August 08, 2013
LAWT News Service
Members of the NAACP are congratulating Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who was named the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Academy, which produces the annual Oscar ceremony, has not had a female president since 1983, and has never had an African-American president in its 86-year history.
“Cheryl Boone Isaacs is a wonderful selection for an organization that is seeking to expand diversity and inclusion,” stated NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. “As one racial barrier is broken, we are excited to see what Ms. Isaacs will do to break down even more barriers in the industry.”
“We recognize the election of Cheryl Boone Isaacs as an historic moment in Hollywood,” stated Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP. “This appointment sends a clear message to the rest of Hollywood. We believe her selection will encourage the studios and networks to empower more women and minorities throughout the entertainment industry.”
“Cheryl Boone Isaacs’ appointment is another step in the right direction for the Academy and diversity in Hollywood,” stated Robin Harrison of the NAACP Hollywood Bureau. “We congratulate her and look forward to the Academy’s work and influence under her new leadership.”
Isaacs’ career includes stints in marketing and publicity, previously working at New Line Cinema and Paramount Pictures. At the Academy, she previously served as first vice president, and has served in every other office within the organization. Her role will include selecting a host for the Oscars telecast.
In July of this year, the Academy sought to expand racial and ethnic diversity among its voting members by inviting 276 new members from various backgrounds. The Academy also hired former NAACP Hollywood Bureau Executive Director Vicangelo Bulluck as managing director of Outreach and Strategic Initiatives, to help foster inclusion and diversity.
August 01, 2013
NNPA NEWS SERVICE
It looks like the struggles in which Kelly Rowland sings about in ballad/ musical confessional “Dirty Laundry” are long gone. The music video for the personal song debuted on Monday, July 22nd and Ms. Kelly is seen crying through much of the video as she confesses to being jealous of “sister” Beyonce’s success and abuse from a former boyfriend. However, the rough patch seems to be over and everything is coming up roses for Rowland.
Kelly has just landed an exciting new gig as the new brand ambassador of luxury car company, Jaguar. The singer was spotted in Miami on set of a commercial for the British car company. In addition to being the face of Jaguar, Kelly is also keeping busy promoting her Talk a Good Game album and hosting the newest “X Factor” show!
August 01, 2013
LAWT News Service
Broadcaster Tavis Smiley announced that the Tavis Smiley Network (TSN), a network of programs developed exclusively for BlogTalkRadio, the world’s largest social broadcasting network, has amassed more than 1.5 million listens since launching on June 25 of this year.
The milestone points to the success of TSN as the first network partnership for BlogTalkRadio with a national media personality. TSN is anchored by Tavis Talks, a daily news and opinion program that engages a diverse array of high-profile guests, such as Oscar-winning actress Helen Hunt, Larry King, Walter Mosley and Suze Orman. Tavis Talks posts daily at 4 p.m. (EST) and is complimented by an all-star line-up of expert hosts.
“TSN is an opportunity for us to deepen our connection with people and communities across the country,” said Smiley. “Our network hosts work hard to create unique programs with strong content driven by listeners and we are thrilled that they have responded so strongly.”
“TSN is a showcase of the online radio experience and hitting the 1.5 million mark so soon after launch is reflective of how our partnership is reshaping the media industry,” said Alan Levy, co-founder and CEO of BlogTalkRadio. To accelerate the momentum, TSN will premiere a new slate of additional hosts after Labor Day. They include: political commentator and Howard University professor Michael Fauntroy; arts and culture critic Bill Banfield; political theorist and New York Times bestselling author Benjamin Barber; historian and UCLA professor Robin D.G. Kelley; social commentator April Yvonne Garrett; travel expert Alison Taylor; and others.
August 01, 2013
Harmonious communications are part of your charm, and you’ll get far this week by speaking your word in an easy-going way. You’ll find that your domestic arrangements are very comfortable to you.
Soul Affirmation: I let my words reveal the not-so-hidden truth about my being. Lucky Numbers: 3, 4, 12
This week is a good week to get in touch with your emotional self. You will respond well to what people close to you will ask from you. Your loved ones will appreciate your kindness when they find out how highly sensitive you are to their needs.
Soul Affirmation: My life itself is my greatest creation. Lucky Numbers: 8, 19, 54
You know what you want and you have the ability to make it happen. Step into action at work this week and you will get a lot done. You can get what you want without being too demanding. Enjoy the time you have with your family. True rewards come from those who are related to you by blood.
Soul Affirmation: Truth is revealed in the smallest grain of sand. Lucky Numbers: 2, 4, 6
Live this week with an adventurer’s spirit. Trade in the comfortable for the exciting; the reliable for intriguing; the familiar for the new. Perhaps a change of scenery will get you started. You will rediscover feelings that you have denied yourself for a while
Soul Affirmation: Communication is a skeleton key that fits many doors. Lucky Numbers: 10, 12, 13
If you’ve just made a power move in your work life or love life, you couldn’t have timed it any better. There will be a new level of appreciation and admiration for your leadership and forcefulness.
Soul Affirmation: I work hard to combat envy this week. Lucky Numbers: 15, 30, 34
You’ve made your point. Now wait. Wait for the feedback about the impact it had on the people around you. Be careful of those who don’t celebrate with you. They feel the impact and are resisting the positive effects.
Soul Affirmation: Before goodness can come I must expect goodness. Lucky Numbers: 5, 16, 23
Be sharp! All of your needs will be met in indirect ways. Gifts will come from unexpected sources. They will be carefully packaged to go unnoticed. Unwrap everything and look inside. There will be empty boxes, but there will also be a prize in an unanticipated situation.
Soul Affirmation: I look for the good in all that comes to me this week. Lucky Numbers: 3, 10, 41
Don’t respond to situations in a hasty manner this week. Your impulsive side is strong. Suppress it. Play a game called self-control. You know that this is the kind of game that you can win easily. Smile as you play at not being emotionally affected by an important matter, and eventually you’ll really won’t be emotionally affected.
Soul Affirmation: I give my mind a holiday again this week. Lucky Numbers: 4, 28, 50
Offer to help someone in your office who is struggling with a difficult project that you have mastered in the past. There will be several birthday celebrations that you are invited to. Attend them all! Celebrate!
Soul Affirmation: I give thanks for who I am this week. Lucky Numbers: 12, 19, 22
Think of who you like to have fun with. Give them a call. Plan something that diverts you from your unexciting tasks. Spend some money. Find a place that jumps. Jump with it. Flirt. Even serious people flirt once in a while, especially if you’ve worked your buns off all week.
Soul Affirmation: The true path is mapped out by my impulses. Lucky Numbers: 9, 10, 27
You’re likely to experience a blast from the past. An acquaintance will meet up with you again. Don’t be shy in establishing a more solid friendship this time. It could lead to something important professionally or personally. Love sometimes works better the second time around.
Soul Affirmation: Smooth communications is the key to my success this week. Lucky Numbers: 16, 17, 20
Who are the people who are empowered to assist you? The material objective you are focused on right now is very do-able. All you need is some assistance. Ask for it. It’s coming soon.
Soul Affirmation: I let positive emotions carry me through the week. Lucky Numbers: 33, 37, 42
August 01, 2013
NNPA NEWS SERVICE
For quite some time, the underrated and underappreciated Chante Moore has been one of my favorite female singers, and her new release, an eclectic and appealing 10-track collection titled “Moore Is More,” definitely served to solidify her status.
After a bit of a hiatus, Moore’s career is on the upswing, and she is currently starring in the “highly rated and anticipated” TV One reality show spin-off, “R&B Diva’s: L.A.,” which premiered on July 10, breaking records for its high viewership. The show follows the lives and careers of Moore as well as Kelly Price, Lil’ Mo, Claudette Ortiz, Michel’le and Dawn Robinson.
“Moore Is More” is Chante’s first album since 2008, and the project showcases her talent as a songwriter, as well as her seductive, focused and often dramatic vocal delivery, which comes quite naturally to singers that work in live theater. It was also refreshing to note that several of the songs are backed by live musicians — a novelty in today’s recording industry.
The disc opens with “Baby Can I Touch Your Body,” which has a smooth jazz flow. Among several selections that feature Moore’s stunning upper range, “Talking in My Sleep,” co-written by the artist, has strong lyrics, and probably the best shot at crossover airplay, while the impassioned “Jesus, I Want You” is a lock for the contemporary gospel format. An example of Moore’s impressive versatility, the cute and campy “Doctor, Doctor,” co-written by Moore and Kwame’ Holland, is built on the Sam Cooke dance classic, “Shake.”
“This album draws from many moments in the last ten years of my life,” Moore explains. “It is filled with intimate details and subject matters I cannot ‘talk’ about but I have to sing about. Understanding more about who I am and more about what I want. I am victorious! I choose to live! And man, am I gonna live! Love is on the way.”
“Baby Can I Touch Your Body”
“Talking in My Sleep”
“Mrs. Under, Stood”
“Jesus, I Want You”