Thursday, December 30, 2010



After a brief holiday hiatus, one of the southland’s most successful concert series, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Live! (BHCP Live!) returns January 6th with multi-platinum recording artist Ginuwine.

Best known for collaborations with hip-hop producer Timbaland and fallen R&B angel Aaliyah, Ginuwine delivers a unique blend of urban soul music.  He will perform chart-toppers like PonySo Anxious and In Those Jeans, among others, during a one hour set that begins at 7 p.m. The pre-show hosted byKJLH starts at 6:30 p.m.

Ginuwine's new album ELGIN is slated for a February 15 release and includes the hit singles What Could Have BeenBatteries featuring Trina and Heaven.

Launched with the simple goal of providing quality entertainment to the residents of the Crenshaw District and south Los Angeles, the series affectionately know as BHCP Live! is now one of the city’s most anticipated events.  Drawing intimate audiences ranging in size from 200-300 for local artists Sy Smith,Medusa and Supa Lowery Bros, BHCP Live! attendance has exceeded 1K for national acts likeGoapele and Sheila E (interview: ).

In the past year, the series has featured a diverse array of talent like Lalah Hathaway (interview: Patterson, Jon BKev MoFenis Tasby and Lucky 7 Mambo to list only a few.  A testament to the quality of the performances, artists like Rachelle Ferrell (interview: WilliamsToni Scruggs and theTonight Show’s Rickey Minor are turning up at BHCP Live! to sit in with the band or show their support for the popular music series.

BHCP Live! is a free, bi-weekly concert series held at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.  For more information or a list of upcoming events please visit

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2010 IS NOT OVER UNTIL HE SAYS SO 00 Platinum Producer, Singer, Songwriter Jack Splash Releases Ode To “2010”

LOS ANGELES, CA (December 29, 2010) 

After receiving massive amounts of critical acclaim for his works accompanied by the most influential artists of the decade includingAlicia Keys, CeeLo Green, T-Pain, Missy, R. Kelly in addition to his mixtape series “Heir to The Throne” and “King of the Beats” Jack Splash decided to take the bulk of 2010 focusing on his upcoming producer album “FUTURE OF THE FUNK”. Splash, musically kisses the year of 2010 goodbye with his trademark sound on “2010” featuring soulster, Martin Luther.

Destined to be a New Years Eve dance floor classic “2010” is a testament to Splash’s faithful dedication to the funk and his first single from the forthcoming album. “I wrote this song “2010” not just to celebrate the historical year and decade that we’ve had, but to open up eyes and ears to the infinite possibilities that inspire positivity delivered through both art and music, proven elements that change the world. Jimi Hendrix did it with his song called “1983” Prince did it with his song called “1999”, my contribution is “2010” with the soul purpose of spreading a little love and hope for the new decade…In the worst case scenario, we’ll make a few asses shake,” smiles Splash.

Originally scheduled to be the third installation of his mixtape series, Jack Splash decided that this “FUTURE OF THE FUNK” project was too close to his heart to be considered a mixtape. The album is a collision of the best elements influenced by original funksters Sly Stone, James Brown, Prince and George Clinton mixed and mastered into Splash’s signature futuristic electro space funk. Set to release second quarter next year, fans will be pleased to know the melodious sounds of Jennifer Hudson, Raheem Devaughn, Estelle,CeeLo Green, Goapelle, Anthony Hamilton, Plantlife, Lemar, B.O.B. will all be featured on the anticipated album. DJ’s, iPods, dance floors will end the year with a music bang entitled “2010.”

For More Information Contact: Echoing Soundz
Echo Hattix | or Limari Garcia |

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Teena Marie aka Lady Tee, Dead at Age 54

Teena Marie (March 5, 1956 – December 26, 2010) , an award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer known for her R&B performances is dead at the age of 54.  Marie was found dead in her California home by her daughter after apparently dying in her sleep, according to her manager Mike Gardner.

Born Marie Christine Brockert, Teena Marie had two platinum albums at the height of her popularity in the 70s and 80s.

On Christmas day, Teena Marie quoted another music legend, Sarah Vaughn in one of her last tweets:

MsTeenaMarie: Sarah Vaughan "May You never grow old, and may I never die" (see below).

Teena Marie's biggest hit song was 'Lovergirl', a single that came out in 1984 and it took the number four spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (see video below).

In her music career, Teena Marie released 13 studio albums. She also went by the nickname of Lady Tee and she was actively performing up until her death.  In 2010, she remained a headliner on the Las Vegas Strip, making regular appearances at the Las Vegas Hilton.

Back in 2009, Teena Marie and her daughter interviewed with ED MAGIK TV on the red carpet for a Roadstarr Motorsports mansion party.

Teena Marie is survived by her daughter, Alia Rose who sings under the name of Rose Le Beau.


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Friday, December 24, 2010

A Salute to Jason Beauchamp of the All-American Heavyweights Boxing Team

DECEMBER 22, 2010

Cathy Lee Jones, former President Threat Records, Franchise Owner of Wu-Tang Clan and current President of Zu Films a Wu-]Tang Clan Entity which produced the Documentary Dirty--One Word Can Change the World, which won the 2010 New York International Film Festival and 2010 LA Film Festival Best Documentary, and Erica Lee, Collegiate Athletics Events Producer and PGA Tour Event producer will salute Jason Beauchamp of the All-American Heavyweights Boxing Team which is produced by Michael King, of King World TV Productions which distributed The Oprah Winfrey Show.

About Jason Beauchamp: Weighing in at 230 lbs and 6'4" Tall, Jason Beauchamp is an All-]American Heavyweight Boxer. Jason is coached by Henry Tillman, former U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist who defeated Mike Tyson twice in his career. About All-American Heavyweights: Michael King of King World TV Productions is producing the All-American Heavyweight Boxing Team in Carson, California

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

iTunes features LA SANTA CECILIA’s “La Negra” as song of the week! Get your FREE download now!


iTunes features LA SANTA CECILIA’s “La Negra” as song of the week! Get your FREE download now!

Vesper Public Relations - Los Angeles December 21, 2010. No other female-led contemporary band in Los Angeles represents the mix of Mexican folklore, color, and the power of unity more like La Santa Cecilia

The critics are already buzzing! “The music of the Los Angeles band La Santa Cecilia places the group in the late-20th-century movement of Latino musicians in California who search out a wider variety of traditions than their musical ancestors did to create a new pan-Latino aesthetic.” - NPR

The group’s new single “La Negra,” off their new EP “Noche y Citas” is featured as the download song of the week on iTunes

Click here to download:

After a relentless year of performances, including a special appearance on theaward winning HBO series, "Entourage", the band continues making its mark with concerts in Mexico City, Chicago, Madison, Austin and its home playground - California.  

La Santa Cecilia is solidifying its successes with its new EP titled “Noche y Citas” produced by 4 time American GRAMMY® winner and 8  time Latin GRAMMY©Awards producer and engineer, Sebastian Krys whose credits include a roster of Latin music’s super star recording artists  such as: Carlos VivesLuis FonsiRabanes, Kinky, Ricky Martin and Shakira to name a few. 

“Noche y Citas” is released under Sebastian Krys new label Rebeleon via iTunes in the US, Mexico, Canada, Japan and New Zealand, and in Australia via Napster, Zune, Nokia, Amazon, Amazon on Demand, Thumbplay, eMusic, iMuv, Rhapsody, Spotify and MySpace

Check out La Santa Cecilia’s new video “La Negra”:

Check out the ‘Calavera’ versión of “La Negra”:
For more information on La Santa Cecilia visit:

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010


HOLLYWOOD, CA, December 14, 2010 – The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced today that the organization has created a new digital team to expand its presence in the social media and digital realm, and to revamp its website.  HFPA Digital will leverage social media technologies to bring HFPA’s news and info – winners, interviews, photos and videos – to its fans in real time.

Fans can now follow the HFPA via the following:

Utilizing the broad experience and reach of the HFPA membership, the digital team will supply unique content to all of the HFPA’s social media channels.  Golden Globes fans will now be able to interact with the HFPA members, celebrities, and entertainment industry notables though these digital outlets, as well as get a behind-the-scenes and front-row look at HFPA events.  The digital team will also utilize the organization’s archival footage and images to give users a historical look at the organization’s rich past.

HFPA Digital will launch at the nomination announcements for the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards with a live stream of the announcements. In the coming weeks, coverage will also include breaking news of confirmed presenters, exclusive nominee reactions and how nominees and presenters alike are preparing for the show.  The digital team will also be on hand at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony to gather behind-the-scenes footage and interact with at-home fans to enhance the viewing experience.  The show will once again be broadcast live coast to coast and will be held January 16, 2011.

About the Hollywood Foreign Press Association:
Founded in the 1940s during World War II, the HFPA was originally comprised of a handful of LA based overseas journalists who sought to bridge the international community with Hollywood, and to provide distraction from the hardships of war through film.  Sixty-six years later, members of the HFPA represent 55 countries with a combined readership of 250 million in some of the world’s most respected publications.  Each year, the organization holds the third most watched awards show on television, the Golden Globe Awards, which have enabled the organization to donate more than $10.5 million to entertainment related charities and scholarship programs. For more information, please visit, and follow us on Twitter (@goldenglobes) and Facebook ( for exclusive celebrity videos and up to the minute Golden Globes news!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Katy Perry and Russell Brand at The Tempest - Movie World Premiere - Los Angeles

By "Hollywood" Holland Baxley
Reporting from Los Angeles, California

It was another night on Hollywood Blvd. where a red carpet movie premiere is never uncommon. On this particular night it was the world premiere of the upcoming film "The Tempest" based on Shakespeare's original play write featuring Russell Brand. I got some killer celebrity interviews on the red carpet with Ed Magik TV.

The top interviewee of the night was Russell Brand. A lot of the times when I meet celebrities in person, they tend to be complete opposites of the characters they play on the big screen. This was not the case with Russell Brand as he is equally hilarious in person!

Russell Brand
It may not be too hard to spot Russell riding his bike around town as we discovered that he still does not have a drivers license!  Although Russell claims that he is just a normal guy, as he states that he and his wife Katy Perry plan to do "just normal stuff" over the holidays.

What do you think Russell Brand means by "normal stuff"? I haven't got a clue!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Gerren Taylor Super Model Interview at Johnny Blade Celebrity Launch Pa...

Gerren Taylor is a Super Model, Businesswoman, Motivational Speaker,  and Reality TV Star from  all three seasons of BET's Baldwin Hills.

Native to Los Angeles, California, Gerren Taylor makes an appearance on the red carpet at Johnny Blade Celebrity Launch Party in Hollywood,California.

In the video below, standing very tall and beautiful in front of the camera for Ed Magik TV, Gerren comments positively about her haters to Ed Magik.  She also talks about her current activities in modeling, business, and public speaking.

Without a doubt, Gerren Taylor is on her way to becoming not only a Super Model, but a Super Star!

About Baldwin Hills:
"Baldwin Hills is an American reality television series featuring African-American teenagers from the Baldwin Hills district in Los Angeles, California. The series aired on BET from July 2007 to March 2009." - cited from

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Project Hemoglobin-S presents a Showcase Benefit

Project Hemoglobin-S presents a Showcase Benefit

"The Burgundy Artist Showcase for Sickle Cell Awareness and Empowerment"
Wednesday, December 22 at 8:00 PM

FanJam Emma Media and Project Hemoglobin-S, continues its 2010 fall fundraising season with a concert benefit - "The Burgundy Artist Showcase".  Experience the musical styling’s of emerging R&B, Jazz, Pop, and Hip Hop Artists in Los Angeles with special musical guests, Celebrity Host, spoken word, and special guest speaker Roger Brown, Director Of Development and Public Affairs at the Sickle Cell Disease Foundation Of California.  Other organizations invited include Black American Response to the African Community, The African American Unity Center, National Association for Sickle Cell Disease Inc., Sickle Cell Disease Research Foundation and many others!

"The Burgundy Artist Showcase" will take place at The Mint on Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 8:00 PM - 1:00 AM.  Located at 6010 West Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90035, The Mint, established in 1937, is a local landmark. Many music greats have not only played here, but broke here. Stevie Wonder, Willie Dixon, Natalie Cole, Ray Charles and more have graced their seasoned stage. More recent prominent artists include Ben Harper, Macy Gray, and The Wallflowers.

In addition to live entertainment, the Burgundy Artist Showcase will also include a red carpet event, celebrity host, 50/50 raffle, silent auction featuring items by celebrity eyewear designer Stevie Boi, food and bar.  Reservations for dinner can be made in advanced with The Mint.

All tickets for The Burgundy Artist Showcase are $10.00.  Seating is limited and tickets may be purchased in advance at, or by phone at (310) 703-4237.

Project Hemoglobin S is a platform for Sickle Cell Patients their family and friends to use their voices to share with the world their collective individual experiences of stress, anxiety, depression, and quests for normalcy while uniting in the fight for a cure.  The Project Hemoglobin S campaign and Documentary’s mission is to raise awareness, erase the stigma, and erase the pain of Sickle Cell Disease by finding a cure. We are united to empower, educate, and inspire.

Holy ‘Naconess’, Masters of the ‘Guacarock’,MexicanRock Legends Botellita de Jerez Return to L.A.+SD

{Presented by Mucho Music & Track 78}
Holy ‘naconess’, masters of the ‘Guacarock’,Mexican rock legends BOTELLITA DE JEREZ arrive in concert + present an unique film screening of their comedy film “Naco es Chido”

Los Angeles & San Diego

-- Defying all musical genres is festive and irrevent musical fusion, celebrating the culture of the ‘nacos’ and integrating sketches and ‘albures’ in its lyrics
-- December 10, 2010 @ Brick By Brick
-- December 12, 2010 @ The Echoplex  

Vesper Public Relations. Los Angeles. Thursday December 2, 2010. - Holy ‘naconess’, masters of the ‘Guacarock’, Mexican rock legends Botellita de Jerez return to Southern California performing two special shows. December 10th in San Diego @ Brick By Brick
  • December 12th in Los Angeles @ The Echoplex were there will also be a special screening of the group’s film “Naco Es Chido”.
Film Trailer “Naco Es Chido”

Botellita de Jerez was foundedby Francisco “Mastuerzo” Barrios (drums), Sergio “Uyuyuy” Arau (guitar), andArmando “Cucurrucucu” Vega-Gil (bass) in the eighties, with an irreverent attitude and unique barrio-meets-rock music. One of the first Rock en Español bands to be signed to a major record label, Botellita de Jerezdefies all musical genres is festive and irrevent musical fusion, celebrating the culture of the ‘nacos’ and integrating sketches and ‘albures’ in its lyrics and concerts. A style, a simple and direct form of rock, that was combined with lyrics with a good dose of satire that portrayed the routine character of the urban life in Mexico City and elements of their popular culture.

The nameBotellita de Jerez derives from a Mexican saying to defend oneself from a mean statement from someone. You say ‘Botellita de Jerez todo lo que me digas, sera alreves” …loosely translated English idiom ‘I’m rubber, your ‘glue, whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you”. Meaning you revert the insult to other.

Their popular call out to musical arms .. “Todo Lo Naco Es Chido” translates to all naco is cool, re-vindication the popular culture of the lower socio-economic classes. Botellita de Jerez pioneered trends of the contemporary art of Mexico and United States, by incorporating motifs from the popular use as the lucha libre, popular dances and slang.

About the film “Naco Es Chido”:
The film “Naco es Chido” is the brainchild of Sergio and Yareli Arau, a mockumentary on the epic return of Botellita de Jerez.  Directed by Sergio Arau,the film tells the story of Botellita de Jerez, who disappeared along with their new record after a fist fight. 20 years later, the infamous missing recordings are found in a junk yard, prompting an investigation in search of the band’s founders. What happens when the plot that caused the group’s disintegration threatens to take them down again?

Botellita de Jerez’s guitarist Sergio Arau is a multi-talented artist - a cartoonist, painter, musician, and filmmaker, who directed the movie A Day Without A Mexican and won an MTV award for Best Rock Video for directing Cafe Tacuba’s “Alarma de Tos” video, a song composed by him. He is the son of Mexican filmmaker and actor Alfonso Arau, of Three Amigos and Like Water for Chocolate fame.

About Mucho Music:
Mucho Music( held every {Wednesday} at La Cita Bar in Downtown Los Angeles, is the most recognized hip - grass roots celebration of Latin alternative music in the city, becoming a home destination and safe haven for some of the most celebrated, new and established faces in the Latin/Bilingual alternative movement. (

Through a light hearted-fun filled celebration of Latin Pop a night at Mucho Wednesdays’ bridges the gap between classic nostalgic Pop to the very latest sounds emanating from most interesting Latin recording artists, locally, nationally and internationally, thanks to its resident DJs’ Frank Leopold, Noir, Pitxu, and Pajaro, with their latest handpicked selections or own personal remixes.  Now in its third year, the infectious sounds of the MUCHO brand and its resident DJs has expanded to include Mucho nights in San Francisco and Mucho San Diego.
  • Friday December 10th (San Diego)
Brick by Brick, 1130 Buenos Avenue. San Diego,
CA 92110-3801 
(619) 275 5483
Doors open at 8 pm/ Showtime 10:00 p.m.
  • Sunday December 12th (Los Angeles)
 Botellita de Jerez: Immediately following film screening.
 EXCLUSIVE - Los Angeles / Film premiere of "Naco Es Chido"
followed by a live performance by the films protagonists, legendary Mexican rock band
 Botellita De Jerez + The Mucho Wednesdays DJs
 doors are at 7:00p.m.
 Film screening begins at 8:00 p.m. at The Echoplex in Echo Park
1154 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 413-8200/

Visit Botellita de Jerez

Visit Mucho Wednesdays

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefiting Toys for Tots

Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefiting Toys for Tots

Tons of celebrities show up in relatively briskly cold weather.  In the video clip below, our host Holland Baxley interviews the following celebrities, plus appearances by Larry King (CNN's Larry King Live) and of course, Santa!

Jason Earles (Probably best known as "Jackson" from Hannah Montana)
Ashley Argota ("Lulu from Nickelodeon's True Jackson VP)
Jimmy Bennett ("JJ Powell" from ABC's No Ordinary Family)
Danny Trejo (film actor: Runaway Train, Desperado, From Dusk Til' Dawn, Heat, Predators)
Bailee Madison (film actor: Bridge to Terabithia, Phoebe in Wonderland)
Kaitlyn Maher (Top ten finalist from America's Got Talent)
Molly Quinn (dancer and actor, "Alexis Castle" from Castle)
Lou Gossett, Jr. (actor)
Melody Thomas Scott ("Nikki Newman from The Young and the Restless)
Boo boo Stewart (actor)
Fivel Stewart (singer)
Michael Moloney (Extreme Makeover Home Edition)
Maria Canals-Barrera ("Theresa Russo" from Wizards of Waverly Place)
Kate Linder (Esther Valentine from The Young and the Restless)
Chris Harrison (Host of The Bachelor)
Jake T. Austin (Wizards of Waverly Place)
Molly Burnett (Melanie Layton from Days of Our Lives)
Mark Hapka (Nathan Horton from Days of Our Lives)
Kristy Frank (Singer)
Courtney Galiano
Rick Schwartz (San Diego Zoo)
Rip Taylor (Jackass the movie, and The Bonnie Hunt Show)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Willis Burks - African American Actor Passes on at 75

Willis Burks - African American Actor Passes on at 75

By The Hollywood Sentinel

Former Starpower Management client Willis Burks II passed on this month. He was 75. Born October 25th, 1935 in Birmingham, Alabama, Willis Burks was a strong personality, with a warm smile and a booming voice.
Having lived in New York as well as Chicago, he met talent manager Bruce Edwin in 2007 at the Santa Monica Film Festival where they hit it off, with common roots in Chicago. Willis Burks later went on to appear opposite Michael Douglas in the feature film King of California, among more. His other notable roles included the Chronicles of Riddick, Trigger Happy, and Sunday, as well as a vast array of theatre.
Bruce Edwin of Starpower Management states, "Willis and our firm parted ways later on, but on good terms. I remember one day he took me to this arts and film festival. I think I was the only white guy there (laughs), but I felt at home with Willis by my side. He told me some wild stories that day. He was a good natured brother. He loved the fast, big cities including Chicago and Los Angeles, and he had no patience for anything slow, including drivers. He was a fine actor, and he will be missed. My heart goes out to his loved ones."
Services to be held at 11 am on Saturday December 4, 2010 at The
Greater New Macedonia Baptist Church, 2901 31st Street,
Birmingham, Alabama, 35211
There will be a memorial services for Willis Burks II on December 11th, at 3 pm in Hollywood, California, for friends, fans, and loved ones. Contact Starpower Management at 310-226-7176 for location.
Bruce Edwin is editor of The Hollywood Sentinel and President of Starpower Management, the celebrity model and talent firm. He currently represents Motown legend Don Mancha among many others. Contact Bruce at

Friday, November 26, 2010

Everything you always wanted to know about Facebook

Published on 10/08/2009
The Facebook phenomenon is impossible to miss. Not only is the social networking site continuing to grow, user demographics have moved well beyond its initial base of college students. As of September 2009, almost half of U.S. Facebook users are older than 35 and nearly one-fifth are over age 45.
Also proliferating are the ways businesses can use Facebook to promote their products and services and engage their customers. Given multiple options, where can you learn what makes the most sense for your online business? The new edition of The Facebook Marketing Bible by Justin Smith is an excellent place to begin. The sheer volume of information in its 279 pages – complete with strategic tips and how-to tutorials – could add up to the best investment you've made in your business this year.
How to promote your Page
According to Smith, Facebook is now home to over 250 million users who are actively engaged with the brands they support. In The Facebook Marketing Bible he explains what you can do to grow your "fan base" within Facebook once you've created a Facebook Page. Here's a short excerpt:
  • Share/post your Page on your Facebook profile. This will convert more friends and profile visitors to visit the Page.
  • Create Events within your Page. When fans RSVP, their friends will see the news in their News Feeds.
  • Post messages in related Groups. Use Facebook's search function to post messages in related groups about the existence of your Page. If you don't feel comfortable "spamming" these groups with unsolicited Wall posts, try messaging the group admins and officers to ask their permission to promote your Page within their group. They may even be willing to promote your Page for you.
  • Email the Page URL to your mailing lists and invite contacts to become Facebook "Fans" of your page.
  • Buy Social Ads to promote your Page. Facebook is hoping to promote Pages more by integrating Page traffic stats into its Social Ads advertising service.
Concludes Smith: "Also, remember that whenever someone becomes a fan of your Page, that news appears in their Mini Feed and their friends' News Feeds."
The Facebook Marketing Bible is available for $49 as an e-book via PDF download from Inside Facebook.

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will explore what could be in the future for motion pictures in "Where Do We Go from Here?" on Thursday, December 2, at 8 p.m. at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The program will be presented by the Academy's Science and Technology Council and hosted by writer-director-producer Jerry Zucker.
"Where Do We Go from Here?" will examine topics ranging from artificial intelligence to performance capture, 3D and non-traditional theatrical venues. Joining Zucker will be Council member and production designer Alex McDowell ("Watchmen," "Minority Report"), immersive art and entertainment expert Ed Lantz, neuroscientist Eric Haseltine and transmedia storytelling expert Jordan Weisman.
Zucker's interest in the future of cinema is evident in his role as a co-founder of the Science & Entertainment Exchange, a program of the National Academy of Sciences that provides entertainment industry professionals with access to scientists and engineers. His feature film credits include "Airplane!," "Ghost," "My Best Friend's Wedding," "Rat Race" and "Fair Game."
Tickets for "Where Do We Go from Here" are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets are available for purchase by mail, at the Academy box office (8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), or online at Doors open at 7 p.m. All seating is unreserved.
The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at the 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information call (310) 247-3600 or visit

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Lalah Hathway Heats Up the Atmosphere at BHCP Live!

Lalah Hathway Heats Up the Atmosphere at BHCP Live!
By Ed Magik

November 4, 2010
Los Angeles, CA.

The sound of music filled the air with the vivacious voice of Lalah Hathaway, daughter of Donny Hathaway, accompanied by her beautiful background singer Toni Scruggs, and her band featuring dynamic drummer Eric Seats, as Lalah Hathaway was a featured artist at BHCP Live!, an  on-going live concert series at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.   

Lalah Hathaway is a sincere, whole-hearted, soulful singer with messages of love and inspiration in her music.   Her live concert, which was held inside the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza located in the Southwest Area of Los Angeles, California, raised the attention of some of her performing peers like Rachelle Ferrell, Vesta Williams, and Dave Thomas who dropped in to visit and sing along side Lalah, thus adding to the entertainment and the excitement. 

The event was hosted by Nautica De La Cruz, on-air personality from Radio Free 102.3 KJLH radio, Los Angeles, who greeted hundreds of Lalah fans that attended the event before introducing Lalah and her band to the stage.

Once Lalah and her band  got on stage, the atmosphere of the plaza suddenly rose with excitement as more and more people gathered and shuffled around the stage and upper level areas, jockeying for prime position to experience the entertainment.    Lalah was accompanied by vocalist Toni Scruggs, and band members, drummer Eric Seats, keyboardist Mike Aaberg, basist Timothy Bailey, and guitarist Jairus Mozee, each of whom gave some dazzling solos during the seemingly short one-hour concert.  In my opinion, “you just can’t get enough Lalah”.

Shortly after the performance, singer Rachelle Ferrell commented about Lalah in an on-the-spot interview with ED MAGIK TV host Holland Baxley. “Her voice is like rich, organic, melted chocolate”, said a somewhat giddy Rachelle Ferrell, who was very excited to see Lalah, after just returning from a trip to Tbilisi, Georgia.

When Lalah was asked what her fans can expect from her next album, she told Holland Baxley, “…they know kinda, I’m going to be slightly off the mark, but always doing my own thing”.  Lalah did not reveal the title of the album, but she also added, “It’s a soul record.  It’s full of soul and pop, and there’s some upbeat stuff too.  I think they are going to be pleasantly surprised.” 

Holland also interviewed keyboardist Mike Aaberg, basist Timothy Bailey, and guitarist Jairus Mozee, who all appear in the video  Lalah Hathaway Sings at BHCP Live! - Plus Interviews ( )  shot by me, Ed Magik, producer of ED MAGIK TV ( ) .  The video also includes highlights of the performance.

The BHCP Live! free concert series does a lot to help bring the community together as one spirit.  Thanks to, a number of my local friends attended this concert and several other live concerts at BHCP Live! with outstanding and reputable artists such as Goapele, Sheila E. and the E. family, Jon B.  , as well as relatively new performers including, Cali Swag District, Aaron Fresh,  Wonder Broz, and School Gyrls.
The owner of Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, Capri Urban Investors, L.L.C., plans to give the plaza a $30 million upgrade.    The renovation plans call for a vibrant, brand-new interior design, featuring a dining atrium, live entertainment performance area, and extensive exterior building, site and landscape improvements to the 43-acre property.   The initial renovation is set to be completed before the 2011 holiday season.
“Baldwin Hills is home to the largest middle and upper-middle class African American community in Los Angeles.”, according to the information found at

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Multi-Award Winning R&B Sensation R. Kelly Returns to the Stage to Kick Off the 2010 Soul Train Awards

Multi-Award Winning R&B Sensation R. Kelly Returns to the Stage to Kick Off the Most Soulful Night in Entertainment at the 2010 Soul Train Awards on Sunday, November 28 at 9:00 P.M.*

CNN'S Wolf Blitzer and Doug E. Fresh Perform the "Dougie" on Stage R&B icons Anita Baker and Ron Isley honored with Legendary Performances by Dionne Farris, Rachelle Ferrell, R. Kelly, Jeffrey Osborne, Eric Benet, Bilal, Keyshia Cole and Tamia
Hosted by Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, the 2010 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS Includes Performances and Appearances by Erykah Badu, Michael Baisden, Eric Benet, Fonzworth Bentley, Just Blaze, Kid Capri, Chilli, Keyshia Cole, El DeBarge, Faith Evans, Kim Fiel

NEW YORK, Nov. 23, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- R&B sensation R. Kelly returns to the stage with a medley of his hits, "Bump N' Grind," "Your Body is Calling," "When A Woman's Fed Up," "Happy People," and "When a Woman Loves" to open up the 2010 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS. Hosted by Oscar-nominated actors Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, the 2010 SOULTRAIN AWARDS will premiere on both CENTRIC and BET on Sunday, November 28 at 9:00 P.M.* and feature never before seen collaborations, performances and appearances by Erykah Badu, Michael Baisden, Eric Benet, Fonzworth Bentley, Just Blaze, Kid Capri, Chilli, Keyshia Cole, El DeBarge, Faith Evans, Kim Fields, Cee Lo Green, Steve Harvey, Ray J, Tom Joyner, Kem, Biz Markie, Ne-Yo, Keisha Knight Pulliam, Lamman Rucker, Raven-Symone, SWV and more. CNN's Wolf Blitzer, a longtime fan of Soul Train, steals the show when he took to the stage with Doug E. Fresh to do the "Dougie" dance and later accepted an award on behalf of Eminem, who could not attend.

Although the show did not offer an official Soul Train line, hosts Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson tore up the stage with a rousing dance off to "Hot Toddy" and "Whip My Hair;" "Stanky Leg" and "Rude Boy;" and "How Low Can You Go."
Anita Baker proved she was a fortunate woman with a passion for music when she accepted her Legend Award after a tribute from a powerhouse of female vocalists—Chrisette Michelle, Faith Evans, Tamia, Rachelle Ferrell, Lalah Hathaway and Dionne Farris—who performed a medley of Baker's hits from "Caught Up in the Rapture" to "Giving You the Best That I Got."
Later, Erykah Badu brought her soul to the stage with an eclectic medley of "Out of my mind/Window Seat" that featured light instillations combined with her unique style. And then the animated Cee Lo Green took his eccentric style to a new level with his performance of his hit song, "Forget You."
Hip hop superstars Biz Markie, Just Blaze and Kid Capri presented the winner of the "Best Hip Hop Song of the Year" and serenaded the crowd with Biz Markie's hit song, "Just a Friend." Eminem, the category winner, was not in attendance to receive the award so Wolf Blitzer accepted on his behalf stating "Eminem can't be here so who better to accept this award. I know he's thrilled so on behalf of Eminen and everyone else, thank you."
The comedic genius Steve Harvey presented Ron Isley with the second Legend Award for the night. R&B heavyweights Keyshia Cole, Bilal, Tank, El DeBarge, Eric Benet, Peabo Bryson, Jeffrey Osborne and Freddy Jackson serenaded the icon with a medley of his greatest hits. After his acceptance speech, Ron Isley performed his sultry songs "Between the Sheets" and "What I Missed the Most" and later collaborated with Chante Moore and R. Kelly for the throwback hit, "Contagious."
In addition to the above performances and tributes, the following awards were presented at the 2010 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS:
  • Best New Artist - Melanie Fiona
  • Best Female R&B Soul Artist - Alicia Keys
  • Song of the Year - "Nothing on You" B.o.B. feat Bruno Mars
  • Best Hip Hop Song of the Year - "Love the Way You Lie", Eminem featuring Rihanna
  • Best Male R&B Soul Artist - Trey Songz and Usher (tie)
  • Album of the Year - Usher Raymond, Raymond vs. Raymond
  • Record of the Year (songwriter award) - Alicia Keys, "Unthinkable (I'm Ready)"@s, songwriters: Alicia Keys, Aubrey Graham, Brothers, Noah "40" Shebib
  • Best Reggae Artist Award - Gyptian
  • Centric Award - Janelle Monae
  • Best Gospel Performance Male Female or Group - Marvin Sapp
  • Best Dance Performance - Ciara, "Ride"

The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS is produced by Sunseeker Media and directed by Jonathan X, in collaboration with BET Event Productions. Paxton Baker, CENTRIC Executive Vice President and General Manager, Tami Willis-Arasli, CENTRIC Vice President of Specials and Music Programming; Bart Phillips, Sunseeker Media; and Soul Train Holdings' Kenard Gibbs, and Anthony Maddox will all be the executive producers of the Network telecast.
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