"I have two daughters. When I read about Malala, the father/daughter story, a universal
story I wanted to know more about these extraordinary people," said Davis Guggenheim, director of the Oscar winning documentary
"An Inconvenient Truth," about taking on the task of directing the Fox Searchlight documentary film, He Named Me
Malala. "The producers brought the Rights; they said it can't be a movie it has to be a documentary. It was a great journey.
It was nice to meet a Muslim family."
Inspired by her book "I Am Malala," He Named Me Malala shows that we all can be brave, stand against immense
oppression and make a small difference that may change the world. He Named Me Malala is the story of the youngest Noble Peace
Prize recipient garnered for her stand against the Taliban's ban against educating girls in her home town of Pakistan where
her father owned a series of schools. The Taliban decided that it was illegal for females to be education, unless it was to
read the Koran and anyone found going to school or talking against this law was sentence to death, no trial. As an educated
daughter of a school teacher, Ziauddin Yousafzai who was also an out-spoken advocate for non-violent Muslim practices, it
was only a matter of time before... Read the full October 2, 2015, 2015 column...>
Internationally acclaimed painist Keiko Matsui releases 'Keiko Live in Tokyo'
(New York, NY) - Shanachie
Entertainment recently released the latest installment in Keiko Matsui's illustrious catalogue "Keiko Live in Tokyo."
"Live In Tokyo" is a spectacular CD/DVD set that captures the rousing and show-stopping finale of Matsui's 2014
Soul Quest World Tour. This is Keiko's first new DVD in over a decade and a real unique opportunity to experience the intimacy
and magic that Keiko presents in her live performances. Flying high from an incredible tour that included stints in the Ukraine
and Russia, Greece and Peru, among other places, Keiko's concert finale culminated in Japan on May 23, 2014.
Braxton to Executive Produce Memoir on Lifetime as a Bio-Picture
(Los Angeles, CA) - Lifetime gives greenlight for Toni
Braxton to executive produce her memoir "Un-Break My Heart." Casting notices and official air-date are to be announced,
It is the authorized life story of the wildly talented artist, who has fought through a severe chronic illness, financial
troubles and divorce while navigating her son's autism and family struggles. Un-Break My Heart is also executive produced
by Craig Baumgarten (Twist of Faith), Erik Kritzer (The Runaround) and Marcus Grant, written by Susan McMartin (Mom, Two and
a Half Men) and produced by Link Entertainment. Vondie Curtis Hall (Abducted: The Carlina White Story) will direct.
"Uplifting Minds II" Enter. Conference - Sat. Oct 24th Hollywood - (562)-424-3836
VIDEO CLIPS OF THE WEEK
Enrique Iglesias is
known as the "King Of Latin Pop". He has garnered 23 Billboard US Awards, 36 Billboard Latin Awards, 6 American
Music Awards, one US Grammy, 4 Latin Grammys, 10 World Music Awards and 6 MTV Awards. Iglesias started with
a 68 million dollar record deal with Universal Music Group's Latin arm for the Spanish speaking albums and Interscope
for the English. In 2010 he left Interscope for UMG's Republic Records for Billingual albums. In 2015 he left UMG
for Sony Music for a reported largest record contract (advances and royalties) known. He releases Spanish albums via Sony
Latin and English projects through RCA. Enrique has sold over 137 million albums worldwide and has had 150 #1 hits. Here is
the music video to one of his singles, "Bailando (Dancing)" featuring Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno and Gente De
Zona, off of his 10th and latest studio album "Sex and Love" . Watch the English version of "Bailando
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(Los Angeles) - Mariea
Antoinette is bringing an entirely unique sound to R&B and contemporary jazz: her soulful harp. Offering a balanced
set list of captivating originals and imaginative takes on timeless R&B gems, "Straight From The Harp: Special Edition,"
being released September 25, seduces and sways with refreshingly distinctive sounds placed in a seldom heard context that
will change your perception of the ancient stringed instrument.
The San Diego-based Antoinette partnered with Emmy-winning and two-time Grammy-nominated
producer-songwriter Allan Phillips for her inspired revolution on "Straight From The Harp: Special Edition." The
thirteen rhythmic tracks lean urban, harnessing bumping beats on energetic dancefloor fillers and breathy, sensual vocal choruses
that quicken pulses on several other numbers. On jazzy instrumentals, Antoinette spontaneously explores the outer realms of
melodic arches, improvising on adventurous harmonic forays and feverishly plucking technically astute solos. Critical praise
has been immediate while airplay from radio programmers has taken Antoinette to the upper echelon of the Billboard chart.
The exotic mid-tempo original "Fly Away" introduces Antoinette's
thesis that the ethereal harp can bring exciting new sonic dynamics to urban-jazz grooves. Phillips and Antoinette sped up
the cadence on "Rock Wit ‘Cha" while adding celebratory harmonies. Another original, "Special Treasure"
bops to a crafty hip hop-inflected beat. Slick urban nuances propel Curtis Mayfield's inviting "Give Me Your Love."
Vocalist Chanel Fields penned "A Single Dance," an R&B vocal cut decorated with gossamer strands of Antoinette's
sparkling harp riffs. Saxophonist Reggie Codrington contributed a couple tunes to the record, including "Spend Some Time
(With You)," a romantic overture that he wrote with Phillips. The ‘70s classic "Boogie Nights" starts
with a swinging jazz ride before rampaging through a sweltering workout of exultant booty shaking. "Journey" is
the first of two mystical solo harp mediations with the title track being the other. Syncopated R&B rhythms provide the
flowing undercurrent for Antoinette to float funky harp flourishes on Barry White's "I'm Gonna Love You." On "Waiting
In Vain," the harp ably conveys Bob Marley's tale of love and yearning. Dusting off another vintage crossover hit, the
pace of "Human" is elevated, turning the aching Jam & Lewis ballad into a sunny mood-lifter. "Walk The
Walk" closes the collection with an otherworldly aural adventure that churns urban, jazz, rock and classical elements
into a lustrous amalgam, thanks to the combustive chemistry of Antoinette and frequent collaborator electric violinist Karen
"Straight From The Harp: Special Edition"
is Antoinette's sophomore album, which will be issued in conjunction with the visionary artist receiving a Phenomenal Women
in Entrepreneurship Award from the National Council of Negro Women in San Diego on September 26. The musician that has performed
for President Barak Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, accompanied Ne-Yo at the BET Awards and played Grammy parties for
Vanity Fair magazine and Mary J. Blige and Jamie Foxx splits her time between solo gigs and performing with the all-female
ensemble Jazz in Pink. Please listen to the CD we sent you and consider Antoinette for a feature, interview, performance segment,
record review and/or an appropriate roundup piece. (http://www.marieaantoinette.com)