Sunday December 29th, 2002


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Short news stories this week:

Beyonce Knowles Pepsi Spot To Be Directed By Spike Lee

Acclaimed film director Spike Lee will direct Destiny's Child star
Beyonce Knowles's debut Pepsi commercial. Pepsi-Cola North America has
hired Lee's advertising agency, Spike DDB, to create the spot, which
will air in early 2003.
"Pepsi has a long history in its commitment to developing a relationship
with the African-American and multicultural communities. They have set
very high standards in meeting with this commitment," said Lee, who is
the chairman and chief creative officer for Spike DDB. "Spike DDB is
excited about the opportunity to work side by side with such great
partners, and we are ready to go to work."
Spike DDB is a minority-owned, full-service advertising agency founded
by Lee and DDB Worldwide. The agency is focused in integrated
communications that target African-American and urban-minded consumers.
Spike DDB will work with Pepsi on the new television commercial as part
of a campaign that also will include radio, print, Internet advertising,
and other promotions.
Knowles's debut solo album, Dangerously In Love, is expected to be
released in March 2003. Pepsi also has the option to sponsor a Knowles
solo concert tour, which she is reportedly considering for 2003

James Brown, Morris Day To Play B.B. King's In Honor Of Black History

James Brown and Morris Day & The Time will perform at the B.B. King's
Blues Club in New York City, as the venue celebrates Black History
Month. The "Godfather Of Soul"--who recently shared the stage with Dave
Matthews Band--will play the small club on January 31 and February 1.
Morris Day & The Time, who have been featured in such films as Purple
Rain and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, will play at B.B. King's on
February 28 and March 1.
Other acts taking to the club's stage during February include the
Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards, Mary Wilson of the
Supremes, JT Taylor, and Peabo Bryson. Tickets to all shows are
available through Ticketmaster.

Destiny's Child, Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Donny McClurkin & Others To
Perform At 2003 Trumpet Awards

Chaka Khan, Destiny's Child, Al Jarreau, Donny McClurkin, and Mary Mary
are among the confirmed performers for the 2003 Trumpet Awards which are
sponsored by Turner Broadcasting System. The ceremony, which will be
held on January 6 at 6 p.m. ET at the Georgia World Congress Center in
Atlanta, will be hosted by comedian D.L. Hughley.
The 2003 Trumpet Awards will air on the TBS network on Saturday,
February 22 at 7 p.m. ET. The Trumpet Awards celebrate African American
achievement in the fields of law, politics, and entertainment.
Some of the evenings presenters will include: Patti LaBelle, Lenny
Kravitz, Johnnie Cochran, Montel Williams, Robert Townsend, Garcelle
Beauvais-Nilon, Ananda Lewis, and Sheryl Lee Ralph.
Some of the previously announced winners of the 2003 Trumpet Awards
include: Destiny's Child, Pam Grier, Julius Erving, Spike Lee, Lt. Col.
Marilyn Wills, Vernon Jordan, Newsweek editor Mark Whitaker, Ruby Dee,
Ossie Davis, Prime Minister of the Bahamas Perry Christie, and golfer
Cheyenne Woods.


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