Written by: Melody Charles A capital funds manager and true music connoisseur who turned his passion for soul music into the leading authoritative online magazine for all things soulful, Chris Rizik is the publisher of soultracks.com, a site devoted to expanding the encyclical knowledge of classically-composed and contemporary R&B. Thanks to thousands of quality reviews, … [Read more...] about Cool Site 2 Know: Soultracks – Where Passion for Soul Music has Led to a Leading Authoritative Online Magazine
Interview by: Melody Charles In the soul music universe, Lalah Hathaway is among the brightest stars in the galaxy. The oldest daughter of musically-gifted parents, vocalist Eulalah and the late producer, lyricist and singer Donny Hathaway, Lalah spent years honing her skill set, scholastically and organically, before releasing her well-received self-titled debut in 1990. … [Read more...] about Music Interview: Lalah Hathaway, Inside the new album “Honestly”
Interviewed and written by: Melody Charles For some, it's a surprise; for others, it's been a long time coming. Super group Mint Condition's lead singer, Stokley Williams, is stepping into the spotlight all on his own with his solo debut, Introducing.....Stokley. Slated for a June 23rd release, Introducing.....is a project that will display new dimensions of Stokley, but … [Read more...] about Music Interview: Stokley on his solo debut album “Introducing…Stokley”
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. Norton’s visionary fable is … [Read more...] about Roundtable: “Orion” – post-apocalyptic, visually striking film and a harsher David Arquette
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 an award-winning short called … [Read more...] about 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
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, "The Fourth Kind," … [Read more...] about Sci-Fi Director Olatunde Osunsanmi tackles the science behind the fiction with Hollywood TV & Film successes
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 his assembly-line experience with sales and skill … [Read more...] about Director Interview: Charles Randolph Wright talks “Motown the Musical”
....."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 down her cheeks and chin. … [Read more...] about “I Am Charlie Wilson” – The Gap Band, despair, addiction and back.