Atlanta – From Oprah Winfrey declaring “Let’s Talk Hair” on the latest cover of O Magazine; to the Kardashians sporting weaves and extensions; to any number of the reality show “Housewives” unabashedly wearing wigs; hair, hair care and hair loss has become big business. Toni Love has studied the trends and is an authoritarian on all things hair. The celebrated author of “The World of Wigs, Weaves and Extensions” will once again provide leadership, information and guidance to hair professionals from around the world as she presents her Third Annual Toni Love Hair Loss and Business Conference, October 6 and 7 at the Atlanta Airport Westin in Atlanta, GA.
The conference will specifically address issues concerning hair loss and baldness, a matter that affects millions of people regardless of age, race and gender. Though hair loss disease is not life threatening, The American Hair Loss Association has recognized that hair loss is a serious life altering condition that can no longer be ignored by the medical community and society as a whole.
The Toni Love Hair Loss and Business Conference will offer sessions for hair professionals covering topics that include bridging the gap between dermatology and cosmetology; learning how to develop relationships with doctors; interlocking hair extensions and covering bald spots without braids and glue; starting a business, the steps for setting up a hair loss center and more.
“I am passionate about hair,” reveals Toni. “Whether you are a man or a woman, hair is our crowning glory. I am driven to infuse hair professionals with the proper tools, education and just as important, the mind set, to handle issues of hair loss with their clients. The Hair Loss and Business Conference is a two day intensive that is loaded with valuable information, insight and perspective.”
With over 20 years in the hair industry, Toni Love’s Hair Loss and Business Conference is just one of the many assets which continue to propel her legacy as a definitive hair expert. An internationally recognized hair loss expert, Love’s book, “The World of Wigs, Weaves and Extensions” (Milady-Cengage Learning) is the ultimate guide that uncovers the secrets to top-notch hair and wig care. Her popular manual, “Tips to Passing the Cosmetology State Board,” was a ‘must have’ for students of cosmetology, and her instructional DVD’s: “Keeping Cutting Simple,” “Interlocking Hair Extensions: No Braids! No Glue!” and “Hair Replacement: Covering Bald Areas,” are specifically designed for cosmetology students and professionals who want to be at the top of their game.
In addition, Love has designed a hair care program specifically for use with hair of all ethnicities. Toni Love’s Hair Cleansing System uniquely regenerates hair and stimulates growth starting at the root. The three-step product line consists of a residue remover, a hair and scalp cleanser, and a hair and scalp conditioner.
Toni Love has an extensive background in Business Management and obtained her master’s degree in Continuing Education. She holds instructor licenses in Cosmetology and Barbering and is a certified Hair Loss Specialist in addition to hair consultant and published author. Love is certified through the American Cancer Society, teaching “Look Good Feel Better” cancer patients how to cope with their hair loss as they go through chemotherapy.
A graduate of the Hair Design Academy, and a veteran, United States Army Reserves, Love has taught a variety of students in both private and public institutions. She is also the founder of Toni Love’s Training Center in Atlanta, GA, a thriving oasis for professional cosmetologists who are passionate about learning the latest techniques in hair maintenance and hairstyles. In addition, her advance knowledge of hair loss and her weave training courses position her as a go-to-source for the all-things-hair when the media seeks expert input.
Love continues to keep the hair community updated and informed blogging and hosting The Toni Love Show which airs on her YouTube channel. For updates on current hair tips and trends, as well as hair options for cancer patients and survivors she offers an online membership group at http://www.TheToniLoveGroup.com.
“Like” her on Facebook at “Toni Love Cosmetology” and to keep up with the latest trends in hair, hair loss and hair care read her blog at http://letstalkhairwithtonilove.blogspot.com/ .
For more information about Toni Love and the Hair Loss and Business Conference, visit her website at www.ToniLove.com or call 770-704-7653.
To view a quick demonstration of Toni Love’s hair replacement technique, view the video below: Toni Love Hair Loss Replacement demo.
Comments OffPosted in Popular PostsJul 24, 2013
North Hollywood, CA – As busy studio owner Lea Walker continues to raise the caliber of her dance and fitness center, Aeriform Arts, housing a community of top aerial instructors, one teacher has emerged as a real star. Antonio Martinez is giving the world a sneak peak at what Aeriform Arts’ students have experienced first hand, his the amazing aerial alchemy. The flying whiz is a current contestant on NBC-TV’s “America’s Got Talent” and he is wowing a national audience with his grace and skills. The aerial cirque and silks teacher, alongside his “America’s Got Talent” performing partner Tavi Stutz, will perform live at Aeriform Arts’ “Midsummer Flight Dreams” talent showcase on Saturday, August 24, alongside students and teachers displaying Lyra, hammock, pole and silk feats. “Midsummer Flight Dreams” will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Aeriform Arts studio located at 5625 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA.
Aeriform Arts provides an all inclusive co-ed landscape for aerial conditioning with ten aerial yoga hammocks, a lyra, hanging silks and five brass dance poles. In addition to Antonio Martinez, the studio’s expansive curriculum boasts aerial hammock classes taught by Leigh Acosta and Jane Rose; pole classes taught by Veronika as well as Acosta; Judy Chuang teaching a 6-week Advance Beginner Pole Series; and the special Nail It Deep Series, taught by Niki Saccareccia and Jennifer Netherby consisting of Feet & Balance, Back Bends, Hand Stands and Splits workshops. The studio’s distinct roster also includes Kristina Serna teaching BUTI ™ as well Roseanne Nemhauser and Jane Rose demonstrating aerial yoga.
“Our initial vision was to become a one-stop shop for anyone seeking the thrill of aerial adventure and now, in less than two years, I can proudly say that we have successfully accomplished our goal. We are happy and amazed for Antonio. His television appearances are exposing the aerial world to a new and broader audience. We believe everyone can fly and we are here to teach them how!” expresses Walker.
Aeriform Arts is open daily and is located at 5625 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA. Soar with Aeriform Arts at http://aeriformarts.com or by calling 818-980-AERI (2374).
For an online studio tour, check out Aeriform Arts as “Studio of the Month” in Pole World News:
Comments OffPosted in Popular PostsJul 19, 2013
Los Angeles – Socio-political analyst Cleo Manago stands his ground with Sean Hannity, on Fox News’ “Hannity” tonight, Friday, July 19 at 9:00 p.m. ET in a discussion about race relations in America in general and also as it pertains to the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case.
Manago appears alongside Compton’s own, Pastor Michael J.T. Fisher of the Greater Zion Church Family. Fisher is leading the 13th Annual “March 4 a Cause” Peace March in Compton, on Saturday, July 20, in conjunction with Rev. Al Sharpton’s call for a “Justice for Trayvon” National Day of Action. One hundred vigils in cities across the country are scheduled to take place at noon as a call to action pushing for the Department of Justice to file federal charges against George Zimmerman. The vigils will lead up to the Saturday, August 24, 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Justice led by Rev. Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King III,.
As the board chair for BMADD: Black Males Against our Defamation and Demise, Cleo Manago has been an outspoken advocate for the human rights, well-being, dignity, self-respect and protection of Black men and Black people for over two decades. The Trayvon Martin travesty brings home issues he has been mandating for years.
“The racial profiling, stalking and killing of an unarmed innocent teen should be protested, and yet, Trayvon Martin was the victim of a larger problem stemming from America’s wholesale dehumanization of Black men. Now that there is public resistance to legally sanctioned executions, can Black males stop being America’s favorite prey – that is the larger question?” Manago deliberates.
Watch Cleo Manago on “Hannity”, Friday night, July 19 at 9:00 p.m. ET, then join the discussion with him on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/Cleo.Manago.
Comments OffPosted in Popular PostsJul 17, 2013
Walking inside a casino can make anyone feel like they’ve been transported to an alternate world where bright financial opportunities and never ending ecstasy fill the four corners of the room. Its doors welcome some of the most diverse individuals who carry a handful of hope and a pocketful of change every time they enter the vividly glowing establishment. But what attracts these types of people to throw away their inhibitions and kiss Lady Luck on the cheek, especially for celebrities who carefully protect a certain image to the public?
Living under the microscope of public scrutiny and the watchful eyes of the media, a lot of celebrities have always been conscious about their overall appearance every time they step away from the lime light. They tend to carry themselves in accordance with their public image, while still holding a firm grip on their personal representation. But inside a casino, they can just be themselves, have fun, and let it all out. However, they still meticulously choose the right place to have a fun night out with friends and family.
American Gaming Association president and Chief Executive Officer, Frank Fahernkopf said, “When celebrities are deciding where they want to go gambling, they usually stick to places which are upscale and where there are other things to do besides gambling.” True to its form; casinos have evolved from being just the home of card game tables and money-spewing machines, now they’ve extended their reach to the sports universe by hosting high-profile UFC and boxing events, and even in the cyber world with today’s partycasino sites. With these, celebrities blend in with the crowd of equally enthusiastic patrons and have another alternative to enjoy the casino’s features and amenities.
Los Angeles – more specifically Hollywood – is widely considered as the home of the biggest celebrities and polarizing personalities. And the fact that it takes just an hour flight to reach the fabulous streets of Nevada; Las Vegas has become the primary place for celebrities to gamble and have the time of their lives. Fahernkopf added, “They (celebrities) also tend to stick close to home, since these getaways are generally shorter than other kinds of vacations.”
With their busy schedules, celebrities don’t want to waste a single day just for travelling, that’s why a trip to the Sin City is a practical and reasonable choice. Besides, modern day casinos have always catered to the growing needs even of their non-gaming visitors. Luxurious shops like Hermes and Louis Vuitton, as well as Michelin-star restaurants from Joel Robuchon and Guy Savoy have become staples in Las Vegas’ casinos.
In hindsight, the popularity of casinos not only accommodates celebrities, but also businessmen/women, athletes, even casual gamers. They all converge under one roof and immerse themselves in the embodiment of entertainment from these establishments, that’s why the rich tradition and culture of casinos have a place to stay inside people’s consciousness for a long time.
Tha Eastsidaz’ Big Trey Deee, Lench Mob’s J-Dee and Urban Lit Griot Anthony Barrow Go 3 The Hard Way with “Los Angeles Tymez: Urban Tales” Book Release
Los Angeles – Tracey “Big Tray Deee” Davis, part of the Snoop Dogg’s legendary west coast rap group, Tha Eastsidaz, has not let a jail bid stop his flow. Neither has the founding member of Ice Cube’s Lench Mob’s, J-Dee who is also serving time. The former west coast rap legends have teamed with incarcerated urban lit griot Anthony Barrow to write “Los Angeles Tymez: Urban Tales,” the debut release from Tray Deee’s and Barrow’s joint venture, Ave Money Publishing. With a vision to shed light on the streets that they know and have experienced first-hand, the duo has also published Gregory Garrett’s “Not on my Block” via their imprint.
“Los Angeles Tymes: Urban Tales” is the second effort from Tray Deee and Barrow. Their first book, “Streetz Gon’ Cry,” from LeNoir Publications, was a fictional account of the King Crips and the Vernon Boys, who have an on-and-off rivalry. Writing from behind the walls of a state penitentiary, the street soldiers, alongside J-Dee, spin three tall tales of urban grit in “Los Angeles Tymez: Urban Tales” mixing sex, drugs and game like a Molotov cocktail, primed to set the reader’s imagination on fire.
With the additional release of author Gregory Garrett’s fourth book, “Not on my Block,” the team is working to position their publishing effort as a real force in the urban lit genre. “Not on my Block,” brings the pain as Garrett takes the reader inside the criminal minds of The Bottom Boyz, a group of hustla’s whose grind puts the ‘gr’ in grimy. Garrett gained his lit stripes with his prior books “Don’t Mix the Bitter with the Sweet,” “Playin’ for Keeps,” and “Pain Freak.”
Explains Tray Deee, “We are all the products of and respected factors in the inner city community, not just spectators aiming to exploit and profit from someone else’s hardships. We are not only in a position to deliver accurate depictions of street life, but we can also deter others from taking the destructive paths we have taken, as well as offer a home and access with our publishing company to potential writers who share our vision.”
In addition to forming and co-owning Ave Money Publishing, Tray Deee is not letting the music go. Soon to drop this year is “Long Beach State of Mind.” He is also due to be released from prison early next year.
For more information and to purchase books, go to http://www.avemoney-publishing.com/.
Los Angeles – The beautiful athlete and television personality Laila Ali will inspire the hearts of many when she hosts the 20 year anniversary of the Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant (LMAA) on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Pageant producer Lisa Ruffin has planned a luminous affair for her participants and attendees this year with a host of celebrity judges that include ABC-TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy” stars Chandra Wilson and James Pickens, Jr., OWN TV star Kym Whitley from “Raising Whitley,” Nicklelodean’s Arjay Smith and “Girlfriends” Golden Brooks. The Wilshire Ebell is located at 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. in Los Angeles, south of Wilshire Blvd. Tickets are available at www.Littlemissafricanamericaninc.org and at the Wilshire Ebell box office.
The Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant has served as one of the nation’s most astute educational programs dedicated to empowering young African American women between the ages of 6 and 12 with the concepts of CAP – Confidence, Awareness and Pride. Lisa Ruffin, an actress and choreographer, has successfully utilized the pageant format to introduce girls from around the country to the arts, introduce them to public speaking and engage them in individual creativity.
The full curriculum encompasses a summer program of coaching, guest lectures and demonstrations on the heritage of the African America experience. The young ladies are tutored in voice projection, poise, body movement and memory technique by instructors from the worlds of art, entertainment and education.
The pageant has seen a host of celebrity participation over the years including LL Cool J, Jamie Foxxand Taraji P. Henson . Jay Leno even paid a holiday visit to Ruffin and the pageant participants last Christmas, acknowledging the wonderful work Ruffin has done over the years with a surprise visit from China Ann McClain, the star of the Disney Channel’s “A.N.T. Farm” and Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne.” and
This year’s host, Laila Ali is especially fitting for the vision of LMAA. The mother of two, Ali is a world-class athlete, fitness and wellness expert, cooking enthusiast and the founder of the Laila Ali Lifestyle Brand. The daughter of the legendary Muhammad Ali, Laila is also a four-time undefeated world boxing champion. In addition to her work as a cast member of NBC’s highly touted reality program “Stars Earn Stripes” where she competed to raise money for a charity that supports veterans and their children, Laila hosts ABC-TV’s “Everyday Health.”
Pageant creator/producer Lisa Ruffin
“I get ecstatic and teary eyed when I think about all the young lives we have been able to touch over a span of 20 years,” offers Ruffin. “There are grown women as well as young girls out there in the world who we have positively influenced and I am just extremely grateful.”
Tickets are available at www.Littlemissafricanamericaninc.org and at the Wilshire Ebell box office.
For a visual overview of the pageant and its impact on contestants, go to
Comments OffPosted in Popular PostsJul 14, 2013
Hollywood, CA – “It’s important to acknowledge the journey. Expressing appreciation for everyone and every thing along the path is part of the celebration. All of it has brought me here, with ‘here’ being the operative word because ‘I Am still Here’,” cites Makeda Smith, agency owner of Jazzmyne Public Relations. “And for that I Am thankful.”
The boutique styled publicity firm celebrates 25 years this month, providing a distinctly unique approach to publicity, branding, social marketing, management consulting, and crisis and scandal control. With offices in Los Angeles, and a satellite operation in Atlanta spearheaded by Edrea Davis, Jazzmyne Public Relations is recognized as a solid contender in a continually evolving field.
“I remember when fax machines were the fastest way to get out breaking news and we mailed albums and cassettes out to media. Today its emails and mp3′s via the computer,” recollects Makeda. “Twenty five years is a very long time. I’ve seen things come and then go. I’ve witnessed career births, explosions and collapses. And I’ve been around long enough to know that even though things change, the important things remain the same, like integrity, passion and dedication to the energy of a strong work ethic.”
Jazzmyne Public Relations was started in 1988 when Gwendolyn “Makeda” Smith resigned her position as Associate Director of West Coast Publicity at Hervey & Company, a public relations firm headed by industry veteran, Ramon Hervey. With no savings or financial backing, it was a single press release that launched her firm, Jazzmyne Public Relations, named for her oldest daughter.
The agency specializes in urban entertainment and has successfully secured media exposure for celebrities, films, non-profit organizations, businesses, authors, artists, activists and even former crime figures. Clients over the 25 years have included a diverse list of names, events and organizations in entertainment and beyond including former Tonight Show bandleader Kevin Eubanks, comedian and actor Jamie Foxx, comedian/actress Mo’Nique, singer/actress Cheryl Pepsii Riley, radio personality Michael Baisden, Playboy TV, the Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant and the Black Men’s Xchange.
Under the auspices of Edrea Davis, the agency has represented several U. S. delegations to the United Nations World Conferences in South Africa, Copenhagen, Switzerland and Amsterdam; coordinated publicity efforts for civil rights icon Reverend Joseph Lowery and Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable Public Policy Network; and overall media coordination for the massive UNITY voter registration and get the vote out campaign which comprised nearly 100 of nation’s most prestigious organizations and contributed to the historic black voter turnout and election of President Obama.
“Jazzmyne Public Relations is one of the best avenues for anyone with a message to get their voice out there,” offers Dr. Boogie, a celebrity client and hairstylist to stars like Vivica A. Fox and Kym Whitley. “It may seem like media is much more accessible in this day and age but gaining access with professionalism and savvy still requires an acquired and honed skill.”
Dr. Boogie, the owner of a clip-on hair line and a natural hair product company, continues, “I’ve watched Makeda create and launch some of the biggest careers out there as well as finesse her way around some of Hollywood’s most notorious insider scandals! Jazzmyne Public Relations is an important part of the Dr. Boogie team and brand and we congratulate her on her longevity in the game!”
Contact Jazzmyne Public Relations at www.jazzmynepr.com, via email at email@example.com, @makedaqueen on Twitter and “Like” the agency on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jazzmyne-Public-Relations.
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Author and Black Mafia Widow Thelma Wright Chronicled on Biography Channel’s Hit Gangster Series “Gangsters: America’s Most Evil.”
Philadelphia – When former Black Mafia widow Thelma Wright released her book, “With Eyes From Both Sides – Living My Live In and Out of the Game,” co-penned with C. Alease, she divulged the tumultuous ups and downs of her life as a real life ‘mob wife.’ Now readers and television viewers alike will have the opportunity to see Wright tell her story on Tuesday night, June 25 at 10:00 p.m. EST, when the episode “Philly’s Gangster Queen: Thelma Wright” airs on the Biography Channel hit series, “Gangsters: America’s Most Evil.”
Thelma Wright was legendary as reputedly the most dangerously powerful Black woman in Philadelpha. As the wife of Jackie Wright, a top heroin dealer in the city, she was intricately connected with the Black Mafia, a gang that operated Philly’s drug trade throughout 1970 and into the 1980′s. Once widowed, and left as the young mother of a toddler son, she discreetly took over his business, running a bi-coastal drug empire, unbeknownst to family and friends around her.
Recognized by her distinguished, sparkling green eyes, Wright ruled the streets with incredible savvy and disarming charm. Yet, very few knew the real sadness and confusion in her heavy heart. While “With Eyes From Both Sides – Living My Life In and Out of the Game,” reveals Wright’s more intimate memories and angst as a women torn between two worlds, “Gangsters: America’s Most Evil” is a documentary styled presentation connecting the details of her criminal enterprise. During the show, Wright, alongside family, friends and law enforcement experts lend credence to her rule over a criminal enterprise normally dominated by men.
Wright’s street reign was notorious. She grossed top dollars and lavishly lived the high life. Championship fights via private jets, European shopping sprees, customized Mercedes Benz cars, cruises to the Bahamas and even speed boating in Miami were mere footnotes in a lifestyle many envied. But everything that glitters is not gold and Wright is open and honest when revealing the dark side.
Wright’s background sets her apart from the typical tales of abuse and abandonment. In fact, she is quick to acknowledge that it was the strength of good parenting and strong family ties that laid her solid foundation and saw her through her darkest days. The product of a middle working class Black family, she attended Catholic school, was a star athlete as a child and was well provided for. It was romance and love that entangled her with one of the Black underworld’s most notorious gangs.
Today she is far removed from her former lifestyle and dedicated to keeping young women off the path she trekked. Her memoir is a source of motivation and encouragement and she spends her time touring and speaking before women’s groups, non-profit organizations and at book signings. Wright has presented as the keynote speaker at the Riverside Correctional Facility, a female prison in Philadelphia, lectured for criminal justice classes at various Penn State College campuses, encouraged audiences at The FFAWN Mary J. Blige Center in Yonkers, New York, as well as made motivational appearances at several schools and communities throughout her city.
“Most are not fortunate enough to survive the wicked lure of the streets, but fast money and fast living is not a comparable trade off for jail or being murdered. I am blessed beyond measure to have survived both and live to tell about it. My passion and fury now is to keep our young people, particularly women, away from the insanity, turmoil and desperation that awaits them when they take that route. Education not incarceration is the key. I can’t say it enough times, and it might sound like a cliché but crime does not pay, only living a righteous life does.”
For more information on “With Eyes From Both Sides – Living My Life In and Out of the Game,” go to http://www.ThelmaBWright.com.
To see a promo for the Biography Channel’s “Philly’s Gangster Queen: Thelma Wright” on “Gangsters: America’s Most Evil” go to http://www.biography.com/tv/gangsters-americas-most-evil/videos/phillys-gangster-queen-thelma-wright-preview-30970435510 .
Former Playboy TV Producer Turned Incarcerated Author Ken Francis Drops “My Buckwild Adventures with Snoop Dogg – Poppin’ Bottles with Models Touring Around the World”
Hollywood, CA – Before there was Snoop Lion there was Snoop Dogg aka the Doggfather, one of hip hop’s most iconic figures. And though the rap legend has rebranded and refocused his image, it is no secret that he made his original mark by getting “buckwild.” In fact, the rapper is quoted in a recent issue of Rolling Stone magazine (May 23, 2013) reminiscing about his former ‘pimp’ days and an actual prostitution ring he ran during his Playboy tour in 2003. Former Playboy TV producer Ken Francis rolled exclusively with Snoop Dogg during that time and others, capturing and recording some of the artist’s most notorious moments in hip hop history via his trusty camera lens.
Now he reveals the details and drama, along with the mad fun, insanity and angst of those long gone days in his new book, “My Buckwild Adventures with Snoop Dogg – Poppin’ Bottles with Models Touring Around the World” Edited by Maxim Magazine editor, Joel Randell, “My Buckwild Adventures with Snoop Dogg” is a tell all tale that encapsulates life on the road with one of hip hop’s most celebrated characters. The smoke, the women, the music and the celebrities all come together in this vivid recount of what used to make the newly named lion roar!
With “My Buckwild Adventures with Snoop Dogg,” Francis recalls those times and more, reliving first hand his experiences within the music industry and his life as Snoop Dogg’s personal biographer. With never before published anecdotes about Russell Crowe, Anna Nicole Smith, Ray J and Kim Kardashian, Leonardo DiCapricio, Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston, a young Carmelo Anthony and Bishop Don Juan to name just a few, Francis takes the reader on the road, in the green room, down the red carpet, behind the rope to VIP and around the world with insights and revelations about life with Snoop.
More than just another celebrity spill all however, “My Buckwild Adventures with Snoop Dogg” uncovers the mind and spirit of Francis as a man on his own path of evolution and redemption. Beyond the hype, he discovers that a continual diet of sex, drugs and ego is not all that it appears.
“I tell myself I’m going to quit working with Snoop and sever the proverbial umbilical cord to him and this celebrity lifestyle I’ve become accustomed to. The money, the fame, the women… well maybe not all the women, but seriously most of it needs to be left behind. Kicked to the curb. Stopped cold turkey like a bad habit. I can do it, and I will right after tonight…,” Francis begins in his opening chapter as he chronicles his journey down the hip hop rabbit hole.
Francis’ own personal hip hop adventure is also urban legend status. Written while behind the walls of a federal penitentiary in Fort Worth, TX, Francis once ruled Hollywood’s hip hop scene with his camera. An original underground video veteran, Francis’ early productions included the “Buckwild Beach Week,” “Buckwild in Brazil,” and “Buckwild 2001″ DVD productions that were the first to showcase the beauty of women of color back when the “Girl’s Gone Wild” series was ignoring them.
It was also Francis who introduced hip hop programming to Playboy TV with his original series “Buckwild.” The shows highlighted uncensored videos and interviews from the likes of OutKast, Snoop Dog, Busta Rhymes, Lil’ Jo and the Eastside Boys, the Ying Yang Twins, Loon and Treach from Naughty by Nature. Real hip hop heads still own the Playboy TV DVD classic “Snoop Dogg’s Buckwild Bus Tour” which Snoop referenced in his Rolling Stone interview. Francis directed and produced the project.
A 15-year entertainment industry veteran who worked his way up from an ambitious intern at Polygram Records to owning and operating the hip-hop industry’s most sought-after video vixen modeling agency, Dimepiece USA, Francis furnished countless models for the music videos of superstar artists like Usher, Eminem, 50 Cent, Kanye West, Nelly and many others.The operation of Dimepiece USA saw his eventual demise however when he was convicted for the agency’s involvement in an international drug smuggling ring.
“My Buckwild Adventures with Snoop Dogg – Touring the World, Poppin’ Bottles with Models” is a must read for anyone wanting to know not only what’s real in hop hop, but also yearning for truth. Ken Francis has seen it all and done it all. And now with nothing but time on his hands, he serves it up straight, no chaser.
“My Buckwild Adventures with Snoop Dogg – Poppin’ Bottles with Models Touring Around the World” is available as an eBook on Amazon.com and wherever eBooks are sold. The print edition will be available June 20, 2013 at http://www.LeNoirPublications.com.
New York City – On July 2, 1973, Frank Matthews, history’s first African American drug kingpin, jumped bail in New York City with $15 to $20 million – the equivalent of $80 million to $90 million in today’s money. It is believed he took his beautiful mistress, Cheryl Brown with him. Though Matthews is undisputedly the longest missing fugitive in DEA history, another figure from the ’70′s, Assata Shakur, was just recently placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list. A 66-year old Black woman, Shakur’s reward is set for two million dollars. The reward for 69-year old Frank Matthews, the target of one of the largest manhunts in U.S. law enforcement history, is a mere $20,000. He remains at large and his disappearance is a complete mystery. He has never made any “Most Wanted” list.
Many believe Shakur was erroneously convicted for the murder of a state trooper. But there is no mistaking the fact that the narcotics Matthews helped funnel into Black communities across America continues to leave a trail of devastation, betrayal, death and despair. In each case it has been forty years. And so goes the continued urban legend of Frank Matthews, perhaps the most authentic American Gangster of them all.
Award-winning crime author Ron Chepesiuk goes into depth to investigate the unsolved disappearance of Matthews with his new book, “Black Caesar: The Rise and Disappearance of Frank Matthews, Kingpin” from Strategic Media Books. With an undercover reporting style that leaves no stone unturned, Chepesiuk’s determined crack at unraveling one of the crime world’s biggest unsolved mysteries makes for a fascinating and intriguing read.
Matthews’ literally dominated the heroin market in the ’70′s. A country boy from North Carolina, Matthew operated out of New York with a drug empire that spanned 21 states with overseas contacts for heroin and cocaine. A boss of bosses, the DEA ranks him as one of the Top Ten drug traffickers in United States history. A young man in his twenties at the time, Matthews was one of the first major independents who challenged the La Cosa Nostra for supremacy in the criminal underworld. The streets deemed him, “Black Caesar” as he was the first black man bold, astute and confident enough to control an interstate organization of its size, independent of the Mob that ruled all.
Chepesiuk follows the trail left cold, retracing Matthew’s criminal path with the nose of a bloodhound. His interviews with DEA agents, Federal Marshals, aging ex-drug kingpins, friends, families and associates are perhaps the most in-depth gathering of details about this nefariously historic figure ever compiled. The book explores a host of nagging questions. How was Matthews able to operate for several years without being detected? What was his relationship with La Cosa Nostra? Why did the CIA get involved in the Matthews investigation? What happened to Cheryl Brown? Why has the mystery of his disappearance been so difficult to solve? And while the questions are explored and answered, “Black Caesar: The Rise and Disappearance of Frank Matthews, Kingpin” colorfully captures the vivid imagery, drama and intrigue of the era, entangling the reader in a real life thriller.
“Ron Chepesiuk is to true crime books what Nas is to the hip-hop world,” offers Seth Ferranti author of “Gorilla Convict: The Prison Writings of Seth Ferranti,” who provides the gripping foreword for the book. “He writes like a lyrical poet examining issues in popular culture in both a historical and scholastic context.”
A two-time Fulbright Scholar, film producer and author of several true crime books, including “Drug Lords,” “Sergeant Smack” and “Queenpins,” Ron Chepesiuk (www.ronchepesiuk.com) is also a consultant to the History Channel’s “Gangland” documentary series and the executive producer and co-host of popular radio show “Crime Beat” (http://www.artistfirst.com/crimebeat.htm). An authoritative crime historian, Chepesiuk is a native of Thunder Bay, Canada currently based in South Carolina. He brings a wealth of insight and observation to the account of the missing Frank Matthews. He has also written a screenplay based on the Frank Matthews story.
Dead or alive, we may never know the ultimate truth about Matthews, but thanks to Chepesiuk, every speculation in between is resolved in “Black Caesar: The Rise and Disappearance of Frank Matthews, Kingpin.” The FBI may be targeting Assata Shakur, but Frank Matthews is the true gangster Most Wanted!
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Chepesiuk will be conducting a two-month blog tour this coming July and August via Partners in Crime Tours (http://www.partnersincrimetours.net/).
Comments OffPosted in Popular PostsMay 9, 2013
New Orleans – Like a leaf on a barren branch, Crix Green emerges and has defiantly thrown his crown in the hip hop ring of champion spitters. Virgin Island born, but dirty south bred in New Orleans, this contender plans to not only knock out the competition, but stomp all over them. His newly released mixtape, “Keepin It Ben Franklin,” hosted by DJ Scream, from his Clear Vision Entertainment label, has already put naysayers on alert, because like the title of his single release, “I’m On It,” Crix Green is all over it, under it and through it.
His bravado didn’t come cheap though. A real hustla who has been in the streets since early childhood, Green had to actually lay low before he could get behind a mike. “Waiting on a statute of limitations to run its course is real talk when you rapping real game and not fake believe like the ‘boss rosses’ in the game,” he will tell you.
“Keepin It Ben Franklin” is 12 tracks that roll deep through the dirty dirty and emerge unscathed, much like his own personal trials and tribulations in life. “My mixtape is uncensored pages out of my life. I love hip hop but hate what it has turned into. Anyone can drop a release about ‘da life and get a hit now, whether its their story or the story of someone next to them. My lyrics were born from not only my blood but the blood of my brothers. I represent for the underworld that’s still unda because though I have survived, it is not about my sole success. It’s about sprouting more green and blazing a path for others.”
“Keepin It Ben Franklin” puts the listener on immediate blast with the “Intro” track that bangs beats like bullets firing past the haters. Green keeps it ‘G’d’ up with “Get It” but softens his blows with “Playa Ways” rappin over a R&B rhythm with a smooth flowing chorus laced by a honey flavored female vocalist. The artists takes it a step further when he mixes up his swag on the jazz tinged, saxophone trimmed “Real Talk.” The current single however, “I’m On It” makes is plain though, Crix’s last name is “Green” for a reason.
The sheer personification of his unyielding confidence, relentless determination and focused vision will propel Crix Green to the head of the rap game. From his perspective, when you have survived bullets, the Feds and snitches, everything else is a pretty easy.
Roll with Crix Green at www.CrixGreen.com
NJWeedman Launches his Jury Nullification Tour, May 8, in Washington State During Protest March to Support the “Bellingham Cannabis 3″
Bellingham, WA – When Martin Nickerson opened Northern Cross Collective Gardens (NCCG), a medical marijuana collective garden, he had the health and well-being of his patients in mind. Operating under the jurisdiction of State Law Rcw 69.51a, his Bellingham, WA location is supported by over 1300 patients, many of whom are disease suffering and seek the protection of the state’s newly implemented medical marijuana legalization laws to use cannabis as natural source of medicine.
When the local police raided his business a few months later however, not only was he surprised, hurt and angered, he along with two of his employees were also arrested and charged with felony crimes ranging from conspiracy, to possession of an “illegal” substance with intent to deliver. Collectively the three face over 25 years in prison if found guilty.
Nickerson and his staff, the “Bellingham Cannabis 3,” plan to fight those charges and win. On Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 8:00 a.m., the “Bellingham Cannabis 3″ will join forces with nationally recognized medical marijuana activist Ed Forchion aka NJWeedman during a “Jury Nullification Awareness Protest” to be held in front of the Whatcam County District Court at 311 Grand St. in Bellingham, WA. Northern Cross patients and supportive tax paying citizens will march and speak out against the unprecedented raids on three different collectives in the area while Forchion will provide a national perspective and discuss jury nullification.
The protest will also serve as the launch of NJWeedman’s national “Jury Nullification Tour.” In short, jury nullification is an age-old practice, though rarely implemented, whereby juries have the right to determine the guilt or innocence of a defendant based on their moral interpretation of the law.
The “Bellingham Cannabis 3′ are caught in a legal battle that is being played out in courtrooms across the nation as numerous states come to terms with clarifications concerning their newly implemented cannabis legalization status.
An unlikely trio of sorts, Nickerson is a 36-year-old budding entrepreneur and father, who uses cannabis for afflictions he suffers from degenerative disc disease and acid reflex disease. Chris Ramsey is a 31-year-old patient and volunteer at Northern Cross. Born with Spina Bifida, a severe disorder caused by the incomplete closing of the embryonic neural tube, and severe nerve damage, the use of cannabis has seen him forfeit the use of a host of prescription drugs including muscle relaxers, pain killers, anti-nausea pills, and stool softeners. Saroj Sidhu is a young 22-year college student and she is a former volunteer at Northern Cross.
No one understands this struggle better than Forchion. Forchion solidified his moniker of “NJWeedman” in the medical marijuana community and far beyond when a jury of twelve unanimously acquitted him of possession with the intent to distribute a pound of marijuana during a recent trial in Burlington County, NJ. Forchion is one of the country’s staunchest supporters of jury nullification. He also suffers from bone cancer and uses cannabis to address the painful tumors he has. Prior to his court hearing, Forchion tirelessly and seemingly successfully petitioned the media and the public at large with his “The law is wrong, not I” jury nullification campaign in a concertedly determined effort to win his case.
“The case of the ‘Bellingham Cannabis 3′ broadly exemplifies how the law is unjust and wrong. It is our goal to inform everyone that as members of a jury they have the power to nullify any law that they don’t consider just. My jury did it in New Jersey and I believe we are going to see more and more jury participants across the country utilizing this American right and privilege. It’s what the Jury Nullification Tour is all about and I personally plan to tour the country to increase awareness of it. Let’s free the ‘Bellingham Cannabis 3′ and free ourselves in the process from outdated tyranny and oppression!” cites Forchion.
Adds Nickerson, “With this protest, we hope to better educate our peers and the public about the jury nullification process which can ultimately lead to the proof of our innocence. NCCG is fundamentally a small group of people helping a large group of suffering patients. No one should ever be made to feel like a criminal for that.”
“We pride ourselves in knowing that we provide a safe, comfortable and professional environment for patients to access medicine. Our community is appalled by the allegations that the city of Bellingham and the prosecutor put against us. All we have done is abide by State Law Rcw 69.51a and help sick and dying patients attain a natural plant,” adds Nickerson.