Jim Jones and Top Pop Soda Launch Vamp Soda
Vamp Berry Flavor in Stores on Holloween
New York, NY, October 21, 2014 – Hip Hop and Fashion Mogul Jim Jones and Top Pop have teamed up to create a new beverage called Vamp Soda. The first flavor to be released is called Vamp Berry. The soda hits your favorite retailers in New York on October 31st.
Distribution will start off in Jim Jones’ home state of New York and will lead into various states including New Jersey, Florida, Virginia, Georgia, Texas, California, Ohio, and Illinois. The distributor, Oak Beverage, is the largest craft beer distributor in the northeast. They are homes to brands like Guinness, Dog Fish, Colt 45 and more. The company has been in business for over 114 years.
TOO SHORT AND MONICA PAYNE LAUNCH STAR STUDDED GRAND OPENING OF “THE MAGIC GATE” PRODUCTION FACILITY
TOO SHORT AND MONICA PAYNE LAUNCH STAR STUDDED GRAND OPENING OF “THE MAGIC GATE” PRODUCTION FACILITY
Celebrity guests in attendance included Cedric The Entertainer, Ray J, Luenell, Affion Crockett, Rosa Acosta, Slink Johson,
GTAV Shawn “Solo” Fonteno, Laroo, V. Bozeman, DJ Whoo Kid and more
Chris Paul Hosts Mark Wahlberg, Blake Griffin, Matt Kemp, and more!/CP3 Foundation Celebrity Server Dinner
NBA ALL STAR CHRIS PAUL AND THE CP3 FOUNDATION
BENEFITTING L.A.’S BEST AND LEAPS N BOUNDZ
Kevin Frazier will Serve as Master of Ceremonies
Celebrity Servers include Mark Wahlberg, Jerry Ferrara,
Matt Kemp, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan
The event is being sponsored by Apollojets
Los Angeles, CA (October 15, 2014) – Los Angeles Clipper, and 7-time NBA All Star, Chris Paul will host the CP3 Foundation’s Celebrity Server Dinner on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Mastro’s Steakhouse in Beverly Hills (246 N. Canon Drive) sponsored by Apollojets. The fundraiser, which begins at 5:30 pm, will honor two Los Angeles based organizations that work with children, L.A.’s BEST and Leaps n Boundz.
As an author, one of the most gratifying experiences you can have is for people to tell you that your book saved their life, or was extremely useful and relevant to them. But when you write a book like “Justice While Black: Helping African-American Families Navigate and Survive the Criminal Justice System,” your feelings are a lot more complicated. I was hoping it would prove useful to the Black community, but it’s turned out to be waaay more relevant than I’d ever want.
When Atlanta attorney Robbin Shipp and I sat down more than a year ago to start writing “Justice While Black,” it was the specter of Trayvon Martin that hung over the room. The Black community had just suffered through the numbing shock of George Zimmerman’s acquittal. For nearly two decades, Robbin had been witnessing the parade of Black males carted through the criminal justice system in Georgia. For just as long, I had been writing about the stultifying list of African Americans who had been summarily executed by American law enforcement, often for no apparent reason other than their skin color. We both felt compelled to do something, to use our respective talents to make a difference.
But in the months leading up to the book’s release and in the two weeks since “Justice While Black” has been out, the nation has witnessed an outrageous number of African Americans dying or suffering at the hands of law enforcement. As the book’s publication date approached, I was even asked to pen an essay in the October issue of Ebony, looking at the issue from a dad’s perspective, because the topic of the book was so incredibly relevant. Read more…
The Showers Set to Perform Rising Single “Better” Live on The Word Network this Friday, October 17, 2014 at 7pm EST/6pm CST
Hammond, LA (Monday, October 13, 2014) – The newly established independent label, A&P Records (Aquila & Priscilla), home to Louisiana based family group, The Showers, has signed an exclusive national distribution partnership with Habakkuk Music/INgrooves Fontana. Marketing and publicity efforts powered by The J. Hardy Agency, LLC.
“A & P Records are excited about this new ordained union with Habukkuk Music. We’re looking forward to this partnership sharing great music with God’s people!”, says family member Regina Showers.
The Showers first gained notoriety aboard the regional success of their 2009 independent debut album “Hear My Prayer” which sold several thousand copies. Going on to land the group Rhythm of Gospel and En-Sound Music Awards, the album also courted acclaim from some of Gospel’s most endeared critics.
Entertainment Industry Leaders Malcom Lee, Roger Bobb, Reuben Cannon, Rain Pryor and Robi Reed Headline 5th Annual BronzeLens Film Festival in Atlanta October 22-26
BronzeLens is set to be a five day interactive experience designed to empower, entertain and educate attendees from various film industry disciplines, students and the general public
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ATLANTA— October 7, 2014— The 2014 5th annual BronzeLens Film Festival (BronzeLens) will take place October 22-26, 2014 at various venues including the Atlanta Marriott Marquis (Festival Headquarters), the all new SCADshow Atlanta (formerly14th St. Playhouse), the Westside Cultural Arts Center, Georgia Pacific Auditorium, South Fulton Arts Center, Hyatt Regency Atlanta and Woodruff Arts Center Rich Auditorium. BronzeLens is set to be a five day interactive experience designed to empower, entertain and educate attendees from various film industry disciplines, students and the general public. Festival producers have put together a world class array of BronzeLens expert panels, workshops, domestic and international film screenings and signature events that reflect Atlanta’s unique position as the Film Capital of the South. Headliners include directors Malcom D. Lee and Bille Woodruff, producers Roger Bobb and Reuben Cannon, actress/comedienne Rain Pryor and casting director Robi Reed. Read more…
When I heard that Raven-Symoné said on Oprah’s Where Are They Now that she isn’t African-American, I didn’t give it any thought, in fact, I still haven’t seen the episode or read about the news reporting it. I blew it off because I’ve been saying that same thing for years!
I will probably watch the show to see why she said it but if you’ve read any of my CEDitorials over the years, you will never see me using the term African-American, I always refer to myself as Black or to my peoples as Blacks. And yes, I capitalize Blacks all the time! When I’ve written for other publications, the editors always ‘de capitalize’ the B, I have no control over that, but, on this site it will always be a capital B! I see that editors capitalize other ethnicities such as Asian and I figure why can’t I capitalize my race? Read more…
No Plan B!! – Daily Word October 3, 2014
LeVelle Moton, head coach of the men’s basketball team at North Carolina Central University, has written a book that he hopes will inspire others.
The Worst Times Are The Best Times speaks to many of the factors that can and do inspire others and draws from Moton’s life experiences. The coach spoke with The Industry Cosign about his yearly charity event, the book he just wrote, and how he inspires his players.
What made you decide to write the book The Worst Times Are The Best Times?
I wrote this book to inspire people to make great things happen in their lives, whether young people with similar childhoods and a lot of tough decisions ahead of them, or businessmen and -women looking for a push to work hard and create their own paths to success. The Boys & Girls Club of Raleigh was an incredible gift to me as a child – a place to feel safe, stay out of trouble, and be motivated to make something of myself. I have had so many great mentors that have guided me along the way, and I wanted to share just a little of that with others through this book.
What is it about? Read more…
Author Frans Johansson and Film Director Gina Prince Bythewood Added to the 2014 Plunge Conference Lineup
AUTHOR FRANS JOHANSSON AND FILM DIRECTOR
GINA PRINCE BYTHEWOOD ADDED TO THE SPECTACULAR LINEUP OF SPEAKERS AT PLUNGE 2014
AUTHORS, FILM DIRECTORS AND GREEN LIVING EXPERTS JOIN THE FIRST PLUNGE CULTURE & CREATIVITY CONFERENCE FROM NOVEMBER 6-8
AT THE EDEN ROC MIAMI BEACH
October 1, 2014, New York, New York – Film Life, Inc., announced today two additions to the 2014 Plunge Culture & Creativity Conference speaker and event lineup. Along with green living expert and author Danny Seo and the Black Enterprise Innovation Slam Competition, Frans Johansson, author of The Medici Effect, will participate in Plunge Talks on Friday, November 7. On Saturday, November 8, film director Gina Prince Bythewood will screen her new film, Beyond the Lights, this year’s Plunge Premiere, followed by a Q&A with conference attendees. The conference is produced in association with the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMVB).
Frans Johansson spent three years talking with individuals and teams who were at the intersection of various disciplines and cultures. He combined the results from those interviews with decades of existing research in psychology, economics and management of creativity and innovation. His book, The Medici Effect, fully explores the concept of cross-field and cross-cultural combinations and offers guidance on how to make such an approach work effectively.
At Plunge Talks, Johansson will share his insight on how “Diversity Drives Innovation.” Acutely aware that, “In this new order of rising economies and beleaguered markets, understanding how to use diversity as power is more important than ever,” Frans Johansson redefines diversity beyond traditional social identifiers and demonstrates how today’s most innovative companies have used their existing diversity as a strategy to drive growth and profitability. Johansson will deliver a roadmap for how any company can make diversity its most powerful competitive advantage on the innovation front. The Plunge audience will have a front row seat at the heart of this dynamic conversation and learn how diversity is affecting society globally.
This year’s Plunge Premiere, Beyond the Lights, is Gina Prince Bythewood’s newest film. Bythewood’s directorial credits include The Secret Life of Bees, Disappearing Acts and Love & Basketball, produced by Spike Lee and starred Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan, which won her the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay, among other honors. A Q & A with Gina Prince Bythewood will follow the screening.
Beyond the Lights will be released nationally on November 14, but Plunge attendees will view the Miami premiere of the film courtesy of Relativity Media. Beyond the Lights is the story of Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the music world’s latest superstar. But not all is what it seems, and the pressures of fame have Noni on the edge–until she meets Kaz Nicol (Nate Parker), a young cop and aspiring politician who’s been assigned to her detail. Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard, despite the protests of those around them who urge them to put their career ambitions ahead of their romance. But it is ultimately Kaz’s love that gives Noni the courage to find her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be.
Visit www.PlungeCon.com for additional speaker and event updates.
The Plunge Culture & Creativity Conference is a multicultural networking event showcasing extraordinary people credited with groundbreaking work in the arts, entertainment and sports, lifestyle, media and technology. The three-day event will include inspiring talks, culture classes, film screenings, networking sessions and the Innovation Slam programmed to be both intellectually stimulating and professionally rewarding. The conference is produced by Backdrop (the tourism consulting arm of Film Life, Inc.) with support from the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB).
About Film Life
Film Life, Inc., is a multifaceted entertainment company headquartered in New York City. The company was founded in 2001 by Jeff Friday, its current CEO. The company’s operations center on event production, developing innovative content across all forms of media and providing strategic advisory services to a wide range of corporations in the entertainment, tourism and consumer product industries.
About the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
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