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    • GEMSTONE MANAGEMENT & CONSULTING, LLCSpecializes in Marketing & Consulting, Public Relations, Media Buying & Planning, Securing Entertainers,Event Management & Staffing and Business & Community Outreach. The Gemstone Promoters, Client Servicing Experts, Publicity Elite Managers, CPA’s and Mobile Marketing Personnel. Management Staff (GEMS) is Over the years, Gemstone Management & comprised of touring Consulting, LLC has worked with clients such as event managers, Morris Chestnut, Pantene, Proctor & Gamble, media buyers, radio Ebony, Tony Parker and Eva Longoria and Near promotions staff, Future and Walgreens, amongst many, many more. journalists, recordlabel promoters, publicity managers, client servicing Glitterazzi Unlimited, LLCexperts, CPAs and mobile marketing personnel. is the nightlife division and subsidiary of Gemstone Management & Consulting, LLC.Gemstone has unlimited nation-wide capabilities andis headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with offices in GLITTERAZZI UNLIMITED, LLC (GU)Miami, Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina. specializes inGemstone also has over 1,000 Associate Staff providing party-stylenation-wide and in the Caribbean. entertainment managementAll Gemstone standards are checked and balanced services, talent,by our experienced executive advisory board and media, marketing andendorsed by our highly respectable partners. public relations consulting.GEMS provide all of our clients with stunningresults! Our highly professional team consists of GLITTERAZZI UNLIMITED, LLC also providesTouring Event Managers, Media Buyers, Radio consultation for events, fundraisers, concerts, clubPromotions Staff, Journalist, Record Label promotions, sporting events and more.
    • Just Four GEMS provide all of our clients with stunning results! In the beginning Gemstone Management & Consulting, LLC contracted three young women to help build the company. Each one offered her own skills, expertise and abilities.Tonya Collins Tonya (Me) joined Gemstone Management & Consulting as the Project Assistant in within my senior year at the University of Texas at Arlington. Prior to signing my contract, I was into my third year at Radio One. I had also previously worked with Meredith on various events. With experience created press material, I was able to assist Amber with proofing. It also made creating and organizing events for clients such as Tony Parker and Eva Longoria, a smooth success.Meredith Hicks-Capleton, CEO A highly-decorated United States Navy Veteran, and proud graduate of Prairie View A&M University, Meredith M. Hicks has established over 19 years of urban marketing, media communications, and event management experience. Meredith’s widespread marketing and management background expands to partnerships with many high level clients in areas ranging from business, sports, music, TV and radio.Amber Punch-Brown Amber served as Project Manager of Gemstone Management & Consulting. She was a substitute teacher and studying at the University of Texas at Arlington during her contract term with the company. Amber came with previous freelance experience working in media and entertainment. As a teacher, she had a strong background in writing, which greatly benefitted her in this position. Amber was the predominate writer of all press material.Joleen Ford Joleen came to Gemstone Management & Consulting as the Promotions Coordinator and with experience working on the promotions department at Radio One. She earned her Bachelors degree from the University of North Texas and was striving to become a radio personality and producer. Her ability to organize and interact professionally with clients was critical and proved effective in this position.
    • Tony Parker and events- all which Tony attended as a first time All- Star participate. Sunday concluded with Tony Eva Longoria Parker’s Live Video Premier Party at the Live Sports International All Cafe in downtown Houston. Attendees had the Star Weekend opportunity to party with the couple until 2am and get Events the first glimpse of his new Top of the Game music video, featuring girlfriend Eva. Throughout these events, Gemstone Management & Consulting was toActress Eva Longoria and basketball boyfriend, Tony handle all media for the press conference andParker, planned for an entire weekend of events schedule any interviews. Internally this was mythroughout the 2006 NBA All-Star games in Houston, account to be organized solely by me. The eventsTexas. In collaboration with the Houston partners, were a thrilling success and commended by theGemstone Management & Consulting organized and clients, partners and many media outlets.gathered press for couple’s every moment. The eventskicked off with an appearance on Oprah the weekbefore. This marked the first joint interview with thecouple. The day prior to the events, Tony hosted apre-event press conference for all media. His bigannouncement- he is opening a French record label,Game Time Entertainment. Friday Tony and Evahosted the All-Star Global Kickoff Party, where Tonypremiered his first single, Top of the Game, featuringrap artist Fabolous. As a first time All-Starparticipate, Tony spent Saturday involved with NBA
    • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Contact: Glitterazzi Unlimited214-704-0021 Houston’s Spur of the Moment Tony Parker and Eva Longoria will host 2 parties during All-Star Weekend…and Oprah talks about it on Monday Houston, TX. February 6, 2006—San Antonio Spurs Guard Tony Parker is in the midst of launching an international music career. The 2-time NBA champion’s new recording label – Game Time Entertainment will present Tony Parker’s International All-Star Weekend during the 55th Annual NBA All-Star Game weekend in Houston, Texas. Eva Longoria, famous for her seductive role on ABC’s Desperate Housewives and seemingly loyal attendance at Spurs games, will be featured in Parker’s new music video. The couple is scheduled to appear in their first interview together on an upcoming episode of Oprah (airdate Monday, February 6th for the time, please check your local listings). Among topics that will be discussed are: Parker’s current musical endeavors, the NBA All-Star Game and Parker’s International All-Star Weekend Events. National partners of Parker’s International All Star Weekend include NIKE and POWER-ADE. Other partners include the Houston N Crowd, D. Mass Productions, Glitterazzi Unlimited and Platinum Sunshine Promotions. In addition to his appearance on Oprah, Parker will utilize his partnership resources to promote his Game Time Entertainment record label. Parker’s International All-Star Weekend will tip off on Friday, February 17th. The All-Star Global Kickoff Party will feature the European native as he performs his first single Top of the Game live with platinum recording artist FABOLOUS. This first time performance will be simulcast in Paris, France, Parker’s native country. Houston’s Renaissance Hotel Grand Ballroom located at 6 Greenway Plaza (next to the old Compaq center) will be the stage for this affair from 9pm-3am. The weekend will continue Sunday, February 19th with Tony Parker’s Live Video Premier Party at Downtown Houston’s Live Sports Café located at 404 Main @ Preston. This three-story complex will premier Parker’s new music video on all 40 of its screens following the NBA All-Star Game until 2am. Along with Tony Parker and Eva Longoria, confirmed guests include Spurs teammates Robert Horry, Tim Duncan and Nick Van Exel. A host of Parkers friends and family members from France are among these guests, which will undoubtedly make these popular weekend events, international affairs to remember. Parker also will be conducting a Pre-Event “Press Conference” for all media on Thursday, February 16, at 5pm. This Q & A session with Tony will also be held at the Renaissance Hotel, located at 6 Greenway Plaza (next to the old Compaq center). To register for this Press Conference, you must contact press contact Tonya Collins at 817-528-7564, turquoise@gemsconsult.net or Amber Punch at 469-223-3378, ruby@gemsconsult.net. About Gemstone Management and Consulting and Glitterazzi Unlimited: Gemstone Management & Consulting specializes in Urban Marketing and Consulting, Securing Entertainment, Event Management & Staffing, Contract Negotiations & Proposal Development, Media Buying & Planning, Public Relations and Business & Community Outreach. Gemstone’s nightlife division Gliterrazzi Unlimited also manages and provides consultation for events, fundraisers, concerts, club promotions, sporting events and more. Gemstone is a Dallas, Texas based company with strong nationwide capabilities, partners and contacts. www.gemsconsult.net ###
    • Parker blessed with success on court, stardom off itRADIOSHACK SHOOTING STARSParker loving life — and EvaSpurs guard blessed with success on court, stardom off itMOISEKAPENDA BOWER, Copyright 2006 Houston ChroniclePublished 06:30 a.m., Saturday, February 18, 2006Tony Parker looks comfortable. On the verge of his first All-Star Game, Parker isnt breaking a sweat, appearingas poised as an adored actor strolling the red carpet for the umpteenth time.This has become Parkers life. Parker, who will take part in the Shooting Stars competition today, jet sets withhis girlfriend, actress Eva Longoria of Desperate Housewives fame. He has shared a concert stage with hip-hopartist Fabolous. And he earns All-Star nods.But things werent always so sublime for the 23-year-old Frenchman."The day I announced it to my dad, he cried," Parker said of his selection as a Western Conference reserve. "Hewas so proud and so happy for me."I know a lot of people in France are going to have their eyes watered, because they saw me play when I was inParis. Now Im in the NBA — the biggest stage — and its great."Parker is savoring his rapid ascension to the top of the NBAs point-guard heap. Drafted 28th overall by SanAntonio in 2001, he spearheaded two Spurs title teams, doing so with a paralyzing blend of savvy and speed.Now in his fifth season, Parker has taken his game to another level. He is averaging a career-high 19.4 pointsper game and 5.8 assists. He is one of the league leaders in points in the paint, a stat reflecting both his daringand quickness."Hes definitely the best point guard in the history of the Spurs franchise," said Dallas Mavericks and WesternConference coach Avery Johnson, a former Spurs point guard.That Parker reached this point in his career so quickly is a surprise, even to him. The off-the-court fame isgratifying, but his development on it led to his blossoming into a star."Sometimes Im saying to myself, Five years ago I was still playing in Paris, and now Im in the All-Star Game,so its just great," Parker said. "Ive just been blessed."Blessed to the extent that Parker can hone his craft as a bilingual rapper. He performed his upcoming single Topof the Game with Fabolous at a Friday night party at the Renaissance Hotel and admitted to spending most ofthat morning readying for his performance.In what is a glamorous life, Parker was asked to describe its best aspect."Dating Eva, thats what," he said.mk.bower@chron.com
    • General Manager R.C. Buford was not surprised that those were when we were trying to get the ball toTony Parker receives All-Star Parker got that recognition Thursday. Courtney."embrace "Its an indication of the hard work and time that hes put in to improve his game," Buford said by telephone. Ohio State scored 10 points off Michigans 15AMERICAN BASKETBALL: NBA coaches "For someone whos had the early success hes had, turnovers. Four of them came on breakaway dunks hes not resting on what hes accomplished. This kid during the Buckeyes decisive run.recognized the French imports talent, voting him to has left us no reason to doubt his resolve at any time." Michigan guard Dion Harris had 14 points beforethe Western Conference All-Star team Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was unavailable spraining his right ankle with 8:29 to play. He never Thursday. But Parker said: "Pop told me: `You deserve returned to the game and Ohio State seized onNY TIMES NEWS SERVICE AND AP , NEW YORK AND it, you worked hard. But its just the beginning. You Michigans instability in the backcourt.DALLASAP, ANN ARBOR, MICHIGANAP, NEW YORK can be the best point guard in the league."Sat, Feb 11, 2006 - Page 19 "He was having a great game," Buckeyes guard Ron Parker listed John Stockton, Steve Nash and Jason Lewis said of Harris, "but after he left, we knew weTony Parker worked the red carpet two weeks ago and Kidd as standard-bearers. That did not make it any had to keep pressuring them. We forced some turnoversappeared on Oprah this week with his companion, the easier in 2003, when the Spurs recruited Kidd, who and got some baskets."actress Eva Longoria. He is a budding rapper in was then a free agent. They wanted Parker and Kidd to Harris, who was helped off the court, was scheduled toFrance, his home country, and has won two NBA play together. be evaluated early yesterday.championships in his first four seasons as the San "I saw it slowing down my improvement as a point The Wolverines led 21-8 early in the game before theAntonio Spurs point guard. guard," Parker said. "There was no way; I would have Buckeyes heated up. Ohio State hit 12 of 16 3-pointersBut something was missing from his sudden success to be traded." in the first half, including nine of its last 10, and ledand celebrity. At age 23, Parker sought validation that Kidd stayed, and the Spurs extended Parkers contract 49-43 at the half. Matta called a timeout when the leadhe belonged among the leagues elite. for six years and US$66 million. hit double digits to calm his team down.Oprah Winfrey might not have been interested in "If youre Jason Kidd, why dont you want to come to "We told the players to relax and do what we do," heParkers points in the paint, but the NBA coaches San Antonio Spurs?" Parker said. "Theyre going to said. "Dont panic."recognized his burgeoning talent on Thursday, voting give you US$120 million for to play with Tim Duncan. The Big Tens second-best 3-point shooting teamhim to the Western Conference All-Star team for the Id sign right away. Seriously, Im surprised Jason didnt didnt, and promptly got itself back into the game.first time. come. Im sure hes regretting it now." "They were good shots," Matta added. "Even the long Parker said he was grateful for the Spurs faith in him ones were good looks and we were able to get them toParker beamed while taking congratulatory cell phone and for his life in San Antonio. He has been dating go in."calls over a cup of tea at the Four Seasons in Longoria for a year and a half. They met in the Spurs In the second half, Ohio State was 19-for-27 (70Manhattan as the Spurs rested before Friday nights locker room, where she visited with her father after a percent) from the floor as it got better production in thegame against the Nets. He was ready to celebrate the game. frontcourt.achievement of a goal he set during last years All-Star "Shes been great, helping me understand my life andWeekend. He was in Las Vegas, where he was feeling bringing the best out of me," Parker said. "When you The Buckeyes 15 3-pointers were their most thisleft out and losing money at the casinos. date a girl like that, its a lot of responsibility and season and marked the second time in as many games"I was hurt, deep inside," Parker said. "I never talk making sure shes happy. Shes worth it." Michigan surrendered more than 10. Iowa made 13 3-about it because I was kind of sad because the whole Popovich has allowed Longoria on the team plane for pointers in Saturdays 94-66 win over the Wolverines.coaching staff went and I was the only one of the big some trips and allowed Parker to surprise her at the JeKel Foster added 17 points for the Buckeyes, whothree left out." His teammates Tim Duncan and Manu Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 29, an off-day. also got 14 from Lewis and 13 from J.J. Sullinger.Ginobili were on the All-Star team. That is a testament to the trust Parker and Popovich Michigan forward Brent Petway left the game nine"I wanted to make sure this year that I played well have developed, Buford said. minutes into the second half after aggravating a ribcageenough that there was no discussion," Parker added. "I just think its part of his maturation," Buford said. injury. He did not return and is day-to-day."They had to take me." "Evas been very supportive of him, and she has not The Wolverines also were without swingman Lester been a distraction to him." Abram, who missed his second straight game with anFans voted Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash as starters for If anything, Parkers outside interests have allowed him injured left ankle. Amaker said he will not playthe All-Star Game on Feb. 19 in Houston, and Parkers a break from thinking nonstop about basketball. At All- Saturday at Purdue.19.7 points and 5.9 assists made him an obvious choice Star Weekend, Parker will unveil five songs from his Daniel Horton had 15 points and 10 assists forto be a reserve. Parker is second in the league with a . album, due in September, and perform with the rappers Michigan and Ron Coleman scored 15 points.551 field-goal percentage, boosted by his signature Fabolous and Booba. The three collaborated on one Detroit was rewarded on Thursday night for one of theteardrop layup. He averages 12.2 points in the paint, song, "Top of the Game." Now Parker can say he best starts in National Basketball Association historysixth best in the league, according to the Elias Sports belongs there. when four Pistons were selected for the midseason All-Bureau. Thad Matta has been hoping for a big road victory Star Game as reserves. since he came to Ohio State two seasons ago.With Duncan and Ginobili struggling with injuries, Jamar Butler scored a career-high 20 points and had Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, Ben Wallace andParkers consistency has kept the Spurs (38-10) in the two of the No. 19 Buckeyes season-high 15 3-pointers Rasheed Wallace all were picked for the Easternhunt for the top spot in the West. "Hes having a in a 94-85 victory over No. 22 Michigan on Thursday Conference team that will be led by Detroit coach Flipphenomenal year," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said night. Saunders. Tayshaun Prince was the lone Pistons starterWednesday. Although every scouting report says the 6- The win, the Buckeyes first at Crisler Arena since not chosen in voting by East head coaches.foot-2 Parker will penetrate, "hes still able to do it," 2002, moved Ohio State (17-3, 6-3) into a three-wayFrank said. "Hes lightning quick." tie with Michigan State and Illinois for second place in "I would just like to thank the coaches in the league forParkers determination and cleverness in driving to the the Big Ten. The teams trail Iowa by a half-game. recognizing our players," Pistons president ofbasket despite the obstacles provide a window into his "We havent beaten a top-20 team on the road in the basketball operations Joe Dumars told AP on ThursdayNBA career. After winning two titles, Parker still year-and-a-half since Ive been here," Matta said. night.wanted to prove his value to the Spurs. Last summer, "Thats a goal weve always had and its nice to see itthey hired a shooting coach, Chip Engelland, and sent happen." The Pistons became the first team with four players inhim to Paris to work on Parkers outside shot. Chris Hunters three-point play gave Michigan a 73-70 an All-Star Game since the Los Angeles Lakers sent"He told me the Spurs had some concern whether I lead with 8:45 to play, but Ohio State answered with a Shaquille ONeal, Kobe Bryant, Eddie Jones and Nickwould still improve or stay the same player and if I was 14-2 run, during which it was 7-for-7 from the field, to Van Exel to the 1998 game in New York.hungry enough," Parker said, adding that they were go ahead for good.worried that dating Longoria would hurt his Center Courtney Sims had 26 points, a career-high 16 Published on Taipei Times :motivation. rebounds and four blocks for the Wolverines (16-5, http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/sport/archives/"I told Chip right away that Im ready to work because 6-4), who lost consecutive games for the first time this 2006/02/11/2003292606I want to get to that next level," Parker recalled saying. season. He was not a factor late in the game, however, Copyright © 1999-2012 The Taipei Times. All rights"I want to go to the All-Star Game. The championship as the Buckeyes made it hard for him to get the ball in reserved.is great, but I want recognition, too, as a basketball the post.player." "We had some critical turnovers late in the game," Michigan coach Tommy Amaker said, "and some of
    • MARCH 5, 2006 LA PRENSA DE SAN ANTONIO 7-TV Tony Parker enters the Music ScenePor Lucy Moreno music. I am very happy to start music is good and basically when Actually some of them made Tony Parker: Growing up I and do my first concert to they listen they are very surprise. appearances on the video, Timmy, listened to a lot of Tupac and During the NBA All-Star introduce my album and my Because nobody knows about Robert, Brent Berry and Nazr Biggie for me that’s the two bestweekend Tony Parker held a press songs, I am excited. It’s a big French rap in the states so that’s Mohammed. ever, a lot of French rap and Jayconference to announce his debut challenge but I think I can do why I want to do it and try to Press: So Eva was your muse in Z. But I listen to a lot of differentas a rap singer. But in case you both, I’m just going to enjoy my introduce French rap and putting his CD together, what was stuff R&B and Jazz.don’t know much about the life and do both at the same time. introduce a new kind of music. I the name of the song you wrote Press: Okay, after music arehandsome basketball star here are Press: What is the first single was thinking if Spanish can make for her? you going to try to be an actor?a few tidbits. His full name is and what was your inspiration for it why not French and hopefully I Tony Parker: Yes, she was and Tony Parker: No, not really IWilliam Anthony Parker and he it? can be the first one to make it the name of the song is “Falling don’t see myself doing that.was born in Belgium and raised in Tony Parker: Basically the happen and to show that French in Love.” Press: Not even as a guest inFrance. Tony is fluent in English, inspiration came like the song is music is pretty good and people Press: We know you like Desperate Housewives?French and obviously living in “Top of the Game” so I wanted to will enjoy it. So we’ll do a couple Fabulous who else is in your CD Tony Parker: Nope. As aSan Antonio speaks a little do something because being an of songs tomorrow and if they collection? gardener?Spanish. NBA champion I thought I was boo me I’ll just stop (laughing – If you have never met the on top of my game in basketball somehow I don’t think Tonybasketball player you would so I wanted to get somebody in Parker got booed).never know what a nice guy he the music that I like and respect Press: What does Evareally is, a little shy, but a good and I thought he was on top of his Longoria think of your music?sense of humor. It was during the game too and it was Fabulous Tony Parker: She admirespress conference that we got to because that’s how I want to do how I take it as a challenge andsee the other side of Tony Parker. my album a little bit there’s a so she really likes it because itHe also spoke about his song for everybody a song for the was a dream for me and sherelationship with the Desperate ghetto, love songs for girls and pushed me to do it seriously. SheHousewife, Eva Longoria. It was dance floor and songs for the really likes it, actually I wrote avery obvious that Tony Parker clubs and I think Fabulous was song for her and its going on toand Eva were the hottest couple the best at that and that’s why I be on my album. So that’s whyduring the NBA All-Star weekend decided to do a song with him. So tomorrow she’ll be at the concerteveryone wanted a picture of when I called him I made him on the first row screaming,them. But, rather than be listen to a couple of my French screaming my name. (joking)redundant with a well known stuff and he liked and we did a Press: You have a high profilecareer I’ll leave you with the song. relationship and your very busyinterview. Press: Did you have to translate not only with basketball but now Press: How will you combine for him? with your musical career andyour basketball and music career? Tony Parker: (laughing) A she’s very busy on one of the Tony Parker: It takes a lot of little bit, a little bit at first he most popular television shows ineffort, that’s for sure. It’s a big didn’t understand anything. He the world. How on earth do youchallenge. Since I was small I was like, ‘man I don’t understand two find time to be together andalways did music with my anything, but it’s hot.” So then I how difficult is it?brothers and friends, we always started to do more songs and now Tony Parker: We get thathad a lot fun, but I never like took I’m going to work with Jaime question a lot but we see eachit seriously because basketball Fox, right now we’re working on other a lot, we just make timeobviously was the main thing. it and it’s looking pretty good. So for each other. Our schedules areWhen I came to the Spurs and got that’s why I decided to do both tight, but I do see her 3 or 4comfortable with the NBA something during the All Star times a week. They always saywinning championships my weekend just do a couple of songs on TV that she comes to a lot offriends and especially my just for the All Star. basketball games. I rememberbrothers, they always pushed me Press: Is there any pressure Charles Barkley once saying,to get serious about my music. In since other basketball players “Man, why is she here again, shethe last 2 or 3 years I started have pursued the music business? must not be working oncontacting my boys from France Tony Parker: Oh yes, definitely Desperate Housewives”. Sheand get a team together and a lot of people laughed at first and travels a lot, but if you reallyproducers and engineers and asked “why do you want to rap” want to see that person you willeverybody from France and that’s and that’s legitimate everybody make it happen. I’m very lucky;how I got started. That was a will be curious and suspicious and I’ll be the first one to say it.dream I always had I always you just have to show them that Press: If you could pickwanted to experience the world of you are for real and that your anyone on your team or anyone on the Piston’s team who would you like to collaborate with, who do you think has it? Tony Parker: Musically? Obviously everybody knew Shaq and what Kolby and Iverson did underground, but never came out. Then I learned that Grant Hill was doing beats and Desmond Mason and Jason Terry and all those guys rapping I thought it was very funny. But if I had to choose I would like to do something with Shaq. So we’ll see. (Laughing). Press: What do your team mates say about you rapping? Tony Parker: They like it.
    • Tony Parker Makes All-Star Team, the NY Times, and...Oprah If you thought your week went well, check out five days in the life of Spurs guard Tony Parker. On Monday, he and girlfriend Eva Longoria appeared on The Oprah Winfrey show to donate $50,000 to Oprahs Hurricane Katrina fund and to talk about their relationship. On Wednesday, Parker scored 32 points and added 13 assists in a road win against Toronto. Yesterday, he was named to the 2006 NBA All-Star Team for next weekends game in Houston. And today, Liz Robbins profiled the Frenchman in the NY Times just before he helped win another game against the New Jersey Nets.Unfortunately, Parker is also planning to release a French rap album, but lets not rain on his parade this week.In other Texas NBA news, The Dallas Mavericks have won 13 games in a row, and Houston is getting ready forAll-Star Weekend.Image via grob.blogs.comTony Parker Fuels Our Nightmares OK, we know that Tony Parker plays for the Spurs. And hes linked to Desperate Housewives co-star Eva Longoria (Yowza!). Thats 12 or 13 Around the Horn-style points right there. But then theres this: Hes also a rapper. (13 ... 12 ... 10 ...) who raps in French (9, 8, 7, 65432 ...) According to the San Antonio Express News, Parker makes his San Antonio hip-hop nightclub debut at Club Antro, 7959 Fredericksburg Road, on Tuesday (we listed the address so you wouldnt drive near there by mistake). The show, billed as "Tony Parker & GameTime Family featuring Fabolous," will have Longoria as a "special guest" — to insure that angry fans dont trashthe place, were assuming. Fabolous, by the way, is a New York rapper and Parkers collaborator who supposedlyhad a hit in 2001, although we cant recall it. But thats not all. Parker, of late, has dubbed himself in promotionsas "Tony Pizzle" and "The Machine." Another horrifying fact: His first rap record "The Top of the Game," hasan accompanying video which features teammates Robert Horry, Tim Duncan, Brent Barry and NazrMohammed.Im sorry. The thought of Brent Barry rapping ... in French ...Help us, Lil Ronnie! Youre our only hope!Tuesday will mark Parkers S.A. club debut with Fabolous, Eva [San Antonio Express-News]
    • San Antonio Express-News WritersBlockMedia.netMETRO - Actress Eva Longoria gets escorted by the Yeah, the French point guard from the San Antonio SpursSpurs Coyote during introductions of the celebrity teams is getting ready to drop an album. He raps in French soat the McDonalds NBA All-Star Celebrity game I’m not sure what he’s rapping about but it sounds wack. He has a single featuring Fabolous (random) and somepresented by 2K Sports at the George R. Brown other French guy that sounds like he’s literally spitting onConvention Center in Houston on Friday, Feb. 17, 2006. the microphone. But Tony needs to give up the rap talk,Longoria took on the role of a coach for the "H-Town" play ball, and keep banging that Desperate Housewivesteam that included celebrities such as hip hop artist Nelly. chick.Longoria sported denim jeans with the words, "Tony P", In 1999, C. Webb dropped an entire album of wacknessthat likely showed her support for boyfriend and Spurs called 2 Much Drama. I didn’t listen to the album but Iguard Tony Parker who will be playing as an All-Star for remember the single. It was wack. At the time C. Webbthe first time in his NBA career. Photo: SAN ANTONIO was going through some drama but that’s not a reason toEXPRESS-NEWS, KIN MAN HUI / SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS take it out on us and rap about it.
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    • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Contact: Amber PunchGemstone Management & Consultingwww.gemsconsult.netPh: 469-223-3378 Bionics, Cybertronics and Technotronics: The 3 Billion Dollar Project Dallas’ “Victory Park Project” appoints firm to add futuristic appeal for the new “W Dallas Victory Hotel” DALLAS, TX. February 7, 2006— Near Future, LLC is among Dallas’ chosen few firms to design for the city’s highly anticipated “Victory Park” expansion. This audio-visual data installation and design company prides itself on its slogan – “Delivering Tomorrow’s Innovations.” Their state-of-the-art audio system will be one of the “Dallas W Victory Hotel” main attributes. The “Dallas W Hotel” is a 32-story, multi-million dollar development and is one of several buildings that comprise the expansion plan of “Victory Park.” The “Dallas W” is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2006. Near Future specializes in fusing new-age technology with high-end style for projects such as “Victory Park.” The wireless audio system being designed for the “Dallas W” will be exclusive to all other hotels in the entire W Corporation. It will provide users with ease of operation while being aesthetically appealing and inconspicuous to the eye. Near Future’s innovative capabilities extend beyond hotel audio systems. They also offer high-tech security, computer and voice systems for religious institutions, educational facilities, commercial and residential buildings. “Our company has a huge competitive advantage because we offer what most design/installation firms don’t,” said Tyrie Jamerson, President of Near Future. “Our solutions are integrative and tailored to fit our client’s immediate and future needs,” he added. “That’s what makes us unique. Our endless possibilities range from the boardroom to the bedroom.” Near Future, LLC is a Dallas based Certified Minority Company formed in 2000 by four IT consultants and specializes in the integration of audio visual, computer, voice and security systems. Near Future has partnerships with Custom Home Builders, General Contractors, Architects, Realtors, Interior Designers, and Property Managers to simplify the purchase process and transform product selection into a comfortable experience. To learn more about Near Future and their capabilities, please visit www.NearFuture.com or call 1-866-817-8145. ###
    • 94.5 KSOUL and Gemstone Management & Consulting presents Soul of the CitySoul of the City was a fashion show and concert hosted by actor Morris Chestnut. The eventincluded talented, local fashion designers and fashion design students. It was the firstinstallment in now an annual event and the first of its kind in Dallas.My responsibilities during this event was general floor assistance, which included assistancewith backstage operations, ticketing status and hospitality with designers, hosts and staff.94.5 on-air personality, Lynn Haze co-hosted.
    • Morris ChestnutMorris’s first professional acting role was in 1991 on Freddy’s Nightmare:A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series. His most notable role was as Rickyin the 1991 film Boyz N the Hood.In 1998, he won the annual Madden Bowl videogame competition.In 1999 Morris starred in The Best Man, where he earned anNAACP Image Award nomination for his performance.In his 12 year professional career, Morris has starred in more than 23films and at least ten television series, including the most recentAmerican Horror Story on FX.Howard HewettHoward started out as secretary to Soul Train host and creator,Don Cornelius. Shortly after, Howard became the lead singer to thegroup Shalamar until the 1980’s before pursuing a solo career.He recorded I Commit To Love (R&B #12), an album that yielded twoR&B hits. The album also included Say Amen, which became a hit onthe Gospel chartsHoward released several other albums in the following years,including a gospel album and a song with Tina Marie.Tony TerryTony is a graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts inWashington. He provided back up vocals for the R&B/pop group,Sweet Sensation and hip hop group The Boogie Boys.In 1987, he signed a recording contract and released his first single,She’s Fly, which peaked at number ten on the Billboard R&B singleschard. Forever Yours was Tonys debut album and was released in 1988,reaching the Top 40 of Billboards R&B albums chart. The follow-upsalso placed on the R&B charts.Tonys second album, a self-titled release, included the single With You(his biggest hit) which reached the Top 20 of the US Billboard Hot100, as well as the Top 10 on the R&B chart.Jeffrey OsborneJeffrey began his professional singing career in 1969 with a popularfunk and soul group called Love Men Ltd. The band moved to LosAngeles in 1970 and changed its name to L.T.D. After more than tenyears with the band, he decided to pursue a solo career, whichproduced such Top 40 hits as Dont You Get So Mad, Stay With MeTonight and Love Power, with Dionne Warwick.Jeffreys solo career brought five gold and platinum albums, includingStay With Me Tonight and Only Human. He also recorded an albumof duets with singer James Ingram and scored an international hitwith On the Wings of Love in 1982.
    • Other eventsPantene Total You Tour The Pantene Total You Tour visits 5 cities nationwide to unite African-American women in recognition and celebration of their unique and holistic beauty. We connect through this event to create a positive, uplifting and exciting environment where participants experience a transformation of the mind, body and spirit.Set it Off Sundays at Maxwell’s Set it off Sundays was a concert held at Maxwell’s featuring an old school hip hop artist.Ebony Black Family Reunion Tour The Ebony Black Family Reunion Tour (EBFRT) brings African- American families together and empowers them with easy, practical tools and resources to empower family connections year- round. Ebony Black Family Reunion Tour is created by EBONY Magazine and presented by veteran sponsor Procter & Gamble including nine of its family of brands.
    • Working Ground Up would learn. I learned a great deal about my own It is a different skills and capabilities, as experience working well as about the with a company from determination and the very beginning. It’s longevity it takes to get a long hours, followed company off the ground. by ridiculously random During the final year of college, the crossroad time of phone calls, chaotic my life, I also learned I moments and some of have the ability to stack upthe most fun times you will ever have in your career. to the best and beThere’s little security when the company’s only been successful. I am lucky toaround a few months and for that it takes far more have worked withfaith and belief that you know what you are doing Gemstone and thealong with a passion for what you are doing. wonderful women on the team. It was a treasuredIn the midst of working at Gemstone Management & learning experience and an experience I am fortunateConsulting, LLC, I learned so much than I believed I to have under my belt.