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Trailer Debut: Pray Away Netflix Documentary

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The upcoming Netflix documentary Pray Away about the “ex gay” movement in the church trailer has arrived!

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The powerful trailer introduces us to the founders of Exodus International, the largest and most controversial conversion therapy organization in the world.

Synopsis:

In the 1970s, five men struggling with being gay in their Evangelical church started a Bible study to help each other leave the “homosexual lifestyle.” They quickly received over 25,000 letters from people asking for help and Exodus International was birthed.

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Julie Rodgers Cr. NETFLIX

After years of being considered “Christian Superstars,” many of these men and women have come out as LGBTQ, denying the very movement they helped start.

Focusing on the dramatic journeys of former conversion therapy leaders, current members, and a survivor, the documentary chronicles the “ex gay” movement’s rise to power, persistent influence, and the profound harm it causes.

Streaming on Netflix August 3rd.

The Chi: Dave Hollister, Donell Jones & Carl Thomas Announce New R&B Group

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Those boys from The Chi are coming together to rep for their city!

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Donell Jones, Carl Thomas and Dave Hollister announced on Monday that they’re finally coming together to form a group.

You gotta take care of home, because if you don’t somebody else will.- Dave Hollister..Take Care of Home

Listen! Not only did I grow up in Chicago, I grew up on each of their music. From Donell Jones “Where I Wanna Be” to Dave Hollister’s “I’m Not Complete,” and Carl Thomas “Emotional” these guys wrote and song songs that contributed to the soundtrack of my life.

This is the very first time the artists have collaborated for any sort of project and I’m here for it!

Jennifer Hudson Talks Aretha Franklin In The August Issue Of Instyle

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Jennifer Hudson has started the media blitz for the RESPECT movie where she stars as the late Aretha Franklin.

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For the August Issue of Instyle, J-Hud shared her experience sitting down with the Queen of Soul to discuss the highly anticipated film.

“I remember when we first sat down, ooh, I was terrified to be at the table,” Hudson says, laughing, reminiscing about her initial conversations with Franklin. “Aretha said, ‘What? Are you shy or something?’ I said, ‘Well, I am talking to the Queen of Soul!'”

Listen to J-Hud belt out “Talk About A Child” for the publication… The girl can just flat foot sing! ( I said that in my best CL Franklin voice).

The Respect movie hits theaters August 13th.

Instyle Cover Credit:

Photographer: @chriseanrose
Byline: @shamirathefirst
Style: @luxurylaw
Hair: @kiyahwright1
Makeup: @adamburrell
Manicure: Rocky Nguyen
Set Design: @danieljhorowitz
Photo Director: @lucyspiderfox
Creative Director: @rinajstone

Sophomore Release from Gospel Recording Artist Titus Showers Coming Soon!

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A&P Records has inked a distribution deal with Malaco Music Group, to release upcoming projects from Titus Showers.

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The Gospel singer released his debut solo EP project Who? in 2019, which hit #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart. In 2020, he reached #1 on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart with a remix version of “It’s Gonna Be Alright” featuring Jermaine Dolly. His current radio single “We Need You,” is available now on all digital platforms.

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A&P Records is the Gospel singers family owned record label.

Malaco, through the deal, will provide a wide range of support including distribution, marketing, sales, etc.

Congratulations Ya’ll!

Dr. Jamal Bryant 2021 Black Media Honors Honoree

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Dr. Jamal Bryant is being honored at the Black Media Honors the weekend of August, 21st in Atlanta.

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The awards show honors broadcasting, public relations, media, mass communication and journalism icons who have influenced and made significant contributions to the media industry.

Hosted by Actress Brely Evans and Pastor Anthony Murray, the awards weekend is set to begin Saturday, August 21, throughSunday, August 22, in Atlanta. The official awards weekend is taking place at Twelve Midtown Conference Center.

This year’s honorees for the 2021 Black Media Honors™️ include Karen Civil (Live Civil), Pastor Dr. Jamal Bryant (New Birth Missionary Church), Kimberly Chapman(Sheen Magazine Editor-at-Large), Jeff Johnson (BET, Rickey Smiley Morning Show, NAACP), Randy Fling (Rolling Out), Dr. Rashad Richey (Political Analyst for CBS46, MSNBC, PeachtreeTV, V-103, Rolling Out), Michelle Rice (General Manager Urban One & TV One), Morgan Debaun (Blavity), Nadia C. Fischer (Publicist and activist) and TheGeorgia Entertainment Caucus. There will also be dynamic performances by Stellar Award Winning Gospel Singer Y’anna Crawley, Tasha Page-Lockhart (Sunday’s Best) and Ignatious Carmouche (The Voice Season 13).

The Naomi Osaka Barbie Doll is Here!

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Mattel has released the Naomi Osaka Barbie doll ahead of the 2021 Olympics.

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Mattel

The doll is a part of Barbie’s celebration of “real-life role models” which is comprised of “remarkable women who are breaking boundaries and inspiring the next generation.” The fully posable doll sports a familiar Nike outfit Osaka wore during the 2020 Australian Open.

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“It’s such an honor to be a part of the Barbie Role Model series, and to remind young girls that they can make a difference in the world. I want young girls everywhere to feel empowered to dream big and to know that if they believe in themselves that anything is possible!” Osaka said.

You may click here  to purchase the new Osaka doll.

Baptist Church Wins Lawsuit Against DC for Restricting In-Person Worship During COVID

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The District of Columbia has to pay a Baptist Church $220k for restricting in-person worship during the height of the pandemic.

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DC and Mayor Muriel Bowser have agreed to the settlement with Capitol Hill.

Capitol Hill filed the lawsuit over the government’s ban on outdoor worship services that had more than 100 people in attendance.

In a settlement agreement and release, the city agreed to pay $220,000 to the counsels representing the Capitol Hill, which broke down to $210,000 for the law firm WilmerHale and $10,000 for the national legal nonprofit First Liberty Institute.

H&M Presents Buy From A Black Woman Tour

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H&M Buy From a Black Woman tour is all about highlighting Black women business owners.

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The tour is a series of pop-up shopping events across 15 U.S. cities. Events in Atlanta, Washington D.C., New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles will be hosted in H&M stores. During the events customers can meet and shop from local vendors.  Many of those featured support additional causes, standing true to the organizations motto, “When you support a Black Woman Business Owner, you support a whole community.”

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 Buy From a Black Woman is a non-profit organization founded in 2016 by Nikki Porcher.

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Gospel Singer Tamela Mann New Album “Overcomer” Dropping August 6th

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Award winning Gospel singer Tamela Mann is ready to help heal the world through her music!

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The award winning singer is set to release her new album Overcomer on August 6th.

There is a new sense of authority and urgency in Tamela’s music now; she has lived these songs and is ready to share the strength and purpose she has found.

Propelled by the singer’s strong, passionate vocals, and her newfound voice as a songwriter, each of the 12 tracks on Overcomer was conceived to bring healing and hope to a world resetting after a tumultuous chapter in its history. There is plenty to unpack from a lyrical standpoint, and Tamela is at the writing helm on most of the songs.

“I poured my experiences into the lyrics, putting my heart and soul into the words on this album,” Tamela says. “It’s me looking at my life and the things I was dealing with, trying to learn from those things, and doing what I can to overcome them.”

The album was executive produced by Tamela and her husband David Mann. Special guests include Kirk Franklin and Wyclef Jean on the stand-out track melding R&B, reggae, rap, and Gospel, “Hello God;” Todd Dulaney on the worshipful “Finished Work;” Travis Green, the co-writer and producer of the anthemic “Finished;” and The Fellas, on her current single, “Help Me.” “Touch From You,” the debut single from the album, added to Tamela’s bank of personal bests; the track was her seventh No. 1 on the Billboard Gospel Airplay Chart“Source” and “He Did It For Me” are two other standouts. Says Tamela of the inspiration behind the lyrics for them both:

God is the source and my go-to when I’m lost. I can’t do anything without Him, and I never want to try to.

Raise your hand if you’re like me and are ready for this album!

Allyson Felix and Athleta Covering Childcare Costs For Athlete Moms

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Olympic Gold medalist Allyson Felix and Athleta are doing their part to support athlete moms.

Allyson Felix and Athleta

Felix, the apparel company and the Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) have launched The Power of She Fund: Child Care Grants.

We strive to remove barriers for mom-athletes and celebrate who they are holistically

This new $200,000 grant program has made a commitment to cover childcare costs for professional mom-athletes traveling to competitions.

“This is going to make a huge difference in their lives,” Felix told “Good Morning America.” “Childcare is one of the huge barriers that we have to overcome.”

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She continued, “I really do hope also that this spurs an industry-wide change, and we look to support women holistically.”

Don’t forget to catch Allyson when she runs for the gold again this summer during the Tokyo Olympics.

Watch: Kenny Lattimore Releases “Pressure” Official Music Video

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Kenny Lattimore is applying “Pressure” in the music video for his latest single.

Kenny Lattimore

I’m excited to share that the music video for my latest single Pressure dropped today! I’ve heard from so many of you how much you’ve enjoyed the song and I hope you love the visuals just as much, the singer/songwriter shared.

The video gives me classic Kenny and that’s what I wanted to see!

Pressure was co-produced by musical artist Madicin, who Kenny has worked with on previous projects.

He’s also headed out on tour for a select number of shows with Dave Koz and his Summer Horns tour this year. To learn about tour dates click HERE.