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
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 street scenarios and erotic interludes in … [Read more...] about Author Interview: Niobia Bryant on her compelling characters, searing street scenarios and erotic interludes
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 Bookshop to … [Read more...] about Author Interview: Ilyasah Shabazz on her children’s book Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up To Become Malcolm X