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Saturday, October 8, 2016

OPINION: True Evangelicals can not support Donald Trump

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By Mona Austin


To use an exhausted word from Donald J. Trump it is "unbelievable" that highly regarded Evangelical leaders like Dr. James Dobson, a member of Trump's advisory council, ever endorsed him and have yet to denounce him under the current circumstances.

In a statement reacting to Trump's lewd sex comments, Dobson said the words were "indefensible."  YET HE GOES ON TO DO PRECISELY THAT -- DEFEND A MAN WHOSE VERSION OF LOCKER ROOM BANTER DISGUSTED SOME PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES.  "'Let him who is without sin cast the first stone'," quoted Dobson in justification of his continued support of the controversial candidate. "I am, HOWEVER, more concerned about America's future than Donald Trump's past," he said.  

(Most Evangelical leaders on the council initially said they were available to serve, not endorse, but as of late several of them have defended Trump in comparison to Hillary Clinton. his opponent.)

This is not the same Dr. James Dobson most of America knows.

A blogger who once depended on support from Focus on the Family, the Colorado Springs, CO based ministry Dobson founded, calls out his hypocrisy for supporting the Trump ticket after previously rejecting former GOP candidate John McCain. Dobson once said about then Senator McCain, “The Senator is being touted by the media as a man of principle, yet he was involved with other women while married to his first wife, and was implicated in the so-called Keating scandal with four other senators. He was eventually reprimanded by the Congress for the ‘appearance of impropriety.’ The Senator reportedly has a violent temper and can be extremely confrontational and profane when angry. . .”  

Donald Trump's name could easily be substituted in the aforementioned quote.  He was married at the time of the tape scandal, is allegedly associated with the mob, is often angry and obnoxious and been accused of tampering with the funds of his charity.  His reputation is blemished and he lacks political experience. The list of infractions Trump had accumulated  before the debates started was inappropriate enough.  Yet, Dobson has completely pivoted from Christian conservatism in favor of the real estate titan, saying he likes that Trump will protect religious liberties and appoint a conservative to the Supreme Court.  

As Dobson pointed out, no one is without sin.  We have all said and done things behind closed doors that we would dare not utter publicly as imperfect people sometimes do. This election is not about being perfect. It is about being capable and qualified to do the job.  The problem with Donald Trump is deciding which version of himself he shows to the American people--his public professional self or his private self (#nofilter) and whether he can be trusted with our future. 

Trump released a videotaped apology following the exposure of the videotape, saying he is a different man today. Many Republican leaders are not convinced and are calling for him to step down. He has vowed he will not quit. Trump as POTUS would strip the presidency of all of its dignity. In the first presidential debate he said he has the proper temperament to become leader of the free world, yet he has proven time and time again that is the furthest thing from the truth and his latest offense -- bragging about sexual assault against women -- is at the height of his base conduct. There are certain unspoken qualities a president must have that he lacks altogether as a leader. For example, as a result of not being able to tame his tongue and adhere to the expertise of people he has hired, there is dissension in his camp, confusion and division among the Conservative electorate and disunity among GOP law makers.  Good leaders strive to unite, not divide. 

Several establishment Republicans including House Speaker Paul Ryan risked breaking ties with their base to publicly denounce Trump after this recent revelation.  The outrage we are now noticing is late, however. Republicans should have  rejected him long ago. The Trump on the tape is not new to the public. He has been accused of spousal rape and sexual advances in the past. He has been careless on most issues in this campaign from women to race and frequently flip flops on the issues. Scripture teaches that Christians are to let their yes be yes and no  be no.

What EXACTLY can Trump do for America at this point? Other than folks who are supposed to say good things about him and those who have bitten the hate bait, the majority of voters,  according to the latest polling data are convinced he is not deserving of the position. His wife is standing by his side, yet said she was offended by the comments too. His running mate said he can not condone Trump's behavior.   Their words seem pointless as their presidential pick continues to careen off the road to the White House spouting negativity about Clinton at his rallies instead of giving concrete details on how he will address the issues.
From praising Vladmir Putin (which by implication means he supports similar political policies) to degrading various groups of people (he clearly does not see all people as equal).  His attributes are far less than virtuous and do not represent the traditional values the Republican Party stands on.   Many Democrats also find his behavior morally objectionable. 

Many Christian leaders want to avoid taking responsibility for the moral decay in American society or the energy they lend to Trump carrying on hurtful rhetoric, but it is their inconsistency or the failure of the church to maintain a respectable standard that causes people to turn away from righteous living. 

Voters have a social and moral obligation to elect officials with the ability to serve the entire Republic with dignity and respect for our fundamental beliefs as a country. . ."with liberty and justice for all." Children are watching and waiting to see type of future the election results might yield.  For their sake, Evangelical and faith-based voters must stand for something or fall for anything and avoid checking Trump's name on the ballot.
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Friday, October 7, 2016

Clifton Ross to release EP on Oct. 14

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Washington, DC - Clifton Ross III, best known as one of the top contestants on season 2 of BET's "Sunday Best" and "Sunday Best All Stars " programs, is forging forward with his music career with the release of his first EP entitled, I Believe God.
This 4-track EP features the hit single "He Never Changed His Mind," which is currently impacting radio. The high-spirited "Shout Aloud" moves 
you to declare what you want in this season while "I'll Wait," encourages you to keep going while the up tempo title track "I Believe God," inspires you to keep going.
"I'm really excited about this project," Ross says. "It's definitely a piece of work that encompasses my life, my music, and my worship. I hope that those who listen to it will not only be encouraged but inspired to keep going and believing God."
Ross has kept a busy schedule as his music career continues to progress. Currently, he serves as one of the Musical Directors at Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in Fort Washington, MD. He has also been featured as a lead vocalist on VaShawn Mitchell's Created 4 This album singing, "His Record," and Byron Cage's Memoirs of A Worshipper album singing, "Good Anyhow." He has also joined team Kurt Carr as a Kurt Carr singer.
I Believe God is currently available for pre-orders on iTunes, Amazon, as well as physical personalized autographed copies are available at www.cliftonrossiii.com. The EP will be available everywhere October 14th.

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In Harlem Rev. Al Sharpton NAN founder/president  - who was celebrating his birthday that day -- was on hand to thank Nate personally for telling the story of Nat Turner.
Nate Parker flips the script with a  complete re-imagining of  the D.W. Griffith's classic "Birth of A Nation."  Parker, who stars in directs and wrote the  project, received advanced critical acclaim for his work on the film the Sundance Film Festival.  Past rape allegations, for which Parker as vindicated, threatened the success of the film.  Parker has maintained he was falsely accused.  The victim committed suicide on 2012.

Set against the Antebellum South and based on a true story, 'The Birth of a Nation' follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher whose financially strained owner Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer) accepts an offer to use Nat's preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities - against himself, his wife Cherry (Aja Naomi King), and fellow slaves - Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.

'The Birth of a Nation' also stars Mark Boone Jr., Dwight Henry, Esther Scott, Roger Guenveur Smith with Penelope Ann Miller and Jackie Earle Haley, and is produced by Nate Parker, Kevin Turen, Jason Michael Berman, Aaron L. Gilbert, and Preston L. Holmes.
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Thursday, October 6, 2016

11th Hour Scores Third Consecutive #1 Hit

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Follow-up Single "He Welcomes the Beggar” Impacting Radio Now

Nashville, Tennessee (October 6, 2016) -- Award-winning Gospel artist 11th Hour recently scored its third consecutive #1 song. The song, "Can You Burn”, spent four weeks in the #1 spot on the AbsolutelyGospel.com Top 40 Weekly Chart last month, and it was just announced as the #1 song on the upcoming November edition of the Singing News Top 80 monthly chart.

11th Hour’s Amber Eppinette stated, " We want to say a huge thank you to the writer, Dianne Wilkinson, to our record company, Crossroads Label Group for all of your hard work and support, to the DJs and radio stations for playing our music, to the Beckie Simmons Agency for their hard work keeping us busy singing the music we love, and AG Publicity for their support of our group.”

"Can You Burn” follows the group’s two previous #1 hit singles - "Jesus Is In The House” and "Mountain Moving Faith.” The single was penned by award-winning songwriter Dianne Wilkinson ("Boundless Love”, "Good News From Jerusalem”) and has a message challenging each of us to "burn” for the Lord.

The group just released the follow-up single to "Can You Burn” this month. The song, titled "He Welcomes the Beggar”, was written by Eppinette along with Kenna West and Jason Cox. The song can be found on Crossroads Music Group’s October 2016 radio compilation.
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Largest Grassroots Movement for Music in History Takes Place Oct. 26 as 2,000 Members of The Recording Academy® Rally for Music Licensing Reform

The membership drive for Grammys in the District ended in September and supporters will begin to advocate for fairness in music a month later. 
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 6, 2016) — On Wednesday, Oct. 26, more than 2,000 music makers will visit their local legislator's office as part of The Recording Academy®'s annual GRAMMYs® in My District event — music's largest grassroots movement. This advocacy initiative allows Recording Academy members to address important creators' rights issues directly with their respective members of Congress, from copyright review to the impact of digital services on music makers.

"The overwhelming response to GRAMMYs in My District shows that music creators from every corner of the country understand that the incoming Congress will shape their future," said Daryl P. Friedman, Chief Industry, Government & Member Relations Officer for The Recording Academy. "American music makers are not only the backbone of the global music industry, but the innovators who help shape our culture here at home. Despite their contributions, too many of them are struggling. It's critical that we act now to ensure that music and its makers are valued today and in the future, both culturally and economically."

Meetings for this year's GRAMMYs in My District will take place in more than 315 congressional districts with participants from various sectors of the music industry, including songwriters, producers, engineers, and performers. Participating artists include Terence Blanchard, Paula Cole, Brandon Heath, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Cyndi Lauper, Eddie Money, Paul Wall, and thousands of working music professionals representing every aspect of music.

The key issues that will be discussed during GRAMMYs in My District include:
  • Fairness for Performers: All radio platforms should compensate performers under a fair-market royalty standard, which means closing the loophole for terrestrial radio. And artists should be able to sell tickets to fans without the threat of online scalpers hijacking tickets and inflating prices.
  • Fairness for Songwriters: Songwriters and composers should receive fair-market value whenever their songs are licensed. In addition, the decades-old consent decrees with the Department of Justice, which prevent songwriters from receiving fair pay for their work, must be reformed.
  • Fairness for Studio Professionals: Producers and engineers are an integral part of the creative process for a sound recording, yet despite their indispensable role they have never been mentioned in any part of copyright law. They need protection within the law to codify royalty payments to music producers and formalize SoundExchange's current voluntary policy.
These reforms will provide fair compensation across the music industry, improve the fan experience, and bring music laws into the modern age, addressing compensation from digital and streaming platforms as well as terrestrial radio. For more information about GRAMMYs in My District and the pending legislation, please visit www.grammy.com/action.
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Photo Credit: Cross Catholic Outreach

Christmas Initiative Will Lift Kids’ Spirits; Acute Need Now for 

Gifts for These Kids; 3 Ways to Help

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Hurricane Matthew brought 145 mph winds, torrential rains and devastation to Haiti assuring a long season of recovery and rebuilding for one of the world’s poorest countries. More than ever, this year the children of that beleaguered nation who live in dire poverty—as well as the Dominican Republic—need the spiritual and emotional blessing the Box of Joy Christmas initiative will bring. 

You can help.

Cross Catholic Outreach’s Box of Joy ministry is a way for people anywhere to help by packing a Christmas gift box that goes to a child who otherwise might receive nothing. Last year, Box of Joy brightened 11,500 kids’ lives. This year, that ray of sunshine is needed for even more children
“Relief efforts underway now will bring vital aid to Hurricane Matthew’s victims,” said Jim Canvar, Cross Catholic Outreach president. “But long after the spotlight is off Haiti, needs will remain. This year the hope and help that Box of Joy brings to children in countries like Haiti and the Dominican Republic is needed more than ever. They are counting on compassionate Americans to deliver that hope.”
You can help hurricane affected families in three ways:

  • Give the gift of hope and joy to children in need by packing a Box of Joy with items such as small toys, bar soap, pencils, a toothbrush, toothpaste, hard candy, crayons, coloring books or T-shirts. Drop-off centers at churches, schools and groups nationwide receive the boxes during Box of Joy week, Nov. 5-13. Find an interactive map of drop-off centers here. Include a $9 check to cover S&H from the drop-off center to Haiti or Dominican Republic and to support the charities helping the child’s community.
  • Bring any quantity of unpacked gift items from the suggested gift list or relief-related items to the drop-off center. Box of Joy volunteers use these items to ensure each child receives approximately the same number and variety of gifts in their box. There is a dire need for these extra items now. Find the suggested gift list here. Relief-related items include bar soap replacement of school supplies, flashlights, rain ponchos, bandages, duct tape, socks, underwear, T-shirts, etc.
  • Support Cross Catholic Outreach’s relief efforts for hurricane-affected areas. Learn more atCrossCatholic.org/relief.

“In addition to packed Boxes of Joy, this year, we particularly need those relief items to top off every box and ensure every child receives needed and wanted items,” said Steve Bostian, Box of Joy director. “These children need to know the world cares about them. Plus, participating in the Box of Joy program blesses every family who gives.”

Box of Joy Week, Nov. 5-13, is just weeks away, and those not near a drop-off center can participate now by funding a box online.

Learn more at CrossCatholic.org/BoxOfJoy.
For interviews, contact Michael Conrad at Michael@Lovell-Fairchild.com or 214-616-0320.
Visit Lovell-Fairchild.com for:

  • Box of Joy Media Tip Sheet
  • Cross Catholic Outreach Fact Sheet
  • Q&A with Cross Catholic Outreach President Jim Cavnar

About Cross Catholic Outreach CrossCatholic.org
Based in Florida, Cross Catholic Outreach is an official Catholic nonprofit [501(c)(3)] relief-and-development organization that, since its founding in 2001, has given more than $1 billion to help “the poorest of the poor” in more than three dozen developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and other parts of the world. For more information about Cross Catholic, visitCrossCatholic.org or call 800-914-2420.

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U.S. urges evacuation ahead of Hurricane Matthew

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WEATHER ALERT: The U.S. has issued the first mandatory evacuation since Hurricane Sandy for coastal areas along the Southeastern part of the country in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew, a warning that the results of the category 4 storm could be dire. Residents of Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina are urged to move 100 miles inland. CNN reports winds have the potential to barrel in at 145 MPH. Matthew hit landfall in Haiti and Cuba on Tuesday leaving a path of death and destruction.
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NEW YORK, NY – – The BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” has remained the most prominent hip hop showcase on television for ten years with its powerful performances, iconic hip hop honorees and much-anticipated cyphers. Multi-platinum artist, mega-producer and ‘Anthem King’ DJ Khaled hosted hip-hop’s biggest night of the year at The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, GA.
DJ Khaled and Kendrick Lamar  tie the lead with three wins each; DJ Khaled wins “DJ of the Year”, “MVP of the Year”, and undoubtedly the “Hustler of the Year” award; Kendrick Lamarwins “Lyricist of the Year”, “Best Live Performer, and “Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse” for his verse in Beyoncé’s  “Freedom”. The breakout newcomer, Chance The Rapper, picked up two awards including “Best New Hip-Hop Artist” and “Best Mixtape”. Drake also wins two awards including “Album of the Year” and “Best Hip-Hop Video” for “Hotline Bling”. And Travis Scottis crowned with the “People’s Champ Award”. Kendrick Lamar presented the “I Am Hip Hop” Award to Snoop Dogg whose speech was both politically and emotionally empowering.
Viewers tuned into the hottest performances by T.I. in his moving and politically charged song “We Will Not”; Gucci Mane made his return to the big stage with Travis Scott, Young Thug and Quavo. O.T. Genasis kept the high energy going with his performance and Brooklyn’s own Young M.A. brought the crowd to their feet with “Ooouuu”. LeCrae and Big K.R.I.T. performed “Power of Rap” freestyles that were passionate and thought-provoking. And some of the biggest performances of the night included Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, 21 Savage, Big Baby D.R.A.M.Dae Dae and Isaiah Rashad.
The 2016 complete list of BET “Hip Hop Awards” winners are:
Best Hip-Hop Video
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Best Collabo, Duo or Group
Fat Joe & Remy Ma ft. French Montana & Infared – “All The Way Up”
Best Live Performer
Kendrick Lamar
Lyricist of the Year
Kendrick Lamar
Video Director of the Year
Director X
DJ of the Year
DJ Khaled
Producer of the Year 
Metro Boomin
MVP of the Year
DJ Khaled
Track of the Year
“All The Way Up” – Produced By Cool & Dre and Edsclusive (Fat Joe & Remy Ma ft. French Montana & Infared)
Album of the Year
Drake – “Views”
Best New Hip-Hop Artist
Chance the Rapper
Hustler of the Year
DJ Khaled
Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)
Kanye West
Best Hip-Hop Online Site/ App
Best Mixtape
Chance the Rapper – “Coloring Book”
Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse
Kendrick Lamar – “Freedom” (Beyoncé ft. Kendrick Lamar)
Impact Track
J. Cole – “Love Yourz”
People’s Champ Award
Travis Scott – “Antidote”

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Monday, October 3, 2016



NASHVILLE— Award-winning gospel superstar and producer  Fred Hammond releases his much-anticipated new album WORSHIP JOURNAL LIVE today on RCA Inspiration.  Recorded live from Houston, the 12 track album delivers an exquisite blend of all-new songs handpicked from Hammond’s soul.  WORSHIP JOURNAL LIVE is available everywhere music is sold.   

WORSHIP JOURNAL LIVE is Hammond’s first live recording in 17 years and features the popular single “Father Jesus Spirit.” Filled with the dynamic ministry and acclaimed live musicianship that has made him one of gospel’s most popular and influential artists over the past 30 years, WORSHIP JOURNAL LIVE follows on Hammond’s most recent chart-topping release I Will Trust (2014). 

“This album is very autobiographical but I think my listeners will find a lot of the themes to be universal,” said Fred Hammond. “We all struggle. We all worry. We all question our paths. We all need inspiration. Belief in our Lord and Savior and his ability to deliver us through all of that – that’s what I wish for my listeners to always carry with them.”

Maintaining a busy schedule throughout the rest of 2016, Hammond will bring his stellar live concert performances to fans across the country, with a national tour kicking off in conjunction with his new album’s release.  Helming the Festival of Praise 2016 Tour, the star-studded annual tour he founded, Hammond kicked off the third consecutive year of the Festival of Praise Tour on October 1, 2016 in Seattle, WA, welcoming a revolving all-star artist lineup that includes Hezekiah Walker, Israel Houghton, Regina Belle, Karen Clark Sheard, Casey J, and comedian Earthquake.  Running through December, Hammond plans to take the Festival of Praise 2016 Tour to over 50 cities, hitting Los Angeles, Denver, Atlanta, New York, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Austin, his native Detroit, and more.     

1. Always Praise
2. God Is My Refuge
3. Take Care Of You
4. The Lord Is Good
5. I Will Sing Hallelujah
6. John 3:16
7. 1 Touch
8. Let Me Touch The Hem
9. Worthy Is The Lamb
10. More Love, More Power
11. Call On The Name Of The Lord
12. Father Jesus Spirit    



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2016 Triumph Awards Recap & Photos

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(New York, NY) -  - The 2016 Triumph Awards presented by Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network aired on TV One on Sunday, Oct. 2, to recognize the accomplishments of change agents through civil rights, the arts, entertainment and business. Actress and advocate Tichina Arnold ("Survivor's Remorse") returned to host this year's broadcast.

"Our commitment now is to protect the legacy of Barack Obama and fulfill the dream of Martin Luther King," said Rev. Al Sharpton. "Some of our honorees' works and activism have been displayed on the center stage for all the world to experience firsthand, while other's efforts have lacked the oh-so worthy public exposure. We will be spotlighting these special individuals and their many contributions to the advancement of African Americans everywhere."
Attorney Benjamin Crump was presented the "Chairman's Award for Historic and Transformative Service"  for his dedication to fighting and defending the masses - including Trayvon Martin and Tobbie Tolan - against the legal injustices that plague their communities. Terri J. Vaughn and Rev. Dr. Toussaint King Hill, Jr. introduced evangelist and accomplished gospel music artist Jekalyn Carr who gave an inspiring performance of "You Are Bigger," bringing the entire audience to their feet.
In a stirring speech, Crump issued a rallying cry to the community at large to advocate for our youth, stating, "It's not enough just to try to stop the killing of our children, but we must also fight for the life of our children and give them the promise that is guaranteed by the Constitution."
An emotional highlight of the evening honored Gwen Carr (mother of Eric Garner), Lesley McSpadden (mother of Mike Brown) and Sybrina Fulton (mother of Trayvon Martin), collectively known as Mothers of the Movement, who shared their heart-wrenching experiences of loss and tragedy in hopes of empowering the nation. Paying tribute to these women of strength, resilience and unique purpose brought together by unspeakable tragedy, BJ The Chicago Kid performed a soul-stirring rendition of his hit single "Woman's World." 
Fulton requested the community's collective support as the mothers "Continue to unite... we are going to continue to strengthen ourselves, we are going to continue to be strong... continue to let our light shine, we are going to continue to stand for our young people."
Larenz Tate (House of Lies) presented the "Triumphant Man of the Year" award to Jermaine Dupri for his contributions in music and artist development as well as mentorship of young artists. The SoSo Def Dancers performed their way through a musical timeline including the biggest hit singles Dupri produced over his career which, began when as a 12-year-old child, he went on his first concert tour.
The honor of "Triumphant Woman of the Year" was introduced by Erica Ash (Survivor's Remorse, Jean of the Joneses) and Dondre Whitield (Queen Sugar), while legendary singer Dionne Warwick took the stage to share a few words of admiration for FedEx executive Gina F. Adams for her work progressing her industry and lending support to causes targeting education, youth and arts within their curriculum.
Actor and recording artist Fonzworth Bentley was on hand to present the "President's Award for Service and Humanitarian Efforts" to Sean "Diddy" Combs who recently used his platform as entertainment icon for greater good by co-founding the opening of Capital Prepatory Harlem charter school based in his childhood neighborhood.
Tim Murray of Mastercard accepted the honor of "Corporate Partner of The Year Award" as a result of their efforts educating and empowering middle and low income communities to attain financial stability.
The final award of the evening was the "Activism in the Arts Award" presented to Spike Lee by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Vietta Johnson, President of Spellman College  Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell and actress Teyonah Parris (The Miki Howard Story, ChiRaq) for his generous contribution of time and resources to support the education and production of original films by aspiring filmmakers. Reflecting on his love of film encouraged throughout his upbringing by various women in his life, most notably his mother who introduced him to the arts including movies, Lee urged parents to "Give your children exposure to the arts."
Rev. Sharpton gave special recognition to several Take Action Heroes, the unsung champions whose quiet but impactful efforts supporting the mission of the National Action Network in their communities have warranted public exposure. Erica Thomas was acknowledged by Denise Boutee and Pooch Hall from the upcoming TV One film Media, for her work guiding important discussions between young people on solutions to their pressing issues. Rev. Dr. Steffie Bartley, Sr. was thanked for his work with law enforcement encouraging diversity. Political journalist and activist Marc Lamont Hill praised Jennifer Jones Austin for her work focused on securing positive policy reforms for human services throughout New York City and New York State.
The evening included rousing live performances to punctuate the inspirational mood, including a spoken word performance by Nick Cannon who delivered an original spoken word piece titled "Too Broke To Vote" to passionately communicate his discontent with the current state of the campaign season. R&B crooner Joe took the stage to perform "Mercy Mercy Me," one of the most poignant anthems of sorrow of its time that remains a timely reminder of the work still remaining today.Eric Benet performed a touching memorial tribute to many notable individuals who have passed this year by singing "Keep Your Head ToThe Sky." 
Juan and Deborah Joy Winans, two members of the Winans gospel music dynasty kept the spirit-filled vibe going with their performance of "Lord Lift Us Up."
Cee-Lo Green introduced the rising music star V-Bozeman, who performed "Race Jones," a pro-black anthem on self-love. The James Brown Academy of Music Pupils performed "Say it Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud," encouraging the audience to stand up for their rights. Tichina Arnold, JB Smoove, Carl Payne, Erica Ash and Teyonah Parris joined forces to perform "Spike Lee Joint Medley," a hilarious musical tribute.
Soul singer Fantasia brought the evening to a climactic and uplifting finale with the performance of her hit single "Lose to Win."
The night of excellence included additional appearances by actor JB Smoove and WNBA Atlanta Dream player Angel McCoughtry. Radio personality Ebony Steele served as the voice of the show, keeping the pace moving and giving viewers a rare glimpse of the activity backstage between segments.
The 2016 Triumph Awards is Executive Produced by Bart Phillips of Sunseeker Media and Eric Tomosunas with Keith Neal of Swirl Films. Robyn Greene Arrington is Executive in Charge of Production. Lamar Chase serves as Producer and D'Angela Proctor is Head of Original Programing and Production for TV One.

Jekalyn Carr
B Smoove



Jermaine Dupree

Lorenz Tate

Mothers of the Movement: (L-R) Gwenn Carr, Leslie McSpadden, Sybrina Fulton

Georgia State House Representative Erica Thomas


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