Arts & Entertainment

MPi Books:

Pain Lived, Love Found

By Thalia Lake

Sloane Paris grew up within a dysfunctional family. With no one to protect them or help them, Sloane and her siblings survived the best way they could, until they could move away from the hell they called home. For Sloane, her escape was college, followed by a successful career that she worked very hard for, and left little to no room for love. In fact, she made it a rule to never let a man get close enough for her to fall in love. However, a chance meeting with a handsome stranger would make her reconsider that rule.

Luca Santorini is a successful businessman with a thriving business. He comes from a large, loving family that is the complete opposite of Sloane’s. Family meant the world to him, and he hoped to have one of his own one day. He had been meeting with new financial advisors on his retired father’s behalf, and he had the task of choosing which firm he would choose. But before the meeting, he saw the most beautiful woman in a coffee shop, and all he knew was that her name was Sloane and that he would never forget her.

While getting to know each other, Luca wanted to know who or what was the cause of the constant sadness in Sloane’s eyes so that he could do everything in his power to put an end to it. He wanted Sloane to trust him enough to share with him her deep, dark secrets, but will Luca be able to handle it once she opens up to him? Will he be able to break through Sloane’s emotional walls and help her let go of the pain she lived and accept the love she’s found with him? Only by reading this book will you be able to discover the outcome.

Dangerous Hearts

By Mia Caldwell

Dangerous Hearts is a full standalone Novella with a ‘happy ever after’ ending from Mia Caldwell. The book has no cliff-hangers to it, and is a ‘first person’ narrative from the heroin of the story. “He was my boss, and I had to stop thinking about fu*king him.” But that said, she just couldn’t get the thought out of her head.

Nakia’s hard work just paid off. The gifted fashion student just landed an internship at Kingsley Designs as personal assistant to Zachary Kingsley himself. He’s an asshole and a workaholic, but he’s the sexiest man she has ever laid eyes on. How long can she stand being so close to him without opening herself to him? And can she learn to capture his dangerous heart?

MPi Films:

Ade: A Love Story

Directed by Madonna

The film, Ade: A Love Story has been adapted from the novel and will be directed by Madonna who will get back behind the camera. Madonna will direct the adaptation of the Rebecca Walker novel which is based on Walker’s own experience. It revolves around a young college student who falls in love with the title character, a young Swahili man, and they plan to marry and live a simple life in Kenya. But all of that is put in jeopardy when they are caught in the middle of a civil war that threatens to tear them apart.

The film will be produced by Bruce Cohen, who shared a Best Picture Oscar on American Beauty and more recently produced Milk and Silver Linings Playbook. He’ll produce through his Bruce Cohen Productions shingle with his director of development Jessica Leventhal (and the author). The book was released last year by Amazon’s Little A imprint.

This is early days, and Madonna and the producers will attach a screenwriter as CAA puts together financing for the film. Madonna made her narrative feature directing debut on 2011’s W.E., which chronicled the relationship between British King Edward VIII and American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

The Loving Story

Produced and directed by Nancy Buirski

The Loving Story is an Augusta Films Production, produced and directed by Nancy Buirski, and Elisabeth Haviland James. The documentary is fiscally sponsored by Living Archives, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, created by legendary documentarian DA Pennebaker, and by the Southern Documentary Fund, and it tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving to examine the drama, the history, and the current state of interracial marriage and tolerance in the United States.

The documentary was filmed in High Definition video and 16mm film, and is intended for a wide audience through theatrical release, festival screenings, community screenings, national television broadcast, web-based broadcast, and DVD and educational distribution. The film has enjoyed sold-out screenings at festivals and special events since its World Premiere at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. It premiered on HBO on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, 2012.

MPi Music:


By AsOne

AsOne, music’s first interracial female duo, has just released their debut single, “Hero.” The single is available now, and features Lamar Campbell & Spirit of Praise (known for their popular song “More Than Anything”), is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and all other digital platforms for download.

Already winning over critics and listeners alike at Christian and Gospel radio, the song is a bold ode to God’s undefeated record of love, grace, and mercy for His children. Showcasing the vocal and writing prowess of the group’s members, Lisa Wright and Theresa Bailey, the tune triumphs in melody, music, and now movement - as evidenced by its recently released lyric video.

The digital release of “Hero” precedes the duo’s self-titled debut album, slated for a summer 2015 release via 360 MusicWorx/Capitol and Christian Distribution/Universal Music Group.

At Home

By Fatoumata Diawara and Roberto Fonseca
This intriguing collaboration between rising Malian singer/songwriter, Fatoumata Diawara, and hotshot Cuban jazz pianist Roberto Fonseca, was recorded live last year at France’s ‘Jazz in Marciac’ festival, part of a series of dates last summer that’s blossomed into a fully-fledged summer tour in 2015. The duo’s collaboration grew out of a recording session for Fonseca’s 2012 release, Yo, where Diawara’s show-stopping vocal performance made “Bibisa” one of the album’s standout tracks.

The concept of pairing Malian and Cuban musicians goes back a little farther, of course. Producer Nick Gold’s original vision for what would become the Buena Vista Social Club’s first album was actually based on a cross-cultural musical collaboration between some of Mali and Cuba’s finest.

Unfortunately, visa issues prevented the Malians from making the trip and Gold’s vision wasn’t fully realized until 2012’s celebrated Afro-Cubism project, which paired such Malian heavyweights as Bassekou Kouyate and Toumani Diabate with the surviving members of the original BVSC crew.

Diawara and Fonseca’s connections to that project run deep. Diawara was one of the backup singers on the Afro-Cubism sessions and Fonseca has played with the BVSC for years now. But this project is all their own, and reflects a more finely-honed jazz sensibility than one might expect, which is both a blessing and a curse here. The set starts off strong with “Sowa," an original from Diawara’s 2012 debut Fatou retooled here as a sweaty funk workout complete with a monster Stevie Wonder inspired clavinet groove from Fonseca.