Stacey Dash and The Game give stellar performances in House Arrest, on DVD March 26, 2013
*Josiah Films LLC, in association with Rhythm Pictures LLC presents House Arrest starring Stacey Dash and The Game who deliver stellar performances as a couple torn apart by lies and the crime. The Lionsgate Home Entertainment Andrea Weathersby film, House Arrest, follows the life of the beautiful Stacey Dash (Dysfunction Friends) who plays Chanel Willows, a high maintenance woman pampered by boyfriend DeAndre (The Game).
Without knowing it she has been pulled into the computer chip schemes of her boyfriend and is now under house arrest. Although she is innocent her boyfriend wants her to take the fall because for him it would be three-strikes with the law. She is torn on what to do because of her love for him until she learns he has been unfaithful.
While forced to stay home Chanel faces the fact that her high-powered lifestyle has made her neglect her family and young daughter. Overseen by a ruthless patrol officer played by Rolonda Watts, Chanel goes through an evolution. Comedian Red Grant does an outstanding job as her best male ‘gay’ friend.
Also starring in House Arrest are BeBe Drake, Shelli Boone, Roy Fegan, Chico Benymon, Corey Blevins, Jesse Garcia, Oliver Brown, Jonathan “Lil J” McDaniel and Kiera Washington. Rated R House Arrest is directed by William Washington and produced by Miriam Holder-Jacobs. Written and executive produced by Andrea Weathersby and Cassius V. Weathersby, House Arrest arrives on DVD March 26, 2013.
Vesta Williams feels completion with ‘Seven,’ her last album to be released March 26, 2013
*“We didn’t have a name at the time,’ said Devon Collins owner of Stimuli Films which is releasing the seventh album of the deceased vocal legend. “This goes back a long time. We been friends for years and she asked to do a record in 1995…we stayed in touch. I was in L. A. talking about starting a record label…and Vesta’s name came up and while we were there Vesta called me.”
As I listened to the story behind the last recorded music of Vesta Williams, told by Devon and the album’s producer Tony Nicholas, it became clear to me she – if even subconsciously – knew her days here were coming to a completion.
“She still had that voice…to put out a good record,” he pointed out. “We had just completed it and I asked her several times (about the title) and she kept saying, ‘Seven represents completion.’ She really wanted that ‘home’ feel. It was really an important album to her.”
Edwin Nicholas, Devon Collins and Kahlil I. Pedizisai produced the “Seven” project for Vesta who began singing as backup for Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Stephanie Mills and Anita Baker. She released her own album in 1989 titled “Vesta 4U.” Her third album “Special” garnered a #2 R&B Chart topper for the single of the same name. Other hits that came out of her previous six recorded album releases include “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” and “Sweet, Sweet, Love.”
“She knew something. A lot of the things she said only now make sense,” Tony said about Vesta. “She really wanted to give back. We brainstormed a social campaign around…young women.”
“I kept asking her, completion of what?” Devon added. “She was adamant that in seven months she wanted it to come out.”
Vesta Williams “Seven” just released its first single “Better Days,” a powerful and uplifting farewell gift.
Caribbean-American Opera singer Bridgette Cooper releases an album of ‘Great American Art Songs’
*Well known Caribbean-American opera singer Bridgette “Bri” Cooper releases new album of a collection of independent composers in “Great American Art Songs.” Also an actress Bridgette has appeared on “The Wire” and seems very excited to introduce to main stream her genre of music.
“These are less known composers of our time,” Bri pointed out. “I’m excited to educate the audience.”
When we talked about the opportunities a woman of color can received in the classical genre Bri said, “I wanted to perform at Carnegie Hall and I got a chance to do that, I wanted to go to Europe and I had that opportunity… to study in Australia. I want to perform with the Metropolitan Opera. I’m getting closer to it.”
Her acting role on The Wire to Bri was a learning experience.
“At first I was not going to do the extra role…but later they said they had another part,” Cooper emphasized about the benefit of extra roles. “The days are long and you have to be on time. When I do opera that’s it…we have to rehearse and there is no learning while you are doing it.”
Bri said she is working on an Opera Hip-Hop merger project. Find out more about Bridgette Cooper and her “Great American Art Songs” at www.BridgetteCooper.wix.com.
(Columnist: Eunice Moseley is a PR/media & promotions consultant, and as well as a syndicated entertainment columnist for over 20 years – www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)
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