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South Africa’s Isango Ensemble ‘Hits and Misses’ With Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute’ (Ends Today!)

2.Mhlekazi "Wha Wha" Mosiea (right) and Zolina Ngejane in the Isango Ensemble's "The Magic Flute" at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica
Mhlekazi “Wha Wha” Mosiea as “Tamino” (right) and Zolina Ngejane as “Pamina” in the Isango Ensemble’s “The Magic Flute” at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica

Final performance 4p.m. on Sunday, October 12

*South African Theatre comes to America! The Broad Stage hosts the internationally acclaimed Isango Ensemble to perform Mozart’s classic, “The Magic Flute” for six performances.

The story is basically about Tamino and Pamina – two young people who fall in love with each other based on being shown each others’ photographs, then go through a series of adventurous mishaps before they meet and can be together. Pamina is the daughter of the Queen of the Night and she was kidnapped by an evil man. Tamino is a traveler who vows to find her. Along the way he is met by three ladies who continuously compete with each other as they vie for his attention; a hilarious “bird-catcher,” spirits, and an assortment of other characters – all of whom lend themselves to the play’s chaos and order. Continue reading

MC Lyte & Common Unite for New Song, ‘Dear John’ (Listen)

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MC Light

*New music is on the way from legendary rapper MC Lyte. She has teamed up with Chicago-native Common and 10 Beats on “Dear John” a new track and open letter to black men; which will also be the first release from her upcoming LP.

This will be the rapper’s first studio album in more than a decade and it is slated to be released later this year. Continue reading

New Film, ‘When The Checks Stop Coming In,’ Reveals Bad Spending Habits of Celebrities

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(NEW YORK) – September 04, 2014 - Moguldom Studios, known for their revolutionary style of documentaries called “docutainment,” has released “When The Checks Stop Coming In,” an eye-opening and surprising new film about the bad spending habits of celebrities, and how some go from super rich, to super broke and filing for bankruptcy. The documentary was released on August 26, 2014 and is available for purchase on DVD, as well as digital download through online retailers including iTunes, GooglePlay, Amazon.com and MoguldomStudios.com.

Keeping on the pulse of trending topics that are relevant in today’s ever-evolving world, Moguldom Studios is leading the way in producing non-theatrical films through digital networks.

“When The Checks Stop Coming In” is a candid investigation into the lives of black celebrities as they fall from fame and fortune to downright broke. It’s the life of a celebrity – ­­ one minute you are singing to an audience of thousands, playing to an arena of screaming fans, or performing on television for millions of viewers. The accolades are coming fast and furious and the money is pouring in. You think that the dream that you’re living is never going to end, but then you wake up one day and all your money and your livelihood is gone. Your worst nightmare has come true and you’re broke, the groupies are gone and the lifestyle has dried up. Continue reading

Stars Turnout for Steve Harvey’s 2014 Neighborhood Awards (Photos)

Steve Harvey and his wife Marjorie attend the 2014 Ford Neighborhood Awards hosted by Steve Harvey at Philips Arena on August 9, 2014, in Atlanta, Georgia. (photo credit: Jerome Dorn)
Steve Harvey and his wife Marjorie attend the 2014 Ford Neighborhood Awards hosted by Steve Harvey at Philips Arena on August 9, 2014, in Atlanta, Georgia. (photo credit: Jerome Dorn)

 

*Award-winning television/radio host and best-selling author Steve Harvey, hosted one of the hottest nights of entertainment at the 2014 Ford Neighborhood Awards on August 9th, bringing the 12th year of the awards show to Atlanta for the first time, before a packed crowd at Philips Arena.

Honoring businesses and community leaders, educators and more from across the nation, Harvey presented one of the biggest lineups of award-winning entertainment for the show, with performances from Robin Thicke, Ne-Yo, Anthony Hamilton, Chrisette Michele, Tamela Mann, India.Arie, Johnny Gill, Keith Sweat, joined by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Sherri Shepherd, Shemar Moore, Tracee Ellis Ross, Keke Palmer, Erica Campbell, Kirk Franklin, Holly Robinson Peete, and more, taking the stage to present the 12 Neighborhood Awards categories. Continue reading

‘Pornographic Performances’ Report Condemns Portrayal of Black Women in Videos (Watch)

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*Researchers release a new report that revisits an age-old concern about how black women are being portrayed in music videos. Clearly, these so-called works of art are engulfed in overtones of racism and sexism, researchers say, according to the International Business Times.

The depiction of women in music videos “creates a ‘conducive context’ for violence against women and girls,” the IBT writes about the recurring theme, which is especially prominent in hip-hop lyrics.

The report, Pornographic Performances, was released in Britain by End Violence Against Women Coalition, Imkaan and Object, and condemns the portrayal of women in pop videos as hypersexualized and “endlessly sexually available” objects. Continue reading

Watch: Homeless Man ‘Will Sang 4 Food’ (And You’ll Be Glad He Did!)

Will Sang for food

*People are getting creative and using their innate talents as resources to get what they need. Just ask Byon Artrell McCullough, a homeless South Carolina man with a voice – a gift – that would make you scratch your head and question why he isn’t living the life of a John Legend.

The 28-year-old has been on the streets since he was released from prison, but he proudly wears a sign that reads, “Will Sang 4 food.”

And your ears will be happy that he did.

“Am I homeless? Yes. Am I a bum? No,” McCullough told the New York Daily News. Continue reading

Dr. Riki Brooks Announces 9th Annual Atlanta Gospel Fest – Health & Wellness Festival!

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Special concerts featuring J Moss, Vickie Winans, Lisa McClendon, Natalie Grant and more! 

(ATLANTA, GA) July 22, 2014 – The 9th Annual Atlanta Gospel Fest – Health & Wellness Festival will be held at the Cobb Galleria Centre, August 1st & August 2nd 2014.  The Atlanta Gospel Fest – Health & Wellness Festival is a two-day musical and health extravaganza designed for the entire community. Tickets can be purchased at www.atlantagospelfest.com
 
The Gospel Fest promises to elevate attendees spirit the array of gospel music concerts; the body, with healthcare workshops and training; the mind with financial and literary empowerment workshops. There will also be special youth activities available.

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New Jackson Book Details ‘Angry Michael’…Michael ‘Making Out’ With Girls In Car…and A Fierce Michael Channeling ‘My Perogative’

COVER, Remember The Time.

*It has been five years since the passing of Michael Jackson and many, many stories of diverse natures have surfaced in the news since that fateful June 25, 2009. Now comes the new book, “Remember The Time: Protecting Michael Jackson In His Final Days,” written by Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard, who served as Jackson’s exclusive personal security team in the last 2-1/2 years of his life.

The two men were the only professionals with 24-7 access to the elusive star, and they bring a fresh perspective on life with Jackson – the father, the man behind the glove. Many of the experiences they share are supported by details so intricate and intriguing that they would be a challenge to the creative mind of even the best liars.

This book may well be the best gift ever to serious Jackson fans; many of whom are still struggling with the loss of the icon. It is they, who will most likely appreciate the many great stories that are told with no fanfare, just real – sometimes raw, often heartfelt sincerity; by two men who may have often had reasons to leave, but chose to stay out of loyalty to a family of three that they had grown to love.

But the stories in “Remember The Time: are not solely about Michael Jackson. What makes each one so compelling is how those who worked with, around, and for – all jockeying for his ear – are factored in. You will be sorely disappointed if you are expecting a book that talks about how great “The King of Pop” is…or not.

You will find no “King of Pop” here. In fact, any mention of that term is referred to as a “mode.” As in, “When he is in King of Pop mode.” And this happens closer to the end, after Jackson starts prepping for “This Is It.”

This book, is about a man named Michael Jackson…a completely different person. This man calls down to security to go to the store for more laundry detergent because “he ran out.” This man is pained because he has to ask someone to go to Walmart and buy his kids some cereal. He wants to do it his “damn self!” This man makes sure that he is at home each morning to have breakfast with his kids, no matter how late he stayed at the hotel with girlfriends, “Friend” and “Flower.”

The man in this book, listens almost exclusively to classical music in the car; he has no computer of his own, and only goes online to purchase from eBay. He doesn’t watch TV because he doesn’t care for the bullshit, instead, he’ll choose DVDs for him and his family. But boy does he love to unwind by shootin’ hoops…and he is even said to have a pretty decent jump shot.

As I said in the beginning, much has been written about the man we call, “The King of Pop.” But within the pages of this book, and the degree to which these two men choose to go in order to tell their story – as they say in some circles:

The shit just got real. Continue reading