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Music Review: Coffee & Cigarettes by B.P. | Origins: DMV

Posted by Qn. Everlena Brown on March 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (1)

BP is the next big thing in a long line of rappers from the other side of the tracks, a trend started by Eminem. He just released his first mixtape “Coffee & Cigarettes” on datpiff.com. The mixtape shows his dedication to hip hop, and the 9 to 5 is just a mistress. “I was drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes to stay up” says BP when asked how the album was conceived. Let’s take a closer look:

 

Is this Hip Hop or Not: Instantly reminded me of Nas’ “Hip Hop is Dead” produced by Chris Webber. Easy lyrics, nice flow, and good delivery. Loved the way the beat switched toward the end. BP has a love for the culture. Willing to prove himself as an Artist, he doesn’t feel pressure just because he is white. With references like Mac Miller, BP sees himself as a lyricist, rapper, and hip hop artist. His work ranges from the specific composition of the rhyme to a distinct feeling and emotion into the rhyme, and the ability to express the different characters of hip hop culture in dress and speech beyond the rhyme.

 

You think too Much: His rhyme caught a nice melody over Drakes’ “Too Much” remix. Keeping the original hook, he spoke about his mother’s absence. She left when he was just 13. Eldest of 3 sons he grew up fast to help his Dad maintain the household. BP was first introduced to rap by his Uncle. “Cleaning out my Closet” by Enimem was the turning point as he coped with the betrayal by his mom.

 

I Know Who I am Who Are You? and No Pressure No Diamonds were my least favorite. Very boring and redundant, the hooks were choppy making the verses sloppy. He quickly redeemed himself with We Been On, Rescue Me (S.O.L.) and Check Dat Ass.

 

Murder Business - Young Havok Ft B.P.: One the best collaborations yet. Havok contacted BP on twitter. After exchanging music, Havok decided to put BP on the track. They put a more raw and aggressive tone to the Iggy Azalea and T.I. namesake. BP’s feature came out strong and fluid, though he sounds like Enimen when rapping fast. BP says “ I always thought the faster you could rap, the better you were. It required more muscle memory in your tongue. This is technique he would revisit over the bluesy production of Killin' em With Kindness.

 

So Bout It Bout It: Can only be described as a hip hop slow jam. A very old school feel, believed to be the one the track that propels BP. He used very little autotune and never intended to put it on the mixtape. Power of the P! Two ladies encouraged him to do so after getting a taste of it during a listening session.

 

WE GIVE IT 3 OUT OF 5 CROWNS!

 

"The Anonymous People" Groundbreaking Film Premieres In New York City Tonight- Addresses Addiction & Rise Of Bold New Social Justice Movement In Recovery Community

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NEW YORK, Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- An award-winning new film about America's addiction epidemic will premiere tonight in New York, exploring the rise of a controversial new movement following in the footsteps of the HIV/AIDS and breast cancer survivor movements. "The Anonymous People," by filmmaker Greg Williams, takes an unparalleled look at the public health crisis of addiction to alcohol and other drugs and the meteoric rise of the New Addiction Recovery Advocacy Movement. The film's premiere at NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts will be followed by a panel discussion with Williams, Emmy-award winning actress Kristen Johnston, television journalist Laurie Dhue, and grassroots community activists who appear in the documentary.

"This is not your tired old addiction rehab story splashed across reality TV or tabloid magazines," said Williams. "There are no needles hanging out of people's arms, pictures of the brain, or fried eggs in a pan." As a person in long-term recovery himself since age 17, Williams (now 29) adds, "We set out to find the answer to one very fundamental question: Why do we treat addiction and people with addiction in this country so dramatically differently than people with any other health issue?"

"The Anonymous People," (http://manyfaces1voice.org/#the-film) explores how deeply entrenched social stigma and discrimination, combined with cursory acceptance of anonymous 12-step group dogma have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades.  Just like women with breast cancer, or people with HIV/AIDS, courageous addiction recovery advocates are coming out of the shadows to share the truth and reality of recovery. The moving story of "The Anonymous People" is told through the faces and voices of the leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, and celebrities who are putting themselves on the line to save the lives of others just like them.

New public recovery advocates question the approach the U.S. has taken with addiction: criminalizing a health condition, marginalizing those impacted, and giving superficial treatment to the chronic illness of addiction. This failure has resulted in an annual price tag of over $350 billion, lost lives and disrupted families and communities. Film subjects are calling for legislation and equal rights for people seeking or in recovery from addiction.

"To shape the future of recovery, we must end the silence, stand up, organize and speak out for equity and the right to recover for all Americans," said Pat Taylor, Executive Director of Faces & Voices of Recovery.  Only then will we end disparities such as the fact that we invest only one-third of the amount of money on addiction research as we do on cancer research, despite the fact that addiction costs us two-thirds more in health-related costs."

"The Anonymous People" has joined with Faces & Voices of Recovery, the national addiction recovery advocacy organization, to drive the visibility and impact of the documentary.  Together, they have launched MANYFACES1VOICE.ORG, a new, multi-media advocacy and storytelling space for people in recovery.  The website provides a forum where people touched by addiction to alcohol and other drugs can join others to fuel this growing movement.

About "The Anonymous People"

"The Anonymous People" is an independent film written and produced by Greg Williams, owner of 4th Dimension Productions.  The film is distributed in the U.S. and Canada through KinoLorber and it's Alive Mind Cinema. In addition to tonight's premiere screening in New York City, a premiere will be held in Los Angeles in October (date TBD).  The film is being theatrically distributed via a new crowd sourcing, Theatrical-On-Demand model from Gathr. It is available for educational distribution, and community screenings prior to a general digital and retail video release in 2014.  To view "The Anonymous People" film trailer, visit: http://manyfaces1voice.org/#the-film. ; Portions of the trailer may be used for news broadcast with prior approval.  To learn more, please visit: manyfaces1voice.org.

CONTACT: MELANIE THOMAS, (202) 390-7887, [email protected]

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Video with caption: "'The Anonymous People" film explores the crisis of addiction, which costs our nation over $350 billion annually, and the rise of a bold new social justice movement in the recovery community-touching the lives of over 46 million Americans. The documentary includes powerful interviews with celebrities, recovery advocates, and average Americans who have struggled with drug and alcohol addiction and are now thriving in recovery. The new movement, modeled after the HIV/AIDS and breast cancer survivor movements, calls for a bold, open approach to recovery, expanded legal protections, increased research funding, and social programs to support long-term recovery." Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DRPSqQzi_Y

Image with caption: "'The Anonymous People" film explores drug and alcohol addiction, enveloping over 23 million people and costing American over $350 billion annually, and the 23.5 million more Americans who are thriving in long-term recovery, despite discrimination, criminalization and a failing approach to healing.  The documentary asks: Why don't we treat addiction in this country like any other health issue?  Only when we shed disparaging labels, and demand respect, will the world give us the respect we are due.  ManyFaces1Voice.org.  #SilentNoMore." Image available at: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130917/MM81056LOGO-a

Image with caption: "Over 46 million Americans have struggled with drug and alcohol addiction costing our nation over $350 billion annually. However, 23 million of them are now thriving in long-term recovery and they're emerging from anonymity to share their stories for the sake of others. ManyFaces1Voice.org. #SilentNoMore." Image available at: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130917/MM81056-INFO-b

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Provocative Film -- FOUR -- Sheds Light on Black Men "On The Down Low"

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NEW YORK, Sept. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Actor Wendell Pierce (HBO's "The Wire") takes the lead in a new film in which he plays a closeted middle-aged man who, while away from his family on a "business trip" on the Fourth of July, is actually out on a date with a teenage boy he met online.  And while he's away, his wife and daughter are left at home to quietly deal with the reality he leaves behind.

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Pierce, who was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for his performance, believes people should be uncomfortable with this movie, accurately reflecting the discomfort people can have about the life choices of others.  "I expect people to say, 'Why did Wendell participate in the emasculating of a black man?'  The real question is, 'Why do you feel as though that's emasculating?'"

The film not only challenges the cultural ideals of black masculinity, but also creates dialogue about the "in-between" existence that many middle class minorities live (i.e. being "too black" or not being "black enough"), about how people suppress their true selves in order to maintain the favor of others and about how many people keep God at arm's length.  It's also a portrayal of a black family rarely seen on film.  Wendell Pierce will be on The Tom Joyner Morning Show, on September 9, to discuss the film.

With a mostly minority cast, and helmed by first-time filmmaker, Joshua Sanchez, FOUR powerfully explores race, class and sexuality.  The cast includes Aja Naomi King (Damsels in Distress), who plays a role that any young black woman who has ever felt pressured to straighten her hair, can relate.  Emory Cohen (The Place Beyond the Pines) and E.J. Bonilla (ABC's "Revenge"), who was nominated for an Imagen Award for his performance, play powerful characters who intersect Pierce and King's lives for the night.

FOUR will be released, beginning September 13, at the following locations with the director, and members of the cast, participating in Q&As at each location:

Atlanta – AMC Phipps Plaza 14 Atlanta – AMC Southlake 24 Baltimore – AMC Owings Mills 30 Chicago – AMC River East 21 Dallas – AMC Mesquite 30 Houston – AMC Studio 30 L.A. – AMC Marina Pacifica 12 L.A. – AMC Ontario Mills 30 L.A. – Laemmle's Playhouse 7 NYC – AMC 19th St. East 6 Philadelphia – AMC Cherry Hill 24 The distributor is also hosting several giveaways surrounding the film, including one on Instagram in which a winner, and three of her girlfriends, will each receive $100, manicures and pedicures, a dinner for four and tickets to see the film. 

About 306 Releasing

Backed by nearly 15 years of film industry experience, 306 Releasing takes a customized approach to film distribution, never ceding to the mentality that a theatrical release is a futile proposition. 

www.306releasing.com

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Naya Rivera Debut Single "Sorry" Available Digitally Today

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NEW YORK, Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --  Columbia Records -- After delivering weekly stand-out performances on FOX's TV hit series GLEE, Naya Rivera is ready to share her music with the world with the release of her debut single "Sorry." Columbia Records releases "Sorry," the sassy breakup anthem paired with her stunning vocals, available digitally today. Naya co-wrote the single which features rapper and real-life boyfriend Big Sean.

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"Releasing my own music has been a goal of mine for as long as I can remember. I'm proud of this song and hope everyone enjoys it as much as I do," said Naya. "To have the support of such a prestigious label like Sony/Columbia is truly a dream come true. I'm honored to be in the company of such great artists like Beyonce and Adele." 

On August 9th, Naya premiered "Sorry" on the radio in her hometown of LA and was an immediate social hit with MTV dubbing it the "ultimate sorry-not-sorry anthem." The lyric video for "Sorry" premiered today on VEVO, check it out here: http://smarturl.it/sorrylyricvideo.

Naya returns to GLEE for the series' fifth season, which kicks off Sept. 26. She also graces the covers of COMPLEX Magazine and Latina Magazine, on stands now.

Naya is currently working on her debut album to be released in 2014.

"Sorry" available on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/NayaRiveraSorry.

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LIONSGATE PARTNERS WITH NET-A-PORTER.COM TO LAUNCH EXCLUSIVE FASHION COLLECTION INSPIRED BY "THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE"

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NEW YORK and SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, and NET-A-PORTER, the world's premier online luxury fashion and beauty retailer, today announced an exclusive fashion partnership for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," the highly anticipated second film of the global blockbuster "The Hunger Games" franchise.

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The luxury clothing line "Capitol Couture by Trish Summerville" consists of 16 ready-to-wear pieces as well as jewelry and leather goods inspired by "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and designed by Trish Summerville, the film's Costume Designer.  The collection will be available exclusively on NET-A-PORTER this fall in time for the film's worldwide release on November 22, 2013.

"I am extremely proud of the designs that we created for 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' and there's no partner more appropriate for 'Capitol Couture' than the world's most cutting-edge luxury retailer," Summerville said.  "I can't wait to share it with the public through this exclusive partnership with Lionsgate and NET-A-PORTER."

Holli Rogers, Fashion Director, NET-A-PORTER.COM, stated, "When we were approached by Lionsgate to offer the collection by Trish Summerville to our customers exclusively, we jumped at the chance.  Our customers take their style cues from myriad sources, from the latest runway shows and street trends to TV and film.  Fashion plays an important role in 'The Hunger Games' series and is especially prevalent in 'Catching Fire', and fans of the franchise will see the film reference in the collection.  This is also brilliant fashion in its own right, and we're delighted to provide our customers with the chance to purchase limited-edition pieces designed by one of the most original costume designers in the industry today."

Tim Palen, Lionsgate's Chief Marketing Officer, said, "In the world of 'The Hunger Games,' one of the ways the Capitol defines itself is through fashion.  When we launched Capitol Couture online (capitolcouture.pn), it took off and quickly became an out-of-world experience for both fans of the franchise and those obsessed with the future of fashion.  Trish Summerville's Capitol Couture collection for NET-A-PORTER is a brilliant, elegant and chic extension of this effort."

Summerville will be honored this evening as Costume Designer of the Year on behalf of her work for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" at the 10th Annual Style Awards, which kicks off Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.  Summerville has also won the Costumer Designer's Guild Award for her work on director David Fincher's 2011 film "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."  She has designed award-winning costumes in music videos from top recording artists including Justin Timberlake, Pink, Janet Jackson and The Black Eyed Peas. Her work can also be seen on Showtime's "Ray Donovan" as well as in commercial campaigns for Apple, Nike, Heineken, Tanqueray, Volkswagen, Diet Coke and Chevrolet.

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" stars Academy Award® winner Jennifer Lawrence alongside Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, with Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland. The film is directed by Francis Lawrence, from a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael deBruyn based upon the novel "Catching Fire" by Suzanne Collins and produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik.

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" begins as Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson).  Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts.  Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever.  The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 50 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.

The first installment of "The Hunger Games" was the 14th highest-grossing North American release of all time on its way to grossing nearly $700 million at the worldwide box office. 

"Capitol Couture by Trish Summerville" will be available exclusively at NET-A-PORTER in November.  Sign up to be notified of the arrival of the collection at:

www.net-a-porter.com/capitolcouturecollection

ABOUT NET-A-PORTER.COM

NET-A-PORTER was launched in June 2000 and has since established itself as the world's premier online luxury fashion destination. Presented in the style of a fashion magazine, NET-A-PORTER features collections from over 350 of the world's most coveted designers, including Chloe, Marc Jacobs, Burberry Prorsum, Miu Miu and Stella McCartney. In 2013, NET-A-PORTER added beauty as a new category. With its acclaimed editorial format, express worldwide shipping to 170 countries (including same-day delivery to Manhattan and London), luxurious packaging and easy returns, NET-A-PORTER offers an unparalleled shopping experience.

ABOUT LIONSGATE

Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channels and international distribution and sales.  Lionsgate currently has 28 shows on 20 networks including such critically acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning "Mad Men," "Nurse Jackie," "Anger Management," the network series "Nashville," "The Wendy Williams Show" and the critically-acclaimed new series "Orange is the New Black."

Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first installment of The Hunger Games franchise, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, Now You See Me, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor, Warm Bodies, Texas Chainsaw 3D, The Expendables 2, Arbitrage and the Pantelion Films breakout hit Instructions Not Included.

Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 15,000 motion picture and television titles.  The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

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For more information about "Capitol Couture by Trish Summerville", including samples or images please contact:

Kilee Hughes / Public Relations Director, NET-A-PORTER

[email protected] / 212-901-3028

For Lionsgate corporate information, please contact:

Hans-Dieter Kopal / [email protected] / 323-658-1555

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Million Youth March 15th Anniversary

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NEW YORK, Sept. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ --  15th Anniversary Million Youth March

Countdown to Million Youth March: 50,000 to March and Rally against Syrian War on the 15th Million Youth March Anniversary

Is the War on Syria Immoral or Illegal?  Dr. Malik Shabazz, march leader, will deliver fiery keynote entitled "Say No War with Syria; No body bags for Black Youth"

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This year's march-being convened by New Black Panther Party Chairman Attorney Malik Zulu Shabazz- is being celebrated as the fifteenth anniversary of the first Million Youth March that was lead in 1998 by late New Black Panther Party leader Khallid Abdul Muhammad. 

Attorney Shabazz-the NBPP leader-who has been mass organizing since his days at Howard University in the 90s and like Nation of Islam Leader Minister Louis Farrakhan, has been on the ADL's list of top racists and anti-Semitic leaders-has made it very clear that he will not allow attacks on his character to dissuade him from serving his community and has virtually ignored his critics by saying, "The whole purpose of these events is too establish a strong Black Power Movement across America and the World specifically for the youth", Shabazz said.

He added, "The youth need attention and focus. They need a march, a movement and a day where they can speak, articulate and have their issues heard. Someone needs to go after them to save them from this horrific condition that they're in. We need to do one every year. This massive rally, March, mobilization, and the Black Family Convention are just what Black youth all over America need."

Shabazz also mentioned that this year's organizers are expecting to draw no less than 50,000 participants as the march and convention are rapidly gaining international attention on TV, radio and social media networks.

Recently several key African-American public figures have endorsed the March and convention. Included in this powerful line up are actor Tommy Mikal Ford (Martin), billionaire and real estate mogul Mike Roberts, Jackson, Mississippi Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, National Executive Director of the National Black Conference of Mayors Vanessa Williams, Your Black World founder Dr. Boyce Watkins, Atlanta radio personality DJ Greg Street, Former NBA player Etan Thomas, and television personality Nick Cannon.

Also scheduled to attend is music sensation Erykah Badu who has a long track record of supporting socially action oriented events in the Black community.

At the conclusion of this weekend's events there will be a mass March taking place right after the Saturday rally beginning at 5:30pm. Participants are scheduled to march from the  Adam Clayton Powell State Building on 125th street to Frederick Douglas Blvd to 135th street East to "Malcolm X Blvd and then back to the state building. 

Media Contact: Glenda Lebby, Million Youth March, 803-383-0254, [email protected]

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Larenz Tate To Serve As Ambassador Of 17th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival; Alicia Keys' 'The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete' To Screen On Closing Night

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NEW YORK, Sept. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The 17th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival (www.urbanworld.org) presented by BET Networks announced today that actor Larenz Tate – star of the BET original movie Gun Hill – will serve as festival ambassador and George Tillman's The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete is the official Closing Night Film on September 21.

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Known for iconic performances in Love Jones, Menace II Society, Dead Presidents and Why Do Fools Fall in Love?, Tate will attend the Gun Hill screening on Friday, September 20 at 8:00pm. Directed by Reggie Rock Bythewood, the film centers around a pair of identical twins on opposite sides of life: Trane, a cop, and Bird, a con (both played by Tate). On one fateful night, Trane is killed. Bird assumes his identity and begins his own search for redemption.

"I'm honored to not only have my new BET project, 'Gun Hill,' premiering here, but to also be festival ambassador of this year's Urbanworld Film Festival," said Tate. "This festival is a celebration of multicultural art and its diverse and innovative contributors. I look forward to working with the Urbanworld team and enjoying some great films!"

Directed by Tillman and written by Michael Starrbury, the festival's Closing Night Film The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete stars Skylan Brooks, Ethan Dizon, Jordin Sparks, Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award winner Jeffrey Wright, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Anthony Mackie and Academy Award® and Golden Globe® winner Jennifer Hudson. Jana Edelbaum, Rachel Cohen, and Bob Teitel produced the film with Alicia Keys, Susan Lewis, Clay Floren, Aimee Shieh, Julio Depietro, Keith Kjarval, Mary Vernieu, and Amy Nauiokas executive producing.

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete is a beautifully observed and tremendously moving film about salvation through friendship and the way transformation sometimes can happen just by holding on long enough. During a sweltering summer in New York City, 13-year-old Mister's (Skylan Brooks) hard-living mother (Jennifer Hudson) is apprehended by the police, leaving the boy and nine-year-old Pete (Ethan Dizon) alone to forage for food while dodging child protective services and the destructive scenarios of the Brooklyn projects. Faced with more than any child can be expected to bear, the resourceful Mister nevertheless feels he is an unstoppable force against seemingly unmovable obstacles. But what really keeps the pair in the survival game is much more Mister's vulnerability than his larger-than-life attitude. Visit www.MisterandPeteMovie.com for film information & updates. Follow the social conversation at #MisterAndPete

Urbanworld Founding Sponsor HBO® returns to host the 4th Annual Urbanworld Digital, a one-day digital track on September 18 at the HBO Theater (1100 6th Ave @ 42nd St, 15th floor) from 4pm – 9pm, featuring key industry influencers who will discuss topics including digital marketing, social media and distribution.

"HBO is pleased to take part in the continuing discussions on the growing demand for personalized entertainment and its impact on how we interact," said Dennis Williams, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, at HBO.  "From connecting with viewers via a variety of digital platforms and social media outlets to cutting-edge promotions, this new environment offers a myriad of opportunities to become better communicators and removes many barriers traditionally faced by emerging filmmakers."

An expanded program overview is available at Urbanworld.org with advance online RSVP required.  Session highlights include a series of panels, demos, fireside chats, and succinct digital download presentations, all with the focus of creating dialogue and connectivity around this evolving digital landscape.  From industry authorities including HBO GO®, NBC Universal, and Interactive One, to emerging enterprises such as MoviePass and Revolt TV, leaders in the space will share their perspectives.  This Urbanworld Digital Day will include the following:

Inside HBO GO®: A Look at the HBO GO Distribution Strategy (Presented by HBO) featuring Mario Armstrong, Digital Lifestyle Expert; Jackie Gagne, Director, HBO College Distribution & Marketing; and Navin Kamath, Director, HBO Digital Domestic Distribution & Partner Marketing Hollywood Embraces the Digital Shift (Presented by NBC Universal) featuring: Tricia Clarke-Stone, Founder/CEO, Narrative Marketing; Carol Cunningham, Vice President, Consumer Insights, BET Networks; Seana Johnson, Universal Pictures Digital; and Talitha Watkins, Vice President, Multicultural Marketing, Universal Pictures. Influence & Insight (Presented by Interactive One) led by Smokey D. Fontaine, Chief Creative & Content Officer, Interactive One, who will interview a celebrity guest on their success using social media as a means to leverage their brand and related initiatives. A series of sound-bite moments (10-15 minutes in length) will be layered into the Digital Day and include:

Big Data: Audience in Command (Presented by MoviePass) featuring Stacy Spikes, Co-Founder & CEO, MoviePass, as well as Founder, Urbanworld Film Festival. Google Hangout with Cast Members from HBO's The Wire Revolt TV: The Vision of Sean "Diddy" Combs (Presented by Revolt TV) featuring Angela Northington, Content Acquisitions, Revolt TV. Urbanworld is also proud to announce the official jurors for this year's festival, award category sponsors and prizes, as well as the 2013 sponsors.

NARRATIVE FEATURES JURORS

Dori Begley - Senior Vice President, Magnolia Pictures Nikkole Denson-Randolph - Vice President - Specialty & Alternative Content, AMC Theatres Zola B. Mashariki - Senior Vice President, Production, Fox Searchlight Pictures Valerie Meraz - Vice President, Program Acquisitions, Turner Entertainment Networks  Maria Zuckerman - Vice President, HBO Films NARRATIVE SHORTS JURORS

Andre Des Rochers - Partner, Gray Krauss Stratford Des Rochers LLP Kelly Edwards - VP, Talent Development, HBO Smokey D. Fontaine - Chief Content & Creative Officer, Interactive One Niija Kuykendall - Vice President, Production Warner Bros. Pictures Frida Torresblanco - Award Winning Producer DOCUMENTARY FEATURES JURORS

Jacqueline Glover - Vice President, Documentary Films, HBO Shola Lynch - Award-Winning Filmmaker Tricia Rose - Professor of Africana Studies, Brown University SCREENPLAY JURORS

Scott Budnick - President, Green Hat Films Franklin Leonard - Founder, The Black List Christopher Mack - Vice President, Warner Bros. Television Workshop, Warner Bros. Entertainment Constance Orlando - Vice President, Original Programming, BET Networks Heather Morris Washington - Manager, Emerging Writers Fellowship Program, Universal Pictures TELEPLAY JURORS

Roger Bobb - President & CEO, Bobbcat Films Nkechi Okoro Carroll – Writer Erica Montolfo-Bura - Executive Producer FESTIVAL PRIZES

Best Narrative Feature - Presented by Fox Audience Strategy - $5,000 Cash Prize Best Documentary Feature Best Narrative Short - Presented by HBO - $5,000 Cash Prize Best Screenplay - Presented by BET Networks - $5,000 Cash Prize Best Teleplay - Presented by BET Networks - $5,000 Cash Prize Audience Awards for Best Feature & Best Short 2013 URBANWORLD SPONSORS

Presenting Sponsor

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Universal Industry Circle

AMC DGA Fox Audience Strategy IGNITION PR Interactive One MoviePass One Village Time Warner Warner Bros. Media Partners

Essence Filmmaker Magazine GIANTlife Power 105 Rolling Out TheUrbanDaily Uptown WNYC WBAI Promotional Partners

Avenue Pink Black Public Media Flavor Pill Liberated People New York Women in Film & Television Shadow & Act COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza Futures & Options Hip Hop For Life MoCADA Scenarios Urbanworld takes place September 18-22, 2013 at midtown Manhattan's AMC 34th Street. For the complete slate of films or ticket information, visit www.urbanworld.org. For media inquiries, email [email protected]

ABOUT URBANWORLD

The Urbanworld® Film Festival, founded in 1997 by Stacy Spikes, is the largest internationally competitive festival of its kind. The five-day festival includes narrative features, documentaries, and short films, as well as panel discussions, live staged screenplay readings, and the Urbanworld® Digital track focused on digital and social media.  Over the last fifteen years, Hollywood studios, indie film distributors, and established and emerging filmmakers have consistently chosen Urbanworld® to premiere box office and award-winning hits.  Urbanworld® has also provided a platform for some of today's leading brands seeking to reach key influencers across the industry and within the consumer marketplace.  The Urbanworld® Film Festival is an initiative of the Urbanworld® Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization that endeavors to consistently manifest its mission of redefining and advancing the roles of multicultural constituents in contemporary filmed entertainment.  By implementing initiatives that actively support and develop content creators of color, Urbanworld significantly contributes to the evolution of the media and entertainment landscape and the diversity that it reflects.  Gabrielle Glore serves as Executive Producer & Head of Programming for the Urbanworld Film Festival.  The festival website is www.urbanworld.org.

ABOUT BET NETWORKS

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks - BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

ABOUT HBO

Home Box Office, Inc. is the premium television programming subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. and the world's most successful pay TV service, providing the two television services – HBO® and Cinemax® – to approximately 114 million subscribers worldwide.  The services offer the most popular subscription video-on-demand products, HBO On Demand® and Cinemax On Demand® as well as HBO GO® and MAX GO®, HD feeds and multiplex channels.  Internationally, HBO branded television networks, along with the subscription video-on-demand products HBO On Demand and HBO GO, bring HBO services to over 70 countries.  HBO programming is sold into over 150 countries worldwide.

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Bud Light Kicks Off Fan-Centric NFL Campaign

Posted by Jackscullin on September 18, 2013 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Bud Light, the official beer sponsor of the National Football League, is once again pairing the nation's most popular beer and most popular sport for a fan-centric campaign that will include new TV creative and NFL- and team-specific packaging.

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Bud Light's new TV campaign, "Dilemmas," is an evolution of last year's popular "Superstitions" campaign and will document the origins of superstitions.  The spots explore the tension between fans' beliefs that they affect the outcome of a game and the practicality of continuing their new-found superstitions.  "All Time," an anthemic spot that sets up the "Dilemmas" campaign, debuted during the pre-season, with four new TV commercials to air during the regular season, beginning with "Quinoa" during Kickoff weekend.  The commercials, created by Translation, will include 30- and 15-second versions, each ending with the popular tagline "It's Only Weird If It Doesn't Work." 

"Our goal is to do everything we can to enhance the NFL fan's experience," said Rob McCarthy, vice president, Bud Light. "We know how fans think, and we understand that football becomes front and center in their lives from Kickoff weekend until the Super Bowl. Whether fans are watching at the stadium, at home or in a bar, and we're proud to celebrate football fans' passions for the game."

In addition to serving as the official beer sponsor of the NFL, Bud Light has local sponsorship agreements with 28 of the 32 NFL teams. The brand will celebrate the start of the season by unveiling special packaging to help fans get into the NFL spirit. Bud Light cans feature the NFL Shield, and team-specific cans are available in 28 markets. Commemorative glass bottles and aluminum bottles of Bud Light will also feature the NFL Shield, and secondary packaging will feature similar elements.

As part of its local partnerships, Bud Light will to host tailgates in each city, and select events will feature Bud Light Build-A-Bars and photo and video kiosk stations.  Fans in Carolina, Denver, New York, Oakland, St. Louis and Tampa Bay will also see custom Bud Light six-pack recycling trailers rolling throughout tailgates to collect recyclables and encourage fans to keep their tailgate areas clean for the next game.

The season will culminate at Super Bowl XLVIII in New York, where the brand will once again host the Bud Light Hotel. It will be the fifth consecutive year Bud Light has staged the Bud Light Hotel during the Super Bowl, building it into one of the most anticipated destinations during football's biggest week. Bud Light will also serve as the exclusive beer advertiser for Super Bowl XLVIII, and Super Bowl XLVIII imagery will be featured on all Bud Light products and packaging beginning in December.

For more information on Bud Light's NFL sponsorship throughout the season, visit BudLight.com or Facebook.com/BudLight.

About Bud Light

Introduced in 1982, Bud Light is a premium light lager with a superior drinkability that has made it the best-selling and most popular beer in the United States.  Bud Light is brewed using a blend of premium aroma hop varieties, both American-grown and imported, and a combination of barley malts and rice.  The light-bodied beer features a fresh, clean and subtle hop aroma, delicate malt sweetness and a crisp finish that delivers the ultimate refreshment.  For more information, visit www.BudLight.com.

Media Contact:

Phillip Cleveland, Bud Light

314-577-9637

[email protected]

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SiriusXM and Major League Baseball Extend Agreement; Every Game Now Available on Sirius and XM Satellite Radios

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Sears Holdings Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results

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