“Uplifting Minds II” (ULMII) national entertainment conference celebrates 16 years by highlighting success stories that include Grammy nominated SisQo of platinum selling R&B group Dru Hill and actor Ro Shon Fegan known for his roles on Disney’s “Shake It Up” and “Camp Rock.”
Saturday October 24, 2015 “ULMII” returns to Hollywood at the Celebrity Centre (5930 Franklin Ave, 90028 – free parking) from 1 – 5 p.m. The free one day conference offers an entertainment business panel discussion from 1 – 2:30 p.m. hosted by syndicated entertainment columnist Eunice Moseley, MS, M.B.A. (www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com) and a national talent showcase competition (singing, songwriting and dance) hosted by KDAY 93.5 FM from 3 – 5 p.m.
Held annually in Baltimore and Los Angeles, “Uplifting Minds II” offers a platform to showcase young aspiring talent in a competitive environment that provokes the best performances of aspiring artists and it provides information on the business of entertainment. As a result the event is known for its wide range of developed and developing talents.
Started in 1999 in Baltimore by Moseley the event’s first entertainment business panel host was Mathew Knowles, then manager of Destiny’ Child, and the talent showcase panel included two members from Baltimore’s legendary R&B group Dru Hill – Jazz and Woody – and their manager Kevin Peck.
In 2002 Billboard and MTV Award winner SisQo (front man of Dru Hill) surprised the crowd at ULMI in Baltimore (Security Square Mall). While there he heard one of the competitors, The Featherstone Brothers, perform an original song titled “I Should Be (Your Boyfriend).” He included the song on the third Dru Hill album, “Dru World Order,” it was the first single and first music video released.
In 2006 Ro Shon Fegan competed at ULMII in Los Angeles (L.A. Convention Center) and won. Him and his management also attended the entertainment business panel discussion, and according to them, it was the things learned there that they implemented that took him to the next level. That next level included securing acting roles on Disney’s “Shake It Up” and “Camp Rock” with the Jonas Brothers. Those roles led to Ro Shon starring in the 14th season of “Dancing With The Stars” (ABC).
ULMI went national in 2000 including annual dates n Houston, Atlanta and Los Angeles. In Los Angeles it has been held at the Crenshaw Baldwin Hill Plaza, Foxhill’s Mall in Century City, the Los Angeles Convention Center and for the last 3 years it has called the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood home. In Baltimore ULMII has been held at Coppin State University, Sojourner Douglass College, Mondawmin Mall, Reisterstown Road Plaza, and Security Square Mall where it is currently held.
Three winners (singer, songwriting and dance) are awarded. This year prizes include a “free public relations and/or business management strategy/consult” from Eunice who is also an author (“Journey to Love”) and Senior Strategist at Freelance Associates, PRSA; “free entertainment business consult” from Baltimore based entertainment business mogul Paul Gardner, II (www.TheGardnerLawGroup.com); “free music track and studio time” from five-time ULMII winner and Virgin Island producer Marvin Davis aka V.I.P. (www.DustDemAFF.com); “free vocal coaching” from professional singer and New Jersey vocal coach Nadiyah Kareem (Superstar Entertainment.); “free make-up application/stylist consult” from Baltimore based stylist/make-up specialist Jeneanne Collins (Rebellious Beauty) who will service on both the panels at the Celebrity Centre in October ; “free commercial photo shoot” from commercial photographer Ty Moore (www.IAmSharpEye.com); “road management consult” from tour/road manager (Anita Baker, Temptations) and photographer Gar Roberts (www.Garman.zenfolio.com), and the ULMII Award.
To see if you qualify to be one of the ten acts to perform Saturday October 24th at ULMI, hosted by KDAY 93.5 FM, log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com or email Info@ThePulseofEntertainment.com. You can also call 562-424-3836 and ask for the ULMII event coordinator.
(Photo Credit: The Featherstone Brothers/City Paper)
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