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NO DOUBT ABOUT IT: The Queen of Soul holds court with the Pope

buzzz worthy. . . A week after Pope Francis visited the U.S. the Vatican was forced to clarify an alleged controversial meeting the Catholic father had with anti-gay marriage, renegade Kentucky clerk, Kim Davis.  There is no question or controversy around the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin holding court with the pontiff. Not only did Franklin perform in his presence at the Festival of Families in Philadelphia, but also she spoke briefly one-on-one with him and presented a very special gift to him.  Franklin released a statement today detailing her personal encounter with His Holiness:    Detroit -- “It was a true and so special honor to meet Pope Francis,” said Aretha Franklin. “We shook hands and I gave him a gift of 25 volumes of sermons by my father, Theologian Rev. C.L. Franklin. He asked me to pray for him as he did others during his time in America. I curtsied and His Holiness left the room for the Festival of Families event. His interpreter and secret service were th

SISTERLY REVENGE: Serena Williams beat Vinci in Wuhan Open

buzzz worthy. . .   On Friday,Venus Williams defeated the woman who triumphed over her sister Serena in the U.S.Open last month in a three-set match. Roberta Vinci of Italy became the talk of the sporting industry after defeating the younger Williams sister, Serena only to be taken down by her big sis (who is older only by one year). You could call the victory a belated birthday gift. Serena turned 34 last week on September 26. Serena issued a statement saying she has played through injuries all season and is withdrawing from the WTA Finals and the China Open to "properly address my health and take time to heal."

'Jump Around' with New Single and Music Video from Fearles BND

buzzz worthy. . . Groundbreaking modern worship group FEARLESS BND, formerly known as Worth Dying For, releases the second of twelve monthly singles today. Their new song, Jump Around, is available at iTunes , and the high-energy music video premieres today at . Jump Around is a bass-rich dance celebration of life in Christ, says FEARLESS BNDs Christy Johnson, while ChristianConcertAlerts says that the song will send listeners dancing around wherever they may be. In September, FEARLESS BND kicked off an ambitious release schedule, with plans to release a new single on the first Friday of every month for twelve consecutive months, along with music videos, lyric videos, tutorials, chord charts and much more. The band, which is the sound of worship at Fearless LA, will provide everything they use at their church with the hope of making it easier for pastors and worship leaders to incorporate the music and resources for their own church use. For more

ChuChu TV Builds on Tremendous Success With Launch of Second YouTube Channel, ChuChu TV Surprise

buzzz worthy. . . CHENNAI, India  -- The creators of ChuChu TV are pleased to announce the launch of a new channel for uplifting, educational and memorable songs for toddlers. ChuChu TV Surprise features a cast of colorful, animated eggs, along with some familiar faces from the YouTube channel that started it all – ChuChu TV . In its first week, ChuChu TV Surprise tallied over 10,000 subscribers and two million video views with just two videos. "Our team is very happy with the success of ChuChu TV," remarked Creative Director Vinoth Chandar. "We felt the time was right to diversify and launch our second kids' education channel on YouTube. We wanted to do something unique, so we have started this channel with a series called 'Surprise Eggs Nursery Rhymes.' Both surprise eggs content and nursery rhymes content on their own have a huge following of preschoolers on YouTube. We simply merged these ideas, and the results are showing." "We can


buzzz worthy. . .   LOS ANGELES, CA  - Lifetime's all-new docuseries The Jacksons: Next Generation (#JacksonsNextGen) focuses on the third generation of the famed Jackson family -- Taj, Taryll and TJ -- Tito Jackson's sons and nephews of the famed Jackson 5. Premiering Friday, October 2, at 10PM ET/PT, the series features the brothers as they work to balance a career and their lives as traditional family men while living up to the pressures and demands that comes with their last name. The siblings, known as the music group 3T, have toured and sold more than three million records worldwide just off their debut album.  Still impacted by the loss of their mother, Dee Dee, the brothers are raising their children and managing the day-to-day tasks within their families, just like everyone else. Their quest for normalcy, however, often collides head-on with the good and bad of living with one of history's most renowned last names. The series reveals what it's like for

Tiffany Bynoe releases new single, 'Seasons'

buzzz worthy. . .   Song Makes Strong Showing at Radio   “Seasons” hits iTunes October 2, 2015   Flowood, MS - Chart-topping pop artist Tiffany Bynoe  ushers in fall with the release of her latest single, “ Seasons ”  on SRT Entertainment. Produced and written by Kyle Bynoe, who has over 25 years of experience as producer, songwriter and recording artist, and has worked with the likes of Mary J. Blige and Clive Davis, among others, the song’s production is as strong as the message. “We all go through seasons in life,” says Tiffany. “I hope this song will bring hope and encouragement to people regardless of the season  they are in.” The song has been impacting radio for just over two weeks, and has already received several adds and garnered critical praise. “ Seasons ” hits  iTunes  October 2 and is a pre-cursor to Tiffany’s upcoming EP, expected to release early 2016, with a tour soon to follow. While readying the new project, Tiffany continues to work on

New Gospel Artist, Lady Renee’, Shares Her Testimony Through Song In Debut Record, “Healer”

      Background Vocalist On Isaac Carree’s “Clean This House” And Extra In Movie, Selma, Readies New CD   Artist To Appear on Babbie’s House on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 4PM ET   (Atlanta, GA) – September 30, 2015 – There’s nothing like a singer who is passionate about the song they are singing.  Lady Renee’ delivers her debut single, “Healer”, with a fervor like none other.  It’s because she has her own testimony of God’s miraculous healing.  After experiencing a diagnosis that many women dread (which preceded six miscarriages), she resigned herself to the fact that she might never bear children.  At the point of full surrender to the will of God for her life, He healed her body and she is now the mother of a beautiful daughter.  She praises God for His healing power in her brand new single, “Healer”.   Her dramatic testimony was the impetus for recording the track, “Healer”.  “If there was any song that I wanted to minister, it was that one,” she recalls.  “Wit

Tamela Mann and Melinda Williams among Cafe Mocha Circle of Sisters honorees

buzzz worthy. . . WBLS 107.5 and Circle of Sisters Join the Café Mocha Show To Celebrate Extraordinary Female Innovators with the  Salute Her: Superwomen Making A Difference Awards presented by Hyundai   2015 honorees include actress Malinda Williams ; CNN anchor, Michaela Pereira ;   President of Comcast Foundation, Charisse Lillie ; Award-winning gospel icon/Actress, Tamela Mann ; Founder/CEO of Odyssey Media, Linda Spradley Dunn ;  and legendary Broadway Publicist Irene Gandy   Tamela Mann Actress & Singer Salute Her: Game Changer   Circle of Sisters, the largest expo in NYC uniting, motivating and celebrating  women of color has joined  the Cafe Mocha TM radio show  that airs Saturday mornings, 6-8am on WBLS 107.5 to bring it's Salute Her Tour presented by Hyundai  to New York. On October 15, the  SALUTE HER: Superwomen Making a Difference Awards will recognize women who share a  common commitment to m ake a positive contribution to s

The OverFlow to stream Dove Awards and run Fan Fav Artist Award

buzzz worthy. . . THEOVERFLOW UNVEILS INAUGURAL FANS FAVORITE ARTIST AWARD   TheOverflow Announced as Official Music Streaming Service for 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards   NASHVILLE, Tenn.  — TheOverflow, the first and only unlimited, on-demand Christian and Gospel music streaming service, recently announced TheOverflow Fans Favorite Artist Award , a special accolade that will be presented at the 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards to the artist with the most “favorites” within TheOverflow app. In addition, TheOverflow will serve as the official music streaming service for this year’s Dove Awards.   For the first time, fans can cast their vote for TheOverflow Fans Favorite Artist Award through “favoriting” the artist(s) of their choice by clicking the blue star icon anywhere next to the artist’s name within TheOverflow app. Voting is open now through Oct. 12. For those who are not already members of the streaming service, a free seven-day trial is available at

Erica-Marie Sanchez Cast as Series Regular in CBS' Saturday Morning Scripted Drama, The Inspectors

       LOS ANGELES, Sept. 29, 2015 -- Atlanta native, Erica-Marie Sanchez, has been cast as a series regular Veronica Ruiz on CBS' new Saturday morning scripted drama series, The Inspectors . Erica-Marie joins other series regulars: Terri Serpico, Jessica Lundy, Bret Green, and Harrison Knight. The series premieres this Saturday, October 3 rd on CBS. Erica-Marie has a busy October month coming up with the series premiere of The Inspectors , the release of Goosebumps , and a new original song coming out - Sticks and Stones .


buzzz worthy. . . Jonathan McReynolds at Chicago album release on September 18, 2015.     McReynolds also makes Top 10 hit debut on multiple charts   Jonathan McReynolds and India Arie perform at his Chicago Album release on September 18, 2015. NASHVILLE, TN  – This week, acclaimed Dove and Stellar Award-nominated recording artist Jonathan McReynolds celebrates a hit debut across multiple Billboard charts, with his newly-released sophomore album Life Music: Stage Two .  The highly-anticipated new project has received accolades among critics, peers, and fans with praise for his captivating performances and rich songwriting that continue to inspire the masses – garnering a #1 debut on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart, and Top 10 debuts on Billboard’s Top Christian & Gospel Albums chart at #2, and across genres on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart at #9.  His album also makes impactful debuts across genres on Billboard’s Top Current Albums chart at #2

SNEAK PEEK: Kim Fields joins 'Real Housewives of Atlanta'

buzzz worthy. . . On season 8 of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" there's a new platinum blond in town.  Newcomer Kim Fields ("Living Single," "Facts of Life") replaces original cast member Nene Leakes. NEW YORK- September 28, 2015 -Bravo Media brings you an action-packed night full of drama and fun as your favorite Georgia peaches are back for another epic season when "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" premieres on Sunday, November 8 at 8pm ET/PT. Returning cast members include Cynthia Bailey, Kandi Burruss, Kenya Moore, Phaedra Parks and Porsha Williams, who are joined by new housewife and pop culture icon Kim Fields. Appearing in recurring roles are Shereè Whitfield and newcomer Shamea Morton. Autumn heats up as season eight of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" premieres Sunday, November 8 at 8pm ET/PT. SHOW SYNOPSIS: After months of overcoming numerous hurdles to conceive, Kandi and Todd are ecstatic to welcome their first

Celebrated singer and writer Tiff Joy makes waves with solo debut

buzzz worthy. . . “Amazing” Singer/Songwriter TIFF JOY Releases Self-Titled Debut Album And Soars To Top 30 With Hit Song “The Promise” Over a year after making a splash on to the national stage as the songwriter and soloist on Ricky Dillard & New G’s #1 gospel radio smash “Amazing,” TIFF JOY is now making waves as a star attraction with her own radio single “The Promise” that swam into Billboard Magazine’s Top 30 Gospel Airplay chart this week with a #26* debut. The soul-stirring track hails from the Chicago native’s self-titled inaugural album “TIFF JOY” (Walkway Music Group/Tyscot Records) that was released last week and is selling briskly on iTunes’ Christian & Gospel Top Albums digital sales chart. The soul-lifting twelve-song project displays the full range of TIFF JOY’s velvety alto spanning the funkified worship of “You Are” and the silky soul balladry of “All That You Do” to the tender, breathtaking vocal performance on the melody “I’m All Yours” and the inspiring ro

FINAL TOUR: Christian music vet Sandi Patty announces the 'Forever Grateful Tour,' her last

buzzz worthy. . . ` Patty’s final tour will commence on February 11, 2016 and will reach 90+ cities across the globe, including 20 signature holiday tour dates, special events, surprise guests and major symphony shows  New York, NY (Sept. 28, 2015) – Together with World Vision, the most awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music presents the tour of a lifetime, in celebration of hers.  Announced today on NBC’s Today Show by host Kathie Lee Gifford who had her friend Sandi in studio with her for her “Favorite Things” segment, Sandi is letting the world know that she is saying “farewell & thank you” through her upcoming “Forever Grateful” World Tour.  The tour will begin in February, 2016 and run throughout the year.  Tickets will go on sale this coming November, 2015.  For more information visit: .    Sandi is one of the most highly acclaimed performers  of our time with five Grammy® awards, four Billboard Music Awards, three platinum re

Detrick Haddon's "Masterpiece" due this November

buzzz worthy. . .   Featuring lead single “Restore Me Again,” album pre-order includes bonus track   NASHVILLE, TN (September 28, 2015) – Award-winning gospel superstar, songwriter and producer Deitrick Haddon takes his cutting edge style of music to new heights with his upcoming album Masterpiece , to be released on Friday November 6, 2015.  Unveiling the album cover today, Haddon also launches the new album with a special pre-order available on iTunes now, where fans can get an exclusive bonus track that is available only by album pre-order.    Featuring the lead single “Restore Me Again,” the prolific 3-time GRAMMY ® -nominated, multiple Stellar and Dove Award-winning musician continues to bring a progressive sound to his music, with the single ascending through the Top 20 at Gospel radio – creating a contemplative and stirring mood backed by a guitar and percussion-driven hook.  The highly-anticipated 16-track album showcases the always unexpected, hit-making force

Don't Call It A Comeback: John P. Kee goes to 'Level Next' with first Motown Gospel release

buzzz worthy. . . As an innovator of gospel music, John P. Kee has always kept traces of the traditional sound as his music evolved.  This characteristic in his music has cross generational appeal. Fans of all ages can look forward to quintessential Kee on  "Level Next," his first release on Motown Gospel. The familiar North Carolina  foot stomping drive in  such classics as "Show Up" and "Jesus Is Real" that returned "Oh How Wondrous,"  is available on Pastor Kee's latest.  Vocals and live, no synthetic music are strong on the album as fans have come to expect.  The brass section blows skillfully on "Norma Jean," a song about a former drug addict's deliverance.  The Gospel icon, John P. Kee, released his new album, The solid and bold album signals a return from one of Gospel music's favorite artists. LEVEL NEXT hits all the right notes for both long-time fans and newcomers and finds Pastor Kee going back to a for

SNEEK PEEK: "Qauntico" premieres Sunday night on ABC

buzzz worthy. . . The beautiful Indian actress and singer, Pryanka Chopra will make her debut in ABC's "Qauntico" this Sunday. Check out the FBI based program in the clip.