*The faith-based film “Never Heard,” starring David Banner, Romeo Miller, and Karrueche Tran is a one day movie event only in theaters nationwide, Thursday, November 1, 2018. To buy tickets, go here. The independent film will then be available on DVD (pre-order now).
“We have to make sure we support the film because a lot of companies are giving these films limited dates that have a certain level of knowledge,” David Banner told the EUR in a recent phone interview. “They believe that Americans just want trash and if we keep putting out trash then that becomes the truth, so, if we want better we have to show up.”
Directed by Josh Webber, the movie stars Banner as Aaron Davis, who is in prison for a crime he did not commit. While battling to get out of jail, his son Jalen (Romeo Miller) grows up on the streets of Los Angeles, being raised by his mother (Robin Given) and grandmother Camilla (Karen Abercrombie). Banner was drawn to the role because of strong themes addressed in the film.
“He was fighting to preserve his manhood,” Banner said. “He was fighting for the life of his son. He was fighting to get his wife back. I don’t think black men in America have really had what is due to them. They are prominently stepped on. So, it was an honor to be a voice to people I resonate with who don’t have a lot of opportunities to speak.”
Yes, while the film may sound stereotypical about black life in America, Banner added it has a deep message.
“This is one of my criticisms about American art in general, they stereotype and typecast black men from the jump, especially black men who are tall and dark skinned. I liked this role because it did have redemption.”
Romeo Miller, the son of rap mogul Master P, plays Banner’s son in the film and told the EUR in a recent phone interview, “As a leading man, this is one of the roles that I wanted to start off with. It’s a movie that is relevant, real, and a movie that has a message. I had to do it because it’s for the generation, this is what we need.”
Hailing from New Orleans, much of Miller’s family grew up in the projects and many are in jail. Miller said another reason he did the film was for his uncle, rapper C-Murder (Master P’s brother), who is currently incarcerated in Louisiana for murder.
“This is so close to home and it’s real life for so many out in the world today,” said Miller. “My uncle is a living example of (innocent black men in jail). If you’re a man of color, and I’m not saying everybody’s perfect, but people want to put the blame on you to make an example. A lot of innocent men are in jail, for what?”
“And depending on where you are from in the world it can be 10 times worse,” Miller continued. “Getting locked up in Louisiana is one thing you don’t want to do because the mentality down there is still that slave-owner mentality.”
Karrueche Tran stars as Romeo Miller’s girlfriend and told EUR at the premiere last night at Universal City Walk in Los Angeles, “I’m Christian, but I wasn’t super religious and my character is a church girl. She grew up in the church and sings in the church. I wanted to be a part of this film because it’s faith-based and it has a strong message.”
Working with Tran was, “Amazing!,” Miller said. “A lot of people know her as the fashionista, but she truly came prepared and our chemistry was just unbelievable. I think the audience will be very pleased with the connection we have in the film.”
Tran said of Miller, “He was a great partner and easy to work with. It was fun.”
While Romeo Miller also had great things to say about working with David Banner and Robin Givens as his parents in the film, Banner gave a special shout out to Master P for raising a young black man to look up to.
“Master P and his wife did such a great job with this young man,” said Banner. “He is one of the most respectable men that I’ve met not just in the music industry and film industry (but in general).”
Is Pres. Elect Biden Obama’s 3rd Term? & What 44 Said About Black America’s Progress Under His Watch on ‘Breakfast Club’ (VIDEO)
*Attorney Antonio Moore discusses the recent Obama Breakfast Club interview during his Book tour.
Moore harshly critiques the interview of Pres. Obama performed by Charlamagne, DJ Envy and Angela Yee.
He also looks closer at President Elect Joe Biden’s cabinet picks and measures them again Barack Obama & Bill Clinton’s prior administrations.
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.
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