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.

Actress Vivica A. Fox and R&B Balladeer Howard Hewett To Highlight 2016 DNC Watch Party Celebrating the Black Vote

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Philadelphia, PA – The city of Brotherly Love will declare more than liberty on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 when a convergence of trendsetters, elected officials, labor and civil rights leaders descend upon the city and partake in the DogonVillage.com 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC) Watch Party. Heralded as the ‘must attend’ side event of the Democratic Convention, “Independence Day: Resurgence” star, actress Vivica A. Fox will host the affair, alongside the Chair of the Darby Township Democratic Party, Richard Womack Jr. R&B’s smoothest balladeer, Grammy award winning singer, Howard Hewett will perform. Planned as a

resounding “Celebration of the Black Vote,” there will be a special tribute to the dean of the civil rights movement, Rev. Dr. Joseph E Lowery, and Samuel Staten Jr., vice president of LIUNA will also be honored.

The festivities will begin at 7:30 p.m. and end at 12:30 a.m. at Penns Landing Caterers Ballroom,  1301 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd. in Philadelphia. 

Rev. Dr. Joseph E Lowery

 

Confirmed attendance includes: Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH); Congresswoman Corrine Brown (FL); Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressman, George “G. K.” Butterfield (NC); Assistant Democratic Leader, Congressman James Clyburn (SC); Congressman David Scott (GA); woman’s rights leader, Melanie L. Campbell; civil rights attorney, Barbara Arnwine; and civil rights leader, Rev. Jesse Jackson.

Award-winning journalist, Roland S. Martin will bring his crew from TV One’s News One Now with Roland Martin and Joe Madison The Black Eagle will broadcast live from the event on SiriusXM Urban View Ch 126 from 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

 
Samuel Staten Jr.

Ryan N. Boyer, business manager for Laborers’ District Council of Philadelphia & Vicinity, the Presenting Sponsor of the Watch Party states, “It’s an honor to celebrate those who fought for our right to vote, the hard-working individuals getting people to the polls, and most importantly, voters.”  Boyer continues, “We will also honor Samuel Staten Jr., – who was recently appointed vice president of Laborers’ International Union of North America – for his outstanding contribution to increasing Black voter participation.”

Produced by Edrea Davis, the founder of DogonVillage.com, the oldest Black-oriented website focused on digital advocacy, the nonpartisan celebration will project a live stream from the convention floor so guests can assess how  important issues related to the Black community are addressed.  “Our civil rights leaders made huge sacrifices to make sure every citizen can vote. Their work created opportunities for people of color and women to become elected officials and led to the election of President Barack Obama. We are celebrating past leaders and those tenacious activists continuing to protect the right of all Americans to cast a ballot. We are thrilled to have Vivica A. Fox and Howard Hewett among this prestigious gathering of influential minds.”
DNC Watch Party sponsors include: Laborers Local 332,   Tri State Design Construction Company, and Transport Workers Union of America.
To join the celebration, become a sponsor, purchase a table or tickets, visit www.dogonvillage.com, email production@dogonvillage.com,  @dogonvillage on Twitter or Instagram, or call 770.961.6200.

 

About DogonVillage.com
Celebrating 20 years of digital advocacy, DogonVillage.com (www.dogonvillage.com) is a grassroots site created to enhance the efforts of  organizers performing outreach on the ground in African American communities. In addition to providing a vehicle s to get the word out globally, our strategic integration of online and offline communications tactics, events and outreach, have resulted in compelling multimedia campaigns that build brands, shape public opinion and impact legislative policy.
About  Laborers’ District Council of Metropolitan Philadelphia & Vicinity
The Laborers’ District Council (www.ldc-phila-vic.org), presenting sponsor of the 2016 DNC Watch Party, works  on behalf of more than 5,000 members, to help to secure projects, promote the hiring of union workers, and meet the quality-of-life and quality-of-work needs of employees and employers in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties.

Tech Designer Kristen Addix Innovates Doctor/Patient Relations With New Medical App, MyDrLynx

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Los Angeles – When is comes to post operative surgery care, patients often complain about not being able to reach their doctors in a timely fashion. Conversely, doctors and staff readily note not having enough time in their day to call back and personally attend to patients. When Kristen Addix had her own medical issue in 2013, she became acutely aware of this issue on a personal level and vowed to address it. And she did. As the CEO of MDL Solutions ( http://www.mydrlynx.info/#mdl-solutions ), a high tech, healthcare start-up company, Addix is introducing an innovative new app that revolutionizes doctor/patient communication relations. The MyDrLynx (MDL) app directly connects doctors and their patients via the tap of a phone screen, directly enhancing communication while ensuring and improving patient care and compliance, facilitating “Healthcare in a Heartbeat.”

My MDL

It was during her post-op recovery when Addix noticed that despite advances in mobile technology, its use in communication between doctors and patients has remained relatively non-existent. Had it not been for her doctor inadvertently leaving behind his cell number, and her texting him a question about her medical issue, it was very unlikely she would have reached him as quickly as she did. But doctors rarely, if ever, give patients their cell numbers.

The MyDrLynx app provides a solution to this dilemma, without physicians having to share their private cell phone information. The MDL Solutions’ app capably provides virtual assistance, instruction and support betweens doctors and patients, eliminating worrisome timely waits between typical doctor and patient callback scenarios. Developed with the singular objective of maximizing the efficiency, as well as the accuracy, of how doctors and patients communicate in a technology driven medical landscape, MyDrLynx is an industry disruptive solution that utilizes algorithms, predictive behavior technology, medical data and mobile technology in an easily distributable HIPPA compliant app.

MrDrLynx is a unique resource for each individual as the patient’s fingerprint and case number automatically connects them to their doctor. The app comes pre-loaded with aftercare visit instructions, usually given at the pre-op appointment. The app loads into the patient’s phone, and in lieu of a stack of papers with notes, all care and prescription details become easily accessible at one’s fingertips. Patients can leave messages, questions and concerns about their care via the application, and doctors can respond back directly.

MDL Solutions is in a unique position to directly benefit from the projected 2017, $26 billion mobile health application market (up from $2.4 billion in 2013). Rapid incorporation of mobile medical technology in the clinical healthcare setting further insures that MyDrLynx is ideally positioned to benefit from the new smartphone communication evolution.

Addix, new to the medical field, spent months of research and development and designs changes while interviewing surgeons, clinicians, insurance specialists and administrators to perfect the app. A former key art direction coordinator on shows for Fox, HBO and Showtime, Addix has always been an advanced forward thinker about design concepts. She was a contributing member of the design team at MODA CAD and worked on the first touch CAD interactive furniture catalog.

In the process of the app’s developmental stages, several prominent figures from the medical field and beyond became excited by Addix’ vision and are now aligned with MDL Solutions to help make MyDrLynx a reality. Celebrated physician Kent Shoji, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., the medical director of the emergency department at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance, as well as the president of its emergency department physician group, is a MDL senior advisory board member. Janine M. Taylor, an executive with an extensive track record of leading and guiding both emerging and commercially-driven life science, medical device, industrial biotech and technology companies, as well as NGO’s, through rapid and successful growth, serves as MDL’s advisor. Neko Sparks, a U.S. Army Veteran with honorable discharge and recipient of Bronze Star and Service Commendation Medal, is MDL’s marketing consultant. Savvy veteran technology expert, Nishit Rathod, the co-founder and CTO of Audiolife & GoodThreads, is the company’s senior tech advisor and is overseeing the final development stages of the MDL app.

“The MyDrLynx app is a game changer on so many levels because it addresses and solves so many issues. For doctors, time is a primary consideration in patient flow and the maximization of patient satisfaction.” explains Addix. “For patients, post-procedure instructions and the ability to communicate with care providers significantly reduces stress and lowers repeat unanswered phone calls. Last but not least, administrators and insurers benefit as well as patient satisfaction and quality of care is enhanced.

Intuitive, easy-to-use and efficient, the MyDrLynx app is a solution that simplifies doctor and patient pre-procedure and post-procedure communications.  Kristen Addix’ vision to impact “Healthcare in a Heartbeat” puts a heart back into healthcare and for that reason alone, the MyDrLynx is assuredly a success.

Check out MyDrLynx at http://www.mydrlynx.info/#mdl-solutions.

 

Celebrity Manager Theodore ‘Ted’ Myles Terry Announces Success of Brainchild ‘Turn Me Loose,’ the Theatrical Performance Honoring Dick Gregory

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After Nearly 15 Years in the Making, Terry Pulls Off a Feat to Re-Introduce the Nation’s Most Prolific Historic Celebrity to New Generations

LOS ANGELES – Theodore “Ted” Myles Terry, a Hollywood celebrity manager and former radio disc jockey, is celebrating the success of his brainchild, Turn Me Loose, a one-man biographical adaptation of the life and times of Dick Gregory, the critically acclaimed master comedian, social/civil rights activist and humanitarian. Terry has been an integral part of Dick Gregory’s management team since 1998, managing Gregory’s engagement scheduling, website, the Dick Gregory Foundation, and more.

Turn Me Loose, debuted May 19th at the Westside Theater in New York City and runs through July 3rd. It has received critical acclaim by the New York Times, WABC-TV, and other theatrical reviewers.

Ted Terry & Joe Morton

Emmy Award winning actor, Joe Morton (ABC “Scandal”) stars in the show and has received high praise for his performance by New York and Hollywood critics alike. The production is written by Gretchen Law and executive produced by multi-Grammy Award winning recording artist, Golden Globe and Academy Award winner John Legend with Mike Jackson and Get Lifted Film Company.

Terry has worked on the concept for the production since 2002, and delivered 80% of the content for the production via “21st Century State of the Union featuring Dick Gregory,” a 3 CD set is available at http://teesanet.thestore24.com/21st-century-state-of-the-union/9780962549892.

Terry’s initial concept for the play included re-introducing Dick Gregory to a new demographic of Gen Xers and Millennials who may not know about the icon’s contribution to African-American history and politics in addition to entertainment and lifestyle. In 2015, Terry was successful in getting Dick Gregory, 83, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To bring his master achievement to fruition, Terry contacted writer Law to pen the play using “Dick Gregory’s 21st Century State of the Union” as the primary resource for the stage play. After years of rewrites and edits, Terry connected with director John Gould Rubin and producer Jackie Judd to bring it to the stage.

“Gregory is a dynamic orator. I have always felt his story needed to be told, as his experience and message become more relevant decade after decade. I had the vision, he had the message and that made us a great team,” said Theodore “Ted” Myles Terry. “I knew it was only a matter of time before funding for this production would follow. I just didn’t realize how much time.”

From the Playbill

The Turn Me Loose Playbill http://www.playbill.com/discount/turn-me-loose states, “John Legend and Get Lifted Film Co. present a new comedic drama about the extraordinary and explosive life of Dick Gregory–starring Scandal‘s Joe Morton–that shines a light on the first Black comedian to expose white audiences to racial comedy. Gregory confronted bigotry with shockingly disarming humor, marched alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., and deeply influenced comics from Richard Pryor to Chris Rock. He’s been a prolific writer, muckraker, provocateur, candidate for mayor of Chicago and for president of the United States. He was singled out by President Obama as one of his all-time favorite comedians. Experience the comic genius of Dick Gregory and the poetic final words of his mentor, slain civil rights activist, Medgar Evers: “Turn Me Loose.”

About Theodore Myles Terry

Theodore “Ted” Myles Terry is a celebrity manager most notably since 1998 for legendary comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory. His work in music programming is itself legendary among producers throughout the industry, and his vast network takes him inside and behind the scenes of America’s most well known celebrities, especially in the African-American community.
For more than 40 years, he has been a staple in national broadcast for outlets including WBLS R&B (New York), KJLH R&B

(Los Angeles), KYAC R&B (Seattle) KVOO CW, KRAV (AC) (Tulsa) and TV News Producer at KJRH Scripts Howard Broadcasting, KOTV Cameraman Tulsa, and Television Broadcast Producer Ackerman Ad Agency.

His company, Theodore Myles Publishing, is oriented to music broadcast and streaming on his solely owned platform, UrbanRadio2000.com. Visit http://dickgregory.com or http://tedterry.com for more information.

 

 

“On the Run 2 Rio” Fundraiser Held for Cape Verdean Olympic Contender Jordin Andrade

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Los Angeles – U.S. born, track and field champion, Jordin Andrade, has never been to his native country, Cape Verde, but the Olympic hopeful has their full support. On Sunday, April 17, 2016, at 4:00 p.m., “On the Run 2 Rio,” a celebration fundraiser is being held in his honor. The event will take place at the El Dorado Park West Social Center, 2800 North Studebaker Road in Long Beach, CA. The occasion is planned to provide support for Andrade as he fulfills his dream to represent Cape Verde and bring home the gold in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

 

A dual citizen, Andrade was born to run! Jordin’s father, Joe Andrade, was a member of the 1972 California State Championship team while in high school and was the State Champion in the 300-meter low hurdles in 1973. His uncle and current manager however, Henry Andrade, was an actual 1996 Olympian in the 110 meter hurdles and a first-time Olympic representative for the country Cape Verde. Andrade’s participation is the continuation of a family legacy.

 

“It’s almost unbelievable that my young nephew is now continuing a dream I had with his participation in the 2016 Summer Olympics and that I am managing him as he does so. His stamina, drive and commitment make me beyond proud,” cites Henry Andrade.

 

Jordin Andrade earned a track and field scholarship to Boise State University in Boise, Idaho where he began All-Big West Champion, All-American and NCAA Silver medalist in the 400-meter hurdles in 2015 in 49.26. Andrade was ranked #9 in the United States by Track and Field News and #22 in the world. Jordin has met the Olympic qualifying standard for the 400-meter hurdles and though a U.S. resident, has been granted dual citizenship by the Republic of Cape Verde and will officially represent the country in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

 

In preparation for the Olympics, Jordin will be competing at the Mt. Sac Relays to open this outdoor season on April 16, 2016 at Cerritos College and then will compete internationally in Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, Durbin, South Africa, Oslo Norway and London, England.

 

“I look forward to competing in the upcoming Olympics and representing not only the country of Cape Verde but also the large community of Cape Verdeans who live here in the United States. The country is a small but extremely beautiful land, and I am honored to bring international attention to them with my athletic efforts,” adds Andrade.

 

Jordin will be honored in New Bedford, MA on July 2, 2016 and in Praia, Cape Verde on July 17, 2016, for outstanding achievement as Cape Verde celebrates its Independence Day.

 

For more information on “On the Run 2 Rio”, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/on-the-run-2-rio-olympic-bound-jordin-andrade-celebration-fundraiser-tickets-23821611080 and to support Jordin Andrade go to https://www.gofundme.com/ym7cvbec

Cure4Hunger to Unveil New Agricultural Technology Earth Day Weekend At Inaugural Healthy Earth Music & Arts Fest

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The Inaugural Healthy Earth Music & Arts Fest

Debuts Earth Day Weekend

In Los Angeles’ Historic Leimert Park

Los Angeles – Earth Day Weekend will hold special significance this year when the Inaugural Healthy Earth Music & Arts Fest makes its premiere in Los Angeles’ historic Leimert Park, Saturday, April 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. In addition to this multi-cultural, sustainable lifestyle event encouraging health and environmental awareness, the festival will feature the unveiling of the humanitarian organization, Cure4Hunger’s (C4H) new agricultural technology, the “Gravity Gardens.” The event is free to the public and will also feature panel discussions, workshops and film screenings in addition to a mixed assemblage of celebrity talent, dance, music and art.  Hosted by actor-humanitarian, Darris Love (Nickelodeon’s “The Secret World of Alex Mack”), activities will take place at 4300 Degnan Blvd. on the Vision Theater Back Lot, inside the Vision Theater, and on People Street in Leimert Park.
A press conference for Cure4Hunger is planned from noon to 12:30 at the Vision Theater, located at 3341 W. 43rd Place and a VIP Earth Day Soiree is slated for the night before on Friday, April 22 as a special fundraiser for Cure4Hunger, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The fundraiser will be held in Leimert Park at the Fernando Pullum Arts Center, located at 3351 W 43rd Street. The entire weekend of events is being produced and coordinated by actor/artivist Nina Womack and her multimedia company, Transmedia 360°.
Actor-filmmaker, Cylk Cozart (“White Men Can’t Jump,” “Conspiracy Theory”) is CEO and co-founder of Cure4Hunger.org (http://cure4hunger.org) alongside Chairman and co-founder, Eric W. Williams. “We have created the world’s first self-reliant and affordable cure for global hunger by integrating innovative technologies into one sustainable solution. Our ability to grow unlimited organic food anywhere in the world inside disaster-proof domes is a historic achievement for humanity,” cites Williams. Details about their patent pending invention will be revealed at the press conference during the festival. Martin Luther King III is the Global Ambassador for the organization and will be in attendance, via video, at the conference.
Friday night’s special fundraiser for Cure4Hunger will consist of live music featuring two-time Grammy award winner, Timothy Bloom, live art and eco-fashion models, spoken word, healthy hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction of exclusive art and upscale gifts including a weekend mansion stay with private limousine service. Tickets for the fundraiser can be purchased at www.HealthyEarthFest.com.
The festival will also provide free health panels such as “Forever Young, The Art of Living Healthy” moderated by Dr. Tony O’Donnell, an expert naturopathic physician on CNBC’s KCAA 1050 AM radio. Panelists include an “all-star” line up of natural health care experts such as; addiction medicine physician and TV personality, Dr. Reef Karim; vegan chef, Babette Davis; natural skin care expert, Mindi Miller; and Stephanie Suthers, owner of the international natural hair product line, Hairobics. “The Whole Musician” panel will discuss how performers can maximize their creative potential through healthy, holistic practices and “Boost Your Financial Health” features financial experts. A motivational book author panel will also be offered to the public.
Film presentations followed by Q & A’s include “Can You Dig This?” by urban gardening expert, Ron Finley; “Dear Governor Brown” by Jon Bowermaster and actor, Mark Ruffalo; and “40 Point Plan” by filmmaker and Cure4Hunger founder, Eric W. Williams.
 
World music treats include the bilingual alternative rock band, Halo Circus from “American Idol”; the jazz band, Connect featuring Barbara Morrison; West African dance troupe Le Ballet Dembaya; Ali Baba from Mali with Asha Baba; Native American and Asian performers; MelvinMDK” Kelly, the young Jimi Hendrix; and DJ Zoon and the GoGo Hoop Dance Stars to name just a few.
 
The youth area will be hosted by teen comedienne, Leroya Sanford (“The View”) and celebrity kids from Disney and Nickelodeon will join anti-bully rapper, Chris La Vrar (“America’s Got Talent”). Family fun includes talented performers, a youth circus provided by Le PeTIT CirQue, sports activities, face painting, Samba class, clown dancing, jewelry repurposing, solar demos, urban gardening, healthy food trucks, vendors and more!
“Organizing this free event has been a tremendous labor of love,” expresses Nina Womack of Transmedia 360°. “Earth Day is a beautiful global celebration of healing energy that will be vibrating the planet that weekend. This gathering of celebrities, artists, speakers, vendors and supporters is going to be amazing. The addition of Cure4Hunger’s global announcement offering a solution to end world hunger caps the entire historical weekend for me.”
For the full schedule of events, go to http://healthyearthfest.com/ and for more information on Cure4Hunger, contact their media ambassador, Nina Womack at (877) 594-1292 or http://www.transmedia360.net.

Cannabis Activist Ed Forchion Challenges New Jersey on Race, Reefer and Religion Before the U.S. Supreme Court

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Trenton, NJ – In perhaps one of the boldest moves in the recent history of marijuana activism, long time cannabis advocate and Trentonian newspaper columnist, Ed Forchion aka NJWeedman, and his lawyers, New Jersey attorneys Allan Marain, Esq. and John Vincent Saykanic, Esq., are challenging the state of New Jersey before the United States Supreme Court regarding pertinent issues pertaining to reefer, racial discrimination and religion. Forchion’s legal team filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court (US Supreme Court Docket – 15-8533) on March 8, 2016, presenting ten questions for review and response from the Court.
Per the subject of race and religion, as it relates to cannabis, the filing marks a landmark stance in the marijuana movement. Forchion considers the petition a direct challenge to recently revealed comments by former Nixon domestic policy chief, John Ehrlichman, that the war on drugs was a political assault against blacks and hippies. (http://tinyurl.com/http-www-cnn-com-2016-03-23)
The document leads with its most powerful query, directly asking the presiding judges, “Are New Jersey’s drug laws inherently discriminatory against African Americans and discriminatory as applied by law enforcement?”
In addition, the other questions presented to the Court include:
2. Has New Jersey decided an important federal question in a way that conflicts with other state courts of last resort as petitioner was precluded from arguing to the jury by way of nullification that marijuana should not be a substance proscribed by New Jersey as part of his defense at trial?
3. Is a state court of last resort in hopeless conflict with the United States Court of Appeals concerning First Amendment Free Exercise Clause as it relates to the right to use marijuana as a religious sacrament?
4. Does New Jersey’s criminalization of marijuana deprive Rastafarians of their sacramental use of cannabis in violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act?
 
Read the full filing here:http://goo.gl/TKyvVl
 
“Twenty-three states and the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. have legalized the use of cannabis in some form or fashion,” cites Attorney John Vincent Saykanic. “But we still have an uphill battle to go. While marijuana has received more mainstream recognition and acceptance over the years, and has now evolved into a multi-million dollar legal industry in some parts of the country, a disproportionate number of people of color are sadly sitting in jail cells serving quite frankly, ridiculous and unfair sentences. I have worked tirelessly with Forchion over the years because I believe his legal battles serve the greater interest of many. This U.S. Supreme Court filing is perhaps one of our loudest legal statements yet.”
 
“I’ve always known the marijuana laws are racist and I’ve always thought of marijuana legalization as a civil rights issue,” expresses Forchion. “States throughout the South began implementing drug laws as part of the explicitly racist Jim Crow system, with Southern lawmakers being quite open about the racist motivations behind the laws. Northern states such as New Jersey stripped offensive racist language from their official legal statements, but their anti-drug policies were hardly less racist.”
Forchion is encouraged by US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s recent endorsement of jury nullification (see http://goo.gl/YA5zOS ) and further argues that, “all marijuana defendants should be allowed to present these facts to jurors and encourage nullification verdicts”.

Forchion’s long standing battle for marijuana law reform has been documented for over two decades. Considered by many as the “grandfather of marijuana reform in New Jersey,” Forchion is a bone cancer patient who states he needs marijuana for his symptoms.
Amongst his many trials and tribulations, Forchion pleaded guilty in 2000 to charges of conspiracy to distribute and marijuana possession and was released on parole after serving 18 months on a reduced sentence. He was arrested again in Burlington County, N.J., in 2010 on marijuana possession and distribution charges. He has fought those charges. Forchion argued his medical condition gave him a “medical necessity” defense to possess and appealed the decision to the NJ Supreme Court and now the US Supreme Court.
Forchion achieved Hollywood notoriety when he opened a marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles in 2008, saying it was a temple that used marijuana as part of its religious ceremonies. The California temple was shut down after a federal drug raid in 2011.
Currently Forchion, a Rastafarian, is the owner of his own restaurant, NJWeedman’s Joint and spiritual sanctuary, Liberty Bell Temple III, which he opened last year directly across from New Jersey’s Trenton City Hall. The restaurant and sanctuary receive not only a steady stream of customers but also international media attention.
Read more about Forchion’s stance for marijuana reform in the Trentonian at http://goo.gl/fAkLsU .

Media Personality Tavis Smiley to Present Comedy Producer Michael Williams with Award at Comic Rocks! Convention Tribute Dinner

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Los Angeles – Before there was Def Jam, Comedy Central or Comic View, there was The Comedy Act Theater (CAT), the very first Black comedy club in the country. Just ask Chris Tucker, Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans or a host of others to name the individual who was singularly responsible for nurturing and launching the careers of most of the country’s superstar Black comedians and they will each name maverick entrepreneur Michael Williams, the founder/owner of the Comedy Act Theater. The Comedy Act Theater laid the foundation and set the blueprint for Black comedy and Black comedy clubs today.
Many industry insiders consider Williams the ‘unacknowledged’ godfather of contemporary African American comedy. But on Friday, April 29, that will all change when comedienne Hope Flood presents her “Awards Dinner and Special Tribute to Michael Williams,” starting at 7:00 p.m. with purple carpet arrivals,  at the Regency West located at 3339 W. 43rd St. in Los Angeles, the original home of the Comedy Act Theater aka “The House that Robin Harris Built.” The evening is the highlight of her 5th Annual Comics Rock! Convention, an industry event that hosts workshops and seminars for aspiring comedians, actors and producers.
Tavis Smiley

Celebrated media personality Tavis Smiley will present Williams with his award and veteran comedic talent Ricky Harris will host the evening as comedians, celebrities and industry professionals pay tribute to the legacy of Williams’ efforts. The affair launches with a “purple carpet” arrival and includes a buffet dinner, awards presentation and after party.   Tickets are $35 in advance and can be purchased online at www.ComicsRockConvention.com or at the door.

Ricky Harris
Ricky Harris
The extensive list of Comedy Act Theater performers who either got their start or performed there regularly include Chris Rock, Robin Harris, Jamie Foxx, Martin Lawrence, Monique, Keenan Wayans, Sinbad, Bernie Mac, Cedric the Entertainer, Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, and Tommy Davidson to name a few. The Comedy Act Theater was considered “the place” for African American talent in entertainment, sports and fashion in the 80’s. Whoopi Goldberg taped her HBO special at the Comedy Act.
“As comedians, we all owe so much to Michael Williams. His theater was our learning ground, our shelter, and our comedy home. I am just deeply humbled to be able to produce this event in his honor. It is so long overdue. I’m anticipating some really special surprises with several comedic legends reaching out on this night to just say ‘we remember when’ and ‘thank you Michael,'” expresses Hope Flood.
For more information on the Comic Rocks! Convention, happening April 26 to 30 at J. Anthony Brown’s JSpot Comedy Club, go to www.ComicsRockConvention.com and mark your calendars for the “Comics Rock the Court Charity Celebrity Basketball Game” on Saturday, April 30, from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Jesse Owens Park, 9651 S. Western Avenue in Los Angeles.

Knights of the West Social Club Presents “Spring Fling Extravaganza Awards Show” With Patrice Rushen, Chico DeBarge and more

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The City of Angels will soar on a heavenly, musical flight when the
Knights of the West Social Club presents the “The Spring Fling Extravaganza Awards Show,” a benefit concert event featuring the legendary Patrice Rushen, on Saturday, April 16 at the Prince Hall Memorial Auditorium

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The City of Angels will soar on a heavenly, musical flight when the Knights of the West Social Club presents the “The Spring Fling Extravaganza Awards Show,” a benefit concert event featuring the legendary Patrice Rushen, on Saturday, April 16 at the Prince Hall Memorial Auditorium.  Melodic bliss is sure to bless the rafters as multi-Grammy nominated pianist Patrice Rushen is joined by soulful crooner Chico DeBarge, master violinist Karen Briggs, Sir Stringfellow & The Mo Betta Experience Band and comic king Shang Forbes for a grand evening of celebration and entertainment.

Karen Briggs
 
Comedian Shang

The Knights of the West Social Club, an extension of Western Knights #56 Free and Accepted Masons, continue their legacy of service with this wonderful presentation, as a portion of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Breast Cancer Awareness, The John and Evelyn Friar Scholarship Fund and Robert W. Brown Scholarship Foundation. Local community leaders that have helped to shape and influence the lives of Los Angeles residents will also be recognized and honored. The performances begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Prince Hall Memorial Auditorium, located at 9027 S. Figueroa St. in Los Angeles.

 
A classically trained pianist, Rushen has spent a lifetime honing the skills that make her one of the music industry’s most versatile and sought after artists. Admired by many for her groundbreaking achievements, Rushen has amassed an impressive list of “firsts,” including the first woman to serve as musical director for the 46th, 47th and 48th Annual Grammy Awards; the first woman in 43 years to serve as head composer/musical director for television’s highest honor, the Emmy Awards; and the first woman musical director of the NAACP Image Awards, an honor she held for 12 consecutive years.
 
“We are extremely proud to have Patrice Rushen highlight this special occasion, alongside phenomenal artists, as we pay tribute to our community honorees,” cites Aaron Harris, co-chair, special projects committee for the Knights of the West Social Club. “Our lodge has a tradition of commitment to our community and this concert continues our legacy. We are hoping the community comes out to support our honorees while enjoying a relaxing evening of great music.
Ticket prices range from $40.00 to $75.00 and can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/western-knights-presents-the-spring-fling-extravaganza-2016-tickets-23071232678?aff=ebrowse

For additional event information go to http://theloop411.com/eblast/knightsofthewest.html or call (323) 481-0228 or (213) 479-0267.

Veteran Journalist Ann Brown Scoops Exclusive First Interview with Former Katt Williams’ Assistant, Brooks Jackson Colyar

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Veteran Journalist Ann Brown
Scoops Exclusive First Interview with
Former Katt Williams’ Assistant,
Brooks Jackson Colyar
top: journalist Ann Brown / photo credit: Joli Moniz
bottom: comedian Katt Wiliams with Brook Jackson Colyar photo credit: Koi Sojer for Katt Williams image
Veteran  journalist Ann Brown has displayed her savvy reporter instinct once again, recently uncovering and revealing intriguing insights behind the saga of comedian Katt Williams.
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Los Angeles – Veteran journalist and native New Yorker Ann Brown has been living in Praia, Cape Verde since 2010, but it hasn’t deterred her from covering current urban news and staying on the pulse of urban entertainment. Brown has displayed her savvy reporter instinct once again, recently uncovering and revealing intriguing insights behind the saga of comedian Katt Williams. The embattled comic has been top gossip fodder with his trail of numerous arrests and seemingly erratic behavior for several weeks now. Brown scooped an exclusive interview with Williams’ former personal assistant, Brooks Jackson Colyar. In a story that is truly befitting of Women’s History Month, Colyar reveals to Brown how Williams saved her life after her devastating divorce from an almost 30-year marriage with comedian Michael Colyar.
Ann Brown details the compelling conversation with Brooks Jackson Colyar in Parlé and Madame Noire magazines, with each interview revealing varying details of Brooks’ work relationship with Williams, spanning almost three years. Brooks worked for Williams from 2012 to 2015, a time period that reflected stability and growth in the comic’s career. Brooks notes that the comedian employed her when she felt destitute. After having managed her ex-husband’s career and being lulled into a sense of false security and happiness during their relationship, she found herself suffering from depression and unemployment. The interview is a compassionate one, revealing the supportive and shadow roles women often quietly orchestrate behind the scenes of public figure men.
“Brooks is a very private person,” notes Brown. “She had never done any interviews or really spoke publicly about her divorce from Colyar or her work relationship with Katt Williams. I found her to be a very intelligent and articulate businesswoman. Her concern and love for Katt Williams speaks volumes about his character, his genius and his current predicament. The interview adds a valued dimension to a hot topic that has been surrounded with sensationalism. Brooks provided a really humane perspective to the Katt Williams conversation.”

Brooks Jackson Colyar /
photo credit: Johnny Pena Photography
Ann Brown has covered entertainment, lifestyle, business and health and beauty issues for almost three decades. She co-founded and co-published The A-List Magazine, the only urban Hollywood trade blog and is a former managing editor for Black Radio Exclusive. Her work has appeared in MadameNoire.com, Black Enterprise, Essence, Parle Magazine, Launch.com, The Source and Upscale Magazine, to name just a few. She also produced and co-hosted various radio and television programs, including “The Julie Show,” a nationally syndicated radio program hosted by Downtown Julie Brown.
 
Read both interviews with Brooks Jackson Colyar at

http://www.parlemag.com/2016/03/brooks-jackson-colyar-speaks-on-katt-williams/
and  http://madamenoire.com/620903/co-worker-spirals/ .

To Be Young, Gifted and Gay – Hip Hop Phenom Rahccy Slays with “Miss Jill on 108th”

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Los Angeles – Imagine if Lauryn Hill, Meshell Ndegeocello  and Angie Stone were all harmonizing together on one song. You would have Ndegeochello’s bottomless, balmy bass, Hill’s wicked, spitfire lyricism and Angie Stone’s lusciously seductive tonality. What if however, one tiny, unassuming woman could stand alone and deliver all that fervor with a frequency so intense, the sounds drifting into your eardrums would cause your being to shudder.

Covert Entertainment’s 23-year-old powerhouse performer, Rahccy, is all of these things and more; packing pain, pushing power, igniting love and stirring the fever with her every verse. With the release of her debut single, “Miss Jill on 108th Rahccy is single-handedly revamping hip hop and restructuring its current status quo. Young, gifted and unapologetically gay, Rahccy is knocking down musical walls and rebuilding them her way.

Backed by the production wizardry of Covert Entertainment CEO Dwayne “Muffla” Simon and Four Choice Productions, Rahccy’s strong intention to do hip hop her way is more than just some new artist’s bright eyed notion. Notably, her producer Simon is the man responsible for lacing hip hop with his talent by writing, producing and arranging super hits for artists such as LL Cool J, Run DMC and Ice Cube.

Rooted in the Los Angeles’ community of Watts, Rahccy is that flower determined to bloom between the cracks of concrete. Her childhood home stands on the very corner where the historical and brutal riots tore apart the city in 1965. Alchemizing an inimitable brand of hip hop, neo soul and gospel and delivering gold, one can hear the pathos of street survival in every lingering beat. With “Miss Jill On 108th” Rahccy’s old soul sentiment beams bright as she pays homage to the many older, faceless women in the community who are encountered only briefly but leave a lasting spell. Rahccy holds the torch for those who can’t.
Singing in church since the age of eight, Rahccy’s talent garnered her initial recognition in high school when she teamed up with fellow student Rob “Galli” Salazar and won their high school competition “Bringin’ Down the House” performing at the legendary House Of Blues in Los Angeles. The duo’s bond continued and they were featured in a short documentary called “South Of Stars” by KPCC, which still garners views online. After surviving a near fatal car crash in 2015, her life shifted dramatically as she healed and returned back to the studio with a vengeance.
Cites her producer Dwayne “Muffla” Simon, “With a string of multi-platinum hits from my work with LL Cool J to name just a few, I thought my music days were over. The music scene has changed so much and no one was lighting a fire for me. Then I heard Rahccy and I knew I had to come out of retirement. She has that rare quality that artist possess when they are bigger than themselves. Rahccy has that ‘it’ quality that legends are made of. As a producer, I’m more than excited because I know she is going to blaze hip hop with her passion.”

Chuck D, Rahccy and super producer “Muffla”
“I know I’m an old soul,” cites Rahccy. “I was raised by my grandparents and they taught me some things crucial about love and respect. The fight of being a woman of color and a lesbian is real. As a part of that community, I’m a tool to be used in the larger context of things. I envision my music as a pioneer for change. We don’t see, hear or celebrate many artists that look and sound like me. I’m here to change that.”
“Miss Jill On 108th” is available on iTunes and wherever online music is sold. Check out Rahccy at http://www.covertentertainmentsoundworks.com/#!rahccy—artist/vbf5i.

Friend her on social media on Facebook at Rahccy, and on Twitter and Instagram at @RahccyMusic.

Legendary Comedienne Marsha Warfield Headlines Funny Lady Hope Flood’s 5th Annual Comics Rock! Convention

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Los Angeles – Five years of funny is no small feat when you are a female in a male dominated industry coordinating an annual comedy fest. In fact, it is literally not a joke. But comedienne Hope Flood has handled it with amazing finesse and style as her Comics Rock! Convention returns, April 26 to 30 at J. Anthony Brown’s JSpot Comedy Club, located at 5581 W. Manchester Boulevard in Westchester, CA. Celebrating five fun-infused years, Comics Rock! Convention has become a “must attend” industry event with its presentation of workshops and seminars for aspiring comedians, actors and producers, where they network and showcase their talents.

Legendary funny lady Marsha Warfield will headline the festivities moderating the highly anticipated “Comics Rock! Forum” from noon to 2:00 p.m. PT on Tuesday, April 26 at the JSpot Comedy Club and she will celebrity host a Comedy Night Showcase later that evening, starting at 9:00 p.m. at The Ha Ha Cafe at 4712 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood.  The “Comics Rock! Forum” is a special gathering where up and comers have the opportunity to ask questions and seek counsel from veteran talent.

Comedienne Marsha Warfield

Marsha Warfield is possibly best remembered for her 1986-92 role of Roz Russell on the popular NBC sitcom, “Night Court.”  Warfield’s Comics Rock! Convention appearances are part of her resurgence on the scene after a 20 year hiatus.

This year’s highlights also include an “Awards Dinner and Special Tribute to Michael Williams,” the founder of the Comedy Act Theater, on Friday, April 29, starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Regency West located at 3339 W. 43rd St. in Los Angeles. An after party will conclude the affair. The Comics Rock the Court Celebrity Basketball Game” also returns this year on Saturday, April 30, from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Jesse Owens Park, 9651 S. Western Avenue in Los Angeles.

Comedians Luenell (“Katt Wiliams:  American Hustle”), Shang (BET’s “Comic View”), Cocoa Butter (Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse) and Paul Mooney’s sons, the Mooney Twins (Bravo’s “Newlyweds:  The First Year”) are just a sampling of the talent scheduled to present workshops and seminars. Workshops will include “Comedy 101” offered by Hope Flood; “Writing & Performance Technique” by Greg Dean; “The Art of Stand Up Comedy” with David Arnold and Attorney Antavius Weems‘ “How to Inc U.”
Celebrity hosted comedy club showcases will cap each evening and will be held at some of Los Angeles’ hottest mainstream comedy clubs, including the Ha Ha Cafe in North Hollywood, the JSpot Comedy Club and Sal’s Comedy Hole in West Hollywood.
Females in Comedy Association (FICA) group shot.
As the founder of Females in Comedy Association (FICA), Flood originally introduced the comedy convention as the “Females in Comedy Convention,” before expanding her vision to embrace both genders. With FICA however, she still continues to offer female comedians tools for networking, mentoring, and collaborating as well as fueling awareness for comediennes in the entertainment industry. Comics Rock! Convention continues to honor females in comedy this year with a special day of gifting and pampering at the “Pamper Me Soiree” on April 26 at the JSpot.

“It has been five years now and each year I’m inspired because not only does Comics Rock! Convention continue to grow, but more and more comedians are looking to us to be that resource that replenishes them each year. I feel that too many people take ‘funny’ for granted, like it doesn’t require work, skill and dedication. Comedians work hard to make people laugh and I am humbled to be able to provide this annual haven for our community. Five years is a wonderful milestone for me,” reveals Hope.

Hope Flood has always possessed a vision beyond the punch line. Early on in her career she published the first nationally distributed comedy magazine, “Comedy, the Magazine.” Her original weekly showcases were training grounds for talent like Jamie Foxx and Chris Tucker early in their careers. She has served as an on-air radio personality on Dallas’ KRNB 105.7 radio with BJ & The Morning Show and has appeared on the Russell Simmon’s HBO All-Star Def Comedy Jam, Comedy Central’s “Comic Groove” hosted by Tracy Morgan, and “Comics Unleashed Hot Chocolate with Byron Allen,” to name a few.

Hope has been a semi-finalist in the Old English 800 Women’s Comedy Crunch and a two-time semi-finalist in the Bay Area Black Comedy Competition.  Her appearances also include ten seasons on BET’s “Comicview,” where she won her own one hour “Grandstand Comedy Jam Special” and she was later picked as one of BET’s “39 Most Favorite Comedians.”

Hope’s razor-sharp wit and amazing acuity to uncover the joke in everyday life scenarios keeps her at the forefront of comedy. For registration and more information regarding sponsorship, vendors or attendance, go to www.comicsrockconvention.com.

Grandson of Comedy Legend Paul Mooney Marries on National TV

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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.