Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Until TV and Entertainment News Readers...

 

Hey everyone! Until here. You know I had to come out of hiding to say "Thank You" to my Until TV and Entertainment News Readers. It makes me feel good to know you're reading my articles, staying abreast and loving them. I know, I know, it's been a minute since I've shared other articles, but I have to admit, once I published the book, a few other things took a back seat. But, now that I know how to deal with this unexpected balance that I've received, "I'm Oprah-ing it" now. Trust me, I got this.  I think.. no, I do. Lol! But I hope you continue to come see about Until TV because new things a coming next year.
 
I want to say "Thank You" to United States and Russia.
 
Be Blessed.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Legendary: Dorinda Clark Cole "Gospel Rosebud"


When you think of Dorinda Clark Cole, there is only one word that comes to mind. Legendary. Yes, one fifth of the gospel pinnacle group, “The Clark Sisters.” So imagine our surprised when CCN was granted an interview with the gospel rosebud. When we caught up with Dorinda, she had lots to share as she was gearing up for the launching of a couple projects that were on there way, that are now here.  One, her new album entitled “Living It” released February 17th to great reviews. Two, her new show known as “The Preachers of Detroit” which aired February 20th on the Oxygen channel.
We also wondered what else had the Evangelist been up to before these two projects. Dorinda explained, she’s been through some trials and tribulations, even lost her home do the economy but through the grace of God she’s still here. She waited on Him while continuing do the Lord’s work and prayers were answered and now she’s back on top; and what a wonderful testimony.
CCN asked Dorinda what made her want to journey on the “The Preachers of Detroit?” She explained, “I wanted people to see what we do, how we live and our struggles and what we’ve done for our city. Detroit has an amazing story! Detroit is on the rise and when you see what God has done for Detroit, you’ll understand. Furthermore, to see our faith in God and how seeing that when you’re called by God it is twenty-four hours a day. There are no breaks.”
Speaking to Dorinda, she was sweet, kind and gentle, and when she spoke, she elegantly exuded the Lord’s spirit. Even, Katrice Wilborn who was the winner of Dorinda Clark Cole’s Singers and Musicians Conference in 2011 expressed that Dorinda was down to earth, sweet and very personable and she took many people under her wing and was open to questions.  
If you would like to purchase Dorinda Clark Cole’s new album “Living It” and view the schedule of her new show “The Preachers of Detroit” and other projects she’s involved in, please visit her website at www.dorindaclarkcole.net. CCN Thanks you for a spiritual interview and we wish you many blessings with your many projects. (Smile)

*Please note that this article written by Quanda R. Graves has been published in the California Crusader Newspaper for the period of February 26- March 4th of 2015 in Volume 27 No. 9.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Butter Lamp "2015-Oscar Nominated Short Film"


California Crusaders Newspaper & Until TV
January 22, 2015
Hello Mr. Wei, my name is Quanda R. Graves and I am a journalist from the California Crusaders Newspaper in conjunction with Until TV. Thank you for allowing me to interview you.
Hello Graves. It's my pleasure.
Questions for Mr. Hu Wei:
§  How did you come to the thought of making Butter Lamp?
The idea of “Butter Lamp” has existed for a long time; but it wasn’t until 2008 at the FIAC Paris when I saw Michael Nash's photograph Warsaw 1946, did I finally decide to write the script. In this photograph, a photographer uses a backdrop with some rural scenery to mask the war ruins while shooting a portrait for a woman, it was taken in Warsaw in November of 1946. The differentiation of space presented in one photograph really impressed me and I think that is sort of a common agreement between the western culture and the oriental culture, after that I finished the screenplay of Butter Lamp.
§  Did you think that Butter Lamp would take the world by storm the way that it has?
The attention that Butter Lamp has received was not something that I expected when I first made the film; and the future of Butter Lamp is also something that I cannot predict. But one thing for sure is that I wish it will reach more and more audiences.
§  What does the film Butter Lamp mean to you?
 First of all, this film has strengthened my faith in the infinite possibilities and future potential of film language. And it allowed me to deliberate about the theme of diaspora and identity in the context of globalization. Lastly, because of the international attention this film has attracted, more young filmmakers in China are starting to value short film more. All those mean a lot to me.
§  How does it feel to have seventy (70) film prestige awards, as well as to have been selected by over two hundred (200) film festivals including majors such as Cannes, Sundance, Rotterdam and New York?
To hold on to the right to dream even when there's no hope, that's how I feel. We have encountered too many difficulties and frustration, but eventually it was our dreams that encouraged my team and I to keep going.
§  Two-parted question: Butter Lamp has been nominated for 2015 Academy Award. People dream all of their lives for this moment just to be nominated alone; was that one of your dreams? Or do awards matter?
The Academy Award is one of the most important awards today; for many filmmakers it is a dream; and for me, it is the beginning of my dream. The dream that drives me to make more films and have more freedom of expression.
§  I know you’re looking to do more but you have reached an accomplishment that take years to achieve, can you see what’s next in your steps?
I don't have a specific plan, but I am a person of adventure, I love doing what is challenging. So no matter what my next step is, it will be something that challenges my limits.
§  What is your favorite film?
This is an impossible question to answer for a cinephilia, but I can try to list out my top 10 of 2014: My top 10 films of 2014:1 From What Is Before (Lav Diaz) 2. Til Madeness Do Us Part (Wang Bing) 3. The Second Game (Corneliu Porumboiu) 4.Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan) 5.Fragile (Shigo Ota) 6. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting (Roy Andersson)
7. Adieu au langage (JLG)
8. Gyeongju (Zhang Lv) 9. Blind Massage (Lou Ye)
 10. P’tit quinquin (Bruno Dumont)
§  What is your favorite pass time?
When I have time, my favorite thing to do is to watch cartoons with my four-year-old daughter, or so some painting with her.
*Congratulations on your Oscar Nominated Film, Butter Lamp! I wish you many blessings and we at California Crusaders Newspaper look forward to hearing more from you.
Thank you and California Crusaders Newspaper; I wish you every success!
**This has been Quanda R. Graves from California Crusaders Newspaper and Until TV and I want to thank you for the interview. This article has been published in the California Crusader Newspaper, volume 27, No. 8, the issue of February 19th - 25th of 2015.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Thicker Than Water:


Thicker Than Water: The Tankards is a fairly new family show that first aired in November 2013. Now, back for its second season, which began airing January of 2015 is again taking the world by storm. Millions of viewers have tuned in for both seasons and we can’t get enough. CCN got a chance to speak with Mr. and Mrs. Tankard and ask them a few questions that some could be wondering about being a Godly based family on TV. See conversation below:
Good afternoon Mr. and Mrs. Tankard my name is Quanda R. Graves from California Crusaders Newspaper and I want to thank you for allowing the interview today.
CCN: Mr. Tankard, with reality TV having such a negative connotation, why do it?
Mr. Tankard: I’ve never allowed lemons to spoil everything. There are drunk drivers out there, but we all still drive.
CCN: So true. What did you do to prepare for this journey?
Mr. Tankard: We spoke to Bishop TD Jakes and asked his thoughts. He explained that if you’re going to do it, make sure you that you show your family creed. Understand there will be challenges, don’t be afraid of those challenges.
CCN: Wow, so you all went in prepared. Good job. Now, Mrs. Tankard, is this something you wanted to do? Was it easy for you?
Mrs. Tankard: Well, it’s funny I always like to say I’m so real, so it was good, until those camera’s came in (laughter). It was not that easy, it took a minute to grow into the authenticity for filming. Knowing that you can’t just cut camera’s off when an issue arises.
CCN: I can completely understand that. Now, you guys have a big family and you do so much, how do you handle it all?
Mrs. Tankard: I try not to think about it, take it day-by-day, prayer and the grace of God. I ask God everyday for wisdom and strength for my family and me.
CCN: Big prayer. Wow! Ok, so I understand you have created a church called Destiny Center Church and it is non-salaried. Why? That’s not what you hear most preachers do?

Mr. & Mrs. Tankard: Well, we do hope to get there one day so the church can sustain itself. But it just so happens that we already had the money to do it. It started from just bible study in our home and then we just thought well, let’s just do this. Get a building, this is the name and continue doing what we’re already doing/living. CCN: interjects, what makes you want to give back like that? Mr. Tankard says, well in Matthew 6 verse 33 ‘But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteous; and all these things shall be added unto you. So, the higher you go in life, you must be a blessing to others.
CCN: I think that’s amazing. I commend that. Goodness. Now, Mr. Tankard, basketball, pilot, music, pastor, mentor, Mrs. Tankard and this big family, where do you find the time. Mr. Tankard, says you’d be surprised what you can do if you wasn’t in your phone twenty times a day. *Funny, yet true.
CCN: Mr. and Mrs. Tankard were very sweet, humble and a joy to speak with. A fun tidbit about them; Mr. Tankard loves deep-sea fishing and Mrs. Tankard is like us ladies, she is a spa and shopping woman. *smile*
Mr. Tankard has a new CD coming out called Full Tank 2.0, which will be released sometime in February of this year, which features Shirley Murdock, Kirk Whalum. He will also be publishing a motivational book called Full Tank Life, taken from some of the episodes, as well as a clothing line for men, entitled Full Tank.
Please watch Thicker Than Water; The Tankards, which comes on every Sunday on Bravo 9/8 Central.  Thanks for a great interview Mr. & Mrs. Tankard!
***This article has been published in the California Crusaders Newspaper, volume 27, No. 5, January 29th - February 4th of 2015 and written by Literary Columnist and Journalist Quanda R. Graves.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Wherever it may...

I'm inspired by fresh air
The softness of my own hair
The moles that are now appearing in their rightful place upon my face
The changes every couple of years that my body, mind and soul seems to make

The desires, the dreams and ambitions that magically appear in my heart and mind everyday
The many hat's that I seem to be given by life which pertains to the varied roles on a daily I play
The many dimensions of me that I am and others think I portray

The words that come out of my mouth or that I write down to inspire myself and others to say "you've helped me, You've inspired me to do my own thing and walk my own way"

The visions at any moment and anytime of day on the screen of my mind that microfiche's on display

I'm inspired by the positive and negative flows of life where ever it may... lead me

Until...


*This poem has been published in  online Brutha Magazine in the year of 2014. (c) 2014

Friday, January 23, 2015

Until's Book of the Week


Until’s Book of the Week 
“Special Edition”
The Death of a King: The real story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final year, is the new book from non-other than, Mr. Tavis Smiley. January 15th of 2015, yes, Dr. King’s Birthday, Tavis Smiley had a book signing event that was held in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Mall. The book signing turned out to be a wonderful event, and what other way to celebrate The King, right!? The crowd gathered with excitement, awaiting Mr. Smiley to see just exactly what he had to share, besides, this is a story about Dr. King that hasn’t been told, well, we haven’t heard.
Tavis took to the stage very comfortably and once he began, his passion for telling Dr, King’s story grew, so did the crowd with curiosity and real interest in hearing what he had to say. Tavis only had thirty minutes to speak; he gave at least twenty minutes for Q&A from the audience, though most of his answers to the general basic questions could be found in his speech. But what Tavis Smiley shared, was very enlightening, intellectually arousing and shockingly sad; with what Tavis gave us, you can’t help but want to read the book, as he provided pertinent information way beyond what we knew, way beyond the “I Have A Dream” speech that we know and take from.
Below are a couple of bullet points with hopes that you will take the opportunity to broaden your horizons of the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Enlightenments:
*The day before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died, his sermon was called “Why America may go to hell.”
*Years after the “I Have a Dream” speech, he had another speech called “Beyond Vietnam” but soon after that, he was looked at as no longer relevant because they didn’t like was he was sharing.
* They no longer paid or allowed him to speak anywhere. Everyone turned on him, because of the very thing that rules us today is that what he saw back then, which was the triple threat; Racism, Poverty and Militarism.
*He battled great depression that when he died the autopsy showed that even though he died at the age of 39 his insides was as warn as an eighty year old man.
*He died of bankruptcy and Harry Bellefonte paid for his funeral. However, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., new his death was coming many months before, but he won in the end.
Something to thing about it isn’t? Though he suffered greatly, he won the war. To purchase the book please visit www.amazon.com. The book is also available on Kindle. To learn more about Tavis Smiley please visit ww.tavistalks.com.
Until…

**This article has been published in the California Crusaders Newspaper in Volume 27 No. 4, period January 22 - January 28th of 2015.

How to Deal with a Break-up

I’ve read a few articles on “How to deal with a break-up” and I’m not saying they’re wrong, after all who am I? But, what I will say is that to me they do write from some cookie cutter sheet idea to universally speak to you about the matters of the heart, and the way I feel, honestly, is that if you’ve never personally dealt with heart break (a break-up) you wouldn’t have the first clue as to know how to or what to do.

Now, let’s be clear, I don’t profess to be some “How to deal with a break-up” Guru but I can share with you some tips that best worked for me and a few of my friends; however please know that you have to want to move forward and push through the pain to progress into success. See tips below:

How to deal with a break-up tips:
*  Meditate/Pray (This helps nature to run its course, must release pain, keeps the mind healthy.)

*  Exercise (Release stress to feel better and endorphins for a little more happiness.)

*  Hobby (To keep busy, occupied, an idle mind is the devil’s play pin.)

*  Girls/Boys night out (Healthy company, fun with friends, laughing and discussing what you want to get off your chest is freeing.)

*  Massage (To help your body relax from the tension emotional stress can cause.)

*  Eat healthy, drink plenty of water and get plenty of rest (Keeps you overall energetic, up beat and positive to stay optimistic as you plan for your next step to move forward.)

So there you have it ladies and gentlemen, just a few tips to get you started to your new beginning and remember, “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” ~ Dalai Lama

This article was published February 18th of 2014 on the online Brutha Magazine. Written by Quanda R. Graves

Friday, January 2, 2015