Category Archives: Music

It’s Back! ‘Motown the Musical’ Makes it’s Way to SCFTA

Kenneth Mosley (L) as Berry Gordy, Trenyce as Diana Ross in this touring production of Motown the Musical

COSTA MESA, CA MOTOWN THE MUSICAL returns to the Segerstrom Hall stage for one week only December 19 ? 24, 2017. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy?s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more.

Featuring more than 50 classic hits such as ?My Girl? and ?Ain?t No Mountain High Enough,? MOTOWN THE MUSICAL tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat.

 Segerstrom Center for the Arts and Work Light Productions are proud to announce the complete cast for the National Tour of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL. Continue reading

Sheryl Lee Ralph, Rose Royce Lead Singer, Makeda, ‘Walk 4 Wellness’ This Saturday

*Black BeautyShop Health Foundation Announces 2nd Annual Beauty-n-Motion Walk 4 Wellness Health and Beauty Expo Saturday, November 18th, 2017 at the Baldwin Hills Mall Center Court located at 3650 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008.

Now in its second year, Beauty-N-Motion Walk 4 Wellness has grown nationally reaching thousands of African American Women in the Cities of Richmond, Virginia and Atlanta, Georgia.

Sheryl Lee Ralph, National Ambassador for Black BeautyShop Health Foundation

Meet Sheryl Lee Ralph, the National Ambassador for Black BeautyShop Health Foundation at the event!

The 2017 wellness fair and walk continues in Los Angeles, Ca. after leaving Richmond, Virginia and includes a Farmers Market where attendees can receive coupons to shop and healthy food demonstrations. In addition, there are Fitness Classes, Health Screenings, Massages and more. The Walk 4 Wellness is a 1 mile or 3-mile (at your own pace) course and its opened to all ages. The entire event is free to attend and to walk. There are donation options where participants will receive t-shirts and giftbags. Continue reading

TNT News You Can Use: Radio Station Seeks News Reporter/Anchor

*If you’ve got proven skills and experience as an on-air news reporter and anchor, there’s a great opportunity waiting for you! 

Serious applicants only need apply.

Lotus Communications Corp. is one of the largest privately owned Radio Station Groups in the United States. In Los Angeles, we operate Lotus Oxnard Corp., KIRN 670 AM, Lotus Los Angeles Corp., KWKW – ESPN Deportes Radio, and KFWB ? La Mera Mera.

Lotus Oxnard Corp., KIRN 670 AM is looking for a News Reporter/Anchor with a strong desire to contribute to the overall success at a legendary radio station and to become part of our team.

Position Summary:

The News Reporter/Anchor works under the supervision of the Program Director. The Reporter/Anchor specializes in delivering live radio newscasts, prioritizing stories for air, and covering breaking news. The Reporter/Anchor may be asked to appear as a guest on programs or host programs or appear in public on behalf of KIRN.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Continue reading

Don Bohana, Convicted of Killing Wife of Tito Jackson in ’94, Speaks From Prison (Watch)

WRONG HEADLINE on this ‘On Your Side’ news story: Pictured is Don Bohana at age 72, the accused murderer of Dee Dee Jackson. Bohana is now in his 80s.

*”I’ll go to my grave saying that she could swim because Delores could swim.” In spite of Jackson 5 member Tito Jackson’s declaration that his ex-wife Dee Dee Jackson never learned how to swim, Don Bohana, the wealthy L. A. businessman and her then boyfriend of 12 weeks, told 20/20 he’d die in prison before saying he killed her.

In 1994, Bohana was convicted of killing Dee Dee Jackson; who had reportedly made a surprise visit to his home around 11 p.m. on Saturday night. Bohana, handsome and respected in the Los Angeles community, had built his success running hospitals and insurance companies.

Jackson had divorced her famous husband; with whom she had three boys, when she met and started dating the dashing businessman who was 20 years her senior. 

After Jackson drowned in Bohana’s pool, the famous family hired attorney Brian Oxman to have Bohana charged with her death. Oxman also filed a wrongful death lawsuit of her three sons behalf.

But you know where money goes, woes often follow. Continue reading

Free Entertainment Industry Workshops at Indie Conference in Long Beach (Aug. 31)

*(Long Beach, Ca) – In addition to the 180-plus screenings taking place at the 4th Annual Long Beach Indie International Film, Media & Music Festival happening Wed., Aug. 30 – Sun., Sept. 3, the five-day event also features a wealth of free information sessions for businesses and music industry professionals, a college career fair, and the Step to the Mic youth singing competition.

The Long Beach Indie Entertainment and Music Industry Conference runs Thurs., Aug. 31 – Sat., Sept. 2 at the Hilton Long Beach Hotel, 701 W Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90831, and features three tracks:

Track 1: International Media and Entertainment Business programmed by the U.S. Department of Commerce?s Media & Entertainment Industries group; Track 2: Musicians and Performers workshops and panels produced by Media & Repertoire; and Track 3: College and Career Fair hosted in collaboration with the BLU Educational Foundation and Believe Foundation.

The Step to the Mic competition begins at 6 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 2.

See Long Beach Indie Entertainment and Music Industry Conference schedule below:

Track 1: International Media and Entertainment Business (Thurs. 8/21)

9 a.m. Export, Licensing and Trade Report From the U.S. Department of Commerce?s Global Media and Entertainment Team (Andrea DaSilva, Media & Entertainment Industries, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC)

9:30 a.m. A U.S. Business Guide for Commercial Services and Export Assistance Centers (U.S. Department of Commerce, California Export Assistance Center/s)

10 a.m. New Resources for Domestic and International Media & Entertainment Industry (Jocelyn Celaya, The Entertainment Small Business Alliance, San Diego)

10:30 a.m. Industry Trends, New York Media Festival and The Digital Entertainment World (Tinzar Sherman, CEO, Digital Media Wire)

11 a.m. Exploring Film Co-Production Opportunities in China (Melanie Ansley, China Hollywood Society)

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Miri Hunter, Singer/Songwriter, Shows Folk Music Has No Color

Miri Hunter, photo credit: Sandra Goodwin

*Ask a Black person about folk music and they will probably give you that ‘I’m thinking’ look before blurting out the name Tracey Chapman. It’s a genre many of us haven’t explored, and one that not many Black female musicians have easily accessed.

Until now.

Meet Miri Hunterlead singer of ?Hunter and the Wick?d? an increasingly popular Folk/Americana band based in the California hi desert of Joshua Tree. Hunter, a tri-racial beauty, is the quintessential rustic yet sophisticated woman living in touch with her heredity ? all of them. Continue reading

Google Salutes Birth of Hip Hop With Interactive Doodle

Cey Adams with his Doodle sketch. Credit: Google

*Can you believe its been 44-years since the birth of Hip Hop? Well, for those of us who would know; those who recall the first utterance of the new age form of music, it wasn’t actually called hip hop. 

It was just plain rap.

Suffice it to say that it will bring joy to your heart to know that the giant known as Google is paying homage to this music genre with a commemorative doodle. 

The artist behind the image is none other than Cey Adams — a visual artist and founding creative director of Def Jam records.

The folks at Google actually sat down with the players that came up with the whole idea to pay tribute to Hip Hop in this way.

I recall the early days of rap (Hip Hop’s predecessor). I was living in the Bronx, New York, and my homies and I got down with rap forefathers Run-D.M.C., Whodini, Grandmaster Flash, Kurtis Blow and The Sugarhill Gang. Little did we know that one day the music coming out of our little neighborhood would be — what’s the word?


Judging from what “The Keyword Team” of Google learned, what had happened was… Continue reading

Take a Look! O, The Oprah Magazine ‘Share the Adventure’ Cruise Was Awesome! (Photos)

A VIEW FROM THE TOP. Sailing from Seattle on Share the Adventure Cruise, ms Eurodam. Photo courtesy HAL.

*For those of us who didn’t get the memo, from the looks of things Oprah and guests who did had an O-mazing time on the ‘Share the Adventure’ cruise that brought together some of the world’s foremost visionaries for an entire week as they set sail from Seattle to Alaska. 

It was a week chock full of talks and activities aboard “ms Eurodam” and along with partners at the Holland America Line, O, The Oprah Magazine, is now sharing the adventure with the rest of us in an array of exclusive photos and video.

Orlando Ashford, president, Holland America Line welcome guests to ms Eurodam for Share the Adventure Cruise. Photo courtesy HAL.

 Throughout the week guests took part in morning meditation with yoga instructor Sara Ivanhoe and explored eating well with Impatient Foodie founder Elettra Wiedemann. 

Morning Yoga! Photo courtesy HAL.
Elettra Wiedemann, author of the new Impatient Foodie cookbook and blog leads a session of Let’s Eat! during Share the Adventure Cruise. Photo courtesy HAL.

O, The Oprah Magazine editor in chief Lucy Kaylin and editor at large Gayle King shared a peek behind the scenes of the award-winning magazine, explaining how they bring the pages to life.

Doesn’t Oprah’s BFF and O, The Oprah Magazine editor-at-large, Gayle King, look great? Photo courtesy HAL.

Kaylin and books editor Leigh Haber each led conversations with Pulitzer Prize-winner and New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Strout for the first-ever O?s Reading Room.

Author Elizabeth Strout signs copies of her book for excited guests. Photo courtesy HAL.

After viewing scenic Glacier Bay, Oprah Winfrey took to Eurodam?s Mainstage to host A Conversation with Oprah.  Speaking at two full-house engagements, Winfrey shared her journey to success, her self-proclaimed ‘Year of Adventure’ and the desire for this cruise to be the start of something meaningful for those on board.

Photo courtesy HAL.

?We are in the business of trying to expand the way people see themselves and their lives, and that?s what travel does,? explained Winfrey.

?I want it to be more than just a trip.  I want it to be the start of something big that started with this adventure of a lifetime that fuels and feeds in a way that is grand and deep and wide,? she added

Gayle King (left) Editor at Large, O, The Oprah Magazine, chats with SuperSoul 100 and fitness evangelist Angela Davis and answers questions from fans. Photo courtesy HAL.
India.Arie performed. Here she engages with the crowd. Photo courtesy HAL.
Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford (left) and O, The Oprah Magazine Editor at Large Gayle King (right), lead teams at the Game Night competition. Photo courtesy HAL.

?The first cruise in our partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine was tremendous; the energy and inspirational atmosphere on Eurodam was felt by all and truly something special,? said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line.

?The incredible caliber of talent and performances on the Share the Adventure Cruise exceeded expectations, and we leave this week with a lifetime of memories and lessons on how to live your best life.?

International fitness evangelist Angela Davis motivates guests aboard ms Eurodam. Photo courtesy HAL.

The July 15 cruise was the first of several special cruises with Holland America Line and O, The Oprah Magazine. Four additional Adventure of Your Life cruises with SuperSoul 100 Members (to be announced) will set sail as follows:

November 29, 2017 ? 11-Day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on ms Koningsdam.
March 3, 2018 ? 7-Day Tropical Caribbean roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on ms Nieuw Amsterdam.
August 11, 2018 ? 7-Day Alaska roundtrip from Seattle on ms Eurodam.
October 28, 2018 ? 7-Day Eastern Caribbean roundtrip Fort Lauderdale on ms Nieuw Amsterdam.

In addition, more than 300 Holland America Line cruises sailing from North America from August 2017 through 2018 will offer a variety of engaging activities developed with the magazine?s editors and designed to nourish body and soul.