44th Annual GMA Dove Awards Announce 2013 Amy Grant and Kirk Franklin as Hosts

The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced that Christian music superstars Amy Grant and Kirk Franklin will host the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards. The awards show will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at the Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee at 7:30pm CT.

The actual broadcast of the show will be on Monday, October 21st at 8:00pm ET on the UP network. Tickets for the Dove Awards can be picked up at the Allen Arena box office in Nashville or at www.ticketsnashville.comThe Gaither Vocal Band, Michael W. Smith, Tamela Mann and TobyMac have been announced as performers for the night with more to come.

Announced as presenters are: Dr. Bobby Jones, Isaac Carree, Jaci Velasquez, Lecrae, and Pastor Rick Warren.

“There are not too many names more synonymous with Christian and Gospel music than our hosts Amy and Kirk. We are so grateful for their contributions to the Dove Awards throughout the years and we’re excited to have them as the co-pilots of what is turning out to be one of the most compelling nights of music ever on the Dove stage,” GMA Executive Director Jackie Patillo said in a release. The night’s red carpet will be sponsored by Universal KIA.

“The Universal Kia Automotive Group is very proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Dove Awards. Being a Christian based, family owned business, it is a privilege and an honor to be associated with the Christian Music genre. We are looking forward to the award show and all the excitement that surrounds Christian Music’s big night,” said Universal KIA Automotive Group owner Chris Bostick.

Awards will be given out in 42 categories as voted on by the GMA membership.

Voting ends September 24 according a press release.

A full list of the nominees can be viewed – http://www.doveawardsvoting.com/nominees#!nominees/c153p


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.


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

Topic: Reversing the Mindset

Visit www.KeithDouglas.org for call details

SBI Agency Welcomes Robert Townsend!

Hollywood Icon Robert Townsend is an award-winning director who has worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Taking the leap to pursue his passion started with just one credit card and now – he’s considered one of the Godfathers of independent Cinema. He has produced and starred in films like The Five Heart Beats, Hollywood Shuffle and The Meteor Man just to name a few. Whether he’s performing standup, writing, producing, acting or directing… there is no doubt that his magic and versatile talent are undeniable. With over 20 years of experience in the business, Robert has grown a passion for passing on his knowledge. He takes time to participate in humanitarian efforts and speak to various organizations. During his time as a speaker for the United Negro College Fund and the NAACP, his concern for inner city youth took him throughout the country to inspire young people to follow their dreams. Now, we are proud to welcome Robert Townsend to the SBI family!

Meet Author Keith Douglas – Book Signing Event with LA Sentinel

Author Keith Douglas is a part of America’s Number 1 Black Newspaper – Los Angeles Sentinel’s Black History Month Book Club. Come meet author Keith Douglas on Saturday, February 18th.

Event will be held from 1pm-4pm at

3800 Crenshaw Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90008

For more information call (323) 299-3800 or click HERE

Spend Your Valentine’s Day with SBI’s Kim Coles

Join Kim Coles and Friends this Valentine’s Day at The Comedy Union in Los Angeles.

Perhaps best known for her five-season turn as the unforgettable “Synclaire” on FOX’s ground- breaking comedy series, Living Single, Kim Coles has starred on numerous hit television programs including Frasier, Six Feet Under, In Living Color, One on One, and the uproarious TBS comedy series 10 Items Or Less as the villainous “Mercy P. Jones”.

Come out and watch Kim Coles this Valentine’s Day at:

The Comedy Union
5040 Pico Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 934-9300

Can’t make it to The Comedy Union? Book Kim Coles for your own event! Contact SBI Agency today!

Watch LeToya Luckett in “From the Rough” Coming Soon!

LeToya Luckett stars in sports movie “From the Rough” alongside Taraji P. Henson, Michael Clark Duncan, and Tom Felton. “From the Rough” tells the story of Coach Starks, the first African-American and Female to coach a men’s golf team.

Essence Magazine sat down with LeToya to discuss her role in “From the Rough.” Check out part of the interview:

ESSENCE.com: What is the film “From the Rough” about? 
LETOYA LUCKETT: It stars Taraji P. Henson, Michael Clark Duncan, and Tom Felton of “Harry Potter.” It’s a true story about Coach Starks, the first — not just African-American — but female to coach a men’s golf team. Before Coach Starks became the golf coach, she was the swim coach for [Texas State University]. My character Stacey was one of her students and I fall in love with Tom Felton’s character. This isn’t necessarily something that Coach Starks wants. So I’m kind of torn between the two people — the one that I love and the one that I look up to.

ESSENCE: Did you feel intimidated working with veterans like Taraji P. Henson and Michael Clark Duncan? 
LETOYA: I loved working with Michael Clark Duncan and I’m learning so much from Taraji. I was shaking the first day because these people are in a completely different league. These are Oscar-nominated, Oscar worthy actors. So of course I was nervous, but at the same time I was trying to take in and learn as much as I possibly could.

Check out more of this great interview at Essence.com and watch From the Rough movie trailer. The film was slated to release Feb 3rd but has been pushed back to a later date. More coming soon!