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 (Ian McKellen). MR. HOLMES directed by Bill Condon … [Read more...] about Actor Interview: Hiroyuki Sanada talks about his latest role in “Mr. Holmes” and his desire to simply act
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 credit, Houston acted in network programming … [Read more...] about Actor Interview: Stan Houston on his role in “Selma” and why he almost walked away from it
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 from the back of the yard. Papa said the … [Read more...] about Author Interview: Ilyasah Shabazz on her latest literary work – “X, a Novel”
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 imagined she would one day … [Read more...] about Recession Launches Recording Career: “Nu-Vintage” Vocalist Laura Ainsworth Takes Unusual Road to Acclaim
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 out about Idol Records is not … [Read more...] about TX based indie record label IDOL RECORDS celebrates 20 years of doin the damn thing!
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 differently . We're going for two weeks, … [Read more...] about Dallas VideoFest Enters it’s 27th Year! Check out our Interview with Festival Artistic Director Bart Weiss
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 in films (Soul … [Read more...] about Interview: Loni Love on her new daytime talk show “The Real” co-hosted by Tia Mowry and Tamar Braxton
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 how well they worked together as a team to bring us this movie. Bill Graham makes … [Read more...] about Filmmaker Interview: “Let’s Be Cops” w/ Rob Riggle, Damon Wayans Jr., and Jake Johnson