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BRENT JONES

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By Nigeria Anderson

Soulful and Spiritual

Brent Jones is a gospel vocalist, musician, songwriter, Grammy  and Stellar-award winner.   He is moving forward as an independent recording artist with hits like Fear and Faith Can’t Live Together, award-winning hit Open Your Mouth and Say Something, and new smash hit single Nothing Else Matters which is on Billboard’s #1 Most Added Song in the country.  We celebrate Brent Jones on his journey of spreading inspiration and gospel music to the top of the charts.  Known for genre bending R&B and Gospel together, with such hits like Midnight featuring Coco of the female group SWV.  He continues to spread his sound and talents across genres without losing his Soul. Recently, Brent Jones worked on the Trolls World Tour soundtrack with Ariana Grande on the song Time, which earned a Billboard #1 plaque. His critically acclaimed collaboration with director and producer Childish Gambino earned him a Gold and Platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America® (RIAA). If there has been one who has been consistent in performing and producing great music, it is Brent Jones.  A household name for those who know.

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Daniel Dover

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By Nigeria Anderson

IMAGINARY ART TO LIFE

Daniel Dover is an artist extraordinaire. He has established a career built on ingenuity, versatility, and his relentless attitude to bringing vision to life.  With his wit and humor and imagination, he created his first animation show, Bernard & Ralph.  His gifts for art include painting, technical prowess for gaming, painting and street art. He has been compared to many famous street and visual artists, like Banksy, Ron English, Tristan Eaton, and Basquiat. Dover’s creative journey, launched in his hometown of Tel Aviv.  After traveling all around the world, he took a residence in New York CityDaniel Dover masterfully transformed Tel-Aviv City Hall’s escalators into a warm welcome for visitors.  Something never done before by an artist. Dover has the ability to see something in his mind and make it beautiful.  I had a chance to speak with Daniel Dover about his passion for art.  There is nothing he cannot think of and make it come to life.  His true passion remains animation.  During the COVID lock down, he was able to finish up his first cartoon series, Bernard & Ralph. Available on his YouTube Channel. Click link.  https://youtu.be/thRQ0ahtFAs

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Yousuf Ali White

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By Nigeria Anderson

New Documentary American Immigrants

American Immigrants an uncut truth about the homeless experience in New York City and MiamiAmerican Immigrants is directed and written by Ken Miles. I spoke with Yousuf Ali White who survived being homeless in the New York area.  Yousuf is passionate about helping others who may find themselves in a similar situation.  He is featured in the documentary and shares his journey.  The realities of homelessness are spreading across our nation.  There are a few differences in how each city addresses its homeless situation.  However, no one wants to become homeless.  Not to give away too much about the documentary, Yousuf shared with me his process of being displaced.  The documentary has been entered into the Newark International Film Festival, and we hope the documentary will shine a fresh light on the homeless situation.  The American Immigrants documentary will be available on most digital outlets.

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Miasha Coleman

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By Nigeria Anderson

Secret Society 2: Never Enough

A west Philadelphia native, Miasha Coleman began writing at the early age of nine.  Her dad secretly submitted one of her poems to the Daily News and it was published.  Seeing her name in print inspired her to continue on her writing journey.  In high school she was known by her classmates for having juicy stories in her composition books.  Miasha wrote her first novel, Secret Society, straight out of college.  It caught the attention of urban literary giant Teri Woods, who wanted to buy it outright and sign Miasha Coleman to a 5 book deal.  Miasha sought out advice and was introduced to Liza Dawson, who became Miasha’s agent.  facilitating her historic book deal with Simon and SchusterMiasha became a force in the book industry, having book release parties hosted by celebrities like Kevin Hart and thousands in attendance.  Miasha decided to transform her book Secret Society into a film.  Like the book, the film had her fans screaming for more.  Fans cannot get enough of Masha’s gift of writing and now she is set to release the sequel. Secret Society 2: Never Enough featuring Vivica A Fox, Jeremy Meeks, Blac Chyna, Trina, Bobby Lytes, Reyna Love and more! Secret Society 2: Never Enough will be available on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, July 29. 

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Gabriella Douglas

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By Nigeria Anderson

Set Designer

Gabriella Douglas is a Set Designer with many new credits under her belt. She is a highly sought after Set Designer from Canada to Hollywood.  Her talents have led her on a whirlwind journey of accolades and awards.  She is a true example that your gift will make room for you.  It did not come with ease but with her dedication and determination.  She proved that when you put in the work, doors will open.  Gabriella Douglas majored in Design.  She earned her Masters Degree in Architecture and her Bachelor of Architectural Studies.  Her first job right out of school was a feature film in Montreal called Chaos Walking (Lionsgate), based on the best-selling novel of the same name, directed by Doug Liman.  Since entering the film & television industry in 2017 as a Set Designer, Gabriella has had the privilege of working for FX, Disney, Lionsgate, Apple TV+, and others.

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Cheryl Wills

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By Nigeria Anderson

ISN’T HER GRACE AMAZING!

Cheryl Wills is a Talk Show Host, Author and Emmy Award-winning journalist celebrating a 30 year anniversary.  Cheryl Wills launches her latest book, Isn’t Her Grace Amazing!:The Women Who Changed Gospel Music, in honor of 25 legendary gospel queens whose dynamic voices impacted the nation and transformed the gospel genre. In her stunning coffee table book, Wills chronicles gospel legends of the past, as well as heralding the artists of today in a lavishly illustrated composition filled with in-depth interviews, never-before-seen images, behind the scenes stories, uncovered gems and more. As many women in the gospel industry often go unnoticed and underappreciated for their talents, including writing, arranging, directing, developing singers and more.  Wills’ book allows each of these phenomenal artisans their moment to shine.  Isn’t Her Grace Amazing!:The Women Who Changed Gospel Music, takes you back in time of a cultural upheaval, which represents a historical narrative that is long overdue.  I had an opportunity to speak with Cheryl Wills about what set her on this enormous path.

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Melba Moore

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by Lucas

Melba Moore – Legend!

The One and Only Melba Moore!  Always a key-player, Urban Buzz Magazine is honored to acknowledge and give thanks for all the inspiration, all the opened doors, all the music; As well as highlight her widely acclaimed, brand new soul-savvy album – IMAGINEBorn to the music-manor, Melba Moore’s career spiraled in paths often surprising (to her), but almost always successful. One may call it fate, flavor or favor; and maybe it’s all those things and more, but no doubt Melba would faithfully say – to God be the glory.  Daughter of saxophonist Teddy Hill whose own orchestra featured music-masters Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge, and Bill Coleman.  Hill was also widely known as the manager of Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem, back in its jazz heyday. Melba’s mother, Bonnie Davis was a prolific and very popular singer with her Don’t Stop Now reaching number one on Billboard’s R&B chart. She encouraged her daughter’s dreams, but also moved Melba to earn a B.A. in Music Education…just in case. Clement Moorman, pianist, music director and loving stepfather was instrumental in Melba’s early piano lessons, as well as her entre’ into showbiz as a session singer which eventually led from there to ..Hair! Purlie! Timbuktu! & beyond.

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Darius James

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By Nigeria Anderson

Perfect Timing For R&B Debut

Darius James, is making a name for himself as an R&B singer and songwriter. Born and raised in Pendleton, SC, Darius released his sophomore 8-track EP Life As We Know It. His debut singles, By My Side and Empty, are quickly picking up rotation. The EP is available now for your enjoyment. Darius James’ production and collaborations provide that good R&B sound we’ve been missing.  Making music is his passion.  As a newly independent artist, he is taking his career to the next level.  The sophomore project demonstrates his growth as a singer-songwriter.  His vocal style is exclusive to him as an artist.  With an original sound, he has captured support from new fans.  Darius James’ creation process is sitting at the piano and allowing the song to be birthed. His music reflects his journey as a young artist and personal experiences.  Additionally, his confidence and conviction of song have many taking notice.

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Michelle Dawes Birt

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By Nigeria Anderson

Be Kind To Yourself

Michelle Dawes Birt is the founder/CEO of Real Chicks Rock, based in Atlanta, GA.  Real Chicks Rock targets women of every ethnic background.  Women who are ready to abandon toxic relationships and address their personal struggles.  Michelle’s organization is quickly growing with women who have cracked their lying mirrors.  Becoming their fabulous authentic self.  Michelle realized that she no longer had to compete with the industry images which deemed a woman beautiful.  There is nothing wrong with make-up, hair weave, heels and eyelashes.  For many of us, that is not our life.  Real Chicks Rock is a 501c3 non-profit organization.  Celebrating eight years in operation.  Many can relate living in today’s society has become very challenging for women globally.  Michelle’s success in identifying her natural beauty and loving herself, launched Real Chicks Rock.  Today she is inspiring women young and old all around the world.  Real Chicks Rock is a banner for all women to know they are to be treated with the utmost respect.

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YONATAN CHAITCHIK

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By Nigeria Anderson

Redefining Jewish Cuisine

Chef Yonatan Chaitchik is disrupting the food industry with his New York Monday pop-up Jewish cuisine.  Born in Israel, Chef Yonatan Chaitchik honed his craft in some of the top restaurants in Tel Aviv, starting for Chef Eyal Shani.  Studying at The Culinary Institute of America, working with Chef James Kent and Restaurateur Jeff KatzYonatan found his niche as a chef in New York.  Collaborating with other up and coming chefs, Yonatan has opened the door for Chef’s to create dishes from their heart.  He is adding an option to the American menu of burgers & fries, pizza, Mexican, Chinese and Italian menu.  Using fresh vegetables and ingredients to stimulate one’s palate.  Chef Yonatan’s staple meal for Mondays pop-up includes delicious veggies, fish and hummus. 

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