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Artists, Fans & Supporters of LA Women’s Theatre Festival (Tweet Your Support by Midnight 10/21!!!)

Twitter-based contest will help this arts organization win $10K in grant dollars

*Don’t you just love when an organization that is worthy of support let’s you know what you can do to help? And don’t you love it even more when it doesn’t include giving money?

The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival has applied for a grant with the philanthropic arm of the century-old check printing company, Deluxe Corporation Foundation. LAWTF will be awarded one of 10 grants in a Twitter-based competition called the “Short & Tweet” grant program.

YOU…yes you, can help this 23-year-old arts organization, that has given women artists from around the globe an onstage presence through producing one-woman performances, by TWEETING why you feel LA Women’s Theatre Festival would be a great recipient for the grant.

Easy right?

But here’s the thing…

You’ve got to do it NOW. Do it while its on your mind because all tweets must be received by midnight tonight, October 21, 2016. Continue reading

Mickey Stevenson, Motown Legend, Seeks Talent for Original Musical This Sunday! (All Ethnicities)


*A Motown legend is calling. Will you answer? See message from Motown’s ‘Original A&R’ man below.

I had the pleasure of interviewing William ‘Mickey’ Stevenson recently for an upcoming EURweb feature about his involvement in the upcoming “50th Anniversary” celebration of the late C. Bernard Jackson‘s “Inner City Cultural Center” taking place on November 4-6, 2016 in Los Angeles.

In the process of that interview (look forward to the feature soon) I learned of this casting call and wanted to pass it along to you.

Smokey Robinson, Berry Gordy and William 'Mickey' Stevenson were inseparable back in the day.
Smokey Robinson, Berry Gordy and William ‘Mickey’ Stevenson were inseparable back in the day.

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Playboy Model’s Death Shows Why You Can’t Trust ‘Just Any’ Chiropractor

Katie May, Snapchat photo
Katie May, Snapchat photo

*This pains me deeply. Until I found a chiropractor who proved himself to me, I was against all of them. I had visited a chiropractor in Studio City, California once. The office he worked out of had a huge display on Cahuenga Blvd. I went in one day, and I swear, I left out in more pain than when I entered. Because of this, it took years before I had the courage to visit another; and only after I saw the excellent results of someone I knew, following her visit to the new guy.

So when I hear that someone, in this case a woman who happened to be a Playboy model, losing her life, following a visit to a chiropractor, it breaks my heart.

I want to let you know that not every chiropractor is worthy of the license. It’s best if you get a referral from someone you trust. Continue reading

The Broad Stage Presents Staged Reading of ‘The Slave Narratives’ (Free Event)


*We know that America was host to one of the most horrendous acts towards humanity in the history of the world in the form of slavery. And we have seen a multitude of theatrical accounts of what went down during that time. But do we really know what was on the minds of our brothers and sisters who lived the event. The men, women, and their children who were in the very grasp of slavery’s nasty hand?

Bonnie Franklin’s Classic & Contemporary American Plays returns with this season’s annual invited dress rehearsal/staged reading of ‘The Slave Narratives.’

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[WATCH!] Jody Watley & Shalamar Reloaded’s Sultry New, Conversation-Sparking Video “The Mood”

Nate Allen Smith, Jody Watley, and Rosero McCoo (l-r)

Nate Allen Smith, Jody Watley, and Rosero McCoo (l-r)

*Jody Watley told me a few weeks ago that she had a few upcoming, “exciting” projects with her group Shalamar Reloaded.

Having just seen the group’s new video, “exciting” has got to be the understatement of the decade.

“The Mood” is a classic, throwback mid-tempo R & B jam that will be in my music library as soon as it’s available on iTunes on October 14. The video features a characteristically gorgeous Watley (does that woman age?), along with Rosero McCoy and Nate Allen Smith who both know how to strike a sultry pose. The video’s majestic Oahu setting almost gives the three pretty people of Shalamar Reloaded a run for their money.

But the video’s showstopper is when the gloriously shirtless McCoy shows viewers just what kind of “mood” he’s in [SPOILER ALERT], as the camera pulls back to reveal his hot, tattooed male bedmate just before the two of them join an equally sexy woman in the shower. And the shower door closes.

Do your thing, Rosero. Hot. HOT. HAWT!

A brutha could use a little warning before he gets hit with all of that in the middle of the workday. I almost scheduled a pregnancy test. It is quite simply one of the sexiest music videos I’ve ever seen. After watching it (three times), I got up and took a cool shower. Literally. Continue reading

Witness ‘Reel Black Men’ at Raleigh Studios This Saturday!


*(Hollywood, CA) – The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) presents REEL BLACK MEN a Short Film Showcase and Discussion on October 1, 2016 at Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, California 90038 and will screen 8 short films written, directed and/or produced by Black Filmmakers.  Screening starts at 6:00 p.m. with a Q&A with the directors, writers and cast immediately following.  Reel Black Men Film Festival screening and dialogue is an opportunity for emerging African American male filmmakers to showcase their skills, talent and vision through film screenings, while giving the audience a chance to view and discuss the artistry, passion and sacrifice involved in the independent filmmaking process.  Reel Black Men will screen the following films:

1.    Showtime by Charles Little II

2.    Joy by Solomon Onita Jr.

3.    Sistah Did What? by Michael Blackman

4.     Injustice by Keith Offutt

5.     This Is How I Want To Remember H.E.R. by Kali Baker-Johnson

6.     Protect and Serve by Aaron Andrews & Lauren Bogholtz

7.     Blackface by Malcolm Baity (Director/Writer)

8.     Oops! by Andre Campbell  Continue reading

TNT Review: Ringling Bros New Show Is Truly Death-Defying, For Kids Of All Ages


*Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey circus ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson recently called their new show, Out of this World, “the greatest show on earth.” If that sounds like a tag line, it is, and they’ve been using it for decades.

Sometimes, though, there’s actual truth in advertising. And the tag line is absolutely apt in this case. The circus’ new production completely blew my mind. Ringling Bros has put together an amazing show for kids of ALL ages.

Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson and Paolo
Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson and Paolo

“With this new show,” Iverson said by phone, “we still have the world’s greatest menagerie — lions and tigers, rescue dogs, horses, donkeys, kangaroos, llamas, pigs…”

Let’s talk about those pigs. Having grown up in Detroit, I didn’t know pigs were so big. They’re “huge dog” big. Hell, they’re “small car” big!

And let’s talk about the lions and tigers. That part of the show was one of the moments when I was really afraid. I was certain that the cats’ trainer, Alexander, was going to get mauled for all to see. One of the felines, Susie, wasn’t in the best of moods during the performance and challenged Alexander more than a few times.  She was absolutely not feeling Alex.  Every time she growled with that mouth full of deadly incisors or raised her immense paw to the trainer’s head, I was frozen in my seat.

Speaking of being frozen, only Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey could bring a snowstorm and snowball fight to a hot late summer night in Sacramento, California. During that segment of the show, the visuals are so realistic you’ll believe the venue has bumped the AC up. And ONLY Ringling Bros could set the ice on fire — literally!

And let’s talk about another petrifying part of the show: those horsemen and women, riding quickly around a tight circle as they rotated over and under the galloping horses! They could have easily been trampled.

The trapeze artists! Yes, there was a net, but they were WAY up there! Continue reading

House Used as Harry Potter’s Home in Film Series up for Sale


*Attention Harry Potter fans!  You’ll want to move quickly if you want to own a piece of film history.  The house used as the exterior in the original Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone film is for sale!

The current asking price is a cool $616,000 — but that may change soon.

“The original plan was to take this property to market without using any reference to Harry Potter,” real estate agent Paul Bosanko said.  But since news of the property’s connection to the movie got out, interest has increased sharply, “and that may or may not influence the final price that we achieve at this property,” he said.

Translation:  the price is going up quick and in a hurry.  

The three-bedroom house is in Bracknell, a town about 30 miles west of London.  While the home was used in the original movie, a studio set based on the house was built for later installments of the eight-film series.

Real estate agency Chancellors says the house “has recently undergone complete renovation to an extremely high standard.”  But yes — as I know you’re wondering just as much as I am — THE HOUSE STILL HAS A CUPBOARD UNDER THE STAIRS! Continue reading