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Dwight Williams is the 32nd recipient of the Frank Capra Achievement Award. A DGA member for 44 years, Williams’s dedication to a life of service and integrity goes back even farther. As a young man from Philadelphia, he was active in civil rights and fair housing campaigns in the North, then took two years off from Temple University to work in the South doing voter registration and community organizing with the SNCC. Williams began to seriously contemplate his future.
"Buí Baldvinsson has been working in the film industry in Iceland since the year 2000. He has worked for all the Production companies in Iceland for many years doing everything from PA, Makeup, Production, Camera and everything between. Hero Productions Iceland, as they etiquette of many other companies was not of his liking. After a decades worth of experience he decided to open up his own company, Hero Productions Iceland, as they etiquette of many other companies was not of his liking. "
Guy Torry is not only an amazing actor, from movies like American History X, LIFE, Pearl Harbor, Ride, Trippin', and many more, he's an innovative and hilarious stand-up comedian. In 1995 Guy created the hottest and most important comedy night in comedy, Phat Tuesday’s at the World Famous Comedy Store in LA. He was recently featured on TV One’s “UNSUNG HOLLYWOOD.” Guy has also helped many of us gain the “Corona 19 lbs” due to his “Comedy Kitchen” show that airs on his Instagram. Guy's Phat Tuesdays Docuseries is now streaming on Amazon Prime!
Keith's tenacity and diversity has led him to a diverse range of roles. With over 70 film and TV credits under his belt, Keith has had major roles in TV productions and theatrical motion pictures along side some of Hollywoods elite, including, Robert Redford, Emma Thompson, Burt Reynolds, Michael Keaton, Rosario Dawson, and more.
Kareem Grimes, LA Native who’s first break out role was when John Singleton, gave him his first speaking roll in Boyz N The Hood ( Ice Cream Truck kid) .TV (SWAT, Unsolved Biggie & Tupac Murders, Star, NCIS, C.S.I, Love by the 10th Date , A Recurring role on the CW's Show All American as "Preach".) commercials (Cricket Wireless, Pizza Hut, Subway, Coors Light,24 Hour Fitness, Bud Light), theater NAACP Award Winning Play Sassy Mamma's, The Edgeucation Comedy Sketch Show), and feature films (The Mule ,Jarhead, Baby Boy, The Preachers Son, Too Legit To Quit The MC Hammer Story, Legendary ).
Celebrity Fashion Stylist and TV Host Marcellas Reynolds, the author of Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women who Revolutionized Fashion.To date, there has never been an art book devoted exclusively to top black models. Supreme Models fills that void, paying tribute to top black models past and present: from the first to be featured in editorials and on magazine covers, like Iman, Beverly Johnson, and Donyale Luna, to the supermodels who reigned in the nineties—Tyra Banks, Naomi Campbell, and Veronica Webb. The book also observes the newest generation of stars—Adwoa Aboah, Adut Akech, and Joan Smalls—who are shaking up the fashion industry by speaking out about racial prejudice, while becoming social media sensations. Written by me, fashion stylist and journalist Marcellas Reynolds, Supreme Models features more than 70 women from the last 70 years. The book, filled with gorgeous photographs of these models, details their most memorable ad campaigns, covers, editorials, and runway shows.
Denise Caldwell is a sought-after style and beauty expert with more than a decade of experience styling Hollywood’s elite, including Leighton Meester and Michelle Monaghan, and has been a part of the teams that have worked with such famous faces as former-first lady Michelle Obama, Halle Berry, Beyonce, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Lopez and more. Denise has been quoted in Fortune, Glamour, OK! Magazine, Seventeen, Essence and SELF magazines and has recurring appearances on Today Show, Dr Oz and HLN’s Headline News. She also appears on NBC, FOX and CBS television affiliates in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta and Washington DC. Viewers look to her expertise for style solutions, everyday wardrobe essentials and red-carpet trends for real life.
Hope Noelle is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Hope-Noelle has designed for leading labels, including Jill Stuart and Oscar de la Renta. She is as passionate about art as she is about design and technology. Her inspiration for HauteTrader found its roots in her entrepreneurial family background, as well as in her personal experience of trading designer clothes with her friends. “My ambition was to create something that women will truly enjoy,” she says.Having no prior experience in tech and being a single founder, Hope-Noelle endured many long nights and overcame numerous development-related obstacles. "Developing a concept into a reality requires focus, tenacity and a strong willingness to make sacrifices and set priorities." says Davenport. .
Jeremy Austin, aka Call Her 6, stopped by the E-Spot to share his journey to becoming sober, and helpful tips for others struggling with addiction. Jeremy is co-starring as Eureka's makeup artist, on the new HBO show, "We're Here." Jeremy "6" Austin also shares his beauty secrets. A must-see. Spoiler Alert we have been best friends for 20 years. * Jeremy Austin won the best makeup in a reality show for the second season of "We're Here on HBO, Sept 2022.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction please call National Drug HelpLine: (844) 289-0879
Mona's first film was " Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins," (starring Martin Lawrence, Cedric the Entertainer, Mike Epps) she worked on as a day player. Andrea's strong work ethic, and skill set allowed her to be hired on her next job full time as a Hairstylist. She has a Resume that's full of fan favorites and amazing television series. She is a 2018 Makeup and Hairstylist Guild Nominate Hairstylist for the film Pitch Perfect 3 (starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Ester Dean(Songland), Hailey Steinfeld) and had the Honor to have done hair on all the three Pitch Perfects. She is also a 2019 Emmy Nominate Hairstylist for the HBO TV show True Detective 3 (starring Mahershala Ali. Her list of credits for film and tv shows are Fences (starring Denzel Washington (director as well), Just Mercy (starring Michael B Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson), HBO TV SERIES...Watchmen (starring Regina King), Night School (starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish), and she did both Season of the WGN TV Show Underground (starring Journee Smollett Bell, Aldis Hodge, Amiriah Vann, Alano Miller and Dewanda Wise), just to name a few. She also worked on the upcoming HBO TV series called Lovecraft Country (starring Journee Smollett Bell, Johnathan Majors, and Michael K. Williams)."
Kim Kimble a Los Angeles native shares her experiences from her first film job, B.A.P.S, with director Robert Townsend and actress Halle Berry, her reality show on WE TV, L.A. Hair about her salon, owns her own hair care line, and tools. Kim also shares some helpful tips for at home hair care to cover greys and transitioning to a natural without having to big chop.
Our forever Miss USA Cheslie Kryst shares great tips on being confident and acing interviews. Cheslie is an Attorney, Extra TV correspondent, and blogger. I still can't believe she's gone. I'll cherish the times we spent and the advice she gave me forever! If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, you are not alone and you're not a burden, please know life will get better, and please get help at 988 or text 741741
Vera fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming Miss North Carolina USA in 1998. She was awarded the Miss Congeniality award at the televised, Miss USA 1998 pageant. Throughout her reign she received modeling and acting opportunities and appeared on The Wheel of Fortune. In 2019, Vera began motivational speaking about Mental Health Awareness, based upon her experiences dealing with, and overcoming depression and anxiety. She wants to continue to raise awareness about the importance of mental wellness. Vera also became an Ambassador for Susan G. Komen, in which she would raise awareness about breast cancer, and speak at events. Early in 2018, Vera began modeling again. In 2008, Vera was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. She became an advocate for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, where she raised over $9,000.00.
Kara Mae, began pageants at 3 years old. Her first time being on the stage, she loved it and won Overall Queen and Overall Cheer (it was a cheer related pageant). She has held many local titles like Baby Miss Fayetteville, Little Miss Autryville and Miss Cumberland county fair a Youngster Production with Pat Fraizee she was discovered by Devise talent agency in Sept. of 2019. She has won Overall talent and leveled ultimate majestic at Simply Gorgeous girl grand national, ultimate grand at Dixieland national and Big crown. She has won Hipoint elite at EPP several times. Kara's mom, Krissy Khan, will also join us to share her tips on getting your children into Pageants and acting. Pageantry has always been a family affair! Krissy competed in pageants as a small girl, so it was only natural to continue the tradition. Mom is a high school English teacher of 8 years and dad, Andrew Khan, has been in the US Army national guard for 14 years and currently activated helping with COVID-19 relief efforts. Share with anyone who is looking at getting their children into acting or pageantry.
Dr. Joyce Gilliard shared her experience with getting her start working on the reality show 'Run's House' ( the show followed Run DMC front man, Rev. Run and his family). Dr. Gilliard as shared what it was like working on The Hunger Games, Paper Town, Shots Fired, Watchman, Army Wives, Respect, and Just Mercy, As an award-winning filmmaker, Dr. Joyce also shares her inspiration behind her film 'Daddy's Home' and her non for profit i-Safe Films. Midnight Rider survivor and set safety activist. #fabover40
Carlos Battey artistically known by his stage name Jackie's Boy is a Grammy Song-Winning Writer/ 4 Time Grammy Nominated Songwriter and ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Winner (2010 Best Remixed Recording Madonna "Revolver") who has has written hits for Madonna, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, Charlie Wilson, Johnny Gil, Jay Sean, Becky G, Jake Miller, Bruno Mars, Flo-rida and Chris Brown.a Songwriter, Madonna FT David Guetta “Revolver (Remix)”- Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical.
Producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist John "Skip" Anderson has worked with such artists as Melba Moore, Aretha Franklin Teddy Pendergrass, and Luther Vandross. Dwight "Popcorn" Miller was the Stage Manager for the Earth, Wind & Fire Lionel Richie, Marvin Gaye, Toni Braxton, Babyface, Bobby Brown, BBD, Morris Day, Sheila E, 3RD World, New Kids on The Block, and many more.
In 2000 he launched Platinum Boy Music, his own production and recording imprint. As its CEO his behind the scenes goals for his brand were simple: "Make great music and make great shows so everyone recognizes the passion I have for creating and playing music." Since 2007 Thompson has been Music Director and lead drummer for R&B superstar Trey Songz, a position which exponentially expands his reach from within the circle. Touring nationally and internationally his role requires even more responsibility and accountability than a producer's general expectation of properly meshing sounds using rhythmic timing.
Dwight "Popcorn" Miller, back on The E-Spot to share his experience of being a stage manager for #earthwindandfire #nkotb Marvin Gaye, Toni Braxton, Luther Vandross and so many more.
Armie Hicks Jr was born and raised in Raleigh, NC. The actor, director, and producer has worked hard to establish himself in tv/film starring in shows such as ATLANTA & CORONER. His cinematic addiction started at a young age by watching classic films with his uncle Keith. Due to the lack of interesting roles being offered to him as a black actor wanting to express his ideas, Armie decided to begin making his own content and he has been hooked ever since. His latest film CIRCUIT is currently doing well in Festivals across the country.
John will be here for a full hour to take questions and discuss artist's rights to their work. John is an accomplished attorney whose practice includes disputes relating to intellectual property (trademarks, copyright, trade secrets, trade dress), internet/email marketing regulations, employment matters, and more.
Juan shares his expertise on Web Design, Reputation Management
SEO /SEM & Internet Marketing Services and so much more. WHo knew learning about Analytics could be so much fun.
Connie is an American entrepreneur, publicist, an expert in media communications, and founder of The Chi Group, award-winning public relations and brand management agency working with inspirational talents, personalities, and brands.
Jennifer, has been a regular contributor on Hallmark Channel’s Emmy-nominated “Home & Family,” a real estate correspondent for Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends Weekend,” and a writer for Realtor.com with her real estate column “Get This Look.”
Talia Corrine Maddock, is an interior designer and Talk Show Host, Women's Health with Angie Everheart and Shar Jackson.
Serena Martin, with over 15 + years of experience working within the trade industry.
" I have dedicated my career to working within the design community. Currently* holding the position as Marketing Events & Tradeshow Manager, I work to produce Houzz events and tradeshows throughout the US & Canada. Outside of my professional job, I donate my time to support ASID. Holding 2017- 2019 board seat for ASID CA North - Communications Director. This diverse role included overseeing CA North's local chapter communications, marketing, content and newsletter, event production and Editor in Chief for SF Design’s, quarterly magazine."
Music producer and tour manager, Tremaine Williams, a Raleigh, NC native began his career as an intern at the renowned studio Hidden Beach Recordings; it was during this time that he became a voting member of The Recording Academy.
Along with being Luther Vandross' drummer and co-writing partner for the 17 years leading up to the consummate musician’s death, Hampden currently records and tours with other notable artists such as Stephanie Mills, Ashford & Simpson, Roberta Flack, Phil Perry, Vanessa Williams and Jennifer Lopez. Ivan has also performed behind such Artist as Bonnie Raitt, Al Jareau, Dione Warwick, Maceo Parker, El Debarge, Kenny Latimore, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Michael MacDonald, India.Arie and Joe—the list goes on and on
Michael Stemley, who is the manager, coach, and developer of celebrities in the entertainment industry wrote and published a self-help book for wealth creation. His book is titled "Wealth Power Respect." It is available on various online self-publishing platforms such as Amazon Kindle, Lulu, Barnes and Noble, Book-a-million, and IndieBound.
Tayvon Stephens, known as Tay Da Prince, is a new old socially conscious rapper-producer who is bringing soul back to hip- hop.
Ian says, “I am at my core, an R&B artist, here to impact my culture by touching the hearts of people through my music.” Born in Baton Rouge, La., Ian grew up with deep roots firmly planted in the church, where he honed his skills as a musician and singer.
See who YoYo, Dr. Yolanda Whitaker, would choose to be quarantined with to make new music with, why she started her own Hip Hop education program with Black College Expo, and so much more. Don't miss YoYo;s new cooking show on Aspire TV.
"Chip Shearin is one of the most well rounded musicians in the world. He’s a top tier bassist who has worked with artists including Donald Byrd, Marion Meadows, Aretha Franklin, Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera, and many more. He produces commercial music for advertisements, television shows, and even composes film music. Millions have heard his playing in one form or another, but many will instantly recognize his playing on the Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight.” Shearin was just a teenager when he recorded the track, which he admits he has a love-hate relationship with. After helping so many stars develop their albums and live shows, Shearin has released his debut solo album, How I Live, on Innervision Records. The 12-song release collects several of the bassist’s original tunes with some memorable takes on his favorite classic songs like “Stretchin’ Out” by Bootsy Collins, “Who Is He” by Bill Withers, and the Meters tune “Cissy Strut.” Shearin has also been keeping busy on the bass with fellow 4-stringer Ethan Farmer. The duo created a band called The Avengers, which has played a string of shows last year with more tour dates in the works. Shearin splits his time between Los Angeles and North Carolina, where he grew up. We reached him at his home to get his take on the music industry, his band, his new album, and the story behind “Rapper’s Delight.”
My cousin, Byron Brooks is a local Baltimore comedian. He was born and raised in Fayetteville, NC and moved to Maryland in 2004. He started comedy 3 years ago and has been featured on many shows in the Maryland, DC and Virginia area. He runs his own show in Silver Spring Maryland called “Why Not Laugh” and has been feature on the cover of Maryland A&R Magazine.
RoB J, VA singer and songwriter who's current single, "𝗪𝗛𝗔𝗧 𝗜 𝗟𝗜𝗞𝗘" (feat DaBaby) is out now! RoB J is also the co-owner @DivineOrder_Apparel
Charisse Mills, "Bad and Boujee!" is a strong force that has paved her way into the entertainment industry! She is a classically trained Opera singer that sings in six different languages. She merged her ability to sing Opera with her love for EDM/Pop music and has produced her genre of music called Pop'era. Having released singles such as "Champagne" which features French Montana, and lending her Operatic prowess on Neyo's Single "Integrity", Charisse has worked with fan favorites, which she humbly refers to as friends.
Christopher Terrell, or "Terrell" by those who know him personally, is a gifted songwriter and singer that stopped by The E-Spot, to share his latest single, "Mama I can't Breathe." "Mama I Can't Breathe" was inspired by the police killing of George Floyd. Christopher was also inspired by his own experience with police brutality at the hands of NYC policemen.
"D-Way is an up and coming hip hop artist born in Raleigh, NC. He moved with his mother to Portsmouth, VA at age 7 where initially the move was supposed to be for better opportunities, where he ended up being introduced to a much more dangerous environment in the tough streets of downtown Portsmouth, VA where he witnessed a totally different lifestyle and a way faster life than he had known from NC. Throughout the years he always had a love for music but by being a little less confident in actually rapping he found interest in using keyboards and studying beats and producers. By the end of his first semester of high school as he’s now around the age of 14/15 his mother decides to move the family back to a much slower environment in the small town of Warsaw, NC. While back in Carolina, he eventually found out he had a great voice for actually rapping and ended up impressing a lot of his peers and people he never knew with his new found talent and actually started recording. In 2017 he released his first project titled “Only Way Is Up” which got great feedback and built a strong buzz throughout the Carolinas. In December 2018 he released his 2nd project titled “King Way” which streamed very good. His latest project which released in April 2020 titled “Blame My Mind, Not My Heart” is currently growing and he’s receiving great feedback from labels and great streaming. He has worked with Interscope recording artist “DaBaby” who is currently one of the top artist in the world.
"Trevor Booker is trying to build an empire. A lot of NBA players have side hustles or endorsement deals that supplement their league income. But the Sixers reserve forward isn't just dabbling in small side ventures or planning for a stable life after basketball. Booker is a serial entrepreneur who with his college roommate, Jonah Baize, owns more than 12 companies, has shared interest in a half-dozen more, and is constantly looking to expand the portfolio."
With every thing going on in the world today, was so perfect to have Dr. Tiffany Zachary, LCSW-BACS stop by The E-Spot for a mental health hour. Dr. Tiffany is a personal development expert who has worked with a diverse population of individuals in achieving their unimaginable goals. LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER A dedicated social worker who has worked with individuals from all sectors of life who are tired of being held up by the strongholds they have encountered. A professional speaker who enters the stage with compassion in her heart, encourages audiences with her strong, genuine message while authentically connecting with them. #DrTiffanyZachary #CamilleKauer
Marcellas Reynolds returns to The E-Spot with Camille, to share the latest about his new book. Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion, working in Fashion, what happened on Big Brother that caused him to lose trust, and what he's looking for while casting for two new game shows! I can't wait to have him back again in the Fall when he can share even more details about his new shows. Coming Soon he's sophomore book, Suprem Actresses!
Dan Matha, host of the podcast "The Drop" was born in Erie Pennsylvania. Here he developed into a standout athlete in football and wrestling. Dan went on to play football collegiately at the University of Pittsburgh and later Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he became an All-American.
Keyondra Lockett is a soulful inspirational artist with a Fervor for Kingdom building. Keyondra is one of the original members of the gospel group Zie’l and shares the accomplishment of two times Stellar Award nominees. She is also one of the sister designers that created Noire Jolle, featured at Target stores. Watch my interview with both sisters.
Growing up in Hollis, Queens in the early 80s around Hip-Hop Icons Run DMC and LL Cool J motivated Geechie Dan to begin collecting audio recordings of Hip-Hop parties and park jams that took place throughout the NYC Tri-State area. In 1983, he started emceeing. He also joined (and remains a member of) NY-based Hip-Hop Organization ZULU NATION.
Danny Russo, creative director and principal designer of DANIEL HOME, is an award-winning interior designer and social media influencer from Columbus, Ohio. Danny is part of the first all-digital generation of designers. His work has drawn the attention of celebrity brands, international media outlets, and high-profile industry leaders.
Ed Micone, extensive entertainment career includes: Producer of Tony Award winning, record-breaking, highest-grossing one-person show on Broadway; Billy Crystal’s “700 Sundays,” Executive Producer of key events for American Association of Advertising Agencies, implementing entertainment elements into National Advertising Week, facilitating opportunities for artists and agencies alike Talent Producer for Reuters Media global events including a live Times Square broadcast with Amerie and Raul Midon, . Facilitated sponsorship bids for the 2005 Rolling Stones World Tour. Negotiated and secured talent for numerous fundraising events in New York and Washington DC Secured booking and co-executive produced Gerry McCambridge “The Mentalist” in Las Vegas Ed Micone was also the Executive Producer and VP of Radio City Hall/ Madison Square Garden. Where he Reinvigorated legendary New York venues distinguishing them as imperative performance destinations for all A-list talent. Combined business acumen with personal attention to insure optimal experience for talent, their representatives and the audiences. Lead the company to increase its entertainment revenues by 8000% over tenure. Oh and he's award-winning actress, Kristin Chenoweth's manager.
Singing and songwriting duo, of the latest single "No Disturbance" Emme and Bluu were so much fun to chat with. Emme shared that it was her vocal coach Tom Mckinney(Yes, the same vocal coach as Beyonce) that gave her the confidence to become a professional singer. For Bluu it was making it to the top 25 of Season 5 of American Idol. Magic is made when ever they come together. You have to check out their new single and music video (releases 08/21/2020).
Rhonda has appeared in several productions as well as Wilde Salome a film by Al Pacino. She is a regular crew member for HBO's hit show True Blood , Own's Queen Sugar, and a regular on ABC's hit show Private Practice. In 2008 Rhonda also fulfilled another goal of starting a production company named Goldie Belle that also includes other artists in the entertainment industry. The TV series After The Game, ATG, is loosely based on her life.
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