*GoodGirlPR is proud to be working with videographer and photographer Dante Hillmedo to release his virtual website for TeamElitePhoto.com.
Hillmedo has been able to raise his name in the industry as an artist and entrepreneur, creating incredible content and visuals for a range of artists, on top of his own experiences in the music industry.
His style and direction in cinematography established his projects as not only marketable but also unique, vibrant, and entertaining. Some of Hillmedo’s notable works consist of filming an ancestry reveal for Mona Scott-Young and her family, Black Ink New York, Nick Cannon/”Wild ‘n Out” feature for Essence Magazine as well as ongoing visual works with billionaire Michael Rubin and Fanatics. With years of teaching film and music production, his vision and influence separate him from many directors.
About Dante Hillmedo
Dante Hillmedo is the owner of Team Elite Productions LLC, a film and photography service company based in New York City. Hillmedo is committed to creating visual content for brands and talents that showcases its best features and inspires emotion. He has produced content for companies such as VH1, Essence Magazine, Bad Boy Entertainment, and celebrities such as Dreamdoll, Ding Dong Ravers, and more. Hillmedo has racked up an impressive resume and has become a name that his clients continue to call on for great content. Aside from creating for these elusive brands, Hillmedo has his eyes set on the film industry, having released a crime/drama series entitled “Breakaway: The Web Series.” He is also planning on filming one of two anticipated feature films later this year. Hillmedo is a very easygoing person who will continue to find ways to make things work in situations where many people would quit. This quality is one of the main reasons that he is always called upon in the industry to produce the best content and direction.
GoodGirlPR is a full-service public relations and event planning firm based in New York, Washington DC, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. Public relations is a very competitive field, but GoodGirlPR is unlike other PR agencies. Because of the advanced degrees of our staff, GoodGirlPR is a collection of brilliant minds who think outside the box to execute successful PR campaigns that attract global media attention or resolve any crisis management issue. We understand the importance of communication and relationships with the intent of uplifting our client’s brand awareness and impacting their return on investment.
National Endowment for the Arts Names Terri Lyne Carrington Among 2021 NEA Jazz Masters
*Three-time Grammy Award-winning jazz musician and composer Terri Lyne Carrington has been named a 2021 NEA Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. The National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowship is the nation’s highest honor in jazz.
“I am so honored to receive this prestigious award, along with so many heroes, mentors, and of course, masters of the music,” says Carrington. “I will continue my work in furthering the music, and in teaching, mentoring, and advocating for the generations behind me. I am grateful for this incredible recognition, as it will truly remain inspiring through my journey in jazz.”
Terri Lyne Carrington has remained a powerhouse drummer in jazz for four decades and has now vigorously turned her attention over the last 15 years to empowering the next generation. With outstanding versatility, she excels as a composer, bandleader, producer, and educator. Along with Carrington, the NEA will also honor fellow musicians Albert “Tootie” Heath, Henry Threadgill, and arts advocate Phil Schaap for their contributions to the advancement of the art form.
In addition to receiving a $25,000 award, the 2021 NEA Jazz Masters will be honored through a tribute concert, which due to COVID-19 will be available in an online-only broadcast on April 22, 2021. The National Endowment for the Arts will again collaborate with SFJAZZ on this virtual event, which will be free to watch, and no registration or tickets are required. More information will be available in early 2021.
From a child prodigy to a world-class musician, her current album, Waiting Game, with Social Science, a collaboration with Aaron Parks and Matthew Stevens, boasted a triple-crown win in Downbeat magazine’s International Critics Poll for Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Group of the Year, making her the first woman instrumentalist to concurrently win in all three categories in the 68-year history of the magazine. Carrington is not new to breaking barriers; she was also the first woman to receive a Grammy Award in the Jazz Instrumental category.
Carrington has received honorary doctorates from Manhattan School of Music and Berklee College of Music, where she currently serves as the founder and Artistic Director of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice. The Institute recruits, teaches, mentors, and advocates for musicians seeking to study jazz with gender justice and racial justice as guiding principles, and asks the important question, “What would jazz sound like in a culture without patriarchy?” She also serves as Artistic Director for Berklee’s Summer Jazz Workshop, and Artistic Director of The Carr Center in Detroit, MI. In 2019, Carrington was granted the prestigious Doris Duke Artist Award in recognition of her past and ongoing contributions to jazz music.
Terri Lyne Carrington started her professional career in Massachusetts at 10 years old when she became the youngest person to receive a union card in Boston. She was featured as a “kid wonder” in many publications and on local and national TV shows. After studying under a full scholarship at Berklee College of Music, Carrington worked as an in-demand musician in New York City and later moved to Los Angeles, where she gained recognition on late-night TV as the house drummer for both “The Arsenio Hall Show” and Quincy Jones’ “VIBE TV” show, hosted by Sinbad.
To date, Carrington has performed on more than 100 recordings and has been a role model and advocate for young women and men internationally through her teaching and touring careers. She has worked extensively with jazz giants and legends including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, Woody Shaw, Clark Terry, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, James Moody, Joe Sample, Esperanza Spalding, and many more.
ABOUT THE NEA JAZZ MASTERS
Since 1982, the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded 161 fellowships to great figures in jazz, including Ella Fitzgerald, Sonny Rollins, Dianne Reeves, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, and George Wein. The Arts Endowment’s website features resources and content about the NEA Jazz Masters, including archived concerts, video tributes, podcasts, and more than 350 NEA Jazz Moments audio clips. The National Endowment for the Arts has also supported the Smithsonian Jazz Oral History Program, an effort to document the lives and careers of nearly 100 NEA Jazz Masters.
Nominate an NEA Jazz Master: NEA Jazz Masters Fellows are nominated by the public, including the jazz community. Nominations are judged by an advisory panel of jazz experts, including administrators, performers, producers, and a knowledgeable layperson. The panel’s recommendations are reviewed by the National Council on the
Arts, which sends its recommendations to the chairman, who makes the final decision. The Arts Endowment encourages nominations of a broad range of individuals who have been significant to the field of jazz, through vocals, instrumental performance, creative leadership, and education. NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships are up to $25,000 and can be received once in a lifetime. Visit the Arts Endowment’s website for detailed information and to submit nominations. The next deadline is October 30, 2020.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support give Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more.
Women with A Message – UMe’s Urban Legends Focus on Women’s Empowerment / LISTEN
Los Angeles – With the goal of fostering a community and the creativity it curates, UMe’s Urban Legends division will launch “Women With A Message,” a campaign highlighting grassroots activism, leadership innovation and self-determination from women who have redefined industry, sports and political activism.
The campaign will feature conversations amongst influential women who are crafting and delivering the global message of equality in real time. Rooted in the importance of representation and inspiration, the campaign’s music and editorial (video and written) content is designed to motivate both women and men to help spread the message of equality and respect. Available, HERE.
“Through their stories and voices, we hope to inspire more women to empower themselves and to participate in the upcoming elections. Inspiring more women to exercise their right to vote is about emphasizing the fact that we are all empowered to make choices about this country, in part through engagement in the process of choosing our leaders,” comments Katina Bynum, EVP, East Coast Labels, Urban, UMe.
“From board rooms to conference rooms to classrooms and beyond, heroic women have used their voices both to question and encourage others, and Motown is proud to present pioneers who paved the way in all aspects of culture,” adds President of Motown Records & EVP Capitol Music Group, Ethiopia Habtemariam.
Urban Legends and its editorial partner uDiscoverMusic invited community leaders, athletes and music executives to discuss how music and songs inspire, motivate and play a role in their lives.
Artist features include: Erykah Badu; Kelis; Janet Jackson; Mary J. Blige; Queen Latifah; Salt-N-Pepa; Zhane; and Mariah Carey, whose new memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, is available now. Additional features showcase past trailblazers, including Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Marlena Shaw.
Music industry professionals tell their stories from adversity to accomplishments and how they are enacting change: Ethiopia Habtemariam, President of Motown Records and EVP Capitol Music Group; LaTrice Burnette, EVP and GM, Island Records; Sujata Murthy, SVP Media & Artist Relations, UMe; Anastasia Wright, VP Rhythm Nation.
Urban Legends will introduce athletes’ stories as a way of amplifying the pursuit of equality. And of course, a look at the many ways that music motivates is sure to be part of the discussion with professional athletes, including Tamera “Ty” Young, star forward with WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces; Essence Carson, guard/forward for WNBA’s Connecticut Suns and Senior Manager of Label Relations and Production for Motown, Caroline and Priority; Taylor Townsend, tennis professional; and Lia Neal, champion swimmer and two-time Olympic medalist.
Activists will round out the “Women With A Message” campaign wtih Ciara Taylor, a founding member of the Dream Defenders community organizers, and a conversation with Alicia Garza, Creator of Black Futures Lab / Co-founder Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Katina Bynum, EVP, East Coast Labels, Urban, UMe.
About Urban Legends
Urban Legends is the UMG label imprint and cross-platform initiative devoted to the curation and celebration of over three decades of urban catalog music and culture. Urban Legends celebrates the revolutionary and defining recordings primarily of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. At its core, Urban Legends serves as both an editorial content site and e-commerce platform, delivering daily news, editorial features and franchises, and video updates on hip-hop and R&B artists within the UMG ecosystem. Urban Legends is a division of UMe.
Producer Christina Cooper Joins Mann Robinson’s ‘Super Turnt’ flick Starring Jamal Woolard & Torrie Hart
*Atlanta – Set to go into production in Atlanta, GA is “Super Turnt,” the sequel to the 2020 film Turnt, written, produced, and directed by Mann Robinson. Christina Cooper has now joined the project as a producer alongside creator and mastermind Mann Robinson.
Returning from the first film are Jamal Woolard as Rilla, Torrei Hart as Rita, Dennis L.A. White as Detective Kruthers, Che Mack as Zina Holloway, Lunden De’Leon as Rilla’s mother, Calico Jonez as Marcus, and Mann Robinson as Courtney Thomas,
New additions to the sequel are Ashley Rios replacing Khalidah Medlock as Rilla’s Wife Ladonna, Harry Lennix, Brad ‘Scarface’ Jordan, E. Roger Mitchell, Duane Finley, Adrian Lockett, Tracey Love, Patrice Fisher, Melanie Halfkenny, Troy Robert, Anthony Strong, and Mercedes Sanders.
Rilla, a highly feared street-lord and rapper has just been released from prison and finds that his immediate world has changed, but the streets’ dangers remain the same. After realizing that his common-law wife, Ladonna, is not in love with him anymore, his only mission is to be a father to his son Kevin. In his absence, his son and Ladonna have been on hard times. Rita Robinson wants him to sign to her label with a slot on the TV show, turnt. Rilla knows that this will put him back on top and in the position to take care of his family. Zina Holloway re-appears with a similar plan of her own to regain custody of her son from Rilla’s ex-girlfriend, Ladonna, by any means necessary. The fight over their son becomes deadly and overpowered by violent music. Once again, placing Rilla on the wrong side of the law, he must rely on his past mistakes and natural street smarts to outwit his enemies.
Among Mann Robinson’s production credits include 2019 His Hers & the Truth, 2020 Justice On Trial, 2020 Troubled Waters (on BET); followed by his 2020 documentary Homelessness Is Not A Crime. His upcoming projects include Soul For Reals’ After The Rain, A Love To Die For, Sebastian, Fugazi, and Twelve Days Til Christmas.
Turnt is currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
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