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One on One With the Oscar Winning Actress: Regina King PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kam Williams   
Sunday, 31 March 2019 00:00

Regina King was born on January 15, 1971 in Los Angeles. “Regina” is from the Latin word meaning “queen” while her surname has its own obvious regal significance. So, her aristocratic airs should come as no surprise. This classy lady got her start in show-biz after studying acting with Betty Bridges, mom of Todd Bridges of “Different Strokes” fame.

After 10 years of classes, Regina landed a recurring role as “Brenda” on the TV-sitcom “227.” Next, she appeared in blaxploits like Boyz N the Hood, Poetic Justice, How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Friday.

She found a break-out role as Cuba Gooding Jr.’s wife in Jerry Maguire. Since then, she has often been cast as the romantic lead, whether as Will Smith’s spouse in Enemy of the State, as Eddie Murphy’s in Daddy Day Care, or as the object of Chris Rock’s affection in Down to Earth.

A Tête-à-Tête With The Great Actress Nia Long PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kam Williams   
Monday, 31 December 2018 00:00

Nia Long Expounds on Everything from Movies to Motherhood

Stunningly-attractive leading lady Nia Long returned to the big screen last fall in the highly-anticipated sequel The Best Man Holiday where she reunited with original cast mates Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Morris Chestnut and Harold Perrineau. Early last year, she joined the all-star cast of Showtime’s “House of Lies” alongside Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell.

Nia made her film debut in Boyz n The Hood, a poignant picture portraying social problems in inner-city Los Angeles. She subsequently starred in Friday opposite Ice Cube and Chris Tucker, as well as Love Jones, which won the prestigious Audience Award at Sundance. Nia’s notable film roles also include Soul Food, Alfie, The Best Man, Are We There Yet?, Big Momma’s House 1 and 2, Stigmata, The Broken Hearts Club and Made In America.

Exclusive Interview with International Recording Artist/Composer Johnny Britt PDF Print E-mail
Written by Patricia Turnier   
Tuesday, 02 October 2018 00:00


Johnny Britt wears myriad hats; he is a singer, songwriter, producer, trumpeter, arranger, pianist, educator and composer. Britt was born in the U.S. specifically in Louisville, Kentucky. Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, he lived near Eddie Levert (of the O’Jays). So, he was surrounded by great talent and he was immersed very early in music especially in his uncle’s church The House Of God where he commenced to sing at the age of 4 in the choir. Thus, his musical abilities were practically innate. 

In the 7th grade, Johnny Britt was part of the high school orchestra which Arsenio Hall also became a member of. The latter played the drums. After, Britt went to Cathedral Latin, a Catholic school in Ohio where he learned important skills such as discipline. Britt’s professional journey began with a group called The Courageous Young Men. The group performed all over Cleveland and was well-received. Later, Johnny Britt studied in France where trumpet professor Roger Delmette was his mentor. 

Interview with the Great Actress: Kim Fields PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kam Williams   
Tuesday, 03 October 2017 00:00

Kim Fields is a veteran actress with an eminent household name, starring in two long – running series, NBC’s “Facts of Life” and Fox’ “Living Single”. Both shows remain in worldwide syndication, consistently reinforcing her place as a global, pop culture icon.

As an esteemed and versatile performer, Kim Fields has accumulated numerous starring and guest starring roles in TV movies and series, as well as independent feature films over her 40-year career, including “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” starring Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz. In 2014, she starred in one of the Hallmark Channel’s highest -rated movies, “For Better Or For Worse”, proving her endurance as a fan favorite and industry staple.

She has also returned to the stage several times for powerful performances in one-woman shows, as well as leading all-star casts in successful ensemble productions. The start of her next 40 years in showbiz finds Kim Fields currently starring in the new British comedy series, “Living The Dream” for Sky TV. And she is thrilled to return to ABC for the exciting reboot of the hit “Battle of the Network Stars”.

But perhaps nothing is more thrilling for Fields these days than the fall release of her highly anticipated autobiography, Blessed Life. With arresting transparency, humor and chock full of many personal stories of joy, pain, triumphs and challenges as well as wonderfully-delightful tales of growing up in HollywoodBlessed Life is sure to be an inspiring best seller for Kim Fields and its publisher, Hachette.  The actress is married to the actor Christopher Morgan.  The couple has two children.

Exclusive interview with the heart and soul of the movie Concussion: Dr. Omalu M.D. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Patricia Turnier LL.M and LL.D Candidate in 2016   
Wednesday, 02 August 2017 00:00


Dr. Bennet Omalu was born in Nigeria (where he learned to speak Igbo and Pigeon English) during the Civil War. He is the sixth of seven siblings. His mother worked as a seamstress while his father occupied roles such as civil mining engineer, community leader in Enugu-Ukwu and deputy director of mines. Thus, the physician comes from a family that values higher education. For instance, his younger sister holds a PhD degree from Scotland in energy law.

Dr. Omalu started primary school at the age of three. He outperformed the older children in his class. He learned how to read at three like Oprah Winfrey, Johnnie Cochran and Toni Morrison. Being exposed to education so early definitely helped them to rise up. Later, the pathologist enrolled into the Federal Government College Enugu for secondary school. He began medical school at the age of sixteen at the University of Nigeria in Nsukka. In 1990, he obtained a MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) in Nigeria. He graduated from medical school in 1990. Albeit disappointed by the political situation of his country, he started to look for opportunities in America. He looked for scholarships. Hence, Dr. Omalu arrived first in Seattle, Washington in 1994 to finish an epidemiology fellowship at the University of Washington. In 1995, he enrolled in Columbia University’s Harlem Hospital Center for a residency training program in anatomic and clinical pathology.

Exclusive Interview with the Talented Children's Author: Lee Chavous PDF Print E-mail
Written by Patricia Turnier   
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 00:00

Lee Chavous was born in the U.S. whilst the end of the Civil Rights Movement. His parents were part of the great migration when African-Americans escaped the adversities of the Jim Crow era in the south of the country. After high school, Chavous enrolled in college to earn a Business Management degree. He studied Business Administration at the University of Maryland (College Park). Afterward, he commenced his career as an entrepreneur. For the past 25 years, Lee Chavous has owned and operated several businesses in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. For instance, he founded 20 years ago this health company http://www.unitycaresnursing.com/.

So far, as an author Chavous has penned a total of five informative kids’ books. Children need to know who they are to be able to go forward in life with a strong identity and a solid self-esteem. This is what Chavous does with his books. They cover areas of the African American experience that are overlooked. The book Dreams of my Ancestors reminds readers that the people who were kidnapped in the slave trade were humans who were raising sons and daughters, planting gardens, playing games, etc. In other words they were enjoying life before they were objectified, forced to become super-humans as slaves and so on. Their stories did not start in the cotton field in the Americas. Some were kings and queens from Africa. The youngest and most robust people from this continent were taken away and their lives were tragically changed forever. These individuals had names and ethnicities. Thus, Chavous does not present statistics in his books; he narrates life stories given that his ancestors were not nameless and faceless people.

One on One with the talented actor Aldis Hodge PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kam Williams   
Sunday, 19 March 2017 00:36

Aldis Hodge is perhaps best known for his role as Alec Hardison on the TNT series Leverage which nabbed a People's Choice Award in 2013, in addition to his role as MC Ren in Straight Outta Compton. Furthermore, he starred in the Amazon pilot The After and enjoyed a recurring role on the AMC Revolutionary War drama Turn: Washington's Spies.

Aldis Hodge appeared opposite Alexander Skarsgard and Ellen Page in the eco-terrorism thriller “The East.” And he appeared in A Good Day to Die Hard, the latest installment of the “Die Hard” franchise.

Aldis Hodge started his career at 3 as a model for print ads and commercials. He made the transition to the small screen when he and his brother Edwin were cast on Sesame Street. Later, they joined the Tony-winning revival of Showboat on Broadway.

Written by Patricia Turnier   
Friday, 17 February 2017 00:00
















Divine Brown was born in Canada from Jamaican parents and grew up in Toronto.  She comes from a family of twelve kids and is the middle child.  Growing up, she loved hearing artists such as Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin and Deniece Williams.  Divine Brown started singing in the 80s.  More precisely, she began singing at age four and performing at age twelve.  Therefore, she has been on stage with The Temptations, George Benson and the rapper KRS.  Moreover, she opened for Brian Adams, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu.  Her first album Divine Brown was on the market in 2005 via Universal Music Canada.  Most of the songs were penned by Brown.  The single “Old Skool Love” from this CD became the highest on the Canadian charts for a debut from an R&B performer.  It reached the first position on the MuchMoreMusic chart; it was a top 10 for the MuchMusic (the Canadian MTV) chart.  “Old Skool Love” became a certified Gold seller.

Interview with the Oscar Nominee Documentarist: Raoul Peck PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kam Williams   
Monday, 13 February 2017 00:00

Raoul Peck’s complex body of work includes feature narrative films like The Man by the Shore, Lumumba, Sometimes in April, Moloch Tropical and Murder in Pacot. His documentaries include Lumumba: Death of a Prophet, Desounen and Fatal Assistance.

Raoul Peck has served as jury member at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and at the Berlinale. He is presently chairman of the board of the National French film school La Fémis, and has been the subject of numerous retrospectives worldwide. In 2001, the Human Rights Watch Organization awarded him with the Irene Diamond Lifetime Achievement Award.

One on One with the Oscar Nominee Best Actress: Ruth Negga PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kam Williams   
Sunday, 12 February 2017 00:49

Ruth Negga was born in Addis Ababa on January 7, 1982 to an Irish mother and Ethiopian father. An only child, Negga was raised in Limerick, Ireland from the age of 4, and attended Trinity College in Dublin where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Acting.

Her body of work spans award-winning theatre productions, big-screen dramas, independent films, and innovative television series. She won the Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of legendary singer Shirley Bassey in the telefilm Shirley.

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