Join us Sunday, we got attorney Julian Bolton on the show. Were gonna talk about “Things You Didn’t Know You Could Be Sued For”! Also, on the Memphis Music Project we got local R&B artist Megan J. Author Issac Jones is gonna stop by, he's the local featured author for this months Whats Happening Myron Book Club Meet-Up. Of course we got the latest Entertainment News, “Hey Myron”, your events & a whole lot more. Its all on the What’s Happening Myron Radio Show, Sunday afternoon from 2-4 on AM990, KWAM! Listen and Watch live by clicking below!
Bessie, the biopic of blues great Bessie Smith starring Queen Latifah, will premiere on HBO in May. HBO released the first trailer for the film giving us a first glimpse of Latifah as The Empress of the Blues.
And it's a long time coming: The first draft of the screenplay was written more than 20 years ago by Pulitzer-winning playwright Horton Foote, and producers approached Queen Latifah about starring in the film at the beginning of her acting career in the 1990s.
Along with Latifah, the film also stars MoNique as Ma Rainey, Charles S. Dutton as William 'Pa' Rainey, Michael Kenneth Williams as Jack Gee, Bryan Greenberg as John Hammond, Oliver Platt as Carl Van Vechten and Mike Epps as 'Richard'.
Not since her Oscar-nominated turn as Mama Morton in 2002's "Chicago" has Queen Latifah had a role this meaty: The Newark native will play 1920s blues legend Bessie Smith in the HBO biopic "Bessie" debuting May 16.
The larger-than-life Smith rose from vaudeville to become one of the biggest-selling recording artists of the 1920s. Though she died in a car accident at the age of 43, she served as an inspiration to Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin and Nina Simone.
The film, co-produced by Queen Latifah, co-stars Michael Kenneth Williams ("The Wire") as Bessie's first husband, Jack Gee; Khandi Alexander ("Treme") as Bessie's older sister, Viola; and Mo'Nique ("Precious") as Ma Rainey. Check out the trailer below:
Bounce TV presents Mann & Wife featuring husband and wife team David Mann and Tamela Mann, stars of the hit Tyler Perry sitcom Meet The Browns, reunite for a new show which series creator and director Roger Bobb (The Rickey Smiley Show) calls “a black Brady Bunch.” Bobb was the Executive Producer of Meet the Browns and was the Supervising Producer of House of Payne which premiered on TBS as the highest-rated first run sitcom in basic cable history.
“We continue to expand our original programming efforts to offer marketing partners fresh and attractive new programming that is showcased within a family and advertiser friendly environment,” commented Bounce TV Executive Vice President of Advertising Sales, Elverage Allen. “Our message to Madison Avenue this year is ‘Diversify to Amplify’ and Bounce TV’s record-setting ratings growth combines with our exclusive and unduplicated reach to make the network a must-buy for brands seeking to reach the African American consumer.”
Bounce TV targets African American adults with a programming mix of original series, theatrical motion pictures, live sports, documentaries, specials, game shows and inspirational faith-based programs. Since its launch in 2011, Bounce TV has seen overwhelming success, with accelerated growth and expansion among station groups, advertisers and viewers alike. Bounce TV is seen in: 88 markets, including all of the top African American television markets; 89% of African American television homes; and 72% of the total television homes in the United States.
Did you know that there are
about 50 African American authors in the Memphis area alone? These are published authors
who have at least one book on the market. That’s why I have decided to develop
the Memphis Authors Directory presented by the What’s Happening Myron Book Club.
In this database, each author will have their own profile page which lists
their books, website, pictures, contact information and more. You will now be
able to find out who is writing in the Mid-South area.
I will be populating
this directory for the next few weeks. If you’re interested in participating,
please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
She was in Las Vegas over the weekend looking beautiful with a
fresh blonde Mohawk and a fabulous all black dress on the Stellar
Awards red carpet! And by
the way, Miss Robbie and son Tim shared some exciting news
with EUR associate LaCora Stephens.
Last year during an interview with LaCora, they debated about the
location of their next Sweetie Pie’s restaurant they were planning to open.
Well, it looks like Tim won because they are opening what will soon be the
hottest soul food spot on the West Coast.
And since you’ve already read the headline, you know it’s gonna be
in SoCal … in Los Angles. But hat part of LA? Watch the video to find out
and when the grand opening will take place!
announced a partnership with the East Beale Street Development Project today
that will bring world class events to Memphis.
The event was
held this afternoon at the New Daisy Theatre, 330 Beale Street.
were both Mayors, AC Wharton, of Memphis, Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr. of Shelby
County, Ben Weeden, COO of Live Nation’s House of Blues Entertainment division,
Dan Kemer - Vice President of Midwest Music for Live Nation, Dan Schartoff -
Vice President of Production for Live Nation as well as locals such as Steve
Adelman and JW Gibson from East Beale Street Development Project and producer
Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell, best known for his work with Mark Ronson,
Bruno Mars, Al Green, Solomon Burke, Anthony Hamilton, Rod Stewart, John Mayer
of the Memphis community were invited to come and hear about the partnership
and attend a reception and meet and greet afterwards.
"This is gonna be great for the city. This doesn't put Memphis back on the map. Instead it reminds the world that Memphis IS the map!"