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Trends, Travel, Film, History and Books provide readers with information that might be off the beaten path of their traditional news sources.   Whether its innovation, unique travel, classic or new age films and documentaries, looking at history from a different perspective or discovering new and established authors, it brings a fresh look to things that are either old or new again.

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Bobby Caldwell’s live performances are always electrifying! Drawing from his vast repertoire of rousing R&B, intimate smooth jazz stylings, and big band songs, Bobby has the ability to entertain at any venue, for fans of all ages. In Japan and throughout Asia, he enjoys a feverish popularity, selling out shows and achieving gold and platinum status for his releases in those countries. In addition to heavy touring, Bobby starred as Frank Sinatra in the David Cassidy/Don Reo theatrical production “The Rat Pack Is Back” in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bobby received rave reviews for his performance, both from industry critics and from his loyal fans. 
Bobby has been featured on The CBS Second Cup Café, The Tonight Show starring Jay Leno, BET Jazz Central, and has made numerous national and local network appearances.

As a singer, he has a successful career with numerous solo releases, which have earned accolades far and wide. His songwriting skills have earned hits not only for himself, but also for well-known artists like Chicago, Boz Scaggs, Peter Cetera and Amy Grant, Neil Diamond and Al Jarreau.

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Kenny Lattimore.  Photo Courtesy:  Yoshi's Oakland

Kenny Lattimore. Photo Courtesy: Yoshi’s Oakland

International R&B singer, Kenny Lattimore embodies the elements of traditional R&B with a decidedly contemporary flare and feel. He has established himself as a soulful song stylist of the first order receiving the NAACP Image Award for Best New Artist, and nominations for the Grammy, Soul Train and Stellar Awards. Whether putting a distinctive stamp on classic songs recorded by such musical icons as Donny Hathaway (“I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know”) and George Harrison (“While My Guitar Gently Weeps”), or creating his own legacy of hits such as “Never Too Busy,” and the wedding ballad “For You”, Kenny’s style combines passion, sensuality, intensity and subtlety, making him one of today’s premier male vocalists.

His vocals have graced albums by such diverse musical colleagues as Musiq Soulchild, Rachelle Ferrell, Nancy Wilson and Brian Culbertson. He continues to demonstrate his creative stability as a performer, singer, songwriter and producer, earmarking him as a leader amongst artists who are keeping the tradition of classic R&B, Soul music and Gospel very much alive in the 21st century. Kenny is also known for his dramatic stage shows, vocal agility, and romantic ambiance. He has been hailed “modern soul man” on stage by The New York Times.

Although music is Kenny’s dominate muse. He has loaned his talent to the world of TV, film and theatre. He has appeared in numerous television shows such as,” The Young and the Restless”, “Moesha”, “The Parkers”, “Abby”, the movie “The Seat Filler, and recently “Holiday Love” directed by Kim Fields and “A Cross To Bear” for the Gospel Music Channel. In his theatrical journey, Kenny has starred a long side reality television star NeNe Leakes, singer Angie Stone, and supermodel Tyson Beckford in the hit play “Loving Him Is Killing Me.” He also starred in two of Don B. Welch’s productions, “Heavenbound” and “A Change Is Gonna Come” along side the talents of actors Vanessa Bell Calloway, Dorien Wilson and hilarious Jackee Harry. Lastly, television legend Ernest Thomas and Bobbi Baker of Tyler Perry’s TV sitcom “The House of Payne” starred with Kenny to rave reviews in the hit stage play “What Ever Happened to Black Love” directed by Thomas Meloncon.

Evolving into a devoted humanitarian, Kenny has extended his influence to several non-profit organizations. In 2008, he served alongside actor Lamman Rucker as spokesperson for Tied To Greatness, an outreach program to improve the self-image of at-risk inner city high school males. In 2009, he served as the spokesperson for The ASHE Foundation, an organization focused on providing shoes and basic necessities to children in African nations who have been orphaned by wars, poverty, and the devastating effects of HIV/AIDS. In early 2011, he established his own non-profit organization, The Kenny Lattimore Foundation, which uses mentoring, education and the arts to transform the lives of young people. Since 1997, he has on many occasions supported the United Negro College Fund in their efforts to encourage college attendance with young people throughout America. Currently he is touring with Brian White, Monique Jackson, Keita Williams (of The T.O. Show) and other celebrities to support the UNCF Empower Me 2011 tour.

Currently in the works is Kenny’s next original recording project “Back 2 Cool” slated to be released in 2012 on his own label SincereSoul Records. As the Washington Post has declared Kenny Lattimore “a new master of the new soul”, Kenny remains committed to making expressive and enduring music that gives him the freedom to be himself.

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Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 Newest Selection Is…

First there was Wild, then The Twelve Tribes of Hattie and The Invention of Wings—now there’s a new Book Club selection and it’s an unforgettable novel that left Oprah completely breathless. Watch the video to find out her pick!

 

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH: MOVIE FANS HAVE A CHANCE TO WATCH PRE-1960S AFRICAN-AMERICAN CLASSIC MOVIES

Scene from the (1949 race movie Souls of Sin.  Photo Courtesy: Blacknews.com

Scene from the (1949 race movie Souls of Sin. Photo Courtesy: Blacknews.com

Chicago, IL — In honor of Black History Month, Trend Entertainment introduces the “Race Films DVD Set”. The “Race Films DVD Set” features 75 classic African-American movies and 45 short race films, which were produced before the 1960s. Films made for an all-black audience with majority or all-black casts in the United States between 1915 and 1960 are referred to as race films or race movies.

During the first half of the 20th century, African-Americans were not typically granted sincere roles in mainstream Hollywood movies. In mainstream Hollywood movies, black actors and actresses were only given demeaning and stereotypical supporting roles. Race movies gave black actors and actresses a chance to play serious and respected characters and to show off their talents. Race movies provided Black people with images of the African-American experience that were absent from Hollywood films.

In the South, to comply with segregation, race movies were screened at designated black theaters. Though northern cities were not formally segregated, race movies were generally shown in theaters in black neighborhoods. While it was extraordinarily rare for race movies to be shown to white audiences, white theaters often reserved special time-slots for black movie goers. This resulted in race movies often being screened as matinees and midnight shows. During the height of their popularity, race films were shown in as many as 1,100 theaters around the country.

Race movies are of great interest for their historical significance. Watching the race movies one will get a glimpse of black life in the United States from the 1920s to the 1950s.

Among the movie titles in the “Race Films DVD Set” are: Within Our Gates (1920), Symbol of the Unconquered (1920), Body and Soul (1925), The Scar of Shame (1927), Eleven PM (1928), Borderline (1929), The Exile (1931), The Black King (1932), Veiled Aristocrats (1932), Harlem is Heaven (1932), Ten Minutes To Live (1932), The Girl from Chicago (1932), Emperor Jones (1933), Louisiana (1934), Murder in Harlem (1935), Sanders of the River (1935), Song of Freedom (1936), Jerico (1937), Underworld (1937), Dark Manhattan (1937), The Big Fella (1937), Spirit of Youth (1937), God’s Step-Children (1937), Swing (1938), The Duke is Tops (1938), Two-Gun Man from Harlem (1938), Way Down South (1939), Paradise in Harlem (1939), Straight to Heaven (1939), Lying Lips (1939), Double Deal (1939), Keep Punching (1939), Midnight Shadow (1939), Moon Over Harlem (1939), Harlem Rides The Range (1939), Bronze Buckaroo (1939), The Devil’s Daughter (1939), Gang War (1940), Broken Strings (1940), Sunday Sinners (1940), Proud Valley (1940), Mystery in Swing (1940), Son of Ingagi (1940), Lucky Ghost (1941), Mistaken Identity (1941), The Blood of Jesus (1941), Murder With Music (1941), Murder on Lenox Avenue (1941), The Negro Soldier (1943), Where’s my Man Tonight (1943), Of One Blood (1944), Go Down Death (1944), The Big Timers (1945), Beware (1946), Beale Street Mama (1946), Tall Tan and Terrific (1946), The Girl in Room 20 (1946), Dirty Gertie from Harlem (1946), Juke Joint (1947), Look Out Sister (1947), Sepia Cinderella (1947), Junction 88 (1947), Boy What a Girl (1947), Reet Petite and Gone (1947), Boardinghouse Blues (1948), No Time for Romance (1948), Miracle in Harlem (1948), The Quiet One (1948), Souls of Sin (1949), Native Son (1951), Magic Garden (1952), Burlesque in Harlem (1954), plus many more noteworthy race movies.

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R&B GROUP FROM BROOKLYN RELEASES NEW E.P. “LIFE AS WE KNOW IT” — A CLEVER MIX OF R&B, JAZZ, HIP-HOP AND SOUL

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The Seal Breakers latest release features an ingenious display of styles from the Golden Age of R&B – all the way to todays contemporary music. Photo Courtest: Blacknews.com

“When you hear a group like The Seal Breakers – it sounds familiar… like they’ve already recorded several albums and won Grammys.” — Kevin Nottingham, Hipnott Records

Brooklyn, NY — Life depends upon its inherent diversity to evolve. So its fitting that music mimics Mother Nature in The Seal Breakers forthcoming release, Life as We Know It. The EP will showcase an ingenious array of genres – from the Golden Age of R&B, all the way to todays contemporary hip-hop, “turn-up” tracks.

Life as We Know It stands as a musical evolution for The Seal Breakers, which are a seven-member, Brooklyn-based musical collective founded in 2001. The group began to receive national recognition in 2014 with the success of their single entitled “Brooklyn.” The song received large-market radio rotation and became licensed as the official song of NBA’s Brooklyn Nets.

Life as We Know It is an amalgam of R&B, jazz, hip-hop, and pop and soul as well. The project was a creative quest exemplifying how The Seal Breakers have “broken through the seals” of artistic conformity. The group’s leader, Craig Williams explains, “This EP represents the music that surrounds all of us and reflects our ability as a movement to conquer each stylistic challenge.”

The five all-original compositions on Life as We Know It feature an assortment of throwback and contemporary music. The signature style of The Seal Breakers shines through, via their meld of inimitable brass and use of real instrumentation. Life as We Know It contains modern, turn-up tunes, such as “Ready for War,” yet the album also emanates a retro flavor in tracks such as “Arri’ve.” Williams adds, “Our influences vary and stretch as far back as Earth Wind and Fire – yet also include artists of today such as Maroon 5, Jay Z and The Roots.”

To bring Life as We Know It to fruition, Williams relied on the production talents of Man Meets Machine (Notorious B.I.G., Junior Mafia) and Alectric Mayhem (50 Cent, G-Unit, YMCMB). Joining Craig in co-production was Alex Mosely of Trackmasterz (Mary J. Blige, Jay Z, R. Kelly) and Elliotte “Ethos” Miller.

For “Ready for War” Williams tapped the flair and finesse of multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated producer Travis J. Sayles (Justin Bieber, T.I., Kelly Rowland). The Seal Breakers are a cohesive group that epitomizes the eclectic evolution of R&B music in America… and with their latest release; they know Life as We Know It is about to change!

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