*(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.
Carl Weathers was famous first as an NFL player with the Oakland Raiders, then as an actor for his iconic movie roles (Apollo Creed, Action Jackson), and his roles as a regular on several TV series (Chicago Justice, Brothers, In the Heat of the Night, Street Justice), and as a television director (Always Night, For the People, Sheena, Strong Medicine, Silk Stalkings). He is set to direct John Patrick Shanley’s unlikely romance Danny and the Deep Blue Sea in The Rainbow Theatre Company production at Edgemar Center.
The story: The setting is a rundown bar in the Bronx, where two of society’s rejects, Danny and Roberta, strike up a halting conversation over their beer. He is a brooding, self-loathing young man who resorts more to violence than reason; she is a divorced, guilt-ridden young woman whose troubled teenage son is now being cared for by her parents. Danny, whose fellow truck drivers call him “the animal,” seems incapable of tender emotion, while Roberta, who is still haunted by the memory of an ugly sexual incident involving her father, is distrustful of men in general. And yet, as their initial reserve begins to melt, and they decide to spend the night together, the possibility of a genuine and meaningful relationship begins to emerge—the first for both of them. Continue reading →
*(Los Angeles, CA, May 22, 2017) The successful Los Angeles return extends for a second time — ELEVATOR, written and directed by award-winning filmmaker and playwright Michael Leoni, is now performing at The Coast Playhouse (8325 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood) through July 30. The production is An 11:11 Experience.
Imagine your worst urban nightmare — seven strangers are in an elevator when it stops. Now forced together, given nothing but four walls and each other, these seeming archetypes prove to be human after all. It’s only a matter of time (90 minutes for the audience, hours for the characters) before they show their real selves. One by one stereotypes and judgments are shed. Replete with musical sequences and cinematic style, ELEVATOR is a comedic and emotional ride into the human psyche asking the fundamental question: who are you behind closed doors?
The Los Angeles Times named it a Best Bet: “The elevator becomes a de facto confessional where secrets are revealed and unlikely bonds are formed. In good Sartrean style, hell is other people … and the resident misanthropes, like Grinches, develop rapidly expanding hearts. Great lighting and a truly remarkable set, set a high standard for 99-seat theater.”
Stage and Cinema said, “Seven distinct believable characters take a ride — exhilarating, smooth, bumpy and noisy – and win our hearts. With the aid of a wonderful ensemble and inventive stagecraft author and director Leoni succeeds in arousing our empathy and self-examination.” Continue reading →
*(Hollywood, CA) – Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center proudly announces its 2017 Filmmakers at the 24th Annual Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves and will screen 8 short films on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Raleigh/Chaplain Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave in Hollywood, CA at 7:00 p.m. The films are by emerging African American Female Filmmakers and the event will be moderated by award-winning editor, Lillian E. Benson, ACE. BHERC encourages Men and Women to #BringYourDaughterToTheMoviesDay, to be inspired, uplifted, motivated, entertained and educated.Continue reading →
(LOS ANGELES, CA) The 10th Annual Toast to Urban Entertainment Executives Honoring Women returns with a new round of incredible women making strides in the urban entertainment and media industries. This event acknowledges the contributions made to Urban Entertainment by outstanding female industry executives in television, film, news, multimedia, music, and more in honor of Women’s History Month.
Lynn Allen Jeter & Associates, partnered with sponsors REVOLT TV, Rolling Out Moreno BHLV, Luster Products, MIQ, Urban Network Digital, Warner Bros. Records and SESAC will honor four women on March 22, 2016 at the Cinematic Pictures Group. Continue reading →
*The Los Angeles Women’sTheatre Festival (LAWTF) marks 24 years of producing close to 500 extraordinary multicultural and multidisciplinary solo performers from around the globe.
The longest-running annual solo festival for women in Los Angeles, LAWTF will take place March 23-26, 2017 at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in Hollywood and at the Electric Lodge in Venice.
The Champagne Gala and Awards Ceremony on March 23, 2017 will be held in honor of exceptional women who have made laudable contributions in theatre. This will be held at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in Barnsdall Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90027. There is free parking onsite. Following the reception at 7:00 p.m., the festivities continue at 8:00 p.m. with the presentation of the Integrity, Eternity, Rainbow, Maverick and Infinity Awards to distinguished women. (Integrity Awardee- Megan Cavallari; Eternity Awardee- Barbara Morrison; Rainbow Awardee- Estelle Campbell; Rainbow Awardee- Leslie K. Johnson; Maverick Awardee- Paulina Sahagun; and posthumously, Infinity Awardee- Doris Roberts.
The theme of the Opening Night Program on March 23 is STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF…. The evening will be directed by Adleane Hunter andhosted by Hattie Winston (Becker) and Ted Lange (The Love Boat). Back by popular demand will be award-winning vocalist Eloise Laws. There will also be a performance by emerging vocalist Payton Aurora Jones.Continue reading →
*A very special Author and Music Night in honor of Black History Month brings Charles Wright, legendary L.A. musician and bestselling author of “Up From Where We’ve Come: An Eventful Journey” to the South Pasadena Public Library Community Room on Thursday, February 23 at 7 p.m. The event will also feature Petrella, “The First Lady of Country Soul” and her band, Mixed Influence. The event is free and will be presented by the South Pasadena Public Library and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, with special thanks to 210 eastsound!
Charles Wright is the founder of the pioneering funk and R&B band of the 60s and early 70s, The Watts 103 Street Rhythm Band, known for the hits “Do Your Thing”, “Till You Get Enough”, and “Love Land”. Their biggest and most enduring hit “Express Yourself” is among the most sampled tracks by rap and hip hop groups. Continue reading →
*HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (February 14, 2017) – In anticipation of the upcoming release of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” the latest live-action adaption of a classic animated film, the legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a series of films, FESTIVAL OF FAIRY TALES: Disney’s Live Action Adventures, from March 3 – 12, 2017.
The Festival of Fairytales will kick off with Disney’s “Maleficent” (2014) directed by Robert Stromberg, March 3-4, followed by Disney’s “The Jungle Book” (2016) directed by Jon Favreau, March 5-6; “Pete’s Dragon” (2016) directed by David Lowery, March 7-8, “Cinderella” (2015) directed by Kenneth Branagh, March 9-10, and concluding with “Alice in Wonderland”(2010) directed by Tim Burton, March 11-12.
“Recently Disney has taken some of its most beloved stories and made them into new films for new audiences – of which “Beauty and the Beast” opening March 17 here at The El Capitan Theatre is the latest,” said Ed Collins, General Manager of The El Capitan Theatre. “Many of these new films which have been very popular with audiences and critics alike have become classics in their own right. They have given a whole new generation a way to have a unique experience with these characters. We know that our El Capitan Guests will welcome a chance to see these films again on the big screen as they were meant to be seen and we are thrilled to present them now.”
The El Capitan Theatre is offering a special FESTIVAL OF FAIRYTALES Package; for $50 per person, guests receive a Reserved Ticket, small box of popcorn & 12 oz. fountain drink to each of the five films, tickets for this package must be reserved in advance by calling 818-845-3110. Guests will choose show date & seats for all five films at the time of purchase. A $20 VIP preferred ticket is also available for each film individually, which includes a VIP Preferred Seat, popcorn in a souvenir tub and 20 oz. drink. Continue reading →