AN AMERICAN IN HOLLYWOOD TO PREMIERE AT THE 17TH ANNUAL URBANWORLD FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY BET NETWORKS AND HBO ACTORS JD WILLIAMS, HASSAN JOHNSON, STEPHEN HILL AND OTHER CAST MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE IN Q&A AFTER SCREENING IN NEW YORK CITY MUSIC FROM TALIB KWELI, JOHN LEGEND, REEF THE LOST CAUZE AND CHRIS RIVERS HIGHLIGHTED THROUGHOUT THE FILM URBANWORLD FILM FESTIVAL SCREENING SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 AT AMC LOEWS 34TH STREET
New York, New York, (September 9, 2013) – V-Twinz Productions is pleased to announce the world premiere of their film An American In Hollywood at the 17th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival in New York City. With an all-star cast and the film’s incredible hip hop soundtrack, this first feature film by V-Twinz Productions will be the Festival’s most talked about event. The screening will take place on Friday, September 20th at 10:30PM at AMC Loews 34th Street Theatres, located at 312 West 34th Street in New York City.
An American In Hollywood is an extraordinary portrayal of a group of young and talented aspiring film artists, struggling to climb the ladder in Hollywood. While faced with challenges and obstacles from the hard-to-crack glass ceiling of the complex film industry, these creative minds find a way to make their voices heard and their visions seen. With a superhero-based concept, this film follows a New York-born Writer/Director, Josiah, who leads his childhood friends to Los Angeles to pursue their artistic goals and dreams. Paul, a Producer/Assistant Director, Angelo, an aspiring actor, and Dorian and Trilok, aspiring Actors/Stand-Up Comedians, all cope with the day-to-day hardships of “making it” in Hollywood. Read more…
Def Jam Recording Artist YG & Roc Nation’s DJ MUSTARD
Shut Down TRU Hollywood
TY DOLLA SIGN, DJ MARKDASPOT, CHARLIE VILLANUEVA, COMEDIAN RED GRANT,BROOKE BAILEY,
BOBBY BRACKINS AND MICHELLE GAME
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Sept. 4, 2013) – The entertainment industry’s young elite provide a buzzworthy performance and event at Dream at Tru Hollywood Nightclub. The wall to wall packed affair garnered a special live performance by Def Jam Records rap star YG and Roc Nation’s DJ Mustard, commemorating a welcome home celebration after being on the road across the country for months. Today will also mark the premiere date of release of YG’s new video “My Nigga” featuring Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan. Read more…
CEE LO GREEN, BROOKE BAILEY, DJ FINGAZ, DJ CHUCKIE, DOLLPHACE, TOKYO & MORE JOIN DRUMMA BOY FOR “FRESH PHAMILY” CLOTHING LINE LAUNCH DURING LABOR DAY WEEKEND
The celebrity artist/producer hosted a star-studded rooftop launch party to unveil his new clothing line
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Sept. 2, 2013) – Drumma Boy, music artist and producer to the stars, brought Memphis to Hollywood with the launch of his new urban clothing line “Fresh Phamily” at a star-studded rooftop party Sunday. Celebrity guests including Cee Lo Green, VH1 Basketball Wives LA star Brooke Bailey, Dollphace, Dance-Model Tokyo and surprise internationally acclaimed DJ Chuckie, partied poolside at Drai’s located inside of the W Hotel in Hollywood. DJ Fingaz kept the packed house dancing until last call at the red carpet event. Read more…
Why, why, WHY is Ava DuVernay so doggone dope? After blowing us away earlier this year with The Door, a breathtaking short film she created to showcase the designs of fashion house Miu Miu, the Sundance Award-winning director of Middle of Nowhere is at it again with Say Yes, a bubbling brown sugar jewel of a film she created for Fashion Fair.
There are pretty black folks. Lots of them. Having a glorious time. Lots of it. In a fly house, in awesome clothes and pretty make-up, living, loving, laughing, dancing and doing what we do when we are happy and in a safe space that is warm and inviting and uniquely our own. Fashion Fair describes Say Yes, inspired by its lip color of the same name, as an exploration of “the power of the affirmative, and the beauty that blossoms from embracing life,”—a vision of what happens when “you welcome the unexpected.
Indeed, there is a heart-warming surprise in Say Yes, one that made me say all the way out loud, “Awwwww!” And I spied quite a few folks I admire in the party scenes, including Hollywood “it” girl Issa Rae (who has some pretty amazing projects of her own firing up!), Daughters Of the Dust director Julie Dash, soul crooner N’Dambi, and a host of others. I’m not going to give away any more of the surprise; click play for yourself. You’re welcome. Read more…
J. COLE turns up in hollywood for Jimmie Maggette’ birthday celebration sponsored by Grand Leyenda Tequila
Kurupt – Tokyo – DeRay Davis and more pop up for the celebratory engagement
(HOLLYWOOD, CA) August 1, 2013 – J Cole, one of hip-hops freshest Mc’s turned up in Hollywood CA. to celebrate the birthday and crowning of Hollywood’ #1 urban nightlife promoter “Sir Jimmie Maggette”. Throughout the evening industry moguls and socialites threw back bottles of the hottest new Tequila brand to hit the market Grand Leyenda Tequila. Hundreds and hundreds of bottles fell from the ceilings of the supper club as brand owner Derrell Spann looked on as he celebrated his birthday on the same night as Sir Maggette. Comedian/Actor Deray Davis and urban model Tokyo were also spotted taking in the festivities inside the packed club along with an additional live performance by DPG’s own Kurupt Young Gotti. Sir Maggette’s grand entrance complete with thousands of rose petals thrown at his feet, lights, cameras and a royal party, was an unforgettable moment in the extraordinary night of celebration. Hollywood’ own DJ BAD had the house jumping to the sounds of “Ain’t worried bout nothing” “Some type of Way” “Same damn time” and countless other hits! Read more…
TOO $HORT, RAY J, BROOKE BAILEY, AND SOMAYA REECE SHUT HOLLYWOOD DOWN WITH STAR-STUDDED PARTY AT “DREAM AT TRU”
The celebrity hosts “turned up” in a major way alongside LA’s most beautiful people, solidifying Dream at Tru as Monday’s hottest night in Hollywood
(HOLLYWOOD, CA) July 31, 2013 – Hip-Hop icon Too $hort, R&B star Ray J, VH1 Basketball Wives LA favorite Brooke Bailey and VH1 Love & Hip Hop’s Somaya Reece hosted the hottest party in Hollywood Monday inside Dream at Tru Nightclub. The star-studded cast popped bottles and “turned up” to music by the one and only DJ Justin Credible (Power 106 FM) into the wee hours of the morning with some of LA’s most beautiful men and women. Read more…
MIKE LOVE KICKS OFF SUMMER WEST COAST TOUR
~ Horning’s Hideout – Reggae On The River – Beloved Festival & More ~
(Hollywood, CA -July 29, 2013)Rastafarian singer-songwriter Mike Love was born and raised in Oahu, Hawai’i to a musical family who introduced him early on to such revolutionary artists as Bob Marley, The Clash, Stevie Wonder and Patti Smith. So it comes as no surprise that he brings a multitude of sounds to the table on his critically acclaimed debut, The Change I’m Seeking, which recently won Best Reggae Album at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaiian GRAMMYs).
Independently released earlier this year on the artist’s own Love Not War Records, the album harkens the legends of roots reggae, however, Mike Love, a classically trained pianist, elegantly fuses the simple rhythms of classic reggae with the complex changes of classical and rock music to come up with a style wholly unique to him.
It is the message, the passion, the voice, and the wisdom behind his words that truly resonate with Mike Love fans, which include fellow music makers, Usher, who discovered Love’s music at South By South West (SXSW) in Austin, Texas earlier this year, and Jack Johnson, who has been a longtime believer. Read more…
According to BlackBlueDog, critically acclaimed director, Ava DuVernay, who directed the independent film “Middle of Nowhere”, will be directing the upcoming Martin Luther King biopic, “Selma”.
DuVernay became the first African-American woman to win the Best Director Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for her film, ‘Middle of Nowhere.’ ‘Selma’ is one of three upcoming films that will focus on different aspects of King’s life. Originally, Lee Daniels was brought on to direct but dropped out, which opened the door for DuVernay to now direct the film. British actor David Oyewelo, who starred in DuVernay’s previous film, was casted as Dr. King while Daniels was the director, but it’s unclear if he is still on board with the recent change. Read more…
The immense success of the History Channel’s “The Bible” miniseries has led to the decision on behalf of a major Hollywood production company to create a faith-affirming spinoff, “Jesus of Nazareth.”
“We believe the audience continues to have a hunger for life- and faith-affirming films,” Michael Landon Jr., who will be writing and producing “Jesus of Nazareth” along with fellow screenwriter Brian Bird, who worked for five seasons on the hit show “Touched by an Angel,” told The Hollywood Reporter in a recent interview.
“The monumental success of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s ‘The Bible’ just underscores that,” Landon added.
The “Jesus of Nazareth” spinoff will reportedly be a six-hour, $20 million miniseries produced by the Motion Picture Corporation of America.
The spinoff’s two writers, Landon and Bird, are both self-professed Christians, and they told The Hollywood Reporter that this new spinoff will be angled toward skeptics of Christianity, rather than believers, in the hopes of educating them on the teachings of the bible.
“['Jesus of Nazareth'] will be traditional in the sense we’re going to stay true to the Gospel, but it won’t be traditional in the sense that our version is actually going to be made for the skeptic, not the believer,” Landon told The Hollywood Reporter. Read more…
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke reviews the controversy surrounding Django Unchained. (WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD)
Screw Spike Lee. Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained is a brilliant flick that more accurately depicts the African American experience than any of the 15 movies about black culture Lee’s directed in his lifetime. It’s why the movie took home a Golden Globe award for best screenplay over the weekend and why it was recently nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
On Thursday 12/13/12 Entertainment management company and record label, Run Amuk Productions Brought the Bay Area’s industry executives, taste makers, managers, bloggers, videographers, artists, producers and DJs together once again not only to take a listen to the best of 2012 but this time to visualize the best of the Bay videos of 2012.
Hosted by Jazzy of Jazzy Management & Damon Jamal of In Yo Face Films, the R.U.N. Industry Mixer & Toy Drive took place on Thursday, December 13, 2012, from 6 pm-10pm at Bella Ultra Lounge in Beautiful Downtown Oakland CA.
12th HOLLYWOOD BLACK FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES
OPENING AND CLOSING NIGHT FILMS
HBFF 2012 will open with World Premiere of “Note to Self” Starring Christian Keyes, LeToya Luckett, Richard T. Jones, Brian McKnight and Valarie Pettiford
Festival Closes with “24 Hour Love” Starring Melinda Williams, Tatyana Ali, Flex Alexander, Chico Beynmon, Lynn Whitfield and Darius McCrary
(October 8, 2012 – Hollywood, CA) – Tanya Kersey, Founder and Executive Director for The Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) announced Note To Selfwill open the 12th Hollywood Black Film Festival on Thursday, October 25, 2011, 7pm, at the Montalban Theater, 1615 Vine Street, Hollywood, CA. The festival will close with 24 Hour Love on Sunday, October 28 at 6 pm at the same location. HBFF 2012 runs October 25-28 in Hollywood, CA.
“HOODWINKED” DOCUMENTARY FILM, ABOUT NEGATIVE DEPICTIONS OF BLACK IDENTITY, TO PREMIERE IN WASHINGTON DC
– Producer/director Janks Morton explores how African Americans feel about themselves and their portrayal in society, Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 8:00pm/ET at Washington, DC’s Historic AVALON Theatre. –
– The film is an in-depth exploration of how the over-exaggerated negative depictions and statistics about African Americans has debilitating effects on Black Identity. –
Washington, DC(BlackNews.com) — iYAGO Entertainment Group is proud to announce the theatrical film premiere of HOODWINKED, Director Janks Morton’s sequel to the 2007 award-winning documentary WHAT BLACK MEN THINK on Thursday, September 6th, 2012 (8p ET), at the historic Avalon Theatre in Washington, DC. The retail release of HOODWINKED and the companion book BLACK PEOPLE DON’T READ will also be made available for purchase at Amazon.com on that same date. Read more…
Grindstone Entertainment, a subsidiary of Lionsgate, is excited to release the hip-hop thriller “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You” available everywhere today. The debut film written and directed by Michael A. Pinckney is available at Best Buy, Netflix, Amazon.com and Blockbuster.com. Read more…
TDJ ENTERPRISES / TDJ INDEPENDENTS SIGNS ON AS EXECUTIVE PRODCER FOR WINNIE MANDELA BIOPIC “WINNIE” AND “A MILLION COLOURS”
“Winnie” Stars Academy Award Winner Jennifer Hudson, Oscar Nominee Terrance Howard; Features Original Song Penned By Multiple Oscar Nominee Diane Warren
I attended the New York premiere of Think Like A Man (Screen Gems) earlier this month. I’ve been processing the film on many levels: as a woman in a committed relationship (I just celebrated 15 years of marriage to this comedian named Tmor on April 13); as a filmmaker and creative producer of color (yes–the ‘of color’ part matters), and as a consumer who loves a great moviegoing experience.
I’m not one to rave about films; I have my jaded insider moments just like most entertainment industry insiders. Because I know what’s possible from a creative standpoint, my expectations are high–and because I know the limitations Hollywood places on creativity, those expectations are rarely met, let alone exceeded. I’m usually left wanting more in terms of cast, script, story, or all of the above. But as a smart, sexy comedy, Think Like A Man garners a rave from me. Read more…
As much as I thought Viola deserved the award for her star turn as Abileen Clark, the maid who quietly and defiantly raised her voice to tell the stories of “the help” in racist Mississippi, one need only consider the source of the Oscars, the constant bitching of black folk mad that the Academy Awards was considering awarding a black woman for portraying a maid, and Viola’s own outspoken statements about Hollywood’s race issue to understand why she lost last night.The voting members, according to a Los Angeles Times investigation released last week, is 94 percent white, 77 percent male and 86 percent over the age of 50—and I’m guessing they didn’t want to be bothered with all the backlash that inevitably would have come from outspoken black intellectuals like Melissa Harris-Perry and James McBride, who over the past weeks have gone hard against the Academy and The Help itself for watering down the abject abuse and danger maids faced at the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, and for, 40 years after Hattie McDaniel won Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal as a maid, considering handing over yet another statuette to a black woman for her portrayal as… a maid. Read more…
JUICY magazine’s March/April 2012 cover girl and Grammy-nominated recording artist, Nicki Minaj returns and not just to hip-hop, she’s ready for Hollywood with a role in ICE AGE 4 plus OPI and MAC deals. Not to mention, her wig stylist, the fabulous Terrance Davidson ranks his TOP SIX creations for Nick Majesty exclusively for JUICY
JUICY magazine, the one-stop destination for all things: Celebrity Life, Hair & Beauty, check out these great reads this March/April 2012.
Monica… A Real Basketball Wife
R&B star and real life Basketball Wife Monica shares exclusive family photos with S2S and tells Publisher Jamie Foster Brown about her life with her hubby, L.A. Lakers star guard Shannon Brown: when she knew he was “the one,” how they make their blended family work, what’s up with her girlfriends Keyshia Cole and Brandy, her new CD, why she consults with super-producer Dallas Austin on everything, reality TV and her true thoughts on her gig with The Voice. When asked if she’ll ever go back to having her own reality show, she says, “It depends on how. Shannon and I definitely don’t want The Monica-Shannon Show. We’re in the early stages of our marriage; we’re just one year in, so we’re constantly building the foundation. We don’t want to open up the doors for others to be constantly tearing it down. Would I do a show about the music, more like Still Standing (BET) was? Of course.”
And on Dallas Austin, she admits, “I don’t do records without consulting with Dallas. I didn’t get married before I spoke to him…so when I play him songs, and Dallas jumps up and down and he starts moving and dancing, I know that that record is a real Monica record.”
Robertson Treatment Syndicated Column: Edition 15, Issue 10 – Real Talk with American’s Best Actress – Ms. Viola Davis
Viola Davis is an actress who is destined to achieve greatness in Hollywood. It took just eight minutes (the entire length of her role in the 2008 film, “Doubt”) for her to be nominated for an Academy Award, and now, with her starring role in the box office hit, “The Help” (more than 100 million plus and counting), she is virtually assured of receiving similar recognition in Hollywood’s upcoming Awards Season. Born on her grandmother’s farm in South Carolina, reared in Rhode Island and professionally trained at the prestigious Julliard School, Davis began her career with a little seen role in the 1996 film, “The Substance of Fire”. More roles followed (including supporting parts in films like “Out of Sight,” “Antowne Fisher,” and “Syriana,” before her breakout performance in “Doubt” set the world on fire. Now with praise and accolades (including 2 Tony Awards) from her peers like Meryl Streep, Davis is now being called the next “real thing” in the Arts. The Robertson Treatment is so pleased to have the opportunity to present our exclusive interview with this very gracious and formidable talent.
Robertson Treatment: How do you feel being the actor that everybody is watching? Read more…
Photos from “The Ultimate Merger” Viewing PartyHosted by Toccara at Eva Longoria’s restaurant Beso’s in Hollywood, the other night.
Toccara and the Bachelors Read more…
Hollywood Hair Stylist
Captures The Ultimate Merger Look
and also Opens New Salon
“The Beauty Parlor by Boogie’s Secrets”
|Hollywood, CA – As the fabulous super model Toccara makes her debut on Season 2 of “The Ultimate Merger” on TV One, you better believe she will be bringing her “A” game. With fourteen eligible bachelors vying for her attention, a girl has got to look her absolute best. For hair that speaks volumes, there is only one doctor in town to call, and Toccara called the one and only, Dr. Boogie. Read more…|
By Dr. Boyce Watkins
The new film, “The Help,” starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer has gotten a bit of buzz recently. The film is based on a novel by Kathryn Stockett about two black maids working in white households in Jackson, Mississippi during the late 1960s. I was curious about the film, since my first impression is that it is a female version of “Driving Miss Daisy.” I can’t say, however, that I am curious enough to want to watch it – for I’ve seen films like this one before.