MNRK Music Group Celebrates 16 Nominations For The 37th Stellar Gospel Music Awards!

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MNRK Music Group is elated to announce its 16 nominations for the 37th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards. The powerful night of faith and music will take place in Atlanta on July 15 and 16. MNRK’s very own Jonathan McReynolds, James Fortune, Todd Dulaney and Josh Copeland collectively bring in 16 nominations.

With several nominations across the Stellar Awards categories, hit-makers Jonathan McReynolds and Todd Dulaney lead with 7 nominations each. Award-winning artists James Fortune and Josh Copeland follow with their own respective nominations.

Category 1 – Artist of the Year

Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music; Jonny x Mali: Live in L.A. EP; Life Room/K Approved/RCA Inspiration/MNRK

Category 3 – Male Artist of the Year

Todd Dulaney; Anthems & Glory; MNRK

Category 5 – Duo/Chorus Group of the Year

Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music; Jonny x Mali: Live in L.A. EP; Life Room/K Approved/RCA Inspiration/MNRK

Category 6 – New Artist of the Year

Josh Copeland; No Fear; Anointed Sounds / MNRK

Category 7 – Album of the Year

Anthems & Glory; Todd Dulaney; MNRK

Jonny x Mali: Live in L.A. EP; Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music; Life Room/K Approved/RCA Inspiration/MNRK

Category 9 – Producer of the Year

Todd Dulaney & Dontaniel Jamel Kimbrough; Anthems & Glory; MNRK

Category 10 – Contemporary Duo/Group of the Year

Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music; Jonny x Mali: Live in L.A. EP; Life Room/K Approved/RCA Inspiration/MNRK

Category 12 – Contemporary Male Artist of the Year

Todd Dulaney; Anthems & Glory; MNRK

Category 16 – Contemporary Album of the Year

Anthems & Glory; Todd Dulaney; MNRK

Jonny x Mali: Live in L.A. EP; Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music; Life Room/K Approved/RCA Inspiration/MNRK

Category 19 – Music Video of the Year

Never Let Me Down; Olu Samuel Emedobi; FIYA World / MNRK (James Fortune)

Category 23 – Special Event Album of the Year

Jonny x Mali: Live in L.A. EP; Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music; Life Room/K Approved/RCA Inspiration/MNRK

Category 27 – Recorded Music Packaging of the Year

Todd Dulaney; Anthems & Glory; MNRK

Jonny x Mali: Live in L.A. EP; Tyler Siemen; Life Room/K Approved/RCA Inspiration/MNRK

 Category 28 – Praise and Worship Album of the Year

Anthems & Glory; Todd Dulaney; MNRK

Any thoughts?

Tasha Cobbs Leonard’s Facebook Post About Her New Dress Gets Some Negative Comments…

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On the same day that Lizzo cried on an IG Live video about “fat-phobic” “racist” and “hurtful” comments directed toward her after she released her new song “Rumors” featuring Cardi B., in the gospel music world, Tasha Cobbs Leonard also received some negative comments after she posted pictures of herself in a new dress. Below are some of the negative comments:

Beautiful dress but it’s too much for an already big person.

You are beautiful young lady But that dress does you no justice. Those kind of styles make you look two sizes larger. That’s why I don’t wear those type. Just being honest with love. Blessings 🌹

Tasha, I love you and I love your music – every song. I am not trying to put you down or anything, I am just being honest in a loving way. The color of the dress suits you very well but the style is not for you. I have seen you in some gorgeous gorgeous outfits!

This dress is really ugly but she is beautiful.

Y’all stop trying to butter up her cookie… you know this dress is wrongly made for her.

Agreed. It’s not made well for her. Looks like she’s in a curtain.

When I first saw the dress I kept thinking float, ugly and wrong that dress is not cute it’s too much fabric and she need to go back to wearing clothes that snatch her body into shape not tents.

Despite the negative comments, most of the comments were overwhelmingly positive. Below is the Facebook post…

As someone who has struggled with body image issues over the years, I hesitate to comment specifically on these types of issues, but my basic thought is: If you like it, I love it. However, because your girl is thick from the waist down, I tend to wear form-fitting clothing to make me look more “snatched.” Sometimes, they are too form-fitting for my husband’s tastes, but I have to live and be confident in this body, not him so…

Regarding Lizzo though, Jill Scott is a beautiful curvy woman and has never received the feedback that Lizzo has…I wonder why…anywho, I digress…

But what say you?

Any thoughts?

Virginia Union University Student Bishop Hezekiah Walker to Launch a Gospel Music Center on the HCBU Campus…

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I love it when entertainers find meaningful ways to give back to communities which is why I’m featuring Bishop Hezekiah Walker today! See the an excerpt of the ABC News article “Hezekiah Walker looks to bring gospel music center to HBCU” below:

LOS ANGELES — Hezekiah Walker became a student at Virginia Union University two years ago, but the Grammy-winning gospel singer took his collegiate experience to the next level by opening a gospel music center on the campus.

He will lead the Hezekiah Walker Center of Gospel Music at Virginia Union University, in Richmond, Virginia. It’s being dubbed as the first academic center focused on gospel music at an historically Black college or university where students can learn the cultural and business aspects of the genre and industry.

Walker said the center — which opens in Spring 2022 — would provide a tremendous outlet to “house our music.”

Read the rest HERE.

Any thoughts?