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38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala

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Tyler Perry is feeling festive and generous ahead of Christmas so he has spread the holiday cheer at two Atlanta-area Walmart stores where the movie mogul paid off more than $430,000 in layaway items. “Trying to do this anonymously but, um, due to some circumstances y’all know how nothing stays secret these days,” he explained in a video. “So, I just wanted to go ahead and tell you.” Perry explained, “If you have a layaway at the Walmart at 844 Cleveland Avenue in East Point, Georgia — in Atlanta — or if you have a layaway at the Walmart at 7001 Concourse Parkway in Douglasville, Georgia — if you have a layaway at either place and it was in there as of 9:30 this morning, — I have paid for all of your layaways for Christmas.”

In the nearly two years since the death of Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Georgia, the late megachurch preacher’s eldest child, Edward Long, has quietly dealt with the pain of being repeatedly overlooked as his father’s successor. In a parabolic sermon on Sunday, a day Long described as the “toughest Sunday of my life,” the minister and elder at New Birth came clean with his congregation. “I thought that I was dealing with depression for the past two years because I kept getting looked over and looked over and looked over. Why is it that I get more love from the outside than the inside? But then I read what Jesus said,” Long revealed on Facebook. It was a week before the church is expected to welcome controversial Baltimore megachurch Pastor Jamal Bryant as their newest senior pastor on Dec. 9. Bryant’s appointment begins months after Bishop Stephen A. Davis, who took over leadership of New Birth shortly after Bishop Long’s death, resigned from the church in June.

BET’s Sunday Best Season 6 Top 3 finalist Tyler Little has signed a multi-album deal with Dream Label Group in partnership with Atlanta-based Platform Agency. Tyler Little’s, debut single “We Come To Praise Him” is available now for purchase and streaming on all digital outlets. Produced by Mod-G, Chris Adams and Elvin McCollum, and written by ASCAP Award Winning and GRAMMY-nominated songwriter Travis Malloy, “We Come To Praise Him” is a powerful gospel track filled with celebration, hope and affirmation of the promise of God’s glory. Tyler Little is set to make an appearance on The WORD Network next month and is slated for an upcoming tour and full-length debut album release Summer 2019.

Karen Clark Sheard appeared on her daughters Vlog “Katching Kierra” where she is showing Kierra how to make her Baked Mac and Cheese. A different side of Karen Clark Sheard. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FB_91eJ9HM

Urban One has announced the honorees for the inaugural URBAN ONE HONORS Awards show, set for December 9, 2018 at The Anthem in Washington, DC. The show will be hosted by DL Hughley. Urban One Honors is presented by MGM National Harbor and Radio One’s Washington D.C. radio stations Majic 102.3 & 92.7, 93.9 WKYS, Praise 104.1, WOL 1450 & 95.9, Spirit 1340 and The Team 980, and was developed to acknowledge and honor individuals or organizations that have made an extraordinary impact on society and culture. This year’s honorees include: Rapper/Producer, Jermaine Dupri, Living Legend Award; Singer/Actress, Brandy, Cathy Hughes Excellence Award; Fashion Stylist, June Ambrose, Fashion Icon Award; Singer, Teyana Taylor, R&B Impact Award; Media Mogul, Tom Joyner, Lifetime Achievement Award; Gospel Artist, Marvin Sapp, Inspirational Impact Award; Former NFL Player, Doc Walker, Sports Legend Award; Activist/Columnist Shaun King, Social Change Agent Award; Music Executive, Benny Pough, Record Executive of the Year Award; Congresswoman, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Public Servant Award; Singer, Jade Novah, Viral Sensation; Principal, Dr. Nadia Lopez, Education Maven; and Actor, Rotimi, Generation Next Award. Marvin Sapp and K-Ci of Jodeci are set to perform, with LA Reid, Da Brat, Bryan Michael Cox, Ray J, Roland Martin and Q Parker among the presenters.

Former “Today” show host Tamron Hall has inked a new licensing deal with Disney and Hearst Television that will see her upcoming syndicated daytime talk show reach 50 percent of U.S. television households. Set to debut next fall, the show will reportedly appear in 24 different markets, including WCVB-TV Boston, WMOR-TV Tampa, WESH-TV Orlando, KCRA-TV Sacramento, WTAE-TV Pittsburgh, WBAL-TV Baltimore, KMBC-TV Kansas City, WLWT-TV Cincinnati, WISN-TV Milwaukee and WPBF-TV West Palm Beach, among others.

G.I. have worked for years to become one of the biggest male urban gospel groups on the scene today. It’s hard to believe that in 1998, 20 years ago in Richmond VA, 3 brothers/high school friends formed this group that would minister, inspire, and bless lives all over the world. It is rare that any group, in any genre, would last 20 months, let alone 20 years. When asked what is the secret to their longevity, group member Branden Anderson says… “Love, patience, prayer and teamwork. You have to sacrifice, and be considerate of your other group members. We’ve seen them come and go, and I believe that’s why we are still here.” Not only are they still existing, but they are thriving! Their new hit single “I’m Ready” is doing well on the Gospel Airplay Charts, The trio is preparing for their big 20 Year Celebration Concert scheduled to go down Saturday December 15 at Speaking Spirit Ministries in Richmond. Flashback Gospel Spotlight….Hear G.I. In Their Own Words….https://www.gospel-spotlight.com/GI.htm

TV One’s original LIVING BY DESIGN HOLIDAY SPECIAL premieres Sunday, December 9 at 7 PM/6C. For the first time ever, brother/sister duo Jake and Jazz Smollett are inviting cameras to follow them for this exclusive LIVING BY DESIGN HOLIDAY SPECIAL. The pair will recreate down home recipes and make kicked up cocktails with celebrity guest, Grammy-nominated singer Ledisi. To really top things off, Jazz will share amazing concepts for setting a table, as well as create DIY serving trays and other entertaining ideas from scratch. Whether you’re looking for new dishes, or suggestions for adding some pop to your holiday party, Jake and Jazz have you covered! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALobtEh_1EU&feature=youtu.be

TV One’s latest original film, THREE’S COMPLICATED will premiere on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 7 P.M. ET/6C. The project stars Shanola Hampton (Shameless), Tyler Lepley (The Haves and The Have Nots), Kyanna Simone Simpson (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) and Charles Malik Whitfield (The Tempta

Featuring the #1 hit single “Emmanuel” (one of the top selling Christmas CDs of all-time), Stellar & Dove nominee Norman Hutchins is featured on the nationally-televised holiday special “A Gospel Christmas”. With guest appearances by Lala Hathaway, Martha Wash, Jaime Grace, South Africa’s Just 6, Norman Hutchins and more, “A Gospel Christmas” is celebrating its 20th year on the air. Flashback Gospel Spotlight….Hear Norman Hutchins In His Own Words…..http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/hutchins02.htm

Just a few weeks ago, Tyler Perry announced that his character ‘Madea’ was coming to an end. She was going to be coming to an end with the forth coming Movie A Madea’s Family Funeral along with the final stage play “Madea’s Farewell”. The tour kicks off in Oakland, CA on January 18th and will tour for approximately 4 months. Reuniting with Perry is David and Tamela Mann! Mr. Brown and Cora! They have not been in a Tyler Perry stage play since 2008. Tickets for the Oakland, Phoenix, LA and Las Vegas are on Sale TODAY.

TOP SINGLES FOR THE WEEK:

Women's Empowerment -- Koryn Hawthorne

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1. Koryn Hawthorne..Won’t He Do It

Pastor Jason Nelson

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2.JASON NELSON…FOREVER

Marvin Sapp

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3. Marvin Sapp….Listen

You Are The Power Concert

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4. Brian Courtney Wilson…A Great Work

BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music - Show

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5.Zacardi Cortez…Oh How I Love You

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