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Open Casting Call For : IT’S A MAN’S WORLD: THE JAMES BROWN STORY/ Dec 26/ Music Hall


Detroit, MI– Producers of the new musical, IT’S A MAN’S WORLD: THE JAMES BROWN STORY, have announced open auditions for the upcoming national tour and are seeking actors/actresses for the following roles:

James Brown –African-American male, 25-35 energetic singer/dancer/actor.
Bobby Byrd – Life–long friend, mentor, and member of the James Brown band. African-American male 25-35 energetic singer/dancer/actor.
Joe Brown – James Brown’s father. African-American male 30+, energetic actor.
Rev. Al Sharpton – Part time manager and confidant of Mr. Brown. Treated like a son and family member by Mr. Brown. African-American male 25-35, energetic actor.
Martha High – Mr. Brown’s personal hair stylist and back-up singer. African-American female 22-35 singer/actor/move well.
Vickie Anderson – Mr. Brown’s back-up singer, and Bobby Byrd’s wife. African-American female 22-35 singer/actor/move well.
Susie Brown – James Brown’s mother. African-American female 22-35, singer/actor.
Syd Nathan – Strong manager/record producer for Mr. Brown and the Famous Flames. Caucasian 30 +, energetic actor.
Mick Jagger – Caucasian male 25- 35, British accent is a must.
Wives and Back-up Singers for James Brown (5 positions) – African-American Females, 21+, energetic singers/dancers/actors.

IT’S A MAN’S WORLD: THE JAMES BROWN STORY tells the story of the legendary Godfather of Soul, James Brown, told by those who knew him best. Written and Directed by Don P. Roberts (Drumline), IT’S A MAN’S WORLD: THE JAMES BROWN STORY will provide a never-seen- before perspective of the iconic James Brown and features original music, costumes designed by Brown’s private tailor, Curtis Gibson and dynamic, technology-infused storytelling that will enlighten, engage and leave audiences begging for more.

Auditions will take place on Friday, December 26, 2014 from 12 noon-6pm at Detroit’s Music Hall Center Performing Arts located at 350 Madison in Detroit, MI.

– All interested candidates should bring picture and resume stapled together. Singers and/or Dancers must prepare a 1-2 minute presentation. Rehearsals begin in April. Cast members must be available for 10 weeks.


Kilo Kish’s Attempted Holiday Readings

Kilo Kish gets into the holiday spirit with Xmas readings from Langston Hughes, Hans Christian Anderson and Brothers Grimm. She’s releasing a remix version of her Across EP in January.


Lauryn Hill In Ghana

Lauryn Hill performed in Ghana last weekend for the first time ever and she performed songs from all over her catalog in Ghana’s Independence Square.


Kendrick Lamar On The Colbert Report

Kendrick Lamar was the last musical guest to appear on The Colbert Report before they go off the air and he performed a new song from his forthcoming album with a band that included Bilal, Thundercat and Terrace Martin. He also sat down for a brief interview with Stephen Colbert.


Ghostface Killah-Love Don’t Live Here No More Feat. Kandace Springs

Michael K. Williams stars in the dark clip for Ghostface Killah’s “Love Don’t Live Here No More” featuring Kandace Springs.


Lion Babe-Jungle Lady (Official Video)

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NFL Personal Conduct Policy a Step in the Right Direction: Melanie L. Campbell


Washington, DC – In response to the National Football League’s (NFL) recently released revamped Personal Conduct Policy for players and other employees that was ratified unanimously by 32 league owners, Melanie L. Campbell, convener of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR), issued the following statement:

“The Black Women’s Roundtable is optimistic about the progress the NFL has made in their continued efforts to put tougher personal conduct policies in place and also create programs designed to change the culture of violence in the league and beyond. By including a diverse group of individuals and organizations with expertise in domestic violence and sexual assault, the NFL is headed in the right direction.

“BWR provided recommendations to the NFL on culturally-competent best practices to eradicating domestic violence and sexual assault during meetings with NFL executives held at their New York headquarters. Some of our initial concerns, including the urgent need for the NFL to include Black women on their external advisory group for domestic violence and sexual assault, were addressed after our initial meeting with NFL executive vice president of football operations, Troy Vincent, NFL’s new vice president of social responsibility, Anna Isaacson, and other NFL executives.The NFL subsequently appointed Dr. Beth Richie, professor of African American studies, criminology, law, and justice, and Director of the Institute for Research on Race and Policy at the University of Illinois, to the NFL’s external advisory group on domestic violence and sexual assault. Dr. Richie’s education and experience sent a message that the NFL was serious about seeking serious solutions.


Chrisette Michele-Together

Chrisette Michele’s Derek Blanks-directed video for “Together” is a moving portrait of pink tones, modern dance and strings. The Lyricists’ Opus is out now.


D’Angelo Sugah Daddy & Black Messiah Stream

“Sugah Daddy” is the lead single from D’Angelo’s suddenly announced Black Messiah album. You can buy it on iTunes and stream it on Spotify:


Spur Of The Moment-Free Urself Feat. Maysa


DMV R&B/jazz band, Spur Of The Moment had the opportunity to record with longtime admirer, Maysa and the end result is “Free Urself.”