WE TV GREENLIGHTS “TAMAR & VINCE” FOR 2012 SLATE



NEW YORK, NY – December 19, 2011 – WE tv announced today that the network has greenlit the original series Tamar & Vince (working title) for its 2012 programming slate.  The series will showcase Tamar Braxton and husband Vincent Herbert as they navigate their hectic lives, from Tamar’s solo album to Vince’s busy career as a successful music producer.  WE tv has ordered eight, one-hour episodes tentatively scheduled to premiere in fourth quarter 2012; production begins in March.

“Tamar & Vince is a great addition to WE tv’s schedule, especially as we expand into a third night of original programming catering to the underserved audience of African-American women that love Braxton Family Values,” said Kim Martin, President & GM, WE tv.  “Tamar is a huge part of what’s made that show such a success; she is completely over the top and our viewers just love her!”

“We are so very excited for this amazing opportunity,” said Braxton.  “With our family series, Braxton Family Values, we aim to show audiences the true meaning of family and sisterhood, and with our new show, marriage.  Our journey as two driven individuals that love as hard as we work is one we think audiences will relate to.”

Tamar & Vince is a spin-off of WE tv’s hit original series, Braxton Family Values, where youngest sister, Tamar, has proven to be the show’s breakout star.  This new show will follow Tamar in her ongoing pursuit of pop super stardom, with Vince helping and supporting her every step of the way. In Tamar’s world, anything can happen, but Vince is always there to be the voice of reason, and bring her back down to earth.  Viewers will get an inside look at their complicated yet devoted relationship, including how their upscale lifestyle must adjust as Vince recovers from a recent life-threatening health scare.

Tamar & Vince is being produced for WE tv by Magical Elves.  Annabelle McDonald serves as the executive producer for the network.


COMMON The Dreamer, The Believer


COMMON means business. After twenty years in the spotlight, COMMON is at the top of his game: starring roles in film and television, a bestselling memoir, humanitarian efforts through his Common Ground Foundation. Now with the December release of his hotly-anticipated ninth album, The Dreamer, The Believer, he’s poised to make us believe in real hip hop again.

“When I was a little kid, everyone said I was a dreamer,” COMMON says, by way of explaining the album’s title. “Once I started realizing those dreams, I made myself into a believer.” Whether he’s rocking stages or writing rhymes, filming scenes or speaking to young people, the dreamer and the believer are still alive in him today. “It’s really about seeing something you want and making it real. That’s the journey I want listeners to take with me on this album.”

Since his debut in 1992 with Can I Borrow a Dollar?, COMMON has charted a constant course toward self-expansion and reinvention. He’s gone from a battle rhymer flipping clever punchlines to a conscious rapper exploring themes of love and light to the complex, multi-talented artist that he is today. Through it all, he’s stayed true to his family, to his friends, and to his South Side Chicago roots.

“Chicago gave me a cadence, it gave me a beat,” he explains. “It gave me a certain awareness and a certain street sensibility too. Growing up, I learned how soulful people move and act and talk.” Those early lessons have carried him through a Grammy-winning music career and a burgeoning career on the screen, acting alongside Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, and many others. This fall, he opens a new chapter as an actor with the AMC series Hell on Wheels, a period drama set during the construction of the transcontinental railroad in which he plays Elam, a freed slave with a fierce passion for a better life.

 

“Working with No ID was about refreshing, renewing, remembering,” COMMON explains. “He’s grown as a producer; I’ve grown as an MC. We’ve both grown as men. The magic is in the collaboration.” This is a statement album: a declaration of musical independence on a new label that could only be made by an artist at the height of his mic skills and the peak of his swagger. Bigger sounds. Sweeping melodies. Storytelling and battle rhyming. It’s COMMON, but on an epic scale.

The Dreamer, The Believer delivers the consciousness COMMON’s auidence has to come expect from him, but also a rawness and passion that might come as a surprise. Some might even say that he’s rapping with a chip on his shoulder. “Showing that anger. It’s an aspect of COMMON that I rarely get to show, but it’s in me,” he explains. “I’m looking at some of these guys in hip hop and being like, man, these dudes is taking it too lightly. I gotta address it.” That’s exactly what he does on “Sweet,” one of the album’s standout tracks. COMMON spits venom: “Rap—it won’t jam in traffic / The game needs direction and I’m here to map it.” For some, that’s a boast. For COMMON, it’s a promise.

“The Believer,” which features vocals by John Legend, is a musical reimagining of the lyrics COMMON famously—and controversially—recited before the President and Mrs. Obama at a White House poetry slam in May 2011. The song is a call to conscience and community, but it never comes off as preachy. Like the other title track, “The Dreamer,” it is a song of celebration. Together, the two songs show the natural progression and expansion of an artist who always finds a way to blend consciousness with cool.

The Dreamer, The Believer is a gift, both to COMMON’s longtime fans and to new listeners who know him best from his acting roles. “I feel as an artist that it’s my duty to express who I am, where I come from, and where I want to go,” COMMON says. “My purpose is to create art that touches generations beyond the present.” It’s statements like these that make COMMON’s name synonymous with “conscious.” And though he’s resisted the label of “conscious artist” in the past, he’s come to accept it and even to embrace it.

“Oh man, I love it because I’ve always associated consciousness with great artists like Bob Marley or Joni Mitchell or Marvin Gaye. You know, artists that really talked about what was going on in the world, artists who made timeless music. So when they call me a conscious artist, I take it as a challenge to find my place among legends.” With The Dreamer, The Believer it’s impossible not to hear COMMON’s own legend in the making.


The JDS From “The After After Party With Steven Michael Quezada” On The CW Network Seeks Clothing For The Homeless


The hardest working band in Albuquerque, New Mexico puts on a free concert at Knuckleheads Bar in Grill to double as a clothing drive.

     Los Angeles, CA November 2, 2011 — The holiday season is quickly approaching, and The James Douglas Show is jumping into action, getting an early start on donating desperately-needed winter clothing to those in need.

“The idea came up when I saw a guy in Denver wearing shorts and a blanket,” explains JDS drummer Marco Nunez.  “There was six inches of snow on the ground, it was freezing.  At that point, I realized I had to do something.”

In response to this need, The James Douglas Show’s concert on Friday, November 4 at Knuckleheads Bar and Grill in Albuquerque will also double as a clothing drive.  People can drop off items, especially winter clothing such as coats, sweaters, scarves, thermal underwear, and other assorted cold weather attire at Knuckleheads Bar and Grill during The James Douglas Show’s performance.  All clothing items will be hand-delivered to Joy Junction by The James Douglas Show

The James Douglas Show will not be the only artist to perform at this special event.  Friday’s concert will also feature performances from New Mexico Hip-Hop Award winner Juan Gambino, local R&B star David Wade, rising soul artist Philly B., as well as appearances from The Pink Mink Mafia and many others!

The James Douglas Show will headline the concert, which begins at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, November 4th at Knuckleheads Bar and Grill, located at 3230 Coors Blvd NW just north of I-40.  Admission to this event is free for individuals 21 and over.  The James Douglas Show will also perform at Knuckleheads on Saturday, November 5th at 9:30, and will still take clothing donations that evening as well.

For information about this event, visit The James Douglas Show’s website at http://www.thejamesdouglasshow.com.



Steven Michael Quezada from the Emmy award winning TV series “Breaking Bad” on AMC hosts late-night TV show “The After After Party with Steven Michael Quezada.”


LA has Jay Leno, NY has David Letterman and now, Albuquerque has a new face venturing into late-night television.

LOS ANGELES, CA  –  September 26, 2011 – The CW Network brings back “The After After Party,” a late-night talk show to its new night, Saturday at 2:00 am, hosted by veteran comedian/actor Steven Michael Quezada, who plays the DEA Agent Steven Gomez on “Breaking Bad” which is currently in its fourth season on AMC.   The show premiered in Albuquerque, New Mexico on December 3, 2010 with a slew of celebrity guest such as, Bryan Cranston, Giancarlo Esposito, & Dean Norris, and has earned the number 1 rating on The CW Network for its time slot.  They are currently in their second season and voted as the best late-night TV show by Albuquerque The Magazine in their up-coming October issue.  The show recently signed on with a Los Angeles-based worldwide distribution company Film Works Entertainment, and will begin airing internationally.

“We are thrilled and honored to have this show take place in our own back yard,” said Steven, who is also one of the executive producers along with his partners Mark Padilla and Marco Nunez.  “We couldn’t see it happening any place else, Albuquerque is our home and we like to share the ethnicity that it brings.  From music, food, people; you name it, we want all to experience it” stated Steven.

The After After Party side -kick is six times Grammy nominated music phenomenon, “The James Douglas Show,” quoted as being the hardest working band out of Albuquerque by New Mexico Magazine.  A pioneering band in genres of alternative soul and funk, The James Douglas Show adds that special element that keeps the show rocking with its live audience. For tickets, guest information or to learn more about the show, you can visit http://theafterafterparty.com

In addition, to Steven’s successful career as an actor, he is one of the most noted comedians out of the southwest, touring comedy clubs across the United States since 1987.   He is a five time recipient of the New Mexico Hispanic Comedian of the Year Award, and he has appeared on HBO, Showtime, the Latino comedy feature Quo Locos and was recently hand-selected to open for Saturday Night Live alumnus and movie actor Rob Schneider at his concert in Albuquerque.


OUTKAST, CIARA Headed For L.A. Reid’s Epic


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since taking over Sony Music’s Epic Records in July, label chairman and X Factor judge L.A. Reid has been busy rebuilding the company’s image and roster, which will soon include Outkast and Ciara, sources say. Reid has a long history with both acts, who were originally signed to his LaFace Records (label home to a young Usher, Pink and TLC).

In 1994, LaFace, which had entered into a joint venture partnership with Sony’s Arista Records in 1989, released Outkast’s debut album, “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik.” Ten years later, with Reid nearing the end of his presidency at Arista, the duo’s “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” sold 11 million copies and won six Grammy awards.

Ciara came into the LaFace fold in 2004 with her first album, “Goodies.” It featured the hit song “1, 2 Step” and has sold more than 2.5 million copies. Her most recent release, 2010’s “Basic Instinct,” came out via Jive Records. That label is being phased out due to recent consolidation and reshuffling among Sony’s labels, which also include Columbia and RCA, resulting in dozens of layoffs in recent weeks.

Other Reid-era Epic signings include Atlanta MC Future, whose reported first single “Tony Montana” features popular rapper Drake, and Karmin, the duo known for its quirky interpretations of popular hip hop tracks like Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now” and Lil Wayne’s “6 Foot 7 Foot.” But at the premiere party for “The X Factor” on Wednesday night, Reid told THR that the twosome of Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan are not recording covers for their Epic debut, but rather original tracks. The executive cited his own days as a young struggling performer and songwriter, when having cover songs in your repertoire was de rigueur.

To that end, Reid certainly holds his own at the TV table alongside “X Factor” creator Simon Cowell and fellow judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger. A preview of next week’s premiere episode showed that Reid and Cowell often disagree on contestants and that Reid is, in fact, harsher than his British boss. At one point, Reid remarks that Cowell is “the greatest talent magnet in the world” but not necessarily the best “record man.”

At a Q&A following the screening, all five cast members — which include host Steve Jones — continued to tease, clearly comfortable with each other and energized by a well-received first episode.


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Kess Agency Stylist Peju Famojure for Complex featuring Beyonce


Peju Famojure for Complex

Beyonce-Complex-Coverphotos by Thierry Le Gouès

Stylist Peju Famojure joined photographer Thierry Le Gouès to shoot Beyoncé Knowles for Complex‘s annual Style & Design issue. And no… that’s not Photoshop. The cover also features the work of artist Ebon Heath who created the unique typography sculptures surrounding B.

The issue hits stands on August 9th, but to check out the full cover story, extended gallery and behind the scenes video now, click here.

 

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