Category: Entertainment Written by Ashley G. Woodson
Former WAMO jock, now Radio One personality J-Kruz of 97.9 the Beat in Dallas recently joined CW Network’s “Eye Opener Morning Show” as the host and co-producer of the new music segment “The Underground.“
The show features urban independent artists from across the country. The program will air weekday mornings in Dallas/Fort Worth, Philadelphia, Miami, Houston, Portland, Myrtle Beach, and Fort Smith, Ark. The segment airs Thursday mornings and repeats at night on Nightcap in Dallas and on News Fix in Houston.
The 10 year radio veteran hand picks the artists featured on the show each week. Childish Gambino, Kat Dahlia, and Jon Conner are a few of the artists recently spotlighted.
Making the transition from radio to television has been a great experience and he welcomes the challenge.
“I’m truly grateful to the staff at CW for giving me this opportunity. I know all sides of radio, but television is new to me and they’re allowing me to learn as I go,“ he said.
“We’re very fortunate to have J-Kruz contributing his in-depth knowledge of new and upcoming artists,” said Justin Allen, the executive producer of “Eye Opener.” “The Underground” has quickly become one of the favorites among viewers and our own producers.”
J-Kruz radio career began in Pittsburgh at WAMO 106.7. For the past two years he’s worked at 97.9 the Beat in Dallas weeknights from 7 p.m.–12 a.m. He also produces a weekly segment called “Raising the Bar” where he promotes local emerging artists. His dynamic personality and popularity in the community keeps him busy hosting events throughout the city.
The program is a 2 hour syndicated morning news, comedy and variety show that airs weekdays in various cities, he said. It’s a new hip morning show geared to young working adults... it’s not your typical morning show. It covers politics, pop culture, health issues, gossip and more. “It’s fun and a new approach and the syndication is growing they’ll be adding more cities in the near future,” he continued.
“I was invited to a meeting with DALLAS Weekly @ CW network,” he said about how he got the position. “The opportunity arose and I jumped on it. I’ve always dreamed of being on TV ever since I was a young kid! I was even part of the 106&Park Search last year. I submitted my video for a chance to be one of the hosts. I love it (radio) but I’m definitely ready to expand my brand and television is a natural progression. The great thing is that I can continue doing radio while doing the show and venturing into other areas of entertainment.”
Pittsburghers can tune in @ www.jkruzonair.com to see “The Underground” segment that he hosts and co-produced. The show airs on Thursday’s he posts the show on his site the following day. He also utilize his social media sites to promote the show, so that the artists featured can get maximum exposure and reach as many music lovers as possible.
“I recently signed with a talent agency in Dallas called CoreTalent, so I’m interested in more work in TV, films, modeling and whatever other opportunities come my way,” he said about his future. “I’m also building my website www.jkruzonair.com which is a site that I feature hip-hop news and new artists in the Raising the Bar section which is a movement I started to help underground artists get their music out. In the near future, I’m looking to start the Kruz’s Kidz Foundation encouraging the youth to stay in school and stay focused and positive.”
He will feature primarily underground artists, but that could change in the future. His goal is to begin interviewing artists on location and covering mainstream talent and large events, but at this time he’s content learning about television production and getting comfortable with the show.
“I want to share the abundance of music and artist on the underground scene all across the world that people don’t know about,” he said. “I love good music and as a radio personality and advocate for new artists, I feel it’s my job to expose them to it! I hope that the show will allow people to also seek out new music and support and connect with the underground music scene.
“I would tell anyone trying to get into broadcasting to put themselves in a position where if the opportunity arises they are there and ready to take advantage of it. Getting an Internship at a radio or TV station is recommended. In my experience it’s the best way to get your foot in the door. If you get hired it might not be exactly what you want at the time but once you are in there you’ve got a better chance of getting what you want. That’s how I landed my first radio job at WAMO. Education is key as well, so I’d encourage them to at least get an undergraduate degree, because knowledge is powerful and finishing college also shows discipline.”
Last Updated on Friday, 19 April 2013 12:34
Category: Entertainment Written by Gwendolyn Baines
I have been engaged on and off for more than 10 years to a beautiful lady.
Earlier in our relationship I didn’t marry her because her four children didn’t respect me.
Their father had told them I was not their father and they didn’t have to listen to me. Their mother did not object to his commands.
Therefore, my mother felt I should postpone the marriage. I listened to my mother and canceled all wedding plans. We broke up.
Five years later we saw each other at a shopping mall. Her boys are now in their late teens. We admitted to still being in love with each other.
My mother thinks her children will remember their father’s teachings. Mother says, “You won’t be happy.”—Rob
Listen to your mother again. She is right. Do not make wedding plans. In fact, dissolve the renewed courtship before it gets started.
Seek someone new. You have heard the saying, “Leftover soup rewarmed does not—taste as good.”
(Got a problem? Write to Gwendolyn Baines at P.O.Box 10066, Raleigh, N.C. 27605-0066.)
Last Updated on Friday, 19 April 2013 05:59
Category: Entertainment Written by Christian Morrow - Courier Staff Writer
THE AVENGERS (Marvel Photo)
by Christian Morrow
Courier Staff Writer
If you were trawling the Twitterverse last week—and you were on your toes-- you may have seen the since deleted tweet Morris Chestnut posted saying “It’s time to get familiar with the Black Panther character.”
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2013 17:24
Category: Entertainment Written by Terri Schlichenmeyer
History is filled with half-truths, especially about our heroes.
Lincoln, for instance, wasn’t the stern, humorless man that old photos lead you to believe. Queen Victoria was very definitely “amused” quite often. Roosevelt made mistakes, Boudica had her fears, even Churchill undoubtedly had his doubts.
Or so we hope, because we want our heroes to be human, too. And for that, author Marcus Rediker dug deep to present a few surprises in his new book “The Amistad Rebellion.”
It should’ve been a routine trip for Ramon Ferrer, captain of the Amistad. He was hired to accept cargo, sail it from Havana to another port in Cuba and drop it off, where it would be sorted and sold. Routine, but it cost him his life because the cargo, 49 men and four children, had other ideas.
Up until then, the journey for these men and children had been like that of every other slave who came through the Middle Passage: most had been snatched by slave hunters (although some had been taken in exchange for a family member’s debt), they were crammed beneath the deck of the ship, stacked on shelves with little-to-no room to move, often with less than three feet of headroom. Food was scarce, water was often denied, the stench of bondage choked them, and many died. Of those who did not, it was said that their bodies sometimes never recovered from the voyage.
But on the moonless night of July 2, 1839, the Amistad Africans, as Rediker calls them, had had enough. One broke a padlock that held them below deck and, through the leadership of four men from various tribes who shared membership in a cultural society, they snatched cane knives, snuck up from below, and immediately killed the ship’s slave-cook, who had been taunting them for days. They attacked other crew members, slashed at the captain, seized the ship, and forced their Spanish “owners” to sail back to Sierra Leone.
But the surviving Spaniards tricked the Africans and kept the Amistad near American shores, hoping that U.S. authorities would help. And they did—which ended in a major trial, political wrangling, and a 19th-century media circus that changed history.
So you saw the movie and you know all about what happened on the Amistad. But you don’t… until you’ve read this book.
Author Marcus Rediker does an exceptional job in putting individual faces on each of the ships passengers and those who assisted them on their journey home. We come to see their strength, wisdom, and playfulness, which softens this story with personality and turns these men into more than just historical figures.
(“The Amistad Rebellion” by Marcus Rediker, c.2012, Viking, $27.95/$29.50 Canada, 288 pages.)
Last Updated on Friday, 19 April 2013 13:39
Category: Entertainment Written by NNPA News Service
INFLUENTIAL ARTISTS--More than just rapping, these activists are making a difference, their influence is spreading and it is sneaking up on American society. Clockwise from left: AK-47, Brother Ali, Immortal Technique, Jasiri X, Rod Starz of Rebel Diaz and Truth Universal.
by Ashahed M. Muhammad
(FinalCall.com) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin is probably not the first place you think of when mentioning places you would expect to see a vibrant Hip-Hop scene.
Last Updated on Saturday, 20 April 2013 16:22
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