The Weinstein Company’s presentation
of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom will have a limited release in New York and Los Angeles November 29, 2013, and nationwide
January 3, 2014. British actor Idris Elba (Thor: The Dark World) gives a powerful performance as Mandela in the Rated PG-13
dramatic take on the South African President’s autobiography, of which I had the pleasure of reading. Naomie Harris
(Skyfall) plays Winnie Mandela and Justin Chadwick (The First Grader) directed the film co-produced by South Africa’s
Anant Singh (Sarafina!), who received the right to film Mandela’s life while he was still in jail.
The film follows Mandela during his coming of age years, his
meeting and marrying Winnie, his introduction to the Apartheid struggle, his 27 years in prison for fighting against racial
segregation, and his release and his election as President of South Africa. Elba seemed to transform himself into Mandela,
his walk and talk.
shows how he evolved from a man of hate and vengeance to a man of peace – when everyone else said no to peace. It shows
how he earned the respect of the prison warden and ultimately the South African government who came to him for answered as
to how they could stay in power.
Nicholson (Shawdowlander) is screenwriter. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, an Anant Singh/Weinstein Company presentation, also
stars Riaad Moosa, Jamie Martlett, Lindiwi Matshikiza, Tony Kgoroge, Terry Pheto, and Deon Lotz. It was filmed in association
with Distant Horizon, Origin Pictures and Pathe. It is a Videovision Entertainment Production and a Justin Chadwick Film.
J’s album, ‘Second Chances,’ is a jazzy heartfelt project featuring Norman Brown and Jeff Lorber
“I was originally a pianist,” said female Contemporary saxophonist Jessy J. “Classical. Then in third grade
the band had no piano and they asked me to play the sax. I felt it had character. I started listening to Jazz…Bebop.
Paul Brown produced my first album at 16.”
Today Jessy J is an accomplished Jazz saxophonist with albums released. Her fourth project, “Second
Chance,” is off the Shanachie Entertainment imprint and features Norman Brown, Jeff Lorber, Jimmy Haslip and Johnny
Britt. The Portland, Oregon native is Mexican-American and has had request to performed on many television shows such as “American
Idol” Finale’ with Neil Diamond; “American Idol” with Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez; “The
Voice,” CNN Espanol, “Good Morning UK” with Seal, PBS Special with Michael Bolton, and “Good Morning
America” with Jessica Simpson.
out I tried to focus on the melody,” Jessy J said when asked about writing musicals, as oppose to songs with lyrics.
“To me the songs have a meaning. They all have a story.”
My favorite cuts on the “Second Chance” album include the title track “Second Chance”
featuring Norman Brown, a nice smooth number; “Tango For Two”; “Feel Like Making Love” cover for its
smooth accompanying vocals and love the guitar support and “Twice for its nice funky sound.
Learn more about Jessy J and her newest release “Second
Chances” at www.JessyJ.com.
(Syndicated Columnist: Eunice
Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment – she
is also a Public Relations/Business Management consultant. www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com, www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com, www.UpliftingMinds2.com).