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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.
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

ABC's "Black-ish" stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson.

The Pulse of Entertainment: ABC’s ‘Black-ish’ Starring Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross Premiers September 24

ABC’s ‘Black-ish starring Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross premiers September 24, 2014

ABC's "Black-ish" stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson.

ABC’s “Black-ish” stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson.

*“In this day and age it’s normal…to define myself as mixed. Before, I was identified with Black,” said Tracee Ellis Ross (“Girlfriends”) when I asked about any “black-ish” issues in their own lives. Ross plays Rainbow Johnson a racially mixed woman in ABC’s “Black-ish,” also starring Anthony Anderson (“Law & Order”) as Andre “Dre” Johnson who is from the hood married to a woman half white and black – as Tracee is – raising their kids in a predominately white neighborhood.  “Black-ish” is executive produced by Larry Wilmore (“The Bernie Mac Show”), Kenya Barris (“The Game”), and Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix) – who also stars in the sitcom as Pops Johnson. “It’s fun to play a mixed girl. It’s the first time for me. I’m always playing a black woman.”

“Black-ish” premiers Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 9:30/8:30c. It also stars Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown, and Marsai Martin. Aside from Fishburne “Black-ish” is also executive produced by Brian Dobbins, Helen Sugland, Tom Russo Paul Young, and Peter Principato.

“Ultimately it is about a family,” pointed out Kenya Barris when I asked about the meaning of the series title.

“…And I tell people it’s a universal story,” Laurence Fishburne added.

Tracee continued with her explanation of ABC’s “Black-ish” sitcom by saying, “Its three generations in a household. There are four perspectives. You get to see all these issues…it’s about how you raise a family.”

ABC’s “Black-ish” is a Cinema Gypsy (Fishburne) and Principato-Young Entertainment production. You can log onto www.ABC.Go.com/shows/blackish for more information.

Liam Neeson is the ultimate hero in Universal Picture’s A Walk Among The Tombstones, in theaters September 19, 2014

Universal Pictures' A Walk Among The Tombstone stars Liam Neeson and Brian Bradley.

Universal Pictures’ A Walk Among The Tombstone stars Liam Neeson and Brian Bradley.

*Academy Award and three-time Golden Globe nominee Liam Neeson is the ultimate hero of the people, be it in the Taken franchise, Batman Begins, or Clash of the Titans, but in Universal Pictures’ A Walk Among The Tombstones he gives you the impression that you too can be a hero. The backdrop is New York City and he plays ex-NYPD cop Matt Scudder working as an unlicensed private investigator. The action-packed suspense drama is based on the best-selling series of mystery novels by Lawrence Block, A Walk Among The Tombstones, and it arrives in theaters September 19, 2014.

Matt, dealing with the battle of staying alcohol free, is asked to help a heroin trafficker Kenny Kristo, played by Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey), track down two men who kidnapped and brutally killed his wife. Initially he refuses because of the business the man is involved in, but with the computer skills help of a young homeless boy TJ, played by rapper/actor Brian “Astro” Bradley (Earth to Echo, Person of Interest), he learns this is not the first time these men have kidnapped and murder loved ones of persons of interest to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). So the hunt is on.

TJ’s persistence in following the investigator, when he was told not to, wins him the job of the PI’s “associate.” TJ does an outstanding performance worthy of an award. Matt advises is client to warn all other drug dealers and traffickers they may be on the list. As a result he gets pulled into the kidnapping case of one such dealer when his daughter is kidnapped. Now the two sinister murders have to deal with the hard-nose ex-NYPD cop and what happens next will have you cheering and clapping throughout the rest of the film.

Written and directed by Scott Frank, A Walk Among The Tombstones is produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Tobin Armburst, and Brian Oliver. Executive producers are Kerry Orent, Adi Shankar, Tracy Krohn, John Hyde, Nigel Sinclair, and Guy East. A Crosscreek Picture, Exclusive Media, Endgame Entertainment, Double Feature Films, and Jersey Films production, A Walk Among The Tombstones also stars Boyd Holbrook, David Harbour, Sebastian Roche, Maurice Compte’, Adam David Thompson, and Eric Nelson.

You can log onto www.AWalkAmongTheTombstones.net for more information or to watch the trailer.

Essence Atkins stars in UP Network’s original movie ‘My Other Mother,’ airing Sunday, September 21, 2014

Image Award winning Essence Atkins stars in the UP Network original movie 'My Other Mother.'

Image Award winning Essence Atkins stars in the UP Network original movie ‘My Other Mother.’

*“I was in Trinidad filming ‘Girlfriends Getaway’ when I got a phone call offering me this project. Lynn Whitfield was already attached. Then I read the script,” said Image Award winning actress Essence Atkins (UPN’s “Half & Half”) when I asked why she took the role of Candace “Candy” Meyers in the Uplifting Entertainment Network (UP) original movie “My Other Mother,” which airs Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 7 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST. “I had to talk with my husband (Jaime Mendez) to be gone some more. He was supportive…he said yes…we have a two year old.”

“My Other Mother” is written by Keronda McKnight and is the fifth film produced by UP as part of its “UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition.” It is about Candy who is an anchor woman on a top-rated national magazine show. She travels to a devoted fan’s funeral that she learns is her estranged biological father. While there she meets her uncle (GregAlan Williams), his wife (Angie Stone), two step-brothers, and her birth mother Mary Jo, played by Emmy Award winning Lynn Whitfield (The Josephine Baker Story). Candy and Mary Jo are a lot alike and relating is a challenge. They struggle to know each other and it chances them both in UP’s “My Other Mother.”

“This is my third time working with Lynn,” Essence said when asked about working with the veteran actress. “She is the reason I said yes. I worked with her in ‘Act Like You Love Me’ and ‘Are We There Yet.’ I love working with her. She thinks about all those details (of the character). Lynn has incredible work ethics.”

Also starring in the film is Image Award winning Jasmine Guy (“A Different World”) as Candy’s adoptive mother Evelyn, and Kendrick Cross (Iron Man 3) as her long-time manager.

“I don’t want to dictate what viewers take from the film,” Atkins said when asked what she hopes the viewers will learn from the film. “I hope they enjoy the movie and harvest what they need from it. We made art…for entertainment.”

“My Other Mother” is produced by Swirl Films (35 & Ticking, The Under Shepherd).

(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.)

Actor/model Anthony Michael Hobbs.

Anthony Michael Hobbs Performs Dramatic Reading at the Baltimore Book Festival Sunday

Baltimore award winning actor Anthony Michael Hobbs performs a dramatic reading at the Baltimore Book Festival Sunday, September 28, 2014 

Young actor, Anthony Michael Hobbs, to read Dr. LaMarr Shields’ book ‘Miguel’s Amazing Book Adventure’ at the Baltimore Book Festival

Actor/model Anthony Michael Hobbs.

Actor/model Anthony Michael Hobbs.

*Young Baltimore actor Anthony Michael Hobbs (Emmy nominated “The Abolitionist”) will perform a dramatic reading at the Baltimore Book Festival Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. The hour-long schedule includes a reading of Dr. LaMarr Shields’ (who will be in attendance) book “Miguel’s Amazing Book Adventure” at The Enoch Pratt Free Library Children’s Stage. After the reading Hobbs, Dr. Shields, and the book’s illustrator Nathaniel Johnson will be on hand for a Question and Answer (Q & A) session.

Dr. LaMarr Darnell Shields is a bilingual activist, author, educator, public speaker, poet, social entrepreneur, and the co-founder and President the Cambio Group, and the creator of the Paul Robeson Academic International School of Excellence (PRAISE) (a collaboration with the Johns Hopkins School of Education that helps African-American and Latino males become competitive applicants to four-year colleges and universities). “Miguel’s Amazing Book Adventure” is about a 3rd grader who hates books but loves adventure, and discovers a magical book when bad weather forces him to stay in doors.

Anthony Michael’s acting credits includes performances in film, such as his role as a young Frederick Douglass in the 2013 Emmy Award nominated PBS special “The American Experience: The Abolitionist,” as well as his starring role in DreamWorks documentary “How to Train Your Dragon: Dragons and Dinosaurs” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bekKOmfsWfc); United Way ‘s PSA (http://vimeo.com/54017197); Norwegian Cruise-Line’s commercial; several PBS Sprout Network mini-segments; “SkWids” kids’ on-line Internet show; the national classroom program called KinderRhyme – which appears in over 2600 school programs, and in a Comcast’s Xfinity segment.

His theater credits include Nolan Williams, Jr.’s holiday musical presentation “Christmas Gift!” and a stage play titled “In a Roundabout Way.” Also a model Hobbs has appeared in marketing campaigns that include the Finish Line athletic chain print and in-store signage, Villa retail chain’s website and in-store signage, and the USDA Healthy Kids’ national print campaign. Also a voice-over actor Anthony Michael’s voice can be heard in an instructional video for advertising firm TBWA World Wide – the largest advertising holding company in the world.

Anthony Michael Hobbs is also a winner of eight Global Stars Network acting awards. When not acting and going on auditions Anthony reads, plays sports, dances, and spends time with his dog.

For more information on Anthony Michael Hobbs log onto his website at www.Anthony-Michael.com or contact his management at 410-908-4869.

 

 

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Celebrity Hip-Hop Photographer Koi Sojer Joins Judges Panel at ‘Uplifting Minds II’ Entertainment Conference

Celebrity Hip-Hop Photographer Koi Sojer joins judges panel at “Uplifting Minds II” entertainment conference Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Celebrity Centre

Koi Sojer Joins Judges Panel At Uplifting Minds II Entertainment Conference

Celebrity Hip-Hop Photographer Koi Sojer.

*(Los Angeles, CA) – Celebrity Hip-Hop Photographer Koi Sojer signs on as sponsor of the Saturday, October 25, 2014 “Uplifting Minds II” (ULMII) free entertainment conference to be held at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood by serving on the judges’ panel during its national talent competition showcase.

Known on the red carpet and at high-profile events as a veteran photographer Koi Sojer has herself become a celebrity like those she takes pictures of.

Koi Sojer joins a long list of sponsors of the conference that offers a free entertainment business panel discussion, and a national talent competition showcase where 10 acts will compete for the vocal, songwriting and dance ULMII Awards, and a long list of prizes.

New York native photographer Koi Sojer relocated to Los Angeles and her style and quality pictures has made her what is called a “Celebrity Photographer.” Her website www.SnapNUPhotos.com proves how sought after she is and the quality of her work that has spanned over 25 years. Her lens has captured the likes of Queen Latifah, Sean Combs, Tupac, The Notorious B.I.G., Lupita Nyong’o, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Usher, Oprah, and her twin sister Gramma Funk (“I See You Baby”).

High-profile events she has worked on include Think Like A Man premiere, ASCAP R&B Soul Music Awards, SAG Awards, Vivica A. Fox 50th Birthday Party, and BET Awards – to name a few.

The 15 year-old “Uplifting Minds II” free entertainment conference is held annually in Baltimore (at Security Square Mall) and Los Angeles. On Saturday October 25th it will be held from 1 – 5 p.m. at the Hollywood venue (parking is free). Three winners (vocal, songwriting and dance) will be honored with the ULMII Award, a blue crystal ball, and a list of prizes from other sponsors that include “free product shelf-space” from Dimensions In Music record store in downtown Baltimore; a “free public relations strategy and business management consult” from Eunice Moseley, MS, M.B.A. at Freelance Associates/PRSA; “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 (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 of Natalie Nunn, reality star on “Bad Girl’s Club” (www.CordellCapone.com).

Also serving on the judging panel Sat. October 25th with Koi Sojer is her twin sister singer/songwriter Gramma Funk (“I See You Baby” heard on Nike’s Fuel Band commercial), actress Ellia English (“Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Disney’s “Good Luck Charlie,” Dreamgirls), and former veteran radio personality and current online magazine publisher Lee Bailey (www.EURweb.com).

To pre-register for the seminar panel or to inquire about talent slots log onto the event’s website www.UpliftingMinds2.com.

 

 

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(Koi Sojer Joins Judges Panel At Uplifting Minds II Entertainment Conference)
Stellar, Image and Dove Award nominated Michelle Williams releases new Gospel project "Journey to Freedom" (Entertainment One).

The Pulse of Entertainment: Michelle Williams Delivers Outstanding Project with ‘Journey to Freedom’

Stellar, Image and Dove Award nominee Michelle Williams delivers an outstanding project with ‘Journey to Freedom’ album release

Michelle Williams Journey To Freedom

Stellar, Image and Dove Award nominated Michelle Williams releases new Gospel project “Journey to Freedom” (Entertainment One).

*“Collaborating…with a producer from London with Nigerian parents,” said Michelle Williams (Grammy winning Destiny’s Child), a Stellar, Image and Dove Award nominated solo artist, about her fourth studio album “Journey to Freedom” (Entertainment One) producer’s wide range of musical styles and influences. The album is so outstanding I think the collaboration has started a new genre of Gospel music that I am not sure what to call, but Hot Gospel. “What’s in his head is very, very board.”

The producer she is talking about is Harmony Samuels (Fantasia, Ne-Yo, Kelly Rowland). “Journey to Freedom” offers 12 selections each “hot” enough to be singles. The first single release from the new album is titled “Say Yes” and it features vocal support from Beyonce’ and Kelly Rowland. It peaked at the top of Billboard’s Gospel Digital Songs Chart.

“I met him (Harmony) through Kelly Rowland,” said Williams about her collaboration with the London based producer. “Everyone else I collaborated with are friends of mine.”

Those others she mentioned, that are featured artists on the album, include Tye Tribbett, LaCrae, and Fantasia. “Journey to Freedom” is executive produced by Michelle, John Dee Hammond, and Phil Thornton.

My favorites selections could include the entire album but the ones that really stood out for me included “Need Your Help,” which has some excellent vocal support from Lonny BeReal, and offers an Urban Gospel flavor; “Yes” has an awesome marching-band drum beat, and I love drums, it’s also a great victory anthem and the hook from Lonny makes it extra special; “Fire” has an Urban beat I love making it a very unique style Gospel selection; “Beautiful” highlights Michelle’s angel voice that is her trademark style; the first single “Say Yes,” featuring her Destiny Child mates Beyonce’ and Kelly, gives a Island/Rasta feel with a twist of Africana flavor; “Believe in Me” is almost Pop Gospel with a twist of Country flavor, and I love how Williams ends this one with such powerful vocals, and “In the Morning” because it has a little Rock flavor and I love Rock, and the lead guitar support makes it even more special.

“The response has been amazing compared to the last one,” Michelle Williams said when asked how the public’s response to the new “hot Gospel” project has been. “The last one was great… (on this one) they get to see another side of me out there by myself musically. People are going, ‘Wow!’”

Aside from being an outstanding vocalist, Michelle is also an actress. Her credits include a television appearance on UPN’s “Half & Half,” and Broadway appearances on “The Color Purple,” “Chicago,” and “Fela.” Her previous releases include her solo debut “Heart to Yours” which was noted as the bestselling Gospel release in 2002, her sophomore release was “Do You Know,” and her third was a Pop debut titled “Unexpected” in 2008.

Williams will be starring in the Oxygen television series “Fix My Choir.” You can learn more about Michelle Williams and her new release “Journey to Freedom by logging onto her website at www.IAmMichelle.com.

Larenz Tate stars in the USA Network drama series ‘Rush,’ airs Thursdays at 9/8c

Larenz Tates stars in the new USA Network original drama series "Rush" as Dr. Alex Burke.

Larenz Tates stars in the new USA Network original drama series “Rush” as Dr. Alex Burke.

*Larenz Tate stars in the new USA Network original drama series “Rush” starring Tom Ellis (“Miranda”) as Dr. Williams P. Rush, a renegade party-hard physician who privately caters to the elite in Los Angeles, while trying desperately to keep their secrets. Tate plays Dr. Alex Burke. The dramatic series premiered July 17, 2014.

“’Rush’ is a medical drama that comes on USA Network on Thursday nights at 9:00 p.m.,” said famed actor Larenz Tate (Love Jones, Crash) about his new acting gig. “I play a doctor. We are private doctors to the elite here in Hollywood to those who don’t want their business in the streets.”

“Rush” also stars Sarah Habel as Eve Parker, and Rick Gonzalez as Manny Maquis. The weekly series is written by Jonathan Levine, who is also director, along with Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo. Adam Fierro is executive producer. It is filmed in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada.

“They came to us and we’re having fun on the show,” Tate added. “So tell people to tune in!”

Larenz Tate credits also include Waist Deep, Menace to Society, A Man Apart, Ray, “House of Lies,” The Postman, Dead Presidents, South Central, “Rescue Me,” and Biker Boyz. His acting career started with roles on “21 Jump Street,” “The Wonder Years,” “Family Matters,” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

BMI honored Christopher ‘Ludacris’ Bridges with the President’s Award, provoking a heart-warming proud moment for all attending

Three-time Grammy and five-time Billboard Award winner Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges honored with the BMI President's Award.

Three-time Grammy and five-time Billboard Award winner Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges honored with the BMI President’s Award.

*“Chris and I are one in the same. We both are Virgos; my birthday is a few days before his. We worked on Crash together, and since then we’ve been like the closest homies – that’s my boy,” said actor Larenz Tate about Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges who recently received the BMI President’s Award at their 2014 BMI R&B Hip-Hop Awards held at The Pantages Theater in Hollywood.

BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for its over 600,000 members. On that day over 30 BMI songwriters, producers and publishers were award the BMI R&B Hip-Hop Award which included Hit Boy, DJ Mustard Chris Brown, Future, Eric Bellinger, Hollis Wear, Mike Will, Sean Garrett, and Zendaya. Others that came in support include Manny Fresh (DJ), Tyrese, Tiara Thomas, Tahj Mowry, Mystikal, Larenz Tate, Kenny Burns (co-host), Diamond, Doug E. Fresh, BMI VP Catherine Brewton (co-host), and Faith Evans.

BMI President and CEO Michael O’Neill presented Ludacris towards the end of the event with the President’s Award.

“I want to thank…the entire BMI staff for still believing in a negro even though I been shooting movies and haven’t put out an album in the last four years,” said the three-time Grammy, five-time Billboard Award winner Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges after accepting the President’s Award. “You see that’s a lot of faith right there. But I’m about to get right back to the music, this is my first love and this is what got me here in the first place.”

The movies Ludacris was referring to included Fast & Furious 6 and Fast Five. He has also been writing for television and film which credits include ”Saturday Night Live,” “Getaway,” ”Late Show with David Letterman,” “The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Glee,” “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Mike & Mike,” and Jumping the Broom. He has also made guest appearances in the last four years on “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Dancing with the Stars,” Justin Bieber: Never Say Never documentary (as a writer), and in video games “Dance Paradise” and “Dance Central 2.”

His hits through the years include “Break Your Heart,” “Glamorous,” “Tonight (I’m Loving You),” “Yeah,” “Chopped N Screwed,” “How Low,” “Money Maker,” “My Chick Bad,” “Runaway Love,” and “Southern Hospitality.” He is a multi-platinum selling rapper selling over 7 million internationally. He is preparing for his eighth studio album titled “Ludaversal.”

Other film credits in his career include 2 Fast 2 Furious, Crash which earned him a SAG and Critics’ Choice Awards, and he starred on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” Currently he serves as a judge on “Rising Star” on ABC. He will be returning to the Fast & Furious franchise with Fast & Furious 7 in 2015.

(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.)

 

(Michelle Williams Journey To Freedom – Michelle Williams New Album Project)