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Bishop Eddie Long Discusses Sex Scandal Allegations

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Bishop Eddie Long, pastor of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, has died, his church announced on Sunday. Long died at age 63 after battling an aggressive form of cancer, according to a statement from the church, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported. The longtime megachurch leader gave his final message to the New Birth Missionary congregation during the church’s New Years celebrations. In 2010, Long was sued by four of his congregants for sexual coercion. Long was accused of coercing four men into sexual situations when they were teenagers and members of the church’s LongFellows Youth Academy. He settled with them out of court in 2011.

Anthony Brown and Erica Campbell are hosting the 32nd Annual Stellar Awards!!!! The Stellar Nominees will be announced on Tuesday, January 17th!!!!

BMI’s Trailblazers of Gospel Music is an annual celebration of gospel music and its many talented songwriters. Given the controversy surrounding this year’s co-honoree Kim Burrell, we have asked her to not take part in the ceremony in order to allow the focus to remain on the songwriters and their music. BMI was founded over 76 years ago with an open door policy to welcome songwriters across all genres, and that same spirit of tolerance, diversity and inclusiveness continues today.

Lunjeal Music Group, the independent record label that is the musical home of Jekalyn Carr, is expanding its roster in 2017. It will be anointed new artist, Stephen Brown. Brown is a dynamic preacher and pastor, hailing from Memphis, TN.

10-time GRAMMY® Award winning recording artist, songwriter and producer Kirk Franklin, has released his latest single, “My World Needs You” to radio stations and debuted a visual for the song exclusively on BET.com. The heartfelt song speaks about the social injustices happening around the world today and calling upon God to bring strength in time of hardships. Kirk Franklin: “My World Needs You” http://www.bet.com/shows/bet-gospel/news/kirk-franklin-premieres-lyric-video-for–my-world-needs-you.html

Pastor Wayne Chaney, Jr. Has a new book out and he explains in laymen’s terms in his new book, “Your Miraculous Potential,” how to surpass human limitations and release the power of God into all areas of life. The process begins, he says, with a passion to know God and learn to clearly hear His voice.

Recording Artist and Worship Leader Anthony Evans’ highly-anticipated new album “Back To Life” drops February 3, 2017. A collection of worship songs, this new album features NBC’s The Voice alumnus on 11 worship-themed tracks exploring authenticity, vulnerability, honesty and the way that the culmination of those three things brought

Sanctioned Super Bowl Gospel Celebration (SBGC) will kick-off Super Bowl LI with its 18th Annual star-studded music jubilation at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. The annual event joins together key NFL Players, top Gospel/Contemporary Christian and mainstream artists as well as special guests all on one stage to bring audiences an evening of uplifting music and inspirational messages.

Black Enterprise will present the Women of Power Legacy Awards, March 9, 2017, at the 2017 Women of Power Summit in Phoenix, Arizona. The Women of Power Summit is the nation’s No. 1 executive development and leadership conference for women.

The Trumpet Awards Foundation announced that Bounce TV, the fastest-growing African-American network on television, will now own, produce and world premiere the star-studded event annually. Bounce TV will also syndicate The Trumpet Awards to television stations around the country as well as internationally for broadcast after the Bounce premiere. Set to celebrate its 25th Anniversary in 2017, The Trumpet Awards will world premiere on Bounce TV on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 9:00 p.m. (ET). The black-tie ceremony will be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, Jan. 21. Hosts and talent will be announced shortly.

Houston based recording artist Cheryl Fortune, wife of James Fortune, is set to embark on her solo recording career with the release of her debut single “Fighters” set to impact gospel radio January 2017.

The 48th NAACP Image Awards go down February 11, 2017 in Los Angeles and will broadcast live on TV One. The NAACP Image Awards recognize the year’s best in film, TV, music and books.

RCA Inspiration received three GRAMMY® Award nominations in the Best Gospel Album and Best Gospel Performance/Song categories. Kirk Franklin and William Murphy were nominated for their albums LOSING MY RELIGION and DEMONSTRATE and Travis Greene received a nomination for his song “Made a Way”. The 59th Annual GRAMMY® Awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 12th, 2017 on CBS.

RCA Inspiration received three GRAMMY® Award nominations in the Best Gospel Album and Best Gospel Performance/Song categories. Kirk Franklin and William Murphy were nominated for their albums LOSING MY RELIGION and DEMONSTRATE and Travis Greene received a nomination for his song “Made a Way”. The 59th Annual GRAMMY® Awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 12th, 2017 on CBS.

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.

TOP SINGLES FOR THE WEEK:

Thurgood Marshall College Fund's 24th Anniversary Dinner

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1. Pastor Shirley Ceasar..Hold My Mule

Travis Greene

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2. Travis Greene..Made A Way

BET Celebration of Gospel 2014 - Show

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3. YOU DESERVE IT….JJ HAIIRSTON AND YOUTHFUL PRAISE

ASCAP And Motown Gospel's Morning Glory Breakfast Reception For Stellar Gospel Awards Nominees

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4. Jekalyn Carr…You’re Bigger

David and Tamela Mann

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5. Tamela Mann…God Provides

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