Clifton Powell

*”It’s a wonderful journey of a father finding himself learning to trust,” said actor/director/producer Clifton Powell about the new Warner Bros. feature film Preacher’s Kid that hits theaters on January 29, 2010.

The film stars Latoya Luckett a platinum-selling singer and co-founder/former Destiny’s Child member. Latoya plays Angie King who dreams of fame and the lime-light. Her father, a minister, is dead-set against such a dream taking her out into the world.

Rebellious and in search of her dream she leaves home and joins a traveling Gospel show. Through circumstances – that normally occur in the music business – she learns how hard that life can be and how important family support is to a happy and fore-filling life. Clifton Powell plays Ike, her hard-nose road manager who tries to protect her.

“All mothers, fathers, sons and daughters should see the film, it’s very moving,” Powell added. “I have a 17 year-old daughter. She’s a good girl, but a teenager, so the storyline did attract me.”

Clifton said Stan Foster, the films’ writer and director approached him with the part. Fosters work include T.D. Jakes’ Woman, Thou Art Loosed. Also starring in the Preacher’s Kid is Grammy Award nominee Trey Songz, R&B singer/songwriter Tank, Sharif Atkins (USA Networks’ “White Collar”), Gregalan Williams (Remember the Titans), Essence Atkins (TBS’s “Are We There Yet”), and Gospel singer Kierra “KiKi” Sheard.

Powell started in the entertainment business as an actor appearing in such films has House Party (1990), Bill Duke’s Deep Cover (1992); Rush Hour (1998), Menace II Society, Next Friday, Lockdown and Bones (all in 2000); Never Die Alone, Ray and Woman thou Art Loosed (all in 2004). In television Clifton has appeared in “The Jamie Foxx Show,” “NYPD Blue,” “House” and “CSI.” As a director his work includes There’s a Stranger in my House (2009) starring Vivica A. Fox and Man of her Desires – a comedy starring Jackee Harry, Dave Hollister and Shirley Murdock.

For more on the Gener8ion Entertainment/Warner Bros Pictures’ feature film “Preacher’s Kid” log onto www.PreachersKidMovie.com.

Le Kat

*Le Kat takes you back in time with her new CD project ‘Boudoir Rouge’

Deeply rooted in her style and music is the 1930s, Le Kat (Kathy Lester) recorded a CD project titled “Boudoir Rouge” that takes us back to that period.  The CD offers vintage Jazz, Moody-Blues, Cabaret and Pop selections. Even the cover of the actual CD looks like a vintage 45 vinyl record.

“This is pretty much my style…I’m inspired by Hollywood and Jazz. It’s like my alter ego,” singer/songwriter Le Kat said. “I so wanted to live in that time. People say I ooze sex and I don’t try.”

Well the title of the CD, “Boudoir Rouge,” is an excellent description of her music style and image, but I must say even though it’s “oozing sex” Le Kat seems to come out looking like a very classy lady. Appearing on the CD with her are Tabanou (guitar/keyboards); Aaron Kaplan (guitar/banjo/mandolin), Brett Simons (bassist), Doug Webb (saxophonist/clarinet), Larry Williams (trumpeter), David Langlois (percussion/washboard), Jimmy Levine (pianist), and Mark David (drummer).

“I wanted to re-create the sound,” said Le Kat about using a live band.

My favorite cuts on the “Boudoir Rouge” CD include “Mista Twista” for its Be-Bop sound and I love the horn support of Doug Webb; “River” for its club feel; “More” for the upright bass used by Brett Simons – it really takes you back in time, and “I Need a Man” for her very passionate vocals – plus I also love the horn.

“The songs I write are usually actual people’s experiences,” Le Kat added. “‘Desire’ is one of my favorites and ‘River’ …I was very moved when I wrote it, I felt the world was so troubled. I was moved by the intolerance in this world.”

 

For more information on Le Kat or her CD, “Boudoir Rouge,” log onto www.LeKatMusic.com.