The Pulse of Entertainment, year in review, shows a full calendar despite industry politics
*Despite, feeling like I am Sony Pictures, because of hackers and being blacklisted – again this year by some – I had an amazing year full with movie reviews and interviews with leading actors thanks to a friend on the “inside.”
Last year I was also motivated to put together a biographically based book of poems “Journey to Love…” The collection of poems were written in the last four years, they offer my philosophies on life and love, and gives an insight into my personal life (February 14, 2015 release/Freelance Associates).
Last year started with interviews of entertainment industry icons such as comedian/actor Rodney Perry (Johnson Family Vacation), we talked about his hosting job on Bounce TV’s stand-up comedy series “Off The Chain;” NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” executive producer Jason Raff (“Siegfried & Roy: The Miracle”) and judge Heidi Klum (“Project Runway); seven-time Grammy Award nominated Charlie Wilson on his Spirit Award honor; play/screen writer and film director David E. Talbert (“The Fabric of a Man”) on the DVD release of his Fox Searchlight movie Baggage Claim; Grammy Award winning Denise Williams on her performance at the annual Women’s Empowerment Conference; and Grammy Award nominated Will Downing on the release of his new album “Euphoria.”
The start of the year also included movie and event reviews. I covered the live announcements of the NAACP Image Awards Nominations that were held at the TCA (Television Critics Association) winter press tour; a week later I went back to TCA to cover the program announcements for ABC and there I had a chance to interview Image Award winner Omar Epps (“House”) about his starring role in “Resurrection”; I covered the red carpet arrivals for three-time Grammy Award winner Ne-Yo’s Grammy Midnight Brunch and I had a chance to interview Marsha Ambrosius (shares writing credit on MJ’s “Butterflies”) during the red carpet arrivals; that same week I attended the ASCAP Grammy Award Nominee Brunch and had the pleasure of interviewing seven-time Grammy Award nominee Kelly Price (“R&B Divas”) during the red carpet arrivals; I attended the NAACP Image Award luncheon, and the Bergmen’s annual Valentine’s Romance Oscar Style Lounge & Party where I had a chance to interview Oscar Award nominees and past winners such as Eva La Rue (“CSI: Miami”), and Joe Mantegna (“Criminal Minds”). Movies I screened for review began last year with The Monuments Men, Non-Stop, RoboCop, Noah, Spiderman 2, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
In music, though I don’t get a lot of mainstream artists because of my age, I did have a chance to interview and review the album releases of Grammy Award nominated Ledisi (“The Truth”); Grammy Award nominated James Fortune (“Live Through It,”); Grammy Award winner Erica Campbell (“Help”); Grammy Award winner Ann Nesby (“Living My Life”); multi-platinum selling Maxi Priest (“Easy to Love”); four-time Grammy Award nominated Melba Moore (“Forever Moore”); two-time Grammy Award nominee Jonathan Butler (“Living My Dream”); Grammy Award nominated Kierra Sheard, about her new Gospel album “Graceland”, and Grammy Award nominated Maysa, about her Christmas album “A Very Maysa Christmas.”
The year 2014 ended for The Pulse of Entertainment with interviews and event coverage that included BET’s Celebration of Gospel and while there I had a chance to interviewed Academy Award nominated Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) who hosted the musical celebration; interviewed platinum selling Letoya Luckett (Preacher’s Kid) about her role in the feature film From the Rough; talked with Naturi Naughton (Notorious) about her starring role in the STARZ network drama “Power”; covered the red carpet arrivals for SAG’s celebrity golf tournament “Actors Fore Actors” and interviewed Tim Allen (“Home Improvement”), who co-hosted the event, Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”), and Kim Coats (“Sons of Anarchy”) while there; I talked to comedienne/actress Luenell (Hotel Transylvania) about her roles in the films Matthew 18, School Dance and Think Line a Man Too; interviewed Emmy Award winner Charles S. Dutton about his starring role in the UP network original movie “Comeback Dad”; covered the ASCAP R&S Awards and interviewed Grammy Award winner producer James Fauntleroy (Rihanna, Justin Timberlake), Grammy Award nominated songwriter Kay Cola (Ne-Yo, Dr. Dre), and RoShon (Disney’s “Camp Rock,” “Dancing With the Stars”) at the red carpet arrivals; interviewed Michael Jai White (Universal Soldier) and Super Middleweight Champion Laila Ali about their starring roles in the feature film Falcon; talked to Stellar and Dove Award nominee Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child) about her new solo album “Journey to Freedom”; covered the BMI Awards which honored three-time Grammy Award and five-time Billboard Award winner Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges and I had a chance to interview actor Larenz Tate (“Rush”) about his friendship with the Hip-Hop/actor; interviewed Tracee Ellis Ross about her role in ABC’s sitcom “Black-ish”; talked to writer Erick Parker and producer/director One9 about their documentary “Nas, Time is Illmatic”; interviewed comedian/actor Tommy Davidson about acquiring the rights to “Deconstructing Sammy,” a book about the life of Sammy Davis, Jr., for a feature film release; talked with five-time Emmy Award nominated comedians Key and Peele about their Comedy Central series “Key & Peele”; interviewed Billboard Music Award winner KEM about his new album “Promise to Love,” and had a chance to interview Academy Award nominated Mark Wehlberg (Lone Survivor) about his starring role in The Gambler – along with Golden Globe winner John Goodman (The Flintstones) who co-starred in the film.
Year ended with movie reviews that included A Walk Among the Tombstones, Fury, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Interstellar, The Hunger Game: Mockingjay Part I, and Top Five.
As always I am excited about what the New Year brings for The Pulse of Entertainment. Excited about who I will get a chance to interview or meet, what events I will get a chance to cover, and what movies I will get to screen for review.
I look forward to keeping my estimated ¼ million readers a week informed of my activities. You can listen to me, Eunice Moseley, weekly for The Pulse of Entertainment Weekly Update Fridays on Praise 98FM’s “Lady Charmaine Live” Show (www.Praise98fm.com) at 11amPT. Also visit my website for other entertainment news and information each week at www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. The Pulse of Entertainment is also found weekly at www.EURweb.com. Do not forget to visit my free annual entertainment conference “Uplifting Minds II” Saturday, April 18, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland at Security Square Mall, and in November in Hollywood, California at the Celebrity Centre (www.UpliftingMinds2.com).
(Syndicated Columnist: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations/Business consult at Freelance Associates, and Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. Her Event/”Uplifting Minds II”: The 16th annual “Uplifting Minds II” free entertainment conference arrives in Baltimore Sat. April 18, 2015 at Security Square Mall. www.UpliftingMinds2.com, www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.)