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Friday, November 4, 2016

TUNE IN ALERT: 'Married to Medicine' returns to Bravo on Nov. 6 (View premiere party photos)

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Tune In Sunday at 9/8c on Bravo for the new season of "Married to Medicine"
Genise Shelton, Dr. Heavenly Kimes, Lisa Nicole Cloud, Mariah Huq, Sasha The Diva, Toya  Bush-Harris, 
Quad Webb-Lunceford, Dr.Simone Whitmore and Dr. Jackie Walters pose on stage during the "Married To Medicine" Atlanta Screening at the W Midtown on November 3, 2016. (Photos: Chris Mitchell/CME 3000)

(ATLANTA) - November 4, 2016 - Last night, Fremantle Media and Purveyors of Pop hosted a red carpet premiere party for the new season of the hit show "Married to Medicine," which premieres this Sunday, November 6 at 9/8c on Bravo. The lively event took place on the 27th floor of the W Atlanta Midtown, where hundreds packed the Altitude Ballroom for a sneak peek of the premiere episode. Cast members Dr. Heavenly KimesDr. Jackie WaltersDr. Simone WhitmoreMariah HuqLisa Nicole CloudQuad Webb-Lunceford,Toya Bush-Harris and newcomer Genise Shelton were on hand for the celebration. After the screening, KISS 104 on-air personality Sasha the Divamoderated the Q&A which was followed by an after-party featuring music by DJ Bomshell Boogie. Additional guests in attendance were Phaedra ParksToya WrightRasheeda & Kirk FrostMonyetta ShawMeelah WilliamsMatt Anderson (producer, Purveyors of Pop), Gocha HawkinsErica DixonDr. Ron Williamson, "If Loving You Is Wrong" actors Joel Rush and April Parker JonesJewell Tankard and many more.

All new episodes of #Married2Med premiere Sunday at 9/8c on Bravo. 

Dr. Heavenly Kimes and husband Dr. Damon Kimes ; Genise Shelton with husband Dr. Courtney Shelton

Lisa Nicole Cloud and husband Dr. Darren Naugles ; Toya Bush-Harris and husband Dr. Eugene Harris

Mariah Huq and husband Dr. Ayden Huq ; Dr. Jackie Walters

"Married To Medicine: Houston" cast members Dr. Monica Patel (left) and Dr. Ashandre Batiste with husband Ricky Cumby (right)

Sasha The Diva was the fabulous host for the night

Phaedra Parks, Monyetta Shaw, Toya Wright and Rasheeda Frost arrive for an eventful night
Joel Rush from OWN's "If Loving You Is Wrong"

April Parker Jones from OWN's "If Loving You Is Wrong"
   Kameelah Williams from R&B trio 702

Gocha Hawkins from WE tv's  "L.A. Hair"

Angel Love from "Basketball Wives LA" and Phaedra Parks pause for a picture
Rasheeda Frost and Dr. Heavenly Kimes enjoying the night

Erica Dixon and Dr. Jackie Walters also caught enjoying the night

Genise Shelton, Dr. Heavenly Kimes, Lisa Nicole Cloud, Mariah Huq, Salena Rochester (NBC Universal), 
Matt Anderson (Purveyors of Pop), Toya Bush-Harris, Quad Webb-Lunceford, Dr. Simone Whitmore and 
Dr. Jackie Walters pictured on stage

The house was packed from wall to wall!
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VaShawn Mitchell's 'Secret Place: Live in South Africa' is in stores today

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Secret Place Tour Kicks Off In Chicago November 9

VaShawn Mitchell releases his 7th album, "Secret Place: Live In South Africa," today. The highly-anticipated project has garnered buzz over the last several months spurned on by the popular hit single "Joy."

"Secret Place: Live In South Africa" was recorded at the famed MOSAÏEK TEATRO in Fairland, Gauteng, South Africa (a suburb of Johannesburg). The concert incorporated the beauty, power and sounds of South Africa with a prominent sound of worship that has become VaShawn's signature. The atmosphere and energy from the South African audience reflected the globalization of Gospel music and unifying power of worship.

VaShawn hits the road kicking off his Secret Place Tour in his hometown of Chicago on November 9th. Dates and venues are listed below.

"Secret Place: Live In South Africa" is available online and in stores now.
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Grammys announce star studded performers for Tom Petty MusiCaresTribute including Don Henley, Elle King, Gary Clark and Norah Jones

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Gary Clark, Jr. will perform in Tom Petty tribute in Los Angeles.

T Bone Burnett Announced As Musical Director Of Star-Studded Tribute Concert To Benefit
®' Emergency Financial Assistance And Addiction Recovery Programs

WHO: Performances by multi-GRAMMY®-winning artists Foo FightersDon HenleyNorah JonesKings Of LeonRandy NewmanStevie Nicks, and Lucinda Williams; GRAMMY-winning artists Gary Clark Jr., Jeff Lynne, and George Strait; GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriters Jackson Browne, Chris Hillman and Herb PedersenElle King, and Regina Spektor; and rock band the Bangles. Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers will close the evening's performances. Multi-GRAMMY-winning artist and producer T Bone Burnett will serve as musical director. Additional performers will be announced shortly.
Attendees will include Neil Portnow, President/CEO of MusiCares® and The Recording Academy®; Alexandra Patsavas, Chair of MusiCares; Bill Silva, Chair Emeritus of MusiCares; and John Branca, Honorary Chair of MusiCares. The event's Tribute Chairs are Olivia Harrison, MusiCares Board Member; Ringo Starr, multi-GRAMMY-winning artist; and Cameron Strang, chairman/CEO of Warner Bros. Records.
Past MusiCares Person of the Year honorees include: Tony Bennett, Bono, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, David Crosby, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Carole King, Paul McCartney, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt, Lionel Richie, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, and Neil Young.
WHAT: Tom Petty will be honored as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year in celebration of his extraordinary creative accomplishments and significant charitable work. Proceeds from the annual Person of the Year tribute—now in its 27th year—provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, and personal need.
GALA: The 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year gala will begin with a reception and silent auction offering an exclusive and unparalleled selection of luxury items, VIP experiences, and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The reception and silent auction will be followed by a gala dinner, a tribute concert featuring renowned musicians and other artists, and the award presentation. This year, for the first time, a limited number of VIP experience tables will be available for $75,000 that include: 10 seats, red carpet entrance, access to artist rehearsal and special backstage area (day before event), private pre-show reception with dedicated staff and personal auction bidding kiosk, front row table placement, enhanced dining experience, and exclusive gift bag with a limited-edition commemorative item. For more information on purchasing tables and tickets to the event, or placing ads/messages in the tribute journal, please contact Dana Tomarken at MusiCares, 310.392.3777. The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute ceremony is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week, which culminates with the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards® at Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
WHY: The MusiCares Foundation® offers programs and services to members of the music community, including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent, utilities, and car payments; medical expenses including doctor, dentist, and hospital bills; psychotherapy; and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, hepatitis C, and other critical illnesses. MusiCares offers nationwide educational workshops covering a variety of subjects, including financial, legal, medical, and substance abuse issues, and programs in collaboration with health care professionals that provide services such as flu shots, hearing tests, and medical/dental screenings. The MusiCares MAP Fund® allows access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community. Staffed by qualified chemical dependency and intervention specialists, MusiCares offers Safe Harbor Room® support, sponsored in part by the Bohemian Foundation and RBC Capital Markets, to provide a network to those in recovery while they are participating in the production of televised music shows and other major music events. MusiCares holds weekly addiction support groups for people to discuss how to best cope with the issues surrounding the recovery process. The MusiCares Sober Touring Network is a database of individuals across the United States who take music people to recovery support meetings while on the road.
WHERE:  Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall
                  1201 S. Figueroa St. 
                  Los Angeles, CA  90015

                  Parking: West Hall Lot, off Cherry Street; cost: $25 (no valet available)
WHEN:   Friday, Feb. 10, 2017
                 *Note Check-In Time*
                  4:30 p.m.     Media Check-In (at Gilbert Lindsay Plaza)
                  5:30 p.m.     Red Carpet Arrivals, Cocktail Reception, and Silent Auction
                  8 p.m.          Gala Dinner
                  9 p.m.          Concert & Award Presentation
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BUSINESS ALIGNMENT: You can't just give away your hard earned reputation

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SETTLE UP: People who think that success or upward mobility depends on who you know are perpetually seeking a connection with someone who offers more than they do, whether it is money, power, status or resources. This approach might work in a "soft," passive business relationship where there is no real expectation to impact the bottom line, but it rarely works in a partnership wherein branding and reputational assets should be tantamount. The tendency is that individuals who came to gain instead of give will "learn and turn." They glean knowledge and use it only to satisfy their goals, then exit.

In a partnership, both parties have the same goals. They must come into the relationship with equal strength in their respective practice areas, otherwise one party will always receive greater benefits than the other, causing the relationship to be ineffective. Mutual benefits equal mutual rewards.

You can't just give away your hard earned reputation. That is likely why they are attracted to you in the first place. You must obdurately inspect the prospect and NEVER lower your professional standards to appease their greed or desire to be "on your level." Give a side eye to the person who is more prone to getting the "hook up" than putting in hard work. If their system ever fails and they are not able to produce results authentically, where does that leave you? Iron sharpens iron. (Proverbs 27:17)
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Thursday, November 3, 2016


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"Jump Week" continues! All week, Steve is celebrating his favorite moguls who have taken huge risks to pursue their gifts and follow their dreams. They're sharing their stories so that others can learn how to make their own jump. As is chronicled in his new book, "Jump," Steve has had to jump many times and says it can make you feel vulnerable and uncomfortable, but if you want to reach your potential, sometimes you really have no choice. Today's "Jump" mogul worked incredibly hard to become a household name. BETHENNY FRANKEL didn't start out at the top, and surely had her fair share of ups and downs along the way to amassing a $25-million empire. 

Tune-in to hear Bethenny's story from the beginning, as a child of a broken home who had to hustle every step of the way while chasing her dreams. She first became known to the public in the 2005 edition of "The Apprentice," which was hosted by Martha Stewart. Her next foray into reality television is what really launched her into stardom - BRAVO's "The Real Housewives of New York." She's now parlayed that fame into the very successful Skinny Girl brand, which sells everything from cocktails to salad dressings! In between all of her successes though, were high-profile mis-steps, from which Bethenny says she learned valuable lessons. Together, Bethenny and Steve will counsel KIMBERLY, a woman who's been considering leaving her steady job of 15 years to pursue her dream of baking and decorating 3-D cakes for a living. Steve and Bethenny will be joined by LORRAINE PASCALE, a host and judge on the Food Network, and together, they will try to encourage Kimberly to make the jump. Will they succeed? Plus, Steve welcomes SUSAN, who wants to shed 30 pounds before she heads home for Christmas and goes to her college reunion. Not only does she want to get back to looking and feeling good, she wants to find herself a good man! Steve's friend A.D. DOLPHIN, creator of the DHerbs Full Body Cleanse, joins the conversation, with a plan for Susan to help her make all of her holiday goals!

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Today’s Actions include the Designation of 48 National Electric Vehicle Charging
Corridors on our Highways

The Obama Administration is committed to taking responsible steps to combat climate change, increase access to clean energy technologies, and reduce our dependence on oil. Already, in the past eight years the number of plug-in electric vehicle models has increased from one to more than 20, battery costs have decreased 70 percent, and we have increased the number of electric vehicle charging stations from less than 500 in 2008 to more than 16,000 today – a 40 fold increase. But there is more work to do. That is why, today, the Administration is announcing key steps forward to accelerate the utilization of electric vehicles and the charging infrastructure needed to support them.

By working together across the Federal government and with the private sector, we can ensure that electric vehicle drivers have access to charging stations at home, at work, and on the road – creating a new way of thinking about transportation that will drive America forward. Today’s announcements demonstrate a continued partnership between the Administration, states, localities, and the private sector to achieve these shared goals:

·         For the first time, the United State Department of Transportation (DOT) is establishing 48 national electric vehicle charging corridors on our highways, these newly designated electric vehicle routes cover nearly 25,000 miles, in 35 states.
·         28 states, utilities, vehicle manufactures, and change organizations are committing to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure on the DOT’s corridors; 
·         24 state and local governments are committing to partner with the Administration and increase the procurement of electric vehicles in their fleets;
·         The United States Department of Energy (DOE) is conducting two studies to evaluate the optimal national electric vehicle charging deployment scenarios, including along DOT’s designated fueling corridors; and 
·         38 new businesses, non-profits, universities, and utilities are signing on to DOE’s Workplace Charging Challenge and committing to provide EV charging access for their workforce.

Today’s announcements build on a record of progress from multiple programs across the Administration that work to scale up EVs and fueling infrastructure, including at the Departments of Energy, Transportation, Defense, the Environmental Protection Agency and with the private sector. This summer, the Administration opened up to $4.5 billion in loan guarantees to support the commercial-scale deployment of innovative electric vehicle charging facilities and in collaboration with the Administration, nearly 50 industry members signed on to the Guiding Principles to Promote Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure. This effort launched the beginning of a collaboration between the government and industry to increase the deployment of EV charging infrastructure that is carried forward in the announcements today.


Establishing 48 National Electric Vehicle Charging Corridors on our Highways: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced 55 Interstates that will serve as the basis for a national network of “alternative fuel” corridors spanning 35 states plus the District of Columbia. Today’s announcement includes designating 48  out of the 55 routes electric vehicle charging corridors, totaling almost 25,000 miles of electric vehicle routes in 35 states. To make it easier for drivers to identify and locate charging stations, states designated as “sign-ready” are authorized to use signs developed by FHWA that identify electric vehicle charging stations and other alternative fuels along the highways similar to existing signage that alerts drivers to gas stations, food, and lodging. Drivers can expect either existing or planned charging stations within every 50 miles.

28 States, Utilities, Vehicle Manufactures, and Change Organizations Commit to Accelerate Electric Vehicle Deployment on DOT’s Corridors: Today, the following organizations are committing to help accelerate the deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure along the Alternative Fuel Corridors designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation.  These initial and future corridors will serve as a basis for a national network of electric vehicle charging infrastructure to enable coast to coast zero emission mobility on our nation’s highways:

·         Ameren Missouri
·         Berkshire Hathaway Energy
·         BMW
·         ChargePoint
·         Connecticut Green Bank
·         Edison Electric Institute
·         Electric Drive Transportation Association
·         EV Connect
·         Eversource Energy
·         EVgo
·         General Electric
·         General Motors
·         Greenlots
·         Kansas City Power & Light
·         MidAmerican Energy Company
·         New York State
·         Nissan
·         NV Energy
·         Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)
·         Pacific Power
·         PlugShare
·         Portland General Electric
·         Public Service Company of New Mexico
·         Rocky Mountain Power
·         Skychargers
·         Southern California Edison
·         Texas-New Mexico Power
·         Vision Ridge Partners

Conducting Two Studies to Evaluate the Optimal National EV Charging Deployment Scenarios: Early next year, DOE plans to publish two studies developed with national laboratories and with input from a range of stakeholders to support broad EV charging infrastructure deployment, including along DOT’s alternative fuel corridors.  The first is a national EV infrastructure analysis that identifies the optimal number of charging stations for different EV market penetration scenarios. The second will provide best practices for EV fast charging installation, including system specifications as well as siting, power availability, and capital and maintenance cost considerations.

Continuing to Partner with Stakeholders to Build Charging Infrastructure Along the National Charging Corridors: The White House will be convening key stakeholders in November 2016 to continue to encourage state and local governments and businesses to build public electric vehicle charging infrastructure along our national highways.


Partnering with 24 State and Local Governments to Electrify our Vehicle Fleets: Building on the Administration’s policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from Federal Fleets by 30 percent by 2025, today, we are announcing twenty-four state and local governments have joined the Federal government to electrify our fleets. These new commitments will account for over 2,500 new electric vehicles in 2017 alone, and help pave a path for a sustained level of purchases into the future. By working together, Federal, state and local leadership can aggregate demand to lower purchase costs through increasing automotive manufactures’ demand certainty, promote electric vehicle innovation and adoption and expand our national electric vehicle infrastructure. The cumulative benefit of the commitments announced today include more than one million dollars and 1,211,650 gallons in potential annual fuel savings. These state and local government commitments include:

·         California state agencies strive to cut greenhouse gas emissions and since 2010, GHG emissions from state operations have been cut in half. Incorporating zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) into the state fleet is a central component of the state’s sustainability strategy. Fulfilling a commitment made by Governor Brown in 2012, more than 10 percent of non-public safety light duty vehicles purchased by the State of California in fiscal years 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 were zero-emission vehicles. In support of the 2016 ZEV Action Plan, the state commits to increasing the number of non-public safety light duty ZEVs to 50 percent by 2025. To reach that goal, the state will target yearly step increases of 5 percent (beginning in fiscal year 2017/2018), over its current 10 percent purchasing commitment.
Ø  For 2017, the State of California commits to purchase a minimum of 150 ZEVs for its fleet, bringing the total to over 600 ZEVs in the state fleet.
Ø  California commits to providing electric vehicle charging at a minimum of 5 percent of state owned parking spaces by 2020.

·         Minnesota has developed a fleet action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that involves transitioning the state’s predominately internal combustion engine light fleet to a fleet integrating hybrid electric vehicles; plug-in electric hybrid vehicles; and zero emission vehicles. This plan will decrease petroleum consumption by 25 percent and result in a decrease in GHG emissions of 21 percent. Cost savings for fuel and maintenance is expected to be $2.5 million annually. Minnesota has set its commitment as follows:
Ø  Acquire 25 PHEV/ZEVs in Fiscal Year 2017.
Ø  Install 15 Level 2 charging stations in Fiscal Year 2017.
Ø  Require all new vehicles have EPA ratings of 7 or higher.
Ø  Achieve a fleet composition of 20 PHEV or ZEV by 2027.

·         Montana’s State Energy Office commits to swapping out two hybrid vehicles for two plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in 2017. These vehicles will be the first plug-in electric vehicles in Montana’s state fleet and will help Montana better understand how electric vehicles can be incorporated into the fleet as well as the charging infrastructure necessary to support these vehicles. Montana commits to reaching out to local governments and universities about opportunities for electrification from the VW settlement allocation.

·         Rhode Island commits to purchasing 25 percent of new light-duty state vehicles as electric by 2025.

·         Vermont commits to convert 50 percent of its state motor pool to plug-in electric vehicles by the end of 2017 which far exceeds the previous level of 38 percent. Vermont is also committing to purchase 10 percent of the total State’s centralized light duty fleet, including agency and department assigned vehicles, as plug-in electric by the end of 2017 which far exceeds the 7 percent accomplished this year. And to install one dedicated charging port for each of these vehicles at the locations where they are parked and assigned to employees for state trips.

·         Washington is committed to reducing carbon pollution from the transportation sector and deployment of electric vehicles is a critical element of the governor’s climate strategy.  Last December, Governor Inslee announced a new Washington State Electric Fleets Initiative to accelerate adoption of electric vehicles in public and private fleets. This initiative will ensure that at least 20 percent of all new annual state passenger vehicle purchases are EVs, beginning in 2017.
o   In 2017, Washington State’s cabinet agencies commit to purchasing 250 EVs and installing 125 new level 2 charging stations.

·         The City of Atlanta has reduced GHG emissions 12.5 percent and fossil fuels by 23 percent since 2008. The City commits to further reducing GHG emissions 40 percent by 2030 through the continued addition of zero emission vehicles and electric infrastructure. The City is encouraging public adoption of electric vehicles and is installing charging stations in 100 dedicated EV parking spaces at the Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport by the end of 2016. The City commits to convert 20 percent of its municipal fleet to electric vehicles by 2020 through commitments to: 
Ø  Construct an additional 300 charging stations at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport by the end of 2017.
Ø  Spend $3,000 dollars per electric vehicle for infrastructure installation through December 2018.
Ø  Conduct an education campaign for City employees about efficient usage of electric vehicles and charging stations.

·         Columbus, Ohio has long served as a committed pioneer of alternative fuel fleet vehicle adoption. Columbus was selected as the winner of the Smart Cities Challenge grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation in June 2016. Initiatives under the program include fleet electrification, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, smart lighting and traffic signals, self-driving technology, connected vehicles, transportation apps and other initiatives to modernize Columbus’ transportation system.  Columbus commits to,
Ø  Procure 200 electric vehicles for its fleets and install the appropriate charging infrastructure over the next three years.
Ø  Add 1,600 new Level 1 and 300 new Level 2 charging stations in the region.
Ø  Add 448 electric vehicles to city’s private fleets.

·         The City of Fort Collins is deeply committed to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and improving residents’ lives through the efficiencies and savings produced by these efforts. The City organization is trying to lead by example in its fleet composition and purchasing guidelines and taking strategic actions to reduce its transportation GHG footprint by purchasing electric and hybrid vehicles.
Ø  In 2017, the City of Fort Collins commits to purchase seven new electric vehicles, some of which will replace standard gasoline engine vehicles.
Ø  Fort Collins will continue to provide an electric charging station for each electric vehicle in the fleet in 2017.

·         The City of Denver is proud to join the White House in making an ambitious commitment to incorporate plug-in electric vehicles into our operations. Denver is leading by example, with the city taking a prominent role in transitioning its operations to more sustainable fuel sources. This action will not only move Denver towards its2020 sustainability goals and reduce costs, but inspire other businesses, cities and residents to consider how plug-in electric vehicles could work for them. Denver commits to procure and operationalize 200 Plug-in Electric Vehicles and required infrastructure by 2020.

·         The City of Detroit is committed to modernizing its overall fleet through the use of cleaner transportation technologies.  This commitment is reflected in part by new efforts to increase the percentage of city service vehicles that are electric, develop new charging infrastructure, and join the U.S. Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge.  These activities are in-line with the City's broader sustainable transportation efforts.
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