‘BLACKBIRD’ Film Limited Release Theaters Announced Cities Include: Atlanta, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco & Washington, D.C.

FILM STARS ACADEMY AWARD WINNER MO’NIQUE & ISAIAH WASHINGTON

In Select Theaters April 24

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SELECT THEATERS

 

NEW YORK CITY

AMC Empire 25 – 234 W. 42nd Street, New York, NY

AMC Village 7 – 66 3rd Avenue, New York, NY

ATLANTA

AMC Phipps Plaza – 3500 Peachtree Rd, N.E., Atlanta, GA

AMC Southlake Pavilion – 7065 Mt. Zion Circle, Morrow, GA

WASHINGTON, DC

City Cinemas Angelika Pop Up – 550 Penn Street, NE, Washington, DC

ArcLight Bethesda – 7101 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda, MD

LOS ANGELES, CA

Cinemark 18 – 6081 Center Dr., Los Angeles, CA

TCL Chinese Theatre – 6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA

AMC Town Center 8 – 201 E Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA

SAN FRANCISCO

 AMC Metreon – 135 4th St Suite 3000, San Francisco, CA

Cinemark Century 25 – 32100 Union Landing Blvd, Union City, CA

Cinemark 20 Great Mall – 1010 Great Mall Dr., Milpitas, CA

Film Trailer: https://youtu.be/rHe0ukjp0-M

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Randy tries very hard to be a good person. Since his father left, Randy takes care of his emotionally disturbed mother, and he’s the kind of friend all of his classmates can depend on. As strong as he seems on the outside, Randy is hiding a secret inner struggle and denial of his true self. It’s not until he opens himself up to love that he discovers that becoming a man means accepting who you really are.

 Starring: Mo’nique, Isaiah Washington, Kevin Allesee, Gary L. Gray, Nikki Jane, Torrey Laamar, Terrell Tilford, D. Woods & introducing Julian Walker

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James Fortune Addresses Arrest, Allegations

composeTBR – According to recent reports by myfoxhouston.com, Grammy-nominated Gospel recording artist James Fortune was arrested Friday, October 24 for aggravated assault of a family member.  He was later released on $20,000 bond, according to staffers at the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s office. The name of the family member involved has not been released.

James Fortune released the following statement:

Speaking to the recent charges James Fortune on the record stating:  I am truly sorry for the negative attention this situation has brought my wife, family, friends and business partners. Because it is a pending legal matter, I cannot comment on what has been reported. However, I understand the seriousness of this matter and ask that you respect the privacy of my family as we address this together. I would also like to thank my fans for their continued outpouring of love and support.

May we keep everyone involved in the Fortune family uplifted in prayer.

IN THE MEANTIME:

Isaac Carree Fills In for James Fortune While Fortune Takes a Leave of Absence

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In the meantime, James Fortune has voluntarily taken a leave of absence from The James Fortune Show to focus on his family.  During James’ absence, Stellar Award winning artist Isaac Carree will be filling in LIVE from Atlanta.  Isaac guest hosted The James Fortune Show last week to much acclaim an

“Mary Mary” Season Finale THURSDAY Night WE tv 9:00pm ET/CT

unnamedNew York, NY — Erica Campbell has been nominated for a BET Award in the Best Gospel Artist category, it was announced today.   This is her first nomination as a solo artist and is being recognized for her solo debut HELP.   Campbell, has won three previous BET Awards, as part of Mary Mary.

HELP was released on MyBlock Inc / eOne earlier this year and was an immediate hit.  The CD, heralded as one of the best gospel albums this year, debuted at Number 1 on the Top Gospel Chart and Number 6 on the Top 200 Chart.   HELP was the number one gospel album for 4 weeks in a row, and has maintained the number one slot for 6 weeks total.   The title track, “Help,” is number 6 on the Gospel BDS chart and continues to connect with audiences across the country.

Erica can be seen this summer headlining the McDonald’s Inspiration Gospel Tour.  The multi-city tour will make stops in 11 markets, including: Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Jackson, Los Angeles, Memphis, Newark, Oakland, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Raleigh.

The New York Times recently said “her [Erica’s] performance, as a whole was something rare – poised, emphatic, nongrandiose, self-contained, empathetic, extravagant.”

In its third season on WE tv, Erica’s hit show, “Mary Mary,” has garnered the best ratings to date. The season finale airs tomorrow May 15th at 9pm ET/CT on WE tv.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter Rev. Bernice King Blasts Brothers at press conference over lawsuit

composeAtlanta, GA — Surrounded by family and supporters, the Rev. Bernice King, the youngest daughter of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Thursday morning held a press conference to address a lawsuit filed by her brothers. Her tone was reflective and steadfastly determined. King said she is disassociating herself from her brothers.

“I will always love my brothers, but we are of different minds and most importantly, different relationships with God,” King said from the pulpit of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. “I know my position is right. It’s about standing on principle.”

Her emotional speech, which clearly reflects her deteriorating relationship with her older siblings, comes following a lawsuit filed against her by her brothers, Dexter Scott King and Martin Luther King III. The suit is asking a judge to force King to relinquish their father’s Nobel Peace Prize and “traveling” Bible, which was used during President Obama’s second inauguration.

The complaint states King has “secreted and sequestered” them in violation of a 1995 agreement that gave the estate of Martin Luther King Jr., controlled by the brothers, ownership of all their father’s property.

“They are hidden in plain sight,” Bernice King said. “They know where they are. But God put them beyond their reach.”

Clearly seeing herself as the guardian of her fathers and parents legacy, King said, “These items should never be sold to any person, as I say it, or any institution, because they’re sacred. I take this strong position for my father because Daddy is not here to say for himself that “My Bible and medals are never to be sold.”

In a blistering statement issued on Tuesday against her brothers, King states that ahead of the legal challenge her brothers approached her about selling “our father’s most prized possessions.” Neither of the brothers has publicly commented on the pending lawsuit.

Also commenting on the situation is Dr. Joseph Lowery, a major figure in the civil rights movement who marched with Dr. King, and said he was “deeply disturbed” even by the suggestion of selling King’s Bible and Nobel Peace Prize.

“I don’t even want to admit there’s a discussion about putting those items on the market,” said Lowery. “They are sacred items, not only are they sacred to the family but they’re sacred to the community. They represent Martin’s life work and commitment to justice and serving God.”

“I hope [the King brothers] can resolve whatever financial difficulties they have without selling these items.”

Though, the siblings have been involved in ongoing legal battles, significantly, this is the first time Bernice King has given a public response attacking her brothers.

“Without knowing the particulars and conversations it’s sad that they are not on one accord on how to handle this situation and are airing their dirty linen in public,” said Morris Tipton, of the National Baptist Convention.

“I don’t know the particulars and details but I am praying for reconciliation and for the family not to taint the legacy of their father,” said Rev. Samuel Mosteller, president of the SCLC’s Georgia chapter.

Still, he adds he agrees with King that these items shouldn’t be in the hands of a third party. “The value lost in that sale would be monumental and couldn’t be replaced.”

“I think there might be more to this story than we have heard because we are yet to hear from the brothers,” said Mike Scott, an Information Technology professional who lives on the outskirts of Atlanta. “That being said I think those items should be kept in the family.

Oxygen Greenlights Season 2 Of “Preachers of L.A.” And Begins Castings for New Editions

preachlaLos Angeles, CA — While we here at The Belle Report broke the news a few weeks ago, about the return of the Preachers of L.A., we now have a few more new details about the return of the show.

Preachers of L.A. has been picked up for a second season and will air Fall 2014. Returning with Bishop Noel Jones, Minister Deitrick Haddon, Bishop Clarence McClendon, Pastor Jay Haizlip, Pastor Wayne Chaney and Bishop Ron Gibson, “Preachers of L.A.” gives viewers a candid and revealing look at the dynamic lives of these mega-pastors in Southern California. On the heels of the show’s success, the network announced it will begin casting new editions in New York, Atlanta, Dallas and Detroit.

“‘Preachers of L.A.’ touched the heart strings of our Oxygen viewers. They were captivated by the triumphs and tribulations of these men of God and the amazing women and families that stood alongside them.” said Rod Aissa, Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Development for Oxygen Media. “We look forward to bringing more of these compelling stories to life both in LA and around the country.”

“Preachers of L.A.” hit rating milestones by becoming the most watched freshman series in network history among P25-54 and averaging over one million total viewers. Delivering digital success as well, the series averaged more full episode streams per week in season than any other Oxygen original series and was the #10 most social cable reality program in October and November. On VOD, “Preachers of L.A.” earned over two million transactions.

“Preachers of L.A.” is produced by L. Plummer Media in association with Relevé Entertainment, with Lemuel Plummer and Holly Carter serving as Executive Producers.

Tamela Mann Realizes a Dream

Grammy-nominated artist to judge Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound performance.

As finalist choirs from across the country prepare to perform for sold-out audiences and some of the biggest names in gospel music at Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound competition, they have an unlikely champion in GRAMMY®-nominated artist Tamela Mann. Mann, who joins the gospel music competition this year as a judge, recalls the first time she had the opportunity to perform for one of her music heroes.

She was 12 years old when she sang at a workshop for gospel legend Dr. Mattie Moss Clark and an audience of 1,500 people. “I was nervous, but it was a big thing for me,” she said. “It makes people feel special to be able to perform in front of people they love.  It’s important to them and to me.”

This year, more than 40 church and community choirs are preparing to sing for Mann and fellow judges Hezekiah Walker and VaShawn Mitchell and hosts Donald Lawrence and Yolanda Adams. The choirs are competing for a chance to win a How Sweet the Sound/eOne music recording contract, up to $50,000 in cash and prizes, and the title “America’s Best Gospel Choir.”

And as the choirs prepare to make their debut on the How Sweet the Sound stage, Mann says that in addition to practicing, each choir member should prepare themselves mentally and spiritually. “You have to bring your whole heart and being into your performance,” she said. “It’s about inspiration and spreading the good news, so that when people leave, they take something with them.”     

Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound competition is in its sixth year and will travel to seven cities across the country, including New Orleans, Dallas, Baltimore, New York, Detroit, Chicago and Atlanta.