Aug 11

Run&Shoot Filmworks Screens 47 Films at Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival

Martha’s Vineyard, MA (PRWEB) July 29, 2014

August on the Vineyard kicks off with a boom with the 12th Annual Martha’s Run &Shoot Filmworks Vineyard African American Film Festival, August 5 – 9th presented by Lincoln Motor Company. MVAAFF will present preeminent independent films, previews, emerging filmmakers, and cultural trendsetters; all within the picturesque setting of this wonderful island.

For over a decade, the #SummersFinestFilmFestival has hosted an impressive variety of African American independent films and created an effective platform for filmmakers. From it’s humble beginnings in 2002 it has grown into the must attend event for notable filmmakers such as Jeffrey Wright, Del Roy Lindo, Reuben Cannon, Kenny Leon, Ben Vereen, and Reginald Hudlin.

Founded by dynamic husband and wife team, Floyd A. B.Rance III and Stephanie Tavares Rance of Run&Shoot Filmworks; The MVAAF is the beautiful culmination of their passion for filmmaking and developing incredible events.

Floyd and I are extremely excited about our festival Our mission is and will always be to bring light to independent filmmakers of color. This year we have another stellar line up that we are extremely proud of. – Stephanie Rance, co-founder

2014 promises to be another banner year for MVAAFF screening 47 films and wonderful features and events including: MVAAFF Kick Off dance performance, Mr. Tol. E Rance by Artistic Director/Choreographer Camille A. Brown and company, a sneak preview of A Ballerina’s Tale followed by a discussion with Director Nelson George, screenings of Blackbird staring and produced by Isaiah Washington and Little Ballers directed by Crystal McCrary and produced by NBA All- Star Amare Stoudemire.

Lincoln Motors company proudly supports MVAAFF as this years presenting sponsor. Lincoln, a brand synonymous with understated luxury and quality, joins us as a champion for independent film and the arts.

We are thrilled to join forces with the MVAAFF on an event that has so much history and influence within the African American film community, said Shawn Thompson, Lincoln manager, multicultural marketing. Our involvement in this program only builds upon Lincolns leadership in recent initiatives involving the arts, design and thought leadership, which includes our involvement in other film festivals like the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this spring.

Saatchi & Saatchi New York returns as a sponsor for its seventh consecutive year with the Nothing is Impossible Producers Award to exceptional film produced by a team of emerging artists. EVP of Broadcast Production Sheldon Levy moderates The Color of Conversation: The Wonderful World of Webisodes.


Jul 24

UNITY: New Album from Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band Set for August 19th Release Via White Swan Records

Boulder, Colorado (PRWEB) July 22, 2014

From Bhakti Fest to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band have struck peoples’ hearts with their soulful, imaginative music that merges mantras, rock, gospel and world grooves into a fresh new idiom.

The New Orleans-based trio vocalist/harmonium player and band founder Sean Johnson, bassist/guitarist Alvin Young and singer/percussionist Gwendolyn Colman — are challenging common perceptions about the nature of yoga music, as they re-invent the soundtrack by mixing ancient Sanskrit mantras from India into a vibrant gumbo of decidedly contemporary flavors. The first and only kirtan ensemble ever to play on the hallowed stages of Louisianas massive Jazzfest gathering, the band is regarded as one of the most distinctive in western devotional music; their dynamic sound has won over widespread fans nationwide and their live performances have transformed yoga studios across America as well as Europe into thriving, ecstatic concert and dance halls.

Unity, the bands third studio album, is a collection of ten unique, soul-stirring songs that reveal the band more at ease than ever with interpreting and expressing spiritual mantra music from the East through the guts and authenticity of their own American roots. The album takes the listener on a revelatory journey through myriad soundscapes that celebrate the universal connection between the worlds spiritual traditions — from belly dance rhythms, Motown-inspired grooves, back porch guitar stomp, and gospel chorus to trance-inducing eastern strings brimming with passionate verses from Rumi, tantra yoga sutras, and chants from a variety of spiritual traditions. Some songs are perfect as a playlist for yoga flow practice, while others are superb for simply savoring life at full blast.

Unity is the most seasoned expression of Sean, Alvin, and Gwendolyn’s decade of steady touring and creating music together, steeping in each other’s diverse influences. The new album takes the band’s efforts to build spiritual and musical bridges to a whole new level of musicianship and exuberance. The album also features contributions from producer Chris Rosser (Free Planet Radio) on keyboards, chumbush, and dotar, and from drummer extraordinaire Jeff Sipe (Aquarium Rescue Unit).

Unity was recorded in the fresh mountain air of Asheville, North Carolina, at Sound Temple Studios a very unique recording facility founded by Robert George. Noted international studio designer Wes Lachot studied the architecture and acoustics of great temples and sacred spaces around the world for many years, an experience that helped him create what was envisioned as literally a sound temple. In addition to his research, he drew upon such diverse resources as the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright, sacred geometry, feng shui, the Five Elements, the Four Directions, the Fibonacci Scale, and the Golden Ratio to help create a very special, sacred vibe within a world class recording studio.

Band founder Sean Johnson has been leading kirtan for over eighteen years. Influenced in equal parts by his New Orleans roots, his ancestral Irish heritage, his study of Indian vocal music, and his love of bhakti yoga (the yoga of the heart), Sean is also founder of Wild Lotus Yoga studios in New Orleans, and of Soul School, an interdisciplinary yoga and spirituality training program that focuses on teaching yoga with skill and imagination.

Bass and guitar player and New Orleans native Alvin Young spent years on the fabled Crescent City music scene playing with Wynton and Branford Marsalis, local legends James Booker and James Black, and many more. His voice on bass and guitar weaves the jazz, rock, classical, and folk styles hes been immersed in for the last 40 years.

Percussionist and singer Gwendolyn Colman brings a unique ethnic sound to the band with years of experience drumming with middle eastern ensembles, flamenco troupes, and avant garde bands. Her percussion dashboard includes frame drums, cajon, high hat, kick drum, doumbek, and karkobs, playing with merging ancient rhythms with a modern, urban flare.

The band continue to keep up a busy touring schedule, with a full itinerary of live appearances scheduled in support of UNITYs release:

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Jul 02

Recipients of the 2014 Black Girls Rock! Imagine a Future Scholarship Announced

Washington (PRWEB) June 26, 2014

UNCF (United Negro College Fund) has combined its mission-based efforts with BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc. and Procter & Gambles (P&G) My Black is Beautiful campaign to present the BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Imagine a Future scholarship. The award is aimed to offer financial assistance to dynamic young women in pursuit of higher education.

We couldnt be more excited to support these young women in reaching their scholastic goals, stated Paulette Jackson, Vice President of Development at UNCF. Corporate partnerships, such as the one between UNCF, BLACK GIRLS ROCK! and Procter & Gamble, are essential to supporting college students success. This partnership, in particular, is a major investment in the Better Futures of our young people, our community and the country.

The BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Imagine A Future Scholarship, which is made possible through the generosity of P&G and the combined mission-based work of UNCF, BLACK GIRLS ROCK! and My Black is Beautiful, was established to reach and teach one million black girls over three years through tools and solutions that include financial assistance to dynamic young women in pursuit of higher education. Through the My Black is Beautiful Imagine a Future initiative, each BLACK GIRLS Rock! Imagine A Future scholarship recipient will receive $ 5,000 to be used toward tuition or other educational expenses at their respective schools.

“We received over a thousand applications for the BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Imagine a Future Scholarship and executed a rigorous selection process in order to determine the five finalists for this award, said BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Founder/Executive Director, Beverly Bond. The candidates for this award truly represent the breadth of talent and the deep commitment to community development possessed by our young Black female scholars across disciplines. We are so honored to use our platform and philanthropy to help these young women cultivate the knowledge, skills, and life-experiences that will make them the confident leaders and bold trailblazers of our future!

This years BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Imagine a Future Scholarship recipients hail from Bennett College (Greensboro, NC), Binghamton University (Binghamton, NY), Howard University, (Washington, DC) and Spelman College (Atlanta, GA).

These young ladies are the epitome of what the Imagine A Future program is all about. Its our privilege to celebrate their commitment to academic excellence, leadership and community service, said Crystal Harrell, senior manager, P&G Communications. We are proud to support their efforts to imagine a beautiful future for themselves and their communities.


UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nations largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”

Jun 29

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts Announces Its 60th Anniversary 2014-15 Season

Brooklyn, NY (PRWEB) June 12, 2014

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College announces its 60th Anniversary Season of music, dance, theater, and family programming for 2014-15, reflecting the multicultural diversity of Brooklyn. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 12pm, with a special pre-sale period for Brooklyn Center Members beginning Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 12pm. Tickets can be purchased on Brooklyn Centers newly-launched website at or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm).

Brooklyn Centers 60th Anniversary Season will help usher in a new era for our organization. From Flamenco to ballet, Latin jazz to rocking a cappella, and classic drama to family musicals, we will take our audiences on an adventure that celebrates our past and looks toward our bright future, says Jon Yanofsky, the Director of Brooklyn Center. The dazzling array of performances will bring artists from all over the country and the world to the Walt Whitman stage for a season of incredible music, breathtaking dance, and colorful family performances.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts 60th Anniversary Season includes: