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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

Research Shows Many Inner City Youth Suffer From ‘Hood Disease’

Hood DiseaseHave you ever heard of “Hood Disease?”

Me either.

But according to recent research cited by KPIX 5, it’s a condition that large numbers of our inner-city youth suffer from, and its due to persistent exposure to trauma.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly 30 percent of U.S. inner-city youth are affected by the disorder, and, according to their website, it has posed learning disabilities. Those who exhibit the disorder often live in virtual war zones, the CDC report says.

The term was coined by doctors at Harvard. “Hood Disease,” describes a more complex form of “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,” the site reports. And since the youth rarely escape their communities—unlike soldiers who eventually leave a war zone—they are repeatedly exposed to trauma.

“You could take anyone who is experiencing the symptoms of PTSD, and the things that we are currently emphasizing in school will fall off their radar,” San Francisco State University associate professor Jeff Duncan-Andrade told KPIX 5. “Because, frankly, [schoolwork] does not matter in our biology if we don’t survive the walk home.” Continue reading

Black Music Month Spotlight: Leon Timbo

Leon Timbo
Leon Timbo

There have been many artists that launch their careers with a big start and an equally quick finish.  But, there is one new artist on the horizon that we think has longevity in his talent.

Leon Timbo is a singer and activist that we were introduced to by Tyrese and R. Kelly in a video Tyrese took of the three hanging out together in a restaurant on the set of Transformers 3 in 2010.  As soon as Timbo began to sing, the raw talent was so overwhelming we wanted to get his album that very moment.  Fortunately, Timbo’s album is due this month …early this month.

In October 2012, he released a three-song ‘single.’  One of the songs released was “Don’t Call,” which is the first song we heard him sing when he hung out with R. Kelly and Tyrese.  According to Star Pulse.com, Timbo is not just interested in music and wasn’t seriously interested in music until the age of 16. Continue reading

Teenager Killed by Neighborhood Night Watch Captain

Trayvan Martin, 17, killed by neighborhood night watch captain, George Zimmerman, 28, has yet to have his murder brought to justice.

Having security for the neighborhood is high up on the priority list for community associations. But, until now, we hadn’t heard of any block captains or night watch captains toting more than a flashlight to carry out their duties.  The latest tragedy occurred because the night watch captain brought a 9MM to a fist fight. Continue reading

Most Affluent Black County in U.S. Leads in Foreclosures


Within the last decade, the idea of owning a home seemed attainable for everyone, but those dreams have been deferred by a real recession.  Even in suburbs where people had been doing better than middle class, the more pricey homes seemed to suddenly be within reach.  But, it was merely a facade.

Prince George’s county, has the highest concentration of affluent African American families in the country.  But, the area, right outside D.C.,  is experiencing a downturn in fortune and the houses are Continue reading