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.

Marcus Darc Hurts ‘Em Bad with “Hail Mary” Tupac Rap Challenge

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Los Angeles – With the 20th anniversary of Tupac’s passing being acknowledged throughout the hip hop community, former Death Row artist, multi-platinum songwriter, producer and R&B stunner, Marcus Darc has added his video release to the growing number of contenders in the “Hail Mary Tupac Rap Challenge.”
Lending his trademark ‘X-plicit’ twist to the mix, Marcus goes ‘Darc’ in the video release and calls out the women of “Love and Hip Hop,” most specifically Moniece Slaughter from “Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood,” inviting her to ‘cum’ with him. Lyricist Smovee Smoov layers the solid production with his unique rap fire.

Moniece Slaughter from
“Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood”

Darc’s latest R&B offering “Twisted,” on Lucky Entertainment is in part produced by super producer Hurt M Badd. Hurt M Badd and Darc have been writing and producing since their days together in the group B-Rezell on Death Row Records, when the two were label mates with Tupac. Badd produced Tupac’s “Makaveli” album and is often acknowledged for his work on Pac’s singles “Hail Mary,” “Me & My Girlfriend” and “Just Like Daddy,” from the classic CD.

Darc’s single for “The Greatest,” from the “Twisted” project, is currently in heavy digital radio rotation and unabashedly boasts his steamy sexual prowess, as he stirs passion and heat with tales of his magic stick. The even steamier video for the single is slated to drop soon.
Check out Marcus Darc’s “Hail Mary” challenge at https://youtu.be/dvRBwujzgwQ

Adorn Beauty Enhancements Celebrates Three Year Anniversary with a NAAF Fundraiser during Alopecia Areata Awareness Month

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Atlanta – September marks two special occasions for beauty consultant and hair specialist, Archia Hall-Owens, better known as ChiChi Owens, the owner of Adorn Beauty Enhancements. ChiChi is not only celebrating her three-year anniversary in business, but she is also bringing heightened appreciation to Alopecia Areata Awareness Month. To commemorate both, ChiChi has committed to donating $25 for every custom wig sold during the month of September to The National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF).

ChiChi has had her own personal experience with combating hair loss. Relaxers, coloring, braiding and hair glue all played a part in waning her hairline. The matter was exacerbated when she could never find a wig that properly fit her smaller sized head, so she started gluing wefts of hair into stocking caps back in 2000. Her wig designs gave her a new felt since of confidence while she worked on stimulating the regrowth of her hair.
ChiChi was pleasantly surprised by the compliments and requests she got from women wanting her to provide custom wigs for them as well! She launched Adorn Beauty Enhancements as a central one-stop location for all things make-up and hair. The shop is located in Atlanta and online at http://adornbeautyenhancements.com/  .
A beauty industry veteran with 15 years of experience, ChiChi originally obtained degrees in human resource management and psychology. She has found that both fields come into play when dealing with clients who are tackling issues of self-esteem and confidence due to hair loss and alopecia. After working in corporate for 10 years, doing weaves and make-up part time for friends and family, she finally decided to enroll in cosmetology school at the Fayette Beauty School, and later open her own business. Her passion for hair loss led her to the renowned Toni Love Training Center where she received her non-surgical Hair Loss Certification.
Unlike wigs found in retail stores, ChiChi’s exclusive line of custom medical wigs and hair prosthetics are specifically designed for the woman with little or no hair. The designs are partially or totally hand tied or sewn on with a sewing machine, with a smaller cap and a base that is specifically designed to not irritate a sensitive scalp.
Adorn Beauty’s exclusive line of custom medical quality wigs are for all nationalities and are designed for a totally natural and completely undetectable appearance; from the amount of hair in the cap, to how the hair moves when the wig is worn. Adorn’s medical custom wig prices start at $500, with custom fashion wigs starting at $100 excluding the hair.
“Something like losing one’s hair may not readily sound like a big deal, but our hair is essentially our crown, especially for women,” explains Owens. “That’s why I’m so grateful to organizations like NAAF that continually provide guidance, counseling and assistance to those effected by alopecia areata. I have found that many people are completely unaware of Alopecia Areata Awareness Month, so I’m thrilled to be able to celebrate my business anniversary while drawing attention to the dedicated month. I am fulfilled knowing that I am assisting with helping to heal hearts and heads with my knowledge, care and beautiful wig designs.”
About The National Alopecia Areata Foundation
The National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF) serves the community of people affected by an autoimmune skin disease called alopecia areata that results in hair loss and emotional pain. NAAF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1981 and headquartered in San Rafael, CA. NAAF supports research to find a cure or acceptable treatment for alopecia areata, supports those with the disease, and educates the public about alopecia areata.
About Alopecia Areata
Alopecia Areata is the most common autoimmune disease, affecting over 6.8 million Americans and 147 million people worldwide. It manifests with total or partial loss of scalp and body hair. There currently is no cure, and no treatment that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
For more information about The National Alopecia Areata Foundation, find them at https://www.naaf.org/  .
To purchase Adorn Beauty Enhancements’ custom wigs, go to http://adornbeautyenhancements.com/ .  Reach ChiChi Owens on Facebook at We_Adorn and on Instagram and Twitter at   @we_adorn.

Author Terry E. Hill Says Vote “The Committee” Relaunches Novel about The First Black Female President With a Twitter Election Campaign & Book Trailer

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San Francisco – When bestselling author Terry E. Hill initially released his political stunner The Committee” on Urban Renaissance, an imprint of Kensington Publishing Corp., late last year, the idea of a female presidential candidate was still just a possibility and not a reality. Now almost eight months later, Hillary Clinton is the first female presidential nominee for a major U.S. political party. With current headlines surrounding the campaign reeking of scandal, controversy and devious manipulations, Hill knew it was time to reintroduce his work to book lovers.

“The Committee” is an enthralling tale that reveals the behind the scenes circumstances surrounding the making of the first Black female president. Though written as a fiction, considering the current political landscape, readers will wonder how far from the truth the book actually is. Hill has released a new trailer to promote “The Committee” and is launching a social media campaign to heighten awareness of this captivating tale.
Hill will tweet tantalizing teaser tidbits from “The Committee” starting Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5 during Labor Day weekend in a “Vote The Committee Twitter Election Campaign.” Highlighting the twists, turns and turmoil from the book that almost mirror current real life headlines, Hill will tag each passage with the hashtag #VoteTheCommitee and invite tweeters to repost the passage, adding their own political hashtags.  Three readers with the most retweets will each win a personally autographed copy of “The Committee.” The campaign will be promoted on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/terry.e.hill.9?fref=ts as well on the author’s page at www.terryehill.com .
“The Committee” twirls Illuminati conspiracy, New Orleans voodoo, American politics and a gay affair subplot mixing a delicious blend of characters in a series of synchronized occurrences. The newly released book trailer forThe Committee,” at https://youtu.be/6gR30rWmzXQ, is produced by Markus Watson, the production genius behind Your Video Ninja (www.yourvideoninja.com). The production vividly portrays the key highlights from the read and adds a sense of riveting potency to the overall literary experience.
“As a writer,” cites Hill, “I am particularly excited about the new book trailer. I ultimately envision ‘The Committee’ as a major motion film and the trailer beckons that reality. Markus Watson captures the excitement of my book in 85 succinct seconds! I’m almost compelled to reread my own work!”
In “The Committee,” Camille Ernestine Hardaway is the first African American female mayor of Los Angeles and she has it all – stunning good looks, power, a seemingly devoted husband and influential allies. ‘The Committee’ has decided that she will be the first Black female President of the United States and will stop at nothing to ensure their rising candidate reaches the White House.
Author Terry E. Hill

Author Terry E. Hill works hypnosis with the written word as he winds the reader deeper down a sinister rabbit hole with each chapter. The Committee’s” lethal combination of drama, intimidation, mysticism and murder make for a most intoxicating political thriller, especially when we find out that the secret society behind the country’s biggest political figures is a mysterious New Orleans family of Creole women who have headed ‘The Committee’ for over 150 years. It is they who in fact control the men mistaken to be the country’s power brokers.

‘The Committee’ has selected every US president since James Monroe and controls much of the country’s economy. When they make the decision that the United States is not only ready for a Black woman president, but also select her, the phrase, ‘hell hath no fury like a woman scorned’ takes on new and insidious meaning.
“The Committee” is Hill’s fourth novel. “Come Sunday Morning” was his first book, followed by “When Sunday Comes Again” in 2012 and “The Last Sunday” in 2013. The publisher consolidated Hill’s first two books into one and re-released it in 2014 as “The Come Sunday Morning Saga.” Hill’s novels have been selected as “must- reads” by BET.com and “best books of the year” by various bookstores and book clubs throughout the country. “The Come Sunday Morning Saga” has been acquired by more than 10,000 libraries in the U.S., Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Hill has developed a significant and very loyal audience who eagerly await each new release. Elev8.com, an online property of Hello Beautiful, profiled the author as the next E. Lynn Harris for his clever storytelling and LGBT subplots. Hill’s writings are amazing works of fiction that continuously stir conversation on important topics nationwide.
Purchase “The Committee” on Amazon.com and wherever books are sold. Visit the author’s website at http://www.terryehill.com/ .
Follow Terry E. Hill on Twitter at @MrTerryEHill and on Facebook at Terry E. Hill and #VoteTheCommittee now!
Go presidential with the trailer at https://youtu.be/6gR30rWmzXQ.

Don’t Get It “Twisted” Marcus Darc’s New R&B Release Is X-plicitly Delicious

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Los Angeles – Multi-platinum songwriter, producer and R&B charmer Marcus Darc has been droppin drawers and making panties wet since the 80’s when he formed his first group in Chicago, R-Kelly & MGM.  As one of the original new school sexy soul singers, his signature sound has ‘erected’ a body of work that has all ways and always catered to what women want to hear.   Darc possesses no inhibitions when he writes, produces and performs for his target audience of females. Yet unlike most of today’s hip hop lyricists, who shun sentiment over gratuitous sex, Darc sensuously aims for hearts and hips, swaying them with synchronized satisfaction. “Twisted,” on Lucky Entertainment, his latest musical release since dropping “Pretty Woman” in 2013, is perhaps unprecedented in its aural explicitness. Darc leaves very little to the imagination when wooing and cooing his love interests, while inciting fantasy and fervor to a fever pitch.

“Twisted” is loaded with 13 shades of succulent seduction. Darc dedicates the production to Prince, his primary influence in the art of acoustic eroticism. Multi-platinum producer, Hurt M Badd, produced most of the project, including the first single release “The Greatest,” which is currently sweeping digital radio in heavy rotation. Hurt M Badd and Darc have been writing and producing since their days together in the group B-Rezell on Death Row Records, when the two were signed to the label. Badd produced Tupac’s “Makaveli” album and is often acknowledged for his work on Pac’s singles “Hail Mary,” “Me & My Girlfriend” and “Just Like Daddy,” from the classic CD. Chicago’s own Grammy nominated mastering engineer Slavic Livins, known for his work with Snoop Dogg, Common, Chief Keef and Avant, also lent his mixing talent and expertise to the project.    
Multi-platinum producer Hurt M Badd and R&B crooner Marcus Darc
photo credit: Don Davis aka Dr.Luv / http://eyesofluvphotography.com  
“Collaborating with Hurt M Badd after all these years was great,” offers Darc about the musical process and vision for “Twisted.” “Badd knows as well as anybody, how I have always been an advocate for the ladies. A lot of artists sing ‘at’ them, I sing ‘to’ them. My music was considered too explicit back in the day, but now the musical arena is pretty much no holds barred. Time has finally caught up to a vision I had years ago. My mission to tastefully tease and please has come full circle, and “Twisted” is really not twisted at all anymore. I have always stated that women are sexual creatures and they crave music that acknowledges them as such.”
“The Greatest,” the debut single from “Twisted,” currently in heavy digital radio rotation release, unabashedly boasts Darc’s steamy sexual prowess, as he stirs passion and heat with tales of his magic stick. “XX” is a seductive invitation to ‘cum’ along with Darc, while “Let It Out” is a bounce-flavored ode to freakiness. “I know You Want Dis Luv” is a candid disclosure about the pleasures of self-induced romancing while “Shake A Lil Azz” is a classic twerk-a-thon anthem. “If Only” explores forbidden lust and “J.O.” unveils and details a cautionary tale of confessional gratification.
Darc’s musical legacy is quite extensive. His recent in-depth interview on Bomb1st.com (https://youtu.be/_rtXADa0Xbs), where the artist/entertainer highlighted his industry exploits over the years, has garnered over 11,500 listens. During the interview, Darc discusses his uncanny knack for tapping new talent, i.e. R. Kelly, Hurt M Badd and even Jamie Foxx, (who Darc was about to replace R. Kelly with in the group MGM, before Foxx booked “In Living Color”) to his never before revealed run-ins with notorious Death Row founder Suge Knight.  Part 2 of the interview session is slated to post soon.
Jamie Foxx and Marcus Darc

Over the years, Darc has shared the stage as a performer with R-Kelly, Snoop Dogg, and Frankie Beverly & Maze, to name a few. His “My Pretty Woman” CD was a pinnacle achievement for him, showcasing his profound development as an artist. Songs like “So Many Wayz,” “Beautiful,” and “Touch U” were laced with live instrumentals, luscious vocals and evocative refrains, painting a tapestry of devotion to women and the art of loving them. While “Pretty Woman” was “G” rated, “Twisted” revels in a more explicit homage to the opposite sex.

Twist in carnal delight with Marcus Darc. Get “Twisted” on iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1126486380?ls=1&app=itunes, at Apple Music  http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1126486380 and wherever online music is sold. Friend Marcus Darc on Facebook at Marcus Darc and on Instagram at @MarcusDarc.

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.