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|Posted on January 5, 2021 at 3:10 AM||comments (0)|
DarkChild Gospel celebrates the milestone of celebrated Stellar Award-winning vocalist Lowell Pye earning his first #1 Billboard Gospel National Airplay single, “Patiently Praising.” The autobiographical anthem by Fred Jerkins featuring Lowell Pye, “Patiently Praising,” marks the year 2021’s first #1 Billboard Gospel National Airplay single and the first-ever of Pye’s 30+ year career. The single reached #1 on Billboard Gospel’s Indicator Chart on March 28, 2020. “Patiently Praising” is lifted from chart-topping album, A Project of Healing, by GRAMMY® Winner Fred Jerkins.
Detroit native, Lowell Pye’s signature tenor vocals were first heard as a member of John P. Kee’s V.I.P. Choir. In 1991, Pye was featured as the lead in Kee’s "Jesus Is Real. In 1996, he joined Stellar Award-winning group, Men of Standard, the group is best known for hit singles, “In Your Will,” “Winter,” I Will” and “Surrounded.”
Written by Alvin Garret and produced by Fred Jerkins, “Patiently Praising” marks the second #1 single lifted from Fred Jerkins’ cancer awareness project, A Project of Healing. The project’s first #1 single, “Victory” was led by Bermuda based duo Last Call (Adrian Jones and Tricay Astwood). A Project of Healing, encompasses fourteen songs of faith, hope and victory to help those who have been impacted by the disease Cancer. Additionally, the project features songs for those dealing with the loss of a loved one to Cancer and is available now on all major streaming and digital music outlets.
“Lowell Pye’s 30 year+ career has inspired many of today’s leading gospel music acts. It’s an honor to share his gift with the world and to have been instrumental in helping him achieve his first-ever #1 single,” shares DarkChild Gospel founder, Fred “Uncle Freddie” Jerkins.
|Posted on January 5, 2021 at 2:45 AM||comments (0)|
Pixar Animation Studios’ all-new feature film “Soul” introduces Joe Gardner (voice of Jamie Foxx) – a middle-school band teacher who gets the chance of a lifetime to play at the best jazz club in town. But one small misstep takes him from the streets of New York City to The Great Before – a fantastical place where new souls get their personalities, quirks and interests before they go to Earth. Determined to return to his life, Joe teams up with a precocious soul, 22 (voice of Tina Fey), who has never understood the appeal of the human experience. As Joe desperately tries to show 22 what’s great about living, he may just discover the answers to some of life’s most important questions.
|Posted on January 5, 2021 at 2:25 AM||comments (0)|
OWN announced today that the network will expand its popular Friday night unscripted programming lineup with "Belle Collective" premiering Friday, January 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The new series from the producers behind the hit "Love & Marriage: Huntsville" centers on the personal and professional lives of five successful, glamourous boss women who are redefining what it means to be a southern belle in Jackson, Mississippi.
These dynamic women represent Mississippi's finest Black female entrepreneurs, determined to break ceilings - glass and otherwise - while shredding long-held stereotypes of the South. They must set aside their differences to redevelop a struggling mid-twentieth century historic district that was once known as the hub for Black-owned businesses.
The five principal belles include:
Dr. Antoinette Liles, one of the few Black female dentists in the state. Dr. Liles is navigating a recent divorce and opening her very own dental practice.
Lateshia Pearson is the CEO of the National Women's Brunch Organization. Her brunches bring powerful women together and help promote self-empowerment, but now she has one goal in mind: to bring the ladies together to revitalize Farish Street, an iconic Black neighborhood in Jackson, Mississippi.
Latrice Rogers is the young mastermind and entrepreneur behind Goddess Lengths, the most successful hair care emporium in the region.
Marie Hamilton-Abston, a self-made millionaire and CEO of the bustling Hamilton Davis Mental Health empire.
Tambra Cherie is the newly single midday diva and on-air radio personality for Jackson's top hip-hop and R&B station and host of the most controversial radio show in the city, "The Relationship Hour."
"Belle Collective" is executive produced by Kingdom Reign Entertainment with Carlos King and Slane Hatch serving as executive producers. Angela Dugan, Mimi Adams and Cherelle Hinds serve as co-executive producers.
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After a monumental year of challenges and change, Lifetime's unscripted hit series Little Women: Atlanta returns with the highly anticipated premiere of season six on its new night Friday, January 22, at 9pm ET/PT. The season kicks off with Ms. Juicy, Minnie, the Tiny Twinz Amanda & Andrea, Abira and the return of Monie, as the ladies all come back together in Atlanta to pursue their dreams in the city's vibrant hip hop scene. Once again, the ladies bring the fun, the drama, the competition and the love as together they face health issues, careers changes, relationship ups and downs and life's hardest trials and tribulations -- all while still dealing with the complexities of living in an average size world. Little Women: Atlanta returns with a two-hour block of fan binging programing beginning with the Little Women: Atlanta Kickoff Special on January 22nd at 9pm ET/PT. Starting on January 29th the series will premiere 90-minute supersized episodes at 9pm ET/PT every Friday night, followed by the all-new 30 minute after show, Little Women: Atlanta Unfiltered, hosted by Loni Love (The Real).
With all the great joys of life that the Little Women: Atlanta ladies experience, this season they also join together to endure great sorrow when they lose one of their own, their beloved friend Minnie. The January 22nd tribute message will be followed by the Little Women: Atlanta Kickoff Special, hosted by Little Women's Terra Jolé.
Seasons one through five of Little Women: Atlanta will also be available on mylifetime.com and on LMC app now through March 2021 for viewers to catch up and fans to take a look back at their favorite moments throughout the series. After March 2021 encore episodes of Little Women: Atlanta will be available on MyLifetime.com with a cable/carrier subscription.
Season Six of Little Women: Atlanta follows Ms. Juicy, Minnie, Monie, Amanda, Andrea and Abira, as they all come back together with the common goal of making their mark on the Atlanta hip hop industry. While the ladies continue to juggle their careers, friendships, complicated love lives and for some motherhood or the idea of becoming a mom -- they are also forced to deal with the pandemic and then the tragic loss of their cast mate Minne. True to their grit and perseverance the ladies face this great loss and find a way to continue on and bring their unique humor, talents and strength to all those that they encounter on their journey -- including visits from celebrity friends and some new faces that join the cast along the way.
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TV One has announced the premiere date of its two-part documentary special UNSUNG PRESENTS: MUSIC & THE MOVEMENT –remembering the artists and songs that have provided the soundtrack to the fight for justice and equality – airing part one on Monday, January 18, 2021, at 8 P.M. ET/7C immediately followed by part two at 9 P.M. ET/8C. On hand to provide commentary about the new musical genre that emerged during pivotal movements in Black Americans tumultuous past and troubling present are Erica Campbell, Big Gipp, Raheem DeVaughn, Rev. Al Sharpton, Isaac Hayes III, Ronda Racha Penrice, Headkrack, Shante Paige, DJ Kemit, Dyana Williams, Angie Ange, Colby Colb, Rickey Vincent, Steve Ivory, Delores Thompson, Dave Washington, Billy Johnson, Jr., Kenny Gamble, P. Frank Williams, Keith Murphy, DJ Yella, Battlecat, Soren Baker, and Felicia “Poetess” Morris.
“Music is the heart and soul of Black culture – giving life to our experiences, voice to our stories and growing power out of our pain,” said Cathy Hughes, Chairwoman, Urban One, Inc. “Every melody, lyric and rhythm artfully depicts the layers of Black diversity, scope of black creativity, and depths of the complexity of our people. TV One’s Music & the Movement special pays homage to the music and music makers whose talents created a soundtrack of Black music during moments of political and social unrest throughout our history. It is another opportunity for us to spotlight Black content.”
“Throughout history, Black music has been a clarion call to amplify the voice of our community and important social and political movements like the Civil Rights and Black Lives Matters Movements,” remarked Robyn Greene Arrington, Vice President of Programming and Production. “After an unprecedented year of social, economic, and political turmoil, we felt MLK Day was a great time to chronicle the ongoing struggles of Black Americans along with those who tirelessly lend their voices to protesting injustice and instigating positive changes for our community and social justice movements.”
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day special incorporates first-hand accounts, interviews with artists and media, coupled with archival footage from memorable speeches, soul-stirring vocal performances, and more. Moments of Black auditory dissent featured in the special spans centuries and includes themes of Negro spirituals, like “Swing Low Sweet Chariot,” which provided both a distraction from the harsh conditions of slavery and communication tools for the enslaved as they plotted their escape to freedom; to soul and funk anthems during the Black Power movement performed by Aretha Franklin (“Respect”) and Curtis Mayfield (“People Get Ready”) demanding an immediate change to the political landscape and that civil rights be upheld; to the heart-wrenching viral music videos by young, contemporary artists – like Keedron Bryant’s captivating single “I Just Want to Live” – creating rallying mixtapes for the current Black Lives Matter movement which, this past summer, saw a melting pot of cultures across the globe who marched in solidarity, to protest police brutality. The two one-hour specials serve as a re-examination of the power that music has had to transform a cultural moment into a movement.
Additionally, UNSUNG PRESENTS: MUSIC & THE MOVEMENT will feature the broadcast debut of the original track "KliKKK KlaKKK" by Sunny Dizzle and the group Steaksawse, recently announced as the winner of Reach Media's "The Song" contest. Presented in partnership with Kevin Liles and 300 Entertainment, the contest was designed to provide an opportunity for an independent artist to create music that reflects the current climate, elevates the collective consciousness, and promotes hope and change. The single will have its global release on Friday, January 15, 2020 and will be featured accross Reach Media radio stations.
|Posted on January 5, 2021 at 1:50 AM||comments (0)|
Philadelphia native Trey Brown is the 14-year-old owner of SPERGO, a boutique fashion collection that includes sweatsuits, hoodies, boxer briefs, and accessories for both genders as well as children. The clothing company has already garnered a loyal celebrity following with people like rapper DaBaby, Meek Mill, and others spotted wearing his brand.
Fashion isn’t the easiest industry to break into. One boy was not only able to beat the odds and launched his own clothing brand, but he also was able to catch the eye of music and fashion mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs. Power, Strength and Courageousness, SPERGO is a comfortable approach to designer fashion. Under the vision of CEO Trey Brown and creative director Sherell Peterson. SPERGO products represents the combination of comfortable luxury clothing and empowering greater possibilities!
14-Year Old CEO Trey Brown is showing people all-over the world that you can be successful doing positive things! "SPERGO was started in January 2018 with Trey's birthday money of $178. He wanted to empower youth that be the example that you can do great things at any age. His brand combines luxury and urban activewear.
On a recent appearance on Ellen, Brown discussed how Diddy was one of his biggest inspirations and fueled his desire to open a business at an early age.
“When I started, I looked at Mr. Sean for inspiration,” he said on the show according to AfroTech. “He’s from New York. He’s a hustler, just like me.” Ellen then revealed that she had arranged for Brown to meet his idol and presented him with a business grant to expand his company.
“This kid would call me every single day. I don’t know how he got my number. And he didn’t regular-call me neither,” Diddy said on the show before presenting Brown with a $25,000 check.
“He would FaceTime me and I was just blown away by his tenacity, by his focus, the quality of his manufacturing, you are a prime example of who we are going to be giving out Black Excellence Entrepreneurial grants to.”
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Photo Credit: Mann Family Dinner, Tillymann Entertainment
Good news for David and Tamela Mann fans! The family that loves to laugh together is keeping it real on their new digital series, Mann Family Dinner. Part reality show and part “mukbang,” the series features David, Tamela, their son, David Mann Jr., and daughters Tia Mann, Porcia Morrison, Tiffany Mann, and Sonya Hurd, around the family dinner table discussing life, love, and other hot topics, with their trademark sense of humor and honesty– nothing is off limits at the table.
The Mann family candidly covers topics like relationships, marriage, blended families, black stereotypes, COVID-19, gun ownership, love and sex, all in a round-table, ‘muckbang’ format, a trending livestream video style where someone prepares a meal and/or eats on camera. The show is the latest series produced by the Manns' production company, Tillymann Entertainment.
“We talk and laugh. A lot. And we do it over our family meals all the time. No topic is ever off limits or taboo,” says David Mann. “After hearing from the fans that they wanted to see us back on TV, we decided to do this new show just for them.”
During the pandemic, Tamela has also been recording her new 2021 album release. The first single, “Touch From You,” meant to spread love, hope, and compassion to a hurting people left with fears, questions, and anxiety about what’s happening in the world, recently topped Billboard’s Gospel Radio Chart and is the singer's seventh No. 1 single.
If fans ever wanted to be a fly on the wall and listen in during the Manns’ hilarious and heart-to-heart moments, this is their chance. New Mann Family Dinner episodes are available on the MannTV channel on YouTube.
|Posted on January 5, 2021 at 1:25 AM||comments (0)|
Khare Hawkins officially released the single “He Promised” from his forthcoming album Victory Is Mine. This song is a handclapping, foot-stomping anthem that is a reminder that no matter what comes your way, there’s a promise that you will get through it!
Still riding high from the great success of his previous release “Awesome God”, Khare is excited about this new project. “Victory Is Mine” is a testament to the trials and tribulations Khare has overcome since his last release. The album features Le’Andria Johnson, Crystal Aiken, Lawrence Flowers and Brittney Wright. Khare has partnered with Writerz Blok Music Group for this new venture along with Phillip Bryant as the sole producer. Bryant is known for hits produced with J.J. Hairston, Crystal Aiken, Lil Mo and more.
As the Senior Pastor of God’s Way Ministries, Khare has been surveying the landscape around him as well as across the country. Because of the pandemic we are currently in, more and more people are finding it harder to get the mere necessities of life such as a meal. Khare read Deuteronomy 20:4 and it says, “For the Lord your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.” Simply stated “He Promised” to fight on our behalf. We are the hands and feet of God in the earth and we were put here specifically to do His will.
Khare believes in and stands on the Word of God and declares that no matter what has happened in his past, and where this journey takes him in the future, Romans 8:28 will be his mantra, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” “He Promised!” This music is available across all digital outlets TODAY, Friday, December 18, 2020.
About Khare Hawkins
Khare is the Senior Pastor of God’s Way Ministries. Present day finds Khare following his passion and God's leading to step into the forefront and minister to the world through his own song and voice. His first single “He Promised” is undeniably a song of total adoration and worship to God. This melodic compilation reminds Khare and conveys to God's people that He is a God that will never change.
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|Posted on November 20, 2020 at 12:50 AM||comments (6)|
Brown Sugar, the popular subscription streaming service from Bounce, will feature both a curated collection and popular returning titles bringing early Christmas cheer this month.
November is a great time to catch up on all the seasons of Bounce's celebrated original shows. Brown Sugar is home to all seven seasons of In The Cut, starring Dorien Wilson (The Parkers, Dream On) and Kellita Smith (The Bernie Mac Show, The First Family) who were joined by TV veterans Mark Curry (Hanging With Mr. Cooper) and Kim Coles (Living Single) in the most recent season; Family Time, Bounce's longest-running original series, starring Omar Gooding, Jr. and Angell Conwell as a couple dealing with all the good and the bad that comes with being empty-nesters; and the hit drama Saints & Sinners which centers around the pursuit of power set against the backdrop of a large Southern church.
Fan favorites returning to Brown Sugar in November include Youngblood, the '70s street gang drama starring Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs and Bryan O'Dell, and Christmas in Compton, starring Omar Gooding.
Brown Sugar is available on Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Comcast Xfinity X1, Amazon Channels, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Kindle, Android TV, Windows/Xbox, Android and Apple smartphones and tablets and web browsers via BrownSugar.com. There is a free 7-day initial trial period for subscribers with a retail price of $3.99/month thereafter. Visit www.BrownSugar.com for more information.