Category: Entertainment - Original Written by Amber Bogins
Songstress and songwriter extraordinaire Joan Belgrave is rhythmically and melodically melding the worlds of Jazz, R&B and fundraising together Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit as part of the Sunset in the City concert series.
Belgrave releases her new single Hey Love during the free concert sponsored by the Detroit 300 Conservancy and Campus Martius. She will be accompanied by her husband and jazz trumpet legend Marcus Belgrave. Hey Love is being released in partnership with Blue Rivers Records and begins an R&B journey for Joan preceded by many varied works and genres in Blues, Jazz, Gospel and Soul. Hey Love is a smooth, sultry and melodious R&B love song with jazz undertones.
Love for children and music has inspired Joan to fundraise for 4-year-old Julian, a cousin and victim of domestic abuse. Jazz for Julian is collaboration of live concerts with husband Marcus to raise funds for Julian's care. Donations will be taken during the concert on Julian's behalf.
The worldwide entertainer began her musical career singing in the choir of her Baptist church and studied classical voice. Joan's near four decade musical career includes success as a vocalist, songwriter, producer and manager.
The Belgraves are headliners during the Detroit Jazz Festival in Hart Plaza this year. Joan's CD will be available for purchase.
For more information, click on: www.joanbowbelgrave.com or contact Detroit Jazz Musicians Co-Op Inc., P.O. Box 36426, Detroit, MI 48236 or call 313-640-8552. Jazz for Julian information can be found at http://www.joanbowbelgrave.com/jazzforjulian.html
Blue Rivers Records – www.blueriversrecords.com
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 14:06
Category: Entertainment - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
The Michigan Film Office announced today the feature film Bestseller has been approved for a film incentive from the state. The psychological thriller, based on the novel by Michigan author Christopher Knight, is expected to film this month in Petoskey and De Tour. The film is set in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on the shores of Lake Huron.
"Northern Michigan will be a main character in this exciting project made by Michigan filmmakers, based on a Michigan novel," said Margaret O'Riley, director of the Michigan Film Office. "Bestseller will highlight our state's natural beauty and communities while providing opportunities for local crew and support services."
Bestseller was awarded an incentive of $42,431 on $145,350 of projected in-state expenditures. The project is expected to hire 34 Michigan workers with a full time equivalent of one job.
Christopher Wright, who writes under the pseudonym Christopher Knight, will serve as executive producer on the project, with Scott Castelein serving and the producer and director of photography, Ian Croteau directing and Joseph Scott Anthony serving as the unit production manager.
"Michigan is one of the most beautiful states and I feel privileged to be able to feature it as the backdrop of our film," Castelein said. "This is a passion project for us, and we are extremely excited to get started."
In conjunction with filming, Knight's novel will be re-released, featuring lead actress Melissa Anschutz on the cover art of the novel. The film will also feature corresponding artwork with the novel's cover.
Set in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, this thriller provides a story within a story. The main character is a book publishing agent who goes on an isolated vacation to catch up on some work and R&R. One morning, she finds a manuscript on the porch of her cabin titled "Bestseller." As she begins to review the manuscript she discovers she is living out the nightmare within it.
In Fiscal Year 2013, 22 projects have been awarded a total of $33,349,487 of $128,499,622 of approved production expenditures for the year. These projects are expected to create 1,478 Michigan hires with a full time equivalent of 606 jobs.
The Michigan Film Office was created in 1979 to assist and attract incoming production companies and promote the growth of Michigan's own film industry. The Film Office also administers the incentive program for film, television and other digital media production in Michigan. For more on the Michigan Film Office, visit:MichiganFilmOffice.org.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 12:38
Category: Entertainment - Original Written by Steve Holsey
The behavior of people in show business is probably no worse than that of people outside of it, but sometimes certain entertainers are deluded into thinking they are not only bigger than “ordinary people," but also exempt from the laws of the land.
And some just make stupid mistakes. (Don’t we all!)
Who could ever forget MILLI VANILLI, the duo consisting of Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan, that had a string of major hits in 1989 and 1990 and even won a Grammy Award as Best New Artist. But in 1990 it was learned that someone else had sung on all those songs, and the disgraced duo had to give back the Grammy.
Songstress FAITH EVANS married hard-core rapper the Notorious B.I.G. in 1994 and it was widely known to have been a turbulent union. Also known as BIGGIE SMALLS, he had plenty of affairs, including one with fellow hard-core rap star LIL’ KIM. And as if that were not enough, Evans, through her connection with Biggie, found herself involved in the dangerous East Coast/West Coast hip-hop feud.
In the early morning hours one day in the spring of 1997, superstar comedian/actor EDDIE MURPHY was driving around in a West Hollywood area known for prostitution and other seedy activities. He got pulled over when he picked up a transvestite hooker. Few people believed Murphy when he said he was just being “a nice guy,” offering a lady a ride.
CHRIS BROWN is still trying to get beyond the fallout from that infamous night in early February 2009 when he got into an argument with then-girlfriend RIHANNA, which quickly escalated into violence on his part.
The physical attack resulted in the songstress having to be hospitalized. Brown, known for his hot temper, was charged with felony assault and making criminal threats. He was sentenced to community labor, five years probation and violence counseling.
There have been several incidents since then, though not involving Rihanna.
Back in the day, the great actress/singer DIAHANN CARROLL and iconic actor SIDNEY POITIER were going together, even though both were married. The plan was to get a divorce from their respective spouses, then get married. Carroll got divorced. Poitier did not.
Although he sang songs about Black power, Black pride, staying in school and other such positive things, JAMES BROWN got into plenty of trouble with the law, resulting in substantial jail time. Charges have included possessing an unlicensed gun, assaulting a police officer, possession of illegal drugs and on four occasions his wife had him arrested for domestic abuse.
R. KELLY sang that he "believed he could fly,” but he was also into some other things far less inspirational. Plenty of people saw that videotape featuring Kelly sexing it up with a 14-year-old girl, including what is known in the porno industry as “watersports.” Amazingly, Kelly denied that it was him in the video.
The state of mind of comedian-actor MARTIN LAWRENCE is still unknown that fateful day in 1996 when he was arrested for cussing and screaming at oncoming cars. He was also brandishing a pistol, yelling, “They’re trying to kill me!” The spin doctors said Lawrence was suffering from “exhaustion and dehydration.”
What a odd trio they made. DIANA ROSS, widely known at the time as the lady in the life of BERRY GORDY, was pregnant by him, yet had gotten engaged to ROBERT SILBERSTEIN, known professionally as Bob Ellis, a publicist. The three were often seen together, as strange as that seemed to onlookers.
LA TOYA JACKSON, according to brother Jermaine, had always been afraid of snakes, yet she controlled her alleged fear long enough to pose topless for Playboy magazine — with a boa constrictor writhing around her body suggestively.
Speaking of Jacksons, the Super Bowl halftime show of 2004 will be forever etched in the public’s mind. JANET JACKSON was performing a high energy number with JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE.
At one point he reached for her top and ripped it off, as planned. But instead of an undergarment of some sort being there as it was supposed to, Janet's breast was exposed for a second or two. The lights went out. Subsequently, there FCC reprisals and thousands, perhaps millions, of irate viewers making complaints.
The whole thing, labeled a “wardrobe malfunction,” seems kind of silly now — just as it did then to a lot of people.
The trials, tribulations and foibles involving WHITNEY HOUSTON and BOBBY BROWN could fill the pages of a book. One of the lowest points was reached when, with evidence all over the place, Houston told Diane Sawyer on national television that she didn’t use crack cocaine because “crack is wack.”
In 2009, Evangelist JUANITA BYNUM, who is also famous as a “prophetess,” was attacked on a parking lot in Atlanta by her husband — Bishop Thomas W. Weeks! (Apparently some things can’t be “prophesied.”)
The heavy use of cocaine by RICK JAMES no doubt had nearly everything to do with an infamous incident in 1991 when he and his girlfriend, Tanya Hijazi, kidnapped a woman and made her do all kinds of things, sexual and otherwise. During the time he was out on bail from that crime he decided to do it again, but this time got a two-year jail sentence.
One of the dumbest and most dangerous things MICHAEL JACKSON ever did was dangle his son, who wasn’t even a year old, over the balcony on the fourth floor of a hotel. He held the child under the armpits. Jackson, sometimes labeled “Wacko Jaco,” almost immediately after said it was “a terrible mistake,” which was putting it mildly.
RONALD ISLEY and WESLEY SNIPES both served time for tax evasion, and by the time this is published, LAURYN HILL will have begun serving a three-month sentence for not paying taxes for three years. In addition to still having to pay those federal taxes, the judge ordered her to pay penalties and a $60,000 fine, plus there will be three months of home confinement and a year of supervised probation.
These cases beg the question: Why don’t these celebrities take care of their taxes? It probably has something to do with quickly going from having little or nothing to having a lot.
One former Motown recording star, who has been having fairly well publicized tax problems, said, “In the ’60s the money was coming in so fast I didn’t know what to do with it.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 17:11
Category: Entertainment - Original Written by Amber Bogins
Canon and Ron Howard are enabling filmmakers of all skill levels to direct short films inspired from ten photographs – including one photo taken by Rob Woodcox or Sal Rodriguez of Detroit, MI. Submissions for the film contest must be uploaded by July 23rd at imagination.usa.canon.com.
Helmed by Ron Howard and Bryce Dallas Howard, consumers will embark on the same creative exercise as five celebrity directors – Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, Biz Stone (co-founder of Twitter), Georgina Chapman (designer and co-founder of Marchesa) and James Murphy (founder of LCD SOUNDSYSTEM).
Five winning consumer films will premiere at the "Project Imaginat10n" Film Festival this fall along with the five celebrity films.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 17:08
Category: Entertainment - Original Written by Amber Bogins
You may recall the story of Oscar Grant, the 22-year-old man who was shot and killed by a BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit)police officer on New Years' Eve in 2009. Despite committing no crime nor carry a weapon, the Oakland native was shot repeatedly in the back while he waited at the subway platform this friends.
Now, four years later, filmmaker Ryan Coogler is gearing up for the release of his first feature film, Fruitvale Station — named after the metro station where Grant died.
The independent drama, which will be released in theaters July 26, follows the last day of Grant's life. Michael B. Jordan stars as Grant, Octavia Spencer as his mother Wanda Johnson and Forest Whitaker as the film's producer.
Check out the movie trailer below, then click through the slides to find out five things you may not have known about Oscar Grant and his infamous murder case.
1. At the time of his death, Grant was working as a butcher at Farmer Joe's Marketplace. He had served two state prison terms and was committed to living a lawful life for his family and future.
2. Grant's uncle Cephus "Bobby" Johnson texted his nephew around the time he was shot and killed. It read, "Happy New Year ... I love you." Grant was never able to reply.
3. Grant was the father of a 4-year-old daughter. He also left behind his mother Wanda Johnson and girlfriend Sophina Mesa.
4. BART officer Johannes Mehserle was eventually sentenced to two years in prison for involuntary manslaughter. He was released after serving one year.
5. He was known by his friends as a peacemaker. During the tragic altercation the BART station, several witness said Grant was trying to calm down his friends as well as the officers.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 16:39
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