“The Listening Room” Hears John Tanner

By: Amelia @ameliaismore Moore

Copyright by Steven Paul Whitsitt. Provided courtesy of Baroque Media | Music division.

When any artist decides to turn their passion into profit and enter the music business they learn quickly that the music industry is more the business of music than music itself. They learn that to “make it” within the music industry it’s more of a journey than a discovery. They learn that you are only as good as who knows how good you are. The challenge becomes what you want to be known for and how do you become known? Is it your music, your reputation, your creativity or all of the above?

This week “The Listening Room” discovers, John Tanner. He is a new talent who really isn’t that new. His reputation and his refreshing definition of “cool” is making him the new buzz name and the next artist to watch. He prides himself on his lyrical acrobatics and wordplay. When was the last time you had a new artist make you pay attention to his lyrics?   Here is a sample of a recent remake of his own song to show his growth… Swing – Single by John Tanner https://itun.es/us/YMGcjb

As mentioned earlier an artist is not discovered until he decides to take his/her musical journey. John Tanner’s journey started at 10 years old. Psychologically an age most young people make the decision to take control of their life and discover their own truth. He started writing as Rocky Montana. When he was 13 he formed a group with his friend Brandyn Hudson aka B.H. called; Top Prospects. They released their first mix tape, “Who Want What” via MySpace.com (remember them?) and they ranked; #1 mix tape in their city. For John Tanner his music was no longer a hobby it now became his profession. Not really making any money he learned that not everyone is willing to sacrifice life for art.  At 17 his musical journey continued with him as a solo artist forming a partnership with a videographer, Ron Vann Dam, Now cranking out videos John felt everything was in motion.  Next thing he knows he’s leaving Delaware State and moving down south. It’s 2011, he releases “Surprise Surprise” directed by Ron. Fast forward to 2013-2014 and his musical journey finds him in Full Sail with a manager working on his next project; “Good Morning Mr. Tanner.” Then his musical journey brings him to a  stop sign for him to regroup. No longer with his management John is home bound in Delaware. The result:“9 Below Zero” his first solo project. John’s journey has taught him that his heart is music.  It runs through his veins.  He has also learned that he is a songwriter who enjoys being an artist. When asked he will say: “I just want to be true to self and the culture of hip hop.”

Copyright by Steven Paul Whitsitt. Provided courtesy of Baroque Media | Music division.

Although” Good Morning Mr. Tanner “ was never released John Tanner is ready to drop another one. This time it’s an EP; “Better Late Than Never”  John defines this project as personal.  It’s his personal journey that he wants to share with the world. He wants his fans to meet John Tanner the person as well as continue to enjoy his music when he releases his next LP; “3:16”

When you listen you learn, right? Today, John Tanner’s musical journey continues with him working with top producers like I Gramm (Kanye, Rick Ross, Mike Posner, Etc) while showing the world his definition of cool. Don’t believe it? Take a listen for yourself: https://www.facebook.com/JohnTannerMusic/  It’s your host with the most giving you Moore than what you bargain for saying stay tuned for Moore as each week “The Listening Room” will bring new artist for you to check out. Make certain to follow us on facebook  https://www.facebook.com/thelisteningroomtv/  to be invited to a listening session.  Also follow the network on facebook and twitter @ubctvnetworks to stay on top of  our new developments on our original programming and launch date.  U B C – ing US!  PEACE!

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The International Restaurant Show Sizzles!

The International Restaurant Show did not disappoint!!  The U.S. Pastry Competition, Rapid Fire Appetizer Challenge  and the Torch Award Presentation to Danny Meyer were  a few of the major highlights of the Conference and Expo.

This year there were an exceptional list of exhibitors. I loved the wine tasting area that featured New York brands that included foods. It was great to see how the State of New York is playing a major role in the wine industry; and now the packaged foods industry.

There is a big focus now on organic foods and no GMO type foods. Brands are becoming health. Its actually a lifestyle choice and the food industry has listened.

There was also a farm to table section and the education seminars that helps everyone in the food industry stay up on the trends.

It is a brand new world in the restaurant and food industry. I feel that the general public, especially millennials are making decisions that benefit health, wellness and lifestyle; which in turn has influenced the whole industry as with many other industries.

If you are interested in leaning more about the show and this fast paced ever changing industry; go to http://www.internationalrestaurantny.com

More food and wine stuff coming up this summer and watch for our new show CITY VINES coming out on ROKU and Amazon Prime!!


The International Restaurant Show New York


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Laurent & Altieri Bags Style and Beauty

By Amelia “Ameliaismore” Moore

It is said that when you turn your passion into profit you have created your lifestyle and your life is fulfilled.  If you ask the founders of  Laurent & Altieri,  they will tell you that their company was created due to their passion.  One loved to learn everything about tannery and collected an array of handbag designs since a child.  While the other has a knowledge of the luxury market and taste for high end fashion.

What makes this story interesting is that neither partner had any experience in the handbag industry when they formed their business and new life for themselves. Genevieve Laurent is currently a pharmacist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.  Michel Alteri a true force of nature is a French-Italian triple threat.  As an actor, singer and musician he performs in musical theater, film and television internationally. Together they found their company in 2016.   They launched their luxury line of handbags during a year when many luxury lines sales were lax.

Laurent & Altieri handbags are made of the highest quality, with a professional and trendy look perfect for every day use as well as evening affairs. Their handbags feature original styling from Florence, Italy, and have the appearance, elegance and style that have traditionally distinguished Italian leather makers from the rest of their competitions. However it was their ability to fill a void within the fashion industry by creating practical handbags for professional women that grew their popularity as the company to watch.  Maybe that is the reason why they have over ten thousand followers and likes within one year of their launch without major marketing like their competitors.

Whatever the reason all it takes is one look and the love affair with begin.  One touch and this line transforms any fashionista’s decision making from a maybe to must have; helping her create a style and beauty uniquely her own.  For more information on their line go to http://laurentaltieri.com.


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Johnnie Floss “Shuts It Down” May 10th

By Amelia “Ameliaismore” Moore

This month “The Listening Room” checks out new artist….

When it comes to hip hop who are the keepers of the culture? Who is learning from the founders of the old school and incorporating their lessons and lyrical prowess within their new style? Who are the emcees that focus on their lyrical punch lines and metaphors to create their own style while paying homage to the ones “reppin” the culture and art form before them?

The Brooklyn streets are buzzing about a new young artist that wants to take on the challenge to hold down his borough like the lyrical legends before him. The Brooklyn native and rapper Johnnie Floss is a testament to how your environment shapes you. A 2010 Underground Music Award recipient, Johnnie Floss credits his new school flow with an old school feel, to his father’s love for old school music.

At the age of 13, Johnnie had his first “stage” performance during his 6th-grade poetry class project, but his career officially took off only 7 years ago, when he started to record his original music.“I am a lyric driven artist that knows how to add universal commercial appeal to my music.” states Johnnie Floss.

His song titles say it all about this new artist that exudes energy with every performance commanding his audience to join his musical revolution. He’s an artist that, “Keeps It Rockin” leaving his audience “Yearning” for this “Brooklyn Boy” to make all who listen enjoy “The Season of Floss.” On May 10th this newcomer on the rise  will releases his new single with an intention to “Shut It Down” featuring Maino. It’s the pinnacle match up of old meets new passing the torch called hip hop to yet another generation of innovators and keepers of the culture.

For more information on Johnnie Floss go to his website; http://www.johnniefloss.com or watch his videos on his youtube channel Floss 247 because if you’re not flossing…why bother?

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Listening Room knows what’s next… IGNITE URBAN

By Amelia Ameliaismore Moore

In 1999, the music industry was revolutionized by technology. Fast forward to 2017 and technology is about to do it again! The question is… has artists and the music industry learned from the past by deciding to get in front, leading the trend or will they continue to follow the trend playing catch up?

Ignite Urban is a platform that from the creative to end user (the music lover) it enables opportunity and interaction on every level within the music experience. It’s positioned as an artist competition however it is so much more.

For CREATIVES; IU has a patent pending technology called; Spin Score that enables artists to achieve an exact “snapshot” of their influence and interactivity within the market place. An analytical tool that for many costs good money but for artists on the Ignite Urban platform it’s FREE! The days of buying likes, comments and falsifying impact are ended by this patented technology. Instead it enables real talent an opportunity to be discovered and valued as in the organic days of music creation in real time. You as an artist finally have an opportunity to know whether or not your marketing strategies and social interaction are effective the moment you execute it. Gone are the days wondering if you have an impact?

For the CURATORS; (like Record Labels, Radio, Managers, PR firms, etc) who enable the artist opportunity to grow their market IU gives them an exact gauge on who to invest their resources in order to receive the ROI they calculate and need to meet their bottom line. In addition, Ignite Urban’s patent pending Spin Score awards curators the ability to view the actual advertising and commercial value an artist posses BEFORE they explode in the market In addition to this amazing tool as a curator you are able to generate new leads for clients. Artists within and outside the platform are able to peruse the curators to see who they can contact to assist them in the journey to success. Curators are probably the most useful tool of this platform outside of the Spin Score.

For the ADVERTISING AGENCIES & CORPORATIONS; who do artist tie-ins and sponsorships, IU’s Spin Score enables them to accurately assess the artists who are next in the market. This new technology eradicates the old method and standard practice for investing in “unproven artists.” By utilizing an artist’s Spin Score sponsors will reduce the amount of loss they currently experience due to artist who fall short of the eloquent pitches and false promises made by the their handlers. Instead, Corporations and Ad Agencies will utilize IU’s artist Spin Score to accurately access their influence within the market making Spin Score the new standard of validation for artist. In the very near future the Spin Score will be a mandated tool (like BDS is for radio) in real time to accurately assess the actual integration and influence of independent artist.

For the MUSIC LOVER/CONSUMER the end user of the music industry, Ignite Urban’s platform is an answer to the current issue of fluidity within music consumption. IU enables them to find new artist, share music and even have a voice in the decision of who is next. IU positions them as the connoisseur of music within their own right, on their own time and controlled by them. The integration of Facebook and Twitter with this platform makes Ignite Urban one stop shopping for any consumer or music lover. It will rapidly become the platform of choice due to its unending experiences. IU’s ability to make a consumer an authority within the music experience influencing the growth of their favorite artist awards them an experience that currently is non-existent within the market.

Which prompts the questions again…. has the music industry learned from the past and decide to get in front leading the trend or continue to follow the trend playing catch up?

The Listening Room prides itself on knowing what’s next.  What is hot and what is not.  Ignite Urban is one stop shopping of new talent and for talent development due to their direct connection to curators.  Don’t be surprised if UBCTV becomes a curator.  Who knows maybe also a strategic partner stay tuned to know moore. (Smile) Information is power and you have just been informed.  It’s said it takes a village to raise a child well Ignite Urban is the new platform that is creating a new experience and a village of music creators, curators and consumers in which each of them empower each other to enjoy music like never before all asking…. What’s your Spin Score?. For more information go to http://www.igniteurban.com Register today! Or keep it here and we will always tell you what’s NEXT!

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Enter… UBCTV’s Listening Room

By Amelia Ameliaismore Moore


Welcome to UBCTV‘s weekly music review. Each week to promote our new television show ;“The Listening Room”http://www.facebook.com/thelisteningroomtv/ ) UBCTV will be reviewing some of the hottest new talent in the marketplace. We will review some of the new releases as well and give you insight on what is about to hit your ears with a sonic boom!

Starting off is an industry veteran who needs no introduction. @missymisdemeanorelliot The last time we heard new music was about two years ago. Well Miss WTF came back with another one that once again fits the times. Her lyrical delivery combined with a trap beat twist gets you trapped in a musical trance wanting moore. (smile) With over 10 million views #MissyElliot featuring Lamb says loudly with her innovative original creativity that … “I’m Better” Check it out….

Next up is a new comer who is not legal and yet breaking all the rules for success within the business.  With  over 2 million views on Worldstar.com, Kese  will tell you in the words of his new single how he is having all this success; “Kese On Me” (The translation… its on me!)  Kese musical journey started when he was seven years old.  Fast forward 13 years and this 23 Music Group artist is planning to drop his new EP, : MFE (Music ForEver) April 15, 2017.  It starts with a click and hopefully ends with plaques, tours and checks… only time will tell and according to Kese he has forever.  Take a listen…

With out next featured artist we decided to switch it up with a little dance music.  One thing about this artist; music is a family affair! In April 2016, Beyonce quenched our thirst with Lemonade.  In September 2016, Solange gave us A Seat at the Table.  Now in 2017 Shanica Knowles in collaboration Adam Davenport will have everyone on the dance floor with My Return Address is You.  The Disney alum and latest rising star in the Knowles family has decided to do something different and enter the world of dance.  Shanica said:  “Music has always been a representation of expressing all things through the power of all sounds. As an artist, it’s always fun for me to create something new by dabbling into other genres. Dance music is something I’ve never tried before…I think that the message of this song will really uplift people in a way they haven’t felt in a long time, and just dance.”  It all starts with a click…  http://www.independentear.com/adam-davenport-my-return-address-is-you-feat-shanica-knowles










Our next artist has taken the path of less traveled with bigger checks.  Its the path of a songwriter.   His journey starts like all artist in the studio yet with every placement his fame occurs from the journey of his music instead of his voice/face/persona.  Jared KF Jones music discography reads like a who’s who in the world of television.  His placements include; ABC, “In My Dreams” (Hallmark Movie), CBS, “The Young and The Restless”, NBC, “Days of Our Lives” and “The Voice, BET, “The Game”, TLC, “The Sisterhood”, MTV, “Run’s House”, FOX, “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”, Bravo – “Married to Medicine”,  FYI – “Married at First Sight”, CW – “90210” as well as placements for NFL and NHL broadcasts.  So what is Jared’s next step?  He has decided to “Turn Up The World”  which is also the title for his new single.  Turn Up The World is an inspirational pop song that’s about the person who wakes up, realizes they have something unique and special to offer the world then gets up and share their best self everyday.  A message we should all heed.  So whether you are watching your favorite TV show, shopping at the mall, or reclining in your movie theater seat, keep your ears open, as you very well may hear the music and voice of Jared KF Jones.

After every dance workout there is a warm down record.  Well our next artist has the perfect chill out record and album for mental reflection infused with messages that can lead your thought process.  Camille Peruto although still taking the journey to fame is no novice.  Camille appeared on Season 14 of American Idol and has opened for Tim Reynolds of the Dave Matthews Band.  A Philadelphia based recording artist Camille Peruto creates her music with a melodious blend of pop, rock and folk sounds.  Her second release; “From the Sea to the  Sky” is filled with endless harmony and melancholy moods that relax, enlighten and allow you to reflect and relate to a world less complicated.  Although “Crooked Roads” is the single off the album one of my favorites on the album is song number 2, “Biscuit Moon”  This song has you take a walk and gaze at the beauty and in difference of the world of which we live.  So relax, relate and release by pressing play.




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Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Wall Street Economic Summit Marks Its 20th Year!


Rev Jesse Jackson!

Rev Jesse Jackson!

Hello All!

It has already been a very active year and its only the last day of January.  I had stated last year that the winds of change were near. Hope you all heeded that.  This February Rev. Jesse Jackson will be celebrating his 20th year of the Wall Street Economic Summit. There will be a review on what measure the summit has affected change in the areas of inequality in business, civil rights, the workplace and many other things in reference to urban cities and African Americans.  The Summit will also serve as platform in the creation of a roadmap in obtaining success on the myriad of issues that concern not only African Americans but all races.

This will be a very important gathering based upon the climate that is evolving in the country. Take a look at the panels and speakers and make sure you are there!!

Rev. Jesse Jackson’s 20th Annual Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project Economic Summit
Celebrates 20 Years: Strengthening & Redefining Inclusion and Equality in the Corporate Marketplace
Speakers include CNBC Contributor Contessa Brewer, Black Enterprise CEO Earl G. (Butch) Graves & Award-Winning Journalist and Host Ed Gordon | Wednesday, February 15 — Friday, February 17, 2017

(New York, NY) January 18, 2017 – The Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund will host the 20thAnnual Wall Street Project Economic Summit, February 15 – February 17, 2017 at The Grand Hyatt New York, 120 E. 42nd Street and Grand Central Terminal in New York City. The Wall Street Project Economic Summit, “Celebrating 20 Years: Strengthening and Redefining Inclusion and Equality in the Corporate Marketplace” will feature sessions on technology, finance, sports, generational diversity, and will offer a report card reviewing and grading the progress of the past 20 years.

The Wall Street Project’s Economic Summit brings entrepreneurs, corporate executives and the nation’s political leadership together to increase business and employment opportunities for minorities.

“We’re looking to explore the two decades of progress and where do we go from here,” says Rev. Jesse L. JacksonSr. founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and organizer of the Wall Street Project, “we have accomplished a tremendous amount over the past twenty years – however, as we enter a new political landscape, we need to stay at the table to ensure true diversity is met”

Highlights of the three-day Summit

A few Honorary Chairs will also speak during the summit. Those that will be speaking include:

  • The Honorable Charles E. Schumer, U. S. Senator, New York
  • The Honorable Charles Rangel, U.S. Representative D-NY 13th District
  • The Honorable Scott M. Stringer, Comptroller, City of New York
  • The Honorable Kurt Summers, Treasurer, City of Chicago, Illinois


The Wall Street Project & Black Enterprise Luncheon Diversity Report Card: The 20-year Report Card will be presented. Mr. Earl G. “Butch” Graves, president and CEO, Black Enterprise and CNBC Contributor Ms. Contessa Brewer will be the Master and Mistress of Ceremonies, respectively, as guests hear from keynote speaker Ms. Joset Wright-Lacey, President, National Minority Supplier Diversity Council (NMSDC) and honor Mr. Emmett T. Vaughn, Director of the Office of Diverse Business, Exelon Corporation and Mr. Dennis Carey, Vice Chairman, Co-Leader of the Board Services Practice, Korn Ferry.


Wall Street Project PUSH Tech 2020 an evening of live demonstrations from companies developing great technology in New York City and the tri-state area. Co-Founders of Silicon Harlem, Mr. Clayton Banks and Mr. Bruce Lincoln will facilitate.


Education Day a day-long program for middle and high school students to introduce them to opportunities and careers in finance, retail, entrepreneurship, and technology.



The Next Generation of Athlete Dealmakers: Many athletes are often unprepared for their financial futures and are not always provided with appropriate guidance regarding investments, planning and financial security. Ms. Janet Derrick, Certified NFL Financial Advisor, Mr. Duane Kinnon, President and CEO, The Kinnon Group, Ms. Adrienne Lawrence, ESPN Legal Analyst, and Mr. Troy Vincent, NFL Executive Vice President Football Operations, as well as others, will explore productive paths for sports figures as entrepreneurs, corporate executives, philanthropists, and community leaders during this discussion.


Generational Diversity: Hip Hop and Millennials: Participants will discuss next steps and lucrative possibilities in innovation and global inclusion. Included among the panelists are Scarface, Hip-Hop Artist/Activist and Mr. Rasheed Wallace, Retired NBA Player, moderated by Ms. Crystal I. Berger, Affiliates Coordinator, Fox News Radio, and Contributor Black Enterprise.


Diversity Report Card Call to Action: Moderated by Mr. Earl G. (Butch) Graves, Jr., president and CEO, Black Enterprise, and Ms. Sabrina Philson, Principal, Epsilon Advisors, LLC will feature panelists such as Dr. Randal D. Pinkett, President and CEO, BCT Partners, Ms. Joset Wright-Lacy, President, National Supplier Development Council (NMSDC).


Healthcare: This panel will help frame the issues of ACA that will inform the public deliberation for improvements in the Affordable Healthcare Act. This panel will be moderated by Dr. Damon Arnold, MD, Medical Director of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois, and The Honorable Dr. Alice M. Rivlin, Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution, former Director of the Office of Management and Budget.


Rainbow Push Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund 20th Annual Wall Street Project Scholarship Gala: Featuring a one-on-one with Award-winning journalist, Mr. Ed Gordon and President and Founder, Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr discussing the 20-year retrospective of the Wall Street Project. Honorees will include Ms. Susan L. Taylor, Founder and CEO, National CARES Mentoring Movement, Inc., Dr. George C. Fraser, Chairman and CEO FraserNET, Inc., and the late Mr. Kenneth P. “Ken” Thompson, District Attorney, Brooklyn, New York (Posthumously).


Diversity and Inclusion – Law Firms: Moderated by Ms. Tricia “C.K.” Hoffler, Esq., Partner, Edmond, Lindsay & Hoffler with panelists Mr. Alphonso E. Tindall, Jr., Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP; Ms. Barbara R. Arnwine, Esq. Founder and President, Transformative Justice Coalition and Mr. Benjamin Crump, Partner, Parks and Crump, Attorneys at Law.


Wall Street Project Business Luncheon: Honoring Mr. Raymond J. “Ray” McGuire, Global Head of Corporate Investment Banking, Citi; The Honorable Sharon Y. Bowen, Commissioner, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC); a special award honoring (posthumously) the late Mr. Travers J. Bell, Jr., co-founder, Daniels & Bells, Inc., and founder and owner of the only black-owned member firm of the New York Stock Exchange; and Mr. Stephen Hightower, President and CEO, Hightowers Petroleum C


To register, visit: www.rainbowpushwallstreetproject.org or call (646)-569-5889


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