*The Pulse of Entertainment is a weekly syndicated column of the journalistic work of media and public relations executive Eunice Moseley. It receives an estimated ¼ million readers weekly in syndication and 120,000 hits a week on its website www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com.
In 2019 I celebrated 10 years as guest on Praise 98FM’s “The Lady Charmaine Show” for my “The Pulse of Entertainment Weekly Update,” where I talk about what is about to be published in my syndicated column the following week. I have been a journalist, in many forms, for 33 years.
The year of 2019 started off with an interview with Joyce Ruiz, a former client of Eunice’s at her public relations/business strategy and consulting firm Freelance Associates. Ruiz added author to her credits, along with mom/manager of her highly talented twins Ashton and Ashley – a duo called 2UNeek, when she published an inspirational book for married couples titled “Love Hard.” What followed was an interview with a legend, Billy Brown of the group Ray, Goodman and Brown, who gave us the hits “Love on a Two Way Street” and “Look at Me (I’m in Love)”. They headlined the Soul Train Cruise. Will Downing was interviewed next for his album release “The Promise” on Shanachie Entertainment – his first-ever Gospel project – that featured Grammy-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum and Regina Belle.
I had the pleasure of interviewing two Nickelodeon actors Dallas Young and Scarlet Spencer who stars in the series “Cousins for Life.” A long-time supporter of legendary guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr. (Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson), I had the pleasure of interviewing him about joining the Jazz Funk Soul trio, with Grammy-nominated saxophonist Everette Harp and Grammy-winning keyboardist Jeff Lorber for the release of the “Life and Times” (Shanachie) album. I also interviewed Lorber for this album release as well
I attended the Grammy Museum’s “An Evening with Thelma Houston” and was pleasantly pleased with the performance of 73-year-old Grammy-winning Houston known for the hit “Don’t Leave Me This Way” (Motown Records). Another long-time favorite artist of mine is two-time Grammy-winning Karyn White (“I’m Not Your Super Woman”), I interviewed her next about a movie she starred in and executive produced titled “Gale and the Storm” (Westview Pictures). The independent film is based on her experience under the management of Jay King. An interview with living legend guitarist Norman Brown followed. The Grammy winner released a new album co-produced by Maurice White (Earth, Wind and Fire) titled “The Highest Act of Love” (Shanachie), which features Deniece Williams on his cover of her hit single “Free.” Interviews with two of Gospel’s favorites followed – Donald Lawrence and Koryn Hawthorne. Grammy-winning Lawrence released a new album with the original Tri-City Singers titled “Goshen” in celebration of 24 years since their debut. Hawthorne, a finalist in season 8 of the televised talent competition, “The Voice,” released a single “Unstoppable” (RCA Inspiration) which features two-time Grammy-winning Gospel Rapper Lecrae.
An interview and review followed for the album release of Japanese pianist Keiko Matsui titled “Echo” (Shanachie). The album features Kirk Whalum on sax, Paul Jackson, Jr. on guitar and Grammy-nominated Marcus Miller on bass. Grammy-nominated VaShawn Mitchell interview was next. It was about the release of his album “Elements” (Tyscot Records). I went to cover the red carpet arrivals for the 50th NAACP Image Awards Nominee Luncheon where she interviewed nominees Major (“Better With You in It”), Emmy winning Lynn Whitfield-Green (HBO’s “Josephine Baker Story”) and Sheryl Lee Ralph. Pioneering Gospel Jazz pianist Ben Tankard was interviewed next about his 50th annual NAACP Image Award nomination for his album “Rise,” which features Paul Jackson, Jr. and Kirk Whalum. Coverage of the 50th NAACP Awards followed with red carpet arrival interviews where I interviewed young actress Laya Deleon Hayes (Disney Junior’s “DOC McStuffins”) the voice of Dottie McStuffins, singer Omar Wilson and Katrina O. Gilvie (Behind the Movement).
There were many movie reviews such as the United Artists presentation of the animation Missing Link, which stars the voices of Hugh Jackman (X-Men), Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Emma Thompson (Men in Black). A review of the Lionsgate presentation of Long Shot, starring Academy Award winner Charlize Theron (Hancock) and two-time Golden Globe-nominated Seth Rogen (“Neighbors”) followed. A review the bio-drama Tolkien (Fox Searchlight/Walt Disney Motion Picture Studios) was next, which starred Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Golden Globe-nominated Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror). English actor Paul Blackthorne (Netflix’s “Arrow”/”CSI”) was interviewed about his role in the NBCUniversal paranormal television drama “The Inbetween.” Review of the Marvel presentation of Spider-Man: Far From Home, starring Tom Holland and Academy Award-nominated Samuel L. Jackson (Iron Man, The Avengers) was next. The Walt Disney presentation of The Lion King followed with a review and interview with director Jon Favreau (Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast). The Lion King features the voices of Beyonce Knowles-Carter (Dreamgirls), Alfred Woodard (“Luke Cage”), John Kani (Black Panther), Jon Oliver (“The Daily Show”) and Keegan-Michael Key (“Key and Peele”). A review of the Paramount Pictures’ presentation of Dora and the Lost City of Gold starring Isabella Moner (Transformers: The Last Knight), Eva Longoria (“The Young and the Restless”), and Michael Pena (End of Watch) followed. The Warner Bros/New Line Cinema presentation of Blinded by the Light, a true story based on how the music of Bruce Springsteen affected a fan’s life – for the good – review followed. A review on “Zombieland 2”, distributed by Sony Pictures, starring Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games), Rosario Dawson (Men in Black II) and Academy Award-winning Emma Stone (The Amazing Spiderman) was next. Movie reviews continued with Sony Pictures’ presentation of Charlie’s Angeles starring Kristen Stewart (“The Twilight Saga”), Ella Balinska (The Athena), Elizabeth Banks and Djimon Hounsou (Amistad). I went to cover the NBC Press Lunch Mixer and had the chance to interview Lyric Ross (“This is Us”), Josh Dallas (“Manifest”) and Peter Gallagher (“Zoey and the Extraordinary Playlist”) about the 2020 premiere of their new shows. A review of Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures) followed, starring Dwayne Johnson (Furious), Kevin Hart (Ride Along), Golden Globe-nominated Jack Black (Kung Fu Panda), Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Golden Globe-nominated Nick Jonas (Hawaii Five-O).
In 2019 I had the pleasure of interviewing Joy Bramble, publisher of The Baltimore Times, where I have worked in many management positions since 1986, about being honored with a wax figure at the Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore for her outstanding work in media. An interview with Dr. Ernest Pugh followed about his new syndicated radio show “On the Couch….” Another favorite artist of mine, Rahsaan Patterson, was next with an interview about his new album release titled “Sent From Heaven” (Shanachie). Wendy Raquel Robinson (“The Game”) interviewed followed about her foundation’s presentation of the musical stage-play “Our Westside Story.”
One of my favorite Gospel singers was interviewed next, 11-time Grammy-nominated Marvin Sapp (“Never Would Have Made it”), about his new radio show “The Marvin Sapp Radio Show.” Radio personality Doresa Harvey (Magic 95.9FM) interview followed about her new gig at Urban One (formerly Radio One). Harvey hosts my 20-year-old community event, “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference. in Baltimore for most of the years it has served the community. Three-time Billboard Music Award winner JJ Hairston was interviewed about his album release with the Youthful Praise Choir titled “Miracle Worker” (Entertainment One) and his book release, co-authored with his wife Trina, titled “A Miracle Marriage” about him reevaluating his marriage – with the help of God.
Coverage of the red carpet arrivals for the 28th annual NAACP Theatre Awards followed with interviews with nominees Director Gina Belafonte (Lyrics and Lockdown), actress Kacie Rogers (An Accident) and Choreographer Joyce Guy (Les Blancs). An interview with living legend Gerald Alston (The Manhattans) followed about the group headlining the 2020 Soul Train Cruise. Another living legend interview was next with Grammy-nominated Kurt Carr about his new album “Bless Somebody Else” (RCA Inspirations/Sony Music) with the Kurt Carr Singers. The album also featured John P. Kee, Fred Hammond, Faith Evans, Yolanda Adams, Smokie Norful, Erica Campbell, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Jekalyn Carr, Keke Wyatt, Bishop T.D. Jakes, B. Slade and LeAndria Johnson. More Gospel interviews followed with three-time Grammy nominee Brian Courtney Wilson about his “Just B(E) Tour.”
Living legends Gregory Williams and Phillip Ingram, co-founders and members of the band Switch was interviewed about their new single, to celebrate 30 years in the music business, titled “I Love You More.” Switch gave us the hits “There’ll Never Be” and “I Call Your Name.” I was honored to interview Kameelah Williams of the group 702 (Biv 10/Motown Records) about their performance on “Black Music Honors.” The group 702, which also includes sisters LeMisha and Irish Grinstead, gave us the hits “Where My Girls At” and “Get It Together.” Another favorite artist of mine is two-time Grammy-nominated Calvin Richardson, his interview was about his “Gold Dust” (Shanachie) album release. Two-time Grammy-nominated James Fortune interview followed about his new album “Dream Again” being #1 on Billboard Top Gospel. Another Gospel favorite, Travis Green, interview followed about his new album “Broken Record”. One of my all-time favorite Gospel artists was next, Grammy Award-winning Erica Campbell (Mary Mary), for an interview and review of her biographical book titled “More Than Pretty.” An interview with four-time Grammy-nominated saxophonist Boney James followed about his “Honestly Tour”.
I am excited about what is to come for 2020. Stay in touch with The Pulse of Entertainment by logging on weekly to www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com or on Social Media at @EuniceMoseley and @ThePulseofEnter on Twitter and @EuniceMoseley and @ThePulseofEntertainmentOnline on Facebook.
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: Eunice is founder of the annual “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference (ULMII), into its 20th year. Next event dates include Los Angeles Saturday, November 9, 2019 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (511) and Baltimore Saturday April 18, 2020, held in partnership with Security Square Mall and The Baltimore Times. The free conference offers an Entertainment Business Panel and a Talent Showcase and Competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) with over $15,000 valued in prizes/product/services to selected artists. Log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com for more information or to participate as a panelist or talent call 562-424-3836.
Pastor Cal Keeps Love Alive on ‘Married at First Sight’ (EUR EXCLUSIVE!)
*For 11 seasons, “Married at First Sight” (MAFS) has been the ultimate experiment in matchmaking as couples who have never met – complete strangers – tie the knot.
If you are not familiar with the popular Lifetime series, people looking for love are matched by relationship experts (Dr. Pepper Schwartz, Dr. Viviana Coles, and Pastor Calvin Roberson-known as Pastor Cal) and agree to tie the knot before meeting their mates.
The show follows the couples for a few weeks as they experience their first meeting at their weddings, their honeymoons, meeting each other’s families, and other milestone events all the while being counseled by the experts. At the end of each season, the couples are given the chance to continue in their marriage or get a divorce.
While some may question the show’s premise, the EUR spoke to Pastor Cal recently and he said the series is genuine.
“My job on the show is to get these couples, put them together, and make sure they stay together,” said Pastor Cal. “My goal is to look at their differences, see where they’re compatible, counsel them and in some cases, threaten them, to make it work. All the experts, our focus, is simply making sure the couples stay together.”
As for a method in which the couples are matched, he added, “There isn’t a solid formula we apply to every couple. It has to be tweaked as we find out people’s peculiarities. It can be nerve-wracking but it’s rewarding in the end.”
Like many MAFS seasons, there are surprising revelations and this one, featuring couples from New Orleans, is no exception.
“Season 11 has brought us so many surprises,” Pastor Cal said. “Even in casting, one of the couples we thought would get along much quicker is one of the ones lagging behind. And one couple we thought would move slower to intimacy are moving ahead. And that’s with Miles and Karen being the slower and Woody and Amani being the faster of the two.”
He continued, “Also, by my own admission, I fall on the sword on this one, I was not expecting Bennett and Amelia to get along so well. I thought she would be put off more by his lack of profession. It was a big surprise to me.”
The next MAFS season will include Atlanta couples and after that the show heads to Houston, which is casting now. Pastor Cal told the EUR that the show adapts to the couples from each city.
“I believe that every city we film in brings a certain flavor and the participants from that city take on the flavor from that city,” Pastor Cal said. “New Orleans is laid-back, they party, and it’s a very fun city as opposed to a city like D.C. that is very political, buttoned up, and tight. But definitely we found that every city influences the participants. We definitely see different personalities coming out of each city.”
Speaking of Atlanta, Pastor Cal is the lead pastor at Progression church in the peach city. He and his wife Wendy have a marriage coaching organization that offers marriage and relationship conferences, boot camps, and seminars worldwide.
While COVID-19 may have slowed down the in-person events, that has not stopped people from contacting Pastor Cal for love connections, “Because of COVID, we’re online. I get more people through DM’s, email, etc. asking me to match them.”
And how does the church feel about the show?
“My church actually loves it.” Pastor Cal said. “They are so supportive and such an incredible group of people. They tell people about the show. Our church was actually founded on relationships, so it was an easy fit. Our church was founded on positive marriage and positive family.”
Look out for Pastor Cal’s book, “Marriage Ain’t for Punks,” slated to come out next year.
If you are interested in being on “Married at First Sight” and live in Houston, click here to apply.
For more information on MAFS’ current season, click here.
Nigerian Bread Seller Lands Modeling Contract After Photobombing Rapper’s Shoot
She was discovered on the streets of the city of Lagos by international photographer Ty Bello, who was shooting with English rapper Tinie Tempah. Unintentionally, Orisaguna came out in one of the images.
Days later, Bello shared pictures from that shoot on his social media but with interest of finding out who the bread seller was in the photo.
“WHO IS SHE? Everyone has been asking if this lady is a model… She definitely SHOULD be a model… I’ll find a way to track her down somehow. You guys can also help,“ the photographer captioned the post.
BEATIFULX : WHO IS SHE.Every one has been asking if this lady is a model .. It was just perfect coincidence … She just happened to be walking by while I photographed . It happened so fast .She definitely SHOULD be a model. .. I’m happy to help her build a portfolio if she’s interested .She’s so beautiful and photographed so well. I’ll find a way to track her down somehow . You guys can also help #lagos #doesanyonerecognizeher #okunorentwins #tinietempah @thisdaystyle #lagos #phaseone
As PEOPLE notes, from that moment on, her life changed forever. In less than a year, Orisaguna managed to sign contracts with recognized agencies. Earlier this year, she wrapped up her tour of South Africa and she also launched a vlog and reality show.
“I never expected this would ever happen to me,” she told CNN. “My friends have told me they saw me on the TV and they are really happy. My parents cannot believe their own child can become such a success.”
In March, she celebrated the one year anniversary of her discovery. In an exclusive interview with Pulse in January, Orisaguna spoke about the people who have been influential in her rise to fame. During the interview, she thanked Azuka Ogujuiba of ThisDay Newspaper, as she was instrumental in Olajumoke’s success story.
Orisaguna, who left her two children and husband to sell bread, is now being offered by a bank to pay for her kid’s education through college.
‘Origin of Everything’ on PBS Sparks Interest with Controversial & Everyday Topics (EUR Exclusive!)
*“Origin of Everything,” available on PBS.org, has been exploring topics since 2017 that run the gamut. The show jumps into a variety of subjects by investigating daily life like the words we use, pop culture, and why we are hooked on technology.
The show does not shy away from controversial topics such as slavery, race and ethnicity, and mass incarceration of African Americans.
Danielle Bainbridge, Ph.D., the host and lead writer of “Origin of Everything,” told the EUR in a recent interview that the series is about making people think beyond the restrictive ways we have been taught to view history.
“It’s a show about our collective story and how we are envisioning history,” Dr. Bainbridge said. ”How do we think about history that includes all of us and just not the figures and facts that we were taught in school. So, it’s a show about under told and underrepresented history. We’re trying to make history feel very present to the people who watch it.”
She continued, “One of the reasons to watch it is if you’re curious about how did we get to our current moment? How do small things such as why do we eat popcorn at the movies or what is the origin of ethnicity and how do these things still impact the way we think about the world?”
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Deftly equipped to talk about controversial topics, Dr. Bainbridge holds a Ph.D. in African American Studies and American Studies from Yale University and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English & Theatre Arts. She is also a faculty member at Northwestern University in Theatre and African American Studies
In early 2017, when she was a graduate student, she was contacted by PBS about working on the show and thought it was a joke.
“When they first reached out to me, I thought it was a hoax,” Dr. Bainbridge said. “I was thinking how would they even know who I am because I was a graduate student? But I think they found me through a since defunct janky website that I had set up. They reached out to me, I auditioned, did a screen test, and a writing sample and after that I was hired to help develop the show.”
Viewers are encouraged to be interactive with the series because it is digital. With instant commentary from the audience, the show knows immediately what viewers think, which for the most part is positive. However, when it delves into controversial subject matters things can get sticky.
“I would say overall people are pretty positive about the series because most of the folks who watch it are longtime watchers who tune in every week for episodes,” Dr. Bainbridge said. “The only exception is if we cover more sensitive topics like, race, gender, or sexuality we will get some pushback. I think that’s just the cost of doing business with open discourse.”
One of the most controversial shows was about the transatlantic slave trade.
“We did one episode on why Europeans enslaved Africans and that was probably our most viewed episode as well as our most critiqued one,” Dr. Bainbridge said. “I think often times if you view yourself as pretty well versed in history from what you learn in school and then you learn something that goes in the opposite direction it can be jarring or for some people upsetting. We think of it as our value or service to our audience to present accurate history or history that doesn’t get told that often so that people can be informed with the whole picture.”
She added that she has an answer for those who point out that Africans sold slaves to Europeans.
“Slavery was not invented with West Africans and Europeans,” Dr. Bainbridge continued. “Some form of enslavement – whether through war, becoming a prisoner of war, or through different systems – goes back to ancient societies from around the world. So, it is not distinct to West Africa or Europe or any other region of the world.”
Dr. Bainbridge added, “But the difference with this particular moment in slavery was that it intersected with capitalism in a way that was very different with slavery that preceded it. People were taken into the system and their children inherited their status as a slave and that is where the differences started to emerge. We have to think about these things as distinct only because the system that existed with chattel slavery was so radically different than the slavery that existed around the world beforehand.”
With the ongoing protests against police brutality, “Origin of Everything” has also tackled the racist beginnings of United States law. Dr. Bainbridge breaks down the discriminatory history by looking at colonialism, slavery, the Jim Crow era, and mass incarceration.
“I decided to write this episode about legal discrimination, and I didn’t have a particular agenda in mind,” she said. “As I started doing the research it was overwhelming. I started to find (material) that just dealt with legal discrimination about black people in this country from its origin to now. I thought it was something that people needed to know.”
“I was never taught in any history class that I took through high school any of the information from that episode. I was taught that things are fair and that a lot of the blame was placed inadvertently or inherently on black communities, impoverished communities, or communities that struggle. When I saw that in some ways the law was stacked against black people and certain other populations, I thought that was important to bring to light. In this moment, people are looking for reliable sources and this could add to the conversation.”
New episodes of “Origin of Everything” are available on PBS.org and the PBS Digital Studios’ YouTube Channel. Join the conversation by visiting Twitter-@PBSOrigin and Instagram-@pbsoriginofeverything.
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