St. John's Confidential File

Daryl Perle Heads “Hillside Manor” Writing Team

HELLO AMERICA!—It is always exciting when one has an opportunity work with an extraordinary, imaginative writer and film editor in the entertainment industry. Without a doubt, Daryl Perle definitely is one of those who have that certain kind of magic that Hollywood has always needed and dreamed about since the early days of silent films. I remember as a youngster...

Gregory Abbott, A Singing Force

HELLO AMERICA!—Gregory Abbot who is known for hits such as “Shake You Down” and “Not The Hey Girl I’m Watchin’ You” deserves recognition and tremendous respect. I first met the singer and composer when I was Editor in Chief at Players International Publishing in Los Angeles. He was fresh out of Berkeley and Stanford, ready to conquer the world....

Chris Robinson Brother From Another Mother!

HELLO AMERICA!—During the late 1950s, TV and film star Chris Robinson (“General Hospital” and “Twelve O’Clock High) and I met while under contract to Lucille Ball's Desilu Studio Theatre on Gower.  It was a glorious time, the actors of real substance and meaning crowded the lot, especially when we were in production. I remember being totally flabbergasted spotting the...

“Rise And Shine” At Let Live Theatre

  HELLO AMERICA!—If you haven’t seen “Rise and Shine” (I Thought I was White) already at the Let Live Theatre you should do yourself a favor and get tickets as soon as possible.  The show was written and stars Anil Kumar. It is directed by Reena Dutt. “Rise and Shine” is an uplifting, heartwarming, hilarious story about a young man...

Levi Miller Mr. Extraordinaire

HELLO AMERICA—His name is Levi Miller, he is the man who keeps radio station WLMR RADIO live from week to week in Atlanta. He is a man who seriously believes that radio is still an extremely powerful medium in our dizzy world of today. “I remember as a young boy growing up in the south when listening to great news...

El DeBarge Still Believes In Second Chances

HELLO AMERICA!—In 2012, singer/actor EL DeBarge was released from drug rehab excited about rebuilding his music career. He even signed with the David Geffen Record Company and produced a hit song “Second Chance.”  Life seemed on the high ground again and El believed that he finally had licked the demons of death that were slowly smothering him into utter...

Black Artists Feeding Into Trumpism

HELLO AMERICA—I had a very emotional, but stimulating exchange with one of my production partners, Bobby Wright. It was my contention that the few Black directors and producers seem to be feeding into the sick historical beliefs that affected the image of persons of color as stupid, graveling, worthless, lawless bunch of jungle garbage waiting for a hand out....

John Lewis A Jazz Man Who Dares To Challenge!

HOLLYWOOD—When remembering what Miles Davis said about Jazz pianist John Lewis, I decided to go back to listen to some of his old recordings.  That decision was quite revealing about this musician, John is definitely an American gift. When discussing his life and music, he quickly gets to the chase and tells you how he feels about anything and...

Steven F. Proctor: Air Planes Are His Passion

HELLO AMERICA!—There are so many things one can say about the current generation of creative artists in Hollywood but when an actor’s list of interests include the building of classic airplanes, that is something to explore. MSJ: Steve, you are recognized for your short story writing as well as your work in the theatre and films, what inspired you to...

Young Filmmakers Unite Against Trumpism!

HELLO AMERICA!—It seems that Barack Obama's decision to reappear on the political scene in support of his party’s determination to reclaim the House of Representatives is what the Democrats needed. As a result, the support of his party who are determined to take back control of the House of Representatives has suddenly taken on a new shape of life. This...
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