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‘The Color Purple’ Strikes Gold at the Pantages in Hollywood

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*It did not matter that there were more famous names in the audience on opening night of The Color Purple at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood than there were on stage. The tour of the Tony-winning hit Broadway musical, based on the novel by Alice Walker and the movie of the same name, is without name recognition or elaborate scenery.

In fact, the scenery is nothing more than three wooden panels and some chairs. At first, I wondered how it would work, but it did not take long for me to stop focusing on the insignificant. My attention was quickly diverted to the actors and their ability to belt out songs like nobody’s business.

The musical, like the book and movie, tells the coming of age and the enlightenment of Celie (Adrianna Hicks), a young African American girl who had her two babies, both sired by her own father (J.D. Webster), stripped away from her and who was subsequently forced to marry Mister (Gavin Gregory), only to become nothing more than an abused servant and semen repository.

With the help of two strong women, Sophia (Carrie Compere) and Shug Avery (Carla R. Stewart), Celie learns self-love, gains strength, finds self-esteem and becomes a woman who proclaims, “I’m Here!”

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Urban Tech Gala Honors David & Lisa Grain – June 13 in NYC

Urban Tech Holds Its 23rd Anniversary Gala In NYC On Wednesday, June 13

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Lisa and David Grain

New York, NY – The annual National Urban Technology Center Gala Awards Dinner – co-hosted by award winning journalist Alicia Quarles  – will take place in New York City on June 13th at The Pierre Hotel.

This year’s honorees are private equity firm Founder & CEO of Grain Management, David J. Grain and wife Dr. Lisa Grainwho has dedicated her career to healthcare, education, and mentorship and currently sits on the board of trustees at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital – along with honorary chair Vernon E. Jordan Jr., who is the Senior Managing Director of Lazard.

The evening’s program, which will highlight Urban Tech’s commitment to help provide a proactive approach in preventing bullying in schools, will entail a silent auction with seats for three different phenomenal Broadway shows up for bid: Hamilton, Boys In The Band and Iceman Cometh.

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On ‘The Real’: Tamera Wanted a Mini Her + Loni Gets a Surprise Visit?

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*On Monday, June 4, the hosts of The Real talk about the kind of things that make their skin crawl. Plus, would it bother you if someone said your child looked more like their father? Co-host Tamera Mowry-Housley reveals she prayed for a mini her. The ladies also discuss who would be their life partner in a marriage pact, and Loni Love makes a surprising reveal about hers.

Later, actress Logan Browning visits to talk about her show, Dear White People. Also in a heartfelt confession, she reveals her biggest insecurity and encourages viewers to love their flaws.

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Lula Washington Presents New Works from Kyle Abraham, David Rousseve: Exploring Unjust Police Killings of Black Males

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Lula Washington‘s concert is Friday, June 8 @ 8:30 pm at the newly renovated John Anson Ford Theatre complex, 2580 Chauenga Boulevard East, Hollywoood CA 90068. Discount tickets are available by using the code: LULAFRIEND. The Box Office number is 323-461-3673.

Olga Garay, interim Executive Director of the Ford, funded LWDT to secure the new works from Kyle Abraham and David Rousseve; and to get an update from Rennie Harris of his previous work for Lula, called “Reign.”

“The idea was all Olga’s,” said Lula. “She called one day and offered this to us. It was a wonderful surprise.”

Olga said she got the idea when she realized that Rousseve, Abraham, and Harris, had all been in Los Angeles teaching at UCLA. She thought it would be fantastic to connect them with Lula, whose company has been a local icon since 1980.

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2 Florida Men Finally Sentenced After Pleading Guilty to Cross-Burning

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*Pasco County, Florida resident, Thomas Herris Sigler III, and his accomplice, William A. Dennis, were finally handed down sentences in relation to a shocking cross burning incident carried out in 2012, outside of a neighbor’s home.

Released court documents show that the two men, residents of a mostly white Pasco County community known as Seward Drive, conspired to commit the crime along with other residents at a Halloween party, shortly after an interracial couple moved in next door.

Sigler, Dennis and others reportedly gathered wood, gasoline and other tools and carried the cross to their neighbors’ yard together before setting it alight in full view. In later statements, Sigler describes his actions as an attempt to force his neighbors from their home.

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LA Civil Rights Leaders Want DA to File Charges Against LAPD Officer

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Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles District Attorney

*A coalition of clergy and civil rights leaders are calling upon L.A. County D.A. Jackie Lacey to follow the recommendation of LAPD, Chief Charlie Beck and file criminal charges against LAPD officer Clifford Procter for the murder of Brendon Glenn.

Proctor shot and killed Glenn who was unarmed and homeless on May 5th, 2015. On the 2-year anniversary of Glenn’s killing Our city is still waiting on justice and for Lacey to simply follow the recommendation of LAPD Chief Beck.

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LA Community Leaders Host News Conference to Kick Off Care Harbor LA Massive Free Health Clinic

L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Local Healthcare Leaders to Discuss Future of Obamacare and Potential Impact to L.A. County’s Underserved Populations

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WHAT:            Today, there are an estimated 750,000 uninsured residents in L.A. County, according to a 2015 Community Health Assessment conducted by the L.A. County Department of Public Health. Although, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has provided healthcare for many, it is clear there is still an immense need for access to quality, low-cost care. Continue reading