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Rev. Al Sharpton to Deliver Key Sermon in Selma on Sunday

alsharpton*(New York, NY) On Sunday, March 8 at 11 a.m., Rev. Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network, will deliver a key sermon at Brown Chapel A.M.E. in Selma, Alabama, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders were based during the 1965 Voting Rights campaign and organized historic marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

WHO: Rev. Al Sharpton, President of the National Action Network

WHAT: Key sermon to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches and the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

WHERE: Brown Chapel A.M.E., 410 Martin Luther King St, Selma, AL 36703

WHEN: March 8, 11 a.m.

Additionally, on Friday, March 6, Rev. Sharpton will host his MSNBC show Politics Nation live from Selma as well as his nationally syndicated radio show. On Saturday, March 7, he will join other civil rights leaders as they listen to President Obama and Bush’s speeches at the Edmund Pettus Bridge to mark the 50th anniversary of the marches from Selma to Montgomery and the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

On Saturday evening at 5 p.m., Rev. Al Sharpton will participate in a civil rights forum at the Selma Convention Center, and at 7 p.m., he will speak at an HIV/AIDS Town Hall meeting at Selma University.
On Sunday, before his sermon at Brown A.M.E., Rev. Sharpton will participate in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King Unity Breakfast. Following his sermon, he will participate in the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge and post-march rally at 4 p.m.




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Hang with Robert Downey Jr. at the Premiere of ‘Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

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Robert Downey Jr. reveals that anyone can win the opportunity to be flown with a friend to Los Angeles to experience a day in the life of Tony Stark.

*Robert Downey Jr. is offering fans the chance to live out the best night of their life culminating at the World Premiere of “Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron,” all to support a great cause.

In the video below, Robert Downey Jr. reveals that anyone can win the opportunity to be flown with a friend to Los Angeles to experience a day in the life of Tony Stark.

By going to and donating just $10 to benefit Julia’s House, a children’s hospice center dedicated to helping improve the lives of children diagnosed with terminal illness, you could win a chance to live out your superhero dreams with RDJ in LA.

You’ll kick things off with breakfast at the iconic Randy’s Donuts before launching into an action-packed day including a helicopter ride over the Hollywood sign, indoor skydiving, and a custom gown or tux fitting before meeting Robert Downey Jr. himself for an epic motorcade arrival at the World Premiere of “Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.” And yes…there will be caviar.

And did we mention you’ll be one of the first people on this planet to see the newest release from Marvel’s hit franchise? Yeah, that’s happening. But the opportunity to win this once-in-a-lifetime experience won’t last forever. 

Watch Robert Downey discuss the opportunity:

About the Experience

You and a friend will be joining Robert Downey Jr. for the best day of your lives at the premiere of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. You will experience indoor skydiving, a helicopter ride over the Hollywood sign, a custom tux/gown fitting, a pit stop at Randy’s Donuts and caviar tasting with RDJ before riding in his private motorcade to the premiere. Flights, 4-star hotel, and transportation are all included. Best of all, every entry benefits Julia’s House.

About Julia’s House

Julia’s House is a children’s hospice charity dedicated to helping life-limited children and their families. The nurses and caregivers at Julia’s house provide life-changing support for parents and their children both in the hospice and in their own homes. The majority of those children are unlikely to live beyond the age of 18, but thankfully Julia’s House is there for them year-round, offering emergency respite and overnight care during treatment and offering emotional and practical support at the end of a child’s life.

About Omaze

Omaze is an online charity platform that raises money and awareness for nonprofits by offering everyone the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences with their favorite performers, athletes and influencers. That’s everything from walking the red carpet on a date with George Clooney, to playing tennis with Serena Williams, to being in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Founded by two best friends, Matt Pohlson and Ryan Cummins, Omaze connects its community of donors to transformative experiences, remarkable causes and compelling content. For more information, please visit




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Film Festival and Talent Agency Present Rick Ross’ ‘Freeway: Crack in The System’

freewaycrackinthesystem*Atlanta, GA –The 9th Annual Jubilee Film Festival and World Bookings Talent Agency invite the public out to the screening of Freeway Rick Ross‘ documentary, “Freeway: Crack in the System” by award winning filmmaker Marc Levin on Sunday, March 8, 2015, @ 5 pm est. at the Performing Arts Center, 1000 Selma Avenue, Selma, Alabama. A Q&A with Freeway Rick Ross will follow immediately after the screening.

The Jubilee Film Festival is held in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary Bridge Crossing Jubilee.

This festival is highly anticipated and the venues are standing room only every year. The 5-day event is attended by over 400,000 people. “Freeway: Crack in the System” is the only film presented on March 8 and will be the film that closes out this prestigious, monumental, and historical event! For additional information, visit:

The Jubilee Film Festival showcases films and provides a venue for films addressing current social problems. The festival is part of the 50th Annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee, which is a 5-day event that commemorates the historical struggle for the right to vote and is recognized around the world because of Bloody Sunday. Pilgrims from around the world visit Selma, AL, to pay homage to the men and woman who suffered for the freedom of all American people. The feature film Selma, starring Oprah Winfrey is out now and has was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture.

The film festival is being held at the Performing Arts Center and Selma University, which are located two blocks from the Bridge.

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Freeway Rick Ross in Freeway: Crack in the System

Freeway: Crack in The System  tells the story of Ross’ life, broken dreams, drug dealers, dirty cops, and government complicity – more compelling than fiction; it’s the real story behind America’s drug war. This documentary by award-winning filmmaker Marc Levin (SLAM, Mr. Untouchable, and Brick City) exposes how the infiltration of crack cocaine destroyed inner-city neighborhoods across the country.

At the center of it all is the rise, fall, and redemption of Freeway Rick Ross – a street hustler who became the King of Crack – and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Gary Webb, who broke the story of the CIA’s complicity in the drug war, and whose story is currently explored in the Focus Features film, Kill the Messenger, starring Jeremy Renner.

Featuring exclusive interviews with Freeway Rick Ross (not to be confused with the rapper who took his name); Webb’s source Coral Baca, and wife Susan Webb; former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff Roberto Juarez; drug trafficker Julio Zavala and many more. Featuring the original title track “Crack in the System” by Snoop Dogg and Too $hort.

Freeway Crack in The System Trailer 2015

About Freeway Rick Ross Once considered one of the country’s top drug kingpins, Ricky Donnell Ross, better known as “Freeway” Rick Ross, has transformed his life and launched the Freeway Literacy Foundation (

Now, instead of building a massive multimillion dollar drug empire, that once earned him $3 million-dollars-per-day, this drug kingpin-turned-philanthropist has turned his life completely around, and he is busy spreading messages of literacy, anti-drug and anti-violence across the United States.




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Fans Around the World Assembled on Twitter to Unlock Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer. (Watch)

avengers *Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest super hero movie of all time.

When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance.

As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk and Chris Evans as Captain America. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction.

Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.

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Genre: Action-Adventure

Rating: TBD

U.S. Release date: May 1, 2015

Running Time: TBD

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård with James Spader and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

Writer/Director:  Joss Whedon

Producer:  Kevin Feige, p.g.a.

Executive Producers: Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Patricia Whitcher, Stan Lee, Jon Favreau





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Entertainment One Music Hosts Billboard #1 Gospel Hits Album Celebration in Chicago

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*Nashville, TN – Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) continues to be a big hit on the charts, inspiring listeners with its greatest hits compilation, “Billboard #1 Gospel Hits.”  The 2-disc chart-topper is currently #5 on Billboard’s Gospel Albums chart, where it has remained in the Top 10 for the past 6 weeks.

Hosting a “Billboard #1 Gospel Hits” album celebration in Chicago, eOne Music welcomed a packed crowd of fans and tastemakers to Angels & Kings at the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago on Thursday February 26th, where the night included a meet and greet with gospel artist, and Chicago pastor Charles Jenkins, whose hit song “Awesome” with Fellowship Chicago, is among the #1 hits featured on the compilation.

The “Billboard #1 Gospel Hits” album – which made #1 debuts on both Billboard’s Gospel Albums chart, and Billboard’s Top Christian & Gospel Albums chart – includes 20 tracks featuring the biggest hits of this past decade from gospel superstars Kirk Franklin, Tamela Mann, Hezekiah Walker, Donald Lawrence, Ricky Dillard & New G, William McDowell, VaShawn Mitchell, and more.

eOne Music will be hosting its next “Billboard #1 Gospel Hits” album celebration in DC this month, with Ricky Dillard and VaShawn Mitchell at Busboys and Poets.  Ricky Dillard’s record-breaking #1 hit with New G, “Amazing,” and VaShawn Mitchell’s #1 hit ballad “Nobody Greater” are their hit tunes featured on the compilation.

“Billboard #1 Gospel Hits” is available in stores and online via iTunes and Amazon.



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CAAM Celebrates Women’s History & Hosts Discussion with Edward Lewis

caam*Los Angeles The California African American Museum (CAAM) celebrates Women’s History Month by hosting a discussion with Edward Lewis, co-founder of Essence Magazine, Sunday, March 15, at 2 p.m.

Moderated by television writer Kathleen McGhee Anderson,  Lewis will discuss how he and three men came together to ignite the importance of giving Black women a “voice” and highlight the beauty, intelligence, and passions of African American women often overlooked by mainstream media. Additionally, he will discuss the founding of Essencehis views on “beauty culture” as it relates to black women.

Lewis, who grew up in the South Bronx, co-founded Essence Communications Inc. in 1970. Beginning as a novice in magazine publishing, his drive and ambition nurtured what eventually became a media powerhouse and what The New York Times calls “the pre-eminent voice for black women.”

He has acquired many accolades during his tenure of 35 years as a Chairman, CEO, and publisher for Essence including becoming the first African American Chairman of Magazine Publishers of America, receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of New Mexico, and a receiving the Henry Johnson Fisher Award from Time, Inc.  In 2014, he was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame, and received the inaugural IPPIES Lifetime Achievement Award from City University of New York’s Journalism School’s Center for Community and Ethnic Media.

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Edward Lewis

His admiration for civic responsibility and creating opportunities for the younger generations has provided him with many opportunities to speak at several known colleges, and serve on boards for President Obama and throughout the United States.

The following are other events taking place at CAAM in honor of Women’s History Month:

Sunday, March 8, 2015 12:30 pm-2:20 pm/ Film Screening

“Things Never Said” (2014,111 min.)

An aspiring poet, in an abusive marriage, reignites dreams deferred and gains confidence and a new love.  This film is suited for an adult audience 18 years and older.  Writer and director of “Things Never Said,” Charles Murray will be on-hand for a “talkback” and Q&A following the screening. RSVP at 213.744.2024.

Sunday, March 8, 2015 2:30 pm-4:00 pm/ “Talkback” and Panel Discussion

Rejuvenation: Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence

Writer, director of “Things Never Said,” Charles Murray will join representatives from Peace Over Violence to discuss domestic violence and strategies for successful intervention. RSVP at 213.744.2024.

Friday, March 13, 2015 9:00 am-2:00 pm/ Screening and Panel Discussion

Young Voices at CAAM: High School Symposium—Mirror Mirror on the Wall

One hundred high school students will spend the day at CAAM, connecting, touring the galleries and engaging in a documentary screening, The Beauty Culture. Also featured are excerpts from the short film, “Rapunzel Jackson,” followed by a discussion around beauty, media propaganda and how it impacts youth.  Teachers can contact Education Curator, Elise Woodson for participation and more information at [email protected].

Sunday, March 22, 2015 2:00 pm/ Comedy Set

The Funny of Love and Romance

Four hilarious and critically acclaimed comedians will riff on love and romance: Yvonne Orji, Daheli Hall, Ayana Hampton, Kimrie Davis. RSVP at 213.744.2024

Current exhibitions in the CAAM galleries:

“Light Catchers” opening March 20 – June 7, 2015

“Visibly Invisible” ongoing through March 1, 2015

“Curvature: Lines & Shapes” ongoing through March 15, 2015

“CAAM Courtyard Series: From Women’s Hands” ongoing through May 3, 2015

“Lookin’ Back in Front of Me: Selected works of Mark Steven Greenfield,” 1974-2014 ongoing through July 5, 2015

“The 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965: A Photographic Remembrance From The Spider Martin Civil Rights Collection” ongoing through August 9, 2015





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