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The Rap, Rhythm & Reggae production crew. Rap, Rhythm & Reggae is a music video program that features rap, r&b and reggar music videos, and a signature interstitial dance segment, Body Vibes. I wrote the treatment and presented it to producer/directors Candace Sutton and Andre Alporter at the South Central Los Angeles studio for Continental Cablevision, and the rest is history. Over the next four years I produced five local origination programs that aired on Continental Cable Channel 28 between 1990 and 1994. It was my good fortune to be mentored by network television director Chuck Vinson, news producer, director and editor Andre Alporter, emmy-nominated news director Candace Sutton, and professional music programmers Theo Mizuhara, George Moore and Aundrae Russell.

Songstress and musical mentor Nancy Wilson

Presenting Nancy Wilson with a Communique Talk Show Excellence In Music Award

PRE-SHOW MEETUP: Joined actress, writer and natural skin and hair product guru Bianca Taylor
for a quick meetup with award-winning actress, playwright, and producer Charlayne Woodard at the Kirk Douglas Theater
in Culver City, CA, before her glorious performance in THE NIGHT WATCHER.

Communique Talk Show guests comedians Larry B. Scott and Louis Dix, Jr., and actor Clyde Thompson.

Co-producer of Communique Talk Show, and Sports & Entertainment Television, Diana Sherer with program guests attorneys
Denise Speaks and Los Angeles pro sports agent Michael Trope, agent to over 200 NFL players in his career.

Cutting up with the dancers on Rap, Rhythm & Reggae Video, a weekly music video show that featured dance segments
and interviews. The dancers introduced the music video, giving many of them their first exposure to the television production process.

Coaching RR&R dancers and aspiring VJ's ... (RR&R supporter Dimawi's daughter Aisha and her schoolmates)
to help them learn how to introduce music videos for Rap, Rhythm & Reggae Video and Video Starbox.

Actor and former Soul Train dancer Louie Carr.

Entertainment event producer Los Angeles A-List Event Promoter and Executive Producer Felipe Darrell.

Communique host Diana Sherer with program guests, U.S. track and field olympic medalists
Kevin Young, Danny Everett and Steve Lewis

The Color Purple: The Tony & Grammy-winning 2015 revival The Color Purple came to the Pantages
and I caught up with General Hospital actress Bianca Taylor and friends. What a performance!

Communique host, Attorney Denise Speaks and program guest, former Big East Conference Player of the Year, Charles Smith.

Cosmetics entrepreneur Iva Williams.

The King Center Chairman Dexter King.

With television production mentors (left), network television director Chuck R. Vinson, and Lester Crystal (right). I learned most of what I know about producing and directing for television from Chuck Vinson. Before undertaking producing for local cable in Los Angeles in the late 80s I studied studio and field production, editing, and directing as part of a Los Angeles Department of Telecommunication grant program. Chuck Vinson began his career as a stage manager for network television programs including: Detective School, Benson, and The Cosby Show, going on to direct an episode of The Cosby Show ("Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star") co-directed by Carl Lauten. Chuck's other network television sitcom directing credits include:Martin, Thea, The Sinbad Show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Sister, Sister, Living Single, One World and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Chuck also directed a number of stand-up comedy specials for many comedians, including: Sinbad, Steve Harvey, Mark Curry and Jamie Foxx, as well as numerous episodes from the comedy series Last Comic Standing.

With production mentors director/producer Andre Alporter, and
Candace Jones-Sutton.
Candace received a Best Outstanding Cultural Program Emmy award nomination in 1995 for her production A Tribute To Black Music Legends.

WANDA ACUNA ... fun time celebrating the birthday of bestie,
actess and model Wanda Acuna.

Auntie Elvie.

Ms. Teena Marie.

GAME TIME ... caught up with Sotheby's Realtor Geno Dozier
and music producer Shauna Chappell at a Lakers game.

My longtime go-to ASCAP Rep, music publishing and licensing executive Alonzo Robinson, Jr. (right)

Communique guest Maryum Ali.

CATCHING UP: Chatting with Soul Train sister Cheryl Song at a VH-1 Premiere
of the Soul Train Documentary Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America.

Rap, Rhythm & Reggae co-Producer Apryle Vaughn and recording artist Heavy D.

Communique Talk show host Denise Speaks, floor manager Shirley, and production manager Apryle Vaughn.

ABC Network Los Angeles Newscaster ABC News Anchor Angela Black.

GOOD TIMES: Rap, Rhythm & Reggae Video

NFL football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson and brother Leo Dickerson.

Video Starbox dancer Justina Jupiter, Justina was also a featured dancer on ColorSoundandSoul.

The first African American female movie and television agent in Hollywood, and inductee into both the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame,
and Who's Who of American Women, Lil Cumber, and Los Angeles entrepreneur (Stevie's on the Strip, and Stevie's Creole Cafe), Stephen Perry.

USC's Third Heisman Trophy winner Charles White. A two-year unanimous All-American,
White set (or equaled) 22 NCAA, Pac-10, USC and Rose Bowl records

L.A. event producers Artris Leftage and partner Larry M, guests on Communique Talk Show.

With the beautiful Los Angeles public relations executive Eugenia Wright
and event photographer Agnes Ferguson.

LOVELY VOICES ...enjoyed seeing my sister in music Rhea Weng perform with The Athenas Choir
at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

Mapping out the next production move with assistant producers.

EUR Media Web owner Lee Bailey and news producer Mike Mosley on Communique Talk Show.

MUSIC PROMOTION: Local music promotion interviewss at Los Angeles social mecca Paradise 24.

Sports and Entertainment program guests Eric Davis and Darryl Strawberry.

A GOOD PARTY BRINGS OUT THE CHEDDA ... Hefner's Mid-Summer's Night Affair was star-studded,
and I was able to chat with pianist, keyboardist, bandleader, composer and actorAward-winning pianist and producer Herbie Hancock.

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Cuttin' up with members of The RAMA Band at rehearsal in Japan.

Model, media and entertainment producer Paula Bond.

Producer and artist Tony Smith aka Tone Loc ... remember this this ... and this.

CEO and lead designer at LSO Designs, Linda Stokes visited Communique to talk about her journey to success
as a fashion designer to the stars in Los Angeles.

Pro football legend, sports analyst writer and actor Jim Brown joined Communique as a program guest to discuss his book Out of Bounds,
published in 1989 by Zebra Books. Brown, who in his heyday finished 5th in Heisman Trophy voting is widely considered to be
one of the greatest professional athletes in the history of the U.S.

Communique guest Jim Brown.

With Communique program guests actress and producer Marla Gibbs and
Los Angeles radio executive and KJLH Radio on-air personality Andre Russell.

Writer, General Hospital actress, and natural skin and hair products guru Bianca Taylor of Bianca's Botanicals.

Actress, producer and model Sheila Frazier ... remember SuperFly!

I caught up with 2017 Woman of Achievement Award recipient
Jacqueline Norvell - founder of - and her family at The Grove in Los Angeles.

into Soul Train dancers Lisa Mapps, Cheryl Song, Nieci Payne
and Juliette Hagerman at the VH-1 Tribute to Soul Train.

Comedian Sinbad and Los Angeles music producer Ralph Hawkins, Jr.

Aretha Jackson with her son Jimmie Swain inside linebacker for the Oregon Ducks.
Aretha danced professionally throughout Europe in the 80s - appearing on Soul Train intermittently as a featured dancer.
We are featured in this tribute to Michael Jackson.

Canadian Club Modeling Troupe

Celebrating the birthday of songwriter & producer Ralph Hawkins, Jr.
- Ralph co-produced and arranged Redlight for Eddie Murphy and Snoop Dogg.

Louie Carr and Christina Sanchez

Bobby Lyle, Ian Davis, Auggie Johnson

With Soul Train dancers Juliette, Claudja, and Michelle.

CommuniqueTalk Show program guests restauranteur Stephen Perry of Stevie's on the Strip,
actors Blair Underwood and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, and music executive Ian Davis with
Side Effect producer Auggie Johnson. The lead female singer in Side Effect was singer Miki Howard.

Pro basketball player and business entrepreneur Magic Johnson.

Stephanie Mills

With Primetime Emmy Award Nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series,
actor Meshach Taylor.

Pop, jazz, adult contemporary and R&B recording artist Ms. Vesta Williams visited Communique Talk Show ...
we got to hear her four octave vocal range LIVE ... what a voice!

Music promoter Douggie D

Video Starbox host Playboy Playmate of the Year and American Beauty model Elan Carter interviewed
actor/model Michael Bacon from the cast of VR Troopers.

Jazz DIVA supreme Ms. Barbara Morrison.

L.A. Raiders team members joined host Denise Speaks as guests on Communique

Spread The Word gospel radio show producer and host, and KJLH program manager Aundrae Russell.
Andre, (right) was a panel moderator and co-producer of a townhall-style
program series I produced called Community Issues Symposium.

Network television writer, producer and director Ralph Farquhar.

Actress Marla Gibbs reviewing notes before she spoke at Community Issues Symposium shoot

Operation Hope Chairman John Bryant speaking on Community Issues Symposium.

Youth activist and gang intervention ecturer Mike Concepcion

My gorgeous Mom inspired me to want to dance ... watching her and her beautiful friends rehearsing left an indellible
impression on me at a young age so no surprise I wanted to be just like her ... what are the chances fate would allow me to land
on Soul Train - televised nationally by the time I got there - and she would be able to tune in and watch me dance every week for over a decade.

PUBLIC RELATIONS: Professional PR executives Pat Tobin,
and Modena Moore were guests on Communique Talk Show.

Interviewing Eric Dickerson for Sports & Entertainment Television

Bodybuilding duo, twins Cleon and Leon, regular trainers at Venice Beach, California.

Communique host Diana Sherer with U.S. track and field olympic medalists Kevin Young,
Danny Everett and Steve Lewis

Los Angeles radio personalities Cliff Winston and George Moore.

NFL icon Warren Moon

Friends Kevin Sims, Monique La Rocha and actress Regina Brown,
author of Rise! Tao Of The Diva.

ATL producer Evan Connor.

Jazz guitar royalty, Peter White was an in-studio guest on Video Starbox featuring Body Vibes,
and what a fun shoot it was. He got to meet the Body Vibes dancers, and Ana Maria Carrasco danced live while he played his guitar live to his music.
Talk about jazzed! Such an amazing talent. I have followed Peter White's music over 25 years, and he's such a gracious gentleman.
When he is playing in the LA area we merrily trek to the destination, whether it be 5 miles - or 50.

NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott and actress/recording artist Shaunice Wilson.

Former pro football player and network TV sportscast anchor Jim Hill.

Comedian Reynaldo Rey and model Alicia Shante.

Public Relations and entertainment event producer a href="">Vonnie Hilton-Sweeney.

Aussie rappers Mic and Mac

Jazz vocal cover of music composed by Daniel Vojevodovas aka FTUREABLE

Actress/model/singer Freda Payne

Entertainment event producer and promoter Mark Gaspard and model Jaqueline Davis.

Actress Marla Gibbs,was a special guest speaker on Community Issues Symposium.

Recording group Domino Theory

Actress, producer, screenwriter and host Jada Pinkett Smith.
Jada was always open to support community programming that helped connect people in positive, supportive ways.
On Jada's program Red Table Talk, she's still keeping people thinking, communicating, and growing.

MUSIC PROMOTION: Producer/Songwriter Darren Sullivan aka DLaVance and O'Bryan.

Beautiful Renea Zanzi and Carolyn Johnson ... Soul Train Dancers

Hon. Nate Holden.

Chic producer Nile Rodgers.

CA real estate agent Veronica Davis-Penna and actress/model Wanda Acuna.

Interviewing Actor Richard Lawson

Author, sportswriter and producer Diana Sherer, with Communique program guests
Blair Underwood and writer/actor Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs.

Professional boxer and sports lecturer May May Ali,
daughter of World Champion Boxer Muhammad Ali, and singer-songwriter Miki Howard.

 EUR Web CEO Lee Bailey and EUR Web news roducer Mike Mosby


My wonderful cousin, Joyce Wiley-Simon.

My wonderful cousin Mrs. Nigeria King.

Guitarist Pat Metheny, performing at the North Sea Jazz Festival (2003),
with the Metropole Orchestra conducted by Jim McNeely.

L.A. Raiders ... guests on Communique Talk Show.

Soul Train Media ... Created and Edited by Crystal McCarey

Rap, Rhythm & Reggae Video

Radio pioneer Jerry Boulding and former KGFJ Radio afternoon anchor
and Urban Network executive Carol Carper, guests on Communique Talk Show.

Producer Bill Bellamy

PRO BOWLIN'IN HAWAII ... with Soul Train dancer Dina Rivera
and football Hall of Famer Harry Carson at the 1984 Pro Bowl.

Linda Stokes, CEO and Designer at LSO Designs

Actor/writer/comedians Larry B. Scott, Louis Dix, Jr.,
and Clyde Thompson, guests on Communique Talk Show.

Songwriter/producer/arrangers Gene Dozier and Leon Huff

Producer, songwriter Darren Sullivan aka DLavance

L.A. music and entertainment promoter Felipe Darrell

We Danced

Photo highlights from the Soul Train Friends & Family Picnic

Since 2014 Soul Train dancers Juliette Hagerman and Nellie Gonzales have produced an annual picnic to bring us together and keep us dancing.

Ricky Bell, a founding member of New Edition

Communique host Diana Sherer with guests Michael & Erin Stinnis.
Stinnis' father William Stinnis founded the Golden Bird Chicken franchise.
Michael was also the first African American to start at quarterback for the University of Hawaii.

With 92.3 The Beat DJ and on-air personality Theo Mizuhara.
Theo was the creative mind behind the highly successful No Color Lines
music promotion campaign in the mid-90s.

Interviewing producer and rapper James T. Smith aka L.L. Cool J.

Interviewing music executive producer Louil Silas, Jr.

Interviewing actor Leon Robinson.

Crystal McCarey Soul Train Poster

An Afternoon to Remember ... Smooth jazz guitar royalty, Peter White visited
with us during a taping of Body Vibes in the summer of 1990. Such a fun taping it was for all.
Peter spoke on his inspiration and what keeps him motivated as a writer and producer.
He's known for writing beautiful melodies and romancing them with his signature
guitar skills and customized sounds. Lucky for us Peter arrived from a session with
one of his guitars ... he played, Ana Maria swayed ... I had goosebumps. The song
he's playing is Reveillez-Vous, one of my very favorites from his 1990 Reveillez-Vous album.

Sharing a prayer for love, unity, hope and strength with the Blue Dot.

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