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Wyclef Jean gets Political: Immigration, Refugees and Trump’s Most Powerful Weapon

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Political Editor, LeNora Millen

As the Trump administration makes a final pitch to the Supreme Court over the ill-fated travel ban, Wyclef Jean’s vision in uniting people is reflected in his actions by an empowering message to immigrants and refugees: America wouldn’t be great without you.

“When it comes to me and the travel ban, I always speak loud and clear in the sense of understanding personally, where I came from and understanding that this is these United States of America and it is the country of immigrants,” he told CNN.

The Trump administration filed a final brief on June 21, urging the Supreme Court to reinstate the president’s travel ban and hear its appeal of a lower court ruling blocking the executive order.

The White House administration has also worked diligently to reinstate the 90-day ban on immigrants from six majority-Muslim countries by keeping them from entering the U.S., arguing that the countries affected by the revised order are at heightened risk for terrorism. The order also temporarily suspends the U.S. refugee program.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on June 12, largely upheld a ruling blocking the president’s executive order temporarily restricting travel from six Muslim-majority countries. The decision reviewed a ruling from a Hawaii-based federal judge.

In another ruling, Trump suffered a legal setback, the Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Maryland judge’s ruling blocking Trump’s 90-ban on travelers from Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

The 4th Circuit Court ruled the ban, which replaced an earlier version of the travel ban, and also blocked by the courts, “drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination” aimed at Muslims.

Trump and his administration argued that the measure is necessary to prevent possible terrorist attacks and protect national security. However, courts in previous rulings blocked enforcement of the travel ban, citing past statements from Trump and his advisors signaling that the “travel ban” on its face—targeted Muslims.

From Immigrant to Grammy Award Winning Artist and Musician

Wyclef Jean, Photo Courtesy of: William Ketchem III 

Wyclef Jean’s new album “Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee,” is set for release on September 15th via Legacy Recordings.  The 12-song set coincides with the 20th anniversary of his debut album, The Carnival.

The Grammy-winning artist and musician addresses racial divisions in America and shares his personal experience as an immigrant from Haiti and his mission to empower others.

‘The Fall and the Rise of a Refugee’

Jean grew up in the Marlboro projects in Brooklyn, where he said the drug and gun culture negatively impacted his community.  He rose to fame in the 90’s as part of the hip-hop group the Fugees, along with Lauryn Hill and his cousin Pras Michel.

In the upcoming album, Jean shares his life experience (story) in songs like “Borrowed Time,” “Slums,” and “What Happened to Love,” (produced by The Knocks) with a release date—06-22-17.

“You know me, of course, coming from humble backgrounds, being born in Haiti and having the chance to come to the States at ten years old and basically, turning my entire life around … We can go from nothing and make something out of ourselves,” he said.

Jean threw his hat into the political arena in 2010—running for president of Haiti after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake ravaged the country.  The large-scale earthquake occurred January 12, 2010, on the West Indian island of Hispaniola, comprising the countries of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Most severely affected was Haiti, occupying the western third of the island. The official Haitian death estimates were over 300,000 and initially displaced about 1.5 million.

As of May 22, 2017, Homeland Security granted an additional six-month grace period to Haitians in the U.S., saying the island nation is still not sufficiently recovered from the devastating 2010 earthquake to absorb the tens of thousands of people who are here under temporary protected status (TPS).

Some 58,700 Haitians are currently protected from deportation under the TPS designation, many have taken refuge in the United States.

Jean, who was performing in Miami’s “Little Haiti” when the decision was announced said that the extension is a “start,” but urged the Trump administration to institute a “much longer extension” to give Haitians in Haiti “the time to rebuild.”

Trump’s Most Powerful Weapon: Distraction

Jean makes no secret that he backed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016.  Speaking on Trump, Jean believes that Trump has utilized his most powerful weapon— “the power to distract”—to take the focus off stories that paint him or his administration in a negative light and cast them all as “fake news.”

“Propaganda or the idea of fake news—that’s not a conspiracy theory, that’s not real, but at the end of the day they say that where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” Jean said. “There’s something and the curiosity is getting to what that something is.”

Comparing Trump to Roman Politician Julius Caesar, Jean honed in on Trump’s prolific use of social media and his understanding of how to sway certain media outlets to do his bidding, have allowed him to control the conversation.

“When a Caesar understands how to play the area then he knows how to control everything,” Jean said. “When he’s yelling execute, you’re not paying attention — you’re too busy laughing and roaring at the arena.”

Making an astute observation about Trump, Jean said, “Trump, who is a former reality TV star and entertainer, he is very smart and he understands the power of the media.”  “He is using that to his advantage whenever he tweets or whenever he says something that goes viral.”

Through the haze of the political rhetoric and hyperbole spilling over into mainstream media, Jean urged Americans to remain focused on what matters.

“Before you can get to Donald Trump right? And you hit that ballot booth, or you hit that next piece of legislation always remember that you have within your cities, you have councilmen, you have Mayor, you have senators that are going to go to Washington and speak on your behalf. You should be holding those people accountable first.”

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RollOut the Carpet: for the 2018 Stellar Awards

SUMMARY OF 2018 STELLAR AWARDS TOP NOMINEES

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From left to right: Snoop Dogg (Performer), Erica Campbell (Performer), Tina Campbell (Performer) and Kirk Franklin (Host)
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(CHICAGO) – Feb. 26, 2018 – Central City Productions announces a dazzling line-up of performers for the 2018 Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, including the reunion of contemporary gospel music’s favorite sister act, Mary Mary (Erica Campbell and Tina Campbell), and the Stellar Award’s debut of rapper, actor, and television personality Snoop Dogg, performing songs from his new gospel album “Bible of Love” at this year’s show. Celebrated as a “transcendent night of gospel music,” the 33rd Annual Stellar Awards promises to surpass its ‘stellar’ reputation, featuring performances by the genre’s hottest acts. Performers scheduled to appear include: Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Travis Greene, Tye Tribbett, Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Kierra Sheard, KeKe Wyatt, Jonathan McReynolds, Tasha Page-Lockhart, Todd Dulaney, Koryn Hawthorne and Ricky Dillard & New G, among others. Returning to Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena on Saturday, March 24, 2018 the Stellar Awards welcomes the return of the undisputed crown prince of contemporary gospel music, Kirk Franklin, as host.
The Stellar Awards telecast will premiere on TV One on Friday, March 30 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and air in broadcast syndication on 130 stations in more than 110 markets around the country March 31 – May 6, 2018.
Franklin is happy to be back in the role of host of the annual celebration. “Since my first step onto the Stellar Awards stage as a 23-year-old kid from Texas, I’ve lived, breathed and committed all I’ve had to this incredible genre called gospel,” he stated. “To find myself now still blessed to serve the community I love so dearly as their host of the 2018 Stellar Awards, that young kid feels alive again and more grateful than ever. We’re working hard to bring to the world the best and the brightest along with the icons and legends, the greatest night of God’s music at a time when the country needs our melody the most. Thank you and I’ll see you in Vegas.”
This year’s spectacular show open will feature Stellar Awards alum Erica Campbell reuniting with her sister Tina Campbell as the hit gospel duo Mary Mary for the first time in more than six years. The show will include an all-star tribute to the late, great Edwin Hawkins, with his sister Lynette Hawkins accepting the Edwin Hawkins Icon Award in his honor. Also expected to deliver stand out moments are the multi-platinum award-winning Snoop Dogg performing material from his new gospel album and collaborating with Tye Tribbett.
“Each year we strive to bring new and innovative performances and collaborations to the Stellar Awards and this year is no different, with the inclusion of mainstream hip-hop rapper and mogul, Snoop Dogg.” stated Stellar Awards Founder, Don Jackson. “Snoop expressed his desire to release a gospel album in honor of his mom who is an evangelist and he’s teamed up with Gospel superstar Tye Tribbett, there’s no way we couldn’t bring this explosive performance to the Stellar Awards stage.”
2018 Stellar Award’s multi-nominee and previous host, Anthony Brown, returns this year to perform and looks forward to sharing something special with the fans. “The Stellar Awards has always been such a blessing to gospel music creators and gospel music lovers worldwide. It provides for us a platform and opportunity to share our message and our gifts with the world,” shared Brown. “I am so excited to take the stage again at this year’s Stellar Awards. It’s always so humbling and exciting. group therAPy and I are working on something special this year. I can’t wait for you to see it.”
Don Jackson will bestow special honors upon gospel greats who have made significant contributions to the genre. The incomparable Tamela Mann is this year’s recipient of the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award and the legendary Rev. Milton Biggham will receive The Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award. Stellar Honors Hall of Fame Inductees includes Kurt Carr, Ben Tankard, and Dr. Marabeth Gentry – President of the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses.
The Stellar Awards show taping is open to the public, with ticket prices ranging from $50 – $200 at www.ticketmaster.com.
The Stellar Gospel Music Awards Pre-Show is scheduled for Friday, March 23 hosted by Lexi Allen and Lonnie Hunter. Among the artists performing at the Orleans Showroom that evening: Next Generation Choir, Judah Band, Tasha Page Lockhart, Isaiah D. Thomas, Ruth La’Ontra, Bryan Popin and Jason Nelson.
The Stellar Gospel Radio Awards & Showcase will be held earlier on Saturday, March 24, honoring the top radio stations and announcers who most notably serve urban gospel music audiences. This show is also full of spirit-stirring performances by newcomers Isabel Davis,Gene Moore and Kelontae Gavin; seasoned sensations Donishisa Ballard and Jason Champion; and quartet group The Virginia Aires. The event is hosted by VaShawn Mitchelland Meta Washington and is the perfect kickoff to the big show the same day. Tickets for each event can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com.
More of the biggest names in gospel and a few additional surprises are being added to the growing list of top performers and presenters appearing in this year’s show. For more information visit us at www.thestellarawards.com. Follow us on social media for the latest news and updates about the greatest night in gospel!
                              
About Central City Productions (CCP):
The Stellar Gospel Music Awards show is Executive Produced by Don Jackson, with Jennifer J. Jackson serving as Executive in Charge of Production. Michael Johnson will produce and direct this year’s awards show. Erma Gray Davis is the President and Chief Operations Officer of Central City Productions. Founded in 1970 by Don Jackson, Chicago-based Central City Productions, Inc. is a distributor of original targeted programming to television and cable networks. CCP’s award-winning television programs include the Black Music Honors, Stellar Tribute to the Holidays and Tribute to Mother’s Day, The Black College Quiz Show Series, and Hispanic College Quiz, among many others. For more information, please visitwww.ccptv.com.
SUMMARY OF 2018 STELLAR AWARDS TOP NOMINEES
Anthony Brown & group therAPy – 10 Nominations
Tasha Cobbs Leonard – 9 Nominations
J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise – 9 Nominations
Travis Greene – 9 Nominations
Deitrick Haddon – 5 Nominations
Ricky Dillard – 5 Nominations
Marvin Sapp – 4 Nominations
The Williams Brothers – 3 Nominations
CeCe Winans – 3 Nominations
The Rance Allen Group– 3 Nominations
Bishop Paul S. Morton – 3 Nominations
Tina Campbell – 3 Nominations
Le’Andria Johnson – 2 Nominations
For More Information Visit: http://thestellarawards.com/

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The Woman Who Brought Us “Don’t Make Me Over” Sybil

Classy and truly a woman of excellence, Sybil brings light to fading world. It was a pleasure to have an opportunity to have met an angel.

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The beautiful and talented Songstress Sybil sat down for an exclusive interview with Exposure Magazine CEO & Founder of @MsTam Lawrence- during the Women’s Gathering in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 9th 2018.

Sharing her take on walking in your purpose. Sybil drops some golden nuggets on the audience, “Trust the process and believe in you!” Sybil graced the stage with her heartfelt presence–singing her hit single, “Don’t make me over.” 

Tam Lawrence: Sybil have you ever been in a dark place? If so, how did you break-through?

Sybil: [to read more about how Sybil spilled the good tea– pick up a copy of Exposure Magazine’s March issue being released on 3/15/2018


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‘Black Panther’ was the first movie filmed at Tyler Perry Studios’ new stages

‘Black Panther’ was the first movie filmed at Tyler Perry Studios’ new stages

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‘Black Panther’ was the first movie filmed at Tyler Perry Studios’ new stages

“Black Panther,” which had a four-day weekend haul of $235 million, was filmed mostly in metro Atlanta, but did you know Tyler Perry had a hand in the production, too?

The filmmaker recently took to social media this week to reveal the little-known fact that parts of the blockbuster was shot at one of the new stages at his studio located in The Peach City. In fact, he said the Marvel flick was the first to be filmed there.

From his Instragram account, Perry wrote: “Welcome to Wakanda! You wanna talk about black history! These are the new stages at Tyler Perry Studios. And guess what the first film to shoot on one of the stages was?!”

Several locations around the metro area were home to “Black Panther” settings, including the High Museumin Midtown and the rock quarry at the Vulcan Materials Co. in Stockbridge. An official from the Henry County city said several scenes of Wakanda, the fictional African nation in the film, were shot at the quarry.

About $84 million of “Black Panther’s” reported $200 million budget was spent in Georgia. The funds went toward rental equipment and grips; lumber, hardware and supplies; lodging and transportation, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

It also employed more than 3,000 Georgians during the shoot, which began in August 2016 and wrapped in November 2017, according to the state economic development department.

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