*The year 2016 for “The Pulse of Entertainment” was full of interviews and movie reviews. The year began with an interview with Mykel Jenkins (“Bold and the Beautiful”).
We talked about his starring role in the movie The Masked Saint, based on the life of a professional wrestler with the same name who became a Baptist minister that ended up being a neighborhood hero (vigilante). Next was an interview with Luci Martin the original lead singer of the group Chic.
We spoke about the formation of her girl group “Next Step” that consists of other Chic vocalists that include Norma Jean Wright and Alfa Anderson. Next I interviewed one of my favorite vocalists Grammy Award winning Regina Belle. We talked about the release of her new Inspirational album “The Day Life Began.” I did a review of the album and it was so inspiring I still have the title track on my MP3 player.
Movie reviews followed of DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda 3 and Walt Disney’s The Finest Hours. For The Finest Hour, which was based on a true story, I was privilege to interview Ben Foster (X-Men: The Last Stand), Chris Pine (Star Trek) and Casey Affleck (“Chasing Amy”). Coverage of the NAACP Nominations Luncheon followed and I was able to interview on the red carpet arrivals screen writer NZingha Stewart (With This Ring); Hudson Yang (“Fresh Off the Boat”); radio personality Egypt Sherrod about her book release “Keep Calm…Its Just Real Estate,” and J. August Richards (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”). An interview with Le’Andrea Johnson, a Gospel singer and an unorthodox minister, was next and we talked about her role in the Oxygen Network reality show “Preacher’s of Atlanta.”
Coverage of the 2016 SAG Awards in February provided interviews with Sola Bamis and Mason Cotton (“Mad Men”) and Emily Robinson (“Transparent”). An interview with Christian Jules Le Blanc (“Young and the Restless”) followed. We talked about the “Young and the Restless Genoa City Live Tour” that he was hosting. I watched the “Young and the Restless” daytime series religiously in high school and while serving in the U.S. Navy so I was very excited to speak with Christian who plays Michael Baldwin. Another exciting interviewed followed that included the group SILK. We talked about their “Quiet Storm” album release. Coverage of the Bergman’s Oscar party allowed me to interview Renee Olstead (Space Cowboys), Kelsey Scott (12 Years a Slave) and Sara Scott (True Blood).
I was excited to also interview three-time Grammy Award winner KC of KC and the Sunshine Band. We talked about his new album release “Feeling You.” Coverage of the NAACP Theatre Awards and an interview with multi-Stellar Award winner Contemporary Gospel artist Jonathan Nelson (Light Records) followed. We talked about Nelson’s album release “Fearless”. I also reviewed the “Fearless” album which featured guest vocalists Kim Burrell and Dorinda Clark-Cole. Another exciting interview was with Tanya Blount (Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Preacher’s Kids) and her husband Michael Trotter, Jr. We talked about their album release “Love Affair.” Tanya is best known as the vocalist in the film Sister Act 2 who sings “His Eye is On the Sparrow” with Lauryn Hill.
Comedian/radio personality Rickey Smiley took the time in 2016 to speak to me about his reality show “Rickey Smiley for Real” on TV One. A review and interview with Slim, lead vocalist of the Grammy Award winning group 112, followed. We talked about his new solo project “Refueled” which features vocal assistance from Carl Thomas, Ma$e and Rich Homie Quan. I went to review Universal Picture’s Warcraft, a CGI film based on the video game and Warner Bros’ Central Intelligence starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Fast 8) and Kevin Hart (Ride Along 2). Central Intelligence is about an unlikely pair of high school acquaintances who ends up saving the country. Reviews of Warner Bros.’ The Legend of Tarzan and Universal Pictures’ The Secret Life of Pets followed.
Though I have interviewed her many times I was excited to interview 11-time Grammy Award winner Pastor Shirley Caesar about the release of her newest album “Fill This House” (Light Records) which features Anthony Hamilton and Hezekiah Walker. Other interviews that excited me, even though I have interviewed them many times in the past, included Grammy Award nominated Will Downing for his project “Black Pearls” and Dave Hollister (Black Street) – now a Pastor. Hollister and I talked about his album release “Manuscript” (Shanachie Entertainment) which features vocal guest Angie Stone. I also reviewed the Will Downing project – an album of cover songs of legendary black female vocalists. Movie reviews followed which included Paramount/MGM’s Ben-Hur, the Weinstein Company presentation of Hands of Stone based on the life of WBC Welterweight Roberto Duran and Walt Disney’s The Light Between Oceans starring Academy Award nominated Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave) and Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander.
An interview with a long-time friend Jazz guitarist Vernon Neilly (Boosweet Records) followed. We talked about his new album release “Outta Time.” That interview was accompanied by a review of the album which has a Jazz/Hip-Hop fresh sound. More movie reviews followed that included Warner Bros.’ Storks, MGM/Columbia Picture’s Magnificent Seven and Summit Entertainment’s Deep Horizon, starring Academy Award nominated Mark Wahlberg (Planet of the Apes). Deep Horizon is based on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Interviews followed that included Bishop J. Drew Sheard, father of Grammy Award nominated Kierra Sheard and husband to Grammy Award winning Karen Clark Sheard, about his “GEI Live” album release; Jazz pianist Jim Brickman’s interview was about his new project “Soothe for Sleep” which included a review; Fred Hammond talked about his album release “Worship Journal Live” and his “Festival of Praise” tour featuring Hezekiah Walker, Israel Houghton, Regina Belle, Karen Clark Sheard, Casey J and comedian Earthquake; VaShawn Mitchell’s interview had us talking about his new release “Secret Place: Live in South Africa”; Grammy Award nominated Bishop Paul S. Morton, father of Grammy Award winner PJ Morton (Maroon 5), about his new album release “Legacy: Live in New York” which was also accompanied with a review, and an interview with Anthony Michael Hobbs, my grandson, a multi-award winning actor (PBS’s Emmy nominated “The Abolitionist”) and filmmaker (One Nation) at only 11 years old, was about his new “Best Youth Film” award from the Gary International Black Film Festival for directing his second film Naga Pixie (Imagination Lunchbox).
More movie reviews followed that included Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them and Universal Pictures’ musical animation Sing. The year ended with an interview with famed east coast radio personality Donnie Simpson about coming out of retirement to host TV One’s “Donnie After Dark” television show. The year also ended with my column, The Pulse of Entertainment, picked up by The Washington Informer (for its print edition and website) adding to its syndicated readership numbers which include over ¼ million a week. Its website www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com attracts over 60,000 hits a week. To those who read The Pulse of Entertainment I want to thank you. Talk to you all in 2017.
SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, 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. EVENT: 18th annual “Uplifting Minds II” Free Entertainment Conference (Baltimore in April and Los Angeles in October, 2017). Entertainment Business panel and national talent showcase competition (vocal, songwriting and dance) with over $10,000 in prizes. www.UpliftingMinds2.com.
The Virtual United Negro College Fund Tour Heads to NY, DC & NJ on Fri & Sat-Nov. 20 & 21 (EUR EXCLUSIVE!)
*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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
New Music Buzz: Jazzy Rita Shelby’s ‘Goodbye 2020’
*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.
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.
“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.
Celebrate Halloween with ‘Spell’ Starring Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine and John Beasley / WATCH
*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 Fears, The 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.
DIRECTED BY | Mark Tonderai
SCREENPLAY BY | Kurt Wimmer
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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