*Entertainment industry panelists on Saturday April 18, 2020 at the 21st annual “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference in Baltimore will bring experiences that span from the stages of Broadway, the law office of entertainment’s elite to the urban communities via directors of art/music and youth centers.
The free entertainment conference will be held from 1-3pm at Security Square Mall (6901 Security Blvd, 21244) offering a panel Q&A Session, a Talent Showcase of experience acts and a national Talent Competition where 10 acts perform (singers, songwriters, dancers and actors accepted) for the panel to get a chance to win the “ULMII Best Artist” Award and over $15,000 valued in prizes. The “ULMII” Entertainment Conference will be hosted by Magic 95.9FM’s Ms. D (Doresa Harvey) and DJ Rick (GSE).
Panelists include Consul Paul Gardner II (www.TheGardnerLawGroup.com); Educator/A&R Executive Nadiyah Kareem (Superstar Entertainment); Artist Manager Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs (www.Anthony-Michael.com); Music Producer/Performer V.I.P. (Dust Dem AFF Productions; Opera vocalist Cheryl Warfield (www.MoreOpera.nyc); Executive Director of the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute (www.EubieBlake.org); multi-award winning actor/filmmaker Anthony Michael-Hobbs (www.ImaginationLunchbox.com), and former Washington, DC Youth Director Morris Dickerson.
Held in Baltimore and Los Angeles past panelist have included Grammy winning Brenda Russell (“Piano in the Dark”); Hip-Hop legend MCLyte; Jazz and Woody of Dru Hill; comedian/actor Kel Mitchell (The GoodBurger); actress/singer KeKe Palmer (“True Jackson, VP”), and syndicated radio pioneer Lee “The Voice” Bailey (www.EURweb.com).
Talent credit “ULMII” for helping to launch their careers. Los Angeles competitor Miguel was signed by one of the “ULMII” panelists and today he is a Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter. Baltimore competitor Naturi Naughton was scouted by Broadway at the event. From Broadway she joined the R&B group 3LW and from there landed a starring role on the STARZ series “Power”. Los Angeles competitor RoShon Fegan manager said what he learned from the panelist helped him take RoShon . to “the next level.” That next level lead to a co-starring role on Disney’s “Shake It Up”, then a starring role on Disney’s “Camp Rock”, which led to him starring on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”. In Baltimore the Featherstone Brothers said in an interview with the City Paper that it was their performance at “ULMII” that resulted in their success. Their song appeared on the third Dru Hill album as “I Should Be (Your Boyfriend)” because SisQo was at “ULMII” to support panelist Jazz (Dru Hill) and heard the song. The song was released as a single with accompanying music video and is currently a platinum hit.
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