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TBN founder Paul Crouch dies

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The Founder of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, the world's largest Christian TV network, Paul Crouch died Saturday, November 30, 2013.  The following announcement was made on the TBN Facebook page:

Dr Paul F Crouch passed into the presence of the Lord on November 30, 2013. We are grateful for the life of this amazing servant of God. Please pray for the Crouch family during this time.  It was well known that Crouch had an ongoing heart condition over the last decade.  He had been hospitalized in October and at one point relied upon a ventilator to assist with his breathing, but had improved and returned home in early November.

Dr. Crouch, an Assemblies of God minister from Missouri founded the network with his wife Jan 40 years ago in Southern California and it currently reaches every continent.

Paul Crouch, dead at the age of 79.

WHITE HOUSE PHOTOS : Arts programs untouched by cutbacks receive honors from First Lady Michelle Obama

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WASHINGTON - Often arts programs are the first to go amid budget cuts.
But the Obama Administration has upheld a commitment to the arts even in difficult times.  First Lady Michelle Obama, the Honorary Chairperson of the White House Committee on the Arts and Humanities honored 13 students from around the country and one international student from Kenya for their involvement in after school arts programs. The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards is the highest award given for after school arts and humanities programs.

Chosen from a pool of more that 350 nominees and 50 finalists, students from our region were among the awardees: Asia Palmer, a flutist in the OrchKids program in Baltimore and Jamine Marr from the Where We Live program at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC

The honor supercharged Marr's confidence.  The high school junior said she will return to school feeling like she can "run things."

Some of the participants in t…

VIDEO: Black Nativity Summary

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Here is a brief summary of the holiday family musical "Black Nativity."  A more detailed written review is coming soon! For now I'll reiterate what I say in the video report -- the sound track glistens.  In fact, it outshines the content of the movie, but more on that later. 

Enjoy what's left of your Thanksgiving!

President Obama pardons nation's 66th National Thanksgiving Turkey

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President Obama gave  Popcorn, a 36 lb., 20-month-old white turkey dinner table clemency today. Popcorn faced off with Caramel in an online campaign in which the American people voted for the superior bird via Facebook. Twitter and Instagram.  The turkeys were raised by National Turkey Federation Chairman John Burkel of Badger, Minnesota, his wife Joni,and their five children.

Interjecting political humor in his remarks, President Obama said, "The competition was stiff, but we can officially declare that Popcorn is the winner -- (applause) -- proving that even a turkey with a funny name can find a place in politics.  (Laughter.)   As for Caramel, he’s sticking around, and he’s already busy raising money for his next campaign.  (Laughter.)"  

Popcorn is the 66th turkey to be pardoned in this national White HOuse tradition.  Carmel will be kept as an alternate.

After the pardoning, the turkeys were driven to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate an…

The Preachers of Los Angeles finale is a "must see"

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Deitrick Haddon, star of Oxygen's "Preachers of L.A." (POLA) will be in tears on the season one finale of the faith-based reality show tonight.

 For the past five weeks, the controversial show has presented men of the cloth like they have never been seen on television before and the finale promises to be just as  attention grabbing  as the premiere.

In a preview video of episode 6, Deitrick and Dominique Haddon, the couple whose storyline has dominated the series, learn that cast mate, Bishop Noel Jones, won't be able to officiate their formal wedding an hour before they are to say the ceremonial  "I do" (they had an informal ceremony in an earlier episode). Jones suggests Haddon ask Pastor Jay Haizlip to perform their nuptials, which could be a bit uncomfortable because Pastor Ron and First Lady Gibson are the couple's "marriage mentors".

Who will marry the Haddons?

All the clip gives away is that Haddon does not want his …

Background on the Pardoning of the National Thanksgiving Turkey

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WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, November 27, 2013, President Obama will pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey in a ceremony on the North Portico.  The President will celebrate the 66th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation, reflect upon the time-honored traditions of Thanksgiving, and wish American families a warm, safe, and healthy holiday.
The President will pardon Popcorn and his alternate Caramel, both 20-week old, approximately 38-pound turkeys.  The names of the turkeys were chosen from submissions from elementary schools in Roseau County, Minnesota, where the turkeys were raised.  This year, the American public once again decided which of the two turkeys – Caramel or Popcorn – would become the 2013 National Thanksgiving Turkey by casting a vote for #TeamCaramel or #TeamPopcorn on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  National Turkey Federation Chairman John Burkel of Badger, Minnesota, his wife Joni, and their five children raise…

2013-2014 Young, Gifted and Black Awards Announced

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New York, New York (November 26th,  2013) The Young, Gifted, and Black (YGB) Entrepreneurial Awards is scheduled and confirmed to occur on Sunday February 23rd, 2014 in New York City; continuing with its format of honoring African-American & Caribbean professionals during Black History Month.  Theseprofessionals are considered "unsung heroes" within their industries and communities, and through the YGB Entrepreneurial Awards, will be given a platform on which their achievements are highlighted as they strive towards the Continued Pursuit of Success. 
The 2013 – 2014 line-ups combine as a group the honoree selections from each respective year.  Postponement of the 2013 program was done to bring forth a higher quality event for our honorees, their guests and the general public who continue to provide exceptional support since the program’s launch in 2006. Honorees are selected across a range of industries and professions broken into three major award ca…

2014 Stellar Awards hosts, performers and location

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Earlier this year there was murmuring about changes to the location and timing of the the 2014 Stellar Awards.  Official word from the Stellar Awards Headquarters office, Central City Productions, confirms the 29th Annual Stellars will still take place in the month of January in Nashville, but the show is headed to a new venue.

The first and only national award show recognizing top gospel talent, the Stellars will be held on Saturday, January 18 at the Municipal Auditorium instead of at the Grand Ole Opry House as it has been for the past several years. The Radio Station Awards will  precede the main event on the same day at 11:00 a.m. at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC).  The pre-show, where non-televised awards are announced, will also take place at TPAC a day ahead of the Stellars on January 7 at 6:00 p.m.

Keeping the show lively,  The View co-host Sherry Shepherd and syndicated radio host Rickey Smiley--both comedians-- will team up to host the Stellar…

Highlights from East Coast Gospel Summit

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2013 American Music Awards Nominees & Winners

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It's been 41 years of the best in American music.  Who will  win big at tonight's American Music Awards airing live from California's Nokia Theater? As always it's up to the fans. McLemore & Ryan Lewis are up for 6 and Taylor Swift is up for 5.   Will they take them all?

Check back as we will be updating the list with winners and adding photos and comments throughout the night.

-Opening act: Katy Perry opened the show with her new song "Unconditionally" from her new album "Prism." The Giesha girl styling was beautiful on her.  

-The second performance comes from One Direction.  (Harry's modern Mozart hair-do does nothing for him.)

- Is Rihanna wearing a hat or is her hair wrapped? (It's a distraction either way.)

-Imagine Dragons performed a  "Demons/Radioactive" mash up.  The sparkly instruments, 6 men in black banging the life into big drums on a stage surrounded by smoke and a killer electric guitar solo defi…