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Michelle Obama to appear on first week of Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’

Michelle ObamaNew York, NY — Jimmy Fallon is premiering his new show with a bang.

NBC announced Monday that Will Smith will appear on the Feb. 17 debut of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” U2 will perform.

Justin Timberlake will close out the week, which will also include appearances by first lady Michelle Obama, Will Ferrell, Bradley Cooper, Kristen Wiig

and Jerry Seinfeld.

Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire and Tim McGraw will perform during the week.

The first four episodes of Fallon’s new show will air at midnight following the Sochi Winter Olympics. Its regular time slot is 11:35 p.m. Eastern.

Fallon replaces Jay Leno, who hosted “The Tonight Show” for 22 years. “Saturday Night Live” alum Seth Meyers is Fallon’s successor; his “Late Night” show debuts Feb. 24.

Essence to honor African-American men in cinema

Tyler PerryLos Angeles, CA — Essence is known for honoring black women, but during Oscar week, it’ll also be lauding the accomplishments of African-American men in film.

The magazine is launching its first “Black Men in Hollywood” dinner, an intimate affair that will salute the work of Spike Lee, Lee Daniels, Malcolm Lee, and filmmaker Tyler Perry, who will host the event.

The California Endowment’s “Sons and Brothers” campaign, which acknowledges role models for young men of color, will also be recognized.

Honorees will gather on Feb. 26 in Los Angeles on the eve of Essence’s annual Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, which returns to Beverly Hills to recognize best supporting actress nominee Lupita Nyong’o for “12 Years a Slave,” Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and writer-director Ava DuVernay.

Academy Award Winning Actor Louis Gossett Jr. 2014 Living Legend Award Recipient

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Los Angeles, CA – theHELPPPPagency has partnered with the historical Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood, CA and are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Gospel Goes to Hollywood Awards Luncheon, celebrating the Untold Stories of FAITH in Hollywood. The star-studded event will be held Friday, February 28, 2014 from 12 pm to 2pm at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood, with a red carpet and pre-reception beginning at 11a.m.

“The idea was to produce an Inspirational Awards Luncheon that celebrates the UNTOLD STORIES of FAITH during Oscar Week. A time when everyone is reflecting on all their hard work and the FAITH it took to get them there. I wanted to recognize and celebrate them and at the same time raise awareness and funds in support of the fight against Domestic Violence“.says Tomeka B. Holyfield, GGTH Creator/Executive Producer

Academy Award Winner Louis Gossett Jr. will receive the notable “Living Legend Award” this year during the 5-star Awards Luncheon in West Hollywood. Several Celebrities are slated to be in attendance at what has become the MUST pre-Oscar event to attend during the Academy Awards week in Hollywood.

Past Honorees include Actress Marla Gibbs, Emmy Award Winning Actress Loretta Devine, Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, Actor Terry Crews, Producer/Director Bill Duke, Sr. VP of Sony Pictures- Producer DeVon Franklin, and legendary theater Producer Curtis Jones.

Past Performers include Grammy Award winning artists Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans, Mary Mary (Erica Campbell), Stellar Award winning artist Gospel Saxophonist Angella Christie and Ami Rushes to name a few.

Join us as we celebrate the FAITH that fuels our TENACIOUS ENDURANCE!

Eddie Long Settles Lawsuit with Church Members In Alleged Ponzi Scheme

Bishop Eddie LongMore than a dozen members of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church have managed to recoup some of their losses, originally totaling nearly $1 million, in a civil suit involving Bishop Eddie Long and alleged Ponzi scheme mastermind Ephren Taylor.

Thirteen former members of Long’s Lithonia, Ga., megachurch recently reached a confidential financial settlement with the Christian minister, although neither he nor Taylor have admitted to any wrongdoing. “I somewhat blame New Birth, because when this happened, instead of really showing us love, we were kind of looked at as outcasts,” J.B. Bailey, one of the 13 victims who has recouped his money, told MyFoxAtlanta.com.

Long had endorsed Taylor to New Birth Missionary Baptist Church congregants as his “friend” and “brother” during a financial seminar in October 2009. Taylor managed to convince members to invest nearly a million dollars into ventures that were essentially nonexistent. But before Taylor had even arrived at the Georgia megachurch, someone attempted to intercede and warn Long about the nefarious history surrounding his scheduled guest.

An internal memo discovered as evidence during an investigation at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church shows that an unidentified person had tried to reach Bishop Long, but instead had to leave a message – about Taylor possibly intending to “take advantage” of church members. “Bishop Long really did not guard his flock the way he should have,” said Quinton Seay, an attorney representing one of Taylor’s fraud victims. “Bishop Long was given a very explicit warning. Basically, he was told exactly what was going to happen, and it materialized.”

When the scandal broke, Long publicly released a video of himself pleading with Taylor to “do the right thing” and address the loss of money.

“I’m not mad at Bishop Long, just a little disappointed,” said Bailey, one of the 13 whose case was redressed.

It was through church visits that the self-declared “social capitalist” targeted victims, according to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which filed charges against Taylor in 2012.

The SEC alleges Taylor had been “running a Ponzi scheme that targeted investors in church congregations,” in filed charges that included his company City Capital Corporation and its former corporate officer, Wendy Connor. Taylor, who the SEC said raised approximately $11 million dollars between 2008 and 2010, used investors’ money to pay off other investors, and cover personal expenses like his company’s payroll and rent.

Ephren, in his early 30s, apparently has been in hiding and was last seen in August 2013 in Lenexa, Kan

Jill Scott to join Usher as a mentor on ‘The Voice’

Usher and Jill ScottNBC’s “The Voice” is taking it to the next level, by inviting some of the music industries cream of the crop to mentor alongside they’re grade A coaches Latin sensation Shakira, R&B star Usher, rock star Adam Levine and country star Blake Shelton.

Just weeks after the announcement that Usher and Shakira will be returning (replacing Cee Lo and Christina Aguilera…again) Usher announced that when he returns, he’ll be doing it with a bang! Teaming up with Usher on the upcoming season of “The Voice,” is none other than Jill Scott.

EXTRA revealed that the show’s February 24th return will feature Scott as a mentor for team Usher.

Usher told “Extra’s” Renee Bargh, “That’s my secret weapon, incredible, as a writer, as a musician, as an actress, all those elements really help to prepare artists.”

Scott added, “When Usher calls, you take the call.”

Her advice to contestants? “Listen to your gut, follow your heart and it will lead you somewhere special.”