SEAN “DIDDY” COMBS’ REVOLT MUSIC CONFERENCE RETURNS TO MIAMI OCTOBER 12-15, 2017

REVOLT, the #1 name in music, announced today that the fourth annual REVOLT Music Conference (RMC) on October 12-15, 2017 will honor legendary rapper, actor, singer, and producer Queen Latifah with the prestigious REVOLT Icon Award. RMC will also feature heavy-hitting performances by special guest Ms. Lauryn Hill, 2 Chainz, French Montana, Daniel Caesar, King Combs, and Top Dawg Entertainment recording artist SZA during the four-day action-packed experience at the Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort.

Queen Latifah will be presented with this year’s REVOLT Icon Award, which is presented to industry leaders who have had a lasting impact and unique influence on music, at the annual Gala Dinner.  Previous award recipients include Nas, Antonio “L.A.” Reid and Jimmy Iovine.

“Queen Latifah is a rare talent and one of the most successful artists of all time, flourishing as a rap artist, movie star, talk show host and more,” said Andre Harrell, REVOLT Vice Chairman and Chair of the REVOLT Music Conference. “After watching her, for over two decades, transform into one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, we are proud to present Queen Latifah with the REVOLT Icon Award!”

 “I am so honored to receive the REVOLT Icon Award,” Latifah said. “I am gearing up for a great time in Miami!”.

 The Gala, on Saturday, October 14th, will feature a special performance by Ms. Lauryn Hill with additional performances by SZA and Daniel Caesar. On Friday, October 13th2 Chainz will headline the exclusive Yacht Party aboard the 220 ft. SeaFair Miami with special guests. French Montana and King Combs will officially kick off this year’s RMC in style on Thursday, October 12th. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

“RMC is known for uniting successful, innovative, and thought-provoking speakers and industry executives from across the music and entertainment industry – all in one place,” added Harrell.  “We are taking it to the next level and our 4th year is going to be the biggest RMC yet.”

Established as the must-attend event of the year, RMC provides attendees with an innovative, industry-wide networking experience for all who thrive in the music and media content space. Influencers, music executives, songwriters, producers, bloggers and music artists will collide to create a collaborative space through interactive panels, performances, networking events, pitch sessions, poolside parties, music showcases, and more. Industry power players who will take the stage as speakers will be announced soon.

Registration packages for the 2017 REVOLT Music Conference are now on sale at REVOLTMusicConference.com. Join the #RMC2017 conversation on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @REVOLTtv.

OWN Announces New Drama Series From Academy Award-Winning ‘MOONLIGHT’ Writer Tarell Alvin McCraney

Oprah Winfrey Network announced today a new one-hour drama series from Tarell Alvin McCraney, co-writer and executive producer of the Academy Award-winning Best Picture “Moonlight.”

Marking his first television series, McCraney will create, write and executive produce the new coming-of-age drama, from Warner Horizon Scripted Television, with Mike Kelley and Melissa Loy (“Revenge”/”Swingtown”) serving as executive producers under their Page Fright production banner alongside Michael B. Jordan (“Creed”) who is also joining as executive producer via his Outlier Productions.

Haunted by the death of his closest friend, and relied on by his hardworking mother to find a way out of poverty, a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher education that may offer him a way out. Set in South Florida at the end of the Obama legacy, the lyrical drama inspired by events in McCraney’s own life, explores the precarious balance needed for the making of a man.

“When Tarell shared his powerful story with us there wasn’t a dry eye in the room,” said Oprah Winfrey. “I knew this was something special that our viewers will without a doubt connect to and feel compelled to explore with us. I am honored to be working with Tarell and the rest of the producers on this project.”

“I wanted to explore the pivotal steps towards adulthood and identity, the ones we take when we think or feel we have no other choice,” said Tarell Alvin McCraney.

“From the moment Tarell began discussing his profoundly moving story with us, we knew we needed to find a courageous home to nurture his extraordinary vision. No one is better equipped to do that than Oprah Winfrey and her talented team,” said Mike Kelley and Melissa Loy.

“Being young, gifted and black in America today and anywhere for that matter makes it extremely hard and challenging to follow your dreams and achieve success,” said Michael B. Jordan. “Tarell’s adaptation of this reality was so honest and true and it’s the exact message our youth needs today.”

Playwright, actor and producer Tarell Alvin McCraney received an Academy Award, with director Barry Jenkins, for Best Adapted Screenplay for co-writing the 2016 film “Moonlight,” which also won for Best Picture. The movie was based on McCraney’s semi-autobiographical script In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. McCraney currently serves as the chair of playwriting at the Yale School of Drama. This will be his first foray into creating a scripted drama series for television. Michael B. Jordan’s acting career spans both film and television. He has had prominent roles in critically acclaimed films including “Fruitvale Station” and “Creed” and on popular television series including “Friday Night Lights” and “The Wire.” Last year he launched his own production company, Outlier Productions. Page Fright producing partners Mike Kelley and Melissa Loy have worked on several notable scripted series, including “Revenge,” where they served as executive producer/showrunner, and executive producer, respectively.

McCraney’s series will join OWN’s expanded lineup of premium scripted programming. The network most recently announced the new dramedy “Love Is  __” from Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil adding to its roster of current top-rated dramas “Queen Sugar” and “Greenleaf” (both just picked up for third seasons), and Tyler Perry’s popular dramas “The Haves and the Have Nots” and “If Loving You is Wrong,” which year-to-date comprise four of the top six original scripted series on ad-supported cable for women 25-54.

The series, which is yet to be titled, will be produced for OWN by Page Fright and Outlier Productions in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television.

Houston Symphony to Celebrate Jazz Legend Ella Fitzgerald With Tribute Concert

The Houston Symphony will kick off the 2017-18 BBVA Compass POPS Series with Ella at 100, a celebration of jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald during her 100th birthday year. Led by Principal POPS Conductor Steven Reineke in the first concert of his inaugural season, the program will feature Fitzgerald favorites including “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” and “Summertime.”

Powerhouse vocalists Montego Glover, Capathia Jenkins, and N’Kenge will join Reineke and the orchestra for all three performances. A 2010 Tony nominee for her starring role as Felicia Farrell in Memphis, Glover and has collaborated with several orchestras including the New York Pops, Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. She will be joined by Jenkins, an American singer/actress best known for her work as a Broadway performer and who was recently seen on The Wiz Live!, a new adaptation of the 1975 Broadway musical that aired on NBC. N’Kenge appeared with the Houston Symphony in February 2017 for R&B Mixtape and originated the role of Mary Wells in Broadway’s smash hit Motown: The Musical.

Fitzgerald rose to fame as the lead singer for bandleader and jazz drummer Chick Webb in the 1930s. She earned the nicknames “First Lady of Song” and “Queen of Jazz” as audiences fell in love with her unique voice and improvisational abilities. She ended her 59-year performing career with her last public performance in 1993 and passed away in 1996.

The concert will take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston’s Theater District. For tickets and information, please call (713) 224-7575 or visit www.houstonsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center in Jones Hall (Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). All programs and artists are subject to change.

“Go Astros” Shuttle Improves Game Day Thursday Commute

It’s been an exciting season for the Houston Astros. But all the activity at Minute Maid Park can mean increased traffic downtown during the afternoon rush hour, causing big delays for commuters.

To improve service for our customers, METRO will adjust several bus routes and offer “Go Astros” shuttles from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. The shuttles will run along Congress between La Branch and Main and offer passengers direct service from their regular bus stops to select local bus and Park & Ride routes.

The shuttles will serve customers using the following routes and connect them to their regular buses at Main and Congress:

  • 151 Westpark Express
  • 236 Maxey Road / Baytown
  • 244 Monroe
  • 246 Bay Area
  • 247 Fuqua
  • 249 Gulf Corridor
  • 261 West Loop
  • 262 Westwood
  • 265 West Bellfort
  • 269 Southwest Corridor

Go Astros” shuttle service will travel along Congress, connecting riders to local and Park & Ride routes at Congress and Main.

In order to ensure timely shuttle service, METRO will temporarily close a bus stop at Congress and Crawford. Additionally, a stop at the northeast corner of Congress and La Branch will be relocated across the street to the northwest corner of the intersection.

Signs at closed and relocated stops will guide riders to “Go Astros” shuttle stops. METRO staff will also be on hand to assist riders. Please allow for extra time to complete trips.

Breaking: Senator John McCain Diagnosed With Brain Cancer

Sen. John McCain has a brain tumor, the Mayo Clinic and the Arizona Republican’s office announced Wednesday night.

“On Friday, July 14, Sen. John McCain underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix,” reads a statement from the Mayo Clinic, released at the request of McCain. “Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot. Scanning done since the procedure (a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision) shows that the tissue of concern was completely resected by imaging criteria.”

The statement continues, “The Senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options with his Mayo Clinic care team. Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation.

More at ABC News

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Event Alert: Galveston Cajun Crawfish Festival

CAJUN FESTIVAL SET FOR FATHER’S DAY WEEKEND, JUNE 16-18, ON GALVESTON ISLAND

 

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The entertainment lineup for the second annual Galveston Cajun Festival, which is set for Father’s Day weekend, June 16-18, will feature some of the best musical entertainment that the Houston-Galveston area has to offer. Along with the musical entertainment, the festival will have succulent crawfish, all sorts of festival foods from a variety of vendors, a crawfish eating contest and more.

Set to kick things off from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, June 16, will be The Pee Wee Bowen Band.

On Saturday, June 17, Big E & The Lowdown and King Baby will perform; and on Sunday, June 18, Madalyn Hernandez, Grupo Fuerte and Monico Cortez, will all be performing as a part of the Grey Goose Lounge, one of the sponsors of this year’s event (check website for exact times).

Admission this year is free and open to the public, so bring the entire family out for all things Cajun — Father’s Day weekend on Galveston Island!

No coolers, outside foods, drinks, alcoholic beverages, radio’s, bicycles, pets and/or weapons will be allowed inside the venue.

For information, visit galvestoncajunfestival.com or call 409-359-3045.

 

COOL OFF THIS SUMMER AT MOODY GARDENS PALM BEACH

Kick off summer with a splash, and keep cool, at Palm Beach. The private beach oasis, complete with white sand, opens daily June 3 and features a 650-foot lazy river, wave pool and two 18-foot tower slides.

Other attractions include beach volleyball on regulation courts and the Aquarium Adventure play area. The splashpad automated aquatic water feature offers interactive dump buckets, spray arches and fountains for a day of fun at the beach.

Palm Beach is open daily June 3-Aug. 20. As the summer season comes to an end, Palm Beach will be open weekends only Aug. 26-Sept. 9, including Labor Day. Admission is $23.95 for adults, $18.95 for children and seniors, or $65 for a season pass. Children age 3 and younger can enter Palm Beach free.

And, don’t miss out on Bands on the Sand, June 9 – Aug. 12. Enjoy this summer concert series Friday and Saturday nights from 6-10 p.m. Each concert features local and regional R&B, rock, country and blues bands. Admission is $15 and children age 3 and younger can enter free. Each show ends with a fireworks display over Offatts Bayou, overlooking the Moody Gardens pyramids.

 

And, don’t miss out on Bands on the Sand, June 9 – Aug. 12. Enjoy this summer concert series Friday and Saturday nights from 6-10 p.m. Each concert features local and regional R&B, rock, country and blues bands. Admission is $15 and children age 3 and younger can enter free. Each show ends with a fireworks display over Offatts Bayou, overlooking the Moody Gardens pyramids.

 

 

 

For more information about Palm Beach and Bands on the Sand, please visit moodygardens.org.

City of Houston Announces “Liftoff Houston” 2017 Start Up Business Plan Competition

Capital One Bank Sponsors Business Plan Competition – Celebrating Fifth Year

The City of Houston and Capital One Bank are pleased to announce the 2017 launch of the “Liftoff Houston” Start Up Business Plan Competition; a program that is helping to launch new businesses today, for a better Houston tomorrow!
 
Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the 2017 program on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Sponsored by Capital One Bank in partnership with the Houston Public Library (HPL) and the Office of Business Opportunity (OBO), “Liftoff Houston” is a start-up business plan competition that engages and empowers Houstonians seeking to start a new business in Houston by providing them with access to essential information, resources and the support necessary to develop a sound business plan toward realizing their goal.
 
In its fifth year, Liftoff Houston has helped to educate thousands of individuals seeking information on how to start and sustain their business, supported the launch of new businesses, and provided over $120,000 in cash awards and incentives to those businesses. This year’s program will build on past successes to include more opportunities to showcase previous winners and finalists, encourage program participation and completion and engage the general public. Added program activities such as a Winners Panel and mixer featuring past competition winners, additional business plan and pitch coaching, cash incentives for business plan completion and fan favorite selections, and live streaming of key events are just some ways this will be accomplished.
 
Houston was recently named “Best City in America” for minority business owners by the Expert Market Group and the Liftoff Houston Start Up Business Plan Competition is an excellent example of how the City of Houston and key stakeholders such as Capital One Bank are working collaboratively to foster an environment that helps all Houstonians achieve their goal of business ownership.
 
“Houston is a city of economic opportunity. Liftoff Houston! is an opportunity for all Houstonians who are considering starting a business but may need that extra push to get started. I am grateful to our partners and Capital One Bank for continuing to invest in our small business community and I am inviting all interested Houstonians to participate.” stated Mayor Sylvester Turner.
 
To be eligible, applicants must have a for profit business that is less than a year old, has earned less than $10,000 in revenue, is operated and have owners who live within the Houston city limits. The top three finalists will receive much needed capital to invest in their business. Capital One Bank is providing cash prizes totaling $30,000 to the top three winning business plan submissions in the categories of Product, Service and Innovation.  Prizes of $10,000 will be awarded for each category.
 
Entering the “Liftoff Houston” 2017 Business Plan Competition is easy and free. Application submissions open Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at 11 AM. All interested parties are required to complete and submit the application no later than 2 PM, Friday, July 5, 2017. To learn about the competition or to apply, visit www.Liftoffhouston.com or call 832-393-0954.
 
The competition is five months long and is divided into four stages that include: orientation, workshops, mentoring, and business pitching. The workshops will be offered at various Houston Public Library locations and other local entities citywide, with special emphasis on locations targeted in the Mayor’s Complete Communities neighborhoods.
 
“Capital One Bank is proud to once again sponsor the Liftoff Houston Competition,” said Jim Nicholas, Houston Market President for Capital One Bank. “Small business owners want solutions that make it easier for them to grow and manage their businesses. Through our product and services, and through our support of programs including Liftoff Houston, Capital One develops innovative solutions to help them succeed.”
 
Startup businesses contribute significantly to the economic viability of our City and the Houston Public Library is proud to play an important role in helping to support their development through Liftoff Houston”, stated Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson, Director, Houston Public Library.
 
“The Liftoff Houston Business Plan Competition is an excellent forum for aspiring entrepreneurs to gain invaluable knowledge and get insights on how to successfully manage and grow their startup businesses.  The Office of Business Opportunity is proud to support these businesses in their development.,” said Carlecia D. Wright, Director, Office of Business Opportunity.
 

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Showcases Local, National, and International Leading Latino and Native American Artists This Summer

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The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center brings local, national and international artists to San Antonio’s westside with its summer series of public events.  As one of the largest multi-disciplinary community-based organizations in the US, the Guadalupe seeks to cultivate, promote and preserve traditional and contemporary Chicano, Latino and Native American arts and culture. The cultures represented in this summer’s line-up highlight the diversity found within the community and include Colombian roots music, Spanish flamenco dance, Panamanian street art, Native American theater, and San Antonio contemporary culture.
Under the direction of new Executive Director, Cristina Ballí, the Guadalupe continues its long tradition of serving the San Antonio arts community. “The arts are a vital component to the city’s landscape and is what makes us unique from other cities across the country,” said Ballí. “I hope to continue the Guadalupe’s legacy of celebrating community and showcasing captivating contemporary artists at our westside campus.”

All performances take place in the historic Guadalupe Theater which is celebrating its 75th Anniversary in July. The Guadalupe Theater is located at 1301 Guadalupe Street, San Antonio, TX 78207. The Gallery Talk and Art Exhibitions are held in the Guadalupe Galería located at 723 S. Brazos, San Antonio, TX 78207. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm | Free Admission
For tours and group visits, call 210.271.3151 or email info@guadalupeculturalarts.org

Summer Series

Cumbia Roots Festival
Sunday, June 18 at 3:00 pm
$15 – $25 | Guadalupe Theater

Musician Kiko Villamizar will host performances and workshops by Elders direct from Colombia for an afternoon celebration of the roots of Cumbia music. Paito y los Gaiteros de Punta Brava and national cumbiamba champions Trapiche de Colomboy will bring the richness and variety of Colombian rhythms such as porro, puya, gaita, merengue, chalupa, bullerengue, tambora, cumbia and vallenato to the Guadalupe stage while sharing stories and the beauty of this seldom heard music.

Sin Fronteras/Without Borders
A New Flamenco Dance Production by the Guadalupe Dance Company
June 23-25 | Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm | Sunday at 3:00 pm
$15 – $50 | Guadalupe Theater

This Flamenco production is a celebration of life with all its trials and tribulations and the meaning of family and community. With theatrical elements, live music and the powerful choreography of Flamenco master Miguel Vargas, the Guadalupe Dance Company will take audiences on an emotional journey of life through the art form that is Flamenco.

75th Anniversary Celebration of the Historic Guadalupe Theater
Friday, July 7 at 7:00 pm
$5 | Guadalupe Theater
Take a trip back to the 1940s with us as we celebrate 75 years of the Guadalupe Theater with a classic Variedades featuring film shorts, teatro, dance, and music. Audiences will have a chance to share their memories as well at this once in a lifetime event.

Nuevo Teatro: A Festival of New Works
July 15 – Aug 19 | $5 – $20 | Guadalupe Theater
Nuevo Teatro is San Antonio’s newest summer theatre festival featuring original performance work by contemporary theatre artists. From emerging voices to established artists, this festival will showcase the cultural and artistic diversity of the Latin@, Chican@, Native American and South Texas experience. With over 15 performances, dozens of artists, and offerings for youth, families and adults, Nuevo Teatro: A Festival of New Works will have something for everyone.
July 15 -16: 100% NDN (Naturally Designed Natives) written by Isaac Alvarez Cardenas (Apache/Comanche)
-July 28:  Gaytino written and performed by Dan Guerrero (Los Angeles, CA)
-July 21: Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name written and performed by Irma Herrera (South Texas/Bay Area)
-August 4-6: Ruby Reds, Big Birds and Burras written and directed by Marisela Barrera (Rio Grande Valley, TX) and performances by Grupo Animo the Guadalupe’s resident youth theatre company.

Artist Talk by Victoria Suescum
Saturday, July 29 at 2:00 pm | Free
Exhibit closes Friday, August 4 | Free
Join us Saturday afternoon as artist Victoria Suescum shares her artistic process behind her solo exhibition Mi Museo está en la calle: An abbreviated Retrospective. A Panamanian native, Suescum’s exhibit draws inspiration from motifs lifted from the streets of Panama and the United States — including motifs one may find on the Westside of San Antonio. This event is for all ages and light refreshments will be provided.

Ana Fernandez: New Portraits works by Ana Fernandez
Narratives Invented works by Ruth Buentello
Opening Reception | Friday, September 1 | FREE
6:00 – 9:00 pm | Galería Guadalupe
Ana Fernandez (Corpus Christi, TX), and Ruth Buentello (San Antonio, TX), exhibit side by side and present all new works this summer in the Galería Guadalupe. Skilled painter Fernandez explores portraiture via city location and Buentello creates narratives that focus on the complexity and emotion of relationships. Included in the exhibition will also be works from Elizabeth Rodriguez-Trevino, Junye Butler, Marcy McChesney and Rosa Fernandez.

[Photos Courtesy of:  GuadalupeCulturalArts.Org]

Galveston Moody Gardens: Aquarium Grand Reveal Celebration

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Moody Gardens is offering guests their first glimpse inside the Aquarium Pyramid Saturday with a Grand Reveal celebration. The aquarium has been closed off and on for the past two years while new exhibits were added and existing exhibits were enhanced. New additions include a two-story, 30,000-gallon Gulf of Mexico Rig Exhibit, Humboldt penguins, Jellyfish Gallery, Mangrove Lagoon and Caribbean touch tanks and a shipwreck replica based loosely on Galveston pirate Jean Lafitte’s ship, The Pride.

There will be live music and face painting 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Houston Rockets legend Allen Leavell will make an appearance from 11 a.m.-noon on Saturday.

For more information, visit www.moodygardens.com.

Photo Credit:  Moody Gardens