Meagan Good, DeVon Franklin at Walmart’s ‘Black Love and Relationships’ panel discussion

Celebrity newlyweds Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin and other celebrities divulged their formula for successful marriages during the Walmart “Black Love and Relationships” program inside the Bank of America Auditorium of the Shirley A. Massey Executive Conference Center at Morehouse College in Atlanta. The panel discussion is part of Walmart’s “History Teaching History” Black History Month campaign that continues into the top of March.

Good, the star of the new NBC prime time hit “Deception,” and Franklin, the Hollywood executive who helped produce such hits as Sparkle and Karate Kid, were joined Stellar award-winning artist Bishop Paul S. Morton and his wife, Pastor Debra Morton as TV One’s “Love Addiction” host Dr. Alduan Tartt moderated the discourse inside a packed auditorium. 

Paying homage to Black History Month, Walmart is hosting four historical events featuring modern day African-American heroes and high-profiled celebrities who will share their secret to success with Walmart associates and community members.

The final event, “Sports Legends: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” will be powered by boxing legend Ray Jones Jr. and sports pioneers Bill Lester of NASCAR and golf phenom Ginger Howard and takes place Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in Orlando, Fla. 

Speakers Bureau Institute Welcomes Michael Jai White

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S.B.I Agency is proud to welcome Michael Jai White

Michael Jai White is an American actor and martial artist who has appeared in numerous films and television series. He is the first African American to portray a major comic book superhero in a major motion picture, having starred as Al Simmons, the protagonist in the 1997 film Spawn. White appeared as Marcus Williams in the Tyler Perry films Why Did I Get Married? and Why Did I Get Married Too?, and currently stars in the comedy-drama television series Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse. White also portrayed Jax Briggs in Mortal Kombat: Legacy.

White was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved as a teen to Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he graduated from Central High School in 1985. He is an accomplished martial artist, holding seven different black belts: Shotokan, Tae Kwon Do, Kobudo, Goju Ryu with Master Eddie Morales, Tang Soo Do, Wushu and Kyokushin, with a specific focus in Kyokushin (although his style incorporates aspects of many different martial arts forms).White started martial arts training at the age of eight. White is a former teacher. He cites his history in education as the reason why, despite his personal love for the music genre on ”a lot of levels”, he cannot ”in good conscience” have a positive opinion on hip hop or ”excuse some of its pervasive and destructive elements”, due to his experience with youngsters who had difficulty seeing the difference between it and real life.

He discusses many topics such as: Education, Family, Faith and Marriage, Fatherhood, Karate, Kung Fu & Martial Arts, Troubled Youths & Adults and lastly Violence and Crime. To read more on White visit www.rkdmusic.com/michaeljai.html

Author and Entrepreneur Keith Douglas Prepares to close out February with a BANG!

Keith Douglas, as you may or may not know is the CEO of RKD Music & Talent Management (which houses a management company and agency representing over 30 clients), is an acclaimed Executive Producer, Manager and Author of his new book “The Power to Get Wealth: No Money Required”. Douglas has his hands full with new deals and joint ventures in the industries like entertainment, beauty, radio and more.

But if you have yet to read or pick up his most recent book, then you may be interested in knowing what “The Power to Get Wealth” has to do with YOU. Each month Keith embarks on a one-on-one journey to connect with fans, book  readers, Christians and many more who have questions or just want to get a word that sticks like a two-edge sword.

TODAY’S DATE:

Tuesday February 26th 2013 @ 6pm PsT; 8pm CST; 9pm EST

Topic: Reversing the Mindset

Visit www.KeithDouglas.org for call details

Congratulations Sheryl, DeVon, Rebecca and Wendy taking home awards during Oscar Week

By TBR – Exclusive — Hollywood, CA – When it comes to anything Gospel or anything Hollywood usually you wouldn’t think to put these two words in the same sentence. However thanks to visionary Tomeka B. Holyfield, that mindset is no more, with the creation of Gospel Goes to Hollywood.

Produced and created by Holyfield and now in its second run, the 2nd Annual Gospel Goes to Hollywood Awards Luncheon was Oscar ready with a palatial setting from the first step out of the Limo to the exquisite interior and lavishly landscaped courtyard exterior of the Taglyan Complex on Friday, February 22, 2013 from 11-2PM in Hollywood, CA.

Upon arrival, guests were greeted with a high-powered red carpet, servers offering glasses of Mimosas’, heavy tray pass h’orderves, and a flawless saxophonist playing everyone’s favorite song.  Within steps of everyone’s initial drop off point, a heavy hitting media row was only a few feet away anxiously waiting to interview or photograph the many honorees or special guests. Everyone from Sheryl Lee Ralph, Judge Mabalean, T.C. Carson, Terry & Rebecca Crews, Devon Franklin, Rockmond Dunbar, Erica Campbell, Jimmy Jean Louis, Florence LeRue, Adrian Anderson, and many others felt right at home.

 

This year’s honorees included Sony Pictures executive and Minister DeVon Franklin who gave a powerful acceptance speech, Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, who received the  Faith and Endurance AwardMarla Gibbs with the Living Legend Award.. Also honored were Terry and Rebecca Crews with the “Equally Yoked” award. Truly their 25 years in marriage shows off itself. They were deserving of the award and last but not least Wendy Raquel-Robinson honored for her humanitarian work with charities and philanthropy.

Quincy Jones launches music education application

quincyjonesAtlanta, GA — Quincy Jones says he has co-created the music version of Rosetta Stone.

The 79-year-old composer-producer launched a new music education application Tuesday called Playground Sessions, which teaches users how to play the piano. He said the app will help children and adults learn how to read music and understand the mechanics of piano playing.

There’s “such a need for this,” Jones said in an interview last week. “The concept is brand-new. I have been praying for this for a long time. It has a learning concept similar to Rosetta Stone. I’m blown away by this.” Playground Sessions is a musical app with real-time feedback and video tutorials from pianist David Sides. It features about 70 popular songs by Beyonce and Justin Bieber, and well-known tunes like Katy Perry’s “Firework” and Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York.”

Jones, who produced Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and other successful albums, hopes Playground Sessions will have an impact on music education programs in schools around the world. One of first schools that will use the app is Jones’ alma mater, Garfield High School in Seattle. “Our kids in this country know less than any other country,” Jones said of music education in the United States. “We need something like Playground Sessions to push us forward.” Chris Vance, who co-created the app and founded Playground Sessions, got together with Jones more than a year ago after working alone on the application for three years. He said Jones immediately saw a vision for the product and wanted to make learning music a fun experience.

Vance also said Sides was an easy pick when he was selecting a pianist for the project. Jones calls Sides a very talented piano player who has an engaging personality. “I wish I had someone like him teaching me how to play the piano,” Jones said of Sides, known for his popular piano covers on YouTube, including his rendition of OneRepublic’s “Apologize,” which has garnered more than 10 million views.

Discovery CEO praises Tyler Perry’s new series for Oprah Winfrey Network

It seems like things just keep looking up for Oprah’s OWN Network. Just ahead of Oprah’s highly-publicized sit-down interview with Beyoncé (scheduled to debut Saturday night on OWN), Discovery’s CEO, David Zaslav revealed that OWN is doing better than expected.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Zaslav told analysts this morning that OWN is “ahead of where we thought we’d be.” The network’s audience was up in all 12 months of 2012, and was up 36% for the full year. Zaslav also talked about two of OWN’s upcoming scripted series written, directed, and produced by Tyler Perry, which are scheduled to premiere in May.

The drama, The Have and The Have Nots, has been described as Perry’s answer to Downton Abbey, and Love Thy Neighbor is a comedy set in a neighborhood restaurant called Love’s Diner. “I’ve seen the scripts and they look strong,” Zazlav said of Perry’s shows. “Winfrey is actively involved with the projects. Perry just sent me some pictures and Oprah was in the control room.”

Zaslav went on to say that Discovery is “fully on track” to see OWN break even financially in the second half of this year.

Rockmond Dunbar Directs Film “Pastor Brown” which premieres on Lifetime

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The Premiere of “Pastor Brown” directed by Actor Rockmond Dunbar was a show stopper over the past weekend showcasing on Lifetime across the U.S. including a Private Screening at the Xen Lounge in Los Angeles on Saturday Feb. 16th. The drama movie stars Actors Tisha Campbell-Martin, Tasha Smith, Keith David, Salli Richardson, Michael B. Jordan and Rockmond Dunbar himself.

When Jessica “Jesse” Brown returns home to honor her dying father’s final command to take over as pastor of the family church, she is forced to face critics who know of her sordid past and mend fences with the son and sister she abandoned years ago.

If you missed this past Saturday premiere on Lifetime, you can catch up on any of these air dates:

Monday February 18th @ 6pm

Tuesday February 25th@ 8pm

Tuesday February 26th @ 12am

To watch movie highlights, click HERE.

For more information about Rockmond Dunbar visit http://www.rkdmusic.com/rockmond.html