Dondre’ T. Whitfield Hosts Special Night of TV One’s Verses and Flow

Dondre' T. Whitfield, actor and hostofTV One special Lexus Verses and Flow.

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.

 

 

Willie Moore Jr, Kirk Franklin and Tasha Cobbs Present at 2016 Dove Awards

Photo of Willie Moore, Jr.

Willie Moore, Jr.
Radio/TV Host. Photo Courtesy Faltout TV

Willie Moore, Jr., Kirk Franklin and Tasha Cobbs will serve as presenters at the 2016Dove Awards. The 47th Annual Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards will honor the best Christian and Gospel music recording artists for their contribution to Gospel on Tuesday, October 11, 6:30 p.m. CT at the Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. The show will air exclusively on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), October 16.

Grammy award winning Gospel artist/TV host Tye Tribbett (BET – Joyful Noise) will share Dove Awards hosting duties with award winning Australian brothers Joel and Luke, better known as Contemporary Christian Music recording duo for KING & COUNTRY

Tye Tribbett

Tye Tribbett

Artists scheduled to perform at this year’s show come from a mix of genres within Gospel, including Jonathan McReynolds, TobyMac, Anthony Brown and Group TherAPy, Steven Curtis Chapman, Travis Greene, Hollyn, Hillsong UNITED, Natalie Grant and Tamela Mann.

Royce Lovett, Seth and Nirva, The Bowling Family, Todd Dulaney and the writers of Chris Tomlin’s “Good, Good Father” are set to perform at the pre-telecast.

Gospel recording artist Tasha Cobbs.

Gospel Recording artist Tasha Cobbs

Dove Awards presenters also span genres and denominations. Besides Willie Moore Jr., Kirk Franklin and Tasha Cobbs, others slated to present include Lecrae, Donald Lawrence, CeCe Winans, Jacqui Velasquez, David Mann, Hezekiah Walker, Janice Gaines, LeAndria Johnson, Priscilla Shirer, Jonathan Butler, Chris Tomlin and Bill Gaither.

Kirk Franklin is among the top artists nominated for a Dove Award. To see the full list of nominees, click here.

If you can’t make it to Nashville for the live show taping, be sure to watch the Dove Awards October 16 on TBN. Check your local TV listings for times and channels in your community.

Entertainment One Music Nashville Promotes Gina Miller to VP/GM of Urban Inspirational

 

Gina Miller, Vice President and GM Eone Music Nashville - Vice President Urban Inspirational

Gina Miller, Vice President and GM Eone Music Nashville – Vice President Urban Inspirational

Entertainment One (eOne) Music-Nashville announced the promotion of Gina Miller to Vice President/General Manager of Urban Inspirational music. Before that she served as Vice President of Promotions.

Miller’s promotion follows the departure of Phil Thornton from that position this past summer. Thornton is currently Senior Vice President/General Manager of RCA Inspiration-Nashville.

Miller worked her way up the ranks in the music business, starting with being an intern at Light Records (now part of eOne), to National Director of Promotions, all the way to her current position. During her decade plus career at eOne music, the member of Delta Sigma Theta has been instrumental in the promotion and marketing of hits by top selling artists from both the gospel and urban music genres. Some of the artists she has worked with include Shirley Caesar, Hezekiah Walker, Lalah Hathaway, Erica Campbell, Deitrick Haddon, Jonathan McReynolds, William McDowell, Tweet, Donald Lawrence, Todd Dulaney and Karen Clark Sheard.

Congratulations to this woman on the move who truly loves what she does and gives back. She is the founder of BE, a movement and conference that inspires women from high school to fifty years plus.

Family Time Returns for Fourth Season to Bounce TV

Family Time returns to Bounce TV for its fourth season Tuesday, October 4 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. Omar Gooding and Angell Conwell play husband and wife, Tony and Lisa Stallworth on this family entertainment series.

Cast of Buonce TV's Family Time sit-com.

Family Time Cast. Photo courtesy of Bounce TV.

The sit-com chronicles the challenging life of struggling, general contractor and dad Tony, and stay at home wife and mother who-desires-more-out-of-life-than-she’s-getting Lisa, and their precocious children, Devin (Bentley Kyle Evans, Jr.) and Ebony (Jayla Calhoun).

Rounding out the cast is Tony’s financially challenged best friend Donnie (Clayton Thomas), and Lisa’s strong-willed sisters, Rachel (Tanjareen Thomas) and Lori (Paula Jai Parker).

Headed by Tony, The Stallworth family never fails to find itself in serious situations that teach life lessons and make you laugh all at the same time. Lisa and Tony have a full life, constantly bombarded with their own issues, their children’s antics and the woes of a host of family, neighbors and friends always showing up with “more problems” to add to the Stallworth’s heavy load. Yet, they always solve their problems by the end of each episode and bless your family with a bit of relief from life in the form of comedy.

Family Time sit-com stars Omar Gooding and Angell Conwell.

Family Time stars Omar Gooding and Angell Conwell. Photo courtesy Bounce TV.

In this season’s opener, Lisa visits the barbershop and gives relationship advice to Tony’s friends. Of course, drama and comedy ensues. Rodney Perry guest stars. Other guest stars this season include A.J. Johnson (House Party), Glenn Plummer (Speed, South Central), Gloria Govan (Basketball Wives) Michael Colyar (Black-ish), Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Chante Moore (R&B Divas L.A.), Nicholas Turturro (NYPD Blue) and Langston Fishburne (Laurence Fishburne’s son in his debut). The new 13-episode season will also feature holiday themed episodes: Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

According to the show’s creator, Bentley Kyle Evans (The Jamie Foxx Show, Martin), Family Time will tackle some of every kind of issue that effects the daily lives of people in general, including finance, hard to handle children and relationships of all kinds.

Family Time was created by Bentley Kyle Evans The hilarious series is produced by Evans and his production partner Trenten Gumbs (Love That Girl). The two also produce Bounce TV’s hit original series In The Cut.

Tune in and check out all the fun that is suitable for the entire family on Family Time, tonight on Bounce TV.

Willie Moore, Jr. To Present At 2016 GMA Dove Awards

Photo of Willie Moore, Jr.

Willie Moore, Jr.
Radio/TV Host. Photo Courtesy #FlatoutTV

Willie Moore, Jr. has been added to the list of artist performers and presenters at the 2016 Gospel Music Association’s (GMA) 47th Annual GMA Dove Awards. The taping will take place 6:30 p.m. CT, Tuesday, October 11 at the Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. The show will air exclusively on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), October 16.

The Dove Awards will be hosted by popular artists form both the Christian and gospel music worlds. Sharing hosting duties will be For KING & COUNTRY and Grammy Award winning Gospel recording artist/TV host (BET’s Joyful Noise – premiere’s October 9) Tye Tribbett.

Moore, a Youtube sensation with a social media following of approximately two million, host of Reach Media’s The Willie Moore, Jr. Show and TBN’s youth channel – JUCE TV’s, #FlatoutTV joins fellow presenters Kirk Franklin, Jekalyn Carr, Chris Tomlin, Jordan Feliz, Tasha Cobbs, Kari Jobe, Priscilla Shirer, Ryan Stevenson and Kirk Franklin on this prestigious awards show that celebrates Christian and Gospel music artistry in all of its diversity.

Honored to be a presenter at the Dove Awards, Moore said, “It feels amazing, and I am so honored to be a part of such a prestigious, kingdom building show that elevates gospel music in all of its forms.”

Tye Tribbett

Gospel recording artist Tye Tribbett.

Artists scheduled to perform at this year’s show include Bethel Music and Phillips, Craig & Dean, TobyMac, Anthony Brown and Group TherAPy, Steven Curtis Chapman, Hollyn, Hillsong UNITED, Natalie Grant and Tamela Mann.

Royce Lovett, Seth and Nirva, The Bowling Family, Todd Dulaney and the writers of Chris Tomlin’s “Good, Good Father” are set to perform at the pre-telecast.

Kirk Franklin is among the top artists nominated for a Dove Award. To see the full list of nominees, click here.

Kirk Franklin, gospel recording artist.

Kirk Franklin, Gospel Recording Artist.

One special artist will be honored with the SoundExchange Digital Radio Award. This award is presented to the artist who has received over one billion digital radio spins since SoundExchange started 13 years ago. SoundExchange’s President and CEO, Michael Huppe will present this award. To date, only three artists have received this honor: Pitbull, Justin Timberlake and Garth Brooks.

Huppe said, “We are honored to be part of the 47th Annual GMA Dove Awards, where we will present our prestigious SoundExchange Digital Radio Award to one of gospel music’s enduring artists.”

The GMA Dove Awards show is a hot ticket. According to GMA, tickets are currently sold out, but you could be added to the wait list by calling (615) 966-7075. For more information visit www.gospelmusic.com

To learn more about Willie Moore, Jr. visit www.williemorejr.org

Queen of Katwe In Theaters Friday September 30

Poster of Walt Disney Movie Queen of KatweWalt Disney Pictures’ Queen Katwe opens in theaters nationwide this Friday, September 30. The movie stars Golden Globe nominee Daniel Oyelowo as Robert Katende – chess teacher of unlikely chess star – Phiona Mutesi; Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o as Phiona’s mother  – Nakku Harriett, and newcomer Madina Nalwanga as Phiona Mutesi.

Queen of Katwe is based on the real life story of Phiona Mutesi, a young girl from Katwe, Uganda,a very poor community where dreams can get lost in everyday life. She learns the game of chess, rises above poverty, amazing herself and others in her community.  With her family and community support, Phiona gets the empowerment and confidence she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.

Directed by Mira Nair, the film’s screenplay is by William Wheeler. The Queen of Katwe was produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher and John Carls. Will Weiske and Troy Buder served as executive producers.

Queen of Katwe’s soundtrack is on Walt Disney Records. It features Grammy award winning recording artist/songwriter Alicia Keys’ new original song, “Back to Life. ” The uplifting “Back to Life” was written by Keys, Carlo Montagnese and Billy Walsh. The tune was produced by Illangelo and Keys.

Queen of Katwe is family entertainment film that will encourage you to go after your dreams, no matter where you come from. It is a great film for the whole family to see.

 

19 Year Old Jekalyn Carr’s Gospel Hit “You’re Bigger” Charts On Billboard R&B Chart

Jekalyn Carr, gospel recording artist performing.

Gospel recording artist Jekalyn Carr. Photo courtesy the J. Hardy Agency.

Jekalyn Carr’s gospel hit “You’re Bigger” has crossed over from gospel to mainstream music charts. The song is doing exceptionally well at radio. As of September 24, it rests at the number 33 position on Billboard’s Adult R&B Radio Airplay chart – right between Drake and Tory Lanez.

“You’re Bigger” remained at the number two position on the radio chart for thirteen weeks before garnering Carr her first-ever number one spot on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart. (reaching 3.2 million weekly).

The song is from Carr’s third album, The Life Project. The August 2016 release debuted at number one on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart. “You’re Bigger” also stayed on Billboard’s Gospel Digital Songs chart for two consecutive weeks (for most digital downloads).

The powerful singer, evangelist and West Memphis, Aransas native received numerous accolades this year, including being named as a Power 100 by EBONY magazine, a distinguished list of some of the most influential people in the world. Others on that list include BeyonceBishop T.D JakesKanye West and Quincy Jones. Additionally, Carr was named one of the 16 New Faces in Gospel by P Diddy’s Revolt TV. ESSENCE named her as One To Watch, and JET Magazine also recognized her artistry.

Jekalyn Carr is making a positive impact on society and young people through her life changing music. And, for a teen in today’s fast-paced world, that’s always a good thing.

Kenny Lattimore Guest Stars on In The Cut Finale

KennyLattimore guest stars on In The Cut on Bounce TV

Kenny Lattimore guest stars on Bounce TV’s In The Cut. Photo courtesy Bounce TV.

Kenny Lattimore guest stars on the season finale of In The Cut tonight, 9 pm ET/8 pm CT on Bounce TV. G.G Townson  (Zoey 101) also guest stars.

On this episode, R&B crooner Lattimore’s character (Parker Jones – owner of a chain of shops) opens a new rival barbershop that begins to lure business away from stars Jay (Dorien Wilson), Kenny (Ken Lawson) and Smitty’s (John Marshall Jones) barbershop, Jay’s Chop Shop.

Photo of cast of Bounce TV's In The Cut.

Cast of Bounce TV’s In The Cut. Photo courtesy Bounce TV.

G.G. Townson and Ken Lawson on Bounce TV's In The Cut. Photo courtesyBounce TV.

G.G. Townson and Ken Lawson on Bounce TV’s In The Cut. Photo courtesy Bounce TV.

Also, Smitty’s daughter Stella (G.G. Townson) moves into town to attend medical school. She is beautiful and intelligent. And Kenny falls for her. This totally freaks out Smitty.

Lattimore (Parker Jones ) offers a ton of money to buy out Jay’s Chop Shop and Cheryl’s Beauty Salon owned by Kellita Smith’s character, Cheryl. Of course mayhem ensues.

I’ll be checking out all the fun and laughs tonight on In The Cut, September 20 on Bounce TV and you can too.  You can also join the conversation by using the hashtag #InTheCut on Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram.

Motown Gospel Adds Two VPs to Staff

Monica Coates, VP of A&R for Motown Gospel

Monica Coates, VP A&R, Motown Gospel

Motown Gospel has added two Vice Presidents to its executive staff. Ken Pennell, President of Gospel at Capital Christian Music Group (CCMG) announced the appointment of gospel music industry executives Monica Coates and EJ Gaines to the new positions of Vice President of A&R (Artists and Repertoire, division at record company that scouts and signs talent) and Vice President of Marketing, respectively. Both will report to Pennell. They will assume their positions on October 3 at Motown Gospel/CCMG’s headquarters in Nashville, TN.

Coates will preside over A&R, Creative and Promotions. Gaines will oversee Commercial Partnerships, Publicity and Events, Digital Marketing and Content Creation/Monetization, Sync and Business Affairs.

EJ Gaines, VP of Marketing at Motown Gospel

EJ Gaines, VP of Marketing, Motown Gospel

Both Coates and Gaines will work with CCMG Publishing to discover, sign and develop songwriters and expand the company’s existing roster of Gospel writers and producers, including Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Tasha Cobbs, Aaron Lindsey  and its vast catalog of owned and administered songs like Tamela Mann’s hit “Take Me to The King”, Tosha Cobbs’ “Break Every Chain”, “You Are Good” by Israel Houghton, “Soon and Very Soon” from Andrae Crouch, Richard Smallwood’s “Total Praise”, Fred Hammond’s “No Weapon” and Marvin Sapp’s mega hit – “Never Would’ve Made It.”

Monica Coates is a 24-year veteran of the Gospel Music industry. She has held positions in artist management, promotion, publicity and A&R. Prior to joining Motown Gospel, Coates was General Manager at Kirk Franklin’s Fo Yo Soul Recordings/RCA where she oversaw campaigns for Franklin, The Walls GroupTasha Page-LockhartGeoffrey Golden, and Christon Gray. She began her career at Fred Hammond’s Face to Face production company. Additionally, she worked at Verity Records (now RCA Inspiration) as Senior Director of A&R working with great artists like Donnie McClurkin and Hezekiah Walker. Coates published her first book, The Beginners Guide To The Gospel Music Industry in 2009.

Before coming to Motown Gospel EJ Gaines was an entertainment attorney and artist manager who guided the careers of top charting artists such as Jonathan McReynoldsWilliam McDowellMary MaryDonald LawrenceIsaac Carree and Natalie Grant. He began his career at Jive Records and Verity Records. Gaines also served as an executive assistant to platinum-selling Gospel artist Donnie McClurkin.

Pennell said, “We are so excited to be naming Monica Coates and EJ Gaines to these important positions within Motown Gospel. They both bring a wealth of experience to their respective roles, and our artists will benefit greatly from their diverse skill sets, passion for music and belief in how Gospel Music can enrich the lives of its listeners. All of us within Motown Gospel and CCMG wholeheartedly welcome Monica and EJ to our family.”

Ed Gordon Show Premieres on Bounce TV

Ed Gordon

Ed Gordon, Award Winning Journalist and host of Bounce TV’s Ed Gordon show. Photo courtesy Bounce TV.

Ed Gordon brings his style of news to Bounce TV with the premier of Ed Gordon, Tuesday, September 13 at 10 pm ET/9 pm CT. The series is the first news magazine show ever on Bounce TV. It is a mix of celebrity and pop culture interviews, investigative news, current events and human-interest stories.

A thirty year veteran and respected journalist, Gordon has served as a contributor to 60 Minutes, the Today Show and Dateline NBC. Gordon hosted NPR’s News and Notes with Ed Gordon. He was an anchor on BET. Currently, he is a contributor to the national syndicated Steve Harvey Radio Show. Ed Gordon debuts with some powerful interviews. Gordon talks to the cast of Nate Parker’s The Birth Of A Nation film, which will include a special conversation with Nate Parker – the film’s director, writer and star – about his controversial past. Gordon will also go one on one with Grammy Award winning soulful crooner Maxwell about his music, life and activism..

Ed Gordon talks with Mothers of The Movement in Ferguson, MO. Photo courtesy Bounce TV.

Ed Gordon Talks with Mothers of The Movement on Bounce TV. Photo courtesy Bounce TV.

The NAACP Image Award winning Gordon will delve into socio-political issues of the day with an exclusive sit-down, emotional interview with Mothers of The Movement, African American mothers whose children have been the victims of violence. The “mothers” are Sybrina Fulton (Trayvon Martin), Lucia McBath (Jordan Davis), Lezley McSpadden (Michael Brown), Wanda Johnson (Oscar Grant) and Marian Tolan (Robbie Tolan). They will discuss what life is like for them day to day and about the senseless gun violence that is plaguing the nation.

Gordon has interviewed the likes of President Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandella, Janet Jackson, Oprah Winfrey, and O.J. Simpson. He says he is elated to partner with Bounce TV. When asked if he would be having either of the 2016 presidential candidates on his show he said, “Quite frankly I don’t hold out a whole lot of hope sitting with them, not that its us, in that I think both are avoiding sit downs with the press as often as they can…but I would love if both are true in their want to talk with African Americans that they would not only do what a lot of candidates have done over the years.

Ed Gordon talks with singer Maxwell on Ed Gordon show on Bounce TV

Ed Gordon, host of Ed Gordon show on Bounce TV talks with singer/activist Maxwell

They think, well I talked to Tom Joyner or I talked on Steve Harvey’s radio program and they think that means they’ve talked to all of us…and that just isn’t the case.  They should continue to go on Tom and Steve but they should sit with Roland (Martin), they should sit with myself…sit with Tavis (Smiley)…sit with Soledad (Obrien)…sit with us as they do with the other community… with all of us…the people in print….I know the late great George Curry, had not only (sent) invitations to them but was frustrated quite frankly on his own in trying to sit with President Obama. So I think that the black press needs to be afforded more opportunities and that’s something that I’ve fought with throughout my career.”

Witness more of that kind of straight ahead journalism from Ed Gordon on the Ed Gordon show premiering Tuesday, September 13 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT on Bounce TV.

 

Listen to Ed Gordon talk about his new show. Press play.

Check out Ed Gordon’s guests on his premiere show on Bounce TV. Press play.

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