Category Archives: Hollywood

Paul Robeson Theatre Festival Presents ‘Harlem to Central Avenue’ (A Salute to the Harlem Renaissance)

*The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival will celebrate the Harlem Renaissance and the impact that it ultimately had on Black culture and the arts in Los Angeles.

Beginning in 1917, the Harlem Renaissance was the flowering of Black performing, literary and visual arts that signaled the birth of the New Negro Movement, an attempt by African Americans in the arts to define their own identity free of historic stereotypes. 

In the decades that followed, the New Negro Movement made its way west from Harlem to California, and Los Angeles’ Central Avenue became the center of African-American culture in this city.

 The Robey Theatre Company, founded by Ben Guillory and Danny Glover, has presented award-winning African-American theatre in Los Angeles for over two decades. Its Paul Robeson Theatre Festival will take place at Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013 in Downtown’s Historic Core.

In the words of novelist and poet Langston Hughes…

“We younger artists who create now intend to express our individual dark-skinned selves without fear or shame. If white people are pleased, we are glad. If they are not, it doesn’t matter. We know we are beautiful. And ugly too. The tom-tom cries and the tom-tom laughs. If colored people are pleased, we are glad. If they are not, their displeasure doesn’t matter either. We build our temples for tomorrow, strong as we know how, and we stand on top of the mountain, free within ourselves.”

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Workshops for Educators, Indie Films, and More at Upcoming ‘Long Beach Indie’ Festival

Long Beach, CA — Named one of FilmFreeway’s Top 100 best reviewed film festivals, Long Beach Indie International Film, Media & Music Festival returns to Long Beach Wed., Aug. 30 – Sun., Sept. 3, delivering five days of screenings, plus workshops for educators, students, entertainment industry professionals, and more.

 Founded by Dr. Daniel Walker in 2014, the festival celebrates diverse content and creators.

“I created Long Beach Indie because I wanted to bring true diversity to every facet of the media and entertainment ecosystem. “It’s about more than just names on the closing credits and recognition during awards season. It’s about economic empowerment, self definition, and using the power of media and entertainment to shape the perceptions that individuals and systems have of women and people of color. “Dr. Daniel Walker, Founder, Long Beach Indie

 The event produced and hosted by Perfect Works and BLU Educational Foundation fosters international dialogue between scholars and the entertainment industry, and bridges the gap between urban communities and careers in arts, entertainment, fashion and digital media via distinct conference and expo clusters. Continue reading

El Capitan in Hollywood Presents ‘The Lion King Sing-Along!’

*Remember how much fun you had the first time you saw ‘The Lion King?’ Now imagine being in a beautiful theatre, seeing it on the big screen again, and being able to sing each song out loud with others in the audience. Wow! The time has come and the place will be Hollywood’s historic El Capitan Theatre August 4-20th.

But tickets are on sale now.

Ed Collins, General Manager at The El Capitan Theatre said, “Disney created an instant classic with the original release of ‘The Lion King’ in 1994 and its popularity has never wavered. We are thrilled to offer a whole new way to enjoy this beloved Disney film at The El Capitan Theatre. Who can resist singing along to such unforgettable songs as “Hakuna Matata,” “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life”?  “THE LION KING SING-ALONG” will also include a special live appearance by Timon on The El Capitan Theatre stage before every show. There is simply no better way to experience the laughter, music and majesty of this Disney masterpiece.” Continue reading

Tracy Nicole Chapman is Sister Rosetta Tharpe in ‘Shout Sister Shout’ at Pasadena Playhouse

Tracy Nicole Chapman rehearses in ‘Shout Sister Shout’ at Pasadena Playhouse. —
Photo by Nathaniel Peterson

*Pasadena Playhouse has announced the cast and creative team for the world premiere musical SHOUT SISTER SHOUT! Created and directed by Randy Johnson, who wrote and directed the hit Broadway musical A Night With Janis Joplin, with book by Cheryl West (Play On!). SHOUT SISTER SHOUT! tells the story about the life and music of legendary gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe, whose hits include “Down by the Riverside,” “This Train,” and “Strange Things Happen Every Day.” Tharpe, known as The Godmother of Rock & Roll, was a trailblazer in the history of American music and influenced some of the greatest Rock & Roll and R&B singers of all time, including Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, Bob Dylan, Tina Turner and Johnny Cash.

Tracy Nicole Chapman (Little Shop of Horrors, Caroline, or Change, Into the Woods, The Lion King) will bring Sister Rosetta Tharpe to life in the starring role. Continue reading

Vice President of LAUSD Board of Ed Speaks at Upcoming ‘Educating Young Minds’

*(Los Angeles) On Saturday, June 24th, 2017, at 6:00 pm, Educating Young Minds will hold its 19th Annual Awards Celebration with guest speaker, Vice President of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, Dr. George J. McKenna III, along with community leaders, EYM graduating high school seniors and alumni. The Celebration taking place at a private estate in Los Angeles, California will be an empowering and inspirational evening of entertainment and inspiration hosted by radio personality, Kevin Nash and a performance by the talented singer Abraham McDonald and surprised guests.  This year’s Awards Gala will be produced and directed by Mr. Bruce Cecil.

 Dr. George McKenna, has received over 400 citations and awards in recognition for his work. He has earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Xavier University, his master’s degree in mathematics from Loyola University and his doctoral degree in education from Xavier University.

 Dr. McKenna’s reforms at George Washington Preparatory High School have been copied nationwide and the story of Dr. McKenna’s turnaround of Washington Prep was made into a movie called The George McKenna Story, which starred Denzel Washington playing the role of George McKenna. 

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Happy Father’s Day! Celebrity Dads Offer Awesome Quotes on Fatherhood (Pictures)

*We’d like to wish dads all over the world a HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! We know, however, that being a dad to someone does not stop at the paternal. Therefore, this Father’s Day greeting is extended to all men who have shown ‘fatherly’ kindness, courage, empathy to a child. 

We thought it would be fun to hear what the father’s we all recognize in the entertainment industry think of their role of fatherhood. What they’ve shared as their greatest joy being a dad and how they hope their role as such will affect their child through adulthood.

First up, Mr. John Legend (with Luna) and mom, Chrissy.

“You just have this little human that’s a product of you and your partner’s love. And I think tat’s really incredible to see ourselves reflected in our little child that we get to raise and teach and nurture and I’m excited to do that. Source Continue reading

Danny Glover and Friends Celebrate His 71st Birthday Championing ‘Police Reform Initiatives’ at Human Justice Awards Gala

 

*Each year friends of actor, activist and philanthropist, Danny Glover, get together at his home to celebrate him. This year, Glover chose to switch things up a bit. After working quietly, yet relentlessly, over the past few years alongside civil rights activist and legend, Harry Belafonte, and Dr. Divine Pryor, executive director and founder of the Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions (CNUS) – an independent research, training, and Human Justice Advocacy think tank based in New York City, Glover wants to lend his celebrity to a cause near and dear to his heart: Human Justice: a concept coined by CNUS as the merger of Human Rights and Human Development.

Glover is no stranger to activism. The ‘Color Purple’ and ‘Lethal Weapon’ actor has been a visible force on the front lines of the world stage for decades; working with organizations such as the United Nations and UNICEF to transform lives and embolden the world population as it relates to human rights, economic and social justice, climate change and the environment, as well as education and the arts.

Together with friends and colleagues including actors Alfre Woodard (12 Years A Slave, Crooklyn), Carl Lumbly (Men of Honor, NCIS Los Angeles), Delroy Lindo ( Crooklyn, This Christmas), and Mike Ferrell (M*A*S*H) — Glover’s ‘Human Justice Celebrity Ambassador Circle’ – the actor’s 71st birthday will be the backdrop for the Human Justice Awards and Fundraiser to support the groundbreaking work of CNUS on NYPD projects such as the People’s Police Academy and police diversion for youth.

Glover and his ‘Ambassador Circle’ – a team of like-minded people using their celebrity and resources for positive change – aim to shift the paradigm from criminal justice to Human Justice and assist in the funding efforts of the organization as it sets forth its groundbreaking initiatives in police reform.

Human Justice Celebrity Ambassador Circle

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‘Whose Streets’ and More Featured as (‘BADWEST’) Presents 11th Annual ‘Day of Black Docs’