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Archive for November 3rd, 2010

Big wins for Madigan, White, Kirk, Preckwinkle and Berrios; Governor’s race still hanging by a thread

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On November - 3 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

By Juanita Bratcher

 

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Sec’y of State Jesse White, Republican Senator-Elect Mark Kirk and County Board President-Elect Toni Preckwinkle won handily in yesterday’s election but the governor’s race remains in limbo. While Governor Pat Quinn is leading by a slight margin, there are thousands of absentee ballots yet to be counted.

 In unofficial returns, Quinn is leading by little more than 9,000 votes. While Quinn has claimed victory, Brady said he won’t concede until all the absentee votes are counted and hinted that the governor’s race results could well take a month before the official count is in.

 Attorney General Lisa Madigan is entering into her third term as attorney general. She was first elected in 2003.

 Secretary of State Jesse White won by an overwhelming wide margin over Republican Robert Enriquez.

 In a prepared statement, White said he was “honored” that people have seen improvements in the Secretary of State’s Office. 

 “I’d like to thank the people of Illinois for their overwhelming support for my re-election. I’m honored that people have seen the improvements in the office from cleaning up the culture of corruption to making the roads of Illinois safer and to making the office much more consumer friendly. My number one priority is and always will be the people of Illinois. I am honored to have your support and continue to be the best possible Secretary of State for the next four years.

 Preckwinkle, a former history teacher and Chicago Alderman, is the first woman to be elected President of the Cook County Board, although Cook County Commissioner Bobbie Steele served as interim President of the County Board after President John Stroger resigned from the post after suffering a debilitating stroke a week before the primary election. He won the primary election. But in his July 7, 2006 Resignation Letter, Stroger asked Democratic powerbrokers to slate his son, Todd Stroger, for the post in the General Election. They followed his wishes because John had always been a loyal Democrat. I’m proud of the time I served with him as his Press Secretary in the primary election. Todd Stroger won the election but was ousted by Preckwinkle in this year’s (2010) primary election.

 While it was a razor-thin win, Republican Senator-Elect Mark Kirk won President Barack Obama’s old senate seat over Democrat Alexi Giannoulias, who received Obama’s endorsement.

 Kirk greeted commuters this morning to say thanks for their support.

 Pat Brady, Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, said Kirk will bring common sense back to Washington.

“The voters of Illinois have taken a bold step forward by electing Mark Kirk as the next U.S. Senator from Illinois. We must bring common sense back to Washington and stop the runaway spending, and Mark Kirk will do just that.

“I am also heartened to see our string of Congressional victories for Robert Dold, Randy Hultgren, Adam Kinzinger, Bobby Schilling and Joe Walsh. They will join Mark Kirk and our other Republican members of Congress in helping to put the brakes on the Obama agenda.

“Republicans have also strengthened our influence in Springfield with victories by Judy Baar Topinka for Illinois Comptroller and Dan Rutherford for Treasurer. And, our state legislative victories will go a long way toward moderating the Democratic majority in the Illinois House and Senate.

“We will have to wait awhile longer for the outcome in the Governor’s race. Bill Brady ran a tough campaign against an incumbent. Senator Brady is no stranger to close elections, and has emerged victorious in the past.”

Cook County Board of Appeals Commissioner Joseph Berrios pushed back a challenge from Cook County Commissioner Forrest Claypool. Berrios had the support of the Democratic Party and Claypool, a Democrat, ran as an independent.

Other winners were: Judy Barr Topinka (R), who won the post of Illinois State Comptroller; Dan Rutherford (R), State Treasurer. Winners in re-election bids were: Maria Pappas (D) Country Treasurer; David Orr, County Clerk; Michael Madigan (D), Illinois Speaker of the House; Thomas Dart, Cook County Sheriff; Congressmen Danny Davis, Bobby Rush, Jesse Jackson, Jr., Mike Quigley. Cook County Commissioner Tony Peraica lost his bid for re-election.

An Amendment on the ballot for “Recall of Governor” also passed.

Events Planned for 25th Anniversary of Chicago Vietnam veterans parade

Posted by Admin On November - 3 - 2010 40 COMMENTS

June 2011 events planned to celebrate 25th anniversary of Chicago Vietnam veterans parade

 

NAVY PIER RALLY, CONCERT, BANQUET DINNER & MORE SLATED

 

Back in June 1986, what was originally envisioned as a modestly sized parade to honor Vietnam veterans quickly blossomed into one of the largest events of its kind—with more than 175,000 veterans and family members proudly marching down the streets of Chicago to the adulation of more than 500,000 spectators.

 Now, nearly 25 years later, a Windy City reunion is planned to commemorate that historic event and bring Vietnam veterans and loved ones back together to honor their efforts.

 Set for the weekend of June 17 to 19, 2011, “Welcome Home 2011” comprises several events in downtown Chicago that are planned to celebrate the silver anniversary of the Chicago Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Parade—which remains the largest known parade of its kind ever assembled in the United States. Events planned include:

  • A kick-off rally at Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave.) on Saturday morning, June 18, consisting of opening ceremonies, a salute to veterans in attendance recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, and live performances by Jackie Marx and Britt Small.
  • A banquet dinner at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel (17 E. Monroe St.) on Saturday evening, led by Master of Ceremonies Bill Kurtis, which will pay tribute to those in attendance, including veterans, Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, and Mayor Richard M. Daley.
  • An interfaith invocation on Sunday morning, June 19, at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza (Wacker Drive and State Street) led by Vietnam veteran Rev. John Steer.
  • A day-long concert on Sunday (location soon to be announced) featuring performances by Dennis DeYoung (formerly of Styx), jazz band Kimotion, classic rock cover band ARRA, Joe Cantafio and the 101st Rock Division, and more.
  • An exhibit of art and photos submitted by veterans at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) all weekend long.
  • A “Moving Wall” display— a half-size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which has been touring the country for more than 20 years—at Navy Pier all weekend long. 

Robert Kolling, a Purple Heart recipient Vietnam veteran and chairman of Welcome Home 2011, said that most planned events are free and open to the public, except for the banquet dinner (which requires pre-registration and a fee to be determined) and the concert (for which tickets will be sold in advance). Additionally, veterans and their families can book June 17-19 accommodations at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel at a discounted rate. Coupons for discounted entertainment attractions will also be provided at the hotel and Navy Pier. For more information and links to register, purchase tickets and book lodging, visit www.ServiceandHonor.org. 

Kolling volunteered to chair the events after previous chairman Chuck Lofrano succumbed last August to pancreatic cancer, which was likely triggered from his exposure to Agent Orange while serving with the Marines during the Vietnam War. Lofrano, author of the recently published book “In Spite of It All,” which details his experiences during and after the war, was the catalyst for planning a 25th anniversary salute to the parade and its participants, which has been in the works for more than a year. In spearheading the June 2011 events, Kolling seeks to honor the legacy and efforts of Lofrano, as well as the late Tom Stack, who served as founder of the parade 25 years ago.

 While he is hopeful that the Welcome Home 2011 festivities will be well attended, Kolling noted that it would be hard to top the turnout for the 1986 parade—a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon. Stack was inspired to organize that event after witnessing a similar parade for Vietnam vets in New York City attended by an estimated 25,000. In the end, the Chicago parade attracted nearly eight times as many people and influenced countless others.

“Our parade in 1986 helped to alter the country’s perspective on Vietnam veterans,” said Kolling. “At that time, many Americans had a difficult time accepting the plight of veterans of the Vietnam War. That historic parade promoted a healing process that generated a grassroots movement, which laid the groundwork for more dignity, respect and recognition for modern day soldiers returning from foreign wars. It was touchstone event in our society that created greater awareness of and reverence for American war veterans today.” 

“When we came home from Vietnam, it seemed as if nobody wanted to talk to us or do anything for us,” said Roger McGill, a Vietnam veteran who served as program chairman of the 1986 parade committee and is now the veteran’s liaison for Welcome Home 2011. “We felt unwelcome among veteran’s organizations and neglected by the government in terms of benefits, health care and recognition. Our parade 25 years ago helped to change a lot of that.” 

McGill said that the Welcome Home 2011 events “are not only designed to celebrate the parade’s anniversary, but to serve as passing of the torch to the next generation of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. We want to be sure these veterans don’t have to go through what we experienced.”

Deana Olson, Lofrano’s daughter and aide-de-camp for Welcome Home 2011, said she’s proud that the events her father helped coordinate are continuing as planned.

 “I’ll never forget the camaraderie and sense of brotherhood I felt from that crowd of veterans during that parade in 1986,” said Olson, who will give a spoken tribute to her late father during the kickoff rally. “It was an unbelievable experience, as I’m sure it will be next June.”

 Welcome Home 2011 is seeking sponsors, donors and volunteers. To learn more about the events or to lend your assistance to this worthy cause, please visit www.ServiceandHonor.org, phone (312) 925-5506, or e-mail vicechair@serviceandhonor.org.

Goodman Theatre and Columbia College Chicago join forces for season-long celebration of Playwright Anton Chekhov

Posted by Admin On November - 3 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

 

Robert Falls, Tanya Saracho and Sheldon Patinkin kick off the series on November 8 with transforming classics panel discussion

 

Chicago, IL – Goodman Theatre’s Education and Community Engagement Programming announces a season-long partnership with Columbia College Chicago in honor of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s 150th birthday.

 The First-Class Passenger: Celebrating 150 Years of Anton Chekhov series—a reference to a Chekhovian short story on the nature of fame and celebrity—includes readings, panel discussions and dramatizations of Chekhov’s short stories. The series kicks off with Transforming Classics: Chekhov in the 21st Century on Monday, November 8 from 6:30 – 8pm in the Goodman’s Owen Theatre. Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended; call Goodman Theatre’s box office at 312.443.3800. Additional programming for this season-long celebration will be announced at a later date.

 In Transforming Classics, Artistic Director Robert Falls, playwright of the Goodman’s upcoming El Nogalar Tanya Saracho and Chair Emeritus of Columbia College Chicago’s Theater Department Sheldon Patinkin explore the enduring legacy of this great Russian writer, his intercultural appeal for a new generation of writers and his continuing relevance to contemporary audiences. The discussion is moderated by Goodman Literary Associate Neena Arndt.

Transforming Classics is a free event, presented as part of the Goodman’s CONTEXT series and in conjunction with Robert Falls’ new adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull, recently extended through November 21. The CONTEXT series uses themes from Goodman productions to engage the community—both at the theater and at venues across the city—in conversations that explore particular issues raised within the plays and how they resonate in today’s culture.

 Goodman Theatre’s Education & Community Engagement department offers many opportunities for learners of all ages to engage in deeper explorations of topics within and outside the Goodman’s season. Programs offered entirely free of charge include the Student Subscription Series for Chicago public high schools, the General Theater Studies summer program, the Cindy Bandle Young Critics theatre criticism program for young women, CONTEXT: Discourse and Discussion community forums and a theater-wide Internship Program.

 To purchase tickets to The Seagull, call 312.443.3800, click GoodmanTheatre.org or visit the box office (170 North Dearborn). Mezztix are half-price mezzanine tickets available at 12 noon at the box office, and at 10am online (promo code MEZZTIX) day of performance; Mezztix are not available by telephone. 10Tix are $10 balcony tickets for students available at 12 noon at the box office, and at 10am online on the day of performance; 10Tix are not available by telephone. Valid student I.D. must be presented when picking up the tickets. Limit four per student with I.D. All tickets are subject to availability and handling fees apply. Discounted Group Tickets for 10 persons or more are available at 312.443.3820. Kirkland & Ellis LLP is the Contributing Sponsor of The Seagull.

Statewide conference addresses housing challenges at local, state, and federal level; highlights 4 housing champions for Golden Trowel Awards

Posted by Admin On November - 3 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS
  
Against the backdrop of a continuing foreclosure crisis and rising homelessness, more than 170 affordable housing professionals will meet in Bloomington, Illinois, on November 4 and 5, 2010, for Housing Matters!, a statewide conference to forge and share new solutions to today’s challenges.
 
Organized by Housing Action Illinois, a statewide coalition formed to protect and expand the availability of quality, affordable housing throughout Illinois, the Housing Matters! conference will celebrate the work of four individuals selected to receive the Golden Trowel Award.  This award is given to individuals nominated by Housing Action Illinois members and whose dedication and commitment to promoting housing justice is exemplary and should be recognized.  This year, the awardees are: Barbara Hicks of Madonna House (Quincy), Dan Lindsey of Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, Illinois State Representative Sandy Pihos (Glen Ellyn), and Bob Wahlgren, formerly of Community Housing Association of DuPage (Glen Ellyn). 
 
Twenty workshops and three plenary sessions during the Housing Matters! conference will provide essential training and networking opportunities for Illinois’ affordable housing practitioners, including housing counselors working with first time homebuyers and homeowners facing foreclosure, homeless service providers facing increased demand and decreased funding, and affordable housing developers and managers whose projects face dramatic budget shortfalls.  The conference also provides a forum for sharing best practices and furthering efforts for systemic changes.  More information can be found at www.housingactionil.org. 
The Housing Matters! conference is made possible through the generous financial support of PNC Bank, which has branches throughout the state and a substantial commitment to community development.  PNC Bank is the lead sponsor of the conference.  Additional supporters include the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, Harris Bank, and State Farm Bank. Support for some workshops is provided for by a grant from the Illinois Housing Development Authority. 
Housing Action Illinois will celebrate its 25th Anniversary next year at its conference on November 3 and 4, 2011.  At Housing Action Illinois, our supporters, participants and members agree that a stronger Illinois begins at home.  

Illinois funds big leap for bicycling and walking

Posted by Admin On November - 3 - 2010 1 COMMENT

 

 The Active Transportation Alliance–Chicagoland’s nonprofit biking, walking and transit advocacy organization–commends Governor Quinn and the Illinois Department of Transportation for announcing today nearly $90 million in federal transportation money for the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP). For nearly 20 years, ITEP has provided critical funds for improving transportation safety, alternative modes of transportation and quality of life in Illinois communities.

Approximately $49 million will go to bicycle projects, which is the largest pool of money ever awarded to improve bicycling in Illinois through ITEP. The Chicago region alone will receive approximately $45 million for active transportation improvements.

“Everyone wins with this funding announcement,” said Ron Burke, executive director of the Active Transportation Alliance. “We’re very excited that important projects like the Burnham Greenway, Veterans Memorial Trail and a cycle track pilot project on Chicago’s South Side will receive money.”

Burke explained that a cycle track is a type of bikeway, common in many other countries, that separates bikes and cars. Burke said the Chicago Department of Transportation is taking a bold step in building the first cycle track in the region on Stony Island Avenue.

“Large and small projects around Chicagoland now have financial backing to improve opportunities and safety for bicyclists and pedestrians,” said Burke.

Among the projects Active Trans supported, the Calumet-Sag Trail will receive $2.8 million to fund its final engineering phase and its construction costs.

“This is a big leap toward completing the 26-mile Calumet-Sag Trail,” said Steve Buchtel, Southland coordinator for the Active Transportation Alliance. When completed in 2012, the trail will connect 14 communities and a handful of regional trail systems, said Buchtel.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Congress asked the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to rescind almost $80 million in transportation projects. After a request from Active Trans, IDOT carried out full funding for this round of ITEP money.

In addition to pushing for two Calumet-Sag Trail projects, Active Trans worked closely with successful ITEP awardees in Skokie, Wheeling and Lincolnwood. The organization also partnered with the Will County Forest Preserve District to ensure funding for the Veterans Memorial Trail.

See Governor Quinn’s news release for the full list of projects to be funded.

The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization that works to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel.

The organization builds a movement around active transportation, encourages physical activity, increases safety and builds a world-class transportation network. The Active Transportation Alliance is North America’s largest transportation advocacy organization, supported by nearly 6,000 members, 1,000 volunteers and 35 full-time staff. For more information on the Active Transportation Alliance, visit www.activetrans.org or call 312.427.3325.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicago Children’s Theatre’s The Hundred Dresses and the Party Dress Project launch Dress Donation Campaign

Posted by Admin On November - 3 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Bring a new or gently used dress to the show, help a local youth service agency 

girlfromplayChicago Children’s Theatre encourages all moms and girls to bring a new or gently used dress with them when they come to see The Hundred Dresses, playing November 3-December 2 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie.  Dresses will be collected and displayed in the lobby throughout the run, then donated to the Party Dress Project, with proceeds benefitting a local youth service organization.  Pictured here:  Leslie Ann Sheppard as Maddie.  Photo credit:  Michael Brosilow.

 Chicago, IL ― Chicago Children’s Theatre encourages all moms and girls to raid their closets before attending The Hundred Dresses, and bring any new and gently used dresses with them to the North Shore Center of the Performing Arts to donate to the Party Dress Project.

Founded by Northbrook moms Stacy Simpson and Beth Hirshman and their teenage children, the Party Dress Project (partydressproject.org) is a non-profit organization that solicits donations of new and gently used dresses year round, and holds an annual sale of the donated dresses every fall with proceeds benefitting a local youth service organization.

Starting with the first performance on November 3, dress donations will be accepted before the show and immediately hung on clothing racks that will be displayed in the North Shore Center lobby.  Please drop off dresses in good condition, cleaned and on a hanger.  By the end of the run on December 2, Chicago Children’s Theatre anticipates having a lobby full of dresses to donate to the Party Dress Project.

Chicago Children’s Theatre’s smash hit musical The Hundred Dresses, based on Eleanor Estes’ timeless children’s novel takes audiences of all ages on a fun, funny, heartwarming journey that explores the bonds of friendship, the willingness to be yourself, and the courage it takes to stand up to others ― even when you’re standing alone.

The production is co-written for the stage by musician Ralph Covert (Ralph’s World, The Bad Examples) and his longtime playwright partner G. Riley Mills, and directed by CCT Artistic Associate Sean Graney.   The Chicago Sun-Times called The Hundred Dresses “altogether beguiling…enchanting…bound to become a family classic…its biggest hit to date.”   The Chicago Tribune raved “The best yet! Chicago Children’s Theatre has finally delivered on its promise to elevate the experience of children’s theatre in this city.”

Performances of this must-see musical for children, families, school, scouting and youth groups are November 3 through December 2 at the Centre East Theatre in the North Shore Centre for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, Illinois.  Press opening is Sunday, November 7, at 1 p.m. Tickets are $26 for children (17 and under) and $36 for adults.   Call the North Shore Center box office, (847) 673-6300 or visit northshorecenter.org for tickets and show times.

 Note:   The North Shore Center boasts free, plentiful on-site parking. Additionally, groups of 10 and more can receive discounted group rates, including deep discounts for school groups and scouting organizations, by calling GroupTix at (877) 447-7849 or visiting GroupTix.net.

The Hundred Dresses is recommended for children ages 6 and older.

26th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards Nominees announced during first-ever live telecast on GMC Network

Posted by Admin On November - 3 - 2010 4 COMMENTS

stellar_awards_nomineesJames Fortune Leads with Ten Nominations, followed by Bebe & Cece Winans, Fred Hammond and Marvin Sapp tied with Seven Nominations — Special Honorees Kirk Franklin, Vanessa Bell Armstrong and Donald Lawrence also Announced –pictured l to r: Don Jackson (Chairman, Central City Productions); Jessica Reedy (gospel singer/finalist, BET “Sunday Best”); Erma Davis (President, Central City Productions); Lucinda Moore (2-time nominee, 2011 Stellar Awards). Photo Credit: Moses Robinson / Courtesy of Central City Productions

Nashville, TN (BlackNews.com) — Signaling the countdown to Gospel music’s biggest night of the year, the Stellar Gospel Music Awards returned to Music City with a first-ever special one-hour live telecast of this year’s nominations, “The Stellar Awards Nomination Concert and Announcements Hosted by Donnie McClurkin” on Atlanta-based GMC Network. A special encore telecast is slated to air on Tuesday, October 26 at Midnight (EST)/11PM (CST). Nominees for the 26th Annual Stellar Awards show were announced on Saturday, October 23 at Nashville’s Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

The 26th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards Show will be taped before a live audience on Saturday, January 15, 2011 and is scheduled to air in syndication from January 22, 2011 to March 13, 2011. The show will also broadcast on Saturday, March 6 at 8 p.m. EST on the Gospel Music Channel (GMC).

With nominations revealed in twenty-seven categories, emerging Gospel music powerhouse James Fortune led this year’s nominees, earning an impressive ten nods, with seven of those for his collaboration with choir Fiya (James Fortune & Fiya). Veteran superstars BeBe & CeCe Winans, Fred Hammond and Marvin Sapp also drew seven nominations each. In addition, Bebe and Cece Winans received three solo nominations.
The live announcement show was led by this year’s Stellar Awards host, ten-time Stellar Award and three-time Grammy award-winning Gospel legend Donnie McClurkin. The one-of-a-kind telecast featured an exciting mix of presentations and powerful musical performances by two-time 2011 nominee Lucinda Moore (Fire Baptised), Joe Pace (And We are Glad), Jessica Reedy (God Has Smiled on Me), VaShawn Mitchell (Nobody Greater) and Bishop Neal Roberson (I Believe). A special pre-show presentation was hosted by Nashville Weekend TV News Anchor Jonathan Martin (NBC’s WSMV-TV).
Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones was on hand to announce several special honors being bestowed upon individuals whose names are synonymous with greatness in the Gospel arena during this year’s Stellar Awards ceremony such as Kirk Franklin, who will be recognized with the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award; Vanessa Bell Armstrong who is receiving the Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legend Award; and Donald Lawrence, who will receive the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award, for their historical contributions to the industry. It was also announced that the “Female Vocalist of the Year” award is renamed in honor of the legendary ‘Queen’ of Gospel music Albertina Walker, who recently passed on. Other special categories were also revealed, highlighting the top radio stations serving urban Gospel music audiences.
Chicago-based Central City Productions, Inc. (CCP) has produced The Stellar Gospel Music Awards for 25 years. The first show was taped at the Arie Crown Theatre in Chicago and The Stellar Awards has since evolved into a premier Gospel event recognizing and honoring African American artists. An original awards show, it has propelled and showcased top Gospel artists and countless television and film stars. The ever-expanding roster of celebrity appearances on the Stellar Awards has included such notable personalities as Lou Gossett, Jr., Oprah Winfrey, The Winans, Clifton Davis, Yolanda Adams, Vicki Winans, Tyler Perry, Aretha Franklin, Idris Alba, Kirk Franklin, Hezekiah Walker and countless others.
Central City founder/Chairman Don Jackson stated, “I was extremely pleased with the successful outcome of our first-ever live nominee announcement on the GMC television network. The live 1-hour special with performances from some of the top upcoming gospel music stars contributed greatly to the energy of the nominations program. And Pastor Donnie McClurkin was a spectacular host.”
The 26th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards Show will be taped before a live audience on Saturday, January 15, 2011 and is scheduled to air in syndication from January 22, 2011 to March 13, 2011. The show will also broadcast on Saturday, March 6 at 8 p.m. EST on the Gospel Music Channel (GMC).
The telecast is open to the public and tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com). Ticket prices range from $35 – $200. For additional details, visit the Stellar Awards website (www.thestellarawards.com).
The 2011 Stellar Awards Nominees are:
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
– BEBE & CECE WINANS, STILL, B&C/MALACO
– FRED HAMMOND, LOVE UNSTOPPABLE, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
– JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA, ENCORE, BLACKSMOKE MUSIC WORLDWIDE
– MARVIN SAPP, HERE I AM, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
SONG OF THE YEAR
– BEBE WINANS, CLOSE TO YOU – STILL, B&C/MALACO
– FRED HAMMOND, CALVIN RODGERS, PHILLIP FEASTER, ERICKA WARREN, MICHAEL BETHANY, & DYNNA WELLS, THEY THAT WAIT – LOVE UNSTOPPABLE, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
– JAMES FORTUNE, C. FORTUNE, & T. VAUGHN, ENCORE – ENCORE, BLACKSMOKE MUSIC WORLDWIDE
– MARVIN SAPP, THE BEST IN ME – HERE I AM, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
– BYRON CAGE, FAITHFUL TO BELIEVE, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
– FRED HAMMOND, LOVE UNSTOPPABLE, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
– J MOSS, JUST JAMES, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
– MARVIN SAPP, HERE I AM, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
ALBERTINA WALKER FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR* (*renamed in 2011)
– CECE WINANS, STILL, B&C/MALACO
– KAREN CLARK SHEARD, ALL IN ONE, KAREW RECORDS
– LUCINDA MOORE, BLESSED, BROKEN & GIVEN, TYSCOT RECORDS/JOYFULA RECORDS
– TAMELA MANN, THE MASTER PLAN, TILLYMANN MUSIC
GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
– BEBE & CECE WINANS, STILL, B&C/MALACO
– FOREVER JONES, GET READY, EMI GOSPEL
– JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA, ENCORE, BLACKSMOKE MUSIC WORLDWIDE
– THE ANOINTED PACE SISTERS, ACCESS GRANTED, TYSCOT RECORDS
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
– FOREVER JONES, GET READY, EMI GOSPEL
– KRISTINA HALLOWAY, FREE, SERUM/PSALMS GROUP UNIVERSAL MUSIC CHRISTIAN GROUP
– TRAVIS GREENE, STRETCHING OUT, PENDULUM RECORDS, LLC
– VICTORY CATHEDRAL CHOIR, SMOKIE NORFUL PRESENTS VICTORY CATHEDRAL CHOIR, TREMYLES MUSIC/EMI GOSPEL
CD OF THE YEAR
– FRED HAMMOND, LOVE UNSTOPPABLE, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
– J MOSS, JUST JAMES, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
– JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA,ENCORE, BLACKSMOKE MUSIC WORLDWIDE
– MARVIN SAPP, HERE I AM, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
CHOIR OF THE YEAR
– BROOKLYN TABERNACLE CHOIR, DECLARE YOUR NAME, INTERGRITY/COLUMBIA
– JAMES HALL & VOICES OF CITADEL, WON’T IT BE WONDERFUL, MUSIC BLEND
– VICTORY CATHEDRAL CHOIR, SMOKIE NORFUL PRESENTS VICTORY CATHEDRAL CHOIR, TREMYLES MUSIC/EMI GOSPEL
– WILMINGTON CHESTER MASS CHOIR, HE’S BEEN GOOD, EMTRO GOSPEL
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
– AARON LINDSEY, HERE I AM, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
– DONALD LAWRENCE, THE EXPERIENCE, EMI GOSPEL
– FRED HAMMOND, LOVE UNSTOPPABLE, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
– JAMES FORTUNE, TERRANCE VAUGHN & AYRON LEWIS, ENCORE, BLACKSMOKE MUSIC WORLDWIDE
CONTEMPORARY GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
– BEBE & CECE WINANS, STILL, B&C/MALACO
– FOREVER JONES, GET READY, EMI GOSPEL
– JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA, ENCORE, BLACKSMOKE MUSIC WORLDWIDE
– TRIN-I-TEE 5:7, LOVE, PEACE, JOY AT CHRISTMAS, MUSIC WORLD GOSPEL
TRADITIONAL GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
– JAMES GREER & COMPANY, DON’T WASTE ANOTHER DAY, HABBAKUK MUSIC
– THE ANOINTED PACE SISTERS, ACCESS GRANTED, TYSCOT RECORDS
– THE CHRISTIAN ANGELS, BRING IT TO THE ALTAR, 4 WINDS/MALACO
– THE MIGHTY CLOUDS OF JOY, AT THE REVIVAL, EMI GOSPEL
CONTEMPORARY MALE OF THE YEAR
– BYRON CAGE, FAITHFUL TO BELIEVE, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
– FRED HAMMOND, LOVE UNSTOPPABLE, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
– J MOSS, JUST JAMES, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
– JAMES FORTUNE, ENCORE, BLACKSMOKE MUSIC WORLDWIDE
TRADITIONAL MALE OF THE YEAR
– ALVIN DARLING, YOU CAN MAKE IT, EMTRO GOSPEL
– DARRELL HINES, DARRELL HINES LIVE, WHITE CANVAS RECORDS
– MARVIN SAPP, HERE I AM, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
– MARVIN WINANS, TRIBUTE TO BISHOP G.E. PATTERSON, WORLD CLASS GOSPEL
CONTEMPORARY FEMALE OF THE YEAR
– CECE WINANS, STILL, B&C/MALACO
– KAREN CLARK SHEARD, ALL IN ONE, KAREW RECORDS
– LISA PAGE BROOKS, STRONG, HABBAKUK MUSIC
– TAMELA MANN, THE MASTER PLAN, TILLYMANN MUSIC
TRADITIONAL FEMALE OF THE YEAR
– FREDERICKA FAISON, BRING IT TO THE ALTAR, 4 WINDS/MALACO
– LUCINDA MOORE, BLESSED, BROKEN & GIVEN, TYSCOT RECORDS/JOYFULA RECORDS
– SHIRLEY CAESAR, A CITY CALLED HEAVEN, SHUBEL/LIGHT RECORDS
– VANESSA BELL ARMSTRONG, THE EXPERIENCE, EMI GOSPEL
CONTEMPORARY CD OF THE YEAR
– BEBE & CECE WINANS, STILL, B&C/MALACO
– FRED HAMMOND, LOVE UNSTOPPABLE, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
– J MOSS, JUST JAMES, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
– JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA, ENCORE, BLACKSMOKE MUSIC WORLDWIDE
TRADITIONAL CD OF THE YEAR
– JAMES HALL & VOICES OF CITADEL, WON’T IT BE WONDERFUL, MUSIC BLEND
– MARVIN SAPP, HERE I AM, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
– SHIRLEY CAESAR, A CITY CALLED HEAVEN, SHUBEL/LIGHT RECORDS
– VANESSA BELL ARMSTRONG, THE EXPERIENCE, EMI GOSPEL
URBAN/INSPIRATIONAL SINGLE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
– BEBE & CECE WINANS, CLOSE TO YOU – STILL, B&C/MALACO
– FOREVER JONES, HE WANTS IT ALL – GET READY, EMI GOSPEL
– JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA, ENCORE – ENCORE, BLACKSMOKE MUSIC WORLDWIDE
– MARVIN SAPP, THE BEST IN ME – HERE I AM, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
– BEBE & CECE WINANS, CLOSE TO YOU – STILL, B&C/MALACO
– KIRK WHALUM FEATURING KEVIN WHALUM & LALAH HATHAWAY, MAKE ME A BELIEVER – THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JAZZ CHAPTER III, TOP DRAWER/RENDEZVOUS
– SHIRLEY CAESAR, PLAYGROUND IN HEAVEN – A CITY CALLED HEAVEN, SHUBEL/LIGHT RECORDS
– THE ANOINTED PACE SISTERS, IF I BE LIFTED UP – ACCESS GRANTED, TYSCOT RECORDS
TRADITIONAL CHOIR OF THE YEAR
– BROOKLYN TABERNACLE CHOIR, DECLARE YOUR NAME, INTERGRITY/COLUMBIA
– JAMES HALL & VOICES OF CITADEL, WON’T IT BE WONDERFUL, MUSIC BLEND
– VICTORY CATHEDRAL CHOIR, SMOKIE NORFUL PRESENTS VICTORY CATHEDRAL CHOIR, TREMYLES MUSIC/EMI GOSPEL
– WILMINGTON CHESTER MASS CHOIR, HE’S BEEN GOOD, EMTRO GOSPEL
CONTEMPORARY CHOIR OF THE YEAR
– GOD’S LITTLE SOLDIERS INTERNATIONAL, SOLDIER STORY, MOTOR CITY PRAISE/DETROIT INTERNATIONAL RECORDS
– MYRON BUTLER & LEVI, REVEALED LIVE IN DALLAS, EMI GOSPEL
– YOUTH FOR CHRIST, THANKS IN ADVANCE, EMTRO GOSPEL
– YOUTHFUL PRAISE FEATURING JJ HAIRSTON, RESTING ON HIS PROMISE, EVIDENCE GOSPEL/LIGHT RECORDS
SPECIAL EVENT CD OF THE YEAR
– BEBE & CECE WINANS, STILL, B&C/MALACO
– KIRK FRANKLIN, ARE YOU LISTENING, GOSPOCENTRIC/VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
– VARIOUS ARTISTS, COCO BROTHER LIVE PRESENTS STAND 2010, TYSCOT RECORDS
– VARIOUS ARTISTS, WOW GOSPEL 2010, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
RAP HIP HOP GOSPEL CD OF THE YEAR
– DJ OFFICIAL, ENTERMISSION, REACH RECORDS
– EVERYDAY PROCESS, OUTTADISWORLD, CROSS MOVEMENT RECORDS
– SHO BARAKA, LIONS & LIARS, REACH RECORDS
– TRIP LEE, BETWEEN TWO WORLDS, REACH RECORDS
CHILDRENS PROJECT OF THE YEAR
– GOD’S LITTLE SOLDIERS INTERNATIONAL, SOLDIER STORY, MOTOR CITY PRAISE/DETROIT INTERNATIONAL RECORDS
– KINGDOM KIDS WORLDWIDE, KINGDOM KIDS WORLDWIDE VOLUME 1, HEADSTRATE ENTERTAINMENT
– THE VELASQUEZ FAMILY SINGERS, WHILE WE STILL HAVE TIME, Z.A.V.E. RECORDS
– YOUTH FOR CHRIST, THANKS IN ADVANCE, EMTRO GOSPEL
QUARTET OF THE YEAR
– REV. F.C. BARNES & COMPANY, THE OLD TIME WAY, AIR GOSPEL/MALACO
– THE CHRISTIAN ANGELS, BRING IT TO THE ALTAR, 4 WINDS/MALACO
– THE GOLDEN WINGS QUARTET, KEEP BLESSING ME, 4 WINDS/MALACO
– THE MIGHTY CLOUDS OF JOY, AT THE REVIVAL, EMI GOSPEL
RECORDED MUSIC PACKAGING OF THE YEAR
– CAMERON HILSON & MARK NEUBAUER, FOREVER JONES – GET READY, EMI GOSPEL
– DENISE TROTMAN & MARVIN SAPP – HERE I AM, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
– DEREK BLANKS & KEN BARBOZA, BEBE & CECE WINANS – STILL, B&C/MALACO
– JEFF GILLIGAN, FRED HAMMOND – LOVE UNSTOPPABLE, VERITY GOSPEL MUSIC GROUP
PRAISE AND WORSHIP CD OF THE YEAR
– DARWIN HOBBS, DARWIN HOBBS LIVE: CHAMPION, IMAGO DEI
– JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA, ENCORE, BLACKSMOKE MUSIC WORLDWIDE
– PHIL TARVER, PLACE OF WORSHIP, KINGDOM RECORDS, INC.
– THE ANOINTED PACE SISTERS, ACCESS GRANTED, TYSCOT RECORDS
SPECIAL AWARDS — HONOREES/NOMINEES
THOMAS A. DORSEY MOST NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONOREE
KIRK FRANKLIN
AMBASSADOR DR. BOBBY JONES LEGEND AWARD HONOREE
VANESSA BELL ARMSTRONG
JAMES CLEVELAND LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONOREE
DONALD LAWRENCE
SMALL MARKET RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR
– WHLW-FM 104.3, Montgomery, AL
– WFMV-FM 95.3, Columbia, SC
– KOKA-AM 980, Shreveport, LA
– WSOK-AM 1230, Savannah, GA
MEDIUM MARKET RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR
– KPZK-FM 102.5, Little Rock, AR
– WJYD-FM 106.3, Columbus, OH
– WCGL-AM 1360, Jacksonville, FL
– WRJD-AM 1410, Durham, NC
LARGE MARKET RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR
– WFMI-FM 100.9, Virginia Beach, VI
– WBBP-AM 1480, Memphis, TN
– WJMO-AM 1300, Cleveland, OH
– WCAO-AM 600, Baltimore, MD
MAJOR MARKET RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR
– WPPZ PRAISE 103.9, Philadelphia, PA
– WGRB-AM 1390, Chicago, IL
– WEXL-AM 1340, Detroit, MI
– KHVN-AM 970, Dallas, TX

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ABOUT CENTRAL CITY PRODUCTIONS (CCP)
The Stellar Gospel Music Awards show is Executive Produced by Don Jackson and Produced by Barbara Wilson for Central City Productions. Founded in 1970 by Don Jackson, Chicago-based Central City Productions is a distributor of original targeted programming to television and cable networks. For more information, please visit www.ccptv.com.
ABOUT GOSPEL MUSIC CHANNEL (GMC)
An uplifting entertainment network that features music and inspiring stories targeting families. GMC is the only TV network with every program certified as family safe by the Parents Television Council. GMC is found on DIRECTV channel 338 nationally and on many local cable systems. For more information, please visit www.gospelmusicchannel.com.

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