Wednesday, April 2, 2014

R&B Divas' Nicci Gilbert Launches NoEgo TV on Youtube

Nichole “Nicci” Gilbert-Daniels is a producer, singer-songwriter and fashion designer. Michael Jackson’s label, MJJ Music signed her group, Brownstone to a record contract that had huge success. Nicci has written and produced musical stage plays, film and TV. Her R&B Divas franchise is recorded, as TV One’s highest rated reality series. And most recently Nicci launched NoEGo TV on YouTube, the Curvato clothing line and, digital destinations.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Magic Johnson's Spirited Super 70's Soul Party Highlights [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]

On Friday, January 31, 2014, Time Warner Cable and Aspire TV presented a pre-super bowl bash with the Ultimate Super 70s Soul Party hosted by Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Guests will be transported back to the days of disco with Soul Train dancers, glittering disco balls, and a live performance by the O’Jays. 

I had the opportunity to get an exclusive video interview with Magic and find out what the "spirit" of the 70's meant to him.  He wanted to give us an opportunity to dress up and reflect on a time that most of his Aspire TV viewers could reflect upon with fondness.  Check out the interview and highlights from the event in the following video:

Thursday, January 16, 2014

"SWV Reunited" WeTV Series Premiere Event Highlights | NYC | Januray 15, 2014

Robin Downes reports from the red carpet for the premiere event for WE tv's new series "SWV REUNITED." The show, premiering Thursday, January 16 at 10PM ET/PT, follows Grammy® nominated Sisters With Voices (SWV) during their make-it-or-break-it comeback tour.

SWV REUNITED stars Cheryl "Coko" Clemons, Leanne "Lelee" Lyons and Tamara "Taj" George were in attendance for photo opps and candid interviews. 

Check out this video episode of "What's up with Robin Downes" to find out what SWV learned about each other during the process:

The ‘90s R&B trio, SWV, is back with a vengeance! After marriage, kids and other endeavors, the trio decided it was time to reunite for a chance to recapture their fame. In 2012, their sultry sound was introduced to a whole new generation of fans with fifth studio album I Missed Us, which earned a Grammy® nod in 2013 for “Best Traditional R&B Performance.” “SWV Reunited” follows Cheryl “Coko” Clemons, Leanne “Lelee” Lyons and Tamara “Taj” George, three strong and talented women, as they figure out how to trust again—on and off the stage—and perform with each other.
First look  for SWV REUNITED here:

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Tyler Lepley: Humble and Hot on "The Haves and The Have Nots" [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

In New York City, on Monday, January 6, 2014, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and Tyler Perry Studios kicked off the year with a lively screening of Season 2 of their hit shows The Haves and the Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor. I was included with over a hundred press and tastemakers, who packed the Tribeca Grand Screening Room on a wintry night to get a sneak peek of “Love Thy Neighbor” (LTN) and a full episode viewing of “The Haves and the Have Nots” (HHN). 

I was able to get an exclusive interview with HHN star, Tyler Lepley as he walked off the red carpet, right into my camera.  Mr. Lepley plays a "Have Not", Benny Young, the son of maid Hanna.  Benny is a blue-collar brother and a dutiful man who makes his mother proud.  Learn more about the humble actor and Tyler Perry's hottest show on the Oprah Winfrey Network by watching this video clip with highlights from the event and my exclusive interview.

HHN cast members in attendance included John Schneider, Renee Lawless, Gavin Houston, Peter Parros, Angela Robinson, Jaclyn Betham, Aaron O’Connell, Eva Tamargo and Tyler Lepley. [Not attending were Tika Sumpter who was in Mississippi shooting a film and Crystal Fox who was out of the country]. LTN cast on hand were Patrice Lovely, Palmer Williams Jr, Kendra C. Johnson, Andre Hall, Jonathan Chase and Darmirra Brunson. Tyler Perry Studios executives Ozzie Areu (president/executive producer), Will Areu (senior vice president/producer) and Mark Swinton (producer) were also in the building to celebrate the highly anticipated second season of these shows.

“The Haves and the Have Nots” returns Tuesdays at 9pm ET/PT on OWN.
#havesandhavenots  #toodarnhot

“Love Thy Neighbor” premieres Wednesdays at 9pm ET/PT on OWN.

Photo Credit: Stephen Knight

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Fantasia: AFTER MIDNIGHT On Broadway. "Nothing Can Get To Me" [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]

Grammy® Award winner Fantasia (The Color Purple) makes her highly anticipated return to the stage alongside Emmy® Award nominee DulĂ© Hill (“The West Wing”) in AFTER MIDNIGHT, the Broadway production of Encores’ critically acclaimed Cotton Club Parade. With 25 sensational singers and dancers and an exciting roster of Special Guest Star headlinersthis heart-pounding new musical brings the sexy, smoky glamour of Harlem's Golden Age to a whole new generation.

Recently, I had the opportunity to get a sneak peek, meet and greet Fantasia at the Brook Atkins Theatre.  We discussed how she manages stress during her run on Broadway with AFTER MIDNIGHT.  Check out the highlights from my exclusive video interview:

At the heart of AFTER MIDNIGHT is The Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars, an orchestra of 17 world-class musicians hand-picked by nine-time Grammy Award winner Wynton Marsalis. The timeless songs of Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, Cab Calloway and their contemporaries–woven together by the prose of Langston Hughes–come to life in an evening of cutting-edge song and dance.

This thrilling experience puts you at the center of one of Harlem’s legendary nightclubs, in a hotbed of Jazz–its intoxicating rhythms, its innovative style, its unpredictable danger and fun. Award-winning fashion designer Isabel Toledo reinvents the distinctive looks of the era with dazzling, one-of-a-kind costumes. And, as directed and choreographed by Warren CarlyleAFTER MIDNIGHT blurs the line between past and present to prove that Jazz is more than's a state of mind.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Tyler Perry's 'For Better Or Worse' "God Bless Him" [VIDEO EXCLUSIVE CAST INTERVIEW]

According to my exclusive interview with the cast members, Tasha Smith (Angela Williams) and Michael Jai White (Marcus Williams),  the success of the Season 3 premiere of "For Better or Worse" on OWN this past Wednesday, can be contributed to Tyler Perry's family oriented work ethic.

The premiere episode at 9 p.m. Wednesday grabbed more than 1.5 million total viewers, and grew to 1.6 million total viewers with its second episode, pushing OWN to its most-watched Wednesday night in the network's history.


Check out highlights from the exclusive interview with Tasha Smith (Angela Williams) and Michael Jai White (Marcus Williams) here:

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