Harpist Mariea Antoinette talks her new Single ‘Overture’ on KJLH

SUNDAY AT 9PM! 102.3 KJLH in LA will be interviewing Mariea, playing her new single “Overture”, and discussing the upcoming NAACP Theatre awards – at which Mariea will be performing the following Monday. Listen Sunday at 9PM over the air or online at http://www.kjlhradio.com KJLH 102.3 RadioFree KJLH


Unless you heard yourself, you would never believe the strait-laced, classical harp could bend in any forward motion toward R&B Funk, much less possess even an ounce of sex appeal. Mariea Antoinette changes all of that. The San Diego urban-jazz harpist (yes, urban-jazz) utilizes all the pertinent styles at her disposal to loosen up her classical instrument, from street smart, EDM hip-hop, sexy, luscious R&B vocals. Mariea Antoinette is living proof that a visionary artist can bust out of traditional boxes on pure ability alone.” – Carol Banks Weber AXS
A native of San Diego, California, Ms. Antoinette’s diverse repertoire consists of classical, smooth jazz, and R&B music. She has performed for The President and First Lady Of The United States, Barack and Michelle Obama and at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles with the Southeast Symphony Orchestra. Her solo performances have taken her across the US and abroad.
Attending UC San Diego for undergraduate work and continuing on to the University of Arizona for Master classes in harp performance, she was privileged to have studied under some very notable teachers. crediting her dynamic performance technique to Russian teacher Elena Mashkovtseva.
Ms. Antoinette has been sought after to perform and record for a variety of artists and events including Ne-Yo, Jamie Foxx, The BET Awards, and American Idol. Mariea’s talents are enjoyed and appreciated by a growing list of private and corporate clients as well as her dedicated fans.





Reynaldo Rey, a longtime actor who appeared as Red’s father in 1995 hit “Friday,” died Thursday in Los Angeles, his manager confirmed. He was 75.
The actor died from complications of a stroke he suffered late last year. Along with his memorable role in “Friday,” Rey is also known for appearing in “Harlem Nights” (1989), “White Men Can’t Jump” (1992), “House Party 3″ (1994) and “For Da Love of Money” (2000). The comedian has more than 52 film credits to his name. He had several TV credits, including appearances in “The Bernie Mac Show,” “Sanford and Son,” “The Wayans Bros.,” “227,” “The Tonight Show, “Sister, Sister,” Parents in Crime” and “The Royal Family.” Rey also had a career as a stand-up comedian, and served as a co-host on BET’s stand-up show “Comic View.” He has recorded three comedy albums and three videos.
 Rey was born in Sequoyah County, Okla., and as an adult moved to Cleveland, where he became a member of the Karamu House Theatre and launched his comedy career. He later moved to New York and joined the Harlem Theatre Group, which is when he made his first film appearance. The actor most recently wrote, directed, financed and starred in the play “Hollywood P.O.” TMZ first reported the news.
Source: Variety

This Week on Man 2 Man TV: Man’s Perception of Women

When a man lays eyes on a beautiful woman, more than likely, he has formulated what type of woman she is. However, with his internal formulations, a lot of what he has perceived may be completely wrong.

Many times men find themselves uneasy and unwilling to approach a woman based on his perception or the anticipation of a negative outcome. Do men’s preconceived notions of a beautiful woman make him afraid to approach her? Or do they throw caution to the wind, and take a shot?

On this episode of Man 2 Man TV, Richard Hall and Chris Smith will delve into the issues of men’s perceptions of women, and how it can hinder them from possibly going after the women they want.

You may access the full recorded broadcast after the live show by going

to http://www.hottopicstalkradio.com/man2man.html, also on Youtube.

Man 2 Man TV (The HTTR Network) is sponsored by Shades of Afrika, The Urban Sentinel, SPMG Media and 9th Island Cultural Club of Las Vegas. For information regarding our sponsors, go to http://www.hottopicstalkradio.com/sponsors.



Founded January 7, 2017, by Toni Breedlove, CEO of the Hot Topics Talk Radio Network.
Man 2 Man is an online, internet talk radio show which focuses on Life, Love and Family, from a man’s point of view.
Man 2 Man is hosted by Richard Hall and Chris Smith, formerly of SPMG Media Presents.

Richard Hall, Jr., Host Man 2 Man Radio


R&B Singer/Songwriter and Entrepreneur
​Richard Hall was one of the lead singers for the 1998 R&B group Sec-N-Sol, entertainment VP with Footage Films and is currently entrepreneur-owner of Hot Shots Mobile Detail.

​This husband and father of four is a veteran of the entertainment industry, sharing the stage with Marques Houston, Omarion Grandberry, Jerome “Romeo” Jones and more.
A leader among his peers, Richard brings his powerful positions to play on the topics of Entertainment, Politics, Religion and Current Events.

Richard comes to the HTTR Network with a stellar entertainment background, quick wit and a over the top sense of humor to share with the Man 2 Man Radio listeners.

Make sure to follow Richard on Social Media!!!

Chris Smith, Host  Man 2 Man Radio

chris-2017Instagram Personality –  Influencer  –  Husband  –  Father 
Chris Smith is a media personality that is shooting to fame through Instagram and live gatherings with his witty observations, positive encouragement and hard core love of family, friends and fatherhood.

Born in 1984, this husband and father of two has built an audience of thousands by welcoming his followers to his world and helping them navigate life and family challenges through humor and encouragement.

With strong opinions and an infectious laugh, Chris comes to the HTTR Network as a host  on Man 2 Man Radio.

Faith * Family * Fatherhood * Friends
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California Bill Would Make Ethnic Studies Classes Mandatory


California Assemblymember Jose Medina says that he would have introduced his latest bill regardless of who is in the White House, but the fact that Donald Trump is President “adds to the impetus” for doing it now.

The measure, known as AB 2772, would mandate that the roughly 1.7 million high school students throughout the state complete an ethnic studies course in order to graduate, just as they are required to study biology, geography and physical education. If the bill becomes law, the requirement will begin in the 2023-2024 school year.

“Without knowledge of other cultural experiences and the history of those ethnic and cultural groups,” says Medina, a Democrat from the Riverside area who previously worked as a teacher, “I don’t think you can call yourself an educated person.

The measure comes at a time when other jurisdictions around the country have been adopting—and fighting over—such curricula, which zeroes in on the history and perspectives of minority groups such as Native Americans and Latino Americans. In 2017, Oregon became the first state to require K-12 students to learn such material. As of last year, high schools in Indiana are also mandated by law to offer ethnic or racial studies courses. In Arizona, Republican lawmakers tried to ban such material through a controversial law, which a federal judge ruled in December to be unconstitutional.

Those who support such courses have argued for decades that history classes in America are too often biased toward a white, male, Eurocentric perspective. People like Medina position ethnic studies classes as a correction to that, as well as a way for every student to see themselves in the material they encounter at school. In California, the majority of students in public schools are Latino — around 55% — while about one-quarter are white. “A student’s learning about their own history, their own culture,” Medina says, “that’s empowering.”

Critics of such classes, like the Republican lawmakers in Arizona, have argued that such curricula can foment racial tensions, drawing thicker lines between ethnic groups and teaching students to view individuals around them as either the oppressed or the oppressors. As an official working on ethnic studies curricula in California put it, the field “gets this sort of bad rap for being pigeon-holed as a form of ‘oppression studies.’”

It’s an especially loaded debate these days, as race has become a charged topic in national politics. But critical arguments are unlikely to hold much water in California, a liberal state that recently adopted new history textbooks that include LGBT-focused material. “We do not need to fear knowledge,” Medina says. “When we offer students a better understanding, a more complete understanding of our nation’s history, that is nothing to fear. It is something we should celebrate.”

The California Department of Education is already busy working on a model curriculum for ethnic studies to help guide schools in developing their own courses. (Some 200 middle and high schools, out of more than 2,600 in the state, already have them on offer.) That work was mandated by a law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2016; the guidelines are due to be adopted by 2020. As of now, schools are only “encouraged” to offer such classes when that work is done. But Medina believes that his bill, which he introduced with two co-sponsors, will make it an imperative.

“There is a void of teaching what I think is essential information,” he says.



Black Panther’s all-female army is straight out of the history books

The all-female Wakanda army featured in Black Panther are actually partially based off a real 19th century female army from Africa called the Ahosi.

The Amazons of Dahomey were a military corps of women appointed to serve in battles under the direction of the Fon king, who ruled over a nation that included much of present-day southern Togo and southern Benin.  They emerged during the Eighteenth Century and were finally suppressed during the 1890s. The Amazons were chosen from among the nominal wives of the king, called “Ahosi.”  Estimates of the number of women soldiers vary by accounts, yet some scholars believe the numbers to have ranged over time from several hundred to a few thousand women soldiers.

The Fon women’s army had three main wings: the right and left wings, and the elite center wing or Fanti.  Each of these wings had five subgroups: the artillery women, the elephant huntresses, the musket-bearing frontline group, the razor women, and the archers.  They served in battles in conjunction with male troops.

These women soldiers had extensive training and drilling. The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Amazons used flintlock muskets.  They also used cannon, and later modern artillery and machine guns.  Subject to celibacy under pain of death, they could not marry once they became Amazons nor could they have children.  In addition to their military duties, the Amazons also had daily occupations within the royal household.  These occupations included indigo dyeing, weaving and selling mats, palm oil production and distribution, as well as sewing and embroidering cotton cloth.

For much of its existence during the late Nineteenth Century, the Dahomey kingdom thrived on the slave trade.  Much debate exists on whether the slave trade itself fueled Dahomey’s wars with its neighboring nations or merely exploited and exacerbated existing conflicts.  Dahomey’s Atlantic slave trade formally ended in 1865 with the antislavery patrols of the British Navy and by the Spanish government’s closure of Cuban ports to slave traders.  The trans-Saharan slave trade, however, continued as late as May 1892 with a market in North Africa.

As early as 1728, under the direction of King Gezo, the Dahomian Army, which now included the Amazons, conquered the kingdoms of Whydah and Popos.  In 1840, they helped to capture the fortress of the Mahee at Attahapahms.

By 1748, after the Dahomey Kingdom had been subdued by the Oyo Empire, King Gezo restored Dahomey independence by defeating the Mahi nation, an ally of Oyo.  With military success in part attributed to the Amazons, Dahomey attacked the Egba city of Abeokuta in 1851, and again in 1864.  Both battles ended in defeat for Dahomey, with many Amazon casualties.

The last major use of Amazons came in the Franco-Dahomean Wars of 1890 and 1892.  The French conquered Dahomey in 1892 and were particularly ruthless toward the Amazons, executing many of them partly because they noted that Amazons provided the last resistance to their conquest of the state.  Thereafter, the Amazon units were effectively disbanded.  One of the first decrees announced after Dahomey formally became a French colony was that women of Dahomey would be prohibited from serving in the military or from bearing arms.



Three Billboards triumphs as Time’s Up dominates the 2018 Baftas

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the bleak, bitter, blistering comedy about injustice in small-town America, took the major honours at the 2018 Bafta film awards on Sunday night.

It was a starry, glamorous ceremony, at which the sexual-harassment shame of the film industry and the the subsequent Time’s Up movement were ever present.

But it was also about celebrating and rewarding cinema, with Three Billboards winning five awards including best film, best British film and, for its writer and director Martin McDonagh, best original screenplay.

“What I’m most proud of,” McDonagh told the Royal Albert Hall audience, “especially in this Time’s Up year, is it is a film about a woman who refuses to take any more shit.”

He said the same could be true of its star Frances McDormand, who plays Mildred, a woman with a burning sense of injustice over the police failure to find the killer of her daughter. She won best actress and, wearing a dress not totally black, she admitted having a “little trouble with compliance.” Nonetheless, she said she stood in full solidarity with her sisters and finished her acceptance speech with the words: “Power to the people.”

As expected by everybody everywhere, including some bookies who offered unappealing odds of 1/25, Gary Oldman won the best actor award for his spookily accurate portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, one that involved daily four-hour makeup sessions.

Oldman, who called it “a tremendous honour”, had been nominated twice before, for his portrayals of Joe Orton and George Smiley, but had never won a Bafta for acting. He is hot favourite to repeat the victory at next month’s Oscars.

Sam Rockwell, who won best supporting actor for his portrayal of a spectacularly dumb, racist cop in Three Billboards, described himself as a “journeyman actor” and dedicated the award to his “pal, Alan Rickman”. He also said he was someone who stood on the shoulders of “strong, intelligent and righteous women”, including McDormand.

The only prize decided by the public, the EE Rising Star award, went to British actor Daniel Kaluuya, star of the horror-comedy Get Out, who won from a list that also included Florence Pugh, Josh O’Connor, Tessa Thompson and Timothée Chalamet.

Dedicating the award to his mother, he said: “I am a product of arts funding within the UK. I would like to thank people who financially support that.”

The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro’s moving story of a woman who falls in love with an Amazonian sea creature, had been expected by many people to sweep up. It received the most nominations, 12, and came away with three wins: production design and music and, for Guillermo del Toro, best director.

Del Toro said British culture had been a big influence on his work and career – particularly Mary Shelley.

There was no dominating juggernaut of a film. The Bafta record – nine wins for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – remained safe for another year.

The awards were more evenly spread than in many years. Allison Janney, for example, won best supporting actress for I, Tonya. Blade Runner 2049 won best special effects and cinematography. Dunkirk won best sound.

It was the first ceremony presented by Joanna Lumley, who succeeded Stephen Fry, and in her opening comments she talked of the resonance of the Suffragettes and events today. “A century ago, the Suffragettes laid the ground work for the kind of dogged resistance and powerful protest that has carried forward today with the Time’s Up movement, and with it the determination to eradicate the inequality and abuse of women the world over,” Lumley said.

Virtually all women at the ceremony wore black in some form; one striking exception was the Duchess of Cambridge, who wore dark green. Some actors brought along feminist activists rather than their partners or mums. Gemma Chan, for example, was with Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism project. Naomie Harris was with Guardian columnist Afua Hirsch. Gemma Arterton brought along Eileen Pullen and Gwen Davis, former workers and walker-outers at Ford’s Dagenham plant in 1968. Andrea Riseborough was accompanied by Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, the co-founder of UK Black Pride.

Opoku-Gyimah, known as Lady Phyll, said being there was an important act of solidarity: “We want to amplify the voices of women who have been ostracised and marginalised.”

Gary Oldman, best actor winner for Darkest Hour

Earlier in the day, the Observer published a letter signed by 190 British and Irish actors, in which they spoke out on sexual harassment, discrimination and abuse. It said the movement was at a “critical juncture” and pointed out: “The gender pay gap for women in their 20s is now five times greater than it was six years ago. Research in the UK has found that more than half of all women said they have experienced sexual harassment at work. A growing reliance on freelance work forces creates power relationships which are conducive to harassment and abuse.”

Also launched over the weekend was the UK Justice and Equality Fund, a new body that will provide a network of expert advice, support and advocacy organisations across the UK. Among the donors was Emma Watson, who gave £1m.

Other awards given at the ceremony included one for I Am Not Your Negro, named best documentary; Disney’s Coco, which won best animated film; The Handmaiden, winning best film not in the English language; and one for Rungano Nyoni and Emily Morganm who won the outstanding British debut award for I Am Not a Witch. James Ivory, one half of Merchant Ivory, won best adapted screenplay for Call Me By Your Name.

The Bafta fellowship went to director Sir Ridley Scott. In his acceptance speech, Scott praised his teachers for starting him on his journey. “Teaching is the most important of professions,” he said. “Sort that out and social problems will get sorted out.” The outstanding British contribution to cinema award went to the National Film and Television School (NFTS).

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“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

British film 

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”


Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”


Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”


Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Supporting actor

Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Supporting actress

Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”

Rising star

Daniel Kaluuya

British debut

Writer-director Rungano Nyoni and producer Emily Morgan, “I am Not a Witch”

Original screenplay

Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Adapted screenplay

James Ivory, “Call Me By Your Name”

Film not in the English language

“The Handmaiden”


Alexandre Desplat, “The Shape of Water”


Roger Deakins, “Blade Runner 2049”


Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss, “Baby Driver”

Production design

Paul Austerberry, Jeff Melvin, Shane Vieau, “The Shape of Water”

Costume design

Mark Bridges, “Phantom Thread”



Visual effects

“Blade Runner 2049”

Makeup and hair

David Malinowski, Ivana Primorac, Lucy Sibbick, KazuhiroTsuji, “Darkest Hour”

Animated film


Short film

“Cowboy Dave”

Short animation

“Poles Apart”


“I am Not Your Negro”

Outstanding British contribution to cinema

Jon Wardle, National Film and Television School

Academy fellowship 

Ridley Scott



Silicon Valley invests in YOUR home equity

Several Silicon Valley-based startups are experimenting with a new investment product that lets them take joint ownership in homes whose owners are strapped for cash, The Wall Street Journal reports. The new agreements, known as shared-equity contracts, allow investors to take advantage of rising home prices in housing markets across the US. Home buyers get money for part of their down payments and, in return, pledge a share of the unit’s future appreciation. Investors market the products as better than low down-payment loans since the would-be home owners get more buying power without having to take out mortgage insurance. • Would you seek a shared-equity contract if you were buying your first home? READ MORE 


YES! Chadwick Boseman Covers Rolling Stone

Chadwick Boseman shares the first time he tried on the ‘Black Panther’ suit, watch above.

Two years ago, Chadwick Boseman was in a movie called Gods of Egypt. It was not a very good movie. But in addition to its not-goodness, it also became infamous for whitewashing – casting, as ancient African deities, a white guy from Scotland, a white guy from Denmark and at least seven white people from Australia. Boseman, the sole black lead, played Thoth, the Egyptian god of wisdom and inventor of mathematics. Before the movie came out, an interviewer asked him about the criticism, and Boseman said that not only did he agree with it, it was why he took the part – so audiences would see at least one god of African descent. “But, yeah,” he added dryly. “People don’t make $140 million movies starring black and brown people.”

What a difference two years makes. Because now we have Black Panther – not just a $140 million movie starring black and brown people, but a $200 million one. It’s very overdue. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created Panther, the first black superhero, way back in 1966, but he didn’t show up on the big screen until 50 years later, when Boseman stole Captain America: Civil War. Now, after a decade of Marvel Universe films starring a demographically disproportionate number of white Chrises, the world finally has its first African superhero movie.

“It’s a sea-change moment,” Boseman says. “I still remember the excitement people had seeing Malcolm X. And this is greater, because it includes other people, too. Everybody comes to see the Marvel movie.”  READ MORE 


School Shootings Troubling to You? Then VOTE in your Local Elections

SCHOOL SHOOTINGS: Because of the recent school shooting(s); more and more people are pushing the Senate, House and President to DO SOMETHING!
REMEMBER, The House of Representatives and Senate (both sides) are paid huge sums by various lobbyists. If you want to see change – protest, but get out and vote in LOCAL ELECTIONS. Remember areas of concern and how your LOCAL leadership takes action or not. REMIND those in your voting area – then TAKE ACTION IN LOCAL ELECTIONS.
The power we have as Constituents is our massive action in getting out to vote OUR INTERESTS (That means you can’t just listen to the campaign talking points, you’ve got to look back on what they actually DID). Senate and House members want to be re-elected. If our massive votes remove them from office, they will take seriously our issues and weigh the money vs. career.
That’s the power we have! -Public Service Announcement #SPMGMedia

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