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Nas Time is Illmatic, a triumphant rise from the hood to stardom, hits theaters and VOD in October, 2014


   Writer/producer Erik Parker and director One9 presents the trumphant rise of rapper NAS from the hood (Queensbridge, NY) to stardom in their documentary film Nas Time is Illmatic. The MC takes us down memory lane as he remembers his roots, influences, tragedies and successes that have made him a legend in the Hip-Hop culture, and branded him a rhyme master. Anthony Saleh also shares producer credits. The film is so deep, and connected with my own experiences so much that I cried throughout. Nas Time is Illmatic is a must see.
   "'Illmatic' was an album," said Erik about the concept for the documentary. "It didn't get a lot of radio attention but it was largely for mainstream America....it was from a view that people could understand...it validated (the Urban experience) through art. When it connected to us we felt it spoke to
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Comedian/actor Tommy Davidson prepares for feature film on Sammy Davis Jr.


   Best known for his character roles on the ground-breaking comedy series "In Living Color" comedian/actor Tommy Davidson prepares to film the feature film based on the book, "Deconstructing Sammy" by Matt Birkbeck. "Deconstructing Sammy" is based on the life and death of Sammy Davis Jr. The book focus is on attorney Albert "Sonny" Murray Jr. who was hired by Sammy's widow Altovise in 1994 to resolve the debts Sammy's estate left behind. At his death he owed over $15 million ($7 million to the IRS). Murray spent seven years resolving the debts and restoring Sammy Davis, Jr.'s legacy to the point that in 2001 Sammy Davis, Jr. earned a Grammy Award.
   "He was the greatest entertainer that ever lived," said Tommy Davidson about the legend. "I have similar traits, not saying I am the greatest entertainer that ever lived, but I think we have similar traits."
   Sammy was a Golden Globe, Emmy and Grammy Award nominated singer/dancer/musician, and actor who had developed a legacy ...Read the full September 26, 2014 column...>

Five-time Emmy nominated comedians Key and Peele premier the 4th season of their Comedy Central series 'Key & Peele,' airs on Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT


   "It's fun and you never know," said Keegan-Michael Key about the sketch-comedy show, "Key & Peele" which premiered this week on Comedy Central and airs every Wednesday at 10:30 p.n. ET/PT. "We have a group of people (writers) ready to go for it. We have three minutes to discuss things. We gravitate to things happening now....things you are afraid to laugh at."
   Their comedy series has garnered five Emmy Award nominations. They have even released their third season of "Key & Peele" on DVD and Blu-ray. This new season will feature an array of guests such as Ernie Hudson, Rashida Jones, Jason Ritter and Malcolm-Jamal Warner.
   "If I'm in a bad mood I get to talk to ...Read the full September 26, 2014 column...>

MC Lyte's new single 'Dear John' features Common and 10Beats paves the way for her Hip-Hop Sisters Foundation Educate Our Men initiative
(Los Angeles, CA) - MC Lyte's new release, "Dear John" featuring Common and 10Beats, serves as the anthem to the Hip-Hop Sisters Foundation #EducateOurMen initiative, debuted this week to rave reviews. #EducateOurMen is the signature educational initiative of Hip-Hop Sisters Foundation that aims to support and develop African-American males by providing academic scholarships to obtain baccalaureate degrees primarily from HBCU's; provide access to career and personal mentoring; increase cultural education and social responsibility.
Lenny Kravitz' tenth studio album 'Strut' debuts
(Los Angeles, CA) - Lenny Kravitz's latest album Strut is set to debut on September 23rd via Roxie Records/ Kobalt Label Services. The album is a real rock & roll record that hits hard rhythmically and explores desire in all its forms, from the most physical to the most idealized. The release's twelve songs includes such titles as "New York City," "I Never Want to Let You Down" and "She's a Beast." These songs wear their heart on their sleeve, and that's the way Kravitz intended it. In addition to the album, Kravitz's also recently released the official music video for the single "The Chamber."
Chrisette Michele to perform at Rams Head in Baltimore November 25, 2014
(Baltimore, MD) - Grammy Award winning Chrisette Michele will perform November 25, 2014 at Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Maryland. The R&B/Soul singer is signed to Motown Records, and has been featured on several Hip-Hop Records that include The Game's LAX on "Let Us Live," Jay Z's "Kingdom Come on Lost One", and NAS's "Hip-Hop Is Dead" on "Hope." Her last album "Better" (2013) debuted at #12 on Billboard 200 Chart, it was noimnnated for a 2014 Grammy Award. The Grammy Award she won was for her 2009 "Be Ok."



Baltimore native SisQo, a six-time Billboard winner/one-time MTV Video Music winner and four-time Grammy Award nominee, lead singer of the multi-platinum selling R&B group Dru Hill preps for the release of his third studio album "The Last Dragon" (Dragon Music/Massenburg) on Decmber 9, 2014 with the release of its first single "A-List" featuring rapper Waka Flocka Flame. SisQo has sold over 30 million records. Watch the music video to "A-List" below!


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instandmom.jpg(Los Angeles, CA) - Nickelodeon has ordered a 20-episode third season of its hit family comedy "Instant Mom" for Nick at Nite and NickMom, it was announced today by Russell Hicks, Nickelodeon's President of Content Development and Production. Beginning Oct. 2, 2014 season two of "Instant Mom" will premiere in its new timeslot on Nick at Nite, Thursdays at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). The series also airs during the adult-targeted NickMom nighttime comedy block on the Nick Jr. channel.

The multi-camera, scripted half-hour series features Tia Mowry-Hardrict as Stephanie, a former party girl who becomes a full-time stepmom to three kids when she marries the more traditional Charlie (Michael Boatman, Spin City). Stephanie manages to keep it all together using her own unique style, never losing her sense of fun, and with the help of her mother Maggie (Sheryl Lee Ralph, Moesha), she learns what being a mom really means. Rounding out the cast are Charlie's three kids played by Sydney Park (AwesomenessTV), Tylen Jacob Williams and Damarr Calhoun. Instant Mom is executive-produced by Howard Michael Gould, Aaron Kaplan and Regina Hicks.

Tia Mowry-Hardrict has been in the public eye for over 20 years, gaining initial fame starring opposite her twin sister Tamera Mowry-Housley in the hit comedy Sister Sister from Paramount Television. After graduating from Pepperdine University, she made appearances in various projects, including starring with her sister once again in The Disney Channel's original movie Twitches in 2005 and again in Twitches Too, two years later. In 2006, Tia landed the role of "Melanie Barnett," medical student turned wife of pro-football player on The Game, which landed her two NAACP Image Award nominations.

For three seasons, Mowry-Hardrict starred with her sister Tamera and executive produced the hit STYLE network series Tia & Tamera, which set a record as the most watched series launch in the network's history. While filming, Mowrty-Hardrict released her debut book Oh Baby!: Pregnancy Tales and Advice from One Hot Mama to Another, and released a fitness DVD. With her sister, she developed and launched their first product line entitled need and their first product MILKY! hit Destination Maternity stores nationwide. Mowry-Hardrict also recently appeared in the Fox Searchlight Pictures film Baggage Claim and is currently working on a joint project with her sister called "Twintuition," a series of middle grade books published by HarperCollins Children's Books (due out April 21, 2015).

Nick at Nite is Nickelodeon's nighttime programming block that features popular hit family comedies, including the Emmy Award-winning series Friends, as well as Full House, George Lopez, Yes, Dear, New Adventures of Old Christine and hit originals like See Dad Run, starring Scott Baio and Instant Mom, starring Tia Mowry-Hardrict.

NickMom is a nighttime comedy block (10 p.m. - 2 a.m. ET/PT) for moms that airs on the Nick Jr. channel. The block features a mix of original long and short-form programming including talk shows, stand-up and sketch comedy, docu-series and more. Current series on NickMom include: Instant Mom, NickMom Night Out; Take Me To Your Mother; Parental Discretion With Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, Undercover Cupid and The New Adventures of Old Christine. NickMom is also a comedy and entertainment site with extensive content including short-form video, photos, editorial pieces and games.

Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 19 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B).

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