Flex & Shanice Return to OWN TV with New Reality Show November 1st

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Many of you know 90s pop sensation Shanice for her Grammy –nominated hit song “I love Your Smile” and Actor Flex Alexander from his hit tv show “One on One”. They are a powerful duo who has achieved what most have in a lifetime but have also overcome challenges and are still standing after 14 years of marriage. They are the stars of the new Reality Show “Flex & Shanice” which premiers on OWN TV November 1st 10/9 central. You want to tune in.

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Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances To be released November 10, 2014

compose (2)8New York, NY /PRNewswire/ — Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, has announced plans to release Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances, on Monday November 10th. The six-time Grammy-award winning singer’s first-ever live album features the most memorable live performances from her storied career. The album will also be available as a CD/DVD, which includes stunning videos of Houston’s most unforgettable performances, reinforcing her as one of the greatest vocalists of all time. Both the audio and visual content have undergone state-of-the-art restoration and remastering.

Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances will take listeners through the remarkable arc of Houston’s career, from her national network television debut appearance on The Merv Griffin Show in 1983 as a prodigious teenager, where she sang “Home” from The Wiz, to her emotional 2009 performance of “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

The producer of the CD and the DVD is the five-time Grammy-award winner Clive Davis. Mr. Davis states, “Whitney’s Live CD/DVD will stun everyone.  It definitely shows why she was totally unique, absolutely in the first rank of all time.  For me, it’s been very emotional. The set vividly confirms that there really was no one like her.  It also makes the tragedy of losing her so young so very painful.  Watching the DVD is a mesmerizing experience.  Her amazing vocals and the songs that have stood the test of time combine to truly hypnotize over and over.”

On behalf of The Whitney Houston Estate, Patricia Houston, Whitney’s sister-in-law and President of the estate states, “Whitney truly had a matchless voice that not only made you feel good but made you feel alive.  The Whitney Houston Estate has worked closely with Clive and Sony Legacy to make this the best album possible to honor Whitney’s memory.  It certainly was a bittersweet endeavor for all but one we hope appeals to her legions of fans worldwide.”

With six Grammy Awards, two Emmy Awards, 16 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards (to date the most AMAs ever won by a female performer), and 170 million albums, singles and videos sold worldwide, Whitney Houston was a true pop culture icon and Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances only further demonstrates her prodigious talent, which will keep her and her magic remembered forever.

VH1 Partners with Actor-Writer-Producer Nick Cannon for Original Movie ‘Drumline: A New Beat”

nickcannonVH1: Los Angeles, CA — Building on the ratings success of last year’s “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story,” VH1 has green lit its next scripted movie, “Drumline: A New Beat” (tentative title). Entertainer and producer Nick Cannon joins movie producers Wendy Finerman, Jody Gerson and Dallas Austin, producers of the original Drumline feature film from Fox 2000, as executive producers on the project. Cannon also will appear in the movie, which is being penned by Regina Hicks and Karin Gist. Principal photography will begin in the spring, targeting a Fall 2014 premiere. The movie is produced by VH1 in partnership with Fox Television Studios.

“Drumline: A New Beat” will eschew a sequel format, instead focusing on a new set of characters at a fictional New Orleans university. The story follows Danielle (Dani) Bolton, an upper class Brooklyn girl who defies her parents in order to attend a college in Louisiana so she can join – and revitalize – their once-prominent drumline. Dani’s quest to become the first female section leader of the drumline in the school’s history will be hampered by upperclassmen (including her cousin, Tyree), her feelings for fellow band mate and rival, Jayven, and the school’s crosstown rivals.

“DRUMLINE was not just a successful film; it was a cultural happening,” says Nick Cannon. “Even though it was released over a decade ago, I am constantly approached by people on the street who tell me how much of an impact it made on them. As a producer, my thought was, ‘How do we create an updated version that would translate to today’s audience and still feel fresh and original?’ Adding a female lead character really makes sense and VH1 is the perfect network to partner with on this modernized take on what is considered a unique and classic film experience. ”
“’Drumline’ has become one of those beloved cornerstone films for a generation, always generating high ratings when we air it on VH1,” said Susan Levison, Executive Vice President of Original Programming & Production, VH1. “We’re beyond excited to revisit that ‘Drumline’ magic with Nick Cannon, Wendy Finerman, Dallas Austin and Jody Gerson to create a film that features a strong, relatable storyline, great music and a little nostalgia — all of which viewers have come to expect from a VH1 original movie.”

“Drumline: A New Beat” is the latest project fueling VH1’s successful momentum into the scripted arena. VH1 delivered the highest-rated original cable movie of 2013 among adults 18-49 with “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.” 4.5 million total viewers tuned in for its October 21 premiere, which earned a 2.9 rating in the A18-49 demo and scored as the most-tweeted TV topic that day, generating over 2 million tweets. VH1 also had the highest-rated new scripted cable series last summer in the adult 18-49 demo with its freshman series “Hit The Floor.” VH1 has carried that ratings success into 2014 with the third season premiere of “Single Ladies,” which ranked first in its time period among non-sports cable networks with adults 18-49, women 18-49 and women 18-34.

In addition to Nick Cannon, Wendy Finerman, Jody Gerson, and Dallas Austin, “Drumline: A New Beat,” will be executive produced by Maggie Malina and Michael Goldman. Susan Levison and Jill Holmes will executive produce for VH1.

Truck driver in Tracy Morgan crash was speeding

The driver of the Wal-Mart truck that crashed into Tracy Morgan’s limousine van June 7, killing one passenger and critically injuring the comedian and two others, had been driving for almost 10 hours and was going 65 mph in a 45-mph speed zone just before the crash, according to federal investigators.

“A preliminary review of the data showed that the (truck) was traveling at 65 mph for the 60 seconds preceding the collision with the Mercedes-Benz limo van,” the National Transportation Safety Board says in a preliminary report on the crash. “NTSB investigators are correlating these data with the physical evidence.”

The truck driver, Kevin Roper, has been charged with vehicular homicide and assault. He has pleaded not guilty. Morgan’s condition was upgraded to fair this week.

The preliminary report says that electronic log data show that Roper “had logged 9 hours 37 minutes of driving time when the crash occurred. With respect to the maximum 14-hour consecutive duty period for commercial motor vehicle drivers, the driver had logged 13 hours 32 minutes at the time of the collision.”

NTSB’s preliminary report says that the speed limit on the New Jersey Turnpike where the crash happened had been lowered from 55 mph to 45 mph because of construction work. The crash came as Congress considers rolling back tightened federal restrictions on hours-of-service and rest rules for commercial truckers.

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!

Oprah Winfrey, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Forest Whitaker, Michael B. Jordan grace the cover of ESSENCE’s Hollywood Issue

Essence MagazineEssence magazine invited the biggest stars to celebrate the success of black cinema on the cover of their March 2014 collector’s issue. Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker, Michael B. Jordan and Chiwetel Ejiofor are all featured on the cover of the special edition issue. It is released on the heels of Vanity Fair’s very own Hollywood issue, which included six black actors – including Jordan and Ejiofor – on its cover for the first time in 20 years.

In Essence, readers learn more about the major roles these actors played on the big screen and discover some of the challenges they faced along the way. Winfrey returned to acting for her first time in 15 years as Gloria Gaines in Lee Daniels’ The Butler – a role her acting coach told her required her to be more sexy.

“”I don’t think of myself as being sexy and I’m not even sure how one is sexy,” she admits. Her acting coach instructed her: “Every time Gloria walks, pretend that she has a tail. And when Gloria sits down, she doesn’t sit without making sure there’s room for her tail.”

As for Ejiofor, the British actor is nominated for an Academy Award for his role in 12 Years a Slave. But while his delivery onscreen was powerful and moving, he admits that taking on that role was emotionally draining. According to Essence, he said it was walking the “fine line in between sanity and insanity.” “Even though there were emotional moments to shoot, overall I think every member of the cast and crew was there for one reason: They felt it was a tale that deserved to be told,” he added.

The special edition issue also features the 75 movers and shakers in the film industry right now – including a photo shoot with new Hollywood “It” girl Lupita Nyong’o.

The March issue of Essence is on newsstands February 10.

BET Networks and ICON MANN Partner to Honor Black Men!

nickBET Networks and ICON MANN today announced a partnership to celebrate the positive impact that Black men are making domestically and across the globe with the launch of ICON MANN™ “28 Men of Change.” ™ This special Black History Month initiative will share the journeys of 28 contemporary trailblazers whose formula for success includes empowering others, and who credit their personal and professional advancement to their continued investment in philanthropy.GTY_Forest_Whitaker_mEach day, beginning February 1, 2014, BET Networks will feature the personal story of one of the “28 Men of Change” ™ with 2:00 minute vignettes on BET and Centric. BET.com will offer viewers original videos, photographs and editorial features on these inspirational figures, providing a personal and in-depth interview detailing how they have combined their passion with their purpose.
The diverse list of celebrants recognizes men from multiple countries and a wide array of industries spanning entertainment, business, art, law, finance, medicine, science, politics, education and professional sports. Each individual selected continues to inspire many different generations with his vision, ability, commitment and success in creating positive changes throughout the world.

The group of honorees selected for the inaugural ICON MANN™”28 Men of Change” ™ include (in alphabetical order):
1. Lonnie Bunch III, Founding Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture
2. Nick Cannon, TV Host, Writer, Director, Executive Producer and Philanthropist
3. Lee Daniels, Film Producer and Oscar-Nominated Director
4. Kasseem ‘Swizz Beatz’ Dean, Grammy Award-Winning Record Producer, Composer and Philanthropist
5. Dr. Courtney Hollowell, Cook County Hospital Chairman of the Division of Urology
6. Nyjah Huston, Professional Street Skateboarder
7. Charles Jenkins, Pastor of the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church
8. Ron Kirk, Sr. Council of Gibson Dunn and Former U.S. Trade Representative
9. Edward Lewis, Co-founder of Essence Magazine and Latina Magazine
10. Ndaba Mandela, Chairman, Africa Rising Foundation
11. Leland Melvin, NASA Astronaut
12. Dr. Steve Perry, Founder and Principal, Capital Preparatory Magnet School
13. Nile Rodgers, Musician, Producer, Composer and Philanthropist
14. Dr. Robert Ross, President and CEO, The California Endowment
15. Marcus Samuelsson, Chef and UNICEF Ambassador
16. Gary Simmons, Artist
17. Forest Whitaker, Actor, Producer and Director

The remaining honorees will be revealed each day during the month of February 2014.
Founding Partner of ICON MANN™ Tamara N. Houston comments, “There is so much wealth and inspiration within our Black Diaspora, of good men, great men being leaders within the community, the home, across the nation and around the globe. It is time we start to shine the spotlight on them and focus on what is possible. We are thrilled beyond measure with the support that Louis Carr and the entire bet family have provided ICON MANN.”