Archive for January, 2011

Teen girls around the nation can participate in a high-energy, inspirational 2-day weekend tour with some of the top Christian music artists, authors, and performers.

The Revolve Tour will kick off Friday in Dallas and feature such artists as Britt Nicole, Group 1 Crew, Courtney Clark Cleveland, Hawk Nelson, and newcomer, Jamie Grace. The tour will also feature speaker and author Jenna Lucado Bishop, daughter of bestselling author Max Lucado.

It is estimated that about 6,000 girls will attend the event at each of the 10 cities. This year, the main theme of the tour will be about dreams although issues about relationships, guys, friends, faith, and choices will also be addressed.

In a video message aimed at Revolve girls, speaker and author Jenna Lucado Bishop – who said she has a “deep” calling to give hope to teen girls – encouraged her young viewers to pray to God on a regular basis and talk to God about mundane things in their lives in order to build a relationship with Him.

Also speaking on the tour is author and speaker Chad Eastham, one of the few male participants in the Revolve Tour. Eastham will give expert advice on guys and relationships. Males attending the Revolve events are usually volunteers or chaperones, such as dads, uncles, and youth pastors.

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Mark Zuckerberg came face-to-face with not just one, but two evil twins Saturday. (Yes, Andy. “Awkward” is right.)

The Facebook CEO joined actors Jesse Eisenberg and Andy Samberg on stage for Saturday Night Live’s opening monologue after arguing that he was, in fact, the real Mark Zuckerberg. “That guy’s like my evil twin, and that’s just Andy Samberg,” he said. “Those guys are such nerds. Come on, I invented poking.”

Eisenberg, who is nominated for an Oscar for his role as Zuckerberg in 2010’s The Social Network, first traded Zuck techniques with SNL funnyman Samberg, who also dons a hoodie for his own Zuckerberg character. While Samberg confessed that all it took to get him into character was donning Zuck’s signature monochromatic wardrobe scheme, Eisenberg admitted his “fictionalized character” was achieved by speaking in short, clipped sentences while not moving his head. “Of course,” he said just before his real-life counterpart came on stage, “I wasn’t playing the real Mark Zuckerberg.”

While the relationship between Zuckerberg and filmmakers behind The Social Network, now an Academy Awards’ Best Picture nominee, was undeniably tense around the time of the film’s release, both sides seem to have lightened up. While accepting the awards, both producer Scott Rudin and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin thanked Zuckerberg personally. “I wanted to say to Mark Zuckerberg, if you’re watching tonight, Rooney Mara’s character makes a prediction at the beginning of the movie, she was wrong,” Sorkin said while accepting his award for Best Screenplay. “You turned out to be a great entrepreneur, a visionary and an altruist.” But that was nothing next to the Eisenberg-Zuckerberg team up NBC managed to produce Saturday.

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‘Jesus High’ by Applejaxx

Posted: January 17, 2011 in Music
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Artist: Applejaxx
Album: Jesus High
Release Date: 6/22/10
Label: Fadancy Music

Fun beats, Christ-centered lyrics and a mainstream rap appeal are only a few elements that begin to describe the new EP, Jesus High, from up and coming Christian rapper Applejaxx. Interestingly enough, the actual music is just as quality as any secular songs, but the lyrics are where is matters.

Songs like “iLive” show the love for Christ, stating up front “We live for Christ, yeah, if you love Jesus, clap your hands.” The title track, is something of a worship track which shows in the chorus and follows up the EP’s theme, which is that as Christ-followers, we should lift Jesus high in our lives. “App For That” offers up God’s solutions to many everyday problems with experience in life, such as broken love. The EP ends with a remix of the song “Fear Factor.” An uplifting beat is found, along with the rapping talents of Mr. Coldstone. It ends off the EP. Although I have not heard the original version of this song, I can only tell that it was remixed well.

Rating: 7/10 Applejaxx is proving to be an up and coming artist in the Christian hip-hop genre, with his newest EP Jesus High. Worshipful, Christ-centered lyrics are mixed with a good beat that make you want to praise God and dance at the same time.

Tracklisting:

  1. iLive feat. Ashleigh Nickole
  2. Future feat. Int’l Show
  3. Jesus High feat. Odetta
  4. App For That feat. Trini
  5. Fear Factor (Remix) feat. Mr. Coldstone

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NYT Bestselling Collaborator Lynn Vincent to Team with Teen Adventurer on April Release

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Six months after a rogue wave nearly took her life at sea, teen sailor Abby Sunderland has signed a publishing deal with Thomas Nelson Publishers to tell the story of how, at 16, she set out to become the youngest person in history to circumnavigate the globe alone.

The book, entitled Unsinkable, is expected to hit stores in April.

“It is an honor to be publishing Abby Sunderland’s memoir. Hers is a powerful story of faith and perseverance,” said Thomas Nelson senior vice president and publisher Brian Hampton. “I believe that while she may not have reached her destination, she certainly achieved her destiny. What she accomplished and endured would be remarkable for a person of any age … that she did it as a sixteen-year-old is amazing.” Hampton added, “Abby is the youngest person (boy or girl) ever to solo around Cape Horn, which is considered the ‘Mt. Everest of sailing.'”

It was June 10, 2010 when, already four months into the voyage, a rogue wave demasted and rolled Abby’s boat 360 degrees over 2,000 miles west of Australia. Her parents, Laurence and Marianne, lost contact with her and for a time, she was feared lost. Thankfully, rescuers – the nearest of whom were 400 miles away – found her afloat and alive after having spent two days in the perilous waters of a remote region of the Indian Ocean. Worldwide media support followed in celebration of her recovery but now the full story is revealed.

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YouTube’s most most Popular NBA player isn’t Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, or even Lebron James.

The high-flying style and tremendous dunks of the Clippers’ Blake Griffin have made him the most popular NBA star on YouTube, and the fastest rising search among NBA players. Griffin is even the number one search in association with the term “highlights,” trailed by Michael Vick in second.

The NBA has posted 17 videos of Griffin since the season began, topping all other NBA players, according to YouTube. Lebron James only has 14.

The YouTube blog says to expect another spike in Griffin’s popularity in February, as he was just officially announced to be participating in the slam dunk contest.

The top 3 most viewed NBA videos on the popular video site are all clips of Griffin, who showed an even greater surge after the video of his performance against the Knicks (below), was posted.

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