NEWSLETTER

Updated:  December 30, 2002

 

Happy New Year!  Let’s ensure that 2003 is one that we will all remember by remembering to give back and to be grateful for all our individual gifts and talents.  This week’s highlights include some sad news about the passing of Carl Redhead, an instrumental part of the institution of FLOW 93.5, many New Year’s Eve events – something for everyone, including Irie Food Joint, The Countdown New Year’s Eve Gala, 10th Annual Black Tie Affair, New Year’s Eve - Las Vegas Style!, and then move right into the New Year at the 30-Something Social, 1st Saturdays!  Industry news includes updates this week on Quincy Jones,
Stellar Gospel Music Awards, in-depth interview with Queen Latifah, Aaliyah, Pro Football Goes Gospel, Danny Glover, Tanya Stephens for a reggae update and Rodney Jerkins, and much, much more!   

This newsletter is designed to welcome all the new members, give you some updated entertainment-related news and provide you with our upcoming event listings.   To be removed from this email distribution, please CLICK HERE!  Welcome to those who are new members.  Want your events listed by date?  Check out EVENTS.

 

SAD NEWS

 

FLOW 93.5 MOURNS PASSING OF ITS VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER

Excerpt from www.flow935.com

FLOW 93.5 FM is sad to announce the passing of Carl Redhead, our Vice President and General Manager, who passed away early Sunday morning  [December 22] after a long illness.   Redhead was instrumental in the establishment of FLOW 93.5 FM, Canada's first and only Black-owned and operated radio station. As a partner in FLOW 93.5 FM's parent company, Milestone Radio Inc., Redhead worked tirelessly for more than 12 years to make the dream of Canada's first Urban radio station a reality. With this determination FLOW 93.5 FM received a license from the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in June 2000 and was launched on-air in Toronto on February 9, 2001.   Redhead had more than 36 years of radio and television broadcasting and broadcast management experience. He was former Vice President and Assistant General Manager for Radio 1540 Limited which operates CHIN-AM and CHIN-FM in Toronto.

Early in his career he won a novice radio announcers' contest that lead to a career change from teacher to broadcaster. Within five years, Redhead rose to the status of Chief Announcer. For three years he anchored a major television news and interview program as a freelancer in his native Trinidad.   Redhead's contributions to the broadcasting industry and the Black community were numerous. He was founding Secretary of the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA). He developed the Code for Ethnic Brokers, on behalf of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) and the Canadian Association of Ethnic (Radio) Broadcasters (CAEB), which was later adopted by the CRTC. Redhead is listed in the Canadian "Who's Who" directory. In 1998, he was the recipient of the (Pride Newspaper) African Canadian Achievement Award for Media.

Well-versed in CRTC and industry affairs, he served as a Consultative Committee member on a CRTC Committee for Radio and was the chair of the Broadcasting Sub-committee for Public Awareness on Meteorology.   Redhead will be sorely missed by his wife, Lenore, his two sons, daughters-in-law, four grandchildren, and his many friends in the broadcasting industry.

For more information contact: Aisha Wickham, Director of Spoken Word & New Media, FLOW 93.5 FM (416) 214 5000 e: aisha@flow935.com.

 

 

HOT EVENTS TO CHECK OUT!

 

IRIE FOOD JOINT NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY – TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31

Tired of the club scene on New Year’s Eve?  Want to experience fine Caribbean food and then welcome in 2003 with an elegant party with some great people?  Then Irie Food Joint is the place to be!  Carl Cassel is offering two four-course dinner seatings for New Year’s Eve - the first dinner seating is at 6:00 pm but you must vacate your table by 8:45 pm.  The second dinner seating begins precisely at 9:00 pm.  Then the party continues with music, party favours, free champagne at midnight and a midnight buffet – Irie style – in their heated patio!  Do something different this year and celebrate the dawning of 2003 at Irie Food Joint!

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31
IRIE FOOD JOINT NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY
Irie Food Joint
745 Queen Street W. (just west of Bathurst)
6:00 pm dinner seating only - $50.00 (prices do not include alcohol)
9:00 pm dinner seating only - $50.00 (prices do not include alcohol)
Dinner and party - $80.00
Party only 11:00 pm - $40.00

 

 

“THE COUNTDOWN” - NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA 2002 - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31

United Professional Associates, Another Croft Original and Too Nubian Entertainment proudly present “The Countdown” - New Year’s Eve Gala 2002. 
For many years, since about 1985 to be exact, we were looked to as the leaders in quality entertainment for our adult patrons.  Our flagship product had always been our annual New Year's gala.  Featuring the DJ stylings of Juiceman Jonathan Shaw with the GTA party phenomena Mr. Kicks.  Your $50 advance ticket includes free finger food / hors d’oeuvres between 9-10:00 pm and free parking (with validation).  Come check out “Where the adults will be”. 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2002
THE COUNTDOWN - 2002 NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA
Presented by United Professional Associates, Another Croft Original and Too Nubian

 

 
 Entertainment
The Tasting Rooms Restaurant (On the 2nd floor in the 1st Canadian Place – north side of King between York and Bay)
From 9:00pm–3:00am
 $50 advance (With free finger food /hors d’oeuvres between 9-10:00 pm)
Free parking with validation – underground on east side of York, north of King
Very limited $65 door tickets, if available
Arrive Early!!!  Formal attire only

(416) 410-4653 / 1-877-2-NUBIAN / (416) 804—5143
thecountdown02@yahoo.ca OR Juiceman@toonubian.com

 

 

EXCLUSIVE ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS THE 10TH ANNUAL BLACK TIE AFFAIR - NEW YEAR'S EVE – TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31

Start 2003 in style, class and the elegance you deserve. Experience a flamboyant affair that truly captures the essence of this rare and remarkable occasion. The Exclusive Entertainment Family - Eddie Williams, George Fynn, Quincy, Mark Anthony, Jennifer Huntley, Glen Cooper, and Mohamed DJ proudly presents Canada's most prestigious event "The 10th ANNUAL BLACK TIE AFFAIR" inside the glamorous FOUR POINTS HOTEL 5444 Dixie road (at Hwy 401) in Mississauga. On Tuesday, December 31, 2002 join us for an affair of sheer splendor that enchants and indulges you our honored guest. Your evening begins with cocktails served upon arrival followed by a delectable Deluxe all you can eat hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, not to be outdone by our captivating Ten Year Anniversary cake. Dance the night away with Canada's #1 upscale Clientele DJs: "The Crowd Pleaser" DJ Mark Anthony, "The Mailman" George Fynn DJ Glen C, "The untouchable Mohamed DJ and the one and only Ebony Sound Crew featuring DJ Quincy. All hosted by The Voice of Choice HBO and The Advocate Eboe aka Boo. Count down live from New York City's Time Square on a jumbo video screen. It all takes place in 2 huge ballrooms....

The best DJs, the best venue, the finest cuisine and ten years of being sold out every year. If we could make one suggestion, it would to get your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Limited 10th Year Anniversary special tickets are now on sale at all Nappy's, Salon Paradise, and other locations for ONLY $40.00/person until Monday December 23, 2002. Please give us a call at 416 781 1695 ext. 3 to take advantage of our Preferred Client Group VIP discounted packages.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31
THE 10TH ANNUAL BLACK TIE AFFAIR
PRESENTED BY EXCLUSIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Four Points Hotel
5444 Dixie Road (at Hwy 401)
$40.00/person until Monday December 23
Contact:  (416) 781-1695 ext. 3

 

 

NEW YEAR’S EVE - LAS VEGAS STYLE! – DECEMBER 31, 2002

Tired of doing the same old thing every New Year’s Eve?  Interested in somewhere refreshing, mature and sociable?  Fed up of outrageous prices and false promises???  These Eyes Ent cordially invites you, our family and friends to join us as we celebrate this New Year’s Eve – LAS VEGAS STYLE!  Usher in the New Year with style & class!  Party alongside like-minded, progressive revellers as we capture the essence, allure and grandeur of the city that never sleeps and bring it to you, inside FLAVA CITY!  Your evening features:  a 6 Course, Caribbean Buffet, LIVE Showgirls, Sensational Vocal Performance by Liberty Silver, Complementary Midnight Champagne Toast, Musical Entertainment by DA INFAMOUS, DJ NIGEL B.  Special Guest Host, the Illustrious MC BIGG KEVV along with tons of prizes and giveaways all night long!  Admission for this incredible experience is only - $45 or $75 couple!  To further increase the tremendous value you will already have received, your ticket stub from this event grants you FREE admission to either the Old School Music with Soul party on Friday Jan 3rd, or the 30 Something Social, New Year’s Edition on Saturday Jan 4th!  Get ready Toronto…we’re gonna’ make this a night to remember!

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2002
NEW YEAR’S EVE - LAS VEGAS STYLE!

Flava City Dinner Theatre
247 Spadina Ave. 2nd Floor (south of Dundas)
For more info/tickets: 416-877-3882, info@flavacity.com, www.flavacity.com
Semi-Formal Dress Code in effect.
19+ with valid ID
To view the itinerary or menu, please see the attached flyer or visit us at:  www.flavacity.com (events listings)

 

 

30-SOMETHING SOCIAL, 1ST SATURDAYS! – JANUARY 4, 2003

Here’s your 1ST chance to sport that new sweater, pair of socks or earrings you just got from Santa!  Join These Eyes Ent and Mark Anthony for the 30 Something Social New Year’s Edition inside Flava City!  You are cordially invited to socialize and party at the only event created with you in mind!  Featuring eclectic Caribbean cuisine, musical entertainment with soul and the perfect social atmosphere infused with elegance and class!  Work off that Holiday turkey by dancing the night away to the soulful vibes of the Crowd Pleaser, DJ Mark Anthony.  Sponsored and tasting provided by; El Dorado 5yr Rum, the Finest Rum in the Caribbean and Grey Goose Vodka, the Executive choice.  Flava City is the place to be in 2003 for the 30-Something clientele!  Guaranteed to provide mature theme events the 1st SATURDAY of every month!  To show our appreciation and to set the New Year off right, this event is absolutely FREE for all New Year’s Eve ticket holders for:  Flava City or Four Points Hotel!  Other New Year’s ticket holders welcome, please rsvp at:  info@flavacity.com.  Wishing you all the best for the New Year!

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4, 2003
30-SOMETHING SOCIAL – NEW YEAR’S EDITION
Flava City Dinner Theatre
247 Spadina Ave. 2nd Floor (south of Dundas)
Doors/Kitchen Open: 10pm
Adv tix, $10 single, $15 couple
For more info/tickets: 416-877-3882, info@flavacity.com, www.flavacity.com

 

 

NEW CD RELEASES

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2002

KELLY PRICE
Christmas (Def Soul)

TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2003

MONICA All Eyez On Me (J Records)
TYRESE I Wanna Go There (J Records)

 

 

INDUSTRY NEWS

 

LISTEN UP! WE TALKED TO QUINCY JONES: A LIVING LEGEND PENS HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com - by
Rhonda Planer

It’s Quincy's unfailing honesty that makes his autobiography so compelling. That and enough celebrity cameos to earn Q the nickname of “Ghetto Gump.” Quincy can name drop with the best of them, (Alex Haley! Malcolm X! Stravinsky!) and is on a first name basis with more than one world leader. He affectionately refers to former president Bill Clinton as Bubba and when he talks of Nelson Mandela he playfully quips, “You know all brothas like sweet wine,” as he relates a story of a recent visit to South Africa and sharing wine with the elder statesman.   One of the most potent moments in the book occurs as Quincy describes the circumstances surrounding the moment he discovered the power of music. The epiphany came at the Bremerton, Washington Armory rec center in Sinclair Heights when Quincy and his two brothers, Lloyd and Waymond broke into the soda fountain area and found the freezer where the lemon meringue pie was stored. While the others were stuffing themselves with the ill-gotten sweets, Quincy broke into a smaller room next door.   He writes, “there was a tiny stage in the room and on it was an old upright piano. I went up there, paused, stared, and then tinkled on it for a moment.” “That’s where I began to find peace. I was eleven. I knew this was it for me. Forever.”   He then tells Lee Bailey.   “God sent me there so that I’d find music. Music to me was my substitute for a mother. The word mother means nothing to me, it has no meaning. I could intellectualize it, I could vicariously go through it because I have babies, but it means nothing.”   Quincy's mother, Sarah Jones, was a brilliant woman. She played piano, and spoke and wrote several languages. However, she was also mentally ill. Her illness took its toll on Quincy and his brother Lloyd. She was unable to give them the nurturing and guidance the young boys needed. It had a lifelong impact on Quincy.

In another chapter entitled, “My Life as a Dog,” Quincy answers the hounding question about his predilection for women of various racial backgrounds.   “When I look at a woman, race is the last thing I’m looking at: I’m checking out her legs, her pretty eyes, her ‘whatevers’, how she expresses herself, how she relates to me. It all started in the Pacific Northwest, (where Quincy grew up) where if there were three or four fine sisters, they were nailed down already. I expanded my criteria quickly.”   Music enthusiasts will also enjoy the first person account of American music history as Quincy describes touring with the Lionel Hampton Band, playing back up for Billie Holiday. Arranging albums for Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Dinah Washington, and Sara Vaughn. In a chapter entitled “Thriller,” Quincy answers his peers who “misread [his] presence in the pop arena.” He writes.   “Since age thirteen in Seattle I’d played rhythm and blues, swing, big band, Sousa, marches, polkas, Debussy, and bebop. I even played for strippers and sang backup vocals. It was always a 360-degree gumbo. Every step along the way prepared me for wherever I needed to go musically. There were never any limitations.”   It is his seemingly limitless passion for all things that is the genius of Quincy Jones. Long time friend Clarence Avant describes Quincy’s unquenchable thirst for knowledge about all things, in the chapter he submitted.   “Quincy survived in this record business because he’s like that Duke Ellington song 'New World a-Coming.' He knows what’s coming and going before anyone else. He knows about Bill Gates and eBay and music on the Internet and all that sh*t, and he shares it with whomever he knows. He knows what a bottle of 1922 blah blah is, and whose grandma made it and why they sit on the grapes or whatever the fu*k they do. I have no idea why he cares for all that dumb sh*t, but I love him. Only in heaven, will I find a better friend.”

At 69 Quincy is still a ladies man, although now he looks more like a grandpa than the womanizer of years ago. He’s still passionate and gracious about the opportunities that have come to him. He is currently working on a musical about the life of Sammy Davis Jr., and wants to write and compose a show based on the evolution of black music. Quincy continues to be a wellspring of creativity, love and compassion.  It must have been quite a challenge to fit such a full life into 37 chapters. Readers will take away enduring lessons on, integrity, personal triumph and living your dreams. Oh! If we could all live like Quincy!

Quincy Jones' book, “Q The Autobiography of Quincy Jones" is published by Doubleday and is available now.

 

 

MORE ON THE 18TH ANNUAL STELLAR GOSPEL MUSIC AWARDS - LINEUP INCLUDES DONNIE MCCLURKIN, MARY MARY, AND MORE

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com - by A. Jalila Larsuel

The "18th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards," the only annual televised gospel music awards show, returns for the fifth year to Atlanta. This two hour musical television special will be taped at the Atlanta Civic Center on Saturday, January 11. 2003. Co-hosting and performing at the 2003 Stellar Awards are popular gospel artists Donnie McClurkin and Mary Mary along with gospel newcomer Michelle Williams, of the Grammy-award winning music group Destiny's Child.   Some of the most talented artists in gospel music are slated to perform this year they include Donald Lawrence and Tri-City Singers, Donnie McClurkin, Ted and Sheri, Smokie Norful, Israel and Dorinda Clark Cole. The celebrities scheduled to present are the female cast of the hit UPN series Girlfriends, Kirk Franklin, The Winans, Karen Clark-Sheard, and actor Sean Patrick Thomas to name a few.   Special moments scheduled for this year's show will be a tribute to Stellar Awards Hall of Fame recipient, Yolanda Adams. She is nominated for six Stellar Gospel Music Awards. The James Cleveland Award will be presented to gospel music pioneer and living legend Pastor Andre' Crouch.   Richard Smallwood with Vision is nominated for an astonishing ten Stellar Gospel Music Awards. Kirk Franklin and Donald Lawrence received five Stellar Award nominations, respectively, and the Commissioned Reunion received four nominations. All of the aforementioned Stellar Award nominees will be present at this year's ceremony (see nominee list).

The "18th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards" show is executive produced by Don Jackson, produced by Barbara Wilson and directed by Chuck Vinson for Central City Productions. Founded in 1970 by Don Jackson, Chicago-based Central City Productions is a distributor of original programming to television and cable networks.
The show is sponsored by General Motors, Merrill Lynch, Musicworld Gospel and Gospel Truth Magazine. The official airline is American Airlines. The "18th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards" will air in national syndication over broadcast, cable and PAX-NET stations January 18, 2003 through February 16, 2003. Stellar Awards.com and CCPTV.com websites are powered by Grazing Media.

Please contact A. Jalila Larsuel at 626.398.5028 (office), 626.794.8973 (fax) or email at JLMediaPR@aol.com. You may also reach Denyse Parks at 404.377.2990 (office), 404.377.3030 (fax) or email at DMParks01@aol.com for additional information.

 

 

QUEEN REIGNS SUPREME IN ‘CHICAGO’

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com - 
by Karu F. Daniels (New York, NY)

Though mainstream media outlets are overflowing with exposure about “Chicago” stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger, they should not sleep on the contribution that hip-hop superstar Queen Latifah has made to the filmed version of the hit Kander & Ebb Broadway musical.   In the Rob Marshall-directed film, which opened this week to critical acclaim, Queen Latifah (born Dana Owens) plays Matron Mama Morton, a crooked, no-holds barred diva that oversees the inmates at the Cook County Correctional Facility for Women. And she brings much gusto to the role.   “Queen Latifah is an amazing actress,” says “Chicago’s executive producer Neil Meron. “It’s putting a spin on the role, and reinventing it, and not disrupting the period. She’s incredibly believable, and she brings her own spirit, talent, and brilliance to the role of Mama Morton.”   Queen Latifah’s spirit is what audiences have grown to know since she first stepped on the scene as an Afro-centric, female-liberating rap goddess in 1989 with her debut album, “All Hail To The Queen.” Numerous accolades, a Grammy award, gold and platinum records, a critically-acclaimed TV sitcom that made it into syndication soon followed, along with Hollywood cache. Her star power even shines more with her endorsement deal with Cover Girl cosmetics. Her breakout role in the gritty urban heist drama, “Set It Off,” made Tinsel Town take notice of the Newark-bred home girl. The former syndicated talk-show host and best-selling author (“Ladies First”) has worked alongside Spike Lee, Wesley Snipes (“Jungle Fever”), Jada Pinkett-Smith, Vivica A. Fox (“Set It Off”), Danny Devito, Holly Hunter (“Living Out Loud”), Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie (“The Bone Collector”), Sanaa Lathan, Taye Diggs and Mos Def (“Brown Sugar”), to date.

The RU Report caught up to Queen Latifah while doing publicity chores for the remarkable film. Here’s what she had to offer in relations to the following subjects:

Teaching the girls the ropes… “Well, I just inspired them a bit, you know. I told them to watch me and see how I do it. Actually, there was a guy from Miramax whose sole job was to make sure we got the lip synch right. So, if anything, he drove my ass crazy. I was like, “Damned, I missed that word?” It wasn’t too bad because we all sang it so it wasn’t like we were trying to mimic someone’s music. It was us doing ourselves… For the most part, you had to because if you didn’t, it wouldn’t look right. I’m not going to lie. I tried to get over once, but it didn’t work out. So I belted out every single time, but it got more fun as we did it. Even with atmosphere, and I have to give the extras props, because they had a good time. They were sitting there and enjoying this good thing like we are.”

’Chicago’ confidence… ”I always believed in me. I never take a job I don’t feel like I can do. Some people take jobs for the money or some take it for the opportunity, but I don’t on things I don’t think I give a 100% to. I felt I could give a 100% to this movie. I was delightfully surprised at everybody’s reaction. I was actually paying homage to everyone else. Catherine Zeta-Jones was dancing her ass off and I didn’t know she could do that. John C. Reilly got me with his song number. I was like, “Wow, I’ m part of something special”. And some of the dancers that are in this movie are from the Broadway production. The things that men and women can do with their bodies’ amazes me so I was sort of in awe throughout the whole process and really proud of how Director Rob Marshall was handling this whole thing. It could be a big undertaking in his first picture. This guy was rock steady and you trusted yourself in his hands because he was cool about everything and so was his whole team. He’s the director and at the same time he could have you work with one of his assistants and you know that they will do just a good of a job as Rob. He has good people working with him and that was cool. We had a lot of fun doing this movie. It was work, but we had fun.”

The return of the movie musical… “I grew up watching this stuff. I don’t even understand why they stopped making musicals. If anything, I’m like, “What happened” They look at these numbers and money. That’s one the things I’m most happy about with this movie. [Miramax Pictures’ head honcho] Harvey [Weinstein] loves this movie. He’s passionate about it. He’s not trying to go out and sell it to make $100 million on this thing. If it does that, then that would be great. But it’s more about the love to make this movie happen and the passion behind it, and I’m enjoying that. Like they really care about the movie itself not so much about the money. I’m hoping that with success of “Moulin Rogue” and I thanked Nicole Kidman just recently for doing their thing because she and Baz Luhrman made it a lot easier for us to do this. And if this film can be successful, then more people can make more musicals. It would be like, “Monkey see, monkey do”. That’s the Hollywood follow the leader sort of thing. There’s a lot of talent out here. They will get a chance to work, not just on stage, but in films. That’s what I like to see. You look at these dancers and they’re dancing, singing, and acting; and you want to see them work. So, that’s where I’m at with it.”

Taking on Hollywood… ”You know me, I’m kind of one of those people who loves the opportunity to work and do creative things and do a film that’s different from the last one which is different from the one before that. I’m one of those people who feel like they can do anything if I put my mind to. So you’ll never catch me doing one kind of movie, that’s just my thing. Or stay in one kind of music, or just do film not TV or just do TV and not do film. I just love the opportunity to just do different things and try to be creative. I’m not into “R” stuff. I’m not good at peddling myself if that makes sense. Some people are great at selling themselves. I’m too humble for that. I’m still trying to learn. I enjoy it. I feel like it’s a blessing like it’s a one in a million shot and you have to respect it because there are actors out there who are dying for jobs. I was blessed to get into it through music. To me, it was like, “Respect what you are doing and try to get better. Respect the craft and do your best”. I’m riding this thing and having a ball. I’m not into the stalker things and invasion of your privacy but it is what it is so I’m just having fun working. That’s where I’m at.”

The almighty Oscar… ”It’s great, but to me, I don’t think it should have taken this long for Denzel to get a Best Actor Award. As a black woman, I’m realistic about it and that’s just how it is. I think it would great and I like being part of it. I think it’s exciting. I got to perform at the Oscars a few years back in this big musical number and it was great. To be a part of it is very exciting and I think this movie does deserve some. There are people in this film who do deserve to get a nod. But for me personally, I’m looking at it realistically. I’m going to fight for it because I’m going to fight for this movie. I think it’s great film and it should be in the race. But me personally, I deal with the reality of the fact that it is hard for an African-American woman to get an Oscar let alone get nominated. I look at it with a grain of salt at the same time.”

An album of straight singing, not rapping… ” I’m going to one day. I may do a jazz standard album. Just for fun. Not before I turn 35. I need something to look forward to. I have to have these little goals. Give me a few years and I’ll be ready. I have to make sure I do it right.”

Next movie project with Steve Martin… “Yeah, we just did a film as executive producers, we did for Disney called “Bringing Down the House”. It’s freaking hysterical and funny as well. I’m not just saying this because I’m in it but you’ll see the trailers and if you not bursting with laughter when you see it, then I will be highly surprised. But the movie is really funny and it’s with good old classic Steve Martin like “The Jerk.” Eugene Levy has a crush on me in this film and I’m teaching him some slang. Wait until you hear the stuff that comes out of his mouth. He does it so well. He’s so good.

Staying grounded… ”I shovelled the driveway at my mother ‘s house when it snowed recently. That’s how you stay grounded. She makes me walk the dog and take out the trash, so how can I get a big head.”

 

 

TIDBITS

 

FANS TAKING "CARE" - AALIYAH SET PULLS BIG NUMBERS

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com

If sales are any indication, Aaliyah is surely missed by music fans. The singer's posthumous album, "I Care 4 U," led last week's debuts on the album charts, landing at No. 3. The album features six previously unreleased tracks along with the singer's top radio hits and a DVD collection of videos.   "I Care 4 U" sold 280,000 units. Her last album pulled in 186,000 its first week out.   In addition to the Aaliyah album, a number of popular acts are planning to be a part of an Aaliyah tribute album that will feature renditions of songs Aaliyah was just beginning to work on before her fatal plane crash last August.

 

 

DONNIE MCCLURKIN AND OTHERS AT THE SUPER BOWL: PRO FOOTBALL GOES GOSPEL

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com

Since we've already mentioned football and gospel music we figured we might as well mention them both in the same story.   The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, in association with the NFL Concert Series, will bring one of gospel music’s most celebrated tours to San Diego for Super Bowl Weekend; "Hopeville."   Featuring Grammy award-winning, platinum-selling, crossover artists Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin and Yolanda Adams, the concert will take place on Friday, January 24 at 8:00 p.m. at The San Diego Sports Arena.   The Broadway staging, short skits and interaction among the artists make Hopeville a place where people can feel safe and find hope through soul-stirring music, words of encouragement and the spirit of unity.   Performed before sold-out crowds across the nation, Several current and former National Football League (NFL) players who are members of Christian Athletes United for Spiritual Empowerment (C.A.U.S.E.) will make appearances during the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration.

 

 

GLOVER AND OTHERS FIND OUT "WHAT'S GOING ON" - NEW SERIES LOOKS AT WHAT CHILDREN THINK ABOUT TRAUMATIC EVENTS

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com

The Showtime cable network has reached an agreement with RCN Entertainment to produce a 10 part series entitled "What's Going On?" set to debut on January 19.   The show is said to be an original family documentary series that goes beyond the headlines to examine critical global issues from the perspectives of children.   Danny Glover, Angelina Jolie, Jeff Bridges, Laurence Fishburne and Michael Douglas are already onboard as celebrity hosts.   The 10-part series will kick off with an episode hosted by UN Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover and will focus on the HIV/AIDS crisis in the Caribbean.

 

 

REGGAE UPDATES FROM JAMAICA: TANYA STEPHENS BACK ON THE CHARTS

Excerpt from www.eurweb.com -
by Kevin Jackson / k.jackson@cwjamaica.com

"Touch Me No More" her contribution on the "diwali" rhythm hit the Top 10 of the New York reggae charts a few months ago. Now Tanya Stephens is back on the chart, this time with the acoustic "What a Day," which entered at #30 on the New York Reggae chart last week.   Produced by Phillip "Fattis" Burrell on the Exterminator label, "What a Day" is among a batch of songs from Stephens which are enjoying heavy rotation on the airwaves. Others include "What's Your Story" on the Flabba Music label; "Me A Go Want You" on the G'String Label; "Addicted" from In De Streetz; "It's About Time" on the Clappas rhythm, "Own Gal" on the Masterpiece rhythm, "Girl Fun" on the Shanghai rhythm by Déjà Vu label and "Please Me" on the B. Rich label.   Stephens is currently putting together the finishing touches to an upcoming album which will feature most of the aforementioned tracks as well as some of her European singles such as "It's A Pity" and "Need You Tonight."   Performance wise, Tanya has a hectic schedule, as on she recently returned from a performance in Trinidad. On Dec 22, she will be performing at the Zoo Night Club, Nassau in Bahamas, while on December 31, she is scheduled to perform at the Caribbean Beach Park in Montego Bay.

 

 

JERKINS WORKIN' FOR HONEY: PRODUCER TO WRITE SONGS FOR, AND PRODUCE SOUNDTRACK

Rodney Jerkins used to be nothing but a thick-necked kid from Jersey, now he's a rich and famous thick necked kid from Jersey.   The Grammy winning producer has signed to write songs and produce the soundtrack for Universal Pictures' "Honey." Jerkins will also make his acting debut in the film, playing the role of record producer KMX.   The film, directed by Bille Woodruff, stars Jessica Alba ("Dark Angel"), Joy Bryant ("Antwone Fisher"), Mekhi Phifer ("8 Mile") and rapper Lil' Romeo.   "Honey" is a music-driven coming-of-age drama about an inner-city woman (Alba) who fulfills her dream of becoming a successful video choreographer until an unforeseen setback causes her to discover greater satisfaction in creating dance with neighbourhood kids. Many of the dance scenes are being choreographed to meet Jerkins' musical vision, by the way. Jerkins has worked with such artists as Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, *N Sync, Michael Jackson, Backstreet Boys, Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton and Mary J. Blige. Jerkins won a Grammy in 2000 for best R&B song for writing Destiny's Child's No. 1 hit "Say My Name."   He most recently produced singles on the latest CDs by TLC and Santana.

 

 

EVENTS
DECEMBER 30, 2002 – JANUARY 5, 2003

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 30
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, DECEMBER 31
IRIE FOOD JOINT NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY
Irie Food Joint
745 Queen Street W. (just west of Bathurst)
6:00 pm dinner seating only - $50.00 (prices do not include alcohol)
9:00 pm dinner seating only - $50.00 (prices do not include alcohol)
Dinner and party - $80.00
Party only 11:00 pm - $40.00

EVENT PROFILE
: Tired of the club scene on New Year’s Eve?  Want to experience fine Caribbean food and then welcome in 2003 with an elegant party?  Then Irie Food Joint is the place to be!  Carl Cassel is offering two four-course dinner seatings for New Year’s Eve - the first dinner seating is at 6:00 pm but you must vacate your table by 8:45 pm.  The second dinner seating begins precisely at 9:00 pm.  Then the party continues with music, party favours, free champagne at midnight and a midnight buffet – Irie style – in their heated patio!  Do something different this year and celebrate the dawning of 2003 at Irie Food Joint!

 

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2002
THE COUNTDOWN - 2002 NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA
Presented by United Professional Associates, Another Croft Original and Too Nubian

 

 
 Entertainment
The Tasting Rooms Restaurant (On the 2nd floor in the 1st Canadian Place – north side of King between York and Bay)
From 9:00pm–3:00am
 $50 advance (With free finger food /hors d’oeuvres between 9-10:00 pm)
Free parking with validation – underground on east side of York, north of King
Very limited $65 door tickets, if available
Arrive Early!!!  Formal attire only

(416) 410-4653 / 1-877-2-NUBIAN / (416) 804—5143
thecountdown02@yahoo.ca OR Juiceman@toonubian.com

EVENT PROFILE
: United Professional Associates, Another Croft Original and Too Nubian Entertainment proudly present “The Countdown” - New Year’s Eve Gala 2002. 
For many years, since about 1985 to be exact, we were looked to as the leaders in quality entertainment for our adult patrons.  Our flagship product had always been our annual New Year's gala.  Featuring the DJ stylings of Juiceman Jonathan Shaw with the GTA party phenomena Mr. Kicks.  Your $50 advance ticket includes free finger food / hors d’oeuvres between 9-10:00 pm and free parking (with validation).  Come check out “Where the adults will be”. 

 

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31
THE 10TH ANNUAL BLACK TIE AFFAIR
PRESENTED BY EXCLUSIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Four Points Hotel
5444 Dixie Road (at Hwy 401)
$40.00/person until Monday December 23
Contact:  (416) 781-1695 ext. 3

EVENT PROFILE:  Start 2003 in style, class and the elegance you deserve. Experience a flamboyant affair that truly captures the essence of this rare and remarkable occasion. The Exclusive Entertainment Family - Eddie Williams, George Fynn, Quincy, Mark Anthony, Jennifer Huntley, Glen Cooper, and Mohamed DJ proudly presents Canada's most prestigious event "The 10th ANNUAL BLACK TIE AFFAIR" inside the glamorous FOUR POINTS HOTEL 5444 Dixie road (at Hwy 401) in Mississauga. On Tuesday, December 31, 2002 join us for an affair of sheer splendor that enchants and indulges you our honored guest. Your evening begins with cocktails served upon arrival followed by a delectable Deluxe all you can eat hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, not to be outdone by our captivating Ten Year Anniversary cake. Dance the night away with Canada's #1 upscale Clientele DJs: "The Crowd Pleaser" DJ Mark Anthony, "The Mailman" George Fynn DJ Glen C, "The untouchable Mohamed DJ and the one and only Ebony Sound Crew featuring DJ Quincy. All hosted by The Voice of Choice HBO and The Advocate Eboe aka Boo. Count down live from New York City's Time Square on a jumbo video screen. It all takes place in 2 huge ballrooms.... The best DJs, the best venue, the finest cuisine and ten years of being sold out every year. If we could make one suggestion, it would to get your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Limited 10th Year Anniversary special tickets are now on sale at all Nappy's, Salon Paradise, and other locations for ONLY $40.00/person until Monday December 23, 2002. Please give us a call at 416 781 1695 ext. 3 to take advantage of our Preferred Client Group VIP discounted packages.

 

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2002
NEW YEAR’S EVE - LAS VEGAS STYLE!
Flava City Dinner Theatre
247 Spadina Ave. 2nd Floor (south of Dundas)
For more info/tickets: 416-877-3882, info@flavacity.com, www.flavacity.com
Semi-Formal Dress Code in effect.
19+ with valid ID
To view the itinerary or menu, please see the attached flyer or visit us at:  www.flavacity.com (events listings)

EVENT PROFILE
:  Tired of doing the same old thing every New Year’s Eve?  Interested in somewhere refreshing, mature and sociable?  Fed up of outrageous prices and false promises???  These Eyes Ent cordially invites you, our family and friends to join us as we celebrate this New Year’s Eve – LAS VEGAS STYLE!  Usher in the New Year with style & class!  Party alongside like-minded, progressive revellers as we capture the essence, allure and grandeur of the city that never sleeps and bring it to you, inside FLAVA CITY!  Your evening features:  a 6 Course, Caribbean Buffet, LIVE Showgirls, Sensational Vocal Performance by Liberty Silver, Complementary Midnight Champagne Toast, Musical Entertainment by DA INFAMOUS, DJ NIGEL B.  Special Guest Host, the Illustrious MC BIGG KEVV along with tons of prizes and giveaways all night long!  Admission for this incredible experience is only - $45 or $75 couple!  To further increase the tremendous value you will already have received, your ticket stub from this event grants you FREE admission to either the Old School Music with Soul party on Friday Jan 3rd, or the 30 Something Social, New Year’s Edition on Saturday Jan 4th!  Get ready Toronto…we’re gonna’ make this a night to remember!

 

 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 2003
PEPPA SEED MOTOWN REVIVAL
Indian Motorcycle
355 King Street
10:30 pm
NO COVER

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

 

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4, 2003
30-SOMETHING SOCIAL – NEW YEAR’S EDITION
Flava City Dinner Theatre
247 Spadina Ave. 2nd Floor (south of Dundas)
Doors/Kitchen Open: 10pm
Adv tix, $10 single, $15 couple
For more info/tickets: 416-877-3882, info@flavacity.com, www.flavacity.com

EVENT PROFILE: Here’s your 1ST chance to sport that new sweater, pair of socks or earrings you just got from Santa!  Join These Eyes Ent and Mark Anthony for the 30 Something Social New Year’s Edition inside Flava City!  You are cordially invited to socialize and party at the only event created with you in mind!  Featuring eclectic Caribbean cuisine, musical entertainment with soul and the perfect social atmosphere infused with elegance and class!  Work off that Holiday turkey by dancing the night away to the soulful vibes of the Crowd Pleaser, DJ Mark Anthony.  Sponsored and tasting provided by; El Dorado 5yr Rum, the Finest Rum in the Caribbean and Grey Goose Vodka, the Executive choice.  Flava City is the place to be in 2003 for the 30-Something clientele!  Guaranteed to provide mature theme events the 1st SATURDAY of every month!  To show our appreciation and to set the New Year off right, this event is absolutely FREE for all New Year’s Eve ticket holders for:  Flava City or Four Points Hotel!  Other New Year’s ticket holders welcome, please rsvp at:  info@flavacity.com.  Wishing you all the best for the New Year!

 

 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 5, 2003
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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