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

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 […]

Director Interview: Charles Randolph Wright talks “Motown the Musical”

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 […]

“I Am Charlie Wilson” – The Gap Band, despair, addiction and back. Interview with the Soul singer on his upcoming memoir and the life that’s filled its pages

…..”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 […]

Actor Interview: Stan Houston on his role in “Selma” and why he almost walked away from it

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 […]

Filmmaker Interview: “Let’s Be Cops” w/ Rob Riggle, Damon Wayans Jr., and Jake Johnson

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 […]

Author Interview: Niobia Bryant on her compelling characters, searing street scenarios and erotic interludes

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 […]

Author Interview: Ilyasah Shabazz on her children’s book Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up To Become Malcolm X

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 […]

Filmmaker Interview: ‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’ with documentary producer Frank Pavich

Roundtable interview by: Gordon K. Smith In 1970, a bizarre, X-rated surrealist western from Mexico entitled EL TOPO became the first midnight movie sensation.   Its star/director/writer, Chilean Alejandro Jodorowsky,  followed it three years later with the similarly trippy THE HOLY MOUNTAIN.  Also hugely popular at that time were the fantasy/science-fiction novels of Frank Herbert, Dune […]

Film Composer Interview: Heather McIntosh Talks About Her Love of Research and Collaboration

By: Bill Graham I sat down with composer Heather McIntosh a few weeks ago at SXSW where she had three films at the festival. Her best known work to date as a composer is the wondrous one she put together for the much-talked about the movie Compliance from director Craig Zobel. Since then she’s made […]

Music Interview: Guitarist Mark Letteri of ‘Snarky Puppy’ on the recent Grammy win and working with Lalah Hathaway

Written by: Melody Charles If you’ve been a part of the re-emerging  30+ live music scene in Dallas, TX over the last few years, chances are you’ve heard—or seen—the long, lean guitar-wielding machine known as Mark Letteri. Ahem…make that the Grammy Award-winning guitarist, composer and producer Mark Letteri. For years the Ft. Worth, TX-based performer […]