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Guordon Banks, Philadelphia Native Gains National Attention and Airplay

Image of singer Guordan Banks

Image of singer Guordan Banks

It is always a pleasure to discover great new music.  Guordan (pronounced Jour-dan) Banks, a Philadelphia-born singer/songwriter, earned his first Billboard No. 1 as his soulful “Keep you In Mind” rose 2-1 on the Adult R&B Songs Chart in the June 11th edition. The song ascended 6 percent in spins at the format according to Nielsen Music. The song continues to stay in the Top 5, remaining steady at No. 2 on the chart. His debut album, UNPOPULAR, will be released later this year on his own label, Bank On It Entertainment.

A solely independent artist, Banks’ “Keep You In Mind” has become a triumphant and unique indie label success story. The song has received an emphatic response from Urban Adult Contemporary radio programmers and has had a high showing on various music charts, including Billboard’s “Most Added” Chart and music industry trade, AllAccess.com charted the song among “Cool New Music.”

“Keep You In Mind” has increased air-time with major rotation in markets such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Detroit and Atlanta. Streams on music platforms, such as Spotify, YouTube, Soundcloud and Shazam, have increased significantly as a result of national airplay.

Banks’ second single, #WYWDT (Where You Wanna Do This?) featuring Dej Loaf, will impact urban mainstream radio on June 20th, but already showing early support and buzz from DJ Drama and DJ Sense on Sirius XM Shade 45.

Image of singer Guordan Banks

Image of singer Guordan Banks

Raised in an adverse environment, Banks’ parents, both preachers, surrounded their eight children with music and created a home within which music was a centerpiece. After being rejected from a school play due to a speech impediment, a young Banks was encouraged by his family to explore singing and songwriting. Undeterred by these early life experiences and buoyed by his family, Banks pursued a pathway that has led to his success.

Banks’ work has received critical acclaim and has effectively contributed to the resurgence and current elevation of R&B music. In high demand, Banks was one of the opening performers at the 2016 “BMI Trailblazers Show” and performed at the iHeartRadio concert on May 12 in New York City.

Banks also graced the stage at some of this year’s most visible events, including, the 20th Annual American Black Film Festival, at their awards show in Miami Beach on Saturday, June 18; House of Blues in New Orleans on June 30; a performance on the Sirius XM Heart & Soul Stage during Essence Festival on July 1; the 40th Anniversary of the African American Festival in Baltimore, MD on July 3; and at the V103 Summer Block Party in Chicago, IL, featuring Erykah Badu on July 15. He will also perform at the Arena Theatre in Houston, TX on July 17. He is set to perform in NYC for Harlem Week and start his tour in October 2016.  Look for him coming to a city near you soon. 

 

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‘Fruitvale Station’ Co-Creator Ephraim Walker Tapped as President of Production at D Street Pictures

Ephraim-WalkerMore strides are being made in film and it is very exciting.  The independent production and distribution company D Street Media Group, has tapped Ephraim Walker to be the President of Production of D Street Pictures.  He will oversee the company’s film projects and oversee its production unit.

Walker worked closely with Fruitvale Station scribe and director Ryan Coogler, to develop the successful indie film based on the 2008 killing of Oscar Grant by an Oakland Bart police officer. Since Fruitvale, Walker has worked on various television shows and produced a behind-the-scenes look at the scoring of the 2015 Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone hit Creed, also directed by Ryan Coogler.

“We’re excited to have Ephraim join our team to oversee D Street’s exciting slate of films and work closely with the development department. His appointment comes at a time when the company continues to expand our international reach,” says D Street Media Group’s CEO, Dexter Davis.

Walker will report directly to Davis and oversee several upcoming productions including the international heist film, The Blue Mauritius, starring Eric Dane, Brian Cox, Augustus Prew, John Rhys-Davies and several other notable global stars. Filming begins on location in Cape Town, South Africa in August. Walker will then finish out the year with Irish comedy, Death Inc., a Brazilian motorcycle gang movie, Moto Anjos and a New York City style rom-com, Heaven Hath No Fury.

“I’ve been looking for a place to call home and couldn’t be more thrilled to join an organization like D Street Media,” said Walker. “I’m looking forward to working closely with Dexter to achieve our very ambitious goal of becoming a global leader in the creative content business and equally excited to set up our West Coast division in the great city of Oakland.”

The company has chosen Oakland, California over Los Angeles to be in close proximity to the Silicon Valley. D Street wants to develop more strategic alliances with tech companies who are producing new distribution models for film and television and who seek to partner with smart, creative, content producers such as D Street. The company is based in New York City, with offices in Berlin, Buenos Aires and Cape Town.
For more information about D Street Media Group, go to  http://www.dstreetmediagroup.com/.

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“Being” on Centric TV with Mona Scott Young

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The season premiere of the hit show on Centric TV started with a bang by featuring one of the baddest reality television producers around right now. For this installment of the show, Centric TV‘s “Being” featured none other than music management/producer veteran Mona Scott Young.

In New York City, on Saturday March 5, 2016, Love and Hip Hop New York star, Yandy Smith and Mona Scott Young invited the press and special guests to be among the first to view the “Being” episode. There was a packed house of friends, colleagues and some family who were there to wish the woman of the hour nothing but the best on her success.

Mona, as many fans and entertainment industry professionals know is responsible for the high octane, sexy and trendy reality show Love and Hip Hop New York. Each week, the show unveils so new music and a few issues that fan cannot get enough of talking about to their friends. Although, it began with one show, Love and Hip Hop has slowly grown into a franchise with other installments such as Love and Hip Hip Atlanta and Love and Hip Hop Hollywood to follow. Also, because of the continued success of the shows, there are additional spin off from breakout cast members such as:Stevie J. and Joseline and K.Michelle: My Life.

This success is nothing new for Scott since in her career, she has worked with some of the biggest names in hip hop such as Missy Elliot and Busta Rhymes to name a few. It is clear with her bold and nonstop work ethic, even more success is to follow. She has even partnered with rap superstar Nicki Minaj and created the Moscato drink simply called Myx. For more information on this talented lady, visit her Monami Entertainment website.

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Attending the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC

Lights! Camera! Action! The Tribeca Film Festival has begun in Manhattan. The festivals dates are: April 18, 2012 and run through April 29, 2012.

Many celebrities and high profile individuals are in New York City to celebrate the festival. The exciting thing about this year is this marks the 10th year of the event. Tribeca Film Festival was started by Academy Award winning actor, Robert De Niro and his business/producing partner Jane Rosenthal in 2002. The festival was created as a result of the effects on business in downtown New York following the September 11,2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. The actor felt that this was a way to rebuild downtown NY and excite all New Yorkers along with the Entertainment community.

Tribeca Film Festival has now become of the many large festivals in the world along with Toronto, Cannes, Venice, Sundance among others. With the festival now 5 days into the festivities, there is still time to catch some great movies, events and panels. Click here for the more information.

If you happen to be in New York and have the time, take a moment to checking something out and be a part of these exciting events.

And if you think you can’t afford the festival, there is good news. There are many free events you can attend. Check out the Tribeca Film Festival event guide.

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