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Nothing Short Of Greatness with Trent Shelton (Event)

On a stop in the ‘Nothing Short Of Greatness’ Tour, Motivational Speaker Trent Shelton, NSOG founder Rondell Anderson, and others rocked Atlanta, GA. The event was held at Midtown Art Theatre. Empowerment filled the atmosphere as Shelton addressed the crowd, and the audience shared their insight and questions. The discourse was lively, engaging, and extremely motivational. Nothing Short Of Greatness held up to it’s name, by delivering greatness and beyond!

The event brought out the best members in the Atlanta community, highlighting and engaging more inspirational media outlets. Professional Speaker and Blogger Ashley Poptodorova set the stage for Trent by sharing a positive testimony. Breath Of Life Daily captured a bit of the event. 


The next stop on the ‘Nothing Short Of Greatness’ Tour’ was Phoenix, Arizona. The complete list of event times and dates are posted at nsogreatness.ticketbud.com  For more updates and info about ‘Nothing Short Of Greatness’ connect with the founder Rondell Anderson on Twitter and Instagram:  @rondellaa. Follow the hashtag #nsogATL for more “touch down” times in Atlanta.

Check out Trent Shelton’s Interview with Clifton Davis on “Praise The Lord”. (below)



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Good Bread Alley Launches KickStarter Campaign

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Good Bread Alley Created by Actor/Writer/Producer April Yvette Thompson Is an epic period play with Afro Cuban and Gullah music, dance and myth exploring the most fundamental truths about a mother’s love and the struggle to become better than what was promised.

The Team behind the production recently launched a KickStarter campaign to back funding. Below are some links to the campaign video, words from the playwright as well as a fantastic article on IndieWire about the work of the producers, SimonSays Entertainment.  The goal is to have supporters of the arts be a part of making the magic that is Good Bread.

How Does the Good Bread Alley KickStarter Work? http://kck.st/OaeuLq

Why Did April Write Good Bread Alley? http://goodbreadalley.weebly.com/blog.html

Who is SimonSays Entertaiment and Why Are They Producing Good Bread Alley? http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/simonsays-entertainment-the-enterprising-artists-who-would-become-discerning-producers

Find out more about the project by connecting with Good Bread Alley on Twitter and Instagram: @GoodBreadAlley

Best,

April D. Byrd

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Infographic Highlights Racial Success and Inequality in Hollywood

African-Americans have 1,038 Billion dollars worth of buying power 12 Years A Slave pulled the same ROI as The Hunger Games with a significantly smaller budget, and Black Film Festivals are on the rise, so what’s going on? Will we keep up the good trend? A new Info-graphic created by the New York Film Academy has nearly everything we could ever love to know about the progress and status of black people in the film industry.

The graphic includes a timeline of success and innovation in black film, as well as many ways African-Americans lag behind in media. Last year was really good for Black Hollywood, but are our stories being handled correctly? Producer Will Packer had some “Powerful” advice regarding that front as listed in the graphic:

“It’s imperative that the next generation of young black film makers realize that their power is in their unique perspectives, unique skill sets, and unique stories. Standing out is a good thing in Hollywood.”

That is highly agreed, director Malcolm D. Lee also advised quite simply to “Just keep making quality movies.” How far have we come and How far do we intend to go? The info-graphic definitely stands as a good compass and resource. Check it out for yourself (below):

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How are you feeling about the state of Black Film and entertainment? Do you think Black Hollywood needs to up the ante? More Genres? More diversity? or are we feeling fine with where it’s at? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Brown Girls Publishing Authors In Atlanta

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Recently Authors Victoria Christopher Murray and Reshonda Tate Billingsley made a visit to Medu Book Store in Atlanta, Georgia at the Greenbriar Mall. The Authors talked about their latest books and their new publishing ventures. Both are leading African-American Authors in the publishing industry who founded Brown Girls Publishing.

The Authors founded Brown Girls Publishing to help get the voices of other talented Writers out into mainstream media.  The partnership between the two Authors has been very productive. Reshonda’s book “Let The Church Say Amen” is set for film adaptation to be produced by Queen Latifah’s Flava Unit Productions, among others and Directed by Regina King. The film will include a cast of notable stars and entertainers, along with a cameo by Reshonda herself.

At Medu Bookstore in Atlanta, the Authors caught fans up with their latest works and introduced one of their new premiere Authors in the Brown Girls Publishing line up. Their latest book “Fortune and Fame” tells the story of Jasmine Cox Larson Bush and Rachel Jackson Adams two first ladies who get caught up in a whirlwind of Drama, Murder, and Reality T.V. with a twist only the partnership of Billingsley and Murray could offer.

At the book signing and event, they shared an excerpt of the book with fans.  A small snippet from the reading was captured. Victoria Christopher Murray reads. Check out the video (below):

 

For More information about the Authors new projects and Brown Girls Publishing visit http://www.browngirlspublishing.com and twitter: @BG_Publishing

ABVCandRB

Yours Truly,

@apriinspired

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Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Discusses Blackness, Feminism, and Sexuality with Zadie Smith

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The Conversation between Zadie Smith and Chimamanda Adichie has almost turned into a viral phenomenon. The two Authors sat down for a chat at the Schomburg Center in Harlem, NY. Adichie’s latest work Americanah recently won the National Book Critics Circle Prize for Fiction, She also caused a big stir when an excerpt of her TED talk about Feminism was featured on Beyonce’s latest album. The excerpt which was featured on the track “Flawless” caused some to speculate whether or not Beyonce was up with the feminist cause, or should even be considered a feminist icon. The question may be valid as Beyonce is making headlines for teaming up with Lean In Author Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Ban Bossy’ campaign. However, Adichie admitted that she wasn’t interested in “policing” anyone’s feminism.

Smith and Adichie discussed various issues ranging from the Representation of Black Women in Media and Magazines, The Importance of Barack Obama’s marriage to Michelle Obama, Race, Feminism, Sexuality, etc. Of course they included they’re latest works and the works of other women Authors. Adichie also defended Beyonce’s use of her TED talk this week on NPR’s Tell Me More, but the talk between the two women alone is most buzz worthy. The discussion coverage from the live event may be a minute, but it’s totally worth it!

Check out the ladies hot discussion in the video (below)

What is your input on the ladies discussion? What great points did they hit…or miss?