*The year of 2015 for The Pulse of Entertainment was a year of old school interviews and breakthrough movie and red carpeted event reviews. The syndicated column has an estimated readership of ¼ million a week and its website www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com receives over 60,000 hits a week. The year started with an interview with Grammy nominated and ASCAP Golden Note Award recipient Johnny Gills (New Edition) about his new solo album “Game Changer.” His first album was released in 1983. His greatest hits include “My, My, My,” “Rub You the Right Way” and his duet with Stacey Latisaw “A Perfect Combination.”
Three-time ASCAP winner Hip-Hop vocalist Lil’ Mo’s interview followed. It was concerning her role in TV One’s “R&B Divas of Los Angeles.” Her debut album was in 1998 titled “Based on a True Story.” An interview with nine-time Grammy Award nominated Charlie Wilson (The Gap Band) followed. The interview was about his “Forever Charlie Tour” featuring KEM and Joe. Charlie debuted with his brothers, The Gap Band, in 1967 and his first solo album was in 1992. Event reviews for 2015 started with the SAG Awards where I was able to interview SAG-AFTRA president Tony and Emmy Award winner Ken Howard (Rambo), Emmy Award winner William H. Macy (Magnolia) and Catherine Curtin (The Bourne Conspiracy). Movie reviews for the start of the 2015 year began with Disney’s McFarland USA starring Academy and Emmy Award winner Kevin Costner (Water World) as the coach of a group of Latino high school students who achieved the impossible. McFarland USA was based on a true story. Universal Picture’s Marvel Jurassic World, the 4th installment of the Jurassic franchise, was a marvelously wild adventure film produced by Steven Spielberg.
So many interviews, events and movie reviews followed, but of them all my favorites included Grammy Award winning Jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum whom I interviewed twice – once for the released on his latest CD “The Gospel According to Jazz Chapter IV” and then for a review of his documentary film of the making and concert performance of the album. Grammy nominated Maysa’s interview was about her new Shanachie Entertainment album release “Back to Love” featuring Stokely (Mint Condition) and Phil Perry. Two-time Grammy winner Lalah Hathaway’s interview was about her “Lalah Hathaway…Live” album release. The Pulse of Entertainment interviewed three-time Grammy Award winner Jill Scott about her new album release “Woman.” Gospel legend four-time Grammy Award winner Karen Clark Sheard (The Clark Sisters) was interviewed about her new solo album “Destined to Win.” Legendary actor Academy and Emmy Award winner Louis Gossett Jr. (Roots) was interviewed about his thoughts on overflow of reality shows.
Other breakthrough movies reviewed that I felt were excellent in script writing, performances and its message was Universal Pictures’ Steve Jobs which provided a look into a genius’ mind; Warner Bros’ The 33, an accord of the true experiences of 33 miners trapped very deep in the earth for over two months proving calm heads prevail; Universal Pictures Straight Outta Compton, the true accord of the rise of the Hip-Hop group N. W.A. (Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and Eazy E), gave their history to the audience straight and did not hold back; 20th Century Fox’s Hitman: Agent 47 was a breakthrough film as well it took a video game and made a powerful action film; Warner Bros/MGM’s Max, was a rare film because it was about a German Shepard who was a shell shocked war hero; Paramount Picture’s Terminator Gynisys, the 4th installment of the Terminator franchise starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, began a new era for the Terminator films, and the two films that ended 2015 was Warner Bros.’ In the Heart of the Sea starring Chris Hemsworth (Thor), based on the classic tale of Moby Dick, was directed and co-produced by Academy Award winner Ron Howard and the Columbia Pictures’ presentation of Concussion starring Academy Award winner Will Smith (iRobot, Bad Boys) was also based on a true story of the ordeal of Dr. Bennet Omalu with the NFL and FBI concerning his published evidence of football players dieing as the result of head trauma.
Red carpeted events that stood out for The Pulse of Entertainment included the Bergman’s Oscar and Emmy Style gift suite events, the NAMM Tech Awards, ABC/Disney’s press day for new programming, and BMI’s Hip-Hop/R&B Awards. Other film reviews of 2015 that need mention is Columbia Pictures’ Chappie; Walt Disney’s The Good Dinosaur; New Line Cinema’s Vacation, a Griswold franchise installment film; Walt Disney/Marvel’s Ant-Man, and the Weinstein presentation of Southpaw, a film based on the life of Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World Billy Hope. Additional interviews in 2015 that need mention include Bill Duke (Predator); Gospel group Virtue; Chris Brown’s artist Kevin McCall was interviewed twice; Jacob Latimore (Maze Runner); Kathy Sledge (Sister Sledge); Dove Award winner Marvin Sapp; an old friend comedian/actress Luenell (Hotel Transylvania); eight-time Grammy Award Nominated Jazmine Sullivan (RCA Records); platinum selling Lyfe Jennings; actor/film director Robert Townsend (The Mighty Quinn); Grammy Award winning David Banner; Jazz saxophonist Najee; Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”); Dove Award winner Phillip Bryant; Laz Alonzo (NBC’s “Mysteries of Laura”), and Billboard winner KEM.
The year 2015 was another outstanding year for The Pulse of Entertainment and we look forward to 2016 for another year of interviews and reviews. Keep up-to-date with The Pulse of Entertainment and what’s happening in the entertainment industry by logging onto its website at www.ThePuseofEnterttainment.com.
SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: Sat April 16, 2016 the “Uplifting Minds II” Free Entertainment Conference founded by Moseley arrives in Baltimore at Security Square Mall and Sat October 22, 2016 (TBC) the “Uplifting Minds II” Free Entertainment Conference at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA. www.UpliftingMinds2.com.)