Friday, January 28, 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

DARON FORDHAM Has Two Films Accepted in the San Diego Black Film Festival

DARON FORDHAM
has two films accepted in the San Diego Black Film Festival  
See screening schedules below  
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Friday, January 21, 2011

Death Row Releases "LBC CREW HAVENT YOU HEARD"

Recently Paroled From The Death Row Vaults LBC CREW



Toronto - Friday January 21,2011

The LBC CREW is part of West Coast Hip Hop history. They were the first group to be executive- produced by Snoop Dogg in 1997 for his record label, Doggystyle Records, distributed by Death Row Records. Their hit song "Beware Of My Crew" was on the sound track of the movie, "The Thin Line Between Love and Hate". The LBC CREW has stayed true to it's original sound and makes no excuses for it's background. Their sound and attitude has earned them the respect of fellow Hip Hop artists who know, to represent, you have to keep it real. LBC has weathered the storm and come out the other side still standing, but not without scars and their music reflects that. The group describes their sound as "Grind & Struggle from Long Beach" weighed deep in pain, loss and betrayal. Not cleaned up Hip Hop.....but true Death Row.

"LBC CREW HAVENT YOU HEARD" will feature original versions of such hits as "Blueberries" and "Out The Moon" plus a remix of "Out The Moon" by Daz Dillinger and will feature never been heard tracks.

WIDEawake Entertainment Group Inc./ WIDEawake-Deathrow Entertainment LLC's release of "LBC CREW HAVEN'T YOU HEARD" is set to hit shelves February 8, 2011.


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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

BHCP Live! presents Dwele FREE CONCERT, January 20th at 7pm

BHCP Live! presents Dwele
THUR/ JAN 20/ 7PM
Center Court
Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Dwele graces the BHCP Live! stage for an evening of live entertainment. Best known for hit singles like, Find a Way and I Think I Love You, Dwele has performed with the likes of Boney James, Roy Ayers, Common, Kanye West and more!

Indie Rock Darlings School of Seven Bells Set to Perform at THE CONGA ROOM on Tuesday February 1, 2011

Vesper Public Relations


Indie Rock Darlings School of Seven Bells Set to Perform at THE CONGA ROOM on Tuesday February 1, 2011
 

“Danceable beats, of-the-moment electronic textures and some of the prettiest, angelic vocals in indie rock” Rolling Stone

“School of Seven Bells sets itself apart with dreamy visuals to match its soaring ethereal sound” New York Magazine

 “SVIIB makes a confident gesture towards the future”PitchFork 

 

Los Angeles.  (January 18, 2011) New York City natives School of Seven Bells will bring their dream pop sensibilities and indie rock esthetic to The Conga Room on Tuesday Febraury 1, 2011 at 9 p.m., located at 800 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90015.

A KCRW Presents Event,  the School of Seven Bells will make a stop in Los Angeles to perform while on their North American tour as the band travels westward to meet up with Interpol in Vancouver, BC in support of their critically acclaimed album “Disconnect From Desire.”
“Disconnect from Desire”is a complete work—an old-fashioned album from forward-thinking minds, as thematically airtight as it is mind-bendingly gorgeous. Symbols, myths, mantras—in the hands of vocalist Alejandra Deheza prevail while the band focuses on  the layered electronic textures, distilling the music to its essence as guitars ring, beats crunch and Alejandra’s vocals intertwine with new, right-in-your-ears clarity.
School of Seven Bellswas born as the result of a late-night revelation. Benjamin Curtis connected with sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza in 2004 while their bands -- Secret Machines and On! Air! Library! respectively -- were on tour. While watching PBS at 3am, Alejandra caught a show about the School of Seven Bells: a mythical South American pickpocket academy that may or may not have existed in the '80s. The idea of seven minds working as one appealed to her, as did the phrase's cryptic musicality, and a creative spark ignited. To learn more about School of Seven Bells visit their official website
http://www.sviib.com/.

After its rebirth in the LA LIVE center in downtown Los Angeles, The Conga Room continues to foster entertainment history by bringing musical legends and contemporary international icons together in an intimate stage in the heart of one of the world’s creative cradles - the city of Angels.

About The Conga Room
The world famous Conga Room is a nightclub and concert venue located at L.A. LIVE, the downtown entertainment district across the Staples Center and the Nokia Theatre, featuring authentic Latin-style tapas cuisine, a broadcast control room and 1,000-person capacity. Performances have included the Gypsy Kings, Alejandro Fernandez, Black Eyed Peas, Prince and a weekly R&B night with GRAMMY winner Jamie Foxx called Foxxhole Live. Founded by real estate entrepreneur Brad Gluckstein, The World Famous Conga Room is co-owned by Jimmy Smits, Jennifer Lopez, Paul Rodriguez, Amaury Nolasco, Sheila E., will.i.im an NBA players Baron Davis and Trevor Ariza.

Visit The Conga Room www.congaroom.com

Los Angeles: Are You Ready To Bhangra?

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Los Angeles: Are You Ready To Bhangra?
 

Critically Acclaimed Musical Movement by The New York Times, NY Village Voice, New York Magazine,
New Yorker, Vanity Fair & more!


DJ REKHA’s Movement Begins Its Residency at The Conga Room on Thursday January 20, 2011 
 

Los Angeles -January 18, 2011.The critically acclaimed leader of the Bhangra music movement that has spread from New York, Chicago, & beyond Ms. Rekha Malhotra, better known as DJ Rekha brings her dance movement to Los Angeles on a residency at The Conga Room that starts on Thursday January 20, 2011 at 8 p.m., located at 800 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90015.

DJ Rekhahas succeeded in putting Bhangra (an infectious mix of South Asian dance music and Hip Hop beats) and Indian pop on the map of music consciousness with a message of unity & DANCE!  Basement Bhangra has enticed the ears of many and has successfully sold out for over 10 years in New York and Los Angeles is the next city ready to embrace this musical movement.

“For a decade DJ Rekha has been host of the monthly Basement Bhangra parties in New York  which were among the first to introduce New York audiences to bhangra, the Punjabi club music that wound up on hits by Jay-Z and Missy Elliot and on cult favorites by M.I.A.” stated by theNew York Times.

Also joining DJ Rekha on this spectacular night, live percussions by Dhol Nation Live, Asian Underground Lounge by DJ Dere4k Rath and opening sets by DJ Sandeep Kumar, DJ Nitro, BenG, Doc bLAdez plus Blue 13 Dance Company Class, Complimentary Bhangra & Bollywood Lessons start at 8:30 p.m.

Two rooms of non-stop Bhangra all night! Tickets are now available at www.congaroom.com, to learn more about DJ Rekha visit her official website http://djrekha.com/.

After its rebirth in the LA LIVE center in downtown Los Angeles, The Conga Room continues to foster entertainment history by bringing musical legends and contemporary international icons together in an intimate stage in the heart of one of the world’s creative cradles - the city of Angels.

About The Conga Room
The world famous Conga Room is a nightclub and concert venue located at L.A. LIVE, the downtown entertainment district across the Staples Center and the Nokia Theatre, featuring authentic Latin-style tapas cuisine, a broadcast control room and 1,000-person capacity. Performances have included the Gypsy Kings, Alejandro Fernandez, Black Eyed Peas, Prince and a weekly R&B night with GRAMMY winner Jamie Foxx called Foxxhole Live. Founded by real estate entrepreneur Brad Gluckstein, The World Famous Conga Room is co-owned by Jimmy Smits, Jennifer Lopez, Paul Rodriguez, Amaury Nolasco, Sheila E., will.i.im an NBA players Baron Davis and Trevor Ariza.

Visit The Conga Room www.congaroom.com

Winners Announced for TASTY Awards at Star-Studded Hollywood Event


SAN FRANCISCO and LOS ANGELES, Calif., Jan. 18 -- Food, fashion and TV celebrities gathered on Thursday, January 13th at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood to celebrate the 2nd AnnualTASTY Awards.

Hosted by comedian Zane Lamprey, the show featured a distinguished line up ofcelebrity presenters including the Food Network's Brian Boitano Tanya Holland, Darryl Robinson, Manouschka Guerrier, and Aida Mollenkamp, E! Entertainment's Amy Paffrath, the Style Network's Jeannie Mai and Peter Ishkhans, food gurus Leslie Sbrocco and Bobby Bognar, TV fashionista Luciene Salomone, and Celebrity Chefs Hubert Keller, Nathan Lyon,Kevin Roberts, Candice Kumai and Fabio Viviani.

Among the evenings winners were television programs like Bravo's "Top Chef" for Best Food Program, Lamprey's HDNet series "Drinking Made Easy" for Best Drink or Beverage Program, "No Reservations" on Travel Channel for Best Food Travel Series, Food Network's, "The Great Food Truck Race" for Best New Series and Lifetime's "Project Runway" for Best Fashion or Design Program. PBS series "Check Please, Bay Area" picked up two awards: Best City or Regional Program and Best Critic or Review Series.

Web winners, who also went home with Flip Video Cameras courtesy of Flip Video, included "Thirsty Girl TV" for Best Drink or Beverage Program, "Without Borders" for Best Food Travel Program, "Style.com" for Best Fashion or Design Video Podcast, PBS' "Avec Eric" for Best Food or Drink Podcast and "Chow.com" which won the Kikkoman Award for Best Food Program. Food & Wine magazine won for Best Newspaper or Magazine Program, and "Food Wishes" for Best Home Chef in a Series.

In the film category, Sony's "Eat, Pray, Love" picked up the award for Best Film or Documentary.

Individual awards went to Food Network'sAlton Brown for Best Male Host in a Series and Best Chef in a Series, and Giada De Laurentiis for Best Female Host in a Series. Both Rick Bayless and Jamie Oliver also won, and Brian Boitano was named the TASTY Awards Global Ambassador for 2011. A full list of winners can be seen on the site.

Food and wine for the event was provided by purveyors such as Supperclub, Starry Kitchen, Pure Dark chocolate, Mignon Chocolate, The Toffee Box, Punk Dog Wines, Salisbury Vineyards, Quady Winery, VAD Vodka, and Qure Water, along with contributions from sponsors like Kikkoman, Food Should Taste Good, RezVez, SummerJasmines, Ferrara Flames, Valcooks, Cooking.com, The Flip HD, and PR Newswire.

The TASTY Awards are the premier awards show celebrating the year's best in Food, Fashion, and Home Lifestyle programs on Television, in Film, and Online.

The TASTY Awards are for food, fashion, and home lifestyle programming what the Grammysare for music and the Oscars are for Film.
RECENT COVERAGE


Examiner.com
Life.com
DisarrayMagazine.com
Wireimage.com
AmyPaffrath.com
StilettoChef.com
Wannabetvchef.com
PRlog.org
Drinkeattravel.com
EatSomethingSexy,com
Cooking4theClueless
AverageBetty.com
EatnListen.com
TasteTV.com
Hulu.com
YouTube
Diversitynewspublications.com
EdMagikTV

..and finally a quote from a national media outlet:

"It was a fun night, with great people..The setting and enthusiasm of the people over-shadowed anything else. It reminded a lot of the MTV Awards when it first started. You have fantastic momentum for next year. I look forward to next year!"

UPCOMING TASTY AWARD EVENTS
Vegas General Strip Image

Upcoming TASTY Award Events include: 

A Winners and Nominee Reception in SAN FRANCISCO inFebruary 2011 
Appearances at the 5th Annual San Francisco InternationalChocolate Salon in April 2011
A VIP TASTY Awards Evening in LAS VEGAS in Summer 2011 featuring various TASTY Awards Celebrity personalities. 



Nominee Submissions for 2012 begin in July 2011









The TASTY Awards Committee

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Zac Efron Answers Questions on the Red Carpet of STIKS Celebrity Video G...

Ed Magik Unveils Revised Logo Design for ED MAGIK TV

January 13, 2011

LOS ANGELES, California


Multimedia Producer Ed Magik recently revised the offical ED MAGIK TV logo. The revision uses the old style square logo with a new border to give the logo a fresh and bold look. "It works better with print graphics", said Ed Magik, Executive Producer.   Also new are two background tiles, one black (pictured below), and one white.


The colors for ED MAGIK TV remain black, red, and white.   For an explanation of the colors used for ED MAGIK TV, visit http://www.edmagiktv.com/about.


Revised Logo
Old Logo

New Background Tile

Friday, January 7, 2011

Dizzy D Flashy Named "Rip the Mic" Hip-Hop Winner!



This week Hip Hop Weekly announced the Shiekh Music 2010 “Rip the Mic” Winners for Hip-Hop and R&B.  Congratulations go out to both Dizzy D Flashy (Hip-Hop) of Las Vegas and Jon Doe (R&B) of Los Angeles.  In addition to the announcement, posters began going up in Shiekh stores everywhere from California to Texasfeaturing both.  Throughout this year the stores will feature various promotional items featuring these incredibly talented winners.  The event held in Burbank, CA was sponsored by Reebok, Island Def Jam, Hip Hop Weekly Magazine, Yo! Promotions and of course Shiekh Shoes. The lucky winners will have a variety of promotions throughout the upcoming year including a tour.  Fans will soon be able to see Dizzy D Flashy and Jon Doe performing live in cities across the United States . View highlights of the event here: 

Dizzy D Flashy, known in his hometown of Las Vegas as an undeniable lyricist, is no stranger to the limelight as he truly had an incredible year in 2010.  Along with nabbing the Rip the Mic title, he was also a winner during his first national appearance on BET’s 106 & Park when he performed on “Wild out Wednesday” in January.  In August, he was named “Fan Favorite” at the Blaze the Stage” International Showcase held in New York.  He later grabbed the “Platinum Mic” award at the Las Vegas Music Awards (Las Vegas) and then he closed the year out with his recent win. With the release of his two mix tapes The Takeover” and“What Hip Hop Needs” last year he humbly gained a modest 10,000+ followers on twitter and over 700,000 views on MySpace since he created his music page two years ago.  With the release of his videos beginning with his comedic “Lowkey” video where he is his own way thanked his fans for voting for him when he appeared on BET overall, he managed to wrap up more than 700,000 views on all of his YouTube videos.  To date his first video “Tha’ Truth” has over 60,000 views alone and steady climbing. His latest video effort“Somebody or Nobody” the first single off his mix tape produced by L Dot the Producer and directed by Rob Seher of Seher Cinema can be viewed here: http://lnk.ms/J5qCz.

As record labels and other industry officials begin to schedule meetings with the young phenom, his industry buzz is definitely kicking into high gear everywhere.  “He’s no longer popular in just Las Vegas and California, his music is starting to really get out there everywhere” say’s his manager Marcus Hill. Although Dizzy D Flashy is now crossing over from being a local artist to one that is starting to be looked at on a national level he had this to say about his crossover.  "I’m not national enough so I’m gonna’ keep grinding like I’m not close and even when I’m on, I’m never gonna stop the grind.  Hard work creates comfortable living and that’s how I want to live, comfortably. I will admit that I am happy to be doing interviews now for major magazines and with DJ’s on their mix shows”.

Be on the lookout for more from this undercover hip-hop superstar in the near future as he kicks off the promotions for his new single “Somebody or Nobody” off his third mix tape “Legendary” which was released via the internet on January 2, 2011.  It is available for free download here: http://lnk.ms/HC6hQ.  Up next the young entertainer say’s he will be shooting another video soon and inviting all of his fans in Las Vegas to come be a part of it.  A true lover of his fans he admits he can’t wait to perform at his first awards show, hoping that it will happen this year.  Industry folks are definitely watching this guy so performing on awards show will probably be the least of his worries this year.  Congratulations to Dizzy D Flashy from Las Vegas , Shiekh Music’s newest Rip the Mic Hip-Hop Winner.

Tommy Davidson and Pat O'Brien Host Annual Celebrity Holiday Party at PATH (2010)


The P.A.T.H. 2010 Celebrity Holiday Party brought cheer and hope to many underprivileged children and families.

P.A.T.H., a non-profit community organization, founded in 1984 by Claire West Orr, helps provide the homeless with ways to find work, financial restitution and the opportunity to rebuild their lives and families.

I had the chance to interview some amazing and caring celebrities and people that help run the organization. These celebrities were Tommy DavidsonPat O'BrienSterling Beaumon and Ava Allan.  Also on hand at the event was Paul Palacios representing the Hansen Beverage Company who provided refreshments to all, and  Chief Development Officer of P.A.T.H., Jeremy Sidell. 

Davidson was very interesting and touching because he was an abandoned child, whom was later adopted by a very caring women. He said that she always taught him to be a giving person and that "if you give, you receive".  A message that he carries with him daily.  

O'Brien talked about how P.A.T.H. puts smiles on children's faces and helps the homeless find school, rehab, and employment. He also mentions that P.A.T.H. completely relies on grants and donations. 

Beaumon and Allan of T.V.'s 'Criminal Minds' took time from their busy schedules to visit and hand out gifts as well.  Beaumon brought his ukulele with him
and played it for several fascinated children. 

After leaving the event I really saw how such a small gesture can make a big difference in someones life.

If you would like to make a donation you can go to ePATH.org

Haily Helton


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Tommy Davidson Celebrity Interview at Annual Celebrity Holiday Party at...

Tommy Davidson speaks candidly about his childhood the person who inspired him to be a giver.
He also talks about his experience visiting injured US troops overseas in the middle east.

Both Tommy Davidson and Pat O'Brien hosted the Celebrity Holiday Party to benefit the homeless at PATH.

The mission of PATH is "to break the cycle of homelessness by empowering homeless people with the tools for self-sufficiency."

"Founded in 1984, PATH is a non-profit community organization whose mission is to break the cycle of homelessness by empowering homeless people with the tools for self-sufficiency. PATH works towards this goal by providing services that help homeless people find work, save money, secure housing, and empower their lives. "



More videos from this event may be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=B23DDF69417CB975

Monday, January 3, 2011

Sheila E. Takes Lead of the i@iamwumrpres Twitter Army March in Support of Re-electing Pres. Barack Obama in 2012

Written by Ed Magik


January 2, 2011
LOS ANGELES, California


It was a rainy Sunday, but the weather did not dampen the spirits of percussionist Sheila E. and the Escovedo family and well over fifty marchers, drummers, and cell phone owners who had one thing in common: support the 2012 re-election of President Barack Obama by way of using their cell phones to tweet #iamwumrpres on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/iamwumrpres).


Sheila E. and the E. family lead the march starting from the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street West on Sunset to Amoeba Records, where they marched into the store making somewhat of a parade through the store and then back out to Sunset at  Cahuenga with a drums banging and cell phones tweeting.    


Just prior to the march New Day Talk Radio's (http://www.newdaytalkradio.com) on-air personality Lynette Jones, aka "The Captain", gave army like instructions to the group.  The whole scene had somewhat of a military feel to it.   I think this is because the participants labeled themselves as the "Twitter army".


Los Angeles City Traffic Officers blocked off all vehicle access to Sunset Boulevard between Vine St. and Cahuenga Boulevard so that the march could be carried out safely. 


There seem to be nobody in opposition to the march as on-lookers and passers-by gave cheers to the marchers, although it appeared as though some customers in Amoeba Records were a bit startled, shock and in awe to the drumming procession as they paraded through the store giving cadence of "I'm with You Mr. Pres.".

Despite the wet weather, the Escovedo family drummed and marched with much enthusiasm.   Pete Escovedo, age 75 and his wife looked on with much pride to his daughter, Sheila E. 


This event marks the first in a series of events that will take place in support of the 2012 re-election of Democratic President Barack Obama.


Video interviews of both Sheila E. , Pete Escovedo and others will appear on ED MAGIK TV (http://www.edmagiktv.com and also http://www.youtube.com/edmagiktv).



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