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BHERC Brings Back Popular Independent African American Film Festival Now Streaming on BHERC TV

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Fresh from the success of the online debut of the 27th annual “Sistas Are Doin’ It for Themselves” film festival in May, BHERC is bringing back the popular and longstanding Indie film festival on its new streaming service BHERC TV.

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*(Hollywood, CA) Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) announced the revival of Doin’ It the Independent Waya recurring monthly independent showcase featuring short films by African American Filmmakers. The festival made its return in virtual format, streaming on BHERC TV thru Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 6:00PM PST. A question and answer session with the filmmakers will take place online at 6:00PM PST on June 20, 2020.

The “Doin’ It the Independent Way” film festival launch follows the successful online streaming debut of the 27th annual “Sistas Are Doin’ If For Themselves” film fest that was held in May.  A record 1600 plus viewers logged over a two-day period from across the globe to view the 2020 selections that ranged from historical dramas, to documentary to issues of choice and the consequences and horror of infidelity.  The event culminated with an insightful Q and A with the filmmakers.

Created over Thirty-three years ago by BHERC founder, Sandra Evers-Manly, the showcase was designed to highlight and promote to the film industry, the incredible talent in the African American community that exists both behind the scenes and in front of the camera.  It began as a weekly showcase at Sony Pictures and during that time, also rotated to Disney, Paramount Pictures, and Universal Pictures, along with several independent production companies.

“We are pleased to announce the return of ‘Doin’ It The Independent Way’ in this monthly showcase format that streams films for a week; followed by a Q&A with filmmakers.” Stated Sandra Evers-Manly, President of BHERC and Founder of BHERC TV. “We look forward to your support as we promote and showcase filmmakers from across the globe. Kicking off this year’s showcase in the month June, we will feature films about fathers in celebration of Father’s Day!”

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BHERC TV is a leading worldwide provider of narrative and documentary short and feature films about the African American experience, as well as content from across the diaspora and diverse populations. Offering an affordable streaming entertainment service with paid memberships in over seven countries, BHERC – TV members enjoy a wide variety of genres and languages and may watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Film lovers can play, pause and resume watching without commercials. BHERC – TV has positioned itself and stands ready as the launchpad for a new generation of African American filmmakers who want to share their stories on a larger platform.

Admission is $10.00 for the festival.  Log on to www.BHERC.tv to register for the festival and the ZOOM Q and A. For more information contact John Forbes at [email protected] or [email protected] Phone: (323) 957-4777

About this year’s films:
A Letter to My Son – Maurice Hicks, Director-Writer; Dave Norris, Producer – A tired and worn, would-be father pens a hypothetical detailing of his perspectives and fears to his unborn son. Rated G 10m07s

Barbasol – Ralph K. Scott, Director; Kiara C. Jones, Writer-Producer; Sandra Evers-Manly, Executive Producer – A man that desires a bond with his elderly father. He realizes that he is running out of time due to his father slipping further into dementia. He comes to realize he needs to turn his attention toward his own son. Rated PG – 21m39s

Concerned Child – Drew Tank Garrett, Director; Andrew Garrett, Drew Tank Garrett, Writer – As a father, must prepare his son for the cruelty of this world as a young black male.  Rated G 2m15s

Found Dead – Emeka Mbadiwe, Director-Writer – A young woman’s compromise in hopes of making some extra money will lead her to a destination she could never have expected. Rated PG 15m34s

Harlem Blues – Nicole L. Thompson, Director-Writer; Gabriel Bradley, Producer – Filled with survivor’s guilt, a young musician is haunted by the memories of losing his father. He turns to prescription drugs and alcohol to self-medicate, but soon realizes playing music is the only thing that can save him. Rated PG 6m30s

Oops! – Andre’ Campbell, Director – This Comedy Award-winning film is about a woman, after reading a book about dead spouses, becomes drawn to inquisitiveness one night towards her husband. She hits him with questions after questions. Out of frustration, he ends up giving her an answer that she did not expect. Funny thing, he may not be able to recover from that answer. Oops! Rated G 3m48s

Raising Kings – Lynne Conner, Director; Francisco Cali, Writer; Producers; Lynne Conner, Tony Rumford, Executive Producer – Released from prison Mark King learns everything has changed. His father has been hospitalized, his estranged son is a police officer with two sons, his bad choices led to ultimately tearing the family apart. Mark seeks to mend his past so he can heal his future. Unrated 17m26s

Retribution – Benmio McCrea, Director-Writer-Producer – A poignant and timely tale of a father’s legacy, a brother’s love, and the price we all pay for the choices we make in life. It is the powerful story of two Brothers who desperately need each other and who also must come to terms with their own destiny.  Rated PG-13 21m13s

Stanford and Son – Moe Irvin, Director-Writer; Roy Vongtama, Charlotte Marie, Producers – An eccentric senior citizen wants to be a rapper but is met with opposition from his aristocratic son.  Rated PG 24m49s

Squirrel ManJeffrey Lynn Shepherd, Director-Writer; Jeffrey Lynn Shepherd, Jan Johnson Goldberger, Stephen Kamifuji, Sonji Shepherd, Producers – A squirrel bite leads an elderly jazz musician to believe he is a superhero. These powers inspire him to fight crime in his neighborhood, which unexpectedly leads to the mending of his broken relationship with his son. This contemporary dramedy is a slice of life between fathers, sons, and forgiveness. It speaks to the often-unspoken fact that every man wants to be a hero to someone.  Unrated 20m05s

About BHERC
Founded in 1996 by Sandra Evers-Manly, BHERC is a nonprofit, public benefit organization designed to advocate, educate, research, develop, and preserve the history, images, and future of African Americans in film and television. BHERC programs include film festivals, mentoring, book signings, script readings, film and animation contests, scholarships, and other programs and special events. BHERC also recognizes the contributions of African American men and women in front of and behind the scenes in the entertainment industry. www.bherc.org

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Singer Jody Watley Expands Her Brand Into Home & Lifestyle and Wellness

“The Iconic and Always Fabulous Trendsetter Welcomes ‘Sanctuary’ Candle and Interior Room Fragrance Spray To Her Growing Brand Family.”

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*“Sanctuary – an environment of love, safe place to fall… let’s fill these walls with happy times, fill these rooms with peace of mind-sanctuary is my home.”  – Jody Watley

Jody Watley knows fragrance. Yes, the beloved singer is best known as a Grammy award winning pioneer in music, video, fashion and style – but she is also a successful entrepreneur and oversees Jody Watley signature brand line.

The iconic and always fabulous trendsetter welcomes the much-anticipated ‘Sanctuary’ luxury soy candle and fragrance room spray with its comforting notes of green tea, lemon and vanilla limited-edition, available now at https://jodywatleyshop.com

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With so many people spending more time at home, Jody Watley decided there was no better time to send out the message of self-care and wellness that her brand is rooted in. “Healing vibes are so necessary especially in these times,” says Jody Watley.

“As an artist and songwriter, atmosphere has always been a place where great ideas sparked for me. A deliciously scented candle has always added to my creativity. In order to be productive, we must recharge to create great things; our homes should be that place which is why I am so excited about the ‘Sanctuary’ candle and fragrance spray line,” added Watley.

Her brand extension emphasizes wellness and self-care with a touch of affordable luxury offering the experience quality products at its best from the ever- evolving singer and songwriter.

For all links to Jody Watley Website, Blog, Social Media & More: https://direct.me/jodywatley

 

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Nominations Announced for 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards – Da Baby & Roddy Ricch Top the Pack

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BET has announces the nominees for the 15th annual “Hip Hop Awards,” honoring the past year in hip hop music across 17 categories.

Rising superstar, and winner of the 2019 Hip Hop Awards “Best New Hip Hop Artist,” DaBaby, leads this year’s nominations with an impressive 12 nods. Following his win for “Best Male Hip Hop Artist” at the BET Awards, DaBaby’s 12 nods includes ‘Best Live Performer,’ ‘Lyricist of the Year,’ ‘Hip Hop Artist of the Year,’ ‘Impact Track’ – Rockstar (BLM Remix) and two nominations in the ‘Song of the Year,’ ‘Best Hip Hop Video,’ and ‘Best Collab’ categories. Additionally DaBaby makes history, with two entries in the ‘Hip Hop Album of the Year’ category with “Blame It On Baby,” and “Kirk” both receiving nominations.

Roddy Ricch, another 2019 ‘Best New Hip Hop Artist” nominee, takes second place with an impressive 11 nods. Megan the Stallion, who opened the 2019 show, tied with global superstar Drake for third most nominations securing 8 nods each.

Other notable nominations include Future, who received 6 nominations. Lil Baby who received 4 nods. Beyoncé, DJ Khaled, Travis Scott, and Mustard each received three nominations.

Additionally, ‘Best New Hip Hop Artist’ Award nominees include Flo Milli, Jack Harlow, Mulatto, NLE Choppa, Pop Smoke, and Rod Wave.

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The BET Hip Hop Awards is set to premiere on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 9:00PM ET/PT.

See below for the complete list of nominees:

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO

DABABY – BOP
DABABY FEAT. RODDY RICCH – ROCKSTAR
DRAKE – TOOSIE SLIDE
FUTURE FEAT. DRAKE – LIFE IS GOOD
LIL BABY – THE BIGGER PICTURE
RODDY RICCH – THE BOX

BEST COLLABORATION

DABABY FEAT. RODDY RICCH – ROCKSTAR
FUTURE FEAT. DRAKE – LIFE IS GOOD
JACK HARLOW FEAT. TORY LANEZ, DABABY & LIL WAYNE – WHATS POPPIN (REMIX)
MEGAN THEE STALLION FEAT. BEYONCÉ – SAVAGE (REMIX)
MEGAN THEE STALLION FEAT. NICKI MINAJ & TY DOLLA $IGN – HOT GIRL SUMMER
MUSTARD FEAT. RODDY RICCH – BALLIN’

BEST DUO OR GROUP

CHRIS BROWN AND YOUNG THUG
CITY GIRLS
EARTHGANG
JACKBOYS
MIGOS
RUN THE JEWELS

BEST LIVE PERFORMER

BIG SEAN
DABABY
DRAKE
MEGAN THEE STALLION
RODDY RICCH
TRAVIS SCOTT

LYRICIST OF THE YEAR

BIG SEAN
DABABY
DRAKE
J. COLE
MEGAN THEE STALLION
RAPSODY

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

CACTUS JACK & WHITE TRASH TYLER
COLE BENNETT
COLIN TILLEY
DAVE MEYERS
DIRECTOR X
TEYANA “SPIKE TEE” TAYLOR

DJ OF THE YEAR

CHASE B
D-NICE
DJ DRAMA
DJ ENVY
DJ KHALED
MUSTARD

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

9TH WONDER
DJ KHALED
HIT-BOY
JETSONMADE
MIKE WILL MADE-IT
MUSTARD

HIP HOP ARTIST OF THE YEAR

DABABY
DRAKE
FUTURE
LIL BABY
MEGAN THEE STALLION
RODDY RICCH

SONG OF THE YEAR

BOP – Produced By JetsonMade & Starboy (DABABY)
LIFE IS GOOD – Produced by Ambezza, D. Hill & OZ (FUTURE FEAT. DRAKE)
ROCKSTAR – Produced by SethInTheKitchen (DABABY FEAT. RODDY RICCH)
SAVAGE (REMIX) – Produced by J. White Did It (MEGAN THEE STALLION FEAT. BEYONCÉ)
THE BOX – Produced by 30 Roc & DatBoiSqueeze (RODDY RICCH)
TOOSIE SLIDE – Produced by OZ (DRAKE)

HIP HOP ALBUM OF THE YEAR

DABABY – BLAME IT ON BABY
DABABY – KIRK
FUTURE – HIGH OFF LIFE
LIL BABY – MY TURN
MEGAN THEE STALLION – SUGA
RODDY RICCH – PLEASE EXCUSE ME FOR BEING ANTISOCIAL

BEST NEW HIP HOP ARTIST

FLO MILLI
JACK HARLOW
MULATTO
NLE CHOPPA
POP SMOKE
ROD WAVE

HUSTLER OF THE YEAR

CARDI B
DJ KHALED
JAY-Z
MEGAN THEE STALLION
RICK ROSS
TRAVIS SCOTT

BEST HIP HOP PLATFORM

COMPLEX
HIPHOPDX
HOTNEWHIPHOP
THE BREAKFAST CLUB
THE JOE BUDDEN PODCAST
THE SHADE ROOM
XXL

SWEET 16: BEST FEATURED VERSE

BEYONCÉ – SAVAGE (REMIX) (MEGAN THEE STALLION FEAT. BEYONCÉ)
BIA – BEST ON EARTH (RUSS FEAT. BIA)
CARDI B – WRITING ON THE WALL (FRENCH MONTANA FEAT. POST MALONE, CARDI B & RVSSIAN)
FUTURE – ROSES (REMIX) (SAINT JHN FEAT. FUTURE)
RODDY RICCH – ROCKSTAR (DABABY FEAT. RODDY RICCH)
TRAVIS SCOTT – HOT (REMIX) (YOUNG THUG FEAT. GUNNA & TRAVIS SCOTT)

IMPACT TRACK

ANDERSON .PAAK & JAY ROCK\ – LOCKDOWN
DABABY FEAT. RODDY RICCH – ROCKSTAR (BLM REMIX)
J. COLE – SNOW ON THA BLUFF
LIL BABY – THE BIGGER PICTURE
RAPSODY FEAT. PJ MORTON – AFENI
WALE FEAT. KELLY PRICE – SUE ME

BEST INTERNATIONAL FLOW

MERYL (FRANCE)
KAARIS (FRANCE)
NASTY C (SOUTH AFRICA)
KHALIGRAPH JONES (KENYA)
STORMZY (UK)
MS BANKS (UK)
DJONGA (BRAZIL)

 

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The Kingdom of Yahweh Turns 10: King Yahweh Celebrates with Miami Birthday Bash

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*(Miami, Florida) — The Kingdom of Yahweh, a faith-based organization that serves people of all nationalities, celebrated its tenth anniversary in grand style with a party for the ages over the weekend of September 18-20, 2020. The invitation-only event, held in a palatial, white, exclusive, lakefront mansion in Miami, Florida also doubled as the 50th birthday bash for King Yahweh, its leader.

“I would like to thank you all for the birthday wishes, gifts, and love,” said the imperial majestic king. “My weekend was super amazing and I appreciate you all for making it possible,” he told the party-goers which included Shay Johnson, star of the popular TV show, “Love & Hip Hop: Miami.”

Johnson arrived at the party in style, in a splendid Rolls Royce with a personal driver at the helm, courtesy of King Yahweh. He loves to roll out the red carpet for his guests and it was no different for the reality TV show beauty. In a Facebook post, she raved about the excellent and superior service she received from the king, saying it was the best royal treatment she has ever had. He presented her with a gold necklace bearing the Kingdom of Yahweh’s emblem on it.

Ms. Johnson felt very special in the mansion as she posed for pictures and chatted with a multitude of people. She felt like the most special person on earth by the King’s staff and guests while the music played softly in the background as people laughed and dined on exquisite foods.

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It is written, “In my father’s house, there are many mansions.” If heaven was on earth, the scenes from this incredible mansion have to be quintessential to the ones mentioned in God’s word. The 4-story home is indeed fit for a king. Replete with a gorgeous black Baby Grand piano, a classical pianist tickled the ivory as people gleefully celebrated the double honor, and each other, for making it through life as we deal with several pandemics at once, including race.

Attendees relished in the way people can live and love in this life—and not have to wait to die and go to heaven to experience. With two beautiful white Rolls Royce cars, a black Mercedes G-wagon, and an assortment of other high profile cars present, it left some in attendance in awe that this was happening at a social for an organization that takes pride in bringing joy into the lives of the less fortunate.

In 2015, King Yahweh was enstooled as a chief (king) in Ghana. He reigns over several territories in the nation. He is the first person in Ghana’s history to be enstooled in two different villages. He is responsible for actress LisaRaye becoming enstooled as a queen mother in Ghana. The elegant ceremony was held in a red carpet affair in Los Angeles on September 22, 2019. It coincided with the King’s and LisaRaye’s birthdays. It was such a big deal, the Wendy Williams Show covered it twice in the same week on her national TV show.

The Kingdom of Yahweh believes in identifying with people where they are today, and not judging them by the issues of life, but offering to be a light in their lives moving forward. “We want to help nurture people’s souls, no matter what walk of life they come from,” asserted the King. “Regardless of race, creed, culture, or religious beliefs, we serve as freedom’s global bridge to peace and prosperity for all nations to connect, network, and collaborate in fostering a better tomorrow for all people.”

Because of that mindset, the Miami mansion party welcomed guests from various walks of life. It gave a glimpse into what heaven is like: luxurious, fun-loving, and filled with people of different ethnicities and religious backgrounds loving on one another. With bases in Beverly Hills, Atlanta, and Miami, the Kingdom of Yahweh is constantly putting forth efforts to show love to people while they live, and not wait until a tragedy strikes.

To learn more, visit TheKingdomOfYahweh.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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