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Aretha Franklin received a special musical tribute at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. The Queen of Soul died at 76 last August and her lasting legacy was recognized by Andra Day, Yolanda Adams — who performed at the “Think” singer’s funeral — and Fantasia Barrino, who joined forces to perform “(You Make…

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Donnie McClurkin

The Apollo Theater celebrated the holidays with offerings for the entire family. The stage was set for a night of soul-stirring gospel music for the holidays featuring multi-platinum superstar and five-time Grammy Award winner Yolanda Adams (“Open My Heart” and “The Battle Is the Lord’s”) with Grammy Award winner Donnie McClurkin (“We Fall Down” and “Stand”). Their stunning…

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BMI celebrated the best and brightest in gospel music last night during its 18th annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Honors at the Rialto Center for the Arts in Atlanta. The night paid tribute to iconic gospel singer-songwriter Marvin Sapp and was hosted for the second consecutive year by previous Trailblazer recipient and renowned gospel singer-songwriter…

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TV One will air the 30th Annual Stellar Awards, the premiere Gospel event that recognizes and honors African-American artists, tonight. Performance highlights: Michelle Williams kicked off a soaring opener with a never-before-seen live performance of her single “Say Yes” joined by Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland. Dorinda Clark-Cole joined Deitrick Haddon on his new hit “My…

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Commencement day for the graduates of Disney Dreamers Academy was full of laughter, tears of joy and excitement as 100 Dreamers were armed with knowledge that to take back to their communities. Steve Harvey, Essence magazine’s Michelle Ebanks and a host of special guests gave the students an experience they will never forget. The Dreamers…

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Gospel singer and radio host Yolanda Adams sang “I Believe I Can Fly” at Disney Dreamers Academy 2015 commencement day in Orlando, Florida. The students and the parents were touched by the choice of songs and more importantly by the singer. Adams gave everyone chills as her voice reverberated throughout the building. The lyrics spoke volumes to the…

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Steve Harvey spoke candidly at the eighth annual Disney Dreamers Academy press conference about perseverance. “You get a story and you tell it. You fail well, like Mikki Taylor said; you overcome obstacles like Yolanda Adams said, you understand your place and you keep going,” he said. For more awesome words or wisdom and inspiration,…

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When you can add having worked with the likes of R. Kelly, Bebe and Cece Winans, Yolanda Adams, Michael McDonald and Dave Hollister among others to your résumé, you know you’re doing something right. Chicago-based singer Dante Hall is an independent artist who’s well regarded among his musical peers yet catching fire as an emerging new artist.…

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  The Neighborhood Awards 2014 took over Atlanta in the Georgia World Congress Center with a star-studded blue carpet. Steve Harvey hosted the entire weekend and stood as he watched his beautiful wife Marjorie pose for photos. Above, Tracee Ellis Ross sparkled in a rose sequin skirt while posing to let the media take photos. Check out Claudia Jordan and…

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The Neighborhood Awards 2014 took over Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center August 9 with a star-studded blue carpet. The host of the weekend Steve Harvey and his beautiful wife Marjorie posed and did interviews while more celebs walked by. Above, Claudia Jordan and Tracee Ellis Ross let the media take photos. Check out Kirk Franklin,…

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Last night, the 13th annual BET Awards aired on … well, BET. The ceremony was established to recognize the musical, sports and acting achievements of public figures popular within black American culture. The caliber of each year’s event tends to vary. Chris Rock hosted this year. He passed out chicken and waffles and took shots at everyone…

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Disney Dreamer's Academy Class of 2014

In 2007 the Walt Disney Corporation, Essence Magazine and Steve Harvey instituted a learning and leadership program called the Disney Dreamers Academy.  The DDA takes 100 high school students from diverse backgrounds and situations and brings them to Disney World for an exciting 4 days of immersive learning, leadership and Disney fun. This year’s group…

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