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Funny Man Owen Smith on The Greenlight Project

By: K. Denise Richardson

The Greenlight Project is so excited to have funny man and comedian Owen Smith on the show tomorrow June 11th at 11am EST.

If you watch television, odds are you’ve seen this face.  Maybe from his numerous appearances on the Chris Rock hit, “Everybody Hates Chris”; or from his hilarious stint in the Ice Cube sitcom, “Are We There Yet?” on TBS. Or maybe you’ve seen one of his many commercials, from Fiber One, to McDonalds, to his HILARIOUS Nicorette ad where he goes toe to toe with a SHARK!

His name is OWEN SMITH, and all he wants to do is make you laugh. Watching Owen on stage is like watching a conductor command an orchestra.  His compelling 6’5” frame combined with his truthful, primal and unapologetic approach to his craft gives him license to lead his audiences on journeys they may not normally take with other comedians.  His fresh takes on race, politics, relationships, and society have critics using adjectives like: “witty”, “clever”, “brilliant”, and even “genius” to describe his performances.  Television and film star, Terry Crews (White Chicks, Everybody Hates Chris) says, “The future of comedy is here, and that future is Owen Smith!” And sitcom legend, Ernest Thomas (What’s Happening, Everybody Hates Chris) says, “I was there when Sam Kinison, Eddie Murphy, and Jim Carey all became superstars, and Owen Smith is in that league!”

So get somebody to watch your kids now, so you and that special someone can come out and laugh your you know what’s off at the hilariously funny OWEN SMITH!

Check out his demo reel http://bit.ly/9Zwjxh

For more on Owen Smith please visit: http://www.owensmithisfunny.com

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For Once Bigger is Better

Most mornings I start with a quiet prayer for myself, my day and my family. Then depending how early it is, I get up from bed and head down to my home office to get my work day started. That’s usually followed by daily inspirational moments with Steve Harvey of the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show and Frank Ski, a local Atlanta morning drive personality on V-103. And, if I’m really in need to stay focused on the positive, I tune into the Yolanda Adams morning show. The encouragement and uplifting messages shared in these morning inspirations allow me to reflect on what’s happening in my life – good or bad. When my thinking is focused on the challenges in my life, I can get comfort in knowing that I am covered and “this too shall pass. And, when I think about the great things happening, I take time to give thanks and honor the source from which the blessings flow. So, I am grateful to all of the people mentioned and those I have not, who help feed my spiritual connection throughout my day.

Well another radio personality, Morris in the Morning on WCLK’s 91.9 FM touched me this week, when he ended his show, as he does most mornings, giving mention to the fact that his show is never about him because it’s so much bigger than him. And that sentiment stuck with me.

Later on that day or the following, I was checking my facebook page, as I do a few times a day, to find notification of a message. Well this wasn’t the usual message from someone new or old finding me on facebook; or a request or notice of an event; or a request to do something from my ND family, my Kennedy Cougar family or my real family for which I am leading some event for. This message was different. It said,

We knew each other briefly at ND but all I can remember is what a “presence” you were then… I wish you all the best with your company and you have my full support. (I think women should tell each other that every now and then.)

This message from a woman I barely know truly touched me because it reminded me again that my life work and who I am so much BIGGER than me. And I say thanks to my inspiration for allowing me to touch people. I do not take the blessing or responsibility lightly! And for once, I celebrate my BIGGER and not stress over the other issues I have with being bigger!

Who reminds you that it’s BIGGER than you?

The Greenlight Project Interviews Award Winning Filmmaker Christine Swanson

By: K. Denise Richardson

Listen in tomorow, 4/2/10 @11a, EST as Rochelle and Tamika interview multiple award-winning filmmaker Christine Swanson on The Greenlight Project http://www.blogtalkradio.com/greenlightproject!

Christine  acquired a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame double majoring in Film Theory and Japanese. She also earned her MFA in Film from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she was selected to become a Willard T.C. Johnson Fellow, the most prestigious fellowship given a student.

Christine has developed, written, and directed movie projects for many companies including HBO Films and Magnolia Pictures. She and her husband, producer Michael Swanson, currently run Faith Filmworks, an independent film company, and have been featured in The New York Times, JET Magazine, Uptown Magazine, Christianity Today and CNN as a rising duo in the entertainment industry. CNN also identified Christine as one of the most promising filmmakers to emerge from NYU’s graduate film program since Martin Scorsese, Ang Lee, Oliver Stone and Spike Lee, who served as Christine’s directing teacher.

Most recently, Christine wrote and directed the 2008 romantic drama feature film, All About Us, starring Boris Kodjoe, Ryan Bathé, Luke Swanson, LaTanya Richardson, Academy Award nominee Ruby Dee with a special appearance by Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman. All About Us was invited to the prestigious Heartland Film Festival, The Chicago International Film Festival and the Cannes Festival du Film Panafricain.

A heartfelt storyteller, Christine was requested to revise the entire screenplay for Woman Thou Art Loosed before it headed into production. The film, starring Kimberly Elise, Loretta Devine and T.D. Jakes, went on to win the 2004 Santa Barbara International Film Festival and the Blockbuster Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the 2004 American Black Film Festival. The film was released in U.S. theaters to great acclaim in October 2004, before becoming a best seller for 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

In 2004, Christine directed national commercials for her alma mater, the University of Notre Dame, featuring Emmy winner Martin Sheen and television personality Regis Philbin. The spots were awarded gold medals for best commercials by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Christine is currently adapting a popular novel into a screenplay and is preparing to direct two feature films. A Detroit native, Christine and her husband are the proud parents of four children.