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Brass-A-Holics Unveil Tracklist Artwork For New Mixtape

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Some may call it fusion; others may call it synthesis. The internationally renowned Brass-A-Holics, natives from the birthplace of jazz, call it a language being spoken between music colleagues. This language they are referring to manifests within their musical compositions on stage and recordings.

As a follow up to their debut album, “I Am A Brass-A-Holic”, Heat Magazine readers and faithful fans are soon to hear “Word On The Street-The Prequel”, an intriguing mixtape that serves as a precursor to their highly-anticipated upcoming album. Both the mixtape and album were recorded live in New Orleans. The Heat Magazine just received the tracklist artwork for the mixtape which is scheduled to be released as early as March 27, 2017. On March 30th, the Brass-A-Holics will be performing in Washington, DC at the Hamilton. Then, they will perform at the  Ardmore in Philadelphia on March 31.

As always, we wanted to share good vibes with our readers and Brass-A-Holics aficionados. “Word On The Street-The Prequel” will be available on most digital mixtape sites and reputable blogs.

The Heat Magazine: Why do a mixtape?

The Brass-A-Holics: We wanted our fans to have a tangible body of work that captures what we do best and that’s playing great music live on stage. Our audience loves the music we play that touches on various genres.

As a result, The Brass-A-Holics have created a phenomenal blend of well known songs but it is the manner in which they perform these melodic masterpieces that makes it unique.

“It’s not a whole lot a band can do with limited instrumentation when it comes to playing certain songs but our band has been able to produce a mixtape without restriction. We have guitarists, keyboardist, percussionist, and horns to assure our goals musically,” said Brass-A-Holics trombonist Winston Turner.
“The music is great. It sounds really good,” added Brass-A-Holics saxophonist Robin Clabby.

It’s a rare achievement for a live band to create a mixtape with so much rhythmic depth. “We can appeal to all audiences. The young and the old,” said Brass-A-Holics trumpeter Tannon Williams.
With such an eclectic fan base, The Heat Magazine is certain several music listeners will enjoy their body of work. We will be sure to feature “Word On The Street-The Prequel” mixtape audio once released.

In the meantime, check out the tracklist artwork here:

Follow the Brass-A-Holics @Brassaholics on Instagram and @BrassAHolics on twitter.

Snoop Dogg Shoots Fake-President Trump In New Video

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Yung Juko scores another hit

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

After a whirlwind year spent recording, shooting videos and hitting the road for radio promo with Bigga Rankin, Yung Juko unleashed his debut project, “YNFA” (Ya Next Favrite Artist) on the front page of My Mixtapez yesterday. Hosted by Bigga Rankin himself, who recently came on board as a co-manager, this project is eight solid, no-feature tracks of Juko’s signature rap-ish R&B that will keep ya head nodding from start to finish.

Featured are hits, “Trust Nobody”, “Learn From The Streets” and the soulful “Pray For Me” which combined, have garnered Juko close to 3.5 million views on YouTube. “Trust Nobody” also had the good grace to chart on two Billboard charts, hitting the Top 5 on both.

Be sure to look for the kid if you are out and about at SXSW next month and until then, give “YNFA” a spin or two. It will definitely be time well spent.

“YNFA”: https://soundcloud.com/yaboijuko/sets/ynfa-the-mixtape-hosted-by-bigga-rankin/s-27GIF

Twitter: @Official_Juko IG: @OfficialJuko

Feedback & interviews: nancyb@ogpr.net / @RapPublicist

KILLA KYLEON & NESSACARY ARE “MR & MRS SMITH” (EP)

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Houston OG Killa Kyleon has teamed with transplant by way of Ohio, Nessacary, to bring you “Mr & Mrs Smith.” This deadly duo delivers 7 tracks of diversity covering everything from street motivation to that ‘one for the ladies’ and Nessacary holds her own from start to finish.

Killa Kyleon needs no introduction whatsoever but for those unfamiliar with Cleveland native, Nessacary, she was last year’s winner of the Go DJ Award for Best Female Artist, after delivering a blistering performance at the awards show.

Get acquainted and get your fill of these lyrical assassins below.

“Mr & Mrs Smith” EP:

http://www.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/42819/killa-kyleon-nessacary-mr-mrs-smith.html

Twitter: @KillaKyleon, @Nessacary & @LavishWays

Instagram: @KillaKyleon, @Nessacary & @LavishWays

INDIE ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: TORION| @TORIONSELLERS

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Atlanta’s icon, Torion teams up with Dae Dae on hit single, “Dinero”

Atlanta’s very own, Torion teams up with rap artist, Dae Dae on his banga, “Dinero”. This song, produced by DJ Luney Tunez was creatively done by fusing R&B and Rap together.

Torion Sellers was groomed from birth to be a shining star. As a singer-songwriter-musician-dancer-actor, the young ingénue is looking to rejuvenate and revolutionize the entertainment industry. A talented purveyor of Rhythm & Blues, Torion got his start in the church as a young Gospel choirboy. He officially entered the music business before he was a teenager, entertaining adult audiences at the age of 12. Torion would accompany his father, Todd, a musician, to nightclubs to perform with a live band.

An Atlanta, GA native with maternal roots in Monroe, Louisiana, Torion’s musical style is a reflection of his deep, powerful southern heritage. From Blues, Funk, Soul to R&B and Pop, Torion is setting a new standard for the industry, essentially creating a new genre. His musical style is a melodic gumbo; one that combines impassioned lyrics, and robust vocals with brassy arrangements.

“When I get in the booth I put my pain and life into the music so people can feel it just as I do,” “My music is something for the people to feel good to.”

In 2011, Torion inked a deal with Lil Wayne and went on to record with hit-makers Polow da Don, Rico Love, Rodney Jerkins Detail, Stargate (Roc Nation), Luney Tunez and Silento, to name a few. He later released an EP entitled Alive, hosted by DJ Blackboy, which was based on the movie BarberShop 3: The Next Cut, in which he appeared. His last single, “Flavas,” produced by ANTMAN is an up-tempo celebratory anthem composed exclusively to finesse the ladies.

“It’s pretty much me speaking to all the beautiful women around the world; all colors and sizes. This song is about inclusion and applauding the beauty I see externally but also internally. I was raised by and around strong women.”

Torion has opened for celebrated artists such as Charlie Wilson, Bobby Brown and Tank and embarked on the Scream Tour in 2012 where he showcased his vocal and dance skills alongside Diggy Simmons and the OMG Girlz. He has also shared the stage with Mindless Behavior, Silento, and TK & Cash, among others.

Inspired by the solid work ethic and artistic integrity of Michael Jackson, Torion is looking to become a staple in the realm of entertainment. Listing more words on a page won’t do the vastness of Torion’s talent or brilliance justice. The vibrant colorful music he creates, that brims with life, authenticity, and possibility, can only be heard and felt.

“I want to be known as the artist that does whatever it takes to win, a workaholic, a go-getter and just someone who is chill, humble yet outspoken when the time is right.”

2017 proves to be even more prosperous Torion. He is the South East Regional Ambassador for “Fresh Empire”, an anti-tobacco campaign that uses music as a platform to raise awareness about the dangers of smoking. In January 2017, Torion was invited to perform at the 25th Anniversary Trumpet Awards; where he lead in paying tribute to New Edition. With the release of his single “Dinero” featuring rapper Dae Dae – Torion’s music and artistry are an unstoppable force.

Torion is destined for greatness and will prove this in the years to come. Be sure to follow him on all social media outlets and add this to your playlists on Spotify, Soundcloud or Tidal. The single is available on Itunes and Google play stores.

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Trumpet Awards Video: https://youtu.be/MY-zA7WXHPA


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BLUSH – “Cinderella” ft Mystikal | @OfficiallyBlush

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Music World Entertainment’s new girl trio, BLUSH releases visual to debut single, “Cinderella” featuring Mystikal

 

 

Music World Entertainment’s new girl trio, BLUSH releases visual to debut single, “Cinderella” featuring Mystikal. Their new single, “Cinderella” from their debut album, “Old School Back Past, Present, and Future” is currently available in the digital marketplace.

Comprised of Sunni, Tali and Bunni Ray, together they present something indeed fresh, yet reminiscent of favorites like TLC, Destiny’s Child and Salt-N-Pepa. Sunni, a Woodland Hills, California native moved to Houston at age 6 and quickly found a passion in writing rhymes and poetry, while heavily influenced by artists like Mc Lyte, Lauryn Hill and Tupac. Tali, a Houston native, incorporates her Colombian roots throughout her lyrics and style while complementing the rap duo with her vocal prowess. The newest member is Bunni Ray, another Houston native, who synchronizes her fast rhymes with a high-pitched, sassy swagger.

“We’re 90s babies,We’re bringing that old school hip hop back. We’re going to trend set with that.” ~TALI

Now when it comes to rap, many lovers of the genre argue that these times call for something, that is in the best hip-hop vernacular—fresh. Known for introducing uber-talented artists to the music industry, including his own offsprings (Beyonce & Solange), Mathew Knowles prepares to deliver on that order. The music mogul found phenomenal success grooming and managing the mega group Destiny’s Child. Now, he is now handing out mics to BLUSH, a harmonically blended hip-hop and R&B trio (est. 2013) and they are using them to mix fiery rhymes and hooks reminiscent of the 90’s hip-hop era— but with a trendy twist. Their debut album is filled with upbeat and mid-tempo tracks; ones that reveal the sharp versatility of blending two passionate rappers with a sultry, powerhouse vocalist.

Be sure to follow Blush on all social media networks to stay in tune with all of their upcoming features and events.

 

 

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Four HBCUs to compete in the 10th annual Urban Invitational at the New Orleans MLB Youth Academy

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Wearing Negro League Throwback Uniforms: Southern University Jaguar Rickie Weeks (right) is congratulated by Head Coach Roger Cador (left) while running past third base after hitting a 3-run homerun.

With respect to Black History Month, the throwback negroe league uniforms will be worn this weekend in New Orleans.

Four Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) will compete at the New Orleans MLB Youth Academy (MLBYA) in the 10th annual Urban Invitational, which is being hosted in New Orleans for the fourth consecutive year from Friday, February 17th to Sunday, February 19th.

Alcorn State University (Alcorn, Mississippi), Grambling State University (Grambling, Louisiana), Prairie View A&M University (Prairie View, Texas), and Southern University (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) are returning to Major League Baseball’s round-robin collegiate baseball tournament designed to highlight HBCUs and their baseball programs. This will be Southern University’s 10th Urban Invitational, making them the only school to have participated in every tournament. Grambling State will make its sixth appearance, with both Prairie View A&M and Alcorn State University making their third appearance each.
The four HBCU teams will be joined by teams from the University of New Orleans and the University Illinois at Chicago, which will be making its tournament debut, with additional games throughout the weekend being played at Maestri Field at Privateer Park, the home of the University of New Orleans baseball team.

The games played by the four HBCU teams on Saturday, February 18th will air LIVE from the New Orleans MLB Youth Academy on MLB Network and MLB.com, with play-by-play from Scott Braun and analysis from former All-Star Outfielder Cliff Floyd. Southern University will wear Negro League uniforms in commemoration of Black History Month. Below is the tournament schedule:
Date, Time, Teams, Location

Feb. 17, 11:00a.m., UIC vs. Prairie View A&M, New Orleans MLBYA
Feb. 17, 2:00p.m., UIC vs. Prairie View A&M, New Orleans MLBYA
Feb. 17, 5:00p.m., Grambling State vs. Alcorn State, New Orleans MLBYA
Feb. 17, 6:00p.m., Southern vs. UNO, University of New Orleans

Date, Time, Teams, Location

Feb. 18, 1:00p.m., UIC vs. UNO, University of New Orleans
Feb. 18, 2:00p.m.*, Alcorn State vs. Prairie View A&M, New Orleans MLBYA
Feb. 18, 6:00p.m.*, Grambling State vs. Southern, New Orleans MLBYA

Date, Time, Teams, Location

Feb. 19, 12:00p.m., UIC vs. Grambling State, New Orleans MLBYA
Feb. 19, 1:00p.m., Prairie View A&M vs. UNO, University of New Orleans
Feb. 19, 3:00p.m., Alcorn State vs. Southern, New Orleans MLBYA

*These games will air LIVE on MLB Network and MLB.com.

In addition to tournament play, the New Orleans MLBYA will host youth-focused events before games on Saturday, February 18th. A PLAY BALL event will take place at 11:30 a.m., followed by regional trials for the Scotts MLB Pitch, Hit and Run and the Jr. Home Run Derby skills competitions beginning at approximately 3:00 p.m. The PLAY BALL initiative is proudly supported by MLB sponsors Chevrolet and Scotts.

Former Major Leaguers, including pitcher Marvin Freeman, catcher Lenny Webster and manager Jerry Manuel, as well as Seattle Mariners broadcaster Dave Sims, will attend various portions of the Urban Invitational, particularly the youth events throughout Saturday. Freeman (Jackson State) and Webster (Grambling State) are both HBCU alums. Manuel is a Youth Programs Consultant for MLB.

HBCUs have long offered quality educational and athletic programs and have a proud tradition of attracting outstanding baseball players. Baseball Hall of Famers Lou Brock (Southern University) and Andre Dawson (Florida A&M) played in HBCU baseball programs. In 2015, Earl Burl III, who played for Alcorn State University and was the first player to be drafted out of the New Orleans MLB Youth Academy, was selected. During the 2016 Draft, Tyree Thompson, became the second player to be drafted out of the New Orleans Academy.

MLB’s youth initiatives will be well-represented at the 2017 Urban Invitational as 12 players on this year’s rosters are alumni of MLB Youth Academies, RBI programs or MLB Development Camps, such as the Breakthrough Series. At least one White Sox A.C.E and RBI program alumni will be represented on each HBCU team in the tournament, six of whom have participated in the Breakthrough Series (BTS): Tyler Laux (BTS), Tyler Gordon (BTS), and Andrew Garcia (BTS) from Prairie View A&M; Reggie Johnson (BTS) and Robert Fletcher II (BTS) from Alcorn State; Marshawn Taylor (BTS) and Nick Wheeler from Grambling State; and Justin Freeman, son of Marvin Freeman, from Southern University. Southern University has two other RBI alumni in J’Markus George (Atlanta Metro RBI) and Niko Hayes-Saltare (Miami Marlins RBI). The Breakthrough Series will have eight total alumni, with three coming out of Southern University, three out of Prairie View, one out of Alcorn State and one player out of Grambling State.

Heat Exclusive: New Orleans Film Writer Teams Up With The Family Of Terrilyn Monette For An Upcoming Documentary

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

Terrilynn Sheri Monette

The discovery came 98 days after Terrilynn Monette disappeared after leaving a Lakeview bar early on March 2, 2013. The search for the 26-year-old celebrated teacher, whose disappearance garnered national media exposure grew into a community task. Orleans police led the search efforts and perused a plethora of surveillance tapes in an effort to discover what happened to her.
The Heat Magazine understands the pain that family members continue to feel after a tragic loss of a loved one. Our staff is blessed to connect with a young man who decided to get involved and become a stakeholder in narrating the untold story of Terrilynn Monette.

Larry Panna, a filmmaker  from New Orleans, recently produced and directed a documentary “98 Days: The Terrilynn Monette Story, School Teacher of The Year” in conjunction with Monette’s parents and immediate family.

Larry Panna (filmmaker)

The Heat Magazine wanted to accumulate a more thorough understanding of Monette’s life and clarify any misconceptions. Panna’s latest philanthropic efforts serve as an integral element and The Heat Magazine wanted to feature his story as well as Monette.

The Heat Magazine: What inspired you to create 98 Days?
Larry Panna: As with most people, I was disturbed by what I was witnessing. It was, and still is the talk of the town. I was glued to the news and my ears were never far from a radio. I wanted to help but wasn’t quite sure what I could do.
A colleague of mine, Shedrick Roy, approached me about speaking with the family of Terrilynn Monette. He had been a part of the search for Ms. Monette and Ms. Toni Enclade, Terrilynn’s mother, mentioned to him that she’d like to have a documentary done about her daughter’s life and her being missing for 98 days.
“Is this what I am to do?”, I asked of God. Without any further thought, I jumped in 1000 percent.
The Heat Magazine: Do you plan on making this work available on DVD and online for purchase?
Larry Panna: As part of a drive to start a scholarship in Terrilynn’s name here in New Orleans along with the already established scholarship in Long Beach, California, sales of the DVD will be available. Digital download is also in the works and will be available on my website. A director’s cut of the film is scheduled for release in the fall of 2017 with new interviews and information about the case.
Larry Panna: All of this and more is being done to assist children’s educational needs. We believe that the youth of these communities need as much assistance as they can get with pending cuts in education coming down the line.
The Heat Magazine: What inspired you to get into film and cinematography?
Larry Panna: I actually began as a magazine publisher. My dad was a printer and when his employer no longer needed his services, they gave him the printing presses he used as parting gifts of sorts. I came up with the idea in my sleep…”WREC Magazine”!
The Heat Magazine: Nice!
Larry Panna: This lead to a television show on a local access TV network, WRECTv. This is where I honed my skills, teaching myself how to shoot and edit video.
The Heat Magazine: What is the most important message you want to send out to the public via film?
Larry Panna: I can’t stress this fact enough, if you want it, go and get it! I made lots of sacrifices. Being away from home, running from this place to that place was a difficult task. But the payoff will be rewarding.  We all are cinematographers. Look at social media! Pick up your cell phone and start shooting. Use Media Maker or iMovie and create your own Hollywood!
The Heat Magazine: Are there any other works we can expect from you in the near future?
Larry Panna: There’s several projects already in the making. A music video for a popular New Orleans artist, my project BuyblackTV is in production, and another documentary film about the homeless is in the works. Be on the lookout for the launch of my marketing and advertising agency as well.
The Heat Magazine: Terrilynn was a young and energetic teacher with a promising future. Does this film give us a look into her legacy?
Larry Panna: It absolutely does! It starts with the story of Terrilynn’s life as a child with videos and photos chronicling her steps to fulfilling her dream to become a teacher. Toni Enclade is the glue that holds this story together. She is the true champion of this film in terms of how the story is told. It is her and Terrilynn’s story above all.
The Heat Magazine: It is a powerful story and The Heat Magazine wanted our readers to gather a closer look at Terrilynn’s story.
Larry Panna: Not everyone can be nominated to be teacher of the year. Terrilynn turned that school upside down, implementing changes that created success for her students! What an honor it must have been to come full circle and complete your mission as Ms. Monette did.
The Heat Magazine: Does the family have any additional plans? What are their current feelings about the documentary?
Larry Panna: The pride her father (Terry), mother (Toni) and sister (Kandice) must have, even today after all that has transpired. There are hopes that we can have the bridge crossing the bayou renamed in her honor or perhaps having the day she was found proclaimed as “Terrilynn Monette Day”. My goal is to help the family spread the word and to keep Terrilynn’s legacy alive.

(NEW HEAT) Xavier Hynez – “Crazy In the 6”

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Drake isn’t the only dope artist hailing from Toronto, Canada – the beautiful metropolitan area can now brag about its newest native son, Xavier Hynez.

Check out his new release “Crazy In the 6”:

(HEAT EXCLUSIVE) Eric M. Carter, the legal genius behind the exoneration of Actor Clifton Powell

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

“The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every calling, is diligence.” – Abraham Lincoln

Lawyers often time get a bad rap, for any host of reasons, but who’s the first person you call when you’re in trouble? The answer to that is, usually a lawyer.

Whether it’s a criminal case, auto accident or whatever the case may be, we call on and trust lawyers to do their job and work hard for us. Enter Eric Carter, a lawyer with a stellar track record who works diligently and consistently on behalf of his clients – the most recent of which is legendary actor, Clifton Powell.

ATLANTA, GA – NOVEMBER 08: Actor Clifton Powell attends BronzeLens Film Festival at 444 Theatre on November 8, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

Whether he’s portraying the comical “Pinky” character from the Friday franchise, the snitching Chauncy from Menace 2 Society (my favorite, by the way) or a serious role, Clifton Powell is an amazing actor who owns every role he takes on – the latest of which he probably never envisioned himself taking on was as a defendant in a bogus rape case.

Thanks to Eric Carter, Mr. Powell has been exonerated. A false rape allegation is probably one of the worst crimes a man can be accused of committing and a charge that very few beat or ever live down. It is usually even harder to beat when the accused is African-American, as the justice system in this country is unusually harsh to African-American males. Thanks to the hard work put in by Mr. Carter on behalf of his client, we can have some sort of belief that the justice system won’t always fail us.

The Heat recently caught up with this incredible attorney and here’s what he had to say:

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Tell us a little about yourself.

ERIC M. CARTER:  Eric M. Carter, Sr. is a problem solver! He provides expert representation in civil and business litigation, personal injury, and real estate law. Mr. Carter earned his Juris Doctorate from Loyola University of New Orleans College of Law. While at Loyola, he was elected President of the Student Bar Association. Mr. Carter was the second African American President at this prestigious institution. He also served as a Coach of the Loyola College of Law Moot Court Team. Before law school, Mr. Carter was a United States Presidential Management Fellow under President William J. Clinton’s Administration. After completing the Fellowship, Mr. Carter was selected as a program analyst within the Department of the Interior. As such, he was a manager of the multi-billion-dollar Oil Spill Financial Responsibility (OSFR) Program. Mr. Carter is a proud U. S. Navy veteran who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of New Orleans and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Akron. Mr. Carter is highly sought after for his legal prowess, problem solving, and negotiation skills. He assists individuals, businesses, and organizations to obtain large damages awards, equitable resolutions, and measured success. Mr. Carter is a “low-key” attorney for Stars, Executives, and Movers-and-Shakers, often traveling throughout the country providing guidance to his clients. Eric practices in U.S. state and federal courts and consults in International civil law jurisdictions. Eric enjoys life with family and friends in Metropolitan New Orleans, Louisiana.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: Give us a little background on the Powell case.

ERIC M. CARTER: Mr. Powell was accused, in his opinion and mine, of the most horrible crime a man who knows, respects, honors and loves women could be accused of, Rape. The allegations were reported after Mr. Powell and the accuser had enjoyed a romantic evening that lead into the next day which included several episodes of sexual intercourse and intimacy. After a few left-field comments concerning money an altercation ensued and Mr. Powell and his then-acquaintance ended their time together. The allegations were made to the New Orleans Police Department and an investigation was initiated. A fully vetted investigation was conducted including an interview with Mr. Powell. Lead Detective Damita Williams concluded that the allegations were baseless. She specifically cited in her police report that when asked whether or not she was forced or coerced into having sex with Mr. Powell the accuser declared “No.” Mr. Powell was never criminally charged, arrested, detained, or otherwise placed in custody for the allegations. There was no criminal proceeding regarding the allegations. Shortly thereafter, the accuser filed a federal lawsuit against Mr. Powell seeking and successfully obtaining a $153,000 money judgment. This judgment is properly termed a “default judgment.” Default Judgments are highly disfavored amongst courts because they are not granted based on an examination of facts but granted based on a procedural mechanism. Specifically, the accuser’s conclusory allegations were uncontested and accepted as true because Mr. Powell, through a lack of proper service, was unable to file an answer and respond. The default judgment was 3 years old when the Law Firm of Eric M. Carter, Sr., first discussed the matter. Through a series of passionate discussions with Mr. Powell, I agreed to study his case. I then developed a multi-layered and arduous strategy of simultaneously defending his case in two federal jurisdictions (Louisiana and California). This strategy has led to the federal court in Louisiana overturning its own ruling in favor of Mr. Powell, THREE (3) YEARS later.

THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What does the recent ruling mean for Mr. Powell’s criminal case?

ERIC M. CARTER: After the default judgment was ordered by the Honorable Judge Sarah J. Vance, United States District Court (USDC) for the Eastern District of Louisiana (LAED), the accuser sought to execute the same in the United States District Court (USDC) for the Central District of California (CAED). The USDC for LAED considered our voluminous written motions and agreed to grant the relief we sought, which was to set aside the Default Judgment against Mr. Powell. In other words, the money judgment (“default judgment”) was thrown out, dismissed, removed, and discarded. The court recognized it did not have jurisdiction over Mr. Powell and the judgment against him should not have been granted. Mr. Powell was never criminally charged, arrested, detained, or otherwise placed in custody for the allegations. There was no criminal proceeding regarding the allegations by the accuser. This ruling relieves Mr. Powell of the civil guilt, culpability, and punishment that was imputed to him at the granting of the money judgment. I pray Mr. Powell is now able to begin to repair his good name.

THE  HEAT MAGAZINE: What’s in store for your future, particularly given the successful outcome of the Powell case?

ERIC M. CARTER: This is truly a remarkable outcome! While oral argument is often portrayed and sensationalized as what we do as trial lawyers; truthfully, the real work is in our study of the rule of law, our analysis of the facts and the reasonable conclusions and inferences we make thereafter. This moment is personally gratifying because the court’s decision was not based on my skill as a zealous, calculated orator but on the seemingly forgotten skills of analytical thinking and persuasive writing. We won on the merits of the written argument. I will travel teaching and encouraging other brothers and sisters of all colors, shapes, and sizes to pursue this noble profession and become fierce problem solvers. I am a problem solver! I get paid big bucks to figure it out! My next move is to accept a few more impossible matters and fight for the amazing outcome!

EDITOR’S NOTE: Mr. Carter is a sought-after, brilliant young legal mind. He can be reached at:

Law Firm of Eric M.Carter, Sr., LLC
7809 Airline Drive, Suite 200
(504) 733-3538 (off)
(504) 733-1775 (fax)