Monthly Archives June 2021

Russell Wilson and Ciara Officially Open The Why Not You Academy

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Russell Wilson and Ciara announced the official launch of its first-ever Why Not You Academy in the state of Washington.

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Opening in Fall 2021, the new high school is tuition-free and is an extension of the Why Not You Foundation.

This school is a longtime dream of ours and it was important for us to find a way to combine traditional classroom learning with community and mentorship-based activities, in order to prepare kids for the real world. Why Not You is based on the idea that it can start with one and our hope is that this school will be the first of many.”

— Russell Wilson and Ciara

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Tye Tribbett & Jekalyn Carr Co-Hosting The 36th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards

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Tye Tribbett & Jekalyn Carr are hosting the 36th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards on July 10th at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. 

Viewers can expect dynamic performances from millennial gospel superstar and former Stellar Awards host Jonathan McReynolds who received eight nominations this year. Celebrated gospel artists J.J. Hairston, Maverick City Music, Pastor Mike Jr. and Tamela Mann are also set to perform along with hosts Tribbett and Carr. The Clark Sisters, who will receive the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award, will deliver a moving performance at this year’s ceremony.

“I’m so hyped to return to the Stellar stage this year as a host alongside my sis, Jekalyn Carr,” said Tribbett. “This is the biggest night in gospel! I can’t wait to see and hear all the amazing music that has blessed us this year! LET’S GO!”

“The 36th Annual Stellar Awards is sure to be the gospel celebration of the year,” remarked Carr. “I look forward to celebrating my peers, as well as those who have paved the way for gospel artists like myself to create and perform.”

The Stellar Awards live show taping is returning to Nashville at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in the heart of Nashville’s downtown area on Saturday, July 10th. With Covid-19 restrictions now being lifted, tickets to the 2021 Stellar Gospel Music Awards will be made available to the public soon. For ticket updates follow us on social media and check our website for the link to purchase. Covid-19 safety protocols will be posted at that time as well. Viewers around the country will also be able to watch the show in national broadcast syndication starting August 7th through September 5th.

Listen: Jennifer Hudson Original Song “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)”

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Jennifer Hudson has officially dropped her original new song from the upcoming film RESPECT!

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J-Hud is singing her face off on the new single from the Motion Picture Soundtrack.

The single, “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” was co-written by Carole King, J-Hud, and Jamie Hartman.

In theaters August 13th, the film follows the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, RESPECT is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.

Produced by will.i.am for Epic Records, listen to “Here I Am,” below:

Devon Franklin and Meagan Good Celebrate 9 Years Of Marriage

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Devon Franklin and Meagan Good celebrated their 9th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, June 16th.

DeVon Franklin and Meagan Good

ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇ ʟᴏᴠᴇ ᴏғ ᴍʏ ʟɪғᴇ 💘, ᴍʏ ʜᴜsʙᴀɴᴅ| ᴘᴜʀᴘᴏsᴇ ᴘᴀʀᴛɴᴇʀ, ʜᴀᴘᴘʏ ᴀɴɴɪᴠᴇʀsᴀʀʏ!!

ᴛʜɪs ᴍᴀᴋᴇs #𝟿 ᴀɴᴅ ᴇᴛᴇʀɴɪᴛʏ ʏᴏᴜ ɢᴏ! ʏᴏᴜ ᴀʀᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴇsᴛ ᴅᴇᴄɪsɪᴏɴ ɪ’ᴠᴇ ᴇᴠᴇʀ ᴍᴀᴅᴇ (ʙᴇsɪᴅᴇs ʟᴏᴠɪɴɢ ᴊᴇsᴜs ʟᴏʟ). ɪ ʟᴏᴠᴇ ʏᴏᴜ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴇᴠᴇʀʏᴛʜɪɴɢ ɪɴsɪᴅᴇ ᴍᴇ 💞 ..ɪɴ ᴛʜɪs ʟɪғᴇ ᴀɴᴅ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ɴᴇxᴛ.
ʏᴏᴜʀ ᴡɪғᴇ,” Meagan wrote on IG with a video playing Brandy’s “Say You Will.”

I love you my love. Happy Anniversary, Devon captioned a photo of the couple with lyrics from Tony Toni Tone’s hit single “It’s Our Anniversary.”

Help me wish the couple that made it cool to WAIT a Happy Anniversary!

Juneteenth Finally Recognized As A National Holiday

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Congress has passed a resolution establishing Juneteenth as a National holiday.

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June 19th is the actual day that the last enslaved African Americans were granted their freedom. On that day in 1865, Union soldiers led by Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in the coastal city of Galveston, Texas, to deliver General Order No. 3, officially ending slavery in the state.

This was more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation which declared that as of January 1, 1863, all enslaved people in the states currently engaged in rebellion against the Union “shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.”

Jennifer Hudson Announces New Song “Here I Am” From Respect Movie

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Jennifer Hudson is dropping a new single “Here I Am” from the upcoming Respect movie this Friday.

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“Here I Am” (Singing My Way Home) was co-written by the GOAT herself Carole King.

The song will appear on the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to RESPECT and serve as the film’s only original song. Hudson was handpicked by Franklin to portray her in the film from MGM, which opens in theaters nationwide on August 13th. The soundtrack will be available on the same day. 

Music is such a living and breathing character in this film, as it was in Ms. Franklin’s life. The process of creating this song was like constructing the greatest tribute I could possibly offer to her spirit. It was the final exhale of this extraordinary project and one that I let out with complete fulfillment. Being able to do so with Carole and Jamie was an incredible privilege. Carole is one of the greatest songwriters of all time and, whether we were trading stories, playing piano together over video conference, or working through lyrics, it was always a masterclass – both in life and music. Jamie and I have collaborated together in the past and it’s always so wonderful to create with him – he is continuously thinking outside of the box in a way that deepens the musical experience in indescribable ways. Our goal was to show that music was always the anchor for Ms. Franklin, in all that she did, and I hope this song illustrates the strength of her voice – both literally and figuratively – which always brought her home.” 

Get “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” HERE Friday via Epic Records.  

Pre-order the Soundtrack HERE.  

President Joe Biden and Jill Biden Sip Tea with The Queen

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President Joe and Jill Biden spent their last day in the UK accompanying the Queen for tea at Windsor Castle.

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Joe Biden and Jill Biden tea with the Queen came on their last day in the UK for the G7 Summit.

At the airport before boarding Air Force One, the President called the Queen gracious and said she reminded him of his mother.

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“She was very generous,” the President said. He said he did not think she’d be insulted if he said she “reminded me of my mother in terms of the look of her and the generosity.”

Dr. Jill wore a powder blue sheath dress and matching jacket with nude Valentino heels for her visit with the Queen. The Queen looking regal as usual in a pink silk Stuart Parvin Dress and Rachel Trevor-Morgan hat.

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CeCe Winans Announces Believe For It Sunday Campaign

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CeCe Winans is doing her part to unite the body of Christ with her latest single Believe For It.

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CeCe has partnered with Loop Community for a campaign designed to bring churches together to help spread the message of hope and encouragement. The goal of the campaign is to reach as many churches as possible with an invitation to participate in this unity driven event. The vision is to have as many worship teams singing and inspiring the masses by singing her hit single on Sunday, June 27th.

Will you and your church worship team join me on June 27th for “Believe For It” Sunday?

“It’s time for us to release our faith for the impossible,”says Winans.  

For more information on the campaign, click HERE.

Pastor Mike Todd and Natalie Todd Welcome Baby No.4

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Congratulations are in order for Pastor Mike Todd and Natalie Todd.

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The couple who lead Transformation Church, welcomed their daughter Gia Joy Symone Hope into the world on June 3rd.

Baby Gia weighed 7lbs and 11oz. After a little extra hospital stay due to jaundice, baby Gia headed home to meet her brothers and sisters.

This is the fourth child for the couple, who are also parents to Bella, Mj, and Ava.

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Congratulations #ToddSquad may God continue to bless your family and ministry real good!

If you haven’t already, check out the “Right Here” video from the Pastor featuring his lovely wife.

Kasim Reed Is Running To Be Atlanta’s Mayor Again!

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With an announcement saying,”He’s Back!” like MJ did back in the day, Kasim Reed is running to become the ATL’s Mayor again!

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Atlanta, tell LA, tell New York, tell Charlotte, tell Dallas, tell Chicago and definitely tell Miami, I’m back.

Reed announced his candidacy Thursday night with a birthday fundraiser at the home of singer Tyrese Gibson.

Mayor Reed held the position from  2010-2018. He was Atlanta’s 59th Mayor.

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Back in 2015, I had the opportunity to visit with the former Mayor’s administration and learn what they were doing around data driven government. I witnessed a leader who operated with a spirit of excellence and required the same of his team.

Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta’s current Mayor, recently announced that she was not running for re-election.

Maverick City Music’s Chandler Moore and Hannah Poole Are Married Ya’ll!

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One year after meeting, Maverick City Music’s Chandler Moore and Hannah Poole have tied the knot!

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The couple said I do in front of family and friends on Tuesday at The 4 Eleven in Fort Worth, Texas.

In a statement to People, the couple called their wedding the climax of the last year of their life.

“What we experienced at our wedding was the climax of this last year of our lives. We first met June 8th 2020, and we got married a year later to the date,” they shared. “These last 12 months have been full of joy, and that’s exactly what our wedding was.”

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In attendance at the couple’s wedding were The Real‘s Adrienne Bailon Haughton and singer-songwriter Israel Houghton, Kirk and Tammy Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Tony Brown and Jonathan Jay “JJ”, of TRIBL Records and founders of Maverick City Music.

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Moore wore a Rich Fresh tuxedo, Tom Ford shirt and tie paired with Christian Louboutin shoes while Hannah wore a Grace Loves Lace dress and Saint Laurent heels.

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