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The Pulse of Entertainment: Keyboardist Chris Davies Says ‘Focus’ on ‘It’s All Love’ Single

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Grammy nominated keyboardist Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis.

*“Most of them I have produced their albums, except Bluey and Dave,” said multi-Grammy nominated keyboardist Chris “Big Dog” Davis about the featured artists on his new album “Focus” (Shanachie Entertainment) which include Maysa (vocals), Kim Waters (sax), Gerald Albright (sax), Rick Braun (trumpet), Bluey (guitar), Dave Koz (sax), Marty Quadrato (sax), and Nick Colionne (guitar). “It almost like a wish-list of ‘who would you…’.”

The eleven-track “Focus” (Shanachie) album is currently promoting its single “It’s All Love” featuring Dave Koz.

“During the process of this album I was battling cancer – stage 4,” Chris confided. “It’s my second bout this year, that’s why it’s called ‘focus.’”

Aside from the single, some other tracks on “Focus” include “One Day at a Time,” “You are Loved,” “Silver Street” featuring saxophonist Marty Quadrato, “Natural High” and “Just When You Thought You Had Enough” featuring guitarist Nick Colionne.”

Big Dog, a veteran (Marine), said he started working on the project one day when he finished chemo and his sister sat him down by his keyboard and told him to basically get to work.

“The music saved me,” he said. “It’s very powerful when God gives us gifts; we got to use every one of them.”

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Chris Davis was a prodigy child playing the piano by the age of four. His mother was choir director at their church, which he played piano for seven days a week. He was later recruited by the gifted-program at Yale University where he studied classical composition, and this was before he was 16. At the age of 16 he played on two record singles produced by his church, Refuge Church of Christ. He went on to college attending the Hartt School of Music. It was Brian McKnight that help launch his career to celebrity status when in 1995 he performed with Brian as a musician on “The Arsenio Hall Show.” He went on to perform with McKnight on “The Tonight Show” and “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.” Through the years Chris has worked with those featured on “Focus”, as well as Kim Burrell, Phil Perry and Avant. He has produced for McKnight, George Clinton, Will Downing, Syleena Johnson, Norman Brown and Chante’ Moore. He is fluent in Jazz, R&B, Funk, Gospel and Pop music. He has also produced 17 #1 singles on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts. www.Shanachie.com

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, MS, MBA, MPhil 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. EVENTS: “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference (ULMII), founded by Eunice in 1999, is into its 21st year. Next events are coming to Los Angeles Saturday, November 7, 2020 via Zoom Video Conferencing and to Baltimore Saturday April 17, 2021 at Security Square Mall. The ULMII event is a free conference offering an Entertainment Business Panel Q&A Session, a Talent Showcase and Talent Competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) where aspiring artists have a chance to receive over $15,000 valued in prizes/product/services.  Log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com for more information or to RSVP for Zoom Access email [email protected]

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History Channel Announces ‘Great Escapes’ Series Hosted and Executive Produced by Morgan Freeman

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The HISTORY channel has annoucned the new nonfiction series “Great Escapes with Morgan Freeman” (working title) hosted and executive produced by the Academy Award-winning actor as part of A+E Networks MIPCOM upfront presentation.

Produced by Freeman and producer Lori McCreary’s production company, Revelations Entertainment, the six one-hour episode series will reveal in detail history’s greatest convict escapes from some of the most notorious prisons in the world.

The announcement was made during A+E Networks’ presentation at the Mipcom upfront today.

“I’ve been inside the minds of prisoners in my acting career, and I’m looking forward to stepping inside the most notorious prisons in the world, like Alcatraz, Sing Sing, Riker’s Island and Leavenworth. Audiences will feel like they’re making the escapes themselves as I walk them into a virtual world and through the greatest escapes in history,” said Freeman.

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“The HISTORY channel is honored to partner with Morgan and his production team, Revelations Entertainment, to deliver context and backstory to some of history’s infamous prison escapes,” said Eli Lehrer, Executive Vice President and General Manager for the HISTORY channel. “Morgan’s gravitas will help ground this series and drive the drama in a way no other face or voice can.”

Famous jailbreaks are the stuff of legend as their true stories are often untold. Now, with dramatic recreations, dynamic storytelling and cutting-edge visual effects escapes from prisons like Alcatraz and Sing Sing will come to life in graphic detail.

Hosted by Freeman, each episode will unearth every step of an inmate’s meticulous plan, the escape route and the intense manhunt that immediately followed.

Lori McCreary, James Younger and Kelly Mendelsohn will executive produce the series for Revelations Entertainment. Mary E. Donahue and Max Micallef are executive producers for the HISTORY channel.

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Must See: Mike Tyson Stuns Lil Boosie: Asks Rapper If it’s Possible He’s ‘A Homosexual’ / WATCH

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*Poor Lil Boosie. Like they say on the streets, he ain’t see it comin’. No he didn’t. Dude had no clue that Mike Tyson, of all people, was gonna blow his mind.

All Tyson did was brilliantly ask the Louisiana rapper something that social media has been asking him for years,  but of course it was never to his face and it came via a physical force that’s also intimidating.

Anyway, Lil Boosie, as you know (if you follow him) has VERY STRONG opinions on gay and transgender people. Remember the incident not too long ago where damn near demanded that  Dwyane Wade not cut off his son-now daughter’s penis.

With no hesitation, Tyson incisively and quietly  asked Boosie is it possible he is a “homosexual” and that is why he lashes out.

Boosie stuttered a bit before answering.

Below is the full interview followed by some of the Twitter reactions.

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Naturally, folks couldn’t wait to chime in

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Larry Buford: Judgment or Test? America’s Job Experience

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*[This is a chapter from my book, “Things Are Gettin’ Outta Hand, first published in 2007. Although many other tragic events have happened in the 13 years since then, including the current global pandemic, I think it is still relevant as history continues to repeat itself]

Breaking news: Bridge Collapses, Victims Killed; Miner’s Trapped, Victims Killed; Record Flooding, Victims Killed; Senseless Shooting, Victims Killed; Raging Fires, Victims Killed; and the list goes on!!

While it seems like all hell is breaking loose, one may ask, is America being judged or tested?

The biblical character Job received (heart) “breaking news” [Job chapter 1]: “And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them: and the Sabeans fell upon them and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword…While he was speaking, there also came another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them…”

In the end, Job had received back-to-back reports from four different messengers that he had suffered great losses including his children. Job even lost his health, but eventually regained everything even more in abundance. It was a test to see if Job would deny God.

Prior to the 911 tragedy, we seldom heard of God or Jesus in mainstream media. Since then it has become acceptable, and more and more prevalent with each new turn of tragic events. Is God testing America to see if we truly are a Christian nation? Or is this judgment on a nation that has turned its back towards God?

If it’s a test, we as a nation should hold steadfast our convictions as did Job. If judgment, God says in II Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

There is yet hope for America!

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Larry Buford is a Los Angeles-based contributing writer. Author of “Things Are Gettin’ Outta Hand” and “Book To The Future” (Amazon); two insightful books that speak to our moral conscience in times like these. Email: [email protected]

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