Nia Long & Terrence J Hosted The 24th Annual Trumpet Awards!!
The 24th Annual Trumpet Awards, celebrating extraordinary achievements in the African American Community was hosted by “The Best Man” and ABC sitcom “Uncle Buck” actress Nia Long and “Think Like A Man Too” and “The Perfect Match” star Terrence J. The awards ceremony was held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, January 23, 2016. The 24th Annual Trumpet Awards will premiere on Bounce TV Friday, January 29th at 9:00 p.m. (ET).
Don't Call It A Come Back! Chrystale Wilson Discusses Upcoming Docuseries From The Bottom Up & More!!
Chrystale Wilson knows the true meaning of using what you got, to get what you want, and it's not what many of you are thinking! It's her talents, intelligence, and connections. In the entertainment business it’s not always who you know, but also who knows you! The industry can be very cut throat, and it takes alot of tenacity to have longevity and success in this business. Chrystale has done just that. Although she has remained pretty low-key in comparison to a couple of her counterparts, she has been very busy over the years. Working on projects such as Trois, A Baby For Christmas, Creed, and also her book Sexipes. We are very delighted that Chrystale will be sharing her personal story on the upcoming docuseries From The Bottom Up, set to premier Saturday January 16th on Centric Tv!
UM: Welcome Chrystale! Are you excited about your upcoming docuseries From The Bottom Up?
CW: I am very excited! I want everyone to know just how excited I am. I wish I could find another word to describe how I feel. “I am juiced up” lol. It is going to make a lot of people look at themselves. It will be a shocker.
UM: That sounds very interesting! Tell us a little bit more about the show, and what can we expect to see from yourself and your other cast mates?
CW: Authenticity, just bearing our souls in alot of ways. It will be like Iyanla Vanzant were to come onto The Housewives Show. We are just trying to support each other. It will be very heartfelt and honest.
UM: What made you decide to share your personal story with the world by doing this docuseries?
CW: The creator of the show Nicci Gilbert is a really dear friend of mine , and we’ve always said that we would do something big together. I keep so many secrets. I am the confidant. I never discuss anyone else’s business, but when you’re that person you don’t have anyone who you could trust. You pretty much suffer in silence. I was apprehensive at first, but Nicci said “I could see you being a mentor, if you show that side of you it could help so many people.” You never know what people are really going through. Especially in the world of social media, people paint the perfect pictures.
UM: Now for those who may not follow the entertainment industry closely, please inform everyone just how busy you have been over the years since The Players Club.
CW: I’ve always had a passion for the entertainment industry since a little girl. My mom asked what do you want to do when you grow up? I said I was going to have a husband, be a singer, an actress, and have a helicopter lol. I was one of the first independent writers to do a Union film in the state of Georgia. I saw Master. P producing a lot of independent projects, I said Ughhh Nah Na Nah Na I can do that too lol! I do alot of behind scenes. I have worked on quite a few projects. One of my most recent projects was working in production with the movie Creed. That was truly an amazing experience. It’s just that I’ve always been very private and not wanting my business out there.
UM: Speaking of The Players Club, do you mind that many people will always refer to you as Ronnie, and has it been hard to cross over into other types of roles since portraying this sexy villain?
CW: I don’t mind at all. Al Pacino made a statement saying that they will always remember the star and the villain. I will be remembered for doing an awesome job with that role! It has been absolutely hard to cross over into roles. Not only because of Ronnie. It is a strange game. I was the only one from Atlanta that was casted in that movie. Many doubted my ability. They even said I was a stripper when I was really working at an attorney’s office at that time. I audition and earned the role.
UM What advice do you have for anyone looking to break into the entertainment industry?
CW: It is hard to answer that question because I am still on the path of recovery and reinvention. I will say this though, never ever give up and don’t get caught up. We lost so many talented people because we didn’t realize their struggles until they were gone. They just got caught up.
UM: Now what’s next for Chrystal Wilson? Do you have any other upcoming projects that we should be on the lookout for?
CW: Of course I have my book Sexipeies. I’m now in process of writing of my next book Poet Pallet, and launching a seasoning line with different spices!
UM: Where can everyone go to keep up with all your latest projects?
I will launch my periscope at the viewing party!
Thanks for your time Chrystale! We wish you the best with everything! We’ll definitely be turned in to From The Bottom Up!
Larry Morrow's 2nd Annual All Black Birthday Affair
The world famous Metropolitan will be the place to be in the city of New Orleans this Friday! Larry Morrow, the owner of Larry Morrow Events has invited everyone to come out help celebrate his birthday and share the importance of giving back. Larry Morrow is an extremely popular promoter that has worked with some of the biggest names in entertainment. You may be familiar with a couple of star studded events that he has given in the past.
Those in attendance with be graced with the presence of many celebrities guests hosts such as DJ Envy and Angela Yee, on-air radio personalities from the nationally syndicated radio talk show “The Breakfast Club” in New York City, national Hip Hop recording, Fabolous, New Orleans Pelicans Anthony Davis, and Tyreke Evans, NOLA native and legendary Super Producer DJ Mannie Fresh, Recording Artists Curren$y, Toya Wright, and many other surprise guests. “The Black Carpet” will be hosted by TV personality and traffic reporter Kristi Coleman. This is one party you definitely don’t want to miss!
Recap of New Cupid DPK's I MISS USL 7 Party With Uncle Luke and Juvenile!!
Every year New Cupid DPK Presents The I MiSS USL party during ULL homecoming weekend. ULL was formerly known as USL, and this event was started as something fun for the alumni of USL to take part in. I MISS USL is the one party that takes you back to high school and college years with the hottest throwback music. A few past performers to hit the stage during the party were Mystical, The Ghetto Twins, Mia X, and The 69 Boyz to name a few.
The I MiSS USL 7 Party took place this past Halloween, and every year it just seems to get better and better! Attendees wonder how will the next party top the previous one. Well, New Cupid DPK always has a surprise up his sleeve. This year was no different with a surprise performance by Da Entourage, a rap group known for their hit song The Bunny Hop. This was the first time in 11 years that the group performed together on stage. Hip hop legend Uncle Luke also graced the stage and gave the crowd a little medley from some of his greatest hits. The evening came to a close with show stopping performances by the one and only Juvenile! We look forward to next year’s I MISS USL 8!
Exclusive Interview!! Jeremy Cormier Presents "Even A Good Man Is Tempted"
Unrivaled Magazine is thrilled to present you an exclusive interview with a very talented young man by the name of Jeremy Cormier. His entertainment projects range from working productions featuring Nicki Minaj, Ludacris, T.I, Shirley Murdock ,and a host of others. Cormier’s background and experience is pretty extensive for such a young age and he continues to build his resume. He is excited to make his Directorial Debut this year in Louisiana with his own production at the Heymann Performing Arts Center titled, “Even A Good Man Is Tempted.”
UM: For those who may not be familiar, tell everyone a little bit about your background and where you are from?
I am originally from Louisiana. I was raised in St. Martinville (Cade), and Lafayette, Louisiana. I graduated from St. Thomas More High School. I currently reside in Atlanta, Ga. where I attended Morehouse College and obtained an undergraduate degree in Business Administration. I also obtained a Masters of Business Administration in 2012 from South University.
UM: Who are some of your major influences in the industry and what do you feel sets you apart from them?
I can’t contribute my influences to one single person. I do remember watching the dvd of Tyler Perry’s stage play Diary of A Mad Black Womanand being inspired from his words at the end when asked about his inspiration. A few to name are JD Lawrence, Je’Caryous Johnson, and David Talbert who I spoke with for hours and he gave some great advice and motivation. I would also have to say my cousin Derek Wilson, who has toured the world with many greats. What sets me apart is that I started out selling program books for these shows; I truly started from the very bottom. I also have training and knowledge from some of the industry’s greatest.
UM: Where did the inspiration for your upcoming play “Even A Good Man Is Tempted” come from?
My inspiration came from a combination of many things. A few of those would be TV, my life (for certain parts), family, friends, and everything around me. I have a diverse background, so you get to see a little bit of everything.
UM: Without giving too much away, tell everyone what they can expect from “Even A Good Man is Tempted.”
They can expect to be entertained with great acting. A good guy has a plan to find love, but sometimes things happen when we don’t even know it is right in front of our eyes.
UM: How did you go about the selection of the cast?
I did not hold any auditions. The cast selected were people that I have already worked with and admired their talents.
UM: What’s next for Jeremy Cormier Presents?
God willing and the success of this production, I would like to take the play to 10-15 different cities on a tour. I hope to continue to build capital for my production company & do this until the day I die. I would also like to cross over into movies, other entertainment projects, possibly reality TV, and last but not least service projects. I want to give back to the community.
UM: Where should everyone who wants to keep up with all of your current and upcoming projects go to follow your journey?
The 2nd Annual Go DJ Awards Honoring Houston's Most Influential Figures!!
The 2nd Annual Go DJ Awards kicked this week off with a bang. This highly anticipated award show brought out the who’s who of Houston, TX and surrounding areas. On the evening of July 20ththe NRG Center was filled to capacity with celebrities, spectators, and media.
The event was hosted by BET’s 106 & Park Miss Mykie, with performances by Jhonni Blaze and Just Brittany to name a few. There was also a special tribute to outstanding community business leaders such as Karen Carter Richard, Attorney Ben Hall, and more! Each year this event continues to grow drawing national attention from the media. We at Unrivaled Magazine look forward to next year's event!
The gold carpet was rolled out for the stars during Essence Festival weekend at the 12th annual McDonald's 365Black Awards held on Friday (July 3). This empowering event took place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. This year's show was hosted by KeKe Palmer and Terrence J, the two really did an amazing job keeping the crowd's attention with fun chemistry. In between segments, Comedian Ron G made sure to keep the crowd rolling with laughter. Honoree's included:
Humanitarian Marc Morial, former New Orleans mayor and current Urban Development CEO McDonald's Owner/Operator: Caroline Hunter Arts and Entertainment Ava DuVernay, Academy Award-nominated director of the film "Selma" Living Legend Dr. Marvin Sapp, Grammy-nominated gospel artist and Pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan Trailblazer Jeff Johnson, journalist, motivational speaker and political activist
Community Choice Youth Aaron Johnson, 14-year-old filmmaker, author and entrepreneur, and Tori Turner, 16-year-old entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker
Surprise presenters included: Academy Award-winning artist Common, gospel artist Yolanda Adams,comedian Luleen Campbell, and actress Wendy Raquel Robinson. Those in attendance were treated with live performances by B.o.B; an uplifting tribute to Marvin Sapp by artists such as Jonathan McReynolds, Shanice Wilson, Amber Riley, Smokie Norful and Sevyn Streeter; a candlelit tribute to those we lost this year led by Andra Day; a toe taping performance from soul artist Avery Sunshine, and a dynamic closing performance by Jamaican rapper Assassin. We look forward to what's in store for next year's award show! This exclusive has been brought to you by Unrivaled Magazine!
Unrivaled Magazine released it's first issue under the new brand to cover all things hair, beauty, fashion, lifestyle, and entertainment. Rising gospel star Alexis Spight was chosen for the cover due to her amazing talents and unique look. She is currently working on her new album Dear Diary, and hit single All The Glory is blazing the charts. It is currently number 10 in the country! The single is available for purchase on itunes for only 69 cents!
This past weekend Alexis Spight made trip to Scott, LA to perform for the Fresh Wind Prophetic Summit gospel concert. The concert was headlined by Grammy nominated and two time Stellar winners The Walls Group, other performers included Humble Jow, Shani Paul, and Pastor Adonti Wallace. The evening was filled with praise and empowerment.
Unrivaled Magazine's publisher Robin Charles-Living decided to drop in an show support to Alexis Spight and the other performers. Once Alexis was presented with her very own copy of the magazine she was ecstatic. Check out the footage below of Alexis looking at herself on the cover of Unrivaled Magazine for the very first time. She is definitely a very humble and talented young lady that deserves all that God has in store for her. The best is yet to come!
UM: Welcome Denise! It is such a great pleasure, how are you?
DB: I’m doing great, I just came back from my little daily walk.
UM: Fantastic, well let’s jump right into the interview. For those who may not be familiar, please share a little bit about how you got your big break in the entertainment industry?
DB: Ok I will try to make this story as short as possible lol. As many of you may know I am from Maurice, Louisiana. I went to LSU, and got a degree in communications. I then moved to Dallas, Tx where I worked in advertising, and basically it all began when several of my clients asked me to fill in to do the work that we had hired other talent to do. The first occasion was when I was standing in for someone to pose with their dog for a dog food campaign. I was like omg please no, but my boss was like whatever the client wants that’s what you do. The next occasion it happened with the Pampers brand. It just kind of kept happening and opportunities just kept presenting themselves. The last place I worked at was with Fossil, I was on the interactive side. I ended up having to model a couple of pieces throughout the store and was later called by a local talent agent. It was like destiny lol, not like I was back home in Maurice saying I am going to be on this show or that show one day!
UM: So as a child, you never envisioned that you would be an actress, producer, director, or anything of that nature?
DB? No, that was not even a part of my psyche coming from a small town in Louisiana. I was only the third person in my family that had to opportunity to go to college and get a degree. I wanted to do something that was very practical at the time to get out of Maurice and do bigger things. I actually thought I was going to be a doctor, a couple years into it I was like this is so not going to happen lol. It is funny when I think about it because I didn’t want to be a doctor for any specific reason other than the fact that when parents start talking about their kids and saying their kids were successful, what were they? Either a doctor or a lawyer lol So, I was like ok pick one! I ended up going with communications due to the different exposures once I got to LSU, and what it was they were doing.
UM: Well it definitely all worked out! Next we have a kind of fun question for you! Out of all the characters that you have had the chance to portray, which one would you say was your favorite?
DB: Whenever you’re doing a character, you often have to tap into something within yourself to kind of bring some reality to that character. There has to be some kind of connection, but personally I always say that I kind of enjoy playing the bad girl because there are really no consequences. You can just go and steal somebody’s husband or something, then go home to your nice home and family without any repercussions lol! It’s just fun to be something different from yourself. However, I would say that I had the best time filming the role of “Sasha” she was pretty close to Denise. She was quirkier and a little more neurotic! Working on the set for such a long time, myself and the other cast members became like a real family.
UM: What would be your dream role?
DB: Now my dream role, I have not yet portrayed. I always say I want to play some chick that is going to kick butt! I want to tone up, get muscled down, and get the six-pack to kick some serious butt lol! I want to be a super hero or like an Angelina Jolie assassin with guns blazing and all that stuff!
UM: We say go for it! The fans will definitely love it and we will cheering you on lol! Now let’s talk about your latest film release For The Love of Ruth, which was more on the dramatic side and allowed you to tap deep into your emotions. How was that overall experience?
DB: It was amazing, just working with the caliber of talent on set betweenGary Dourdan, LorettaDevine, andJames Pickens Jr. These were all people who I watched when I didn’t even have any conception of being an actress. To be able to just create right on side of them was literally a dream come true. This is what I often find, a lot of times when you are working with that level of talent, they are the most humble and down to earth human beings ever. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment, and it was the first time that I had worked with TV One. They did one heck of job promoting, and the film came out about a month after the last scene was completed. So, it all moved very fast.
UM: All great stuff! Now do you have any other upcoming films or projects that we should be on the lookout for?
DB: Well there are two. One of them is called The Bounce Back. In that one I star along withShemar Moore. I actually play his ex wife in the movie and we have a daughter together. It was really cool because Shemar is always the sexy guy, the hot guy, but this was the first time he got the opportunity to play a father. The other film is The Choir Director, and this one is by Carl Weber. He is a New York Times Best Seller. For this one I guess I am going back to my bad girl roots because I play a character named Simone, and she is not a person you want in your congregation lol!
UM: Both of these sound really interesting, and we will be looking forward to their release. Now we have done a little bit of research and found out that you have a cooking show called Denise’s Dish! How did this idea come about and where do you see your show going within the next couple of years?
DB: Well in Louisiana you know that cooking is apart of who we are, so when I first moved to Dallas I was so homesick. The only way I able to have that connection to home was to get on the phone with my momma and ask how to make certain dishes. One of the first things I asked her was how to make a “Roux” so that conversation was like twenty minutes about the different types of “Roux” and how light or dark I need to get it. So she was like “Baby to make a light “Roux” you put you a jar of Jif Peanut Butter on the side the pot, now to make a dark “Roux” you put your arm on the side on side the pot” It was so funny, but it worked lol! I remember those conversations and just fell in love with cooking. My mother, my maw maw, and everybody cooked, so I didn’t have a need other than stirring pots so the food wouldn’t burn. However, when I left home cooking filled that void. Denise’s Dish came about because I was watching the food network and I could not find a southern chick that was authentically from the south. On the Youtube channel you will find a video on there with New Cupid, who started the whole CuRobics movement. We knew each other from working at The Gap together a long time ago, so he presented the idea of taking traditional southern recipes and making them healthier. For example, instead of using a stick of butter, use a little olive oil instead. I basically wanted to show everyone a southern girl that really threw down in the kitchen. Over the holidays I actually shot on location in Lafayette, LA. So now we’re actually putting together presentations to see about getting Denise’s Dish on Television. I also have a cookbook with those traditional family recipes that I am working on right now with some seasoning blends. My bother who lives in Houston and I are actually working on this. You will also find out about the famous Nanny Resa’s smothered okra in the cookbook!
Wow! That is so amazing definitely let us know when the book comes out! We would like to take the time and thank you for chatting with Unrivaled Magazine. We wish you continue success! Before you go please let everyone know where they can go to keep up with all your current and future projects?
DB: I want to say thanks to the home team for continued support, it really means a lot. I have my website and social media listed below.
RobinThicke and Pharrell Williams may have had a blast with the success of hit single “Blurred Lines,” but the family of late great Marvin Gaye will have the last laugh. The controversy began with accusations of the hit single having very close similarities to Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up.” Well it is now settled, Robin Thick and co-songwriter Pharell have been ordered by the court to pay $7.3 million dollars to Gaye’s family for copyright infringement.
“Blurred Lines” was no. 1 on the Billboard single charts for 10 consecutive weeks, and nominated at 2013 Grammys for record of the year. That all sounds really great, but was it truly worth all of the hassle and legal troubles? We hope others in the music business take this as a learning experience and hopefully avoid running into similar problems. Do your homework people! Cross your T’s and dot your I’s!
Today singerCiara released her highly anticipated music video for her new hit single “I Bet.” The song caused quit a stir when it was released due to strong speculations that many of the lyrics were taking shots at rapper Future, who happens to be Ciara’s ex fiancé and father of her son. Here are some of the juicy lyrics, you be the judge. “You and me Fashion Week in Paris, I put you on to that new” and “Is that your bitch over there giving me the ugly stare, the one with the silicone ass, and the Brazilian hair?” Definitely sounds like shots were fired and we love it!
There has been a great out pour of support from Ciara’s fans. They seem to be thrilled that she’s back with new music and new moves! We think it is great that she has channeled her heartbreak and pain into such creativity. Did we mention that she also looks absolutely amazing? She has to be the sexiest ballerina that we've ever seen. Go ahead and check out her new music video “I Bet” for yourselves! “
Over the weekend Charmayne “Maxee” Maxwell, member of the famed 1990’s R&B groupBrownstone died after a tragic fall at her Los Angeles home. According to news reports, she cut her throat on a wine glass during the fall and died on the way to the hospital. She was 46.
The public shared feelings of devastation and sadness as the word began to spread of Maxee’s death. Her group member Teisha Brown shared a photo on Instagram and stated “I just need to be by you one more time on stage Max,” the group is best known for 1994 hit, “If You Love Me.” Prayers and condolences go out to the family and friends of Maxee.
Singer/Actress Demetria McKinney at The 68th Mid-Winter Bronner Bros.International Beauty Show
Bronner Bros.International Beauty Show is known for bringing out all the stars, and this year was no different. One star in particular Singer/ActressDemetria Mckinney, commonly known for her role on Tyler Perry'sHouse of Payne stopped by the Nu Expressionsbooth to chat about her current projects. Demetria answered questions from fans about her music, hair, and of course this season's Real Housewives of Atlanta! She even surprised the audience with a sweet treat by giving a few short a cappella performances. The fans loved it and could not get enough!
Once the Q & A session was over, Demetria took photos with her fans and signed autographs. She is an absolute down to earth sweetheart and also showed love to Unrivaled Hair Creations Magazine's publisher, who was there getting coverage of the segment. We see nothing but great things in Demetria's future! She is definitely rising to top!
To keep up with Demetria Mckinney visit her website for all updates.