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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Derrick Dean Musician, Owner of K3 Studio Cafe

Derrick Dean is a musician whose versatility across genres that allows us to offer variations in musical entertainment. He is the business owner of K3 Studio Cafe and also a former educator and employment placement professional.
Derrick Dean can strike a chord on his piano, and produce a sound so sweet that would comfort your soul and spirit! Derrick was born in Greenville, Mississippi June 14, 1977.

Derrick moved to Memphis, TN in 1985 and began his education in music by watching his father, Pastor Bennett Dean, perform with his band, The Dean Brothers, as well as produce and create music in the early 80’s. Derrick began to play the drums at the age of 9, and started playing the keyboards at the age of 14.
At the age of 16, Derrick organized many different choirs and bands in the Mid-South area. Derrick recorded his first record at the age of 17 with “The One Man Gang”. Derrick won 1st place in the NAACP Act-So Local Competition in Instrumental Music, and advanced to the National Act-So Competition as well. Derrick continued his career in the field of musical education as the Jazz Band Director of Memphis Academy of Health Science. His Jazz Band students recorded their 1st CD in 2011 under his influence and leadership.


Derrick has received numerous awards and letters for his many accomplishments in music. The United States Marines presented him with the “SEMPER FIDELIS” Award. Derrick has been presented with letters of honor and appreciation from the National Executive Director of St, Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Richard Shadyac, and the Director of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital- Arthur W. Nienhuis for his musical talent in direction and performance. Derrick has worked with many artists such as the late Rev. James Moore and legendary Jazz artists Mark Griffin and Derrick Jackson. His talent has also been shared by other local bands including Freestyle, Icalation, and Tamarisk.

Derrick has also toured internationally overseas in various countries including Jamaica, the Grand Cayman Islands, and Europe, as well as various cruise lines. Some of his biggest musical influences include his Father, Mark Griffin, the Yellow Jackets, Dr. Dre, Quincy Jones, James Brown, the Funkadelic, Kenny Edmonds, the Isley Brothers, and Herbie Hancock. Presently, you can find Derrick working in his studio, Derrick’s Records, producing, writing, recording, and mixing for various artists. He is also traveling and performing with various artists and groups nationally. Derrick Dean is an accomplished musician, teacher, and producer with a special gift-ready to provide service for all of your musical needs.

K3 STUDIO CAFE is a full service bakery, restaurant and chocolate shop rolled into one located in the South Memphis/Downtown area of Memphis, TN. less than two minutes from Beal Street and the FedExForum. The restaurant features a full menu of moderately priced items. The restaurant encompass live entertainment by various local artist and national artist around the country. The bakery section features a full menu of bake goods such as breads and desserts; Chocolate confections, a warm and comfortable environment and free Wi-Fi for our patrons.

K3 STUDIO CAFE will provide a experience for those searching for something that is popular among Memphis diners and entertaining. Not only will patrons have the options to be able to enjoy our delicious food, desserts and live entertainment, they will do so in a facility with a comfortable atmosphere and intimate setting.

K3 Studio Cafe's says:
"Our mission today is the same as it’s always been: That every guest who chooses K3 STUDIO CAFE leaves happy."

For more inquiries on Derrick Dean or K3 Studio Cafe please click on the links below.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Chuck O’Bannon Retired Independent Producer/Director of Television Presentations

 Chuck O’Bannon is a retired Independent Producer/Director of television presentations born in Louisville, Kentucky. He was a member of the 101st graduating class of the historic Shortridge High School in Indianapolis, IN and attended Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. He received a B.A. in Communications from Kent Christian College in New Orleans in 1987. He is the father of two children, a son, Sean and daughter ,Belinda and has five grandchildren.

    O’Bannon began his career as a studio photographer in the early 1970's in Indianapolis, IN. He later moved to Memphis, Tennessee where he worked with R&B artists, the Soul Children, under the STAX RECORDS label. He photographed the front  cover and back for the recording group’s album, “Friction.” O’Bannon was a professional photographer for many years in Memphis.  He served as Public Relations Director for the City of Memphis Community Action Agency and in the late 1970’s, he became the Managing Editor of a Memphis newspaper, the Tri-State Defender and developed his skills as a photojournalist and editor..


In 1980, O’Bannon was encouraged to expand his skills to include television. In the 1980’s he worked as Public Relations Director for International Marketing and Development Corporation (IMDC) and produced the corporation’s international video presentation that was shown in over 30 African and Caribbean nations. After returning from a three and a half month assignment to 30  African nations in 1983, O’Bannon continued developing his skills in the television industry. In 1985, he created a Memphis TV Series, ”GTV,” the Gospel Television Network and pioneered the foundation of African American religious television in the regional market. The series became the first prime time religious TV magazine show in the Mid-South region and was broadcast on WPTY - Channel 24, the ABC affiliate in Memphis.

    By 1987 O’Bannon was independently producing broadcast television programs in the Mid-South. He formed Charles G. O’Bannon & Associates, Inc. and over a 22 year period, produced over 3,000 broadcast TV programs, Video Presentations and commercials. By 2001 his production company was producing 14 weekly broadcast shows and opened the door for the creation of many of the city’s independent production companies. Among the TV show he produced was “Sunday Morning Live with Dr. Gene Crockett,” “Up From The World with Brother James Salton” and “The Street with Rev. Gary Falkner.” O’Bannon created and produced the TV commercial with Brother James Salton that has become iconic in Memphis TV history. The opens with Brother Salton saying, “Get dope out yo veins and hope in you brains. You’ll never get no where, smokin’ the pipe.”

In 2000, he expanded his client list to include several Chicago based companies and worked with his longtime friend and former Tri-State Defender publisher,  photographer, Robert A. “Bobby” Sengstacke . Together they produced over 60 Short Biographical Documentary features on noted Chicagoans including Linda Johnson Rice (Johnson Publishing Company) , John W. Rogers, Jr. (Ariel Investments, LLC), John H. Stroger, Jr. (President, Cook County Board), Actor/Writer/Performer, Oscar Brown, Jr. and legendary Chicago Defender Publisher, the late John H.H. Sengstacke.

    From 2001 to 2014 they produced over 50 Short Bio Docs for the Black United Fund Of Illinois’s “Living Legends - Passing the Torch Awards Gala and won two Awards for Best Producer and Best Director at the Fountainhead Tanz Black International Cinema in Berlin Germany. The first in 2007 for the documentary “Portraits of Black Chicago” and in 2010 for the short film, “The Quintessential Black Woman.” O’Bannon also produced the official promotional documentary films for the African Festival Of The Arts – Chicago for five years and “The Sengstacke Eye” a documentary film on photojournalist, Bobby Sengstacke, who passed in 2017.  

    O’Bannon left Memphis in 2005 and moved to the resort community of Pickwick Dam, TN. and focused on his documentary productions in Chicago. However, in 2010 he and a business partner, a newspaper editor, now Attorney Terry VanEaton created the Pickwick Network (PTV), an internet television network. PTV produced monthly short TV productions designed to promote the Pickwick community. The network included a Facebook page and YouTube channel. Twenty six editions of PTV were produced. While a resident of Pickwick, he produced a short documentary film entitle “More Tban Most,” the life story of a man named Papa Roy Ray.His film t” was accepted for screening at the Gatlinburg  Flimlfest - Film Festival (Gatlinburg, TN.) in 2010.

    In 2011 O’Bannon met Rosalind Withers, Executive Director of the Withers Collection Museum and Gallery on Beale Street in Memphis and was introduced to the Withers Collection Museum and Gallery. The next year he produced and directed the documentary film “Quarterback – A Look At Dr. Ernest C. Withers.” It is the official documentary of the museum and is show daily to museum visitors.

    O’Bannon became very passionate about the historical works of his friend, the late Ernest Withers and became a Consultant for the museum. A position he currently holds. In 2013, he also created a  Video Training Program for children between the ages of 6 to 12 years old. He conducted the training program for two years for the summer camp project, Kamp KSI.

    Throughout his career, O’Bannon has produced in 10 foreign countries, including Brazil, Australia, Israel and Jamaica.

    O’Bannon says " I am grateful and thankful to the Creator for the opportunity to have been chosen to contribute such a service to humanity.” Today, he continues to work in the communications industry and is the host of the Jazz Radio program, “Chuck’s Place – Your Jazz Club On The Radio” which is broadcast live on the University of Memphis radio station, WUMR FM92 on Sundays from 2 pm until 5 p.m.

For more inquiries on Chuck O'Bannon please click on the links below.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Brinkley Wilson, Founder of the Award Winning TV show Brink Tv

Brinkley Wilson is an award winning TV Personality who is also known as "Brink Young". He got his start at the age of 21 uploading vlogs on YouTube which became known as "Brink! TV". Within seven months, Brinkley transitioned into a television career hosting a local music video show on Public Access Cable. After two years of hosting, he left the show to further develop BrinkTV and would later pursue his own television venture.

Brinkley's career has blossomed tremendously and he now works with a plethora of stars, build brands for aspiring entertainers and attend Major Events/Award Shows. Brink TV has successfully been on television since Fall 2013 and began airing in other markets in January 2019.

The mission of BRINK! TV is to provide exposure for local entrepreneurs and artists while also offering aspiring talent networking opportunities within their chosen path.
Mr. Wilson stated that " I created the BRINK! TV show originally as a video blog of me voicing my opinion on a variety of topics like sports, pop culture, music, black history and more.  After two months of video blogging, I found myself bored with the whole vlog concept and changed the format to celebrity tabloid video. Although the tabloid format generated a lot of interest, as I grew older I decided to distance myself from tabloid media and gossip in order to expand my brand.  And that's when the BRINK! TV talk show formed."

The sole purpose for the BRINK! TV talk show format was to promote those in need of promotion.  With an extensive background in music, I understood the difficulty of being an artist and not getting my fair share of promotion. Which was due to media outlets overcharging or not entertaining independent artists inquiries.

Brink says " The feeling was as if you don't have a major record deal or if you don't have a major budget, then no media outlet wants to hear you or promote you. With odds like that I felt it was necessary to fill that promotional void for Indies and Entrepreneurs and become the Number 1 Music and Entertainment TV Show in the mid-south."

For further inquiries about BrinkTv show or Brink himself please click on the links below.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019




Memphis native Larry Dodson, the multi-gold and platinum selling singer, songwriter, and producer who for almost five decades was the lead singer of The Bar-Kays, will receive an honorary doctoral degree from Lemoyne-Owen College on May 11. This honor will be bestowed upon him in recognition of his contributions to the music industry, support of Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and as a co-founder of the Allen Jones/Marjorie Barringer/Bar-Kays Scholarship.

Larry D.’s career has rewarded him with 10 top ten singles, 10 top ten albums, five gold albums, and one platinum album from the 30 albums that he has recorded with The Bar-Kays. He has proven that he is a musical icon. Having been inducted in the R&B Hall of Fame, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame; and honored with a music note on world famous Beale Street in Memphis, and with pieces of his stage garments exhibited in Stax Museum, the Smithsonian Institute, and in museums all over the world, Larry continues to leave his legacy in the music industry. Larry D. gives back to the community by supporting HBCUs through The Bar-Kays Foundation whose mission statement is simply “to help those who cannot help themselves.” Larry D. is truly a living legend.

LeMoyne-Owen College has been the sole recipient of the Allen Jones/Marjorie Barringer/Bar-Kays Scholarship, housed at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis in support of Shelby County Schools students since 1996.  Allen Jones was the producer and manager for the Bar-Kays until his demise and the late Marjorie Barringer, a retired educator, was Jones’ mother. They both instilled in Dodson the importance of education and utilizing his celebrity status as a platform to create opportunities for and to give back to the less fortunate.  

LeMoyne-Owen College is a four-year liberal arts college that provides a transformative experience for students of all ages with a goal of preparing them for future professional endeavors.
LeMoyne-Owen College campus is located within the urban heart of Memphis, yielding a rich cultural vibrancy to our institution. We’re situated in the heart of the historic Soulsville district, where legendary artists once recorded soul classics at Stax Records. Our institution has been a part of the community since opening our doors on Walker Avenue in 1914, with a proud tradition of educating notable alumni, including doctors, lawyers, and politicians.
Notably, we are also Memphis’ only historically black college, and are proud to be one of just over 100 such institutions remaining nation-wide. LeMoyne-Owen College is accredited body; we are accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSOC) to award the baccalaureate degree.

Dodson, as a solo artist now, unfortunately the concert was cancelled in Memphis and the surrounding areas for this historical celebration performance at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Memphis on 255 N. Main Street on May 25 at 7 p.m. as part of his Return to Burn Tour with special guest ConFunkShun. Anyone who purchased tickets can get a refund at the Canon Center box office.

“We have supported Lemoyne-Owen College for years and never expected anything in return. I was completely surprised by this honor. This is truly a blessing. And I look forward to sharing this by celebrating with my family, friends and my fans at my concert, which is going to be epic,” said Dodson.
We do not know full details but it is safe to say the event was very important to Mr. Dodson and the cancellation is a surprise to us all.

Dodson recently returned from a performance during the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage presented by Denny’s. Tom Joyner created the fundraiser and works with Dodson because of their mutual interest to support students in school at HBCUs. Through fundraising and donor development initiatives, in excess of $65 million has been raised to support more than 29,000 students attending HBCUs.

The Tom Joyner Foundation was founded in 1998 as the brainchild of nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner. The mission of the Foundation is to support historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) with scholarships, endowments, an capacity-building enhancements.

The Foundation has provided necessary support to every HBCU in its 19-year history to help sustain and preserve the legacies of these valuable institutions. Through fundraising and donor development initiatives, in excess of $65 million has been raised to support more than 29,000 students attending HBCUs. Additionally, the Foundation has recommended internships, offered matching grant support, and career development to deserving students.

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