Monday, January 5, 2015

Johnny Gill: "Count Your Blessings, Be Thankful" [VIDEO]

Recently, I attended a Johnny Gill “VIP Listening Lounge [and performance]” hosted by WBLS 107.5, at SOBs in NYC to celebrate the release of his new album "Game Changer".

At the event he was interviewed by DJ Lenny Green of WBLS discussing how the music industry has changed. The R&B crooner and music industry veteran of 31 years,  was asked to give advice to new comers in the music industry.  Johnny Gill encouraged them to "count your blessings and be thankful at what ever level you are in your life, then build from there."

Grammy®-nominated, multi-platinum selling artist Johnny Gill (New Edition, LSG, Heads of State) released his long-awaited solo project, Game Changer. The 12-track album features sexy titles such as “Your Body,” “Strung Out,” “Role Play,” “Can’t Keep My Hands Off You,” as well as the chart-topping lead single “Behind Closed Doors.” Game Changer is available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and at retail.

Game Changer, released through Johnny’s label J Skillz Records, also features songs written and produced by Kenneth “Babyface” EdmondsTony DixonChuck HarmonyGreg PaganiRalph StacyWirlie MorrisAndre Brissett and Vidal Davis, including a song featuring New Edition—the group’s first new song together since 2004.

Check out this video clip for more of the interview and live performance:



With an unmistakable trademark style, Johnny Gill has altered the sound of R&B music for decades with a signature sound that pairs superior singing with extraordinary showmanship—with hits such as “My, My, My,” “Rub You The Right Way,” “Where Do We Go From Here” and “Boys To Men.” With a seemingly endless list of hits, ranging from his time in New Edition to the all-star trio LSG (Gerald Levert, Keith Sweat and Johnny Gill) and Heads of State (Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant), it’s easy to see why Johnny Gill serves as the prototype for the supreme R&B singer.


Friday, December 5, 2014

Kym Whitley: "I Always Say Adoption Around Him" [VIDEO]

Actress and comedienne, Kym Whitley, met with the press in the NYC Oprah Winfrey Network headquarters to discuss season two of "Raising Whitley" which will premiere on Saturday, January 3 at 9pm.

"Raising Whitley" is a humorous and poignant docu-series following actress and comedienne Kym Whitley and her riotous collective of friends - whom she calls "The Village" - as they attempt to do together something none of them has ever done before: raise a child. This season, Kym meets with Joshua's birth mom for the first time since his adoption.

This video clip highlights her thoughts about making it normal for her son to know, at this point, that he is adopted. She has become a positive role model for black single woman who want to adopt. #RaisingWhitley

Check out these other posts from Robin Downes:
Winner Of Parents' Choice Gold Award - "Precious Child" CD by Darryl Tookes [VIDEO]
Crystal Ship Filmmakers Mini Indie Film Festival [VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS]
Omari Hardwick: 'I Slept In Cars And It Paid Off'
Kevin Hart: "Think Like A Man Too" Red Carpet EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Winner Of Parents' Choice Gold Award - "Precious Child" CD by Darryl Tookes [VIDEO]

This month it was announced that the CD, Precious Child – Love Songs & Lullabies, dedicated to music that both parents and children can enjoy, is the Winner of a Parents’ Choice Gold Award (their highest honor).

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down for a video interview with vocalist, musician and composer, Darryl Tookes about his new CD - Precisous Child - Love Songs & Lullabies.

This interview was a full circle experience for me because Darryl used to sing to me when I was a child.  When I mentioned to my sister that I had reunited with Darryl, she immediately burst into the song he used to sing to us.  So... I've know for a long time what a magical, memorable and soothing voice Mr. Tookes has on a child.  I'm delighted that now more children of all ages can share in the enchantment of Darryl Tookes with his new CD available on iTunes and Amazon.

Check out this video episode of "What's Up With Robin Downes" featuring Darryl Tookes and subscribe to the Robin Downes Network on Youtube:


Check out these other posts from Robin Downes:
Crystal Ship Filmmakers Mini Indie Film Festival [VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS]
Omari Hardwick: 'I Slept In Cars And It Paid Off'

Kevin Hart: "Think Like A Man Too" Red Carpet EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW!

Patti Labelle, Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole to Headline After Midnight This Summer on Broadway 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Crystal Ship Filmmakers Mini Indie Film Festival [VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS]

On Sunday, June 29th, Crystal Ship Filmmakers Mini Indie Film Festival took place at MIST HARLEM, 46 West 116th St. 12-4PM. Plaza 7 Talent Agency (Francesca Grimaldi and Sharon Parker-Frazier) hosted an afternoon of trailers, sizzles and teasers from new content creators.  The Robin Downes' Yoga Flava Sizzle Reel was screened at the festival and received positive reviews, especially from the marketers who pointed out the built in audience of Yoga fans.

My agents at Plaza 7 Talent Agency: Francesca Grimaldi, Robin Downes and Sharon Parker-Frazier

Watch this current episode of hosted by Robin Downes, and Subscribe to the Robin Downes Network on Youtube:


Crystal Ship Filmmaker Mini Indie Festival Winners!
Plaza 7 Talent Agency Filmmaker Divison Head, Sharon Parker-Frazier, Festival winners Craig T. Williams & Rosalyn Coleman Williams . Along with Francesca Francois-Girmaldi.

Check out these other posts from Robin Downes:
Omari Hardwick: 'I Slept In Cars And It Paid Off'
Kevin Hart: "Think Like A Man Too" Red Carpet EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW!
Patti Labelle, Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole to Headline After Midnight This Summer on Broadway 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Omari Hardwick: 'I Slept In Cars And It Paid Off '

I had the opportunity to meet for the first time, actor, Omari Hardwick at The American Black Film Festival 2014 in New York City and report about it.  Beyond sharing his pride and power (pun intended) with the success of his starring roles in "Being Mary Jane" and "Power", he also shared his humility with the fact that he slept in cars and it paid off toward his success. (See the full interview in the video clip below)
Check out this episode of "What's Up With Downes?" as Robin Downes reports from the red carpet of the 2014 American Black Film Festival. Interview highlights include: Spike Lee, Eriq La Salle, Kevin Hart, Robert Townsend and Omari Hardwick
For more information on the American Black Film Festival: http://www.abff.com



Kevin Hart: "Think Like A Man Too" Red Carpet EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW!
Patti Labelle, Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole to Headline After Midnight This Summer on Broadway

Friday, June 20, 2014

Kevin Hart: "Think Like A Man Too" Red Carpet EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW!

The American Black Film Festival hosted the New York City premiere of "Think Like A Man Too" as a part of opening night, on June19, 2014.

"Think Like A Man Too" revolves around the wedding of straight laced mama’s boy Michael (Terrence J) and good-hearted single mom Candace (Regina Hall) is the occasion that brings this group of friends from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, where Mya (Meagan Good) is miffed to discover that her b.f., Zeke (Romany Malco), seems to have slept with every woman on the Strip. Also along for the festivities are the slackerish Jeremy (Jerry Ferrara) and the driven Kristen (Gabrielle Union), whose determination to get pregnant is starting to tax Jeremy’s sexual stamina; plus rising chef Dominic (Michael Ealy) and high-powered media executive Lauren (Taraji P. Henson), who once more find themselves struggling to reconcile their unique vocational paths.

Check out this exclusive red carpet interview with Kevin Hart as he discusses his relationship with the cast members while working on the film, "Think Like A Man Too."


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