NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — If you’re still looking for plans for Mother’s Day weekend, a star-studded event at Newark’s Prudential Center on Saturday can help you entertain mom and contribute to a great cause.
The 32nd annual McDonald’s Gospelfest will feature performances by Cissy Houston, The Clark Sisters, the Greater Allen AME Cathedral Mass Choir and Faith Evans, just to name a few.
“We’re so excited because this year, we decided to go back to the basics of what gospel music is all about and celebrate choirs,” A. Curtis Farrow, Emmy-award winning executive producer and director for the festival, told CBS2’s Andrea Grymes and Diane Macedo.
“You know, I tell people all the time, when you go to a black church, you expect to hear a good choir. So I tell everybody, if you want to have a good time that’s full of energy and excitement, you want to be there Saturday, May 9th because it’s going to be when the choirs meet the quartets. And we have the best gosepl choirs in the country coming to Newark, New Jersey, to celebrate with us, and the best quartets.”
Money raised by the event goes toward scholarships.
Click on the video above to watch the full interview with Farrow and a performance by the Greater Central Jersey Community Choir.
With his new album The Documentary 2 coming in June, The Game pumps some life into the rollout with the release of the video for “Ryda” his collaboration with rising Detroit MC Dej Loaf. Hurricane Game takes us on a ride through the L.A. streets with the “Try Me” rapper. During their outing they plan, plot and strategize a strong armed robbery on some Bonnie and Clyde ish. In the end, the duo hits a substantial lick robbing an armored car and getting away clean. The visual was directed by Benny Boom.
“Ryda” is one of the singles from Game’s forthcoming LP, the sequel to his platinum selling debut. The album was initially given a Jan. 18 release date but was pushed back. In March, Chuck announced it would drop on June 30, which is the birthday of his oldest son, Harlem. “His birthday falls on a Tuesday, which is the day music is released to the world,” said Game. “It’s kinda perfect timing.” The album will reportedly have beats from Dr. Dre, Scott Storch and Just Blaze.
In the mean time, the Compton rappers has some legal issues to deal with. He is being sued by a man he punched during a pick up basketball game who turned out to be an off duty police officer. The process server and photog who were hired to give the former G-Unit member his lawsuit papers are also suing the rapper claiming he assaulted them while they were carrying out their job.
Competitors from 49 states and 20 countries descended on Pittsburgh for the 2015 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, according to WPXI-TV, but it was a local runner who fittingly made the most headlines Sunday.
Dilliner, Pennsylvaniam native Clara Santucci defended her 2014 Pittsburgh Marathon title with a 2015 championship. Kenya’s Stephen Njoroge took home the title on the men’s side.
Here is a look at the top finishers for both the men and women, per Craig Meyer of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Santucci was the big story considering the location of the race and her two-marathon winning streak in Pittsburgh. She was unable to match last year’s time of two hours, 32 minutes and 23 seconds, which was the fastest women’s time since the Pittsburgh Marathon returned from a six-year break in 2009, but has now established herself as something of a local legend at this event.
Bob Hertzel of the Times West Virginian noted that Santucci also starred in track at West Virginia University, which is less than a two-hour drive from Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Marathon shared a picture of Santucci crossing the finish line:
Santucci commented on what drives her to succeed at various marathons, per Mike Kovak of the Observer-Reporter:
When you look at me or talk to me or are around me, I don’t seem intense. I’m laid-back. When it comes to running, I’m hard-nosed. I’m just a tough runner. It’s how I got where I am.
Considering the fact that there were thousands of competitors who hit Pittsburgh’s streets for the 26.2-mile race, Santucci needed that hard-nosed toughness to pick up her second consecutive title.
On the men’s side, Njoroge didn’t wait until the end to establish himself as the one to beat in the race. Megan Ryan of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette pointed out that he and two other runners were far clear of the rest of the field before the stretch run:
From there, Njoroge took control, and there was little doubt who the eventual winner would be Sunday, per Ryan:
The Pittsburgh Marathon also shared a picture of Njoroge crossing the finish line:
While the champion hails from Kenya, there was also some local Pennsylvania flavor on the men’s side. Tyler McCandless, who is a former All-American at Penn State, finished with the top American male time of 2:18.29. His efforts were good enough for a fourth-place finish.
As with any marathon, the course also took center stage in Sunday’s race.
The Pittsburgh Marathon started on Liberty Avenue and featured spectators and musical celebrations along the route. In all, it went over each of the three rivers that intersect in Pittsburgh, through 13 different neighborhoods and over five bridges before finishing on the Boulevard of the Allies.
The half-marathon also took place Sunday, and Kenya’s Kimutai Cheruiyot took home the men’s title in 1:03.16. It was a dramatic finish, and Julius Kogo (who owns the record time for the half-marathon) finished a mere three seconds behind the winner.
Kenya’s Susan Jerotich won the women’s half-marathon by 10 seconds over Hellen Jemutai.
While every performer deserves plenty of credit just for participating in a 26.2-mile run, Santucci drew the most headlines. Attention now moves forward for the Pennsylvania native after she conquered her local marathon yet again.
Santucci plans on participating in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Los Angeles in February with the dream of representing her country in the Olympic marathon.
Considering her 2:29.54 time in her first marathon (the 2011 Boston Marathon) and the two Pittsburgh Marathon titles on her resume, it is not difficult to envision Santucci on the Olympic team with another impressive performance.
She will certainly have plenty of people back in Pennsylvania supporting her every move.
In light of the Avengers: Age of Ultron premiere and some slut-shaming from her co-stars, ScarJo proved to us all that Black Widow can be a leading lady with a trailer for her own movie, Black Widow: Age of Me!
SNL standout Taran Killam plays Black Widow’s gay best friend, Thor, to offer her sage advice while she deals with juggling a romantic relationship with a super villain and an internship at a high-profile fashion magazine.
Ch-ch-check out the HIGHlarious trailer (below)!!!
But Taran then took the lead in a skit inspired by the Baltimore riots, focusing on the crowd-less Orioles-White Sox game that happened this week. He and Kenan Thompson delivered a slew of cringe-worthy jokes as they play sports correspondents covering the match-up.
Watch the whole skit (below) for all the mildly uncomfortable puns and a brief appearance by Scarlett the sideline reporter.
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Following a four-game sweep of the Toronto Raptors, the Washington Wizards will end their week-long hiatus when Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals tips off Sunday against the Atlanta Hawks.
With plenty of time to rest and recover, the Wizards enter their second straight semifinals on the shoulders of John Wall, who averaged 17.3 points and 12.5 assists in Round 1.
However, Wall’s marching into Game 1 battling a shoulder strain.
“It’s all right. It (will) be all right,” Wall said, according to CSNWashington.com’s Ben Standig. “I have a little strain in it and it’s something I have to deal with, but you make no excuses when you’re in the playoffs.”
Atlanta, on the other hand, is set to host the series opener following a single day of rest. After getting pushed to six games by the pesky Brooklyn Nets, the Hawks will look to sustain the production that allowed them to trounce the Nets by 24 points on Friday.
In the win, Atlanta shot 50.6 percent from the field and 40.6 percent from three while tallying 34 assists on 43 made buckets. That sort of sustained success will be key against a Washington defense that finished the regular season ranked fifth in efficiency, per NBA.com.
You can catch all the action at 1 p.m. ET on ABC.
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