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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Recording Academy responds to thepassing of Buckwheat Zydeco

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The Recording Academy® Statement Re: Buckwheat ZydecoSept. 22, 2016

Buckwheat Zydeco embodied a genre and represented a community with his signature playing style that brought distinctly creole zydeco music to fans across the globe. Buckwheat played both for and with legends, performing at both Clinton inaugurations, touring with Eric Clapton, and collaborating with a seemingly endless list of artists over his 40-plus year career. He won an Emmy for his work in TV and a GRAMMY® in the genre he helped define. The world lost a music heavyweight today. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

Neil Portnow
The Recording Academy

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LIVE STREAM: Grand opening ceremony of the National African American Museum of History and Culture

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture opens in Washington, DC today.  President Obama will speak at the event and the Bidens will also attend along with a hot of other celebs and politicians.  The first of a three-day celebration will offer a variety of  performances.  If you were not fortunate enough to snag one of the tickets to attend, watch the live stream here:

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Charlotte protests continued following death of Keith Lamont Scott

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Following the death of Keith Lamont Scott, 3 days of protests in Charlotte, NC ended with a curfew Thursday night. One protestor was shot Thursday and to date 12 officers are injured per USA Today.
The crowd spilled over to I-277 from the uptown business district.
Justin Carr, 26, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head during protests in uptown Wednesday night before has died. Police said Carr was shot by a civilian.
The video of the shooting has not been released to the public, but was viewed by the family of the victim. The Charlotte Observer newspaper reports conflicting accounts from the perspective of the family versus law enforcement. The family said Scott was killed while walking backwards with his hands at his side. All along authorities have said the victim had a gun in his hand and posed a threat as he would not release the weapon when repeatedly asked.
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OH NO NOT AGAIN!: Gary Johnson's latest gaffe may be unforgiveable

Many Americans agree that another major political party would be beneficial in forcing Democrats and Republicans not to take voters for granted. The Green Party or Libertarian Party are in a position to potentially be a major party. But what's the point in having an additional party if it can not produce quality candidates? While cameras were rolling Libertarian Gary Johnson once again showed he is out of touch with news concerning state-side terrorism. Two weeks ago when he did not know Aleppo was a Syrian city people were willing to overlook it. Just as he was gaining the necessary traction in the media, his latest mistake may be less forgivable. Johnson mistakenly stated no one was hurt during the recent New York terrorist bombing.  In fact, over 20 were wounded.  Take a lok a the New York Post's collection of the candidates flubs.
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Blue Bell recalls Cookie Dough ice cream over Listeria concerns

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BRENHAM, Texas – Blue Bell Ice Cream is voluntarily recalling select products produced in its Sylacauga, Alabama, plant because they were made with a chocolate chip cookie dough ingredient supplied by a third party supplier Aspen Hills, Inc., due to the potential for it to contain Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
This recall covers the following products.

Blue Bell Ice Cream Half Gallons:Code Dates
Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough082618226
Blue Bell Cookie Two Step080418222, 081818224

Blue Bell Ice Cream Pints:Code Dates
Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough081518242, 082418242

The products can be identified by the code date found on the bottom of the carton.  The products produced with the chocolate chip cookie dough pieces were distributed in the following ten states Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

No illnesses have been reported to date.  Blue Bell identified a potential problem through intensified internal testing and notified Aspen Hills. Aspen Hills then issued a voluntary recall of the products supplied to Blue Bell. Although our products in the marketplace have passed our test and hold program, which requires that finished product samples test negative for Listeria monocytogenes, Blue Bell is initiating this recall out of an abundance of caution. This recall is being conducted in cooperation with the FDA.

Consumers should not eat the recalled products and are encouraged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Latin Grammy Nominations Revealed

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17th  Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards® Air Live on Univision on   
Nov. 17 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas

MIAMI  The Latin Recording Academy® announced nominations for the 17th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards® in all 48 categories. Leading with four nominations each are Julio Reyes Copello, Djavan, Fonseca, Jesse & Joy, and Ricardo López Lalinde. Reflecting an international blend of talented music makers, this year's nominees were selected from more than 10,500 submissions that were registered during the eligibility period (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016). The preeminent award for excellence in Latin music is the only peer-based music accolade, voted on by a membership body. The winners will be revealed Nov. 17, 2016, live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and broadcast on the Univision Network from 8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central).

"Nominations day is always a proud moment for The Latin Recording Academy because it reminds us of how much growth and diversity Latin music and its global community have achieved throughout the year," said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. "This year's group of nominees showcases the craftsmanship of the artists in front of the microphone and behind the soundboard, a true testament to the dedication of our voting body and their commitment to recognize creative individuals on all levels."

For the first time, The Latin Recording Academy offered digital voting to its membership of creators across all disciplines of music — recording artists, songwriters, producers, and engineers. Following today's announcement, the final round of voting for the17th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards opens Sept. 27 and closes Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. PST.

An eclectic group of long-established artists are among this year's nominees, including Pablo Alborán, Pepe Aguilar, Andrea Bocelli, the late Juan Gabriel, Enrique Iglesias, Shakira, Los Tigres Del Norte, Diego Torres, Julieta Venegas, Carlos Vives, Wisin, and Yandel. Following is a sampling of the nominations, featuring an array of musical genres as well as some of the most prominent names and brightest newcomers in Latin music. For a complete list, media credentialing instructions and information, please visit The Latin Recording Academy's  website.

Album Of The Year
Tour Terral Tres Noches En Las Ventas — Pablo Alborán
Cinema (Edición En Español) — Andrea Bocelli
Mil Ciudades — Andrés Cepeda
Vidas Pra Contar — Djavan
Conexión — Fonseca
Los Dúo 2 — Juan Gabriel
Un Besito Más —  Jesse & Joy
¿Dónde Están? — José Lugo & Guasábara Combo
Buena Vida —  Diego Torres
Algo Sucede — Julieta Venegas

Record Of The Year
"Cuestión De Esperar" — Pepe Aguilar
"Se Puede Amar" — Pablo Alborán
"Me Faltarás" — Andrea Bocelli
'Si Volveré" —  Buika
"Vidas Pra Contar" — Djavan
"Duele El Corazón" — Enrique Iglesias Featuring Wisin
"Ecos De Amor" —  Jesse & Joy
"Lado Derecho Del Corazón" — Laura Pausini
"Iguales" — Diego Torres
"La Bicicleta" — Carlos Vives & Shakira

Song Of The Year (A Songwriter's Award)
"A Chama Verde" — Patty Brayden, Ned Claflin & John Finbury, songwriters (John Finbury Featuring Marcella Camargo)
"Bajo El Agua" — Manuel Medrano, songwriter (Manuel Medrano)
"Céu"  — Celso Fonseca, songwriter (Celso Fonseca)
"Duele El Corazón" — Enrique Iglesias, Patrick A. Ingunza, Silverlo Lozada, Servando Moriche Primera Mussett, Hasibur Rahman, Francisco Saldana & Wisin, songwriters (Enrique Iglesias Featuring Wisin)
"Ecos De Amor" — Jesse & Joy, Danelle Leverett, Jason Reeves & Rune Westberg, songwriters (Jesse & Joy)
"En Ésta No" — Sin Bandera, songwriters (Sin Bandera)
"Es Como El Día" — Kevin Johansen, songwriter (Kevin Johansen + The Nada)
"Hermanos" — Moska & Fito Páez, songwriters (Fito Páez & Moska)
"La Bicicleta" — Andrés Castro, Shakira & Carlos Vives, songwriters (Carlos Vives & Shakira)
"La Tormenta" — Flavio Cianciarulo, songwriter (Los Fabulosos Cadillacs)

Best New Artist
Sophia Abrahão
Alex Anwandter
The Chamanas
Joss Favela
Mon Laferte
Manuel Medrano
Ian Ramil

Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album
Tour Terral Tres Noches En Las Ventas — Pablo Alborán
Un Besito Más — Jesse & Joy
El Mundo Y Los Amantes Inocentes — Pablo López
#Tumano — Luciano Pereyra
Des/Amor — Reik

Best Urban Fusion/Performance
"Una En Un Millón" — Alexis y Fido
"Cumbia Anthem" — El Dusty Featuring Happy Colors
"Hasta Que Seque El Malecón"  —Jacob Forever
"Pra Todas Elas" — Tubarão Featuring Maneirinho & Anitta
"Encantadora" —Yandel

Best Alternative Music Album
Cambio De Piel — Bebe
Caótica Belleza  — Esteman
L.H.O.N. — Illya Kuryaki & The Valderramas
Mon Laferte Vol. 1 — Mon Laferte
Amor Supremo — Carla Morrison

Best Salsa Album
35 Aniversario — Grupo Niche
Intensamente India Con Canciones De Juan Gabriel — India
¿Dónde Están? — José Lugo & Guasábara Combo
Mi Ritmo Es Bueno — Bobby Valentín
Tronco Viejo — Johnny Ventura

Best Norteño Album
Hecho A Mano —  Joss Favela
Highway —  Intocable
Tierra Mojada — Los Ramones De Nuevo León
Desde El Azteca  — Los Tigres Del Norte
Tributo A Los Alegres De Terán — Pesado

Best Sertaneja Music Album
Amanhecer — Paula Fernandes
Bar Do Leo — Leonardo
Adivinha — Lucas Lucco
Baile Do Teló — Michel Teló
Sóis — João Victor

The Latin Recording Academy is an international, membership-based organization comprised of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking recording artists, musicians, songwriters, producers, and other creative and technical recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers. In addition to producing the Latin GRAMMY Awards to honor excellence in the recorded arts and sciences, The Latin Recording Academy provides educational and outreach programs for the Latin music community either directly or through its Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation®. For more information about The Latin Recording Academy, please visit LatinGRAMMY.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow us at: TwitterFacebook, Instagram, Vine, Periscope, YouTube, Pinterest, Google+ and Tumblr.
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(LOS ANGELES)  - OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network's popular comedy series, Tyler Perry's "For Better or Worse," returns with all-new episodes on Friday, September 30 with back-to-back episodes at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.
During its most recent season, "For Better or Worse" was Friday night's #1 original cable series among African-American women and total viewers.
This season, Marcus (Michael Jai White) and Angela (Tasha Smith) have weathered the storm of finding out Marcus has another child. Joseph (Jason Olive) and Leslie (Crystle Stewart) settle into life together and endure the ups and downs of married life, dealing with it in their own quirky ways.  Jennifer (Cocoa Brown) and Richard (Kent Faulcon) learn this season that truly all things happen for the greater good.  The two single friends begin to form an unlikely alliance.
In Wednesday's back-to-back episodes, Angela and Leslie try to mend a broken friendship with Jennifer.  Additionally, Keisha (Kiki Haynes) deceitfully intercepts a gift that Richard has gotten for his new love.

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(New York, NY) September 21, 2016 -  VH1 and 345 Games today announced the launch of "Love & Hip Hop: The Game," a new mobile app based on cable's #1 reality show and available worldwide today on IOS and Android.

The "Love & Hip Hop" mobile app is an aspirational and fashion driven role playing game that allows users to create their own customized characters and place them into the "Love & Hip Hop" universe as a talented but unknown musical artist. Integrating elements of the hit television show with a rich, interactive world, the goal of gamers playing "Love & Hip Hop: The Game" is to complete challenges and level up in order to take their place among the hip hop elite.

"'Love & Hip Hop' fans are the most passionate enthusiasts and we developed the game to fuel their passion and further extend this hit franchise into a true lifestyle brand that reaches fans worldwide," says Dan Yang, Viacom's EVP & GM of Consumer Products.  

In an effort to maintain the authentic look and feel of the franchise, fans will encounter cast members from the series including Remy Ma, Papoose Yandy and Rich Dollaz.   "Love & Hip Hop" executive producer Mona Scott-Young oversaw all creative elements and worked with veteran franchise producers Kim Osorio and Lauren Veteri on crafting the story. 

"This is such an exciting and unique opportunity for us to extend the brand," says Scott-Young, CEO of Monami Entertainment. "Our viewers love following the exciting exploits of the cast and now, they too can be immersed in the world and live it for themselves. This is an opportunity for fans and aspiring artists alike to virtually get in the hip hop game!"

"We are very honored to be part of the 'Love and Hip Hop' franchise" said Wayne Meazza, Executive Vice President, Behaviour Studios. "The innovative storytelling and attention to detail will set this game apart from others in the market. We are very proud of our work on this game". 
The game is free to play with the option of in app purchases. Users can register on Facebook to share progress with friends. After the launch, "Love & Hip Hop: The Game" will continue adding new content and events such as in game contests and sweepstakes.

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Top Fashion Designer Nikki Lund Prepares to Set the Fashion World on Fire With New Television Competition Series "Queen On 34th"

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New original series premieres on FUBU TV in January 2017
NEW YORK, Sept. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Global Fashion Designer Nikki Lund is set to host the new fashion competition television series, QUEEN ON 34TH, produced by Tasker & Morris Entertainment and Sacrimonti Productions. The new original series will premiere on FUBU TV, the new network from urban fashion icons J. Alexander Martin and Daymond John (Shark Tank), and premiere in January 2017. Production will begin this fall at the MiIstituto Europeo di Design. Lund will also showcase her latest designs during New York Fashion Week on September 8th.

Lund's designs have been worn by top celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, Carrie Underwood, Demi Lovato, Brandy, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and many more. She debuted her Spring/Summer 17 collection during NYFW in NYC.
"I'm really excited about hosting and producing QUEEN ON 34TH, says the designer," Lund said. "The series will create a platform for the world's next top designers and models while fusing the global world of fashion together one continent at a time."

In QUEEN ON 34TH, 12 designers, exclusively selected from undergraduate fashion schools from around the world, will compete in weekly spirited challenges at the prestigious Instituto di Design in Milan, Italy. Nikki will be joined by a cast of industry notables and celebrities, who will assist her in discovering the next big fashion star. The winner of the series will be supported in launching their brand and creating their first collection through professional mentoring from Nikki Lund. In addition, they will also receive a full page spread in a top fashion magazine, a cash prize and a one-year scholarship to study abroad at I.E.D in Milan.

QUEEN ON 34TH will be produced by Tasker & Morris Entertainment and Sacrimonti Productions. Executive producers are Antonne M. Jones and Nikki Lund.
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Gray Debuts “Stop Me” Remix on Sway In The Morning
Dallas, TX – September 21, 2016 - Rapper, singer, songwriter and producer Christon Gray  debuted the video for his hit single, “Stop Me” on Hiphopdx.com this week. The adrenaline filled hip hop track from Gray’s sophomore solo project, THE GLORY ALBUM has been featured on multiple television campaigns including spots for Honda, ESPN and HBO.  Gray continues the momentum, by dropping the remix for “Stop Me” featuring J. Givens yesterday on the Sway In The Morning radio show.   The "Stop Me Remix" is available on all streaming platforms.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016


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BATTLE CREEK, Mich., Sept. 19, 2016 -- Kellogg Company today announced a voluntary recall of approximately 10,000 cases of Kellogg's® Eggo® Nutri-Grain® Whole Wheat Waffles because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. No other Eggo products are impacted by this recall.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
The company has received no reports of illness to date but is taking this action as part of its commitment to the health and safety of the people who eat its foods.

Recalled product was distributed to customers and retailers in 25 states (CO, CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, VA, VT, WI, WY). The affected product is:
UPC Code
Better If Used Before
Kellogg's ® Eggo® Nutri-Grain®
Whole Wheat Waffles
38000 40370
12.3 oz (10 ct)
NOV21 17 and NOV22 17
The date code can be found on the side of the package. Images of the product can be found at www.kelloggs.com/eggorecall.
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Angelina Jolie files for divorce from Brad Pitt

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Uh oh! "Bradgelina" has split! Angelina filed the divorce papers on Monday.  Dividing up their estimated $400 million in assets could get messy since the Hollywood power couple may not have signed a pre-nup. In the divorce filing, Jolie requested visitation rights only, as she is concerned about Brad's history of marijuana usage and poor parenting according to TMZ.  Various reports allege Pitt was having an affair with "Allied" co-star, Marion Cotillard.  It would not be the first time  Pitt dated a co-worker. In fact, he went public with his relationship with Jolie (who he'd fallen for on set of "Mr. and Mrs. Smith") while he was still getting a divorce from Jennifer Aniston 10 years ago.  "Brangelina" dated for nearly a decade before marrying 2 years ago.  They share 6 children (both biological and adopted.)  We'll reserve using the "k" word (KARMA!) until further details are uncovered.
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Monday, September 19, 2016

White House announces National Arts and Humanities honorees

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WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday morning, September 22, 2016, President Obama will award the 2015 National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal to distinguished recipients in the East Room. The First Lady will also attend.

The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities were established by Congress in 1965 as independent agencies of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $5 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. The National Endowment for the Humanities brings the best in humanities research, public programs, education, and preservation projects to the American people. To date, NEH has awarded $5 billion in grants to build the nation’s cultural capital – at museums, libraries, colleges and universities, archives, and historical societies—and to advance our understanding and appreciation of history, literature, philosophy, and language. Both Endowments are celebrating their 50th anniversaries this year.

2015 National Medal of Arts
·       Mel Brooks, Actor, Comedian, & Writer (New York, NY)
·       Sandra Cisneros, Author (San Antonio, TX)
·       Eugene O'Neill Theater Center (Waterford, CT)
·       Morgan Freeman, Actor (Charleston, MS)
·       Philip Glass, Composer (New York, NY)
·       Berry Gordy, Record Producer & Songwriter (Los Angeles, CA)
·       Santiago Jiménez, Jr., Musician (San Antonio, TX)
·       Moises Kaufman, Director & Playwright (New York, NY)
·       Ralph Lemon, Dancer, Choreographer, Writer, & Visual Artist (Brooklyn, NY)
·       Audra McDonald, Actress & Singer (Croton-on-Hudson/New York, NY)
·       Luis Valdez, Playwright, Actor, Writer, & Director (San Juan Bautista, CA)
·       Jack Whitten, Painter (New York, NY)

2015 National Medal of Arts
·       Mel Brooks, Actor, Comedian, & Writer (New York, NY)
·       Sandra Cisneros, Author (San Antonio, TX)
·       Eugene O'Neill Theater Center (Waterford, CT)
·       Morgan Freeman, Actor (Charleston, MS)
·       Philip Glass, Composer (New York, NY)
·       Berry Gordy, Record Producer & Songwriter (Los Angeles, CA)
·       Santiago Jiménez, Jr., Musician (San Antonio, TX)
·       Moises Kaufman, Director & Playwright (New York, NY)
·       Ralph Lemon, Dancer, Choreographer, Writer, & Visual Artist (Brooklyn, NY)
·       Audra McDonald, Actress & Singer (Croton-on-Hudson/New York, NY)
·       Luis Valdez, Playwright, Actor, Writer, & Director (San Juan Bautista, CA)
·       Jack Whitten, Painter (New York, NY)

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