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ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon Salutes “The Power Of Our Presence”

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ESSENCE today announced the 8th Annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon honorees via an online press conference hosted by Access Hollywood correspondent Shaun Robinson and ESSENCE’s Editor-In-Chief Vanessa K. De Luca.

The 2015 Black Women in Hollywood Award will go to Adrienne C. Moore, Danielle Brooks, Laverne Cox, Lorraine Toussaint, Samira Wiley, Uzo Aduba, and Vicky Jeudy of the Emmy Award-winning series Orange Is The New Black (Vanguard Award); powerhouse actress/director Regina King (Fierce & Fearless Award); breakout British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Lincoln Breakthrough of the Year Award) and Academy Award-nominated costume designer Ruth E. Carter (Visionary Award).

The Black Women in Hollywood luncheon will take place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on February 19, 2015, to recognize the extraordinary achievements of trailblazing women in film and television.

“The past year has been a game-changer for women in Hollywood.  We are creating, performing and calling the shots,” said De Luca. “By recognizing our leading ladies both in front of and behind the camera, ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood illuminates the ‘Power of our Presence.'”

“ESSENCE embodies the diversity of our stories, and Black Women in Hollywood allows us to honor fresh and innovative storytelling, as well as groundbreaking portrayals,” added ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks.  “This year we are proudly honoring seven brilliant actresses from the original hit series Orange is the New Black; a critically-acclaimed actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw; an accomplished performer and director with a career spanning three decades Regina King; and an inspirational creative talent Ruth E. Carter.”

2015 marks the 45th anniversary of ESSENCE magazine.  Since its inception in 1970, ESSENCE has been dedicated to the progress, uplifting and celebration of African-American women in all fields including film and entertainment.  Black Women in Hollywood commemorates the brand’s annual Hollywood issue (March), which will be available on newsstands on February 13th. is giving fans exclusive access to the style and substance of Black Women in Hollywood by live streaming all the red-carpet action, including interviews with the stars, starting at 11:00 a.m. PST/2:00 p.m. EST and re-airing that evening at 6 p.m. PST/9 p.m. EST.

Since its debut in 2008, the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood event has honored some of the most cherished figures in the industry, including: Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong‘o, Ava Duvernay, Halle Berry, Viola Davis, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Angela Bassett, Queen Latifah, Alfre Woodard, Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, Jennifer Hudson, Zoe Saldana, Mary J. Blige, Gabourey Sidibe, Quvenzhané Wallis, Jurnee Smollett, Ruby Dee, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson, Loretta Devine, Naomie Harris, Gabrielle Union, Mara Brock-Akil, Gina Prince-Bythewood, and Suzanne de Passe.  As a highlight of Oscar week, this elegant luncheon has hosted much ofHollywood’s elite, including Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Amy Adams, Emma Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Forest Whitaker, James Cameron,Terrence Howard and Laurence Fishburne, among many others.

Stay tuned to for highlights and behind-the-scenes access to ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood.  Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @essencemag #BlackWomeninHollywood.  Join in the discussion on Facebook.

The ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon is presented by Lincoln, and sponsored by Colgate® Optic White®, Geicoand L’Oreal Paris.

About Essence Communications Inc.:
Essence Communications Inc. (ECI) is the number one media company dedicated to African-American women, with a multi-platform presence in publishing, live events, and online.  The company’s flagship publication, ESSENCE magazine, is the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women; generating brand extensions such as the ESSENCE FestivalESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood and Black Women in MusicWindow on Our Women and Smart Beauty consumer insights series, the ESSENCE Book, and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD). For 45 years, ESSENCE, which has a brand reach of 13.4 million, has been the leading source of cutting-edge information and specific solutions relating to every area of African-American women’s lives.  Additional information about ECI and ESSENCE is available at

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Bishop TD Jakes Sues Young Jeezy

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Bishop Jakes Sues Jeezy for using a passage of his sermon, according to new lawsuit

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 04: Bishop TD Jakes onstage at the 2014 Essence Music Festival on July 4, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS, LA – JULY 04: Bishop TD Jakes onstage at the 2014 Essence Music Festival on July 4, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)


According to Financial Juneteenth, Bishop TD Jakes has filed a lawsuit against Young Jeezy for using a passage of one of his sermons on the remix of his song, ‘Holy Ghost.’ The remix also featured popular rapper Kendrick Lamar.

A statement was released by TD Jakes Ministries: “SPECIAL NOTICE: The ‘Holy Ghost’ remix by Jeezy featuring Kendrick Lamar was produced without the knowledge or consent of T.D. Jakes, TDJ Enterprises, Dexterity Music or its associated companies. We are taking the necessary legal actions to stop the unauthorized use of T.D. Jakes’ intellectual property.”

The basis of the song centers on the type of lifestyle the two rappers are living as opposed to the lifestyle they grew up with. The conflicts of being a celebrity yet knowing that some of the things they do and the way they are isn’t necessarily the correct way to live.

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Young Jeezy Gives $1 Million Scholarship Donation

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Young Jeezy is making a difference and giving back. The rapper donated $1 Million to the Jay Morrison Academy which will help provide resources needed to help students succeed in the real estate profession.

The Atlanta rapper recently posted a picture of him and several students with a $1 million check that he and his Street Dreamz Foundation are donating to the real estate company Jay Morrison Academy.

With the help of Young Jeezy, students interested in having a successful real estate career will be awarded a free month’s scholarship at the academy including two bi-weekly mentorship calls with real estate agent Jay Morrison, four lessons on “How to Become a Real Estate Investor,”virtual protege lessons, a Jay Morrison Academy textbook and more.

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Ray Parker Jr. Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Musician Ray Parker Jr. (C) reacts as his Star is unveiled in Hollywood, California on March 6, 2014. Parker was the recipient of the 2,518th star in the Category of Recording along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Musician Ray Parker Jr. (C) reacts as his Star is unveiled in Hollywood, California on March 6, 2014. Parker was the recipient of the 2,518th star in the Category of Recording along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)


Ray Parker received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame March 6, 2014. PopSource TV News was on location and witnessed Ray Parker Jr. receiving his Star, an honor so deserving of a man of many talents.

The famed musician has decades of industry credits as a songwriter, musician, producer, guitarist and hitmaker. As reported by Andrew Barker from Variety, his famed hit “Ghostbusters,” went on to top the Billboard singles chart for three straight weeks.

Of course, long before he made “Who you gonna call?” an international catchphrase, Parker, who’ll be 60 in May, was one of the first names on the Motown call sheet as a studio guitarist. At age 13, he played his first gigs at Detroit’s legendary 20 Grand club, backing up the likes of the Spinners, the Temptations and Gladys Knight. He cut his first studio session — at the behest of legendary Motown songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland — at 16. And by 18, he was playing with Stevie Wonder on a national tour with the Rolling Stones.

Parker’s stock as a studio player rose further when he moved to California, sleeping at Lamont Dozier’s house and later following him from Motown to Hot Wax Records, where he played on his first No. 1 track, Honey Cone’s “Want Ads.”

“He would play certain high riffs on the high strings with this very unique touch,” Dozier remembers. “Like B.B. King has those distinctive licks, Ray came up with these figures that he became well known for. They were so ‘Ray Parker.’ There are certain guitar players where you just know they’re on certain sessions just by hearing it, and he’s one of those guys.”
It took well over a decade for Parker to fully break out as a solo artist — which he did with the help of Clive Davis, whom Parker calls his “personal Moses” — and only after he’d proven his songwriting chops penning tunes for Barry White, Chaka Khan and Leo Sayer. Though it was never for lack of ambition that he stayed behind the scenes.

“I used to walk around in those days with a black T-shirt that had gold letters that said: ‘I’m a Fucking Genius.’ I used to wear it everywhere,” Parker recalls. “I’ve never wanted to blend in. I was always kind of a big-mouthed guy, from the Muhammad Ali school.”

Recording as Raydio, Parker notched a top 10 hit right off the blocks with 1978’s “Jack and Jill,” and reached No. 4 under his own name with 1982’s “The Other Woman.”


Shemar Moore To Attend JUSTICE LEAGUE WAR: West Coast Premiere

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The Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s West Coast Premiere festivities for Justice League: War will take place at The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles on January 30, 2014.


Primetime television stars Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds), Jason O’Mara (Terra Nova, Vegas), and Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs) are scheduled to attend.


As reported by Voices of Krypton, O’Mara provides the voice of Batman, Moore is Cyborg and Gorham is The Flash – three key super heroes finding each other as one of the central themes of the film. Justice League: War, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies, will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on February 4, 2014. Cast members and filmmakers will participate in red carpet media interviews, the screening and a post-screening panel discussion at The Paley Center for Media.

Also confirmed to attend are the voices of lead villains Darkseid and Desaad – Steve Blum and Bruce Thomas, respectively – as well as producer James Tucker, director Jay Oliva, eight-time Emmy Award winning dialogue/casting director Andrea Romano, screenwriter Heath Corson and character designer Phil Bourassa. Additional panelists will be announced as confirmed.


While the event is completely sold out, there are a few giveaway opportunities on the horizon. Fans should stay tuned to their favorite DC-centric websites – especially – over the coming days for a chance at a special ticket giveaway.

About Justice League: War …
When the powerful Darkseid and his massive, relentless forces invade Earth, a group of previously unaligned super heroes – misunderstood and, in some cases, hunted by the authorities – discover the only way to fend off the attack will be to work together as a cohesive unit. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Shazam and, in his origin story, Cyborg combine their respective talents in an all-out battle to save the planet. Based on the 2012 graphic novel, “Justice League: Origin,” by Geoff Johns & Jim Lee, Justice League: War provides a glance into the world before the Justice League was created, and offers the initial animated incarnation of DC Entertainment’s “The New 52.”


The celebrity laden cast features O’Mara, Moore and Gorham as well as Justin Kirk (Weeds) as Green Lantern, Michelle Monaghan (Mission Impossible III, Gone Baby Gone) as Wonder Woman, Alan Tudyk (Suburgatory, 42, Serenity) as Superman, Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) as Shazam, and Rocky Carroll (NCIS) as Silas Stone.


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Broadcast Film Critics Association Host Celebration of Black Cinema (Red Carpet Arrivals)

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The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) hosted a Celebration of Black Cinema at the House of Blues last night. The evening included special performances by Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer and Judith Hill, from the critically-acclaimed documentary ’20 Feet From Stardom.’ Actress Bresha Webb, Dawnn Lewis and other stars were present at the House of Blues Sunset Strip on in West Hollywood.

The star-studded event celebrated this year in black cinema, and highlighted the unprecedented and historic flood of acclaimed films this year.

The even incorporated remarks given from prominent members of the black community.

BFCA member Shawn Edwards, a film critic at Fox 4 Kansas City and the founder of the website “I Love Black Movies,” conceived the original idea for the event.

This year more than 40 notable films and documentaries have opened, primarily written, directed and/or produced by black men and women, along with so many others featuring notable lead and supporting performances by black actors and actresses, the Association noted.

BFCA President Joey Berlin and KTLA’s Sam Rubin were Co-Executive Producers of the event.


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Jennifer Hudson Honored With Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Jennifer Hudson was honored today with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the W Hollywood Hotel. PopSource TV was on location to witness the epic moment for Hudson. Clive Davis introduced the superstar as she stood beside him fighting back tears. Hudson’s long-time beau David Otunga and son were also in attendance. “We are so happy to honor Jennifer Hudson with a star on the Walk of Fame. She is a great talent and a great addition to our Walk of Fame,” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies. “Fans from all over the world have been waiting for this special day since we announced Jennifer’s selection for the star,” added Martinez.

Emcee Leron Gubler, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce unveiled the 2,512th star in the category of Recording at 6262 Hollywood Boulevard in the category of Recording.

As an Academy Award©-winning actress, and Grammy Award-winning singer, Hudson is an extraordinary talent.  From her humble Chicago beginnings, Hudson began singing in a small Chicago church where, week after week, according to sources, she brought the congregation to its feet. It’s no wonder why she has gained worldwide acclaim.

Hudson has most recently been seen in director George Tillman Jr.’s “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete”, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was released in October. The beautifully observed film features Hudson as a drug-addicted mother, “Gloria,” who abandons her son to fend for himself in the projects of New York City for a summer after she’s arrested. Just prior in September, Hudson was seen starring alongside Terrence Howard in Darrell Roodt’s “Winnie Mandela,” in which she plays the titular role of activist, politician and ex-wife to South African President and revolutionary Nelson Mandela.

Hudson was honored with the privilege to perform at the Presidential Inauguration, Super Bowl XLVII and the Academy Awards© in a tribute to movie musicals. In addition, she was also honored by the Recording Academy at the Annual Grammy’s on the Hill for her philanthropic efforts, specifically with her and her sister’s organization, the Julian D. King Gift Foundation. Hudson was also honored at VH1’s Do Something Awards for her charitable work and was honored again in October with the Samsung Galaxy Impact Award at Variety’s Power of Women luncheon.

In 2007, Hudson won an Academy Award© for her role as “Effie” in the smash hit “Dreamgirls,” an adaptation of the Broadway musical.  Her breakout film performance also garnered a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA and an NAACP Image Award. Additional credits include being honored by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the National Board of Review and being named “Entertainer of the Year” at the Soul Train Awards.

Hudson’s 2008 debut self-titled album won a Grammy Award for “Best R & B Album,” which was presented by one of Hudson’s idols, Whitney Houston. She also received three additional nominations including “Best Female R&B Vocal Performance,” “Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals” and “Best R&B Song.” The album then went on to win three awards at the 2009 NAACP Image Awards including “Best Album.” The RIAA Gold Certified album entered Billboard’s Top 200 at No. 2 and marked the biggest first week sales for an R&B female entry since 2004 and has sold more than 1.1 million albums worldwide.

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Meagan Good set to star in NBC’s ‘Deception’

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Actress Meagan Good attends Ok! Magazine's Pre-GRAMMY Event at Tru Hollywood on February 10, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 10: Actress Meagan Good attends Ok! Magazine’s Pre-GRAMMY Event at Tru Hollywood on February 10, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)


Meagan Good is set to star in a new drama series on NBC called “Deception.” According to the Chicago Defender, the overall premise is similar to traditional soap operas but takes a slightly different approach revealing many secrets early on including Vivian’s killer, which surprisingly is not the driving force behind the show.

As the leading lady, Good will be playing the role of undercover detective Joanna Lacasto. In the leading role, she plays a detective that goes undercover to the wealthy family she grew up in as a maid’s daughter to solve a murder.


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Meagan describes her character, Joanna, in “Deception” as tough, ambitious, sarcastic and a little vulnerable, NBC revealed.

The show will also star Laz Alonso, who will play her former lover Will Sacovitch. Alonzo and Good are no strangers when it comes to working together on the same set. The two starred in 2007’s “Stomp The Yard” as well as “Jumping the Broom”, which was released in 2011.

Good has a long history of working in the entertainment industry, and is a sought-after talent in Hollywood. She recently completed a season-long feature on Showtime’s acclaimed series “Californication,” as well as a role in “Think Like a Man,” the feature film based on the best-selling book by Steve Harvey.

Deception debuts on January 7, 2013 at 10 PM EST on NBC.



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Debbie Allen, Phylicia Rashad and Taraji P. Henson team up for a good cause

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Don’t Miss One Night Only! Featuring Debbie Allen, Phylicia Rashad, Taraji P. Henson and Wendy Robinson

Howard University will present a star-studded “One Night Only” Homecoming Gala Concert Cabaret on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Howard Theatre to raise funds for the renovation of Founders Library. The glamorous, entertaining and enlightening evening will be headlined by alums Debbie Allen, Phylicia Rashad, Taraji P. Henson, Wendy Robinson and Sean Combs. They will perform along with a list of friends from Broadway, film and television. Participants will then dance the night away at the Cabaret.

The Homecoming Gala Concert Cabaret is the beginning of a much larger effort that will coincide with the Centennial Celebration of the Moorland-Springarn Research Center and the 75th Anniversary of Founders Library.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


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DeVon Franklin and Meagan Good say “I do”

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Californication star Meagan Good is officially a married woman!

The 30-year-old Jumping The Broom star, walked down the aisle Saturday with DeVon Franklin in Malibu, Calif., her rep confirmed to Us Weekly.

Good was a “gorgeous bride,” a source told Us. “[It was] an enchanting wedding.”

Franklin, 33, an executive at Sony Pictures Entertainment who moonlights as a 7th Day Adventist preacher, proposed to the beautiful actress last March.

Two months after getting engaged, Good opened up to Complex magazine about the qualities she looks for in her perfect mate.

“It would take someone who is spiritual and loves God. Someone who respects my mind and what I have to offer besides my physical appearance,” she told the magazine. “Someone who actually loves other people and is connected to my destiny. This person has to be walking down the same path as I and want the same thing out of life.”

Good and Franklin first met six years ago when discussing a film project. They went on their first date after working together on 2011’s Jumping the Broom.