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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 EURweb.com. Additionally she is an actress, singer/songwriter who has appeared on TV and in film.
Kashif

R&B Legend Kashif Directs 10-part Documentary

Legendary producer, writer & artist Kashif on set with R&B legend Kathy Sledge as part of 10 part documentary The History of R&B Music

Legendary producer, writer & artist Kashif on set with R&B legend Kathy Sledge as part of 10 part documentary “The History of R&B Music.”

*(Hollywood, CA)  – Six-time Grammy nominee Kashif is elevating from writing and producing million-selling hits for himself, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and George Benson to pursuing his dream come true of directing the unprecedented 10-part Ken Burns-style documentary “The History of R&B Music And It’s Influence On World Culture.”

Maximizing his knowledge and experience as both a star and behind the scenes wizard, Kashif is covering the evolution of the music from all angles and perspectives – far beyond the usual suspects.

To bring this dream to life, Kashif is shifting from already having invested money himself to film 200 interviews, to now raising funding through an IndieGoGo campaign that challenges all who say that they value real soul music, to put up anything they can afford to show solidarity –from $5.00 to $50,000.00. For their support, donors can receive perks ranging from t-shirts and autographed books to a speaking role in the film and even a song produced by Kashif.

“After 40 successful years in music and entertainment I finally get to do my ‘dream project,’”Kashif states. “To say that I am excited is a vast understatement.”

A portion of the film’s proceeds will benefit the Rhythm & Blues Foundation to provide financing for aging R&B artists in need of housing and medical assistance. A product of the NYC foster care system, Kashif is always looking for ways to live his purpose. Damon Williams, President of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, states: “I can’t think of anyone more suited to take on this monumental task of documenting R&B music and helping leaders who have fallen on difficult times.”

Kashif covers the evolution of R&B music with a purpose to help assist aging R&B artists. 10 Part documentary is in the works, but more funding is needed.

Kashif covers the evolution of R&B music with a purpose to help assist aging R&B artists. 10 Part documentary is in the works, but more funding is sought through an Indiegogo campaign.

Through “The History of R&B Music,” fans will learn how R&B helped end the Vietnam War, as well as promote gender equality in the early `80s. It has also driven how advertising agencies promote products and services. R&B music heard the birthing sounds of a new nation, and uniquely responded with the songs, dances, styles and culture that set the nation into swing and on the good foot. While the American Songbook has been called the soundtrack of our lives, consider R&B as the boom box of the new American Revolution.

Click to see or donate, go to: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-history-of-r-b-music

For more on Kashif go to: http://www.brooklynboy.com/store.html

Kashif is available for interviews. Contact: [email protected].

IMAN Cosmetics joins supporters of the Women's Theatre Festival of Memphis 2014

IMAN Cosmetics Supports Women’s Theatre Festival of Memphis 2014

IMAN Cosmetics joins supporters of the Women's Theatre Festival of Memphis 2014

IMAN Cosmetics joins sponsors of the Women’s Theatre Festival of Memphis 2014

*(Memphis, TN) — IMAN Cosmetics is the newest company to join a prestigious list of sponsors of the Women’s Theatre Festival of Memphis (WTFM).

Their sponsorship will assist WTFM with its second season held August 7th – 9th 2014 in four venues in the coveted Overton Square, Midtown Theatre District of Memphis, TN. WTFM will feature over 30 performances, readings, seminars and workshops.

The performances are the artistic works of women from Tennessee, California, Kentucky, Missouri, New Jersey, Virginia, Texas, and Australia. The workshops and seminars will embrace such topics as The Business of Theatre, The Business of Acting, Directing, Playwriting, Spoken Word, Improvisation, Acting, and Dance Workshops (Hip Hop, African, Salsa, Ballet, Contemporary).

WTFM was created to provide educational opportunities and performances that represent women on a broader scale and bring recognition to women who have contributed to the theatre. Everyone is invited to attend.

“WTFM is honored to have IMAN Cosmetics as one of our new sponsors. We are excited to have such a prestigious and innovative company as IMAN cosmetics join WTFM. Their sponsorship is a wonderful illustration of women helping women, a practice that we can’t stress enough,” says WTFM Founder Karen Moore.

IMAN Cosmetics General Manager Desiree Reid echoes these sentiments: “IMAN Cosmetics is excited to support The Women’s Theatre Festival of Memphis and Women of Style, Spirit and Success.  We believe in the mission of helping women and girls learn the skills and technology necessary for successful careers; and we are happy to be a part of this event.  IMAN and the Women’s Theatre Festival of Memphis are a perfect fit. We have the broadest global range of makeup colors for women with skin of color and we want to help promote the spirit of empowerment to women in theatre and in the broader creative community.”  ​

IMAN Cosmetics is an international cosmetics company for women of color. Founded by world renowned supermodel Iman in 1994, IMAN Cosmetics is a maverick in the multicultural beauty category. It is the premier global cosmetics and skin care brand. The brand’s key philosophy is “Beauty for Your Skin Tone.” The company and its founder are also very involved in social causes, especially those that address the needs of women, making WTFM an event aligned with the company’s mission.

WTFM Board Chair/Founder/Producer Ruby O'Gray

WTFM Board Chair/Founder/Producer Ruby O’Gray

WTFM Board Chair/Founder/Producer Ruby O’Gray stated, “We, the producers and volunteers of WTFM want to thank IMAN Cosmetics for their generous contribution. It is so encouraging to hear that the Women’s Theatre Festival of Memphis complements their mission to empower women and girls in their lives, careers and ultimate personal beauty and development.  WTFM aspires to have the same global range exemplified by IMAN Cosmetics.”

WTFM also encourages collaboration with theatres, artists, and other professionals in an attempt to increase opportunities for women in all aspects of the performing arts. This unique idea allows attendees to experience the female voice in theatre and attract significant visitors to the Memphis marketplace. Other WTFM corporate and government sponsors include FedEx, Toyota, Walmart, the Los Angeles Center Theatre Group, Tennessee Arts Commission and the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau. The 2014 Honorary Chairperson is LaRita “Jazzy Rita” Shelby, who is not only an entertainer, but an educator, a broadcaster and a seasoned marketing & media professional. For more information about the event, or sponsorship & advertising opportunities, visit http://www.womenstheatrefestivalofmemphis.org or call            (901)213-7566.

About the Women’s Theatre Festival of Memphis is a sponsored project of Women of Style, Spirit and Success, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization. It is the first international women’s theatre festival in the world, one of only two in the U.S., and the only one in the South.

About IMAN Cosmetics

Launched in 1994, IMAN Cosmetics is a maverick in the multicultural beauty category. It is the premier global “masstige” cosmetics and skin care brand (mass-tige is the hybrid of prestige quality and mass-market availability and pricing). The brand’s key philosophy is “Beauty for Your Skin Tone.”

 

source:
Karen Moore
TRUST Marketing & Communications, Inc.
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President Obama issues a statement regarding the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Statement by President Obama on the 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act of 1964

President Obama issues a statement regarding the Civil Rights Act of 1964

President Obama

Today, President Obama issued the following statement regarding the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964:

“In 1964, President Johnson put pen to paper and signed the Civil Rights Act into law. Fifty years later, few pieces of legislation have defined our national identity as distinctly, or as powerfully. By outlawing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, the Civil Rights Act effectively ended segregation in schools, workplaces, and public facilities. It opened the door for the Voting Rights Act, and the Fair Housing Act. And it transformed the concepts of justice, equality, and democracy for generations to come.

“The Civil Rights Act brought us closer to making real the declaration at the heart of our founding – that we are all created equal. But that journey continues. A half a century later, we’re still working to tear down barriers and put opportunity within reach for every American, no matter who they are, what they look like, or where they come from. So as we celebrate this anniversary and the undeniable progress we’ve made over the past 50 years, we also remember those who have fought tirelessly to perfect our union, and recommit ourselves to making America more just, more equal and more free. Let’s celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act by continuing our work to make America more just and equal.”

Via: www.WhiteHouse.gov.

Ruby Dee

Ruby Dee to be Honored at Public Memorial Celebration

The late Ruby Dee is to be honored at a memorial celebration planned for September 20th 2014 at New York's Riverside Church

The late Ruby Dee is to be honored at a memorial celebration planned for September 20th 2014 at New York’s Riverside Church

*The life and legacy of actor, author, and civil rights activist Ruby Dee will be honored with a public memorial celebration on Saturday, September 20th at The Riverside Church in New York at 11:00 AM. The service will feature tributes and reflections from family, friends, and colleagues who were influenced by her outstanding life and work.

Ms. Dee, who died on June 11, 2014 at the age of 91, was a lifelong advocate for initiatives supporting the arts, education and civil rights. In her memory, the family suggests that donations be made to the following:

The Ruby Dee Memorial Fund at Hunter College. Dee, a graduate of Hunter College High School in 1939 and Hunter College in 1944, loved her alma mater. The memorial fund will support the renovation of the Hunter College Library, an ongoing project which is creating a new, state-of-the-art facility for today’s college students. If you would like to honor Dee’s commitment to public education, you may send a check payable to the Hunter College Foundation (695 Park Avenue, East 1313, New York, NY 10065). Please note on the check or in a separate note that your gift is for the Ruby Dee Memorial Fund. If you would like to donate online, please go to https://community.hunter.cuny.edu/donatenow. On the “donate now” page, go to the designation box and choose “Ruby Dee Memorial Fund” from the drop-down menu.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. To support programs of the National Arts and Letters Commission, you may send a check payable to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (1707 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC. 20009) in memory of Ruby Dee.

Your Local Community Theatre. If you would like to honor Dee’s lifelong commitment to theatre, you may make a donation in her name to the community theatre of your choice.

 

source:
The Terrie Williams Agency
Terrie Williams
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Ryan Stewart
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Call for Entries for Richard E. Sherwood Award

Center Theatre Group requests submission for 2015 CTG Sherwood Awards

Center Theatre Group requests submission for 2015 CTG Sherwood Awards

*Center Theatre Group (CTG) is now accepting submissions for the 2015 Richard E. Sherwood Award.

The Sherwood Award is an annual $10,000 fund to support Los Angeles theatre artists. The award is presented each year at the Ovation Awards ceremony produced by LA Stage Alliance.

CTG urges emerging artists to submit an application if they have resided in Los Angeles for at least two years, have produced or collaborated on at least two productions in Los Angeles, and are innovative, adventurous and inclined to push boundaries. The artist can be a performer, playwright, director, choreographer, designer or producer. Artists are not limited by title, role or genre but must have a relationship with the art of performance.

In addition to receiving a $10,000 grant, the Sherwood recipient will partner with CTG’s Education and Community Partnerships department, and attend key CTG events throughout the year. Two additional finalists will receive a $2500 honorarium.

CTG Sherwood Award Nominees

Last year’s winner was Miranda Wright, a Los Angeles-based producer of experimental theatre.  The deadline for submitting an application for the Sherwood Award is June 30, 2014. Further information about the Sherwood Award is available at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org/Sherwood or by emailing a request to [email protected].

wendy raquel robinson

Wendy Raquel Robinson Hosts Celebrity Event

Wendy Raquel Robinson hosts Celebrity Red Carpet Experience at LA Bonaventure June 28th 2014

Wendy Raquel Robinson hosts Celebrity Red Carpet Experience at LA Bonaventure  Brewing Company June 28th 2014

*Los Angeles – Event host Kevin Rouse, alongside partners Darryl Pitts, Chuckie Miller, Marva King and Dantae Dupree, are gearing up for a live weekend amid the momentum of the “BET Experience” happening in Los Angeles in late June. 

On Saturday, June 28, the promotional crew will present the beautiful actress Wendy Raquel Robinson, television’s popular Tasha Mack from BET’s hit series “The Game,” as the host of their “The City of Angels Celebrity Red Carpet Experience,” to be held at the Bonaventure Brewing Company, 404 S. Figueroa Street, 4th Floor in Downtown Los Angeles, from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Robinson will be joined by KJLH radio personality, Kevin Nash, recognized as the voice of BET on the BET Awards and the Celebration of Gospel shows.  Former Death Row artist Danny Boy will also perform his new single.

“A bevy of big name talent will descend upon Los Angeles this particular weekend,” explains Rouse, who along with Pitts and Miller boasts a  roster of events that includes “The Annual Elegant New Year’s Eve by the Sea,” “L.A. Nights” and “Legends of Hip Hop.”  “This event is a cumulative effort of some of L.A.’s finest party planners as we offer a spectacular presentation that all of the city’s professionals can be a part of. Our very special guest of honor, the delightful Wendy Raquel Robinson is joining us, so I’m sure we can anticipate several of her celebrity friends dropping in that night as well.”

Bottle service and VIP tables are available. For ticket information go to  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/city-of-angels-celebrity-red-carpet-experience-2014-hosted-by-wendy-raquel-robinson-tickets-10513366763

Or contact Kevin Rouse  at (213) 926-2809 or at [email protected] or Darryl Pitts at 323-974-1917 for ticket information.  

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