Monthly Archives October 2019

Adrienne Bailon: Israel Houghton Was Not Married When They Started Dating

When Adrienne Bailon and Gospel singer Israel Houghton started dating in 2016, rumors immediately started swirling that the singer was still married. Well, when Adrienne got wind of the rumor, she not only asked Israel, but she did a little investigating herself.

Adrienne Bailon

During Girl Chat on The Real, the talk show host shared with the ladies that she used the internet to get some clarity on the situation.

“Thank God for the Internet these days! Things get confusing and you get to clarify. Like me!” she said. “When I first started dating my husband, people thought he was married. That was a lie.”

“If you’re being real, you want to talk to the man and you’re like, ‘You got me out here looking crazy. Let me see the paperwork,’” she said. “Crazy thing is, he and his ex-wife actually filed under their initials and not under their names. So when Page Six and a lot of these other news outlets went to go look for divorce documents, they couldn’t find them because they were under their initials for privacy. Ha ha! But it was true!”

Omar Dorsey Discusses His “Bad Boy” Role In Harriet

I had the opportunity to interview actor Omar Dorsey for his latest film Harriet that hits theaters Friday, Nov 1st.

I’ve watched his work in films like Selma, and Django Unchained, which were both Best Picture Nominees. And of course, his character Hollywood on the award winning Queen Sugar. So, I already felt like it was going to be a cool interview, plus

Dorsey is full of positive vibes and real. He’s that guy that everybody loves!

Omar Dorsey

In Harriet, Omar plays a free slave named Bigger Long, who captures escaped slaves and then takes them back to their slave owners for a fee. (Yes, you read that right!)

“That’s been going on forever, especially in our community. Some of us will sell out each other for the betterment of ourselves,” he shared.

Then there is a scene in the movie where he does something to Janelle Monae’s character that will have you in shock! ( Go see Harriet when it hits theaters tomorrow and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about…no spoilers here!)

“Janelle Monae is a national treasure. I’m a fan and we’re really cool. I didn’t want to do it. I didn’t want people to go from loving me to hating me. So, I went to the director to see if we could do something different, but Janelle, who was over in the corner laughing told me not to worry about it, just do it. So I focused on the character.”

Omar Dorsey
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(Still not telling ya’ll what it is…Go see Harriet when it hits theaters tomorrow).

He apologizes to his Queen Sugar fans:

“I’m sorry ya’ll, I love Hollywood, but I hadn’t played a bad boy in so long, and that was intentional. I told my agent I wanted to do this role to show folks that I still got it, and to show a little diversity in the characters that I play.”

One last thing, I asked him what did he learn about Harriet Tubman that he didn’t know before doing this film.

“I didn’t know she lead a Battalion. As a black woman back then, leading an armed expedition in the war. That’s huge!”

A fun fact about Omar. He’s a preacher’s kid from Decatur, Georgia. His father is the Rev. Dr. Oliver Dorsey and pastors Ebenezer Baptist Church in Georgia.

Directed by Kasi Lemmons, Harriet stars Cynthia Erivo, Janelle Monae, Leslie Odom, Jr., Joe Alwyn, and Omar Dorsey.

Dolly Parton & Blake Shelton Shining The Light On God At CMA’s

Blake Shelton and Dolly Parton are scheduled to give the CMA’s(Country Music Awards) a little more Jesus.

Blake is scheduled to perform a duet with Garth Brooks, and he also announced that he will perform his hit single “God’s Country” on the show.

Also scheduled to bring their faith to the stage this year is Ms. Parton, who is scheduled to perform God Only Knows” with Christian duo for KING & COUNTRY and “There Was Jesus” with Zach Williams.

Dolly Parton

The Country Music Awards will air Wednesday, Nov. 13th at 8/7c on abc.

Niecy Nash & Jay Tucker Have Called It Quits!

This one stings a little…

CLAWS star, Niecy Nash and her husband of 8 years, Jay Tucker are ending their marriage.

The coupled shared a joint statement Wednesday afternoon on social media.

“Our truth is that in this season of our lives, we are better friends than partners in marriage.”

The couple, who has been married for 8 years, said “I Do!,” May 28, 2011, in an outdoor ceremony at the Church Estate Vineyard in Malibu, California.

Niecy Nash

The couple even chronicled their wedding for a TLC special, Niecy Nash’s Wedding Bash.

We’re wishing both of them the best!

Cynthia Erivo Pretty In Pink At Harriet L.A. Premiere

Cynthia Erivo looked AMAZING on the red carpet for the L.A. premiere of her highly anticipated Focus Features film Harriet at The Orpheum Theatre.

The actress wore an oversized Spring 2020 Marc Jacobs feathered ballgown that she accessorized with Tiffany & Co. jewels.

The back of this gown is simply breathtaking.. This is how you shut down a red carpet of a movie that you are the star of!

Cynthia stars as American abolitionist  Harriet Tubman in the Focus Features film that his theaters Friday, November 1st.

Rev Run’s Son JoJo Simmons Marries Longtime Love!

JoJo Simmons and his longtime girlfriend, Tanice Amira said “I do” Sunday in front of family and friends at The Legacy Castle in New Jersey.

JoJo Simmons
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The couple shared exclusive first look pics with People Magazine.

His father, Rev Run, as well as his two older sisters, Vanessa, and Angela, and his younger brother Diggy, and and friend Bow Wow were in attendance.

“Tanice and I have been together for a long time and have a beautiful daughter,” JoJo shared with PEOPLE. “We always knew it would be forever and this was the perfect time to make it official. Surrounded by our family and closest friends. I’ve never been happier to be able to call her my wife.”

Tanice’s dress was designed by Jean-Ralph Thurin. The men’s suits were by 9 Tailors.

Vanessa daughter, Ava, Angela’s son Sutton, and JoJo’s daughter, Mia all participated in the ceremony.

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The couples New Jersey wedding day will be featured on the new season of Growing Up Hip Hop, which premieres on Dec. 5, on WE tv.

ANTHONY BROWN & Group TherAPy No. 1 on Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart

Gold-selling gospel act, ANTHONY BROWN & group therAPy, debut at No. 1* on this week’s Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart with their fourth album, 2econd Wind: Ready (Key of A / Tyscot / FairTrade). In addition, the album also debuted at No. 1* on the Billboard Gospel Album Sales chart and generated over 1 million on demand streams in its first week.

Anthony Brown

The 13-track set includes the go-go flavored track, “Blessings on Blessings,” which spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Gospel Airplay chart over the summer; and the mid-tempo “Real” which features the Grammy® Award nominated artist, Jonathan McReynolds. 

The collection also boasts an appearance from Mary Mary’s Erica Campbell and Hip-Hop artist 1K Phew on the cut, “He Always Wins”, as well as, a mesmerizing vocal performance from 20-year old rising star, Kelontae Gavin, on the title track 2econd Wind. From meditative praise and worship to power bangers, 2econd Wind: Ready is an exhilarating mix of spiritually uplifting, healing, and rejuvenating songs.

“The album is my personal testimony of a time when I was mentally exhausted and couldn’t find the strength to record in-between albums. Through God’s grace, I received my second wind: a second wind to encourage and give hope lyrically. Continue to trust and see God, He will grant your second wind,” says ANTHONY BROWN.

2econd Wind: Ready was recorded live on May 3, 2019 at First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Upper Marlboro, MD where Brown serves on the Music & Arts Ministry staff.

William Murphy Releases His Latest “Same Grace” to Gospel Radio

“Same Grace” is our favorite song off William Murphy’s latest album “Settle Here,” and we’re excited to announce that he’s releasing it to Gospel radio.

“Same Grace” marks the second single released from the #1 album, and follows after the heart-rending #1 hit “Settle Here (Pt. 1).” Composed by Murphy and produced by Kenneth Leonard and Tasha Cobbs Leonard, “Same Grace” is a reminder that the same grace that God extended to those in the bible, and in our past is still available to us in present times. Marking the sixth album released by Murphy, Settle Here features thirteen live performance tracks, illuminated in fascinating performances of worship and praise, and includes moving hits such as “The Rock,” “Worship Forever,” the Zach Williams hit “Chain Breaker,” “Face to Face” (feat. his daughter Keilah Lauren Murphy, Breona Lawrence, Charmaine Broome, and Y’Anna Crawley), and more.

William Murphy

“As a third-generation Bishop, third generation William Murphy, the same grace that is on my life and on my name transferred from my grandfather, to my father, to me, is now the same grace that I’m transferring to my children. This song was inspired by this concept of the grace on one man’s life, Apostle I.V. Hilliard, and I’ve witnessed grace transferred to the next generation, and through new dispensations of grace. I’m excited about this song, and as people grab a hold of it, I pray that the same grace that’s on Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and the same grace of Jesus will shift things in your life on your behalf,” says Murphy.

Apostle I.V. Hilliard adds, “Same Grace is a biblical principle and this song encourages us to have faith in the process. It establishes confidence by inspiring God’s promises by the transference of Grace through faith.”

TobyMac launches foundation in memory of son, Truett

In lieu of flowers for the funeral of his son Truett McKeehan, TobyMac is asking that people give to a charity he started in his son’s name.

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“Truett Foster Mckeehan had an untamable grand personality and dreams to match. Since the age of 12, he knew he wanted to make music. Dreams are so important to kids growing up. Too many kids do not have the financial ability to pursue their dreams. We want to use this fund to help kids do just that. Get an education, to pursue music, to get the chance to live their dream. Truett would have loved that,” the description of the foundation reads.

You can donate here.

Patti Labelle Cancer Gala Performance “It was like going to church”

Patti Labelle took em to church during philanthropist Denise Rich annual cancer research fundraising gala……. The Angel Ball.

The legendary singer performed some oldies but goodies like “New Attitude” and a powerful rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” that brought attendees at the gala to tears according to Pagesix.

Rich, who is also a Grammy nominated songwriter described Patti’s performance to the publication, “I felt in that moment that Patti had been touched by God. It was like going to church, and so very meaningful for me and my family. We miss Kai so much, but we hope he is looking down on us from a better place.”

The Angel Ball was held Monday night at Cipriani Wall Street and raised more than $3 million for groundbreaking cancer research.

Denise Rich has been throwing her Angel Ball for about 20 years, since her daughter Gabrielle died of leukemia. She renamed the charity Gabrielle’s Angels.

Simone Biles Makes Essence 2019 Woke List

Olympic champion and author, Simone Biles is one of Essence Magazine’s 2019 Woke 100!

Simone Biles

This year’s list includes women who exemplify the true meaning of being change agents and power players, according to the publication. Working in areas from social justice to politics to entertainment, they inspire not only us here but also others around the world.

She might just be the greatest gymnast of all time. The Christian athlete is not only the most decorated American gymnast in history, but in 2019 she became the first in her sport to land a double-double dismount. Having spent three years in the foster-care system, she now uses her voice as an advocate for displaced children and has been vocal about ending the stigma attached to those living with learning disabilities.