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Josh Johnson – Fallin’

The Daily Show writer, comedian, and artist Josh Johnson has shared “Fallin (With Groovebox & Jesse Cale),” the original work that bookends Trevor Noah Presents Josh Johnson: # (Hashtag), out September 30 via Comedy Central Records. 

“In a special about the world feeling like it’s in free fall, and a year that saw me plunged even deeper into the grip of an online rat race to belong and get attention, ‘Fallin’ is the perfect theme song,” says Johnson. “It’s about comparison and connection, about letting go without being gone and taking time to catch yourself. It was co-written by me and Groovebox, who lends his incredible vocals with a feature from Jesse Cale.”

Vulture named # (Hashtag) one of the ‘Best Comedy Specials of 2021’ saying, “the best representation so far of a comedy special that attempts to bridge what just happened with an effort to reincorporate that experience into the rest of life… Johnson’s cool, controlled, endearing stage presence is completely winning.”

Variety named Johnson a ‘Comic To Watch in 2021’ and The New York Times said, “Josh Johnson is a rising star” in covering his mistape,  Elusive and # (Hashtag). Johnson recently starred in “The Really Cool Converse Club” commercial directed by Tyler, The Creator.

Trevor Noah Presents Josh Johnson: #(Hashtag) is Executive Produced by Josh Johnson, Trevor Noah, Haroon Saleem, Bob Bain, Samantha Murphy, and Mainstay Entertainment’s Norm Aladjem, Derek Van Pelt, and Sanaz Yamin. Ryan Moran and Gabriella Yacyk are Executive Producers for MTV Entertainment Studios.

Johnson just crossed the 50-episode threshold of his podcast, The Josh Johnson Show, where he has freeform conversations about life, love, and comedy with his friend and fellow comedian Logan Nielsen.

About Josh Johnson

Josh Johnson is a comedian and musician born and raised in Louisiana. As an adult, he moved to New York City, where he was named “New York’s Funniest comic at Caroline’s during the New York Comedy Festival.” Regularly, he performs at the Comedy Cellar, with several of his sketches going viral on Youtube, primarily “Catfishing the KKK” performed at Le Poisson Rouge in 2017.

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HALL,WALT & BACA

HALL, WALT & BACA WINES LAUNCH SEASON TWO OF ITS CELEBRITY HAPPY HOUR SERIES

HALL, WALT and BACA Wines, a set of three, family-owned wineries located in Napa and Sonoma Counties, have announced the launch of season two of their celebrity Happy Hour series returning in August, 2021. The weekly series rotates airing on three different social media platforms including Instagram and Facebook Live weekly on one of the respective brand channels. The Happy Hour series premiered on April 2, 2020, with 150 shows produced through the July 2021.

“During the start of the pandemic in the Spring of 2020, we looked at different creative ways to keep our audiences engaged and keep wine conversations top of mind,” says Vintner Jennifer Brown. “Launching Season one of the series and really honing in on the lifestyle of wine with each of our guests allowed us to connect in new and compelling ways –our Club Members and fans sipped along with our show hosts and the guest, and it truly felt like we are all enjoying a casual Happy Hour experience together. Season two will continue to focus on producing dynamic and engaging shows that let our audience into our guest’s lives, ask questions in real time, and hear about new projects that each is working on.”

Created by Vintner Kathryn Walt Hall and produced in-house, Happy Hour gives viewers an unscripted, behind the scenes peek into the lives of celebrities, artists, athletes, comedians, Broadway stars, authors, magicians, and more. Each episode aims to inspire creative conversations while sipping on a newly released HALL, WALT, or BACA wine.

Season one of the Happy Hour series welcomed high profile guests such as Tina Fey, Julia  Louis-Dreyfus, Martin Short, Ed O’Neill, Catherine O’Hara, John Leguizamo, Eric  McCormack, Busy Phillips, Monique Lhuillier, Paul Reiser, Cole Hauser, Cheryl Hines,  Natalie Morales, Steve Wozniak, The Brothers Osborne, Sara Evans, CAM, Scotty  McCreery, Matt Bomer, J.B. Smoove, Bruce Bochy, Cecily Strong, Chris Redd, Howard  Gordon, Alfonso Ribiero, Giacomo Gianiotti, Dan Abrams, Kate Flannery, Sherri Saum,  Terrell Davis, Jeannie Mai, Gizelle Bryant, Shep Rose, Austen Kroll, Craig Conover,  Runaway June, Charissa Thomson, Carly Pearce, Chris Harrison, Josh Flagg and over 100  more.

To view an archive of HALL Family Wines Happy Hour series, please visit Here

The Happy Hour series is hosted by three hosts, one for each wine brand including  HALL, WALT and BACA Wines. A snapshot of each host can be found below:   

MEET THE HOST:  Kathryn Walt Hall

Kathryn Walt Hall is the owner of HALL Family Wines and has been involved in the  California wine industry since her family first purchased vineyards in the 1970’s. She has had a  distinguished career as a successful businesswoman, attorney, community activist, and as the  United States Ambassador to Austria, appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1997. A mother of  two, Kathryn is fluent in French and German, earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of  California, Berkeley, a joint MBA from UC California, Berkeley & Columbia University and a  J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.  

MEET THE HOST:  Jeff Zappelli 

After eight years managing restaurants including three years at San Francisco-based Morton’s  Steakhouse, Jeff joined HALL Wines in 2006 to establish its Club Membership program which  has become one of the most successful Direct to Consumer efforts in the Napa Valley. In 2016,  Zappelli was appointed General Manager of WALT Wines, making him responsible for the day-to-day operations and strategic planning for the Sonoma-based brand. Zappelli is an active  speaker throughout the Bay Area, participating in conversations and panels related to direct-to-consumer trends, wine industry technology, sales as a science, CRM and direct marketing. An  avid sports fan and father of three, Jeff was born in Seattle, WA and attended the University of  California at Santa Barbara earning a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology. 

MEET THE HOST: Jennifer Brown

The daughter of Vintner Kathryn Hall, Jennifer Brown spearheads HALL Family Wines newest  brand, BACA, meaning “berry” in Latin, a modern Zinfandel wine brand. Jennifer spearheads  brand development, marketing strategies, and operational plans, as well as wholesale channels.  Prior to working at HALL Family Wines, Jennifer was the founder of Omghow / Girl Karma  Inc., a social platform and positive destination for teen girls. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts  degree at Northwestern University and both a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration and a  Law Degree from Stanford University. Fluent in German and a mother of two, Jennifer is an avid  hiking and yoga enthusiast and incorporates wellness and clean living as a core part of her daily  routine.  

 

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An Evening with Fran Lebowitz

In a cultural landscape filled with endless pundits and talking heads, Fran Lebowitz stands out as one of our most insightful social commentators. She will be at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre, for “An Evening with Fran Lebowitz,” on April 15, 2022. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 28th and are available HERE.  

Lebowitz’s essays and interviews offer her acerbic views on current events and the media – as well as pet peeves about tourists, baggage-claim areas, after-shave lotion, adults who roller skate, children who speak French, or anyone who is unduly tan. The New York Times Book Review calls Lebowitz an “important humorist in the classic tradition.” Purveyor of urban cool, Lebowitz is a cultural satirist whom many call the heir to Dorothy Parker.

Her writing — pointed, taut and economical — is forthright, irascible, and unapologetically opinionated.

Lebowitz worked odd jobs, such as taxi driving, belt peddling, and apartment cleaning (“with a small specialty in Venetian blinds”), before being hired by Andy Warhol as a columnist for Interview. That was followed by a stint at Mademoiselle. Her first book, a collection of essays titled Metropolitan Life, was a bestseller, as was a second collection, Social Studies. By turns ironic, facetious, deadpan, sarcastic, wry, wisecracking, and waggish, Lebowitz’s prose is wickedly entertaining. Her two books are collected in the Fran Lebowitz Reader, with a new preface by the author. Lebowitz is also the author of the children’s book, Mr. Chas and Lisa Sue Meet the Pandas.

Between 2001 to 2007, Lebowitz had a recurring role as Judge Janice Goldberg on the television drama Law & Order. She also had a part in the Martin Scorsese-directed film, The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). In an interview with the Paris Review, Lebowitz said “I’m not a nervous person. I’m not afraid to be on TV. I’m only afraid when I write. When I’m at my desk I feel like most people would feel if they went on TV.”

She can also be seen in various documentary films including the American Experience on New York City, as well as Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016), Regarding Susan Sontag (2014), and Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol (1990), among others. In 2010 Martin Scorsese directed a documentary about Lebowitz for HBO titled Public Speaking. A new limited documentary series, Pretend It’s a City, also directed by Martin Scorsese, premieres on Netflix January 8, 2021.

Lebowitz was once named one of the year’s most stylish women by Vanity Fair. She remains a style icon. Lebowitz lives in New York City, as she does not believe that she would be allowed to live anywhere else.

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Lele Pons – Al Lau

Ascending to the forefront of popular music and culture worldwide, global entertainer, social media influencer and Latin music sensation Lele Pons releases a new single and music video entitled “Al Lau.”  

The track highlights her dynamic vocals over a glossy groove and bouncy beat highlighted by acoustic guitar. She delivers verses with confidence before launching into a simmering chorus. The music video tells two parallel stories: Lele getting ready for a night out and a male protagonist as he does the same. Their paths cross at a bar before the clip takes a surprising turn. Click HERE to listen and watch the music video.

About the song, she commented, “I wanted to create something that felt fresh and sweet—something that people can vibe to when they reconnect with their friends and family this summer. I’m so proud of ‘Al Lau,’ because I’m not sure if I could have made this type of song a year or two ago. I’ve been working hard to grow as an artist, and I hope everyone can feel that when they listen to the new sound in this record.”

Lele’s 2020: “Se Te Nota” feat. Guaynaa remains a worldwide phenomenon and has reached equivalent status of Double Diamond in Mexico, Triple Platinum in the U.S., and Platinum in Spain. So far, it has clocked over 650 Million total streams and counting. She also made her late-night television debut with a provocative performance of the song on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

About Lele Pons

 Combining charisma, dynamic vocals, and a genre-busting international style, Lele Pons secures her place at the forefront of popular culture and music worldwide. The trilingual sensation, singer, songwriter, actress, model, influencer and entertainer remains one of the world’s top content creators on Youtube with 17.7 million subscribers and 4.6 billion views and counting, where she’s known for her sketch comedy. Among a string of global smashes, “Bloqueo” turned heads on multiple continents, and 2018’s “Celoso” ascended to Diamond status in Mexico and Triple-Platinum in the U.S. with nearly 1 billion combined global streams. She starred in the Friends parody Amigos in 2018-2019. Additionally, Lele launched her podcast The Best Kept Secrets with Lele Pons on Spotify in 2020. She opened her heart to the world in the docuseries: The Secret Life of Lele Pons. In this revealing series, she reveals her struggles and diagnosis with OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder).

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Mount Music Talent Management Relocation

Virginia is For Music Lovers: Mount Music Talent Management Relocates to Virginia from LA, Signs Tall Boy Special

Los Angeles talent agency relocates to Richmond, Virginia, and signs TikTok sensation Tall Boy Special

Founded in Los Angeles in 2017, Mount Music & Entertainment is making the move across country, relocating to Richmond, Virginia. The move gives the agency a chance to expand the roster of talent that it represents and manages. The latest talent Mount Music & Entertainment has signed is Tall Boy Special, a TikTok sensation that combines music and comedy. With the recent re-brand and name change, the agency is growing their expanding list of talent, to include not only musicians and songwriters, but actors, comedians, writers, and more.

“Comedy has been very important in my personal life, with many of my close personal friends being comedians, so it feels like a natural progression for MME to develop beyond the scope of music and start representing a multi-hyphenate act like Tall Boy Special,” explains Dave Mount, military veteran and founder of Mount Music & Entertainment.

Mount Music & Entertainment manages artists in a wide range of genres, including soul, pop, R&B, comedy, and pop country. It specializes in providing an individualized management experience that is designed to suit the needs of each of its clients. Some of the talent it represents include Erin & The Wildfire, a Richmond-based group, and formerly the agency represented Meghan Linsey.

It is one of the many companies that have decided to relocate after being inspired by COVID to consider changes to their business model. During last summer, the company had the opportunity to get to know the music in the area. They became passionate about the city and all it has to offer to those in entertainment, prompting the agency to make the move across country. The Richmond area is gaining fame for its underground music scene. In 2019, Forbes called it “the underground music city everyone needs to visit.”

“We are excited about making the move to Richmond and look forward to expanding our roster and growing as an agency there,” added Mount. “This move and new signing comes at the perfect time, as people are ready to move on and up. This is the next chapter in Mount Music & Entertainment, and we’re ready for it.”

Tall Boy Special is comprised of multi-hyphenate musicians, comedians, actors, writers, directors and producers Alex Kagy, John MacGregor and Zack Barker. They are most recently known for their viral TikTok success, where they have amassed nearly 20,000 followers and 100,000 likes by showcasing their many talents. They are currently working on their first studio album. To get more information about them and get links to their social media pages, visit their website.

Mount Music & Entertainment offers entertainment industry consulting services, in addition to talent management. Its experiences include consulting a wide range of artists and private equity firms. It specializes in music law, expert witness testimony, litigation support, investment analysis, licensing, publishing, streaming, and more. Clients include Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Fidelity, and RocNation. To learn more about the company, visit their website.

About Mount Music & Entertainment

Founded in 2017 in Los Angeles, Mount Music & Entertainment offers talent management to those in a wide variety of genres. The company was started by David Mount, a military veteran who is a lifelong guitarist and songwriter. David participates in the Recording Academy’s annual District Advocate Day. To learn more about the company, visit their website. Follow them on Instagram and Twitter.

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Eddie Murphy to Receive Distinguished Artisan Award

Eddie Murphy to Receive Distinguished Artisan Award at 8th Annual Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards

Awards to be presented on April 3, 2021

Award-winning actor Eddie Murphy, best known for his work in the films Coming to America, Beverly Hills Cop, The Nutty Professor and Dreamgirls, among many others, will receive this year’s Distinguished Artisan Award at the 8th Annual  Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards (MUAHS, IATSE Local 706), celebrating the prolific spectrum of his versatile four-decade acting career on screen and television. Presenting the Distinguished Artisan Award to Murphy will be Arsenio Hall, star of Murphy’s upcoming movie Coming 2 America. For registration and information visit this website.

The reimagined awards gala, honoring outstanding achievements of both make-up artists and hair stylists in motion pictures, television, commercials and live theater, will be held virtually on Saturday, April 3, 2021.  The announcement was made today by Julie Socash, President of IATSE Local 706.

“From The Nutty Professor to Prince Akeem, Eddie Murphy is a legendary actor whose myriad of characters live in our hearts forever. He has expertly created memorable personalities in numerous award winning films, often portraying multiple characters in the same film. This award recognizes all the hours that he has spent in the make-up chair collaborating with our talented and innovative make-up artists and hair stylists, and we celebrate these great relationships and Eddie’s enormous talents,” said Socash.

Eddie Murphy is the most commercially successful Black actor in the history of the motion picture business, and is one of the industry’s top five box-office performers overall. At the tender age of 59, Murphy is on the very short list of actors who have starred in multiple $100 million pictures over the past three decades, from Beverly Hills Cop to Daddy Day Care.

Murphy was most recently seen portraying the legendary underground comic personality Rudy Ray Moore in Dolemite Is My Name from Netflix, a performance which garnered him widespread critical acclaim as well as a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor – Motion Picture —Musical/Comedy and a Critics Choice Association nomination for Best Actor. He also recently received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his return to his comedy alma mater, Saturday Night Live.

In 2007, Murphy received rave reviews and critical acclaim for his portrayal of James “Thunder” Early in the Dreamworks film Dreamgirls, a performance which would garner him the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, as well as earning him his first Academy Award nomination in the same category.

He is also the voice of Donkey in the Oscar®-winning animated film Shrek and its sequel, Shrek 2, which is the top-grossing animated film of all time. Murphy won an Annie Award and earned BAFTA and MTV Movie Award nominations for his performance in the first Shrek, and reprised the role of Donkey in the final installment of the hugely successful franchise, Shrek Goes Fourth. Murphy began his career as a stand-up comedian 45 years ago. In 1980, at the age of 19, he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live, and has since gone on to establish a successful career on the big screen.

His films have been among the highest-grossing comedies in the industry; they include  48 Hrs.Trading PlacesDr. DolittleComing to America and the Beverly Hills Cop franchise. Murphy garnered Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy for his performances in Beverly Hills CopTrading Places and 48 Hrs.

In 1989, Murphy made his directorial debut with Harlem Nights, a period comedy he also wrote and starred in, opposite Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx. In addition, Murphy starred in and produced the hit comedy Life, co-starring Martin Lawrence, and starred opposite Steve Martin in the comedy Bowfinger. He was also the voice of Mushu the Dragon in the successful animated epic Mulan.

In 1996, Murphy portrayed seven different characters in the worldwide box office smash The Nutty Professor, for which he received another Golden Globe Award nomination. He added a character to play a total of eight roles in the sequel, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, co-starring Janet Jackson. He also starred in Dr. Dolittle 2, Daddy Day Care, The Haunted Mansion, the romantic comedy Norbit — in which he played three characters as well as serving as the film’s producer and screenwriter, the caper comedy Tower Heist opposite Ben Stiller, and the drama Mr. Church.

The Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild’s Distinguished Artisan Award is given annually to those whose body of work in the film and television industry was richly enhanced by the consistent collaboration of make-up and hair styling artistry creating memorable characters throughout their career. Previous recipients include Sir Patrick Stewart, Melissa McCarthy, Gary Oldman, Johnny Depp, Ryan Murphy and Guillermo del Toro.

As previously announced, Matthew Mungle, Oscar® and Emmy®-winning make-up artist, and Terry Baliel, Emmy®-winning hair stylist, will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards honoring an extraordinary spectrum of acclaimed work, exceptional contributions to the motion picture arts and sciences, and outstanding service to their union or the entertainment industry. The 8th Annual Awards Gala is produced by IngleDodd Media and Erick Weiss/Honeysweet Creative. Final ballot online voting closes on Thursday, March 18, 2021. Winners will be announced at the virtual 8th Annual Awards Gala on Saturday, April 3, 2021.

The Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards is sponsored by Presenting Level: HASK Beauty; Sapphire Levels: Nigel Beauty, Schwarzkopf Professional; Platinum Level: Ardell; Gold Level: The Criterion Group; Silver Level: Cinema Secrets, Premiere Products, Inc, Skindinavia, Skin Illustrator; Gift Box Sponsor: HMUA PAX, RCMA Makeup; Media SponsorsVariety, InStyle, ON MAKEUP Magazine and SHOOTonline.

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The Cosby Show And Me

One woman’s journey after she learned The Cosby Show was based on her family in the 1980s.

By Ann-Marie Adams, Ph.D. | @annmarieadams

What if I told you that The Cosby Show was partly based on me and my family during the 1980s? You would probably not believe it. But it is true.

That’s the conclusion after a seven-year investigation by private investigators and government officials. Providence guided us during this lengthy investigation when I lived in Avon, and political operatives prepared me in 2014 to run for Congress against former Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty–an academic exercise worth noting. It was during this “prep” time that I learned about this connection with The Cosby Show.

This fortuitous story of the connection began when former President Ronald Reagan visited Jamaica on April 7, 1982. During that one-day visit, Reagan’s security detail reportedly made contact with me and my family. My father was an electrical engineer while working at the Government Printing Office. He owned a home in a suburb of Kingston. And my mother worked with a transportation company. If former President Barack Obama did not visit Jamaica on April 9, 2015, while I was covering the White House, I wouldn’t have believed this story. That’s because it was Obama’s first visit as president, and he was only the second sitting president to visit the Caribbean nation since its independence in 1962, according to MSNBC.

Also at play were these facts: In Jamaica, we were a middle-class family Reagan’s cabinet allegedly felt they should watch. After Reagan’s visit, several individuals made plans to put a family sitcom together. And it was called The Cosby Show, according to sources close to the U.S. federal, state, and local governments. The show aired on NBC from April 30, 1984, to September 20, 1992.

The Cosby Show’s character, Denise Huxtable, was based on me, I’m told. The character’s persona and likeness were exploited without our consent.

And the revelation about the origins of the show can also be found in Bill Cosby’s interview about how he came up with this idea.

Cosby first pitched the show about a working-class Honduran family. My father’s ancestors are from Honduras and Nicaragua. We had a wonderful life that included Sunday dinners and picnics in the park, but we weren’t exempt from obstacles. Although The Cosby Show was mainly focused on Cosby’s observations of family life, some of those observations were of my family. Moreover, the basic concept of the middle-class family depicted on the show is evident in my family: My older sibling wanted to be a doctor. Also, I wanted to be a lawyer. Those plans of ours were interrupted by government officials, according to sources close to the investigation.

In previous interviews, Cosby also stated the original conceptualization of the show: a working-class family that raised a successful child. (side note: Cosby’s wife suggested the show be based on a well-to-do family). The original premise and casting choices for the sitcom, however, reaffirmed the initial concept in the pitch that was identical to my family and me.

So I’m telling my story.

Several scenes were points of recognition of my family’s life in Jamaica and the U.S., especially my time at Brooklyn College. I also learned during the investigation that the casting directors and writers had our family in mind when they selected the actors. There are frighteningly similar personas in my family and the characters on the show. And a picture of The Cosby Show family and my family bears a striking resemblance. For example, Denise Huxtable is my doppelganger–and the investigators discovered the character’s traits are similar to mine. Theo is my brother’s doppelganger and a few scenes reflect the relationship with him and my father. Vanessa is my sister Andrea’s doppelganger and several scenes reflect her relationship between us. Rudy’s character is based on my brother. Articles about the casting claimed that the casting directors tried to find a boy at first but they couldn’t; so they used a girl for the role. Rudy is my niece Janel’s doppelganger. And the character Olivia is my other niece Franchista’s doppelganger. The optics resonate well to claim theft of services and copyright infringement.

Other similarities include Sondra, who shares traits with my cousin Carleen. Elvin is based on my brother Lloyd. Also, Aunt Vi is based on my cousin, Doreen, Lt. Martin Kindall, Denise’s husband is based on my cousin, Raymond. And of course, Claire Huxtable was based on my mother and older sister, Marcia. The patriarch of the television family, Cliff Huxtable portrays similar traits as my handsome father. Huxtable is my father’s doppelganger–not twin. Cosby’s conviction as a sex offender was not echoed in my family. In fact, my father has never been arrested for any crimes. This information, I believe, will allow people to differentiate between the actor and the individual the show was based on when talking about the circumstances around this NBC hit comedy in the 1980s and 1990s.

In addition to those facts, several scenes were premised on the interpersonal dynamics of the relationships between me and my sisters, brothers, and cousins. This was too much of a coincidence to those who were investigating us during the recent investigation and prep for Congress. The public must know that The Cosby Show itself is a creation by several actors, comedians, writers, and producers who may be unfamiliar with our family. However, a few undisclosed individuals close to the recent investigation of Bill Cosby and the creation of the show gave me this information. So the very idea that it was based on our family was plausible to investigate further, officials said. I also learned that the 1990s spin-off, A Different World, was based on me and my years at college. And the show, That’s So Raven, was based on my niece, Franchista.

Why we were picked for this social experiment will perhaps remain a secret to Reagan, his staff, and others close to the show. The Caribbean’s strategic location to the Panama Canal gave us a clue as to why our family was at the center of a Cold War project. We requested other documents to uncover this mystery and are still waiting. Also, the United States Secret Service has disallowed open documentation of Reagan’s visit to Jamaica in 1982. But one thing was clear. After this revelation to me, while I was covering the Obama White House, my family and I were the victims of a hate crime and cover-up–because of the revelation of our connection to The Cosby Show.

Cosby and his associates are suspects in this crime, using unorthodox methods by Lansana Koroma of Philadelphia. So I reached out to Andrew Wyatt, his publicist. According to Wyatt, Cosby doesn’t want to talk about this affair right now.

Looking through old photographs, it was clear that the casting director used our family’s faces and likeness as a guide to casting those on the show. They were, indeed, our doppelgangers. The old pictures confirmed that much. After discovering we looked like the actors, who were selected for the pilot season that debut on September 20, 1984, we all were the victims of a hate crime to assault our faces and distort our images on television, print, and with online photos.

This insidious plot to strip us of our individual identities and image as a middle-class and Christian family the show was based on also included an incredible effort to secretly strip us of our financial resources, including houses, cars, and jobs. All this orchestrated crime during the long investigation was to hide our true identities and our impact on the show. Therefore, this sinister approach to the secret investigation must be addressed with force.

Perhaps the Bill Cosby trial in Philadelphia was divine justice when he was indicted on a day close to my father’s birthday. Also, Cosby failed to acknowledge our contributions to the show and as a result, his new family comedy slated for 2015 was canceled. But the United States State Department, state, city officials, and other individuals used to invade our privacy owe us more than an apology.

We are asking for the perpetrators of this crime to be held accountable with prison time–just like Bill Cosby–for the evil and covert attacks on our family to cover up this truth in the country. More importantly, we ask for reparation for our family because of years of disruptions and adverse experiences to discredit our claim to The Cosby Show.

Enough is enough. We want restorative justice–reparations.

Dr. Ann-Marie Adams is an award-winning journalist and U.S. History Professor. She is also the founder of The Hartford Guardian, the first nonprofit, hyper-local publication in Connecticut. Previously, she was a journalist at The Hartford Courant, People Magazine, NBC 4 New York, the Washington Post, other regional publications, and television newscasts.

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Jim Norton x Pornhub Watch Party

Pornhub Partners with WoodRocket to Debut Live “Watch Along with Pornstars” Party Hosted by Comedian Jim Norton and Pornhub Brand Ambassador Asa Akira

On May 27 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, Attendees Will Watch Curated Adult Entertainment Scenes Along With Famous Pornstars Who Feature in Them

Q&A Session After Each Scene, With the Pornstars Answering Questions Posed by Those in Attendance

Pornhub, the premier online destination for adult entertainment, announces it is partnering with production studio WoodRocket to debut a live watch along with pornstars party hosted by American comedian, radio host, author, and actor Jim Norton, and Pornhub Brand Ambassador Asa Akira. On Friday, May 27th at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, attendees will join Norton and Akira as they watch selected adult entertainment scenes with their stars — including Kira Noir, Angela White, Vina Sky, Kendra Spade, and Cherie Deville – who will be available to answer questions from the online audience.

“Everyone has been stuck in quarantine for some time now. We’ve all been binging on our favorite movies, television shows, and porn scenes,” said Corey Price, Vice President, Pornhub. “However, even a favorite stay-at-home activity like watching TV, movies or adult entertainment can get boring at times. To provide our users with some relief, we’re going to host a live watch along with pornstars party, during which those in attendance can view some of their favorite scenes alongside some of their favorite pornstars in real-time. It’s a fun way for people to make their social-distancing binge-watching more, well, social – and engaging.”

All of the following scenes will be shown back-to-back during the watch party:

  • Two Strap On Lesbians Share A Dick (Brazzers) (starring Kira Noir)
  • Vina Sky and Elle Voneva Share a big cock (Teamskeet) (starring Vina Sky)
  • So Horny I Slipped Into My Ass (starring Kendra Spade)
  • Angela White and Mia Malkova in an oiled Threesome (starring Angela White)
  • Cherie Deville Fucks Door to Door For Toilet Paper Corona Virus Shortage (starring Cherie Deville)

Following each scene showing will be a Q&A session with the performer who starred in the scene with Norton and Asa as moderators.  People can sign up to attend the free watch along with pornstars party held on Zoom by using this link.

Space is limited to 10,000 spots.

Norton, a past AVN Awards host commented, “doing a porn watch-along with pornstars, it’s gonna be like sitting down with DeNiro and watching Goodfellas. I can’t wait.”

Pornhub has previously worked with WoodRocket to debut parody films including: Beaverdale, Full Holes, Sonic, Dick Hard, Area 51, Mr Rimjob’s Neighborwood, The Goo Place, Loin King, Aladdick, Pink Mirror, Game of Bones 2, Porn Roast of April O’Neil, Fortnut, Frosty, Hamiltoe, Cockraiser, Ass Sex Legends, Legend of Zelda, Laygo, Milf on a Shelf, Red Dead Erection, Vencum, Bowsette, Puppet inside Me, Jurassic Wood, Dragon Boob Z, Tugrats, and more.
“I’m so excited to chat with all of the performers we got for this! I’ve always been a fan of watching movies with commentary by the cast, so this is gonna be super fun. Jim is one of the most hilarious people I’ve ever met, and I can’t wait to do this with him,” said Akira.

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About Pornhub:

Founded in 2007, Pornhub is the leading free, ad-supported adult video streaming website, offering viewers the opportunity to upload and share their own videos. With over 12 million videos and over 130 million visitors a day, Pornhub truly is the best adult site in the world. Pornhub has built the largest dedicated membership base in the adult community, with over 76 million monthly active users, offering viewers a fun and sophisticated social experience directly in site, complete with messaging, photos, achievement badges, and much more.

About WoodRocket:

WoodRocket has been working with Pornhub since 2015. They are the studio behind such hit porn parodies as SpongeKnob SquareNuts, Beaverdale, Frosty the Snowjob, Legend of Zildo, Cockraiser, Strokemon, Bob’s Boners, Full Holes, Game of Bones, Ass Sex Legends, Aladdick, Mighty Muffin Pounder Rangers, Red Dead Erection, Porks & Recreation, Jurassic Wood, John Wank, Game of Bones 2, The Loin King, Fortnut, The Goo Place, Mr. Rimjobs’ Neighborwood, Sonic the Vadgehog, Hamiltoe, Dick and Morty, Milf on a Shelf, The Laygo Movie, and more. They also produce the popular web series, “Ask A Porn Star.”

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HelloMD Gaming App

HELLOMD LAUNCHES FIRST CANNABIS GAMING APP WITH $420 JACKPOT PER GAME

Daily Bonfire app invites legal age players nationwide to donate winnings to fight the war on drugs or cash out at local, regulated dispensaries 

HelloMD, the world’s largest online community of cannabis consumers, lifestyle experts, best-in-class CBD products and medical professionals, today announces the launch of Daily Bonfire, the first cannabis gaming app. Hosted by cannabis comedians, including the star of Netflix’s “Cooking on High,” Ngaio Bealum, Daily Bonfire not only offers iPhone and Android users the chance to win $420 per live game but also the opportunity to help fight the war on drugs and support regulated retailers throughout the country.

“Technology always sets out to solve a problem, and that’s what inspired Daily Bonfire,” explains canna-tech entrepreneur and HelloMD co-founder Mark Hadfield. “In an effort to ‘normalize’ cannabis, the trend has been to downplay the recreational benefits of cannabis and showcase its medicinal properties. Now that we’ve achieved mainstreamification, Daily Bonfire is here to bring cannabis back to its playful roots by celebrating the plant’s monumental contributions to pop culture, science and history. We’ve also designed the app to incentivize users to play an active role in combating today’s illicit retail marketplace while giving back to organizations that are tirelessly working to right the wrongs of prohibition,” says Hadfield.

Available for download on iPhones at the Apple App store for (Android will soon follow in 2020), each Daily Bonfire game begins with a collective vote to donate 5% or 50% of the winnings to one of three non-profits:  ACLU, NORML, or MAPS.  The comedic host then challenges players to test their cannabis IQ by answering a round of 12 multiple choice questions with each successful response moving players to the next question. The final winner(s) can decide to immediately cash out or visit a local partner dispensary where their Daily Bonfire dollars unlock exclusive discounts. 

“I hella look forward to hosting Daily Bonfire each week,” says local Bay Area host Ngaio Bealum, who also regularly hosts High Times events and has appeared on “The Sarah Silverman Program.” “I get to encourage consumers to get lit and profit and learn compelling facts about cannabis.  Who knew that it was the first product ever sold over the internet in 1971… between MIT and Stanford computer science students? Weed makes you smarter. It’s science.”

Daily Bonfire was recently named one of the “Top 5 cannabis brands to dominate 2020” by Merry Jane. 

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ABOUT HELLOMD

HelloMD is the world’s largest online community of cannabis patients, lifestyle experts, medical professionals, and trusted CBD brands, offering today’s consumer a one-stop-shop experience in the palm of their hands. Named “the Quora of cannabis” by TechCrunch, HelloMD is available in the U.S., Canada and South Africa.