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35TH ANNIVERSARY STELLAR AWARDS

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(CHICAGO, ILAugust 21, 2020 – This Sunday, music fans, Gospel enthusiasts and anyone looking for a little inspiration can tune into the highly-anticipated 35th Anniversary Stellar Gospel Music Awards premiering on BET and BET Her as a two-hour virtual special on Sunday, August 23 at 6 p.m. ET/5C (with an encore at 9 p.m. ET). The award show will also run in national broadcast syndication in 210 markets starting August 29 – September 27 (check local listings).

Serving as hosts, the award-winning trio of Kirk FranklinJonathan McReynolds and Koryn Hawthorne artfully guide viewers through the virtual salute to 35 years of excellence as “The Greatest Night in Gospel Music” with inspirational performances from Gospel music’s most celebrated artists. Filmed from various locations, the pre-taped special acknowledges all award winners from the “Road to Stellars” pre-show and the main show, with select categories being presented in the broadcast.

One of the evening’s highlights will feature special segments honoring the late Congressman John Lewis with a musical tribute by Cece Winans and contributions of first responder heroes on the front lines of the battle against the Coronavirus pandemic, sponsored by AT&T, AARP, State Farm, Toyota and Proctor & Gamble. As part of the tribute, hosts Franklin, McReynolds and Hawthorne visited frontline workers and presented special Stellar Awards lapel pins in recognition of their service at MeHarry Medical College in Nashville, TN; Jackson Park Hospital in Chicago, IL; and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, TX. In addition, several individuals were highlighted for their efforts to combat the deadly pandemic: Dr. Angela Mosby of Los Angeles, CA for her work at UCLA Urgent Care in the area of Telemedicine; Dr. Michele Reed of Queens NY, a family medicine practitioner who contracted and recovered from COVID-19 while serving others; and Dr. Leon McDougle, the 121st President of the National Medical Association who also serves as a member of the NCAA Coronavirus Panel and Chief Diversity Officer of OSU Medical School. Two organizations have also been noted for their work to combat the devastating effects of COVID-19 on communities of color, the National Urban League and the National Medical Association.

“This is a moment to come together,” said veteran Stellar Awards co-host Kirk Franklin. “We have something very important to say to a world that needs this kind of music, with this particular message, now more than ever. The Stellar Awards is going to provide that as they have for 35 years.”

Performers include Tamela MannAnthony BrownCeCe WinansJames FortuneKoryn HawthorneJ.J. Hairston & Youthful PraiseJonathan McReynoldsTravis GreeneKierra SheardMarvin SappTye TribbettTauren WellsZacardi CortezPastor Mike JrDOERich Tolbert Jr., and more. Emerging artists set to make their Stellar Awards debut include Group FireKeyla RichardsonMelvin Crispell III, and Titus Showers.

The “Road to the Stellars” kicked off with a week-long digital announcement of the non-televised pre-show winners. Pre-Show nominees and winners are announced daily at 6 p.m. CT and began Monday, August 17, continuing through Saturday, August 22 on the Stellar Awards website as well as Facebook and Instagram pages.

The show’s star-studded digital red carpet will be hosted by Gospel artist Jekalyn Carr on Stellar Awards Facebook and Instagram pages at 4 p.m. CT on Saturday, August 23.

The Stellar Awards recognizes the year’s best performances in the genre, honors Gospel music icons and acknowledges the accomplishments of individuals instrumental in advocating for the industry. Previously announced nominees for the 2020 Stellar Awards include veteran Gospel collective Donald Lawrence Presents The Tri-City Singers, who leads the field of nominees with nine nominations. Other top nominees include Gospel icon and Stellar Awards Host, Kirk Franklin and powerhouse singer, producer and performer Tasha Cobbs Leonard with eight nominations each; JJ Hairston (7 Nominations), Bishop Paul S. Morton (6 Nominations), John P. Kee (5 Nominations), Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers (4 Nominations), William Murphy (4 Nominations), Pastor Mike, Jr. (4 Nominations), Maranda Curtis (3 Nominations), and Fresh Start Worship (3 Nominations) round out the field of top nominated artists. For the complete list of the 35th Anniversary Stellar Gospel Music Awards nominees, please visit www.thestellarawards.com.

The Stellar Awards is presented by AT&T. Follow @thestellars for the latest news and updates about the greatest night in Gospel music.

The Stellar Gospel Music Awards show is Executive Produced by Don Jackson, with Jennifer J. Jackson serving as Executive in Charge of Production. Michael A. Johnson serves as producer and director for this year’s award show.

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Tough Love: Los Angeles

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CLEO TV’s new series TOUGH LOVE: LOS ANGELES sheds light on the mental health impacts of heartache and grief in the next episode airing Sunday, January 17, at 9 P.M. ET/8C. The 10-episode prime-time series spinoff is based on the Emmy-nominated web series TOUGH LOVE, which takes a raw and vulnerable look at the very real challenges of losing a loved one and enduring a breakup.  

The crew begins to unravel as this week’s episode addresses themes of self-harm and grief. Having a very difficult time processing her brother’s death, Mya begins to self-medicate. Responding to an apparent plea for help, Rashad urges Story to check on Mya after he receives a cryptic text message. After breaking down the door, they find Mya nearly passed out and attempt to resuscitate her. Story continues to catfish Raymond until he gets fed up with her excuses and decides to cut her off. Brian and Denise continue to butt heads as she doesn’t understand why Brian refuses to use a portion of his investment money on their impending wedding plans.

Created by Caleb and Roni Davis, TOUGH LOVE was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in 2017 for Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama Series. The series is produced by Creative Direction Group. Dexter Cole is Senior Vice President of Program Scheduling and Acquisitions for TV One. For more information about CLEO TV visit www.mycleo.tv and check out CLEO TV YouTube Channel. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TwitterInstagramPinterest and Facebook (@mycleotv) using the hashtag #TOUGHLOVELA and #CLEOTV

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According to Penguin Random House, famed New York Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021 in Los Angeles. Some of his noted works include “Sister Sister,” “Sleeping With Strangers,” and “Walking With Enemies.” Dickey was 59.

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NEW SOUL KITCHEN’S SERVES UP SEASON FINALE DOUBLE-HEADER WITH STEAKHOUSE CLASSICS AND PRESSURE COOKED EATS ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26 AT 9 P.M. ET/8C

New Soul Kitchen Remix Premieres January 9 at 9 P.M. ET/8C

Chef Resha and Chef Bren Herrera pack a savory punch in the kitchen alongside Restaurateur, Entrepreneur and Host Chef Jernard Wells as they prepare a flavor-packed meal and must-haves on the season finale double header of NEW SOUL KITCHEN airing at Saturday, December 26 at 9 P.M. ET/8C and 9:30 P.M./8:30C. The chefs hearty homemade spins on these classic dishes are the perfect solution for restaurant cravings during the winter.

Chef Resha turns up the heat on a decadent Seared Garlic and Butter Steak, pairing the juicy dish with Roasted Sweet Potatoes topped with Savory Cider Caramel. Chef Jernard doubles-down on the flavorful seasonings, preparing Rosemary and Mint Lamb Chops and a side of Maple and Balsamic Brussel Sprouts. The second episode brings Chef Bren‘s deliciously Braised Peppered Oxtail to the table, complemented by Chef Jernard’s Pineapple Jerk Chicken. Tune in to catch these acclaimed chefs who make preparing professional-quality meals at home look like a breeze.  NEW SOUL KITCHEN is produced by Powerhouse Productions, with Rochelle Brown and Sonia Armstead serving as Executive Producers. For CLEO TV, Susan Henry and Gold Morgan serve as Executives in Charge of Production; Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting; and Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production.
For more information about CLEO TV visit www.mycleo.tv and check out CLEO TV YouTube Channel. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TwitterInstagramPinterest and Facebook (@mycleotv) using the hashtag #NEWSOULKITCHEN and #CLEOTV

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