Afro American Syndicate
NEW YORK Sept 4, 2007 -  Diana Ross first made her name
with
Motown's The Supremes, in the 1960s, which also
included
Mary Wilson and Florence Ballad.  Forty years later,
she is still a force in the music business.   

Some say that when she left
Motown, in 1980, she did not
leave a wealthy woman.  Despite by that time she had earned
18 No. 1 records for
Motown Records.  It's not to say that
Motown didn't pay her the money she deserved, just that it
Diana Ross Known As Much For Her
Unique Voice As For Her Survivor  Attitude
By:  Chip Riley
D.L. HUGHLEY:  UNAPOLOGETIC FEATURES THE
COMEDY FAVORITE In AN ALL-NEW STAND-UP
SPECIAL DEBUTING SEPT. 22 ON
HBO
NEW YORK Sept 4, 2007 - Whether headlining sold-out
stand-up comedy concerts or starring in numerous TV
series,
D.L. Hughley always does things his own way, with
no apologies.   The popular comic returns to
HBO for his
fourth solo stand-up special on the network when D.L.
HUGHLEY:  UNAPOLOGETIC debuts SATURDAY, SEPT. 22
(10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on
HBO.

Taped before a live audience at the historic Lincoln Theater
in Washington, D.C., D.L. HUGHLEY:  UNAPOLOGETIC
features his take on:  the immigration debate; Cuban
refugees; airplane restrictions; the "n" word; Don Imus and
freedom of speech; the price of gasoline and cocaine; the

NRA; and hapless audience members in the first row.
Diana Ross
wasn't very much money.  Ross left the company in the 1980s and began her
own business from her insecurity and fear that she wanted to make sure that
she would never end up in that place again in her life.  She's always been the
kind of woman to just keep her eye on the prize, on her career, and just move
forward.   

Ross and the Supremes attempted a reunion tour in 2000. It was cut short some
say because
Ross and other original Supreme Mary Wilson were not able to see
eye-to-eye about money.  The tour shut down due to poor ticket sales.  Last year,
Ross came out with her 70th album and it was another top-selling album on the
Billboard charts the week it came out. The singer's future is bright.  Forty-five
years of a career of ups and downs and she's really a survivor.  
ROME
Sept 7, 2007 -

Valentino
Garavani, known
for his scarlet
gowns for
Hollywood stars,
said on Tuesday
he would quit as a
fashion designer -
DESIGNER VALENTINO RETIRES
AFTER 45 YEARS
NAMES CREATIVE DIRECTOR
FOR WOMEN'S WEAR
By:  Gatsby Melodi'
house's creative director for womenswear.  The
75-year-old couturier said he would present his last
ready-to-wear collection, in Paris this October and a
final haute couture line in January 2008.   

Valentino said,  "Even as a young boy my passion
was to design, and I have been very lucky to be able
to do what I have loved all my life."  

The designer added that his future would be "filled
with new interests and challenges," -- hinting that he
could work to promote the study of fashion design. "I
realize the house that carries my name will go
through some changes --- but I wish to think that the
team of designers will make me proud of
Valentino's products," he concluded the interview.
Singer, musician, composer,
vocalist extraordinarie
Rachelle Ferrell will perform
at
New York Blue Note
beginning Sept 27.
Thursday, Sept 27 – Sunday, Sept 30, 2007
RACHELLE FERRELL
@ BLUE NOTE
Shows @ 8pm & 10:30pm
NEW YORK Sept 24,2007
Rachelle Ferrell will take
the Blue Note stage, 131
W. 3rd St., NYC Thursday
September 27 - for the
second leg of the Fall
Vocal Series.  Her
immense talent has
allowed her to
seamlessly cross
genres from jazz to R&B
and soul.  She has
performed with some of
the greatest musicians of
the 21st century,  including Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy
Jones, George Benson, and George Duke. Nobody
can ever forget that smokey, sexy, steamy
deliciously hot 1990's hit
'Nothing Has Ever" duet
she recorded with crooner Will Downing (Downing
reportedly continues getting medically stronger and
is working on his forthcoming CD).

Rachelle’s versatility (vocals/piano/keyboards) is
matched by her band members; Kenneth Crouch,
(keyboards); Chris Coleman, (drums), William
Odum, (guitar) and Dwayne Smith, (bass).    Born
and raised in Philadelphia, Ferrell aduated from
Berklee College of Music in Boston, studing
composition and arranging and then taught music
for awhile with Dizzy Gillespie for the New Jersey
State Council on the Arts.     www.bluenotejazz.com
CHRISTIAN RENAUD,    CISCO Chief
Architect of  Networked Virtual
Environments Named Keynote For Virtual
Worlds Conference Oct 10-11    @ San Jose
Convention Center

SAN JOSE, CA - September 24, 2007 - Virtual
Worlds Management, the leading media
company for professionals in the virtual
worlds industry, announced that
Christian
Renaud
of the Cisco Technology Center will
deliver the Thursday keynote at the Virtual
Worlds Conference and Expo on October 11,
2007, at the San Jose Convention Center in
San Jose, California. Renaud is joined by
100 leading speakers in the virtual worlds,
traditional media, entertainment and IT
industries.

Renaud will provide detailed insight into how
virtual worlds platforms and technologies will
drive the creation of new applications that
allow companies to engage with their
customers, partners and employees. The
Virtual Worlds Conference and Expo is
dedicated to helping businesses harness the
power of virtual worlds.

"With all the media attention surrounding
virtual worlds, this conference is the ideal
opportunity for corporations to learn how this
technology can be applied for maximum
benefit and increased productivity," Renaud
said. "I hope to help with this effort by
distinguishing what it really means within the
context of existing and future communications
infrastructures and how organizations can
leverage the benefits of virtual worlds
technologies and applications."

Renaud is the chief architect of Networked
Virtual Environments for the Cisco
Technology Center. Its staff members act as
"intrapreneurs" for the efforts of Cisco's
Corporate Development unit, providing
business rationale and market insight for
determining future Cisco emerging
technologies. The Technology Center is
Cisco's corporate incubator and is chartered
with identifying emerging markets and
technologies and developing them into new
revenue streams for the company.

Online registration is open, and attendees
can save $200 by taking advantage of the
early-bird registration - only $795 - until
October 5, 2007. Registration information,
conference program and speaker information
are available at
http://www.VirtualWorlds2007.com

Sponsors include: The Electric Sheep
Company, Icarus Studios, There.com, IBM,
Millions Of Us, Linden Lab, Multiverse, Aria,
Paynova, View 22, Parature, DAZ 3D,
Metaversatility, e-frontier, Aria Systems,
Code4Software, Avatar Island, Forterra
Systems, Parature, Planet 9 Studios, The
Illusion Factory, Sentient Services, Sun
Microsystems, VT&T, Business Wire,
3pointD, New World Notes, Parks
Associates, RCE Universe, SDForum,
Second Life Herald, Second Life Insider,
SLNN, State of Play and Virtually Blind.

The Virtual Worlds Fall Conference and Expo is
produced by Virtual Worlds Management, the leading
provider of trade events and media for the emerging
virtual worlds industry. Virtual Worlds Management
services include Virtual Worlds Spring Conference,
Virtual Worlds Fall Conference and Expo, Virtual Worlds
Weekly email newsletter, VirtualWorldsNews.com trade
industry blog and the Metaverse Passport event series.
Virtual Worlds Management is a division of Show
Initiative, LLC. More information about Virtual Worlds
Management can be found at
http://www.VirtualWorldsManagement.com.
HOLLYWOOD Sept 24, 2007 -
American Idol Season 3 finalist and
Oscar winning actress
Jennifer
Hudson will be bringing her talents to
the big screen once again in “Sex
and the City: The Movie.” In a shift
from her
Best Supporting Actress
winning role as Effie White in
“Dreamgirls,” Hudson will be playing
the assistant to main character
Carrie Bradshaw [Sarah Jessica
Parker] in the film based on the
popular comedy series.
Jennifer Hudson Cast in "Sex and
the City: The Movie"
By:  Jonathan Schwartz
While Hudson will be new to the cast, actors Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim
Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, and Chris Noth, along with executive
producer Michael Patrick King are all on board for the film that will be set in
Manhattan, four years after the television series' conclusion.

Hudson has been keeping busy since leaving the American Idol stage three
years ago. In addition to working on her debut album for
Arista Records,
currently slated for an early 2008 release,
Hudson recently wrapped up
production on a film entitled “Winged Creatures,” where the American Idol
alumnus acted alongside Hollywood heavyweights
Forrest Whitaker and Kate
Beckinsale.
Darwin Hobbs Releases New Best of CD; Due September 25
Brentwood, Tennessee Sept 24, 2007 - Darwin Hobbs is
ready to release his first best of CD September 25. Simply
entitled, “The Best of Darwin Hobbs” the new project includes
the singer’s career highlights. From the soul-stirring So
Amazing to the hip hop inspired track Everyday, produced by
Fred Jerkins of Darkchild Entertainment. The singer’s
repertoire is almost as boundless as it is breathtaking
“The Best of Darwin Hobbs” showcases the Atlanta-based artist's wide range
of vocal acrobatics -- from worship and majestic ballads to smooth R&B
styles. The 12-songs include additional Hobbs’ classics “I Give You Praise,”
“Deeper,” “Glorify Him” and “Wonderland,” with a suggested retail price of
$13.99.  One might agree that Hobbs has always been able to caress the
melodies with the sensitivity of a mature vocalist and recklessly cross musical
boundaries with his vocal instrument.  “The Best of Darwin Hobbs” is sure to
bring spiritual peace and happiness to anyone who listens, on EMI Gospel.
Valentino Garavani
Alessandra
Facchinetti
D. L. Hughley on
HBO Sept 22, 2007.
BILLIONAIRE AND MOTIVATOR MARK CUBAN
TOPS  THE  ATTRACTION  LIST OF CELEBRITY
WILL  SURELY  SKYROCKET  RATINGS -

"Dancing With The Stars" Cast Announced"
Dallas Mavericks owner  Mark Cuban  and
singer Melanie (Scary Spice) Brown will compete
on ABC's
"Dancing with the Stars" .
KANSAS CITY Aug 29, 2007
An x-Spice Girl, a Las
Vegas legend, and a
billionaire-motivator are
among the contestants
when this season's
"Dancing With The Stars"
cast was announced today
on "Good Morn ing
America."  The show
Host Tom Bergeron announced the lineup --
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will
compete on
"Dancing with the Stars", along
with actors Cameron Mathison, Jennie Garth,
and Jane Seymour;  entertainers Marie
Osmond, Melanie Brown, Sabrina Bryan, and
Wayne Newton; boxer Floyd "Pretty Boy"
Mayweather, Jr, two-time Indianapolis 500
winner Helio Castroneves; models Josie
Moran and Albert Reed.   

It is a 3-Night premiere event starting Sept 24.
Fall Vocal Series Continues At Blue Note
With DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER Tuesday,
October 2 thru Sunday, October 7, 2007  
8pm & 10:30pm
NEW YORK  Sept 24, 2007 - Dee
Dee Bridgewater will be appearing
at the
Blue Note for a special set of
concerts featuring ten musicians
including her trio and hand picked
musicians from Mali.  She is first and
foremost a groundbreaker, an artist whose projects
have traversed the musical kaleidoscope - from
traditional vocal jazz to searing scat interpretations.
Unafraid and uninhibited, these attributes make her
perhaps the most versatile and inspiring artist and
producer of her generation. Drawing on a deep font
of talent and inspiration, Bridgewater’s new project,
"RED EARTH - A Malian Journey", is a journey both
forward and back. Melding Malian voices, music
and traditional instruments with American Jazz
vernacular and penning many of the lyrics, Dee Dee
Bridgewater has crafted one of her most important
musical statements to date.

Bridgewater explains, the album is “the culmination
of my decision to find my African roots."  The title  
Red Earth - A Malian Journey came as Bridgewater
was overwhelmed at the view from her hotel room -
red earth stretching out before her with the Niger
river coursing in the distance, saying it reminded
her of childhood stories her mother told her of her
love of rolling in the red earth of Memphis.
Dee Dee Bridgewater
pairs 12 celebrities  
with professional
dancers, and they
perform each week
until viewers & judges
vote them off. Next
season begins Sept.
24 on ABC.  Sports
figures have done well
in past seasons on the
show, with Apolo Ohno
and Emmitt Smith.
BEN RICHARDSON of There.com
Talks About Strategizing At Virtual
Worlds Conference @ San Jose
Convention Center Oct 10 & Oct 11
By:  Gatsby Melodi

KANSAS CITY Oct 9, 2007 - Ben Richardson leads
strategic partnership activities for Makena
Technologies involving interactive advertising,
product and content integration and custom worlds
development. He is also a company spokes-
person and has been quoted in a variety of
consumer and industry publications regarding
virtual worlds.

Prior to (There.com) Makena, Richardson spent
five years as a management consultant to startup
CEOs in the financial, news media and wine
industries assisting in funding and business
planning. Prior to consulting, Richardson served
as General Manager of Onvia, a
business-to-business ecommerce and services
provider that he helped found and lead to $150M in
revenue and a subsequent $240M IPO on the
NASDAQ.

Richardson holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology
and is pursuing an MBA part-time. He lives with his
wife and two children in Seattle, WA.   

The Virtual Worlds Conference will feature 100
speakers from media, entertainment, IT and virtual
worlds.  You can delve into the future of Virtual
Worlds and hear rom major media companies like
Disney, Turner, MTV, Dreamworks, and from major
corporations:  Intel, Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, Amazon.  
(Continued)  
BEN RICHARDSON of There.com

"The term Virtual World came about in the late 90's",  
Ben Richardson told me in a phone interview from
There.com.  He says it was created as a 3D on line
experience that allows users to sociaize and play
different types of games.  "It offers real time
interaction between two people," adds Richardson.
and then continues - "70% of our users range from
ages 13-26, with 22 being the average.  There.com is
98% user generated.  Parents can feel safe because
we don't ask for personal information like city, state,
name or school attended.  Our users have an avitar
so there is no photo required. If there is ever a
problem There.com offers 24/7 Live Customer
Service team."

There.com's partnership with Capitol Music Group
has brought the label's artists into the virtual world to
meet and greet their fans.  Bands that have particip-
ated to date are MIMS, Korn Yellowcard, and Beastie
Boys.   He also talked about a night club created
called The Tower where Capitol Records can launch
new albums.  

At the conference you can hear major media like
Disney, Turner, MTV, Dreamworks discuss the future
of Virtual World, along with corporations like Intel,
Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, and Amazon.  It is a virtual
world platform where companies like There.com
discuss the day after tomorrow in the world of games
and communication all over the world.  For more
information on the conference visit:
www.virtualworlds2007.com/
Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-Winning
"DOUBT, A PARABLE"     at Spencer Theatre for
Kansas City Premiere  ▪ Opens October 24 Closes
November 11. 2007
KANSAS CITY October 21, 2007 – Kansas City
Repertory Theatre will present
 "Doubt, A Parable", by
John Patrick Shanley, from October 19 to November 11
at Spencer Theatre on the UMKC campus. Stephen
Rothman will direct the production. Doubt has recently
been acknowledged by American Theatre magazine as
the most produced play of 2007-08.  After premiering to
rave reviews Off Broadway for the Manhattan Theatre
Club in 2004, Doubt moved to the Walter Kerr Theatre
on Broadway that next year where it sustained a
commercial run, closing in July 2006. Doubt garnered four Tony
Awards (best play, best actress in a play, best featured actress in a
play, and best director), the Pulitzer Prize, the Obie and best new
play awards from the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, the Drama
League, the Outer Critics Circle, and the Drama Desk.  Doubt follows
Sister Aloysius who teaches at St. Nicholas, a Catholic school in the
Bronx in 1964. She is faced with the dilemma of reporting a priest who
she believes is sexually abusing the first black student ever admitted
to the school.  “It is important that Doubt is seen as being of the ’60s.
When the question comes up of whether or not Father Flynn
inappropriately touched a young boy, are our doubts influenced by the
story we are seeing or by the current headlines?” said Rothman.
“There is a much bigger issue than whether or not he did it. We are
each asked to make a judgment. That’s great theater.”
"Doubt, A Parable" at K C Rep" Cont'd

All four members of the cast will make their
Kansas City Repertory Theatre debuts with Doubt.
Laurie Kennedy (Sister Aloysius) has starred on
Broadway as Margrethe in Copenhagen, Hannah
in Angels in America, Barbara in Major Barbara
(Tony Award Nomination/Best Revival), Violet in
Man and Superman (Tony Award Nomination/Best
Supporting Actress), Elise in Spoils of War, and
Lady Macbeth opposite Nicol Williamson.

Eric Thal (Father Flynn) has appeared on
Broadway in Sex and Longing. His film credits
include Snow Falling on Cedars, Wishful Thinking,
The Puppet Masters, Six Degrees of Separation,
The Gun in Betty Lou’s Handbag and A Stranger
Among Us.  Gardner Reed (Sister James) has
appeared in productions at such regional theaters
as Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare
Theatre of New Jersey, Actors Theatre of Louisville
and Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival.
"Doubt, A Parable" at K C Rep" Cont'd
All performances Spencer Theatre in the UMKC
Performing Arts Center at 4949 Cherry Street, four
blocks east of the Country Club Plaza. Kansas City
Repertory Theatre is the professional theatre in
residence at UMKC. Tickets for Doubt cost $12-$45
and youth tickets (18 years and younger) are $15.  For
information about performance times and ticket
options, call Box Office at 816-235-2700 or visit
www.kcrep.org.