Tribute to Don Cornelius!

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When: Back to Calendar » July 13, 2012 @ 12:30 am - 3:00 am
Where: Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem
Directions: take the 3 train towards New Lots Ave and exit 125th st near intersection of Dr. Martin L King Blvd and Lenox Ave. Walk down to 122th St and turn left
Cost: Free
Contact: Moikgantsi Kgama

Film: Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America

Running time: 64 min. | USA | directed by Amy Goldberg & J. Kevin Swain


This documentary is on Soul Train, the legendary TV series established by the late Don Cornelius.  Cornelius was The Man responsible for a new era in Black expression. A trained journalist, Don created a media empire that provided an outlet for record labels and advertisers to reach a new generation of music fans.

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About the Directors

Amy Goldberg has produced documentaries for VH1 such as as The Last Days of Left-Eye and Behind the Music: Missy Elliot. J. Kevin Swain has produced documentaries such as the tv movie Inside: Teena Marie and My Black is Beautiful.


Music: InJoy Enterprises

Programmed by the legendary InJoy Enterprises, this evening will include performances by NYC’s most talented independent artists, including the following:


Amma Whatt

Ask her who she is. She’ll say “Amma Singer, Amma Songwriter, Amma whole lotta things!” Vocal Producer, Actress, Teacher, and Writer are some of the other roles she often takes on. Amma, playfully known as “Amma Whatt?” is a multi-talent whose star shines brightly in every post she holds.

As a working support vocalist, Amma has toured and done shows with the Glory of NY Gospel Singers (Italy), Ruben Studdard, Karen Clark-Sheard, Ki-Ki Sheard, Shirley Murdock, Howard Hewitt, Melba Moore, Byron Cage, Rob Murat, Tulani Kinard and more! She was also a Hollywood finalist in the 2007 season of American Idol. Amma graced the big screen in the movie August Rush where she performed the Academy Award nominated song “Raise it Up”. As a staff writer and vocal producer with the Grammy nominated team of women songwriters, Big Drawz Music Group, Amma co-wrote “Just the Way You Are” for Kindred and The Family Soul’s album “The Arrival”.

Amma continues to be in demand as a songwriter, supporting vocalist and performer. Performing with the world famous Cats n Dogz DJ’s for a crowd of over 4000 at the Heineken Open’er Festival (Poland), and joining the Groove Heroes (ft. Vinx and Jamaaladeen Tacuma) among many others.

Amma’s debut EP, scheduled to be released very soon will lift, console, arrest, and impress the listener with an unprecedented r&b/hip-hop/jazz/world/house vibe.


Barry Antoine

Born on January 8, 1982; Barry Antoine spent his childhood between Brooklyn (BK), and Harlem, NY. His mother lived in BK, and his father lived in Harlem. As a child, he could remember always being into entertainment, specifically music. He began dancing at a very early age, just free styling and mimicking what he would see in music videos. His greatest inspiration was the very talented and legendary, Michael Jackson. At age 6, his father enrolled him in dance classes when he realized his son’s love for dancing. Barry fondly remembers his loving aunts, his mother’s sisters, entering him in different talent showcases and competitions Both of his aunts taught him dance routines and designed his outfits for his shows.







Nicholas Ryan Gant

Nicholas Ryan Gant A.K.A. Ghetto Falsetto is a Brooklyn based singer/ song writer/vocal composer raised in Phoenix Arizona. His love for music was discovered in the church at an early age. NRG began cultivating his gift at age 13 through work with the world-renowned Phoenix Boys choir. Gant studied vocal performance and music composition at the Arizona school for the arts then went on to further his musical studies at Howard University in Washington, D.C. where he received a Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice Performance. Using the background in classical music, NRG has worked with some of the Recording industry’s up and coming artist such as Muhsinah, Bilal Salaam, Amma Whatt, Jesse Boykins iii, and Fresh Daily. NRG has done background vocals for likes of Kim Burrell, Ledisi, Michael McDonald, Fred Hammond, Sheila E. and Tye Tribbett. NRG has also been featured on several independent music projects including “Done Already” by Mabanua (Japan), and “Cuba Aftermarket 2” by Roddy Rod. NRG released his independent album “Border Breaker” in 2009. In July 2010 Gant performed at the Heinekin Music Opener Festival in Poland with Catz n Dogz. His music has been featured in works by choreographer Francine E. Ott. NRG has just released his second independent project entitled “Promises”.



Ra-Re Valverde

Having worked with some of today’s most talented artists, including Jill Scott, Chrisette Michele, Jennifer Lopez, Rahsaan Patterson, Trina Broussard and Lalah Hathaway, Ra-Re offers this gritty and soulful mix of creativity that is indeed left of center and capable of of creating its own musical blend that can be sufficiently called “visual, experimental, soul!”






Russell Taylor

Russell Taylor has the educational pedigree and the street cred to bridge the chasm between the block and the yatch. He uses this unique understanding to remain true to his musical influences and overcome the pressure to only please the pop music industry. Russell also infuses his work with an international flare that began with his early musical study in the UK.

His musical CV is equally impressive as he has shared stages with some of our generation’s most respected musicians: Mary J. Blige, Musiq, Jill Scott, India Arie, Mint Condition, Tamia, Rahsaan Patterson, Jaguar, Eric Roberson, Lalah Hathaway and Omar. Therefore, it is no surprise that he continues to woo audiences from Paris and LA, where they swoon over his soulful voice, pristine good looks, seductive smile and genuinely affable personality.

Russell Taylor’s sophomore album, CONFESSIONAL, has revived the true meaning of sacrifice, “to make sacred,” and given us sensuously starved listeners an intimate view of romantic relationships draped in musical decadence as in times past.



Mika has been singing since the ripe age of 5 and was born & raised in Harlem, NYC. Her love for music began as most youth, listening to her parents play all those old school tunes like Earth Wind & Fire, Chaka, Stevie Wonder, Teena Marie, Gladys Knight & the list goes on….She has recorded with local artists as well as artists from around the world. Mika is a Singer/Songwriter/Dancer/Actress & loves the arts as a whole. She is looking forward to working with artists from all genre’s of music. She’s currently performing at live venues around the US & will soon embark on a European Tour performing songs from her debut solo project “Confirmations.”



Singer, songwriter and composer Collette was born and raised in South Carolina. Her musical journey began with piano lessons at the tender age of 5, hours spent at the side of her gospel-singing mother, saxophone throughout her school band years, and a transformative turn as a go-go music singer while studying at Washington D.C.’s Howard University.

In 2008, she released her debut “Experience Collette,” a fresh new take on hip-hop/soul. The single “You Don’t Know” earned airplay across the world and spawned a successful promo tour.

Collette has earned the prestigious John Lennon International Songwriting Competition’s Holiday Prize for her composition “Keep Christmas Alive,” and was nominated for the 2011 “Best Female Vocalist” Reader’s Choice award by

Her evolving soul sound has been featured on Music Choice network,, and among others. She’s shared the stage with Chrisette Michele, Eric Roberson, Rachelle Ferrell, Talib Kweli, MC Lyte and others. And in 2011, she released a fan request EP “Coco By Request” which featured a critically-acclaimed remake of Erykah Badu’s “Orange Moon.”

Collette’s influences are wide, from Jill Scott to James Taylor, Bill Withers to Ella Fitzgerald. Her lyrics touch on love, peace and humility. And in 2012, her voice will be heard in a Revolutionary new way.


Denise Rasberry

Denise’s love affair with music began as a toddler, in the children’s choir at her father’s church.

She comes from a family of vocalists, musicians and music aficionados but it wasn’t until she was nine years old, rehearsing a song along with her mother and sister for a special church anniversary, that she learned she had a gift. She laughingly recalls, “the pianist stopped playing and said, ‘hey, now that girl can really sing!’ At the time I was like ‘who, me?'”

Denise continued to cultivate her voice in various choirs and ensembles and eventually shared the stage with the likes of India.Arie and John Legend.

Denise has performed at The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Apollo, The Knitting Factory and numerous other venues. She uses song as a vehicle to uplift, inspire and ultimately bring people closer to God.






Partner: Reel Harlem: Historic Harlem Parks Film Festival

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