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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.
Andrea Wiley

‘Soul Mate’ is Worth Revisiting Because Faith and Love Still Matter (Watch)

Soulmate film producer Andrea Wiley explains why faith & love still matter.

Soulmate film producer Andrea Wiley explains why faith & love still matter.

*In 2007, Andrea Wiley and a team of dedicated artisans set out to document single women of faith in the award winning film “Soul Mate.”  Their stories were inspiring, heart wrenching and real as women by the dozens graciously shared their truth and their desire to be coupled with their soul mate in the presence of overwhelming statistics.

Fast forward to 2014, when single women and their woes are preeminent in media, especially among women of color.  Writer, producer Andrea Wiley’s message is that: “Faith and love still matter.” This is a timeless reminder, especially since the happily coupled rarely get as much press as the drama couples of reality TV.  Wiley is a former writer/producer for such shows as The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, The Jamie Foxx Show, The Steve Harvey Show, Malcolm & Eddie and The Parkers among many others.

When on the festival circuit the Soul Mate film won:

Best Feature Film – African American Women In Cinema
Audience Choice – African American Women In Cinema
Best Documentary – Hollywood Black Film Festival
Best Documentary – San Francisco Christian Film Festival WYSIWYG
Best Documentary - Sweet Auburn International Film Festival
Best Documentary – International Black Film Festival of Nashville
Best Documentary – Urban Vestige Film Festival

Andrea Wiley believes that the Soul Mate film is worth revisiting and even introduced to those who are new to the singles scene, because the ultimate relationship that anyone can have is with The Creator.  Though Andrea is a happily married mother of two sons, she was drawn to the story of single women because of her ties to so many women in her inner circle who all seemed to share the same scenario. Soul Mate is affirming for women, and a sobering eye opener for men. Andrea’s mission is clear:

“I hope the testimonies of women in this film will inspire people to examine their spiritual lives, move beyond the traps that singleness sometimes creates for those who wish to be married, and find wholeness in an intimate relationship with God.”

Soul Mate features Bishop Kenneth Ulmer, Sherri Shepherd, Michelle McKinney Howard,   Dr. Cynthia Hale, Devika Parikh, Dr. Jerome Clayton, Sara Finney Johnson and many more.  To order Soul Mate click here. 

naturi naughton - power

Starz Network Series ‘Power’ is on the Way

Coming soon from Starz Network- Power Produced by 50 Cent

Coming soon from Starz Network- Power
Produced by 50 Cent

*Starz Network announces new series POWER, starring Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton and Executive Produced by 50 Cent and created by Courtney Kemp Agboh.

In advance of the show’s Summer premiere, Starz is excited to share a Women’s History Month e-card with you!  Please feel free to post this online and on your social media pages this week.

For more information, visit “Power” online, on Facebook and join the conversation @Power_Starz using #PowerTV.

Alissa Cavallaro

Alissa Cavallo Catching the Buzz at Reverb Nation

Alissa Cavallaro

Alissa Cavallaro

*Pop/R&B recording artist, Alissa Cavallaro is rising to the top with her singles released on ReverbNation.

Like a quiet storm the 15 year old singer/songwriter/ musician has rushed into the #3 spot on ReverbNation’s Pop/R&B chart with the popularity of her track “Papers.”  Now she wants to go for the gold, with her sights on the #1 spot.

“Its all about rising to the occasion and always doing your best” says the talented high school student from Long Island. ” I’ve worked with some very talented people and I’m happy that people are taking notice.”

Her growing fans base can expect more great music from Alissa this Spring with the release of her yet to be titled sophomore CD.

“My new music will definitely convey my growth as a singer and writer” Alissa shares energetically. ”Its for girls like me, who dream and dance and love to act grown.”

Alissa will hit the streets to promote her new CD and her anti-bullying campaign sponsored by Attitude Apparel Inc. A conscientious young lady, Alissa hopes to inspire her peers and dissuade bullying. She is currently in the recording studio working on an anti-bullying track featuring the powerful rap styling of Big Daddy Kane. The single will no doubt give voice to those young people who feel helpless at times.

A line of limited edition Attitude Clothing Co, Anti-Bullying T-Shirts, caps and accessories will be available. Proceeds will be donated to young adult charities which provide self-esteem building programs and counseling.


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motown the musical

‘Motown The Musical’ National Tour Cast Announced

Motown The Musical Chicago cast announced!

Motown The Musical Chicago cast announced!

*Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy Jr.  are proud to announce the complete cast for the First National Tour of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL.

As previously announced, Clifton Oliver and Allison Semmes will star in the leading roles of Berry Gordy and Diana Ross.  Portraying groundbreaking Motown artists, Nicholas Christopher will play Smokey Robinson and Jarran Muse will play Marvin Gaye.  Leon Outlaw, Jr. and Reed L. Shannon will portray Berry Gordy’s boyhood counterpart and the roles of young stars Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. 

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will also feature Erick Buckley, Patrice Covington, Christian Dante White, Jamarice Daughtry, Tamar Davis, Lynorris Evans, Melanie Evans, Devon Goffman, Jennie Harney, Latrisa Harper, Rod Harrelson, Robert Hartwell, Rodney Earl Jackson, Jr., Trisha Jeffrey, Grasan Kingsberry, Elijah Ahmad Lewis, Jarvis Manning, Krisha Marcano, Marq Moss, Rashad Naylor, Chadaè Nichol, Ramone Owens, Nicholas Rowe, Jamison Scott, Douglas Storm, Martina Sykes and Galen Williams.

The First National Tour begins performances April 22, 2014 at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago before continuing to cities across the country.

Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more.

Featuring more than 50 classic hits such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” MOTOWN THE MUSICAL tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. Motown shattered barriers; shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat.

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is scheduled to hit the road in a year long tour with stops in Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco, Kansas City, Minneapolis,  Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, Denver, Los Angeles, San Diego, Costa Mesa, Milwaukee, Memphis, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta and Charlotte.

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL features choreography by Patricia Wilcox (Blues in the Night) and Warren Adams (Toy Story), scenic design by David Korins (Bring It On: The Musical, Annie), costume design by Tony Award® nominee ESosa (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, “Project Runway”), lighting design by Tony Award® winner Natasha Katz (Once, Sister Act), sound design by Tony Award® nominee Peter Hylenski (Rock of Ages, The Scottsboro Boys), projection design by Daniel Brodie (Jekyll and Hyde), hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe (Memphis) and casting by Telsey + Company.

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL’s arrangements and orchestrations are by Grammy and Tony Award® nominee Ethan Popp (Rock of Ages), who also serves as music supervisor in reproducing the classic “Sound of Young America,” with co-orchestrations and additional arrangements by Tony Award® nominee Bryan Crook (“Smash”) and dance arrangements by Zane Mark (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels).

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is produced by Tony Award® winning producer Kevin McCollum (Rent, In the Heights, Avenue Q), Chairman and CEO of SONY Music Entertainment Doug Morris and Motown founder Berry Gordy. For more information, visit


‘Harmony’ Rocks!

New Barry Manilow & Bruce Sussman musical now playing at The Ahmanson

New Barry Manilow & Bruce Sussman musical now playing at The Ahmanson

*A page of history sings and dances its way onto the stage at The Ahmanson Theater in the form of the new musical “Harmony” with the book and lyrics by Bruce Sussman and music by Barry Manilow.

The musical and political pathways of the Comedian Harmonists unfolds as the six member group follows their passion to sing from subways, to night clubs to concert halls.  The caveat is that their ambitions rise and fall simultaneously with Hitler’s maniacal reign in Nazi Germany in the 1920′s and 1930′s.

While the evening bursts with one show stopping performance after another from an extraordinary ensemble cast,  the fear and frustration of the troupe mirrors our nation’s own Vaudevillian performers of color who had to appear singing, joking, and tap dancing (sometimes in black face) while offsetting the racial atrocities that waged outside of the auditoriums where such gaiety was patronized.  It was the order of the day.

Harmony leaves such echoes on the hearts of the audience, as familiar Manilow intervals colorized new songs with an old familiar feeling.  Each cast member was equally suited in song and dance as they carried big melodies, party anthems or tender love songs.  Barry Manilow surprised the crowd opening night, as he and Bruce Sussman told of the years that this production has been in the making.

Harmony is proof positive that music is universal.  Harmony is on stage live now through April 13th, 2014 at the Ahmanson Theater 135 N. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA. 90012.  Harmony is brilliantly directed by Tony Speciale, with stellar choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter.  Musical Director is John O’Neil and set design by Tobin Ost.

Harmony is presented by the Center Theatre Group and The Alliance Theatre.  The Los Angeles production of Harmony is generously supported in part by Artistic Director’s Circle members Ruth Flinkman-Marandy & Ben Marandy.  Harmony was originally presented by the La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, California.  For tickets and more information go to:

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tyler perry as madea

Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Neighbors From Hell (The Play) Coming to DVD

Coming to DVD April 22nd 2014 Tyler Perry's Madea's Neighbors From Hell from Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Coming to DVD April 22nd 2014 Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Neighbors From Hell from Lionsgate Home Entertainment

*Everyone’s favorite “Southern mama” reminds us why faith and family are so important in the hilarious new comedy Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Neighbors From Hell (The Play). Filled with inspiring gospel music, the newest stage play from blockbuster director, writer and producer Tyler Perry arrives on DVD (plus Digital Ultraviolet), Digital HD, Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View April 22 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Neighbors From Hell (The Play) pits no nonsense matriarch Madea and feisty neighborhood know-it-all Aunt Bam up against some troubled new neighbors and arrives on DVD after only one premiere performance weekend to packed audiences in Atlanta, Georgia. 

In the first Madea stage play since the fan-favorite production of Madea Gets A Job, the side-splitting performance, taped in front of a live audience, comes on the heels of the recent theatrical release of Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas. Not available on tour, the DVD is the only way that fans can watch the always uproarious Madea show her troubled neighbors that love and forgiveness are at the heart of a family, and that their faith will see them through to a brighter future. Tyler Perry stars as Madea, and is joined on stage by Cassi Davis (TV’s “House of Payne”) as the irreverent Aunt Bam and Wess Morgan (Laugh to Keep from Crying).

David Stewart, Tyler Perry and Cassi Davis from Madea's Neighbors from Hell: Coming to DVD April 22nd 2015

David Stewart, Tyler Perry and Cassi Davis from Madea’s Neighbors from Hell: Coming to DVD April 22nd 2015

Madea’s neighborhood takes a turn for the worse when a foster mother moves in with her unruly kids.  Suspicious activity leads Madea to take justice into her own hands.  With Aunt Bam by her side, Madea uses her unique wit and wisdom for unforgettable results.

Featuring moving new songs written by Tyler Perry and performed by the cast, the Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Neighbors From Hell (The Play) DVD includes a behind-the-scenes featurette and will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.