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Sunday’s Best Recap [Episode 9]: And the final two are…..

So this week’s Sunday’s Best episode, certainly did not disappoint. It started off with an awesome performance from the wonderful Clark Sisters as well as a performance by the wonderful Kiera Sheard!

In case you haven’t been keeping up, this season had some of the best singers EVER! The judges definitely had a best of the best to choose from, and last week they windled the group down to the top 4: Michael Lampkin, Joshua Rogers, Denetra Moore, and Alexis Speight.

Now let’s recap the performances.

First up was Denetra Moore, singing her own version of “Jesus will work it out”. As always she did great. Although the judges agree that her voice is amazing, Donnie McClurkin noted that there were a few mistakes during the performance. CeCe said that she just wanted her to be a little relaxed while Moore’s biggest fan, Yolanda Adams, simply loved everything from head to toe. Adams even called the performance “impeccable”. Overall I thought she did good, she definitely can SANG!!!

Next up, Pastor Michael Lampkin sung “Awesome God” by Fred Hammond. Now, I love his voice! And lucky for him the judges did too! CeCe proclaimed “..You know how to have church…Great Job!” Yolanda was delighted by Lampkin’s ability to master the “art and science of singing”. Overall he did great. McClurkin said “I love that you enjoyed it”, however he did note that it was a moment where Pastor Lampkin saved himself when he got lost in the words.

Alexis Speight was up next doing Kim Burrell’s “Calvary”. Now this was a very bold move and Kim Burrell definitely did not make it any easier when coaching Speight on the vocals. But somehow Speight seemed unnerved and ultimately, NAILED it! Her performance gained Kudos from all three judges and as a special bonus even Kim Burrell gave her a “two thumbs up”! Well done!

And finally, eighteen year old Joshua Rogers shined his vocals in singing “Well Done” by Deitrick Haddon. It is easy to see the anointing on this young man. He seems so humble and it is easy why he has become a fan favorite. The judges agreed that his performance was “well done”. McClurkin even said “I couldn’t be prouder of you than if you were my own son”.

All were great but unfortunately only two could stay to wow us away next week.

And the final two are:

Joshua Rogers and Alexis Speight!!

Congratulations, can’t wait to tune in next week!!

Kirk Franklin, Bishop T.D Jakes take home awards, Yolanda Adams performs in tribute to Whitney Houston, at 43rd Annual NAACP Image Awards

Yolanda Adams

This past Friday, the NAACP Image Awards took place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Samuel L. Jackson presented filmmaker, George Lucas with the Vanguard Award. The filmmaker was honored for his collection of work over the past few decades, including the recent hit “Red Tails,” which tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, who were also present during the event.

Gospel singer Kirk Franklin took home the award for Outstanding Gospel Album. He also performed Houston’s “The Greatest Love of All” before launching into his uplifting song, “Today.”

Yolanda Adams sang, “I Love the Lord, He Heard My Cry” as part of a tribute to Whitney Houston, who died last week. Adams ended her tribute stating, “We love you, Nip,” referring to the nickname Houston’s father gave her as a child.

Check out the performance below: (Tribute starts at the 1:17 mark)

Here is the complete list of winners:

Outstanding New Artist
Diggy Simmons – Winner
Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.
Mindless Behavior
Wynter Gordon

Outstanding Male Artist
Anthony Hamilton
Bruno Mars
Cee Lo Green – Winner
Chris Brown

Outstanding Female Artis
Jennifer Hudson
Jill Scott – Winner
Mary J. Blige

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
Boyz II Men
Cee Lo Green feat. Melanie Fiona
Mary J. Blige feat. Drake – Winner
Sounds of Blackness
The Roots

Outstanding Jazz Album
“Chano y Dizzy” – Terence Blanchard and Poncho Sanchez
“Friends” – Stanley Jordan
“Guitar Man” – George Benson – Winner
“Legacy” – Gerald Wilson
“Road Show Vol. 2” – Sonny Rollins

Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary)
“Becoming” – Yolanda Adams
“Church on the Moon” – Deitrick Haddon
“Hello Fear” – Kirk Franklin – Winner
“Something Big” – Mary Mary
“The Journey” – Andrae Crouch

Outstanding World Music Album
“Afrodiaspora” – Susana Baca
“Carnival Fever” – Brother B
“Live at 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival” – Boukman Eksperyans
“Sounds of Blackness” – Sounds of Blackness – Winner
“The First Grader” – Alex Heffes

Outstanding Music Video
“25/8” – Mary J. Blige
“Hear My Call” – Jill Scott
“I Was Here” – Beyoncé
“Someone Like You” – Adele
“Where You At” – Jennifer Hudson – Winner

Outstanding Song
“Best Thing I Never Had” – Beyonce
“Fool for You” feat. Melanie Fiona – Cee Lo Green
“I Smile” – Kirk Franklin – Winner
“So In Love” feat. Anthony Hamilton – Jill Scott
“Someone Like You” – Adele

Outstanding Album
“4” – Beyonce
“F.A.M.E. ” – Chris Brown
“I Remember Me” – Jennifer Hudson – Winner
“Lasers” – Lupe Fiasco
“The Light of the Sun” – Jill Scott

Outstanding Motion Picture
“Jumping the Broom”
“The First Grader”
“The Help” – Winner
“Tower Heist”

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Eddie Murphy – “Tower Heist”
Laurence Fishburne – “Contagion”
Laz Alonso -“Jumping the Broom” – Winner
Oliver Litondo – “The First Grader”
Vin Diesel – “Fast Five”

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Adepero Oduye – “Pariah”
Emma Stone -” The Help”
Paula Patton – “Jumping the Broom”
Viola Davis – “The Help” – Winner
Zoe Saldana – “Colombiana”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Anthony Mackie – “The Adjustment Bureau”
Charles Parnell – “Pariah”
Don Cheadle – “The Guard”
Jeffrey Wright – “The Ides of March”
Mike Epps – “Jumping the Broom” – Winner

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Bryce Dallas Howard – “The Help”
Cicely Tyson – “The Help”
Kim Wayans – “Pariah”
Maya Rudolph – “Bridesmaids”
Octavia Spencer – “The Help” – Winner

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
“I Will Follow”
“Pariah” – Winner
“The First Grader”

Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture
“A Separation”
“Attack the Block”
“In the Land of Blood and Honey” – Winner
“Le Havre”
“Life, Above All”

Outstanding Documentary (Theatrical or Television)
“Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest”
“Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey”
“Sing Your Song” – Winner
“The Rescuers”
“Thunder Soul”


Outstanding Comedy Series
“Love That Girl! ”
“Modern Family”
“Reed Between the Lines”
“The Game”
“Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” – Winner

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Dule Hill – “Psych”
Malcolm-Jamal Warner – “Reed Between the Lines” – Winner
Phil Morris – “Love That Girl!”
Pooch Hall – “The Game”
Terry Crews – “Are We There Yet?”

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Tatyana Ali – “Love That Girl! ”
Tia Mowry-Hardrict – “The Game”
Tracee Ellis Ross – “Reed Between the Lines” – Winner
Vanessa Williams – “Desperate Housewives”
Wendy Raquel Robinson – “The Game”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Craig Robinson – “The Office”
Damon Wayans, Jr. – “Happy Endings”
J.B. Smoove – “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Nick Cannon – “Up All Night” – Winner
Tracy Morgan – “30 Rock”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Amber Riley – “Glee”
Gabourey Sidibe – “The Big C”
Keshia Knight Pulliam – “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” – Winner
Maya Rudolph – “Up All Night”
Sofia Vergara – “Modern Family”

Outstanding Drama Series
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Grey’s Anatomy”
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” – Winner
“The Good Wife”

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Andre Braugher – “Men of a Certain Age”
Hill Harper – “CSI: NY”
L.L. Cool J – “NCIS: Los Angeles” – Winner
Taye Diggs – “Private Practice”
Wendell Pierce – “Treme”

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Chandra Wilson – “Grey’s Anatomy”
Khandi Alexander – “Treme”
Regina King – “SouthLAnd” – Winner
Sandra Oh – “Grey’s Anatomy”
Taraji P. Henson – “Person of Interest”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Corey Reynolds – “The Closer”
Ice T – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
James Pickens, Jr. – “Grey’s Anatomy” – Winner
Nelsan Ellis – “True Blood”
Omar Epps – “House M.D.”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Alfre Woodard – “Memphis Beat”
Anika Noni Rose – “Law & Order Special Victims Unit”
Archie Panjabi – “The Good Wife” – Winner
Diahann Carroll – “White Collar”
Loretta Devine – “Grey’s Anatomy”

Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
“Hallmark Hall of Fame, Mitch Albom’s Have a Little Faith”
“The Least Among You”
“Thurgood” – Winner

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Esai Morales – “We Have Your Husband”
Idris Elba – “Luther”
Laurence Fishburne – “Thurgood” – Winner
Louis Gossett, Jr. – “The Least Among You”
Samuel L. Jackson – “The Sunset Limited”

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Anika Noni Rose – “Hallmark Hall of Fame, Mitch Albom’s Have a Little Faith” Jenifer Lewis – “Five”
Rosario Dawson – “Five”
Taraji P. Henson – “Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story” – Winner
Tracee Ellis Ross – “Five”

Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
Aaron D. Spears – “The Bold and the Beautiful”
Bryton James -” The Young and the Restless”
Emerson Brooks – “All My Children” – Winner
James Reynolds – “Days of Our Lives”
Texas Battle – “The Bold and the Beautiful”

Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
Christel Khalil – “The Young and the Restless”
Julia Pace Mitchell – “The Young and the Restless”
Tatyana Ali – “The Young and the Restless” – Winner
Tonya Lee Williams – “The Young and the Restless”
Yvette Freeman – “The Bold and the Beautiful”

Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special)
“BET News Exclusive: The President Answers Black America”
“Judge Mathis”
“Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel”
“Unsung” – Winner
“Washington Watch with Roland Martin”

Outstanding Talk Series
“Anderson ”
“Oprah’s Lifeclass” – Winner
“The Doctors”
“The View”
“The Wendy Williams Show”

Outstanding Reality Series
“All-American Muslim”
“American Idol”
“Dancing with the Stars” – Winner
“Sunday Best”
“Tia & Tamera”

Outstanding Variety Series or Special
“2011 BET Awards”
“Black Girls Rock! ”
“Oprah Presents: Master Class” – Winner
“Prince! Behind the Symbol”
“UNCF An Evening of Stars Tribute to Chaka Khan”

Outstanding Children’s Program
“A.N.T. Farm”
“Dora the Explorer”
“Go, Diego! Go! ”
“I Can Be President: A Kid’s-Eye View” – Winner
“My Family Tree”

Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children’s Program (Series or Special)
China Anne McClain – “A.N.T. Farm”
Keke Palmer – “True Jackson, VP” – Winner
Lance Robertson – “Yo Gabba Gabba”
Leon Thomas III – “Victorious”
Zendaya Coleman – “Shake It Up”

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction
“A Silken Thread” – Brenda Jackson
“Boundaries” – Elizabeth Nunez
“Say Amen, Again” – Reshonda Tate Billingsley – Winner
“Silver Sparrow” – Tayari Jones
“The Plot Against Hip Hop: A Novel” – Nelson George

Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction
“Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America” – Melissa Harris-Perry
“Super Rich” – Russell Simmons
“The Cosmopolitan Canopy” – Elijah Anderson
“The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in Its Place” – Hill Harper – Winner
“Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means to Be Black Now” – Toure

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author
“2Grieve 2Gether: A Journal from the Heart Helping Survivors & Supporters Navigate the Healing Process” – Denise Hall Brown
“A Defining Moment”- Patricia Duncan
“The Loom” – Shella Gillus
“The Strawberry Letter” – Lyah Le Flore – Winner
“We the Animals” – Justin Torres

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Auto-Biography
“A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother” – Janny Scott
“Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention” – Manning Marable
“My Song” – Harry Belafonte – Winner
“No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington” – Condoleezza Rice
“The John Carlos Story” – John Carlos, Dave Zirin

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional
“A Year to Wellness and Other Weight Loss Secrets” – Bertice Berry
“Living My Dream: An Artistic Approach to Marketing” – Synthia Saint James
“Our Difficult Sunlight: A Guide to Poetry, Literacy, & Social Justice in Classroom & Community” – Quraysh Ali Lansana
“The T.D. Jakes Relationship Bible: Life Lessons on Relationships from the Inspired Word of God” – T.D. Jakes – Winner
“Too Important to Fail: Saving America’s Boys” – Tavis Smiley (Author), Juan Roberts (Illustrator)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry
“Afro Clouds & Nappy Rain: The Curtis Brown Poems” – James Golden – Winner
“Head Off & Split” – Nikky Finney
“Honoring Genius: The Narrative of Craft, Art, Kindness and Justice” – Haki Madhubuti
“Intimate Thoughts” – Darrin Henson (Author), Anna Saunders (Illustrator)
“Last Seen” – Jacqueline Jones Lamon

Outstanding Literary Work – Children
“Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band” – Kwame Alexander (Author), Tim Bowers (Illustrator)
“Before There Was Mozart” – Lesa Cline-Ransome (Author), James Ransome (Illustrator)
“Heart and Soul” – Kadir Nelson (Author/Illustrator)
“White Water” – Michael S. Bandy (Author), Shadra Strickland (Illustrator)
“You Can Be A Friend” – Tony Dungy (Author), Ron Mazellan (Illustrator) – Winner

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens
“Camo Girl” – Kekla Magoon
“Eliza’s Freedom Road: An Underground Railroad Diary” – Jerdine Nolan (Author), Sadra Strickland (Illustrator)
“Jesse Owens: I Always Loved Running” – Jeff Burlingame – Winner
“Kick” – Walter Dean
“Planet Middle School” – Nikki Grimes

Yolanda Adams debuts new video, “Be Still”

Be Still Music Video
Earlier this week gospel recording artist, author and radio show host Yolanda Adams‘ debuted her new video, “Be Still”!

Check it out below and let us know what you think!!

Recap: Episode 10 of BET’s Sunday’s Best Season 3

Sunday's Best Season 3

Okay tonight the show was divided into two double the fun!! For the first half the special guest was Israel Houghton. He sung, “Moving Forward”. I love that song. He did an awesome job. If you don’t already have the album you simply can’t delay in getting it today. It is featured on his latest solo project, entitled “The Power of One” .

The Power Of One

Durward Davis, was up first singing Eric Clapton’s, “Change the World”. He took that song to another level .

LeeAnndria Johnson, singing “Heaven Help Us All”, she did a good job. I wasn’t particularly overwhelmed but she did a good job nonetheless.

Elder Goldwire McLendon was up next. Singing, “Falling in Love With Jesus”. He really delivered. I can’t say too much more. His voice is amazing, his wisdom is empowering, and his endurance is strengthening to all. God bless him!!

Okay, time for the second half. It starts of with special guest, Brian Courtney Wilson, singing one of my favorites, “All I Need”. I was blessed to see him perform live a few months ago and I encourage all to check him out if you ever have a chance.

Durward Davis back up for the second time singing, “I Need You Now”. All the judges felt that he took them on a journey throughout the song. Tina said, “You are just so polished..your presence is so are a skilled professional”. Durward always do a good job but his story isn’t as good as LeeAndria and Elder McLendon so I am not sure where that leaves him. Well I guess we will know by the end of the night!!

LeeAndria Johnson, singing “I love the lord he heard my cry..” She sung that song. That girl can sing. Her voice is such a powerhouse. She started shouting at the end and gave a praise that you wouldn’t believe!! Get it LeeAndria!! The judges loved her and so did I. Yolanda said, “You have not seen what God is going to do to you.” Donnie is a preaching brother. God truly speaks to him and I am grateful for it.

Elder Goldwire McLendon, sung “Ole Happy Day”. Tina, “You are just good, good, good…I just love you!”. Yolanda, “..You make us want to keep living for God..”. Donnie McClurkin said, “No matter what happen, you are Sunday’s Best”.

Now, only two can advance to the next round. This was a really hard decision.

And the two finalist are….Elder Goldwire McLendon and LeeAndria Johnson. So it is up to us next week. We have to vote so stay tuned!!!

Recap: Episode 8 of BET’s Sunday’s Best Season 3

Sunday's Best Season 3

Back again..and we are now down to seven finalist..let’s go..

To begin, Chrisette Michelle was the guest artist for today. She sung “Stand”. Chrisette looks amazing and job she did on the song was just as awesome as she looke!!. The theme for tonight was “One Mic”, wherein they limited the musical instruments in an effort to focus on the vocals. Remember we are down to seven finalists so let’s not waste time!!

First up was Dathan Thigpen (You know the handsome brother with the dreadlocks). Tina felt that something about it didn’t quite connect for her. The other judges agreed. He didn’t do as well as I expected. I never really got into his performance and it is sad because his performance last week was great, so you know he is quite capable of doing better.
Next up, Tiffany Carlin-Laird, singing “Goin up Yonder” (one of my favorite songs), and she did a great job. Tina loved it. Yolanda said, “I know that Tremaine Hawkins would love to hear you sing that.” Donnie loved it as well. Without a doubt, we will be seeing her next week.

Durward Davis, was up next. He sung, Kirk Franklin’s “Lean on Me”. I love his range. He really changed the song up, even Kirk Franklin was in awe. Donnie said “What you did in a few minutes with that song was remarkable..” Tina, “That was utter complete shear perfection to me.”

Now, the wild card winner from last week, Martha Burries. It is something about her that I like. Since they decided to bring her back as a wild card pick. And both weeks she has gave stellar performances. So Kudos to the judges for that choice!! As far as her performance tonight, Yolanda said it best when she said, “I think your talent is tremendous”. Tina followed up with “You are probably the most skillful singer in the competition”. Enough said.

Up next…Brian Smith singing Katinas, “Lord I lift my Name on High”. Tina and Yolanda were generous, noting that they liked it. But Donnie felt that it didn’t quite connect for him. I think all 3 judges were right. Brian did a good job singing but I think he could have did more.

LeeAndria Johnson did her THING!! She sung, “Endow Me” by Coko. That girl can sing without a doubt. Yolanda said she is “One of the most phenomenal female voices of our time.” Wow!!

Saving the best for last, Goldwire McLendon, sung “How Great Thou Art”. And once again, he did what he do best. I am constantly amazed by the powerful voice of this man. We should all hope that we have the anointing and power that this man has at 79 years young!!

Now it’s time for elimination and to no surprise Brian Smith and Dathan were sent home. So now we are down to 5 finalists! Can’t wait until next week!!

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