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!

PEACE & POWER!!!



For touring updates visit my website. https://mrwhoaboi.godaddysites.com/

For music follow me in Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5y46mq70os9Fgpd3s1nug5?si=zCpBNx8rTE-o96RG4dfIJw&utm_source=copy-link

You can follow Whoa on social media:
@mrwhoaboi (Instagram)
@gowhoaboi (twitter)


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Pierre A. Evans is a freelance writer of Entertainment, Music, Art, Culture, Fashion and Current Events, and previously for SoulTrain.com, NDigo.com, ChicagoDefender.com, EmpireRadioMagazine.com, and UrbanMuseMag.com, 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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FRONTLINE
America After 9/11
From veteran FRONTLINE filmmaker and chronicler of U.S. politics Michael Kirk and his team, this documentary traces the U.S. response to the September 11 terrorist attacks and the devastating consequences that unfolded across three presidencies. This two-hour special offers an epic re-examination of the decisions that changed the world and transformed America.

VIDEO LINK: https://www.pbs.org/video/america-after-911-sxarls/?utm_source=whattowatchnews&utm_medium=email&utm_term=secondarypromo3&utm_content=20210909&utm_campaign=fron_2021

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“Generation 9/11” is an intimate film driven by the stories and personalities of its protagonists, who were born in the wake of a global tragedy which, for them, was also deeply personal. But it is also the story an entire generation that has been shaped by the attacks and their aftermath.

VIDEO LINK: https://www.pbs.org/video/generation-911-9pozv4/?utm_source=whattowatchnews&utm_medium=email&utm_term=mainpromo1&utm_content=20210903&utm_campaign=generation911_2021

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Who is the Queen of Pop? It’s the great debate of our time, or at least of last week after Lizzo summoned the ire of Madonna fans around the world when she bestowed the label on one Miss Janet Jackson. When I saw her tweet I didn’t gawk and maybe that’s because I have a higher level of respect for Ms. Jackson than most. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not shading Madonna but I think it’s fair to say that anti-Black racism at the time and specifically misogynoir not only in the music business but especially in the very white lane of pop music almost certainly held Janet Jackson’s career from reaching its full potential. And her career is already to most people the pinnacle of what popstars can achieve! Any Queen of Pop conversation is one Janet deserves to be part of.

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Photo Credit:  Roy “Doc” Kemp 

(L to R) Go Bang!Magazine’s Pierre A. Evans, Andrew Kitchen, Harold Leffridge and Roy “Doc” Kemp

APRIL 1, 2021 UPDATE!!!!

ATTACK OF THE BOOGIE PREMIERS FRIDAY, APRIL 9th AT MIDNIGHT ON WJYS Channel 62 in Chicago & SYNDICATED Nationally in 25 cities

Andrew Kitchen comes to us from right here in Chicago. He started as a dancer and toured with the two-time award winning group ”Kitchen, and his Dancin’ Magicians, which he founded. He became an original Soul Train dancer in 1971 at the tender age of 11 years old, after lying about his age to meet the high school age requirement of the show.

Recently, the Soul Train dancer veteran, who was also the host of hundreds of episodes of his own tv dance show, the legendary Attack of the Boogie (1983-2014) on local cable access network (CAN TV), celebrated the reissue of his dance show’s 1984 theme song. His original release “Attack of the Boogie” is still today one of the most popular and in-demand songs in France and it’s hard to find here in the U.S.

Kitchen’s latest project is a remix of the tv show’s theme song, which is available on a compilation 12-inch from Chicago label Star Creature Universal Vibrations. Kitchen is thinking about rebooting Attack of the Boogie tv show and renaming it Attack of the Boogie Reloaded.

“Attack of the Boogie” 1984 Pilot (Fashion edition) link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFYGG60IfRo

Classic “Attack Of The Boogie” tv show link (kids edition):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4Jl2TX8c6E

GO BANG! Magazine had a chance to meet and hang out with Andrew Kitchen at his record-release party, which was held in Chicago at the Promontory (upper patio) in Chicago’s trendy Hyde Park neighborhood. He attended, along with his longtime DJ Kool Hersh, who hosted the event. Of course RSVPs, masks and temperature checks were required, due to the current Covid-19 pandemic the world is currently going through.

Even with a pandemic going on, the event turned out great and it was such an honor and pleasure to meet and chill with him, his family and friends.

GO BANG! Magazine: When and how did you know that you wanted to professionally be a part of the entertainment industry as a dancer?

Andrew Kitchen: Well, I was dipping into art, doing sketches, drawing comic books, pictures, until one day my dad said to me, ”WOW’, you’re a good artist! You’re gonna make a lot of money after you die.” I was done. (lol) I started watching local tv dance shows and got interested in dancing fast.

GO BANG! Magazine: Being a former dancer on the original Soul Train show is quite an honor and historic. Please describe to our readers what it felt like to be an 11 year-old boy on the set of Soul Train.

Andrew Kitchen: It felt like another world, knowing that everyone was at least a few years older than me. But they made me feel welcome. Especially after a few dance moves that always turned out different than the original dance moves everyone else was doing. Which caught the host’s attention..

GO BANG! Magazine: How long did you dance on Soul Train and what is one of your best memories from the show?

Andrew Kitchen: I danced on the show for at least five years. My best memory from the show was performing in two high energy dance groups:

1.) The Ten Commandments (but there were only 5 of us, so we change the name to ”THE COMMANDMENTS”

2.) Dancing Super Heros”.

GO BANG! Magazine: Don Cornelius, the founder of Soul Train, was a talented but complicated Black man. Please describe to our readers your memory of him.

Andrew Kitchen: Don was sort of complicated. Kind of hard headed at times. But he knew what he wanted. He wanted to do SOUL TRAIN so bad, that after Channel 26 (WCIU) picked it up and the show got popular, Channel 26 could have taken the show and the rights and replaced Don. Don did not own the rights to the show at the time. His idea was never copyright / registered. Lucky for him his associates informed him so he could take immediate action.

GO BANG! Magazine: Having an entrepreneurial drive, you founded and hosted your own tv dance show, Attack of the Boogie in 1983. Why did you think that you could launch a dance show, host it and make it successful?

Andrew Kitchen: After Soul Train ended in Chicago, I felt there was a void. I always wanted to have my own dance show, but wanted it to stand out more. After the success that Don had with Soul Train in Chicago, I knew it was time for something new. So, I did what no other dance show has ever done. I created ”ATTACK OF THE BOOGIE” (the name had to stand out and get people talking) The dancers had to live up to the name when performing. We also did something that no other dance show had ever done at the time. We added a live studio audience to cheer the dancers on, along with a Fashion segment for up and coming models and designers/boutiques. The show was only 30 minutes, but had a big impact and the excitement to keep fans tuning in every week. After a few years, there was a waiting list, for up to a year, to be part of the studio audience.

GO BANG! Magazine: Many of our readers remember the tv show and especially the catchy theme song. What made you decide to re-release the theme song as a remix?

Andrew Kitchen: After seeing copies online like ebay bidding as high as a couple of hundred (dollars) and constant requests for any available copies anywhere, I didn’t have any idea where to go until DJ Kool Hersh contacted me about a reissue of the theme as a remix on vinyl.

GO BANG! Magazine: At the recent record release party in Chicago, your longtime DJ Kool Hersh hosted the event. How did you two first meet and what is it that keeps you two working together?

Andrew Kitchen: Our first meeting was at Starbucks, where he told me he was a big fan of the theme song (he had won the bid on ebay to purchase it.) He told me about the labels plans (Star Creature Records) to release a vinyl 12-inch featuring the theme song as a remix and title the Vinyl Release ”Attack Of The Chicago Boogie.” I like the direction the label is going. I like working with DJ Kool Hersh because he has great communication and fresh ideas to keep moving forward in this ever changing music world.

GO BANG! Magazine: There’s also talk about you bringing Attack of the Boogie dance show back to television. Tell us if this is true and if so, tell us more about the rebooted show.

Andrew Kitchen: Yes! We are working on bringing the show back to fans, because we love our fans, and this is something that they have asked and requested for years. So there will be not one, but two versions.

First off, while Covid-19 is still in effect, in early 2021 we will be releasing a weekly re-edited version of the show called ”ATTACK OF THE BOOGIE RELOADED” featuring classic episodes with fresh new interviews from your favorite dancers and classic performances from big name artists and entertainers.

After Covid-19 has ended, (being positive), we will be bringing back a full NEW live version of ”ATTACK OF THE BOOGIE.” We promise it will be just as entertaining as the Original and it will still feature the popular ”POWER DANCE CIRCLE!”

GO BANG! Magazine: The Covid-19 pandemic has dampened and ruined the entire year of 2020 thus far, for many people. They are dealing with it in various ways. Some are doing just fine, while others are depressed because of loneliness or death to loved ones, due to the virus. How has the pandemic affected you?

Andrew Kitchen: You are so correct. It has done damage for many people, businesses and entertainers in so many ways. Many projects for me also stopped, due to no studio audience and the lack of dancers and actors to complete the production in a quality way. The challenge of staying healthy is still at risk. I’m praying for everyone for a positive and healthy outcome.

GO BANG! Magazine: Being a Black man in America today is dangerous on a daily basis. We have ALL experienced it in different ways. How have you been affected by systematic racism and have you witnessed White privilege? If so, please describe the instance for our readers.

Andrew Kitchen: During the years of my career, I have experienced more than my share. From being in the right place at the wrong time to being pulled over for taking friends home (and did I mention not making it home?) It’s something that we have to be smarter about in certain situations if you want to get through it. But, it is always easier said than done)

GO BANG! Magazine: In conclusion, what are your current plans for the future?

Andrew: We are producing a NEW FRIDAY MORNING WAKE UP ENTERTAINMENT SHOW CALLED: ”THE WEEKEND PARTY” that I will be hosting along with a co-host (to assist people to get up for that final drive to work for the weekend with energy, incentives, music, on-location events, guest and a happy/fun feeling to make it through the final work day before the weekend.)

The show will premiere in EARLY 2021 (On local Broadcast Channels) ALSO A BRAND NEW NU-POP/SINGLE WILL BE RELEASE IN A THE NEXT MONTH OR SO ENTITLED: ”MY HEART PLAYS FOR YOU” (ANDREW KITCHEN-FEATURING PEPPER GOMEZ) I feel this is my best musical work to date. (Original & Fresh) I hope you enjoy it.

Lastly, to To GO BANG! Magazine, “THANK YOU and MUCH SUCCESS to you.


YOU CAN WATCH
“Attack Of The Boogie” Andrew Kitchen 4 Real Music Official Video Edit By Marcus Mixx
Video Link: https://youtu.be/izEEgP0OMoc


Follow Andrew Kitchen on ALL social media formats @Andrew Kitchen





Pierre A. Evans is a freelance writer of Entertainment, Music, Art, Culture, Fashion and Current Events, and previously for SoulTrain.com, NDigo.com, ChicagoDefender.com, EmpireRadioMagazine.com, and UrbanMuseMag.com, 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

WOW!!!!

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: http://www.ericafayewatson.com/

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!

Learn more about Erica on her website:
CLICK HERE: http://www.ericafayewatson.com/

 

Pierre A. Evans is a freelance writer of Entertainment, Music, Art, Culture, Fashion and Current Events, and previously for SoulTrain.com, NDigo.com, ChicagoDefender.com, EmpireRadioMagazine.com, and UrbanMuseMag.com, 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.

Cicely Tyson (Photo credit: Shuterstock.com/ Joe Seer)
STORY REPRINTED FROM ROLLINGOUT.COM
By N. Ali Early | January 28, 2021

Award-winning actress and Hollywood icon Cicely Tyson, who made a habit of turning in regal performances over the course of her 60-year career, has died. She was 96.

“With heavy heart, the family of Miss Cicely Tyson announces her peaceful transition this afternoon,” her family shared in a statement. “At this time, please allow the family their privacy.”
The statement did not reveal Tyson’s cause of death.

Active until the very end, Tyson released her memoir, Just As I Am, on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021.

“I have managed Miss Tyson’s career for over 40 years, and each year was a privilege and blessing,” her manager, Larry Thompson, said in a statement. “Cicely thought of her new memoir as a Christmas tree decorated with all the ornaments of her personal and professional life. Today she placed the last ornament, a Star, on top of the tree.”

Tyson made her big-screen debut in 1957’s Twelve Angry Men, then re-emerged in Sidney Poitier’s Odds Against Tomorrow. She would follow that stellar performance up by starring in The Comedians, The Last Angry Man, A Man Called Adam and The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter.

As blaxploitation films rose to prominence among African American movie watchers in the 1960s, Tyson refused to take part as a professional. In so doing, she did not appear in another film until 1972, as part of the Oscar-nominated Sounder. Her performance earned her a nomination for best actress.

Tyson made her mark on the small screen as well, starring in “Roots,” “The Wilma Rudolph Story,” “King: The Martin Luther King Story,” “A Woman Called Moses,” “The Marva Collins Story” and a slew of others.

She won three Primetime Emmy Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Tony Award and was presented with an honorary Oscar in 2018 for her full body of work. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences cited her “unforgettable performances and personal integrity.”

Tributes have flooded in for Cicely following her passing. Celebrities who took to social media to share their memories and heartbreak included Zendaya, Shonda Rhimes and Tyler Perry. Zendaya wrote on Twitter: “This one hurts, today we honor and celebrate the life of one of the greatest to ever do it. Thank you Cicely Tyson. Rest in great power.” — Zendaya (@Zendaya) January 29, 2021

While Shonda Rhimes — who produced “How To Get Away With Murder,” in which Tyson starred — penned: “She was an extraordinary person. And this is an extraordinary loss. She had so much to teach. And I still have so much to learn. I am grateful for every moment. Her power and grace will be with us forever.”

Tyler Perry, who cast Tyson in several of his movies, including Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005), Madea’s Family Reunion (2006) and, most recently, A Fall from Grace (2020), penned an emotional tribute on Facebook along with several photos of the two together.

Bang Showbiz contributed to this report.

If you risk nothing, then you risk everything. Art is all about taking these risks.”
-Marcos Luis

Raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Marcos got his start in the entertainment industry by appearing in stage plays, including being a host of “Kidsburgh”, later graduating to television and film. Since his introduction as an actor he has added singer, musician, award-winning host, photographer, and producer to his resume credits.

As the Artistic Director & Founder of 3SB Theatre Co LLC Theatre and Entertainment Production Company, based in New York, Marcos Luis may be most recognizable for his national commercials, print campaigns, and appearances in popular prime time TV shows. Marcos is also the host and creator of the 11+ year-long running live artist showcase and open mic, OneMicNite, in New York City, which showcases premiere talent in comedy, poetry, & music of every genre. OneMicNite has become an NYC staple responsible for launching the careers of numerous Independent Artists.

Marcos is a proud and active member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, Spotlight Talent UK, and is a OneBigMop artist. He received a BS in Theatre Arts from Northwestern University, where he studied with famed international instructor Ann Woodworth (also B.A.D.A). His studies also include comedy improv at the famed Comedy Sportz in Chicago, dance training at the world renowned Giordano Dance Center, and a Jeff Award winning show, Pecong at Victory Gardens. Currently he serves as an active screening judge for the Miami Indie Festival (Mindie Fest), the International Independent Film Festival, and the SAG-AFTRA Awards Film Nomination Committee 2018.

CURRENT PROJECTS
• The Darkness of The Moor (2018)UK
• Los Viejos/ The Oldies (2018) Documentary Cuba
*World Premiere IFFCG, Guadalajara, MX, World Premiere MIFF Miami, FL USA
• Dreaming of Peggy Lee
*Screened before the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar nomination*
Distribution and sales: Network Ireland Television
• I’ll Be Home Soon
*Long-Listed For Oscar Nomination 2016*
Distribution and sales: Freak Agency

GO BANG! Magazine: Where did you grow up and spend your childhood?

Marcos Luis:  Aaahhh, that question! I was actually born in Nashville, TN. We then moved to the Pittsburgh are of PA and then went to boarding school, so I spent my childhood In those places.

GO BANG! Magazine: At what age did you realize that you wanted to be a professional actor involved in stage plays, film and television, and describe that moment to our readers.

Marcos Luis: I grew up singing, dancing, and acting from the time I was born. I think I was doing it in the womb! (You’ll have to ask my mother that one). I was in talent shows and the school plays, and hosting shows as a kid, so I guess I knew….but really didn’t know for sure then . It wasn’t until college that I decided for sure to be an actor. I remember meeting and talking to a then recent graduate of my alma mater , Northwestern University , named Harry Lennox (“Blacklist, The Five Heartbeats “) who returned to the University to encourage a group of students to pursue our dreams, and that it really clicked for me to do this as a career.

GO BANG! Magazine: How would you describe the opportunities for minorities in television and film?

Marcos Luis: Right now we are at a fantastic and pivotal point in the Film and Industry. Studios are listening to the call for Diversity and Inclusion for Black and Brown people in front of the cameras as well as behind and are making changes . We are creating content, producing, and allocating our funds to make, direct, and star in our own works . Our stories are being told and heard. Opportunities are increasing but we still have work to do on all fronts.

GO BANG! Magazine: You’re also a singer/musician with your own unique sound. How would you describe your voice, the Marcos Luis sound, and also what instrument(s) do you play?

Marcos Luis: The “Marcos Sound” is smooth and soulful. By I mean it comes from the soul and truth, just like my acting, and dance. “Issavibe” for sure. I started playing instruments when I was young. I started on woodwinds: the flute, clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax… then on to upright bass, and electric bass. Lately I’ve been hitting on some percussion with bongos..

GO BANG! Magazine: A man of multiple talents, you’re also a producer. As a producer, what types of films are you interested in making?

Marcos Luis: I’m interested in making films with good, good stories. Every genre is fair game. Making films is a different learning experience each time, problem solving, staying on budget, schedules, locations, etc. The light at the end of the tunnel is the story you present, feeling good about the end product , and also how others perceive your work.

GO BANG! Magazine: For our readers that may not be familiar with the duties of a Producer, can you please explain what producers do and what you find most interesting about producing?

Marcos Luis: A film producer is a person who oversees film production. Either employed by a production company or working independently, producers plan and coordinate various aspects of film production, such as selecting the script by the writing, directing , editing ; and arranging financing. There are different types such as Associate, Executive, and Line . Sometimes you wear multiple hats depending on how large and the budget of a project.

GO BANG! Magazine: There’s still more to you, being the Renaissance man that you are. You’re also an award-winning host and photographer. How did you get involved in photography and are you a professional or a hobbyist?

Marcos Luis: Hahaha, well, Photography to me is an extension of being an artist, how you view things, capturing it them in a truthful way, a beautiful way, or whatever the goal is. I started photography as a hobby, and then started shooting professional events, then was enlisted to shoot and document an Humanitarian expedition to Colombia, South America with www. Healing the Children.org , where I received an Award and had the honor of singing our country’s National Anthem live for thousands of people.

GO BANG! Magazine: Not surprisingly, you’re also an entrepreneur as founder of 3SB Theatre Co LLC Theatre and Entertainment Production Company. Please inform our reader about your company, its mission, and some of the projects you’ve done.

Marcos Luis: The mission is to create art with a purpose to shine a positive light on the Community. 3SB Theatre Company has not only sponsored International Artists for work here in the USA , but has created a few web series, sold out stage productions, and of course, the OneMicNite™️ Show.

GO BANG! Magazine: Being a creative person, as well as a businessman myself, I can relate to you creating your own live artist showcase and open mic event, called “OneMicNite” in New York City. For our readers that may not be familiar with it, please explain what the show is, how long it has been in existence and what its mission is.

Marcos Luis: OneMicNite™️ Is “NYC’s Best & Favorite Artist Showcase”. It’s been around for 14 years plus with its #LiveSeries performance shows. It’s been the start and home of many amateur artists, Indie Bands, as well as Grammy Award winning Artists. Starting in NYC’ Greenwich Village, with me as the Host and creator , it’s mission was to provide a space for a home to connect, perform, and network in all areas of the arts. We have held fundraisers for many other charitable organizations through performances of our artists such as Breast Cancer Walk, Women’s Prison Association, and AIDS Walk NYC. You can find out more at http://www.OneMicNite.com

GO BANG! Magazine: You studied comedy improve at Chicago’s own famed Comedy Sportz and dance training at the world-renowned Giordano Dance Center. Have you pursued a professional career in dancing and comedy? If so, please tell us about that and if not, why not?

Marcos Luis: For me knowing all areas of the Arts are important for balance, marketability, and to be well rounded. I’ve been on Comedy Improve Troupes and certainly have done Dance Shows in my career. My first professional Show which I did while still in college was called Pecong , a Caribbean version of the Greek Classic Madea , choreographed by T.C. Carson (Living Single Tv Show), I was a dancer and the Show won several Chicago Jeff Award. The Show was at Victory Gardens Theatre.

GO BANG! Magazine: Over the years, you’ve had national commercials, print campaigns, and appearances in popular prime time TV shows. Are there any broadcasts in particular that you can recall that may refresh our reader’s memory, so that they can connect that with you?

Marcos Luis: Mmmm Chicagoans may know me as The “Illinois Vehicle” commercial guy, which ran for many many years there. Three -four years ago you may have seen the “Madam President” editorial print campaign for designer Elie Tahari clothing line which was in every major publication, ad, billboard which I did along with supermodel Shlomit Malke. And of course.. the infamous “Sex and the City” Episode…

GO BANG! Magazine: What is your ultimate goal in the entertainment industry?

Marcos Luis: My ultimate goal is to continue to enlighten, inspire, tell stories through any art medium I can.

GO BANG! Magazine: Who inspires or motivates you?

Marcos Luis: So may people inspire me in so many ways. People who have had hard journeys and are resilient. People who do the same thing as I do. People who do different things than I do so I can learn from that . It all motivates me to be better, enjoy the experiences of life, and be thankful along the way. There is no competition, there is room for everyone on this journey. That motivates me.

GO BANG! Magazine: Are you currently working on anything or would you like to mention anything that you’d like our readers to check out?

Marcos Luis: Coming up next, I’ll be in an Off Broadway Show called ‘Edin’ written by a brilliant writer/artist named Marcus Harmon. Look out for me in two animated film projects as a voice actor , and definitely check out my Podcast: OneMicNite Podcast with Marcos Luis which is available on Apple podcasts wherever you download podcasts. Season 2 starts after the New Year tackling Social issues that affect Our Community and personal inspiring interviews of Artists’ journeys. www.OneMicNite.Podbean.com

GO BANG! Magazine: In conclusion, the COVID-19 pandemic has caught the world off guard. How are you dealing with it?

Marcos Luis: Yes, this pandemic took everyone by surprise. The key for me was to 1) Be Safe and 2) Be Flexible and 3) Create 4) Gratitude Safety first, for sure, then be flexible with your Life in the day to day actions . Next, create new ways of thinking, to enhance your situation finance by learning as much as possible. Lastly, be thankful for everyone and the things you have. Simplicity is the key. www.MarcosLuis.com


YOU CAN FOLLOW MARCOS:

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Pierre A. Evans is a freelance writer of Entertainment, Music, Art, Culture, Fashion and Current Events, and previously for SoulTrain.com, NDigo.com, ChicagoDefender.com, EmpireRadioMagazine.com, and UrbanMuseMag.com, 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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Vince Lawrence of Chicago, IL is an American dance music producer, businessman and is one of the leading innovators of the genre of music called “House music”. Industry insiders recognize Lawrence as co-author of “On and On”, the first recording officially designated “House music”. He worked with Jesse Saunders in the initial creation of Jes Say Records, designing its logo by hand. He served as Head of Marketing and was the lyric writer for “Funk U Up” (the first House track to ever make it onto the Billboard charts), “Undercover” by Dr. Derelict, “Real Love”, and many other songs released in the label’s heyday. He also co-authored “Love Can’t Turn Around” which featured Daryl Pandy, which reached #10 in the UK Singles Chart in 1986 and started the House music revolution in the UK. He organized Trax Records, a Chicago House label. He is the founder of Slang Music Group, which has received numerous gold and platinum awards for their contributions. As founder of Slang Music Group, Vince has evolved from artist and producer to entrepreneur and marketer, creating a unique symbiosis between music and brands.

As a remixer, he worked on Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, John Legend, R Kelly, and others. Vince composed soundtracks for major brands and was contributing composer on one of the most successful daytime talk shows in history. Vince has directing, writing, production and music supervision credits for work in film.

Above all, he is a veteran of the street with an intuitive understanding of what youth culture craves – be it style and music or consumer products that he telegraphs to the street through soundtracks for advertising or non-traditional “under the radar” field marketing programs. Vince Lawrence’s intimate relationship with pop culture and lifelong love of music have evolved into a unique insight that is eagerly sought out, from the trend hunters of Madison Avenue to the likes of pop stars the world over.

“LEGACY: From Soulful Horns to House Music”, a new documentary that tells stories of hidden figures in the history of Chicago’s Black Music, was directed, produced, and narrated by Vince Lawrence. These stories shed light on individuals whose musical contributions changed the world. It broadcasted in Chicago on WTTW on Friday, November 13, 2020.

Many South siders are working to bring aid to the homeless youth of Chicago by raising funds and awareness for Covenant House Illinois (CHIL), a place of community, safety, and trust for youth experiencing homelessness and trafficking, and participated in SLEEP OUT: CHICAGO, on November 19, 2020. “We’re stepping up and answering Covenant House Illinois’ challenge to spend a night sleeping on the street so that, one day, homeless youth won’t have to”, according to the website.

The Sleep Out is not about pretending to be homeless. It’s an act of solidarity with the 4.2 million young people who experience homelessness each year. It’s a decision that we, as a society, can’t stay indoors while so many youths remain outside.

“One thing I firmly believe in is that in the midst of all our accomplishments, we should always find ways to give back to our families, society and the community. What we put in is what comes out”, says Vince.

GO BANG! Magazine: How did you first get started in music and what about it attracted you?

Vince Lawrence: My initial connection in music came via my dad, Nemiah Mitchell aka MITCHBAL. My father is a songwriter, having worked with people like Eddie Thomas (Curtom Records) and others. He started his own label in the 70s and put out a few 45s before I aided him in discovering new culture centered around 12 inch singles and dance music.

GO BANG! Magazine: As a resident of Chicago, the home of House music, you are recognized as one of the pioneers. What influence, if any, do you feel you have brought to House music and how has House music influenced you?

Vince Lawrence: While not wanting to “take credit” for this and that as many people do, I can say that I did help bring people together socially around the thought that we could express our creativity through music and by making actual records that we could play at parties and on the radio. I always try to encourage people to pursue their dreams using whatever tools they had available.

I helped a lot of guys get their first recordings created by collaborating as a songwriter, musician or producer. Early days, I worked with Jesse Saunders, Marshall Jefferson, Byron Stingley, Wayne Williams (Dr. Derelict), Chip E., Victor Romeo, Duane & Co. and others. As a remixer, I along with Slang Musicgroup team members have worked with Beyoncé/Destiny’s Child, Whitney Houston, Donnell Jones, R Kelly, Charles Jenkins, Sisqo, Joe, Michael Jackson, John Legend and others.

I have always worked to elevate others by teaching, advising or providing employment. There are many great artists, producers, engineers, managers and such that began their careers as part of our team.

GO BANG! Magazine: You’ve had the opportunity to travel around the world, in the name of House. How would you describe House’s acceptance in other countries, in comparison to here in the States?

Vince Lawrence: Outside of the US there seems to be less distinction between House music and other forms of R&B. I think that we Chicagoans separate or dance friendly Black art forms from the rest. It seems that this is a new phenom did not seem to occur in the past. For example, Harold Melvin and the Blue notes is thought of as an R&B group, despite having created “disco classics”. The sum total, that’s the difference in the US and with American Black listeners in particular.

GO BANG! Magazine: Over the years you’ve morphed and accomplished great success as a producer, remixer and businessman. You’ve worked with many icons in the music industry. How does it feel to be requested to remix songs from artists of this caliber?

Vince Lawrence: I am honored to be invited to creative circles with great artists such as this. There are no words for the way it feels when you have the opportunity to participate in this way as a fan. My connection to music started as an admirer, in the audience, listening and enjoying. A remix invitation feels as if I am being invited behind the curtain, backstage to share in the creation of the show.

GO BANG! Magazine: After working with such high ranking artists over the years, are there any other artists, current or classic, that you would love to work with?

Vince Lawrence: I have listed these in no particular order:
Lianne De Havas
Kirby
Dua Lipa
Queen Nadja
Jeremih (he visited the studio but I did not produce)
Miley Cyrus
Mereba
Katy Perry
Gaga
Fat Joe (he visited the studio but I did not produce)
Black Thought
Trevor Horn
Lailah Hathaway
H.E.R.
James Blake
Shawn Mendez
Alicia Keys

If anyone can connect me, please reach out!

GO BANG! Magazine: As the original House generation matures, if it’s not passed down to the next generation, it will die out. What are your thoughts on the future of House music and the House culture?

Vince Lawrence: I honestly am saddened by this question because it seems so localized. House Music as Black music is not dying. Beyonce makes a whole album full of music that if it weren’t Beyonce, people would call House Music. Check FIND YOUR WAY BACK from her latest record if you need perspective, but the thought of this dying out is a myth. The discounted self-image expressed when we fail to recognize how our art has traversed the globe and come back dressed as pop star cultural exploration surprises me. Local people only need to decide to stop sitting in the stands and get in the friggin game. The discussion of stuff “being passed down” or not is also a false narrative. If people want to make records, I have always been here, people engage me as a producer all of the time. Think about it, you “found” me and it was not hard. We are the originators. The new generations find the paths that we laid down before. Those that are truly interested will actually participate. These “next gen” conversations are not about getting anything actually done.

GO BANG! Magazine: You’re the founder of Slang Music Group and you’ve received numerous gold and platinum awards. Please tell our readers about these awards, about your company, and plans for your company’s future.

Vince Lawrence: Slang is a multi-featured music and sound house that produces national Gold & Platinum award winning recording artists and delivers modern sounds to the ad industry seamlessly. Our producers have worked with many best in class artists and continue to do so. Our mix engineers are some of the words best, working with the greatest talent. Examples: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1IKd1PFQdStInJKsmaZMFq

Along with music for television, film and commercials, members of Slang Music Group have also been working with burgeoning new talent from all over the world. We create content presentations for both the boardroom and the web. This year we launched a library of economical, easily licensed music for use in creative projects. www.Slangmusicvault.com was developed in hopes of creating new collaborations with creatives everywhere. We have created thousands of high quality music tracks for this purpose. Hopefully someone out there has written perfect songs for some of them. In 2021, Slang Music Group is evolving, creating original long format and digital content for television and theatre.

GO BANG! Magazine: Recently a new documentary titled “Legacy: From Soulful Horns to House Music” premiered here in Chicago on WTTW on Friday, November 13, 2020. You directed, produced and narrated it. I viewed the show, as did many others that I know. Tell us what inspired you to bring that to the public, what your mission was, and if you achieved your goal.

Vince Lawrence: I grew up amongst Chicago’s music elite. I was raised on stories of the “amazing feats of music” described by people like Kanye West. I bear witness to miracles when I say that Black Chicagoans have, generation after generation, created art from nothing that changes the landscape of music worldwide. These amazing people hail from housing projects and streets that people say are impossible to survive, yet they thrive…and create. I owe a piece of my existence to my parents and these greats. My film shines a light on what they have done through the lens of how they affected me specifically. By acknowledging all of this, I hope to pay it both back and forward. These men deserve to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and get life awards from places like the Grammys. I plan to submit this film as part of my effort to see this done while these gentlemen are still alive.

GO BANG! Magazine: More recently, on November 19, 2020 you participated in “Sleep Out: Chicago”, which brings attention to the youth homeless and trafficking population. Please explain how you feel about this tragic population and how you participate in this much needed cause.

Vince Lawrence: I grew up here. When I found out that 4,000,000 youth are homeless in the US, I was stunned because I couldn’t recall seeing homeless youth. But then, I found out that I had seen youth homelessness, I just didn’t know it. You see, it’s not just sleeping out on the street. It’s couch-surfing, sleeping in a car, or trading your body for a warm bed…that’s youth homelessness. And it happens because you age out of foster care, or tell your parents you’re gay, or your mother looks at you one day and says “I don’t want you no more.”

So, I’m supporting Covenant House Illinois starting on “Giving Tuesday”, December 1st to raise money to help thousands of Chicago youth overcome homelessness. Facebook is matching donations on “Giving Tuesday” from 7AM Central until their budget is exhausted. Please go to my FB Fundraiser and donate. Let’s show our youth that House music fans know they matter and they are not invisible. Please give on “Giving Tuesday” to my Facebook Fundraiser for Covenant House Illinois.

These days, there are so many kids displaced. Any effort to create a chance for our city’s youth is everyone’s responsibility. I am simply a man with a hill to stand on… Shouting! You can shout too, everyone can. Small contributions combined and repeated actually help.

GO BANG! Magazine: On November 19, 2020, you participated in a virtual panel event presented by Eric Williams and The Silver Room. It featured you and the legendary House music producer Marshall Jefferson. It was moderated by Duane Powell. It was titled “Chicago Created House Music.” Its purpose was to discuss everything House: including how it started, how it’s been and where it’s going. I tuned in and enjoyed every moment of it. The Silver Room has had a major influence on House culture over the years. What are your thoughts on The Silver Room’s contribution and influence on culture, and more specifically House culture?

Vince Lawrence: My relationship with The Silver Room is perhaps a little different. When I look at that group, I don’t see a business, I see people dedicated to Black positivity. I have watched Eric and his team grow their business, start a festival and share their thinking on the inter webs. I commend Eric for creating a platform to share these stories, while helping artisans extend their brands, personal or otherwise.

GO BANG! Magazine: When others in the entertainment industry reach the level of success that you have, some of them go “Hollywood” and become arrogant and cold-hearted. You seem to have not gone down that path. How have you maintained your level-headedness and why is that important to you?

Vince Lawrence: I have been lucky to have the opportunities that I have. I see every day that creatives struggle, hoping that one day they can make any sort of living doing work they love. I realize how lucky that makes me. I don’t take any of this for granted, not for a nanosecond.

GO BANG! Magazine: What are you working on now, that our readers should be on the lookout for?

Vince Lawrence: I continue to create great music for records, film and TV. I have two new films in development, LEGACY hopes to become a series and find its way into more homes via streaming platforms and such. I have new records (and a bunch of old ones) coming out via arrangements with UNITED MASTERS as well. www.slangmusicvault.com continues to be a resource for creatives spanning many genres and art forms We are also working to develop a great set of tools to help DJs all over the world to become the best version of themselves.

GO BANG! Magazine: The COVID-19 pandemic has caught the world off guard. How are you dealing with it?

Vince Lawrence: I accept this as the current reality. COVID has killed too many friends and friends of my friends. That stated, I have been working “remotely” for many, many years. My clients are literally all over the world. I have a great studio set up in my home and tools to connect to anybody anywhere. COVID presents an opportunity to refine those efforts and reach out to more people who now have to get accustomed to communicating and collaborating in this way. I won’t let this stop me; actually it’s a chance to grow. Can you imagine all that time we were wasting commuting for meetings even? When COVID is gone, who wants to go back to that?

For more information on the Sleep Out, log onto:
https://www.sleepout.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=844

You can follow Vince on ALL social media @vingoslang and on the Slang Music Group website: https://www.slangmusicgroup.com/ and http://www.slangmusicvault.com

 



Pierre A. Evans is a freelance writer of Entertainment, Music, Art, Culture, Fashion and Current Events, and previously for SoulTrain.com, NDigo.com, ChicagoDefender.com, EmpireRadioMagazine.com, and UrbanMuseMag.com, 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.