Monthly Archives: August 2015

The sitcom ‘The Things We Do For Love’ premieres on the Urban Movie Channel

The cast from The Urban Movie Channel sitcom.

The cast from The Urban Movie Channel sitcom.

Great new shows streaming online is a trend that is here to stay. In fact, more new shows are created on this platform daily. It’s great because viewers can watch as they like and event catch up on past seasons. With all of these choices, how does one decide what to watch. Just a few months after their launch, the Urban Movie Channel debuted the never-before-seen sitcom, entitled ‘Things We Do For Love‘. As people may know, the Urban Movie Channel is the first urban focused digital streaming channel devoted to the acquisition of feature films, comedy specials, stage plays, documentaries, music, and entertainment for the African American and urban audiences.

 ‘Things We Do For Love’ features Tamera Mowry-Housley, Alfonso Ribeiro, and James Avery. The comedy is an exclusive release for the UMC Fall Out Fridays weekly programming. This sitcom is one of the final tapings featuring the late James Avery, who won our hearts as Uncle Phil on ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’. This is also a promotion as a effort for more people to become aware of the streaming services. As a result, new subscribers will be able to watch ‘Things We Do For Love’ at UrbanMovieChannel.com free for 14 days. This will also include access to other movies on the site.
The sitcom ‘Things We Do For Love’ is centered on a recently married couple, Darren (Alfonso Ribeiro) and Lourdes (Tamera Mowry-Housley), who embark on life as newlyweds while sustaining a family owned business. Things are going will until their their zany in-laws (James Avery and Maria Conchita Alonso), move in. With this new dynamic, their lives are forever changed.

Within the the family, there is fun, arguments, misunderstandings, but through it all there is love which is what family is all about. The official trailer for the sitcom can been viewed here will give viewers a sample of what they can expect.

This sitcom is being debuted as a part of UMC’s “Fallout Friday.” For new subscribers, more information on UrbanMovieChannel.com can check it out FREE, for 14 days.

Brett Johnson talks about his passion as a designer

Brett&Mom&DadThere is an exciting up and coming designer on the radar that the public needs to be very aware of. His designs are a combination of urban streetwear and tailored suits for the upscale business man. Who is this mysterious designer you may ask? His name is Brett Johnson.

As a result of his high powered parents success as founders of Black Entertainment Television, there is no way this young man could not have found success in his life. As a heir of a successful media and entertainment empire, Brett hails from a family of innovators and has cultivated many lessons in leadership and brand building. It is apparent that while his parents were talking, he was listening because at just 25-years old, Brett Johnson is becoming a well-known powerhouse on his own.

Johnson debuted his upscale men’s line at New York Fashion Week in February 2015. Before finding his real passion as a fashion designer, Brett Johnson, attended University of Michigan, but then dropped out of school to pursue design more seriously. He knew at that time that after leaving school he had to prove himself and that this was not just a passing phase. His line is unique, in that he blends streetwear and suits for the mature man.

The Brett Johnson Collection debuted in 2013 with a line of men’s shoes and apparel. His menswear collection encapsulates style, sophistication, and an edge for the global lifestyle; amalgamating a modern silhouette with traditional handcrafted technique refined tailoring and detailed finishing. When asked about celebrities, he could see in his clothing, other than his father who by the way, wears so many of his clothes, Brett stated that “I definitely feel my clothes are a fit for Jay Z and Justin Timberlake,” Johnson says of his line.“But also David Beckham or Ryan Gosling.”

Johnson is a man on the move. He still has trunk shows and his parents are two of his biggest fans. Also, he has been making more moves to have his lines featured in major department stores like: Nieman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, etc. His fashions have even made it to the red carpet. Brett Johnson is a multi-talented young man who creates beautiful designs and event dabbles as a producer in the film world.

For those who do not yet, know how him. you will. Brett Johnson is here to stay, and the men we love look so much better for it.

Gospel singer Tasha Cobbs’ album ‘One Place Live’ available August 21, 2015

Tasha Cobbs_OnePlaceLIVE_ COVERThere is never a shortage of great gospel music around to sooth your soul and lift your spirits. It really is true because if are having a bad day or just want to listen to something to express your happiness, the right song can do wonders for a mood. Now there are singers, but there are also great singers and this singer, if not already, is sure to be a favorite to add into your iPod or MP3 player.

Not only inspirational and uplifting, gospel music is some of the most positive music genres one can hear, and according to many in the gospel music world, and fans on social media this probably one of the most highly anticipated Gospel albums of the 2015. Singer Tasha Cobb’s new album entitled ‘One Place Live’ is set to be released on August 21, 2015 on the Motown Gospel record label.

The release date will come on the heels of a few high profile appearances along with other upcoming tour dates. This album is sure to reach the same or even surpass the success of her last album. As fans and music industry execs know, her 1st single, Break Every Chain, spent 9 consecutive weeks at #1 on Gospel Radio, and her second single, For Your Glory, spent 5 consecutive weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart.

‘One Place Live’ was mostly recorded at Redemption Church in Greenville, South Carolina, with thousands of worshippers in attendance. According to Tasha Cobbs, this is the type of setting she feels most comfortable due to her also being a worship leader in the church. She also shares that being a well-known singer was not her first goal, but believes that “What God has for you is for you.” These are definitely wise words and ones that she appears to live by. This is so apparent and is expressed so eloquently when you hear the music. Each song selection in ‘One Place Live’ tells a story and shares a testimony with the listener and is one that will make her fans very proud.

Staying fit and healthy with actress Erika Christensen

ErikaIf you have moved any from home and no longer have access to home cooking, then you be of the many people where prepared meals have become your best friend. This really is an issues for many and if you are not located in a city as convenient as New York City, it might be hard to get food delivered as quickly as you would like. There is a solution for many other cities and busy people. The Lean Cuisine brand has reintroduced itself as a modern eating brand and ally for women’s wellness. As a result, Erika Christensen partnered with Lean Cuisine to share her thoughts and ideas on healthy food and she even shared which dishes is her favorite meals.

The brand is no longer focused on diet, the Lean Cuisine brand relied on insights from hundreds of women as it evolved to reflect a shift in the way Americans – primarily women – are eating and shopping. Women want chef-inspired, ethnic dishes that offer a variety of attributes and bold yet simple packaging that stands out in the aisles, and the Lean Cuisine brand is meeting that challenge.

As part of the transformation, the Lean Cuisine brand is introducing ten new recipes within the Lean Cuisine Marketplace range, all offering modern benefits. From the new line, shoppers can choose Pomegranate Chicken or Sweet Sriracha Braised Beef as gluten-free, high-protein options, Sesame Stir Fry with Chicken and Roasted Chicken and Garden Vegetables as one-cup vegetable and no-preservative options, and Mushroom & Spring Pea Risotto and Cheese & Bean Enchilada Verde, made with organic ingredients and no GMOs.

Lean Cuisine’s research uncovered four “food moods” that guide meal selection, so the brand re-organized products into sublines that are more reflective of the ways women make food choices. This is important because sometime based on your mood, this will be crucial in your decision about figuring out what to eat. Also, if the food choices are associated with staying fit, the mood will affect you choice as well. This is definitely helpful to the single working person as well as busy family. These new changes are definitely positive and could possibly change the way many people think about prepackaged meals.

For more information and product availability, visit www.leancuisine.com.

ONE MusicFest to be held on September 12, 2015 in Atlanta

OneMusicFestAll of you music fans, get ready.  It’s gonna be even hotter in ATL.  ONE Musicfest, in partnership with Live Nation, announce the 2015 music lineup for one of the most anticipated festivals to take place in the Southeast. Reaching its sixth year of bringing together the best of urban alternative legends and contemporaries for a unique experience through music and visual, One Musicfest is pulling out all the stops with this year’s roster of performances.  Organizers have meticulously curated talent to include: Ms.Lauryn Hill, The Roots, A$AP Rocky (currently having the number one hip hop album in the country), Wale, Janelle Monae & Wondaland, Raekwon, Ghostface, The Internet, Raury, SZA, Scarface, 8Ball & MJG, Big KRIT and many more to be announced. The festival will take place at Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood on Saturday, September 12, 2015.

One Musicfest will take place on multiple stages and will serve as the ultimate mashup of innovative urban alternative acts with over eleven hours of non-stop music. The festival will feature over 25 of the hottest global DJs whose music crosses over to all spectrums, local vendors, games, and interactive activities. One Musicfest is the only place to see this roster of incredible acts join together for One purpose  – which is to witness a wide variety of sounds, from rock to hip-hop, electro, reggae, funk, disco, house, alternative and soul while having your musical senses stimulated.

Founded by Jason Carter, ONE Musicfest has been one of Southeast’s largest home-grown, musical arts festival to date including over 10,000 plus attendees. Carter has brought Atlanta music lovers the best and the brightest urban alternative acts performing in a welcoming, hospitable setting, creating an atmosphere where everyone can enjoy and discover music.

For more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.OneMusicFest.com or get social by following ONE Musicfest on Twitter/Instagram @ONEMusicfest with the hashtag of #OMF2015.

About One Musicfest

ONE Musicfest is what you’ve been waiting on. Witness one of the most amazing music festival to hit Atlanta and the Southeast. If you’re looking for a perfect blend of music, people, food and culture, welcome home. From upcoming hip hop acts to timeless R&B legends to Rap Icons to Alternative Greats, ONE Musicfest has it all. ONE Musicfest is a massive block party all under one roof, ONE Musicfest has some of the best music talent of the nation performing for an epic 11 hour stretch, with food trucks, art expo and a variety of shops for all those who attend. No other upcoming shows or music festivals in Atlanta compares to the experience you will have at ONE Musicfest. It is certainly an event that will have music lovers worldwide on their feet and partying. Get your tickets now, because these music festival tickets won’t last long.

To view the series of events leading up to this years festival, performance schedule and purchase tickets visit www.OneMusicFest.com or get social by following ONE Musicfest on Twitter/Instagram @ONEMusicfest with the hashtag of #OMF2015.

Vanessa Lachey talks about being super parent and Popsicle Partnership

VanessaThe always beautiful and smart Vanessa Lachey has been on our TV and movie screens for many years, first as a beauty contestant, then as a hip MTV host to having various guest appearances on some of television’s hottest shows and feature films.

These days, she has stepped into an even more important role as a wife and a mother. She recently entered into a partnership with Popsicle. As a working mom with two young kids, Vanessa knows parents sometimes feel like they need a superpower to get everything they need to do all done! This lead her to do something to inspire parents. She is partnering with the Original Brand Popsicle to help spread the word about their first-ever comic book.

Being the mother to a little, SuperHeros are huge in Vanessa’s household! And this summer, Popsicle released its first-ever comic book in partnership with SuperHero expert, Marvel Custom Solutions. Families can get a hard copy of the comic at select stores now, and the digital comics are on Popsicle.com.

Popsicle pops are one of Vanessa’s family’s favorite summertime treats, and sharing a Popsicle with your kids is a great way to spend family time together. Sold in the iconic yellow box, they help save families from summer “evils” like heat and boredom with their refreshing taste and bold flavors.

Other families can join in on the SuperHero fun by visiting Popsicle.com to view and interactive video and even play a few fun games. To learn more about Popsicle, families can ‘like’ the Popsicle Facebook fan page at Facebook.com/Popsicle, and can follow Popsicle on Twitter athttp://Twitter.com/Popsicle.

 

Gabriel Olsen/ Getty Images for Popsicle

Orange Is The New Black Star Danielle Brooks Joins Cast-Broadway’s Color Purple

ColorOrangeThe revival and production of the Broadway show, THE COLOR PURPLE is coming together. as the powerhouse cast grows with some very talented women on board. Recently, DANIELLE BROOKS, who plays ‘Taystee’ on the hit TV show, Orange is the New Black, will make her Broadway debut as ‘Sofia’ in the upcoming Broadway musical revival of THE COLOR PURPLE.  A graduate of the Juilliard School, Ms. Brooks joins the previously announced JENNIFER HUDSON and CYNTHIA ERIVO in the critically acclaimed staging from London’s Menier Chocolate Factory.

Note:  All three extraordinary women will be making their Broadway debuts with this production.

Directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle, THE COLOR PURPLE will begin preview performances on Monday, November 9th at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45th street) and will officially open on Thursday, December 10.   THE COLOR PURPLE is produced by Scott Sanders, Roy Furman, Oprah Winfrey, David Babani, and Tom Siracusa.

A Young Hollywood Award Winner, DANIELLE BROOKS stars as “Tasha ‘Taystee’ Jefferson” in Jenji Kohan’s Orange is the New Black, a Netflix original series that follows the lives of prisoners in an all-women’s correctional facility.  Orange is the New Black will return for its third season on June 12th, 2015.  Brooks was born and raised in South Carolina before heading to NYC to attend Juilliard’s drama program.  Brooks’ other credits include the Sony/Rovio animated feature, Angry Birds, alongside Maya Rudolph and Josh Gad; HBO’s Girls; the indie feature film I Dream Too Much, executive produced by Richard Linklater (SXSW); and Time Out of Mind, written and directed by Oren Moverman, starring Richard Gere.

 

BCBGMaxAzria and Magnum Belgian Unveils Chocolate Wrap

WrapFor all of the people who enjoy luxurious items, there is great news for fashionistas and chocolatelovers. Two iconic brands have come together to create something so awesome for women all over the world. BCBGMAXAZRIA and MAGNUM Belgian Chocolate Wrap have created a fashion wrap infused with the irresistible aroma of Belgian Chocolate, that will be available nationwide from July 23-26 as a gift with purchase of $300+ of full price items in select BCBGMAXAZRIA stores and online exclusively at bcbg.com (while supplies last). And with July being National Ice Cream Month this is a fun added hook for all to create interest in the item.

This very unique and custom made fashion accessory was unveiled by BCBGMAXAZRIA and MAGNUM Ice Cream at an exclusive presentation on April 28, 2015 at the BCBGMAXAZRIA Flagship store in New York City. As a result, women across the US will be able to enjoy the one-­‐of-­‐a-­‐kind Belgian Chocolate Wrap available as a limited edition ‘gift with purchase’ in select BCBGMAXAZRIA stores nationwide this summer. This is definite treat for fashion lovers.

In addition, chocolate lovers can also experience the #MAGNUM effect by enjoying America’s favorite MAGNUM variety which include the following: the MAGNUM Double Caramel Ice Cream bar and new MAGNUM Double Peanut Butter, made with Belgian Chocolate, rich peanut butte ice cream, and peanut butter sauce. This is truly fashion mixed with chocolate and is a win for both brands.

For more information on other flavors, go to magnumicecreamus.com. And be sure to share with friends, family and other chocolate and fashion fans.

The Comeback Kings Viewing Party on July 17, 2015

EdLoverThere is nothing like a rebirth, or a re-emergence in life. Whether it is a career or some other type of business there is always a good time for someone or something to be reinvented. This is what has been happening with some of the most popular legends on hip hop. You can call it a Comeback, but the Comeback Kings are showing they have so much more to offer. On, Friday, July 15, 2015 the music and hip hop audience go a taste of the second installment of The Comeback Kings with their viewing party.

The Comeback Kings is 30 Minute “Scripted” Reality TVComedy Series and they are launching all new shows weekly for their audience. The viewing party was held in
midtown New York city at SUITE 36 located 16 West 36th Street.

There was press and other industry VIPs in attendance along with the chance for audience members to meet and great the cast. The current cast includes: Ed Lover, Anthony “Treach” Criss, Dupre “Doitall” Kelly, Mr. Cheeks, Black Rob, Jermaine Hopkins, “Talent” Harris, June Balloon, Super Producer Jameio & Nashawn Kearse.

The cast who attended the viewing party were: Ed Lover, Dupre “Doitall” Kelly, Mr. Cheeks, Black Rob, and Nashawn Kearse. The audience, their guests and press were the first to see the first episode of the new season, followed by an after party. For more information on the show and cast bios, visit their website at: http://www.comebackkings.co/aboutus.html

VIPs Celebrate Sports History at Original Tee Golf Classic on July 19, 2015

OrginalTeeThe hot weather in New York and New Jersey did not stop the execution of a great celebration. Yesterday, the Original Tee Golf Classic held its 16th tournament at Wild Turkey Golf Club in Hamburg, N.J. Over 250 VIPs from various industries participated in the all-day event which honored golf legend Lee Elder for breaking the color barrier at the Masters Tournament in Augusta, GA forty years ago.

Attendees included supermodel Beverly Johnson, radio/tv host Roland Martin, Wendell Haskins (founder, Original Tee Golf Classic), Iain Page (FOX29 Philadelphia anchor), Keith Clinkscales (CEO, REVOLT), Len Burnett (Publisher, UPTOWN), Sharon Harris (Microsoft), golf phenoms Amari “Tigress” Avery and Alona Avery, entertainment attorney Matt Middleton, Jeff Sanchez (NBA Senior Manager, Event Activation), designer Tony Shellman, Derrin Woodhouse (Samsung), Michael Davis (Philadelphia Eagles), Shante Bacon (founder, 135th Street Agency), Dres from Black Sheep, advertising exec Malcolm Gillian, Byron Kirkland (manager of Machine Gun Kelly), Kevin Peck (manager of Dru Hill), Lenny Singletary (BNY Mellon), Kainon Jasper (Bridge Intelligence Group), Latoya Finney (Asst. VP at Barclays Capital), Frank Fraley (Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce), Michael Vann (former owner of The Shark Bar) and Jim Kelly III.

Guests enjoyed on-site haircuts by Denny Moe’s Superstar Barbershop from Harlem; an all-day open bar courtesy of Zacapa Rum and Ciroc; a silent auction of sports memorabilia; and clinics hosted by PGA professionals who introduced 25 novice attendees to the game of golf. Golf coach Buddy Cooper led the Nine-Hole Youth Competition along with several PGA professionals including NFPGA Section Member Anthony G. Stepney (UMES DiversitiTee Golf & ProjectNext Tee), New Jersey Section Members Jim Famula (Raritan Golf Center), Bill Nightingale (Life Member) and Hal Myers (Life Member).

Later that evening at the Awards Dinner hosted by Iain Page, Beverly Johnson – last year’s True Original honoree – presented Elder with this year’s True Original Award. Tournament winners included golfers Henry Lopez and Greg Lewis for the adult competition, and Khalid Page, Diana McCready and Alona Avery for the youth competition. For more information on the Original Tee Golf Classic, visit www.originaltee.com. You can also keep in touch with other events on Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram.

Photos: Stephen Knight