Reel

“Being Mary Jane” is a Victory for BET Programming

For much of its existence, Black Entertainment Television (BET) has been hammered and severely critiqued for its video-laden and music programming. Oftentimes, critics would blast the Viacom-owned network for its lack of vision of  original material that depict African Americans in a positive light, or at the very least, show […]

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What You Know About Jazz…

June 18 MelBTheThird 0

[flagallery gid=4] You missed it. The 2013 Playboy Jazz Festival was off the meat rack Father’s Day weekend at the Hollywood Bowl. I’m not going to lie.  I never even liked jazz until now. The crowd’s reaction to Saturday’s performances by Gregory Porter, Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band […]

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Coming Back to His Roots

Gregory Porter blurs the lines of gospel music and jazz as if they both were synchronized swimmers making a symmetry entry into a wave to water parting ever so slightly waiting for the next magical move that will captivate an audience. To Porter, the music of the gospel and jazz […]

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A Star-Studded Celebration of Women at the 38th Annual Gracie Awards Gala

Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood’s stars shone a little brighter as the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) descended upon the historic Beverly Hilton Hotel, for the 38th Annual GracieAwards. 2013 National Gracie Award winners were honored in a star-studded gala hosted by Once Upon a Time’s Lana Parrilla. The Gracie Awards (also known as “the Gracies”) recognize exemplary programming created […]

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Love is in Your Face? The Soul Man’s Second Season

June 12 MelBTheThird 0

Wesley Jonathan is P-H-I-N-E!! But of course you know that from his previous role as Sweeeetness from Roll Bounce.  Check him out Wednesdays at 11 p.m. on TVLand as Stamps, the brother of Reverend Boyce “The Voice” Ballentine, played by Cedric the Entertainer on “The Soul Man.”  We caught up with […]

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Playboy Jazz Festival Comes to the Hills

June 5 MelBTheThird 0

The Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza was cracking Sunday afternoon when the Playboy Jazz Festival selected this venue, as it does every year, to host one of its free community concerts. The energy was high among the hundreds of people attending the event. Anyone from 8 to 80 could be found […]

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Bringing the Noise for the BET Experience

LOS ANGELES-The happening entertainment hot spot these days is right in the middle of downtown Los Angeles. Over a decade ago, the hub that houses Staples Center, L.A. Live and the Nokia Theatre, looked like a darkened version of Gotham City. It has now been transformed into a small mega-center […]

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Finding a Heart for Charities

April 17 Dennis J. Freeman 0

HOLLYWOOD-Philanthropy is usually always at the heart of a Hollywood gifting suite. Whether it’s the Academy Awards or the just completed MTV Movie Awards, no one does it better than GBK. GBK, the premiere gifting suite for celebrities during awards season, is a longtime mainstay for charitable organizations to bring […]

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The Need for Speed

April 10 Dennis J. Freeman 0

Stars burn rubber in practice runs in preparation for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity Race LONG BEACH-Comedian Wanda Sykes said she didn’t have a clue what she was doing. Actress Kate del Castillo is determined not to flameout like she did last year when she crashed into […]

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A ‘Bounce’ and a Smooch to Stardom

Brittany Smooch is the real deal. In the realm of the music and entertainment industry the words talent and potential are synonymous with each other.  Well, the hypnotic 18-year-old Smooch, who hails from Manhattan, New York, has already arrived. If Nicki Minaj and Rihanna are the rave today as far […]

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NBA Legend Kobe Bryant Named New Hublot Ambassador

Zac Efron, Jimmy Kimmel, Jesse Williams and Brad Goreski join Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, to Celebrate (Los Angeles, March 21, 2013) – Wednesday night on the rooftop of The London Hotel West Hollywood, basketball legend Kobe Bryant was named Hublot’s newest brand ambassador. Bryant joins the ranks of elite Hublot athletes including fellow […]

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‘Dreamgirls’ Making Perfect Harmony

March 19 Dennis J. Freeman 0

HOLLYWOOD-It’s good to dream. It is also fruitful for that dream to turn into reality. The flame of the hit Broadway musical Dreamgirls continue to flicker with long-winded sustainability and a rich sense of nostalgia. Thanks to the lifeblood transfusion it received from the motion picture of the same name […]