Shadow Play Ent.'s Current Client Listing (Details available upon request)

  • Michael F. Blake, author
  • Darnell "Superchef" Ferguson
  • M. Beatryce Shaw, author/speaker
  • Bigg Marv, Label Consultant
  • Nebo Publishing
  • Samara Alexander, author
  • Cherie Johnson,actress/director/author
  • Bonnie Barnett, author
  • Tray Chaney, actor/author/recording artist
  • Yorli Huff, author/community activist
  • Bruce Tretter, Resident Chef
  • Herschel Dixon, Sports Analyst
  • Joseph Henderson, author
  • Mr. Mean Mug, author
  • Mary E. Gilder, author/speaker/talk show host
  • Carlos Spann, Video Photographer/Editor
  • Gail Ambeau, Artist/Fashion Designer/Stylist
Past clients of Shadow Play Entertainment include recording artist/author Corey "C-Murder Miller", recording artist Jack Squad, author Kia Stokes, author V. Lovell Brigham, model/actor Derrick Hargrove, recording artist Kut Supreme, author Pamela Samuels-Young, author Patricia A. Thomas, author T. C. Alexander, authors Rita B. Davis, Andre Johnson, Gary Kaschak, Steve Hyppolite, author Sherry Hill, author Anthony Littlefield, Jeanelle Lanham and others.

Shadow Play Entertainment also secured exclusive interviews with reality show contestants from VH1's I Want To Work For Diddy Season One and MTV's 50 CENT: The Money & The Power.

Current Updates

Monday, December 27, 2010

Fashion Designer/Stylist Gail Ambeau Enters Graduate Program at Academy of Art

by Cyrus Webb

(Monday, December 27, 2010) For Toledo, OH native Gail Ambeau, 2010 has been an exciting journey on the path of achieving her dreams. Everything the fashion designer/stylist/radio show host touched over the past 12 months has seemed to succeed, taking her to fashion week events, hosting her own weekly fashion segment and even having her designs featured on a recording artist's cd cover! As Shadow Play Entertainment is celebrating 2011 as a year of new beginnings, Ambeau is celebrating her newest adventure: being accepted into the Master of Fine Arts Graduate Program!

"I am so excited to be accepted into the graduate program at Academy of Art," says Ambeau. "It has taken me a while to get here, but I don't think I would have made it before now."

The MFA fashion masters degree curriculum refines and focuses the fashion graduate school candidate's individual vision. MFA candidates are prepared to launch themselves into the industry upon graduating. It is the only school invited to participate in Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week in Bryant Park. The Academy of Art University has showcased graduate collections during fashion week since 2005. The Academy of Art University has one of the top fashion schools in the nation, with the most famous show in the industry.

"My past experiences have gotten me to this point," says Ambeau. I mean really...I've been out of school for 21 years. I had to sell myself. I mean really prove to them that I was worthy of being a part of their graduate program. I was sweating bullets trying to pull everything together."

The hard work paid off for the self-taught designer that has now worked with Grammy winners, nationally recogized models and had her work featured from coast to coast. In evaluating her work, her portfolio reviews stated: "Gail’s work to date is impressive in a dramatic sense and we are excited to see her explore The World of Fashion at the Academy of Art University. Her three dimensional skills appear to have a keen sense and knowledge of the body".

Gail, who now lives in Jackson, MS, will be attending school from home via the internet. "The online aspect of their program was very appealing to me," she says. "It will allow me to pursue my dreams and goals, while maintaining stability for my family. I am enthusiastic about the knowledge that I will gain through the Master of Fine Arts in Fashion program, as well as the hands on experiences that I can apply to Ambeau’s Art and Fashion."

As many are making their New Year's Resolutions, Gail has this piece of advice for anyone who thinks they can't achieve their goals and live their dreams: "All I can say is it's never too late. I am living in faithfulness on the edge of excitement on purpose everyday!"

To find out more about Gail Ambeau and her company, visit

Mississippi Native Encourages Others To "Take Time To Read"

(Monday, December 27, 2010) Though a lover of books all of his life, 35 year old Mississippi native Cyrus Webb didn't realize the true importance of words until his adult years. "For me reading was a means of escape and a way to learn about the world," he says. "Today I realize that in many cases it can be the deciding factor between success and failure."

Because of this, in 2006 Webb began what has become the United States largest co-ed reading group, Conversations Book Club. Over the past four years it has hosted literary events across the country, creating spin-offs that embrace sports and music lovers. To date Conversations Book Club has hosted free events featuring 93 authors in Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee and Georgia. "We are all about encouraging reading," says Webb. "Since that is our aim, we have to be all things to all people to get them involved."

Since Mississippi still ranks at the top of the list when it comes to illiteracy, Webb feels obligated to focus his main literary efforts at home. His organization Shadow Play Entertainment recently announced its theme for 2011 as "A Year Of New Beginnings". Though this applies to various areas in life, for Webb, helping others to fall in love with books is at the top of his list of priorities.

On Thursday, December 30, 2010, Webb will be visiting two libraries sharing his organizations message for the New Year and giving out free books for all ages to help others get started reading as soon as possible. From 10-12p.m., he will be at the Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Rd * Pearl, MS) and from 1-3p.m., he will be at the Margaret Walker Alexander Library (2525 Robinson St. * Jackson, MS). The books have been donated by Shadow Play Entertainment, Great Little Books, LLC and author Jackie Carpenter.

Webb also encourages individuals to visit his webpage and sign the pledge committing to reading in 2011.

For more information about events scheduled by Conversations Book Club around the United States, visit Cyrus Webb can be reached at or 601.896.5616. His website is

Friday, December 24, 2010

Shadow Play Entertainment Welcomes Its Newest Members

(Friday, December 24, 2010) Over the past 5 years, clients of Shadow Play Entertainment have literally been from all corners of the world, each with his or her own gifts. As we prepare to usher in a brand new year and more exciting possibilities, we are pleased to announce the newest members of our growing family.

Author M. Beatryce Shaw is Shadow Play Enterainment's first children's book author and has already given the world two books that deal with the issues of race and discrimination. Shaw is available for interviews, booksignings as well as speaking engagements. Additional information can be found at

Stefhen Bryan is the author of the book BLACK PASSENGER, YELLOW CABS which chronicles his personal battle with depression as well as the vices of the world while living in Japan. Bryan will be participating in a 3-month campaign with Shadow Play to discuss these issues and share the revelations that have helped him along the way. You can find out more at

To hear interviews with the clients above or to find out more information about Shadow Play Entertainment, visit You can contact Shadow Play Entertainment President Cyrus Webb directly at or 601.896.5616.

On behalf of Cyrus Webb and all of the clients of Shadow Play Entertainment, we wish you a happy holiday season as well as a productive 2011.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

(Sat. Oct. 23, 2010) Conversations Book Club Uses Books To "Make A Difference"

On Saturday, October 23, 2010, Conversations Book Club Founder and President Cyrus Webb traveled to Appetizers Restaurant in Pearl, MS to give the gift of books for National Make A Difference Day. The day has been set aside to do something nice for someone, and for Webb books seemed like the perfect thing.

"Mississippi still ranks among the states with the highest rates of illiteracy," says Webb, 35. "Conversations Book Club has teamed up with authors from across the country to make sure that we begin changing that one book at a time."

Anyone who came by Appetizers Restaurant from 10-2p.m. were treated to as many books as they wanted. Barbara Worton, Linday Jenkins and Robert Brown of Great Little Books, LLC donated books for the event as well as Rapper/Author Jacki-O. Webb donated children's books for the event.

Webb reached out to Rhonda Teague, the owner of a 24-hour child care facility in Jackson, MS, inviting her to get books for her children as well as their parents.
Joseph Henderson, author of I DON'T WANT TO DIE ALL ALONE, also joined the event.

"It's a little thing," says Webb, "but it is the little things that really make a difference."

For more information about Great Little Books, visit Additional information about Joseph and his book can be found at To see what's next for Conversations Book Club, visit

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Multi-media Personality Cyrus Webb Shares A Decade Of His World Through The Arts

On Thurs. September 30, 2010, Mississippi native Cyrus Webb hosted "MY VOICE: A Decade In The Arts" at the Pearl Public Library in Pearl,MS.

The public event was to highlight Webb's contribution to the arts from 1999 to 2009 and show the world what he is doing moving forward.

In the first corner of the exhibit Webb exhibited some of his artwork.

Next he had some of his poetry chapbooks on display as well as his spoken word cd MY CONTROVERSY that is now available on

From there Webb highlighted his community involvment since 1999 with organizations like the Partnership for a Healthy, Mississippi, VSA of Mississippi as well as speaking about the importance of the arts at schools in Mississippi such as Pearl High School, Peeples Middle School, Calloway High School, Lake Elementary School, Pecan Park Elementary School, Hardy Middle School, Jim Hill High School and Forest Hill High School.

On the next phase of the journey, Webb showcased the publications that he has written for over the years, including The Clarion Ledger, Rankin Ledger, Mississippi Link, Jackson Advocate,, Crunk Magazine (ATL).
In 2006 he became the publisher and Editor-In-Chief of his own magazine called Conversations. The next issue debuts in mid-November and is the Dec. 2010/Jan. 2011 issue.

What those who attended the event saw next is what has become the largest part of Webb's life: the radio and tv versions of the Conversations Brand. He played the first tv edition of Conversations which debuted in April 2004 on 16 WAPT (ABC affilliate) in Jackson, MS as well as had interviews from his radio show available to listen to.
To date, Cyrus Webb has interview over 1,000 individuals on Conversations LIVE, the radio show that began on WMPR 90. 1 FM in July 2003 which is now heard on the radio dial on affilliates as well as online.

Those in attendance also saw Webb's only acting performance thus far. He was a part of the cast for the short film BROKEN SILENCE that addresses the issues of HIV/AIDS. It debuted at Crossroads Film Festival and later showed at other festivals in Mississippi.

Just two years after debuting the radio show, Cyrus Webb began Conversations the book club. Started with 3 members in November 2006 in Jackson, MS, the co-ed, multi-cultural reading group now has chapters in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana and has been written about not only in the South but by the Chicago Tribune as well. To date, Conversations Book Club has hosted literary events with 90 authors and is the largest co-ed reading group in the United States.

What's next for Webb? During the event he worked on a new piece of art called "Walking On Egg Shells", a pieces that is a part of a new series where he takes figure of speech and brings them to life. He is also working on his latest literary project, a religious thriller called BLESSED.

For more information about Cyrus Webb visit, email him at or contact him at 601.825.5883.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Bigg Marv and Brite Mic Show Support For Breast Cancer Awareness

by Cyrus Webb

In recognition of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month tv personality Bigg Marv of A&E's HAMMERTIME show and Joey Calendar of Brite Mic Ent. took time out to support an event while in Los Angeles.

"It's just important for all of us to realize how serious breast cancer is and how we have to work together to bring attention to it," says Bigg Marv.

Joey Calendar agrees. "We all have women in our lives that we care about," he says. "It's important for us to make sure that they are testing on a regular basis."

To stay updated with what Bigg Marv is doing, follow him on Brite Mic can be found at

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Shadow Play Ent. Announces The Return of Conversations Magazine's Print Edition In November 2010!

Shadow Play Entertainment is pleased to announce the return of Conversations Magazine's print edition.

Founded by Mississippi native Cyrus Webb,35, as the third component of the Conversations Brand (following Conversations the radio and tv shows), Conversations Magazine originally debuted in print in April 2006. Months later Webb and founding member Stanley Clark would begin Conversations the book club. Based solely on subscriptions at the time and sold online, the magazine gained a modest 100 monthly subscribers to the publication that focused almost entirely on books and those who were living their dreams as published authors.

Like other publications, when costs outweighted the actual profit of the publication, Webb made the decision in 2008 to take Conversations completely online. Ironically, it was that year that the Conversations Brand began to change, including health and fitness items, food and then in 2009 adding fashion. Today, thanks to the eclectic nature of the brand, Conversations the radio show averages over 100,000 online listeners each month, garnering partnerships with national as well as up-and-coming businesses.

"The timing is just right," says Webb, who has been building the Conversations brand since the first component Conversations the radio show began on WMPR 90.1 FM in Jackson in July 2003. "Conversations has grown alot since the print edition of Conversations last saw the light of day. I think more importantly I have grown in my understanding that you have to feed more than a person's love of books. You have to feed their love of life. That is what my team it doing."

The reemergence of the print edition of Conversations Magazine will take place in mid-November with the December 2010/January 2011 issue. The 40 page edition will feature Conversations' Top 100 Books of 2010, profiles of authors Nancy T.Rosenberg, Mikki Zimmerman, Michael Dillon Scott and entrepreneurs like actor/author/recording artist Tray Chaney, actress/director/author Cherie Johnson and model/actor Nicoye Banks. Also included will be styling tips by fashion designer Gail Ambeau, cooking tips by Chef Bruce Tretter, and musical profiles of Laura Pascarella, The Artist Company and the rap groups Authentic and Dem Raleigh Boyz as well as Conversations' Artist of the Year 2010.

The magazine will be available at independent bookstores in Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Pearl/Brandon and online at It will be marketed through paid ads on Facebook,social networking sites, posters, Conversations LIVE radio, and other sites operated by Shadow Play Ent. PDFs of the bi-monthly edition will also be available through

For additional information about Conversations Magazine including how to be featured and advertising in the publication, contact Cyrus Webb at or601.896.5616. Details can also be found at

Conversations Magazine: (Sat. Oct. 23, 2010) MS' own Cyrus Webb Uses Books...

Conversations Magazine: (Sat. Oct. 23, 2010) MS' own Cyrus Webb Uses Books...: "(Sat. Oct. 23, 2010 * Pearl, MS) Patrons of Appetizers Restaurant (3000 HWY 80E) in Pearl, MS will get more than good food on Saturday, Oct 23, 2010..."

New Endeavor By Tray Chaney Proves He's A JACK OF ALL TRAYS

by Cyrus Webb for Conversations Magazine

(Thursday, October 14, 2010) At a time when people are struggling to pursue their passion or having to give up on their dreams, visionary and multi-talented Tray Chaney is just turning the page on what has been an incredible life. After being in the spotlight since he was just eight years old, MTV announced this week that the actor/author/recording artist had just released a free mixtape online called JACK OF ALL TRAYS.

"This is just a thank you to my fans," says Chaney, who has seemingly been moving non-stop over the past decade. "I want to show them that I appreciate their support as well as let them know what to expect from me next."

For many the public life of Tray Chaney began with his five year role as Poot Carr on the popular HBO series THE WIRE. It was there that he was able to showcase his range as an actor and prove that he could stand toe to toe with the best of them. After the show wrapped, instead of just waiting for the next gig, Chaney took his career into his own hands and penned his autobiography THE TRUTH YOU CAN'T BETRAY. "People had gotten to know a character (on THE WIRE)," says Chaney. "I wanted to let them in to who I really was."

From there it was being featured in documentaries, red carpet events and even supporting causes close to his heart like the importance of literacy (being spokesperson for The Write Stuff Literacy Campaign) and bringing attention to the difficulties of individuals living with disabilities (being an ambassador for the non-profit Community Options). "I have been blessed with so much in my life," Tray says, "so if I can make a difference with just my name recognition for something that I care about, I'm going to do it."

While juggling family life, his career in television and film and promoting his book, Chaney was also preparing for what would be his newest endeavor: letting the world know about his love of music. It was something that had always been there, but he wanted to make sure he waited until the time was right to fully share it with the world.

That time seems to be now, and the first endeavor, the mixtape entitled, JACK OF ALL TRAYS, gives you a snapshot into the mind of a true creative individual. Whether you're talking about the club tracks like MONEY IN MY WALK or BABY LET'S GO (feat. G-Mann and Cherri), introspective tracks like TRUE STORY and DELIMA (feat. Jazz of Dru Hill) or inspirational tracks like DEAR HAITI, this project of original songs covers seemingly every aspect of the young man's life.

Expect to see Chaney touring the country soon doing show to promote the mixtape and his other ventures in the near future. For him, there is no limit to how far he can go. "I want to do it all," says Chaney, "and I want my life to be a testament to others that they can do it all as well. As long as they believe in themselves and work hard, it will all pay off."

The mixtape JACK OF ALL TRAYS is avaiable for free download by going to

Cyrus Webb is the Editor In Chief of Conversations Magazine and can be reached at or 601.896.5616.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

(Tues. OCt. 5, 2010) News From Shadow Play Entertainment

* BOOK OF THE MONTH: Conversations Book Club's selection for the month of October 2010 is LIVING IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR (From Substance Abuse to a Life of Substance) by author Kim Vazquez ( Details can be found at

* OCTOBER'S THEME: SHOULD LOVE EVER HURT?: October is recognized by many as Breast Cancer Awareness Month as well as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For Shadow Play Entertainment, it will be used as an opportunity to have a dialogue about all forms of abuse. The theme of the month is "Should Love Ever Hurt?", and Cyrus Webb (host of Conversations LIVE and President of Conversations Book Club) will have special guests sharing their personal stories of triumph over tragedy. Many of the conversations will take place on the radio show, and details can be found at

* NEW PARTNERSHIPS: The success of Shadow Play Entertainment has come in part because of the partnerships it has forged over the years. Beginning in the summer of 2010 organizations like The Artist Company, Big Noise Records and Passionate Writer Publishing have joined Shadow Play Ent. in sharing incredible talent both in books and music. Find out about other partners at

* WEBB NAMED PUBLICIST FOR GENESIS PRESS: On Oct. 1, 2010, Shadow Play Entertainment's President Cyrus Webb became the Senior Publicist for Mississippi-based publisher Genesis Press. The company, which is the home of dozens of authors, enjoys worldwide distribution through New York-based Kensington Books. Webb hopes to spread the word about the services and authors that Genesis provides and encourage more book clubs to consider Genesis when deciding what books to read. For more about the company, visit Additional info about Webb can be found at

* CLIENT CAMPAIGNS: During the month of October, look for Shadow Play Ent. to be involved in media campaigns for clients Jonathan Spikes (author of I KNOW WHAT I AM AND I AM NOT WHAT YOU CALL ME), Min. Patricia A. Thomas (author of GOD REVEALS A MYSTERY), Dr. Diane Hassan (author of ANGELS AMONG US, EVEN IN IRAQ), U.D. Abdul Kareem (author of AFRICAN COWBOY), Maria Stewart (LOOKING FOR CLOSURE) and Joseph Henderson (author of I DON'T WANT TO DIE ALL ALONE). Details can be found at

* MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY 2010: Shadow Play Ent. Founder Cyrus Webb and clients of the organization will be taking part in community events in their area on Sat. Oct. 23, 2010 as part of this year's MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY. Make plans now to join them or host your own event. To find out more, visit

* THIS YEAR'S V. C. ANDREWS TRIBUTE: Since 2007, Shadow Play Entertainment has hosted events celebrating the life and work of international bestselling author V. C. Andrews on the anniversary of her death. On Sunday, December 19, 2010, Cyrus Webb will host a special one-hour tribute on Conversations LIVE Radio beginning at 7p.m. est (6p.m. cst/, giving fans of the author the opportunity to call in and share their thoughts. Andrews diedat the age of 62 nearly 24 years ago, but her amazing legacy continues. For details visit either or

* AUTHOR VISITS, OCT. 2010: Shadow Play Entertainment will host events for authors Joseph Henderson (author of I DON'T WANT TO DIE ALL ALONE), Min. Tommie Watkins (LIVING OUT LOUD) and M. Salahuddin Khan (SIKANDER) in Mississippi during the month of Oct.2010. Details can be found at

To stay abreast of other activities associated with Shadow Play Entertainment, bookmark and visit it often. For more information about any of the above, contact Cyrus Webb at or 601.896.5616.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Allegations Surrounding Popular Bishop Spark Dialogue About Homosexuality And The Church

With sexual allegations being made against Bishop Eddie Long by members of his own congregation, a new debate and dialogue is being given a voice concerning homosexuality in the Christian Church.

In light of the scandal that has erupted, abuse survivors and authors Larry "DaPharoah69" Wilson and Jonathan Spikes,both of Miami, FL, have released statements about their own experiences and what they hope will come out of the firestorm.

"As a bestselling author who has been statutory raped by two of my pastors when I was a teenager and never spoke out on it (till recently), I am deeply saddened. I won't degrade Pastor Eddie Long, for I don't know the entire story. I've been on both sides of abuse being a four year survivor of childhood rape, and survivng fals allegations against myself 14 years ago when I was 19. So I sympathize with both Eddie Long and the accusers. I do know opportunists are out there waiting to pounce on someone's fame for notoriety. But if it is true, then this reverberates how I felt when a pastor from a church I attended when I was 14 raped me and got up in the pews the very next Sunday damning all homosexuals to hell, looking me deeply in the eyes. I didn't feel I was worth anything. Its hard for anyone to actually come forward and admit someone did something to them, especially of a sexual nature. I feel that if you are a leader or a pastor leading a congregation, though you aren't perfect and you are without sin, you should monitor your actions and hold yourself at a high regard because those who you influence are also your fans, followers and supporters. Negativity befalls them as well when you participate in hidden agendas.

"This should be a wake up call to Pastors everywhere. Instead of bashing homosexuality more than you bash adulterers, murderers and men with more than one woman, pastors should show more understanding and humility towards his fellow man and woman. And with this understanding stereotypes and prejudices will be alleviated, and the church and a people can start to heal through charity." --- Bestselling author Dapharoah69, The King of Erotica

"The Minister Long allegations brings up the perfect opportunity for the church to finally address the issues of homosexuality. I feel the rejection of homosexuality is the norm in most churches. I know it was in the church that I once belonged to.

"From the pulpit, the pastor preached that homosexuality was contrary to God's word. "God ain't make man to sleep with man. How can you love God and indulge in homosexual sin?" I felt guilty. It made me feel that something was wrong with me. I prayed and prayed that God would take away my feelings toward men. I would lay on the floor and cry and plead with God. However, those feelings still remained. I hated myself. I felt as if I was going to burn in Hell.

"I desired to make it into Heaven so I constantly read my Bible, and I spoke in tongues, and I rebuked the Devil in Jesus̢۪ name, and I had declared spiritual warfare, and I had pleaded the blood of Jesus in order to keep my flesh free of homosexuality. But still, in the end, I was gay.

"I asked my preacher to pray with me. I just had to be free of the homosexual demon that plagued my life. He prayed and prayed. He even poured Olive Oil on the top of my head. He spoke in tongues. When he finished he told me that I was delivered. I jumped up and down and shouted for joy. I was delivered. After we prayed, my pastor urge me to find another church that deals with people like me because he don't tolerate those type of demons in his church.

"I questioned why homosexual sin was singled out by my pastor and my church congregation. But what about all of the other sins? I kept asking. Isn't sin--sin? If sin is sin, and no sin is greater than the other, why do churches reject homosexuality or make it appear that it is the ultimate sin? Pastor's commit adultery, fornication, theft, cast the first stone, and a whole slew of other things that is contrary to what the Bible teaches, but it seems to be accepted or not as sinful as homosexuality.

"Why tell me that I can be whatever I want to be, when being gay is not, and should never be a part of that whatever?" It's time for the church to answer this question, Why say that God loves you in-spite of, but then you reject me because of? It is time for some answers.

"I was molested as a child. It hurts when you put your trust in an authoritative figure, only for them to molest you. I never told anyone because of fear, guilt and shame. I did not want to get him in trouble. I felt like I caused it. I was so brain washed that I became attracted to all tall, dark skinned, muscular men because it reminded me of my abuser. Even as an adult, he still controlled my mind.

"I spent several years putting myself through psychological torture as I tried to hold on to the "secret." I acted out by participating in self destructive behavior. Through therapy, faith and writing my novel, I know what I AM and I AM NOT what you call ME!, I was finally able to let go of the pain and move forward with my life. I realized that it was my anger that gave him power over me, and it was my forgiveness that set me free. We can only move forward if we address the pain. Hopefully, the church is finally ready to address the pain." --- Jonathan Spikes, author of I KNOW WHAT I AM AND I AM NOT WHAT YOU CALL ME

Both DaPharoah69 and Jonathan Spikes are available for interviews and discussions to talk about their own triumphs over personal tragedies and how they have channeled their energy towards success and happiness. For more information, contact Cyrus Webb at or 601.896.5616. You can also visit

Monday, September 20, 2010

Shadow Play Entertainment Welcomes Author U.D. Abdul Kareem

When it comes to the importance of reading, U.D. Abdul Kareem knows firsthand it can mean the difference between success and failure. The 33 year old native of Kaara vilage in Nigeria currently lives in Bonny Island, Nigeria where he is in the Nigerian Navy. This year he is celebrating the release of his debut novel AFRICAN COWBOY. He talks with Cyrus Webb of Conversations Magazine about hs life, his love of reading and what he hopes his book does to inspire others.

(As a member of the Shadow Play Entertainment family, U.D. Abdul has also joined the TAKE TIME TO READ campaign. See details at

UD, you come from a large family. How many brothers and sisters do you have?
I am from a polygamous family of 35. My father married four wives and had 21 males and 14 females. I'm the ninth of eleven children of my mother. I had eight sisters and three brothers.

Looking at your country, what population of Nigeria do you believe can't read or write well?
According to the current census by UNICEF, the Nigerian population that can not read or write are 57.1%.

How important is reading to you?
Reading is the only secret in which you can know others' intention, motives, feelings and information. I always create time to read books, newspapers and magazines despite the schedule of my life. Some information is entertaining while other is educational. I love reading. I believe more of what I read than what I heard. If you want to know what happened years ago or how to do something that is difficult for you to understand, go through books.

What made you decide to write the book African Cowboy?
I decided to write African Cowboy to share my experience with the rest of the world, which illustrates nagative view of gender discrimination, the importance of education and the terrible effect of illiteracy, especially to the developing and under-developped countries where education is regarded less importance. It's not my autobiography, but it's a true life story.

What do you hope people get from your book?
I want people to understand that female or male children deserve equal rights. No one is better than the other. The major character of the story "Bappa" mistreated one of his daughters and eventually as life goes on, he came to look for a job from her to survive not knowing that she is his daughter. She saved his life while he was at the point of death. If you train a female child she can equally do even better than the males.

The second message that I want people to get from African Cowboy is to bear in mind that the sky is the limit to the educated person, while illiterate persons have very limited opportunities. Illiteracy kills talents, dreams and creates inferiority complex and restrict freedom of expression.

What do you think people in the United States and around the world can do to help address the problem of illiteracy?
You know, the must difficult aspect of success is the first step, because the first thing you'll encounter at the first move is a challenge. That is where a coward would back off. It is only the hero that can face the challenge and conquer. What I'm trying to say is that someone has already made a move to fight this terrible epidemic {illiteracy}not only in the United states but all over the world, and that is Cyrus Webb. Mr Cyrus has already paved the way to fight illiteracy all over the world. All what we need to do is to give him a maximum support.

Governments and other agences such as UNICEF and the rest, should work together to achieve one goal. Something urgent need to be done to tackle illiteracy in the world, especially in African countries. We that are privileged to be literate can not fold our arms seeing others suffering without any effort to rescue them. It's a collective war. Let everybody contribute in one way or the other. If you can rescue only one person from illiteracy God will definitely reward you for that.

Thank you for the compliment, U.D. and for taking out the time to talk with us. How can our readers find out more information about you and the book.
You can go to my Facebook page at!/profile.php?id=100000209190857. You can find out more about the book and get your copy here:

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Shadow Play Entertainment Welcomes Dr. Ed Slack

(Saturday, September 25, 2010) Shadow Play Entertainment, Conversations Book Club and its literary partners are pleased to welcome Dr. Ed Slack, author of TWO LEGGED SNAKES(Understanding and Handling Manipulative People).

"I was introduced to the author earlier this year," says Mississippi native Cyrus Webb,35. He is the President of Shadow Play Entertainment, Conversations Book Club and host of Conversations LIVE Radio. "Dr. Slack was a guest on our radio show not long ago, and from there we began making plans to work together in scheduling some events."

Slack will be in Mississippi for one day only promoting his book, talking about what led him to writing and what he hopes others get from his advice.

* 11-1p.m. --- Dr. Ed Slack will be at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road * Pearl, MS) meeting patrons and signing copies of his books.

* 2:30-4:30p.m. --- Dr. Slack will be the guest of honor at the Triangle Cultural Center (Ste. A, 332 Main St. * Yazoo City, MS). Specal guests include the Mayor of Yazoo City, City Council member Aubrey Brent, Coach Johnny Staples of Focus on the Children, Stanley Clark of For The People Productions and Cyrus Webb. Free food and music available as well as performances from area schools.

* 6-7:30p.m. --- Dr. Slack will be the guest of "Spoken Word Saturdays" at Appetizers Restaurant (3000 HWY 80 * Pearl, MS) reading from his book and signing copies. Admission is free and food specials are available.

Books will be available for purchasing at all events. To find out more about the author and the book, visit

For details about any of the events surrounding the visit, contact Cyrus Webb at or 601.896.5616. Details can also be found at

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Book Club President Pens Bio of Platinum-selling recording artist C-Mu rder

On Friday, August 14, 2009 Platinum-selling recording artist/bestselling author Corey "C-Murder" Miller was sentenced to life without parole after being found guilty of murder earlier in the week. This is the second time that Miller, who maintains his innocence, has been convicted of this crime; however, over the past few years he has begun a dialogue through his work that is not going to be stopped in his absence. Part of the movement to keep Miller's positive influence on the world alive will be led by Cyrus Webb, President of Shadow Play Entertainment/Conversations Book Club and the host of Conversations LIVE! Radio.
"Cee has managed to do something that few in Hip Hop have accomplished," says Webb,35. "He made it cool to read and to believe that no matter what you have done in your life, it's never too late for you to make a difference."

One year after Platinum-selling recording artist Corey "C-Murder" Miller was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison Webb began writing about the rapper's life. What was supposed to originally be a series of articles for his online magazine about the person he knew C-Murder to be has grown to a point where he has decided to turn it into a book.

"I think it's really unfortunate what has happened to Cee since the trial and conviction," he says. Webb originally met the rapper in 2006 and was able to work with him on a literacy project, even starting a book club together in New Orleans. In 2008 the two hosted a weekly radio show called TRU Conversations and participated in online chats with young people to encourage them to do their best and discuss the choices they made. Cee and Webb last corresponded in early 2009. (Listen to Webb's radio interview with Miller here: Here is a radio interview done to mark the event. )

"There is so much more to him than what has been written about on blogs, turned into jokes about his name and even what it is alleged that he did," says Webb. "He admits he was no saint, but everyone deserves to have their story told. That is what I want to do: give a fair portrait of the man so many only knew through his music and his name." In March 2010 Cyrus started talking with people who had either interviewed or knew Cee, fans impacted by his music and even those impacted by his work in the community to help young people.

"In April 2009 Cee held a press conference addressing the issue of senseless violence," says Webb. "In a statement read at the event, he said this: 'I stand before you today a new man that's ready, willing, able to do everything in my power to bring an end to these senseless murders. Get it right, this movement is not about Corey Miller, or anything other person. It's about our kids, our future, and our safety.'  "That is why I feel like it would be a great disservice to New Orleans and the world to not let things like this be known," says Webb.

The book will cover Cee's life growing up in New Orleans, the events that would shape his music, the rise of No Limit Records, the controversies that caused headlines, his relationship with his family, the music he produced that changed lives and his new venture into publishing. Webb saw firsthand the impact Cee made not only on publishing with his debut novel DEATH AROUND THE CORNER (published by Kensington Publishing), but the way he was able to bring new people to books.

"The man sold tens of thousands of copies of his book just through Myspace," says Webb. He was so impressed with what C-Murder did with his book that in 2007 he wrote the judge on his case and asked that he be allowed to visit Mississippi to promote it. Though Cee was on house arrest, the request was granted and over 200 books were sold in just the two-day visit, making headlines nationwide. In 2008 Webb was also brought on as the tour coordinator for rapper Jacki-O when her book GROWN & GANGSTA was published by TRU Publishing, becoming its first release.

No release date has been set, however the tentative title is 'C-MURDER: A TRU Soldier's Journey.' Webb hopes to wrap up the writing of the book in November 2010 and is now reaching out to C-Murder's family to see if they want to be a part of the project. This includes famous brothers Master P and Silkk the Shocker who were a part of the No Limit clique. "It would be nice to have their support and blessing on the project," says Webb, "but it is an unauthorized biography. Regardless of whether I am able to speak with them or not, the project will go forth. I feel as though I owe that to Cee and his fans."

Cyrus Webb has been involved in the arts since 1999 and has worked in promoting literacy and the importance of education. Webb began hosting the radio show Conversations LIVE in July 2003 and has interviewed some of the biggest names in entertainment as well as rising stars. His co-ed book club Conversations Book Club began in November 2006 and has been nationally recognized for its commitment to promoting reading and conversations about important issues. As President of the PR firm Shadow Play Entertainment, Webb also represents over a dozen authors and public figures including actor/author/recording artist Tray Chaney (Poot from HBO's The Wire), Bigg Marv (cousin of M. C. Hammer and co-star of A&E's HAMMERTIME), recording artist/author Jacki-O and actress/producer/author Cherie Johnson (Punky Brewster/Family Matters).

Those who want to be interviewed for the project can contact Cyrus Webb to do so. To stay updated on the project, visit Cyrus Webb can be reached at or 601.896.5616.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

(Sat. Sept. 11, 2010) Authors Samara Alexander and Joseph Henderson talk being Muslim on WEXY 1520

On Saturday, September 11,2010---nine years after the terrorist attacks on the United States--- authors Samara Alexander (When The Veil Drops) and Joseph Henderson (I Don't Want To Die All Alone) talk to Niki V on WEXY 1520 in South Florida about the controversy about the proposed mosque in New York and the threat of Koran burning in Florida.

Listen to the podcast here:

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Shadow Play Welcomes Actress/Entreprenuer Cherie Johnson To The Family

With all of the advancements that the United States has made over the years, illiteracy is one plague that seems to be growing, not shrinking. To help bring more attention to the importance of books and education, Shadow Play Entertainment, The Write Stuff Literacy Campaign and Conversations Book Club are excited to announce its new initiative TAKE TIME TO READ.

"It's all about making people feel okay about reading," says Cyrus Webb, a 35 year old Mississippi native and founder of the new program. "There are many reading projects out there that are doing alot of good, but some young people especially need to know that those they look up to believe that reading is important."

To that end, Webb went out soliciting the help of those in the music industry and other levels of entertainment, getting their thoughts on the importance of reading. Because of that, celebrities and those in the literary community are teaming together to urge the world to 'do it 15 minutes a day', encouraging others to take time every day to read. Thus far dozens of influentials and up-and-coming stars in the music industry and entertainment arena have signed on along with those who are interested in making a difference. Shadow Play Entertainment was pleased that actress, author and overall creative heavyweight Cherie Johnson (known for her roles in shows such as Punky Brewster, Family Matter, The Parkers and Days of our Lives) came on board the project as national spokesperson.

"Having Cherie out front is a real asset," says Webb. "Not only does she have the name recognition that will spark interest, she is also an author with her first book Around The World Twice just being released. She's already on the road promoting her novel, so the timing was just right for her to be able to speak about the literacy campaign as well." Johnson is also a client of Shadow Play Entertainment.

Realizing this is a global problem, Webb also reached out to his friends around the world to join the cause, and is looking for other international partners to help spread the message. Individuals like United Kingdom Filmmaker Tom Sands and Nigerian Author UD Abdul Kareem have already joined the coalition and have made videos expressing their support. (TAKE TIME TO READ is Webb's third literary program, with the Hip Hop and Books literacy campaign and The Write Stuff literacy campaign still in effect.)

All of this is a part of the lead up to the 2nd Annual National Day of Reading on Sat. November 20, 2010. On that day Webb hopes to get just five people in each state to take at least one hour and spend it either reading together or discussing a book together.

Details about the TAKE TIME TO READ initiative and the pledge that the public can sign to show their support can be found at . To join the growing coalition, contact Cyrus Webb at or contact him at 601.896.5616. Details about Webb's other projects can be found at

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

KINESIS: Using Passion For Music To Teach By Example

Mississippi continues to give birth to some of the best and brightest in the world of entertainment. At the age of 25, Mississippi native Keith "Kinesis" Cole is showcasing the skills and discipline it takes to be good at whatever it is he pursues. When it comes to setting priorities, at the top of the list---third only to his love for God and his two daughters---is his love for making and performing good music.

"With music I am able to express myself and talk about the things I see everyday," he says. A native of Dekalb, Mississippi, Kinesis has been working on his craft for quite some time. "I think I was in the fifth or sixth grade when I started writing music and figured out that I had some real skill."

Though he has admired several artists over the years, Tupac, T. I. and Young Jeezy have been the main Hip Hop voices that Kinesis has been drawn to. "Since I rap, I don't really listen to alot of rap so I won't try and emulate what I hear," he says. "I listen to alot of R&B, but I respect the artists out there doing their thing."

As with any choice that a young person makes, the response has been mixed when it comes to the support Kinesis has seen in pursuing music. "Some of the family does support me," he admits, "but some people think that what I'm doing is a waste of time. I have a college degree, and they think I should be using it."

That degree was obtained at Jackson State University and was supposed to be the doorway for him to become a teacher. For Kinesis, though, he feels as though he is a teacher of life through his music, not just to the world but other young people around him, including his daughters.

What was the deciding factor in him not pursuing a "regular" job after college? Kinesis says that in 2007 he started to get real serious about music and building his brand as an artist. "I would spend all of my spare time on recording and promotional material," he says. "I was willing to give up so much, because I felt like God was going to give me all that I wanted. I just had to show that I had faith in myself. I wanted it so bad, and I was willing to do whatever it took."

One person who was in his corner in the beginning may not be around to physically see what he is accomplishing now, but Kinesis knows they are proud of him. That would be his mother who passed away on September 11, 2002: the same day his first daughter was born. "She was always in my corner," he says. "My mom was a big supporter of anything I did." That makes his making it in the music industry that more important.

Over the past few years Kinesis has laid the groundwork for a career that is reaching not just out of his hometown of Dekalb but the state of Mississippi altogether. He has performed in shows and had the privilege of hearing his music on the radio. What has it been like for him? Two words: a blessing.

"Each experience makes me even more hungy for this," Kinesis says. "When I am on stage or in the booth, I feel like I have won a championship when I finish. It's the kind of feeling you want when you are doing something you love."

Currently, Kinesis is promoting the singles "Ready to Ride" and "Clothes Off", and has joined Shadow Play Entertainment's literacy initiative called HIP HOP AND BOOKS which encourages reading among lovers of Hip Hop and R&B. "You have to give back," Kinesis says. "Organizations like Hip Hop and Books allows artists like me to stand shoulder to shoulder with others doing what I love and promote something positive like reading. Without the ability to read, you're lost. As a father, I realize that even more."

Speaking of his children, when asked about how he hopes his two daughters see Dad the Entertainer, Kinesis understands the balancing act he and other artists have to do. "I want them to be proud of what I do," he says. "I'm an entertainer, but I think I can also be a role model in the way I treat myself, my family and those around me."

Find out more about Kinesis at!/profile.php?id=657878252&ref=ts or To schedule interviews, appearances or events with the artist, contact Cyrus Webb at or 601.896.5616.

Fashion Designer From Toledo, OH Returns Home To Reflect, Celebrate

On Saturday, August 21, 2010 the DorrSecor Neighborhood will host "Reconnect: 2010" Reminisce. Reflect. Reconnect" at The Park Inn Hotel (1010 North Summit Ave.) in Toledo,OH with the mission of bringing attention to the area's incredible past and those who have come from the area and made its success possible. As part of the program, Toledo, OH native (now resident of Jackson,MS) Gail Rayford-Ambeau will host her first fashion show in the city, thanks to the help of Kel-Roz Productions.

"It feels good to not only be coming home," says Gail, "but to showcase what I have been able to do with the gifts I first discovered in Toledo."

Since leaving the state, Gail has been active promoting her visual artwork and making her mark as a fashion designer with not only talent but passion. She's been featured in publications and events across the country, working with celebrities as well as everyday individuals who are looking to make a statement. She is also the host of her own weekly radio show called FASHION FORWARD on Conversations LIVE where she gives fashion tips and interview individuals who share her passion for fashion, interviewing such notables as Will from Day 26, rising Island Def Jam star Abraham McDonald, movie star Necoye Banks and fashion designers Chris March and Laura Bennett from Project Runway.

The event in Toledo will be an opportunity for Gail to not only reconnect with those from her past but share with them her vision for the present and future.

For more information about Gail and her work, visit or contact Gail via email at or at 601.500.0937.

Monday, August 16, 2010

(Mon. August 16, 2010) Shadow Play Ent. Welcomes New Members To Its Family

Since it began in 1999, Shadow Play Entertainment has served as the marketing and promotion instrument for its founder Cyrus Webb to showcase the work he was doing along with those who joined him along the way.

Today the growing public relations and marketing organization is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to its family: Author/Talk show host Mary E. Gilder, author/columnist/speaker Jeanelle Lanham and recording artist Kinesis.

* She has been working with Shadow Play Entertainment since 2009, so for many it might not be a surprise that Mary E. Gilder, author of A MISREPRESENTATION OF MYSELF and co-host of Inspirational Conversations on has joined the team. Look for many exciting new ventures from her, including additional speaking engagements and appearances as well as an expanded role on the radio show. To find out more information, visit

* Jeanelle Lanham is a true example of someone using their lives to make a difference for other people. As the founder of the teen organization HODGE PODGE, she provides a safe environment for young people to come and express themselves. Outside of that, she is an author, motivational speaker and columnist. Her short-term goals include her own radio program and blogging more about issues that matter to her and so many others. Find out more information at

* Since he was in the 5th grade, Keith "Kinesis" Cole knew that music would be a part of is life. Now 25, he is using his God-given gift to entertain and inspire others, as well as provide for his family. Look for him to continue to host events and perform at events throughout the South and beyond as well as move into other ventures that will help him expand his brand. To find out more about Kinesis, visit him on facebook here:!/profile.php?id=657878252&ref=ts

Shadow Play Entertainment welcomes and appreciates its new members. For additional information on them and any of our clients, visit

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Bigg Marv of A&E's HAMMERTIME Named Hip Hop and Books National Spokesperson

(August 4, 2010) Shadow Play Entertainment and the Hip Hop and Books Literacy Campaign are pleased to announce that Bigg Marv, known to many as the cousin of celebrated rapper/businessman M. C. Hammer and co-star of the hit reality show HAMMERTIME on A&E, is the new spokesperson for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

"Bigg Marv is someone who is committed to seeing individuals succeed and better themselves," says Hip Hop and Books Founder Cyrus Webb, 35. "We are excited to bring his enthusiasm and excitement to not just the Hip Hop and Books project but Shadow Play Entertainment as a whole."

Webb began Hip Hop and Books in 2008 with the mission of encouraging reading among lovers of Hip Hop and and the community it represents. The organization partners with recording artists and provides free books for those who attend their events. To date over $5,000.00 in free books have been distributed with encouraging results across the country.

Bigg Marv is the third spokesperson for Hip Hop and Books, following platinum-selling recording artist/bestselling author Corey "C-Murder" Miller and rapper/author Jacki-O. As spokesperson he will travel around the country sharing the message about the importance of reading and providing suggestions of books that appeal to the urban community and address issues that relate to them. Talking about the reason why Bigg Marv was chosen, Webb says that his commitment to working with young people and organizations like Hodge Podge and the Boys and Girls Club was a big factor, as well as his role in developing musical talent.

To find out more about Hip Hop and Books and its plans for the future, visit You can also contact Cyrus Webb at, 601.896.5616 or

Monday, August 2, 2010

(Aug. 2, 2010) News From Shadow Play Entertainment

What a year it has been for Shadow Play Entertainment and its various subsidiaries. Month after month has been full of activity, and August seems to be no different. Below are the most current updates:

* Conversations Book Club has chosen "The Skinny On" series as its selection of the month for August 2010. Created by Jim Randel, it is the perfect set of books to address many of the issues Americans are dealing with from day-to-day. For details, visit

* CONVERSATIONS LIVE RADIO: After celebrating its 7th year on the radio in July 2010, Conversations LIVE Radio will bring you over 50 guests during the month of August 2010 that will span the arts, entertainment and current events that you have been hearing about. To see the full listing of guests, click this link:

* (Sat. Aug. 7, 2010) Bestselling authr Roy Glenn will travel to Hinds, Rankin and Madison counties on Sat. August 7, 2010 to promote his newest book. For details of his schedule, visit this link:

* (Tues. Aug. 10, 2010) Motivational speaker and author Shay Olivarria will be in Mississippi on Tues. Aug. 10, 2010 sharing ways to make the best use of money using her book MONEY MATTERS. For details of her visit, click here:

* (Saturday, August 14, 2010) ---- Shadow Play Entertainment will be hosting its next Hip Hop and Books Literacy Rally on Sat. August 14, 2010 beginning at 4p.m. at Smith Park (302 Amite St. *Jackson, MS). The free event will include performances by Mississippi's own Unik, Spida, Young Boi Hulk as well as special guests Joey Calendar and Pryce of Brite Mic Ent. from Oakland, California and Hip Hop and Books newest spokesperson Bigg Marv. For details visit this link:

* The Hip Hop and Books Literacy Campaign welcomes its new National Spokesperson, Bigg Marv. Known to many as the cousin of rap superstar M. C. Hammer and one of the co-stars of the hip reality show on A&E HAMMERTIME, Marv has been making moves promoting causes he believes in. Currently he is the President of the teen-driven non-profit HODGE PODGE, and will be traveling the country promoting the importance of reading and staying in school. For more details, visit

* INSPIRATIONAL CONVERSATIONS'S NEW ONLINE HOME: The newest member of th Conversations radio family has been the creation of "Inspirational Conversations" on Sunday mornings at 10:30a.m. EST (9:30a.m. CST/7:30a.m. PT). Hosted by Cyrus Webb and author Mary E. Gilder, the program is designed to give listeners a message and motivation as they head into a new week. You can now keep up with the show, hear from the hosts and listen to past episodes online at

To stay abreast of all the most recent news with Shadow Play Entertainment, visit You can also contact Cyrus Webb at or 601.896.5616.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

(Wed. July 7, 2010) News From Shadow Play Entertainment

* Conversations Book Club's July 2010 "Book of the Month" is DIARY OF A STALKER by bestselling author Electa Rome Parks. Find out more about her at

* As Shadow Play Entertainment celebrated the 7th year anniversary of Conversations LIVE Radio on Sunday, June 27, 2010, it also debuted a new program to the family. "Inspirational Conversations" airs live on each Sunday at 10:30a.m. EST (9:30a.m. CST/7:30a.m.PT) with hosts Cyrus Webb and Mary E. Gilder, author of A MISREPRESENTATION OF MYSELF. The 15 minute broadcast includes a motivational song for the upcoming week, a message of inspiration from Gilder and examples of those who inspire each day. To be a guest on the program contact Cyrus Webb at or 601.896.5616.

* Inked Magazine recently featured Shadow Play Entertainment client rapper/author Jacki-o in its "Inked For A Cause" series. Read the interview here:

* Beginning Sunday,July 18, 2010, DirecTV's 101 Network will air the 60 episode series The Wire. This is the second time in 2010 that the highly acclaimed series has been back in the news and given new life. Earlier this year it was announced that colleges like Harvard, Duke and others were offering courses built around the show. Shadow Play Entertainment client actor/author/recording artist Tray Chaney is excited about the news. His five year stint on the show as character Poot Carr has definitely opened up a fanbase for him worldwide and looks forward to the repeats reintroducing him and allowing some to see his acting skills for the first time. Find out more about what Tray has been up to at

* Larry Wilson,Jr. aka DaPharoah69 has joined the Conference Call Conversations Tour through September 1, 2010. Look for the details to be added at

* Shadow Play Entertainment is pleased to announce that California-based BRITE MIC ENTERTAINMENT has joined the family. Find out more about them here:

* Shadow Play Entertainment is pleased to announce that Bigg Marv of HAMMERTIME fame on A&E and the cousin of rapper M. C. Hammer has joined the family. Catch up with what he has been doing, and what he looks forward to in the future:

* Cyrus Webb recently interviewed supermodel Miguel Perdomo about his career and his advice for those looking to break into the business. Read the interview here:

* MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Shadow Play Entertainment's 2nd Annual National Day of Reading is slated for Sat. November 20, 2010. In 2009 over 30 states participated in the historic event, taking out time throughout the day to share the gift of reading. It is founder Cyrus Webb's goal to have all 50 states represented this year. To set up your own reading party in your state, contact Cyrus Webb at or 601.896.5616.

(PROFILE) BRITE MIC ENT.: Using Music To Light Their Way To Success

Over the past five years, the Hip Hop genre of music has gone through its own transformation with artists emerging and leaving the scene almost as soon as they appeared. For Joey Calendar, CEO of Brite Mic Entertainment, though, that period of time has given him the opportunity to find his own voice, create the music he loves as well as what the people will respect and enjoy.

Orginially from the Bay Area of California, Joey Calendar, 33, and his artists Mike Hunter, Joseph Pryce and Prince the Pistol, are committed to staying in the game for the long haul. Calendar's interest in music began at a young age. His family owned a neighborhood bar with a jukebox, and it was just the catalyst he needed to make music a focal pont in his life.

Though there was enough to sway him into the wrong choices, Calendar saw music as a way of staying positive and doing something productive. Brite Mic began a way for him to get his own sound out. Even as a independent having to finance each part of his venture alone, he understoo the importance of marketing and promoting, getting t-shirts made and creating a buzz around the movement he hoped to create.

It wasn't easy, but with trial and error he realized that it was important to know each aspect of the business from producing, engineering and mixing to having to get your product out for others to hear. Another tool that has aided the direction Calendar has been pursuing is the internet. He acknowledges that it levels the playing field between artists with a recording deal as well as independent artists. It's all about reaching the most people with your product, and the worldwide web has made that easier.

Five years in and the hard work is paying off. Calendar is currently promoting his album R.A.M. H.A.M with the remix of the hit single "Goin' In" feat. E-40. Prince the Pistol is promoting his album The Testament. Mike Hunter is working on learning more about the business while at the same time pefecting his craft and finding his sound. Pryce is promoting his album PRYCELESS and is already seeing some national success with his single "Parttime" featuring artist Raw Smoov.

What does success look like for Calendar and Brite Mic? It's all about reaching a level where they can take care of their families, live a comfortable life and be in a position to continue giving the world great music. For them there is no better reward.

For more information about the Joey Calendar and the artists of Brite Mic Ent., visit

Brite Mic Entertainment is represented by Shadow Play Entertainment ( To schedule interviews, bookings for shows and appearances as well as sponsorships, contact Cyrus Webb at or 601.896.5616.

Monday, July 5, 2010

BIGG MARV: Hammer's Cousin Making Moves As His Own Man

by Cyrus Webb

He might be known by many as simply M. C. Hammer's cousin, but Marvin Turell Grant known affectionally as Bigg Marv is making his own moves and building his own brand not just in the entertainment industry but in the community as well. The 34 year old has been around the highs and lows that come with success, but he always remembers what is important.

"It's all about family," he says with a smile. "Nothing else really matters. That is what I want people to know about me when they see me on tv or read about me. Without the family, the rest wouldn't mean anything."

The message of family was in the forefront of the successful first season of HAMMERTIME that debuted on A&E in 2009. In it you saw Hammer balancing his career and building a business along with keeping the family life going. With family being such a major part of the show, Bigg Marv was seen right along with them. "I feel thankful for people letting us into their homes the way they have through the show," he says.

Since music is a major part of what Hammer is known for, some might think that the obvious comparison to Hammertime would be Run's House. Bigg Marv says that another famous family of color is mentioned when he is talking with others about the show. "People compare it to the Cosby Show. I think because outside the music, it is a family show and is really about how the family is there regardless of what else is going on. I also like that comparison because of the positive image that is portrayed by the Cosbys. It shows that black families aren't all about the streets and that life. We can be successful and stick together through the good and bad."

Ironically, it was an incident in 2009 that would test the support that Bigg Marv would experience. At the height of the show's airing on television, he found himself in the midst of a real-life drama off screen that threatened to destroy everything he had been working for. Marv was worried not about the case, but about the way the allegations would be perceived. "I was concerned for my family and the impact it would have on them and my fans," he says. Part of what got him through what was his faith and realizing this was just another trial that he had to go through.

Though he doesn't want to get too into the situation that led to charges being filed against him, it should be noted that in June 2010 all charges against him were dropped in the case. In addition to that, Marv's attorney has been emphatic about the fact that no deal was made in the matter and no money was paid to anyone.

With that behind him, he is using his name recognition to continue his work in the community and fighting for the rights of children. Bigg Marv continues to work with Hammer's label Full Blast Music Group which includes artists Pleasure Ellis, J. D. Greer, Stooge Playaz and Dasit. He also consults for companies involved in the music business, including Brite Mic Entertainment.

No matter what he is involved in, though, Bigg Marv hopes to use his life as an example of what is possible for anyone with a dream or a vision as well as the passion to get things done. "You can't give up," he says. "Your life is not about where you are from. It is all about what you do with what you have."

Always communicating with fans through twitter at and on video chats, Bigg Marv believes he is using his success to make a difference in the lives of other people. In his eyes, that is what it should be about. "All of this can be gone tomorrow," he reflects. "What's going to remain is the impact I've had on other people."

With that in mind, he pledges to use each day to the best of his ability, knowing that to whom much is given, much is required.

Bigg Marv is a part of the Shadow Play Entertainment Marketing and PR Group. For interview requests or appearances, contact Cyrus Webb at or 601.896.5616.