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The Cutting Room NYC, 360 MAGAZINE, NYC

TONIGHT Wednesday September 18th: Members of Living Colour, Blues Brothers, Ringo Starr and Billy Joel’s Band Perform For Jimi Hendrix Birthday at Felicia’s Jukebox LIVE at The Cutting Room

This Special Wednesday Night Jam Session Has Become the New Hot Spot for a Gathering of Famed Musicians, Actors and Influencers Each Week – Open to All!

CONFIRMED FOR TONIGHT: Felicia Collins of CBS Orchestra, Vernon Reid and Corey Glover from Living Color, Mark Rivera from The Billy Joel Band/Ringo Starr Band, Lee Finkelstein of The Blues Brothers Band, Shannon Conley, Danny Keane, Militia Vox, Queen V, Sophia Ramos, Jann Klose, Frank Gilchrest, Alec Shantzis, Bruce Edwards, Frank Gravis, Scott Yahaney and WHO KNOWS WHO ELSE WILL STOP BY…

Could be Comedian Bill Burr – drums, Paul Shaffer, Bill Murray, Chris Noth, Ben Vereen, Valerie Simpson, Julio Fernandez, Ilene Kristen, Dave Stewart, Comedy Central’s Wali Collins or others!

New York City has always had its share of hip performance rooms where on any given night you may end up rubbing shoulders with legends of music and film. Normally you have to be “in the know” to find these spots, and lately the landscape has been barren in this respect in general. Now, Felicia’s Jukebox LIVE has taken the torch and started the fire blazing again; creating an all star community jam which is truly open to all – happening every Wednesday night starting at 10:30pm at the legendary The Cutting Room 44 E 32nd St. New York, NY, 10016. www.thecuttingroomnyc.com 

Famous Musicians and Actors have been stopping down regularly, jumping up on stage to jam with other stars and local musicians alike in support of one of their own – professional musician and former vocalist/guitarist for the CBS Orchestra on The Late Show with David Letterman, Felicia Collins.

This week, they celebrate the birthday of arguably one of the best guitarists ever to strap one on, Jimi Hendrix – with a night of Hendrix songs performed by Felicia alongside Vernon Reid and Corey Glover from Living Color, Mark Rivera from The Billy Joel Band/Ringo Starr Band, Lee Finkelstein of The Blues Brothers Band, Shannon Conley, Danny Keane, Militia Vox, Queen V, Sophia Ramos, Jann Klose, Frank Gilchrest, Alec Shantzis, Bruce Edwards, Frank Gravis, Scott Yahaney and others, including local artists without a big name – yet! Come see tomorrow’s stars today performing alongside established musical artists (and actors who like to dabble in a little rock and roll) and immerse yourself in the culture of NYC entertainment.

Past guests to get up on stage with Felicia and her band The Throwdown:

Comedian Bill Burr – drums, Paul Shaffer, Bill Murray, Chris Noth, Ben Vereen, Valerie Simpson, Julio Fernandez, Ilene Kristen, Dave Stewart, Comedy Central’s Wali Collins to name a few. You really never know who will show up!

Prior to Late Show, Felicia was the lead guitarist and vocalist in Al Jarreau’s band and then a member of Cyndi Lauper’s band throughout her Hat Full Of Stars tour. As a member of Shaffer’s band, Felicia performed every year in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony and has shared the stage with the likes of 50 Cent, Allman Brothers, Aretha Franklin, Ashford And Simpson, Barry White, Ben Harper, Billy Joel, Billy Bob Thornton, Bon Jovi, Bonnie Raitt, Candy Staton, Carol Burnette, Carrie Underwood, Cee-Lo, Chaka Khan, Chuck Berry, Dan Fogerty, Darlene Love, David Fathead Newman, David Sanborne, Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Emmy Lou Harris, Faith Evans, Faith Hill, Foo Fighters, George Benson, Glen Frey, Green Day, Harry Connick Jr., Kathleen Battle, L.L. Cool J., Megadeth, Metallica, Little Richard, L.L.Cool J., James Brown, Jay-Z, Jeff Beck, Jef Lee Johnson, Joanie Mitchell, Joan Jett, Joan Osborn, Joe Walsh, John Mayer, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Kathleen Battle, Kris Kristofferson, Pharrell, Luther Vandross, GrandMaster Flash And The Furious Five, Martin Short, Liza Minelli, Luciano Pavorotti, Mary J. Blige, Martin Short, Marty Stuart, Narada Michael Walden, Nate Dog, Naughty By Nature, Ndea Davenport, N.E.R.D., Nile Rodgers, Nona Hendryx, Paul McCartney, Pete Townsend, Ray Benson, Ray Charles, Ringo Star, Rod Stewart, Salt N Pepa, Samuel L. Jackson, Jr., Siedah Garrett, Sheila E, Sheryl Crowe, Slash, Snoop Dogg, Spinners, Staple Singers, Stevie Winwood, Stevie Wonder, Temptations, Tina Turner, Tito Puente, Tom Jones​, Tom Scott, Urge Overkill, Warren G, Warren Zevon, Weezer, The Wailers, Whitney Houston, Willie Nelson, Will Smith and so many more.

For more information on Felicia’s Jukebox and to get tickets, please visit: https://tickets.thecuttingroomnyc.com/e/felicia-s-jukebox-live-72536357197 

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Dave East stars in New Hulu Series “WU-TANG: An American Saga”

WATCH THE NEW TRAILER HERE

George Thorogood To Host “Red, White and Rock 2019”

GEORGE THOROGOOD TO HOST ABC RADIO’S “RED, WHITE AND ROCK 2019” SPECIAL – AIRING JULY 4 WEEKEND

Rock legend George Thorogood will host ABC Radio’s “Red, White and Rock 2019” music special that will air on ABC affiliates over the upcoming July 4 holiday weekend – July 4, 5, 6 and 7 (airing at different times in different markets).

“Red, White and Rock 2019” will feature rock music from American bands and artists including Aerosmith, The Allman Brothers Band, Heart, Cheap Trick, Santana, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Tom Petty, Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, Van Halen, ZZ Top, and more.  The special features insights into the music from rock icons and celebrates the cities, artists and songs that comprise the proud landscape of American rock and roll.

George Thorogood And The Destroyers is currently on their summer / fall “Good To Be Bad: 45 Years of Rock” 31-city tour, that began on June 22 in Hinckley, Minnesota and continues through October 19 in Battle Creek, Michigan (with additional dates forthcoming).

The group is in their fifth consecutive year of supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by donating $1 from each ticket sold at participating venues on their “Good To Be Bad: 45 Years of Rock” tour to LLS.   Additionally, Epiphone recently announced the release of the Ltd. Ed. George Thorogood “White Fang” ES-125TDC Outfit guitar.

Below are markets/stations where the special will air:

New York, NY WBPM-FM
New York, NY WJGK-FM
Chicago, IL WKQX-HD2
Chicago, IL WLPO-AM
Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX KBUS-FM
Houston, TX KHVL-AM
Seattle-Tacoma, WA KPQ-FM
Denver, CO KCOW-AM
Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, CA KSEG-FM
Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, CA KODS-FM
Nashville, TN WRUS-AM
Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York, PA WLUI-AM
Jacksonville, FL WSOS-AM
Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem, NC WTOB-AM
Albuquerque-Santa Fe, NM KRWN-FM
Memphis, TN WEGR-FM
Buffalo, NY WGWE-FM
Buffalo, NY WDOE-AM
Wilkes Barre-Scranton, PA WEZX-FM
Lexington, KY WKYM-FM
Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, MI WILZ-FM
Honolulu, HI KRKH-FM
Honolulu, HI KORL-HD2
Omaha, NE KSWI-FM
Charleston-Huntington, WV WZZZ-FM
Springfield, MO KSPQ-FM
Tucson, AZ KLPX-FM
Des Moines-Ames, IA KEDB-FM
Wichita – Hutchinson, KS KFXJ-FM
Syracuse, NY WIII-FM
Portland-Auburn, ME WLKZ-FM
El Paso, TX KVLC-FM
Jackson, MS WVBG-FM
Davenport, IA-Rock Island-Moline, IL KCQQ-FM
South Bend-Elkhart, IN WRSW-FM
Boise, ID KKGL-FM
Tri-Cities, TN-VA WVEK-FM
Ft. Wayne, IN WARU-FM
Ft. Wayne, IN WXKE-FM
Augusta, GA WKSX-FM
Greenville-New Bern-Washington, NC WAVQ-AM
Lincoln-Hastings-Kearney, NE KRGY-FM
Fargo-Valley City, ND KPFX-FM
Fargo-Valley City, ND KDVL-FM
Macon, GA WBML-AM
Traverse City-Cadillac, MI WKLZ-FM
Traverse City-Cadillac, MI WKLT-FM
Lafayette, LA KVPI-FM
Eugene, OR KLOO-FM
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-San Luis Obispo, KZOZ-FM
La Crosse-Eau Claire, WI WPRE-AM
Amarillo, TX KLMX-FM
Wausau-Rhinelander, WI WGLX-FM
Medford-Klamath Falls, OR KFXX-FM
Salisbury, MD WNCL-FM
Minot-Bismarck-Dickinson, ND KATQ-FM
Sioux City, IA KUQQ-FM
Rochester, MN-Mason City, IA-Austin, MN KLKK-FM
Bangor, ME WWMJ-FM
Gainesville, FL WXOF-FM
Idaho Falls-Pocatello, ID KSRA-FM
Missoula, MT KZOQ-FM
Rapid City, SD KQRQ-FM
Elmira, NY WMTT-FM
Grand Junction-Montrose, CO KSTR-FM
Parkersburg, WV WRZZ-FM
Cheyenne, WY-Scottsbluff, NE KMOR-FM
Great Falls, MT KMON-HD4
Lima, OH WBUK-FM

ToyMakerz

Season finale of “ToyMakerz,” Dean Cain (Dave’s friend) stopped by the ToyMakerz shop in North Carolina to get David Ankin’s advice on a new Camaro build that he’s contemplating and they get into a bit of fun/ trouble out on the open road in this episode. David Ankin stars on A&E’s show ToyMakerz in it’s third season. Batman and Superman unite! True fact, David Ankin started off as a stunt man as Batman at Universal.

There was a cop that pulled them over for pushing the speed limit and wound up getting star struck. The cop asked for a photo also.

David also reveals in this episode his most fierce car build yet.

Here are David’s ideas on the finale car that airs on the final episode as well:

Description- ’41 Willys Coupe Exhibition Car

-Pro-Charged, Nitrous-fed LS with 1300 HP; It’s an assault on your senses.

-44 inches of rear tire, 3 brake systems; She’s one angry, fire-breathing monster right on the edge of out of control.

-It was designed to give fans the experience that I live every day.

As you know, the season finale of ToyMakerz was this last Sunday morning on History! This is the episode-specific teaser.

Season Recap:

I first felt “the itch” when I was a kid, growing up in the heart of motor country in Indiana and Michigan. Watching my dad, a skilled car fabricator nicknamed “The Iron Man” for his impressive metalworking skills, I yearned to build my very own custom rides. And so I learned to tinker and create my very first custom Toyz!

I’d modify my bike – once I extended the front fork by hammering together two regular bike forks – my very first Chopper! The funny thing is, even though my father is a welder, it didn’t occur to me to ask him to weld the forks together! Trust me, that did not end well… Next up was a motorized dirt bike that I’d tune and modify with any spare dollars I could earn mowing lawns or helping in the garage. Naturally, this road led to fast cars, motorcycles and a passion for driving – aka, playing with (and breaking) my Toyz.

Straight out of high school I scored what I considered my dream job at the time – doing live stunts as Batman for Six Flags in Texas! For 3 years, I performed trick shows 6-days-a-week. It was a blast. But eventually I had to grow up…. just a little!

So I moved to Myrtle Beach , where I discovered a knack for live venues and built up several bars. This career introduced me to a wide array of seriously impressive vehicle builders and designers, further fueling “the itch”, and it allowed me to put away some money for my true passion.

In 2014 I finally made the leap into full-time toy-making. Partnering up with David Young, a sharp businessman who shared my love for motorsports and the manufacturing process, we launched ToyMakerz LLC in Reidsville, NC. After a few years of research and design, we decided to share our rides with the world and launched ToyMakerz the TV show on Velocity. What followed has been a wild, non-stop ride atop a cannonball.

Seasons 1 and 2 were highly acclaimed and featured custom ToyMakerz creations like the GPS (a 3/4 scale chain-driven personal supercar), the SB (a mean, mashed up truck with a NASCAR-level engine) and the Beast (a fully custom, mid-engine formula car, winner of the Magnaflow People’s Choice Award at SEMA). Along the way, we met more and more incredible toymakers, of all types, and continued to grow our skillset .

Now airing on HISTORY Channel and FYI, in partnership with A+E Networks, ToyMakerz Season 3 has allowed us to take our toymaking to another level. Here’s an overview of what we’ve built:

ToyMakerz S3 Episode 1 – ’71 Charger – A Richard Petty Tribute

We take on a project for a Richard Petty mega-fan to overhaul a signature 70’s Charger “Petty Style” and setup the surprise of a lifetime – an appearance The King himself.

ToyMakerz S3 Episode 2 – Capital City Bike Fest and Car Show

Teaming up with Epic Moto Co, We’ll strip weight, and increase horsepower, while converting an American V-Twin bagger into a street fighter to be revealed at the Capital City Bike Fest and Car Show in Raleigh, NC, one of our favorite annual events.

ToyMakerz S3 Episode 3 – ’56 International Shop Truck and GoPro Race Day

Every shop needs a great shop truck. We were stunned to find a perfect ’56 International flatbed truck that somehow still runs.

ToyMakerz S3 Episode 4 – Misfit Toyz Invitational

We invited some of our top fabricator friends and ToyMakerz Nation standouts to create and race their own one-of-a-kind Misfit Toyz. It rained cats & dogs, making for one of the funniest events I’ve ever seen.

ToyMakerz S3 Episode 5 – ToyMakerz Drag Races – VW Style

When my buddy Scott Sain challenged me to a VW Drag Race, at the 2018 VW Germanaire drag race at the South Carolina Motorplex, how could I possibly say no?

ToyMakerz S3 Episode 6 – Challenger Mods for Sarah Edwards

Jet car pilot Sarah Edwards needed a daily driver. A perfect project for ToyMakerz! We’re thinking American muscle…

ToyMakerz S3 Episode 7 – Kraken Monster Truck Debut and Thunder Roadster Road Race

We put the finishing touches on a remarkable new monster truck, The Kraken, and help our good buddy, land-speed record holder Lee Shirts, tune his Thunder Roadster for a race at gorgeous Virginia International

Raceway (VIR).

ToyMakerz S3 Episode 8 ’41 Willys Coupe – David’s New Exhibition Car

Now this Toy is truly ridiculous. We envisioned and built a completely out-of-the box , over-the-top, exhibition car based on a ’41 Willys Coupe that can make tracks like no other car out there. To top things off, Dean Cain stops by for a visit, as do our top 3 Show Us Your Rides finalists.

It was truly an awesome season. But, now that all is said and done and we’ve had a few months to soak things in, I’m starting to feel that itch again.

GGBAILEY at the Geneva International Motor Show

The Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) also known as the Geneva Auto Show wrapped up Sunday March 17th, and RACEMARK (GGBAILEY’s parent company) was there showcasing its lines of OEM-quality car mats and accessories. Highlights from the show included the plug-in hybrid Jeep Renegade, the TESLA Model S3 Station Wagon and the Bugatti Baby. Many of the stunning concept cars feature custom-designed car mats by RACEMARK.

A few of our favorite cars from the show:

  • Automobili Pininfarina Battista

  • Aston Martin Vanquish Vision

  • Tesla Model 3S Station Wagon

  • McLaren 720S Spider

  • Bugatti La Voiture Noire

Automobili Pininfarina Battista

It’s the most powerful street-legal car ever designed and built in Italy, and it’s electric. Powered by its Rimac electric powertrain, the new hyper EV produces 1874bhp from four electric motors and will get you to 186mph from a standing start in under 12 seconds. No more than 150 will be made, and the price is expected to be around 2.3 million dollars. The Automobili Pininfarina’s Battista has a top speed that exceeds 217mph, making it one of the fastest cars on the planet. RACEMARK created the custom car mats specially for this incredible concept car.

Aston Martin Vanquish Vision

The Aston Martin Vanquish Vision concept car is Aston Martin’s first mid-engined production supercar. Powered by a newly developed turbocharged V-6 engine,  this lightweight concept supercar built on a bonded aluminum structure was designed to give Ferrari and McLaren some fierce competition.

Tesla Model 3S Station Wagon

In sharp contrast to the supercars at the Geneva Motor Show, was a dark green station wagon. This one of a kind model, designed by Niels van Roij Design, was a Tesla Model S converted into a station wagon. Niels van Roij Design designed the wagon as a hatchback keeping a minimal side window profile and giving the resulting car a sleek look. Although it doesn’t have the cargo room of a traditional station wagon, it easily makes up for it with plenty of style.

McLaren 720S Spider

Unusually light and aerodynamic, the MSO 720S Spider features a unique paint job along key aerodynamic surfaces such as the front splitter, hood air intakes and side panels. It boasts a top speed is 212mph with the roof up and can go from 0-62 in just 2.9 seconds thanks to its twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8.

Bugatti La Voiture Noire

Bugatti’s new La Voiture Noire, costing a cool $12.5 million, pushes all the boundaries. Based on the Bugatti’s Chiron, ‘The Black Car’ demonstrates how the French hypercar company is shifting toward bespoke manufacturing to satisfy the world’s most powerful and imaginative car collectors.

Michael Evans Behling

By Krishan Narsinghani

As of late, 360 Magazine sat down with actor, Michael Evans Behling, to discuss his story on becoming a series regular on the hit CW tv-show “All American.”

Behling was born in Columbus, OH but raised in Columbus, IN. Growing up, he played football, volleyball and ran track & field. Before pursuing college for track, Behling’s mother pushed him to try his hand at modeling. Flash forward one year, the biracial newcomer shot for notable brands like Nike, Finish Line and White Castle. Discovering a passion for comedic shorts via social media, Behling paved a career path that created an escape from negativity and depression. His personal life in a funk, acting molded that release and in return, made himself and others feel better. A bold move to LA quickly proceeded and transformed his life.

What do you think been your favorite part of shooting All American?

An outstanding cast. People-wise, we are a family that clicked from the beginning. There’s such a nice atmosphere including the production! Whether in the morning or night, I’m smiling going in.

Being relatively new to working the industry, what is one thing you would work on more?

To continue working even more and getting out on stage. Whether it means taking more classes and working as much I can to get even more comfortable doing my job.

One thing you’d work on less:

Before going into work. Whenever you get to set, you make something fun. The challenging part is when you get home at 3AM after a sixteen hour day and you have to prep for the next day. During the past 8 months, I didn’t sleep but it’s worth it. Being on stage, I’m still new and have a lot to learn. There are still moments where I felt like I could have done something better but it’s this feeling of “unsure” where I hesitate.

Describe your role and thoughts on your character Jordan:

Jordan is a cocky, confused, angsty high schooler who is the Beverly Hills High School quarterback. He’s dealing with some major identity issues, especially when Spencer comes to town and sees how his father and him connect – I think he’s got a really good heart and a lot of love for his sister and mom, but wants to connect with his Dad and fill his shoes. He’s slightly a jock with underlying actions and a lot of pain I have to hit while on set. Jordan’s a mixed kid who’s struggling to find himself but vicariously living through his dad. We’re both mixed so there’s a strong connection.

What advice to you have for minorities and kids of color breaking into the industry?

Right now we have an advantage – use this time now to get your training, get headshots and get whatever you need to get into the room. What’s the number one thing you could do before you get in? Ask yourself why you want to be in the industry. Do you know why you want to get into the industry for the right reasons? It’s because you want to make a change and love the craft. You love entertainment and make a positive change in somebody’s life.

One you get into the room, and you perform it’s out of your control. The door is going to open at some point. Stay positive and don’t get discouraged.

Devon Gilfillian: Winter Wonderland

Devon Gilfillian ushers in the holiday season with an infectious, soulful take on Winter Wonderland. Download it here!

“I decided to cover ‘Winter Wonderland’ because it takes me back to being a kid in Philly, watching inches upon inches of snow fall to the ground and praying for those three extra snow days to be added to Christmas break,” explains Gilfillian. “It takes me back to Pops making silver dollar pancakes on Christmas morning, and singing Bing Crosby’s version of this tune. I wanted to hold on to the nostalgia I feel from this song but also put a modern soul spin to it.”

Hailed by Rolling Stone as one of the most exciting young artists in Nashville’s burgeoning soul scene, Gilfillian will close out 2018 with a December 6 show at Academy Center of the Arts in Lynchburg, VA, where he will open for Mavis Staples, and a performance at Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville.

He will join Brothers Osborne on the road next spring. The run kicks off on March 21 at The Fillmore in New Orleans and includes an April 3 show at The Novo in Los Angeles. Gilfillian will also perform at the 2019 Shakey Knees Festival in Atlanta. See below for itinerary. Tickets are on sale HERE.

Winter Wonderland follows the singles Truth, High. and Troublemaker. Troublemaker, which was praised by Rolling Stone as a raucous heaping of swampy soul and rock, was heard during 2018 NFL Draft programming/advertising. Gilfillian performed the national anthem before Round 1 of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Gilfillian, who is featured in the Frye Americana Roots campaign and was recently named as a Southwest Airlines “Artist on the Rise,” grew up outside Philadelphia and moved to Nashville to pursue music full-time. In 2016, he released his debut EP, which NPR Music said, “captures his exuberance and musical openness, setting the stage for what promises to be a brilliant career.” Gilfillian is currently working on his full-length debut.

Beat Bugs: Season 3 Soundtrack Set For Release

The soundtrack to the third season of Josh Wakely’s animated Netflix original series Beat Bugs released on November 16th as announced by Republic Records. The soundtrack release comes after the Beat Bugs Season 3 debut on Netflix which premiered back in November 9th.

Beat Bugs: Season 3 soundtrack is available now at this link

Check out the trailer for Beat Bugs Season 2 HERE.

Following the success of the first 2 seasons and a 48-minute special on Netflix, Season 3 attracted a myriad of talent to reimagine classics by The Beatles for a new generation. Yusuf/Cat Stevens recorded “Here Comes The Sun,” while rising Vermont indie pop troubadour Noah Kahan delivered a show-stopping rendition of “You Won’t See Me.” Samantha Gongol of Marian Hill takes on the classic “Let It Be,” Chloe Kohanski adds millennial sunshine to “A Day In The Life,” and Welshly Arms amplify the rock ‘n’ roll gusto of “Revolution.”

Wakely’s Beat Bugs stands out as the perfect gateway for kids to experience the canon of The Beatles.

Beat Bugs Season 3 Tracklisting:

  1. Yusuf/Cat Stevens– “Here Comes The Sun”
  2. Noah Kahan– “You Won’t See Me”
  3. Samantha Gongol– “Let It Be”
  4. Welshly Arms– “Revolution”
  5. The Beat Bugs– “Hey Jude”
  6. The Beat Bugs– “Baby You’re A Rich Man”
  7. The Beat Bugs– “Paperback Writer”
  8. The Beat Bugs– “I’m Only Sleeping”
  9. Chloe Kohanski– “A Day In The Life”
  10. The Beat Bugs– “Yesterday”
  11. The Beat Bugs– “Mother Nature’s Son”
  12. The Beat Bugs– “Good Morning, Good Morning”
  13. The Beat Bugs– “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”
  14. The Beat Bugs– “Oh! Darling”
  15. The Beat Bugs– “The Long And Winding Road”

The Emmy®-winning series and its music have garnered widespread critical praise. The New York Times wrote, “Like most enduring animation series, the writing in Beat Bugs is crafted to appeal to children as well as thier parents, with plenty of allusions to lyrics.” In its piece on the show, Rolling Stone said that by engaging with Beat Bugs kids are “experiencing the music of the Beatles in a way their parents and grandparents never imagined.” The Wall Street Journal also ran an in-depth piece, while Variety covered the project in this article, calling the covers in the series “richly orchestrated.”

Beat Bugs was created by Wakely, following a groundbreaking deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and is produced by his Grace: a storytelling company. Wakely personally selected each of these songs for his integration into the series’ episodes and was closely involved in the music’s production, arranging and mixing. Melodia was formed by the principals of Beat Bugs’ production entities to release music from this series, as well as future film, television, and theatrical endeavors, in conjunction with the company’s partners.

About Grace: a storytelling company:

Grace is a global independent film and television development and production banner led by filmmaker Josh Wakely. Grace’s output is distinguished by innovation, and imaginative creative and business partnerships, combined to cultivate transformative storytelling. Based out of Australia and the US, Grace is committed to producing intelligent, elevatedm talent-driven film and television projects to the worldwide audience.

Chris Tucker to Host EBONY Power 100 Gala

EBONY Magazine announces the host for its annual EBONY Power 100 Gala and this year’s special award recipients.

Acclaimed actor and comedian Chris Tucker will steer the star-studded event.

Distinguished industry leaders to be recognized with the EBONY Icon Award and Inaugural Chairman’s Award

Following the recent unveiling of its prestigious annual EBONY Power 100 List in celebration those whose work and heroism continue to inspire and influence society, EBONY magazine has announced the host for this year’s highly anticipated EBONY Power 100 Gala, presented by Nationwide, taking place in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on Nov. 30.

EBONY is also pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s coveted special awards which will be presented during Hollywood’s star-studded spectacle.

Helming the celebration of the 2018 EBONY Power 100 list honoring crusaders, innovators, disruptors, business titans, entrepreneurs and MVPs who are making a difference in the community at the EBONY Power 100 Gala is international award-winning actor Chris Tucker. Once a frequent stand-up performer on Def Comedy Jam in the 1990s, Tucker is best known today for playing Det. James Carter in the Rush Hour film series. Chris is currently returning to the stage on his stand-up comedy tour that has received rave reviews all over the world, while spending much of his spare time traveling and working with his foundation.

EBONY Media Operations CEO Michael Gibson will present the inaugural Chairman’s Award to former BET Chairman and CEO Debra Lee. The trailblazing business dynamo joined BET as executive vice president and general counsel in 1986, was promoted to president and COO of the network that reaches approximately 78 million homes in March 1996 and to chairman and CEO in 2005. She guided much of the 38-year-old network’s growth beyond music and into entertainment, news and public affairs programming, including original movies, late-night talk shows and concert specials, with successes such as bringing to cable The Game in 2014 and the miniseries. The New Edition Story in 2017, the launch of BET.com and the acquisition of the television rights to Black Girls Rock!

This year’s prestigious EBONY Icon Award will be presented to Motown Records. There simply isn’t a name in music more synonymous with era-defining hits, star-making, and innovation than Motown. Started in Detroit with a dream and an $800 loan, Berry Gordy’s Hitsville USA became a cultural behemoth that swiftly hooked pop culture with a brand new beat. The unmistakable, irrepressible sound of young America didn’t just dominate the charts–it crossed the racial divide during the social upheaval of the 1960’s. The hits and cultural influence doesn’t stop as Motown and its family of imprints explore new genres in partnerships with labels including Quality Control Music, which set the stage for signings of Migos and Lil Yachty. In recognition of the brand’s iconic relevance and impact, EBONY is pleased to honor Motowns decades of success. The award will be accepted by Motown President, and EVP of Capitol Music Group. Ethiopia Habtemariam, who is also honored in the Women Up category for her outstanding leadership in the music industry.

Habtemariam, whose former title, President of Urban Music & Co-Head of Creative for Universal Music Publishing, is responsible for revitalizing the storied label that boasts hit makers NE-YO and Erykah Badu. Habtemariam has ushered in a new generation of artists with acts like JAMESDAVIS, Lil Baby, City Girls, and BJ The Chicago Kid. Last summer, Billboard magazine recognized her as Universal Music Group’s Most Powerful African-American Woman.

“We are delighted to announce our celebrated host and award recipients for this year’s EBONY Power 100 Gala,” says Gibson. “Since unveiling our 2018 EBONY Power 100 List last month, the anticipation and buzz throughout the country has been very exciting to see. This year’s gala will surely prove to be the most memorable to date, and I would like to personally congratulate all our honorees.”

The 2018 EBONY Power 100 List recognizes the most influential and inspiring from the business, philanthropic, entertainment, and social activism communities in the following eight categories: Community Crusaders, Disruptors, Entertainment & Arts, Entrepreneurs, Innovators, MVPs, Power Players and the coveted Women Up.

Former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama lead the Entertainment & Arts category, with a focus on Mrs. Obama’s book tour for her new memoir, Becoming. Barry Jenkins, director of the Academy Award-wining Moonlight and the upcoming If Beale Street Could Talk, is also being honored in the category for his achievements in the film industry, as Tony Award-winning actor Billy Porter is for his role in the television series Pose. Other notables being honored in the Entertainment & Arts category include the cast of Black Pantherand rappers Cardi B, Drake and Travis Scott. Athletes being honored in the MVPs category include Houston Rockets guard James Harden, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and professional WWE wrestler and superstar Thaddeus Bullard, aka Titus O’Neil.

The 2018 EBONY Power 100 List includes politicians and lawmakers who made the news over the past year, such as Stacey Abrams, the first Black Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee (recognized in the Disruptors category); Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, Florida, and the first Black candidate for governor of the Sunshine State (another Disruptors honoree); Keisha Lance Bottoms, the second Black female mayor of Atlanta (recognized in the Women Up category); and London Breed, the first Black female LGBT mayor of San Francisco (also honored in the Women Up category).

Other honorees run the gamut of industry, community activism and more. Civil rights activist Tarana Burke the Bronx, New York native who achieved global acclaim after starting the MeToo movement will be recognized in the Community Crusaders category. Group President and Chief Operating Officer Rosalind Brewer will be honored in the Women Up category as the first African-American woman to the hold that position as at Starbucks. March of Dimes President Stacey D. Stewart will be recognized in the Disruptors category as the first African-American female president to lead the charitable organization. Junior Flip Kids, honored in the Entrepreneurs category, is a company made up of six schoolchildren aged 7 to 13 years old who met with Oprah Winfrey before starting their business to transform distressed properties into renovated single-family homes in Washington D.C., and Maryland. Cheryl “Action” Jackson will be recognized in the Community Crusaders category as the founder of Minnie’s Pantry, an organization that has provided over 8 million meals to families in need.

Honorees are celebrated each year at the EBONY Power 100 Gala, presented by Nationwide. The event will take place this year in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on November. During the gala, the prestigious EBONY Power 100 special award recipients will be recognized for their contributions to business and industry. The 2018 EBONY Power 100 Gala is hosted by EBONY Foundation and benefits Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. Learn more about sickle cell disease and to donate by texting “EBONY” to 91011 and using #SCDHOPEWINS. Follow #EBONYPower100 on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

The complete EBONY Power 100 List for this year can be viewed here!

Real Housewives Awards

Bravo Media announced today the return of the fifth annual The Real Housewives Awards,” a celebration honoring the most epic, jaw-dropping moments from recent seasons of “The Real Housewives” franchise. Starting today until October 28, fans can vote for their favorite housewives’ style, shade-filled moments, most memorable wigs and more on BravoTV.com/RHAwards or the Bravo Now app. Every vote counts for each of the 10 award categories including:

·         Most Iconic Moment

·         Best Shade

·         Best Style

·         Rookie of the Year

·         Best Comedic Performance

·         Best Couple

·         Best Actress

·         Best Friends

·         Miss Congeniality

·         Most Memorable Wig

As voting kicks off, actor and host of Bravo’s upcoming primetime talk show “Bravo’s Play by Play,” Jerry O’Connell,  Kelly Dodd of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” and LeeAnne Locken of “The Real Housewives of Dallas” team up to cast their votes in this video clip exclusively on BravoTV.com.  For a sneak peek click here: http://www.bravotv.com/bravos-play-by-play/season-1/videos/jerry-oconnell-casts-his-vote-for-the-real-housewives-awards

The 2018 winners will be revealed on October 29 at 11 p.m. ET/PT, in a special episode of “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” devoted to the “The Real Housewives Awards,” where host Andy Cohen will honor the leading ladies of each category.

For the latest on “The Real Housewives Awards,” fans can visit BravoTV.com/RHAwards, which will serve as a hub for “Real Housewives” content, including hilarious impersonation videos from Bravo superfan Amy Phillips and more. Viewers are also encouraged to join the conversation by using the official hashtag #RHAwards.