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‘Jack’N for Beats’ Mobile Studio Sweeps LA; Seeks Hip-Hop Star (Watch Joell Ortiz Interview)

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Jack’N for Beats: We Got Beats Tour L.A., 2014 Panelist.

*The Jack’N for Beats: We Got Bars Tour  has reached L.A. The mobile tour kicked off last week with a press conference at Couture in Hollywood featuring a panel of representatives, including host Jeff MimmsSlaughterhouse recording artist Joell Ortiz, and past years Jack’N for Beats winners, Sinatris and Hydro.

The 18 by 24 ft mobile trailer is driving around the city scouting for competitive emcees for the next eight week through February 5, 2015.

When EURweb associate Billie Jordan asked panelists what’s the difference between where they are now and where they were before the contest, Jack ‘N for Beats former winner Hydro told reporters that he was already doing ‘things’ but the program definitely helped. He  traveled and gained additional experiences and connections that he hadn’t on his on.

“It gave me a boost. It was like taking the elevator instead of the stairs. [The] people that I got to meet, and some contacts that I got to make, and studios that I got to touch, and engineers I got to work with; it would have taken me years and countless amount of dollars to access those people,” said Sinatris, the second Jack’N for Beats: We Got Bars Tour winner.

Jack'N for Beats: We Got Beats Tour L.A., 2014 Panelists.

Jack’N for Beats: We Got Beats Tour L.A., 2014 Panelists.

“If I hadn’t of won the program I would probably be sitting at home listening to Joel Artiz music. And now I’m sitting on a panel next to him talking about music and the program because I won it. So that just, in a nut shell, sums it up to the opportunity and the exposure and the help that the program provided for me,” Sinatris said.

After competing and winning, the panel told EURweb and reporters that winners participate in media interviews, perform in various cities and connect with industry executives. Sinatris was additionally employed with SMG, the parent company of Jack’N for Beats and now works as an ambassador traveling with the mobile tour.

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Jack’N for Beats: We Got Beats Tour L.A., 2014 Panelist; Jeff Mimms and former winner Sinatris

According to Guy Ricaud, the West Field Marketing Manager for Jack Daniel’s, the mobile studio will show up in varying locations around the city over the next eight weeks. Emcees can look for communications from the website to find the trailer on any given day.  Log on to: www.Jacknforbeats.com.  The Jack’N for Beats team is also using social media to inform potential contestants. Plus Power 106 will announce locations over F.M. radio.  Also, interested emcees can text LAX68405 to receive text messages informing contestants where the mobile studio is.

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Jack’N for Beats: We Got Beats Tour L.A., 2014 Mobile Studio

As the search for the Jack’N for Beats winner ensues the one-of-kind mobile studio and tour sponsored by  features appearances by Joell Ortiz, reality TV star Tahiry Jose and Power 106 radio personality Yesi Ortiz.

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Guy Ricaud is West Field Marketing Manager for Jthe Jack’N for Beats sponsor, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey

Jack Daniel’s A&R, AJ Ahmed told EURweb that although record deals are not guaranteed, winners are groomed and set up with scenarios intended to help them advance in the music industry.

Opportunities include meetings with top producers and prestigious record labels. Winners benefit from feedback regarding their development and continued support, Ahmed said.

Although, Sanatris tried out in 2012, the first year of the program and lost. He told EURweb that he didn’t take it serious the first year, but by the second year he developed his craft and pushed his limits and then he won. By the third year he landed a job with SMG.

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Jack’N for Beats ambassador and former winner, Sinatris

“[I’m] a brand ambassador and I help and give advice to people because I was in their shoes before.  I lost, I won and now I am apart of the staff.  So look at me, I’m emotional about this because it opened a lot of doors. I would still be in Chicago in 20 degrees with snow and gunfire but I’m not and I’m here so I’m blessed,” he said.

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Jack’N for Beats host, Jeff Mimms

Jack’N for Beats host, Jeff Mimms told reporters that thanks to AJ Ahmed and Johnny Franklin, the brainchild for Jack’N for Beats, the program surveyed some of the best producers in the country and asked them to submit their tracks.

“We go through a process and we filter out the seven that are the best. We have a variety. Any kind of genre that you can think of that’s where those prerecorded tracks come from.  They are all original tracks,” Simms said. Emcees don’t need to bring music they can just come and lay down their 16 bars.

He also told reporters that although several contestants try to incorporate singing the contest is solely a hip hop program. The team hopes to offer competitions for other genres of music by 2016, if sponsors support with finances.

When asked if female emcees have a chance, the panel confirmed that so far three out of seven past Jack’N for Beats winners are women.  Mimms encouraged the who’s who of the city, both male and female to come out and participate.

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Jack’N for Beats A&R, AJ Ahmed

“If you got a hot 16 please be your best A game.  We’re here to have fun and definitely want to give some body a chance to pursue their dreams,” Mimms said.

After the press release the launch proceeded with an abundance of Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey; the brands first flavored variation, a youthful crowd, hip hop music and performances from Ortiz, hydro and Sinatris filled the atmosphere at the small intimate bar and night club on Cahuenga. The programs L.A. finale is February 5,  2015. The time and place is so far undetermined.

EURweb Video: Joel Ortiz interview and 2014, Jack’N for Beats: We Got Bars Tour press conference in Los Angeles

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Jack’N for Beats truck that pulls the mobile studio

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Jack’N for Beats trailer/mobile studio

EURweb Video:  Jeff Mimms kicks off the 2014, Jack’N for Beats: We Got Bars Tour press conference

 Program information:

Aspiring emcee’s ages 21 and over are encouraged to step into the studio and drop 16-bars over a pre-recorded track of their choice. Submissions are evaluated by judges, who will  select the top-50 to be uploaded to www.jacknforbeats.com for public views and shares. Following two weeks of (public) voting, the top-10 semi-finalists will perform live, on stage at the finale event in front of a panel of judges, consisting of music industry executives and influencers. The hottest emcee will be crowned winner and take home $5,000.

Los Angeles is the fifth city to be added to the lineup, with more markets to follow in 2015.

“We are proud to have a program that serves as a platform for local talent to have their voices heard through music,” said Casey Nelson, Jack Daniel’s senior brand manager – flavor portfolio.

Follow Jack’N for Beats on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for real time updates and mobile-tour locations. Consumers can also view submissions, check out exclusive interviews with top celebrities and see what happens “Behind the Beats” at www.jacknforbeats.com.

Black Men Run Launches the First Mobile Running/Fitness App Conceived, Designed and Developed by African Americans

Black Men Run Launches Mobile Running/Fitness App

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Black Men Run Launches the First Mobile Running/Fitness App Conceived, Designed and Developed by African Americans

*Atlanta, GA, – The release of the Black Men Run running app for the iPhone in the Apple App Store is a groundbreaking moment for not only fitness, but also technology. With its innovative and cutting edge design the Black Men Run app offers exclusive features that cater to all runners and provides a welcome alternative to existing running/fitness applications.

Along with allowing users to track all aspects for their runs (distance, pace, splits, etc.) users will notice a lot of small nuances that don’t exist in mainstream running applications like streaming radio stations and exclusive DJ mixes.

The Black Men Run app is socially tied to the larger Black Men Run community and users will be rewarded for using the app with special contests and exclusive product offerings. The app also has a unique functionality that allows the user to adjust the skin (color/design) of the app to match their Black Men Run merchandise and a leaderboard where runners can see how they stack up again other runners creating a friendly competition.

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Black Men Run Launches the First Mobile Running/Fitness App Conceived, Designed and Developed by African Americans

The founder of Black Men Run, Jason Russell, who helped to design the application is enthusiastic about the opportunity to promote the mission of a “Healthy Brotherhood” in the mobile/digital space and hopes to bring in a large number of potential new runners to the activity that he loves.

 “I have been using other running apps for years racking up thousands of miles with no tangible rewards,” Russell said.

The Black Men Run is looking to change that trend in future releases actually rewarding users with “BMR Points” that can be used for a variety of items and discounts.  “It will also be exciting to see how users enjoy the social media interaction that the app allows and hopefully you will start to see Black Men Run app screens replace those from Nike+, MapMyRun, RunKeeper, etc. in your social media news feeds,” Russell said.

From a technology standpoint, the Black Men Run app is a game changer since it is first running/fitness app created for a running group that was conceived, designed, and developed by African Americans. Diverse Mobile, an Atlanta, GA based mobile application development shop, created the application in house with feedback from members of Black Men Run. The CEO and Lead Developer for Diverse Mobile

 “Black Men Run was founded out of necessity, the BMR app was built with that same sense of urgency,” said Brian Roberson.

“With the fact that global high tech companies like Apple, Google, and Twitter have been releasing extremely disappointing numbers around African Americans in IT, it was our job to show that we can build technologies that reach the masses having a positive impact on our community and the beyond,” he said.

According to Roberson, the Black Men Run app is cutting edge and can compete with any running app on the market; the story around an African American male creating a mobile application for an African American male oriented running group is the biggest takeaway.

“It is time for minorities to develop the skill set to create applications for us and by us,” Roberson said.

A sampling of the Black Men Run app features are listed below:

* Track all details of your run including distance, pace, mileage time splits, and run history.

* See your name in lights on the Black Men Run leaderboard to see how you stack up against other runners from around the country.

* Obtain “BMR Run Points” for running with the app that are redeemable for merchandise, contest entries, and one of a kind prizes available ONLY to people who use the application.

* Track calories burned during your workout based on your weight to provide the most accurate results.

* Stream 5 HBCU radio stations that include Savannah State, Tennessee State University, Morgan State University, Alabama A&M, Clark Atlanta University, and live HBCU sports broadcasts from the Heritage Sports Radio Network.

* Access your iPhone music library and playlist during runs and stream exclusive DJ mixes (BMR Radio) during your runs directly from the app.

* QR code scanner for additional BMR point collection opportunities at national races and events.

* Ability to instantly share run information that includes map, location, and distance on Facebook and Twitter.

* Voice selection (Male or Female) to motivate you during your runs.

* One click access to purchase Black Men Run merchandise.

* View/track weather and temperature during your run along with viewing a 3 day forecast.

* Ability to find BMR group runs in your city and add them to your calendar.

* Ability to view Black Men Run training tip videos by an RRCA Certified Coach through the app. New videos added frequently.

* Ability to purchase in app skins to change the background color of your BMR app.

Future releases of the Black Men Run app will include city/team based running challenges, an In-App chat room creating a social network of runners and development tying the app to Apple’s “HealthKit.” The Black Men Run app will be integrated with HealthKit allowing users to share fitness information with participating physicians.

This connection and the information exchange that will occur positions the BMR app as the primary mobile gateway to health and wellness for its users.

Diverse Mobile has also started to create an extension for the Black Men Run app to work with the Apple Watch upon release of the hardware in 2015.

The Black Men Run app can be found in the Apple AppStore by searching for “Black Men Run” or clicking this link – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/black-men-run/id879979855?ls=1&mt=8

 The Black Men Run app is currently available for the iPhone only and can be downloaded by anyone interested in improving their health/fitness. The goal of the app is not only for our runners to log miles but to create healthier families and communities.

 

About Black Men Run
Black Men Run Inc. is an independent running group focused on the mission to promote a healthy lifestyle among African American males through participation in recreational running activities. Black Men Run Inc. is not affiliated with any other running organization and the Black Men Run logo is the sole property of the organization. All questions should be directed to [email protected].

Research shows that among Blacks age 20 and older, 44.4% of men have cardiovascular disease and in 2009 Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) caused the deaths of 21,051 Black males.

Black Men Run believes that running/jogging can change these alarming trends and are here to encourage African American males to get out and be active. Studies have shown that running on a regular basis not only benefits individuals from a physical standpoint but also increases mental sharpness. Additional benefits of running on a regular basis are boosts in confidence and reduction in stress levels and depression.

 

 

source:
Jason L. Russell, Black Men Run, Inc.
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Jay Z and Will Smith on Making Music Vibe for ‘Annie’ (Watch Redcarpet Movie Premiere Sizzle)

Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis in a scene from 'Annie'

Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis in a scene from ‘Annie’

*With the release of the feature film “Annie” in theaters this weekend, Producer Jay Z speaks on making the music of Annie while Will Smith, a producer on the film as well, applauds the rapper for being able to give the film a new vibe and energy.

Watch both, in addition to Singer/Songwriter and soundtrack collaborator Sia, here: “Annie” Red Carpet Movie Premiere Sizzle

Don’t forget to catch this heart-warming modern remake this holiday season when “Annie” hits theaters this Friday, Dec. 19.

About the movie “Annie”

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Jay Z and Quvenzhané Wallis, star of upcoming American musical comedy-drama film (2014) directed by Will Gluck

A Broadway classic that has delighted audiences for generations comes to the big screen with a new, contemporary vision in Columbia Pictures’ comedy “Annie.”  Director / Producer / Screenwriter Will Gluck teams with producers James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith & Will Smith, Caleeb Pinkett, and Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, Laurence “Jay” Brown, and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith with a modern telling that captures the magic of the classic characters and original show that won seven Tony Awards. Celia Costas and Alicia Emmrich serve as Executive Producers.  The screenplay is by Will Gluck and Aline Brosh McKenna, based on the musical stage play “Annie,” book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and on “Little Orphan Annie,” © and ® Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis “Beasts of the Southern Wild” stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they’d be back for her someday, it’s been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything’s about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) – advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) – makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he’s her guardian angel, but Annie’s self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it’s the other way around.

 

 

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Mellow Oyelowo! ‘Selma’ Interview

David Owelowo, Carmen Ejogo as Dr. Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King in “Selma”

*David Oyelowo (pronounced – “oh-yellow-oh”) is a classically-trained stage actor who is working successfully and simultaneously in film, television and theater, and has quickly become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents.

He was recently nominated for a Golden Globe for his stirring performance as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the highly-anticipated, civil rights drama “Selma.” Directed by Ava DuVernay and produced by Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt’s Plan B, the film follows the black fight for the right to register to vote culminating in the march from Selma to Montgomery and in President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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Center left to right: Wendell Pierce plays Rev. Hosea Williams, David Oyelowo plays Martin Luther King, Jr., and Colman Domingo plays Ralph Abernathy in the movie SELMA, from Paramount Pictures and PathZÿ.

David can currently be seen in Christopher Nolan’s space travel, sci-fi adventure Interstellar and in A Most Violent Year opposite Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac. He just wrapped production on Captive, a true-life crime thriller, and will soon co-star in Nina, a biographical drama about Nina Simone (played by Zoe Saldana). A year ago, he co-starred in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, alongside Forest Whitaker, John Cusack, James Marsden and Oprah Winfrey. And in 2012, he was seen in Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated drama Lincoln, with Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones.

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David Oyelowo in “Selma”

Additionally, David starred in the critically-acclaimed independent drama, Middle of Nowhere, also directed by Ava DuVernay, and in Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy, opposite Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron. His other screen credits include the George Lucas-produced Red Tails, Rise of The Planet of The Apes, The Help, 96 Minutes, The Last King of Scotland and Who Do You Love.

David first impressed audiences on the stage when he starred in The Suppliants at the Gate Theatre playing King Palasgus. Next, he played the title role of Henry VI, becoming the first black actor to play an English king for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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Kam Williams interviews “Selma” star, David Oyelowo

Kam Williams: Hi David, thanks for the interview.

David Oyelowo: My pleasure, Kam. How are you?

KW: I’m great! Congratulations on the announcement of Golden Globe nominations for you and Ava DuVernay.

DO: Yes, that was a very, very nice moment for us. I’m particularly proud of her. When you look at that list of directors she’s in the company of, it’s pretty extraordinary to think that she’s only been directing for five years, and that she’s the first black woman to be afforded this honor. So, we’re really, really happy, particularly when it comes to her.

KW: Environmental activist Grace Sinden says: You have had a very successful and varied career but your role portraying Martin Luther King in Selma must have been an extraordinary experience. I have only seen the trailer online and was deeply moved by your performance. How emotional an experience was portraying Dr. King for you?

DO: It was a deeply-emotional experience for numerous reasons, not the least of it being that the film had been very hard to get off the ground. So, there were several times when I had to pinch myself about the fact that we were actually getting it made. When you reflect upon the significance of Dr. King to this nation, it’s criminal that he hasn’t had a feature film that was centered around him until now. That, in and of itself, was emotional. But when you’re doing scenes on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, with people still living in Selma and now in their 60s and 70s who had actually marched, who were there that original Bloody Sunday, that’s humbling… that’s deeply moving. You’re no longer acting at that stage, you’re just reacting, because it takes the filmmaking process to another dimension. So, yes it was an intensely emotional shoot, but also an intensely joyful shoot, since we really felt we were paying honor and doing service to these great men and women who had participated.Colman Domingo (L) and David Oyelowo

KW: Rel Dowdell, Patricia Turnier and Sangeetha Subramanian all ask: How did you prepare for your definitive performance as the iconic Dr. Martin Luther King?

DO: Even though the journey towards doing it was long and at times frustrating, one of the good by-products of its taking awhile was that I had time to really study King, to study his movements. I also had the God-given opportunity to be in films like Lincoln, The Help, The Butler and Red Tails, films that look at the black experience in this country over the past 150 years. So, I had this historical education going on before stepping into this role. All of those things, combined with talking to Dr. King’s children, and spending a lot of time with Andrew Young who, of course, knew him intimately, were all elements that helped me immeasurably get to where I got.

 KW: Harriet Pakula-Teweles asks: How does an actor faithfully embody an historical figure without simply presenting another newsreel portrayal?

David Oyelowo, in "Selma"

David Oyelowo, in “Selma”

DO: Well, I think the way you do that is by focusing on what’s behind the newsreels. If you merely focus on what we already know, then it’s not revelatory. You may as well just go and watch a documentary or a few videos on Youtube, and you’re good. What I had to do was go and find the guy who is the father, the friend, the man who was unsure, the man who needed friends around him in order to be able to keep on going. What does a moment where he’s home alone with his wife feel like? What does a moment where he’s just completely on his own feel like? To show what he’s like when he’s quiet, as opposed to when he’s giving a speech are things that I think are absolutely necessary in order for an audience to feel like they’re seeing a side of this historical figure that they didn’t know before.

KW: David Roth asks: What was it like collaborating with director Ava DuVernay again? Did it make a difference that you’d worked with her before?

DO: Well, in what I do for a living, trust and confidence are key. Inevitably, you can’t make brave choices and do your best work, if you don’t have those, because it’s such a subjective art form, and you don’t have eyes on yourself.

Having done Middle of Nowhere with Ava, I had found someone I deeply trust, not just as a human being, but in terms of her creative and artistic vision. And in playing a role as exposing as Dr. King, you want someone leading you that you implicitly trust. That was one of the blessings of working with Ava again on this. And not only do I trust her as a person, but I think her ability as a director is world class. She’s as good as anyone I’ve worked with before, and that’s something that instills confidence.selma cast at legends affair - slider

KW: Chandra McQueen says: Your performance in Selma was remarkable. We saw the human and iconic side of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in your      performance. Was there anything that surprised you, something new that you discovered about Dr. King, while studying for the role?

DO: I think what a lot of people don’t realize is how much being the leader of this movement weighed upon him. After all, he was only 39 years-old when he was assassinated, and only 36 during the Selma campaign. He always seemed older than he actually was, and I believe part of that had to do with just how much life he had to live in order to lead this movement. He was away from home 28 days of any given month. He was a voice for the voiceless and had so many people relying upon him. As a result, that made for a man who, to be perfectly frank, had lived two lifetimes by the time he was killed. That was something I felt in the playing of it. I don’t think I could have done what he did. That was quite extraordinary.

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David Oyelowo, Jessica Oyelowo

KW: Well, you made history in your own right with your performance as Henry VI when you were the first black actor to play an English king with the Royal Shakespeare Company. How did that accomplishment feel?

DO: It felt great, because I was glad to be the one to break the deadlock. Yet, it was bittersweet because, like Ava says of her Golden Globe nomination, even though I was the first to be afforded the honor, I’m sure I wasn’t the first black person deserving of that honor. So, it’s something to be proud of, but we’re keen to move on from the first and to be an undeniable part of the conversation going forward.

 KW: Thanks again for the time, David.

DO: Thanks so much, Kam, and have a good day.

Watch the “Selma” Trailer here:

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BET Celebrates the Reason for the Season with ‘The Bobby Jones Gospel Christmas Special’

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Pastor Shirley Caesar performs on “The Bobby Jones Gospel Christmas Special” airing Sunday, December 21 at 9:00 a.m. ET/PT. Also pictured GRAMMY® Award winning Dr. Bobby Jones, Jr., host of BET’s flagship gospel music program. / Photo credit: BET Networks

*New York, NY  – The longest running original series on cable television, “Bobby Jones Gospel” present a Christmas special Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 at 9 a.m. ET/PT.

The Bobby Jones Gospel Christmas Special” stars gospel legend Pastor Shirley Caesar as she sets the tone of the show performing “What You Gonna Name Your Baby.” To bring in the Christmas cheer, gospel icon Vickie Winans adds some soul to “Jingle Bells” while Erica Campbell puts her twist on “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.”  Young gospel sensation Jonathan McReynolds sings “Mary Did You Know” while the soulful Howard University Gospel Choir performs “Celebrate the Wonder.”  The Christmas special is topped off with a performance from Bobby Jones & the Nashville Super Choir singing “Go Tell It On the Mountain” and Christmas favorite “Silent Night.”

Click Here to View the Sneak Peek Clip: http://bit.ly/1x3WozK

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(Vickie Winans performs “Silent Night” on “The Bobby Jones Gospel Christmas Special”” premiering Sunday, December 21 at 9:00 a.m. ET/PT. Photo credit: BET Networks)

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Erica Campbell performing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” on “The Bobby Jones Gospel Christmas Special” premiering Sunday, December 21 at 9:00 a.m. ET/PT. Photo credit: BET Networks

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Jonathan McReynolds performs on “The Bobby Jones Gospel Christmas Special” premiering Sunday, December 21 at 9:00 a.m. ET/PT. Photo credit: BET Networks

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The Howard University Gospel Choir performs on “The Bobby Jones Gospel Christmas Special” premiering Sunday, December 21 at 9:00 a.m. ET/PT. Photo credit: BET Networks

The Howard University Gospel Choir performs on “The Bobby Jones Gospel Christmas Special” premiering Sunday, December 21 at 9:00 a.m. ET/PT.  Photo credit: BET Networks)

Tune in every Sunday morning for joyous performances and riveting interviews from gospel music’s most talented entertainers, choirs, evangelists, and others.  Guests include Yolanda Adams, Hezekiah Walker, Karen Clark Sheard, Deitrick Haddon, Tye Tribbett, LeAndria Johnson, Byron Cage, Dorinda Clark Cole, Donald Lawrence, Tamela Mann, James Fortune & FIYA plus new artists every week just to name a few.  New episodes air every Sunday at 9 a.m. on BET.

For video sneak peeks and first looks of “Bobby Jones Gospel” visit BET.com/bobbyjonesgospel. Viewers can also find series updates on Facebook by liking the fan age at facebook.com/BETgospel. Join the conversation by following the show on Twitter @BETGospel using #BobbyJonesGospel.

 

 

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K. Michelle Wants to Marry a White Man, Talks Idris and More (Watch)

I think men take black women for granted in America. I loved the ‘mannerisms’ of the British and how they treat women. In the UK they absolutely adore Black women…” – Read through to the end of this article to get the full scoop on why K. Michelle said she wants to marry a white man. K. Michelle recently moved to the United Kingdom.

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*K. Michelle is heavy in the news right now; not just because of her sophomore album “Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?” which debuted at the top of R&B Albums. No, much of the chit chat is timely gossip. Sources sent EURweb a few video conversations where the reality star/singer opens up beyond scandal.

“I’m [going] to get married to a nice white man,” K. Michelle said in an interview with an EURweb source. When  asked  about that she said, “I really think they’re attractive.”

It was Power 99 FM, DJs Mutha Knows and Cappuchino  who contacted EURweb with a few one-on-one K. Michelle conversations. Built in was the ‘nice white man’ comment. Each interview dished out buzz that ranged from trash talk about K. Michelle’s friend, Paris who reportedly stole money to beef with Lil Kim and also hearsay that the artist was spreading rumors about Meek Mill and Nicki  Minaj.  Read the full scoop about the white man comment below.

Included in the broadcast is more mature talk … dialogue one might expect from the college graduate with a degree in Psychology. Like K. Michelle’s opinion on the “Sorority Sisters” uproar. And then there’s also K. Michelle’s admitted romance with actor, Idris Elba of whom she said inspired the album.

“Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart” sold 84,000 in its first week; it’s not proven that the association with Elba has anything to do with the albums early acclaim. Although, quite a number of social media commentators say that K. Michelle’s new album has its own merit.

K. Michelle & Idris Elba

Elba wasn’t the only British heart throb that the singer spoke of.  K. Michelle recently moved to the United Kingdom. She told Cappuchino that she loves the way the white men there treat her.

“I think men take black women for granted in America. I loved the ‘mannerisms’ of the British and how they treat women. In the UK they absolutely adore black women.  I love it, they still believe in opening doors, they still go on dates, they’re very protective of women … My father was around and my grand daddy was around and that’s what I’m used to. So when I went over to the UK they just went crazy and I said oh yeah, I am Blue Ivy over here, baby.”

Since K. Michelle is Alumni of  an HBCU, Florida A&M Uiversity, and also pledged  Delta Sigma Theta  as an undergraduate, Cappuchino asked her if the singer had an opinion about the controversy surrounding Mona Scott-Young’s latest reality project “Sorority Sisters,” as complaints  say that the reality show’s trailer misrepresents the Black Greek letter organizations.

“I think sororities are something that are really sacred. African American women from HBCU take this very seriously.  People before us who are dead and gone started this. So I’m not to happy about that,” K. Michelle said.

Through it all, EUR learned that according to K. Michelle’s ruminations, her friend Paris is a liar, Lil Kim is delusional due to the plastic surgeries and she loves Meek Mill and Nicky Manaj.

But perhaps more interestingly, EUR learned that the songstress feels strongly about flack concerning her sorors and that she and Elba had an eight month relationship.

Michelle told the host that she contacted Elba and sent him music from her album before it released and he told her: although he hates [the relationship] had come to this, [the album is] art, she said.

Michelle told Cappuchino that she doesn’t know how ‘Idris’ feels now that the album is out and now that she’s telling everyone that the songs are about him. She got four missed calls from a private number and she told Cappuchino that she knows it was the actor. “I’m [going to] call him,” she said.

On the gossip

It’s about Idris Elba

‘Kim is delusional’