Year: 2019

Shadow Spotlight: Marsai Martin

1.14.19 Hello creative peeps, Monday has come upon us. I almost couldn’t figure out what to do with Shadow Spotlight and then it hit me. Ms. Marsai Martin is in the spotlight and there is a valid reason. She’s only been in the world of LaLa Land for a minute, but she’s been making some big waves. Case in point…For the past few days, I caught a new trailer for a film titled Little. It stars Regina Hall, as Jordan Sanders, Issa Rae as April, and Martin as a young Jordan Sanders.  As I watched the trailer Martin pretty much stole the show. If she looks familiar to you, that’s because she stars in ABC’s Blackish as Diane Johnson for which she received several award nominations. Other roles include Nina, An American Girl-Melody 1963: Love Has to Win, Elena of Avalor, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.  She’s also the executive producer of Little, which at the age of 14, is the youngest person in Hollywood to hold that title! Martin’s career is already on fire and I’m …

Music Focus: Alice Merton

1.11.19 I’ve been cooking some new things to add to the blog site and this is one of them. Music Focus. Every second Friday, Shadowboxerinc is putting the spotlight on past, present, and future music’s artists and/or groups. January’s music focus is on Alice Merton. Growing up around the world, singer/songwriter Alice Merton was as influenced by other cultures as by transience itself. Born in Frankfurt and raised in Canada and England, Merton‘s absorption of different styles and sounds helped craft the worldly progressive pop leanings on her debut, which came out in 2017. As a child, she learned classical piano and singing while in Canada. When Merton was a teenager, her family moved to Germany, where she would pick up the guitar and write her first song. While in Germany, she also studied at the Mannheim conservatory of music. Later, the family would relocate again, this time to England. These frequent international shifts would play a key role in the songwriting process for her first output, 2017’s No Roots EP (Mom + Pop Records). The four-track effort included the fiery “Lash …

MidWeek Update: JACKSON INDIE MUSIC WEEK

1.9.19 Hey again! Someone tipped me about this event coming up and it starts in several days. Again, I received this information late, but for those living in Jackson Mississippi and you want to do something fun, this event might be for you. Credit source: Jackson Indie Music Week 2019   JANUARY 13-20, 2019 | JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI   Jackson Indie Music Week is a celebration of Central Mississippi’s independent music scene. It is a week-long series of concerts, showcases, panels, and parties, spotlighting creatives from ALL genres including Rock, Hip Hop, EDM, Blues, Singer-Songwriter, and Independent Film & Video. Jackson Indie Music Week aims to honor what has come to be known as the “Birthplace of America’s Music” in none other than the entertainment capital of Mississippi. The All-Event Pass grants entry to all official Jackson Indie Music Week panels, showcases, and events at one low price! The Day Pass grants entry to a day of official panels, showcases, and events! Get the All-Event Pass and don’t miss out on any of the week’s exciting …

MidWeek Updates: The Writer 2019 Essay Contest

1.9.19 Hello…Have something for writers who want to show people their talented works. The Writer Magazine is having their 2019 Essay Contest. Below are details on how you can enter… Credit source: The Writer   2019 Essay Contest Write a 2,000-word essay about any aspect of the writing life. Any topic is fair game, so long as it pertains to some aspect of writing.  Deadline: March 1st, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST Grand prize: $1,000 and publication in our magazine. However, every essay we receive will be considered for paid publication in The Writer. Word count: 2,000 words or less To learn more click right here.   Featured & other images: unknown and The Writer

Golden Globe 2019 Winners

1.7.19 Hello all! Awards season is starting early this year. I was surprised that the Golden Globes was announced to air on the first Sunday of 2019. I didn’t get to see it, but I was on top of who won and here is the full list of those who won last night. Congrats to all the winners! Credit source: Vox Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy Sacha Baron Cohen, Who Is America Jim Carrey, Kidding Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method **WINNER** Donald Glover, Atlanta Bill Hader, Barry   Best Motion Picture — Animated Incredibles 2 Isle of Dogs Mirai Ralph Breaks the Internet Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse **WINNER**   Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama Jason Bateman, Ozark Stephan James, Homecoming Richard Madden, Bodyguard **WINNER** Billy Porter, Pose Matthew Rhys, The Americans   Best Television Series — Drama The Americans (FX) **WINNER** Bodyguard (Netflix) Homecoming (Amazon) Killing Eve (BBC America) Pose (FX)   Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method Kieran Culkin, Succession …

Music Festivals / January 2019

1.5.19 The weekend is here! New year, new music festivals to search. According to Music Festival Wizard, there are several that are coming this month. Credit source: Music Festival Wizard GROOVE CRUISE MIAMI 2019 MIAMI, FLJANUARY 10-14, 2019 / BOOK TICKETS       JAM CRUISE 2019 MIAMI, FLJANUARY 15-21, 2019       TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS 2019 CHICAGO, ILJANUARY 16-20, 2019       30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL 2019 SANTA ROSA BEACH, FLJANUARY 18-21, 2019       WOBBLELAND 2019 SAN FRANCISCO, CAJANUARY 18-19, 2019       SHIPROCKED 2019 PORT CANAVERAL, FLJANUARY 26-31, 2019   If you live near the area and you feel like going, then take a look at these events, just click on the blue links above! Enjoy the rest of your weekend, be blessed.     Featured and other images: Unknown & Music Festival Wizard

New Music Releases: January 2019

1.2.19 Hello and Good Morning! First Wednesday of the year and new releases in music, courtesy of Metacritic… Credit source: Metacritic 11 JANUARY 2019 Jacob Banks Village   Randy Houser Magnolia   Rob Baird After All   Soilwork Verkligheten   You Tell Me You Tell Me [Field Music’s Peter Brewis & Sarah Hayes of Admiral Fallow] 18 JANUARY 2019 Aesop Rock and Tobacco Malibu Ken   Alice Merton Mint   Cody Johnson Ain’t Nothin’ To It   Deerhunter Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?   Guster Look Alive   Joe Jackson Fool   Juliana Hatfield Weird   Lost Under Heaven Love Hates What You Become [Previously known as LUH] Maggie Rogers Heard It In A Past Life   Papa Roach Who Do You Trust?   Pedro The Lion Phoenix   Sharon Van Etten Remind Me Tomorrow   Steve Gunn The Unseen In Between   Steve Mason About The Light [Ex-frontman of The Beta Band] Switchfoot Native Tongue   The Twilight Sad IT WON/T BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME   Toro y Moi Outer Peace   …

Editor’s Note: January 2019

1.1.19 Vol. 7 / #1 HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2018 has come and gone and we are now into 2019. New beginnings, new year, new month, new everything.   Remember Papa Roach? Some of you may or may not remember this group, but they are releasing new music this month, along with Mono, Steve Gunn, and Alice Merton. I always turn to Metacritic for this information. Thank you, Metacritic! Music festivals and other festivals are coming soon, be on the lookout!       Ever been to Savannah, Georgia? Well, we are beginning the new year for Where To and Savannah is our first stop.  I haven’t put together anything for Shadow Spotlight but don’t worry it will be up and running. You’re going to notice a few changes here and there in the next coming weeks. I will post about the AWP’s Writing Conference and Bookfair which will be in Portland, Oregon on March 27-30, 2019. That’s one of the events coming up in a few months. It will be a bit of a quiet …