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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.
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The Timeless Voice of ‘Wendy Moten Sings Richard Whiting’ (Audio Interview)

Wendy Moten Sings Richard Whiting
Wendy Moten Sings: Richard Whiting
Classic vocalist may finally get her due at this year’s Grammys

*Wendy Moten has performed with Julio Iglesias around the world and at Carnegie Hall. She has shared the stage with such industry giants as Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Joss Stone and many more. But upon hearing one note, it is evident that Wendy Moten is a star in her own right.

Wendy’s early career launched with a debut album in 1992, and four other solo albums followed. They were all beautifully performed but under recognized given the magnitude of her talent, which rightfully stands on par with Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey- then and now. Wendy also waged an increase in name value when she teamed up with her Memphis homeboy Kirk Whalum on the Stevie Wonder remake “All I Do” in 1998.

Thankfully, the Memphis native has an undaunted spirit, and a growing fan base that insists that this starlet come full bloom. Wendy’s latest release is entitled “Timeless: Wendy Moten Sings Richard Whiting.”

EURweb.com caught up with Wendy recently and she filled us in about the excitement of her current album, her rise up the charts and the Grammy buzz surrounding her new project.

What is evident is that somehow we have let a superstar slip through our hands. Hopefully the new Timeless album will help rectify this artistic injustice and Wendy Moten will finally be heard, loved and known for her classic voice, and her alluring beauty and talent.

For more performance videos from Wendy, visit: http://wendymoten.com/videos/. For more info in general on Wendy Moten, visit WendyMoten.com and Facebook.com/WendyMoten.

 

(Wendy Moten Sings Richard Whiting)
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Curbside to Capital Hill: Turning an Arrest into Progress

Charles Belk Turning Arrest Into Progress - Curbside To Capital Hill

Charles Belk, businessman and filmmaker has turned insult into activism for the wrongfully accused.

*A little over 4 weeks ago, on August 22, 2014, I was handcuffed on a curb, fingerprinted, photographed, denied being read my rights, denied a phone call, denied initial contact with my attorney, and placed in a jail cell under a $100,000 bail for armed bank robbery. All because I was misidentified as the wrong, “tall, bald, black male,”…”fitting the description.”

I get that the law officers didn’t know that I was a law biding citizen that had never been arrested in 51 years of life. I get that they didn’t know that I was an award nominated and award winning business professional. I get that they didn’t know that I was well educated. I get that they didn’t know that I was a tax-paying, contributor to society and had had some great jobs. I get that the law officers, who are faced with very dangerous, real criminals everyday, didn’t know that throughout my entire life I had been very active in serving each and every community that I had lived in.

They didn’t need too, because, they saw someone, “fitting the description.”

What I don’t get….WHAT I DONT GET, is why, during the 45 minutes that they had me handcuffed in the sun, before they locked me up and took away my civil and human rights, that they could not simply review the bank’s video footage to clearly see that the “tall, bald, black male,”… did not fit, MY description.

A lot has happened in the last four weeks since that time was spent on the curb. Because of social media, my one voice, became the voices of many, and we have been able to help give a voice to the voiceless. There have been conversations with the Chief of Police and city officials; with state legislators; and with the office of the California Attorney General. My incident gave way to a cause which grew into a movement. Volunteers are being organized and the movement has moved from the curbside to Capital Hill. The reality of my situation is that it happens everyday to so many people in so many different cities around the country. The truly devastating piece of all of this is that innocent individuals that are wrongfully arrested have to spend up to $5,000 and sometimes up to 6 months of their time to get an arrest record, for something that they were totally innocent of, expunged, or sealed or deleted. No innocent person, who has been wrongly accused and unjustly treated, should have to go through that, to “re-declare” their innocence!

So, we are taking our Change.org petition, which calls for the arrest records of innocent individuals wrongfully arrested to be automatically erased, as well as our voices — your voice– to Washington, DC; to Capital Hill and to the Congressional Black Caucus.

(Part 1 of a 3 part series)

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

 

(Charles Belk Turning Arrest Into Progress – Curbside To Capital Hill)
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The Trip To Bountiful Opens Friday in Los Angeles

Cicely Tyson and Blair Underwood

Cicely Tyson and Blair Underwood in the critically acclaimed, Tony-nominated Broadway revival of Horton Foote’s American masterpiece “The Trip to Bountiful” at the Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre.

*The Center Theatre Group engagement of the Tony-nominated Broadway revival of Horton Foote’s American masterpiece “The Trip to Bountiful” opens Friday, September 26 at the Ahmanson Theatre. The production continues through November 2, 2014.

Directed by Michael Wilson, the cast includes Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams, Blair Underwood, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Devon Abner, Wade Dooley, Arthur French, Pat Bowie, Russell Edge, Dalila Ali Rajah, Keiana Richàrd, Duane Shepard, Sr. and Desean Kevin Terry.

“The Trip to Bountiful” features scenic design by Jeff Cowie, costume design by Van Broughton Ramsey, lighting design by Rui Rita as well as original music and sound design by John Gromada, hair design by Paul Huntley, make-up design by Angelina Avallone, casting by Caparelliotis Casting and Los Angeles casting by Mark B. Simon, CSA. The production stage manager is Robert Bennett, the associate director is David Alpert and the CTG associate artistic director is Neel Keller.

“The Trip to Bountiful” tells the story of Mother Watts, played by Tyson. She is an elderly woman forced to live with her overprotective son, played by Underwood, and domineering daughter-in-law played by Williams. Mother Watts’ dream is to return for one last time to her small hometown of Bountiful, Texas. Her journey becomes a heartbreaking but ultimately life-affirming and inspiring tale that examines the fragility of memory and celebrates the enduring power of hope, faith and family.

For tickets click here.

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L.A.’s Theatre Company
Ahmanson Theatre | Mark Taper Forum | Kirk Douglas Theatre
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Charles Belk Seeks An Automatic Erase for the Innocent

Charles Belk Seeks Automatic Erase For The Innocent

*Wrongfully arrested marketing executive and independent film producer, Charles Belk, presented to a panel of Hearing Commissioners on Friday, 9/12/14 at the California-Hawaii State Conference of the NAACP Los Angeles’ Hearing on “Solutions to Police Brutality and Racial Profiling.”

Hearing Commissioners assembled included CA Assemblyman, Reginald Jones-Sawyers, Sr., NAACP National Board Member, Ron Hasson, CA-HI NAACP President, Alice A. Huffman, San Francisco NAACP Branch President, Rev. Amos Brown, and CA-HI NAACP Criminal Justice Chair, Chris Jackson.

“Innocent citizens wrongfully arrested should not be further penalized by having to spend up to $5,000 and take up to 6 months trying to have an arrest record erased,” commented Belk.

“Our Change.org petition at http://tinyurl.com/k5fdd4k, petitions the US Attorney General and all 50 state AGs to require that all arrest records of innocent citizens wrongfully arrested be automatically erase. And we encourage everyone to sign it and share it. Because it affects us all.”

Charles Belk was testifying as a result of being wrongfully arrested and held on $100,000 bail for Armed Robbery by the Beverly Hills Police Department on August 22, 2014 because he “fit the description.” According to Belk, as a result of his presentation to the Hearing Commission, CA Assemblyman Jones-Sawyers and the CA-HI NAACP are taking on the effort to draft legislation to erase false arrest records on innocent citizens wrongfully arrested.

Click here to sign the petition.

Charles Belk takes his battle from the curb side to the Capitol.

Charles Belk takes his battle from the curb side to Capitol Hill.

Charles Belk takes his battle from the curb side to Capitol Hill.

 

(Charles Belk Seeks Automatic Erase For The Innocent)
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24th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards Announces Nominees; Kym Whitley to Host

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Kym Whitley to host 2014 NAACP Theatre Awards November 17th 2014

*Beverly Hills, California  – The NAACP Beverly Hills/Hollywood Branch’s Theatre Viewing Committee announced nominations in 32 competitive categories for the 24th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards.

This year’s show will be hosted by Kym Whitley, star of the humorous and poignant docu-series “Raising Whitley” on Oprah Winfrey’s The OWN Network.

The awards show will take place on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 6:00P.M. at the historical Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, California.

NAACP Theater Awards Nominees

Cast of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone by August Wilson. Phylicia Rashad is up for Best Director at the 2014 NAACP Theatre Awards. The show was presented by the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles

This year’s Equity Theatre nominations include an array of phenomenal productions including the August Wilson classic, “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” securing several nominations counting Phylicia Rashad in the category of “Best Director of a Play.”

Sheldon Epps is up for an NAACP Theatre Award in 2014 for Best Director for 12 Angry Men, which played to rave reviews at the Pasadena Playhouse during the 2013/2014 season.

Sheldon Epps is up for an NAACP Theatre Award in 2014 for Best Director for 12 Angry Men, which played to rave reviews at the Pasadena Playhouse during the 2013/2014 season.

Tony Award nominee, Sheldon Epps, is nominated for “Best Director”, for “12 Angry Men,” which is also receiving a nomination for “Best Playwright ” for the late Reginald Rose. Shirley Jo Finney rounds out the “Best Director” category for “The Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry.”

Leading the equity nominations with seven is “Breath and Imagination,” receiving a “Best Director of a Musical” nomination for Saundra McClain and “Best Lead Female” and “Best Lead Male” nominations for Karan Kendrick and Elijah Rock. Vanessa Bell Calloway, “Letters from Zora: In Her Own Words” and Demetrius Groose, “The Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry”are also nominated in their respective best actor categories.

The sizzling cast of Smokey Joe's Café from The Pasadena Playhouse's 2013/2014 season celebrates Jeffrey Polk's nomination for Best Director of a Musical for 2014 NAACP Theatre Awards

The sizzling cast of Smokey Joe’s Café from The Pasadena Playhouse’s 2013/2014 season celebrates Jeffrey Polk’s nomination for Best Director of a Musical for 2014 NAACP Theatre Awards

Award winning musical favorite, “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” receives several nominations, including Jeffrey Polk for “Best Director of a Musical” and “Best Choreography.” Veteran actors David St. Louis, Robert Gossett, and Desean Terry pull in 3 of the 5 nominations for the musical, “Royale”. Another leader is “One Night with Janis Joplin”, which garners 4 nominations, including Sabrina Elayne Carten for “Best Supporting Female.”

Cast of Dreamgirls from the L. A. Doma Theatre Production.

Cast of Dreamgirls from the L. A. Doma Theatre Production.

In the category of Local Theatre nominations “Dream Girls” directed by “Best Director of a Musical” nominee Marco Gomez, takes the lead with 7 nominations including “Best Ensemble Cast” and “Best Producer.”  “Blood Knot” brings in a “Best Director” nomination for Louis Gossett, Jr. and a “Best Lead Male” nomination for Oscar Best. “One Night in Miami” receives four nominations including a “Best Director” to Carl Cofield and a “Best Ensemble Cast.” Local productions of the Broadway smash hits “Ragtime” and “Rent” bring in nominations as well.

The Theatre Viewing Committee considers all candidates who submit their production from January 2013 through December 2013 for possible nomination. All productions during this qualifying period must have had a minimum of five performances in Southern California (San Diego to Bakersfield included) to be considered. Productions who meet all eligibility requirements before the deadline are considered eligible for a 2014 NAACP Theatre Award. For more information on the NAACP Theatre Awards, please visit www.naacptheatreawards.com or call Image Is Everything PR for full nominee list at (310) 977-2502.

About The NAACP Theatre Awards
The NAACP Theatre Awards is presented by the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Branch. Ron Hasson is Branch President and Tia Boyd is the Executive Producer for the NAACP Theatre Awards Show. The prestigious star-studded gala is produced for the purpose of honoring thespians among the best in the field of entertainment. The branch also celebrates a three-day theatre festival, which provides a platform for thespians to express their craft and share their contributions with an audience of their peers, the community and other individuals who celebrate live theatre in Los Angeles.

 

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(NAACP Theater Awards Nominees – 24th NAACP Theater Awards)
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2014 NAACP Theatre Festival Sets the Stage for 10 Minute Plays

2014  NAACP  Theatre  Festival  Sets  the  Stage  for  10  Minute  Plays

The Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP hosts Theatre Festival Sept. 12th-14th 2014

*Los  Angeles,  CA  -­  The  2014  NAACP  Theatre  Festival  will  take  place  September  12th-­14th,  at  the   Nate  Holden  Performing  Arts  Center  located  at  4718  West  Washington  Blvd  in  Los  Angeles  California.   The  week  long  festival  consists  of  10-­Minute  Plays,  acting  and  dancing  workshops,  as  well  as   networking  opportunities  with  some  of  the  industries  most  talented  entertainers.

This  year  the  NAACP  and  its  partners  Wells  Fargo,  The  City  of  Los  Angeles  and  Rent-­A-­Center  will   kick  off    the  2014  NAACP  Theatre  Festival  week  with  an  Opening  Night  VIP  Reception  to  be  held  on   Friday,  September  12,  2014.  Opening  night  will  feature  the  return  of  first-­time  playwright  Kinnik  Sky’s   Award  Winning  Play  “Sunday  Mourning”.  “Sunday  Mourning”  garnered  seven  nominations  and  three   NAACP  Theatre  Award  wins  in  2012.  To  purchase  tickets  for  “Sunday  Mourning”  please  visit   www.KinnikSky.com.

Renown  Theatre,  Television  and  Film  Actor,  Carl  Gilliard  known  for  his  television  roles  in  sitcoms  such   as  “Freddie”,  “Barbershop”    and  “Family  Matters”,  Tammy  Townsend  starring  in  the  2015  Disney   release  “K.C.  Undercover”  with  Zendaya  and  Kadeem  Hardison  and  Actor,  Curator  and  Producer,   Terrell  Tilford  known  for  the  role  of  Dr.  Barton  Shelby  on  “The  Young  and  the  Restless”,  will  host  the   2014  NAACP  production  of  10-­Minute  Plays  taking  place  Saturday,  September  13th  and  Sunday,   September  14th.  Attendees  can  expect  two-­days  of  short  entertainment  plays  that  will  cover  a  variety  of   genres  including  comedy,  drama,  action,  and  other  focuses.

2014 NAACP Theatre Festival hosts stars and newcomers alike for 10 minute play festival.  Sept 12-14th 2014

2014 NAACP Theatre Festival hosts stars and newcomers alike for 10 minute play festival. Sept 12-14th 2014

In  addition  to  viewing  plays,  patrons  will  have  the  opportunity  to  attend  free  acting  and  dancing   workshops,  panel  discussions  and  stage  readings.  The  workshops  are  designed  for  novice  actors,   playwrights  and  those  looking  to  network  within  the  industry.  Workshops  include  but  are  not  limited  to;   “How  to  Produce  a  One  Person  Play”  (moderated  by  stage  and  film  actress  Iona  Morris),  “So  You   want  To  Be  an  Actor,  Writer,  Stuntperson  or  All  of  the  Above  and  More:  What  do  you  do  Now?”   (moderated  by    veteran  actress  Patricia  Belcher  who  can  currently  be  seen  on  the  TV  Series  “Bones   and  “Partners”),  and  “Actors  Equity  on  Stage”  (moderated  by  actor  and  producer  Kim  Estes).  A   special  “Access  to  Capital”  workshop  will  be  led  by  Wells  Fargo’s  Professional  Bankers  Team,  who   will  lend  their  expert  professional  advice  for  starting  your  own  business,  growing  your  existing  business   or  seeking  project  funding.

Attendees  can  expect  to  enjoy  10-­Minute  Play  performances  by  Sakinah  Lestage  (choreographer  for   Taylor  Swift,  Austin  Mahone),  Terrell  Tilford  (Single  Ladies),  Roger  Guenveur  Smith  (American   Gangster),  Ted  Lange  (The  Love  Boat),  Dan  Martin  (The  Bold  and  The  Beautiful),  Phil  Morris  (Love   That  Girl,  Boondocks),  Gil  Smith  (music  director  for  Lil  Wayne,  Faith  Evans), Brandon Bowlin (London Shakespeare studio), Kelvin Shepard (Ironside, The Practrice) and  many  more.

Stars, workshops, plays and more! Sept. 12th-14th 2014 at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center

Stars, workshops, plays and more! Sept. 12th-14th 2014 at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center

A  complete  line-­up  of  Workshops/Moderators,  10-­Minute  Play  Performances,  dates  and  times  are   listed  on  the  NAACP Theatre  Awards  &  Festival  website http://naacptheatreawards.com.

All  Workshops  are  free  and  10-­Minute  Play  tickets  can  be  purchased  through  the  Ebony  Repertory   Theater  Box  Office  for  $10  per  day  or  $15  for  a  two-­day  pass.    The  Nate  Holden  Performing  Arts   Center  Box  Office  is  open  off-­season  Monday  to  Friday  from  11am  to  5  p.m.,  to  order  please  call   323.964.9766,  or  visit  http://www.ebonyrep.org.

About  the  NAACP  Theatre  Festival :  The  mission  of  the  NAACP  Theatre  Festival  is  to  create  a  platform  for  a  diversity  of  new  works  and   theatre  artists  to  highlight  their  talents  as  well  as  inspire  creativity  and  encourage  learning  skills  while   being  entertained.  Some  of  the  top  professionals  in  the  entertainment  industry  will  be  on  hand  to  educate   and  share  their  knowledge  while  others  will  come  simply  to  entertain.

Over  the  past  five  years,  the  NAACP  Theatre  Festival  has  proven  to  be  a  significant  contributor  in   building  the  Los  Angeles  Arts  communities  and  crossing  bridges  in  the  relatively  tight-­knit  but  expansive   world  of  Theatre.  For  artists  of  color,  this  Festival  provides  a  cultural  landscape  for  them  to  highlight   their  creative  expression  as  well  as  theatrical  performances  while  producing  workshops  involving   collaborations  with  Theatre  Groups  from  home  and  abroad,  building  essential  skills  and  sharing   experiences.  The  Festival  is  a  great  networking  tool.  This  year  the  NAACP  Theatre  Awards  show  will   take  place  on  Monday,  November  17,  2014  at  the  historical  Saban  Theatre  in  Beverly  Hills,  California.

 

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