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Eunice Moseley is a syndicated columnist of The Pulse of Entertainment, which has an estimated syndicated readership of 1/4 million a week. She is also a PR/Media & Promotions consultant at her firm Freelance Associates (www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com) located in Baltimroe and Los Angeles, is the founder and coordiantor of the 'Uplifting Minds II' Entertainment Conference (www.UpliftingMinds2.com) held annually in Baltimroe and Los Angeles, as well as, the Promotions Director (at-large) at The Baltimore Times.
Nineteen year-old Lexee Harris, an author/illustrator, to host a book signing of her "Samarakan" comic book series at Source Comics & Books store in Minnesota. (Photo credit: Ron Harris)

Author/Illustrator Lexee Harris Hosts Book Signing Sat. Oct 25 at Source Comics & Games

Nineteen year-old Lexee Harris, an author/illustrator, to host a book signing of her "Samarakan" comic book series at Source Comics & Books store in Minnesota. (Photo credit: Ron Harris)

Nineteen year-old Lexee Harris, an author/illustrator, to host a book signing of her “Samarakan” comic book series at Source Comics & Games store in Minnesota. (Photo credit: Ron Harris)

Minnesota’s multi-talented young artist Lexee Harris to host a comic book signing event Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Source Comic & Games (2057 Snelling North) store in Roseville, Minnesota between 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. “Samarakan” is a three comic book series written and illustrated by Harris. The comic book signing is to promote the finale of the series, reprinted by demand by Source Comic & Games bookstore.

This is the fourth comic book signing for the young artist, who is also an Indie/Pop singer, songwriter (two original songs on movie soundtracks), model (Sketchers) and actress. Each comic book signing resulted in sold-out books. Harris is currently working on a children’s book titled “Let Them Dance.”

Lexee Crystal, as she is known on stage, had four of her original songs for her debut album added to the playlist of Minnesota’s HOTT Radio (www.MinnesotaHOTTRadio.com). Her singles include ”I’m Feeling Lucky” (http://soundcloud.com/lexeecrystal/im-feeling-lucky), which appeared on the sound track of a new 2014 romantic comedy “Lucky Dog; “I See,” “Gypsy Caravan” (co-written by Baltimore native singer/songwriter Neenah Taylor), and “Breathless,” which was placed on the soundtrack of the ION Channel original movie presentation “A Star for Christmas” (http://soundcloud.com/lexeecrystal/breathless). All the songs are produced and co-written by Brandon Jarrett (MoHo Productions).

“Gypsy Caravan,” “Breathless” and “I See” reached #5 on Reverb Nation’s Alternative Chart. As a singer Lexee has performed for the Minnesota “Up and Rising Back to School Bash,” and at the Minnesota Urban League Family Day.

As an actress Lexee has starred in a recruitment commercial for North Dakota State College, the dramatic film The Family Guardians, produced and director by Lee H. Jordan, and in the Minnesota stage production of “Alice in Wonderland.”

Lexee’s is also a model who has appeared in a national Skechers print campaign and Mini Mogul Music’s full-page print advertisement spread – which appeared in Pop Star Magazine.

Lexee’s comic book illustrations are expertly done, bind by a colorful hard-back cover, published under the Crystal Publishing Group imprint. You can learn more about them at www.Amazon.com (http://amzn.to/11CGufv), www.iTunes.com and on her website at www.LexeeCrystal.com. The “Samarakan” book-series are also available in several outlets throughout the Minnesota area, such as The Source Comic and Games store in Roseville, MN.

Learn more about Lexee by logging onto her website at www.LexeeCrystal.com or befriend her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lexeecrystal, or email her management at [email protected].

You can hear all her singles at Reverbnation (http://www.reverbnation.com/lexeecrystal), iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/gypsy-caravan-single/id497017077) and at CDBaby (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/lexeecrystal)

Billboard Music Award winner KEM releases new album 'Promise to Love' featuring Ron Isley and Snoop Dogg.

The Pulse of Entertainment: KEM Releases New album ‘Promise to Love’ on Motown

Billboard Music winner KEM releases new album, ‘Promise to Love,’ on Motown Records

Billboard Music Award winner KEM releases new album 'Promise to Love' featuring Ron Isley and Snoop Dogg.

Billboard Music Award winner KEM releases new album ‘Promise to Love’ featuring Ron Isley and Snoop Dogg.

*“It was diffidently time for a new album in this day and age to wait four years is unheard of,” said Billboard Music Award winner KEM about the release of his fourth studio album “Promise to Love” on Motown Records. “(The album is about) love, faith and relationships…the most dearly, most important things in our lives.”

The two-time Grammy Award nominated singer/songwriter released the “It’s You” single that reached #3 on UAC radio. The highly anticipated album features Snoop Dogg on “Downtown” and Ronald Isley on “My Favorite Thing.”

“There is, on top of love, a mixture of R&B, more traditional…and a little bit of grease in it, “ KEM pointed out. “There are a lot more up-tempo (songs) than previous albums. I have Snoop on this album…that’s a real treat.”

His first major record label deal was with Universal Motown, which re-released his debut album, “Kemistry” (he previously released on his own label Kemistry Records). KEM’s third album at Motown, “Intimacy” was released in 2010 and debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top 20 Albums. Including the previous albums, “Kemistry” and “KEM Album II”, KEM has garnered two Grammy Award nominations, a Soul Train and BET Centric Award nomination, and a Billboard Music Award win.

“My goal is always…to create music that my fans want to hear,” KEM concluded, “…and gain more fans.”

You can visit www.MusicByKEM.com for more information about KEM’s upcoming appearances, and his “Promise to Love” album.

Columbia Pictures’ Fury is the definition of bravery, in theatres October 17, 2014

Brad Pitt stars in and executive produce the Columbia Pictures' presentation of Fury, an American Tank Team.

Brad Pitt stars in and executive produce the Columbia Pictures’ presentation of Fury, an American Tank Team story.

*The David Ayer directed Columbia Pictures’ presentation of Fury is the definition of bravery. The Brad Pitt (12 Years a Slave) produced action/drama follows five men put together by chance at a time when the world was at war. Fury hits theaters October 17, 2014.

Fury, their tank’s name, one of the last tanks left in the war against Hitler, and its crossing Germany checking village after village, house after house for the final stages of the war. It’s the final stages of the war and we seem to be winning it even though we have out-dated equipment and low on supplies.

Five tank members, lead by Wardaddy (Academy Award winner Brad Pit), find themselves at an important position charged with stopping the final attacked by the Nazi trying to gain back control of Germany. Though the Nazi equipment was more modern than the tank the American team had, and the ratio – 200 German soldiers against 5 in one tank – meant they all would probably die – they decided to stand.

Emmy Award winner Shia LaBeouf (Transformer: Dark of the Moon), Logan Lerman, Michael Pena (End of Watch, Turbo) and Jon Bernthal (Snitch) completed the tank team. Fury also stars Scott Eastwood and Jason Isaac. Producing with Pitt are Bill Block, Ayers, Ethan Smith, and John Lesher. The Rated R film is executively produced by Brad, Sasha Shapiro, Anton Lessine, Alex Ott, and Ben Waisbren. Fury is presented in association with QED International and LStar Capital. It is a QED International/Le Grisbi Productions/ Crave Films production by David Ayer.

The 17th annual First Ladies High Tea highlights extraordinary ladies of the church

Music executive Vicki Mack, cofounder of GospelCentric - now owned by Sony Music, and current owner of Central South Distributers recevied the 'Focus Award' by First Ladies High Tea.

Music executive Vicki Mack, cofounder of GospelCentric – now owned by Sony Music, and current owner of Central South Distributers recevied the ‘Focus Award’ by First Ladies High Tea.

*BET’s Dr. Bobby Jones of the “Bobby Jones Gospel” show co-hosted the 17th annual First Ladies High Tea at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Dr. Jones a Grammy Award winner brought his larger than life personality to shine the light on extraordinary first ladies of the church – women whose husbands lead the church.

The First Ladies High Tea event honors a long list of first ladies of the church, along with a fashion show and performances. I covered the red carpet arrivals and had a chance to talk briefly with Dr. Bobby Jones, and Vicki Mack Lataillade who received a special honor, the “Focus Award.” Vicki co-founded GospelCentric, a record label, which is currently owned by Sony Music, and is now one of the largest Gospel labels in the world. GospelCentric is where Kirk Franklin, J. Moss, and Dorinda Clark Cole are signed. She is now owner of Central South Distribution, the largest black owned Gospel record distributer in the world, grossing over 300 million a year.

“I started the label that Kirk Franklin is on…I partnered with Jimmy Levine,” said music executive Vicki Mack about her jaw-dropping career. “They call me the Berry Gordy of Gospel. I own a distribution company now.” When I asked her what challenges of being a woman in the music business she said, “Everything is a challenge, especially being a woman in business.”

I also had a chance to talk to April Weeden-White who is married to Bishop John White (Dominion Hilltop Ministry) who resides over eight churches across the country. April is also a stuntwoman who has doubled for Halle’ Berry, Jennifer Lopez, and Regina King.

“I enjoy being a first lady,” said April Weeden-White about her position in her husbands’ churches. “Being a first lady you have to be handy at all times and you have to be a people person…and I am a people person…because people will be pulling on you.”

Dr. Beverly Crawford, pastor of Bible Enrichment Fellowship International Church, co-hosted the event with Dr. Jones. Tony and Emmy Award winning Cicely Tyson received the “Legacy Award.” Grammy Award winner Smokie Norful and Grammy nominated Tata Vega performed.

(Syndicated Columnist: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations/Business consult at Freelance Associates, and Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. Her Event: “Uplifting Minds II” free entertainment conference arrives in Hollywood, CA Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Celebrity Center with appearances by EURweb.com publisher Lee Bailey, actress Ellia English (Disney’s “Good Luck Charlie”), singer/songwriter Gramma Funk (“I See You Baby”), and celebrity photographer Koi Sojer. ULMII comes back to Baltimore Sat. April 18, 2015 at Security Square Mall. www.UpliftingMinds2.com, www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com

Disney releases Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, starring Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell.

The Pulse of Entertainment: ‘Alexander and the Terrible’ Stars Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell

Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day makes bad days fun, stars Jennifer Garner-Afflect and Steve Carell, arrives in theaters December 10, 2014

Disney releases Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, starring Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell.

Disney releases Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, starring Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell.

*”Alex is quit relatable,” said Ed Oxenbould who plays Alexander in Disney’s presentation of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day that stars SAG Award nominated Jennifer Garner-Affleck (The Odd Life of Timothy Green) and Golden Globe winner Steve Carell (Get Smart). “Other kids can relate to him.”

Alex is a high school aged typical boy who seems to always have a bad day, so much so it goes unnoticed by this family. Jennifer is Kelly Cooper the very busy career mother who works for a book publishing company, and Steve (“The Office”) is Ben Cooper an out of work/but looking father. It is Alexander’s birthday and he makes a wish that his family – which also includes the very handsome brother Anthony Cooper played by Dylan Minnette (“Scandal”), and aspiring actress/singer sister Emily Cooper played by Kerris Dorsey (Money Ball) – would experience a bad day too.

So everyone, except Alexander, is having a bad day on his birthday, but as Ed said the characters are all so relatable they make bad days fun. At the end of the day everything works out as things do.

The comedic film is based on the 1972 classic children’s book by Judith Viorst of the same name. The Cooper family also includes adorable baby Trevor played by twins Elise and Zoey Vagas. Out of work Ben Cooper has the duty of babysitting baby Trevor. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is full of laughs for the whole family.

Miguel Arteta directed the Rated PG film. The screenplay was written by Rob Lieber, and it was produced by Dan Levine, Lisa Henson and Shawn Levy.

Universal Pictures’ Dracula Untold puts the human twist on an epic tale, in theaters December 10, 2014

Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6) stars in the Universal Picture presentation Dracula Untold.

Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6) stars in the Universal Picture presentation Dracula Untold.

*Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, screenwriters, put the human twist on an epic tale of the vampire in Universal Pictures’ action/horror film Dracula Untold. The Rated PG-13 fantasy film is based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Dracula Untold stars Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6) as Vlad III the Impaler aka Count Dracula, and Sarah Gadon as his wife.

The film draws you in as it focuses on the struggles of a caring, but ruthless, king as he rules his kingdom. This storyline brings in the human side where you see his love and devotion for his family, and what lengths he would go to protect them.

Vlad III was faced with giving away 1,000 young boys from his kingdom for the emperor’s army, or dying to protect them. He decided to use an ancient power from a cursed vampire so he could destroy the emperor’s arm, but there was a catch.

Also starring in Dracula Untold are Dominic Cooper, Charles Dance, Art Parkinson, and Samantha Barks. It is directed by Gary Shore and produced by Michael De Luca. The Legendary Pictures, Relativity Media, Michael De Luca Production arrives in theaters October 10, 2014.

You can log onto www.DraculaUntold.com for more information.

Jazz keyboardist Patrick Bradley releases ‘Can You Hear Me” featuring Dave Koz and Rick Braun

Jazz keyboardist Patrick Bradley releases new album, 'Can You Hear Me,' features Dave Koz and Rick Braun.

Jazz keyboardist Patrick Bradley releases new album, ‘Can You Hear Me,’ features Dave Koz and Rick Braun.

*“This one was inspired by a need to write music,” said Contemporary Jazz Fusion keyboardist Patrick Bradley about his new album release, “Can You Hear Me,” that features saxophonist Dave Koz, trumpeter Rick Braun and saxophonist Eric Marienthal. ”It all unfolded. I wanted to have a song for my mother…she passed away in 2008. It was some heavy stuff going on. ‘Can You Hear Me’ ended up the single.”

The “Can You Hear Me” album is produced by Jeff Lorber. My favorite cuts on the album include the title track because that horn support is a perfect blend to Bradley’s keys; “All In” because I love the excellent Smooth Jazz feel to it; “For Her” for its funky Jazz style, and I love the lead guitar support; “Shoreline” for Patrick’s skills on the keys; “Voyage” has that Latin feel I love, and the horn support was amazing; “Catalan” also had a funky Jazz feel because of the way he played, and “Sierra” is a nice number with a futuristic sound to it.

You can learn more about Patrick Bradley and his new album “Can You Hear It” by logging onto www.PatrickBradleyMusic.com.

(Syndicated Columnist: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations/Business consult at Freelance Associates, and Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. Her Events: “Uplifting Minds II” free entertainment conference arrives in Hollywood, CA Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Celebrity Center with appearances by EURweb.com publisher Lee Bailey, actress Ellia English (Disney’s “Good Luck Charlie”), singer/songwriter Gramma Funk (“I See You Baby”), and celebrity photographer Koi Sojer. ULMII comes back to Baltimore Sat. April 18, 2015 at Security Square Mall. www.UpliftingMinds2.com, www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)

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EURweb Publisher Lee Bailey to Serve on ‘Uplifting Minds II Entertainment Conference Panel

Former radio DJ, EURweb.com publisher, Lee Bailey to serve on the “Uplifting Minds II” entertainment conference panel  Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Celebrity Centre

Former radio DJ, EURweb.com publisher Lee Bailey serves on "Uplifting Minds II" panel Saturday, October 25, 2014.

Former radio DJ, EURweb.com publisher, Lee Bailey serves on “Uplifting Minds II” panel Saturday, October 25, 2014.

*Famed former radio personality Lee “The Voice” Bailey, publisher of the www.EURweb.com entertainment news online magazine, will serve on the judges’ panel at the Saturday, October 25 2014 “Uplifting Minds II” (ULMII) entertainment conference.

The conference is free and open to the public and offers an entertainment business seminar panel discussion from 1 – 3pm, and a national talent showcase competition from 3 – 5pm. Ten acts will perform and be judged in two of three categories – vocal, songwriting and dance. “Uplifting Minds II” will be held at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood (5930 Franklin Avenue, 90028/free parking).

Bailey has served on the panel for the national conference in Los Angeles for 11 years, the event is held annually in Baltimore as well. He is also the event’s online media sponsor via EURweb.com. Lee is an Air Force veteran who, because of his voice, was asked to DJ on KPOP in Sacramento. He went on to syndicate his show of black entertainment news, as Radioscope to over 40 stations across the country. His entertainment news is now available at EURweb.com. The website started in 1997 and has an estimated 85,000 visitors week. He also has an EURweb newsletter distributed via email daily with an estimated 200,000 subscribers. His entertainment news is also available via mobile devices and on TransiTV where bus/train riders in Los Angeles, Chicago, Orlando, Milwaukee and Atlanta can see the latest black entertainment news on TV monitors.

Joining Lee Bailey on the Saturday, October 25, 2014 “Uplifting Minds II” entertainment conference’s national talent showcase competition judges panel is stage/TV actress and Jazz singer Ellia English (Dreamgirls/”Curve Your Enthusiasm,” and Disney’s “Good Luck Charlie”); Celebrity Hip-Hop veteran photographer Koi Sojer, and Gramma Funk, famed singer/songwriter whose hit single “I See You Baby” can be heard on the Nike’ Fuel Band commercial (http://youtu.be/BicFswXw2_U ).

The 15 year-old entertainment conference’s talent showcase competition will award three acts (vocal, songwriting and dance) with its blue crystal ball ULMII Award, and a list of prizes that include “free product shelf-space” from Dimensions In Music record store in downtown Baltimore; a “free public relations strategy and business management consult for a month” from Eunice Moseley, MS, M.B.A. president of Freelance Associates, a PR and business consultant firm (PRSA/ www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com/FreelanceAssociates.html); “free entertainment business consult” from entertainment business mogul Paul Gardner, II (www.TheGardnerLawGroup.com); “free music track, studio time and promotions” from five-time ULMII winner and Virgin Island producer  Marvin Davis aka V.I.P. (www.DustDemAFF.com); “free vocal coaching” from professional singer and vocal coach Nadiyah Kareem (Superstar Enter.); “free make-up application/stylist consult” from Jeneanne Collins president of Rebellious Beauty; “free commercial photo shoot” from commercial photographer Ty Moore (www.IAmSharpEye.com); “free photo shoot and road management consult” from tour manager (Anita Baker, Temptations) and professional photographer Gar Roberts (www.Garman.zenfolio.com), and “talent management consult” from talent manager Cordell Capone – Natalie Nunn, reality star on “Bad Girls Club” – (www.CordellCapone.com).

To inquire about talent slot availability call 562-424-3836, or email [email protected], or register at www.UpliftingMinds2.com.

 

 

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Tony Award winning, four-time Grammy and Emmy Award nominated Melba Moore to release first albbum in 20 years, 'Forever Moore.'

The Pulse of Entertainment: Tony Winning, Grammy and Emmy Nominated Melba Moore to Release ‘Forever Moore’

After 20 years Tony winning, four-time Grammy and Emmy nominated Melba Moore to release ‘Forever Moore’

Tony Award winning, four-time Grammy and Emmy Award nominated Melba Moore to release first albbum in 20 years, 'Forever Moore.'

Tony Award winning, four-time Grammy and Emmy Award nominated Melba Moore to release first album in 20 years, ‘Forever Moore.’

*“It’s just been so long,” said Melba Moore, a Tony winning, four-time Grammy and Emmy Award nominated singer best known for her hit songs “Lean On Me” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

“We had been looking for a song writer and found one in Dominic McFadden. I’ve worked with McFadden and Whitehead (“You Stepped Into My Life” hit #3 on the charts) but did not  know they had someone else (in the family) with talent. I give credit to my manager (Ron Richardson) who was out there looking and found Dominic. I have quit a few songwriters but he is really good.”

Melba Moore’s upcoming, much anticipated, new album is titled “Forever Moore,” same name as a cabaret act she starred in (2011). Through the years shehas starred in a one-woman show called “Sweet Songs of the Soul,” now called “Still Standing: The Melba Moore Story.” The first single off the album was “Love Is,” and the current single she is promoting is “Just Dance.”

The single “Just Dance” has a catchy beat and Melba’s vocals keep up with the tempo expertly.

“It’s a fresh start,” the Broadway legend said about her new music when I mentioned her voice seems ageless. “Some people…time goes by and the voice doesn’t hold up…the body makes changes.”

Moore said music has to be universal because it’s all about tourist now days.

“People come from different countries,” she said when I asked her what she thinks of the music today as compared to 20 years ago. “African-Americans still are the foundation of all music.”

Melba said it’s all about the beat, “The beat is contagious…with the beat you become hooked. The beat will catch you. The industry makes you listen when you are young…then as a teen you are use to ‘graveyard’ music (dark lyrics). Music is so powerful and influential to people.”

During Melba Moore’s career her music was influential she broke many stereotypes and barriers. She was the first black Broadway singer in “Hair.” She won a Tony Award for her role in Broadway’s “Purlie” in 1970. She sang “Purlie” and “I Got Love” which shot her to stardom, and landed her a record deal with Mercury Records. At Mercury she earned a Grammy Award nomination. She went on to star in her own television show with Clifton Davis.

Moore went into acting starring as Harriet Tubman, which garnered her an Emmy Award nomination. She went on as a singer to earn three more Grammy Award nominations, one for her hit “Lean on Me.”

“I try to present a positive attitude,” she said when asked about her longevity in the entertainment industry. “I’m open to criticism. People have a right to express themselves. You see people jump on the bandwagon to be like someone else. We can feel each other….but be who you are.”

You can log onto www.MelbaMoore.com for more information about her upcoming new album “Forever Moore.”

ABC’s ‘Forever’ stars Ioan Gruffudd and Alana De La Garza, airs on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four) and Oscar nominated Judd Hirsch (Ordinary People) star in ABC's crime/drama 'Forever.'

Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four) and Oscar nominated Judd Hirsch (Ordinary People) star in ABC’s crime/drama ‘Forever.’

*“He’s been around for 250 years,” said Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four/Horrible Bosses) who stars in the ABC crime/drama/fantasy series “Forever” as Dr. Henry Morgan. It also stars Alana De La Garza (“Law & Order”, “CSI: Miami’) as Detective Jo Martinez, and Oscar nominated Judd Hirsch (Ordinary People/”Taxi”) as Abe. “Forever” premiered on September 22, 2014 and airs on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

The fantasy/crime/drama focuses on New York medical examiner, Dr. Morgan, who cannot die. He studies criminal cases to try and solve the mystery as to his immortality. When he dies he disappears immediately and reappears in the nearby body of water without clothes. He also does not age. Detective Jo Martinez (De La Garza) is impressed and mystified by his remarkable observations and broad knowledge. Only Abe (Hirsch), who Morgan and his former wife found as a newborn in a German concentration camp, knows that he is immortal. He is stalked by a murderer named Adam who knows his secret and claims to have been alive for 2,000 years.

“I was putting my 5 year old to bed and he asked, ‘Dad are you ever gonna die?’ I said of course not. Then I said ok I will die, but not for a long time,” Matt Miller, executive producer of the ABC series, said when I asked where the concept came from. “He started crying and my wife put me out the room. I was writing and I said (to myself) what if a character couldn’t die, but what if my son could. That’s where the idea came from.”

Jennifer Gwartz and Dan Lin are also executive producers, and “Forever” also stars Lorraine Toussaint, Donnie Keshawarz, and Joel David Moore.

Jay Jackson host a Lou Rawls Tribute October 4, 2014 in Beverly Hills at House of Music & Entertainment

Jay Jackson (Fast Five/"Parks & Recreation") host a Lou Rawls Tribute October 4, 2014 at H.O.M.E. in Beverly Hills.

Jay Jackson (Fast Five/”Parks & Recreation”) host a Lou Rawls Tribute October 4, 2014 at H.O.M.E. in Beverly Hills.

*Known for his character on NBC’s long running sitcom “Parks & Recreation” as Perf Hapley, Jay Jackson goes back to his musical skills as a Jazz vocalist to perform with his band for a Lou Rawls Tribute to be held Saturday October 4, 2014 at House of Music & Entertainment (H.O.M.E.) in Beverly Hills.

“I am a singer and musician first,” points out actor Jay Jackson (“Scandal,” “The Mentalist”) about his career in entertainment which started as a news reporter for 13 years at KCAL in Los Angeles. Now he plays a news anchor on television. “I am a piano player and drummer. It wasn’t a profession. Because you have to pay the bills…I went into those other fields. Now I can get close to what I am.”

“I was a reporter at CBS News in Los Angeles,” Jackson said about how his career as an actor started. “I was auditioning and my first role was on “Dexter”. I got the acting bug and landed the role on ‘Parks & Recreation,’ its 23 episodes later.”

Jay’s heart has always been in his music as a Jazz singer. When asked why a tribute to Lou Rawls who is known as an R&B singer, Jackson said, “Generations don’t remember Lou Rawls. Lou Rawls is one of the greatest and I’m a Jazz singer not an R&B and Pop singer. I heard Lou Rawls and it opened my eyes. I also do his Jazz songs. He sang Jazz, than from 1970 on he went R&B.”

Jay Jackson said him and his band also sing other legendary artists music such as Barry White. His acting credits also include roles in Fast Five (2011), Battleship (2012), “Revenge” and “The Closer.”

You can log onto www.JayJacksonJazz.com for more information about the actor’s upcoming Jazz concert.

(Syndicated Columnist: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations/Business consult at Freelance Associates, and Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. Her Events: “Uplifting Minds II” free entertainment conference arrives in Hollywood, CA Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Celebrity Center with appearances by EURweb.com publisher Lee Bailey, actress Ellia English (Disney’s “Good Luck Charlie”), singer/songwriter Gramma Funk (“I See You Baby”), and celebrity photographer Koi Sojer. ULMII comes back to Baltimore Sat. April 18, 2015 at Security Square Mall. www.UpliftingMinds2.com, www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)

Platinum selling rapper Nas releases documentary film Nas Time Is Illmatic.

The Pulse of Entertainment: ‘Nas Time is Illmatic’ Hits Theaters and VOD in October

Nas Time is Illmatic, a trumphant rise from the hood to stardom, hits theaters and VOD in October, 2014

Platinum selling rapper Nas releases documentary film Nas Time Is Illmatic.

Platinum selling rapper Nas releases documentary film Nas Time Is Illmatic.

*Writer/producer Erik Parker and director One9 presents the trumphant rise of rapper NAS from the hood (Queensbridge, NY) to stardom in their documentary film Nas Time is Illmatic. The MC takes us down memory lane as he remembers his roots, influences, tragedies and successes that have made him a legend in the Hip-Hop culture, and branded him a rhyme master. Anthony Saleh also shares producer credits. The film is so deep, and connected with my own experiences so much that I cried throughout. Nas Time is Illmatic is a must see.

“’Illmatic’ was an album,” said Erik about the concept for the documentary. “It didn’t get a lot of radio attention but it was largely for mainstream America….it was from a view that people could  understand…it validated (the Urban experience) through art. When it connected to us we felt it spoke to what we experienced. It was the 20th anniversary and I was editor of Vibe Magazine. We started shooting…to make sure it was documented and realized it was bigger than just the music.”

Nas’ first album, “Illmatic,” was on Columbia Records and debuted in 1994 at #12 on Billboard Charts. He was signed by MC Serch at the age of 20. Production on the debut included Nas, Large Professor Pete Rock, Q-Tip, L.E.S. and DJ Premier. It was a hard-core album about Nas’ experiences. It achieved platinum status in 2001, and has been recognized as what is now considered East Coast Hip-Hop. It went on to influence many artists since its debut.

“We wanted to connect to people’s lives that feel like their story hasn’t been told,” said One9, the film’s director. “We connected to all those people we interviewed.”

The documentary film, “Nas Time is Illmatic,” has interviews with all those that influenced him, that are living, and those that were influenced by him such as Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, Swizz Beats, Freddy, Fab 5, DJ Premiere, MC Serch, Pete Rock, Alicia Keys, J. Cole, AZ, and even Dr. Cornel West. It also included interviews with his father Olu Dara (a professor horn player) and brother Jungle.

Nas narrates the film taking us through his mental journey that would lead him to a way out of the hood and into stardom – from a young street poet to an influential MC.

“We connected with this brother Jungle in many ways,” One9 pointed out when asked about the many interviews for the “Nas Time is Illmatic” film. “He has strong ideas…as the film developed our relationship grew…we became friends.” When ask about his experiences with Nas One9 stated, “Nas is very protective of his image. Twenty years later he is open to discussing his life. It’s not easy to discuss your life. He said, ‘You guys are creating art…connected to the music.”

“Nas Time is Illmatic” opens in New York and Los Angeles on October 1, 2014. Then it premiers in 40 theaters across the country for one night only on October 2nd, and arrives on Video On Demand (VOD) October 3rd. Nas Time is Illmatic then premieres nationwide on October 10th. Nas will tour with the film throughout October.

Tribeca Film Institute produced the film, and it is distributed in the U.S. by Tribeca Film. Candescent Films provided funding and Sony Music Entertainment provided stills and archival footage. To learn more visit www.NasTimeIsIllmatic.com.

Comedian/actor Tommy Davidson prepares for feature film on Sammy Davis Jr.

Comedian/actor Tommy Davidson buys rights to 'Deconstruction of Sammy' for feature film release.

Comedian/actor Tommy Davidson buys rights to ‘Deconstruction of Sammy’ for feature film release.

*Best known for his character roles on the ground-breaking comedy series “In Living Color” comedian/actor Tommy Davidson prepares to film the feature film based on the book, “Deconstructing Sammy” by Matt Birkbeck. “Deconstructing Sammy” is based on the life and death of Sammy Davis Jr. The book focus is on attorney Albert “Sonny” Murray Jr. who was hired by Sammy’s widow Altovise in 1994 to resolve the debts Sammy’s estate left behind. At his death he owed over $15 million ($7 million to the IRS). Murray spent seven years resolving the debts and restoring Sammy Davis, Jr.’s legacy to the point that in 2001 Sammy Davis, Jr. earned a Grammy Award.

“He was the greatest entertainer that ever lived,” said Tommy Davidson about the legend. “I have similar traits, not saying I am the greatest entertainer that ever lived, but I think we have similar traits.”

Sammy was a Golden Globe, Emmy and Grammy Award nominated singer/dancer/musician, and actor who had developed a legacy as one of the greatest impersonators. His acting credits included Ocean’s 11, Broadway’s “Mr. Wonderful” and “Golden Boy.” He even had his own show “The Sammy Davis Jr. Show.” His most famous song was “The Candy Man” and he became a familiar entertainment on the Vegas strip as “Mister Show Business.” He started touring with Sinatra, Dean Martin and Liza Minnelli internationally in 1987 until he developed throat cancer in 1990, and died May 16, 1990 of complications. His trademark look was always holding a cigar.

Last year Tommy Davidson brought the rights to the book and is now working to bring it to the big screen. Tommy’s career and talents, as he said, are very similar to Sammy Davis Jr. The Washington, DC native just wrapped up his own tour “Standing Ovation” with comedians Sommore, Bill Bellamy and Tony Rock. He was host of Showtime’s “The Chocolate Sundaes Comedy Show.” His characters on the variety show “In Living Color” made famous for his impersonations of Sammy Davis, Jr., Sugar Ray Leonard, and my favorite Homey D. Clown. His style comedy was a regular on Comedy Central.

As an actor Tommy appeared in Ace Ventura, When Nature Calls, Strictly Business, Booty Call, “Martin,” and Juwanna Mann. He is the voice of Oscar Proud on the Disney animation series “The Proud Family.” He will also voice his character Cream Corn on the animated series “Black Dynamite,” based on the Adult Swim television series of the same name, which is scheduled to air on the Cartoon Network in October.

“It’s a friend of mine’s project,” Davidson said about the “Black Dynamite” animated series. “It’s a fun project. I play the character of a hit man.”

Tommy took his talents to my hometown Baltimore recently at the Baltimore Comedy Factory performing a total of six shows in three days.

“I got a little Obama and Rambo, the whole complete package,” he said when I asked what impersonations he was going to do in my hometown. “It’s (characters) always in there. I don’t ask about it….they just come out.”

Five-time Emmy nominated comedians Key and Peele premier the 4th season of their Comedy Central series “Key & Peele,” airs on Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT

Five-time Emmy Award nomainted comedy series 'Key & Peele" premiers 4th season on Comedy Central.

Five-time Emmy Award nomainted comedy series ‘Key & Peele” premiers 4th season on Comedy Central.

*“It’s fun and you never know,” said Keegan-Michael Key about the sketch-comedy show, “Key & Peele” which premiered this week on Comedy Central and airs every Wednesday at 10:30 p.n. ET/PT. “We have a group of people (writers) ready to go for it. We have three minutes to discuss things. We gravitate to things happening now….things you are afraid to laugh at.”

Their comedy series has garnered five Emmy Award nominations. They have even released their third season of “Key & Peele” on DVD and Blu-ray. This new season will feature an array of guests such as Ernie Hudson, Rashida Jones, Jason Ritter and Malcolm-Jamal Warner.

“If I’m in a bad moon I get to talk to Keegan,” said Jordan Peele when asked what if they wake up and don’t feel like being funny. “At the end of the day my primary job is to have fun. Ideas come in so many ways. You can be driving to work. Sometimes you want to just play a character.”

Some of the favorite characters of the two million viewers of the show are Wendell, the East-West Bowl, Meegan, and Andrew. Their story-telling has even received a Peabody Award for excellence.

“We are still performer of color,” said Key when we talked about the difference characters and subject matter. “We have a gay episode. No one’s talking about gays in the African-American community. Most of our job is to make people laugh at the issues. Laughter is one of the most therapeutic things. Laughter is the best medicine. The best part is it’s free!”

Executive producers of “Key & Peele” are Key, Peele, Ian Roberts, Jay Martel Peter Principato and Joel Zadak. The series is directed by Peter Atencio, who also serves as co-executive producer, Gary Mann and Tara Schuster are the executives in charge of production for Comedy Central. The comedy show is also available online at www.CC.com.

(Syndicated Columnist: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations/Business consult at Freelance Associates, and Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. Her Events: “Uplifting Minds II” free entertainment conference arrives in Hollywood, CA Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Celebrity Center with appearances by EURweb.com publisher Lee Bailey, actress Ellia English (Disney’s “Good Luck Charlie”), singer/songwriter Gramma Funk (“I See You Baby”), and celebrity photographer Koi Sojer. ULMII comes back to Baltimore Sat. April 18, 2015 at Security Square Mall. www.UpliftingMinds2.com, www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com