(Hollywood, CA) – The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) opens its 23rd?Annual African American Film Marketplace (AAFM) and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase with a Gala Celebration ?A Great Day in Black Hollywood,? Friday, January 13, at the Harmony Gold Preview House, 7655 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90046.?? This popular event honors outstanding professionals in film and will premiere over 66 short films during the 2017 S.E. Manly Film Showcase.
?The 2017 class of honorees are:Preston L. Holmes, Producer/Director, “The Ivan Dixon Award of Achievement;” Lillian Benson, Film Editor, “Lifetime Achievement Award;” Darryl McCane, Filmmaker and Youth Film Instructor, the “President?s Award” and Vanessa Williams, veteran actress, “Community Service Award.”
?BHERC is pleased to award Lillian Benson with the “BHERC Lifetime Achievement Award” for her groundbreaking film work, longevity and continued contributions to the film industry.?
Lillian Benson?(Editor) is a native of New York. Her body of work as a television, video and feature film editor spans almost thirty years.? Ms. Benson is the first African-American female editor selected to be a member of the American Cinema Editors (ACE), the internationally recognized honorary society of film editors, where she serves as a member on the Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the International Documentary Association.? Continue reading →
*Sereno was so close to his human that he broke down at the funeral. Wagner Lima, 34, died after a motorcycle crash in Paraiba Brazil and according to?Inside Edition, who picked up the story, the horse, seeming to know his human was inside the coffin, laid his head on it and “whimpered during the procession to the cemetery.”
Thankfully, Sereno will not be left on his own. Wagner’s brother has promised to care for the animal.
This video will prove beyond the shadow of any doubt that our animals feel the same sense of loss that we humans do.
*Yes you were. No I wasn’t. I’ve got the video! This is what one adorable pooch had to endure when his owner pulled a dirty trick on him as he was sleeping. Poor doggie was getting a deep sleep in when his tricky human decides to tape his snoring. Funny stuff. See video below.
Kinda makes me want to playback that recording I have of a certain friend who swears by god he doesn’t snore.
Just a day after winter storms brought fresh ice and sleet to Minnesota, the state had to brace itself for arctic cold on Tuesday. The National Weather Service reported that a cold front moving down from Canada is what brought the frigid temperatures to the state.
In normal circumstances, a roof should be inspected once or twice annually, but these severe low temperatures combined with winter storms just may call for an extra inspection this season. Tuesday brought single-digit temperatures to the Twin Cities.
Strong winds at speeds of up to 35 MPH made it feel much colder than just single digits. The cold followed a night of freezing rain in parts of Southern Minnesota and many commuters were discouraged from driving as a result. Travel on Interstate 94 north wasn’t advised at all due to issues with black ice.
*Many of you may be too young to remember how, in 1969, serial killer Charles Manson shook the core of the United States of America when he and a band of young, misguided, and vulnerable individuals went on a killing spree. I was but a child, yet I remember it well. For what was ultimately a four night slaughter, Manson and his followers took the lives of nine innocent people. The first night they went to the home of film director Roman Polanski and killed his pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate, along with writer Wojciech Frykowski, coffee heiress Abigail Folger and celebrity hair stylist Jay Sebring. Steven Parent, who was a friend of the family’s gardener, was also killed. And on the following night, Manson was said to be dissatisfied with the sloppiness of the job, so he went to the home of supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and killed him and his wife, Rosemary.
The murders were committed by Manson followers Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Leslie van Houten. And the group would eventually be arrested and indicted for the crimes.
I recall the entire country appeared to hold its breath in unison. And the horrendous event would go down in history as the Tate-LaBianca Murders. Continue reading →
*One of my former in-laws used to talk about needing to know someone who knew how “to get a prayer through” to God. ?After reading about the McCabe family of Chicago, you’ll agree that they’re on that list of folks!
Five-month old Daniel McCabe had been fighting a rare liver disorder since he was born. ?Just before Christmas, things got so dire that doctors placed him on a waiting list for a new liver, and prepared the family for a wait of several weeks, if not months. ?(The average wait for a liver is 86 days for kids and up to 149 days for adults.)
*Some serious marijuana activists are going all out to ensure the place of marijuana in Donald Trump’s administration. They will be handing out 4,200 joints to the people — for free — to be smoked at exactly 4-minutes and 20 seconds into Trump’s speech.
Hot dang! Even the non-smokers will leave with a contact high!
Let’s hope Trump himself takes a toke of something before he delves into his “Inauguration Speech.” From what he’s shown us of his public speaking prowess, would that really be so bad?
Oh hell, why not just have one in-hand DURING the speech!
Let’s face it: A Barack Obama he is NOT.
You might be wondering “what’s the message here?” Especially since the generous givers are not calling this an anti-Trump stance; but a “protest.” Continue reading →
*I knew it was only a matter of time for SOME ILLNESS to come about as a result of heavy pot smoking — exacerbated by the fact that its now legal in several states. Of course it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that heavy pot users have been shown to have memory issues (and some have even become downright delusional, but that’s another story). Honestly, I don’t know if I stand 100 with the new ruling in California, whose pass came about last November. Blame it on the fact that I see way too much marijuana smoke being blown out of passing car windows; or even the fact that the guy who backed up off the freeway ramp, into my brand new car, reeked of it.
Medical marijuana is legitimate. It continues to be of great significance in alleviating debilitating pain; and even offers undeniable results where some children’s illnesses are concerned.
But just allowing any damn body to smoke weed. Out loud. Not so much.
Anyway, according to emergency room doctors, a lot of folks are flooding the ER rooms with illnesses related to severe pot smoking. Continue reading →