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.

Urban Superhero DangerMan Releases Super Suit Costume For Halloween

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The DangerMan Super Suit  
is the First Real Life Black Superhero Costume
Los Angeles – Halloween night just got safer! America’s Real Life Urban Super Hero, DangerMan, will roam the streets trick-or-treating with the likes of Superman, Batman and Spider-Man as the new DangerMan Super Suit is now available for kids! Actor and mentor Roger I. Tinsley, the founder of the DangerMan Urban Superhero brand and CEO/President of the DangerMan Education Foundation, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, has released the new costume just in time for the holidays. The super suits are available for purchase online at www.dangermanheroawards.com. More than a Halloween novelty however, the DangerMan Urban Superhero Super Suit is also the perfect holiday and year-round gift, designed to boost self-esteem, confidence and courage in young children.
Tinsley first introduced DangerMan to America in 1998 after being emotionally impacted by the death of a four-year-old. The toddler was tragically killed on her birthday by a stray bullet from gang-related gun fire. Tinsley felt compelled to create a real life super hero who could serve as a role model for school age children in under served communities while addressing issues that specifically effected them. Using his own money and resources he created DangerMan, the Urban Super Hero.

“As a kid who grew up on superheroes, I am beyond thrilled to know that boys and girls can now emulate DangerMan, and everything he stands for, with their very own costume.” cites Tinsley. “In fact, with the growing popularity in mythic figures like Black Panther, it is also interesting to note that this is the first time in American history that there is a super suit costume for kids that represents a ‘real life’ Black super hero.”

DangerMan, Urban Superhero

As a ‘real life’ urban superhero, DangerMan is an advocate for children’s rights promoting literacy, safety and good health. He wages against bullying and also fights human trafficking. DangerMan visits schools and community events encouraging his audience with a motto of “No gangs, guns, drugs, alcohol or tobacco.” He has traveled throughout America and Haiti, empowering children to live their best life. “Protect, Promote and Provide” are the pillars DangerMan lives by.

Tinsley credits Marvel comic book legend Stan Lee for a great portion of his inspiration and success. He achieved a career highlight when Lee met and personally congratulated DangerMan on his superhero feats of worldwide motivation.

DangerMan has steadily evolved into the fastest growing super hero brand in the world and will celebrate a 20-year anniversary in 2018. The Second Annual DangerMan Hero Awards Show in slated for December 9 at the California African American Museum to honor local community heroes and the DangerMan Super Hero newspaper will debut in November. There are also plans for “The DangerMan Chronicles,” a crime series for television.

To purchase a made in America DangerMan Super Suit costume for a child you love, go to www.dangermanheroawards.com . Friend DangerMan on Facebook at DangerMan Urban Superhero . Follow DangerMan on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/user/urbansuperhero  and watch https://youtu.be/ZHgKysqP5WQ.

DangerMan, Urban Super Hero promo
DangerMan, Urban Super Hero promo

Gospel Great Yolanda Adams and “Greenleaf” Star Keith David to Perform at 96th Birthday Celebration for Civil Rights Icon Dr. Joseph Lowery

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“Think Like A Man” producer, Will Packer; pastor and activist,
Reverend Dr. William Barber; and attorney, Angela Rye;
among the honorees for the evening
Atlanta, GA – Five-time gospel Grammy winner, Yolanda Adams and Emmy Award winning actor, Keith David, the star of OWN’s megachurch drama “Greenleaf,” will be the featured entertainment on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, when celebrities, dignitaries and activists from around world descend upon Atlanta to pay tribute to the “dean” of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Joseph Lowery, for his 96th birthday celebration. “Think Like A Man” producer, Will Packer; pastor and activist, Reverend Dr. William Barber; and attorney, Angela Rye; will be among the honorees for the evening hosted by the Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice & Human Rights (Lowery Institute). A musical extravaganza, the gala begins at 7:00 p.m., with a reception at 6:00 p.m. at The Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University.
“We’re excited to have the torchbearer for gospel and inspirational music, Yolanda Adams, perform,” expressed Cheryl Lowery, president of the Lowery Institute. “And accomplished actor, Keith David, who plays Bishop James on Oprah Winfrey’s “Greenleaf” series, will be lending his amazing vocals in song as well! Back in the day civil rights activists didn’t have much more than good intentions and good Godly music to keep them motivated and resilient. These two powerful voices will uplift us with the kind of Godly music that will empower future generations.”
The musical tribute, produced by Kenneth Green, will highlight milestones in Dr. Lowery’s lifelong commitment to the nonviolent fight for voting rights, economic equality and social justice. Nearly 100 of the Lowery Institute’s Change Agents will take part in the program to let Dr. Lowery know that his legacy is secure with them.  Change Agents are college students trained at the Lowery Institute then assigned to elementary, middle and high schools to teach the principles of nonviolence coupled with conflict management and social and self-awareness.
Lowery says, in their respective areas, the honorees epitomize the theme of the event, Grounded in History: Soaring Towards the Future. “They understand the nexus between our past and our future. Will Packer is not only telling our stories, he is committed to employing and uplifting people of color. Rev. Barber is continuing the fight for justice with a focus on morality, and Angela Rye represents a new generation of fierce, educated activists.”
Receiving the Civil and Human Rights Award, Rev. Barber is Pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Goldsboro, North Carolina and architect of the Forward Together Moral Movement that gained national acclaim with its Moral Monday protests. The actions drew thousands of moral witnesses to the state legislature and resulted in more than 1,050 peaceful protesters being arrested, handcuffed and jailed.
Angela Rye will receive the Social Justice Award. The CNN political commentator and NPR analyst is the CEO of IMPACT Strategies, a nonprofit organization that seeks to encourage young professionals in economic empowerment, civic engagement, and political involvement.  Rye served as executive director and general counsel to the Congressional Black Caucus and was senior advisor to the House Committee on Homeland Security under the leadership of Congressman Bennie G. Thompson.
Determined to prove that black films sell, the Servant Leadership honoree, Will Packer, is one of the only African American film producers that has had eight films open number one at the box office. The Emmy-nominated producer’s most recent film, “Girls Trip”, is the first entirely black-led movie to make more than $130M. Packer also served as executive producer of “Roots,” a remake of one of the most celebrated TV programs of all time.
 
Presented by Delta Airlines and The Coca-Cola Company, the bi-annual birthday celebration raises funds to support the work of the Lowery Institute, a non-profit organization established to ensure the continuity of the advocacy of Dr. Lowery and his late wife Dr. Evelyn Gibson Lowery, with regard to their lifelong commitment to non-violent advocacy, and the moral, ethical, and theological imperative of justice and human rights for all people. Media sponsors of the event include Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine and Jazz 91.9 WCLK.
For sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets to #HonorTheDean on  #RevLowery96 birthday celebration call 404-524-8406 or online: www.rialtocenter.org or www.loweryinstitute.org.

Nearly 100 Lowery Institute Change Agents to Pay Tribute to Dr. Joseph Lowery at 96th Birthday Celebration

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Change Agents to Dr. Lowery: We Got Next!

Atlanta, GA – As civil rights icon, Dr. Joseph E. Lowery, watched the frightening images of racist protesters marching through Charlottesville, VA with tiki torches, he was reminded of America’s ugly past when he lived with constant bomb threats and was shot at by the Ku Klux Klan. Saddened by seeing hate turn to violence live on TV, he prayed that people would turn to each other instead of on each other and pondered the fate of the non-violent tactics embraced by the Civil Rights Movement.

On October 4, 2017, Dr. Lowery’s 96th birthday celebration will be held at The Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University. In addition to the dedicated dignitaries, celebrities, and activists that consistently support the bi-annual musical extravaganza, nearly 100 of the Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice & Human Rights (Lowery Institute) Change Agents will be there to let Dr. Lowery know that his legacy is secure with them.

“I’m really excited about this birthday tribute,” said Cheryl Lowery, president of the Lowery Institute. “In these divisive times it’s important for my dad and other civil rights leaders to know that their work was not in vain. Lowery Institute Change Agents have committed to keeping the flame lit on for peace, love and non-violence and will pass the torch on to future generations. They come from across the country and will take the non-violent principles they learn at the Institute back to their respective communities,” Lowery adds.

Presented by Delta Airlines and The Coca-Cola Company, the fundraiser supports the year-round programming that creates Change Agents, advocates, drum majors for justice, and leaders, who actively work to better underserved communities locally and abroad. Other sponsors of the event include Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine and Jazz 91.9 WCLK as media sponsors.

The Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice & Human Rights is a non-profit organization established to ensure the continuity of the advocacy of Dr. Lowery and his late wife Dr. Evelyn Gibson Lowery’s lifelong commitment to non-violent advocacy, and the moral, ethical, and theological imperative of justice and human rights for all people. The Lowery Institute ‘Agents of Change’ Program connects high-achieving undergraduate and graduate students with elementary, middle and high school students. Change Agent’s focus on principles of non-violence of the Institute coupled with conflict management, social and self awareness, alternative dispute resolution and peer mediation training.

Themed Grounded in History: Soaring Towards the Future, the Musical Tribute to the “Dean” of the civil rights movement starts promptly at 7 PM with a reception at 6 PM. To purchase tickets or get more information call 404–524-8406 or visit www.loweryinstitute.org.

Godfather of West Coast Rap Alonzo Williams Emerges Defiant In HBO Documentary and New Audio Book Release

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Los Angeles – The acronym N.W.A. are three explosive letters loaded with controversy within the unpredictable genre of hip hop.  But for one man, those letters mean only one thing – Not Without AlonzoAlonzo “Lonzo” Williams is widely acknowledged as the definitive “Godfather of West Coast Hip Hop” and considering his historical stance pioneering the birth of west coast hip hop, it is clearly understood why.

Williams can purposely take credit for brokering not only some of the biggest connections in hip hop but also for discovering some its biggest names, including Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and Eazy E.  With the July debut of the highly-anticipated HBO series, “The Defiant Ones,” about Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, Williams’ truth will be told.  And to further clarify the matter, he has released a narrative in his own words, “N.ot W.ithout A.lonzo,” a memoir and audio book, narrated by him and packed with the personal punch, flavor and charisma he is known for.

Alonzo Williams and Dr. Dre
A sought after hip hop historian, Williams is often asked to provide commentary about west coast hip hop and its iconic artists. He has been featured in numerous documentaries and even portrayed in several films, including the motion picture blockbuster, “Straight Outta Compton.”
But it is his contribution to the HBO four-part documentary, “The Defiant Ones” that has him most excited. The special details the musical and business partnership between Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. Directed by Allen Hughes, the film will include numerous in-depth interviews including Bono, Nas, Ice Cube, Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani, Snoop Dogg and Alonzo Williams.
“My inclusion in “The Defiant Ones” shines the light on many things I have been talking about for years.  When Allen Hughes first contacted me about being interviewed, we were supposed to spend about two hours together.  Two hours turned into six as he was amazed by the history, anecdotes and insights I could share with him. I have nothing but gratitude for him and HBO for taking note of my role and input at the beginning of what has blossomed into one of music’s largest genres.  It still amazes me to this day, because at the time, we had no clue that our efforts would evolve to this level,” expresses Williams.
Alonzo Williams’ Hip Hop ‘Family’ Tree

In “N.ot W.ithout A.lonzo,” Williams tells the tale of the ‘wild, wild west’ hip hop style, sharing in minute and vivid detail his role in the early days of west coast hip hop guiding and influencing many of its early players.  As the leader of the legendary R&B/rap group World Class Wreckin’ Cru, Lonzo is credited with launching the careers of not only Dr. Dre, Ice Cube D.J. Yella and Eazy E., formerly known as N.W.A., but he was also instrumental with positioning artists like Michel’le, DJ Battlecat, the L.A. Dream Team, Rodney­-O & Joe Cooley and Compton’s Most Wanted just to name a few. A must read for true hip hop fans, the introduction to “N.ot W.ithout A.lonzo” is provided by another west coast hip hop legend, popular radio personality Greg Mack.  The audio book version of “N.ot W.ithout A.lonzo” also boasts an original soundtrack underscoring William’s narration.

With a focus to uplift youth who are interested in a career in entertainment, Williams stays active on the speaker’s circuit with appearances at organizations, high schools and colleges. “Though I’m happy about the popularity of hip hop culture, I’m not thrilled with some of the elements of it. In the early days, it wasn’t about money, gangster bravado, crime and going to jail.   It was about the music and keeping it real.  My message as I mentor youth is to remind them that hip hop is really a creative art form and the message in the music is very important.  The more I reveal about the early days of hip hop, the more the truth is unveiled and the more likely we can get back to some of those original concepts,” cites Williams. His weekly male mentoring podcast, “Lonzo Presents G.A.M.E. (G.rown A.ss M.an E.nlightenment), is set to launch shortly.
Williams has received a multitude of honors and accolades for his contributions to hip hop culture. His personal collection of music memorabilia has been exhibited at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City.
Watch Alonzo Williams on “The Defiant Ones” on HBO in July as the series airs and repeats.  Get educated on the real history of west coast hip hop with a copy of “N.ot W.ithout A.lonzo” available on Amazon.com at http://a.co/0P5byYC and peep the audio book on CDBaby.com at  https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/alonzowilliams#.WVO6qd_b3Gs.gmail .

Find Williams on Facebook at @Alonzo reallonzowa Williams; on Twitter at @reallonzonwa and on Instagram at @reallonzonwa.

For details about Williams’ Indiegogo campaign for his “N.ot W.ithout A.lonzo” film, go to his “NWA Fund” page on Facebook.

For booking information on Alonzo Williams, go to http://www.lonzowilliams.com/ .

 

“N.ot W.ithout A.lonzo” book trailer

 

New Jersey Political Prisoner NJ Weedman Does “Hunger Strike for Bail” From Mercer County Jail

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Trenton, NJ – Is orange the new green? Cannabis activist, cancer patient and self-proclaimed “Superhero of the Potheads” Ed Forchion aka NJ Weedman might well be pondering this dilemma as he sits out his “Hunger Strike for Bail” protest in New Jersey’s Mercer County Jail. The free speech activist was originally incarcerated on March 3, 2017 and is being held without bail on charges of witness tampering. Forchion has since filed a Federal Writ of Habeas Corpus in U.S. Federal District Court of Trenton New Jersey (Case No. 317CV02669PGS) claiming a tragic violation of his civil rights under New Jersey’s new bail reform laws.  Forchion has gone without food for over 11 days.
The charges were filed after Forchion, per the approval of his former attorney, posted the name and photo of a police informant on his Facebook page, requesting the public to help him find information on the man. Forchion believed the individual was a paid informant, hired by the Trenton Police, to build a drug case against him. Under New Jersey’s new bail reform laws, which went into effect January 1, officials cite that certain conditions can warrant pre-trial detention, like danger to the community, flight risk or threat to a witness.
“I am a peaceful, proud and patriotic pothead,” cites Forchion. “Yet I have sat here for over 100 days in a cell while watching real criminals, like murderers and rapists, get released daily on bail. Nothing I did was illegal,” Forchion has stated from jail. “Nothing I did was wrong. In fact, I actually thought I was in accordance with the law per the advice of my attorney.” (Forchion’s attorney has since been removed from the case per his own request.)

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. Forchion’s most recent travails with the Trenton Police Department have shined an international media spotlight on the state’s current cannabis policy. Forchion contends he is political prisoner due to the “politics of pot Jersey Style.”
Amongst his many trials and tribulations over the years, 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. In 2012 a jury utilized “jury nullification” and found him “not guilty” of possession with intent to distribute. He was found guilty of simple possession. Forchion argued his health condition gave him a “medical necessity” defense to possess and appealed the decision all the way to the US Supreme Court, where they declined to hear it.
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 co-owner of New Jersey’s only cannabis-themed restaurant, NJWeedman’s Joint and spiritual sanctuary, Liberty Bell Temple III, located directly across from New Jersey’s Trenton City Hall. He opened the businesses, alongside his partner, medical marijuana mom activist and registered nurse, Debi Madaio. The restaurant and sanctuary receive not only a steady stream of customers but also worldwide media attention.

Trenton Drug Wars w/ Ed Forchion - Sativa Cross
Trenton Drug Wars w/ Ed Forchion – Sativa Cross
Follow Ed Forchion’s court case on Facebook at “Ed Forchion“. Concerned citizens can support the cause with contributions to his PayPal account at NJWeedmans_Joint@yahoo.com.

Witness the most recent court proceedings at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJexiSU0SFE check Debi Madaio’s interview about the matter on New York’s PIX11 at http://pix11.com/2017/06/19/nj-nurse-with-adopted-son-who-suffers-from-seizures-calls-for-less-strict-marijuana-laws/ .

A barbeque fundraiser and birthday celebration is scheduled for Ed Forchion on his birthday, July 23 at NJWeedman’s Joint at 322 E. State St. in Trenton, NJ. Follow NJWeedman’s Joint on Facebook at “NJWeedman’s Joint” for updates and details.

Recovered Crack Addict, Tonier Cain, Hopes Drug Treatment Success Stories Stop Senators From Making Drug Epidemic Worse

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Annapolis, MD – During her 19-year crack addiction, Tonier Cain racked up 83 arrests and 66 convictions. She turned to prostitution to pay for drugs, lost custody of four children, and, when she wasn’t locked up, she slept under a bridge. Today, 12-years after completing treatment, Cain penned an open letter to the Senate Health Committee urging them to preserve the mandate for insurers to provide mental health and substance abuse treatment and continue federal funding for Medicaid expansion.

“I sent the letter to make sure the Senators working to overhaul health care who may be out of touch with the people they serve, get a first hand account of how treatment changes lives,” says Cain. “I urge anyone who has benefitted from treatment to speak out and let our leaders know we matter, our struggle matters, and our votes matter. Our triumphs over addiction demonstrate that treating this debilitating illness not only saves lives and communities, but also saves money. ”

“My untreated crack habit cost U.S. taxpayers millions of dollars,” writes Cain, who received treatment after asking a judge to give her a longer sentence so she would be eligible for a substance abuse program. “Limiting access to drug abuse and mental health services will fuel the addiction epidemic and increase costs to taxpayers.”

The letter continues, “Treatment paid off. Today, I am a mother, wife, and productive citizen. I’m no longer homeless or in public housing; I became a homeowner. I’m no longer a burden on other taxpayers; I work and pay taxes. I now train public health providers in the courts, prisons and child protection agencies who once served me.”
The current plan to replace the Affordable Care Act eliminates essential coverage for drug addiction and mental health services despite the fact that the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health shows that substance abuse treatment is cost-effective compared with no treatment. The report also determined that substance abuse costs more than $400 billion annually in crime, health, and lost productivity. If benefits for treatment are cut, it will exacerbate the nation’s current opioid crisis.

Since completing treatment in 2005, Cain has become a nationally recognized inspirational speaker and trauma care expert. In addition to encouraging inmates across the country, she has testified before Congress, lectured at Yale University and delivered a keynote speech at the United Nations. Former Gov. Charlie Crist recognized Cain for her contributions to transforming the way the entire Florida Department of Juvenile Justice serves youth.

Cain’s poignant memoir, “Healing Neen,” and feature-length documentary of the same name, exposes her traumatic childhood filled with abuse, rape and neglect, and is also a testament to her amazing resilience. Her compelling story was also featured in Ebony Magazine’s Power Issue (2014). Currently, there is a docu-series in development chronicling her work helping prisoners transition from behind bars into their community.

“When people meet me now it’s hard for them to believe there was a time when people wouldn’t look at me on the streets. I was addicted to drugs and alcohol, homeless, dirty and smelled awful. I’m living proof that treatment is an important weapon in the battle against addiction,” adds the founder and CEO of Healing Neen, Inc.

A copy of the open letter to Senate Health Committee can be found online at <a href=”http://www.dogonvillage.com/?p=7918″>www.dogonvillage.com/?p=7918</a>. For more information Tonier Cain visit <a href=”http://www.toniercain.com” target=”_blank”>www.toniercain.com</a>.

Buckwild Entertainment Joins Forces to Present “Strippers Have Talent” During BET Experience Weekend

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Some of reality TV’s hottest names will gather together to host and judge what will be one of the biggest events during BET Experience Weekend on Saturday, June 24, 2017. Ken Francis’ Buckwild Entertainment has joined forces with Blaqtacular Entertainment and X-Polesitions to present “Strippers Have Talent, an Exotic Dancer Take Over” competition. Hosted by Cardi B (“Love and Hip Hop New York”) with comedian Faison Love as MC and celebrity judges Bre-Z (Fox’s “Empire”), Brittany (“Love and Hip Hop Houston”), Nikko London (“Love and Hip Hop Atlanta”) and Jackie Long (“Grand Theft Auto V”) alongside co-host DJ Tony Neal with music by DJ Drama, “Strippers Have Talent” is positioned as the must-attend party that weekend. The event will take place at the Globe Theater located at 740 S. Broadway in downtown Los Angeles from 9:00 pm to 3:30 am.
A former Playboy TV producer, Ken Francis has been steadily re-positioning Buckwild Entertainment as one of the top brands in urban entertainment. With the launch of his radio show, “Buckwild Radio” on AcceleratedRadio.net, Francis has expanded his popular YouTube platform, “The Buckwild Show.” With “Buckwild Radio” Francis exemplifies his theme of “Buckwild” with uncensored hip hop music, live broadcast from strip clubs, and in-studio interviews with exotic dancers and Instagram models.
“The Buckwild Show,” on YouTube is an archive of exclusive behind-the-scene footage Francis has secured filming, interviewing and documenting the biggest names in hip hop over the past two decades, including Snoop Dogg, Run DMC, Black Eyed Peas, Pharrell, Bobby Brown, and Outkast. Francis’ channel also features classic episodes of “The Buckwild Show” which originally aired across Playboy TV as well as his new show, “In The Lab,” which goes behind the scenes of music productions, featuring footage of studio sessions with various top recording artists.
Considered an urban legend, Francis is a 20-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. With Dimepiece, Francis furnished countless models for the music videos of superstar artists like Jay Z, Usher, Eminem, 50 Cent, Kanye West, Nelly, Missy Elliot and many others. It was the operation of Dimepiece USA which saw his eventual demise however when he was convicted for the agency’s involvement in an international drug smuggling ring. Francis maintains his innocence to this day. Released only two and a half years ago, Francis has made tremendous inroads toward rebuilding his Buckwild brand.
“Buckwild Entertainment dates all the way back to the 90’s when “Girls Gone Wild” was popular. We were the first to introduce women of color in a similar realm. ‘Strippers Have Talent’ actually echoes our original ‘Miss Buckwild’ competition back in 2005,” cites Francis. “We are excited to join forces with Blaqtacular Entertainment and X-Polesitions to provide a showcase of some of the industry’s best exotic dance and pole artists.  This event will be one of many.”

“With my YouTube channel, new radio show and now this collaboration, I am proud to say, Buckwild Entertainment is officially back!” expresses Ken.

 
For ticket information, dancer entry and event sponsorship go to http://www.strippersgottalent.com/ . Contact Francis at (323) 487- 0738 or at buckwildken@gmail.com.
Check out the latest episode of the Buckwild Radio Show at https://www.spreaker.com/user/knashradio/accelerated-radio-network_6066

Mighty Grip Inc. and MercVille Productions Release Second Season of “The Pole Dancing Chronicles”

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Los Angeles – Christina Villegas and Jeff Mercer, the creative forces behind MercVille Productions, have announced the release of the second season of their popular web based docu-series, “The Pole Dancing Chronicles.”  Sponsored and co-produced by Mighty Grip Inc., a leading worldwide sporting goods manufacturer, “The Pole Dancing Chronicles” showcases people and events from within the pole and aerial community. With the growing recognition of pole dance and aerial art as respected fitness regimens, “The Pole Dancing Chronicles,” provides an insider’s peek into the sport and the people behind it, highlighting, in particular, men and women who are defying societal expectations and are excelling within the field.

The second season launched with an episode on 56-year-old pole artist Makeda Smith. A grandmother and entertainment publicist, Smith has garnered international media attention for her poling acumen at her advanced age.  The second episode of season two covers “Chronicles” producer Villegas and details her love for the art as well as her intention and motivation to create and produce “The Pole Dancing Chronicles” with her partner Mercer.  Episode three, the most recent feature, highlights acclaimed multi-championship pole performance artist, Nadia Sharif, a former engineer turned dancer and instructor.

Former docu-reality producers for network television, Mercer and Villegas formed MercVille Productions in 2013 with a goal to create entertaining, inspiring, and informative stories about everyday people. A pole and burlesque instructor, Villegas also opened her dance studio, Flying Curves Dance Studio in 2013.  After teaching pole dancing and empowerment through movement to women on and off for nine years while also working in reality TV, she decided to combine her love and passion for pole with her passion for video storytelling and production.

When Villegas began producing “Goddesses Empowered: The Show,” a live pole and burlesque show, she was inspired by the various tales, trials and tribulations of her students. She felt that the compelling stories of women who had evolved through pole dancing needed a global platform and the idea for “The Pole Dancing Chronicles” was born.  Mighty Grip, a wholesale distributor and online sporting goods store, came on board in 2015 and in 2016 the season debuted with eight shows, which were released online monthly.

“We have met so many wonderful and talented people that have opened their arms and hearts to us,” expresses Villegas. “Pole and aerial is an emerging art and is often misunderstood,” adds Mercer.  “Our series not only introduces a larger audience to the sport, dispelling myths and concerns, but also serves as a tool of empowerment and motivation within the pole and aerial community.”

Mighty Grip, Inc. is widely recognized for their popular grip aids for athletes. Stephanie Housel, President and COO of Mighty Grip, Inc., initiated launching the brand into the pole world, universalizing the use of the product among pole and aerial enthusiasts internationally.  “We are honored to offer ‘The Pole Dancing Chronicles’ as an important vehicle for sharing personal stories about the world of pole and aerial dance,” cites Housel.  “As one of the leading providers of grip aids, gloves, and protective gear for pole and aerial artists, ‘The Pole Dancing Chronicles’ allows us to stay in touch and in tune with our client base on a personal level.  Our customers are real people with real stories, and we are excited to share them with the world.”

Season two of “The Pole Dancing Chronicles” consists of 10 episodes released monthly online through to 2018.

Catch episode two of “The Pole Dancing Chronicles” on Christina Villegas at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQIWoTDoA6s and watch the latest episode with Nadia Sharif at https://youtu.be/Pp5hmM-tRt8 .

Watch the entire series online at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNNOaW9ExN14GG4_gv9HWXQ.

Like “The Pole Dancing Chronicles”   on Facebook and visit  MercVille Productions and Mighty Grip there as well.  Find them on Instagram at @mercvilleproductions and @mighty_grip.  For more information about Mighty Grip Inc. go to http://mightygrip.com/ .

Actress Rayven Ferrell Lands Pivotal Career Role In New Tupac Film

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Atlanta – When Rayven Symone Ferrell was born, her mom had a strong vision for her.  She knew her daughter was destined for great creativity and named her after Raven-Symoné, her favorite character on “The Cosby Show.”  Twenty-one years later and mom’s intuition has proven true.  The young aspiring actress has already landed a career defining role, playing Sekyiwa Shakur, the baby sister of rap icon Tupac Shakur, in the soon to be released blockbuster film, “All Eyez on Me.”  Directed by Benny Boom, and starring another newcomer, Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Shakur, the film is slated to hit theaters on June 16, the late rapper’s 46th birthday.

The role is the opportunity of a lifetime for the aspiring young actress who performed her first play in the sixth grade and booked her first on-camera gig at 17 years old.  The film’s debut follows a string of successful appearances for the budding thespian, including the Oprah Winfrey executive produced series “Greenleaf” on OWN and working with Academy Award nominated director, Lee Daniels on the popular Fox series, “STAR,” starring Queen Latifah.  To say that Rayven is on a roll is an understatement.  Under the tutelage of Atlanta based talent agents, Christopher Young and Tay Smith at J Pervis Talent Agency, Rayven is quickly building up the kind of screen credits that actors dream of in Hollywood.

A Cincinnati, OH native, residing in Atlanta, Rayven is currently an undergraduate at Kennesaw State University majoring in Communications, Media Studies. She is humbled by her selection to play the famed actor’s sister.  In fact, Rayven reveals that the role struck a special chord with her as she shared similar childhood experiences with her character.

Actress Rayven Ferrell and actor Demetrius Shipp Jr. who plays Tupac Shaker in new film, “All Eyez on Me.”

“I have never connected to a character in an actual project as much as I connected with this one,” reveals Rayven.  “Sekyiwa Shakur and I shared similarities in our childhood, so I found myself really relating to her. My mom was a single parent of six so we didn’t have much at all. Some days we would have to go without food, water, and electricity, so I understand that struggle and the pain she experienced in her early years.”

“Sekyiwa was the baby of the family so she depended on Tupac. As her big brother, he was the first man in her life and in a sense, the head of their family. They had a very close relationship early on. My mom had to work multiple jobs at times throughout our childhood so I know the importance of that sibling bond. It’s that feeling that your family is all you have so you must be there for each another.  As Tupac’s baby sister, they shared a very distinct relationship and I am honored to bring that bond to life on the big screen.”

“All Eyez on Me” is one of the year’s most anticipated films, detailing the life, times and controversy of one of hip hop’s most prolific figures, Tupac Shakur.  The movie is named after the artist’s last Death Row Records release.

With her appearance in the film, Rayven Ferrell is creating her own legend, just like her mother knew she would.  Like her namesake, Raven-Symoné, she brings depth, authenticity and passion to her roles.  Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @RayvenFerrell.  Catch her in “All Eyez on Me” on June 16.

Author Mahogany Star Sizzles with Sexy Sequence of Summertime Book Releases

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Long Island, NY – Author Mahogany Star brings the sizzle to summertime reading with a sexy sequence of new book releases.  Star’s new titles, “Sex Degrees of Separation” and “Summer’s Heat” are sure fire temperature boosters for readers who aren’t afraid of the steam.

Fans of urban erotica are in for a delicious literary treat. Simmering with fervor, pulsing with passion and boiling over with drama, Star’s novels provide a double dose of sensual desire with their back to back releases.  The works also serve to cement Star’s position in the urban literary realm with four solid contributions.  “Where Secrets Lie, What You Do In the Dark…” and “Where Secrets Lie, Pt. 2, Saying I Do” marked the author’s introduction and captured reader’s imaginations with female characters that were sassy, street smart and ambitious. Her uncanny ability to intermingle lives, relationships and sexual menageries not only engaged readers but also garnered her recognition with an “Urban Book Source Top Ten” nod.

With her third book, “Sex Degrees of Separation,” Star lends a wicked twist to the commonality of ‘six degrees of separation.’ An erotic anthology, each short story unfolds one by one and climaxes in an epilogue with all the characters connected to each other via coincidence at a grand gala. Star’s exploration of sexual appetites and urges and the measures individuals take to experience pleasure, provokes not only amusing imaginings but also serious introspection.

The concept of ‘degrees of separation’ takes on added dimensions as Star delves deep not only into the bedroom, but the hearts and minds of her crew.  Nina is the happily married mom whose husband has her on a strict and stingy schedule for intimate encounters.  Mia’s marriage discontent finds her in heavy rapport with another married man. Sara’s husband derides her to lose weight, and she does, working off the pounds intimately with her personal trainer.  Rob is coaxed by a buddy to step out on his wife and to discreetly pay for what he wants.  When he does, he finds he wants to continue to add the extra pleasure billing to his monthly list of debts.

Summer in “Summer’s Heat” is one of the beautiful and lustful creatures from “Sex Degrees.”  “Summer’s Heat” is her spellbinding journey from the streets of Brooklyn to the condos of Manhattan. Utilizing her supermodel looks, intelligence and street sophistication, Summer finds herself living her dream life while working as a madam and call girl. When true romance sidetracks her however, life forces her to choose between her love for her man and her love for her money.

Mahogany Star was born and raised in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, NY. She grew up in the notorious Sumner Housing Project.  Living in the projects during the crack era she spent most of her free time indoors writing short stories. After years of sharing her creativity with her friends, she decided to expand on one of her tales and a full-fledged novel was born. Though working in healthcare administration for more than a decade and moving up the corporate ladder, Star always knew that writing was her gift and she pursued self-publishing.  She currently resides in Long Island, New York with her husband and two children.

“Sex Degrees of Separation” and “Summer’s Heat” add new meaning to hot fun in the summertime! They are available on Amazon at

https://www.amazon.com/Sex-Degrees-Separation-Erotic-Novella-ebook/dp/B06X3VTKF8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493228475&sr=8-1&keywords=mahogany+star  and https://www.amazon.com/Summers-Heat-Mahogany-Star-ebook/dp/B06XTXTLBX/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1493228475&sr=8-3&keywords=mahogany+star  and wherever books are sold.

Connect with Mahogany Star at https://mahoganystar.com and on Facebook at Author Mahogany Star and on Instagram at @MahoganyStar.

Watch the book trailer by Markus Watson, Your Video Ninja  here at  https://youtu.be/b-Hv1t2UUww .

Visual Artist Bernard Hoyes Sculpts “Roots of Pegasus” For Private Collector

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Palm Desert, CA – Visual artist Bernard Hoyes has accomplished yet another career defining feat. The master craftsman was recently commissioned by a private collector to recreate the divinely celebrated winged stallion Pegasus, one of the best-known creatures in Greek mythology. The five-foot “Roots of Pegasus” bronze sculpture is currently on display until the end of June as part of the “Below Sea Level” exhibition at the prestigious Melissa Morgan Fine Art Gallery, located at 73040 El Paseo in Palm Desert, CA.  At the close of the showing, Pegasus will ‘fly’ home to his owner, an accomplished equestrian whose family has raised horses for over three generations!

Hoyes is world renowned for his inventive creations. His rarified sculptures transcend the norm and defy comparison. For instance, in 2007, Hoyes journeyed to the Fuzhou City in the Fujian Province of China to craft a six foot three-ton granite rock sculpture of a blue fin tuna!  His most recent “Roots of Pegasus” is an original in wood and plaster, cast in 100% bronze, with white patina and wood rendered on the plaster portion.

Hoyes utilized symbolism as a tool to express the mythological details of Pegasus’ legend.  The branches used for the mane of the horse recall Pegasus’ origin, as he was birthed from the goddess Medusa, known for her hair of living venomous snakes. The roots represent his metamorphosis and the trials and exploits he traversed on earth before fulfilling his destiny, rising into heaven as a winged steed and immortalized as a star constellation.  The entire work weighs in at 1176 pounds!

Hoyes is primarily recognized as a contemporary painter whose work evolves from a highly intuitive space. He is heralded for his ability to capture spiritual realms on canvas in radiant and brilliant essence. Born into a family rooted in Jamaica’s revivalist church, Hoyes’ memories of religion and rituals have influenced his artistic productivity throughout his life. His celebration of traditional African religion, spirituality and myths continues to find universal appeal, exciting audiences worldwide.  Oprah Winfrey, Natalie Cole, Steve Harvey, Keenan Ivory Wayans and the National Urban League are among his collectors.  Selections of Hoyes’ work have been featured in several television shows including the Showtime cult classic series, “Dexter.”  President Barack Obama has even been photographed in front of his work.

Hoyes’ exhibition history spans over 50 years with over 100 exhibitions, 30 of them solo exhibitions, in various countries including his native Jamaica, USA, UK, The Netherlands, and Germany.  Some of Hoyes’ past exhibitions include “Places and Validation, Art & Progression, The Getty Initiative Pacific Standard Time” in 2010; the “Art in LA 1945-1980” at CAAM in 2011; a feature in “L.A. Rising: SoCal Artists before 1980,” published by the Getty Foundation and “Se7en Paintings, a Multidisciplinary Performance” which brought Hoyes’ art to life on the Ford Stage in Los Angeles in 2012. Most recent exhibits include the “Evolving Abstraction, 3 Contemporary Artists of the African Diaspora” at the Palm Springs Art Museum in Feb. 2015 and “The Spirit of the Land,” at the Desert Art Collection in Palm Desert, CA in 2015.

The Museum of African American Art (MAAA) will present a thirty-year review of his stunning collection with the exhibit, “Evolving Art Practice, Rags to the Revival Series, which opens Sunday, July 2 and runs through Sunday, September 24. The presentation will juxtapose two of Hoyes’ defining methodologies. His “Rag Series” is a spontaneous technique, using a rag laden with ink, cast onto paper as a fisherman would cast his net in the sea. When lifted a print remains suggesting and delineating forms, mass and movement. Hoyes then adds details that further lift the imagery into compositions with vitality and power. In contrast, his popular “Revival Series” reflects the vibrancy of his Jamaica roots in living primary colors. ohH Hoyes conveys rhythmic movement, deliberate intensity and spiritual forwardness that splashes across the canvas.  The Museum of African American Art is located on the third floor of Macy’s in Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, at 4005 Crenshaw Blvd. in Los Angeles, CA.

Whether sculpting mythological figures or evoking spirits with paints, Bernard Hoyes continues to present his art as a medium to inspire the viewer to transcend into new dimensions. View his work in person at the Melissa Morgan Art Gallery and the MAAA or visit his online gallery at www.BernardHoyes.com .

From Sex Trafficking to Professorship To STAR Dr. E Shows Off Real “Mutha Werk” with New Single

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Columbus, OH – When performance artist Dr. E (née Elaine Richardson) released her debut album, “Elevated” in 2010 she had literally reached unimagined heights. The Ohio State University professor turned recording artist had risen far beyond the streets she once walked and worked as a teenaged victim of sex trafficking.  Now with “Mutha Werk,” the new single from her upcoming autobiographical album, “Songs for the Struggle,” and a song on the soundtrack of Fox’s hottest new show, “STAR,” starring Queen Latifah, Dr. E continues to beat the odds.  Like the aspiring young artists on “STAR,” music has underscored a life filled with drama while easing her pain. “Mutha Werk,” appropriately released during Women’s History Month, is Dr. E’s funk laden ode to the trials and tribulations of women everywhere.

An inspirational ‘soul queen,’ Dr. E’s mission is to uplift everyday women and acknowledge their unsung labor and daily trials.  “Mutha Werk” is a soul steeped, groove infused track that resonates with the energy of the women it was written for. “Mutha Werk” joyously jump starts the buzz for her latest project “Songs for the Struggle.” Slated for a May 5th release, “Songs for the Struggle” bridges jazz, funk, and R&B with Dr. E’s bluesy drenched vocals as she takes the listener back along the tumultuous path of her life. Fiery determination and rockin’ rhythm lace each track with defiant feminine power.

Dr. E has intimate knowledge of struggle and how music can season and coax survival. Like the passion soaked track, “Boy, I’m Feelin’ You,” which she contributed to the Fox’s series, “STAR,” Dr. E has experienced the ins and outs of ‘crazy love.’  Singing since the age of five, Dr. E was competing and winning local talent shows with her group “The Shades of Love” by the time she was a teenager. However, a rape at the age of 13, sent her tumbling, and eventually led her into the world of sex trafficking.  By the time Dr. E was in her mid-twenties, she was a serial victim of violence, sexual assault and drug abuse. By mid-20’s, spiraling out of control, she turned to Alcoholics Anonymous for counseling and help after her second child was born.  It was a flier she came across for Project Second Chance, a Cleveland State University program for sexually-exploited women and girls, that eventually led her to college, a PH.D and her miraculous life transformation.

“Just like the young ladies on the show, “STAR,” as bad as things got, in my heart, I always knew I was supposed to keep singing,” recalls Dr. E. “When I started my recovery, I was desperate for inspiration. Performing—particularly the songs of iconic Black female artists—really filled that need.”

“My music is about me finally accepting who I am,” she adds, “and I want that message of accepting yourself to reach everyone—especially women who have been abused.  No matter your struggles or what you’ve experienced, you are worth something. Only when you realize that, can you empower yourself and your community. ‘Mutha Werk’ acknowledges our worth. Our worth is supreme.” 

Today, Dr. E is a professor of Literacy Studies, in the Department of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Cleveland State University, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Dr. E taught for two years at the University of Minnesota, and for nine years at Penn State University.  She has written or co-authored five academic books and detailed her life’s travails in her memoir, “PHD to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My LiFe” on New City Community Press.  She has also produced, performed and toured her one-woman play, which was adapted from her book by Dr. Mary Weems. Music and performance give Dr. E  ultimate joy and it is through her music, that she is now hoping to reach women and girls who may feel hopeless like she once did. A “Mutha Werk” video is slated for release in the coming months.

Downloading “Mutha Werk” at https://inspirationalsoulqueen.bandcamp.com/track/mutha-werk will fuel her non-profit foundation, Education Foundation for Freedom to empower women and girls vulnerable to human trafficking.

Dr. E belongs to a network of Hip Hop educators and activists and is the founder of The Ohio State University’s Hiphop Literacies Conference, as well as founder of a gender-focused club for teenaged girls, focusing on literacy education, which she hopes to spread throughout Columbus, Ohio.

Her awards include the Cleveland State University Distinguished Alumni Award for outstanding contributions to the profession, community and Cleveland State University, 2007; the Edward Fry Book Award from the National Reading Conference for African American Literacies in 2005; Fulbright Scholar Award Lecturing and Research, University of the West Indies, Mona, August-December, 2004; and Outstanding Book Award by National Communication Association for Understanding African American Rhetoric, co-editor with Dr. Ronald Jackson, 2004.

Dr. E is the “I AM” in everywoman. Read more about Dr. E’s amazing life at http://giveusfreerecords.com/ and http://www.phdtophd.com .

See her TedxOhioStateUniversity talk at http://phdtophd.com/phd-to-ph-d-tedxohiostateuniversity/ .