NEW WORSHIP ARTIST STEPHEN B. STEWARD SHINES WITH STIRRING NEW SINGLE ‘PURIFY MY SOUL’
‘Purify My Soul’ Positioned As Official Sophomore Release From Steward’s Highly Anticipated Debut Album ‘Enter Your Gates’
New Single Lifted As Long-awaited Follow-up To ‘With My Whole Heart’ – Steward’s Award-winning Collaboration With GRAMMY® Winning Gospel Legend Andraé Crouch
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Los Angeles, CA (Wednesday, January 29, 2014) — Award-winning worship artist Stephen B. Steward set to release his official second single “Purify My Soul” from his long-awaited debut album ‘ENTER YOUR GATES’.
Shining as yet another illustration of Steward’s masterful weaving of a telling narrative decorated with stirring vocal demonstrations, “Purify My Soul” sonically recounts a long to reconnect with Christ. A relatable storyline for any believer, listeners have already begun gravitating to the number as it rises at radio.
‘Purify’s placement as the album’s second single comes after the stellar reception of ‘With My Whole Heart’ – Steward’s soul stirring collaboration with the legendary, GRAMMY®-winning Andraé Crouch. Upon its launch, the tune’s impressive debut on Billboard’s Top Gospel Songs Chart was accompanied by critical acclaim and, subsequently, three 2013 Prayze Factor People’s Choice Award wins. Read more…
Recently, I came in contact with a woman whose ignorance aroused a rant out of me so dangerous that the ears of bystanders were bleeding and steam was visibly escaping my person. Was I mad? Ha, I was livid! Let me explain.
This woman, who I shall hereafter refer to as “Helpless,” was a customer at a retail store that I had the misery of managing. As I rang her up she said something along the lines of “Girl, stores is busy today, but you know it’s the 1st.” My mind was elsewhere so I was paying only half attention, but I caught enough to get the implication. “What does that mean?” I asked.
Helpless looked at me in disbelief. “Girl, you know what that mean standing up there wit dat weave in yo hair.”
I can assure you at this point I came to: ”Excuse me?!”
Yes, I understand now that Helpless was referring to welfare. However, I was more than bothered by her ridiculous insinuation that having a weave is synonymous with people who wait on government checks, or at least people who know the details about when benefits arrive and how and where they’re spent. Read more…
DEF JAM RECORDINGS CELEBRATES HISTORIC 30th ANNIVERSARY
RICK RUBIN AND RUSSELL SIMMONS JOIN FORCES WITH
UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP TO HONOR 30th ANNIVERSARY YEAR
(January 29, 2014 – New York, NY) – Universal Music Group will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of Def Jam Recordings, the label credited with spreading rap music from an underground phenomenon to a worldwide movement, all year long along with Def Jam founders Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons.
Hip-hop – and its most definitive voice, Def Jam – has been an astonishingly tireless engine of change in American and global culture. For 30 years, the greatest names in the history of hip-hop – from LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys to Rihanna and Kanye West, from Public Enemy to Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Jeezy, Ludacris, The Roots, Nas and dozens more – have made Def Jam Recordings the ultimate destination for urban artists around the world. Today’s stellar Def Jam roster includes an even wider range of artists from Frank Ocean to August Alsina to Big Sean, Jhene Aiko and 2 Chainz.
NEW FAMILY GROUP,THE SHOWERS, SHINES ON ITUNES CHRISTIAN/GOSPEL CHARTS WITH NEW SINGLE ‘BETTER’
“BETTER” SET TO IMPACT . GOSPEL RADIO NEXT WEEK
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Hammond, LA (January 28, 2014) — New family group, THE SHOWERS, are making quite an early impact on iTunes Christian/Gospel Top 100 Charts cracking the Top 30 with their new heartfelt follow-up single, “Better”, written and produced by RCA Inspiration artist, Deon Kipping. “Better” which is available at iTUNES today serves as the highly-anticipated follow-up to their first single ‘Praise Your Way Through’, which peaked at #29 on the Mediabase Gospel Songs Chart’s Top 30 and saw the group make their national television debut on BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel Show in Nov 2013 performing the song. Publicity and Marketing are powered by The J. Hardy Agency. Read more…
Vinny of Jersey Shore Shares Lil Wayne & Nicky Minaj Encounter via Cipha Sounds’ Hip Hop Improv TAKE IT PERSONAL
Vinny of Jersey Shore Shares Lil Wayne and Nicky Minaj Encounter via
Cipha Sounds’ Hip Hop Improv
TAKE IT PERSONAL Will Feature Hip Hop’s Elite Each Show
New York, NY, January 29th, 2014 – On Friday, January 24th, 2014 resident shore man Vinny Guadagnino, of MTV‘s hit show Jersey Shore as well as the star of The Show With Vinny, stopped by Friday evening as the featured guest in the Hip Hop Improv Show – TAKE IT PERSONAL presented by Hot 97’s Cipha Sounds and Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB), the top improv theatre and school in NYC. Improvisers from Cipha Sounds’ team A Tribe Called YES (Anthony Atamanuik, Christian Capozzoli, Lydia Hensler, Shaun Diston and Cipha Sounds) whom reenacted stories originally told by Vinny Guadagnino.
During the show, the actor/ reality star shared with audiences, how his first interviewee on The Show With Vinny came to be none other than Young Money frontman, Lil Wayne after his stint in Rikers, and what it was like to have the native New Orleans rapper at his home in Staten Island, along with his entourage in tow as Vinny’s mother laid out a massive Italian style spread for visitors. During the set, Vinny references Weezy’s weird fascination with the Guadagnino family’s pet Parrot, and his short lived career as a “Freestyle King” in High school. Cipha Sounds said, “It was great to have Vinny come out and tell us what life after Jersey Shore for him has been like.”
NEW BOOK FOR YOUNG READERS ON AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM PIONEER
–“Oscar Micheaux: A Self-Made Man” Profiles the Struggle and Success of the First Great Black Filmmaker —
Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — Oscar Micheaux: A Self-Made Man, a new release from The Hollywood Press, brings the story of America greatest African American filmmakers to life. The book is designed for everyone who loves the movies and would like to introduce young audiences to the history of film. The illustrated soft cover book provides insightful glimpses into the lives and work of African American filmmakers, memorable screen icons and less familiar figures. Read more…
Singer/Radio & Television Personality Angela Stribling to Sing For Quincy Jones During Prestigious International Civil Rights Museum Ceremony Saturday, February 1st in Greensboro, NC
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dazzling jazz singer, television personality and radio broadcast veteran Angela Stribling was graciously chosen to sing a selection honoring Quincy Jones at a very special program being mounted in Greensboro, North Carolina by the International Civil Rights Museum (ICRM). The event, which will be held on February 1 at the Koury Convention, will find legendary music, television and film producer Jones receiving “The Alston-Jones International Civil Rights Award” specifically for humanitarian efforts through his Listen Up Foundation, including building homes in South Africa and enhancing the lives the youth.