In these unprecedented times, much of the work in the entertainment industry and arts communities is at a standstill. Movie and theater productions have halted, deals have slowed down to a crawl, TV shows, concerts, and art shows have been reduced to up-close Zoom Video calls.


Well, we feel it's important to check in with you, our creative community, to see how you're doing. Join us for "Creators Check-In", an interactive, virtual discussion, moderated by Poet and Actor Michael "Diallo" McLendon, via Facebook Live on Tuesday, May 19 at 7 pm CST on how the industry professionals, independent Content Creators, and Creative Communities are keeping their skills and talents alive.


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Pastor Alvin Moore, Jr., 34, the award-winning playwright from Nashville, TN (by way of Moss Point, MS) is blazing the stage play arena as he joins the ranks of Tyler Perry, David E. Talbert, JD Lawrence, and others. Alvin is an extraordinary playwright, director, producer, actor, songwriter, musician, and businessman.


He has written, directed, and often produced several hit gospel/inspirational stage plays including, but not limited to, A Mother’s Prayer, When The Lights Go Out, In God's Hands, The Perfect Gift, and many more. He has been blessed with the opportunity to work with and direct some of the industry’s best entertainers such as Robin Givens, Johnny Gill, Shirley Murdock, and Jermaine Crawford whom all starred in Alvin’s hit stage play, A Mother’s Prayer as well as Wendy Raquel Robinson, Keith Robinson, Clifton Powell, and Lloyd whom all starred in his hit stage play, When The Lights Go Out, as well as Ruben Studdard, Golden Brooks, Darius McCrary, Buddy Lewis, Chris Spencer, and Marlo Williams whom all starred in Alvin’s hit stage play, The Perfect Gift.


Alvin also stars in all of his stage plays as his most notable and well-known, self-created signature character, “Gramps,” a hilarious, yet wise old man who keeps audiences coming back for more laughs time and time again.




Michael "Diallo" McLendon, has worked as an actor, poet, radio personality and journalist for over 20 years.


McLendon, who formerly served as the Official Voice of Bounce TV-Nashville, was nominated for a Stellar Award for his first spoken word cd, The Diallo Experience. He has appeared as an actor in various plays, webisodes, television shows, and films including A Raisin In The Sun, The Rules of Messing Around, Homicide Hunter, The Perfect Family, and Bearfruit Film’s summer adventure film Little Savages. McLendon has released two books of poetry, Little Black Girl and His Eye Is On The Sparrow, as well as a children's book, Let's Go To Tougaloo.


As a radio personality, McLendon has hosted two music shows on 88.1FM WFSK, African Injection, and Caribbean Vibrations. He has also served as host of The Mic Check Spoken Word Show on WMDB 880AM, The Big Mouth, and co-hosted The RAW (Rhythm And Word) Music Radio Show on WENO 760AM, The Gospel. Most recently he worked as the Director of Publications at Tennessee State University. He currently serves as a panelist on MANBREED LIVE, a new weekly podcast which can be found at

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