*The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival(LAWTF) will present its 3rd Annual Solo Performer Empowerment Day in association with the Fremont Centre Theatre (FCT).
The event, which takes place on Saturday, August 29, from 9:00a.m. to 5:30p.m., will offer workshops and panels designed to empower and enhance the careers of solo performers in particular, with information that will benefit all performers. Continue reading →
*One of the greatest truths adults should address today may be the fact that they underestimate children. If we just take the time to sit and speak to them, not in childlike gibberish or using a disrespectful tone — but in a way that makes them feel that we “really want to know your thoughts on this” that would go such a long way. But it wouldn’t stop there. We would have to truly listen, because believe it or not, kids know when they are being bulls**ted. So you’d have to let them know that you heard them in your followup. Reiterate some of their points in a way that reaffirms you understand where they are coming from.
Such underrated dialogue could hold some valuable insights to many of the issues that seem to have now become so overwhelmingly complex in America.
Where is all of this coming from?
A CNN video done about a year ago (scroll down), around the time of Eric Garner‘s death, shows a reporter sitting down with a young group of school children to discuss issues in the news at the time: Grand jury’s, the police and unarmed Black men. Continue reading →
It is stories such as this that I hope will inspire all who are suffering at this junction in their life’s’ journey. I hope it will make us realize that down doesn’t necessarily mean out; That even in the worst of times, tomorrow can change the course of your life, without warning. I hope it really let’s you know that Hope is not just a word that is reserved for everyone but you.
Wellington Mackey is a good example of this. After being evicted from his apartment in the Bronx, New York, in January 2003, his life was the closest thing to a living hell.
*Former Black Panther, professorBobby Seale, is riding along the streets of Oakland, California, at the wheel of a green convertible.
His passenger and road dawg for the trip is R&B singer, D’Angelo.
Seale, who co-founded the Panthers along with Huey P. Newton in October of 1966, is reminiscing about his time with The Black Panthers in Oakland; and starts talking about a speech once given there by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who spoke of boycotting the Wonder Bread company. Continue reading →
*Well here’s something to send any parent into an ‘OMG do you think he saw my (you fill in the blank)?’ frenzy. A high school teacher in Alameda who was probably thinking ‘Oh here’s a way to show how hip and cool I am’ — instructed his students to go home and rummage through their parents drawers in an attempt to find provocative items (read: sex toys, condoms, CDs, etc.) and take a selfie with it. Then they were to report back to school and be ready to present.
Too bad Mr. Cool won’t be around to see how it all went. Placed on administrative leave as the school interviews parents and rummages through his desk and grade books, the teacher is sitting at home fiddling his thumbs, wondering if he’ll have a job tomorrow. Continue reading →
*Baltimore high school student Arensha Bowers had just completed her SATs and was looking into college options. With school just ending, she was, not unlike other teens, celebrating the summer emergence by going to parties. At one of these parties, she met Adonay Dixon, 23, and John Childs, 20, but its doubtful she knew they belonged to a gang.
But the two alleged ‘Bloods’ must’ve gotten into conversation with the girl, who most likely shared personal information about where she lived and who she lived with: her grandmother, Sandra Bowers,.
According to the Baltimore Sun, the 11th-grade student was brutally murdered earlier this month by the two men she had taken on as “friends.”Continue reading →
*Why is it that, after hearing this soul-stirring poem about what Black Privilege truly looks like, the first thing that comes to mind is:
“Rachel Dolezal, you sure you want some of this?”
As the nation still reels over the outing of the Spokane NAACP president who has allegedly been “passing for Black,” this young poet, Crystal Valentine recited her original piece on exactly what that entails as part of the 2015 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational in April.
In the poem, she said Black privilege is a myth…a joke…a punchline. And talks about the time when a teacher asked a little boy what he wanted to be when he grew up.
And there are many ways people can earn money to pay for an education, that won’t include being stuck with student loan debt for the rest of their lives.
And one very slick “businessman” named Rick Marzullo of Las Vegas, Nevada says if high school girls don’t want to accumulate a lot of debt for their parents by taking out student loans, they can come and strip at his club, “Little Darlings.”
What’s in a name?
He has placed a variety of promotional banners around his establishment that read, “Now auditioning the class of 2014,” or “Pay your way through college,” in an attempt to draw in young talent.