Watch: Richmond Summer – A Short Film

Richmond Summer (The short film) Written, directed and produced by Bootsie Dawkins. This is a thriller about a group of friends coming home to a smalltown (Richmond County) for the summer. After an emotional roller-coaster bodies begin to add up. Starring Chantelle Nelson, Jas Gray, Sha’cobi D, Little Yenique, Tha Don, Sed Belk, Karon Riley, Devarius Anderson and Jermaine Dawkins. The production Assistant: Darius Antwan Dawkins.

Bootsie Dawkins aka B Supreme is a writer / director and NC A&T alum. When not directing thriller videos, Bootsie is known for music videos, weddings and more. He’s on Instagram.

He’s the owner of B. Supreme. B Supreme is a video production company based out of Greensboro, NC. They specialize in strong contextual visuals. Their catalog consists of weddings, movies, documentaries, events, real estate, commercial, & corporate.

B Supreme provides all services through partnering with other companies. They have several departments that create B Supreme and provide consultation services. In this consultation they can provide manufacturers, accountants, distribution locations, branding, licensing etc. Consultation for simple business advice and listening sessions for all artists can be provided as well. Artists are advised to email music only upon request. Models photos can always be submitted via email. All poets, actors, actresses and directors are encouraged to submit work also.

Testimonial on B. Supreme

B. Supreme handles their business. Here’s a customer’s testimony:

“Wow. So he launched a commercial giveaway branding your business on Facebook. I knew it was a lot of competition but I entered and won. He wrote out the skit, and directed the commercial with so much patience and never once not smiling. I recommend him for his professionalism and overall well rounded guy. His work is awesome and I’m so excited to see how my commercial turned out.”

Brittany Harris, Facebook

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Watch: Kirk Franklin’s New Mother’s Day Song

Kirk Franklin blessed us with a new Mother’s Day song. And to be honest? It’s the best Mother’s Day Song we’ve heard. We salute the talented Kirk Franklin and his family for bringing a smile and a new jingle to our hearts. My goodness they are all talented and no interested in any drama. We can all sign up for that. And the song is a mere one minute and fourteen seconds long.

Kirk Franklin released his 13th studio album this year and this is what he had to say on his site about the project and his career.

“The process for this album was unique,” says Franklin, “because I literally had all the songs written before I started to record. That’s never happened before. That allowed me to see lyrically and melodically if the music could stand on its own without production. A lot of times I think that popular music can depend too much on production.” 

Celebrating 26 years in the industry

Celebrating his 26th career anniversary this year, the winner of more than 40 Stellar Awards and 16 Dove Awards is also busy pushing the envelope in other endeavors. Franklin brought his total GRAMMY tally to 16 Grammys at the 61st annual ceremony this year during Tori Kelly’s first foray into gospel, the Franklin-produced Hiding Place, won best gospel album. “Never Alone,” the Franklin co-penned single from the album, was named best gospel performance/song.

In 2020, Franklin has his eyes set on another successful Exodus Music &Arts Festival, fantastic additions to the Kirk Franklin Praise channel on SiriusXM, and starting production on his bio-pic with Sony. 

I’m the most non-perfect person in the world.

“You already know what I’m going to say,” Franklin answers with a hearty laugh when asked about the secret behind his career longevity and indefatigable drive to keep pushing. “It’s because of somebody bigger than me and you. I’m the most non-perfect person in the world. But having an opportunity to be here still and communicate this faith that I believe in … I don’t know what else I could ask for.”

Thank you Kirk and his family for also being sensitive to COVID-19 in the filming of the video.

Andre Harrell, Music Mogul Dead At 59

Andre Harrell, Music Mogul Dead At 59

It’s been widely reported that music mogul, Andre Harrell passed on Friday, May 8th in West Hollywood. Perhaps most famously known as the music executive who gave Sean “Diddy” Combs his first break, then subsequently firing him, Harrell contributed so much more to the music industry. 

As one half of the the rap duo Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde in the 80’s, Harrell brought his idea of artistry and culture when he launched Uptown Records in 1986. Uptown Records launched the careers of Mary J. Blige, Jodeci, Al B. Sure!, Heavy D and the Boyz, Guy and others. And for a time it was one of the most important record labels in the country. Harrell’s vision of blending R&B soul with an edgy hip hop sound brought in millions of fans and effectively re-defined R&B as we know it. 

Humble Beginnings

Born in the Bronx on September 26, 1960, Harrell graduated from Charles Evans Hughes High School in 1978 and attended both Baruch College and Lehman College. When he and his high school friend, Alonzo Brown formed Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde they performed in suits and ties and released  a couple of successful singles including “Genius Rap” in 1981 and “A.M./P.M” in 1984. 

His famous intern

Harrell’s story, though poignant and definitive on its own, took an extraordinary twist when he hired Sean Combs as an intern in the early 1990’s. Combs worked in A&R and began to shape the sounds of Mary J. Blige and Jodeci. His influence increased their presence and hip hop credibility. Combs’ name and popularity was gaining and tensions appeared between he and Harrell resulting Harrell firing Puffy. The dismissal, one of the best things and worst things in the music business at the time, gave birth to Combs’ Bad Boy Records but also continued to grow the friendship between Combs and Harrell. At the time of his death, Harrell was vice chairman of Combs’ Revolt TV.   

Harrell was a music visionary having worked for Motown Records, Def Jam and had his hand in delivering some of the most influential artists of the 90’s. He leaves behind a son, Gianni Harrell. 

Photo of Harrell courtesy Andre Harrell Instagram.

Watch: Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” trailer

According to Netflix, Becoming is an intimate look into the life of former First Lady Michelle Obama during a moment of profound change, not only for her personally but for the country she and her husband served over eight impactful years in the White House. The film offers a rare and up-close look at her life, taking viewers behind the scenes as she embarks on a 34-city tour that highlights the power of community to bridge our divides and the spirit of connection that comes when we openly and honestly share our stories.

Watch: Official Trailer All Day and A Night Movie

Watch: Official Trailer All Day and A Night Movie

Check out the official trailer of All Day and A Night. The movie is hitting Netflix on May 1, 2020. Here’s the storyline according to those folks…

As soft-spoken Jahkor Abraham Lincoln (Ashton Sanders) struggles to keep his dream of rapping alive amidst a gang war in Oakland, his ill-fated life and real-world responsibilities drive him further and further across the line of right and wrong with tragic consequences. Landing in prison beside his father, J.D. (Jeffrey Wright) whom he never wanted to be like, Jahkor embarks on an unlikely journey of self-discovery, exploring the events that unite them, in hopes of helping his newborn son break a cycle that feels unavoidable. A powerful film from Black Panther co-writer Joe Robert Cole, ALL DAY AND A NIGHT co-stars Isaiah John, Kelly Jenrette, Shakira Ja’Nai Paye, Regina Taylor, Christopher Meyer and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.Netflix

Black TV Film Crew Facts about Yahya Abdul-Mateen II who stars in All Day And A Night

  • He’s a real life Architect.
  • He graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a degree in Architecture.
  • He has a Master in Fine Arts degree from Yale.
  • He stands a whopping 6′ 3′.
  • He’s a member of Alpha Phi Alpha.
  • He was born in New Orleans, LA