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Listen: Tony Terry has a new single, "All I Need"

Tony Terry, an R&B/Soul singer who has charted 14 times on the US Billboard R&B Charts and 6 times on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart, released the long-awaited single “All I Need” on Valentine’s Day. This single promises to deliver that silky golden voice dancing effortlessly over a beautiful and transcending melody.

Mr. Terry is best known for classics such as “With You”, “Lovey Dovey”, “She’s Fly” and “Everlasting Love” but “All I Need” will undoubtedly seduce the ears of a whole new generation of music lovers.    All I Need” will be available on itunes as well as all other digital download sites on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, 2013.

The singer’s album “iTony” is slated to be released later this year.  "This album will quiet questions as to whether real R&B music is dead," says Terry's Manager Tony Sander!

Listen to "All I Need":

Adele, J Hud, Queen Latifah, Kristin Chenoweth are among the Oscars 2013 performers and presenters

The closer we get to Oscar Sunday, more names of entertainers  that will make up the show's  "cast" are being released.  And from the look of things, music is going to be in the spotlight more that any other art form.

Kristin Chenoweth, star of Broadway's "Wicked" and host Seth MacFarlane will participate in a special show-closing musical performance. As the brains behind "Family Guy" MacFarlane is expected to drop some jokes, but the addition of a singing number is quite the surprise. "After the Best Picture award has been given, Seth and Kristin will perform a special number and we think it  will be a 'can't miss' moment," said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Fresh off her Superbowl performance with the children's choir from Sandyhook Elementary school, O…

Staples singer Cleotha Staples Passes Away

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Cleotha Staples is pictured second form the left. Cleotha ‘Cleedi’ Staples, the eldest sister in the Staplease Singers has died.  Cleotha was a founding member of the pioneering folk-gospel group, along with her father "Pop" and sister Mavis. She had gracefully battled Alzheimer’s disease for the last decade and passed away peacefully at her Chicago home on the morning of February 21, 2013 at the age of 78. Staples was born April 11, 1934 in Drew, Mississippi.  She was the first-born child of Roebuck “Pops” Staples and his wife, Oceola.  The family moved to Chicago in 1936 for better job opportunities. In the Windy City, siblings Pervis, Yvonne, Mavis and Cynthia were born. Pops worked a variety of manual labor jobs during the day and Oceola worked at the Morrison Hotel at night. To entertain the children in the evening, Pops began to teach them gospel songs while he stru…

VIDEO: A taste of sweet funk from Cherry Royale, "Sugar Junkie"

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Atlanta-based Dirty Bomb Records is proud to announce the release of“Sugar Junkie”, the debut single/video from southern born, Oakland based funk/soul band Cherry Royale.  Taken from their upcoming debut EP “Say What?!", Sugar Junkie is being released for radio play and is available to fans at for free download or donation. 

A limited edition cherry red 7” vinyl pressing  the B-side instrumental “EKG” will be available for sale in late February andincludes a free download of the entire EP.  See the video on You Tube at

Cherry Royale brings together various musical backgrounds to create a
fresh and modern take on classic funk/soul.  Led by Alvetta Newby-Jones’s
powerful vocals, Sugar Junkie tells the age old story of love addiction. 

Sugar Junkie is a perfect example of the upbeat funk that Cherry Royale
has become known for while touring extensively throughout the United
States over the …

Oprah's the "mane" attraction at pre-Oscar event

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Oprah makes so few appearances that when she does show up it's a big deal. Displaying a big, bold crown of wavy hair,  the T.V. mogul's new tresses were the "mane" attraction at two Pre-Oscar events that spotlighted African American women in the business.

Winfrey was an honoree at the 6th  Annual  Essence Women in Hollywood Luncheon held at the Beverly Hilton. Kelly Roland, Holly Robinson-Pete and Jennifer Hudson were in attendance. "O" reminisced about Essence being the first magazine to offer her the cover and the women's empowerment glossy bering her "Bible." Said Ms. Winfret in accepting the Power Award, "There's nothing better than being honored by your own."

Several students from her girls school in South Africa were her guests.

HipHollywood founder Kevin Frazier caught up with Lady O as she dropped by Alfre Woodard's 4th Annual Cinema Sistah's Soiree to surprise the ladies in attendance who inclu…


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(Los Angles, Calif.) Feb. 21, 2013—RayLynn Records’ flagship worship artist Kyle Sherman is slated to open for GRAMMY ® nominated artist and Dove Award winner Francesca Battistelli on her new spring tour titled “Hundred More Years.”  Sherman will be accompanied by pop-rock group The Afters and The Outcome.
The tour will kick off in Amarillo, Texas on March 21 and carry through to May 5, wrapping the spring leg in Bellefontaine, Ohio.  The musical acts will entertain audiences across the country including those in Ft. Wayne, Ind., Montgomery, N.Y. and Madison, Wis. (See tour dates below).
“I have been a fan of Francesca Battistelli and The Afters for years now,” says Sherman. “I have so much respect for both of them. I am completely stoked to be on tour with these amazing artists!”
Sherman will perform selections from his debut album Hear Me, which includeshis latest single “The Greatest Tear;” a song that he calls his “ultimate love song.” Written by Bob Simpson, co-foun…

First Lady Michelle Obama and Big Bird Team Up to Help Get Kids Healthy New Let’s Move! Public Service Announcements Filmed in the White House Encourage Kids to Eat Healthy and Get Active

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Washington, D.C. – First Lady Michelle Obama and Sesame Street’s Big Bird teamed up to film two public service announcements encouraging kids to eat healthy and get active. The new PSAs, which can be viewed HEREand HERE, are launched as part of the third anniversary celebration of Let’s Move! – Mrs. Obama’s initiative to ensure that all our children grow up healthy and reach their full potential.
The new PSAs feature Mrs. Obama and Big Bird in the White House showing kids how easy and delicious it is to eat healthy snacks like fruits and vegetables and demonstrating fun ways to get active like dancing and jumping. Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, will distribute these PSAs to 320 PBS Stations, Sesame Workshop’s partner channels as part of their Healthy Habits for Life Initiative. The PSAs are also posted on the Sesame Street and Let’s Move! websites.
These PSAs are part of the celebration of Let’s Move!’s third anniversary. N…

Bishop Alfred Owens recovers from heart attack

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Archbishop Alfred C. Owens, leader of the Greater Mt. Calvary Holiness Church is recovering from a mild heart attack. 

Shortly after the 8:00 a.m. service on Sunday, a service that was dedicated to the 65th birthday of Co-Pastor Susie Owens, while sitting in his office Bishop Alfred C. Owens, he began to feel ill. He was soon taken by paramedics to the Washington Hospital Center. According to an official statement from the church, extensive evaluation and testing concluded on Monday that he had suffered a mild heart attack, likely in his office after the service. 

For the love of the people and his beloved wife, Bishop “preached his heart out.” Now with his wife at his side and a cadre of family and friends praying for him, Bishop is doing well at home. Co-Pastor Owens said, “Having Bishop alive is the best birthday gift I could have."

Oscar 2013 Predictions: A look at the best films, directors, actors and actresses

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Last year Ben Affleck's "Argo," was the big film coming out of the Oscars. I didn't see the film, but I remember the film for that very reason. Each year the Oscar's introduces many people and films that are obscure outside of the members of the Academy.

The Oscar's should pull a sizeable viewing audience based on its diverse inventory.

This year Spielberg's "Lincoln" has the most nominations. "Beast of the Southern Wild" 9-year-old  actress Quvenzhane Willis, the youngest person ever nominated for an Oscar is getting a fair share of attention.  Each of the nominees on the Best Supporting Actor category have all won Oscars in the past. The talent and product that came out of the film industry in 2013 truly makes so many of the categories hard to call. (Albeit, Jamie Fox and the other African Amereican actors in Terrentino's  "Django" should not have been snubbed). Below I have highlighted who I think sh…

Clive Davis Comes out of the closet at 80

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Music mogul Clive Davis, 80, has come out in the autobiography, “The Soundtrack of My Life.”  The book covers memories from his 45 year career in music and portions of his personal life. Davis, a father of four  revealed he is bi-sexual.  The music executive said he became open to the possibility of having a relationship with a man after his second marriage ended.  For the first 50 years of his life Davis was straight and said he remains attracted to women.  In his book he refutes the long held attitude regarding sexuality that either you are gay, you are straight or you are lying.  On  Tuesday, February 19, Davis told the co-hosts of The View that he is living the reality of he bi-sexual experience.
Clive Davis launched the careers of numerous mega stars including the late Whitney Houston, Bruce Springsteen and Rod Stewart.

Chrisette Michelle is in the hospital, cancels NY show

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Singer Chrisette Michelle has been hospitalized with a ruptured appendix.  Last night she cancelled a show in Time Square and later Tweeted a pic of her hospital i.d. bracelet.  The Grammy winning singer, 30, left a heart felt message for her fans: "I hate that I can't perform tonight... But I have no choice. I love you NYC. I swear. Xo"

Her studio album "Better" will be released on April 30.

Get will soon Chrisette!

VIDEO: "Be Good" by Gregory Porter

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It's nice to have a little poetry with soul music.  The impatience in the gutsy, honest lyrics often found in blues and soul are arresting and I appreciate their concreteness.  But sometimes I'd rather be moved like a feather floating from the push of a breeze.  Rarely does a song woo, take it's time with the listener. The voice of Gregory Porter is what has been missing. "Be Good" by Gregory Porter meets this need.  The song and video both are creatively mindful that music is a form of art.

"Be Good"  poetically uses the  metaphor of "Be Good" a dancer teasing a caged "lion" who longs to love her, dance with her.  She's cautious, afraid of being hurt."She said lions are made for cages just to look at in delight.  You dare not let them out or they just might bite," go the lyrics. It's video is an equally satisfying piece of art that uses color, vintage attire,  and abstract objects  to bring about …

President Obama presses Congress to avert sequestration by March 1 deadline

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 As the March 1 deadline for the sequestration looms, at 10:50 a.m. (EST) today President Obama explained why  mandatory budget cuts from Congress will slow economic recovery. The impact of the sequestration taking affect could mean more job loss across the board. Read his entire remarks from the White House:

     THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning, everybody.  (Applause.)  Please have a seat.  Well, welcome to the White House. 
As I said in my State of the Union address last week, our top priority must be to do everything we can to grow the economy and create good, middle-class jobs.  That’s our top priority.  That's our North Star.  That drives every decision we make.  And it has to drive every decision that Congress and everybody in Washington makes over the next several years. 
And that’s why it’s so troubling that just 10 days from now, Congress might allow a series of automatic, severe budget cuts to take place that will do the exact opposite.  It won't help t…

Kirk Franklin Join American Bible Challenge Show

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GRAMMY winner and multi-platinum-selling musician and producer Kirk Franklin—will join THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE as musical co-host for the second season of the network’s highly rated original one-hour game show. Franklin, along with musical director Kris Pooley, will lead the show's choir with additional new members joining to support GSN’s hit series. Season 2 of THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE, hosted by Jeff Foxworthy and produced by RelativityREAL, will premiere on Thursday, March 21st at 8 pm ET/PT on GSN. 

“We are excited that Kirk will bring his exuberant sound to THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE,” said Amy Introcaso-Davis, Executive Vice President of Programming for GSN.  “Kirk Franklin, the consummate musician, joins host Jeff Foxworthy, the consummate comedian - a combination of incredible talent that will prove to be entertaining, fun and inspirational in this truly unique game format.”

“I’m very excited to create the musical environment for THE AMERICAN BI…