Oprah Winfrey, Chaka Khan, Jordin Sparks Attend Bishop T.D. Jakes’ 35th Anniversary Celebration in Dallas, Texas
On Friday, June 8, 2012, world leaders, dignitaries and celebrities gathered to celebrate spiritual leader and faith-based entertainment mogul Bishop T.D. Jakes‘ 35-year career in ministry at the AT&T Winspear Opera House in Dallas, Texas.
Produced by Ron Weisner Entertainment, the evening was filled with moving tributes, including a special surprise appearance from internationalmedia icon Oprah Winfrey. Hosts Tyler Perry and CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien were among the A-list celebrities participating in the black tie gala, aptly titled “A Triumphant Journey.”
The night included music performances from R&B artists Chaka Khan, Jordin Sparks, Ledisi, KEM, Kelly Price, gospel artists BeBe Winans, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Fred Hammond, Israel Houghton, Karen Clark Sheard, and Mary Mary, and jazz musicians Keiko Matsui and Kirk Whalum.
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Photos Credit to: Cooper Neill, Vernon Bryant, courtesy of TDJ Enterprises/The FrontPage Firm
Phillip Phillips Wins American Idol season 11; Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Chaka Khan performs on Season Finale
Two-Hour Season Finale Featured Performances by Aerosmith, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Neil Diamond and Chaka Khan; Plus Special Duets by John Fogerty and Phillip Phillips; Jennifer Holliday and Jessica Sanchez; Fantasia and Joshua Ledet; Jordin Sparks and Hollie Cavanagh; Reba McEntire and Skylar Laine.
Auditions for Season 12 Held This Summer in Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Newark, NJ; New Orleans, LA; Oklahoma City, OK and San Antonio, TX.
On Wednesday, May 23, 2012 the 11th season of AMERICAN IDOL came to a sensational conclusion tonight as Phillip Phillips was crowned the winner during the live two-hour season finale on FOX. Phillips, 21, from Leesburg, GA, received the most of America’s world record-shattering 132 million votes – the highest number in the show’s history.
Phillips capped his coronation on Wednesday’s finale by singing “Home,” which is available for download exclusively on www.americanidol.com and iTunes.
The broadcast from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles featured performances by the reunited Top 12 finalists, as well as music superstars Aerosmith, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Neil Diamond and Chaka Khan.
Also, in a series of special duets, John Fogerty joined Phillip Phillips; Jennifer Holliday sang with Jessica Sanchez; Season Three winner Fantasia performed with Joshua Ledet; Season Six winner Jordin Sparks accompanied Hollie Cavanagh; and Reba McEntire paired up with Skylar Laine.
On Tuesday night’s final performance show, Phillips and Sanchez each sang three songs. Phillips performed “Stand By Me,” “Movin’ Out” and “Home”; and Sanchez sang “I Have Nothing,” “The Prayer” and “Change Nothing.”
Also, Jason Derulo performed “Undefeated” and Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery returned to IDOL to sing “Please Remember Me.”
Phillips is the 11th finalist to win the coveted AMERICAN IDOL title and a record contract with 19 Recordings. He joins past winners Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze and Scotty McCreery.
Audition cities and dates for AMERICAN IDOL Season 12 include Los Angeles, CA, on Thursday, June 7; San Antonio, TX, on Thursday, June 14; Charlotte, NC, on Tuesday, June 19; Newark, NJ, onSaturday, June 23; Chicago, IL, on Thursday, July 12; and Oklahoma City, OK, on Friday, July 20. Additional details will be announced on www.americanidol.com.
AMERICAN IDOL is produced by 19 Entertainment, a division of CKX, Inc. and FremantleMedia North America. The series is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, CEO, XIX Entertainment, and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America; Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America; and Nigel Lythgoe, CEO, Nigel Lythgoe Productions.
Photos credit to: Michael Becker/Fox.
Source: Fox Broadcasting Company
Celebrity Photographer Travis Jourdain Lands U/5 Role On The Young and The Restless Soap opera airs on CBS
Celebrity Photographer Travis Jourdain will be appearing in the soap opera The Young and the Restless on Friday May 4th, 2012 on CBS at 12:30 pst. Be sure to tune in.
On April 28, 2012 it was announced that Travis Jourdain has decided to jump back into the acting business after taking a break for awhile, and within 2 weeks back in the biz he landed a role on the soap opera The Young and the Restless.
During his break from the acting business he took some time to learn about the “Industry”.
He decided to get into the music business, and started developing artists which he later managed.
Travis also opened a small indie record label that was running for 3 years. He then branched out into the PR business, then spent some time behind a casting desk learning the different aspects of the industry along the way.
With all this under his belt he decided to venture off into another important part of this industry. Which happen to be photography. He found a niche in the photography business and has been pursing a career as a Celebrity Photographer for the past few years.
A veteran in photography, though Travis is fairly new to the Hollywood scene. He has managed to establish himself in such a short period of time as an amazing red carpet, movie stills, and headshot photographer. While doing so has positioned himself right in the middle of all the action. From creating amazing headshots of upcoming and established actors, to covering red carpet events for major celebrities, and shooting stills on movie sets. Capturing these priceless moments is what he does best. So many opportunities have derived from the people, and events that he has associated with such as shooting the 12th Annual Beverly Hills Film Festival Opening Night – Arrivals, Echo Hattix Bday Party, Big Bang New Year’s Eve 2012 Party Hosted by Mario Lopez, Chrysler Presents The 2012 300s with Beats by Dr. Dre, “Riverdance” at the Pantages Theatre Opening Night – Arrivals, 21st Annual Los Angeles Music Awards, 9th Annual Tri-Union Diversity awards, Artist for Peace concert with Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan, 15th Annual Los Angeles Latino awards, 5th Annual Pre-BET Awards Celebration Dinner, Bollywood Hollywood Fusion, Rev. Jesse Jackson 69th Birthday, Last Day of Summer – film screening, American Ballet of Los Angeles, Branded Art Red Carpet w/ Macy Gray, BLO Hair Salon Grand Opening, National Association for Hispanic Advancement, Far East Movement – music group, Mrs. Asia USA, F.A.M.E, MONIQUE COLEMAN OF “HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL”, Heineken | Ashanti Event, E-40′s 40th B-DAY Party, Don Cheadle – Giant Magazine release, SouthMain Rejuvenation Institute Grand Opening and EXOTIFIT. These are just a few of the many engagements that he has been involved with. For more information you can visit Travis Jourdain IMDB at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3292560/ About The Young and the Restless: The Young and the Restless (often abbreviated to Y&R) is an American television soap opera created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell for CBS. The show is set in a fictionalWisconsin town called Genoa City, which is unlike and unrelated to the real life village of the same name, Genoa City, Wisconsin. First broadcast on March 26, 1973, The Young and the Restless was originally broadcast as half-hour episodes, five times a week. It expanded to one hour episodes on February 4, 1980. In 2006, the series began airing encore episodes weeknights on SOAPnet. The series is also syndicated internationally. MEDIA CONTACT: Alex Leon, Director of Marketing & PR World Wide Vital Marketing & Public Relations Inc. TELS: (323) 465-3945 or (213) 321-9408 http://worldwidevitalpr.wordpress.com/ email@example.com Sources: World Wide Vital Marketing and Public Relations, Wikipedia Photo credit to: FIVE MINUTE PHOTOS Graphic credit to: Wikipedia Note: Travis Jourdain is available for television, radio, online, print interviews. Contact Alex Leon at firstname.lastname@example.org to set it up.
Legendary R&B diva Chaka Khan performs live at Never Again Peace Concert Tribute to Stevie Wonder – The Man, The Legend, The Humanitarian.
Also some other special performance appearances were made by R&B crooner Eric Benet, Lalah Hathaway and legendary Armenian singer Flora Martirosian. Among the celebrities were Ron Artest (LA Lakers) and Whitney Houston ex-husband Bobby Brown.
Stevie Wonder received an Award, including art painting at the Never Again Peace Concert.
The purpose of this concert is to increase awareness for crimes against humanity and to encourage world peace.
Photos credit to: Travis Jourdain from Five Minute Photos
Videos courtesy of Diversity News TV
Editor’s Note: It is so funny that this event is supposed to raise awarness peace but saddly the security event company Staff Pro are doing the opposite by making media and fans uncomfortable at the venue by not allowed them even to go to the bathroom. Read my personal opinion blog at http://stevenescobar.blogspot.com/2011/11/staff-prop-staff-at-gibson-amphitheater.html