Fade In @ UFP - No.7 - Vol.1 12th May' 2003  
 
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-THE FAB FIVE - Weekend of May 9th-11th
-In Theaters - Matrix Reloaded
-Fade In Beauty and Style by T. Bernie
-Hail Mara! -By Vern Goff
-Sag - Why you should Join
-ABSOLUT Acoustic @ HALO
-Latina Bout to Rock The Bells
-The Book Squad - D.C. Heights
-Golf Tournament - MD
-Golf Camp - MA
-DJ FINK'S in your Area
-Opinion Poll - The Jordan Issue
-Last Weeks Poll Result
-Big Rubes is Safe
-FADE IN Photography - Shadows & Light
-How to Join Our List
-How to Unsubscribe

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...an inside look at the style, the stars and the beauty stuff that's street & sweet

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  HAIL MARA!   - By Vern Goff
Mara Brock Akil, Creator and Executive Producer for UPN's breakthrough comedy "GirlFriends," has blazed through Hollywood with lightning speed and yet her feet are planted firmly on the ground. Her bountiful and transcendent gifts compose the celestial i.e., razor sharp intelligence, solid academic achievement, consummate writing skills, physical beauty, drive and grace. A native of Los Angeles, California but reared in Kansas City, Missouri, Mara quickly establishes within the first five minutes of our introduction - that her success, approach to her work and life's philosophy are all fueled by the oldest of axioms...hardwork, diligence, networking, and the unbelievable willingness to start at the bottom - converting the tiniest and seemingly most trivial work assignments into major career advances.
At its most significance, however, it is Mara's ability to craft characters with uncanny cultural depth - who although "authentic to her experiences of African American Life" - are so skillfully drawn that they attract cross-cultural and cross-generational interest-albeit with a unique cultural flavor.

Akil's work takes you for a ride, wildly careening between comedic highs to confronting you with some of life's most thought provoking and ultimately transforming situations. This is Art?&in every sense Yes!..rare art that transports you to places and circumstances, that while comfortably familiar, nonetheless alters your point of view&forcing you to delicately balance cultural truths with fiction.

You get the happy feeling, when experiencing Mara's work, and interacting with her personally,... that you know her...that you know her characters and that she gets that elusive "it." "It" being the abyss Hollywood continues to serve up as caricatures of Blacks and Black lifestyles - stereotypical and exploitative. Only Akil,and a few others, successfully translate-indisputable, unadulterated and legitimate portrayals&..that allow our community to collectively exhale. Mara's repertoire of characters are strong and distinct - gathered from her fertile imagination - and an obviously unfathomable storehouse of memories of her close knit family, wide circle of friends and life encounters and observations. All of the above and more has vaulted Mara to the head of the class - to become one of the most sought out and valued among the new wave of elite Hollywood writers and producers. She is truly our Girlfriend.

Vern Goff is President, Emerald City Communications and Consultant to UrbanFilmPremiere.com.
 

 
REASONS TO JOIN

The Squad is always concerned about the growth of diversity within the motion picture industry. Besides being talented, you must play attention to the necessary business aspects of show business. If you are an actor and you are not a member of SAG, we suggest that you look into it immediately. SAG is just like AFTRA, a national labor union that represents professional performers and negotiates their wages and working conditions. SAG represents more than 97,000 professional actors and performing artist working nationwide in theatrical features (motion pictures), television films, primetime television programs, TV commercials, interactive multimedia productions, infomercials, industrial and educational films, student and experimental films and music videos.
How to become SAG eligible:

A. The performer has to have worked one day as a SAG-covered principal, or

B. The performer has to have worked three days as a SAG-covered extra, or

C. The performer has been a paid up member in ACTRA, AEA, AFTRA,
     AGMA or AGVA for a period of one year and has worked at least
     once as a principal performer in that union's jurisdiction.
"Must-Pay" in SAG:

Must-pay means that the performer has either worked one time as a SAG-covered principal or three times as a SAG-covered extra and that the "thirty days" have passed. A performer has thirty days from the day he/she becomes eligible to join. In those thirty days the performer is allowed to work under SAG's jurisdiction without having to pay dues and initiation fee for SAG membership.
 
Some Benefits of SAG membership:

" Fair wages
" Residual payments
" Overtime compensation
" Excellent health insurance and pension plan
" Extras registration
" Credit union

How to join:

How much is it to join SAG?

Initiation fee: $1,310.00 (one time fee)

Minimum Dues: $50.00 (Higher dues payment might apply if performer has already earned a certain amount under a SAG contract.)

The initiation fee for SAG has to be paid in full up front (there is no payment plan!). SAG accepts certified checks, money orders and cashier's checks. Make checks payable to SAG or Screen Actor's Guild. Payments can be made by MasterCard, Visa and Discover cards, however, there is a $35.00 processing fee that will be applied when you opt to use this form of payment.

 
How often do I pay dues?

Dues are billed twice a year (May and November) and are always based on the performer's last year's earnings under SAG.

 
How are dues calculated?

$50 minimum plus 0.93% of total earnings from $1 to $200,000.00

For more info, visit www.sag.com or contact your local SAG office.

 
  NEW YORK CITY - IT'S ON AT HALO TOMORROW NIGHT 5/13
ABSOLUT SOULFUL SUNDAY is having another party at Halo Tuesday, May 13th from 6pm-10pm.

Make sure you get there early to receive special goodies from ABSOLUT, ClubbinTV.com and UFP.

To RSVP for this event, please send an e-mail to - please include YOUR FULL NAME and the FULL NAME of YOUR GUESTS -- NO nicknames or initials please.

H A L O
49 Grove Street
New York, NY

 
CHIA IS PERFORMING LIVE - WASHINGTON D.C. - 5/12/2003 - TONIGHT!

The Squad caught Chia doing her thang some time ago at an open-mic session. On the rizzle, shorty str8 handled all of the Fifty Cent Wannabe's and DMX look-a-likes. Small frame, nice body, vocal bombs and lyrical slickness makes her show unforgettable.

YO DC - COME OUT AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL LYRICAL TALENT

CHIA IS PERFORMING LIVE - Monday May 12, 2003 - TONIGHT!!

Twinz Jazz 1344 U Street, NW Wash DC
Door @ 7pm, show @ 8pm (no $ charge before 8pm)

The Reason features Erik Le Bihan on drums, Aaron Nugent on Keys, Christos Vrenios on Guitar, Dylan Stoddard on Bass, and Tico di Optimo with background vocals.

The Mic-Chek-Squad

  THE BOOK SQUAD - D.C. HEIGHTS - ONE TO LOOK FOR - COMING SOON
DC HEIGHTS - The Stories by A.J. Dalton

First time author A.J. Dalton will have his much anticipated book on shelves this summer. Deception, Adultery, Murder, Revenge, Betrayal, Family, Romance, Mayhem, Love, Justice and Community. D*mn...can you handle it? Look for the book at Karibu Books, Barnes & Noble (the web), Amazon.com, Books-A-Million, and i-universe.com.

If you would like to communicate with the author, A.J. Dalton, drop us a line at .

The Book Squad

 
CALLING ALL GOLFERS - JULY 25th - ASHTON, MD - CALL 1-800-696-HART

TOURNAMENT - July 25th
CAMP HART - Two Week sessions start August 3rd thru August 16th, 2003
ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT

Women, Men and Junior Golfers, The Squad wants you to show us what ya got. We are fanatical film enthusiasts, but we are very serious about athletics and ensuring that our community stays fit.

On July 25th, grab your friends, grab your irons and hit the greens at THE 3rd ANNUAL SUMMER GOLF TOURNAMENT and CARNIVAL. The great thing about this tournament is that all proceeds benefit CAMP HART JUNIOR GOLF CLINIC.

EVENT DATE & COURSE - HAMPSHIRE GREENS GOLF COURSE -
The course is only 8 miles north of New Hampshire Avenue off of 495 Beltway.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS -
Barbecue, Driving Range, Clinics, Happy Hour, Buffet, Awards presentation and of course the Tournament begins at 2pm sharp.

CORPORATE SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE -
CALL NOW for GREAT PACKAGES and EXPOSURE!
CALL - 800-696-4278

REGISTER NOW -
CALL 800-696-HART or email


 ABOUT THE CAMP - TOURNAMENT PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT CAMP HART

CAMP HART was founded in 1947 by Dr. Thomas A. Hart who served in the Athletic Department of Howard University for 18 years. CAMP HART provides clinics and personal instruction for beginner, intermediate and advanced golfers. CAMP HART is nestled on 200 beautiful acres in the Berkshire Mountains of Williamstown, Massachusetts. Although "golf" is the main course, CAMP HART offers a full camp curriculum including computer training, hiking, swimming, nature studies, basketball and a host of other outdoor sports.

WHERE - 341 New Ashford Road, Williamstown, MA 01267

WHEN - August 3rd - Clinics Begin

COST - $450 per child Includes lodging, lessons, greens fees & food.

 

            CAMP HART CIRCA 1950
 
SPACE IS LIMITED - CALL TODAY - 1-800-696-HART
 
 
If you are tired of "Go-Shorty, It's Ya Birthday" or the tired, worn out, and sometimes endless rotation of music on modern radio, The Squad suggests that you tune into DJ Fink if you live in Chi-Town, The Rotten Apple or Los Scandalous. Fink spins classic, old-school, straight "get in your mind" type mixes. The show, ABSOLUT SOULFUL SUNDAYS, is one the hottest underground radio programs to hit airwaves in years. Stay Faded and Fink will soon be in your area. We'll let you know 4 show.
 

Click on the C for more info:

DJ FINK
Billboard winner for best regional rap television show

ABSOLUT SOULFUL SUNDAY RADIO

WCFJ 1470AM CHICAGO 1:30PM-4:30PM

WSNR 620 AM NEW YORK 9PM-12AM

KMPC 1540 LOS ANGELES 9PM-12AM

ABSOLUT SOUL SON!

 
SORRY, WE DECIDED TO MOVE IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION
How many of you have heard that line before?
Last weeks dismissal of Michael Jordan by Wizards honcho Abe Lincoln...oops, Abe Pollin, was absolutely terrible in The Squads opinion. Many people...women, men, blacks, asians, indians, whites, cab drivers, Kids and the Hot Dog Vendor are peeved by the decision. For many minorities and women, it served as another reminder that you can "bring home the groceries" but you can't stay for dinner. In film, music and sports, minorities are often shown the glass ceiling or the door before being allowed to prove their metal. And simply because Jordan is from the sports world is a moot point. This problem is felt by many women and minorities at film studios, record labels and law firms where after you have billed 1,000,000 hours, the partner track is still marked CALL BACK NEXT YEAR!

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU. Please note that voting in our Poll is a private issue and your vote is a part of the pot. Results are published but not how you voted. So VOTE!

Q) Do you think that minorities are OVERWHELMINGLY denied access to Executive positions?
Yes, minorities are denied Executive positions more than others.
No, it's all fair in love and business.
I don't care. I'm too busy trying to do for me.
      
 
Last weeks Poll Question:
Will AMERICAN IDOL lose credibility if Ruben is voted off the show?

WOW - 86% Voted that the show WOULD LOSE CREDIBILITY if Ruben was voted off.

AND - 14% Voted that the show would be fine without Big Rubes.

Well, Ruben is safe and this week is the big show-down. Tune in on FOX.
  8:51pm - Tuesday, May 7, 2003 - Ruben is SAFE!!
The Squad let it be known and so did our Poll Results (See Above) that the show was in danger of losing its credibility if Ruben were voted off the show. However, besides the Pee-Wee Herman hip shakin', Clay can hold his own and Kimberley definitely presents real competition. Rubes will deliver more smackdowns and he will be crowned the new American Idol. We love the fact that Ruben is a big fella. So many big-fellas....D*MN, THE SHOW JUST RETURNED FROM COMMERCIAL BREAK AND RYAN JUST LAID THE BOOM..."JOSH...YOU ARE OUT!" Talking about lowering the hammer without delay.

The bottom line is that FOX has one HOT property in American Idol. The people that make it into the top 50 should be proud of their accomplishments and it has been a great winter treat to have them in our living rooms as they each showcased their great voices. So now KNUCKLE-UP-KNUCKLE UP...The Big Man vs. The Thin Man vs. Mariah plus 20lbs...IT'S ON! To Joshua Gracin - The Squad wishes him well and we are sure that Nashville has a life for him. SEMPER FI JOSH...SEMPER FI! HOOHAH!

The Squad
 
 
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