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Friday, April 8, 2016

Capital Christian signs hip hop duo Social Club Misfits

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Nashville, Tenn. (April 8, 2016)—Capitol Christian Records based out of Nashville, Tenn., has welcome hip hop duo, Social Club Misfits to its roster. Together, they will unleash The Misfit Generation EP available nationwide on May 6. Fans can pre-order the album starting April 29, and instantly receive a free download on Social Club Misfits’ breakthrough single “Courage.”

"We are extremely excited about our new partnership with Capitol CMG,” says Social Club Misfits. “It's an honor to get to work with such a great team who strongly supports our music and overall vision. Our new EP The Misfit Generation will maintain the Social Club [Misfits] sound while also broadening our scope to engage the culture at large."

Made up of Martin (“Marty”) and Fernando (“FERN”) from South Florida, the Social Club Misfits, formerly known as Social Club, are two distinctive personalities meshing to create an invigorating sound.

"We are honored to welcome Social Club Misfits to the Capitol CMG family of artists,” shares President of Capitol Christian Music Group Peter York.  “They bring a unique energy, purpose and creative offering to our valued roster.  They are effectively reaching their audience and making an impact in lives across the country with great music, a compelling show and a message of hope.  I’m grateful to work with them and for what they represent in the world of hip hop."

With the help of producers Elvin “Wit” Shanhbazian, Chris Batson and Raymond Castro, Social Club Misfits created a dynamic, energetic five-track EP with the hope to inspire their generation to change what modern Christianity looks like. They believe that while the message of Jesus hasn’t changed, it is the method that looks different.

“We are encouraging ‘misfits’ to be who Gods called them to be, not who the world says they should be,” Social Club Misfits explains. “We sing different, we dress different and were not embarrassed of the God we serve. We are the misfit generation.”

Leading up to the release of the EP, the duo headlined The Misfit Generation Tour and is now preparing to embark on the Therapy Sessions Tour, where they will co-headline with label mate NF. The hip hop acts will entertain thousands in major cities across the U.S. starting May 4th. The tour will kick off in Chicago and conclude in Memphis on May 22nd.  For a full list of tour dates and cities, visit https://www.facebook.com/socialclubmisfits.

Over the course of their career, the twosome have garnered over 11 million audio/video streams, over 1.6 million YouTube Channel Views (over 35,000 albums sold and their previous album US peaked at No. 6 on Billboard’s Rap Albums Chart, which was the follow up to their debut album Misfits 2 that hit No. 9 on the same chart.
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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Brooklyn's Grammy Park concert dates and perfromaer announced

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IN BROOKLYN, N.Y., MAY 5 ̶ 8, 2016

Ten Concerts Featuring Artists Awarded With 40-Plus GRAMMY Awards Set For Brooklyn’s Picturesque Prospect Park Bandshell And The Historic Kings Theatre.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (April 4, 2016) — To showcase and celebrate excellence in music across genres, The Recording Academy® has partnered with Upsilon Ventures, producer and developer of iconic destinations and visitor experiences and the New York City Mayor's Office to present GRAMMY Parkthe first GRAMMY®-branded, multiday live music experience. 

Over the course of four days and 10 live concert performances, more than 30 artists, collectively honored with 40-plus GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY Awards®, will converge in Brooklyn to celebrate the rich musical diversity of various genres, including R&B, hip-hop, gospel, pop, Latin, and jazz.

Live music performances and signature Artist Spotlights featuring seven-time GRAMMY winner Toni Braxton, three-time GRAMMY winner NE-YO with Jazmine Sullivan, and a special evening featuring GRAMMY nominees Robin Thicke and Aloe Blacc will take place in two of Brooklyn’s most iconic locations, the Prospect Park Bandshell and the historic Kings Theatre. Additional special events and programs will be held at LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park.

Ticket prices for GRAMMY Park range from $35 to $175 for VIP packages, and are on sale now www.GRAMMYPark.com.

Free concert events — open to the public — include a special concert featuring emerging artists and jazz ensembles on Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m. and a Mother’s Day gospel concert on Sunday, May 8 at noon, both at Prospect Park Bandshell. Each concert requires a ticket. For free ticket information, please visit www.GRAMMYPark.com.

Thursday, May 5

8 p.m.
Artist Spotlight: NE-YO with Jazmine Sullivan
Location: Kings Theatre
NE-YO (three-time GRAMMY® winner) with
Jazmine Sullivan (11-time GRAMMY nominee)

Friday, May 6

5:30 p.m.
Changing The Game
Location: Kings Theatre
A provocative conversation about hip-hop's impact on the music world and society, featuring Joey Badass and the groundbreaking artists listed below.
8 p.m.
Hip-Hop Groundbreakers: Concert
Chuck D (six-time GRAMMY nominee)
Just Blaze (six-time GRAMMY nominee)
MC Lyte (two-time GRAMMY nominee)
Keith Shocklee
The Kidd Creole
Ray Chew, music director

7 p.m.
Latin Mix
Location: Prospect Park Bandshell
Natalia Lafourcade (GRAMMY winner; seven-time Latin GRAMMY winner)
Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
                        (O'Farrill, three-time GRAMMY winner; Latin GRAMMY winner)
Alex Cuba (four-time Latin GRAMMY winner)
Additional performers to be announced

Saturday, May 7

10 a.m.
The Next Generation: Emerging Artists - (free and open to the public)
Location: Prospect Park Bandshell
Showcasing emerging stars of the jazz world; performers to be announced.

2 p.m.
Jazz All-Stars
Location: Prospect Park Bandshell
Monty Alexander - Harlem Kingston Express (Alexander, GRAMMY nominee)
Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective (Blanchard, four-time GRAMMY winner)
Kurt Elling (GRAMMY winner)
Christian McBride Trio (McBride, five-time GRAMMY winner)
Cécile McLorin Salvant (GRAMMY winner)
John Patitucci Electric Guitar Quartet (Patitucci, GRAMMY winner)

8 p.m.
Artist Spotlight: Robin Thicke & Aloe Blacc
Location: Kings Theatre
Robin Thicke (five-time GRAMMY nominee) and
Aloe Blacc (GRAMMY nominee)

Sunday, May 8

Gospel Concert - (free and open to the public)
Location: Prospect Park Bandshell
Hezekiah Walker (two-time GRAMMY winner)
BeBe Winans (six-time GRAMMY winner)
Ray Chew, music director

7 p.m.
Big Band & Broadway Remix
Location: Prospect Park Bandshell
Christian McBride Big Band
Special Guests:
Jonathan Butler (two-time GRAMMY nominee)
Andra Day (two-time GRAMMY nominee)
Dianne Reeves (five-time GRAMMY winner)
Additional performers to be announced

7 p.m.
Toni Braxton
Location: Kings Theatre
Toni Braxton (seven-time GRAMMY winner)

"As The Recording Academy recognizes musical excellence every year with our annual GRAMMY Awards®, we also celebrate musical diversity year-round through our many events and programs, and GRAMMY Park will do just that," said Branden Chapman, Executive In Charge Of Production & Chief Business Development Officer of The Recording Academy. "We're excited to offer the public the opportunity to experience various music genres and share the cultural diversity of the GRAMMYs®, and there is no better place to do this than the Big Apple."

"All year long Brooklynites and New Yorkers flock to Prospect Park to attend free concerts, get fit and stay healthy, and simply take in the beautiful scenery," said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. "We look forward to working with The Recording Academy to provide visitors with another cultural opportunity to celebrate all things music and New York City's diversity."

"We are honored to work with The Recording Academy, and also look forward to working with the New York City Mayor's Office and New York City Parks to create a multifaceted experience that has never been done before,"  said Itai Shoffman and Sar Inbar, Principals of Upsilon Ventures. "New York City is the epicenter for music and we intend to take guests of GRAMMY Park on a musical journey that blends best-in-class concerts, and experiences and events with local, national and international artists."
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Mathew Knowles selected as 2016 CERCL Distinguisehd Visting Lecturer

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   Author, music mogul, and star builder Mathews Knowles is a self-made entrepreneurial success story that has spread worldwide. Yet alongside the many trails he has blazed in the entertainment industry,there are just as many running throughout the halls of academia, where Knowles has deep roots as a scholar and instructor. As a 1974 graduate of Fisk University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, he was later bestowed the honor of Doctor of Humane Letters from his Alma mater in 2008. Knowles has taught at Fisk University and the last eight years at Texas Southern as a visiting professor in the School of Communication in the Entertainment, Recording, Management (ERM) degree program, the only of its type in the US as well as Media Entertainment on a graduate school level. He also holds a MBA in Strategic Planning and Organizational Culture from Cornerstone Christian Bible College.Knowles has been a popular keynote speaker and guest lecturer at colleges, universities, and various organizations nationwide for many years including Rice University, University of Southern California, Berklee College of Music, The Learning Annex, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, Billboard Music & Money Symposium, The Power of Diversity Leadership Panel Discussion, E Women's Network and numerous others.

Building from the success of his latest number one best seller, "The DNA of Achievers: 10 Traits of Highly Successful Professionals" (Music World Publishing, 2015), he takes the same galvanizing methods he is renowned for into his lecture series entitled, "Entrepreneurship - The DNA of Achievers: Developing Your Skills and Talents." Those who know of Knowles as the man behind one of the industry's most accomplished music labels-Music World Entertainment-and the careers of superstar act Destiny's Child among many others, are usually among the eager attendees who are looking for leads with their own careers and dreams.On Saturday April, 9, 2016 Houston's own Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning-CERCL will be connecting him to his adopted city of Houston, Texas, which he has consistently supported with resources for empowerment-from entertainment to information and infrastructure for over three decades. For his efforts, he was named the "2007 International Executive of the Year" by the Greater Houston Partnership, and was honored by the City of Houston with the declaration of "Mathew Knowles Day" among other accolades.

As a part of their own committed community outreach, CERCL(formerly known as Houston Enriches Rice Education-the HERE Project), will be hosting Knowles as their 2016 Distinguished Visiting Lecturer. In this exclusive engagement for the Rice Community only, the Grammy Award winning label executive will present the "Entrepreneurship - The DNA of Achievers: Developing Your Skills and Talents" seminar in a special engagement. Known for its community engagement, including their renowned leadership lecture series;CERCL strives to develop initiatives, events, and activities that connect with the citizens of Houston. Under the direction of Founding Director, Anthony B. Pinn (Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities, Professor of Religious Studies), the center sponsors a series of lectures by iconic leaders from within media, entertainment, business, and academia-all free and open to the larger Houston community.

In addition to delivering his informative presentation, Knowles will choose two Rice University undergraduate students for a summer internship at Music World Entertainment. Students from Harvard University, University of Michigan, Duke University and others have interned at MWE. Eligibility for the selection will be based on the participants who bring and register the most guests for the event.The seminar will be followed by a brief Q&A with Mr. Knowles, and will even include a surprise guest appearance. Early registration is being encouraged, as seating is limited. The seminar is open to all Rice faculty, students, alumni, and staff free of charge on Saturday April, 9, 201610:00 AM -12:00 PM at Hamman Hall Rice University - 6100 Main Street Houston TX. Register at http://cercl.rice.edu   Questions: Maya Reine 713-348-5550 or cercl@rice.edu.

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(Los Angeles, CA) - OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network's popular docu-series "Livin' Lozada" featuring reality star Evelyn Lozada returns with all-new episodes on Saturday, May 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT following the season finale of Holly Robinson Peete's new docu-series "For Peete's Sake" (9-10 p.m. ET/PT).  
The premiere season of "Livin' Lozada" (7/11/15 - 8/29/15) brought younger viewers to the network and was the highest-rated freshman season ever for an OWN docu-series for women 18-49.  The summer finale of "Livin Lozada" on August 29 ranked as one of the top two unscripted season finales in OWN history for women 25-54 (0.86 rating).  
In this all-new season, Evelyn, her fiancé, L.A. Dodgers star Carl Crawford, and their toddler son, Leo, head back to their home in Arizona for the off-season. Tensions arise when Evelyn's 22-year-old daughter, Shaniece, finds herself feeling alone in LA as she tries to launch her burgeoning modeling career, including a potential lucrative offer from Bow Wow. While mother and daughter work out some deep-seeded issues in their relationship through therapy, they'll head to Houston to spend the holidays with Carl's family, and venture back to their Bronx-roots in NYC, for an emotional sit-down with celebrity medium, John Edward. Finally, as the big 4-0 approaches for Evelyn, she begins to realize that her dream of conceiving another child with Carl may come with a series of seemingly insurmountable challenges.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Christian Spine Surgeon, Dr. Claybrooks, Helps Students and Parents Achieve Financial Freedom and Education Success; Completes The Black Student's Guide Series

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Hillary Clinton's efforts are great, however, financial literacy starts at home, and is a topic that needs to be addressed with urgency in the black community; Until we (African Americans) are financially secure, we will always be at the mercy of others

Detroit, MI-With Americans bearing $1.2 trillion in student loan debt, and about eight million of them in default, 43-year-old spine surgeon, Dr. Roderick Claybrooks, reveals tips on how to manage student loan debt and more with the completion of his three-book series adding "The Black Student's Guide to Financial Success," and "The Black Parent's Guide To Financial Success" to the existing "The Black Student's Guide To Success," all available at Amazon.com and www.blackstudentsguide.com.
The book series is three motivational titles, covering an array of topics for success, birthed after Dr. Claybrooks encountered several patients in the emergency rooms of Detroit that were living beneath their potential, and not maximizing their gifts. 
"I decided to add the financial guide to success books because I believe that freedom is everyone's birthright," says Claybrooks.  "Many African Americans lack control of their finances thus bound by the shackles of financial bondage."
The goal is to help the reader understand how money works in the world, how to manage money, how to invest, and overall, how to navigate successfully through life by making informed and effective decisions for long-term success.
There are many political debates and studies being held due to the outrageous student-loan debt and default, in particular, the affect it has on minorities.

Dr. Claybrooks, a contributing writer for www.Elev8.com,
states, "The average white family has ten times the net worth of the average African American family. That's about one hundred to one hundred ten thousand dollars for whites compared to ten to eleven thousands dollars for blacks."  
According to a study, led by Micere Keels, associate professor in comparative human development at the University of Chicago,"More than 500 Black and Latino college students has confirmed that many encounter obstacles after enrolling in college without adequate financial resources."
2016 presidential candidates are also revealing plans to help graduates with their student loan burdens.
Democratic front-runner, Hillary Clinton's New College Compact proposal, would cost $350 million over ten years to get rid of some of the financial burdens that students face when borrowing money for tuition.  Jeb Bush wants to end student loan debt before it even begins by providing less expensive higher education options.  While democratic hopeful, Martin O'Malley, would like to help alleviate student loan debt by providing more affordable options as well as better plans to repay debt.
Although it is great to see the concern, Dr. Claybrooks believes no one is dealing with the obvious.  He says, "Financial literacy starts at home, and is a topic that needs to be addressed with urgency in the black community."
When asked why he did not stay in his lane and just write medical books, Claybrooks explains, "I have a tendency to write about things that seem to be great areas of struggle in the lives of the many people that I encounter. It's like an iceberg. There may be a small tip on the surface but there's something much bigger underneath."
His book series stems from real life situations.  They are guides to educate, encourage, and edify, with realistic suggestions and results, for those serious about succeeding in school and beyond.
"Being a physician allows me to interact with people from a wide range of backgrounds. I've taken care of preachers, politicians, lawyers and criminals. I've treated the world famous as well as obscure individuals,"explains Claybrooks.  "For the most part, people have a high level of trust in their doctor. People literally trust us with their lives. This intersection of health and humanity allows me to see beyond disease and into the core of the makeup of people's lives."
His passion to be successful, and his ability to contribute to the African American race, is a responsibility he will always contribute to and fight for.
"I understand that my encounters with a very small percentage of the population, if extrapolated across this entire country, means that hundreds of thousands and likely millions of others are experiencing the same struggles I see in the people that I engage," says Claybrooks.
As a group Dr. Claybrooks feels African Americans should place a significant amount of emphasis on discrimination and equal rights, however, not at the expense of economic empowerment.
"Until we (African Americans) are financially secure, we will always be at the mercy of others," states Claybrooks.  "Wealth and finance provide a degree of autonomy and control over our lives that few other things can."

For more information, please visit www.blackstudentsguide.com
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Cannabis Activist Ed Forchion Challenges New Jersey on Race, Reefer and Religion Before the U.S. Supreme Court

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Trenton, NJ - In perhaps one of the boldest moves in the recent history of marijuana activism, long time cannabis advocate and Trentonian newspaper columnist, Ed Forchion aka NJWeedman, and his lawyers, New Jersey attorneys Allan Marain, Esq. and John Vincent Saykanic, Esq., are challenging the state of New Jersey before the United States Supreme Court regarding pertinent issues pertaining to reefer, racial discrimination and religion. Forchion's legal team filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court (US Supreme Court Docket - 15-8533) on March 8, 2016, presenting ten questions for review and response from the Court.
Per the subject of race and religion, as it relates to cannabis, the filing marks a landmark stance in the marijuana movement. Forchion considers the petition a direct challenge to recently revealed comments by former Nixon domestic policy chief, John Ehrlichman, that the war on drugs was a political assault against blacks and hippies. (http://tinyurl.com/http-www-cnn-com-2016-03-23)
The document leads with its most powerful query, directly asking the presiding judges, "Are New Jersey's drug laws inherently discriminatory against African Americans and discriminatory as applied by law enforcement?"
In addition, the other questions presented to the Court include:
2. Has New Jersey decided an important federal question in a way that conflicts with other state courts of last resort as petitioner was precluded from arguing to the jury by way of nullification that marijuana should not be a substance proscribed by New Jersey as part of his defense at trial?
3. Is a state court of last resort in hopeless conflict with the United States Court of Appeals concerning First Amendment Free Exercise Clause as it relates to the right to use marijuana as a religious sacrament?
4. Does New Jersey's criminalization of marijuana deprive Rastafarians of their sacramental use of cannabis in violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act?
Read the full filing here:http://goo.gl/TKyvVl
"Twenty-three states and the nation's capital, Washington D.C. have legalized the use of cannabis in some form or fashion," cites Attorney John Vincent Saykanic. "But we still have an uphill battle to go. While marijuana has received more mainstream recognition and acceptance over the years, and has now evolved into a multi-million dollar legal industry in some parts of the country, a disproportionate number of people of color are sadly sitting in jail cells serving quite frankly, ridiculous and unfair sentences. I have worked tirelessly with Forchion over the years because I believe his legal battles serve the greater interest of many. This U.S. Supreme Court filing is perhaps one of our loudest legal statements yet."
"I've always known the marijuana laws are racist and I've always thought of marijuana legalization as a civil rights issue," expresses Forchion. "States throughout the South began implementing drug laws as part of the explicitly racist Jim Crow system, with Southern lawmakers being quite open about the racist motivations behind the laws. Northern states such as New Jersey stripped offensive racist language from their official legal statements, but their anti-drug policies were hardly less racist."
Forchion is encouraged by US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's recent endorsement of jury nullification (see http://goo.gl/YA5zOS ) and further argues that, "all marijuana defendants should be allowed to present these facts to jurors and encourage nullification verdicts".
Forchion's long standing battle for marijuana law reform has been documented for over two decades. Considered by many as the "grandfather of marijuana reform in New Jersey," Forchion is a bone cancer patient who states he needs marijuana for his symptoms.
Amongst his many trials and tribulations, Forchion pleaded guilty in 2000 to charges of conspiracy to distribute and marijuana possession and was released on parole after serving 18 months on a reduced sentence. He was arrested again in Burlington County, N.J., in 2010 on marijuana possession and distribution charges. He has fought those charges. Forchion argued his medical condition gave him a "medical necessity" defense to possess and appealed the decision to the NJ Supreme Court and now the US Supreme Court.
Forchion achieved Hollywood notoriety when he opened a marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles in 2008, saying it was a temple that used marijuana as part of its religious ceremonies. The California temple was shut down after a federal drug raid in 2011.
Currently Forchion, a Rastafarian, is the owner of his own restaurant, NJWeedman's Joint and spiritual sanctuary, Liberty Bell Temple III, which he opened last year directly across from New Jersey's Trenton City Hall. The restaurant and sanctuary receive not only a steady stream of customers but also international media attention.
Read more about Forchion's stance for marijuana reform in the Trentonian athttp://goo.gl/fAkLsU .
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HOUSTON, TX - What happens when you are taught to RAISE YOUR FINANCIAL I.Q., LEARN TO BUDGET YOUR MONEY, GET RID OF DEBT AND BUILD WEALTH from a self-made millionaire? Well, Above Average Group is excited to announce that best-selling author and motivational speaker, Paul D. Jones will be hosting a financial seminar and book tour starting April 9, 2016 from 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM at the Hilton Houston Southwest where he will be answering these questions and more while motivating and inspiring you to "INVEST IN YOUR MIND". 

A recognized "wealth builder" in the financial world, Jones has helped over 500 entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes optimize profits and experience exponential growth through increased customer loyalty.  He's the author of "Who Told You...You Were Broke?", "Schedule for Success," "What You and Your Kids Need to Know About Credit" and now announces his latest writing entitled, "I Quit" (Being Broke) in conjunction with his lecture tour, "Financial Literacy University".  This tour not only targets recent college graduates who may be burdened by paralyzing student loan debtor those who just want to ensure that they start off their careers correctly after graduation, it also gives a plethora of useful investment information to those who would normally "splurge" or may just not see how to invest, and exhibits significant benefits for single parents and families who simply want to get out of debt and enjoy peace of mind from excessive debt due to non-budgeting. 

Growing up just outside of Chicago and raised by a single mother who taught him the importance of giving back, Jones has taken that passion and applied it to his own career and uses it to empower others.  Through this informative seminar and book tour, attendees will receive information on better managing their money, acquiring better spending habits, growing and budgeting their business and improving and building their credit.  "I can't stand a victim mentality", Jones protest and because of his "take charge of your life" attitude, participants of the seminar will walk away with real world, pragmatic advise that they can implement immediately into their daily lives.

The "Financial Literacy University" and "I Quit" seminar and book tour schedule is as follows:
  • Houston, TX - April 9th
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Savannah, GA
  • Orlando, FL
  • Memphis, TN
Registration is currently open for the Houston area.  Other locations will be opening soon.  For more information and to stay up-to-date on new cities added to the schedule, visit www.pauldjones.com.
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LISTEN: Regina Belle Makes Classic Return to R&B with New Single, “Imperfect Love”

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Multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning and Academy Award-winning singer, Regina Belle makes classic return to R&B with a new single, “Imperfect Love” from her album, The Day Life Began (Peak Records/Shanachie Entertainment). Recorded on a restored microphone used by Jimi Hendrix at The Heavyweights Studios in North Hollywood, CA, The Day Life Began is a perfect mix of classic R&B songs with a few selections of gospel and jazz tunes.

“'Imperfect Love’ was a labor of love even if it didn't start out that way,” says Regina Belle. “I was up late at the dining room table at about 4:00 a.m. writing what I thought to be a throwback kind of love song when I had the misfortune of humming a few bars of what I'd written. I say misfortune because my husband (former NBA player John S. Battle with The Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers) had the nerve to say without ever looking up from the puzzle that he was completing, ‘You've already written that song.’ Not knowing what he was talking about, I defended myself and rebutted that I'd just written it and he said, ‘Gene we've heard that song before!’ 

He then proceeded to tell me that 90 percent, if not 99.9 percent of relationships come into existence with excess baggage. Both people have been through things both good and bad. He also told me that he knew that I was excited to get another shot at recording R&B, however, I still had the responsibility to minister and help people with their relationships. So I trashed my first lyrics and thought about what he'd said. I pondered on how the most perfect relationship was the ability for two people to pull together all their imperfections and make them work. Hence that's really a perfect love.”

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The Recording Academy® Statement Re: Merle Haggard

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April 6, 2016

Two-time GRAMMY® Award winner and 2006 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Merle Haggard was an uncommon hero in country music. An exceptional multitalented singer/songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler, Merle’s massive success was rooted in his masterful ability to celebrate the outlaws and the underdogs. Merle’s extraordinary talent resulted in more than 30 No. 1 country hits and his remarkable performances will forever live on and inspire music creators worldwide. We have lost an innovative member of the music community and our sincerest condolences go out to Merle’s family, friends, collaborators and all who have been impacted by his incredible work. He will truly be missed.

Neil Portnow
The Recording Academy
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PHOTOS: Black Girls Rock 2016

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They came, they saw, they rocked.  "Black Girls Rock" aired on BET on Tuesday night placing dynamic women and girl in the spotlight for impacting their communities and the world.  Celebrating 10 years, the Beverly Bond produced show was one of the most memorable with a powerful Afrocentric performance by Lauren Hill, an empowering image of women of all sizes dancing in the background as Jasmyne Sullivan sang and Tracee Ellis Ross (Diana Ross's daughter) channeling her mom in the opening as host.  Check out 2016 Black Girls Rock recipients in photos.

Gladys Knight

#BlackLivedMatter Founders

Iyanla anzant
Corine Bailey Rae

Shonda Rhimes

 Cicely Tyson

Anandla Stenberg

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Adrienne Bailon speaks on relationship with gospel star Israel

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Adrienne Bailon attend the White House Easter Egg Roll with cast members form "The Real."

Adrienne Bailon  addressed rumors about her involvement with gospel singer Israel Houghton on 'The Real" today.

She used her platform on the talker to clear the rumors that have been swirling since TMZ posted photos of the couple on a beach in Mexico.

Bailon said that it isn't fair to blame her for Houghton's failed marriage because he was single when they started dating and she did not know him five years ago, which is the date reference Houghton gives for when his marriage fell apart.

"He obviously is divorced. . .to put that blame on me is obviously hurtful," said the co-host of "The Real."

Let's truly get real.  Fans are upset because when you look at the photos  fornication comes to mind, which is against the teachings of the Bible.  Houghton is an internationally known gospel artist and minister of music.  The only thing that would bring him closer to being a man of the cloth is a formal license to preach the gospel. Bailon is a professed Christian. In the TMZ released pics Bailon is wearing a tempting two piece swim suit and Houghton has a cocktail in his hand.  It could be a mocktail.  But the very appearance of their interaction more so than the timing of their relationship is what's most alarming. Ultimately,the photos call into question both of their integrity.

Check out what Adrienne had to say about their relationship in the clip.

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NEW YORK, NY - (April 4, 2016) - BET Networks, a division of Viacom (Nasdaq: VIAB, VIA), today announced it has acquired Soul Train from InterMedia Partners and The Yucaipa Companies. The acquisition, which brings together two quintessential African American brands, represents an investment in an iconic franchise that uniquely lends itself to providing fans with a wide range of experiences across multiple platforms, beyond the television programs that audiences have enjoyed for decades.  The transaction serves to further strengthen BET’s investment in content and underlines the network’s leadership in music-related content.
Owning Soul Train’s intellectual property will allow BET to further build on the success of the Soul Train Awards, which BET re-launched in 2009, and strengthens the network’s commitment to original content.  The assets acquired include one of the largest libraries of African American, music-oriented content in the world, including over 1,100 television episodes and 40 television specials. Beyond television, BET will grow the ways in which audiences of all ages are able to interact with this iconic brand, creating a host of ancillary revenue opportunities ranging from live events to consumer products.
“BET Networks is honored to have acquired a brand with such a rich history and unique content that is forever relevant to all segments of our audience,” commented Richard Gay, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Operations at BET Networks. “With a Broadway play and a concert tour as examples of opportunities in the works, we look forward to finding engaging and smart ways to grow the brand while preserving its heritage and legacy in music, dance and fashion.”
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Brenda Lee to host 'The Best Sunday Mornin' Country'

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BRENDA LEE   "Little Miss Dynamite” ~  To Host The Best of "SUNDAY MORNIN' COUNTRY"®  ...36 Years In The Making

Nashville, Tennessee (April 5, 2016) The Music City Christian Fellowship (MCCF) announced today that Rock-N-Roll, Country Music and Rockabilly Hall of Fame LegendMs. Brenda Lee, will be returning to Host the 36th Annual Sunday Mornin’ Country® Celebration at the Grand Ole Opry House, Sunday, June 12, 2016, at 2:30 P.M. 

Ms. Lee, also a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, has partnered with this event on numerous occasions over the years. Her unique blend of humor and engaging connection with the audience is a perfect complement to this uplifting concert.

Previous line-ups have included over two hundred Top Name Country Music Artists such as Ricky Skaggs, Connie Smith, Roy Clark, Linda Davis, Chris Young, The Whites, Bill Anderson, George Hamilton IV, Lynn Anderson, Ray Stevens, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jimmy Wayne and many more, along with Gospel friends / legends like Jason Crabb, Vestal Goodman, Michael English, Guy Penrod and The Fox Brothers. Early shows included stars Roy Acuff, Tammy Wynette, Grandpa Jones, Skeeter Davis, Bill Monroe and other legends that have since gone home. 

Sunday Mornin’ Country® is great entertainment the whole family will enjoy as Country Music Artists come together to share their hearts as well as their favorite Gospel songs. The Music City Christian Fellowship presents this concert at the conclusion of CMA Music Fest/Fan Fair each year, leaving the Fans & Guests with an uplifting memory of Nashville that will last a lifetime!
Tickets for Sunday Mornin’ Country® are ON SALE through the Opry Box Office  (1-800-733-6779) or (www.opry.com – click on tickets) and Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com/event). Visit www.MusicCityChristianFellowship.org for more information.    
The Music City Christian Fellowship is a 501©3 non-profit organization and all artists volunteer their performances at the June 12 concert. Positions on the MCCF Board of Directors are non-salaried. Sunday Mornin’ Country® is a registered trademark of the Music City Christian Fellowship.
Watch for artists to be added to the 2016 line-up as they become available. Artists scheduled to appear subject to change.

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LISTEN: Twin sisters CaraMia debut "Beloved"

buzzz worthy. . .

CaraMia (pronounced /Ka-rah-Mee-ah/) are talented sisters Shenée Johnson and Shenika Johnson who are almost identical in tone, yet distinguishable enough to produce the most heavenly of harmonies. Interpretations of their group name and the word CaraMia include “My Beloved” and “My Face.” For these Atlanta based identical twin worship leaders and recording artists, both meanings are relevant as they are God’s beloved daughters who seek to reflect his image in their own.  
CaraMia’s musical journey includes recording with their alma mater, Florida A&M University (FAMU) on the highly acclaimed project TWINKIE CLARK PRESENTS: THE FLORDIA A&M GOSPEL CHOIR, opening up for artists such as John P. Kee and the New Life Community Choir while singing with a four-membered female gospel group known as One Acchord, and spreading the gospel through song in various churches and worship conferences throughout the United States.
CaraMia’s influence goes beyond music and impacts secondary education and women's empowerment. They are both highly decorated educators in the Gwinnett County school system, one of the largest school systems in the state of Georgia. CaraMia are passionate advocates for women initiatives that promote a healthy mind, body, and spirit. As a result of their advocacy, the beautiful ladies of CaraMia were invited by Lane Bryant to endorse their #PlusIsEqual and #ImNoAngel campaigns which foster body diversity and healthy self-image.  
“CaraMia’s  commitment to women everywhere was showcased in their support for the Lane Bryant Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign and the #PlusIsEqual Campaign.  Their passion to change the conversation around these important issues is so important and means so much, " says Heather McGarry, Senior Marketing Manager, Lane Bryant Inc.
Under the management helm of G.Favored Entertainment Group CaraMia will look to advance their brand and take their ministry to new levels in an effort to encourage, inspire, and empower the world and will begin with a new single "Beloved".  
Listen To "Beloved"
"Beloved" is available on all digital music outlets and was written by CaraMia along with co-writerMarquis Robinson and co-composer Grammy, Stellar and Dove nominated Philip Cornish (Isaac Carree, Musiq Soulchild, Raheem DeVaughn).  The single is produced by Vince Murphy, and vocal producers Minister David Trofort and Grammy nominated producer Roger Ryan (CeCe Winans, Wynonna Judd, Shirley Caesar).
CaraMia transcends ethnic, denominational, and generational boundaries, and audiences will be mesmerized at the complex simplicity of who they are…twin sisters, mothers, educators, best friends in ministry, and the truest blend… They are CaraMia!
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