Film Roundtable: “Orion” – a post-apocalyptic, visually striking film and a David Arquette harsher than we’re used to seeing

By Gordon K. Smith The 2016 Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF 2016), which concluded in April, featured no less than three films with a “post-apocalyptic” theme; the most visually striking of these was ORION, by second-time writer/director Asiel Norton and starring David Arquette in a role harsher than what we’re used to seeing him in.   […]

Roundtable “NO LETTING GO” Cheryl Allison and Randi Silverman discuss their indie film about a family’s struggle with their son’s mental health crisis

By Gordon K. Smith NO LETTING GO is a small but vital independent film about a family’s struggle with their son’s mental health crisis. At a roundtable interview in late March, we learned about the film and its mission from actress Cheryl Allison (Catherine the mother) and co-writer/producer Randi Silverman. The film is based on […]

Sci-Fi Director Olatunde Osunsanmi tackles the science behind the fiction with Hollywood TV & Film successes

Sci-Fi Director Olatunde Osunsanmi Tackles the Science Behind the Fiction With Hollywood TV & Film Successes There is an emerging Black director in Hollywood who is quietly cultivating his own ’empire’ with no ‘scandal’ involved ….   Los Angeles – Olatunde Osunsanmi has always had a penchant for the paranormal. His directorial debut in 2009, […]

Director Interview: Charles Randolph Wright talks “Motown the Musical”

Interview & written by: Melody Charles “The Sound of Young America.” It’s a legendary story that the world now recognizes as one part ambition, two parts ingenuity and multiple parts soul—–the creation of Motown Records. With a few hit songs to his credit, an $800 loan and a vision of success, Berry Gordy Jr. took […]

“I Am Charlie Wilson” – The Gap Band, despair, addiction and back. Interview with the Soul singer on his upcoming memoir and the life that’s filled its pages

…..”Give me a hit,” I croaked into her ear, sure I could score a little something from her out there on the street. “I’m clean, Charlie. Have been for three years,” [my cousin Shirley] said, her voice cracking. “Three years?” I yelled…..While I contemplated the thought, Shirley started to full-on cry, her face contorted, tears leaving streaks […]

Music Interview: Erick Blu – teen pop sensation from India hopes to break the American market with the help of legendary producer Joel Diamond

Written by: Mut Asheru What’s one of the things missing from the American music market today? Ahhh, I can hear all of you chiming in with the obvious and not-so-obvious answers. And you’re right…or not.  But what I bet not one you has mentioned, is the one thing or person that legendary producer / songwriter […]

Actor Interview: Hiroyuki Sanada talks about his latest role in “Mr. Holmes” and his desire to simply act

Written by: Mut Asheru Hiroyuki Sanada is an actor first and foremost. His role as Mr. Tamiki Umezaki in his most recent film MR. HOLMES did not have any sword fights but it did contain some emotionally slashing scenes and scenarios in which Sanada’s character helps bring about a catharsis for the aging Sherlock Holmes […]

Actor Interview: Stan Houston on his role in “Selma” and why he almost walked away from it

Written by: Melody Charles It’s rare to get a memorable acting part in a relatively new acting career, much less one with other certified superstars and singled-out early on for being worthy of an Academy Award, but that’s what STAN HOUSTON has accomplished. Atlanta, GA native with both independent and major project roles to his […]

Author Interview: Ilyasah Shabazz on her latest literary work – “X, a Novel”

Photo credit: ILYASAHSHABAZZ.COM “Smoke everywhere. In the air, by the door, at the windows—- in our very bed, it seemed. Hot and dark, choking. Someone’s hands on me, dragging me up, then down. Stumbling over floorboards and furniture. Scooped up into strong arms. The first breath of cool, fresh night. We watched the house burn […]

Recession Launches Recording Career: “Nu-Vintage” Vocalist Laura Ainsworth Takes Unusual Road to Acclaim

DALLAS, Dec. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — As a girl, Dallas-based singer Laura Ainsworth watched starry-eyed as her dad, big band sax/clarinet master Billy Ainsworth, accompanied such lounge/jazz idols as Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett and Mel Torme. She dreamed of following in their footsteps, not realizing she was witnessing the end of an era. She never […]