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Friday, September 26, 2014, 8-9 p.m. ET

– Moderated by PBS NEWSHOUR’s Gwen Ifill, town hall meeting will explore the complex issues surrounding the events in Ferguson, Missouri – ARLINGTON, Va. -- PBS has announced that Gwen Ifill, PBS NEWSHOUR co-anchor and managing editor, and moderator and managing editor of WASHINGTON WEEK, will moderate AMERICA AFTER FERGUSON, a town hall meeting that will explore the many issues that have been brought into public discourse in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri. The program, produced by WGBH Boston in partnership with the Nine Network/KETC in St. Louis and WETA in Washington DC, will air Friday, September 26, 2014, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings).

While the facts of the case are still in dispute, for many the story of Ferguson has become a symbol of the larger social divides in America, exposing a persistent disconnect along lines of race, class and identity. Through con…

Lecrae's 'Anomaly' debuts #1 on Billboard, going where no gospel album has gone before

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By Mona Austin

Reach Records artist Lecrae has successfully gone where no other Gospel artist has ever gone before.

Every Pop and Gospel star with a current hit is taking a back seat to  the Christian rapper who's album "Anomaly" is living up to its name as the #1 song on Billboard's mainstream and gospel charts.

This is the first time a gospel album of any genre has debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Maroon 5 came in at #2.

Having sold over 88,000 copies during the week of its debut, Lecrae is taking the music world by storm.  These numbers eclipse the 72,000 units his Grammy winning album "Gravity" (released in 2012) garnered when it was released in 2012. Various singles from "Anomaly"  also occupy  slots 1, 3, 4, and 9,  on the top Hot Gospel Songs chart.

Shortly after the release of "Anomaly" Lecrae announced plans to release a book in a Rapzilla interview. The book, said the self-proclaimed "culture c…


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Plus, Updates with Carmen Electra, Macy Gray, Maurice Benard, Jackie Evancho, Paul Stanley, Peter Ostrum, Janine Turner and Jenna Von Oy Chicago, IL- The popular series "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" returns with all-new episodes, featuring some of the biggest newsmakers and most memorable "Oprah" show guests of all time, premiering Sunday, October 5 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
Throughout the month of October, Oprah talks one-on-one with actress/singer Raven-Symoné, singer Charice, who found fame via YouTube and became a guest-star on "Glee," and actress Vivica A. Fox.  Other celebrity updates include Carmen Electra ("Baywatch"); singers Macy Gray and Jackie Evancho; "General Hospital" stars Maurice Benard, Finola Hughes and GH star and 70s teen idol, Jimmy McNichol; child star Peter Ostrum who left show business after his one starring role as Charlie Bucket in &qu…

LIVE POST HUMOUS: Whitney has a new album coming out this November

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Where many artist are at their peak with the aid of studio equipment, Whitey Houston was at her best live.  Surprisingly the late singer never recorded a live album.  But not to worry. With the help of technology Clive Davis, the music mogul who discovered Whitney has announced the Nov. 11 release of the late Pop diva's first live recording."Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances" will be out Nov. 11 in CD and DVD  form.

Meanwhile, here are  a few reminders of why Whitney will always be remembered as "The Voice."

THROWBACK: Shirley Murdock cooks up spiritual nourishment on new CD, "Soulfood"

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 In honor of September being Gospel Music Heritage Month, heres a throw back to Shirley Murdock, one of many artists that enjoy singing gospel ad R&B music.

By Mona Austin

   Shirley Murdock is cooking up nourishment for the heart and soul 
with her sophomore gospel recording, Soul Food, a multi-format CD. 

      Upon her buoyant return, the acclaimed singer redresses a subject 
that is closely associated with her name: relationship with oneself and 

      The first serving from her upcoming sophomore album is "I LoveMe 
Better than That," a self-esteem boosting groove seasoned deliciously 
with positive attitude and a guttural garnish of ad libs at the end that 
make you want a second helping.

      Her second album is intended to inspire all Shirley Murdock fans 
to look to the main man in her life (God) to fortify their relationships 
and live balanced lives. "I sing at conferences and prisons. I wanted 
the CD to reflect total ministry because we'r…

Snoop, Common, Birdman and Bobby Smurda among BET Hip Hop Awards performers; Doug E. Fresh to be honored

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SNOOP DOGG, COMMON, BIRDMAN, DJ MUSTARD, RICH HOMIE QUAN JAY ELECTRONICA, MIGOS, BOBBY SHMURDA AND MORE CONFIRMED TO PERFORM DOUG E. FRESH TO BE THIS YEAR’S “I AM HIP HOP ICON” AWARD HONOREE NEW YORK, NY - September 16, 2014 – For eight years, the BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” has remained the most prominent hip hop culture showcase on television.  This year will be no different as Uncle Snoop joins Common, Birdman, DJ Premier, DJ Mustard, Rich Homie Quan, Bobby Shmurda, Young Thug, Vince Staples, Jay Electronica, Migos, YG and Rae Sremmurd as confirmed performers for this “Hip Hop Awards.”  BET’s “Real Husband of Hollywood” and Grammy award winning rapper, Nelly and the “first lady” of G.O.O.D Music, Teyana Taylor are confirmed to be presenters.
The “I Am Hip Hop Icon” Award, recognizing legends in hip hop music, returns to honor renowned MC, Doug E. Fresh. As a distinguished beat boxer and rapper, he has redefined hip hop time and time again with notable achievements and all-…

The Rance Allen Group reveals details of new album, "Celebrate"

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(Indianapolis, IN- September 15, 2014) If a picture is worth a thousand words, then what is this photo below saying?: (Left to Right: Chris Byrd, Bishop Rance Allen, Eric Morgeson of Studio A)
Based on the smile on Bishop Rance Allen's face, this picture is saying that their new project, Celebrate, is: "DONE and ready to roll out"!

Today he's also revealing the new cover along with news of the album's official street date:Tuesday, November 11th.

The group has been hard at work crafting this soon-to-be classic.  Fans were first introduced to the group's "new" sound with the breakout hit single "A Lil' Louder (Clap Your Hands)" and the group assures that there are even more musical gems on this project.

Check out the track listing below:
1. A Lil' Louder (Clap Your Hands)
2. Celebrate
3. Champion
4. Sounds Like Rain
5. Step Out
6. U R Not Alone
7. Turn It Around
8. Feel the Spirit
9. He's Real
10. Stay Focused
11. Through The F…


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LOS ANGELES, CA — Reginald Hudlin will produce the 6th Annual Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced today.  The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award will be presented to Harry Belafonte, and Honorary Awards will be presented to Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki and Maureen O’Hara, on Saturday, November 8, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®. “With Reggie’s experience, unique vision and immense creativity, the evening celebrating those who have given so much to our industry is certain to be a memorable one,” said Boone Isaacs. "I’m honored to be working with the Academy again,” said Hudlin.  “The collective impact of this year’s Governors Awards recipients on the evolution of cinema is immeasurable.  I’m a fan of all four of these legends, so producing a celebration of Ms. O’Hara’s performances, Mr. Carrière’s storytelling, Mr. Belafonte’s dedication and Mr. M…