February 06, 2014

LAWT Wire Services

 

Erica Campbell will exclusively debut her new music video “Help,” this Monday on VH1 Soul and VH1.com.

The video, created by legendary and iconic director Bille Woodruff, will premiere at 6:00am EST on VH1 Soul and will run every hour (on the hour) all day.

The video will also be available on line exclusively on VH1.com.

Shot in HD, Campbell looked absolutely stunning in the Woodruff led video that features breakthrough rapper Lecrae and her daughter Krista Campbell. As always Erica stays relevant in her delivery with this right-on-time ballad that is coupled with Lecrae’s poignant rap and Woodruff’s beautiful aesthetic shines. The collaboration is memorable and a sure fire hit for both in Gospel and urban platforms.

Campbell continues to travel the country promoting the release of her upcoming solo album, HELP, which hits stores March 25th as well as the start of the third season of her hit WEtv show “Mary Mary” on February 27th. Erica will also be hitting the road this spring with a series of solo performances in Washington DC, New York and Atlanta.

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February 06, 2014

By: Nicole Williams

LAWT Contributing Writer

 

It’s the classic one-night-stand-turns-something-more story – where the “rules” of a relationship fluctuate and reflect the more contemporary world we live in today. What is the fine line when it comes to beginning and maintaining a relationship? How does someone properly deal with the feelings of another?

Taking place in downtown Los Angeles, the more risqué adult-love movie “About Last Night” explored a few angles on how some deal with relationships and the vulnerability that comes with it. Based off the original 1986 film “About Last Night” starring Demi Moore, the movie reunited part of the cast of “Think Like A Man,” Kevin Hart, Regina Hall and Michael Ealy. The cast was also complimented by Joy Bryant.  Kevin Hart plays Bernie, the loud-mouthed friend to Danny, the slightly heartbroken good guy who is played by Michael Ealy. Regina Hall plays Joan who is the more passionate and sometimes outlandish friend of Debbie, played by Joy Bryant who is the successful businesswoman and the more grounded and reserved of the two. Bernie and Joan play a more dysfunctional love interest pair, while Danny and Debbie play the more conventional love interest pair. It’s hard to say exactly what’s normal in a relationship and the cast agrees that there are different ways to view the “rules” of relationships.

“I think it depends on who you are, the person you’re dealing with and also like my grandmother used to say, ‘you make your bed, you lie in it.’ If that’s what you want to do, there may or may not be consequences for your actions,” Bryant said.

Bryant’s character of Debbie explores the way she deals with a relationship that started off of a one-night stand. Bryant, who’s been married for around 6 years, jokes that the opportunity to work in a lot of movies that require romantic scenes is “legal cheating.” Her and Ealy’s connection in the movie was undeniable and super steamy as the movie was filled with a lot of sex scenes.

“Our thing was sort of like ‘You kiss with tongue? Yeah, okay it’s fine?’ Those are the technical things you want to get out of the way when you’re doing love scenes,” Bryant said.

Both Debbie and Danny’s relationship in the movie goes through its ups and downs and reveal certain relatable moments to how people deal with certain feelings in a relationship. Ealy, who recently got married in 2012, says he can relate to his character Danny in more than one way.

“What I realized was how happy I was that I have evolved and matured beyond this phase. The character of Danny is definitely informed by me in my 20s. Danny is 28 in the movie, I was 28 when I was like Danny,” Ealy said.  “I think for me, I just didn’t have the maturity like Danny to confront whatever issues I have with work or anything else that’s going on in my life. I didn’t have the ability to handle it, so I took it out on whoever I was with in ways just like Danny…ignoring them, becoming curt, just blaming them, running from the issue and being pretty bad at communicating my problems,” he continued.

In the movie, Danny and Bernie are best friends. Bernie spends a lot of time coaching up Danny to go after the “single and mingle” status. The resistant Danny perseveres against the pestering ways of Bernie, who happens to have romantic issues of his own.

Bernie’s love interest, Joan is his dysfunctional match. She’s extremely passionate and very vocal about what she wants from Bernie, while Bernie puts on an act that he doesn’t have the exact same feelings for her. Hall said that it was fun working with Hart and comfortable.

“We just had the opportunity to discover some stuff about us that we didn’t even know. We had so much fun and we had a lot of comfort,” Hall said.

Hall says she’s been through her own bad break up years ago. As a result, she got into yoga as a way to fuel her energy into something else. In a sex scene with Hart, Hall’s leg is behind her head, making everyone wonder, was that really her leg?

“We improv’d a lot. We had fun improvising. There’s stuff that wasn’t in the script that we did. That was my leg behind my head,” Hall laughs.

Both Hall and Hart brought the comedic element to the movie. The connection between the two was explosive. When one wasn’t making the audience laugh, the other was and the two still laugh at their performances on set today.  Ealy mentioned a swimming scene in the movie where Danny and Bernie are in the pool taking a lap, which was right up Hart’s alley.

“For the shot, we put him (Ealy) like four body lengths in front of me. And said action!” Hart said.

Hart beat Ealy in that lap in the pool and says it’s because he’s a hotshot when it comes to swimming.

“I swam all my youth.  Made it into the Junior Olympics and everything. Real deal,” Hart said.

The cast of “About Last Night” share an electric chemistry with many more riveting and hilarious scenes. Check it out in theaters nationwide on February 14.

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January 30, 2014

 

ARIES

You’ll face a formidable task but if you defeat it you’ll take big steps toward a goal. Weigh in and give it your best. Your energy is high. The task looks larger before you start than it will once you’ve put your shoulder into it. Compromise with a partner. This week will bring more love than usual. Look for it. Soul Affirmation: I give thanks for the blessing of life Lucky Numbers: 33, 45, 50

 

TAURUS

Speak out. Take center stage. Any subject you choose is ripe for the “rap.” People listen. Friends and associates will be impressed. Forgive a jealous soul who lingers nearby. Don’t neglect the home front. Soul Affirmation: My love of myself makes me lovable to others. Lucky Numbers: 2, 15, 16

 

GEMINI

Enjoy yourself. The need to do that will be very apparent this week. What will not be as apparent is the key to your enjoyment which will depend on the attitude you take to someone who has been getting on your nerves. Don’t think about them. Whenever the picture of their face appears in your mind use your imagination to turn that picture into a cartoon. Laugh. Soul Affirmation: I am in tune with the best that is in me this week. Lucky Numbers: 36, 39, 40

 

CANCER

If you didn’t get invited to the party, that’s okay. If your air conditioner doesn’t work, if one of your favorite pieces of clothing has a spot on it, if your dinner guest didn’t show up, smile. Your ability to accept misfortune with a smile is going to be important to you this week. Soul Affirmation: I pay special attention to family members this week. Lucky Numbers: 4, 34, 51

 

LEO

This week will teach you a valuable lesson about money. Make a mental note of how you got into the shape you’re in so that you can avoid future mistakes of the financial kind. Request advice from a friend in money matters. Love and money mix well. Soul Affirmation: I let peace reign in my life. Lucky Numbers: 8, 32, 35

 

VIRGO

Emphasize generosity. Give and the gift itself will turn into a reward. This week is excellent for making important decisions and for reaching agreements with others. Agreement with your lover might be the most important one to try to reach. Soul Affirmation:  I stand firm in what I believe and am rewarded. Lucky Numbers: 9, 10, 23

 

LIBRA

You have opportunities to win big this week. Make the most of them. Stay alert to possibilities concerning a career move. You might see something that you believed was lost. It comes back to you this week. Give it your full attention. Soul Affirmation: I let my feelings bring me information that I allow myself to trust. Lucky Numbers: 23, 26, 31

 

SCORPIO

Feel deeply for the sorrow of a loved one. They can sense your commitment and that will be a comfort. Change is coming into your life. Handle it in the manner that you usually handle change. Anchor yourself in the past and move forward. Soul Affirmation: I open up to the wisdom of children. Lucky Numbers: 1, 26, 39

 

SAGITTARIUS

Charm is an extremely effective tool for you this week. Charisma works better than at any recent time, especially at home. Shine brightly and let your glow work for you.  Your self-image is you most effective tool. Soul Affirmation: Romantic and financial rewards are calling me and I listen Lucky Numbers: 17, 29, 54

 

CAPRICORN

The spiritual package you’ve been waiting for is likely to arrive this week. It should assure you that you’ve been on the right track.  Your insights can be an inspiration to those who work with you. Love is the reward for generosity. Soul Affirmation: I seek good news by reaching out to those who love me. Lucky Numbers: 23, 26, 29

 

AQUARIUS

This week let your gentle spirit shines through. Your rough and tumble side is not appropriate for the relationships that you’ll encounter. Someone will need your understanding and sympathy. Give it with sensitivity. Soul Affirmation: My feelings are a reflection of the company I keep. Lucky Numbers: 17, 29, 31

 

PISCES

Look for financial good news this week. Wow! It’s about time. This week might be a good week to window shop for a big vacation or extravagance purchase. Be sensitive to your lover’s needs this week. You may have been thinking too much of your own needs recently. Soul Affirmation: Being easy to get along with is the best thing I can do this week. Lucky Numbers: 2, 16, 40

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February 06, 2014

Staff and Wire Report

Radio veterans Johnny Morris and his daughter Felicia “The Poetess” Morris are asking the public to join them in, “creating something cool.”

“Coming soon... Radiofreqz, a new Internet radio network that will inform, entertain and inspire. Please check out the link and support! We have just under a WEEK to meet the GOAL,” “The Poetess” said via Facebook.

The goal, they said, is to raise $35,000 for the Morris Broadcast studio, which will house Radiofreqz (pronounced radio freaks) by February 12. They plan to reach it through a crowdfunding campaign they started on indiegogo.com. The money will go toward MBS, an internet broadcast studio and creative space that will provide opportunities for aspiring radio enthusiast, professional on- air personalities and celebrity hosts.

The team is asking for a minimum donation of $5.00, they said. There is no maximum. Contributors can earn perks, such as T-shirts, hats, Earl Stevens wine, free studio time and their name on the studio’s Wall of Love.

“The Morris Broadcast Studio will also provide a multitude of broadcast amenities, including voice-over services, demo production and accommodations for local and syndicated projects, as well as house Radiofreqz.com, an urban lifestyle channel that will feature talk, sports, comedy and music programming,” the team explained.

So far, the Morris duo has raised $5,450 according to their fundraiser page at indiegogo.com.

“We know how important it is to give people a voice,” said “The Poetess.”

“You can help us do that. With your donation, you can help Radiofreqz get on the Internet.”

“Your donation will help us bring this project into fruition and provide a wealth of opportunities for others that may not have a voice anywhere else. Plus we’ll have plenty of programs for you to enjoy, once we are up and running,” the Morrises said.

The money raised, they said, will go toward purchasing equipment such as a mixing console board, microphones, web cams, computers, office furniture, etc. It will also cover our operational expenses such as rental space, utilities and streaming services for up to 3 to 6 months. If they are not able to raise the $35,000 by the February 12 deadline, they will use what they have to get Radiofreqz up and running online at an established location.

The Morrises have a strong history in radio, Johnny having started his first radio gig at age 16. He became one of the Bay Area’s most popular DJ’s throughout the 1970s and introduced to his listeners R&B notables like Bobby Womack, Parliament-Funkadelic and The Ohio Players He stayed in the Bay for 20 years before heading to the Southland to land a gig at Los Angeles’ KGFJ FM In 2011 Johnny along with his daughter started Morris Broadcast Media.


Following in her father’s footsteps, Felicia “The Poetess” Morris began her radio career in 1989 as a syndicated radio host on Lee Bailey’s Hip Hop Countdown & Report. Since then, she has worked with Clear Channel, Radio One and Sirius XM  and celebs like Jamie Foxx, Steve Harvey, Reverend Al Sharpton, Cedric The Entertainer and Judge Joe Brown.

“The Poetess” was voted #1 in the Radio Facts Top 20 On-Air DJ contest in November 2013.

“Radio is my passion and l love helping others reach their goals,” she said.

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January 30, 2014

Shonassee Shaver

LAWT Contributing Writer

 

The Pan African Film Festival readies for its 22nd anniversary of prestigious and global Black cinema on February 6-17 at the Rave Cinemas 15 Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, they have chosen the award-winning rapper, singer-songwriter and actress, Niatia “Lil Mama” Kirkland to host of the Film Festival.

She was nominated to emcee the festival’s Spoken Word Fest “Music in the Rhymes,” that will feature some of the best poets and spoken word artists from around the country, showcasing their best spits and rhymes during the festival on Sunday, February 9 at 7 p.m., located at the Bridge in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles.

Lil Mama who has been praised for her riveting and authentic portrayal of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in VH1’s biopic “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story,” which chronicles the music career of one of the best R&B girls group of all time. The film’s esteem and prevalence garnered two NAACP nominations for “Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special.

The “Lip Gloss” rapper gave a notable performance in the film and was invited by T-Boz and Chili to perform with them at the 2013 American Music Awards.

A roster of veteran actors will join Lil Mama at the PAFF this year.   

PAFF has selected a total of 179 films, representing 46 countries that consists of 41 feature-length documentaries, 23 short documentaries, 56 narrative features, and 59 narrative shorts as well as 11 webseries in the new category of New Media.

The celebrity judges for the Pan African Film Festival includes:

NAACP nominee Vanessa Bell Calloway is known for her roles in films “Coming to America,” “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” “Biker Boyz,” “The Brothers,” and “The Temptations.” Look for Calloway in three indie flicks on DVD, “The Last Fall,” “The Under Shepherd” and “The Obama Effect.” Don’t miss her on Showtime’s TV series “Shameless,” as Carol Fisher. She will sit on the panel along with her contemporaries.

Actor Michael DeLorenzo who hails from Bronx, New York will be a celebrity judge at this year’s PAFF. His list of credits includes Dick Wolf’s urban drama “New York Undercover,” CSI: Miami,” “CSI: New York,” “Crossing Jordan” and “Resurrection Blvd.”

Fellow New Yorker Erica Gimpel will be judging at the PAFF, she is a veteran actress as well as a singer and songwriter who got her start on television series, “Fame” as Coco Hernandez .Gimpel’s talent garnered her roles on “True Blood,” “Criminal Minds,” “Grey’s Anatomy,’ “Nikita,” “Rissoli & Isles” and “Veronica Mars.” You can see her in “Romeo and Juliet in Harlem,” opposite Harry Lennix and Aunjanue Ellis, directed by Aleta Chappell.

Before landing her role on Showtime’s TV drama “Soul Food” as Maxine Chadway, Vanessa Williams appeared on “The Cosby Show” and “Melrose Place” as Rhonda Blair. The NAACP Image winner will be a judge on the PAFF’s panel. 

Award-winning actress and singer Dawnn Lewis is remembered for her as Jelessa Vinson from “A Different World,” and as Robin Dumars on “Hanging with Mr. Cooper.” Her list of credits include “CSI: Miami,” “The Jamie Foxx Show” and “Girlfriends.” Lewis plays “Dr. Knapp” on daytime series “Days of Our Lives.” With a Grammy, ASCAP and BMI under her belt, Lewis will be a celebrity guest to judge at the PAFF.

Known for her character roles, Nicki Micheaux will use her cinematic experience to judge this year’s PAFF. Micheaux is best known for strong and loving role as Jennifer “Jenn” Sutton on ABC Family series, “Lincoln Heights.”  You can see her in the feature film, “The Trials Of Cate McCall,” opposite Kate Beckinsale. 

Other celebrity jurors are model and actor Jimmy Jean-Louis, “Zane’s the Jump Off” Tanjareen Martin, “Southland” Dorian Missick who will appear on upcoming episode of “Being Mary Jane.”

Covering the webseries category at the Pan African Film Festival is award-winning writer, director and producer Issa Rae. Her claim to fame webseries “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” cataphote her to success, Rae made the Forbes 30 Under 30 Entertainment List and won the 2012 Shorty Award for Best Web Show. She is developing a new television show, called “I Hate LA Dudes,” with Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy, “Scandal,” “Private Practice”) for ABC and a half-hour comedy for HBO with Emmy-winning writer/producer Larry Wilmore.

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