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Alive 2020…FREE Adult Single Christian Event. This Year’s Theme: Imagine!

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Back by popular demand…Alive 2020…the best Adult Single Christian Event of the year.  This year’s Theme, Imagine!

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SAMMIE BERRY has served at the Dallas West Church of Christ for 41 years – his first 21 years as the Minister of Personal Evangelism, and since then both as an Elder and the Pulpit Minister. Sammie grew up in Jackson, Mississippi and is a 1975 graduate of Harding University, where he enjoyed being part of Harding’s football team as he earned his degree. He is a licensed CPA and has been married for 41 years to Renee. They are proud parents of 2 beautiful daughters, Jessica and Jennifer. Sammie’s mission in life is to “help others, especially with Spiritual matters.” As he actively serves and pursues this mission, he has taken on several roles in the community: Chairman of the DAPCL (Dallas Area Preachers and Church Leaders), member of the Harding University President’s Council, member of the Lifeline Chaplaincy Development Board, President of the United Christian Basketball League, and Treasurer of the Southwestern Christian College Beautification Program. Of particular note, Sammie was the lead and primary minister caring for the family of Botham Jean, following the tragic shooting and death of Botham in his apartment by a Dallas Police Officer, on September 6, 2018.  Botham attended the Dallas West Church of Christ, regularly leading their worship.  Sammie has maintained his relationship and involvement with the Jean family. Sammie is a strong supporter of the Social Justice movement, both in Dallas and across the US. Among the many things Sammie enjoys, watching major sports is a favorite… especially football and basketball.

 

BEN GLOVER is an LPC and a Co-Owner of Turning Point Counseling in Oklahoma City. Ben grew up all over the US with a stay-on-ship Navy father and stay-at-home mother.  At OC he earned a BA in Youth Ministry and a Masters in Ministry. Since college, Ben has served in 5 different churches, filling a variety of roles: youth deacon, youth minister, family minister, senior minister, and currently is an Elder at the Oakcrest Church of Christ in Oklahoma City.  He and his wife, Elaina, have been married 39 years. Ben completed his Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy 8 years ago, earned his LPC, and started Turning Point daughter Tara, who is also an LPC. His philosophy of the art of therapy “is knowing when and where to make applications and interventions and building a sacred space of trust and healing.” Turning Point has been especially invested in those affected by COVID-19, taking extra steps to provide help and healing to many during the Coronavirus pandemic.  Each of the group’s counselors have provided special attention for their clients, first responders, health providers, and their community. Ben and Elaina have been blessed with 4 successful, grown children: daughter Tara is an LPC, daughter Mikayla owns a successful hair studio, son Logan is a thriving youth minister, and son Austin is a computer whiz for the largest insurance company in the US. Ben loves God who gave him this great life, has a great sense of humor, and really enjoys a great game of ultimate Frisbee.

ALIVE 2020 is a FREE “in person” with very safe, social distancing, and virtual conference for Christian single adults and ALL friends, taking place at the Prestoncrest Church of Christ in Dallas, TX.

We are in our 14th year of this special gathering single adults and friends coming together to connect, encourage, inspire, and empower one another toward exceptionally meaningful and purposeful life with our God and others.  And how great will it be to have an opportunity to gather, in person or virtual, during a crazy pandemic experience like this culture of 2020!

Our gathering will be highlighted by special presentations from Sammie Berry, minister of the Dallas West Church of Christ (Dallas, TX), person most active in ministering and caring for the family of Botham Jean, following the death of Botham by a Dallas police officer.

Also at our conference will be Ben Glover, Licensed Professional Counselor (Owner of Turning Point Counseling in OKC) and long-time minister and now elder with the Oakcrest Church of Christ in OKC.  Possibly most significant of all, we will have excellent opportunities for all those attending in person or virtually around the country and the world to participate in interactive “Breakout Groups”, sharing insights and experiences that will encourage and inspire!

We hope you will be able to join us for this very powerful and timely experience!

IMAGINE…our world, all countries, our country, our cities, our neighborhoods, our churches, our schools, our families, all people, with all of our differences, living in peace and harmony together.

IMAGINE…a world where each person is committed to listen, understand, appreciate, with honor, dignity, respect, and to love one another more than seeking to be heard, understood, appreciated, and even loved.

IMAGINE…having experienced very difficult circumstances, finding a meaningful, gratifying, and fully abundant life, and even more, helping others do the same.

IMAGINE…overcoming hurt, disappointment, discouragement, loneliness, isolation, a Coronavirus pandemic, racial challenges, relationship struggles, and many other human difficulties.

IMAGINE…being meaningfully connected to others in significant, healthy relationships, providing connection, companionship, and healthy community.

IMAGINE…experiencing a safe and welcoming place, an environment to openly consider, explore, and engage with God an others.

IMAGINE…finding your personal calling and rhythm of serving and living out real life impact in God’s family now.

IMAGINE…a crowd of supporters standing with you, surrounding you, and covering you in all circumstances, reassuring you that in all experiences  life brings, you’re not alone!

IMAGINE…a God that knows you, understands you, loves you, welcomes you, saves you, covers you, empowers you, and gives you freedom and purpose to bring light and love for others!

IMAGINE…all those are possible with Him, and even more than we can ask or…IMAGINE!

For more information: Gary Cochran  (972) 741-7142

 

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2 Chainz and La La Anthony to Host YouTube’s ‘HBCU Homecoming 2020: Meet Me on the Yard’

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*LOS ANGELES, CA – YouTube Originals today announced that HBCU alumni 2 Chainz and La La Anthony will host “HBCU Homecoming 2020: Meet Me On The Yard,” featuring performances from 2 Chainz, Saweetie, Chloe x Halle, NLE Choppa and Tye Tribbett with FAMU’s Marching 100 and Choir, and appearances from Desi Banks and Pretty Vee with additional names to be announced soon.

The global livestream premieres Saturday, October 24 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT on YouTube, in addition to BET serving as the exclusive broadcast partner set to air the event at 8pm ET/PT. “HBCU Homecoming 2020: Meet Me On The Yard,” produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment and Live Nation Urban, was announced last week as part of a global slate of new and returning projects, focused on racial justice, amplifying Black voices, and elevating Black culture.

“We are so excited to be a part of this show. HBCUs are such an important part of our culture and the annual homecoming tradition just can’t be stopped.  We are honored to partner with YouTube and Live Nation to bring all the excitement of an HBCU Homecoming weekend to a virtual world stage,” said Executive Producers Jesse Collins and Dionne Harmon, Jesse Collins Entertainment.

Said Shawn Gee, Executive Producer and President of Live Nation Urban:

“HBCU Homecomings are an integral slice of black culture. As a college student and young black man I attended quite a few homecomings, as an artist manager my clients have performed at many HBCU homecomings, and as an event producer my company has the pleasure to produce many of these great events for these great institutions. It is my honor to work with YouTube Originals and my friends at Jesse Collins Entertainment to bring this virtual celebration together to celebrate what is a cultural pillar of the black community.”

“BET is proud to partner with YouTube Originals to bring the HBCU Homecoming experience to our audience, at a time when culture and connection has never been more important,” said BET President Scott Mills. “Second only to Homecoming, the rich history of HBCUs is probably best illustrated through their vast alumni networks, in many powerful positions across fields from medicine to politics and entertainment; with many bringing their talent to contribute to BET’s legacy. We have deep personal connections to HBCU culture and we are thrilled to partner with YouTube in this reimagining of the HBCU Homecoming experience.”

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With Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country cancelling their annual Homecomings due to the global pandemic, YouTube will take the momentous celebration virtual.  This two-hour livestream will be filled with homecoming traditions to raise funds for the United Negro College Fund who plan to split 50% with Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Expect musical performances, band performances from Jackson State University’s Sonic Boom of The South, and FAMU’s Marching 100, Step performances, as well as appearances from students, alumni, YouTube creators and inspirational video packages representing the legacy of HBCUs.

“HBCU Homecoming 2020: Meet Me On The Yard” is sponsored on YouTube by Target and American Family Insurance.

Executive Producers of “HBCU Homecoming 2020: Meet Me On The Yard” are Jesse Collins, Shawn Gee, Dionne Harmon, Brandon Pankey and Chris Wagner.

The #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund is a $100M fund dedicated to amplifying and developing the voices of Black creators and artists and their stories. Over the next three years, this global fund will be used to acquire and produce YouTube Originals programming, and to directly support Black creators and artists to help them thrive on YouTube.

This announcement continues YouTube’s commitment to bringing exceptional entertainment, learning, and timely content to fans around the world including a second installment of “Bear Witness, Take Action,” a conversation aiming to unite and inspire the platform’s global community to take action for racial justice; “Resist,” a documentary series from Black Lives Matter co-found Patrisse Cullors examining the issues of cash bail, unlawful arrest, over-policing of Black and brown neighborhoods, and mass incarceration; “Onyx Family Dinner,” a weekly series gathering the multi-generational Onyx family for open conversations about life and what’s going on in the world over dinner; and “Barbershop Medicine” (working title), which will aim to put the “public” back in Public Health and explore the impact race and socioeconomic status have on healthcare and longevity. Additional YouTube Originals centering on global Black experiences and addressing racial justice include: “Together We Rise” (streaming now on GRM Daily’s YouTube Channel ), “Trapped: Cash Bail in America” (streaming now), a special episode of “BookTube” featuring Jason Reynolds (premieres October 22), The Outsiders (premieres February 2021), “Glad You Asked” Season 2 (premieres February 2021), and new episodes of the award-winning Kids & Family series Lockdown (new episodes premiere November 19).

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About YouTube Originals:
YouTube Originals are award-winning, creative and engaging scripted and unscripted series and films across music, personalities and learning for fans all over the world. Spotlighting both YouTube creators alongside Hollywood’s biggest stars, YouTube Originals provide an experience that only YouTube can offer. By tapping into the platform’s growing global community, fan engagement product capabilities, and innovative content mixed with pioneering live-streamed specials, there is truly something for everybody. Fans experience YouTube Original content through ad-supported YouTube as well as YouTube Premium, a subscription service that offers access to YouTube Original series and movies, a streaming music platform, and an uninterrupted, ad-free experience across all of YouTube. YouTube Originals are available in nearly 80 countries worldwide.

About BET:
BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news, and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel is in 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa, and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

About Jesse Collins Entertainment:
Jesse Collins Entertainment (JCE) is a full-service television and film production company and has played an integral role in producing many of television’s most memorable moments in music entertainment.  JCE has a multi-year overall agreement with ViacomCBS Cable Networks.  On the theatrical film side, the company also has a first look on JCE’s film development projects which could include Viacom’s film entities such as Paramount Players.  Jesse Collins, founder & CEO of the company, is the executive producer of award-winning and critically acclaimed television that JCE has produced including miniseries—The New Edition Story and The Bobby Brown Story; scripted series—American Soul and Real Husbands of Hollywood; children’s series—Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices; award shows—BET Awards, Black Girls Rock!, BET Honors, UNCF’s An Evening of Stars, BET Hip Hop Awards, ABFF Honors and Soul Train Awards; specials—John Lewis: Celebrating A Hero, Love & Happiness: An Obama Farewell, Change Together: From The March On Washington To Today, Dear Mama, Amanda Seales I Be Knowin’, Def Comedy Jam 25 and Leslie Jones: Time Machine; as well as competition/game shows—Sunday Best, Hip Hop Squares, Nashville Squares and Rhythm & Flow.  Collins is also a producer for the iconic Grammy Awards and will next executive produce The Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show.  Go to jessecollinsent.com for more information on the company.

About Live Nation Urban:
Live Nation Urban (LNU) is a partnership with Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s leading live entertainment company. Specifically focusing on Hip-Hop, R&B and Gospel, LNU builds platforms, events, and festivals globally and develops dynamic content strategies based upon the live properties created. Live Nation Urban considers itself the most powerful source for live urban music. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BRANDY to Perform on 2020 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS w/ Ty Dolla $ign, from XFINITY Stage

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(LOS ANGELES, CA) dick clark productions and NBC today announced that superstar Brandy has been added to the star-studded lineup of performers for the “2020 Billboard Music Awards,” and will perform from the Xfinity Stage. Hosted by Kelly Clarkson, the “2020 Billboard Music Awards” (BBMAs) will broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

Singer, songwriter, producer, and actress Brandy will mark her BBMA performance debut and delight fans with a rendition of her hit “Borderline” as well as  “Almost Doesn’t Count” and  “No Tomorrow” featuring Ty Dolla $ign.

Xfinity also presents a special bonus performance by SAINt JHN – the debut of a new track “Sucks to Be You” off of his upcoming album – available on Xfinity’s YouTube channel now. Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex customers can say “Billboard Music Awards” into the Voice Remote to enjoy SAINt JHN’s bonus performance on the TV, along with a new and never before seen interview with the artist, and also take a look back at the best moments from past BBMAs, listen to music from nominated artists and more.

Previously announced “2020 Billboard Music Awards” performers include Alicia Keys, Kane Brown, Bad Bunny, BTS, Luke CombsDoja CatEn VogueKhalidDemi LovatoSiaPost MaloneSAINt JHN and Swae Lee.Garth Brooks will receive the elite ICON Award, joining only eight other artists who have received the honor, and take the stage for a highly anticipated performance.

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Fan-voted awards this year include Billboard Chart Achievement Award, Top Social Artist Award and Top Collaboration Award. Voting is now open and available on TikTok, this year’s primary voting platform, reflecting its increasing impact on music and role as a staging ground for chart-topping hits.

“Billboard Music Awards” nominees and winners are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including MRC Data/Nielsen Music. The awards are based on the chart period of March 23, 2019, through March 14, 2020. Since 1940, the Billboard charts have been the go-to guide for ranking the popularity of artists, songs and albums, and are the ultimate measure of success in music.

The “2020 Billboard Music Awards” is produced by dick clark productions. Amy Thurlow, Mark Bracco, Barry Adelman, Linda Gierahn, Kelly Clarkson and Robert Deaton are executive producers.

For the latest news on the Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs), visit billboardmusicawards.com and  www.billboard.com/bbma. For exclusive content and more, be sure to follow the BBMAs on social media and join the conversation by using the official hashtag for the show, #BBMAs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Killer Mike Named First-Ever Recipient of the Billboard Change Maker Award at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards

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*LOS ANGELES, CA – dick clark productions and NBC today announced that rapper and social activist, Killer Mike, member of hip hop duo Run the Jewels and long-standing social justice activist, will be the recipient of the inaugural Billboard Change Maker Award at the “2020 Billboard Music Awards.”

The award will be presented by Mayor of Atlanta, Kiesha Lance Bottoms at the historic APEX (African American Panoramic Experience) Museum in Atlanta, GA. Hosted by Kelly Clarkson, the “2020 Billboard Music Awards” will broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

Historically, music has been a major vehicle for change, protest, and outcry regarding the need for a fair and equitable society. From Marvin Gaye and Janis Joplin to Nina Simone and Bob Dylan, music artists have continued to make significant artistic contributions to the social justice and civil rights movements and have made palpable efforts on both the world stage as well as through grassroots efforts. The Billboard Change Maker Award honors the artist or group that speaks truth to power through their music, celebrity and community. They are socially conscious, politically aware, active in their community and charitable with time, money and/or influence to improve the lives of others.

Killer Mike’s dedication to equality, social justice and financial literacy in the Black community has catapulted him as a headlining figure of social responsibility and activism, as demonstrated in the wake of the slayings of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Rayshard Brooks.

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Throughout his 20-year music career, Mike has been instrumental in the social justice and civil rights movements leading nationwide voter registration initiatives within the Black community, creating opportunities for Black businesses to thrive by educating civic leaders and community members, particularly youth, on the importance of entrepreneurship and financial responsibility. He has used his platform to educate, inspire and motivate an entire generation to become the change they want to see.

“This award highlights and recognizes the attributes of a true social justice warrior in the field of music who has made exemplary strides to lead the community in positive changemaking advocacy,” said Datwon Thomas, MRC’s VP, Cultural Media and Consulting Producer for the Billboard Music Awards. “In partnership with a diverse committee of colleagues at MRC and our cultural inclusion committee, BLAC, we selected Killer Mike for his contributions to the current movement and culture and his tangible efforts to make national  and grassroots change.”

Previously announced “2020 Billboard Music Awards” performers include Alicia Keys, Bad Bunny, BTS, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Doja Cat, En Vogue, Khalid, Swae Lee, Demi Lovato, Sia, Post Malone and SAINt JHN. Garth Brooks will receive the elite ICON Award, joining only eight other artists who have received the honor, and take the stage for a highly anticipated performance.

Fan-voted categories this year include Billboard Chart Achievement Award, Top Social Artist and Top Collaboration. Voting is now open and available on TikTok, this year’s primary voting platform, reflecting its increasing impact on music and role as a staging ground for chart-topping hits.

“Billboard Music Awards” nominees and winners are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including MRC Data/Nielsen Music. The awards are based on the chart period of March 23, 2019 through March 14, 2020. Since 1940, the Billboard charts have been the go-to guide for ranking the popularity of artists, songs and albums, and are the ultimate measure of success in music.

The “2020 Billboard Music Awards” is  sponsored by TikTok and Xfinity.

The “2020 Billboard Music Awards” is produced by dick clark productions. Amy Thurlow, Mark Bracco, Barry Adelman, Linda Gierahn, Kelly Clarkson and Robert Deaton are executive producers.

For the latest news on the Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) visit billboardmusicawards.com and  www.billboard.com/bbma. For exclusive content and more, be sure to follow the BBMAs on social media and join the conversation by using the official hashtag for the show, #BBMAs.

Twitter: @BBMAs | FacebookFB.com/TheBBMAs | Instagram: @bbmas

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About dick clark productions:

dick clark productions (dcp) is the world’s largest producer and proprietor of televised live event entertainment programming with the “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “American Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” and the “Streamy Awards.” Weekly television programming includes “So You Think You Can Dance” from 19 Entertainment and dcp. dcp also owns one of the world’s most extensive and unique entertainment archive libraries with more than 60 years of award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming. dcp is part of MRC Live & Alternative, a division of diversified global entertainment company MRC. For additional information, visit www.mrcentertainment.com

 

 

 

 

 

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