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NEWSLETTER

Updated:  December 5, 2002

 

Bothered by the cold snap?  Well, it won’t last forever but neither will the exciting events coming up over the next 10 days!  This week’s highlights include MICHAEL RAWLINS update, MORRIS CHESTNUT visits Toronto at Charlies, FIRST FRIDAYS, FLAVA CITY CHRISTMAS PARTY, exciting WHEN BROTHERS SPEAK spoken word performances, IRIE FOOD JOINT GALLERY SHOWING AND PARTY, update on TERRIE WILLIAMS from her book tour, ONTARIO SOUND RECORDING TAX CREDIT, great opportunity for writers, entertainment tidbits 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.

 

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MICHAEL RAWLINS LANDS ROLE IN PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING PLAY “THE PIANO LESSON”

Toronto’s own Michael Rawlins has accepted the lead role of Boy Willie in The Piano Lesson by August Wilson, one of today's most acclaimed playwrights.  Michael comes back to Toronto from Los Angeles for The Piano Lesson’s Canadian Premiere with the Obsidian Theatre Company on February 7, 2002, which runs through February 28, 2002.  Michael believes this will be the most challenging role on stage to date and is relishing the opportunity to be a part of this premiere. 

The Piano Lesson is an uplifting portrait of an
American family and the true meaning of heritage. Boy Willie, a farm hand from the South, arrives on his sister's doorstep to reclaim his share of the family legacy. Selling the hand-carved heirloom piano will buy him land of his own. Filled with evocative music, smouldering pride, and unwavering hope, this universal story shows us a choice we all must make: moving ahead to the promise of the future, or clinging to the past.  Of special interest is that this role was originated by Samuel Jackson at the Yale Repertory Theater in New Haven, Connecticut. 

Michael Anthony Rawlins considers himself to be very fortunate to have garnered work in three different aspects of the thespian world; stage, television and film!  Recent work includes the film Partners in Crime with Armand Assante and a recurring role on the popular television series, DOC.  Other television work has included a recurring role on the hugely popular series of the 90's, 90210 as well as NYPD Blue, Roseanne, Movies of the Week; The Natalie Cole Story and Lethal Vows with John Ritter.  Michael was also in a series regular role as Lt. Martin Ehrenthal on the multiple award winning series TOTAL RECALL 2070.

Last year Michael decided to diversify as an artist and try his hand at filmmaking. The result is a short film entitled, Judy Judy Judy which was received enthusiastically at the Black Hollywood and Education Resource Center's ninth annual film festival, (Nov. 14-17/02), in Los Angeles. His hope is that three other scripts of his penning, the play Uncompromisingly So, the television pilot, Does Everyone Have a Show Except Me and the feature film, The Pursuit Thereof, will also be brought to fruition in the not too distant future.  

 

HOT EVENTS TO CHECK OUT!

 

INDIA.ARIE IN CONCERT- FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2002

 
In support of her new album, this talented artist will be performing live in Toronto at Massey Hall on Friday, December 6, 2002.  Be sure to cop the limited edition album that contains a bonus track!  Voyage to India is the follow up to India.Arie's critically acclaimed and PLATINUM + debut, Acoustic Soul. In the two years since her debut, India has grown as a person and as an artist, her music reflects that change. 'Little Things' reflects her appreciation of the 'Little Things' that matter - love, family, fans and friends.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6
INDIA.ARIE
Massey Hall
8:00 pm
$39.50 - $69.50
Ticketmaster: 416-870-8000

 

 

BACARDI PRESENTS MORRIS CHESTNUT – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6

IT HAS BEEN CONFIRMED!  Morris Chestnut live in person at Charlies this Friday!  The same Morris Chestnut that has starred in “Like Mike”, “The Brothers“, “The Best Man“, “Boyz N the Hood“.  His newest film is “HALF PAST DEAD“ which also features Ja Rule and Steven Seagal.  Come join the excitement and luxurious appeal of Charlies.  VIP passes and guest list not valid that night.  And don’t forget, Charlies happens every Friday …

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6
BACARDI PRESENTS MORRIS CHESTNUT
CHARLIES
1 Jarvis St (at Queen's Quay )
10:00pm-3:00am
25 and over / dress code
www.majorleague-ent.com  

 

 

FIRST FridayS – Friday, DECEMBER 6

First Fridays is a socializing and networking affair held the first Friday of every month.  This month’s p
resentations (which begin at 8:00 pm) will feature: Alvin Curling, MPP Scarborough-Rouge River, Tony Young aka MASTER T and his new book MUCH MASTER T: One VJ's Journey, The New Black Pages 2003 Directory, Who's Who In Black Canada Inaugural Edition with Publisher Dawn Williams, Financial Advisor Dale Changoo, Marcus Scott of BCI Canada, BITePro President Dave Forde, and more.

FRIDAY,
DECEMBER 6
1ST FRIDAYSTM
"An After-Work Networking and Socializing Affair"

Berlins
2335 Yonge St.
From 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Admission is only $8 before 8:00 pm; $12 after 8:00 pm
$2 off for students with proper ID
I
ncludes admission to the
AFTERPARTY
Live-to-Air on FLOW 93.5 with Mark Strong
Hosted by Warren Salmon, Lynrod Douglas and Eddie Williams

 

 

30 SOMETHING SOCIAL CHRISTMAS EDITION!  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7

These Eyes Ent. & Mark Anthony invite you to experience a flamboyant affair that will truly capture your essence - Toronto's only 30 Something Social!  Celebrating among your mature, influential and sociable peers in a comfortable, sophisticated atmosphere, join us for our Christmas Edition!  Featuring Live Jazz/R&B performance by TRIFECTA along with a special performance by CHRISTOPHER ROUSE and music by The Crowd Pleaser, DJ Mark Anthony, Hosted by MC Bigg Kevv!

SATURDAY DECEMBER 7, 2002

30-Something Social, 1st Saturdays "Christmas 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

 

 

CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS WITH THE SALVATION ARMY - SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7

Surprised?  Well, this listing is in homage to my rich Salvation Army heritage – and the concerts really are incredible – full brass band!  See more in my COMPANY BIO.  Join the 400 involved in Canada's premier Salvation Army Band with a full chorus and organ. Belt out your favourite carols and participate in the Hallelujah Chorus with the festival chorus with band and organ. There will also be a performance of the Christmas story performed by the Salvation Army through song and monologues.
 
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2002
CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS WITH THE SALVATION ARMY
Roy Thomson Hall
60 Simcoe St.
7:30 pm 
$12.00 - $28.00
GET TICKETS

 

 

WHEN BROTHERS SPEAK – DECEMBER 13 AND 14

With the recent violence within Toronto's Black Community, the debate over whether or not racial profiling exists, and the mainstream media's attempted assassination of the Black male image, When Brothers Speak is a timely event that is sure to touch on these issues and more.  Spoken word fans from across North America are planning to converge on Toronto this December for the 4th annual When Brothers Speak International Spoken Word Poetry Showcase, taking place Friday December 13th and Saturday December 14th at the Jane Mallett Theatre inside of the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.  Founded and produced by local spoken word artist Dwayne Morgan, When Brothers Speak has been recognized across North America as the largest annual event of its kind, attracting over 600 people last year, and featuring six Black, male artists, who are currently at the top of their field, performing their original works on love, sex, politics, current affairs and everything in between.  This year promises an all-star line up featuring New York City’s Jamaal St. John and Osagyefo, Washington DC’s Komplex, New Jersey’s Faraji Salim, as well as Toronto’s Unblind and Dwayne Morgan. For artist bios visit www.upfromtheroots.ca.  With the success of the 2001 edition of the show, this year marks the first time that the show will be held over two nights. Tickets for the show are already on sale via the St. Lawrence Centre Website www.stlc.com, in person at the box office, 27 Front St. E @ Yonge, or by phone at 416.366.7723.  Tickets are $21 for the upper level of the auditorium, and $26 for the lower.  The 2002 edition of When Brothers Speak is proudly sponsored by Word Magazine, Much Music’s The DownLo, the Bay Bloor Executive Suites, CKLN 88.1, CHRY 105.5, Langfield Entertainment, and is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 AND SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14
WHEN BROTHERS SPEAK
St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts

Jane Mallet Theatre
27 Front Street (east of Yonge)
$21.00-$26.00
Purchase Tickets
Info:  (416) 822-1465

Sunday, December 15, 2002
Up From the Roots say “Thanks”. This will be a night of partying, networking, and great entertainment, inside of the Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. This show will be free for everyone who comes with their When Brothers Speak ticket stub, and $7 for those who missed the show. We will have performers from both sides of the border, as we showcase hip hop, dance, soul, and poetry as only we can. Check out www.upfromtheroots.ca for more info on confirmed artists.

 

 

IRIE FOOD JOINT GALLERY SHOWING AND CHRISTMAS PARTY – DECEMBER 16

Carl Cassel, owner of Irie Food Joint presents his first gallery showing, Interpretations of Light!  Carl believes that light defines reality and thus that art is an “interpretation of light”.  Carl, an artist as far back as he can remember, will be showcasing 18 original pieces in various mediums.  In pure Irie fashion, Carl is also holding a customer appreciation Christmas party following the art showing featuring the DJ styles of Carl Allen.  Carl wants to thank you, his patrons, for all the support over the course of this past year.  Come and join this celebration of art and the festive season at Irie Food Joint!

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16
CARL CASSEL GALLERY SHOWING AND CHRISTMAS PARTY
Irie Food Joint
745 Queen Street W. (just west of Bathurst)
Gallery Showing:  7:00 – 10:00 pm
Christmas Party:  10:00 pm – closing
Pay What You Can!

 

 

IRIE FOOD JOINT NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY – 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?  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

NEW CD RELEASES

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2002

50 CENT Get Rich Or Die Tryin' (Shady/Interscope)
FUNKMASTER FLEX TBA (Funkmaster Flex) (J Records)
MARIAH CAREY Charmbracelet (Island/Def Jam)
NEXT NEXT (J Records)

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2002

2 PAC Better Dayz (Interscope)
702 Star (Motown)
COMMON The Electric Circus (MCA)
QUEEN LATIFAH She's A Queen: Collection Of Hits (Motown)
TRACY CHAPMAN Let It Rain (DVD Audio) (Elektra)

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2002

*NSYNC *NSync's Most Requested Hit Videos (DVD/VHS) (Zomba)
A TRIBE CALLED QUEST Rarities & Remixes
LIL ROMEO Game Time (Universal)
R. KELLY Chocolate Factory (Zomba)

 


 

INDUSTRY NEWS

PUBLICIST TERRIE WILLIAMS BARES HER HEART & SOUL
by Karu F. Daniels (New York, NY)

TERRIE TALKS: In tune with the Thanksgiving holiday season and the idea of “giving back,” I decided to shine some light on someone who is not a celebrity (in the traditional sense), but who remains an inspirational figure to me and many others, publicist turned best-selling author and renowned lecturer Terrie Williams.   When I first entered the ‘business’ a little over ten years ago, there weren’t a bunch of loud-mouthed, low-class, rich Jewish girls running around New York calling themselves publicists and being touted as the “it” bunch, representing an A-list of celebrity clientele, like today. Instead, the people who were behind the stars and their images were classy and all about the business of servicing media. And they stayed behind the stars, and not in front of the headlines. There was no hype, no attitude … no pomp & circumstance.   Ms. Williams stood out from the pack with her self-named boutique publicity firm, opened in 1988, located in the heart of New York’s Columbus Circle across from Central Park, where she represented a who’s who in Black entertainment from the likes of Eddie Murphy, Russell Simmons, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Bill Cosby, Wesley Snipes, Martin Lawrence and Janet Jackson, while also providing optimal work opportunities for women and people of color.

In 1994, with her trademark caftan regalia and understated demeanour Terrie Williams stepped out into the forefront by penning her first book, “The Personal Touch: What You Really Need to Succeed in Today’s Fast-paced Business World,” which has become a best-seller and a useful handbook to up and coming public relations practitioners around the world. After many years of selling people, their products and services, it was only befitting that she look out for her best interests, and immortalize her legacy.   Ms. Williams’s phenomenal and inspirational success story began as the tale of a caring and shy young woman from Mount Vernon, NY who “wanted to save the world.” A social worker by training holding a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University, the 48-year-old Ms. Williams has always kept sociological matters at heart.   This month, she published her third book, “A Plentiful Harvest: Creating Balance and Harmony Through Seven Living Virtues” (Warner Books) and coupled with her well-promoted touring schedule, it’s doing quite well.   Although she’s not chasing behind celebrity clients anymore, she continues to consult Sean “Puffy” Combs (who refers to her as Auntie Terrie) and Attorney Johnnie Cochran, along with keeping corporate clients like AT&T and Essence Communications Partners in good standing.  

The RU Report caught up to Terrie Williams while on the road promoting her new book, to talk shop – life and love.


You’re such an inspiration to so many. What’s your key to survival in this business? “I believe my honesty – and my understanding that we are all the same. We must be kind to everyone whose paths we cross because you never know in what disguise God is coming to you.”

And what do you think of the new crop of people calling themselves publicist these days? “True public relations professionals understand there is more to what we do than “publicity”. You can call yourself anything, but your delivery represents you. I think young people coming into the business have to do a better job of mastering the fundamentals & the details, following through on what they say they're going to do, and stepping outside their everyday zone. They need to know more than just Black culture, although that's key. There's a whole other side to this industry that they're not tapping into. It will make the difference.”

How has the industry changed since you first started? “The industry doesn’t change. The people in it do. Today it’s more crowded than ever before, but we still have the same process with different results.”

I loved the way you flipped your brand, evolving into a best-selling author and sold out lecturer. What was your impetus? “When I first started to speak, people were hearing me. Now they are listening. My driving force has been responding to my God-given calling – using my life and experiences to help others reach their potential. Once I listened to that inner voice, it was easy. I was following a divinely mapped-out path. People make things more difficult than they need to be by ignoring their inner voice.”

What inspires you? “My chief inspiration is always God. And He inspires me to do the work I truly love—helping others, especially our youth. That is why I wrote the book ‘Stay Strong: Simple Life Lessons for Teens’ and, in conjunction with the book, we established The Stay Strong Foundation last year. It’s a non-profit organization that works to support, educate and inspire young people. We provide mentoring, internship and shadowing programs, and hold special events for kids. We’ve been able to reach thousands of youth all across the country.”

Why? “Why do I do this? Because I know that our kids are our future. They’re in pain, and they need our help. We have the Foundation, but even in the work we do our campaigns are built around giving back to the community. As an example, Xavier Artis, my partner and CEO of Players Govern Players Communications, created the ‘Recycling Inspiration’ campaign, which re-celebrates achievements and inspires dreams. We get autographed awards from noted personalities and present them to those who are building their own dreams. To make a long story short…I’m inspired by God and also by inspiring others.”

What was your motivation for The Perfect Harvest? “I wrote ‘A Plentiful Harvest’ because in my heart I know that we are all going through the fire. We are all challenged and trying to figure out how to be successful, how to get the job done, and still have a life. This book is a very personal journey. My hope is that we can begin to heal as individuals and as a community. If we pull the masks off, shed the game face, and break our silence about our shared pain and challenges, then we can begin the healing process. It was a beginning for me.

How do you think hip-hop contributes to the state of the Black race? “The catalyst for change in any society will be its youth. With that being said, one would have to acknowledge that hip-hop is the voice of the youth. Hip-hop tells our story. Much like those who came before us, it is our history via song, dance and story telling. Through their words, artists express their views, define culture, talk about current events. And people use this information to formulate opinions on relevant issues. That’s the biggest way it impacts on us as a whole.”

Where do we go from here? “Each one of us has to do our part to take a young person under our wings. Engage them, teach them, guide them, inspire them, empower them. Take them to business meetings, the never-ending events we host and go to. Take them to church, our family reunions. Smile at them when we meet them on the street. Correct them when they make mistakes. Our youth will never hope, dream, or aspire to anything if we don’t expose to them to the opportunities we experience regularly.”

What’s next for you? “Business-wise, I’m already there…it’s called Players Govern Players. PGP is the umbrella company that recently acquired the Agency. We can offer something unique—it’s all about multicultural marketing with a creative edge not seen before. And it’s based on the premise that we have to take responsibility for our generation and the new generation of youth. As for me personally, I have to stay true to my life mission of helping others to reach their potential & empowering our young people. As long as there are children facing challenges then there will be plenty of work to do. So expect more of the same from Terrie Williams.”

 

GET TIPS ON HOW TO ACCESS THE ONTARIO SOUND RECORDING TAX CREDIT

 

Do you own a record label in Ontario?  Are you an entertainment lawyer or accountant with music clients?  Are you overwhelmed by all the paperwork required to apply for a tax credit?  The Ontario Media Development Corporation is holding an Information Session on the Ontario Sound Recording Tax Credit (“OSRTC”) on Tuesday, February 4, 2003.  In order to assist us in providing practical information, we would like you to submit questions prior to the session. Please use the attached form to write your questions and fax it to the OMDC by December 18, 2002.  This session will include an overview of the eligibility requirements, administrative process and calculation of the OSRTC. We will highlight common problems that can hold up your tax credit and give suggestions to help you prepare for a fast turnaround. Representatives from both the OMDC and the Ministry of Finance will be on hand to answer your questions. If you haven’t applied for a tax credit before, please review the OSRTC information and application package available on our website www.omdc.on.ca before the session.

To register for the session, please complete the information on the following page and fax it to Barbara Hingley at (416) 314 - 6876. Registration is free.  http://www.gov.on.ca/FIN/english/tb01e4.htm

 Download OSRTC Application and Information (81kb)

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2003
OSRTC INFORMATION SESSION

The Conference Centre

175 Bloor Street East, North Tower, 3rd Floor

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

 

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR WRITERS!!

This is a great opportunity for writers whose subjects include those of the Black experience.  Holloway House Books, the world’s largest publisher of the Black experience paperbacks is in Los Angeles and is currently looking for quality books on Black subjects, specifically stories about music
i.e. hip-hop, rap.  Please do NOT email your synopsis or outlines but instead use the address below:

Leon King
Editor
Holloway House Publishing
8060 Melrose, 3rd Floor
Los
Angeles, CA  90046

Check out their site at www.hollowayhousebooks.com. 

 

 

TWEET SPEAKS: SINGER TALKS ABOUT DEPRESSION AND PRESSURE TO COMPETE WITH ASHANTI

by Kenya Yarbrough

Tweet hit the scene last year with a the controversial hit “Oops (Oh My),” which helped catapult her debut CD “Southern Hummingbird” to gold status – not to mention a little help from the second single, “Call Me,” and her good friend Missy Elliott.  
Tweet met Elliott when both artists were just starting out. Elliott headed out on her own path to stardom as songwriter and musician Tweet began her professional singing career in a girl group called Sugar. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it, the group just couldn’t seem to get off the ground. Frustrated, Tweet left the project, but started to spiral down in depression to a point where she considered suicide. In stepped her old friend Elliott, the day before Tweet had actually planned to end her life. Elliott helped her get back on her feet and back in the studio.   Tweet faced another obstacle of sorts when her CD hit last April. The obstacle was named Ashanti – another new artist whose CD was released on the same day. Comparisons were made and rumours were shaped when the projects hit the airwaves, but Tweet took it in stride, continued to work her music, and says she never really felt any pressure.   “I’m able to do music that I love. This time last year I wasn’t here, so I’m just appreciative to be able to sing,” Tweet says. “God is good. I’m not into getting into all that hoopla, the political stuff with all the record labels, I’m just singing it and loving it. That’s it. “I’m happy, I can’t say blessed enough. Just to be around all the love. This is just the beginning of my career and people are acknowledging and loving my music, so it feels great. I’m happy.”

Tweet’s catchy tunes and new R&B flavour scored her a legion of fans and an endorsement deal with Verizon Wireless' Free Up campaign. Turns out, the company was looking for someone just as her hit “Call Me” was picking up great radio response. But even with hot sales, and endorsement deals, and TV commercials, Tweet says the greatest part of her success has been the fans.   “Since being here and doing what I do, just seeing the love from the people that appreciate what I’m doing and what I’m doing and singing about and letting me be myself. It’s cool just to see the faces and feel the love.”   Tweet says the love just started pouring in and because of the time that passed and the dues she paid, she feels the love is even sweeter.   “I think I’m a much wiser person coming out of that,” she says about her time with the group Sugar. “I went through a lot from being in that group, but I thank God for taking me through that ‘cause now I can appreciate where I am today.”   And where is she today? Well, she’s already got designs on her next album. Tweet says, this time around she’s going to put a little more of herself into the album in hopes that singing about her trials and triumphs might help someone else.   “It’s gonna get a little deeper. The more I go and the more I grow. I’m here to help people. If my music can touch just one, then I’m satisfied,” she says.

 

TIDBITS

 

JILL SCOTT WON'T STOP: SINGER/WRITER STILL DOIN' IT

While millennium phenom Jill Scott is busy writing for a living, she's also taking time out to do studio work. The singer is working on two albums, one called "Brown Baby Lullabies" and the other is yet untitled. Still, her voice is showing up a lot on paper right now.  
"Currently I'm writing for magazines. I've been working with 'The New York Times,' 'O' Magazine, and of course all the Philadelphia papers. I just write ... for sanity's sake I write," she said.   Even if she's tucked away writing or in the studio, fans still seem to find her. Scott says she still gets praise for her work and her image, but she says a lot of it should go to another neo-soul star.   "Young women come up to me often and say I inspired them to be who they are - 'I'm thicker in the waist, and pretty in the face - but nonetheless, sometimes you just have issues with just being those things like thick thighs and all of those things. I hope that it makes people feel good about themselves in seeing me, but I honestly think that India.Arie's "Video" song did a lot more for us, globally, than my presence alone. That song is just magnificent."

 

 

STONE'S SOLID CAREER(S): ANGIE EXCITED ABOUT NEXT STEPS

Songbird Angie Stone is thankful this holiday season, too. The singer says she always finds pleasure in using the gift that God gave her and is excited about projects she's doing. One is a duet with alterna-pop star Moby.  
Stone worked with him on his recent release and says that while she was reluctant, she's found a new friend in Moby.   "When Moby called me to work on the album, I hadn't been listening to him a lot. Once I got to know Moby, I was incredibly impressed. His roots are deeply rooted in blues music and my dad's a blues singer, so for me it felt like home. We had a wonderful time and we plan are doing a lot more work together."   In the meantime, Stone continues to sing the praises of black men (which she brought to the forefront with her hit "Brotha" from her latest CD.   "I chose to do a tribute to black men because no one would go there. I went there because someone had to do it. There are too many of our brothers dying, there are still too many of our brothers incarcerated, there are too many fall guys in our camp. For me, it was just a reason to do something other than what was expected. For me I wanted to do better than the last [disc], and in doing so I wanted to give praise and honour to brothers."   What's next for the singer is acting. She appears in the Rob Schneider flick "The Hot Chick" and stars in the upcoming Cuba Gooding Jr.- led film "The Fighting Temptations." And after that?   "I would like to go to ministry school and get my preach on eventually," she said. "That's what I want to do."

 

 

BERRY TO BEST BOND: HALLE SAYS IT'S A GOOD TIME FOR SHE-ROES

With two action hero stints under her belt, Halle Berry says she's down to do more action, and hopes a number of women will step forward in the male-dominated genre.   "Somebody asked me, 'Did you ever think you'd grow up and be an action hero?'" said Berry, who stars with Pierce Brosnan in the latest agent 007 James Bond installment, "Die Another Day. "The answer was 'no.' When I was growing up, there were no women action heroes. It was all men. And only now as we're starting to evolve, is it even becoming possible," she told The Associated Press.   Berry may not have had enough of being an action hero and neither has Hollywood. She'll be back as Storm in the "X-Men" sequel and Bond distributor MGM, is considering spinning off her role as 'Jinx' for another movie.

 

 

JORDAN SAYS THE R-WORD: HE'S "RETIRING" FROM THE NBA ... AGAIN

NBA legend Michael Jordan has retired from basketball twice before, in 1993 and again in 1999. But each time he returned to play because, well, because he's MJ and balling is what he does best.   But when his contract with the Washington Wizards ends at the close of this season, Jordan, 39, says he won't return ... as a player.   "I just want to fulfill my year and enjoy it," he said. "From that point, I'll move on."   Jordan, who has suffered from weak knees and has recently endured a lawsuit involving a former mistress, says that he'll return as part owner of the Wizards.   "I think we have the right people in place that they will continue their education when I go back upstairs," he said. "My understanding was to make sure the guys understood what it took to play on this level and learn certain things. I think they're getting it."

 

WEEKEND EVENTS
DECEMBER 5 - 9, 2002

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5
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

 

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6
INDIA.ARIE
Massey Hall
8:00 pm
$39.50 - $69.50
Ticketmaster: 416-870-8000

EVENT PROFILE: With the new single "Little Things" climbing its way up the charts, Grammy Award nominee India.Arie is getting ready to drop her new album "Voyage To India" on September 24th.   It contains a previously unreleased BONUS TRACK!  In support of her new album, this talented artist will be performing live in Toronto at Massey Hall on Thursday, October 17, 2002.  Be sure to cop the limited edition album that contains a bonus track!  Voyage to India is the follow up to India.Arie's critically acclaimed and PLATINUM + debut, Acoustic Soul. In the two years since her debut, India has grown as a person and as an artist, her music reflects that change. 'Little Things' reflects her appreciation of the 'Little Things' that matter - love, family, fans and friends.

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6
1ST FRIDAYSTM
"An After-Work Networking and Socializing Affair"

Berlins
2335 Yonge St.
From 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Admission is only $8 before 8:00 pm; $12 after 8:00 pm
$2 off for students with proper ID
I
ncludes admission to the
AFTERPARTY
Live-to-Air on FLOW 93.5 with Mark Strong
Hosted by Warren Salmon, Lynrod Douglas and Eddie Williams

EVENT PROFILE:  First Fridays is a socializing and networking affair held the first Friday of every month.  This month’s presentations (which begin at 8:00 pm) will feature: Alvin Curling, MPP Scarborough-Rouge River, Tony Young aka MASTER T and his new book MUCH MASTER T: One VJ's Journey, The New Black Pages 2003 Directory, Who's Who In Black Canada Inaugural Edition with Publisher Dawn Williams, Financial Advisor Dale Changoo, Marcus Scott of BCI Canada, BITePro President Dave Forde, and more.

 

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6
BACARDI PRESENTS MORRIS CHESTNUT
CHARLIES
1 Jarvis St (at Queen's Quay )
10:00pm-3:00am
25 and over / dress code
www.majorleague-ent.com  

EVENT PROFILE:  IT HAS BEEN CONFIRMED!  Morris Chestnut live in person at Charlies this Friday!  The same Morris Chestnut that has starred in “Like Mike”, “The Brothers“, “The Best Man“, “Boyz N the Hood“.  His newest film is “HALF PAST DEAD“ which also features Ja Rule and Steven Seagal.  Come join the excitement and luxurious appeal of Charlies.  VIP passes and guest list not valid that night.  And don’t forget, Charlies happens every Friday …

 

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7
Roy Thomson Hall
60 Simcoe St.
7:30 pm 
$12.00 - $28.00
GET TICKETS

EVENT PROFILE: Celebrate Christmas with the Salvation Army. Surprised?  Well, this listing is in homage to my rich Salvation Army heritage – and the concerts really are incredible – full brass band!  See more in my COMPANY BIO.  Join the 400 involved in Canada's premier Salvation Army Band with a full chorus and organ. Belt out your favourite carols and participate in the Hallelujah Chorus with the festival chorus with band and organ. There will also be a performance of the Christmas story performed by the Salvation Army through song and monologues.

 

 

SATURDAY DECEMBER 7
30-Something Social, 1st Saturdays "Christmas 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: These Eyes Ent. & Mark Anthony invite you to experience a flamboyant affair that will truly capture your essence - Toronto's only 30 Something Social!  Celebrating among your mature, influential and sociable peers in a comfortable, sophisticated atmosphere, join us for our Christmas Edition!  Featuring Live Jazz/R&B performance by TRIFECTA along with a special celebrity guest vocalist, music by The Crowd Pleaser, DJ Mark Anthony, Hosted by MC Bigg Kevv!

 

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8
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
DECEMBER 9 - 15, 2002

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9
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 10
JAZZ TUESDAYS AT MUSE
Muse Bistro
369 King Street W.
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

EVENT PROFILE
: The ever-popular and hip Muse Bistro is beginning a new jazz night after work on Tuesdays!  Every Tuesday evening, join us at Muse between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm for some of the finest jazz Toronto has to offer.  It’s going to be a very cool vibe and remember that Muse has some of the best food in town!  Join us in filling this night with smiling faces and wonderful music.

 

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10
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, DECEMBER 12
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

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 AND SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14
WHEN BROTHERS SPEAK
St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts

Jane Mallet Theatre
27 Front Street (east of Yonge)
$21.00-$26.00
Purchase Tickets
Info:  (416) 822-1465


EVENT PROFILE:  Founded and produced by local spoken word artist Dwayne Morgan, When Brothers Speak has been recognized across North America as the largest annual event of its kind, attracting over 600 people last year, and featuring six Black, male artists, who are currently at the top of their field, performing their original works on love, sex, politics, current affairs and everything in between.  This year promises an all-star line up featuring New York City’s Jamaal St. John and Osagyefo, Washington DC’s Komplex, New Jersey’s Faraji Salim, as well as Toronto’s Unblind and Dwayne Morgan. For artist bios visit www.upfromtheroots.ca.  With the success of the 2001 edition of the show, this year marks the first time that the show will be held over two nights. Tickets for the show are already on sale via the St. Lawrence Centre Website www.stlc.com, in person at the box office, 27 Front St. E @ Yonge, or by phone at 416.366.7723.

 

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15
UP FROM THE ROOTS THANK YOU PARTY
Lula Lounge
1585 Dundas St. W.
10:00 pm
$7.00 without ticket stub from show


EVENT PROFILE:  This will be a night of partying, networking, and great entertainment, inside of the This show will be free for everyone who comes with their When Brothers Speak ticket stub, and $7 for those who missed the show. We will have performers from both sides of the border, as we showcase hip hop, dance, soul, and poetry as only we can. Check out www.upfromtheroots.ca for more info on confirmed artists.  Lorraine Reid, Tamla Matthews, DJ Complex, and Nikki at Up From The Roots year end event inside of the Lula Lounge

 

 

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Langfield Entertainment
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