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.
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”
Harry Shearer of SPINAL TAP and "The Simpsons" fame tells us what to expect when he receives the Ernie Kovacs Award Friday, Oct. 17 th at Dallas VideoFest 27 at Angelika Dallas. The award is named after the pioneering comedian Ernie Kovacs of '50s and early '60s television who died in 1962. "Before Ernie, TV was radio with pictures. He was the first to understand that … [Read more...] about Harry Shearer Famed author and voice actor of “The Simpsons” tells us what to expect when he receives the Ernie Kovacs Award Oct.17 at Dallas VideoFest 27
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