NEWSLETTER

Updated:  August 22, 2002

This week covers lots more industry news, as well as a brief recap of last week’s Honey Jam, cool opportunities with MuchVibe and MTV, Funk ‘n Soul update and Ibadan at Bamboo!  Also, more updates on NABFEME 2002!  Have you been down to Harbourfront yet this summer – it’s one of Toronto’s gems.  Go check out the Hot and Spicy Festival this weekend (details on my HARBOURFRONT PAGE)!

Well, this week I’m just plain gushing as I’ve received two invaluable quotes for my site from two individuals that I respect both professionally and personally.  Want to know who they are?  Check it out at LANGFIELD ENTERTAINMENT
 
HOTMAIL USERS:  I’ve noticed that MSN has substantially decreased the size of their Inboxes so quite a few of you have your emails from me returned as your Inboxes are already full.  Also, have you noticed alot more unsolicited mass emails too?  This might have to do with the fact that recently, MSN added 2 little boxes in all the email personal profiles. These boxes if checked share your email with other users. One box, if ticked, gives other people the right to see your information including your address. Now MSN has taken all the passports that were created before they added this and marked YES SHARE MY INFORMATION and did not tell anyone.  HOW TO REMOVE YOUR NAMES:  sign into your email account (you must do this for each email address you have), click on Options then Personal Profile and scroll to the bottom.  You will see the boxes - remove the check marks and UPDATE your profile.  Perhaps this will free up some space in your Inboxes.  Of course, your other alternative is switching to another Internet Email Provider such as Yahoo.  I just KNOW you don’t want to miss my newsletters!!

You can click on any of the titles of the items listed and it will take you to individual information pages.  This newsletter is designed to welcome all the new members, give you some updated entertainment-related news, provide you with our upcoming event listings and recap some of last week’s events.   Welcome to those who are new members.  I will also highlight events for the next 10 days so click on EVENTS.
This week covers lots more industry news, as well as a brief recap of last week’s Honey Jam, cool opportunities with MuchVibe and MTV, Funk ‘n Soul update and Ibadan at Bamboo!  Also, more updates on NABFEME 2002!  Have you been down to Harbourfront yet this summer – it’s one of Toronto’s gems.  Go check out the Hot and Spicy Festival this weekend (details on my HARBOURFRONT PAGE)!

Well, this week I’m just plain gushing as I’ve received two invaluable quotes for my site from two individuals that I respect both professionally and personally.  Want to know who they are?  Check it out at LANGFIELD ENTERTAINMENT
 
HOTMAIL USERS:  I’ve noticed that MSN has substantially decreased the size of their Inboxes so quite a few of you have your emails from me returned as your Inboxes are already full.  Also, have you noticed alot more unsolicited mass emails too?  This might have to do with the fact that recently, MSN added 2 little boxes in all the email personal profiles. These boxes if checked share your email with other users. One box, if ticked, gives other people the right to see your information including your address. Now MSN has taken all the passports that were created before they added this and marked YES SHARE MY INFORMATION and did not tell anyone.  HOW TO REMOVE YOUR NAMES:  sign into your email account (you must do this for each email address you have), click on Options then Personal Profile and scroll to the bottom.  You will see the boxes - remove the check marks and UPDATE your profile.  Perhaps this will free up some space in your Inboxes.  Of course, your other alternative is switching to another Internet Email Provider such as Yahoo.  I just KNOW you don’t want to miss my newsletters!!

You can click on any of the titles of the items listed and it will take you to individual information pages.  This newsletter is designed to welcome all the new members, give you some updated entertainment-related news, provide you with our upcoming event listings and recap some of last week’s events.   Welcome to those who are new members.  I will also highlight events for the next 10 days so click on EVENTS.

 

RECAP

 

The 10th anniversary of Honey Jam did not disappoint those in attendance.  There were some real up-and-comers in the crew, some of whom are featured in my PHOTO GALLERY.   Lots of Canada’s music industry folks took in the performances and seemed very interested in this year’s chosen artists, which proves that they consider HJ to be a melting pot of new talent.  Once again, the HJ was hosted by the incomparable Michie Mee.  A special shout out to the entire crew that made the night come together, including volunteers and talented artists!  Congrats and birthday wishes to Ebonnie Rowe (pictured right) for yet another incredible production!  Although I couldn’t stay for the entire function, some of the highlights for me were Belinda Brady (unbelievably polished performance - see her at Bamboo on August 31), Crystal Clear (hip hopera artist) with Monday Night (rapper), Natasha Waterman (soulful!) and Toya Alexis (goosebumps!).  Look for some of these artists to be part of the next Funk ‘n Soul Revival on September 13th!

 

 

NEWS

 

MUCHVIBE ARTIST FEATURES

Within the next two weeks we'll be shooting a slew of new "underground artist" IDs for MuchVibe.   Anybody who can spit some dope shhh for 30 seconds or less need apply.  Not only MCs though.  Dancers, poets, singers etc.  Beat jugglers?!  MOST DEF!!!  All interested in showing what they got for 30 seconds on national TV need to get to me by August 23rd.  Spread the word!

TREVOR FRANCIS
PROMO PRODUCER
MuchMusic/MuchVibe/MuchLoud
299 Queen St. W. Toronto ON M5V 2Z5
416.591.7400 x 2912
trevorf@muchmusic.com
www.muchmusic.com

 

MTV WANTS YOU!!!

Unleash your inner TV star! We're looking for charismatic people who are passionate about music, movies, sports and all things pop culture. You must appear to be between the ages of 18-24 y/o and possess a kick-ass personality and a serious sense of style.

ON A VHS TAPE ONLY:  Open mic! You have 3-4 minutes to tell us what shows up on your pop culture radar. Who's in your cd player? What did you do last Friday? Who did you want to win the game on Sunday?  Let us know what you're all about.  Now it's your turn! Pick 2 of your favorite videos, movies, or whatever it is you're into - create a 45 second introduction for each of them (a total of 2 separate segments).

Submissions can be sent to:
MTV Talent Development
1515 Broadway - 23rd Floor
NYC, NY 10036
ALL SUBMISSIONS ARE PROPERTY OF MTV NETWORKS,
AND WILL NOT BE RETURNED.
Source: http://www.mtv.com/onair/castingcall

 

 

WANT TO BREAK INTO THE MUSIC BUSINESS – SEE WWW.MUSICINDUSTRYRESOURCE.COM  

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com

All aspiring artists and entertainers attempting to break into the music business should check out a website called www.MusicIndustryResource.com . This site was created by songwriter and producer Jude D. Titus, who is responsible for "Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones" soundtrack, the dance singles "Simple Rhythm" and "Don't Make Me Read You," and a track for the rapper Princessa. MusicIndustryResource.com was developed to provide an online information center for new artists, songwriters, and producers to learn how to break into the music industry. The mission of Music Industry Resource is to arm new artists with the same knowledge that enabled Jude to make sound business decisions about her career. Music Industry Resource staff includes industry experts with more than 30 combined years in the music business. Each staff member offers expertise in a different facet of the industry such as management, promotions, sales, A&R, and public relations. Visit them online today for more details.

 

 

NABFEME UPDATE!

Check out all the exciting updates on who is speaking at, being honoured and performing at this year’s NABFEME on August 29 – September 1, 2002 at the Sheraton in downtown Toronto!  See more>>>> for all registration fees.  The National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment, NABFEME, the ultimate network of female powerhouses, will assemble in Toronto, Canada for their Second Annual International Women's Leadership Summit.  Female trailblazers in all sectors of the music and entertainment industry will convene at the Sheraton Centre, August 29 - September 1st for 3 days of power networking, entertainment and empowerment.  www.womenet.org

 

 

ANITA BAKER UPDATE

Back in the 80s and 90s, the world was caught up in the rapture of Elektra Records’ R&B goddess Anita Baker. She was hailed as the Quiet Storm Queen because of her sensual alto voice as heard on such hits like “Angel,” “Sweet Love,” and “Caught Up In The Rapture.”  
Rhino’s A&R specialist Barry Benson said it best, “Anita Baker is the personification of class, style, and elegance. The term `quiet storm’ was obviously created with her in mind, and we may never see another song stylist quite like her.”

Now Rhino Records has captured the essence of Baker with the release of The Best Of Anita Baker containing 18 sensuously soulful songs released on the Beverly Glen and Elektra record labels from 1983-1995, including the #1 R&B hits “Giving You The Best That I Got” and “Just Because.” Other top-10 hits featured on the CD are “Angel,” “Sweet Love,” “Same Ole Love,” and “No One In The World.”   Rhino had the enviable task of putting together an album which will become a collector’s delight as it spans Baker’s lustful career as a platinum performer highlighting the best tracks that returned four consecutive multi-platinum albums– Rapture (quintuple platinum, 1986); Giving You The Best That I Got (triple-platinum, 1989); Compositions (platinum, 1990); Rhythm of Love (double-platinum, 1994)

Baker’s sound has often been imitated but, as yet, not duplicated. She’s in a class by herself! However, that does not stop music enthusiasts from trying to compare her to other great jazz talents such as Nancy Wilson, Carmen McCrae, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald.  Her deep rooted gospel, soul, jazz and class pop sound defies categorization, but easily places her in the ranks of one of the greatest urban contemporary singers of all time.  I remember vividly the first time I laid eyes on the diminutive singer – all 5’2” of her – in concert and could not believe what was coming out of her mouth. There she was for all to see. Short, black and sassy with attitude to the floor. What she lacked in size she made up in talent.

Some say she was difficult because she majored in perfectionism – a trait of true divas like Diana Ross, Nina Simone and Barbra Streisand – but I say when God has given you a gift, you treat it with respect.  Baker became an overnight sensation as a result of her first Elektra album, 1986’s multiplatinum Rapture. To her, the success was sweet as it was her second stab at the music game but this time she was in charge of her arrival. Like Sinatra, she was doing her music, her way.  Let’s go back in this success story of the Ohio-born, Detroit-bred vocalist who began her singing career in school and in local bands around Detroit in which she made a name for herself and came to the attention of The Detroit Emeralds, a successful local band that had backed up soul stars.   Baker had a successful run with the band, which later became known as Chapter 8. Signed to Ariola Records, they released a self-titled album featuring Baker’s distinctive voice on “Ready For Your Love” and “I Just Wanna Be Your Girl.”

This journey was short-lived as Capitol, which dropped the act from its roster, brought Ariola Records. Anita left the music business and returned to working as a waitress and short-order cook.  That lasted for a hot second before a former Ariola executive who formed Beverly Glen Records lured her back into the business by signing her as a solo act. The rest is what sells history books.  In 1983, Baker recorded her first album, The Songstress, releasing the first single, “No More Tears.” The song only reached #49 on the R&B Singles chart.

The next single release “Angel” experienced a lot more success with R&B listeners who were really feeling her. The song picked up heavy rotation in Detroit and, eventually, at radio stations across the country. It was the hot summer song of 1983 reaching the #5 spot on the R&B charts. Baker followed that success with “You’re The Best Thing Yet” and had finally arrived on the music scene.  Her success was met with a major label, Elektra Records, where she enjoyed creative control over her music as showcased in her first album for the label, Rapture, in which she served as executive producer. The album went on to establish her as a multi-faceted, multi-platinum artist as it reached multi-platinum sales.

“Sweet Love” was the first smash hit from the album reaching #2 on the R&B Singles chart and earning a Top 10 spot on the Pop chart, a first for Baker.   Rapture went on to sell more than 6 million copies worldwide and spawned the smash hit singles “Caught Up In The Rapture,” “Same Ole Love (365 Days A Year),” and “No One In The World.”   Baker became a top draw and black women anointed her their new shero because she sang about black love. Their love. Their passions. Their pleasures and pains.

Her phraseology became her trademark and black women identified with her as she soldiered their causes through song. When she opened her mouth, only beautiful music emerged.   She made music with purpose like the verse, “You’re the best thing yet to ever come into my life” on “You’re The Best Thing Yet.” So beautiful, so believable, so Baker.   And what about the all-time favorite “You Bring Me Joy” in which she defines an unwavering style. Rapture was the quintessential album and made the world sit up and take notice that La Baker would be around a very long time.

Baker was still reeling from the success of that album when she released her second album on Elektra, Giving You The Best That I Got -- a metaphor for what was inside this platinum-selling chart-topper.  The sophomore album was chock full of morsels of delight and spawned the hit singles “Lead Me Into Love,” and, her next #1 R&B hit, “Just Because,” a celebration of unconditional love. The album went over the top adding to her tally of million-plus-selling singles and further cementing her ties with her fans.   After the blockbuster success of her first two albums, Baker took her act on the road where she wrote new material and enjoyed her personal life.   In 1990, the fruits of her labor were found on Compositions, which is considered her most personal album to date. Anita wrote some of the tunes, many of them recorded live without any synthesized instruments or any of those other studio gimmicks. Compositions contained several R&B hit singles the likes of “Talk To Me,” and “Fairy Tales.”

Even God rested and motherhood took the star on a brief hiatus. Having babies agreed with this proud mother and she came back as strong as ever with the Rhythm Of Love album in 1994 – unfortunately, her last album for Elektra and the parting of Baker and Michael J. Powell, her long time collaborator. The album spawned three hits, “Body And Soul,” “I Apologize,” and “It’s Been You.”   “I Apologize” was a successful collaboration with Barry Eastmond and Gordon Chambers. The song was a major hit and won her a Grammy Award. The provocative lyrics further established her as one of the most important vocalists of her era.   Fans are still smarting over “It’s Been You” in which her clear message is one of thanks to her many fans who stood by her through thick and thin. Presently, Baker is busy raising her children and mapping out her next musical course. In the interim, she’s left us with the best that she’s got.

The Best Of Anita Baker contains 18 smash hits -- “Angel,” “You’re The Best Thing Yet,” “No More Tears,” “Sweet Love,” “Caught Up In The Rapture,” “You Bring Me Joy,” “Same Ole Love (365 Days A Year),” “No One In The World,” “Ain’t No Need To Worry (The Winans featuring Anita Baker),” “Giving You The Best That I Got,” “Good Love,” “Just Because,” “Lead Me Into Love,” “Fairy Tales,” “Talk To Me,” “Body And Soul,” “I Apologize,” and “It’s Been You.”

 

 

NEW ARTIST ALERT!  JOI

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com

If there ever was a female Prince, then her name is Joi! And, just like her male counterpart, she too will take your breath away with one note! Joi is the consummate performer – one that leaves her audiences in a trance.   Hipper than hip and badder than bad, Her Bad-assness is a musical marvel to behold. She’s got style, beauty and grace and I thank God for her being. You know, every now and then, if you’re good, The Almighty will throw you a curve and this sexy songstress is as curvaceous as they get!

I first got a taste of Ms. Frankness as the frontwoman for the cutting edge group Lucy Pearl and simply fell in love with her eagerness to please which is Artistry 101 – but obviously a course that most performers skip.   Now, rejoice, rejoice as the neo-soul pioneer’s critically acclaimed solo album has been met with rave reviews. Star Kitty is Joi’s nickname and the album is appropriately titled “Star Kitty’s Revenge” which takes you on a journey into the bowels of her soul with stops along the way to her mind and straight to her heart.  “I bet you thought I wasn't ever gonna come back, didn't you? You thought I'd left and abandoned you and abandoned all that we hold true and sacred with real music and real artistry and expression. Who cares if you don't have the greatest voice in the world. You just do what the hell you do. Here it is, just like 1 promised: Kitty Cat's return.”
Spoken like the true pro that she is, these thought-provoking words start off Joi’s eagerly-anticipated return to music –- one which has been heralded and compared to Cleopatra’s extravagant return into Rome to see her man and present him with his child.

Although not accompanied by a cast of 1,000, our conquering shero’s return has been just as impressive to her fans. She’s back with her baby album and her fans are cheering as loud as the Romans did for the Ethiopian beauty.    She also kept her promise to her fans. When she left, she vowed she’d return with a vengeance. Joi has delivered on that promise with Star Kitty’s Revenge, her first CD for Universal Records filled with insightful words of wisdom, courage and mindful intuitiveness. Joi also gets to vent her rage, her happiness, her successes and her pain in a totally honest manner on the nineteen track album.

“I had to just go ahead and write what I had learned,” she avers. “Somebody asked me, `Joi, do you need a hug?’ after they listened to the record. They were like `You are mad as hell.’ I had some angry moments on there but it's a healthy vent. I don't think anything that I said I said maliciously. I think that I really told the truth and I tried to back up the things I said, especially in the interludes.”   The Nashville native has learned a great deal and rightfully declares her independent creative freedom from jump and loves sharing her bittersweet truths she's discovered along the way. The journey starts with the funky “It’s Your Life,” a song about personal freedom.   The chorus urges, “Shake what your mama gave you/It took her nine damn months to make you and it'll only take one minute to take you out.” The message – “Live your life as only you can do/Forget the ones that don't seem to approve.”   While Joi encourages you to shake your ass on “It’s Your Life,” on “17 Inches of Snow,” she asks that you take a quiet moment to feel her pain as she mourns the passing of a great man. The man is Joi’s father, football great Joe Gilliam, and the song -- a hypnotic tune driven by a wicked bass line and emotion-packed vocals -- conjures up special memories for the beauty.

“It reminds me of the day we buried my father. It was a blizzard in Nashville and we were pulling into the cemetery .... It looked like something out of a movie -- those large tombstones, snow on top of them .... I remember that song coming on right when we were going into the cemetery and it was so appropriate.”  Back on track, the album’s bust-out single, Dallas Austin's “Missing You,” brings back old school soul. The infectious lead track is accompanied by a phat video directed by Fat Catts (Outkast, Backbone).  “`Missing You’ was a little weird for me to do,” says Joi. “I felt good about it but it felt like such a far cry from what I was used to doing. But that's a part of me too, old soul music, that's what I came up on.”   Joi recalls what she grew up on noting that she was consumed by creativity. “I was raised heavily in the arts -- theatre, music and dance. I've been knowing I wanted to sing since I was five, when Debbie Boone came out with 'You Light Up My Life'.”

Joi attended Memphis State and Tennessee State where she majored in English and Theatre Arts. “I dropped out to pursue music full time,” she says. Her pursuits took her to Washington, D.C., New York, Philadelphia, Detroit and ultimately Atlanta but it was on her native soil that she met her creative soul mate, producer Dallas Austin.   “I met Dallas in 1991 in Nashville and we developed an instant bond,” she recalls, explaining that they each “had what the other one needed. I think he was looking for a muse. I was looking for somebody who believed in my abilities and I think we just clicked because we were able to recognize that .... It really worked and still to this day when we get together and make music it turns out incredible."   Their successful union produced her groundbreaking debut album “Pendulum Vibe,” a project that instantly established Joi as a new-age soul/rock/funk diva and garnered widespread critical acclaim. However, the album's sales were modest and a setback for a much disappointed Joi who needed a break to recover. She had worked so hard. What went wrong? Her die-hard fans never swayed and she even received massive press coverage, lent her statuesque frame to Calvin Klein Jeans and toured extensively. “I became very well known for my live shows and all of that kept me going, it kept me alive,” she recalls.    “I left, went to London for a minute just to regroup because the album didn't do well.” She stayed there a month and was welcomed home by news that her song “Freedom” from The Pendulum Vibe would be used for the soundtrack to Mario van Pebbles film, “Panther.” “They wanted all the sisters in the industry to be part of it. That was a really big honor,” she enthuses.

Then her life really began to change. Joi fell in love with fellow Atlanta artist Big Gipp of Goodie Mob and in 1996 the couple gave birth to a beautiful little girl, Keypsiia Blue Daydreamer. And life, as she knew it, changed.  “I realized that if I had chosen to have a family and I had also chosen to have a career, one was going to have to suffer while the other was being established. My husband's career was going well at the time ... somebody had to be the emotional anchor and it had to be me. I did that without thought. It had to be done.”  Shortly thereafter, Joi completed Amoeba Cleansing Syndrome. The hit single “Ghetto Superstar” further established her star ability. Unfortunately, that too was short-lived as both the album’s label EMI and Austin’s Freeworld collapsed. But, once again, Joi bounced back and after shopping around, landed at Universal. “I broke my contractual association with Dallas and after talking to several labels, I landed at Universal and signed with them in 2000.”

Her luck seemed to change when she received an invitation from label-mate and former Lucy Pearl front-man Raphael Saadiq to join him on an eight city promotional tour including two stints in New York City – B.B. Kings Blues Club (June 10) and SummerState (July 13).   At both events, Joi left the crowd in a frenzy. “As long as it was gonna be conducive to my career, I was with it. People need to know that there is a certain amount of regularity to me and that is why I joined the group just to make myself more accessible.”   Joi was feeling the joy of having reached her soul base – her fans. Now, to make it pay off created other challenges. “It's kind of a double-edged sword,” she muses.
“Obviously with critical acclaim there doesn't come much money but there comes a lot of respect and there comes a good feeling and a good taste in people, mouths when they think about you and they think about wanting to work with you. Critical acclaim and respect can keep you alive in this business and it did that for me. But the lack of commercial success meant not being exposed to the masses; thus when someone else came out that was similar to me it seemed as though that was something that they invented, that they created as opposed to knowing that it was something I inspired. That was a little difficult.”   There’s no stopping this free spirit as she continues to move forward without changing her tune despite those who question the so-called marketability of her sound.

“It's very difficult when someone is constantly telling you how that's not marketable and how you can't make any money off that, how people don't want to think that hard, how nobody wants to be told these things but I beg to differ. Not with the response that I've gotten, not when the fact remains that I've sold really no records but everybody continues to be inspired by what I do. I just don't believe that.”
Fans are encouraged to log onto Joi’s official website: www.joi-online.com

 

 

RICHARD SMALLWOOD & KIRK FRANKLIN GET GLORY FOR GOSPEL MUSIC EXCELLENCE

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com

Richard Smallwood was the big winner at the 21st Annual Gospel Music Excellence Awards. Honored for the excellent gospel production of his hit CD "Persuaded: Live in DC, Richard Smallwood won Best Traditional Male Vocalist, Best Traditional Album, Best Traditional Producer, and shared the Best Traditional Group award with his choral ensemble Vision.

Kirk Franklin won 4 of his 5 nominations for The Rebirth album featuring the hit single Hosanna. Kirk left the motor city with the Best Contemporary Album, Best Urban Contemporary Producer, Best Contemporary Song (Hosanna), and Best Video Concert and Concept trophy, leaving the Artist of the Year award for the Mississippi Mass Choir. The Mass also won the Traditional Choir category. Now that's more like it.   Following in the prestigious footsteps of the Grammy Awards, the Excellence Awards is a black-tie gala that honors gospel music's finest artist and new rising stars in various categories. Artist are nominated by their prospective record companies and members of the Gospel Music Excellence Awards Academy select finalists. Those casting votes include on-air announcers, record company executives, the media, gospel retailers, GMWA chapter representatives, and GMWA Board Members. The top vote-getters in each category become finalists. The artist receiving the most votes wins the category. All votes are received, tallied, and certified by Hall Accounting Services of Indianapolis.

This years 21st annual Excellence Awards celebration was co-hosted by Richard Smallwood, Kurt Carr, Dorinda Clark-Cole and Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child, who made the finals list in her first time out as a gospel artist. Although Michelle Williams was nominated in the Female Vocalist/Urban Contemporary, New Artist/Urban Contemporary and Urban Contemporary Song for "Heard A Word" on her awesome gospel debut CD Heart To Yours, the Bootylicious Destiny's Child Survivor didn't take home an award for Gospel Music Excellence.   Pastor Donnie Mc Clurkin was MIA in all categories and "Believe" it or not my girl Yolanda Adams gospel music excellence didn't' dominate the night. Yolanda was graciously honored with one award for Female Vocalist/ Urban Contemporary. Hey Donnie, think it's time for you to pick yourself up and give us another gospel album? According to GMWA.org the evening's all-star talent line-up included the Christianaires, Detrick Haddon, the Rance Allen Group, Beverly Crawford, Joe Pace & the Colorado Mass Choir, Norman Hutchins, Georgia Mass Choir, Angela Spivey & the Voices, Lamar Campbell & Spirit of Praise and Men of Standard.
Gospel music babes in Christ, Kirk Franklin, Kurt Carr and Trin-I-Tee 5:7, joined forces with legends-- Albertina Walker, the Mighty Clouds of Joy and the Five Blind Boys -- to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA).

The GMWA as founded in Detroit in 1967 by the late Rev. James Cleveland. The first convention was held at King Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit in 1968 and drew 3,000 delegates. About 18,000 delegates were expected at this year's meeting.   "We are so excited to be coming back home to Detroit," Jamison said. "This is a family organization and, like any other family, we look forward to our reunions - and this is one we won't ever forget…The growth and success of this organization is a living tribute to the man whose vision gave it life," said GMWA chairman Bishop Albert L. Jamison. "We've been blessed to become the largest music organization in the world, but our mission and our motto has remained constant - in the Gospel Music Workshop of America, everybody is somebody."

 

 

MARTIN LAWRENCE: Tells dat and more.

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com

Martin Lawrence has pulled in more than $13 million for his latest film. Now run and tell that! The stand-up concert film, "Runteldat," hit theaters early this month and has garnered reviews saying Lawrence "is a gifted performer with superb timing" and a comic with a "brilliance that can't be denied." Now run and tell that.   The comic delivers a comedic and revealing look into his life, and of course his comments on society, smoking, relationships and raising children. A portion of the film is focused on his well -publicized incidents several years ago that have left him with considerable resentment toward the media after the "media shower" of inaccurate reports he dealt with. After all that, Lawrence said the film couldn't have come at a better time.   "I feel the timing couldn't be better," he said. "It was a chance for me to get out and tell my own story and the truth, in a comedic way, about a lot of the things that some of the media was misinforming people about and just being mean and malicious about. It was my way to be able to clear it up."
Lawrence said that he realizes he can't address everything that's happened, and that he doesn't necessarily owe an explanation to fans, but he is the type of person that wants to bring as much of it into the open, and dispel all rumors.
"I think there is something to [fans] being able to hear it from my mouth and hear my perspective," he explained.   Furthermore, Lawrence explained that he is not a foe of the media, but that he was just fed up with some yellow journalists.

"There are some journalists out there that are good, that I respect, that do tell the truth, that are accurate - they like you if they like you, if they don't they don't - but they stick to who they are and they're real about it. And then there are some that [write] sensationalized bullsh*t, and I have no respect for that," he said.   Lawrence credited the overall unfairness of the media to his criticism, and added that there wasn't just one report that stands out in particular, and he says he's hardly a foe of the press and that not all journalists are bad. (Thanks.) 

"I don't mind the reports, that's the business. That's what the media does, and me being in the public eye, and people want to know - fine - but just be accurate," he begged.   But the film isn't just about his qualms with the news media.
"I love to make people laugh, first and foremost. And I'm very thankful that I'm able to do that. I didn't think I would go back to stand-up. I haven't done it in a while, but I found, once I got onstage, it was very therapeutic for me. To talk about it, to get it out, and to find out that a lot of us go through it. It's just human nature. For me it helps, I can talk about it in my own way."   In the film he talks about his namesake, Martin Luther King, and his non-violence approach. Lawrence, himself said that he's more on the opposite end of the spectrum from King.   "That was Martin Luther King's policy," he said of the civil rights leader's strategy, "but I was saying that the honesty of human nature, in what we endure in life, is to fight back."
And when questioned about his bad-*ss commentary and no-holds-barred comedy, Lawrence reiterated that he doesn't do jokes for shock value. "I do jokes that I can relate to or things that are funny to me and hope that it's funny to [my audience]."
"Runteldat" is now showing. Keep your eyes open for more from Lawrence. He is currently shooting the sequel to "Bad Boys," with Will Smith.

 

 

EVE, HIP-HOP DIVA, MAKES FILM DEBUT IN 'XXX'

With two platinum albums and one Grammy Award, rap diva Eve has expanded her horizons to include the acting world. The hip-hop vixen makes her silver screen debut in the action-adventure XXX (Triple X), starring Hollywood heart-throb Vin Diesel and the extraordinary Samuel L. Jackson.  The film, which was number one, bringing in an estimated $46 million dollars, at the box office this past weekend, was directed by Rob Cohen and produced by Neal H. Moritz. They also collaborated on last summer's hit, The Fast and the Furious, starring Diesel. XXX's screenplay is by Richard Wilkes. Eve plays Xander's (Diesel), best friend and web site partner.  Xander is an infamous thrill seeker who until now has been deemed an untouchable by the law. NSA Agent Gibbons (Jackson) demands Xander cooperate with the government to infiltrate an underground Russian crime ring to avoid going to jail. As the unconventional spy, XXX must use his natural wit and athleticism to combat the Russian crime wave.

Eve continues to go Hollywood with a starring role in Ice Cube's upcoming feature Barbershop. In the film she plays Terri, the only female stylist along side funnyman Cedric the Entertainer and Ice Cube, scheduled for release September 13.  Eve says, "I'm really taking this movie thing seriously. I want to be respected as an actress-I've even thought about taking some classes."   Despite her segue into films, music definitely has not taken a backseat. Her new album, Eve-olution, released this month, is a sure fire winner. Her collaboration with Alicia Keys, "Rock With You," will be the first single off the CD.   In a short period of time, the rap superstar has sold millions of albums between her 1999 debut, Let There Be Eve…Ruff Ryders First Lady, and her sophomore 2001 success, Scorpion. Eve and Gwen Stefani took home a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Let Me Blow Your Mind," produced by Dr. Dre.

That's not all Eve has up her sleeve. Add to the mix a fashion line on the way. Eve's creative juices are flowing in every directions and she wants it all. She is moving effortlessly between music, movies and fashion, expecting success in all fields.  Eve also reaches out to help others and has established the Love Is Blind Foundation, named after her hit single that addressed domestic violence. The Philadelphia-based organization benefits battered women and children. At just 23 years old, Eve seems wise beyond her years. She maybe young, but she has her heart in the right place. It's no wonder her star continues to ascend and shine brightly.   XXX, a Revolution Studios/Columbia Pictures release, is now in theaters through out North America.

 

 

TIDBITS

 

REGGAE UPDATES FROM JAMAICA: 'Gong' Goes Irish

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com

Damian "Junior Gong" Marley recently flew to Los Angeles to record a duet titled I'm Right Here with Irish singer Samantha Mumba. Mumba hit the charts last year with Gotta Tell You and Baby Come Over and is presently working on her new album for A&M Records. Marley has been getting a lot of attention in the United States of late. Not only is he featured in the just-launched print campaign for Bob Marley Footwear, but he was also interviewed on Black Entertainment Television (BET) by Ed Gordon. And You Be Loved, a 'hidden' track on his Grammy-winning Halfway Tree disc, is included on the Virgin Records soundtrack album to the movie Blue Crush.

 

 

HOUSTON LIGHTS UP: Singer to remake 1977 hit.

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com

Whitney Houston is getting it together for her new album.   Arista head Antonio "L.A." Reid has announced that the lead single from her new set will be a remake of the 1977 Debby Boone hit, "You Light Up My Life."   Sound a bit off kilter? Not so much if you think about the fact that Whitney took a Dolly Parton hit, "I Will Always Love You," and made it a gigantic smash.  Fox 411 reports that the Houston camp isn't settled just yet on what type of album Houston will drop. In light of that, the initial release date of Sept. 17 has been pushed back to Nov. 4.   Some folks are saying that the Boone track will be the only ballad because Reid wants to distance this record from the previous Clive Davis-driven sets.

 

 

 

PUFF THE MAGIC POLLSTER: P. Diddy does market research.

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com

Hip-hop mogul Sean Combs has launched a market research company, Blue Mindset, which targets “urban America” for polling.   Each week, the company will release the results of a national survey. In its debut week, Aug. 2, pollers were questioned about the economy. The week of Aug. 9, pollers were asked about the events of Sept. 11.  
“{Puff’s} involved from a visionary standpoint,” said Blue Mindset president Jameel Spencer. “He saw the need to establish a company like this.”   We not surprised. “Urban America” consumes Puffy’s records and urban gear to the tune of an estimated $300 million in annual business.   Smart move by Puff to learn how his buyers think.   To register, contact www.bluemindset.com 

 

 

HOT EVENTS THIS WEEK!

 

URSC MID-SUMMER OFFICE LOUNGE - AUGUST 22, 2002

Join URSC and our newest partner 4 & 1 Event Services as we bring you the after-work social you don’t want to miss! 
Thursday at Joya Liquid Lounge - 577 College Street West – in Little Italy.  Get there early to enjoy: Martini specials and Free Appetizers and DJ and dancing & Fully Licensed PATIO. Join the classiest young professionals in the City for Toronto’s premier after-work event.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 2002
URSC MID-SUMMER OFFICE LOUNGE
Joya Liquids Lounge
577 College St. W.
Starts at 6pm (right after work!)
$5 at the door
Info:
URSC at info@ursc.com OR 416-704-3021

 

 

HOT & SPICY FOOD FESTIVAL - AUGUST 23-25

Harbourfront wants to spice up your life!  Asia Pacific fare and mouth-watering cultural fusions are served up to the rhythms of sizzling music and dance.  A generous helping of Toronto's top chefs and caterers sharing tips, mixed with spicy market shopping, scorching outdoor concerts and movies, and a few surprise ingredients  - all simmered together and served up hot!  http://www.harbourfront.on.ca/rhythms/spicy.html

 

 

5TH ANNUAL 2002 BPEG TOURNAMENT ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2002 - LIONHEAD GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB

Attention all Golf Enthusiasts, Aspiring Golfers and Tiger Woods Wannabees

We trust that you've all had ample opportunity to tune up your golf games in preparation for the 5th Annual and upcoming Black Professionals and Entrepreneurs Golf (BPEG) 2002 tournament on August 24th, this year at Lionhead Golf and Country Club. Lionhead is Canada's premier public golf facility and is located northwest of Mississauga (905-455-4900 - Hwy 401 or 407 to Mississauga Rd. north past Steeles - course on the right side).  The time has arrived once again for the most anticipated recreational & networking event of the year.

Registration on tournament day is between 11:15am and 12:15pm with a ceremonial tee off and pictures with a special guest at 12:30pm – no new registrations on tournament day.  The price is $160/person or $630/foursome before
the deadline of August 21st.  Competitive stroke play (limited to players with a noted handicap) fee is $170/person.  Price includes golf green fee, cart, sleeve of balls, driving range balls, the usual sumptuous dinner, $50 value prize bag, possible access to BPEG’s renowned prize table worth thousands.  Golfing will be followed by a networking/cocktail hour, where we will also feature entertainment, a silent auction, a Business Expo and Fine Art display from 6:00pm until 7:30pm. The dinner and golf awards presentation will take place from 6:30pm.  Lots of contests and prizes – including a 2002 VW Paasat for a hole in one!  Dinner only price is $50.  An optional golf clinic (you can also make your own lesson arrangements prior to our tournament through one of our associated instructors).  

Don't be left out, as spaces are limited. Register immediately to avoid disappointment.  Pre-register via the web at www.bpeg.org. Then please call to confirm your registration number and to make specific payment arrangements within 48 hours.  Club rentals not included. Appropriate golf attire required. Shower & change room facilities available (bring towels). 
For those that aren't able to register online please email me for a copy of the registration form and then fax the information to 905-821-2671 in order to get the BPEG registration process started.
 
National Junior Golf Academy, which works to help disadvantaged kids of all nationalities to begin and enjoy the game of golf and to develop life skills, will be the recipient of a portion of the proceeds from this year’s golf event.

Contact info: bpegolf@yahoo.com or www.bpeg.org or 416-410-GOLF or fax: 905-821-2671 Or toll free number: 1-877-815-GOLF.  The new BPEG motto is Unite. Play. Lead.


Tiger Woods

 

FESTIVAL BANA Y'AFRICA  - SUNDAY, AUGUST 25

Festival Bana y'Africa is the 3rd annual African Music and Culture Festival.
 A wonderful way to learn more about the African culture through music and traditional dance performances. The African market place features a wide array of crafts and clothing form the continent and an opportunity to sample delicious African foods.  Live bands from Congo (DRC), Ghana, Somalia, Ethiopia, Senegal, Uganda, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Angola, Nigeria, and South Africa will perform.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25
FESTIVAL BANA Y'AFRICA

Nathan Phillips Square
100 Queen St. W.
2:00 pm-10:30 pm
for more info call (416) 924-2847

 

 

NEW EVENTS

 

IBADAN AT BAMBOO – AUGUST 31, 2002

The Mighty IBADAN once again graces the stage of the Bamboo!  And this time with the HOT Belinda Brady!! Culminating all of their experiences, IBADAN has released their debut album/CD ‘Do It’, now playing in Malta, Australia, New Mexico, Brazil, Holland and on their native soil, Canada. Walboomers Music in Holland is the place to purchase the album in Europe. Canada has a bonafide star in the musical talents of IBADAN.  A band noted for their powerfully conscious original music laced with smooth rhythms and piercing lyrics. This versatile group is also well noted for thrilling audiences with homage paid to the pioneers of reggae with strong Studio One sets, Bob Marley tributes and Dennis Brown standards. Called ‘the tightest band in reggae today’, by promoter Allan Jones, IBADAN takes their audiences on a thirty-year reggae journey at any given performance and leaves them wanting more and more.  Placing these musical images in their audiences minds are silky smooth singer, Mark Swaby (K-nyne, which he insists is pronounced NINE) soon to be a dominant ‘voice’ in reggae today. Peter ‘Burna’ Holung the leader of this ship steadies the flow with tight, fat bass lines. On drums dropping the steady reggae beat is Brownee. On rhythm and lead keys, is Edwin Harrigan. Chris ‘Buddy Miles’ Shim contributes to fills and lead on guitar.   Check out IBADAN!

SATURDAY, AUGUST 31
IBADAN with Belinda Brady
BAMBOO
312 Queen Street West
10:30 pm
$10
Door Prize: 2 Copies of Master T's Reggae Vibes, Session One. Must be the first to email and be able to pick it up @ the beginning of the second set.

 

FUNK ‘N SOUL REVIVAL – PART II – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2002

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!  On Friday, September 13th, just three short months after the successful inaugural launch of Funk ‘n Soul Revival, LaunchPath Projects’ Chris Bennett is setting the stage for the next big band sound and R&B-themed showcase featuring a plethora of talent from the vast pool of Toronto’s soul artists.  This edition of Funk ‘n Soul is being held at Revival Bar, located at 783 College Street.   Funk ‘n Soul Part II will feature the funky renditions of several local Toronto artists including Alana Bridgewater (recently signed with Crash Records out of the UK), Katie Burgess (
releasing her debut CD in 2002 and just completed track with Spired, Erykah Badu’s former background singer), Christopher Rouse (group member for Warner USA recording artists Othello, now entering into the solo arena), Dione Taylor (currently studying music at Humber College in the jazz program and co-leader of Soular), Shawn Hewitt (eclectic singer/songwriter with influences of hypnotic rhythms and Afro-Beat), Rachael Berry (performer at 2002 Honey Jam and currently working on solo album), Jason Jackson (currently in cast of Lion King), Natasha Waterman (performer at 2002 Honey Jam and also working on her debut CD),  Brother J”, Crystal Clear (hip hopera performer at 2002 Honey Jam) and Neil Donell.  The band keeping it funky, again, will be Soular (drums, bass, keys, guitar, sax, trumpet, trombone and percussion).  Come and celebrate passion for your soul.

FRIDAY, SEPTMEBER 13
FUNK ‘N SOUL REVIVAL
Revival Bar
783 College Street
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door
More info.:  Chris Bennett at 416-835-4068
www.funkandsoulrevival.com

 

 


WEEKEND EVENTS
AUGUST 22 - 25, 2002


 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 2002
URSC MID-SUMMER OFFICE LOUNGE
Joya Liquids Lounge
577 College St. W.
Starts at 6pm (right after work!)
$5 at the door
Info:
URSC at info@ursc.com OR 416-704-3021

EVENT PROFILE
: Join URSC and our newest partner 4 & 1 Event Services as we bring you the after-work social you don’t want to miss!  Thursday at Joya Liquid Lounge - 577 College Street West – in Little Italy.  Get there early to enjoy: Martini specials and Free Appetizers and DJ and dancing & Fully Licensed PATIO. Join the classiest young professionals in the City for Toronto’s premier after-work event.

 

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22
PEPPA SEED MOTOWN REVIVAL
Indian Motorcycle
355 King Street
10:30 pm
NO COVER

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Divine Earth Essence, Kenny Moran, Rohan Staton/Trust, Roger Williams, Neil Brathwaite, Deryck Roche

 

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22 – SEPTEMBER 3
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL - VAREKAI
Ontario Place
955 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
For Tickets (416) 861-1017

Ticket Information
Tickets are available at the Cirque du Soleil website or through the Admission Network at (416) 861-1017 or 1-800-361-4595. For group reservations for 40 adults or more call the box office at (514) 722-2324 or 1-800-450-1480. Prices range from $65 to $85 for adults, and $45.50 to $59.50 for children (2 to 12 years). For students (13 to 17 years) and senior citizens (65 plus), prices are from $58.50 to $76.50, weekdays only (Tuesday to Thursday and Friday at 5 p.m.).

EVENT PROFILE: Varekai  - the latest live creation from Cirque du Soleil, explores an extraordinary world deep within a forest.  I think that every person breathing on this planet should experience the magic of Varekai.  Whatever it takes to go and see this show while it’s in town, DO IT!  The incredible athletic performances, symphony of sounds and divine humour will move you.  It left me speechless – there’s no adjective to describe it anyway.  An incredible, first-class, no-stone-unturned show.  Take your kids, bring a date, go solo!  It just doesn’t matter – just see it.  You will be afraid to blink in fear of missing one spectacular performance!  Here are all the details that you’ll need to know about the show while it is in Toronto. 

 

 

AUGUST 23-25
HOT & SPICY FOOD FESTIVAL

EVENT PROFILE:  Harbourfront wants to spice up your life!  Asia Pacific fare and mouth-watering cultural fusions are served up to the rhythms of sizzling music and dance.  A generous helping of Toronto's top chefs and caterers sharing tips, mixed with spicy market shopping, scorching outdoor concerts and movies, and a few surprise ingredients  - all simmered together and served up hot!  http://www.harbourfront.on.ca/rhythms/spicy.html

 

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25
FESTIVAL BANA Y'AFRICA
Nathan Phillips Square
100 Queen St. W.
2:00 pm-10:30 pm
for more info call (416) 924-2847

EVENT PROFILE:  Festival Bana y'Africa is the 3rd annual African Music and Culture Festival.  A wonderful way to learn more about the African culture through music and traditional dance performances. The African market place features a wide array of crafts and clothing form the continent and an opportunity to sample delicious African foods.  Live bands from Congo (DRC), Ghana, Somalia, Ethiopia, Senegal, Uganda, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Angola, Nigeria, and South Africa will perform.

 

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25
SOULAR
College Street Bar
574 College Street (at Manning)
10:30 pm
$5.00

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Dione Taylor, Sandy Mamane, Davide Direnzo, Justin Abedin, Dafydd Hughes and David French.


NEXT WEEK’S EVENTS
AUGUST 26 – SEPTEMBER 1, 2002


MONDAY, AUGUST 26
PEPPA SEED MOTOWN REVIVAL
Indian Motorcycle
355 King Street
10:30 pm
NO COVER

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Divine Earth Essence, Mackie Langford, Rohan Staton, Roger Williams, Deryck Roche

 

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 26
VIP JAM WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
Revival Bar
783 College Street (at Shaw)
10:00 pm
NO COVER

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Rich Brown, Andrew Craig and Shamakah Ali with various local artists.

 

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 27
SYREETA NEAL
Blues on Bellair
25 Bellair Street (Yorkville)
9:30 pm, 11:00 pm
Pay what you vibe!


EVENT PROFILE
: The time has come for ya'll to see what Syreeta Neal is really all about.  She will be showcasing her original material at the Blues On Bellair club on Tuesdays.  If you like Sade, India.Arie, N'dea Davenport or just Blues in general then you'll enjoy Syreeta's music. 

 

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 27
JAM SESSION
Lava Lounge
507 College Street (west of Bathurst)
10:30 pm
NO COVER

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Divine Earth Essence, Calvin Beale, Michael Shand, Joe Bowden, Thomas Reynolds and various local artists.

 

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29
PEPPA SEED MOTOWN REVIVAL
Indian Motorcycle
355 King Street
10:30 pm
NO COVER

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Divine Earth Essence, Mackie Langford, Rohan Staton, Roger Williams, Deryck Roche

 

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 31

IBADAN
BAMBOO

312 Queen Street West
10:30 pm
$10

Door Prize: 2 Copies of Master T's Reggae Vibes, Session One. Must be the first to email and be able to pick it up @ the beginning of the second set.

EVENT PROFILE: Canada’s contribution to the reggae industry is the mighty IBADAN.  Culminating all of their experiences, IBADAN has released their debut album/CD ‘Do It’, now playing in Malta, Australia, New Mexico, Brazil, Holland and on their native soil, Canada. Walboomers Music in Holland is the place to purchase the album in Europe. Placing these musical images in their audiences minds are silky smooth singer, Mark Swaby (K-nyne, which he insists is pronounced NINE) soon to be a dominant ‘voice’ in reggae today. Peter ‘Burna’ Holung the leader of this ship steadies the flow with tight, fat bass lines. On drums dropping the steady reggae beat is Brownee. On rhythm and lead keys, is Edwin Harrigan. Chris ‘Buddy Miles’ Shim contributes to fills and lead on guitar.   Check out IBADAN!

 

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
SOULAR
College Street Bar
574 College Street (at Manning)
10:30 pm
$5.00

EVENT PROFILE
: Featuring Dione Taylor, Sandy Mamane, Davide Direnzo, Justin Abedin, Dafydd Hughes and David French.

 

 

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