Thursday, February 16, 2012

"THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO TIM McAFEE-LEWIS” CONCERT TO BENEFIT THE KIERRAH FOUNDATION INCLUDES TRIBUTE TO WHITNEY HOUSTON, FEB. 19




Live Concert Recording to Help Girls Who Age Out of Foster Care

LOS ANGELES – “The Gospel According to Tim McAfee-Lewis,” a concert to benefit The Kierrah Foundation, will be held Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at Agape International Spiritual Center, 5700 Buckingham Parkway, in Culver City, Ca. 90203. All concert proceeds benefit the foundation. The concert will be recorded live.


The event also will include a tribute to the late music icon Whitney Houston featuring Sabrina Johnson, one of Houston’s background singers, who will sing “I Love the Lord” from the soundtrack from “The Preacher’s Wife.” Also, 13-year-old Mimi Sledge will sing Houston’s “The Greatest Love of All.

Founded in 2004 by Brandy Sanders and her late husband Stanley Sanders, The Kierrah Foundation is a multilevel support system for young women who age out of the foster care system without family or friends. The Kierrah Foundation provides material, intellectual and emotional support to these young women. Through customized life plans and wrap-around services that are designed for their specific needs, the organization has guided hundreds of young women through a successful transition from foster care into adulthood.

McAfee-Lewis, who serves as assistant director of the Agape International Choir, has recorded for Island Records, Sony BMI, Capitol Records and Geffen Records. He has performed on the Grammy Award-nominated song, McAfee-Lewis has worked with some of the biggest names in music including Chaka Khan, Will.i.am, John Legend and India.Arie. He has recruited a dozen or so industry friends, each of whom has just as impressive and extensive a musical pedigree as his, for a cause he believes in.

Also performing will be singer/songwriter Nailah Porter who has written songs with Grammy Award-winner Billy Childs, and jazz icons, Tom Scott and Jeff Lorber; and Madeline Thompson and the legendary Clara Ward Singers, gospel .

The vocal artists will be accompanied by the world-renowned Agape House Band, featuring bassist, producer and vocalist Robert McDonald.

“We are a band of seasoned, local music professionals, all of whom are successful in our own right. We may not have the same level of name recognition but have incredible experience and talent that we are lending to a great cause, to help the young women of The Kierrah Foundation,” McAfee-Lewis said.

Special guests also include Mrs. Emma McAfee-Davis (McAfee-Lewis’ mother) and Neomi McClendon (his sister).


For Media/Press Inquiries contact Brandy Sanders at Brandy@kierrahfoundation.org

What you say about Whitney??? John and Ken suspended

Sources just revealed that KFI Radio Talk Show hosts "John and Ken" have been suspended until Monday, February 27 for calling late legendary singer/actress Whitney Houston a "crack ho" on air several times on Tuesday, February 14. Long time On Air Radio Personality and Community Affairs Director for Clear Channel, Josefa Salinas posted her outrage on Facebook stating "As a woman, I was outraged. No matter what your feelings are about the way she lead her life, NO ONE has the right to call a woman a HO.. especially not "alleged" professional broadcasters."
There are thousands who share in this outrage specifically from those of us who are Whitney Houston's fans and friends as the nation still is in shock over her sudden death.

John and Ken are familiar to being "under fire." Recently, they stirred up some major what some referred to as "abuse of broadcasting power" back in September of last year for giving out immigrants rights activist Jorge-Mario Cabrera's cell phone number on air requesting viewers to call Cabrera to protest the California Dream Act.

Click on the link below to hear the show and read more! It is very harsh and disrespectful. 
The Late Whitney Houston Called “Crack Ho” on KFI Los Angeles

Monday, February 13, 2012

Nicki Minaj: Method to the Madness


The internet is on fire, literally, today regarding Nicki Minaj's appearance and performance at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards yesterday. She pushed all types of buttons and took it to a level that many people thought would have never been touched, specifically for a woman of color.


 As many of you know,  Nicki is preparing to release her highly anticipated album, Roman Reloaded.  In fact, it was one of Nicki's alter-ego Roman Zolanski who made a debut at the Grammy Awards.

WHO IS ROMAN ZOLANSKI?
Nicki has been telling Roman's story to the world since the beginning of her music career.

Roman is a gay/transgender male. In her interview with OUT magazine in 2010 she states "Roman is so flamboyant, so outspoken, so open and you know, creative." In that same interview, Nicki  addresses stereotypes and labels. She said " I just don't like that people want you to say what you are and who you are. I just am." 

According to the story, Roman needs rehabilitation because of his "un-normal" ways. He is being labeled as crazy and demonic.  His mother Martha, who is another one of Nicki's egos, is seeking help from the church in wanting her son to be exercised.

Earlier Today, Nicki spoke to TV and Radio Host, Ryan Seacrest discussing her performance and responding to all of the heat that she has been getting. 

She stated that she has been preparing for a movie to be released coinciding with the album. The Grammy performance and Roman Reloaded is his "Coming Out Party."

She is using her talent to challenge the cultural hegemony. She is not the first artist or the last to do so. Nicki tweeted a response earlier about all the negative responses saying " Not 2, Not 1...I wish I at least had a point five percentile  worth of f***s to give right now."  I am looking forward to hearing more of Nicki's ...ooops I mean, Roman's story. 

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Whitney Houston...The Greatest Love...Gone

It is such a sad day specifically for the music world on the eve of the Grammy's. At approximately 3:55PM this afternoon, Legendary singer Whitney Houston died at Beverly Hilton Hotel. It was reported Whitney was preparing for Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Party. The cause of death has yet to be determined. Her publicist has a released a statement confirming her death.
There is speculation that singer Ray J found her. CNN is reporting live up to date details as they unfold.
Whitney Houston gone at the young age of 48.
She and her amazing voice will be truly missed.
She was truly the greatest love of all. Sending lots of prayers to her family and friends.

* Update* It has been reported that Ray J was not the one who discovered Ms. Houston's body, it was in fact her body guard whose name happens to be Ray. Clive Davis paid tribute to the legend at his Pre-Grammy event on Saturday with a moment of silence. Jennifer Hudson sang "I will Always Love you" last night at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. Celebrities, close friends have expressed their sadness and love for an amazing gift who has touched the world.




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