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President and First Lady to Host Concert Honoring Stevie Wonder in the East Room

On Wednesday, February 25th, the President and First Lady will host a concert in the East Room honoring Stevie Wonder, who will be awarded the 2nd annual Gershwin Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Library of Congress.  The concert will be broadcast February 26th on PBS as part of its “In Performance at the White House” series in celebration of African American History Month. 

SOURCE: The White House Press Office

Get into more pics below, and be sure to check out the concert TONIGHT at 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS Stations nationwide.

—Travers

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In the words of Stevie Wonder, “Isn’t She Lovely?”

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Grammy Winners

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Album of the Year: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Raising Sand

Best Rap Album: Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: John Mayer, “Say”

Record of the Year: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, “Please Read the Letter”

Best New Artist: Adele

Best Rock Album: Coldplay, Viva la Vida

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, “Rich Woman”

Song of the Year: Coldplay, “Viva la Vida”

Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group: Sugarland, “Stay”

Best R&B Album: Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Hudson

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Rick Rubin (Death Magnetic, Home Before Dark, Mercy, Seeing Things, Weezer)

Best Rock Song: Bruce Springsteen, “Girls in Their Summer Clothes”

Best Rock Instrumental Performance: “Peaches En Regalia,” Zappa Plays Zappa, Featuring Steve Vai & Napoleon Murphy Brock

Best Metal Performance: Metallica, “My Apocalypse”

Best Hard Rock Performance: The Mars Volta, “Wax Simulacra”

Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Kings of Leon, “Sex on Fire”

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance: John Mayer, “Gravity”

Best Alternative Music Album: Radiohead, In Rainbows

Best Pop Vocal Album: Duffy, Rockferry

Industry Icon Award: Clive Davis

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Rick Rubin (Death Magnetic, Home Before Dark, Mercy, Seeing Things, Weezer)

Best Rock Song: Bruce Springsteen, “Girls in Their Summer Clothes”

Best Rock Instrumental Performance: “Peaches En Regalia,” Zappa Plays Zappa, Featuring Steve Vai & Napoleon Murphy Brock

Best Metal Performance: Metallica, “My Apocalypse”

Best Hard Rock Performance: The Mars Volta, “Wax Simulacra”

Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Kings of Leon, “Sex on Fire”

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance: John Mayer, “Gravity”

Best Alternative Music Album: Radiohead, In Rainbows

Best Pop Vocal Album: Duffy, Rockferry

Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Coldplay, “Viva la Vida”

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Adele, “Chasing Pavements”

Best Pop Instrumental Album: Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Jingle All The Way

Best Pop Instrumental Performance: Eagles, “I Dreamed There Was No War”

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books): Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth (Beau Bridges, Cynthia Nixon and Blair Underwood)

Best Contemporary R&B Album: Mary J. Blige, Growing Pains

Best R&B Song: Ne-Yo, “Miss Independent” (Mikkel S. Eriksen, T.E. Hermansen and S. Smith, songwriters)

Best Urban/Alternative Performance: Chrisette Michele Featuring will.i.am, “Be OK”

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: Al Green Featuring Anthony Hamilton, “You’ve Got the Love I Need”

Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Al Green Featuring John Legend, “Stay With Me (by the Sea)”

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Alicia Keys; ” Superwoman”

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: Ne-Yo, “Miss Independent”

For the full list, CLICK HERE to go to E! Online

Last night was a perfect example of why we all love and continue to root for Jennifer Hudson.  But what did you think of the winners?

—Travers

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Last night, I attended a phenomenal screening at Columbia Law School for a documentary film called “Strength of a Woman.”   Produced and directed by filmmaker (and friend) Allison Caviness, the documentary is about “the experiences, resilience and strength of formerly incarcerated domestic violence survivors and the devastating impact the criminal justice system has on women’s lives.”  To make a huge understatement—-the film blew me away.

I first met Allison in October when we were participants in the NBPC New Media Institute and worked together to co-produce a website for PBS Kids (pbskids.org/speakout/). Since then, I’ve been consistently inspired by Allison the filmmaker and Allison the friend.  I am very proud to be able to say that I know Allison Caviness, and I think you should know her too.  Here’s why:

1.  She’s a Woman for All Seasons

Allison is best known as a filmmaker, but she wears many different hats—art director, stage and film actor, teacher, sculptor, photographer, community organizer, and model.

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2.  Her films are equally well-rounded

Allison’s work goes from serious (“Strength of a Woman”) to informative (her documentary on conflict diamonds in Africa) to info-taining (her HIV awareness PSA “Cuidate” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfGCtFTQQgs) to simply FLY AS A MOTHA (see video below).

3.  She directs a youth film workshop center

Allison is the director of the Lesidi Film Center which is “a comprehensive learning center for high school aged students (13-19) to learn the skill, discipline and professionalism of film production through a series of after-school workshops.”  lesidifilm.org

4.  When she walks into a room, you notice

Grace, beauty, charm, presence, intelligence.  Allison proves that a woman doesn’t have to choose.  She can be powerful, driven, and respected while still being…well, a woman.

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Allison and me at the screening of "Strength of a Woman"

If you didn’t know, now you know. To get to know Allison even better, visit her blog at allisoncaviness.wordpress.com.  And to learn more about “Strength of a Woman” and the Coalition for Women Prisoners visit www.correctionalassociation.org

–Travers

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This morning, the first novel that I ever helped edit hit the bookstores!  This afternoon, I checked the novel’s “Acknowledgments” page and saw my name! This evening, I spotted someone already reading that novel as I was on the train coming home from work!   Right now, you can’t tell me nothin’!! Lol.

Basketball Jones by New York Times best-selling author E. Lynn Harris hit bookstores today, and if the past is any indication, this novel will be a bestseller too.  About a month after starting at Random House I had the opportunity to work with Mr. Harris on this book, and on several occasions we spent hours on the phone together polishing the manuscript and getting it ready for publication.  I would suggest ways to fine tune and further develop certain chapters, characters, and scenes, and I am thrilled that several of my edits made the finished copy!  I know it’s not much, but  you gotta know how to grip a golf club before you can play with Tiger.  

Mr. Harris is an incredible writer and human being, and I am honored to have been able to work with him. This is a milestone in my career, and I thank God for bringing me thus far. Thank you all for your support!

Purchase a copy of Basketball Jones today! I will be signing copies of page viii at a bookstore near you. LOL!

–TJ

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Last Thursday, I got this text message from my friend and BET YOU(th) VOTE colleague Ashley during my lunch break:

I GOT THE JOB!

I am always happy for the accomplishments of my friends, but in this economy, I am doubly happy when a friend finds a job.  Ashley is an incredibly sweet and talented person, and I’m so excited for her as she embarks on this new adventure. Please join me in wishing her well.

CONGRATULATIONS, ASHLEY!!  

The next time we meet, drinks are on me!

–TJ


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