Wednesday, September 30, 2015

THE CYCLE - [Official Trailer]


A New Riveting Film Sets Out To Spark Conversation About The Cycle of Policing and Violence in the Black Community

The Cycle, the latest film project from director Michael Marantz and his production company Already Alive, has officially been announced to be a part of the 19th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival in New York City. Executive produced by Sway Calloway (MTV, “Sway in the Morning”) and his business partner Kelly Jackson (Overdeliver Entertainment), The Cycle will premiere Friday, September 25th in Urbanworld’s shorts program and will be followed by a Q&A with the cast and producers.

The Cycle is a short narrative film that explores the themes of policing and profiling. With a run time just under 12 minutes, The Cycle takes a spellbinding look at the complexities that surround socialized fear, emotional pain, and violence and their ability to create a ripple effect throughout the community.

“We are talking about the cycle. We are talking about things that happen in the past that keep on happening and why they keep on happening,” says director Michael Marantz. “For me a huge part of that is this emotion and this feeling of fear and what fear compels people to do.”

Previous to the upcoming premiere, The Cycle, hosted a screening with Donda’s House in Chicago this summer with hip-hop artist Rhymefest and community members and a Brooklyn screening with cast members and rapper Maino. Producers will announce a full tour later this fall and will make the film available to be used by organizations and colleges as a tool to drive community dialogue.

“Conversation and understanding is the ultimate goal, says executive producer Sway Calloway. “There is such a divide between law enforcement and people in the community, especially black folks. I felt that way 20 years ago, now 20 years later we are still fighting the same issues.”

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THIS IS HAPPENING - [Official Trailer]


Starring: James Wolk, Mickey Sumner, Rene Auberjonois, with Judd Nelson and Cloris Leachman 

Beleaguered Philip Davis is sent at his father's behest to place his eccentric grandmother, Estelle, into an assisted living facility. To add to his troubles, his small time drug dealer sister, Megan decides to join him, using the trip as a cover for a large marijuana buy. When Estelle discovers her grandson's plan, she furiously takes off for Seattle, unaware that her granddaughter's drug haul is stashed in the trunk of the car. The estranged siblings have no choice but to go on the road after their wayward grandmother, the taxidermied dog she keeps as a companion, and five pounds of marijuana.

In Theaters October 2nd, 2015

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Sunday, August 30, 2015


Honoree Nile Rodgers poses with the 2015 BMI Icon Award during the 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards
(Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for BMI)

John Legend, DJ Mustard and Universal Music Publishing Group 
Among Honorees at Ceremony in Beverly Hills 

Beverly Hills, CA, August 29, 2015 — Broadcast Music, Inc.®, (BMI®), the global leader in music rights management, presented the BMI Icon Award to GRAMMY-winning songwriter, composer, producer, arranger and guitarist, Nile Rodgers, at the 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, held at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills on August 28. The star-studded event celebrates the songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs of the previous year.

Rodgers was honored for his unique andindelible influence on generations of music makers and his ability to connect people through song and defy musical expectations. As the 2015 BMI Icon Award recipient, Rodgers joins an elite list of previous honorees that includes The Jacksons, Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Little Richard and Al Green, to name a few.

The evening featured a slew of performances: B.o.B opened with a medley of hits, followed by IloveMakonnen who kept the energy going with “Tuesday.” Backed by music director Rickey Minor, as well as band and Donald Lawrence’s vocals, the high-powered Icon tribute was kicked off by R&B chanteuses Kelly Price covering “Upside Down,” Deborah Cox’s delivery of “I’m Coming Out,” Kathy Sledge and the Company offering a rousing rendition of “We Are Family,” and Empire’s V. Bozeman’s vibrant version of “I Want Your Love.” The celebration continued with CeeLo Green’s dynamic performance of “Let’s Dance.” The night concluded with the top honoree taking the stage to perform fan favorites “Good Times” and “Rappers Delight,” with hip-hop legend Chuck D joining Rodgers.

Recording artist Chuck D (L) and 2015 BMI Icon Award honoree Nile Rodgers perform onstage at the 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards
(Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for BMI)

Additional top honors presented at the awards ceremony: John Legend “All of Me” earned the Song of the Year prize; DJ Mustard was crowned the Songwriter of the Year for penning hits “2 On,” “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” “I Don’t F**ck With You,” “Main Chick,” “My Hitta,” “Na Na,” “No Mediocre,” “Paranoid,” “Show Me,” and “Who Do You Love?”  DJ Mustard also won the coveted Producer of the Year award for the second year in a row, while Universal Music Publishing Group accepted the prestigious Publisher of the Year crystal for having 18 of the most-performed songs from the previous year. BMI also recognized top producers Kanye West, J Cole, Jim Jonsin, Michael “Finatik” MulĂ© and Isaac De Boni.

DJ Mustard attends the 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards
(Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for BMI)

SoMo won the BMI Social Star Award. Selected by fans voting via Twitter and Instagram, the award salutes the BMI R&B/hip-hop songwriter who has best demonstrated the power of social media to showcase their songwriting talents.

Recording artist SoMo accepts an award onstage at the 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards
(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for BMI)

BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill and Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton shared the evening’s hosting duties with R&B artist and actor Ray J.

Guests celebrated and mingled while enjoying Red Bull cocktails during the evening’s festivities. BMI partnered with HD Radio, TW Steel, Provider Inc. and KIND Snacks to present the 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

MYSTERIOUS WAYS - [Official Trailer]


RLJ Entertainment/Urban Movie Channel (UMC) has announced the upcoming release of Mysterious Ways, starring BET's "The Game's" Wendy Raquel Robinson and actors Gary Dourdan, Telma Hopkins and "Mary Mary" gospel singer Erica Campbell.

Check out the Official Trailer below :

The day a hit and run driver took the life of her little boy, Marilyn (Wendy Raquel Robinson) died inside. Not even the passing of time, the love of a good man or a job as choir director at her church could bring her peace. But a chance encounter with a mysterious homeless man, who calls himself Mozart (Gary Dourdan), will change Marilyn's world and let her see that there are no accidents, and true healing starts with forgiveness.

The film will be available for digital download on UMC on March 3.