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Friday, February 17, 2017

WATCH: President Trump's Weekly Address




I this week's address Pres. Trump discusses legislation that he says will lower energy prices for all Americans.

My fellow Americans,

We have taken major steps during the first few weeks of my Administration to remove wasteful regulations and get our people back to work. I have been saying I was going to do that for a long time.

This week I signed two pieces of legislation to remove burdens on our economy, continue to keep my promises to the American People and so much more.

I signed House Joint Resolution 38, which eliminates an anti-coal regulation put forward by unelected bureaucrats.  Our coal miners have been treated horribly, and we are going to turn that around - and we are going to turn it around quickly. We are going to fight for lower energy prices for all Americans as part of the deal.

That’s why I also signed a resolution to eliminate a costly regulation Dodd-Frank imposed on American energy companies. By stopping this regulation, we are able to save American companies and workers millions and millions of dollars in job-killing compliance costs.

But to truly succeed as a country, we must realize the full potential of women in our economy.

That is why I was thrilled to host the White House’s women’s business leaders roundtable—very exciting, great women.

As President, I am committed to ensuring that women entrepreneurs have equal access to the capital, markets, and networks of support that they need, and I mean really need. And it’s going to happen.  This is a priority for my Administration.  I campaigned on helping women in the workforce, and we are going to deliver on that promise, believe me.

In fact, as part of my first official meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this week, we announced the creation of the joint United States-Canada Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders. Actually, very exciting.

The United States also reaffirmed our unbreakable bond this week with our cherished ally, Israel. It was an honor to welcome my friend, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House.

I affirmed to the Prime Minister America’s commitment to working with Israel and our allies and partners toward greater security and stability.  The threat of terrorism—and believe me it is a threat—must be confronted and defeated and we will defeat it.

We share with Israel a deep conviction that we must protect all innocent human life.

So as you head into the President’s Day weekend, the American people should know that we are working tirelessly on your behalf.  We are not here for the benefit of bureaucrats, consultants, or pundits—we are here to work for you, and only for you, the American people.

Thank you, God Bless you and God Bless America.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

WILLIAM MCDOWELL RELEASES ‘ALL-STAR’ SOUNDS OF REVIVAL II: DEEPER ON MARCH 3


INCLUDES BEVY OF GUEST ARTISTS 
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW 

Order Today And Receive New Songs featuring Tina Campbell, Travis Greene And Israel Houghton 

Nashville, TN (February 16, 2017) — Sequels are often highly anticipated and William McDowell’s follow-up to the 2016 top-selling “Sounds Of Revival” is no exception.  The Grammy® nominated, prolific worship leader is set to release“SOUNDS OF REVIVAL II: DEEPER” on March 3.   

Touted as an ‘all-star’ project “SOUNDS OF REVIVAL II: DEEPER” offers never-before-heard live performances from McDowell’s Baton Rouge concert recording. McDowell presented his local community of singers on the first ‘Sounds of Revival’ while “SOUNDS OF REVIVAL II: DEEPER” displays a community of world renowned worshippers. The album is full of special appearances by Tina Campbell, Israel Houghton, Travis Greene, Nicole Binion, Jonathan McReynolds, Brian Courtney Wilson & Jonathan Stockstill, and the return of Charles & Taylor.
Tina Campbell joins McDowell, on the current single “Come To Jesus.” The sweeping altar call ballad is a pleasant departure from McDowell’s usual offering. There is a refinement in the song’s simplicity as the two match vocals wonderfully. 

Authentic and powerful, “SOUNDS OF REVIVAL II: DEEPER” presents genuine worship songs that flow beautifully from one to another. Fans will receive 3 immediate downloads when pre-ordered on iTunes: “Come to Jesus,” with Tina Campbell, “It Is So,” featuring Travis Greene and “In Your Presence,” with 5x Grammy winner, Israel Houghton.

In support of the release, as he did with his award-winning “Withholding Nothing,” William will again offer 7 Days of Worship. The last streaming event attracted viewers from 127 nations in 7 days. He will stream the full Sounds of Revival experience for free on williammcdowellmusic.com starting February 24 until March 3. This allows fans from around the globe to participate in this awesome worship experience. 

William McDowell is a prolific worshipper, songwriter, singer. He is a Grammy Award nominated artist and multiple Stellar and Dove Award winner. He is the lead pastor at Deeper Fellowship Church in Orlando, FL.

“SOUNDS OF REVIVAL II: DEEPER” in stores and online everywhere March 3, 2017.
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Andrew Puzder, Trump's Labor Sec. pick walks away from position

Andrew Puzder, Pres. Trump's nominee for Sec. of Labor, has withdrawn himself from consideration over claims of domestic abuse and hiring an illegal worker. A tape of his ex-wife speaking to Oprah about their marital issues was exposed. The ex has since come forth saying she mischaracterized him on the show and only wanted a free trip. He admitted to hiring an undocumented housekeeper. In addition to these scars on his integrity it was unlikely that he would be confired. Puzder also lacked bi-partisan support.

Puzder was the CEO of Hardees and Carl's Jr. burger chains. His failure to be confirmed is the second blow to the Trump administration in a week, as they try to recover from the resigatnion of National Security advisor, Micahel Flynn's resgination over sharing sensitive information with a Russian Ambassaor.
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Catch CeCe Winans on The Real and Home and Family


After a near decade-long hiatus, ten-time GRAMMY winner CeCe Winans returns, debuting atop the Billboard Gospel Albums Chart with her “finest and most eclectic work to date” (Garden & Gun), ‘Let Them Fall In Love.’ The record's lead single “Never Have to Be Alone” has already climbed to number four on the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs Chart.

‘Let Them Fall In Love’ is “retro, gospel and rootsy” (Atlanta Journal Constitution) — a diversion from the multiplatinum-selling artist's previous work. It dances with horns, strings and pianos from the Nashville String Machine and features fellow Detroit-born legends The Clark Sisters. CeCe’s son Alvin Love III co-produced the Motown-inspired throwback with her longtime collaborator Tommy Sims (Garth Brooks, Michael McDonald, Bonnie Raitt). 

CeCe will appear as a guest on both The Real and Hallmark Channel's Home & Family on Thurs., Feb. 16, and she’ll participate in the Love Rocks NYC! concert alongside William Bell, Gary Clark Jr., Mavis Staples and many others at the Beacon Theatre on Thurs., Mar. 9. 

Her soul-stirring Austin City Limits performance brought the Moody Theater audience off their feet countless times and earned multiple standing ovations over the course of five songs. Watch it here: http://www.pbs.org/video/2365941503/  
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Gov. Chris Christie visits the White House after Trump campaign fall out




It was not the most romantic setting. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, shared lunch on Valentine's Day -- with President Trump at the White House. The two men ran against each other during the 2016 presdetnail race. Many anticipated Christie would serve in Trump's cabinet as he headed the transition tema until he was ousted over alleged "loyalty" issues.Trump invited Christie to lunch to discuss the opioid crisis. Gov. Christie also met with Vice Pres. Pence, who was his replacement on the transition team. Sorces say Christie is still eyeing a postion in the Trump administration.
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TV ONE HIGHLIGHTS AFTER 7 ON NEXT UNSUNG, WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15 AT 8 P.M. ET



SILVER SPRING, MD -- Season 10 of TV One's longest-running and award-winning series Unsung continues with a profile on the platinum-selling singing group After 7 on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. ET.

After 7 is a dynamic singing trio composed of brothers Kevon and Melvin Edmonds, along with friend Keith Mitchell. The group basically walked right into the music industry with the help of their popular brother, R&B singer/songwriter/producer, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, signing with Virgin Records without even an audition.  And with '90s hits like Heat of the Moment, Ready or Not, Can't Stop, and Baby I'm For Real, it appeared that the industry hunch about the group had paid off.

However, disagreements over the direction of their career led to frustrations with their label, and despite three gold albums, the group broke up at the top of their game - only to pick up where they left off two decades later, with their first studio album in 20 years. In 2016, After 7 released a new single, Let Me Know, featuring the group's signature R&B sound that fans have always loved.
Unsung special guests to provide insights include Babyface, Steven Russell Harts, Allen McNeil and Steve Ivory.
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ABFF Awards presenters and performers to include Viola Davis and Lee Daniels, Maxwell and Dionne Farris

Actress and Director Regina Hall to Host Annual Ceremony 
Awards Show Tapes Friday, February 17 in Los Angeles and will air on BET and Centric Wednesday, February 22 at 8:00PM ET
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NEW YORK  – BET Networks and American Black Film Festival (ABFF)’s “BET Presents the American Black Film Festival Honors” is thrilled to announce that Viola DavisLee DanielsCommonMorris Chestnut are confirmed to present during the annual ceremony taping in Los Angeles on Friday, February 17th. Also, set to take the stage areMaxwell and Dionne Farris, who will woo the audience with sultry performances. ABFF Honors' mission is to celebrate Black culture by honoring individuals, movies and television shows that have had a significant impact on American entertainment. “BET Presents the American Black Film Festival Honors” airs on BET and Centric on Wednesday, February 22nd at 8:00PM ET.
Hosted by actress and director Regina Hall, “BET Presents the American Black Film Festival Honors” is proud to celebrate some of Hollywood’s most iconic artists. As previously announced, the show will honor actor and director Denzel Washington with the “Hollywood Legacy Award;” writer, producer and actress Issa Rae with the “Rising Star Award,” film director and producer F. Gary Gray with the “Excellence in the Arts Award” and actor and singer, Terrence Howard with the “Excellence in the Arts Award.” In addition, there will be a special appearance by some of Young Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Jay Ellis (Insecure, The Game), Kofi Siriboe (Queen Sugar), Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse, Straight Outta Compton) and Kylie Bunbury (Pitch).
“BET Presents the American Black Film Festival Honors” is sure to be a highlight of the Hollywood Awards season and Black History Month. The event is executive produced by ABFF Ventures founder Jeff Friday, Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones for de Passe Jones Entertainment, Jesse Collins for Jesse Collins Entertainment, and Connie Orlando, Stephen G. Hill and Debra Lee for BET Networks.
The 2017 ABFF Honors sponsors are Cadillac, AT&T and Prudential Financial Services (Red Carpet Partners) and Hennessy (Official Spirit Partner).
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

VASHAWN MITCHELL’S SMASH SONG ‘JOY’ HITS NUMBER ONE ON MEDIABASE GOSPEL CHART


Mitchell Tapped To Perform #1 Song on 32nd Annual Stellar Awards  
February 14, 2017 (Nashville, TN) — GRAMMY®-nominated hitmaker VaShawn Mitchell celebrates another number-one single this week as “Joy” climbs to the top spot on the Mediabase Gospel Chart. The song is the lead single from his new album, Secret Place: Live In South Africa, which earned Mitchell his first #1 debut on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart when it was released in November of 2016.

The truly “joyous” song from the multiple-award-winner was recorded during an extraordinary night of worship in South Africa. The feel-good song has touched a chord with audiences around the world.

“It is exciting to hear that ‘Joy’ continues to climb the charts,“ shares Mitchell.“With everything people are facing these days, I am blessed to be sharing not just another song, but a message of hope that reminds us, ‘the joy of the Lord is our strength!’ Let's continue to spread joy, making it contagious ‘down deep in your soul‘!” 

“We are thrilled by the genuine love gospel radio has shown to VaShawn and the song ’Joy,’ says Monica Coates, VP, A&R for Motown Gospel. “With Secret Place: Live in South Africa, VaShawn expertly merged the unique flavors of South African worship with the high-energy praise we’ve come to expect from him as a songwriter and worship leader.  ’Joy’ is just the beginning.”

Mitchell, a perennial Stellar-Awards favorite, will also perform the song at the upcoming 32nd Annual Stellar Awards, set to tape in Las Vegas, NV on March 25.

Recorded on February 27, 2016, at the famed MOSAÏEK TEATRO in Fairland, Gauteng, South Africa (a suburb of Johannesburg), Secret Place: Live in South Africa is also available on DVD in the United States and in South Africa. The DVD offers exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the live recording and “the Call” conference. The concert incorporated the beauty, power, and sounds of South Africa with a prominent sound of worship that has become Mitchell’s signature.

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President Donald J. Trump Names Lt. General Joseph Keith Kellogg, Jr. as Acting National Security Advisor Accepts Resignation of Lt. General Michael Flynn


In the aftermath of the controversy that led to the resignation of Michael Flynn from his post as the National Security Advisor, Pres. Trump names Ret. Gen. Joseph Kellogg as the replacement

President Donald J. Trump has named Lt. General Joseph Keith Kellogg, Jr. (Ret) as Acting National Security Advisor following the resignation of Lt. General Michael Flynn (Ret).  General Kellogg is a decorated veteran of the United States Army, having served from 1967 to 2003, including two tours during the Vietnam War, where he earned the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with “V” device, and the Air Medal with “V” device.  He served as the Commander of the 82nd Airborne Division from 1997 to 1998.  Prior to his retirement, General Kellogg was Director of the Command, Control, Communications, and Computers Directorate under the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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CATHY HUGHES' 'MEDIA' PREMIERES SATURDAY, FEB. 25 ON TV ONE





"Media" features Brian White, Penny Johnson Jerald, Pooch Hall, Gary Dourdan,

Stephen Bishop and Cameos by Tyrese, T.I., Jermaine Dupri and More, 
Film Captures the Tumultuous Drama About A Powerful Family Media Dynasty


SILVER SPRING, MD. -- TV One officially announcedMEDIA, an original movie exploring the drama and secrets behind a powerful family dynasty, during its presentation at the Television Critics Association's 2016 Summer Tour. The executive producing team of Cathy Hughes and her production partner Susan Banks conceived and produced the project. MEDIA is a riveting story of a wealthy family battling the competitive challenges of keeping their status and position in the communications industry. The drama is the latest addition to the network's impressive slate of original films and premieres Saturday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. ET.

Passion, intrigue and murder become a lethal recipe for a powerful matriarch Jackie Jones and her children in this captivating urban production. Portrayed by Penny Johnson Jerald (Castle, 24), Jackie is the founder of Jones Universal Media Properties, known as JUMP, the world's premier urban media conglomerate. A family tragedy forces her son, prominent lead city attorney and prosecutor Michael Jones, played by Brian White (Scandal, Chicago Fire, Stomp the Yard), to abandon his political aspirations and take over the company just as a ruthless rival challenges JUMP's longtime domination of this lucrative industry.

"I am honored to portray this character and that Cathy Hughes trusted me to headline a project that she is so passionate about," commented White. "There are few movies that show all shades and sides of the political and economic spectrums, in particular, films featuring persons of color, without catering to one side. Here we see everyone represented and every character has a purpose in this unique story. This family didn't come from wealth; they built it."
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Monday, February 13, 2017

Witness 'The Case for Christ,' One Night Before Its National Theatrical Debut-- The Exclusive Live Fathom Event, April 6


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SCOTTSDALE, AZ — Lee Strobel’s worldwide best-selling book, The Case for Christ, details his real-life journey from atheism to Christianity. Now, on April 6, for one extraordinary night, the backstory of the skeptic and the facts fills movie theaters as THE CASE FOR CHRIST becomes an exclusive cinema event, featuring author Lee Strobel, live, on big screens nationwide one night before the film’s wide release.

The Case for Christ Live Event, premiering the theatrical release of Strobel’s story, showcases a Q&A after the film with Strobel and his wife, Leslie, and other special guests, on Thursday, April 6, live at 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT and tape-delayed to 8 p.m. PT, from Fathom Events and Pure Flix.

Tickets for this one-night event are available online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change). Besides seeing the film and participating in the live Q&A, ticket purchasers receive a free download of the first two chapters of The Case for Christ book.

The Case for Christ has affected lives of numerous people around the world,” Fathom Events CEO John Rubey said. “This re-telling of Strobel’s journey of faith brings to life a story that has become hugely influential in the world of Christian apologetics today, and we are thrilled to be a part of its cinematic debut.”

“We believe Lee and Leslie Strobel’s real-life story, which led him to write The Case for Christ, makes for a compelling movie,” said Michael Scott, CEO and co-founder of Pure Flix and a producer of the film. “What a privilege to see them live on movie screens talking about their experiences to a nationwide audience.”

Following the Fathom event, THE CASE FOR CHRIST releases nationwide on April 7. The film stars Mike Vogel (THE HELP), Erika Christensen (Parenthood), Academy Award® winner Faye Dunaway (BONNIE AND CLYDE, CHINATOWN), Academy Award® nominee Robert Forster (JACKIE BROWN), L. Scott Caldwell (Lost) and Frankie Faison (The Wire).

Jonathan M. Gunn (DO YOU BELIEVE?) directs THE CASE FOR CHRIST, written by Brian Bird (When Calls the Heart, Touched by An Angel), and based on Strobel’s book.
A hard-driving journalist, Lee Strobel was exactly where he expected to be at work: on top. His award-winning investigative reporting recently earned him a promotion to legal editor at the Chicago Tribune. But things weren’t going nearly as well at home where his wife Leslie’s newfound faith in Christ went against everything Lee believed—or didn’t believe—as an avowed atheist.
Utilizing his journalistic and legal training, Lee begins a quest to debunk the claims of Christianity in order to save his crumbling marriage. Chasing down the biggest story of his career, Lee comes face-to-face with unexpected results that could change everything he knows to be true.

Based on Lee Strobel’s award-winning best-selling book, and starring Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway and Robert Forster, THE CASE FOR CHRIST opens in theaters April 7. It’s an ideal Easter-season movie for anyone who has ever pondered the existence of God … and what role He can play in our lives.

To see the all-new THE CASE FOR CHRIST trailer go to www.thecaseforchristmovie.com
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Read the Full Statement: Flynn resigns amid Russian controversy


By Mona Austin

Retired Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, Donald Trump's pick for National Security Advisor has resigned. Flynn, who was accused of having a questionable relationship with the Russian government, is the latest to fail in what Trump critics view as the administration's house of cards.

Flynn, former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) was also previously under fire for saying that Islamism is a cancer and accepting pay to speak in Russia.

The strongest accsusation hurled against him suggests he discussed with a Russian ambassador the retaliatory sanctions President Barack Obama's administrationimposed on Russia for interference in the election.  Flynn denied having that conversation to Vice President Pence. On Monday, Flynn has admitted in a statement he gave the President and VP "incomplete" information. Flynn's statement and resgination follows:

Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador. I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology.


Throughout my over thirty three years of honorable military service, and my tenure as the National Security Advisor, I have always performed my duties with the utmost of integrity and honesty to those I have served, to include the President of the United States.
I am tendering my resignation, honored to have served our nation and the American people in such a distinguished way.


I am also extremely honored to have served President Trump, who in just three weeks, has reoriented American foreign policy in fundamental ways to restore America's leadership position in the world.


As I step away once again from serving my nation in this current capacity, I wish to thank President Trump for his personal loyalty, the friendship of those who I worked with throughout the hard fought campaign, the challenging period of transition, and during the early days of his presidency.


I know with the strong leadership of President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence and the superb team they are assembling, this team will go down in history as one of the greatest presidencies in U.S. history, and I firmly believe the American people will be well served as they all work together to help Make America Great Again.


Michael T. Flynn, LTG (Ret)
Assistant to the President / National Security Advisor



In the course of my duties as the incoming National Security Advisor, I held numerous phone calls with foreign counterparts, ministers, and ambassadors. These calls were to facilitate a smooth transition and begin to build the necessary relationships between the President, his advisors and foreign leaders. Such calls are standard practice in any transition of this magnitude.

The nation is left vulnerable without one of the most siginificant advisors three weeks into Trump's reign. CNN reports for CIA head David Patreaus is under consideration as a replacement. Also included on the short list of potential replacements are RETIRED VICE ADMIRAL ROBERT HARWARD and RETIRED LT. GEN. KEITH KELLOGG.


Last month Acting Attorney General Sally Yates warned the Trump Administration that Flynn msled the administration about what he discussed with a Russian ambassador. It is also beleived Flynn was the target of Russian blackmail.
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Nick Canon resigns from America's Got Talent

Choosing to walk away rather than being let go, actor-comedianNick Canon has resigned as host of NBC's America's Got Talent.  Apparently, Canon was involved in a comedy special separate from the show where he told a joke that the producers felt "disparaged" their name, ths they beleid he breached their contract.  Canon syas he feels he is being censored.  A detailed letter posted on his Facebook page breaks down the fall out:

I write this from a deeply saddened and dolorous mindset. After days of deliberating over some extremely disappointing news that I was being threatened with termination by Executives because of a comedy special that was only intended to bring communities closer together, I was to be punished for a joke.
This has weighed heavy on my spirit. It was brought to my attention by my "team" that NBC believed that I was in breach of contract because I had disparaged their brand. In my defense, I would ask how so? Or is this just another way to silence and control an outspoken voice who often battles the establishment.
Recently many of my mentors have cautioned me that soon 'The System' would come down on me because I was speaking too many truths and being to (sic) loud about it. I had no idea that it all would hit so close to home. I find myself in a dark place having to make a decision that I wish I didn't have to, but as a man, an artist, and a voice for my community I will not be silenced, controlled or treated like a piece of property.
There is no amount of money worth my dignity or my integrity. I have loved hosting AMERICAS GOT TALENT for the last 8 seasons, watching talented, brave, and courageous Americans accomplish their dreams in front of millions has been nothing but a joy, and everyone has been a pleasure to work with but my soul won't allow me to be in business with corporations that attempt to frown on freedom of speech, censor artists, and question cultural choices. Not to get too detailed but this isn't the first time executives have attempted to "put me in my place" for so called unruly actions. I will not stand for it.
My moral principles will easily walk away from the millions of dollars they hang over my head. It's never been about the money for me, what is difficult to walk away from is the fans, the people who love me on the show. This hurts tremendously. I felt like I was apart of the fabric of our great nation every summer, representing every culture, age, gender, and demographic. Now for the rug to be pulled from underneath me and to be publicly reprimanded and ridiculed over a joke about my own race is completely wrong and I have to do something about it.
I have fought many battles in my career and have never been afraid to go up against the system. I have mulled over my process for days and felt it was best to once again speak my mind about an unjust infrastructure that treat talent like they own them. Maybe it was my mistake for signing the contract in the first place, in which I will take full responsibility and have already taken action to restructure my own team of advisors.
I now have to set out on a journey of freedom as an artist. As I was quoted in a recent interview, "You can't fire a Boss!" and that is the essence that I possess. So I wish AGT and NBC the best in its upcoming season but I can not see myself returning.
As of lately I have even questioned if I want to even be apart of an industry who ultimately treats artists in this manner. Most of us don't realize that there are 6 major corporations that control 90 percent of media in America and the amount of minority executives is dismal. With this being the case, true equality in our industry is impossible.
There will always be a 'do as I say' mentality that mirrors society's perception of women and minorities, and only a few will stand up against it. I proudly stand as one of those few, and will gladly take on whatever repercussions that come with it. I love art andentertainment too much to watch it be ruined by controlling corporations and big business. I believe It's our duty as artists to make a difference and create change even if it's one act at a time. Dr. King said it best, 'Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter'"
Does Hollywood try to ontrol talent? Do you agree or disagree with Canon? Leave your comment.
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