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All Rise: Judge Mablean Ephriam Talks New Show, Honey Boo Boo’s Mom & Ray Rice

Posted November 18, 2014 by jmurray

After nearly an eight-year hiatus from television, Judge Mablean Ephriam is back and better than ever with a new syndicated court series called “Justice with Judge Mablean.” The daily court show made an impressive debut in September, reuniting the former “Divorce Court” judge back with the viewers who missed her much. This time around, the [...]

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EXCLUSIVE: Gospel Star James Fortune Comments On Recent Arrest

Posted October 26, 2014 by jmurray

Late Friday evening, Houston’s Fox affiliate Channel 26 broke news that Stellar Award-winning gospel artist James Fortune had been arrested and charged with aggravated assault to a family member.  His arrest was confirmed by the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s office and the 35-year-old songwriter-producer was released on $20,000 bond. Details on what exactly caused the [...]

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Reboot: Porsha Williams Exits & Other Cast Changes On “Real Housewives Of Atlanta”

Posted October 1, 2014 by jmurray

There are major changes happening on the seventh season of “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Cast member Porsha Williams is leaving the show.  The official word from Bravo is that the ex-wife of retired NFL star Kordell Stewart will now only be on the show part-time, recurring “as a friend of the ‘Housewives’ alongside newcomer actress-singer [...]

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Toss Up: Is TV One Renewing Or Cancelling “R&B Divas: Atlanta?”

Posted October 1, 2014 by jmurray

TV One recently announced it had renewed its hit series “R&B Divas: Los Angeles,” but the future of the flagship show “R&B Divas: Atlanta” seems in question. “R&B Divas: Atlanta” premiered on August 20, 2012 and delivered record-breaking ratings for TV One.  Due to the series success, the spin-off “R&B Divas LA” was announced in [...]

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Deitrick Haddon: Record Label Parts Ways With Singer

Posted September 23, 2014 by jmurray

“Preachers of LA” star Deitrick Haddon is no longer signed to RCA Inspiration. The leading recording company for Gospel music recently decided to dissolve their relationship with Haddon, culminating the 12-year relationship with a “Best of Deitrick Haddon” album on Sept. 2. The 41-year-old singer released six studio CDs for RCA Inspiration (previously Verity Records), [...]

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Demetria McKinney: Talks Tyler Perry, Music Moves & “Real Housewives of Atlanta” Attention

Posted September 18, 2014 by jmurray

Demetria McKinney became a household name playing Janine Payne on the TBS sitcom “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.” The 31-year-old actress said she can barely walk through the grocery store without someone asking: “Where’s CJ? Where are the twins?” After taping 240 episodes of the show that still airs daily in national syndication, its not [...]

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Whitney Houston: Where Is The All-Star Tribute CD?

Posted September 16, 2014 by jmurray

After Luther Vandross suffered a severe stroke on April 16, 2003, jazz label Verve Music also released a tribute album to Vandross. The CD was mixed by Ray Bardani, who recorded and mixed most of Luther’s music over the years. Their collection, “Forever, For Always, For Luther” included the late crooner’s hits performed by Kirk [...]

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Lil John Roberts: Remembering George Duke, Co-Parenting With Jill Scott & Making Music On His Own Terms

Posted September 5, 2014 by jmurray

He’s one of the industry’s most sought-after drummers, having worked with the likes of Janet Jackson, Elton John, Mary J. Blige and Snoop Dogg to name a few.  Now, after 20-years of supporting the who’s who of music’s finest, Lil John Roberts is ready step out on his own. This Philadelphia-bred preacher’s kid has released [...]

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Bright Balance: Avery Sunshine Mirrors Aretha Franklin Model For Marrying Soul & Gospel

Posted August 25, 2014 by jmurray

Aretha Franklin did it! So did Al Green! Candi Staton did and Ann Nesby, Dave Hollister and Kelly Price continue to as well! Now, Avery Sunshine is the latest song stylist to bridge the gap between the sacred and secular worlds by recording music that has cultivated her a fan base in both mainstream music [...]

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On Her Own: Trin-I-Tee 5:7′s Chanel Talks Tina Turner, PJ Morton & Solo Debut

Posted July 23, 2014 by jmurray

She made her debut in 1997 as one-third of the top-selling gospel trio Trin-I-Tee 5:7. Now, Chanel Haynes-Schwartz is making her own mark with the debut of her solo CD, “Trin-i-tee 5:7: According to Chanel.” Despite having shared the spotlight with group members Angel Taylor, Terri Brown Britton and lastly Adrian Anderson—who replaced Britton in [...]

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