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LaRita "Jazzy Rita" Shelby is a broadcast media & marketing professional. She serves as V.P. of Marketing and Special Programming at Additionally she is an actress, singer/songwriter who has appeared on TV and in film.
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Mother Love Ready to Return to TV

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Mother Love campaigns for new television show! Current host of the Mother Love Show on & spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association.

*Talk show host, author, comedian, actress and humanitarian Mother Love is putting her fans on notice that she is poised to make a return to television.

In 1998 Mother Love transitioned from her radio career into syndicated television when she hosted the show Forgive Or Forget. Just two years later Mother Love was back in the market for a venue for her worldwide appeal with a hometown feel.

Internet radio was the perfect fit, and Mother Love has graced the mic for the past several years via her sassy, spirited and high ranked show on LA Talk Radio.  She has hosted scores of celebrities, authors, community figures and other exciting guests.  The show airs Monday through Friday from 2:00-4:00 pm Pacific Time at

Mother Love is a also long-time spokesperson for the American Diabetes AssociationNovo Nordisk, Glucerna, and AETNA.  Mother Love has authored three books Forgive and Forget(Harper Collins 1999), Half The Mother/Twice The Love (Atria Books 2006) and Listen Up Girlfriends (St Martin’s Press 1995).

Forgive or Forget (Mother Love’s previous TV show) now airs on Bounce TV but currently the Cleveland native has her heart and soul devoted to answering the call to all of those who ask when she’s going to be back on TV with a new show.   The even more fabulous Mother Love has taken that mission into her own hands by launching a campaign to Get Mother Love on TV.  Click here to join her fans and Get Mother Love on TV!

Among Mother Love’s many accomplishments she has received the 2010 USC Annenberg School of Journalism and Communications Award, the 2009 Living History Makers Award from Turning Point, Inc. and The Most Inspirational Woman of 2010 from Women In Business.  Mother Love is also a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.


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EURweb Exclusive: New Twist in Corey Clark Lawsuit (Audio Interview)

New Twist In Corey Clark Lawsuit

*On Friday, October 10, 2014 Federal Judge Kevin Sharpe reversed his decision to dismiss former “American Idol” contestant  Corey Clark’s $120 million lawsuit against the two major networks, Fox and E!, and reopened the case for discovery and trial.

That’s right, Corey Clark is finally going to get his day in court to prove his claims and that could spell trouble for the defendants and the “American Idol” franchise if what he’s said all along pans out to be true.

The lawsuit focuses on the fabricated investigation and dissemination of the false defamatory results of the said sham investigation, allegedly conducted by Fox in 2005 to ascertain the truth of Clark’s alleged sexual affair with Paula Abdul while he was a principle role performer and Ms. Abdul was a judge on the production of the 2nd season of American Idol. Its all surrounding the E! Networks’ republication of those defamatory statements in 2012 with the broadcast of E!’s popular series True Hollywood Story: Paula Abdul, according to Clark’s complaint.

The judge noted that even though clips of Clark are seen throughout the majority of the program, you never hear from him, not once.

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The discovery process will produce evidence to bolster or hurt Clark’s claims, but at the center of it all is one of the people key to the answer. Paula Abdul. Unnamed sources say a Federal subpoena for her deposition and testimony is now inevitable, it’s only a matter of when that deposition will occur. At such time Miss Abdul will have to answer the hard ball questions about her relationship to Clark at that time. Her handlers will not be in control of the interview, and they won’t have reign over Clark’s attorneys.

If Clark’s allegations are found to be true, after being publicly defamed throughout the last 12 years, Clark seeks closure. In light of Judge Sharpe’s reversal, there is hope for a remedy and vindication in the form of an apology.

Corey Clark explains more about the ordeal in this Exclusive with LaRita Shelby.

Statement from Corey Clark:

“My attorney Matthew Martin and I are elated that Judge Sharpe made the decision to reverse his own dismissal of my case. I am thankful for the opportunity presented to me now to prove the facts of a situation that has haunted and adversely impacted my personal life and family while stifling my career throughout the last 12 years, in a distinguished court of law . This is a chance for justice to right a wrong based on the facts, evidence and law. The adversarial process will allow everyone involved to come to the table, tell the truth, get to the facts, set the record straight and put this behind us once and for all. My goal is simply to clear my reputation and the hard work and dedication of my attorney has afforded me that chance. I truly appreciate those of you who have continued to support me through the rough times. When this is all said and done, people will never look at reality competitions the same again.”

Info on Corey Clark’s latest project is found by clicking here.

Source: G & C Media &


(New Twist In Corey Clark Lawsuit)
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The West Coast Premiere of Choir Boy Soars at the Geffen Playhouse

Credit is “Jeremy Pope, Caleb Eberhardt, Grantham Coleman and Nicholas L. Ashe. Photo by Michael Lamont.”

Pictured: The Cast of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy at The Geffen Playhouse 2014 Jeremy Pope, Caleb Eberhardt, Grantham Coleman and Nicholas L. Ashe. Photo by Michael Lamont.

*At the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys, a young black man knows what is expected of him. Work hard, fall in line and if you’ve got the voice for it, use it to praise God in the school choir. Within these walls, Pharus Young (with the voice of an angel and a keen mind) should be a star. But in the face of Drew’s time-honored traditions, can music overcome silence?

The Geffen Playhouse is now home to award-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “Choir Boy,a show that navigates expectation, alienation and the overwhelming desire to be heard.

Since mid September, audiences have been inspired by the stage presentation in the heart of Westwood at The Geffen Playhouse, 10866 LeConte Avenue,  Los Angeles, CA 90024.

Critics agree that it is a well spent night out on the town. Performances remain Tuesday through Sunday, now through October 26th 2014.

“This is a true ensemble effort and totally worthy of your time and faith. Go see Choir Boy!” – Broadway World

CRITIC’S CHOICE! “Touching and funny!” “Finds its sublimity in the music … Beautifully performed … Inspiring!” – Los Angeles Times

“Soars on its revelatory singing … energetic and engaging.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“Believe the buzz … a coming-of-age play with terrific young actor-singers that deserves its kudos.” - Variety

“Fills the stage with joyous music and plenty of food for thought.” – TheaterMania

“This is a play to see and a playwright to watch.” – KCRW

This critically acclaimed new play by MacArthur “Genius” Tarell Alvin McCraney must close in less than two weeks.

EURweb readers can save up to $55 on any remaining seats using the code EURWEB! Click here for tickets and more information.

Choir Boy is directed by Trip Cullman and features Nicholas L. Ashe, Grantham Coleman, Caleb Eberhardt, Leonard Kelly-Young, Donovan Mitchell, Jeremy Pope & Michael A. Shepperd.


(Choir Boy Soars At The Geffen Playhouse)
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Charles Belk’s Curbside to Capitol Hill: Passion Leads To Action

Charles Belk meeting with the Legislative Director from the Office of Congressman Horsford (NV) Sept. 2014

Charles Belk meeting with the Legislative Director from the Office of Congressman Horsford (NV) Sept. 2014

*When I was told that it would cost an average of $5,000 and up to 6 months to remove the arrest record resulting from my wrongful arrest, I passionately launched an email campaign on social media, targeting the arresting law enforcement agency. I couldn’t believe it was going to cost me money and time to delete any record of me being arrested, especially given the fact that I was completely innocent, and had a document given to me that evening by the arresting agency saying that this “…was a detention only, not an arrest.” That social media driven campaign created attention and within 4 or 5 days, my arrest record was no longer in the system.

That quick turn around of my own arrest record situation ignited a passion inside of me that lead me to believe that it should be that simple and easy for anyone and everyone that was wrongfully arrested and declared innocent at the end of their process. From that was born the  We Can Make A Difference petition at to automatically erase the arrest record of innocent individuals that were wrongfully arrested. The petition is addressed to the 50 state Attorney Generals and the US Attorney General.

Encouraged by the immediate passion that was expressed by 2 state legislators from 2 different states to introduce legislation in their respective chambers, I decided that there may be an opportunity to engage the help of other state legislators. With luck and passion on my side, I decided to make my way to Washington, DC for a week — for the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and Capitol Hill!

Within a week, the #AutoErase team (because it has truly been a team effort, people from all over the country doing whatever they can to help with the cause), was able to get me meetings with my two US Senators, my US Congressman, a US Congressman from Nevada, and on four different panel discussions while I was in town for the CBC. A feat that was, if anything, short of amazing in such a short period of time. So big thanks to the #AutoErase team — i.e., anyone that shared my passion and took an action by offering suggestions or connections on Facebook, any legislative aid that took the call or email from me and championed it through the process, or anyone that just took the time out to connect me to someone else that connected me to someone else, that got me a meeting with a US Congress member or on a panel.

After being denied meetings with the US Department of Justice Attorney General office, it wasn’t until Kaye Meier from Senator Boxer’s office arranged for me to have a call with the Department of Justice, that I truly realized that when others share your passion, it leads to action!

SIGN the We Can Make A Difference

Change is happening. And it is very exciting. Make sure you tell YOUR story. Become passionate about the change you want to see take place, and then engage others that share that passion!

Charles Belk is a Digital Marketing Executive and an Independent Film Producer based in Los Angeles. He was wrongfully arrested on August 22, 2014, and held under a $100,000 bail for armed bank robbery.
TWITTER: @charlesbelk, FACEBOOK: /charlesbelk

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Cash Money Content Launches #IRead #WeRead,

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*September is National Literary Month and in celebration Cash Money Content (CMC), the literary division of the Cash Money Records, has launched a community reading encouragement campaign designed to challenge the African American community to develop a habit of reading.

“Reading is an important step in the right direction toward making a difference in our community,” says Ronald “Slim” Williams, Co –founder of Cash Money Records and Cash Money Content. “Let’s encourage our communities to read.”

CMC’s goal is to encourage African Americans, young and old, to share books, interesting article links and compelling blog posts using their social media channels with the hashtags #IRead and #WeRead. This effort is to not only open the dialogue about books and share interesting literary findings, but also to inspire families and the African American community as a whole to pick up books, follow links and read.

Based on a report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, on average, African American twelfth-grade students read at the same level as white eighth-grade students. Findings also state that the twelfth-grade reading scores of African American males were significantly lower than those for men and women across every other racial and ethnic group.

Reading is a fundamental step in the right direction to changing these statistics in our communities.

Please join CMC’s effort by reading with your family and friends; engaging in book clubs, or just by sharing books and articles you love! Please include the hashtags – #IRead and #WeRead along with images of you reading, or images of what you are reading and let’s start inspiring our community to make this change together.

#CashMoneyContent #IRead #WeRead t: @cashmoneybooks ig: @cashmoneycontent

About Cash Money Content
Cash Money Content (CMC) is a groundbreaking partnership that pairs the Cash Money Records brand with Atria Books, a division of the publishing powerhouse, Simon & Schuster. CMC is publishing some of the most original and influential authors of urban fiction, as well as memoirs from some of today’s most prominent voices, and life-changing books on success, motivation, money and health.

For more information on Cash Money Content, contact:

Kia Selby
K&K PR for Cash Money Records/Cash Money Content
[email protected]


Donna Torrence
Mediasavvy PR for Cash Money Content
[email protected]

President Obama signs My Brothers Keeper Initiative

The White House Launches ‘My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge’

White House Launches My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge

President Obama signs My Brother’s Keeper (Feb.  27, 2014) initiative encouraging communities to implement cradle to college to career strategies for young men of color.  A Call to Action Community Challenge  is set forth as of September 2014.   See the full initiative at    Photo by Pete Souza- Official White House Photo

*In February, President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative to ensure that all youth, including boys and young men of color, have opportunities to improve their life outcomes and overcome barriers to success.

As part of that launch, the President also established the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force (Task Force) to review public and private sector programs, policies, and strategies, and determine ways the Federal Government can better support these efforts.

The Task Force was also charged with determining how to better involve State and local officials, the private sector, and the philanthropic community.

In late May, the Task Force released its 90-day interim progress report, which identified a set of recommendations and a blueprint for action for government, business, non-profit, philanthropic, faith, and community partners.

Since the launch of MBK, the Task Force has met with and heard from thousands of Americans, through online and in-person listening sessions, who are already taking action.

In June, responding to their commitment announced at the MBK launch, eleven of the nation’s leading philanthropies announced $194 million in independent incremental investments in organizations and initiatives, including programs to enhance school learning environments and reduce young people’s interaction with the justice system.

In July, President Obama announced new independent commitments by businesses and nonprofits representing more than $100 million dollars and pledges of support from educators, business leaders, athletes, and mayors aimed at addressing some of the report’s recommendations.

Also in July, the National Convening Council (NCC) was launched as an independent private sector initiative bringing together leaders from business, philanthropy and the faith, youth, Tribal, local, and nonprofit communities.

On September 27th, the President announced that more than 100 mayors, county officials and tribal nations (full list below) have already accepted the “My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge” (“MBK Community Challenge” or “Challenge”), the next step in organizing and building upon the work of community leaders to improve outcomes for youth in America.

 MBK Community Challenge

Today, the White House announced the MBK Community Challenge, an effort to encourage communities (cities, counties, suburbs, rural municipalities, and tribal nations) to implement a coherent cradle-to-college and career strategy aimed at improving life outcomes for all young people, consistent with the goals and recommendations of the Task Force’s May report, to ensure that all youth can achieve their full potential, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or the circumstances in which they are born.  The Challenge is not a new federal program, but rather a call to action for leaders of communities across the Nation to build and execute comprehensive strategies that ensure:

  •  All children enter school cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally prepared;
  • All children read at grade level by third grade;
  • All young people graduate from high school;
  • All young people complete post-secondary education or training;
  • All youth out of school are employed; and
  • All young people are safe from violent crime.

The Task Force also identified a set of “cross cutting” areas, among them the importance of caring adults being present and active in the lives of children, hence the emphasis placed on mentoring.

The Challenge calls upon mayors, Tribal leaders, town and county executives, encouraging them to take the following steps:  within 45 days of accepting the Challenge, local communities convene a Local Action Summit with key public and private sector stakeholders to assess needs, determine priorities, and decide what combination of the above objectives they will tackle; within six months of accepting the Challenge, communities publicly launch a plan of action for accomplishing their goals, which will include a protocol for tracking data, benchmarks for tracking progress, and a blueprint for how the community will resource its efforts.

The White House, the U.S. Department of Education, and the NCC are launching the Challenge.  The NCC will provide communities with resources to support their local planning process, assisting them in developing successful strategies for action and tracking their progress.  More information, including how local executives can sign up for the Challenge, is available at

Additionally, the Federal government has recently announced a number of programs that address recommendations in the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force progress report.

For example, the Department of Justice announced a $4.75 million initiative to invest in training, evidence-based strategies, policy development and research to build trust and strengthen the relationship between law enforcement, and the communities they serve, and through the Smart on Juvenile Justice initiative, awarded $2 million in three grants which provide training, technical assistance and education to improve the quality of services, end racial and ethnic disparities, and encourage reforms in juvenile justice systems.

The Department of Education awarded more than $57 million in grants focused on improving school climates and keeping students safe.  And in September, the Departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development announced a collaboration between HUD-funded organizations, and civil legal aid programs and public defender offices, to focus on expunging and sealing juvenile records – improving the chances that reentering youth will be able to obtain degrees, find work, and secure housing.

Information on previous independent private sector commitments can be found at

MBK Community Challenge Early Acceptors

LocalitiesAkron, OHAlbuquerque, NMAlleghany County, PAAnniston, ALAtlanta, GAAtlantic City, NJ

Augusta, GA

Baton Rouge, LA

Beaverton, OR

Birmingham, AL

Boston, MA

Bridgeport, CT

Brooklyn Park, MN

Buffalo, NY

Caddo Parish, LA

Carlisle, PA

Charleston, SC

Charles Town, WV

Charlottesville, VA

Chattanooga, TN

Chicago, IL

Cleveland, OH

Columbia, SC

Columbus, OH

Compton, CA

Cook County, IL

Culver City, CA

Dallas County, TX

Dayton, OH

DeKalb County, GA

Denver, CO

Des Moines, IA

Detroit, MI

Dubuque,  IA

DuPage County, IL

Durham, NC

Edinburg, TX

Elkhart, IN

Fairmount Heights, MD

Ferguson, MO

Flint, MI

Forest Heights, MD

Fort Wayne, IN

Fort Worth, TX

Fulton County, GA

Gary, IN

Harrisburg, PA

Hartford, CT

Hempstead, NY

Hobson, AL

Holly Hill, SC


Holyoke, MAHouston, TXHuntington, WVIndianapolis, INIthaca, NYJacksonville, FLJersey City, NJ

Johnstown, PA

Kansas City, KS

Kansas City, MO

Knoxville, TN

Lansing, MI

Laredo, TX

Las Vegas, NV

Little Rock, AR

Long Beach, CA

Los Angeles, CA

Louisville, KY

Macon, GA

Madison, WI

Massillon, OH

Memphis, TN

Milwaukee, WI

Minneapolis, MN

Mount Rainier, MD

New Haven, CT

New Orleans, LA

New York, NY

Newark, NJ

Newton, MA

Niagara Falls, NY

Normandy, MO

North Chicago, IL

Oak Creek, WI

Oakland, CA

Orlando, FL

Palm Beach County, FL

Philadelphia, PA

Phoenix, AZ

Pittsburgh, PA

Portland, ME

Portland, OR

Prairie View, TX

Prince George’s County, MD

Prichard, AL

Princeton, NJ

Providence, RI

Ranson, WV

Rialto, CA

Richmond, CA


Rochester, NYSacramento, CASaint Joseph, LASalt Lake City, UTSan Antonio, TXSan Francisco, CASanta Ana, CA

Santa Fe, NM

Savannah, GA

Seattle, WA

Shreveport, LA

Southfield, MI

St. Louis, MO

St. Paul, MN

Syracuse, NY

Tacoma, WA

Tallahassee, FL

Tampa, FL

Tucson, AZ

Village of Phoenix, IL

Washington, D.C


Tribal Nations

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians (CA)

Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (AK)

Cherokee Nation (OK)

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (SD)

Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa  (MN)

Hoonah Indian Association (AK)

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation (CT)

Navajo Nation (AZ, NM, UT)

Oneida Nation of Wisconsin (WI)

Pawnee Nation (OK)

Round Valley Indian Tribes (CA)

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (MI)

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe (SD, ND)

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (ND, SD)

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community (WA)




(White House Launches My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge)