southern District of Texas Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release; $5,000 fine (August 21, 2003) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016, and unpaid balance of the $5,000 fine remitted.

· Jerome Harris, Jr. – Mobile, AL Offense: Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; use/carry/possess a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; Southern District of Alabama Sentence: 300 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (November 7, 2006) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Vernon Harris – Philadelphia, PA Offense: Possession with intent to distribute; possession of firearm by convicted felon; Eastern District of Pennsylvania Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (October 25, 1996) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Kenneth G. Harvey – Los Angeles, CA Offense: Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; Western District of Missouri Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release; $10,000 fine (April 5, 1991) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Andrew Lee Holzendorf – South Bay, FL Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base; Northern District of Florida Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (November 14, 1996) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.
· Tommy Howard – Cincinnati, OH Offense: Use of a firearm during the commission of a drug trafficking offense; Southern District of Ohio Sentence: 292 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release; $1,000 fine (January 8, 2004) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Kenneth Isaacs – Little Rock, AR Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute hydromorphone; Eastern District of Arkansas Sentence: 180 months' imprisonment; three years' supervised release (May 6, 2004) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Robert Lee Lane – Bradenton, FL Offense: Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; Middle District of Florida Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (May 3, 1990) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Angela LaPlatney – Casper, WY Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute methamphetamine; concealing a person from arrest; District of Wyoming Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release; $1,000 fine (February 17, 2005) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Anthony Lee Lewis – Tampa, FL Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine; distribution of crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine; convicted felon in possession of a firearm; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; Middle District of Florida Sentence: Life imprisonment (September 16, 1994) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on March 30, 2017.

· Herbert Lewis, Jr. – Okmulgee, OK Offense: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine (two counts); Eastern District of Oklahoma Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release; $2,500 fine (March 7, 2003) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016, and unpaid balance of the $2,500 fine remitted.

· Byron Lamont McDade – Bowie, MD Offense: Conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, aiding and abetting; District of Columbia Sentence: 324 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (May 29, 2002) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· John E. Milton, III – Baton Rouge, LA Offense: Conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine and cocaine base; Middle District of Louisiana Sentence: 600 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release; $250,000 fine (April 3, 1997) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016, and unpaid balance of the $250,000 fine remitted.

· Gregory Morgan – Jonesboro, GA Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base; Northern District of Georgia Sentence: 225 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (March 11, 2003) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Michael W. Morris – Fort Worth , TX Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute "crack" cocaine base; Southern District of Indiana Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (December 24, 2003) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016, and supervised release term commuted to five years of supervised release.

· Larry Nokes – Quincy, IL Offense: Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances; possession of a controlled substance; Central District of Illinois Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (December 10, 2007) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Wayne Parker – Miami, FL Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine and cocaine base; Northern District of Florida Sentence: 420 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release; $1,500 fine (November 23, 1999); amended to 360 months' imprisonment; six years’ supervised release; $1,500 fine (March 8, 2001) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Exdonovan Peak – Brooklyn, NY Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine; Southern District of Mississippi Sentence: 365 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release; $12,000 fine (February 13, 1997) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016, and unpaid balance of the $12,000 fine remitted.

· Carol Denise Richardson – Texas City, TX Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (incorrectly described in the judgment as cocaine); possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base; Southern District of Texas Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (June 16, 2006) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Jose Ramon Rivera – Chicago, IL Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin; distribution of heroin (two counts); Northern District of Illinois Sentence: 360 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (November 10, 1993) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Ismael Rosa – Chicago, IL Offense: Conspiracy to distribute multiple kilograms of cocaine (four counts); use of communication facility in commission of drug offense (two counts); Northern District of Illinois Sentence: Life imprisonment (August 8, 1995) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on March 30, 2017.

· Melissa Ross – Daytona Beach, FL Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine hydrochloride and 50 grams or more of cocaine base; Middle District of Florida Sentence: 292 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release; $4,000 fine (June 11, 2002); amended to 240 months' imprisonment (January 17, 2009) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016, and unpaid balance of the $4,000 fine remitted.

· Jeffrey Sapp – Ft. Lauderdale, FL Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine; Southern District of Florida Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (January 24, 2003) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Robin Evette Shoulders – Louisville, KY Offense: Possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine; Western District of Kentucky Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (December 16, 2002) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on September 26, 2016.

· Eric Smith – Memphis, TN Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base; unlawfully maintaining a residence for the purpose of distributing and using cocaine base; Western District of Tennessee Sentence: 360 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (April 24, 1995) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Ernest Spiller – East St. Louis, IL Offense: Distribution of crack cocaine (two counts); maintaining a crack house; possession of a firearm in further of a drug trafficking crime; felon in possession of a firearm; Southern District of Illinois Sentence: 352 months' imprisonment; three years' supervised release; $1,000 fine (August 3, 2000) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Tairone Traniel Stanford – Buna, TX Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a Schedule II controlled substance - cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute a Schedule II controlled substance - cocaine base; Eastern District of Texas Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (April 22, 1999) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Alohondra Rey Staton – Greenville, NC Offense: Possession with the intent to distribute cocaine base (crack); Eastern District of North Carolina Sentence: 360 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (August 21, 2001) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Corey R. Thomas – St. Louis, MO Offense: Possession with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base ("crack"); Eastern District of Missouri Sentence: Life imprisonment; five years' supervised release (June 9, 2004) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Damion L. Tripp – Poplar Bluff, MO Offense: Possession with intent to distribute a substance containing 50 grams or more of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute a substance containing a detectable amount of marijuana; Eastern District of Missouri Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (April 28, 2008) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Dwayne Twane Walker – Charlottesville, VA Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine base; Western District of Virginia Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release; $500 fine (May 27, 1997) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Jesse Webster – Chicago, IL Offense: Conspiracy; attempting to possess with intent to distribute cocaine (incorrectly listed on the judgment as conspiracy); filing false income tax return (two counts); Northern District of Illinois Sentence: Life imprisonment; five years' supervised release; $25,000 fine (March 21, 1996) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on September 26, 2016, and balance of the $25,000 fine remitted.

· Shermaine Donnell Whitley – Charleston, SC Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine and cocaine base (“crack”); District of South Carolina Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (May 1, 2003) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Sammy Lee Woods – Aurora, CO Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 or more grams of cocaine base, aiding and abetting; use of a communications facility to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base, aiding and abetting; possession with intent to distribute 1.062 grams of cocaine base, aiding and abetting; District of Colorado Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (April 21, 2004) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Christopher Michael Wright – Elmira, OR Offense: Conspiracy to manufacture and distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine; District of Oregon Sentence: 216 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release; $5,000 restitution (May 31, 2006) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

· Michael A. Yandal – Murray, KY Offense: Possession with the intent to distribute approximately 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing cocaine base; possession with the intent to distribute marijuana; possession of a firearm in the furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; Western District of Kentucky Sentence: 195 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (April 24, 2007); amended to 180 months' imprisonment (December 11, 2007) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.
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Thursday, March 31, 2016

"Throwback" singer Briana Tyson and publicist praise God and fans upport and prayers

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Nashville, TN (March 31, 2016) - Country songstress and Nashville recording artist, Briana Tyson, survived a multi-car accident while en route to a radio tour stop on Thursday.

Tyson and her publicist, Hart Street Entertainment’s Julie Reliford, were on their way to Cookeville, TN radio stations, WGSQ The Country Giant, and WKXD Kick's Country to visit and perform as part of her radio tour for her current single, "Throwback."

Interstate-40 Eastbound heading out of Nashville has a spot in the highway that frequently causes cars to hydroplane, and the pair fell victim to the wet roadway. After a 180-degree spin-out the car hit a truck which had stopped to assist another hydroplaned car, and then the guardrail before finally coming to a stop completely totalled. Remarkably the pair escaped with relatively minor injuries; bumps and bruises for Reliford and a broken collar bone for Tyson. The driver of the truck escaped with a bloody forehead.

"I am so beyond grateful that everyone involved was okay. It was quite possibly one of the scariest moments of my life, but I know God had his hand of protection on us today. For me to walk away with only a broken collarbone is such a blessing. I so appreciate the support and prayers that I have already received from amazing fans and friends in the industry. I’m bummed we didn't get to visit everyone in Cookeville, but as soon as I am healed up I promise you we will be back!"

It was necessary for Tyson to cancel several upcoming performances as well as studio time in the next few weeks. At this time, she looks forward to rescheduling as soon as she has recovered enough to resume her usual busy schedule. Reliford will join the Hart Street Entertainment team back in the office immediately.

Tyson's faith in God has gotten her through many struggles, but she says she feels especially blessed through this entire ordeal.
 

 
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New artist Orlando Vick releases 'Nothing Without You'

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Jersey City, N.J. -
There's an exiting new contemporary gospel singer on the scene named Orlando Vick who is ready to impact the globe with his dynamic gifts as an exhorter and minister in song. The 25-year old Jersey boy's
bouncy new radio single "Nothing Like You" (Fearless Entertainment) is now downloadable on all major digital music platforms such as iTunes and Google Play. The adrenaline-rush song of praise was produced by two-time Grammy® Award winner Kevin Bond who has collaborated with gospel personalities ranging from Kirk Franklin to Yolanda Adams, as well as, working on "The Prince of Egypt" motion picture soundtrack.

 
"Sitting under his tutelage has impacted my creative mind musically, spiritually, creatively, and productively," Vick says of Bond. "I also gained a level of professionalism that makes me mindful in how to work. He's hardcore, no non-sense and that has rubbed off on me so. My maturity level has been built upon his teachings and experience." Vick wrote the song (featuring an edgy rap by his best friend Dray) with a specific message to the millennial generation. "To trust God's plan and not your pain," he confesses. "Also, to seek more of God's approval and not man's validations because man will fail you every time, but God will elevate you through good and bad times."
 
The Newark, New Jersey native is the son of Orlando Vick Sr., pastor of Greater Providence Baptist Church, and his mother is a program manager at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the city. The middle child of three boys, Vick started performing publicly in 2007 when he formed the gospel group Vick & Divine Glory. He has performed on bills with gospel greats such as Tye Tribbett, J.J. Hairston, and Kierra Sheard. He's also performed at a Miami extravaganza for designer Kenneth Cole. Now that he has launched his singing career nationally, Vick is prepping to release a digital EP in June with a full album expected to drop by the close of the year. "All of my songs are based on my experiences," Vick says. "I want to see my peers turn negatives into positives because I think we're all kings and queens and should act accordingly."
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