Monthly Archives August 2019

Travis Greene Goes Gold!!!!

Travis Greene has a gold plaque!!

Last week the three-time GRAMMY® nominated, multiple award-winning artist, songwriter, and producer was presented with a Gold Plaque from RCA Inspiration for his #1 smash hit single “Intentional”, which has been RIAA-Certified Gold® for a half-million in sales.

Travis Greene

Travis Greene was presented with this award during his annual Engage Culture Weekend, hosted from his home base of Columbia, SC. The weekend featured empowering live events with special guests including Kirk Franklin, DeVon Franklin, Heather Lindsey, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Matt Kemp, and more.

Congratulations!!!!

NEW MUSIC: Rapper Common “God Is Love” Ft. Jonathan McReynolds

Rapper Common just dropped a new album “Let Love” and its all about showing love and we’re here for it!

One of the singles “God Is Love” featuring Gospel singer, Jonathan McReynolds is one of our favorite songs off the album.

Check out some of the lyrics:

Even been to prisons to visit you
Ask, “What would Christians do?”
Well some are harassing Native Americans
If God is love, why is hate in the air again?

Then there is the music video for “Show Me That You Love” featuring his daughter, Omoye. The emotional song is based off a time Omoye confronted her dad about not feeling like he was being a good father.

Making the clip was like family therapy, rapper Common shared with the NY Post. “The song is based on a conversation we had where she really confronted me about [why] she didn’t feel like I was being a good father in certain areas.” “It really shook me because I was hurt that she felt like I had failed her in those areas . . . I felt like it was healing for us to do that video.”

Common & Angela Rye Are A Thing Again!

So, Common has revealed that he and Angela Rye are back together and we’re happy about it.

While promoting his album “Let Love” on the Angie Martinez Show, Common was asked who he was currently dating and he confirmed that he and the CNN political commentator are a thing again.

“We dated and then I had to get myself together and she was doing some work. She’s a strong cookie, but she’s good people and really a good balance and fun, too. I need a partner who is fun because we go out there and do the work and constantly, I’m living out the things I’m passionate about. But so many times I’m talking about the things that are going on in the world, serious things in life, so I just need somebody that’s like, we can just talk and have fun.”

Common
Photo Credit: OWN


Meanwhile on an episode of OWN’s Black Women OWN The Conversation, Angela opened up about motherhood.

“I went through a breakup that was life-shaking for me a year ago,” shared Rye. “At the same time I was going through the breakup, I was going through the process of freezing my eggs.”

“For a moment, as soon as I froze my eggs, I was like, ‘I’m good. I don’t need these fools at all.”

But God had other plans. Angela’s view of motherhood changed after moving her godsons into her home.

“After my godson’s moved in, I was like, ‘This might actually be more rewarding than any speech I’ve ever given, than any book I could ever write, than any opportunity to mentor anyone,’” Rye explained. “I feel like just them being around, I’ve grown as a person. I think that is truly a lesson you can only learn on a motherhood journey.”



Sesame Street 1st TV Show To Receive Kennedy Center Honor

Sesame Street will make history in December when it becomes the first TV show to receive a Kennedy Center Honor.

In July, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts released its list of 2019 honorees, which included the educational children’s program, as well as the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire, Linda Ronstadt, Sally Field and American conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.

Sesame Street
Photo Credit: CBS

“The Kennedy Center Honors celebrates icons who, through their artistry, have left an indelible stamp on our collective cultural consciousness,” stated Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein. Sesame Street continues to revolutionize how children and adults learn about our world.”

In a star-studded celebration on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage on Dec. 8, the 2019 Honorees will be saluted by today’s leading performers from New York, Hollywood and the arts capitals of the world, accepting the recognition and gratitude of their peers through performances and tributes.

The Kennedy Center Honors will air on CBS Dec. 15th at 8p.m.

Overcomer Movie Brings In $8.2M Opening Weekend

The Overcomer movie has surpassed it’s opening weekend expectations at the Box Office.

The faith based film from the Kendrick Brothers brought in $8.2 million from just 1,723 screens across the country.

It’s been nearly four years since the Kendrick brothers changed the game in Hollywood with their blockbuster faith-based film, “War Room,” which grossed over $67 million.

Overcomer Movie

The Overcomer movie stars Priscilla Shirer, Alex Kendrick, and tells the story of high school basketball coach John Harrison. He and his team face an uncertain future when their town’s largest manufacturing plant shuts down unexpectedly. 

As hundreds of people move away, John reluctantly agrees to coach cross-country, a sport he doesn’t even like. His outlook soon changes when he meets Hannah Scott, an unlikely runner who pushes herself to the limit. Inspired by the words and prayers of a new friend, John starts to train Hannah for the biggest race of her young life.




BeBe Winans: Being Accused Of Domestic Abuse Hurt But Made Him Better

BeBe Winans stopped by the DL Hughley Show to promote his new book “Born For This,” while sitting on the couch, BeBe discussed everything from racist Christians to being accused of domestic abuse.

BeBe Winans

BeBe Winans, shared with DL Hughley that when his ex wife accused him of domestic abuse, he made a commitment to his children that he wouldn’t say anything bad about their mother. So, he kept quiet, and was soon vindicated in court when the judge stated that his ex wasn’t telling the truth. BeBe revealed that being accused of domestic abuse hurt, but made him better.

Then the Gospel singer shared a true story of how a Christian man in the entertainment industry hated him for being black, but because of the love and consistency BeBe showed he was able to change.

The DL Hughley Show airs weeknights on TV One at 11/10c.

JeKalyn Carr Announces New Album Title “Changing Your Story”

JeKalyn Carr has announced the title to her forthcoming 5th live album and recording date.

The live album entitled CHANGING YOUR STORY is slated for a 2020 release, and will be recorded live at Atlanta’s Praise 102.5 FM 15th Annual Praise In The Park on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at the 17,000 seat Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta, GA.

“CHANGING YOUR STORY carries the message of victoriously living in your God-given identity and purpose,” states Jekalyn Carr“In spite of what’s against you, God is CHANGING YOUR STORY! I declare this live album recording will restore, bring healing, deliverance, salvation and change your perspective on how you view yourself. I just believe God wants to do something extraordinary in people’s lives.”

JeKalyn Carr

CHANGING YOUR STORY has already generated another Billboard chart-climbing Top 15 radio single, entitled ” I See Miracles.” Written and produced by Jekalyn’s father and manager Allen Carr, who is a three-time GRAMMY®-nominated songwriter and producer, “I See Miracles” earns Jekalyn her 10th career Billboard Gospel Airplay Top 30 charting single and a 2019 GMA Dove Award nomination for Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year. Carr is also nominated for Gospel Artist of the Year.

Tickets for the live recording are available now by visiting  www.MyPraiseATL.com.

Tamron Hall Talk Show Premieres Sept. 9th

New mom and wife, Tamron Hall is gearing up to premiere her very own talk show September 9th.

Tamron has partnered with Disney to create a show that’s centered around in-depth conversations about a variety of topics. Whether it’s dissecting the latest fashion trends or tackling today’s toughest parenting and marital struggles, nothing is off the table.

Tamron Hall

According to reports Tamron’s new show will be a mix between the Oprah Winfrey Show and Phil Donahue.

“What most of the shows out there have in common are variety and a lighter energy. We think we can be that while also being compelling and informative,” Tamron Hall said. “When you think about traditional daytime television, the kind we all fell in love with, in the course of five days you laughed with someone, cried with someone, maybe bought a book and learned something. Right now, we believe there’s not one show that’s doing that.”

Viola Davis will play Michelle Obama in ‘First Ladies’ Showtime Series

Viola Davis is set to portray Michelle Obama in First Ladies, a one-hour White House drama headed to  Showtime.

According to Deadline, First Ladies is set in the East Wing of the White House, where many of history’s most impactful and world-changing decisions have been hidden from view, made by America’s charismatic, complex and dynamic first ladies. The series will peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of our most enigmatic heroes, with Season 1 focusing on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Michelle Obama.

Viola Davis will also serve as executive producer.

#GivingBack LL Cool J Making A Difference Back Home In Queens

LL Cool J was back in Queens over the weekend to host the closing ceremonies of his 15th Annual Jump & Ball Community Camp.

LL was greeted by the more than 200 youth who participated in the month long camp and residents of the neighborhood where he grew up. 

LL Cool J

Launched in 2005 by LL COOL J, Jump & Ball is a free and fun-filled camp every Saturday & Sunday during the month of August for hundreds of kids from Southeast Queens. The program was developed as an opportunity for the kids in the community to not only learn the game of basketball but also learn team building and leadership skills critical to life off the court.

LL has always been an avid philanthropist involved in numerous causes including literacy for kids as well as music and arts programs in schools. Celebrating its 15th Anniversary this year, LL’s charity “Jump & Ball” – which takes place every August in his hometown of Queens, New York – aims to give back to his local community by offering a five-week athletic and team building program dedicated to bringing wholesome fun to young people.