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Saturday, December 10, 2016

TUNE-IN ALERT: Get cooking lessons from Patti Labelle today on 'Patti Labelle's Place' airing on the Cooking Channel

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Ms. Patti is in the kitchen again today. Tune in as she serves up a plate of yummies to celebrity guests!


New Back-to-Back Episodes
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10
11 AM and 11:30 AM Eastern
8 AM and 8:30 AM Pacific
Airing on the COOKING CHANNEL

Check out  who is coming over what's on the menu aside from double layer peach cobbler and Patti's famous greens.


Patti introduces longtime friend and gospel superstar Kirk Franklin and his wife Tammy to her Famous Fried Chicken. Nothing says "yum" like golden-brown fried chicken served with Sautéed Potatoes and Onions, along with Garlicky Broccoli Rabe. Later, Erica Campbell from the legendary gospel duo Mary Mary stops by, and she and Patti make a simple and delicious double-layer Peach Cobbler.


Patti is hanging out in the ki celebrity make-up artist Jay Manuel and there's never a dull moment when these two are in the kitchen.  Their meal starts with a Mixed Green Salad drizzled with Patti's Secret Homemade Salad Dressing, and then she shows Jay how to prepare her Spicy Garlic Sautéed Chicken Breasts and Fresh Spinach. Later, Patti's good girlfriend Gayle King drops by for a down-home meal of mouthwatering Beef Short Ribs andMiss Patti's Mean Greens.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

RCA INSPIRATION DOMINATES BILLBOARD’S YEAR-END GOSPEL CHARTS

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Nashville, TN (December 9, 2016) – Billboard just released its 2016 “Year-End” charts andRCA Inspiration’s world-class artists, Kirk FranklinTravis Greene, Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, William Murphy and Marvin Sapp have claimed top positions throughout severalGospel and R&B/Hip-Hop charts.  Donnie McClurkin’s 2016 album The Journey (LIVE) and the single “I Need You,” are positioned in the Top 25 on the Gospel Albums, Hot Gospel and Gospel Airplay Songs charts.  Kirk Franklin boasts seven chart-topping positions and over ten other Top 25 positions on various Gospel and R&B/Hip-Hop charts with his latest album Losing My Religion and singles including “123 Victory” and “Wanna Be Happy?”  Marvin Sapp’s most recent album, You Shall Live, and his songs, “The Best in Me,” “Live,” “Never Would Have Made It,” and “Yes You Can” appear in the Top 25 on six charts.  And last, but certainly not least, rising young star Travis Greene earned fourteen year-end chart positions, including the #1 spot on the Gospel Airplay Artists chart, with his debut album The Hill and hit singles, “Intentional” and “Made A Way”.

Additionally, RCA Inspiration was ranked as the #1 Gospel Songs Label by Billboard for the 16thtime.  RCA Inspiration’s SVP and GM, Phil Thornton says, “The RCA Inspiration family is extremely proud of these latest achievements of our artists and the high-quality music that our label is bringing to people around the world! The creativity and dedication demonstrated by our artists is unparalleled and we’re grateful that all of their hard work is appreciated and recognized”.

RCA Inspiration’s Billboard Year-End Chart Positions:
Label
No.1 - TOP GOSPEL LABELS
No.1 - HOT GOSPEL SONGS LABELS
No.1 - HOT GOSPEL SONGS IMPRINTS
No.1 - GOSPEL ALBUMS LABELS
No.1 - TOP GOSPEL IMPRINTS
No.2 - GOSPEL ALBUMS IMPRINTS

Donnie McClurkin
No. 15 – TOP GOSPEL ARTISTS
No. 15 – HOT GOSPEL SONGS (I Need You)
No. 19 – GOSPEL ALBUMS (The Journey (Live))
No. 21 – GOSPEL AIRPLAY SONGS (I Need You)

Fred Hammond
No. 23 – GOSPEL ALBUMS (Worship Journal: Live)

Kirk Franklin
No. 1 - TOP GOSPEL ARTISTS
No. 1 – GOSPEL ALBUMS (Losing My Religion)
No. 1 – GOSPEL ALBUMS ARTISTS
No. 1 – HOT GOSPEL SONGS (Wanna Be Happy?)
No.1 – HOT GOSPEL SONGS ARTISTS
No. 1 – HOT GOSPEL SONGS PRODUCERS
No. 1 – GOSPEL DIGITAL SONGS ARTISTS
No. 2 – GOSPEL AIRPLAY ARTISTS
No. 2 – GOSPEL DIGITAL SONGS (Wanna Be Happy?)
No. 3 – GOSPEL STREAMING SONGS ARTISTS
No. 4 – GOSPEL STREAMING SONGS (Wanna Be Happy?)
No. 5 – HOT GOSPEL SONGS (123 Victory featuring Pharrell Williams)
No. 6 – GOSPEL DIGITAL SONGS (123 Victory featuring Pharrell Williams)
No. 7 – R&B ALBUMS (Losing My Religion)
No. 7 – R&B ALBUMS ARTISTS
No. 9 – GOSPEL AIRPLAY SONGS (Wanna Be Happy?)
No. 11 – GOSPEL STREAMING SONGS (Imagine Me)
No. 12 – GOSPEL AIRPLAY SONGS (123 Victory featuring Pharrell Williams)
No. 14 – ADULT R&B SONGS (Wanna Be Happy?)
No. 14 – GOSPEL DIGITAL SONGS (I Smile)
No. 16 – R&B/HIP-HOP ALBUMS ARTISTS
No. 17 – R&B/HIP-HOP ALBUMS (Losing My Religion)
No. 23 – GOSPEL STREAMING SONGS (Lean on Me featuring Mary J. Blige, Bono, R. Kelly, Crystal Lewis & The Family)
No. 25 – GOSPEL STREAMING SONGS (123 Victory featuring Pharrell Williams)

Marvin Sapp
No. 7 – GOSPEL STREAMING SONGS ARTISTS
No. 8 – HOT GOSPEL SONGS ARTISTS
No. 10 – TOP GOSPEL ARTISTS
No. 10 – GOSPEL ALBUMS ARTISTS
No. 10 – GOSPEL STREAMING SONGS (The Best in Me)
No. 13 – GOSPEL ALBUMS (You Shall Live)
No. 18 – HOT GOSPEL SONGS (Live)
No. 20 – GOSPEL DIGITAL SONGS (Never Would Have Made It)
No. 22 – GOSPEL AIRPLAY SONGS (Live)
No. 25 – HOT GOSPEL SONGS (Yes You Can)

Travis Greene
No. 1 – GOSPEL AIRPLAY ARTISTS
No. 2 – TOP GOSPEL ARTISTS
No. 2 – HOT GOSPEL SONGS ARTISTS
No. 3 – GOSPEL DIGITAL SONGS (Intentional)
No. 4 – GOSPEL ALBUMS ARTISTS
No. 4 – GOSPEL DIGITAL SONGS ARTISTS
No. 4 – HOT GOSPEL SONGS (Made a Way)
No. 4 – GOSPEL STREAMING SONGS ARTISTS
No. 5 – GOSPEL ALBUMS (The Hill)
No. 6 – HOT GOSPEL SONGS (Intentional)
No. 6 – GOSPEL STREAMING SONGS (Intentional)
No. 10 – GOSPEL DIGITAL SONGS (Made a Way)
No. 11 – GOSPEL AIRPLAY SONGS (Made a Way)
No. 15 – GOSPEL AIRPLAY SONGS (Intentional)

William Murphy
No. 15 – GOSPEL ALBUMS (Demonstrate)
No. 19 – TOP GOSPEL ARTISTS

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TV ONE'S NEWSONE NOW ANNOUNCES SPECIAL YEAR-END EXTENDED BROADCAST, THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 12-16, 7-9 A.M. ET

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TV ONE'S  
NEWSONE NOW ANNOUNCES SPECIAL YEAR-END EXTENDED BROADCAST, THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 12-16, 7-9 A.M. ET 

TV One's NewsOne Now, the only daily television news program dedicated to black viewers, is extending its broadcast an additional hour during the week of December 12-16. Hosted by veteran journalist and managing editor Roland S. Martin

In addition, NewsOne Now will introduce "Wisdom from Next Generation Voices," a new, daily series on how African Americans need to move forward under a Trump presidency.  The segment will feature panelists Brittany Packnett, vice president of national community alliances for Teach for America and co-founder of Campaign Zero; Tamika D. Mallory, a civil rights leader and anti-violence advocate; Carmen Perez, executive director and co-founder for The Gathering for Justice; and Rep. Alicia Reece (D-OH, 33rd District).


Taking part in NewsOne Now's ongoing panel throughout the week to discuss the news of the day and current events affecting the African American community will be a vast array of public affairs officers, politicians, lawyers, strategists, civil rights activists and more:

  • A. Scott Bolden: Attorney/Former Chair, DC Democratic Party
  • Eugene Craig, III: Vice Chairman, Maryland Republican Party
  • Lauren Victoria Burke: Political Analyst/Writer, NBCBLK
  • Angela Peoples: Director, GetEQUAL
  • Gianno Caldwell: Sr. Contributor, Red Alert Politics
  • Avis Jones DeWeever, Ph.D.: Author, How Exceptional Black Women Lead
  • Spencer Overton: President, Joint Center For Political & Economic Studies
  • Greg Carr, Ph.D.: Chair, Dept. of Afro-American Studies, Howard University
  • Rina Shah Bharara: Republican Political Strategist
  • Ralph Chittams, Sr.: Senior Vice Chairman, DC GOP
  • Jamira Burley: National Deputy Millennial Voter Director for Hillary Clinton and Co-Founder, GenYNot
  • Amber J. Phillips: Co-Director, BLACK
  • Bill Fletcher, Jr.: Writer/Activist
  • Karine Jean-Pierre: Senior Advisor/National Spokesperson, MoveOn.org
  • Liz Copeland: Founding President, Urban Conservative Project, Inc.
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Terrance Bell releases 'The Story of Jesus' single

buzzz worthy. . .The Story of Jesus'

Music is such a significant part of the holiday season and it never goes out of style, and every now and then you hear an original song to add to your classics. Terrance Bell comes forth with a rock solid gem entitled, The Story of Jesus.  A beautiful ballad with a piano entry coupled with Bell's warm voice and clear, crisp instruments backed by a powerful choir, the song is about Christ our King and His reign.

Bell explains why he wrote The Story of Jesus:
I wrote this song because like many people, Christmas is my favorite holiday.  One of the things that make it my favorite holiday is because growing up my grandparents and I always watched Christmas shows (cartoons) together as a family.  During these shows, my grandmother would always use them as educational moments to talk about Christmas stories and good always prevailing.  Most of her Christmas stories were always about the birth of Jesus.  As I became older what became important to my life was the value in family and friends and giving and sharing with an unconditional love to all people. Today, I still look at the old Christmas shows and cartoons. I still love to hear Christmas stories and now share them with my kids.

As a musician who started playing different instruments at the age of seven, and a minister of music whose leadership have enhanced and transcended several church worship services where employed, it's no surprise that "The Story of Jesus" is making an immediate impact at radio.


Val Monroe, Program Director of WEXL 1340, exclaims, "Terrance Bell's Christmas song,'The Story of Jesus,' is refreshing, inspiring and uplifting to anyone who has an ear to hear! You will enjoy listening to this song!"
Percy Davis, Program Director of WOAD 1300 says, "This is classic 'Christmas Praise', I love it."
A song with real potential to stand the test of time, Terrance Bell struck gold with "The Story of Jesus."  It's an easy listen while remaining true to the Christmas vibe.

"The Story of Jesus" is available at all digital outlets. 

For more information about Terrance Bell, please visit http://www.terrancebell.com

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Tony Rock to host new TV One game show, 'The Game of Dating' in January 2017

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TONY ROCK HOSTS TV ONE'S OUTRAGEOUS
NEW GAME SHOW "THE GAME OF DATING,"
PREMIERING TUESDAY, JAN. 31

Network's Original Primetime Series Takes a Voyeuristic Look at Real-Life Dating While Teams Watch, React and Compete to Win Cash Prizes
Every Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT

 
"The Game of Dating is a hilarious, jam-packed series filled with comedy, huge reveals and excellent play along," said Brad Siegel, President of TV One. "With expert comic timing, Tony Rock entertainingly navigates the audience and our contestants through two dates - each one as unpredictable and funny as the last. It's the only game show where dating pays off!"
 
The Game of Dating begins each hour-long episode with three teams of friends and/or family who watch real dates in a "hidden camera" style from the comfort of their homes. Throughout the show, the teams, as well as Rock, will offer their funny and uncensored commentary. The couples could be on an awkward first date, enjoying a new relationship, or they could be an existing couple with history just trying to keep the magic going. The competing teams watch the dates and do their best to figure out the daters' stories and next moves in order to score cash.
 
As the two different dates progress, the teams - who are as diverse as the daters, including sorority sisters, bakers, barbers, hair stylists, multi-generational families, comedians, basketball moms and even a group of seniors - will participate in gameplay with multiple questions about the dates like: "How long has this couple been dating?"; "Who will pay the check?"; or "Will she ask him up to her apartment when he drops her off after a dinner date?"  Each correct answer earns the teams increasing amounts of cash and the team with the most money at the end of the episode wins the $10,000 grand prize.
 
The Game of Dating's first season debuts with nine episodes premiering everyTuesday at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT and includes hilarious highlights like: 

  • Lashell and Jeff have been dating on and off for three years, and Lashell is eager to know what their future holds. The two embark on a scavenger hunt - following clues that take them to the heart of Hollywood, where this date takes a turn that will change their lives forever. 
  • Mychal and Ashlynn meet up on a gorgeous Los Angeles beach and bond over Tantric Yoga on the sand, which involves some up-close and personal maneuvers for these blind daters! On the way to an exquisite beachfront meal, the two find the ocean far too cold for a swim, but the freezing water doesn't seem to affect the heat between these two singles. 
  • Things get hot and heavy when Princess and Patrick take a pole-dancing class together.  As they learn to slither up and down the pole our elderly contestants debate how the young people date in today's world. But don't let the age fool you, as these seniors have wild imaginations to go along with their uncensored banter.

"Every couple has a story and the most fun part for any bystander is figuring out 'what's their deal'," said Rock. "We're pulling back the curtain and taking an uncensored look at how couples relate. The commentary might not always be pretty, but it will definitely be funny."
 
About Tony Rock
Comedian, actor, producer, writer, CEO - all are hats worn by Tony Rock. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., into a family with eight siblings, Rock was born laughing. Whether hosting Russell Simmons' "All Def Comedy Live" and the revamped talent competition "Apollo Live," starring in acclaimed films like "C'mon Man" and "The Redemption of a Dog," making cameo appearances in box office hits like "Think Like a Man" or co-headlining multiple, nationwide comedy tours, Rock has proven he can step outside of his famous older brother's shadow and forge his own impressive entertainment career. Outside of Hollywood, Rock works tirelessly as the founder of the MyROCK Diabetes Foundation, a charity established in honor of his late father, Julius. More information is also available on his website atwww.tonyrockcomedy.com.
 
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Lionsgate acquires Starz

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Lionsgate Shareholders Overwhelmingly Ratify Deal
SANTA MONICA, Calif. and ENGLEWOOD, Colo.Dec. 8, 2016 -- Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) and Starz today announced the closing of the transaction under which Lionsgate has acquired Starz for approximately $4.4 billion in cash and stock.  The deal creates a vertically integrated global content platform that includes one of the largest independent television businesses in the world, a 16,000-title film and television library, the STARZ premium pay network serving nearly 25 million subscribers, a world-class film business and a growing suite of streaming services.
The acquisition was approved by 98% of the votes cast by Lionsgate shareholders and 95% of the votes cast by Starz shareholders, in person or represented by proxy, not including abstentions, at the companies' respective shareholder meetings on Wednesday, December 7, 2016.  All necessary regulatory approvals have been obtained and all conditions to the closing have been satisfied.
Under the terms of the transaction, each share of previously existing Lionsgate common stock has been reclassified into 0.5 newly created voting shares of Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A) and 0.5 newly created non-voting shares of Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.B).  Holders of Starz Series A common stock are receiving $18.00 in cash as well as 0.6784 shares of Lionsgate Class B non-voting stock.  Holders of Starz Series B common stock are receiving $7.26 in cash, 0.6321 shares of Lionsgate Class A voting stock and 0.6321 shares of Lionsgate Class B non-voting stock.  Previously existing Lionsgate common shares and Starz common shares will no longer be listed on the NYSE and NASDAQ, respectively, effective December 9, 2016.
Lionsgate will operate Starz as a wholly-owned subsidiary.  With the completion of the acquisition, the combined company is well positioned to increase its content creation capabilities, enhance its leadership in premium scripted programming and scale its global distribution footprint.  Chris Albrecht will continue to serve as President and CEO of Starz, reporting to Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer, and will also join Lionsgate's Executive Management Committee.      
"After planning the integration of Lionsgate and Starz for the past five months, we are more excited than ever at the value created by the combination of our two great companies," said Feltheimer and Vice Chairman Michael Burns. "Chris and his team have built Starz into a strong brand, a world-class distribution platform and a premium programming leader, and we're delighted to welcome them to the Lionsgate family.  Working together, we believe that the strategic opportunities are enormous, and we're pleased that our shareholders recognize the transformative potential of the transaction."
"Lionsgate and Starz have a shared vision – to make incredible content for audiences across the world and capitalize on technology and innovation to distribute that content across multiple platforms and devices," said Albrecht. "There is no better time to be in this business and no better company to be a part of.  I am thrilled to join Jon, Michael and the rest of the Lionsgate team in growing our combined company into a global content powerhouse."
The companies noted that integration planning is substantially complete in a number of areas.  Starz's home entertainment and television distribution operations are being consolidated into Lionsgate's worldwide home entertainment and television distribution businesses, respectively.  The consolidation further strengthens an industry leader in packaged media and digital entertainment marketing and international television sales.
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10 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2017 MUSIC EDUCATOR AWARD™ PRESENTED BY THE RECORDING ACADEMY® AND THE GRAMMY FOUNDATION®

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Award Recipient and Finalists to Receive Cash Honoraria with Generous Support and Resources Provided by the GRAMMY Foundation®'s Education Champions: Converse, Disney Performing Arts,
Ford Motor Company Fund, and Journeys
 
WHO: A total of 10 music teachers from 10 cities across 7 states have been announced as finalists for the Music Educator Award™ presented by The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation®Initial nominations were submitted from all 50 statesNominations and applications for the 2018 Music Educator Award are now open viawww.grammymusicteacher.comA complete list of finalists is below.

 
WHAT: A joint partnership and presentation of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation, the Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public, and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in schools.
 
The award is open to current U.S. music teachers, and anyone can nominate a teacher — students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans, and administrators. Teachers are also able to nominate themselves, and nominated teachers are notified and invited to fill out an application.
 
Each year, one recipient is selected from 10 finalists and recognized for their remarkable impact on students' lives. The 2017 honoree will be flown to Los Angeles, the host city of the GRAMMY Awards®, and will be recognized during GRAMMY Week in February 2017. The recipient will also attend the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards ceremony and a range of GRAMMY Foundation events. In addition, the recipient will receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists will receive matching grants.
 
Additionally, the previously named 15 semifinalists will receive a $500 honorarium with matching school grants for the first time in the award's history.
 
The grants provided to the finalists and schools are made possible by the generosity and support of the GRAMMY Foundation's Education Champions: ConverseDisney Performing ArtsFord Motor Company Fund, and Journeys. In addition, the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, NAMM Foundation, and National Education Association support this program through outreach to their constituencies.
 
WHEN: The winner will be announced during GRAMMY Week. For more information, please visitwww.grammymusicteacher.com
 
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Statement by President Obama on the Passing of Astronaut and Senator, John Glenn

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John Glenn

When John Glenn blasted off from Cape Canaveral atop an Atlas rocket in 1962, he lifted the hopes of a nation.  And when his Friendship 7 spacecraft splashed down a few hours later, the first American to orbit the Earth reminded us that with courage and a spirit of discovery there's no limit to the heights we can reach together.  With John's passing, our nation has lost an icon and Michelle and I have lost a friend.  John spent his life breaking barriers, from defending our freedom as a decorated Marine Corps fighter pilot in World War II and Korea, to setting a transcontinental speed record, to becoming, at age 77, the oldest human to touch the stars.  John always had the right stuff, inspiring generations of scientists, engineers and astronauts who will take us to Mars and beyond--not just to visit, but to stay.  

Today, the people of Ohio remember a devoted public servant who represented his fellow Buckeyes in the U.S. Senate for a quarter century and who fought to keep America a leader in science and technology.  Our thoughts are with his beloved wife Annie, their children John and Carolyn and the entire Glenn family.  The last of America's first astronauts has left us, but propelled by their example we know that our future here on Earth compels us to keep reaching for the heavens.  On behalf of a grateful nation, Godspeed, John Glenn. -30-

Mr. Glenn died at the age of 95 in his native Ohio at James Cancer Center at Ohio State University in Columbus. Hospital officials said his stay there was not an indication he had cancer. He served in the U.S. Senate from 1974-1999.
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