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Kirk Franklin Set for Reunion with 'God's Property' in 2014


Kirk FranklinKirk Franklin made an announcement on Facebook on New Year's morning that his long-awaited reunion with prominent gospel group God's Property is coming in 2014.  

Multi-award winning artist Kirk Franklin is known for leading urban contemporary gospel choirs such as The Family, God's Property and One Nation Crew.

After success Franklin attained with "Kirk Franklin & The Family", he produced another album in 1997 collaborating with the vocal ensemble God's Property. Their lead single, "Stomp", featuring Cheryl "Salt" James (of Salt-N-Pepa) was a big hit, gaining heavy rotation on MTV and other mainstream music channels.

Franklin and God's Property charted at No. 1 on the R&B Singles Airplay making it into the Top 40. God's Property from Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation was No. 1 on the R&B Albums chart, No. 3 on the Pop charts, and would go on to be certified 3x platinum resulting in Franklin getting a Grammy for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album, as well as three Grammy nominations.

In 2001, Franklin broke off from the collaborative effort and ventured into new territory as a solo artist. Franklin's solo works have been very successful to date. He had not professionally been linked with his adored Gospel choir to record an album ever since.

The famous gospel choir God's Property reunited at the end of 2013 for a special performance that included a surprising appearance from their former bandleader, Kirk Franklin perhaps sparking the inclination for a reunion.  Then early on New Year's morning, Franklin made the shocking announcement of an upcoming reunion with the band.

"FAMILY I think it's time to get the band back together...! GP ARE YOU WITH ME?!?! #2014," Franklin posted on his Facebook page New Year's morning.

The news sparked thousand of enthusiastic comments from Franklin's adoring fans on his social media page with most of them quoting the words of the band's most prominent song "Stomp.

Byron Cage Talks to The Belle About Stepping Down as
Minister of Music for St. Paul’s Baptist Church
Exclusive Interview:  Sheilah Belle talks to Byron Cage about new Shows




TBR --RichmondVA – Grammy nominated and Multi Stellar award winner, Minister Byron Cage is set to enlarge his territory.  While he has many things in the works, Cage is getting set to star in two upcoming Reality television shows as well as join the ranks of a new record label. And because of his upcoming even busier schedule, Cage said he simply can not continue with his current schedule.

As a result, Cage is stepping down as the Minister of Music of St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Richmond,VA. but will continue to provide outstanding leadership to the music and fine arts ministry of Ebenezer AME Church in Fort WashingtonMaryland.

The 29th Annual Stellar Awards Set with a Weekend List of Activities


The 29th Annual Stellar AwardsNashvilleTN -- The 29th Annual Stellar Awards is set to take place January 18, 2014 in Nashville,Tenn. Hosted by Sherri Shepherd and Rickey Smiley the star studded event will be one to remember.  However before the winners are announced there will be back to back parties, concerts and celebrations taking place beginning Thursday, January 16.

Starting with the Annual Industry Prayer Gathering, industry heavy hitters and music lovers will come together to kick off the weekend with a focus on prayer.  The rest of the week will also include showcases, parties, after-parties and a few invitation-only events.


Thursday, January 16

Annual Industry Prayer Gathering6 p.m. Join artists, industry executives and leaders in an intimate setting of praise, worship and prayer. To RSVP or for more info: or Born Again Church, 858 W. Trinity LaneNashvilleTenn.

Club Yes Lord6 p.m. Hosted by DJ Will and Crazy One. Features Rae Ellis, Fedel, Canon, Lejune Thompson, This'l and more. $5 at the door. More info: 3rd & Lindsey, 818 3rd Avenue SouthNashvilleTN.

RTMG Celebrity Basketball Game6:15 p.m., doors open at 5:30. Cheneta Jones will perform the national anthem and Livre' will perform during halftime. Celebrity players include Brian Courtney Wilson, Isaac Carree, James Fortune, Bishop Joseph Walker, Wardlaw Brothers and more. For tickets: Triveca Nazaraene University, 333 Murfreesboro Pike, NashvilleTN.

Urban Soul Cafe Access Granted: Homecoming, The Blackout Edition. 6 p.m. Hosted by Myron Butler and Damita Haddon. Event will honor Aaron Lindsey, Twinkie Clark and Vashawn Mitchell. Hezekiah Walker will present the awards. Performers include Tasha Page Lockhart, Anthony Brown, Tasha Cobbs, Jonathan Nelson, Lisa Knowles and the Brown Sisters, Joshua Rodgers and more. Pre-show tickets $10, day of show $15. For tickets and more info Limelight Entertainment Venue, 201 Woodland StreetNashvilleTN.

Click here for a complete list of Stellar Awards weekend activities.


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Hezekiah Walker’s ChoirFest Headed for The Word Network


Bishop Hezekiah Walker


SouthfieldMichigan -- The Word Network, which is the largest and most watched African American religious network in the world, is proud to present and welcome a new show with Hezekiah Walker, “Hezekiah Walker Presents ChoirFest!”

It will air Saturdays at 2:00pm ET weekly, highlighting gospel choirs worldwide.  Kevin Adell, CEO is pleased to present this new show which levels the playing field for gospel artists.

The Word network remains committed to bringing its viewers the best in urban ministries and gospel music.

Please visit for more information.


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Bishop T. D. Jakes Talks to The Belle


Bishop T. D. Jakes Talks to The Belle

By Sheilah Belle

Los Angles, CA -- One of the world’s most powerful businessmen and Spiritual Leaders, Bishop T.D. Jakes took some time out to talk with The Belle.

He’s the producer of the feel good movie of the season, Black Nativity, which hit movie theaters on November 27th.

Featuring Forest Whitaker, playing a no-nonsense reverend, who is joined by Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Tyrese Gibson, Mary J. Blige and newcomer Jacob Latimore who’s character sits at the center of the film, this movie is about family, life, forgiveness and how people struggle to get through life.

“I’m excited about the Black Nativity, because it’s musical content is quite different from anything I’ve ever worked with.  You have Tyrese, Mary J Blige and Jennifer Hudson and to see that type of music mixed with Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker is phenomenal.  And Forest…he gives such integrity to his character, and does one of the best jobs as an actor I have ever seen of a clergymen,” says Bishop T.D. Jakes.

Truly all of the actors do an amazing job in bringing this modern adaptation of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes’ classic Off-Broadway production to the big silver screen, thus creating a movie that all families will be able to relate to.

When asked about the Gospel Community and his thoughts pertaining to our societies compromising the word of God, Bishop Jakes said, “When you see a culture transform, if you look back through history, we have always had these kinds of issues, but we didn’t have Social network, Facebook, Twitter, television and technology throwing gasoline on the fire. So I don’t know where it’s going, but I’m encouraging every artist, every preacher and those out there to be creative all day long.  But also be careful, that you don’t do something in a short window of opportunity, that will disgrace the body of work you have done all during your life.”

Spending time with Bishop T. D. Jakes was truly priceless as I now look to him as a Spiritual Father Figure.

Be sure to catch the Black Nativity in movie theaters nationwide.


BEN TANKARD'S THICKER THAN WATER Is Highest Rated Freshman Show of All Time for NBC/Bravo TV!
Thicker Than Water Gears Up For Season Finale January 5


The Tankards

NashvilleTN -- For the third consecutive week, Sunday’s 9pm airing of THICKER THAN WATER drew over 2 Million viewers and with next Sunday’s finale set to air.  Thicker Than Water’s season-to-date average viewership is closing in as the highest rated non-franchise/non spin-off freshman season of any show on Bravo TV.  The Tankard’s stats are double of that of any previous freshman reality show on Bravo and have surpassed the best ratings for faith-based shows like Mary Mary (We TV), Preachers of L.A. (Oxygen) and The Sheards (BET). 

The show premiered November 10, 2013 and has received many fans and of course many critics.  Critics have much to say about The Tankard’s controversial topics of money, sibling rivalries, sex and lavish cars and jets.  But The Tankards successful show ratings has the naysayers pondering on their opinions.

Self-dubbed “The Black Brady Bunch”, the series follows The Tankards as they try to balance busy careers while managing their large blended family of five grown children, two daughter-in-laws, and a grandchild. Ben Tankard is a multi-tasking millionaire, Grammy nominated Jazz/Gospel recording artist and record label CEO, NBA motivational speaker, aircraft owner/pilot, book author, and Big and Tall clothing line owner.  His beautiful wife Jewel is a successful financial planner/network marketer and finance column writer.  They both juggle careers and family while serving as non-salaried volunteer Pastors of The Destiny Center Church near Nashville TN.   

The season finale of Thicker Than Water will air Sunday Jan 5, 2014 at a special time of 10PM EST/9PM CST.  This episode promises to be a beautiful moment with Benji and Shanira’s wedding day, but will have a surprise with Brooklyn’s unplanned speech and the lingering issues with Jewel and her sister.  Will this overshadow the big day?  Tune in and find out! 

Gospel Music’s Leading Man
Earnest Pugh Teams Up with
Gospel Legend Bishop Rance Allen 
On New Radio Single
“All Things Through Christ”

Five-Octave Crooner Scheduled To Perform On BET’s “Bobby Jones Gospel” TV Program January 26, 2014


Gospel Music’s Leading Man Earnest Pugh is continuing to lead a new generation of gospel artists with his latest #1 CD “The W.I.N. (Worship In Nassau) Experience” that has already produced two big radio hits with “More of You” and “I Believe You Most.” Now, the soul-stirring crooner is kicking the new year off with a third radio single from the project – a spine-tingling remake of The Clark Sisters’ 1976 gem “I Can Do All Things Through Christ.” Re-titled as “All Things Through Christ,” Pugh is joined by gospel music legend Bishop Rance Allen for a blood-curdling exchange of vocal licks, faith and inspiring exhortation.

“The enemy works overtime reminding us of what we cannot accomplish in life but it’s time to stand up and boldly declare that God has empowered us to endure and overcome anything standing in the way of our destiny,” Pugh says. “All Things Through  Christ puts things in perspective for the believer. This song is a reminder that no matter what struggle, obstacle or trial we face in life, we can stand on the warranty and authority of Philippians 4:13 where it says: We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.”

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Fred Hammond has Knee SurgeryDetermined to Walk Again Without Pain…Soon

 Fred Hammond

TBR -Exclusive – Gospel recording artist Fred Hammond is starting the year out with a bang!  Just a couple of days ago, Hammond underwent knee surgery. Only twenty minutes after the surgery, Hammond posted on Twitter, “Physical therapy 20 minutes after surgery, let’s go,” and posted the above picture. He also said, “Literally learning how to walk again.  Stretching and exercising left til 6:30 then right leg @ 8:30… Pain, BUT I WILL BLESS THE LORD.”

Since his posting, the love and support from his many fans has been pouring in.

Pray for his Full Recovery! He is already on his way!

McDonald’s® Gospelfest® 2014 Will Feature “Women Who Worship”


Yolanda Adams

NewarkNJ -- McDonald’s® Gospelfest® will return to the New York metropolitan area onSaturday, May 10, 2014 at the Prudential Center in Newark.

After auditions in January 2014, the competitors will be preparing to share the stage with the top Women in Gospel including Yolanda Adams, CeCe Winans, Clark Sisters, Shirley Caesar, Tramaine Hawkins, Dorothy Norwood, Dottie Peoples, Cissy Houston, Melba Moore, Vickie Winans, Kim Burrell, Tasha Cobbs and Erica Campbell! 

Produced and directed by Emmy Award winning Producer, A. Curtis Farrow, McDonald’s Gospelfest is a talent competition that features many abilities. Rising stars of all colors, ages, cultures and faiths will compete in a variety of categories including Soloists, Youth Choir, Adult Choir, Praise Dance, Step, Singing Groups, Gospel Comedians, Gospel Poets and Gospel Rappers.

McDonald’s Gospelfest originated in 1983 under the auspices of the McDonald’s Corporation and the McDonald’s Tri-State Owner/Operator Association. Over thirty years later, it has emerged as the nation’s preeminent Gospel celebration, bringing joy, inspiration, encouragement and hope to millions of Americans. Previous McDonald’s Gospelfest participants have gone on to successful careers in entertainment, including the renowned Bishop Hezekiah Walker.

Over the course of the past 31 years, The McDonald’s Tri-State Owner/Operator Association has awarded millions of dollars in scholarship money. The McDonald’s Gospelfest competition has been an important fundraising event which supports education opportunities within local communities.











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