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Oscar-nominated director Lee
Daniels has confirmed actor and
stand-up star Mike Epps will play co-
median Richard Pryor in his forth-
coming biopic. Daniels broke the
news on Twitter, posting a picture of
himself with Epps with Oprah Win-
frey at a script reading. Winfrey, who
Daniels directed in The Butler, will
play Pryor s grandmother.
Epps, who has acted in The Hang-
over and Resident Evil, also posted a
photo of himself kissing the ring of
Pryor s widow Jennifer Lee, for "the
blessing." Several other stars, includ-
ing America s Got Talent host Nick
Cannon, Michael B Jordan and Mar-
lon Wayans, were reported to have
been in talks to play Pryor in the film.
Known for his x-rated routines,
Pryor is widely regarded as one of
America s most influential comedi-
ans. Before Pryor s death from a heart
attack in December 2005 at the age of
65, both he and his wife had ear-
marked Epps to play him in a film that
they would have produced. (BBC)
Richard Pryor biopic to star Mike Epps
The doorman at Shakers on the Avenue
is taking the admission fee of $9 and
51 cents---in honour of the radio station fre-
"Don t worry about the change," a punter
tells him but the doorman insists, "No, wait
I have change," before handing him a slip
which reads: I O U 49 CENTS.
95.1FM has been the home of legendary
rock DJ, Mike Ross, for close to 15 years.
He started off around the year 2000 and
quickly moved from doing the four-hour
Sunday afternoon rock marathon show, CRS,
(Classic Rock Sundays) to taking over the
Thursday night show, Total Local, when its
founder, Jean Ambrose, was moved to the
Six hundred shows later, it s time to cel-
ebrate his staying power and the small but
zealous alternative rock community of T&T
is out in full force to show their love to the
man who is Trinidad s answer to legendary
rock DJs like the UK s John Peel, "Whispering"
Bob Harris and Scott Shannon from the USA.
Down the line from his home in Diego
Martin, Ross says it s an honour and an acco-
lade to be compared to these giants of the
airwaves. But the comparison is well-earned.
He s been involved in music since 1986 and
has done a great deal to promote and support
the local scene in the face of the almost hege-
monic grip of soca; the national sound.
He s played in several local bands, including
Red Tears, J9 (both cover bands), Babylon Pig
and Astral Garden (playing original songs)
and his current band, Cornerstone, is due to
play an Independence Weekend concert at
Put to him that the mid-90s was the hey-
day of Trini rock n roll, Ross agrees that it
was "the best time for local rock, with lots
of acts writing, recording and bringing out
records and clubs and bars hiring bands."
Things have dipped somewhat in recent
years. The big boys of the scene, Orange Sky,
have stepped back as frontman, Nigel Rojas,
tried various other things including playing
flamenco guitar on Bunji Garlin s international
hit Differentology, writing hits for Destra and
composing Phase II Pan Groove s 2014
Panorama-winning song Jump High.
"But it s always been a roller coaster. It
goes up and down and sometimes it hits a
little bubble. We re in a bubble right now but
there are new different styles emerging---a
fusion of local rhythms---which I m optimistic
about," says Ross.
To emphasise his point, Ross invited a range
of artists, young and old, to perform at his
600th show on August 14 which was broadcast
live in front of a packed and rowdy audience.
Jointpop performed as a three-piece ensem-
ble, Jimmy Crime and the Murderers, playing
two new songs and trying to make a quick
getaway only to be thwarted by the crowd s
insistence they come back and play another.
One of their numbers, Reality&T, is a tri-
umphant return to social commentary includ-
ing lines like "PNM and UNC and ILP...they
don t mean nothing to me."
Nikolai Salcedo of the energetic fusion
rock-kaiso-reggae-roots band Gyazette got
the crowd totally revved up while Kepha
Yaseph provided a real show-stopping
moment playing understated blues guitar as
his piercing soulful voice belted out a kind
of r n b/hip-hop melody.
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Popular rock music DJ
Mike Ross behind the
controls at Radio 95.1 FM.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Skid Nevely performed at Shakers when Mike Ross hosted his 600th Total Local show.
PHOTO: ROGER SEEPERSAD
DJ Ross rocks on
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