*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.
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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
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
(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
PASADENA, CA (April 12, 2018) ? Pasadena Playhouse ? State Theatre of California ? is celebrating its Centennial in partnership with the Playhouse District Association on Saturday, June 9 with an all day Playhouse Block Party from 12-noon to 10 p.m. on El Molino Avenue at Colorado Blvd.
The event is free to the public.
All of Southern California is invited to attend and participate ? enjoying live music, performances, interactive exhibits, food, libations, guided tours, a kids? zone, and much, much more. The Playhouse Block Party will be an all day event for all ages. Two outdoor stages? a Main Stage and a Kids? Stage – will feature entertainment from community arts partners throughout the day. Continue reading
*Though many came to know R&B crooner Abraham McDonald from his powerful performances on Oprah?s Karaoke Challenge, or articles written about him in publications such as Essence, the lovable teddy bear had won the hearts of many others during his climb to notoriety. But on March 10, 2018, those hearts were broken as what many considered one of the most powerful voices in soul music since Luther Vandross and Donny Hathaway, was silenced.
The announcement of McDonald’s passing was delivered on his Facebook page by his sister, Breeze McDonald.
It is with the greatest heartbreak that I his sister @TheeCoachBreeze announce the passing of my brother @AbrahamMcDonald. He was loved by so many. Please allow time for our family to grieve. We will send out memorial information when we have all the details. Rest my love Heaven.
It didn’t take long for posts from family and friends all over to come pouring in, offering heartfelt condolences. Continue reading