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In “Masters of the Game,” Erica Campbell explains why she doesn’t let her opponents dictate her sound

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In our recent interview with gospel legend Erika Campbell on Masters of the Game, she explained that her music was not at all times churchy enough for all members of the church community. At times, her solo work or work with the duo Mary Mary was a bit too pop for some church people. We also know the way oriented church people will be to gospel music. You need to hit the right notes and praise God in the right way, otherwise they will not have an interest. Sometimes Campbell’s music moved people in the flawed way. And sometimes they said it to her face.

Campbell once said that in a single memorable moment in our interview, she was singing in an Atlanta church and when she finished, she sat in the front row. “The pastor gets up,” she said, “and says, ‘Well, that was cute. Where is my singer? Will my singer sing?”

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Shade! “It was sweet”??? Wow. It’s easy to say that Campbell must have ignored it, and yes, in that moment she just kept her composure and maintained her dignity. She said she “sat down, smiled and sat just a little taller. And then he sold platinum and won a Grammy.” But she couldn’t ignore it completely. The opinion of church people is essential to her, so it was a painful moment. She said she felt hurt and offended. But what was more essential to her was that she would never let anyone else resolve the sound of her music.

“I think when you hear they’re not going to like it, they’re not going to like it… I started asking, ‘Who are they?’” she said. “And why did we give them a lot power? Do I live for them? Or God? Am I attempting to serve him? Am I trying to achieve people in other places, with different cultures and different lifestyles, or am I just attempting to be sure you’re all completely happy? So I can not get the best version of myself? Because I just made you my God.

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“Power Book II: Ghost,” Season 4, Episode 2: Monet returns to the topic

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One of my absolute favorite parts of Power Book II: Ghost is how huge the pendulum swings are on this show. Just just a few days ago, back of their world, Tariq and Brayden were filming first-person shooter “Call of Duty” moves in airport hangars, and now they’re back on the campus of Stansfield University, where in some way Tariq has been let back into school, into his old schedule, and obtained approval for student loans and work and study programs together with uniform and rules. Seriously, it’s like two days later of their world. HOW, SWAY?

Monet returns home for rehabilitation, and her cousin Janet (played by Golden Brooks) shows up to help her get back on her feet. This complement is promising. First, we have now great flashbacks to young Monet and Lorenzo (RIP) and their beginnings as drug dealers; the person playing Young Monet HIT. I like the origin story flashbacks. Lorenzo seemed to at all times put his family first in a way that Monet was never able to do. Second, Janet seems to be the only member of the family on the straight and narrow. I even have nothing to back up this prediction, but my heart tells me that he’ll catch a stray bullet intended for one in all Tejada’s kids, which can send Monet to extreme levels of scorched earth, which can actually lead to the deaths of individuals I’m fascinated about seeing die. You cannot see me, but I’m clapping my hands frantically… for future joy.

I expected this (to some extent), but Monet is now musing that perhaps, just possibly, she was a terrible mother and parent and ruined her kid’s lives by inflicting all this drug dealing violence on them. The indisputable fact that she has to ASK if she ruined their lives is crazy, but I believe it shows growth. Dru will not be convinced.

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Speaking of Tejada’s children, Diana is pregnant; HOW WILL THIS SHOW END? Dru is prepared to give his mother restorative drugs, and Cane is roaming the streets trying to discover who tried to kill his mother, wanting to kill Tariq. Either way, the Tejada family is wild.

We’re starting to see how much of a threat Det. Carter (Michael Ealy) shall be there soon. He is a cop on a mission, and his mission is destruction. He jogs my memory of Denzel Washington’s character, John Creasy, in the movie “Man on Fire.” He is a person driven by his pain; he’s a detective, but evidently his goal will not be justice, but revenge and vengeance. He could be funnier than I expected – and I won’t be mad if Tariq killed him. I bring this up because his composure when trying to persuade Davis to activate Tariq was cold and calculating. Oh, Davis’ license continues to be temporarily suspended.

Detective Carter ALSO tried to get Tariq to break up, using his mother’s diminishing security in witness protection as a ruse. Tariq attacked his mother and had to cope with some idiot in Pennsylvania. This storyline also shows promise, if only because Tariq and Brayden are ready to hit the streets as drug dealers again. Do what other drug dealers in New York are doing? Is this where everyone gets all their drugs? New York have to be a drug free area because they aren’t the best drug dealers in the industry.

I bring this up because I actually hate Noma and her assistant, whose name escapes me. They look for brand spanking new drug networks and eventually the Russians become involved. Effie manages to bring the Russians to the table in one in all the more pointless plot points because she in some way becomes the link between the Russians and Noma. The same Effie who tries to go to Stanford University to do the engineering program, but STUPIDLY arrives late for her meeting while trying to help Cane solve the problem that Monet’s limp messes up because he cannot cope with the indisputable fact that he needs to take a break from playing drugs per minute while recovering from multiple gunshot wounds.

While all this is occurring, Tariq and Brayden realize how much life sucks without selling drugs and getting that cash. Brayden is selling the property and Tariq is apprehensive he won’t have the opportunity to maintain his family.

Monet and Tariq meet and start to put the pieces together. Everyone, Tejada’s family dinners won’t ever be the same again in an episode or two. And Tariq got his automobile back. There’s no word on how he’ll have the opportunity to afford gas.

To next week.


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“Power Book IV: Force” will end after three seasons, announces Joseph Sikora

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“Power Book IV: Force” is coming to an end.

The lead actor, Joseph Sikora, announced in a press release Instagram video on Thursday that the “Power” spinoff centering on his character, Tommy Egan, would end after its third season. Sikora gives a tour of the series’ set in a recording also available on the Starz and Power web sites.

“When Gary Lennon, the opposite writers and I were planning our third season, we saw that we were telling an entire story and that this was the right opportunity to remain true to our artistic vision and make this the ultimate chapter in Tommy’s journey. in Chicago,” Sikora wrote in a post on Instagram.

“But do not worry. Tommy’s journey is not over yet,” he added. “We’re just warming up and I can not wait to point out you what we’ve planned next. I would like to offer a warm shout out to all of the players: the solid and crew of “Power Book IV: Force” and let you know to get entangled. Because spirits never die and power never ends.

Joseph Sikora on the premiere of “Power Book IV: Force” on January 28, 2022 in New York. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for STARZ)

Showrunner Gary Lennon shared a press release with Variety concerning the series, saying that “it’s bittersweet to put in writing a satisfying conclusion to this chapter of the journey of Tommy, a personality that I and fans have come to like during the last decade.

“Season 3 challenges everything we thought we knew about Tommy’s world, and I promise it won’t disappoint!” Lennon said, per Diversity. “While this may be the end of the road for ‘Force,’ there is a much more expansive and compelling story for the Power Universe characters.”

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According to executive producer 50 Cent, one among the “Power Universe” stories is a prequel series titled “Origins,” which follows Tommy and Ghost (Omari Hardwick) of their early years.

“You asked, I answered. Young Ghost and Tommy are coming your way” – rapper and producer he said on X (Twitter) in March.

According to the Starz website, Starz has confirmed that it’s working on “Origin”. Diversityand “Power Book III: Raising Kanan” showrunner Sascha Penn serves as executive producer of the prequel series.


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Serena Williams will host The ESPYs in July

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LOS ANGELES (AP) Serena Williams returns to the highlight to host The ESPYs in July.

The retired 23-time major winner will be the fourth woman to helm the show honoring the past yr’s achievements, athletes and moments. The ESPYs will air July 11 on the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

Megan Rapinoe, Sue Bird and Russell Wilson co-hosted the show in 2020, which was virtual as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Danica Patrick was the primary woman to go solo in 2018, shortly after retiring from motor racing.

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“This is a dream come true for me and something I have wanted to do for as long as I can remember,” Williams said in an announcement Tuesday. “It was a sensational year for sports and an unprecedented year for female athletes. I can’t wait to celebrate with everyone on stage in July.”

Williams won 12 ESPYs during her tennis profession.

The ESPYs will follow the July 10 premiere of “In the Arena: Serena Williams,” an eight-episode series chronicling her profession on ESPN+.

Williams retired after the 2022 U.S. Open and has since devoted her time to pursuits including a makeup line that debuted in April and a enterprise capital firm that invests in women and founders of early-stage firms of color. She gave birth to her second daughter in August last yr.

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