*“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
Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/jodywatley
‘Welcome to Pine Lake’ Shines Light on Systemic Racism in ‘New South’ TODAY At Noon E/P on SHOxBET
Atlanta, GA – The feature documentary “Welcome to Pine Lake” will debut on SHOxBET, the new partnership between Showtime and BET, on Monday, October 26, at 12 p.m. ET/PT.
The fascinating story delves beneath the surface of a tranquil, inclusive community to reveal a foundation of historical systemic racism. Initially premiering on streaming service CBSN as part of CBSN Originals (the documentary unit of CBS News’ streaming service), “Welcome to Pine Lake” delivered the highest viewership of any CBSN Original program and is the first feature documentary that CBSN has streamed.
This intriguing narrative began as a study of a small, beautiful lake community where women hold all leadership positions and the bustling Black metropolis of Atlanta is only 12 miles away. Pine Lake’s mayor and city council are all female, while the police chief and sole municipal judge are also women and African American.
After following the mayor and documenting daily life in the town for 18 months, the filmmakers concluded there was an additional story even more significant than a unique female-led town; it seemed that institutional racism was so ingrained in the governing system of this seemingly idyllic community that the elected leaders were not even aware of it.
Juxtaposed against the unique, progressive female leadership, low crime, beautiful beach and dedication to nature and the environment, the Pine Lake courtroom showcased a layer of poverty, discrimination and entrenched racism. The film exposes that historically, much of the city’s funding depended on traffic tickets and other fines levied against predominantly Black residents in surrounding communities who regularly travel through the edge of the city. Does the elected leadership of the idyllic town recognize that their comfortable lifestyle comes at a cost to those living nearby?
The creators of “Welcome to Pine Lake” are Director Elisa Gambino and Cinematographer/Editor Neal Broffman of One Production Place. In the two years before Ahmaud Arbery of Brunswick, Georgia and George Floyd of Minneapolis were unjustly killed and racial inequities were propelled to the forefront, the husband-wife filmmaking team realized they had a deeper story.
“Pine Lake appeared to be so inclusive, but what I was told didn’t align with the systemic racism I was seeing,” says Gambino. “And I started wondering if the town’s progressive leadership sees itself as part of the race problem. I started to see Pine Lake as a microcosm for attitudes across the country.”
Wendy Eley Jackson, executive producer of “Welcome to Pine Lake,” says the filmmakers raise important questions. “Yes, there are wonderful things going on in this liberal little town, especially compared to the history it represents,” says Jackson, daughter-in-law of the late Atlanta Mayor Maynard H. Jackson and his former wife Bunnie Jackson Ransom. “But is it okay to use policies that continue to oppress poor Black people to fund your budget? The women who now lead the city did not make the laws and policies, but do they not have the responsibility to change those laws that penalize Black people unfairly?”
The New Orleans Film Festival will showcase “Welcome to Pine Lake” during its run November 6-22, 2020. The film will screen at 11 a.m. CT on November 14 and 11:59 p.m. CT on November 22.
“Welcome to Pine Lake” will be streamed on SHOxBET on Monday, October 26, and will be available on Showtime through local cable subscriptions, CBS All Access, Amazon Prime and other partner platforms. For more information, please visit WelcometoPineLake.com or OneProductionPlace.com and follow Director Elisa Gambino on Instagram @atlantaelisa and Twitter @ViaElisa.
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History Channel Announces ‘Great Escapes’ Series Hosted and Executive Produced by Morgan Freeman
*via press release
The HISTORY channel has announced 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.
“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.
‘The Prom’ Official Teaser Trailer Debut Feat. James Corden, Kerry Washington and More
Synopsis | In “The Prom” from Netflix, Dee Dee Allen (three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep) and Barry Glickman (Tony Award winner James Corden) are New York City stage stars with a crisis on their hands: their expensive new Broadway show is a major flop that has suddenly flatlined their careers.
Meanwhile, in small-town Indiana, high school student Emma Nolan (newcomer Jo Ellen Pellman) is experiencing a very different kind of heartbreak: despite the support of the high school principal (Keegan-Michael Key), the head of the PTA (Kerry Washington) has banned her from attending the prom with her girlfriend, Alyssa (Ariana DeBose).
When Dee Dee and Barry decide that Emma’s predicament is the perfect cause to help resurrect their public images, they hit the road with Angie (Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman) and Trent (Andrew Rannells), another pair of cynical actors looking for a professional lift. But when their self-absorbed celebrity activism unexpectedly backfires, the foursome find their own lives upended as they rally to give Emma a night where she can truly celebrate who she is.
Directed by Ryan Murphy and also starring Tracey Ullman, Kevin Chamberlin, Mary Kay Place, Nico Greetham Logan Riley, Nathaniel J. Potvin and Sofia Deler, The Prom is the spectacular, big-hearted film adaptation of Chad Beguelin, Bob Martin and Matthew Sklar’s award-winning, Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Screenplay by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin; the film is produced by Ryan Murphy, Alexis Martin Woodall, Adam Anders, Dori Berinstein and Bill Damaschke.
Release Date | In Select Theaters December and on Netflix December 11, 2020
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