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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.
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The Pulse of Entertainment: Montell Jordan Highlighted on TV One’s ‘Unsung’

Montell Jordan, the first ‘Unsung’ artist highlighted on TV One’s docu-series, airs Wednesdays at 8/7c

Montell Jordan highlighted in TV One's docu-series 'Unsung,' airs encore Sunday, August 3, 2014.

Montell Jordan highlighted in TV One’s docu-series ‘Unsung,’ airs encore Sunday, August 3, 2014.

*TV One premieres a new season of its docu-series “Unsung” starting with the life of singer/songwriter/producer/actor and minister Montell Jordan. His segment aired July 30, 2014, but TV One will air an encore Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 5 p.m. CT. “Unsung” airs on Wednesdays at 8/7c.

“I was a little nervous but in the same breath…they considered me for the show where most are older more seasoned,” said singer/songwriter/producer/actor and minister Montell Jordan about his TV One “Unsung” episode. “It shows I’m still relevant in today’s society. I was killed on Twitter, I was a young minister at the time, and I was reading what people said. They said, ‘Montell Jordan of ‘This is How We Do It’ (fame) died…’ I’m more than that. I want ‘…’ after Montell Jordan.”

His episode will show there is so much more to Montell Jordan, and the others that this season of TV One’s “Unsung” will focus on. Other episodes will highlight the lives of Hi Five (August 6th), The Emotions (August 13th), Martha Wash (August 20th), Troop (August 27th), Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (September 3rd), Wilson Pickett (September 10th), The Chi-Lites (September 17th), Peaches & Herb (September 24th), and Rick James (October 1st). Jordan is not only a singer, but a songwriter/producer (SisQo’s “Incomplete,” Deborah Cox’s “Nobody Suppose to Be Here”), an actor (The Nutty Professor, Fighting Temptations), and a minister (Victor World Church). Montell also hold a Bachelor’s degree in Communications.

“(Giving his songs away) It was a huge issue,” Jordan said when asked about others singing his songs, such as  Christina Milian, 98 Degrees, Shae Jones and Lil’ Mo. “In the same breath…when nobody gets to see your child…I had notoriety at the time and was able to give them away, give them life. It was a great opportunity. We (Montell and his partner Shep Crawford) had songs I wanted to birth that wouldn’t see the time of day. I was an up-temple artist, and we had songs like ‘Incomplete’ so we gave it to SisQo to give them life.”

Jordan said that the producer of TV One’s “Unsung” had access to his family and children, and he feels the episode will do him justice.

“It was shot with integrity,” Jordan pointed out. “It shows I am two very difference characters. I’m in ministry (now) and live very different. I went through…the journey of the music business to ministry. I traded success for significance. If I never sing another song…I’m relevant in people’s lives, instead of in music.”

Montell Jordan started in the music business at Def Jam Soul in 1995, and he married his wife in 1994 (they have four children). He topped the charts at Def Jam with “This is How We Do It,” “Let’s Ride” featuring Master P and Sillk Shocker, and “When You Get Home.” Montell also signed a deal with Koch Records in 2003 and Fontana Records in 2008. Jordan left secular music in 2010 to minister at his church Victory World Church, and released a Gospel album in 2011.

The TV One “Unsung” docu-series is produced by A. Smith & Company, an award winning television production company founded by Arthur Smith and Kent Weed. Their company has produced programs with budgets totaling one billion dollars. In 2011 they teamed up with Tinopolis Group becoming the leading North American television production force.

Learn more about TV One and its docu-series “Unsung” by logging onto www.TVOne.tv/shows/Unsung.

Famed Gospel choir master Ricky Dillard releases his much anticipated live album with New G, ‘Amazing,’ celebrating 25 years

Stellar winner/Grammy nominee Ricky Dillard releases new live album 'Amazing' with New G.

Stellar winner/Grammy nominee Ricky Dillard releases new live album ‘Amazing’ with New G.

*“I started with 25 in 1988,” Stellar Award winning choir master Ricky Dillard said about his choir called New G – with currently 35 members. “I knew what kind of singers I wanted to get that sound. I taught them how to project…so you can hear them (audience) say, ‘Wow.’”

Well on his latest live album release titled “Amazing” you will say “wow” yourself. The :Light Records/Entertainment One release offers 13 selections where Ricky Dillard and New G proves why he is a Gospel superstar and New G is a choir to be reckoned with. The album also celebrates 25 years of Ricky Dillard and New G’s contributions to the Gospel music industry. “Amazing” reached #2 on Gospel Radio charts.

“My passion has been always the choir,” Grammy Award nominated Dillard pointed out when I mention his own impressive vocal ability. “My mother sang in a choir and I was there. At the age of five I started to direct a choir. I was director of the children’s choir. I’d wave my hand!”

Ricky said as years past he became more animated in his direction of the choir.

”I kept growing, watching…great directors,” he said. When I asked how he chooses his choir members he said, “When I audition I am not asking (singers) for specific sections, I’m looking for lead singer capabilities. When I hear I know. I can tell from the vocalist’s texture.”

Dillard’s choir directing skills had him directing for Rev. Shirley Caesar, and in major motion pictures like Fighting Temptations in 2003, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit in 1993, and Leap of Faith in 1992. The Chicago native features the vocals of “Sunday Best” winner Le’Andria Johnson on the “Amazing” live project.

My favorite cuts on the album include “Grateful,” featuring the perfect vocals of Bryon Cage; the title track “Amazing,” a marching Praise & Worship song with lead vocals by Dillard and Tiffany Joy McGhee; “Always There,” a passionate Praise & Worship selection with lead vocals of Le’Andria, and “Be Weak” an inspirational “Al Green” flavored song with Ricky carrying lead.

“I recorded it in two nights, Friday and Saturday,” Dillard said about the project. “All my albums are record live. When I teach New G a song I’m ready for them to sing live.”

To learn more about the live, “Amazing,” album release log onto www.RickyDillard.net.

(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, and comes back to Baltimore Sat. April 18, 2015 at Security Square Mall. www.UpliftingMinds2.com, www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)

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The Pulse of Entertainment: Kierra Sheard Releases Newest Urban Gospel album, ‘Graceland’

Grammy nominated Kierra Sheard releases newest Urban Gospel album, ‘Graceland’

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Grammy Award nominated Urban Gospel artist Kierra “Kiki” Sheard releases new album “Graceland” on Karew/Motown Records.

*“I was struggling and praying fix this, fix that, beating myself up…found myself with suicidal thoughts,” said Grammy Award nominated Urban Gospel artist Kierra Sheard about the title of her newest album release on Karew/Motown titled “Graceland” – released July 22, 2014. “My friend encouraged me…he said, ‘condemnation and self-conviction is not of the Holy Spirit. There is still a thing called grace.’ That’s why we call it ‘Graceland.’”

Sheard, daughter of Gospel matron Karen Clark Sheard and Bishop J. Drew Sheard, has already released the first single off of the highly anticipated album titled “2nd Win” produced by J. Drew. The single samples the Clark Sisters’ song “They Were Overcome.”

“The single is out now,” Kierra pointed out. “It encourages listeners that you can get there again. It means a lot to me…a good summer banger.”

Sheard also stars in BET’s reality show “The Sheards,” and is a judge on BET’s “Sunday Best” Gospel competition.

“It’s a great opportunity,” she said about judging the “Sunday Best” competition. “It has been a lot of fun. It’s been a blessing because I’m young…on the platform with living legends years older…its been so much fun.”

Kierra features collaborations on “Graceland” with legendary songwriter Diane Warren (Beyonce’, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston) and songwriter/producer Harmony Samuels (Fantasia, Michelle Williams).

“I’m learning…in the industry it’s about getting connected,” said the Detroit native frankly. “There is a reason you meet people. We got Diane Warren…it was so much fun to work with her. The lesson I learned is to stay humble. She was so really cool.”    “Graceland” is Kierra “KiKi” Sheard’s fifth album release, and also an actress she has appeared in the movie Preacher’s Kid. You can log onto www.IAmKierraSheard.com for more information about the Urban Gospel artists new release.

Trumpeter Rick Braun’s new album ‘Can You Feel It,’ is a melting pot of Jazz styles

Billboard chart topper Trumpeter Rick Braun releases new project "Can You Feel It" on Artistry Music.

Billboard chart topper Trumpeter Rick Braun releases new project “Can You Feel It” on Artistry Music.

*The chart topping Jazz trumpeter Rick Braun releases his newest project “Can You Feel It” on the Artistry Music imprint. “Can You Feel It” delivers a melting pot of Jazz styles to invoke many difference feelings to the listeners.

”I wanted to go back to my roots,” said the instrumentalist and Smooth Jazz vocalist about the new project. “My experience touring with War in 1992 – 1993 and that (debut) album was a Beat Street release (in 1994), it put me on the map. It was garage tape-recorded. It’s the same thing I did with this one. I wanted to make a very organic (album).”

The 1994 release took Rick to the #1 spot on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart, and was titled “Club Harlem.” It was a horn and nylon string guitar duet with Peter White. This album, “Can You Feel It,” features the help of pianist Brian Culbertson, sax man Dave Koz, and vocal help from Elliot Yamin (American Idol finalist). Speaking of vocals you get to hear Rick’s impressive singing on this project.

“I also sing sometimes,” Braun said. “I sing and play differently. I sang with strings on the Sinatra Channel with a 52 piece band. I’m a very lyrical (horn) player. Some have a technical style, I’m not that kind.”

My favorite selections on the “Can You Feel It” album release include the title track because of the lead guitar support and the funky horn style of Braun as he takes off – you can’t help but “feel it;” “Delta” another funky number; “Mallorca” is a nice Smooth Jazz cut; “Another Kind of Blue” for its slow and power driven sound, and “Silk” another Smooth Jazz selection.

You can learn more about Rick Braun by logging onto his website www.RickBraun.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, and comes back to Baltimore Sat. April 18, 2015 at Security Square Mall. www.UpliftingMinds2.com, www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)

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The Pulse of Entertainment: Jonathan Butler is ‘Living My Dream’ on Newest Album Release

Two-time Grammy nominee Jonathan Butler is ‘Living My Dream’ on newest album release

Two-time Grammy Award nominated Jonathan Butler releases new album, "Living My Dream."

Two-time Grammy Award nominated Jonathan Butler releases new album, “Living My Dream.”

*“I’m in my season,” said two-time Grammy nominee Jonathan Butler when I asked why he named his album “Living My Dream” (Artistry Music/Mack Avenue Records). “I grew up in South African…played live on stage with Stevie Wonder (at a young age)…it really is a dream. It’s good to be able to make music.”

Butler is known as a Contemporary Jazz guitarist, and on “Living My Dream” features George Duke on piano and Marcus Miller on bass.  The album also features his remarkable vocal talents.

He began singing at the age of seven and by the age of 12 won “Best New Artist” South Africa’s Grammy Award – named the Sarie Award. He made history by being the first black artist to be played on white South African radio garnering three gold records. He moved to London signing with Jive Records, and went on to earn two American Grammy Award nominations, one for an R&B/Pop hit.

The versatile guitarist launched the Jonathan Butler Foundation in his native country to fund music education programs for children ages 4 – 17.

“Living My Dream” is a collection of genres of music showcasing his skills as a guitarist and vocalist.

“It’s a good album. A mixture of the two,” Jonathan pointed out. “It’s a good balance of the two (guitar playing and singing).”

Butler is currently touring until January, 2015 and you can see where he is performing by visiting his website www.JonathanButler.com.

My favorite cuts on album include “Be Still,” a Smooth Jazz selection, “Let There Be Light,” and “Song for You,” a nice R&B/Pop number.

ASCAP’s Rhythm & Soul Awards honors Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo and 100 years of service

Actor/singer/dancer RoShon Fegan ("Dancing with the Stars," "Shake It Up," "Camp Rock") at the 27th ASCAP R&S Awards. (Photo credit: Eunice Moseley)

Actor/singer/dancer RoShon Fegan (“Dancing with the Stars,” “Shake It Up,” “Camp Rock”) at the 27th ASCAP R&S Awards. (Photo credit: Eunice Moseley)

*The red carpet arrivals for the 27th Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards, held recently at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, was impressive this year as many ASCAP members came out to support Jermaine Dupri and Ne-Yo who received special honors, as ASCAP celebrates 100 years of service.

Dupri received the ASCAP Founders Award joining past recipients such as Sean “Diddy” Combs, Dr. Dre, Billy Joel, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, and Stevie Wonder. Ne-Yo received the ASCAP Golden Note Award joining past recipients Jay Z, Alicia Keys, LL Cool J, Usher, Lionel Richie, and Pharrell.

While there I had a chance to interview briefly Hip-Hop Christian rapper Lecrae, Mario, Grammy nominated songwriter Kay Cola (Ne-Yo, Dr. Dre); Grammy Award winner James Fauntleroy (Rihanna, Justin Timberlake); seven-time Grammy Award nominated Kelly Price, and singer/actor/dancer RoShon (Disney).

“I’m different,” said Lacrea about what the title of his upcoming album, “Anomaly” means. “I don’t quit fit in.”

“My dad is a jazz musician (Herbert Laws) so I been in the studio since I was nine,” said Grammy nominated Kay Cola about how she started as a songwriter. “Started writing with The Underdogs that was my huge break…wrote for The Game. Fauntleroy (former member of The Underdogs) was a high school friend since 14.”

“My parents are my rock. They keep me rolling,” said Disney actor RoShon (Camp Rock, “Shake It Up,” “Dancing With The Stars”) about his major success in the industry.

The invitation only event also honored a list of other songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP songs on the 2013 R&B, Hip-Hop/Rap, and Gospel charts.

BET and AEG’s BET Experience was an extravaganza of events unlike no other

Eric Benet performing at the BET Experience on the Music Matters Stage. (Photo credit: Eunice Moseley)

Eric Benet performing at the BET Experience on the Music Matters Stage. (Photo credit: Eunice Moseley)

*I covered BET Network and AEG’s three-day BET Experience held at L.A. Live, Club Nokia Theater, Staple Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center that included “106 & Park” taping in the Nokia Plaza L.A. Live, BET Fan Fest at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Grammy Museum exhibits, and concerts at Club Nokia.

I spent my time at the Convention Center to view the celebrity basketball game and the Music Matters concerts. Some of the celebrities showing their basketball skills included Chris Brown, Snoop Dog, Justin Bieber, JB Smoove, Brandon T. Jackson, Terrell Owens, Sugar Shane Mosely, and Omarion – to name a few. On the Music Matter’s stage I had a chance to see the performances of Eric Bellinger, Rico Love, Mack Wilds, Jagged Edge, Eric Benet, Calvin Richardson, and Nigerian rapper Ice Prince.

There was so much going on, such as the Nickelodeon Kids Zone, free drinks from Sprint and Coca-Cola, the Health and Wellness Pavilion, and celebrity meet and greets at the “World of Ahh” section. All held to take advantage of the historical 2014 BET Awards week long events that lead up to the live award show.

(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, and comes back to Baltimore Sat. April 18, 2015 at Security Square Mall. www.UpliftingMinds2.com, www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)

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The Pulse of Entertainment: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is riveting, in Theaters July 11

20th Century Fox’s presentation of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is riveting, in theaters July 11, 2014

(L to R) Jason Clarke and Andy Serkis as Caesar stars in the 20th Century Fox presentation of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

(L to R) Jason Clarke and Andy Serkis as Caesar stars in the 20th Century Fox presentation of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

*The continuation of the 2011 release of Rise of the Planet of the Apes arrives in theaters July 11, 2014 as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 3D. The 20th Century Fox presentation of the saga of Caesar, played by Golden Globe winner Andy Serkis is riveting.

It has been 10 years and no sign of humans since the ALZ-113 virus breakout, and Caesar is the leader of a nation of Apes, chimpanzee and orangutans. The inevitable day comes when humans venture out of their city hide-away, from the human-like intelligent Apes, to seek needed resources located in an area under Caesar’s control. What happens will surprise you, and the ending will make you cry – well it made me cry.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the eighth theatrical franchise film of the original Planet of the Apes science-fiction film based on the novel of the same name written by French author Pierre Poulle in 1963. It also stars SAG nominated Gary Oldman as Dreyfus the leader of the humans; Jason Clarke as Malcolm the mediator of peace between the apes and humans; Golden Globe winner Keri Russell wife of Malcolm; Kodi Smit-McPhee as Alexander son of Malcolm; Nick Thurston as River the son of Caesar, and Toby Kebbell as Koba Caesar’s ruthless advisor, and Judy Greer as Cornelia the wife of Caesar. The characters were created by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver.

Written by Mark Bomback, Jaffa and Silver Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is Rated-PG13. Produced by Peter Chernin, Rick Jaffa, and Amanda Silver Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a Chernin Entertainment/Dune Entertainment production directed by Matt Reeves.

To watch the trailer or learn more log onto www.DawnofApes.com.

UP TV original movie ‘Comeback Dad’ starring Charles S. Dutton, Loretta Devine and Tatyana Ali airs Saturday July 12, 2014

Emmy Award winning Charles S. Dutton stars in the Up Network original movie 'Comeback Dad.'

Emmy Award winning Charles S. Dutton stars in the Up Network original movie ‘Comeback Dad.’

* “I don’t want you to think it’s depressing,” said Emmy Award winner Charles S. Dutton (“Longmire,” Alien 3) about the UP Network original movie presentation “Comeback Dad” about an absentee father trying to mend his estranged relationship with his daughter suffering from abandonment. “It’s uplifting, hilarious, up beat, but with serious issues, and timely.”

“Comeback Dad” also stars Tatyana Ali (“Love That Girl”) as his daughter, Loretta Devine (“Grey’s Anatomy”) as his wife, and Brad James (“Single Ladies”) as the love interest of Ali’s character. It airs Saturday July 12, 2014 at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.

“It’s a made for TV movie everyone can gather together and watch,” said Brad James about the made-for-television movie directed by Russ Parr. “That has kind of been lost.”

“Someone I trust said read the script,” said Dutton about why he accepted the role. “Soon as I read it I said I’d do it. The script was so good, and I found out Loretta Devine…and Tatyana was in it. It was only a 10 day shoot for an almost two hour movie.”

“Comeback Dad” is written Kimberly Walker.

“It’s the opportunity…to work with great people,” said James about his involvement in the UP TV original movie. “Charles Dutton is better than advertised; Loretta Devine is inspiring to me on every level…fun people.”

Junei Lee, lead guitarist and music director, ready’s for sophomore album, tour with Temptations

Lead guitarist/music director Junei Lee prepares for new album and tour with The Temptations.

Lead guitarist/music director Junei Lee prepares for new album and tour with The Temptations.

*The lead guitarist and music director for such legends as David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, The Impression, Mary Wells, and Ramsey Lewis is preparing for his sophomore release, a follow up to his debut solo album “Junei.”

“There was a guitar under the Christmas tree,” Junei Lee said about how he got started playing the lead guitar. “From that day I never put it down. My mom thought something was wrong. I was writing (music) since I was 12.”

Junei was asked to tour with Dizzy Gillespie at the age of 15, but his father wouldn’t allow him go on tour at that age. Gillespie was persistent and at the age of 16 Junei toured with the Jazz legend, and has been touring for legends every since.

“I will be touring with the Temptations in September,” Lee informed me. “I’m working on my next album, forming a band, and relocating.”

Junei’s guitar talents have him playing Smooth Jazz, Neo-Soul, R&B, Funk, Pop, Blues, Gospel, Fusion and Rock & Roll. Others he has performed with include Goodman & Brown, The Stylistics, Ray Charles, Curtis Mayfield, Howard Hewett, The Emotions, B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Pop Staples, and Nancy Wilson.

Learn more about Junei Lee, his upcoming album release, and his upcoming performances at www.JuneiLee.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, and comes back to Baltimore Sat. April 18, 2015 at Security Square Mall. www.UpliftingMinds2.com, www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)

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The Pulse of Entertainment: Luenell in High Demand in Hollywood Comedy Circuit

Luenell is in high demand in Hollywood’s circuit: Matthew 18, School Dance and Think Like a Man Too

Luenell (Think Like a Man Too) stars in School Dance directed by Nick Cannon. (Photo credit: Steven Littles)

Luenell (Think Like a Man Too) stars in School Dance directed by Nick Cannon. (Photo credit: Steven Littles)

*Hard work and prayer,” said comedienne/actress Luenell (Hotel Transylvania, The Rock, Borat) about her career to stardom. “It’s also because of who you turn down and who you pick up. I was doing a lot of little things. I’ll do the things that got two lines.”

There you go striving artists do as many small roles as you can so people will say you’re everywhere, and Luenell is just that – she is everywhere. She is in the #1 hit Think Like a Man Too, the Nick Cannon directed School Dance just released July 2, 2014, and Matthew 19 a psycho-thriller release date as yet determined.

“There’s a part in School Dance, I think they cut that out, I’m having a baby …and my feet are in the stirrups…it was funny,” she laughed while telling the story. “There’s this rapper in between my legs.”

I knew it was going to be funny because I started laughing as soon as she said I was having a baby, my mind went to how we look at that time – legs open “screaming” in pain. Everything Luenell does bring a smile to your face, and laughter to your day, even off script, off stage.

Her credits as an actress started in high school, and continued into college, but it was her personality that allowed her to take advantage of an opportunity when she took a dare, and did a stand-up performance at a Long Beach comedy club. As they say and the rest is history. That “performance” led to her opening for Robin Harris and D.L. Hughley.

A natural actress she went after roles, and added credits such as The Rock, Never Die Alone, “Nash Bridges,” “The Tracy Morgan Show,” and the 20th Century Blockbuster Borat: …Nation of Kazakhstan.

Her comedy credits include “BET’s Comicview,” “Jamie Foxx’s Laffapalooza,” “Comedy After Dark,” and “Martin Lawrence’s 1st Amendment Stand Up.” She performed with comedian/actor Katt Williams for two years for his “Katt Williams American Hustle” tour. She had stand up appearances in “Snoop Dogg’s Bad Girls of Comedy” on Showtime.

The Arkansas native acting credits went on to include roles in “Californication,” “The Boondocks,” “The Middle,” and films such as Spring Breakdown, All About Steve, Think Like a Man, Taken 2 with Liam Neeson, and Adam Sandler’s That’s My Boy.

Sounding very tired when I talked to her, but hearing no signs of her slowing down Luenell also hosts “Between The Streets with Luenell” on Cannon’s Countdown Radio Show. So in high demand in Hollywood Nick Cannon wore “her” T-shirt (with her face) at the recent BET Awards.

“That was…I have no words,” Luenell said about what Nick did for her wearing her image on a T-shirt before such a large audience. “I was speechless. I wasn’t there I was filming. I checked my phone, and had 27 text messages…sending the picture. I came home and watched it. I texted him…he texted back, ‘Love you girl.’”

You can’t help but love Luenell if you’ve met her, seen her stand up performances or her acting in the various roles. You can learn more about what she is doing next by visiting her website at www.HeyLuenell.com.

Kindred the Family Soul releases new project on Shanachie, ‘A Couple Friends’

Kindred the Family Soul releases a new album, "A Couple Friends," on Shanachie.

Kindred the Family Soul releases a new album, “A Couple Friends,” on Shanachie.

*Sighted as contributing to the Neo-Soul movement the husband and wife team, Kindred the Family Soul, released a new album on the Shanachie imprint titled “A Couple of Friends.”

“We did have a concept. We first went to record to see what came out,” said Kindred. “We put it aside for a year. Decided to do a couple’s retreat, and thought it would be a great theme.”

Fatin and Aja Dantzler are natives from Philadelphia, and debuted with a 2003 album release “Surrender to Love” on Hidden Beach Records. They were “discovered” by Hidden Beach at the Black Lily Film Music Festival.

In 2005 they released “In This Life Together,” “The Arrival” in 2008, and “Love Has No Recession” in 2011. The “A Couple of Friends” album is joined by the release of a 22 minute short film featuring material from the album.

“It’s just four songs,” they said about the film. “We worked them into the storyline. It takes a look at two different couples.”

“Everybody’s Hustling” is the first single off of the “A Couple of Friends” release. Learn more about the album and where the duo will be performing by logging onto www.KindredFamilySoul.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, and comes back to Baltimore Sat. April 18, 2015 at Security Square Mall. www.UpliftingMinds2.com, www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)

Multi-platinum selling, Grammy nominated Maxi Priest releases new album "East to Love," to performs at Jerk Festival in Queens.

The Pulse of Entertainment: Maxi Priest Releases New Album ‘Easy to Love’

Multi-platinum Reggae Billboard chart topper Maxi Priest releases new album, ‘Easy to Love’, performs at Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival July 20, 2014 in Queens

Multi-platinum selling, Grammy nominated Maxi Priest releases new album "East to Love," to performs at Jerk Festival in Queens.

Multi-platinum selling, Grammy nominated Maxi Priest releases new album “Easy to Love,” to performs at Jerk Festival in Queens.

*“We gonna’ ball,” said Grammy nominated Maxi Priest when asked what the crowd in Queens, New York will expect at his Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival headlining performance. Priest will release a new album, “Easy to Love” (VP Records), July 16, 2014 digitally. “Some festivals people stand up and watch…here you get involved and have a good time! I’m performing songs people have heard and enjoy.”

Maxi’s catalog consists of such hits as “Wild World,” “Close to You,” and “Housecall.” He will be performing on the main stage at the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival July 20, 2014 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens – its expecting to attract over 16, 000 visitors.

“’I Could Be the One,’” he said when asked if he had a favorite selection on his new project “East to Love.” “Because a friend of mine past…very close friend….I’d had not been able to sleep. I didn’t know why and I came up with ‘I Could Be the One.’ It diverted to this love song….cause the thought was that ‘could have been me.”

Maxi Priest is a British Reggae artist raised in London, and is among few British Reggae artists to reach Billboard’s #1 position in the charts. His “Close to you” hit reached #1 in 1990, and his “Set the Night to Music” duet with Roberta Flack reached the Top 10 Billboard Charts in 1991. My favorite Maxi Priest hit “That Girl,” featuring Shaggy, reached Billboard Top 20 Charts in 1996.

“Billboard hardly has any Urban songs,” Priest pointed out about the music industry. “Haven’t had an Urban song hit sense ‘Happy’.”

Maxi Priest will start touring to promote the “Easy to Love” release July 13th in Chicago at Taste of Chicago, and end on October 13th in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Park Casino.

For more information on the “Easy to Love” album release log onto www.VPRecords.com.

Mariah Huq receives producer credit second season of Bravo TV’s ‘Married to Medicine,’ creator credits next season

Mariah Huq is "Married to Medicine" on Bravo TV.

Mariah Huq is “Married to Medicine” on Bravo TV.

*The second season of Mariah Huq’s reality show “Married to Medicine” recently ended, but I am sure they will re-air the episodes during its regularly scheduled time Sundays at 10 p.m. This second season Mariah received producer credit for the reality show she created, and shopped to Bravo TV.

“I get creative credit next season,” Mariah Huq said about “Married to Medicine” a reality show she co-created with her husband Dr. Aydin, a Bangladeshi emergency physician. “My attorney is my own Jerry McGuire,” she laughed when asked why she didn’t get creator/producer credit initially. “My husband and I put a lot of money into it (the project).”

“They threw a lot on me this season,” she said about the executive producers who changed the focus of the show from her relationship with her husband to her relationship with the other women. “I’m not a drama queen. You won’t see me that much this season. Any time you have a group of women together you going to have drama. My life doesn’t evolve around my girlfriends, that’s too high school.”

The other cast members on Bravo TV’s “Married to Medicine” include Jacqueline Waters an OBGYN physician; Quad Webb-Lanceford married to psychiatrist who is 14 years her senior; Toya Bush Harris married to an emergency medicine physician; Simone Whitmore an OBGYN physician; Lisa Nicole Cloud a fashion designer, and Heavenly Kimes a dentist. Executive producers are Matt Anderson and Nate Green.

“I was irritated this season,” Mariah said passionately. “It’s not my story. Not a true picture of real life. Creative conflict…”

I noted that a show that’s pushed in certain situations that’s not usually normal is not a reality show but a scripted show, she said, “I question the same thing and I’m a producer. The show is real but smart producers are persuasive…they put you in situations to get emotions…put me in harms way…I didn’t want to go….if I didn’t I’d breach the contract.”

Mariah, born LaKeisha, started in “entertainment” at WRCB TV, an NBC affiliate, as assistant producer. She worked her way up to host and producer of a lifestyle segment titled “Trend in 3.”  She is COO of Jewel & Jem a multi-cultural children’s home décor and Sleepwear Company she founded with her sister LaKeeda 10 years ago. She has two children with her husband. She is also owner of Mariah Media Group that birth “Married to Medicine,” and Cinnamon Girl Diet.

“Absolutely not,” Mariah said without hesitation when asked if her reality show is what she thought it would be when she sold it. “Not at all…I wanted to show sisterhood. Yes, there is drama like what we went through as an interracial couple. They make doctors wives look superficial, we’re not.”

The premiere of “Marry to Medicine” gave Bravo TV the highest rated series in its network history. Learn more about “Marry to Medicine” by logging onto www.BravoTV.com/Married-to-Medicine.

(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, and comes back to Baltimore Sat. April 18, 2015 at Security Square Mall. www.UpliftingMinds2.com, www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)