Friday, May 20, 2016

Indie Review welcomes Dr. Flora Miller of Project Thank You President Obama !!!

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DR. FLORA MILLER of Project Thank You
President Obama

Project Thank You President Obama launched nationally via inboxes and social media platforms. Between May 1, 2016 and January 11, 2017, the letter will be available through Change.org.  The letter and signatures will be sent to the White House in January 2017. The mission of Project Thank You President Obama is twofold the first objective is to provide a platform to thank the President for the transformative work he has done for our nation.  The second is to create a landscape for his legacy to live on. The project is being spearheaded by former educator, Dr. Flora Miller. She has been on the front lines of civil rights sit-ins, she is a retired professor from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and developing the youth of her communities has always been her passion. Dr. Miller reached out to a group of socially active and aware women that share her passion for the community to form the Project Thank You President Obama campaign.  Aurelia Lyles, Raychelle LeBlanc and Kim A. Williams Esq., came to the realization that the Obama Administration would soon be departing the White House and wanted to share the opportunity to say Thank You to his family and his administration. They are also launching an annual honorary award to an organization or individual that has uniquely contributed to the advancement of bridging communities and cultures within the United States of America.  The award is called the “Architects of a Culture.”  Other opportunities to support the campaign, as outlined on http://www.projectthankyoupresidentobama.com are the up and coming Architects of a Culture Awards and the sales of President Barack Obama T-Shirts to support the President’s Non-Profit organization. The committee is currently accepting submission for the design of the T-Shirt.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Indie Review welcomes Stacey Muhammad !!

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STACEY MUHAMMAD
 
New Orleans native Stacey Muhammad is an award winning writer, director and producer of documentary, narrative, broadcast and digital content as well as a social  activist and cultural critic who has lectured on a broad range of  topics including   hip hop,  pop culture,  media, film, social justice issues, and most notably, the history of  Black women filmmakers in cinema.  She most recently served as Director/ Co - Executive Producer of the Flavor Unit produced Docu Series/Reality Show “From The Bottom Up” for BET / CENTRIC, executive produced by Queen Latifah for BET/ Centric. Her latest independent project, an eight episode digital series titled Finding Forever slated for release Summer 2016, is executive produced by Karyn White and Marc Lamont Hill. She also recently directed Tika Sumpter’s latest 8 episode news program, “Now You Know.” Stacey's critically acclaimed web series, FOR COLORED BOYS, REDEMPTION, executive produced by Marc Lamont Hill, starring Rob Morgan,  Julito  McCullum,  Tim Reid and Jacinto Taras Riddick was recently selected by ABFF Independent for broadcast on Magic Johnson's ASPIRE TV. In 2014, INDIEWIRE named For Colored Boys "1 of 32 web dramas upstaging television dramas. "The award winning series has received press coverage from the LA TIMES, Essence Magazine, Ebony, BET, JET Magazine, Shadow and Act, Clutch Magazine, HUFFPOST LIVE and many others.  FOR COLORED BOYS has screened for audiences worldwide including screenings at Viacom, The American Black Film Festival, The Pan African Film Festival and NBC headquarters in NYC where it was selected for a special screening highlighting excellence in digital content.  A spin off of her award winning web series, For Colored Boys, REDEMPTION has been acquired and is now in development.



Stacey's latest film, RITES, a collaboration with Game Changes writer, executive producer Cheo Tyehimba Taylor was also selected by ABFF Independent for broadcast on Magic Johnson's ASPIRE TV. Stacey was one of two directors with more than one film selected by ABFF Independent for broadcast on ASPIRE TV.  RITES also screened at the 2015 NewFilmmakers LA film festival and was profiled by MovieMaker Magazine. RITES was listed in the list of best films for 2015 by the Atlanta Shorts film festival and continues to screen at festivals nationwide.



An accomplished news producer, Stacey also worked on the award winning “What’s At Stake” news program for BET producing segments on Ferguson, MO, violence and youth issues. Stacey’s work includes  multi  media projects,   music   videos,   arts   and   activism   and   social   justice   campaigns and   award   winning   films and television projects including the “I  AM SEAN BELL,  black  boys  speak documentary  which made  its film  festival  premiere at the  PATOIS,  New  Orleans  International  Human  Rights  Film Festival. An official  selection  to  the   Media  That  Matters  Film Festival,  where  it  was awarded  the  “Speaking  Out  Award”,  the film received international acclaim and   toured   with the HBO/Media that Matters Film Festival screening for audiences worldwide. Her follow up documentary  film, “Out  of Our Right Minds, Trauma,  Depression  and the  Black Woman”  was released in March 2010 to rave  reviews  and also premiered at the PATOIS New  Orleans International Human  Rights Film  Festival and screened for audiences worldwide. Stacey is co-founder of  “Intelligent   Seedz”, an organization committed to equipping   youth  with   the   necessary tools to tell their stories through documentary film with Artist/Activist, Wise Intelligent. The youth media group won awards from   the   Environmental Protection Agency for their groundbreaking work addressing social issues impacting the lives of young people.









Saturday, April 23, 2016

Indie Review welcomes self made millionaire Katrina Walker !

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KATRINA WALKER

Katrina Walker is an outstanding example of how to beat the odds when they are stacked against you. As an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and motivator, she took being a witness to cultural, domestic, and financial tumult and converted what she learned into a motivational tool to fight victimhood. Walker went from being a struggling teen bride, to a divorced mother of four, to a trailblazer who has over the past 25 years built thriving enterprises; including a 24-hour day care center, multiple real estate holdings, a record label, and state-of-the-art recording studio-all while becoming a self-made millionaire.

Her renowned Tennessee based RainbowKidz Learning Center is currently expanding into a national brand, while Walker is being busily pursued as a motivating life coach, with personal stories that demonstrate that anything is possible. For over the past two decades her philanthropic, hands-on support has helped turn hardworking individuals into successful business owners; providing them with step-by-step guidance on how to start a business, hire employees, manage a budget, select locations, and take advantage of marketing to realize their full earning potential.

The experience of being in an abusive relationship, both mental and physical, allowed her a keen sense for spotting those in similar crisis, and out of this has grown yet another community supportive enterprise at Walker's helm: the BE (Blind Eye) Foundation, whose mission and motto is to "BE the difference and not turn a Blind Eye to society." With the impact of her encouraging words and motherly guidance-often delivered through her sassy, tell-it-straight, southern style-she is using the BE foundation to launch ongoing, nationally aired PSA's that will weave a true picture of domestic violence-chronicling the cycle of abuse from male and female perspectives. Not only will her media campaign shine the light on often undiscussed areas of abuse, she will narrate solutions, encouraging a way out of victim-hood.

Katrina Walker has taken adversity and transformed her life into a true American success story. She now continues on her mission to help others find their own positive transformations.
Walker is writing her memoir with award-winning journalist Clarence Waldron, former Jet senior writer and editor, who was mentored by the late best-selling author and poet, Dr. Maya Angelou.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Indie Review welcomes DAISHA!

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DAISHA

Daisha started with a back-up dance career that’s spanned some of the largest urban hip-hop, pop, and R&B acts in recent memory– Rihanna, Diddy, Ryan Leslie, Letoya Lucket, Santigold, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott and Beyonce’ to name a few.
However, after reaching the top of the working commercial dance world, her passion and vision to express herself as a performing artist hadn’t quite satisfied her own self-fulfillment. “Even before being on the road for so long, I envisioned an original live experience more theatrical and expressive than dance alone could reveal about me,” says Daisha, spoken with a warm smile and a truly endearing attitude. Her artistic presence is noticeable, and likable. “I began to have intense dreams about a body of material that reflected me. It included my own electric sound, vibe, and style. I knew if I really went for it, I’d risk all the hard work I’d built so far, including my reputation as a professional dancer.” Daisha continued, “I really hope I can shed light to those who also dream about creating anyway that frees the spirit.”
Less you think this is the story of just another professional dancer wanting to be a pop-star, Daisha was trained as a classical pianist since the age of 5 and also participated in choirs throughout high school and college. “Music had always been an important part of my life, but dance became the perfect medium for exposing me to the professional music industry.”
Daisha’s versatile nature and willingness to never limit her endeavors continues to land her a multitude of endless opportunities. She has landed roles on feature films such as, Step Up 2, Step up 3D, When in Rome and most recently VH1's original movie The Breaks.  She is also the co-founder of Daisha and Alicia Graf Arts Collective (aka D(n)A Arts), an initiative she and her sister Alicia Graf Mack created; committed to enriching lives through the arts.


Friday, March 18, 2016

Indie Review welcomes artist/writer/speaker Toni Blackman !

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TONI BLACKMAN



Toni is an international champion of hip-hop culture, known for the irresistible, contagious energy of her performances and for her alluring female presence. An award-winning artist, her steadfast work and commitment to hip-hop led the U.S. Department of State to select her to work as the first ever hip-hop artist to work as an American Cultural Specialist. She has already served in Senegal, Ghana, Botswana, and Swaziland where her residencies include performance, workshops, and lectures on hip hop music and culture. She recently toured Southeast Asia with Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Musical Ambassador program and has shared the stage with the likes of Erykah Badu, Mos Def, The Roots, Wu Tang Clan, GURU, Bahamadia, Boot Camp Clic, Me’Shell NdegeoCello, Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Jill Sobule and even Rickie Lee Jones. Her first book, Inner-Course was released in 2003 (Villard/Random House). Toni has performed in Eve Ensler’s V-Day Festival, the DODGE Poetry Festival, in Spain at the Barcelona World Social Forum, featured in the CUTTING EDGE Festival in Darmstadt, Germany, featured at SENERAP International Hip Hop Festival in Dakar and toured South Africa as a headliner on the URBAN VOICES Festival alongside the legendary Linton Kwesi Johnson. Toni has collaborated with a host of highly esteemed musicians including Craig Harris, James “Blood” Ulmer, Vernon Reid, Jay Rodriguez and master kora players Papa Susso and Yacouba. She continues to work with artists from around the world.

Highly respected as the founder and director of Freestyle Union, a cipher workshop that uses free styling as a tool to encourage social responsibility, Blackman’s work has held great influence in the world of hip hop activism. This former Echoing Green Fellow has also been a fellow with the Open Society Institute. Toni most recent efforts involved the Freestyle Union initiative I Rhyme Like A Girl which is run in partnership with the New School University’s Institute for Urban Education. Toni has done an extensive amount of work with the Girl Scouts of America and was instrumental in launching “The Girls Hip Hop Project” at the Center for Cultural Exchange in Portland, Maine (a program that provides workshops for teen girls from the Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea and many other places). Her latest efforts are as a teaching artist at Brooklyn Communication Arts & Media High School (BCAM) where she teaches “The Art of Emceeing”.
This multi-talented woman has been listed in ESSENCE Magazine’s listing of “30 Women to Watch,” participated in the 2006 ESSENCE Music Festival, featured in SAVOY Magazine, BOOK Magazine, Newsweek Japan, The Washington Post, and in The New York Times. NHK-Global Japan Television produced a full-length documentary on her work with hip-hop airing it to 11 million viewers on national TV in Japan. She and her work have been highlighted several times on BET, as well as on FOX News and VH1, featured in UPSCALE, VIBE, HONEY, appeared in Tokion magazine and appears in numerous award-winning documentaries including Furious Force of Rhymes, Beyond Beats and Rhymes, and Freestyle. Third World Newsreel and J.T. Takagi produced a documentary short “She Rhymes Like A Girl” exploring Toni’s work.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Indie Review welcomes Antonique Smith !

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ANTONIQUE SMITH

Antonique Smith is a singer, songwriter, actress, and social justice activist, primarily known for her starring role in the blockbuster film, Notorious, as well as her leading role in the Broadway musical, RENT. In 2015, she was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Traditional R&B Performance category. Antonique is currently being seen in the TV One original film, "Stock Options". Later this summer, Antonique will co-star in the upcoming Queen Latifah executive produced film, "Deuces" and will have a recurring role in the newly announced FOX drama-series, "Shots Fired", Executive Produced by Gina Prince-Bythewood and Empire's executive producer, Brian Grazer. Heralded as ?an amazing actress with a great career ahead of her?, by the legendary Sidney Lumet, Antonique is following the career path of Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand and Diana Ross; pursuing a career in film while also continuing to make her dream of a Grammy-winning recording career into the most amazing of realities. 
 
 

Friday, February 19, 2016

Indie Review welcomes Syleena Johnson !

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SYLEENA JOHNSON

Grammy nominated vocalist and writer Syleena Johnson is one of the greatest singers and performers of her generation. She has scored major R&B hits and been invited to collaborate with the likes of Kanye West, R. Kelly and Musiq Soulchild. Having fought the major label system to allow her true identity to shine forth, Syleena stepped forward with her most anticipated album to date Chapter 6: Couples Therapy, which was released on the Blackbyrd label. Syleena Johnson is also a popular television personality. She’s one of the original cast members the TV One hit reality series R&B Divas Atlanta and recently wrapped up season 3 with co-stars Keke Wyatt, Angie Stone, Monifah Carter, LaTavia Roberson and former 702 lead singer Kameelah Williams. Syleena also appeared with her sisters on OWN’s Iyanla: Fix My Life. In 2015 Syleena and her husband, Kiwane Garris (former professional basketball player), will appear on the new season of WE TV’s, Marriage Boot Camp Reality Stars. Chapter 6: Couples Therapy has been made into a film that stars Johnson, directed by Tangie Black Moore of Tier2Films and the other collaborators from the album. Syleena’s passion for health, fitness, and nutrition has also led her to develop a fitness DVD called Mommy’s Got Soul. Constantly on tour and working on exciting projects, Syleena Johnson who is set to release her book, “The Weight is Over”, will show music lovers why she is one sixth of the Daughters of Soul at the ATL Soul Life Music Festival, Memorial Day weekend. The festival will take place in scenic Atlanta, Georgia offering two nights of outdoor, melodically-soulful entertainment. Grammy nominated artists, along with Soul Train nominees will celebrate soul music in its newest and most cutting edge forms, as the genres of Neo-Soul, R&B, Progressive Hip-Hop and extraordinary groups take the stage.