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.
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 Joel Diamond has discovered...a young Indian artist by the name … [Read more...] about Music Interview: Erick Blu – teen pop sensation from India hopes to break the American market with the help of legendary producer Joel Diamond