Hip Hop Heroes Digital Underground Celebrate 25 Years by Crowdfunding New Film and Music with Indiegogo Campaign
“D.U. Days: Adventures in Digital Underground
the Apprenticeship of Tupac Shakur”
Next year, 2015, pop music’s hippest heroes, Digital Underground (D.U.), will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their debut, earth shattering, multi-platinum album “Sex Packets” which featured the runaway hit single “The Humpty Dance.” In preparation for the occasion, original founder and D.U. member 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”. The celebratory effort will be supported via a rewards-based Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign that fans can get involved with and join by visiting http://igg.me/at/D-U-Days.
Along with a series of orchestrated music releases planned to commemorate as well as revive the group’s positioning in hip hop, Chopmaster J will be releasing “Sex Packets II” featuring new versions of D.U. classics written and produced by S.O.T.U. (Sun Of The Underground) and featuring an all new D.U. lineup; and unveiling the “D.U. Days’” soundtrack which features, from Chopmaster J’s archive collection, exclusive never before heard tracks of the late Tupac Shakur.
Recognized as one of the first hip hop bands, Digital Underground included Chopmaster J, Shock G, Money B, DJ Fuze and the then 18-year-old Tupac Amaru Shakur. The group’s meteoric rise to fame in the early ’90′s was accentuated with chart topping hits like “Doowutchyalike,” “Freaks of the Industry,” “Same Song” and “Kiss You Back.” The band made waves with their colorful and costumed attire, animated stage antics and innovative dance styling and moves.
Digital Underground is best remembered for turning hip hop on its proverbial head and invading the realm of pop with their 1990 pivotal Grammy nominated release “The Humpty Dance.” “The Humpty Dance” climbed all the way to #11 on the pop charts, #7 on the R&B charts, and #1 on the Billboard Rap Singles chart. In 2008, “The Humpty Dance” was ranked #30 on VH1′s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop and #65 on VH1′s 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s in 2007. The song was selected in the musical reference book, 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die: And 10,001 You Must Download and nominated for Best Rap Video at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards. “The Humpty Dance” is one of the most sampled songs recorded by a hip hop/rap artist. Shock G and Money B performed as “Digital Underground” at the BET Hip Hop Awards in 2010.
The group’s contribution to history has tentacles that reach even further though. From their 12 inch drop, “Doowutchyalike” to their debut album “Sex Packets,” D.U.’s music unfastened a door in hip hop that was previously non-existent, mixing mad merriment, mayhem and sex with rhyme, rhythm and rap. Factor in the detail that rap music’s biggest legend, Tupuc Shakur, started his music career with the group as their roadie, dancer and emcee and the D.U. legacy is all but cemented in the annals of pop music history.
The crux of the anniversary celebration, the feature length documentary film, “D.U. Days: Adventures in Digital Underground the Apprenticeship of Tupac Shakur,” will chronicle the turbulent times of the hip hop super group. Chopmaster J and Abbott plan to take the viewer on a historic tour recounting D.U.’s rise and fall. The film will recount a time when the mega rap tour was in its heyday. From sold out US tours, to Tokyo sex clubs, to the fall of the Berlin Wall, the young irreverent hip hop band from the San Francisco Bay Area traveled to every corner of the world entertaining millions of eager pop and hip hop music fans.
Filmmaker and director Abdul Malik Abbot
Abbott, who directed, co-wrote and edited the platinum-selling, short film / music video “Streets is Watching,” and directed the underground hip hop cult classic, “State Property,” both starring hip hop icon Jay Z, believes the documentary will play a crucial role in music history. “The movie is about the rise and fall of a would-be hip hop dynasty during the ‘Golden Age of Hip Hop,’” he explains. “But more importantly, the film features the birth of the career of music giant, Tupac Shakur. Fans who contribute to the Indiegogo crowdfunding effort will play an important part in helping to document this significant time in pop culture.”
“This project will be a must have for any true hip hop head,” adds Chopmaster J. “The inclusion of some of Tupac’s never before released first recordings are alone worth the price of admission!”
Crowdfunding participants can donate $5.00 and become a part of hip hop history while collecting unique D.U. memorabilia! Monies raised will support the completion of the documentary for a 2015 release.
As the lyrics from “The Humpty Dance” advise “stop whatcha doin’” and go to http://igg.me/at/D-U-Days now to help recapture this legacy in hip hop history! Also check out Digital Underground at www.HipHopEarlyDays.com or www.dudays.com .
View official video for “D.U. Days: Adventures in Digital Underground the Apprenticeship of Tupac Shakur,” at D.U. DAYS: Adventures in Digital Underground the Apprenticeship of Tupac Shakur [Official Video] .
Actress Janet Hubert Visits Orlando to Mobilize Women to Vote in the Midterm Election During Black Women’s Roundtable “Don’t Count Us Out Tour”
Orlando, FL – From dangerous Stand Your Ground laws to voter suppression schemes, the state of Florida is known for a host of issues that negatively impact the quality of life for citizens in communities of color. Actress, producer and activist, Janet Hubert, will talk about the importance of voting to combat unjust laws and the overall need to stay healthy, wealthy and wise during the Florida Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) Don’t Count Us Out Tour. The event will be held Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Doubletree by the Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld.
Sponsored by the Florida Coalition on Black Civic on Participation (FCBCP) along with Orange and Osceola County Black Women’s Roundtable, the goal of one-day event is to bring together national and local experts for roundtable discussions designed to educate, uplift and motivate women and girls to vote and/or urge their family and friends to vote in the midterm election. Tickets are free for 15-18-years-olds and $25 for adults. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information call (321) 285-6297 or visit www.fcbcp.org.
“Black Women’s Roundtable is conducting this tour through the state of Florida to mobilize women to get their communities to the polls and send a clear message – DON’T COUNT US OUT,” said Salandra Benton, convener of FCBCP, a local affiliate of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. “In Florida we are constantly fighting for our rights – that’s why we’re so excited to welcome actress Janet Hubert to speak during the luncheon. Ms. Hubert epitomizes a strong black woman on the screen and off. She has been a shining example of an artist/activist who understands the power and significance of their celebrity and uses that position to empower others.”
Hubert is best known for her role as the sassy and witty, “Aunt Viv,” in The Fresh Prince of BelAir, but in recent years the award-winning actress has gained a reputation as a producer, activist, and author, penning her own memoir, Perfection Is Not A Sitcom Mom, and the children’s book JG and the BC Kids. She has advocated for many years on health issues, and even addressed representatives on Capitol Hill. She also served as an ambassador for the National Osteoporosis Foundation and worked with the U.S. Surgeon General to implement better nutritional education for young girls. Currently Hubert is touring the country performing her self-produced one woman show, From Broadway To TV…Now Back To Me.
“We are bringing together women and girls of all ages to share problems and information, support each other in sisterhood, and organize so we can work collectively in our struggle for economic security and justice across the state and nationally,” adds Diana Johnson, chair of Orange County Black Women’s Roundtable.
In addition to Hubert, speakers include: Desmond Meade, president of Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, and state director for Faith in Florida, Live Free; Sheena Rolle, Florida State Voices; Kionne McGee, author and Miami Florida State Representative, District 17; and community activists, Debra Francis, Greg Jackson, Gail Gardner, and Nedenia Thomas.
Florida Black Women’s Roundtable convenes BWR network gatherings throughout the state. The nonprofit, nonpartisan group is an affiliate of the Washington, DC-based Black Women’s Roundtable Public Policy Network, an intergenerational women’s policy network of the NCBCP. Convened nationally by civil rights leader, Melanie L. Campbell, BWR stays at the forefront of championing just and equitable public policy on behalf of Black women and girls and promotes health and wellness, economic security, education and global empowerment as key elements for success.
NOTE TO MEDIA: BWR conveners and Janet Hubert are available for interview. To schedule an interview contact Edrea via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or 770.961.6200.
PHOTO CREDIT: James J. Kriegsmann Jr.
Los Angeles – When the fingers of Isha Love glide across the piano, a dazzling cascade of melody rushes forth spraying the atmosphere like the mist from a waterfall. “Jars of Waters,” her new offering, is a fluid tapestry of 14 luscious piano solos that pour sweet liquid libations for the soul. With ten gospel-tinged jazz originals and four unique interpretations of traditional spiritual hymns, Isha Love’s “Jars of Waters” is a tall refreshing glass to drink from.
A classically trained pianist, Isha Love emerges on the music scene as a source of “living water.” With “Jars of Waters,” Isha hopes to share and spread ever-abundant love. The inspirational solo performances on the CD transcend genres, riding the waves of jazz, classical, gospel, worship and pop. Whether she is surfing across the keys, like a boogie board bouncing above the ocean or rafting quietly down the river’s bank, tickling the ivories like a paddle propelling the current, her compositions shower light and shimmer with the presence of love.
Isha reveals that she only composes when she feels led by the Spirit. In fact, each track from “Jars of Waters” emerged from a series of compelling visions she believes God used to guide her musical journey. Song titles like “Rain On Me,” “I’ve Got Peace Like a River,” “There is a Fountain,” “Living Water,” and the title track “Jars of Waters” reveal her personal plunge to sacred depths.
“One day as I was praying,” Isha reveals, “I saw a large field with hundreds upon hundreds of empty jars. God stood at the beginning of the long line and was holding a pitcher. It contained water and God was pouring the water into the jars. He explained that the many jars represented the songs that I have within me, that are waiting to be filled – and told me that the water that fills the jars are His Spirit. During the vision, God explained that when the jars are filled with Living Water, each becomes a completed song anointed by Him. Each song is one of these ‘jars of waters.”
Growing up in South Korea, Isha began playing piano in kindergarten. In high school, she realized that music was her life’s calling. Though proficient in classical music, she gravitated towards jazz and moved to the U.S. to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston as a jazz and piano performance major. During that time, a friend introduced her to a church whose congregation was largely Jamaican and Isha began playing gospel music for their weekly services. Isha then started playing more worship services at numerous African American churches, where she developed a unique jazz/gospel style. She continues performing at many different churches and venues to this day.
Upon moving to Los Angeles to pursue her career, she quickly became a versatile full time session player and performance artist and booked gigs for TV commercials for companies like Honda and Nike. Andrea Crouch, Kim Burrell, Frank McComb, Lisa McClendon and the female contemporary urban jazz collective Jazz In Pink, featuring keyboardist Gail Jhonson and violinist Karen Briggs, are just a few of the talents she has shared the stage with.
Isha Love’s “Jars of Waters” is a beautiful baptism of healing sound and wonder. Take a dive and receive holy refreshment at www.IshaLove.com and on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/jars-of-waters/id915192471 and at CD Baby at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ishalove .
Quench your thirst with Isha Love at Isha Love promotional video.
Los Angeles – The Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant (LMAA) comes of age this year with its 21-year anniversary celebration on August 10, 2014 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. Actresses Laila Ali and Meagan Good will co-host, joining Dawnn Lewis, the mistress of ceremonies, as a bevy of little beauties, ages six to 12, make their way on stage to compete for over $10,000 in scholarships and prizes. Pageant producer Lisa Ruffin notes that this year’s event will also celebrate past contestants who have grown up and gone on to accomplish wonderful feats!
Judges this year include Penny Johnson Jerald (ABC-TV’s “Castle); Ella Joyce (TV One’s Belle’s); Lamman Rucker (TBS’s “Meet the Browns”); Shamicka Lawrence (VH-1′s “Hollywood Exes”) and TV/radio host Mother Love, to name just a few. The pageant starts at 4:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at www.littlemissafricanamerican.org as well as at the door. VIP and reserved seating is available.
As the longest running pageant of its kind, the Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant continues to extend its history of dedication to a legacy of nurturing young girls into proud and intelligent young women. The original creation of actress/ choreographer Lisa Ruffin, the Little Miss African American Scholarship pageant has consistently emphasized brains over beauty, positively impacting the lives of thousands of impressionable young women.
Cites Ruffin, “These young ladies just keep me going strong. This year, as we turn 21, we honor them all, past and present. Alycia Jones was the very first LMAA. Our second, Alexis Witherspoon competed in the Olympics Trials, then graduated from USC. LaTanya Fisher was LMAA 1995 and she graduated from USC as well. Myisha Lyseight was LMAA 1996. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from UCLA. She went on to complete her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Syracuse University in New York. She also played it forward by joining the LMAA staff last year.”
“The state of Texas produced LMAA 1998, Lauren Hayes. Lauren graduated from the very prestigious Notre Dame and is currently working there. Then there is Miss Shakina that Academy Award winner Mo’Nique crowned,” continues Ruffin. “She graduated from USC and is in Law School at Howard University. We train our girls to wear their C.A.P. (Confidence, Awarness & Pride)!”
For more information and to purchase tickets go to http://littlemissafricanamerican.org/ .
For a visual overview of the pageant and its impact on contestants, go to http://vimeo.com/15018101.
The British are coming! The British are coming ! There will be a British invasion at The Mint, Los Angeles’ legendary cultural enclave for live music, on Saturday, July 19 when Global Journey Media presents popular UK artists, the singing duo, Unsung Lilly, in a benefit concert performance for Better Vision For Children (BVC). Master keyboardist and producer, Wayne Vaughn, of Earth, Wind & Fire fame, is producing the show, adding his special brand of funk to the English equation. Performance painter Norton Wisdom, known for his spontaneously painted imagery, will also capture the sounds on canvas during the evening. The Mint is located at 6010 West Pico Blvd in Los Angeles, and show time is at 9:15 p.m. A VIP after party with the musicians and the BVC members will follow the show featuring DJ Level UP in the Mint’s private event room.
Unsung Lilly is a quirky new band from the United Kingdom, fronted by the stunning vocal talents of Sera and Frankie. With their mix of stylistic influences, the two, alongside their band, have been recognized overseas as a modern day Fleetwood Mac. Pairing the musicality of old school Maroon 5, with the atmospheric vibe of John Mayer, combined with the quirkiness of Paloma Faith and Tori Amos, Unsung Lilly offers a wicked cocktail of musical ingredients. Their visit to the states finds them stirring things up a bit, as they engage the groove master, Wayne Vaughn, in their musical mix.
Wayne Vaughn is heralded as one of the music industry’s consummate musician/writer/ producers. A brilliant pianist, he has penned numerous classics for the legendary Earth Wind & Fire including “Something Special,” “I Wanna Be with You” and “Let’s Groove Tonight.” Vaughn will bring along some of the music industry’s best session players to create a musical kaleidoscope specifically for Unsung Lilly!
The entire evening will benefit Better Vision for Children (http://www.eyeseebetter.org/), a non-profit charity, endorsed by Stevie Wonder, which has for 27 years, provided free comprehensive vision screening for underprivileged children to prevent and cure partial or total blindness resulting from, or related to, amblyopia (Lazy Eye), Autism and Eye Cancer.
For VIP as well as regular priced tickets, go to http://themintla.com/event.cfm?id=159424&cart.
Check out Unsung Lilly at http://www.unsunglillyofficial.com/.
For Better Vision for Children sponsorship opportunities, contact Global Journey Media at email@example.com .
The British are coming to The Mint and it’s gonna’ be a party!
Los Angeles – Event host Kevin Rouse, alongside partners Darryl Pitts, Chuckie Miller, Marva King and Dantae Dupree, are gearing up for a live weekend amid the momentum of the “BET Experience” happening in Los Angeles in late June. On Saturday, June 28, the promotional crew will present the beautiful actress Wendy Raquel Robinson, television’s popular Tasha Mack from BET’s hit series “The Game,” as the host of their “The City of Angels Celebrity Red Carpet Experience,” to be held at the Bonaventura Brewing Company, 404 S. Figueroa Street, 4th Floor in Downtown Los Angeles, from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Robinson will be joined by KJLH radio personality, Kevin Nash, recognized at the voice of BET on the BET Awards and the Celebration of Gospel shows. Former Death Row artist Danny Boy will also perform his new single.
“A bevy of big name talent will descend upon Los Angeles this particular weekend,” explains Rouse, who along with Pitts and Miller boasts a roster of events that includes “The Annual Elegant New Year’s Eve by the Sea,” “L.A. Nights” and “Legends of Hip Hop.” “This event is a cumulative effort of some of L.A.’s finest party planners as we offer a spectacular presentation that all of the city’s professionals can be a part of. Our very special guest of honor, the delightful Wendy Raquel Robinson is joining us, so I’m sure we can anticipate several of her celebrity friends dropping in that night as well.”
Bottle service and VIP tables are available. Drink specials and complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Attendees from the BETfestivities will receive a $15 discount by showing their ticket stubs.
Reach out to Kevin Rouse directly at (213) 926-2809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or Darryl Pitts at 323-974-1917 for ticket information.
London, England – Like a simmering plate of succulent seafood paella, Spain native Grace Rodson is serving a mouth watering concoction of Latin flavors with her debut release “Samba in My Bones” from Global Media Group and JFM Records. Skillfully stirring the flavors of flamenco, Latin, funk, Celtic and yes, samba in her delectable pot seasoned with a pop music base, Rodson sizzles as an engaging new international artist with an enchanting look and sound.
“Samba in her Bones” is a tantalizing dish of nine original recipes for dance, straight from Rodson’s heart. Performed with the intention to incite uninhibited movement, Rodson’s luscious vocals carry the listener into a realm of whirling, syncopated rhythms. While the title track sways with Brazilian heat and intensity, moving sonic beats through the air, “Way of Life” is an uptempo concoction that sprinkles in a dash of fervent hip hop flow from UK rapper T. Smith. Rodson sweetens the offering with “It Will Rain,” a seductive and sensual serenade that pulses, sways and swings with compassion. “Everything,” another entree on the menu, is a beautiful ballad that renders strength and hope.
A native of Galicia, Spain, currently living in London, Grace Rodson is a product of the music she was surrounded by as a child. “Galicia is a land of migrants. I grew up listening to salsa, cumbia, merinque and bachata.” Expresses Grace, “My great-grandparents lived in Cuba and Texas, my aunties in Venezuela and Brazil, my grandparents, mother and uncle in Argentina. So I am a wonderful smorgasbord of Latin sound, dance and rhythm. ‘Samba in My Bones’ is a celebration of the diversity in the varied cultures around me with movement being the common denominator. Music and dance are the essence of my expression. For me this project is a journey of my love stories and music is my ultimate love!”
Grace Rodson was the winner of the GSD Latin Music Awards 2011 in the categories of Best Album, Best Female Singer and Best Song. She tours and performs throughout Europe and is a singer and bandleader for Yes!!! Brazil Show, a Latin-Brazilian group. She is also the bandleader for “The Godfather of Salsa in the United King, Roberto Pla and his Latin Ensemble, who are known as the best salsa band in Europe.
Grace Rodson may have ‘samba in her bones’ but after grooving to her debut project, music lovers will have Grace Rodson in their hearts. The project is available on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/samba-in-my-bones/id867447922 .
Oklahoma City – When rapper Eminem made his 1999 debut with the ground breaking hit “My Name Is” from his “The Slim Shady LP” project, he turned the music scene upside down and positioned himself as the “Rap God” he is today. Fifteen years later, female rapper Amber Glass is vying for the “Rap Goddess” throne. Spitting fierce lyrical fury with feminine flow, the new artist, from Power Moves Media, pays tribute to the rap legend with a bold, unapologetic remake of his “My Name Is” single via a vibrantly viscious video release. With a brilliant display of in-your-face imagery, twisted flavor and seductive finesse, the video and the song mimic the original track but with a wild woman twist !
An Oklahoma native, Amber Glass is the discovery of Power Moves Media CEO Nitro (The Amber Glass Project video). A potent mix of sass, sex and sizzle, Glass spews unrepentant verses that roll raw and punch with dominion. Take female rapper Iggy Azalea, add steroids, and Amber Glass emerges !
Influenced by Eminem, Tupac and Nas, Amber started rapping at the age of 17. Working her way around the local hip hop scene in Oklohoma City, Power Moves Media artist Young Star initially took note of her skills and convinced Nitro to sign her.
“Amber Glass is indicative of what Power Moves Media is all about. She shatters your perceptions of her when she opens her mouth to rhyme. Her verses knock out the competition. She is spearheading our roster of releases, paving the path for the power moves we have planned,” notes Nitro.
“My Name Is” was shot in Phoenix, Arizona and directed by Carlos Berber. The video is a scene by scene reenactment of the original “My Name Is” video, with Amber swapping out Eminem’s moniker for her own and tweaking the lyrics with her own risqué rants. “My Name Is” pops with the same zany antics as the original release but resonates with 2014 sensibility.
“For me as a white girl, Eminem was a powerful reflection growing up. He showed me what I had the potential to do. He kicked down walls and built up new ones. I’m not trying to be a female Eminem though, I just wanted to pay homage to him for making a way for artists like me. If is sees “My Name Is,” project I hope it makes him proud because he was a great inspiration to me.”
Check out Power Moves Media at powermovesweb.com .
Peep the “My Name Is” remake video and take note: her name is, her name is, her name is …. Amber Glass !
Clean version: \"My Name Is\" clean version
Dirty Version: \"My Name Is\" dirty version
Music Icon Teddy Riley Receives Black History Month Salute on “The Producer’s Corner with Spud Too Tight”
Minneapolis -”The Producer’s Corner with Spud Too Tight,” a renowned celebrity music production and tech talk show since 2009, paid special homage to legendary icon Teddy Riley with a special in-depth interview with singer, songwriter Darryl Easterling ask Tiger Da Writer during the show’s most recent installment. Tiger Da Writer recaps his career as Riley’s former A&R consultant during the 30-minute video production with host Spud Too Tight, with both acknowledging Riley’s vast musical contributions and unwavering support for their professional pursuits.
Tiger Da Writer shares how Riley opened up his home to him in 2008 and soon after offered him an opportunity to serve as an A&R consultant. The position served as impetus for a list of esteemed accomplishments throughout his career. “Teddy Riley advised me to never rush your music, let it come, keep it simple but never erase a track as it is like throwing away millions,” disclosed Tiger Da Writer.
Tiger Da Writer was signed early on to producer Easy Mo Bee as a recording artist, and has worked with Montel Jordan and Mario and wrote “Highway To Love.” In 2009 he worked with producer Sir Jinx and wrote and performed the hook to Ice Cube’s “Life in California” on the “I AM The West” album. The album was released in 2010. He has since launched his own company, M&T A&R Consulting LLC.
Music producer and composer Spud Too Tight details how the King of New Jack Swing changed
his life musically and technically by providing him a new blue print of how to run studio. Spud Too Tight converted from MAC to PC based on Riley’s mentoring and advice. “After several personal conversations, Riley gained an understanding of me as a producer and tech guru. He then amazingly gifted me with a music library of every sound unimaginable! I could never put a price tag on what he did for me and I will be forever grateful,” reveals Spud Too Tight.
Spud Too Tight and Tiger Da Writer explore the true definition of New Jack Swing and examine how contrasting music worlds were merged to birth this new genre of music in the late 80′s. They review the legacy and impact of the creation today. Both men agree that the Grammy award-winning Riley is a true music scientist who has nurtured the success of R&B, urban, hip hop and even pop music with a legacy that will reign forever. They conclude in the conversational tribute that there can be no real discussion about music without acknowledging and attributing Teddy Riley.
“Grammy Platinum Icon Teddy Riley has respectfully earned the title ‘The King of New Jack Swing.’ There is an innovative and technical driving force that continues to flow within this musical genius architect, bringing only the most prolific legendary signature sound to the multi-genre masses, historically and in today’s music market place,” cites Monica Anders, PR Strategist for Teddy Riley. From composing and producing R&B, hip hop and pop and as the first African American producer to bring K-Pop to the USA, his schedule remains non-stop in the studio as he continues to perform sellout concerts worldwide with his new group BS2 which include members Lenny Harold, Tony Tyler, J-Stylz and Dave Hollister.
As a tech genius, he has conducted technical education demonstrations for several years at NAMM for companies such as PreSonus and AKAI among others. He has more than 1000 credits to his name since 1987, producing, writing and performing on countless No.1 hits such as Keith Sweat’s “Make it Last,” Bobby Brown’s, “My Prerogative,” Blackstreet’s “No Diggity,” and Michael Jackson’s multi-Grammy award winning LP “Dangerous.” “Dangerous” sold more than 35 million copies worldwide and has been listed as the most successful “New Jack Swing” album of all time.
View the video interview salute to music master Teddy Riley at Teddy Riley tribute.
Cleveland, OH – Although the incarceration of celebrities like Lil Kim, Da Brat, DMX, Lindsay Lohan, and a host of others, have made “serving time” acceptable in today’s culture, formerly incarcerated R&B/Hip Hop songstress, Erika Kayne, is determined to make sure young people know the real deal about the conditions in prison and don’t get caught up in the hype.
Kayne, a second-generation offender who did a one-year bid for weapons charges, today released a public service announcement (PSA), “Think Before You Act,” expressing the shame and humiliation associated with being locked away in hopes of inspiring young people to make better life decisions.
“My biological father has been incarcerated since I was an infant. Then, the bad choices I made caused me to hurt the person who means the most to me – my grandmother. I was so ashamed for her to visit me behind the glass,” said Kayne. “Most of us don’t have it like Martha Stewart or Wesley Snipes, so it’s not easy to get back on track once you have a criminal record. It’s important to think before you act and not make hasty decisions that can change your life forever and possibly create a vicious cycle for your children,” the Cleveland, Ohio native adds.
Produced and directed by Talkeye Jackson, for Vyrus Films,a division of Vyrus Entertainment, “Think Before You Act” was released via social media in an effort to generate a viral campaign promoting positive choices. The gritty visuals show a real jail which helps dispel the absurd notion that prison is somehow glamorous.
Charles Farrar, president of Vyrus Entertainment and two-time Grammy Award winning producer known for hits like Tyrese’s “Sweet Lady,” and Boyz II Men’s “Cooley High Harmony,” comments, “Erika’s life experiences enable her to connect with young people who are at that fork-in-the-road where one bad choice can determine the rest of their life.”
Farrar continues, “Her struggle epitomizes the concept of redemption; just because you took the wrong road initially, doesn’t mean you can’t get back on the right path. Erika’s authenticity comes through in her work with young people as well as her music.”
Kayne’s current single, “Heart for Sale”, is an empowering love song with a mid-tempo track that tells a story of a young lady who gave her lying man several chances but he still broke her heart. She eventually kicks him to the curb and moves on. Men and women alike can relate to the songs catchy and realistic lyrics: “I’m putting your ass back out on the market….It’s a wrap now baby, you can drop the act now baby, go and pack now… I got a heart for sale….”
“The truth is, I’ve done wrong and got caught up, and I’ve been hurt in my personal relationships,” Kayne said. “But, I worked hard to turn my life around and I’m determined to end this vicious cycle for my family and anyone I can touch. As for my love life, I’m moving on and have a Heart for Sale.”
Erika Kane \"Think Before You Act\" PSA
NOTE TO MEDIA: Erika Kayne and Charles Farrar are available for interviews. Contact Edrea email@example.com or 770.961.6200/818.613.9521.
ERIKA KAYNE ONLINE
YOUTUBE PSA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7rCUFVC-sQ&feature=youtu.be
LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Anna Maria Horsford, Mahira Kakkar, Issa Rae, & Tonya Lewis Lee among Honorees at BronzeLens Film Festival Women’s Superstar Luncheon
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Atlanta, GA — The 2013 BronzeLens Film Festival’s “Women Superstars Luncheon” will roll out the red carpet for industry insiders, celebrities and aspiring filmmakers on hand to honor some of the most accomplished women of color working in the film and television industry. A coveted signature event during the five-day festival, the luncheon will take place Friday November 8, 2013, 12 noon – 2 PM at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel.
Hosted by former television news anchor, Monica Pearson, the 2013 BronzeLens superstars are: Anna Maria Horsford (“Friday”); actress and wife of Samuel L. Jackson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson ( “The Fighting Temptations”); actress, Mahira Kakkar (“Hank and Asha”); retired Coca Cola executive Ingrid Saunders Jones; producer, Issa Rae (“Awkward Black Girl”); producer and wife of Spike Lee, Tonya Lewis Lee (“The Watsons Go to Birmingham”); producer, Valerie Benning Barney (“All Star Comedy Jam,” “Eddie Griffin: Freedom of Speech”); and costumers Mabel and Shilla Benning.
“We are excited about our powerful honorees this year. These women superstars demonstrate the diverse areas where women excel in the entertainment business,” said Kathleen Bertrand, executive producer of the BronzeLens Film Festival. “Whether behind the scenes or in front of the camera, these women continue to play an integral role with films that impact our lives.”
Designed to empower, entertain and educate attendees from various film industry disciplines, students and the general public, the BronzeLens Film Festival offers an array of expert panels, workshops, domestic and international film screenings and signature events.
In addition to a Monologue Slam featuring renowned director John Singleton, festival highlights include an encore presentation of legendary casting director and producer Reuben Cannon’s, “The Producers Roundtable” a groundbreaking session that brings together high-level entertainment executives to share their strategies for producing successful film and television projects. Participating producers include Jeff Clanagan, David Talbert, Lyn Talbert and Paul Hall.
The BronzeLens Film Festival takes place November 6-10. Visit www.bronzelensfilmfestival.com for more information and registration information.
About the BronzeLens Film Festival
Founded in 2009, The BronzeLens Film Festival of Atlanta, Georgia is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing national and worldwide attention to Atlanta as a center for film and film production for people of color, and to showcasing films and providing networking opportunities that will develop the next generation of filmmakers. Since its inception the BronzeLens Film Festival has evolved as one of the most comprehensive film festivals for filmmakers of color in the United States.
Sponsors of the BronzeLens Film Festival are Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, Coca-Cola Company Turner, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Delta Air Lines, HBO Documentary Films, BET Networks, Georgia Pacific, The Woodruff Arts Center, AT& T, Macys, Institut Française , The Sai Sai Group, Inc., Southern Company, MHR International, Movie Magic, White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails, National Center for Civil and Human Rights and Atlanta Technical College: The Cleveland Dennard Center.
The Jenesse Center Salutes Hair Stylist to the Stars, Dr. Boogie as a Hope Angel During Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Hollywood – For years Dr. Boogie has styled the locks of Hollywood’s rich and famous, including most recently the likes of Vivica Fox, Debbie Allen and Kym Whitley. His Dr. Boogie’s Do-It-Yourself Clip-On Hairpieces and his chemical-free, organic, all natural skin and hair products are also all the rage in Tinsel Town and beyond. However, what most don’t know is that the “hair stylist to the stars” has a special clientele that he has been privately catering to for years now. They are the women seeking shelter and support from the Jenesse Center, the oldest domestic violence intervention program in South Los Angeles.
The Jenesse Center is honoring Dr. Boogie as a “Hope Angel” during October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, for his volunteer service of providing self-esteem building makeovers and glamour shot portraits to their clients as gifts. It is indeed star treatment for women who need it most.
“Dr. Boogie has made such a huge difference in the lives of Jenesse women and families. Many of our clients experience unbelievable stress and trauma from horrendous cases of battering, domestic violence and abuse. Dr. Boogie has a special magic for making the women feel loved, appreciated and yes, beautiful! We are just thrilled that he shares his gift so freely with us,” expresses Jenesse’s public relations representative, Jeanine Taylor.
Dr. Boogie’s own experience with domestic violence goes back to his childhood. He recalls how he could make relatives around him feel better when they were suffering from instances of abuse. “Often times I would see those close to me sad, hurting and crying. I would do their hair and it always seemed to help raise their spirits. I came to understand that on a very deep level, when you look good it helps you to feel better. I understand on a personal level the trials the women who come to the Jenesse Center are experiencing. Bringing a little sunshine into their lives probably makes me happier than them! I love being able to share my gift, it is honestly the best part of what I do throughout my career.”
In addition to his work at the Jenesse Center, Boogie has been busy styling OWN-TV’S Kym Whitley as well as working with Vivica Fox on her syndicated show, “Mr. Box Office” and Lifetime’s “Prank My Mom.” He is also one of Sophisticate’s Black Hair Styles & Care Guide’s celebrity hair consultant experts.