Socially Conscious Recording Artist,
Raheem DeVaughn, Receives
Spirit of Democracy Award for
|Washington, DC – Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and founder of the LoveLife Foundation, Raheem DeVaughn, told the audience he was attempting to lead by example with his music and foundation as he accepted the Ruby Campbell Pulliam “Love You More” Servant Leadership and Community ServiceAward during the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s (NCBCP) 17th Annual Spirit of Democracy Awards Red Carpet Affair held in DC last week.
Hosted by actor/comedian, Jonathan Slocumb, and sponsored by Verizon and Comcast NBC Universal, the event also honored: Charles Ogletree Jr., Harvard University Law School professor; Elsie Scott, PhD, founding director, Ron Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center, Howard University; Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director, CEO, MomsRising.org; Mayor William Bell, Birmingham, Alabama; Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science; Councilwoman Sheila Tyson, convener, Alabama Coalition on Black Civic Participation; and Helen Butler, executive director, Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda. Read more…
Mimi Valdes, Vic Hyder and Max Siegel Added to the Lineup for the 2014 Plunge Culture & Creativity Conference in Miami, Nov 6-8
CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND JOURNALIST MIMI VALDES, USA TRACK & FIELD CEO MAX SIEGEL AND TECH COMMUNICATIONS EXPERT VIC HYDER JOIN PLUNGE TALKS SPEAKERS
AN AUTHOR, FILM DIRECTOR, TECH EXPERT, JOURNALIST, MARKETING SPECIALIST AND GREEN LIVING ADVOCATE TAKE PART IN THE FIRST PLUNGE CULTURE & CREATIVITY CONFERENCE NOVEMBER 6–8 AT THE EDEN ROC MIAMI BEACH
October 17, 2014, New York, New York – Film Life, Inc., is excited to announce the complete list of speakers for the 2014 Plunge Talk series at the 2014 Plunge Culture & Creativity Conference, which will take place November 6–8 at the Eden Roc Miami Beach. Along with green living expert and author Danny Seo (Plunge Talks on Friday, November 7th at 2:30 p.m.), the Black Enterprise “Innovation Slam Competition” and Frans Johansson, author of The Medici Effect (Plunge Talks on Friday, November 7th at 9:30 a.m.), journalist Mimi Valdés, USA Track & Field CEO Max Siegel and Tech Communications expert Vic Hyder, will be part of the inspiring lineup for Plunge Talks. Conference attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in Culture Classes, Plunge Fit and a special advanced screening of Gina Prince Bythewood’s upcoming film, Beyond the Lights on Saturday, November 8th at Regal Cinemas South Beach at 9 p.m.
This year’s Plunge Talks sessions will present information-packed discussions on topics ranging from technology to business innovation and communication to green living and entertainment. The schedule of the latest additions to the Plunge Talks featured speakers include:
UP Original Movie LYFE’S JOURNEY
Premieres this Sunday, October 26th, 7:00 p.m. EDT / 6:00 p.m. PDT
Starring Keith Robinson (“Dreamgirls”),
Angell Conwell (“The Young and the Restless”) and Richard T. Jones (“Judging Amy”)
Written by UP’s Corey A. Prince & Directed by Ryan Richmond
UP PRESENTS THE UP ORIGINAL MOVIE
EMOTIONAL, TIMELY DRAMA STARS KEITH ROBINSON (GET ON UP) AND
RICHARD T. JONES (“JUDGING AMY”)
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.
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.
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
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is an accredited not-for-profit sales and marketing organization whose mission is to attract visitors to Greater Miami and the Beaches for leisure, business and conventions. To get further engaged with Miami and the Beaches, join the conversation by following us on our social media channels at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest.
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SATURDAY NIGHTS ARE A FAMILY AFFAIR ON OWN WITH ‘DEION’S FAMILY PLAYBOOK’ AND ‘FLEX & SHANICE’ PREMIERING NOVEMBER 1
SATURDAY NIGHTS ARE A FAMILY AFFAIR ON OWN WITH
‘DEION’S FAMILY PLAYBOOK’ AND ‘FLEX & SHANICE’
PREMIERING NOVEMBER 1
Café Mocha™ Radio Show Extends its Digital Reach with MadameNoire.com
The #1 nationally syndicated female-oriented radio show and the top lifestyle and entertainment site for Black women have joined together in a strategic partnership to provide engaging content for women across all communication platforms. Starting the weekend of October 4, Café Mocha will begin airing MadameNoire.com’s popular feature Did Y’all See? and MadameNoire, will produce written content for Cafemocharadio.com.
Best known as “radio from a woman’s perspective,” Café Mocha is the fastest-growing syndicated radio show catering to multicultural women. The popular show, syndicated in more than 25 markets designed to empower women with a fresh blend of ideas, content and the best in urban music, is built upon the concept of women helping other women to grow through shared experiences and information, which makes Did Y’all See? a great addition to the content lineup. The lively segment will feature MadameNoire editors discussing timely hot-button issues their audiences debated during the week and ask poignant questions about the state of Black women, relationships, and social and entertainment news. Read more…
Sustainable Action for Everyone (S.A.F.E) Puts Going Green at Your Fingertips
September 28th, Atlanta, GA – On September 3oth, International Sustainability and Green Technology pioneer, Onaje Jackson, announces the unveiling of the Sustainable Action For Everyone Program (S.A.F.E Earth) and will launch their much anticipated Indiegogo campaign. S.A.F.E Earth is a first of its kind, website designed to support the growth of a global grass roots sustainability movement that will bring about global balance. The online portal will make available all of the necessary tools to save Mother Earth and place them right at your fingertips. It includes a resource center designed to provide technical support for both the collective and individuals that are committed to the cause, as well as big bold apps that gives you step by step instructions on everything you ever wanted to know about being green on and off line. Read more…
Food Bank for New York City, Broadway’s Keke Palmer and Brooklyn Nets star Brook Lopez teamed up to “Change One Thing” for students
FOOD BANK FOR NEW YORK CITY TEAMED UP WITH BROADWAY’S KEKE PALMER AND BROOKLYN NETS ALL-STAR BROOK LOPEZ TO “CHANGE ONE THING” FOR STUDENTS
Opportunity Charter School Students Pledge to Live Healthier and Focus on Nutrition
[MEDIA RECAP] NEW YORK, NY, September 23, 2014 – Food Bank For New York City held a nutrition education summit for teens in Harlem on Tuesday, September 23, with surprise celebrity guests Keke Palmer, TV host and first African-American star of the Broadway show “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” and Brook Lopez, NBA All-Star center for the Brooklyn Nets. The event was in support of Food Bank For New York City’s Change One Thing initiative, a social campaign that aims to guide teens toward healthier choices by changing just one thing in their diet at a time.
GOAPELE ANNOUNCES MULTI-CITY “STRONG AS GLASS” TOUR KICKING OFF NOVEMBER 7th in NEW YORK, NY.
Pre-Order for “Strong As Glass” Available NOW on iTunes
Remix to “Hey Boy” Featuring Snoop Dogg also available on iTunes today
NEW YORK, N.Y. (September 24, 2014) – Soul, R&B singer/songwriter Goapele announces a 14-city tour kicking off at Highline Ballroom in New York, NY on November 7th and wrapping at The Loft in Atlanta, GA on December 14th. The tour is in support of the upcoming release of her fourth studio album, “Strong As Glass,” which is available for pre-order on iTunes now. In addition, the remix to her first official single “Hey Boy” Produced by Keith Harris and featuring Snoop Dogg premiered on VIBE last week and is now available for purchase on iTunes.
“We dare you not to break into the Shmoney Dance after hearing the Snoop Dogg-featured remix to her new single, “Hey Boy.” – VIBE
Lifestyle Brand That Represents The Bond We Share
New York, NY, September 24th, 2014 – Kinship is proud to announce the release of their new bomber jacket celebrating 20 years of Bad Boy Records.
Previously, the brand released Golden Era and Dipset versions. The Bad Boy Bomber features an all-over print of all of the label’s greatest albums, from the Biggie reign to modern day.
“I wanted to create pieces that pays homage to the music I was raised on,” said Kinship Founder Reggie Thomas, “Bad Boy definitely deserves major recognition. Hopefully people will appreciate it just as much as i did.”
The jacket is 100 percent satin with a purple satin lining and a full zipper front. The albums featured include classics from Notorious B.I.G. and Ma$e alongside more current records from the likes of French Montana and Janelle Monae.
This bomber and more are available through the Kinship site. Shop now >
TRIBECA FILM DOCUMENTARY “NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC” TO DEBUT IN SELECT THEATERS NATIONWIDE STARTING OCTOBER 1 AND LIVING ROOMS EVERYWHERE ON OCTOBER 3
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The documentary on legendary MC Nas’ making of the 1994 landmark debut album ‘Illmatic’, Nas: Time Is Illmatic, will release theatrically in New York and Los Angeles starting on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 then hit movie theaters across America on Thursday, October 2 for a one-night-only special showing of the film. Audiences nationwide will have the rare opportunity to experience the story behind one of hip-hop’s most influential albums of all-time on the big screen, distributed by Tribeca Film. Read more…
Los Angeles – OWN’s popular series “Iyanla: Fix My Life” from Harpo Studios delivered 1.15 million total viewers and a .99 rating in the network’s key W25-54 demo on Saturday night (9/20/14) making it the highest rated episode since November 2013 and the third most watched episode in the history of the series on OWN.
The episode, which was the third installment of a three-part mega-fix, was also Saturday night’s most-watched telecast on all of TV for African-American viewers and the #1 ad-supported cable telecast for all African-American women. Additionally, the current season average is up double-digits in women 25-54 (+67%) and total viewers (+63%) over last season.
ASPiRE Announces Partnership with The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs)
ASPiRE ADVANCES ITS EDUCATION OUTREACH
THROUGH A NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH
THE WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE ON HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
Network Aligns with the Billion Dollar Roundtable to Sponsor the Inaugural Class of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities’ HBCU All-Star Students during the
2014 National HBCU Week Conference in Washington, DC
ASPiRE Will Produce ‘I ASPiRE’ Profiles Highlighting HBCU All-Star Students and “ASPiRE to Change the Game” Vignettes
ATLANTA – September 19, 2014 – ASPiRE, the television network that celebrates the groundbreaking achievements of African-Americans, announced today a partnership with the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCUs) to increase awareness of the value and the legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), to expose college students to entrepreneurs and professionals in corporate and private businesses and, to guarantee the future success of African-American students, our communities and our nation. The strategic collaboration is a part of ASPiRE’s initiative to promote excellence in education among African-American students at HBCUs and to provide those students with professional development and support.
UP Original Movie MY OTHER MOTHER – this Sun., Sept. 21, 7 PM EDT – UP Faith & Family Screenplay Winner at ABFF
UP PRESENTS THE UP ORIGINAL MOVIE
MY OTHER MOTHER
A FAMILY DRAMA STARRING ESSENCE ATKINS,
LYNN WHITFIELD, JASMINE GUY, GREGALAN WILLIAMS,
ANGIE STONE AND KENDRICK CROSS
PREMIERES EXCLUSIVELY ON UP,
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 AT 7 P.M. EDT / 6 P.M. PDT
This Marks the Fifth Movie Produced from
Winning Scripts in the UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition at ABFF
First Single from Tasha’s Debut CD is Top 10 on Billboard’s and Mediabase’s Gospel Airplay Charts
Dallas, Texas–September 16, 2014— Fo Yo Soul Recordings / RCA is pleased to announce that Tasha Page-Lockhart’s “Different,” from her debut album, HERE RIGHT NOW, is currently in the Top 10 on both Mediabase’s and Billboard’s Gospel Airplay charts and climbing. Read more…
ASPiRE TO PREVIEW “CHANGEMAKERS” A NEW ORIGINAL REALITY SERIES ABOUT AFRICAN-AMERICAN CELEBRITIES DOING GOOD
- Keshia Knight Pulliam and her Kamp Kizzy Foundation and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and The Ludacris Foundation Among Those Featured • Production on ASPiRE’s 5th Original Series Underway in Atlanta, with Premiere Set for Wednesday, September 24th -
(BLACK PR WIRE) – ATLANTA – September 10, 2014 — ASPiRE, the television network that celebrates the groundbreaking achievements of African-Americans, will premiere its fifth original series, “Changemakers” on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. EDT. Currently in production in Atlanta, the half-hour reality series will spotlight African-American celebrities – such as Keshia Knight Pulliam and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges – who are making a difference and reveal how and why they use their success to help others to be their best selves. The six-episode series is executive produced by Swirl Films and Black Celebrity Giving’s Jasmine Crowe. Read more…
GREEN LIVING EXPERT DANNY SEO JOINS THE 2014 PLUNGE CULTURE & CREATIVITY CONFERENCE IN MIAMI AS A SPEAKER FOR PLUNGE TALKS!!!!
GREEN LIFESTYLE EXPERT, BEST SELLING AUTHOR AND EDITOR-IN-CHIEF DANNY SEO CONFIRMED TO SPEAK AT THE 2014 PLUNGE CULTURE & CREATIVITY CONFERENCE, NOV 6-8 IN MIAMI
NETWORKING EVENT TARGETING MULTICULTURAL INFLUENCERS IN ENTERTAINMENT, LIFESTYLE, TECHNOLOGY AND THE ARTS
Film Life, Inc. announced today their first speaker confirmed for the 2014 Plunge Culture & Creative Conference in Miami from November 6-8 at the Eden Roc Resort Hotel.
Green Lifestyle Expert, Bestselling Author and Editor-In-Chief, Danny Seo, will join the weekend of creative, innovative and cultural events, classes and discussions to kickoff the Plunge Talks series.
Through his best-selling books, television programs, products, syndicated column, and his new national magazine “Naturally, Danny Seo,” environmental lifestyle expert Danny Seo shares the creative ideas that have made him America’s leading authority on modern, eco-friendly living. Read more…
“SO BE LIGHT!” WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT RETREAT TO BE HELD IN KEY WEST, FLORIDA
– Three day seaside, unplug that utilizes West African and Native American healing principles to illuminate the divine feminine –
Key West, FL (BlackNews.com) — A special time a part with sisters of the Spirit to remember, recall reclaim our wholeness. Designed to awaken, within women, true potential, that will then expand to increase the light of this world; shinning brighter as our own inner light expands… So Be Light! A Womens Spiritual Empowerment Retreat is scheduled from November 7- 9, 2014 in Key West Florida at the Pigeon Key Island Facility, hosted by Arida Sister Africa Wright of Powerlines Healing by the Sea Ministries. Read more…
FAMILY GROUP THE SHOWERS’ “BETTER” RADIO SINGLE HITS TOP 40 on GOSPEL RADIO CHARTS
|For immediate release:Hammond, LA (September 9, 2014) — Comprised of ten real life siblings, THE SHOWERS are the latest family collective to take the gospel music industry by storm. Quickly likened to the genre’s prized family acts such as The Winans, The Hawkins and more, the Louisiana natives are rising high with their second radio single “Better” (written and produced by Deon Kipping) cracking the MediaBase Gospel Radio Chart Top 40.
TYLER PERRY’S NEW TELEVISION DRAMA
“IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG”
TO PREMIERE TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 ON OWN
(left to right) April Parker-Jones, Amanda Clayton, Zulay Henao, Heather Hemmens & Edwina Findley
from Tyler Perry’s “If Loving You is Wrong”
Photo by Jeremy Cowart and Courtesy of OWN
UP Sponsors “Evolution of Gospel” Celebration w/The Gospel Music Heritage Month Foundation – Sept. is Gospel Music Heritage Month
UP SPONSORS “EVOLUTION OF GOSPEL” CELEBRATION
Event at Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Highlights September’s 6th Annual Gospel Music Heritage Month
2014 Honorees Include Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin and Sen. Blanche Lincoln
ATLANTA – September 8, 2014 – The Gospel Music Heritage Month Foundation (@gmhmonth) is proud to announce that UP (@UPtv) will sponsor and help promote the annual “Evolution of Gospel” celebration at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The sixth annual event commemorates the month of September as Gospel Music Heritage Month (GMHM) and features scintillating performances and special tributes. This year’s honorees include Gospel music legends Yolanda Adams and Kirk Franklin, and former Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, who, along with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), was instrumental in the passage of the resolution that established Gospel Music Heritage Month.