Evita Castine – Emmy Award Winning Producer

Evita Castine – Emmy Award Winning Producer

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Evita Castine

Writer, actress, director 

Emmy Award winning producer

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Evita M. Castine is a writer, director, producer, production designer, photographer and actress. She is the daughter of a venture capitalist and an artist. Her love of the written word and all things visual has taken her from her small town upbringing to cities across the world. She holds a M.A. in journalism from the University of Iowa and she is currently working on her M.F.A. in Production with an emphasis on directing at the University of Southern California School of Cinema. Her work has been published in several anthologies and publications. She began her career as a page at NBC in Burbank and went on to have stints at Access Hollywood and RKO Pictures where she worked in development. She was brought on to develop writers in emerging economies at the Foundation for International Film Artists where she administered the prestigious Hartley-Merrill International Screenwriting Prize: she was sent to Russia, Poland, France, Czech Republic to develop writers with the likes of Syd Field and Irvin Kershner.

During this time that she worked behind the scenes, she also trained as an actress and began to develop projects for herself and her friends. She was inspired by seeing the many writers she worked with all over the world, making their films and presenting them to a global audience at different festivals. What resonated with her was that many of the stories were personal, culturally specific, and they resonated with so many people because of their Universal Themes. These experiences gave her the courage to look more inwardly and she began to work diligently to tell the stories of the many people she grew up around and her personal life experience.

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She has acted in several films. She has trained classically and loves the work of Shakespeare. Famed actor Harry Lennix saw her performance as Lancelot from the Merchant of Venice, and called her portrayal “A thing of beauty,” and quickly hired her as Mistress Quickly to Angus McFayden’s (Braveheart, We Bought a Zoo) Falstaff in his film adaptation of Henry IV where he called her performance “Pure Gold.” She can also be seen in Shaan Dimri’s “Under God” where she plays a war torn Iraqi woman during Desert Storm. She has studied with Larry Singer in New York City, Bill Duke and David Proval in Los Angeles.

She has also written plays, and her short play “My Kind of People” was a selection at the 2009 NAACP Theatre Festival as well as “Wildcast” a 2011 NAACP Theatre Festival Selection.

She is currently finishing up production as a Production Designer on the short film “A Different Tree” directed by Steven Caple Jr. and starring Tracy Thoms.

Her latest directorial effort “Saudade” is currently traveling to different festivals across the United States.

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IT WAS A TIME OF INNOCENCE DENIED – By Michael “EJ” Green

IT WAS A TIME OF INNOCENCE DENIED – By Michael “EJ” Green

This article was originally published on Unity Magazine

It was the nineteen fifties, a time of great change in the United States, especially for African Americans, it was a time of forging ahead and making new roads, without detours. This is the story of two people from two very different cultures who made a new road for  themselves and the family they produced. It all started in the early 1950’s when my mother fell in love with my dad. My grandparents owned a popular restaurant in Hartford, Connecticut. My Mom (Harriet Seagull) had three other sisters; that also worked at this dining establishment. In those days it was not uncommon to have African Americans working as waiters, waitresses, dishwashers and other such duties. This is how this real life story evolved, Morris Green (my Dad) and Tom Eaton (my Uncle) both African Americans and good friends, were smitten by the Seagull women (Harriet my Mom and Beverly my Aunt) eventually a relationship developed between the two couples, a very discrete relationship. The relationship had to be discrete, if they were found out, the house of cards could fall, and the family would be thrown in a religious and racial cataclysm. Ironically either of the Seagull women knew what the other was doing at the time. (When I interviewed my Mother for this article, she was reluctant after all these years to name the specific restaurants her family owned or the names of her various family members. She (Harriet) didn’t give me a specific reason, but I could hear a lot of pain in her voice and I dropped the subject.)

Accidental rebels, in the age of conservatism, McCarthyism, communism, segregation, the Mason Dixon Line had no borders. Yet it was a time of innocence, love runs deep, to escape the unenviable crucifixion by ethnicity, they left Hartford, Connecticut for the safety of California. My Father used the power of the Mason ring so that they could marry. Marriage between the races was not encouraged or in some States it was illegal, in those days; it was 1952 Moe, as my Mom (Harriet) would call him, used the “ AAA Green Book” to navigate the northern route to California. The “ AAA Green Book” was the yellow pages for African Americans at the time; it contained hotels, motels, coffee shops, restaurants, etc… that accepted “colored people”. Without this book, a “colored person” could easily venture to the wrong establishment in a new town, a lynching was not an unreasonable punishment for such a mistake. What I found so profound in those days, European Americans like my Mom could easily assimilate in the African American community without distain, and unlike my Dad attempting to move in a “white community” could prove very unhealthy or worse, deadly. African Americans have historically been very accepting of different races in their neighborhoods, and in terms of mating outside of the race; most African Americans accepted this, then and now.

When they finally made it to California a relief ensued, they were safe from Jim Crow laws, in a sense; California was not immune to racism. Again this was still the early 1950’s. For the colored race, there was no celebrating in the streets, no parade, no proclamation of the end of Jim Crow laws, the Phoenix has yet to rise, Martin has not yet reached the mountain top, the dream was only a dream in the early fifties. This was before the Civil Rights Movement; America was still a very scary place for minorities.

My Parents settled in Los Angeles, in the Mid City district, just east of Crenshaw Blvd. It was a middle class neighborhood, mostly European Americans and a growing African American community, it was a safe place to settle and not be harassed. That is not to say that some feeble minded individuals might have had a distain for this type of marriage. Los Angeles was and still is a very liberal minded city compared to other regions of the country.

Ironically, one day my Mom learned that her Sister Beverly also married and moved to the Mid-City area of Los Angeles. She married a man named Tom Eaton, as I indicated he was a good friend with my Dad. A wonderful relationship ensued between the two families, a common bond cemented the tribes together, both Jewish and Black. Either families were truly raised Jewish, but since Jewish law dictated that children born of a Jewish woman are Jewish, we are proud Jewish and African Americans, though I might add, my sisters and I were brought up in the Catholic religion, but that is a whole other story.

At some point my Mom and Aunt Beverly would have to come to the inevitable dilemma of how to break the news to their father and mother that they married African American men. In the  1950’s if you were white and you married Black this could be a huge problem. The Jewish community it was a given you would marry another Jew to keep the blood lines alive, the worst black eye one could give was to marry outside of the race.
I do not think my Mother and my Aunt were being rebellious; they met the men in their lives that they both loved. They devised a plan; they would rent an apartment and write back home they (my Mom and Aunt Beverly) are living together in Los Angeles. Unfortunately that plan failed when my Grandmother made a surprise visit and my Dad opened the door. My Grandmother almost had a coronary, game over. They paid dearly for that love; ultimately they were both ostracized from the family, for marrying black men and marrying outside of the religion. The Seagull Sisters were allowed to return to Hartford, but any discussion of their married life and children was considered a forbidden subject, my Grandfather went to his grave never learning of his grandchildren in California. To this day, I do not think my Mother ever got over the fact that she could never talk about her family to her parents; she was truly on her own. My Dads Mom (Mary) was very accepting of “us”, but by the time I was old enough to appreciate her love, she died. My Grandfather Fred died in 1945, long before I was born. To this day I do not know the names of my Mothers parents, nor do I care, they missed out on a beautiful family. I am glad later in life I met some wonderful Jewish people, who accepted my unique ethnic background and taught me about the Jewish culture and religion.

My sister Debbie was the first born in 1953, followed by my sister Pam in 1954, in 1961 I was born. My Sister Pam looked the most European of the three of us, Debbie is fair skin, one could tell she was black by the texture of her hair and her flat nose, as for me, I think I look like a combination of both of my parents.

When my Parents moved to Los Angeles, they bought a small apartment on Bronson Ave, one block east of Crenshaw Blvd. Debbie, the first born, was an ambitious child at age two, she was already ready to move out of the house. She (Debbie) would run down the street with my Mother in tow. Debbie would always stop at one particular house; a young Creole family lived at this particular house, the Ventresses. Evon who would become my godmother, and her husband Joe my godfather. This was the first couple my parents met; ultimately their family became a part of our family. They (the Ventresses) introduced my parents to other multi-racial families. This created a nurturing environment for all concerned; we grow up knowing there were other families just like us. This was no “Brady Bunch”, this was real, we had friends that looked just like us, and they had parents that were both black and white. Unfortunately in the Pre-Civil Rights days anything dealing with race was a big deal, even in California. There was a mountain so high, a river so wide, a dream about a Utopia where all races lived as one in peace and harmony, a delusional gesture in the nineteen fifties, for my parents and families like them, they were multi-racial pioneers and all they had was a dream for a better day.

One of my earliest memories of my father was on a trip from Los Angeles to New Jersey; I was a lad of three or four, my Dad planned this big trip for us in his new Lincoln Continental. Being the youngest, I was allowed to sit in the front seat next to my Dad and my Mom; in those days there were no car seats for kids, seatbelts was at best a novelty and an unnecessary piece of equipment according to the reasoning at the time.

Sitting next to my dad, I would pretend to drive, observing the changing topography as we drove. Occasionally he (Dad) would point out a particular location and talk about the significance of such locale; it was a teachable moment. What I learned most about this trip was how much I liked being with my Dad and how much I love to travel on the open road. Early this year I had a job in Sun Valley, Idaho, I passed through Utah and I recognized some of the same sites that my Dad talked about years since, I imagined I was a little boy again and he was there next to me, talking and sharing his knowledge with me.

What made this trip to New Jersey so special to me was that for the first time I was going to meet my Grandmother, Mary. She had a deep fondness for “us”, she was the only grandmother we would ever have contact with, to this day I keep her picture on my iPhone to share with my friends. Mary did not have a problem with my Dad marrying a “white woman”, as I indicated before, in the African American community marrying outside of the race was not a problem. My grandmother loved us, she was proud of us and she would always send us Christmas and birthday gift, until she died in 1969. I still miss her a lot. Unfortunately this trip to New Jersey was the only extended trip we ever made as a family, my Dad, died three years latter in 1968 of pancreatic Cancer. The trip to New Jersey is still in my heart, when I go for long drives I can still feel my dad next to me, keeping me awake, sharing his stories, maybe this is why I like to travel.

Growing up in Los Angeles I did not sense any racism, some of the kids in my class were lighter than me and had parents that are African American. When I went to an all white elementary school, for two years, I did not think my classmates knew I was a mulatto (this was a popular term at the time), at best they thought I was perpetually tanned. As I indicated, I did not look “black”, I looked Indian, Mexican, Egyptian, Mid-Eastern, I had curly black hair, light brown eyes, a thin nose, and I sucked at sports, I couldn’t hear the beat in a song, which meant I could not dance or sing, I went against every African American stereotype. At one point in my early life, I thought the NAACP would find me out and kick me out of the African American race, fortunately my friends did not give me a hard time for being non-athletic, lack of dancing and singing abilities, instead “they” embraced me, they knew I had other talents, I just had to learn what those talents were, and then master such talents. Living in Southern California, being bi-racial was not a big thing, especially in the last half on the twentieth century. Did my friends treat me different because of my background? No. I think I was judged on who I am and how I treated other people. If I was brought up in another state, my experiences might have been different.

In the early eighties I went to Atlanta for the first time; on the flight to Atlanta I was surrounded by European Americans, they were extremely cordial to me; some even invited me to their homes for a dinner. I was surprised, I thought the South was racist, what I realized on this trip, I was treated warmly by white folks when I was by myself, when I was in the company of other African Americans I was not treated so nice. The African American population treated me like a star, especially when they learned I was from Los Angeles. The experience was good, if I did not live in Los Angeles, I would definitely move to Atlanta. Ironically, most of the women I dated or married were from the South, I love southern women, not that I do not like women from other regions of the country.

After I graduated from Loyola Marymount with a BA in communications; I met my first wife at a department store where I was working. We married a year latter. “Clara” had a daughter from a previous relationship, Taunjinikia or Taunji for short; Taunji at the time was barely a year old, I instantly feel in love with her. To this day we are very close to each other, I still consider her my biological daughter. Clara is from Livingston, Alabama, but moved to Los Angeles because of job opportunities; Livingston is a small college town and Clara had a dream about breaking into the movie industry as an actress.

She had a few small roles, but never that pivotal role that could have moved her to stardom. I got my first entertainment job working for Merv Griffin Entertainment as a production assistant and page on the Merv Griffin Show. I had a chance to meet Merv on several occasions and worked on Merv’s last show, he was a very special person. I got a little restless and I wanted to move forward with my career, so I left the company to pursue other endeavors. Unfortunately such independent efforts did not necessarily lead to a paycheck. For thirteen years I worked the graveyard shift at the Los Angeles Daily News; first delivering papers to Hollywood Park and other locations, then to racks and newsstands in the South Bay and latter as manager in charge of the single copy department. This job allowed me to pursue positions on low budget films; many of these films did not pay, but they were a great training ground for me, I was a soundman, still photographer, production assistant, and I directed and produced a music video.

The marriage did not survive my brutal schedule, when I was not working, I was exhausted and I slept, this was not conducive to a lasting marriage, especially when I had little money for my labor. However, even after the demise of my marriage Taunji was with me on weekends, she would fall asleep as I drove to my schedule newspaper stops, at the end of the run I would treat her to Randy’s donuts. Randy’s is one of those iconic places in LA, located at La Cienega and Manchester with its big brown donut located on the roof. This donut shop has the best donuts in the west coast in my opinion. Taunji kept me happy; because she is just a great person with a smile that can light up a room, even when she moved away, we always kept in touched. If there is anything I think I am really good at, is being a father, since my Dad died when I was seven, I always wanted to be a Dad, life sometimes does not move in the direction we may yearn for; but there are always ways to be a father figure to someone, like to Taunji, my nieces and my grand nephew Kevin.

Flash forward to March of 2000, I married my second wife Lecia Battle-Green-Wright, she was frustrated with me because I was still working on these low paying jobs in the entertainment industry and not making any headways. I was going to ignore an ad in one of the trade papers for a motor home driver, she encouraged me to apply; I am glad I did, that job was the turning point in my life. I was hired on the spot, I quit the Daily News and for the first time in my life I was making some decent money. The Producers at 5th and Sunset had a lot of faith in me and I took a lot of unnecessary work off their back regarding our small fleet of RV’s. I learned a lot about the mechanics of these vehicles, because there were always issues with the motor homes. No one person was handling the maintenance, so there were mechanical issues cropping up, which was bad for business, so I took some initiative to fix such problems, I surveyed each motor home with the mechanics at Bench Mark RV to make sure all problems would be fixed before an RV would go out for a job. To this day I do a pre-trip and a post-trip on all my vehicles looking for potential issues. I was promoted to transportation captain for my effort and a bigger paycheck.

Commander Stephen Sherman and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (Photo by Michael Green)

The sad statement about the entertainment industry, especially the photo shoot world, is the industry is still extremely “white”, I have only worked with several African American photographers and never a female African American photographer. Usually I am the only “colored person” on these shoots. In the ten years I have been in this business I have never worked for an African American producer, though I have worked with producers from Argentina, Pakistan, Asia and Japan. Most of the time my clients are surprised about my ethnicity, usually a conversation ensues, I am not aware that I ever lost a job because of my ethnicity. A good portion of my clients are Jewish, so being Jewish is a real plus, but I am always clear with them that I am not a practicing Jew, and they usually tell me that they are not practicing Jews either.

Once I worked with a rap group from Tennessee, they initially gave me a hard time because they could not figure out my nationality. Finally they confronted me about where I was from, I explained that I came from planet earth, I heard the sounds of guns clicking, they did not possess a sense of humor, I had to answer quickly or else I was going to make the evening news; “RV driver shot by Rappers story at 11”. I explained that my mother is Jewish and my father is African American, so one of the guys called me Afro-Jew, we laughed, and I lived to tell another joke, to this day when I work with this rap group, they call me Afro-Jew or a “brother from another mother”.

When 5th and Sunset went out of business in 2004; I aligned myself with many of those same producers I worked with at the 5th, I called my company Mike Green RVs. It was a scary time, I was very happy working for a company with a paycheck every two weeks, benefits and a 401k plan. I had one motor home at the time, a Holiday Rambler-Neptune, it was a nice starter RV, with two slide outs, a make-up/hair station, wardrobe in the rear and two TV’s with a satellite.

I no longer work solely on photo shoots, I work on commercials, music videos, TV and feature films. My client base has broadened, even in a bad economy I have learned to adjust my bottom line and provide good service. I like to think of myself as a sort of pioneer, there a few African American run RV businesses in Hollywood and I am the only company that provides motor homes from San Diego to Seattle. I do not let the color of my skin handicap me, I use it to my advantage. On music videos with R & B and Rap acts, I always remind them that I am an African American business and I appreciate their business. Which brings me to another point, the only time I see African Americans below and above the line in any abundance is on an Afro centric projects, like a music video or a movie with a star who is African American. When “they” learn I own my own motor homes they are surprised and impressed, usually only European American companies own equipment in Hollywood.” My big wish, is that I would like to see more young people of color get in the business at some capacity other than just in front of the camera or the microphone. African American and other artist of “color” who have a big voice in the industry need to take a stand and insist on using minority run companies, like mine on their projects.

Today, I have two luxury motor homes, a fifteen-passenger van, two portable restrooms and a business partner who helps me with the business. I serve the entire west coast and neighboring states. I expanded beyond Southern California to obtain more work and because I love to travel, my camera is always next to me, I probably have over three thousand pictures on my Mac from the various locations I have traveled to. The zest to travel comes from that trip I made with my family back in 1964. I still see my Dad sitting next to me in my co-pilot seat, educating me about the geological formations, historical sites or just telling me he loves me.

If you have any questions regarding this article or what I do in the entertainment industry you can e-mail me at: mgreen2528@sbcglobal.net.

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http://dorriemillerchronicles.blogspot.com/


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So, what happened at The 5th Dimension Induction to St. Louis Walk of Fame?

So, what happened at The 5th Dimension Induction to St. Louis Walk of Fame?

I had not seen Lamonte McLemore in about 21 years and was looking forward to seeing him again and was also looking forward to meeting his mom, wife and other artists.

I arrived in St. Louis late afternoon on March 17th and settled in at the hotel and stepped out to get some last minute things done.

The next morning I was across the Moonrise Hotel owned by Joe Edwards, who also was the presenter of the awards. I arrived one hour early to ensure I did not miss a thing!

Shortly after getting there, I ran into Robert-Allan Arno who is the group’s biographer and we proceeded to join Lamonte and his wife Mieko in their room at the Moonrise Hotel.

Lamonte McLemore & Tania-Maria

It was such a joy to see Lamonte’s smiling face. He still has that warm and friendly smile and is still a jokester at heart. We gave each other a big bear hug and exchanged a few words and I took the opportunity to gift him with St. Louis Native Sons, which is a beautiful illustration by our very own Andre Harris.

He was mesmerized… It is very special for it celebrates the three friends who grew up together in St. Louis and it is also a gift in Ron’s memory.

Mieko, Lamonte’s wife since 1996 joined the conversation, and I had a chance to finally meet her in person, for I had only spoken to her over the phone.

I used most of the Japanese I know… ohayō gozai masu (Good Morning!)

The festivities were about to start, so we headed across the street as chairs, fans and the media were all waiting for Lamonte and Billy. Lamonte’s 96 year old mom sweet Mrs. June McLemore, Lamonte’s sister, Ron’s grandson, “Sho-Tyme” and niece Karla Townson and many other family members were in attendance.

By that time Joe Edwards was ready to start, the sun had also made it’s way through the clouds, warning up this historical day. Mieko, Billy and Lamonte sat in the front row and I and Robert-Allan were right behind them.

The first plaque was presented to Jarred Townson (Sho-Tyme), who is a Rap and R&B artists and he received the award on his grandfather’s behalf. Then Lamonte and then Billy received their plaques.

Sadly Marilyn McCoo had a accident a few days prior. She tripped on a rug, fell and broke her hip and Florence LaRue, had a previous engagement in Florida. According to Billy, she is healing well and will be just fine!

So it was wonderful to see St. Louis Native Sons receive their award plaques in their home town and the star honoring The Fifth Dimension, a six time Grammy award winning vocal group, which has been blessing us with beautiful soulful music since 1965, was finally shinning at 6164 Delmar Blvd.

Jarred & Tracy Townson, Billy Davis Jr. and Tania-Maria Xavier

After the ceremony I was invited to a private luncheon, at the Eclipse restaurant at the Moonrise Hotel, which lasted for about a couple of hours. I was able to get some interviews, promote Andre Harris, whose illustration was a huge hit, promote our calendar, meet and invite a few talented artists.

The next evening, Lamonte had his photo exhibit as a celebration of his 50 years as a photographer capturing the world’s beauty and some of his Jet Beauty of the Week models, which I was one…back in 1989.

I was so happy to see our very own Daniel Hodges and wife Deneen and that made the event even more special to me. Lamonte McLemore and Daniel Hodges are two of the artists who contributed to the 2011 Calendar for Haiti.

Deneen Hodges, Tania-Maria and Daniel Hodges

 

 

 

Tania-Maria & Mieko McLemore

So, this was such a wonderful trip! A chance to see a friend, meet new ones and promote our network.

I created a YouTube channel and plan to continue adding my videos taken of our talented members and encourage you to subscribe to it.

Please join me this March 25 at BlogTalkRadio.com/ColoredPeople at 9pm CST as I bring you a tribute to The 5th Dimension by sharing some of the interviews and the group’s inspiring music. I was very happy to meet and interview some of the Sumner High graduates. Sumner High school was the first high school for African American students west of the Mississippi established in 1875. Lamonte and Ron attended Sumner and some of the school’s alumni were there to celebrate, seen below.


Back – Robert Colburn (56), John D. Abram (63), Herman Jones (63)
Center – Rosemarie Hauk (58)
Front – Helen Stevens (57), Marjorie Ambus (58)

Thank you all for being part of our family and thank you for helping promote our calendar, which will be an annual project.

Blessings to you and yours.

Tania-Maria Xavier

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2011 ColoredPeople.net Calendar for Haiti

2011 ColoredPeople.net Calendar for Haiti

ColoredPeople.net 2011 Calendar – AVAILABLE NOW!

– 100% of Proceeds from calendar sales will be donated to Haiti relief –

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We have purposed this 16-month calendar for Haiti Relief.
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Susaye Greene – Down to Earth and Reaching for the Sky – Talented ColoredPeople.net Member

Susaye Greene – Down to Earth and Reaching for the Sky – Talented ColoredPeople.net Member




Susaye Greene was born in Houston, Texas and attended and graduated from the “New York City High School of Performing Arts” (Made famous in the musical Fame)



Greene sang with Ray Charles’ “Raelettes” and was the only Raelette to sing at Ray’s funeral.



She is an acomplished songwritter whose credits include “Free”, which she co-wrote for Deneice Williams 1991 “This Is Niecy” album, and “I Can’t Help It” co-written with Stevie Wonder for Michael Jackson’s 1979 “Off the Wall” album. On Stevie’s ‘Joy Inside My Tears’, Susaye was the exclusive backing singer



If that is not impressive enough, she is noted for being the last official member to join Motown group “The Supremes” from 1976-1977 and has been credited for adding a new dimension to the group’s live act with her technical training and five-octave range. She recorded two albums with the group in 1976; “High Energy” and “Mary, Scherrie and Susaye”. In 1977, after Mary left the group, Susaye recorded Motown’s “Partners” (1979), including “Luvbug” (featuring Ray Charles) and “You’ve Been Good To Me”, with Scherrie Payne as Scherrie & Susaye while also hosting her own TV show “Hollywood Hot”.



In 1984 Susaye moved to London, England after meeting her husband and in the 90’s she sang lead in saxophonist Courtney Pine’s recording “Children Of The Ghetto” and recorded Motorcity’s solo singles “Stop I Need You Now” (1990) and her own version of “Free” (1991).



In 2002 released her first album, “No Fear Here” (Most of the songs were written by Susaye) and in 2005 she released her second album “Brave New Shoes”



She is also an incredible painter, photographer and Ambassador to California for Goodwill Treaty for World Peace http://www.goodwilltreaty.org.



Current projects:

– Collaborating on a new CD with UK artist Matti Roots. http://www.mattiroots.com. “I’m very excited about this project”, says Susaye.



– She is very involved in the music soundtrack of her friend James Bartling’s indie film Nostalgia, which comes out early next year. “The music is all vocals, no instruments and is attracting a lot of attention because of its’ unique treatment. I’ve been commissioned to paint the poster for the film too”



– Photographer Kim Carlsberg ( http://www.kimcarlsberg.com ) has invited Greene to be a part of her new book.



– She is recording a new CD for release in 2010.





“I’m the most excited woman I know!…” ~ Susaye Greene




It is an honor to have with us ColoredPeople.net’s talented member Susaye Greene on November 5, 2009 at 7pm Pacific/9pm Central/10pm Eastern at BlogTalkRadio.com/ColoredPeople



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Lamonte McLemore – A Perfect Composition

Lamonte McLemore – A Perfect Composition

Lamonte McLemore is the creator of the legendary six time Grammy Award winning vocal group, The Fifth Dimension.

He was born in St. Louis, Mo. under the zodiac sign of Virgo. As one of four children, he only dreamed of playing baseball and pitching for the Cardinals was the fastest way he knew to escape the poverty.

“Maybe even try my other fascination, the art of photography… I was lucky enough early in my career to photograph models for Harper’s Bazaar in Los Angeles, to shoot for Johnson’s publications, Jet and Ebony, and to land a few photo assignments for Playboy Enterprises. During this time, along with a few other people on the rise, we started our own fashion magazines, Elegant and Elegant Teen. The concept was the first of its kind.”

In 1960 Lamonte McLemore and Marilyn McCoo together with Fritz Baskett, Rex Middleton, Harry Elston and Lawrence Summers formed their first group “Hi-Fis”. In 1964 Ray Charles took them on a tour and he produced a single by the group, “Lonesome Mood”.

In 1967 the now known group The 5th Dimension, consisting of five members, Lamonte McLemore, Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis, Jr., Ron Townson and Florence LaRue, won five Grammy Awards with the song “Up, Up and Away”, a top 10 hit.

Other hits include singles with Laura Nyro’s “Stoned Soul Picnic” (U.S. #3) and “Sweet Blindness” (U.S. #13). They received a gold record for their album Stoned Soul Picnic, which also included the Ashford & Simpson-written “California Soul” and in 1969, they had two number one singles: “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” from the musical Hair and the Nyro composition “Wedding Bell Blues”. Later hits included “One Less Bell to Answer” (U.S. #2) (1970), “Love’s Lines, Angles and Rhymes” (U.S. #19), “Never My Love” (U.S. #12) (1971), “If I Could Reach You” (U.S. #10), and “(Last Night) I Didn’t Get to Sleep at All” (U.S. #8) (1972).

The group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002 and in 2006 Lamonte left the group. Lamonte has written: “A Love like ours” could never be (Portrait 1970) and “The Singer” (Love’s Lines Angles & Rhymes 1971)

His love for photography has been a constant in his life and he has had a 50 year freelance relationship with Jet Magazine photographing Jet Beauties. Lamonte says he always knew he wanted to be a photographer. He lived in Los Angeles for many years and in the mid 90s he wed Mieko Tone and now lives in Nevada where he has a photography studio.

He says the mystery of woman has always fascinated him. Only years of experience have taught him that the mystery is easier to enjoy than understand. He was onced asked during an interview: “After photographing so many beautiful women, what kind did he like most?”

His response? “Well, actually there are two kinds, foreign and domestic.”

Join us as we welcome Lamonte McLemore to our BlogTalkRadio and talk to him about his successful career as a singer and photographer.

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