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The Search for True Love Shines On Film In “Don’t Marry Griff”

In This New Film, African American Gay Men Search for True Love Releasing Nationally

Don’t Marry Griff, the latest independent film by Color of Love Production Studios, tells the story of Lyodell Archer (Steven L. Coard) and best friend Sutton Brown (Chris DeLoatch) as their friendship is shaken to its core once Sutton confesses his love to Lyodell. Things get even more complicated because he chooses to do it as Lyodell is about to wed his fiancé, Griffith Lowell (JR Rolley).

Don’t Marry Griff is a romantic comedy about love shared between African American men,” explains director Steven L. Coard, who also stars in the film.  “I have always dreamed of the day when I could produce my own independent film for the gay African American community. I aim to create unique and original stories that will hopefully unite our community.”

Coard intends for Don’t Marry Griff to be the first of a series of movies that tackle love stories of gay African American characters.  “It’s important for African American gay men to have characters they can identify with while being entertained,” he says.

“I think most gay black men are striving to achieve the American Dream. I  know I want that white picket fence.  Although I am not looking for the children part,” he adds with a grin.

Don’t Marry Griff  stars Steven L. Coard, Chris DeLoatch and JR Rolley.

Coard had DeLoatch in mind for the role of Sutton when writing the film.  “I had seen him in the web series, ‘Bait’. He plays a psycho killer in the show but I saw a genuine goodness in him.”

The character of Sutton is the type of guy everyone dreams about being with one day.  He’s honest with a sense of humor.  He’s confident, courageous, communicative, a natural leader who listens and takes initiative.  He’s not afraid to go after what he wants and most importantly, he stands up to Griffith in the film and provides Lyodell a safe haven.

Coard originally had another actor in the role of Griffith, but as so often happens in independent filmmaking, two weeks before filming was set to begin, the actor dropped out. Coard was left scrambling to find someone to replace him.  DeLoatch recommended he consider JR Rolley, an actor known for playing  lovable guy-next-door roles.  Coard was doubtful as the role of Griffith called for a type-A, bad-ass personality.  “Despite my hesitation, I brought JR in to read for the part. I immediately saw the passion in his eyes and that he was very prepared and looking for a character opposite from the pretty boy roles he usually plays.”

All seemed to be back on track with filming, until the actor confirmed to play Lyodell unexpectedly dropped out, too.  Pressed for time, Coard decided to take on the role himself.  “I had wanted to focus on working behind the camera as executive producer and director but things don’t always work out the way you plan,” he laughs.  “I sucked it up and and called in my acting chops to start working again.”

Don’t Marry Griff is being distributed by Color of Love Production Studios, an award winning production company that specializes in creating stories about the LGBTQ community of color.   Founded by Steven L. Coard, the studio strives to  focus on unique issues of relevance to the gay African American identity.

“The wonderful thing about Don’t Marry Griff is that viewers do not need to be African American and gay to enjoy it,” says Coard.  “Anyone who has experienced a toxic relationship can relate to the film.  It entertains and is educational as well.   I won’t give away the ending but I will tell you, in Don’t Marry Griff , karma is a beeeotch.”

For more information, visit https://colorofloveproduction.com.

Dating App Jack’d To Remain Free Contrary To Recent Reports

Leading Gay Social App Woo-ing Urban Millennials with No-Charge Hook-Ups

NEW YORK Oct. 26 — Contrary to a recent Bloomberg report that dating apps are switching over to pay models, Jack’d, a popular hook-up app for gay urban millennials, says it will remain free.

“Our research continues to show that our targeted demographic does not pay for music, games, movies, or dating,” stated Phil Henricks, VP of Strategy and Business Development at Online Buddies, the parent company of Jack’d.  “They’ve been raised to expect that digital products are free and they don’t see any reason to start paying for them now.”

Jack’d’s path to monetization is through selling advertising to corporations eager to reach the hard-to-find gay, urban millennial.  “They’re a multi million dollar demographic”, Henricks said.  “While they’re not willing to purchase digital products, they have tremendous buying power and have no problem shelling out $5 on a cup of coffee or $200 on a pair of sneakers.”

Jackd-to-remain-free-about-magazine Dating App Jack’d To Remain Free Contrary To Recent ReportsMore than 60% of Jack’d’s revenue comes from Fortune 500 companies, clothing retailers, and the tourism industry, all of whom have run banners on the app in recent weeks.  “We see it as a win for everyone.  We attract the gay, urban millennials that our members want and our advertisers have a quick, easy way to reach them.” 

Nearly five million men around the world have joined Jack’d since its launch in 2010 and it consistently ranks among the top four gay social apps in both the App Store and Google Play.   67% of Jack’d members in the United States are between 18-26.  Nearly 60% are Black and Latino.

“Members appreciate that our free version offers many of the premium features they would have to pay for on competing apps,” Alon Rivel, Jack’d’s Brand Manager told us.

As for banners, Henricks says Jack’d members are not bothered by them, citing only 3% of members have opted to pay for Jack’d to avoid the banners.  “They understand that someone has to pay for the app.  As long as it’s not them, they don’t give it a second thought.” 

Visit http://www.jackdapp.com.

Randy Jackson’s New Girl Group ‘FOUREVER1’ Is Heating Up The Dance Floors

Randy Jackson’s New Girl Group ‘FOUREVER1’ Is Heating Up The Dance Floors. About News

As FourEver1, the identical quadruplets Jodi, Catherine, Christina, and Janelle Pyfrom aim to conquer the music charts.

Their debut track is “All About Tonight”, an empowering high-energy pop single executive produced by American Idol music master Randy Jackson.

The song encourages fans to step out of their comfort zones. Its remixes by Bimbo Jones, Sean Finn, Tavo, and Jason Kohlmann are currently playing on heavy rotation in clubs.

It has to be exciting to see all the support “All About Tonight” is getting from DJs.  
Janelle: Yes, it is very exciting! We are so grateful. We always dreamed of this and it’s surreal to finally see it happen. This just shows us that as long as we work hard, we can achieve our goals.

Who are your music idols?
Janelle: There are so many!  Our top have to be Beyonce, Rihanna, and Jojo.  We also love The Backstreet Boys.

FourEver1-about-magazine-sitting Randy Jackson’s New Girl Group ‘FOUREVER1’ Is Heating Up The Dance Floors
Randy Jackson’s New Girl Group ‘FOUREVER1’ Is Heating Up The Dance Floors. About News

How does FourEver1 plan to make its own mark on pop music?
Janelle: By infusing our island roots into our music with our already pop influenced sound.

Where are you from?
Janelle: The Bahamas.

Do you get home sick for the Bahamas?
Jodi:  I do.  I’m a very chill, relaxed person so I’m used to the lifestyle there and am constantly thinking of the island’s beautiful beaches.

Catherine: I miss the food most.

How do you like living in Los Angeles?
Catherine: I love living in Los Angeles. It’s a great place to be, especially for our career. It’s also an inspiring place, being around so many talented people.

Janelle: At first it was hard being away from the Bahamas, leaving all that we have known behind. But now I think LA is great! We have made friends and have gotten to know the place pretty well.

Do you all live together?
Janelle: Yes, we share the same house.

Is it tough working with Randy Jackson?
Jodi: Randy is one of the coolest, most genuine people we have ever met in the music industry.

Janelle: But he’s a little tough, too.  Randy pushes us to bring out our full potential. I think its necessary so that we know what we are capable of.

What’s next?  
Janelle: We’re preparing to release another single that we think everyone will love!  At least, we hope.

Visit Fourever1.com

TRUTH Project Kicks Off ‘We Are Gold’ Annual Fundraiser In Houston

TRUTH Project Kicks Off ‘We Are Gold’ Annual Fundraiser In Houston

 

The 2nd Annual T.R.U.T.H. Project Kicks Off Annual Fundraiser In Montrose In October.

HOUSTON Oct 5 — The time for TRUTH has come to Houston. The T.R.U.T.H Project kicks off its annual fundraiser In Houston on Oct. 22, 12016 in Montrose. Entitled We Are Gold will be held at Zimm’s Martini & Wine Bar.

The T.R.U.T.H. Project (Telling Real Unapologetic Truths through Healing) is a 501c3 charitable organization that educates and mobilizes LGBTQ communities of color and their allies through social arts that promote mental, emotional and sexual health. The impact on the community is very surreal said Founder Kevin Anderson.

“It’s humbling to have the support of artists and healthcare providers who understand the vision for using the arts as a tool for healing through information, education, and access to resources,” Anderson said.

This year’s fundraiser will include a montage of video clips from previous installments and live demonstrations of spoken word, live music, and visual art to showcase how the T.R.U.T.H. Project connects art and health.

Since its inception, The T.R.U.T.H Project has reached more than 5,000 attendees and continues to grow. Performances are held quarterly and have addressed issues such as bullying, domestic violence, and depression. The Texas State Department of Health recognized the efforts of the T.R.U.T.H. Project and its founder, Kevin Anderson, to use the arts as a vehicle for information, awareness, and access to resources, and awarded a grant that allowed him to extend his outreach by partnering with national recording artist such as Marsha Ambrosius and Chisette Michele. He has also served as a consultant in other cities interested in starting similar initiatives.

For additional information visit:  www.TruthProjecthtx.org