PHARRELL WILLIAMS JOINS
OPRAH WINFREY ON “OPRAH PRIME”
THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 13 AT 9PM ET/PT ON OWN
Oprah Winfrey with Pharrell Williams
Photo Credit: Harpo Studios, Inc. / George Burns
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(NEW YORK) April 12, 2014- Oprah meets up with seven-time Grammy Award winner Pharrell Williams, one of the most innovative and sought-after artists in music today. On the heels of his chart topping #1 hit “Happy,” which also received an Oscar nomination for “Despicable Me 2,” Oprah and Pharrell discuss his critically acclaimed album “G I R L,” his rise to fame and how his creative vision has propelled him to music superstardom. They also discuss his recent marriage to Helen Williams and fatherhood. Read more…
AECG and Executive Producer Mark Wahlberg Announce A&E Series “Wahlburgers” Partnership
AECG to supervise, create and supply music to the hit television series
NEW YORK, NY – (March 31, 2014) – AECG, an evolving community of companies and tastemakers focused on the future of the entertainment industry, is pleased to announce its partnership with A&E Networks’ hit series “Wahlburgers.” The Music Collective, one of AECG’s most successful divisions, will be supervising, creating, and providing music for the series. Executive produced by Mark Wahlburg himself, the show airs on Wednesday nights.
A&ENetwork’s newest original series “Wahlburgers” gives a behind-the-scenes look into one of Boston’s most well-known families, the Wahlbergs. Brothers Mark and Donnie head back to their hometown to join forces with their professed ‘most talented sibling,’ Paul, in their tasty business venture. An homage to their humble beginnings, the hamburger restaurant is home base for the gang from the old neighborhood, including the real Johnny “Drama” and of course their spirited mother Alma. Read more…
THE AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL (ABFF) SELECTS ACTOR MORRIS CHESTNUT AS ITS 2014 CELEBRITY AMBASSADOR
AUTHOR AND PRODUCER TONYA LEWIS LEE WILL BE THE NYC HOST COMMITTEE CHAIR FOR THE 2014 ABFF
THE 2014 ABFF WEBISODE SELECTION IS NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS THROUGH APRIL 23, 2014
HBO is accepting stand-up comedy submissions for their highly successful 2nd Annual Comedy Wings Competition to take place during the 2014 American Black Film Festival
–American Black Film Festival Takes Over New York City from June 19, 2014 – June 22, 2014–
March 24, 2014, New York, New York – Actor Morris Chestnut (The Best Man Holiday, Nurse Jackie, Legends) will be the American Black Film Festival’s (ABFF) 2014 celebrity ambassador, and author/producer Tonya Lewis Lee (The Watsons Go To Birmingham) will chair the New York City Host Committee for the Festival. The 18th annual festival will be held June 19-22, 2014, in New York City throughout several screening and event venues in Manhattan.
SEXY NEW SERIES ‘LOVE IN THE CITY’ TO PREMIERE APRIL 12 AT 10PM ON OWN
Courtesy of Harpo Studios, Inc.
(New York) – March 27, 2014 – OWN:Oprah Winfrey Network has announced that Saturday, April 12 marks the premiere date of the new docu-series, Love In the City, featuring the fast-paced lives of four fabulous friends living in New York City.
Kiyah, Bershan, Chenoa and Tiffany have known each other for more than ten years, and are constant sources of inspiration, support, competition and companionship to one another. Kiyah, an ambitious and successful celebrity hair stylist and Clairol Professional Celebrity Spokesperson, is the link who brought the four friends together. New York’s legendary Harlem neighborhood is where the quartet assembles on a regular basis over drinks, lunch, dinners, you name it! Two are married, two are single, and all are strong, fiercely independent women who believe in living out their dreams and not letting anyone or anything get in their way.
Ground-Breaking Documentary “Point and Drive” Gives Intimate & Exciting View of the HBCU Marching Band Phenomenon
Ground-Breaking Documentary “Point and Drive”
Gives Intimate & Exciting View of the HBCU Marching Band Phenomenon
Indiegogo Campaign Running Throughout Month of March To Complete Filming
New York, NY – (March 4, 2014) – Everyone loves a high-spirited marching band, but few know what it takes to land one of the coveted spots on the field, and many will be amazed at where these musicians end up in life once their band uniforms are hung up for good.
Conceptualized, directed and produced by visual architect Brandi Mitchell, a graduate of Florida A&M University and alumna of the school’s trailblazing Marching 100, Point and Drive gives viewers an up close look at the evolution and impact of the country’s top marching bands, and how they equip their members to be driven and pursue excellence in every area of life. The underlying theme of the documentary, which profiles successful marching band alumni, is “who did you become because of music?” Read more…
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA TO HEADLINE THE NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK (NAN) 16TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CONVENTION APRIL 9–12, 2014
NAN CONVENTION TO BE LARGEST GATHERING OF ACTIVISTS THIS YEAR
ALSO PRESENTING WILL BE US ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER, NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO, AND NYC MAYOR BILL de BLASIO
New York, NY –Rev. Al Sharpton announces that President Barack Obama will address National Action Network’s (NAN) 16th annual national convention being held April 9-12, 2014. Also confirmed are US Attorney General Eric Holder, Obama administration cabinet members; New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. This will be the largest civil rights convening of the year bringing our nation’s top activists, political strategists and leading academia together to create an action plan for a civil rights agenda. On the heels of thousands joining NAN in Tallahassee, FL for a ‘stand your ground’ rally, participants will address additional key policy issues such as jobs, voter ID and immigration; which will be key in this midterm election year. Read more…
MULTI PLATINUM SINGER CASSANDRA LUCAS OF CHANGING FACES ANNOUNCES SOLO PROJECT & RELEASES VLOG FOR NEW SINGLE DAMN FEAT UNCLE MURDA
(February 17, 2014 New York, NY)- Singer/songwriter Cassandra Lucas, formerly one-half of the platinum selling R&B duo Changing Faces is back and ready to conquer the music world once again. Cassandra announces her debut EP, releases her first blog installment for her single “DAMN” featuring Hip Hop recording artist Uncle Murda and talks plans for a solo album entitled “Elevation”.
Cassandra Lucas experienced the sweet taste of success as part of Changing Faces throughout the mid 90’s to the early 2000’s with hits like “Stroke You Up,” “Foolin’ Around,” and “G.H.E.T.T.O.U.T.” When their self entitled album landed No. 1 on the Billboard R&B charts, the group went on to sell millions of records. Returning to the spotlight after 10 years, the stunning R&B songstress is working on her solo project and more focused then ever. With a fresh new sound sure to captivate and entertain both new audiences and loyal fans alike, Cassandra is prepared to take her career to higher heights. Read more…
|REGGAE STAR I-OCTANE IGNITES
THE NEW YEAR WITH NEW ALBUM,
Album Available Worldwide on March 4, 2014
January 30, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New York, NY (FOX FUSE) - Reggae star I-Octane ignites the New Year with his new album My Journey, available worldwide in stores and online on March 4, 2014 from DJ Frass/Tad’s Record. Born Byiome Muir in Clarendon, Jamaica, I-Octane has been blazing a trail for himself at home and internationally ever since hitting the scene over 5 years ago, and has accomplished the rare feat of consistently remaining relevant in a fickle reggae landscape, receiving continuous airplay across reggae formats globally with his flourishing catalog. A special project with his long-time musical collaborator and friend Andre “DJ Frass” Gordon, My Journey delves inside the soul and sound of this prolific artist, whose innate talents, conscious lyrical offerings and high-energy performances remain unparalleled. Read more…
Who: Kimberly Wilson Marshall, Founder & Director
Why: Wilson Marshall Inc. provides clients with a hands-on experience in public relations and special events planning to deliver a quality experience from concept to completion. Wilson Marshall Inc. current client roster includes: 5001 FLAVORS, African Health Now, Harlem Haberdashery, and Making Books Sing (as of Feb. 2014).
AL SHARPTON & NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK (NAN) TO HOLD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DAY TOY GIVE-AWAY & COMMUNITY MEAL FOR THE HUNGRY
Rev. Al Sharpton, President of the National Action Network
Local elected officials
Members of the community and residents of local homeless shelters
WHERE: Read more…
NEW YORK FILMMAKER’S GROUP HOSTS 2 DAY FILM WORKSHOP
Weekend of intensive workshops on producing, screenplay writing and directing
presented by New York based trade association.
NEW YORK (December 23, 2013) On January 25 and January 26, 2014, the Black and Latino Filmmaker’s Coalition (BLFC) will host three workshops at their new home in Long Island City (21-36 44th Road, Studio 5 Long Island City, NY). With just a train stop from Midtown East/Turtle Bay section of New York City, the three intensive workshops will provide film industry novices and those wanting to build extra support with a project, step-by-step guidelines and resources in achieving success within the film industry.
Conducted by producer and Founder of BLFC, Babatunde Odesanya, the three workshops will include: Intro Into Line Producing, Learn to Write Screenplays and Learn To Direct.
“These workshops are great for anyone just getting into the industry, looking to building a stronger foundation for their project and those wanting to just learn important aspects of the film industry. People attending BLFC’s workshops are able to speak with the instructor and ask questions specifically pertaining to their project. These workshops give people that individualized attention,” says Babatunde Odesanya.
Workshop Schedule Read more…
The Salvation Army Greater New York Division distributed Red Boxes to local NYC families in need as part of its inaugural Red Box Campaign. Check out a highlights reel and photos from the distribution at The Salvation Army Brownsville Community Center where families received their “Christmas in a Box.”
|The Salvation Army: Red Box Distribution|
DANCEHALL REGGAE SINGER
BUCKY ITAL DELIVERS
NEW ALBUM, DO A TING FI DI POOR
The FOX FUSE Release Receives Coveted
December 10, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New York, NY (FOX FUSE) - Jamaican dancehall reggae artist Uhan “Bucky Ital” Pearson delivers his highly anticipated new album, Do A Ting Fi Di Poor, now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released on December 10, 2013), from FOX FUSE. Bucky Ital returns with his signature sound that fuses various genres to create his unique brand of dancehall reggae, which does not escape the notice of iTunes, granting him a coveted feature on the iTunes New and Noteworthy Reggae homepage, on its day of release. Read more…
Who: N!ni * Eternal Sol
What: ETERNAL SOL PROMOS
(promotions, parties/events, music, djs, concerts, marketing, news/current events, trivia, inspirational quotes, fashion, books, recipes, photos, history, nightlife + more!)
Why: Eternal Sol Promos is a promotions, events, marketing and entertainment company that Globally Spreads the Word, One Event at a Time. Specializing in, but not limited to House Music parties, nightlife and more from NYC to South Africa; Eternal Sol is your source for music, inspiration and information. Eternal Sol clients include: http://about.me/nini.eternalsol.promos
Where: Based in New York
When: Established October, 2007
Wednesday was an epic night as Ms. “_Took the Night_”, Chelley (Ultra SONY), entertained a crowd at the New York location (SoHo) of international high-end shoe store, United Nude. The collaboration was made possible by Playbook Media Group and sponsored by Clique Vodka, Birthday Cake Wines, and Peroni Beer.
United Nude shoes are like none other, producing futuristic styled shoes that are ready to wear, as seen on Lady GaGa, who wore their special designed shoe made just for her. I must say that their store is a shoe maven’s heaven to which Chelley has been a big fan of and incorporated into her “Glam Life” persona. There were many notable blog sites and magazines, such as Nylon, Paper Magazine, and NY Post in the building, to name a few, as Chelley performed her Hit “_Took the Night_” as well as her new single slated to be released in 2014 called “_Take Your Money_”. Also in attendance was BGC Season 11, GiGi, and owner of United Nude shoes himself, Rem D. Koolhass. The event featured many of United Nude’s 2013 and 2014 shoe collections, which Chelley and her dancers sported during the performance. Definitely take a peek into their creative shoe world and look out for Chelley to take over your headphones once again in 2014!!
Photography Credit : 6 Chamber Production & Alexandra Julien D’Nightlife.com
Who: Edna Garcia-Dipini & Members http://www.rizeprogram.com/member-test/
What: RIZE www.rizeprogram.org
RIZE is an anti-violence creative arts program designed by Edna Garcia. RIZE teaches young adults film, digital media, journalism, visual and performing arts to raise awareness and give young people the tools to appropriately identify and express emotions that can lead to violence if left unchecked. RIZE is well accredited for their involvement and hard work within the Reading, PA and New York City communities, as well as on a national level. RIZE participates in many state events organized by the Governor through the Governor’s advisory of Latino Affairs – State Youth Summits.
RIZE’s partnership with the I-Lead Charter School – RIZE and I-LEAD Inc. have enjoyed a productive and mutually beneficial relationship and share a belief in the importance of investing in the development of future leaders. “We are excited to be a part of the advancement of I-Lead Charter School whose services are beloved by our community and students that we serve in Reading, PA. Read more…
KANYE WEST TO DEBUT “BOUND 2″ VIDEO ON ELLEN TODAY, NOVEMBER 19TH
THE YEEZUS TOUR RESUMES; BROOKLYN & MSG ON DECK THIS WEEK
“There are very few modern artists with the kind of vision, ambition, and means to execute it as Kanye West right now.a distinct statement of his combined artistic ambition, penchant for excess, and desire to simply outdo every other entertainer out right now.” – Seattle Times
“Awe-inspiring.West’s energy level was extraordinary.truly electrifying.The stage as imagined and executed by West was truly something to behold.” - Rolling Stone
NOVEMBER 18, 2013 – NEW YORK, NY - Kanye West will debut the music video for ‘Bound 2‘ on daytime powerhouse The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Marking the second time Ellen has premiered a Kanye West video – “Love Lockdown” debuted on the Ellen Show in 2008 – the video launch coincides with the Northeast leg of West‘s acclaimed Yeezus Tour, with the tour making stops in Brooklyn, Washington DC and New York City’s legendary Madison Square Garden throughout the week. Read more…
THE DARK SIDE OF MONEY: AMERICAN DREAM MEETS MURDER AS GRITTY NEW NOVEL PEAKS BEHIND THE GLAMOUR OF AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN FAMILY’S HIGH LIFE
– Written by d. E. Rogers and uniquely fusing fact with fiction, ‘The Dark Side of Money’ proves that some people would do anything to retain their wealth and the promise of the American Dream – even if it means killing their family. As one of the few books to focus on the successes of African-Americans, the novel is poised to resonate with readers from coast to coast. –
Bookcover and author, d. E. Rogers
San Francisco Bay Area, CA (BlackNews.com) — While thousands of books depict African-American families as struggling to reach the success of wider society, The Dark Side of Money showcases the high-life millions of families enjoy. However, no book of gripping fiction is worth its weight without a heavy dose of action, suspense and murder.
Thankfully, author d. E. Rogers gives readers all three with gusto. The novel’s narrative thrusts readers from the fruits of success to the tumultuous consequences of trying to hold onto the American Dream.
Synopsis: Read more…
|2dopeboyz World Premiere: Kasim Keto “Long Car Rides” Album Stream|
Holidays at the Apollo
With Programs for Audiences of All Ages
Ellington at Christmas
Featuring Savion Glover, Keith David, Lizz Wright, Priscilla Baskerville, David Berger Jazz Orchestra, the Abyssinian Baptist Choir and Students from Dance Theatre of Harlem School
Apollo Amateur Night Holiday Special
Featuring Apollo Stars of Tomorrow with
Special Guest Host Bow Wow (Host of BET’s 106 & Park)