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‘The Color Purple’ Strikes Gold at the Pantages in Hollywood

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*It did not matter that there were more famous names in the audience on opening night of The Color Purple at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood than there were on stage. The tour of the Tony-winning hit Broadway musical, based on the novel by Alice Walker and the movie of the same name, is without name recognition or elaborate scenery.

In fact, the scenery is nothing more than three wooden panels and some chairs. At first, I wondered how it would work, but it did not take long for me to stop focusing on the insignificant. My attention was quickly diverted to the actors and their ability to belt out songs like nobody’s business.

The musical, like the book and movie, tells the coming of age and the enlightenment of Celie (Adrianna Hicks), a young African American girl who had her two babies, both sired by her own father (J.D. Webster), stripped away from her and who was subsequently forced to marry Mister (Gavin Gregory), only to become nothing more than an abused servant and semen repository.

With the help of two strong women, Sophia (Carrie Compere) and Shug Avery (Carla R. Stewart), Celie learns self-love, gains strength, finds self-esteem and becomes a woman who proclaims, “I’m Here!”

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Singers Wanted: Open Auditions for ‘The Voice’ Coming to Town this Summer!

THE VOICE — Season: 14 — Pictured: (l-r) Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys — (Photo by: Art Streiber/NBC)

*Honey chile listen up, this may be your time to shine! We just learned that NBC’s ‘The Voice — the hottest singing competition on TV — with four of the most successful recording artists (Alicia Keys, Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton) serving as coaches, is hitting the road this summer and wants to audition bad-ass talent at their OPEN CALL AUDITIONS!

Does this sound like you?

If so, hurry and brush up on those vocal chords — after all, you don’t want to end up like Adele and Sza.

RELATED: WHY DO STARS LIKE ADELE KEEP LOSING THEIR VOICE

The show is searching for solo artists and duos that perform all types of music: pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop, alternative, Latin, country, blues, indie.

The requirements include being legally present in the U. S., must over the age of 13,  and meet all other eligibility requirements.

So far they are set to travel to the following locations. Good luck! Continue reading

Editorial: Responses from Roseanne Barr (to Cast Members) Weakens Her Apology for Racist Tweet

*Tsk. Tsk. Tsk. Will Roseanne Barr ever learn that everything that pops into her head does not need to be tweeted out to the public? She is acting just like her apparent mentor, without the benefits. He’s still on office…her unemployment became effective immediately.

But the real concern here is how weak her apology to the cast members and crew of the rebooted Roseanne show — those who lost their jobs due to her big mouth — has become.

Her whole “I should’ve known better” comment did somehow appear to show her taking responsibility for that careless tweet; where she compared former Obama Senior Adviser, Valerie Jarrett (Am I the only one who thinks the two women actually favor?) to an ape.

“Don’t feel sorry for me, guys!!-I just want to apologize to the hundreds of people,and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet.” –Roseanne Barr

But that accountability diminished when she, one: attempted to blame her actions on medication, and two: demonstrated her true colors by criticizing cast members (scroll down) who responded about how “disgusted” they were about her comment.

WTF? What did she expect them to say? Anything else would have them appearing just as dumb as her.

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6th Annual Web Television Awards (IAWTV) Event Announced Today: May 31st Submission Deadline

(l-r) Sandy Payne, Board Member IAWTV, The Caucus Co-chairs Robert Papazian and Tanya Hart and Tina Cesa Ward, Chairman, IAWTV. Photo Credit: Steve Cohn Photography

*Hollywood, California – The International Academy of Web Television will host its 6th Annual IAWTV Awards at a gala celebration honoring the best in streaming series starting at 8 p.m. on August 24, 2018, in the Ahmanson Ballroom at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Red Carpet will start at 6 p.m.

The IAWTV (www.iawtv.org), a division of The Caucus of Producers, Writers & Directors (www.caucus.org), will recognize the finest creators, cast and crew of web series from around the world. The IAWTV Awards 2018 returns the ceremony to its second year at the Skirball Cultural Center.

Open to IAWTV members and non-members through the festival submission site FilmFreeway (www.filmfreeway.com), the show itself will recognize the contributions of creative professionals in 29 separate categories that run the gamut of genres and crew positions. The entire ceremony will be streamed live online. Former hosts for the show include Emmy-winners Kim Estes, Chris Hardwick and Carrie Preston; and Tony-winner and SAG Award-winner Roger Bart. The IAWTV will announce its 2018 host soon.

The submission Deadline is: Thurs, May 31st. Continue reading

Rapper Logic Officially Files for Divorce from Wife Jessica Andrea

After two years of marriage and one month of separation, famous rapper Logic (whose real name is Robert Hall) and his wife Jessica Andrea are officially getting divorced.

The pair took to social media in March to announce that they would no longer be married. According to Page Six, there were a bunch of rumors on the internet that stated marital woes caused the two to split. However, logic said infidelity had nothing to do with their decision to

The statement released on social media explained that there were no hard feelings and that it was a mutual decision.

“It’s very simple: it just didn’t work out,” Logic’s statement said. “There is no anger involved. No fighting, no cheating, no nothing. We love each other and will continue to support each other for the rest of our lives.”

In response to the statement Logic released, Andrea retweeted what was said and added: “I love you Bobby and love to all the fans!” The two seemed to be happy with their decision and felt that it was for the best.

TMZ says Logic officially filed for divorce on April 19, but the paperwork shows that their separation has been official since February 3. He cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the ending of their marriage. He didn’t list any shared property between both he and Andrea and didn’t mention any terms of spousal support. The two didn’t have any children together. Logic filed the documents without an attorney present or as part of his settlement.

When they first announced their separation, it didn’t seem like they would ever get back together. Now, with the official filing of the paperwork, that has been confirmed. Researchers say only about 50% of marriages have a chance of lasting. For these two, they are unfortunately part of that unlucky 50%. There is no word if they will ever try to work things out in the future.

‘Katy and Jennifer’: Lounge Theatre Presents World Premier

 

Donna Simone Johnson is “Katy.” Photo courtesy of KADM Productions

*Two women nearing their fortieth birthdays marshal their emotional resources built on their decades-long friendship to help them survive their respective devastating tragedies (a dead child, an abandoning husband) in their lives.

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Marginalized: Black Media & Marketing In Hollywood Industry Panel to Explore Disparities in Entertainment Media

Top Row l-r: James Ward, Jasmine Simpkins, Lisa Collins, Lee Bailey. Bottom Row l-r: Tanya Hart, K.W. Tulloss, Karamo Brown

Los Angeles, CA — While movements like #OscarsSoWhite and #TimesUp have shed light on Hollywood’s issues with race and gender, no one is talking about its issue with the media … black media specifically.

For years Black media has been marginalized and/ or taken for granted by studios, publicists and even talent. Be it being placed on the end of red carpets, not being invited to cover film and TV press days, or simply being told no because their audience is predominately African American. Over the years, it has become a rampant problem.

On Saturday, April 28, 2018, the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center, will host six veteran media professionals—including Netflix “Queer Eye” star Karamo Brown, Hip Hollywood senior producer Jasmine Simpkins, syndicated air personality Tanya Hart, Electronic Urban Report (EURweb) founder Lee Bailey, L.A. Focus Newspaper publisher Lisa Collins and James Ward, Manager of Communications for the Oprah Winfrey Network—in a panel addressing the challenging issue as part of its Annual African American Film Marketplace & S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase. The panel will take place at Raleigh Studios on Saturday from 1-2:30pm. Continue reading

Siedah Garrett & Valerie Ervin Among Honorees at Black Business Association’s ‘Salute to Black Music’

Los Angeles, CA — The Black Business Association (BBA), the oldest ethnic business organization in the State of California, will host its Annual “Salute to Black Music Awards Dinner” on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at the California African American Museum, 600 State Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037. Held in recognition of African American Music Appreciation Month, this years’ theme is “The Business Behind the Music.” 

The event takes place on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ California African American Museum.

African-American Music Appreciation Month is a commemoration that takes place annually in the United States, throughout the month of June. Originally proclaimed “Black Music Month” by President Jimmy Carter on June 7, 1979, U.S. presidents have issued proclamations for the celebration under that name until President Barack Obama announced the observance under a new title, African-American Music Appreciation Month.

Special confirmed honorees are Siedah Garrett, a GRAMMY-winning and twice Academy Award nominated singer/songwriter whose contributions to popular culture are unparalleled and Valerie Ervin, President of the Ray Charles Foundation. Ms. Ervin is the guardian angel of the Ray Charles Legacy. Under her leadership, the Ray Charles foundation has donated millions of dollars in grants, making Valerie Ervin one of the most influential legacy estate guardians. She is committed to carrying forward the vision and philanthropic mission set forth by Ray Charles.

Other nominees include, Attorney Virgil Roberts of Bobbitt and Roberts, Debra Lee,Chairman and CEO of BET, Cathy Hughes, Chairperson TV One, and Steve Stoute, CEO and Founder Fast Company Magazine. Continue reading