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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)


Heat Exclusive: Fiend Returns with Motivate Chu Video

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Grammy nominated/BMI songwriting award winner Fiend returns with his latest mixtape installment “1st Rolex”. Contrary to popular belief, the rapsy emcee is not literally referring to owning the high-end chronograph. “First Rolex is that first aha moment. That first experience in your own life that you really consider to be special,” said Fiend to the Heat Magazine.  

A No-Limit Records superstar, Fiend also known as International Jones, carries the moniker Mr. Whomp Whomp and Capital FI as a badge of honor. During his humble beginnings, he became professionally known as Fiend due to his love for rapping and writing lyrics. Coincidentally, he pays homage to Rakim, who many refer to as the GOAT, and his classic hit “Microphone Fiend”.

The Heat Magazine had the opportunity to chop it up with Fiend prior to the release of his new Jet Life hosted mixtape. He wanted to lace our readers with his new video “Motivate Chu”, directed by Dexstr8dope.  The multi-faceted artist has been in a reflective mind state lately and his thoughts are accentuated musically. “I’m in a good place mentally. I have clarity on a lot of things in life.”

For all the true Fiend fans and lovers of hip hop, check out the new soulful spectacle here:

 

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”.

Dappa and Sheba Turk

Dappa and Sheba Turk

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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.

Brass-A-Holics

Brass-A-Holics

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

 

 

Hamp Da Highstepper Takes NYC

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

When the world inundates you with reasons to frown, laughter is the perfect remedy.

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Jackyron Newman also known by the monikers “Jack Spratt” and “Hamp da Highstepper” is fully focused on his business endeavors. He has continuously blessed us with funny videos and spoofs which display his charisma and outgoing personality.

Newman also launched a website: http://jwnewmanenterprises.com

The New Orleans native continues to evoke laughter among his supporters. Check out his latest work:

Hamp Da Highstepper Takes NYC

Heat Exclusive: Fiend facilitates philanthropic event for Flint, Michigan

Monday, March 21st, 2016

This past Saturday while vibing, the homie Fiend reached out and we engaged in a heartfelt conversation. After catching up and discussing the latest acts as it relates to concerts, my new video, and recent collaborations between the two of us, Fiend chimed in and started to speak on an important issue.

Fiend: I wanted to hit you up and personally invite you and Eric out tonight. I’m participating in an event to help out our people in Michigan.

The Heat Magazine: What do you have going on?

Fiend: I have a venue on Port St. It’s a cozy venue. The cover is ten dollars or two cases of water. Dee, we have performers and several other cities are doing this in their city simultaneously to help out Michigan.


The Heat Magazine: Wow, that’s what’s up fam. How did you get involved?

Fiend: Dee, it’s an opportunity for us to give back. It’s our way of showing good people that we care and because we have experienced Hurricane Katrina and the whole U.S. reached out to us, then it’s necessary that we show love also. I just want Michigan to know that we care in New Orleans. I want them to know NOLA artists understand because we’ve been in that type of situation.

The Heat Magazine: Tell us more about the event. This is great Fiend.

Fiend: Vlad TV, Hip Hop Dx, and other top sites will broadcast the event and the whole world will see. And if people can’t make it, they can still donate. If you and Eric don’t make it, I know y’all there in spirit.

The Heat Magazine: We will do everything we can to support you big homie.

Fiend, Mr. Marcelo, Corner Boy P, Tokyo Vanity, and others performed for the cause.

All proceeds are going towards 250 homes in Flint, Michigan water crisis . To make monetary and water filter donations, please direct towards:
Prince of Peace Church
1417 Stevenson St.
Flint, MI. 48504
Attention: HipHop4Flint
Make checks payable to:
Prince of Peace Church/HipHop4Flint

 

HEAT EXCLUSIVE Interview: Deep Conversation with S-8ighty

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

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Known for his production in New Orleans, the multi-talented S-8ighty is making moves globally. If you’ve listened to the radio or visited a nightclub, then you’ve probably heard the melodic anthem “Halfway” which gradually grew into a smash hit in New Orleans and surrounding areas. As a result, the Zero to 60 Entertainment artist recently landed a deal with Universal/Republic. The single was released nationally on December 18th. The Heat Magazine wanted to share a contextual feature and allow our audience to get an inside look at the man behind the music.

The Heat Magazine: How did you meet the executives from Zero to 60 Entertainment?

S-8ighty: They reached out to me to do some production work for their artist Supa Blanco back in 2010 and it’s been history ever since.

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S-8ighty, Fatt Mack, Charles “Lefty” Smith, and Fee Combs

The Heat Magazine: Tell us about the previous releases that led to this great accomplishment for you?

S-8ighty: Well there were plenty releases in the past with production by me or  doing a few hooks for people that got my name bubbling but it took for me to become my own artist for everything to finally start moving in the right direction.

The Heat Magazine: Halfway is considered r&b and it is catchy. Is there any particular reason you gave it a bounce feel?

S-8ighty: I made the record for New Orleans from the jump. I’ve just been blessed for it to continue to go as far as it has.

The Heat Magazine: Tell us about the deal with Universal/Republic. How did they find out about you and your music?

S-8ighty: Basically,  the numbers I was doing online and the response from radio.   When they called down to the city, everyone vouched for me and my label.

The Heat Magazine: What can we expect in 2016 from you and Zero to 60 Entertainment?

 

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S-8ighty: New music, new music, new music! (Laughs)

The Heat Magazine: What artists and producers inspire you?

S-8ighty: Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Kanye West, Timbaland, Pharrell , Mannie Fresh, Hot Boys, Jay Z, Just Blaze, too many to name.   I’m influenced by great work period. (Laughs)

The Heat Magazine: We understand that you are a graduate of Eleanor McMain, the same school Lil Wayne and Cortez Bryant attended. Were you in the band?

S-8ighty: Yes,  I went there and no I wasn’t a member of the band.   I always get asked that question and people are surprised I didn’t play in the band. (Laughs)

The Heat Magazine: Whenever one speaks of New Orleans, food and culture tend to be popular topics. What is your favorite dish from New Orleans and what do you love the most about New Orleans culture?

S-8ighty: I can’t say one favorite thing from New Orleans is my favorite.   I’ve been all over the world and the most culture and best food is right here from my home city !!!!!

The Heat Magazine: With any accomplishment, responsibility comes into play. What advice would you give to upcoming artists?

S-8ighty: The only way to not make it is to quit.

The Heat Magazine: What is the most important thing you want the supporters to know about S-8ighty as an artist and as a person?

S-8ighty: I’m more than any category you put me in and I’ve been working for so long to get here that I will try my best to not drop the ball.   As a person, I’m thankful for all support I receive. It’s a hard world to please and I don’t take anything or anyone for granted.

The Heat Magazine gives kudos to Zero to 60 Entertainment for their efforts as a record label and salutes S-8ighty on his accomplishments. As far as the single “Halfway”, it is a compelling record. In a world where values are diminishing, it’s a breath of fresh air to hear a song that advocates compromise and loyalty in a relationship.

The Heat is extra proud because we were there to see Universal/Republic executives check out a live performance by S-8ighty. Their milestone achievement is a victory for New Orleans and a manifestation that dreams actually come true.

Download here:

Halfway – Single by S-8ighty
https://itun.es/us/DHeO_

For more information, follow S-8ighty at @S_8ighty on Twitter.

Heat Exclusive: Shamarr Allen Creates His Own Lane With “BandHead” Mixtape

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

 

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Shamarr Allen has been a musical genius down in the Big Easy. As a trumpeter, his accolades range from performances with Patti Labelle to Lenny Kravitz to Branford Marsalis. While most great  New Orleans musicians tour internationally and consistently play at the Jazz and Heritage Festival, Allen is beyond traditional. He is the first trumpet player to play the national anthem for President Barack Obama.

The Heat Magazine introduces some interesting aspects of Allen’s skill set. His first album “Typical Rock Star” is a fusion of hip hop, brass, and rock often referred to as “hip-rock”. However, the project is sarcastic because Allen professes to be more than a “skinny jeans” artist. Although Allen is highly decorated as a musician and artist, it is his latest work that serves as a great example of his identity.

With Mardi Gras swiftly approaching, Allen presents a new project with additional originality. He pays homage to musicians with his new mixtape “Bandhead”. The mixtape goes into depth about his life and much more.  “Whatever type of music you like, you are a Bandhead.”

Allen begins with a classical groove “Hello New Orleans” for his dedicated listeners featuring musical assistance from Ezell Swing. This will be a favorite among Mardi Gras revelers due to the trumpet, piano, and percussion arrangements.  The Heat Magazine recognizes that it is something extraordinary about Allen’s style and he reveals that when he states “I’m trapping for the trumpets”.

Allen then offers a smooth brassy cover of “Hotline Bling” and sets the tone early on this mixtape with a tight performance. Followed by the title track “Bandhead”, New Orleans and abroad discover the definition of Allen’s blend of rap, trap, and brass. The lyrics are in sync with the melodies screaming from Allen’s horn. “I’m done with these streets, so I trap with my trumpet” motivates true New Orleanians and tells of  his way out as well as many other citizens from the land of the Vieux Carre’.

Later, he entertains the bounce audience with “No One In The World,” a cover of Anita Baker and continues by providing a trumpet version of “Halfway” by Universal recording artist S-Eighty. Allen goes into high gear with his trumpet displaying the depth of his talent on the above mentioned tunes.

The Heat Magazine is impressed by “Nothing But Trouble,” a heartfelt instrumental recording that will relax listeners and entice simultaneously. Allen has created  somewhat of a subgenre between rap and brass and one can only wonder what else will transpire in the future among Allen and other Nola musicians.

Allen closes the tape with “The Hills,” an instrumental cover of the single by The Weeknd and an “Outro” giving thanks to his listeners. Shamarr has the ability to touch both the young and the old listeners.

Visit his website and check out his philanthropic efforts “True Orleans Movement” and more.

http://www.shamarrallen.com/music-clinic/

Download the mixtape here:
http://piff.me/31b315c