Due October 18th on J Records ROD STEWART
Never Sounded Better Joined By Diana Ross,
Chaka Khan, Elton John, Roy Hargrove and
George Benson in "The Great American Songbook
Volume IV" - The Flame Rolls High With Love On It
2nd Annual Seattle Computer
Game Conference Will Take Place
at the Highline Performing Arts
Center on February 4, 2005
On His 12th CD WILL DOWNING Offers Deeply Penetrating
Strokes Of Passion On "Soul Symphony" -
In Stores October 4, 2005
By: Gatsby Melodi'
16 Recording Artists In An ALL STAR TRIBUTE TO
LUTHER VANDROSS "So Amazing" - In Stores
September 20th From J Records
Paying tribute to Luther Vandross are musical
icons Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Stevie
Wonder, Patti LaBelle, Donna Summer,
acknowledged superstars Celine Dion,
Babyface, Mary J. Blige, Usher, Alicia Keys,
Beyonce', Wyclef Jean, hitmakers John
Legend, Fantasia, Angie Stone and Oscar
New York, NY Sept 19, 2005 - A few weeks ago I
did a phone interview with Jazz Master
NAJEE about his latest and no doubt
greatest to date lp titled "My Point of View",
and the fact that WILL DOWNING lusciously
adds his vocals to the second track titled '3
AM', which is one of those songs you play
over again and again and again and again
SEATTLE, WA - Dec 20, 2005
Bring plenty of resumes. A
number of hiring managers
will be on site.This event is
designed for students and
professionals looking to get
This time out Rod Stewart has
talents like Chaka Khan, Diana
Ross, Elton John, Roy Hargrove
and George Benson to deliver the
kick butt approach to lyrics written
by mammoth legends like George
& Ira Gershwin, Irvin Berlin, Sam
Cooke, Richard Rogers & Lorenz
Hart, and Irving Berlin, to name a
winning actor and singer Jamie Foxx, all contribute their passion
and talents to this all star album titled "So Amazing An All Star
Tribute to Luther Vandross", in stores September 20, 2005 on J
Records, produced by Clive Davis.
Luther Vandross was a complete craftsman with a special gift
given to a very few. You could not turn on radio without hearing
that immediate recognizable sound of pure magic. His penchant
for romantic lyricism was ever present in his song choices.
Alicia Keys reflects, "I felt his truth, passion and genuine clarity in
every note he sang."
Fantasia does a lively and energetic rendition of "Til My Baby
Come Home". She says "this is such an honor!" Donna
Summer who recorded 'Power of Love' says, "Luther was a
unique blend of heart and soul. He never finished a song until he
gave 100% of himself to it and was proud of his work."
into the industry as well as existing industry
insiders looking for new opportunities for
artists, programmers, designers, business
professionals, musicians and writers.
Seattle is the number #2 Region for
computer and Video Game Development.
Seattle Games Conference attendees will
have the opportunity to speak with industry
insiders and hiring managers from game
companies, as well as network and meet
with industry veterans.
Attendees are invited to bring their laptop
computers loaded with their demo reel to the
conference. Between sessions and during
the lunch break attendees will have the
opportunity to showcase their reels to
industry insiders and attendees, discuss
their techniques and talk shop and gain
direct feedback on their reels from qualified
For more information
and again. I commended Najee for his choice to add Mr.
Downing to his LP. Najee responded by saying "Will is my
good friend. Thank you. We had fun recording."
I went on to explain to Najee that I had contacted Will Downing's
recording label Verve for product and an interview with Will
Downing but Verve vehemently denied both my request for
product and an interview with Mr. Downing. Instead Verve later
sent me LIzz Wright. I was unequivocally blown away with but
not shocked by Verve's very funky business practices.
Najee asked me if it was okay to share that information with Will
Downing and I said "yes". Five minutes after I hung up the
phone from doing the interview with Najee my phone rang and it
was WILL DOWNING. He said "Gatsby, I heard from my friend
Najee that you have been trying to get ahold of me. If you're still
interested in doing an interview I am happy to talk with you,
I am not easily excited but I have loved Will Downing's singing
since the 1992 duet 'Nothing Has Ever' with Rachelle Ferrell
and this opportunity was obviously generous of heart, so I
grabbed a cold glass of water. cleared my throat and we chatted
Then in the mail from "wdproductions" came the first single
release on "Soul Symphony" 'Crazy Love', and what Mr.Downing
called "plus a bonus track from the upcoming CD." That bonus
track is a remake of the Luther Vandross classic 'Superstar'.
few of the great composers of the sweetheart tunes on "The
Great American Songbook Volume IV", in stores Oct 18, 2005,
from J. Records, produced by Steve Tyrell and Clive Davis.
Highlighted with a complete orchestra back drop with vocal duets
by Diana Ross ('I've Got A Crush On You'); Elton John (Makin'
Whoopee'); Chaka Khan ('You Send Me') and the music genius of
Chris Botti (I Wish You Love'); George Benson ('Let's Fall In Love')
and Roy Hargrove ('My One and Only Love'), "Thanks For The
Memory - The Great American Songbook Volume IV" is full of
tracks that makes your heart sing taking a chance on love like a
breath of spring and spreads mystic charms.
Comments Rod Stewart, "The key to it all is trying to put my own
stamp on these songs, because they have been done so many
times-just not by someone who sang 'Hot Legs' and 'Maggie
May!' Since this album will be the last one for now, I wanted to
make it really special."
On Tuesday, Sept
Winfrey will spend
an hour with the
featured on "So
Tribute To Luther
and Patti LaBelle
will perform . Don't
Kobe Bryant Put the Final Touches on the Type of Game the
NBA Had Seen Only Once Before - Bryant Scores 81 Points
Singer Lou Rawls Battling Cancer
By: J. C. Lee
Jan 23, 2006 - Shortly after Seattle and Phoenix
played the league's highest scoring contest in 11
years, Bryant put the final touches on the type of
game the NBA had seen only once before.
Bryant scored 81 points in the Los Angeles Lakers'
122-104 victory over the Toronto Raptors on
Sunday night, Jan 22nd, the second-highest total
in league history.
Only Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game stands
ahead of him.
Kobe Bryant, often unstoppable, played at a higher
level than even he imagined possible."It just
happened," Bryant said. "It's tough to explain. It's
just one of those things."
One of the last known pictures taken before Luther's
demise, pictured here with Clive Davis, Chairman
and CEO, BMG North America.
So compliments of WILL DOWNING from his
forthcoming CD titled "Soul Symphony", here
is 4 min 44 seconds of purrrfect pleasure
further exemplifying why WILL DOWNING is a
multi-million record seller, and a very nice man.
All Star Tribute to Luther Vandross
Sept 20, 2005
'Til My Baby Come Home
KENNY G Captures Different Moods
Specifically For the Holiday Season
With "The Greatest Holiday Classics"
In Stores October 18th
At Age 93 And Not Ready To Rest On His Laurels Legendary Talent Manager
JOHN LEVY Debuts New Project In 2006
Oct 14, 2005- A record that once
again illustrates why soprano
sax player Kenny G has sold
nearly 80 million albums since
1982, will hit the streets on
October 18, 2005, titled "The
Greatest Holiday Classics",
Lou Rawls rehearses with the Boston Pops orchestra
at Symphony Hall in Boston, on May 11, 2005
Pasadena, CA – This jazz bassist turned talent manager for
the past 50 years has had jazz luminaries looking to him
for management and career guidance like- Nancy Wilson,
Joe Williams, Shirley Horn.
December 16, 2005 - Singer Lou Rawls is being treated for lung
cancer. His estranged wife said he also has brain cancer
and suggested his condition is dire.
"Don't count me out, brother," Rawls said Thursday night from
his room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. "There's been many
people who have been diagnosed with this kind of thing, and
they're still jumpin' and pumpin'."
Rawls, in the interview with the Arizona Republic, said he has
received alternative and traditional medical treatments for
lung cancer. He said he quit his regular smoking habit 35
The lung cancer was diagnosed a year ago and the brain
cancer in May, his estranged wife, Nina, said during a
marriage annulment hearing Thursday in Arizona.
"By his doctor's admission, he is not expected to live much
more," she said. Rawls' attorney, Robert L. Schwartz, attended
the annulment hearing, but did not discuss the singer's
Rawls, who has lived in Scottsdale, Ariz., since 2003, said in
court papers that he is trying to annul his two-year marriage
and protect hundreds of thousands of dollars of assets that
his wife "absconded with."
His estranged wife, who has worked as Rawls' manager
since 2003, says she transferred nearly $350,000 into an
account that she solely controls to prevent one of Rawls' two
adult daughters from seizing the money.
Rawls, 70, has sold more than 40 million albums and won
three Grammys during a career spanning more than four
His charitable work has included telethons that helped the
United Negro College Fund raise over $200 million.
on it he has something for everybody including a
song titled 'The Chanukah Song'. Many of the
tracks are from previous holiday releases:
"Wishes- A Holiday Album" (1999); and 1994's
"Miracles- The Healing Album" Brand new
recordings featured on "The Greatest Holiday
Classics" album included are 'We Wish You A
Merry Christmas', 'My Favorite Things', 'Jingle Bell
Rock' and 'Jingle Bells'.
'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' and 'I'll Be
Home For Christmas' are two standout tracks
jumping out at cha begging to be played during
the season to be jolly over and over because they
are out to please you. Kenny G effortlessly
breathes words into his soprano sax and makes
you want to sing-along with the medley. Check it
out for yourself and see!
John Levy is being honored Jana 14, 2006 with a (NEA) National Endowment
for the Arts Jazz Master Fellowship , and he will present his latest project,
VOCAL LEGACY, featuring Henry Johnson and Clairdee, in their debut
performance at the International Association for Jazz Education’s annual
conference in New York City.
Levy says, “I remember when you could clearly understand all the lyrics and
every song was a story. With the distorted creation of Smooth Jazz, now all
you hear is the same repetitious pabulum that’s aired on commercial radio
stations, and this is NOT the legacy of the jazz genre. I’m offering traditional
jazz vocals by younger artists, with a contemporary edgy style to prove that
those days of great music are not gone. What I have packaged, and titled
VOCAL LEGACY, is a new twist on the classic jazz standards.”
Take the sassy irreverence of Carmen McRae and combine it with Alicia Key’
s understated contemporary style and the silky soulfulness of Natalie Cole,
and you’ll hear Clairdee. If you liked the complex melody of Joe Williams, the
soulfulness of Lou Rawls and Bill Withers, you’ll enjoy hearing the voice of
“It’s about preserving a musical heritage and nurturing the continued growth
of a musical art form. Jazz is timeless and the lyrics of the standards still ring
true,” says Levy.
When Vocal Legacy takes the stage, backed by a small combo known as the
Legacy Ensemble their performance will include duets as well as solo
selections from their respective CDs - Henry Johnson’s Organic (featuring
Grammy-winning song stylist Nancy Wilson) and Clairdee’s recently
released, Music Moves, recorded live.
Among the more established pros who have offered encouragement to Henry
and Clairdee, are Ruth Brown, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lou Rawls and Nancy
Wilson who says “In the tradition of all great vocalists, Clairdee infuses each
song while always remaining true to the song itself. "
It was Joe Williams who encouraged Henry Johnson to start singing
professionally. Johnson explains, “Joe didn’t do sound checks, so I would go
and sing his songs with Norman Simmons. I had never sung in front of Joe,
but once he heard me he taught me phrasing, pitch, breathing, and delivering
The vast and impressive roster handled by John Levy over the past 50 years
includes more than 85 artists, eight of whom are already NEA Jazz Masters:
Betty Carter, Herbie Hancock, Shirley Horn, Ahmad Jamal, Abby Lincoln, Billy
Taylor, Joe Williams, and Nancy Wilson; and one more, Freddie Hubbard will
join the ranks with him in 2006.
Other notable clients on the Levy roster through the years include Cannonball
Adderley, Ernie Andrews, Brook Benton, Randy Crawford, Roberta Flack,
Arsenio Hall, Eddie Harris, Johnny Hartman, Henry Johnson, Etta Jones,
Yusef Lateef, Ramsey Lewis, Herbie Mann, Letta Mbulu, Les McCann, Wes
Montgomery, Billy Paul, Dianne Reeves, Marlena Shaw, George Shearing,
Dakota Staton, Stanley Turrentine, Sarah Vaughan, and Maxine Weldon.
Meet One of the Worlds Best Jazz
Harpists - CAROL ROBBINS - Along With
a Group of Outstanding Musicians With
the CD Release On Feb 14, 2006 "jazz
play" -- You're Gonna Love It!
By: Gatsby Melodi'
"Jazz Play" is a collection of
seven Carol Robbins originals
and six jazz standards played by
one of the worlds best jazz
harpists along with a group of
Jazzplay expands on Robbins' previous CDs
"Three And Four" and "Chords In Blue" by adding
the world-class talents of guitarist Larry Koonse
and trumpeter Steve Huffsteter.
She brings back renowned saxophonist Bob
Sheppard and plays with a new rhythm section
consisting of Darek Oles on bass and Tim
Pleasant on drums.
The tracks on the CD offer various combinations
with musicians. All players are given a chance to
showcase their individual voices through solos,
counter melodies and interplay.
Collectively, these gifted musicians have
performed with such artists as Chick Corea, Billy
Childs, Michael Brecker, Natalie Cole, and Joni
Producer Buddy Halligan has worked with musical
greats Ray Charles, Anita Baker, Freddie Hubbard,
Hubert Laws, Barry White and Johnny Cash.
Robbins, a student of jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby,
has been honing her skills since her last CD by
performing with her group in concert and in clubs
in Los Angeles, New Orleans and Salt Lake City.
She has been an integral part of Billy Childs 'Jazz
Chamber Ensemble for five years. Robbins has
recorded and performed with such artists as Brian
Wilson, Bjork, Manhattan Transfer, Nina Simone,
Dianne Reeves, Kool And The Gang. She has
been nominated for a Grammy in the catagory of
best jazz instrumental album of 2005.
Dec 21, 2005 - Al Sharpton,
who was previously in
talks with CBS to star in a
sitcom, says he's not
interested in becoming a
TV star after all.
I haven't done the things I've done to be in a
sitcom," Sharpton told the News & Observer of
Raleigh, N.C., in Tuesday's editions.
The Democrat, who has run for president, mayor
of New York and the Senate, was earlier this
month reported to be working with CBS on a pilot
tentatively titled, "Al in the Family" — an allusion to
the Archie Bunker classic `70s show.
"I'm not interested in being Archie Bunker, I'm
looking forward to becoming George Bush,"
Sharpton said, alluding to a possible future
The 51-year-old activist-minister said there had
been discussions with Paramount Television, but
those talks had ended. The show was to have
been about a family with "conflicting social and
Hollywood Sign Sold On EBAY For $450K
By: J. C. Lee
Los Angeles, - The original Hollywood
sign sold for $450,400 in an auction on
eBay, its owner said.
"I'm pleased with the final amount," said
Dan Bliss,35, a producer
"I'm pleased with the final amount," said Dan Bliss,35, a
producer and entrepreneur who bought the sign two years
ago and then sold pieces of the sign in frames and as
jewelry. Bliss declined to specify how much he paid for the
50-foot-high letters but said it was "six figures."
The sign went up in the hills overlooking Los Angeles in
1923 at a cost of $21,000 to promote a development by the
Hollywoodland Real Estate Group,
Mary J. Blige, Anthony Hamilton, Bo
Bice, Joss Stone, Big Boi and Others
Join Santana On New CD "all that I
am" Available on Arista Records Now
Pianist BOBBY LYLE Signs Deal With HEADS UP INTERNATIONAL
Release Debuts May 2006
TRIBUTE TO DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING With The
"KING OF BLUES" B.B. KING AT LEHMAN CENTER
FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS Sunday, January 15
Martha Stewart Names Her Apprentice And Ends the Show
Offering Audience Members Celebratory Champagne
By: J. C. Lee
December 5, 2005, Cleveland, OH – Heads Up International, one
of the world’s premier crossover jazz labels, today announced
the signing of an exclusive deal with pianist Bobby Lyle,
whose debut recording will be released on May 23, 2006.
Throughout his three decade career, this gifted songwriter
Carlos Santana continues his
collaborative magic with his
new CD marking the third
Santana album release on
Arista Records featuring
world class musicians artists
including OutKast's Big Boi,
January 9, 2006 - B.B. King has been
one of the most renowned blues
musicians in the world for over 50
years with more than 50 albums, 18
GRAMMY® Awards, and 1987
enshrinement in the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame.
Born Riley B. King on Sep 16, 1925,
on a cotton plantation in Itta Bene,
Mississippi, just outside Indianola,
Jan 4, 2006 - 37 Year-old Dawna, the founder and publisher of
"Her Sports" magazine from St. Petersburg, Fla., was justifiably
crowned Martha Stewart's Apprentice on the NBC finale show,
celebrated with champagne at the end of the show .
Truly Dawna has the fortitude and the attitude which is
probably why Martha Stewart named Dawna as her Apprentice,
beating out stuck-up and stuffy Bethany, the 34 year-old natural
foods chef from New York City.
/producer arranger has developed an international reputation not only for his
dazzling piano technique, but also for his versatility and ability to constantly
“We’re very pleased to start a relationship with Bobby,” says Dave Love,
President of Heads Up International. “Bobby is such an incredible pianist, and he
plays with ease across a wide range of jazz. He’s also a great composer and
arranger who has much to offer.”
“I’m very happy to be on a label that has such a diversity of styles throughout its
roster,” Lyle says. “Also, Heads Up has a president who’s accessible and
interactive with the artists. Dave Love has a really progressive vision of how this
music should be marketed.”
Bobby Lyle was born in Memphis, TN, and started studying piano at age six when
his family moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota. After moving to Los Angeles in
1974, he began a nine-month tour with Sly and the Family Stone, and later a stint
with the Ronnie Laws Band.
This led to a meeting with Wayne Henderson of the Jazz Crusaders who took him
to Capitol Records for his first solo recording deal in 1977.
After three albums, Lyle returned to the touring circuit, hitting the road in 1981 with
George Benson. He followed this with extensive tours with Bette Midler, Al
Jarreau and Anita Baker (all as musical director).
A recording deal with Atlantic Records in 1988 spawned six albums in nine
years, including The Journey, which became a # 1 jazz album in 1990.
Bobby Lyle received an Emmy nomination for his musical direction on Bette
Midler's HBO Special, “Diva Las Vegas,” in 1997. Lyle’s 2002 album, Joyful,
peaked at #8 on Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart.
Mary J. Blige, Joss Stone, Anthony Hamilton, Bo
Bice and others. Carlos Santana co-produced "All
That I Am" with CEO Clive Davis, who also
produced the multi-platinum and Grammy® award
winning albums "Supernatural" and "Shaman",
which have sold 30 million copies world wide.
'Twisted" with Anthony Hamilton most likely will be
the big hit for this popular flossed CD.
Dawna is Martha
Before naming her apprentice Martha Stewart told Bethany that she used too
much body language to say words that should have come out of her mouth and
that she had poor people skills.
Bethany became defensive when Martha asked her why she did not rightfully
thank her team for their hard efforts. Bethany responded saying "they were
disgruntled and difficult to manage so I chose to get away as quickly as
possible", clearly another example of Bethany's haughtiness and inappropriate
Martha Stewart then turned to Dawna praised her for posing the skills that
would make her "fit-in" with the Martha Stewart organization.
B. B. King
he would play on street corners for dimes, in as many as four
towns a night.
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is located at 250 Bedford
Park Boulevard West, on the campus of Lehman College in the
Bronx. Tickets call 718.960.8833
SEASON 5 HAS BEGUN - AMERICAN IDOL
Is Back With Over 70 Million Visitors on Debut
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 is National Black AIDS
Day across the country. Brooklyn is paying extra
special attention to the matter through a project
known as Brooklyn Lives! - Testing, Counseling &
Prevention from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
Brooklyn Lives has confirmed several supporting
agencies to provide free rapid testing throughout
Residents of Brooklyn and the community at large
(of all races, ethnicities, and genders) will be able
to get FREE RAPID HIV TESTING on Tuesday,
February 7 from 7 am to 5 pm.
Additionally, the testing sites will provide free
counseling services and make available a variety of
educational materials on how to prevent this deadly
disease. A listing of sites will soon be available at
Jan 24, 2006 - Chicago and
Denver kicked off Season
Five and the fun has just
Return to your TV Tuesday's
at 8/7c and then come back
Wednesday at 8/7c for more
American Idol fun.
"the sky could send you"
Pacific Coast Jazz
Every Little Bit Hurts
Simon, Ryan, Paula and Randy
Ann Nesby, former lead singer for Sounds of Blackness
17-year-old grand-daughter has a voice that could propel her to
the top, so keep watching and find out where fate takes her.
NEW DOCU-DRAMA HONORING ARTHUR ASHE JR.
WINS 2006 FILM FESTIVAL SCREENINGS IN NY & LA
Cachao, creador del Mambo
Calle 54 Records
Bebo De Cuba
Jan 26, 2006, New York, NY - Joe James, Jr. wrote,
directed, produced, and starred in the
award-winning docu-drama Arthur! A Celebration
of Life: The Life Story of Tennis Great Arthur Ashe,
and has been awarded public screenings at film
festivals on the east and west coasts during
February, Black History month.
Miles Davis' Innovative Work And Example Continues to
Magnficently Color the Sounds of WALLACE RONEY In New
CD "Mystikal" For High Note Records
By: Gatsby Melodi'
Set For Release on February 28, 2006
"Wrapped in a Dream" Reaffirms Spyro
Gyra's Status As One of Jazz Fusion's
Most Original Group
New York, NY - Feb 16, 2006 -Trumpeter Wallace Roney
has dazzling chops. Roney has been working in jazz
for over 30 years. He has played in the bands of
Tony Williams, Art Blakey, David Murray and Herbie
Hancock, to name a few, and he was hand picked by
Miles Davis to be mentored to.
The screenings will start in LA at the Pan African Film Festival at
the Magic Johnson Theatre, 4020 Marlton Avenue (Baldwin Hills),
Los Angeles, CA, on February 9 through February 20.
In New York City, it will appear at The Best of the African Diaspora
Film Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), 30
Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, NY, on February 19 and 21.
Presley Chweneyagae Stars in the Title Role As Tsotsi - A Film
of Great Beauty and Integrity In Theaters Only Feb 24, 2006
By: Gatsby Melodi'
"Wrapped in a Dream" is
the last Spyro Gyra album
to be recorded at Jay
Studio in upstate NY.
/producer recently sold the
I was blown away by the strength of the sounds of Wallace Roney in 2004
at the New York Blue Note "Tribute to Elvin Jones., and then again later on
Broadway at The Iridium.
Roney explains - "My new CD Mystikal was recorded in just one day and
many of the 9 tracks were first takes. What I was trying to do on this project
was play something that had the embodiment of sweeping, soaring spirit;
something that is tangible that can't be explained. This is where the title
Mystikal comes from. I am making the music be the embodiment of what
Opening track 'Atlantis" is a layered sound but don't be so quick to say it
sounds alot like Stevie Wonder. "Herbie. Herbie was before Stevie", Roney
embellishes when queried about the opening track.
The next song is the title track "Mystikal"., and Roney adds, "We approach it
totally from a free point. We're reacting to what we just announced
He smiles when discussing the members of his band which include his
brother Antoine Roney on soprano and tenor sax & bass clarinet; Geri Allen
on piano, Fender Rhodes & keyboards; Adam Holzman on keyboards,
Fender Rhodes; Matt Garrison on acoustic & electric bass; Eric Allen on
drums; Bobby Thomas, Jr on percussion and Val Jeanty on turntables.
About the whole project Roney says "They all swing. They're all funky.
They're all advanced. They're all spiritually based."
Keep an ear out for my favorite cut on MYSTIKAL - The Temptations hit
'Just My Imagination', penned by Barrett Strong and Norman Whitfield.
Roney explains -- "We don't live on this world alone and when you hear
someone else's stuff it is a reflection and it inspires. It is more reflective of
the world to step outside my writing. Not all tunes are going to be great for
the way I hear music, but I try to pick tunes with that kind of feeling or mood I
can shape and put my felling to it harmonically and rhythmically.". Catch
Wallace Roney Sextet @ The Village Vanguard March 7 – 12, 2006 178 7th
Avenue - NYC 10019 - 212.255.4037.
Based on the book by acclaimed author and playwright, Athol
Fugard, this deeply affecting film traces six days in the life of
a young gang leader who steals a woman’s car unaware in
his panic that her baby is in the back seat.
In a shantytown on the edges of Johannesburg, South Africa,
19-year-old South Africa, 19-year-old Tsotsi (Presley
Chweneyagae) has repressed any memory of his past
including his real name.
“Tsotsi” simply means “thug” or “gangster” in the street
language of the ghetto.
Orphaned at an early age and compelled to claw his way to
Is Hillary Clinton Thought to Be the Republican's
Dream Candidate Or the Most Dreaded?
By: J. C. Lee
turn-of-the-century stone farmhouse turned
All of the group's albums were recorded there,
as well as artists such as The Goo Goo Dolls,
George Benson, Mariah Carey and
Foreigner, and producers Phil Ramone, Nile
Rodgers, and Barry Eastmond also worked
This coolly textured and cleanly produced
collection is filled with subtle melodies and
accomplished solos that blend easily into a
lush instrumental backdrop.
"After 24 albums, it's not always easy to develop
new material," says Jay Beckenstein. "We
usually try to veer away from what we did on our
previous record. But we also try to embrace
anything that explores new ground - in any way
Wrapped In A Dream features keyboardist Tom
Schuman; guitarist Julio Fernandez; bassist
Scott Ambush; drummers Josh Dion and
Ludwig Afonso; and special guests include
marimba/ vibraphone master Dave Samuels;
trumpeter Nathan Eklund, trombonist Eric Oliver
and percussionist Cyro Baptista.
Check out the sounds at
New York, NY Feb 14, 2006 - Is NY Senator
Hillary Clinton the would be Republican
dream candidate for President of the
United States, or is Hilary Clinton the most
Ask Black folks coast to coast about Bill
and Hilary Clinton
(as Tsotsi) in Miramax
February 24, 2006
and you will no doubt hear a response like "theyzz us... theyzz
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Hilary let loose with that
"plantation" crack during what seemed like a rare unscripted
moment that seemingly offended white folks everywhere.
Attorney Star Jones on the highly successful syndicated
televison show "THE VIEW" started by Barbara Walters told the
audience "I understand Hilary completely. But what I don't
understand is why other people don't get it."
adulthood alone, Tsotsi has lived a life of extreme social and psycho- logical
deprivation. A feral being with scant regard for the feelings of others, he has
hardened himself against any feelings of compassion. Ruled only by impulse
and instinct, he is fueled by the fear he instills in others.
"TSOTSI" is Written and Directed by Gavin Hood, based on the novel by Athol
Fugard with 94 min.run time and is Rated R.
Ivanka Doles Out Pink Slips And Breathes More
Alluring Strategy Into "The Apprentice" Fifth
Season Ratings Up - Ivanka Trump Is Fabulous
NAJEE WINS NAACP IMAGE AWARD -
Versatile Saxophonist Claims "Outstanding
Jazz Artist" Award Friday, March 3 At 8:00PM
ET/PT on FOX
New York, NY March 7, 2006 -
Ivanka Trump is drop dead
gorgeous appearing this
week as one of her father's
eyes and ears on the highly
successful "The Apprentice".
The show this season moved
from Thursday to Monday
nights on NBC 9PM/ET.
The 24-year-old former
model, now vice president of
real estate development at the
Trump Organization, will join
her father and first-season
winner Bill Rancic to decide
which Apprentice wannabe
will be fired.
Cleveland, OH - March 1, 2006, –
Heads Up International, one
of the world’s premier
crossover jazz labels, today
announced that saxophonist
Najee has won an NAACP
Image Award in the category
of Outstanding Jazz Artist at
FREE 3-DAY DISPLAY OF ABRAHAM
LINCOLN' SIGNED ORIGINAL COPY OF
13TH AMENDMENT CLOSES MARTIN
LUTHER KING HISTORIC SITE’S VOTING
RIGHTS EXHIBITION Ends March 7, 2006
Fake Caller IDs Proliferating
The calls are apparently placed with fake Caller ID. That has been
possible for a long time but it generally required special hardware and
In the last few years Caller ID spoofing has become much easier. Millions
of people have Internet telephone equipment that can be set to make any
number appear on a Caller ID system. Web sites have sprung up
providing Caller ID spoofing services - eliminating the need for any special
For instance they sell a virtual "calling card" for $10 that provides 60
minutes of talk time.
The user dials a toll-free number then keys in the destination number and
the Caller ID number to display. The service also provides optional voice
scrambling to make the caller sound like someone of the opposite sex.
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the 37th NAACP Image Awards, which taped on February
25 and will broadcast on Friday, March 3 at 8:00pm ET/PT
With two platinum and four gold albums, Najee is one of
the pioneers of contemporary jazz and one of the best-
selling instrumentalists in the world. His current Heads
Up release, "My Point of View" is the culmination
of nearly two decades of cutting edge work by the versatile
saxophonist who has consistently tested and redefined
the parameters of an entire musical genre. Rich in texture
and theme, My Point of View was #1 on Billboard’s
Contemporary Jazz Chart and includes guest
appearances by three fine vocalists, veteran Will Downing
and newcomers Lomon Andrews and Sisaundra.
Abraham Lincoln &
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Admission is FREE to the exhibition located at the
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, Visitor
Center, 450 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta. Exhibit hours
are 9a-5p daily. For more information, call (404)
331-5190 or visit www.nps.gov/malu.
One of 13 known original copies of the 13th
Amendment signed by President Abraham Lincoln
as part of its Voting Rights Act exhibition closes on
The document, on display March 3-5, 2006 , was
signed by Abraham Lincoln on February 1, 1865.
Valued between $750,000 and $1,000,000, the
souvenir copy has been in private collection since
1894 and will be auctioned by Raynors Historical
Collectible Auctions in North Carolina on March 30.
After the Civil War Congress passed the 13th, 14th
and 15th Amendments to the Constitution,
respectively abolishing slavery, guaranteeing
citizenship and ensuring the right to vote.
“Of Ballots Uncast” calls attention to the obstacles
African-Americans faced while fighting to secure
voting rights assurances as U.S. citizens.
Significant to American history, culminating
with President Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing of the
Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965. “Of Ballots
Uncast” is sponsored by the African American
Experience Fund/National Park Foundation and
the National Archives and Records Administration.
Ivanka will appear in four more episodes of the popular
reality show's fifth cycle, filling in when judge Carolyn
Kepcher is out of town, said an NBC representative.
In her first assignment, The Donald's daughter gave
contestants a tough task: persuading New Yorkers to send
text messages as part of an ad campaign. The team with the
most messages won..
“It’s triple the Trump this season on The Apprentice,” said
Donald Trump, star and executive producer of The
Apprentice, in a statement. “I invited my children Don Jr. and
Ivanka into the boardroom for several episodes this season,
and they take the firings to a whole new level.”
Top Model 6 Two Hour Premiere
Wednesday, March 8 @ 8PM ET/PT
Expect Problems--and Keep Moving Forward
by Donald J. Trump Chairman, Trump University
Quote "The way we handle difficult situations in life says a lot
about who we are. How we view them is also an important
element in how we will deal with adversity. Some events will wipe
out one person but will make another person even more
tenacious. That’s why I always ask myself, “Is this a blip, or is it a
catastrophe?” The question helps me to focus in the midst of
In Pasadena, CA, Tyra Banks, Jay Manuel and J. Alexander
narrow thousands of aspiring models to 32 semi-finalists
and eventually down to 13. Janice Dickinson leads the
finalists into a grueling press conference, and competitors
battle for the spotlight.
Get Your Praise On With BET
"Celebration of Gospel" Encore
Presentation Sun-March 12th @ 7:30PM
America Has Spoken Bottom 4 Voted Off -
No Longer In Race to Be "American Idol"
Are You F.A.T. - Fabulous And
Thick? Then Come Meet
Mo'Nique & Audition for
Mo'Nique's F.A.T. Chance -
March 3, 2006 - Emotions taking things higher this week on "American
Idol; 05" Brenna Gethers, the sassy gal from Mt. Vernon, NY told the
audience "I'm still ready to make some money call me America" as she
waved HELLO to the camera instead of good-gye.
Paula told Kinnik Sky "Great vocals. Most intense but song didn't
connect with audience".
Jose 'Sway" Penala told the audience "It's been fun for me and I hope
we can break down again American".
"I'm gonna go back home and hang out with my friends", David Radford,
the Sinatra souding crooner told America.
If you're a larger
than life beauty
looking for you.
Crystal Lake, IL
Mt. Vernon, NY
JOSE 'SWAY' PENALA
San Francisco, CA
Audition City: San
Favorite Male Artist:
Kansas City March 2, 2006 - Shirley Caesar is the First
Lady of Gospel and she takes her performance to
an awesome level in the BET "Celebration of
Gospel" when she does a rap routine with Tye
Tribettthat will leave you laughing with joy.
The show is hosted by Steve Harvey and other
guests include Kirk Franklin, Kelly Price, Stevie
Wonder, Tyrese, Hezekiah Walker, Micah Stampley,
Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Mary Mary, Dr.
Bobby Jones and much much more.
Chloe Wins "Project Runway" Top Designer
looking for 10 full-figured women to star
in the 2nd Annual Reality T.V. Beauty
Competition "Mo'Nique's F.A.T.
Chance".The winner wil be crowned the
newest "Miss F.A.T." - that's Fabulous
And Thick and win $10,000. Entry
applications must be postmarked by
March 11, 2006 Click Here for More Info
New York, NY Mar 8, 2006
- Santion Rice and
Daniel Vosovic are out.
Heidi Klum tells Chloe
Dao 33 from Houston
"You understand wom-
en. Your clothes are
beautifully made. You
have great business
sense. You are our
Actor Terrence Howard enters partnership
with Ralph Gilles, the Lead Designer of the
Chrysler 300, to build a bumper-to-bumper
accessorized 2006 Jeep® Commander.
Santino Chloe Daniel
Al Sharpton Dismisses Sitcom Role
By: J. C. Lee
Caller ID spoofing appears to be legal although many of its uses are not.
Caller ID spoofing Web sites are used by people who buy stolen credit-card numbers. They call a
service such as Western Union setting Caller ID to appear to originate from the card holder's
home and use the credit-card number to order cash transfers that they then pick up.
Caller ID is used by credit-card companies to authenticate newly issued cards. The recipients are
generally asked to call from their home phones to activate their cards.
In a typical troublesome case someone will be jarred in the middle of the night by repeated
telemarketing calls. They check Caller ID and calls that number back -- which is false --and starts
cussing out loud to the person at the other end on the line.
It is said that a hacker broke into Paris Hilton's cell-phone voicemail in 2004. Sources say the
hacker apparently called the celebrity socialite posing as a technical-support person from the
carrier and lured the password from somebody.
Pretext call is when someone poses on the phone as a customer employee or a regulator to
obtain personal information from companies and individuals.
Caller ID is a federal issue.
Fake Caller IDs Proliferating
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