*Shanghai, China — Widely known as “Chinese Tupac” or “The One Man BET in China” actor, screenplay writer and director Tsalta Baptiste has released another timeless movie trailer that Chinese audiences can expect the rest of the world to talk about yet once again.
In 2016, Baptiste was covered in 60+ publications from 11 different countries including Rolling Stones Italy, Maxim Magazine and NY Times. His 2016 film Until the End of Time showcased global uniqueness from a young Black American male’s perspective while living abroad, a glimpse into a world that many were not prepared for and it soon became a viral sensation.
Baptiste made history with the film by creating the “first movie in China that received major worldwide press without having any Kung Fu involved” which was recognized as being “very unique but hard to classify as a world record” according to Guinness World Records– and he did it while being a Black foreigner studying in China.
Regardless of critic’s opinions about his work, its safe to say that he is leveraging his position well by bridging awareness of Western and Eastern culture together from an unapologetic Black millennial’s perspective who is obviously a true fan of hip hop. A refreshing variety that almost reminds you of a present day Romeo Must Die or Rush Hour franchise genre through the use of all of today’s innovative tools and content that utilizes Internet sensationalism responsibly.
“Diversity in media is recognized as a successful model both nationally and internationally,” Baptiste explains. “Living abroad for nearly three years I’ve found we have more in common with the immigrants in our country than we do with our own leadership. Today the global economy is an important aspect of my generation and lacking the knowledge thereof is doing more harm to the Black community than we think~ and so does visa versa. We’re living in a time where the “true extremists” continue to widely misinform and oppress the masses yet have the audacity to publicly wonder why everything isn’t right in the world. Hopefully, my products will become models on how to cost-effectively rival Hollywood through international synergy and effective viral campaigning,” explains Baptiste.
Though Baptiste is not of Muslim faith himself, he shares that his best friend while living in China was ironically from Afghanistan and it is that friend and actor 23-year-old Erfan Bashiri, who was casted as lead role in the movie CREAM. In addition to creating a playlist on YouTube, Spotify and other streaming platforms that feature Muslim hip hop artists mixed with classic Wu Tang tracks and more independent artists, there is also a link to a merchandise store externally attached on the YouTube video where 50% of all profits from the items sold are donated to various Muslim reliefs. As growing influences from Chinese audiences continue to contribute to what is shown in today’s American films, commercials and television shows, it seems Baptiste is well on the way towards summing up the future of all of it, while, “rebranding the image of “Black magic” and China’s very own cultural-insensitivity claims, globally” writes journalist and Indian native Mansi Modi, Guide in China Magazine.
About CREAM The Movie
His debut trailer found on YouTube for the second installment of his collection, which Baptiste refers to as “phase two,” titled CREAM — an abbreviation inspired by Wu Tang Clan’s 1993 hit song ‘C.R.E.A.M.,’ almost prophetically fuses Hip hop, Muslim communities and Donald Trump’s presidency with an all international cast from 13 different countries in a way that has never been captured on film before. Baptiste explains that CREAM is the result of a vision that went into production one year prior to Donald Trump’s Presidential election. The trailer features a clip of Donald Trump campaigning to “boycott Apple” and a satire “BCC” news anchor announcing Trump’s Executive orders captured long before any serious consideration of Trump as a Presidential front runner. “The entire trailer and overall plot of the movie would have been extremely confusing had Donald Trump not won the election,” Baptiste adds. Could Baptiste truly know something we don’t and chooses to communicate with us through his art? “phase three and four” he confidentiality promises ” will be cinematic history bigger than Titanic” and he has dropped several Easter eggs to look for in the trailer as clues for what his future endeavors will be. He is currently seeking partnership with larger production studios to realize these two projects and humbly even, mentorship to serve under one’s tutelage.
About Tsalta Baptiste
Tsalta Dwan McQueen-Baptiste (Chinese: 王宇玄; pinyin: wàng yǔ xuán; born January 19, 1988), known as Tsalta Baptiste (pronounced /təˈsɑl.tə/ tə-SAL-tə), is an American film director and actor. He gained recognition for a trailer for Until the End of Time, an upcoming Chinese semi-biographical film, in which he portrays late American rapper Tupac Shakur. Baptiste remains independent and seeking assistance in management. YouTube/Facebook/Instagram/Twitter — @TsaltaBaptiste
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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