White House Budget Plan Eliminates Funding for Arts, Other Agencies

The Trump administration’s 2018 budget “blueprint” proposes significant cuts in or the elimination of funding for federal agencies that support the arts and culture, the humanities, human services, and community, regional, and international development. As had been feared by many in the nonprofit sector, America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again (62…

Kerry Washington, Warner Bros. to Adapt ‘The Mothers’

Brit Bennett’s debut novel centers on a big secret in a small black community in Southern California. Warner Bros. has optioned Brit Bennett’s debut novel The Mothers, with Kerry Washington producing under the Simpson Street Banner. Bennett also will write the script for the project based on her novel, which was published in October by…

Notorious B.I.G. lauded in Congress on the 20th anniversary of his murder

Titan of ’90s hip-hop — a genre that was once the scourge of Washington pearl-clutchers — has been lauded on the floor of Congress. Hakeem Jeffries, a Democratic congressional representative from Brooklyn and Queens, gave a speech Thursday to Congress marking the 20th anniversary of Notorious B.I.G.’s murder in Los Angeles. Biggie’s 1997 slaying in…

Music Icon Tony Saunders Talks: What Makes a Great Vocal?

“I was asked last night on an interview what makes a great vocal. I used to play in a lot of cover bands and there is an art to singing someone else songs. You have to remind your audience of the song you are singing without distracting from what a singer has already made famous….

Ambokile Blasts Onto West Coast Scene with New Ensemble “Ambolism”

Written by M.D. Caprario: M D Caprario is a free lance writer working in NY, LA, and San Francisco The City Walk/City Loft at Universal City   has something for everyone. A brilliant-lit carnival for grown-ups, there are dance clubs, movie theaters, and restaurants of every kind imaginable, including- be still my heart- a Starbuck’s combied…

Daniel Chia Brings True Thrills With “In The Moment”

If your ears want to hear some fine smoot jazz, then Daniel Chia is the man for you. This talented saxophonist will take you on a adventure that you will never forget. Daniel has released his debut album “In The Moment”, and made a big blast on the jazz scene. Thanks to Daniels exquisite talents…

Happy Birthday Carrie Underwood!

We are celebrating Carrie Underwood‘s birthday with one of her greatest hits! Happy Birthday! SPMG MEDIA – SUBSCRIBE TODAY! 

5-Year-Old Becomes Youngest To Qualify For Scripps National Spelling Bee

Meet Edith Fuller. She’s 5 years old and on Saturday became the youngest competitor to advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.   Over the weekend, Fuller beat more than 50 children ages 5 to 14 to win the 2017 Scripps Green Country Regional Spelling Bee in Tulsa, Oklahoma. During the competition, she had to spell 37…

This YA Book About Police Brutality Just Became A Top Seller

On the night of Nov. 9, 2016, and into the morning of Nov. 10, Twitter was inundated with parents wondering how they would explain President Donald Trump’s unpredicted win to their children when they woke up. Dan Kois wrote on Slate that morning, “I want to hide our ashen faces and give them the long…

Kerry Washington to Produce ‘The Mothers’ Adaptation for Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. has optioned Brit Bennett’s debut novel and New York Times bestseller,”The Mothers,” with Kerry Washington on board to produce. Washington will produce under the Simpson Street Banner, along with Natalie Krinsky. Bennett will write the script and executive produce. Originally published in October 2016 by Riverhead, a division of Penguin, “The Mothers” is…