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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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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

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Yours Truly,

@apriinspired

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Halle Berry Talks About Having Mental Illness and A New T.V. Show

Yeah, So Halle Berry doesn’t have a real mental illness…(that we know of), but in her new movie role Frankie & Alice, Berry will be playing a woman with severe split personality disorder, Medically termed Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). Based on the true life story of Frankie Murdoch, the film is being re-released by Lionsgate and Codeblack films. Halle talked with Extra in an interview and discussed what created her interest in the role, her new baby, and also her new T.V. show. Her new T.V. show Extant will be directed by Steven Spielberg.

The Movie Frankie & Alice was originally released in Canada in 2010. The movie captures a woman’s struggle to remain herself while fighting with not one, but two alter egos:  a 7-year-old kid “Genius” and a Southern White Racist woman named “Alice”. Berry will be taking the issue of women  “playing many roles” to a whole different level. Frankie & Alice hits theaters today!

Check out the trailer (below)…


Will you being going to see the film? What are your thoughts on the movie? I wanna see it! who’s buying the  popcorn? Leave a comment below. Follow up the convo with me on twitter @aprilinspired.

The Powerful Documentary “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners” Available On DVD

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The story is just as explosive as the previews, if not more. The profound documentary “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners” is available today. Angela Davis and her story are revolutionary. The docudrama which features actual scenes and clips from Davis’s case, recounts the story from Angela Davis herself and those who were apart of the movement that helped land her freedom. The story tells the Journey of young Angela growing up in the turmoil of the south, but making her way to New York and eventually Germany because of her academic prowess.

When Davis lands the job as a Professor at UCLA she comes under scrutiny. On the base of her radical views and communist beliefs Davis was apprehended as a threat to standard American culture, she received death threats and hate mail, but to some she was a hero. As Davis stood her ground, raised her voice, and acted in academic freedom, she also fell in love. In a love affair that would later be exploited and come to tragedy, Angela and her supporters remained calm.

Eventually accused for conspiracy to murder and becoming the top on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List. The Angela Davis case set off a cultural firestorm heard around the world. The story took precedence in the media and graduated to being a political phenomenon.angie

Angela Davis was a hero for actively using her voice, and the story is a reminder that the voices that spoke up for Angela’s defense were also the heroes. In the age of series like “Orange Is The New Black” and social media’s divine impact in the Tragedy of Trayvon, The Free Angela story affirms the poignancy and power of educated thought.

Angela Davis was a “Thought Leader” before the term truly came to office. What is truly to be celebrated is not rebellion or resistance, but what the spirit of hope in united and inspired voices can do. It can produce liberty and freedom for positive empowerment.

April D. Byrd PR is giving away a free DVD Copy of the film in honor of the new release. Enter the Giveaway here: https://www.facebook.com/TheAprilImpact/app_228910107186452