Charlie Wilson: Comedian, Host, Producer

Comedian and host, Charlie Wilson, was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was always involved in acting, drama, and public speaking at school and in church. He attended LSU, while working two jobs. At some point during his life, he moved to Dallas, Texas with his high school sweetheart. While he was there, he auditioned for various stage plays and continued down the path or arts and entertainment. After two years of acting in these plays, one day he was joking around on stage and was asked has he ever considered comedy. He never thought about it up it to that point. This was the start of his pursuit as a comedian.

After many years of being together, Charlie and his high school sweetheart had given birth to a little girl (who was born with sickle cell). Shortly after, Charlie decided it was time to get married and make a full commitment to his family at the age of 23. Two weeks after they wed, their daughter passed away. This was a very difficult period in both of their lives, and they responded differently to this unfortunate circumstance. While she moved closer towards God, Charlie moved forward with things in a negative capacity. One day his wife decided she wanted a fresh start and thought it would be a good idea to move to New York. Charlie however, didn’t think that would be a good move for him. He felt that he was too much into his career and also a cars salesman. So he told her to leave if that’s what she wanted to do. After being without her for several months, Charlie had time to think. Before they decided to divorce and put their whole marriage to rest, he wanted a fresh start. He moved to New York with her. And they built together. They struggled while living in NYC, but they were able to overcome. They are still married and now have another daughter, who is two years old.

A month after being in NY, Wilson did an open mic and that was the start of his new journey. He was then told by the manager of the establishment that he did well and could do a one man show. One night after a show, one of the audience members wanted to talk to him about a talk show. He shot a pilot for a daytime show. This is where Charlie Wilson TV originated. The woman in charge of the daytime show passed six months ago. However Wilson kept the name as he continues to pursue his career. He’s had many accomplishments, such as: opening up for various people, Shaq’s All Star Comedy show, starting his online show, as well as hosting many showcases. Although the journey wasn’t all easy, Wilson has embraced his process, continuing on.

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Charlie Wilson. He kept me laughing all the while sharing his life and his journey. Below are a few highlights of the interview.

Miss Jones: How long have you been in this industry?

Charlie Wilson: I’ve been doing this for about four years now.

Miss Jones: Where does your material generally come from?

Charlie Wilson: It comes from life experiences, and I turn it around into something funny. I make it relatable according to the scenery.

MJ: What were some of the mistakes you made in this business?

CW: I would say, moving a little too fast. I was trying to produce shows and my budget was a little too much I know there’s money to be made, but not initially. Ultimately, my mistakes were losing my focus and moving too fast.

MJ: What were your biggest struggles?

CW: Trying to get people to know who I was. I know I have the talent and ability, but in NYC trying to build your name, it can become a little difficult. Trying to have a crowd and an audience is tough. Instagram and Twitter is one thing, but having people show up is different. Trying to build a loyal following is hard, but you can’t let that slow you down. You have to stay focused and consistent. And act like its a full house every time.

MJ: What was your biggest accomplishment?

CW: my first national TV appearance in the Wendy Williams show, a year ago. Someone reached out to me and let me know about the street talk segment and I was able to be apart. It was great because my family who can’t see me often was able to see what I’m doing. It showed that I’m not just talking about it, but I’m actually doing it.

MJ: What do you hope to gain?

CW: I want to have a platform doing what I love to do. I was to be able to inspire others through this as well through the power of influence. I want to be able to build for myself, then step into a middle school and encourage and empower this next generation.

MJ: What advice would you give to others?

CW: really find out if this is what you want. Always stay focused and embrace your process. It’s easier to accomplish things when you don’t allow the low moments to overtake you. Many people want to do this because it’s a trend, but are you really willing to sacrifice and go without.

Be sure to check Charlie Wilson out as he hosts Tha L. Spot’s 3 Year anniversary at Roulette Thearter in Brooklyn, Thursday March 12th.

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To stay up to date with this funny guy, check out his networks. Instagram and Twitter @charliewilsontv and visit his website, charliewilsontv.com! You can also check him every Wednesday night from 9-11pm on his radio show, streaming live on 15moferadio.com. He’s in the move and has many events coming up soon!

Feature: Actor/Model Shirville Jarvis

Shirville Jarvis is an Antiguan male actor/ model spotted by an agent while working at a McDonalds in New York City during fashion week. The now established “sexy boy” was born in All saints Village, Antigua W.I. and grew up in a household with six siblings. As a teenage boy, he was very shy since he was made fun of due to his dark complexion. In spite of this, Shirville Jarvis was never a follower and ultimately became the popular Adonis that he is today.

Shirville Jarvis has faced many triumphs and challenges throughout his life. When he was just 10 years old, Mr. Jarvis was called to represent his country’s soccer team and became the left footed star of the team. At 13 yrs old, he moved to the States to live with his dad and moved out at 17 to find his own way. Shirville Jarvis describes himself as a true mix of both his mom and dad’s personalities and believes this feature attracts people to him. His ability to talk and relate with people makes others comfortable and is an attribute that Mr. Jarvis feels has helped him succeed in his career. Shirville Jarvis is not an over the top, conceited model/actor and continues to keep his feet grounded.

Shirville Jarvis’ acting and modeling career started when he spoke to his brother, worldwide known, international reggae grammy winning artist, Bajja Jedd about his aspirations. As a result, Mr. Jarvis was introduced to several of his brother’s colleague reggae artists such as Screechi Dan, Red Fox, Shaggy, Rayvon, Mr. Easy and NY #1 street promoter Tree(Aka Thomas Reid) and soon after began modeling and promoting locally. On a cold day in frigid February waters of the same year, Shirville Jarvis had one of his best photoshoots with photographer Geisha De Loca photography. This shoot lead to Shirville being selected as a runway model for Phashionable Loud Inc plus appearances in Bogie Management’s artist Donny Yardas tour and Irie jam. Shirville Jarvis’ filmography/videography includes being cast as an extra in the Movie “Artifice” produced by film maker Donovan Howard featuring both Nardo Ranks (reggae artist known for the classic Reggae song “dem a bleach”) and Red Fox (known for another reggae song classic “Pose Off”). He was also featured in a short film movie “BLACK PEARL” . Shirville Jarvis has also appeared in the “Back it Up” video for reggae artist Rayvon plus cast as the leading male in the music Video “Love Dance” for artist China black.

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Shirville took a minor break and returned to the modeling/acting scene in the 2012 video “Pull up Selector”, a major release for Reggae artist Rayvon who is widely known for songs such as “BASHMENT Party” featuring Redfox and “Your My Angel” featuring Shaggy.
Shirville Jarvis’ stage credits include being “featured” in:
Starz Power (Jamaican Assassin)
Law and Order SVU season 15.1 (Rasta Guy/ Drug Dealer)
Eden (French film)
I am Tom Hanks ( Drug Cartel)
Love and Hip hop NY season 4.1
City of Gold (Evangalist)
Take Me With You (Tony)
Queen Of Glory
Just to name a few.

Keep up to date with Shirville and follow his career by visiting his networks. http://ovadoo.wix.com/OvaDoo, http://facebook.com/OvaDoo8, and Instagram @shirville_actor.

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(Submitted by Shirville Jarvis)

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(Miss Jones & Shirville Jarvis)

Sunday Evening Serenade

Sunday, September 21st, I had the pleasure of attending Sunday Evening Serenade’s one year anniversary! This event is created and hosted by Olivia Gilmore. Sunday Evening Serenade is an acoustic showcase that’s put on once every month. The purpose of this event is not only to give artists a platform to perform; it is also for all artists, vendors, and those in the entertainment and fashion industry to promote themselves and network.

SES was held at Ripley Grier Studios in the midtown area of NYC. The room was nice, quaint, and intimate with a beautiful white grand piano. Just right for an evening serenade. The featured artists of the night were, Ashton Martin, Mayo Bass, and Olivia Gilmore. Because of traffic, Natalie Imani was unable to attend.

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(Mayo Bass, Olivia Gilmore, Ashton Martin)

The evening began with great tunes playing in the background, while the audience was given an opportunity to mingle and network with one another as well as the vendors, who I must say produced great work.

Cherise Broadbelt of Reese B Designs blew me away with her collection. As her material says, it’s “Not Your Average.” Cherise has a line of bow ties (available for both women and men), clutches, and jewelry. Every bow tie and clutch is handmade by Cherise herself, with beautiful fabrics and leather. Her pieces are well put together ending with a great product. Not only are her pieces amazing, her personality is very warm and welcoming. View Reese B Designs below and visit the Instagram, @reesebdesigns, to view more and order pieces from her collection.

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(Cherise Broadbelt, Reese B Designs)

Another vendor was Tremaine Angevine, CEO of OFCC. OFCC is an urban clothing line with great designs. Every shirt, sweatshirt, hat is personally designed by Tremaine. OFCC has done many trade shows and continues to push their brand. Take a look at apart of their collection below. Also check out their website for more, http://www.ofccest1982.com.

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(Tremaine Angevine, CEO of OFCC)

Other vendors included, food by Ms. Anita G. From the raves on social media, her food was delicious. Be sure to check her out on Instagram @chefmamagarciajr.

After the brief mingling, it was time for the main show. Every artist who took the stage, was absolutely amazing.

Starting out with Ashton Martin accompanied by JT on piano. From the melodies that flowed from Ashton’s mouth Sunday evening, you could tell that he’s been doing this for some time now. He’s actually been singing since the age of 10 and composing his own songs by the age of 12. Since then, he’s been perfecting his craft and doing a great job at it. Ashton started his set with one of my personal favorites, So High by John Legend. John Legend is an amazing artist and not many can fill his shoes. However, Martin’s raspy voice fit the song perfectly. Every note in the right place. He then went to a self written song entitled, Your Body. Which is a song he wrote after a breakup and all he could think of was her embrace. His connection with the audience was amazing. You could hear every emotion while he sang as he have the perfect eye contact. He finished his set with very popular song, Superstar by Luther Vandross. Overall, great singer, songwriter, and performer. Be sure to check Ashton out on twitter and Instagram @ashtnmrtn. Also, purchase his new single “Lights Out” on iTunes.

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(Photo taken by @faceonbroadway)

Up next was the bubbly Miya Mayo Bass accompanied by Eddie C on piano. When Mayo entered the room you automatically saw her lively personality. Mayo was X Factor 2013 finalist and worked with countless recording artists. Varying from Brandy, Shirley Murdock, Mary Mary, Fantasia, Vashawn Mitchell, and more. Mayo started out with ‘Boy Band Trivia’ from her upcoming project Nostalgia. This song is a cumulation of some of the greatest boy band hits; such as Don’t Leave (Stay) by Blackstreet, It’s Over Now by 112, On Bended Knees by Boys II Men, Gone by Nsync, and 5 Steps by Dru Hill. One of the most creative songs I’ve heard. To put these amazing tracks together was amazing to hear added with her amazing vocals. She then ended with her latest single, ‘The Cure.’ This is by far one of the most powerful songs. This song was created for anyone who suffers from cancer, diabetes, and anyone who needs healing. Mayo prayed and asked God for the lyrics, and The Cure was birthed. Sunday evening she belted out these lyrics and you felt every word. To hear the song, visit http://youtu.be/OBxokN9c32M and view the official video, available for purchase on iTunes. Mayo is also currently doing a church tour where she is open to visiting churches and singing ‘The Cure.’ Stay up to date with Mayo Bass by visiting her website, http://www.miyamayobass.com.

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(Photo taken by @faceonbroadway)

Last but certainly not least, the host and creator of Sunday Evening Serenade, Miss Olivia Gilmore. After hearing about the effects of bullying, she was prompted to start out with Unpretty by TLC. Encouraging everyone to look within and find their beauty and not allow the words of others to get them to a negative place in life. After her first song, Olivia let the audience in. She explained how private of a person she was, which is understandable in this business, but grasped the crowd with her transparency that night. She talked about how SES started as well as the difficulties she’s encountered throughout this year. Although there were many obstacles that came up against her, she never gave up. She expressed her goal as an artist and how she wanted to become famous when starting out, but she never only considered herself. She created this showcase for the benefit of all artists. Olivia not only wanted to build her brand as an artist, she also wanted to help her fellow artist get ahead in the game. Which is commendable. To have had to face troubles along the way, she could’ve stopped; but she continued to maintain. Olivia also has a great personality. She kept the crowd laughing the entire night.
It was an absolute pleasure meeting Olivia and attending such a wonderful event. Special thanks for the invitation. To stay up to date with Olivia and Sunday Evening Serenade follow her Instagram @msoliviagilmore. You can also check out her music on soundcloud. You won’t be disappointed, she gave her all with every song she sang Sunday night.

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(Photo taken by @faceonbroadway)

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-Miss Jones