Monday, July 27, 2009

Bham Fame Finalists Tune Up At BJCC

Birmingham Fame finalists were at the BJCC Studio to practice and interview as they prepare for the September red carpet. The red carpet gives way to to the students who will perform at the BJCC Studio for a special national broadcast taping.

Student interviews and rehearsals posted here this week!

Birmingham Fame Presents Jcquese Shepherd

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Birmingham Fame Practice at BJCC

Host Chuck Faush and Music Director West Byrd at Birmingham Convention Complex

Host Chuck Faush and Music Dirctor West Byrd were with Birmingham City Schools students as they sang and danced at the BJCC Studio in Birmingham Alabama preparing for the September taping of nContrast in a salute to FAME.

Faush says "people shouldn't be surprised" at the talent in his hometown of Birmingham. "Get ready for an incredible night this September when LA, NYC, ATL will get another look at Birmingham".

Fame releases worldwide September 25, 2009. A MGM Film.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Student Success: Teen's Braces Saves His Life

Most kids wear their braces grudgingly. The pay-off for the pain is usually a long time coming and teens aren't known for their patience. But there is at least one kid who got more than he bargained for from his braces, and he didn't have to wait years for it.

Police in Pontiac, Michigan say that 18-year-old Anthony Pittman's braces probably saved his young life. Pittman was among a group of teens who got into an argument that turned into a gunfight. At least three different weapons were fired and a bullet from one of them - a .45 caliber - hit Pittman in the mouth. Police believe that Pittman survived the injury because his braces fragmented the bullet.

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Student Success: 11 year old girl saves Seven

Maddie McRae is being hailed a hero whose bravery saved the lives of seven people. After heavy rains washed out a section of roadway, two vehicles, including the one she was riding in with her mother and two siblings, ended up in the river. "I knew what was happening," said the eleven-year-old. "I thought we were going to die because the water was going over our heads. But me and my mom prayed a lot and we knew God could get us through it."

But instead, Maddie managed to get out of the vehicle through the broken windshield, crawl across a tree branch to the shore, and then climb an electric fence to reach a nearby farmhouse. She called 9-1-1 and rescuers were able to pull her family to safety using ladders and ropes. Her mother and siblings were treated at a hospital and released.

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Student Success: 15 Year Old Girl Makes History

On Saturday, 15-year-old Kimberly Anyadike finished a record-breaking flight across the country, becoming what is believed to be the youngest African-American female to pilot an airplane from coast to coast. The adventurous teenager flew from Compton Woodley Airport in Compton, CA, to Newport News, VA ,and back, making thirteen stops along the way. Her flight companions were an adult safety pilot and Levi Thornhill, an 87-year-old World War II veteran who flew with the Tuskegee Airmen, an all African-American combat unit in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Part of the reason for Anyadike's voyage was to honor the Tuskegee Airmen, dozens of whom she met throughout the journey

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Music Director West Byrd Mentors Students For Birmingham Recording Sessions Thursday, July 16 at BJCC Birmingham, Al.

"Before we did the Atlanta show, the students did not know what to expect. Nervousness had taken control of them. The only thing on their minds was the stress of big cameras, a room full of people, and an expectation to blow everyone's mind beyond expectation.. In the mist of all this they forgot two critical things, BE YOURSELF and HAVE FUN!!! When there is a natural gift within someone, it stands out without being forced. Whether you sing, act, dance, or play an instrument your natural ability is the attribute that thrusts you ahead of your peers. Combine these talents with a A-1 character and personality and you have the formula to the next Hollywood star.Remember you can only give YOUR best so approach with confidence and a determination to succeed".

R. West Byrd

Friday, July 10, 2009

Student Success: Jasmine Fells

Jasmine Fells has been in Girl Scouting since the ripe age of 5 years old, and now turning 17, entering her senior year at John Carroll Catholic High School, she has accomplished completing requirements for receiving her Gold Award, which is the equivalent of the Boy Scout’s “Eagle Award.” It was her passion for working with Art and enjoying the company of children, that she created an after-school art program called, “Fun Art” where she taught art classes to students at Princeton Elementary School within the Birmingham City School system and The Boys and Girls Club in Clay, Alabama. “Fun Art” lasted from January through May 2009, alternating weeks for each site. She worked with 55 youth ranging from 1st grade to 5th grade.

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

See More Birmingham Fame Profiles Below

Deon'trae Archie

School: Woodlawn High School

Hobbies/Interest: Singing, dancing and Acting

Extra-curricular - Choir and Band

Future Plans: I want to be a singer or a lawyer

Career/Life Goals: To be a singer

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Birmingham Students Finalists Profiles Posted!


As nContrast prepares for the worldwide release of Fame, our cameras rolled in Birmingham, Alabama and found the most talented students anywhere in America. Auditions are completed and the finalists have been chosen. Each finalist will receive a professional audio and video recording session and masters provided for their professional development.

The students will also perform before a live studio audience in Birmingham
this September for local and national broadcasts.

Fame releases worldwide September 25, 2009.
Watch nContrast for exclusive cast interviews and behind the scenes footage.

nContrast airs weekly on BETJ.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Host Chuck Faush and Music Director West Byrd recently completed a special broadcast with seven talented Georgia students in Atlanta, Georgia at the Georgia Public Broadcasting students with a live studio audience of 250. Exclusive interviews with the stars of The Soloist Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr and student performances excited the crowd with red carpet entrances and earlier screening of The Soloist.

As the remake of FAME releases worldwide this September, nContrast cameras will roll in Birmingham, AL with the students of Birmingham City Schools.

Watch highlights from Atlanta and a sneak peak of what's coming this September.

Birmingham from The Director on Vimeo.

Atlanta, GA: Soloist Premiere

Atlanta, GA: nContrast host Chuck Faush on set at the Soloist Broadcast Event

Atlanta, GA: The Soloist Screening and Premiere

Atlanta, GA: nContrast Georgia Public Broadcasting Event for The Soloist

Auditions Completed! See finalist below.

Angelik Johnson

School: A. H. Parker High School

Hobbies/Interest: writing poetry, praise dancing, cooking, reading, singing, studying hair, planning trips for the youth in my church

Extra-curricular activities: Key Club, skills U.S.A., Future Business Leaders of America, S.G.A., Legacy youth Leaders at the civil rights

Future Plans: becoming a news broadcaster, motovational speaker, and dynamic actress and hair stylist

Career/ Life Goals: After High School "I plan on attending college and majoring in Mass forum and minoring in journalism"

Other: "I was given a gift. We all were given a gift by God. I am a powerful speaker and I will use my gift for the good in the world"

Name: Tyree Bevels

School: A.H. Parker

Hobbies/ Interest: Singing, eating ("I love food")

Extra-curricular activities: TROTC, runing back

Future plans: Enlist in the army and complete college

Name: William David Kelly Jr.

School: Ramsay High School

Hobbies/Interest: Dancing, swimming, listening to music, playing video games

Extra-curricular activities: Modern Dance Club-vice president, FBLA, SGA-Public relations, Bible Club, Ramsay Ambassadors, youth leadership Forum

Future Plans: I plan to attend University of Alabama at Birmingham majoring in nursing. I would also like to become a part of a local dance company.

Career/ Life goals: I plan on becoming a certified Registered nurse Anesthetist

Other: I am truly grateful for this wonderful opportunity

Name: Ricia Pressley

Name: Ricia Pressley

School: G.W. Carver High School

Hobbies/ Interest: volleyball, choir, president of the drama club, singing, and playing the piano

Extra-curricular Activities: volleyball, choir, and drama club

Future Plans: to major in communications with a minor of musical theater

Career/ Life goals: To be the greatest in whatever life and my career throws at me and even with any struggles and obstacles, I will overcome.

My motto: Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eye of your goals

Name: Sedric Steele

Name: Sedric Steele

School: Woodlawn High School

Hobbies/ Interest: Playing sports, and dancing, I like to go out to the mall, being with my friends, and having a good time

Future Plans: I want to become an engineer

Career/ Life goals: to finish High School then go off to college to become an engineer

Name: Marquis D. Timmons

Name: Marquis D. Timmons

School: G. W. Carver High School

Hobbies/ Interest: singing, dancing, drawing, and writing songs

Future plans: To finish college and become a game designer, work on music, and continue dancing

Career/life goals: to become a game designer, song writer and singer, and a dancer

Name: Desmond Gullett

Name: Desmond Gullett

School: Huffman High School

Hobbies/Interest: I love sports but I also love to sing anywhere and everywhere I go.

Extra-curricular Activities: I play football at HHS

Future plans: I plan on pursuing my education attending Jacksonville State University and becoming a professional singer.

Career/ Life goals: After graduation, I will pursue music as a career.

Other: Thanks for this wonderful opportunity. This is a great chance for one young person to show that all young people are not bad.

Name: Jacquese Shepherd

Name: Jacquese Shepherd

School: Wenonah High School

Hobbies/ Interests: I enjoy singing, dancing, cosmetology, writing, and acting

Extra-curricular Activities: Choir(school and church), Church drama ministry, and praise dancing

Future Plans: I would like to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham to study medicine (pediatrics) or criminal justice (to become a police officer).

Career/ Life Goals: I plan to practice pediatric medicine and help to find a cure for cancer.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Name: Tanarius Hillard

Name: Tanarius Hillard

School: Jackson- Olin High

Hobbies/Interests: exercising; video games; computer

Extra-curricular Activities: football and drama club

Future Plans: working in either radio/broadcasting or sports medicine after graduating college

Career/ Life Goals: to work in television or radio either on screen or behind the scenes

Name: Jazmyne Jatirill Ford

Name: Jazmyne Jatirill Ford

School: P.D. Jackson-Olin High School

Hobbies/Interests: writing, reading novels, cooking, acting, hanging out with friends, mentoring friends and family, playing sports

Extra-curricular activities: youth leader counselor, Dazzling Diamond Flag Team, Choir, cheer leader, and maintaining a job

Future Plans: Culinary at the Art Institute of Atlanta, Majoring in theater, and creative writing

Career/Life Goals: open up and own my own dining facility, write and manage my own novel, become an actress

Name: Kimberly Griggs

Name: Kimberly Griggs

School: Ramsay High school

Hobbies/Interests: Dancing, making up dances, studying

Extra-curricular Activities: Birmingham Urban League, AKK Sorority (vice president) Blue Diamond Dance Team captain, Dance club president, SGA, Bible Club, community services (Ronald McDonald House, East View Nursing Home, March of Dimes), P.A.I. dance company

Future Plans: I plan to major in physical therapy or corporate management and to keep taking dance classes so I can continue to get better.

Career/Life Goals: I plan to graduate from college and start working as a physical therapist or a corporate manager. I also would love to dance for a big company or start my own.

I am very thankful for this opportunity to share my gift

Name: Erica Scott

Name: Erica Scott

School: Huffman High School

Hobbies/ Interests: l love to sing, play the piano, act, and model. I also like volunteering, reading, and spending time with my family as well as attending church where I am active.

Extra-Curricular Activities: National Honor Society, SGA, HHS Ambassadors, Interact, Academic Bowl, Teens for Christ, HHS Chamber and Women’s Choir, Youth Leadership Academy

Future Plans: In the future I plan to attend college to prepare for law school. I would also like to pursue a career in singing and acting while remaining active with my church

Career/ Life goals: My career and life goals are very similar. I dream to be a successful as a singer/ actress while practicing law and building my relationship with God.

Other: Thank you for this great opportunity. Through this experience, you are allowing me to achieve my goals and turn my dreams into reality while daring to be different.