Today I had the opportunity to talk to Hiram Jackson, CEO of Real Times Media and Publisher of The Michigan Chronicle about an amazing line up of gospel artist from the Motor City joining together for one huge virtual concert on Sunday, December 6, 2020.
When Pharrell Williams was asked to put together a choir in his hometown of Hampton Roads, VA by his uncle and a well-respected musical genius, Bishop Ezekiel Williams… I don’t think either of them or his team would think this would be life changing for so many.
I talked to Patrick Riddick, choir director for Voices of Fire, about how he got involved with the huge project, the process of choosing voices from such diverse backgrounds, and what this Netflix series will do for those who already love gospel music and those just discovering its healing power.
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is David E. Talbert’s first movie musical ever, but his background as a playwright, producer and director prepared him for what will soon be a Christmas classic for families everywhere.
I asked David how different was it to do a movie musical compared to other movies he’s done and how it compared to his playwright background? We also chatted about the heavy hitters in Jingle Jangle including Forest Whitaker, Phylicia Rashad and Detroit’s own Keegan-Michael Key and why this movie… 20-years in the making… was so important for him to release.
A whimsical movie about believing in you even when all seems lost, Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is filled with lots of twists and turns along with lots of black girl magic too.
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is now streaming on Netflix. Find out what my favorite scene is in the movie and more about David E. Talbert’s “journey” to making this new Christmas Classic here:
It’s always a pleasure talking to Bill Moss, Jr., especially on a day like today. In the midst of a global pandemic, civil unrest and an election year, Bill was given the lyrics to a song that puts our purpose in perspective. Check out our conversation about “Brand New Day,” and how personal the song became to him this year. Download or stream “Brand New Day” wherever you get your music digitally.