Articles for the Month of December 2014

SELMA THE MOVIE

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SELMA MOVIE DISCOVER THE STORY BEHIND THE LEGEND.

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I had the esteem honor and pleasure to be invited to a screening of the movie Selma in Los Angeles, Ca and life hasn’t been the same since. Directed by Ava DuVernay and starting David Oyelowo.

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Selma was perfectly directed by Ava Duvernay and special kudos to the casting company they hit it on the nail with the cast of this film.
After the screening there was a Q&A

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The Q&A included the Director Ava DuVernay , Actor David Oyelowo , Producer Dede Gardner , and Producer Jeremy Kleiner

That night reassured me that when something is meant for you no one can take it away. Mr. Oyelowo has been studying researching and preparing himself to play Martin for over 10 years (can we say diligent ?) he knew he wanted to play Martin before Selma was written. With many changes in the project the universe brought the perfect director to bring this movie to life and the rest is just history!!!!

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I left the screening motivated, empowered , and encouraged! This movie is a must see Selma opens in NY , LA, DC, ATL on Christmas Day check below for ticket information
http://paramountshowtimes.com/us/selma/

Thank you Ava DuVernay for your incredible gift and sharing it with the world!

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Ava DuVernay & I
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David Oyelowo & I

DON’T FORGET Selma opens in NY , LA, DC, ATL on Christmas Day check below for ticket information
http://paramountshowtimes.com/us/selma/

GRAMMY NOMINATIONS

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The first batch of nominees for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday December 5, 2014 .
As you know Social Media has been blowing up with thoughts on certain categories not being aired to certain artists being nominated and many being overlooked. In all, there will be 83 categories. More Grammy nominations will be announced throughout the day via Twitter. It will culminate with the Album of the Year contenders revealed on A Very Grammy Christmas, airing on CBS Friday at 9 p.m. ET. I will save my personal commentary for later you can follow me on twitter @1spotlightdiva and IG @spotlightdiva
This is national TV.” The Grammys will be held on Feb. 8, 2015 at the Staples Center in L.A. and will air live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.

Here is a list of the categories and nominees:

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
Dierks Bentley, Riser
Eric Church, The Outsiders
Brandy Clark, 12 Stories
Miranda Lambert, Platinum
Lee Ann Womack, The Way I’m Livin’

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM
Coldplay, Ghost Stories
Miley Cyrus, Bangerz
Ariana Grande, My Everything
Katy Perry, Prism
Ed Sheeran, X
Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour

BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM
Jhené Aiko, Sail Out
Beyoncé, Beyoncé
Chris Brown, X
Mali Music, Mali Is…
Pharrell Williams, Girl

RECORD OF THE YEAR
Iggy Azalea, “Fancy (feat. Charli XCX)”
Sia, “Chandelier”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”

BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE
John Legend, “All of Me (Live Version)”
Sia, “Chandelier”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

BEST ROCK SONG
Paramore, “Ain’t It Fun”
Beck, “Blue Moon”
The Black Keys, “Fever”
Ryan Adams, “Gimme Something Good”
Jack White, “Lazaretto”

BEST ROCK ALBUM
Ryan Adams, Ryan Adams
Beck, Morning Phase
Black Keys, Turn Blue
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye
U2, Songs of Innocence

BEST NEW ARTIST
Bastille
Iggy Azalea
Brandy Clark
Haim
Sam Smith

BEST COUNTRY SONG
Kenny Chesney, “American Kids”
Miranda Lambert, “Automatic”
Eric Church, “Give Me Back My Hometown”
Glen Campbell, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”
Tim McGraw, “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s”

BEST REGGAE ALBUM
Ziggy Marley, Fly Rasta
Lee Scratch Perry, Back On the Controls
Sean Paul, Full Frequency
Shaggy, Out of Many, One Music
Sly & Robbie & Spicy Chocolate, The Reggae Power
Soja, Amid the Noise and the Haste

BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM
Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, Cheek to Cheek
Johnny Mathis, Sending You a Little Christmas
Annie Lennox, Nostalgia
Barbra Streisand, Partners
Barry Manilow, Night Songs