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Entrepreneurial College Professor Chad Rico Is a “Myth” Taking Hip Hop to a “New Level”

Richmond, CA – Chad Rico is a budding hip hop artist with a curriculum vitae of epic proportions. His new single release, “New Level,” on his label Gold & Gems, is not just a repetitive song refrain but a bold declaration from a music artist who is also a college math professor, entrepreneurial clothing manufacturer/designer, filmmaker and world traveler! “New Level” the debut single from his upcoming EP, titled “Myth,” is just the tip of a very deep iceberg from a young man who has been making mad, mythic moves since the age of three! The seven track EP is a collection of rap songs as varied as the 35 countries the 31-year-old has visited and reflect the flavor of his nuanced experiences.
A Belizean American, Chad’s legend began at birth when he was born in South Central Los Angeles, in the same hospital and at the same time as Grammy Award winning artist Kendrick Lamar. Currently repping for the Bay area, Chad’s family relocated to Northern California where he now resides. The esteemed UC Berkeley alumni attended the university on academic scholarship at the age of 16! With a B.A. in African American Studies and Applied Math, and a masters in math from San Francisco State University, Chad also spent eight months in London in a graduate business program. The intentional student turned teacher has taught math at Contra Costa College, City College San Francisco, Berkeley City College and College of Alameda. He turned down an offer to teach summer classes at his alma mater (UC Berkeley), opting out in lieu of world travel plans.

Chad started traveling at the age of three, when he boarded his first plane, alone. The experience had an empowering impact, influencing him to become a world explorer. He has visited every Disneyland around the globe except for the newest one in Shanghai. He has filled several passport books in a five-year span with vacations that include Belize City, Dakar and Barcelona.
The music business is a natural extension of Chad’s inventive persona. In addition to a music company, he has owned and operated his Gold & Gem clothing business for the past five years. He and his team design collectively and have created a fashion line of t-shirts, hoodies, crew necks and strapback hats that one can rock anywhere in the world. The young college professor is also working with legendary film producer Haqq Shabazz and has plans to executive produce and release a film next year. “Party Bus” will be based on his adventures and misadventures while traveling.
“I’ve always been a natural entrepreneur.  When I was seven, my friends and I would take blank sheets of paper and place them over characters in coloring books and trace them. We would then sell them to people on the street for 25 cents and advertise it as original artwork,” Chad reveals.”My expansion into the music business, especially as an artist, might seem odd to some, but I believe in pursuing all my passions and living to the fullest. Teaching, traveling and creating, whether its clothing, music or vacation itineraries, there are no limits to my explorations.”
While Chad’s debut release “New Level” from the new EP “Myth” marks his entry into the music game, another track, “Click Click” showcases the professor’s street edge with razor sharp lyrics. “Night in Barcelona” recounts one of many travel memories while “Workin,” a collaboration with Gold & Gems Records’ Kam Krzy, proves that Chad’s acumen is not limited to the classroom, with a flow that shoots real game.
Rap fans know that the Bay area is widely recognized for its cliques. Chad’s entourage, the Cash Register Crew, is headed by his brother, Deezy. An enterprising group of young men, they model themselves after Chad’s example, and in addition to music and business, they devote time to giving back to their Richmond, CA community. Cash Register Crew even started an AAU basketball team to give local youth an athletic outlet. Members of the crew have traveled out of the country, alongside Chad, and everyone has either graduated from college or is pursuing a college degree.
Rappers Kam Krzy and Chad

Cash Register Crew’s overall mission is to set a ‘new level’ gold standard to motivate the youth and their peers alike. Kam Krzy is the first indie artist release from the crew signed to Gold & Gems Records, having worked with various producers such as award-winning producer Michael Denton and Bay Area native producer Top. Kam’s first debut Ep is titled “Kam’s Krzy Modern Life.”

Hip hop has given rise to many myths, included LL Cool J, P Diddy and Jay Z. Chad Rico is laying claim to the next throne and he has all the skills to make the grade! Take a lesson from Chad at and on Instagram at @internationchadrico and get properly educated.

Child Actor Trayce Malachi Returns in Pivotal “STAR” Role on FOX TV as the Son of Transgender Character

Atlanta – At the dear ‘old’ age of eight, little actor Trayce Malachi is already a profoundly wise Hollywood star. His character range in just the short span of a couple of years rivals the roles of veterans far past his age. Television fans anxiously anticipate his return as Jayden, the son of transgender character Cotton, played by Amiyah Scott, the grandson of Carlotta, played by Queen Latifah, and the nephew of Aunt Cassie, played by Brandy, on season three of Fox’s top-rated series, “STAR.” However, in addition to “STAR,” the young actor has been busy racking up credits like candy! As the third child of three amazing thespian siblings, collectively known as #THR33T (3T), Trayce is making his mark in the industry and it’s already legendary.

#TeamTHR33T/ Left to Right: 
Twin sister Tari Ayana, Trayce Malachi & twin sister Talia Symone  
on the set of TV One’s “Sister Circle Live”
Trayce Malachi is the young brother of the acting twin duo, Talia Symone and Tari Ayana (Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow”). The eleven-year-old fraternal sisters initiated their journey as professional kid actors at the age of seven with their very first audition for roles on Tyler Perry’s “If Loving You Is Wrong.” Their influence on their baby brother Trayce is obvious, as he caught the acting bug early on at age six. Born on December 28, the same birthdate as Denzel Washington, it’s almost as if acting was predestined for him. Managed by their single parenting mother, Ty Baker, and represented by BYSB Talent Agency, the young trio, based in Atlanta, has quickly established their presence in Hollywood.
Transgender character Cotton, played by Amiyah Scott and her son Jayden, played by Trayce Malachi on the set of  “STAR”

In addition to breaking ground as the first young African American actor to play the child of a transgender person on television, Trayce’s film and television credits scale the breadth of roles as diverse as a preacher’s son to the son of an escaped slave. Trayce will make an appearance on CBS’s “MacGyver,” in the fifth episode of the upcoming third season, playing Calvin, who pretends to be the son of Wilt Bozer, portrayed by series regular Justin Hires. He made his major feature film debut this past April portraying Julian Pearson, son of Bishop Carlton Pearson, in the autobiographical Netflix original film, “Come Sunday.” “Tag,” the no-holds-barred comedy which hit theaters this past June, saw Trayce deliver a featured memorable moment in a crazy mall scene opposite film star, Jeremy Renner (“The Avengers”).

In “Emperor” which is slated for a 2019 release, we will find the young performer starring as Tommy Green, the son of Shields “Emperor” Green, played by Dayo Okeniyi (“The Hunger Games”), in a true story period piece that leads to the start of the Civil War while following the path of Emperor, an escaped slave. In the upcoming independent film feature, “Bricked,” Trayce continues to display his versatility by playing the son of a doctor portrayed by veteran actor T.C. Carson (“Living Single”). Trayce is also remembered as “the kid with the eyes” in the very last Toys R Us commercial, and has appeared in five different short films on Nick Jr.
Ty Baker is the hardworking and proud mother of the #THR33Ts. As a single mom, she juggles managing her children’s acting schedule with her own work schedule as a high school math teacher. In addition to acting, the three siblings maintain an active extracurricular itinerary that includes martial arts, the chess club, science fairs, basketball, swimming, camping, traveling, and more.
“Trayce never fails to astound me,” Baker lovingly reveals. “He is a straight ‘A’ student and reads two grades above his grade level. I have been his main acting coach and I’m always amazed how he can learn his lines so quickly and adapt to the nuances of each role. Even when he had to learn sign language for a potential role, he did so in one day! I knew he was gifted when he started walking at nine months and then reading at two years old. He has been doing his own laundry and making his own bed since he was three and he started riding a bike for the very first time without training wheels when he turned five!”
What are Trayce’s biggest goals right now? Well in addition to hoping to be cast in “Black Panther 2” and working with his idol, Denzel Washington, the astute young man hopes to book enough roles to hire a driver for his mom, so that she doesn’t have to drive him and his sisters around anymore and can enjoy riding along with them instead! He also wants to eventually start his own charitable organization that helps young boys like himself get whatever guidance, encouragement, and support they need to overcome any learning, social, or developmental challenges they may have. At the rate he is currently booking gigs, his dreams don’t seem very far off at all!
Follow Trayce Malachi across social media at @TrayceMalachi on Facebook, Instagram,  Twitter and YouTube and catch the new season of “STAR” on Fox on Wednesdays, beginning September 26.

Producer of Oprah’s Acclaimed Film, “Building A Dream” Turns Lens on Voter Suppression in “Let My People Vote”


LOS ANGELES/FLORIDA – While media pundits and other experts debate the impact Russia had on the 2016 election, a riveting short documentary exposing the harsh voter suppression laws that prohibit 6.1 million Americans from voting, “Let My People Vote,” is fast becoming a rallying call for youth to participate in the midterm elections. The film won an Audience Award at the Florida Film Festival and will be the subject of a conversation in Los Angeles at the Peacemaker Organizing & Awards Summit hosted by the Community Justice Reform Coalition and the LIVE FREE Campaign.

Directed by Gilda Ann Brasch of Los Angeles-based VUSI Filmworks,”Let My People Vote” will also be featured in The Color of Conversation Film Series, an extension of the prestigious Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival. It will be held June 29th at the American Film Institute Silver Theatre and Cultural Center located in the DC area.

“We are honored to be selected to participate in these landmark events, both of which seek to promote positive conversation on the issue of structural discrimination,” said Brasch.

“Let My People Vote” follows voting rights activist, Desmond Meade, as he mobilizes his team to help get Tampa residents to the polls. Meade discovers that a senior citizen they encouraged to go vote is unable to cast a ballot due to a suspended license violation from 1993. This situation struck home with Meade. He’s an ex-felon whose right to vote has not been restored even though he turned his life around many years ago.

Although he can’t vote, Meade still participates in the process. As president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition he helped to gather more than one million signatures to place Amendment 4, the Second Chances Voting Restoration Amendment, on the ballot this November.

Florida’s Jim Crow era voter suppression laws have a disparate impact on African Americans, Latinos and other minority groups. “About 1.7 million Floridians are disenfranchised,” adds Brasch. “The 2000 election was decided by 537 votes in Florida, so these votes clearly matter.”

During the midterm election cycle the filmmakers are working with partner organizations to host screenings paired with panel discussions designed to bring awareness to voter suppression and educate voters on Florida’s Amendment 4. Partners include: AFL-CIO of Central Florida, Latino Leadership Institute, LIVE FREE Campaign, United Faculty of Florida at the University of Central Florida, Orange County Teachers Association, Georgia and Florida Black Youth Vote, Levi Strauss Foundation, and the International Documentary Association. Musical artist and activist, Moby, contributed his new single “This Wild Darkness” (Mute Records), to the film.

An award-winning producer and director, Brasch tells tales of underdog heroes. She helped produce and direct Oprah Winfrey’s ABC primetime special, “Building A Dream,” the acclaimed documentary on The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in South Africa. Most recently Brasch executive produced five seasons of VH1’s hit franchise “Love & Hip Hop.” Inspired after meeting Nelson Mandela in South Africa, and filming in his prison cell of 27 years, Brasch founded VUSI Filmworks with a focus on filmmaking for social change.

For more information on the Peacemaker Organizing & Awards Summit at Google’s Venice office or The Color of Conversation visit or To view the trailer or schedule a screening visit

Filming Begins for Documentary About Pioneering Street Photographer Norman Bush


New York/Atlanta – An eclectic selection of art connoisseurs gathered in Atlanta last week as filming kicked off for a documentary about the unique artistry of Norman Bush, a pioneering street photographer who creates art by photographing bill postings on city walls and images of street scenes that relate historic events and powerful movements. Entitled, “Norman Bush: Post No Bills,” the taping took place during a special exhibit and conversation about his extensive photography collection.

“Long before Facebook, Instagram or even the Internet, people used the walls of New York City buildings to post announcements and social justice messages,” says “Norman Bush: Post No Bills” director, Ed Dessisso. “We hope to convey how Norman captured the moment that time, weather and the human need to communicate transformed into a torn and tattered third dimension with the texture and qualities of street art.”

Norman Bush’s photographs transport audiences through the streets of New York City for over more than a half-century. The atmospherically developed art is created from photographs of frayed pieces of posted notices and playbills plastered on buildings throughout the city. It documents “bill posting” as the pre-digital era social media, when social justice themes came to life on city walls.

“My father is a trendsetter. He was a street photographer decades before it became popular,” says Dr. Hector Bush, the photographer’s son and owner of Orthodontic Care of Georgia. “ In addition to creating collages, he captured moments in history that nobody would have ever considered extraordinary at the time.”

“For example, a photo taken in 2008 not far from Trump Towers garners a lot of interest. It’s a shot of a mural supporting the election of then Senator Barack Obama that reads: Make America Great Again Vote Barack Obama for President. Only a small group of New Yorkers know that slogan was used for Obama long before President Trump ran in 2016, my dad has the receipts,” adds the curator of the Bush Family Legacy.

Pieces displayed at the exhibit included “Malcolm Lives,” a 20-foot blow-up of the Audubon Ballroom with Malcolm X on the façade and a compelling photograph of impromptu memorials created after the 9/11 disaster. There was a huge digital wall with a slideshow featuring additional selections from the collection.

During the conversation, moderated by cultural curator and artist, Kevin Sipp, Norman Bush said his camera, “captured a running poster display, altered by time, weather, and passer-bys, of political and social events, the antiwar movement, the Civil Rights movement, the Women’s movement – all this was my material, my muse.”

Raised in segregated Louisville, Kentucky, Norman Bush’s interest in the arts professionally started during his service in the U.S. Air Force. After moving to New York to attend The American Academy of Dramatic Arts alongside classmates like Robert Redford, he went on to enjoy a 50-year career as an actor in stage, television and film productions in the US and abroad. His attraction to wall collages prompted him to purchase an old Leica 3B camera in early in 1965 which led to years of archiving wall-scapes throughout Manhattan.

“Norman Bush: Post No Bills” is produced by CFF Media and T8KITEZ Productions. The traveling photo exhibit, Post No Bills, is produced by The NUN Group. For more information about the film or to host a conversation and exhibit of the Norman Bush Collection visit or email busnor at

‘FlyingOver50’ Granny Pole Dancer Makeda Smith Continues to Elevate Mature Women with New MercVille Productions Music Video Release

Los Angeles – Grandmother, publicist and pole dancer Makeda Smith, the creator behind the blog-turned-movement, FlyingOver50, has once again teamed with Christina Villegas and Jeff Mercer, the owners of MercVille Productions, to create a mesmerizing pole dance music video. Filmed as part of the production company’s ongoing “Goddesses In Motion: A Pop Up Pole Video Shoot” series and produced by Flying Curves Dance Studio, the release catapults FlyingOver50’s continued quest to encourage ‘mature’ women to reclaim their femininity through dance, fitness and the art of simply moving their bodies. Directed by Villegas, the 57-year-old pole dancing granny fluidly rotates around a pole in nine-inch heel Pleaser Shoes while lusciously combining pole tricks with dance movement.


MercVille Productions’ Jeff Mercer filming on the “Goddesses In Motion” set with Makeda from FlyingOver50.

is Makeda’s third collaboration with MercVille Productions. The company first featured her last year in “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 in an effort to dispel myths and misconceptions around the growing art form. The working couple created the “Goddesses In Motion” pop-up video series as a platform for amateur pole dancers to experience being professionally filmed while performing to a song selection of their choice. The mini-productions result in a two-minute music video feature that the dancers can share across social media and with friends and family.

MercVille Productions’ Christina Villegas directing Makeda from FlyingOver50 on the “Goddesses In Motion” set.

Christina Villegas, a former reality show producer, who in conjunction with co-owning MercVille Productions also owns and operates Flying Curves Dance Studio, notes, “‘Goddesses in Motion” is another extension of my vision to propel women to be their best selves, regardless of what society tells us about size or age or color. Putting ‘everyday’ women in front of a camera and capturing their inner essence is what this work is about. When we see ourselves on film, it becomes an expansion process. The women actually get to ‘see’ another dimension of their beautiful selves expressed and amplified!”

In addition to running her Jazzmyne Public Relations agency, Makeda offers dance workshops, classes and private lessons to women, while targeting those 50 and older. She also blogs weekly at with positive affirmations that she combines with her pole and aerial photography. “The ‘Goddesses In Motion’ pop-up videos are an amazing opportunity offering artistic expression to women who normally would not have access to such a venture,” she explains. “As a veteran entertainment industry publicist, I have worked behind the scenes on sets with a host of well-known celebrities. It is a tremendous feeling to be in front of the camera and one that I wish every woman could experience. I share these videos with my social media followers in the hopes of inspiring all women, but particularly older women, to nurture their femininity and pursue their dreams without letting age become a factor. I personally believe that women, like wine, grow better with time and we can indeed fly over 50.”
Makeda is currently celebrating the 30th year anniversary of her agency, Jazzmyne Public Relations as she takes her FlyingOver50 pole and dance movement practice to new heights.
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Watch Makeda’s second “Goddesses In Motion” music video performed to “Inside My Love” by Delilah, on the FlyingOver50 YouTube channel at

Lowery Institute Change Agent Tank Winner, Madisyn Dudley, Receives Seed Money to Engage Black Youth in STEM


Atlanta, GA – In a time when the leadership of black women is being celebrated, Cheryl Lowery, president and CEO ofthe Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute (Lowery Institute), announced that Madisyn Dudley, a dual-degree engineering and computer science major, received funding to engage black youth in STEM as winner of the recent Change Agent Tank social innovation competition. The money awarded will allow the Clark Atlanta University honors student to start her year-round initiative during the upcoming Rising Change Agent Summer Leadership Camp June 4-15, 2018.

Dudley, who is a member of the Isabella T. Jenkins Honors Program and a research assistant studying the transfer of kinetic energy into electrical energy, plans to teach the 4th thru 8th graders attending the leadership camp about renewable energy. She will target middle and high school students during the regular school year.

“Madisyn is a rising leader in STEM,” said Lowery. “We’re excited about her project, It aligns perfectly with our Environmental Justice initiative and creates an on-going opportunity for us to engage young people on another platform to become leaders in their schools and community. Cultivating her type of innovative thinking is the goal of our Change Agent program.”

Other Change Agents awarded funds for projects are Eddie Hawkins, who will offer accredited certificates for social justice focused curriculums, and John Washington, who will produce a monthly podcast relating historical civil rights events to current events in social justice.

Modeled after the popular TV show, Shark Tank, Change Agent Tank encourages Lowery Institute student change agents with a social entrepreneurial mindset to combine their social justice interests with critical business skills to create transformational initiatives and movements. Once the submissions are narrowed to five students from Atlanta area colleges, each participant receives advance coaching from experts to help them assemble their presentation. They pitch their projects to leaders in the business and social justice community who provide valuable feedback and select the winners.

Notable local business leaders serving as judges were: Gail Nutt, GNutt Consulting; Scott Satterwhite, William-Josef Foundation; Aaron Turpeau, 3 T Unlimited; and Harriette Watkins, The Watkins Group. Blake Osborne, operations manager, Lowery Institute , and Mike Watson, a 2016 Change Agent Tank Winner and student at Morehouse College, served as MCs for the evening.

Media and community relations manager for Publix Super Markets’. Atlanta Division, Brenda Reid, was back again this year to present an additional donation of $7,500 from the Food For All Campaign, a register collection program at Publix Super Markets, to support, Mimi’s Pantry, which was established by the 2016 Change Agent Tank winner in response to the growing number of students who often go without food. The pantry currently serves over 100 students weekly.

The two-week Servant Leadership Camp gives 4th thru 8th graders the opportunity to receive leadership training in social justice, human rights, government and voter responsibility. Campers create social justice projects, go on field trips and are exposed to collegiate life on a prominent HBCU campus. Camp runs 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday and cost $250 per week and includes t-shirt, meals and field trip. For more information, phone: 404-524-8406 or email:

The Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice & Human Rights isa 501 C 3 non-profit organization established to ensure the continuity of the advocacy of Dr. Joseph E. Lowery and his late wife 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.

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Inspirational Sports Author Richard LoPresto To Donate 500 “Old Timers Day” Books To Central Church During Speaking Engagement

Las Vegas – Inspirational author and sports enthusiast, Richard LoPresto put readers on notice during the World Series when his Celestial Baseball Association announced plans to make a film based on his baseball book, “Old Timers DayAs Told by God to Richard LoPresto.” An epic tale about the forces of “Good vs. Evil,” the book was inspired by and takes place at Central Church, a beautiful non-denominational megachurch headquartered in Henderson, Nevada. LoPresto will make his debut speaking appearance at Central Church on May 5 and May 6, 2018, during the 5:00 p.m. PT service on Saturday and the 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. PT services on Sunday. The engagement will be marked by his gifting of 500 autographed books toward the fundraiser to provide summer camp scholarships to children in need. The event will take place live during all four weekend experiences and will be available on demand beginning Sunday morning at

In “Old Timers Day,” God Almighty and Satan the Devil face off and select their own major league baseball teams comprised of illustrious players, living and dead. Each agrees that once the game is in progress, neither of them can have anything whatsoever to do with the end result. The beloved pastime transforms into an extreme sport of ‘Winner Takes All’ as the instant the game is over, the loser, God Almighty or Satan the Devil, will be stricken from the mind of man and from the annals of history forever! The great game takes place at the legendary Ebbets Field in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York.

“Old Timers Day” packs its storyline with amazing baseball tidbits and interesting historical facts, dating all the way back from the inception of baseball to the present. With the opposing teams comprised of over 100 of the greatest baseball players of all time, including players from the Negro League Baseball, joined by celebrated managers, umpires, coaches and announcers, the reader is immersed in a baseball history lesson. Veteran filmmaker Foster Corder has secured the film rights to “Old Timers Day” and recently completed the screenplay.
Veteran filmmaker Foster Corder
Author Richard LoPresto is a well-respected baseball aficionado who knows the game. “God literally gave me the vision for this book while I was sitting inside Central Church,” reveals LoPresto. “I am deeply humbled to have witnessed with my own eyes, here on the church’s campus,the compelling saga that is revealed within the pages of the book! I am overjoyed to be able to share not only that life changing experience with the congregation but to also donate copies of the book knowing that young lives will be impacted with the knowledge of this tremendous family game.”
“Old Timers Day” took LoPresto over seven years to complete. The author spent the last couple of years writing from a wheelchair and in rehabilitation on a walker and then a cane after suffering a debilitating injury. He reveals that God’s voice kept him inspired even throughout the painful ordeal. “My injury actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Where some might have questioned God’s intention, I never did. Those last couple of years provided me a great opportunity to focus on completing the book while allowing God to heal me,” expresses Richard. “And through the grace and favor of my Lord and Savior and with the patient assistance of my best friend and mentor, Jerry Schafer, the award winning writer, producer, and director, I was able to fulfill my mission.”
Founded in 1962, Central Church operates a 148,000-square-foot church building in Henderson, NV with ten additional locations around the world and a thriving online ministry including their God Behind Bars prison outreach program. Listed as the ninth largest church in the United States with a weekly attendance of over 21,000, the church’s mission is to “Introduce people to Jesus and help them follow Him.” Jud Wilhite is the dynamic senior pastor of the broadcast location.

“Richard is one of our esteemed ‘Generosity Rockstars,'” cites Geoff Sage, CFO and Pastor of Generosity and Giving at Central Church. “It has been astonishing to watch God work his plan through him. ‘Old Timers Day’ is an extraordinary read and God’s voice and vision echoes in every word. We are excited to have him share his personal testimony and broadcast it around the world. His generous literary donation of books toward our fundraising campaign is an extra added blessing.”
“Old Timers Day As Told by God to Richard LoPresto” may in fact be of one of the best baseball stories ever told. The book is available on . Watch the book trailer here
Listen to Richard LoPresto’s Central Church presentation at
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26-Year-Old David Busby Survives Gun Violence and Lands Debut Role on Bounce TV’s “Saints and Sinners”

Atlanta – When viewers watch young, upcoming actor David Busby in his debut recurring role on the third season of Bounce TV’s sizzling series “Saints and Sinners,” they are witnessing the passion of a young man who has had his own personal run-in with real life saints and sinners. Working alongside the show’s veteran stars, including Vanessa Bell Calloway, Clifton Powell and Keith Robinson, most would never guess that twice in two years, the determined 26-year-old thespian almost lost his life to street gun violence.
The first time Busby was shot was July 10, 2016. He was at a local laundromat in Inglewood, CA when a gunman aimed on him close range firing seven shots and hitting him. Then again, on May 6, 2017, Busby’s life was almost snatched for the second time. While in front of his grandparent’s Inglewood home, a car pulled up just 15 feet away and opened fired on him with an assault rifle. With a total of 18 shots were fired, four bullets hit David’s car and one pierced his head. These traumatizing ordeals would have pushed many into despondency and depression, but instead they fueled Busby to live his life to fullest.
Actor David Busby on the set of “Saints and Sinners” pictured left to right:   recording artist / actor Black Child, David Busby (center) and Clifton Powell

The remarkable survivor is now racking up the kind of notable acting credits it takes many industry newcomers years to book! He has secured four episodes on the third season of “Saints and Sinners,” portraying Profit, a villain who is the perfect menace to society. In addition, Busby has landed a coveted role in the upcoming original BET miniseries, “The Bobby Brown Story” slated for airing later this year. Busby will play Billy, the long-time friend of R&B icon Bobby Brown.

“David Busby is a remarkable talent,” cites Christopher Young, talent agent at BYSB Talent Agency. “BYSB signed him immediately upon auditioning him. His unfortunate life experiences have propelled something magnetic in him. His determination to succeed is so palatable you can taste it.”
An Inglewood, California native, now living in Atlanta, Busby was raised by his school teacher grandmother and jazz musician grandfather. Church played an important role in his childhood and he always believed he was destined to do great things. After two near death experiences, Busby decided that time was now. He always felt drawn to acting and finally decided to seriously pursue it.
“My two brushes with death pushed me to live. It’s crazy because when I think about it, I’m not supposed to be here, but I am. When I changed my mind and my thoughts, my world changed. Today, just a year after being shot for the second time, I’m working side by side with actors I looked up too while growing up. But it’s not just about me. I want to let others know, especially those my age who are going through something bad, that there is good out there. There is hope. Your situation and your circumstances can change for the better and it doesn’t have to take forever for that to happen,” expresses Busby.
“Never giving up is the key,” continues Busby. “I once modeled myself behind man and man is flawed, so I’ve really been aligning myself to that which I feel in my heart is true. God is my truth and I model myself behind that and continue to grow and live in it.”

David Busby is a self-realized saint who was almost destroyed by sinners. He serves as an amazing example of perseverance, strength and vision. Catch him on this season of “Saints and Sinners” and look out for him in “The Bobby Brown Story.” This young man is making moves, and nothing can stop him now!
Follow David Busby’s journey on Instagram at @nonregular .

Vocalist Sandra Booker Tributes Sarah Vaughan At Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Jazz Grill

Los Angeles – When jazz vocalist Sandra Booker first burst onto the Los Angeles music scene in the 90’s, the comparisons to the legendary Sarah Vaughan came fast and furious. Her stirring, soulful renditions didn’t just mimic the melodious icon, they seemed to channel her. On Sunday, April 22, Booker will pay a unique homage to her muse with “Forever Sassy: The Divine Music of Sarah Vaughan” at the popular performance venue, the Vibrato Jazz Grill.  Described as a love letter to one of the great ladies of swing, scat and song, Booker now sadly shares more in common with Vaughan than she had initially dreamed.
Vaughan passed away from lung cancer in April of 1990. Booker is currently in her own battle with the deadly disease. Her loving tribute is slated to benefit Jazz Musicians Against Cancer. A premier jazz and dining space, Vibrato Jazz Grill, owned by music industry icon Herb Alpert, is located at 2930 Beverly Glen Circle, Los Angeles. The show will run from 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tickets to the show are available at or by calling (310) 474-9400.
Booker will pay reverence to Vaughan, known as the “Queen of Bebop,” with royal treatment. The high-octane musical celebration will honor the magnificent voice, style and career of Vaughan with feature selections spanning the diva’s 40 plus year career, covering the familiar to more obscure numbers. Joining Booker is her “5tet” featuring Andy Langham on piano, Edwin Livingston on electric and acoustic bass, Tony Pulizzi playing guitar, and Thomas White on drums.
Sarah Vaughan was undeniably the voice of bebop and so much more. From the intimacy of nightclubs to the vastness of the orchestra stage, she was a musical force to be reckoned with. She was a four-time Grammy Award winner, including the “Lifetime Achievement Award.” The National Endowment for the Arts bestowed upon her its “highest honor in jazz,” the NEA Jazz Masters Award in 1989.
Booker is highly respected for her own virtuosic scat ability, impeccable timing and phrasing, crystalline tone and bold musical individuality, placing her in a league of her own.  She has been the voice of major advertising campaigns including Coca-Cola and Ralph Lauren. The New Orleans native embraces traditional jazz while incorporating gospel, R&B, neo-soul, tropical, and classical influences into her style combined with precise intonation, uncompromising vocal agility and a sophisticated musical sense of style. Frank Collett, who served as Vaughan’s musical director and pianist in the 80s, and also co-produced Booker’s debut cited, “If there’s anyone to compare to Sarah Vaughan, Sandra is it.”
In 2016, Booker established the Jazz Musicians Against Cancer (JMAC) fund to provide no-cost concerts to cancer patients, families and friends, as part of her “Music is Medicine” campaign and tour. “Cancer has the been the most painful and beautiful gift I’ve ever received, and I get to live my NOW life. Music has always been a powerful healing balm and artists like Sarah Vaughan have provided me nourishment and joy on my journey. I’m so looking forward to my “Jazz on Sunday” event at Vibrato Jazz Grill and I hope my music continues to carry on the legacy of healing for others.”
“Forever Sassy: The Divine Music of Sarah Vaughan” at the Vibrato Jazz Grill will be an evening to remember! For more show information and tickets, go to .
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Promo for Sandra Booker’s “Forever Sassy:
The Divine Music of Sarah Vaughan”

57-Year-Old Publicist and Grandmother, Makeda Smith Inspires During National Women’s History Month With Release of Pole Dance Performance Video

Los Angeles – Veteran entertainment industry publicist, Makeda Smith, made international headlines last year – not for her acumen as a press agent with her agency, Jazzmyne Public Relations, but for her remarkable pole dancing skills via her dance brand FlyingOver50, a blog-turned-movement that has inspired legions of older women to reclaim what she describes as their ‘divine femininity.’  The pole dancing grandmother recently joined forces with Christina Villegas and Jeff Mercer, the owners of MercVille Productions, to celebrate National Women’s History Month by creating a pole dance video that she hopes continues to motivate her ‘over 50’ followers across social media and her blog.
Filmed as part of the “Goddesses In Motion: A Pop Up Video Shoot” series and produced by Flying Curves Dance Studio, the dancing diva performs pole acrobatics in nine inch heels, defying mainstream notions about grannies and aging!

Pole dancing publicist and granny Makeda Smith
MercVille Productions first featured Makeda last year in “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. The working couple invited Makeda to participate in their “Goddesses In Motion” pop-up video series, with the notion to continue to showcase pole performers as the recognition of pole dance and aerial art swells as respected fitness regimens.
Cites Christina Villegas, a former reality show producer, who also owns and operates Flying Curves Dance Studio, “Providing a global platform to reveal the compelling stories of women who have evolved through pole dancing is one of my many passions. Makeda’s “Goddesses In Motion” performance was a joy to direct and film. She proves that aging is what you make it and not what society tells you to do with it!”
MercVille Productions in action!

A dance movement teacher, with seven years of study under her belt, Makeda offers private lessons, workshops and classes to all women, but targets those 50 and older. Participants in her sessions have ranged in ages from 20 to 85 years old! She also blogs weekly at with positive affirmations that she combines with her pole and aerial photography.  Just recently the dance maven presented at the K.I.S.S Women’s Retreat (Keep Inspiring Strong Sistahs), an event produced by celebrity hair stylist Stephanie Danine, that was hosted by Fox News’ Leah Uko, with keynote speakers, gospel singer and reality star, Tina Campbell and business woman and mother of singers Beyoncé and Solange Knowles, Tina Knowles-Lawson.

Makeda, who’s been featured in publications that include Prevention Magazine,, People Magazine South Africa, and Love Sunday Magazine in London, comments, “My journey has morphed into a movement among older demographics because it is actually about movement! We as women naturally stop moving as we age. Stress and depression makes us want to sit still. When you get up and move your body, your spirit rises up and follows. I tell women in my FlyingOver50 flow movement classes, start with your hips and just shake them. A woman who shakes her hips can shake up the world! Society tries to make us feel less than, but we are actually more – more knowledgeable, more wiser and more sexier even!”
Makeda is currently celebrating the 30th year anniversary of her agency, Jazzmyne Public Relations. Her ability to successfully maintain her professional persona as one the industry’s most respected public relations experts while defying the norm with her pole and dance movement practice is just one of the many ways she continues to inspire women to “Fly Over 50.”
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Watch Makeda dance to “Gangsta” by Kehlani’s on YouTube.

FlyingOver50 Pole Dance Video to Kehlani's
FlyingOver50 Pole Dance Video to Kehlani’s “Gangsta”

New Blockchain Game Fishbank Celebrates Big Catch with Over 200,000 Users



New York – The alpha version of the new crypto collectibles blockchain game Fishbank is steadily hooking new players in its fun filled cyber waters.  Fishbank recently celebrated serving more than 200,000 users with 1200+ ETH (over one million USD) in total turnover on the Ethereum Rinkeby smart contracts.  The game has garnered huge hype and its official stable launch is planned for March 18 on Ethereum Mainnet. The Fishbank beta version launch has raised the value of game asset tokens up 200%. ChatRobotic, the team behind Fishbank, is famous all over the world for its chat bot games on the messenger platforms including Telegram, Kik and Facebook Messenger, with more than 500,000 players and 2.5 million messages sent daily.

Fishbank is a massively addictive multiplayer PvP (player-versus-player) battle game on blockchain with the sole aim to grow the biggest fish and dominate the “decentralized food chain.” Catching a crypto fish in Fishbank is almost like fishing in real life — you never know what you’ll get, and the chance to hook a legendary ‘species’ is one in 5000. Every game asset is an ERC-721 token stored in the Ethereum network that can be sold or transferred just like any other cryptocurrency.

A partnership with OPSkins, the world’s largest marketplace for safely and securely buying and selling digital items, was announced recently that allows the trade of crypto fish tokens to over 10 million active users!  One of Fishbank’s early celebrity adopters is Stefano Oppo, an Olympic athlete and Italian national team rower, who is training a couple of the legendary crypto sharks to become champions.

Fishbank is in constant development daily with new updates. The beta release features a list that includes an innovative fighting algorithm, faster cool down periods and a batch of newfangled crypto fish species to bait. Players are now allowed to use special modifiers for crypto fish tokens to temporarily boost their characteristics, thereby implementing a number of new play strategies and elevating the excitement factor.  Modifiers can be found in game chests that are also traded on the market with ERC-721 tokens.

Anyone can preorder certain fish species for the stable release of the game with 5% discounts in effect till March 10.  After the game is officially launched, the only way to get a fish is to catch a random one (approximately 0.03 ETH / 26.00 USD for a try) or buy directly from other players on an integrated marketplace.

The most powerful creatures in the Fishbank game are the crypto whales that recently became available for preorder with prices starting from 15 ETH (13,098.11 USD).  Only 100 whales will be pre-minted for the game, therefore the chance to catch one in the game after its launch is one in a million.  This means that there will be approximately 30,000 ETH (26,107,799.64 USD) in tickets sold to give a birth for a new whale.

ChatRobotic recognizes its mission as creating a solid motivation to educate a wide range of users on how to use cryptocurrency and digital wallets through fun and gamification. As cited in their mission statement, “games have always played an undoubtedly significant role in the early adoption of almost every complex technology.”

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Event Host Kevin Rouse Announces 2018 Party Calendar with Comedienne Luenell’s Birthday Bash

Los Angeles – After hosting “The Bootsy Collins Players Ball Hi-On-Heels House Party and Video Shoot,” deemed one of the flyest Hollywood affairs on Grammy Night, Kevin Rouse and his Rouse House Entertainment have announced a  2018-line up of events designed to keep Los Angelenos excited, engaged and entertained.  Next up is the the Comedienne Luenell’s Celebrity Black Carpet Birthday Bash 2018. The celebration will be held Sunday, March 11 at the historic Globe Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The Globe Theater is located at 740 S. Broadway and the event starts at 7:00 p.m.
Everyone knows Luenell is known for her bold and no holds barred tongue and Rouse is making sure the party will reflect her flamboyance and panache.  “Black Excellence” is the theme for the night and the performers will include some of best classic hit makers, including Kid N Play, Bow Legged Lou, Troop, Michel’le, The MGJ Girls (The Mary Jane Girls), Mikki Howard, Norwood Young and comedian Sinbad.  Brazilian and burlesque dancers will add additional ambience to the night.  “Birthday celebrations are very important to me,” cites Luenell, “And I don’t trust mine to anyone but Kevin Rouse.” 

Premier event host Kevin Rouse and comedienne Luenell
Rouse has joined forces with longtime friends and promoters Roland Wirt and Don Derbigny to continue presenting Los Angeles’ longest running “Grown & Sexy” events.  Their Brand New First Fridays is celebrating 17 years now! This event provides Los Angeles professionals a quality venue for upscale nightlife entertainment.  This year the trio has planned a special “Grown & Sexy Nightlife Voyage.”
“The Bootsy Collins Players Ball Hi-On-Heels House Party and Video Shoot,” presented in association with Honeycomb Entertainment Productions and held at Ohm Nightclub in Hollywood last January, launched the year in a big way for Rouse House Entertainment. In a rare West Coast appearance, the heroic bass god himself, William “Bootsy” Collins, was joined by the legendary hip hop personality Bishop Don Juan, alongside celebrity friends and family as he shot a video for his new single release, “Hi-On-Heels.”  The video release will serve to memorialize the magic from that evening.
Kevin Rouse, Rouse House Entertainment; Bootsy Collins and A’Queen Kaitina Lee,  Honeycomb Entertainment   Productions

Rouse, along with business partner, Pernell Clark, are reputed for producing one of the largest “All Black Attire” events in the country, held for the past several years at the prestigious Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. This year however, the duo will take a break from the Black Party and focus on Rouse’s “LA Night” event.  “LA Night” launches this year with the best of the best in comedy, live entertainment and DJ fueled dancing, offering what Rouse calls, “A Live Fresh New Perspective.”

Also, this July, Rouse and his lovely wife Schvone Rouse, along with business partner Jaysee Coney, will host their annual community affair, “The Light Bright Damn Near White Gala 2018 Nobody Parties like Pacoima” affair. This significant gathering honors Pacoima’s coaches, sports figures and community leaders and donates a portion of the event proceeds for uniforms and equipment for community’s little league teams.

Rouse has been successfully producing quality entertainment for over 20 years at some of Los Angeles’ premier venues, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, OHM Nightclub and the Globe Theater.   Plan to join him by checking out the links below for more event information: