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Harlem Speaks, the ongoing discussion
series of the Jazz Museum in Harlem (held
on Thursday evenings 6:30-8:30 p.m.) which
gives overdue tribute to people whose lives
and legacy keep jazz alive in Harlem.ting t
RUNNING, SHOOTING, SCREAMING FOR
16 Blocks” a Conversation With Bruce
Willis About the Film
Beverly Hills plastic surgeon
Dr. Anthony Griffin, M.D.
F.A.C.S. does extreme
makeover on ABC-TV
Beautiful Ivanka Trump joins
her dad
"The Donald" on
"The Apprentice"
Spike Lee's wife, Attorney Tonya Lewis Lee
pens BestSeller Book controversial
"Gotham
Diaries" a peek inside a world of privilege and
money
New York loves Goldie Hawn, in
town promoting paperback
release of
"Goldie A Lotus
Grows In the Mud"
Matthew McConaughey Talks
About Possible Correlations With
His Character in
"Failure to
Launch"
Billionaire  MARK CUBAN   
Scores Big With Reality Show  
"The Benefactor"  
About Kings Ransom Anthony Anderson
says,
"With this cast that we had Kellita
Smith,
Regina Hall, Loretta Devine,
Donald Faison,  
READ & HEAR MORE
Jon Faddis Effulgently
Recapitulates Jazzopedia At
Blue
Note 'Master Series' Inaugural
LOU RAWLS Dead At 72 of Lung
and Brain Cancer
Gabrielle Union  was entering the room when
one of the reporters said "WOW! She really is
beautiful".
- "Breakin' All the Rules"
Cassandra Wilson Brings Great
Music Only to  New York Blue
Note Gig
Famed New York hotel offers
$10,000 martini
READ MORE
Upfront and Personal - "issues" right in your face is
what  
BET's "reality show "College Hill"  delivers.  
Executive producer
Tracey Edmonds told us
there
is a method to it all.
Goldie Hawn Is About to Turn 60 She’
s Still Cute and Funny AND Now She's
Rich Playing Ditzy Roles
Beautiful Isabella Rossilini Is
52 And Glad About It
HOTEL RWANDA subject  PAUL RUSESABAGINA
and Director
TERRY GEORGE at Atlanta Ritz-Carlton
Hotel For
One-on-One Interviews
LOU RAWLS thrills a sellout
crowd at NY Blue Note opening.   
A thumbs up experience. Lou
chats with us following 1st
performance opening night.
At Age 64 Al Jarreau  Is back with a
new album
Carla Thomas,  Mary Wilson,  Wilson
Pickett  & Sam Moore  In New York City
Promoting  DVD  Release  of Film "Only The
Strong Survive"
 Laughing on the outside
while crying on the inside.
Jamie Foxx on red carpet
with
Kerry Washington and
Regina King
Still Sounding Damm Good!  -
NANCY WILSON "R.S.V.P."
Debuts at the Top of the Charts -
All proceeds go support the MCG
Jazz program
The OPRAH SHOW  Ends 2004 Proclaiming -
"America's Funniest Family: The Wayanses" And
Oprah Accepts Kim's Apology For the Fat Oprah
Jokes On 'In Living Color'
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From Atlanta - Police Say
Tossed Baby Story A Hoax
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Miles Davis appeciation for the sport of
boxing was part of his identity. He was
an avid prize-fightng enthusiast who
often trained in boxing gyms to stay in
shape.
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Agnes Morris, 92, is
president of her
neighborhood garden
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Four Lovely Daughters - Big Family Secrets - &  An
Affair to Remember Writer / Producer / Director /
Actress -
VANESSA PARISE  Chats About Her Award
Winning  Family Disclosures
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Rare Opportunity to Meet  World
Renowed
ELLEN COLCORD in
person - World Headquarters  
"COLCORD STUDIOS"
The classic Lauren Bacall face
seems little touched by her 80
years. She releases autobiography
"By Myself And Then Some"
Director Jonathan Demme, Executive Producer
Tina Sinatra and stars Denzel Washington,
Meryl Streep and Kimberley Elise in NYC behind
the scenes
"THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE",
Paramount Pictures.
TIME magazine calls him "creative genius"
AS News Report says about his NY Blue
Note performance Matt Savage "a
remarkable young spirit with a very bright
future"
Even Beyonce' Hair Makes Big Bucks
Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, from
A&M Records label donate company
papers
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NYU JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Featuring LENNY PICKETT
From "Saturday Night LIVE"
Band
Takes Colorful Musical
Journey at
New York Blue Note
-
  Impressive Performance By
COMBO NUVO w/Dir of NYU Jazz
Program
Dr.  Dave Schroeder
Tribute to Nina Simone at NY Blue Note Brings
Thunderous Applause Standing Ovations  
"More"
Whoops & Star Power for  brother Sam Wayman
and daughter Simone
Tina Knowles is very proud
of her daughter Beyonce'.
She talks about sacrifices to
make it all become reality
RICHARD BONA Fascinates the Crowd
at
NY Blue Note Jazz Masters Class
"Me & Pop Looking Good Tonight"
shouts
Muhammad Ali's daughter
champion boxing
Laila
Musical Biographical Drama of Legendary
RAY CHARLES -Starring Jamie Foxx -
Has Academy Award Winners  Written All
Over It - - Or Grits Ain't Groceries & Mona
Lisa Was A Man
Shemar Moore, Kimberley Elise,
Tyler Perry, Rueben Cannon in
ATlanta to Discuss TYLER PERRY'S First
Film
 "Diary of a Mad Black Woman"
Diana Ross Performs FREE
Greenwich,
Connecticut Concert to Benefit Children
Jane  Fonda surrounded by
Dallas Austin and Big Boi' join  
the cast of  
"Monster-in-Law" on
red carpet in Atlanta
The Ten Year Campaign to Destroy Bill &
Hilary Clinton
"THE  HUNTING  OF  
THE  PRESIDENT"
READ MORE
The often outspoken Whoopi Goldberg
seems to have said and done it all
"What defines a sound is how
you resolve it." Says Jazz
Master
McCoy Tyner at The
Blue Note Jazz Master
Class Finale
READ MORE
LIVE On Broadway in New York City at  
the Iridium FREDDIE HUBBARD
66th BIRTHDAY  Celebration Party
Samuel L. Jackson Says He Had
to Learn Patience While Filming New
Line Cinema's
 "The Man"
TAKE 6 Are Six Gorgeous
Instruments Who Took to the
Stage At the
New York Blue
Note
Performance To Please
READ MORE
SPIKE LEE "SHE HATE ME" A Film About
Sex, Greed, Money and Politics In America
READ MORE
Chaka Khan Under the Stars With the
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at  Chastain
Park Amphitheatre
DENZEL WASHINGTON   
Big  Screen  Directorial  
Debut       
"ANTWONE
FISHER"
READ MORE
Najee the man, the performer with a
new album all about love. Hear an
album sample.
ANITA BAKER Is Back!!  More Melodic!!  More
Harmonic!! More Colorful!!  Delivering Lyrics &
Music Reminiscent of True Rhythm'n'Blues
MONIQUE does tribute to Beyonce
on
 "BET awards *04" A Darn
Good Time With Side-Splitting
Humor
READ MORE
Hear Mike Epps  and Cedric the
Entertainer in
"The
Honeymooners" movie  final plea.
"Now I completely understand why a writer wants
you to stick to  the script", says
Eddie Griffin
about his directorial debut "
My Baby's Daddy"
with actor
Anthony Anderson
Abbey Lincoln involved in a
near fatal vehicle accident on
her way to the
Blue Note gig,
READ MORE.
In Atlanta is Dr. Christine King
Farris. PHd Spellman College (the only
sister of Martin Luther King, Jr). on hand
to celebrate 1965 Voting Rights Act 40
Year Anniversary
Actor Omar Epps discusses discipline the sport of
boxing requires and his role in
"Against the Ropes"
-  
"Life is not a game of emotion. You must
Missouri Court of Appeals
Judge Lisa White Hardwick
could make history by becoming
the first female African-American
to sit on this nations highest
court
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Hear DONALD FAISON talk
about being inspired by
 Denzel
Washington.
SOUL PLANE "Is a spoof
comedy, not a masterpiece" says
star
KEVIN HART READ MORE
NY Blue Note Continues "Jazz Master
Class" Series With trumpeter  
NICHOLAS PAYTON Says, "A sound
is like your fingerprint"
"Black 2 Broadway" at NY B.B.
King Blues Club Honoring
Blues Legend
'Ruth Brown'    
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Donald Trump's "The Apprentice"
rewards "the winning team" with a trip to
weightlessness.
 Craig Williams from
Atlanta was the team captain who decided
that
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If you know Jimmy Heath you
know Bop."
Dizzy Gillespie
once said.  Heath teaches Jazz
Masters Class at NY Blue Note
 
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Broadway's Toast (THE WIZ)  (MA RAINEY'S
BLACK BOTTOM) & TELEVISON  (
"That's My
Momma") superstar Theresa Merritt-Hines Gone
But Not Forgotten
Eva Pigford was rewarded with a
$100,000 contract with
CoverGirl, a
spread in
Elle magazine and a contract
with
Ford Models.READ MORE
World mourns Luther
Vandross
Dead at age 54
READ MORE
Anthony Mackie from Spike Lee's "She Hate Me"
looks years younger, as Perry.  Writer/Director Rodney
Evans says
"Brother to Brother" is Mackie's first film.
OLETA ADAMS Turns New
York BB King's
Club In to A
Lovers Den Singing and Talking
All About Love
Marlena Shaw Feels Like Making
Love and She's Out to Warm A
Musical Spot In Your Heart With
Two CD's
MGM Home Entertainment Pays Cinematic
Homage to Legendary Composer
Cole Porter In
"De-Lovely" Starring Ashley Judd, Kevin Kline
With performances from
Natalie Cole
Melba Moore Is Back Big Time
"Conversations With Michael Eisner"
Is Yet Another Unrivaled Success For
CNBC
and A Big Hit With
African-American Males 17-77
Marion Meadows  on his new CD
"Dressed to Chill" ..Sample the CD
Oprah, Ruby Dee and
Angela Bassett on the red
carpet of Color Purple on
Broadway.  
READ MORE
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Visual Affects in  the WAYANS'
Family Greatest Laugh Out Loud
Comedy Film
"Little Man" Has
Audience Members Rip-Roaring
Nancy Wilson's taking a chance on
love with
  "turned to blue"   AND
you just might fall In It  -- after listening
Michael Jordan Buys Stake In NBA
Team  Becomes Part-Owner Of Charlotte
Bobcats With
BET  Founder
The First 19 Episodes of PERRY MASON
Season One Recorded 1957 & 1958
Starring Raymond Burr Was Trailblazing Now
Available On Paramount DVD
The Donnie McClurkin Story  long
awaited DVD is an extraordinary film
documenting his life, as one of Gospel
music’s most dynamically liked singers
Etta James looks amazing.  Said
she feels amazing.  Most importantly
the lady definitely SOUNDS
amazing.   ETTA JAMES soulfully
attest in her
NY Blue Note debut.
Jane Wyatt, the lovely, serene
actress who for six years on "Father
Knows Best" was one of TV's favorite
moms, has died.  She was 96.  
FULL STORY
Ed Bradley from CBS '60
Minutes' Dead At 65
Merv Griffin DVD Tops '100 Gift
Ideas'
,  List, followed by Alfred
Hitchcock, Perry Mason, Fantasia,
Smokie Norful
, Tyrese and others.  
View video, listen to his music, and meet
talented  singer-songwriter-producer-director,
instrumentalist
Darrel Petties "count it all joy"  
Debut CD for EMI Gospel
Sex Shame & Power Former New
Jersey Governor
James McGreevey
Tap Dances on Larry King Live
New Charges For Alleged 'Suitcase Killer'
N.J. Woman Accused Of Hacking Up
Husband, Dumping Remains In Suitcases.
READ MORE
SEAN "P. Diddy" COMBS
Introduces New
Gillette M3Power Razor at
Gotham Hall in NYC
SILVER BELLES met in the 1930's as chorus dancers
at the
Apollo and the Cotton Club. Watch video
of their performance 70 years laters SEE them
as they are today 5-Women Aged 84 to 96.  KICKIN' IT
Ev'rebody  Loves  New York
Monday's  at 8E/7C on VH1.  Flavor
Flav made Tiffany a household word.  
Stage and Film Actor/Director
Bill Duke in pre-production of
"Cover"
, a film about family with the
DL (down-low) experience  turn reality
in his own life, he says and his
motivation to do the film.
TV on DVD (1956-57) "Alfred
Hitchcock Presents: Season 2" -  
Another Excellent Reason
to Build A "Classic TV On DVD Library
Season 13, Episode 1305
“Inside the Actors Studio: Diana Ross.”
Original Airdate: February 19, 2007
HBO's original movie, LIFE SUPPORT: Wendell
Pierce, Queen Latifah. Directed by Nelson
George - a personal and so timely message of HIV
in African American women
.
Multi-talented BERNIE MAC  tells
David Letterman he's going to retire
from standup comedy.  
FULL STORY
Director Spike Lee was named Tuesday as one of
the winners of the annual George Polk Awards for
journalism for his acclaimed documentary on life in
post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans.-
"When The
Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts"
Actress, playwright Clarice Taylor pictured
here Off Broadway as Moms Mabley and
adored as
Cliff Huxtable's mother on Bill
Cosby Show talks about the meaning of
Father's Day.
            READ MORE
Down to the wire with two left
standing,
Sanjaya Malakar and
LaKisha Jones on American Idol
Top Fashion Designer
VALENTINO Retires After
45 Years says   "I have
been very lucky to be able
to do what I have loved all
my life."
FULL STORY
Billionaire and Motivator MARK
CUBAN Tops Attraction List of
Celebrity - "Dancing With The Stars"
Cast Announced"
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QUEEN LATIFAH building confidence by example in a
film tht uses a mix of actors and real people from the
HIV/AIDS community  to tell the story of HIV-positive Ana
Wallace, in "Life Support" on DVD from HBO.
DIANA ROSS Known As Much For Her
Unique Voice As For Her Survivor  Attitude
P/R Mogul TERRIE M. WILLIAMS  
Co-founder of
The Stay Strong
Foundation
in NYC
releases must read book titled
"Black Pain"
Premiere Jazz label "HEADS UP
INTERNATIONAL" Signs JAZZ/R&B/FUNK
LEGEND
GEORGE DUKE
Good Listening and Dance Music
For Grown-ups Still Exists
ANGIE STONE Delivers Soul
"Prince of Sophisticated Soul" -  
WILL DOWNING
New CD  "After Tonight"   is
infectious
Funk at its Finest and Chaka At the
Height of Her Powers As A Performer
- She Joins Cast of "Color Purple" In
January 2008
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W I N
Autographed Copy of "BLACK PAIN"
Courtesy Terrie M. WILLIAMS
Offer Expires      December 31, 2015
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REAL TALK!!
United Negro College Fund’s An Evening of
Stars Tribute to
ARETHA FRANKLIN Largest
Audience EVER with Clive Davis, Smokey
Robinson, Dr. Lomax on hand.
READ MORE
GLADYS KNIGHT Brings Down the House Singing
Two Tribute Cover Songs to Congresswoman
Maxine Waters  
READ MORE
TYRA BANKS delivers awe-inspiring antidote
visionary message response to "No" it can't be done  
READ MORE
Cable Station VH1 Brilliantly
Reunites
Salt N Pepa Monday
Nites Both Look Sexy & Fine
So Funny & Entertaining
READ MORE
A CAPPELLA Singing Giants TAKE 6 Gets Lucky
Deal With
Dave Love's Record Label  READ MORE
HBO Releases Hilarious Television Series
"MARTIN" Season Three on DVD With
Non-Stop Laughs  
READ MORE
Nancy Wilson, Marcus Miller, George
Duke
, Terence Blanchard, Steve Gadd & others
celebrate the music of
Cannonball
Adderley
           READ MORE
Superstar STEPHANIE MILLS Makes Special
Guest Appearance on BET's Hit Show "Sunday's
Best"  
READ MORE
RICK JAMES tells how he worshipped the devil in his
self-penned autobiography
"The Confessions of
Rick James Memoirs of a Super Freak"
READ MORE
WALTER BEASLEY is "Ready For Love" says
this  hit CD is for him.  
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DVD Courtesy of Mill Creek Entertainment
Offer Expires December 31, 2015
W I N
10 Hours of Family Home Viewing
Entertainment in Black & White with stars
including
Sarah Vaughn, Duke Ellington,
Lena Horne, Cab Calloway, Nat King Cole,
Lionel Hampton, Big Joe Turner, Count
Basie
, Martha Davis, Nipsey Russell, Ethel
Waters,
Ruth Brown, Dinah Washington
and
much much more.
"A wake-up call"
- Iyanla Vanzant
"An opportunity to reach your
break through moment."
- Rev. Al Sharpton
"A new understanding to
misconceptions"
- Bebe Moore Campbell
"It pushes to give a
voice to the pain"
- Patti LaBelle
VANESSA BELL ARMSTRONG  walking
on miracles.
READ MORE
Jazz group INCOGNITO with frontman Jean-Paul
Maunick known to fans worldwide as "Bluey", debut
high octance album
"Tales of the Beach" on
Heads Up International label.
READ MORE
At age 70 marvelous FREDDIE HUBBARD revisits re-arranged
classic tunes backed by The New Jazz Composers Octet, album
titled
"On the Real Side".   READ MORE
"I decided to dig back into standards
I love them that's how I honed my
craft",
CASSANDRA WILSON
Sax Virtuoso GERALD ALBRIGHT Pays Homage
to STAX Records      
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LALAH  HATHAWAY  Sings Songs  About  Love That  
Hasn't  Been Fulfilled Yet on
"Self-Portriat"  READ MORE
THE FUGITIVE - Season Two  Vol One DVD
Starring
DAVID JANSSEN falsely convicted of
murdering his wife and sentenced to death.
"Soul Food The Final Season" DVD a
tight knit African American family living in
Chicago
New York Tenor Saxophonist JD Allen Steps Up to
the Plate With Significant Purpose and Intent in
Jazz CD
"I AM I AM"    READ MORE
TV's   "MANNIX"  Celebrates 40th Anniversary With
Season One DVD Starring Mike Connors
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JonBenet's Mother, Patsy Ramsey dies of
cancer, once a suspect, killer never found
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19-year-old Joshua Allen from Ft. Worth Texas wins
Season Four So You Think You Can Dance
competition, gets $250K.
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A very comical interview with quintessential
musician, singer, producer, composer
George Duke about "Dukey Treats" will
have you laughing out loud.
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A tasteful assortment of colorful jazz flavorings  
COMBO NUVO the NYU artist/faculity jazz
ensemble in residence goes on record
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Motown Records legend MARTHA REEVES
enters Detroit City Council race.
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Jazz Giants Nathan East, Bob James, Larry Carlton,
Harvey Mason. together are
FOURPLAY making
incredible music lp "ENERGY" for Heads Up Int
Stanley Clark, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten known as
S.M.V Record Massive Lp For Dave Love's Head's Up Int.  
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PAUL PORTER suffered an aneurism on the brain, lost his
speech, became paralyzed, stayed in a wheelchair for 3 years,
was given-up for dead by doctors
who said he won't make it.
READ MORE
"Joe Louis: America’s Hero Betrayed"- 75 extremely
impressionable minutes on DVD from HBO about  the first
black sports star you won't believe.
READ MORE
Good, clean, decent "Father Knows Best"
hopelessly captivates Anderson's perfectly
rosy lives now available on DVD for the first time.
Ricky and Dave Nelson grew up before America's eyes in the
1950's hit television sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie &
Harriet
READ MORE
Just a year removed from "Perry Mason", Raymond Burr
became "Ironside" and the show gave jobs to Blacks in show
business.
READ MORE
Shonda Rhimes is the screenwriter, director and
producer, who created Grey's Anatomy and spin-off
Private Practice.
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Obama Elected Top Movie Date
By Texters    
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BET will premiere FRANKIE AND
NEFFE, a spin-off of the Network's
top-rated reality show KEYSHIA COLE:
Sometimes making music is all about the mechanics, like
balancing the melody with the harmony and the rhythm,
making sure the tempo is right.  NAJEE releases lp "Mind Over
Matter" inspired my Miles Davis writing.  
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vibraphonist composer Stefon Harris'   7th album as a
bandleader and
Concord debut titled "Urbanus". READ MORE
THE WAY IT IS, that intimately profiles the wildly
entertaining mother and sister of R&B singer
Keyshia Cole.
READ MORE
PIECES OF A DREAM Goes Back to
Basics Including Using Hand Claps on
"Soul Intent" - Don't Miss the Party
JONATHAN KANTOR QUNITET  featuring Kenny
Werner, Alex Sipiagin, Gerald Cannon & Adam
Nussbuam at
New York BLUE NOTE DEBUT
& DEMO RELEASE   
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Esteemed Broadcast Journalist ED GORDON
Returns to BET Networks' News Division
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PBS-TV's Michele Norris
Kansas City  pictured with
Vivien Jennings, Rainey Days
Books Owner
MARCUS MILLER A NIGHT IN MONTE CARLO
featuring trumpeter
Roy Hargrove and singer,
songwriter/guitarist Raul Midón
TERRIE M. WILLIAMS is an advocate for
Change and Empowerment
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WIN the Powerful Drama "SELMA" on Blu-ray Combo Pack,
DVD Compliments of  Paramount Home Media Distribution
By Gatsby Melodi'  
In 2005 I was invited to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic
Site Center in Atlanta, GA, in recognition of the
40th Anniversary of the
"Voting Rights Act of 1965", to view an original exhibit chronicling the
journey of African Americans toward guaranteed enfranchisement.

Legal and extralegal hindrances; such as poll taxes, gerry-
mandering, lynching and blatant intimidation; created hostile
environments that prevented African Americans from exercising the
constitutional right to vote afforded them through the 15th Amendment
ratified in 1870.  The nearly 100-year-long campaign would yield a
succession culminating with President Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing
of the Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965.

Honorable Congressman John Lewis told a throng of reporters, "40
years ago you had to get a white person to vouch for you to register to
vote. Today we have a new meaning of courage with dignity."
"Looking at this exhibit reminds me of the Selma to Montgomery March.  Bloody Sunday is what they
called it", Betty Wright, an elementary school principal who now lives in Atlanta told me in an interview.  
She said, "I was on the Selma Bridge that day.  John Lewis lead us.  I was in junior high school. We
kept hearing that failure was not an option even when they chased us with bats, threw tear gas bombs
at us and screamed '
Jump in the river Nigger'. We were kids and did not understand the struggle.
Andrew Young, Dr. King and Stockley Carmichael were there." said Mrs. Wright.

Director Ava DuVernay delivers the “definitive depiction of the 1960s American civil rights movement”
(Lou Lumenick, New York Post) with the incredible story of how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led the epic
march from Selma to Montgomery to secure equal voting rights in an event that forever altered history.  
2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary march.  

David Oyelowo is “mesmerizing” (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times) as Dr. King and leads an
outstanding ensemble cast including Academy Award nominee
Oprah Winfrey, Academy Award
nominee Tom Wilkinson, Academy Award winner
Cuba Gooding, Jr., Academy Award nominee Tim
Roth, Grammy®-winning artist
Common, Giovanni Ribisi, Carmen Ejogo, and Lorraine Toussaint.

SELMA became available May 5, 2015, in a Blu-ray Combo Pack with UltraViolet™ that includes an in-
depth exploration of the making of the film, historical newsreels, a video for the Academy Award-
winning song “Glory,” featuring John Legend and Common, commentary by director Ava DuVernay
and actor David Oyelowo, a photo gallery and more.

The SELMA Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio,
French 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French and
Spanish subtitles.  The DVD in the combo pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs
with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English,
French and Spanish subtitles.  The combo pack includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film, as
well as the following:

Blu-ray:  Feature film in high definition; The Road to Selma; Recreating Selma; “Glory” Music Video
    featuring John Legend and Common; Historical Newsreels; Photo Gallery; Deleted and
    Extended Scenes; National Voting Rights Museum and Institute; Selma Student Tickets:
    Donor Appreciation; Commentary by director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo;
    Commentary by director Ava DuVernay, director of photography Bradford Young and editor
    Spencer Averick.
DVD:  Feature film in standard definition; National Voting Rights Museum and Institute; Selma Student
  Tickets: Donor Appreciation
Branford Marsalis Quartet to Reissue
John Coltrane's "A  Love
Supreme:Live In Amsterdam"
Mo'Nique
is Ma Rainey in HBO's Bessie
Rain Pryor, Daughter of Richard Pryor Acclaimed
Actress/Comedian In Rehearsals For Her One-Woman Show
"Fried Chicken & Latkes"  Opening Off-Broadway In Previews
June 2, 2015 at National Black Theater New York City
By: Gatsby Melodi'
Rain Pryor
It’s her hilarious take on growing up Black,
Jewish and the daughter of a comedy icon.  
2015 marks the 10-year anniversary death of
her pop Richard Pryor.  The Off-Broadway
show heads into previews on June 2nd at
National Black Theatre, 2031 Fifth Avenue,
NYC 10035.  Directed by Kamilah Forbes.  
June 2-28, 2015. Tickets $150.00 or Tables
$1,500.00/  (212) 722- 3800 box office.
The hilariously, irreverent and poignant “Fried Chicken & Latkes” is Rain Pryor's
one woman theatrical, cabaret-styled show based on her life growing up Black
and Jewish. Pryor plays the 11 characters most pivotal to her life and takes her
audience on a musical journey through the late 60s, 70s and 80s and some
little-known family history. Along the way she offers a unique perspective on
race, identity and the loss of her iconic father Richard Pryor.

Rain Pryor’s one-woman autobiographical play will have its World Premiere at
Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre (NBT) in Harlem, running
Tuesday, June 2, through Sunday, June 28. “Fried Chicken & Latkes”.  It has
been in development for several years and performed in Atlanta; New York;
Winston-Salem, NC; Baltimore; and Washington, DC. Recently, the actress
joined forces with acclaimed director Kamilah Forbes (“A Raisin in the Sun,”
“Lucky Guy,” “Stick Fly,” “The Mountaintop,” “Holler If Ya Hear Me”) to completely
reimagine the work. Rain Pryor
(www.rainpryor.com) is an award-winning actor,
writer, producer, standup comedian, activist, dynamic speaker and mother.
HBO Strikes Big With "BESSIE" Smith Story Starring Quality All Star
Cast
With Queen Latifah In Title Role, Mo'Nique As Ma Rainey And  
Michael Kenneth Williams, Khandi Alexander, Mike Epps and Tika
Sumpter -
One Of The Most  Must See Entertaining Films of the Year
By: Gatsby Melodi'
May 22, 2015 - Bessie Smith (April 15, 1894- September 26, 1937) was an American blues singer,
born in  Chattanooga, Tennessee, and nicknamed The Empress of the Blues.  
She became known
as
the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s, and is often regarded as one of
the greatest singers of her era along with Louis Armstrong.  
Bessie was the daughter of Laura and
William Smith. William Smith was a laborer and part-time Baptist preacher who died before his
daughter
Bessie could remember him. By the time she was nine, Bessie had lost her mother and a
brother
. Her older sister Viola took charge of caring for her and her siblings.  To earn money for their
impoverished household, Bessie Smith and her brother Andrew began earning money on the
streets of Chattanooga as a duet
performing, with Bessie singing and dancing, and her brother
Andrew accompanying her on guitar.

In 1912
, Bessie was hired as a dancer to perform chorus lines behind singer Ma Rainey.  Rainey
helped Bessie Smith develop her stage presence,
but by 1913 Bessie began forming her own act.
Bessie Smith made 160 recordings for Columbia Records often accompanied by the finest
musicians of the day, most notably Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, Fletcher Henderson,
James P. Johnson, Joe Smith, and Charlie Gree.

Queen Lati
fah is extraordinary portraying Bessie Smith.  It is amazing how much of her own
personal naked body Ms Latifah reveals on camera in this HBO classic film, to make it work.  
Oscar® nominee Queen Latifah (“Chicago”) stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in the
HBO Films drama BESSIE, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dee Rees (“Pariah”) from a screenplay
by Dee Rees and Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois. With a story by Dee Rees and Horton
Foote
. The film focuses on transformation from a struggling young singer into “The Empress of the
Blues,” one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s and an enduring icon today.

The film moves fast with
its scene changes, and the script is excellent.  The run time is less than
two hours.  "Bessie" is one of those films you don't want to end because it is so entertainingly good.
"I had to start from scratch. Bessie is her own character. I could have played this
role at age 22, but I didn’t have the life experience I can bring to it now. I was
exhausted, frankly, after a day’s work of being Bessie. She had a husband, a
boyfriend and a girlfriend. She was fighting and singing. She’s a lot of woman, and
I was more than happy to come home from work and take a nice hot shower and
get some rest!" Queen Latifah reveals about playing the role Bessie Smith.
"Remember what I told you about the Blues" Ma Rainey schools Bessie Smith,
"The Blues is not about people knowing you. It's about you knowing people".
Mo'Nique magnificently teaches
Bessie, in an everlasting moment.  The film is
riddled with great strong advice
, and witty lines. Bessie was a pretty woman
attracted to other pretty women for sex,  romance, and friendship, but she also
loved to fight, and she loved male sex too.. Bessie Smith was attracted to violence.
This film has all the elements of success and also all the gory and guts of a
feature film with excitement and comedy
, thru June 13th on HBO.  Don't miss this
gem.  You won't be disappointed.