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Atlanta Producers Give Big Break to South African Actors in ‘Love by Chance’




Collage of Cast & CrewTop Left Pic: From (L) to (R): Nicholas Nkuna, Jael Roberson, Desi Banks, Altovise Lawrence, Atandwa Kani & Denise Zimba / Top Right Pic: (L) to (R) Carl Anthony Payne, Altovise Lawrence & Atandwa Kani/ Bottom Pic: E. Roger Mitchell, Samad Davis, Terri J.

*A new romantic comedy recently produced entitled “Love by Chance” stars four of South Africa’s (SA) newest and finest talent from the competition television series “Top Actor” (SA).

Altovise Lawrence and Atandwa Kani star as lead roles in the film while Denise Zimba and Nicholas Nkuna are their supporting (SA) co-stars.

This opportunity has been given by the following Atlanta-based, independent, and experienced producers: Ty Johnston Chavis, Errol Sadler, Cristina Davis, James Few and Samad Davis.

In today’s Hollywood of the South, the film showcased how the producers utilized the two international stars to tell the narrative.

With such a dreamy premise, the film introduces the two aspiring (SA) actors as they chase their Hollywood dreams in a new country, trying to figure out new friends and love all in the big city of Hotlanta.


Love By Chance CastFrom (L) to (R): Atandwa Kani, Terri J Vaughn & Altovise Lawrence

The measures to close the opportunity gap for new fresh talent will continue to take time. Producer Ty Johnston Chavis states:

“Bringing in diverse talent to the U.S. is very competitive. When an experienced actor comes here from another country to pursue work, they are considered a brand-new actor. As a producer, you’ll take on the challenge of working the film market in two countries verses one.”

Ty Shares her experience working with talent:

“I work with international talent in other countries such as the Bahamas and this too seems to be a hurdle. The best way to introduce an international actor is to create your own platform for them, attach brands to push, maximize all possibilities and capitalize from all opportunities.”


Love By Chance Movie ProducersFrom (L) to (R): Errol Sadler, Ty Johnston Chavis & James Few

Independent filmmakers confront entirely different obstacles and sometimes the most daunting of which is the uncertainty of the independent film market itself. For more established producers, those with a successful body of work such as this group, their name is their brand, and it automatically conveys value in domestic and foreign markets.

Errol Sadler states:

“It was amazing working with such a talented group of producers. We understand that we live in a diverse world, so our approach is everything expect being one track minded”.

“Love by Chance” won’t be the first film that some of these producers have utilized international talent. Samad Davis has been creating and producing television and film projects in Africa for over the past decade and he’s the power pellet behind this film. Samad created and produced Top Actor South Africa, a large brand for the country and its first TV Show to discover new and rising talent in South Africa. The seasonal winners get a cash prize along with an agency contract to work in the States and star in a Screen Actors Guild feature film such as “Love By Chance.” The television series is in its third season and has aired the past two season’s on BET Africa.


Cast members Atandwa Kani, Altovise Lawrence & Carl Anthony Payne

Some of the costars to the film are veteran actors Carl Anthony Payne (Martin, Crazy, Sexy, Cool: TLC Movie, The Messenger, and Feast III), Clifton Powell (Ray, Norbit, Woman Thou Art Loosed, and Rush Hour), Jael Roberson (Push, Comeback Dad, and Governor’s Daughter), Stevie Baggs Jr. (Focus, For Better or For Worse, and Necessary Roughness), E. Roger Mitchell (Flight, Equalizer, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and The Spectacular Now), and Desi Banks (Facebook and Instagram sensation with over 200k followers). Actor Terri J. Vaughn (Steve Harvey Show, Girlfriends Getaway, and Greenleaf) who portrays herself in the film as a director shares insight and her experience from working on this feature:

“It was an incredible treat to work with the talented and beautiful Altovise and the very charming and funny Atwanda. I had no idea what to expect working with artists from a continent and culture completely on the other side of the world. It was refreshing, fun and very familiar, like we already knew each other. It was truly an honor for me and I hope to get to do it again.”

“Love by Chance” is scheduled to premiere in the spring of 2017.




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The Virtual United Negro College Fund Tour Heads to NY, DC & NJ on Fri & Sat-Nov. 20 & 21 (EUR EXCLUSIVE!)




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*African American students interested in going to college can attend the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) Fall 2020 virtual Empower Me Tour. Set for this Friday and Saturday (November 20 & 21, 2020), New York, District of Columbia, and New Jersey will be repped. (This year’s tour kicked off earlier this month in Wisconsin and Illinois). To register, go here.

The Empower Me Tour is an extension of the goals of the UNCF. Founded in 1944, the UNCF, a non-profit, has raised more than $5 billion and helped more than 500,000 students attend 37 private historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

The EUR caught up with Stacey Lee, the tour’s director for four years, who discussed the importance of the event.

“The UNCF is the nation’s largest provider of education support to minority students,” said Lee. “The Empowerment Tour has been executed for the past 12 years and last year along we offered over $12 million dollars in scholarships.”

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Stacey Lee, director of the Empower Me Tour. (Photo credit: UNCF)

Lee continued, “I think the great thing is that during these times, even with COVID-19, is that a number of corporations (Wells Fargo/P&/FedEx/Disney/Goldman Sachs) and donors have really been providing opportunity and financial access to our schools and students.”

The tour is packed with information and resources so that students and parents have the right tools to make informed decisions.

“It’s a free event that provides educational support, scholarships, interviews with colleges, empowerment, and information on how to get to and through college. We also provide this information for parents as well. We have a parent section that focuses on financial aid and the things you need to get your students to college.”

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Source: Empower Me Tour

Lee continued, “Sometimes we have students that don’t realize that they can attend college. They can receive scholarships. Some of them don’t even know what an HBCU is. So, it’s inspirational for me to see these students receive this information and the excitement that’s around this tour.”

In addition to college information, panel sessions on issues affecting the community will also take place. Legendary rapper Bun B will be part of a special My Black Is Beautiful panel. The panel will have discussions with girls and boys and the MC will lead the male portion.

“It’s about empowerment,” Bun B told the EUR. “It’s vital for us to lift each other up and amplify each other’s voices. We just talk about now what that role is in this COVID world. And with everything that we are seeing with young Black men on television, we want to keep them motivated and centered. We want to make sure that they are not discouraged in this moment.”

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Legendary rapper Bun B is a panelist at the Empower Me Tour. (Photo credit: UNCF)

Ever since Kamala Harris threw her hat into the presidential race and elected vice president of the United States, a spotlight has shined on the fact that she’s an HBCU grad (Howard University) and member of the African American sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha. These facts are not lost on the UNCF.

“Kamala has really boosted people’s awareness about HBCUs and (African American sororities) and the type of people that come out of HBCUs. HBCUS have also provided so many people from science, mathematics, and engineering programs (STEM).”

Bun B added, “We have more than enough examples to show you how beneficial an education from an HBCU can be. So, there is no reason to not be a part of an HBCU because the world is just as available to you as it is for anyone else attending any other type of university.”

Register for the virtual Empower Me Tour on November 20 & 21, 2020 here. Spring tour dates will be announced soon. For general information on the United Negro College Fund, go here.

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(Photo credit: UNCF)

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New Music Buzz: Jazzy Rita Shelby’s ‘Goodbye 2020’



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Goodbye 2020 Jazzy Rita Shelby

After all that’s happened this year, it’s time to say Goodbye 2020. New single available by Jazzy Rita Shelby at most digital platforms.

*SB Music presents “Goodbye 2020” a new single for the times we are in.

“Goodbye 2020” is performed by Jazzy Rita Shelby and written by Miss Shelby (ASCAP) and Eddie Lawrence Miller (BMI).

It’s the perfect anthem to end a year that has impacted the globe.

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Jazzy Rita Shelby is fed up with this year and elated about her new single “Goodbye 2020.” Avail now from SB Music (Written by L. Shelby & E. Miller)

EURweb’s Jazzy Rita is also a prolific lyricist who has teamed up with Eddie Miller for “Goodbye 2020” because it was timely and convenient for the birth of a song such as this.

Eddie Miller is a coveted keyboardist & vocalist who performs regularly with Brian Culbertson and he’s the Rhodes Festival musical director. Jazzy Rita rose to notoriety as host & performer at The Starlight Jazz Serenade, an annual benefit concert in North Hollywood with an A list of stars.  As a teen Miss Shelby was inspired to write songs by the legendary David Porter.

This year has been a year like no other.  “Goodbye 2020” is an ode to the world for the year that we have seen and the hope that lies ahead.  Radio Programmers click here for adds.

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“Goodbye 2020” is released on the SB Music label and was recorded at Wishing Wells Studio in Canoga Park, CA.  Willie Daniels and Mildred Black perform background vocals along with Jazzy Rita.  The video is produced & directed by Jazzy Rita (LaRita Shelby), filmed & edited by Reggie Simon of Simon Vision Media, with wardrobe styling by Jazzy Rita and Poet Roni Girl’s Army Couture.  “Goodbye 2020” is available on most digital platforms.  Click here to listen on Spotify.


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Celebrate Halloween with ‘Spell’ Starring Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine and John Beasley / WATCH




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*Today/TONIGHT is Halloween and what could be a more perfect way to celebrate than with the release of SPELL? Enjoy the clips below to get you in the spooky spirit!

Omari Hardwick (“Power,” Sorry to Bother You), Loretta Devine (“Black-ish,” Crash) and John Beasley (The Sum of All FearsThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) star in the terrifying thriller SPELL, coming to Premium Video-On-Demand and Digital today October 30 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

While flying to his father’s funeral in rural Appalachia, an intense storm causes Marquis (Omari Hardwick) to lose control of the plane carrying him and his family.  He awakens wounded, alone and trapped in Ms. Eloise’s (Loretta Devine) attic, who claims she can nurse him back to health with the Boogity, a Hoodoo figure she has made from his blood and skin. Unable to call for help, Marquis desperately tries to outwit and break free from her dark magic and save his family from a sinister ritual before the rise of the blood moon.

WHOA! READ THIS: Disabled Siblings Found Living with Dead Body of Mother Decomposing Under Pile of Clothes

DIRECTED BY | Mark Tonderai


STARRING | Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine, John Beasley

AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL PLATFORMS | Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, DirecTV, VUDU, Xfinity, FandangoNOW and more.

Rating | R – violence, disturbing/bloody images, and language







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