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Flashback: Dave Hollister's life-saving testimony

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By Mona Austin

Since it's Black Music Month, I've pulled out a previously published exclusive interview that
shows a singer's rare, total  transition from R&B to Gospel.

Dave Hollister, an ex- R&B singer is now  a gospel artist who vows
there is no turning back to the music of his past.  Currently Hollister sings with the United Tenors, a group made up of Fred Hammond, Brian Courtney Wilson and Eric Roberson.

The interview is 100% uncut as the artist bears all the details about a brush with death that re-directed his life's path.

The twists and turns in his testimony awe-inspiring.

Two weeks in advance of "The Book of David: Vol. 1 The 
Transition," his first gospel recording, former Blackstreet member Dave 
Hollister talks about the transition to gospel.   

      After years of dodging his calling and encountering one negative 
experience after the other, Dave resolved to completely surrender to 

In Part 1 of a very candid interview Holli…

Miami Heat's sweltering win is acknowledged by the President

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Congratulations to the  Miami Heat for their back-to-back NBA Championship win last night!  Lebron James and Dewayne Wade led their team to victory with a win 95-88 lead over the San Anotnio Spurs on Thursday night.

LeBron James with 37 points in addition to his 12 rebounds, was the team's highest scorer, while teammate Dwyane Wade added 23 points and 10 rebounds to the total.
Tim Duncan scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Spurs while Kawhi Leonard added 19 points and 16 rebounds.
James was named the most valuable player of the NBA final series, a distinction he also claimed in last year's competition.
This afternoon, the President called head coach Erik Spoelstra to congratulate the Miami Heat on their second consecutive NBA championship.  On the call, the President noted the Heat’s relentless determination in what was an historic season for the team and their MVP, LeBron James.  The President told Coach Spoelstra that he looks forward to congratu…

Queen Elizabeth II honors Adele

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The Queen of England has elevated Adele to royal ranks.

At the Queen's birthday bash she saluted Adele for her service to music. 

Over the last two years Adele has had the top-selling album worldwide, added an Oscar fr her performance of "Skyfall" in the Bond movie  to her copious music awards while she became a new mom to a son.

The twice-yearly royal honors list reward hundreds of people for services to their community or national life. Most go to people who are not in the limelight, but there is also a sprinkling of famous faces.

Adele wasn’t the only honoree connected to “Skyfall,” the 23rd James Bond thriller and the most lucrative film in the series’ 50-year history.

Serena Williams: "I am deeply sorry."

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Serena Williams says her words about the  Steubenville rape in a  Rolling Stone article were misconstrued. The rape case involving three high school boys rapping a drunk 16-year-old gained national attention last Fall.

While not blaming the victim in the Steubenville rape case, "she shouldn't have put herself in that position," Williams opined. 

That opinion did not sit well with the public and the tennis pro had to respond to an avalanche of media backlash.

In the passage from the article below she appeared to be passing judgment on the Ohio teen:

"They did something stupid, but I don’t know. I’m not blaming the girl, but if you’re a 16-year-old and you’re drunk like that, your parents should teach you: don’t take drinks from other people. She’s 16, why was she that drunk where she doesn’t remember? It could have been much worse. She’s lucky. Obviously I don’t know, maybe she wasn’t a virgin, but she shouldn’t have put herself in that position, unless…

Sopranos star succombs

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Sopranos star James Galdofini who played Ton Soprano has died.

He passed away from  cardiac arrest while  in Italy with his 13-year-old son.

The New Jersey native was remembered in a statement by Gov. Chris Christie as some who "will always be remembered as a fine actor, a Rutgers graduate and a overall nice guy."

HBO called him a "special man and a great talent" in a separate statement.

Galdofini is mourned by his wife and two children.  James Galdofini, dead at age 51.

Ten-Time GRAMMY® Award Winner Chaka Khan Will Be Honored by Her Hometown with a Street Naming and “Chaka Khan Day” Celebration in Chicago

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Khan Resumes Concert Dates in U.S. and Abroad in July
(Los Angeles, CA – June 20, 2013) -- Ten-time GRAMMY® Award winner Chaka Khan will be honored for her stellar 40-year career in music and entertainment in the place where it all began—Chicago, Illinois. The music icon will participate in the ceremonial unveiling of Chaka Khan Way on S. Blackstone Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets on Saturday, July 27. The ceremony is expected to be attended by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Fourth Ward Alderman William Burns and other city officials, business and community leaders and celebrity friends of Chaka’s. On Sunday, July 28, she will be honored in a ceremony proclaiming that day “Chaka Khan Day.” After Chaka accepts the honors from the city—including an official proclamation and a copy of the street sign with her name—Chaka will return the love to the city as she performs in a free outdoor concert in Millennium Park, one of the city’s most popular outdoor arts and culture destinati…

Flow Records is Looking for Talented New Artists for Fall Compilation

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- Platinum producer and Flow Records CEO, Myron Williams is looking for new music to add to the Flow Records fall compilation CD. As one of the most successful independent labels in Gospel Music, Flow Records is ready to give a fantastic opportunity to talented singers who feel they are ready to take their careers to the next level.

Known in the industry for such successful projects as Piece of My Passion, Thankful, Gospel Goes Classical with Juanita Bynum and Jonathan Butler, and I'm Glad, Flow Records has managed to land on the top of the Billboard Charts with every release since it's inception. Now, Myron Williams the sound behind Flow is ready to lend his ear to up and coming Gospel Artists who have singles completed and ready for release. 

Throughout the month of July, submissions can be sent to Amy Malone, GICPR, Music will be reviewed personally by label head, Myron Williams and his executive team. Artists will be announced …

Feeling the fatherless void: Kids of single moms on Father's Day, President Obama can relate

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By Mona Austin

Father's Day was bittersweet for President Barack Obama.

Like millions of children around the nation, President Obama did not grow up with his biological father due to divorce.

As the President Of The United States (POTUS) commemorated Father's Day in his weekly address, he recalled having a desire to connect with his father despite having the support of his mother and grandparents.

"“I never really knew my own father. I was raised by a single mom and two wonderful grandparents who made incredible sacrifices for me, and there are single parents all across the country who do a heroic job raising terrific kids," he said.

"But I still wish I had a dad who was not only around, but involved; another role model to teach me what my mom did her best to instill."
There are 10 million (2011 Census Bureau) single mothers in the United States, leaving a vast number of children to celebrate father figures on Father's Day instead of their r…

Happy Father's Day Kanye: Baby Kimye is here!

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Rapper Kanye West became a first-time father yesterday.   He and Kim Kardashian, 32 welcomed a baby girl one month prematurely. West was by his girlfriend's side at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood when she gave birth on June 15.

Throughout the pregnancy West has been reportedly MIA and there has been widespread speculation that the couple's relationship is a media hoax.  But the controversial artist cancelled the release party for the highly anticipated album "Yeezus" last night to be at the delivery.  It was Kanye who spilled the news of the pregnancy during a concert in Atlantic City last December.

US Weekly reports the baby arrived 5 weeks early.  The baby was born a day before Father's Day 2013 and a week following her dad's 36th birthday.

WELCOME BABY!: Kim and Kanye welcome their daughter on the day before Father's Day

The June 16 episode preview of "The Kardashians" shows the new mom visiting a doctor for st…

5TH Annual Long Beach Funk Fest to Feature Funk Legends and New Talent

Long Beach, CA – Home grown culture and music series Summer and Music (SAM), co-produced by the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA), is gearing up for the fifth annual Long Beach Funk Fest (LBFF) on Saturday July 6 by highlighting a few of its notable acts.  Justin Hectus, co-founder of SAM and LBFF, explains, “We like to showcase a combination of very well-known acts and more underground, or up-and-coming talent. This lineup offers a nice balance that equally appeals to the casual Funk fan and the more devoted aficionado.” Organizers are eager to welcome Funk legend Shuggie Otis to LBFF, as it is extremely rare for him to perform in the Los Angeles area. Otis joins the event after releasing a double album earlier this year -- his first new music in almost two decades. He is considered a master of his craft and has played with legendary musicians Etta James and Frank Zappa. Event organizers are also excited to bring the Bernie Worrell Orchestra to this year’s festival.  Bernie Worre…