Yes, this R&B Diva is back and better than ever! There’s something distinctively rich about Syleena Johnson’s voice. You can tell, this thing she does with these notes are truly God’s gift. I had a chance to chat with the soul crooner last month for her private listening party, held in LA and was blown away by the passionate conviction of
CHAPTER 6: Couples Therapy.
Stemming from communication battles in her own marriage, Syleena took to the pen and pad to express the hardships and rewards of being in a committed relationship.
“My husband and I recently realized we have some communication issues…so we took to therapy last year around September, and then just recently they asked us to do Marriage Bootcamp on WeTV, so we just filmed that which was amazing for our marriage.” via AllHipHop.com.
On the album, you’ll find a track called ‘Silence’, which is a relationship record. It’s a plea from a woman ‘s perspective, asking how to salvage it? With lyrics beginning the track…“There’s so much noise in this silence…” Mirroring the pain in the relationship.
in, “Perfectly Worthless”,Syleena takes on a character who contemplates murder and suicide. Here the couple had been together since college. She got pregnant and gave birth to a still born . The couple’s relationship struggled because of the devastation. They decide to go see a therapist and the unthinkable happens…The husband ends up cheating with the therapist and has a baby with her…You can see the story unfold in the video above. “It was real Kettle One, straight vodka. I really wanted to be in this character.”, says Syleena.
Don’t get me wrong now, Chapter 6: Couples Therapy has some sexy, sultry bangas too. How else do you think you’re going to keep that bond growing strong 🙂
“…I like little nasty songs…it comes from growing up with Prince.”The diva mentions during the right before the playback…OKAAAY!
With song like “My Love”and “Boom”, this is just in time for booed up season!!!
+“No Beginners”, featuring Willie Taylor from Day 26, was originally written for the King of Soul R. Kelly. And, trust when I say, the track isn’t missing him at all. NO SHADE, but Syleena had to respectfully decline, using the Sarah Palin “Thanks but no thanks”, when referring to The Astronauts deal. Stating, “Every single I had was his (Robert Kelly’s).“Possibly even overshadowed by his celebrity. But, Syleena expressed that she will always love them, (R. Kelly/Wayne Williams).“However, we’re all growing and not necessarily in the same direction, nor needed for our projects to do well. “
I can’t scream it anymore…YOU HAVE TO GET THIS ALBUM NOW!!! Soul music lovers have been begging for a record like this, and now we have it! I admire Syleena’s tenacity and determination to do it on her own terms! For those of you, who didn’t know…CHAPTER 6:Couples Therapy isn’t just her 11th release, it’s her 1st Soundtrack to the MOVIE…Titled “Couples Therapy”!!! Yes indeed she’s a BOSS!!!
Who knew the Summer of 2014 would be filled with Football and Philanthropy? Well, apparently most NFL fans knew, because these pro-athletes have been giving back to their communities for years.
You would think during the off season, they would frolic to warm weather vacation destinations, b-lining away from news crews and media, however that is not the case and I have proof 🙂
MARCUS TRUFANT | SEATTLE SEAHAWKS | TRUFANT FAMILY FOUNDATION
Trufant Family Foundation’s Mission:
To help make dreams come true for disadvantaged youth and their families and to build a personal connection and involvement with individuals and community programs that provide service to people who are most in need.
We focus our energies in three major areas to help improve the quality of life for children which include: College Scholarships, Youth Camp, Experience Programs and Fitness Programs for Children and Adults.
We support specific community programs, such as; the Boys and Girls Clubs, Hearts for Kids, Sickle Cell Camp, Communities In School, The Salvation Armyand more.
EARL THOMAS, III | SEATTLE SEAHAWKS | GUARDIAN ANGEL FOUNDATION
Earl Thomas, III picks out the next bicycle to be given away to a child during his foundation’s bike giveaway over the Summer. Sixty bicycles were given to children by the Earl Thomas III Guardian Angel Foundationat Sixth Street Community Church in Orange, TX.
Growing up, Earl Thomas was lucky enough to have a strong, supportive family around him, but his life was not without hardship. His beginnings were humble and fraught with adversity, culminating with the loss of the family home in Orange, Texas, during Hurricane Ritain 2005. Earl knows what it is to go without, which is why it remains so crucially important to him to give back to others.
In addition to various NFL-oriented community service activities like Play 60, Earl carries out a series of yearly efforts to help those who are less fortunate get back on their feet. His work annually includes a Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway, Winter Coat Drive, and a Free Summer Football Campfor children in the town where he grew up.
MICHAEL JOHNSON | TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS | MJ93 FOUNDATION
Tampa Bay Buccaneer Defensive End #90 MichaelJohnson recently welcomed over 250 campers and a couple dozen of coaches to his 5th Annual MichaelJohnson Youth Football & Cheer Camp and family-friendly Fun Fest with the NFL in his hometown of Selma, Alabama!
Fun Fest attendees enjoyed interactive games, music, food, and entertainment including a wing eating contest sponsored by Kentucky Fried Chicken, Celebrity and NFL Athlete Autographs and Photos as well as Special Meet and Greets with MTV star Coleysia Chestnut, 3D The Boss, Dr. Rondrick Williamsonand mini make overs by We TV“LA Hair”star China Upshaw.
On the following day, football campers were taught basic football fundamentals while the cheer and dance campers learned basic cheer, dance and twirl routines and at half time all guests were treated to a live performance by pop trio 3D the Boss!
On Tuesday, June 15, 2014, Johnson raised funds for MJ93 at the second annual Beauty and the Beast Swag Loungepre-ESPY day party in L.A. presented by Trea Day Management and Publicity in conjunction with BMB Entertainment. The event was sponsored by Myx Fusions, LPL financial, Euphoric Treasures, Hula Girl, God Can and Marani Vodka. A-list guests, athletes and celebrities contributed to the fundraising by donating hundreds of dollars toward the cause. Tampa Bay Buccaneersdefensive end Michael Johnson has always had a heart for children and aspired to make a difference in children’s lives. When he was a youngster, Johnson often times gave to children less fortunate than he. A burning passion for helping those in need coupled with the desire to help children succeed were the driving forces that lead Johnson to create MJ93 as an NFL rookie, an organization that supports and encourages the education, mentorship, health and fitness of children.
The event was a major success and will allow MJ93 to continue to host their annual football and cheer camp, allow students to attend the MJ93 computer certificate program and to continue the Let’s Move Initiativelaunched by first lady Michelle Obama in an attempt to combat childhood obesity.
MATT LEINART | BUFFALO BILLS | THE MATT LEINART FOUNDATION
We are committed to granting resources & opportunities to support disadvantage youth through learning centers, sports activities & granting wishes: to build character development, & help each child maximize academic & personal achievement.
The Matt Leinart Foundation is committed to granting resources and opportunities to support disadvantage youth through learning centers, sports activities and granting wishes: to build character development, and help each child maximize academic and personal achievement.
Because Children are our Future…..
The Matt Leinart Foundation is a California 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization designed to provide opportunities to children who would normally not receive them. The children may come from financially and/or socially disadvantaged areas, or may have permanent physical and /or mental disabilities. Among other charities, the Foundation supports the Banner’s Children’s Hospital in Phoenix; Los Angeles’ Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times; and Phoenix, Arizona based charity, Vested Interest.
This has been an incredible summer to say the least. I’ve had the opportunity to meet w/ these pro-ballers and it’s clear that their commitment surpasses the game. They have my utmost respect.
Understand you don’t have to be a celebrity to give back to your community, youth or your favorite charity. Check out their foundations below and make your contribution today!!!
In today’s music, you can’t tell Hip Hop from EDM and Pop Soul these days. Not taking away from these electronic pulse seekers, but some of us crave the deep 808, head-banging, lyrical mind bending journeys, emcees have been known to take their listeners on for decades.
This NEW MUSIC TUESDAY, I am happy to introduce you to SRE Media Group’s new clients:
Born in Las Vegas,SK 1-9 fell in love w/ the city lights, 24 hour hustle, and both the celebrity and high roller lifestyle. Later on in his childhood he moved to a small town in Louisiana called Newellton, where he was brought up listening to Melodic Blues Rhythms and the Dixie Sounds of New Orleans.
As a teen, SK 1-9 moved back toLas Vegas, and then California, and that’s where he found his passion for music. Listening to the heavy street anthems of NWA, Eazy E, and Tupac. SK 1-9 found that rap music was a way to speak out against social ills, and that it kept true to the pulse of the Black Community and their intense relationship with the police.
SK 1-9 used rap music to express himself. He was immediately signed to a production company, while struggling in the belly of the streets. The deal eventually fell through, and SK 1-9 found himself hustling on the streets to survive. Then he moved to Hawaii with his brother, who was in the military. In Hawaii, SK 1-9 worked harder on his music. Performing before large crowds on the island.
After spending a few years in Hawaii, SK 1-9 decided to take his talents to hip hop’s mecca New York City. Where he now resides.
In 2010, he released the “War Baby” mixtape and distributed it in the markets he lived in. It did extremely well with sales for an independent project of it’s kind. In 2012, SK1-9 dropped the street album “Blood On My Sleeves” and it’s still charting well on Reverbnation.com. And, now in 2014, SK 1-9 released the highly anticipated “KARDINAL RULE” available now oniTunes.
SK 1-9’s music is relative to his cultural experiences. Having the opportunity to live in different regions, that hold distinctive music genres, these experiences give him a broad stroke on rap music, by blending sounds from these markets, mixed with lyrical concept and meaning.
Just like the SK rifle, he spits lyrics with a rapid fire. Inspired by artists like Tupac, DMX,and Lil Boosie, SK 1-9’s aim is to bring back the rebel minded spirit in rap/hip hop music. Something that will Educate and Energize the Youth and Music Lovers Abroad!
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It doesn’t matter if you’re a small business, an independent artist, a large firm or a major superstar, we give ALL of our clients our utmost respect and attention. We are NOT the agency that will tell you many yeses and just what you want to hear. We pride ourselves with integrity and lend our constructive criticism when needed.
So, when you walk out that door, you are camera ready!
TYRONE RELEASES NEW SINGLE “PARADISE” FT. RICH TYCOON and LOU STYLES
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TYRONE releases the new single and premieres the video for “Paradise” featuring Rich Tycoon
(Chris Rene’ / San Quinn) and Lou Stylez. The single is now available on Itunes, Amazon, Rhapsody and music retailers globally.
“Paradise”…An Electro-Soul beat, that embraces a Melodic Piano Riff, is only toppings on the track. Truly, the Bassline drives the record while the Drums keep the song moving from verse through chorus. Mario Armstead’s keys, lifts the melody out of monotony, while atmospheric sounds set a tantalizing mood.
Tyrone and Rich Tycoon trade verses about a woman who finds her; “Paradise”, in materials, not in love and commitment. RnB Crooner, Lou Stylez , tells his side of the story on the hook: “I’m trying to please her heart, but she demanded more than I can give…”, he sings, as his heartbreaking, skeptic tone adds feeling on the topic.
The video’s cinematography sets the stage for the sound bed. The red hue and bar backdrop is the perfect blend of soulful “coolness” providing a creative landscape for the unique song. Directed by Tyrone himself, the video is a step in a refreshing direction artistically for the cinematographer; showing his versatility, attention to detail and creativity.
Rich Tycoon (Filthy Rich) of Black Bizness Records made his debut in 1992 on E-Dawg’s; (Sir Mix-A-Lot / Rhyme Cartel Records) “Droptop”. Since then he has been featured on music w/ pop star Chris Rene’ of Simon Cowell’s X Factor, San Quinn, Yukmouth of the infamous, Luniz and many others.
Some people get confused between Rap and Hip Hop. However, to the true music lover, PAPOOSE is the clear difference. I believe Raponly has one main element of Hip Hop and that’s RHYME. NOT Deejay, NOT Emcee, NOT Bboy or Bgirl, NO Loyalty nor Kinship, NOTHING Artistic or Visual, because Big Booties and Fast Cars don’t count as Art that Graffitiholds. Plain and simple, NO real elements of REAL LIFE.
At a RAP Show, I can see them sweatin off mollies and groupies strippin, cause they’ve been told it’ll get them backstage, and land them in the lap of money. At a Hip Hop Show, like TheNACIREMA DREAM | PAPOOSE Official Album Release Party, I attended (3/27/13 at SOB’s in New York City), I saw REAL LIFE, unorchestrated moments, like when an audience member felt so comfortable to get on stage and disclose her battle with Cancer, after hearing, PAPOOSE perform his new song “Cure”, featuring Erykah Badu. Along side, radio and media trendsetters like DJ Kay Slay, DJ Enuff , Akeem Shabazz and DJ Juanyto were live and in effect as they gave their support to the Brooklyn living legend himself. And, of course, his manager and close friend Du Love, was head noddin while tweaking any and all details, making sure the party popped off as planned.
It’s been 10 years strong in the making. Watching this incredible emcee pounding the blacktop, mixtape after mixtape, keeping his name and more important, his HBM(Honor Before Money), movement alive and relevant in the blurred community of Hip Hop and Rap. Respected by the grimiest character, THE NACIREMA DREAM dropped to thousands of extremely anxious fans, even more like hungry congregation, because the album went to chuuuurch!
Well, the anticipation is over!!! Tracks like “What’s My Name” featuring his wife Remy Ma, “Alphabetical Slaughter Part II / Z to A” and, “On Top Of My Game” featuring Mavado, will definitely set the tone of the future of Hip Hop.
Yo, I swear the tats give him away! I mean I’ve been hearing all the hype (via EverythingYNTK) and I wanted to know, what the BIG deal was…Well, ladies you chime in and tell us how you feel about this celebrity bathroom pic 😉 Is it a big deal…hahaha!???
Wonder who he was sending it too? Cause, they definitely sold him out…Well, then again, he says it’s not him…So, maybe he’s doing a remix w/ Shaggy for “It Wasn’t Me”…???
Either way, I’m happy to see you still hangin in there Joe ❤
The lovely and loud NeNe Leakes graces the cover of Ebony Magazine for their “Money & Power” issue. I personally think it was a smart move of their part. She’s honest about her hustle and fully focused on racking up the mula for her family. What’s wrong w/ that? I continue to ask, as I learn the Black Community backlashes both the publication and NeNe. I am a beautiful Black Woman myself and I just don’t get it!
Money (She’s got it), Power (She’s got it)…Seems like she fits the criteria to me…It’s unfortunate that we as a people continue to backbite and discourage those moving forward and accomplishing their dreams. NeNe if you’re reading this, you continue to inspire me and I can’t wait to see what you do next!
Because of Women like you, I will never let anyone silence my voice, nor slow down my stride!
Below is the in-depth article Ms. Leakes gave The Daily Beast! And, believe me…IT GOES INNNNNNNN!
When ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ star appeared on the cover of the latest ‘Ebony’ in a tub full of diamonds, the reaction was fast and furious. Leakes talks about it with Karu F. Daniels and gives as good as she got.
The backlash hasn’t let up since Ebony’s esteemed Power & Respect issue hit national newsstands last week. In the comments section of the popular gossip website Young, Black & Fabulous—where the first image of the cover surfaced—a trove of harsh criticism has appeared. “Ebony magazine has lost any credibility that it once had,” one commenter opined, while another simply asked, “Ebony couldn’t get ANYONE else on the cover???” One comment even called the 45-year-old new grandmother a “Donkey With Diamonds.”
That’s just a sampling of reactions online. On her nationally syndicated talk show, Wendy Williams—who also appears in the issue—spoke out against the criticism of Ebony and Leakes, referring to it as “crabs in a barrel.”
Leakes herself bluntly defended the magazine’s decision to put her on the cover when she appeared at the recent star-studded gala unveiling Ebony’s Dec/Jan 2013 issue at New York’s Lincoln Center.
“I absolutely deserve to be on the cover,” she tells The Daily Beast. “This cover is about money, power, and respect. And it’s about a come-up story and I’m the one that had that story this year … Not only did I come out as a reality star that was very boisterous and vivacious and outspoken and all those things. I flipped that into money and respect. And a lot of people can’t do that.
“But listen to me, definitely all of the negative feedback definitely came from my own; African Americans were the ones that were the most negative,” she continues, adding, “And it’s so funny to me because I would call [the editor] over at Ebony and she would say ‘Girl please, glass houses. That’s all it is. They don’t want to see you on the cover, they don’t really understand the reason why you’re on the cover, they don’t know your story.’”
And a story it is—Linnethia Monique Johnson was born in Queens, N.Y., and at age 4 was sent to live with an aunt in Athens, Ga. Growing up she experienced harsh life lessons as a single mother, a stripper, and a victim of domestic violence. After many ill-fated attempts to become an actress (small parts on some black sit-coms, a deleted scene in The Fighting Temptations), Leakes put aside her acting dreams and concentrated on being the wife of Atlanta businessman Greg Leakes. It was the role, ironically, that made her a household name—and a paparazzi target, and a popular guest on daytime talk shows and comic fodder for late-night television (Late Night with Jimmy Fallonfamously spoofed her on its “Real Housewives of Late Night” skits). The Real Housewives of Atlanta, the show that made her famous, continues to be a ratings juggernaut for the Bravo network, even in its fifth season.
“Those who take issue with reality television’s role in pop culture have questioned whether Ebony made the right decision by glorifying one of its most popular characters,” said Amy Dubois Barnett, the magazine’s editor in chief.
“As the magazine of record for the black community, it is Ebony’s role to both reflect the aesthetics and interests of our readership, and to inspire them toward higher aspirations for themselves and for all African Americans. The November issue featured the Obamas on the cover, and was a perfect example of the latter. The December/January issue featuring NeNe Leakes on the cover is an excellent example of the former.”
Other notables featured on Ebony’s “Power 100” lists include TV personality Gayle King, radio-show host Tom Joyner, filmmaker Tyler Perry, celebrity blogger Natasha Eubanks, basketball star LeBron James, model Joan Smalls, TV producer Shonda Rhimes, Attorney General Eric Holder, author Toni Morrison, and BET honcho Debra Lee.
‘There are a lot of girls on these reality shows who are on there for the purpose of fame. That was never my story. I’m on there for money, because I wanted to be able take care of my family.’
The controversy hasn’t deterred Leakes in any way, however. According to her, it’s par for the course. “It’s true and I know you’ve heard it a million times, [African Americans] just don’t support one another,” she says. “But it’s OK for you to go pick up a magazine cover with Kim Kardashian. She’s my girl. We are cool. We talk. We do drinks and all of that. But her story ain’t no different than mine. You know what I mean? I might’ve worked at the strip club, but she made a sex tape.”
Never one to mince her words, Leakes is as bawdy as they get on reality television. But like a Kardashian, she’s laser-focused on branding beyond the genre. “There are a lot of girls on these reality shows who are outspoken, they are on there for the purpose of fame,” she says. “That was never my story. I’m on there for money, because I wanted to be able take care of my family.”
Supplementing her reported $1-million salary from Bravo, Leakes recently inked a deal with global-brand licensing agency Beanstalk to offer “fashion-forward, affordable apparel and accessories.” Last year, she invested in Famous Famiglia, an eatery on the new concourse of the Sacramento International Airport. That initial venture inspired her to expand on the concept. “My goal is to hopefully have restaurants and bars in the airports throughout. You know I travel a lot and I became obsessed with the airport because I’m in there every week and I always think about how to make travelers’ lives easier and what restaurants would be quick for them to grab something, or should I put a boutique inside the airport.”
“Oh listen, you don’t have to go out to look for consumers when you put a business in the airport,” she beams about the advantages. “You cut down on burglary and all of that stuff and the consumers are already there.”
Also fueling Leakes’s runaway train to success are her burgeoning acting pursuits. Not only is she “acting up” on The Real Housewives of Atlanta—she says her fights are really her own and she never blames misbehavior on editing (like others of the genre do)—she has acting roles on two hit primetime series—NBC’s daring new comedy The New Normal, and Fox’s wildly popular musicalGlee. Not bad for someone who not long ago was losing out in auditions to the likes of Holly Robinson-Peete, LisaRaye McCoy, Shanice Wilson, and Golden Brooks.
“It’s so funny to me how things like that work,” she reflects. “I know it sounds so cliché, but dreams really do come true.”
Now, NeNe Leakes is one in a million—literally. As the only reality star to cross over into mainstream television, the former Celebrity Apprentice contestant clearly sees what the landscape is churning out: copycats and clones. “WhenHousewives of Atlanta first came out, there were no Basketball Wives, there was no Hip Hop Wives, no Hollywood Exes, none of that stuff. When Real Housewives of Atlanta came out, we were the first African-American ensemble like that on reality television. And right after that, there’s every housewife you can think of: basketball, football, baseball, ex-wives, any and everything. Trust and believe, I’ve looked at their shows and I say, ‘there goes their NeNe’ or ‘they’re trying to find their NeNe.’ I swear I feel like that every time.”
“I have to be honest—I really do love trash television but out of all these reality shows, I always say the difference between those shows and the Real Housewives franchise is, the one thing about our franchise is, you have to have a story line. They want you to be out trying to open up a business, or putting out a product. They want that. On those shows they go from gossiping to gossip.”
Now that she’s found success on prime time, Leakes has designs on the day time. Last week, she co-hosted Anderson Live with Rosie O’Donnell. At the end of the show, the two humorously announced that they were going to host their own talk show together. But was Leakes kidding? She’s said before that she wants to co-host a panel show like The View, with Khloe Kardashian, Kelly Osbourne, and a male co-host.
“Reality TV is not going to be around always,” Leakes says. “Hell, I ain’t going to be on there always. So I try to think about my future … I need to do everything that I can possibly do because I’m not interested in always being a reality star. I mean, who wants to do that all the time? It will wear you out, child.”
On Sunday, September 2nd, 2012, it was a great site to see. 400+ children, running around Edmonds Family Fun Center, getting their haircut and styled, riding rides until near exhaustion, full service nail salon for the little girls, Spiderman & Batman face painting for the little boys and food for every child.
I had an opportunity to volunteer last year as well, and although the venue changed from Tukwila to Edmonds, the turnout was fabulous! Seattle Seahawks Russell Okung’s Up Foundation provided transportation via Starline Luxury Coaches for needy families, with pick up from Garfield High School in Seattle’s Central District. Plus, to show how dedicated the foundation is to their annual commitment, they flew out their Public Relations Rep, Tialer Maxwell, for 24 hours, to ensure that EVERY detail would be handled personally by someone who was invested in their mission.
This wasn’t just your regular backpack giveaway. Included in the backpacks, were not only Paper, Pens/Pencils, and Erasers, but Toiletries as well, which are desperately needed for young men & women coming of age, returning back to school.
DJ Sketch & Host Marlon Turner kept everyone on their feet, dancing and participating in contests, w/ Bike Giveaways for the kids w/ the hottest skills and smooth grooves for the parents 😉 While Girl E Time TV, grabbed interviews from unexpected families and staff to get their take on the event.
A sincere thank you goes out to Gerri Creative Salon & Spa, Ms. Pepper, and Kimora Lee Hair!!! Without more than a moments notice, you lovely ladies rose to the occasion!!! Big ups to ALL the Volunteers, Barbers & Stylists who donated their Labor day Sunday to give back to their community. I wish I knew all your names, but please know that you were apart of something sooooooooo spectacular and amazing! These children are going back to school w/ pride and confidence, all because of YOU & THE UP FOUNDATION!!!
Thank you Russell for staying true to your GIVE BACK task!!!
We appreciate you greatly!!! Now, bring us home the SuperBowl title!!!
For more information on The Up Foundation, check out their website at http://upfoundation.webs.com !!!
Jah Bless Our Journey!!!
@SHeReAdYeVenTs / @FUTURETRIPPIN
So, it was the end of a Hollywood week. Although, I was born in Inglewood, this SEA to LAX kicked my ass trying to keep up w/ BET AWARDS celebrity parties EVERYWHERE!!! I mean, I promise I was trying to still toast it up @ Rolling Stones for the official awards afterparty w/ Fabolous and DJ Clue, but ya girl had to throw in the towel and head to the hotel. In hindsight, I must say, I am so happy that I did, because that’s how I ran into Mr. Brantley. Sooooooo, smooth, just laid back lending an ear to child actor Orlando Brown, flowing a hot 16.
You know me, I had to chime in to see what was going on and they all graciously invited me into their circle and told me about their upcoming projects, including the movie HOPELESSLY IN JUNE. See, Vincent failed to mention that he was not only the director, but he starred in it too 😉
It was a sweet surprise, because once I got back home to the SEA, I rented it via Amazon and it’s now one of my favorite movies. Especially, living in Seattle where the dating scene seems hopeless among the 28+, Urban Professionals, so it was a refreshing point of view.
Here’s a quick summary of HOPELESSLY IN JUNE:
Dating in Los Angeles has been cruel to Daleon Myers, a financial analyst from a staunch Baptist family. But hope emerges when he falls in love with June Flowers, a successful businesswoman whose family is an extremely liberal Hollywood couple. It will take a lot to help them overcome their cultural differences and find the love they both have so long desired.
So, when you have an opportunity to slow down from your grueling work week, take a moment out for yourself and/or make it a great date night and pick up HOPELESSLY IN JUNE!!! You will be glad that you did!!!
VINCENT BRANTLEY BIO:
It was a summer night in Los Angeles. Two teenagers followed a
brown classic Mercedes Benz into the parking lot of an all night
chicken spot on Crenshaw Blvd. The teen in the driver’s seat was
producer/songwriter Vincent Brantley the son of a south central
record store owner. Vincent sat watching as top music executive Jheryl Busby of MCA records exited his car. Quickly grabbing his
boom box, Vincent approached the music mogul and began to
perform for him right there in the parking lot. The song was “Cool it
Now” and it was soon to become the number one song in the
country performed by R&B group NEW EDITION.
Many years later, after multiple platinum successes, and many accolades in the music industry, Vincent realized he needed another avenue to create. He moved his North Hollywood studio into his house and signed up at a local Jr. College for some refresher classes. Unsure of his path, his thinking was sparked by a theatre professor who was astounded by Vincent’s performance in a two man play. She suggested he get an agent right away. But it would be three years of working nonstop with some of Hollywood’s most notable acting coaches before he would start to make his moves. Feeling empowered by his training, Vincent knew that starting at the back of Hollywood’s proverbial line was not in his character. So he began developing his own material, adding screenwriting and directing to his studies. But it wasn’t until his mentoring relationship with Emmy Award Winning director Michael King, and well known actor/director Mario Van Peebles that his potential began to crystallize. The full exhibition of his talent can be best seen in the recently completed feature film “Hopelessly In June” written and directed by, and starring, Vincent. Some of the notables appearing alongside Vincent are Keith David, Ed Asner, Peter Jason, Tiny Lister Jr., and Ella Joyce.
HOPELESSLY IN JUNE is now available on DVD!!! OWN IT TODAY!!!
Born in Texas. Raised in LA, Kazy D joined the United States Navy and was introduced to the town by being stationed in Washington. He started Badd Dawg Records in 1995, and was one of Washington State’s 1st Nationally Distributed Rap Artists. Acclaimed Producer Funk Daddy & Seattle’s Underground Majors, DMS dropped the same year. A lot of Seattelites do not know, that Kazy D was an Original Master P/NO LIMIT Affiliate w/ 50,000 units sold!
An accomplished emcee with over 80 cd features, Kazy D left Washington after seeing that the entertainment options were extremely limited. “My CD’s sold on the street hand to hand, w/ no radio play.”, he says. “I find that radio play in Texas and the South region, comes much easier. Shows are more plentiful and they pay more. Seattle has talent but few outlets.”, Kazy explains.
He continues on to say, “I prefer production by Seattle area producers, hands down! However, most Seattle rap acts tend to adhere to an underground sound. This is a mistake, in my opinion. Northwest radio seems to follow the trends instead of setting them, an epic fail. Hip hop’s foundation is regional music presented to an expanded audience known in the biz as a breakthrough hit or crossover. Without a platform for local music the Northwest will continue to be nonexistent. I left Seattle in order to continue to do what I love & get paid for it. As a bi-coastal HIP HOP artist I’ve managed to stay current somehow lol.”
Kazy D aka Blockstarr, released underground classic,
“A LETTER FROM THE GRAVE” in 1995, which sold 12,000 units and was heavily bootlegged. In 1998 he released a double cd entitled, “NATIONWIDE DOUBLE UP” in conjuction w/ Skyline Records w/ 8,000 original units sold. The album featured, 187 Klick. Kazy D returned in 2004 w/ “CHAMPAGNE WISHES KAVIAR DREAMS” featuring, CBO, SPICE 1, C LOC, JT BIGGA FIGGA, BABY BASH & 187 Klick and 15,000 original units were sold.
After a brief hiatus Kazy D returned in 2010 w/ “STREET TAXES”
(The Million Dollar Mixtape) this album featured, Chalie Boy, Kinfolk Kia Shyne, Baby Bash & more! After the breakthrough success of radio, mixtapes and mixshow singles: HAVIN VISIONS & LOUDLIFE, KAZY D is currently performing Nationally and Internationally!
Now’s he’s back to usher Seattle’s Urban Sound in Breaking her NEXT URBAN STAR!!!
SEATTLE’S GOT NEXT Showcasing Seattle’s Urban Music Scene Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
Hosted By: KAZY D, LADY SCRIBE & ROZZVILLE !!!
DJ MOUSE WAYNE Holding Us Down w/ The Puget Sound Soundz!!!
MR. FOTHUTTY / JD SMOOVE / UN THE RHYME HUSTLA / JON SALT / BLAZER BLAZE / LOUD MONEY ENT /MR. PJ / L CIZZLE / BIG DIME / RENO RED / SPUNG / CHEVY SHANN / CASH CAPONE !!!
Plus, a Special Dedication to THE TOWN w/ Appearances & Performances By:
ROZZVILLE / SQUEEK NUTTY BUG / EDAWG / MR. BENJAMIN / SKUNTDUNANNA / GANGSTA NUTT / BLACC SAPPHIRE / DON P / HO PO & a Few More Surprises to Be Announced!!!
Seattle’s best kept secret is the vibrant Urban Music Underground. Filled w/ Hip Hop, RnB, Alternative Soul & Jazz Artists…It’s becoming more and more difficult to keep this growing scene under wraps.
@SHeReAdYeVenTs is one of many, waiving the emerald green flag overhead, drawing worldwide attention to their backyard! Suggesting to all Tastemakers, Movers & Shakers to come see what the buzz is all about!!!
You’ve heard from the South, You’ve heard from the East & Midwest, now it’s time for the Pacific Northwest to show what’s been flourishing due to all this rain we are globally known for 😉
Many nights spent in studios, songwriters jotting down crucial lyrics on everything from a mead notebook, back of an envelope, to a napkin, serious about their craft.
I invite you to take time out of your busy schedule,
Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 at 8PM, to show your support for
Seattle’s Urban Artistry!!!