April 3, 2019

Last night Clive Davis and Reverend Al Sharpton hosted the New York premiere of “Amazing Grace.” 

“Amazing Grace” is fitting for a queen and begins perfectly. It shows the Southern California Community choir getting ready backstage with great anticipation, while producers from Atlantic records work with sound engineers to set the stage for Aretha Franklin.  

It is like Heaven on earth – No grand stage or big production team/just...

March 12, 2019

Central City Productions today announced a sensational line-up of performers and presenters for The 34th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards presented by AT&T, including a posthumous tribute to the undisputed Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. The exhilarating all-star tribute performance by Kelly Price, Regina Belle and Erica Campbell will be followed by a presentation of the Aretha Franklin ICON Award. Gospel prince, Kirk Frankl...

February 2, 2019

‘People who don’t quit eventually rise to the top.’ 

As a child I was very quiet. I always drew, or I was painting or looking at paintings in encyclopedias. I kept myself busy with pencil and paper all the time. Art is the thing that I knew I had to do with my life. The first time I went to a museum on a school field trip, I saw a painting of a black person. I remember standing there with my mouth open and just looking at it. I...

February 2, 2019

“A canal is a long man made strip of water used for irrigation or boat access to a big body of water...”
When asked why the title “Canal Street The Movie” producer Eric Garnes offered this definition and it certainly gives clarity and insight into the purpose of this visual treat of a film.
Coming of age stories are a popular theme in American cinema but few bring together so many relevant social issues in a w...

February 1, 2019

Activist Tamika Mallory and mixologist Karl Fanz join culinary star Chef JJ on the next episode of CLEO TV's sizzling new series JUST EATS WITH CHEF JJ this Saturday, February 2 at 12pm EST 

On this week's episode, it's "Uptown Eats" in Chef JJ's kitchen with Harlem native and activist Tamika Mallory and Harlem-based mixologist Karl Fanz. Chef JJ and his guests vibe for an empowerment hour as they cook up Smothered Pork Chops w...

February 1, 2019

These cold temperatures not only reek havoc on your skin but to your tresses as well. It’s important to make sure your hair is well moisturized while wearing hats and protective styles.  I am always looking for ways to have healthier hair and educate myself on growth.  I reached out to my daughter,  whom I have extreme hair envy, to ask what her regimen is. Her steps were so good and thorough I thought I’d share them with you.


February 1, 2019

To those who say that he should do more to advance the ‘cause,’ Flip has a ready reply: ‘I have feelings about these things, but I'm selling professional entertainment. Politics is for politicians. Each man has his own style; mine is that “the funny” has no color. I do these characters because they're what I know. But people are just people to me. The way I see it, I don't have to think black—or not think black. I just have to...

January 1, 2019

Photo by Jennifer Taylor

On Saturday, December 15, Carnegie Hall presented A Night of Inspiration to a sold-out audience, filling Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with an evening of powerful and uplifting music. Under the direction of acclaimed producer, composer, and music director Ray Chew and co-producer Vivian Scott Chew his wife and business partner. The captivating program featured Lukas and Katia Bartunek, Regina Belle, S...

December 10, 2018

Multiple GRAMMY®, Stellar, and Dove Award-winning Gospel icon Donnie McClurkin releases a two-song gift bringing holiday tidings, with “My Favorite Things” and “Some Children See Him.”  Newly recorded by McClurkin, the two holiday singles are available now at all digital music providers.  

One of the most beloved voices in Gospel, Donnie McClurkin creates a joyful atmosphere with his signature arra...

December 7, 2018

In commemoration of World AIDS Day, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the world’s largest, non-profit HIV/AIDS service organization, partnered with Debbie Allen, to host “Keeping the Promise – 1,000,000 Lives in Care: Celebrating Icons of Dance,” a free, star-studded event, which took place at the historic Apollo Theater on this past Friday, November 30th. 

“As AHF continues its global mission to provide cutting-edge medical ca...

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