The Pulse of Entertainment - April 25, 2014

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Eunice Moseley
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fromtherough_letoyaLuckett.jpgPlatinum selling Letoya Luckett to star in From the Rough with Taraji P. Henson, arrives in theaters May 25, 2014

By Eunice Moseley 

“I’m the love interest of Tom (Felton),” said platinum selling singer/actress Letoya Luckett (Preacher’s Kid) about her character Stacey in the sports drama From the Rough, which arrives in theaters April 25, 2014. From the Rough also stars Taraji P. Henson and Michael Clarke Duncan. “I’m a student on the swim team of coach Starks.”


From the Rough is based on the true story of Tennessee State Tigers swim team coach, Catana Starks, who became the first black women to ever coach a men’s golf team to a PGA win.


“Falling in love is new to me. I have never been in a relationship,” Letoya explains about the drama that surrounds her character. “I have to swim, keep my grades up and the coach doesn’t want me to (be in a relationship). She feels it will be a distraction.”


The former Destiny Child member who garnered two Grammy Awards during that time hopes the audience will be inspired knowing that it is based on a true story. The coach was given the task to form a minority golf team, but found only one black golfer, named Craig, who was a caddy. So Coach Starks, with resistance, opened the team up to under privilege minority kids and coached them to a PGA National Collegiate Minority Championship. Today no other black female has been able to accomplish such a task.


“ Its an incredible story of Catana Starks who took her golf team to a PGA win,” said BET and NAACP Image Award winner, and Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson about her starring role in From The Rough. “It proves that with faith and hard work you can win. I think it is a very important story that needs to be told. Something our young girls need…to show there are other options in life than glamour.”


“I love projects like this,” said Luckett (HBO’s “Treme”, Note to Self, VH1’s “Single Ladies”). “An African-American doing her thing…coaching. You can do whatever you put your mind to if you believe it, you can do it. I walked away learning a lot about myself.”


Expect something new, music wise, from Letoya soon. Distributed by Free Style From the Rough directed by Pierre Bagley, and produced by Bagley, Michael J. Critelli and Kevin E. Hooks The sports drama arrives in theaters April 15th. For more information log onto the film’s website at


 Contemporary Gospel artist Ami Rushes gets versatile on new album release ‘Stand Up for Jesus’, produced by Kurt Carr

amirushes2.jpgFour-time Stellar Award winning Kurt Carr produces the latest album release from Contemporary Gospel singer Ami Rushes’ titled “Stand Up For Jesus.”


“All my past albums we did were covers that Kurt Carr updated,” said Ami Rushes, a very versatile Gospel singer, about her fifth album release. “I thought it was time for original music. So I got with Kurt and enlisted songwriters from all over the world.”


The result is ten Contemporary Gospel songs that not only show Rushes can sing any type Gospel style, but it shows Carr’s training in Classical music. Kurt is the director of West Los Angeles Church of God in Christ’s choir, where Ami is a long time member. The “Stand Up For Jesus” album release gives 10% of its proceeds to the church’s Save Africa’s Children Charity Foundation that feeds over 200,000 children in 400 orphanages throughout 21 nations in Africa.


 “I’m excited about the title, ‘Stand Up for Jesus’,” said Ami. “I want to start a conversation – ‘are you standing up for Jesus?’ and if so what are you doing?”

Ami Rushes debut album was in 2006 titled “Covering” and she is onto her 5th project distributed on the Central South Distribution imprint. My favorite cuts on the album

include ”By His Stripes” a heartfelt song of love and gratitude; “It’s Alright, It’s Okay” which offers a bit of Jazz flavor with Rushes vocally; “Got a Feeling” for its horn

support which gives it that Big Band era feel, and in end it changes and takes you to church; the title track “Stand Up For Jesus” is a great Praise & Worship selection with horn support that adds that Big Band sound, and “God Did It” because of its foot-stomping Praise & Worship sound.


Ami Rushes is about to go on a church and radio “Stand Up For Jesus” tour, and she will be performing at the “I Love the Music” conference in Cincinnati.

Learn more about Ami Rushes at


(Syndicated Columnist: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations/Business consult at Freelance Associates, and Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times.

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