Posts made in March 2023

Grammy Legend James Mtume Honored In Philly With Street Bearing His Name

The departed hit maker receiving tribute from his hometown on May 12th, 2023

One year after his passing in January 2022, noted two-time Grammy winner James Mtume (known for hits such as “Juicy Fruit” and producing for Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway, Stephanie Mills) will be honored in his hometown of Philadelphia, PA with a street bearing his name.

The event will take place on Friday, May 12th, 2023, from 11 am to 2 pm ET. The 1500 block of Wharton Street in South Philadelphia will carry the namesake of Mtume, who was born and raised in South Philly.

Faulu Mtume, the son of the music legend, humbly accepts this honor on behalf of his father’s estate. “It’s beyond words just how great this is, the City of Brotherly Love showing a mighty love for my father, a Philly native,” says Faulu Mtume. “Wharton Street is where his journey into music, social activism and politics had begun. The roots for all three are there.”

Born and raised in Philadelphia, James Mtume earned musical fame, starting in jazz with greats such as Miles Davis during the early 1970’s as well as with father, saxophonist Jimmy Heath. Years later, Mtume teamed up with fellow songwriter/producer Reggie Lucas, producing hits for Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway (“The Closer I Get To You”, “Back Together Again”), Phyllis Hyman (“You Know How To Love Me) and Stephanie Mills (the Grammy winning “Never Knew Love Like This Before”). By the 1980’s, with the band carrying his namesake, Mtume scored with the number one R&B hit, “Juicy Fruit”, in 1983. He went on to work on movie and television soundtrack work (the film “Native Son” as well as the “New York Undercover” TV series) as well as co-host the New York City-based talk radio series, Open Line.

James Mtume passed in January 2022 after battling cancer. He was 75.


He’s Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll by day, and Agent Elvis, a spy vigilante saving the world, by night. The series has Instant Classic written all over it. Equipped with a Hilarious voice cast and sharp dialogue and it even blends in historic nuggets for all of us History Junkies! Our staff breezed through the 10 episodes effortlessly.

FULL ALL STAR CAST Matthew McConaughey, Kaitlin Olson, Johnny Knoxville, Niecy Nash, Tom Kenny, Don Cheadle, Priscilla Presley, Jason Mantzoukas, Asif Ali, Ed Helms, Christina Hendricks, Kieran Culkin, Fred Armisen, Chris Elliott, George Clinton, Craig Robinson, Simon Pegg, Ego Nwodim, Gary Cole, Jamie Costa, Tara Strong, Dee Bradley Baker, Jim Meskimen, Carlos Alazraqui, Cree Summer, Ilia Volok, Tony Cavalero, Michael Leon Wooley, and Eric Bauza.

This ten episode, Netflix adult animation series from Sony Pictures Animation is an irreverent action comedy starring Matthew McConaughey as Elvis Presley and follows Elvis as he lives a double-life as a secret agent. The show was created by Priscilla Presley and John Eddie, and was developed by Co-Showrunners Mike Arnold and John Eddie, who also serve as Executive Producers along with Executive Producers Kevin Noel, Matthew McConaughey, Priscilla Presley, with Fletcher Moules serving as Co-Executive Producer and Seranie Manoogian as Producer. Jamie Salter, Corey Salter, and Marc Rosen with Authentic Brands Group also served as Executive Producers.

Vancouver-based Titmouse served as the animation studio with Chris Prynoski, Shannon Prynoski, Antonio Canobbio, and Ben Kalina serving as Executive Producers and Gary Ye as Supervising Director, Chris Thompson as Art Director, and Josue Sanchez as Editor. Robert Valley created original character designs, and Agent Elvis’ wardrobe was designed by John Varvatos.

Music and original score was composed by Tyler Bates and Timothy Williams.
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Magnolia Pictures will release LITTLE RICHARD: I AM EVERYTHING for special one-night-only theatrical screenings on April 11, followed by additional theaters and a digital release on April 21st.

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Directed by Lisa Cortés

Produced by Robert Friedman, Lisa Cortés, Liz Yale Marsh and Caryn Capotosto

Executive Produced by Dee Rees, Mike Powers, Anita May Rosentstein, Gus Wenner, Jason Fine, Amy Entelis, Courtney Sexton

Featuring Mick Jagger, Billy Porter, John Waters, Tom Jones, and more

Produced by Bungalow Media + Entertainment for CNN Films and HBO Max, in association with Rolling Stone Films, director Lisa Cortés’ Sundance opening night documentary LITTLE RICHARD: I AM EVERYTHING tells the story of the Black queer origins of rock n’ roll, exploding the whitewashed canon of American pop music to reveal the innovator – the originator – Richard Penniman. Through a wealth of archive and performance that brings us into Richard’s complicated inner world, the film unspools the icon’s life story with all its switchbacks and contradictions.  In interviews with family, musicians, and cutting-edge Black and queer scholars, the film reveals how Richard created an art form for ultimate self-expression, yet what he gave to the world he was never able to give to himself. Throughout his life, Richard careened like a shiny cracked pinball between God, sex and rock n’ roll. The world tried to put him in a box, but Richard was an omni being who contained multitudes – he was unabashedly everything. Directed by Lisa Cortés, LITTLE RICHARD: I AM EVERYTHING is produced by Robert Friedman, Cortés, Liz Yale Marsh and Caryn Capotosto and Executive Produced by Dee Rees.

Run Time: 98 minutes


Celebration Of Life Honoring R&B Legend Chuck Jackson Taking Place In NYC’s Harlem

Friday, 3/24/2023 at NYC’S Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

(Pictured above – Chuck Jackson)

The departed legendary R&B hit maker/crooner Chuck Jackson will be honored in a Celebration Of Life on Friday, March 24th, 2023 at 7 pm ET.

The event is hosted by Grammy winning icon Dionne Warwick, performing arts advocate Voza Rivers (Executive Producer of the New Heritage Theatre Group in NYC’s Harlem) and legendary songwriter/singer Valerie Simpson – in cooperation with the
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture – located at 515 Malcolm X Blvd in New York City’s Harlem, where the Celebration Of Life will take place.

Chuck Jackson was known for hits such as “Any Day Now (My Wild Beautiful Bird)”, “I Don’t Want To Cry” and “I Keep Forgettin’”. His passionate performances has thrilled fans and music lovers alike.

The Celebration Of Life will bring together family, friends, fans and fellow musicians to pay tribute to Jackson’s legacy. The program will feature live performances from artists such as the legendary Melba Moore, video tributes from music industry colleagues, personal remembrances from retired Congressman, the Honorable Charles Rangel and others.

Left to right – Dionne Warwick, Voza Rivers, Valerie Simpson

“I am honored to be a part of this celebration of Chuck’s life and legacy,” shares Dionne Warwick. “His music is a cornerstone for R&B generations which continues to inspire artists today. We will remember Chuck’s incredible talent and the joy he brought to so many through his music.”

Voza Rivers, the producer of numerous cultural events in New York City, shares, “Chuck was and is a pioneer who paved the way for many artists. This event is an opportunity to celebrate Chuck’s contributions to music and to recognize his lasting impact in our industry.”

“Chuck Jackson was a friend and a collaborator,” says Valerie Simpson, known for writing/recording several classics with her departed husband, Nickolas Ashford as Ashford & Simpson. “His music influenced the work Nick and I created. I am honored to join Dionne and Voza in celebrating Chuck’s life and legacy”.

Double XXposure Media Relations is proud to be a part of The Celebration Of Life for the late Chuck Jackson. The event is open to the public – reservations are required for admission. To RSVP, call Double XXposure at 201 224 6570 or email

Birdman & NBA Youngboy Hire Noted Film/Video Director Clifton Bell For “Baller Blockin’ 2”

Pictured left to right – NBA Youngboy, Birdman, Director Clifton Bell

Twenty-three years ago in 2000, the cult classic film, “Baller Blockin’”, which featured Cash Money Records’ Birdman, Lil Wayne and Mannie Fresh, was released. The movie depicted life and events related to New Orleans’ Magnolia Projects.

This year, Birdman and NBA Youngboy are teaming up for the forthcoming sequel, “Baller Blockin’ 2”. According to
Hip Hop DX, the two first teased the movie’s arrival on their respective social media pages in October with a poster reflecting the upcoming film.

Birdman and NBA Youngboy have brought on board noted film and video Director Clifton Bell to direct “Baller Blockin’ 2”. Bell’s works include directing J. Cole’s first two videos, “Work Out” and the Trey Songz-assisted “Can’t Get Enough” as well as directed videos for Rick Ross, The Roots, Bobby Shmurda, Gucci Mane with Migos and Lil Yachty and most recently, Latto’s “Sex Lies” with Lil Baby.

In a statement to Double XXposure Media, Director Bell shares that his goal is to have “Baller Blockin’ 2” surpass that of the original while paying respect to that first film. “ ‘Baller Blockin’ I’ has undoubtedly achieved classic status among many,” says Bell. “With ‘Baller Blockin’ 2’, I aim to deliver to fans of the original as well as fresh viewers alike, an even grander cinematic masterpiece.”

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Multiplatinum R&B trio SWV (Sisters With Voices), featuring Cheryl “Coko” Gamble, Tamara “Taj” George and Leanne “Lelee” Lyons, has sold more than 30 million records worldwide and been nominated for three Grammy Awards. Mega-successful R&B quartet XSCAPE, featuring Kandi Burruss, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, and siblings LaTocha Scott-Bivens and Tamika Scott, has sold more than 9 million records worldwide and notched six top-10 songs hitting the Billboard 100. This six-part limited series puts fans in a VIP front-row seat and offers backstage access to ’90s nostalgia as SWV and XSCAPE pull back the curtain on their personal and professional lives and prepare to hit the stage together.

For more than three decades, SWV and XSCAPE have reigned supreme with chart-topping hits, showstopping performances, sold-out tours and epic breakups. Although both groups are undisputedly talented and the competition is friendly, the fan-fueled rivalry between the New York new jack swinging trio and the Atlanta hip-hop soul quartet has always been as legendary as the bands themselves. Now, as they come together for a spectacular one-night-only concert event, these seven powerful voices must juggle family and career commitments while learning to collaborate with their fiercest competitors.

The ladies will take viewers on the ultimate fan experience as they reveal the inner workings of putting on a live concert and expose the discord and complex dynamics of sisterhood within singing groups —such as the bombshell revelation of the Scott sisters’ dark secret, which threatens to tear their family apart and drive a wedge between XSCAPE. From wars about set design and setlists, to epic battles over which group should headline, these women don’t hold back. Each episode will capture the highs and lows of their journey as they race against a ticking clock to create a career-reigniting concert. But can these strong-willed songstresses ever reach an accord? Not before sharing their most vulnerable moments and venturing beyond business to try healing the personal hurts that stand in the way of their futures.

“SWV & XSCAPE: The Queens of R&B” is produced by Monami Productions with Mona Scott-Young, Stephanie R. Gayle, Michael Lang, Maryam Janhabin, Patrick McCabe, James Brangert and Charles Davis serving as executive producers. LaTocha Scott-Bivens, Kandi Burruss, Cheryl “Coko” Gamble, Tamara “Taj” George, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, LeAnne “Lelee” Lyons and Tamika Scott also serve as executive producers.

For more details about SWV & XSCAPE: THE QUEENS OF R&B, click HERE

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Trailer Preview HERE

Episode 1 Screener HERE

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