Grammy, Dove, SoulTrain, Stellar Awarded artist/producer and reality TV star Ben Tankard wears many hats, including recording artist, NBA motivational speaker, pilot and pastor. He is working his recent best-selling hardback motivational book: The Full Tank Life: Fuel Your Dreams-Ignite Your Destiny, released in August. Tankard has been on a whirlwind U.S. book and concert tour to support the book and his FULL TANK 2.0 Jazz CD which recently won a 2016 Stellar Award for Best Instrumental CD and was also nominated for a 2016 Dove Award.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), recently announced their Around the Globe in a Day initiative, a series of events across the world to commemorate World AIDS Day and continue to spread awareness about HIV and AIDS. The activities will include free concerts in Cambodia, Mexico City and the United States as well as free awareness and testing events throughout the U.S., Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Asia. The U.S. Keep the Promise Around the Globe in a Day advocacy effort will take place on November 30th at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, CA. The event, hosted by Rosie Perez with special performances by Patti LaBelle, Common, JoJo, Espinoza Paz and B-Flow. Keep the Promise will also honor legendary entertainer, Harry Belafonte with AHF’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his charitable efforts and advocacy around the world.
Before Pastor Shirley Caesar broke the internet with a viral video of her singing, “Hold My Mule” that was remixed into a hilarious Thanksgiving tribute called the “You Name It Challenge,” she was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Allstate Gospel Superfest: A Holiday Special, which premieres Sunday, Nov. 20 at 7/6 c on TV One. The two-hour special, hosted by Vivica A. Fox, features gospel stars honoring Caesar through song. J MOSS, Jonathan Butler, Tim Bowman Jr., Casey J, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Beverly Crawford, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, James Hall & Worship and Praise, Lonnie Hunter featuring Structure, Patrick Lundy & Ministers of Music, Jonathan McReynolds, Karen Clark-Sheard and Alexis Spight are set to pay tribute.
James Fortune is celebrating a 12 year music anniversary by asking his ministry supporters to give of themselves (however they can) over the remaining six weeks of 2016. Twice a week via social media, Fortune will post new suggestions and directives on how supporters can consider giving. Examples include: Make the Phone Call You’ve Been Putting Off, Give Yourself a 30 Minute Break Today and Compliment a Stranger. The campaign officially kicked off on Tuesday, November 22 and you can follow James Fortune on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter via @mrjamesfortune for weekly updates. To culminate the kick-off day, Fortune will performed at the request of Houston Rocket’s Point Guard and NBA All-Star James Harden who will distribute Thanksgiving meals to 200 families in need in the city of Houston, TX.
Mali Music and Briana Babineaux recently wrapped up filming for “I Am Your Keeper”, the first of 10 movies in Joel Kapity’s “I Am” series. The film follows the story of violence in Chicago’s inner-city, where Jamal Whitney (Mali Music) finds himself torn between street life and faith walking.
Pharrell Williams, alongside Columbia Records and 20th Century Fox, has released three brand new tracks featured in the new forthcoming film, “Hidden Figures.” “I See A Victory” featuring Kim Burrell and Pharrell Williams, “Surrender” featuring Lalah Hathaway and Pharrell Williams, and “Runnin’” featuring Pharrell Williams. Both “I See A Victory” and “Runnin’” are original songs written by Pharrell for the movie.
Kenny Lattimore celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with the release of his first Christmas album, “A Kenny Lattimore Christmas.” The effort offered 11 songs filled with happiness, joy and worship for the season and beyond “A Kenny Lattimore Christmas” is available in stores and online now.
TOP SINGLES FOR THE WEEK:
1. Pastor Shirley Ceasar..Hold My Mule
2. Travis Greene..Made A Way
3. Jekalyn Carr…You’re Bigger
4. Tasha Cobbs..Put A Praise On It..
5. YOU DESERVE IT….JJ HAIIRSTON AND YOUTHFUL PRAISE