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Ozie Nzeribe, also known as “ZMNY” is an 18-year-old international rapper with genres reaching Hip Hop, melodic and lyrical Rap, R&B, and Afro Beat.

He’s an Actor, Model, Humanitarian, and well-rounded scholar who appears as a series regular role on “Swagger”, with Kevin Durant’s basketball drama series on Apple TV produced by CBS. He recently appeared in a guest starring role on Jamie Foxx’s “Dad Stop Embarrassing Me”. He will also be in the upcoming film, “I Want It All” in the role of Ty, alongside, Darrin Dewitt Henson, Rick Ross, Lil Durk, Nas, Busta Rhymes and more.

You may have seen him in his recurring role on the hit Showtime series, “Shameless” as Todd, an oversized scary kid with a big heart.







Catch him in “The Mr. X Family Show” on the Africa Independent Television network, Beyoncé’s “Black is King” film/music video, and in an upcoming American Drama Miniseries, “Little Fires Everywhere” starring Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon.

Ozie has appeared in an Adidas commercial with Childish Gambino and has also appeared in Louis Vuitton’s 2019 Men’s Spring Print Campaign.

Ozie, “Zmny” at age 13 recorded a song “Hater-Free” with R&B artist Ray J Norwood, Brandy’s brother. He also collaborated with other popular African and American Hip Hop artists. Ozie was the youngest to have a “Grammy Party” approved by the Grammy’s Recording Academy Governance.

Ozie is a role model for kids of all ages and uses his platform to help inspire and empower. As a Youth Ambassador, Ozie has touched many teens’ lives internationally. In Nigeria, he sponsors and donates to a youth charity group to help end racism and poverty in their communities. Ozie’s compassion compels him to go in the streets of Lagos around Christmas time to clothe and feed the impoverished. Ozie’s empathetic quality is honorable.

As a stellar student, Ozie received several Estella Awards due to his excellent grades and humanitarian efforts.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: Where were you born and raised?

Ozie Nzeribe: I was born and raised in Monrovia, California.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: How and when did you get started in acting and modeling?

Ozie Nzeribe: I stumbled into acting while in a recording studio making music. I was approached by an acting manager about a possible acting job. Although I was skeptical at first, I was talked into it by my mom.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: Over the years, you’ve appeared in numerous tv series and more recently you’re working on “I Want It All”, alongside several Hip Hop heavy hitters. What can you tell our readers about that role and the show?

Ozie Nzeribe: Unfortunately, I’m not allowed to discuss details regarding the film until I get the greenlight from the producers. Guess you guys are just gonna have to wait.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: Kevin Durant has a basketball tv drama series on Apple TV titled “Swagger” and you’re a regular on the show. How did you become a part of the show, please describe your character and what you like most about the role you play?

Ozie Nzeribe: I booked my series regular role on “Swagger” after my agency acquired the audition. I originally read for a different part, but instead booked my current role as Royale Hughes. Royale is a dyslexic sub-par basketball player with a wealthy dad and insanely unmatched basketball knowledge.



Kevin Durant’s “Swagger” Official Trailer

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: In addition to acting, you are also an international rapper, known to flow to Hip Hop, melodic and lyrical Rap, R&B and Afro Beat. At 13 years old, you recorded the song Hater Free” under the name of Zmny, with Brandy Norwood’s brother Ray J Norwood. How did that opportunity come about, and can you please introduce yourself to our readers that may not be familiar with Zmny, to give them a feel of Zmny, the recording artist.

Ozie Nzeribe: I’ve been infatuated with music my whole life. By the time I turned 12, I wanted to make my own music. So, my mom and I sought out an artist to collab with in the hopes of giving my first song a good push. The artist I decided on was Ray J.

My stage name Zmny, pronounced Z Money, was first coined by my dad when I was a kid, because I was obsessed with money and the Z being the second letter in my name. I currently go by my actual name, Ozie.

“Hater-Free” with R&B artist Ray J Norwood

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: Who are some of the recording artists that have influenced you?

Ozie Nzeribe: Artists that have influenced me, from the top of my head, out of order, I would have to say Post Malone, J. Cole, Chance The Rapper, Lord, Juice WRLD, Tyler, The Creator, Lewis Capaldi, Justin Bieber, Kyle, and many more.


“Function” – Zmny ft. Ana Lou

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: Who are some of the actors that have influenced you?

Ozie Nzeribe: Actors that have influenced me, from the top of my head, out of order, I would have to say Dylan O’Brien, Chadwick Boseman, Ryan Reynolds, Frankie Muniz, Tyler Posey, Denzel Washington, and many others.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: You are also a humanitarian, a scholar, and a role model. Many entertainers do not like to hold the responsibility or title of being a role model. How do you feel about being characterized as a role model and what type of responsibility does that title place on you as an individual?

Ozie Nzeribe: I personally wouldn’t want to be characterized as a role model, because of the weight it bears and the responsibilities for countless others I would be agreeing to carry. I don’t aim to be a giant beacon for others to follow because no human is infallible. I only wish to become the best possible version of myself. I’m spreading joy and good vibes through my art and spreading love and kindness as a person, while still learning and growing. But, if my actions and what I stand for helps others along the way, I am happy to continue doing so.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: If you had the opportunity to work with any actors/recording artists/producers in the world, who would it be and why?

Ozie Nzeribe: For actors, all out of order would be Reynolds, for his unfiltered raw comedy, Jenna Ortega, because of her versatility and dedication to her roles, and Tom Holland for his ability to portray American and for his work on “Spider Man.”

For music artists, Tyler, The Creator, because I’ve loved his style of Rap since middle school and his rapping voice. Lorde, because I’ve loved her music for the longest and has always put joy and good vibes in my house. Then Post Malone for his rocker/mellow musical style.




GO BANG! MAGAZINE: What’s next on your agenda and what should our readers be on the lookout for from you?

Ozie Nzeribe: Season 2 of “Swagger” on Apple TV+, airs this June, so watch out! I will be working on a lot more music this year. I’ll be adding in a couple more genres too. You may also see me in a film or two this year, and another show!

Last but not least, Kevin Feige, Sarah Finn, James Gunn, and all the other esteemed members of marvel, if you’re reading this, I think I would make a great addition to the family as Miles Morales (Spider-Man), just to put it out there. 😉

GO BANG! Magazine: Well Ozie, I want to thank you for granting me this interview. I also want to inform you that you have now been officially BANGED!!! GO BANG!







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Pierre A. Evans is a freelance writer of Entertainment, Music, Art, Culture, Fashion and Current Events, and previously for,,,, and, an author, singer/songwriter, actor, model, poet, dancer, and DJ. He is also the Owner of Pinnacle Entertainment Productions and the Owner/Publisher of GO BANG! Magazine. Follow him on Facebook @Pierre Andre Evans, Twitter @Playerre, and on Instagram @Pierre_Andre_Evans.


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Chef Michael Daniels, founder of MD Creative Blends, grew up eating exotic foods including pheasant, quail, red snapper, orange roughy, mahi mahi and even octopus. “As a child, I would rush home every day to see what my mother had cooked for supper. This caused me to realize that food made people happy and brought them closer at a young age.” Chef Daniels continued, “From entrepreneurs closing a monumental deal to joyous proposals, food has always been an avenue of conversation and togetherness. I’ve always loved the hustle and bustle of a restaurant atmosphere and ambiance.

Chef Daniels studied theatre and film at Ohio State University. He started his journey in culinary arts when he was about thirteen years old, working in downtown Mansfield at a restaurant called the Bendarya Inn as a pitiful dishwasher. His culinary career excelled from that point on working under many awesome chefs.

He left Ohio State and his cousin, who was a hair stylist in the film industry, hooked him up with celebrities like Morgan Freeman and Danny Glover, just to name a few. He soon left for California, leaving his wife and young kids behind. He was hoping to gain work in the film industry. Four days after arriving in California, he found himself on the set of “Lovecraft” (To Cast a Deadly Spell) Director Martin Campbell. “It was very exciting to be on a real movie set with Fred Ward, David Wagner, Julianne Moore, and Clancy Brown, who I later became good friends with. He was from my hometown of Mansfield, Ohio.” Daniels got to work with Clancy again back in Mansfield, Ohio in the feature film “Shawshank Redemption.’ “It was a blast to have him, and Morgan Freeman actually come to my house and drink a beer.

Chef Daniels and actor Danny Glover




He followed the director around the set watching him do his work and the director never said a word about why he was following him around. “One day at lunch he said,I have been seeing you follow me around and see you have a very keen interest in acting and film.'”  He asked him his name and where he was from. He told him, Ohio. “I had only been in California for four days. Hollywood director Martin Campbell said he was going to write “Taft Hardly” into the script for me, so that I’d have a scene in the movie. The scene was me, by myself, reading lines and a stunt.” After this movie, the director hooked him up with Bette Midler and James Caan in the film “For the Boys.”

Chef Daniels and musician Kenny G

Daniels worked on a few more films, but soon he went on hiatus. “I still had my chef background and applied at Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant Spagos. Hanging out there, I ran into people of all walks of life, even celebrities that I had met in the motion picture business. I soon started getting asked to cater dinner parties and it quickly snowballed.” His resume includes an exciting list of people that he has had the pleasure of serving, many of them celebrities.

Before my dear mother passed away, she told me to follow my dream. I have a God-given talent to cook great food. This culinary career has led me to many great things, and I continue to meet very interesting people.

GO BANG! Magazine: Growing up, who were some of the people that inspired you and why?

Chef Daniels: I was always inspired by my mom and grandmother Lilly Pearl, also my dad and uncle Braxton. They put so much joy into what they were doing as far as food. They were always cooking for others. This made my soul glow, and my family was so loving. So, I wanted to make this happen for myself. Also, I stuck with it and have created some of America’s best dishes.

GO BANG! Magazine: When did you know that you wanted to pursue a career in culinary arts?

Chef Daniels: I knew this was what I wanted to do because it started getting good to me. I started seeing what greatness my family had cooking. I loved to watch Julia Childs and her French cuisine. It allowed me to take my own flavors and turn them in to French Creole dishes.

GO BANG! Magazine: Prior to pursuing a career as a chef, you were involved in acting and the film industry. What caused you to go on hiatus and do you see yourself ever returning to the acting field?

Chef Daniels: Acting was always a goal. I did plays in grade school, junior high and I studied drama at Malabar high school where I graduated. I went on to Ohio State, studying theatre and film under Professor Larry Evans. I even went to Stanford Canada to see the big theatre festival. I got acquainted with Shakespeare and the Elizabethan and Renaissance theatre.

My cousin Eric Wilson was a hairdresser in the motion picture business and hooked me up with Danny Glover, Morgan Freeman, and Samuel L. Jackson. I went to California and within days was on a motion picture set. This continued for at least six more motion pictures. Then a hiatus came, but I had a chef background, so I traveled over to Beverly Hills and hung out at Wolfgang Pucks Spargo’s and other prominent Los Angeles upscale restaurants. I started seeing celebrities I had met and worked with and soon found myself doing dinner parties. It caught on. I loved acting and would not want to return to it on a grand scale, but would dabble in small stuff that wouldn’t take up too much of my time.

GO BANG! Magazine: What are some of your most favorite dishes to prepare and which are your most popular?

Chef Daniels: I love preparing dishes from all over the world and was greatly inspired by Anthony Bourdain and other world traveling chefs. I always wanted to get away from the basics and explore things “out of the box.” I would create culinary dishes that people around just didn’t do. My French Creole recipes caught on to something amazing. I also love doing authentic Italian, where I was personally trained by Chef Pagani, who showed me everything I needed to know about Italian cuisine. I also slay Asian, Indian, Thai, Southwestern and other world cuisines.

GO BANG! Magazine: In addition to being a chef, you are also an entrepreneur.  You’re the owner and founder of MD Creative Blends. Tell our audience about your business and its mission.

Chef Daniels: After everything we have discussed up until now, and after being able to create many fusions of cuisines which started out as a hobby that became a lifelong accelerated career, I decided to start my own business called MD Creative Blends. My company blends a combination of culinary cuisine dishes that were strictly my design and creation. People always ask me for recipes, which I gladly give, but they can never get it right. I guess that comes from studying for years the art of exquisite culinary cuisine. That made it easy for companies to hire me because I am that one stop shop.

GO BANG! Magazine: How would you describe your style of cooking and what makes your dishes stand out from your competition?

Chef Daniels: My style of cooking consists of everything a person could go through in a day. Let’s think about what that means: love; happiness; disappointment; craziness; and sadness. Now if you combine just some of these feelings, you come out with an out of sight dish. I always cook when I’m feeling some kind of way.

When I go to food shows, other chefs know I’m present because of the crowd. I always have a large eye-catching display with music, food, and the personality of Chef Michael Daniels. I guess you can call it desirable charm. You can’t create charm. It must be a God-given blessing. Now do the math and equations and you come out with MD Creative Blends Culinary. This is why the question is always “How do you get your food to taste this way?” Lol. The answer is, “it’s a blessing from God!

GO BANG! Magazine: If you had the opportunity to experience one of your wildest dreams, what would that dream be, and who would you share it with?

Chef Daniels: My dream is to be able to do this forever in a promised paradise condition, where the best vegetables are grown and the tastiest fruit your palate could ever imagine are found. Free from hurt and pain, everyone eating from a table as far as your eyes could see. People smiling and happy to be sitting there because they were able to taste and eat anything their hearts desired, without worrying about if they could afford it. This is my dream. This dream is known as the taste of true Culinary Arts.

GO BANG! Magazine: If you had the opportunity to serve any individual dead or alive, who would it be, what would you serve, and why would it be so special to serve them.

Chef Daniels: This would be everyone that I loved growing up who helped start me out on this career of culinary arts. My mother and grandmothers told me that I had a God-given gift to cook fine cuisine. This stuck in my heart to this very day. I would love for all my dead loved ones to see what I have accomplished in this field. My hope is for them to be resurrected back to life as healthy human beings and to enjoy life for what it was meant to be. I would serve every dish my family specialized in. Every cake or pie Aunt Pinky Mae has ever tasted. Every biscuit my grandmother Lily Pearl has ever made and every piece of seafood my father has ever caught out of waters from around the world. Yes, I would serve the Culinary Cuisine of Life.

GO BANG! Magazine: I’m sure that your dear mother is proud that you have achieved your dream, as she instructed you to accomplish. What advice would YOU give a young boy or girl, that wanted to pursue a career in the culinary arts?

Chef Daniels: If their little hearts are into it just as mine were, they should attend my cooking class and let me show them from the beginning how to become a culinary chef, where your food will taste fantastic, and people will ask, “How did you get your food to taste like this?” They will know in their hearts, I learned this from a true lover of culinary cuisine.

GO BANG! Magazine: In conclusion, what do you want your legacy to be?

Chef Daniels: I want my legacy to be that everyone that learned something from me, they took it to heart, and they treated people with respect and love. That they were able to taste and admire everything I have taught them and that they followed my instructions.

Last but not least, that they too were able to pass along traditions to their families and friends. I would give them a culinary experience that nobody could imagine, with the exception that they were trained by Chef Michael Daniels.

GO BANG! Magazine: Chef Daniels, I want to thank you for granting me this interview. I also want to inform you that now you have been officially BANGED!!! GO BANG!

Chef Daniels: “Thank you, Pierre, for your interview! Stay tuned, things are going to keep growing. I have a great publicist and we are not taking any cheap shots. Remember it’s a culinary adventure!!!”



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Pierre A. Evans is a freelance writer of Entertainment, Music, Art, Culture, Fashion and Current Events, and previously for,,,, and, an author, singer/songwriter, actor, model, poet, dancer, and DJ. He is also the Owner of Pinnacle Entertainment Productions and the Owner/Publisher of GO BANG! Magazine. Follow him on Facebook @Pierre Andre Evans, Twitter @Playerre, and on Instagram @Pierre_Andre_Evans.

Photo courtesy of:  Quincy  J. Trent

Rob Morrison has emerged as a powerful force in the film and entertainment industry. As an award-winning composer, Morrison has worked with a wide variety of artists across multiple genres. In 2004, Morrison became a highly sought-after composer when the world-renowned artist, Beyoncé released her multi-platinum album, “Dangerously In Love.” The album featured the smash hit, “Crazy In Love,” which earned the Chicago based composer a Grammy® and a certified gold record for his exceptional keyboard arrangement and musicianship for the remix.

Known as, “The Sixth Man of Music, ” Morrison has worked with the likes of the esteemed music producer, Vassal Benford, where he served as a session keyboardist that helped to showcase the music of many artists who have gone on to have great success. As a highly sought-after composer, Morrison has worked with various TV and film projects and spent a good amount of time with the Sophia Session Orchestra of Bulgaria conducting scoring sessions for various film projects. His work was well received, and he was subsequently considered for a nomination for the 62nd Grammy’s® regarding the song titled, “Imagine.”

Morrison has always stayed relevant by using his talent to create unique content for others. His many interviews also reflect his passion and purpose when it comes to his craft. He recently scored Carl Weber’s The Family Business on BET+. He is currently working on additional film and TV projects for various streaming networks. With an arsenal of experience in his entertainment portfolio, Morrison continues to show and prove why he is a top-notch composer with the talent and success record to thrive in today’s ever-evolving world.

It all matters!
Photo courtesy of: Rob Diggy

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: What is a film composer and what’s your role?

Rob Diggy: A film composer’s job is to create a flow of music that accentuates the actor’s movement and dialogue, and to create a theme around the characters to kinda help with the storyline. It’s the thing that a director can’t imagine.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: Why is scoring so important to a film?

Rob Diggy: A really good score will connect your audience and bring something extra to the screen. Treat the film like it’s your right arm, that’s how important it is.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: How long have you been scoring films?

Rob Diggy: I have been scoring films since the early 90’s. That’s kinda a late start, but I quickly figured out that I could have more fun with a full score, than a R&B track. Scoring a film is like chess. You gotta know when to move.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: About how many films you have scored?

Rob Diggy: I have scored over 100 films and counting. All of them didn’t make it to IMDb.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: What would you tell a young aspiring composer?

Rob Diggy: A young cat needs to stay hungry and stay ready. Study the latest sounds, subscribe to different sites about composing, create your style, and be you. Place your music online, like on Soundcloud or Distrokid. Invest in your craft. Spend damn near every penny on your talent. Google free sounds and create such an arsenal of sounds, that directors will wanna use you.
GO BANG! MAGAZINE: How did you get the job on BET+, scoring for The Family Business?

Rob Diggy: I had always said you never know when the phone will ring or get that email or text. Well, it was the phone that rang, and on the other end was the director for The Family Business, Trey Haley, who is President of Tri Destined Pictures. He introduced himself and asked if I was interested in scoring season four and was I busy. I told him I was good to go. He said he found me on my Instagram page and my Soundcloud link was there. He said he liked the sound and wanted me on board. A few days later, he called and laid out the details of how I was gonna receive the deliverables. He sent two episodes a week and I got started.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: How many episodes did you score?

Rob Diggy: There were a total of 10 episodes, each having its own identity. Trey was very impressed. Once I got started, he really didn’t bother me much. He kinda allowed me to do my thing.

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GO BANG! MAGAZINE: Did the series help you get other work as a result?

Rob Diggy: The series has opened some doors, yes. I have worked on a project for one of the producers of the show and some great referrals.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: Did you feel a bit intimidated having to score scenes with such iconic stars?

Rob Diggy: Na… you seen one star; you’ve seen them all. But, excited to have scored Ernie Hudson’s scenes, as well as Stan Shaw’s scenes.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: What advice would you give to aspiring film composers wanting to get into episodic tv?

Rob Diggy: Study other shows and network with some of the actors on social media. They may not respond but keep at it. Getting to know the showrunners is very important.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: What were some of the challenges while scoring The Family Business?

Rob Diggy: I completely lost one of the episodes. My computer was having an episode lol! I never said anything, I just started over.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: What is a theme and how did you know what character(s) need what music in an episode?

Rob Diggy: Themes are used to identify the characters. My best example is from the movie Jaws. Every time you saw him coming, you heard his theme music. It’s the recurring motif that plays when you see that character. Of course, you can manipulate it adding a sound or two, but still having its core.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: What projects are you currently working on?

Rob Diggy: Currently I am working on a suspense thriller titled Lipstick starring Camille Winbush of the Bernie Mac Show, directed by Kimberly Connor. Also scoring a horror film titled The Unseen, directed by Vincent Shade, and a few more with Christopher Nolen.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: What software do you use for making music?

Rob Diggy: I use Logic Pro X. It’s the industry standard for scoring films and making hip hop beats… a one stop shop.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: You’ve really been getting great gigs, whose your publicist?

Rob Diggy:  Desirae Benson!  She has been helping me along the way and has continuously been pushing my name out there!!

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: How can people find you?

Rob Diggy: You can find me mostly in Dubai, but for now Instagram and Facebook. The handle is “Rob Diggy” or simply Google me.

Photo courtesy of:  Quincy J. Trent

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: Well Rob, thank you for this interview and good luck with all that you are doing. You have now officially been BANGED! GO BANG!

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Pierre A. Evans is a freelance writer of Entertainment, Music, Art, Culture, Fashion and Current Events, and previously for,,,, and, an author, singer/songwriter, actor, model, poet, dancer, and DJ. He is also the Owner of Pinnacle Entertainment Productions and the Owner/Publisher of GO BANG! Magazine. Follow him on Facebook @Pierre Andre Evans, Twitter @Playerre, and on Instagram @Pierre_Andre_Evans.

Billy Ray Valentine comes with this fourth release in three years, “Roseland”, a film about a village trying to raise and protect their own. “Roseland” stars Julian T. Allen, Mike Sampson, and Shanta’ Renee Smith.

The film takes you on a trip back down memory lane to a time when hanging on the block in the summertime was innocent and fun. It’s the story of a young man and his best friend on a spree of mischief and quirky run ins. When the love of his life, family and others try to steer him in the right direction, a twist of fate is where life turns. Yes, Billy Ray has done it again with this fast-paced comedy about a village coming together.

The premiere screening of ROSELAND is Sunday, August 28, 2022, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT, @ Classic Cinemas Lake Theatre, 1022 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60301.


ROSELAND is due to release August 30, 2022 on ALL major streaming platforms, through Maverick Entertainment.


Mark Anthony Mathews aka Billy Ray Valentine was born in 1967 at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up on the south side of the city in the Robert Taylor Homes and in the late 70s moved to the Auburn Gresham neighborhood.

In 1986, he lived in the Roseland community and that’s where he got his start in the entertainment business with writing, producing and performing music as well.

In 1990, Mark went to Hollywood and appeared on the television show “A Different World” alongside Kadeem Hardison and Jasmine Guy.

In 1999, he collaborated with the production team at M.O.B. Records and produced the “Cha Cha Slide”, an album featuring Mr. C aka Casper.

In 2009, Mark started Singles Film & Music Entertainment and began directing music videos, documentaries, television commercials, and web series.

Fast forward to 2019, Mark started producing full-length feature films, which includes “Magic” and “Lil Ceasar.” From there, he started creating more content, including “Roseland”, “The Walk of Rufus”, “A Masquerade Trapp” and now the upcoming “Theodis”, the sequel to “The Walk of Rufus.”

As of today, Mark Anthony Matthews aka Billy Ray Valentine, is still creating content and entertainment for the streaming audience around the world, with streams in excess of billions in households across the world!

His fourth release in three years, “Roseland”, is a film about a village trying to raise and protect their own. “Roseland” stars Julian T. Allen, Mike Sampson, and Shanta’ Renee Smith, and is due to release on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 on ALL major streaming platforms, through Maverick Entertainment.

The premiere screening of ROSELAND is Sunday, August 28, 2022, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT, @ Classic Cinemas Lake Theatre, 1022 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60301.


Pierre A. Evans is a freelance writer of Entertainment, Music, Art, Culture, Fashion and Current Events, and previously for,,,, and, an author, singer/songwriter, actor, model, poet, dancer, and DJ. He is also the Owner of Pinnacle Entertainment Productions and the Owner/Publisher of GO BANG! Magazine. Follow him on Facebook @Pierre Andre Evans, Twitter @Playerre, and on Instagram @Pierre_Andre_Evans.

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The Corbett Music Group Presents JD Wesley!

J.D. Wesley was born John Wesley Wilson Jr., an extremely talented young man. At an early age his parents along with the community, noticed that his vocal ability was strong and like none other. From that moment onward, singing and music was the largest component of his life.

Over the years, JD has evolved into a powerhouse performer. From top 40’s bands to off-Broadway productions and so much more. You name it and he’s done it! His networking has generated connections with major and independent labels such as The Corbett Music Group.

He is also a rising face in TV/Film industry. Making featured appearances in multiple TV shows and films over the last two years. With the recent release of his latest single, he is rapidly becoming known as the smooth vocalist from the “new social justice anthem”, “The Bell Tolls For You”!

What’s next for the rising star, only time will tell. However, he has shown no signs of slowing down or stopping anytime soon!

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: Where were you born and raised?

J.D. Wesley: I was born and reared in the great Palmetto state of South Carolina, specifically the PeeDee area or “the country” as my sisters and I would call it.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: I understand that your name, John David “JD” Wesley, has a special significance and meaning. Please explain the significance of your name to our readers.

J.D. Wesley: My full name is John Wesley Wilson Jr., as I was named after my father. My stage name John David Wesley aka J.D. Wesley, is a combination of my grandfather (David Wilson), my dad (John Sr.), and my name. Which represents three generations of my family’s bloodline.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: You have talent in music and in acting. What are some of the TV/Films that you were in and or groups or songs that our readers may know you from?

J.D. Wesley: Well, recently I had a feature on the show “Law & Order: Organized Crime” (S2 Ep.11). I didn’t have any lines, but I was the FBI agent that arrested the “most wanted” criminal on the run. Through the years, I have done features on shows like “New Amsterdam”, “POSE”, as well as a few movies that have not been released. I’ve done quite a few commercials for national and international campaigns and my biggest single to date is “Favored” from my project “Favored”, which was released in 2020 in the middle of the pandemic. I’m also a decade long member of the mid 90’s Classic R&B Group SOLO; whom were discovered by music industry giants Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: How did you get started in the music industry and when did you know that you wanted to pursue it professionally?

J.D. Wesley: I got started in music many, many, many moons ago as a young child. My father is a pastor and my mother is one of the best singers around, the whole music scene was somewhat of a birthright. I lead my first song in church at the tender age of four and from there everyone saw the gift from God, supported with lots of talent. I continued my journey through the years up to the recording of my very first project at age 16. It was a compilation CD (because that’s how long ago it was) with a community choir I was once a part of and another local singer that had been blessed with the gift of voice. Although the project did not sell millions of copies worldwide, it was another glance into the vocal ability and styling of a great up and coming young artist. It was also the moment I solidified my decision to pursue a career in entertainment, specifically as a singer/artist.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: What is it about acting that attracted you to it and when did you decide to pursue it professionally?

J.D. Wesley: Acting has been a large part of my life almost as long as singing and music. My attraction to it as a young boy, was mostly me memorizing scenes and lines from movies like “Coming To America”, “The Color Purple”, “Ace Ventura” and so many others that I enjoyed. However, once I did my first big stage production in high-school, I realized that there was more to it than just memorizing lines and that I truly had a hidden talent for acting. From that point on, I took every opportunity available to sharpen those acting chops and get involved in other theater projects. In 2018, I decided that I should take my acting to the next level and pursue a career in TV/Film.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: Recently, you teamed up with Tyrone Corbett of The Corbett Music Group and soulfully performed his original song “The Bell Tolls for You.” Many have considered this song to be a new civil-rights anthem for our generation. Please describe to our readers what you thought about the song when you received it, how it felt to record it, and describe the video shoot, as well as how the public has welcomed it.

J.D. Wesley: When I initially received the song, the singer that sung the reference tracks had done a phenomenal job and I was very curious as to what Tyrone thought I could do better than him. It was a wonder, but I’m always up for a vocal challenge and I decided to at least record it and see where things go. Initially, I was thinking that the song was too big for me. However, after starting the studio session, I slowly began to feel the song in my spirit and in my soul and how much of an impact it could make globally. The timing could not have been more perfect, given the social status in this country and many others around the world.

Once we completed the recording and moved to the video shoot, I was completely sold on the possibilities of where this song will go. We filmed in multiple locations, including NJ and NYC, and each time a crowd gathered and the onlookers were either interested in what we were doing or emotionally attached to the lyrics of the song. Every single take, I did my best to vocally deliver the song with intensity and the deepest level of soul I had inside of me. I’m so glad I did, as it is being received around the world very positively and has touch so many hearts thus far.

I can only imagine where the song will end up and how many more will be touched by the power of the very relevant lyrics and the strong imagery that the video adds to the message.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: “The Bell Tolls for You” has been warmly received by the public, especially the video which depicts all of those souls that we have lost during this modern-day struggle, as well as shows your powerful and soulful performance. In a little over two and a half months, the YouTube video has been viewed by nearly 50,000 people. It’s going viral! How has your participation in this song affected your life?

J.D. Wesley: Being a part of this song has changed my perception of everything and everyone. As a darker pigmented person of color, you are often led to believe that the struggle is all about slavery and what happened to our ancestors. However, the story is far broader than that and it includes a multitude of people with varying skin tones globally. This project has allowed me to look past what I believe to be true and see the actual truth of the matter. Which is there has been a struggle within humanity since the dawn of existence and if we humans cannot find a way to change for the better it will only get worse as we move forward.

“The Bell Tolls for You” is that call to action! As the bell not only tolls for people with darker skin, but that same bell can be heard by every living person on this planet. Whether we are doing right or doing wrong, the bell tolls for us all at some point or another. That is proven by the nearly 50K views of the music video. Each viewer is communicating their attachment to the relevancy of the lyrics and how they view the world and where we currently stand.

Right now, there is an uproar in Europe where the dominance of one nation has become the horror of another nation. There is not a better depiction of the “The Bell Tolls for You”!

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: Recently, a lil GO BANG! bird whispered in my ear that JD Wesley is putting together a VIRTUAL CONCERT. Do tell our readers all about this exciting upcoming event.

J.D. Wesley: The virtual concert idea came into play simply because I’m noticing that my support base is growing and I now have people that follow me from around the world. Doing a virtual concert will allow me to reach all of them and also invite new followers to link up and join the movement. It will be a very subtle event that allows me to showcase my gifts and talents and all whom are interested to watch and enjoy from the comforts of their homes.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: There’s also talk going around that you are about to start your OWN company. Tell us about that NEW entrepreneurial venture and how our readers can help.

J.D. Wesley: I’m not going to say much about my entrepreneurial ventures at this moment, as we are still in the beginning stages and there is lots of work to be done. However, I have worked with so many production companies and businesses in the realm of entertainment and I’ve noticed there is a need for some changes. Often established businesses/companies will not change until a new company comes along doing what they do with a much better and/or more effective methodology. At this point, I’m still soliciting investors and laying the ground work for the soon to come debut.

GO BANG! Magazine: In conclusion, please tell our readers what you are working on and what do you have planned for the future.

J.D. Wesley: At the moment, I’m still promoting “The Bell Tolls for You” on as many platforms as possible. There are also some new business ventures with other producers that I’m considering as far as radio promotion and marketing. Most importantly, Tyrone Corbett and I may begin working on a follow-up single very soon!

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Pierre A. Evans is a freelance writer of Entertainment, Music, Art, Culture, Fashion and Current Events, and previously for,,,, and, an author, singer/songwriter, actor, model, poet, dancer, and DJ. He is also the Owner of Pinnacle Entertainment Productions and the Owner/Publisher of GO BANG! Magazine. Follow him on Facebook @Pierre Andre Evans, Twitter @Playerre, and on Instagram @Pierre_Andre_Evans.

Cedric “Whoa Boi” Collins, was raised in the most impoverished and crime-ridden neighborhood on the south side of Chicago, Englewood. Despite all the crime, violence and drugs that saturated his community, Whoa Boi wrapped himself in his music. At the age of seven, Whoa Boi was playing the organ and drums for his neighborhood church. This fixation and fascination for music quickly grew as Whoa Boi grew from just merely playing instruments, to producing and writing music of multiple genes.

In late August of 2013, Mr. Whoa Boi won the Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes National Championship in Miami, Florida. He went head-to-head with champions from 16 other cities nationwide performing their own original songs live and in front of a live audience. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Whoa Boi dropped his very first mixtape “Englewoodvilla”, which included his hit single “Chi Raq.”   ChiRaq is a moniker given to Chicago used to describe the violence in his hometown. The song ChiRaq received national attention. 


Mr. Whoa Boi, or Whoa as he’s affectionately called by friends and fans, is also the Ceo/President of his own independent label, PladBoy Entertainment Inc. He and his artist make not only music for you to dance and party to, but he also paints socially conscious portraits of life, injustice and love. The self-proclaimed voice of the voiceless, tackles matters such as black on black crime, police brutality, child abuse and a plethora of other relatable topics that are considered taboo, but many deal with in silence daily.

Mr. Whoa Boi’s talent doesn’t just stop at music, he also acts. He spent four consecutive seasons on the Emmy winning Fox television show “Empire”, where he was a core cast member playing the head of Lucious Lyons (Academy Award nominated actor Terrance Howard) security. Whoa Boi has also starred in several independent films such as: “Lil Ceaser”, “Roseland”, “The Walk of Rufus”, “A Masquerade Trapp” and Paramount Pictures/Singles Film and Music’s upcoming film “United Nations.”

In a society where we are plagued with pandemics, rumors of war and violence, it is pleasing to know that there are still artists like Mr. Whoa Boi, to not only speak our truths, but to also grant us reassurance that we can and will overcome our adversities through perseverance and love.

Get ready world… Whoa is coming!

GO BANG! Magazine: Growing up in the infamous Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s south side, have you witnessed anything that had a major effect on you personally or professionally?

Whoa: Growing up in Englewood wasn’t for that faint at heart. I’ve literally watched family and friends murdered in front of me.

GO BANG! Magazine: Although Englewood has gained a negative reputation over the years, not everything or everyone coming from there is bad. How would you describe Englewood to someone not familiar with it, to shine a positive light on the neighborhood?

Whoa: Englewood, although it has the moniker as “the worst neighborhood in the city” when it comes to crime, is a beautiful place with beautiful family oriented people, beautiful parks, several landmarks and a host of talent.

GO BANG! Magazine: Performing as Whoa, your stage presence is magnetic. How would you describe you style, your sound and your mission?

Whoa: My style is gritty, grimy, smooth, yet melodic.

GO BANG! Magazine: You’re not only gifted on the mic, you are also a musician and producer. Please tell to our readers about your skills as a keyboardist, drummer and producer.

Whoa: Well, it all started in church, where I learned how to play the organ, drums and bass/lead guitar.

GO BANG! Magazine: Many of our readers may recognize you, from not only being a Hip Hop performer, but also from tv and the silver screen, as a regular on Fox television’s hit tv show “Empire” and several Billy Ray Valentine films. How did you get started in acting and do you have any upcoming roles that you are pursuing?

Whoa: Acting was something that kinda just fell into my lap. In 2015, I had a performance at “Tailgaters” (a popular nightclub) in Bolingbrook, Illinois. After I got off stage, I was approached by two gentlemen and a lady whom asked me if I had ever acted before and at that point I hadn’t. They took my info down and called me the next morning asking me to prepare a one minute monolog for an audition that took place the following Monday. Having no idea what a monolog was, I first researched that and chose a Samuel L. Jackson scene from the film “Pulp Fiction.” I literally drove my family crazy for the next few days rehearsing (lol.) To make a long story short, I got the part and played on the show for the next four years. It was a surreal experience that opened the door to many other great opportunities.

GO BANG! Magazine: The subject matter of your music is not the same ole same ole that we’re used to hearing. You tackle real life topics that many artists avoid. Why do you choose to tackle those topics and what do you hope to accomplish by doing so?

Whoa: I believe what cones from the heart reaches the heart, so I make sure I am aware of all socially conscious topics. Music isn’t just about partying, dancing and bobbing your head, its an outlet to reach, teach and console. Music is a universal tool. If used the right way, can change lives. So I’m extremely careful on my content.

GO BANG! Magazine: Chicago has quite a few Hip Hop artists that have made it. Who are some of the artists that inspire or motivate you, whether or not they’re from Chicago?

Whoa: Kanye West, Common, Crucial Conflict, Donny Hathaway, R. Kelly, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Rakim, Nas, DMX, Young Jeezy, Shawnna, J. Cole, to name a few.

GO BANG! Magazine: Since the Covid-19 outbreak, violence in Chicago has increased drastically in ALL neighborhoods, especially carjacking and retail theft. Why do you think that is?

Whoa: Well, whenever there’s pandemonium, there’s (gonna be) a sense of anarchy, panic, etc. So when a neighborhood is already impoverished and lacks opportunity, there’s crime, violence and chaos.

GO BANG! Magazine: The Entertainment industry can be a dog-eat-dog world, especially the music industry. What advice would you give to someone that may be thinking about entering the music industry or acting field?

Whoa: Stay true to your craft, stay to yourself and never give up. Also, educate yourself in the music business. Never leave your fate in the hands of others.

GO BANG! Magazine: You are the CEO/President of your own independent label, PladBoy Entertainment Inc.. Please tell our readers about your label and some of your artists.

Whoa: Well, PladBoy Entertainment is a melting pot of talent, that isn’t just limited to music. Incorporated in 2012, we have a slew of poised and polished talent: Julian T. Allen aka as Tha One @julianallen (Actor/Model/Singer/Emcee/Dancer), Tony Gramz @omg_its_tony (Battle rap extraordinare, emcee), Lil Whoa (Emcee/Actor/Singer) @spg_woooski, Medusa Savage @medusasavage738 (Emcee/Actor/Model), Hakeem Pittman aka Savage Pitbull (MMA/P.B.E Sports), and my business partner Joshua “J Swag” Womack. We stand firm for our artist and prepare them for the business. It’s not artist development as far as performing. We educate them on how to read contracts, in the proper way, to get music published, copywritten, etc..

GO BANG! Magazine: In conclusion, please tell our international readers what you are working on or have planned for the future.

Whoa: Currently, I’m filming a movie called “United Nations”, directed by Billy Ray Valentine, slated to drop Christmas of 2022. I am also working on my album “I AM LEGEND”, slated to drop first quarter of 2022. I AM LEGEND includes features from Cold Hard of the legendary Rap group Crucial Conflict and K-Ezzy Grease of the legendary group The Mercenaries. It’ll also include Tha One, Tony Grams, Lil Whoa and Medusa Savage, all members of the PladBoy Entertainment roster.

“The Walk of Rufus” drops in April of 2022, where I play Theodis Jones, younger brother of Rufus Jones. Theodis is a livewire and will pop off at the drop of a dime. In this movie, the Jones brothers are trying to go legit with their family business, but all doesn’t go as planned. If you like gangster flicks, you’ll love this. All together, I have four movies dropping in 2022.

Lastly, I’d like to thank you for this interview, especially with this being such a prestigious publication. I’d also like to thank my family and fans for being the fuel that drives my passion.

GO BANG! Magazine: You’re welcome brutha. It’s my pleasure to shine a light on you. That’s the purpose of GO BANG! Magazine!


For touring updates visit my website.

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Pierre A. Evans is a freelance writer of Entertainment, Music, Art, Culture, Fashion and Current Events, and previously for,,,, and, an author, singer/songwriter, actor, model, poet, dancer, and DJ. He is also the Owner of Pinnacle Entertainment Productions and the Owner/Publisher of GO BANG! Magazine. Follow him on Facebook @Pierre Andre Evans, Twitter @Playerre, and on Instagram @Pierre_Andre_Evans.

 House music is the third largest music genre in the world!!!!

Here is the trailer.


Black Harvest Film Festival will virtually stream The Woodstock of House November 13- December 2, 2021.

Streaming Ticket Info:

The documentary “The Woodstock of House”, a film that explores the origins of Chicago House music and its’ enduring worldwide appeal, featuring Chicago’s own The Chosen Few DJs, was selected for Chicago’s prestigious 2021 Black Harvest Film Festival and will screen in person on Thursday, November 11th @8pm and Friday, November 12th @8pm at the Gene Siskel Film Center, located in downtown Chicago!

On debut night, Thursday, November 11th, the audience will be blessed with live appearances by Writer/Director/Executive Producer/Producer Rodrick F. Wimberly, who will be joined by Tressa Epps, Executive Producer/Producer, Vonda Paige, Executive Producer/Producer, Steve Toles, Executive Producer/Producer and Senuwell Smith, Director


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Here is the trailer.


This documentary details the triumph of a music genre that was attacked and nearly destroyed by mainstream America in the late 1970s for being too black, too Latin, and too gay.

It explores the music’s mutation, development, and re-birth by African American teenagers on the southside of Chicago in an underground culture of marginalized, largely homosexual nightclub constituents.

It is the untold story of the role of Chicago’s Chosen Few DJs in the creation of House music. It celebrates the enduring legacy of the annual Chosen Few Music Festival, dubbed the “Woodstock of House” that brings together more than 50,000 people of different races, ages, sexual orientations, and class together in an environment of unity, peace, and love.



GO BANG! Magazine had the opportunity to meet the creative and production team behind THE WOODSTOCK OF HOUSE, as well as a few members of the cast. As a fellow lover of House music, it was an honor for me to be granted the opportunity to interview the creators and producers of this long-overdue documentary on the origins of House music.

Now, let’s get to know “THE WOODSTOCK OF HOUSE” posse…

A veteran of the film and television industry, Rodrick’s love for the film industry is enhanced by his knowledge of the law regarding the business of film, including contract negotiations, corporate formations and business entities. He is an executive producer, producer, writer and a director for the documentary, “The Woodstock of House” (2020) and produced the short film, “UH-OH” (2018).


An actor, screenwriter, editor and director, he appeared in the Blind Faith Theatre Company’s production of “Streamers,” for which he was nominated for a Black Theater Alliance Award. He appeared in “Pullman Porter Blues” at the Goodman Theater in 2013. He has directed and edited several music videos. He wrote and directed the short film, “UH-OH” which was screened at the Pan-African Film Festival and the Roxbury International Film Festival in 2018. He is a director for the documentary, “The Woodstock of House” (2020).


She has more than 25 years of experience in non-profit management, marketing, social media and public relations. She is an award-winning journalist and the founder of The First Black Woman, a digital media project recognizing the historic contributions of Black women. She is a life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Vice President of the Virginia Tech Black Alumni Society. She is the executive producer of the independent short film, “UH-OH” (2018) which was selected by the Pan African Film Festival.


A sought-after independent filmmaker, Tressa has worked on a number of award-winning independent film projects, ranging from independent short films to feature films in a variety of roles as an executive producer, producer, and production designer. Her projects were released in theaters and aired on BET, BET HER, TVOne, Urban Movie Channel (UMC), Bounce TV and Netflix. She is honored to serve on the prestigious Black Perspectives Committee at the Chicago International Film Festival.


After graduating from The Ohio State University, Steve moved to Houston and resumed a lifelong passion for film production, acting, directing and producing various projects from short films, to experimental music videos to documentaries and features. Eventually he returned to Cleveland where he has produced video content for his school and his first independent film was accepted to several film festivals. Steve is an executive producer and producer on The Woodstock of House.


As founder of the Chosen Few DJs and longtime music industry professional, Wayne has helped shape popular music and dance culture. His music career includes work as a DJ, producer, and A&R executive with Trax Records, Jive Records, and RCA Records. Wayne is a recipient of an NAACP Image Award for his work with Aretha Franklin and was nominated for a GRAMMY award in 2014 for his work with Jennifer Hudson. He continues to produce music and perform at event and clubs across the globe.


Jesse is a founding member of the Chosen Few DJs who is recognized as the producer and performer of the first Chicago House Music record, “On & On”, in 1984. His production credits include “Love Can’t Turn Around”, one of the biggest-selling House Music records of all time, and “Higher”, which reached the top of the Billboard dance chart in 2019. In 2020, his book, “In Their Own Words”, which features interviews with House Music DJs, producers, dancers, club owners, and promoters, debuted at #1 on Amazon’s dance music book chart.

Knowing many of those involved in the film was the icing on the cake. I am so proud of them. Many of them are also my high school brothers and sisters, who attended “Thee” Kenwood Academy high school, located on Chicago’s south side, in the eclectic neighborhood of Hyde Park.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE:  (RODRICK) For our readers who may not be familiar with you, can you please explain how you are connected to House music culture and what inspired you to Write, Direct, Produce and Executive Produce The Woodstock of House?

Rodrick:  I was born and raised on the south side of Chicago (SOUTHSIDE!!!)  When I was around 12 years old, I first remembered hearing “Mickey Oliver” Hot Mixes on 102.7 WBMX (the radio station that every young person in Chicago listened to at the time-reportedly 2 million Chicago land residents used to listen to the Friday and Saturday mix shows).  The frenetic energy, pulsing rhythms  and driving bass captured me and I said that I had to become a DJ!  I bought my first turntables (Technics SLB-100 belt driven) from Loop Electronics from downtown and became the best unknown DJ in my area. LOL!  After I went to college at Boston University, I took my equipment up there and DJ’d there for two years introducing them to Chicago-style house music and deep disco (which they were not used to).  In addition to DJing, I LOVE to dance.  In fact, some people used to call me the “dancing DJ” because no one dance more to my music than I would! 

My inspiration for “The Woodstock of House” was the manifestation of the themes that House Music promoted: love, unity and sharing being manifested every year at The Chosen Few Music Festival (“The Picnic”).  To see mostly black and brown people in a crowd of 40,000 house music lovers come together in a communal celebration of everything that is good about humanity without ANY violence in 30 years was worthy of a film.  I gathered my production team, created a treatment for the documentary, met with the Chosen Few and they were in!  We wanted to share this human story of young black teens from the Southside of Chicago creating a musical genre that is the 3rd largest musical genre in the world! 

GO BANG! MAGAZINE:  (SENUWELL)   Being one of the directors of the film, alongside Rodrick Wimberly, can you please explain what is the purpose or mission of The Woodstock of House?

Senuwell:  My purpose is to create a new movement in music that will unite everyone of all races, ages and genders, like the influence of Rap and Hip Hop.  Eventually going global and creating a voice to bring peace and love back into a world of violence and hate.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE:  (VONDA, TRESSA, STEVE,)    As executive producers and producers of The Woodstock of House, what was it about the film that inspired or motivated you to become involved?

Vonda: As a filmmaker, not only can you entertain, but you have an opportunity to inform or educate, depending on the subject. I didn’t grow up knowing anything about House music – I can tell you about Go-Go, living outside of Washington, DC – but not House!

When we were thinking about debut projects for our company, and Rodrick and Senuwell shared
stories about and their love for House music, I was genuinely curious about what draws tens of
thousands of people to a music festival featuring something I had never heard of. Early on, while  doing some research for the project, I thought wow… we have a chance to tell an untold story and that was truly exciting!

One thing about making a documentary is that you may start with an idea of what you think the story is about, but if you are true and authentic to the craft – you let the story give you the direction.  While the story may have initially centered around the annual House music festival, I am so proud that we were able to tell an inspiring history story about young Black teenagers from Chicago who created a special sound and form of music that sustains some 30 years later. Black creators across all spectrums don’t always get their credit in the history books. Remember the late Little Richard, who famously said “They didn’t give me nothing!” Well, we produced a film that documents these genius black creators and the love that has come their way from a grateful fan base in Chicago and worldwide. This film is one for the history books.

Tressa: Woodstock of House” was the well-written treatment written by Rodrick Wimberly and Ayanna Wimberly. The treatment provided the blueprint of promoting a conversation about celebrating young Black teens who created a music genre and created “The Annual Chosen Few House Picnic” every 4th of July. I was particularly fascinated with the historical similarities House music had with disco music. In addition, House music is empowering and created a dance movement. The Chosen Few created an event about love, peace, and unity without any violence. 

Steve:  Well, as far as what inspired me, I remember Rod asking me to come to the picnic for a few years.  He had introduced me to the music and how to DJ, so he knew I would love the picnic.  Finally, he convinced me and I came out…not to mention that it was the 25th Anniversary picnic.  WOW!!!! I had recently directed/produced my first short film, so I looked at Rod and said “Rod we have to make this documentary.  It would be amazing”.  From there, we started on the long journey that eventually became The Woodstock of House.   

So, the idea that inspired me to bring this film to life was the music and the life it has given me.  Now, this is my opportunity to give something back to House.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: (WAYNE)  What influence or effect do you think the film will have on society as a whole?

Wayne:  I hope the impact of the film is how the type of music we chose to impact our life, that grew to reach people all over the world, roots came from love, unity and freedom of art. Our music put smiles on people’s face and takes your stress away for that time when you are in House music. The world has been traumatized in the last  three years and has become meaner. Our music, House music, is the kryptonite of stress and depression and we have to get back to love, which is what House music is about.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: (JESSE) Being the first person to have a House music song pressed on vinyl (“On and On”), as well as being a member of The Chosen Few DJs, which are featured in The Woodstock of House, how does it feel to be a member of a DJ crew that is considered to be part of the
foundation and continuation of the House music genre?

Jesse:  I’ve grown up originating and pioneering a culture that was new and different than anything prior to it. That means that my perspective is different than most peoples.  It all happened around me. I didn’t get the privilege of being able to look at something grow, because I was too busy trying to move and build the movement.. It turned out to be bigger than I could have ever

My legacy with the Chosen Few is as dear to me as apple pie is to America. The walls that we
have been able to break down as a crew, that have bridged the gap between racism, sexism and
sexual orientation, have been immense. We’ve been able to bring everyone together to show that
we can love, dance and assemble as one – anywhere, anytime.

Personally, I’m proud to have started a revolution that allowed young, urban Black kids to DJ,
produce and release their musical expressions to the world…thus creating a world-wide culture
we now know as House music!

GO BANG! MAGAZINE:  (RODRICK). As a Chicago native, who was there when House music was born and participated in its growth and evolution, I am proud that this film has been written and produced to show the international community how House all started.  Then, to have The Woodstock of House to be selected for Chicago’s prestigious Black Harvest Film Festival, as well as recently winning Best Documentary in Gary Indiana’s Black Film Festival must have made you feel some type of way.  Please explain to our readers how gaining all of this attention, support and accolades make you feel.

Rodrick:   It has truly been a blessing!  It is exhilarating to play the film for house music and documentary lovers after taking six (6) years to complete.  We were rejected by so many film festivals early on so we just were overwhelmed by the love that we received from the audience and programmers at the Gary Black International Film Festival and the exposure that we are now receiving from film festivals all over the country (we have even had programmers from Europe approach us and request to exhibit the film).  It has almost been unbelievable but we had faith in each other, our project and God and He always has the last say.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE:  (VONDA, TRESSA) I am so proud to see two Black women being a part of The Woodstock of House production, especially serving as members of the executive producer AND producer team.  You both have an impressive, professional background and years of experience.  Can you explain why it is important to you to have minority, female representation in the film industry?

Vonda: It’s an incredibly exciting time for Black women filmmakers. There have always been Black women creating amazing film projects, in front of and behind the camera.  I think in the last decade – more media attention has elevated their work. I’m thinking of my personal shero, Ava Duvernay, who after becoming the first Black woman to the win the directing award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for her second feature film “Middle of Nowhere”, has blazed a trail with development deals that allow her to hire other women producers, writers and directors in film and television. That is how you ensure representation. American cinema can reflect everyday life, culture, politics, music, education, etc. – and Black women contribute to all of those things. We have a unique prospective and imprint and our voices, experiences and stories should be told by us.

Tressa:  Thank you for your acknowledgment. Black filmmakers are underrepresented in executive decision-making roles throughout the industry. The film industry in particular remains disproportionately white. This underrepresentation extends to the buying side, where Black distributors make up a small fraction of the total. Most of the productions I’m part of are lead by directors and producers who intentionally choose female department heads. Having females in these positions are important so our voices are represented. 

GO BANG! MAGAZINE:  (RODRICK, WAYNE, JESSE)   House is more than a genre of music.  It is a mentality of peacefulness, freedom of expression, love and acceptance.  If the founding generation of House music, which are us, does not pass the music and the DJ skills to the next generation, House could be lost.  How do you feel about the future of House music and what is its’ legacy?

Rodrick:  That was a major theme that was part of the initial treatment from the film and is a serious issue within the House Music community.  We, as House Music cultivators and curators, must introduce more young people to the Chicago and soulful style of house music that advances these altruistic societal values.  While some subgenres of House have captured the imagination of younger fans by advancing the driving energy of mostly instrumental music, like EDM, we must make it a point to elevate our sound as a cultural musical expression that has sociological implications to break down barriers between peoples and even nations.  That is truly worth educating young people about.  

Wayne:  House music started in 1984 and has been going ever since.  It has never been in jeopardy of not continuing  because there are too many people of talent  who are constantly discovering House music who are producers, DJs, songwriters and artists.

Jesse:  The future for the culture of House is as broad and diverse as has been for the last 45+ years. The culture of love, understanding and freedom has been a part of our American heritage since the American Revolution 350 years ago. We ALL want freedom to be who we want to be, love who and how we want to and dance the night away. House music breeds that and is the flag that we carry throughout our time on this earth. So the future of House is bright and shiny and will forever live in the hearts of generations to come.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE:  (VONDA)   Please introduce our readers to 2CHI Entertainment and explain what’s its mission.

Vonda:  2CHi Entertainment was founded in 2013 with the mission to produce movie and television projects that tell stories of the Black experience. Black production companies are vastly underrepresented within the film industry. We want to close that gap with stories that reflect the contributions of African-Americans to society on film in all genres: drama, science fiction, suspense, comedy, biography.

Our first project was a suspense thriller short film, called Uh-Oh, that was screened at the Pan-African Film Festival and the Roxbury Film Festival in 2018. We have projects in development including one about the historical contribution of Blacks in the military, a faith-based inspirational drama, and a family film that gives a slice-of-life view of a Chicago family.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE:  (STEVE, TRESSA)   In your opinion, what do you hope the “take away” is for the audience, after viewing The Woodstock of House?

Steve:  What I would hope the audience, especially the Chicago audience, “take away” is, is what this music is.  What we as a people can do over and over and over.   (We can) take bits and pieces of this and that and create something that will move the entire globe.  We do it under the most trying of circumstances, almost as a survival mechanism.  That ……and the music……is about LOVE.

Tressa: I hope the take away for the viewer is a reflection of the importance of unity, peace, and love.
Music is an universal language! Smiling and laughter creates great vibes! We can always add to our own personal happy! “House Music All Night Long!” 

GO BANG! Magazine would like to congratulate and thank you and the entire production team of The Woodstock of House, for writing and producing this informative, entertaining, powerful and much-needed documentary about another style of music that was born in Chicago, IL, USA….. HOUSE MUSIC!  What would you like to say “Mr. Writer” to leave with our international audience about the film, House culture, the future of House or anything else?

Rodrick:  Thanks so much for your kind words and for allowing us to share our story in such a great publication.  I just want to thank my amazing production team for their skill, excellence, character and patience in bringing this love project to life.  We became a family during this project and I love every one of them!

GO BANG! Magazine:  You are more than welcome Rod…thank you for bringing the truth about House, from the home of House, to the world!  



Here is the trailer.


Black Harvest Film Festival will virtually stream The Woodstock of House November 13- December 2, 2021.

Streaming Ticket Info:



Thursday, November 11th @8pm & Friday, November 12th @8pm

On debut night, Thursday, November 11th, the audience will be blessed with a live appearances by Writer/Director/Executive Producer/Producer Rodrick F. Wimberly, who will be joined by Tressa Epps, Executive Producer/Producer, Vonda Paige, Executive Producer/Producer, Steve Toles, Executive Producer/Producer and Senuwell Smith, Director


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Pierre A. Evans is a freelance writer of Entertainment, Music, Art, Culture, Fashion and Current Events, and previously for,,,, and, an author, singer/songwriter, actor, model, poet, dancer, and DJ. He is also the Owner of Pinnacle Entertainment Productions and the Owner/Publisher of GO BANG! Magazine. Follow him on Facebook @Pierre Andre Evans, Twitter @Playerre, and on Instagram @Pierre_Andre_Evans.





Documentary “The Woodstock of House” a Film That Explores the Origins of Chicago House Music and its Enduring Worldwide Appeal Selected for Chicago’s Prestigious Black Harvest Film Festival

CHICAGO (OCTOBER 18, 2021) – 2CHi Entertainment LLC is excited to announce its documentary film, The Woodstock of House (Woodstock) has been selected to debut in Chicago at the 27th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival.

The documentary will screen in person Thursday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. at the Gene Siskel Film Center. The film also will be part of the festival’s streaming line-up Nov. 13 – Dec. 2.

“This is an amazing honor and as native Chicagoans who grew up watching films at Black Harvest which has a long history of celebrating independent films showcasing the Black experience – we could not be prouder,” Woodstock Directors Senuwell Smith and Rodrick F. Wimberly said in a statement.

Woodstock details the triumph of a genre of music that was attacked and almost destroyed by mainstream America in the late 1970s for being too black, too Latin, and too gay. The film explores the music’s creation, development, and re-birth as House Music by disaffected African American teenagers on the south side of Chicago and its growth to becoming the third largest musical genre in the world.

Woodstock illuminates the significance of house music not just upon the international musical industry, but upon world culture. Known for its upbeat tempos and positive lyrics – house music is revered for its themes of love, peace, and unity.

Woodstock includes live footage from the annual Chosen Few Music Festival – dubbed the Woodstock of House – the oldest one-day outdoor house music gathering in the United States, which draws 50,000 house music lovers. The film features The Chosen Few DJs, the founders of the music festival, as well as musicians, entertainers, house music fans and music historians. Despite Chicago’s reputation for violence, this annual music celebration has been without any violent incidents in its 30-year history.

“What we wanted to do with this film is to showcase this little-known piece of history about a music genre that is all about peace, love, unity, and community. And, for one day in the city of Chicago thousands of people come together to celebrate the music and those values embodied by the House Music culture,” said Wimberly, who is also a producer, executive producer, and co-writer of the film.

“House music is energetic and takes you to another place that you can lose track of time,” said Smith. “The fact that this music continues to endure speaks to its powerful appeal to make you feel good.”

Woodstock was the opening film at the Gary International Black Film Festival in Gary, IN on October 8. The film premiered in California on October 9 at the Silicon Valley African Film Festival in San Jose, CA. Woodstock will also be shown as part of the virtual screenings line-up October 24-29 at the Tallgrass Film Association film festival in Wichita, KS.


2CHi Entertainment LLC is an independent company engaged in the development and production of television and motion picture films with offices in Chicago and Los Angeles. 2CHi brings a combined 60 years of experience and creative expertise in media, entertainment, acting, writing, directing, production, business management and entertainment law.




“The Walk of Rufus” , premiering on WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 2021 through Maverick Movies, and Singles Film & Music Entertainment, is a film based on two brothers from South Carolina growing up in Chicago. It’s about the Jones family, Rufus Jeremiah Jones and Theodis Pierre Jones, trying to make their family name legit and do away with the footprints that their father left in the streets of Chicago. Set on the south side and west side of the city, the high-octane film takes you on the roller coaster ride through the streets of Chicago.

The film stars Billy Ray Valentine, Cedric “Mr Whoa Boi” Collins, Shanta’ Renee Smith, Keith “K-eezy” Paige of The Mercenaries and Corey “Cold Hard” Johnson of Crucial Conflict fame. Written, produced and directed by Billy Ray Valentine, who also directed “Lil Ceasar” and “Magic”, and also released through Maverick Entertainment group.

Billy Ray Valentine is producing, writing and directing the upcoming film “United Nations”, a story about all the gangs in Chicago coming together as one to create accomplishment, scheduled for release in mid to late 2022.

Mark Anthony Mathews aka Billy Ray Valentine, was born in 1967 and Cook County Hospital in Chicago Illinois. He grew up on the south side of the city in the Robert Taylor homes and in the late 70s moved to the Auburn Gresham neighborhood.

In 1986, he lived in the Roseland community and that’s where he got his start in the entertainment business writing and producing music as an artist as well.

In 1990, Mark went to Hollywood and appeared on the television show “A Different World” alongside of Kadeem Hardison and Jasmine Guy.

In 2009, Mark started Singles Film & Music Entertainment. Fast forward to 2019, Mark started producing full-length feature films, which includes “Magic” and “Lil Ceasar.”  From there he started creating more content, including “Roseland”, “The Walk of Rufus”, “A Masquerade Trapp” and now the upcoming, highly controversial “United Nations.”

As of today, Mark Anthony Matthews aka Billy Ray Valentine, is still creating content and entertainment for the streaming audience around the world, with streams in excess of millions in households across the world!

Click HERE for the WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 2021 Red Carpet premiere of “THE WALK OF RUFUS” & “ROSELAND.”
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Event by Billy Ray Valentine, Eric Mayes and Cedric Collins
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Come join Singles Film & Music Entertainment, as we premiere the new films produced written and directed by Billy Ray Valentine, “The Walk of Rufus” & “Roseland.”

Pierre A. Evans is a freelance writer of Entertainment, Music, Art, Culture, Fashion and Current Events, and previously for,,,, and, an author, singer/songwriter, actor, model, poet, dancer, and DJ. He is also the owner of Pinnacle Entertainment Productions. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and on Instagram.


Rest In Peace friend, comedian, actress and brainiac, Erica Faye Watson. She recently died of Covid-19. She was living in Jamaica for a month writing material, and was suppose to return to Chicago today, March 1st. She had a great spirit and heart. I interviewed her several times.

Erica Faye Watson was born in Chicago on February 26, 1973 and raised in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. She passed on Saturday, February 27th, 2021. She was 48 years old.

Reprinted from her website:

Born and raised in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, with a BA and MA from Columbia College Chicago, Erica Watson is an actor, stand-up comedian at clubs around the country, and film/television director. She is a St. Thomas the Apostle Elementary School alum (where Bryant Gumbel and Steve Allen attended), as well The Chicago Children’s Choir and The Merit School of Music. She currently stars in the short film “BlacKorea” and has appeared in the Oscar nominated film “Precious,” “ChiRaq,” “Top Five,” and “Side Effects” following starring in the feature film “Dirty Laundry.” She has also been featured on TLC’s Big Sexy, The Dr. Phil Show, The Oxygen Network, The WE Channel, Black Entertainment (BET), MSG-TV, You & Me This Morning, The TV Guide Network and is a recurring correspondent for “Windy City Live,” and “The Jam.” Watson is also a blogger for the Huffington Post.

Up next you can see her in “The Chi” on Showtime created by Emmy winner Lena Waithe. She has also been featured on the NBC drama “Chicago Fire” and “Empire” a FOX drama directed by Lee Daniels. Watson was featured in two Gracie Award-winning commercials that she wrote for the Oxygen Network called “Tresstify” and “Kiss & Tell;” as well as a recent guest star on TV One’s sitcom “Love That Girl” and featured on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,”

Erica was a commentator and pundit for six Black Entertainment (BET) specials, including “Shining Stars: BET Awards Nominee Special” (2010) “They Like Me: BET Awards Nominee Special” and “Top 12 BET Award Show Moments” (both in June 2009); “Countdown to 2009: BET Year in Review” (December 2008); “I Wanna Thank My Momma: BET Awards Nominee Special” (June 2008); “The Evolution of Mary J. Blige” (March 2008); and “The Evolution of Jay-Z” (April 2008). Additionally, Watson is a recurring politics and pop culture panelist on the BETJ talk show “My Two Cents;” and director of the reality TV Series “My Model Looks Better Than Your Model” on the BETJ Network.

Erica’s 1 woman show “Fat Bitch!” was a 2010 Black Theater Alliance Award Nominee, and was curated at The Brooklyn Museum as a part of Target First Saturdays in October 2010. Since then, her show has toured the country and is a favorite in every city that she visits. Watson starred in the “Broadway in Chicago” production of “Love, Loss and What I Wore” and went on to star in the final cast in New York off-broadway under the guidance of Nora & Delia Ephron as well as with The Delaware Theater Company. She was also chosen by the prestigious NBC Diversity Program to receive a full scholarship to study with the Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC.

In 2017, Erica curated and hosted a “Feminist Comedy Marathon” at The Brooklyn Museum which featured 50 of NYC’s best and brightest female comedians.

Rest In Peace Erica Faye Watson, you will truly be missed. Your spirit will live on forever. It was an honor to know you Queen.

They’re doing a tribute to Erica Faye Watson on Windy City LIVE today, March 1, 2021 at 1pm on ABC7!

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Pierre A. Evans is a freelance writer of Entertainment, Music, Art, Culture, Fashion and Current Events, and previously for,,,, and, an author, singer/songwriter, actor, model, poet, dancer, and DJ. He is also the Owner of Pinnacle Entertainment Productions and the Owner/Publisher of GO BANG! Magazine. Follow him on Facebook @Pierre Andre Evans, Twitter @Playerre, and on Instagram @Pierre_Andre_Evans.