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America’s Got Talent’ auditions arrive at the Baltimore Convention Center January 30, 2014
 
By Eunice Moseley 

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   ‘It was Simon’s idea, a variety show,” said Jason Raff, executive producer of America’s Got Talent which auditions for season nine arrives in Baltimore at the Convention Center Thursday, January 30, 2014.  “It’s a little like the Gong Show. It’s the only show where anyone can make it. It’s a family show. There is always something unique. We have singers, magicians, ventriloquist… some things you have never seen.”

   Jason’s Furry Prawn Productions company produces “America’s Got Talent,” hosted by Nick Cannon (TeenNick Chairman) and judges include Howie Mandel, Howard Stern, Melanie Brown, and Heidi Klum. The new season of “America’s Got Talent” airs in the summer of 2014 on NBC.

   “Nick brings everything,” Jason said about the show’s host, since 2009, when asked. “He has the hardest job…acts come out with hopes and dreams, and then get three Xs…he get’s them coming back.”

   Raff said just being on the show changes lives.

   “You be on television with 10 million people watching,” he pointed out. “How many professional performers want that?”

   There will be three months of auditions across the country.

   To Baltimore Jason says, “Come down and meet us…auditioning is a good experience.”

   Jason’s production company has produced such shows as Dateline (2000-2003), “Will & Grace” (2006), “Three Wishes” (2005), “Momma’s Boys” (2008 – 1009), and the documentary “Siegfried & Roy: The Miracle.”

   The show garnered a 2014 People’s Choice Award and it prides itself on showcasing unique, cutting edge talent.

   “If it’s entertaining and unique we want to see,” Raff concluded.

   The winner of “America’s Got Talent” receives a million dollars and a career launch from the exposure. You can pre-register to audition at www.AGTAuditions.com.

The NAACP Image Awards nomination are led by BET, RCA and The Weinstein Company, airs live February 22, 2014 on TV One

JoeMorton_NAACPImageAwardsNomineeAnnouncements.JPG   The 45th NAACP Image Awards nominations were recently announced during a TV One panel at the TCA (Television Critics Association) Winter 2014 Press Tour in Pasadena, California. The panel, prior to the announcements, was for TV One’s programming such as its “Unsung Hollywood” series where iconic actors such as Pam Grier, who was on the panel, lives are highlighted.

   “TV One is in its 10th year in 57 million homes and it is the home of “Unsung” and “Unsung Hollywood,” “Love That Girl,” “The Rickey Smiley Show,” “R&B Diva’s ATL” and its spin-off “R&B Divas LA,” and “News One Now” with Roland Martin,” said Alfred Liggins, President and CEO of TV One. “We are in partnership with the NAACP Image Awards to air the show live for the next five years.”

   “When TV One came to me with a proposal,” said Leonard James, Chairman of the NAACP Image Awards Committee. “I was impressed with how they embraced our music…I said if they can do that for me…I’d be grateful.” 

    The NAACP Image Awards nominees were announced by David Oyelowo (The Butler), Keke Palmer (“CrazySexyCool”), Joe Morton (“Scandal”), and Gina Torres (“Suits”). BET received a total of 19 nominations and CBS received 16 for the television categories. In the recording category RCA led the nominations with 10 and in the motion picture category The Weinstein Company received 17 nominations, followed by Fox Searchlight Pictures with seven.

   “The Image Awards is a major fundraiser,” said James. “The funds are used all year round for different programs.  It celebrates artistic achievements.  In 2014 it represents the 100th anniversary of the Negro Improvement Association founded by Marcus Garvey, the 60th anniversary of Brown VS the Board of Education making segregation illegal, and the year Martin Luther King, Jr received the Noble Peace Prize. The NAACP is the oldest civil rights organization.”

   Some nominees that I hope will win include  TV Land’s “The Soul Man;” Cedric the Entertainer for “The Soul Man’” Nick Cannon and Kevin Hart for “Real Husbands of Hollywood;” Brandy Norwood for “The Game;” LL Cool J for “NCIS: Los Angeles;” Regina King “SouthLAnd;” Eric I. Keys, II for “Live, Life and Win!;” Justin Timberlake for “Outstand Male Artist;” Mariah Carey featuring Miguel for “Beautiful;” Boney James for “The Beat,” and Charlie Wilson for “Love, Charlie.”

   The 45th NAACP Image Awards will air live Saturday, February 22, 2014 on TV One at 9 p.m. ET. It will have an hour long Red Carpet Pre-Show at 8 p.m. ET. For the full list of nominees visit www.NAACPImageAwards.net.

 (Syndicated Columnist: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment – she is also a Public Relations/Business consultant and Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. Her Event: Baltimore "Uplifting Minds II" one day national entertainment conference (seminar panel & talent competition) at Security Square Mall Sat. April 19, 2014. www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com, www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com, www.UpliftingMinds2.com).

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