Sunday, August 30, 2015

NILE RODGERS HONORED WITH ICON AWARD AT THE 2015 BMI R&B/HIP-HOP AWARDS  

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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For a complete list of 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop winners, please visit: http://bmi.com/hiphopwinners2015




Tuesday, February 17, 2015

MYSTERIOUS WAYS - [Official Trailer]



MYSTERIOUS WAYS


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 :





Synopsis:
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.

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

LOUIS GOSSETT JR. & AUNJANUE ELLIS talk "The Book Of Negroes"




BET NETWORKS COMMEMORATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH ITS 
FIRST-EVER MINISERIES “THE BOOK OF NEGROES”

THE A.A.V.E and host Tony Anderson sit down with award winning actors Louis Gossett Jr. and Aunjanue Ellis to talk about the upcoming BET Networks mini-series "The Book Of Negroes"

Premiering Monday February 16th, 2015 on BET.


ABOUT "THE BOOK OF NEGROES"
BET is celebrating Black History Month in a major way by launching its first-ever event miniseries “The Book of Negroes,” a six-part historical drama in the tradition of Roots, based on Lawrence Hill’s award-winning, Oprah Winfrey-listed novel (known in the United States as Someone Knows My Name).  The highly anticipated television event will run over the course of three consecutive nights in two-hour installments starting Monday, February 16, 2015 at 8 PM ET/PT.

 “The Book of Negroes” depicts the extraordinary life journey of Aminata Diallo (Aunjanue Ellis) – an indomitable African woman who cuts a swath through a world that is pre-disposed to underestimate her. Kidnapped by slave traders in West Africa and subsequently enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata must navigate her way through the American Revolution in New York, the isolated refuge of Nova Scotia and the treacherous jungles of Sierra Leone before ultimately securing her freedom in England at the dawn of the 19th century. 

The star-studded cast features lead actress Aunjanue Ellis (Ray, The Help), Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire, A Few Good Men), Oscar and Emmy winner Louis Gossett Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman, Roots, Boardwalk Empire), Lyriq Bent (Rookie Blue), Oscar nominee Jane Alexander (The Cider House Rules), Ben Chaplin (The Thin Red Line) and Allan Hawco (Republic of Doyle). 

The Book of Negroes is a historical document which records names and descriptions of 3,000 African-American slaves who had to work for the British army during The American Revolution in order to qualify for their freedom and were evacuated by the British by ship to points in Nova Scotia. The book was assembled by Samuel Birch under the direction of Guy Carleton, 1st Baron Dorchester. African Americans who escaped to the British during the American Revolutionary War became the first settlement of Black Canadians. Other Black Loyalists were transported to settlements in several islands in the West Indies and some to London. Recorded in 1783, this 150-page document is the only one to have ever recorded Black Americans in a large, detailed scope of work.


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Thursday, February 12, 2015

"DA SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS" - (A Spike Lee Joint)

           


                    "DA SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS"


A Spike Lee Joint, DA SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS is a new kind of love story, one that centers on an addiction to blood that once doomed a long forgotten ancient African tribe. When Dr. Hess Green (Stephen Tyrone Williams) is introduced to a mysteriously cursed artifact by an art curator, Lafayette Hightower (Elvis Nolasco), he is uncontrollably drawn into a newfound thirst for blood that overwhelms his soul. He however is not a vampire. Lafayette quickly succumbs to the ravenous nature of the infliction but leaves Hess a transformed man. Soon Lafayette’s wife, Ganja Hightower (Zaraah Abrahams), comes looking for her husband and becomes involved in a dangerous romance with Hess that questions the very nature of love, addiction, sex, and status in our seemingly sophisticated society.

A reinterpretation of Bill Gunn’s horror cult film “Ganja & Hess”, which played as a Critics’ Choice at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, Spike Lee’s stylized thriller features an Original Score by Bruce Hornsby.

Watch the Official Trailer below:



Da Sweet Blood of Jesus Trailer from Gravitas Ventures on Vimeo.

In Theaters Friday February 13th, 2015

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