One Unforgettable Night at the Garden

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The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards was an impressive evening for music lovers. Favorite bands, singers and performers descended onto Madison Square Garden in NYC on Sunday night August 28th.

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Kanye was given four minutes (really) to spread the love. Amber Rose and Ray J were included on his shout list. Beyonce performed for 15 minutes basically singing every song from her Lemonade album.

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Britney Spears performs onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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The Princess of Pop Brittany Spears made her way back to the VMA stage for the first time in 10 years to perform with G-Eazy.

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Rihanna -This years recipient of the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award – performed four times during the show. Drake presented the award along with an “I love you” to RiRi.

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Jimmy Fallon dressed up like Ryan Lochte and poked fun at the swimmer for lying about being robbed in Rio before he presented Beyonce with Best Video of the Year for Formation.
Other award winners included:
• Beyonce – Best Female Video for Hold Up
• Calvin Harris FT. Rihanna – Best Male Video for This is What You Came For
• Drake – Bests Hip Hop for Hotline Bling
• Beyonce – Best Pop Video for Formation
• Twenty One Pilots – Best Rock for Heathen
• DNCE – Best New Artist
• Fifth Harmony FT. Ty Dolla $ign – Best Collaboration for Work from Home
• Fifth Harmony FT. Fetty Wap – Song of Summer for Allin My Head
Social media lit up with comments about why there was no tribute for Prince and David Bowie.
Did your favorite stars surprise you with their outfits? The word for the night was Tinashe, Nicki Minaj and Beyonce were among those who made the best dressed list. The worst dressed included G-Eazy, Cassie, Farrah Abraham and Rita Ora.

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Were there surprises during the show that you hadn’t expected? How about disappointments when a fave of yours didn’t win?

Ben-Hur is Revenge, Romance, Action and Hope

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The new film Ben-Hur reveals a powerful message for a chaotic world filled with racial and religious violence, cop killings and vengeance. From each celeb we interviewed on the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the film we heard reflections of how Ben-Hur delivers a timely message of hope.

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We talked with Marcus “Flame” Gray, Cole LaBrant, Jarreth Merz, Ayelet Zurer, Lorenzo Henry, Anthony Begonia, B Slade and others. 

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                                     Cole LaBrant                                                             Marcus “Flame” Gray

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                                 Ayelet Zurer                                                                         Jarreth Merz

Check out our YouTube channel to hear our conversation on the red carpet with some interesting people.

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Ben-Hur is a remake of the classic MGM film staring Charlton Heston for a new generation about two brothers torn over Roman occupation of Palestine. Messala who sides with the Romans and Judah Ben-Hur who stays true to his Jewish heritage.

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After years of slavery as a result of his brother’s wrath, Judah Ben-Hur returns with one thing on his mind. Revenge. The combat scenes on the high seas are amazing. While the chariot race between Messala and Ben-Hur is epic! 
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But a chance encounter with a carpenter changes Ben-Hur and frees him from deeply rooted hatred. Forgiveness and reconciliation become a powerful reality between the two brothers.


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The film is a must see in a culture of fear, confusion and hopelessness.

Are you a prisoner of hate, bitterness and anger? Discover the freedom that comes from unconditional love and forgiveness.

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Voice Awards 2016

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Hope, help, support, and encouragement were all reoccurring themes as we talked with celebs on the “blue carpet” at Royce Hall on the campus of UCLA. The theme of the Voice awards this year was strengthening families through hope.

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We had the chance to interview this year’s host, Dr. Oz, along with actors Jon Tenney, Luke Kirby and Mike Ferrell. We also talked with actress Madchen Amick and members of Michael Jackson’s family. We’ll let you know on social media when these and other interviews will be available on our YouTube channel.

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Members of Michael Jackson’s Family

SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) partners with the entertainment industry to honor programs that feature accurate and recovery-based portrayals of people with mental illness and substance use conditions in film and television.

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TV shows that were recognized and received awards included Blue Bloods, Empire, Madam Secretary, Nashville and The Carmichael Show. The list of films and documentaries included Buried above Ground, Hollywood Beauty Salon, Being Charlie, The Dark House, Touched with Fire and Love & Mercy.

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Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard received a Special Recognition Award as well as the Jackson-Brown Family.

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How can you make a difference in someone else’s life that may be struggling with mental health issues, addiction or substance abuse? Don’t be afraid to reach out to a friend or family member who’s hurting. It doesn’t take much to offer hope and some encouragement.

If you’re having personal struggles with one of these issues, please reach out to us. We’re here to listen and help. It’s all about you talking to us.