‘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

Kevin Hart, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Miguel and More Confirmed to Perform During the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE JUNE 25-28

kevinPR – New York, NY — For three consecutive years, BET Networks and AEG partner to bring the heat to Los Angeles when BET Experience takes over L.A.LIVE June 25 – 28, 2015. A four day event, there’s something for everyone as attendees will have the opportunity to experience a plethora of music and comedy concerts, entertaining and interactive activations at the FREE Fan Festival, “106 & PARK” tapings, seminars and various social events and celebrity appearances. The roster is already making waves as the headliners at STAPLES Center include Kevin Hart, Nicki Minaj, Ice Cube and Snoop. Keeping things hot are new additions to the STAPLES Center show lineup – Kendrick Lamar, who will be headlining with Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube, and Jay Rock and Ab-Soul. The music keeps playing during the late night concerts at Club Nokia, headlined by Bell Biv DeVoe, Miguel and The Roots. There’s nobody better to get a party started than Doug E. Fresh, who is also set to take the Club Nokia stage.

 

Tickets for the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE are on sale now. Single day STAPLES Center show tickets are priced as low as $59.50 while 3-day STAPLESCenter concert ticket packages start at $169.50. For fans looking to roll like a VIP throughout the biggest summer weekend in entertainment – the VIP packages are the only way to purchase “BET AWARDS” tickets, get great seats to the STAPLES Center shows, and exclusive access your friends will envy. Quantities are limited, so order now here!

 

BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY, June 25, 2015
STAPLES Center – 8pm: Kevin Hart
Club Nokia – 11pm: Bell Biv DeVoe and Doug E. Fresh

 

FRIDAY, June 26, 2015
STAPLES Center – 7pm: Nicki Minaj
Club Nokia – 11pm: Miguel

SATURDAY, June 27, 2015
STAPLES Center – 7pm: Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg with Jay Rock and Ab-Soul
Club Nokia – 11pm: The Roots and Friends
LA Convention Center: FREE Fan Fest

 

SUNDAY, June 28, 2015
LA Convention Center: FREE Fan Fest
“BET AWARDS”
* All times PST

The Sixth Annual Merge Summit Brings in Hundreds from Across the Country

Acting Panel (L-R): Hosea Chanchez, Nate Parker, Robi Reed, Dr. Holly Carter, Common, Bre’ly Evans, Traci Blackwell, Charles Michael Davis, Brandon T. Jackson

Merge/PR — Beverly Hills, CA — The Sixth Annual Merge Summit was held August 21-23, 2014 at the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.  This one of a kind event integrates faith and entertainment providing an opportunity for men and women of faith to interface, learn and partner with leading executives and talent in the entertainment industry.  Nearly 75 of the industry’s top entertainers and executives led more than 20 interactive panel discussions, workshops and Master Class sessions covering music, television, film, creative development, branding and new media.  The Summit, co-founded by Dr. Holly Carter and Robi Reed, chaired by Traci Blackwell, was presented in association with Walgreens, Wellness Interactive, Inc. and Entertainment One.

Celebrity and notable participants included Anthony Anderson (ABC’s “Black-ish”), Laurence Fishburne(ABC’s “Black-ish”), Tracee Ellis Ross (ABC’s “Black-ish”), Meagan Good (“Think Like A Man Too”),DeVon Franklin (SVP of Production, Columbia Pictures), Boris Kodjoe (BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood”), Common (Rapper/Actor), Lala Anthony (“Think Like A Man Too”), Terrence Jenkins (E! News), Michelle Williams (Singer/Actress), Pastor Paula White (Paula White Ministries, Orlando),Erica Campbell (Mary Mary), Brandon T. Jackson (“Tropic Thunder”), Derek Luke (“Baggage Claim”),Clint Culpepper (President, Screen Gems), LisaRaye (VH1’s “Single Ladies”), Mikki Taylor (Essence Magazine), Dondre Whitfield (ABC’s “Mistresses”), Yvette Nicole Brown (NBC’s “Community”),Sheilah Belle (The Belle Report), Jonathan Butler (musician), Bishop Charles E. Blake (West Angeles Church of God In Christ), Lynn Whitfield (Emmy Award-winning Actress), Suzanne de Passe (de Passe Jones Entertainment), Hosea Chanchez (BET’s “The Game”), Fonzworth Bentley (BET’s “Lift Every Voice”), Harry J. Lennix (NBC’s “The Blacklist”), Mali Music (RCA Records recording artist), Bishop Lester Love (The City of Love Church, New Orleans), Edwina Findley (Tyler Perry’s “If Loving You Is Wrong”), Bre’ly Evans (actress/comedian), and the cast of Oxygen’s “Preachers of L.A.,” among others.

6th Annual Pan Pacific Film Festival To Showcase Family-Friendly and Faith-Based Filmmakers & Movies

jennHosted by Jenn Gotzon & Dr. Drake Travis, PPFF brings together professional and corporate leaders in film, family and faith.

FG/PR — Los Angeles, CA – The annual Pan Pacific Film Festival (PPFF) brings together a forum of movie industry professionals and cinephiles to share stories of redemption and transformation. The international event draws a unique and diverse audience of filmmakers and filmgoers who seek encouragement and support for the production of positive family and/or faith audience films.

Held annually in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, this year’s 6th annual film festival event will be held in the Aratani Community Center (JACCC) in Los Angeles, CA through July 24 – 26, 2014.

This year’s event is co-hosted by actress Jenn Gotzon & Dr. Drake Travis. Gotzon is know best for her work in Hulk and  Frost/Nixon, and has appeared in over 15 inspirational and redemptive feature films including the 2014 Oscar Nominated (rescinded) inspirational French and Indian War true-story Alone Yet Not Alone, mystery-drama Doonby, and more. Dr. Travis is currently the Director of Global Ambassadors for The Resurrection Project and is the author of two published works including Christ Our Healer Today and Healing Power: Voice Activated. He is currently working on a new talk show called “The High Road”, which is scheduled to be produced by end of this year.

PPFF activities consist of screenings of family-friendly and faith-based films, mini-concerts by artists, workshops led by top Hollywood producers, a model talent search, movie premieres and much more. Each night, PPFF will host a red carpet event featuring some of Hollywood’s most influential professionals, along with the movie premiers of Jackson’s Run and Footprints (Friday) and God’s Eye View and Apostle (Saturday).

The opening night of the festival features an awards ceremony celebrating excellence in independent filmmaking. The ceremony honors the year’s best submitted films and talent, and serves to encourage and affirm creative talents. Winners receive monetary prizes, stipends for future films, recognition by Hollywood professionals, International distribution agreements with broadcasting channels, DVD production, and more.

Award categories include: Best Short Narrative, Best Feature Narrative, Best Mission, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Soundtrack, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Under 7, Best “4 to 14,” Best “The Faithful,” Best Theatrical, Founder’s Pick, Best Director, Best Short Documentary, and Best Feature Documentary.

The festival is presented in partnership with International Media Mission (IMM), CGN TV, and The JUCE Network. Key partners include leading family-friendly and faith-based organizations such as The Christian Post, The Resurrection Project, MovieGuide, FrontGate Media, ChristianCinema.com, NewReleaseTuesday.com, Sonoma Christian Home, Christian Film Database; Actors, Models & Talent for Christ (AMTC), and others.

Ken An, Co-Founder of PPFF shares, “We started out just wanting a place to screen family-friendly movies. Now PPFF has grown to be a creative home for family and faith artists; a center for professionals to work on their craft, and an international provider of high quality, family and faith friendly content.”

The winners of each nominee awards are listed at http://stellaeawards.com/nominees  and will be awarded on the day of the festival. For a schedule of events and speakers and for more information, visit http://www.ippff.com .

“Mary Mary” Season Finale THURSDAY Night WE tv 9:00pm ET/CT

unnamedNew York, NY — Erica Campbell has been nominated for a BET Award in the Best Gospel Artist category, it was announced today.   This is her first nomination as a solo artist and is being recognized for her solo debut HELP.   Campbell, has won three previous BET Awards, as part of Mary Mary.

HELP was released on MyBlock Inc / eOne earlier this year and was an immediate hit.  The CD, heralded as one of the best gospel albums this year, debuted at Number 1 on the Top Gospel Chart and Number 6 on the Top 200 Chart.   HELP was the number one gospel album for 4 weeks in a row, and has maintained the number one slot for 6 weeks total.   The title track, “Help,” is number 6 on the Gospel BDS chart and continues to connect with audiences across the country.

Erica can be seen this summer headlining the McDonald’s Inspiration Gospel Tour.  The multi-city tour will make stops in 11 markets, including: Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Jackson, Los Angeles, Memphis, Newark, Oakland, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Raleigh.

The New York Times recently said “her [Erica’s] performance, as a whole was something rare – poised, emphatic, nongrandiose, self-contained, empathetic, extravagant.”

In its third season on WE tv, Erica’s hit show, “Mary Mary,” has garnered the best ratings to date. The season finale airs tomorrow May 15th at 9pm ET/CT on WE tv.

Beyoncé announces ‘Mrs. Carter Show’ World Tour

To say Beyoncé delivered at her Super Bowl halftime performance, which included a medley of her hits and a brief reunion of Destiny’s Child, would be a huge understatement. With that milestone crossed off her list, Queen Bey is poised to dominate the globe. On the heels of the Super Bowl, Beyoncé announced a world tour titled “Mrs. Carter Show,”  a name clearly inspired by her husband, Shawn Carter, a.k.a. Jay-Z.

The tour will begin across Europe and will be wrapping up in the U.S. with the final date being in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center, the house that Hov built.

See below for concert dates.

Mrs. Carter Show’ World tour dates

04-15 Belgrade, Serbia – Kombank Arena
04-17 Zagreb, Croatia – Arena Zagreb
04-19 Bratislava, Slovakia – Slovnaft Arena
04-22 Amsterdam, Holland – Ziggo Dome
04-24 Paris, France – Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
04-25 Paris, France – Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
04-26 Birmingham, England – LG Arena
04-29 London, England – The O2
04-30 London, England – The O2
05-01 London, England – The O2
05-03 London, England – The O2
05-07 Manchester, England – Manchester Arena
05-11 Dublin, Ireland -The O2
05-12 Dublin, Ireland -The O2
05-14 Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpaleis
05-17 Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion
05-18 Milan, Italy – Mediolanum Forum
05-20 Montpellier, France – Park & Suites Arena
05-22 Munich, Germany – Olympiahalle
05-24 Berlin, Germany – O2 World
05-25 Warsaw, Poland – National Stadium – Orange Warsaw Festival
05-27 Copenhagen, – Denmark Forum
05-28 Oslo, Norway – Telenor Arena
05-29 Stockholm, Sweden – Ericsson Globe Arena
06-28 Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
06-29 Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
07-02 San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion at San Jose
07-05 Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Arena
07-06 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
07-09 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
07-10 Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
07-12 Atlanta, GA – Gwinnett Center
07-13 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
07-15 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
07-17 Chicago, IL – United Center
07-18 St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
07-20 Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
07-21 Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre
07-22 Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre
07-23 Boston, MA TD – Garden
07-25 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
07-26 Atlantic City, NJ – Boardwalk Hall
07-27 Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena
07-29 Washington, DC – Verizon Center
08-02 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun
08-03 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center

 

Walmart Walkout: Black Friday Strike to Fight ‘Silence’ of Workers

Walmart workers are planning a massive, nationwide walk off of work ahead of Black Friday, the shopping mania day after Thanksgiving, to pressure the world’s largest retailer to improve its pay, hours, and health benefits.

Even with a week to go, the protest has already started. On Wednesday and Thursday, employees walked off the job in Southern California and Seattle, according to Common Dreams news site. Organizers say that there will be some 1,000-store protests leading up to Black Friday. Protests will include more walk offs, rallies and online actions. Some of the cities where this will occur include: Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami,Milwaukee, Washington, D.C., and in the states of Oklahoma, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Minnesota.

“No matter how hard we work, my husband and I can’t catch up on our bills,” said Charlene Fletcher, an OUR Walmart leader from Duarte, California, in a statement.

Both Charlene and her husband, Greg, work at Walmart. Greg has worked at Walmart for six years, while Charlene has been an employee for 2 ½ years. This Thanksgiving, they were both scheduled to work, which means they won’t be with their two children, aged two and five.

“It’s heartbreaking to miss the holiday with them, and it’s just one more way that Walmart is showing its disregard for our families. But when our co-workers speak out about problems like these, Walmart turns their schedules upside down, cuts their hours and even fires people,” Charlene said in a statement. “We’re going on strike for an end to Walmart’s attempts to silence its workers.”

This is not the first time workers have protested Walmart. Just last October, workers in Los Angles went on strike and soon employees in 12 other cities followed suit. The workers are protesting this year for the same thing as the strike in October: better pay, fairer schedules and more affordable healthcare.

In a statement to 4029TV.com, Walmart said that employees who work on Thanksgiving will receive holiday pay.

And Sarah Spence, director of Corporate Communications for Wal-Mart, also told 4029TV.com, “This year, we’re also providing them an additional 10 percent discount on one basket of goods. Additionally, we are providing three hot meals during the day on Thanksgiving for associates who will be working.”

Fortune Magazine ranks Walmart as number two in its Fortune 500 list. The company earned $446 billion in 2011.