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Pine as the King of Scotland in ‘Outlaw King' is Inspiring and Living Legends Like Radio One Atlanta's Hurricane are
Honored in Hollywood
Born King but drafted by his country's English oppressor,
then written off as dead and have his estate seized, Robert the Bruce King of Scotland becomes the "Outlaw King"
determined to liberate his country. Chris Pine (Star Trek) is inspiring as Robert the Bruce in the Netflix presentation of
"Outlaw King" premiering on Netflix and in selected theatres November 9, 2018. The historical
action drama begins with the end of a war where England, lead by King Edward I is excepting the unconditional surrender from
all of the Kings of Scotland. This is followed by the Kings being drafted into the King of England's army and in Robert's
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The Living Legend Foundation held its 27th annual "Living Legends Awards Gala"
recently in Hollywood where an array of entertainment industry "living legends" was honored. There was also an impressive
turn out to support these living legends. I covered the red carpet arrivals and saw Grammy nominated Kenny Lattimore, Lenny
Williams (formerly of Tower of Power) and Take 6 members. I had a chance to talk to Grammy nominated Eddie Lavert (O'Jays),
there to support the honorees.
When I asked him about
his longevity in this business he said, "Everybody's someone. That's the way you have to approach this business. Remember
you didn't get there by yourself. It was people like Sylvia Rhone, it was people like yourself, people like the press who
have brought records and told people about them. That's what this is about. That's why I'm here with these people."
En Vogue to Headline 'Famously Hot New Year' in Columbia,
S.C. on December 31, 2018
(Columbia, SC) - En Vogue, the iconic ‘90s vocal group and one of the top 5 highest-selling female American
music groups in history, will perform a free, full-length concert at "Famously Hot New Year," South Carolina's largest
free New Year's Eve celebration in downtown Columbia, S.C. on Dec. 31, 2018. The concert will be followed by a midnight countdown
and the biggest NYE fireworks display in the state. New Orleans-inspired Jazz and brass group Soda City Brass Band will support,
and Charleston, S.C.'s indie Hip-Hop group Little Stranger will open the show.
Sony Entertainment Television India (Sony TV) Launches their first
official movie game with Aaryavarta Technologies for movie "Namaste England"
(Maharashtra) - Sony Entertainment Television India (Sony TV) Launches their first
official movie game with Aaryavarta Technologies for movie "Namaste England.' Namaste England is a storytelling game
representing Arjun Kapoor as Param who travel to meet his love Parineeti Chopra as Jasmeet.
A 3D Bus and Ship Simulator Game that takes you through various countries in different modes of
transport. So begin your International Road Trip as well as Ocean Sailing adventure now. This game provides a realistic feel
of driving a Bus, Jeep, Truck or even Sailing a Ship and a Boat across countries like India, Bangladesh, France, and England.
Pulse of Entertainment covered the red carpet arrivals at the 27th "Living Legends Awards Gala" and intervieweed
Grammy nominated Eddie LaVert (The OJays) pictured with his wife Raquel, Sylvia Rhone President of Epic Records, Dave "Hurricane"
Smith Radio One Atlanta's VP of Programming and Operations) and more. Watch coverage below!
of THE WEEK
(New York, NY) - Will Downing,
The Prince of Sophisticated Soul, experienced the power of God and prayer that turned everything around against all odds n
late 2007, in the very prime of his life with auto-immune disease polymyositis. Twelve years later, Will Downing is
a walking, singing testimony of the power of faith and prayer. He delivers on his promise to Godwith his new CD, "The
Promise", an inspirational album-actually his first Gospel album -- to be released November 9, 2018 by Shanachie Entertainment.
Though "The Promise",will
likely be categorized as aGgospel album or a Praise and Worship" album and while those elements are there, such categorization
misses the larger intent. The album is Downing's heartfelt 10-song thank you letter to God for bringing him back from the
edge of darkness into His marvelous light. Will Downing taps previously unrevealed aspects of his talent to step boldly outside
of his "Prince of Sophisticated Soul" persona to pour raw unblinking emotion into a musical re-creation of his journey
from hospital bed to wheelchair and ultimately back to the stage. In short, this is a Will Downing no one has heard before
in his now 30-plus year career, as one who stared down his own mortality and emerged, through faith, on the other side, blessed
to continue to do what he does best.
From the first notes of "The Promise", Will Downing
takes us to church with the initial piano and organ chords of the opening track "Take It To The Cross." This toe-tappin',
hand-clappin' kick-off sets the perfect tone with the message to take your burdens to the Lord. The opener is followed by
the album's first single, "Look At Yourself (In The Mirror)," a thumping horn-driven reminder that while God is
omni-present, He allows each of us to find him in our own way. The message is clear: you are the total sum of the choices
you make in this life. To that end, be the change you want to see in your self, so that you can look at yourself in the mirror
and be pleased. "I Hear A Voice" delivers the spiritual impact of the moment when Downing knew his prayers had been
heard and his fight was not his own-that moment when God speaks to your heart and lets you know He's with you and will see
you through, the turning point of Downing's "test."
A striking thing about "The
Promise" is that musically even as Downing ventures into the gospel realm, he does so on his own terms, forging
a music distinct from typical gospel sounds but maintaining the essence of his unique style. Perhaps the most deeply personal
song on the album is "You Blessed My Life," a kind of gospel ballad. It's a slowed down and stripped down, full-blown
love song with Will singing directly to God in humble gratitude for his entire life's journey-the ups as well as the downs.
He delivers the song with unashamed, tearful sincerity that grows with every measure, a sincerity that is all-too-rare in
popular music these days. "God Is So Amazing" truly embodies the miracle of Downing's recovery. This song originally
appeared on the "After Tonight" release which was begun just before and continued just after the polymyositis diagnosis.
A close listen to that release reveals a variety of colors in the strength and tone of Downing's signature baritone from one
song to the next, especially on the original version of "God Is So Amazing," which was recorded in determined fashion
from a hospital bed. The re-recording of this song for "The Promise" is sterling
testament to the faith of a man who could praise God as much at the height of his illness as he did in full recovery. "The Promise" concludes in a nod to the classic Will Downing sound as he duets with Regina Belle,
an R&B diva of great faith. And thus, with this moving new album, Will Downing fulfills his promise to God.
Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1963, after attending college in Virginia, Downing moved back to New York City finding work
as a session singer. Signed to Island Records he broke through in 1988 with the album Will Downingon Island's 4th & Broadway
label; his distinctive version of John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" hit #4 on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs chart.
There followed a string of best-selling albums that established Downing as one of those rare artists who could blend R&B
with a jazz sensibility, all delivered with a gorgeous, rich baritone that stood out from amongst the popular singers of the
day. The sheer quality and uniqueness of Downing's artistry meant that his albums sold hundreds of thousands of copies even
if there was no radio hit. Indeed in 2000 he won a Grammy award in the Best Traditional R&B category for his album "All
The Man You Need."