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(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)


Platinum Songwriter Dappa Returns With Back to Back Visuals

Monday, December 5th, 2016

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In an interval, New Orleans eclectic hip hop artist Dappa has been busy assisting the careers of other artists in New Orleans and abroad. Whether it was recording engineering, live shows, producing, or songwriting, he immersed himself in the arts and displayed selflessness this past few years.

All of this has transpired on the heels of being a vital  element in the rap group “The Rap Pack”. Dappa’s talent transcends his participation with this talented group. He quietly gained platinum success due to his songwriting contribution on Baby Boy Da Prince’s single “The Way I Live”.

Last year in the studio with Dappa while recording a collaborative effort, he mentioned that he was unsure of when to release new material but still remained focused and humble.

A year later, he’s planting seeds of great and unique music. Ranging from fun recordings to heartfelt products, Dappa is in his zone and his creativity is currently manifesting.

The second entry is a compelling video that speaks internally to Dappa and serves as extrinsic motivation to other creatives in the music industry.

The Heat wants our readers to observe his new visual “Motivation” here:

 

His first entry consolidates a season of thanksgiving while he participates in the trendy “U Name It” challenge. This particular visual garnered rapid feedback and landed him an interview and live performance on news anchor Sheba Turk’s specialty show “504”.

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Dappa and Sheba Turk

 

The Heat Magazine will keep our readers posted on what’s in the near future concerning Dappa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curren$y laces the game with “Anybody”

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

 

Check out the latest spectacle by Curren$y. “Anybody” is denotative and connotative at the same time. Enjoy the Jet Life emcee.

Free World Entertainment Television Launches Video Show

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Free World Entertainment Television launches new video show featuring hot urban visuals. Segment 1 features Fiend, PJ Morton, Devious, Nesby Phips, 3D-Natee, Dappa, Cali Pachino, Kevin Gates, Ghetto Twiinz, Lil Bibby and more.  Press play and enjoy the Heat.

Segment 2 features K. Gates, Devious, Dee-1, Young Greatness, Christian Radke, LG, Hotboy Turk, Hasheem Amin, J Lyric, Tokyo Vanity, Lil Snupe, Daniel Heartless and more. Press play and enjoy the  Heat.

Segment 3 features Shamar Allen, Curren$y, Allie Baby, S Eighty, Mr. Marcelo, Rantz Davis, Brass-A-Holics, Da U Boys, Soulja Slim, and more. Press play and enjoy the Heat. “The purpose of the show is to promote hot independent urban music videos in Louisiana, Texas, Atlanta, and other regions,” stated Free World Entertainment Television.

 

From Flip Mode To Stealth Mode

Friday, September 9th, 2016

 

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I remember when hip-hop was real and lyricist were lyrical not a bunch of incoherent words sounding like a rant under your breath like when you wanted to talk back to your mom but knew better… Gibberish is going away with a charge of resuscitating electricity of a defibrillator, Baby Sham is bringing something back to the game with content and style and even today’s flavor.

As I sat with Baby Sham, previously of Flip Mode Squad he talked of his affiliation with the Squad and how calculated his new album is because of a spectrum of tarnished attempts with the ring leader himself Busta Rhymes. He’s pulled together a team of producers, writers, and music industry leaders who aren’t afraid to step up to the plate and pitch something, new, fresh, and invigorating to the ears of old hip-hop heads and new. Having removed the word “CAN’T” from his vocabulary he’s  barrelling forward motivated on fuel from what seems to be a hot feud between he and Rhymes, Baby Sham is coming to put some respect on his name and his skills. (I’m guessing he’s going to receive a phone call i 5..4…3…) This new album is straight lyric and I surely believe Sham is putting his hands where some eyes can see and showing those who failed him what type of party this really is.

To the doubters...

To the doubters…

Baby Sham is coming to dominate with no holds barred, even showing his ability to sing on his new album. There is something for everyone, ladies and gents. For the younger generation who don’t know who Flipmode is and aren’t a part of the standing fan base, Sham said he’s bringing them in with the sound they’ll enjoy moving to while still holding true to the lyrical value of rap from the 90’s. Then for the stans of the 90’s rap he’s got content, flow, analogies galore, and don’t forget sexy.

Sham currently has youth on his side, I was surprised to hear how young he actually is, being that he was a part of Flipmode since the age of 17. He’s riding the waves of the current flawlessly as he transitions into stealth mode (single, under the radar, and quiet) which can be detrimental to the health of some of these novices careers. They don’t see him coming but will surely feel the thump of the bass in “Supplier” and the rhythms of “She Knows”. (I know) Actually I wasn’t sure if I would feel any of those tracks but quickly I found my self bobbing my head, gyrating my hips and feeling like I used to when I would drive down 95 south for long weekends before marriage and kids. The heat coming from this album is exactly what happens when those who you thought were rock steady let you down and motivate your purpose and creativity even more. Say it with me, MOTIVATION! Single drops October 6, 2016

Follow Baby Sham on Instagram @therealbabysham and for other inquiries email themovement44@gmail.com

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Cinema accidentally shows ‘x-rated’ movie trailer at Finding Dory screening

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Staff issued a public apology after a manager ‘clicked on the wrong movie’

Source: Cinema accidentally shows ‘x-rated’ movie trailer at Finding Dory screening

Who Kevin Tate Is…

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

“KEVIN TATE IS”

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You saw it, we all did…and we all laughed and we all shared it. I’m referring to @LaffMobbs “Trust Issues” viral video depicting the hilarious stand-up routine of Kevin Tate. What you didn’t know was who Kevin Tate actually is…To describe him in three words I’d say Quiet, Rambunctious, and Spiritual (how sway…quiet and rambunctious are antonyms) touche! Those are descriptions for different times of the day. You’ll only get the highly energetic KT as he’s making you laugh out of your seat in one of the venues you’ve paid to see him kill the stage. I would know, I spit out a very pricey drink on myself and girlfriend as we watched him perform out in Baltimore’s Comedy Factory a few months back (note to self, don’t attempt to eat or drink while KT is on stage) 

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, 12th street was the neighborhood, KT wasn’t the average class clown turned stage comic. Apparently things happened quite differently for this guy. The story goes like this (he gets all the side-eye for this one) he’s walking through the mall and was approached by a guy asking if he ever thought about modeling (I let out a real giggle as he explained this story, I digress) when he responds that he hadn’t, the guy hands him a card and told him to go to the model audition. KT said he thought about it for a while and he decided to go and was picked. As per the job, it was a stage production where the models had no lines  just their presence was needed to fulfill the job. Kevin being as inquisitive as he is, decided to hang out next to the stage daily and watch rehearsal and by doing that he caught the eye of the director and was asked to take an actual role. Lights, camera, action and he fell in love with stage, packed everything he had and traveled to Los Angeles with a mere $1,900. I’m sure that trip was eventful because in the midst of it all he lost that money and ended up in LA with only $80 and lots of fearlessness. Spiritual Tate enters the story right about here.

Eighty dollars in a new city… Kevin had to think quick and that he did, he got a job at the House of Blues as he pursued his new life in the city of angels. Angels definitely watched over him as his money stretched and an infamous “sneak” into the 50th Grammy Awards show… If you’re ever in his presence, ask him about that, trust me its hilarious. A swift glide of hand and an older lady  caught slipping while a hot $20 was given to an usher and he was in… (he tells it better than I can write it)

As we talked it up I asked him what made him think that he could make it out in LA with the big boys of comedy and his reply was that he believed in himself. God had carried him through and he always felt like He was holding him up at all times and keeping him safe. Kevin also said that NO is never an answer for him, he’s strong-willed and if you catch him on stage you’d know exactly why. Kevin is currently headlining his own tour, “I COULD’VE STAYED SINGLE” around the country, so be sure to buy a ticket or two and catch him in a city near you. That tour is just another testament to how far God has carried him and will continue to carry him.

Algiers Diamond (AD): Whats the biggest stage you’ve rocked Kev?

KT: San Manuel Casino for the Shaq Allstars of comedy event about 3k people in attendance.

AD: Which venues are your dream?

KT: Each stage I step on is important, I give it everything… arenas are the next level and I see myself there soon.

AD: So where can we catch your show?

KT: Along with being booked on with three heavy hitters Mike Epps, Bill Bellamy, and Red Grant you can also catch me headlining the “I COULD’VE STAYED SINGLE” tour!

AD: When I saw you, you were with Red Grant… what’s that relationship like? What have you learned from him?

KT: Red, man Red he gave great insight on the comedy game.

AD: Do you do anything special before a performance that sets you up to go on?

KT: I pray and I say these words, “God with you I can do anything, and without you I can do nothing.”

AD: How can the people follow you and book you in their cities?

KT: Instagram and Twitter @KEVINTATEIS or email nice529@gmail.com They can also follow my FACEBOOK fan page https://www.facebook.com/Kevin-Tate-145077197757/    

 

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Heat Exclusive: Brass-A-Holics On The Move

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

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Since 2010, the Brass-a-Holics have been taking their unique sound around the world. Steeped in the deep musical culture of New Orleans, the band brings a heavy dose of go-go funk to the New Orleans brass sound. In a blending of musical cultures stemming from cities separated by more than a thousand miles, a Brass-a-Holics live show takes the New Orleans brass band culture and infuses it with the electricity of Washington D.C.’s go-go. The resulting sound is both captivating and unique. The band consists of core New Orleans brass elements- trumpet, trombone, saxophone- and adds a full drum set, percussion, keyboard, bass an electric guitar, giving the band limitless options to explore new sonic territory.

Whether performing their original music or using the framework of hit pop songs as springboards for fiery improvisations, there is something in the set to appeal to every music fan. Once the music starts, the demographics blend and a brand new experience is created- one that leaves one-of-a-kind memories that live on long after the last note.

The Heat Magazine has been on the horn with Winston Turner and keeping up with the latest developments within this high-end brass band phenomenon. We wanted our readers to be aware of the tour dates and more. Ranging from gigs at The Blue Nile in New Orleans to the Jazz Fest, the Brass-A-Holics permeate the United States and overseas with their sound.

Their upcoming gigs include the Charleston Pourhouse in South Carolina followed by an appearance at the Whitewater River Jam in North Carolina. (May 11th and May 12th) From there, the Brass-A-Holics head to Washington, D.C. on June 4th at The Hamilton.

The show continues in New Jersey at Michael Arnone’s Crawfish Festival.

Find out more about this intriguing group below:

Video EPK:

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Let The Foolery Begin: Brass-A-Holics drop new single “April Foolery”

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

Check out the new video by New Orleans go-go/funk  brass band, Brass-A-Holics.

In case you missed their performance this evening at the French Quarter Festival, The Heat Magazine wanted you to get an inside look into the eclectic band and their gig life.

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HEAT WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE: Mac speaks on his music career and more!

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

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Never judge a book by its cover, says wisdom. The lack of building a relationship with a person or having the luxury of being familiar with a unique individual could cause one to err. This has been the case for the former No Limit recording artist Mac. It started years before and Mac evolved info a camouflage army jacket-wearing emcee rocking timberland boots and listening to his headphones. His daily regimen is where his lyrical practice manifested. Leading him to becoming an integral asset to the hip hop group Psycho Ward and making strides globally via “Mac and Storm”, the rhyme-spitter caught the attention of Def Jam and No Limit mogul Master P.  The Uptown lyricist spent plenty days sharing rhymes with colleagues. With an attitude full of good spirited intentions, Mac catapulted as a deserving talent.
As life goes sometimes, he was impacted by legal
obstacles (Imprisonment) and currently in process of overcoming this adversity. The Heat Magazine had an opportunity to conduct a special interview with Mac. Our goal is to keep our readers in direct connection with Mac as well as allow Mac to give the world factual updates on his music and future. Here’s what’s really good with Mac:

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The Heat Magazine: It’s such a pleasure to speak with you my brother. Could you share with our readers what we can expect from Mac musically in the future?

Mac: Musically, fans can expect a combination of old and new. I’m what I like to call a classic Hip Hop fan, so I honor the past while also driving the future. If that makes sense! 😋

Until now, the brothers in prison have been unable to get my music, so I worked out a deal with this digital distributor to make it accessible to them.

The Heat Magazine: Considering all the changes in music, what are your plans as it relates to the creative process?

Mac: My creative process is pretty much the same. It always involves water for some odd reason. Its been that way since I was a kid. Songs come to me when I’m either in the shower, on the toilet, at the water fountain, etc. It’s weird, but it has always worked out that way.

The Heat Magazine: Everyone will want to work with you. I’m certain Fiend, KLC, Mystikal, Devious, Mannie Fresh, Cise HD, Arlene Culpepper, Master P, and others will be there to work with you. Are you planning on doing features with your colleagues or are you planning on doing solo work only?

Mac: I definitely plan to work with some of the folks that I’ve done music with in the past. I believe that the next album I record will be the best, so I want the people who’ve contributed to my career to share in its glory!

The Heat Magazine: Are there any albums online that you want your fans to purchase at the present moment?

Mac: Coming Soon is “The Best Of Mac,” and “Archives,” both hosted by DJ Hektik.

The Heat Magazine: What advice or wisdom do you want to share with the youth of today?

Mac: As for advice to the youth, I only have this to say, “Prison Sucks!” 😋

The Heat Magazine: New Orleans misses you. What would you like to tell them?

Mac: New Orleans can’t possibly miss me as much as I miss her! I’ve traveled around the world, and I’ve never been to a place quite like it. I’ve heard alot of brothers in prison from the N.O. over the years say things like, “I can’t go back to the city, ’cause the city put me in here.” I always tell them that I disagree with that concept. If you’re a crackhead and you move to the moon, you’ll find crack there. You can’t run from yourself. The city has made me everything that I am.

The Heat Magazine: Your style is immersed in lyrical skill. Have you evolved or altered your style?

Mac: I believe I have. I’ve learned more about myself, and I think the songs I write now are a reflection of that growth.

The Heat Magazine: New Orleans is known for its food and culture. Tell the world about your favorite New Orleans dish.

Mac: My favorite N.O. dish is Jambalaya! I can eat it seven days a week!

The Heat Magazine: Have you received any record deal offers recently?

Mac: Surprisingly, I can’t remember any record deal offers.

The Heat Magazine: This interview wouldn’t be exclusive if I didn’t ask you to share a few lyrics. If you don’t mind, let the world see what’s been going on with you with the pen and the pad.

Mac: They’ll see what they’ve missed once I return, stay tuned.

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For more information send email to

Mckinley Phipps, 00445656, Louisiana Department Of Corrections at Jpay.com