Creative Projects To Fund: Inspiring Actor’s road to Acting School “16 Minutes of Fame” Short Doc!

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Alphonso  Walker Jr. had the acting bug since a child but wasn’t convinced of his passion until his sophomore year in college when a good friend of his revived a drama club and Alphonso got a leading part as Troy Maxson  in the famous play “FENCES” by August Wilson! Alphonso’s journey to becoming an actor has not been one without rejection and struggles. Alphonso was denied to every acting school he applied to last year 2014 but this year he told us he received an email from TTSC about auditions  followed by an email from a college advisor saying he should attend TTSC’s audition.

I felt it was more than a coincidence. So with 3 days notice, I booked a flight and scheduled an audition.

Alphonso was getting the opportunity  of a lifetime to audition for the Tom Todoroff Studio & Conservatory and at first joked about how it would be funny to record his journey to the audition and his reactions after the auditions. Before Alphonso left Buffalo he picked up a handy cam and brought the cam along as a witness to his soon to be testimony and this is where the “16 minutes of Fame” doc was born!

16 Minutes of Fame relates to people having their “15 Minutes of Fame” and disappearing, but I intend to be around much longer after the smoke clears.”

Alphonso has  a webseries entitled THE QUARTER LIFE CRISIS on Youtube: Click here and will appearing in his first feature-length film entitled “The Glass Floor” debuting Summer 2015. Alphonso is inspired by actors such as Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Angelina Jolie ,Jamie Foxx, Tarahji P. Henson and Will Smith! The only way Alphonso can get to the  level of working with the actors listed above is for him to attend acting school and yes he has been accepted to Tom Todoroff Studio & Conservatory in NYC for a two-year program but it is not free and  unfortunately  financial aid is unavailable ! Alphonso’s would like our help to assist with making his dream come true by donating to his acting school tuition. Support a young man who isn’t afraid to lead his life by passion and purpose!

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New Book “LARGE FEARS” offers diversity and vibrancy in the children’s book world!

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Large Fears, is a story about Jeremiah Nebula, a queer black boy who loves pink things and desperately wants to travel to Mars. Author Myles E Johnson & Illustrator Kendrick Daye have chosen to go the independent route with book publishing for Large Fears and raised over three thousand dollars via Kickstarter instead of waiting for a publishing house to do so. Also,along with the book “LARGE FEARS,” Myles and Kendrick carefully created a workshop for children that speaks on conquering large fears, accepting differences in others, and chasing your large dreams with hopes of every child to be able to experience this workshop.

Large Fears is a game changing book, a book to bring about conversation and a necessary piece of literature !The future of our society  depend on  the children of today and Large Fears will give these children more understanding which in turn will grow into the  adults of tomorrow who will lead a more loving peaceful world.I had the opportunity to speak with the Author Myles E.Johnson more in-depth about the story,journey and future plans of Large Fears Below!

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SV:Where did the title derive from and what does it mean to both of you?

MEJ:The title came from a musical project that Kendrick was working on.  I loved it because it sounded childish and simple, but still paramount and universal.  It sounded like something that could strike a chord with the public because everyone has large fears and big dreams. For me, “LARGE FEARS” is a reminder. It is a reminder to not be a slave to what frightens you, but use it as an anchor to explore yourself with and to ultimately tap into your greatest expression of yourself.

SV:How long was the process from initial conception to final copy of the book?

MEJ:wrote the book, and two others starring Jeremiah Nebula, about a year and a half ago. But Kendrick and myself took time to really design and build a world that represents who we are as artists, the community that we hold closely, and something that people could really connect and interact with. We didn’t want to rush Jeremiah Nebula or the LARGE FEARS world, we wanted it to be perfect. And honestly, Kendrick and myself are constantly editing things as far as the design and literature goes. I don’t think there will be a ‘final’ version until we print out the book and send out the first copy to a customer.

SV:Do you fear any resistance from parents or the public in general ?

MEJ:, I don’t fear resistance. Resistance actually affirms that the work this book, character, and idea are doing is necessary and is striking a chord with culture. I think if I presented this project and everyone thought it was wonderful and agreed on its politics, I would second guess the book and idea, and how necessary it was. I wanted to create something that was radical and bold.

SV:What age do you both feel its appropriate for parents to start discussing gender or sexuality issues with a child?

MEJ:think there’s always an appropriate way to discuss gender and sexuality with a child of any age. As the child matures, so can the language, but the discussion of love and individuality should be an ongoing discourse between parents and the child that starts young. It can be as simple as “sometimes men love women, and women love women, and men love men, and some people love both, and it is all okay.” Discussing gender and dismissing stereotypes can be done at a young age too. “Anyone can love pink and anyone can love blue, and some people feel more comfy in dresses and some people feel more comfy in suits, and it is all okay as long as you are comfortable.” You’d be surprised what a child can understand if you give the child a chance to truly love and learn.

SV:How has Large Fears affected each of your lives?

MEJ:LARGE FEARS” is kind of this megaphone that I was able to use to call upon everyone in the black queer diaspora. It has been a vehicle for me to experience the capacity of love and support that lives in my community, which is something I didn’t expect. Like Jeremiah, I have always suffered from the fear of being disliked or misunderstood, so for me and my creation to be embraced as it has is humbling and motivates me to think and create bigger and bolder worlds, concepts, and characters along with collaborating with more minds that align with my creative ethos.

SV:Do you see a possible movie or cartoon series installments in the future for this book

MEJ: I would absolutely adore that. I would love to live in a world where children look up to a child that is adventurous and brave and doesn’t fit societal-imposed binaries. I have so many ideas for television shows and films concerning Jeremiah Nebula, his friends, and the adventures he can go on and that would be an absolute dream come true to breathe even more life into this world that me and Kendrick have made.

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Trailer Tuesdays: Urban Teen Drama “MysEducation”

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I stumbled upon a riveting new pilot tv series currently in development called Myseducation! In life there are many lessons we learn in school but the most valuable lessons we learn are often on you step off the school grounds and into the arena of life.Education is key but does not always have to come from once source or platform.Common sense and awareness of your environment are major necessities for teen to survive especially in an urban setting. MysEducation  is a coming of age story that explores the plight of african american teen girls through the lens of  two main characters, Tomi and Kayla, raised in the inner city phenomenon.The urban american experience in the educational system is often neglected or not understood and because of the lack of resolutions many issues of these students are carried over into adulthood! MysEducation can very well be a source and a  step to solving certain urban education issues by acknowledging and viewing these anecdotes visually. The show is written by Yakira Chambers, directed by Jarrett Conaway and executive produced by Jason Calabro and Yakira Chambers.

Synopsis:

Tomi (Courtney Howe)  attends Loyola College Preparatory High School. A very bright, articulate, over-achieving young lady who is often reprimanded for her ‘round the way’ appearance and behavior. while struggling to achieve in an alien environment. Tomi is the kind of gal who lives and breathes by a moral compass, until she’s backed into a corner. What will she sacrifice? Kayla (Ashalyn Garner) is a freshman at Harper Technical High School. An inherent need to protect, she always finds herself in the middle of something she had nothing to do with. Bright, a little rough around the edges, street savvy and book smart. Kayla struggles with her everyday surroundings and her academic pursuit. Finds solace in her only ally that understands her struggle and vision for her life. Her loyalty is uncompromised, and this will undoubtedly create challenges.

http://www.myseducationtv.com

Movie Review: Stripping Aint Easy In “Chocolate City”!!

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“Chocolate city its going to be sexy,sizzling fun and you are going to be very proud to see our brothers represent and it has a great storyline “says Vivica as she did an interview on the red carpet Tuesday Night in Times Square for the Chocolate City movie premiere.Chocolate City,follows the story of  Michael (Robert Ri’chard), a college student, is struggling to help his mother (Vivica A. Fox) make ends meet. When his part- time job doesn’t pay the bills, he begins to find success at the nightclub dancing as “Sexy Chocolate.” As the money starts rolling in, Michael must deal with the unexpected pressure of being the new favorite flavor while hiding his “job” from his religious mother and girlfriend carmen (Imani Hakim).

Chocolate City written & directed by Jean -Claude Lamarre also co-stars  the always sensual Michael Jai White club owner of Chocolate City and mentor figure. This film also has a HELL of a lot of comic relief  from Deray Davis who plays Michael’s not so sensible older brother. Legendary Choreographer and Soul food actor Darren Dewitt Henson adds his amazing dancing skills to chocolate city’s stage and admits he was intimidated by the role because choreography and exotic dancing are two different realms but excitedly took on the role anyway! A major plus of the film was having veteran exotic dancer BOLO casted in the film he definitely brought the authenticity  and had all the women in quite a trance!

Major themes of  Chocolate City include jealousy, religious moral conflict,family & financial hardships and consequences as Michael slips deep into addictive exotic dancing world.

 “I think that everyone in America can relate to lengths that we will go to take care of our family and I’m just playing an ordinary guy with an extraordinary  experience “-Robert Richard

The Quality of the film was surprisingly great for an independent film,costumes were right on trend  for the exotic male dancing industry  and music was fitting with a surprise appearance by Mr. Pony  himself r &b artist ,Ginuwine!

Chocolate City will have a limited theatrical release in the U.S. on Friday, May 22, 2015, followed by its arrival on home entertainment platforms, including Digital, On Demand and DVD. After the screening Vivica ,Robert, Darren and Bolo hinted that there might be a sequel in store but they can only make that happen with you all going out to support the film because there is defiantly power in numbers!

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(Bolo,Darren Dewitt-Henson,Vivica Fox, Robert Ri’chard)

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(Darren Dewitt-Henson,Vivica Fox, Angela Yee)

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(Robert Ri’chard and a few Chocolate City Boys )

3 stars ( Storyline/Content)

2.5 stars (Acting)

Running time: 1:31

MPAA Rating: R for sexual content throughout, partial nudity, language and brief violence.

http://www.chocolatecitymovie.com

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Theater Thursday:Brandy is making a debut trip to Broadway with new role in CHICAGO

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A Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and actress, Brandy Norwood, one of the multifold talents of our time has landed a debut poignant role on broadway with her role of Roxie Heart in CHICAGO. Brandy is no amateur when it comes to acting she started acting as a pre teen on the Thea show, starred in her own sitcom, “Moesha,” and recently received a 2014 NAACP Image Award for her role as Chardonnay on BET’s “The Game.”

Chicago will begin April 28th and run until June 21st at The Ambassador Theatre is located at 219 W. 49th Street NYC.

Visit official website for tickets & info

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Brandy also released via her website,BRANDY DAILY, that she will be hosting a special meet & greet with her amazing fans  on June 20th as she closes her run at Chicago!

Young Women in Technology: “On second thought” app created by Maci Peterson

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You ever send a text to someone and wish you wouldn’t have or even more detrimental  send a really personal message to the WRONG person ? We now have a app that will right all your  thousands of wrong messages you ever sen.A 28-year-old Woman , has created an app which lets you take back text messages before the other phone receives them.Maci Peterson is the brilliance behind On Second Thought, which is available to download through the Google Play Store and soon available for iPhone.

 

Maci told black enterprise “On Second Thought is very easy to use,” Peterson declared.”After downloading the app, you go to the app’s settings, set On Second Thought as your default SMS app and determine the length of your ‘grace period’ — up to 60 seconds.”The ‘grace period’ is the amount of time you have to swipe left and Ost (recall) a message after hitting send.

 

This app sounds like it was god sent! Maci  is an intelligent African American Woman, who studied at Spelman College and has goals  to help inspire more women of color to get involved with technology and science.

 

Twitter: @MaciPeterson

TV debut of Darius Clark Monroe ‘s “Evolution of a Criminal “airs Tonight on PBS!

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The wait has finally come to an end to view Evolution of a Criminal by  one of Spike Lee’s protegé  Darius Monroe. This Film took the 2014  film fest circuit by storm to say the least! For those who were living under an artistic rock In Evolution of a Criminal, filmmaker Monroe explores what led him to pull a heist as a teenager in Texas, and returns to the scene of the crime. By interviewing family members, close friends, and mentors, we learn about his transformation from a joyous childhood to the moment he realized the severity of his family’s financial problems, and how their struggles changed his outlook on his own life.

Coming back to his neighborhood many years later, Monroe creates an incredibly intimate and personal journey of reflection and forgiveness while beautifully examining lower class struggles, the desperation of a teen under pressure, and the emotional impact that rippled in the aftermath of that day.

This Unprecedented film will make its TV debut tonight through the Independent Lens Program platform  via PBS at 10pm. Gather all your youth together this is one film that just might help open the mind  to what consequences are to many youth and detour them from making the wrong decisions.

About Darius Clark Monroe, Producer/Director:

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Darius Clark Monroe is an award-winning filmmaker and MFA graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He’s a National Board of Review, HBO Short Film, and Urbanworld Best Screenplay award recipient. Most recently, Monroe was selected to the prestigious Screenwriters Colony, and chosen as a fellow at the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Intensive. His first feature film, the autobiographical documentary Evolution of a Criminal was a recipient of an Austin Film Society Grant, Spike Lee Production Fellowship, Warner Bros. Film Award, Cinereach Grant, King Finishing Award, Tribeca All Access Participant, and a selectee of the IFP Documentary Lab.

Monday Muse : Tia and Cory Hardrict are the “NEW” Hollywood IT couple

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If you havent noticed Tia and Cory Hardrict have been making all types of classy,sexy and picture perfect appearances at events and red carpets since later 2014. Tia Mowry -Hardrict Sister, Sister (1994), The Game (2006) and Instant Mom (2013) and a host of films she made with her twin sister, Tamera Housley, has grown to be a sophisticated woman with her amazing talented husband by her side.She has been married to Cory Hardrict since April 20, 2008. Cory Hardrict’s  fame and career has been a slow but very steady climb which i have enjoyed watching . Cory’s top five grossing film appearances to date are Fox 2000 Pictures’ romantic comedy “Never Been Kissed”, the New Line Cinema romantic comedy “He’s Just Not That Into You”, Columbia Pictures’ sci-fi film “Battle Los Angeles”, the Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate horror-comedy “Warm Bodies”, and the previously mentioned “Gran Torino”. Hardrict’s future looks bright in starring roles. Upcoming films to be released starring Cory  are “American Sniper” playing “D” opposite Bradley cooper (Jan 2015) and “Destined” (Late 2015)  later this year.  Check out some of the couples red carpet looks that have turned heads and is causing this new title of the go to hollywood couple !

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Rihanna ‘s Diamond Ball

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NYC Selma Movie  premiere

All pictures are via Tia Mowry-Hardrict Instagram page

Trailer Tuesdays: Little White Lie Doc will open your eyes and souls

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In a country where it is a literally known as a melting pot of all people, race is still a major part of everyday life  some secretly some openly, sometimes uncomfortable and often a highly emotional  subject to discuss . Little White Lie is a personal documentary about the legacy of family secrets, denial, and the power of telling the truth.  This film is a body of work that will resonate with every race because love has no color and this story started with love and resulted in love .

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Little White Lie tells Lacey Schwartz’s story of growing up in a typical upper-middle-class Jewish household in Woodstock, NY, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity — despite the open questions from those around her about how a white girl could have such dark skin. She believes her family’s explanation that her looks were inherited from her dark-skinned Sicilian grandfather. But when her parents abruptly split, her gut starts to tell her something different.
At age of 18, she finally confronts her mother and learns the truth: her biological father was not the man who raised her, but a black man named Rodney with whom her mother had had an affair. Afraid of losing her relationship with her parents, Lacey doesn’t openly acknowledge her newly discovered black identity with her white family. When her biological father dies shortly before Lacey’s 30th birthday, the family secret can stay hidden no longer. Following the funeral, Lacey begins a quest to reconcile the hidden pieces of her life and heal her relationship with the only father she ever knew.

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Viola Davis & Debra Martin Chase Produce Drama Based On Prosecutor Kym Worthy

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Viola Davis, who portrays tough-as-nails law professor/defense attorney Annalise Keating on ABC’s breakout hit How To Get Away With Murder, is set to produce another ABC drama project about a powerful female lawyer, this time on the other side of the courtroom isle.

Chase 1Wilborn 1Keith 1Davis and her producing partner Julius Tennon have teamed with producer Debra Martin Chase (Sparkle) for Conviction, a legal drama inspired by the life of Kym Worthy, the chief prosecutor of Wayne County, MI, known as the toughest woman in Detroit. The script is being written by Jason Wilborn (Damages), with Jeff Melvoin (Army Wives) on board as showrunner.

Davis and Tennon executive produce through their JuVee Productions, Martin Chase through her Martin Chase Prods. ABC Studios, where Martin Chase Prods. has an overall deal, is the studio. Also executive producing are Kim Swann and Leah Keith who brought Worthy’s…

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