Minority Owned Operations Ayurvedic Pharmaceuticals, Bakersfield, CA 7-Eleven Franchisee Association and Fresh Choice LLC Secure Cannabis Convenient Store Distribution Deal

Los Angeles – Ayurvedic Pharmaceuticals Inc., (https://www.vedicpharma.com/), an African American owned and operated naturopathy pharmaceutical company and cannabis testing laboratory, has announced a ground breaking distribution agreement with Fresh Choice LLC convenience store distributors, and the Bakersfield, CA 7-Eleven Franchisee Association, both minority dominated operations. The agreement will encompass the sales and distribution of Drip SZN (www.dripszncbd.com/ ), Ayurvedic Pharmaceuticals’ new line of CBD-based products.   Drip SZN will be carried in over 5000 stores throughout California, Nevada, Arizona and Texas, to include smoke shops, liquor stores and 7-Eleven convenient stores. John Salley, NBA legend, vegan and well renowned cannabis activist, serves as Ayurvedic Pharmaceuticals’ COO, overseeing the logistics and operations of this landmark deal.

Ayurvedic Pharmaceuticals is dedicated to maintaining wellness through plant-based supplements, nutrition, exercise and Pranayama (breathing). Drip SZN, their new lifestyle brand, will consist of an array of offerings including vape cartridges and lip balm sticks, all infused with or containing natural broad-spectrum, USA grown, hemp extract CBD, with zero THC. CBD, or cannabidiol, is the popular natural remedy used for many common ailments and has no psychoactive properties, unlike its counterpart, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD is heralded for offering natural, alternative relief from pain and inflammation, anxiety, depression, and enhancing the quality of sleep, reducing joint pain, relieving stress and improving moods. Ayurvedic Pharmaceuticals’ products will be domestically manufactured and are vegan friendly, using proprietary homeopathic formulas. Drip SZN will be available in select stores in April 2019.
The Ayurvedic Pharmaceuticals’ endeavor is a significant one and serves to tip the diversity scales within the cannabis industry. With marijuana positioned as the new gold rush trade, the issue of diversity within this multibillion-dollar industry has become a heavily debated topic. According to Marijuana Business Daily, approximately 81% of cannabis business owners or founders are non-minorities, while African Americans only represent 4 percent.  Testing laboratories in general have historically been non-minority owned, and cannabis testing laboratory spaces hold true to that paradigm.

Barrette LaRoda, Jr.
president, Ayurvedic Pharmaceuticals
“This deal is significant and historic on so many levels,” explains Barrett LaRoda Jr., the 23-year-old president of Ayurvedic Pharmaceuticals. “As a millennial ‘gangapreneur,’ I am an advocate for testing not only THC but CBD as well to ensure that the consumer always receives a superior cannabis product. Though CBD testing is not required or regulated yet, our CBD infused Drip SZN products will adhere to our stringent standards and regulations and support the highest measures for maintaining health and wellness.”
John Salley, COO,
Ayurvedic Pharmaceuticals


Cites John Salley, COO of Ayurvedic Pharmaceuticals. “Iam involved in several cannabis ventures, but I consider my role with Ayurvedic Pharmaceuticals as pivotal. As a health and wellness brand we are now able to provide healing resources to the community that are completely accessible to all. To be able to purchase a Drip SZN CBD vape pen that might ease your stress or soothe a headache, from your local convenience or liquor store, is the kind of consumer access I have been campaigning for, for years now.”
Barrett LaRoda,  
chairman advisory board,
Ayurvedic Pharmaceuticals 

“Collectively we have found that the cannabis industry presents great business opportunities,” adds Barrett LaRoda, the advisory board chairman. “However, access to information and financing has not been well promoted to people of color. We actually plan to start a division in our company for this much needed education service.”

Principals involved in the deal include Barrett LaRoda,chairman advisory board; John Salley, COO; Yogi Solanki, chairman, Bakersfield, CA 7-Eleven Franchisee Association; Earl Bryant, chairman and CEO; Barrett LaRoda, Jr., president; Anthony Francis, CFO; Johnathan Van Beer, CEO of Under Pressure Xtractions; and Raja Mittal, chairman of Fresh Choice Distribution.
Drip SZN will also be available at the Ayurvedic Pharmacy in Pasco County in Florida, the first of Ayurvedic Pharmaceuticals’ plant-based naturopathy wellness centers. Ayurvedic Pharmaceuticals has also partnered with Hollywood actress, Bai Ling to produce her line of CBD-infused beauty products, Eternal Youth Beauty Formulas and White Spirit Cosmetics. In addition, the company is planning to produce the first of its kind “N.O.P.E. National Opioid & Prescription Epidemic Risk Mitigation Conference & Expo” later this year in New Port Richie, Florida, with a focus on utilizing CBD and naturopathy products in the rehabilitation process.
For more information about Drip SZN, go to www.dripszncbd.com/ and for Ayurvedic Pharmaceuticals, visit https://www.vedicpharma.com.

Comedians Just Nesh and Brian “Da Wildcat” Smith Star in Hilarious Stage Tour Production “If You Are Invited to the Cookout”

Chicago – Writer / director Arnetta Randall has the uncanny ability to recreate characters and scenarios that really touch the heart. As the creative force behind Randall Productions, the young writer may be a newbie on the scene, but she is setting her stage for real success. Her first foray into theater, “If You Are Invited to the Cookout,” starring Taneshia “Just Nesh” Rice from “Kevin Hart Presents: The Next Level,” and extreme funny man Brian “Da Wildcat” Smith (Fox TV’s “REL”), is slated to embark on a two-city midwestern tour. “If You Are Invited to the Cookout” will premiere March 15 in Chicago at the Harold Washington Cultural Center and continue on to Milwaukee at the MATC Cooley on March 29.
“If You’re Invited to the Cookout” follows Ally Smith, a young African American Yale graduate upon her return home to the southside of Chicago for a family cookout. She has plans to introduce her family to her fiancé, Ethan Wells, a white college graduate from a well to do family with an upbringing that is the complete opposite of Ally’s. Ally’s family is filled with colorful characters including a cousin who doesn’t approve of interracial dating; a stern disapproving father who doesn’t think anyone is good enough for his daughter; and a loud, outspoken grandmother who constantly bickers with the next-door neighbors. Ally is embarrassed by her family’s humble beginnings and rambunctious nature. Will their love be enough to survive the comedic shenanigans that ensue?
Randall is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in creative writing. The 32-year old talented writer has had her work featured in the Black Youth Project, XO Necole, and Nia Magazine. She’s written, directed and produced two short films, “Kismet” and “Illusion.” “Kismet,” her first film, is a romantic comedy that got accepted into multiple film festivals and garnered wide media acclaim. “Illusion” is a 6-minute dramatic short that was inspired by the murder of Karen Elaine Smith, a teacher murdered by her husband in San Bernardino, and explores domestic violence.
She is also the writer and director of “Hook Ups,” an episodic web-series for Open TV currently airing on YouTube. “Hook Ups” is a show that explores modern dating practices in a culture obsessed with online dating, swiping left, ‘Netflix and chill’ and casual hook-ups. “Hook Ups” showcases people from all backgrounds, gender expressions and sexual orientation, with the first season exploring straight, lesbian and gay couples.

Writer / director
Arnetta Randall
“If You’re Invited to the Cookout” is based off a central character from another web series Randall has in development. The series, “Freaky Phyllis,” follows the carryons of a bad grandma after the death of her husband. “Freaky Phyllis” will be released in April after the last scheduled stage production.
“As a creative writer, I believe it is important to present my work across a diversity of platforms. With so much access now afforded us, I feel the world warrants the broad explorations of different mediums. I’m extremely excited to not only take an actual production on the road, but I’m encouraged by the depth of talents I get to work with. Kevin Hart saw in Just Nesh what the everyone else is finding out – and that is – she is a phenomenal comedic talent. I’ve followed Brian “Da Wildcat” Smith’s work for years, and he cracks me up every time I see him. I can hardly believe he is now performing in one of my productions.  My entire cast and crew have been beyond supportive in making ‘If You’re Invited to the Cook Out’ happen and we can’t wait for the audience to taste what we been cookin’!”
Make sure you are invited to the cookout. For ticket information go to http://www.invitedtocookout.com .

Crypto Boxers Comes Out Swinging With New Logo, New Website and TKO Game Plan

Atlanta – Crypto Boxers, the first and only boxing game operating on blockchain technology, continues to make strategic moves around the virtual ropes. Concept creator Andrew Gilliam, founder and CEO of Me N’ Mines Media, has come out swinging with a defiant new logo; a new website (http://cryptoboxers.io/), designed by independent game development studio, PlayStakes; and a TKO game plan to bring “real boxing to the blockchain.” Pushing the technology envelope beyond what is currently available in the crypto gaming space, Crypto Boxers has gamers in feverish anticipation as it will feature real life boxers as collectible tokens for the virtual fighting action on Ethereum.
Crypto Boxers’ new logo now promotes the player as the ultimate crypto contender, switching the emphasis off the professional boxers and over to the gamer. The dynamic new website provides a preview into Crypto Boxers’ fully immersive, user friendly world where gamers will experience a fantasy boxing arena and engage in an interactive “gloves on” ring experience with the boxer of their choice.
“They said it couldn’t be done but we are doing it,” reveals Gilliam. “After 459 rejections, I now have major commitments, partners and growing interest from professional boxers who are calling us now.  We are the first professional sports game on blockchain, and we plan to go every round! The logo and website are just a teaser of what is yet to come.”
Round4RoundBoxing, LatinoAthlete, FightTyme, and RichPlaceMedia are the first official partners to be announced by Crypto Boxers.  Crypto Boxers will be releasing the names of confirmed professional boxers, boxing officials and judges that will be in the game soon. Some of the current talks with professional boxers include legendary champs like Evander Holyfield, Larry Holmes, Michael Spinks and Antonio Tarver, along with currently active champs Terrance Crawford and female boxer Christina Hammer.
To throw your glove into the digital ring and stay updated on launch details, weigh in with Crypto Boxers on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and #GetIntheRing now at cryptoboxers.io

Fitness Femmes Mia Shanté and Sasja Lee Announce Grand Opening of Lift and Flow Performance

North Hollywood, CA – While Los Angeles is the home to a dizzying plethora of fitness centers, exercise fads and workout trends, it can be a difficult trek finding an individual wellness routine that actually resonates beyond the initial buzz factor. Veteran fitness femme experts Mia Shanté and Sasja Lee are all too familiar with the options and lack of options facing women who want to work out in a non-intimidating space.   The dynamic duo plan to positively impact the physical movement landscape with Lift and Flow Performance, their all-female, personalized training center in the heart of North Hollywood. Their new Lift and Flow Performance center, formerly known as Strong 4 Pole, will celebrate its grand opening launch on Saturday, March 9, 2019, from noon to 4:00 p.m., with a full day of free introductory training sessions. Lift and Flow Performance is located at 4795 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA inside the X Action Sports Club.
Their initial operation, Strong 4 Pole, started five years ago as a workshop space for pole dancers, providing them the tools to train stronger, fuel properly and reduce injury. However, under the intuitive guidance of Mia and Sasja, Strong 4 Pole has now evolved into Lift and Flow Performance, a boutique style training center for working women, staffed by women, with a mission to instill strong, confident and powerful transformations. Lift and Flow Performance offers strength training, plant-based nutrition coaching and personalized coaching sessions, along with workout sessions that include pole dance classes.
In celebration of their expansion, Mia and Sasja are offering a sneak peek into their programs during the grand opening. This includes a sample of a training session; Pole Revolution, the resident pole class; Abs ‘n Ass, a core and glute focused high intensity class and Floetry, a sensual movement class. In addition, they will provide a brief talk on how and why to make super easy and simple changes to one’s overall diet for better health results.
Mia Shanté, co-owner of  
Lift and Flow Performance   
photo credit: Shane Karns Photography

“Most women are operating on overload already, between their work, personal and home life. For many, the gym does not feel like a ‘safe’ space. Our vision with Lift and Flow Performance is to provide an outlet where women can come and feel nurtured by our workout and nutrition programs. They won’t get lost in class here, be gawked at by male onlookers or feel left behind while training next to someone more advanced,” explains Mia.

“We have created a supportive space of like-minded women,” cites Sasja. “There is no judgement, no confusing workout contraptions to figure out and more importantly, a staff that is primarily concerned with your safety while making your session fun! Every training session is customized for the individual client. Whether your goal is to fit back into your old clothes, reduce or get off of medication, or become an elite pole athlete, we work with you to give you the tools needed to accomplish them.”
Originally from Chicago, Mia walked away from a successful career in television production to pursue her newfound passions for fitness and pole dance. Upon deciding to dedicate her life to physical and spiritual wellness she transitioned to a vegan diet. Mia has since soared, becoming a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, a Pain Free Performance Specialist, a NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist, a PoleMoves Master Trainer and a 2014 National Figure Competitor, a 2015 Pacific Pole Championships Level 4 Dramatic Champion and 2015 Paragon Latin America Championships 1st Runner Up!

Sasja Lee, co-owner of Lift and Flow Performance

photo credit:  Shane Karns Photography

Hailing from Jamaica, Sasja was someone who once considered shopping as her cardio! Having no athletic or dance background she took to the pole like a fish to water and became an instructor within only 4 months of being introduced to pole fitness. A four-time professional pole champion, Sasja has performed at Coachella with recording artist, Halsey, choreographed a pole dance segment for Christina Applegate on funnyordie.com and appeared in a music video with Fergie. Sasja has also performed on several pole dancing segments for network TV including, Telemundo, Lifetime, Justin TV, and a Fiat commercial. She shares her love of pole dance across the nation and abroad, teaching workshops with emphasis on technique and overall mental wellness.
For the full grand opening itinerary for Lift and Flow Performance on Saturday, March 9, click here: Lift and Flow Facebook event.
Follow them on Instagram at @liftandflowperformance and on Facebook at Lift and Flow Performance .
Get lifted and flow with Mia and Sasja at https://www.liftandflowperformance.com/ .
Watch their introduction video at https://youtu.be/N-8eFlWxwo0 .
We are now Lift & Flow Performance
We are now Lift & Flow Performance

Fight Tyme Live Announces First Round of World Boxing Foundation 72 Fight Series

Las Vegas – Khalif-Delence A. Sheares Sr., chairman and chief globalization officer at Fight Tyme Live (a Division of Fight Tyme Promotions, Inc.) hinted to investors at the beginning of 2018 that it would be engaging in a long-term strategy to produce its own in-house content for its flagship network in over 188 countries. The network has remained true to its word with an announcement of 72 fights scheduled over the next 24 months sanctioned by the World Boxing Foundation (WBF). The first event of Fight Tyme Live’s WBF 72 Fight Series will take place Saturday, February 9, 2019 in the beautiful capital city Port of Spain on the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago. The card, promoted by Matthew Collins of Lionstone Entertainment, will be headlined by Prince-Lee Isidor (16-3-1, 16 KOs) of Trinidad and Tobago vs. Antoni Armas (9-3-0, 5 KOs) of Venezuela for the vacant WBF Intercontinental Lightweight Title. The card will also feature four undercard bouts. The WBF’s president Mick Croucher and president of WBF’s North America division, James Gibbs, held the driving relationships and were the forces that encouraged the growth of Fight Tyme Promotions’ and the WBF’s mutual interests.  The event will be streamed live at www.FightTyme.com .
The Fight Tyme Live announcement is unprecedented because it boasts a $72 million advertising deal for 2019 through to 2020 with a strategy that has been financed organically with a private advertising contract projected to be worth an excess of one million dollars worth of SportsCrypto (SPCR) cryptocurrency per fight. SPCR is the #1 sports-based Cryptocurrency in the world, launched in 2018 on the Ethereum Blockchain as an ERC-20 token which is currently trading on the exchanges at roughly $0.45 per SportsCrypto token. In addition to their traditional purse earnings paid by the promoter Lionstone Entertainment, the winner of the title bout will receive an additional $100,000 worth of SportsCrypto (SPCR).
Khalif-Delence A. Sheares Sr.   
chairman and chief globalization officer at Fight Tyme Live

“We have never wavered from our initial vision which was to position Fight Tyme as the ‘Netflix’ of the combat sports world,” cites

Khalif-Delence A. Sheares Sr.  “This first event of the 72 fights we have planned is a major move in that direction. These original presentations cement Fight Tyme’s stance in providing high quality content for our viewers. With the support and backing of the World Boxing Foundation, Fight Tyme is setup for knock out wins!”
Fight Tyme Live, Inc. is a digital-virtual entertainment and lifestyle streaming platform geared towards bringing audiences the most dynamic fighting content across all genres.
Fight Tyme Live is accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world, on any smart device, game console, VR device, computer, or connected TV device at  http://www.fighttyme.com/ .
NOTE TO MEDIA:  For interviews contact jazzmynepr@gmail.com.

All Ball World Kicks Off The Big Game With Free Movie and .99 Cent Children’s Books Releases

LOS ANGELES — With only days until The Big Game, Chuckle TV Multimedia Network is bringing the zany animated All Ball Band’s football character “Pig” to the 53rd annual championship week celebration. In an effort to highlight the importance of “school sports” and “reading,” the new network is presenting the release of an original free mini-movie and a collection of nine children’s books each for only .99 cents. The twelve-minute film short, “Pig is Chosen Again” is an original animated film produced by Detroit native and Motown’s singing group “Four Tops” member Jim White. The captivating tale is designed to delight young football fans all over the world.  The Grammy Award winning, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers The Four Tops, provide the soundtrack for several of the song selections, and Michael “Boogaloo Shrimp” Chambers known for his role as “Turbo” in the 1984 cult classic film “Breakin'” and the 1984 hit sequel “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo,” returns as the voice behind the kid character of Jimmy.  The mini-movie short film “Pig is Chosen Again” can be viewed on Game Day at http://chuckletv.com/ and on ROKU, AMAZON FIRE TV STICK and APPLE TV.
The All Ball Band is a group of animated sports balls that sing and play instruments. In “Pig is Chosen Again,” we find the band’s funky drummer Pig, as in “pigskin,” as the rambunctious young football sent from the mystical magical place known as All Ball World. Pig is once again chosen by the Ball World’s leaders The Elder Balls to come to Earth and serve as the official football used in the kickoff at The Big Game. Pig’s only nemesis is Victor Pinball, an evil wizard who lives inside a pinball machine. On Pig’s journey to earth, it becomes a real “Ball of Confusion” as the Temptations 1970’s hit song ensues when Pig meets a youngster named Jimmy who helps foil Victor Pinball’s relentless efforts to stop Pig from playing in the championship game.
“This video is only the beginning of the All Ball World story,” says White. “Every one of the over 100 animated characters who live in All Ball World are fully prepared to bring their comedic take to any subject, with an appeal to children and adults alike. The Big Game celebration provides a wonderful occasion to continue to build and grow an audience for these delightful characters.”
In the collective spirit of Charles Schulz’s “Peanuts,” Stan Lee’s “Marvel,” and the Walt Disney franchise, The All Ball World animated series of books and films creates characters with a conscience in a contemporary conversation. A series with equal parts education and entertainment, All Ball World is natural content for integrated media, extending its cross-platform reach via television, film, Internet, music production, book publishing, comics, mobile apps, computer and console video games, and live events.
All Ball World combines two of the most potent influences on youth culture, music and sports. The various presentations offer children a fresh perspective on critical issues in familiar language, giving them playful, relatable examples of how to navigate a world that changes every millisecond. Children are guided to respectfully connect with friends and family, to love the process of learning and to discover who they want to be as they grow into adulthood by interacting in situations that are relatable and accessible to viewers of all ages, delightfully driving each storyline to its goal.
Chuckle TV is producing integrated content that seamlessly engages all markets in every available media format, connecting the extraordinary promise of new technology with the time-honored value of quality storytelling.  In addition to the animated short film, the “All Ball World” eBooks are available starting The Big Game Day throughout Spring Break for only .99 cents each, with titles that include: “The All Ball Band,” “The Funny Balls,” “Girl Power Balls,” “All Ball Super Heroes,” “The Billiards,” “All Ball World,” “The Protectors,” “The Elder Balls” and “The Bad Balls.” The audio books are available online at Amazon and other online retail outlets.
The Chuckle TV network features wholesome original content for kids, fashion, music, celebrity interviews, lifestyles, food and sports. In addition to its American content, Chuckle TV also premieres television and film entertainment from Latin America, Bollywood, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Chuckle TV’s original mission was to provide “free” quality short form content for mobile application but once it got the attention of national and international providers and media platforms such as Comcast, the network retrofitted itself to include longer content in the future.
Watch the All Ball Band “Pig Is Chosen Again” Official Trailer at http://youtu.be/wHGvWzUxK7s .
For more about Jim White Enterprises go to www.JWETV.com and www.shoahneveragain.com.

Event Host Kevin Rouse Sets Off Black History Month In Los Angeles with “Can A Woman Raise A Man” Stage Production

Los Angeles – Every year event host Kevin Rouse and his Rouse House Entertainment crew produce some of Los Angeles’ most memorable special events and from the looks of February, this year will be no different. Rouse, in conjunction with playwright and creator Que Allen King and Lawrence Bailey Entertainment, are setting off Black History Month in a big way as they bring, direct from the Las Vegas Strip, the stage play, “Can A Woman Raise A Man” to the West Angeles Performance Arts Center. The play will run for two shows only, on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. and a celebrity red carpet at 6:00 p.m. with the evening performance at 7:30 p.m. The West Angeles Performance Arts Center is located 3020 Crenshaw Blvd. “Can A Woman Raise A Man” is internationally renowned for being the first African American stage play with residency on the Las Vegas Strip.  Tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.com.
“Can A Woman Raise A Man” is a compelling story of hope, health and healing through an amazing combination of drama, laughter, poetry, singing and music from a myriad of genres. The cast stars include the amazing Marva King, known for her legendary role in Tyler Perry’s “Diary of a Mad Black Woman”; Edwonda White, the Queen of Clean Comedy; Tyrone DuBois, (TV One’s Unsung); and a cameo appearance by legendary jazz singer Phyllis Battle.

“Can A Woman Raise A Man” was originally a book that King actually wrote while he was homeless and squatting in an abandoned apartment building. He would sneak into a computer lab to work and writing became a cathartic experience for him. The play was born after the success of the book. King is the director of PLAY Magazine, a leading magazine covering urban theater around the world. He has also been inducted into the Walker African-American Museum & Research Center in Las Vegas.
“This play is phenomenal,” cites Rouse. “The message behind ‘Can A Woman Raise A Man’ is a tremendous one and will touch lives and hearts. We are excited to bring this production to Los Angeles during Black History month as an inspirational offering for the entire family. The cast is simply incredible as well. Que Allen King’s intention with the play is to help heal our urban communities, and the message he is delivering, through comedy, poetry and music, is really going to surprise a lot of folks!”
In addition to “Can A Woman Raise A Man,” Rouse launches Black History month with internationally acclaimed musician The Funky Sax Man Chazzy Green & The Greenbacks with special guest, Hollywood Walk of Famer, Ray Parker Jr. at the Catalina Bar & Grill Jazz Club on Tuesday February 5, 2019.
Rouse has been successfully producing quality entertainment for over 25 years at some of Los Angeles’ premier venues, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, OHM Nightclub and the Globe Theater. His highlight events for last year included the “The Bootsy Collins Players Ball Hi-On-Heels House Party and Video Shoot,” during Grammy Week and attended by the heroic bass god himself, William “Bootsy” Collins and Comedienne Luenell’s “Celebrity Black Carpet Birthday Bash 2018.”
Rouse can be reached for bookings on Facebook at @Kevin Rouse. For additional show information call (213) 926-2809 or (702) 881-9673.