Tasha Cobbs Leonard Opens Up About Weight Loss Surgery + Kirk Franklin Discusses Past Pornography Addiction on TV One Easter Sunday!

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After you have celebrated the triumphant resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday and spent time with family and friends, check out TV One’s episodes of  “UNSUNG” featuring TASHA COBBS LEONARD and “UNCENSORED” featuring KIRK FRANKLIN!

UNSUNG: Tasha Cobbs Leonard” airs Sunday, April 21st at 9/8c, and “UNCENSORED: Kirk Franklin” airs Sunday, April 21st at 10/9c on TV One!

Tasha Cobbs Leonard broke into the music scene in 2013 with her LP “Grace.” The project laced with organic and moving tracks featured the lead single, Break Every Chain, which landed as Billboard’s #1 song for a total of 12 weeks. This anthem unleashed liberation to countless audiences nationwide each time it was heard or ministered. The album Grace landed on Billboard’s Top 10 Gospel Albums chart for a year. It was definite that the world had received not just another singer, but a rare gift. From a small town in Georgia, Tasha grew up as a vital part of her church. She delivered her trial sermon at 11 years old. As she rose to fame, of course came the critics. Tasha is here to tell Unsung about how she never feared the backlash she faced. Through first-hand accounts, interviews with family and friends, and archival footage, each episode of TV One’s signature series UNSUNG sheds much-deserved light on some of the most influential and talented R&B, soul, funk, dance hall, hip hop, disco, and gospel artists of the last 30 years.

Below is a clip of Tasha Cobbs Leonard discussing her decision to have weight loss surgery:

Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas – Kirk Franklin was raised by his aunt Gertrude after his mom and dad abandoned him. It was there that he discovered his love for music through the church, as Gertrude made it a priority for him to take piano lessons – a gift passed on from her late husband. Kirk first experienced real success with his choir that he composed and aptly named, The Family. It was when he had the opportunity to work with an up and coming group, God’s Property, that success really took off with the Jimmy Iovine inspired remix to Stomp. Always one to remain true to his testimony, he received backlash once more for vocalizing his addiction to pornography. With the faith and support of his family he remains true to his spiritual journey and to inspire faith through his music and his testimony. UNCENSORED dives deep into the lives of your favorite personalities as they reveal secrets to their success, obstacles they’ve faced, and how they manage this new world of social media that has helped but sometimes haunted their careers.

Below is a clip of Kirk Franklin & wife Tammy Franklin discussing his past addiction to pornography:

And if you have more time after church, also tune into the 34th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards which will premiere on BET Network also on Easter Sunday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. CT. The biggest night in gospel music, which was hosted by Kirk Franklin,  was taped live at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The stand-out highlight of the evening was an emotional tribute performance by Kelly Price, Erica Campbell and Regina Belle honoring the undisputed Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Family members of the late-legend Brenda Corbett, Jordan Franklin and Kecalf Franklin were presented with the inaugural Aretha Franklin ICON Award to give posthumous recognition of her profound impact on the Gospel music genre and unforgettable contributions.

For more information, visit TV One’s YouTube Channel and check out exclusive, behind-the-scenes content on www.tvone.tv. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TV One’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv).

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Tamela Mann Partners With Weight Watchers as Brand Ambassador, Launches Plus-Size Active Wear Collection!

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What time is it? Time to get summertime fine! We come in all shapes and sizes but eating right, being physically fit and looking your personal best should be a commonality for all!

One of my favorite gospel music stars Tamela Mann must agree with me because she recently announced that she is a brand ambassador for Weight Watchers!

Below is Tamela speaking about her decision to partner with Weight Watchers:

This is what Tamela said about her new wellness journey on Facebook:

I’m so excited to start my WW journey! I joined @WW because I’m really ready for this lifestyle change and I know WW, the new Weight Watchers, can help me lose the weight — even while I’m on tour all these months. Let the journey begin and join me at ww.com/tamelamann#wwambassador#wellnessthatworks #ad 
*People following the WW plan can expect to lose 1-2 lbs/wk.

And obviously, Tamela wants to look great while she is losing weight! She has launched a new active wear line! Below is another video in which Tamela debuts her new clothing:

This hoodie is pretty cute!

Pleated Back Active Zip Up Hoodie

$69.50

Curved hem in the front and back to accent your curves. It’s cozy enough to lounge in, stylish enough to wear out. Pair it with our joggers and you have a stylish comfortable outfit for any occasion.

  • Built-in hood, with draw cord.
  • Long sleeves, with rib-knit cuffs.
  • Full-length zipper from hem to chin.
  • Hand-warming pockets.
  • Rib-knit hem.
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Sizes: 12, 14/16, 18/20, 22/24,26/28, 30/32

To shop, go to tamelamann.com!

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Grammy Award-Winning Gospel Artist Yolanda Adams Announces New Handbag Line!

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I’m all about “securing the bag” from a godly perspective of course! By that I mean that God has gifted us with talents that we can use to advance His kingdom and support ourselves! Money aine evil, just the love of money is 🙂 That being said, Yolanda Adams, who is probably my favorite female gospel singer of all time (“The Battle is Not Yours” still ministers to me), has more than one talent! Per her Instgram account, she recently announced the Yolanda Adams Exclusive Handbag Collection!

I heard about Yolanda Adams Handbags when one of my Facebook friends posted a picture of the Yolanda Adams handbag that she bought! She said, “I am very happy with this purchase.” To date,  Yolanda’s catalog includes 46 handbags, ranging from $39.50 to $59.95, so they are very affordable!  The three-piece Large Top Handle Bag, which  comes in red and black and costs $59.95, is already SOLD OUT ! See below…

This is the description: Top grain vegan leather, 3 pieces set large top handle, It comes in medium shoulder bag with matching wallet.   Stripe print cotton lining . Additional long adjustable and detachable shoulder strap.

Below are a couple that I think are cute as well:

This Cross Body Bag comes in orange, green, purple and blue for $40!

This Large, Constructed Tote, which comes in burgundy, grey, black and tan, for $55 is cute too! I may have to get one for my mother for Mother’s Day! And you can pay with PayPal which means a lot to me! You can never be too secure while shopping on the Internet!

So go to shopyolandaadams.com to see the entire catalog for yourself! Congratulations Yolanda!

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