Hollywood Hair Stylist Dr. Boogie Captures The Ultimate Merger Look with Toccara and Opens New Salon “The Beauty Parlor by Boogie’s Secrets”

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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.

As the man known for his defining signature styles, Dr. Boogie sets the pace for a season of high fashion and fun with Toccara’s trend setting tresses. With an image best described at ‘couture pin-up’ Dr. Boogie keeps her mane fierce, fabulous and funky. Having developed Eve’s hallmark platinum short cut, creating Kimora Lee’s sexy glam look and defining Lisa Raye’s signature style, Dr. Boogie now brands Toccara with an illusion that will set a new tone in salons around the country.

Grandson of Comedy Legend Paul Mooney Marries on National TV

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Erica & Adonis Gladney
Adonis Gladney, the grandson of the celebrated comedian Paul Mooney,  recently wed his new bride, Erica Gladney, on national TV, sharing their wedding vows in a beautiful ceremony.
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Phoenix, AZ – When your grandfather is a living comedy legend, fame and notoriety naturally run in the family. Such is the case with Adonis Gladney, the grandson of the celebrated comedian Paul Mooney. Gladney, alongside his new bride, Erica Gladney, recently wed on national TV sharing their wedding vows in a beautiful ceremony. Mooney was unable to attend the wedding but gave the couple his blessings prior to their nuptials.

New bride Erica Gladney, comic legend Paul Mooney, groom and grandson, Adonis Gladney
Mooney is particularly pleased about his first-born grandson’s new slate in life. The young couple’s relationship went through an initial bout of turmoil during the course of their six-year romance.  Adonis was sent away in 2009 to serve a 13-month Federal prison stint for violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act after Federal authorities accused him of selling counterfeit computer software.
Adonis, who was 24 at the time, is believed to be the first person convicted for DMCA violations dealing with the circumvention of security protections on software. Following his arrest, officials seized $74,038 and two custom-built Lamborghinis from the young computer geek, who had accumulated over three million dollars in profit. Erica stayed by her man’s side through the ordeal and the two have continued to prosper.
Says Mooney, “My grandson didn’t follow my passion for comedy, but sadly, in the grand scheme of things, the joke ended up on him when he was arrested and sentenced. It warms my heart to know that all of that is behind him now.”
Adonis’ grandfather, Paul Mooney, is currently on tour with another comedy legend, Dick Gregory. Mooney has written material for Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy and Dave Chappelle to name a few. Recognized as the comedic force behind some of Pryor’s best bits, Mooney is also the creator of the classic characters Homey D. Clown for In Living Color and Negrodamus for Chappelle’s Show.
Watch Adonis and Erica Gladney on Bravo’s “Newlyweds: The First Year” on Wednesday nights at 10:00 pm ET/PT.

Interact personally with the couple on Facebook at Adonis and Erica ; on Twitter at @AdonisGladney and @EricaJohns88; and on Instagram at @AdonisGladney and @EricaGladney88.

“The Committee” Selects a Black Female President in Bestselling Author Terry E. Hill’s New Release

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Author to Commemorate Martin Luther King Day
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Terry E. Hill’s “The Committee” is a beguiling tale that twirls Illuminati conspiracy, New Orleans voodoo, American politics and a subplot gay affair in a delicious twist of turbulence and turmoil.
San Francisco – With Come Sunday Morning, When Sunday Comes Again and The Last Sunday, author Terry E. Hill has proven himself an adept story weaver. Enthralling his readers with a trilogy based inside a megachurch setting, his well-spun plots of scandal, suspense and seduction were delivered with acute precision. Skillfully whipping his readers into a page-turning frenzy, they rushed to keep abreast of characters bigger than the books that encased them.  With the release of The Committee on Urban Renaissance, an imprint of Kensington Publishing Corp., the author ups the ante and moves into the world of politics.

The Committee is a beguiling tale that twirls Illuminati conspiracy, New Orleans voodoo, American politics and a subplot gay affair in a delicious twist of turbulence and turmoil. We find out that the secret society behind the country’s biggest political ploys is a mysterious New Orleans family of Creole women who head “The Committee.” It is they who in fact control the white men mistaken to be the country’s power figures! “The Committee” has selected every US president since James Monroe and controls much of the country’s economy. When they make the decision that the United States is not only ready for a Black woman president, but also select her, the phrase, ‘hell hath no fury like a woman scorned’ takes on new and insidious meaning.

Camille Ernestine Hardaway is the first African American female mayor of Los Angeles and she has it all – stunning good looks, power, a seemingly devoted husband and influential allies. “The Committee” has decided that she will be the first Black female President of the United States and will stop at nothing to ensure their rising candidate reaches the White House. Author Terry E. Hill sublimely works hypnosis with the written word as he winds the reader deeper down a sinister black hole with each chapter. The Committee’s lethal combination of manipulation, intimidation, mysticism and murder make for the most intoxicating political thriller.
With an adoring fan base waiting in high anticipation, Hill is hosting a Facebook contest. The author (on Facebook at Terry E. Hill ) will give away 25 autographed copies of The Committee to the lucky winner. The contest ends at midnight on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 18th. Participants can find more details on The Committee’s Facebook page and / or enter on his Facebook page.
Author Terry E. Hill

The Committee is Hill’s fourth novel. Come Sunday Morning was his first book, followed by When Sunday Comes Again in 2012 and The Last Sunday in 2013. The publisher consolidated Hill’s first two books into one and re-released it 2014 as The Come Sunday Morning Saga. Come Sunday Morning was selected as number three of the five best fiction books for 2012 by the Sankofa Literary Society. When Sunday Comes Again was released in the summer of 2012 and made the AALBC (African American Literary Book Club) Urban Fiction Best Seller List. Hill’s novels have also been featured on the Bestsellers List of Black Expressions and have been selected as best books of the month and year by various bookstores and book clubs throughout the country. The Sunday Morning Saga has been acquired by more than 10,000 libraries in the U.S., Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Hill has developed a significant and very loyal audience who eagerly await each new release. Elev8.com, an online property of Hello Beautiful, profiled the author as the next E. Lynn Harris for his clever storytelling and LGBT subplots. He and his writings have been featured on BET.com’s monthly YOU GOTTA HAVE IT column, Crème Magazine, Elev8/Hello Beautiful, Black Literature Magazine and The Literary Network.

Hill’s writings are amazing works of fiction that continuously stir conversation on important topics nationwide.  Purchase The Committee on Amazon.com and wherever books are sold. Visit the author’s website at http://www.terryehill.com/ .
Follow Terry E. Hill on Facebook at Terry E. Hill and #ReadTheCommittee now!

Doll Maker Bush Empress Crafts Personal Spirit Dolls for Transformative Healing and Gifting

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This holiday season, craftswoman Bush Empress is adding to a cultural legacy and introducing a magical line of handmade collectibles known as Personal Spirit Dolls.
Los Angeles – Around the world, dolls are a recognized as universal forces to contend with. For centuries they have served as creative artifacts used as toys, religious objects and in celebratory displays. This holiday season, craftswoman Bush Empress is adding to this cultural legacy and introducing a magical line of handmade collectibles known as Personal Spirit Dolls. Personal Spirit Dolls are palm sized little beings that merge natural elements with the wonderment of imagination to promote healing, transformation and delight! In a world riddled with trauma, Bush Empress’ spirit dolls serve as therapeutic amulets that open the heart, assist with managing stress and bring harmonizing joy to the beholder.

Personal Spirit Dolls are sacred entities that carry the essence of the living earth. Each doll is individually handmade by Bush Empress with a

Dollmaker Bush Empress

l llnatural materials that include corn husk, tree twigs, colorful cloth materials, seeds, stones, shells, feathers and crystals. The dolls represent the natural forces of fire, water, air, earth and ether and combine the influences ofBush Empress’ Native American, ancestral African and European roots. Bush Empress prays over each doll, implanting within them divine intentions and then blesses them with essential oils made from flowers,herbs, roots and barks. Each doll comes with its own carrying pouch.

There are seven dolls total, each one representing a special meaning and named accordingly. The collection includes Peaceful Serenity; Blessed; Windancer; Spiritual Sweetness; Guidance; Victory and Protection. As Bush Empress explains, “Everything has the capacity to heal and the Personal Spirit Dolls are potent consecrated healers. Each doll is created to carry a specific vibration to represent a special quality or concern. The dolls are small enough to be carried in one’s purse or pouch and can grace an individual alter space in the home. They are also distinctive and poetic pieces of art and no two dolls are exactly alike.”
A native of New Orleans, raised in San Francisco and now residing in Los Angeles, Bush Empress reveals that the Personal Spirit Dolls evolved from her intuitive inspiration, personal experience, and clairvoyant moments. At the age of seven, Bush Empress remembers seeing things that no one else could. Her father told her at a young age that she was gifted with healing hands. For the past three decades she has spiraled in her own creativity, working as a professional chef, a visual artist and craftswoman, herbalist and spiritual healer.

A mother of five children and a grandmother, Bush Empress hopes to instill vibrant blessings through the dolls. “Mother earth is in great need of healing and we must all do our part. My dolls carry a life force that is fueled by the earth. I created them for ‘soul’ sa

Assorted products from Bush Empress

tisfaction,” explains Bush Empress, “to aide in enhancing the quality of individual lives. Each doll calls to a particular aspect of one’s inner being. The doll’s very presence rekindles the higher consciousness and nourishes the mind, body and spirit.”

Bush Empress can custom designs dolls upon request and also offers a line of anointing oils, herbal baths, incense, sage feathers, gem elixirs, and beauty and body products. Take a look inside her mystical lair on Instagram at @Personal_Spirit_Dolls or email her at bushempress_5@yahoo.com.

Author A.A. Jones Takes the “Plunge” in Underwater Pole Dance Video to Announce the Re-Release of “Tilt”

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                                                                                          photography by Brett Stanley
                                            
Burbank, CA – Author A.A. Jones is re-releasing her memoirs, “Tilt Diary of a Virgin Stripper” just in time for holiday reading. Instead of doing it with a bang however, the self-confessed housewife by day and exotic dancer by night has taken a plunge instead. “Plunge” is the title of her provocative yet inspirational pole dance shot underwater by world-renowned photographer Brett Stanley. Just like with her book “Tilt,” the video encourages viewers to strip away their inhibitions and live fearlessly. It is Jones’ ongoing message of empowerment for women and men alike.
Author A.A. Jones
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A corporate fitness instructor and dog behaviorist, A.A. Jones enthralled readers in 2013 with her literary reveal detailing her moonlighting nightlife escapades. More than just a day-to-day account of a housewife thrown into the underground world of exotic dance, sex and drama, “Tilt Diary” emerged as an intimate, soul-bearing account of a woman making her way in a man’s world and owning her power. “Tilt” fueled the imaginations of readers around the world and was acknowledged as a Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Winner. 

Jones is continuing her liberation movement with “Plunge.” The one minute and 30 second production dives deep. Jones dances underwater around a pole in a sea of soothing aqua blue.   The dance progresses via a series of photo stills exquisitely shot by Stanley, while Jones is heard narrating an impassioned soliloquy about overcoming fear and embracing courage.

An award winning commercial and underwater photographer, Brett Stanley has traveled the globe shooting breathtaking imagery. Jones is part of his Underwater Pole Dancing series, an exhibition that has garnered him international attention and acclaim.
“Photographing Jones for the underwater pole series added another dimension to my work,” cites Brett. “I found her amazingly creative and great to work with. Jones’ storyline for the shoot was compelling and unique, and the resulting images are some of my favorites.”

“Plunge” by A.A. Jones
“The underwater shoot was a tremendous challenge for me,” reveals Jones. “The experience took me back to the first time I walked into a club to audition to dance. The alarm in both instances was almost crippling. I had to force myself to take the plunge in both situations. Just like the nightclub experience changed my life, the underwater shoot did too. I am finding more and more that fear should never hold you back from following your heart. “Plunge” is the astonishing result of me embracing courage instead.”
“I am re-releasing my book “Tilt” because I want to remind everyone to never stop dreaming about what you could, should, or want to do it. Face your fear and take the plunge. It is the only way to discover how powerful you really are!” offers Jones.
Go deeper with Jones at https://vimeo.com/147427618  to view the video, follow her blog at http://tiltdiary.wordpress.com/ and purchase “Tilt Diary of a Virgin Stripper” on Amazon and wherever books are sold.

Screenwriter Lorna O. Releases Script for Megachurch TV Pilot “MERCY ROAD” on New Web Portal

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Los Angeles – Hollywood is an ‘inside‘ job. Brilliant scripts are written every day, and many of them, if not ‘greenlit,‘ are ever actually read outside of industry professionals. Author and television writer Lorna Clarke Osunsanmi aka Lorna O., has decided to do something about this perceived writer’s dilemma. She has ‘self’ published her original television pilot, MERCY ROAD and is making it available for everyone to not only read, but to also offer input. In a town that operates largely on ‘who you know,’ she is making an effort to expand her already very influential circle with the launch of her new writer’s portal, www.WritersAlwaysWrite.com.
MERCY ROAD is the first of many of her scripts to be made available for free download in their original screen format at the web portal. WritersAlwaysWrite.com offers readers not only the opportunity to meet potential characters before they actualize on the small and big screen, but also a peek at how scripts are actually formatted and submitted.
Lorna has worked for executives and writers in television and film for 10 years, on such shows as “Dexter,” “The Shield,” and the film “Get Him to the Greek,” written and directed by Nicholas Stoller which starred Russell Brand. Her first writing credit came on the Netflix original television series, “Hemlock Grove.”She co-wrote the season finale with her mentor, executive producer Charles “Chic” Eglee and executive producer Peter Blake. Lorna also wrote and produced the popular Bollywood web series titled “ChaDo.”  Additionally, she collaborated with Eglee and producers at Overbrook Entertainment and BET on the animated television series titled “Cypha.
With MERCY ROAD we find Eli Mercer as the Senior Pastor at Mercy Road Church and Ministries. His wife, First Lady Luna Mercer is dying of breast cancer. She is undergoing chemotherapy but doesn’t believe it is working. She makes a decision that could destroy the church and everybody affiliated with it. Meanwhile, Eli still has to handle the day-to-day affairs of a newly built megachurch that grew exponentially in a short time. He’s on the cusp of becoming the next T.D. Jakes or Joel Osteen if he can stay focused and keep the faith, even under pressure to bend to the last wish of his ailing wife. MERCY ROAD is the re-imaging of the story of Abraham set inside a megachurch.
With Oprah Winfrey’s own megachurch series, “Greenleaf,” starring Emmy Award winners Keith David and actress Lynn Whitfield, starting production and Fox TV’s recent announcement to develop an untitled megachurch mystery drama project from writer Julian Breece, Lorna O. is anticipating a surge in Black church themed productions.
“I am excited that producers and studios are reading MERCY ROAD, but I also wanted to know what the public thought,” explains Lorna. “I grew up in the church and a megachurch so I know how intimate and misunderstood that community is because the people talking the loudest about God and faith don’t necessarily represent the whole. MERCY ROAD is edgy in that it goes behind the veil and shows the humanity, frailty and the good hearts behind pastors and the wives who operate on an abnormally bright platform. As a writer, I want to hear from people inside that community and out. Is this something they want to see? And would they watch it? WriterAlwaysWrite.com is my way of taking my work to the streets.”
Lorna O. is also a well-established life and love coach and the author of “Becoming BOLD,” a definitive guide to self-actualization and transformation. A woman who practices what she preaches, Lorna acknowledges that the launch of WritersAlwaysWrite.com is a bold and unprecedented move in the entertainment capital of Hollywood.
“This isn’t done in television and film-ever! There’s a fear it won’t get made if it’s made public, which is absurd otherwise books would never be adapted. Additionally, script format is designed for production professionals as a blueprint to make the movie or show. Everything in a script is whittled down to its bare essentials, and that style is not meant for public consumption. So I had some trepidation about how people would respond to the writing format. Ultimately, however, I felt WritersAlwaysWrite.com was a must do,” cites Lorna. “It offers readers not only a different perspective but also valuable insight into the world of television and movie making.”
Lorna O. graduated magna cum laude from Texas Woman’s University and is a native of Christiansted, St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands. A new mother of two young children and married to popular sci-fi director, Olatunde Osunsanmi (“The Fourth Kind,” “Falling Skies”), she is half of one of Hollywood’s most promising upcoming power couples.
Read the drama that is traveling MERCY ROAD at  www.WritersAlwaysWrite.com now!

Ice T, Too Short, Yo Yo and Kurupt Support Havoc Da MouthPiece’s Proclaim To “Go Hard” It’s “Gaim Chng3r” Time

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Los Angeles – Straight outta’ South Central Los Angeles, Havoc Da MouthPiece hails as one the true originators of West Coast gangsta’ hip hop! Real hip hop hard heads recall Havoc as a standout pioneer, spearheading the West Coast reign when he was the front man for the rap crew South Central Cartel aka SCC. The group were the first ‘left’ coast rappers to sign to Def Jam and nurtured a loyal cult following with hits like “U Gotta Deal Wit Dis,” “Pops Was a Rolla,” All Day Everyday,” “Eastside-Westside” and “It’s an S.C.C Thang.”
Ironically, Havoc, a Chicago native, also has roots nestled deep in the legacy of R&B as well. Havoc is not only a rap legend, but he is also the son of legend. His father, Robert “Squirrel” Lester was one of the founding members of the legendary soul group the Chi-Lites.

Considering the depth of his musical roots coupled with his passion, there is probably no one better positioned to revive the West Coast rap scene by not only recapturing its history, but also continuing its vintage sound. Under the banner of his new imprint, Gaim Chng3r Enterprizes, Havoc is steadfastly forging a new legacy in hip hop. For the past two years he has been documenting historic interviews with major artists who were in the game from the very beginning. Over 30 artists have been interviewed to date, including Ice-T, Too Short, Warren G, Kurupt, Yo Yo, Da Brat, Ms. Toi, Xzibit and Lighter Shade of Brown.  The footage will be revealed in his new film,“Go Hard: The True Untold Story of West Coast Hip Hip,” slated for release in 2016 and the soundtrack, featuring several of Gaim Chng3r’s newly signed acts, is available now!

Ice T visits the “Go Hard set.

Interview snippets and promotional shout outs from a slew of veteran rap artists including hip hop heroes like Rappin 4-Tay,JJ Fad, Kam, Money B and WC, as well as videos from Gaim Chng3r’s new artists, are featured on the Gaim Chng3r Enterprize YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVUNdNFf1eFlCB_O3bZxZhw. The page is also an archive for vintage music videos from over 30 acts supportive of and or featured in the film project.

Havoc has masterminded a diverse assembly of artists for Gaim Chng3r’s roster, all reflecting his hardcore sentiments about the wild, wild west. The “Go Hard” soundtrack  is fully loaded with thirteen rough and ride ’em tracks that sizzle with scorching West Coast heat. Female vocalist Neveah regulates the seduction with “Boom,” Chanel Royale rips the heat on “187 Murder,” and Drewp featuring J. Blue keeps it real South Central with their own cartel on “Talkin’ Money” and break down the politics of green.  Tiffani Lewis’  “Pain,” featuring Cali Pitts, is a street litany that flows R&B with a hardcore rap edge and D.K.F.C.’s “It’s Over” bounces like a low rider with pure ghetto heat. Jank Mobb spits real, raw and unapologetically ruthless on “Sum_Mo_Sh*t,” leaving Shoota Mac featuring J. Blue to take it to the bedroom with “Private Affair” and new super producer Big E regulates with impact on “Wat I’m On.”

“South Central Cartel helped to carve the landscape of the West Coast rap scene. We were right alongside artists like N.W.A. and Tupac back in the day, giving the world a peak into this Cali street life,” notes Havoc.

Flashback photo:  standing left to right: unidentified, DJ Kaos (SCC), (unidentified),  Havoc Da Mouthpieice (SCC), Spice 1 and LV (SCC)
kneeling:  Tupac, DJ Gripp, Prodeje (SCC) and Havikk the Rhymeson (SCC)

“I’ve been true to this music for three decades now, different incarnations, but always true to the game. With ‘Go Hard: The True Untold Story of West Coast Hip Hip,’ I am not only honoring and celebrating this west side journey, I am positioning it for a greater outreach into the future. Gaim Chng3r is the new face of West Coast rap and the rebel cry is ‘Go Hard’ because we can’t go home, this is home! The movie ‘Straight Outta Compton’ was only a small part of the story, but it proved that the world remembers and that they want more! ‘Go Hard’ is taking it back to the streets South Central style. We bringing Watts, the Bay, Sacramento and the entire coast along for this ride!”

Check out the Gaim Chng3r Enterprize’s YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7R3NMq3MKk.

Get your Gaim Chng3r app on Google Play and iTunes.

Ride with Gaim Chng3r on their website at: http://www.gaimchng3r.com/.
Pick up the “Go Hard: The True Untold Story of West Coast Hip Hip,” soundtrack at iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon and where ever music is sold.

Black Gay Author Terrance Dean Comes Back “Out” in Hip Hop Re-Introducing the Titles That Started It All, HIDING IN HIP HOP and MOGUL Now Available as eBooks

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Nashville, TN – Hip Hop is officially ‘out.’ Openly gay and transgender personalities are now featured on top rated TV network shows like Fox’s “Empire”; Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black”; and even on reality TV on VH1’s “Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood.” While some may not remember, it was best-selling author

Terrance Dean who first flung open the door and literally pushed Hip Hop “out” of the closet. Hip Hop has not been the same since!

In 2008 Dean released the book that turned the entertainment industry upside down, or for some right side up. His memoir, HIDING IN HIP HOP: On the Down Low in the Entertainment Industry – from Music to Hollywood (Simon & Schuster/Atria Books – May 2008) was an explosive tell-all revealing intimate and heart-wrenching details about his personal life as a gay man in the entertainment business. Terrance tore the lid off a hidden culture within the testosterone-driven world of Hip Hop when he revealed a new dimension in a world notorious for its larger-than-life masculine swagger. Bravely unmasking the deep secrets of a prominent gay sub-culture within not only the entertainment community, but more specifically, within the confines of hip hop, HIDING IN HIP HOP became the runaway, most talked about, and most Googled book sensation of the year.

Dean then followed up with his fictionalized novel account, MOGUL (Simon & Schuster/Atria Books – June 2011).  MOGUL went even deeper inside Hip Hop to reveal just how rampant homosexuality reigns in an industry that on the surface purports hyper-masculinity as its calling card.  MOGUL follows Aaron “Big A.T.” Tremble, a young music icon, as he juggles money, fame, and women as CEO of a record label, while also indulging in a clandestine relationship with his hot superstar artist, the sexy hunk, Tickman.  MOGUL gave readers the inner behind-the-scenes moves of a community of down low and gay industry companions, known as ‘The Family,’ who support and propel Big A.T. as Hip Hop’s most beloved producer. Dean’s debut fiction release ripped through the industry as insiders, naysayers, and fans speculated and compared the tale to real life rumors and hearsay.

Dean met the controversy head on, even as media and readers alike were not quite ready to accept the truth he was serving. However, accounts and predictions he made at that time have now come full circle and today, in 2015, Hip Hop has been fully outed.
“I am elated that my book, HIDING IN HIP HOP, has helped to spark this discourse. Years ago, while I was touring and conducting interviews, I predicted that Black LGBTQIA persons would come forward and no longer be relegated to the “closet.” Now, with talented artists such as, Jussie Smollett, Frank Ocean, Laverne Cox and Felicia “Snoop” Pearson, we are seeing ourselves as part of the fabric of America, and, more importantly Black life and Black culture,” expresses Dean.

“When I wrote MOGUL I had no idea that a show like “Empire” or even the recent airing of VH-1’s “OUT In Hip Hop” would be possible. But, after my book was released, I knew I had done something powerful, transformative, and trailblazing,” asserts Dean. “As a writer, artist, or creative person when you produce a product you don’t think of the future. You’re only present in the moment. You never know what the world will say or how people will respond. Yet, when you do something so provocative, so intense and against the grain, and people respond positively and negatively, then, you know you’ve done your job. I’m thankful each day God has given me a voice, and visibility, to express myself in all of my blackness and gayness.”

Speaker, educator, author and Detroit native, Terrance Dean took a hiatus from the entertainment industry and received his Master’s in Theological Studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School in 2014. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Religion at Vanderbilt University in the Graduate Department of Religion. He is also a 2005 John Seigenthaler Journalism Fellow from Vanderbilt University. Dean has lectured and conducted workshops at noted institutions of education around the country.

In 2011, Dean was acknowledged as the first Black gay author to be nominated for two Lambda Literary awards for two books in two different categories; his book, “Visible Lives” was nominated for LGBT Anthology, and his book, “Straight From Your Gay Best Friend” was nominated for LGBT Non-Fiction. Dean is a contributing writer to the anthologies, Souls of My Brothers and Always Too Soon.
 
Dean has written for and been featured in mainstream and urban media outlets around the globe. He has also appeared across the country and internationally, on popular syndicated radio shows and made numerous national television appearances.

Dean currently writes a weekly advice column,”Straight From Your Gay Best Friend,” on the popular urban website, Bossip.com, reaching by over 100,000 readers weekly.

Both HIDING IN HIP HOP and MOGUL are available in hardback, paperback, and as eBooks wherever books are sold.

Connect with Terrance Dean on Twitter at @terrancedean and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/terrance.dean .

Pole Dance Matters as Performers Tribute the Black Life Movement with New Video Release

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Left to right back row: Sasja "Fierce" Lee, , Kelly Yvonne, Mia Shanté and Divine Em Left to right front row: Jamé Elis, Tehera Nesfield, Onyx Black and Candace Cane

Los Angeles – Dance has always been a catalyst for empowerment. As a powerful tool of artistic expression, its potency can liberate the viewer and incite change. After being bombarded with news and images per the recent upsurge in senseless killings, from Trayvon Martin to Eric Garner to Sandra Bland, Mia Shanté knew she had to do something. Her spirit was calling her to dance out the trauma, the pain and the hurt. Shanté gathered together an ensemble of some of Los Angeles’ top pole dancers to participate in a dance ritual to Michael Jackson’s “They Don’t Care About Us” and has released a performance video entitled, “Old Fight. New Dance: Black Lives Matter.” at https://vimeo.com/channels/miashanteproductions .

“Old fight. New Dance: Black Lives Matter,” quakes with bold defiance while resonating with heartfelt compassion. Expresses Shanté, “In particular, I envisioned this as a piece for black women.   We haven’t really been highlighted during this movement. We have had to mourn the deaths of our fathers, husbands, brothers and children and often we are there to build the men who have been victimized back up. This video is to let people know that as pole dancers, we hear them, we feel them, we are them and to still hold on to hope. Black lives do matter.”

Filmed in a warehouse location, eight pole dancers move fearless and graceful between vignettes of protest footage interspersed with passages of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech over Jackson’s “They Don’t Care About Us.” The pole dancers, dressed in black, move in sync and solidarity, passing through pain to triumph.

“Old Fight. New Dance: Black Lives Matter,” was directed by Shanté for Mia Shanté Productions. Pole artist/performer Phoenix Kazree choreographed the production. Kazree, an Alvin Ailey American Dance School, Joffrey Ballet and “The Lion King” alumni, holds pole champion titles from around the world. Brandon Deese served as the director of photography. The pole dance collaboration includes some of the industry’s top polers including Candace Cane, Divine Em, Jamé Elis, Kelly Yvonne, Kitty Marie LaVeaux, Melody Amber-Marie, Onyx Black, Sasja Lee and Tehera Nesfield.

A Chicago native, Mia Shanté aka The Vegan Bodybuilding Pole Dancer, is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, a 2014 National Figure Competitor, a 2015 Pacific Pole Championships Level 4 Dramatic Champion and most recently the 2015 Paragon Latin America Championships 1st Runner Up. She is also a member of Kelly Yvonne Productions’ Girl Next Door cast, the first and longest running pole dance revue in the world featuring top ranked local and international pole stars. With a background in television production, Shanté has combined pole with production to produce “Old fight. New Dance: Black Lives Matter,” the first release from Mia Shanté Productions.

Shanté’s interpretational dance concept at https://vimeo.com/channels/miashanteproductions indeed moves the Black life movement forward. Dance with her at @justmia23 on Instagram.

Sci-Fi Director Olatunde Osunsanmi Tackles the Science Behind the Fiction With Hollywood TV & Film Successes

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Olatunde Osunsanmi has always had a penchant for the paranormal. His directorial debut in 2009, “The Fourth Kind,” starring Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil), was a Universal Pictures theatrical release based on his original screenplay about a recurring nightmare he had as a child. A cult classic, the film’s success established him as a true industry prodigy and a rising young director. Osunsanmi has since quietly built a list of horror movie and science fiction credits that denote some of the genre’s best work. His skill for being able to juxtapose compassion, existential angst, special effects and aliens has garnered him esteemed recognition amongst his sci-fi peers as one of Hollywood’s top science fiction directors. He is also one of the youngest!

The sci-fi director just recently completed tenure on the set of “Falling Skies,” a TNT series executive produced by Steven Spielberg, about a group of renegade citizens on a dramatic, action packed sojourn fighting an alien invasion in a post-apocalyptic world. A career coup, Osunsanmi was asked to co-executive produce and direct the fifth and final season, including the series finale, after directing two complex episodes during season four. Osunsanmi’s passion for his work was on display weekly as the battle between humans and enemy aliens was waged for ten consecutive episodes on the small screen!

Osunsanmi has a trail of top TV science fiction and horror credits to his claim. He has served as an episodic director for CBS’ “Extant,” starring Halle Berry and the CBS series “Under the Dome,” based on the best-selling Stephen King novel of the same name. Additional productions with the Osunsanmi touch include an episode of Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow,” and TNT’s “The Last Ship,” a post-apocalyptic series, based on the 1988 novel of the same name by William Brinkley. He has also directed an episode of the new hit Fox show, “Minority Report,” a sequel to the Steven Spielberg-directed movie, now starring Meagan Good.

The rising star has also been tapped to direct “The Twisted,” a thriller from Scott Free Productions’ new film division, “Ridley Scott Presents.” Ridley Scott, whose credits include the classics “Alien,” “Blade Runner,” and “Hannibal” will produce “The Twisted” alongside Giannina Scott and Colet Abedi. “The Twisted” is set in the mountains of Sierra Nevada, where strange things are happening to the children at an isolated orphanage.

Before directing “The Fourth Kind,” Osunsanmi started out as a production assistant and then went on to write “Smokin’ Aces II” for Universal Home Video.  He is currently in development to write and direct “Eden,” which reunites him with the producer team behind “The Fourth Kind.” “Eden” is a modern day science fiction spin on the Underground Railroad legend, however instead of humans oppressing humans, it’s aliens oppressing humanity. He is also in development to write and direct “Planet X” with Cota Films and “Vertigo” produced by Michael Costigan and Roy Lee. “Planet X” chronicles three astronauts in a secret space program as they journey to investigate a previously unknown planet at the edge of our solar system.

Olatunde Osunsanmi is a first generation American of Nigerian descent. His parents traveled from Nigeria 43 years ago to live the American dream and his accomplishments are a part of that dream come true. Osunsanmi’s grandfather was the designated photographer for several various Nigerian dictators. The family believes that Osunsanmi’s love for the camera stems from him.

Osunsanmi wants the world to consider a life where aliens are no longer a secret. “One of the greatest mysteries of our time is whether or not we are alone,” explains Osunsanmi. “I can’t help but also ask the question that if we are being visited, who made the visitors?”

As sci-fi director Olatunde Osunsanmi continues to tackle the science behind the fiction with great bodies of work, perhaps we will all secure some answers.

Connect with director Olatunde Osunsanmi’s on Twitter @centerwillhold .

“The Fourth Kind” trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r25ZUxTURis

“Falling Skies” trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkX7byG8XAY

The Universal Domino League and Actor Omar Gooding Present “Dominos After Dark” at Dave & Buster’s Hollywood

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Los Angeles – Starting Monday, August 31, 2015, at Dave & Buster’s Hollywood the Universal Domino League will feature it’s one of a kind professional domino league to add to the excitement of Dave & Buster’s magnificent brand. With over 200 games under their roof, the eatery and mega arcade will add one more game when the Universal Domino League (UDL) brings their “Dominos After Dark” event to the party.   Reigning UDL champion, actor Omar Gooding will stake his claim joining 64 players as they compete for a chance to take home over $3,000 in cash and prizes. The tournament begins at 7:00 p.m. and ends at 10:00 p.m. Registration starts at 6:00 p.m at the door or in advance online at www.universaldominoleague.com. Dave & Buster’s is located at 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood CA. Universal Domino League “Domino’s After Dark” will continue every Monday Night at Dave & Buster’s Hollywood beginning August 31, 2015.

Founded by Harold Moret, the Universal Domino League consists of over 50,000 domino players worldwide and is the first official gaming association dedicated to the game of dominoes. UDL’s “Domino’s After Dark” Domino League at Dave & Buster’s is the organization’s effort to establish a weekly home base location for domino lovers as the UDL continues to build and grow the brand. Past tournaments have included the Universal Domino League Football Classic Domino Tournament in Phoenix, Arizona, Universal Domino League LA Open Domino Tournament in Los Angeles, California, Universal Domino League Boxing Classic in Las Vegas and the Universal Domino League & The NBA Retired Players Association presented Universal Domino League’s Play with the Pro’s Event at the New York, New York Hotel & Casino.

haroldpicMoret’s vision is bigger than just a game of dominoes. A 20-year industry veteran, who worked closely alongside Dr. Dre at Aftermath Entertainment, Moret, conceptualized the league as similar to the World Boxing Association with domino opponent pre-tournament weigh-ins, championship belts and world-class domino tournaments.

Dominoes, is the first game ever invented and provides an arena where the playing field is leveled. Players can participate, regardless of gender or physical prowess and test their skills, gain recognition, and even earn a living playing professional dominos. UDL’s host tournaments and head to head high stakes domino matches for major cash and prizes nationwide.

Players use UDL scoring chips to keep score and a tournament format comparable to the World Series of Poker. The players are marketed, promoted, ranked, sanctioned, and governed by UDL. Moret also stipulated the UDL had its own official gaming mat and game clock, which insures fast-paced action, similar to the NBA’s shot-clock. In addition, Moret has created a charity facet of the league, UDL Kids, a program that helps at-risk youth and visits children’s hospitals teaching arithmetic using dominoes.

“I’m happy to see the UDL plant some roots here on Monday nights in Los Angeles,” offers Omar Gooding. “I am personally challenging any and everyone who loves dominoes and also all my celebrity friends to come out and support the Universal Domino League “Dominos After Dark” at Dave & Buster’s. “Let’s Make History!”

“We are excited to bring “Dominos After Dark” to Dave & Buster’s,” adds Moret. “With their emphasis on creating a playground environment of fun mixing food, drinks and games, they are a perfect fit for our brand and our league.”

For additional information on the Universal Domino League go to http://universaldominoleague.com/ . “Like” the UDL on Facebook at Universal Domino League.

Zakiya Hooker, Daughter of Blues Icon John Lee Hooker, Serenades “Live” and “In The Mood” With Jazzy New Music Releases and Video

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Atlanta – Blues legend John Lee Hooker is best remembered for his iconic hits, “Boom, Boom” and “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer.” But perhaps his greatest legacy is found in the seductively supple vocal stylings of his daughter, the jazz-inflected, bluesy recording artist, Zakiya Hooker. Zakiya last showcased her brand of the remarkable Hooker inheritance with her 2009 CD release “Keeping It Real,” an unbridled presentation of sassy melodious seduction. Her return to rhythm’s landscape is now powerfully noted with her fifth and sixth releases, the consummate “In The Mood” and the outstanding performance production “Zakiya Hooker Live at the International BluesFest Eutin, Germany.”

zakiya new Front Cover.1“In the Mood” is one of Zakiya’s most diverse efforts to date. With the music actually recorded in Argentina and Zakiya’s vocals laid down in her current home state of Georgia, the project boasts eleven tracks drenched deep in the muddied Delta waters. A defining contribution establishing her own legacy as a woman who intimately dances the blues, Zakiya, like her father, displays no notion of loudly belting the genre. Poised, regal and confident, instead she just pours the blues all over you. Like warm massage oil penetrating the skin, her songs simply seep inside the pores, tingling to the core.

When she opens with “Receipt to Sang the Blues,” her ‘proof of purchase’ is a matter of fact, not notion, as her smooth vocals lusciously ride a rollicking blues train of testimony. Zakiya then simmers in a delicious serving of jazz flavored serenade on “Drowning,” a lover’s ode that gushes with tender surrender. “Look Me Up” offers up some seventies styled R&B while the title release “In the Mood,” along with “One Step,” reminiscence signature Hooker swag with amplified electric guitar over a steady, heavy blues trodden beat. The finger poppin’ “Protect Me” swings hard marrying jazz and blues with regrets and remorse. Then Zakiya seals all deals with the closing track, her beautiful, serene lullaby “Sweet Baby J,” a tribute to her son that she lost in 1991.

The video for the title track, “In the Mood” languidly lays out the blues for all to see. Romeo Wong Henderson, a native of Peru who lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, directed the video via his production company, RW Estudio, traveling to the states to shoot a portion of the scenes in Zakiya’s home and neighborhood. Henderson then traveled back to Buenos Aires to finish and shoot the remaining scenes there. The resulting reel mixes southern comfort with South American heat for a visually stimulating treat.

Video for “In the Mood” Zakiya Hooker:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEvP21HP_lU

“Zakiya Hooker Live at the International BluesFest Eutin, Germany,” transports the listener overseas and right beside Zakiya onstage as she charms a live audience with her jazzy blue interpretations. Performing blues classics as well as material from her vast catalog and John Lee Hooker originals, Zakiya proves she is live and ‘not Memorex’ with a voice that is smooth as silk and steadies the course under any conditions.

Zakiya made her debut performance in 1991 with her dad, John Lee Hooker, in Oakland, CA. She has since gone on to perform and record internationally. She has performed at the world famous Radio City Music Hall in New York City as part of the Blues Series by Martin Scorsese, graced the stage of the famous Fillmore Auditorium, The San Francisco Blues Festival and The Monterey Jazz & Blues Festival and covered several magazines including Billboard Magazine. Zakiya’s voice has highlighted advertisements for Lexus and AIWA and award winning movie soundtracks. The Bay Area Blues Society, South Bay Blues Society, KCSM radio station in San Mateo, CA and the city of Oakland have honored Zakiya with numerous awards and she has received the key to the city of Oakland, CA, her former home.

Ollan & ZA native of Detroit and longtime resident of Oakland, CA, Zakiya now lives in Atlanta with her husband, producer and recording artist, Ollan Christopher aka Chris James. Ollan and Zakiya work as a wonderful musical team with him overseeing and producing all her musical ventures. Ollan’s history includes forming the 1970’s soul group, Natural Four. His group was with Curtom Records for seven years and appeared on American Bandstand, Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, Wolfman Jack’s Midnight Special, Soul Train and performed at the world famous Apollo Theater. In 2003 Ollan had the honor of producing “Face To Face,” the final recording of John Lee Hooker.

“The blues is one of our last national treasures. I am happy to do my part and keep it alive and nourished. I know that’s the way my daddy would have wanted it. His music contributions continue to impact pop culture to this day, and I know he is in the studio with me every time as I continue to keep his legend alive,” offer Zakiya.

Get “In the Mood” with Zakiya at www.zakiyahooker.com .

Connect with Zakiya on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/zakiiyahooker .

Inside Ferguson Author Devin S. James Urges Leaders to Acknowledge Systemic Racism and Listen to the Voice of the Community

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inside_ferguson_cover_hires_half200Ferguson, MO – Despite angry protests and national outcry after the police killing of unarmed Michael Brown, Jr., a year ago Aug. 9, the police shootings of Black citizens and ensuing uprisings continue to occur across the country. Diversity expert and author, Devin S. James, warns the tragedies and conflict will continue until government leaders make a real commitment to cultural sensitivity training, diversity recruiting, and accountability. In his new memoir, Inside Ferguson: A Voice for the Voiceless, James offers readers a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges he experienced while working with Ferguson city officials and leaders resistant to change.

When protests turned violent after Michael Brown was killed, St. Louis County leaders called upon James to help bridge the gap between Ferguson’s all-white leadership and its outraged Black community. They thought his background made him the perfect for the task. James has firsthand experience of the ambiguity of the criminal justice system, making him a very unlikely success story. An abused child, high school drop out, victim of gun violence and former gang member, his transformation as an astute, educated communications professional speaks volumes about his intellect, character and integrity.

Inside Ferguson is James’ chilling account of the hypocrisies of Ferguson’s leadership and the consequences he suffered when he tried to do his job and dared to become a voice for the voiceless. “The mentalities displayed by leadership in Missouri demonstrate how devalued Black people are in America,” states James, whose expertise includes crisis management and community engagement. “The leaders pretend to be concerned about the issues impacting the black community however, they refuse to listen to the needs of the community or make any significant changes. Rather than acknowledge systemic racism exists and try to understand why residents were offended by their actions, the leaders often defended their actions and denied any wrongdoing,” adds the CEO of The Devin James Group.

Inside Ferguson explores the City Council’s inability to address any real issues, and the subsequent character assassination that occurred when James refused to play along and pushed for real change. The book details shocking, yet insightful, conversations based on memories, experiences, e-mails, text messages, audio recordings and transcriptions of events as they unfolded according to James.

Despite the tragedies and challenges evident during his time in Ferguson, James still remains hopeful about what can be done: “Ultimately, it’s my hope that my book can help put the focus back on what really matters: why racial inequality and discrimination is still a major crisis in America today. In the wake of Ferguson and similar tragedies occurring nationally, government officials across the country must examine the racist laws and policies that foster an environment in which the killing of Black men and women is acceptable.”

Inside Ferguson: A Voice for the Voiceless is an explosive missile of truth from a man uniquely positioned to uncover the real mechanics of damage control and race relations. The insider game he reveals is gut wrenching as he exposes the Black community as pawns in a war that rages deeper than the death of one victim. James’s account will make you question the progress America has made in the quest for racial equality and reflect upon the true meaning of “Black Lives Matter.”

Inside Ferguson: A Voice for the Voiceless will be available Friday, August 14th, 2015 at www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com. Please visit www.insideferguson.com and connect with Devin S. James on www.facebook.com/insideferguson, Twitter: @Devin_S_James, and Instagram: @devinsjames.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Devin James is available for interviews contact Edrea Davis edmedia at dogonvillage.com.