Something’s in the Water: Tyra Will End Show in 2011

Tyra Banks announced that after five years on the air, she’s ending her talkshow, “The Tyra Show,” in 2011. According to the Associated Press, Miss Tyra is refocusing her attention on her perennially successful reality show “America’s Next Top Model,” which is now in it’s fourteenth season.

The announcement comes on the heels of another talkshow queen who made her end-date announcement for 2011, also: Oprah Winfrey.

Don’t worry about Tyra giving up her media mogul crown!

[picappgallerysingle id=”7010853″]She’s also spending her energies creating a new production company for future films! Unlike Miss Winfrey, Ms. Banks appeals to a younger demographic of single women, especially, minority women. Her dominance among younger viewers has also been an advantage in the area of media. Tyra has alluded to a mysterious “digital project” that is sure to redefine and reframe the role of younger women-of-color in technology, film, and media, including the impact and accessibility of how that demographic is presented.  Here’s how Tyra’s and Oprah’s web ratings compare…!

Administrative Assistant – Film Music Business Affairs

To apply, register at Career Advocates at: http://careeradvocate.com/page/job/Job.html/f73c14501261085594

Job Number: 1123196

About Us
NBC Universal is one of the worlds leading media and entertainment companies. We develop, produce and market entertainment, news and information to a global market. NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks.

Posted Position Title
Administrative Assistant – Film Music Business Affairs

Career Level
Experienced

Function
Motion Pictures

Function Segment
Administration and Support

Location
United States

U.S. State or China Province
California

City
Universal City

Postal Code
91608-1002

Relocation Expenses
None

Role Summary/Purpose
This Administrative Assistant will provide administrative and personal support to the SVP, Music Business Affairs for Universal Pictures and to the Director, Music Business Affairs as needed.

Essential Responsibilities

* Assist SVP, Music Business Affairs with administrative tasks including, but not limited to: preparation of meeting materials, answering heavy phones, filing, faxing, dictation, photocopying and messengering correspondence and documents

* Schedule meeting and appointments

* Process expense reports

* Process check requests and interact with production accounting department to ensure payments are accurate and on time

* Red-line various legal agreements related to film music

* Create and maintain detailed status reports and documents and draft various correspondence

* Conduct research as it relates to current projects

* Maintain and organize files

* Interact positively with others and maintain relationships both internally and externally

* Arrange travel and all accommodations and create comprehensive and detailed itineraries as needed.

* Perform other related duties in support of the Film Music department as requested by management

Qualifications/Requirements
Basic Qualifications:

* At least 3 years of administrative experience

* Prior experience at a music or film company or an entertainment law firm.

* Prior experience red-lining agreements

* Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

Eligibility Requirements:

* Interested candidates must submit a resume/CV online to be considered (job#: 1123196)

* Willingness to work overtime, and/or on weekends with short notice

* Must be willing to take drug test and submit to a background investigation

* Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States

Additional Eligibility Qualifications
GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.

Desired Characteristics

* Ability to multi-task and work in a high speed, high stress office

* Excellent follow through

* Able to work with a variety of personalities

* Knowledge of music business/legal terminology

* Proven ability to exercise discretion and integrity

* Prior experience supporting a Sr. Level Executive

* Long-term interest in the business and legal affairs aspects of film music, as opposed to the creative side

* Proactive team player with excellent communication skills

* Confidence

Professor in Producing for Film and Television

Professor in Producing for Film and Television
Emerson College – Boston, Massachusetts
http://www.emerson.edu/

Deadline: Open Until Filled

Apply below, or find out more at HigherEd Jobs: http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175406312

The Department of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College seeks to fill a full-time faculty position in Producing for Film and Television at the rank of Associate or Full Professor or as a Distinguished Producer-in-Residence, depending on qualifications and experience. An M.F.A or Ph.D. degree is preferred, but candidates with significant professional experience will also be considered. College-level teaching experience is required.

Candidates are expected to have a record of professional achievement that includes producing or production managing narrative fiction originating on video or film and to have had work broadcast and/or distributed nationally and/or internationally. The successful candidate will be able to teach classes in at least two of the following areas: Production Management, producing episodic drama, producing long-form drama, producing comedy, and television studio production. Responsibilities include advising individual advanced projects at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and appropriate college service. The appointment begins September 1, 2010.

Send a letter of application, curriculum vita, information on teaching experience, and three letters of recommendation to the Search Committee, Department of Visual and Media Arts, School of the Arts, 120 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2009 and continue until the position is filled.

Emerson College values campus multiculturalism as demonstrated by the diversity of its faculty, staff, student body, and constantly evolving curriculum. The successful candidate must have the ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and staff from diverse backgrounds. Members of historically under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. Emerson College is an Equal Opportunity Employer that encourages diversity in its workplace.

Please visit our Emerson College faculty employment page to view this and other faculty positions:
http://www.emerson.edu/academic_affairs/faculty/Faculty-Employment.cfm
Application Information
Postal Address: Search Committee
Department of Visual and Media Arts
Emerson College
120 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
Online App. Form: http://www.emerson.edu/academic_affairs/faculty/Faculty-Employment.cfm

JOBS: President, Film Music – Universal Pictures

Click to Apply: http://careeradvocate.com/page/job/Job.html/e09a09ae1261085986 (Registration on the Career Advocates site, required)

Job Number: 1123306
Essential Responsibilities

* Lead and manage day-to-day operations of Universal Pictures Film Music group, including Business/Legal Affairs, Music Publishing, and Clearance departments

* Oversee all music related issues from development through post-production and delivery

* Collaborate with filmmakers, composers and senior executives to develop strategic and creative directions relating to music on all Universal films

* Set and manage music budgets throughout the life of each project

* Manage composers, musicians, and music supervisors on all films produced by Universal Pictures

* Oversee the hiring of composers and/or music supervisors, as needed

Qualifications/Requirements
Basic Qualifications:

* Minimum of 10 years of experience overseeing music creative for major motion pictures

* Understanding of music licensing, clearance, and music publishing

Eligibility Requirements:

* Interested candidates must submit a resume/CV online to be considered (note job #1123306 )

* Must be willing to take drug test and submit to a background investigation

* Must be 18 years or older

* Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States

About Us
NBC Universal is one of the worlds leading media and entertainment companies. We develop, produce and market entertainment, news and information to a global market. NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks.

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Alvin Ailey’s Judith Jamison Preparing to Move On

For all of you danceophiles and balletomanes, you’ve watched that quintessentially American modern dance company, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (click link for videos and more!), flourish, wane, and then flourish again over its 40 year history. The company started in 1969, under the leadership and artistic vision of dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey. His company was revolutionary for its time because: 1) there were virtually no modern dance companies with Black dancers, 2) he used Black dancers in his company and 3) though the dance vocabulary was strictly from the modern genre, he infused the dances and the body language with Black vernacular themes and movements.

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From his company, Judith Jamison became the Ailley’s version of a prima ballerina. She was not the usual dance type of that time (or this), which was short, waif-like, and, invariably, white –or passably white. Ms. Jamison was tall and lithe, curvy, and dark-hued. She was also a strong, aggressive dancer who attacked each movement. Audience members seemed to understand that her dance was speaking to a much larger issue than just movements.

[picappgallerysingle id=”2622406″]Mr. Ailey created a dance to highlight her essence and her long limbs, and it became a standard dance for the company, and can still be seen today. She performed the solo Cry, which was supposed to be a piece within the larger dance called Revelations. Her performances brought audiences to their feet, and her fierce dancing spoke about the struggles and life of a Black woman –a topic that was never approached previously.

The Ailey company also produced such renowned dancers as Carmen De Lavallade and Masazumi Chaya, in addition to Ms. Jamison.

Unfortunately, in 1989, Mr. Ailey passed away. The company faltered while it tried to get its foothold. There were struggles regarding the direction of the company, and who should lead. During that same year, Ms. Jamison became the Artistic Director of the company.

Under her direction, the company grew, and continued Mr. Ailey’s vision, while also acquiring a new, state-of-the-art facility on West 55th Street.

According to AOL Black Voices, the company has been seriously searching for a new director for the past three years. Ms. Jamison is trying to gradually move on, while she is committed to a seamless process of knowledge transfer. From the same article, she states, “This company is about past, present and future, and I’m seriously reaching into the future,” she shared. “I am not going be around here forever. I want 50 years more for this company, and while I am here, I really want to do this process.”

Regardless of who they select, the vision of Ailey has been in capable hands for 20 years. Hopefully, the vision will continue, as will the spirit of Alvin Ailey, himself.

Actress Alaina Reed Hall Dies of Breast Cancer

Over the weekend, TV actress Samaria Graham delivered some sad news that actress Alaina Reed Hall passed away. Mrs. Hall played Ms. Graham’s TV mother on the hit television series “Blossom.”

Mrs. Reed –a stage, film and television actress– was well known for her roles on “Sesame Street” (as Gordon’s little sister, the photographer), and her recurring roles on “227” and “Cleghorne.” Mrs. Hall was 66 years old. She will be sorely missed.

(Re-post from AOL Black Voices – http://www.bvnewswire.com/2009/12/22/alaina-reed-hall-actress-dies-breast-cancer/)

Alaina Reed Hall, the beloved actress who starred on ‘Sesame Street’ and ‘227’ after appearing on Broadway, lost her battle to breast cancer on Dec. 17 at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif. She was 66.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Reed Hall was diagnosed with a terminal form of the disease in 2007.

Following her humble beginnings in the 1974 off-Broadway production ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on the Road,’ the Springfield, Ohio, native joined ‘Sesame Street’ in 1976, where she played a professional photographer named Olivia.

In a 2004 interview, Reed Hall described the pivotal role as “the best job I ever had.”

Two Top Grossing Films Feature Black Women

Well, people said it couldn’t be done. After Halle Berry’s Oscar(r) win in 2002, people questioned if it was just a fluke, and if a Black woman could get movie-goers into the theaters.

[picappgallerysingle id=”7403564″ align=”center”]After the summer success of PRECIOUS, two more films have exploded stereotypes and myths about Black women and their place in film.

[picappgallerysingle id=”7132203″]Granted, one movie completely masks the fact that it is a Black woman (AVATAR), but the other actively promotes the fact that she’s a “first,” that is, THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG which features Disney’s first Black princess in their loooooong line of princess-like films. (Yes, we’ve had American Indian, Chinese, Middle-Eastern, et al.)

[picappgallerysingle id=”7058013″]THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG (starring Broadway and DREAMGIRLS star Anika Noni Rose) grossed $44+ M, with an opening weekend of $12.2M. AVATAR (starring Zoe Saldana as the lead alien and love-interest) grossed and opened at $73M.

Wake up, Hollywood. Black women are ready for you…are you ready for us?

Stop Dissing Kim Porter

Normally I don’t comment on the foolishness of today’s “celebrities,” but Sean “Diddy” Combs recent comments about Jennifer Lopez are starting to become nauseating and publicly humiliating for his so-called girlfriend and “baby mama” Kim Porter –especially since he just threw Ms. Porter a birthday party less than a week ago in West Hollywood.

Though they’ve been on-again-off-again for more than a decade, and though they have three children together, he still openly pines for his ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez. It wasn’t enough that when he *was* with La-Lopez, he wasn’t yet “through” with Ms. Porter, yet and still, he made such outrageous proclamations that he was “in love” with J-Love, and went as far as to purchase signage in NYC to proclaim it.

The message this is sending is not about unrequited love, or “two ships sailing in the night,” it’s obviously about setting a dollar sign on a relationship and placing a social hierarchy on a relationship –and the Black woman is still the lowest valued in both. This also sends a message to young, Black women about their personal worth, and can only chip away at the delicateness of young, Black, female self-esteem. Imagine the countless hip-hop fans who are young, Black women who are witnessing this repeated public disrespect of Ms. Porter? To have our magazines hold up this dysfunction as a “healthy relationship,” while one of the partners publicly declares his love to another on gossip blogs, gossip magazines, and in Playboy Magazine, is too much. (Read The Dish here…)

Please, let’s stop co-signing on this kind of public humiliation of Black women and stop feeding into its dysfunction and self-hatred.

I’m officially off of the soap box…

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South African Union Threatens to Boycott Jennifer Hudson

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Last month Jennifer Hudson announced that she will play Winnie Manikizela-Mandela in the Equinoxe Film WINNIE (due out in 2011). The Creative Workers Union of South Africa (CWUSA) promptly issued a statement to South African newspaper The Citizen protesting the fact that a South African was not cast in the role, and locals haven’t been sought to star in or work on the film. The union is composed on South African creatives, including filmmakers, actors and musicians. Renowned South African theater actor John Kani pointed out that, “the problem was not Hudson playing Madikizela-Mandela, but the lack of respect and acknowledgment for local creatives.”
Ms. Hudson’s casting also highlights a recent trend toward casting entertainers and singers as actors. Actress Nia Long –in response to Beyonce Knowles starring in yet another film– even went as far to state, “It’s just not about how talented you are anymore. It’s about, ‘How much box-office revenue will this person generate?’ ” But Ms. Hudson is not alone in the push toward entertainers, especially African American entertainers. She’s one of many in a long line that includes Ludacris (CRASH, GAMER), Alicia Keyes (THE NANNIE DIARIES, SECRET LIVES OF BEES), Ice Cube (FRIDAY, BARBERSHOP), Eve (BARBERSHOP, TRANSPORTER 3), and a host of others.
This brings up several issues that have been plaguing Africans/African Americans in film: 1) The right to accurate representation, 2) the dearth of roles for Blacks, and 3) trivializing the “craft” of acting. The movie industry in the United States is focused on the business of show business, and rarely do African Americans have the luxury to present “art” that doesn’t “make money.”  If African Americans in film can’t bring in an audience, then Hollywood –and some Blacks in film– will not bother to cast them in other films, or back films starring them. This is part of the reason why Hollywood continually brings in entertainers, and not actors.

Middle-America more readily recognizes Ludacris than it does Ruby Dee.

However, the entertainer-as-actor is not new to Hollywood. Many films have starred “entertainers” in non-musical films just to attract audiences. Nat King Cole in ST. LOUIS BLUES, Diahann Carroll in CLAUDINE, Eartha Kitt in ANNA LUCASTA, etc. Granted, all of the aforementioned –other than Nat King Cole– were also stage performers, and have starred in plays. Some will argue that Ms. Hudson received an Oscar® for DREAMGIRLS. Others will argue that the role wasn’t a stretch since it was about an R&B singer who doesn’t fit the mold of a successful lead singer of a girl group.

In regards to representation, African Americans have been battling Hollywood for decades. How we’re presented in film impacts how we’re received in public. Image and media strongly impact perception. A “repeated” image can destroy self-esteem, social gains and cultural acceptance. Starting with such films as D.W. Griffith’s BIRTH OF A NATION, Blacks have understood the power of the moving image. Many of the roles in BIRTH OF A NATION were white actors in “blackface” –a demeaning and intentionally hurtful practice of “blackening” an actors face with burnt cork or shoe polish and acting out Black stereotypes for entertainment. It was in part due to the lack of accurate representation that such filmmakers as Oscar Micheaux and Tressie Sauders filmed their own films starring Black actors in human, believable –and even comical– stories.

When the Civil Rights Movement gained steam in the United States in the 1960’s, African Americans took representation even further. Diversity in how actors looked was pushed (no more “paper bag tests” for Black actresses), and “authenticity” was expected (see Abbey Lincoln and Ivan Dixon in NOTHING BUT A MAN).

During the Black filmmaker renaissance in the late-1980’s and early-1990’s, the deluge of Black directors, actors and films, were the norm.

Children raised, or born, during this time period have always assumed that’s how Hollywood looked. Jennifer Hudson is one of those young adults. She would have been an adolescent when the Black filmmaker renaissance blossomed.  In regards to her role as an actress, it will require her to look deep and dark into the recesses of human indignity and violence to truly understand the impact of apartheid-era South Africa. Hopefully, she’s grown beyond her comments that she “didn’t know who the BeeGees” were when she was asked to sing their songs on “American Idol.” The Bee Gees? Really? I also hope that she breaks the acceptance of many young adults to totally disregard any history that pre-dates their adolescence.

Growing up, I was always aware of things that pre-dated me–including music, performers, film, etc. It wasn’t something I considered as “old,” and, therefore, negligible –like clothing. If she and Hollywood are going to stand by their decision to cast her in the role, then let’s hope that she takes the role seriously, and makes a concerted effort to improve her craft by researching Ms. Madizikela’s history, her life, and the era (and country) that produced her. And most importantly, let’s hope that Hollywood and Equinoxe Films respect Black actors in South Africa enough to heavily involve them in the process.

Tribeca All Access Call For Submissions

Tribeca All Access (TAA) is a year round networking and career development program of the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) that supports the work of filmmakers from traditionally under-represented communities within the industry by by providing access to industry representatives looking for new projects in development. Approximately 20 qualified directors and screenwriters will be selected to participate in one-on-one meetings with key industry players in addition to networking and learning from dedicated panels and comprehensive workshops during the Tribeca Film Festival. Program alumni receive year-round support through TAA OnTrack, which includes educational panels and workshops; TFI hosted presentation screenings; promotional support for completed films; and the use of digital filmmaking and editing equipment.

Tribeca All Access is open to both mid-career and emerging narrative and documentary filmmakers. Applicants are required to apply with a completed feature-length screenplay, documentary proposal, or documentary work-in-progress and must have at least one screenwriter or director attached who qualifies. Projects may be of any subject matter, genre, or budget range suited for independent or major studio production.

The program is now a recognized talent pool within the industry and an unrivaled opportunity to advance your filmmaking career.

Apply Now! Deadline is Monday, December 14, 2009.

Visit www.tribecafilminstitute.org/taa for complete details and upcoming events.

Looking for Talent!! Conscious female rappers/artists/dancers/poets, etc…

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DISCLAIMER: This event is NOT sponsored or hosted by the IBWFF. This is a re-post. As with any audition or casting call announcement, you are strongly encouraged to use your best judgment in attending an audition or casting call. It is your responsibility to contact local authorities if you suspect illegal activities, exploitation or violence from the hosts, attendees or other parties in attendance
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DEADLINES:
**PLEASE APPLY BY JANUARY 5TH, 2010 FOR SPECIAL CONSIDERATION**
**LAST DAY TO APPLY IS JAN. 12TH, 2010**

Are you a FEMALE MC with a slick flow, crazy style, and great stage presence? Or are you a FEMALE VISUAL ARTIST, SPOKEN WORD POET, or DANCER? Are you also politically conscious and inspire others through your work?

If so please apply for Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen, Vol. 3: Back To Our Roots, Environmental Justice, Education Equality

We are looking for conscious female rappers/artists/dancers/poets, etc… Who are interested in performing on:
Saturday March 6th, 2010
at Hostos Community College
in the Bronx
for
Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen, Vol. 3: Back To Our Roots, Environmental Justice, Education Equality

If interested please apply by:

  1. Going online to www.mhhk.org
  2. Click on “Vol. 3: 2010”
  3. On the left hand side of the page you will see the link “Participant Application
  4. Click that link, and apply!

Please email hiphopkitchen@nullgmail.com if you have any questions

**PLEASE APPLY BY JANUARY 5TH, 2010 FOR SPECIAL CONSIDERATION**
**LAST DAY TO APPLY IS JAN. 12TH, 2010**

Description of the Event:
Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen Volume 3, Back to Our Roots, will be honoring International Women’s Month by shedding light and creating awareness on Environmental Injustices and Educational Inequalities and their impact on women of color.
Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen will bring together women of color educators, students, environmentalists, djs, emcees, b-girls, poets, visual artists, dancers, healers, pastors, organizers and activists. We will come together through a hip hop showcase to express our solidarity with women’s rights!

The South Bronx is a community that has been in constant resistance, seeking justice in education and the environment. It is a community resisting pollution, asthma, toxic wasteland, and budget cuts for art, music, and gym programs. It is a community that lacks access to healthy fruits and vegetables, adequate health care and after school programs. The South Bronx’s need for reproductive and sexual health education is highly reflected in its high levels of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections.
In place of access to healthy alternatives, the South Bronx has an over abundance of jails and prisons.

However, the South Bronx is not lost. It has experienced a period of healing through leadership guided by community organizations and collectives. This leadership has lead to the creation of new parks, food co-ops, recycling programs, and successful cultural community centers. We have won many amazing victories as a community!
Join us as we fuse our energy, our politics, our ancestry, our traditions, art, song and dance into a brew for Environmental Justice and Education Equality.

Turn Up the Heat and Let the Soul Simmer, as We Stir this Soup for the Hip Hop Soul!

SAVE THE DATE

Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen, Vol. 3: Back To Our Roots, Environmental Justice, Education Equality
When: Saturday, March 6th, 2010
Where: The Hostos Center for Arts and Culture
450 Grand Concourse (at 149th St.) Bronx, NY
(Main Theater)
Time: TBA (most likely 2-5pm)
This event is FREE and open to all ages.
for more information about the event, please
visit our website @ http://www.mhhk.org
or email hiphopkitchen@nullgmail.com

Kathleen Adams and Lah Tere, Founders of Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen

Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen (MHHK) is a multifaceted hip hop event designed to showcase women artists, especially women of color. MHHK serves as a social justice community-organizing platform that educates and empowers women of color on issues that impact their lives, including HIV/AIDS and reproductive justice. Our mission is to create a dynamic interactive exchange and safe space for all women of color to express themselves through their art.

INTERNSHIP: Turner Classic Movies – Program Production Studio, Spring 2010


DEADLINE: December 11, 2009
Atlanta, GA

Please Note: Internships are UNPAID and structured to last approximately 12 weeks. Course Credit is available. Resume, Cover Letter and a College Reference is required. Students should have a strong academic record (3.0 strongly preferred) and good character. Students must have completed their sophomore year in college prior to the start of the internship. In addition, students may not have graduated college or graduate school prior to the start of the internship (i.e. students must still be enrolled in school during the time of the internship). Students seeking college credit are strongly encouraged to apply.

Note to International Students: All international students will be required to provide documentation of proper visa paperwork prior to your arrival if accepted to the program. Only J1 or F1 visas will be accepted.

Deadline to apply for Spring Internships is December 11, 2009. Due to the high volume of candidates for Turner’s Internship Program, interested students are encouraged to apply for openings as soon as possible, as these positions will be filled on an ongoing basis. Future semester Internship postings will be available after the current semester deadline.

More Info: https://careers.timewarner.com/en/asp/tg/cim_jobdetail.asp?partnerid=391&siteid=36&AReq=114959BR&Codes=NDEM

Janelle Monae makes an appearance at MTV’s Woodie Awards

ATLien Janelle Monae has been rocking the scene lately making a number of appearances at such underground events as New York’s Afro-Punk Festival, and elsewhere.

In 2008, she was featured in Interview Magazine as an up-and-comer. However, most folks may recognize her –in a less alien appearance– from fellow ATLiens OutKast’s movie IDLEWILD, even appearing on the soundtrack. Like creative, independent funkstresses before her, Miss Janelle has run across a lot of stereotypes that try to impede her progress as an artist. According to her Interview Magazine feature, she states, ““It’s unfortunate that a lot of people think African-American female artists are monolithically R&B this-or-that …I don’t have to do anything by default.”
Janelle Monae Presents "The Soul Collective" In 2009, was re-imagined and reworked to her current persona as a renegade alien who’s in love with an earthling on her creative album “Metropolis.” The incredibly lush orchestration of Ms. Monae’s music are a wonderful accompaniment to her lilting, bird-like vocals that are reminiscent of Edith Piaf and Marilyn McCoo, all wrapped up in one funky, Mothership package! On Friday, December 4, 2009, Miss Janelle appeared on MTV’s (literally) hot mess of an award show, the Woodies. Nominees –which included Ms. Monae– were selected by college students, who are the barometers of cool.
Not only was Ms. Monae nominated, but she even let her funky android out to present one of the awards!

Miss Janelle isn’t finished, and her epic album has more to go! Also, check out her label Wondaland Arts Society.

Grace Jones Redux

Though some of these sisters may not even know who Grace Jones is, they all still embody the inimitable style of the daring Disco-era diva.

In the 1970’s and 80’s Grace Jones (A VIEW TO A KILL, BOOMERANG) was the “It” Girl. She was in every cutting edge art, fashion and music magazine, and was on the A-List for every disco in the world.

A native of Jamaica, Ms. Jones made her mark in the fashion-world, and soon broke apart the accepted standards of feminine beauty. She was bold, brash and regal, though many accused her of playing into the hyper-sexualized imagery of the Black woman.

Her style is still avant-garde, but it was her closely cropped, natural hair that made her sultry face stand out in the crowd!

Grace Jones performs at Matthew Williamson's H&M event in New York wearing a very high-cut outfit showing her unkempt bikini line!! Her unique style turned off a lot of mainstream people, including many in the African American community, who just didn’t understand her commitment to art and style. Little did many of us know that she was light years ahead of her time! Her spirit embodied such independent past divas as Josephine Baker, Eartha Kitt, and others! Check out these 21st century divas who are sporting Ms. Jones’ spirit with funky, cutting edge, short do’s! 2009 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals Rihanna heads for home after a busy night of performing, eating sushi and partying at the Mahiki nightclub 2009 Soul Train Awards - Arrivals The National Hip-Hop Team Launches Vote 2008

Free Screening of Zimbabwean Documentary on 12/3!

The Women’s International Perspective, The WIP, along with The Ginetta Sagan Fund of Amnesty International, invite you to a screening of the award-winning documentary TAPESTRIES OF HOPE, followed by a Q & A session with Zimbabwean child and human rights activist Betty Makoni and filmmaker Michealene Cristini Risley, at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, California.

TAPESTRIES OF HOPE, an astounding story told through filmmaker Risley’s eyes, captures her sojourn to Africa as she investigates the longstanding myths surrounding the power of virgin blood. Produced by Freshwater Haven, a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the dramatic social change that is required to stop the physical, sexual and emotional abuse of women, Tapestries documents the work of Betty Makoni and her organization, Girl Child Network. The film follows the journey to healing taken by the girls who arrive at GCN daily. Caught in the crossfire of a country devastated by poverty, limited medicine, and the increasing use of girls as charms to heal illness, Tapestries allows us to witness the resiliency of these girls who refuse to be defined by their abuse.

This year, Tapestries of Hope has been awarded BEST DOCUMENTARY at the 2009 Louisville International Festival of Film, received an AWARD OF MERIT from the Accolade Film Awards and an Aloha Accolade at the 2009 Honolulu International Film Festival.

Please join The WIP, The Ginetta Sagan Fund, Betty Makoni and Michealene Cristini Risley at 6:30 pm, The Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View, CA 94040. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the film begins promptly at 7:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Donations are encouraged and greatly appreciated. Please RSVP to michelle@nullfreshwaterhaven.org.

For more information on the film visit www.tapestriesofhope.com or contact The Women’s International Perspective directly at 831-644-0116. To get involved, contact Michelle Titus, Executive Director, Freshwater Haven of Redwood City – www.freshwaterhaven.org.

More info: http://www.thewip.net/

Dreamgirls Opens at the Apollo Theater

The legendary Apollo Theater is presenting a limited engagement of the revival of “Dreamgirls.” Turned into a major motion picture starring Oscar Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce Knowles, and the voice of the upcoming Disney film “The Fairy Princess,” Anika Noni Rose.

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The musical garnered major attention in 1981 when it debuted on Broadway and starred Sheryl Lee Ralph, Loretta Devine, Jennifer Holliday, Phylicia (Ayers-Allen) Rashad, and others, who went on to star in film and television. The musical gained even more attention from the powerhouse performance of Jennifer Holliday and the signature song, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.” The opening night saw such luminaries as “Dreamgirls” alumna Sheryl Lee Ralph, director George Lucas, and others. You can still purchase tickets if you’re in Manhattan on or before December 12 (http://www.apollotheater.org/calendar.htm)!

Janet Jackson’s American Music Awards After Party

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Miss Jackson –Janet, if you’re nasty– is back! After the stunning and untimely passing of her closest brother, Michael “King of Pop” Jackson, she’s been the sane and professional face of the Jackson Family.

Her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards stunned audience members who may have forgotten why she reigned the top of the charts and dance floor for many years, and proved herself as a consummate professional.

Many have tried to dethrone her while her rival Madonna gets skinnier and crazier, only to become Lady Gaga. Miss Janet is an incredible performer with real women curves, and a talent that leaves Britney-wannabes in the dust.

Well, Miss Jackson threw herself an “I’m Back!” party after the American Music Awards called “The Number Ones.”

Check out the blinding bling and beauty of some of the best performers and actors around today!

Survey for Artists: Due November 23, 2009

Attention Artists!

SURVEY ABOUT ARTISTS & THE RECESSION

San Francisco Arts Commision: Cultural Equity Grants

Please take 15 minutes to complete the Survey by Monday, 23 November 2009
or, forward to artists you know.

We want to make sure your experience is represented!

Is the recession over in the Bay Area, or still going strong? How are these
economic times affecting artists around San Francisco?  The conditions that
artists face in this current economic climate should be understood and addressed.

The Artists and the Economic Recession Survey invites you to share your
experience. It is being conducted by Leveraging Investments in Creativity
(LINC), a ten-year national initiative to improve conditions for artists,
in partnership with the San Francisco Arts Commission, the San Francisco
Foundation, and the East Bay Community Foundation. The survey is being
supervised by Princeton Survey Research Associates International.

Completing the survey takes about 15 minutes and is offered in both English
and Spanish.

To complete the survey, please click on the link that follows or type the
survey website address in your browser. Survey web site:
http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/?p=WEB229J8EUDWA8

There is strength in numbers and LINC has been working with artists and
organizations around the country to distribute the survey. We want to make
sure we reach the widest range of artist voices possible, especially
artists who may not be part of formal organizational networks. Reaching as
many artists as possible improves the quality of this important research,
and better equips everyone who advocates for artists and the arts.

So in addition to completing the survey yourself, we would appreciate your
forwarding this to every artist you know.

Your participation in our survey is completely voluntary.  If you have any
questions about this survey, please contact techsupport@nullpsra.com.

Oprah Winfrey Show will end in 2011

According to the New York Times, media mogul, producer, actress and talkshow host queen Oprah Winfrey will end her talkshow on September 9, 2011… which is a blip in the media world timeline.

Other contenders have been rumored to want her crown, including recent guest, Ellen DeGeneres.

Who should inherit the queen’s crown? IBWFF has some ideas…

Tyra Banks

Pros: Miss Tyra is becoming a media mogul in her own right. Transforming her career from cheesecake modeling in Victoria’s Secret catalogs, Ms. Banks has expanded her empire with such shows as the hit CW series “America’s Next Top Model,” and her own talkshow, “The Tyra Banks Show.” She’s got the connections, the younger generation’s attention, and the humor and congeniality to attract top rate guests. Cons: She has to prove she’s got serious mettle to attract world leaders and other movers and shakers beyond entertainment.

Whoopi Goldberg

Pros: Miss Whoopi has done an excellent job of replacing Rosie O’Donnell from “The View.” Ms. Goldberg came on as a co-host at a time when “The View” was faltering after Meredith Vieira’s and Star Jones’ abrupt departures from the show, and the remaining and new co-hosts were balkanizing into camps. “The View” made a few stumbles, and balanced out Whoopi with the frothy commentary of Sheri Shephard, but Whoopi’s thoughtful viewpoints and humor catapulted “The View” back into the daytime television  big leagues. Cons: Miss Whoopi is very opinionated, and if she wants to grow into Oprah’s shoes, she’ll have be willing to bend for the sake of the viewers.

Ricki Lake

Ricki has proved her mettle with insightful, and sometimes, bawdy daytime talk show hosting skills. She’s appealing to younger viewers, and is approachable to older ones. Cons: She’s not big with older women, who make up the bulk of Miss Oprah’s audience and viewership.

Gayle King

Ms. King is a stalwart Oprah supporter and has learned much at the queen’s feet. Both she and queen Winfrey are bestfriends, and they know each other like a book. Gayle –an impeccable journalist in her own right– has taken on O Magazine, and pushed its readership past Martha Stewart. From her brief appearances on Oprah’s show, Gayle is likable, approachable, sophisticated, and knows how to probe for answers. She also knows what older, younger, and middle-aged women want from their news and entertainment. Cons: She’s Ms. Winfrey’s bestfriend. Viewers may unfairly expect her to carry the Winfrey mantle and refuse to accept new directions in a talkshow.

Maybe you’re the next talkshow queen…!

For Colored Girls; Rumored for the big screen

Post-“Precious” there’s another rumor circulating about the dynamic duo producers Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry: They will be producing a screen version of radical poet Ntozake Shange’s Obie Award-winning choreopoem, “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf.”

Rumors are also circulating that superstars Halle Berry, Lynn Whitfield, Angela Bassett, and Jill Scott will star. There are even murmurings that the queen herself –no, not First Lady Michelle Obama– will star in the production. Oprah Winfrey is not new to the big screen, and her repertoire and film roles have only grown increasingly intense with each new film.

Who will deliver this ginormous project? Lionsgate. It would only make sense considering that the Wonder Twins jumped on the “Precious” train, and catapulted the indie-film to new heights.

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Can they do it for such a raw, real piece of work like “For Colored Girls”? Again, the casting seems a little off, but apparently that’s what it takes for a film to have any chance for survival. Big names, and bigger supporters.

The poem doesn’t give any wiggle room for glamor, perfect hair or guarded emotions. If you remember the poem, it deals with serious issues surrounding Black women, including infanticide, and other hot-button issues.

Hopefully, this project will come to fruition and whomever is selected to star will bring the same unpretty grittiness that the original poem demanded.