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They say there is “power, wonder working power” in The Word of God, and few seem to understand this contemporarily like Todd Dulaney. For years now Todd has wowed us with one amazing Gospel hit after another, bringing a much needed Millennial flare to the Black Church. It all went down at “The Gathering Spot” near Midtown Atlanta, where members of the press were able to learn more about Todd’s anointed and powerful new EP, “Back To Basics.”

Todd reveals he decided to actually sing Proverbs and Psalms straight from The Bible because of how powerful, prophetic, and full of wisdom many of them are. “There’s so much power in The Word of God, and I’m just shocked no one tried to do this before…” He also went on to tell why entitled his latest EP, “Back To Basics.” “I felt it was time for us to get back to what The Word is really saying. I feel the church has gotten lost in politics, and personal viewpoints…Church is about God and connecting with Him, there’s no room for that. When church is no longer about Him, then what are we doing?”

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Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning & Gospel Artist, Todd Dulaney

“Back To Basics” has been met with rave reviews, with a true yearning from his audience to primarily hear him sing the scripture. “It’s really amazing to me. You know I have a whole body of work and songs for them to hear, but they screaming, ‘We want to hear that Word, where is it?’ It’s humbling to me and God’s way of letting me know I’ll never have a song that’s a big a hit as His actual Word. I’m just in awe and grateful to be His instrument…” When you see the way the audience reacts during live tapings of Todd singing from The Bible, you cannot help but be moved. The man has a divine calling and it show in every word and every note.

Todd admits he carefully chooses which proverbs and psalms he will sing, especially when it comes to those from King David, who could be a bit contradictory morally and behavior wise (having Bathsheba’s first husband put at the front line of battle to be killed so he could have her for himself or when he sings on slaughtering his enemies). He reveals to our very own Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning that his favorite scripture, however, is not a psalm or proverb, but instead comes from Second Chronicles, Chapter Five, Verses 13-15. Check out the video of him discussing why he is drawn to it so much below:

We have to tell you we are here for Todd’s push to get back to basic with the church, its teachings, and reconnecting with God, while modernizing it. We loved every minute of meeting him and cannot wait to see what is next for him. One thing is for sure, when he comes to Atlanta we will be front row and center!

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[VIDEO] REAL Love & “Love Goals” w/ Dwayne & Theresa Bowe!

William Shakespeare penned, “The course of true love never did run smooth.” There are few statements as real or true. Love is a journey; and a relationship requires massive amounts of time, commitment, trust, and patience on top of said love. One amazing couple, Dwayne and Theresa Bowe know this all too well, but they are committed to one another and the process–one we get to see weekly on OWN’s newest reality series, “Love Goals!”

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William Shakespeare penned, “The course of true love never did run smooth.” There are few statements as real or true. Love is a journey; and a relationship requires massive amounts of time, commitment, trust, and patience on top of said love. One amazing couple, Dwayne and Theresa Bowe know this all too well, but they are committed to one another and the process–one we get to see weekly on OWN’s newest reality series, “Love Goals!”

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Theresa Bowe and Dwayne Bowe

“Love Goals” brings together married couples in a group setting where each pair are forced to confront the issues plaguing their relationships. Family, friends, infidelity, and fighting all come to the forefront. Although it makes for great television, the real gem is the work done to restore and repair the love, trust, and understanding between these couples. When it comes to The Bowes, the outright drama is a bit toned down, but nonetheless moving. Dwayne is a former NFL player who since retirement has embraced his original passion, music, and is now a rising star in the rap world under the moniker of “Money” His wife, Theresa, besides being an amazing mother is a successful realtor and businesswoman.  After Dwayne’s retirement Theresa thought they would have more time together, but Dwayne’s commitment to his music and his friends’ constant circling left her dismayed and feeling pushed aside. Meanwhile, Dwayne felt it was his responsibility to uplift his friends, and remain grounded by keeping them around.

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The couple sought out counseling via OWN’s “Love Goals,” instead of private counseling, due to their faith in the network. “Well it was more so the opportunity that came from the OWN network [sic]. So we were against reality TV, we were very private about our lives, but we knew going this route we would have the best of the best. It was going to be no shortcuts especially when you’re dealing with the OWN network [sic]…” Theresa reveals. Dwayne admits he too had some reservations, despite having already been in the public eye as a professional athlete and now rapper. “I was more reserved. You know when I retired I felt my life was going to go under the radar…Then like you said it’s always trying times in any relationship and when they said the young lady, Spirit [relation expert/therapist of “Love Goals”], and they said it wasn’t TMZ, it’s Oprah…those are the main people I follow, I was sure it would be something positive, pretty reputable. We did it and I recommend it for anybody else…”

Besides, The Bowes, other couples included Benzino and Althea Heart, formerly of “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta;” actress and former “Basketball Wives” star Sundy Carter and Breyon Williams; former Salt-n-Peppa group member Dee Dee “Spinderella” Roper and comedian Quenton “Q” Coleman, plus rapper/actor/chef and producer Coolio and his fiancé, Mimi Ivey. With so many different personalities and relationships in one place, you might expect The Bowes to be a bit dismayed. “…seeing it day one it was very intense. You watch TV and you see people’s lives and you think that it’s fake; then you get to meet them in person and you realize that it’s real. And him [Dwayne] and I we’re not you [sic] know at each other’s throats, we’re not disrespectful to each other. Just to see certain things in real life. The first episode I was super shocked the whole time. My whole facial expressions showed it. I was just like wow…” Theresa reveals. Dwayne, however, relays how trust was his first big challenge on their first day through an unlikely exercise. “…the first day they put us through so much training. When you watch it they had me like fifty feet in the air walking a thin line blindfolded, just her voice. They said I could hear her but I really can’t hear her. So it was real tough. It just made me realize who I got in my corner and to really focus in on the prize.”

Easily the most moving discussion with The Bowes comes from Theresa’s revelation of having been molested by her mother’s boyfriend as a child and how subsequently it affected her marriage. It was a secret not even Dwayne knew until she revealed it in a session on the show. “Through the experience we touched on childhood trauma, and we touched on me being molested at twelve years old. He never knew that, so him having all the guys around was just because he was use to it. So this is when I realized my husband loves me because after I told him that dark secret that I held my whole life, I saw him making changes when we got home…and had I told him sooner I think things would have been different.” Dwayne confirms the changes and then went on to state; “It was just the space I was in. When you’re playing a game where you’re around twenty people everyday, and then you’re doing music and you’re around twenty people everyday…and then I’m a businessman, a family man…I just had to put everything in order…” Theresa has opted to use her experience to create a children’s book and movement, “Don’t Touch Me” to teach children how to recognize sexual predators–strangers and those they know. With these tools she plans to do a school tour and has created a song to accompany it.

We have to say we love Dwayne and Theresa, and are more than happy this entire experience was beneficial for their marriage. The Bowes are now going strong eleven years and counting, and that is a true “Love Goal” for us all. You can view their entire interview with Kontrol Magazine’s Executive Editor & CEO of HeyMikeyATL.com below! You all be sure to catch “Love Goals” every Saturday 8/9c PM only on OWN!

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[REVIEW/INTERVIEW] Meet Kasi Lemmons (@kasi_lemmons)! The Genius & Director of “Harriet!”

Harriet Tubman is one of the most iconic women in history, and definitely was a living Statue of Liberty in her time freeing dozens of slaves. Flash forward to present day and you cannot speak on annals of American History, especially Black History, without her name coming to forefront. Thus, it is no surprise an epic biopic, Harriet, is soon to be in theaters everywhere all thanks to the hard work and vision of one woman and director, Kasi Lemmons!

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Harriet Tubman is one of the most iconic women in history, and definitely was a living Statue of Liberty in her time freeing dozens of slaves. Flash forward to present day and you cannot speak on annals of American History, especially Black History, without her name coming to forefront. Thus, it is no surprise an epic biopic, Harriet, is soon to be in theaters everywhere all thanks to the hard work and vision of one woman and director, Kasi Lemmons!

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Harriet is Kasi’s latest project and may very well be her greatest one to date. The film is beautifully filmed as it retells Harriet’s story firsthand with the acting skills of Cynthia Erivo. Harriet is born enslaved on a plantation in Maryland in 1822, where she alongside her mother, brothers, and only sister plead for their freedom from their master due to a clause left his father’s will. Their master refuses and is “cursed” by Harriet, coincidentally dying in his sleep that night. Her new, younger master blames her for his father’s death and inheriting the debt he left behind. He coldly decides to sell Harriet and her brothers to traders headed to the Deep South, a place where freedom or escaping is virtually impossible. Harriet, determined to be free, and have her own future children born free flees! Using nature and navigating her way to Philadelphia via The North Star she makes a new life for herself. However, Harriet is even more determined to liberate her family prompting a daring rescue attempt that transforms her from a simple runaway slave fueled by superstition to the legend we know and idolize. “Harriet was just that amazing of a woman, of a person! Here is this small-framed woman barely above five feet tall going to war with slave traders and owners to liberate others. She was remarkable and a true American legend.”

Kasi opted to direct Harriet but admitted the was intimidated by the project initially. “When you’re telling the story of the life of someone like her [Harriet] you really want to get it right and give the story your all–the justice it deserved. There’s a lot of research involved, narratives, understanding her spirituality, and knowing you need to accurately show people the real might and power of this person.” Part of accurately portraying Tubman was definitely in the casting as Cynthia Erivo was controversially cast in the titular role. “To me it just made sense. She has her [Harriet’s] build and Cynthia is just a powerful actress.  She’s also very athletic, as you can see in ‘Widows.’ This particular role required a lot of running, jumping, climbing, and even wading through rivers in some pretty restrictive clothing due to the time period the film is set in…If you’ve seen her in ‘The Color Purple,’ you know she can give you an array of emotions and really move an audience. So casting her was pretty simple to me…”

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Cynthia did an exceptional job resurrecting Harriet Tubman, just as the film did an even more amazing job of showing the skills and techniques–both learned and divine–to stay safe and alive while liberating others. The scenes where Harriet has her “dizzy spells” (periods of hypersomnia when she would lose consciousness, a side effect of having suffered a traumatic injury when an angry slave owner threw and accidentally hit her with a heavy metal weight intended for another slave), are shown as times when she was directly communicating with God through dreams, many of which seemed to be precognitive and clairvoyant. In grade school many children are just taught she would periodically pass out. “There’s a ton of scholarly work explaining what happened with her during these spells. She was a very spiritually inclined woman and whatever was going on during those times worked in her favor as it gave her an almost sixth sense with the information she acquired from them.” Besides her spells, Harriet knew to use the rivers, stars, forests, and a shotgun as weapons in her crusade. “Nature was very much on her side and she grew to know the areas like the back of her hand, and became a great shooter. She could literally do it all. I want to say she’s our first superhero.”

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Kasi Lemmons, Director of “Harriet” 2019.
CREDIT: CAITLIN CRONENBERG FOR VARIETY

Harriet will be the film to see of 2019 and is already crawling with Oscar buzz. We compel all of you to see the narrative of a true American hero and freedom fighter. Trust us, Storm of X-Men has got nothing on her! You can catch Harriet in theaters everywhere this Friday!

Special thanks to Kontrol Magazine!

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Fine & Fit! Quinten Barnard (@QuintenBarnard1) Talks Wellness, Acting, & Kim Kardashian!

2019 is here in full effect! That means new goals, resolutions, and of course new interviews at Kontrol Magazine! One of the most popular resolutions of any new year is a commitment to get fit and eat healthier. Many fall off, but one former NFL player turned actor and model is determined not to let you down! Meet Quinten Barnard, the hottie with a body and vibes so positive you cannot help but be drawn to him. Yes, he’s magnetic! Quinten is ready to take 2019 by storm with new acting projects, promoting his Travel Fitness company, and talk to us about his photoshoot with Kim Kardashian that went viral!

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Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

2019 is here in full effect! That means new goals, resolutions, and of course new interviews at Kontrol Magazine! One of the most popular resolutions of any new year is a commitment to get fit and eat healthier. Many fall off, but one athlete turned actor and model is determined not to let you down! Meet Quinten Barnard, the hottie with a body and vibes so positive you cannot help but be drawn to him. Yes, he’s magnetic! Quinten is ready to take 2019 by storm with new acting projects, promoting his Travel Fitness company, and talk to us about his photoshoot with Kim Kardashian that went viral!

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As a Miami native, Quinten Barnard was surrounded by the sun, beach, and beautiful bodies. That surprisingly, it is not what motivated him to become a fitness trainer and stay fit. “I’ve always been into wellness and taking care of myself. That’s like breathing to me. When you look around and see how obesity and poor health are affecting our [Black/African-American] community and a lot of the developed world you realize it’s now an epidemic…I’m not talking about just physical ailments like diabetes, heart disease, or hypertension. I am also talking about depression and low self-esteem…” Unlike many fitness gurus, Quinten knows that there is no easy fix to these ailments. As Iyanla Vanzant would say, “…you have to do you work.” In Mr. Barnard’s belief it all begins and ends with your diet, thus he has opted to become a vegetarian and even provides vegetarian-based meal plans to his clients. “Vegetables are completely better for you, and if we are talking finances they are cheaper than meat as well. People tend to think you cannot make a meal–or tasty meal of vegetables alone–but there are so many delicious ways to prepare your food, season it, and still be healthy…your diet is just so important. You can work out seven days a week, but if you’re still eating junk food then it completely defeats the purpose.”

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Quinten continues to push his fitness goals for the world on two fronts. The first being with Travel Fitness, where he not only travels to different countries and locales, showing exercises that can be done, but works remotely with clients from all over the world. “Technology is a beautiful thing and I’m really grateful I get to impact the lives of people far and wide. I post a number of videos on YouTube, but I work with people as far away as Africa to get them in the shape they need to be in…they come to me for their health of course, but some come just because they want to improve their confidence through their appearance…” The second front tackles childhood obesity and fitness by starting a non-profit organization this year, “All Kids Fit,” which will start in the United States and then move to Uganda. “When you learn and practice these things [healthy eating and living] at a young age it only positively affects your life chances. Like I said I want to spread my message to the world!”

Besides fitness, Quinten is also an actor and noted model. This year he will actually honoring Stevie Wonder by playing him through a series of pictures. He describes the esteemed artist as being one of the most influential people in his life. “His album, ‘Songs In The Key Of Life’ is the greatest album of the Twentieth Century, and for any generation. Everything he talked about on their–politics, race, love–if you just listen to it, it’ll take you to the next level…” Mr. Barnard will also be starring in an indie film, the details of which he cannot yet reveal. Quinten is definitely a force to be reckoned with, but he gained more notoriety following a sultry photo shoot with the Reality Queen, Kim Kardashian!

Shot by celebrity photographer, David LaChapelle, the shoot shows him rocking an afro and hearty seventies style sideburns, while posing nude next to her. Kim was in gold bathing suit. In the second picture, Quinten is behind her mostly covered but still nude with a dove perched on his finger. “Working with Kim [Kardashian] was one of the easiest things I’ve ever done in my life. Her energy is just so positive and professional, and I loved the message of the shoot, that we are all the same. It was never meant to be a racial things, but we live in a time where that is always a factor…” The photos not only went viral, but were controversial on two parts. The first being that many felt her waist was photoshopped to an unrealistically small size and the other being that she did not credit [@] Quinten as the other model on her Instagram page. “All of that photoshop stuff I really didn’t care about. I feel like it was just negativity and people were missing out on the bigger message and intention of the shoot…I didn’t have to be credited on her page. She’s allowed to do what she wants on her social media, I’m just glad I got to be apart of that experience, and work with her and David [LaChapelle]…”

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Quinten is one of those people who really has a heart of gold and is beautiful inside and out. Surprisingly, his heart belongs to no one as he is career focused and is spending his energy on self-evolution. “I am conversing with a few young ladies, but it is nothing serious and each of them knows that. I’m married to my work and becoming a better me at this time in my life.” He advises people to “above all else know your worth and that you have the power to change whatever you don’t like or need to improve on in your life. It all ends and begins with you!”

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