Singer, Dwele Learns from His Mistakes; a New TV Network Launches

Souleo | 9/5/2012, 1:45 p.m.
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Singer, Dwele Learns from His Mistakes; a New TV Network Launches

Before taking that next leap forward in your personal life or career you may want to look back to learn from previous mistakes. For Soul singer, Dwele reflecting on his previous relationships helped him evolve not only as an artist but also as an individual. The results of his introspective journey can be heard on his latest album, Greater Than One.

"With this album, I discovered in looking back on relationships that I am human and made mistakes," he says. "I used to be very quiet and wouldn't talk or express myself a lot especially in relationships. I still do it but I've gotten better and don't hold things in as much as I used to. I am also more vocal when it comes to my career."

Dwele is also working on improving his work ethic. "With this album I went hard for three or four months. But I need to get back into the habit of still creating all the time so that I won't burn myself out when it is crunch time."

Harlem power couple Vivian Scott Chew (founder of TimeZone International) and Ray Chew (Musical Director for "American Idol") are hoping to inspire future singers and musicians with the launch of their foundation, Power to Inspire. The foundation aims to provide youth with the insight and knowledge of music appreciation and the music business and its many facets.

"We saw the void and need for someone to assist this next generation coming up," Vivian says. "There is that gray area of musicians who don't know how to be businessmen. It's about how to invest, buy equipment and get it insured and they need to know how to do it in an expanded kind of way."

The foundation isn't the only project that Vivian and Ray are managing. The two co-own Chew Entertainment, a premiere event production firm working with clients like Carnegie Hall, NAACP and the Apollo Theater. Vivian has one key tip for other entrepreneurs juggling multiple projects; remain centered even if it means putting down that smartphone.

"Your inspiration has to come when you sit down and listen. You have to be open," she advises. "What keeps us from not being open is all the technology. So by noon I disconnect to recharge so something new can happen."

Something fresh is on the horizon with the launch of the new television network, UBC-TV Network. The network is the vision of Harlem entrepreneur, Peggy Dodson. UBC-TV will produce original urban lifestyle content and will debut its signature programming this fall into over 50 million households. Among some of the highlights are "The UBC Mix Dance Show," longtime television veteran, Felipe Luciano's political and current events show, "A Different Perspective," and starting this December the first ever national broadcast deal for the American Basketball Association (ABA) games.

For Dodson the goal is to tap into the underserved urban multicultural market.

"This is 2012 and we are still in the dark ages and people of color are tired of it. We don't feel represented. People are looking for a more diversified programming grid. I don't identify as just a black network. We are urban lifestyle which is more multicultural and inclusive."