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The Game, Michelle Williams, DeVon Franklin, Meagan Good and more At The 2016 Merge Summit

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Relevé Entertainment, in partnership with Walgreens and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, is proud to announce the return of The Merge Summit– Los Angeles, taking place August 25-27, 2016 at The Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. The Merge Summit is a unique event created to inspire synergy with faith based and entertainment industry leaders to educate, uplift, and encourage attendees to aspire towards their professional and personal goals.

‘The Merge Summit’ will commence on August 25th with a welcoming Opening Gala. This year’s gala will honor the outstanding accomplishments of Senior Vice President of Prudential Financial- Dorinda Walker, ESSENCE Magazine Editor At Large-Mikki Taylor, founder and senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center (LWCC)-Dr. Bill Winston and Emmy Award Nominated Actor-Courtney B. Vance. This evening will be hosted by celebrated comedian-Cedric The Entertainer and will feature performances by Jonathan McReynolds and Ezekiel (The Poet).  From August 26-27th, 60 top level entertainment executives will lead interactive discussions, workshops and Master Class sessions in personal branding, music, television, film, creative development, and new media. In addition to the enrichment seminars, guests will have the opportunity to participate in the Wellness Lounge® featuring a number of wellness and relaxation services presented by Wellness .  This year’s festivities will also feature a faith based comedy show, CHURCH OF LAUGH LIVE hosted by actor/comedian Jonathan Slocumb, and the FREE-PHYER XPerience Concert featuring Kierra Sheard.

The summit will feature participants including: Fox TV’s Empire Stars: Trai Byers and Grace Grealey, Multi-Platinum Grammy Award Winning Singer/TV Personality-Michelle Williams; Grammy Award Multi-Platinum Recording Artist-The Game; Grammy Award Winning Universal Motown Gospel Recording Artist-Tasha Cobbs; Vice President and Global Chief Diversity Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance- Steve Pemberton; Co-Chairman of De Passe Jones Entertainment –Suzanne DePasse; Emmy nominated and Peabody Award Winning Motion picture and television producer and owner of Martin Chase Productions – Debra Martin Chase; Vice President Of Talent & Casting for Original Programming at BET Networks-Robi Reed ; Head Of Talent and Casting for ABC- Ayo Davis; President of Studio Lambert- Greg Goldman; Film Producer/ President /CEO of Franklin Entertainment- DeVon Franklin; CEO of Revelations Entertainment- Lori McCreary ; Film Producer/CEO, 1019 Entertainment-Ralph Winter; Casting Director/Producer (Empire, The Butler)-Leah Daniels-Butler; Head Of Television for Will Packer Productions-Korin Huggins; Revolt TV’s Head Of Programming-Kelly G; Vice President Of Talent Development & Inclusion-Disney/ABC- Tim McNeal; Viral Faith Based Internet Sensations: NotKarltonBanks & The Playmakers; Grammy Nominated Producer– Harmony Samuels; Actresses: Meagan Good Franklin, Tia Mowry-Hardrict,LisaRaye McCoy, Brely Evans, Essence Atkins, Edwina Findley-Dickerson, Salli Richardson Whitfield, ; Actors: Cory Hardrict, Dondre Whitfield, John David Washington, Brian White; Spiritual Leaders: Pastor Wayne Chaney, Dr. DeForest Soaries, Cindy TrimmShawn BolzPastor Mark Baker Notable Writers: Jawn Murray and Jasmine Brand and many more.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

“I’m excited to have The Merge Summit back in LA. It’s the birthing ground for this vision and I am believing for infinite possibilities for all those who attend. All I can say is…”are you ready for this?” says Dr. Holly Carter– Founder of The Merge Summit.

What a better place to bring the Word than amongst the brightest of stars and influencers in the entertainment industry,” said The Merge Summit Co-Founder and Co-Chair Robi Reed.  We need as many beacons of love and hope as we can find to light a path in these days and The Merge Summit is the place where those like minds meet.  I’m excited to see us climb to a new plateau this year.”

For more information on Registration Packages and Ticket Purchases, please visit www.themergesummit.com.

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On The Gram: Empire Season 2 Finale Leaves Us With a Cliffhanger Fans Respond With Hilarious Memes

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Empire’s season finale was lit!

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‘Empire’ Star Lihtz Premieres His Visual For “Simplicity” [New Video]

Representing Philly to the fullest, Lihtz’s natural talents have been the driving force behind his success. The MC got his big break when added to the cast of television’s most popular show, Empire, thus exposing the world to his music.

Today, Lihtz takes another step forward in his career by unveiling the official music video for “Simplicity” as follow up to his recent release “Fishscale” produced by AListFame. The clip, which is directed by Guru Media Group, matches the audio’s emotionally charged theme of appreciating the simple things in life.

Lihtz debuted on the hit series show ‘Empire’ Fox on October 7th. Lihtz landed this role through an actual audition where he and a few other candidates tried out for the role in front of a panelist of Fox directors. Lihtz character on the show is actually attached to new cast member and “Rising star” Bre-Z. Bre-Z, who plays, “Freda Gatz” on the show is a young talented female rapper who had a rough upbringing and is seeming to gain interest from “Lucious Lyon”, (Terrence Howard).

With all eyes currently on Lihtz, there are rumblings of major recording contracts in the works. This is sure to be augmented by collaborations with the likes of Fat Joe and fellow Philadelphia native Meek Mill. With the world at his fingertips, it is safe to say that there is nothing simple about the life of Lihtz.

Peep the visual above.

Social Media:
Twitter – @lka2
Instagram – @lihtz_kamraz

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DMK named “FOX Empire New Artist” Debuts New Visual “Major”

FOX EMPIRE has just named Detroit R&B trio DMK as their “FOX Empire New Artist”. The group is set to appear on the hit TV series this Wednesday, May 11th. Today, they debut their new video titled “Major”. Their debut, self-titled EP is also due on the same day as their appearance on the hit tv series.
The female trio have already been making waves online with their first single and videoLove The Way You Love” that premiered on TIDAL Discovery and was featured as a “Hot Track” on Apple Music. DMK has been catching the attention of a lot of heavy hitters as of late by simply doing what they do best, sing! One of the groups biggest influences is singer, Brandy whom they had the opportunity to meet backstage at the legendary Broadway play Chicago last year. She had nothing but praises for their gift of melody; showering them with words of encouragement and even harmonized a bit with them.
 
It seems DMK is poised and has what it takes to be the next big girl group in the music industry. When asked about goals for their music, Melanee simply says:
“It’s time for girl groups to make a comeback in R&B music. We want to be that group”
“Major” is available on iTunes today.
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On The Gram: Memes That Perfectly Break Down What Happened On Season 2, Episode 15 of Empire

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he Lyon’s aka “the first family of music’ are also one of the messiest families in television history. Episode 15 of Empire only magnified that with the constant dissension among the ranks and backstabbing that this family will never be on the same page. Hakeem is having the worst week ever, he’s no longer CEO, Anika’s is having his child and his fiancee Laura want’s nothing to do with him after he reveals the baby to her.

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Hakeem finally accepts it and welcomes the idea of having a cub, and he eventually wins the heart of Laura back. Things get a little scary as Anika suffers a panic attack and has to be taken to the hospital, but thanks to Cookie she was able to calm down and the baby was fine.

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ALSO READ : Empire Season 2, Episode 12 Recap and Memes

Jamal is still wants nothing to do with his father despite Cookie’s best efforts to fix their relationship for the sake of the company.

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Andre seems to have regained his composure and is working on patching things up with Rhonda.They get back to their sneaky ways and make a play for taking over Empire again.

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Things get shaky between him and Lucious when a reporter who Lucious played reveals to Dre that his grandmother who also suffers from bi-polar disorder is still alive.

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Tonight’s episode ends with though Lucious and Cookie being named co-c.e.o’s by board. Cookie was reluctant at first of the news but Lucious welcomed the idea but of course he has something up his sleeve.

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ALSO READ: Fans Welcome Back Empire With Hilarious Memes

Now to the best part, after these shows you guys always show out with the hilarious memes, we rounded up the best ones for your viewing pleasure. Hit the gallery below to see these accurate memes that perfectly describe what exactly happened on Empire on tonight.

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On The Gram: Empire Season 2, Episode 12 Recap and Memes

EMPIRE: Cast Pictured L-R: (Bottom Row) Bryshere Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon (Middle Row) Grace Gealey as Anika, Kaitlin Doubleday as Rhonda Lyon (Back Row) Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon and Ta'Rhonda Jones as Porsha on EMPIRE Season 2 premiering Wednesday, September 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: James Dimmock/FOX.

Episode 2, season 2 of Empire turns things up a notch as the Lyon’s do whatever takes to save Empire from the clutches of Camilla (Naomi Campbell). Hakeem is on a mission to prove that he is fully capable of running Empire, and is dead serious about the job after he reveals the new logo.

Even though his moves seemed shady his loyalty still remains with his family, he devises a plan to rid Empire of Camilla and her wife Mimi who is suffering from cancer. He wins over Cookie, Jamal and Andre with the plan which was to film himself and Camilla having sex.

He sends the tape to Mimi which features Camilla having sex with Hakeem and saying some pretty awful things about her by her wife Mimi. Camilla kills her wife Mimi with a poisonous cocktail in an attempt to make it look like  a suicide and cash out.In comes Lucious who is very well prepared wearing gloves and his shoes covered so he doesn’t leave a trace of evidence. He convinces Camilla to consume the same poison cocktail she gave to her wife killing herself as well.

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Jamal is having his own issues, his gay fans are turning against him because of Lucious letting the world know he hooked up with  Skye (Alicia Keys). Think Lucious still has this moment in the back of this mind:

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In the hilarious scene Jamal is approached by a fan with a pair of flip-flops he asks Jamal to sign. Jamal has no clue that he is being set up, a bunch of gay men surround him with flip-flops and they sing a rendition of Hakeem’s hit record “Drip Drop” instead it’s called “Flip Flop”.

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Jamal is not too happy about it and decides to get his revenge on his father. He drops a scathing record and reveals his father’s name is not even Lucious.

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Andre and Rhonda’s relationship is currently on rocks ever since she lost the baby. Andre is not feeling the fact she lost her faith and decides to see a counselor a.k.a. his pastor. Rhonda is clearly over it and feels Andre needs to see a doctor not his pastor as his mental problems are coming back to haunt him .

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Andre is becoming more paranoid and even accuses his Rhonda of cheating on him.

Rhonda is absolutely right about her husband, he suffers a breakdown in front of his family. The only way to get him to calm down the Lyon boys perform a touching track dedicated to him.

Next week looks to be even more intense as it shows things will pick up EVEN MORE following tonight’s explosive plot twists.

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Of course the highlight of the night are the creative yet very hilarious memes that ou folks always come up with. Peep the best ones in the gallery below.

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Be sure to follow us on Twitter on @TheSFPL for our hilarious commentary each and every Wednesday night!

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In Fashion: Fox Empire’s Bryshere “Yazz” Gray Covers Heed Magazine

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Just on the tip of the new season of FOX‘s Empire, Fly Guy Bryshere “Yazz” Gray covers Heed Magazine looking as dapper as usual. Heed Magazine debuts its Spring issue on the Premium Digital Magazine application called Texture.

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In the issue, Yazz talks about his time at the Million Man March for Justice this past October 2015:

“Don’t try to stand up for something that you don’t believe in…not the jewelry, the cars, the women, etc. The Million Man March was a historic moment. So, I feel like I had to be there as a young millennial and it was dope!”

Check out more of his interview and spread over at Heed Magazine.

Photo Credit: Isa Akahome for Heed Magazine Inc.

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SFPL Music: FOX’s ‘Empire’ Finalists DMK Debuts “On My Way Over”

Just weeks after premiering their debut single “Love the Way You Love” on Tidal Discovery and it also being featured as a “Hot Track” on Apple Music, R&B trio and Detroit natives DMK follow-up with their sexy and soothing R&B track “On My Way Over” this week. The finalists of FOX‘s EMPIRE, DMK has been catching the attention of a lot of heavy hitters as of late. Let’s see if they can keep the ball rolling!

In case you missed their latest video “Love The Way You Love” check it out below:

Twitter: @DMKmusic

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On The Gram: Fans Welcome Back Empire With Hilarious Memes

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Empire is back and it’s just as ridiculous as ever! Tonight’s episode Rhonda loses her baby after she was pushed down the stairs in her house. Hakeem is officially is in charge of Empire after he was the deciding vote to remove Lucious with help of his “bae” Camilla. Camilla wastes no time in taking over the Empire , she has Lucious removed with the help of the police.

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Cookie isn’t here for the return of Camilla and most importantly the behavior of youngest son Hakeem. She meets him at the door with her trusty broom it what was one of the best scenes of the night.

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Cookie and the broom is just too much, meanwhile Lucious is hell-bent on getting his Empire back and takes some very drastic measures. Rocking his gangster fedora Lucious enlists the goons to intimidate all of the voting members so they will be too scared.

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Rhonda and Andre are going through it now that she has lost the baby. Rhonda begins to question her own faith and whether or not God is real much to the disappointment of Andre who is now saved. Boo Boo Kitty comes to visit poor Rhonda and helps increase her doubts by telling her maybe it just wasn’t meant to be. We all know she wants the baby she’s carrying from Hakeem to be the heir to the Empire.

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Hakeem maybe running things now but he is caught in the middle of love triangle. In order to claim the Empire throne he had to break up with Laura, Camilla wouldn’t have it any other way. Hakeem does so but eventually goes running back Laura and explains why he did what he did. The two eventually make up and end up her in bedroom in touching love scene where Hakeem takes her virginity.

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Which brings us to climax of the episode, Lucious and Hakeem meet at the scene where Lucious killed his best friend Bunkie. There he hands his baby boy a gun telling him if he wants the throne he would have to kill his father. For a minute it looked as if Hakeem was going  pull the trigger, but we all know that’s not going to happen no time soon. We are in for long entertaining season!

Of course like we always do after each episode of Empire here at the SFPL we go meme hunting. Hit the gallery below to see the most hilarious ones generated from last nights season premiere of Empire.

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Be sure to follow us on Twitter @TheSFPL for hilarious and on point Empire commentary all season long.

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Fly Visual: FOX “Empire” Semi-Finalists: DMK “Love The Way You Love”

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R&B trio and Detroit natives DMK premiered their debut single and video “Love The Way You Love” this week via TIDAL. The semi-finalists for FOX‘s EMPIRE DMK has been catching the attention of a lot of heavy hitters as of late, by simply doing what they do best, SING!

One of the groups biggest influences is singer, Brandy in which they had the opportunity to meet not long ago. She had nothing but praises for their gift of melody; showering them words of encouragement and even harmonized a bit with the girls. It seems DMK is poised and has what it takes to be the next big girl group in the music industry.

When asked about goals for the groups music, Melanee simply says:

“It’s time for girl groups to make a comeback in R&B music. We want to be that group.”

Watch below as the trio take us back to the very first day we encountered SWV‘s classic song, “I’m So Into You.”

DMK Social Links

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