Stacey Dash, 'Clueless' star, Now a Paid Fox News contributor

Fox News Channel has gone Hollywood for its latest hire. The news network is bringing on actress Stacey Dash as a paid contributor.

Dash landed on the political radar for endorsing Republican Mitt Romney over Democrat Barack Obama in the last presidential election. She was heavily criticized in the black community for supporting the white candidate.The backlash was immediate with celebs like Talib Kweli to Samuel L. Jackson tweeting their reactions.   ‘Wait, did Stacey Dash Really endorse Romney today?! REALLY????! Is she CRA………..??!’, tweeted Samuel L. Jackson who starred in an ad campaign for President Obama.

Dash later responded to the overwhelming shade, by tweeting, "
I just feel that as a country, this is my choice. It is my right as an American citizen. It’s my constitutional right to have my choice of who I want to vote for for President and I chose him, not by the color of his skin but the content of his character."

Fox and the other cable news networks have been slumping in the ratings with a relatively slow news stretch this year. Maybe adding Stacey Dash will add some eye candy and increase viewership. Maybe FOX will continue to be in a slump for purporting more garbage opinions. (My blog; my opinion)
Fox's list of contributors includes Karl RoveJames CarvilleGeorge WillDennis Miller and Sarah Palin.

Missing Halle? She's Now Starring in Summer TV Stunner 'Extant'

Halle Berry stars in 'Extant' as astronaut Molly Woods who encountered… well, something during a 13-month solo mission in space and doesn't remember what happened (cue Twilight Zone music) when she returns to Earth and finds that her experience left her pregnant.
The below trailer for Extant; fortunately, while there are elements of the footage that feel a bit like “Rosemary’s Baby in space”, there appears to be more at play here than a body horror story disguised as science-fiction.

FREE Screening in Atlanta: Blacking Up: Hip-Hop's Remix of Race and Identity

Screening: June 5th at 7pm at Atlanta's
Cyclorama Auditorium

"As we continue our commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War's Battle of Atlanta we hope to expand the discussion of how the changes that occurred as a result of that war changed the course of our country and our people," states Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs. "In dealing with racial issues and economic challenges, it's interesting to look at how different groups express themselves through art and music. Join us at the Atlanta Cyclorama for a free screening of the documentary Blacking Up: Hip-Hop's Remix of Race on June 5 at 7 pm as we explore the Hip-Hop culture." 

African American and Latino youth created Hip-Hop more than thirty years ago. The reasons were varied but were partially in response to racial oppression, economic marginalization, and as a means of expression and a way to talk about their culture and their lives. The genre is now embraced by youth the world over and has become part of mainstream youth culture in the United States. 

Blacking Up: Hip-Hop's Remix of Race and Identity examines the popularity of Hip-Hop among America's white youth and explores the roots of this admiration. Are white youth looking for ways to transcend race, or is this another point along the continuum of stereotyping, mimicry and cultural appropriation? Within a larger context, Blackening Up explores racial identity and authenticity in the United States. 

Blacking Up addresses the legacy of blackface performers such as Al Jolson. In addition, jazz figures like the "hipster" and rock and roll icons like Elvis Presley and the Rolling Stones are considered within a broader context of white appropriation of black cultural expression. 

Throughout the documentary there is insightful commentary by African American cultural critics such as Amiri Baraka and Nelson George, and Hip-Hop figures including Chuck D and Russell Simmons. 

"A much needed anecdote to much of the unsophisticated analysis of youth culture that floods our airways and our newspapers. 'Blacking Up' wrestles with the ambiguity and the consequence of cultural borrowing." Lonnie Bunch, National Museum of African American History & Culture


NEW YORK (AP) — Maya Angelou was gratified, but not surprised by her extraordinary fortune.
"I'm not modest," she told The Associated Press in 2013. "I have no modesty. Modesty is a learned behavior. But I do pray for humility, because humility comes from the inside out."
Her story awed millions. The young single mother who worked at strip clubs to earn a living later danced and sang on stages around the world. A black woman born poor wrote and recited the most popular presidential inaugural poem in history. A childhood victim of rape, shamed into silence, eventually told her story through one of the most widely read memoirs of the past few decades.
Angelou, a Renaissance woman and cultural pioneer, died Wednesday morning at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, her son, Guy B. Johnson, said in a statement. The 86-year-old had been a professor of American studies at Wake Forest University since 1982.
"She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace," Johnson said.
Angelou had been set to appear this week at the Major League Baseball Beacon Awards Luncheon, but canceled in recent days citing an unspecified illness.
Tall and regal, with a deep, majestic voice, she was unforgettable whether encountered through sight, sound or the printed word. She was an actress, singer and dancer in the 1950s and 1960s and broke through as an author in 1970 with "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," which became standard (and occasionally censored) reading and made Angelou one of the first black women to enjoy mainstream success. "Caged Bird" was the start of a multipart autobiography that continued through the decades and captured a life of hopeless obscurity and triumphant, kaleidoscopic fame.
The world was watching in 1993 when she read her cautiously hopeful "On the Pulse of the Morning" at President Bill Clinton's first inauguration. Her confident performance openly delighted Clinton and made publishing history by making a poem a best-seller, if not a critical favorite. For President George W. Bush, she read another poem, "Amazing Peace," at the 2005 Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the White House. Presidents honored her in return with a National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor. In 2013, she received an honorary National Book Award.
She called herself a poet, in love with the "sound of language," ''the music in language," as she explained to The Associated Press in 2013. But she lived so many lives. She was a wonder to Toni Morrison, who marveled at Angelou's freedom from inhibition, her willingness to celebrate her own achievements. She was a mentor to Oprah Winfrey, whom she befriended when Winfrey was still a local television reporter, and often appeared on her friend's talk show program. She mastered several languages and published not just poetry, but advice books, cookbooks and children's stories. She wrote music, plays and screenplays, received an Emmy nomination for her acting in "Roots," and never lost her passion for dance, the art she considered closest to poetry.
"The line of the dancer: If you watch (Mikhail) Baryshnikov and you see that line, that's what the poet tries for. The poet tries for the line, the balance," she told The Associated Press in 2008, shortly before her 80th birthday.
Her very name as an adult was a reinvention. Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis and raised in Stamps, Ark., and San Francisco, moving back and forth between her parents and her grandmother. She was smart and fresh to the point of danger, packed off by her family to California after sassing a white store clerk in Arkansas. Other times, she didn't speak at all: At age 7, she was raped by her mother's boyfriend and didn't talk for years. She learned by reading, and listening.
"I loved the poetry that was sung in the black church: 'Go down Moses, way down in Egypt's land,'" she told the AP. "It just seemed to me the most wonderful way of talking. And 'Deep River.' Ooh! Even now it can catch me. And then I started reading, really reading, at about 7 1/2, because a woman in my town took me to the library, a black school library. ... And I read every book, even if I didn't understand it."
At age 9, she was writing poetry. By 17, she was a single mother. In her early 20s, she danced at a strip joint, ran a brothel, was married, and then divorced. But by her mid-20s, she was performing at the Purple Onion in San Francisco, where she shared billing with another future star, Phyllis Diller. She also spent a few days with Billie Holiday, who was kind enough to sing a lullaby to Angelou's son, Guy, surly enough to heckle her off the stage and astute enough to tell her: "You're going to be famous. But it won't be for singing."
After renaming herself Maya Angelou for the stage ("Maya" was a childhood nickname, "Angelou" a variation of her husband's name), she toured in "Porgy and Bess" and Jean Genet's "The Blacks" and danced with Alvin Ailey. She worked as a coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and lived for years in Egypt and Ghana, where she met Nelson Mandela, a longtime friend; and Malcolm X, to whom she remained close until his assassination, in 1965. Three years later, she was helping King organize the Poor People's March in Memphis, Tenn., where the civil rights leader was slain on Angelou's 40th birthday.
"Every year, on that day, Coretta and I would send each other flowers," Angelou said of King's widow, Coretta Scott King, who died in 2006.
Angelou was little known outside the theatrical community until "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," which might not have happened if James Baldwin hadn't persuaded Angelou, still grieving over King's death, to attend a party at Jules Feiffer's house. Feiffer was so taken by Angelou that he mentioned her to Random House editor Bob Loomis, who persuaded her to write a book by daring her into it, saying that it was "nearly impossible to write autobiography as literature."
"Well, maybe I will try it," Angelou responded. "I don't know how it will turn out. But I can try."
Angelou's musical style was clear in a passage about boxing great Joe Louis's defeat in 1936 against German fighter Max Schmeling:
"My race groaned," she wrote. "It was our people falling. It was another lynching, yet another Black man hanging on a tree. One more woman ambushed and raped. A Black boy whipped and maimed. It was hounds on the trail of a man running through slimy swamps. ... If Joe lost we were back in slavery and beyond help."
Angelou's memoir was occasionally attacked, for seemingly opposite reasons. In a 1999 essay in Harper's, author Francine Prose criticized "Caged Bird" as "manipulative" melodrama. Meanwhile, Angelou's passages about her rape and teen pregnancy have made it a perennial on the American Library Association's list of works that draw complaints from parents and educators.
"'I thought that it was a mild book. There's no profanity," Angelou told the AP. "It speaks about surviving, and it really doesn't make ogres of many people. I was shocked to find there were people who really wanted it banned, and I still believe people who are against the book have never read the book."
Angelou appeared on several TV programs, notably the groundbreaking 1977 miniseries "Roots." She was nominated for a Tony Award in 1973 for her appearance in the play "Look Away." She directed the film "Down in the Delta," about a drug-wrecked woman who returns to the home of her ancestors in the Mississippi Delta. She won three Grammys for her spoken-word albums and in 2013 received an honorary National Book Award for her contributions to the literary community.
Back in the 1960s, Malcolm X had written to Angelou and praised her for her ability to communicate so directly, with her "feet firmly rooted on the ground." In 2002, Angelou communicated in an unexpected way when she launched a line of greeting cards with industry giant Hallmark. Angelou admitted she was cool to the idea at first. Then she went to Loomis, her editor at Random House.
"I said, 'I'm thinking about doing something with Hallmark,'" she recalled. "And he said, 'You're the people's poet. You don't want to trivialize yourself.' So I said 'OK' and I hung up. And then I thought about it. And I thought, if I'm the people's poet, then I ought to be in the people's hands — and I hope in their hearts. So I thought, 'Hmm, I'll do it.'"
In North Carolina, she lived in an 18-room house and taught American Studies at Wake Forest University. She was also a member of the board of trustees for Bennett College, a private school for black women in Greensboro. Angelou hosted a weekly satellite radio show for XM's "Oprah & Friends" channel.
She remained close enough to the Clintons that in 2008 she supported Hillary Rodham Clinton's candidacy over the ultimately successful run of the country's first black president, Barack Obama. But a few days before Obama's inauguration, she was clearly overjoyed. She told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette she would be watching it on television "somewhere between crying and praying and being grateful and laughing when I see faces I know."
Active on the lecture circuit, she gave commencement speeches and addressed academic and corporate events across the country. Angelou received dozens of honorary degrees, and several elementary schools were named for her. As she approached her 80th birthday, she decided to study at the Missouri-based Unity Church, which advocates healing through prayer.
"I was in Miami and my son (Guy Johnson, her only child) was having his 10th operation on his spine. I felt really done in by the work I was doing, people who had expected things of me," said Angelou, who then recalled a Unity church service she attended in Miami.
"The preacher came out — a young black man, mostly a white church — and he came out and said, 'I have only one question to ask, and that is, "Why have you decided to limit God?'" And I thought, 'That's exactly what I've been doing.' So then he asked me to speak, and I got up and said, 'Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.' And I said it about 50 times, until the audience began saying it with me, 'Thank you, THANK YOU!'"

The Haves and the Have Nots Recap Snippett

In case you missed it last night, here is a snippet of what you missed.....

The Tyler Perry drama left off with the shocking abduction of Jim Cryer's (John Schneider) mistress, Candace (Tika Sumpter), who is jeopardizing his campaign for governor with her manipulative games.  Meanwhile, Jim's son Wyatt (Aaron O'Connell) is finally arrested for a hit and run that caused the death of a young girl. Additionally, Benny (Tyler Lepley), who remains in a coma, is secretly moved into a private hospital by Katheryn (Renee Lawless), who is also working to get his mother, Hanna (Crystal Fox), out of jail. Lastly, the Cryers' daughter, Amanda (Jaclyn Betham), moves closer to insanity, after stalking and stabbing her abusive professor.

The new season will dive deeper into the drama to explore Candace's fate, if Wyatt will be convicted of his crimes and whether or not Benny will ever wake up from his coma. Additionally, the series will continue to follow Amanda's mental downward spiral and Jim's campaign for governor despite his family's turmoil.

"The Haves and the Have Nots" hit network high ratings with its March 11 spring finale, garnering 3.6 million viewers. OWN has ordered 20 additional episodes for a total of 56 through 2015.  

NEW MUSIC: Jagged Edge to Release Sequel to "J.E. Heartbreak" This Fall

Jagged Edge

So So Def Recording artists Jagged Edge has announced a new deal with BMG Primary Wave Artists Services to release the multi-platinum-selling groups'  eighth studio album, J.E. Heartbreak Too, this fall 2014. The album's lead single, 'Hope', will premiere on on Friday, May 30 - just in time for June's Black Music Month.

'Hope' was written and produced by the group's twin brothers Brian and Brandon Casey along with Grammy- winning songwriter/producer Bryan Michael Cox. The track is touted as a classic R&B throwback to the signature sound on the initial J.E. Heartbreak, which sold over 2 million records in 2000 with hits like "Let's Get Married" and "Promise."

"Making a sequel to a classic album is difficult," says So So Def CEO Jermaine Dupri, who serves as executive producer on the upcoming LP. "We don't want to stray from the blueprint of the first album. It's definitely a challenge, but the fans won't be disappointed."

With over 8 million records sold across 7 studio albums Jagged Edge is one of the most successful R&B groups in music. For nearly two decades, J.E. has issued numerous Top 10 singles under So So Def, including "Let's Get Married," "He Can't Love You," "Promise," "Where the Party At" and "Walked Outta Heaven." The group has won three Billboard Awards, two Soul Train Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Music & Dance Awards and has earned various Grammy, BET, and American Music Award nominations.The group has also remained together as a unit and is one of the longest-lasting platinum-selling music groups with original members Brian and Brandon Casey, Kyle Norman and Richard Wingo.

"We are so excited about our realignment with Jermaine Dupri, So So Def and the Mauldin Brand Agency," said Brandon Casey. "Jermaine has given us the opportunity to launch our own HARD CASE Records with this venture. We are dedicating our first official single 'Hope' to single mothers all across the world."

Take a listen to 'Hope'. 

Waka Flaka and Girlfriend Elope; Shocks Momager

Tammy Rivera & Waka Flaka (newlyweds)
Since the beginning of the new season of  “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” stars Waka Flocka Flame and his longtime girlfriend,Tammy Rivera, have been trying to plan for a small wedding while his mom, Deb Antney, has been tirelessly pushing to plan a major wedding for her son, including her giving him away. Although it seemed like the couple had given in to Antney’s plans,the couple decided to up and recently eloped.
Much to the shock of everyone including 'momager' Antney, they acquired a marriage license weeks ago.
“I was selfish. I wanted to be a part of it,” Antney said, but “they got a marriage license about two weeks ago without me knowing it.”
Although Antney wasn’t part of the cerimony, she says that she understands and accepts why her son decided to marry Rivera privately.
“[He] kept his word. He said that he was going to marry her and he did it on his terms. It was very cute to me,” Antney said.
Antney says that she’s elated for her son and that he plans on having a service and a party so he and Rivera’s family and friends can celebrate their union.

Photo and Scoop Courtesy of Rolling Out

Woodstock, GA & Rock 100.5 presents 9th Annual Wing & Rock Fest

The Wing and Rock Festival features some of Atlanta's best tasting chicken wings from metro Atlanta restaurants plus great live music on two stages featuring over a dozen bands.  This FREE festival takes place on Saturday, May 31st from noon until 10:00 p.m. & Sunday, June 1st from noon until 6:00 p.m in downtown Woodstock, Georgia. This event is the third largest wing festival in the country with over 25,000 people expected in attendance this year.  This festival is the third largest wing fest in the country after Buffalo & Chicago and was voted as one of Top 50 food festivals in the country 2011 by Parade magazine. 

This family friendly event has something for everyone.  For the adults we will have cold beverages to wash down those tasty wings plus a large arts and crafts area for those looking for some unique hand crafted items.  For the kids we have jumpies, rides, face painting and local teen bands.  Also do not miss the big wing eating contest on both days where competitors vie to be the fastest wing eater in the city.  

Festival goers can savor tasty chicken wings from local experts like Wing Zone, Wing Stop and Hottie Hawgs who will all compete for several awards judged by local celebrities to determine who has the best tasting wings in the city.  Also the People's Choice Award will be chosen by the festival attendees who get to vote for their favorite tasting wing at the festival.  Twenty restaurants & food trucks in all will be slinging wings next weekend along with BBQ, pizza, hot dogs.

So be sure to mark your calendar for this great weekend of fun while helping two non-profit organizations, Embraced Atlanta & Lucky Dog Pet Rescue, raise awareness and funds.  Embraced Atlanta mobilizes orthopedic and prosthetic equipment into the hands of those in need - the uninsured, the underinsured and the less fortunate.  Lucky Dog Pet Rescue is dedicated to the rescue of homeless and abandoned dogs from the high-kill shelters of North Georgia.  

Rock 100.5 presents ...
Woodstock City Park (Rain or Shine)
Sat., May 31 (Noon – 10pm)
Sun., June 1 (Noon – 6pm)

-  Live Music 15+ Bands
-  Tasty Chicken Wings
-  Cold Beverages
-  Arts and Crafts
-  Kids Zone

Entertainment Lineup

12:30 p.m. Red White & Blues Band
2:45 p.m. Secret Sauce
4:45 p.m. Moontower
6:00 p.m. Wing Eating Contest
7:30 p.m. The Sundogs (Tom Petty tribute 2nd set)

Noon Bedhead
2:00 p.m. Wild Honey
3:30 pm Wing Eating Contest
4:00 p.m. Brian Wiltsey
5:00 p.m. The After Party

Noon - 8:00 p.m. Music Matters

Noon A Modern Myth
1:30 p.m. The Mirrored Years
3:00 p.m. Tyler Porch Band
5:00 p.m. Free Byrd


The 3rd Annual My Dream Speaks benefit event is coming to New York City where Global Language Project will honor the French Embassy and Government and Nickelodeon Networks at the Times Center. This event is slated to take place on Monday June 2, from 6:30PM - 9:30PM. 

My Dream Speaks is a lively, annual fundraiser that attracts VIPs to witness the life changing impact of the Global Language Project foreign language programs. GLP provides disadvantaged elementary public school students language learning in Arabic, French, Mandarin and Spanish. The service is provided, free of charge, to immerse them in another culture and language in their childhood, which will benefit them in the future academically and professionally. MDS is the primary fundraising event that allows Global Language Project to complete its mission of equipping young children with language skills - once thought to be a luxury - that are now necessary to compete in a global workforce and survive high unemployment rates. 

In addition to bestowing the 2014 My Dream Speaks awards to supportive honorees such as the French Ambassador, the event will feature a silent auction and a performance by the children enrolled in the Global Language Project program.

Knowles-Carter Family Issues Statement Post Elevator Melee'

It was elevator ride seen around the world. Beyonce', Jay Z and Solange Knowles were recorded entering into an elevator at a New York City hotel just hours after the famed Met Gala. Once inside the elevator, video footage capture Solange unleashing a viscous attack on her brother-in-law Jay Z. She had to be physically subdued by the trio's personal security guard. 

See the video below. 

More than a week after the melee' and days after the video has gone viral. Countless jabs have been made at Jay Z for taking the beating of the year while his wife calmly stood by offering no assistance but to later stand in between the two. Now after speculation about Solange's mental stability and her sobriety that evening has been put into question, the family has finally released a statement through the Associated Press. 

As a result of the public release of the elevator security footage from Monday, May 5th, there has been a great deal of speculation about what triggered the unfortunate incident. But the most important thing is that our family has worked through it. Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred. They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public. They both have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family.
The reports of Solange being intoxicated or displaying erratic behavior throughout that evening are simply false. At the end of the day families have problems and we're no different. We love each other and above all we are family. We've put this behind us and hope everyone else will do the same.


Disney's Cinderella Teaser Trailer on Disney Video
Cinderella: Glass Slipper on Disney Video

Steve Harvey and Family Feud are taping a new season. Tickets to be in the live studio audience are FREE.

Hey Georgia T.V. fans...WE'RE BACK!

Family Feud, one of America's longest running and most popular game-shows, is returning to Atlanta with host Steve Harvey beginning NEXT WEEK! The show is taping at the Atlanta Civic Center and tapings are available for THREE WEEKS ONLY. To see the schedule and to print free tickets, please CLICK HERE .

We have a limmited number of priority tickets! If a date says 'PRIORITY TICKET' and you request that date and receive a priority ticket, then your admission is guaranteed!

Shanti Das, Marlon Nichols and ASCAP Heat Up ATL Live on the Park “Ladies Night” Edition

The May edition of ATL Live in the Park was a hit as music lovers flooded Park Tavern at Piedmont Park in Atlanta. ASCAP hosted a special “Ladies Night” edition of the popular music series that boasted a few of their best female performers including vocalist, Mylah who performed two tracks off her upcoming EP, Tyler Perry’s House of Payne alum, Demetria McKinney who gave her own rendition of Drunk In Love followed by two singles from her upcoming EP 'Officially Yours', and Grammy Award-winning songwriter Crystal Nicole who sang a few stanzas from classics by R&B divas including “You Don’t Know My Name” by Alicia Keys, “Love Shoulda Brought You Home” by Toni Braxton, “That Thing” by Lauryn Hill, and “Love All Over Me”, a ballad performed by Monica and written by Crystal Nicole herself.

(Left to Right) Mylah, Demetria McKinney & Crystal Nicole
Kenny Burns returned to host the show alongside DJ Trauma and the house band, Quinn and Jukebox.

As always,there were a few extra crowd pleasers added when Demetria McKinney sang her new song “100” which featured ATL's beloved Da Brat. The rapper later returned to the stage to indulge in a snippet of her classic, “So Funkdafied”. No one would ever say no to an impromptu performance from the beautiful KeKe Wyatt! Once she hit the stage, the crowd was treated to a vocally stunning show of her single “Fall in Love” off her new self-titled EP followed by a jazzy performance of her classic remake of “If Only You Knew”. 

Keke Wyatt and Joe
This is how you do ladies night! 

But wait...Shanti Das and Marlon Nichols were not done yet - after Wyatt wrapped her act, the sultry and smooth R&B great, Joe shocked the audience by taking the stage and performing two of his greatest hits, “All the Things Your Man Won’t Do” and “I Wanna Know”. Before exiting, Joe thanked the audience for “showing R&B love” and promoted his upcoming album, 'Bridges', that will be hitting stores on June 3rd. Although, he's not a lady (he's all man) performer, Joe’s surprise serenade proved to be the cherry on top of this month’s sweet “Ladies Night” edition of ATL Live on the Park.
(L to R): Marlon Nichols, Da Brat, Shanti Das, Demetria McKinney and Mali of TreeSounds – Picture 2: Joe, Shanti Das and Marlon Nichols

Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’s Bambi Addresses Her Bike Riding and Says Lil Scrappy Uses The Asthma Pump When Having Sex! [Video]

Bambi, image and video courtesy of
Ok, so I really like Bambi. She sits with and addresses a few things like the Donald Sterling melee', Scrappys rather big teeth, Kurt's infidelity, her disdain for eggs (thanks Mama Dee) and Scrappy's need for his asthma pump....during sex. And if you think its weird to see her pedaling down the street on her bike, she addresses that too.


Atlanta has a burgeoning entertainment community that has Hollywood taking notice. We know that where there is new production, there is a big need for talent and 60 Seconds to Stardom is here to help weed through the talent pool to see what or who they can find. They're hosting a showcase for talent to display themselves for the industry to see. The goal is to find up-and-coming actors and expose them to a host of directors, producers, casting directors and scouts. 

As an actor, you get one minute to perform your best one-minute monologue and network with industry executives. If you're a filmmaker, you also have the chance to submit a 2-minute (or less) trailer to be screened by industry pros. 

Hosted by Atlanta native and entertainment maven Rashan Ali, the panel will offer educational advice and an opportunity to network and be seen by industry enthusiasts. This is not an audition, but an opportunity to stretch the creative muscle. 

 60 Seconds to Stardom will be held at SAE Institute (behind Hard Rock Cafe) on Thursday, May 15 from 7 pm - to 10 pm and will cost $10 in advance and $20 at the door for admission. Click the link here to sign up for your chance at stardom. 

J. Moss Kicks off 9th Annual Atlanta Gospel Fest

The 9th Annual Atlanta Gospel Fest will be here August 1st and 2nd and Dr. Rikki Brooks, creator of the festival and gospel artist J.Moss hosted a press conference to discuss what fans could expect this year. 

The invitation-only reception was held in Atlanta's Galleria area and played host to media, taste-makers in the music and inspirational arena. If you ask Dr. Rikki what can one expect from the 9th Annual Atlanta Gospel Fest, she'll tell you, "...much of the same but bigger and better!....and yes I will be performing!" 

I ran into gospel powerhouse J. Moss and he was thrilled to be back again this year. "This is the city where I can come to any church and any festival and do any gig and it's done well. The people love me and you feel the love in the air. "

So we chatted for a few. My first question was why hasn't there been in album in two years and he was more than candid. Simply put, he didn't have to. With four top ranking singles off the album (God's Got It,  Good Day, Good & Bad and The Prayers), touring and performing allowed time to simply fly! "We were just milking that record. We let people enjoy it!"

With the new album on the horizon, J. Moss is already releasing music such as 'Alright, OK'. He didn't need much pushing when asked about features on the upcoming album. He's sharing vocals with the likes of Lalah Hathaway, Faith Evans and Maroon 5!  Surprised that he's using so many secular artists, I asked about his reasoning for moving outside the gospel community and if he cares what other gospel enthusiasts feel about his secular feature choices.

"We're trying to reach everyone. I do care what people think and I don't want people to feel like I disregard. What they have to realize is, well how did you get converted? Somebody's got to go out into the mall, somebody's gotta go onto the university campus, somebody's gotta go into the barbershop and to the salon. Somebody's gotta go to the grocery store and somebody gotta go to jail! We need ministers in all these places and there's a whole audience that PJ Morton may have that don't know nothing about J. Moss. But because he's on my record, that's going to introduce them to me. And now I gotcha!"

As for working with Maroon 5, he says, "Being a part of HIM and being a part of just makes it all bigger! And that's what I like about it. It allows you to just reach across and grab so many others." 
So after chatting for a bit longer, the subject came up about Willie Myrick, the young Atlanta boy who had been abducted and eventually released after repeatedly singing the Hezekiah Walker smash Every Praise. Listen to J. Moss' sentiments on that. 

Lastly, and on a lighter note, the thing that has many talking is J. Moss' remake of Pharrell Williams' song Happy! Take a listen.