Friday, October 12, 2012

movie short Snaphot directed by Kevin Coleman

Release date: September 2005

Written by John Cruz
Produced by Brian Armes
Directed by Kevin Coleman

In an East Los Angeles community, some use guns to settle issues; a seventeen year-old girl meets them head on and stands with a weapon of her choice, a camera.

Story: Esperanza is an aspiring photographer from a quiet neighborhood in Pasadena. Her best friend, Rosa, has recently become involved with Al, a gang leader from a gritty East Los Angeles neighborhood. Rosa takes Esperanza to Boyle Heights to meet Al. He shows them around his neighborhood, his gang, and his family, opening Espeanza's eyes to both the depravity and the beauty of life in Al's barrio. Esperanza's naivety and brandishing of her camera causes a disturbance in Al's set which endangers the lives of everyone she cares for. After that tragic day, Esperanza must decide what her life will become as she faces the loss of those she loves caused by the art she loves.

Snapshot from Kevin Coleman on Vimeo.

S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase
2nd Annual Charlotte Black Film Festival 2012 (Official Selection)
18th Annual African-American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase, 2011
Black Hollywood Education & Resource Center "Reel Black Men Showcase" 2011
Lionsgate, Expose Your Shorts 2010
Black Reel Award 2007
Hollywood Black Film Festival 2006 (Best Student Film)
Urban World Film Festival 2006 (Official Selection)
World Fest Houston 2006 (Grand Remy Award)
Urban Media Makers Award 2006 (Official Selection)
River's Edge Film Festival 2005 (Official Selection)

Saturday, October 6, 2012

First female wins democratic primary for St. Louis City Treasurer

Hardworking Missouri State Representative Tishaura Jones beat out Aldermen Fred Wessels and Jeffery Boyd, and the city’s democratic central committee chairman Brian Wahby as the first female City Treasurer of St. Louis back in August of 2012.
Despite all of the mismanagement and alleged corruption in the Treasurer's office, Jones made it clear that she is going to turn that office inside out to ensure operational integrity and public accountability by all who do business there. The key for Tishaura's victory has been attributed to successful grassroot efforts. Former St. Louis Comptroller Virvus Jones is Tishaura's father who served as his daughter's campaign manager in the four-way Democratic primary.

Tishaura also has leadership experience. After her first term, Rep. Jones was selected  by her colleagues as the Assistant Minority Floor Leader.  She is the first African-American and the first woman to hold this position in Missouri history.  As a member of the leadership team, she is second in command of the Democratic members of the Missouri House of Representatives. As a state legislator in her second term, Jones said she has a strong handle on the law and investment banking – two skills that would allow her to make real change and growth in the office. The City of St. Louis is a county, and the Office of the Treasurer is subject to state law.

Tishaura has yet another hurdle to jump which is the General election in November. She faces Republican Tim Bachmann and the Green Party's Anthony Stevens.  Jones stated, "It will be an honor to be on the same ballot as our President, Barack Obama!".


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Rams Rally downtown @ Kiener Plaza, 2012

The new and improved St. Louis Rams are ready to take on any challengers. The rally took place downtown at Kiener Plaza from 11:30am to 1:30pm (cst).

Downtown St. Louis @ the City Park headed to the Rams Rally.
Almost there, I'm @ 14th & Olive

I'm finally here @ the Rams Rally sponsored by yours truly

The band was really groovin.
A few beautiful Rams Cheerleaders

Rampage and a few fans

Navy blue & gold
Blue water to rally the home-team football Rams

The pretty lady in the plastic ball

What a beautiful smile

Fox 2 News April Simpson & Tim Ezell
Tim Ezell posing with a fan

This guy partied the hardest and shared the spotlight with "Dancing Bear"

A very happy fan of the Rams Cheerleaders
Go St. Louis Rams, change the football culture again for the better and SHOCK THE WORLD! The Greatest Show On Turf, (part 2).

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Local director wins award for Best Short Film

OSI (pronounced Oh-see) 
Release date: November 2011

This short film is a drama.
Written by Reondo Minor
Produced by Kevin Coleman and Derrick Phillips
Executive Produced by Markell Jones
Directed by Kevin Coleman

Osi is a nice guy trying to do the right thing and protect his girlfriend Alyssa from the day to day life of being addicted to drugs. He is friends with Reggie the toughest guy and girlfriend stealer in a neighborhood of North St. Louis. Alyssa quickly sends their already troubled lives down a rabbit hole of betrayal when she falls into Reggie's trap. Osi confronts Reggie about his obsession with Alyssa which may jeopardize his quest for a better life.

The film is a look at an inner city community where words are rarely used to solve problems. Enough killing! What if we walked away instead of fighting when there’s conflict .

Osi (Official Version) from Kevin Coleman on Vimeo.


2012 Reel Black Men Film Festival at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood
BEST SHORT FILM, 2012 Charlotte Black Film Festival
2nd Annual Charlotte Black Film Festival, March 1-3 2012 (Charlotte, North Carolina)
Moolah Theatre & Lounge, November 3, 2011 at the Moolah Theatre and Lounge (St. Louis, MO)


Other associates of the OSI film are: 
Edited by Derrick Phillips
Associate Producer, Keith Watkins
Cinematography by Hannah Radcliff
Original Score by Marley Magner

To find out more about Kevin Coleman's projects visit Coleman Entertainment's website:

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Movie trailer for short film OSI

This is a movie trailer of the short film OSI directed by a high school alumni friend of mine named Kevin Coleman with Coleman Entertainment.

Kevin is CEO of Coleman Entertainment, LLC an indie film Production Company he started in 2005. Mr. Coleman recently won best short film at the 2012 Charlotte Black Film Festival with his film “Osi” which addresses walking away from violence in urban communities. The film was shot in Kevin’s old neighborhood in north St. Louis, an area struggling with black on black gang violence.
To view an interesting article about Kevin visit

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Great Forest Park Balloon Race, 40th Anniversary 2012

These are photos of the 40th Anniversary of the Great Forest Park Balloon Race on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Central Field in Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri.

Some of the hot air balloons inflating for airlift to glide in the wind.

Some balloons are already in the air while these are ready for take off.

More air balloons preparing to take flight. They are very colorful and artistic.

Beautiful, colorful air balloons fill the sky at dusk.

A couple of air balloons above the tree line in Forest Park.

 To read a more detailed version and to view more great photos visit:

Saturday, September 22, 2012

8th Annual RankenTech Car Show and Alumni Reunion, 2011

Here are some pics of some fabulous and exotic cars that were on display at the 8th Annual Ranken Tech Car Show and Alumni Reunion, 2011. I am just now posting these pics because I have more time to do so. Last summer I was very busy help run a construction company and at night engineer and mix music for various recording artists. Hope you enjoy them.

You know its fast.

Big pimpin with this Cadi.

Gangsta hot rod.

Both of these old schools are clean.

Juiced up Cadillac.

A wealthy man's show toy.

Classic but space age in one.

For a view of more great photos, visit this link:

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Beloved Streets of America on STL TV LIVE (pt.2)

This is part 2 of a two part series. Melvin White (President of Beloved Streets of America) and Barry Jarmon (Treasurer of Beloved Streets of America) are the featured guests.


Beloved Streets of America (pt.2)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Beloved Streets of America on STL TV LIVE (pt. 1)

Take a look at an interview of the President of Beloved Streets of America, Melvin J. White and Treasurer, Barry L. Jarmon, as they discuss their vision about revitalizing the streets of America that bear the name of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

(click the link below to see the video )

Beloved Streets of America (pt. 1)


Monday, September 3, 2012

MLK Legacy Walk video (from KSDK), St. Louis MO

KSDK News Channel 5's Art Holliday talks to Beloved Streets of America President, Melvin White, about his vision to revitalize MLK Drive not only in St. Louis but in other cities nationwide.

There is a race to revitalize streets in America bearing the honorable name of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Sunday, September 2, 2012

MLK Legacy Walk

A walk took place on a hot summer day in St. Louis known as "Bringing Our City Together".
It was part of a movement established as the 1st Annual MLK Legacy Walk.

This energetic crowd of marchers peacefully demonstrated their feelings as they approached from the east headed west on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive to Hamilton Ave. The theme was, "Bring Our City Together". This walk was coordinated by Beloved Streets of America, a St. Louis-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in which their primary goal is to revitalize and conserve the streets bearing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In the company's  7 year study of various MLK streets in America majority of these streets are unsafe, distressed and crime ridden. Predominately blacks live in these low-income under privileged communities where whites and non blacks seldom travel.


Marchers arrive at the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King Drive and Hamilton Ave.
The intersection of MLK Drive and Hamilton Ave. in St. Louis, MO
I didn't get this man's name but I call him "The flag bearer of our national flag".

1st Annual MLK Legacy Walk in St. Louis, MO, 2012
It was a moving scene as marchers shouted in rhythm," Keep the dream alive... keep the dream alive, Keep the dream alive... keep the dream alive!" in a military-type syncopation.

Walking with purpose and vision, MLK Legacy Walk, St. Louis MO
This march signified something more than just a ceremonial showpiece but inspired and motivated concerned working class citizens that want to make a positive change in their community. The man in the grey t-shirt and sunglasses is 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffery Boyd who is demonstrating his support by marching for a purpose with a vision.

 The woman in the wheelchair is an inspiring sight to behold as her dedication and willingness kept her moving on despite her physical challenge.

Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed gave an exciting and enthusiastic speech. Here is some public service facts about Mr. Lewis Reed: He represented the 6th Ward for nearly eight years. During his time as Alderman, he drafted and passed the first neighborhood based TIF in the history of the city; helped found the organization Bike St. Louis; added hundreds of new housing units throughout his ward and hundreds of millions of dollars in new development; and helped bring $1.7 billion of development to the city.

 Pictured below is President of Beloved Streets of America, Melvin White. His vision is for every street in the United States of America bearing the name of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is vibrant, beautiful and prosperous. "Our goal is to create a Beloved Community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives"
                                    --Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Beloved Streets of America President, Melvin J. White
In Melvin's closing speech he made a comparison of the Delmar Loop to Martin Luther King Boulevard. He also talked about cultural awareness, nutrition, green technology and safety. Melvin also talked about turning the grounds he is standing on (pictured above) into a Legacy Corner. The purpose of Legacy Corner is to: further the revitalization of MLK Drive in north St. Louis city; create a venue for community gatherings;  education and artistic programming; enhance community pride; honor heroes, inventors, civil rights activists, local and national individuals and organizations that have positively impacted society (specifically St.Louis); generate revenue for the community to support programs ans services that improve the conditions for residents.

All in all, the music was great as it was a relief to hear positive music with no cussing, killing and misogyny. Several of the guest speakers talked about this 1st annual walk as a "movement" and that it is only going to get bigger. It's time to turn these streets around people and I agree with 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffery Boyd in bringing one or two with you next year. Boyd also made a guarantee about tripling the size of this event and to get the city more involved in the process.