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Today, WW – the new Weight Watchers – announced that GRAMMY® Award-Winning Platinum Recording Artist Tamela Mann is joining as a new ambassador. Mann is focused on developing healthier habits and losing weight so that she can live healthier for herself and her family. As an ambassador for WW, Mann will share her weight loss journey and the motivation behind her lifestyle changes, and she is inviting her community of fans, friends and family to join her. Mann is embarking on the final leg of Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s Farewell Tour” and is the recent recipient of an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for her debut book, co-authored with her husband David Mann and Shaun Saunders, “Us Against the World: Our Secret to Love, Marriage and Family.” Mann will document her experience on the WW program on her social media channels, frequently checking in with fans while on tour, in the studio and during everyday life at home. Connected to her journey on WW, follow her on Insatgram, Twitter and Facebook.

Reach Records founder and Grammy-Award winning emcee Lecrae publicly welcomed their first-ever female artist to the Christian record label. Lecrae and his Reach Records team have been out on the Unashamed 2019 Tour and during their recent stop in Orlando, Florida, the rapper introduced The Christian Post to 23-year-old Wande Isola, the long-awaited first lady of the Reach Records family. “It’s a great time in the culture for all this to happen and come together. I’m excited to be here in this moment and see what the future holds,” Wande shared during an interview with The Christian Post.

Donald Glover and Rihanna’s secretive new film “Guava Island” is coming to Amazon Prime Video this weekend. Glover tweeted that it’d be available to stream for free starting Saturday at 12:01 am. According to Vanity Fair, it will be available to watch for free for 18 hours. The film is described as a tropical thriller about a local musician who wants to throw a festival. It was shot on location in Cuba and “Black Panther” breakout Letitia Wright co-stars. Glover’s frequent collaborator Hiro Murai, who has directed several episodes of “Atlanta” and the acclaimed “This Is America” music video, directed “Guava Island.” The actor-singer also tweeted the film will be shown at the Coachella following his performance Friday at the music festival.

GRAMMY® nominee and Dove Award winner Danny Gokey’s fifth studio album, Haven’t Seen It Yet, is available now wherever music is sold and available for streaming. Additionally, the second leg of Gokey’s hit Hope Encounter tour has been announced, featuring a 31-city line-up. The 31-city tour will kick off on September 26th in Lafayette, LA and conclude just before Thanksgiving in Naperville, IL. The first wave of the Hope Encountertour wrapped earlier this March to rave reviews, leaving fans eager for more music and more tour dates. Sirius XM (Channel 63 “The Message”) will air an exclusive live performance album preview the weekend of April 12th. Recently, Gokey and his wife, Leyicet, are expecting a new baby boy, due in August. https://dannygokey.lnk.to/haventseenityet/pr

Bryan Popin’s joint business venture with Fred Jerkins’ Darkchild Gospel, Popin and his imprint, Little Boy Wonder Music has secured a distribution deal with Nashville-based record label, United Alliance Music Group (UAMG). Under the terms of the new strategic distribution deal, UAMG will function as the label and distributor through its Sony Music/The Orchard distribution partnership for all master recordings and visuals.

The suspect in a string of fires that destroyed three black churches in rural Louisiana is the white son of a sheriff’s deputy whose father helped arrange for his son’s arrest, authorities said Thursday. Holden Matthews, 21, faces arson charges in the connection with the blazes in and around Opelousas, a city of 16,000 where the flame-gutted remains of the buildings evoked memories of civil rights era violence. Louisiana Fire Marshall Butch Browning offered no motive for the fires. He and other officials stopped short of calling them hate crimes. Eric Rommal, the agent in charge of the New Orleans FBI office, said investigators were still looking into whether the fires were “bias motivated.” Browning said there were no indications that anyone else was involved and the danger to churches was over.

McDonald’s announced the return of one of its staple events, the 13th annual Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour. The longest-running, brand-owned gospel music tour is back with an award-winning talent line-up. This free concert tour begins April 27 and runs until December 13. The 2019 nationwide concert series appeals to a wide range of gospel music lovers with its lineup of award-winning, cross-over talent, including urban gospel artist and pastor Tye Tribbett, R&B powerhouse KeKe Wyatt, hip-hop contemporary artist, Sir the Baptist, gospel songstress Kierra Sheard and beats by DJ Standout. At each stop, the national tour will raise a love offering to support families served by the Ronald McDonald House. Since 2012, the love offering has raised over $800,000 to aid in helping families stay close when their children are ill

Christina Bell’s rich and soaring vocals can be heard on her new single, “Going”, which has quickly landed in the Top-30 at radio, and continues to climb. “Going” is a luminous ballad that expresses reverence for God’s mercy, that – as the refrain states – “just keeps going.” Bell is also a cast member in the anticipated biopic The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel that will premiere on Lifetime Television next year. Bell plays Twinkie Clark alongside Lovecraft Country’s Aunjanue Ellis who plays Mattie Moss Clark, Kierra Sheard who plays her mother, Karen Clark, Sheléa Frazier as Dorinda, Raven Goodwin as Denise and Angela Birchett as Jacky.

Thousands will gather at the steps of this historical landmark for one of the nation’s largest Easter sunrise services 6:30 AM on Sunday, April 21, 2019. A Washington tradition featured on the cover of The Washington Post and named #5 on the Washingtonian’s The Great Washington Bucket List, this unforgettable service draws Washingtonians, and people from all around the nation and the world alike, while thousands more view the livestream at http://www.CapitalChurch.org . It began in 1979, as a small gathering of 120 people and has become a massive tradition in Washington DC, drawing thousands of people each year for an inspiring, interdenominational Easter worship experience. The music, the people, the message, and the view make this sunrise service one of the most unique ways to celebrate Easter Sunday morning.

This April 28, a new series that explores the transformative power of grace and redemption premieres on television. Offering a rare glimpse into the restorative justice process, each episode of “The Redemption Project with Van Jones” follows the victim, or surviving family members, of a life-altering crime as they journey to meet face-to-face with their offender in the hopes of finding answers or some sense of healing. Van Jones will serve as a guide for the viewer throughout this transformational experience. The series is a powerful testament about our capacity for healing and grace. Van Jones is the author of three New York Times best-selling books. In addition to producing, “The Redemption Project,” he has founded and led numerous social enterprises engaged in social justice including #cut 50 which bring together unlikely allies—formerly and currently incarcerated individuals, community members, crime survivors, local elected officials, and law enforcement. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ntw8Tnddp

The BET Networks broadcast premiere date of The 34th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards presented by AT&T has been updated to Easter Sunday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. CT. The biggest night in gospel music returns to BET after a 15-year hiatus with gospel legend Shirley Caesar, Sonya Blakey, VaShawn Mitchell, Jelani Winston, Katlyn Nichol and Sandra “Pepa” Denton just added to the list of presenters scheduled to appear. Presenters previously announced include Anthony Brown, Yolanda Adams, Dr. Bobby Jones, DeVon Franklin, Janice Gaines and JJ Hairston. Hezekiah Walker and Phil Thompson have now joined the thrilling list of performers set to hit the stage including Brian Courtney Wilson, Charles Jenkins, Jekalyn Carr, Jonathan McReynolds, Kelontae Gavin, Koryn Hawthorne, Maranda Curtis and Todd Dulaney. As previously announced, the show will feature a moving posthumous tribute to the undisputed Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin by Kelly Price, Regina Belle and Erica Campbell. The performance will be followed by a presentation of the Aretha Franklin ICON Award to the family of the late legend. Kirk Franklin, returns to host the live show taping at Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena on Friday, March 29, 2019.

Jekalyn Carr has announced special guests for her second annual “You Will Win” Conference. The event will be held June 21 – 22, 2019 in Orlando, FL. Carr is excited to welcome Tim Bowman, Stephen Brown, Maranda Curtis, JJ Hairston, Koryn Hawthorne, Willie Moore Jr., Paul Morton, Rickey Smiley, and Tye Tribbett to the conference as her special guests. The conference is a natural extension of Carr’s ministry – existing to embolden and inspire the people of God to live their most abundant life. New this year will be a very special Honorary Gala banquet to celebrate Carr, her ministry and accolades, presented by her industry peers, friends and family. The banquet will include dinner, music, special guest appearances, and more!

TOP SINGLES FOR THE WEEK:

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1. Kirk Franklin…Love Theory

Women's Empowerment -- Koryn Hawthorne

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2. Koryn Hawthorne..Won’t He Do I

Fred Jerkins

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3. Fred Jerkins…Victory

Jekalyn Carr Live At Spirit Of Praise

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4. JEKALYN CARR…IT’S YOURS

Pastor Jason Nelson

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5.Jason Nelson….Forever

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