*Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs, artist manager of a multi-award winning actor/filmmaker, to speak on the entertainment industry panel at the 21st annual Los Angeles “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference to be held on Saturday, November 7, 2020 from 1-3pmPT via Zoom Video Conferencing. Dr. Hobbs has successfully managed the career of her prodigy son, Anthony Michael Hobbs, from the age of four garnering him a role in projects for such heavy-weights as PBS and Dreamworks to the age of 15 as a multi-award winning filmmaker and founder of a very popular international film festival.
A prodigy child herself as a model/actress from a very young age to her early 20s, Dr. Moseley-Hobbs credits included runway work for Paul Mitchell Products, fashion show producer Glynn Jackson, and the Bay Lady Cruise’s Extravaganza. She acquired small roles for Pepsi-Cola (commercial), Macy Grey and Common (music video) and Ruff Endz (music video). She was crowned Miss Fitness at the Miss Teen USA pageant and did print work for John Casablanca Productions and Money Magazine (Urban Youth Edition, 1996).
Those experiences enabled her to manage the career of her son very successfully acquiring him acting and modeling assignments, some of which are still being use today, that include Comcast Xfinity, Sprout Network, United Way and Claritin Kids Allergy. He has done voice-over work for VTech Toys and TBWA World Wide – the largest advertising holding company in the world. He went on to appear in a national classroom tutorial by KinderRhyme that was shown in 2600 schools. His acting roles include a co-starring role in a Dreamworks project and a PBS mini-series which received an Emmy Award that took them both to the 65th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. His print work include national campaigns for Finish Line Athletics, Villa Sportswear, Charles River Apparels and USDA’s Healthy Kids campaign. As she did, she made sure her son Anthony gave back to the community volunteering his time at national events such as the “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference to help inspire young artists and local events such the Joel Gamble’s Career Scholars Program. She went on to help him write, produce, direct and star in his own short films through his own company Imagination Lunchbox, LLC. He wrote, produced, directed and starred in One Nation and Naga Pixie, which garnered over 10 awards each nation wide. His company also co-produced a short called Agent Hollywood for his coach. By the age of 11 he decided to create his own community event to screen and award young filmmakers like himself, to fill a need he saw while screening his own films across the country. Working on its 4th year in 2021 the “Imagination Lunchbox International Children’s Film Fest’ has screened films made by youth from all over the world, which include the U.S., Hungary, Australia, India, Taiwan, Japan, and the United Kingdom. Last year his company partnered with the Eubie Blake Center for him to host an annul filmmaking workshop for youth. The first short film made by the workshop was screened at his 2020 ILICFF event.
On Saturday November 7th between 1-3pmPT you will get a chance to talk to Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs during the “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference’s “Industry Panel QandA Session.” The conference also offers a “Professional Talent Showcase,” just before the “National Talent Competition” ends the conference where a singer, songwriter, dancer or actor will be awarded the “ULMII Best Artist Award” and over $15,000 valued in prizes.
To perform in the talent competition log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com and register (mention this news release and get all registration fees waived). To gain access to the Zoom Video Conferencing Saturday November 7th email [email protected].
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Alfonso Ribiero Explains Why He Missed ‘Fresh Prince’ Reunion with Janet Hubert
*Alfonso Ribeiro has opened up about why he wasn’t on set with original Aunt Viv, Janet Hubert, during the recent “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” reunion.
The HBO Max special aired on Thursday, Nov 19 in celebration of the beloved comedy’s 30-year anniversary.
We previously reported… Hubert and Will Smith reunited for the first time in 27 years for the reunion taping.
“After 27 years, being here today and having the conversation that Will and I had together, it’s healing,” Hubert said during her conversation with Smith, Today.com reports.
Hubert originally played Aunt Viv for three seasons before she was replaced by Maxwell Reid. The actress previously criticized both the series and Smith, blaming him for her allegedly being blacklisted in Hollywood. Reports of a feud between the two stars have since circulated over the 27 years since.
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“We never really together publicly talk about Janet, and what happened, and for me it felt like I couldn’t celebrate 30 years of ‘Fresh Prince’ without finding a way to celebrate Janet,” Smith tells co-stars Reid, Karyn Parsons (Hilary), Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton), Tatyana Ali (Ashley), DJ Jazzy Jeff (Jazz) and Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey) in the reunion taping.
Ribeiro, who played Carlton on the show, didn’t stick around for the emotional moment between Smith and Hubert. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, het claims he couldn’t be on set that day due to filming commitments with “America’s Funniest Home Videos”.
“Unfortunately I had to go shoot that day. All of the social media content and the photographs were taken without me,” he said. “I literally did my own photo shoot on the couch so they could put me in the group photo. The actual special was filmed in one day, but all the other stuff was done on the other days.”
Meanwhile, Hubert also addressed speculation about why Ribeiro didn’t show up, telling fans to “let it go.”
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Gabrielle Union Teams with Jemele Hill to Produce Comedy ‘New Money’ at Showtime
*Gabrielle Union is executive producing a comedy series for Showtime called “New Money,” TheWrap reports.
The project is in collaboration with Unions I’ll Have Another production company, Lodge Freeway Media’s Jemele Hill and Kelley Carter, who will also executive produce the potential series. “New Money” centers on “Black women who have solidified their careers, achieved financial independence and moved past the awkwardness and money struggles of their twenties,” per the synopsis, via TheWrap.
Now in their 30s, the women “must deal with the repercussions their ‘new money’ brings – including hangers-on, false friends, unwanted media attention, and greedy relatives – while also navigating the treacherous world of dating.”
Patrik-Ian Polk (“P-Valley,” “Being Mary Jane”) will write the script, alongside Union, Hill, Carter and Holly Shakoor Fleischer will co-executive produce.
In related news, on the Nov. 23 episode of Daily Pop, Union dished about the holiday traditions she and husband Dwyane Wade look forward to every year.
“The only thing that has been consistent about how me and my husband have celebrated is our lack of consistency,” Union joked. “Because both of our lives are so transient.”
She added, “My husband was never in one place. He always played on Christmas. A lot of times he played on Thanksgiving,” explained the L.A.’s Finest actress. “So celebrating in different cities—it might be in a hotel room in Philly having a turkey sandwich— as long as we’ve been together, that’s only our real tradition.”
Union and Wade are parents to a baby girl named Kaavia James, and Gabby is also a stepmother to Wade’s other children Zaire, 18, Zaya, 13, Xavier, 6 and his nephew Dahveon, 19.
“We’re gonna keep some of the things we’ve always done, like a candied ham,” she shared. “Since I was a kid, there has been a candied ham. Even when there wasn’t a turkey, there was a ham.”
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