Monthly Archives: March 2014

Twain’s Twines 2014 Fall / Winter Women’s Capsule Collection

f2c5642b23fa200446a02729a59702bbTwain Revell of TWAINE’S TWINES, a New York City resident Fashion Designer of handmade knitwear and treasured fashions featured “SOPHISTICATION” for her sixth Fashion Show at the Stepping Out Studios at 37 West 26th Street – 9th Floor for New York Fashion Week.

This fashion show hallmarked Ms. Revells’ introduction of exciting new products and knit fabrics for Fall/Winter 2014 that was held on February 11, 2014. Featured was a gourmet OrGano Coffee & Tea Tasting at 12:00pm and the 1:00pm Fashion Show. “Model’s showed their first looks then dressed mid runway in evening outerwear featuring the designer’s handmade sweater and Mudcloth coats in reality show movements comparative to real life dressing. That is my expression of the new modern independent designer knitwear look of total sophistication”, says Twain Revell.

From the ground up, you will see the full strengths of this visionary designer who initiated the creative process from combing and collecting the live animals fur, to the bath, to the spinner; all knitted up to designer’s perfection. Through one-of-a-kind vision and craftsmanship, fabrics shown were corduroy, Mudcloth, seambinding tape woven, peacock feathers, nylon knit lurex, Angora rabbit, spandex lycra, mohair, burlap all luxurious elements for a superb signature collection. That is all and more, about “sophistication”. The enthusiastic response to this brand new collection brought out Supermodel Alva Chin and Debbie Dickinson, National retailers from Los Angeles, Celebrity Stylists, Photographers, Socialites, as well as Ms. Twains Upper East Side Fitness Clients as Ms. Revell is a certified water aerobics instructor to boot.

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M.G. Cinecraft & Stuart Films Presents Enlightenments & Chronicles of a Profiler

bad8224c12de597a78d164cf7453469bAt Mist Harlem on Thursday, March 20, 2014, the audience was treated to a grand event. Thescreening of two very intriguing webseries made their debut on the Mist Harlem theater screen. The films were entitled: Chronicles of a Profiler and Enlightenments. Both presented episodes to the audience and truly left them wanting more.

Just two years in the making, these two projects are guaranteed to push the boundaries of everything you thought was real! They leave the audience questioning their beliefs and even challenging them to think out of the box. The first webisode that was shown was for the story called Chronicles of a Profiler.

The story of Chronicles of a Profiler is about a criminal profiler dealing with his demons. The director and writer Jamaal Green, keeps us at the edge of our seat with this TV crime drama that is also a supernatural thriller. Chronicles of a Profiler, uses cinematic excellence to take you into a world of haunted lucid dreams and experience the supernatural havoc that follows retired investigator, Jackson Sheppard into a dark confrontation with his past. To view the trailer for Chronicles of a Profiler visit: http://vimeo.com/m/87598601. The heart pounding intensity of the story will leave you wanting for more.

The next webisode the audience screened was entitled Enlightenments. Enlightenments takes the viewer on a journey behind the walls of politics and religion. From the mind of Wilson Mbiavanga comes a politically charged drama that chronicles the modern religious sects dominating Washington, D.C. Enlightenments, is an unholy force with sweeping cinematic intensity. An enthralling ensemble of cast members work to expose the masked political factions of a society who will stop at nothing to advance their own agenda. To view the trailer for Enlightenments, visit:https://vimeo.com/84088508

The screening was followed by a Q & A with the director and writer of the films. Also in attendance were actors from both films. Please send all media inquiries or other questions to:carl.gilbert.jr@gmail.com.

Independent Filmmaker Praheme Presents Troop 491

ce9d3840fd0deaf84d3f252633597e9eIt is always nice to watch a film that shows the positive side of growing up in the inner city. Although it is a tough reality sometimes, in life it is important for film goers to see that young people can make it from the streets and come out stronger so they can become leaders in the community and the world.

This is the case with the independent film entitled “Troop 491: The Adventures of the Muddy Lions.” This film marks is the theatrical debut from Filmmaker and Director Praheme. Director and Millennium Film Studios owner Tim Reid has put his stamp on this project as a producer. He also has a small has a role in the movie.

The movie was shot throughout the streets of Richmond, Virginia and the story centers around a young man by the name of Tristan, a young from a single parent household. The story also display his mother’s quest to keep from the streets so she enlists him in joining the scouts. Of course, like many of the young men in his school he is reluctant, but as he gets involved, Tristan learns that the scouts membership will be very instrumental in him becoming a mature young man.

The movie is real and very true to life, but it is also inspiring as well. It is a great story for young people and help them to learn to trust their own instincts and the power of real friendship. Check out the trailer here, on YouTube or Vimeo. In addition, the film is scheduled to be shown at the Arizona International Film Festival, April 12th at 7pm.

Babyface and Toni Braxton to Join the Musical After Midnight on Broadway

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06:  Babyface and Toni Braxton visit backstage at Broadway's 'After Midnight'   at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre on February 6, 2014 in New York City. Babyface and Toni Braxton are in town promoting their duets album.  (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 06: Babyface and Toni Braxton visit backstage at Broadway’s ‘After Midnight’ at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre on February 6, 2014 in New York City. Babyface and Toni Braxton are in town promoting their duets album. (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)

The successful musical After Midnight has been running successfully on Broadway for the past several months and now joining the cast is Grammy Award winning artists Toni Braxton and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. As fans, may know Toni Braxton has performed on Broadway in the past, but this will mark the very first performance by Babyface. The show has already been a favorite for New York audiences and with these two superstars joining the cast for this limited engagement, there is not doubt it will continue to be successful.

Directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, the evocative new musical After Midnight takes the sexy, smoky glamour of the original Jazz Age and catapults it into a whole new era of heart-pounding, mind-blowing entertainment for modern Broadway audiences. Refracted through a contemporary lens, After Midnight celebrates Duke Ellington’s years at the Cotton Club using his original arrangements and performed by a world-class big band of 17 musicians hand-picked by living jazz legend, Wynton Marsalis. The timeless tunes set against a narrative of Langston Hughes poetry provide an authentic backdrop for an array of cutting-edge performances by 25 sensational vocalists and dancers, including special guest stars, whose interpretations shatter everything you think you know about music, nightlife and Broadway.

f8ea42a557b4c9e60bc2ee9fb56e212eIn its heyday, the Cotton Club featured a cavalcade of guest stars each week, known then as “Celebrity Nights.” After Midnight will reintroduce this exciting tradition by presenting stars of today in limited engagement appearances throughout the musical’s run.

Grammy Award-winners Toni Braxton & Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds can be seen in the show from 3/18/14 to 3/30/14 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York City. With both of their many successes along with the release of their new album entitled Love, Marriage & Divorce, the performance should be very exciting.

Denzel Washington Shines on Broadway in Raisin in the Sun

c1753ea9fb902465e9c74cae70029f14Award winning actor Denzel Washington is back in New York City on Broadway once again and this time it is for the revival of the hit stage play entitled Raisin in the Sun. As many fans will know, Washington has appeared on Broadway in shows like Julius Caesar in 2005 and again for a Tony award winning performance for Fences in 2010. This time, he has decided to take on another role that was made famous on screen by Sidney Poitier.

On Friday, March 7, 2014 previews for the play began at the legendary Barrymore Theatre, while the actual opening night was on Thursday, April 3,2014

During the performance, the crowd was excited and waited with anticipation. From the moment when the curtain rose and until the curtain dropped, the performances were outstanding. The characters were heartfelt,complicated, and very familiar at the same time. Denzel Washington was joined byLaTanya Richardson Jackson, Oscar nominee Sophie Okonedo, Tony winnerAnika Noni Rose, Tony nominee Stephen McKinley Henderson, David Cromer, Jason Dirden, Sean Patrick Thomasand Bryce Clyde Jenkins.

Washington’s portrayal as Walter Younger truly did not disappoint and he seemed to settled into his character as he is known to do in his many film and theater roles. The well-chosen cast also seemed to follow suit and by the time I walked out of the theater was quite mesmerized.

Even if you have seen the movie or other renditions of the play, this installments is definitely a must see. The show will play a limited engagement through June 15, 2014. For more information on the visit the website.

NY1 News Anchor Cheryl Wills Book “Die Free: A Heroic Family Tale.”

30adb1aa7cb02130b6d18847769b3537On Tuesday, February 25, 2014, the award winning NY1 News anchor Cheryl Wills welcomed guests for a book signing.

As a way to celebrate Black History month this year, she wanted to share the discovery of Her-story with the audience. The crowd congratulated Cheryl Wills for embracing and sharing a part of the narrative that has shaped historic influencers. Guests attending the event were able to purchase a copy of the book entitled “Die Free: A Heroic Family Tale.”

Cheryl was on hand to speak as well as personally autograph everyone’s copy of the book. During her dynamic speech, she talked about her journey in conducting the research for the story. She also shared how the experience changed and influenced her as a professional woman in the world today. In fact, in discovering the truth behind her ancestors’ lives has resulted in her being an even stronger advocate for preserving and telling the stories to future generations.

“Die Free: A Heroic Family Tale.” is a powerful story of struggles and triumph. Within the pages is also a displays are some of Cheryl Wills’ personal pictures of her family and discusses the road map as to how her family came to be where they are today.

In attendance for the exclusive event were political figures, educators, members of the press, and various other movers and shakers of New York City.

For more information on the book or to purchase, visit the website. Also, the book is available onAmazon. Cheryl Wills has also been spreading the word about her book and was interviewed byDemocracy Now.

Teen Diaries Foundation Presents “Pretty Girls Sweat” Event in NYC

9dfdc3ceba05d00a8f0428b4fc651750Health and fitness in the United States has been an important issues for the past several years. The obesity rates especially among teens has risen and there are important strides being made to eradicate this issue. The Teen Diaries Foundation is dedicated to helping multicultural females between the ages of 13 to 22 transition into adulthood. On Saturday, February 22, 2014, the foundation kicked off the New Year with its first event simply called PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT “Fashion Meets Fitness.” The event was held at the Educational Alliance’s Sirovich Center located at 331 East 12th Street.

There was energy and excitement all over the room and was hosted by author, reality TV star, eyewear and shoe designer, June Ambrose. Seventy inner city teen women from the Teen Diaries community enjoyed a high energy Pound Rockout. Workout.™ led by Crunch Fitness followed by a Q & A with the event’s co-host Justine Skye (Atlantic recording artist), author and reality TV Star, Daisy Lewellyn and talk show host, Bevy Smith.

Teen Diaries’ Pretty Girls Sweat initiative aims to encourage young women to embrace fitness and feel confident in their own bodies. This specific event focused on making fitness fun while guests also received mentorship from accomplished women who work in the fashion industry. The result is feeling more confident about exercise and gaining knowledge about a variety of careers in the fashion business.

“Introducing a variety of workout routines and positive mentors to teen women remains a constant goal of mine. Many young women are intimidated by fitness and leadership roles so Pretty Girls Sweat is the ideal vessel to break down those barriers of self-doubt,” says Teen Diaries founder Aeshia DeVore Branch. “Teaming up with June Ambrose to promote fitness and careers in fashion is the icing on the cake. Her commitment to staying healthy and her dedication to her fashion career will speak volumes to our youth,” adds Branch.

Participants of Teen Diaries’ Pretty Girls Sweat will enjoy beverages from event sponsor HINT, a bottled water brand with a splash of natural flavor, a stretch session led by Nike Pro reps, and a full Pound – Rockout. Workout.Ô cardio class sponsored by Crunch Fitness (Stanhope, NJ). Crunch Fitness in Stanhope is a 15,000 square foot facility full of fitness and fun, featuring state-of-the art cardio and weight training machines, tanning, HydroMassage and an expansive group fitness studio.

Additionally, June and Justine were on hand to speak with participants about the importance of fitness and even took part in a fitness class alongside the young women. Guests enjoyed music by DJ Tyger Lilly, a healthy lunch, and gift bags sponsored by TeenDiaries.net, Mixed Chicks, Kind Bars, and Pretzel Crisps.