Tuesday, March 30, 2010

"BlackBook" Gives Minorities Edge In Job Search and Biz Growth

In the world of social networking, Facebook and Twitter are tops. But in a slow economy where small businesses are struggling, professionals are losing their jobs and college students are faced with uncertainty, many minorities are realizing that these sites were never designed to help people find a job or grow a company. GoBlackbook.com or the "Blackbook" takes social media to the next level by designing a site that not only has the functionality of social networking, but adds a "Professional Information" section when creating a user profile and an exclusive "Classifieds" app that gives newspapers, magazines, radio stations, small business owners and entrepreneurs the ability to list their business, services, rates, jobs, etc. for thousands to view all over the world.

James Parker, Founder of the Chicago-based tech start-up is quick to point out that Blackbook is in no way comparing itself to Facebook. "We did not design Blackbook to be an alternative for minorities to other sites. But we did design the site to be used as a tool to truly network with each other, find and support minority and women-owned businesses, and potentially find employment." GoBlackbook.com is the first social networking site with a "classified app" and "section" that's free to use and search. "It's very easy to set up," says Valerie Battiest-Danzy, Soul Purpose entrepreneur, Chanel Ballard, Marketing Manager for H.A.S. Magazine, and Nicole Jones, owner of Sensual Steps Shoes. Each say they have already seen success by creating a business profile page and using the classified app to promote their businesses and services.

Professionals and college students can use the Professional Information" section when creating their profile to list their career objectives, skills, education, and more. Think LinkedIn, but not as complicated. "Most social networking sites only allow you to list your contact and personal information. We added this section so that a user's skills stand out on its own." And with Blackbook already in talks with Fortune 500 companies interested in using the site to find minority professionals and college graduates, Blackbook can soon be the number one site for employers to find the sharpest employees and job hunters looking for employment.

There is much excitement about GoBlackbook.org coming later this Fall. It will serve as the social conscience and awareness' arm of the site to provide scholarships for students interested in the field of technology and angel investments for minority and women-owned tech start-ups. "Our goal is to set aside 5% of Blackbook's revenue to help get more minorities in the tech industry. Now someone setting up a profile page on Blackbook can help send the next Mark Dean or Mae Jemison to school. So if you have a Facebook page, we'd love for you to have a Blackbook page too," Parker jokes. Keeping with his belief, African-American owned web development firm, Incite Graphics was recruited to create Blackbook.


GRAMMY-winning, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer – SOLOMON BURKE, a true soul pioneer and a major architect of American music, debuts his much-anticipated 70th birthday release – NOTHING’S IMPOSSIBLE -- April 6 on E1 Music. It's a very special, yet bittersweet occasion, marking one of the final projects produced by Willie Mitchell, Burke’s musical soul brother and key collaborator , who passed away on January 5, 2010.

NOTHING’S IMPOSSIBLE was 35-years in the making, with "King" Burke finally arriving at Mitchell’s storied Royal Studio in Memphis, trademark Throne and all, for five weeks . Mitchell’s blueprint and spirit canvas these musical stories, in a partnership that stands proudly with the classics he produced with Al Green, Ann Peebles, and others for the immortal Hi Records imprint. Something spiritual and beyond a mere recording session has manifested.

Comments Burke: “If I could turn back the hands of time, I would freeze frame every second of it. It hurts so much to know I won’t get that chance again…You know when God’s in it, because everything works. No matter how hard you try for it not to work; it works. It was the last great shot (with Mitchell)…”

NOTHING’S IMPOSSIBLE is a musical conversation between two brothers, one minute teasing, the next sharing intimate war stories on the battlefield of love. Background vocals and Mitchell’s legendary orchestra subtly enhance and embellish twelve classic tracks of pure heart and soul.

The project’s title “Nothing’s Impossible,” was not only Mitchell’s intended CD title, but also Burke’s personal mantra. At nearly 70 years of age, he remains musically active and relevant, while continuing to resonate with a widening demographic, both nationally and internationally. To date, Burke has sold more than 17 million records. His soul standard “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love” has been covered by everyone from the Rolling Stones to Wilson Pickett to the Blues Brothers. His 2002 GRAMMY for “Best Contemporary Blues Album” (Don’t Give Up On Me) has introduced his genius to a whole new generation, while one of his best known hits “Cry To Me,” was used in the seduction scene of the major motion picture “Dirty Dancing.” His biggest fan, however, was the late Pope John Paul II, who invited Burke to perform at the Vatican’s Christmas celebration in 2000, that he organized with the present Pope Benedict XVI.

Burke first broke through in 1961 with a cover of the country standard “Just Out Of Reach Of My Two Empty Arms” that was a hit on the R&B and Pop charts. He released 32 singles on Atlantic over the next several years, producing six Top Ten R&B hits, four of which crossed over to the Top 40: “Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Empty Arms),” “Cry To Me,” “Got To Get You Off Of My Mind,” “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love,” “You’re Good For Me,” “Tonight’s The Night” and “If You Need Me” (written by Wilson Pickett).

Burke has long been championed by his peers, music critics and celebrity fans. Ahmet Ertegun called him “probably the greatest soul singer” while Mick Jagger openly admitted trying to imitate the phrasing of Burke’s inimitable voice, and contemporaries such as Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty have performed his songs in concert. Now, with the release of the magnificent NOTHING'S IMPOSSIBLE, audiences can once again hear why they call Solomon Burke, the "King" of Rock & Soul.


Oh What A Feeling

Everything About You


Nothing Is Impossible

It Must Be Love

You Needed Me

Say You Love Me Too

You’re Not Alone

New Company

When You’re Not Here

The Error Of My Ways

I’m Leaving

For more information on Solomon Burke, including forthcoming tour dates and special events please visit www.thekingsolomonburke.com.


Hip-Hop website WorldStarHipHop.com has officially become the leading site for hip-hop fans around the world, having achieved an astounding 1 million unique daily visitors.

The site, which was established in 2005, recently announced that it receives over 120 million impressions monthly and over 30 million unique visitors per month.

The user friendly site favoured by rappers, artists, fans and news outlets keeps visitors fully immersed and informed of any and every current event in the Hip Hop Culture. With just one click, visitors are afforded the many treasures WorldStarHipHop.com has to offer; ranging from exclusive interviews, music video premieres, behind the scenes coverage, and outrageous user footage.

“I started WorldStarHipHop.com because I noticed there was a gap in the market. There were no websites specifically catering to hip-hop fans that wanted see up close and personal footage of their favourite rappers”, says Lee “Q” O’Denat, founder of WorldStarHipHop.com. “I wanted to create something different- a site with content that got people excited.”

In addition to providing a wealth of content, WorldStarHipHop.com is also responsible for launching several rap careers, and turning characters seen on the site’s various webisodes into modern day reality stars.

“Our goal is to keep our loyal fans logging on to find out what’s next and new in Hip Hop. It’s not your grandmother’s site,” says O’Denat.

WorldStarHipHop.com currently holds an impressive Alexa rating of 1,189 and is ranked as the 299th most popular website in the United States.

Monday, March 29, 2010

G. Visuals delivers Grand Visuals for Dondria and Waka Flocka Flame Videos

This week, Greg “G. Visuals” Williams celebrated the world premiere of one of his latest projects, the music video, “You’re the One,” by So So Def’s Dondria. The anxiously anticipated video was premiered online via the website Global 14, which is a website owned by the So So Def’s Jermaine Dupri. Since its debut, on Monday afternoon, the video has gone viral with more than 20,000 views, reposts and mentions on websites, online magazines and blogs. The opportunity to shoot Dondria’s major label debut was an honor for G.Visuals, considering that the rising songstress’ had built her initial fan base from her own videos on her YouTube channel, which already had millions of views. “The song is crazy and that always helps when putting together a visual. Timing is everything and JD trusted a new director with his prized pupil. That’s why we ended up with a hot video,” states G.

This month was busy for the fledging production company, which also shot the remix video for Atlantic Records’ new artist, Waka Flocka Flame’s, “O Let’s Do It,” featuring Diddy, Rick Ross and Fabolous. This project reunited Waka with G., who also directed the original version which stayed on BET’s “106 and Park” countdown for over a month. “We got the call like 3 am on a Saturday morning and we shot on the following Monday. ‘We shoot Diddy on Monday’ is what my producer tells to me. It was game time. This is what you’re in it for, moments like this. Diddy wanted the vibe of the first video so he wanted to work with us,” reflects G.

This year got off to a quick start for G.Visuals, who celebrated the end of 2009 with a video landing on BET’s “Notarized” top 100 music video countdown. “Swag Surfin’” by F.L.Y. placed #30 on the annual end of the year countdown. The video for Waka Flocka’s “O Let's Do It” hit the number #1 spot twice on BET’s 106and Park. Raekwon the Chef “Only Built for Cuban Links II” gave hip-hop a classic album and G. Visuals’ collaboration provided classic imagery. “Working on the Rae (Raekwon) project is something I’m very proud of. The Chef said he saw things in me that he saw in Hype and Chris Robinson when he worked with them early in their career,” recalls G.

To date, G.Visuals and the 60 Frames production team have shot music videos for Raekwon, Ludacris, Mike Epps, The Dream, Big Bank Black, Playaz Circle, Lil Scrappy, Bobby Valentino, Gorilla Zoe, Case, Ms. Brown, Huey, in addition to Dondria, Waka Flocka Flame and many more artists. To view sample of G.Visuals work, visit www.thegrandvisuals.com or www.youtube.com/grandvisualstv.

Images: http://www.flickr.com/photos/grandvisuals/4436917585/

About Greg Williams
To date, Greg, under the director name G.Visuals, has garnered over 3.5 million You Tube views, over 8 million World Star Hip Hop, and more than 500,000 MySpace views. In one year alone, G.Visuals had 9 BET 106 and Park placements, 11 MTV & MTV Jams premieres and 5 VH-1 Soul debuts. In addition to music video production, Greg also produces, supervises and directs live-tapings, commercials, films and reality TV programs. His credits include BET’s “Monica Still Standing” and “Tiny and Toya,” the DVD production of Tyler Perry’s stage plays, “Madea Goes to Jail,” ‘Meet the Browns,’ and “Why Did I Get Married,” Ricky Smiley’s National Tour, to name a few. To view his entire body of work, visit http://grandvisuals.blogspot.com and receive updates on projects and casting calls visit http://bit.ly/grandvisualsfb and follow Gvisuals on Twitter.

Out Da Box TV (Georgia Anne Muldrow & Dudley Perkins)

Out Da Box TV (Georgia Anne Muldrow & Dudley Perkins) from Cril on Vimeo.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Reflection Eternal "Strangers (Paranoid)"


On-Air Personality "the Bad Boy of Radio," and Talk Show Host, Michael Baisden, is touring the country for his One Million Mentors Campaign - http://www.onemillionmentors.com.

Along the tour, he stopped on Albany State University's campus in Albany, Georgia to rally for more mentorship in Albany, Georgia. At each tour-stop, Baisden presents a deserving organization with a $5000.00 check.

Ms. Cecillia "CeCe" Morris served as a panelist on his board, as Co-Founder of HIP HOP GROWS UP, Inc. Because of Ms. Morris' enthusiasm and the uniqueness of HIP HOP GROWS UP, Inc., Michael Baisden presented Morris and her co-founder of HHGU and daughter, Ms. Talia Ashley, with the $5000.00 bonus to further the efforts of HHGU's mission and vision The mother-daughter duo are so grateful to Michael Baisden and staff of the Michael Baisden show.

HIP HOP GROWS UP, Inc. is a non-profit 501c3 organization poised to recreate the village it takes to raise our children and to bridge the gaps in education between our youth, parents/guardians, educators, and other positive mentors in the village, by using the most positive influences of hip hop.

HHGU boasts of a curriculum, for ages 5 – 18; and several initiatives including a talk radio show called iPositive Talk Radio. The founders of HIP HOP GROWS UP, Inc. encourage volunteers to mentor and educate our youth and requests everyone to join our social network here – http://www.hiphopgrowsup.ning.com

TO DONATE TO HIP HOP GROWS UP, Inc. http://www.hiphopgowsup.ning.com

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


DJ ExeQtive formally known as DJ ICEY aka Mr. Versatile proudly introduces his new name. "I am extemely excited to continue to build my brand in the new direction that I am taking. I will be forever thankful to those that believed in the DJ ICEY name, but now it's time to bring them along for the ride while generating new supporters for the bigger picture... DJ ExeQtive," states ExeQtive.

A native New Yorker and Brooklyn resident, DJ ExeQtive formally known as DJ Icey aka Mr. Versatile is quickly becoming one of the most sought after DJ's in the tri-state area and continues to prove why he is a force to be reckoned with. ExeQtive spins many genres of music which is how his alias name formed “Mr. Versatile”. Influenced by veteran Funkmaster Flex, ExeQtive began his career at the early age of 15 and is looking forward to continue to hone his craft and bring his expertise to party-goers worldwide via music.

DJ ExeQtive currently serves as the in-house DJ for the likes of Macy's flagship stores and T-Mobile nationwide. "I am grateful to these opportunities provided from such clients. DJ'ing is what I feel that I was born to do. When I get on the turn-tables I become a different person," he chuckles.

ExeQtive has served as the official tour DJ for Atlantic Records recording artist Deemi along with The Red Star Soul tour and The Essence Black College tour. Through his short years on the scene, DJ ExeQtive has independently created and distributed over a dozen R&B Mixtape CD compilations cleverly labeled “Stay With You” and “Ahead of the Game” under his formal name DJ Icey aka Mr. Versatile. His mixtape collections have been hosted by the likes of Trey Songz, Cheri Dennis, Deemi and LL Cool J, just to name a few.

Just as his cleverly titled mix collection, “Ahead of the Game”, ExeQtive has just made his mark in the world of Dj'ing and promises to have a very long and prosperous journey ahead. He is DJ ExeQtive, "exequte" your request today!

Chalie Boy @ SXSW 3/17/10 (Part 1)


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Brotha Lynch Hung "Colostomy Bag"

Intl' Black Women's Film Festival Announces 2010 Call for Film Submissions


No Submission Fee If Submitted by May 17, 2010

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San Francisco, CA (BlackNews.com) -- The International Black Women's Film Festival ("IBWFF") has been combating the negative stereotyping of Black women in film, media and television since 2001; now we're inviting media-makers to do the same!

Effective immediately, the IBWFF is accepting film, video and animation submissions for its 2010 season.

Media makers have until May 17, 2010, to submit their work to the festival without a film submission fee.

The festival accepts all categories, including, shorts, features, documentaries, experimental, music video, digital media, online films and animation. All genres are accepted, except for explicit adult film and video.

Registration is available online or offline, but we are encouraging online submissions. Media makers can find more and get registration applications online at: www.ibwff2010.com (*An email address is required for registration and download areas.)

About the International Black Women's Film Festival
The International Black Women's Film Festival was established in 2002 by San Francisco-native Adrienne M. Anderson. With the assistance of volunteers and advisors, she found and served as curator of a festival where the accomplishments, talents, creativity and filmmaking skills of Black women could be celebrated, featured and fairly represented.

To date, the festival has received over 400 entries and has garnered international attention around the world including the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Caribbean, Brazil, Paris, Ghana, Canada and Australia!

In its debut year, the festival received personal support and sponsorship from STAR WARS director and creator George Lucas, and his media company LucasFilms, Ltd.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Dres of Black Sheep Readies Release Of New Album, From The Black Pool of Genius

 Dres of Black Sheep Readies Release Of New Album, From The Black Pool of Genius

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With his first proper full length album since 2006, Dres of the legendary Queens outfit Black Sheep is gearing up to once again command the airwaves with the April 6th release of his highly anticipated album, From The Black Pool Of Genius. In an effort to holdover his insatiable fans while finishing up the LP, Dres released the five song EP, From The Black Pool Of Genius: The Prelude to much fanfare in December. The EP served as a promising precursor of what fans can expect from the upcoming album, and since its release Dres has been hard at work in the lab perfecting his sound.

Unlike The Prelude, The From The Black Pool Of Genius LP finds Dres enlisting a handful of his hip-hop brethren to elevate the album to the next level. "I would say the major difference [between The Prelude and LP] is the entourage of songs on the LP come with many guests which brings a nice variety to the spices already being served" says Dres. Production duties are handled by Paten Locke, Tough Junkie, BeanOne, ShowBiz, the Beatnuts, and Urban Soul Group, producers of "Forever LuvLee," the only hold over track from the EP, all of who manage to season some new flavor onto the songs while keeping right in tune with Dres' signature sound. The album also boasts performances from lyrical heavyweights AZ, Rhymefest, and Jean Grae, who are all on hand to drop notable guest verses and showcase their verbal dexterity, as well as an appearance from P&V, who provide an R&B touch for the project. A rare Native Tongue's bonus track featuring Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest, Dave of De La Soul and Mike G of the Jungle Brothers rounds out Dres' sonic serving of genius.

As one of the most respected and insightful voices in music today, Dres is using the album as means of communicating his beliefs about the meaning of hip-hop. "I once heard a poet say that 'hip hop backward is 'pih poh (people)'- the way I see it, many artists are a lot more hip-hop than they ever realized." As for the album title, Dres explains that, "Black Pool doesn’t refer to black people. It refers to the color black's unique ability to absorb light. This deep, vast pool of soul, of artistic insight; although it's not always understood, the light it reflects back to the 'pih-poh' is necessary." Hip-hop heads are ready and anxiously awaiting to see the light. Dres' From The Black Pool of Genius full length will be available April 6th.

Also, be sure to catch Dres in action as he hits the stage with Serius Jones, Shinobi Ninja and Peter Hadar at Mexicali Live tonight, February 18 at 7:30PM. Located at 1409 Queen Anne Road in Teaneck, NJ, the venue promises to deliver an electrifying genre-spanning night of sounds from the worlds of hip-hop, punk rock and electronica.

Check out, "I Wanna Rock," the first of Dres' Hot Track Of The Week series, which will feature Dres spitting a 16 over current instrumentals: http://media.audibletreats.com/Dres-I_Wanna_Rock_Freestyle.mp3

Also, check out an excerpt from the upcoming Speaking In Tongues documentary. The segment features Dres at work in the studio with Mike G of the Jungle Brothers as they work on the forthcoming, and highly anticipated Native Tongues reunion track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZjD9-UIF_0

Prelude buy link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/from-black-pool-genius-the-prelude/id342549103

The Background:

It all began with a thundering baseline and an unmistakably classic phrase - "this or that." One of the most widely recognized songs in rap music history, the 1991 classic "The Choice is Yours" was hailed by VH1 in 2008 as one of the best rap songs of all time. The highly respected Queens emcee Dres, along with DJing partner-in-crime William "Mista Lawnge" McLean took the music industry by storm in the early 1990's as part of the groundbreaking collective Native Tongues. Penning such Billboard standouts as "Flavor of the Month" and "Strobelight Honey" for the duo's platinum-selling debut album A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing in 1992, Dres would continue to crank out the hits on the group's second release, Non Fiction. After a brief reunion with Mister Lawnge in 2000, Dres again set his sights on recording. He released the innovative online-only album 8WM/Novakane in 2007. Now he's back in the studio, writing the next chapter of his storied career. Dres' highly anticipated new project, From the Black Pool of Genius, out Spring 2010, promises to pair thought-provoking lyrics with astounding beats constructed by a corps of new and established beatmakers. They include Bean One, Showbiz, Tough Junkie, P. Locke, Urban Soul Music Group, and Willie Evans. He's also got an impressive line-up of guest stars, including De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Rhymefest, AZ, and Tough Junkie, among others. Leading up to the release of his next full-length, Black Sheep have released a precursor EP, From The Black Pool Of Genius: The Prelude, available now. From The Black Pool Of Genius will be available on April 6th.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Vivica Fox Headlines Women's Film Festival


-- In celebration of its 5th year anniversary in Miami starting on Friday, March 26th --

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Miami, FL (BlackNews.com) -- The Women's International Film and Arts Festival will be celebrating its 5th anniversary from March 26th April 3rd, 2010 in Miami, Florida. The headline movie for the Festival features Hollywood Starlet, Vivica A. Fox in Junkyard Dog, a suspense thriller co-starring Brad Dourif, directed by Kim Bass and produced by Deanna Shapiro. The movie will premiere on Friday, April 2nd to a red carpet event on the festival's closing weekend.

The 5th annual Women's International Film Festival (WIFF) promises to be internationally star packed. With almost 400 films received from more than 30 countries this year, the nine day festival will screen 68 films all about women in one of the most popular cities of the world--Miami. This year's films feature notable actors from around the world such as: Ali Zahoor (The EastEnders), Hassani Shapi (Star Wars I & II and James Bond: The World is Not Enough), Narinder Samra (Silver Street), Christopher Villiers (Bloody Sunday), Elaine Hendrix (Parent Trap), Holly Robinson Peete (Hangin' With Mr. Cooper), Vanessa Simmons (Run's House, Daddy's Girls), Natasha Lyonne (American Pie) and many more.

This year's event will feature the festival's "WIFF Around the Globe" theme. A nightly celebration focusing on regions of the world: North America, Africa & Its Diaspora, Europe, India, Asia and the Caribbean with films, food, drinks and other cultural components. In addition, on March 28th there will be a Celebration of Women Concert/Family Fun Fest featuring Sony Latin America Artists. The festival also offers the "Women's Empowerment Series" hosted by the University of Miami, which presents films addressing women's issues.

WIFF has garnered unwavering support by many of the most prominent women in the industry and South Florida. Notable mentions include Emmy, Grammy & 2008 Golden Globe Award Winning Actress (American Gangster) and WIFF Founding Honorary Chair Ms. Ruby Dee; and 2010 Honorary Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, US Congresswoman; 2007 Oscar nominee Adriana Barraza ("Babel"); "The Breakfast Club's" Alley Sheedy, international performing artist Lucrecia, Nighttime TV host Chelsea Handler and many more.

"I am honored to participate in the 5th annual Women's International Film Festival. This festival not only showcases the talent of women across the world; it brings them together to share in a dialogue about issues concerning women through arts," said Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

The Festival is anticipating over 10,000 attendees for this year's event. 2010 sponsors include Sony Music- Latin, The Miami-Dade County, City of Miami, United States 2010 Census, Barefoot Wine and Bubbly, New Times, WLRN, WPBT, Miami Science Museum, The Opium Group, ICY Public Relations, Greater Miami Host Committee Inc., Mega TV, GoLiveMiami.com and Opera Suites and Marina.

About The Festival
The Women's International Film & Arts Festival (WIFF) is a unique, cultural event featuring films, visual and performance arts and other artistic expressions by women. Founded by a truly International individual, Yvonne McCormack-Lyons has spent the past 20 years in the fields of communications and women based arts and culture programs. Mrs. McCormack-Lyons is a Canadian citizen, a second generation Jamaican, who was born in England, raised in Canada and now resides in Miami Florida. A graduate of Howard University Washington D.C., and York University Toronto, Canada, Mrs. McCormack-Lyons has been spearheading the award winning Women's International Film & Arts Festival for the past four years.

It is one of only two film festivals in the Southeastern United States specifically dedicated to women, recognizing their brilliance and accomplishments. The opening night of the festival will be held at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33135 on Friday, March 26, 2010.

For a preliminary listing of the 2010 Festival films, log on to www.wiffonline.org/program.php.

DaVinci - Speaks On Inspiration Behind "Idle Mind"

Humor Mill TV Presents Gina Yashere!

Humor Mill TV Interviews Gina Yahsere! from Frank Holder on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

West Coast Legend Kokane Drops First Single "Twilight Zone" From "Gimme Mine" LP

WARNING---major industry knowledge dropped on this record!

"things ain't what they used to be/these ni**as in the game is fucking up E's legacy/cous must be flipping in his grave."

"Dr. Dre ain't worried about Detox/he sell headphones/getting big Guap."

From a long lineage of music (his Father is multiple Grammy award winner Jerry Long Sr, who produced and wrote hits for Motown Records including "I Heard It Thru The Grapevine," "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," "War," "Poppa Was A Rolling Stone" & "Car Wash" to name just a few) Kokane is one of the West Coast's chief architects, from his rise as a solo-artist, to his work with Above The Law and his countless guest appearances ( Kokane is the most featured artist in the world---do the research) as his voice has been featured on over 35 million record sales over the course of his career (there is a reason they call him the hook master). From Dre, Snoop, Ice Cube, 50 Cent, Jadakiss, Eazy-E, Xzibit, Spice 1, Too Short, George Clinton, Boosty Collins, NWA, Young Buck etc, Kokane has lent his vocals to some of Hip-Hop's most acclaimed projects.

You know the voice, now get ready to know Kokane (again)! Armed with a new LP, Gimme Mine, which will drop on 5-25-10 (on his own Bud E Boy Records in conjunction with Bonzi/Fontana) Kokane is back and sounding better then ever!

DL link to Kokane's "Gimmie Mine" (produced by Tha Chill of Compton's Most Wanted): http://usershare.net/dfq5yx0denlk

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sadat X feat. Pete Rock - "Turn It Up"

Haitians Still Suffering 8 Weeks After Deadly Quake

Eight weeks after the catastrophic earthquake that killed more than 230,000 people in Haiti, the Pan American Development Foundation and its partners renewed their call for financial support so they can help Haitians rebuild their homes and take care of their families.

"March 12 marks the eight-week anniversary of the quake. More than a million Haitians are homeless and urgently need our help," says Jimmy Jean-Louis, the actor and spokesperson for PADF's disaster relief and recovery efforts. "Please call toll free (877) 572-4484 to contribute to the relief and recovery efforts."

Jimmy Jean-Louis, who plays the "Haitian" on NBC's hit series "Heroes," is returning to his homeland on March 12 to participate in recovery efforts. It's his second trip since the devastating 7.0 quake. Immediately after Jan. 12, he spent a week in Haiti distributing relief supplies and assisting families.

To date, more than 300,000 people received food, water, shelter, medicine and other supplies from PADF and its partners thanks to individual, corporate and multilateral donations.

Although providing relief will continue for a few months, PADF and its partners Hollywood Unites for Haiti (HUFH) and the Organization of American States (OAS) have initiated recovery and reconstruction in key areas of Port-au-Prince. With additional funding, it would like to expand to the Southeast province.

Among key activities that PADF-OAS-HUFH are undertaking in Haiti:

* Employment: Working with its network of community groups, 3,000 people are clearing rubble and cleaning streets in the capital. Haitians to earn money to support their families and help to rid the city of the debris that chokes a number of streets. It would like to expand the program to the communities in the Southeast province.

* Supplies: PADF continues to distribute relief as the crisis continues.

* House "tagging" & repair: Teams of structural engineers are being deployed to evaluate homes to determine if they are safe, need repair or should be demolished. Twenty thousand homes will be evaluated during three weeks. U.S. structural engineer and earthquake expert Kit Miyamoto and his team are training Haitian engineers to conduct the field work. For homes that need repair, PADF will provide guidelines and materials to make them safe.

"The goal is to move 70,000 people from these temporary camps into safe homes before the rainy season," says John Sanbrailo, PADF's executive director.

Individual and corporate donations to PADF-OAS-HUFH's Haiti relief, recovery and reconstruction efforts are encouraged by calling toll-free in the U.S. (877) 572-4484 or visiting www.PanAmericanRelief.org. Text HEAL to 50555 in the U.S. to donate $5.

About HUFH
Hollywood Unites For Haiti is a non-profit charitable aid organization based in Los Angeles that that is lead by Jimmy Jean-Louis. www.hufh.org

About the OAS
The Organization of American States (OAS) is the world's oldest regional organization and today is comprised of 34 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean. www.oas.org

About PADF
PADF is a non-profit organization established in 1962 to promote, facilitate, and implement social and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the past year, it had more than 5.6 million beneficiaries in 18 countries.

PADF is one of the largest non-governmental organizations in Haiti. With nearly three decades of work on the ground, PADF now manages a large portfolio of activities ranging from community-driven development to protecting human rights.

Its headquarters is in Washington, D.C., and has field offices in Haiti, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and elsewhere. www.padf.org


Cosmic forces of destiny unite three mortals in world-shaking times, as Def Jam recording artists – and Wu-Tang Clan brothers-for-life – Method Man, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon join forces on WU MASSACRE, an historic collaboration that takes Wu science and theology to the next step on hip-hop’s evolutionary grid. (Tentative tracklist, song titles and guest artists appear below, subject to change.)

WU MASSACRE, which arrives March 30th in the physical and digital marketplace, will be preceded by the soulful street single “Our Dreams,” starring the legendary Wu-Tang Clan’s three most dynamic MCs, Meth, Ghost, and Rae and produced by RZA for Wu-Tang Productions. For an added tug on the heart-strings, “Our Dreams” samples Michael Jackson’s mid-’70s hit as a 17-year old, “We’re Almost There.”

In addition to “Our Dreams,” Meth, Ghost and Rae take the trio spotlight on two more tracks: the thunderous opener “Criminology 2.5” and “Miranda.” Ghost and Meth take the lead on “It’s That Wu Sh*t.” On the “Smooth Sailing” Remix, Ghost and Meth are joined by Solomon Childs and Streetlife. On “Gunshowers,” Meth and Ghost are joined by fellow WTC rapper Inspectah Deck and Sun God. “Youngstown Heist” features Trife, Sheek and Bully.

In addition to RZA, WU MASSACRE features a number of guest producers, starting with Mathematics on “Mef vs. Chef,” “Dangerous,” “Miranda,” and “Made Men.” Scram Jones produced “Youngstown Heist” and “It’s That Wu Sh*t.” E Meal produced “Pimpin’ Chipp.” And Ty Fyffe produced the “Smooth Sailing” Remix.

The springtime arrival of WU MASSACRE follows a busy year of album releases and performance schedules by all three artists:

Ghostface Killah returned as The Wizard Of Poetry (released September 2009), his 6th Def Jam album (and 10th major label album). The Wiz focused on duets with an A-list of guests including Raheem DeVaughn (on the first single, “Baby”), Mary J. Blige, John Legend, Fabolous, Lloyd, Vaughn Anthony & Estelle, and others. Ghost spent July and August with Method Man and Redman, keeping the Wu-Tang Clan spirit alive and well on the month-long, 21-city Foot Print in Hip-Hop Tour.

Raekwon aka The Chef gave WU fans something to believe with the long-awaited Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II (also released September 2009), which spun off a pair of all-star singles: “New Wu” featuring Meth and Ghost, produced by RZA; and “House of Flying Daggers” featuring Meth, Ghost, GZA, and Inspectah Deck, produced by J. Dilla. CLII is the sequel to Rae’s groundbreaking solo debut of 1995, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, one of the very first solo albums released by a W-TC member after the group’s 36 Chambers entry back in ’93. Rae spent the summer 2009 on the massively successful Rock The Bells Tour alongside GZA, RZA, Nas, Damian Marley, the Roots, Ice Cube, Common, and others.

Always larger than life, Method Man is still basking in the glow of Blackout! 2 (released May 2009), his critic¬ally acclaimed collaboration with Redman. It was the long-awaited sequel (ten years!) to Meth and Red’s RIAA platinum Blackout, a defining hip-hop event of 1999 (with “Tear It Off,” “Y.O.U.,” and “Da Rockwilder”). Blackout! 2 blasted off with a trifecta of new single releases showing off Meth and Red at their very best: “A-Yo” featuring Saukrates, produced by Pete Rock; “Mrs. International” featuring Erick Sermon, produced by Buckwild; and “City Lights” featuring Bun B, produced by Nasty Kutt.

WU MASSACRE (tentative track listing):
1. “Criminology 2.5” featuring Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Method Man.
2. “Mef vs. Chef” featuring Rhythm Roots Allstars, produced by Allah Mathematics.
3. “Ya Moms” skit featuring Method Man and Raekwon.
4. “Smooth Sailing” Remix featuring Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Solomon Childs and Streetlife, produced by Ty Fyffe.
5. “Our Dreams” featuring Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Method Man, produced by RZA.
6. “Gunshowers” featuring Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck and Sun God, produced by Digem Tracks Productions.
7. “Dangerous” featuring Rhythm Roots Allstars, produced by Allah Mathematics.
8. “Pimpin’ Chipp” featuring Rhythm Roots Allstars, produced by E Meal.
9. “How To Pay Rent” skit featuring Tracy Morgan.
10. “Miranda” featuring Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Method Man, produced by Allah Mathematics.
11. “Youngstown Heist” featuring Trife, Sheek and Bully, produced by Scram Jones.
12. “It’s That Wu Sh*t” featuring Ghostface Killah & Method Man, produced by Scram Jones.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

School Principal Motivates Black Males In New Book



Newark, NJ (Black News.com) - As the achievement gap continues to pose one of the greatest challenges to educators at all levels, the plight of the Black male learner poses an even greater challenge as evidenced by national achievement, dropout and suspension data. Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life will provide educators with proven strategies toward motivating their Black male learners at all grade levels to take a greater interest in school, learning and preparing for academic excellence.

Recipient of the 2009 Milken National Educator Award, Newark, NJ based educator, Principal Baruti Kafele draws from his 20 years of experience in teaching Black males and turning around troubled urban schools to explain:

* Why the challenges of educating Black male students are frequently different from educating other student populations.
* What all Black male students need in their classroom experiences.
* How to assess your own attitudes and abilities to educate Black males.
* Which major problems outside of school could change the way you teach Black males.
* How to address the root causes of Black male self-identity.
* Why and how to develop a young men's empowerment program.

Noted educator/author, Dr. Douglas Reaves states in his book review:

"In this clarion call for personal responsibility for students, teachers, and families, Kafele offers practical advice and a demanding set of standards. He balances an emphasis on self-esteem with self-discipline, knowing that the former will not be meaningful without the latter. The appendices provide practical lists for students, aspiring leaders, and teachers. His work is consistent with the outstanding work of Carol Dweck of Stanford and Jeff Howard of the Efficacy Institute. Kafele's personal story and his extensive experience demonstrate that urban students in general and African-American males in particular benefit not from well-intentioned sympathy, but from rigor, high expectations, intensive literacy support, and pride in who they are and who they will become."

Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life will help educators to understand why lack of proficiency in reading, writing, and math among Black males is a symptom of deeper problems that are generally ignored. It will provide educators with solutions that can be put into their daily practice right away to improve the performance of their Black male students.

About The Author
Award-winning educator, "Principal Kafele," is currently the principal of Newark Tech H.S. in Newark, NJ, which has been recognized by U.S. News and World Reports Magazine as one of America's best high schools for two consecutive years. He is also the author of the best-selling books, A Black Parent's Handbook to Educating Your Children (Outside of the Classroom) and A Handbook for Teachers of African American Children. www.PrincipalKafele.com

Refa 1 Speaks: Hip Hop is about Consciousness & Freedom..It's Essence over Form

First Black-Owned Cigar Manufacturer Launches New Cigar


-- The Company Is Planning A Nationwide Tour --

Don Abram Harris

Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) -- There is a saying that "great aspirations begin with great ideas", which holds true for Don Abram Harris - the first African American Cigar Manufacturer in the United States. Born in the state of Maryland, Mr. Harris is an entrepreneur at heart who says he has always loved a great smoking cigar and wanted to create his own. He succeeded by introducing the Don Abram Harris Cigar line at the 76th Annual International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) Trade Show in Las Vegas, NV, July 13-18, 2008 where they made their first impression on thousands of retailers and cigar enthusiasts of the world. All who sampled the cigars gave nothing but good reviews.

While in Puerto Rico, Don Abram met with one of Puerto Rico's seasoned cigar veterans who had been in the cigar manufacturing business since the age of 7 years old. At the age of 18, he became production manager of his father's company and eventually took over the business from his dad who had inherited the business from his father. We're talking generations of experts in the industry! A friendship began and after working with experts in the field to create the various blends, great effort was put into creating the brands exclusively blended for the Don Abram Harris Cigar line.

The Don Abram Harris Cigars come in some of the most recognizable brands born from Puerto Rico's tropical soil including the Churchill, the Maduro, the Robusto, the Torpedo & the island's favorite, the Corona (crown) - each with its own distinct aroma and flavorful taste. These premium cigars are sold by the box and every hand-packed box contains 25 first quality premium cigars made with fresh raw materials and aged tobacco. The blend of fillers, binders and wrappers determine cigar flavor which in the cigar world is considered a fine art. These cigars can definitely be considered premium cigars and can hold their own next to any of the other high quality cigars. The 15 year old, aged tobacco boasts of refined and mellow tastes that are well worth the smoke.

The CHURCHILL: The length is 7 inches by 48-ring gauge. (Named after Winston's trademark). Handmade with aged tobacco from the exclusive Utuado region of Puerto Rico with long fillers and binders from Brazil; they are draped by a natural Maduro, sun-grown seed wrapper from Africa. This rich dark cigar has a medium to full-bodied-taste with rich aroma and a smoke for cigar smokers who thrill on deep and complex flavors of leather, floral and earthy notes with mocha and licorice undertones.

The ROBUSTO: This medium to full-bodied cigar finishes with waves of baking spices while capturing the breezes of cocoa and roasted nuts. Its length is 5 inches by a 50-ring gauge.

The TORPEDO: An excellent choice, properly aged and matured, this full-bodied cigar has a stronger more robust blend. Made with a dark oily maduro wrapper that will satisfy even the most demanding palate. Covered with an oily Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper, this cigar is full of hearty earthy flavors, combined with a mix of the finest Dominican fillers resulting in a fine quality cigar.

The CORONA: Made with a golden brown, Connecticut shade wrapper, this exclusive cigar is blended with a robust combination of aged Dominican filler and a sun ripened broadleaf maduro wrapper. It's packed with complex flavors yet medium in strength. It's length is 6 inches by 42-ring gauge. The open foot (the end you light) & closed head (the end smoked) is normally the tobacco wrapper leaves are state of the art craftsmanship. No matter your choice, the Don Abram Harris line of cigars are an excellent choice for both beginner cigar smokers and seasoned smokers who like to enjoy an occasional mild to medium flavored cigar.

Don Abram Harris Cigars are handmade with the best island seeds found only in Puerto Rico's Utuado mountains by one of the most respected Puerto Rican born cigar makers. Don Abram will be starting his tour across the U.S. to start getting his product into the stores. In the very near future, his fine cigars will likely be found in the most exclusive cigar stores everywhere. So start looking out for this new brand and enjoy!

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Web Site Boasts Black Culture and Legacy

AncientAfricanaMarketplace.com is a website that has a product line of African and African Diasporic cultural and historical educational items. The website has a unique inventory of books, audio books, music, educational DVD's and art prints. The content of the products focuses on Black historical events from the marvels of ancient African anthropology and archeology to present day history makers.

The website provides a central location where consumers and educators alike can shop at the same place for Classic Arts and Educational supplies that documents the experience of the African and African Diasporic peoples. It is perfect for educational and community institutions to everyday people who would like to learn about Black History, who have an appreciation for the Classic works of art that comes out of the African and Diasporic peoples of the world, be it in the form of a beautiful art print from a famous Black artist, a DVD of Classic Drama or an important historical event, a music CD of timeless musical greats to a literary work from a world renowned author from the "Classic Literature" collection.

The book collection consists of Children's books, a beautiful collection of African Art books, Ancient and Modern African History, Scholar's Works, Reference books, Audio Books, Classic Literature and African American History books.

The music CD collection is unique because it consists of great artists and timeless legends. The music library contains the works of great jazz and blues musicians, gospel, rhythm and blues, soul and traditional African music, from the early days of recorded music to today. The featured musical artists are from Africa to all around the world, focusing on the United States.

AncientAfricanaMarketplace.com is currently available to fill orders for personal collections or educational inventory. Browsing through the items on the website is like having a celebration of Black people's triumphs as well as observing a chronicle of their agonies, the acknowledgement of their journeys, discoveries and their influences left upon the world. While shopping the inventory, it becomes inspiring to discover for yourself the marvels, triumphs, struggles and, ultimately, the ensuing resiliency and legacy of African peoples in Africa and all around the world.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Speechless Comes to the Apache

For Immediate Release

Playwright gives "voice" to homeless for a cause

Atlanta, GA March 4, 2010: Giving a voice to the homeless, Randy R. Walls of Peak Visionary Theater Co., will preview his upcoming play, “SPEECHLESS” on March 18th to spread awareness of and raise funds for homeless families in Atlanta. Starting at 7pm the event will be held at the Apache Cafe located at 64 3rd Street Northwest in Atlanta.

The cast of "SPEECHLESS" will perform scenes from the play and engage the audience in a "Live Jukebox" where attendees can have cast members sing a song of their choice. The last preview show held in January packed the intimate theater with over 300 RSVPs. Cast members performing at the Apache include Mahalia Jackson, Nicole Long, Demille Cole and several others. Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. All proceeds from door and raffle prize sales will benefit Nicholas House.

To purchase advance tickets, or for additional information call Yvonne Druyeh- 404-645-8014 or Randy R. Walls -678-531-1458.

Media should RSVP with Tambria Peeples of Dretam PR at 347-471-1247 or send an email to pr@dretaminc.com.

Nicholas House is a transitional housing shelter in Atlanta that helps homeless families get back on their feet and stay there. Through individualized case management, adult education and training, and powerful youth programs that stop the cycle of poverty, over 70% of Nicholas House families go on to remain fully self-sufficient. On any given night in Atlanta alone, there are 1200 family members without a place to call home--800 of which are children. Nicholas House is committed to helping homeless families by addressing the root causes of their homelessness so they never become homeless again. For more information, visit www.nicholashouse.org.

“SPEECHLESS” the theatrical production part of the Breaking the Silence Movement of thought provoking and social events, tells the stories of seven inner-city, poverty stricken characters. While every character is from a different background and culture, they are united in their hunger to conquer their fear of success and strive to overcome their life struggles. Through song, dance and powerful performances from artists old and new, “SPEECHLESS” will capture its audience by making them laugh, cry and most importantly think. Writer and director Randy R. Walls, uses real life situations to engage his audience inspiring them to visualize that change can only come to better our community when we see with our own eyes that hardship knows no name or status. Visit www.speechlesstheshow.com for more information.

In an effort to bring awareness and change to the Atlanta community, Breaking the Silence is a movement created to surface the issues corrupting our city such as homelessness, crime, poverty, and poor educational systems. Randy R. Walls founded Peak Visionary Theater Co. To bring change through the merging of artistic influence and community development. Walls believes these things are the key to bridging knowledge gaps within our community and breaking the silence. The Breaking the Silence series will host performing and artistic events to encourage community members, city officials and artistic leaders to join together with one voice for change.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Mysonne ft Jim Jones, Nore - Things That Make You Go Hmmm Remix

Donny Goines in conjunction with Rocksmith Presents 20X

Revered MC Donny Goines in conjunction with apparel company, Rocksmith Tokyo, is proud to announce the release of a six track EP. 20X, which features production from Apple Juice Kid, DJ Static, 6th Sense, Nastee, Versatile and M-Phazes is a testament to the parallels shared within the Hip-Hop and fashion spectrums.

The last twelve months have seen Donny Goines elevate his presence to higher plateaus. Headlining LiveNation shows in New York City and with appearances at SXSW, AC3, the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival as well as the annual CMJ festival his continued efforts resulted in further media attention.

Securing multiple features in the Source and featuring in the coveted Show and Prove section of XXL in June, Donny secured airplay on Hot 97 and various other terrestrial stations. While appearing on BET’s ‘Certified Fresh,’ his videos were also featured on MTV Jams and Music Choice Donny continues to maintain his role as the hardest working MC in Hip-Hop.

"Partnering up with a company such as Rocksmith Toyko is an honor and I think that the merger will result in an exciting and creative campaign for not only the fans of my music, but also for the street-wear culture as a whole”- Donny Goines

Simply defined as ‘Japanese street couture blended with New York City swagger’ the combination of this international brand and the lyrical tenacity of Goines, guarantees a quality project.

“I'm very excited about 20X,” Donny goes on to explain. “I've been working hard on my craft these past couple of months and I think people will notice when they hear 20X. Working diligently with Ariel Borujow of Westward Music, the producers and staff of Stadium Red Studios I've created an EP that I believe will properly illustrate my growth and artistic capabilities.”

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Author Helps Girls Find The Power of Self-Love


Connecting Young Girls to the Power of Self-Love

Author Angela Clay

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) -- Send out the invitations, blow out the candles, and get excited! Why? Because when self meets esteem, a great celebration begins within! Self-Esteem Enthusiast, Angela Clay (www.angelaclay.com) and the author of Loving The Me I See (www.amazon.com) is on the move promoting positive self-esteem and challenging young girls from all walks of life to begin loving the me that they see and accept the amazing core of who they were created to be. Clay believes that building and maintaining positive self-esteem allows young girls to connect to the power of self-love and self-respect, which she believes creates a healthy profile of positive self-esteem.

Studies have found that one-third to one-half of adolescents struggle with low self-esteem, especially in early adolescence (Harter, 1990; Hirsch & DuBois, 1991). The results of low self-esteem can be temporary, but in serious cases can lead to various problems, including depression, anorexia nervosa, delinquency, self-inflicted injuries, and even suicide.

Inspirational writer and advocate for girls' positive self-esteem best define author Angela Clay. Her must-read book, Loving The Me I See, takes adolescent girls on a self-defining and empowering self-esteem excursion. Loving The Me I See is an easy read but full of empowering self-esteem nuggets and compelling information. Young girls and women across the country are raving about this thought-provoking book. Its positive impact on girls has transformed into an educational and enlightening girls' self-esteem workshop. The Loving The Me I See Workshop challenges young girls to address self-esteem issues in a nondiscriminatory, nonjudgmental setting. Readers and workshop participants are intrigued and entertained. But most of all, they become educated by this well-crafted book and dynamic workshop.

Cheryl Smith, Executive Editor at The Dallas Weekly, said "With all the emphasis on other images proliferating throughout the media, a book like Loving The Me I See is a refreshing and welcome change, worthy of being a bestseller." Jade Richardson, a sixth-grade student at the Whitney Institute in Warwick, Bermuda, says: "Loving The Me I See is a book that challenges young girls to express themselves and to come from behind the curtain."

Angela Clay is a vivacious self-esteem enthusiast. Her tenacious drive, full of life spirit and relentless compassion for helping young girls with their total self-concept, keeps her in popular demand delivering power-packed presentations at schools, churches, and community organizations. If you would like to purchase a copy of author Angela's inspirational book, go to www.amazon.com.

For more information about author ANGELA CLAY, visit her Web site at www.angelaclay.com. If you'd like more information about the 2010 LOVING THE ME I SEE Girls' Self-Esteem Workshop or to schedule an interview with author Angela Clay, please contact Charlotte Williams at 214.762.9725 or e-mail her at pr@angelaclay.com.

Destination Weddings & Honeymoon Expo


-- This year's first expo will be held on Sunday, March 21, 2010 from 12noon - 5pm at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Flushing, New York. Entry fee is just $15. --

-- Future expos will be in Philadelphia and Baltimore in the fall --

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) -- Worldwide Group Travel, an African-American owned and operated online based travel company, is once again coming together to produce the Destination Weddings Expo. This expo is a series of travel shows that bring together the leading wedding industry professionals, vendors, and tourism boards to present the best that the Caribbean, Mexico, and Europe have to offer.

Last year brought great success with The Destination Weddings Expo. The first of the series was in New York in March followed by Philadelphia and Baltimore in October. These shows attracted major brands such as Palace Resorts, Sandals & Beaches Resorts, Air Jamaica, and Palladium Resorts. Several hundred guests consisting of brides to be, couples planning their destination weddings and honeymoon locations attended last years shows.

At the Destination Weddings Expo, guests can expect to experience what it would be like to get married at the amazing featured resorts, the live music, and the cocktail bar & appetizers. There will also be a beautiful fashion show presenting the many different bridal designs of the season. Prizes and special offers will be presented by the exhibitors. Vendors at the upcoming shows include Platinum Sponsor - Palace Resorts and Marrycaribbean.com, as well as Sandals & Beaches Resorts, The Jamaica Tourist Board, Palladium Resorts, Air Jamaica, Puerto Rico Tourism, Marrycaribbean.com and many more!

Please visit www.destinationweddingsexpo.com for more information about the upcoming shows. The website offers valuable content on the many destinations featured at the shows, a resource guide, and videos & images from the destinations and previous Destination Weddings Expos!

This season starts off on March 21st, 2010 at the Sheraton LaGuardia East in New York then returns to Philadelphia and Baltimore in the fall.

Worldwide Group Travel is an online travel agency based in New York and is known as a leader in destination wedding and group travel sales particularly to the Caribbean. Worldwide Group Travel has an award winning team of agents that are committed to excellence. The destination wedding team has planned weddings of all sizes to many different locations throughout the world. Please visit www.worldwidegrouptravel.com for more information.

Destination Weddings Expo & Worldwide Group Travel are now on Facebook & Twitter!!