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Guests at Royal Wedding Selling Their Goody Bags Online for…Wait!…Up to $10K

 

*Have you taken a look at eBay since Saturday? Saturday, you ask? Yes. Saturday. The day the world stopped and more Americans than Brits watched the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle; making them, officially, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Back to eBay.

Word is guests at the wedding are selling their goody bags (Dang, they had goody bags, like at an awards show?) online for as much as $10,000. What guests are these? I mean, we know people like Oprah, Serena Williams, James Corden, the Clooneys, Idris Elba and folks of that ilk attended. THEY wouldn’t need, or even want, to sell something so priceless. I mean considering where it came from.

But then again, maybe it was Janina Gavanka, the bride’s actress friend. The one who wrote on Instagram that no designer wanted to dress her. She looked adorable in the vintage outfit she finally choose.

Janina Gavanka

 

Nah, it was none of them, actually. As it turns out, a select group of the general public — 2600 of them to be exact —  were invited to stand outside of Windsor Castle on Saturday to watch the wedding up close and personal. They got to see guests arrive and even witnessed the first kiss between the couple. Continue reading

Doria Ragland aka Meghan Markle’s Mom, Quits Job in Los Angeles Just Days Before the Wedding

Meghan and her mother are very close. In this photo, taken in September, the two were at the Invictus Games

*H-e-l-l-o. Her daughter is getting ready to marry a prince, is it really any surprise Doria Ragland has seen fit to quit her job…now?

Last August Meghan talked to Glamour magazine and described her mom, a social worker and yoga instructor, as a “free spirit!”

“…My mom has always been a free spirit. She’s got dreadlocks and a nose ring. She just ran the LA marathon,” the former Suits actress who will tie the knot with her beloved Prince Harry as the world watches this weekend, said.

According to what a source close to Meghan’s mom told Us Weekly, Ragland, who works with the geriatric community, has been planning to leave her current job for a while now.

?Doria is no longer working at the mental health clinic in the Los Angeles area. It was Doria?s decision to leave.? She has talked about starting her own private practice, focusing on working with elderly patients.” Continue reading

Submit Your Little Princess to the ‘Miss African American Scholarship Pageant’

(Front & Centered) Lisa Ruffin, Actress/Pageant Founder surrounded by Little Miss African American Pageant contestants. ? Photo Credit: Courtesy Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant

(Los Angeles, CA) Registration for the 2018 Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant is now open and Lisa Ruffin, Founder/Producer of the 25th Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant announced that applications are being accepted. Only 50 young participants, between the ages of 6 and 12 years old will be in the pageant, which will be held in August.

The Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant is an educational program. The girls learn to wear their “C.A.P.” which stands for Confidence, Awareness and Pride. Selected participants undertake a cultural enrichment program designed to promote teamwork, self-esteem, and heighten cultural awareness. They take classes in public speaking, science, technology and etiquette and are taught performances by award winning choreographers. The young ladies make new friends and learn about their rich African American history.

“By fostering these universal attributes at such a tender age, our girls grow to be leaders in their communities and help to change the world,” says Ruffin. Continue reading

Want to Learn How to Get Into the Construction Field??(Meet in L. A. Tonight!)

 

*Do you, your son or daughter want to get into the lucrative construction business? If your answer is yes, then you should consider attending a meeting tonight at Manuel Arts High School in Los Angeles.
 
Council District 9 is the “New Frontier for Economic Investment!” Come learn how you can be part of catalytic projects such as the $1 billion Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and $300 million Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum makeover.
 
More information below on a special, upcoming event for Ninth District residents. Take advantage of this life-changing opportunity. 
 
 

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‘Katy and Jennifer’: Lounge Theatre Presents World Premier

 

Donna Simone Johnson is “Katy.” Photo courtesy of KADM Productions

*Two women nearing their fortieth birthdays marshal their emotional resources built on their decades-long friendship to help them survive their respective devastating tragedies (a dead child, an abandoning husband) in their lives.

Can they endure? Continue reading

Marginalized: Black Media & Marketing In Hollywood Industry Panel to Explore Disparities in Entertainment Media

Top Row l-r: James Ward, Jasmine Simpkins, Lisa Collins, Lee Bailey. Bottom Row l-r: Tanya Hart, K.W. Tulloss, Karamo Brown

Los Angeles, CA ? While movements like #OscarsSoWhite and #TimesUp have shed light on Hollywood’s issues with race and gender, no one is talking about its issue with the media … black media specifically.

For years Black media has been marginalized and/ or taken for granted by studios, publicists and even talent. Be it being placed on the end of red carpets, not being invited to cover film and TV press days, or simply being told no because their audience is predominately African American. Over the years, it has become a rampant problem.

On Saturday, April 28, 2018, the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center, will host six veteran media professionals?including Netflix ?Queer Eye? star Karamo Brown, Hip Hollywood senior producer Jasmine Simpkins, syndicated air personality Tanya Hart, Electronic Urban Report (EURweb) founder Lee Bailey, L.A. Focus Newspaper publisher Lisa Collins and James Ward, Manager of Communications for the Oprah Winfrey Network?in a panel addressing the challenging issue as part of its Annual African American Film Marketplace & S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase. The panel will take place at Raleigh Studios on Saturday from 1-2:30pm. Continue reading

Siedah Garrett & Valerie Ervin Among Honorees at Black Business Association?s ‘Salute to Black Music’

Los Angeles, CA ? The Black Business Association (BBA), the oldest ethnic business organization in the State of California, will host its Annual ?Salute to Black Music Awards Dinner? on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at the California African American Museum, 600 State Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037. Held in recognition of African American Music Appreciation Month, this years? theme is ?The Business Behind the Music.? 

The event takes place on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ California African American Museum.

African-American Music Appreciation Month is a commemoration that takes place annually in the United States, throughout the month of June. Originally proclaimed ?Black Music Month? by President Jimmy Carter on June 7, 1979, U.S. presidents have issued proclamations for the celebration under that name until President Barack Obama announced the observance under a new title, African-American Music Appreciation Month.

Special confirmed honorees are Siedah Garrett, a GRAMMY-winning and twice Academy Award nominated singer/songwriter whose contributions to popular culture are unparalleled and Valerie Ervin, President of the Ray Charles Foundation. Ms. Ervin is the guardian angel of the Ray Charles Legacy. Under her leadership, the Ray Charles foundation has donated millions of dollars in grants, making Valerie Ervin one of the most influential legacy estate guardians. She is committed to carrying forward the vision and philanthropic mission set forth by Ray Charles.

Other nominees include, Attorney Virgil Roberts of Bobbitt and Roberts, Debra Lee,Chairman and CEO of BET, Cathy Hughes, Chairperson TV One, and Steve Stoute, CEO and Founder Fast Company Magazine. Continue reading

BADWEST Presents the 12th Annual ?Day of Black Docs?

 

(HOLLYWOOD, CA ? April 17, 2018) ? The Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers West (BADWEST) presents its exciting and always anticipated 12th annual ?DAY OF BLACK DOCS? on Saturday, May 5, 2018, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the American Film Institute (AFI) Mark Goodson Theater, 2021 N. Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027. Free parking is available in the AFI parking lot. Seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis and tickets for the all-day event are $20.00.  Advance ticket purchase is recommended at www.dayofblackdocs.org

Two award winning feature-length documentaries and two shorts will be screened: 2018 Pan African Film Festival Jury Prize and Audience Award Winner, ?SAMMY DAVIS JR.: I’VE GOTTA BE ME,? and ?MAYNARD? both directed by Sam Pollard (editor of many Spike Lee films) and the film shorts ?EVIDENCE OF THE EVIDENCE? by Alex Johnston and ?BIG CITY BLUES? by St Clair Bourne. Continue reading