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Saturday, February 4, 2017

WATCH: In the season 2 trailer of 'Greenleaf' the betrayals have only just begun

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Season 2 of Greenleaf premieres on March 15

LOS ANGELES, CA) - February 3, 2017 - Oprah Winfrey Network debuted today the season two trailer for its acclaimed original drama series "Greenleaf" from Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), Emmy-nominated creator/executive producer Craig Wright ("Lost," "Six Feet Under") and executive producers Clement Virgo ("The Book of Negroes") and Oprah Winfrey 

The first eight episodes of the new season will debut on Wednesday, March 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.  The remaining eight episodes of the series' second season will air in summer 2017.  "Greenleaf" premiered last June as the #1 series debut in OWN history and was 2016's #1 new cable series for women, averaging over three million viewers in Live+3 in its first season.

In the series' second season, the Greenleaf family tree will split at the root as Jacob (Lamman Rucker, "Why Did I Get Married?") ventures off to begin his new career with long-time rival church Triumph Ministries, breaking faith with his father, Bishop James Greenleaf (Emmy-winner Keith David, "Community") while his mother, Lady Mae Greenleaf (Golden Globe nominee and Emmy-winner Lynn Whitfield, "The Josephine Baker Story"), struggles with Jacob's decision to abandon the family. Meanwhile, after exposing her Uncle Mac's (GregAlan Williams, "The Accountant") crimes, but failing to bring him to justice, Grace "Gigi" Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge, "The Night Shift") finds herself intrigued with someone new, Darius Nash (guest star Rick Fox, "Dope"), a local journalist who's been closely following the ongoing threats plaguing the Greenleaf empire. Oprah Winfrey ("Selma") also returns in her guest starring role as Mavis McCready, the sister of Lady Mae Greenleaf and a close confidante to Grace Greenleaf.



Viewers can catch up on the show's complete first season on Netflix beginning March 9 and OWN will air a "Greenleaf" season one marathon with all 13 episodes back-to-back on Sunday, February 19 beginning at 10 a.m. ET/PT.
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Friday, February 3, 2017

"Happily After All: How to Keep Your Relationship Going, When You Are Tired of Trying" Available on February 3, 2017

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(ATLANTA, GA) - - With a style that combines raw truth, real life and body-rocking humor, author Willie Moore Jr. gives readers a guide to navigating the difficult challenges within personal and family relationships. Alongside his wife Patricia, Willie reveals the uncomfortable realities that come with dating, marriage, and parenthood to provide no nonsense solutions to anyone who wants to build a happier, healthier relationship. 
As a native of the Ferguson Florissant area of St. Louis Missouri, he saw first hand the effects of unhealthy relationships in the broken families of the neighborhood. Himself the product of adoptive parents, Willie learned early on the importance of family. After transitioning from RnB singer Pretty Willie to father, husband and counselor to millions of radio listeners, he realized that he was not alone in the issues he’d faced in over two decades of learning to be successful in his relationships. 

"I didn't want to have a joint account and share my money until my wife had to pay my child support," says Willie Moore Jr.

So many people build new relationships based on the foundation of their youth without ever checking to see if that foundation is solid enough for a new relationship to stand... we need to clear away the foundations made up of broken ideas and poor role models and begin to build all new foundations for our relationships.
Willie Moore Jr.'s new book will be available for purchase on February 3, 2017 via Amazon.com andHappilyAfterAllBook.com.
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GMA Hall of Fame Inductee Jeff Stice Announces the Release of JEFF TRAX

SMITHS GROVE, Ky. - (February 3, 2017) - GMA Hall of Fame inductee and multi-award winning pianist Jeff Stice is very excited to announce the release of his new line of sound tracks. 

Entitled JEFF TRAX, these new accompaniment tracks will be released with vocal tracks in a high and low format as well as accompaniment tracks for performing pianists as well. 

Jeff said, "I get asked all of the time if I will be making my soundtracks available for church pianists and piano players that play for groups. I've put a lot of time, care and cost into producing my piano accompaniment, and I want to share them with other pianists. They're so much fun to play with! I'll be offering the piano accompaniment for five different songs along with a demo of each on one disc.

The HI-LO vocal accompaniment will feature 10 classic hymns in two different keys for each on a single disc as well. This will enable the singer to be comfortable with singing the song in a key that is suitable for the individual. More information on JEFF TRAX will be available online. 
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'UNSUNG' places the spolight on Dave Hollister on Feb. 8

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SILVER SPRING, MD - Feb. 3, 2017- Season 10 of TV One's longest-running and award-winning series Unsung continues with a feature on group member-turned-solo R&B artist Dave Hollister on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. ET. Family and friends, including Tank, Teddy Riley, Chopmaster J, Money B, Tim Kelly and Al B. Sure provide insights and first-hand accounts into Hollister's highs and lows, and the trials and tribulations he faced in private and public forums.

When Blackstreet exploded onto the R&B scene in the early '90s, so did one of the group's most memorable lead vocalists, Dave Hollister. Born into a musical church family who considered R&B forbidden fruit, Hollister spent his childhood rebelling and testing boundaries. After spending years holding down major artists as a background singer, he came into the spotlight when he joined Blackstreet with Teddy Riley and stood out from the pack on the Top 5 single "Before I Let You Go." But after just one album, he left the group to pursue a solo career that included Top 10 hits "My Favorite Girl" and "One Woman Man."

Yet, while lovesick fans jammed to his soulful lyrics, Hollister was secretly living a tormented life, battling an addiction to cocaine, alcohol and women. In the 2000s, declining music sales and his personal quest to duplicate the success of Blackstreet fueled his addictions - ultimately causing him to lose his family and nearly his life. With nothing left to lose, Hollister returned to his Baptist church roots to find his voice, and once again found success - this time in gospel music. After a 10-year hiatus from secular music, Hollister is back in the studio with a new attitude and new lyrics that he believes are a perfect balance between gospel and R&B. On this candid episode of Unsung, he opens up about his road to fame, the demons that nearly overtook him along the way and what brought him back from the brink.

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Judy Collins, Ravi Coltrane, Ziggy Marley, Carla Morrison, Northern Cree, O'Connor Band With Mark O'Connor,  And Third Coast Percussion To Perform At Prelude To Music's Biggest Night® And Kick Off The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards®  
Lauren Daigle, For King & Country, Jimmy Jam, Sarah Jarosz, René Marie, Mýa,And Brendon Urie Will Present Awards In Approximately 70 Categories
SANTA MONICA, Calif.  — The GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony®will take place at Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, from 12:30–3:30 p.m. PT and will be streamed live internationally via GRAMMY.com/live and CBS.com. Preceding the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast, the Premiere Ceremony will feature performances by current nominees Judy Collins, Ravi Coltrane, Ziggy Marley, Carla Morrison, Northern Cree, O'Connor Band With Mark O'Connor, and Third Coast Percussion. GRAMMY® nominee Margaret Cho will host the ceremony. Presenting the first GRAMMY Awards of the day in approximately 70 categories will be five-time GRAMMY winner Jimmy Jam and current nominees Lauren DaigleFor King & CountrySarah JaroszRené MarieMýaand Brendon Urie from Panic! At The Disco.
The live stream of the Premiere Ceremony will remain on GRAMMY.com as video on demand for 90 days following the event. The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live following the event on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. ET/5–8:30 p.m. PT. For GRAMMY coverage, updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy®'s social networks on Facebook and Twitter.
Margaret Cho, Judy Collins, Ravi Coltrane, Lauren Daigle, For King & Country, René Marie, Ziggy Marley, Carla Morrison, Mýa, Northern Cree, O'Connor Band With Mark O'Connor,  Third Coast Percussion, and Brendon Urie each have one GRAMMY nomination this year: Cho for Best Comedy Album (American Myth); Collins with Ari Hest for Best Folk Album (Silver Skies Blue); Coltrane for Best Improvised Jazz Solo ("In Movement"); Daigle for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song ("Trust In You"); For King & Country for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song ("Priceless"); Marie for Best Jazz Vocal Album (Sound Of Red); Marley for Best Reggae Album (Ziggy Marley); Morrison for Best Latin Rock, Urban Or Alternative Album (Amor Supremo); Mya for Best R&B Album (Smoove Jones); Northern Cree for Best Regional Roots Music Album (It's A Cree Thing); O'Connor Band With Mark O'Connor for Best Bluegrass Album (Coming Home); Third Coast Percussion for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance (Steve Reich); and Brendon Urie with Panic! At The Disco for Best Rock Album (Death Of A Bachelor). Sarah Jarosz has two nominations this year, for Best American Roots Performance ("House Of Mercy") and Best Folk Album (Undercurrent).
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CeCe Winans to appear on Austin City Limits on Feb. 4

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Austin City Limits Showcases Music For the Soul:
Gospel Legend CeCe Winans & St. Paul & The Broken Bones

New Episode Airs February 4th on PBS

Austin, TX—Austin City Limits (ACL) presents a soul-stirring hour of high voltage gospel with the legendary CeCe Winans and soul sensations St. Paul & The Broken Bones.  The new installment premieres Saturday, February 4 at 8pm CT/9pm ET as part of the series’ Season 42.  ACL’s season finale airs February 11, featuring UK alt-rockers Foals along with Texas legend Alejandro Escovedo.  The series just announced the first taping of the upcoming Season 43, with rock icons The Pretenders taping their ACL debut on March 13th to air later this year.  ACL airs weekly on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings) and full episodes are made available online for a limited time atpbs.org/austincitylimits immediately following the initial broadcast. The show's official hashtag is #acltv.   

Gospel superstar CeCe Winans dazzles with a joyful spirit and a powerful voice in her first-ever appearance on the ACL stage.  The ten-time Grammy-winning legend takes us to church with a buoyant set backed by her eleven-piece band, performing songs from Let Them Fall in Love, her first album in nearly a decade.  Winans opens with the Motown meets southern soul burner “Hey Devil!” - a playful rebuke to temptation, tossing in a chorus of “Hit the Road, Jack” for good measure. A set highlight is new gem “Lowly,” a feel-good raver filled with soaring choruses and delightful interplay between Winans and her backup singers.  She delivers a powerhouse take on “Why Me” the Kris Kristofferson classic, bringing the house down.  Closing out her exuberant set with “Dancing in the Spirit,” the gospel giant leads a jubilant sing and dance-along that has the audience on their feet singing her praises.

Named “one of rock’s hottest live acts,” by Rolling Stone, the Birmingham, Alabama soul outfit St. Paul & The Broken Bones fire up the crowd in a thrilling ACL debut, armed with songs from their acclaimed sophomore release Sea of Love.  Dynamic frontman Paul Janeway, decked out in a cherry-red suit with checkerboard trim, promises the crowd “we gon’ take you there,” and he delivers.  The blistering set offers non-stop scorchers with a show-stopping performance by Janeway, whose voice has earned comparisons to soul greats Al Green and Otis Redding, and whom, NPR says, “channels a fire-and-brimstone energy”.  “Let’s take it to the heavens,” says the colorful bandleader for the rousing set-closer “Burning Rome,” as he drops to his knees, preaching his soul-fire gospel and making a believer out of everyone. 

CeCe Winans Setlist:

St. Paul & The Broken Bones Setlist:

Viewers can visit acltv.com for news regarding future tapings, episode schedules and select live stream updates.  The Peabody Award-winning series will air encore episodes until Season 43 debuts on PBS later this year, beginning February 18 with an encore broadcast of Grammy-nominated Sturgill Simpson’s 2015 ACL debut, alongside Western swing institution Asleep at the Wheel.  For images and episode information, visit Austin City Limits press room at http://acltv.com/press-room/.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017


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Music's Biggest Night® — Hosted By James Corden — Airs Live On CBS, Feb. 12, 2017

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Feb. 2, 2017) — Music's Biggest Night® just got bigger with newly added performances by two-time current GRAMMY® nominee William Bell and GRAMMY winner Gary Clark Jr.; current seven-time GRAMMY nominee Chance The Rapper; two-time GRAMMY winners Little Big Town; and current two-time GRAMMY nominee Sturgill Simpson. Previously announced performers include AdeleDaft Punk, Dave GrohlAlicia Keys, John LegendBruno MarsMetallicaMaren MorrisAnderson .Paak, A Tribe Called QuestCarrie UnderwoodKeith Urban, and The Weeknd. Award-winning television personality and performer James Corden is set to host the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards® for the first time. Taking place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television NetworkSunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Additional performers will be announced shortly.

"It's important to The Recording Academy that the GRAMMY stage showcases artists across all disciplines and genres, and we take pride in our ability to elevate the best in music while, at the same time, introducing audiences to sounds and songs they’d previously not heard," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "As fans' access to music has increased, so has their appetite for variety expanded. This year's lineup already reflects that—and we're still not done!"

Bell is nominated for Best Traditional R&B Performance ("The Three Of Me") and Best Americana Album (This Is Where I Live).

Chance The Rapper is nominated for Best Rap Album (Coloring Book), Best New Artist, Best Rap/Sung Performance ("Ultralight Beam"), and Best Rap Performance ("No Problem"). He's also nominated three times in the  Best Rap Song category ("Ultralight Beam," "No Problem," and" Famous").

Simpson is nominated for Album Of The Year and Best Country Album (A Sailor's Guide To Earth).

The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, Ben Winston is a producer, and David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers.
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Son of Pastor A.R. Bernard, Pastor Jamaal Bernard pens book, "Unapologetic Christianity"

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Pastor Jamaal Bernard Pens His First Book 
“Unapologetic Christianity”
Brooklyn, NY—As a Pastor of New York City’s largest Church, Pastor Jamaal Bernard, Christian Cultural Center (CCC) Long Island Campus understands that there is a desperate need for Unapologetic Ambassadors for Christ. That is the theme of Bernard’s book, “Unapologetic Christianity” as he explores the value that true followers of Christ bring to a world in chaos.
As the son of Reverend A.R Bernard Sr., Christian Cultural Center (CCC) founders, and his wife, Pastor Karen Bernard, Jamaal writes out of his experience as a pastor and careful observer of the culture. He adeptly applies the words of ancient scripture to the modern day world we experience, and demonstrates how these truths impact our world. If you need to be encouraged in your walk with Jesus or you are seeking something that will move you to a deeper relationship, this book is exactly what you need.
About The Book
There is a desperate need for Unapologetic Ambassadors for Christ. That is the theme of Jamaal Bernard’s book as he explores the value that true followers of Christ bring to a world in chaos. "Unapologetic Christianity" is available on Amazon and iTunes.
“Unapologetic Christianity” explores three important elements:
  • The Christian’s Role in the World
  • The Christian’s Relationship to the World
  • The Opinion about Christians by the World 
    As you thumb through the pages of this book you will discover fresh insight into how some of the earliest biblical stories provide a new perspective on your life. 
    About The Author Jamaal Bernard Sr.
    Jamaal Bernard is leading a movement of Unapologetic Ambassadors for Christ (UAFC), a clarion call to be unwilling to apologize for your faith and beliefs. UAFC is centered on one thing – Christianity being a 24-7-365 experience. Jamaal also serves as the Senior Pastor at Christian Cultural Center’s Long Island Campus in Hauppauge, NY. An extension of Christian Cultural Center, now the Brooklyn Campus, Jamaal was able to watch his father, Reverend Dr. A.R. Bernard, build the storefront ministry into New York City’s largest church. Jamaal has embraced a phenomenal legacy, a legacy that doesn’t accept excellence when greatness is possible. 
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Trump is a ray o sunshine for evangelicals at National Prayer Breakfast


Pres. Trump thanked the American people for praying for him this morning at the National Prayer Breakfast. Later in the day at the White House press briefing Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the president noted as he has traveled around the country, "The five words he has heard more than any others is 'I am praying for you.'"

When asked if he thought the venue was appropriate for Trump to bash the "Apprentice" ratings drop since Arnold Schwarzenneger took his place, Spicer said it was a light hearted moment with the show's creator Mark Burnett who was at the breakfast. POTUS jokingly said we should pray for Swartzenegger and the ratings "disaster."

More relevant to the occasion were Trump's remarks on religious liberties, which will bring relief to Evangelical right-wingers who overwhelmingly voted to put him in office.

"I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution." Trump led in to this statement with a quote from one of the nation's forefathers, Thomas Jefferson, who beleived in the freedom to fully practice ones faith.

Some say protection of religious liberties is code for being non-PC and discriminating against those with different viewpoints and values. The Johnson Amendment (instituted by Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson prohibited religious non-profits and charities from endorsing a candidate from the pulpit or they could lose their tax exempt status.Those who want more lenience say it is a matter of free speech. Many Christian pastors felt they could not condemn homosexuality without being in jeopardy of being penalized.

White House Director of Communication Omarosa Manigault also attended the briefing. (Photos: Mona Austin)
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Pres. Trump Proclaims February as 'African American History Month'

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     As we celebrate National African American History Month, we recognize the heritage and achievements of African Americans.  The contributions African Americans have made and continue to make are an integral part of our society, and the history of African Americans exemplifies the resilience and innovative spirit that continue to make our Nation great.

     For generations, African Americans have embodied the shared progress of our Nation.  Through toil and struggle and with courageous actions that have broken barriers, they have made America a better place to live and work for everybody.  Women like Katherine Johnson, a pioneer in space history whose work helped America win the Space Race, and Madam C.J. Walker, who became one of the most successful female entrepreneurs of her time, paved the way for both women and African Americans in their respective fields.  Robert Smalls, a man born into slavery, founded our Nation's first free and compulsory public school system.  Later in life, he served as a lawmaker in South Carolina's State legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives.  The strength and determination of men and women like these remind us that our Nation brims with people whose contributions continue to make it stronger and better.

     This year, African American History Month calls upon us to reflect on the crucial role of education in the history of African Americans.  It reminds us of the importance of teaching and reflecting upon the many roles African Americans have played in building this Nation and driving it forward.  This year's theme also calls upon us to rededicate ourselves to the work of ensuring that all children in this Nation have access to quality educational opportunities that give them the skills, experiences, relationships, and credentials that can empower them to follow in the footsteps of people like Katherine Johnson, Madam C.J. Walker, and Robert Smalls.

     As we journey toward a stronger, more united Nation, let us use this commemoration of African American History Month to serve as a reminder of the need for meaningful dialogue and shared commitment to collective action that uplifts and empowers, as well as of the strength, ingenuity, and perseverance required of us in the years to come.

     NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim February 2017 as National African American History Month.  I call upon public officials, educators, librarians, and all the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
first day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.

                                 DONALD J. TRUMP

NOTE: The month of February is formally known as Black History Month and can ot be changed by re-wording the title alone.
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TRANSCRIPT: White House African American Histroy Month 'listening session' and attendees list

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