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ACLU2009BillofRightsAwards017.JPGAlfre Woodard supports the Sundance Institute by presenting them with the ACLU/SC's 2009 Bill of Rights Award

(January 1, 2010) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU/SC) recently held its 2009 Bill of Rights Awards where Steve Schnur (Artwerk Music Group), Maria Elena Durazo (AFL-CIO), and Robert Redford, Michelle Satter and Cara Mertes (The Sundance Institute) was honored. The award is for people who have promoted civil liberties and civil rights through distinguished work.

"I love supporting the ACLU," said Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award winning actress Alfre Woodard (CBS' "Three Rivers") about coming out to present The Sundance Institute with the ACLU/SC 2009 Bill of Rights Award - along with actress Sally Fields (ABC's "Brothers and Sisters") and film director Rodrigo Garcia ("The Sopranos"). "They asked me. I have a history with them serving twice as judge at the (film) labs."

The Sundance Institute, headed by Robert Redford, Michelle Satter, Cara Mertes and the leadership at the institution, flourishes and nurtures creative artists in film, theater and film music. The ACLU/SC feels that its atmosphere raises public consciousness and sheds light on civil liberties. They point out that most of Robert Redford's films explore special justice themes and his documentaries take up the causes of native rights and the public's right to a healthy environment.
The Sundance Institute is currently the world's most important venue for independent feature and documentary filmmakers. Founding director of Feature Film Programs, Michelle Satter, is the architect of the programs that have been supporting filmmakers for 25 years. Cara Mertes is an award-winning filmmaker and executive producer who lead the Sundance Documentary Program, and Fund.
"Ten to twelve (films), out of a thousand (are picked)... they get to work on their films," said Woodard about the process.

Steve Schnur has been a visionary pioneer in music for digital platforms such as videogames. Schnur, chairman of the Grammy Foundation, promotes pushing creative boundaries, mentoring, empowerment, education of children and civil rights. Maria Elena Durazo is the daughter of a Mexican farm worker who helped to turn her union, Unite-Here Local 11, into the most active union in Los Angeles County. She made history when she became the first Latina elected to the executive board of Here International Union, as general vice president.

The Hollywood event was emceed by actress Olivia Wilde (Fox's "House"). Maria Elena Durazo was presented with the Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award and Randy Jackson (American Idol) presented Steve Schnur with his SCLU/SC 2009 Bill of Rights Award.
For more on the ACLU of Southern California log onto www.ACLU-SC.org. (Photo Credit: Eunice Moseley) 

Boney James is in a class by himself with new project ‘Send One Your Love'
boneyjamespic.jpg"I wanted to do something different," award winning saxophonist Boney James said about his new CD "Send One Your Love" (Concord Records). "Normally I let it flow, this time I had a concept in mind. The saxophone is a sexy instrument so I knew I wanted to record some of the greatest love songs. I'm a child of the 70's...make-out songs!"

That's exactly what Boney gives on his 12th solo album. Credited for helping to create Contemporary Jazz, James has sold over 3 million CDs and garnered a Soul Train Award, three Grammy Award nominations and a NAACP Image Award nomination for is music. On "Send One Your Love" you get that Boney Jazz style sax playing on such selections as the Stevie Wonder title track.

"I'm just doing my best to make music," Boney pointed out. "I'm a Contemporary person too. I love R&B and I love the sax."

The combination was a winner from the start. Eight of his solo releases reached number one on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts. He has appeared as a guest on projects for Mary J Blige, Faith Evans, George Benson, Anthony Hamilton, Jaheim and Angie Stone - just to name a few.

My favorite cuts on the CD include "I'll Be Good to You" because Boney takes off on it and it is supported by some sweet piano playing thanks to Tim Carmon; "Wanna Show You Somethin'" is written by Boney James; "Hold on Tight" for its smooth romantic sound that is supported by the piano and the electrical guitar - played by Agape; "Stop, Look, Listen (to your heart)" because I love the way his sax sings the lyrics and again I love the awesome support of the piano, and I love his version of James Taylor's "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight," which has some outstanding vocal support from Quinn.

Get updated concert information and heard a little from the "Send One Your Love" CD at www.BoneyJames.com and www.myspace.com/boneyjamesmusic.  

January 8, 2010 

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BET celebrates 10 years of Gospel with Celebration of Gospel to air Sunday, January 10th

On Sunday, January 10th at 8 p.m. ET/PT BET will air its' 10th annual Celebration of Gospel. My coverage of the red carpet arrivals was very exciting, seeing all the Gospel legends, current hit-makers and up-and-coming Gospel artists come together in support of BET, the nation's leading provider of programming for African-American viewers.

The BET 2009 Celebration of Gospel has outstanding performances by Yolanda Adams, Ledisi, and Donald Lawrence. The event was hosted again by Steve Harvey and the 24-piece orchestra was again led by musical director Ray Chew. Also performing at the Celebration of Gospel is Fantasia and her mother Diane Barrino Barber, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Fred Hammond, Kelly Price, and John Hamilton and his wife Tarsah Hamilton.

If that is not enough to certify this BET event as a Gospel celebration it also offers performances by Donnie McClurkin, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Marvin Sapp, James Fortune & FIYA, Tye Tribbett & Greater Anointing, Dr. Bobby Jones, The Rance Allen Group, BET Sunday Best winner Y'Anna Crawley, and The City of Refuge P.S.A.L.M.S. Choir.

Celebrities that came out in support who graciously stopped by the red carpet includes BET's College Hill's Dorian Renaud, actress Elise Neal, singer/dancer Judith Hill (Michael Jackson), Kelly Chapman, Papa San, Deleon Richards-Shiffield, and Bishop Noel Jones (Pastor of the City of Refuge Church).

When I asked Bishop Jones to give some words of encouragement to those having a hard time because of the economy he said, "One of the things you have to remember is that it's not what you have, but who you are. If you don't lose yourself, you can recover."

Dr. Bobby Jones was asked by me what he listens to when he is in his car and he didn't take sides, he said, "Everything I can get my hands on. I don't make differences in what's out there...you don't make differences in God's Word."

That reasoning is why I love all types of Gospel music, it's His Word that is important, which is why I love Shirley Caesar because she sings all types of Gospel.
The 2009 BET Celebration of Gospel is produced by Stephen Hill, president of music programming and specials/BET, Lynne Harris Taylor, vice president of specials/BET, and Geovanni Brewer, executive producer.

For more information on the show please log onto www.BET.com/COG(Photo Credit: Eunice Moseley)

Karima Kibble breaks from sisters to release her debut solo CD, ‘Just Karima'
KarimaKibblePic.jpg"I didn't set out to sing a certain sound," Contemporary Gospel artist Karima Kibble said about her first solo project "Just Karima." "I asked God to give me the sound. I listened to it and said that's good!"

Karima Kibble came into the Gospel music business as part of a group of sisters, Virtue. She recently formed her own label Life Music Recordings in partnership with N Season Records to release her debut solo project "Just Karima." To me her singing style is reminiscent of a mixture of Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears.

"I didn't feel like I could do it...without my sisters, God said, ‘Step out.' I didn't think I could write and He said, ‘Be Obedient.'"

The project offers 11 selections with the support of such producers as Styalz Fuego, Terrell King, Debra Killings, Sean "Santana" Cooper and Rodney East. The first single is "So Happy."

My favorite cuts on this New Orleans native's CD include "Light" because of his Urban Hip-Hop feel; "Forecast" has a Pop sound that makes you want to get up and dance in the Spirit; "Just to Know" because of its piano support and its lyrics - a beautiful testimony, and "Hold Me Back" which has an Alternative Pop vibe.

To learn more about this hot young Gospel artist log onto www.myspace.com/musicbyKarimawww.facebook.com/karima.kibblewww.MusicByKarima.com and www.Twitter.com/KarimaMusic 

January 15, 2010

2010NAACPImageAwardsconference017.JPGPrecious, Invictus and The Princess and the Frog lead in the 41st NAACP Image Award nominations


Last week in Beverly Hills the NAACP announced the nominations for its' 41st Image Awards - Precious, Invictus and The Princess and the Frog lead with the most nominations. Announcing the nominations were Wanda Sykes ("The Wanda Sykes Show"), Taye Diggs ("Private Practice"), Tatyana Ali ("The Young and the Restless"), Michael Strahan ("Brothers"), Kyle Massey ("Cory in the House"), and Chris Massey ("Zoey 101").

Vicangelo Bulluck, executive producer of the telecast and executive director of the NAACP Hollywood Bureau and Clayola Brown, chairman of the 41st NAACP Image Awards hosted the red carpet event.

"This is our 15th year on Fox," Vicangelo said about where the 41st NAACP Image Awards will be aired on Tuesday, February 26, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. "We had over 1,200 submissions."

"The theme is ‘One Nation, One Dream,'" Clayola added about this year's Image Awards. "The NAACP is the oldest and largest civil rights organization. The Image Awards is the major fundraiser for the NAACP thanks to our sponsors Ford, Chrysler, Sprint and FedEx."

Lionsgate's Precious lead in nominations with seven for "Outstanding Motion Picture," "Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture" - Gabourey Sidibe, "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture" - Lenny Kravitz, "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture" - Mariah Carey, Mo'Nique and Paula Patton, and "Outstanding Independent Motion Picture." Both Invictus and The Princess and the Frog follow with two nominations each. Warner Bros. Pictures' Invictus received nominations for "Outstanding Motion Picture" and "Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture" - Morgan Freeman. Walt Disney's The Princess and the Frog received nominations for "Outstanding Motion Picture" and "Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture" - Anika Noni Rose.

For the complete list of nominations for the 41st NAACP Image Awards log onto www.naacpimageawards.net/41/nominees-and-voting/nominees.  (Photo Credit: Eunice Moseley)

Latin Jazz guitarist Lawson Rollins releases ‘Espirito' January 19, 2010 through Baja/TSR Records
lawsonrollinspic.jpg"It's Portuguese for spirit," said Latin Jazz guitarist Lawson Rollins about his newest CD project "Espirito" on Infinita/Baja/TSR Records. "World Music to me is all about bringing together different music styles in some kind of unity. I tend to migrant to Latin - Middle Eastern, the birth place of the guitar."

World Music is the best description of what "Espirito" has to offer. On this 13 track project you hear cultures such as Spain, Brazil, Cuban, Persian, Afghanistan, Indian and U.S. Lawson wrote all the compositions on this, his second, solo project and co-produced it with Shahin Shahida and Dominic Camardella.

I had so many favorites on this CD because I love the guitar and the Latin culture. These favorites include "Rumba del Soul" for its lovely violin support giving a Country music meets Latin music feel and it also has some great horn support thanks to Jeff Elliot; the title track "Espirito" again for the horn support and how Lawson gets a little crazy on his guitar; "Cape Town Sky" has an African driven vibe to it and I love the electric guitar support from Shahin giving it almost funky Latin sound; "Cape La Martinique" because the violin almost sings lyrics and you can also hear Rollins' fingers do a dance on his guitar; "Blue Mountain Bolero" reminds me of music you would hear in a old western film and then it turns into a Latin number, and "Shadowland" because of the sweet flute playing by Richard Hardy, it has a Africa meets Latin music feel to it.

"I left room for improvisation," Lawson pointed out. "I am not interested in an album of wall to wall guitar. It's almost like a director of a movie with all kinds of eager actors. I am kind of the director."

Rollins started in the music business as part of a duo Young and Rollins (with Daniel Young) which became an international renowned touring act. On "Espirito" Lawson also has the support of Charlie Bisharat on violin; Justin Claveria on saxophone; Randy Tico on bass; Dominic Camardella on keyboard, and Dave Bryant on drums.

For more information on Lawson Rollins or to hear a little from his "Espirito" CD log onto www.Infinitarecords.comwww.LawsonRollins.com or www.myspace.com/lawsonrollins.  

January 22, 2010

TatyanaAlipic1.jpgTatyana Ali to star in the Martin Lawrence sitcom ‘Love that Girl' to air on TV One  


Best known for her role as Ashley Banks on the sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" Tatyana Ali, who now appears as a regular on CBS's "Young and the Restless" as Roxanne, is now starring in a new sitcom "Love That Girl." On January 19, 2010 the Martin Lawrence sitcom will premier on TV One at 9 p.m. Four episodes, acquired by TV One, will air from January 19th - 21st.

"Love That Girl" was created by Bentley Kyle Evans - responsible for such hits as "The Jamie Foxx Show," "Full House" and "Martin" - and produced by Jeff Franklin ("Full House"). The show is about the trials and tribulations of a newly divorcee (Tatyana) as she moves back to Southern California to work with her father (Phil Morris) in the real estate business. Alphonso McAuley (Fat Albert) co-stars as her unemployed brother and Kendyl Joi (Life) plays her best friend.

Singer/songwriter Raphael Saadiq's 2008 single "Love That Girl" serves as the show's theme song. In fact, the sitcom was filmed in Saadiq's Blakeslee Recording Studios.

"He approached me (Bentley), told me the idea ...and I loved the script, loved the character...a coming of age story," said Tatyana Ali about her involvement in the "independent" series. "It's very much a family comedy sitcom. Her brother's out of work...there's her best friend and the friend next door."

Bentley Evans also enlisted the help of his sister Stacey Evans Morgan ("The Parkers") as producer-writer; his nephew Nile Evans ("Wild ‘n Out") and brother Lamont Evans as writers; his wife Valicia Evans as set designer, and Anastasia Ali as co-producer. Evans, Martin Lawrence, Saadiq and Trenten Gumbs serve as executive producers.

A graduate of Harvard with a bachelor's degree in Government and African-American Studies Tatyana has two siblings Kimberly and Anastasia - who co-owns NazraH Entertainment which produces the www.BET.com web series "Buppies."

Born in Brooklyn, New York on January 24, 1979 Ali obtained her first acting role at the age six on Sesame Street. Then in 1990 she obtained a co-starring role on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."

"After high school I didn't feel like I was finished," Ali said about the decision to go to college. "It is something no one can take from you. If you have the education you can turn your dreams into reality."

As a vocalist her first national performance was on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and in 1999 she released her debut CD, "Kiss the Sky," which went gold. Tatyana is currently working on her sophomore CD which is to be produced by Johnny J (Tupac).

In 1995 Tatyana won an NAACP Image Award for her work on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and recently receive a 2010 NAACP Image Award nomination for her work on "Young and the Restless."

To learn more about Tatyana or "Love That Girl" log onto www.TatyanaAliOnLine.com or www.myspace.com/TatyAli. 

January 29, 2010

cliftonpowellpic.jpgThe prodigal daughter comes home in the Warner Bros' film ‘Preacher's Kid,' hits theaters January 29, 2010
By Eunice Moseley


"It's a wonderful journey of a father finding himself learning to trust," said actor/director/producer Clifton Powell about the new Warner Bros. feature film Preacher's Kid that hits theaters on January 29, 2010.

The film stars Latoya Luckett a platinum-selling singer and co-founder/former Destiny's Child member. Latoya plays Angie King who dreams of fame and the lime-light. Her father, a minister, is dead-set against such a dream taking her out into the world.

Rebellious and in search of her dream she leaves home and joins a traveling Gospel show. Through circumstances - that normally occur in the music business - she learns how hard that life can be and how important family support is to a happy and fore-filling life. Clifton Powell plays Ike, her hard-nose road manager who tries to protect her.

"All mothers, fathers, sons and daughters should see the film, it's very moving," Powell added. "I have a 17 year-old daughter. She's a good girl, but a teenager, so the storyline did attract me."

Clifton said Stan Foster, the films' writer and director approached him with the part. Fosters work include T.D. Jakes' Woman, Thou Art Loosed. Also starring in the Preacher's Kid is Grammy Award nominee Trey Songz, R&B singer/songwriter Tank, Sharif Atkins (USA Networks' "White Collar"), Gregalan Williams (Remember the Titans), Essence Atkins (TBS's "Are We There Yet"), and Gospel singer Kierra "KiKi" Sheard.

Powell started in the entertainment business as an actor appearing in such films has House Party (1990), Bill Duke's Deep Cover (1992); Rush Hour (1998), Menace II Society, Next Friday, Lockdown and Bones (all in 2000); Never Die Alone, Ray and Woman thou Art Loosed (all in 2004). In television Clifton has appeared in "The Jamie Foxx Show," "NYPD Blue," "House" and "CSI." As a director his work includes There's a Stranger in my House (2009) starring Vivica A. Fox and Man of her Desires - a comedy starring Jackee Harry, Dave Hollister and Shirley Murdock.

For more on the Gener8ion Entertainment/Warner Bros Pictures' feature film "Preacher's Kid" log onto www.PreachersKidMovie.com

Le Kat takes you back in time with her new CD project ‘Boudoir Rouge'
LeKatPic.jpgDeeply rooted in her style and music is the 1930s, Le Kat (Kathy Lester) recorded a CD project titled "Boudoir Rouge" that takes us back to that period. The CD offers vintage Jazz, Moody-Blues, Cabaret and Pop selections. Even the cover of the actual CD looks like a vintage 45 vinyl record.

"This is pretty much my style...I'm inspired by Hollywood and Jazz. It's like my alter ego," singer/songwriter Le Kat said. "I so wanted to live in that time. People say I ooze sex and I don't try."

Well the title of the CD, "Boudoir Rouge," is an excellent description of her music style and image, but I must say even though it's "oozing sex" Le Kat seems to come out looking like a very classy lady. Appearing on the CD with her are Tabanou (guitar/keyboards); Aaron Kaplan (guitar/banjo/mandolin), Brett Simons (bassist), Doug Webb (saxophonist/clarinet), Larry Williams (trumpeter), David Langlois (percussion/washboard), Jimmy Levine (pianist), and Mark David (drummer).

"I wanted to re-create the sound," said Le Kat about using a live band.

My favorite cuts on the "Boudoir Rouge" CD include "Mista Twista" for its Be-Bop sound and I love the horn support of Doug Webb; "River" for its club feel; "More" for the upright bass used by Brett Simons - it really takes you back in time, and "I Need a Man" for her very passionate vocals - plus I also love the horn.

"The songs I write are usually actual people's experiences," Le Kat added. "'Desire' is one of my favorites and ‘River' ...I was very moved when I wrote it, I felt the world was so troubled. I was moved by the intolerance in this world."

For more information on Le Kat or her CD, "Boudoir Rouge," log onto www.LeKatMusic.com. 

February 5, 2010

Grammy Award winning Soweto Gospel Choir brings ‘Grace' with new CD project on Shanachie Entertainment

"It was like mind-blowing. At first I couldn't believe it," said Sipokazi Nxumalo, one of 19 founding members of the Soweto Gospel Choir, about winning their first Grammy Award. "There are 26 members (including band and dancers) and 90% of us have been together since the beginning. Seven or eight have moved on..."

The Soweto Gospel Choir began in 2002 when the groups' executive producer, Beverly Bryer, and musical director, David Mulovhedzi, held an audition in Soweto to form an "all-star" choir. The result is a choir that won a Grammy Award with their second CD project, "Blessed," in 2005 - their first CD project "Voices from Heaven" was released in 2004. Last year they released a CD/DVD titled "Live at the Nelson Mandela Theatre Grace, Inc." which garnered them a Grammy Award nomination.

In 2010 the World Music choir released "Grace" on Shanachie Entertainment. The 19 selection CD is certainly another award winning album. The harmony is almost perfect - if there is such a thing. To also hear that old-time Traditional Gospel on the same project as Traditional South African Gospel was truly refreshing and brought back memories of my grandfathers church.

" The awards they just keep us going," Sipokazi said about all of the accolades they have received.

The Soweto Gospel Choir, aside from performing for Mandela, appeared with Peter Gabriel on "Down to Earth" which appeared on the Disney/Pixar film Wall-E; performed with Celine Dion during her "Taking Chances" tour in South Africa (2008); performed with BeBe Winans and Kirk Franklin, and in 2009 they performed at the Academy Awards singing with John Legend.

The Soweto Gospel Choir is also proud of their work with their foundation which works closely with orphans and victims of AIDS.

"The charitable foundation we founded is our success," said Nxumalo. "There are eight organizations (in South Africa). There is no government funding or very little. They have no food, no blankets, medication...our foundation can help with such things."

The Shanachie Soweto Gospel Choir CD, "Grace," is a must to have. I had many favorites on this project which includes "Kae Le Kae" because of its gutsy lead singer that over laps the beautiful male vocals that are both supported by that harmonic Soweto choir; "Mangisondele Nkosi Yam" a traditional Gospel selection; "Bridge Over Troubled Water" with leads by Sipokazi Nxumalo, has a very soulful and gutsy sound and I love them singing in English; "Muphulusi" a traditional South African Gospel selection; "Ndikhokhele" because of its' almost perfect harmony; "Put Your Hands Medley" a traditional American Gospel selection; "Voices on the Wind" a Contemporary Gospel cut; "Oh! It is Jesus" again I love them singing English, with that African accent and plus this is yet another traditional Gospel song; "Ave' Maria" because not only do I love the male vocalist but I haven't heard this beautiful song in so long, and the title track "Grace" which has a bit of Jazz influence thanks to the piano and electric guitar support.

The Soweto Gospel Choir is currently on tour in the U.S. to promote the CD release of "Grace" that ends in March. For more information on the U.S. tour or the Soweto Gospel Choir log onto www.SowetoGospelChoir.com or www.myspace.com/sowetogospelchoir.  (Photo Credit: Lorenzo de Nozzi)

Saxophonist Michael J. Thomas brings the beat of the city with his new CD release
MichaelJThomasPic.jpgEven though he was raised around country music - growing up in Kentucky - and heard R&B music from his parents that consisted of Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind and Fire, Michael J. Thomas was drawn towards the saxophone and Jazz. On March 2, 2010 Thomas releases a new CD project, "City Beat," on Harbor Breeze Music.

"I'm from the country originally...and any opportunity to go to the city I took, " laughs Michael about the title of the project. "It's something about the city that I love...the hustle and bustle...I like it."

His love for the sounds of the city is evident in his new CD project because honestly while listening to it that is exactly what I see in my mind, the comings-and-going of city life.

"You can go to a restaurant in New York at 2 a.m.," Thomas points out. "The town I live in everything shuts down at 9 p.m."

Michael said music was all that he ever wanted to do and though his music is classified as Jazz he has been influence by Michael Jackson, Prince and Brian McKnight.

"My last album was a Gospel album," Michael J. informed me.

Michael, who has a large following in Japan, is backed by some awesome musicians that consist of Eric Lampley on bass; Jonathan Davis on drums; Diki Ross on keyboard; Shannon Wallace on electric guitar, and Paul Scurto on electric guitar/trumpet.

I have so many favorites on this CD. I will try to list a few cuts that stand out which includes "Pretty Skin" for its Smooth Jazz feel, "Mind Your Step" which has a bit of a funky flavor to it with a layer of Smooth Jazz; "Cali Trippin'" where everyone gets a little crazy - Diki on piano, Paul on Trumpet, Shannon on guitar and of course Michael on sax; "Midtown Manhattan" gave me a night club feel; the title track "City Beat" for being a bit sassy, and the Michael Jackson cover "Billie Jean" because I love the "intro" before the cover and I love the way he has his sax singing the "Billie Jean" lyrics.

For more information on Michael J. Thomas and his "City Beat" project log onto www.MichaelJThomas.netwww.myspace.com/michaeljthomas and www.facebook.com/smoothmichaeljthomas. 

February 12, 2010

‘Who Knew' KeKe Wyatt's newest project is full of hot Pop and R&B

The lady who came to us via multi-platinum singer Avant on his single, "My First Love," Ketara "KeKe" Wyatt is back with her fourth CD project "Who Knew?" on Shanachie Entertainment. KeKe has been waiting a while for a new project release, which is slated for February 23, 2010.

"I have been knowing them for years," KeKe Wyatt said when asked about securing the very talented producers/songwriters The Underdogs on the project. "I said ya'll come on! Me and Harvey Mason (The Underdogs) did four on the CD."

Wyatt, who is diffidently showing her Cherokee bloodline on CD's cover picture, has a captivating R&B/Pop sound that's refreshing. Her talent radiates through some of my favorite songs on the "Who Knew?" project that include the title track "Who Knew?" produced and written by The Underdogs - a hot hand-clapping Pop/R&B number; "Getting' It" produced by True Storee with lyrics by KeKe is a hot Urban/R&B/Hip-Hop track that has a twist of Gospel's soulfulness - if you can imagine, and "With Out You" produced and written by L. Young where KeKe vocally takes completely off.

"It didn't take long at all," said Wyatt about recording the CD. "I wanted to do what it needed to do...I don't think this one will be held up."

KeKe is talking about what happened with her sophomore and third CD projects. Her Cash Money Records sophomore project, "Emotional Roller Coaster," and her third TVT Records CD, "Ghetto Rose," where shelved for label reasons. Now on Shanachie Entertainment, a label that has been rolling out hit CDs like crazy, KeKe Wyatt is preparing for the release of her forth CD "Who Knew?"

For more information on the new KeKe Wyatt release log onto www.myspace.com/kekewyatt.

Entertainment columnist ‘Rambling Rose' authors book, ‘Black America Series: African-American Entertainment in Baltimore'
Rosa_Pryor-Trusty_souvenir_Journal.jpgThe lady that Nat King Cole wrote about in his song "Rambling Rose," entertainment columnist Rosa Pryor-Trusty, adds author to her credits - that include singer and first female concert promoter - with the Arcadia book release "Black America Series: African-American Entertainment in Baltimore." The book is a visual and educational journey of black entertainment in Baltimore during the 50s and 60s.

"The reason I did the book is to show what generations offer...see how proud black people were so you can walk with pride, stepping and smiling," columnist/author Rosa Pryor-Trusty said about her book - which took her 10 years to do. "It was more than hard work it was a labor of love. I sang and whistled 99% of the time."

Co-authored by Tonya Taliaferro for introducing Rosa to Arcadia Publishing, "African-American Entertainment in Baltimore" is available in every book store in the country, as well as having a large market in Europe. Book sales, according to Pryor-Trusty, have not decrease since it was initially published in 2003.

"I knew nothing about the computer at that time, nothing about researching online," Rosa pointed out. "It had been years since I been in the library, until this book."

Through pictures and cut-lines Rosa Pryor-Trusty, whose column "Rambling Rose" is published weekly in the Baltimore Afro newspaper (www.afro.com), takes the readers on a journey of black entertainment in Baltimore. First she introduces them to the Baltimore nightclubs (Red Foxx Lounge, Crystal Ballroom, Royal Theaters, Old Regent Theater) where people such as Cab Calloway, Louie Armstrong, Nate King Cole, Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey, Red Foxx, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Aretha Franklin, Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald frequently performed and the people who frequented there to see such acts. Readers get to see and read about the famous social clubs that sprung-up such as The Sphinx Club, the Left Bank Jazz Society, the Arch Social Club and the Young Pharaohs. You get to see the famous hang-out areas such as "The Avenue" (Pennsylvania Avenue).

Rosa's book will educate the readers about the "Chittlin' Circuit, the A'rabbers and the birth of Baltimore's Marching Band steppers sometime called cadets. You will learned about successful black entertainment business stories such as Dorothy Brunson the account sales executive turned radio station owner when she brought Baltimore's WEBB Radio from James Brown.

To learn more about Rosa Pryor-Trusty's "African-America Entertainment in Baltimore" log into www.ArcadiaPublishing.com. 

February 19, 2010

Judith Hill and N'dambi performances rock the NAACP Image Awards Luncheon in Beverly Hills

The NAACP held a luncheon in honor of the nominees of its 41st Image Awards at the Beverly Hills Hotel recently where singer/songwriters Judith Hill (Michael Jackson protégé) and N'dambi (Stax Records) gave outstanding performances. The 41st NAACP Image Awards will be held live Friday, February 26, 2010 on Fox 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The luncheon started with the red carpet arrivals of the nominees - Hill and N'dambi included. Those who came in support of the luncheon were Corey Reynolds of TNT's The Closer for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series; Chandra Wilson of ABC's Grey's Anatomy for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series and Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series; Gabourey Sidibe (Lion Gate's "Precious") for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture; Geoffrey Fletcher (Lion's Gate's "Precious") for Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series; Gus Hoffman of TNT's Gifted Hands for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini Series or Dramatic Special; Texas Battle and Cassius Willis of CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series; Tonya Lee Williams and Tatyana Ali of CBS's The Young and the Restless for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series; Def Jam artist Kristinia DeBarge for Outstanding New Artist; Xzibit for ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition for Outstanding Reality Series; Mack Avenue Records' legendary Gerald Wilson for Outstanding Jazz Album; Dr. Keith Black for Outstanding Literary Work Non-Fiction (Grand Central Publishing), and Kevin Sullivan, ABC Family's Lincoln Heights, for Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series for the "Aftershock" episode. Others who came to the luncheon include playwright Don B. Welch and his guest Dawnn Lewis (Different World); NAACP president Ben Jealous' wife Julia who spoke on his behalf; actress/singer Ashley Arogta in support of Nickelodeon's True Jackson VP which received a nomination for Outstanding Children's Program and KeKe Palmer for Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Program, and Jesse Williams of Grays Anatomy who helped to announce the nominees present.

"I am very excited about the NAACP Image Awards," said singer/songwriter N'dambi - who performed her current single, "I Can't Hardly Wait" (Stax Records). "It's time to celebrate our greatness. There's always a need to have those accolades. So it's an honor and pleasure to be here."

The other entertainer for the luncheon, Judith Hill, who performed MJ's "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," talked briefly about her experience performing with Michael Jackson during the preparation for the "This is It Tour," "It was magical. I can't put into word. He was amazing and so sweet, and his presence lit up a room. That's kind of how the whole project went."

Well she lit up that luncheon room with her emotional performance. Also on the red carpet were nominees such as Dr. Keith Black who wrote a non-fiction book about brain surgery. "I wanted to inspire people to go into math and science...to see the life of a brain surgeon and how important mentoring and parenting are."

Xzibit, who was there in support of his episode on Home Edition that received a nomination, seems out of place but glad to be there. He laughed, "I'm a musician I don't do construction... but I got to meet a lot of good people...the Hill family we built a house for. It was real."

The NAACP Image Awards to air Friday, February 26th is going to be real as well when even more nominees and celebrities will show up. As always the event will lock down the whole area, where the venue is located, as it welcomes and honor America's finest people of color.

For the complete nominee list and more information on the live telecast log onto www.naacp.org(Photo Credit: Eunice Moseley)

Legendary radio Jock Lee Bailey's new improved and interactive EURweb.com
LeeBaileyPic2.jpgLee "The Voice" Bailey, legendary radio jock turned Internet media mogul, recently launched a new and more interactive EURweb.com. The website was an electronic version of Bailey's radio show RadioScope and quickly became (along with his daily email blast of the same information) a major source of information on black entertainment.

"When the Internet first came along...to me it was the future," Lee Bailey said when asked what made him launch a website in the first place back in the late 90s. "It's about...communication not necessarily radio, print, website, but communication."

Bailey said all those media outlets are mainly platforms that through time and technology may change and it is those in media who understand that concept that continue to be successful. The content on Lee Bailey's www.EURweb.com is used in the same manner as the content offered by Associates Press (AP), in fact I call website and email blast, the AP of black entertainment news.

Aside from cutting edge entertainment news Lee Bailey's EURweb.com now offers more information that is constantly changing with the news, as oppose to changing each day as it did in the past. New to EURweb.com are video clips and other news media video at his "EUR Video News" stream.

"I love the computer. I always like fooling around with it," Lee said. "A lot of people my age are not into the computer. I knew what it could do. Never was afraid of it. Generations under 40, maybe 50, are not print oriented anymore. If you have a print media, big magazine will succeed, but smaller - especially minority - publications the (future) vehicle is the telephone, smart phones, phone web enabled."

Also new to EURweb.com is the feedback from the readers, now when readers comment on articles, other readers can comment to their comments directly (like with Facebook). Now EURweb.com is on Facebook.com and Twitter.com and readers can comment on articles from their Facebook (if they become a EURweb fan) and re-Twit articles to your Twitter followers.

"We will soon have in-house video," Bailey pointed out when asked about seeing all his famous interviews on video. "I have been recording for about a year now."

The website is user friendly and lots of interactive things to do, and according to Lee there is much more to come. The EURweb.com site generates easily two million visitors a month (averaging 100,000 viewers every week day). I also must add that you can find this column, The Pulse of Entertainment (www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com), weekly there at the column section of the website.

So if you haven't visited Lee Bailey's www.EURweb.com (electronic urban report) lately - or ever - you are missing a lot of good information.

February 26, 2010

Tracy Morgan and Bruce Willis make a great team in Warner Bros.' ‘Cop Out'
By Eunice Moseley

I must admit Tracy Morgan and Bruce Willis pulled it off in the Warner Bros. Film "Cop Out" hitting theaters February 26, 2010. That "serious NYPD detective partnered with the wild and funny cop" scenario worked great for them. "Cop Out" stars Morgan ("30 Rock"), Willis ("Die Hard" franchise); Kevin Pollak ("The Usual Suspects"); Adam Brody ("Mr. & Mrs. Smith"); Guillermo Diaz ("Weeds"); Michelle Trachtenberg ("Gossip Girl"); Ana De La Reguera ("Nacho Libre"), and Seann William Scott ("Bullet Proof Monk").

"Cop Out" takes the similar script format as Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan's "Rush Hour" and Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte's "48 Hours." It would seem a hard thing to do, but Brooklyn native Tracy Morgan and action-hero Bruce Willis' timing is on point. I expect to see this film become another franchise like "48 Hours" and "Rush Hour."

"Cop Out" is about veteran detective Jimmy's (Bruce) hunt for his collectible baseball card that was stolen just as he planned to sell it to pay for his daughter's wedding. The clock is ticking, a baseball collecting gangster holds the card hostage, and his wild and crazy partner Paul (Tracy) is all that stands between him and the baseball card.

This Warner Bros. Entertainment film is directed by Kevin Smith ("Chasing Amy"), and executive produced and written by brothers Robb Cullen and Mark Cullen (FX's "Lucky"). Producers include Marc Platt ("Wanted"), Polly Johnsen ("I Am Legend") and Michael Tadross ("I Am Legend").

"I walked away thinking he (Kevin Smith) is a really down to earth man and Bruce is humble, quite and a good man," said Tracy when asked about his thoughts, since working on the film, about the popular direct and the iconic actor Bruce Willis.

Tracy Morgan credits his parents for instilling in him the characteristic that allowed him to believe he could achieve what he has.

"I witness all those things (in the film). I did not want that in my life," Morgan pointed out when asked what made him seek out more than just his neighborhood. "My Father," he continued, "said, ‘you got to do better than me' and my mother she refused to lose us to the street, so I learned stubbornness from her."

For more on Warner Bros' "Cop Out" log onto http://copoutmovie.warnerbros.com/

Celebrities come out for L.A. King ice hockey player Wayne Simmonds in honor of Black History Month

TruefulandRogerEMosley_Credit_DonaldCarraway.jpg"We're here to honor a black hockey player. There are only four black players, Simmonds is one, so we are here to honor Wayne Simmonds," said actor Roger E. Mosley, best known for his role on the television series Magnum P.I., about why he was at a star filled reception at the Los Angeles Staple Center. "He sponsors programs catering to African-American kids. So we may have a few more in the future."

Rev. Jessie Jackson, MLB Hall of Famer Eric Davis, legendary singer Florence LaRue (5th Dimensions); comedian/actor Joe Torry; actress Kyla Pratt; KiKi Shepard (Showtime at the Apollo); actor Ernest Thomas ("Everybody Hates Chris"); singer Tionne Williams; celebrity trainer Sam Bell; singer/songwriter Trueful, and veteran actor Roger E. Mosley ("Magnum P.I.") were on hand to honor the only black ice hockey player on the L.A. Kings.

Wayne Simmonds is a native of Ontario and at the age of 16 he joined his first ice hockey team. Four years later he was playing for the 2008 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship. In the second part of the 2007 season he was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings and on October 14, 2008 he scored his first NHL goal.

The event was sponsored by KJLH Free 102.3 F.M. and The Los Angeles Sentinel newspaper. Any proceeds went to benefit The Challengers Boys & Girls Club.

For more information on this history-making 21 year-old NHL ice hockey player log onto his MySpace at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wayne-Simmonds/172720684081.  (Photo: R&B singer/songwriter Trueful and actor Roger E. Mosley. Credit: Donald Carraway) 

April 2, 2010

The Gospel according to Kirk Whalum is a masterpiece in motion
By Eunice Moseley

Kirk Whalum has released a two-disk CD with accompanying HD DVD of a live performance held at Reid Temple AME Church near Washington, DC titled "The Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter II." This is a collection of musical testimonies in a multitude of musical styles with an overlay of Whalum's signature sax playing. This eight-time Grammy Award nominee is sure to receive honors for this project which provokes Spiritual images that I am sure are different for everyone who listens.

"We have to remember...what we are called to do," said Kirk Whalum, a two-time Stellar Award and one-time Dove Award winner. "You put your art and heart on the line. That's what we do as artists."

Putting his art and heart on the line is just what was done that day when the Top Drawer/Rendezvous project was recorded. Kirk enlisted the assistance of the heavenly vocals of Lalah Hathaway (Stax Records); the smooth sultry vocals of Kirk's brother Kevin Whalum; George Duke on piano; Doc Powell on guitar; the vocals of his uncle sax player/vocalist Hugh "Peanut" Whalum; Kevin Whalum, III on tenor sax; Kyle Whalum on electric bass; his nephew rapper Caleb Tha Bridges; T.D. and Serita Jakes with spoken-word duet, and vocalist/keyboardist John Stoddart.
Combine all those blessings with Kirk Whalum woven throughout and you have a masterpiece in motion offering Contemporary, R&B, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Pop, and African Spiritual Gospel melodies. For me, as I know it will be for you too, just having Kirk's skills on the sax (and flute) is enough to want to buy the CD - he is the greatest horn player of our generation.

"God is pleased to participate in the creative process when we invite Him in," Whalum points out about Gospel instrumentals. "Jazz music loves to create and God is the same. I always invite God in. God is open, God is a creative God. Just because He rested on the 7th day...He wasn't finished, He didn't retire!"

Just as God's work is a "work in progress" so is Kirk Whalum who is currently attending Seminary School. This is his third "The Gospel According to Jazz" project. The first single off the "Chapter III" CD is one of my favorites on the project, "He's Been Just That Good," featuring Lalah Hathaway and written by husband and wife songwriting team Jonathan and Brandi Jackson.

My other favorites on the two-disk CD are "Fit to Battle" which had me visualizing myself in New Orleans marching to Glory, and low and behold when I read the history on the song I find Kirk wanted the listener to capture New Orleans; then there is the Celine Dion cover "Because you love me" one of those masterpieces - love that piano support as well; the Luther Vandross cover "Make me a believer," with words slightly changed by one of the featured vocalist Kevin Whalum, and Lalah Hathaway; the Charlie Chapman cover "Smile, Part I" features the vocals of Uncle Peanut, which almost brought tears to my eyes it was so sweet; the B.B. King cover "The Thrill Is Gone" which Kirk goes just crazy on and Lalah Hathaway does the same as the featured vocalist, and the Stylistics cover "You are everything" with features the spoken words of T.D. and Serita Jakes - an intimate look into their third party marriage with God.

For more on "The Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter II" log onto www.kirkwhalum.com or visit Kirk at www.facebook.com/kirkwhalum or tweet him at www.twitter.com/kirkwhalum.  

Television and film producer Datari Turner is set to air a new reality show on TV One, ‘The Real McCoy'
daratiturner.jpgTelevision and film producer Datari Turner is set to air his newest reality show on TV One, "The Real McCoy," on the day-to-day life of actress and former First Lady of Turks and Caicos, LisaRaye McCoy, as she focuses on her career and her daughter Kai. The show airs Thursday April 8, 2010 at 9:00 p.m. EST.

"I have known LisaRaye for ten years now," Datari recalled about the day the subject of a reality show came up. "I always looked at her as a big sister; we've worked together and stayed in touch. I met up with her and we had lunch (after her divorce) and she had a lot to say. I have been producing a couple of reality shows and said, ‘LisaRaye I think it's time for you to do a show, re-establish yourself as an actress.' She said she liked the idea and we did eight episodes."

LisaRaye is best known for her role in UPN's "All of Us" and as Diamond in the film The Player's Club with Jamie Foxx. A Chicago native, LisaRaye is also half sister of rapper DeBrat.

At an early age LisaRaye moved to Los Angeles and immediately landed roles on "The Martin Show" and "In the House." She appeared in a music video of rapper Tupac and was seen by rapper/actor Ice Cube who placed her in The Players Club, which he directed.

Aside from "The Real McCoy" Datari is also releasing his first film "Video Girl" this year about the rise and fall of a video vixen. The film stars Meagan Good, Ruby Dee, Haylie Duff and Paul Victor. Other reality shows produced by Turner include BET's "The Ultimate Hustler" and "I Married a Baller" with Tennessee Titan running back Eddie George and his wife Taj (from SWV). Future projects include a reality show starring Toccarra Jones ("American's Next Top Model" and "Celebrity Fit Club") and another film, a comedy, "Dysfunctional friends and a funeral."

"I have to fight every day," Datari said about the business of producing and creative television and film projects. "I am not where I want to be by a long shot. I made a lot of mistakes as a young producer. I was a model...I told people I wanted to be a writer and producer and they were shocked."

Well this former Ford Model has made the transition better than those who have degrees in film and production. His projects have been aired and soon-to-be released. Not only that, but he is also a regular speaker at USC's Film School.

For more information on Datari Turner or his TV One reality show, ‘The Real McCoy," log onto www.facebook.com/datariturner, www.lisaraye.com or www.TVOneOnline.com. 

April 9, 2020

Moniquetourpio.jpgMo'Nique gets back to her roots with her 'Spread the Love' comedy tour with guests Rodney Perry and Tone-X
By Eunice Moseley

Comedian/actress and late night talk show host Mo'Nique gets back to her comedic roots on her "Spread the Love" tour with guest comedians Rodney Perry and Tone-X. That is the Mo'Nique I am familiar with. In my home town of Baltimore she had the night clubs on lock with her sassy comedic talent and her in your face approach to comedy - before she left for Hollywood ("The Parkers"). Still her walk, her sassy personality; her shape; her love of people and God, and even how she talks scream "I'm from Baltimore!"

"Cuss, cuss, cuss, cuss, cuss," Mo'Nique said when addressing why she uses profanity. The Oscar winner addresses that, her unexpected pregnancy and the arrival of her twin boys (now four years-old); her husband; her weight lose; winning the Oscars, and she addresses (or confesses) the "diva" rumors that went on during the promotions of the film "Precious" during her "Spread the Love" event - which I attended in Los Angeles.

I was graciously given passes to the VIP lounge where I saw some of her cast members from UPN's "The Parkers" and other projects she has appeared in - all there to support her along with myself. I sat there remembering how I cried when she left Baltimore - our hometown celebrity - because I felt I would never interview her again. I enjoyed our "conversations" that always ended up in us fellowshipping and giving God His glory and praise. Then I remembered how I cried when my interview requests still went through in covering she starring role on "The Parkers."

I remembered crying when she invited me to her house-warming party in Tarzana, California - along with a plane load of her fans and local media from Baltimore (I hear she lives in Atlanta now). I cried out to the screen when she appeared in Soul Plane, "No, Mo'Nique don't do it!" I cried when I heard about her outstanding performance in "Precious" because I knew I could never see it, hits too close to home (I am a "Precious" too). I remembered crying all night when she won the Oscar knowing that she is now in history books forever, no matter what she ever does because she is the fifth black female to ever win the award since it began in 1927 - past winners include Hattie McDaniel/Gone with the Wind, Whoopie Goldberg/Ghost, Jennifer Hudson/Dreamgirls, and Irene Cara/Flashdance. I almost started crying again back there in the VIP lounge - after seeing the "Baltimore" style comedy again, but I left with a warm heart instead, with a thought that yes Mo'Nique has "spread the love" with the laughter she inspired in us.

The "Spread the Love" tour arrives Friday April 9, 2010 in Newark, NJ, then on to Augusta, GA on April 10th and continues across the country until it ends May 22, 2010 in Bridgeport, CT. For more information on the "Spread the Love" tour with guest comedians Rodney Perry and Tone-X log onto www.aeglive.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

Bio-film on the life of Paul Robeson planned for production by Four Stars International and Nexus Films
PaulRobesonpic2.jpg"I think Paul Robeson is the most accomplished African-American of all time," states Richard Akel co-founder and President of Four Stars International, LLC ,the film production company producing the film based on the life of Paul Robeson. "It's about time a film was made about him. I immigrated from New Zealand. It was African-Americans that were most supportive of me and I never forgot. I have become a successful film maker and I want to give back."

Paul Robeson was a scholar (being the third black to ever be accepted to Rutgers University and a graduate of Columbia Law School); a sportsman (he earned 15 varsity letters in American football, baseball, basketball ,and track and field); an entertainer (with his bass voice his renditions of old Spirituals were acclaimed - i. e. "Ol' Man River" from the play "Show Boat"), and a civil rights activist (founded the American Crusade Against Lynching, which was supported by Albert Einstein). He was a married man to Eslanda Cardozo Goodie, known as Essie, who headed the pathology laboratory at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. An unusual marriage, Essie accepted Robeson's taste for extramarital affairs and considered only once divorcing him when he fell in love with a British woman. But for some reason the relationship with the British lady ended, and Essie and Paul remained together in an "open marriage" until she died in 1965 - 44 years later.

Akel along with VP/business manager Janice Hammond and director Greg Carter plan to put the life of this complicated and amazing individual in theaters everywhere.

"He was the highest earning African-American in the United States at that time," Richard points out about Robeson. "I have great expectations that it's going to be bigger than Ray and Ali (films). I respect their achievements, but Paul was all those things combined."

Four Star International, LLC, Nexus Films and Lynn Allen Jeter & Associates are producing a Paul Robeson Celebration, in honor of his birthday April 9, 1898, in Los Angeles. For more information on the Paul Robeson project email Lynn Jeter at lajass@att.net

April 16, 2010

Chris Rocks' Death at a Funeral is hilarious, will have you laughing way after the movie ends
  
Screen Gems presents Death at a Funeral, an American film version of the British release, to hit theaters April 16, 2010. The film, spearheaded by Chris Rock, stars Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan , Zoe' Saldana ,Columbus Short, Danny Glover, Loretta Devine, James Marsden, Luke Wilson and Regina Hall. Death at a Funeral is hilarious, with shocking moments that will leave the audience unable to stop laughing way after the scene has gone.

"Comedy is comedy," Chris Rock said. "Something said ‘this is a Pop movie.' I thought the jokes would work in America."

Thanks to the support of the comedic talents of Tracy Morgan you will be laughing constantly.

"These are my champions," Morgan said about Rock and Lawrence. "This is the dream team."

Chris plays Aaron whose father dies. He wants to give the eulogy, but everyone wants his "baby" brother Ryan (Martin Lawrence) - the writer - to give it.

A mysterious stranger, Frank, played by Peter Dinklage of the British version, comes blackmailing the family bearing compromising pictures of the father. Before they can figure out what to do, something goes terribly wrong.

Loretta Devine plays Cynthia the widower; Aaron's wife Michelle is played by Regina Hall; Zoe' Saldana plays Cousin Elaine; James Marsden plays Oscar, fiancé' of Elaine; Columbus Short plays Jeff, Elaine's brother, and Luke Wilson plays Derek, who is after the affection of Elaine.

"I just knew it was going to be an amazing experience," Zoe' Saldana said about why she took on the project.

"My man Chris Rock gave me a call personally. At first I said no, can't do that," Martin Lawrence laughed about how he was approached to do the role. "He sent the British version and I thought it was funny!"

"I was excited to do the movie, I never worked with any one of them," Regina Hall said about getting a role in Death at a Funeral. "They are giving and generous."

Columbus Short who also stars in the upcoming film The Losers said, "This movie prepared me so much to do that movie - watching Martin's comedic timing."

Death at a Funeral is directed by Neil LaBute (Lakeview Terrace); written and co-executive produced by Dean Craig; co- executive produced by Jim Tauber, Glenn Gainor and Bruce Toll, and produced by Sidney Kimmel, Chris Rock, Williams Horberg, Share Stallings and Laurence Malkin. This Sidney Kimmel Entertainment/Wonderful Films and Parabolic Pictures/Stable Way Entertainment Production is sure to be a hit.

For more information on Death at a Funeral log onto http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/deathatafuneral,  for pictures from the movie premiere held at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood log onto http://thepulseofentertainment.com/deathatafuneral.html  and for video clips of the premiere arrivalal log onto www.youtube.com/freelanceassociates.  

Grammy Award winning PJ Morton's ‘Walk Alone' climbing the charts on Urban AC Radio
Pjmortonpic.jpgGrammy Award winning musician PJ Morton is still flying high from the success of his latest CD project "Walk Alone" on the Songs of Solomon Music/Tehillah/InieBlu imprint - in distribution with E1 Music. The single, "The One," is co-produce by Warryn Campbell (Mary Mary).

"I go were the music calls me," PJ Morton said about this album. "I answer to it. It speaks to my whole journey. I have been at the music thing for a while. People fall off...fans grow, you see who is loyal."

Well PJ is certainly loyal to his music, this performer has never performed to a track, and in fact he prides himself on being a "musician." Also a Stellar and Dove Award winner, Morton is currently on the "Walk Alone Tour," which ends at the end of April.

"I grew up as a preachers' son," Morton pointed out.

On the "Walk Alone" CD PJ has a selection titled "Son of a Preacher" where he addresses his life dilemma, growing up as a preacher's son with a desire to play secular music.

"I want to take it to the next level," he frankly said.

This New Orleans native and Atlanta resident, recently added author to his title by publishing his first book "Why Can't I Sing About Love? The Truth About the ‘Church' Against ‘Secular' Music" where he explores religion and relationship. His fifth project, PJ's "Walk Alone" offers ten selections all written and produced by Morton. The CD features singer Tweet and producer Warryn Campbell, who also co-produced "She's Gone."

My favorite cuts on the "Walk Alone" project include the title track for its great storytelling, it is truly a masterpiece; "She's Gone" a nice R&B/Pop song; "Love you More," featuring Tweet is a Reggae influence love song; "Mountain and Mole Hills" is such a sweet deep testimony with a traditional Gospel sound, and "Son of a Preacher" where he uses spoken-word style delivery his story as the son of a preacher. On this selection he speaks on why his ministry is the same as his fathers'.

For more information on PJ Morton log onto www.PJMortonOnline.com or www.myspace.com/PJMorton or you can tweet him at www.twitter.com/thePJMorton or post on his www.MyFace.com/thePJMorton. 

April 23, 2010

TheLooserspic.jpgWarner Bros. Pictures' The Losers is a winner - action, romance, comedy, intrigue and fantasy - opens in theaters April 23, 2010
  
Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Dark Castle Entertainment, presents the Weed Road Pictures production of The Losers in theaters April 23, 2010. This rated PG-13 film is full of action, comedy, romance, intrigue and fantasy - all the makings of a movie franchise. Based on the DC Comics/Vertigo comic book series by Andy Diggle, with illustrations by Jock, The Losers star Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen) as Clay; Zoe' Saldana (Avatar, Death at a Funeral) as Aisha; Chris Evans (Fantastic Four) as Jensen; Idris Elba (Obsessed) as Roque; Columbus Short (Quarantine, Death at a Funeral) as Pooch; Oscar Jaenada as Cougar; Holt McCallany (Vantage Point) as Wade, and Jason Patric (My Sisters Keeper) as Max.

"That love scene was hard. I said can we take one more, she didn't flip her hair right," Jeffrey Dean Morgan laughed when talking about his love scene with his lovely co-star Zoe Saldana.

The Losers is about an elite group of Special Forces agents fighting betrayal from outside and within, in an attempt to clear their names so they can return home. The team - Clay, Hensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar - all have their own specialty skills in the fight against the enemy only known as Max. They all have their weakness too such as Pooch's growing family and the leader Clay's feelings for the lovely and mysterious Aisha.

"I first saw Zoe' in Haven (2004) and was just waiting for a chance to work with her," said the films' director Sylvain White (Stomp the Yard) about casting Saldana. "I was able to get my first choice for each character. The movie is...conspiracy...hard hitting action with...humor...you're watching a comic book."

I loved the futuristic technology that the film presents and yes, I like the comic books feel it gives. All the actors carried their characters to the point that I am sure each will have their own followings (and maybe spin-off films).

"I got to beat up Jeffrey (Clay)," Idris Elba laughed, "It was a wicked opportunity... to play an interesting arch (to the character). All our characters have layers so when it ends its believable."

Executive produced by Steve Richards, Andrew Rona and Sarah Besser, The Losers is also co-produced by Richard Mirisch, and produced by Joel Silver, Akiva Goldsman and Kerry Foster. The screenplay was written by Peter Berg and James Vanderbilt.

For more on The Losers or its' cast log onto www.the-losers.com.  

Multi-Grammy Award winning Jon Secada releases CD of ‘Classics' on Big 3 Records
JonSecada_CreditJaniceR.jpgA CD of classic songs from a very classy vocalist is the recent gift from Big 3 Records as it releases its newest project from Multi-Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Jon Secada. The CD titled "Classics/Classicos" is full of English and Spanish speaking selections that returns Jon to his roots and yet also returns the listener to moments in times past that brought greatest joy.

"(The songs are) Known in both languages," said Jon Secada about his choice of songs. "I wanted to do a remake like this, songs I grew up with...songs everybody knows in English and Spanish."

Recorded with a full orchestra in Nashville, TN and produced by James Stroud - with Bill Edwards as executive producer - "Classics" features classic standards such as my favorites Santana's "Evil Ways," there is some crazy guitar support on this one; Englebert Humperdinck's "Cuando Cuando" because Jon goes vocally crazy hitting an unbelievable high note; Frank Sinatra's "Besame Mucho (Kiss me a Lot)" which took me - mentally - to another place; Dinah Washington's "What a Difference a Day Make" was so sweet, it brought tears to my eyes, and I love the horn support too; the old classic "Vaya Con Dios (God be with you)"; "Spanish Eyes" because Jon put so much passion into this one and I love the guitar support, and "LaBama" because it is in Spanish and I love the Latin culture, again the guitar support was unbelievable, and made me what to get up and party!

"I wanted to make the orchestra simple," Secada explained when I commented on how he stayed with the way the classics originally sounded, but yet made them his. "I wanted them to recognize the standards."

For more on the Big 3 Records' Jon Secada CD release "Classics" or on for more on Jon Secada and upcoming concert dates log onto www.jonsecdada.com or www.facebook.com/jonsecada(Photo Credit: Janice R.)

April 30, 2010

noes-13103.jpgIs it real or isn't it, the new 'Nightmare on Elm Street' - in theaters April 30, 2010 - will have you wondering
  
Based on a newspaper article about war damaged children who died because of the power of recurring dreams, Wes Craven wrote the original "A Nightmare on Elm Street" as a low-budget film in 1984. On Friday April 30, 2010 director Samuel Bayer, screenwriters Wesley Strick and Eric Heisserer, and Platinum Dunes Productions (Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller) provides a new twist to the story when Warner Bros. Films release the New Line Cinema presentation of "A Nightmare on Elm Street."

The film stars Academy Award nominee Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen) as Freddy Krueger; Rooney Mara ("The Cleaner," "Law & Order: SUV") as Nancy; Kyle Gallner ("Smallville") as Quentin; Thomas Dekker ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles") as Jesse; Kellan Lutz ("Twilight") as Dean, and Katie Cassidy ("Melrose Place") as Kris. Nancy, Kris, Quentin, Jesse and Dean live on Elm Street and are having the same frighten reoccurring dream of Freddy Krueger. Functioning on little to no sleep the last two remaining are determined to meet Freddy head-on.

"I am a big fan of the original," said Oscar nominee Jackie Earle Haley. "When I think of Freddy, I think of him (Robert Englund)."

Producer Brad Fuller said - about casting Jackie," we all felt if we are going to restart with Freddy we needed an iconic actor." Producer Andrew added, "We had one meeting with him, talked for one to two hours."

Jackie's version of Freddy Krueger is believable. Even though he has the same Freddy Krueger personality, sweater and hat Jackie still makes the role "his" because you do notice it's not Robert Engluud, but you still see Freddie Krueger. Director Sam Bayer did an excellent job making it seem as though it could be you (or me) with his dream locations and the staying true to real life. Even the script which explains why Freddy goes after kids and providing real life data on what sleep deprivation does to the body, tried to stay as true to life as possible.

"Sam knew exactly what he wanted," Rooney Mara said about the film's director. "Even to the most little thing."

Jackie added, "even the make-up with the burnt flesh hanging. Sam's direction is grounded in reality."

"A Nightmare on Elm Street" is rated R and hits theaters everywhere April 30, 2010. For more on the New Line Cinema film log onto www.NightmareonElmStreet.com.  (Photo Credit: Dale Robinette)

Urban Soul singer Leela James is back with a new project, ‘My Soul,' on Stax Records
LeelaJamesCoverpic.jpgRecently signed to Stax Records, a division of Concord Music Group, Urban Soul singer Leela James will release "My Soul" on May 25, 2010. She debuted on the music scene in 2005 with her debut "A Change is Gonna Come" and today she has niche a solid place in music's history books as one of the first Urban Soul singers. Her soulful way of singing is not as Hip-Hop as Mary J and not as traditional as Aretha Franklin, you get something in between that blows your mind away.

"They always talked about my gutsy soulful voice," Leela said when I talked about her vocal sound. "You don't hear yourself. I always wanted to know what they meant. I hear I have a big-momma voice!"

Big voice with a sweet heart is Leela James and she gives you her heart and soul on "My Soul." The first single off the new project is "Tell me you love me" which she co-wrote with the famous songwriting team Andrea Martin and Gordon Williams. It was produce by Gerrard Baker (Toni Braxton).

"I want to show a variety of (production) styles," James said. "I want to show my versatility Hip-Hop (flavored), R&B, throw-back soul..."

My favorites on the "My Soul" CD - that I find myself playing over and over again - are "I Ain't New to This," produced also by Baker, because of her gutsy message to the music industry; "Party all Night" has a lovely horn support and a club feel to it; "Mr. Incredible and Ms. Unforgettable" featuring Raheem DeVaughn is a hot duet; "Tell me you love me" has an incredible electric guitar solo at the end, and "It's Over" produce by the great songwriting Philly team Carvin & Ivan.

For more on the Los Angeles native log onto www.LeelaJames.com or to hear a little from the CD log onto her at www.myspace.com/leelajames 

 


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