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Rejoice Musical Soulfood Live concert photos

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Stage worn dresses of Whitney Houston to be auctioned in Nashville this weekend

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NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 11, 2015 -- Fifteen gowns and dresses previously owned by Whitney Houston, some worn on-stage and others at events and galas, plus some of the late singing legend's personal effects – such as pins, costume jewelry and other stage items – will be sold at public auction on Saturday, Nov. 21st, by Stevens Auction Company, at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Resort. Ms. Houston's fifteen dresses and gowns are in pristine, like-new condition. All of them were important to the late singer's career and the public will be viewing them for the first time since she wore them and they went into storage. Perhaps the most important one of the group is a gold and white dress designed by Bob Mackie. All the dresses, though, are seen as highly collectible. The dresses and personal effects are from the late singer's Bodyguard World Tour, launched on the heels of the hit movie The Bodyguard (starring Ms. Houston and Kevin Costner) and taking …

National Geographic Channel Presents “Saints & Strangers,” 4-hour untold storybehind first Thanksgiving

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“THIS VOYAGE IS WHAT GOD INTENDS FOR US” National Geographic Channel Presents “Saints & Strangers,” a Four-Hour Television Movie Event That Reveals the Epic Untold Story Behind the First Thanksgiving


Produced by Sony Pictures Television With Little Engine Productions, the Two-Night Movie Event Saints & Strangers Premieres Nov. 22-23 at 9/8c (WASHINGTON, DC) In November 1620, after 66 days at sea, the Mayflower arrived in New England’s Provincetown Harbor with 102 men, women and children aboard. The brutal journey across the ocean on a vessel never intended to carry passengers had left many sick, hungry and dying. And though the sight of land brought great relief to the travelers, little did they know their journey had only just begun. National Geographic Channel’s two-night movie event Saints & Strangers, premiering Nov. 22-23 at 9/8c, goes deep inside the familiar historical account of Thanksgiving, revealing the trials and tribulations of the first settlers…

Dr. F. James Clark and the Shalom Church (City Of Peace) Mass Choir enter Billboard chart and earn 8 Rhythm of Gospel Award noms

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St. Louis, MO -- Under the musical direction of seasoned Music Minister Dello Thedford and produced and directed by prolific songwriter and arranger Oscar Williams, Jr., Dr. F. James Clark and the Shalom Church (City Of Peace) Mass Choir have praised their way into the Top 30 on the Billboard Gospel Radio Chart.  Their #28 chart positioning this week makes Shalom CCOP Choir the ONLY CHOIR IN THE TOP 30 with their high-praise anthem "We Praise Your Name".   "I am truly blessed and humbled to have been able to be produce a gospel project that is blessing the nations," shares  Oscar Williams, Jr., producer and Artistic Director for The Potters House Dallas, TX.  "The Shalom Church Choir has given great ministry mixed with diverse songs that has catapulted this independent choir to national status! Is a true testament to the fact that promotion comes from God and Him alone." Gospel Radio stations across the country have embraced Shalom CCOP'…

Guidelines and Deadline for California SCLC MLK Oratorical Contest Announced

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THE SCLC-SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EMERGING LEADERS Announces “BENDING THE ARC AND BREAKING BARRIERS” ESSAY & ORATORICAL and ORIGINAL art CONTESTs 2016 ------------------- Deadline to Enter is Sunday, December 20, 2015 --------------------- Winners Will Receive Cash Prizes LOS ANGELES, CA – The Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Southern California (SCLC-SC) Emerging Leaders is holding Essay & Oratorical and Art Contests as a part of King Legacy Week 2016.Civil rights champion Martin Luther King, Jr. once delivered a powerful speech with this resonant line:“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Students are encouraged to study Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy and integrate how his work helped to break barriers into their contest creations.
“The tragedies of Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and others have stirred a movement in our country where young African Americans are pushing back through their own form of activism agains…

Nielsen presents "DO" entertainment industry workshop at Faithful Central Bible Church

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Los Angeles, CA (November 10, 2015) – Inspirational Speaker, Producer and Founder of Destiny Outreach, Danita Patterson teamed up with Film Producer, DeVon Franklin to kick off the first day of a powerful two-day event. During the morning session, November 7th, Patterson conducted an interactive workshop experience that helped registrants discover and explore how to unlock their full potential through Vision Clarification, Goal Setting, Action Planning and Interactive Exercises.  The session was a recipe for success that started with Patterson laying out the key ingredients of Finding and Fighting For Your Dreams, while allowing Franklin to unknowingly blend them all together like a master chef during the Fulfilling Your Dreams segment.  The two worked well together and completed the day with an interview and inspiring words that left everyone singing their praises. Those who missed Day #1 can make plans now to attend the final day of empowerment. On Saturday, Novembe…

The Long List of Veterans Day Freebies

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A select group of vets were invited to breakfast at the White House with the POTUS, while millions of others took advantage of free food and perks as businesses and restaurants across the nation offer freebies and discounts to those  who have acted as current or past  U.S. military personnel.  The latter is often underappreciated group.  Today is the one day of the year that is set aside to honor vets for preserving an protecting the nation's freedoms.  The rules are different for just about every establishment. 

The perks range form free transportation to free food and haircuts.  Before taking advantage of the appreciative offers, it is important to be prepared. Some places require service uniforms, some only offer the deal during limited hours, while others offer select menu items.  That is not the case at buffet restaurant Golden Corral which has been known to have lines wrapped around the building for hours because they salute vets with a full meal. 

The Sl…

TUNE-IN ALERT: The fourth Republican debate airs tonigt on the FOX Buisness Network

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Amid GOP presidential candidates’ concerns over reformatting the debates Sean Cairncross, the RNC's chief operating officer was appointed as media debate negotiator. Ahead of the fourth debate Republicans presidential candidates released their list of demands for furtre debates, such as setting time limits and no personal questions. The debate requirements Fox News released caught the party off gaurd by eliminating key players.  This will be the smallest debate to date.  Only the top 8 candidates qaulified for the main stage.That leaves out New ersey Governor, Chris Christie and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who were demoted to the earlier debate along with Bobby Jindal and Rick Santorum.Based on national poll ratings, the netwok decided to offer the main stage to candidates polling above 2.5%.Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, former New York Gov. George Pataki, and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore did not qualify for either debate. With Donal d Tru…

New Orleans music legend Allen Toussaint dies, Recording Academy Responds

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Allen Toussaint, the man behind "Lady Marmalade" has died. Performing until the very end,  Toussaint passed away from a heart attack following a concert performance in Spain. He was one of New Orleans more legendary musicians.  The Recording Academy had this to say about his passing:


"A Recording Academy Trustees Award recipient, Allen Toussaint was one of music’s most influential figures to hail from New Orleans. A multifaceted songwriter, producer and performer, his iconic songs such as “Working In A Coal Mine,” “Mother-In-Law" and “Lady Marmalade” were a gumbo of stylized soul, funk and R&B — a sound that came to be synonymous with the Big Easy. Further solidifying his rich legacy, his songs were recorded by a diverse group of artists such as Jerry Garcia, Ringo Starr, Glen Campbell, Devo, the Band, and the Rolling Stones, among others. The music community has lost a true icon, and we share our deepest condolences with Allen’s family and fri…

Hyundai and the Recording Academy Launch Fourth Annual Grammy Amplifier Program

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BIG SEAN, LZZY HALE AND SAM HUNT TO SELECT WINNERS OF ONLINE PROGRAM DESIGNED TO FOSTER ASPIRING MUSICIANS Tuesday, November 10, 2015 — Hyundai and The Recording Academy® today announced the launch of the fourth annual GRAMMY Amplifier®  program.  GRAMMY Amplifier is an innovative online music initiative providing aspiring artists with the opportunity to realize their passion and further their musical careers through one-of-a-kind experiences that serve to showcase their talent.  Entrants are invited to upload their songs for consideration at www.grammyamplifier.com, which is now mobile optimized for submissions via smartphone and tablet. 
The 2016 winners will be selected by Amplifier curators: GRAMMY®-nominated hip-hop artist Big Sean, GRAMMY winner Lzzy Hale, lead singer and guitarist of hard-rock band Halestorm, and rising country superstar Sam Hunt. The program curators will sort and listen to submissions and select three winners, who will each receive one of thr…

Farrakhan commemorates Million Man March in contrast to expected message

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This October in DC, thousands showed up packing the national mall and capitol lawn for the 20th Anniversary of the Million man March Nation of Islam Leader Minister Louis Farrakhan’s explained the meaning of the controversial theme of the commemorative million man march that Justice or else means unless America stops injustice against minorities and indigenous people. Twenty years ago the march was attended by men only, this year’s march perhaps signaling a new recruitment agenda.Participants from all races and religious factions united for the event.I met Christians who supported the event.

"Guilty By Color" Brings Together Diverse Talents, Proves Hollywood Love Affair With Mafia Continues

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"Guilty By Color" Brings Together Diverse Talents, Proves Hollywood Love Affair With Mafia Continues
Giovanni Gambino and Richard Pryor, Jr. collaborate on timely, hard-hitting tale of racism and police injustice
NEW YORK, Nov. 5, 2015  -- Author Giovanni Gambino, together with Richard Pryor, Jr., have penned an emotional page-turner of a story that is as relevant today as it's ever been. "Guilty By Color" examines the effects that institutional prejudice can have on individuals, a phenomenon that the late comedian Richard Pryor experienced firsthand. "Guilty By Color" is available at Barnes & Noble and available today on Amazon. "Giovanni Gambino is the real deal. He's not just a Gambino. He is The Gambino," says long-time friend and associate Joseph David Savoy.

Incidents of police brutality make headlines today, thanks in part to social media, but they're nothing new for many people in underprivileged communit…

Havoc Da Mouthpiece Drops New Soundtrack 'Go Hard: The Tru Utold Story o West Coast Hip Hop

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Ice T, Too Short, Yo Yo and Kurupt Support Havoc Da Mouthpiece's Proclaim To "Go Hard" It's "Gaim Chng3r" Time



Los Angeles - Straight outta' South Central Los Angeles, Havoc Da MouthPiece hails as one the true originators of West Coast gangsta' hip hop! Real hip hop hard heads recall Havoc as a standout pioneer, spearheading the West Coast reign when he was the front man for the rap crew South Central Cartel aka SCC. The group were the first 'left' coast rappers to sign to Def Jam and nurtured a loyal cult following with hits like "U Gotta Deal Wit Dis," "Pops Was a Rolla," All Day Everyday," "Eastside-Westside" and "It's an S.C.C Thang." Ironically, Havoc, a Chicago native, also has roots nestled deep in the legacy of R&B as well. Havoc is not only a rap legend, but he is also the son of legend. His father, Robert "Squirrel" Lester was one of the founding members …

Op Ed on trade by President Obama

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A Trade Deal for Working Families NOV 10, 2015 6:00 AM EST By Barack Obama As printed in the Bloomberg View As president, my top priority is to grow our economy and strengthen the middle class. When I took office, America was in the middle of the worst recession since the Great Depression -- but thanks to the hard work and resilience of the American people, our businesses have created 13.5 million jobs over the past 68 months, the longest streak of private-sector job creation in history. The unemployment rate has been cut nearly in half -- lower than it’s been in more than seven years. We have come back further and faster from recession than nearly every other advanced nation on Earth.  That’s real progress. But as any middle-class family will tell you, we have more to do. That’s why I believe the Trans-Pacific Partnership is so important. It’s a trade deal that helps working families get ahead. At a time when 95 percent of our potential customers live outside our borders, …