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Keith is best known for his critically acclaimed role as “C.C. White” in the Academy Award winning feature film, Dreamgirls. In which he was directed by Bill Condon, and starred alongside Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy and Anika Noni Rose. In the musical, Robinson’s big solo, “Patience,” which he also performed live at the Academy Awards, earned him an Oscar nomination.
On the acting side, Robinson followed Dreamgirls with This Christmas, co-starring Chris Brown, Idris Elba, Loretta Devine and Delroy Lindo. He then went on to star in Dear John opposite Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried. Roles in 35 and Ticking, starring alongside Kevin Hart, and Hopelessly in June soon followed. Next, Robinson began shooting Dysfunctional Friends.
Like many, he’s taken a behind-the-scenes approach to creating music. Robinson founded his own scoring company, Theme Song. Since its establishment, Theme Song has scored music for movies like Blade 3, Fat Albert, and 35 and Ticking, in which he also starred. Most recently, the budding company scored Divorce Invitation (2012) also starring Robinson alongside Jonathan Bennett, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Nadia Bjorlin.
Keith’s upcoming releases include CRU, an emotionally intense film in which he stars alongside Harry Lennix, Richard T. Jones, and Alison Eastwood. Four Seasons, a romantic comedy starring with Robin Givens and Christian Keyes, and most recently, Universal’s James Brown biopic Get On Up, with Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Dan Aykroyd. In conjunction with the release of Get On Up, Keith will also be releasing his new album, Love Episodic, both due in 2014.
Tune in Monday at 9:00 PM ET as Stacey B. of H. Blu's Word interviews the Diana Ross lead in Motown the Musical US, Allison Semmes.
Chicago Native Allison Semmes is the embodiment of grace and glamour. Her entire presence and aura is reminiscent of the class and demeanor that exuded from the iconic songtresses like Lena Horne, Josephine Baker and Diana Ross.
To see Allison bring Diana Ross to life night after night in the Hit Broadway Musical - Motown the Musical is almost like watching the real Diana Ross come alive right before your eyes. From the moment Allison steps on stage she becomes the embodiment of one of the greatest female singers of our time - Diana Ross.
The dynamic singer/actress’ notable Broadway credits have also included the cultural smash hit show, The Book of Mormon. Allison's national touring credit also included the Award-winning musical The Color Purple. Semmes regional credits included Dreamgirls, Bubbling Brown Sugar, The Wiz, and Candide. She holds a Masters of Music degree from NYU Steinhardt. For more information go to allisonsemmes.com or @ladysemmes on Twitter.
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Norfolk State University, home of the mighty Spartans, is now on blogtalk radio. Each week, the communications and marketing team and its partners (faculty, staff, students, alumni, and business and community leaders) will bring you guests from across the university community to talk about special events, news, trending topics and more. In our debut episode, we're interviewing Mr. Anthony Stockard, director of the NSU Theatre Department. Stockard's last productions including "Dream Girls" has brought rave reviews from the campus and Hampton Roads communities. NSU's Theatre Department has been re-engergized under his direction.
Follow us on blogtalk radio, NSU on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for new episodes of Spartan Life.
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#MyRealTalkRadio interviews Multi-Talented Entertainer: FRENCHIE DAVIS.
America took notice to Davis and her amazing singing talent in 2002 when she auditioned for the second season of American Idol. She blew all three judges away with her sultry audition rendition of “And I Am Telling You.” Davis made the cut, went straight to Hollywood and sang her way to the semi finals.
Throughout her theatre career, Davis has starred in hit Broadway musicals such as RENT, Dreamgirls, Mahalia: A Gospel Musical, Cinderella and Ain’t Misbehavn’, which earned her a Grammy Nomination. Her television credits include voice-over work for the hit Nickelodeon cartoon, Wonder Pets and most recently a role on OWN Network's Wanda Sykes Presents: Herlarious!
Currently Davis tours the country with her musical comedy cabaret act, The French & Kat Show, of which she is the co-creator, co-producer and co-star. The show has received rave reviews and continues to sell-out to audiences who are amazed by Davis’ unique singing voice and raw whit.
In May 2014, Davis graduated from Howard University with a GPA of 3.85; her Bachelors Of Fine Arts degree; and plans to begin graduate school in the fall. It is imperative to Davis to continue her education in her career path.
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While residing in Los Angeles, California, for 7 years (1988 - '95), Wm. Michael Reid had the privilege of learning the landscape of the sports and entertainment industry. In time, he chose to start up his very own event management and marketing company, Xpozure Entertainment, Inc.
Founded in July of 1993, in Burbank, California, X.E.I. is a sports and entertainment business dedicated to the world of music, comedy, sports, modeling, and fashion. In addition, X.E.I. will encompass other areas such as talent and sports management, media and public relations, and publishing.
X.E.I. has produced and cross-promoted high-profile events catering to major sports and
entertainment attractions such as XM Fashion Week, Athens 2004 Summer Games, Any Given Monday - Monday Night Football at Justin's Restaurant NYC, Super Bowl, Pro Bowl Week in Hawaii, NBA All-Star Weekend, Budweiser SuperFest, Coca-Cola Concert Series, Coors Light MusicFest, Playboy Jazz Festival, Grammy Awards, BET's Comic View, Harlem Week, Roy Campbell from "America's Next Top Model", Fashion On The Hudson, Couture Fashion Week, Baltimore Fashion Week, Los Angeles Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, Miami Splash: Dive Into Fashion, NYC Live!, and Broadway musical, Dreamgirls.
Recent accomplishments include my long-awaited (17 years) “NYC Live! @ 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend” Fashion Show (February 13th, 2015), in New York City.
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One show, two amazing and powerful women join Wendy Manganaro for this week's show!
Jasmine Brett Stringer is lifestyle expert, media personality, host, public speaker and nationally sought after blogger. She pens a lifestyle blog entitled, Carpe Diem with Jasmine. Jasmine is a monthly lifestyle contributor to several television programs, a regular contributor to the nationally syndicated television show, The Insider and a Huffington Post blogger.
Shinjini Das is a Business Technology Analyst & Public Speaker. She graduated from Georgia Tech with a B.S. Industrial Engineering as a President’s Scholar and was selected as the Undergraduate Commencement Speaker to deliver “The Spirit of Georgia Tech” to ~10,000 people. Shinjini is a highly empowering, engaging, and versatile speaker. From speaking to groups of 10 to almost 10,000, she considers it the greatest privilege to inspire and impact her audiences. Shinjini is a Huffington Post contributor & was interviewed by Classy Career Girl & Smart Girls Group, the first interview of which was also blogged about in Nairobi, Kenya. Her Huffington Post article, “5 Secrets of a Go-Getter Girl” generated a massive global response. She is honored to empower and engage the young women of DreamGirls South Africa in March ’15. Follow her journey: @SpeakerShinjini
Strength can often be found in the midst of struggle. It's in those moments of hardship that we fully understand who we are and what we're really capable of. Grammy Award-nominated R&B singer, songwriter, and producer Tank realized that in late 2012. While working on the TGT super group album, Three Kings, with Ginuwine and Tyrese, he simultaneously endured a string of revelatory personal shakeups.
Tank makes music you can live with forever. His first two classics, 2001's Force of Nature and 2002's One Man, both achieved gold status, while his most recent solo outing This Is How I Feel landed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 upon its debut. He's garnered an impressive four Grammy Award nominations and collaborated with everybody from Chris Brown and Drake to Omarion and Kelly Rowland. Moreover, he remains an accomplished songwriter in his own right, penning tunes for the likes of Jamie Foxx, Pitbull, Aaliyah, and more. He even contributed to the score of Dreamgirls, making a cameo in the film.
Join us on Wednesday as this Grammy Nominated solo artist, writer and producer and 1/3 of the group TGT answers your questions. Call in 646-929-1325 at 6:30pm est and Talk To Tank. Follow us on BlogTalk Radio for updates on more celebrities Fancalls coming soon. so you can be one of the first to know and participate in weekly Fancalls.
Sylvia “SylkyDiva” Wilson was born and raised in Montgomery, AL. She has performed in a variety of venues— from outdoor and indoor festivals to concert halls including the world famous Apollo Theater with the Alabama State University Choir, and became the opening act for the S.O.S Band, Rough Endz, and Roger Troutman and Zapp. She also landed theatrical roles as “Effie” in DreamGirls and “Evillene” in The Wiz.
While auditioning for a lead role, she was informed that her voluptuous figure and mocha-colored skin did not line up with the vision for the character and she was advised to lose weight and lighten her skin in order to be considered for the role. In 2007, she decided to showcase her personal experience in her debut theatrical production, “Plus Size Divas The Musical”.
Then in 2011, “Plus Size Divas The Movie” was birthed. In addition to performing, Sylky is an educator with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Music Education. She is The CEO/Founder of SylkySmoove Entertainment and SylkySoul For The Enrichment Of The Mind, Body & Spirit. Both organizations promote and provide services that focus on empowerment, motivation, size-acceptance and uplifting those that are not considered “the norm” in today’s society.
We close with an interview with Elizabeth Carter (Mai Tamba) & Katherine Renee Turner (Jekesai/Ester) in the Bay Area Premiere of Danai Gurira's The Convert at Marin Theatre Company, February 19 – March 15, 2015.
Elizabeth Carter has appeared at MTC in Beggar’s Holiday, The Crucible and The Art of Dining. She was most recently seen as The Eternal Feminine in Wittenberg at the Aurora Theatre Company. Carter has performed with numerous Bay Area theaters. Her favorite roles include Rose in Fences, the Bawd in Pericles, Millie in Trouble in Mind, Effie in Dreamgirls, Mistress Ford in Merry Wives of Winsor and Agnes in Agnes of God. Carter teaches Shakespeare performance at Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts and has directed for the Cal Shakes Theater Summer Conservatory for nearly 20 years. She resides in Oakland and can be heard in the historic Peralta House audio exhibit.
Katherine Renee Turner (Jekesai/Ester) has appeared at MTC in Fetch Clay, Make Man. A Washington D.C.-based actor, she has appeared in that region in Fetch Clay, Make Man at Round House Theatre; The Threepenny Opera at Signature Theatre; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing and The Tempest at Shakespeare Theatre Company; The Laramie Project at Ford’s Theatre; The Twelve Days of Christmas at Adventure Theatre, Rumplestiltskin at Imagination Stage and Photo-Op at UrbanArias. Turner is a graduate of Ithaca College and the National Theater Institute at Eugene O’Neill Theatre.
Life and the Public Figure has a conversation with Director, Writer and Producer John Ruffin. He will be talking about his production company Theater 47, J. Ruffin Entertainment, his television productions and his heavy hitter stageplay Dreamgirls!
Join us on Monday, March 26th at 6pm CDT to hear what lengths John Ruffin goes to provide you with great entertainment and inspiration when it comes to his productions!
The fabulous Julia Breanetta Simpson is back on Word of Mom Radio sharing music from her Christmas Extravaganza this Saturday and her upcoming show in February called "How Sweet The Sound." Breanetta Productions honors and celebrates contributions made to society and world culture by African Americans. We provide affordable access to the arts for a diverse audience by presenting performances and cultural events in schools, libraries, theatres, churches, festivals and other community venues.
Julia has had the good fortune to perform throughout the Tri-State area in her one-woman shows Harlem On My Mind and How Sweet The Sound. She has appeared around the country at Regional, Dinner and Stock Theatres in such productions as Ain't Misbehavin', Dreamgirls, For Colored Girls, One Mo' Time, Purlie, Tintypes, and When The Nightingale Sings. She has appeared in various Off-Broadway Theatres and Cabaret venues in New York City. Julia is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA and M.A.C Julia is a nationally elected Councilor of Actor's Equity Association and co-chair of its Equal Employment Opportunity Committee.
Join us for a 30 minute show and welcome Julia to the Word of Mom Radio sponsor family. She will be joining our Mompreneur Marketplace in the next few weeks.
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Three-time Tony Awards winner Hinton Battle is recognized as one of Broadway’s most respected musical stars. He began his career on stage at the age of 15, as the Scarecrow in the Broadway production of The Wiz.
He has since gone on to build an impressive portfolio of work, dazzling audiences across the country and around the world for over three decades, starring in some of the most memorable musicals ever, including Dancin, Dreamgirls, Sophisticated Ladies, Chicago (Billy Flynn), Ragtime (Coalhouse Walker Jr.), Miss Saigon and The Tap Dance Kid.
He is the recipient of numerous awards honoring his versatility as an entertainer, among them the NAACP Image Awards, Midtown International Theatre Festival Award, Fred Astaire Awards, Ira Aldridge Awards, the Choreographer Media Honors, Planet Connection Award, the 2012 Champion of the Arts Award from Big Boi’s“Antwan Patten” Big Kidz Foundation, and the Amas 2014 Rosie Award for lifetime achievement in recognition of extraordinary accomplishment in theatrical arts. Hinton has easily crossed from stage to television and film.
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