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Gospel singer James Fortune charged with assault

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James Howard Fortune, a popular gospel recording artist and the host of Radio One's nationally syndicated James Fortune Show was charged with aggravated assault of a family member in Fort Bend County, Texas on October 23.  My Fox Houston broke the news, posting a mug shot of the Grammy nominated artist on their Web site and stating he had been released on $20,000 bond on the following day.    No other details  were given.  


The "Live Through It" singer had a prior brush in with the law that was related to child abuse allegations.  He was accused of beating and placing his step son in scalding water, damaging a significant portion of his skin when the child was four. The boy's biological father served both Fortune and his wife Cheryl with a  civil law suit in June of 2012.

At that time Fortune released a statement indicating amicable interaction with his step son, then 15: ". . .my family and I, including my stepson, have continued with family trad…

Boney James, Albright, Whalum and Shelea to perform in jazz and gospel concert

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Long Beach, CA: Boney James, a four-time Grammy nominee, headlines the 2014 Winter Concert presented by Rainbow Promotions, LLC, the producers of the popular Long Beach Jazz Festival. The evening's opening act is Kirk Whalum and his "Gospel According to Jazz," which includes the vocal artistry of Sheléa and the multi-talented musician, Gerald Albright. BONEY JAMES Boney James is a leading proponent of the Slow Jazz movement, but his wide ranging talent can also bring a strong emotional surge, especially during his live concerts. The Boston Globe reported that "his music is muscular and gritty," and that he all but dares the crowd not to have a good time. His connection with his audience is visceral and vibrant as he takes them on a musical journey. Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, James took up the clarinet at age eight, switching to saxophone when he was ten. Growing up in New Rochelle, New York, he was influenced by Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind and…

KJ-52's latest 'Mental' tops iTunes Chart

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KJ-52 New AlbumMENTAL Debuts at  Number 1 on iTunes Chart, Becomes Fastest Selling Album in Artist’s Fourteen-Year History. New single TONIGHT makes waves as theme song for ESPN’s Monday Night Football Los Angeles, CA – MENTAL, the latest release by six-time Dove Award Winning Christian rap/hip-hop artist KJ-52, has taken off, reaching the number 1 spot on its October 21 release date on the iTunes Christian chart. Perhaps more notably, the album achieved the #23 spot on the overall iTunes Top 100, and is holding steady in the top 10 on the Christian chart throughout this release week. Despite being released as KJ's first project as an independent artist, MENTAL debuts as the fastest selling album in his fourteen-year career. The excitement behind the album was given extra fuel with the announcement of the single “Tonight” being tapped as a theme song for Monday Night Football.  Launched on the eve of MENTAL’s release, “Tonight” is receiving unprecedented support from …

Ebola In New York: A New York Doctor has Ebola in America's fourth documented case

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Dr. Craig Spencer, 33 is the fourth American to be diagnosed with Ebola.  He was evaluated at Manahtan's Bellevue hospital after showing symptons and later tested positive for the virus.  Dr. Spencer recently returned from West Africa where he treated Ebola patients as a part of the Doctors Without Borders program. Before  the diagnosis, Spencer traveled on a crowded New York subway to go bowling at a  local alley. He said he felt somewhat sluggish but it is not known whether the virus was active  in his system during the bowling outing.  The bowling alley and his apartment are both being sterilized.

Meanwhile, the two Texas nurses that were diagnosed with Ebola have been cleared and released from the hospital.

TUNE IN ALERT: Laurence Fishburne to appear on Queen Latifah Show today

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LAURENCE FISHBURNE SITS DOWN WITH QUEEN LATIFAH TO DISCUSS HIS HIT TV SERIES BLACK-ISH ...AND NOT BEING SAMUEL L. JACKSON

Other guests include the entrepreneurs and mentors of ABC's "Shark Tank," along with the female members of the Harlem Globetrotters Tune in on Friday October 24 @ 2pm PT  Queen Latifah present Fishborne with a "I'm Not Samuel L. Jackson" T-shirt Laurence Fishburne answer audience questions. 

Annie Lennox is Jazzy on Nostalgia Album

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Scottish born songstress Annie Lennox delivered a captivating read of the George Gershwin classic "Summertime" on "Kelly and Michael" yesterday. The former lead singer of the Eurythmics, 59, wore a satin red floor length dress (atypical from her preferred pant suits and leg-bearing hemlines) as she mesmerized the audience with her interpretation of the American favorite. Like the floor length dress, Lennox is trying something new with her latest album, "Nostalgia." Singing American standards is a departure from here previous work. She explained to the Associated press that jazz is a form of American msic with which she had little familiarity and only recently started to study it.   Lennox had never sung with a jazz band before connecting with Herbie Hancock for on AIDS benefit in DC two years ago.  That experiene gave her the idea to give the music a try.   A jazzy collection of traditional hits, "Summertime" is featured on &qu…

PSA: Go Purple Today to End Domestic Violence

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Anti-Domestic Violence advocates to wear purple on October 23, the nationwide domestic violence blackout day


In observance of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, today, October 23 is "Go Purple Day." Everyone is encouraged to wear purple to show support for the victims an families affected by domestic violence.   By joining together and wearing purple the community at large sends the message of zero tolerance toward domestic abuse.

In Prince William County, the ACTS Turning Point (ACTS) will "Go Purple" by taking a group photo of al organizations that offer support for victims of domestic abuse or would like to participate in this domestic violence awareness effort.  The photo will be taken in the parking lot of the organization starting at 12:00 noon.


Forty Entertainment's Singer and Songwriter Dayna Caddell Collaborates with Eric Dawkins and Warryn Campbell on 'Wish You Well'

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The standout song from Dave Hollister's new project 'Chicago Winds...The Saga Continues'

October 23, 2014 - Grammy® and Dove award nominated songwriter and urban inspirational singer, Dayna Caddell, collaborates with multiple-award winning songwriter/producers Eric Dawkins and Warryn Campbell on Dave Hollister's new project Chicago Winds...The Saga Continues, released October 21st.
The album is produced and written almost exclusively by Warryn Campbell and Eric Dawkins.
"Wish You Well," the song written and produced by Caddell, Dawkins and Campbell is, according to iTunes, one of the top highlights of the project.
Although this isn't their first rodeo, the trio has collaborated on several projects including Caddell's upcoming 2015 urban inspirational effort, "PUSH."
"I've worked with a lot of people and on a lot of projects but the opportunity to be in the studio with Dave Hollister was hands down a bucket-list gig,"…

Help is on the way for a struggling singer on Preachers of L.A. tonight

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Minister Deitrick Haddon reaches out to fellow gospel artist Kevin Terry to offer guidance on overcoming a setback; Tune in on Wednesday, October 22 @ 10/9c



In this week's episode of "Preachers of L.A.," after hearing about his fall from grace, Deitrick reaches out to fellow gospel artist Kevin Terry with guidance and support to assist with overcoming his recent setback.  Myesha deals with the serious issue of sex trafficking at her "Hiding Behind the Lipstick" conference, and after years in service to her husband's ministry, Christy Haizlip does some soul-searching to figure out what will bring her the most self fulfillment. 
Season two of Oxygen's "Preachers of L.A." is full of self-discovery and change with growing families and ministries, incredible women of strength beside the preachers, and ever-changing relationships.  Tune in on Wednesdays at 10/9c.

Tylet Perry creates animated DVD, "Tough Love" starring Madea

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Writer/director/producer Tyler Perry makes his first foray into family animation with the release of Tyler Perry's Madea's Tough Love arriving on DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand January 20, 2015 from Lionsgate. The film will be available on Digital HD one week earlier on January 13.

Having conquered stage and screen, Tyler Perry has now turned his attention to creating entertaining programs specifically for families to enjoy together. In Tyler Perry's first animated film, fans of Madea can now watch all of their favorite characters including Madea, Uncle Joe and Aunt Bam in a whole new way! The larger than life Madea gets herself into even more over the top and outrageous situations – all in the name of helping children save their youth center.
The comic adventure features the voice talent of Tyler Perry as "Madea" and "Uncle Joe" among others and Cassi Davis (TV's "House Of Payne") as "Aunt Bam" along wi…

2014 American Music Awards nominees

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Iggy Azalea is so "fancy" as the top nominee for the 2014American Music Awards with six nods. The breakout rap star who was discovered by T.I. has had a hard time getting respect from the Hip Hop community this past year, but fans loved her: Azalea is nominated for Best Artist of the Year and Best New Artist of the Year. Recently, Azalea had an online spat with Snoop Dogg, but T.I. had Snoop apologize.  (Click here to see what happened.) Hosted by Pitbull, the award show airs on ABC on November 23.  Congrats to all of the nominees.  Check out the full list:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Iggy Azalea
Beyonce
Luke Bryan
Eminem
Imagine Dragons
John Legend
Lorde
One Direction
Katy Perry
Pharrell Williams

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY KOHL'S
5 Seconds of Summer
Iggy Azalea
Bastille
Sam Smith
Meghan Trainor

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX "Fancy"
John Legend "All of Me"
MAGIC! "Rude"
Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J "…

Suburban Mom Indie Musicians Plot To Walk the Red Carpet At GRAMMY® and HMMA Music Awards

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Do you have to be 19 and able to twerk in a bikini to receive recognition as a female musician these days?
Solveig Whittle and Elizabeth Butler are proof that you don’t. These two indie female songwriter-musicians from Seattle, Washington and Houston, Texas, were notified recently that they both have songs and albums up For Consideration in the 57th Grammys and nominated for the 2014 Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMAs). The Grammys will be awarded in February of next year, but the HMMAs will be awarded sooner, on November 4th, 2014 at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles.
The two women have been strategizing for months and working together to promote their music in an industry in which it is notoriously hard to stand out – and one that also tends to favor younger artists. They remain undaunted, however, and now their musical and co-promotional partnership has created some very visible results, such as their Grammy and HMMA nominations.

Like many indie musicians, Whi…

Oscar de la Renta dead at 82

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Famed fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has died.  He made a name for himself designing for Jackie Kennedy and later created out fits for other First Ladies including Michelle Obama.  Decades of his designs have  graced red carpets and the occasions in women's lives that call for glamor.  He designed the dress human rights lawyer Amal Clooney wore when wedding actor George Clooney in Italy.  Born in the Dominican Republic, he became an international icon.  De la Renta passed away from complications with cancer.