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Monday, November 24, 2014

Who Is Penny the MC?

Who Is Penny the MC?

In this day and age, the hunger and thirst of inspiring music is what led to the concept and production of his music.  Journey with Penny the MC, born in the boogie down Bronx, New York, who for the last 9 years has been living in Phoenix, Arizona.  Recording and performing throughout the local hip hop circuit as a member of the Writers Guild, Penny the MC brings a unique blend of social, street and political insights through melodic productions from Slopfunkdust and Merk Haze.   

 In 2009, Penny released his first LP, the critically acclaimed "A PENNY FOR A THOUGHT.”   Both singles from the album "A Better World" and "The Last Real One," garnered radio spins on both 98.2 The Beat's “Rhyme & Reason” and Power 98.3's “The Pulse” shows.  

In 2012, Penny released a mixtape consisting of 11 freestyles that were released Every Friday for 11 weeks turning into what would officially become "Freestyle Fridays."  DJ DN3 mixed every freestyle and released the collection as the official “Freestyle Friday” mixtape.   

In 2014, Penny dropped his long awaited follow-up album, “You Can All Die Now,” ( which is currently being featured on major music blog sites like and, and his current single in rotation “Hotboxin” dropped on ITunes (  An accompanying “Hotboxin” video is posted on YouTube (

Citing that his ‘life is his music,’ Penny the MC is a force to be reckoned with on the mic, and his lyrics are comparable to the real East Coast-style lyricists of the past.  The culture is back…

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About Writers Guild:  Don’t call Writer’s Guild a “super-group.”  Call it a collective…a movement…or the new standard.  Formed in Phoenix, AZ, the Writers Guild is a collection of emcees, all with the same goal—raising the bar and quality level in hip hop.  Random aka Mega Ran, RoQy TyRaiD, Penny the MC and Mr. Miranda.  

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Three-time Tony Awards winner Hinton Battle is recognized as one of Broadway’s most respected musical stars


                         HINTON BATTLE


Three-time Tony Awards winner Hinton Battle is recognized as one of Broadway’s most respected musical stars. He began his career on stage at the age of 15, as the Scarecrow in the Broadway production of The Wiz.


He has since gone on to build an impressive portfolio of work, dazzling audiences across the country and around the world for over three decades,  starring in some of the most memorable musicals ever, including Dancin, Dreamgirls, Sophisticated Ladies, Chicago (Billy Flynn), Ragtime (Coalhouse Walker Jr.), Miss Saigon and The Tap Dance Kid.


He is the recipient of numerous awards honoring his versatility as an entertainer, among them the NAACP Image Awards, Midtown International Theatre Festival Award, Fred Astaire Awards, Ira Aldridge Awards, the Choreographer Media Honors, Planet Connection Award, the 2012 Champion of the Arts Award from Big Boi’s“Antwan

Patten” Big Kidz Foundation, and the Amas 2014 Rosie Award for lifetime achievement in recognition of extraordinary accomplishment in theatrical arts.

Hinton has easily crossed from stage to television and film.  


He Choreographed and starred in Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story for ABC, as the legendary Bill “Bojangles” Robinson; appeared in These Old Broads, Foreign Student, Touched By An Angel, was the dancing demon “Sweet” in the musical episode of the hit television series, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, played Wayne opposite Jamie Fox in the film adaptation of Dreamgirls and Smash on ABC.


As a choreographer, Hinton’s credits include the 65th and 66th Academy Awards, the Outkast musical film, Idlewild for which he created a new dance style SWOP (a union of swing and hip-hop). Additionally he has directed and choreographed ballets for the Baltimore School of the Arts, Washington Reflections Dance Company, and Philadanco.


He directed and choreographed the Off-Broadway musicals Respect, The Marvelous Wonderettes, the stage production of Evil Dead: The Musical and he is currently one of the producers of the hit Off-Broadway show, Sistas: The Musical, entering its third year at St. Luke’s Theatre in New York City and aired 2013 on BET.


He now adds to his long list of accomplishments as author, producer and director of Hinton Battle’s Love Lies which starred Grammy winners Brian McKnight, and Angie Stone and also played a starring role of Pastor Milkum. The play was part of the 2012 Midtown International Theatre Festival where it received 9 MITF Award nominations and was the recipient of two awards. In 2013 the production went on to have a cross-country national tour that began at the Warner Theater in Washington D.C.


Hinton recently returned from Osaka, Japan from sold-out performances of Hinton Battle's American Variety Bang II (HBAVB II) produced by Yoshimoto at the NGK Theatre. Hinton starred, directed, choreographed and wrote the musical which featured an American cast of 26 dancers, singers and musicians. In the Fall of 2014 three time Tony Award winner Hinton Battle in partnership with YoshimotoKogyo Co., Ltd.; a major Japanese entertainment conglomerate founded in 1912, will launch Hinton Battle Dance Academy in Tokyo and Osaka and will be returning to Japan in 2015 with Hinton Battle's American Variety Bang III.


On December 2013 Hinton released the cd Hinton Battle meets the Count Basie Orchestra produced by legendary jazz producer "88"; which is now available on iTunes and in Tower Records. Mr. Battle will be performing June 6, 2014 at 54 Below in New York City for the release of his 2nd jazz cd produced by the great jazz drummer Lee Pearson, “Hinton Battle Something New.

Mr. Battle would like to thank God for all the wonderful opportunities, the accolades, the brilliant people and the courage he has put in his life. Thank you.



Music: "Hinton Battle Something New" 








Luca Foffano October Is Italian Heritage Month Celebrate It By Discovering the Musical Artistry of Luca Foffano

Luca Foffano

October Is Italian Heritage Month
Celebrate It By Discovering the Musical Artistry of Luca Foffano
on Columbus Day weekend in New York City 
Renowned Italian operatic tenor Luca Foffano, widely known as La Voce di Venezia ("The Voice of Venice") will hit U.S. shores in October, right on time for America's Italian Heritage Month.  This will be the first foray to the States for the talented, classically trained vocalist, who hails from the melodic-sounding town of Altobello in Italy and tours all over the world with his timeless musical stylings.
During his U.S. stay, the philanthropic Luca, who likes to give back to the less fortunate by visiting hospitals and nursing homes to earn smiles from the people there, will regale a special American audience on Columbus Day weekend .
Sunday, October 12
Gastronomie 491
This event is Gastronomie 491's Fall Fling: A Celebration Italian Style."  And who better to represent for the red, green and white, but native son Luca Foffano?
Foffano, whose recording career began as a result of a major record label discovering him when they auditioned Venetian gondola singers in Italy in 2009, will work on a new album while in the U.S.A.  It will be a collection of classics with a twist, along with some original compositions, to be released by early 2015.
Since he's already internationally known, America in October is the next natural frontier for Luca, says his American manager, Karen Ross of Star Music Management.  Like a modern-day Christopher Columbus, Luca Foffano will explore this new territory, thus enabling American audiences to "discover" him.    
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Luca arrives in the USA October 8th available for interviews.
Contact:  Double XXposure Media Relations
              (212) 629-9404
                           Listen  ENJOY!! GODERE!!

Luca Foffano - Un Amore Cosi Grande
Luca Foffano - Un Amore Cosi Grande

Monday, November 3, 2014

Coaching Never Looked So Good: Popular Television Personality Von Decarlo Coaches For Both Sports and Relationships

(New York, NY)...........Beautiful television personality Von Decarlo, Relationship Expert and Comedian on Centric TV's "According To Him And Her" and a veteran of FOX's sexy reality tv show "Temptation Island" is the epitome of a multi-tasker.  This New York lovely wears several hats (actress/singer/comedian/writer/producer) and juggles her projects effortlessly. 
But it's as "Coach Von" that she sprints ahead of the pack.  A "professional sports fan" originally from the sports-centric city of Pittsburgh, she developed a love for and knowledge of sports from childhood, particularly for basketball. She speaks "a man's language" when it comes to sports, able to chop it up like one of the guys, from stats to trades to drafts and all in between.  
Von garnered valuable relationship experience throughout her 10 year relationship with the late comedian Patrice O'Neal, to whom she was engaged to be married, losing him one month prior to their wedding date.  

From O'Neal, Von lived and learned the true give-and-take of a successful relationship; they were partners in every sense of the word, fully supporting one another's dreams and endeavors.  Having lived every woman's dream of a dynamic, regarding relationship, today Von observes and guides ladies (and men) regarding their relationship foibles and quandaries, from her perspective.  

This level of her "coaching" is from her personal experience.  She will add "author" to her many hats in 2015, when she releases her first book, entitled Speak Fluent Man: The Top Things Women Should Consider Before Blaming The Man.  And lest that title sound anti-woman, Von asserts that ladies should be mindful that equality and accountability goes both ways. There is the woman's side, the man's side and hopefully, there is their side, when they come together/work together and agree to build a mutually beneficial union between them.
For Coach Von, sports and relationships go hand in hand. She often dispenses relationship tips in the form of sports plays. As a fan favorite on "According to Him + Her", she landed her very own popular Instagram spin-off series called "Coach Von's Playbook".

She's the best of two disparate worlds, and bridges that gap effortlessly.  She's model-gorgeous, but drives a pickup truck; she's a man's dream girl.
Being fluent in sports and able to relate to men from an enlightened perspective, Von Decarlo definitely has The Right Stuff.  

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Who is Ras Arcane?.....

             Who is Ras  Arcane?.....  

Ras Arcane was born and raised in the Chicago area, and initially established himself in music as one of the lead vocalists for the Philadelphia based reggae/hip-hop band Dialects [1999-2009]. He also toured extensively throughout North America and Canada as a member of Philadelphia's Burndown All Stars [2003-2008], with whom he was featured on a season of the reality TV show "Bodog Music Battle of the Bands," for the FUSE television network.


In 2006, Ras Arcane recorded a handful of singles in the reggae mecca of Kingston, Jamaica, with legendary producers Fattis Burrel (at Xterminator Records), Courtney John (at Fiwi Records), and Nas Hammond (daughter of Beres Hammond, at Harmony House Records). From 2010-2012, Arcane released a collection of singles on 'riddim' compilations, including "We Alone" on the Guiding Light Riddim (Humble Camp Productions), "Who Feels It Knows" on the Step By Step Riddim (Rumble Rock Recordz), and "Hymn Book and Bible" on the Stringz Riddim (Rumble Rock Recordz).


In 2013 he released a collection of singles in the form of an EP titled "Life Over Everything," and shortly thereafter was featured on two songs from the Lotus' album Monks, which were  "Four Tips," and "Cloud 9" (which also featured Doodlebug of Digable Planets). In the fall of 2013 Ras Arcane joined Lotus for several live shows including their annual performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. Currently, he and long time collaborative producer Sensi Star, are rehearsing a new live show which combines Arcane's lyricism with on-stage production utilizing an APC 40, Ableton Live and Lemur.


Notable venues Ras Arcane has performed at include:


- Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Morrisville, CO)*

- Electric Factory (Philadelphia, PA)*

- Concord Music Hall (Chicago, IL)*

- Tipitina's (New Orleans, LA)**

- The Key Club (West Hollywood, CA)**

- Whisky A Go Go (West Hollywood, CA)**

- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Cleveland, OH)**

- House of Blues (Atlantic City, NJ)**

- Resorts Casino (Atlantic City, NJ)***

- Gibson Guitar Factory (Memphis, TN)**

- TLA (Philadelphia, PA)**

- World Cafe Live (Philadelphia, PA)***

- Trocadero (Philadelphia, PA)**

- Camp Bisco (Mariaville Lake, NY)**

- The Shrine (Chicago, IL)

- Janus Landing (St. Petersburg, FL)***

- Festival of Life at Union Park (Chicago, IL)

- The Dock at Montrose Beach (Chicago, IL)


* as a special guest of Lotus

** as a member of Burndown All-Stars

*** as a member of Dialects


Ras Arcane has also been an opening act for artists including The Wailers, The Roots, Steel Pulse, KRS-One, Junior Reid, SOJA, Yellowman and more.

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Who is ? Aaron Hamilton

Aaron Hamilton better known as Big Ham aka Soul Rebel has been writing rap lyrics and poetry since the age of 18 but only in 2009 did he start actually recording lyrics with friend Dante Thedford while the two were in afghanistan.Soul Rebel has continued to hone his craft recently putting out a mixtape titled Love of Hip Hop and Hustle Vol1 introduction of the unheralded. He is also working on a to be named EP with producer and friend Jeffrey Alicea. His style is reminiscent of the Late 80's/early 90's era where lyrics and substance in your rhymes were a requirement and you had to be original. Soul Rebel is destined to be a force in HipHop.
 He possesses an attention grabbing voice and the ability to craft songs and hooks that comes from years of practice. The rebel is a true talent and his love of the culture will propel him into being mentioned with the great lyricist in the game.