Queen Latifah Inks Deal With Paramount
Home Entertainment -  Will Co-produced
Laffers, Dramas &  Action Pictures
Lenny Williams - Former Lead
Singer of Tower of Power
Flourishing With New CD "MY Way"
Big Jump In Billionaires' Club
By: Howard Stein

It looks like the U.S. billionaire's club isn't
quite as exclusive as it once was. There are
now 313 billionaires in the country, the
largest number ever and a huge jump over
the 262 counted last year, according to
Forbes magazine, which Thursday released
its annual ranking of the 400 richest
Americans.

The biggest billionaire of all was again
Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates, whose
$48 billion in estimated wealth was up $2
billion from 2003.  Gates was again followed
by investor Warren Buffett with $41 billion, the
list's biggest dollar gainer with a $5 billion
increase, and Microsoft co-founder Paul
Allen, who held the No. 3 spot although his
net worth fell $2 billion to $20 billion.

Donald Trump's net worth edged up $100
million to $2.6 billion, despite the financial
problems of his casino empire. But Trump
slipped three spots on the list, falling to 74
from 71.

Returning to the list after a year's absence
was Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Democratic
presidential nominee John Kerry. Teresa
Heinz Kerry's $750 million in wealth tied her
for last place.

Fifty-four people dropped off the list from last
year, including such notables as Disney's
Michael Eisner, BET's Robert Johnson and
Monster.com's Andrew McKelvey.

Talk show host and media mogul Oprah
Winfrey is among the only 51 women who
made the list. With assets valued at $1.3
billion, she is #215.
Lenny Williams is an icon of
longevity, a legend in his own
time, a shining example to
striving young artists. He
continues to glow through the
expansion of his musical
Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit Films has
struck an exclusive production deal
with Paramount Home
Entertainment to produce rban films
with multimillion-dollar production
budgets for the DVD market.  
    
Lenny Williams
Queen Latifah
ability as evidenced by the release of his
new CD "My Way" for Thump Records.

Long known for his 3-years work as the lead
singer for 70's group Tower of Power, since then
Lenny has toured relentlessly to packed houses
with his acting talents, starring in several stage
plays including Love On Lay Away, What Men Don't
Tell and When A Woman's Fed Up.  Williams
has co-written 9 of the 10 tracks on "My
Way".  Stand out tracks include 'Torn
Between Two Lovers' , 'I Can't Say I Love
(Without You), and 'I Don't Want to Lose My
Sweet Thing'.
Latifah and Flavor Unit co-owner Shakim Compere
will produce the movies that will include romantic
and urban comedies as well as dramas and action
films.

Paramount becomes the latest studio to move
more aggressively into the growing market for DVD
premiere movies, having dabbled in the category
with a few animated children's titles and a couple
live-action acquisitions.

Flavor Unit has a featurefilm called "Just Wright" at
Disney in which Latifah will star, along with "Beauty
Shop" and the Latifah star vehicle at Paramount
called "Last Holiday" that goes into production in
November. Also in the Flavor pipeline are several
other films in development at MGM based on the
studio's "soul cinema" collection such as "Friday
Foster" and "Truck Turner."

Latifah will not star or appear in any of the
Paramount DVDs.The deal calls for a potential
theatrical release for any of the projects for which
Paramount will put up production budgets not to
exceed $5 million each, according to Compere.
Flavor Unit's current production, "The Cookout," was
produced as a DVD premiere movie for Lions Gate
but the company instead recently released it
theatrically on 1,300 screens.

The deal with Paramount is exclusive for DVD
premiere movie projects.
Academy Award Winner BEN AFFLECK &
Emmy Winner James Gandolfini Star In
the Comedy  - In Theaters
"
SurvivIng Christmas"
October 22nd From DreamWorks
Facing another
Christmas alone,
Drew Latham (Ben
Affleck) decides to
go back to his idyllic
childhood home
to spend the holidays
with family.
There is just one
problem - the
people living there
are not Drew's
family members.    
But that isn't about
to put a crimp in his
Drew Latham (BEN AFFLECT,
right) is unaware that he is
about to get a rather cold
Christmas greeting from Tom
Valco (JAMES GANDOLFINI)
in DreamWorks Pictures
comedy "SURVIVING
CHRISTMAS"  Photo Courtesy
DreamWorks Pictures
THE JAZZ MUSEUM IN HARLEM
Speaks   FREE Series Swings With
Bassist and Schomburg Center
Artist-in-residence Larry Ridley
Thursday, October 21st
New York, NY -  The Jazz Museum in Harlem's
bi-weekly series, Harlem Speaks, continues
on Thursday, Oct 21st,  featuring a discussion
with Schomburg Center artist-in-residence
Larry Ridley, one of the top jazz educators in
the nation. Professor Emeritus of Music at
Rutgers University, bassist Ridley gigged with
Freddie Hubbard and Wes Montgomery back
home in Indiana, and moved to New York in
the 1960s, where he served as bassist for
Thelonious Monk, and many other top
professionals. He currently leads the Jazz
Legacy Ensemble.

Loren Schoenberg, Executive Director of the
Jazz Museum in Harlem, and co-producer
(along with Greg Thomas Associates) of
Harlem Speaks, says: "We have been thrilled
at the response of the local community with
these events. Not only are the discussions
fun, but the meet and greet portions before
and after the talk are also a very enjoyable.
What better way to celebrate Harlem¹s legacy
than through these living legends. This
quartet really represents the breadth of this
great tradition and it¹s relevance to today¹s
culture."

Greg Thomas adds: "This series is rapidly
becoming a major event in Harlem, and in
addition, the proceedings are videotaped for
the Museum¹s Archives, so future generations
will be able to share the insights our guests
share."

The series will be held at the offices of the
Jazz Museum in Harlem, located at 104 East
126th Street, between Park and Lexington
Avenues, from 6:30pm-8:00pm on alternating
Thursdays.  The series is free to the public.
Please call for reservations: 212 348-8300.
Sunday, Oct 24th  In ATLANTA, GA  -  500
Volunteers to Unite In Community Service  
With TIMBERLAND Boot COMPANY To
Benefit the Local BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS

New York, NY - Some 500 volunteers will pull on their
boots and join in community service on
Sunday
October 24th
as part of The Community Builders
Tour, at  Morehouse College - B. T. Harvey Stadium
830 Westview Drive Atlanta, GA   Registration Noon-
1PM. Service 1-3:30 pm , Civic Square Celebration
3:30 - 5:00 pm

The Timberland Company, in collaboration with
community partner Park Pride, retail partners Walters
and Genesco and service host  
Morehouse College
will unite with local volunteers to help enhance and
transform the University Community Academy, the
John H. Harland Boys & Girls Club and the NFL/YET
Boys & Girls Club by painting murals, building
benches and tables, repairing fences and
landscaping the surrounding areas.

The day will culminate in a community-wide
celebration at the Community Builders Tour “Civic
Impact Square,” which
will feature live entertainment,
refreshments, information about local non-profit
organizations and a
display of the newest boot styles
from Timberland.

Local community volunteers; Timberland President
and CEO Jeff Swartz and other employees in
partnership with Congressman John Lewis;  (Journey’
s, Jarman, Underground Station) and local colleges
and universities including Morehouse College,
Spelman College, Clark University Atlanta, Morris
Brown College, Georgia State University and the
Georgia Institute of Technology.

The Community Builders Tour is a cross-country
community service tour designed to celebrate the
spirit of service and the positive change achieved
through collaboration and shared passion.
plans. Offering the Valcos family a small fortune,
Drew bribes his new found parents to let him
spend Christmas in their home, until their eldest
daughter Alicia (Christina Applegate) comes home
for the holidays, with no intention of adopting a new
brother.

Other than Affleck and Applegate, "Surviving
Christmas" also stars James Gandolfini (The
Sopranos) and Catherine O'Hara. The film is
directed by Mike Mitchell from a screenplay by
Deborah Kaplan & Harry Elfont and Jeffrey
Ventimilia & Joshua Sternin, from a story by
Deborah Kaplan & Harry Elfont.
MANDALA
a multi-media project for solo performer
and video images by
Andrea Centazzo
Free admission
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
7:30 p.m.
Lang Recital Hall
Hunter College
69th Street (Lex/Park)
Considered one of the most influential
percussionists of the last 25 years,
Italian-American composer Andrea Centazzo has
performed, as a soloist and as a conductor, in
many prestigious festivals and concert halls both in
Europe and the United States.

After a decade of focusing on composing,
conducting and directing videos, Centazzo has
returned to his first love: the solo percussion
multi-media concert. In Mandala, inspired by the
name of the Buddhist Universe, Centazzo once
again combines percussion, digital percussion and
computer sequencing with his award-winning
videos to bring the emotion of a new sonic and
visual adventure to his audience.

In Mandala, Centazzo presents a musical journey
through images from around the world, beginning
with the Borobodur temple in Java and then moving
through Madagascar to Bali and then on to Africa
and Greece blending his compositions with the
rhythms and nuances of traditional music to
capture the mystery and beauty of lost paradises.
Breathtaking images of deserts, oceans, forests
and ancient cities flow concurrently with abstract
video design and are synched with the music to
create a highly emotional multi-media experience
that is rich in color and texture. Minimalist patterns,
combined with his melodic compositions and
mystery of improvisation, create an unforgettable
audio/visual experience that inspires and
transcends expectation.  
Free admission, for
reservations call 212-879-4242, ext. 362. For further
information call Amelia Antonucci at 212-879-4242,
ext. 337, or Giuliana Ridolfi  212-879-4242, ext. 324
A Release Party for JEFF “TAIN” WATTS -
Celebrating His New Half Note CD Titled
"DETAINED AT THE BLUE
NOTE"
- Tues. Nov 2nd - 8 & 10:30pm
ELVIN JONES JAZZ MACHINE
THE TRUTH: Heard Live At
The Blue Note
Recorded Live September 11 – 12, 1999 Now
Available On Half Note Records
NEW YORK – Cast your vote for
Tain and head to the Blue Note,
131 West Third Street in
Greenwich Village, on Tuesday,
November 2, at 8 and 10:30 pm
NEW YORK, NY – What started out as
a 72nd birthday celebration for
legendary drummer
Elvin Jones
turned into an exhibit of uncommon
clarity.  At the end of two very special
evenings, September 11–12 in 1999,
when Half Note Records and Jeff “Tain” Watts
celebrate the release of Detained at the Blue Note,
which was recorded at the club February 7 – 8, 2004.  

Just out since September 14,
Detained is already
reaping kudos from fans and critics alike. Joining
Watts for the celebration are Marcus Strickland (tenor
saxophone) and Eric Revis (bass), plus other
musicians and special guests.  

The record features the Jeff “Tain” Watts Quintet with
special guest alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett
alongside Strickland, Revis, Dave Kikoski (piano) and
Dave Gilmour (guitar).  Watts takes his band on a
thrilling ride of originals, “J. C. Is the Man,” “Mr. J. J.,”
“Sigmund Groid” and “… Like the Rose,” plus a
mesmerizing interpretation of Bjork’s  “107 Steps.”

Born in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1960, Watts came to fame
with the early Wynton Marsalis band and then hooked
up with Branford Marsalis in 1989. Word circulated fast
about the powerful young keeper of the beat, putting
him in high demand on stage and in the studio.  Over
the years, Tain has come to be regarded as a jazz
heavyweight-in-the-making, an heir apparent, perhaps
to the late Elvin Jones. Detain yourself at the Blue Note
and let this masterful percussionist set you free.

Half Note Records is a subsidiary of the Blue Note.  
Detained at the Blue Note was produced by Jeff
Levenson with Steven Bensusan as executive
producer.  Tickets for the cd release party are $20 at
tables and $10 at the bar.  For more information or
reservations, call
(212) 475-8592 or visit www.bluenotejazz.com.
Elvin Jones Jazz Machine with Michael Brecker had laid
down the law for
THE TRUTH: Heard Live At The Blue Note.

Simply stated, the band told the whole truth and nothing but
the truth and jazz fans can hear it October 12 when the latest
Half Note Records release hits music stores around the
world  . The jazz world mourned Elvin Jones loss when he
succumbed after a long illness on May 18, 2004.  However,
the music and the memories live on through
THE TRUTH:
Heard Live At
The Blue Note.  

One of Jones’ last great performances, The Truth
showcases the stellar drummer leading a first-rate edition
of the Jazz Machine featuring special guest
Michael Brecker
(saxophone), Antoine Roney (saxophone), Robin Eubanks
(trombone), Darren Barrett (trumpet), Carlos McKinney
(piano) and Gene Perla (bass).    Highlights of the album
include memorable exchanges of music and mastery
between Jones and
Brecker on Body and Soul, Three Card
Molly
, Straight, No Chaser and A Lullaby of Itsugo Village.  
Rounding out the release are dazzling performances of E. J.’
s Blues, Truth, Wise One.  

“Elvin had an uncanny way of putting together bands that
lived up to their name.  They played like a well-oiled
machine and produced musical masterpieces like no
other.  With Brecker sitting in with Elvin and this very special
cast, you will hear some true musical genius,” said Jeff
Levenson, executive vice president of Half Note Records
and producer of the CD.

Best known for his association with the legendary John
Coltrane Quartet of 1960-65, Elvin Jones not only influenced
drummers, but also made an indelible impression on other
musicians and listeners as well.  

Moving effortlessly between hard bop and avant-garde,
Jones played with a ruthless abandon that often brought
listeners to their feet.  The younger brother of Hank Jones
and the late Thad Jones, Elvin left the active jazz scene in
Detroit and headed to New York in the 50s.  Over the years,
he worked with Bud Powell,
Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, J. J.
Johnson, Donald Byrd, Sweets Edison and helped Coltrane
make some of his best recordings.  Always a leader of great
bands, he adopted the Jazz Machine title in the 90s and
featured a long list of swinging musicians including the
group heard on The Truth and Frank Foster, Joe Farrell,
George Coleman, Pepper Adams, Sonny Fortune,
Nicholas
Payton and Ravi Coltrane.
Future of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble
Secure and Strengthened With Jazz
Master
Jon Faddis Named New
Artistic Director Effective October 4
The Chicago Jazz
Ensemble (CJE), in
residence at
Columbia College
Chicago since
1965,  announ- ced
that it has
appointed trumpet
virtuoso, composer,
conductor and
educator Jon
Faddis as its new
artistic director.
Jon Faddis
Jon Faddis dedicates his musical experience to
making the Chicago Jazz Ensembleä its very best.  
He brings not only his virtually unparalleled skill
and passion as a trumpeter and conductor, but
also his abiding enthusiasm for Jazz education to
Chicago and beyond.  “The Chicago Jazz Ensemble
is a truly world-class band, and I was honored even
to be considered, much less asked, to be its Artistic
Director,” says Faddis.  “My goals are to help raise
the profile of the CJE, to further develop its musical
excellence, to introduce new music with the band,
to provide more opportunities for audience
involvement and understanding, and to increase
educational outreach to students and Jazz fans of
all ages”, he continued.

Faddis, at 51, draws on over thirty years experience
in performing with and conducting superb Jazz big
bands, his leadership of the Carnegie Hall Jazz
Band.  Faddis conducted over 40 concerts in ten
years (1993-2003) at Carnegie Hall, which featured
over 135 musicians and over 70 guest artists.  As
music director, Faddis regularly brought diverse,
superbly adventurous Jazz to full houses in the
2800-seat Isaac Stern Auditorium,and in concerts
around the world.  Today, the Jon Faddis Jazz
Orchestra, the Jazz Orchestra of New York –
continues the CHJB’s legacy and extraordinary
mission, just as the Chicago Jazz Ensemble
honors its past 40 years and celebrates a truly
promising future.

Devoted to teaching the next generation of Jazz
musicians and audiences, Faddis frequently
conducts clinics and master classes for students of
all ages around the world.  In recognition of his
work, Faddis received the first-ever honorary
doctorate in Jazz Studies from the Manhattan
School of Music (May 2003) and the Milt Jackson
Award for Excellence and Accessibility in Jazz
(2001); Faddis is also artist-in-residence,
professor, and Director of Jazz Performance at the
Conservatory of Music, Purchase College, SUNY.  

Dr. Warrick Carter, president of Columbia College
Chicago, sees the appointment as a positive step
in fulfilling founder William Russo’s original vision
of the CJE becoming the pre-eminent Jazz
organization in the heart of America and acclaimed
around the world. "We are very excited to have Jon
Faddis joining us as the artistic director of the
Chicago Jazz Ensemble”, said Dr. Carter.  “Jon
brings a wealth of conducting and performing
experiences, international visibility and artistic
credibility to this position.  Under his leadership, we
clearly see the CJE further developing into one of
the world’s most important large Jazz ensembles.”
Celebrated For Philanthropic Exertions &
Civic Mindfulness   
Timberland Wins
Friends And Influences Others With
Community Builders Tours In Atlanta
Timberland believes that businesses, as well as
individuals, have the power to create positive change,
citing service, as the key to effectiveness.  The
company  balances business goals with
commitments to community through service,  bringing
diverse groups together to find common ground,
share common purpose and work for the common
good.  

"We care about the strength of our neighborhoods, the
well being of our environment, and the quality of life in
our communities", is just one mantra displayed on the
Timberland website.  
Columbia/Legacy Releases
"Lightning In a Bottle" the 2-CD Soundtrack,
Featuring Live Performances From Blues Greats
B. B. King, Buddy Guy, Ruth Brown, Solomon
Burke, Bonnie Raitt and Dozens of Others
Perhaps best known for introducing the
first yellow boot in 1973, the genesis of
Timberland began in 1918, in a small
Boston, Massachusetts shoe company
when Timberland founder, Nathan Swartz, began his
bootmaking career as an apprentice stitcher, where
he learned how to craft fine leather boots.

"Timberland" started as the brand name for their
original waterproof leather boot. Then the company
name was officially changed to The Timberland
Company, and they added casual, and boat shoes,
then introduced Timberland clothing and women's
footwear "Authenticity and outdoors", adds Kate Pope
Smith, Director of Timberland's Community Builders
Tour.  

President and CEO Jeff Swartz, has stepped up to
grow the company his grandfather started by turning
Timberland into a twenty-first century trail-blazer for
socially responsible corporations. "Fashion over
function. Self-expression", emphasizes "Kate Pope
Smith.  

The Community Builders tour is about "less talk and
more doing" enthuses Kate Pope Smith, about the
partnering event that included involvements from  
Spelman &  Morris Brown Colleges, Georgia State
University, Georgia Institute of Tech and Clark
University; held on Morehouse College campus,
Sunday October 24, 2004, where nearly 1,000
volunteers came together to revitalize 6 designated
locations in Atlanta, which included Westside YMCA,  
Stanton Elementary, Adams Park, Harland Boys &
Girls Club, Perkerson Park and NFL/YET Boys and
Girls Club, as prescribed by Retail Partners, City Year
and Atlanta Community Partners.
PULL ON YOUR
BOOTS AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE
was the theme.
Natalie Cole
Ruth Brown and Mavis Staples
Ruth Brown and Mavis Staples share vocals with Natalie Cole,
with a rhythm section featuring Dr. John on piano, Ivan Neville
on organ, and Keb' Mo on banjo. Macy Gray sings 'Hound Dog',
backed by Danny Kortchmar on guitar, and Steve Jordan on
drums, among others.  Buddy Guy, Vernon Reid and Angelique
Kidjo join forceson Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile' with backing
by Guy.  

This and much more is all part of
"Lightning In  A Bottle", a
2-CD soundtrack to the film  from director Antoine Fuqua
(Training Day", "King Arthur"),  released by Sony Classics

The "Lightning In A Bottle" film and soundtrack CD's were
recorded at the historic "Salute to the Blues" concert in
February 2003, at New York City's Radio City Music Hall.  The
concert featured a Who's Who of blues royality.  
On "60 Minutes" Sun Nov 7th Ed
Bradley Takes A Look At the New Space
Race -- Private Companies Looking For
Passengers And Profit In Outer Space
Ving Rhames To Play Kojak on TV
Solomon Burke
is featured
vocalist on two
cuts '
Turn On
Your Love Light;
and 'Down In the
Valley
' with  
Willie Weeks
bass; Keb' Mo,
guitar; Dr. John,
piano, & backup
vocals by
Vaneese
Williams and
Curtis King.
Ving Rhames, 43,  has signed with
USA Network to do a weekly series
of
“Kojak,” debuting in March,
Bonnie Hammer, president of USA
Network and the Sci Fi Channel,
said Tuesday. Filming begins in
Toronto in January.
The future is here, and 60 Minutes will show it to
you this Sunday. when correspondent Ed Bradley
takes a look at the new space race -- private
companies looking for passengers and profit in
outer space.

If you've ever dreamt about going into space, this is
a story you won't want to miss. Bradley takes us into
the world of Burt Rutan, a maverick aeronautical
engineer who has built more than 40 revolutionary
airplanes.

Now, Rutan is looking to conquer space travel for
ordinary people, by making it safe enough, and
cheap enough.  

The only two people to go into space so far, who
weren't part of a government program, worked for
Rutan.  You'll see them do it, and get a glimpse at
the new world of "astro-tourism." It's closer than you
imagined.
Ving Rhames
“Telly Savalas starred as Lt. Theo Kojak in the police
drama, which aired from 1973-78. A 2-hour original
movie will serve as the premiere episode for the 9-
week original series, the network said.

‘Kojak’ is a perfect USA series,” Hammer said in a
statement. “The main character is a true American
original, a crime-solver with an incredible mix of
charm, street smarts and uncanny intuition. And in the
hands of the great Ving Rhames, this is definitely not
your father’s ‘Kojak.”’
Solomon Burke
Fuqua had the unenviable task of editing over 5-hours of
classic performances, plus backstage rehearsal footage and
archival gems, into one concert film.  The 2-CD soundtrack
features over 12-hours of the best moments from the
memorable concert.
Al Roker To Report on Gastric Bypass
Friday Night Nov 5th  On "Dateline NBC"
Bonnie Raitt
performs
'
Coming Home'
with Kim Wilson
on harp; while
B.B. King
performs vocals
and guitar on
'
Sweet Sixteen'.
NBC's Al Roker reports on his
health since his gastric bypass
surgery, and the potential
dangers and benefits involved in
the procedure, in an hour-long
special to air Friday night on
"Dateline NBC."
Lesley Stahl Profiles Dave
Ramsey on "60 Minutes" -
Sunday, Nov. 7th At 7 p.m. ET/PT -  
Ramsey tells Stahl he is out to
save debtors one at a time
Al Roker
Roker, underwent gastric bypass surgery two and
one-half years ago.

"For anybody who thinks that this is a magic bullet -
you do this and it's done. You're making a mistake. It's
not," he says.

In the four-part report, "Weighing the Risks," Roker
talks to teens, parents and a physician about some
possible dangers, and whether teens have a tougher
time dealing with emotional and physical changes that
come with the surgery.
Dave Ramsey was once a
million dollars in debt and
bankrupt, until he got out of
real estate and into the
business of teaching people
how to be out of debt.
Bonnie Raitt and B. B. King
The 27-songs on the Cd showcase five generations of blues
greats and once-in-a-lifetime pairings. Musical director is Steve
Jordan, who put together an amazing house band that included
Dr. John, piano; Ivan Neville, organ; Kim Wilson, harp; Levon
Helm, drums; Keb' Mo and Danny Kortchmar, guitars; Willie
Weeks & Larry Taylor, bass; and Jim Horn, saxophone.

The performers include Odetta; Mos Def; India.Arie; Larry
Johnson; Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown; The Neville Brothers,
Robert Cray; Chuck D & the Fine Arts Militia.
Dave Ramsey
"Debt made easy by financial institutions
willing to lend to anyone, is ruining good
Americans.  Americans are drowning in
debt and desperate for help getting out of
it", says national radio talk show host and
anti-debt crusader Dave Ramsey.

Because cash hurts. You don't register the
pain with plastic," says Ramsey. "You start
laying out Uncle Benjamin on the counter,
you're going, 'Wait a minute. I want to think
about this a minute. Whoa!'"
COMING UP AT 8PM ET/PT ON UPN's
"AMERICA'S NEXT TOP
MODEL"          Eva Loses Her Cool
Wed Nov 10th
What do you get when you cross one famous
television host, five seasoned political satirists, and
the 2004 Presidential election?
THE COMEDIANS - November 6th
An extraordinary event hosted by Dick Cavett with
legendary political satirists Shelley Berman, Bill Dana,
Professor Irwin Corey, Dick Gregory and Mort Sahl
On "AMERICA'S NEXT TOP
MODEL"  Competition heats
up and the girls get in touch
with their inner divas as they
strut their stuff in front of
photograph- ers and
journalists. Later, at the photo
shoot, Eva loses her cool
when she faces one of her
biggest fears: a giant spider
crawling all over her face.
How Did Jamie Foxx Manage to
Capture Legend Ray Charles? He
Tells Ed Gordon Nov 10th on
"60 Minutes Wednesday" 8PM/ET
On November 6th at 8pm, the Saturday after the
2004 Presidential Election, Lehman Center for the
Performing Arts continues its 25th Anniversary
Season with a once-in-a-lifetime event hosted by
Dick Cavett – “The Comedians” -- a meeting of the
minds of some of the most renowned  political
comics: Shelley Berman, Bill Dana, Professor Irwin
Corey, Dick Gregory and Mort Sahl.
Jamie Foxx has
gotten rave
reviews  for
playing Ray
Charles in the
movie
 "Ray".
Sister of Guardian Angels Founder --
Curtis Sliwa Gives Birth to Twins Three
Days Shy of Her 57th Birthday
DicK Gregory
This assemblage of renowned American comedians represents the
surviving group of artists that changed the face of humor in the mid-
20th Century, creating and redefining standup comedy into the
personal art form it is today.  

Never before has an event brought together on one stage such a
distinguished group of comedic giants who blew away boundaries by
challenging powerful icons and institutions with satirical send-ups of
political, social, racial, sexual, and other previously taboo subjects.  
These pioneers of social commentary introduced Americans to new
and better ways to laugh at themselves and each other, and the
entertainment landscape has never been the same.

For the first act of the show, each participant will do a solo segment of
his work.  For the second act, all of the participants sit on stools and
are interviewed by Dick Cavett.  Given that this event will take place on
the first Saturday after the presidential election, there will be plenty of
fodder for these comedic icons to chew.

Dick Gregory overcame a childhood of extreme poverty in St. Louis, MO
to become a comedian, activist, and nutritionist.  Gregory won an
athletic scholarship in 1951 to Southern Illinois University at
Carbondale, and he left college to join the Army, where, performing for
military shows, he discovered a talent for comedy.  Gregory began his
professional career in 1958 hosting comedy shows at Chicago
nightclubs and achieved national prominence after his 1961 debut at
the Playboy Club.  As he continued to sell out nightclubs, record
albums, write books, and make national TV appearances, Gregory
became active in social causes.  Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Gregory took part in marches, fasted for numerous causes, and ran for
President in 1968 as a write-in candidate for the Freedom and Peace
Party.  In the ‘70s, he developed an interest in vegetarianism and
introduced the Slim-Safe Bahamian Diet.  In 1996, he triumphantly
returned to the stage in “Dick Gregory Live.”

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is located at 250 Bedford Park
Boulevard West, on the campus of Lehman College in the Bronx.  
Tickets are: $40, $35, $30, and $25, 718.960.8833 (Mon-Fri., 10-5),  
www.LehmanCenter.org.  
Jamie Foxx
The sister of Guardian
Angels founder Curtis Sliwa
gave birth to twins Tuesday,
just three days shy of her
57th birthday. Aleta St.
James, who became
pregnant by in-vitro
fertilization, and her newborn
son and daughter are doing
well, said Maria Sliwa, the
babies' aunt.
Some say that Foxx's portrayal of legendary
singer Ray Charles is so remarkable that   
Academy Awards are worthy.  

But despite all his professional successes,
Foxx tells Ed Gordon, in an emotional
interview, "It is still hard to come to grips with
the fact that my biological parents copped
out.", he relinquishes.

Gordon's interview will be broadcast on
"60
Minutes Wednesday",
Nov. 10, at 8 p.m.
ET/PT.

Adopted by his grandparents as a baby, Foxx
tells Gordon, during an emotional moment,
"My biological parents lived nearby,  but
seldom came to visit.  I didn't need much.  
But just a little bit would have been, like ... at
least you're checking for me,"  Foxx says.

"How can you have a son and not want to be
around this type of son? You want your son to
play football? I got that. You want your son to
be smart? I have that, and you only lived 26
miles away from me. Those are the things
that are hard to come to grips with."

Despite all the disappointments with his
biological parents, Foxx reveals that he
accepts the way his life has gone.

Gordon asks Foxx, "Would you give up all of
what you've accomplished. All of what you've
gained, if your life had been different and your
parents had been together, and you with
them?"

"No. No. Because I know now as a parent
that, in a sense, they copped out," says Foxx.
"I don't cop out on my daughter no matter
how busy I am, so, you know...I wouldn't do
that."
Aleta St. James
Francesca, who weighs 5 pounds, 12 ounces,
and her brother Gian,who weighs 5 pounds, 3
ounces, were delivered by Caesarean section at
Mount Sinai Medical Center. They are in excellent
health, said Dr. Jonathan Scher, who delivered
the babies.

St. James, a motivation speaker who helped her
brother set up the crime-fighting group in the
1970s, said "It's never too late to become a
mother. You are never too old.  It's just in your
mind."

Dr. Jane Miller, director of North Hudson IVF and
St. James' fertility doctor, says the key to giving
birth at such an advanced age is to be in
excellent physical condition.
Microsoft To Unveil Search Engine
It seems like everybody's
getting one, so why not the
software giant? In a bid to
compete with rival Google,
Microsoft will roll out its
own search engine.
Microsoft Corp., stepping up its efforts to
compete with rival Google Inc., will offer
consumers a preview of its technology for
searching the Internet, beginning Thursday.

Microsoft has long offered a search engine on
its MSN Web site, but the technology behind it
has been powered by subsidiaries of Yahoo
Inc. Earlier this year, the Redmond-based
software giant conceded that it had missed a
large market opportunity by not developing its
own search technology, and announced plans
to launch its own search engine.

Microsoft declined to comment further on what
features will be available in Thursday's
preview.
SCAVENGER HUNT IN BED STUY Sunday, Nov 14th
11:00am to 2:00pm In Collaboration With the
92nd St. YMCA In New York City
In collaboration with
the 92nd St. YMCA
(They have provided
120 teenagers) and
PR-G, together they
will host a team
based scavenger
hunt competition for
100 - 200 young
adults in Bed Stuy
this Sunday morning.
Host Jamie Foxx
sings a parody to
tennis player
Serena Williams
during the 12th
annual Espy
Awards in Los
Angeles,
July 14, 2004.
Ray Charles Legacy Lives On With "RAY: THE
ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK"
Now Available  From Rhino Records
Sneek Peek At    
"Clinton Center
"
By Howard Stein
Ronin, PR-G, & Barnabas Shakur
The project will take place on 6 Square blocks (called zones) in
the community. Teams (of 4 or less). Compete to be the first to
find hidden items in the community that are worth points. The
team with the most points wins prizes.

Included in this game will be a community cleaning initiative.
They invite your team of 4, but no need to bring your own team,
you can find one there.

They event is held in Halsey Park Halsey between Saratoga and
Howard, Brooklyn, NY 917.803.9630 (day of event).

Transportation:
J-Train to Halsey Street walk one block to Saratoga Ave.
B26 or B7 to Halsey & Saratoga Ave.
B20 to Halsey and Broadway walk one block to Saratoga Ave.
B47 to Ralph and Halsey walk one block to Saratoga Ave.
12 time Grammy winner Ray Charles may be gone, but his
timeless music lives on with the companion audio piece to the
film
"RAY: THE ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK,
starring Jamie Foxx.
The 17 songs
include
classics  'Hit
the Road Jack,
'Night Time Is
the Right Time',
'Unchain My
Heart', 'Bye Bye
Love',
Ray Charles hand
picked 3 of the 6
"LIVE" recordings
'Hallelujah I Love
Her So', "I Can't Stop
Loving You', 'You
Don't Know Me', 'Let
the Good Times
Roll', and  'Georgia
On My Mind'
An estimated 30,000 guests
are expected to pack
downtown Little Rock on
Thursday for the opening of the
"Clinton Presidential Center",
the $165 million
glass-and-steel home of
artifacts and documents
gathered during Mr. Clinton's
eight years in the White House

The presidential timeline
opens with Clinton's 1993
inaugural address and his
dream for the nation: "There is
nothing wrong with America
that cannot be cured by what is
right with America."

"It's just been an overwhelming
experience to actually see the
library after all of the work",
former first lady and current
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton
told CBS News Early Show
Co-anchor Harry Smith.

Mrs. Clinton continued,  "Bill
has poured his heart into this
labor of love. The exhibits are
an incredible walk down
memory lane. It's a full and
comprehensive picture of
those eight years for us and for
the nation."
Look at THAT Gut          NOW         Look at Your Gut
High Hopes for New Diet Pill
The biggest test yet of an experimental
new diet pill found that people not only
lost weight but also kept it off for two
years, longer than any other diet drug
has been able to achieve, scientists
reported Tuesday.
Ray Charles before his demise, having fun during
the filming with superb entertainer
Jamie Foxx.
The inside liner notes from Director/Producer Taylor Hackford provide
more insight to Ray Charles the man.
Jamie Foxx does not sing on
soundtrack.
The drug's maker, the French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi Aventis SA,
has named the drug Acomplia and plans to seek federal approval for it
next year.  Acomplia is first treatment aimed at blocking the "pleasure
center" of the brain and interfering with the cycle of craving and
satisfaction that drives many compulsive behaviors and addictions.

"What the medicine appears to do is help (people) stick with diets,
(and) there is an independent effect on fat cells that helps them to lose
weight," says Dr. Lou Aronne, an obesity specialist and Director of the
Comprehensive Weight Loss Center at Weill Cornell Medical Center in
New York. He helped test the drug.

"The results are very encouraging. The safety profile looks good. It
seems like people tolerate the medication," said Dr. Sidney C. Smith
Jr., a University of North Carolina cardiologist who had no role in the
study.
Illinois State Democratic Senator
Barack Obama - One of the Nations Rising
Stars Says "There is no clear sense nationally
what the Democratic party stands for, and  this
has to change."
"We tend to talk
more in policy
terms.  We've got
our 10-point
plans, but I think
that we don't
have a narrative
of what it means
to be a
Democrat," he
told CBS "The
Early Show"
co-anchor
Hannah Storm
Obesity Study Lied About Effects
Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys
Talks to Charlie Rose on CBS "60
Minutes Wednesday" Nov 24th
A widely reported government study that said
obesity is about to overtake smoking as the
No. 1 cause of death in the United States
contained statistical errors and may have
Alicia Keys has been
known for her deep
lyrics and soulful
voice since she burst
onto the stage in
2001.
overstated the problem, health officials acknowledged Tuesday.  
The government is working on a rare correction to the study.
"I think that when you ask the average person on the street,
'What does it mean to be a Republican,' whether they agree
with the Republicans or not, they have a clear sense of what
the Republican Party stands for.  We're going to have to, I think,
do some intellectual work to make sure we understand what it
means to be a Democrat", Obama said.
Robert Downey Jr Set to Release Debut Album
"The Futurist" on November 23rd
 
Alicia Keys
New York, NY, -  
Oscar-nominated and
Emmy-winning actor Robert
Downey Jr. reveals a new side
to his talent with the release of
"
The Futurist", his first recording
as singer and songwriter.
She tells CBS Correspondent Charlie
Rose that she sometimes hears her
own voice in her head while she's
performing. "I'm very into what I do and
many times as a performer, when I'm
playing, I hear -- this sounds strange,
but I'm going to tell you -- I hear voices
in my head," says Keys.

Rose's interview with Keys will be
broadcast on 60 Minutes Wednesday
on Nov. 24, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
New Reality Show From Sony Pictures Television
Debuts This Week "Pat Croce - Moving In"  
Nov 22-26 Check Local Listings For Time
By: Howard Stein
"Unlock your positive energy. Make a change,
make a choice, and achieve your dream",
says author Pat Croce, about an inspiring
journey of success with practical tips on how
to score big in life. On June 17, 1999, Pat
Croce was injured in a motorcycle accident
that nearly costs him his leg. It was almost a
year before he can walk again.
Robert Downey, Jr.
With eight original songs and a pair of  classics, like 'Yes' song and
Charlie Chaplin's 'Smile', "The Futurist" will be released by Sony
Classical on Tuesday, November 23, 2004.  Downey has been playing
keyboards since age 12, also plays the piano on a number of the
songs.

Although "The Futurist" is his first album, three songs the actor
composed have appeared in his films, and his smoky-voiced,
expressive singing was a highlight of his Emmy-winning performance
on the Fox series Ally McBeal.

After several false starts, Downey decided to begin the recording
process in earnest last spring. His close friend, Jonathan Elias, a
composer and musician, produced six of the tracks on "The Futurist",
with the other four produced by Mark Hudson, well known for his
collaborations with Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne and Ringo Starr.
Pat Croce
In September 2000, Pat Croce wrote his best selling book I
Feel Great and You Will Too!
This book is a story of one man’s
remarkable journey full of pointers on goal setting,
communication, creative thinking, desire, dedication, and much
more.

A year after his successful first book, Pat Croce does it again
with another book,
110%, bringing the same enthusiasm that
he brought to the first book, sharing his 110 strategies for a
positive, happier life.

"PAT CROCE: MOVING IN", debut this week. He recently visited
The Big Apple to bring positive change to the lives of New
Yorkers. Did Pat bite off more than he could chew, or did he put
these guests on the road to a better future?

Watch this very special week of shows
Mon: "Adults Abused As
Children Still Living At Home With Parents";
Tues: "Mothers And
Daughters At War";
Wed: "Desperate Housewives & Kids Out of
Control";
Thur: "Good Man Bad Anger Out of Control"; Fri:
"Unappreciated Lovers".  Check your listings.
Jamie Foxx on the red carpet joins his co-stars
Kerry Washington, left, and Regina King
Negroni's Trio Diverse Background In Jazz,
Afro-Caribbean, Classical & Popular Music Create A
Sound That Is Both Exciting, Intelligent On CD Titled
"piano / drums / bass" Available On Universal Music
The newest release by Negroni’s Trio, titled
"piano / drums / bass", is further evidence of
the tremendous talent the bandleader-
pianist-composer Jose Negroni first
demonstrated on
Naturaleza/Nature, his
debut disc for Universal Music Latino.
Jamie Foxx Tells CBS "60 Minutes Wednesday"
Correspondent Ed Gordon That He Met & Then
Was Auditioned by Ray Charles
By: Howard Stein
Foxx accepts his Hollywood Breakthrough Acting
Award at the "8th Annual Hollywood Film Festival
Awards" in Beverly Hills, CA, Oct. 18, 2004.  
Taylor Hackford, who directed Foxx in "Ray," is at
the right.
To become Ray Charles,
Foxx lost 30 pounds to
look like him, and had his
eyes glued shut.
The virtuoso pianist integrates his incredible technical facility at the
keyboard with the extraordinary percussion skills of his
drummer/son Nomar Negroni, and the exciting modern electric and
acoustic bass work of Jaime Rivera, to bring together the various
influences from his diverse background in Jazz, Afro-Caribbean,
Classical and Popular music, creating a sound that is both exciting,
intelligent.

The opening track 'Los Duendes' (The Elves) draws upon the
Iberian influences that inspired the popular jazz standard Spain by
Chick Corea (one of the composer’s admitted role models).
Negroni’s 'Waiting For You' features manual independence and
digital dexterity that places him a step above most other pianists,
playing a separate counter rhythm with his left hand over the clearly
articulated impressionistic melody played with his right, and 'Mavi'  
named after the traditional Puerto Rican beverage, is played as a
bomba.The trio’s arrangement of the George Gershwin classic
"Summertime" puts their own uniquely exciting stamp on the old
standard.
At the "RAY"
premiere on
the "Red
Carpet" Jamie
Foxx takes
time out to
pose with C. J.
Sanders, who
plays young
Ray.
Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles
"Once I got down to that weight and got the hair together, I put
those shades on,  listened to Ray's music, I said, 'Watch out.
Something is about to happen,'" Foxx said.

But before it could happen, Foxx had to audition for the man
himself. "Ray walked out with that smile, gave me that hug that
he gives you, and we went straight to the piano," recalled Foxx.

Foxx says he only met Charles once, and added it's all he
needed. "At that time Ray was in his 70's, so he was older,
slowed down. I said, 'I also need to know the young Ray.'"

Foxx said he got to know the young Ray by listening to an old
recording of the "Dinah Shore Show" television show. Foxx
says, "On the cassette tape, it said, 'Hi. This is Dinah Shore
here with Mr. Ray Charles,'". "And in the back you hear, 'Hello
Dinah, I'm just so happy to be here. And I didn't even know that
you know my music.'.  I would listen to this voice. I'd say, 'Whoa,
that's what I needed.'"

Foxx, who is so good at pretending to be others, actually began
his life as Eric Bishop in Terrell, Texas, a small railroad town
where the train tracks still separated the races. As an infant, he
was adopted by his grandparents, Mark and Estelle Talley, a
couple already in their 60s.  

Even though money was tight, Estelle insisted that Foxx take
piano lessons, and she always found a way to pay for them. By
the time he was 13, he was earning money as music director
of the New Hope Baptist Church.

It has been his success that Foxx' biological parents rarely
acknowledged, although they lived nearby, coupled with the fact
they seemed not to care, is most perplexing says Foxx, who
simply had no idea how to please his father

Today, after years of trying,
Foxx says he has stopped reaching
out to his father, and  says that his relationship with his mother
still troubles him. "It's like you keep trying. You keep throwing
those lines out there."
Dan Rather Stepping Down In 2005
By: Howard Stein
COMING UP ON
"AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL"…
Wed Dec 1st ...8PM ET/PT ON UPN
Dan Rather, 73,
announced Tuesday that
he will step down as
anchor and managing
editor of the CBS Evening
News in March 2005,
24 years after his first
broadcast in that position.
This week, AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL goes global. The girls head to
Japan to try their hands at being big-time celebrity endorsers--in Japanese.

Culture shock rocks Norelle as she tries to adjust to life in Tokyo. A huge
fight between former allies Ann and Eva brews, as Ann continues to be hurt
by Eva's words at the Japanese commercial shoot: "When I met you I totally
thought you were a different person, I don't know now if I like what I see."
Dan Rather
Rather will continue to work full-time at
CBS News as a correspondent for both
editions of
60 Minutes, as well as on
other assignments for the news division.

"I have been lucky and blessed over
these years to have what is, to me, the
best job in the world and to have it at
CBS News, " reveals Rather.
And though Norelle, the 19-year-old sales associate
from Newport Beach, California, and Eva, the
19-year-old student from Los Angeles, California,
struggle with the language, it is Nicole, the 21-year-old
former punk rocker from Minot, North Dakota, who falls
short in becoming "America's Next Top Model".
Norelle