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elcome readers to a very special issue of Hollywood Weekly Magazine. We are honored to have Kobe Bryant gracing our cover.
The greatest social accomplishment Kobe Bryant gave the world is maintaining his childlike fascination and love for the game of basketball and for sports in general. That exuberance. That passion. It never left him. I remember seeing a clip of Kobe Bryant in attendance at the Olympics to witness Michael Phelps collect gold like an Egyptian Pharaoh. Kobe said he wanted to be there in person to witness this “cool moment.” Kobe was very aware of the impact a “cool moment” in sports can have around the world. The impact those “moments” have on fans. Kobe Bryant was a student of sports. All sports. He loved the drama of the game -- the drama of fierce, athletic competition. That’s the kind of drama that captivates children and turns them into sports fans -- creating them like stars forming in Nebulas. The safety of that Nebulous sports womb. That is where Kobe Bryant excelled. When the outside world tried to pull him away, as it does with all great athletes -- in one direction or another -- Kobe’s focus saved him. It was all about the game. His passion for the game. His sense of fun for the game. We are so proud to have Kobe Bryant as our Hollywood Weekly Cover Star! As always, readers, we thank you. We are who we are because of YOU. Wishing you all Peace & Happiness!
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If only we could live our lives in sports. In the safety of sports. The safety of a game that can elicit the same kind of visceral emotions we experience in the “outside world.” But unlike the outside world it is free of the challenges that come living with capitalism, materialism and narcissism. Of the poisonous trifecta created by these three variables only capitalism is neutral in its affect on society. The metaphoric “tool” for good or bad. The many talents of Oprah Winfrey enabled her to flourish in a capitalistic society like butterflies in Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest. But there is an underbelly to capitalism. Sometimes it seeps into sports. There is nothing worse than seeing your sports hero undone by their own undoing because of the seduction of money. But the Siren Song of capitalism, notwithstanding, sports is insulated from the harshness of life. I mean sports on the field. Or on the court -- all courts: either Laker Hot or L.A. Kings cold. When athletes are competing against each other there is no outside world. When fans are screaming with excitement and frenzy in the Staples Center or arenas and stadiums around the globe there is no outside world. That is the insulation from our “reality” that sports provides. The greatest social accomplishment Kobe Bryant gave the world is maintaining his childlike fascination and love for the game of basketball and for sports in general. That exuberance. That passion. It never left him. I remember seeing a clip of Kobe Bryant in attendance at the Olympics to witness Michael Phelps collect gold like an Egyptian Pharaoh. Kobe said he wanted to be there in person to witness this “cool moment.” Kobe was very aware of the impact a “cool moment” in sports can have around the world. The impact those “moments” have on fans.
Kobe Bryant was a student of sports. All sports. He loved the drama of the game -- the drama of fierce, athletic competition. That’s the kind of drama that captivates children and turns them into sports fans -- creating them like stars forming in Nebulas. The safety of that Nebulous sports womb. That is where Kobe Bryant excelled. When the outside world tried to pull him away, as it does with all great athletes -- in one direction or another -- Kobe’s focus saved him. It was all about the game. His passion for the game. His sense of fun for the game. Kobe Bryant may well be the Patron Saint of “Children everywhere who dream of becoming Sport’s Heroes.” Beard or no beard Kobe Bryant had a baby face and most people will always remember the excitement and buzz when he was “that new kid who could be the next Magic or Jordan!” He was that new kid -- he was us. He was living our fantasy and we lived it vicariously through him. You could tell with Kobe, more than any other player, that he was living his childhood dream. The child in Kobe never left his heart. Always smiling. He even won his Academy Award for an animated. It was impossible to not love Kobe Bryant. Los Angeles is known for being the place in the West the Sun sets. Los Angeles is also know for it’s beautiful sunsets. Kobe Bryant has now attached himself and immortalized himself with both. Every California sunset, from this day forward, will be a time to remember the love Kobe Bryant brought this world.
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HW Magazine threw its annual Pre-Grammy Party on January 25, 2020 at the Penthouse Headquarters of the NFL Los Angeles Chargers. The Penthouse was located inside of the brand new SoFi Stadium Premiere Center in Playa Vista, California. Inside of this highly modern building, attendees were able to get first glimpses of the interactive L.A. Stadium that will be built in Inglewood by Summer 2020. It is said that the Super Bowl LVI in February 2022 will take place in the actual stadium. The LA Stadium also has plans to host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2028 Summer Olympics. The party itself featured performances from emerging pop sensation HITHA, singer-songwriting legend John Michael Ferrari, Russian pianist Oksana, Krunchtime Productions, and many other incredible acts. HITHA performed her new song, “Got me liking you” along with several other hits. John Michael Ferrari also debuted new music during his performance and overall had a great connection with the crowd. Each performer was supported by a live band and brought incredible energy to the stage. In attendance was Hollywood Weekly VIPs and Grammy stars that performed and/or attended the Grammys the following day. Stars came from all over the world with some travelling as far as from India and Vietnam.
Attendees walked around the Penthouse in awe, looking at the futuristic interactions and displays. There was even a VR experience that showed the vision for the new stadium. After guests walked in the penthouse, they could see a $500,000 piano on display, which was donated by Steinway & sons for the event. As you walked further into the venue, people could see the red carpet. All the celebrities and VIPs walked across the red carpet and photographers and attendees surrounded them and took pictures. Some stars and celebrities that previously were on the cover of Hollywood Weekly Magazine were interviewed on the red carpet and you can find their interviews online. Once people crossed the red carpet, they were greeted by guides that directed guests upstairs. People then went through a grand tour of the penthouse. Guests also had the opportunity to buy season tickets for the new stadium. After the grand tour, guests were free to walk around the enormous penthouse that had an indoor and outdoor area. Inside, guests could grab a bite and they were able to listen to a live DJ while enjoying a large variety of food from Chef Jack. Outside, guests could checkout our vendors, which included Sculptures by Stella and the Charles & CompanyBeverage Services. HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY • 7
The highlight of the night was the food catered by Vietnamese American celebrity chef, Jack Lee, who is famous for catering for A-list celebrities in Hollywood. People in Hollywood and Vietnam fondly refer to him as đầu bếp Hollywood, which translates to the Hollywood Chef. He has experience in catering to large celebrity parties to private catering for celebrities. Some of the celebrities he has catered for includes Angelina Jolie, Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Oprah Winfrey, Patti Labelle, Quincy Jones, and Barbara Streisand. He received his training from the California School of Culinary Arts and the Le Cordon Blue program. His career really started taking off once he received the position as Banquet Chef at the Hotel Bel-Air. Chef Jack has worldly exand has experience cooking in restaurants ealthy.perience Live Happy across the globe. Chef Jack creates a menu to is 1430318 unique to the event he’s catering based on the “personality and appetite” of his clients. For the Hollywood Weekly Pre-Grammy Party, he presented a efjacklee.com Asian and French fusion cuisine that consisted of email@example.com New Year’s Golden Crispy Seafood Roll with Red Caviars, Asian Free Range Chicken Gyoza with Ginger and Sesame Chili ,Korean Short Ribs Taco with Sweet Remoulade Coleslaws, Jumbo Prawn with Honey Soy Glaze & Crispy Coconut Flakes, Grilled Chicken and Roasted Eggplant Quesadilla with Mango Salsa, and Thai Style Wild Mushroom Mini Pizza with Coriander . He was supported by his culinary team consisting of Tino Martinez, Nick Am-
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brosio, Jason Ambrosio, Patrick Pham, Bill Chow, Angelica Ramos, and Salma Ramirez. There was a pastry team that was run by his daughters, Angela Lee and Liza Abella Lee. Angela Lee is following in the steps of her father in becoming a chef. She baked the pastries with her sister. Angela began baking at the young age of 8 and now at the age of 13, she’s baking for celebrities at our exclusive event. Chef Jack Lee describes his daughter as adventurous and a quick learner. She uses the kitchen as her personal playground, and she specializes in making cakes and cookies. Angela has also experimented in the cooking world by serving the turkey for her family’s Thanksgiving. When she’s not in the kitchen, she enjoys playing volleyball, tennis, and clarinet. Chef Jack Lee is a well-known chef in both the United States and Vietnam. Some of his shows he has been featured in include, MasterChef Junior Vietnam, Celebrity MasterChef Vietnam, Cutthroat Kitchen, and Rachael vs Guy: Kids Cook-off. Chef Jack also has famous food collections, such as Beyond the Seven Seas, My True Colors, Chinoises Tapas, and many more. Chef Jack is also known for his $100 egg roll. His signature dishes include Salmon Napoleon with Sea Urchin Sauce, Jumbo Prawn, Chilean Sea Bass with Orange Marmalade, and Lobster Beignet with Curry Sauce.
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ELITE CONNECTIONS SHERRI MURPHY & TAMMI PICKLE BY ANTHONY EWART
ith the unprecedented success of Sherri Murphy and Tammi Pickle’s dating service “ELITE CONNECTIONS INTERNATIONAL,” they have systematically, over the course of 26 years, made this a better world. Let me qualify that statement. Yes, Sherri and Tammi have Elite Connections satellite offices in Los Angeles, NYC, Miami, Chicago and Paris, but there’s a deeper understanding of what I’m trying to convey. Generally speaking, when people are truly in love they’re happier. And most importantly, they act happy. Everywhere... In fact, when you’re under the spell of romance you’ll float around all day humming “So, This Is Love” from “Cinderella (1950).” No more complaining while waiting to get that caramel soy latte because the guy in front still hasn’t matched up “small, medium, large” with “tall, grande, venti,” -- but it’s okay, you’re in love. The same applies for shoppers in grocery stores who can’t tell the difference between “10 items or less” and the “70 items in their shopping cart,” slow drivers who brake for no reason, neighbors who play loud music “in the wee small hours of the morning” (as Frank Sinatra sang), nosy coworkers, disrespectful bill collectors and aggressive meter maids who stand by your parking meter and wait for it to run out! That doesn’t sound like “Lovely Rita Meter Maid” The Beatles sang about. And while we’re on The Beatles -- and that particular album -- who can forget “She’s Leaving Home,” about a young woman desperately in need of romantic love. To know and understand the feeling of romance. To experience the transformational “spiritual/emotional metamorphosis” that a sincere lover provides -- and that you provide your lover. The fictional character from “She’s Leaving Home” probably left before she turned into another fictional Beatle’s character: “Eleanor Rigby,” from their “Revolver” album. A woman who suffered from chronic loneliness. One is not the loneliest number. Two is the loneliest number if you’re with the wrong person. This is an incredibly important point. Just because you are “physically with someone” who is willing to marry you does not mean they’re the right person for you. Remember, your decision to choose anyone for a romantic partner is completely subjective.
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Some of the variables you may be weighing: (1) This will finally get Mom off my back about getting married; (2) The last person I was with said no one else will ever want me -- I better grab this “rare (apparently crazy) person” right now, this might be my last chance!; (3) I’m so tired of struggling by myself I might as well get married -- it’s better than being alone... No. No, it is not. As I said and you already know dating or being married to the wrong person is always worse than being by yourself. I’m going to have to go “Cinderella” on the deal once more, readers: when it comes to romantic love you really do have to find the right “fit” for yourself -- not the perfect fit, “the right fit for you.” And that’s what Sherri Murphy and Tammi Pickle do so well. Let’s get beyond the fact that both Sherri and Tammi look like beautiful Disney Princesses themselves and are both happily married to their Prince Charming -- these two women know their business... Very, very well.
As with anything in life, this is a world of synergy. Combining strengths and talents to make the sum ‘greater’ than the individual parts or variables, as Aristotle informed us in his monumental “Metaphysics.” What are the variables of ELITE CONNECTIONS that make this elite dating service so successful and important? There are two variables, specifically. The first is Sherri Murphy, who spent many years prior to opening up her dating service as a successful real estate agent. You see the irony, right? Sherri Murphy went from a prosperous real estate career in Los Angeles (something incredibly difficult to do in this town), by “matching people/families” with their “Homes,” to a now lucrative, flourishing elite dating service “matching people...to other people, and creating families.” Isn’t it wonderful when the symmetry of life plays out so beautifully. The other important variable to this incredible business model is Tammi Pickle’s degree in Psychology. If you’re in “denial” or not being honest with yourself, trust me, Tammi has the ability to pick “sense” out of “nonsense,” as my Mother says. You may fool yourself but you won’t fool her. But the goal of Tammi and Sherri with Elite Connections is to find out what and who you truly want. ELITE CONNECTIONS is clearly not just about computer algorithms -- that would not have sustained Sherri and Tammi’s dating service for 26 years. Elite Connections is about “understanding people,” the first step to helping people. Whether you’re helping someone buy a house to start a family, or helping people meet their future spouse on Elite Connections to start their family, it all comes down to having a deep and clear vision of what your client is looking for. Something Sherri and Tammi do so well. The only question really is are you ready for romance? If you’re serious about getting married or being in a meaningful relationship, then Elite Connections will show you the path to get there... And I have no doubt, before long, Sherri and Tammi will have you humming “So, This Is Love,” as you float, in love, somewhere around the world.
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Q1: Why did you think you could succeed in a business that tackles such a difficult problem like helping people find their soulmate? I’ve succeeded in everything I wanted to. I really didn’t think about making money in the beginning, I just loved introducing people. Q2: Were you able to draw from your own life experience in helping to develop whatever algorithm or structure you use for your dating service? Absolutely. I learned from my mistakes in dating. People tend to have a type and are closed minded to people they should meet. We’ve had so many marriages due to our gentle persuasion.
Q4: Many times two people can love each other tremendously but not make good “roommates,” which is separate from loving someone romantically. How can you predict if two people will not only love each other, but be able to cohabitant successfully everyone needs time together? Opposites often attract. Spending time with someone. Traveling and taking long weekends is important to do before moving in together.
Q5: This may sound like an odd question to ask the owner of a dating service, but are you romantic? Do you run Elite Connections with your Heart or your Mind? I’ve run the company with both my heart and mind. I love the busiQ3: Suze Orman is known for saying your ness or I’d not have lasted this long. I met first experience with money stays with my husband through a matchmaker 26 you your entire life, good or bad, unyears ago and thought what a safe way to less you make a conscious decision to meet men. I’d never have dated through change that learned behavior. What was the personals or online, it’s simply unsafe. your first experience with romantic love? I I started my company a month after meetthink everyone learns and matures from ing my husband to be. their relationships including myself. Without my previous relationships I’d probably not Q6: What is it that distinguishes you appreciate my husband like I do. Suzie from all the other dating services in Los Orman was right about money, I’ve always Angeles? 26 years with an A+ business loved and been self-employed from the rating. I’ve hired 9 full time matchmakers beginning. I knocked on neighbors doors to and 12 scouts in Los Angeles alone. find work when I was 11.
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Q7: Your website lists Elite Connections as an International dating service. What level of success have you had Internationally? We’ve matched people internationally that got married. We are slowly growing out of the county and opening new offices. Q8: How large would you like Elite Connections to grow? Would you like to have satellite offices in different countries? I’m happy where we are now but I have a few additional cities in mind and I’m looking for matchmakers in London and Brazil.
Q10: What is your favorite romantic novel? AND, who is your favorite author of romance novels? I tend to read true stories and history. Q11: Have you thought about writing a book with your daughter about your experiences these last 26 years? Tammi and I are in the process of writing a book now. Q12: What have you learned most from Elite Connections all these years? There is someone out there for everyone. You just need to be happy and in the right space in your life to attract them.
Q9: What level of success have you had with Elite Connections on a National level? We are very strong in many locations in the US. Beverly Hills was our first location, then OC, San Diego, NY and Miami. All are doing very well and we have great clients in all those areas. I have been able to find wonderful matchmakers in every location.
Sherri Murphy Owner/Founder of Elite Connections since ’94. Owner of 16 offices nationally and internationally.
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Q1: Why did you think you could succeed in a business that tackles such a difficult problem like helping people find their soulmate? I work hard at everything I do. I believe in helping people find love and I am passionate about making every single one of my clients happy. I learned my work ethic from my Mom and that is why we are successful in our business. Q2: Were you and you able to draw from your own life experience in helping to develop whatever algorithm or structure you use for your dating service? I grew up in this business and my Mom created a thriving successful company from a lot of hard work and I have learned that work ethic from her and I will continue to grow this business for a lifetime to come. Q3: What was your first experience with romantic love? Did you have to adjust your attitude towards love or was it a wonderful experience from the start? I never had awful dating experience. I got burned once or twice but I think we only learn from our experiences and we use that to help us in our future relationships.
Q4: Many times two people can love each other tremendously but not make good “roommates,” which is separate from loving someone romantically. We’ve all had roommates who were not tidy, or maybe a little inconsiderate -- or worse... How can you predict if two people will not only love each other, but be able to cohabitant successfully? Spend a lot of time getting to know each other. You will get a sense of how they live before taking the next step with them. Don’t rush the relationship, get to know the person before you move on to the bigger commitments. Q5: This may sound like an odd question to ask the owner of a dating service, but are you romantic? Elite Connections is a successful business, but you could have achieved that without being emotionally or, no pun intended, “romantically involved” in the running of the business. Do you run Elite Connections with your Heart or your Mind or Both? I am a romantic at heart. I believe everyone deserves to find love and I am blessed to be able to help people find the most important thing in their lives. I match with my mind and my heart. I get to know people very well and match everyone specially to who I feel each would be the best match for them. Dating is very personal and it helps to have someone by their side to help them feel more comfortable.
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Q6: What is it that distinguishes you from all the other dating services in Los Angeles? We are the largest, longest running company in Southern CA. We have been in business 26 years. We have nationwide and international offices. We have a large team of caring, intelligent matchmakers. We meet, screen interview, background search all of our clients. While making them the best possible matches, getting feedback and giving advice to help our clients throughout the dating process. Q7: Your website lists Elite Connections as an International dating service. What level of success have you had Internationally? We have been international for 5 years so we are newer but have great success in all locations. Q8: How large would you like Elite Connections to grow? Would you like to have satellite offices in different countries? We hope to have offices in all major cities in the US and internally. Q9: What level of success have you had with Elite Connections on a National level? We have an 86% successful rate that we will help our clients meet someone they date for 6 months or longer. We have made thousands of successful relationships. Q10: What have you learned most from Elite Connections all these years? Success comes from hard work and helping people is the most rewarding thing you can do in this life. I love what I do and I am blessed every day.
Tammi Pickle VP/Partner of Elite Connections. Has a BA in Psychology. She works one on one with all of her clients making them best possible matches. She gives advice, feedback and coaches her clients throughout the dating process.
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SHERRI MURPHY & TAMMI PICKLE For the past 20 years Sherri and Tammi raise money through her nonprofit Party with a Purpose. They raise money that gives under privileged, homeless children and youth through Safe Place for Youth in Venice, CA a Christmas they will never forget. They provide them with phones, bikes, skateboards, gift cards, clothing, toys and much more.
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JAMIE BERNADETTE Breaking through ‘the wall’ in “The Furnace”
BY ALEX A. KECSKES An icon in the horror genre with films like “I Spit on Your Grave: Déjà Vu” and “4/20 Massacre,” Jamie Bernadette has been in 20 other horror films including “The 6th Friend,” which was released worldwide in 2019. She received two Best Actress awards from the Freakshow Horror Film Festival and RIP Film Festival. Some of her most recent credits include guest star roles on “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Midnight Texas,” and a series regular on “Ember.” In 2017, The Independent Cinema Foundation & Festival Academy recognized Jamie’s stellar work, naming her Best Actress. That same year, The Lucky Strike Film Festival awarded Jamie the Rising Star Award. In “The Furnace,” Jaime is Mary, a runner determined against all odds to compete in The Furnace, a brutal 150-mile run through the largest wild game reserve in Africa. Directed by Oscar-nominated Darrell Roodt, the film is confirmed to release in 90 countries. For her outstanding performance, Jamie has already received two Best Lead Actress Nominations from the Nice International Film Festival and the Madrid International Film Festival. Thank you for taking the time for this interview. “The Furnace” is a far cry from the horror genre we’re used to seeing you in. What attracted you to this film and the role of Mary? Jamie Bernadette: I love survival type films that pit an individual against nature. They’re among my favorite subgenres. So when producer Sam (Frauenstein) sent me the script for consideration, I thought OMG, I’ve always wanted to do something like this. You appear physically fit. Are you a runner? How did you prepare for this demanding role? Jamie: I do run, but I wouldn’t say I’m a runner who runs like seven miles a day. I do a lot of uphill mountain hiking. When I got the role, I started running more. But nothing could have prepared me to run in this film. We shot entirely on location in Africa. It was a ton of running--sometimes 12 hours a day. One time, they were shooting me from a helicopter and it was take after take of me running. There
were days when I just ran all day long. I was sore and I had to keep running. Usually, when I run, it’s 40 minutes, not 12 hours. I just wasn’t prepared for it. On top of that, there were live animals that could attack you. When I was running, it was usually me and the cameraman, who stood off-frame behind a bush. And I thought, if an animal attacked me, I wouldn’t get much help. I love that picture of you with those beautiful cheetahs. Jamie: Those cheetahs were rescued from an owner who gave them a grilled cheese sandwich or turkey sandwich a day. They were underfed and didn’t develop properly. We used them in the scene where the cheetahs threaten me. The animal handlers teach you to be very quiet around them and to slowly walk in so you don’t startle them. I wasn’t too nervous around the animals--some people were, though. I think cheetahs can sense your fear, so it was good that I wasn’t scared. HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY • 23
Are you an animal person? Jamie: I have a dog. I think I am an animal person. I love animals. I was a vegan for a little while for that reason. In one scene, you looked like you suffered serious sunburn. Did you roast in that 110-degree heat? Jamie: No, that’s our amazing make-up artist, Julene Paton. She’s an award-winning artist who won MAC cosmetics for life. In the film, they made sure I didn’t burn. They had me under an umbrella between takes. They didn’t want me to burn because the next day I had to appear all sickly and pale. How many miles of The Furnace did you run? Jamie: I don’t know. We were in the middle of filming and the producer suggested that I should have worn something on my shoe that logged my miles. The film also speaks to the agony of losing a spouse, what did you draw from to so convincingly portray that loss? Jamie: I pull from whatever I can, whatever is working for me that day to draw out that emotion. I delve into my past. I’ve had some losses in my life and a rough upbringing so there was a lot of material for me to pull from to get there emotionally. I get where I need to be before the camera starts rolling. We did a hostile scene and when we finished, I went into a corner and cried for probably two-straight hours. I just couldn’t stop crying. When I’m in the scene, and the camera starts rolling, I’m thinking how Mary thinks. At that point, I’m already there, because I’ve prepped myself to be her. It’s what you do as an actor.
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In the film, Laura Linn personifies the faith that pulls Mary though her devastating loss, as well as her struggle to finish The Furnace. How did you address the faith-based aspect of the story?
Jamie: I feel the film does a good job of not shoving that aspect of the story down peoples’ throats. So people who may not be religious can still relate to it. We didn’t want to be talking about God throughout the film. I’m a big believer in having some faith or spirituality in your life. I love all religions and people of all faiths. I think it’s important to have a moral code you follow, something that guides you in life, gives you hope. There has to be something more than the material world we’re in. I believe we’re spirits in a body. I know there’s a spiritual world. How do you explain things that have happened? Mary’s relationship with Coffin is exceptionally real, congenial, yet bracing at times. How did you two work together to create such authenticity? Jamie: We just bonded right away. Luthuli Dlamini a very real, down-toearth person. I think you either connect with someone or you don’t. We connected and worked together easily. Luthuli is a phenomenal actor, very seasoned. His acting is natural and flawless. He’s a celebrity in South Africa. All the extras knew who he was and wanted photos and autographs. What do you see as the core message in “The Furnace”? Jamie: I think it’s to go on in spite of all the adversities life throws at you. And eventually, things will get better. Even on our darkest days, we may feel like the light will never come. If you just hang in there and stick it out, the light will come and you will pull through. And life can be good again. It appears that your dance card is full for the next year. How do you find time to unwind and relax? Jamie: I’m attached to a lot of projects right now. I’m very particular about what I’m taking. I want to do really good films and work with really good filmmakers. At the beginning of my career, I was focused on quantity rather than quality. Now I look for quality roles that challenge and inspire me. Being selective also gives
me more time between projects. I’m trying to get three features off the ground. One’s a true, real-life drama, another is a horror film, and a third is a domestic abuse drama. What advice would you give young actors just starting their careers? Jamie: Don’t listen to the negativity. A lot of people will tell you things that may have been true for them but it doesn’t have to be true for you. I heard an actor once say that if you haven’t made it by the time you’re 30, you won’t make it. If you hear that and you take it as your truth, you’re likely to manifest that in your universe. It then becomes your reality. I always tell people—don’t agree to the negativity. You can make it at any age. Some will tell say, oh, it’s so hard. Don’t buy into that. Others will say, oh, there’s hardly any work. And I say, what are you talking about? We have more work now than we had 10 years ago—with HULU, Netflix and Amazon. So, I just don’t accept those negative comments. HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY • 25
DAVID CARVER’S ON A MISSION FROM SHAKESPEARE WRITTEN BY ANTHONY EWART
hen discussing Hamlet with a friend recently we found ourselves swept up in the emotions of the characters. The most tragic being Ophelia. I don’t need to watch a “special feature” on the making of Natalie Merchant’s fantastic 1998 album “Ophelia” to know she was inspired by the greatest Ophelia in history. Our sweet sister Ophelia who was unfortunately toyed with by Hamlet like a cat playing with a mouse until she took her own life.
speare’s brain. That is the source, in case you were wondering what book you can find the source in. Saxo Grammaticus’ dramatic name notwithstanding, there is no book of absolute source material for Hamlet. There is only Shakespeare.
So, let’s circle back. The power of the fictional characters in Hamlet to emotionally move us is so strong it is considered Shakespeare’s greatest play on many levels. Artistically, emotionally -- spiritually. And his longest. This isn’t like the paperback There have been many sources peo- “Romeo and Juliet” you tucked in ple believe Shakespeare borrowed your back pocket in high school so from to create his Masterpiece. But you could memorize the lines. Or that would be like saying Wolfgang was that just me? Puck should thank the manufacturers of each of the ingredients he uses But other than Shakespeare what is for his dishes. Maybe a shout-out the most emotionally charged piece to “Foster Farms.” The “Life of Am- of art we have as a culture today? leth” written in the 13th century by Haters you can email me later, but Saxo Grammaticus contain legends I’m going with “The Rock Power that scholars believe Shakespeare Ballad.” All the emotional catharsis may have had access to and that in- you need in a song under 4 minspired him to create the sad Prince ute -- unless you count Meat Loaf ’s of Denmark. Please let’s be clear: 1993 classic power ballad “I’d Do the emotions that Shakespeare elic- Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do its in Hamlet are generated purely That),” which melts your heart slowfrom the right hemisphere of Shake- ly, like a crock-pot, in 12 minutes. • HOLLYWOODMONTHLY WEEKLY 2626• HOLLYWOOD
Journey’s rock power ballad “Open Arms” clocks in at 3:18, but remember what Einstein said about time and relativity. When you’re thinking about someone you love and listening to Steve Perry sing Open Arms you can reflect your entire relationship in the span of three minutes. Legendary Concert Producer David Carver, of David Carver Films and David Carver Music has taken Hamlet as source material for his “Hamlet The Rock Musical,” opening Valentine’s Day at the gorgeous El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. This is “The Date Event” of 2020. Hamlet and Rock Music. Madness you say? What does Shakespeare have to say to that? “Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t” from “Hamlet,” written by William Shakespeare
John Michael Ferrari
SINGING POET SONGWRITER
ohn Michael Ferrari is an award-winning singer songwriter who has written many iconic hits over his career. Many can compare him to the likes of Sammy Davis Jr or a young Bobby Darin. He is described as “crooner with a smooth as silk voice.” In fact, in 2019 he won the award of Outstanding Male Singer Songwriter of the Year by the Producer’s Choice Honors. Aside from being a musical artist, Ferrari is also a songwriter, music arranger, composer, still photographer, public speaker, teacher, and author. He is signed to Pepper Jay Productions. His style of writing is telling swooning stories that entice listeners with his life experiences. Ferrari has also recently assembled his own band called the John Michael Ferrari Band that performs nationally. His genres include Country, Pop, Christian, and Children. Ferrari has an upcoming EP called “Be the Smile on Your Face”, which was based on a personal experience. The EP is being recorded at Larry Beaird Studio in Nashville. Ferrari’s sound can be described as “very California”. He grew up in California, but now he currently resides on a ranch in Pahrump, Nevada. Ferrari has been listening to music since the 3rd grade and all the genres he listened to growing up inspired all of his music. He emphasized that the most important aspect in his music is music structure. The way that songs are written are very important a flowing combination of intro, verses, chorus, perhaps a pre chorus, perhaps a bridge. Ferrari explains “if you have something memorable, you have a song”. Ferrari’s career started taking off when he began in earnest to write and perform his own songs. Initially, he performed covers, but he found that audiences con28 • HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY
nected with him more when he shared his personal life experiences. The title of the EP was inspired when he and another gentleman saw a beautiful woman with a dazzling smile at Trader Joe’s. The gentleman and John both noticed the woman and he told Ferrari “I’d sure like to be the smile on her face” and John agreed. This short encounter inspired the EP’s name and two songs on the EP. All of John’s songs are developed like this. He takes instances and makes them into emotional stories. Pepper Jay helps convey his vision by producing music and creating or securing his album art. Pepper Jay is one of Ferrari’s hugest supporters. Pepper is a music producer, record label owner, actress, teacher, public speaker, and author. She has been Ferrari’s manager for over 30 years. Pepper believes that everything that Ferrari writes is “poetry put to music”. Ferrari has created over 12 singles and his album “My Early Life” throughout his musical career. He also has several unreleased songs that can be found on his Reverbnation page: www.Reverbnation.com/JohnMichaelFerrari. Recently, he has released the song Bad Dream, which is quite different from his other songs. In this song, he cleverly takes the listener through the experience of his reoccurring nightmares. He explains that it’s about “when you have these bad dreams and you can’t quite figure out what they mean”. It’s also about finding yourself out of a bad dream. One of his most haunting lyrics is that “I missed the sign checkout is at noon, all penalties will apply”. In the song, he makes references to “The Catcher in the Rye,” which is about a young boy trying to find his way in life. The listener is to interpret the song in their own way and, like several of John’s songs, there is a twist at the end of the song.
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Along with sharing his own life experiences, Ferrari likes to share experiences from other people’s eyes. One thing he likes to do is share an experience through a child’s eyes. “Let’s Run Away to Alaska” and “Who’s that Girl?” both have childlike themes. “Who’s that Girl” is actually inspired by Ferrari observing a young boy seeing a 14-year-old red head in a square-dancing club. A boy around the same age walks into the club, notices her, and exclaims “Who’s that girl?”. Ferrari observed how the boy wanted to dance with the girl and get to know her, and he adopts his viewpoint into his hit song. Ferrari’s album, Early Life, describes many of his life experiences growing up. The inspiration for this album was Ferrari’s difficult childhood. He solely found refuge 30 • HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY
by playing his guitar and singing. At a very young age, Ferrari wrote his first song “Wah Do Wah Do”. As a teen, Ferrari often found himself in trouble and trying to escape his spiteful stepfather. Constantly in trouble, a judge believed that Ferrari was “incorrigible” and sentenced him to the Nevada State Children’s Home in Carson City for 2 years at the age of 15. Ferrari believes that this is the best thing that could’ve happened. While in high school, Ferrari also decided to drop out and join the military to serve in the Vietnam War. This also worked in his benefit, because it fruitfully added to many of Ferrari’s life experiences and stories. He wrote the song “Dustoff”, “Run”, “Let’s Run Away to Alaska”, and “When Love Said Goodbye”while serving in the war. In his own words, Ferrari describes the songs in his album:
“Let’s Run Away to Alaska,” fun, child-like let’s run away together theme; “tell the animals, the bear and the deer”. This song was created from a pickup line unsuccessfully used on a girl years ago when he was performing at Mount Charleston Lodge outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. He said, “Let’s run away to Alaska and we’ll tell everyone we moved to Nevada!” “Why’d Momma Lie?” is based loosely on a true story of what happens when love never arrives. Her mother didn’t like her daughter dating John and told her love will come. So, she broke up with John. Years later, John asked her, “Did love come?” “No” she said with tears in her eyes. “Don’t Fall Between the Daylight,” also based on a true story: empathy with teen “cutters” to prevent suicide, “and when you’re bleeding, I’m bleeding too”. “Brand New River,” remembering a past love, “then, again, I’m with you”. John wrote this tune while staying in Lake Tahoe when he completed his Army enlistment time. “When Love Said Good-bye,” is about moving forward in life. “I’ll pick up your dreams, put them away, I’ll save mine away for another day.” “Ain’t No Mistaken:” “no matter how much we play this game like we just don’t care, there’s no mistaken, we’ve been taken with each other.” “Dustoff”, penned by Ferrari in 1966 while serving in the United States Army in Vietnam, honors the military rescue helicopters and their crews, is a favorite among Veterans, including is still honored by the Dustoff Association. “Who Can Blame a Broken Heart?” was created about a girl John lived with before going into the Army. When he returned, they had a fight. She said she wanted to go home. He said ok, I’ll drive you to the bus station never realizing he would never see her again. Ferrari’s personal favorite song is “Be the Smile on Your Face”. He explains that it is one of his best musically structured and memorable songs. He also believes that “Who Can Blame a Broken Heart” and “Peggy Sue’s” are his favorites. They are story songs about his life and hard instances he got through. As stated before, musical structure is very important to making each of Ferrari’s song. His musical process involved him doing a lot of writing and rewriting. He explains that some songs can take 20 minutes to write, HOLLYWOOD MONTHLY• 31
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while others can take much longer. “Everything is trial and error,” he explains that “there is no one set anything when it comes to creativity”. When Ferrari creates new songs, he will perform them in front of the crowd to gauge their reaction. From then, he can revise or switch some things in the song. Experiencing Ferrari in concert is a unique experience for the crowd. He speaks from his heart and will often talk to the audience between his songs. Hearing him live, is not just listening to a disconnected singer on stage that just goes from one song to the next. He interacts with the audience. “I just love seeing people smiling in the audience,” he tells Hollywood Weekly. His performances always bring a strong emotional response to audience members. Some of his performances are so moving that it will bring people to tears. He is very talented at reading the audience and adjusting his set list based on the mood of the crowd.
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Ferrari wants all his fans and readers to know that he absolutely loves what he does. Ferrari tells Hollywood Weekly that “it’s nice to be inspired in life and have the ability to write about it”. For readers and fans interested in hearing Ferrari’s music, you can find it on all music streaming platforms and on his website www.Reverbnation.com/JohnMichaelFerrari. Ferrari’s tour schedule and blog can also be found on his website: www.JohnMichaelFerrari. com. He has upcoming shows in Hollywood, Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans, and on the American Queen Steamboat on the Mississippi River. Ferrari will also be performing at Hollywood Weekly’s Pre-Grammy party. If you are interested in publishing or recording any of his unpublished songs or booking John Michael Ferrari for any upcoming show, please contact Pepper Jay, 310-345-9366.
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Books to Devour by Jane Ubell-Meyer
Books to Devour by Jane Ubell-Meyer
Love is in the air this February! Celebrate the love with a few of our romance books, Loveyour is instyle… the air Celebrate the Need love awith a few of our romance and if romance isn’t pickthis up February! a thriller or business book. romantic books, and if romance isn’t your style… pick up a thriller or business book. and literary getaway? Join us in the Hamptons for the 2nd Annual Hamptons Bedside Reading AuthorsNeed Weekend on February -March getaway? 1.BedsideReading.com 1770 a romantic and28literary Join us in Hotels: the Hamptons for the 2nd House, Baker House1650, Hotel Maidstone, Topping Rose House and White Fences Annual Hamptons Bedside Reading Authors Weekend on February 28 -March 1. Water Mill, BedsideReading.com Hotels: 1770 House, Baker House1650, Hotel Maidstone,
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The Prize by Geoffrey M. Cooper What does it take to win a Nobel Prize? Deceit? Fraud? Maybe even murder? When she finds a drug that has the potential to treat Alzheimer's disease, Pam Weller is certain she's made the discovery of a lifetime. But her success threatens the supremacy of Eric Prescott, a leading figure in Alzheimer's research, who sees his chances at a Nobel Prize slipping through his fingers. His lust for the prize and the accolades that come with it drive him to concoct a plot against Pam that threatens her career, her hat does it take to win a Nobel Prize? Deceit? freedom, and even her life.
The Prize by Geoffrey M. Cooper
Fraud? Maybe even murder? When she finds
The Pale-Faced Lie byaDavid drugCrow that has the potential to treat Alzheimer’s disease, Pam is certain she’s made discovery of growing up on the In this riveting memoir, DavidWeller Crow presents a searing accountthe of his experience a lifetime. But her success threatens the supremacy of Navajo Indian Reservation with a mentally ill mother and violent father, an ex-con from San Eric Prescott, leading in When Alzheimer’s research,found the courage to Quentin who groomed him to bea his partnerfigure in crime. David ultimately who sees his chances at a Nobel Prize slipping through change his life, he unwittingly triggered a plot of revenge that forced him into a deadly showdown his fingers. His lust for the prize and the accolades that with his father. Raw and palpable, “The Pale-Faced Lie” is an unforgettable testament to the power come with it drive him to concoct a plot against Pam of forgiveness and strength her of the humanher spirit. thatthe threatens career, freedom, and even her life.
The Pale-Faced Lie When We Found Home by Susan Mallery Life is meant to be savored, but that’s not easy with no family, limited prospects and a pastby David Crow you’d rather not talk about. Callie Smith doesn’t know how to feel when she discovers she has aWhen brother and a sister—Malcolm, who grew up with affection, wealth and privilege, and Keira, a n this riveting memoir, We Found Home streetwise twelve-year-old. Despite her trepidation, she moves into the grand family home with her _David Crow presents a by Susan Mallery siblings and grandfather on the shores of Lake Washington, hoping just maybe this will be the searing start account of his exof a whole new life. But starting over can be messy. Callie and Keira fit in with each other, but perience not growing up on the ife is meant to be savored, but that’s not easy with their posh new lifestyle, leaving Malcolm feeling like the odd man out in his own home. Navajo Indian Reservation -with no family, limited prospects and a past with Becoming a family will take patience, humor, a little bit of wine and a whole lot of love. But love isn’ta mentally ill mother you’d rather not talk about. Callie Smith doesn’t father, an exMalcolm’s strong suit…until he learns that an open heart, like the family table, can always makeand roomviolent for know how to feel when she discovers she has a brothcon from San Quentin who er and a more. sister—Malcolm, who grew up with affec-
groomed him to be his parttion, wealth and privilege, and Keira, a streetwise ner in crime. When David The Body Double by Emily Beyda twelve-year-old. Despite her trepidation, she moves ultimately dark, glittering Body and Double is the suspenseful story of a young woman who is found the courinto the grandA family homedebut withnovel, her The siblings age to by a stranger to give up her old life and identity to impersonate a reclusive Hollywood change star. A his life, he ungrandfather onrecruited the shores of Lake Washington, hopwittingly strange man discovers our nameless narrator selling popcorn at a decrepit small-town movie theatertriggered a plot of ing just maybe this will be the start of a whole new revenge that forced him into and offers her an odd and lucrative position: she will forget her job, her acquaintances, even her name, life. But starting over can be messy. Callie and Keira a deadly showdown with his fit in with each other, but not with their posh new father. Raw and palpable, lifestyle, leaving Malcolm feeling like the odd man out in his own home. Becoming a “The Pale-Faced Lie” is an family will take patience, humor, a little bit of wine and a whole lot of love. But love unforgettable testament to isn’t Malcolm’s strong suit…until he learns that an open heart, like the family table, the power of forgiveness can always make room for more. and the strength of the hu34 • HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY
The Body Double by Emily Beyda
dark, glittering debut novel, The Body Double is _-the suspenseful story of a young woman who is recruited by a stranger to give up her old life and identity to impersonate a reclusive Hollywood star. A strange man discovers our nameless narrator selling popcorn at a decrepit small-town movie theater and offers her an odd and lucrative position: she will forget her job, her acquaintances, even her name, and move to Los Angeles, where she will become the body double of the famous and troubled celebrity Rosanna Feld.
The Price of Time by Tim Tigner
here’s a secret in Silicon Valley. A discovery. An invention. One so startling and surprisingly sinister that it needs to be kept—at any price. Tim Tigner takes a step back from his bestselling Kyle Achilles series to introduce Zachary Chase and Skylar Fawkes in a fresh standalone novel that’s bound to keep you glued and guessing. With secluded meetings, sudden disappearances and strange murders; secret agents, skillful assassins and sexy locations; The Price of Time is packed with fast-paced action and first-class intellectual intrigue. Propelling the thrills and perched at the middle of the mystery is one of humanity’s great questions: Would finding the Fountain of Youth be a blessing?
The Storm Beyond the Tides by Jonathan Cullen
Cold Silence by Danielle Girard
widow and ex-FBI agent __of hard-earned courage, Cody O’Brien is finally enjoying the quiet life, providing a good home for herself and her eightyear-old son, Ryan. Then Ryan is kidnapped in broad daylight. And Cody knows why. Her life is a dangerous lie, easily exposed by the killers responsible for her husband’s murder. Failed by the Witness Protection Program, she’s on the run again, trusting only herself to save her son while heading blindly toward a past that wants only one thing from her: cold-blooded revenge.
uly 1939. War is on the horizon but on Monk Island, Maine life goes on as usual. As the daughter of a lobsterman, Ellie Ames’ future seems limited until a mysterious German couple comes off the ferry with their nineteen-year-old son. From the moment she meets Karl Brink, the two become inseparable and not everyone approves because locals are suspicious of outsiders. Ellie ignores their scorn, however, and the secret she learns about Karl’s family makes her even more determined to be with him. The magical summer ends when the Brinks suddenly have to go home. And although Karl promises to return in the fall, by then Europe is at war. Two years pass and Ellie has all but given up hope when she gets a letter in the mail that will change her life forever. The Storm Beyond The Tides is the story of the unlikely romance between a small-town girl and a German on the eve of the Second World War and explores a frightening time in America’s past—when U-Boats prowled the East Coast and put small, coastal communities on the frontline of a global conflict.
Bulwark by Brit Lunden
lay Finnes is the sheriff of a small town in Georgia called Bulwark. Recently separated -from his wife, all he can think about is what went wrong, and will Jenna ever come back to him. He’s troubled by a bothersome reporter trying to build a story from what he thinks is a normal day in his life. Clay has to admit that the fantastical stories, told by an accident victim as well as unusual sightings of wolves, things are getting a bit strange. A visit to the ominous Gingerbread House makes him realize that his life as he knows it will never be the same. HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY • 35
The Association by Sharon Ann Ziegler
ATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2019 FINALIST IN THE LEGAL THRILLER CATEGORY! A YOUNG FEMALE ATTORNEY TAKES ON A POWERFUL HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION AND UNCOVERS FRAUD, MYSTERY, AND MURDER! Champaign, Georgia, Davis County: A young attorney and her husband have relocated to the small, idyllic town for his new job, and she’s on an extended hiatus after becoming exhausted and weary of her profession. Yet she knows she needs to get back in the legal game, even though it won’t be easy. Now discouraged and out of practice, she must start fresh, with new determination and new clients. Through an acquaintance, she meets the Wainrights, an older couple living in Covington Commons, a cluster of three neighborhoods advertised as a luxury lakeside community. In truth, though, such a description only applies to one neighborhood in Covington Commons: Eagle’s Nest. Both Mockingbird Heights and Peacock Plains have become sad displays of utter neglect, in awful disrepair after years of inattention. The Wainrights need her help to prove allegations as to the person—or persons—responsible for it. After painstaking research into claim after claim, she soon realizes the obviously guilty party. At the forefront, is the Association—the board and committee members who oversee everything and every decision at Covington Commons. Its members have taken what was once a decent organization and turned it into an operation based entirely on corruption and dishonesty that operates according to the whims and greed of only a privileged few. With prejudicial and biased purveyors of justice at the helm, prior lawsuits against the Association have been routinely dismissed early on. Our attorney heroine must find it within herself to navigate and succeed in a world where grossly confident men grandstand in gold jewelry, private investigators are always listening, and judges are not honorable—a world where people aren’t at all who they seem to be.
Non Obvious Megatrends by Rohit Bhargava
he future belongs to non-obvious thinkers. This book is your guide to becoming one. For the past ten years, Rohit Bhargava’s signature annual Non-Obvious Trend Report has helped over a million readers discover more than 100 trends changing our culture and how business is done. Now for the first time after a decade of publishing more than 100 trend predictions, for the first time to identify ten revolutionary new Megatrends that are transforming how we work, play and live.
The Golf Course Millionaire by Robin Richter
hen properly applied, golf has the amazing power to introduce you to interesting and influential people; to establish lasting relationships with movers and shakers; and to help you reach your full potential in your career and in your social circles. In short, golf has the incredible power to improve your life! Robin Richter, former golf pro, has been playing golf for over four decades. She has built her successful promotional products company, Wearable Imaging, Inc., through the many meaningful relationships that were developed on the golf course. In her book, The Golf Course Millionaire, Robin shares how a great hobby can lead to fulfillment both on the course and off; in business and developing lasting friendships and alliances. If you’re an avid golfer, this book will help you to use the sport to improve your life. If you don’t play golf, she provides ways to use golf to connect with influencers too! Get Robin’s book to leverage the amazing power of golf and witness the transformation that will happen to you! 36 • HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY
Conversations With Our Authors Q&A with Matt Coyle, author of Lost Tomorrows Q: Why did you decide to write the conclusion to Rick Cahill’s deceased wife’s story in LOST TOMORROWS? A: The death of Colleen Cahill has been the driving force for Rick’s quest for redemption from the very first book, YESTERDAY’S ECHO. I knew at some point Rick would have to discover the truth about her death. LOST TOMORROWS was the right time because at the beginning of the book, Rick is at his nadir, questioning the decisions he’s made since his wife died. Q: This is book 6 in the series, will a new reader who reads LOST TOMORROWS feel lost not knowing the backstory to Rick’s life? A: I don’t think so. The book reads well as a standalone. The important parts related to Colleen are addressed just enough so new readers understand Rick’s actions. Q: Why did you choose to write the Cahill series in first person? A: All of the books are very personal. I didn’t want any distance from Rick and the action on the page. The books are character driven and I wanted the readers to know why Rick does what he does and how much each action affects him. Q: How has Rick Cahill changed from the beginning of the first book, YESTERDAY’S ECHO, to the beginning of LOST TOMORROWS? A: He’s become more damaged, darker, and unsure of the decisions he makes.
Q&A with Deke Copenhaver, author of The Changemaker Q: What inspired you to write “The Changemaker: The Art of Building Better Leaders”? A: Having spent nine years as mayor of Augusta I saw the impact positive, ethical, inclusive and unifying leadership can achieve in a community and I wanted to provide a road map to benefit current and future leaders. I believe that being successful in local politics by maintaining my character and integrity while treating people with dignity and respect shows that leading in the right way can be done through any leadership platform including those provided by political office. Q: Is it possible to be successful with this type of leadership in today’s political climate? A: Definitely as people will go to a positive alternative to politics or business as usual if you provide one for them. Constantly challenging the status quo and the mindset of
“but we’ve always done it this way” is key to changemaking leadership at any level. Q: What is one of the most important lessons for individuals on a leadership journey? A: The only power which true leaders should concern themselves with is the power to inspire and lift up the people around them from all walks of life. For me, politics was never about seeking power but rather about seeking to empower the people I served. Q: What do you want to achieve through your book? A: I believe that sustainable, positive change through civic engagement must start at the grassroots level so basically I’m trying to start a grassroots revolution to change the world. I’m also hoping that the book will continue to cut across all demographics and bring people from all walks of life together to have a conversation about how we can work together to implement positive change in our communities, our businesses and ourselves.
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Congratulations on your achievements! Quincy is not just about me, It’s about US . . . The collective is always greater than the individual. UBUNTU I am because we are.
– Quincy D. Jones
Each month we will celebrate a living legend. We kick off this celebration of greatness in our inaugural issue with Quincy Jones, a global icon. “Q” has worked with other entertainment greats from Sarah Vaughan and Frank Sinatra, to Michael Jackson and countless others. He continues to inspire veteran artists and newcomers with his outpouring of music and his generosity as an ambassador for humanity. He has never stopped lifting as he climbs. We thank him for reaching out as we embark on our maiden voyage of SoulVision Magazine. We also congratulate him on the extraordinary documentary “Quincy” about his life and works that is currently streaming on Netflix. Thank you for your lifetime of dedication to humanity and speaking to all of us with your beautiful music and expressions of love.
December 2018/January 2019 | soulvisionmagazine.com COMMUNITY
Life’s Interpretation: Youth Empowerment
“Help youth showcase their unique talents.” Each month we will highlight a community program that aligns with the values of SoulVision. We believe engaging with one’s community is critical to fostering positive change in the world. For our inaugural issue, we highlight Life’s Interpretation, LLC, a nonprofit youth engagement program based in Richmond, VA. Life’s Interpretation provides workshops, classes and client based services in music, media, marketing and film. Students at all skill levels are invited to participate. The program allows youth to express themselves through the visual and audio arts. In other words, it’s cool and encourages young people to share their talents as they work on building a better village for all of us. To get involved, email email@example.com or visit lifesinterpretation.com to learn more.
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