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Friday, May 27, 2016


Chicago, IL -- Following a successful launch of his nonprofit organization Elihu Nation earlier this year in his native Chicago, acclaimed GRAMMY® nominated artist Jonathan McReynolds is launching the Elihu Nation Scholarship, comprising a total of $9,000 in scholarships to be awarded to college students, with three scholarships available at $3,000 each.  Kicking off June 1st, the application process for the Elihu Nation Scholarship will be open at www.ElihuNation.org to submit applications from June 1st to July 31st.
Available to college juniors, seniors, and grad students nationwide, the Elihu Nation Scholarship celebrates “Elihus” in school.  An “Elihu” are defined as a young carrier and seeker of godly wisdom based on the character in Job 32, with the Elihu Nation Scholarship to support these students and drive the mission of empowering the Kingdom’s future worship leaders, thinkers, pastors, preachers, artists, musicians and leaders.
Creating Elihu Nation for the young generation to find a deeper connection to the wisdom of God, the Elihu Nation Scholarship marks Jonathan McReynolds’ overall approach to reaching back and connecting audiences to God.  Not only continuing to remain busy touring throughout this year in support of his chart-topping sophomore album Life Music: Stage Two, Jonathan McReynolds – who received his Master’s Degree in Applied Biblical Studies and also has been teaching music at his alma mater Columbia College Chicago – continues to extend his commitment to supporting higher education launching these endeavors with the three Elihu Nation Scholarships.
Visit the Elihu Nation website to apply for the Elihu Nation Scholarship, and to stay connected with Jonathan McReynolds for the latest news, music, and more, please visit:
Elihu Nation website: http://www.ElihuNation.org  
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TUNE-IN ALERT: 'ROOTS' remake to air on Memorial Day 40 years after the original

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NEW YORK, NY -- HISTORY(R) premieres "Roots" on Memorial Day 2016, airing over four consecutive nights at 9 p.m. beginning Monday, May 30,  announced Paul Buccieri, President of A&E and HISTORY. The four-night, eight-hour event series developed by HISTORY, from A+E Studios, is a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship. "Roots" will be simulcast on A&E and Lifetime, in addition to HISTORY.

The stellar cast includes Academy Award(R) winners Forest Whitaker ("Fiddler") and Anna Paquin ("Nancy Holt"); Academy Award(R) nominee and Emmy Award(R) winner Laurence Fishburne ("Alex Haley"); Golden Globe Award(R) winning and Emmy Award(R) nominated actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers ("Tom Lea"); Tony Award(R) winner Anika Noni Rose ("Kizzy"); Grammy Award(R) winner Tip "T.I." Harris ("Cyrus"); Emayatzy Corinealdi ("Belle"); Matthew Goode ("Dr. William Waller"); Mekhi Phifer ("Jerusalem"); James Purefoy ("John Waller") and introduces Regé-Jean Page ("Chicken George") and Malachi Kirby ("Kunta Kinte").

"'Roots' will allow new audiences to experience this epic family saga with a new vision that is both incredibly inspiring and tremendously entertaining," said Buccieri. "We are proud that HISTORY will be able to bring new life to this incredible story that remains as important today as it did when the original 'Roots' first premiered."

"Nearly 40 years ago I had the privilege to be a part of an epic television event that started an important conversation in America," said LeVar Burton, Co-Executive Producer. "I am incredibly proud to be a part of this new retelling and start the dialogue again, at a time when it is needed more than ever."

Related: "Roots" for the Black Lives Matter Era

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

TUNE IN ALERT: THE HIGH ROAD Re-Launches Today, May 26 on UpliftTV

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THE HIGH ROAD Re-Launches Today, May 26th, on 
UpliftTV Channel 379 on DirecTV
Interview-Driven Conservative Talk Show Showcases an 
Expanded Team and Set Makeover

Los Angeles, CA – THE HIGH ROAD, an interview-driven, conservative commentary talk show, will relaunch after its midseason break with an expanded team and set makeover today, Thursday, May 26th. The High Road airs each Thursday on Uplift TV, Channel 379 on DirecTV at 10pm PST and rebroadcast on Sunday at 8pm PST.
The High Road covers trends in culture and shares insightful discussions with thought leaders.  Merging humor, interviews, conservative commentary and global connection, hosts and show creators Drs. Drake & Serena Travis provide “The Cure for Cultural Chaos” through captivating, quick-witted news culled from international sources, and culturally relevant commentary and analysis generated from their non-profit and political work over the last 30 years.
In addition to the show’s news and interviews, additional segments will include “Cut the Nonsense,” where Drake takes a no-nonsense approach to troubling trends in our culture and “Global Connection” where the panel seeks to “solve the world’s problems in 3 minutes or less.”
The relaunch episode will feature Alfonzo Rachel, political pundit, drummer of 20Lb Sledge and actor in the movie Gosnell.  In “Cut the Nonsense”, Drake challenges the BLM movement, and “Global Connection” will focus on the migration of people groups and how these can positively and negatively affect a culture.  A trailer for this episode can be viewed  here.

Future episodes will feature actor Robert Davi (Goonies, Die Hard), actress Erika Eleniak (Under Siege, The Beverly Hillbillies), actor Anthony Preston (Days of our Lives), CBN News Anchor Wendy Griffith and singer/songwriter Tammy Trent.  Future “Cut the Nonsense” segments include a pointed focus on Common Core, highlights of the great legacy of Ronald Reagan and concerns regarding questionable role models. 
Melissa Nunnally returns to the High Road team as moderator for the “Global Connection” segment, and will be joined by Maxwell Adams. Maxwell, who studied at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, will serve as the Global Consultant on the show.  Also joining the High Road team is Segment Producer Brenda Epperson. Brenda is best known for her role on The Young and the Restless, as well as host of the Ustream show Actors E-Chat.
Past episodes can be streamed by subscription from http://TheHighRoadShow.com
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Matthew Knowles shares loving photo with Beyonce and Blue Ivy

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After a recent Beyonce' concert in her native city of Houston, her dad Mathew Knowles was photographed in a fun-loving group hug with her and Blue Ivy. It is one of many such moments, where the two have enjoyed time spent since his granddaughter's arrival. With Father's Day fast approaching, Knowles is asked to reflect on such moments with his daughter and granddaughter, and how he sees his role as a famous dad.
"That pictures shows three generations of my bloodline captured together. I have a lot of these and while it is easy to look at your kin and feel pride, what's even stronger than that feeling is love. Nowadays change is both fast and constant and divisiveness is taking center stage everywhere. I ask myself what stays and what heals? What forgives and brings us all together when everything else falls apart? It's love. As far as being a famous father, it doesn't matter if fame lasts 15 minutes or 50 years... families are forever and blood is thicker than everything," Knowles remarked.
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LISTEN: Mile Home Releases New Single, “Thinking Of Me” from the Group’s Forthcoming Album, ‘Don’t Judge Me’ on July 8

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Ohio-Based Gospel Trio Half Mile Home
Releases New Single, “Thinking Of Me”
from the Group’s Forthcoming Album,
‘Don’t Judge Me’ on July 8

Half Mile Home, a powerhouse contemporary gospel vocal trio with an urban twist releases their new single, “Thinking of Me.” As the second single from their fourth album, Don’t Judge Me, “Thinking of Me” is a heart-warming song that delivers Holy Power in triplicate through the anointed lead and harmony voices of Terence “Buttons” BurtonDarryl “Deaken” Brownlee andTodd Burton.

Composed by brothers Terence and Todd with frequent co-writer David “Ready Writa” Felder, “Thinking of Me” is a spine-tingling reminder of God’s grace in our daily lives sung from hearts of eternal gratitude and spirits of sanctified souls. The song opens intimately with piano accompaniment, then blossoms into celestial glory with production elements of synthesizers and rhythm. “Thinking of Me” is the highly-anticipated follow-up to Half Mile Home’s “More Than Enuff,” the first single from Don’t Judge Me, which peaked at No. 11 on Billboard Gospel Singles chart.

“In writing this song, I couldn't help but think about what Jesus was thinking when the people said ‘He wasn’t the Messiah,’ and decided to crucify him,” says Terence “Buttons” Burton, co-writer and vocalist of Half Mile Home. “So tears roll down my face because I know while they were beating Him, Jesus was thinking of me. When they pierced Him in his side—He was thinking of me—He didn't have to do it. He could have called ten thousand angels to set him free, but to save our souls and gain eternal life, He was still thinking of me. So one would ask is Jesus still thinking of us? Yes, all the time. He loves us so that Jesus was thinking of us when He die. With all the craziness in the world today God still has us on His mind. So the song that God gave us ‘Thinking of Me’ reminds us that through all the stuff you’re going through you’re never alone. God is right there in the midst of your storm. Always thinking about you.”

Don’t Judge Me – iTunes Pre-Order Link

Don’t Judge Me – Amazon Pre-Order Link

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Monday, May 23, 2016

'Miracles from Heaven' comes to Blu Ray on July 12

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From the Producers Who Brought You Heaven is for Real'

Starring Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers and Martin Henderson, 

with Eugenio Derbez and Academy Award® Nominee Queen Latifah

CULVER CITY, Calif. (May 23, 2016) – Jennifer Garner (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day) and Academy Award® nominee Queen Latifah (Best Supporting Actress, Chicago, 2002) star in the inspirational box office hit MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, the incredible true story of a young girl’s medical miracle debuting on digital June 21 and on Blu-ray and DVD July 12 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and AFFIRM Films. 

Based on the story of the Beam family, Garner plays Christy Beam, whose daughter Annabel (Kylie Rogers,Fathers and Daughters) suffers from a rare digestive disorder, but finds herself miraculously cured after surviving a terrible accident. The family film also stars Martin Henderson (“Grey’s Anatomy”), John Carroll Lynch (“American Horror Story”) and Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included).
Bonus content on the MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases include two featurettes, as well as commentary. Join Jennifer Garner, Queen Latifah, their costars and crew for a behind the scenes look at the making of this very special film, in “Miracles Abound: The Making of Miracles From Heaven.” Viewers will also meet the real-life Beam family and Dr. Nurko, learn about the casting of the film and the challenge of “the tree.” Shot at the Beam family ranch in Burleson, TX, “Bearing Witness,” features the Beam Family, their pastor, friends, first-responders and community as they gather around the tree and celebrate their faith and the miracles that brought them together. In the “Your Words” montage, experience some of the film's most touching and memorable moments set against Third Day's powerful rendition of the inspirational song. The Blu-ray and digital releases exclusively contain deleted scenes and the featurette “Accounts from Annabel,” where Christy and Anna reflect together on their past, present, future, faith and bonding over the past four years since the incident. 

Synopsis: When Christy (Jennifer Garner) discovers her 10-year-old daughter Annabel (Kylie Rogers) has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter’s healing as she searches for a solution. After Annabel has a freak accident and falls three stories, a miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored and their community inspired.

Based on the memoir by Christy Beam with a screenplay by Randy Brown, MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN is directed by Patricia Riggen. The film is produced by Joe Roth, T.D. Jakes and DeVon Franklin.  

Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Extras include:
  • “Miracles Abound: The Making of Miracles From Heaven
  • “Bearing Witness”
  •  Creating Heaven: Concept Art Exploration
  • “Your Words” Music Montage
  • Commentary with Director Patricia Riggen and Screenwriter Randy Brown

Additional exclusive Extras to the Blu-ray & Digital include:
  • Deleted Scenes 
  • Featurette: “Accounts From Annabel” 

MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN has a run time of approximately 109 minutes and is rated PG for thematic material, including accident and medical issues.
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Second Baltimore police officer found not guilty in the death of Freddie Gray

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The verdict in the case of the second of six officers in the Freddie Gray case is in. Officer Edward Nero was found not guilty on all charges including assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. The state failed to meet its burden that the officer violated the law. Nero was not a part the transport, but lifted Gray into the police vehicle. Protests have begun outside of the court house.
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Motown Gospel Presents ‘1 Mic 1 Take’ Live

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Motown Gospel Presents
‘1 Mic 1 Take’ Live at Capitol Studios
featuring Tasha Cobbs, Smokie Norful,
Brian Courtney Wilson, Myron Bulter & Levi and
Newcomer Royce Lovett

Album Available Everywhere on June 3rd

(Nashville, TN – May 23, 2016) – Motown Gospel presents 1 Mic 1 Take, recorded live at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, CA.  1 Mic 1 Take will be available at retail and digital outlets everywhere on Friday, June 3rd. The ten-song acoustic gospel compilation includes five of Motown Gospel artists performing two songs—stripped of mass production to focus on the message and the voice. Many selections are already popular while others are receiving a well-deserved shot for wider exposure. The participants include GRAMMY®-winners Smokie Norful and Tasha Cobbs as well as award-winning artists Myron Butler & Levi,Brian Courtney Wilson and newcomer Royce Lovett.

1 Mic 1 Take is a concept that Blue Note Records president and superproducer Don Was (under parent company EMI-Capitol) spearheaded initially as one-off promotional-only clips to highlight the legitimacy and vibrancy of the label’s acts by showcasing their vocal and song craft talents in naked, unadorned forms. In the world of pop music this can be revealing. In the world of Gospel music, it’s a revelation—offering kinetic alternatives for praise and prayer of favorite songs. Call them divinity remixes.  See preview of 1 Mic 1 Take featuring Don Was:https://umusic.app.box.com/s/r5pe6zo7ip8edmdoj6wwxsgh9s0lb1s7
Motown Gospel Presents 1 Mic 1 Take marks the first time such a project has been created for purchase to the public. The ten-song album will be released both physically and digitally plus a deluxe edition will include four high definition videos—all recorded in Hollywood’s hallowed and landmark Capitol Studios. “Putting world class artists in a legendary room performing their signature songs with scaled back production doesn’t present itself often,” says, Larry Blackwell, Vice President and General Manager of Motown Gospel. “I believe the artists captured the fundamental essence of our genre with their soulful performances.”
In sequence order, the compilation opens with Brian Courtney Wilson’s GRAMMY-nominated titled track “Worth Fighting For,” which also earned him both Dove and Billboard Award nominations. The compilation continues with Tasha Cobbs’ “For Your Glory,” her second single from her GRAMMY-nominated and chart-topping album, Grace. Multiple Stellar Award-winning artist Myron Butler & Levi’s “Nobody Like Our God” is featured from his new studio album, On Purpose. The majestic call and response praise and worship number is performed to piano, backing vocals and snare drums accompaniment. Singer and songwriter Royce Lovett performs “Write It On The Wall.” He dubs the music he takes all around the world as Cerebral Soul. “Write it On The Wall” is the title track of his debut EP (following six self-released projects with titles such asOught-ism and Acoustic Incentive). Co-penned with Nate Butler, Matt Armstrong and Bryan Fowler, the song is performed here by Royce to guitar accompaniment only. Wilson’s second offering, the guitar driven “Mindful,” also featured on Wilson’s Worth Fighting For project is a heart-stilling declaration about staying the course to grow ever-closer to the Lord. Butler’s title-track “On Purpose” is the introspective jazz-tinged song on Butler’s latest album, beautifully rendered with piano, drums and support vocals. Lovett’s “Say Something (Sasha)” is a catchy reggae pop song (co-penned with Nate Butler) that finds him reaching out to a girl in need of Christ in her life. He incorporates singing and rapping to fervently get his point across in this touching performance that he closes a cappella with finger snaps. Smokie Norful’s brilliantly written “Imperfect Me” (co-penned with Antonio Dixon, Habsen Jones, Harold Lilly & Demonte Posey) is sung solely to piano accompaniment. It was originally recorded on his chart-topping album, Forever Yours.  Cobbs’ “Jesus Saves” is her self-penned rock solid comfort song first introduced on her One Place Live album from 2015. 1 Mic 1 Take closes with Norful’s “Forever Yours,” the title track (co-penned with Antonio Dixon and Demonte Posey) from Norful’s latest 2014 album, bridging soul music with sacred gospel.

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Third Annual Festival of Praise Tour Dates

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For the third consecutive year, Grammy, Stellar, Dove, BET and NAACP Image  Award-winning Gospel mega-star Fred Hammond returns to the road with the Festival of Praise 2016 Tour, the star-studded national event he founded several years ago.  The kick off date is October 7th, at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre, and will reach over 50 major cities across the country, running through December, 2016.  (See list of confirmed dates, cities and venues below with more to follow.)

“FOP 2016 is going to be off the chain!,” Hammond said, adding, “ The thing I love about this tour is that no matter who you are or where you’ve come from, you’re guaranteed to have a great time, something is surely going to inspire you, and you’re going to want to come back again and again! You definitely don’t want to miss this so don’t be late because we’ve got an incredible show planned from beginning to end!”

One of the most revered singer/songwriter/producers in Christian music today, Fred Hammond is the triple threat that has gone on to sell over 10 million albums worldwide. He is considered the architect behind the “Urban Praise & Worship” phenomenon in Gospel music today.

The Detroit native who is now based in Dallas where tour production is currently underway, plans to release a new cd to coincide with the tour; the new cd is expected out in October on RCA Records.

The Festival of Praise Tour 2016 will feature performances by the biggest names in the industry, from Hezekiah Walker, the singer/composer/choir leader/radio host,  and visionary founder and Senior Pastor of the Love Fellowship Tabernacle Churches in Brooklyn, and Bensalem, PA., to the electrifying Israel Houghton & New Breed, bringing the voices and sounds of music with African, Middle Eastern and South American slants, and Karen Clark Sheard, the multi-Grammy® winner and former member of the legendary female group, The Clark Sisters.  The lineup also features Casey Janice Hobbs, “Casey J,” best known for her Number 1 hit song, “Fill Me Up,” and Regina Belle, who recorded the Grammy® winning song, “A Whole New World,” for the film, Aladdin. 

Comedian “Earthquake” will serve as show host.

TOUR DATES/CITIES/VENUES AS FOLLOWS (More dates to be announced):

Paramount Theatre
Los Angeles
Pantages Theatre
San Diego
San Diego Civic Center
Comerica Theatre
Ralston Arena
Bellco Theatre
Kansas City
Municipal Auditorium
Park City
Hartman Arena
Christian Faith Fellowship Church
Grand Rapids
DeVos Performance Hall
Fox Theatre
Star Plaza
St Louis
Fox Theatre
Civic Center
Fox Theatre

Wicomico Youth and Civic Center
Lyric Opera House
Liacouras Center
Ted Constant Convocation Center
Heinz Hall
Newark Prudential Hall
Washington DC

Constitution Hall
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