Actor Vic Rogers Wins Best Actor Award at Filmstock Film Festival

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Vic Rogers (l) and Jai Raja (r) pose after winning awards

Filmstock began in 2009 to screen local short films in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area, and for the next three years continued to grow into an event that curated not only Southwestern films, but films from around the world.

In 2013, Filmstock continued its mission by connecting filmmakers with audience members from the American Southwest, and expanded to all of the Four Corners states.

In 2014, Filmstock had its biggest year yet, with more films than ever pouring in, and more eager film fans looking forward to watching them and meeting their filmmakers! This is also the year the festival relocated to the scenic Mill Avenue during the Tempe Festival of the Arts, giving its festival-goers a much richer experience.

In 2015, Filmstock returned to beautiful downtown Tempe for its sixth annual year. Actor Vic Rogers won Best Actor Award. Vic Rogers is signed to RKD Talent Management and is slated for some big projects starting in 2016.

The winners for the Actor’s Showcase are:

Best Actor: Vic Rogers
Best Actress: Jane Fendelman
Best Abstract: Timothy Valdisera
Best Comedic: Kamy Renee Johnson
Best Dramatic: J Lyle
Best Partnership: Cody Goulder & Melody Knudson
Best Redirect: Cisco Saavedra

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Tom Joyner Being Forced Out of Own Radio Show; Russ Parr to Take Over

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Tom Joyner, 65, is reportedly being pushed out of his own syndicated radio show to make room for younger talent.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, the radio legend will be forced into early retirement next year so that Radio One – which owns a majority stake in Reach Media’s The Tom Joyner Morning Show – can move its other syndicated host Russ Parr, 56, into Joyner’s chair.

Also, Joyner’s forced departure is reportedly timed to coincide with the end of Barack Obama’s presidency in 2016. According to the Daily Mail, a “quiet plan” to phase Joyner out took root in 2014 “to lineup with the culmination of the Presidential election and President Obama’s departure from the White House.”

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A source explained: “Tom’s show has always been about community activism, education and social justice and he played a major part in helping President Obama get elected. They felt that the end of Obama’s term would be the ideal time for him to also leave.”

Reach Media has responded to Daily Mail Online’s story, saying: “Any stories that suggest major changes to the Tom Joyner Morning Show are inaccurate. Tom Joyner is under contract with Reach Media until the end of 2017. We expect that Reach will continue to syndicate Tom’s show beyond that date and for as long as he would like to be on the air. There has always been refinements and updates to the show as well as market changes due to local conditions and there may be some in the future; but Tom Joyner and the Tom Joyner Morning show continues to be strong and is a daily Party with a Purpose. Reach is committed to Tom Joyner for the long term who remains committed to radio, his audience and the future.”

Ironically, a source told Daily Mail Online that the plan to dump Joyner was masterminded by his best friend and former business associate David Kantor, “the man who actually launched Tom into syndication originally.”

Quick backstory on Kantor:

Joyner launched “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” in 1994 with ABC Radio Networks, where Kantor was an executive. It was Kantor’s idea to launch Joyner into national syndication – and the program quickly became the number one syndicated urban morning show, with more than 15 million listeners daily in over 120 markets at its peak. In 2003, Joyner launched Reach Media with Kantor, who left ABC Radio Networks to run Joyner’s Texas-based media company. In November 2004, Radio One acquired a 53% stake in Reach Media for $56.1 million in cash and stock, which gave the company ownership rights of The Tom Joyner Morning Show and Joyner’s website BlackAmericaWeb.com. In 2012, Kantor encouraged Joyner to sell more stakes in Reach Media to Radio One, a source tells the Daily Mail. In December of that year, Radio One increased its stake to 80% and that decision, according to Daily Mail, “was something that Joyner would live to regret.”

Iyanla Vanzant In Baltimore to “Fix IT” As More Protest Continues over a Proposed $30 Million Juvenile Jail in Baltimore City

A call for help has been made for Baltimore and Iyanla Vanzant has accepted the call.

Baltimore is the largest city in the state of Maryland; the 26th-most populous city in the country, and the largest independent city in the United States. However, what happened in Baltimore on April 12, 2015 when Freddie Carlos Gray, Jr., a 25-year-old African-American man died after being arrested by police for allegedly possessing an illegal switchblade, still remains a mystery. Splintered in pain and turmoil, the residents of Baltimore are divided over the incident of six police officers, who were involved in Gray’s arrest were indicted. Frustration increased recently when an announcement was made by newly-elected governor, Larry Hogan to cut spending in public education, and instead invest to build a $30 million juvenile jail in Baltimore City, despite campaign promises. Combined with a continuing a run of violence in the city making the month of May – Baltimore’s deadliest month since 1999.

To help stop the hemorrhaging of anger and mistrust and to start conversations of healing, Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant, pastor and founder of Empowerment Temple church, has enlisted the help of talk show host, Iyanla Vanzant of the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) hit TV show, Iyanla: Fix My Life.

OWN’s hit TV show, Iyanla: Fix My Life, features the talk show host helping people to overcome difficult situations in their lives. Vanzant, an accomplished author, life coach, inspirational speaker, and talk show host is a living testament to the value in life’s valleys, and the power of acting on faith and empowerment. Plans are to lead residents of Baltimore in conversations of emotional healing and an empowering breakthrough.

The 3-day “Fix My City” Healing Service will be held at Empowerment Temple Church, 4217 Primrose Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215 this week, wrapping up today, Thursday, May 28, 7:00-9:00 p.m. for the community. All of this comes as a result of Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant inviting Iyanla Vanzant to participate in current collaborative and strategic efforts to move the residents of Baltimore City toward open dialogue and restoration.

Dr. Bryant was heavily involved in the Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray cases as the family’s advocate and spiritual adviser. He has witnessed firsthand how communities can become disillusioned without a catalyst for healing and trust. “Iyanla Vanzant is that catalyst,” says Bryant. His hope is that these 3-day sessions will stimulate encouragement, optimism and empowerment.

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The Biggest Music Cruise Now Sailing the Friendly Seas

image076MIAMI /PRNewswire/ — The Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage is set to make history with an unprecedented music line up raising money to help Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The historic voyage will take place on Carnival Breeze, departing from Miami April 11-19, 2015. The customized eight-day itinerary includes visits to Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Montego Bay, Jamaica; and Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan.

The Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage will be hosted by renowned radio personality and philanthropist Tom Joyner and is the longest standing music themed and empowerment cruise. The exciting line-up for the 2015 cruise includes R. Kelly, Jennifer Hudson, Earth Wind & Fire, TLC, LL Cool J featuring DJ Z-Trip, Fantasia and many more! The concerts and entertainment have grown to include Fantastic ’90’s with New Jack Swing from Teddy Riley; Fantastic Motown with The Jacksons and The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards; Ladies Night Hip Hop with Da Brat, Moni Love, Trina and Lady of Rage; Comedy from George Wallace, Don “DC’ Curry, and Rodney Perry.

Ford Motor Company is returning as presenting sponsor of the Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage. Ford, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Michigan, manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. Ford continues to partner with Tom Joyner on initiatives like Fantastic Voyage and Ford HBCU Community Challenge to help students go further. Ford will display two vehicles on the ship culminating in giving a vehicle away to one Tom Joyner Morning Show listener and sponsor many exciting events on the voyage including main stage concerts.

Tom Joyner Foundation started its annual voyage to raise money for HBCUs in 1999 as the first to ever charter and program an entire ship. Now in its 16th year, The Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage is the only charter that promotes philanthropy in an environment that is fun and uplifting.

‘BLACKBIRD’ Film Limited Release Theaters Announced Cities Include: Atlanta, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco & Washington, D.C.

FILM STARS ACADEMY AWARD WINNER MO’NIQUE & ISAIAH WASHINGTON

In Select Theaters April 24

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SELECT THEATERS

 

NEW YORK CITY

AMC Empire 25 – 234 W. 42nd Street, New York, NY

AMC Village 7 – 66 3rd Avenue, New York, NY

ATLANTA

AMC Phipps Plaza – 3500 Peachtree Rd, N.E., Atlanta, GA

AMC Southlake Pavilion – 7065 Mt. Zion Circle, Morrow, GA

WASHINGTON, DC

City Cinemas Angelika Pop Up – 550 Penn Street, NE, Washington, DC

ArcLight Bethesda – 7101 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda, MD

LOS ANGELES, CA

Cinemark 18 – 6081 Center Dr., Los Angeles, CA

TCL Chinese Theatre – 6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA

AMC Town Center 8 – 201 E Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA

SAN FRANCISCO

 AMC Metreon – 135 4th St Suite 3000, San Francisco, CA

Cinemark Century 25 – 32100 Union Landing Blvd, Union City, CA

Cinemark 20 Great Mall – 1010 Great Mall Dr., Milpitas, CA

Film Trailer: https://youtu.be/rHe0ukjp0-M

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Randy tries very hard to be a good person. Since his father left, Randy takes care of his emotionally disturbed mother, and he’s the kind of friend all of his classmates can depend on. As strong as he seems on the outside, Randy is hiding a secret inner struggle and denial of his true self. It’s not until he opens himself up to love that he discovers that becoming a man means accepting who you really are.

 Starring: Mo’nique, Isaiah Washington, Kevin Allesee, Gary L. Gray, Nikki Jane, Torrey Laamar, Terrell Tilford, D. Woods & introducing Julian Walker