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‘The Pulse of Entertainment' in 2015, a year of old school and breakthroughs


Pulse2015Collage.jpgThe year of 2015 for The Pulse of Entertainment was a year of old school interviews and breakthrough movie and red carpeted event reviews. The syndicated column has an estimated readership of ¼ million a week and its website www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com receives over 60,000 hits a week. The year started with an interview with Grammy nominated and ASCAP Golden Note Award recipient Johnny Gills (New Edition) about his new solo album "Game Changer." His first album was released in 1983. His greatest hits include "My, My, My," "Rub You the Right Way" and his duet with Stacey Latisaw "A Perfect Combination."

Three-time ASCAP winner Hip-Hop vocalist Lil' Mo's interview followed. It was concerning her role in TV One's "R&B Divas of Los Angeles." Her debut album was in 1998 titled "Based on a True Story." An interview with nine-time Grammy Award nominated Charlie Wilson (The Gap Band) followed. The interview was about his "Forever Charlie Tour" featuring KEM and Joe. Charlie debuted with his brothers, The Gap Band, in 1967 and his first solo album was in 1992. Event reviews for 2015 started with the SAG Awards where I was able to interview SAG-AFTRA president Tony and Emmy Award winner Ken Howard (Rambo), Emmy Award winner William H. Macy (Magnolia) and Catherine Curtin (The Bourne Conspiracy). Movie reviews for the start of the 2015 year began with Disney's McFarland USA starring Academy and Emmy Award winner Kevin Costner (Water World) as the coach of a group of Latino high school students who achieved the impossible. McFarland USA was based on a true story. Universal Picture's Marvel Jurassic World, the 4th installment of the Jurassic franchise, was a marvelously wild adventure film produced by Steven Spielberg.

So many interviews, events and movie reviews followed, but of them all my favorites included Grammy Award winning Jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum whom I interviewed twice - once for the released on his latest CD "The Gospel According to Jazz Chapter IV" and then for a review of his documentary film of the making and concert performance of the album. Grammy nominated Maysa's interview was about her new Shanachie Entertainment album release "Back to Love" featuring Stokely (Mint Condition) and Phil Perry. Two-time Grammy winner Lalah Hathaway's interview was about her "Lalah Hathaway...Live" album release. The Pulse of Entertainment interviewed three-time Grammy Award winner Jill Scott about her new album release "Woman." Gospel legend four-time Grammy Award winner Karen Clark Sheard (The Clark Sisters) was interviewed about her new solo album "Destined to Win." Legendary actor Academy and Emmy Award winner Louis Gossett Jr. (Roots) was interviewed about his thoughts on overflow of reality shows.

Other breakthrough movies reviewed that I felt were excellent in script writing, performances and its message was Universal Pictures' Steve Jobs which provided a look into a genius' mind; Warner Bros' The 33, an accord of the true experiences of 33 miners trapped very deep in the earth for over two months proving calm heads prevail; Universal Pictures Straight Outta Compton, the true accord of the rise of the Hip-Hop group N. W.A. (Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and Eazy E), gave their history to the audience straight and did not hold back; 20th Century Fox's Hitman: Agent 47 was a breakthrough film as well it took a video game and made a powerful action film; Warner Bros/MGM's Max, was a rare film because it was about a German Shepard who was a shell shocked war hero; Paramount Picture's Terminator Gynisys, the 4th installment of the Terminator franchise starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, began a new era for the Terminator films, and the two films that ended 2015 was Warner Bros.' In the Heart of the Sea starring Chris Hemsworth (Thor), based on the classic tale of Moby Dick, was directed and co-produced by Academy Award winner Ron Howard and the Columbia Pictures' presentation of Concussion starring Academy Award winner Will Smith (iRobot, Bad Boys) was also based on a true story of the ordeal of Dr. Bennet Omalu with the NFL and FBI concerning his published evidence of football players dieing as the result of head trauma.

Red carpeted events that stood out for The Pulse of Entertainment included the Bergman's Oscar and Emmy Style gift suite events, the NAMM Tech Awards, ABC/Disney's press day for new programming, and BMI's Hip-Hop/R&B Awards. Other film reviews of 2015 that need mention is Columbia Pictures' Chappie; Walt Disney's The Good Dinosaur; New Line Cinema's Vacation, a Griswold franchise installment film; Walt Disney/Marvel's Ant-Man, and the Weinstein presentation of Southpaw, a film based on the life of Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World Billy Hope. Additional interviews in 2015 that need mention include Bill Duke (Predator); Gospel group Virtue; Chris Brown's artist Kevin McCall was interviewed twice; Jacob Latimore (Maze Runner); Kathy Sledge (Sister Sledge); Dove Award winner Marvin Sapp; an old friend comedian/actress Luenell (Hotel Transylvania); eight-time Grammy Award Nominated Jazmine Sullivan (RCA Records); platinum selling Lyfe Jennings; actor/film director Robert Townsend (The Mighty Quinn); Grammy Award winning David Banner; Jazz saxophonist Najee; Anthony Anderson ("Black-ish"); Dove Award winner Phillip Bryant; Laz Alonzo (NBC's "Mysteries of Laura"), and Billboard winner KEM.

The year 2015 was another outstanding year for The Pulse of Entertainment and we look forward to 2016 for another year of interviews and reviews. Keep up-to-date with The Pulse of Entertainment and what's happening in the entertainment industry by logging onto its website at www.ThePuseofEnterttainment.com.

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times.www.ThePulseofEntertainment.comEVENT: Sat April 16, 2016 the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference founded by Moseley arrives in Baltimore at Security Square Mall and Sat October 22, 2016 (TBC) the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA. www.UpliftingMinds2.com.)

January 8, 2016

Mykel Jenkins stars with Golden Globe winner Diahann Carroll and Brett Granstaff in The Masked Saint, in theaters January 8, 2016


themaskedsaint_Mykeljenkins.jpgBased on a true story about Chris Whaley, a former professional wrestler (The Saint) turned Baptist Pastor who wrote a novel of the same name, the film The Masked Saint chronicles the life of a man who becomes a masked hero in his neighborhood because of his wrestling skills and the Spiritual struggle he felt doing so. Brett Granstaff (Vice) stars in the faith based crime/drama as Chris "The Masked Saint" Samuels, Gloden Globe and Tony Award winner/Oscar and Emmy Award nominated Diahann Carroll (Carmen Jones, "Julia," "Dynasty") is Miss Edna who offers advice reminding him what his Faith is all about and guidance on how he can use his wrestling skills to raise funds to save his church, and Mykel Jenkins ("Bold and the Beautiful") is Detective Harper who is investigating the masked vigilante.

"My whole purpose is to find the truth," said Jenkins about why his acting career roles have mostly been Detectives. "For some reason it's true to what is inside of me. In my next life I am going to be a Detective...A homicide Detective because death is so permanent...to set out throughout the universe to find people who take that into their hands."

The Rated PG-13 film is a Freestyle Releasing presentation. The family friendly film is directed by Warren P. Sonoda, produced by Cliff McDowell and written by Scott Crowell and Brett Granstaff. The Masked Saint arrives at theaters January 8, 2016.

On being a vigilante Mykel states, "Men may be wrong. In the end you know the truth and what's right. There is a truth that's inside of anyone. I hope people get that...there is nothing right about taking a life."

Mykel Jenkins' acting career started when he won a 13 week contract on "General Hospital" (1963) as Office Byron Murphy. The acting roles continued and in 2004 he played a reporter in Mr. 3000. What followed included Officer Chris Ryder on "CSI: Miami" (2007); "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2007); "CSI: New York (2009); "Anonymous" as Artemis (2013 - 2014), and "NCIS: Los Angeles (2015). He starred in the "Bold and the Beautiful" from 2007 - 2013 as Detective Charlie Baller. Jenkins also played in martial arts film Undisputed III (2010).

The Masked Saint also stars Lara Jean Chorostecki, T. J. McGibbon, Roddy Piper, James Preston Rogers, Patrick McKenna, Scott Nichol and Joan Gregson. The P23 Entertainment/Ridgerock Entertainment Group production is executive produced by Gary Granstaff and Joe Sisto. You can learn more information and see the trailer at www.TheMaskedSaint.com.

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times.www.ThePulseofEntertainment.comEVENT: Sat April 16, 2016 the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference founded by Moseley arrives in Baltimore at Security Square Mall and Sat October 22, 2016 (TBC) the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA. www.UpliftingMinds2.com.) 

January 15, 2016

Grammy Nominated Will Downing Brings Sexy Maleness to ‘Black Pearls'

Will-Downing_watch.jpg    "I kept them in the same key," said Grammy nominated Will Downing about his newest album release, "Black Pearl," full of female cover songs. The Shanachie Entertainment project has an album cover with Downing sitting on a speaker, reminding me of my younger years when the songs he covers were always on my lips, accompanied by me on my red lead guitar, my red microphone and black speaker - just like on his album cover. Will Downing will take you back too, to an era where the majority of the songs had deep meaningful content. The first single off his "Black Pearl" project is a prime example with Will covering Cherrelle's hit "Everything I Miss At Home" - about love found after love is lost. "These songs were sung from a female perspective...they sing up and I sing down...(but) it was comfortable for me."
      Love is love so Downing's version of the songs still shows a picture of love in its many forms. He makes you see the meaning behind the songs from a male perspective. Will brings the "male sexy" to "Black Pearl" especially on Rufus and Chaka Khan's hit "Ever Lasting Love" one of my favorites on the project. On this selection not only did Will bring his signature sexy style to it but the harmony is so tight it's almost perfect. Could that be a result of his wife Audrey Wheeler Downing providing background vocals?
      The "Black Pearl" project offers ten songs that you can enjoy as you relax. Speaking of relaxing I asked Downing how his radio show "The Wind Down" was going. The show's play-list specializes in songs that relax the listeners.
"We are in 20 markets," He said.
      The "Black Pearl" album is produced by Will and features the assistance of Kirk Whalum on flute, Dwayne "Smitty" Smith on bass, Mike Logan and Chris "Big Dog" Davis on keyboards - just to name a few.
      "All the songs are originally done by Black women. They are diamonds and pearls," Will said when I asked why he named his project "Black Pearls". "A friend and I was talking about Phyllis Hyman, I use to open up for her and he use to work for her. We said ‘what's your favorite song?' We both liked the same song."
      That conversation sparked the idea in Will to do an album of cover songs of black female artists. Downing has been providing us with his soothing voice for 28 years via 19 albums. His last Shanachie Entertainment album release was titled "Chocolate Drops" in 2015 where he was joined by "Chris "Big Dog" Davis. The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity member was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy and he credits and thanks the MDA for helping him deal with his condition by performing at their fundraisers.
      My favorite songs on the "Black Pearls" project includes the Angela Winbush hit "Your Smile" because he clearly brings the male touch to it with a coolness only Will Downing possess; the Brenda Russell (Oleta Adams) hit "Get Here" because I love the lead guitar support by Randy Bowland that gives it a Latin feel that Downing has no problem adjusting to; the Randy Crawford hit "Street Life" featuring Najee on sax because I love how it starts slow and transitions into a finger snapping and toe tapping selection with an ending that allows the musician's a solo (horns, keys) which they totally owned; the Jones Girls' "Nights Over Egypt" featuring Kirk Whalum on flute who brings that Egyptian sound and flavor with his skills all the way to the end helping to make this selection supreme; Deniece Williams' "Black Butterfly" because Will takes an anthem for Black people and made it a love song for all people, and "Don't Let It Go to Your Head," a Jean Carne hit, because Will Downing makes it cool and jazzy.
      Will's "Black Pearl" is truly an historical piece that will become a keep-sake for his fans and the fans of all the female legendary vocalists he honored. To learn more about "Black Pearls" or Will log onto www.Shanachie.com or www.WillDowning.com.

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: Sat October 22, 2016 the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference arrives at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA.  www.UpliftingMinds2.com.) 

January 22, 2016

 Sax-Man Steve Cole Makes You Feel Good with ‘Turn It Up' Release

Steve_Cole.jpg"I was actually talking to a friend of mine, we were listening to music in the car, and I said ‘turn the volume up.' So I wanted to make an album where you'd want to turn the music up," said saxophonist Steve Cole when I asked about the title to his eight album "Turn It Up" (Mack Avenue/Artistry Music), released July 15, 2016. I think Steve accomplished that. The first single off the album "Turn It Up" when released was the #1 added single on Billboard's BDS Chart.

  I asked him if that meant he partied through the making of the whole album he said, "Some of it was. It was a process started with David Mann in New York. I get so inspired in New York hanging out in Manhattan, I love starting music there."

  Steve Cole is a contemporary Jazz sax-man who is also part of a group of musicians called the Sax Pack with Jeff Kashiwa, Kim Waters, Jackiem Joyner and Marcus Anderson. His friend he spoke about, David Mann produced the "Turn It Up" project for him. He has collaborated before with Mann on his sophomore album in 2000 titled "Between Us." The "Turn It Up" album also has assistance from Nicholas Cole on keyboards and James Lloyd (Pieces of a Dream) on piano.

"I want people too listen and feel good," Cole said sincerely. "People look for a good time...substance...when you feel music."

That's what Steve provides on this project, substance. My favorite selections on the "Turn It Up" album is the #2 title track and single "Turn It Up" a smooth Jazz sounding selection with enough Pop in it to make it a hand-clapping feel good song; #3 "Reverence" because Steve's horn talent gives you an uplifting feeling of triumph; #5 "Bright Side" not because that is how I try to see life in general but because it is another feel good song that provides a little Funk vibe of grandeur and I love the keyboard support by David Mann too - his fingers must have been flying: #8 "Laws of Attraction" because its such a powerful piece, and #9 "Workhouse" because it had me drumming on my table, so you know I was loving the beat. Steve Cole is on tour and you can hear some of the new album as he arrives in your town. He arrives in Long Beach, California August 14, 2016, San Antonio, Texas August 20th and Denver, CO September 16th - just to name a few.

Other musician on the project include Keith Fluitt (vocals), Lamar Jones (bass), Dan Levine (trombone), Trevor Neumann (trumpet), Khari Parker (drums), Ricky Peterson (Hammond B3) and Bernd Schoenhart (guitar) You can log onto www.MackAvenue.com or www.SteveColeMusic.com for more information on the "Turn It Up" album release or his concert appearances.

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.comEVENT: Sat October 22, 2016 the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference arrives at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA.  www.UpliftingMinds2.com.)

Janaury 29, 2016

Ellis Hall is Music Personified, a Talk with a Musical Genius

ellis_hall.jpgThey say when one of your five natural senses are not working the others are amplified five times. I believe its true and its evidence in Ellis Hall, who is music - personified - as a five-octave vocalist and musician who plays keyboard, bass, electric guitar, acoustics and drums expertly even though he has been blind since he was 18 because of extreme congenital glaucoma. Recently Ellis Hall made a rare appearance in Los Angeles to perform at Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill. Normally he is on his "Ellis Hall Presents: Ray, Motown and Beyond" tour of the symphony halls.

"We tour a lot and record a lot," Hall said. "Thank God for my wife/manager. The club scene is not what it used to be. Lots of clubs you have to pay to play."

So performing as a featured artist for such symphonies as Boston Pops Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Seattle Symphony and Hartford Symphony has kept him constantly on tour. Ellis is also a song writer and producer and has contributed to the soundtracks of such films as The Lion King 2, Shrek 2, Chicken Run, Invincible and Bruce Almighty. He has also dived into acting having appeared on Martin Lawrence's Big Momma's House and in the musical stage-plays such as "The Gospel at Colonus," where he was nominated for an Ovation Theater Award.

"I'm on the soundtrack of many lives. I am honored to be the vessel," Ellis said sincerely about his creative gifts.

His first professional recording was for Rock artist Paul Pena on Capital Records in 1971, he played bass. He played bass also for the Spinners. Hall went on to become opening act for Earth, Wind and Fire and the Temptations. In 2001 he met Ray Charles and impressed him so much that he signed Ellis Hall to his label CrossOver Records in 2002. It was Ray Charles that told him about the symphony circuit. After Ray's death Ellis went on to play with Pittsburgh Symphony with Marvin Hamlisch conducting. He was a lead vocalist for the band Tower of Power for three years and was even the voice of one of the California Raisins in that years' marketing campaign.

In September, 2016 he releases "Soul Unlimited" - conducted by Jeff Tyzik who gave Ellis the title "Ambassador of Soul." The album includes the cover of David Bowie's "Let's Dance" and George Harrison's "Something" featuring Billy Preston who Hall is a protege' of.

"I am all about uplifting. There is enough in the world for everyone," Ellis Hall said, concluded our interview. "Music has no boundaries. I tell folks it wasn't until I was 14 that I recognized what I was suppose to do. I was on corners at eight and nine years old singing. People started throwing things - it was money!"

Ellis Hall has a passion for Jazz but all genres, as with musical instruments, have his love and passion for music.

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: Sat October 22, 2016 the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference arrives at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA.  www.UpliftingMinds2.com.) 

February 5, 2016

Grammy Award winner Le'Andria Johnson brings her unorthodox preaching to ‘Preacher's of Atlanta' on the Oxygen Network


leandriajohnson3.jpg  The Oxygen Network's original reality series "Preachers of Atlanta" premiered Wednesday February 3, 2016 and airs each week at 10/9c. It stars young Atlanta preachers Pastor Corey Hambrick (Police Officer) of the Life Church Christian Center; Pastor Canton Jones (Christian Rapper) of Freelife Church; Pastor Kimberly Jones-Pothier (Life Coach) of Church Harvest; Pastor Judah Swilley (Entrepreneur) of The Movement, and Pastor Le'Andrea Johnson (Gospel singer) of I.P.C. Ministries. The show follows the lives of these pastors and shows their journey in individually spreading the Gospel. On the show Le'Andrea is known for her unorthodox ways of spreading the Gospel.
"At one point of time I went out in the streets of Atlanta, brought a carton of cigarettes and I lit them up...and those on the streets smelled the aroma and came to me for a smoke. I said ‘On one condition I have to talk to you,' That was Saturday, the next day Sunday those 20 people were in church and still attending church today," the Grammy Award winning Contemporary Gospel singer and Pastor said when questioned about what unorthodox ways of spreading the Gospel will be shown on the reality show "Preachers of Atlanta."
Johnson, who was Season three BET's "Sunday Best" winner, launched her church June 16, 2013 with her parents and singer Angie Stone in attendance. Le'Andria's father is Bishop Gregory Johnson head of HQ Ministries in Florida.
"'Sunday Best'...was a learning experience," Le'Andria said when questioned about that "reality" show. "I was learning at that time. It allowed me to venture off to do what I am doing now."
That venture so happens to be heading her own church, starring in a reality show and releasing new music. The two-time Stellar Award winner will be releasing a new album this year and the first single of the project is out titled "Better Days."
"We got to simplify God and show ‘that' love," Pastor Johnson said about her ministry and what she hopes people get from her. She said, "The love of Christ...to know that there is a 2nd, 3rd and 4th chance...God looks at the heart. That's what made David special."
Oxygen was launched in 2000, it is a subsidiary of NBCUniversal and has two other reality shows highlighting preachers - "Preachers of Los Angeles" and "Preachers of Detroit." The network targets women, reaches 77.5 million households and its sister channels include E!, Bravo and Esquire Network.
"(‘Preachers of Atlanta') It shows my life a little more at a time," Johnson said. "You get to see how we live and minister. We live different from the traditional, we're untraditional. We are meeting people where they're at - no judgment."


NAACP Image Awards honors nominees at special luncheon
 

HudsonYang_FreshOffTheBoat_ImageAwardsNomineeLunch_2016.jpg  "It's a lot of fun on the show. I get to meet a lot of cool people," said Hudson Yang of ABC's comedy series "Fresh Off The Boat." Yang received an NAACP Image Awards nomination ("Outstanding Performance by a Youth") for his portrayal of Eddie Haung - the shows creator, producer and narrator. When asked if Eddie gives him advice on how to portray him Hudson said, "Sometimes. He use to come a lot but he can't he got five different shows he is working on...He's a great man."
I spoke with Eddie at the red carpet arrivals of the 47th NAACP Image Awards Nominee Luncheon that was hosted by Marcus Scribner and Yara Shahidi (ABC's "Black-ish") at The Beverly Hilton. The NAACP Image Awards will air live on TV One February 5, 2016 at 9pm/8c as a two-hour special (check for re-airing times).
Additional nominees include DeWayne "The Rock" Johnson for his work on HBO's "Ballers" ("Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series"); LL Cool J for his work on CBS' "NCIS: Los Angeles" ("Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series"); Janet Jackson received four nominations for "No Sleeep" and "Unbreakable" ("Outstanding Music Video," "Contemporary Song," "Outstanding Album," and "Outstanding Female Artist"); Will Smith for his work on Sony Pictures' Concussion ("Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture"); Kirk Whalum for his Mack Ave Records' release "The Gospel According to Jazz - Chapter IV" ("Outstanding Gospel Album"); Gabrielle Union for her work on BET's "Being Mary Jane" ("Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series"); O'Shea Jackson, Jr. for his work on Universal Pictures' Straight Outta Compton ("Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture"); Jill Scott ("With this Ring") and Queen Latifah ("Bessie") for "Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie"; Loretta Devine for her work on Disney's "Doc McStuffins" ("Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance"); Regina King for her work on ABC's "American Crime" ("Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series"), and Nzingha Stewart for her work on Lifetime's "With this Ring" ("Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture/Television" and "Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture/Television").
"I have been a music video director for a long time, 15 years, first. So I have been writing for as long as I been directing," Nzingha Stewart said when asked if she arrived at where she wanted to be as a writer for television and movies.
"I'm just here to support the nominees," said actor J. August Richards when asked if he was nominated. When asked what projects he is currently working on Richards said, "I have reoccurring roles on "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "Greys Anatomy."
Radio Personality, Real Estate Agent and now Author Egypt Sherrod - who was nominated for "Outstanding Literary Work/Instructional" for her book "Keep Calm...Its Only Real Estate..." - said when asked why she wrote about Real Estate that, "It was a labor of love."
You can log onto www.TVOne.TV or www.NAACP.org/pages/naacp-image-awards for more information on other nominees or the live airing of the honors Friday, February 5, 2016 at 9 p.m./8c.

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times.www.ThePulseofEntertainment.comEVENT: Sat April 16, 2016 the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference founded by Moseley arrives in Baltimore at Security Square Mall hosted by AJ Showtime at 92Q Jams and Doresa Harvey at Heaven 600 and on Sat October 22, 2016 (TBC) the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference arrives at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA. www.UpliftingMinds2.com.) 

February 12, 2016

 Screen Actors Guild honors outstanding performances at 22nd annual SAG Awards


orangeisthenewblack.jpg  "I started on the show in 2013," said AMC's "Mad Men" star Sola Bamis, who plays Shirley on the dramatic series which was nominated for "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in Drama Series," when interviewed on the red carpet arrivals at the 22nd Annual SAG Awards held recently at the Shrine Theatre in Los Angeles. When asked what she hopes to achieve in this role on the network's hit show she said, "To use my talents to bring a voice to the voiceless - all races, ethnicities, sexual origination. People of every kind should be represented in the media. That's important to me. So if I can lend a voice to that cause and idea I'd love to." 

Diversity is what the Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) brought on stage and on the red carpet. Nominees and winners were chosen by SAG members that serve on the SAG Awards Film and Television Nominating Committee of which my grandson actor/filmmaker Anthony Michael Hobbs (only 10 years old) is a voting member.

"I was just at home," said 13 year-old Mason Cotton, who also stars on "Mad Men" as Bobby Draper, about where he was when he heard that the cast was nominated for a SAG Award. "I've been on the show for four years, since I was 8 or 9. I like dramas. I like when you get to cry ‘cause I'm pretty good at that, pretending to cry."

Unfortunately for Bamis and Cotton, PBS' "Downton Abbey" won the outstanding ensemble in a drama award. I got the impression though that they were just honored to have been nominated.

"Yes I been nominated for comedy ensemble," said Emily Robinson who plays Rose Boymelgreen in Amazon's comedy series "Transparent". When I commented that her comedic timing must be on point she said with a laugh, "Sure, we are redefining comedy ‘cause its more of a ‘drama-dy'."

"Transparent" did not win as well for "outstanding ensemble for a comedy series," the award went to the Netflix series "Orange is the New Black." The cast in "Orange is the New Black" is so very diverse with unknown and veteran actors such as Lori Petty and the subject matter so serious (prison life) that I asked them upon their arrival backstage about the "acting process." Laura Prepon, who plays Alex Vause, replied, "I think it's a different method for everyone."

"Yes, everyone has their own process," said Lori Petty who plays Lolly Whitehill. "Some people act crazy before acting and some are very, very quiet."
As always the SAG Awards was first-class in presentation and representation. Other winners include Queen Latifah for her performance in HBO's "Bessie"; Kevin Spacey for his performance in Netflix "House of Cards"; Idris Elba for his performance in BBC America's "Luther" and Netflix "Beasts of No Nation"; Jeffrey Tambor for his performance in Amazon's "Transparent"; Uzo Aduba for her performance in Netflix "Orange is the New Black", and living legend Carol Burnett was presented with the 82nd Annual SAG Life Achievement Award. The SAG Awards was aired live on TNT and TBS. Watch cable listing for re-airing. Also learn more about being a SAG member so you can serve on the voting committee by logging onto www.SAGAwards.org.

Founder of The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band Charles Wright publishes memoirs in ‘Up From Where We've Come'
  charleswright_upfromwhereevecome.jpgCharles Wright the founder and leader of the legendary Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band which gave us hits such as "Express Yourself," "Do Your Thing," "Love Land" and "Till You Get Enough" (Warner Bros Records) publishes an autobiography titled "Up From Where We've Come" that chronicles his 40 years in the music business from being a sharecropper.

"I've been writing it for 40 years. I'd write a little walk away for months and sometimes years," said Charles Wright about the process and motive behind his memoirs. "It's about my life in entertainment from share cropping. I left Mississippi at the age of 12...I live in L.A. I just want to express myself."
In 1962 Wright formed a band called "Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band," a Soul/Funk band that was prominent during 1967 - 1973. The band reached Billboard's Pop/R&B Hot 100 Charts.

"I had 300 songs out and the only reward is ‘Express Yourself.' You can have a hit and starve," Charles told me when I praised him on all the hit songs he created. "I've been blessed. It's God's way of taking care of me otherwise the industry turned their backs on me."

One of the first band members was Daryl Dragon, keyboardist, also known as Captain of Captain and Tennille. He went on to play for The Beach Boys. Wright is a guitar player and singer and served as A&R for Def-Fi Records before he formed his own band. The band disbanded in 1973 and Charles Wright then released five solo albums. The "Express Yourself" hit, which reached #3 on Billboards R&B Chart, has been sampled the most and appears in the motion picture films Mr & Mrs. Smith and most recent Straight Outta Compton.

Advice this veteran gives to those on the "come-up" in the music business is, "Stick to it. Play genuine music and not machines. We brought some of the best music from Africa, we just scratched the surface. They tricked us into using machines instead of music from the heart."

You can find "Up From Where We've Come" at Amazon.com and learn more about Charles Wright and his legendary band at www.ExpressYourself.com.

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times.www.ThePulseofEntertainment.comEVENT: Sat April 16, 2016 the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference founded by Moseley arrives in Baltimore at Security Square Mall hosted by AJ Showtime at 92Q Jams and Doresa Harvey at Heaven 600 and on Sat October 22, 2016 (TBC) the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference arrives at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood.
 
February 19, 2016
 

Nadji Jeter stars in the Youtube Red Original film Dance Camp

nadjijeter.jpg"I hope it gets a sequel. This movie has so many styles of dance," said dancer/actor Nadji Jeter who stars in the first Youtube Red Original film, Dance Camp - in theatres now. "The similarities Hunter and I have started with dancing. Dancing is my first love. (Like Hunter) I put it on the back burner, now I got a chance to breakout my talent."

Nadji started dancing professionally as the Mascot for NBA's Atlanta Hawks - they called him the dancing Mascot.

"I actually started off as a dancer in Atlanta, Georgia with Usher," Nadji pointed out.

That was in 2005 and he was 9 years old dancing for Usher's New Look Foundation's Gala in New York. As an actor the following year, 2006, he appeared in the movie Dirty Laundry. In 2007 the year included a role in the series "Grey's Anatomy;" "Everybody Hates Chris" was next in 2008; in 2010 and 2013 he had a role in Adam Sandler's Grown Ups (1 and 2); in 2011 he appeared in 12 national commercials for Coca-Cola - as the new face of Coca-Cola; in 2013 he appeared in the series "Castle"; 2015 brought with it a role in the BET series "Reed Between the Lines," and this year roles in the film The 5th Wave and the current Youtube comedy drama movie Dance Camp. Dance Camp is about a dancer named Hunter who was sent off to a dance camp by his mother to live with a group of misfits to keep him out of trouble. While there he has to deal with the camps "leader" Lance played by Jake Paul (Knights of Mayheim), then along the way he finds love in Cheyenne, played by Meg DeAngelis (Royal Crush).

Dance Camp is produced by Jon. Chu (Step Up 3D) and choreographed by Fatima Robinson (Save the Last Dance). It also stars Josh Leyva, Jerdyn Jones, Niki Demartino and Gabi Demartino.

"I'm still not where I want to be," Jeter said when asked. "I want to be more iconic, more world wide as an entertainer." When asked about his role in the Dance Camp film he said, "The character is based on my life. It really brought a lot back out of me. I put my old hobby aside. (Dance) is a lot of cardio exercise. The youth are doing the Whip and the Nae Nae, we haven't had a movie like this in a long time. Kids and dancers will appreciate it."

Rated PG-13 Dance Camp was released February 10, 2016 and is currently in theaters.

Radio personality Egypt Sherrod's first book, ‘Keep Calm...Its Just Real Estate,' receives nomination for an NAACP Image Award
  egyptsherrod_2016_imageawardsnomineelunch.jpg"It was really a labor of love," said Egypt Sherrod, a 20 year award winning veteran radio personality (Radio One, Inner City Broadcasting) and a 14 year veteran real estate agent, when asked about the motivation for writing a book about real estate titled "Keep Calm...Its Just Real Estates" (Perseus Books). "I wrote the book in my closet and my daughter - who is four - was two going ‘mommy, mommy, mommy' so in order for me to get a clear thought I had to go in the closet. But it was an answer to a zillion emails from potential home owners, those wanting to buy a house and wanting to know how to go about it - how to properly plan."

"Keep Calm...Its Just Real Estate" is sold at Amazon and Sherrod said it was the highest selling real estate book in its genre.

"I wanted to make it fun...be me and do it in love," she said sincerely.

A Philadelphia native and resident of Atlanta Egypt started in broadcasting at WWRL - FM (Radio One) then ended up at WVEE - FM 103.3 in Atlanta (Inner City Broadcasting) reaching over 60 cities in syndication. She is a licensed real estate agent in two states and her expertise was sought by HGTV ("Property Virgin"), CNBC, FOX, CNN, and NBC's "Today Show."

"This is why I tell people to always have a Plan A, but work on your Plan B at the same time," she pointed out. "Radio was great but I knew there was going to come another chapter. Simultaneously I was investing in real estate, flipping houses. I was a real estate agent at the same time I was on radio and decided it was time to graduate myself...grow my brand and teach people how to do it - go from girlhood to womanhood."

Egypt also writes a real estate column for "Atlanta Magazine" and its' "Home Edition." To learn more about her book log onto www.KeepCalmItsJustRealEstate.com.

 

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times.www.ThePulseofEntertainment.comEVENT: Sat April 16, 2016 the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference founded by Moseley arrives in Baltimore at Security Square Mall hosted by AJ Showtime at 92Q Jams and Doresa Harvey at Heaven 600 and on Sat October 22, 2016 (TBC) the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference arrives at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA. www.UpliftingMinds2.com.)
 
February 26, 2016

CBS' ‘Young and the Restless' hits the road to connect with fans, arrives in Baltimore/DC area February 27-28, 2016

christianleblanc.jpg   "The ‘Genoa City Live' tour...is one of our producer's ideas. We don't have a live audience...this is our connection with the fan," said three-time Emmy winner Christian Jules Le Banc, who plays Michael Baldwin on the #1 rated daytime drama "Young and the Restless," when asked why go on the road. "The intimacy...meet your mother, grandmothers it's a family affair. I grew up with them. Got married with them...there is no red velvet rope."
    The "Genoa City Live" tour takes fans down a highly emotional walk down memory lane reliving some of their favorite moments on the daytime soap opera told by some of their favorite actors from the past 42 years. Le Banc will be the host of the "experience" and cast mates on the tour include Eric Braeden (Victor Newman), Sean Carrigan (Ben "Stitch" Rayburn), Melissa Ordway (Abby Newman), and Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman).
    "Two hundred people get to meet with them," Christian pointed out. "We had the opportunity with ‘Genoa City Live' to cross the Caribbean to Miami. We did a play, a skit it was a ball sitting with people you never met. I'm from New Orleans and I do a lot of traveling...a fan had a Katrina T-shirt on and she hugged me and cried because I'm from N.O."
    If the excitement in Christian Le Blanc's voice as he talked about meeting the devoted "Young and the Restless" fans is an indication of what to expect when the "Genoa City Live" tour comes your way - all who attend will walk away happy and satisfied. The tour arrived in New Jersey Wednesday February 20, 2016, New York Sunday February 21 and comes to my hometown of Baltimore Saturday, February 27th at the Lyric Opera House before heading to Washington, DC the next day Sunday, February 28th.
    "They change you," Le Blanc said about the "Young and the Restless" fans. "We're the #1 show on day time television." On meeting fans in the past he said, "I was so curious about their situations...we were in a neutral place...and a fan was talking about being a single mother. They feed us just as much as they give us our careers."
    You can learn more about the "Genoa City Live" tour by logging onto www.GenoaCityLive.com or following the cast on Facebook and Twitter @GenoaCityLive.

Jazz keyboardist Mark Etheredge's ‘Connection' is exquisite, features Paul Brown and Chuck Loeb
  marketheredge.jpg   "One of the primary inspirations was reflecting on my childhood, being bullied as a kid," said Jazz keyboardist Mark Etheredge about his new album "Connected", available February 26, 2016. "...About my feeling disconnected from humanity. It was a little tough growing up. I learned as an adult that we are all connected."
All those emotions are exquisitely heard in his new project "Connected" which is executive produced by Grammy Award winning producer Paul Brown.
    "I completely switch genres," Mark pointed out. "The last album I did was Contemporary and I was singing on it. This is an instrumental. I love singing but some times I am more passionate about keyboards."
How Mark enlisted the infamous Paul Brown as executive producer was simple he just called and asked.
    "I didn't know him until I contacted him," Etheredge said. "It's a producer/artist relationship. It takes a lot of trust. We had no rehearsals. It felt like we had been playing together for a while. I wanted to do something that felt good."
    Mark said his favorite on the album is "Groovin' with My Baby," as a matter of fact that is one of my favorites on the "Connected" album because of the way he exquisitely plays those keys. I also like the title track "Connected" for his clear and simple style and I love Paul Browns guitar support it's a futuristic sound making the two a perfect combination; "For Your Love" featuring Chuck Loeb on guitar; "Soul Clap Honey" because Mark brings that New Orleans sound to it and I love the sax support from Andy Sizuki, "Cherry Cha" just because it has that cha-cha groove to it I love so much. The titled track "Connected" was released as the first single and it was the #1 most added single at Billboard that week.
    Mark Etheredge debuted in 1990 and went on to release three other projects before this new one. He has been the opening act for such great artists as Bobby McFerrin and Sergio Mendes. Mark will be performing from the "Connected" album at Spaghettini's in Los Angles on February 28th and at the Bay Area Jazz Club Angelicas on March 19th. You can find out more about the album and upcoming performances by logging onto www.MarkEtheredge.com.

 

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times.www.ThePulseofEntertainment.comEVENT: Sat April 16, 2016 the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference founded by Moseley arrives in Baltimore at Security Square Mall hosted by AJ Showtime at 92Q Jams and Doresa Harvey at Heaven 600 and on Sat October 22, 2016 (TBC) the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference arrives at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA. www.UpliftingMinds2.com.) 
 
March 4, 2016

SILK releases newest album in 10 years, ‘Quiet Storm' on Shanachie

 

silk_quietstorm_cover2.jpg"Meeting in My Bedroom" hit makers SILK (Tim Cameron, Jimmy Gates, Gary "Big G" Glenn, Jonathan "John John" Rasboro, and Gary "Lil G" Jenkins) to release newest album in 10 years, "Quiet Storm," on the Shanachie Entertainment imprint.

 

"We did not want to step out side our boundaries," said John John about what we can expect from the March 18, 2016 album release. "People come out adapting to the new stuff...we stayed true."


The first single and music video from the multi-platinum selling R&B group's "Quiet Storm" album is titled "Love 4 U 2 Like Me."

 

"The first single, when we came upon this song...we listen to the track...we heard the same thing...we felt it all together, we loved this track and the lyrics. It kind of felt there was a Spiritual cause," said Jimmy when asked if they had any "Spiritual" experiences while recording the album.

 

"Most songs are like a Spiritual thing," added Tim. "When we all like a song"
The group was formed by American Music Award winner Keith Sweat in Atlanta and then signed to Elektra Records in 1989. At Elektra they released four albums: "Lose Control" (1992), "Silk" (1995), "Tonight" (1999), and "Love Session" (2001). They independently released "Silktime" in 2003 on Silk Music Group and in 2006 released their first Shanachie project "Always and Forever." "Quiet Storm" is their second project on the Shanachie label, new home of Regina Belle and Pieces of a Dream.


It has been 10 years since SILK had a project together. When asked about any apprehensions John John said, "For me it's been a long wait for the fans, wanted to make sure everything is right. There's a little anxiety, it makes us work a little harder. At the same time as long as we stay true to who we are and what we bring..."


When I asked the veteran performers, who gave us the hit "Freak Me," what advice to young aspiring artists would they give Tim lead off with, "Stay true to your self. Believe in what you're putting out...don't be afraid."


"After 20 years, the things we have learned through trail and error...is you have to learn the business...know as much of the business to avoid pitfalls," John John added.


"...And stay humble," Tim emphasized.


Jim concluded, "Keep parents involved especially if you are under 21. They are the best managers in the beginning, even with other managers involved."


SILK wanted their fans to know that they can follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @SilkFan. You can also log into their website at www.SILKEnterprises.com.

 

Nickelodeon ends first season for ‘Paradise Run' hosted by Daniella Monet
  daniellaMonet2.jpg"It's really fun," said actress/singer Daniella Monet about hosting Nickelodeon's first season of their reality game show series "Paradise Run." "I've hosted things before - this is the first game show. It's very interactive playing host. It's really about challenging the kids."


"Paradise Run" is an adventure game show in the Hawaii Island setting putting three teams of two tweens to the ultimate tests. It's a Nickelodeon and Stone Stanley Production produced by Jason Madoch, and executive produced by Scott Stone. The 10 episode weekday series premiered Feb 1, 2016 and aired its finale' Feb. 26th.


"The kids interact with each other," Monet pointed out about the reality show. "I don't do everything they did...I would give it a try - for the experience! I think this show is particularly a cool experience. Relatives and best friends working through things...It's empowering them. I like competitions. I'm a competitive person as long as you are happy for other people."


Daniella Monet is a West Hill, California native who is mostly known for her role in Nickelodeons "Victorious." She also starred in the CBS sitcom "Listen Up," "The Bernie Mac Show," "iCarly" and had recurring roles on "American Dreams," "8 Simple Rules," and "Zoey 101." As a voice-over actress her credits include "Turbo Fast" television series. Film credits include Nancy Drew, Taking 5, Tootie, The Fairly Odd Parent and A Fairly Odd Christmas in 2012. This year she will star in the television movie When Duty Calls and have a recurring role on "Baby Daddy." As a singer she can be heard on the "Leave It All To Shine" (2011) on the "Victorious" soundtrack and on the single "Lookin' Like Magic" with Drake Bell (2011).


Stay logged onto www.Nick.com/ParadiseRun for "Paradise Run" re-airing dates and for any announcement of a second season.

 

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times.www.ThePulseofEntertainment.comEVENT: Sat April 16, 2016 the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference founded by Moseley arrives in Baltimore at Security Square Mall hosted by AJ Showtime at 92Q Jams and Doresa Harvey at Heaven 600 and on Sat October 22, 2016 (TBC) the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference arrives at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA. www.UpliftingMinds2.com.) 
 
March 11, 2016 

Billboard topping Lizz Wright debuts on Concord Records, performs at Rams Head Sunday, March 13, 2016


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"I loved making the new collection it has more breathe and depth," said Jazz/R&B vocalist and pianist Lizz Wright about her debut album on Concord Records titled "Freedom & Surrender." Wright will perform from the album Sunday, March 13, 2016 at Rams Head on Stage in Annapolis, Maryland. "I always want to do good work and enjoy doing it...it's been a long journey for me. I have been really blessed to have good examples."

 

Lizz released four albums on Verve Records, debuting officially in 2002, before her Concord debut in 2015. Born in Georgia and a resident of North Carolina, Wright started in Gospel as the daughter of a minister. Her unique blend of that Gospel influence with her Jazz and R&B flavored music and vocals will be heard at 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 13 at Rams Head.


"We had a concept we agreed on but it's still a business," Lizz confessed sounding a little disappointed when asked if she was able to keep the original concept of the project. "We had discussed with Verve Records to do love songs...sing songs to give light to that. We agreed but we couldn't hold it, we had to sing what we found."


Joining her is four-time Grammy Award winning Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Tracy Chapman), so along with her unique vocals the album is still worthy of being another Billboard topping project. Klein is producer of the "Freedom and Surrender" Concord Records' project and he enlisted Vinnie Colaiuta on drums; Dan Lutz on bass; Pete Korpela on percussions; Dean Parks and Jesse Harris on guitar, and Kenny Banks, Pete Kuzma and Billy Childs on keyboard.


On her upcoming performance at Rams Head on Stage in Annapolis, Maryland March 13th Wright said, "It's always about the audience, the way they make a room feel. I'm from the church where the traditional atmosphere is caused by the people. The truth is when you want a great show it's not ‘entertaining' the audience its you sharing with them...an experience of communion."


Learn more about Lizz Wright by logging onto her website at www.LizzWright.net and for more on her show at Rams Head on Stage Sunday, March 13th log onto www.RamsHeadOnStage.com.

Bergman's Valentine Romance Oscar Style Lounge celebrates eight years with another success at Fig & Olive
  Renee_Olstead_SecretLifeofanAmericanTeenager_Bergmens2016_ValentineOscarParty.jpgI tend to nickname people and Doris Bergman is the Queen of Hollywood's "Celebrity Gifting" events. Her Public Relations agency recently held its 8th Annual Valentine Romance Oscar Style Lounge and Party affair at the famous Fig & Olive restaurant in Hollywood. Starting in the morning and lasting until late afternoon Oscar nominees and winners streamed through the door stopping briefly at the red carpet to say hello to the media and then off to an expo like atmosphere in the back patio section of the restaurant. The restaurant offered a stream of drinks at the open bar and appetizers were floating around as the Hollywood elite greeted each other and the press while filling their bags with free products and merchandise from the many sponsors of the event.

No matter what time you came there were tons of Hollywood personalities to chat briefly with.

"Maybe next year," said Renee Olstead ("Space Cowboys," "Touched By an Angel"), who stars in the ABC Family series "The Secret Life of an American Teenager," about whether she received an Oscar nomination this year. "I just got back from doing a touring production, ‘Sherlock Holmes,' which was incredible. I felt like I was in a different world with the corsets." She laughed, "Glad to be back in Los Angeles."

"I was years ago along with my entire cast of 12 Years a Slave," said Kelsey Scott ("NCIS," "True Detective") when as if her nomination was this year. When asked about the longevity of 12 Years a Slave compared to "Roots," an epic film, she said, "I really do think it has staying power...stays with people emotionally."

Just walking through the event where the sponsors were offering Oscar nominees and winners all types of items (gowns, tuxedos, skin and hair care items, jewelry, accessories, lingerie, fragrances, footwear, alcohol drinks, and delectable sweets) you could feel the "family" vibe atmosphere. Onsite was the Bergman's favorite charity Wednesdays Child collecting new and unwrapped gifts for the Fox-TV "Holiday Drive."

"I was (a nominee) in 2012," said Sara Scott ("Castle," "True Blood") when asked. "Right now I'm in a movie called Soaked in Bleach on Netflix. It was their #1 documentary-drama. It's a controversial project. I play Courtney Love. It sort of pens her to the murder of her husband."

Doris Bergman's 8th Annual Valentine Romance Oscar Style Lounge and Party event is celebrating eight years with another success at Fig & Oliver, one of many high profile affairs hosted by Bergman in Hollywood. You can learn more about Bergman Public Relations events at www.BergmanPR.com and donate new and unwrapped gifts to "Wednesday Child" at www.FoxLA.com/Wednesdays-Child.

 

 

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times.www.ThePulseofEntertainment.comEVENT: Sat April 16, 2016 the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference founded by Moseley arrives in Baltimore at Security Square Mall hosted by AJ Showtime at 92Q Jams and Doresa Harvey at Heaven 600 and on Sat October 22, 2016 (TBC) the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference arrives at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA. www.UpliftingMinds2.com.) 
 
March 18, 2016

Easter Mysteries retells the Passion of Christ, in theaters one day March 22, 2016


EasterMysteries.jpgFathom Events presents the musical feature film Easter Mysteries, the retelling of the Passion of Christ which is the last twelve hours of his life and his resurrection. Easter Mysteries will arrive in theaters for one day only Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 7 p.m. in 300 selected theaters across the country through Digital Broadcast Network. Easter Mysteries star Wallace Smith (Broadway's "Lion King" as Simba, "Godspell") as Jesus and Tony Award Nominee Phillip Boykin (Freedom, Top Five) as Caiaphas.


"I was not apprehensive in the least," said Three-time Tony Award winning producer Ron Simons (Blue Caprice) when asked about tackling a Biblical story about Jesus Christ found in the New Testament. "I was concerned treading into new territory. There have been movies and plays on the subject. What I really really love about this film is it brought...the people accessible. What did that do to him (Caiaphas) personally...he was a human being that had to make some tough decisions."

 

The music and lyrics to the musical feature film, Easter Mysteries, was written by Tony Award winning Broadway producer John O'Boyle. The prolific Easter story also stars Stephen Lee Anderson as Herod; Erin David as Mary Magdalene; Kevin Earley as Peter; Benjamin Howes as Thomas; P.J. Griffith as Judas and Michael X. Martin as Pilate.


When Ron I asked how he was picked to be the producer he said, "The composer/writer, a Broadway producer, we worked on a project together. We were in Florida...he asked me am I on to be executive producer...I was starting to do things (a producer would do). I brought on the company that did the poster. I brought the strategies. So we decided...I was actually producing it. In small projects we're big minded but with small prestige and money. We wear a lot of hats."


The Simons Says Entertainment and Fathom Events presentation is directed by Danny Goldstein and the music is directed by Milton Granger. After the film is presented there will be a panel of Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders discussing the impact of the Passion story on the world.
You can find out what theaters will be screening Easter Mysteries by logging onto www.FathomEvents.com. Find out more about the musical feature film by logging onto www.EasterMysteries.com.


SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times.www.ThePulseofEntertainment.comEVENT: Sat April 16, 2016 the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference founded by Moseley arrives in Baltimore at Security Square Mall hosted by AJ Showtime at 92Q Jams and Doresa Harvey at Heaven 600 and on Sat October 22, 2016 (TBC) the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference arrives at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA. www.UpliftingMinds2.com.)

 

March 25, 2016

Three-time Grammy winner Harry Wayne Casey releases ‘I'm Feeling You,' the second single from his ‘Feeling You" project


kc-sunshine-band-a-streiber-650-430.jpg"I listened to the track again going on vacation and the words started flowing out of my head non-spot," said three-time Grammy Award winner Harry Wayne Casey about his second single "I'm Feeling You." Casey is also known as KC of KC and the Sunshine Band. The single is off of his current album release "Feeling You! The 60s." "The 1st single was ‘Can't Get You Out of My Mind'...It was like I was 22 years old just waking up from some kind of coma...inspiration."

KC has been on tour with his band offering their fans new material as well as their legendary hits such as "Shake, Shake, Shake (Shake Your Booty), "Get Down Tonight," and "That's the Way I Like It." KC's music has appeared in over 200 films, commercials and motion pictures, which includes "Kingsman: The Secret Service," "Scandal" and Target commercials. One of the Grammy's he won was because of his song contribution to the soundtrack for "Saturday Night Live."

Casey has been performing with the Sunshine Band for 40 years and they have also garnered an American Music Award. Their popularity keeps them touring all year round. The KC and the Sunshine Band arrives next in Concord, CA May 29, 2016 at the Concord Pavilion; June 4th in Walker, MN at the Northern Lights Casino; July 1st in Milwaukee, WI at the Summerfest and August 6th in Atlantic City, NJ at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino.

"I felt like I was creatively where I was 42 years ago," KC said sincerely about recording this current album "Feeling you..." "I was going to put cover songs I do in my show with originals...then I released the 60s part of it. I have enough for a three CD set."
For more information on the KC and the Sunshine Band appearances or for information on the current album log onto www.HeyKCSB.com.


SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times.www.ThePulseofEntertainment.comEVENT: Sat April 16, 2016 the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference founded by Moseley arrives in Baltimore at Security Square Mall hosted by AJ Showtime at 92Q Jams and Doresa Harvey at Heaven 600 and on Sat October 22, 2016 (TBC) the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference arrives at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA. www.UpliftingMinds2.com.) 

 

April 1, 2016

NAACP Theatre Awards honor directors, playwrights and actors with special presentation

EllaJoyce_NAACPTheatreAwards.jpg   "I was nominated for best choreography for Visionary Man," said Ali North, a dance instructor at Dean College.
    North was present along with a long list of stage directors, producers, playwrights, actors and designers nominated for the NAACP Theatre Award. They were all arriving at a special press conference where the winners of the 2015 nominees were announced by Obba Babatunde ("The Bold and the Beautiful"); Richard Lawson ("Saints and Sinners"); Jason George ("Grey's Anatomy"); Harold Bell ("Raising Whitley"); Renee Lawless ("The Haves and Have Nots"); Margaret Avery ("Being Mary Jane"), and Ella Joyce (Nina, "Being Mary Jane").
    When veteran actress Ella Joyce (pictured) was asked how she felt about the NAACP hosting an awards event to honor theatre she said, "It is important. If we don't learn to celebrate our own nobody will. To recognize and acknowledge what we are and who we are keeps theatre alive. Theatre is our unedited voice and if we don't keep theatre alive everything we do will be edited. We have to encourage those coming up to keep introducing it and taking it to another level so that we become people who own theaters so we don't have to have things green-lit, but do it cause we want to. So it's very important."
    The NAACP Theatre Awards press conference was held at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Theatre/Ebony Repertory in Los Angeles. Four-time NAACP Theatre Award winner Playwright, Director and Producer Kinnik Sky was the host.
    "I think the most challenging thing with this is I was working with, for the most part, non-dancers," said choreographer Ali North when asked about her experience choreographing a stage play. "It's not considered a dance show but there was a dance sequence that needed movement. I am a classically trained dancer...it was great to see it come to life."
    The NAACP honored local and Equity choreographers, producers, directors, playwrights, designers and actors. The announcements were followed by a VIP reception where attendees were entertained by stellar theatrical performances.
    "It was absolutely amazing," said Director/Producer Wallace Demarria (JAG, Coach Carter), who was nominated for the stage play "Secrets," about his experience with the play. "Actually the host for tonight Kinnik Sky was the female lead. It had an incredible cast. We had an incredible time. Every night was different and the audiences were packed in, they loved it."
    "‘Secrets' is about secrets in a marriage. I don't want to give the ending away but that's how this marriage ended," Wallace said when I commented that some secrets kill a marriage. "I don't believe in living a life miserable. I don't believe in that...One way or another find your way to be happy."
The NAACP Theatre Awards is presented by the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Branch - Ron Hasson is Branch President. Tia Boyd is Executive Producer of the NAACP Theatre Awards Show. The NAACP Theatre Awards also gave a special honor to Casting Director Peter Wise. This branch of the NAACP also hosts a four-day theater festival where thespians can express their craft to the community.
    The ensemble of "Flyin' West" stopped by to chat and also there to support the event and its winners included comedian Michael Colyar, actor Exie Booker ("Criminal Minds"), Ro Brooks ("The Haves and Have Nots") and Kiki Shepard ("Apollo Amateur Night").

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: Sat April 16, 2016 the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference founded by Moseley arrives in Baltimore at Security Square Mall hosted by AJ Showtime at 92Q Jams, Doresa Harvey at Heaven 600 and DJ Fatman. On Sat October 22, 2016 (TBC) the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference arrives at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA.  www.UpliftingMinds2.com.) 

 

April 8, 2016

 

Stellar winner Jonathan Nelson releases fifth album ‘Fearless' on Light Records/eOne

jonathannelson2.jpg    "Everything about this album is different," said multi-Stellar Award winner Jonathan Nelson about his new album "Fearless" (Light Records/Entertainment One Music) compared to his previous releases. "It's a different team, different band. Some (singers) I never met a day in my life but I know God had called me to work with them. It has the same co-producer (Kenneth Shelton) and music director."
    Nelson is a worship leader, songwriter/producer and singer whose style of Praise and Worship has made him a name in the Gospel industry. "Fearless" has released two singles "Anything Can Happen" and "I Believe."
    "To live out the word, to be full of faith and know fear but still do something you have never done," Dove Award nominee Nelson said is what the album "Fearless" is about. "I never did an African song...never did a song with Hip-Hop flavor (Da T.R.U.T.H.) and Tye Tribbett style."
    Also featured on the album are three-time Stellar Award winner Kim Burrell, South African Gospel vocalist Sonnie Badu, Jason Nelson, the beautiful vocals of Jade Nelson and Dorinda Clark-Cole (The Clark Sisters). "Fearless" is a 14 track project, but a 17 track digital deluxe edition will be released on iTunes.
    "I want to create a flow with songs for signaling a full journey of hearing what I'm feeling like, sound like," Jonathan said about the purpose for the new project.
"Fearless" was record live at his home church The Faith Center in Sunrise, Florida. Jonathan Nelson however is a Baltimore native and is the son of a preacher.
    "We just debuted at #1 which is a blessing," Nelson told me about the new project's release reaction. When asked about his expectation for the new project he said, "The expectation I was praying for was reached in faith. I believe God will let me experience...a ‘Fearless Tour'."
    My favorite cuts on the "Fearless" album are the title track "Fearless" featuring Gospel rapper DaT.R.U.T.H. whose style is reminiscent of Hip-Hop rapper Diddy but with a slightly faster flow; #3 "My Hope" because its horns and beats from the drum inspires you to have hope; #5 "Anything Can Happen" because Jonathans' vocals represent the ultimate inspiring Praise & Worship style that makes you believe in miracles; #6 "BaBa (Jesus) Oh" featuring Sonnie Badu who gives a passionate delivery; #8 "Forever Settled" featuring three-time Grammy Award winner Dorinda Clark-Cole because its a jump up out your chair and dance Praise & Worship selection that has a Jazz twist to it thanks to the contribution of Dorinda; #9 "Brand New" featuring Dove Award winner Kim Burrell is a sweet sincere inspiring song; #12 "Everything You Are (Jesus Chant)" because of the military drum roll throughout as a backdrop that makes you want to march in the army of Jesus Christ, and #14 "I Give You Glory" featuring Grammy nominated and Stellar Award winner Tye Tribbett because it's a victory over the devil song that makes you get up and Praise God for that victory, as Tye did sounding like he was loosing his mind in musical praise!
    Learn more about Jonathan Nelson or his new album release "Fearless," co-executive produced by Phil Thornton, by logging on to his website www.JonathanNelson.us and you can follow him @JonathanNelsonMusic on Facebook and @NelsonJonathan on the social media platforms.

 
SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Timeswww.ThePulseofEntertainment.comEVENT: Sat April 16, 2016 the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference founded by Moseley arrives in Baltimore at Security Square Mall hosted by AJ Showtime at 92Q Jams, Doresa Harvey at Heaven 600 and DJ Fatman. On Sat October 22, 2016 (TBC) the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference arrives at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA.  www.UpliftingMinds2.com.)

 

April 15, 2016

 

Tanya Blount and husband Michael Trotter, Jr. release duet album ‘Love Affair'

blountTrotter_TanyaBlunt_MichaelTrotter2.jpg     "As children we imagine riding the rainbow. We're older and our imaginations have changed," said Michael Trotter Jr. about the concept of the title of a song he released with his wife soulful R&B vocalist/actress Tanya Blount (Sister's Act: Back in the Habit) titled "Imagine," first single from their duet album release "Love Affair." They released another version of the single in support of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton titled "Imagine...Hillary Clinton."
The Beatles have a hit single "Imagine" written by John Lennon and I asked if there was any connection between the two and Michael said, "The Beatles to me represented every human emotion you can feel. That band was so important. Their career speaks writing about love...like Ashford and Simpson. Most the 70s and 60s was trying to push our culture to togetherness."
     The "Love Affair" album release is the couple's first project together. Trotter, Jr. is a singer but was devoted to the U.S. military serving two tours in Iraq before he was wounded.
     "I didn't think I would make it back home," Michael said in remembrance of his time at war. "I only knew music was what I love, it was soothing. A lot of times they said Trotter why don't you sing?"
     His wife, Tanya Blount (Preacher's Kids) is a Soul Train Award nominee and is best known for her memorable performance in the film Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit where she sang a duet with Lauryn Hill of the Old Spiritual Hymn "His Eye Is on the Sparrow." When asked why they released a remix of their single "Imagine" for political reasons and in support of Hillary Clinton and Trotter, Jr. said, "It's very interesting. My dad called, he works for the train system in Baltimore on the tracks, and he told me that Hillary Clinton herself called a lot of them. She spoke to each one of them personally to hear their concerns. She said she called to see if she had any similar stories to what they were going through...She was Senator and the 1st Lady and she learned...          
‘Imagine' getting behind a candidate that spends time with you."
      Information about the Tanya Blount and Michael Trotter, Jr. "Love Affair" project, the single "Imagine" and the lyric video remake of it "Imagine...Hillary Clinton" it can be found at www.TrotterandBlount.com. You can follow them on social media platforms at @TrotterBlount on Twitter and @TrotterandBlount on Instagram. 

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Timeswww.ThePulseofEntertainment.comEVENT: Sat April 16, 2016 the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference founded by Moseley arrives in Baltimore at Security Square Mall hosted by AJ Showtime at 92Q Jams, Doresa Harvey at Heaven 600 and DJ Fatman. On Sat October 22, 2016 (TBC) the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference arrives at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA.  www.UpliftingMinds2.com.)

April 22, 2016

 

Brown, Whalum, Braun are BWB offering the essence of Jazz with new self titled album


bwb_rickbraun_kirkwhalum_normanbrown.jpg  "We were all recording artists on Warner Brothers in 2002 and the president said, ‘I'd love to hear you guys together grooving.' We did our first album and didn't do anything for 11 year," said Grammy Award winning guitarist Norman Brown about the union of himself with Grammy Award winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum and Billboards' #1 Smooth Jazz Song Artist of 2015 trumpeter Rick Braun to form the trio BWB. "We did a Michael Jackson ("Human Nature" in 2014) tribute album...to make a statement."
    The Michael Jackson tribute album garnered a #1 hit for the trio. On April 22, 2016 BWB (Brown, Whalum, and Braun) are releasing a new self titled project of original material on Artistry Music/Mack Avenue.
    "The Michael Jackson tribute was covers of his hits. ‘Grooving' (their debut) was hit songs and cover songs. We wanted to do an album of original songs," Norman said about the new project. "(The audience) they are loving it. They showing us much love. We did a tour and decided we are officially a group."
    BWB are currently on tour promoting the previous and new projects arriving at the One World Theatre on May 27th; the Dosey Doe on May 28; the St. Lucia Jazz Festival on May 7th; the Steel City Jazz Festival on June 4th; the Tri-C Jazz Festival on June 25th; the QC Summerfest on July 31st; the Wolf Creek Jazz Festival on September 4th, and the Capital Jazz SuperCruise on October 23rd.
    When asked about the recording process Norman Brown said, "We were camped out at Rick Braun's place, he has a studio. It was natural flow. I would start an idea...each contributed - each individual."
    Brown said the title track he is fawned of because they all wrote on it.
    "I like ‘Turn Up' because it's a party song and ‘North Star' because I contributed," he laughed when I asked which songs on the album were his favorite.
    My favorite cuts on the album include #1 "Triple Dare" because it offers the essence of Jazz providing a prime reason for the official creation of the trio - a perfect mix; #2 "Bust a Move" because you get that Smooth Jazz sound along with a treat of vocals from the guys; #3 "BWB" which offers Funky Jazz all the way to the last note, and #8 "Hey Baby" is another treat of vocals of the guys on the hook covered over by a Jazz filled symphony.
The "BWB" project offers 10 selections of original material. To learn more about the "BWB" release or the members of BWB log onto www.MackAvenue.comhttp://www.KirkWhalum.comwww.NormanBrow.com and www.RickBraun.com.

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.comEVENT: Sat October 22, 2016 (TBC) the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference arrives at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA.  www.UpliftingMinds2.com.)

 

 
April 29, 2016
 
First NBC's ‘The Voice' winner Javier Colon releases new album ‘Gravity,' performs May 4, 2016 at Rams Head on Stage


javier_colon_hat.jpg     "I think ‘The Voice' pressured situation you are thrown into...there is no time for nervousness, that helped me when I get nervous," said Javier Colon, the first NBC's "The Voice" winner, about performing live Wednesday May 4, 2016 at Rams Head on Stage in Annapolis, Maryland.
    Javier said you have to have confidence in yourself to counteract the nervousness that artists feel when performing. Since winning "The Voice" this soulful Pop/Rock/R&B singer, song writer and guitarist has recorded and released four albums. His latest project release was on the first of April and is titled "Gravity" (Concord Records). Those attending his concert May 4th will get to hear selections from that album and his previous projects.
    "It's been lots of ups and downs, been crazy and a blessing," Colon informed me when asked about his career journey since his national debut and win. "I've been signed to a couple of different labels. I know how rare it is (control over your album). Some songs don't come out. Some times it can work (label choosing songs on the album)...I love to collaborate."
    Javier said he was seeking and found creative control over this album at Concord Records so that he can brand the project as he wanted. He said what he doesn't like is, "when they are trying to shape the entire album and you're trying to be a certain artists."
His first album after "The Voice" win was on Universal Republic Records. He then released a project on Capital Records and then his own label. "Gravity" is his forth album on Concord Records. Colon has performed, as opening act, in Japan for saxophonist Dave Koz and in Mexico and South America for Maroon 5.
    "Oh my goodness, yes I have great creative control," Javier said when asked about how much control over his album he has at Concord Records. "When I made this record I was not pressured to be anyone or to sound like anyone. It is really great to do want I want to do with no outside pressure. It was the best situation."
    Hear the Soulful Pop/Rock/R&B sounds of Javier Colon Wednesday May 4th at Rams Head on Stage in Annapolis, MD at 8 p.m. You can learn more about Javier at www.JavierColon.com

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.comEVENT: Sat October 22, 2016 (TBC) the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference arrives at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA.  www.UpliftingMinds2.com.)

May 6, 2016

The ‘Rickey Smiley for Real' docu-series premieres on TV One May 10, 2016 8pmET


RickeySmileyForReal_Case.jpg  "I thought his life was entertaining...I didn't know he was a single father," said Roger Bobb executive producer of "Rickey Smiley for Real," a docu-series of the comedian/actor/syndicated radio personality, which premieres on TV One Tuesday May 10, 2016 at 8 p.m. ET. Smiley serves as executive producer.
    "Rickey Smiley for Real" starts its second season with the first season reaching 8.2 million households. The unscripted reality show follows Smiley as he raises his two biological and eight adopted children, hosts his syndicated "The Rickey Smiley Morning Show" in Dallas, Texas at 97.9 The Beat (KBFB), his career as a stand-up comedian, as well as his acting and other ventures. Viewers will get to see some of his friends and radio show co-hosts such as rapper DaBrat.
    "There were no concerns," Rickey said when asked about any apprehensions by him or his children in putting their lives on national television. "Me and Roger of Bobcat (which produces the show) were having a conversation about my life and we thought a real look at my life and career...would be interesting."
    The comedian juggles his children who are of different ages with different situations and different dilemmas that need his attention, a weekday morning show to host and he is maintaining his comedic and acting career that current have him appearing as a featured columnist on Fox Network's nationally syndicated celebrity news show "Dish Nation" (2012-present).
"I have children I've adopted and biological children, I have a big family," Smiley said. "I wanted to capture some of that stuff, there is so much content. We thought it was a great idea and here we are."
    The first season of "Rickey Smiley for Real" scored as the 2nd highest in programs on cable for Blacks ages 25 -54. This season viewers will see him do his feature columnist thing on "Dish Nation," collaborate with Kelly Price on a song, tour with comedian Mike Epps and take a trip to the Bahamas. The viewers will also get to see his interaction with sons Brandon, Malik and Craig, and daughters D'Essence and Aaryn.
    In his very early twenties Rickey Smiley started his career as a stand-up who by 2002 was starring in Ice Cube's Friday After Next feature film and in 2007 starring in First Friday. As a comedian he toured or was opening act for such comedian heavy weights as Steve Harvey and George Wallace. He went on to host BET's "Comic View, Showtimes' "Def Comedy Jam," "Showtime at the Apollo," HBO's "Snaps," "The Nashville Network," "Uptown Comedy Club," and "Comic Escape." The Birmingham, Alabama native starred on a TV One sitcom "Rickey Smiley Show" from 2012 to 2014, and the next year in 2015 he launched the "Rickey Smiley for Real" docu-series.
    TV One is owned by Radio One, who produces "The Rickey Smiley Morning Show" (2008) through their company Syndicated One, and reaches 57 million households. Its range of programs include entertainment focused original programming, classic series, movies and music. Learn more about "Rickey Smiley for Real" airing Tuesday May 10th at 8 p.m. ET by logging onto www.TheRealRickeySmiley.comwww.RickeySmileyMorngingShow.com or www.TVOne.tv.


SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: Sat October 22, 2016 (TBC) the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference arrives at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA.  www.UpliftingMinds2.com.) 

May 13, 2016

Brooklyn and India make Sandaraa, see the duo perform in Baltimore and DC this weekend


Zeb_Michael.jpg    "It was something about his skills," said Pakistani Pop star Zeb Bangash about her music partner clarinetist Michael Winograd who together make the duo Sandaraa. "It really connected well with our folk music. We performed in DC the first time we played together it was so fresh for me...it worked within the tradition (of our music)."
    Michael, a Brooklyn native, specializes in Yiddish or Klezmer music and it fits perfectly with Zeb's India flavored Pop vocals. The duo is touring to promote their upcoming album release and will be performing Friday, May 13, 2016 at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore starting at 8 p.m. and Saturday May 14th at the Tropicalia in Washington, DC at 8 p.m.
    "You learn after collaborating that there's going to always be similarities," said Winograd who is also a member of the Yiddish Art Trio and the Tarras Band. "We had met through mutual acquaintances. Someone I know as a scholar in Jewish and Turkish music...Zeb was doing a concert and we cross paths with him. He gave her a CD of my music. Later in the U.S. she was playing in DC... in a conversation with her he said. ‘I know a clarinetist.' She had been listening to my music on her iPhone!"
    So that is how Michael Winograd and Pop star Zeb Bangash became a duo mixing Klezmer and Pakistani music into Sandaraa fresh sound.
    "We start touring in May for the new CD launch," Michael said. "(On the album) You will find old songs of Pakistani music and Klezmer music and it worked for us."
On the making of the Sandaraa album Zeb said, "Everyone came together pretty naturally...everyone can be heard."
    Zeb said collaborating with Michael was so natural.
     "I could never have planned something like this. It just kind of happened at an interesting time. Haniya decided to do her own thing in Canada I was desperately used to doing music with someone else. So it was great timing," Bangash said.
     Haniya and Zeb was a MTV Music Award winning Pop duo in Pakistan. Haniya was the guitarist/vocalist and Zeb sang lead vocals. They became one of Pakistan's most loved performers and well known Pakistani songwriters. Their music is classified in as Pop Rock, Alternative Rock, Folk Rock, Classical Music Blues, and Easy Listening. Zeb Bangash studied in the U.S. at Smith College and has record songs for a long list of Bollywood films.
    "In Folk music the name of the game is freelance," Winograd added. "People (musicians) work with multiple groups. That is true for everyone I've worked with in the band (of seven people)."
    Michael Winograd is Jewish. His music is Klezmer and he collaborated in other groups, such as the Yiddish Art Trio and Tarras Band. Michael also teachers at Jewish Music Workshops and released a solo album in 2012. Sandaraa's self titled album was released May 8, 2016. Learn more about Sandaraa and their other tour dates by logging onto www.Sandaraa.com.

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: Sat October 22, 2016 (TBC) the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference arrives at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA.  www.UpliftingMinds2.com.) 

May 20, 2016

 Slim of 112 is ‘Refueled' with fresh sounding solo album release


slim_112.jpg  "For me it's the song," said Slim, lead vocalist for the Grammy Award winning R&B group 112, about his second solo album released on May 13, 2016. "Because of my success producers sample...outrageous numbers....fueled by one record."
    The one song Slim may have been talking about is his solo hit single
   "So Fly" released in 2008 featuring Yung Jock. The single was released on his debut solo album "Love's Crazy." Eight years later Slim, real name Marvin Scandrick, releases his second solo album titled "Refueled" featuring vocal assistance from Carl Thomas, Ma$e and Rich Homie Quan.
    "I am refueling everything in my personal life," Slim said about the meaning of the album. "I always prefer that you shouldn't have to skip...listen to the whole album," he added when asked about the project. "It is not about putting your favorite artists on, it's about the message. That's why I chose certain people. My phone was blowing up when people heard I was doing a record...all spectrums of musicians old and young."
    The artists Slim felt would compliment his message included Carl Thomas, Ma$e and Hip-Hop's Rich Homie Quan. After the Slim solo album debut he said there were million dollar deals offered.
   "I want to thank everyone who supported me," Slim said about his first solo album success. "It was bigger than I expected. Straight up I was flying."
    Slim said he learned since his last solo album that the music business is a marathon not a sprint.
    "This time I am going to focus on who I am touching," he said about his marketing plans for the album's release. "I challenged Rich Homie Quan...and he delivered. When I write Its in the first person...so they (fans) can get to know me."
    Slim is reuniting with his 112 members Q Parker, Daron Jones and Michael Keith for a 20 year anniversary celebration as well as reuniting with the groups founder Puff Daddy for a Bad Boy Family Tour this summer which will kick off at the Barclays on May 20th.
    "I never done a record with Carl Thomas and I ran into Ma$e and sent him a track and he sent back the record," Slim said about how his feature guests came to be on the project.
"   Refueled" is released on Shanachie Entertainment's record imprint, home of Regina Belle, Silk, Pieces of a Dream, Angie Stone and Najee.
    "(Randall Grass) He was always on the phone hearing the record. He wanted to know my frame of mind," Slim said about the general manager of his label's New Jersey based company when I told him he was with a great label. "I am different from their line-up. I still have that Hip-Hop edge. My first single may not necessarily be a ballad...he understands."
     "I love my job and music at the end of the day is a job," Slim said sincerely.
    My favorite cuts on the Slim solo album "Refueled" include #1 "Forever" featuring Carl Thomas, I love the support of the military drum beat its fresh and that it is laced with the sounds of a lead guitar softly screaming in the background; #2 "Never Break Up" featuring Rich Homie Quan, for its infectious fresh Hip-Hop beat and you get to hear that distinctive Slim vocal sound too; #7 "Hey You" sounds like a nice sexy slow dance club selection; #8 "Ain't Going Nowhere," a sweet love song, which has a nice classical guitar to support it, and #10 "Ready to Fall" another sweet love song with a fresh drum roll beat in the back possessing all the qualities needed for an award winning song.
    Slim was signed with the other members to Bad Boy Records on Def Jam as 112 in 2002 in Atlanta by Puffy (Sean Combs). They would go on to release six albums and garner a Grammy nomination. They received a Grammy Award for the "I'll Be Missing" you single release with Puffy and Faith Evans. His unique vocal sounds can be distinctly heard on such 112 hit singles as "Cupid" and "Peaches and Cream." Slim is also the CEO and owner of his own company M3 Productions.
    You can learn more about Slim's "Refueled" project at www.Shanachie.com.

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.comEVENT: Sat October 22, 2016 (TBC) the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference arrives at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA.  www.UpliftingMinds2.com.)

May 27, 2016

MBK's Glory2Glory presents Livre', ‘Jericho: Tribe of Joshua'


livre.jpg     "Our parents grew up together, they did concerts together," said Richard Tolbert one of the members of the Contemporary Urban Gospel group Livre' (pronounced liv-ray) when asked how the five member group was formed. "They're like family. I had never met them (the other members) personally. My cousin was looking for singers for a Revival...we came together for three nights and been together for nine years."
    Livre' consists of Rich, Ajanee Hambrick, Ariel Malloy, Malik Spence and Kenneth Williams. As a group they were signed to MBK Entertainment in 2008. After nine years of performing together the group finally has released their debut album titled "Jericho: Tribe of Joshua" on Glory 2 Glory/MBK Entertainment/Sony Red. Glory 2 Glory is a record label of Jeff Robinson (MBK Entertainment), first manager of 12-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys and owner of MBK/J Records the label Keys debuted on.
    "We diffidently played a part in the creation," said member Malik when asked about their measure of creative input in their debut project. "We wrote a lot of the records, did co-producing...collaborated with Mali Music."
    The "Jericho: Tribe of Joshua" project also features collaborations with Jason Nelson and A$SAP Ferg. They have already garnered four consecutive "Top 30" hits with "Jericho," "Amazing," "I Will Be Alright," and "Everything's Coming Up Jesus."
    "We started recording six years ago and we recorded a lot, but everything happens in God's time," said Richard.
    Based in the Bronx Livre' has already been named "Top 5 Artist to Watch in 2016" and "Top 10 Hot New Songs in 2016" for "Jericho" by BlackGospel.com and named by Essence.com the "Get Lifted: 20 Gospel Artists to Watch in 2016." They spent a whole month on Billboard's Top 40 Gospel Radio Chart.
    "I am glad we stayed relevant," Rich said about the long journey to get to their debut release. "Our goal for the album is to make a splash like we know we should, to tour and bless as many lives as we can."
    I have a feeling because of their dedication to the group and their desire to spread the Gospel they will make that splash. You can learn more about Livre' and their debut album "Jericho: Tribe of Joshua" at www.LivreOfficial.com.

ASCAP brings the business of music to Hollywood with ‘I Create Music' Expo
  ASCAP_Expo_2016_PopRockFeedback_DesmondChild_AntoniaArmato.jpg   The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hosted an annual expo "I Create Music" that brought the most popular businesses and organizations to the public, offering also seminars and discussions lead by the leading songwriters and producers in the business today. Recently the ASCAP "I Create Music" Expo was held at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles for three days of networking and educational opportunities.
    "The biggest thing is digital and physical distribution of your music," said a representative from CD Baby, one of the premiere music publishing and distribution companies. "We help you collect money from places like Youtube and help you collect additional royalties. That is something we are really passionate about...because our artists are making a lot of money and we been focusing more on it (collecting it). Revenue use to come from two places and now it comes from 20 places. We can help people bring it all to one place."
    Visitors at ASCAP "I Create Music" Expo learned that CD Baby make and sell your music on MP3, CD or vinyl forms and they collect your royalties. You can also earn money from their CD Baby Sync-Licensing Program when your music is used in films, television, commercials, and video games. The event offered discussions on various topics. I went briefly to hear what was being said during the "Pop/Rock Feedback Session" with Desmond Child (Bon Jovi) and Antonina Armato (Mariah Carey, Jonas Brothers) they were giving constructive critiques on the lyrics of some of the audience members' songs. Timaland was keynote speaker and Melissa Etheridge opened the event with a performance. Others artists who performed included OMI ("Cheerleader") and songwriting trio Chris DeStefano Brett James and Priscilla Renea (Carrie Underwood).
    "We are a content management system for music," said a representative from Songtradr.com a new platform to license and/or sell your music directly to movies, television, advertisers and gaming companies. "We are also a marketing place for music you can upload your music on our website for free. Sign-up for free, you use key words so that all your music is in one place so you can find it."
    ASCAP has over 560,000 members of professional songwriters, composers and music publishers of every genre of music. It is one of the premiere American performing rights organizations. www.ASCAP.org.

 June 3, 2016

Cartoon Network's Terrell Ransom serves as Ambassador to benefit learning disabilities


TerrellRansomJr_credit_DeidhraFahey.jpg     "My friend Jacob, his brother has a learning disability. It's amazing to see him work. He is an amazing musician," said young actor Terrell Ransom Jr. the voice of Darwin on the Cartoon Network series ‘The Amazing World of Gumball" about how he was appointment as the Celebrity Youth Ambassador for The Jonathan Foundation's Spring Fundraiser to benefit children with learning disabilities. "In June I will be attending the event. I will just be...helping out."
    The Jonathan Foundation's Spring Fundraiser will be Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Marconi Automotive Museum in Tustin, California from 6 - 10 p.m. Terrell is sharing the job as Celebrity Youth Ambassador with his friend Jacob Hopkins who also stars on the Cartoon Network series "The Amazing World of Gumball" as Gumball.
    "My friend Jacob plays Gumball he introduced me to The Jonathan Foundation. We sought of formed a friendship," Ransom said.
    The Jonathan Foundation, founded in 2001, is an Assessment Scholarship Program advocating for children diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia and other learning disabilities. It was founded by Raja Marhaba when his sons, Jonathan and Omar, were diagnosed with ADHD. Both his sons currently sit on the foundation's board, mentor to children and speak about what children with learning disabilities go through.
    "I actually played a boy with learning disabilities on ‘Days of Our Lives,'" said Terrell about his role as Theo Carver, which he played for seven years. "The role was an autism child." When I asked how he knew how to play a child with autism he said, "My mother introduced me to kids with learning disabilities."
    I can see why The Jonathan Foundation decided to have Terrell Ransom Jr. as their Celebrity Youth Ambassador. Ransom also starred in primetime television shows such as ABC's "The Whispers," "CSI" and "CSI: NY."
    "My ideal role is where I am starring in Star Wars and Marvel films. A Jedi in Star Wars, a lead role," he said enthusiastically when I asked what his ideal acting role would be. "...Or in a movie where I am a super hero."
    Just looking at his acting resume' I have no doubt he will make it to his desired acting role. Learn more about The Jonathan Foundation at www.TheJonathanFoundation.com.

Trumpeter Matt Von Roderick takes the ‘Hero's Journey' with debut album
  MattVonRoderick_photographer_roxy007.jpg   "It's all about being a musician," Trumpeter Matt Von Roderick said when asked about how a trumpeter ends up rapping and singing on his debut album - "Hero's Journey." "A singer is really a musician. A core element of the three that has been with me...the spoken word...more direct - through story telling. Jazz is amazing...the biggest gift to the entire world. Some circles don't know how to relax."
    Jazz certainly can make you relax, but Matt puts another twist to his music with his rapping and I must say his flow is impressive enough to make you want to move. His debut project "Hero's Journey" offers 12 selections, 11 originals and one cover of the classic "What a Wonderful World."
    "'Hero's Journey' ...is a return to love," he pointed out. "It's my desire to connect with people."
    As a trumpet player Matt has played on the stage with such great artists as Musiq Soulchild, Neil Diamond, Dionne Warwick and with the "Saturday Night Live" Band.
    "Follow your heart," the multi-talented musician said about life's journey after mentioning to me that he knew about my bio-book titled     "Journey to Love". He said life has shown him clearly how true that statement, "follow your heart," is.
    My favorite selections on the "Hero's Journey" project include the first song on the album "Seize the Night" because of his impressive rapping style and also the way he makes his horn flip , the third selection "All For You" was so powerful and explosive, and I think I hear a bit of The Beatles flavor mixed in there somewhere, and the remake of one of my favorite classic songs, this song never fails to make me cry, "What a Wonderful World," you can not go wrong with this masterpiece of a song and Matt did not disappoint, in fact he provided a very fresh Jazz twist to it.

 

 

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: Sat October 22, 2016 (TBC) the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference arrives at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA.  www.UpliftingMinds2.com.) 

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: Sat October 22, 2016 (TBC) the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference arrives at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA.  www.UpliftingMinds2.com.) 

June 10, 2016

Live a warrior's life with Universal Pictures' Warcraft

warcraft-movie.jpg    Universal Pictures' presents Warcraft a fantasy 3D IMAX film, based on the video game and novel, where you can live a warrior's life as the leader of one world who has to unite and trust the leader of another more savage world in order to same your world against an eviler enemy. Rated PG-13 Warcraft stars Travis Fimmel as the hero Sir Anduin Lathar, the military leader of the human world of Azeroth; Glen Close makes a cameo as the legendary Guardian of the realm Alodi; Toby Kebbell as Durotan the leader of the orcs fleeing their dying planet Draenor; Paula Patton as the half-human half-orc prisoner of the Azeroth people; Dominic Cooper as Llane Wrynn king of the human world; Ben Foster as the King's advisor Wizard Medivh called the Guardian; Ben Schnetzer as the young Wizard Khadgar who discovers the evil magic, and Robert Kazinsky as Orgrim the right hand soldier of orc leader Durotan.
    The special imagery combined with the 3D IMAX effect puts you right inside the CGI (computer-generated images) film so you an experience the look and feel of how real that world could be. The story is written by Chris Metzen, a Vice President at Blizzard Entertainment which released the Warcraft video game and novel, and the screenwriters are Duncan Jones and Charles Leavitt. The director was Duncan Jones.
    The writer tried and succeeded to merge our own world's past into the film's world which made you connect more with the emotional situation of Azeroth world. Its ending begs for a sequel. Producers of Warcraft include Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Charles Roven, Alex Gartner and Stuart Fenegain.
    Warcraft also stars Daniel Wu as the orc warlock called Gul'dan who is full of the evil influence they call fel-magic; Clancy Brown as the orc world's warchief Blackhand. the puppet of Gul'dan; Burkely Duffield as Callan Sir Lathar' courageous son; Anna Galvin as the orc leaders' brave wife Lady Draka; Ruth Negga as Lady Taria Wrynn, the wise and brave queen of King Llane, and the story writer Metzen made a cameo appearance as a turbaned perfume vendor.
    It seems both the Azeroth and the Draenor's have a more powerful and sinister enemy to deal with, the evil influence of the fel-magic. Many friends have already been taken over by it and many have died in the war caused by it. Can two worlds trust each other enough to fight the evil together to save the last remaining world between the two?
    Warcraft has already grossed $171 million worldwide in 65 countries, and its United States and Canada release date is not until today, June 10, 2016. Warcraft is released in Australia June 16, 2016.
    Warcraft is a Legendary Pictures, Blizzard and Atlas Entertainment production distributed by Universal Pictures. See the trailer and learn more at www.WarCraftMovie.com.

 

 

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: Sat October 22, 2016 (TBC) the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference arrives at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA.  www.UpliftingMinds2.com.) 

June 17, 2016

Warner Bros.' ‘Central Intelligence' shows anyone is hero material

By Eunice Moseley


central-intelligence.jpgKevin Hart (Ride Along2) in a Warner Bros. Pictures' presentation titled Central Intelligence along side heavy weight actor/wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (Fast 8) told me it was going to be funny when I screened it so I came prepare to have my jar-locked from laughing too hard, but I was pleasantly surprised by the serious messages which showed me that anyone is hero material and that bullies never win - they just seem to. Released June 17, 2016 Central Intelligence also stars Oscar nominated Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone) and Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad").

The Rated PG-13 comedic/drama is action packed and follows the lives of two high school classmates of the year 1996 in Baltimore, one is Calvin Joyner played by Hart ("What Now" comedy tour) a class "hero" with good grades and awesome athletic abilities and the other is over-weight Bob Stone played by Johnson (San Andreas) a classmate picked on by bullies so bad Calvin came to his rescue when no one else would. Both of their paths crossed that day and it would be the reason why Calvin is chosen by Bob, a seemingly rogue CIA Agent, to help save the country from chaos and destruction.

At a time when Calvin the accountant is unhappy at work, which means his wife Maggie Joyner played by Danielle Nicolet ("Born Again Virgin") is unhappy, he is contacted by his old "friend" Bob during a 20th high school anniversary celebration who is now the very muscled Agent Jones. Unfortunately his own people at the CIA are after him dead or alive for the "seemingly" murder of his partner Agent Phil played by three-time Emmy Award winner Aaron Paul (Exodus: Gods & Kings). Jones needs Joyner's skills for numbers to help him solve the case, which could mean the fall of the United States if he doesn't, before the CIA - lead by Agent Pamela Harris who is played by SAG Award winner Amy Ryan ("The Office") - catches up with him. Through lots of action and much more in laughter the two somehow form a partnership but can they save the country?

Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber and produced by Michael Fottrell, Peter Principato, Scott Stuber and Paul Young Central Intelligence is a New Line Cinema and Universal Pictures presentation of the Bluegrass Films, Principato-Young Entertainment and RatPac-Dune Entertainment production. The story was written by Ike Barinholtz and David Stassen and the screenplay is written by Ike, David and Thurber. Central Intelligence also stars Timothy John Smith, Megan Park and Thomas Kreteschmann.

For more information about the comedic film Central Intelligence starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart or to view the trailer log onto www.CentralIntelligenceMovie.com.

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Dr. Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: Sat October 22, 2016 (TBC) the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference arrives at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA.  www.UpliftingMinds2.com. 

June 24, 2016

Todd Dulaney's carving out a place in Gospel music with ‘A Worshipper's Heart'

todddulaney_wall.jpg    "I am just hoping to inspire. Put out music centered around God and Love," said Stellar nominated Praise and Worship leader Todd Dulaney about his sophomore album "A Worshipper's Heart" (EOne). "We want all the people around the world to be in the presence of God."
    Dulaney's project debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top Gospel Album's Chart. The lead single, "The Anthem," hit #1 on Gospel Airplay Chart and also debuted #3 on Billboard's Top Christian & Gospel Albums Charts.
    "The crazy thing is I didn't want to do this I wanted to be an athlete...I went to the church of Smokey Norful. I started praising and I was thinking I found my purpose. It gave me an identity. I knew I was called to lead and worship," he said when asked about his Gospel industry break-through story. "Athletics is passionate...but people can have their hearts shifted (in Gospel)...and I didn't know you could be a recording artist and make money!"
    "A Worshipper's Heart" was also #1 on the CMTA Current Gospel Overall Chart and the CMTA Top Gospel Reporter Chart. Dulaney was recently on tour to promote the album in Maryland in my hometown of Baltimore, Virginia, Kansas City and Chicago.
    "My first album I released independently ...on my own then connected with Entertainment One. They said, ‘we want you to do it live, Praise & Worship need to be live'."
    So "A Worshipper's Heart" is a live recording with Smokey Norful introducing and complimented him on his Praise & Worship talent. I am sure he came to his church that day for a visit. The album is inspiring and I now some hearts were "shifted" that day. My favorite selections on the project include #2 "Dance in the Rain" which comes off as soft Rock throughout with the sweet sounding lead guitar and Rock drum beat and I love Rock as much as I love Country, Jazz, Pop, Blue Grass - well I love all genres but R&B is my first love; #3"Free Worshiper" is a favorite because of the sweet background vocals making it sound so heavenly, and #7 "Greater" featuring vocalist Caprisha Cartwright, is a loving offer because of the sweet vocal collaboration - seems to be the perfect mixture.
    You can learn more about Todd Dulaney by logging onto his website at www.ToddDulaneyland.com or follow him on Twitter @ToddDulaney.

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.comEVENT: Sat October 22, 2016 (TBC) the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference arrives at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA.  www.UpliftingMinds2.com.)

July 1, 2016

‘The Legend of Tarzan' Continues with the Epic Warner Bros.' Presentation

the_legend_of_tarzan_movie-HD.jpg     Warner Bros. Picture's presentation of The Legend of Tarzan is an epic authorized adaptation of the tale of "Tarzan of the Apes." The character Tarzan was created in 1912 by Edgar Burroughs in an article and published again as a novel in 1914 which resulted in 25 sequel media projects and seven authorized books. Alexander Skarsgard (Zoolander) gives a stellar performance as Tarzan (John Clayton III, Lord Greystone). Margot Robbie (Focus) gives a stunning performance as the spirited Jane. The Legend of Tarzan arrives in theaters July 1, 2016.
    This tale of Tarzan has him happily married to Jane in "civilization," when his life is interrupted with a request by Dr. George Washington Williams to return to the jungles of the Congo in Africa and help its people who were being enslaved. Academy Award nominated Samuel L. Jackson (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) plays Dr. Williams. Reluctantly he returns to the jungle that killed his parents and where a Gorilla found him as an infant and raised him as one of her own. The Congo's creatures and people become his family and it is shown upon his return to the rich land. The Legend of Tarzan provides action and adventure as Tarzan, accompanied by Dr. Williams and Jane, try to stop the enslavement of the Congo people before the scheduled 40,000 blood thirsty mercenaries arrive to carry out the plan. The mercenaries' orders also include the thief of the Congo's natural resources. Can Tarzan stop all this from happening while at the same time protecting Jane and the Doctor?
    The Legend of Tarzan is directed by David Yates and written by Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer. It also stars two-time Academy Award nominated Djimon Hounson (Amistead) as Chief Mbonga - the antagonist, Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent (Moulin Rouge) as the desperate Prime Minister and Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) as the corrupt and ruthless Belgian Captain Leon Rom who is on a mission to capture Tarzan for Chief Mbonga in exchange for diamonds so he can finance his King's continued enslavement of the African people and theft of the country's natural resources.
    The Legend of Tarzan is available in 3D and IMAX 3D. It takes the viewers back in time showing enough of the mythical story that new generations unaware of the tale can know the beginning of the saga of Tarzan - King of the apes. Ella Purnell, who has a striking resemblance to Margot, plays the younger Jane. It also stars John Hurt, Casper Crump, Hadley Fraser and Simon Russell Beale.
    The action/adventure film is a Village Roadshow Pictures, Dark Horse Entertainment, Jerry Weintraub, Riche/Ludwig, Beaglepug and Ratpac Entertainment production. Producers include Jerry Weintraub, David Baron, Alan Riche, Tony Ludwig and Micke Richardson. Watch the trailer and learn more information about The Legend of Tarzan at www.LegendofTarzan.com.

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: Sat October 22, 2016 (TBC) the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference arrives at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA.  www.UpliftingMinds2.com.) 

July 8, 2016

Shirley Caesar Honored with Hollywood Star, Releases ‘Fill This House' Album

Shirley-Caesar.jpg"If anyone ever told me a Shirley Caesar star would be in Hollywood...I said to the Lord, ‘I don't know if...its your plan but don't let anything stop me from getting it on the 28th," said 11-time Grammy winner Pastor Shirley Caesar when we spoke about the possibility of her getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. God did heard her prayer because on June 28, 2016 the living legend Shirley Caesar received her honor with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony took place outside Fonda Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. Caesar was joined by Kirk Franklin and Yolanda Adams as her guest speakers. President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Leron Gubler was emcee and he declared June 28th as "Shirley Caesar Day" in Hollywood.

  Early in June on the 3rd Caesar released her newest album "Fill This House" (eOne/Light Records) featuring Anthony Hamilton and Hezekiah Walker. The 18-time Dove Award winner executive produced this project along with Stanley Brown and Phil Thornton.

"No one could have told me that the Lord would give me a brand new beginning," the Pastor sincerely said about the release of this album, the newest one in a list of projects numbering over 40 in her career. "New things are happening. I am one of the oldest Gospel artists out there yet life is doing a new beginning for me."

The 14 Stellar Award winner's new beginning starts with her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the release of "Fill This House." The North Carolina native started singing Gospel professionally at the tender age of 13 as Baby Shirley. As a college student she was brought to the attention of Albertina Walker leader of the Gospel group The Caravans. Caesar left her college studies to tour with them for eight years. In 1966 she went solo releasing a Gospel version of the secular Country hit "No Charge" gaining the attention of mainstream music. Her career since has gained her the title of First Lady of Gospel.

"Hundreds of songs came in," Shirley said when I asked how she selected the songs for this album. "'Fill This House' was one of those songs. I said that's a Caesar song. Let me ‘Caesarize' that! I really did not know I had it in me. They worked me like a Hebrew slave."

Though I could listen to the full album and enjoy each selection my favorites on the Pastor Shirley Caesar "Fill This House" project include "It's Alright, It's OK" featuring Anthony Hamilton because it takes you way back to a time when real emotions where heard in vocalist which uplifting you; "He Won't Fail You" because the choir support is perfection when accompanied by the Pastors' Praise & Worship vocal style; "Survive This" featuring Hezekiah Walker because it is a hand-clapping heart and soul lifting selection, and "Prayer Changes Things" because I say this phase all the time to people and I am not sure they believe me so it's inspiring to hear it sung, I also love the lead guitar crying in the background at the end making it Rock/Gospel. You can follow Pastor Shirley Caesar on Facebook @Pastor.ShirleyCaesar for more updated information on the project or her live performances.

Their Struggles are Real in Universal's The Secret Life of Pets, in theatres July 8, 2016
  Secret-Life-of-Pets.jpgAs an animal lover it "tinkled-me-pink" to see what could be transpiring in the minds of pets with and without owners. In the Universal Pictures presentation of The Secret Life of Pets you get to see that their struggles are real, just like yours and mine. Six-time Emmy winner comedian/actor Louis C. K. (Pootie Tang) is the voice of the star pet of the comedic 3D animation named Max, a terrier owned by Katie - voiced by Elie Kemper ("The Office"). One day Katie comes home from work with a stray dog, Max's new adopted brother Duke a large and sloppy Newfoundland who is voiced by two-time Emmy winner Eric Stonestreet ("CSI").

The struggle for dominance over who is the boss of the house begins and it spills over into the streets where both become lost in the city of Brooklyn, NY. Out of necessity they form a bond so they can survive and find their way back home. Their journey's antagonist is Snowball a crazy rabbit voiced by MTV Movie Award winner Kevin Hart (Ride Along) that was abandoned by his owners so he is out for revenge against all pet owners. Max and Duke fake being ownerless while on the street in order to live long enough to find their way back home. In the mean time Max's friends in his Manhattan apartment building are lead by Gidget the Pomeranian - voiced by Jenny Slate ("Parks and Recreations") - in a hunt to find the two lost pets.

  The journey is full of laughs, twists and turns that make you wonder, do they make it home, what happens to the pet gang of ownerless rebel animals, will Max and Duke stay together? The Secret Life of Pets was written by Brian Lynch, Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. The directors include Chris Renaud and Yarrow Chaney. It is an Illumination Entertainment (Minions) production. It also stars Academy Award nominated Albert Brooks (Finding Dory) as the voice of the grumpy red-tailed hawk Tiberius; Emmy nominated Tara Strong (Rugrats) as the voice of the parakeet Sweet Pea; Lake Bell (Million Dollar Arm) is the voice of the always hungry tabby cat Chloe; Bobby Moynihan ("Saturday Night Live") voices Mel the pug; Australian rugby player Michael Beatties is the voice of the pig Tattoo; Academy Award nominated Chris Renaud (Ice Age) is the voice of Norman a lost guinea pig; Golden Globe nominated Steve Coogan (Around the World in 80 Days) voices Ozone a Brooklyn Sphinx cat gang leader; Dana Carvey ("Saturday Night Live") is the voice of Pops an elderly basset hound, and Emmy Award winner Hannibal Buress ("Saturday Night Live") is the voice of Buddy a laid-back Dachshund.

Rated PG The Secret Life of Pets arrives in theaters July 8th. You can log onto their website at www.TheSecretLifeofPets.com for more information or to view the trailer.

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: Sat October 22, 2016 (TBC) the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference arrives at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA.  www.UpliftingMinds2.com.) 

July 15, 2016

Grammy Nominated Will Downing Brings Sexy Maleness to ‘Black Pearls'

Will-Downing_watch.jpg    "I kept them in the same key," said Grammy nominated Will Downing about his newest album release, "Black Pearl," full of female cover songs. The Shanachie Entertainment project has an album cover with Downing sitting on a speaker, reminding me of my younger years when the songs he covers were always on my lips, accompanied by me on my red lead guitar, my red microphone and black speaker - just like on his album cover. Will Downing will take you back too, to an era where the majority of the songs had deep meaningful content. The first single off his "Black Pearl" project is a prime example with Will covering Cherrelle's hit "Everything I Miss At Home" - about love found after love is lost. "These songs were sung from a female perspective...they sing up and I sing down...(but) it was comfortable for me."
      Love is love so Downing's version of the songs still shows a picture of love in its many forms. He makes you see the meaning behind the songs from a male perspective. Will brings the "male sexy" to "Black Pearl" especially on Rufus and Chaka Khan's hit "Ever Lasting Love" one of my favorites on the project. On this selection not only did Will bring his signature sexy style to it but the harmony is so tight it's almost perfect. Could that be a result of his wife Audrey Wheeler Downing providing background vocals?
      The "Black Pearl" project offers ten songs that you can enjoy as you relax. Speaking of relaxing I asked Downing how his radio show "The Wind Down" was going. The show's play-list specializes in songs that relax the listeners.
"We are in 20 markets," He said.
      The "Black Pearl" album is produced by Will and features the assistance of Kirk Whalum on flute, Dwayne "Smitty" Smith on bass, Mike Logan and Chris "Big Dog" Davis on keyboards - just to name a few.
      "All the songs are originally done by Black women. They are diamonds and pearls," Will said when I asked why he named his project "Black Pearls". "A friend and I was talking about Phyllis Hyman, I use to open up for her and he use to work for her. We said ‘what's your favorite song?' We both liked the same song."
      That conversation sparked the idea in Will to do an album of cover songs of black female artists. Downing has been providing us with his soothing voice for 28 years via 19 albums. His last Shanachie Entertainment album release was titled "Chocolate Drops" in 2015 where he was joined by "Chris "Big Dog" Davis. The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity member was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy and he credits and thanks the MDA for helping him deal with his condition by performing at their fundraisers.
      My favorite songs on the "Black Pearls" project includes the Angela Winbush hit "Your Smile" because he clearly brings the male touch to it with a coolness only Will Downing possess; the Brenda Russell (Oleta Adams) hit "Get Here" because I love the lead guitar support by Randy Bowland that gives it a Latin feel that Downing has no problem adjusting to; the Randy Crawford hit "Street Life" featuring Najee on sax because I love how it starts slow and transitions into a finger snapping and toe tapping selection with an ending that allows the musician's a solo (horns, keys) which they totally owned; the Jones Girls' "Nights Over Egypt" featuring Kirk Whalum on flute who brings that Egyptian sound and flavor with his skills all the way to the end helping to make this selection supreme; Deniece Williams' "Black Butterfly" because Will takes an anthem for Black people and made it a love song for all people, and "Don't Let It Go to Your Head," a Jean Carne hit, because Will Downing makes it cool and jazzy.
      Will's "Black Pearl" is truly an historical piece that will become a keep-sake for his fans and the fans of all the female legendary vocalists he honored. To learn more about "Black Pearls" or Will log onto www.Shanachie.com or www.WillDowning.com.

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.comEVENT: Sat October 22, 2016 the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference arrives at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA.  www.UpliftingMinds2.com.)

July 22, 2016

Sax-Man Steve Cole Makes You Feel Good with ‘Turn It Up' Release

Steve_Cole.jpg"I was actually talking to a friend of mine, we were listening to music in the car, and I said ‘turn the volume up.' So I wanted to make an album where you'd want to turn the music up," said saxophonist Steve Cole when I asked about the title to his eight album "Turn It Up" (Mack Avenue/Artistry Music), released July 15, 2016. I think Steve accomplished that. The first single off the album "Turn It Up" when released was the #1 added single on Billboard's BDS Chart.

  I asked him if that meant he partied through the making of the whole album he said, "Some of it was. It was a process started with David Mann in New York. I get so inspired in New York hanging out in Manhattan, I love starting music there."

  Steve Cole is a contemporary Jazz sax-man who is also part of a group of musicians called the Sax Pack with Jeff Kashiwa, Kim Waters, Jackiem Joyner and Marcus Anderson. His friend he spoke about, David Mann produced the "Turn It Up" project for him. He has collaborated before with Mann on his sophomore album in 2000 titled "Between Us." The "Turn It Up" album also has assistance from Nicholas Cole on keyboards and James Lloyd (Pieces of a Dream) on piano.

"I want people too listen and feel good," Cole said sincerely. "People look for a good time...substance...when you feel music."

That's what Steve provides on this project, substance. My favorite selections on the "Turn It Up" album is the #2 title track and single "Turn It Up" a smooth Jazz sounding selection with enough Pop in it to make it a hand-clapping feel good song; #3 "Reverence" because Steve's horn talent gives you an uplifting feeling of triumph; #5 "Bright Side" not because that is how I try to see life in general but because it is another feel good song that provides a little Funk vibe of grandeur and I love the keyboard support by David Mann too - his fingers must have been flying: #8 "Laws of Attraction" because its such a powerful piece, and #9 "Workhouse" because it had me drumming on my table, so you know I was loving the beat. Steve Cole is on tour and you can hear some of the new album as he arrives in your town. He arrives in Long Beach, California August 14, 2016, San Antonio, Texas August 20th and Denver, CO September 16th - just to name a few.

Other musician on the project include Keith Fluitt (vocals), Lamar Jones (bass), Dan Levine (trombone), Trevor Neumann (trumpet), Khari Parker (drums), Ricky Peterson (Hammond B3) and Bernd Schoenhart (guitar) You can log onto www.MackAvenue.com or www.SteveColeMusic.com for more information on the "Turn It Up" album release or his concert appearances.

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: Sat October 22, 2016 the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference arrives at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA.  www.UpliftingMinds2.com.) 

July 29, 2016

Ellis Hall is Music Personified, a Talk with a Musical Genius

ellis_hall.jpgThey say when one of your five natural senses are not working the others are amplified five times. I believe its true and its evidence in Ellis Hall, who is music - personified - as a five-octave vocalist and musician who plays keyboard, bass, electric guitar, acoustics and drums expertly even though he has been blind since he was 18 because of extreme congenital glaucoma. Recently Ellis Hall made a rare appearance in Los Angeles to perform at Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill. Normally he is on his "Ellis Hall Presents: Ray, Motown and Beyond" tour of the symphony halls.

"We tour a lot and record a lot," Hall said. "Thank God for my wife/manager. The club scene is not what it used to be. Lots of clubs you have to pay to play."

So performing as a featured artist for such symphonies as Boston Pops Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Seattle Symphony and Hartford Symphony has kept him constantly on tour. Ellis is also a song writer and producer and has contributed to the soundtracks of such films as The Lion King 2, Shrek 2, Chicken Run, Invincible and Bruce Almighty. He has also dived into acting having appeared on Martin Lawrence's Big Momma's House and in the musical stage-plays such as "The Gospel at Colonus," where he was nominated for an Ovation Theater Award.

"I'm on the soundtrack of many lives. I am honored to be the vessel," Ellis said sincerely about his creative gifts.

His first professional recording was for Rock artist Paul Pena on Capital Records in 1971, he played bass. He played bass also for the Spinners. Hall went on to become opening act for Earth, Wind and Fire and the Temptations. In 2001 he met Ray Charles and impressed him so much that he signed Ellis Hall to his label CrossOver Records in 2002. It was Ray Charles that told him about the symphony circuit. After Ray's death Ellis went on to play with Pittsburgh Symphony with Marvin Hamlisch conducting. He was a lead vocalist for the band Tower of Power for three years and was even the voice of one of the California Raisins in that years' marketing campaign.

In September, 2016 he releases "Soul Unlimited" - conducted by Jeff Tyzik who gave Ellis the title "Ambassador of Soul." The album includes the cover of David Bowie's "Let's Dance" and George Harrison's "Something" featuring Billy Preston who Hall is a protege' of.

"I am all about uplifting. There is enough in the world for everyone," Ellis Hall said, concluded our interview. "Music has no boundaries. I tell folks it wasn't until I was 14 that I recognized what I was suppose to do. I was on corners at eight and nine years old singing. People started throwing things - it was money!"

Ellis Hall has a passion for Jazz but all genres, as with musical instruments, have his love and passion for music.

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: Sat October 22, 2016 the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference arrives at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA.  www.UpliftingMinds2.com.) 

August 5, 2016

Japanese Jazz Pianist Keiko Matsui releases ‘Journey to the Heart,' her 27th album

Keiko_Matsui_profile.jpg"For me my mission in my life's journey is to the heart. It has a double meaning...your heart and your inner self," said Soul Train Music Award nominated Japanese Jazz Pianist Keiko Matsui about the meaning to the title of her 27th August 5, 2016 album release "Journey to the Heart" (Shanachie Entertainment). 

Matsui shares her time between her native country Japan and her U.S. home in Los Angeles, California. It was during a stay at Catalina Island in California where she crafted most of the melodies in "Journey to the Heart."

"My process of making albums is a little different," Keiko, who was in Tokyo at the time of the interview, informed me when asked about her recording process. "The melody is very important it takes a lot of time to perfect the melody."

This album release marks the 30th anniversary since her debut release in 1987 of "A Drop of Water." On the "Journey to the Heart" project Matsui enlist the assistance of Cuban musicians Carlos Del Puerto (bass) and Jimmy Branly Del Puerto (drums), Ramon Stagnero (guitar), Luis Quintero (percussionist), and Gregoire Mare (harmonica). They will be on her 2016 winter tour.

  "I didn't really pay attention...it felt very natural," Keiko Matsui said when asked about the growth of her talent. "I started composing in elementary school. I'd get in a special place and I start composing melodies. I started taking lessons (at 5 years old) but never thought I would do it professionally. I just started recording music. What I want is to make the most beautiful music in the world."

The "Journey to the Heart" album includes such selections as "Blue Rose," "Moving On," "Carnival," "Butterfly," "Casablanca," "Havana Nights" and "New Beginnings."
When asked about the title which is so close to the title of my biographical book "Journey to Love" Keiko said, "The title came during the process of recording. In my music the hook is the heart so I wanted to use ‘in the heart.' Through the process of recording, talking to a producer I got the idea of ‘Journey to the heart" - the perfect title."

Matsui's 8th album release "Dream Walk" in 1996 stayed on top of the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart for over 15 months. Her 2001 album release "Deep Blue" stayed on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts for three consecutive weeks. Also a humanitarian Keiko has leant her talents to help many worthy causes such as breast cancer where her song "Say It, Fight It, Cure It" was featured on a Lifetime Network special on women battling cancer and the Susan G. Komen Foundation benefit where she performed with Olympic figure skaters. She helped save the trees when her 1998 album release "Full Moon and the Shrine" was accompanied by her PBS special "Keiko Matsui: Light Above the Trees" which earned her multi-National Smooth Jazz Award. She fights hunger, in 2004 the title track to her album "Wildflower" was used to support the United Nations World Food Program for its efforts in Africa. She supported marrow donating when she collaborated with Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches (A3M) performing in numerous concerts. Her mini-album "A Gift of Life" proceeds went to the National Donor Program and Marrow Foundation in support of A3M.

"Journey to the Heart" is yet another masterpiece of a project that I expect to do great things for the heart and for the world.

"My fans are waiting for me...to deliver the music...to deliver the concerts," Keiko said sincerely about her motivation to another record album. "For my fans I was continually always on a journey to the heart of my fans and to the heart of myself. The core of the creator is the heart...I get so excited."

You will get so excited too about the music and piano skills of Keiko Matsui when you hear "Journey to the Heart" I am sure. Learn more about Matsui by logging onto www.Shanachie.com or www.KeikoMatsui.com.

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: Sat October 22, 2016 the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference arrives at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA.  www.UpliftingMinds2.com.) 

 August 12, 2016

Dave Hollister is Back with ‘The Manuscript' Project August 19, 2016 Featuring Angie Stone, Led by First Single ‘Definition of a Woman'

davehollister.jpg"He said, ‘that's not you. We got to bring you back'," said Dave Hollister (Blackstreet) about the birth process of his August 19, 2016 album release "The Manuscript" (Shanachie Entertainment).

Hollister's relatives include of K-Ci & JoJo, Fantasia and Calvin Richardson so you can understand how his vocals helped him become a household name even though he is a member of one of the best Hip-Hop/R&B groups of all time - Blackstreet. The Teddy Riley created group made musical history in a three year span becoming a platinum selling force. Dave branched off releasing eight solo projects; "The Manuscript" is his ninth. The singer/songwriter was born a day after me on August 17th so this project must truly be special. The first single release "Definition of a Woman" has actress LisaRaye starring in the music video, reminiscent of six-time Grammy winning SisQo's (Dru Hill) "Incomplete" video that stars the "Single Ladies" actress.

"My manager he said, 'let's go...its time'," Dave said when asked about his motivation to create a new project. When I asked what we can expect on the album, because his past projects have been about love, he said, "It's been relationship driven. This one is more about love. That is what we been missing. It's been ‘relationSEX'...the relationSHIP is missing."

The Chicago native is also Preacher Hollister so you know this project will be very inspiring. The first single "Definition of a Woman" is produced by Walter W. Millsap III (Beyonce', Alicia Keys Jennifer Lopez). Also featured in "The Manuscript" project is Angie Stone.

"I am not singing somebody else's story. I can only feel my story," Hollister pointed out when I noted what a soulful singer he is. "I hope people listen and say this is real, Dave is back."

"The Manuscript" is a Conjunction Entertainment and Top Notch Music project and it arrives August 19, 2016. Learn more at www.Shanachie.com or follow Dave on Facebook (Dave_Hollister).

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: Sat October 22, 2016 the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference arrives at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA.  www.UpliftingMinds2.com.) 

August 19, 2016

Ben-Hur's Epic Story Honored Well in the Paramount/MGM Presentation

ben-hur-2016-jack-huston-chariot-race-1.jpgThe epic story of Judah Ben-Hur is honored well in the Paramount/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures presentation of Ben-Hur arriving in theaters August 19, 2016. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch) Ben- Hur stars Jack Huston (Spartacus) as Judah Ben-Hur a prince accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala played by Toby Kebbell (Wrath of the Titans) an officer in the Roman army. This is the retelling of the epic 1880 novel by Lew Wallace titled "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ."

The blockbuster saga of Ben-Hur was told in 1959 and starred Charleston Heston as Judah. The current tale of Ben-Hur, shot in Rome, takes place years before the 1959 adaptation of the novel but is just as masterful. In this version Ben-Hur is stripped of his title, separated from his family and the love of his life Esther played by Nazanin Boniadi ("Homeland") and forced into slavery for crimes he did not commit. He is forced to work on a Roman warship as faith smiles on Ben-Hur time and time again saving his life. Through a series of events he ends up at the camp of African Sheik Ilderim played by Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby, Invictus), who races chariots in the Roman arena. The African Sheik sees his talent for horse racing and makes a deal with Ben-Hur to win his freedom by winning the next Roman chariot race - against his adopted brother Messala.

Aimed at winning his freedom from Rome and seeking revenge from his brother Messala who is also competing in the chariot race, Ben-Hur instead through meeting Jesus Christ played by Rodrigo Santoro (The 33) found the spirit of forgiveness instead. The chariot race is only one of the most astonishing scenes in the epic film which is filled with them.

Ben-Hur also stars Ayelet Zurer (The Da Vinci Code) as Naomi - Judah's mother; Sofia Black D'Elia ("Criminal Justice") as Tirzah his sister; Pilou Asbaek (Despicable Me 2) as Pontius Pilate and Moises Arias (Worlds Apart) as Gestas. Written by John Ridley and Keith Clarke Ben-Hur is executive produced by Mark Burnett, Roma Downey, Keith Clarke, John Ridley and Jason F. Brown. Produces include Mark Burnett, Sean Daniel, Duncan Henderson and Joni Levin. Screened in 2D, 3D, 3D Real and Digital 3D Ben-Hur is a Bazelevs, Lightworkers Media, and Sean Daniel production. You can watch the trailer or learn more about Ben-Hur by logging onto www.BenHurMovie.com.

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: Sat October 22, 2016 the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference arrives at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA.  www.UpliftingMinds2.com.) 

August 26, 2016

Hands of Stone, the Rise of WBC Welterweight Roberto Duran, is Life Inspiring

Hands-of-Stone-ring.jpgWhen there are no barriers placed on a child's mind, all things are possible. The Weinstein Company presentation of Hands of Stone, based on the rise of Roberto Duran as the WBC Welterweight champion of the world, is life inspiring and a prime example of how far the "human will" can take a person. Emmy nominated Edgar Ramirez (Zero Dark Thirty) stars as Roberto Duran, Usher Raymond (Texas Rangers) plays Sugar Ray Leonard who held the WBC Welterweight title and Academy Award winner Robert De Niro (The Good Shepherd) plays legendary boxing trainer Ray Arcel. Hands of Stone arrives in theaters August 26, 2016.

Hands of Stone will take you on an amazing journey of a young boy who survived on the streets of Panama with his fists. His street suave and fighting skills along with his persistent desire to find a boxing trainer who could help him take his winning streak on the streets into the boxing ring where the money was guaranteed his success. Roberto Duran (Ramirez) had a persistent and an undefeated reputation that paid off for him when he received the support of the man who helped make boxing an official world sport, trainer Ray Arcel (De Niro) who taught 18 world champions.

Rated- R the Hands of Stone peaks during his infamous 1989 show-down with Sugar Ray Leonard. I remember the fight well. It seemed everyone in the world watched that fight to see if an undefeated 29 year-old boxer from the streets of Panama could take the WBC Welterweight belt from the charismatic and very skillful American boxer Sugar Ray Leonard (Raymond). He did take it in a very close full round competition. His triumph became the triumph of his people and his defeat, that same year in a rematch, was their defeat. Duran would go on to box professionally his entire career retiring in 2002 at the age of 50.

Directed and written by Jonathan Jakubowicz Hands of Stone shows all the different personalities that influenced him, the personal and career choices that fueled him and the historical events that gave him a permanent place in history's time-line delivered in a beautifully constructed masterpiece. Those that are not boxing fans can now appreciate the creativity of the sport of boxing, understand the trails and tribulations of the lifestyle that comes with the pentacle of success he achieved and applaud at the end for how Duran handled it. Hands of Stone, though historical in events that are well known, has many surprises courtesy of some scenes and particulars that came out in the film that are life inspiring.

Jay Weisleder, Carlos Garcia de Paredes, Claudine Jakubowicz and Jonathan Jakubowicz are the films' producers. Based on a book by Christian Giudice Hands of Stone also stars Reg. E. Cathey (The Machinist) as Don King; Ruben Blades (Predator 2) as promoter Carlos Eleta; Ana de Armas as Felicidad Iglesias (Duran's wife); Jurnee Smollett-Bell ("True Blood") as Juanita Leonard (Leonard's wife); Golden Globe nominated Ellen Barkin (Ocean's Thirteen) as Stephanie Arcel, and Emmy winning John Turturro (Transformers) as Frankie Carbo the mafia owned boxing promoter. Arriving in theaters August 26, 2016 Hands of Stone is a Fuego Films, Vertical Media, Epicentral Studios ad Panama Film Commission production.

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: Sat October 22, 2016 the "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference arrives at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA.  www.UpliftingMinds2.com.) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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