Monday, November 10, 2014

Singer @MarckAngel Sexy New Single #LoveJones Now Available In iTunes


Independent Music Artists are some of my favorites.  Singer Marck Angel has a brand new single, "Love Jones" from his latest album "Angel Dust."  "Love Jones" has a smooth groove, catchy harmonies and a sexy, whispery vocal delivery reminiscent of a Janet Jackson smash.   The video for this track is certainly his sexiest, most provocative visual interpretation to date.

 The single and album are both now available in iTunes.   Check him out and show your support!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The @GentsFoundation Names @3LWTV @ActivistFreak @Al_sura @Moore_Darnell & @jromey_rome Nominees For Gentlemen Of The Year!



I must give a heartfelt thank you to  The Gentlemen's Foundation for listing me as one of this year's nominees for Gentlemen Of The Year.   I am shocked by the nomination but thrilled to be mentioned in the same breath as the other honorees; men I admire and support their ongoing contributions to community and service.

You can help select The Gentlemen Of The Year by voting for your favorite candidate.  Simply click on the photos, linked to the Foundation's Facebook page.  You can comment and share the photos on your pages to help generate more visibility. These may also be shared on Twitter and Instagram.   Here are the esteemed men who are nominated for Gentlemen Of The Year 2014:

Rahim is best known for starting the D.C. based non-profit organization, Al Sura. Al Sura’s mission is to train a new generation of HIV/AIDS activists to become advocates within their community. The organization also supports and publishes research papers on HIV/AIDS, seeks to increase funding for HIV research and unites ethnic/racial minority groups with allies to end HIV/AIDS.

https://www.facebook.com/TheGentlemensFoundation/photos/pb.240506205983349.-2207520000.1415149403./874110935956203/?type=3&theater

"Jay Rome" is a community activist and volunteer at heart. He has been on the scene for years volunteering and supporting many organizations such as Georgia Equality, Human Rights Campaign, Equality Federation, Lambda Legal and Delta's Volunteer Network to name a few. He is best known for starting the "For Couples Only" networking group which is a positive, supportive group for those in committed relationships for discussions, retreats, events, vacations, networking, etc...working together to support & sustain SGL Couples.

Anthony is a performance poet, community activist and recognized trailblazer of the LGBT Music Scene. He has worked on the front lines of HIV/STI Prevention for Atlanta with a extremely heavy focus on MSM Communities.

Darnell is an educator, writer, mentor, nationally recognized speaker and diversity trainer among other things. He is better known for his non-profit organization "You Belong", which is a social enterprise that seeks to encourage inclusion through the provision of innovative youth development programs, training and consulting services, and diversity initiatives. 

Lonnell is best known for his webseries “Pillow Talk”, which highlights the Movers and Shakers of the LGBT community through candid interviews, all while lying in their bed. How else can you have “Pillow Talk”, right? The ground breaking series can be found on his site3lwtv.com. Lonnell is known to be the “Oprah” of the LGBT community and will never fail to remind you to “Stand In Your Light”!


The Gentlemen's Ball is one of my favorite galas and I always greet the event with excited anticipation...this year even more so!  The Ball occurs December 7, 2014 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in downtown Atlanta.  

The Foundation is a non profit organization dedicated to strengthening the quality of life, leadership ability and mental & physical health of primarily minority LGBTQ individuals.  Their mission is to eradicate stigma and radically reduce the cases of depression and suicides affected by this target group.  I applaud the Foundation and support them wholeheartedly.  You can visit their website for more information and to donate.

For tickets and info visit: The Gentlemen's Foundation


How @IyanlaVanzant Helped Fix This Once Alcoholic Mom's Life @ABaumAmy




Forgiveness is a powerful tool to have in your spiritual arsenal. Amy Baumgardner's story is proof positive of how mighty a tool for healing forgiveness is.  She continues to demonstrate its power and her book, From This Day Forward, is a must! Though we correspond regularly she has not idea how her story encourages me. 

Personally I've been doing forgiveness work over the past year.  In fact, I feel I'm in a pretty good place with it.  Of course whenever we have these feelings, life always presents an opportunity to practice what we preach.  

Spiritual leader, Iyanla Vanzant announced she was conducting a six week e-course on Forgiveness.  I've supported her recent endeavors but didn't think I needed this particular course.  As soon as my ego began to rest comfortably in this arrogance, I came across some activity of a former friend who's betrayal I was sure I long ago let go.  This individual's actions served as a trigger..I immediately realized I had much more work to do.  Admittedly, I was in resistance...I was not trying to hear anything about forgiving this person.  NOTHING. I entertained this for a few moments, then acknowledged that more work was still needed.  Within minutes of this surrender, Iyanla Vanzant reached out to me personally to encourage me to take the class!  I signed up and one of the motivating factors was the work I saw her do with Amy Baumgardner on an episode of Oprah's Life Class. 

Amy Baumgardner had a unique opportunity to share her story with the world when she was a guest on Oprah's "Lifeclass,” working with the dynamic and confrontational life coach, Iyanla Vanzant. On a segment focused on overcoming guilt, she shared her two-year struggle with alcohol, its horrendous effect on her marriage, and living with the crippling guilt that followed a car accident that left her five-year-old daughter in critical condition. 

Since then, with her husband Matt, she has written From This Day Forward: A Love Story of Hope, Faith and Forgiveness, in which she bares the details of her struggle, her newfound sobriety, and the rebuilding of a marriage that was also near death.

From This Day Forward combines the heart wrenching blow-by-blow devastation of Beautiful Boy, and the inspiring devotion found in The Vow. It has all the drama of a Lifetime Movie, with a universal message for anyone who strives to love one person no matter what happens.

With heartrending honesty, Matt and Amy tell a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seat. It is a story with the power to help others find the strength to take that first step in the right direction, to start a conversation with the one they love, to repair, rebuild, and restore, because once we understand the power of forgiveness, no relationship is ever past hope.

Some might say, it's a story of miracles.

Please watch the video of Amy on Oprah's Lifeclass at:  www.mattandamyb.com. There you will also see the emerging foundation that the Baumgardners have started to help people in treatment complete their programs when money is an issue; The4GiveFoundation.

Amy and Matt your story continues to inspire and let us all know that the true power of forgiveness is alive and thriving.  Do yourself a favor and be inspired by their testimony.  Amy, Matt keep standing in your light!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Playful @Oprah Photobombs The Guys At @LifeYouWantTour! #LifeYouWantHOU


Anyone who follows my Twitter, Instagram or Facebook platforms knows....Oprah's The Life You Want Tour is the highlight of the season!  This two day event is a game changer.  If you are truly ready to do the work, Oprah and her trailblazers give us tools for manifesting the life of our dreams.  During the Houston tour stop, Oprah gave my friends and me quite the surprise when she photo bombed our pic (see photo above)!

After chatting and taking pics with Lady O,  my friends, Charles and Ken, & I stepped into another room where we ran into Oprah's make up maestro, Mr. Derrick Rutledge.  We caught up with him, sharing laughs and love.  Preparing to leave the VIP lounge Ken suggests we take an "ussie."  We squeeze into the frame then look to the right of the iPhone where the camera is located.  It was then Oprah snuck into the shot...Charles was the only one who noticed, thus his facial expression.  I was not aware until Ken showed the pic to us for photo approval.  LOL  I STILL did not see Oprah, even after we snapped the photo.  She'd already disappeared into the next room, where I saw her again a few minutes later.  Such a humble, beautiful spirit....'I love me some HER'!

What do I love most about the tour? While the highlights are too great in number to mention in their entirety, I would have to say, seeing Oprah basking in her element has to be what I love most.  This is not just an event...The Life You Want Tour is a large classroom where Oprah's passion for teaching is completely evident.

There are two stops remaining, Seattle and San Jose.  The Life You Want Tour is not to be missed!





Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ready To Manifest Your Best Life? @Oprah & @DeepakChopra Begin New Mediation Series 11/3/2014


Oprah and Deepak are back with an all new 21 Day Meditation Experience!   Beginning November 3, 2014 this series focuses on Energy of Attraction, Manifesting Your Best Life.  Whether you are new to meditation or a seasoned veteran, you'll definitely benefit from this global community of dedicated individuals concurrently raising the spiritual vibration.

Mediation has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with stillness and connecting to the one Source of all.  This series is not meant to replace your religious beliefs, but when implemented properly, it enhances them.  Personally, the practice has changed my life.  Where my mind used to race with worry and anxiety, it now knows how to stop those emotions and process them rationally.

If you don't think you can be still and think about nothing for 20 minutes, start with 5.  Don't beat yourself up because you don't focus completely the first time you try it.  Keep at it.  You'll notice that 5 min turns to 10 to 20 and well beyond!

So mark our calendars and let's spend this sacred time in stillness with meditators from all around the world.  The series is free.  Register at Oprah.com

Namaste.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

.@IyanlaVanzant Teaches 6-week Ecourse on Forgiveness starting 10/26 Register Today!





Iyanla Vanzant is a healer.  Anyone who spends just a moment in her presence knows this.  Her show Iyanla: Fix My Life, on the Oprah Winfrey Network, is one of my favorite shows on television.  Viewers of the show know that she can peel the layers and expose the root of one's pain, unlike any other.  Her latest book, Forgiveness, is a powerful tool which teaches us to forgive everyone for everything.  On October 26, Iyanla takes it a step further as she teaches an online ecourse on what forgiveness is, what it is not, and how to utilize it to step boldly into the life you want and deserve.

Ms. Vanzant reached out to me on Twitter and allowed me to preview a couple of the lessons.  I was blown away.  The lessons made me uncomfortable and if you know Iyanla, you know that's a good thing.  It means I have work to do!

I'm looking forward to this class and truly applying forgiveness in all areas of my life where its needed.  I hope you'll join me in this interactive experience with Iyanla Vanzant!

For more info and registration visit: oprah.com


Monday, October 13, 2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

#BBoyBlues in ATL @3LWTV - Pics!



As promised here are more images from B Boy Blues The Play in Atlanta.  If you like, please share the video on your social media platforms!



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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Thank You Atlanta For Making #BBoyBlues The Play A Huge Success! @JamesEarlHardy

On behalf of the illustrious cast, talented crew, dynamic director Stanley Bennett Clay and prolific director, James Earl Hardy I must extend a heartfelt thanks to Atlanta for your support of B-Boy Blues The Play!

Two sold out performances of enthusiastic, cross generational audiences really shows just how connected, engaged, powerful and beautiful our community truly are.  Thank you Atlanta!

Here are a few images from the evening, including the after party.  More pics to follow soon.








Tuesday, May 20, 2014

#BBoyBlues The Play Comes To ATL 8/2 @3LWTV Hosts! Get Your Tickets Today! @JamesEarlHardy


I'm so excited about this production!  For those of you unfamiliar, B-Boy Blues The Play is based on the B-Boy Blues novel by James Earl Hardy.  This book changed my life!  It was the very first time I'd seen anything in print which truly reflected MY world.  Everything I'd seen up to that point told me that who I was was wrong, an abomination and other 'fuckery.'  As an African-American, same gender loving male, B-Boy Blues taught me not only was I not alone, but that despite what ignorance prevailed amongst the masses,  my love was deep, emotional, passionate and beautiful! There was and IS nothing wrong or different about it.  LOVE IS LOVE.

On August 2, 2014 the stage play adaptation of B-Boy hits the stage at Atlanta's Balzer Theater @ Herren's.  I can't wait!  There will be a Q&A session with the cast immediately following the show, hosted by yours truly! The buzz surrounding the show continues to heighten and I'm excited to for you to experience it.  There are several ways you can support the production.  Every dollar counts.  Our stories only gain momentum when we SUPPORT them.  All forms of encouragement are appreciated, but a dollar goes further than a like on Facebook....IJS. 

Author James Earl Hardy and I have been "jood" (read the book for that definition) friends for decades.  I remain proud of his groundbreaking accomplishments.  His wisdom, laughter and joy continue to enrich my journey.  B-Boy Blues the Play has something for everyone...FOR REAL. 

Thank you all for your continued love and support.  I can't wait to see you in August in ATL!!

CLICK HERE FOR INFO TICKETS AND HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT!  Do it now please...like right now! Thanks! 



Trans Violinist @Tonacity To Make History Live At Carnige Hall...Get Your Tickets Today!






TRANS VIOLINIST, VOCALIST TONA BROWN TO MAKE HISTORY IN LIVE CARNEGIE HALL CONCERT

NEW YORK CITY, NY--History is about to be made at New York City's world-famous Carnegie Hall, as an accomplished violinist and vocalist, Tona Brown, becomes the first African-American transgender woman to perform at the storied Weill Recital Hall at 7:30 PM, on Wednesday, June 25, during LGBT Pride Week.  Ms. Brown, whose notable achievements include singing the National Anthem for President Barack Obama, as La Principessa in the opera Suor Angelica, and her upcoming role as Delia in the new Netflix series City Lightz, will headline a truly unforgettable evening as part of the many celebrations of LGBT Pride in New York City.  "I'm privileged and thrilled to have the opportunity to make history on the Carnegie Hall stage," says Ms. Brown, "This is the high point of my career." 



Ms. Brown studied under such greats as Isaac Stern (for whom Carnegie Hall's main auditorium is named), played with the Shenandoah Conservatory, and recorded This Is Who I Am, a compendium of selections by African-American composers. She can be heard accompanying chart-topping, out R&B vocalist Nhojj, on his new album, Made To Love Him,and recently appeared as La Principessa in the opera Suor Angelica. Ms. Brown's stellar performances have also enthralled audiences the world over, with her matchless delivery of song and music, and at Carnegie Hall, Tona will perform classical and contemporary selections, including works by African-American composers, including Deep Riverand Dream Variations.

Tickets are $35, $55, and $70, available May 22 at http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2014/6/25/0800/PM/Tona-Brown-Violin/.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

.@theInsider features @OWNAmbassadors , @3LWTV in their @Oprah Birthday Shout Outs! Watch video!

Yesterday, my Twitter bud Oprah Winfrey celebrated her 60th birthday!  I lost count long ago of the requests I received to be my "plus 1" to her highly anticipated birthday blowout.   I'm not sure where folk got this erroneous information, but it was flattering to say the least.  I'm thrilled that Ms. Winfrey spent her birthday, HER WAY!  She wanted a quaint day of quiet reflection at home and that's exactly what she got.

It's an honor to watch people share accolades from near and far.  The global scope of her integrity, inspiration and passion never cease to amaze!  It comes as no surprise that she is on the world's radar.  It is an honor for me to be on hers.

Take a look at the Oprah birthday shout outs featured on yesterday's The Insider HERE.


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays! Enjoy The Christmas Song by @CurtisAI12



May the joy of the holiday season be a reflection of the love and peace you exude daily.  I am so grateful for all this year has brought; stronger relationships, a-ha moments, life lessons, love, clarity and more. I'm also excited for the blessings the new season promises to bestow.  Merry Christmas fam! I love and appreciate you so much!

 Please enjoy this beautiful rendition of "The Christmas Song" by my friend Curtis Finch. Many of you know Curtis as a top 10 finalist on Season 12 of "American Idol."

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Singer @MarckAngel Is Back W/ A Hot New Video - "Positions" feat. @Kaoz61


Here's the provocative new video "Positions"  from singer Marck Angel.  It features rapper Kaoz.  It is important we support our independent music artists.  Please purchase your copy from iTunes!