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Got a Global Message to Share, Your World Stage May Be at the 2019 World Forum in Macao, China

*If you are a speaker ready to spread your message on the world stage, this may be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.

The World Forum Foundation is an organization with a mission that focuses on early childhood issues. Since 1998, they have worked with both professionals and volunteers to improve the life chances of children all around the world.

With the topics below in mind, they are seeking 240 presenters and moderators from around the globe for the 2019  World Forum in Macao, China.

Stateless children
Organizational culture
Connecting children to nature
Men in child care
Indigenous education
Children’s rights

Does this sound like you? 

According to The World Forum Foundation website…

You are invited to submit a proposal to present on a panel, moderate a panel, or provide a performance at a plenary. To apply for consideration, please complete the Program Participant Application by July 1, 2018.  Decisions will be announced by September 1, 2018.  Presenters selected will be organized into panels on specific topics.  Each panel will be convened in a Zoom call to plan the session.  Sessions will last 90 minutes and will include time for each presenter to share points agreed upon in the Zoom call and allow time for discussion.

Program participants must support their own attendance ? pay for their own transportation, lodging and registration fee.  Individuals from communities with limited financial resources are invited to apply for financial support through the World Forum Fellowship Fund by filling out a Fellowship Fund Application by July 1, 2018.

Interested parties should visit the website to fill out your application here.


First Annual ‘Homeless Summit’ Held This Weekend in Los Angeles (Video)

*Every single day we see them. As we exit the freeway in our cars, as we sit at red lights, as we leave Target or any other store, and definitely in encampments as we drive or walk in downtown Los Angeles. Homelessness in southern California has become a CRITICAL issue.

This weekend, on March 23, starting at 10a.m. the First Annual Homeless Summit will be hosted by Grace Mission University. An outstanding representation of nonprofit organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity and United Way will do presentations. The summit plans to address the ways people can get involved with the homeless population in their various communities.

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Toys “R” Us Closing All 800 Stores in the U. S…Yikes! No Severance for Employees (Watch)

*Doggone  it! The changing times have put yet another institution out of business. 800 stores, 31,000 employee out of work…with no severance pay, equals disaster!

Any formula using this code will likely come to the same conclusion. 

That famous jingle, “I want to be a Toys “R” Us kid,” is a part of childhood memories we won’t soon forget. And for those children fortunate enough to visit the store, they will no doubt begin to ask mommy and daddy why they can no longer go there.

The closing of this iconic institution absolutely marks the end of an era, and as if that isn’t sad enough, the shocking part of this news is not only will employees be out of a job, due to bankruptcy laws, they won’t even have severance pay to help soften the blow.

According to Fox Business News, analysts say the reason for this massive business downfall is the company “had huge debt and couldn’t keep up with trends.”  Continue reading

Nevertheless, She Persisted! BBA Honors Black Women at Upcoming Expo and Awards Luncheon

(Los Angeles, CA) ? The Black Business Association (BBA), headquartered in Southern California and the oldest active ethnic business organization in the State of California, will host its annual Salute to Black Women Business Conference/Expo and Awards Luncheon on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at The L.A. Hotel in Downtown, Los Angeles at 333 S. Figueroa, Los Angeles, California.

The  National Women?s History Month?s 2018 theme is ?Nevertheless She Persisted?. The BBA will embrace the national theme while acknowledging the intersecting forms of discrimination women have faced, and continue to face, throughout American history. Women have always worked and contributed, but often their work has been undervalued and under-compensated, too often. The BBA will celebrate women who have fought and continue to fight discrimination at all levels and in all forms. Continue reading

Caucus For Producers, Writers & Directors in association with Emerson College presents Sexual Harassment?Know Where The Line Is!

(Top l-r) Dr. Gail Wyatt, clinical psychologist, sex therapist and professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA, Vin Di Bona, CEO, Vin Di Bona Productions & Chairman of FishBowl Worldwide Media, Margaret Rosenthal, co-chair of law firm Baker Hostetler?s Employment Class Action Team and coordinator for the Los Angeles Employment and Labor Group and Tanya Hart, Co-Chair of The Caucus and President of Tanya Hart Communications Inc.

*Beverly Hills, CA ? The Caucus Co-chairs Robert Papazian and Tanya Hart, along with Event Chair Chuck Fries, and Panel Chair Dennis Doty, of The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors in association with Emerson College proudly announces Sexual Harassment?Know Where The Line is!

The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors is proud to address the prevention of sexual harassment in our industry with this problem-solving panel featuring three expert panelists ? Emmy Award-winning producer Vin Di Bona, CEO, an industry leader and employer; Attorney Margaret Rosenthal, a legal expert in the field of class action lawsuits, including sexual harassment; and Dr. Gail Wyatt, a renowned clinical psychologist and sex therapist. They will help define where the harassment line is and when it?s been crossed. Join us for what will be a powerful and transformative event.

Tanya Hart, will be Moderator for panel. Multiple Emmy winner Tanya Hart is Co-Chair of The Caucus and President of Tanya Hart Communications Inc. A veteran host, producer, and commentator with a wide range of broadcasting experience, she currently is the Host of ?Hollywood Live with Tanya Hart,? on American Urban Radio Networks? 300 stations. Hart, recently moderated a salon of panels for Microsoft and the Brookings Institute?s Digitalization: A Road to Economic Inclusion. Continue reading

Online Contest: Students’ School Spirit Might Bring ‘Life of the Party’ to Their City (Watch)

*Students who participate in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and New Line Cinema’s LIFE OF THE PARTY Premiere Promotion can help bring the party-and the movie premiere-to their city simply by showing they have more school spirit than their peers at other colleges across the country.
Starting today, the Premiere Promotion will launch online at and via all WB social arenas. Just by posting a photo on a social media account depicting their school spirit and uploading it to the site, students will be eligible to make their school’s town the site of the LIFE OF THE PARTY World Premiere.  Participants will also need to follow either the official “Life of the Party” Twitter or Instagram accounts (see links below) during the entirety of the Promotion to remain apprised of Promotion developments.

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AMC Gives Free Admission to Underprivileged Kids to See ‘A Wrinkle in Time (Watch)

Oprah Winfrey and Storm Reid star in ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

*Yippee! If you are one of the hordes of folks who can’t wait to take your kids see the new Disney Film, A Wrinkle in Time, directed by Ava DuVernay, standing in line may be more than worth it. Especially if the ticket is FREE.

Thanks to an initiative called, The Color of Change, it just may be.

Executive director Rashad Robinson says, “Color of Change believes in the power of images and supports those working to change the rules in Hollywood so that inclusive, empathetic and human portrayals of black people and people of color are prominent on the screen.”

The film is an adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 novel, and the colorful cast stars  Mindy KalingOprah Winfrey, and Storm Reid, a black teenager from South Central L.A., as the heroine. Important to note that in the book, Meg is white and lives in Connecticut.

This revision struck an important chord with DuVernay, who told The Washington Post

“She’s just a black girl who has no superpowers but ends up doing extraordinary things that she didn’t even know she could, and I relate to that.”


Rashid Robinson states, “From Selma to now A Wrinkle in TimeAva DuVernay has set out to change the rules in Hollywood for people of color and women. By casting a black teenage actress, Storm Reid, as the heroine at the center of this story, the filmmakers, and the studio, send a powerful message to millions of young people who will see someone like them embracing their individuality and strength to save the world. We are pleased to partner with AMC to ensure that as many young people as possible, regardless of economic and financial hardships, can see this groundbreaking film.”

Winfrey has compared DuVernay’s movie to a “new Wizard of Oz.”

Learn more about the screenings in the video clip below.


Florida Student Survivor Still Emotional After Police Mistook Him for Shooter

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Lorenzo Prado speaks at a press conference in the Florida state Capitol in Tallahassee, February, 21, 2018.

*They saw me, and they panicked because I was matching the same description of [suspect] Nikolas Cruz. I had the same clothes, same hair color, same facial structure somewhat. … And they reported me.”

Can you imagine how frightened you would be in this situation?

Lorenzo Prado may have survived the horror that took place one week ago; when Nikolas Cruz let loose with an assault rifle and killed 17 students and teachers, leaving 14 more wounded and dozens traumatized for life at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. But he feels victimized twice.

After being faced with at least a hundred students banging on the door of the auditorium, where he had been when the gunman hit, he opened the door for the frightened students but wasn’t exactly clear on what was happening.

Then, hearing gunshots and screams, he locked himself in the sound booth at the auditorium and prepared to die.

“I knew any move I made would be the end of my life.”

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