<![CDATA[When We Speak TV - BLOG]]>Sun, 13 Oct 2019 22:12:26 -0400Weebly<![CDATA[Fulton County Arts & Culture Focuses on Families this Fall with Thomas Dorsey Exhibition and Fulton Families Photos]]>Sun, 06 Oct 2019 13:00:00 GMThttp://whenwespeaktv.com/events_andmore/fulton-county-arts-culture-focuses-on-families-this-fall-with-thomas-dorsey-exhibition-and-fulton-families-photosNEWS SOURCE:  Hatchett PR
Jean & Andrew Young family (Photo Credit: Thomas Dorsey)
As they continue their 40th Anniversary Celebration this fall, Fulton County Arts & Culture is presenting a fabulous photography collection and inviting Fulton County families to pose for their very own portraits. From October 30 through November 14, visitors to the Southwest Arts Center Gallery will enjoy an exhibition of striking photos by renowned photographer Thomas Dorsey entitled Family: Pride, Dignity and Togetherness featuring notable Atlanta families including those of Andrew Young, Hank Aaron, Ed Spriggs and Marvin Arrington, Sr. In association with the Dorsey exhibition, during October and November, families from Fulton County can participate in Fulton Families Photo Days at six events across the county. Admission is free for the Dorsey exhibition and the photos events. 
“We believe the arts are essential to the social, spiritual, and intellectual health of our communities,” states Lionell Thomas, Director of Fulton County Arts & Culture.  “We’re honoring the legacy of renowned family portrait photographer Thomas Dorsey with an exhibition of his work, and we are celebrating the beauty and diversity of our own Fulton County family by inviting residents to have their portrait taken. We hope they enjoy the art and come celebrate with us!”
Carolyn & Tom Dorsey family (Photo Credit: Thomas Dorsey)
Rosemary & Don Jackson family (Photo Credit: Thomas Dorsey)

Thomas Dorsey exhibition Family: Pride, Dignity and Togetherness

There will be an Opening Reception on Wednesday, October 30 from 6-9 pm, and the exhibition will be on view through November 14 at the gallery at Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road SW, Atlanta, GA 30331. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission to the exhibition is free.

Thomas Dorsey was born in Augusta, GA, but grew up in Chicago, IL. After a four-year stint in the Air Force, he worked at the Post Office for a decade. Then he became interested in art and pursued a degree in Fine Art from the Art Institute of Chicago. He fell in love with photography which led him to start a business with his wife centered on family portraiture. During the next 32 years he made a name for himself beginning in Chicago, and then in Atlanta, by taking photos of families in their homes. The Family: Pride, Dignity and Togetherness exhibition showcases selected photos of prominent African American families from Fulton County and Chicago taken between 1978 and 2002.
“I cannot say how one should view these images, but the title reflects the positive potential of the human spirit I saw every time I was given the opportunity to trip the shutter!” - Thomas Dorsey
Vivian & Mack Jones family (Photo Credit: Thomas Dorsey)
Marylin & Marvin Arrington family (Photo Credit: Thomas Dorsey)
Azira & Jesse Hill with grandchildren (Photo Credit: Thomas Dorsey)

Fulton Families Free Photo Days

Fulton County Arts & Culture invites Fulton families to have their family portrait taken for free this fall. In celebration of the work of Thomas Dorsey and his exhibition at Southwest Arts Center which showcases photographs of families, they have created events across the six county districts to continue building relationships, sharing stories, and engaging directly with residents.  Here are the locations, dates and times for Fulton Families Photo Days events. 

​*Note families are asked to RSVP in advance for the location they will visit for their free family portrait. 
District 1 – Saturday, October 19 from 10 am – 2 pm
John Creek Art Center, 6290 Abbotts Bridge Road Bldg. 700, Johns Creek, GA 30097
RSVP here:  FultonFamilies.D1
District 2 – Saturday, October 26 from 10 am – 2 pm
Alpharetta Arts Center, 238 Canton Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009
RSVP here: FultonFamilies-D2
District 3 – Saturday, November 9 from 10 am – 2 pm
Abernathy Arts Center, 254 Johnson Ferry Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
RSVP here: FultonFamilies-D3
District 4 – Saturday, October 12 from 10 am – 2 pm
Helene S. Mills Senior Multipurpose Facility, 515 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
RSVP here: FultonFamilies-D4
District 5 – Saturday, November 16 from 10 am – 2 pm
ArtsXchange, 2148 Newnan Street, East Point, GA 30344
RSVP here: FultonFamilies-D5
District 6 – Saturday, November 2 from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Fairburn Library, 60 Valley View Drive, Fairburn, GA 30213
RSVP here: FultonFamilies-D6
Fulton County Arts & Culture is celebrating 40 years of creative leadership, improving and enhancing the lives of Fulton County residents and visitors through the arts. Their mission is to ensure all citizens have access to the arts for the passion they inspire, the quality of life they afford, and the economic impact they make in the community. FCAC provides broad access to arts programming including classes and free performances at their six community Arts Centers; generous support for area artists and arts organizations through Contracts for Services arts funding; outreach through their numerous community partnerships; and diverse public art experiences through the Fulton County Public Art Program.  For more information visit: fultonarts.org.
<![CDATA[Gospel singer, Yolanda Adams, shares a message of encouragement to Jermaine Sain and When We Speak TV!!! #BlackMusicHonors]]>Sun, 06 Oct 2019 04:00:00 GMThttp://whenwespeaktv.com/events_andmore/gospel-singer-yolanda-adams-shares-a-message-of-encouragement-to-jermaine-sain-and-when-we-speak-tv-blackmusichonorsBlack Music Honors is a televised event that pays tribute to legendary artists that have made significant contributions to African American music.  
During the 2019 Black Music Honors, Yolanda Adams was presented the Gospel Music Icon Award and received a beautiful musical tribute from Jekayln Carr, Kelly Price, and Le'Andria Johnson.   We had the pleasure of speaking with Yolanda Adams, during the red carpet event.
​​Jermaine Sain, shares his childhood memory of calling the radio station and requesting "My Liberty", recorded in 1982, by Southeast Inspirational Choir with Yolanda Adams on lead vocals.  

See what Yolanda Adams says is the contributor to her success in the entertainment industry!!

Wasn't that a powerful message?  We absolutely love her.........and if that wasn't enough!!!!!


<![CDATA[Raising Dion: Now Available on Netflix]]>Sat, 05 Oct 2019 14:16:17 GMThttp://whenwespeaktv.com/events_andmore/raising-dion-now-available-on-netflix#Netflix     #RaisingDion     #Michaelbjordan    #Actors 
A widowed mom sets out to solve the mystery surrounding her young son's emerging superpowers while keeping his extraordinary gifts under wraps.


When We Speak TV's own, Jermaine Sain, had a part in Raising Dion! You will not see him in the credits but his hard work definitely impacted the entire cast and crew of Raising Dion!!  Want to know how?  Click here.
<![CDATA[NEW MUSIC ALERT:  JOHN P. KEE DEBUTS AT #1 WITH NEW ALBUM "I MADE IT OUT"]]>Thu, 26 Sep 2019 02:33:42 GMThttp://whenwespeaktv.com/events_andmore/new-music-alert-john-p-kee-debuts-at-1-with-new-album-i-made-it-outNews Source:  CR8 Agency
#JohnPKee     #Gospel     #PJMorton     #NewMusic

Album Boasts Incredible Features by Zacardi Cortez, Chrystal Rucker,
Isaiah Templeton, Micah Stampley, PJ Morton and More

(NASHVILLE, TN) – September 24, 2019 – Entertainment One celebrates the release of GRAMMY-nominated gospel music pioneer and living legend John P. Kee’s latest full-length release, I Made It Out. Kee’s new album I Made It Out debuts at #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Chart and #1 on Billboard’s Current Gospel Albums Chart. Winning many accolades including a Billboard Music Award, a Soul Train Award and numerous Stellar Awards, Kee’s songwriting and vocals have been hailed by critics throughout his career – often by mainstream artists across various genres of music. He is currently enjoying the success of his current single and album title track, “I Made It Out (feat. Zacardi Cortez),” sitting in Billboard Gospel Airplay’s top-ten chart.
I Made It Out features Kee’s signature vocals on standout tracks, including “He Careth For You,” an encouraging song for those dealing with depression, “One God” featuring powerhouse vocalist Chrystal Rucker, and the sure-to-be fan favorite “One Yes Away” with Isaiah Templeton and Samoht. The album also features a remake of Kee’s catalog hidden gem “Colorblind” with lead vocals by PJ Morton.

After forming a community choir in Charlotte known as the New Life Community Choir ("NLCC”) in the ‘80s, Kee founded the Victory in Praise Music and Arts Seminar Mass Choir ("V.I.P") in 1990. Known as “The Prince of Gospel Music,” and having been active for more than 20 years in the music field, Kee is primarily known both for his signature, soulful, husky voice and for mixing traditional gospel with modern contemporary gospel. Over the years, Kee’s music ministry has birthed his best-known songs, including “Jesus is Real,” “Standing In the Need,” “Stand” and 2012’s crossover smash hit “Life & Favor.” In 2005, Kee was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame

Currently, the Charlotte, NC native serves as the Senior Pastor of New Life Fellowship Center. Kee’s latest effort I Made It is available in stores and online now. For more information on John P. Kee visit EntertainmentOne.com and follow John P. Kee on social media using the handle @KeetWit.
<![CDATA[2019 Shades of Nubia Festival in Atlanta.]]>Mon, 23 Sep 2019 22:00:00 GMThttp://whenwespeaktv.com/events_andmore/2019-shades-of-nubia-festival-in-atlanta
The Shades of Nubia Festival is an event that honors the creative genius and achievements of black women and provides exposure to the awesome talent of black women, that continues to breathe life into our communities through the arts.

​Watch these amazing sisters, as they showcase their creative artistry through music, spoken word, fashion, and dance!
One of the awesome women that performed at the 2019 Shades of Nubia Festival is our dear friend, and When We Speak TV guest, Shameia Crawford 
Shameia Crawford performed original songs off her Birthright and This Life albums.
For more information about Shameia Crawford
Facebook:  Shameia Crawford
Instagram:  ShameiaMusic
YouTube:  Shameia Crawford
Twitter:  ShameiaMusic
<![CDATA[Step Man by Comedian Mike E Winfield]]>Mon, 16 Sep 2019 10:00:00 GMThttp://whenwespeaktv.com/events_andmore/step-man-by-comedian-mike-e-winfield#MikeEWinfield     #StepMan     #Amazon     #Comedy
Who says you can’t get along with those annoying step kids? Mike E. Winfield explains the challenges of marrying an older woman and being a step father to a son with whom he shares similar qualities. Step Son AND Step Homies! Not only will you laugh, be prepared to fall in love with this relatable one hour of comedy.

During the 2019 Labor Day weekend, there was so much to do in Atlanta.  It was so hard for us to determine what events we wanted to attend but when we saw that Mike E Winfield was coming back to Punchline Comedy Club, it was apparent that When We Speak TV would be there to support our friend and former When We Speak TV guest!   
Of course there were laughs, laughs, and more laughs when Mike E Winfield took the stage. 

To be honest, I don't think we ever stopped laughing. 

At the end of the performance, Mike shared with the audience the release of his comedy special, My Side of The Story, which he fully financed on his own.  His hard work on My Side of The Story, caught the attention of many, allowing him the opportunity to record, StepMan.
<![CDATA[Freddie Jackson, Xscape, Tamia, Arrested Development, and Yolanda Adams Honored at 2019 Black Music Honors]]>Wed, 11 Sep 2019 03:30:27 GMThttp://whenwespeaktv.com/events_andmore/freddie-jackson-xscape-tamia-arrested-development-and-yolanda-adams-honored-at-2019-black-music-honors  #BlackMusicHonors       #BMH2019     #BlackMusicMatters
Central City Productions is pleased to return with the 4th Annual Black Music Honors acknowledging legendary artists who have made a significant contribution to African American music, such as Freddie Jackson, Xscape, Yolanda Adams, Arrested Development & Tamia.
Hosted by funnyman, Rickey Smiley and leading lady, LeToya Luckett, the Black Music Honors is set to air in broadcast syndication September 14 - October 20, 2019 and on Bounce TV October 20, 2019 at 12PM EST.
​The two-hour event will acknowledge these legendary African American artists who have made significant musical contributions to African American culture and American music worldwide. Performing live will be Jagged Edge, Jekalyn Carr, Tevin Campbell, Kelly Price, Naughty By Nature, Le'Andria Johnson, Tony Terry, Travis Greene, 702, Jade Novah, Dee-1, June's Diary, Mali Music, Mumu Fresh, Major, Keke Wyatt, Jessie Woo, Leon Timbo, Avery Wilson & more!

For airing dates and times, go to www.blackmusichonors.com
Chester Lawrence (L) and Jermaine Sain (R) at the 2019 Black Music Honors.
<![CDATA[Bring Out The Entire Family for the Duluth Fall Festival in Duluth, Georgia]]>Sun, 01 Sep 2019 23:30:00 GMThttp://whenwespeaktv.com/events_andmore/bring-out-the-entire-family-for-the-duluth-fall-festival-in-duluth-georgia​The Duluth Fall Festival is a fun filled weekend of live music, food, carnival rides, vendors, and more that benefits the beautification of downtown Duluth, Georgia
To see some of the projects undertaken by the Duluth Fall Festival, see the Festival Projects page.



Immediately after the Parade, join us at the Festival Center Amphitheater for the Opening Ceremony. The Parade Grand Marshal and Honorary Grand Marshal, and other local dignitaries, will be honored.


Promptly at 8:00, the race starts with runners winding through historic Duluth. At the end of the race, participants receive a complimentary donut and coffee, courtesy of Dunkin Donuts on Buford Hwy, Duluth. The Festival also provides water and energy snacks.


Make plans to join us for “Worship on the Town Green” on Sunday morning with a community worship service beginning at 10 a.m. at the Duluth Town Green. This service will be led by staff, musicians and members of Duluth First United Methodist Church.


The Duluth Fall Festival provides continuous entertainment during the two days of the Festival at two venues. During the weekend more than 20 acts will perform a variety of music and dance. The Festival Center Stage hosts bands and dance acts, while the Parsons Alley stage hosts smaller bands and acoustic music in an intimate setting. Throughout the Festival, you may run into street performers, such as puppeteers or our Festival scarecrow mascot.


The Duluth Fall Festival Carnival returns this year to host a full-fledged carnival, with a variety of rides and games. Be sure to take a ride on the Ferris wheel, where you can get a bird’s eye view of the continually changing Duluth skyline.


For a complete list of events and times, go to the Duluth Fall Festival website at: duluthfallfestival.org


​More than 250+ arts and crafts vendors participate in the Duluth Fall Festival. Vendors offer everything from paintings and photographs, wood crafts, pottery and glassware, furniture, floral arrangements and decorative accessories, baskets, adult and children’s clothing, doll clothes and toys, jewelry, candles, soap and more. All items must be handmade or hand-decorated; no commercial products are allowed.
Several of the same Arts & Crafts vendors return to the Festival year after year; When possible, returning vendors are located in the same general area. Most vendors are local or from the southeast. However, with our growing reputation as one of the best festivals in the southeast, we are fortunate enough attract vendors from as far away as Texas and Ohio.


The Duluth Fall Festival has more than 50 booths offering a variety of food and refreshments for breakfast, lunch and dinner. From coffee, lemonade, cream soda, and slushes to breakfast biscuits, kettle corn, hamburgers, hotdogs, gyros, and alligator, there is something to please every palate. And it wouldn’t be complete without sweets, such as snow cones, funnel cakes and candy apples.
The Food Vendor committee works hard to ensure that there is a variety of fare to choose from, with as little duplication as possible.


Come see local schools—elementary through high school with different activities, fire trucks, antique cars, local dignitaries, boy scouts, girl scouts, dance classes, sponsors, and clowns! The parade begins Saturday at 10:00 am. Streets close by 9:45 am so come early.


Welcome to Man’s Corner where, you will find the wonderful folks and products geared for men along with LIVE COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAMES in the Football Tent.
Man’s Corner is located between the Festival Stage and Duluth City Hall


Younger kids can find all sorts of amusements to keep busy in Kid’s Korner. Activities include inflatables, slides, and “bounce” houses. Booths nearby will be selling popcorn, funnel cakes, drinks and standard festival fare. Ticket prices vary and are available at each activity.
<![CDATA[Music Duo, Unknown Lyric, To Close Out 2019 Jazz In The Alley Concert Series In Norcross, Georgia.]]>Wed, 28 Aug 2019 21:30:00 GMThttp://whenwespeaktv.com/events_andmore/music-duo-unknown-lyric-to-close-out-2019-jazz-in-the-alley-concert-series-in-norcross-georgia
Jazz in the Alley is a free jazz concert series sponsored by the City of Norcross, Georgia. The series aims to showcase various jazz artists with diverse genre backgrounds.  The 2019 Jazz In The Alley concert series has been a blast.  Many dynamic artists have graced this year's stage in Norcross, Georgia.​
Closing out the 2019 Jazz In The Alley concert series is musical duo, Unknown Lyric.
Join us in Historic Downtown Norcross, Georgia, on September 28, 2019 at Betty Mauldrin Park


Unknown Lyric-with members Jeremiah Turner on acoustic guitar and Kevin Grayson on violin, is an acoustic classically infused instrumental duo out of Atlanta, GA. By fusing classical Beethoven with urban grooves and contemporary sounds, Unknown Lyric is on a mission to make instrumental music cool again. The essence of true music lies deep within the true musician. With Unknown Lyric, their craft is more than just a craft-It's a way of life. Winners of Rene Miller's Atlanta's Next best 3.0 and 2011, as well as 2 time Apollo Amateur Night winners Unknown Lyric is starting a movement called "Classical Fusion." From the heart..from the soul, Unknown Lyric is trying to be everywhere that your Ipod goes. It gets no better than this!



<![CDATA[Rhonda Ross & Rodney Kendrick Are Coming Back To Atlanta!!]]>Mon, 26 Aug 2019 08:30:00 GMThttp://whenwespeaktv.com/events_andmore/rhonda-ross-rodney-kendrick-are-coming-back-to-atlantaRhonda Ross & Rodney Kendrick Will Be At City Winery in Atlanta on November 5, 2019
Get Your Tickets for the Show:  
Front Premier  $35.00
Mezzanine  $32.00
​Premier  $28.00
Reserved  $25.00

Rhonda Ross on When We Speak TV in Atlanta

Rhonda Ross has been described as a cross between Jill Scott and Nina Simone. Video, however, only begins to capture how much her poetic compositions and profound performances sizzle! Similar to her legendary mother, Diana Ross, Rhonda holds audiences in the palm of her hand. She writes and performs fierce, heart-felt songs in order to examine the world in which she lives and through it all, asks “In the midst of THIS, how can I still be free?” It has become evident that Rhonda not only has the talent, but also the significance to carry on her parents’ legacy, all while establishing her own unique musical destination. Rhonda’s most recent release, In Case You Didn’t Know, is available everywhere music is sold.
Rodney Kendrick is, simply stated, a master of his craft. He is that rare breed of pianist/composer - old school in his percussive, rhythmic approach, yet ultimately contemporary and responsive to the current moment. His credits include touring with James Brown and Parliament before becoming the accompanist/musical director for vocalist, Abbey Lincoln. Profoundly influenced by pianists Thelonious Monk, Bud  Powell, and Randy Weston, Rodney’s playing reflects the intricate ancestral history of Black American Classical Music. His most recent CD is titled, The Colors of Rhythm and is on the Impulse! label.
​Partners in both music and life, Rhonda Ross and Rodney Kendrick tour the world, offering their dynamic, inspiring yet powerfully intimate and “not-to-be-missed” stage show.

ATLANTA, GA, 30308