Friday, February 17, 2017

LOLITA SNIPES' "HEAD OVER HEELS"

A STAGE PLAY WITH A "PURPOSE"


(Photo Credit: Kinnawa Kaitibi) Gospel Singer & Actress Shirley Murdock 


(Chattanooga, TN)--“Love makes you do some crazy things!” Head Over Heels is the zany, hilariously funny stage play starring the “powerhouse” singer and R & B sensation Shirley Murdock.  The show is selling out all over the Southeast.  Varion Walton caught up with the cast and crew during their stop in Chattanooga, TN.  “HEAD OVER HEELS,” is a “play with a purpose” packing a serious message about hope! 



                           

(CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO)

                        Shirley Murdock and the stage play "Head Over Heels" this week's   
                                                  VISION/VOICE/VARION Exclusive!




In this comical journey to find love, a beautiful young professional named Zoe’ goes crazy for a smooth-talking bad boy who is so handsome and charming he sweeps her off her feet…but her new found love is only pretending to be the perfect mate and as the secrets unfold, her zany family members take matters into their own hands and the comedy is nonstop!
This inspirational gospel-comedy stars Actress & Singing Power-House Shirley Murdock; Singing Diva Tamika Scott from the Multi-Platinum group Xscape; Broadway actress Jennifer Nesbitt; HBO Comedian & Univer-soul Ring Master Tony Tone; Apollo Comedian Big Que and Actor/Model Ladarian Raymond, with music produced by Gary “Lil’ G” Jenkins from the R&B group SILK…
This inspirational stage play, written and directed by award-winning comedic playwright Lolita Snipes is hilariously funny and will have you laughing right out of your seat!

READ MORE ABOUT THE AWARD-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT
















Thursday, February 2, 2017

NEW EDITION STORY-THE MOVIE


"VINTAGE VISION/VOICE/VARION"-ALL ACCESS WITH NEW EDITION

WATCH: Backstage Reunion Between New Edition & The Bar-kays

(MEMPHIS, TN.)--THE NEW EDITION STORY is more than a MOVIE, it's a MOVEMENT!  BET Television is getting "rave reviews" from millions of New Edition fans still basking in the afterglow of the 3-night series.  Long before the star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, Varion Walton was given an all-access pass to Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant were forming a new group within NEW EDITION known as "Heads of State!" WATCH THIS VIDEO and check out this "VINTAGE" VISION/VOICE/VARION report as New Edition walks into an impromptu reunion in Memphis with another legendary R&B group,  The Bar-Kays.

Varion and Ralph Tresvant -Memphis, TN.


New Edition-Essence Fest in New Orleans

Essence Fest-New Orleans



NEW REALITY- TRUMP'S FIRST 100 DAYS IN OFFICE


100 Days Met with Pomp, Circumstance, and Protests!


(Chattanooga, TN.)--America's New Reality:  (CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO) Donald Trump won the election with a rallying cry, " Make America Great Again!"  His first 100 days in office has been filled with pomp, circumstance, and protests.  The 45th President of The United States is being closely monitored by many, including and successful businessman who knows him better than most.  Randal Pinkett is the focus of this week's Vision/Voice/Varion's Special Assignment Report.   


Varion Walton and Randal Pinket


Pinkett and Donald Trump on the set of The Apprentice



Randal Pinkett-"The Anti-Apprentice"



















Tuesday, September 13, 2016

EDDIE MURPHY RETURNS TO THE SCREEN AS "MR. CHURCH"

IN THEATERS SEPTEMBER 16th

(Hollywood, CA.)--It's been a minute since we've seen Eddie Murphy on the silver screen.  September 16th Eddie Murphy returns in an independent film that generated rave reviews at The Tribeca Film Festival.


I'm intrigued by this new film because I know a real life scenario of a Mr. Church taking place in Texas. A very dear man, a very close friend in fact who is looking beyond race, ethnicity, and even sexual orientation.  He's stepped in playing surrogate to two children whose mother is critically ill with no income.

Life has a way of moving forward in Hollywood and in every home in America.  In the fictional movie "Mr. Church,"  Eddie Murphy's character develops a unique friendship with a little girl and her dying mother.  His services are retained as a silver-tongued cook,  Henry Joseph Church.   What begins as a six-month arrangement instead spans some fifteen years,  and creates a family bond that lasts forever.

A family doesn't always come in the shape of blood relatives.  Sometimes God puts total strangers together so that they can rescue each other.  Mr.  Church opens in theaters nationwide September 16th.



CHECK OUT THE TRAILER TO "MR. CHURCH"
https://youtu.be/SuKnGsYM51U












Thursday, September 8, 2016

PREMIERE WEEK: "QUEEN SUGAR" WITH VETERAN ACTOR DONDRE' WHITFIELD

ALL THINGS "SUGAR"




(New Orleans, LA.) --The 2-day premiere of "Queen Sugar" on THE OWN NETWORK left us breathless this week.  While we wait for its triumphant return NEXT WEDNESDAY, Varion Walton wraps up her special assignment report with cast member Dondre Whitfield. The veteran actor shares how media mogul, Oprah Winfrey is urging the world to "reimagine" television when it comes to a scripted drama series. Plus, Dondre tells us why he will always be endearing to the role of "Robert" on The CosbyShow.  Varion Walton also has the scoop on the role Dondre' beautiful wife and ctress Salli Richardson-Whitfield is playing in future episodes of "Queen Sugar!"


Queen Sugar-OWN Network

Queen Sugar -OWN Network
The 2-day premiere on OWN TV is leaving audiences on the edge of their seats as the Bordelon siblings, Nova (True Blood's Rutina Wesley), Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe), and Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner),  all children of Ernest (Veteran Actor Glynn Turman) - a sugar cane farmer and black landowner in St. Josephine Parish falls on hard times and failing health.  

The new drama, inspired by a novel written by Natalie Bazile slowly, methodically takes the viewer through three generations of Bordelons,  their plight, their fury and weaknesses when it comes to being a dysfunctional family.

Varion Walton got an opportunity to talk with Dondre Whitfield and other cast members this summer during her extensive coverage of The Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.    

Queem Sugar- OWN Network


Whitfield plays a love-interest of Charley who is nursing a broken heart after being publicly humilated in a sex scandal involving her husband and members of the fictional NBA team where he serves as team captain.

PRESS PLAY and check out Dondre' description of shooting his love scenes with his wife Salli on the other side of the camera. VISION/VOICE/VARION..."your source for ALL THINGS SUGAR!"



PREMIERE WEEK: "QUEEN SUGAR" WITH NEWCOMER NICK ASHE

PREMIERES THIS WEEK ON THE OWN NETWORK




(New Orleans, LA.)--It's this week's VISION/VOICE/VARION EXCLUSIVE!  Ahead of this week's big premiere on The Own Network, Varion Walton has the scoop on the brand new drama series that is intelligent, rare and intriguing. 

"Queen Sugar," the new drama series inspired by a novel by Natalie Baszile.  Created by famed writer/director Ava DuVernay, Queen Sugar is a warm,  beautifully written family drama about The Louisiana Bordelon family.  DeVernay and media mogul Oprah Winfrey are teaming up again following their success with the movie Selma, hoping to get viewers to "reimagine" television when it comes to a scripted drama series.

Queen Sugar on OWN TV  

Queen Sugar on OWN TV 

The 2-day premiere is leaving audiences on the edge of their seats as the Bordelon siblings, Nova (True Blood's Rutina Wesley), Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe), and Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner),  all children of Ernest (Veteran Actor Glynn Turman) - a sugar cane farmer and black landowner in St. Josephine Parish falls on hard times and failing health.  

The new television drama series slowly, methodically takes the viewer through three generations of Bordelons,  their plight, their fury and weaknesses when it comes to being a dysfunctional family.

In the novel written by Natalie Baszile, the character "Micah" is female. In The OWN NETWORK drama series, Micha is male and played by newcomer Nick Ashe. Varion Walton got an opportunity to talk with Ashe and  other cast members this summer during her coverage of The Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.


Ashe, who is more of theater major talks exclusively with VARION WALTON about being given a shot to cut his acting chops on the small screen, all with two powerhouse females like Winfrey and DuVernay at the helm.

PRESS PLAY and check out what Nick had to say when asked about his schoolboy looks and being part of something he clearly defines as "something revolutionary" when it comes to seeing stories about black love and black families on the small screen.







Monday, September 5, 2016

"Queen Sugar" Ava DuVernay-VisionVoiceVarion EXCLUSIVE

NEW SERIES PREMIERE SEPT. 6th & 7th







(New Orleans, LA.)--Oprah Winfrey has done it again.  "Queen Sugar" premieres September 6th and 7th in a two-night showing as one of the most anticipated new drama series this fall.



Famed Writer/Director Ava DuVernay,  the other half of this "fiercely feminine" team is talking and ONLY to VISION/VOICE/VARION.  It's part of "premiere week" as Varion Walton kicks off season 7 of her entertainment magazine.  Spread the word, tell a friend this fall is going to be epic on OWNTV and THE VW NETWORK.






Thursday, September 1, 2016

NEW SEASON: McDONALD'S 365 AWARDS HONORS TONI BRAXTON WITH PERFORMANCES FROM KELLY PRICE

365 Black Awards Tonight on BET  9/8c

VISION/VOICE/VARION kicks off 7th SEASON an EXCLUSIVE from Singer Kelly Price and More!

(New Orleans-LA.)-- So far, it's shaping up to be a "September to Remember!" Varion Walton and The VISION/VOICE/VARION crew are kicking off our 7th season with an EXCLUSIVE,  a preview to this week's McDonald 2016 "365 Black Awards." Varion talks with EXCLUSIVELY with R&B sensations Anthony Hamilton and Kelly Price as they serenade "Breathe Again," singer and actress Toni Braxton and Wendy Raquel Robinson for their lifetime achievements. 


Singer Kelly Price on the red carpet before her showstopping performance.


Toni Braxton honored with Lifetime Achievement Award 


Grammy Award Singer Anthony Hamilton Scheduled to Perform 
September 5th & 6th Varion goes in-depth and fills you in on all of those amazing trailers you've seen promoting Oprah and the OWN Networks new drama series, "Queen Sugar!" Varion chats candidly with one of the most 
acclaimed female directors behind this new series that's generation a lot of buzz, Ava DuVernay. 

For nearly 10 years Varion has given you the "lowdown on the low scores," when it comes to the sanitary conditions of many restaurants.  September 14th, our award-winning Restaurant  
Scorecard reporter will school you on something we all love, Soul Food.  Varion literally breaks bread with Adrian Miller,  a published author who will give you the scoop on the origin on all of the "soul food" Big Mama prepared for those fabulous Sunday Dinners.   This known "food scholar" also tackles  another scandalous subject, why there are so many hungry people desperate for food in such the rich food mecca we call America.  

Spread the word, tell a friend...the 7th season of VisionVoiceVarion is going to go beyond "scandalous",  this FALL is going to be epic! Stay connected!

TONIGHT ON BET 9/8c   

    

Saturday, August 27, 2016

"GOLDEN MOMENT" WITH NEWLYWED JILL SCOTT

2016 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

For Tour Updates: http://www.ticketmaster.com/Jill-Scott-tickets/artist/806530

Chattanooga's Famed Tivoli Theater
(Chattanooga, TN.)---She's a "boss chick" with 3 Grammys; 16 years under her belt and a national tour that's stronger than ever! Music fans are still "basking in the afterglow" following Jill Scott's high energy performance at Chattanooga's famed Tivoli Theater recently.

The Scenic City is part of the final leg of the singer/songwriter's 2016 Summer Concert Series.
Jill is scheduled for performances in Jacksonville and Miami at the end of August. From there, she's off to headline The 2016 Tom Joyner Morning Show Family Reunion Labor Day Weekend in Kissimmee, FL.

"Jilly from Philly" appears to be in a good place these days, paying tribute to her new husband with a new song entitled "Jahraymecofasola." Scott says the new single is her gift to her new husband Michael Dobson. The couple was married in June.


Scott also told fans how she never thought she would ever have more children, that after a difficult pregnancy with her only biological son Jett.  "In June, God saw fit to bless me with six more children," she said affectionately.  My husband and I are so lucky to embrace our new life and truly live every single day in the moment!

Here's hoping the FAMILY REUNION brings on a "NEW BEGINNING" for Jill Scott as she embraces her new life and extended family.

PRESS PLAY and TAKE "ANOTHER LOOK" at why Jill Scott is truly all about living her life like it's "GOLDEN!"



Congratulations again Jill.  If your strong vocals, stamina, and electric smile are any indication,  you'll be celebrating 20-plus years in the business in no time.

Tivoli Theater in Chattanooga August 24, 2016
Tivoli Theater in Chattanooga-August 24, 2016




Thursday, August 25, 2016

THE NATION MOURNS THE LOSS OF FAMED JOURNALIST GEORGE E. CURRY

A POWERFUL VOICE IN THE BLACK PRESS IS SILENCED 


George E. Curry 1947-2016

(Washington, D.C.)--Walton and Associates mourns the death of famed columnist George Curry. Curry, who died Saturday of an apparent heart attack will be laid to rest in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Civil Rights leader and activist Rev. Al Sharpton is expected to deliver the eulogy at The Weeping Mary Baptist Church Saturday, August 27, 2016. For decades, Curry was one of the most powerful voices on issues confronting black Americans. 
Last year, Walton and Associates CEO, Varion Walton had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Curry briefly during the 50th Anniversary of the March from Selma to Montgomery. For years, Curry had one of the most successful columns in more than 200 newspapers across the country.

According to The National Association of Black Journalists, at the time of his death, George Curry was in the process of revitalizing Emerge Magazine.

He was still fighting to revive that magazine until his last moment on earth," said TV- ONE host Roland S. Martin, a friend, colleague, and fellow columnist. "George Curry died with his boots on, still fighting."

In 2003, Curry was named the NABJ Journalist of the Year for his continued commitment of influencing the NEXT generation of digital journalists. 

George E. Curry was 69 years old.