TX based indie record label IDOL RECORDS celebrates 20 years of doin the damn thing!

Interview by: Mut Asheru Indie record label Idol Records has been in business for 20 years. *round of applause please*. This year marked the 20th year of hustle, determination, success and preservation for the Texas based label founded by Erv Karwelis. Watching Erv operate makes me tired. He’s everywhere and always working. The thing that stands […]

Dallas VideoFest Enters it’s 27th Year! Check out our Interview with Festival Artistic Director Bart Weiss

Written by: Gordon K. Smith Now in its third decade, this year’s Dallas VideoFest, starting October 8th, 2014, looks to be the best yet. At a recent roundtable interview, the fest artistic director and all-around guru of Dallas video Bart Weiss discussed this year’s innovations: “This being our 27th year we decided to do things […]

Interview: Loni Love on her new daytime talk show “The Real” co-hosted by Tia Mowry and Tamar Braxton

Written by: Melody Charles Going from assembly-line work to engineering to entertainment wasn’t the most conventional path to follow, but Loni Love used her intellect and observational wit to become an in-demand comedian and actress. Whether you’ve seen her on TruTV Presents: World’s Dumbest, remember her from Star Search or have seen her many appearances […]

Filmmaker Interview: “Let’s Be Cops” w/ Rob Riggle, Damon Wayans Jr., and Jake Johnson

Actors of the up-coming and much anticipated comedy LET’S BE COPS stopped through Dallas, TX last month and got all warm and cozy like with us press folks. Rob Riggle, Damon Wayans Jr., and Jake Johnson were gracious enough to roundtable and inform us of the ins and outs of making this film and on […]

Author Interview: Niobia Bryant on her compelling characters, searing street scenarios and erotic interludes

Written by: Melody Charles No matter what nom de plume readers may find on the cover—Niobia Bryant, Simone Bryant or Meesha Mink—fans already know that the contents are going to be a scintillating read. Ever since her 2000 debut Admission of Love, the New Jersey native has created some of the most compelling characters, searing […]

Author Interview: Ilyasah Shabazz on her children’s book Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up To Become Malcolm X

Written by: Melody Charles Stunning and nearly 6′ tall, Ilyasah Shabazz‘ physical presence is charismatic and commanding. Her historical legacy—-she’s the third-born daughter of the late Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz—-is also impactful, which is why she commanded rapt audiences in DFW last month when she arrived as part of an author meet-and-greet for Dock […]

Author Interview: Beverly Jenkins on her years of writing historical mulitcultural romance novels feat heroes and heriones of African-American descent

Written by: Melody Charles With just the power of her words, she’s an author that can send her readers through different events and eras like a time machine: in her universe, heroines escape slavery with Harriet Tubman, write for T. Thomas Fortune’s pioneering 19th century black newspaper and lead covered wagons across the countryside to […]

Filmmaker Interview: Roundtable with writer / actor John Turturro on his latest film “Fading Gigolo” (spoiler alert))

Written by: Gordon K. Smith FADING GIGOLO, written, directed by and starring John Turturro, is a funny and touching middle-age MIDNIGHT COWBOY, with a dash of LAST TANGO IN PARIS thrown in. Turturro stars as Fioravante, New York florist and plumber (wink, wink) who, despite being a quiet and gentle man, agrees to a sideline […]

Filmmaker Interview: Actor Lamman Rucker discusses his latest romantic-drama “Where’s The Love?”

Written by: Melody Charles What if you’re counted on nationwide for help, advice and wise counsel, but behind closed doors, you happen to be in need of  assistance yourself? That’s the situation a couple faces in a romantic drama premiering Saturday, May 3 on cable’s Up network, “Where’s The Love?” (7:00 p.m. E.S.T.) It’s supposed […]

Filmmaker Interview: “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place” Associate Producer Nick Robinson Gets Real About Film Titles

Written by: Bill Graham “We Gotta Get Out” of This Place is one of those films that has captured upward momentum. I’m positive that people will track down this film years from now to see where certain cast and crew got their start. But more than anything, it works as a film. It’s dreary yet […]