The new cast of the hit TV show Dancing with the Stars has viewers excited for the new season. The show returns with its 24th season on ABC on Monday, March 20th. Dancing with the Stars pairs professional dancers with celebrities to train and compete in ballroom dancing.
Simone Biles: The four-time gold medalist will be dancing with partner Sasha Farber.
Bonner Bolton: The professional bull rider and model will be dancing with partner Sharna Burgess.
Charo: The “Chuchi-Chuchi” girl will be dancing with partner Keo Motsepe.
Chris Kattan: The “Saturday Night Live” veteran will be dancing with partner Witney Carson.
David Ross: The two-time World Series champion, and the show’s first baseball star, will be dancing with partner Lindsay Arnold.
Erika Jayne: The dance club musician and “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star will be dancing with partner Gleb Savchenko.
Heather Morris: The “Glee” actress will be dancing with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
Mr. T: The former professional wrestler and actor will be dancing with partner Kym Herjavec.
Nancy Kerrigan: The former Olympic figure skater will be dancing with partner Artem Chigvintsev.
Normani Kordei: The “Fifth Harmony” singer will be dancing with partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy.
Rashad Jennings: The NFL player will be dancing with partner Emma Slater.
Nick Viall: The Bachelor will be dancing with pro Peta Murgatroyd.
Christian artist Anthony Evans, who you may remember from the hit TV show The Voice, is back again with his new album Back to Life, released in early February. Now, take a first look at the official music video for his song See You Again only on Beliefnet.
First appearing on the second season of The Voice, Anthony Evans has been taking the Christian music world by storm. Though he did not win the competition, the exposure helped him to start his career as a Christian artist. His last album, Real Life/Real Worship, proved to be a huge commercial success hitting number 4 on the Billboard Top Christian Album chart in April 2014. In addition, the album reached number 2 on the most sold Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart.
Check out the full album and get your copy today.
History was made at the 2017 Academy Awards with a record number of wins by black stars. Furthermore, this was the most diverse group of Oscar winners since the show began in 1929. Until this year, the most diverse winner group was at the 2009 Academy Awards when three black stars won an Oscar.
In an upset that was made even more shocking by the way it was announced, ‘Moonlight’ won the Oscar for best picture, a crowning achievement for African-American filmmakers. Presenter Faye Dunaway, onstage with fellow actor Warren Beatty, mistakenly said that ‘La La Land’ had won the best picture award. The winners had already taken the stage when they were corrected. PricewaterhouseCoopers, which manages the balloting, took responsibility for the envelope mix-up.
This last-minute mistake allowed for the black community in Hollywood to make history by breaking the record number of wins.
History was not only made by the number of collective wins of stars of color, but also shattered records within many of the individual categories as well. Viola Davis took home the Oscar for best supporting actress for her role in ‘Fences,’ becoming the first black woman to win an Oscar, Tony and Emmy award for acting. Mahershela Ali became the first black Muslim actor to take home an Oscar for his role in ‘Moonlight,’ giving him a win for best supporting actor. In addition, Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alivin McCraney won for best adapted screenplay and best picture for ‘Moonlight,’ and director Ezra Edelman won alongside filmmaker Caroline Waterlow for best documentary feature for ‘O.J.: Made in America.’
The Academy has been increasing attempts to evolve it’s voting ranks following the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, as AMPAS President Cheryl Boone Issacs was the leader behind the campaign to diversify the organization’s membership last year. The Academy invited a record number of new participants, extending offers to 683 film industry professionals from 59 countries. Forty-six percent of invitees were female, while 41 percent were people of color.
Furthermore, four of the Academy’s 2017 nominees for best picture revolved around characters of color; Garth Davis’ ‘Lion,’ Theodore Melfi’s ‘Hidden Figures,’ Barry Jenkins’ ‘Moonlight,’ and Denzel Washington’s ‘Fences.’
John Cooper, lead singer and bassist of the Christian rock band Skillet, sat down and discussed his thoughts on the movie ‘The Shack’ and the song ‘Stars’ Skillet made for the movie. Cooper talks about how he believes the movie has great biblical truths and will inspire Christians everywhere.
‘The Shack,’ based on the novel with the same name by William P. Young, focuses on a grieving man who receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God. Starring Hollywood A-listers such as Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, and Tim McGraw, ‘The Shack’ will be released in theaters on March 3rd.
To buy Skillet’s new song, find it on iTunes.