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Host Deardra Shuler talks with African American entrepreneurs within the business of music. Her guests include concert promoter Jesse Boseman of Sunsong Productions, agent Michael Elder of ME (Michael Elder Entertainment), New Orleans promoter Dan Williams, CEO of Moon Glo Development, LLC, and security person Frank Harris of International Security, who discuss the pros and cons of the business of concert promotion and entertainment.
Host Deardra Shuler talks with Eva Bornstein, Executive Director of Lehman Center for the Performing Arts about their upcoming special invitaiton fundraising gala prior to singer/songwriter Michael Bolton's concert on her show Topically Yours, BlakeRadio Network, Rainbow Soul.
Singer/songwriter Michael Bolron will be appearing at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, June 7th at 8pm in the Bronx, NY. Ms. Bornstein will discuss the gala (held from 5 pm to 7 pm, June 7th) and the upcoming acts at Lehman Center. For concert tickets call 718-960-8833.
International star Johnny Mathis, who has given few interviews in the past, has agreed to talk with Host Deardra Shuler about his upcoming May 21, 8pm performance at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx. Mr. Mathis is expected to sing songs like "Misty," "Chances Are," "It's Not For Me to Say," and a mix of jazz and classic standards. Born in Gilmer, Texas, Mathis grew up in San Francisco. Prior to his singing fame, he excelled in basketball, high jumping, hurdling, and track and field and was offered a chance to compete at the Olympic Games. Unfortunately, he was offered a record contract at the same time. Johnny's father felt his son should consider a future in music. Thus, he did not compete in the Olympics as planned. Mr. Mathis holds his own star in the Walk of Fame and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame twice. He has sold millions of records and is only one of 5 recording artists to have Top 40 hits spanning each of the four decades since 1955. Mathis is an avid golfer. He hosted his own golf tournament, The Johnny Mathis Senior PGA Classics held in L.A. He also hosted The Shell/Johnny Mathis Golf Classic, a charity golf tournament in Belfast, in Northern Ireland. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Mr. Mathis has sold over 350 Million records worldwide.
Host Deardra Shuler talks with Jazz Forum Arts Founder & Executive Director Mark Morganelli and T.S. Monk (son of Thelonious Monk), about the 35th Anniversary of Jazz Forum. Two dozen Jazz luminaries for JAZZ FORUM @ 35! will celebrate the event. The Jazz Forum is where some of the greatest jazz artists in the world performed between 1979 and 1983. Twenty-five of those artists will reconvene in Greenwich Village, where it all began for one special evening beginning at 8pm on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, located at 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square, New York, NY. Jazz artists performing that night are Lee Konitz, Kenny Barron, Larry Willis, Michele Rosewoman, Vic Juris, Dave Stryker, Jon Burr, Cameron Brown, Sonny Fortune, Billy Hart, Marion Cowings, Jon Hendricks, Charli Persip, T.S. Monk, Candido, David Amram, Bobby Sanabria, Harvie S, Wallace Roney, Steve Turre, Ronnie Cuber, Michael Carvin, Valery Ponomarev, Bob Mover, and Ray Drummond, etc.
Tickets for JAZZ FORUM @ 35! presented by Jazz Forum Arts, on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 8 pm a can be purchased at the NYU Skirball Center Shagan Box Office, 566 LaGuardia Place, NYC, at 866-811-4111; or at Jazz Forum @ 35! : Skirball Center for the Performing Arts - New York University. For information about Jazz Forum Arts, call 888-99-BEBOP, or visit www.jazzforumarts.org.
Host Deardra Shuler talks with producer Darrin Ross and Michael Jackson impersonator Jeffey Perez about their upcoming Saturday, June 21st at 8pm show INVINCIBLE: A GLORIOUS TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL JACKSON at Lehman Center of the Performing Arts, located at 250 Bedford Park Blvd West in the Bronx.
INVINCIBLE will feature songs from the newly released chart-topping album Xscape including the hit single “Love Never Felt So Good,” “Loving You,” “Blue Gangster” and “Slave To The Rhythm” the song that made headlines worldwide after a Michael Jackson hologram performance of it rocked the 2014 Billboard Music Awards.
The show features talented artists:JIBREEL MORAY (Young Michael), JEFFREY PEREZ (Live Concert Michael) and PETE CARTER (Dancing Michael) performing to hits “Billie Jean,” “Beat It,” “Thriller,” “Smooth Criminal” and “Earth Song”. The show also features guest performances by the fabulous Harlem GospeLive singers, the American Beat-boxer Kenny Muhammad The Human Orchestra, a Litefeet dance performane by NYC’s own W.A.F.F.L.E. as well as breathtaking visuals and a live band with master percussionists and singers. Created, Produced and Directed by Bessie Award winner Darrin Ross with choreography by Brandon Albright, Pete Carter, Lavon Patterson and Victor Lewis Jr. and musical direction by Doron Lev. For tickets call 718-960-8833 or go online at www.Lehmancenter.org
Host Deardra Shuler talks with Henry Simmons who is appearing in the movie FROM THE ROUGH starring academy award nominee Taraji Henson and Michael Clark Duncan. From the Rough opens in theaters on Friday, April 25, and tells the true story of Catana Starks, a female Tennessee State men’s golf coach who overcame incredible odds and deep-seated prejudice to become “the first African-American woman ever to coach an all-men’s team.
Born in Stamford, Ct, the son of Aurelia and Henry Simmons, Sr. Henry is one of three children. Simmons earned a basketball scholarship to Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire. He earned a business degree and later took a job in finacial management. It didn't last because Simmons was attracted to acting.
Simmons' first acting gig as a hot-headed youth was in a movie with Tupac Shakur called "Above the Rim." He appeared in movies and TV, most notably Detective Baldwin Jones on the ABC police drama “NYPD Blue.” He also played Queen Latifah's boyfriend in the 2004 action/comedy film Taxi. He had a leading role in a CBS legal drama "Shark" which starred James Woods. Simmons also appeared in World's Greatest Dad. He recently starred in "Man Up!" Upcoming projects include From the Rough" and "No Good Deed," starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson.
Simmons stars in "From the Rough" as Kendrick Paulsen, Jr., the school’s tough-minded athletic director, who “represents the ultimate obstacle to (Henson’s) character and her success because he does not think Starks is qualified to coach a men’s team and that creates a huge conflict.
Host Deardra Shuler talks with award winning director/producer/documentary filmmaker Nadine Patterson about her film "Tango Macbeth," a Shakepearean tale told with a unique slant which will be screening at the Magic Johnson Theatre on Wednesday, April 23rd at 6:30:00 pm in Harlem. Ms. Patterson has a background in theatre, world cinema and documentry film enabling her to create works grounded in historical contexts, with a unique visual palette. She operates her production and consulting company, Harmony Image Productions with her mother Marlene G. Patterson. Through the company they make multicultural films and media content.
Holding 2 Master degrees, Ms Patterson has taught video production at West Chester University, Temple University, Arcadia University, Drexel University, University of Western Sydney (Australia) and Scribe Video Center over the past 20 years and is the only filmmaker selected for The Biennial 2000 at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.
Among her films she includes “I Used to Teach English”, Winner Gold Apple Award 1994 National Educational Film/Video Festival, Oakland, CA; “Anna Russell Jones: Praisesong for a Pioneering Spirit”, Best Documentary 1993 African American Women in the Arts Film/Video Competition, Chicago, IL; “Moving with the Dreaming”, Prized Pieces award from the National Black Programming Consortium in 1997; “Todo El Mundo Dance!” selected for the 2001-2002 Council on Foundations Film and Video Festival. Other notable works include: “Shizue”; and “Release."
In 2011, she published her first book Always Emerging which regals her experiences as an independent filmmaker. "Tango Macbeth" has screened in film festivals in Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., Mar del Plata Argentina and Paris France.
Host Deardra Shuler talks with singer/actress Vanessa Williams who is presently appearing in "After Midnight." She replaces Toni Braxton and Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds. Vanessa who joined the production April 1st will appear in the show located at the Brooks Atkinson Theater, located at 256 West 47th Street (bet. 8th and Broadway) until May 11th.
Ms. Williams who was Tony-nominated for her performance in Into the Woods, is obviously no stranger to the stage having recently appeared in the Tony-nominated play The Trip to Bountiful. She also appeared in Sondheim on Sondheim, St Louis Woman, and Kiss of the Spider Woman.
As a multi-platinum recording artist she has sold millions of albums worldwide, garnering 11 Grammy nominations.
She is well known for her performance of Wilhelmina Slater in the three-time Emmy-nominated show "Ugly Betty."
Prior to his passing, Deardra Shuler spoke with the famed Oscar Brown, Jr., an American singer, songwriter, playwright, poet, political aspirant and civil rights activist. He unsuccessfully ran for office in the Illinois State Legislature and U.S. Congress. A Chicago native, while in life, Oscar Brown, Jr., began his singing debut on the radio show, Secret City at age fifteen. His first major recorded work was in collaboration with Max Roach, “We Insist! Freedom Now.” Oscar composed songs like Bid “Em In,” “Work Song,” “Dat There,” “Sin and Soul,” Signifying Monkey, “Watermelon Man,” “The Snake,” and “Afro Blue.” A prolific writer and playwright, Brown wrote and produced “Sin and Soul” and “Big Time Buck White” which starred Muhammad Ali. He founded The Oscar Brown, Jr. H.I.P. Legacy Foundation to carry on his work. A bit of a maverick and a definite innovator, Brown appeared on the Today Show with host Dave Garroway. The first and last time an entire Broadway show was featured on the Today Show. Brown wrote at least 1,000 songs (only 125 have been published), twelve albums, and over a dozen musical plays. His paperback book: WHAT IT IS—POEMS AND OPINIONS OF OSCAR BROWN JR., includes lyrics to some of his better-known songs as well as lyrics to songs Brown never got to record. A man for the history books, Deardra wanted to revisit her show with Oscar Brown Jr., so that audiences around the world can keep those who have forged a world of beauty, art and individualism alive in our memory and heart.