Terrified 9-Year-Old Calls 911 on ‘Drunk Driving Dad’ (Listen)


*A 9-year-old girl in the car with her drunken father begged him to pull over as she was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher. Man, can I relate to this one! All I will say right here is it takes me back to my own childhood, and makes me remember to appreciate and always show gratitude for the fact that I am still here.

?Hello, is this 911? ? The only person that?s here is my dad and he?s drunk,? the girl, whose younger sister was also in the car, told the police dispatcher during a 17-minute call on Sunday. ?Help me, please! Help me!?

The harrowing incident occurred in late January according to the New York Post; while the father, identified as 36-year-old Wesley Charles Burgner, was traveling from Atlanta to the home of his parents in St. Simons, according to reports by?Fox8.com.

?I don?t know where we?re going. He?s driving really fast,? the frightened child told the dispatcher. ?I think I?m going to get into a wreck.? Continue reading

It’s Black History Month, What’s Happening? We Got You Covered! (Watch)

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*Black folk get ONE MONTH, the shortest of the twelve (But hey, we’ll take it!) to commemorate the impact our race and culture have had on the world. Our people have done a LOT to develop the many treasures that make this country what it is today. A country that everyone in the world is trying to get to and build a life for themselves and their families.

And now, thanks to the site?Discover Los Angeles, we don’t have to wonder about all the events set up to help us and anyone else celebrate and learn more about Black History.

Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their important role in U.S. history. The event was originally the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans.

Here are some of the exciting events (and cultural institutions) participating in Black History Month events in the Los Angeles area.

Battleship Iowa (February 2017)

?Celebrating the American Spirit ? Battleship IOWA Salutes Black History Month? | Photo courtesy of Battleship IOWA

Located at the L.A. Waterfront in San Pedro, Battleship IOWA is presenting events and tributes throughout February to honor Black History month. There is no better place in Los Angeles to celebrate and commemorate the impact African Americans have had in the United States Navy and to this country than on the ?Battleship of Presidents,? the same ship where Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, the first African American to command a Navy warship, served during his illustrious Naval career.

The Battleship IOWA Museum is featuring Celebrating the American Spirit ? Battleship IOWA Salutes Black History Month,?a temporary display that will be part of the ship?s tour through Feb. 28. Guests will learn about the achievements that many African Americans made in the United States Navy and service for this country. The exhibit focuses on five pioneering black servicemen: Robert Penn, a Medal of Honor recipient; Alex Haley, the first chief journalist for the Coast Guard; John Henry ?Dick? Turpin, one of the first African American Chief Petty Officers in the United States Navy; Doris ?Dorie? Miller, the first African American to be awarded the Navy Cross; and Samuel L. Gravely. Continue reading

Jealous MJ Fans, This Interview with ‘Michael and Me’ Author, Shana Mangatal, Won’t Cure You

Photo courtesy: Shana Mangatal / Credit: Basim Abdel

*Sorry. They say truth can be hard on the ears.?But face it, some things you’ve just got to live with. So I’ve got one bit of advice for the Michael Jackson fans who continue to throw shade at Shana Mangatal, the beautiful woman who had a decades long friendship and romance with the King of Pop, and seven years after his passing turned her diaries into a book titled, Michael and Me.

Get over yourself.?

Hear me out, will ya? When I was first approached by veteran publicist Lynn Jeter, to review ‘Michael and Me,’ I had the same apprehension as many of you. Afterall, how easy would it be for?some twit?to fabricate a story about a romance with the world’s biggest star…after he died and couldn’t refute it!

I was prepared to not like it, or HER, at all (and would later tell her this)! The invitation to review the book came with a package that included several reviews that had already been written. But I trashed them without even looking (still haven’t!) as any writer worth his or her salt relies on her own thoughts and this writer didn’t need help from anyone.

So I read and reviewed the book. And if you haven’t already, you can ?read that review here.?But afterwards I felt I had to interview Shana Mangatal. I felt a connection with her. Not only because many of the things in her book checked out against my own personal knowledge, the history of the times, etc., but because we both shared a rare, yet similar relationship with larger-than-life men.

I, with another celebrity…icon.

I purposely chose to write about my interview with Shana on ThisNthat, a blog site that would allow me, as a writer, the freedom I don’t have while writing a review; or writing on a site such as EURweb.

One thing Shana and I understood from the onset of that interview is, with all due respect, these kinds of stories will not be believed by many. Innately, people just don’t believe things like this can happen. There probably isn’t a tween girl alive that hasn’t dreamt about meeting their celebrity crush, and even marrying him. Shoot, these things don’t really happen, right?

Wrong.?Especially if you live in a place like Los Angeles. Continue reading

New Yorkers on Subway Take to Erasing Swastika Graffiti: ‘This is Not Trumps America’


Subway passenger uses hand sanitizer and tissue to clean swastika image off of NYC train
Subway passenger uses hand sanitizer and tissue to clean swastika image off of NYC train

*Imagine getting on a train and looking up to see that every single advertisement has been graffitied with a swastika.?Now open your eyes. It’s 2017 and that’s exactly what a group of stunned New Yorkers saw in one of the trains cars. At first, all they could do was look at each other, mouths agape. That was before one passenger came up with a brilliant response which inspired everyone else to take action.

?I got on the subway in Manhattan tonight and found a Swastika on every advertisement and every window,? Gregory Locke wrote on his Facebook page. ?The train was silent as everyone stared at each other, uncomfortable and unsure what to do.?

Being from New York I know for a fact the silence didn’t take long to break.

?One guy got up and said, ?Hand sanitizer gets rid of Sharpie. We need alcohol.? He found some tissues and got to work,? Locke wrote. ?I?ve never seen so many people simultaneously reach into their bags and pockets looking for tissues and Purel. Within about two minutes, all the Nazi symbolism was gone.?

The hateful perps had even written??Jews belong in the oven? on a swastika-tinged map. Continue reading

Al Pacino and Judith Light Star in ‘God Looked Away’ at Pasadena Playhouse


Al Pacino and Judith Light star in 'God Looked Away' at Pasadena Playhouse
Al Pacino and Judith Light star in ‘God Looked Away’ at Pasadena Playhouse

PASADENA, CA (February 2017) – The Pasadena Playhouse (Danny Feldman, Producing Artistic Director) is pleased to announce a new partnership with TodayTix, the theater ticket app, to launch a mobile Rush program for Dotson Rader?s GOD LOOKED AWAY, directed by Robert Allan Ackerman, and starring Al Pacino and Judith Light.

Now, ticket-buyers will be able to purchase Rush tickets on their mobile devices for The Pasadena Playhouse?s inaugural PlayWorks development production on the day of the performance using the TodayTix app. Each day beginning at 9:00 AM, a limited amount of tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Rush tickets will be sold exclusively by TodayTix for $25. To gain access to the Rush tickets, ticket-buyers must download the TodayTix app and unlock the functionality by sharing on their Facebook or Twitter pages. Tickets will be available for pick up at Will Call at The Pasadena Playhouse Box Office one hour prior to the performance. Mobile Rush concludes when inventory has sold out or two hours before the performance.

?This partnership is an exciting, future-focused, and convenient way to provide Rush tickets to GOD LOOKED AWAY,? said Danny Feldman, Producing Artistic Director of The Pasadena Playhouse. ?As the State Theater of California, accessibility, inclusion, and innovation are very important to us, and the TodayTix Rush program allows us to bring these things together for the benefit of the community.?


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Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Comes to Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre! (Photos)

Courtesy: ? Disney
Photo courtesy: ? Disney

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (February 2017) ? Hollywood?s legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a special engagement of Disney?s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST March 17 ? ?April 30, 2017, in Dolby Vision? Laser Projection and Dolby Atmos? Sound Technology. ?Plus, an additional show on Thursday, March 16 at 9:30pm!

Exclusively at The El Capitan Theatre, the theatre will come alive under the magical spell of an immersive light and projection show before the movie featuring a dazzling SWAROVSKI crystal curtain, bringing the tale as old as time to life in a new and spectacular way. Continue reading

It’s About Time! The Boy Scouts of America Now Welcomes Transgender Boys

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*I cannot get CeCe Peniston’s club hit “Finally” out of my head.

The Boy Scouts of America has FINALLY begun accepting transgender boys. ?

Membership in both the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts is now based on the gender indicated on an application, NOT on the gender listed on an applicant’s birth certificate.

They’ve FINALLY come to the conclusion that relying on an individual’s birth certificate “…is no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state,” a BSA spokesperson said in a statement Monday.

In other words, the Boy Scouts of America has joined the 21st century, and I extend a hearty “Welcome aboard!”

Zach Wahls, co-founder of Scouts for Equality, agrees with me. Continue reading

22-Year-Old College Senior Running For Mayor of Detroit


*President Barack Obama, during his farewell speech, said “If something needs fixing, lace up your shoes and do some organizing. ?If you’re disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself. ?Show up. ?Dive in. ?Persevere.”

Detroit’s Myya D. Jones, 22, has taken the president’s sage advice to heart. ?She’s running for the mayor of her hometown. ?

“I have always been interested in civil engagement,” Jones told Detroit’s Metro Times. ?”But I was turned off from doing politics because we had such a negative stigma around politics in Detroit.”

Now, she hopes to change that narrative, while she changes things in the city she calls home. Continue reading

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