The gospel music world will celebrate its best at the 32nd Annual Stellar Awards Saturday, March 25 in Las Vegas. The glitz and glam television taping featuring who’s who in gospel will take place at the Las Vegas Orleans Arena in The Orleans Hotel and Casino.
Produced by Central City Productions, the show will be hosted by gospel super stars and multiple Stellar Award winners, Erica Campbell and Anthony Brown. The Stellar Awards will premiere on TV One, Sunday, April 9 at 6p.m. ET with encore presentations at 8 and 11p.m. ET.
Before the big event, the pre-awards show will take place Friday night, March 24. It will feature live performances by popular gospel artists and the nominees will be announced. TV personality Lexi, gospel artist/radio personality Lonnie Hunter and comedian/radio personality Marcus Wiley serve as hosts.
The Stellar Awards will celebrate the contributions of radio announcers from across the USA in small, medium and large markets with the annual Stellar Gospel Radio Awards, Saturday morning, March 25, 11a.m. at The Orleans.
The Stellar Awards will air in national television broadcast syndication April 15 to May 7, 2017. Check your local listing for dates and times in your area. For information visit www.the stellarawards.com
For a complete list of Stellar Awards nominees click here.
David and Tamela Mann, stars of Bounce TV’s Mann & Wife.
The hit comedyMann & Wife returns for a third season to Bounce TV with two new episodes Tuesday, March 28 at 9 p.m. ET.
Real-life husband and wife team David and Tamela Mann star and serve as executive producers of the half hour sit-com. The two play newlyweds Daniel and Toni Mann.
Mann & Wife chronicles Daniel and Toni’s comical day-to-day life as heads of a blended family with its share of ups and downs. They each come into the second chance at love relationship with two children from prior marriages.
In addition to the Mann’s, the cast of Mann & Wife also features Tony Rock as Daniel’s partner on the police force and Steven Wash (Daniel, Jr.). Playing the Mann’s children are Amir O’Neil (Darren), Lauryn Kennedy Hardy (Terri) and Jadah Marie (Tosha). Terri J. Vaughn joins the cast as Daniel’s new Lieutenant. She also directs an episode.
Guest stars this season will include George Wallace, Antonio Fargas,Carl Payne, Victoria Rowell, Rod “Rod Man” Thompson, DC Youngfly, Blue Kimble, Vanessa Fraction and Brely Evans.
Cast of Mann & Wife. Photo courtesy of Bounce TV.
Mann & Wife co-creator Roger Bobb (House of Payne The Rickey Smiley Show) serves as executive producer and director of the series.
If you want some good, clean, family-fun, tune in for all the laughter on Mann & Wife, Tuesdays at 9:00 pm ET on Bounce TV.
KeKe Wyatt guest stars on Saints & Sinners on Bounce TV. Photo courtesy of Bounce TV.
KeKe Wyatt guest stars on an all-new episode of Saints & Sinners on Bounce TV Sunday, March 19 at 9 p.m. ET. The R&B singer and actress (R&B Divas, Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars) takes on the role of Lady Greene, the new pastor’s cunning wife. Rapper, actor and producer David Banner (Carter High, Ride Along) plays her husband, Pastor Greene, the new pastor of Greater Hope Baptist Church of Cypress, GA, the central unit of the community.
In this Sunday’s explosive episode, Mayor Ella Johnson and former First Lady of Greater Hope Baptist Church (Vanessa Bell Calloway), plans to prosecute the corrupted police in Cypress. However, her plans are jolted by a surprise turn of events brought on by County Prosecutor Rebecca Jourdan (Lisa Arrindell).
KeKe Wyatt (Lady Greene) talks with David Banner (Pastor Greene), her husband on Bounce TV’s Saints & Sinners. Photo courtesy of Bounce TV.
Meanwhile, Greater Hope’s prodigal son, Levi Sterling (Christian Keyes) comes to a turning point with his pregnant girlfriend, Christie Johnson(Jasmine Burke).
Saints & Sinners stars Vanessa Bell Calloway, Clifton Powell, Christian Keyes, J.D. Williams, Jasmine Burke, Keith Robinson, Tray Chaney (The Wire), Demetria McKinney (House of Payne) and Karlie Redd (Love & Hip Hop Atlanta).
Tune in for all the drama on the church, deception, betrayal and drama filled Saints & Sinners, Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on Bounce TV. You can also join the conversation on social media at #SaintsandSinners.
JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise scored number one on Billboard’sGospel Airplay, Gospel Digital Songs and Hot Singles charts with “You Deserve It.”
You Deserve It the album also earned the #1 spot on the iTunes Gospel Album chart. The hit ballad is on Hairston’s own label that he started in 2016, Jamestown Music. The album is destined to be one of Hairston’s strongest debuts to date. Additionally, the single “You Deserve It” is Hairston’s first song to reach number one on the Gospel radio chart.
Hairston said, “We are ecstatic about the response to this song and to this project. The people, the Gospel music fans, the worshippers, they all made this happen, and we are grateful for the support.”
JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise’s “You Deserve It” is nominated for a 2017 Stellar Gospel Music Award for Song of the Year and Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year (“You Deserve It”).
Adding to the excitement around this big hit for the ensemble from Connecticut, JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise will tape a performance at The Stellar Gospel Music Awards on March 25 at The Orleans in Las Vegas.
JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise is currently making rounds at media. They have been interviewed on national radio and TV shows, including The Rickey Smiley Show, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, TV One’s NewsOne Now, The Willie Moore, Jr. Show and SiriusXM.
Tank talks with Miles Calloway (Keith Robinson) on Bounce TV’s hit drama Saints & Sinners. Photo courtesy of Bounce TV.
Grammy nominee Tank guest stars on an all-new episode of the hit drama Saints & Sinners, Sunday, March 12 at 9p.m. ET/PT on Bounce TV.
Tank (The New Edition Story, Born Again Virgin) comes to the Atlanta suburb of Cypress, GA to help his friend Miles Calloway (Keith Robinson) with his music career and of course drama unfolds on Bounce TV’s ratings successful series where the town’s epicenter is Greater Hope Baptist Church. A dead body was found on the church grounds on the March 5 season opener.
As Tanks helps Miles Calloway with his dream, the town’s mayor, Lady Ella Johnson (Vanessa Bell Calloway) shakes things up in city government. She pushes ahead on her promise to rid the Cypress police department of corruption.
Lady Ella (Vanessa Bell Calloway), Mayor of Cypress, GA talks with Lt. Hawkins (Maria Howell) on Bounce TV’s Saints & Sinners. Photo courtesy of Bounce TV.
Saints & Sinners had a record breaking first season premiere opener on Bounce TV by pulling in 1.3 million viewers. Season two shattered that with 1.4 million viewers tuning in to its season premiere, leading the way to more episodes filled with intrigue, affairs, thirst for power, deceit, jealousy, murder and more. All of this threatens the sanctity of Greater Hope Baptist Church and the future of the town.
Saints & Sinners stars Vanessa Bell Calloway, Clifton Powell, Christian Keyes, J.D. Williams, Jasmine Burke and Keith Robinson. Joining the core cast this season are: Tray Chaney (The Wire), Demetria McKinney (House of Payne) and Karlie Redd (Love & Hip Hop Atlanta).
Saints & Sinners is produced in partnership with Swirl Film’s Eric Tomosunas (Undershepard, 35 and Ticking).
Tune in Sundays to watch Saints & Sinners, 9p.m. ET/PT on Bounce TV. You can also use #SaintsAndSinners to join the conversation on social media.
Newlyweds gospel artist Tosha Cobbs and music producer Kenneth Leonard.
GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist Tasha Cobbs shocked friends, family and fans this weekend with a surprise wedding to her long time love, music director and producer Kenneth Leonard, Jr.
Leonard and Cobbs exchanged vows on Friday, March 3, 2017. The unsuspecting attendees thought they were gathered for a private dinner party but instead were included in a special moment in the newlyweds’ new life together.
“We’ve never kept our relationship a secret, but with both of us working publicly in the music industry, we wanted the opportunity to celebrate privately,” shares Cobbs. “After a year of pre-marital counseling and much planning, the timing was finally perfect. It was incredible to be able to surprise those closest to us!”
Kenneth Leonard, Jr. is the accomplished music director and keyboard player who has worked with such renowned artists as Soul singer Anthony Hamilton, R&B songstress Tamia, and Cobbs. In addition to being a music producer, Leonard is a graduate of the school of engineering at North Carolina State University. He hosts the successful HISound conference, a forum for professional musicians.
Tasha Cobbs’ 2013 hit, “Break Every Chain,” topped charts and propelled her into the top echelon of gospel artists of today. It also helped her garner numerous awards, including a GRAMMY® Award and being named Billboard magazine’s Most Streamed Gospel Artist and Top Female Gospel Artist of 2016.
Cobbs is currently working on her new Motown Gospel project to be released later in 2017.
If you got hooked on the suburban Atlanta night-time-soap-like drama last season, where Greater Hope Baptist Church is its epicenter and the church’s pastor and the town’s mayor were murdered, you will not be disappointed with the all-new episodes of the hit show.
New secrets surface from Greater Hope Baptist Church as a dead body is found on its grounds making sure that Saints & Sinners lends itself to a season that promises deceit, greed, jealousy, and of course, sexual affairs and jaw dropping moments as lies and secrets are brought into plain view.
Saints & Sinners features a stellar cast includes Vanessa Bell Calloway (Shameless, Coming to America) portrays the widowed first Lady Ella of Greater Hope Baptist Church; Christian Keyes (Mistresses, Let’s Stay Together) as Levi; Keith Robinson (Dreamgirls, This Christmas) plays Miles Calloway; Clifton Powell (Ray, Murder in the First) as the gangster Rex Fisher; J.D. Williams (The Night Of, The Wire); and Jasmine Burke (The Vampire Diaries, Army Wives) as Lady Ella’s daughter.
Tune in for all the drama on Saints & Sinners, airing Sundays, starting March 5 on Bounce TV.
TV One continues its expansion into the TV movie arena with the premiere of MEDIA, their original made for TV movie. MEDIA airs Saturday, February 25, 8p.m. ET on cable’s TV One.
Executive produced by Radio One founder and chairperson, Cathy Hughes, SusanBanks, Kevin Arkadie and Sheila Ducksworth, MEDIA is an urban drama that takes place in Atlanta. It tells the story of media mogul and family matriarch Jackie Jones, played by Penny Johnson Jerald (Castle, 24), her empire – its struggles, and her children, Clay Jones (Pooch Hall – The Game, Ray Donovan), Michael Jones (Brian White – Scandal, Chicago, Stomp The Yard) and Anthony (Blue Kimble – Devious Maids, Fast Five), and Crystal Jones (Chrystee Pharris – Passions, Scrubs).
MEDIA’s story is loosely based on Cathy Hughes’ urban media empire and centers on middle son Michael, a lawyer who is asked to take over the leadership of JUMP (Jones Universal Media Properties) after the eldest son Clay is murdered.
Cathy Hughes, Founder/Chairperson of Radio One.
Michael White was impressed with the movie’s script. He said, “When I read this script, and I saw Mrs. Jones acting
Penny Johnson Jerald, the matriarch Jackie Jones in TV One Movie MEDIA.
like Marlon Brando in the Godfather, I said, ‘You know what?’ I have to be a part of this, and support this and the world needs to see that this, these type of people, these type of women really exist. And they’re prevalent. They need to be talked about …and celebrated.”
Gary Dourdin (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Jumping The Broom, Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story) stars as Jabbar Randolph, the arch enemy of the Jones’ recently released from prison and head of their closest rival urban media competitor, on a mission to take control of JUMP over what he sees as a past wrongdoing the Jones’ inflicted upon him and his business, even if it means resorting to crime and joining forces with questionable criminal alliances.
Stephen Bishop (Being Mary Jane, Battleship, Moneyball), plays Will Randolph, the younger brother of Jabbar Randolph who is conflicted between trying to do the right thing and staying loyal to his brother. Will also has a big secret.
Rounding out the cast of MEDIA is Finesse Mitchell (Roadies, SNL, Brothers in Atlanta); Denise Boutte (Meet the Browns, For the Love of Ruth); Jimmy Gonzales (Taken 3, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For); Stelio Savante (The Making of the Mob: New York, Ugly Betty); Jillian Reeves de Ortiz (Let’s Talk, The 12th Night); Jasmine Kaur, and Diane Kirby (Returned).
MEDIA was produced for TV One by Ducksworth Productions, written by Kevin Arkadie (New York Undercover) and directed by Craig Ross, Jr.
The passionate MEDIA delivers powerful insight into the world of a successful family run urban multi-media company, the family that owns it and the lengths the Jones’ will go through to protect the family business and each other. It is full of scandal, lies, a detrimental losses, betrayal, scandal, redemption and forgiveness. What shines forth above all is that the love of family trumps everything else. Tune in and catch all the drama on TV One #Represent.
Click to listen to audio clips of actors from the movie MEDIA.
Audio: Brian White, Michael Jones in MEDIA, tells What made him join the cast.
Audio: Pooch Hall, plays Clay Jones in TV One movie, MEDIA talks about his role.
The Miami Mass Choir hopes to bring back the popularity of choir music with the release of its latest album, MiamiMass Choir Live: At The Adrienne Arsht Center. The choir’s first project in fifteen years is an eclectic mix of Gospel, Praise and Worship, Contemporary Christian and Latin music sounds. The single “Lord Everything” is getting radio airplay, according to the choir’s founder and director Pastor Marc Cooper of Upper Room Ministries in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Recorded in December 2015, Miami Mass Choir Live: At The Adrienne Arsht Center the album features special guest vocalists Beverly Crawford, Betty Wright, Zacardi Cortez and Tony LeBron. It is the choir’s fourth album. The single, “Lord Of Everything” is gaining traction at radio.
The choir’s first album, It’s Praying Time (Savoy) was recorded in 1995 when choir music reigned supreme. It spawned the 1997 hit, “It Is For Me.” That song solidified the Miami Mass Choir as arguably one of the best choirs in the nation. Cooper said, “We still hear it on the radio. We see it all over the Internet…even some reality star actors have quoted it on TV shows…its amazing the power and impact of that song.”
Since its debut, the choir has become more diverse in its song offerings and with its multi-cultural membership. Being able to work across genres and reach people from all sorts of backgrounds and races is what has sustained the choir and opened up doors to opportunities beyond gospel.
One of those opportunities was working with HBO. Cooper said, “Being here in Miami…there’s a lot of production…a lot of TV shows. We just did Ballers on HBO…I’m seen in a marching band…and the song that we’re doing is and original song that we wrote just for the show…I’ve enjoyed all that’s been coming. And it’s just a great re-birth of the choir and what God is doing in our lives.”
Staying in the entertainment mix of things while remaining true to the church and gospel in Miami helped the choir obtain its resident ensemble position with the Adrienne Arsht Center. The choir also performs at the center on Free Gospel Sundays series.
Miami Mass Choir Live: At The Adrienne Arsht Center recording. Miami-Dade County, FL. Photo courtesy The Bellamy Group.
Cooper believes since the 1990s choir music has almost disappeared from the airwaves. “Now on radio you hear a lot of solo artists and groups…. before the birth of the Miami Mass Choir in the 1995 there were more choirs than groups…you had Mississippi Mass Choir…Georgia Mass…John P. Kee… you had choir music that was really out there…you go into a lot of churches today and you don’t really see choirs anymore…you see…more worship teams.
There was a lack of material out there and so that’s what radio played…And what ended up happening, is guys who were producers and songwriters who wrote choir material began to change what they wrote to try to continue to stay alive in their craft…and it shifted….However, I believe there is a revival of the choirs. The Miami Mass Choir, with our single, “Lord of Everything”… hopes to be a part of this revival.
We’re looking to find that place again on the radio again that will help to rebirth and continue to pave the way for great choirs to record and produce great music,” said Cooper.
Cooper feels Miami Mass Choir Live: At The Adrienne Arsht Center is their best album to date. Besides the single, his favorite songs include “I Will Rejoice,” a song inspired by his wife Evangelist Joy Cooper and featuring them both; “That’s What He Is” with Betty Wright (with a mean guitar riff); “Good News,” a Latin flavored song with Contemporary Christian artist Tony LeBron singing in Spanish, and the churchy “Calvary” featuring gospel powerhouse Beverly Crawford.
“Calvary” was co-written by Donald Lawrence. Cooper sought Lawrence’s help when he got writer’s block. “I couldn’t finish it…so I picked up the phone and I called the one and only Donald Lawrence…I said, ‘Hey bro’ I have this song but I can’t figure out any verses to it. He said, “Send it to me.” I sent him the song. And…in 45 minutes he was sending me a voice note by way of text message where he wrote the leads for that song,” remembers Cooper.
He added, “I just pray that this new offering from the Miami Mass Choir will help bring back choir music to the level it was, that it energize local church choirs across the nation with material they can sing on Sunday mornings and in concerts.”
The Miami Mass Choir, with its diverse group of talented singers offers and fresh inspirational song offerings may do just that.
Miami Mass Choir Live: At Adrienne Arsht Center is available on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. You can also find them on Facebook or check out their website www.miamimasschoir.com
Listen to interview with Marc Cooper of the Miami Mass Choir.
Dondre’ T. Whitfield, host of Lexus Verses and Flow TV special. Photo courtesy of TV One.
Dondre’ T. Whitfield hosts the Lexus Verses and Flow special tonight 11pm ET/10pm CT on TV One. The 90-minute show features a combination of music and thirteen of slam poetry’s best and brightest spoken word artists.
Setting the atmosphere with music for the NAACP Image Award nominated Lexus Verses and Flow will be Grammy nominated singer Joe, Ro James, Lloyd, Dreezy, Kevin Ross and Lion Babe.
Daytime Emmy Nominated Lexus Verses and Flow host Whitfield brings his suaveness to the fifth season of the show. The veteran actor began acting in his teens with roles on The Cosby Show, and the hit daytime dramas Another World and All My Children. In addition to dramas, Whitfield has starred in five comedy series: The Crew, Living in Captivity, Between Brothers, Secret Agent Man and Hidden Hills. Whitfield currently has a role in the Oprah Winfrey Network hit drama series, Queen Sugar produced by Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey.
For a closer look at Lexus Versus and Flow, visit the show’s YouTube Channel and or go to www.tvone.tv. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hash tag #VERSESANDFLOW. To interact with Lexus Verses and Flow through its website, visit www.versesandflow.com and follow @versesandflow. Be sure to tune in tonight, it will be worth it.