Short Film, “Coercion”

2020 Virtual Hollywood African Prestigious Awards Re-Airs Halloween Day 12 Noon PST.

HAPA Awards Re-Airs On Halloween Day at 12 PM & 4 PM PST

You never know unless you try.”

— Rosa Veleno

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2020 / — WHO: Rosa Veleno leads Team Reel Life in the creation of a multi-award winning short film about the horrors of mental health and the importance of suicide prevention titled, “Coercion.” The film initially competed in the 48hr Film Festival and premiered at Regal at LA Live and celebrated a Merit Award win during 2019’s Freeway Film Festival screening at Complex Theater. This year, Team Reel Life accepts the award for 2020 Hollywood African Prestigious Awards, Best Independent Short Film. Cast & Crew: Nia Miranda, Jonnae Thompson, Ranier Clemente, Lowes Moore III, Dylan Fleming, Paul Zecharia, Rosa Veleno, Robert Tapia, Aneesa Nash, EJ Lewis, Tyfanny Rice, Teddy C. White Aldin Enriquez, David L. Watkins, Lisa Marquez, Cassie Zambran, Francios Bennett.

Rosa Veleno®, Executive Producer & Writer: is a singer-songwriter from Detroit. The Navy veteran is a writer, content creator, publicist, and consultant through her company MegaEntivision L.L.C. Veleno has co-written records like debut single "Skin I'm In" for Disney's The Lion King star, Shahadi Wright Joseph. In 2018 she registered her service mark Rosa Veleno® after successfully winning her three-year opposition case John Veleno Vs. Sheena S. Todd. She is currently working on an EP and set to graduate with her Master of Arts degree from California State University, Northridge, for Music Industry Administration, spring 2021. During the HAPA re-air, Veleno will accept the Best Independent Short Film award on behalf of Team Reel Life.

Nia Miranda, Actress: Raised in Detroit, with Igbo Nigerian roots, filmmaker, actress, and “ARTivist” is “Bringing Love Back” through her production company. She is featured in Ty Dolla $ign’s single SULLEN SUNDAY. Nia’s latest work in the series McGraw Ave that is streaming on Amazon Prime.

Jonnae Thompson, Actress: is a stand-up comedian, actress, writer, and vocalist born & raised in San Diego, California. You may recognize her from Tru TV’s “Laff Tracks” and Seasons 1 & 2 of Revolt TV’s “Funny AF, or “All Def”. According to Jonnae, ordinary life is full of humor. She recently co-starred in the upcoming horror “Children of The Sun” in addition to the digital comedy series, “Car Therapy.”

Ranier Clemente, Actor: is a highly sought after engineer, songwriter, and recording artist. Under his moniker, Ray Champion partnered with multi-platinum songwriter Mickey Shiloh for EP titled “Rare DNA.” His record “Code” also appears in “Coercion.”

Lowes Moore III, Actor: is a Los Angeles based Actor and Vocalist raised in ‘Money Earnin’ Mount Vernon, New York. He recently inked with Brandi England and Ignite Artist Inc. Lowes also directed and produced six showcases this year to include, Two Roads Theater’s first-ever Virtual 30 Actors in 60 Minutes Showcase.

Dylan Fleming, Writer & Actor: is a Los Angeles based & bred music journalist, comedian, YouTuber, and podcast host. He is a graduate of Hampton University and the founder of PALM “” Dylan recently has worked in casting for Netflix’s Rhythm+Flow, season two, and partnered with Vitakari to curate their first-ever live music festival called .WAV; he also writes for The Urban Buzz.

Paul Zecharia, the Actor, is a Los Angeles-based artist from Michigan. The Columbia College, Chicago graduate has spent several years working on films, television shows, music videos, and commercials in the production space. Paul is currently focused on screenwriting and drafting his first novel.

Robert Tapia, Director: is a self-taught director, cinematography, and photography who just aspires to tell stories that make people contemplate. He joined this year’s 48 Hour Film Project called “DEAD ENDS.” and make micro-films with Mind Visual Productions.

Aneesa Nash, Editor: is a California native who studied at Los Angeles Film School. As an editor, she has assisted on projects at Netflix, OWN, and FX Networks.

EJ Lewis, Producer & 1st Assistant Director: is originally from Metro-Detroit, she has been featured in her first acting showcase, Virtual 30 Actors in 60 Minutes, available on YouTube. She has also worked on a short called “The Counselor,” which premiered September 24, 2020, streaming on UMC.

Aldin Enriquez, Writer & 1st Assistant Cinematographer: is a Riverside native and graduate from the University of California.

Teddy C. White, Cinematographer & Gaffer: is a director of photography, producer, and cinematographer from New York. The summa cum laude Los Angeles Film graduate has worked with T’keyah Crystal Kemah, Glen Plummer, Eric Roberts, and Tucker Smallwood.

Noel Palacios: Producer, Composer & Sound Editor: is the owner of Mind Visual Productions, he’s working on two feature films and recently began working with Dharmann Studios.

Tyranny Rice: Producer & Writer: is a film and creative director. She specialized in music videos and studied at Los Angeles Film School.

Lisa Marquez, Make Up Artist: is a Los Angeles based makeup & special effects artist. She is currently working towards a Master Esthetician License while serving as a frontline caregiver.

Francios Bennett, Production Assistant: is attending LA Valley College for Screen Writing. He is working on a single with artists Pretty Money and has done production work on Christopher Nolan’s Tenet and Wisdom of Fools.

David L. Watkin, Writer: is a writer, he worked with the team virtually during the 48hr film project.

Cassie Zambran, Make-Up Artist: is a makeup artist, she worked with the cast on set to create Coecion’s gory horror scenes.

WHAT: Founder Tina Weisinger, Co-Founder Amberr Washington, and the executive and supporting team members conquered the 2020 Hollywood African Prestigious Awards exhibited October 17th-18th. The international awards show was successfully broadcasted and streamed live from South Africa to Los Angeles. This year’s message was “I Am Because We Are One,” with hosts Ugandan socialite Zari The Boss Lady & Comedian Michael Blackson. You can find the links to the show this year’s winners and more updates on our website. The 5th annual HAPA show is scheduled for the first Sunday, November 2021!


WHEN: October 31, 2020

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Sounds of Justice: Superstar Seth Anthony's "Free Taylor" Debuts 7 November 2020

Seth Anthony makes movement music for those dealing with real-life issues

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2020 / — Thousands of people have been wrongly convicted across the country in a system defined by official indifference to innocence and error.

Taylor Conley was one of those who were wrongfully convicted, and he was incarcerated in 2006 at the age of twenty and is serving a life sentence.

Inspired by Conley's story, Seth Anthony, a rising musician who makes movement music for those dealing with real-life issues, devised the "Free Taylor" concept after Taylor and his wife Cecilia started a social enterprise called "Designed Conviction." The company is dedicated to giving a voice to those who have been incarcerated or formerly incarcerated.

The United States has the largest prison population and the fastest rate of incarceration in the world. According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, nearly 6.9 million people were in the criminal justice system (including jail, prison, probation, and parole) by the end of 2014, and 2.2 million people were in prison or local jails. Incarceration rates disproportionately impact people of color, especially in terms of drug-related offenses, despite the fact that drug use and sales are comparable across race and ethnicity.

"No matter the struggles or hardships a person may go through, you can always persevere if you don't give up." – Seth Anthony.

A fresh mix of rap and rock, the sonically sensational "Free Taylor" EP will be released on November 7, 2020, the date Anthony was finally released from prison.

Working with James Wood, owner and head engineer of Executive Studios, "Free Taylor" features Bubba Sparsxxx and Burden. To learn more about this special EP, go to

Born in Florida, Anthony made poor decisions at a young age and got involved in selling drugs, spending a total of eight years in prison. Since then, his music, unique style, and voice have set him apart. Now with over 22,456 monthly listeners, his most popular tracks include such hits as "Ballad of an Outlaw," Roughnecks Fall in Love," and "Rebel Road." Seth Anthony is on the way to becoming a nationally recognized artist.

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Seth Anthony was born on February 14, 1986, in Fort Pierce, Florida. An Independent American Country singer and songwriter, Anthony started making music at the age of 17. Inspired by his mother, an aspiring singer/songwriter from Tennessee, his diverse set of musical influences have played a significant role in creating his unique, cross-genre brand of "roughneck country." With challenges that music helped to overcome, Anthony's trials and tribulations led to coping techniques through lyrics that told a story. Anthony writes poetic narratives that help him connect with listeners while working through past traumatic experiences. He excels in the novelization, crafting short stories through personal experience and his imagination. In 2017, Anthony relocated to Tampa Bay and began recording at Executive Studios in Clearwater, Florida. He immediately gained the attention of his peers and fellow musician for his unique style and sound.

Designed Conviction offers professional Creative Design, Web Design, and other creative services to give a voice to and promote the rehabilitation of incarcerated/formerly incarcerated individuals. Doing business for a cause Designed Conviction is a social enterprise with a mission to break the stigma around incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals and promote positive rehabilitation through art, media, and marketing design. Portfolio work by the Designed Conviction community of designers and creators can be found on many channels, including social media, podcasts, YouTube, and online/print magazines. Our goal is to give incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals a voice, remove stigmas and empower the members of society while also helping small businesses and entrepreneurs thrive. Visit

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Legendary Aardvark Jazz Orchestra to Hold Livestream CD Celebration, Faces of Souls

Famed Aardvark Jazz Orchestra celebrates its 48th season this Fall

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra’s new CD release, Faces of Souls, is a striking collection of compositions by Harvey

Mark Harvey and his Aardvark Jazz Orchestra have been called “a bracing walk on the wild side of the big band spectrum” (Jazz Times)

Renowned composer Mark Harvey will discuss his Aardvark Jazz Orchestra's new CD and play excerpts in livestream interview with jazz journalist Bob Blumenthal

Fresh….unconventional, The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra proves once more its reputation as one of the best jazz ensembles in the world.”

— Jazz Podium, Germany

CAMBRIDGE, MA, UNITED STATES, October 30, 2020 / — Called “stunningly beautiful and adventurous” (The New York City Jazz Record), The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra continues its 48th season with a livestream celebration of the band’s new CD, Faces of Souls on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 7:00 pm. Distinguished jazz journalist Bob Blumenthal will interview Mark Harvey, internationally acclaimed composer and founder/director of The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, and they’ll play excerpts from the CD. The album is a striking collection of works by Mark Harvey on themes of democracy, justice and equality, with powerful relevance today. Faces of Souls is Aardvark’s 16th CD and the band’s 10th release on Leo Records, one of the world’s leading independent labels.

The event is sponsored by MIT Music and Theater Arts and is free an open to the public, and everyone is invited to a Live Zoom reception after the event. Registration is required. Click here to register:

Jean Buzelin (CultureJazz.Fr) hailed the new CD, Faces of Souls, writing: “The most beautiful big band in the world…Mark Harvey has an uncanny mastery for balancing and opposing orchestral masses, and he daringly creates unusual associations and complex rhythms. His orchestra “rings,” the nuances stand out, the colors vibrate, the power is expressed fully.” Troy Dostert (Free Jazz Collective) called the album "expansive…gorgeous…stirring."

Faces of Souls takes listeners on a captivating journey through seven of Harvey’s masterful compositions, from elegies that draw on small-ensemble work, to sweeping orchestral masterpieces that weave complex tapestries of harmonies, rhythms, colors and textures. Harvey’s brilliant cast of musicians, many with 30+ years on the Aardvark bandstand, shine equally in consummate section work and inspired solos. The title track takes its inspiration from the Shaw Memorial in Boston, Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ powerful sculpture of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and his 54th Massachusetts Regiment, who were among the first African Americans to fight in the Civil War. The other pieces expand on the album’s themes of social justice and democratic values.

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Founded in 1973, The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra has premiered more than 180 works, and has performed extensively in clubs, concert halls, festivals, colleges, universities, and other venues. Praised for “exuberance, imagination and sheer brio” (Jazz Review, UK), the band has been called “one of the best jazz ensembles in the world” (Jazz Podium, Germany). Aardvark guest artists have included such notables as Sheila Jordan, Jaki Byard, Ricky Ford, Geri Allen, Jimmy Giuffre, Matt Savage and Dominique Eade. The orchestra is managed by Americas Musicworks. Visit the Aardvark Facebook page.

Founder and music director Mark Harvey, winner of the 2019 Roy Haynes Award, has performed as trumpeter with jazz greats Claudio Roditi, Gil Evans, Howard McGhee, Kenny Dorham, Sam Rivers and others, and has recorded with George Russell and Baird Hersey. Among his 200 works are pieces written for and premiered with jazz legends Joe Lovano, Sheila Jordan, Steve Turre, Jimmy Giuffre, and Ran Blake. Dr. Harvey teaches jazz studies at MIT.

Aardvark is: Arni Cheatham, Peter H. Bloom, Phil Scarff, Chris Rakowski, and Dan Zupan, woodwinds; KC Dunbar and Jeanne Snodgrass, trumpets; Bob Pilkington, Jay Keyser, and Jeff Marsanskis, trombones; Bill Lowe, bass trombone and tuba; Richard Nelson, guitar; Rob Bethel, cello; John Funkhouser, piano and string bass; Harry Wellott, drums; Jerry Edwards and Grace Hughes, vocalists (not performing on Faces of Souls); and Mark Harvey, piano and music director. Also on the CD are Allan Chase, Michael Heller and Alex Mekelburg, woodwinds; Tom Plsek and Randy Pingrey, trombones.

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The Dead Daisies Release Special "Bustle And Flow" Vinyl EP

The Dead Daisies release “Bustle and Flow” on 12″ Vinyl.

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Stritcly Limited 12" EP includes "Bustle And Flow", "Unspoken", and "30 Days In The Hole" (Lockdown Sessions)

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, October 30, 2020 / — The Dead Daisies' second single from their forthcoming album ‘Holy Ground’, "Bustle And Flow" is now available as a special limited edition 12” Vinyl EP through SPV / Steamhammer. The 12” was part of the band’s Record Store Day Initiative and is available at local record stores as well as online in the US and Europe.

This strictly limited 12” Vinyl EP features “Bustle And Flow”, “Unspoken” and “30 Days In The Hole” (Lockdown Sessions Version).

“Bustle And Flow” was recorded at Studios La Fabrique, France with producer Ben Grosse. ‘Holy Ground’ is slated for release on January 22, 2021.

With the addition of Glenn Hughes, The Daisies have supercharged their front line through his rock solid bass grooves and unmatched vocal intensity. Inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, he has a rich history of music featuring heavy weights like Deep Purple.

Followers can expect more High-Voltage Rock songs, indomitable grooves and breathtaking performances from Glenn, guitarists Doug Aldrich and David Lowy backed by thunderous rock beats from drummer Deen Castronovo. The band plan to hit the stage in early 2021 with a collection of explosive performances on the ‘Get Out Of The House’ Tour, playing shows across Europe, UK, Japan, US and Australia as well as European festival dates during the Summer.

“Bustle And Flow” was one of the last songs we recorded during a break for dinner. I came up with the lines: “We are one in the rodeo, in the white chateau in the bustle and flow.” Of course we were in a white chateau, and I knew with these lines we had a song, basically the lyrics wrote themselves.” – GLENN HUGHES

“Bustle And Flow” is a tune we knocked up in France. We had a riff and verse going, while jamming it just kinda fell into the chorus. Glenn’s lyrics are cool and I’m just really happy with the fun vibe that he puts on it.” – DOUG ALDRICH

The Dead Daisies Are:

Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple/ Black Country Communion) – Vocals/Bass
Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake/Dio) – Lead Guitar
David Lowy (Red Phoenix/Mink) – Guitars
Deen Castronovo (Journey/Ozzy Osbourne) – Drums


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Academy Award-Nominated Director David Massey Leads Panel of Top Filmmakers in “The Art of Documentary Filmmaking”

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All aspects of documentary filmmaking explored in virtual panel by award-winning & academy nominated filmmakers including genre, acquisition of footage & more.

The panelists will share their personal journey as documentarians, discuss distribution strategies, explain how funding was secured, describe their storytelling approach and documentary genre. ”

— David Massey, Academy-Nominated Director

LOS ANGELES, CA, US, October 30, 2020 / — (Hollywood, CA) – The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) announced today that Academy Award-nominated filmmaker, David Massey "Last Breeze of Summer" will moderate the first of the 10 plus panels offered at the 26th Annual African American Film Marketplace & S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase (AAFM SEMSFS) airing online now through Sunday, November 29, 2020 on www.BHERC.TV with more than 140 films from 18 countries and 20 US states. The panel hosted by the Association of Black Documentary Filmmakers West ( will take place online Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 2:00PM (PDT). This event is free on a first come first served basis.

Mr. Massey has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications & Education from Ohio Dominican College and a Master of Fine Arts degree in advanced film & television studies from the American Film Institute. His 1992 film, "Last Breeze of Summer", was nominated for an Academy Award making Massey the first African-American to be nominated in the Live-Action Short Film category. Massey has been the recipient of several prestigious awards. The Martin Ritt Scholarship, Eastman Kodak Second Century Honoree, inductee at The Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, The National Education Association for the "Advancement of Learning through Broadcasting", Heartland Film Festival's Crystal Heart and is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. His recent documentary “Not All Lost” a PBS Black History feature shares exhilarating stories of Black youth thriving and becoming successful despite difficult circumstances.

For the Art of Documentary Filmmaking panel, Mr. Massey has assembled five award-winning filmmakers Jerry Henry, DP-Director-Cinematographer, "St. Louis Superman", Mellisa Haizlip, Producer-Director-Writer, “Mr. SOUL!”, Frank Dawson, Director “Agents of Change”, Kimberly Browning, Producer-Director, “Room 19”and Nathaniel Kahn, Director “My Architect. Their films have been nominated for Academy Awards and screened at national and international festivals. The panelists will share their personal journey as documentarians, discuss distribution strategies, explain how funding was secured, describe their storytelling approach and documentary genre.

About the 26th AAFM Festival
The Festival includes 140 films,10 panels, special events and debuts as a virtual experience this year
due to COVID – 19 on the BHERC streaming service www.BHERC.TV October 23 through November 29, 2020. Festival passes are available online at www.bherc.TV. $75.00 for a full Festival Pass, $25.00 for a Day Pass and $10.00 for a block of 5 films. All panels and special events are Free.

About the Panelists
Jerry Henry is a Los Angeles-based cinematographer who received his MFA degree from UCLA's prestigious Production Program with an emphasis on Documentary and Cinematography. His award-winning short documentary "I Promise Africa" premiered in over 100 film festivals around the world and won many prestigious awards. Jerry’s visual talents can be seen in the Oscar nominated documentaries such as "Exit Through The Gift Shop" a Peabody Award winning documentary "American Revolutionary", The Grammy Award winning HBO doc series titled The Defiant Ones which chronicles the life and work of Dr. Dre. and Jimmy Iovine, “The Rachel Divide” that premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and is currently streaming on Netflix and his current Netflix 4-part doc series titled "High on the Hog,” directed by Academy Award winning Director Roger Ross Williams which is set for release in 2021.

Kimberley Browning is a film festival professional and filmmaker based in Los Angeles who began her career working in production at Disney's Touchstone Television. Her recent feature film producing credits include “UPROOTED: The Journey of Jazz Dance which recent won Best Musical Documentary at Flickers Rhode Island Film Festival, and Audience Award for Best Film at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Executive Producer of “EARBUDS: A Podcasting Documentary”, featuring standup comics Mark Marin, Aisha Tyler, Chris Hardwick and is currently streaming on Amazon Prime and Apple TV and current production of the upcoming documentary “Acting Like Nothing is Wrong”. She is the Founder/Festival Director of Hollywood Shorts, currently in its 22nd season.

Melissa Haizlip is an award-winning filmmaker based in New York. Her work responds to pressing social issues at the intersection of racial justice, social justice, activism, and representation. Music, female transformation, and empowerment are at the core of all her ideas, with the goal being to advocate and amplify the voices of women and people of color. Melissa’s feature documentary, Mr. SOUL! has been awarded a finalist for the 2019 inaugural Library of Congress Lavine / Ken Burns Prize for Film. The film won Best Music Documentary at the 2018 International Documentary Association Awards. Mr. SOUL! has been nominated for five Critic’s Choice Awards (2021), including Best Documentary Feature.

Frank Dawson is a Producer-writer, and founding partner in NuHouse Media Group, and the Co-Producer/Director of the documentary film, “Agents of Change”. As a Primetime TV Executive at CBS, Frank later coordinated the development of series scripts and production of television series including, "Private Benjamin", “Alice”, "Magnum, P.I”, and "Cagney and Lacey". He served as Director of Comedy at Universal served as Director of Comedy Development, where he was involved in the production of "Charles In Charge" (CBS) and "Domestic Life" (CBS), as Director of Programming, on the NBC dramatic series, "Miami Vice", while also spearheading the creation and launching of the ABC network comedy series, "He’s The Mayor",

Nathaniel Kahn is an award-winning filmmaker. His 2018 documentary, “The Price of Everything”, premiered at Sundance, was broadcast on HBO and was nominated for an Emmy Award. Kahn's 2003 film, “My Architect” , about his father, architect Louis Kahn, won the Directors Guild of America Award for outstanding direction of a documentary and was nominated for an Academy Award and an Emmy. “My Architect” is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Kahn’s 2007 film “Two Hands”, about the late concert pianist Leon Fleisher, was also nominated for an Academy Award and an Emmy.

The Festival includes 140 films, 10 plus panels, online now thru November 29, 2020. Log on to www.BHERC.TV to get your Festival Pass Full 75.00, Day 25.00 or Block of 5 10.00.

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The Band of the Hawk drops new visuals for their electric track B.I.B.L.E

The Band of the Hawk as Malcolm X

Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth

The BOHUP Crew in front of Houston graffiti

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The #BOHUP Crew drop their 2nd major distributed single, B.I.B.L.E. with a vivid video to match. Watch now and stream everywhere.

HOUSTON, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, October 30, 2020 / — Fresh off a new distribution deal with Hood & Associates and Ingrooves Music Group, The Band of the Hawk release vivid visuals for their song, B.I.B.L.E.
Originally released on their last project “Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth”, B.I.B.L.E is the Drum n’ Bass inspired title track featuring P.Ey3, Yeaux Majesty and Noah Archangel. The bars are politically fierce and the bass is slappin’. The video contains clips from different dance crews from overseas in London and Paris. Then add the colorful overlays of the Hawks spittin to complete the abstract imagery. A new representation of The Band of the Hawk are outside of the classic boom bap they usually release.
Watch B.I.B.L.E. below, on or on their new BOHUP App available on iOS and Android.

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WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES, October 30, 2020 / — WASHINGTON, DC — Late afternoon on Thursday, October 29th, a majority of the Council of Washington, DC co-signed a letter calling upon Mayor Muriel Bowser to “identify and reallocate $4.5 million to provide no-interest, forgivable loans to assist small music venues in the District that are in danger of closing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.” The letter, drafted by At-Large DC Councilmember and candidate Robert White, was co-signed by councilmembers David Grosso (At-Large) Elissa Silverman (At-Large) Brianne Nadeau (Ward 1), Charles Allen (Ward 6), Trayon White (Ward 8) and Brooke Pinto (Ward 2). The DMV Music Stakeholders Coalition applauds these councilmembers for taking this important step towards preserving the musical legacy and creative economy of this Music City.

This win for the DMV Music Stakeholders Coalition comes on the heels of another important letter sent by Councilmember Nadeau the executive director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) last week. In the letter, the Councilmember asked the director to “reconfigure the priorities of (The Facilities and Buildings) Grant to meet immediate need,” noting that, “In our current environment, the District should place a lower priority on all but the most urgent capital improvements when so many spaces are struggling to stay open at all.” This letter followed the testimonies of DMV Music Stakeholders Coalition members to DCCAH at their monthly meeting, asking the Commission to redirect a portion of the $5 million allotment in their budget reserved for improvements to facilities to be used for mortgage and lease relief for our venues. Allocation of these funds could “jump start” two months of venue relief, giving the Mayor more time to secure the funding needed to support venues through the spring.

The response from Executive Director Sereke-Brhan was encouraging: “We are all sincerely appreciative that the Council passed emergency legislation to give the Commission the authority to use capital projects grant funds to provide rent or mortgage relief to grantees.” Dir. Sereke-Brhan added, “All of us at the Commission recognize the immense value and need for locally owned and operated arts venues. However, the current practice as informed by our enabling statutes is that such a decision must be voted on by the full board of commissioners, likely at the board’s regular monthly meeting on November 16.”

On Tuesday the DMV Music Stakeholders Coalition organized a day of action in support of the Music Venue Relief Act. Musicians and advocates led an all-day musical protest across the street from the Wilson Building, and rallied musicians throughout the city to host virtual performances at 6pm, meant to educate the public and our elected officials about the #SaveDCVenues Campaign. “We are excited that the city is listening and that people care about their music scene and don't want to see more venues go extinct.” said Chris Naoum, founder of Listen Local First DC and member of the Coalition.

On November 3rd, the coalition plans to have musical representatives at polling locations in each Ward in Washington DC to raise awareness of the Music Venue Relief Act and to urge constituents to also reach out directly to Mayor Bowser in support of the legislation’s passage and funding.

About the DMV Music Stakeholder Coalition

The DMV Music Stakeholder Coalition is made up of musicians, collectives, venues, non-profits, presenters, and advocates from across the DMV who live and work within the DC music ecosystem. This Coalition came together in March as a way to share COVID resources and updates throughout the broader community, filling a gap left by city leadership.

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NOISY BOYS release their new single and video “Slave to the System” in time for Halloween

Just in time for the horrors of Halloween (and the US election), the American band NOISY BOYS release their latest single, and call to arms, Slave to the System

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES, October 30, 2020 / — Just in time for the horrors of Halloween (and the US election), the American band NOISY BOYS release their latest single, and call to arms, “Slave to the System”, an anthem that captures the apathy and anger at the global status quo. The new single is available on all major music streaming platforms and their new video can be seen on YouTube or at With lyrics such as: “They keep changing the way that your mind works / Changing the way that you’re seeing these things” the NOISY BOYS perfectly articulate our new distorted reality, fake news and propaganda saturated existence. While calling attention to the twisted 21st century experience and a society that is churning out mindless zombies, the song is also a powerful call to wake up and resist.

Not always political, NOISY BOYS is the mutant rock-hiphop spawn of LEARICAL (Christian Morant) and Josh Davidson. The duo fuse their love for Rock, Blues, Funk and Hiphop to create mind bending destabilising new sounds that are genre defying and resolutely fresh. While both share a passion for great guitar riffs, and strong storytelling lyrics, their self-penned songs frequently touch on sensitive, personal and emotional issues. Not always the obvious course for a rock-hiphop band, but NOISY BOYS seek to challenge musical preconceptions. Last year’s hit single, “Shot Girls” was a celebration of the club scene with nods to the musical styling of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Eminem. While, at the opposite end of the spectrum, the LEARICAL, Davidson collaboration, “Beautiful Pain” is a heart wrenching acknowledgement of the widely ignored issue of male depression and suicide.

The events of 2020 saw the childhood friends and collaborators dig deep to produce a single that reflects these darker, tumultuous times. “Slave to the System’s” message of political, technological, pharmacological and cultural turmoil is reinforced in their disorienting and impactful music video. The four minute video channels the dystopian post-society aesthetic of American Horror Story and The Purge. Filmed in and around their home city of Charleston, South Carolina, the video features its own version of the political stump speech along-side pitch forks, clown masks and sledge hammers. As the song enters its dramatic and powerful outro, the NOISY BOYS sing directly to the powerful elite: “No more, no more / We’ve seen this all before / No more, no more / We’re knockin’ down your doors”. As the video closes, it cuts to a striking final image of the US flag, broken chains, Fentanyl and bullets, leaving the viewer to decide what it all means. music journalist Abby Duran wrote in her single review, “Whether you’re battling addiction, breaking from the chains of a toxic environment, making your voice be heard, or facing fears, one thing is clear “We’re slaves no more””.

The new single and video are available now on all major streaming platforms. Discover more about LEARICAL, Josh Davidson, and NOISY BOYS at

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Luke Crimiel Announces Newest Pop Album, 11th Street

11th Street Will Be Available November 11th

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, October 30, 2020 / — Luke Crimiel recently announced his upcoming album, 11th Street, set to be released on November 11th. The upcoming release follows “Telephone” and “Nothing Left”.

11th Street is inspired by the street Luke grew up on in Louisiana. Each song tells a part of the story of his journey to becoming an artist.

From growing up seeing his mom become a victim domestic abuse, to leaving the church, and being homeless in Los Angeles. He’s definitely gone through adversity and the album, 11th Street, serves as a therapeutic way to share Luke’s life stories.

Luke wants his music to resonate with people. He says, “whether it’s dancing, singing, or crying. I want to bring people joy, hope, and love. All these songs have a place in my heart and I am so excited to share them!”

Luke’s musical craft has a unique, old-school feel with a twist of pop. His most recent project has created a soulful sound with a fashion-forward sense and he enjoys creating glitz and glamour to his new strategy of music.

11th Street will be available on November 11th on all major platforms. Visit Luke Crimiel’s website or Facebook page for more information.

About Luke Crimiel

Luke Crimiel is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who is from New Orleans, Louisiana. His interest in music started at the age of 4, as he learned to play drums and sing on stage at his godfather’s church. Luke also has a long history in music theater, leading countless plays and musicals, in which he was able to show off his powerhouse vocals. He has developed new vocal ranges and melodic structures and implemented these into his new upcoming projects today. Luke gets his inspirations from artists like Prince, Stevie Wonder, and Frank Sinatra.

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How Two of Hollywood’s Most Talented Directors Beat the Challenges of Covid19, and Created the Zombie Apocalypse

Dream Team Directors Bayou Bennett and Daniel Lir; Photo Credit: Hannes Gahwiler

“Slashing Silverlake” Photo Credit: Abood Adaileh

“Slashing Silverlake” Photo Credit: Abood Adaileh

Bayou Bennett and Daniel Lir premiere their new film, "Slashing Silverlake" at the Oscar® and BAFTA qualifying LA Shorts International Festival this month.

The Oscar® and BAFTA qualifying LA Shorts International Film Festival will screen the new film "Slashing Silverlake" this month, from the Dream Team directors.”

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MALIBU, CA, UNITED STATES, October 30, 2020 / — First Came the Zombies —Then Covid

As Covid19 dominated Hollywood and the news cycles of 2020, TV and movie production thankfully has now started picking back up. Despite the myth that the virus has destroyed Hollywood, 2020 has actually been one of Hollywood’s most successful years. With 2019’s top 10 box office hits at just under a half a billion dollars in revenue, 2020’s top 10 box office hits raked in nearly 1 billion dollars. Sony, Paramount, Warner Brothers, Universal, 20th Century Studios, Disney, and STX studios dominated box office production dollars, proving that entertainment is essential business indeed.

One leading independent directing duo powerhouse have remarkably—like the major studios–never slowed down, working safely and steadily throughout the year, resulting in a banner success. That incredible and talented pair, The Dream Team Directors are just coming off of a whirlwind eclipse with a stunning 15 Wins for “Best Drama,” “Best Message,” and “Best Inspirational Film” with their second to latest film "Tombstone Pillow."

Now the Dream Team, consisting of Bayou Bennett and Daniel Lir are premiering their latest new film, "Slashing Silverlake" at the prestigious Oscar® and BAFTA qualifying LA Shorts International Film Festival this month. The award-winning team are also raising funds to shoot the feature length version of the film.

The contending film was shot in March 2020, right during the main outbreak of the virus, which proved quite a challenge, yet one they found workable solutions to overcome, and that the cast and crew equally found well worth it; greatly rewarding even beyond the screen time.

A dark comedy with a strong social commentary about the gentrification of the once flourishing Latin neighborhoods of Silverlake and Echo Park, Los Angeles, the film reminds us of the importance of preserving culture. The official synopsis of “Slashing Silverlake further explains the films spooky extravaganza:

“Silverlake’s old Hispanic gangs come back as Zombies from the depths of Dodger Stadium during the full moon to take revenge, reclaim their neighborhood from gentrification, and slay the phony hipsters.”

Logline: To Save the World from Hipsters the Dead Will Rise.

“Slashing Silverlake” stars accomplished actor Jim Meskimen who has acted in five films by Academy Award® winner Ron Howard, and also stars world famous KROQ DJ Megan Holiday. Co-starring are Sandra Santiago, Kevin Nelson, Daniel O’Reilly, Justin Barco, Taylor Meskimen, Ramon Bautista Jr and Eugene Baiste.

The Dream Team Directors are also proud to announce that they “collaborated with rising star musicians on the film soundtrack including Alexis De La Rocha, Ask Carol, The Fleurs, Social Gravy, and R-Tronika.”

The Dream Team are excited to show the film this Halloween season, their favorite holiday, stating that the film follows in the tradition of their favorite films growing up including "The Lost Boys" and "Beetlejuice."

Dream Team Directors Bayou Bennett and Daniel Lir are 32 times Award Winning creators and directors who have done campaigns for some of the most famous companies and stars in the world including Adidas, Coldplay, Mark Ruffalo, Bella Hadid, and Lindsey Stirling, among more.

Visit the Official website of the Dreamteam Directors at:

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Slashing Silverlake; Official Trailer

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