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Angelyne Butler Defeats Incumbent to Become First Black Mayor in Forest Park

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Forest Park, Georgia made history this week when newcomer Angelyne Butler won 65% of the votes to defeat incumbent Mayor David Lockhart making her the first African American to lead the largest city in Clayton County which includes the former Fort Gillem Army base. Other local election winners include the current city councilman Dabouze Antoine (Ward 2), and Kimberly James was elected city councilwoman (Ward 1).

Mayor-Elect Butler said, “This is what happens when you truly pull together. Now the work starts. Our community must unite so we can make Forest Park an even greater place to live for everyone. This could not have happened without a collective effort and the support of the community.”

Councilman Dabouze Antoine adds, “Change has been a long time coming. We put in the work and it’s a new day in Forest Park. Finally the entire community will be represented. This is a win for the people.

“I’m so grateful to the community for their support,” adds Councilwoman-Elect Kimberly James. “I will work hard to empower our citizens with information and access.”

The daughter of a Command Sergeant Major in the Army, Mayor-Elect Butler gained valuable experience working for Douglas County Magistrate Courts and Fulton County Registration and Elections. She is proud of the fact that despite becoming a teen mom at 14-years-old, she went on to complete high school, receive her bachelors degree in political science from Spelman College, a masters degree in public administration from Troy University, and is currently a doctoral candidate in public policy and administration from Walden University.

The Celestial Baseball Association Hits a Home Run with New Book Trailer for “Old Timers Day”

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Las Vegas – Riding the wave of the World Series momentum, the Celestial Baseball Association has released their exciting new book trailer for “Old Timers Day: As Told by God to Richard LoPresto.” Authored by Richard LoPresto and co-written with Jerry Schafer, “Old Timers Day” is an epic tale about the forces of “Good vs. Evil” battling on the baseball field. Produced by Markus Watson, the production genius behind Your Video Ninja, the book trailer also serves as a teaser for the upcoming film to be directed by Foster Corder.

In “Old Timers Day: As Told by God to Richard LoPresto,” 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, a Major League Baseball stadium in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York City where the 1955 World Series was held.

As the team selection and actual game plays unfold with meticulous attention to details, “Old Timers Day” packs its storyline with amazing sports trivia 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, joined by celebrated managers, umpires, coaches and announcers, the reader is immersed in a baseball history lesson. Revealing facts about player flaws and triumphs and even musings about the scientific mechanics of hitting the ball and pitching a game, lend to the plot and advance the reader toward Game Day. “Old Timers Day” is virtually a sports encyclopedia within the tale of one of the best baseball stories ever told.
The Celestial Baseball Association recently announced that veteran filmmaker Foster Corder has secured the film rights to their book. Corder is hoping to take meetings with producers like J. J. Abrams, Thomas Tull and Brian Grazer to garner Hollywood’s interest in the movie and cast stars like Tom Hanks as God, Will Smith to play the great right fielder Roberto Clemente and Arnold Schwarzenegger as outfielder Ty Cobb.
Author Richard LoPresto is considered a baseball aficionado by baseball enthusiasts around the world. “God literally gave me the vision for this book,” reveals LoPresto. “‘Old Timers Day’ was always a special day at the ballpark for me when I was growing up in Brooklyn, so I am deeply humbled to have witnessed with my own eyes the compelling saga that is revealed within the pages of the book. The book trailer adds to the excitement we have in store for the reader in anticipation of the making of the film. The timing of our trailer release during this great World Series is just an added blessing and for me, a sign from God.”
Witness the ‘fastball’ that is “Old Timers Day” and get your copy on Amazon.com . Follow the game and ‘Like’ the book on Facebook at “Old Timers Day ” and tweet with author Richard LoPresto on Twitter at @RichardLopresto.
View the book trailer at https://youtu.be/rIh97HcaBZM .

President Barack Obama, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Dr. Christine King Farris and Ambassador Andrew Young Acknowledge Dr. Joseph E. Lowery’s 96th Birthday

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Keithh_David2Atlanta, GA – While President Barack Obama and Congresswoman Maxine Waters sent birthday greetings, Ambassador Andrew Young, Martin Luther King III and Dr. Martin L. King Jr’s sister, Dr. Christine King Farris were among celebrities and dignitaries on hand in Atlanta to acknowledge the 96th birthday of civil rights leader and former King confidant, Dr. Joseph E. Lowery.

The historical evening was made most memorable when OWN’s “Greenleaf” star and singer Keith David; Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne” star and vocalist, Cassandra “Cassi” Davis; and gospel superstar, Yolanda Adams, mesmerized the audience with a stellar musical tribute that encapsulated the life of the well-loved nonagenarian. The Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute (Lowery Institute) hosted the gala which also featured Lowery Institute Change Agents packing the stage to honor the Dr. Lowery with raised fists and taking a knee.

will_packer_angela_ryeThemed “Grounded in History: Soaring Towards The Future,” the Lowery Institute also awarded movie producer, Will Packer, attorney Angela Rye, and activist Rev. William Barber, for continuing the national dialogue in support of justice and human rights, and keeping the Lowery’s legacies alive as agents of change in their respective fields.

“The evening truly epitomized my dad’s life,” said Dr. Lowery’s daughter and president of the Lowery Institute, Cheryl Lowery. “People from all walks of life made it out to celebrate and producer, Kenneth Green, created an engaging musical experience, masterfully weaving elements of my mother and father’s work as agents of change juxtaposed with the Lowery Institute Change Agents who will continue to keep their legacy alive. He was able to tell their stories using all types of music from hip hop to the Morehouse College Glee Club.”

Yolanda_Adams2Chronicling Dr. Lowery and his late wife, Dr. Evelyn Gibson’s contributions to the Civil Rights Movement as well as the initiatives utilized by the Lowery Institute’s Change Agents to carry on the legacy, the tribute featured a medley of musical “moments” spread throughout the night that included topics like “Building A Legacy”, “Amazing Grace,” “A Change is Gonna Come,” “Make Them Hear You,” and “Am I Wrong.”

The opening “moment” of the homage, “They Will Remember You,” showcased a hip hop song of the same name detailing Rev. Lowery’s work to address racism, violence and injustice performed by Salim Bakari, Michael Nero and Sara Davenport. The song’s lyrics and music were composed by Jevares Myric and Ronve O’Daniel.

During Dr. Lowery’s standing-room-only after party, he commented on the current condition of black America telling Roland Martin, host of TV One’s NewsOne Now, “There’s never been a time when we should be more united. Never been a time when we should be more together. I appreciate the fact that so many Black folks are coming together expressing in their own way their determination to move forward.”

Presented by Delta Air Lines and The Coca-Cola Company, the bi-annual birthday celebration raises funds to support the work of the Lowery Institute, a non-profit organization established to ensure the continuity of Dr. Lowery and his late wife, Dr. Evelyn Gibson’s lifelong commitment to non-violent advocacy.

Known as the “Dean” of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Lowery assumed and executed a diverse series of roles over the span of his seven decades: leader, pastor/preacher, servant, father, husband, freedom fighter and advocate. Two major milestones during his journey came in 2009 when he delivered the benediction during President Obama’s Inauguration and later that year when President Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of his lifelong commitment to the nonviolent struggle for justice, human rights, economic equality, voting rights, peace and human dignity.

For more information on the Lowery Institute visit www.loweryinstitute.org.

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#1 OWN’s Greenleaf star and singer, Keith David performs at Dr. Joseph Lowery’s 96th birthday celebration in Atlanta.

#2 Attorney Angela Rye and producer, Will Packer were honored at Dr. Joseph Lowery’s 96th birthday celebration in Atlanta.

#3 Grammy-winning gospel singer, Yolanda Adams performs at Dr. Joseph Lowery’s 96th birthday celebration in Atlanta.

The Celestial Baseball Association Signs Director Foster Corder for “Old Timers Day” Book to Faith-Based Film Release

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Filmmaker Foster Corder
The Celestial Baseball Association (CBA)  announced that veteran filmmaker Foster Corder has secured the film rights to their book, “Old Timers Day: As Told by God to Richard LoPresto.” Authored by Richard LoPresto and co-written with Jerry Schafer, “Old Timers Day” is an epic tale about the forces of “Good vs. Evil” battling on the baseball field.

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Los Angeles – What if God and the Devil were to draft their own major league baseball teams with the greatest players, living and dead, and the fate of mankind was contingent on whose team won? The Celestial Baseball Association (CBA) plans to take that storyline and ‘knock it out the park’ with the announcement that veteran filmmaker Foster Corder has secured the film rights to their book, “Old Timers Day: As Told by God to Richard LoPresto.” Authored by Richard LoPresto and co-written with Jerry Schafer, “Old Timers Day” is an epic tale about the forces of “Good vs. Evil” battling on the baseball field.
In “Old Timers Day: As Told by God to Richard LoPresto,”God Almighty and Satan the Devil face off and make their team selections, agreeing that once the game is in progress, neither of them can have anything whatsoever to do with end result. The beloved pastime transforms into an extreme sport of ‘Winner Takes All’ as the instant the game is over, the loser will be stricken from the mind of man and from the annals of history forever! “Old Timers Day” details great sports trivia and interesting historical facts as the opposing teams comprise over 100 of the greatest baseball players of all time, joined by legendary baseball managers, umpires, coaches and announcers.

“With the World Series and the Weinstein case trending, ‘Old Timers Day’ is extremely timely,” cites Corder. “Hollywood needs a moral cleansing and this movie is the perfect antidote. Can you imagineWill Smith playing the great right fielder Roberto Clemente and Arnold Schwarzenegger playing outfielder Ty Co

bb? How about the casting for the New York Yankees outfielder Aaron James Judge, or the Miami Marlins left fielder Ichiro Suzuki, because of course these guys would have to be included as players! I’m hoping to take meetings with producers like J. J. Abrams, Thomas Tull and Brian Grazer as we garner Hollywood’s interest in the movie. ‘Old Timers Day’ literally has the potential to be one of the greatest inspirational films ever made!”
“As a Brooklyn native, ‘Old Timers Day’ was always a specialday at the ballpark for me when I was growing up. So, imagine my surprise one day when I was attending, Central Christian Church in Henderson, Nevada, and God spoke to me and told me I was chosen to write a story called ‘Old Timers Day,'” reveals LoPresto. “As God continued to share this vision with me during my church visits I found myself writing endless notes. I was prompted to go to my best friends, Jerry Schafer and Brian Levine for assistance. Together, following the notes I had taken and adding my expertise on the subject of baseball, Schafer and I co-authored this very special book, with the Lord’s guidance.”

Author Richard LoPresto
“I’ve written and produced everything from Las Vegas shows to major motion films, but I can honestly say, this is the first time I’ve taken direct dictation from God,” adds Schafer. “My involvement with ‘Old Timers Day’ is a career highlight as it is a true tale of heroic proportions. The experience has been gratifying and humbling and I can’t wait to share the vision we were blessed with on the big screen.”
Author Richard LoPresto is considered a baseball aficionado by baseball enthusiasts around the world. His show business career includes writing and producing the musical variety television special “Where Will You Be In 2000 A.D.?” hosted by Mr. America, Lou Ferrigno, the original “Hulk,” along with Marianne Marks. It was the last television show produced on the stage of the famous Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is a thirty-year veteran of the gaming industry and currently works and resides in Las Vegas.
Jerry Schafer is an award-winning writer, producer and director credited with writing, producing and directing more than 150 television specials, a dozen major motion pictures and original Broadway style musical comedy shows. He has written countless articles, a book entitled “Angel In My Pocket” and more. Richard LoPresto and Jerry Schafer have been working together since 1998 developing television, motion picture and live show productions.
Foster Corder is a Vietnam veteran, production executive, producer, director, cinematographer, and writer, with more than 100 independent feature and short film credits. He co-founded Black Bird Films and produced television advertising for major brands including McDonald’s and the California Lotto. During the glory days of music video, he helmed as Director, Music Video Production at Capitol Records. Most recently he directed the award-winning faith feature “Church.”
“Old Timers Day” lends new meaning to the phrase, ‘take me out to the ball game.’ The faith-based film version of the book will attract sports fans and “believers” alike with a story about morality, conviction and the fate of human kind.
Get ready for Game Day and go to http://www.oldtimersday.com/ . ‘Like’ the book on Facebook at ” Old Timers Day” and get your copy of “Old Timers Day” on Amazon.com .

Urban Superhero DangerMan Releases Super Suit Costume For Halloween

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

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

DangerMan, Urban Superhero

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Change Agents to Dr. Lowery: We Got Next!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Music Entrepreneur Mia A. Irizarry Launches TrendCulprit’s “Music as a Business Telesummit” Featuring Renowned Industry Specialists

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Music Entrepreneur Mia A. Irizarry
 

Launches TrendCulprit’s

“Music as a Business Telesummit”

 
Featuring Renowned Industry Specialists
Mia A. Irizarry, CEO of TrendCulprit, an online music business and support portal for independent artists, has gathered some of the industry’s most brilliant minds to discuss their views, techniques and secrets to the business. Their insightful presentations will be revealed September 5 through September 25 as TrendCulprit hosts the innovative “Music as a Business Telesummit.” The telesummit will release a new online interview daily for 21 days from top music industry professionals including producers, publishers, agents and artists. All aspects of the music business, from songwriting to publishing to distribution and marketing will be covered. The free interview series is available by signing up at http://trendculprit.com/telesummit/.

 

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Los Angeles – Mia A. Irizarry, a successful music entrepreneur and the CEO of TrendCulprit, an online music business and support portal for independent artists, has gathered some of the industry’s most brilliant minds to discuss their views, techniques and secrets to the business. Their insightful presentations will be revealed  throughout September as TrendCulprit hosts the innovative “Music as a Business Telesummit.” The telesummit will release a new online interview daily for 21 days from top music industry professionals, including producers, publishers, agents and artists. All aspects of the music business, from songwriting to publishing to distribution and marketing will be covered. The free interview series is available by signing up at http://trendculprit.com/telesummit/.
The panel of experts will include among many, Ritch Esra, former Director of West Coast A&R for Arista Records; Foster V. Corder, former Director of Music Video Production for Capital Records; Eric De Fontenay, international music promoter and founder of Music Dish; Alonzo Williams, the “Godfather of West Coast Hip Hop” recently seen on HBO’s “The Defiant Ones” series; and Alexia Erlichman, co-founder of Music Gorilla.
Mia A. Irizarry

“TrendCulprit recognizes the ongoing needs of bands and performing artists as they navigate their careers, so we are beyond excited to offer this free “Music as a Business Telesummit” to indie artists!” cites Irizarry. “It is a valuable platform for not only information but also serves as a beneficial resource for services and service providers. The specialists who participated in the summit are veterans who share insights that can alter the course of an artist’s musical journey. This telesummit will be a game changer for artists and performers.”

Mia A. Irizarry is a Puerto Rican certified global business practitioner, a music and apparel entrepreneur, a front-end web developer and a renown international dancer living in Los Angeles’ Venice Beach. In 2012, Mia founded Trend Culprit, a digital music marketing agency, providing musicians around the world with innovative music marketing, promotion and exposure. She is supported by a team of pioneering global thinkers. Mia has over 19 years of experience in the performing business, touring yearly, around the world with established dance companies.

For the full listing and itinerary of speakers for TrendCulprit’s “Music as a Business Telesummit” go to http://trendculprit.com/telesummit/. For more information on TrendCulprit, go to http://trendculprit.com/ .

TrendCulprit’s “Music as a Business Telesummit”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

“N.ot W.ithout A.lonzo” book trailer

 

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

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

Forchion’s long standing battle for marijuana law reform has been documented for over two decades. Considered by many as the “grandfather of marijuana reform in New Jersey,” Forchion is a bone cancer patient who states he needs marijuana for his symptoms. Forchion’s most recent travails with the Trenton Police Department have shined an international media spotlight on the state’s current cannabis policy. Forchion contends he is political prisoner due to the “politics of pot Jersey Style.”
Amongst his many trials and tribulations over the years, Forchion pleaded guilty in 2000 to charges of conspiracy to distribute and marijuana possession and was released on parole after serving 18 months on a reduced sentence. He was arrested again in Burlington County, N.J., in 2010 on marijuana possession and distribution charges. In 2012 a jury utilized “jury nullification” and found him “not guilty” of possession with intent to distribute. He was found guilty of simple possession. Forchion argued his health condition gave him a “medical necessity” defense to possess and appealed the decision all the way to the US Supreme Court, where they declined to hear it.
Forchion achieved Hollywood notoriety when he opened a marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles in 2008, saying it was a temple that used marijuana as part of its religious ceremonies. The California temple was shut down after a federal drug raid in 2011.
Currently Forchion, a Rastafarian, is the co-owner of New Jersey’s only cannabis-themed restaurant, NJWeedman’s Joint and spiritual sanctuary, Liberty Bell Temple III, located directly across from New Jersey’s Trenton City Hall. He opened the businesses, alongside his partner, medical marijuana mom activist and registered nurse, Debi Madaio. The restaurant and sanctuary receive not only a steady stream of customers but also worldwide media attention.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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