Press Release: Political Candidate Tezlyn “Tez” Figaro joins Legendary Queen of The Bay “Suga-T” for the “All Women Show” Project

The “All Women Show EP” resonantly paints a powerful saga of a vision where the struggle of Women would be bought to the forefront of our minds as the struggle for equality still fights on.

California/Florida– 2012 has long been heralded as the era for great beginnings and massive change, the time that a New Earth will emerge. With classic Hip Hop & R&B Sounds acknowledged as an organic catalyst for fresh formations, Legendary Female MC, Suga-T is jump-starting the New Year with the introduction of an original multimedia project, “All Women Show EP” now available on iTunes…from the upcoming album on Both Sides of The Game. The project serves as the wake up call to women as an inspiration to strive for the next great thing in your life. On this new full album set to release in March 2012 there will be a special guest appearance from Spoken Word Artist/Politician Tezlyn “Tez” Figaro.

The All Women Show Project is more than just a song, it is a movement created by Suga -T, expressing the different genres of well rounded messages and empowering women and young ladies. With a combined effort from Political candidate Tezlyn “Tez” Figaro the ladies both look to tackle such issues as Youth employment, teen pregnancy and self motivation among the ladies of the urban community.

“All Women Show Project” is yet another expansion of legendary artist Suga-T melodious core. Suga-T is considered an accomplished innovator, her capacity to seamlessly fuse traditional Hip Hop and mix it with modern elements of R&B, Soul and Gospel. The “All Women Show EP” resonantly paints a powerful saga of a vision where the struggle of Women would be bought to the forefront of our minds as the struggle for equality still fights on.

Suga- T will be releasing her never heard before Hip Hop Soul tracks on this album and treating the world to her singing devout. The EP release is available for purchase at Itunes or Suga T is defiantly declaring a new day in music, offering not only powerful and meaningful hip hop soul influenced music, but also a multimedia buffet featuring a music video for the single off the album “Women” which can be viewed at

With a strong presence in music, a fragrance line, a mission to empower women and girls to reach their highest potential, Suga-T & Political Candidate/Spoken Word artist Tezlyn “Tez” Figaro joins forces to continue to step out to connect with different underprivileged or exposed babies mommas and hood girls on how to transform into success by getting involved with voting, their health, using prevention, education and economic empowerment, you can expect to see more things from this legend in March when “All Women Show EP” officially drops.

About Legendary HipHop artist Suga-T:
Suga-T joined her family’s recording label Sick Wid It Records as an executive and artist. During her over twenty years with (brothers E-40, D-Shot and cousin B-Legit) The Click, she showcased her catchy phrases; writing numerous hooks of song and rap which have become urban anthems such as Hurricane, One Love, Sprinkle Me and Ooh, Ooh, Ooh.

In 2011 she received the Legend Award, Humanitarian Award and Best Rapper Award. Suga-T can be considered one of the Godmothers of Hip Hop continuing to build her own individual following. Suga-T’s followers are also familiar with her acting abilities as she co-starred in D-Shots movie Obstacles, MTV’s Lyricist Lounge Show and Brian Hooks Maliboodie currently showing on Starz Channel.

About Tezlyn “Tez” Figaro:
Tezlyn Figaro announced her candidacy for Florida House of Representatives, District 39 at the end of 2011. Figaro is the Founder/CEO of The Allied Group, a human resource staffing firm located in Orlando. Fiercely dedicated to her community, she is energizing the voters of District 39. Part of Figaro’s commitment to the community is seen in her business, which includes a volunteer corps. Under her leadership, more than 300 of The Allied Group volunteers have provided over 35,000 hours of community service. Additionally, she is passionate about helping youth find their path in life, and through The Allied Group she has hired more than 25 Workforce Academy students for the City Venues.

Recognized on ABC affiliate Channel 9, Central Florida’s Spotlight as a job expert, Tezlyn Figaro has held corporate leadership roles within the world’s leading organizations.

Tezlyn Figaro has always had a passion for the entertainment industry and spoken word. Her goal is to mix her poetry with her political platform and help our youth and music lovers remember to use there voice for change in government. More information on Tezlyn Figaro can be found at

For media inquires contact Ernest Jackson of MNS Media Group at or 646-500-9800


Event Pics: Best Selling Author Delvon Johnson Book Signing

On Friday January 27th at Hue Man Books in Harlem we had the privilege of coming out to the beginning of Author Delvon Johnson’s book tour. It was a great turn out and even the reining Ms. Full Figured Yvonne”Ms DivaDazz” Forbes came out to show her support.

The event was organized by CME Group, Nathan James & World Audience Publishers.

Event Alert Baltimore, MD: Onyx Entertainment presents “Chrissy” (Love & Hip Hop) 1/27/12

Onyx Entertainment presents “Chrissy” (Love & Hip Hop) at the Hottest, Sexiest most Anticipated party of the year. Yes, the 10th Edition “Blaque Out” is here. The Epic Bday bash for “Pooh” of Onyx Entertainment will be held at the Baltimore Soundstage (formerly known as m…ist) on Saturday, March 17th.

Step onto the “BLAQUE” Carpet …in your Sexy, Chic, and Sleek , “Blaque” Attire and party with the crowd that doesn’t sleep. This is Your night. BE THERE!

VIP tix: $50 in advance /$65 at the door
Admission: $15 in advance /$20 at the door.
Guaranteed seating (4 top table reservation) $20 (in addition to admission)

VIP includes:
– Meet and greet “Chrissy” of Love & Hip Hop
– Immediate entrance in club (no waiting in line)
– Top Shelf Open bar from 9pm to 11pm
– VIP seating

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Blaque out 10!! Don’t miss the party that everyone will be talking about!

Press Release: Ebony Steele Hosts BriJor Boutique Launch and Spring/Summer 2012 Accessories Preview

Who: HOT 107.9 radio personality, Ebony Steele of the “Ricky Smiley Morning Show” will join accessory stylist and boutique owner, Brittany Cobb to launch new online accessories boutique, BriJor Boutique.

What: BriJor Boutique is an online retail boutique for women’s accessories. BriJor Boutique will host its boutique launch and runway show to premiere it’s one of a kind pieces to Atlanta’s fashion enthusiast. The boutique launch will also serve as a preview for the online retail store’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection.

When: Sunday, January 29 at 7:30 p.m. EST

Where: Ambient Plus Studios, 585 Wells St SW, Atlanta, GA 30312

Order of Events:
Red Carpet & Cocktail Hour – 7:30 p.m

Fashion Show – 9:00 p.m. (Immediately following fashion show is up and coming singer LADYDAI)

Raffle – 10:00 p.m.

Runway Shopping Arena – 10:30 p.m.

For media and talent RSVP, please submit to

About BriJor Boutique
BriJor Boutique is a new online women’s accessories boutique created and founded by accessories stylist, Brittany Cobb. For more information on BriJor Boutique, visit

“LIKE” on Facebook at and follow them on Twitter at @BriJorBoutique.

Press Release: Gerald Forrest’s GospelChop​ Series Returns to ‘Give the Drummer Some’ with DVD Release of “Shed Sessionz Vol. 3”

Gerald Forrest’s GospelChop​ Series Returns to ‘Give the Drummer Some’ with DVD Release of “Shed Sessionz Vol. 3”’s “Shed Sessionz” DVD Series Highlights Talents of Drummers from Around the World

Sacramento, CA – It was in the iconic 1967 song “Cold Sweat” that the late great James Brown notably called out, “Give the drummer some! Give the drummer some!” acknowledging the drumbeat, steadily in the background, as an instrumental force centering our musical universe. Well James Brown would be proud as veteran video producer/director Gerald Forrest, with the creation of, has proceeded to give the drummer some and more via his ambitious DVD releases entitled, “Shed Sessionz.”

A groundbreaking video series, “Shed Sessionz” features top drummers from around the world, along with their energetic drum chop performance techniques, drum lessons, interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. With Forrest’s latest release offering, “Shed Sessionz Vol. 3,” he highlights some of the best drummers across the United States.

Forrest originally came up with the concept for “Shed Sessionz” after developing the website, as a vehicle to pay tribute to the numerous musical contributions of generations of gospel musicians. His original vision was to educate the world about this inspirational art form and its history. The site has offered free gospel music education, lessons and content since 2005.

Based on the reception and success of, Forrest got the notion to produce and direct his first feature drum video, “Shed Sessionz Vol. 1” (SSV1) in 2006. Featuring drumming prodigies, Tony Royster Jr. and Thomas Pridgen, never before had a full video production been devoted just to drummers in such fashion. The music industry embraced the concept. SSV1 became a global sensation, surpassing expectations with record-breaking web traffic and popularity.

Building upon his vision, Forrest began to scour the country for additional talent while continuing to release free gospel music content and lessons online. In 2007, Forrest directed and produced the second edition in the series, “Shed Sessionz Vol. 2” (SSV2). With an all-star cast of world-class musicians from Los Angeles to Israel, SSV2 took off like a rocket, receiving high acclaim and stellar reviews in drum magazines, drum websites, and drumming blogs around the world. Mainstream media started to take note of this distinctive cultural phenomenon and musicians around the world responded by coining the classic phrase, “Thank you GospelChops!”

In 2009, Forrest set out to expand the outreach efforts of GospelChops and appeal to an even broader audience. Shining his light on gospel bass players, he produced and directed an unprecedented bass performance/instruction DVD, “Bass Sessionz Vol. 1.” Once again, the project broke new barriers in the music industry by bringing together the legends of gospel and jazz, garnering appearances by Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer, Peter Erskine along with Grammy nominated jazz pianist, John Beasley. Gospel bass legend, Andrew Gouche, also put his soulful touch on the project.

The newly released “Shed Sessionz Vol. 3” (SSV3) profiles seven powerful drumming masters. The sessions are laced with intensity and passion as drummers Justin Tyson, Matthew Garstka, Tim Newton, Darion Ja’Von, Frank Fluker, Fred Boswell and Eddie Heyward chop it up with performances that once again bring the drum beat front and center.

“Anyone even remotely familiar with the Black church recognizes that music is at the core of our worshipping and celebration. I created to pay homage to this fact. I wanted the world to have access to the beauty and creativity that is often hidden within the confines of the church sanctuary,” expresses Forrest. “‘Shed Sessionz’ followed as an extension of that same thinking. The drumbeat, like gospel music, is at the essence of it all. It is what holds the rhythm, yet the actual drummer is often just taken for granted. ‘Shed Sessionz’ changes that!”

A man on a mission, Forrest created the nonprofit corporation, GospelChops Foundation last year as another extension of his vision. The organization is dedicated to enhancing the lives of at-risk children in underserved communities through music education. The Young Musicians Program, under its umbrella, is an after-school music-learning program in California, which has gained sponsorship from Marines Toys for Tots and the Google Corporation. Proceeds from the video series support the foundation’s efforts.

Catch the beat with Forrest and order the “Shed Sessionz” series now at Take at peak at the drum magic at:

NOTE TO MEDIA: Gerald Forrest is available for interview contact For DVD review copies of “Shed Sessionz” send name, media outlet and mailing address to

Press Release: Kellie Wells to participat​e in the U.S. Open of Track & Field at Madison Square Garden

Kellie Wells to participate the U.S. Open of Track & Field, presented by Harris, at Madison Square Garden kicking off USA Track & Field’s 2012 Visa Championship Series.

Four hurdle superstars to go head-to-head at U.S. Open

NEW YORK – Four possible 2012 Olympic finalists will contest the women’s 50-meter hurdles at the U.S. Open Track & Field event January 28 at Madison Square Garden, in what promises to be one of the most competitive hurdle matchups of the 2012 indoor season.

USA Track & Field on Thursday announced that defending Olympic gold medalist Dawn Harper, two-time defending world indoor champion Lolo Jones, USA Indoor and Outdoor champion Kellie Wells and British national record-holder Tiffany Ofili Porter will go head-to-head in a hurdling showcase.

The showdown adds to previously announced stars Jesse Williams, Christian Cantwell, Adam Nelson, Bernard Lagat, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Asafa Powell, David Oliver and Jenn Suhr at the inaugural edition of the U.S. Open.

The kick-off event of USATF’s Visa Championship Series, the U.S. Open will be the first track meet to be held in the newly renovated Garden and will be the first major professional meet in the United States as the 2012 Olympic year gets under way. It will be broadcast from 7-9 p.m. on Sunday, January 29 on ESPN2.

Best of the best
The 2009 USA Outdoor champion, Dawn Harper has made a name for herself by performing at her best when the chips are down. Third at the 2008 Olympic Trials, she won Olympic gold in Beijing. Likewise, she was third at the 2011 USA Outdoor Championships and came through with bronze at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.

One of the most recognizable personalities in the sport, Lolo Jones is a two-time world indoor champion in the 60m hurdles and is the American record holder in the event as well. Although she battled injuries throughout 2011, Jones is a two-time Visa Champion as the top performer of the Indoor Visa Championship Series and was the 2010 USA Outdoor champion, the same year she broke Gail Devers’ indoor American record.

The breakout hurdles star of the 2011 season, Kellie Wells shot to prominence by winning the USA Indoor and Outdoor titles and dominating top marks lists. Her winning time of 7.79 seconds at the 2011 USA Indoor Championships was the #1 time in the world for the year, and at the time gave her the nine fastest times in the world. Outdoors she was as dominant domestically and was a medal favorite for the World Outdoor Championships, where she made the final but hit a hurdle and fell. She will look for her first global medals in 2012.

A two-time NCAA indoor champion and three-time champ outdoors while competing at the University of Michigan, Tiffany Ofili Porter won a bronze medal at the 2006 World Junior Championships while competing for the United States. Now representing Great Britain, she is that country’s national record holder outdoors and was fourth at the 2011 World Outdoor Championships.

Visit the official U.S. Open website at For information on the Visa Championship Series, including the U.S. Open and TV information, visit

About Kellie Wells
Currently, ranked #4 in the world, Kellie is excited to be defending her indoor title in the upcoming indoor track and field meets in the US and Europe while training and living in Orlando, FL.

After suffering a heartbreaking injury at the 2008 Olympic Trials, Wells proved she is back as a force to be reckoned with on the U.S. hurdle scene. Wells won her first outdoor national title in a personal best time of 12.50. During the indoor season, Wells dominated the top marks lists. Wells’ winning time of 7.79 at the 2011 USA Indoor Championships was the #1 time in the world for the year, and at the time gave her the nine fastest times in the world. Wells won her heat and quarterfinal, and during the semi-final, she ran a personal best time of 12.58; however, in the process she tore her hamstring and was unable to run in the finals and did not compete during the remainder of the year. In 2007, Wells showed great promise in her first season as a pro. Wells lowered her PR under the 13-second mark and picked up major international wins in Lignano and Bydogszcz. Wells competed for Hampton University where she was a two-time All-American.

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Press Release: GMAD & Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Presents



Event Date: February 1, 2012 in NYC

January 23, 2012 – NEW YORK CITY – GMAD and The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture present a jubilee exhibition entitled GMAD at 25: A History in Words and Images. This exhibition will celebrate 25 historic years of GMAD (Gay Men Of African Descent) on February 1, 2012 at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, NY. Attendance is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

GMAD is working to improve quality of life within the New York City black gay community by effectively fighting the triple threat of AIDS, homophobia and racism through education, advocacy, health and wellness and social support. Tokes Osubu, GMAD Executive Director will lead a panel discussion at the exhibition focusing on history, progress and the future of GMAD and its initiatives affecting and supporting Gay Men Of African Descent here and abroad. “It is with sincere pride and joy that I stand in solidarity with my brothers to celebrate 25 years, the members of GMAD are not one dimensional but vested and integral members of the African American community”, Tokes Osubu.

The crème de la crème of the philanthropic, arts and entertainment industries will be in attendance to support and honor these innovators and members of the LGBT community on their very special day.

GMAD at 25: A History in Words and Images is co-curated by Dr. Kevin McGruder, former Executive Director of GMAD and current Scholar-in-Residence at the Schomburg Center; and Steven G. Fullwood, Project Director for the Black Gay & Lesbian Archive at the Schomburg Center.

Initial funding of the LGBT Initiative provided by Time Warner Inc., with additional support from M.A.C. AIDS Fund; Arcus Foundation; and Friends of the LGBT Initiative.

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