CARL WEBER PRESENTS:
a new novel from actor and singer
November 25, 2014, New York, NY –Hollywood leading man, Christian Keyes, has added author to his list of accomplishments with the release of his debut novel, LADIES NIGHT, presented by Carl Weber and Urban Renaissance/Kensington books. The novel is a thrilling, sexy, heartfelt and often funny story which follows Amp Anthony, a ruggedly handsome and resourceful young man seeking redemption from his past to redefine his future.
BET Networks’ Series Debut of “NELLYVILLE” Starring Hip-Hop Artist Nelly Delivers One Million Total Viewers for Its Series Premiere
“NELLYVILLE” is the #1 Non-Scripted Series Debut among Adults 18 – 49 for the Last 2 Years on the Network
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)– BET Networks’ new docu-series, “NELLYVILLE,” starring hip-hop artist Nelly delivered 1 million total viewers (P2+ impressions)* during its initial airing on Tuesday, November 25, 10:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. EST. The hour-long docu-series following the life of the artist became the #1 non-scripted series debut among Adults 18 – 49 on the network in nearly 2 years.
Miami-Dade Chamber marks 40-Year Legacy of Advocating For Black, Minority and Women-Owned Businesses in South Florida
– Host Chairman Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation partners in this Celebration and embraces Diversity –
(BLACK PRW WIRE) — MIAMI, FL – The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce (M-DCC) will host an elegant black-tie gala to celebrate its 40th Anniversary and you are invited to attend. The Ruby inspired Gala will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Jungle Island Tree Top Ballroom, 1111 Parrott Jungle Trail, Miami, Florida 33132. The gala begins with a cocktail reception at 6:00 pm. The gala always attracts an esteemed group of notable civic, business and community influencers. This year’s gala chairman is Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Music will be provided by legendary Doug E. Fresh.
ADVOKIT PRODUCTIONS IGNITES GLOBALLY WITH THE
KAN KAN RIDDIM
Blockbuster Compilation Now Available Worldwide
from FOX FUSE
November 26, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New York, NY (FOX FUSE) – AdvoKit Productions ignites globally with its new blockbuster compilation album Kan Kan Riddim, now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released on November 25, 2014), from FOX FUSE. The hit-filled, groovy soca collection garners mass international and national attention, debuting at #4 on the iTunes U.S. Reggae Top Albums chart, #3 on the iTunes Canada Reggae Top Albums chart, #1 on the iTunes Trinidad Reggae Top Albums chart and #2 on the iTunes Trinidad and Tobago’s (National) Top Albums chart, only behind Eminem. Read more…
MUSIC FROM AND INSPIRED BY THE MOTION PICTURE TOP FIVE TO BE RELEASED DECEMBER 9th ON DEF JAM RECORDINGS
TOP FIVE, WRITTEN, DIRECTED BY AND STARRING CHRIS ROCK, AND PRODUCED BY SCOTT RUDIN AND ELI BUSH, OPENS NATIONWIDE ON DECEMBER 12th, FROM PARAMOUNT PICTURES
QUESTLOVE SERVES AS EXECUTIVE MUSIC PRODUCER AND CO-COMPOSER ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE
HIP-HOP SOUNDTRACK FEATURES JAY Z, KANYE WEST, THE ROOTS, SLICK RICK, DMX, LL COOL J, PUBLIC ENEMY, JADAKISS, JA RULE, YOUNG CHRIS FEAT. RICO LOVE, GHOSTFACE KILLAH, SALT-N-PEPA, RAKIM, AND SCARFACE
(Nov. 24, 2014 – New York, NY) Def Jam Recordings, a division of Universal Music Group (UMG), will digitally release the music from and inspired by the motion picture TOP FIVE on December 9th. The star-packed film, written, directed by and starring Chris Rock, tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy career—and the past—that he’s left behind. TOP FIVE, produced by Scott Rudin and Eli Bush and distributed by Paramount Pictures, opens nationwide on December 12th. Read more…
Atlantic Records named Shawn Barron to VP, Urban A&R. Barron is based in the company’s Burbank office. Read more…
REV. AL SHARPTON TO JOIN MICHAEL BROWN’S FAMILY AT PRESS CONFERENCE IN ST LOUIS, MO, TUESDAY NOVEMBER 25TH
REV. AL SHARPTON TO JOIN MICHAEL BROWN’S FAMILY AT PRESS CONFERENCE IN ST LOUIS, MO, TUESDAY NOVEMBER 25TH
Lesley McSpadden, Mother of Michael Brown
Michael Brown, Father of Michael Brown
Rev. Al Sharpton, President, National Action Network
Greater St. Marks Missionary Baptist Church
9950 Glen Owen Dr, St Louis, MO 63136 Read more…
JONI MITCHELL — LOVE HAS MANY FACES OUT TODAY ON RHINO
Mitchell Curates Four-Disc Collection Featuring 53 Newly Remastered Songs Recorded Throughout Her Landmark Career That Evoke Her Vision Of Love
Mitchell to Appear On PBS’ Tavis Smiley On
Tuesday, November 25th For Rare Interview
“Joni Mitchell always has been, and will always be, utterly irreplaceable”
OPRAH WINFREY SURPRISES IYANLA VANZANT WITH EPIC HOME MAKEOVER IN OWN SPECIAL TO AIR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29
OPRAH WINFREY SURPRISES IYANLA VANZANT WITH EPIC HOME MAKEOVER IN OWN SPECIAL
TO AIR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29
Nate Berkus (L), Oprah Winfrey (Center) and Iyanla Vanzant (R) on the deck of
Iyanla’s newly-decorated home; Photo Credit: Photo by Bjorn Wallander
|Los Angeles - Oprah Winfrey gives spiritual life coach and television host Iyanla Vanzant the surprise of a lifetime-the gift of a spectacular, one-of-a-kind complete home makeover, led by friend and interior designer Nate Berkus. The big surprise and remarkable transformation is documented in the OWN special television event, “Oprah Prime: Iyanla, I’ll Fix Your House,” airing this Saturday, November 29 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Read more…|
Eminem and Shady Records will celebrate the label’s 15th anniversary with its fifteenth release: ShadyXV, a two-CD compilation featuring an album of the label’s greatest hits, including classics such as 50 Cent’s “In Da Club” and Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” plus an album of new material from Eminem, Slaughterhouse, Bad Meets Evil, D-12 and Yelawolf as well as special guest-artist collaborations. ShadyXV (Shady Records/Interscope Records), set for release November 24, 2014, will be preceded by a new Eminem single, “Guts Over Fear.” The song features Sia and was produced by Emile Haynie (Grammy winner for Best Rap Album for Eminem’s Recovery) and John Hill.
The single is featured in the Sony Pictures’ film, the Anton Fuqua-directed “The Equalizer.” Read more…
COMEDY CENTRAL® SETS PREMIERE DATE FOR “THE NIGHTLY SHOW WITH LARRY WILMORE” TO DEBUT ON MONDAY, JANUARY 19 AT 11:30 P.M. ET/PT
It’s official. Comedy Central’s next great late night franchise “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” will premiere on Monday, January 19 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT and air weeknights following “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”
Continuing in Comedy Central’s grand tradition of producing groundbreaking late night formats, “The Nightly Show” (twitter: @NightlyShow) will provide viewers with Larry Wilmore’s distinct point of view and comedic take on current events and pop culture. Hosted by Wilmore, the series will feature a diverse panel of voices, providing a perspective largely missing in the late night television landscape.
“The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” was created by Jon Stewart and will be produced by Stewart’s Busboy Productions with Stewart, Wilmore and Rory Albanese serving as Executive Producers, Amy Ozols as Co-Executive Producer and Sue Fellows as Supervising Producer. The series’ Head Writer is Robin Thede.
TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION® ANNOUNCES APPLICATIONS FOR 2015 ‘FULL RIDE’ SCHOLAR
– Graduating High School Seniors Can Win Full Scholarship to a Black College –
Dallas, TX (BlackNews.com) — The Tom Joyner Foundation® announced the ‘Full Ride’ scholarship program that will cover all the expenses of one student planning to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the fall of 2015.
“The cost of a college education isn’t getting any cheaper,” said Tom Joyner, chairman of his Foundation and host of the top-ranked nationally syndicated radio show. “So, I want to help a graduating high school senior with a chance to attend a black college to pursue their dreams.”
Past Full Ride Scholars have impressive backgrounds, including last year’s winner the first winner, Titus Zeigler, who was a top student at Atlanta’s Henry W. Grady High School. The future trauma surgeon was a member of the Junior ROTC program, tutored kids at a local middle school and volunteered for the Atlanta Food Bank. Britney Wilson, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., who graduated from Howard University, and she is now in her second year of law school at the University of Pennsylvania. Cheyenne Boyce of Detroit is now a senior at Spelman College, where she is an international relations major who is fluent in Japanese. Read more…
SO MI LIKE IT AVAILABLE DECEMBER 2, 2014 ON VP RECORDS
“Conjugal Visit” featuring Vybz Kartel
“Im A Pretty Little Black Girl” Book Series Hailed by Chris Rock, Ruby Dee, John Singleton and Debbie Allen
AUTHOR, SCREENWRITER AND ACTRESS BETTY K. BYNUM UNVEILS THE “I’M A GIRL COLLECTION” CHILDREN’S BOOK SERIES
– Inspired by Sasha and Malia Obama, “I’m A Pretty Little Black Girl!” is the first edition in a twelve part book series, “The I’m A Girl! Collection” hailed by Chris Rock, Ruby Dee, John Singleton and Debbie Allen as an inspiring self empowerment reading tool for young women of color – available on Amazon.com with deluxe hard copies available at Target stores. –
Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — In an ideal world, young girls of color would be showered with infinite messages of self-love and self-acceptance reflective of their inherent and immeasurable worth. They would be inundated with a plethora of affirming role models urging them to reach for the stars just within their grasp. Yet in 2012, there remains a dearth of these aforementioned messages and role models essential to the well-being and self esteem of young girls of color in the United States. In one fell swoop Betty K. Bynum – an accomplished journalist, screenwriter, and actress (ER, Law & Order, Death At A Funeral), brazenly steps in to fill the void with her multifaceted The I’m A Girl Collection. Promulgating positive images and mantras to young girls of color ages 2-9, the collection finds its genesis in a series of 12 children’s books authored by Bynum and illustrated by prolific English illustrator/animator Claire Armstrong Parod (Space Jams, Curious George) beginning with the inaugural title I’m A Pretty Little Black Girl! Read more…
1st ANNUAL “THE DEAL MAKERS” CONFERENCE BRINGS KEVIN DURANT & THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY’S BIGGEST MOVERS & SHAKERS TO OKC
SHAMELESS STAR VANESSA BELL CALLOWAY WINS BEST LEAD FEMALE – EQUITY AT THE
2014 NAACP THEATRE AWARD HELD MONDAY
|Photo Credit: Photo By Foxx|
(LOS ANGELES, CA – 11.18.14) — A one-woman dramatization of personal letters written by author Zora Neale Hurston that incorporates excerpts from her impressive body of work to tell a most intriguing life story is not the simplest of parts to play, which is why Vanessa Bell Calloway earned Best Lead Female – Equity honors for her role in the stage play “Letters From Zora: In Her How Words” at the NAACP Theatre Awards presented at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA Monday. Read more…
THE AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL
ANNOUNCES 2015 DATES AND HOST CITY
FESTIVAL EXPANDS TO SHOWCASE DIVERSITY IN TELEVISION
November 19, 2014, New York, New York – Film Life, Inc., is pleased to announce the 19th annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) will take place in New York City, June 11-14, 2015, at the New York Hilton Midtown and AMC Empire 25 Theater. Originally established to increase diversity in the film industry, the four-day festival is expanding its program to include a TV Writers Workshop, Network Expo, and case studies of popular current television shows. HBO® returns as the festival’s founding sponsor.
“With the renewed prestige of mainstream television and the proliferation of multi-platform distribution, the ABFF will now feature more television-related content that networks can draw on to connect with and promote programming to African American viewers,” said Jeff Friday, founder and CEO. “The festival hopes to attract new broadcast partners – network, television and Internet – who are strongly committed to speaking to a diverse audience.” Read more…
adidas Originals Brings ZXFLUX Experience to
Downtown Los Angeles on November 22nd!
Cashmere Agency and adidas Originals have teamed up to celebrate the U.S. launch of the #miZXFLUX app and the next chapter in the ZX story by opening an innovative ZXFLUX Experience pop-up exhibition in LA on Saturday, November 22nd! The event, hosted by Sirius XM radio personalities LA Leakers, is all-ages, open to the public and located at 1006 S. Olive Street in Downtown Los Angeles from 2-8 p.m.
Annual charitable event to include VIPs Tariq ‘Black Thought’ Trotter, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Michellene Davis and more
Def Jam Recordings, a division of Universal Music Group (UMG) strengthens its lifestyle marketing initiatives with the promotion of Eric ‘EP’ Parler to Vice President, Mixshow & Lifestyle Promotion, it was announced today by Rodney Shealey, Executive Vice President, Urban Promotion, and Rick Sackheim, Executive Vice President, Promotion, Def Jam Recordings. Mr. Parler, who is based in New York, will continue to work with lifestyle clubs and the top DJs across the country to build the initial buzz and excitement for all of the label’s new releases.
“It is truly an honor for me to receive this promotion in the midst of Def Jam’s historic 30th anniversary year,” said Mr. Parler. “Def Jam has always reigned as the center of the hip-hop and urban music universe and I am proud to be part of the team in carrying that forward. I want to thank Shawn “Pecas” Costner for his support and I’m excited to continue working closely with Rodney Shealey and Rick Sackheim.”
Humpty Dumpty Sat on the Wall – Almost, Digital Underground Releases “Berlin Wall” Footage from New Documentary
Humpty Dumpty Sat on the Wall – Almost…
Digital Underground Releases
“Berlin Wall” Footage from New Documentary
Hollywood, CA -Not many music acts have a 25th anniversary that coincides with the fall of the Berlin Wall. Digital Underground (D.U.), who are celebrating the 25th anniversary release of their monster hit, “The Humpty Dance,” share a personal history with the actual fall of the wall. The group has released a snippet from their upcoming documentary “D.U. Days: Adventures in Digital Underground the Apprenticeship of Tupac Shakur,” which details original founder and D.U. member, Chopmaster J’s, encounter in Berlin. Chopmaster J has joined forces with filmmaker and director Abdul Malik Abbott (“Streets is Watching,” “State Property”) to produce the documentary “D.U. Days: Adventures in Digital Underground the Apprenticeship of Tupac Shakur.”
KEVIN GATES ANNOUNCES
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