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Snoop Dogg, Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin and more attend ‘Stellar Gospel Music Awards’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Gospel music’s biggest night was celebrated over the weekend at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. I’m talking about none other than the 2018 Stellar Gospel Music Awards. This year’s show was hosted by Grammy winning performer Kirk Franklin and will air this Good Friday, March 30 at 9 p.m. on TV One.

This year’s award’s ceremony opened with Stellar Awards alum Erica Campbell reuniting with her sister Tina Campbell as the hit gospel duo Mary Mary for the first time in more than six years. The show also included an all-star tribute to the late, great Edwin Hawkins, with his sister Lynette Hawkins accepting the Edwin Hawkins Icon Award in his honor. Also, a stand out moment featured the multi-platinum award-winning Snoop Dogg performing material from his new gospel album, “Bible of Love.”

The night also included performances by Kierra Sheard, Tori Kelly, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Anthony Brown, JJ Hairston, Travis Greene, Jonathan McReynolds, Ricky Dillard, Todd Dulaney, Tasha Page Lockhart, KeKe Wyatt, Canton Jones, Deitrick Haddon, Koryn Hawthorne, Le’Andria Johnson and more. Special presenters included Donnie McClurkin, Merle DandridgeDavid MannAnika Noni Rose and more.

Top winners of the night were JJ Hairston winning six awards; Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Travis Greene each winning four awards; and Anthony Brown winning two awards.

Don Jackson bestowed special honors upon gospel greats who have made significant contributions to the genre. The incomparable Tamela Mann was the 2018 recipient of the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award and the legendary Rev. Milton Biggham received The Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award.  Stellar Honors Hall of Fame Inductees includes Kurt Carr, Ben Tankard, and Dr. Marabeth Gentry – President of the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses.

The 2018 Stellar Gospel Music Awards will air on March 30 at 9 p.m. on TV One.

Check out the red carpet & performance photos below:

KIRK FRANKLIN

VASHAWN MITCHELL

TASHA PAGE LOCKART

MARVIN SAPP

TASHA COBBS LEONARD 

JONATHAN MCREYNOLDS

LAURIEANN GIBSON

DEBORAH JOY WINANS + MERLE DANDRIDGE + DESIREE ROSS

CANTON JONES 

HEZEKIAH WALKER 

DEREK BLANKS 

KIERRA + J. DREW SHEARD

LE’ANDRIA JOHNSON 

DR. BOBBY JONES 

MARY MARY 

JOE JACKSON

BEN + JEWELL TANKARD 

JJ + TRINA HAIRSTON

TODD DULANEY + WIFE 

THE WALLS GROUP

ANIKA NONI ROSE 

KURT CARR

TRAVIS GREEN + WIFE 

BRYON CAGE 

ANTHONY BROWN

JONATHAN SLOCUMB

KIRK FRANKLIN + DAVID MANN

Photo Credits: Earl Gibson for Getty Images

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WATCH Trailer for TV One’s New Docu-Series #UNCENSORED (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The other day, I posted a story about RHOA star NeNe Leakes being apart of a new TV One series and wasn’t sure about her role or any details. Well, TV One sent me an email late last night with all of the deets and I can’t be more excited.

The new docuseries is titled “UNCENSORED” and it explores the intimate lives of today’s stars and personalities. It premieres next month on Sunday, February 18 at 10 p.m. EST.

The 10-episode semi-autobiographical series gives unprecedented access to our favorite faces including Leakes as well as Tiffany Haddish, LaLa Anthony, Tamar Braxton, Charlemagne Da God, Le’Andria Johnson, Nia Long, Rick Ross and Snoop Dogg. It features them in their own stories, in their own words, in the places where their stories unfolded.  The show is also the first project to be greenlit by general manager Michelle Rice, who also developed the concept.

UNCENSORED is an edgier, in-depth docu-series where the subjects get to talk the audience in first person about the moments in their lives that helped make them who they are today,” said Rice. “TV One is about telling authentic stories and this show will chronicle people of influence in pop culture, music and entertainment that captivate people of all ages.”

In its first season, “UNCENSORED” dives deep into the lives of these celebrated individuals with first-hand accounts of their road to stardom from the stars themselves. They speak directly and candidly about their personal triumphs and successes, the obstacles and challenges they have faced, and the pivotal moments that have shaped their lives and careers. No topic is off limits as they discuss issues relevant to today’s national dialogue such as race relations, drugs and violence, and sexual harassment.

In addition to first-person interviews, “UNCENSORED” uncovers little known facts with an expansive and impressive list of friends and family who know them best.

Watch the trailer below:

https://youtu.be/M6cVqwHJdso

Photo Credits: TV One

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New Edition, Peabo Bryson, Wendy Williams & more receive Trumpet Awards [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

The 2017 Trumpet Awards were taped on Saturday evening at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and your truly was in the mix to capture all of the sights and sounds of one of Atlanta’s biggest nights. This year, I covered the red carpet for my radio magazine #UPFRONT and gathered exclusive interviews with some of the attendees, honorees and presenters. That segment will air this Saturday morning at 9 a.m. on WCLK.com.

After the red carpet, I was able to go backstage and cover the media room where most of the show’s presenters, performers and honorees stopped by for photo opportunities. As previously reported, this year’s 25th Anniversary show recognized the accomplishments of some of the biggest names in the African-American community including talk show host Wendy Williams, whose Trumpet Award for Entertainment was picked up by her media brother, hip hop icon Ed Lover.

New Edition’s Rickey Bell, Ronnie DeVoe, Michael Bivins and Johnny Gill, collected their much deserved Lifetime Achievement Trumpet Award. The iconic group from the 1980s, who laid the foundation for many  boy bands of the 90s and 2000s, was recognized just days before their highly anticipated biopic which airs tonight on BET. The group was saluted by R&B groups Transitions, Silk and Jagged Edge.

Music legend Peabo Bryson was honored for his enduring career as a Grammy winning-singer and songwriter. He has performed some of music’s most beloved duets including “Tonight I Celebrate My Love” with Roberta Flack, “Beauty and the Beast” with Celine Dion and “A Whole New World” with Regina Belle, who also performed the song with R&B crooner Kenny Lattimore as part of Bryson’s musical tribute. Bryson’s award was presented to him by music legend—Bill Withers. I had a chance to see Bryson perform last spring and he was simply amazing. He is one of the few veteran performers that still puts on an entire show including stories, dazzling costumes, a live band and back to back hits. This award is very well deserved and was one of the evening’s highlights.

NBA star Dikembe Mutombo picked up the Humanitarian Trumpet Award and praised gospel vocalist Tamela Mann for her amazing performance. She was a ray of sunshine when she entered the media room and bought a smile to everyone’s face. Fashion Blogger Gabi Gregg, was also glowing as she picked up this year’s Trailblazing Trumpet Award. I got a chance to chat with her on the red carpet and she described the moment as “surreal.”  I believe she is the first blogger to receive this award and was really humble to be in the midst of such greatness.

Gospel superstars Jekalyn Carr, Le’Andria Johnson, Travis Greene and Derek Minor were all in the house for a foot stomping, hand clapping, spirit-filled musical tribute. While I wasn’t able to see it from the media room, we were all in awe when the Queen of Gospel, Shirley Caesar, walked into the room. She even took pictures with a dry eraser sign that we created with the famous tag line, “You Name It.”  That was the name of the remixed song that created quite a frenzy over the Thanksgiving holiday and used a line from iconic tune, “Hold My Mule.”

The icing on the cake was Oscar winning-actor Louis Gosset Jr. being there to present Trumpet Awards founder Xernona Clayton with the distinguished Golden Trumpet Award. She also joined us backstage and had everyone’s full attention with her radiant white and gold gown and dazzling head piece.

Other stars spotted on the carpet included Ed Gordon, Erica Campbell, Dr. Bobby Jones, T.C. Carson, Lalah Hathaway, the show’s hosts Nicole Ari Parker and Deon Cole, the cast of Bounce TV’s “Saints and Sinners,” Gary Owens, BJ The Chicago Kid, KeKe WyattErica AshWillie Moore Jr., Tyler Williams from “The New Edition Story” and more!

See more backstage photos below and stay tuned for red carpet pics:

Vanessa Bell Calloway

Tamela Mann

Tamela Mann with Miss Georgia Pre-Teen Damacia Howard

showing off their sparkling shoes

Honoree Dikembe Mutombo with Ed Gordon

BJ The Chicago Kid 

Honoree Peabo Bryson with Bill Withers and Ed Gordon

Kenny Lattimore, Erica Ash and Bill Withers 

KeKe Wyatt

Le’Andria Johnson and Jekalyn Carr

That shoe tho! #Jekalyn Carr

Canton Jones with Shirley Caesar 

Shirley Caesar

Willie Moore Jr. 

Honoree Gabi Gregg

Gary Owens taking part in our backstage shenanigans

The group Transitions performed as part of the NE Tribute

Honorees Ronnie DeVoe and Michael Bivins 

Tyler Williams 

Ronnie DeVoe and Lyfe Jennings 

Trumpet Awards Founder Xernona Clayton

The Trumpet Awards airs this

Sunday, January 29 at 9 p.m. EST On Bounce

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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‘Bobby Jones Gospel’ returns for its 34th Season #amen

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The longest running original series on cable television, “BOBBY JONES GOSPEL,” premieres its 34th season on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 9:00 A.M.  Gospel star Kirk Franklin will participate as co-host alongside Dr. Bobby Jones in the premiere episode.

The season premiere episode will showcase organist Dove and Stellar Award nominee Vicki Yohe, organist Moses Tyson and Twinkie Clark pianist and member of GRAMMY® Award winning group The Clark sisters, Dr. J & NSC featuring family quartet The Walls Group and previous “Sunday Best” winner Tasha Page Lockhart.

Tune in every Sunday morning for joyous performances and riveting interviews from gospel music’s most talented entertainers, choirs, evangelists, and others.  Guests include Hezekiah Walker, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Tye Tribbett, Yolanda Adams, LeAndria Johnson, Byron Cage, Dorinda Clark Cole, Donald Lawrence, Tamela Mann, James Fortune & FIYA, the Howard University Gospel Choir just to name a few.

New episodes air every Sunday at 9 A.M. on BET.

Photo Credit: BET.com

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Michelle Williams shines at ATL CD Release Party [PHOTOS] + (VIDEO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Grammy award-winning gospel siren Michelle Williams celebrated the release of long-awaited album, Journey to Freedom, Wednesday night at Atlanta’s Suite Lounge. The VIP event was hosted by eOne Music and several Radio One Praise stations.  It was also attended by a number of secular and gospel industry singers and personalities’ including Trin-i-tee 5:7’s Angel Taylor, Pastor Taffi Dollar, Marica Chisolm, Isaiah Freeman, Keyondra Lockett of Zie’l and Sunday Best Winner, LeAndria Johnson.

Also spotted were Meelah Williams from R&B DivasD. Woods formerly of Danity Kane; LeLee of SWV; dance choreographer, Sean Bankhead; famed photographer, Derek Blanks; and Kim G of Jubilee Magazine.

Michelle also participated in an interview with a Praise Radio One announcer where she talked about the making of the album, having balance as an artist and much more.  Check out the exclusive “unedited” versions of the interviews along with photos from the red carpet:

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Say Yest

 Michelle Williams’ Journey to Freedom  debuted on Tuesday

Angel Taylor Shawn Bankhead

Angel Taylor of Trin-i-tee 5:7/Dance Choreographer Sean Bankhead

Twin Towers

 Gospel duo, Twin Towers

Ted from Ted and Sherry Liandrea

 Ted Winn of Ted and Sheri/Sunday Best Winner LeAndria Johnson

OMG Girlz

 The OMG Girlz

Pastor Taffy Dollar

 Pastor Taffi Dollar

Derek Blanks Meelah with Cutie

 Derek Blanks/Meelah with her A Mother’s Love co-star, Olrick “OJ” Johnson

Michelle with Brie Janelle

 Michelle talking about the new album

Sister2Sister

Michelle with Kia of Sister2Sister Magazine

Marcelia Gospel Artist

Marica Chisolm

Michelle With Dwoods

 Michelle with D. Woods

Praise Announcers

Mitchell Henry (Reach Media); Gina Miller (eOne); Bri Nicole (ASCAP); KD Bowe (ATL Praise 102.5/102.9)

Michelle with LeLee

 Michelle with LeLee

RC with LeeLee

 RC with LeLee

 Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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Taraji P. Henson to host BET’s ‘Celebration of Gospel’ + All-Star Line Up

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

BET has announced that Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson will host this year’s 14th Annual Celebration of Gospel.  The noted actress is replacing comedian Steve Harvey, who served as show’s host for for 13 years.

“I am thrilled to join the BET “Celebration of Gospel” family.  I look forward to a great evening of incredible music and continuing the rich history of BET and gospel music which started 14 years ago hosted by the talented and very funny Steve Harvey,”  said Henson.

This year’s show promises a cool mix of contemporary gospel artists with some of today’s hottest R&B singers including Idol  winner Ruben Studdard, Sunday Best  winner LeAndria Johnson, SWV, India.Arie, Rance Allen Group and Jonathan McReynolds.

There will also rousing performances from gospel music superstars like Donnie McClurkin, VaShawn Mitchell and Tye Tribbett along with R&B Divas’  Chanté Moore and Grammy winner Lalah Hathaway. Gospel music pioneer Richard Smallwood will be honored and along with tributes from Pastor Shirley Caesar and Dr. Bobby Jones.

Audience members will experience spirit-filled performances from Yolanda Adams, Erica Campbell, Hezekiah Walker, Tamela Mann, Tasha Cobbs, Detrick Haddon, J.J. Hairston, Sunday Best  Season 6 winner Tasha Page-Lockhart and current Idol winner Candice Glover.  Additionally, R&B music legend Charlie Wilson will share his testimony in a sanctified song titled “If I Believe” that’s sure to shift the atmosphere.

“Since its’ inception, ‘Celebration of Gospel’ has brought together the best voices from both the secular and gospel music worlds to give praise like only they can,” said President of Music Programming & Specials, Stephen Hill for BET Networks. “This year is no exception because at the end of the day, everyone’s roots are in gospel music.  A gathering of powerful singers like these on one show can only happen on BET.”

BET’s annual gospel music special, “Celebration of Gospel” tapes Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, CA, and will premiere on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8 p.m./EST.

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BET’s 12th Annual Celebration of Gospel premiering tonight at 8pm ET…

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Get ready for the “Biggest Praise Party of the Year” as BET’s 12th Annual Celebration of Gospel returns with soul-stirring performances and musical tributes.

Taped at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, the two-hour show boasts an impressive line-up of some of today’s most recognizable names in R&B and gospel music.

This year’s telecast promises to “bring down the house” with rousing performances by Ledisi, Faith Evans, Issac Carree with Fonzworth Bentley, The Rance Allen Group and Ricky Dillard and New G Choir featuring Johnny Gill.

“Glee” star Amber Riley and Original Dream Girl Jennifer Holliday join Yolanda Adams and gospel living legend, Pastor Shirley Caesar for a musical tribute to the “Mother of Gospel Music,” Ms. Mahalia Jackson.  Kelly Price honors the life and gospel music heritage of her friend, the late Whitney Houston with a beautiful rendition of “Jesus Loves Me.”

Other show highlights include performances by Kirk Franklin and Mali Music, James Fortune & Fiya with Zacardi Cortez and Sunday Best  winner Le’Andria Johnson along with spoken word selections from Wendy Raquel Robinson of “THE GAME” and the one and only, Dr. Bobby Jones.

This year’s #1 gospel telecast is once again hosted by actor, comedian, author and radio personality Steve Harvey.

Source: www.bet.com