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Tavis on NBC; Tribbett’s ‘Stand’; ‘Cadillac Records poster’; MiJac rejects Vegas gig; Beyonce’s cooking November 4, 2008


Tavis Smiley will join the NBC News election coverage team on the “Today Show tomorrow morning to discuss the voting results. The host of the PBS talk show “Tavis Smiley” has established his program as a popular destination for political figures from both sides of the aisle.  Last year, Smiley moderated the two PBS All American Presidential Forums during the primary season featuring the Democratic and Republican candidates.        

       *”Stand Out Live,” the new full-length concert DVD from gospel singer/songwriter/performer Tye Tribbett and his gospel ensemble, G.A. (Greater Anointing), is due for release today via Columbia. Recorded live at Rock Church International in Virginia Beach on Aug. 17, 2007, “Stand Out Live” showcases a variety of high-energy musical testimonies, each written or co-written by Tribbett, including “Stand Out,” “Hold On,” “Bless The Lord (Son Of Man),” and “I Need You.” Bonus features include “Meet The Tribbetts,” “Meet SoundCheck” (Tye’s production entity), the fabled “Beach Party Concert,” a behind-the-scenes section, Tye’s “Stand Out: The Message” mission statement, and the “Good In The Hood” music video.


       *ComingSoon.net has a first look at the new poster for “Cadillac Records,” [view here] opening in theaters on Dec. 5. Written and directed by Darnell Martin, the drama stars Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Beyoncé Knowles, Gabrielle Union, Columbus Short, Cedric the Entertainer, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Eamonn Walker and Mos Def in the story of Chess Records and its recording artists. In this tale of sex, violence, race and rock and roll in Chicago of the 1950s and 60s, the film follows the exciting but turbulent lives of some of America’s greatest musical legends.


      *TMZ.com is reporting that Michael Jackson has turned down an offer from Las Vegas hotel mogul Steve Wynn to perform this December at the opening of Steve Wynn Encore tower, a $2 billion project that adds a tower next to his Wynn hotel. The Web site also reported that Jackson has been recording at the Palms studios in Vegas. On Friday, Michael denied his brother Jermaine’s statement that he is involved in a Jackson family reunion tour.


      *Beyonce is about to spend her first Thanksgiving as a married woman, but the thought of being responsible for the turkey dinner has her a bit shaken. “I like the idea of being able to cook but I just can’t do it,” the singer and wife of Jay-Z told WENN. “I have to call my mom and she has to be on the phone the whole time because I’m burning stuff.”


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