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TV One’s ‘We’re the Campbells’ to debut on June 19 (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

TV One has announced that it’s new docu-series We’re the Campbells is set to debut on June 19 at 8 p.m. EST.

The nine-episode program will give viewers an intimate glimpse into the lives of Gospel entertainment power couple Warryn and Erica Campbell, as they tackle the everyday struggles that come with balancing family and work, nurturing their marriage, building their individual careers, and fostering their faith; all while raising their three children Warryn, Zaya and teenager Krista.

TV One will also feature the couple in its ongoing online series #BLACKLOVE and a digital exclusive after show …WITH WARRYN & ERICA. The weekly online companion content will get up-close-and personal with Warryn and Erica, as they reveal how they have dealt with common issues that could make or break any relationship.

The patriarch of the family, Warryn Campbell, is an award-winning veteran music producer for today’s most influential artists, Pastor of the California Worship Center, and founder of the record label My Block Inc. When Warryn is not leading prayer and worship service, he is mentoring his upcoming music artists.

“I am excited to let people in and share our family’s story,” said Warryn. “It is super important that folks will get to see a strong, beautiful Black family, a loving couple and nothing but the Hand of God and the Grace of God on our lives through everyday situations both good and bad.”

Check out a sneak peek below:

Photo Credits: TV One

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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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‘Stellar Awards’ to feat. Mary Mary, Snoop Dogg + Kirk Franklin

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The debut of Snoop Dogg‘s gospel album and a reunion of gospel duo Mary Mary just a few of the highlights for this year’s 2018 Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards. The show will be hosted by Grammy winning superstar Kirk Franklin and will be held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on March 24.

According to the press release, the iconic rapper, actor and television personality will grace the Stellar stage with music from his new inspirational album Songs of Love. The sisters—Erica and Tina Campbell—will come together for a spectacular performance of their classic hits and more.

Other scheduled performers include: Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Travis Greene, Tye Tribbett, Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Kierra Sheard, KeKe Wyatt, Jonathan McReynolds, Tasha Page-Lockhart, Todd Dulaney, Koryn Hawthorne and Ricky Dillard & New G, among others.

Grammy winning vocalist and reality star Tamela Mann is this year’s recipient of the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award and the legendary Rev. Milton Biggham will receive 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.

“Each year we strive to bring new and innovative performances and collaborations to the Stellar Awards and this year is no different, with the inclusion of mainstream hip-hop rapper and mogul, Snoop Dogg.” stated Stellar Awards Founder, Don Jackson. “Snoop expressed his desire to release a gospel album in honor of his mom who is an evangelist and he’s teamed up with Gospel superstar Tye Tribbett, there’s no way we couldn’t bring this explosive performance to the Stellar Awards stage.”

2018 Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards telecast will premiere on TV One on Friday, March 30 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.

Click here for a list of this year’s nominees!

Will You Be Watching?

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WATCH a Sneak Peek of ‘Mary Mary’ returning to WEtv March 3 (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The Mary’s are back for another season on WEtv and here’s a sneak peek of what to expect…

Last season left audiences in limbo with Erica and Tina Campbell focusing on their individual careers…forcing Mary Mary into an indefinite hiatus. The sisters, now in direct competition with each other, are also feeling pressure to keep Mary Mary in the game…even if that means replacing a Mary! Tune in to season 5 of WE tv’s “Mary Mary”, premiering Thursday, March 3 at 9PM ET/PT.

unnamed-42This season, Erica Campbell is at the top of her game having won a Grammy, Dove and Soul Train Award; meanwhile Tina’s solo career is on the rise. These, now, solo sisters have become accustom to being at the top as part of the dynamic duo that is Mary Mary; however for the first time ever, they are competing for the same spot on the charts.

In the premiere episode, Warryn Campbell begins to feel pressure from Sony Records to deliver the next, long awaited, Mary Mary album. He immediately enlists Erica to help convince Tina that this is the right time to resurrect Mary Mary. Erica believes she has the perfect plan to get Tina onboard; however, it may not be foolproof as Tina is solely focused on her solo effort and is finally seeing her hard work pay off. With success come countless responsibilities, leaving Tina feeling a bit overwhelmed. Her husband Teddy’s task of keeping her from breaking under the pressure proves to be more challenging than expected.

Former Mary Mary manager, Mitchell Solarek, has finally moved on from his tumultuous relationship with the Mary’s; and just when he thinks he made a clean break, his new client will only work with one producer…Warryn Campbell. With Warryn on the hook for a Mary Mary album will do everything he can to stay in Sony’s good graces; even if the result is making a deal with the devil and possibly recasting Mary Mary.

Can Mary Mary survive the pressures of Erica and Tina’s individual ventures and personal lives, or will their success be the demise of Mary Mary?

Check out the clip below:

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Tina Campbell, Amber Rose, Debbie Allen and more attend AHF’s World AIDS Day Event [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) hosted a private screening of their documentary film AHF: The Road to 500,000 Tuesday night to commemorate World AIDS Day (December 1).  The free event was held at the ArcLight Hollywood Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles and began with a  VIP reception followed by the an hour-long screening of the film.

aids4A number of celebrates came out to support the milestone including casting director and HIV/AIDS activist Robi Reed, media personality and book author Amber Rose, famed choreographer Debbie Allen and husband Norm Nixon and Black and Sexy TV star Shayla Hale along with a host of others. Tina Campbell of Grammy award-winning gospel duo, Mary Mary, was also in attendance and performed after the screening.

AHF: The Road to 500,000, is an original AHF production featuring highlights from AHF’s domestic and global activities to promote HIV/STD testing and treatment to reach the historic milestone of providing medical care and services to over 500,000 lives in 36 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America/Caribbean.

“We are now reaching over half-a-million men, women and children with lifesaving medical care in thirty-six countries around the world—a remarkable accomplishment that only a great team of patients, medical providers, staff and volunteers could have made possible,” said Michael Weinstein, AHF’s President. “500,000 patients in care is one of the greatest accomplishments in the 28-year history of AHF. Just two years ago, we celebrated 250,000 patients in care. To now reach over twice that number of lives is incredible.”

Check out more photos below from the celebration:

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Shayla Hale from Black and Sexy TV’s RoomieLoverFriends 

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Casting Director Robi Reed 

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Tina Campbell of Mary Mary

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Debbie Allen and Norm Nixon

Photo Credits: AHF

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PHOTOS from Season 3 Atlanta Premiere of ‘MARY MARY’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Thursday night, WEtv along with Erica and Tina Campbell of Mary Mary premiered the first episode of their 3rd season of MARY MARY  at Word of Faith’s Riverside Epicenter in Atlanta, Ga.

Produced by Yardstick Learning and hosted by comedian Tommy Ford, special celebrity guests and fans gathered for an exciting live performance by Erica Campbell and a sneak peak of the most intense season yet of WE tv’s MARY MARY, premiering next Thursday, February 27 at 9PM EST.  Attendees also donated hundreds of canned food items on site benefiting the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Special guest included:  Gospel recording artist Issac Carree, R&B Divas’  LaTavia Roberson, singer Nicci Gilbert, Married to Medicine’s  Toya Bush- Harris, The Tankards of Bravo’s Thicker Than Water.

Check out the photos below:

LaTavia Roberson Nicci Gilbert

Singers LaTavia Roberson  and Nicci Gilbert

The Tankards

The Tankards from Blood is Thicker Than Water

DJ Fadelph Toya

DJ Fadelph/Mr. and Mrs. Harris from Married to Medicine 

MM with LaTavia Tommy Ford

Mary Mary with LaTavia Roberson and Tommy Ford & Guest

Donation

Hundreds of canned food items on site benefiting the Atlanta Community Food Bank

Photo Credits: Paras Griffin

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We’ve got you COVERed!

Lupita Nyong’o/Photo Credit: Backstage.com

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Best Supporting Actress nominee and fashion icon, Lupita Nyong’o covers Backstage  wearing a vibrant red number. The 30-year-old actress, who stunned us all as Patsey in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, gives details about auditioning for the film and how she approaches each project  with curiosity and humility.  “Every single role brings with it an ignorance and an insecurity, and so you have to approach it with the same curiosity and humility. I’m always nervous. Doesn’t matter how many times I do this…”  (Click here to read the rest)

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 Mary Mary/Photo Credit: Jetmag.com

Gospel singing duo Mary Mary cover the March 10 issue of JET.  The sisters, Erica and Tina Campbell are gearing up for the third season of their hit reality-series Mary Mary  and probably their most challenging one to date. Tina tells JET, that fans will get a birds-eye view of all the drama including what really happened after she revealed her husband’s infidelity during a 2013 cover interview with EBONY.  “It almost broke me,” admits the 39-year-old of the backlash received from the feature. “If I knew my real truth when I talked to EBONY I would’ve never told it. I found out what it was while I was taping.”

Mary Mary on JET  hits stands Monday, Feb. 17.

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 Angela Bassett/Photo Credit: EBONY.com

Celebrated TV and film actress, Angela Bassett covers EBONY’s  Black Hollywood Issue and offers some sound advice to young actors when having second thoughts about their career choice.  “You’ve got to keep a good attitude. You can’t think, ‘This is it [during the lean times], because that’s when it’s going to break open for you. You’ve got to be ready; you’ve got to be prepared. Whatever you’re dealing with seems like a mountain to you, but we truly aren’t in it alone. Sometimes we need others to talk us off the cliff or to just talk to us or to be there with us [in order] to support us or love us.”

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 Naomi Campbell/Photo Credit: Instagram/NaomiCampbell

 Runway diva and fashion goddess Naomi Campbell covers V Magazine Spain. The supermodel posted the image via Instagram with the caption: #silenceisgolden. Not sure what the “bound and gagged” look is all about considering her hit model competition series, The Face is back for another season on Oxygen beginning in March. I guess we’ll just have to wait until then to find out.

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Season 3 SNEAK PEEK of ‘Mary, Mary’ + WIN a trip to the 2014 ESSENCE Festival

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Faith will be tested in the most intense season of WE tv’s MARY MARY, premiering Thursday, February 27 at 9PM ET/PT. Their personal lives are demanding all the attention as Erica and Tina Campbell’s world is turned upside-down from shocking betrayals and devastating news. Tina deals with an intimate issue fans will be shocked to learn the details about, and as Erica struggles to care for her sister, she begins to launch her solo career. When all is shattered, the ladies must look within themselves, and each other, to find the strength to pick up the pieces. Who will come out the victor?  I guess we’ll have to see when the show airs next month.

Click here to see the latest preview.  Oh but wait, there’s more…

The Mary Mary Singing Contest is coming back for another round! Fans will have a chance to raise their voices by belting out one of the three newly-selected Mary Mary songs. Additionally, wetv.com is adding new features such as deeper social integration, mobile uploading, and the opportunity for fans to send one lucky entrant to the finals. This year’s grand prize is a trip for two to the 2014 Essence Festival, tickets to the nightly concert events, a meet and greet with Tina and Erica and the chance to perform for other Mary Mary fans!

Click here for more details.

Photo Credit: breathcast.com

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OH NO! Marital Mayhem for both Trina Braxton and Tina Campbell

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Things are not looking so good for the marriages of Braxton Family Values  star Trina Braxton as well as Mary, Mary  siren Tina Campbell. Here is the rundown…

UPTOWN  is reporting that Braxton recently served her husband Gabriel Adrian-Solis divorce papers. According to a report from TMZ: “[Braxton] filed divorce docs in Georgia court claiming her marriage was irretrievably broken. Trina and Gabriel tied the knot in August 2003, separated in March 2013, and are currently living in separate pads.”

This news comes as no surprise considering Trina and Gabe’s martial woos were played out each week on the hit reality series. Both have confessed to cheating on each other and have tried several times to reconcile their union despite the various opinions from Braxton’s siblings. However, Trina is claiming that this time the “there is no hope of reconciliation” and is currently in the process of working out a financial agreement with Solis to divide their assets and debts. Let’s hope these two can at least come to an agreement on this part.

8th Annual Jazz in the Gardens Day 2 - Press RoomIn other news, Tina Campbell is soliciting prayers and encouraging the saints to fast with her for 30-days in order to restore her marriage. According to S2S,  she and her husband Teddy are on the fence about their future together after her much publicized EBONY  article. In the interview, Campbell revealed that her husband had cheated on her and that she initially wanted to kill him. Since that time, their marriage has taken a turn for the worse and the two of them are now reaching out to fans for help.

“Well, I’m actually writing you on behalf of my husband Teddy and I,”  Tina wrote, assuming that most of her fans had read the revealing piece in Ebony. “Well since the article, the challenges have worsened. My hope turned into hopelessness & despair and I became unwilling to forgive and fight, until God showed me myself.”

Campbell also admits that Teddy’s infidelity was not the only problem but that she too has struggled with a few personal issues that have affected their union including anger, rage and unforgiveness. Ultimately, she puts blame on the devil for their marital issues and says that he is the real source of their problem.

“The devil wanted to use strongholds that took hold of our lives in our childhood, to remain and destroy us as adults. So now instead of being mad at each other we’re mad at the devil and we’re ready to fight,”  Tina wrote.

With that being said, The Campbells are asking all believers to join them in fasting and prayer this month. 2 Chronicles 7:14 and James 5:16 are the scriptures they’re suggesting fans should use in their prayers.

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listen up: Erica Campbell’s ‘A Little More Jesus’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Grammy-winning vocalist Erica Campbell is humming to a different tune these days. The Mary, Mary singer has released her first single entitled “A Little More Jesus.” The song is just a taste of what fans can expect from her forthcoming solo project. In fact, Campbell alluded to several other solo endeavors from both her and sister, Tina Campbell during a recent interview with Sister2Sister:

“You can expect music from me, possibly a children’s book and children’s music from Tina [Campbell]. I think she wants to just take a break and breathe,” explained Erica, who is anxious, but still looking forward to a new phase of her career.  I’m excited about doing something different. You gotta flip it up every now and again. It’s been 12 years, so it’s time to flip it around.”

Listen up RC fans and tell us what you think…

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