Monthly Archives July 2019

Christian Rapper Flame Wins Copyright Lawsuit Against Katy Perry

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On Monday a jury found that Katy Perry’s Grammy-nominated song “Dark Horse” copied Christian rapper Flame song “Joyful Noise.”

According to PageSix, the unanimous verdict came five years after Flame and two co-authors of “Joyful Noise” first filed the copyright infringement lawsuit against Perry and other songwriters on the hit single.

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Attorneys for the Christian rapper and his co-plaintiffs, Emanuel Lambert and Chike Ojukwu, claimed beats through nearly half of “Dark Horse” was lifted from “Joyful Noise.”

Perry and her legal team argued that she doesn’t listen to Christian rap, but Flame’s team argued back that the singer started her musical career as a Christian artist.

Next, the case will move to the penalty phase, where the jury will decide how much Perry and other defendants owe.


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JEKALYN CARR SET FOR LIVE RECORDING DURING ATLANTA’S PRAISE 102.5 FM

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JeKalyn Carr is about to give us another LIVE recording!

The three-time GRAMMY Award winning singer is prepping to record her next album live at Atlanta’s Praise 102.5 FM 15th Annual Praise In The Park. Carr’s live recording will take place on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the 17,000 seat Cellairis Amphitheatre in Georgia.

Additionally, Carr’s current radio single “I See Miracles” is gaining major traction at Gospel radio, cracking Top 20 on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart. This marks her 10th Top 20 radio single in her career. The track is produced and written with her father, manager and three-time GRAMMY® Award nominated musician Allen Carr. To-date, the father/daughter duo has produced three Billboard #1 Gospel songs within the last three years – 2016’s “You’re Bigger” (#1 Gospel Airplay, #1 Digital Download), 2018’s “You Will Win” (#1 Gospel Airplay, #1 Digital Download) and 2019’s “It’s Yours” (#1 Gospel Airplay) and two Billboard #1 independent albums, 2016’s The Life Project and 2018’s One Nation Under God.

“I See Miracles” is available for digital download on all digital retailers by clicking here. With over 1 million inspired fans follow and connect with Jekalyn Carr by on her social platforms on Instagram: @JekalynCarr, Twitter: @JekalynCarr, Facebook: /JekalynCarr and her official website: www.IAmJekalynCarr.com.

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Grant Hill & Tamia Celebrate 20 Years Of Marriage

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Grant Hill and Tamia still!

The former NBA baller and his wife just celebrated two years of marriage. Two commemorate the milestone, Grant and Tamia posted beautiful messages to each other on Instagram.

Seriously, I’m truly amazed and inspired by how far we’ve come; humbled by how far we have left to go; and beyond grateful to be on this journey with you,” Grant Hill wrote on Instagram.

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Last year the couple appeared on OWN’s Black Love Doc where they shared their love story, and Grant revealed when he knew he wanted to marry “The Officially Missing You” singer.

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JJ Hairston’s 10th Album “Miracle Worker” & Book “A Miracle Marriage” Available Now!

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JJ Hairston has dropped a new album and book!

GRAMMY nominated, Billboard Music Award Winner, and seven-time Stellar Award winner JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise’s 10th album Miracle Worker, is available now via Hairston’s JamesTown Music, which is distributed exclusively by Entertainment One. Hairston’s 10th album is accompanied by the release of a relationship book with his wife, Trina Hairston, titled, A Miracle MarriageFans can currently catch JJ and Trina Hairston on the multi-city “Love & Miracles Tour.”

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JJ and Trina Hairston’s debut book A Miracle Marriage was written to provide real answers to hard questions. A Miracle Marriage is an answer to prayer. Each chapter provides tips, tools, and truth from two individuals whose marriage needed a true miracle. If you are dating, courting, or married, this book will prove to you, once and for all, that miracles are still happening in marriages. In Volume 1 of AMiracle Marriage, JJ and Trina explore the importance of forgiveness, trust, and restoration. While many people see the successful career of Youthful Praise from afar, this book provides a transparent, up-close and personal look at the cost, the care, and the calling of marriage.


The acclaimed contemporary sound and trendsetting impact of JJ Hairston has continued to explode, with the monumental success from the 2017 release of JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise’s #1 album You Deserve It, and its #1 smash hit song “You Deserve It. “Hairston’s new album is sure to follow up with just as much success as its predecessor. Miracle Worker is the first single lifted from this 10th project and single has quickly gained traction, currently sitting in the top 10 on the Billboard Gospel Charts. The album, Miracle Worker, was recorded in two sessions, one in Abuja, Nigeria at COZA Church and the second half was recorded at Hairston’s home church City of Praise in Landover, MD. Miracle Worker features special guest artists: Benita Jones,Zebulon EllisBrittany WrightTodd DulaneyTravis GreeneDarrell Walls and more.

JJ Hairston says, “I am amazed at the awesome things that God continues to do,” Hairston continues, “It’s something my wife, Trina, and I never imagined. It is our prayer that this album reminds people that miracles still happen. They are not just Bible stories, but even today God works miracles in homes, families, bodies, marriages and so much more. Not only that, but He shows us in signs and wonders that continue to blow our minds.” 
Hairston’s new album Miracle Worker and relationship book A Miracle Marriage are both available on nowFor more information visit JJHairston.com.


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SYLEENA JOHNSON INKS RECORDING CONTRACT WITH EONE + 10TH ALBUM “WOMAN” DUE THIS FALL

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My girl Syleena Johnson just signed a new recording contract, and is prepping to bless us with new music!

The GRAMMY-nominated recording artist and daytime television host, known as the “Queen of Chicago,” and one of the most underrated singers of the new millennium – Syleena Johnson returns to music with the release of her 10th album, “WOMAN” this Fall. Syleena empowers and calls all women to stand up for themselves and to be bold, brave and fearless, declaring 2019 as the “Year of the Woman.”

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Johnson states, “I am so excited that the ‘Woman’ album has found a new home with Entertainment One. Thank you to Gina Miller for believing in me and Entertainment One for helping me bring this project to life. Galatians 6:9 says, ‘Do not grow weary in well doing, for in due season you shall reap what you sow, if you faint not.’ I thank God for this season. The season of the Woman.”

As an established singer/songwriter, Johnson has nine albums to her name, including the critically acclaimed debut album, “Chapter 1: Love, Pain & Forgiveness,” and her most recent album “Rebirth of Soul” which features covers of classic Motown records. In 2004, Kanye West tapped Syleena to handle the vocals on the top-10 Billboard hit “All Falls Down,” which also garnered her and West a GRAMMY nomination and four MTV VMA nominations for the accompanying video. As a fitness enthusiast, Johnson launched, SheLean Health & Fitness, which helps women in the area of health, nutrition and fitness. SheLean Nutrition, Health, and Fitness is an online company created to cater to women of various demographics.  

Work sis!

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Dante Bowe Signs With Bethel Music Following Deep Roots With Collective

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GRAMMY® nominated Bethel Music is continuing to add to their adept collective of worship leaders and songwriters with the addition of Dante Bowe

The roots of Bowe’s relationship with the Bethel Music family run deep with previous collaborations like “Glorious Day” and touring with the group including the recent Heaven Come Conference at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater. He counts names like Bill Johnson, Kris Vallotton, Brian & Jenn Johnson and more of the Bethel Music community as voices of inspiration in who he is as person as well as a worship leader.

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“I want to see cultures, generations and denominations unite through a worship movement,” shares Bowe. “This next season is more than bridging gaps it’s about completely merging them, removing all boundaries and boxes. I believe it’s going to come from raising the level of authenticity in our worship. This generation is full of worship leaders who have a real conviction behind the words they’re singing. And as a result, their audience believes it.”

Travis Greene recently united with Dante Bowe for the victorious single, “The Giant Is Dead.”

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BeBe Winans Surprised With Key To Brooklyn!

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BeBe Winans got the keys ya’ll!

During Erica Campbell’s radio show 3rd anniversary celebration, BeBe Winans was surprised with the key to Brooklyn, New York.

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Via GetUp Mornings!

After praying with Le’Andria Johnson off stage, BeBe thought he was coming back to perform his set, but Erica paused the music to present a slideshow that broke down all of his accomplishments throughout the years. When it was over, GRIFF pulled a large gold key out of his pocket and Deputy Borough Chaplain Ingrid explained the honor to everyone watching. Prayer followed, but the surprises continued.

BeBe’s music label was also on site to present him a plaque for earning his first no. 1 charting spot for “He Promised Me.” It’s not his first no. 1 earning for music overall, but it is his first for a song he sang and wrote himself. 

Congratulations BeBe!!!!!!!

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HARRIET Starring Cynthia Erivo As Iconic Woman Of Faith Harriet Tubman

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The official trailer for Harriet starring Tony Award-winning Cynthia Erivo is out today!

From Focus Features, Harriet tells the real-life story of iconic woman of faith and freedom fighter, Harriet Tubman.

This is the first film to follow Tubman on her escape from slavery and subsequent missions to free dozens of slaves through the Underground Railroad in the face of growing pre-Civil War adversity.

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As the “Moses” of her time and first woman to lead an armed expedition in war, Tubman proves to be the perfect example of a fearless, faithful leader that all people of faith can relate to and admire!

The inspirational film illustrates the power of GOD working through Tubman as she treks through nearly 100 miles of secret passageways to get to freedom – singlehandedly rescuing more than 70 slaves over 19 faith-fueled expeditions.

In theaters November 1st, the film also stars Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monáe, and Joe Alwyn.

Directed by Kasi Lemmons, who wrote the screenplay with Gregory Allen Howard.

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New Music: DALE ANTHONY & FAITH OUT LOUD “LIGHT IN YOU”

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Dale Anthony & Faith Out Loud‘s newest single release, “Light In You,” is now available on all digital outlets. The inspirational gospel track, marks the first endeavor for the Bay Area native under his new distribution deal with IndieBlu Music/Entertainment One.

Written by Dale Anthony, “Light In You” declares the protection of God, and our purpose in him. 

“I had a unique opportunity to write for a documentary some years ago. Light In You was birthed during that experience,” says Anthony. “I enjoy writing in ways that help others hear God’s heart regarding today’s current conditions.”

While continuing to volunteer and give back via his monthly “Faith Out Loud Friday” community outreach activities, Dale enjoys serving as worship leader at Redemption Church in San Jose, CA under the leadership of Pastor Ron Carpenter. 

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Mister Rogers “A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood” Trailer Released

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Tom Hanks portrays iconic childhood TV host Mister Rogers in the first trailer for “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” 

In the trailer released Monday afternoon from Sony Pictures, Tom Hanks serenades viewers with “Won’t You Be My Neighbor”

A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood is inspired by the real life relationship between Rogers and Tom Junod, a cynical journalist who embarks on a life-changing experience while writing Rogers’ profile for Esquire in 1998.

The two men became close along the way as Junod discovered Rogers truly was one of the kindest, most caring human beings.

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Fred Rogers hosted the children’s show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” from 1968 to 2001. He died in 2003.

“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” is set for release on Nov. 22.

Watch the trailer below:

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David and Tamela Mann Ft. In Season 3 Of OWN’s “Black Love”

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David and Tamela Mann are one of the high profile couples featured in season 3 of OWN’s hit docu-series “Black Love.”

The new season premieres Saturday, August 10 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT., on the network.

David and Tamela Mann

This season the docu-series will focus on several couples which include Terry & Rebecca Crews, LeToya Luckett & Tommicus Walker, David & Tamela Mann, Kandi Burruss & Todd Tucker, Egypt Sherrod & Mike Jackson as well as numerous everyday couples from all walks of life.

“Black Love” continues to pull back the curtain on how a relationship blossoms and the reality of marriage day in and day out, offering proof that it can happen for everyone, but it isn’t without ups and downs. 

“Black Love,” an NAACP Image Awards nominated docu-series from filmmakers Codie Elaine Oliver and Tommy Oliver (“‪The Perfect Guy”) and Confluential Films, seeks to answer the burning question, “What does it take to make a marriage work?” The Olivers set out to increase representation and create transparency around marriage in the Black community and first launched the show as newlyweds. They’ve now been married almost 5 years and are raising three sons under 3 years old. As their marriage and family have evolved, they show’s topics have also deepened.

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