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Saturday, March 9, 2019

2019 NAACP Image Award Announcments: Presented by Actor Winston Duke & Actress Logan Browning

Written by Evan Jackson

Well of course, isn't it always challenge day? With all Black Panther references  aside, the 2019 NAACP Image Awards Nominations wasn't a battle to see who gets the last spot it was beautiful celebration of Melanin Magic Moments that have transpired this last calender year. Special thanks to Crystal Williams and JL Media PR having us and being so gracious & complimentary.  Presented by Actor Winston Duke - of 'Black Panther' fame and up coming highly anticipated Jordan Peele Horror film 'Us' & Actress Logan Browning of the Netflix Hit 'Dear White People' they gracefully continued award season with these great announcements.

A few particularlly great moments was seeing Winston Duke earn an NAACP Image Award Nomination for his role in Black Panther  and his mom yelling for joy. The family atmosphere was definitely amazing! Thrive With Your Tribe. And when Winston Duke announced Outstanding Lead Actress in a Television Drama, with his co-announcer, Logan Browning being a nominee she shortly teared up while Winston and the entire room clapped. Those are the moments we'll remember and love. We hope to see all of those great moments continue at the 50th Annual NAACP Image Awards.


Outstanding Comedy Series
Dear White People
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy
Anthony Anderson, black-ish
Cedric the Entertainer, The Neighborhood
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Dwayne Johnson, Ballers
Tracy Morgan, The Last O.G.
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy
Danielle Brooks, Orange Is the New Black
Issa Rae, Insecure
Logan Browning, Dear White People
Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish
Yara Shahidi, grown-ish
Outstanding Drama Series
How to Get Away With Murder
Queen Sugar
The Chi
This Is Us

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy
Jason Mitchell, The Chi
Keith David, Greenleaf
Kofi Siriboe, Queen Sugar
Omari Hardwick, Power
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy
Alfre Woodard, Marvel's Luke Cage
Naturi Naughton, Power
Rutina Wesley, Queen Sugar
Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
Outstanding TV Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special
Behind the Movement
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
Seven Seconds
The Bobby Brown Story
The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar


Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther
Michael B. Jordan, Creed 2
Denzel Washington, The Equalizer 2
John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman
Stephan James, If Beale Street Could Talk
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Amandla Stenberg, The Hate U Give
Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians
Kiki Layne, If Beale Street Could Talk
Sanaa Lathan, Nappily Ever AfterViola Davis, Widows

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Brian Tyree Henry, If Beale Street Could Talk
Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther
Russell Hornsby, The Hate U Give
Winston Duke, Black Panther

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Danai Gurira, Black Panther
Letitia Wright, Black Panther
Lupita Nyong'o, Black Panther
Regina Hall, The Hate U Give
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
If Beale Street Could Talk
Nappily Ever After
Sorry to Bother You

The 50th NAACP Image Awards will air live Saturday, March 30th


2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Health Foundation Gala

written by Evan L. Jackson
Photos by Evan L. Jackson 

As we embarked on a new year the "Share The Dream" 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Healthcare Foundation Gala was held at the Dorthy Pavilion Center. This Gala is special to me because it signifies the emphasis on giving back to the community at large. It's humbling to see medical professionals and celebrities come together to celebrate Dr. King's legacy and to continue it with the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital. Honoree for the night was  Game Changer Award: October Gonzalez accepting for Tony Gonzalez | NFL Hall Of Fame Nominee, Fox Sports Analyst and Advocate Award: Marian Wright Edelman | Founder of the Children’s Defense Fund. Special thanks to the Public Relations team of the Lippin Group for having us there. The atmosphere of celebration and hope were in the air and it felt very good to be there. 

My absolute favorite moments of the Gala were when I spoke with Mistress of Ceremonies - Entertainment Personality Extra TV Tanika Ray. Often seeing her on Extra TV she was a mentor from a far, without even meeting her beforehand, and a role model on how I wanted to conduct myself as an Entertainment Professional. I so loved very much her passion and zeal for Entertainment speaking to her within this interview. And the backstory on how she got her start was so astounding. She did not limit her self or her abilities. And that is exactly what Dr. King what want from all of us - to soar towards our dreams without any limitations being placed on us. Check out the interview below to also see advice she gives to up and coming creatives! 

My other favorite moment was speaking with the creator of Doc McStuffins creator Chris Nee. Serving also on the board for Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital, I've interviewed her before but this time I went more in depth and spoke on my personal connection to the hospital. I reminded her that my sister is a medical professional, being a Physician's Assistant. And that recently we gave our cousin a Doc McStuffins doll, and my cousin gleefully said to my sister, "Brittany, that's you!". Such a sweet moment provided context on the impact of seeing someone that looks like you or close to you represented. Chris Nee lit up when I said this story and said that's what she wanted when she created this character. A global impact on what children see and she said that's also the reason why she felt compelled to be a board member. To create actual change in the community. This continues to be one of my favorite events every year. So please support and take an interest in the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital because it is definitely well worth it. 


Saturday, February 16, 2019

Pre-Grammy Party Presented by 1500 or Nothin, Boss Lady Entertainment and DJ Snoopadelic

photos by Evan Jackson
Written By Evan Jackson

Grammys Weekend was especially lit with the Pre-Grammy Party Presented by 1500 or Nothin, Boss Lady Entertainment and DJ Snoopadelic aka the Hip Hop Icon Snoop Dogg.There were many appearances like L.A. Hip Hop Artists  O.T. Genasis and Casey Veggies . California Love was in the building! As well as notable Stars like 'Love Jones' Actor Larenz Tate and R&B crooner Eric Bellinger. Amazing sponsors like Ciroc provided drinks & Carls Jr. provided the great food. The big event was all in honor of Grammy winning CEO of 1500 or Nothin' Larrence Dopson who won for his work on Ella Mai smash hit 'Boo'd Up' ! 🙌🏾  Special thanks to CEO Kiki Ayers of Ayers Publicity.

My favorite moment was seeing Snoop express gratitude for his peers coming out to enjoy the night’s festivities. And it was very fun about the night was seeing his fellow artists all joy in on the fun. Right next to the Carls Jr. was a great taco stand. And throughout Snoop Dogg's Compound in Inglewood, where the event was held, there were vendors and attractions. What was interesting is I never saw Snoop Dogg enter, it's as if he appeared out of thin air! As he did the obligatory opening of a Carls. Jr. burger - he does what he has been able to do his entire career. He makes the mundane moment into a magnificent spectacle. He's cool about it, he's floating through the crowd, and he makes his way to the red carpet. Smiling from ear to ear he only gives one interview with Spectrum News. He emphasizes community and appreciation for everyone there. That's his legacy: an easygoing, crowd pleasing lighting rod of attention smooth talking people person. He'll always treat you with good greetings and of course there's no party like a Snoop Dogg Party, cause Snoop Dogg Party don't stop! 

Actress Taja V. Simpson

Journalist & Writer Bree Scott and Publicist Parker Scott

CEO of Young Bold And Regal Evan Jackson 
Snoop Dogg

Friday, January 25, 2019

J Cole : The Rap Game’s “Middle Child”

Written by: Nepri James

He’s coutin' his bullets, he’s loadin' his clips, he’s writin' down names, he’s making a list. As he tweeted, “This is going to be a tough year for the haters.” 

 J Cole took over 2018 with not only the release of his fifth studio platinum selling album,KOD, but also with having the hottest features of the year. J Cole : The 2018 Takeover Playlist

It does not seem that J Cole is stopping anytime soon. In fact, he is applying more pressure. On January 6th, Dreamville artist such as Cole, Ari Lennox, JID, and Bas began posting their invitations to the Revenge of the Dreamers III recording sessions in ATL from the 6th to the 16th. This marketing strategy has built up the hype for this album for sure. Some of the best artist and producers in the game received invitations to be apart of the project. Here is a list of all artist and producers that were apart of the recording sessions. Just look at the versatility!

 Ibrahim Hamad, J Cole’s manager and president of Dreamville Records, described the sessions as a camp. During his, IG live he explained how they wanted to bring a different energy and this list 
shows just that! The album has been completed and is rumored to be released on his birthday, January 28th. 

Cole also is bringing a different energy to his solo projects. It has been confirmed that he is currently working on his sixth studio album. In the meantime, he released his latest single Middle Child on January 23rd.

Cole partnered up with T-Minus (producer of Kevin's Heart  and Pretty Little Fears) for the track. Now most of you may be thinking “Is J Cole a middle child?” He actually is not! The title is a metaphor for his position in rap, meaning he is sitting between lyrical OG’s and today’s popular "trap" artist. He also used switched things up by using trap drums and autotune to utilize modern aesthetics but still remaining true to himself.

It seems that Cole is going to diversify his sound on these upcoming projects. Between his forthcoming solo project and ROTDIII, it seems that 2019 is going to be another Dreamville takeover. 

Sunday, December 9, 2018

BlackKkKlansman Review: A Timely Spike Lee Joint

written by Evan Jackson

Saying a Spike Lee Joint is "timely" may be redundant but it couldn't be any more true with his latest film 'BlacKkKlansman'. Based off the true story of African American Police Detective Ron Stallworth who went undercover at the Colorado Police Department to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. Serving as only the voice behind the telephone, with his detective partner being the "Ron Stallworth" who showed up to the meetings. An obvious serious story that's deeply rooted in racism, politics, justice, and identity Spike Lee masterfully directs this film the only way he can. With just a tinge of satirical nature which is his usual style, he hones in on what this true story can mean for us today. Adam Driver is many of us in this film, coming to terms with his own Jewish heritage and how racism affects you even if you don't identify with your own. Actor John David Washington gives a sobering performance which serves the film well and dives deep into what it means to be Black and an authoritarian figure. Spike Lee Joints are always near and dear to my heart because they reflected the times and peaked into the future. His films are alternate universes that come to light in the real world. As scary as that is the hope he gives at the end of this film is that hate always loses when you laugh in the face of it especially when you stop it in its tracks.

Spike Lee creates his own world and once you step in it he reveals the truths many are afraid to speak of but that's what make his film so special. The truth about this film is the vitriol of hate groups are still present. Looking back  throughout the film there are clear links to Donald Trump and a coy  or how you take it a crude reference to O.J. Simpson. Steeped in recent history when Harry Belafonte is on screen with eager young woke minds huddled around him it's the one of the most gripping scenes of the entire film. Utilizing historical figures and placing them iconic scenes is what Spike Lee does best. What's more interesting is they aren't just used to draw the audience in; as Harry told a horrendous story about a hate crime committed against THE Emit Till the ongoing intensity of the film was heightened. Spike Lee Joints evoke that visceral feeling and when you step into his mind frame for a film it's all too real.

 Actor John David Washington & Actor Adam Driver's chemistry plays like a 1970's buddy cop all grit-no bullshit detective drama TV series. Both characters revealing insight on each other serves as a mirror. Ron Stallworth in the film pushes his partner to not only take his role as an officer of justice to the edge but helps his partner comes to term with his own Jewish Heritage. In seemingly quiet scene Ron asks his partner why the Jewish epitaphs spewed doesn't bother him. Simply saying he doesn't identify with being Jewish, Ron's retort is the erasure and degradation of your people's heritage starts with you denying it. And allowing other to shape that narrative through scare tactics and propaganda is a dangerous path. Adam Driver steps into this role so brilliantly, evolving from a state of  "I'm just doing my job here" to "Let's catch these racist fools" is a testament to his acting. To join in on the cause against hate, to have an ally, as Ron Stallworth did in real life was just as incredible.

Actor John David Washington, son of famed Denzel Washington, plays mostly reserved in this role. Stoic and yet conflicted in his own woke mind on what it means to be a detective, a precieved enemy of the people, and attracted to the activism of his fellow Black brothers and sisters. A victim of his own police department when it come to harassment the frustration comes out to how to change the system from the inside out. Instead of an overly emotional performance that could of worked, John's confidence in coolly playing a real life figure brings a calmness among the chaotic. Laura Harrier who plays woke bae and more importantly is Ron's window into the other side of the matter. That tug of war with identity politics: Can you be down for the cause & be a good cop at the same time? It may look as two opposing mindsets but this film brings it in the middle. To be highly conscious of the racial issues in your community and offer a great solution & be an officer of justice is two sides of the same coin. You can help your people by doing your job and utilizing your platform to stomp out oppression. You easily could of played the theme to Shaft when Ron Stallworth enters the KKK meeting escorting Klan Leader David Duke. That's why John David Washington got his recent Golden Globe nomination, in a such a high octane plot line his cool as a cucumber performance with answers to the character's identity crisis comes off so convincingly.


Spike Lee has delivered a film that calls on today while taking a look at the past. What better way to hark on the feelings of those seeking to speak on racial issues without stepping on their mindsets. Through the art of film he encapsulates different perspectives so well. The driving force of BlackKklansman is yes, this is America. This is exactly the United States you live in that still has hate groups but this is the same America that has those who will oppose and end those hateful activities. The hope is you will be a vigilant enough to know the truth. And better yet use your platform to say your own truth.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Ovrdsthebrand x UNFΛYN Women Empowermnet Mixer

Photos By Evan L. Jackson 
Written By Evan L. Jackson

Fall Fashion Season is upon us with New York Fashion Week underway and LA Fashion Week coming up in October. As a stylist and a master of Fashion Niko Brown had his first official event in the Women Ewmpowerment Mixer which was co-hosted by the social media curation company  UNFΛYN . The moderator for the evening's panel was the amazing Entertainment Personality Othelia Joy who has been a beauty paegent winner as well as interviewing celebrities and influential women across the world. The main theme of this mixer was to connect women with their brand awareness. How to be better in life which in turns make you a better bussinesswoman.
     One of the panelists was the beautiful and talented Celebrity Fashion Stylist Shelly Styles. She takes pride in customizing the look for women who want to feel good in the wardrobe there in. She exuded major confidence all while being generous on what she's learned from the industry. Actress Lilimar is the quintessential girl next door and it was especially sweet when she said her rock is her grandma and mom. How she utililies them as her team and a source for guidance when making tough career choices. Telli Swift was elegant and demure also being so warm when it came to offering her advice. The Southern Bell-esque way she offered her life lessons reminded me that you can be graceful in your apporach yet at the same time firey and passionoate about what you want out of life.
 This mixer was the brainchild of Niko Brown, coming from the LA Fashion Week team, I've seen his work first hand and his best quality is being personable. He gets it, he understands detail and more importantly is selfless in his efforts to give the best experience when it comes to Style.  We look forward to his events coming up simply based on the insight he provides and the calliber of talent he brings to his mixers.


Friday, August 17, 2018

Behind The Scenes At Demi In The City Dash Radio Show

DJ Demi Lobo & DJ Alysen James 

Photos By Evan L. Jackson
Written By Evan L. Jackson

Demi Lobo is a season vet when it comes to being the premiere DJ in the Los Angeles Area. As a native of Chicago she made her way to LA and made a name fast for herself. Every other event I attended and plenty that I've missed DJ Demi Lobo has spun at BET Award related events, women empowerment mixers and impressively was the DJ at Director Ava Duvernay's ARRAY NOW production space. So when Demi asked me to come in and do behind the scenes work for Demi In The City show for Dash Radio, I was automatically for it.

There is an art to being a DJ. Demi takes it so seriously and as a innovator on the turn tables you need to know the energy of the crowd, the timing it takes to spin in that next record, and the humility to become even better at your craft. Demi is a natural, as I saw first hand where she had the young girls who attended the 2018 Young African American Women's Conference in a frenzy with her DJ set. The lunch time was lit because of her. What I didn't know was how talented she was as a Radio personality. Going into the Dash Radio booth, perfectly place near the Dream Hotel, Demi was downright giddy about the alchemy taking place with her guests coming in and her connecting again with right hand woman DJ Alysen James. It was pretty awesome to see a one - two female combo. As the guests arrive and the interviews take place Demi brings the best stories out of them. She likens their pitfalls and successes to her own journey - that allows them to open up more. Demi treats her guests on the radio, listen by thousands of people, as an intimate conversation. Just her and the guest, going beyond the cliche and getting to the source of their motivation.

The key to radio, as I would see, is making your voice jump out of the booth. The commodity between Demi & Alysen was great, you can tell they have been friends for a long time, and once again Demi brought life to the interview. I feel each guest is actually in for a treat to see their story respected and explored as well as challenged by Demi who shows sincere interest. Next time tune in and make sure to listen to Demi  In The City.   
Actor Kris D. Lofton & DJ Demi Lobo 

DJ Alysen James 

Singer Brian McKnight Jr. & Demi Lobo 
DJ Demi Lobo 

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