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Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland Join Michelle Williams for ‘Stellar Awards’ Performance



Image from the 30th Annual Stellar Music Awards; Kelly, Michelle and Beyonce

*Silver Springs, M D –  TV One presents an inspirational night of music with the network premiere of the “30th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards airing back-to-back on Easter Sunday, April 5th at 6PM, 8PM and 10PM ET.

Image from the 30th Annual Stellar Music Awards; Kelly, Michelle and Beyonce

The network serves as the first destination to catch, in its entirety, the show-stopping performance Michelle Williams delivered featuring former band mates Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé, of “Say Yes.”

Filmed in Las Vegas, the “Stellar Awards” was co-hosted by David Mann (“Mann & Wife”), Tamela Mann (“Sparkle”) and Ricky Smiley(“Dish Nation”).

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Cast Image from “To Hell And Back.”

“The Stellar Awards” rounds out a weekend filled with faith-inspired programming that will launch with the TV One Original movie “To Hell and Back.” starring Ernie Hudson and Vanessa Bell Calloway premiering on Saturday, April 4th at 8PM/ET. Based on the “Book of Job, ” “To Hell and Back tells the story of Joe Patterson (Hudson), who despite being blessed with good fortune is tormented by Satan and made to suffer terribly, yet even in his darkest hour refuses to curse God and remains steadfast in his faith.

Other masterful performances at the Stellar Awards were delivered by Smokie Norful, Jonathan McReynolds, Erica Campbell, Pastor Beverly Crawford, Rance Allen Group, Lisa Knowles & The Brown Singers Uncle Reece, Willie Moore, Jr. Canton Jones, Deitrick Haddon, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Clareta Haddon, Kierra Sheard, J. Moss, 21:03, Shelby Five, Yolanda Adams and Israel Houghton.

The night’s top honor went to ten-time nominee Erica Campbell who took home six awards including Artist of the Year. “The Stellar Awards” also bestowed a special honor upon President Barack Obama with the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award which was accepted remotely via video message. Additional awards recipients include Ricky Dillard, New G, Deitrick Haddon, The Walls Group, Tasha Page-Lockhart.Bishop Paul Morton, Al “The Bishop” Hobbs.

Sneak Peek: 30th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards

“To Hell And Back” is produced by Eric Tomosunas of Swirl Films. Lamar Chase is producer for TV One. Executive In Charge of Production and Programming is Tia A. Smith. D’Angela Proctor serves as Executive Producer for the network.

“The 30th Annual Stellar Gospel Awards” is executive produced by Don Jackson and produced by Barbara Wilson for Central City Productions. Jennifer Jackson serves as Executive In Charge of Production. Craig Henry serves as Executive In Charge of Production for TV One. D’Angela Proctor serves as Head of Programming and Production for the network.  

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Bubba Wallace Refuses Trump Apology Demand in Root Insurance TV Spot [WATCH]




*NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace stars in a powerful and provocative new spot from Root Insurance, in which he addresses Donald Trump’s demand that he apologize over the noose controversial. 

Back in June, NASCAR notified Wallace that a noose was found hanging in his garage stall at the Talladega Superspeedway. 

After an investigation into the incident, the FBI declined to file any hate crime federal charges.

According to a statement from U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp, the noose had been in the garage since last fall, per USA Today

Wallace “was not the target of a hate crime,” NASCAR said in a statement.

“There is no place in our sport for this type of racism and hatred,” said NASCAR President Steve Phelps in a press call with media at the time. “It’s not who we are as a sport.”

READ MORE: Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin Form NASCAR Team with Bubba Wallace as Driver


President Trump called the incident a “hoax” and demanded Bubba apologize for it. 

Has @BubbaWallace apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, & were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another HOAX? That & Flag decision has caused lowest ratings EVER!,” Trump tweeted. 

In the Root commercial, Bubba walks through a crowd of reporters who ask him for the apology and he staunchly refuses.

Scroll up and watch the ad via the YouTube player above. 

According to a press release, Root partnered with Wallace (who recently signed with the newly formed Michael Jordan racing team) and Tool of North America with director Wesley Walker as creative lead, to tell his story and share his conviction for unapologetic societal change. 

“Root Insurance is doing what is right and making insurance more fair, and I will be proud to drive a car with their colors next season,” said Wallace. “I stand firmly with the goal of eliminating bias from insurance, and I truly believe we can work together to help make the world a better place.”

“Getting to know Bubba Wallace and what he stands for made this partnership one that we couldn’t pass up,” said Alex Timm, Root Co-Founder and CEO. “He is dedicated to standing up for what is right, even when it involves facing adversity. Root was created to make car insurance more fair, standing up against the established industry that priced more on demographics than driving behavior. We are proud to support Bubba Wallace.”

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RADIOSCOPE RAW Podcast: Our Uncut 1989 Interview with Kool Moe Dee




Kool Moe Dee

*Episode 5 of the Radioscope Raw podcast features our Spring 1989 interview with rapper Kool Moe Dee.

The emcee and former member of the Treacherous Three was among hip hop’s most successful artists, with the singles “How You Like Me Now” and “Wild Wild West” having saturated urban radio two years prior.

In our interview, Kool Moe Dee (the Moe Dee short for his real name Mohandas Dewese) spoke to us about a wide range of topics, including an exchange about systemic racism and police brutality that could’ve happened yesterday, a very strong opinion on Robin Givens wanting half of ex-husband Mike Tyson’s fortune in their divorce (which inspired the album’s single “They Want Money”), and an extended dissection of his beef with LL Cool J.

“Our whole little conflict started because I felt his ego was out of hand,” he told us, adding that his frustration with LL stemmed from an opinion that the Queens rapper “never left you with any knowledge. His whole thing was like enticing the females, taking off his shirt, humping the couch and things like that, and he never went to another level. When you have that type of impact on kids, I think it’s extremely important to let them walk away with something, walk away with something inspiring.”

Listen below:

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Sasha Obama Nails Profanity-Laced City Girls Rap in Viral TikTok (Watch)




Sasha Obama (TikTok)

*The youngest daughter of former POTUS Barack Obama has the Internet shook with a batch of TikTok videos that suddenly surfaced, went viral, then disappeared from the platform just as quickly.

Sasha Obama went viral simply by lip-syncing the City Girls rap on Money Bagg Yo’s “Said Sumn.” If you know City Girls and their particular Miami-drenched, n-word infused, sexually explicit vernacular, and you remember Sasha as a seven-year-old holding her Daddy’s hand as he and the family took the stage at Chicago’s Grant Park on Nov. 4, 2008, like it was yesterday, then you understand why the Internet is thrown!

The now 19-year-old, who appeared in the Tik Tok clip with a friend, had JT’s verse down word for word.

Below, watch her City Girls rendition and all of her other now-deleted TikToks that briefly surfaced:

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