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‘Tavis Smiley’ Features Joint Interview With Sens. Cory Booker and Tim Scott for 12th Season

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Tavis Smiley *PBS’ “Tavis Smiley” will highlight its 12th season with a 2-part, exclusive joint interview with the only two African Americans in the U.S. Senate – New Jersey Democrat Cory Booker, and South Carolina Republican Tim Scott.

Host Tavis Smiley will chat with Senators Booker and Scott today (Jan. 13) and Wednesday (Jan. 14) at the WHUT studios at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Scott will break down his four-part Opportunity Agenda — the SKILLS Act (the SEA Jobs Act, the CHOICE Act, and the LEAP Act). Booker will talk at length about the broken criminal justice system and the urgent need for reform. Together, both politicians will reflect on their similarities and differences as well as their genuine interest in understanding and collaborating with one another.

Booker and Scott are noted for being the first African Americans since Reconstruction to serve simultaneously in the Senate. Despite representing opposing political parties, the joint interview for Smiley represents “an example of the kind of bipartisanship you don’t often see in Washington.”

“Their ability to speak thoughtfully and civilly to one another despite their divergent points of view should serve as a lesson to both Democrats and Republicans that conversations free of partisan sniping and vitriol are possible across the political aisle,” Smiley said.

The joint interview comes after “Tavis Smiley” kicked off its new season Monday with a look at Haiti on the fifth anniversary of the nation’s devastating 2010 earthquake, and a conversation with actress Marion Cotillard.

Upcoming shows during the new season will feature: actor Patrick Stewart; filmmaker Laura Poitras (“Citizenfour”, the acclaimed documentary about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden); actor Benedict Cumberbatch;  actor Kevin Costner; rapper Lupe Fiasco; and crime novelist Michael Connelly.

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ARRAY DRIVE-IN: ‘GET OUT the Vote with SELMA’

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*Ava DuVernay’s non-profit ARRAY ALLIANCE is launching its second ARRAY Drive-in screening event on Friday, Oct. 30 and Sat. Oct. 31.

This latest cinema experience is a community empowerment activation featuring two Oscar-winning films: SELMA amplifies the importance of voting to activate change as we approach the upcoming presidential election. GET OUT is the perfect psychological horror thriller to screen on Halloween.

In addition to the films, the open to the public screenings in ARRAY’s Historic Filipinotown/Westlake neighborhood will include on-site voting booths provided by LA Vote mobile voting center, on Friday, Oct. 30. Attendees can vote in person or drop-off their ballots.

Friday, Oct. 30 – SELMA, directed by Ava DuVernay and on-site voting via LAVote.net’s mobile voting center

Saturday, Oct. 31 – GET OUT, directed by Jordan Peele

Ticket Information: First come, first serve entry with advance ticket registration at http://www.arraynow.com/drivein#elevent

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ABOUT ARRAY
Founded in 2011 by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, ARRAY is a multi-platform arts and social impact collective dedicated to narrative change. The organization catalyzes its work through a quartet of mission-driven entities: the film distribution arm ARRAY Releasing, the content company ARRAY Filmworks, the programming and production hub ARRAY Creative Campus and the non-profit group ARRAY Alliance. www.arraynow.com

 

 

 

 

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The Pulse of Entertainment: Brian Courtney Wilson Says Be ‘Still’ on New Album

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Grammy and Billboard Music Award nominated Brian Courtney Wilson releases ‘Still.’

*“Move past fear,” said Grammy nominated Brian Courtney Wilson about the meaning of the title to his new album “Still” (EMI/Motown Gospel). “You got to stay focused on your assignment. It’s in the Bible. Be still and keep moving without doubting and move mountains.”

“Still” is the Chicago native’s fifth album and in that time since 2009 he has garnered multi-Grammy nominations, a Billboard Music Award nomination, and has won multiple Stellar Awards, a Dove Award and an ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Award.  Featured artists on “Still” include Maranda Curtis and Jeff Pardo. Grammy nominated Eric Roberson (United Tenors) co-wrote the track “Waiting” which encourages one to recognize when God has answered your prayers.

“The best feeling I had was when Eric Roberson sent it to me,” Brian said about the single “Waiting.” “I was almost in tears. It’s why I was feeling this peace.”

Other tracks on the album include “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler);” “Ain’t No Need to Worry,” featuring Maranda; “Forever;” “Sure As;” the title track “Still;” “Merciful and Mighty,” and “Fear is Not Welcome,” featuring Jeff.

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Wilson launched his first solo tour, “Just (B) Tour,” just before the pandemic hit and grounded everyone home.

“It went well,” he said when I asked about the tour. “I’m looking forward to doing it again. We’re figuring out a way to do it virtually.” www.BrianCourtneyWilson.com

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, MS, MBA, MPhil has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENTS: “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference (ULMII), founded by Eunice in 1999, is into its 21st year. Next events are coming to Los Angeles Saturday, November 7, 2020 via Zoom Video Conferencing and to Baltimore Saturday April 17, 2021 at Security Square Mall. The ULMII event is a free conference offering an Entertainment Business Panel Q&A Session, a Talent Showcase and Talent Competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) where aspiring artists have a chance to receive over $15,000 valued in prizes/product/services.  Log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com for more information or to RSVP for Zoom Access email [email protected]

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‘Selena: The Series’ – Official Trailer Debut from Netflix! / WATCH

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*Today, Netflix debuted the trailer for “Selena: The Series” – A coming-of-age story following Selena as she chases her dreams, and the heart-wrenching and life-changing sacrifices she and her family make as they navigate the highs and lows of success, loss, love, and music. Part one of the two-part series premieres on Netflix on December 4, 2020.

MORE ABOUT SELENA: THE SERIES
Before she became the Queen of Tejano Music, Selena Quintanilla was a young girl from Texas with big dreams and an even bigger voice. Selena: The Series explores her journey from singing small gigs to becoming the most successful female Latin artist of all time — and the years of hard work and sacrifice the Quintanilla family navigated together.

From executive producers Jaime Dávila, Rico Martinez, Hiromi Kamata, Suzette Quintanilla, Simran A. Singh and Moises Zamora, Selena: The Series was created by Zamora, with Don Todd (“This is Us”) consulting, and stars Christian Serratos, Gabriel Chavarria, Ricardo Chavira, Noemí Gonzalez, and Seidy López.

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