LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Anna Maria Horsford, Mahira Kakkar, Issa Rae, & Tonya Lewis Lee among Honorees at BronzeLens Film Festival Women’s Superstar Luncheon
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Atlanta, GA — The 2013 BronzeLens Film Festival’s “Women Superstars Luncheon” will roll out the red carpet for industry insiders, celebrities and aspiring filmmakers on hand to honor some of the most accomplished women of color working in the film and television industry. A coveted signature event during the five-day festival, the luncheon will take place Friday November 8, 2013, 12 noon – 2 PM at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel.
Hosted by former television news anchor, Monica Pearson, the 2013 BronzeLens superstars are: Anna Maria Horsford (“Friday”); actress and wife of Samuel L. Jackson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson ( “The Fighting Temptations”); actress, Mahira Kakkar (“Hank and Asha”); retired Coca Cola executive Ingrid Saunders Jones; producer, Issa Rae (“Awkward Black Girl”); producer and wife of Spike Lee, Tonya Lewis Lee (“The Watsons Go to Birmingham”); producer, Valerie Benning Barney (“All Star Comedy Jam,” “Eddie Griffin: Freedom of Speech”); and costumers Mabel and Shilla Benning.
“We are excited about our powerful honorees this year. These women superstars demonstrate the diverse areas where women excel in the entertainment business,” said Kathleen Bertrand, executive producer of the BronzeLens Film Festival. “Whether behind the scenes or in front of the camera, these women continue to play an integral role with films that impact our lives.”
Designed to empower, entertain and educate attendees from various film industry disciplines, students and the general public, the BronzeLens Film Festival offers an array of expert panels, workshops, domestic and international film screenings and signature events.
In addition to a Monologue Slam featuring renowned director John Singleton, festival highlights include an encore presentation of legendary casting director and producer Reuben Cannon’s, “The Producers Roundtable” a groundbreaking session that brings together high-level entertainment executives to share their strategies for producing successful film and television projects. Participating producers include Jeff Clanagan, David Talbert, Lyn Talbert and Paul Hall.
The BronzeLens Film Festival takes place November 6-10. Visit www.bronzelensfilmfestival.com for more information and registration information.
About the BronzeLens Film Festival
Founded in 2009, The BronzeLens Film Festival of Atlanta, Georgia is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing national and worldwide attention to Atlanta as a center for film and film production for people of color, and to showcasing films and providing networking opportunities that will develop the next generation of filmmakers. Since its inception the BronzeLens Film Festival has evolved as one of the most comprehensive film festivals for filmmakers of color in the United States.
Sponsors of the BronzeLens Film Festival are Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, Coca-Cola Company Turner, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Delta Air Lines, HBO Documentary Films, BET Networks, Georgia Pacific, The Woodruff Arts Center, AT& T, Macys, Institut Française , The Sai Sai Group, Inc., Southern Company, MHR International, Movie Magic, White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails, National Center for Civil and Human Rights and Atlanta Technical College: The Cleveland Dennard Center.
The Jenesse Center Salutes Hair Stylist to the Stars, Dr. Boogie as a Hope Angel During Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Hollywood – For years Dr. Boogie has styled the locks of Hollywood’s rich and famous, including most recently the likes of Vivica Fox, Debbie Allen and Kym Whitley. His Dr. Boogie’s Do-It-Yourself Clip-On Hairpieces and his chemical-free, organic, all natural skin and hair products are also all the rage in Tinsel Town and beyond. However, what most don’t know is that the “hair stylist to the stars” has a special clientele that he has been privately catering to for years now. They are the women seeking shelter and support from the Jenesse Center, the oldest domestic violence intervention program in South Los Angeles.
The Jenesse Center is honoring Dr. Boogie as a “Hope Angel” during October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, for his volunteer service of providing self-esteem building makeovers and glamour shot portraits to their clients as gifts. It is indeed star treatment for women who need it most.
“Dr. Boogie has made such a huge difference in the lives of Jenesse women and families. Many of our clients experience unbelievable stress and trauma from horrendous cases of battering, domestic violence and abuse. Dr. Boogie has a special magic for making the women feel loved, appreciated and yes, beautiful! We are just thrilled that he shares his gift so freely with us,” expresses Jenesse’s public relations representative, Jeanine Taylor.
Dr. Boogie’s own experience with domestic violence goes back to his childhood. He recalls how he could make relatives around him feel better when they were suffering from instances of abuse. “Often times I would see those close to me sad, hurting and crying. I would do their hair and it always seemed to help raise their spirits. I came to understand that on a very deep level, when you look good it helps you to feel better. I understand on a personal level the trials the women who come to the Jenesse Center are experiencing. Bringing a little sunshine into their lives probably makes me happier than them! I love being able to share my gift, it is honestly the best part of what I do throughout my career.”
In addition to his work at the Jenesse Center, Boogie has been busy styling OWN-TV’S Kym Whitley as well as working with Vivica Fox on her syndicated show, “Mr. Box Office” and Lifetime’s “Prank My Mom.” He is also one of Sophisticate’s Black Hair Styles & Care Guide’s celebrity hair consultant experts.
Comments OffPosted in Popular PostsOct 15, 2013
Washington, D.C. – When songbird Lori Jenaire brings her sultry sophistication to Washington D.C’s famed Blues Alley, it will be an evening to remember. Dubbed Lori ‘Magic Mona’ Jenaire for her long heralded physical and tonal likeness to legendary chanteuse Phyllis Hyman, Jenaire will pay a special homage to Hyman. The soul drenched tribute will take place, Tuesday, October 29 at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Blues Alley is located at 1073 Wisconsin Ave., NW in Washington D.C. Blues Alley was known as Hyman’s favorite club to perform in. “Magic Mona,” originally from the soundtrack to the basketball movie “The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh,” was one of Hyman’s most sought after songs.
Blues Alley will be Jenaire’s first appearance since a recent vocal surgery. Like many dedicated singers, including Adele, John Mayer, and Keith Urban, Jenaire has recuperated from a throat operation which left her completely voiceless during recovery. “I experienced nearly two weeks of total silence after the procedure and had to take speech therapy. I am so thrilled and thankful to be able to sing again! My return to Blues Alley is going to be a tremendous celebration. In addition to honoring the remarkable Phyllis Hyman, who was a D.C. favorite, I plan to perform some of my own originals and cover some classics.”
A Chicago native now residing in Los Angeles, Lori Jenaire has been influenced by several legendary divas, but her comparisons most often parallel her to Phyllis Hyman. An accomplished songwriter, producer and performer in her own right, Lori has three acclaimed CD’s to her credit, “Presence,” “Within Reach” and “Fruition.” Her cover of the classic “California Dreamin’” on the “Fruition” CD made waves on the Smooth Jazz charts, while her smash remix of Hyman’s “You Know How to Love Me” achieved Bullet status on the Billboard Top 20 Dance Charts and Grammy consideration. In addition to her beauty, she is often heralded for her amazing range, searing vocal ability and powerful delivery.
Phyllis Hyman, one of the most treasured vocalists in contemporary times, will come alive through Lori Jenaire’s song. Sample the aural sweetness at http://www.LoriJenaire.com and at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKjnSrVzvV0 Lori Jenaire promo video
View Jenaire’s video “Angel in Uniform,” a tribute to America’s veterans and soldiers, co-written with jazz pianist Gail Jhonson at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JNe5Bx0N_E. Jenaire\'s \"Angel In Uniform\" video
From Rock Hard Tator Tots to Salad Bars, It’s National School Lunch Week and the Lunch Tray has Come a Long Way
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by Monifa Bandele, Senior Campaign Director MomsRising.org, a national organization with over a million members across the country, advocating for the health and economic security of our families.
Remember leg warmers and when ketchup was a vegetable? Is it just me or have the 80′s been making a comeback? I can’t get the sound of my kids singing Another one Bites the Dust in the car on the way to school out of my head. When I was a kid, I sang that song too! I remember imagining someone actually eating dust, or worse, my school lunch.
National School Lunch Week also has me thinking way, way back to chocolate milk, square pizza slices (that needed a buzz saw to cut), rock hard tater tots, and a heaping side order of ketchup. Nostalgia?
I know I am dating myself, but I also vaguely remember my parents and others getting fired up about the controversial proposal about what constituted a vegetable for school lunches. It all started like this: The Ominibus Reconciliation Acts of 1980 and 1981 reduced the budget of the Federal School Lunch Program by 25 percent! So, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service issued a proposal to allow school food services directors to expand (or better yet, cheapen) which food items fit the guidelines for “vegetables”. The proposal went as far as listing pickle relish, as an example of a substitute for veggies.
Needless to say, this proposal sparked considerable outrage among parents, educators and public health officials. The most well know condiment, ketchup, became the movement’s poster child for “veggies gone bad.” Finally, the proposal to upgrade condiments into the elite realm of the vegetable food group was withdrawn before the end of 1981 and never implemented.
Its a new day! But, its a long time coming.
That incident, more than 30 years ago, gave rise to a movement that has helped to lay the groundwork for today’s huge steps forward in school nutrition. Parents have been speaking out and, all over the country state, local, and school-based polices have given rise to salad bars, school gardens, and healthier options in the lunch line. Even better, this year, new national guidelines are taking effect from coast to coast.
The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2011 has made way for lunchroom standards that require more whole grains and double the amount of fruits and vegetables! Many people thought the new guidelines would be a heavy or impossible lift for schools; but parents remained vigilant in speaking out, taking action, and letting all decision-makers know that better nutrition in schools is critical and doable. And, we were right! Last week, the USDA announced that so far 80 percent of schools are serving healthier meals that meet the upgraded nutrition standards.
Like all parents, I hope that the images of poor quality school lunches that are low on nutrition and high on fat, salt, and sugar become extinct. I’d also like to limit leg warmers to re-enactments of Flash Dance.
Renowned Radio Personality Michael Baisden Launches “One Dream One Team” Mentoring Initiative to Recruit Male Mentors for 12,000 African American Boys
Orlando, FL – When renowned radio personality Michael Baisden posted “A real man takes care of his kids no matter what the relationship is with the mother of the child,” on his Facebook page, he never anticipated the over nine million views or one million plus likes and comments he received as feedback! The overwhelming response prompted him into immediate action. A diehard advocate for mentoring since 2010 with his “One Million Mentors National Campaign to Save Our Kids” 72-city tour, Baisden has now launched a new initiative, the “One Dream One Team” Mentoring Initiative. His specific goal is to help recruit African American male mentors for the 12,000 African American boys on the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) waiting lists for a one-on-one mentor match.
A known social activist since his organizing of the 2007 Jena Six March and his work with the 2012 Trayvon Martin Rally, Baisden has always demonstrated a strong show of commitment via his actions. True to this trait, he has adopted a classroom of 28 boys at Evans High School in Orlando, Florida to spearhead the “One Dream One Team” momentum. Baisden takes time out of his busy work schedule for a mentoring session with the students weekly.
In addition, the New York Times best-selling author and motivational speaker is hosting a special “One Dream One Team” Think Tank event in Orlando on October 26 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Venue sponsorship is provided by Mr. Harris Rosen of the Tangelo Park Project and attendees will include various African American fraternities, local and national organizations, community leaders and churches. The gathering is an orchestrated effort to strategize a plan for recruiting additional qualified male mentors. The boys on the national “waiting-to-be-matched” list average 14 years in age and the goal is to have mentors for all 12,000 within a year.
This is an urgent matter and an urgent call,” cites Baisden. “Too often we are quick to criticize the behavior of our young men but are slow to step up to correct them or show them a better example. You have to see a man to be a man, the question is, what are we showing them? These young men need us desperately. It only takes one hour of your time each week to positively impact and change some young man’s life. We can’t afford to say no and we cannot ignore this issue. Their lives and yes, their futures are depending on it!”
Outside of his career as a radio personality, Michael Baisden has always mobilized around the issue of mentoring. His foundation was founded in 2005 as a non-profit organization that was formed to promote mentoring with a dedication to education, literacy and advancement in local communities. The foundation has donated half of the nearly one million dollars raised to mentoring organizations in over 70 cities nationwide with a goal to inspire caring adults to become responsible mentors. With that success “One Dream One Team” takes his personal mission even further.
Big Brothers Big Sisters acknowledged Baisden as one of its celebrity ambassadors in 2012 and presented him with The Michael Baisden Inspiration Award. The Baisden Inspiration award is now an annual honor given to individuals demonstrating consistent generosity and dedication to support the nationwide mentoring organization’s African American mentoring programs.
As a bestselling author, Baisden has always been an advocate of books and reading. His foundation has already purchased the first two books for his adopted classroom of young boys to read, “The Mis-Education of the Negro” by Carter G. Woodson and “The Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys” by Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu.
Baisden shares a passionate testimony as to how books changed his life. “In ten short years, I went from driving trains in Chicago to becoming a four time best selling author, television talk show host and a nationally syndicated radio personality. Dreams do come true,” he reveals, “and that dream for me began when I opened a book. Books change lives and I’m living proof! I look forward to instilling these young men with dreams and I’m looking for 12,000 Black men to join me and do the same.”
About Michael Baisden
Michael Baisden is a best selling author, noted speaker and undeniably one of the most influential and engaging personalities in radio history. His meteoric rise to #1 redefined radio with a syndicated show heard in nearly 100 cities with millions of listeners. As a college dropout, former Air Force Sergeant, single parent and transit worker from the south side of Chicago, he wanted his life to mean something. That opportunity came when he stepped out on faith to live his dream of becoming a writer. That courageous step resulted in five best selling books with nearly two million in print and two stage plays. He is also a TV talk show host, film producer, social activist, philanthropist and founder of The Michael Baisden Foundation with a national mentoring partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. The accomplished speaker makes it a point to promote mentoring at all of his engagements. Baisden’s newest book, “Raise Your Hand If You Have Issues,” will be released in October. Join the effort on Facebook, follow on Twitter, YouTube and online at www.BaisdenLive.com .
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Washington, DC – Women played an integral role in the 1963 March on Washington and the civil rights movement overall, however, their story is rarely told. Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR), an initiative of
The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), will bring leaders together to discuss the contribution women have made – past and present – to the civil rights movement and to begin to craft a multi-ethnic women’s public policy agenda. Hosted as part of the official 50th Anniversary March on Washington Week of Activities, the women’s gathering is focused on the march themes of jobs, freedom, peace and social justice, and will be held Thursday Aug. 22, 2013, 10:00 am – 1:30 pm at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill. The discussion will be presented in three segments:
Segment 1: The Past:
Telling HerStory: An Intergenerational & Multi-Ethnic Conversation
A delegation of women leaders and participants in the 1963 March on Washington and the 60′s Civil Rights Movement will discuss how they fought and overcame gender discrimination sharing insight with women leaders of The Movement today.
Segment 2: The Present:
The Unfinished Business for Women’s Rights 50 Years Later
This panel is an intergenerational & multi-ethnic discussion among leaders to examine unfinished business of the civil rights, women’s rights and social justice movements. Women leaders will recommend public policy solutions and strategies to address current issues impacting women and girls.
Segment 3: The Future:
Visioning Conversation: What Women’s Equality Will Look Like in 2063
In small groups the women will prioritize issues and discuss organizing strategies to address key policy priorities impacting women, girls and families. Outcomes will be captured in a brief document.
Black Women’s Roundtable, the women’s initiative of NCBCP.
Melanie Campbell, President & CEO, NCBCP & Convener, BWR
Tamika Mallory, National Executive Director, NAN
Clayola Brown, President, APRI
Rev. Bernice King, CEO, The King Center
Dr. Thelma Daley, Chair, Women in the NAACPmarched in 1963]
Marian Wright Edelman- President, Children’s Defense (invited)
Christine Chen, President, Asian Pacific Islander Vote
Ingrid Saunders-Jones, Chair, National Council of Negro Women
Felicia Davis, Director, Building Green, Clark-Atlanta University
Jessica Gonzales-Rojas, Executive Director National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and co-chair of the National Coalition on Immigrant Women’s Rights
Denise Fairchild, President, Emerald Cities
Joy-Ann Reid, The Grio.com & MSNBC Contributor
Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, Author, Speaker, Radio Host & Social Entrepreneur
Terry O’Neill, President, NOW
Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D., President, YWCA USA
Ellie Smeal, President, Feminist Majority Foundation
Makani Themba, Executive Director, The Praxis Project
Karen Sees, President, Coalition of Labor Union Women
Myrlie Evers-Williams, Chair Emeritus, NAACP
Beverly Alston – attended 1963 MOW
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes at 1963 MOW (invited)
Congresswoman Donna Edwards (invited)
Congressman John Lewis (invited)
Women Leaders of The Movement: Past, Present and Future, Dialogue & Luncheon as part of the official 50th Anniversary March on Washington Week of Activities
DATE: August 22, 2013 TIME: 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW Washington, DC
Media is invited to attend. Please RSVP to Edrea Davis email@example.com 770.961.6200
Atlanta – From Oprah Winfrey declaring “Let’s Talk Hair” on the latest cover of O Magazine; to the Kardashians sporting weaves and extensions; to any number of the reality show “Housewives” unabashedly wearing wigs; hair, hair care and hair loss has become big business. Toni Love has studied the trends and is an authoritarian on all things hair. The celebrated author of “The World of Wigs, Weaves and Extensions” will once again provide leadership, information and guidance to hair professionals from around the world as she presents her Third Annual Toni Love Hair Loss and Business Conference, October 6 and 7 at the Atlanta Airport Westin in Atlanta, GA.
The conference will specifically address issues concerning hair loss and baldness, a matter that affects millions of people regardless of age, race and gender. Though hair loss disease is not life threatening, The American Hair Loss Association has recognized that hair loss is a serious life altering condition that can no longer be ignored by the medical community and society as a whole.
The Toni Love Hair Loss and Business Conference will offer sessions for hair professionals covering topics that include bridging the gap between dermatology and cosmetology; learning how to develop relationships with doctors; interlocking hair extensions and covering bald spots without braids and glue; starting a business, the steps for setting up a hair loss center and more.
“I am passionate about hair,” reveals Toni. “Whether you are a man or a woman, hair is our crowning glory. I am driven to infuse hair professionals with the proper tools, education and just as important, the mind set, to handle issues of hair loss with their clients. The Hair Loss and Business Conference is a two day intensive that is loaded with valuable information, insight and perspective.”
With over 20 years in the hair industry, Toni Love’s Hair Loss and Business Conference is just one of the many assets which continue to propel her legacy as a definitive hair expert. An internationally recognized hair loss expert, Love’s book, “The World of Wigs, Weaves and Extensions” (Milady-Cengage Learning) is the ultimate guide that uncovers the secrets to top-notch hair and wig care. Her popular manual, “Tips to Passing the Cosmetology State Board,” was a ‘must have’ for students of cosmetology, and her instructional DVD’s: “Keeping Cutting Simple,” “Interlocking Hair Extensions: No Braids! No Glue!” and “Hair Replacement: Covering Bald Areas,” are specifically designed for cosmetology students and professionals who want to be at the top of their game.
In addition, Love has designed a hair care program specifically for use with hair of all ethnicities. Toni Love’s Hair Cleansing System uniquely regenerates hair and stimulates growth starting at the root. The three-step product line consists of a residue remover, a hair and scalp cleanser, and a hair and scalp conditioner.
Toni Love has an extensive background in Business Management and obtained her master’s degree in Continuing Education. She holds instructor licenses in Cosmetology and Barbering and is a certified Hair Loss Specialist in addition to hair consultant and published author. Love is certified through the American Cancer Society, teaching “Look Good Feel Better” cancer patients how to cope with their hair loss as they go through chemotherapy.
A graduate of the Hair Design Academy, and a veteran, United States Army Reserves, Love has taught a variety of students in both private and public institutions. She is also the founder of Toni Love’s Training Center in Atlanta, GA, a thriving oasis for professional cosmetologists who are passionate about learning the latest techniques in hair maintenance and hairstyles. In addition, her advance knowledge of hair loss and her weave training courses position her as a go-to-source for the all-things-hair when the media seeks expert input.
Love continues to keep the hair community updated and informed blogging and hosting The Toni Love Show which airs on her YouTube channel. For updates on current hair tips and trends, as well as hair options for cancer patients and survivors she offers an online membership group at http://www.TheToniLoveGroup.com.
“Like” her on Facebook at “Toni Love Cosmetology” and to keep up with the latest trends in hair, hair loss and hair care read her blog at http://letstalkhairwithtonilove.blogspot.com/ .
For more information about Toni Love and the Hair Loss and Business Conference, visit her website at www.ToniLove.com or call 770-704-7653.
To view a quick demonstration of Toni Love’s hair replacement technique, view the video below: Toni Love Hair Loss Replacement demo.
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North Hollywood, CA – As busy studio owner Lea Walker continues to raise the caliber of her dance and fitness center, Aeriform Arts, housing a community of top aerial instructors, one teacher has emerged as a real star. Antonio Martinez is giving the world a sneak peak at what Aeriform Arts’ students have experienced first hand, his the amazing aerial alchemy. The flying whiz is a current contestant on NBC-TV’s “America’s Got Talent” and he is wowing a national audience with his grace and skills. The aerial cirque and silks teacher, alongside his “America’s Got Talent” performing partner Tavi Stutz, will perform live at Aeriform Arts’ “Midsummer Flight Dreams” talent showcase on Saturday, August 24, alongside students and teachers displaying Lyra, hammock, pole and silk feats. “Midsummer Flight Dreams” will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Aeriform Arts studio located at 5625 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA.
Aeriform Arts provides an all inclusive co-ed landscape for aerial conditioning with ten aerial yoga hammocks, a lyra, hanging silks and five brass dance poles. In addition to Antonio Martinez, the studio’s expansive curriculum boasts aerial hammock classes taught by Leigh Acosta and Jane Rose; pole classes taught by Veronika as well as Acosta; Judy Chuang teaching a 6-week Advance Beginner Pole Series; and the special Nail It Deep Series, taught by Niki Saccareccia and Jennifer Netherby consisting of Feet & Balance, Back Bends, Hand Stands and Splits workshops. The studio’s distinct roster also includes Kristina Serna teaching BUTI ™ as well Roseanne Nemhauser and Jane Rose demonstrating aerial yoga.
“Our initial vision was to become a one-stop shop for anyone seeking the thrill of aerial adventure and now, in less than two years, I can proudly say that we have successfully accomplished our goal. We are happy and amazed for Antonio. His television appearances are exposing the aerial world to a new and broader audience. We believe everyone can fly and we are here to teach them how!” expresses Walker.
Aeriform Arts is open daily and is located at 5625 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA. Soar with Aeriform Arts at http://aeriformarts.com or by calling 818-980-AERI (2374).
For an online studio tour, check out Aeriform Arts as “Studio of the Month” in Pole World News:
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Los Angeles – Socio-political analyst Cleo Manago stands his ground with Sean Hannity, on Fox News’ “Hannity” tonight, Friday, July 19 at 9:00 p.m. ET in a discussion about race relations in America in general and also as it pertains to the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case.
Manago appears alongside Compton’s own, Pastor Michael J.T. Fisher of the Greater Zion Church Family. Fisher is leading the 13th Annual “March 4 a Cause” Peace March in Compton, on Saturday, July 20, in conjunction with Rev. Al Sharpton’s call for a “Justice for Trayvon” National Day of Action. One hundred vigils in cities across the country are scheduled to take place at noon as a call to action pushing for the Department of Justice to file federal charges against George Zimmerman. The vigils will lead up to the Saturday, August 24, 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Justice led by Rev. Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King III,.
As the board chair for BMADD: Black Males Against our Defamation and Demise, Cleo Manago has been an outspoken advocate for the human rights, well-being, dignity, self-respect and protection of Black men and Black people for over two decades. The Trayvon Martin travesty brings home issues he has been mandating for years.
“The racial profiling, stalking and killing of an unarmed innocent teen should be protested, and yet, Trayvon Martin was the victim of a larger problem stemming from America’s wholesale dehumanization of Black men. Now that there is public resistance to legally sanctioned executions, can Black males stop being America’s favorite prey – that is the larger question?” Manago deliberates.
Watch Cleo Manago on “Hannity”, Friday night, July 19 at 9:00 p.m. ET, then join the discussion with him on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/Cleo.Manago.
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Walking inside a casino can make anyone feel like they’ve been transported to an alternate world where bright financial opportunities and never ending ecstasy fill the four corners of the room. Its doors welcome some of the most diverse individuals who carry a handful of hope and a pocketful of change every time they enter the vividly glowing establishment. But what attracts these types of people to throw away their inhibitions and kiss Lady Luck on the cheek, especially for celebrities who carefully protect a certain image to the public?
Living under the microscope of public scrutiny and the watchful eyes of the media, a lot of celebrities have always been conscious about their overall appearance every time they step away from the lime light. They tend to carry themselves in accordance with their public image, while still holding a firm grip on their personal representation. But inside a casino, they can just be themselves, have fun, and let it all out. However, they still meticulously choose the right place to have a fun night out with friends and family.
American Gaming Association president and Chief Executive Officer, Frank Fahernkopf said, “When celebrities are deciding where they want to go gambling, they usually stick to places which are upscale and where there are other things to do besides gambling.” True to its form; casinos have evolved from being just the home of card game tables and money-spewing machines, now they’ve extended their reach to the sports universe by hosting high-profile UFC and boxing events, and even in the cyber world with today’s partycasino sites. With these, celebrities blend in with the crowd of equally enthusiastic patrons and have another alternative to enjoy the casino’s features and amenities.
Los Angeles – more specifically Hollywood – is widely considered as the home of the biggest celebrities and polarizing personalities. And the fact that it takes just an hour flight to reach the fabulous streets of Nevada; Las Vegas has become the primary place for celebrities to gamble and have the time of their lives. Fahernkopf added, “They (celebrities) also tend to stick close to home, since these getaways are generally shorter than other kinds of vacations.”
With their busy schedules, celebrities don’t want to waste a single day just for travelling, that’s why a trip to the Sin City is a practical and reasonable choice. Besides, modern day casinos have always catered to the growing needs even of their non-gaming visitors. Luxurious shops like Hermes and Louis Vuitton, as well as Michelin-star restaurants from Joel Robuchon and Guy Savoy have become staples in Las Vegas’ casinos.
In hindsight, the popularity of casinos not only accommodates celebrities, but also businessmen/women, athletes, even casual gamers. They all converge under one roof and immerse themselves in the embodiment of entertainment from these establishments, that’s why the rich tradition and culture of casinos have a place to stay inside people’s consciousness for a long time.
Tha Eastsidaz’ Big Trey Deee, Lench Mob’s J-Dee and Urban Lit Griot Anthony Barrow Go 3 The Hard Way with “Los Angeles Tymez: Urban Tales” Book Release
Los Angeles – Tracey “Big Tray Deee” Davis, part of the Snoop Dogg’s legendary west coast rap group, Tha Eastsidaz, has not let a jail bid stop his flow. Neither has the founding member of Ice Cube’s Lench Mob’s, J-Dee who is also serving time. The former west coast rap legends have teamed with incarcerated urban lit griot Anthony Barrow to write “Los Angeles Tymez: Urban Tales,” the debut release from Tray Deee’s and Barrow’s joint venture, Ave Money Publishing. With a vision to shed light on the streets that they know and have experienced first-hand, the duo has also published Gregory Garrett’s “Not on my Block” via their imprint.
“Los Angeles Tymes: Urban Tales” is the second effort from Tray Deee and Barrow. Their first book, “Streetz Gon’ Cry,” from LeNoir Publications, was a fictional account of the King Crips and the Vernon Boys, who have an on-and-off rivalry. Writing from behind the walls of a state penitentiary, the street soldiers, alongside J-Dee, spin three tall tales of urban grit in “Los Angeles Tymez: Urban Tales” mixing sex, drugs and game like a Molotov cocktail, primed to set the reader’s imagination on fire.
With the additional release of author Gregory Garrett’s fourth book, “Not on my Block,” the team is working to position their publishing effort as a real force in the urban lit genre. “Not on my Block,” brings the pain as Garrett takes the reader inside the criminal minds of The Bottom Boyz, a group of hustla’s whose grind puts the ‘gr’ in grimy. Garrett gained his lit stripes with his prior books “Don’t Mix the Bitter with the Sweet,” “Playin’ for Keeps,” and “Pain Freak.”
Explains Tray Deee, “We are all the products of and respected factors in the inner city community, not just spectators aiming to exploit and profit from someone else’s hardships. We are not only in a position to deliver accurate depictions of street life, but we can also deter others from taking the destructive paths we have taken, as well as offer a home and access with our publishing company to potential writers who share our vision.”
In addition to forming and co-owning Ave Money Publishing, Tray Deee is not letting the music go. Soon to drop this year is “Long Beach State of Mind.” He is also due to be released from prison early next year.
For more information and to purchase books, go to http://www.avemoney-publishing.com/.
Los Angeles – The beautiful athlete and television personality Laila Ali will inspire the hearts of many when she hosts the 20 year anniversary of the Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant (LMAA) on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Pageant producer Lisa Ruffin has planned a luminous affair for her participants and attendees this year with a host of celebrity judges that include ABC-TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy” stars Chandra Wilson and James Pickens, Jr., OWN TV star Kym Whitley from “Raising Whitley,” Nicklelodean’s Arjay Smith and “Girlfriends” Golden Brooks. The Wilshire Ebell is located at 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. in Los Angeles, south of Wilshire Blvd. Tickets are available at www.Littlemissafricanamericaninc.org and at the Wilshire Ebell box office.
The Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant has served as one of the nation’s most astute educational programs dedicated to empowering young African American women between the ages of 6 and 12 with the concepts of CAP – Confidence, Awareness and Pride. Lisa Ruffin, an actress and choreographer, has successfully utilized the pageant format to introduce girls from around the country to the arts, introduce them to public speaking and engage them in individual creativity.
The full curriculum encompasses a summer program of coaching, guest lectures and demonstrations on the heritage of the African America experience. The young ladies are tutored in voice projection, poise, body movement and memory technique by instructors from the worlds of art, entertainment and education.
The pageant has seen a host of celebrity participation over the years including LL Cool J, Jamie Foxxand Taraji P. Henson . Jay Leno even paid a holiday visit to Ruffin and the pageant participants last Christmas, acknowledging the wonderful work Ruffin has done over the years with a surprise visit from China Ann McClain, the star of the Disney Channel’s “A.N.T. Farm” and Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne.” and
This year’s host, Laila Ali is especially fitting for the vision of LMAA. The mother of two, Ali is a world-class athlete, fitness and wellness expert, cooking enthusiast and the founder of the Laila Ali Lifestyle Brand. The daughter of the legendary Muhammad Ali, Laila is also a four-time undefeated world boxing champion. In addition to her work as a cast member of NBC’s highly touted reality program “Stars Earn Stripes” where she competed to raise money for a charity that supports veterans and their children, Laila hosts ABC-TV’s “Everyday Health.”
Pageant creator/producer Lisa Ruffin
“I get ecstatic and teary eyed when I think about all the young lives we have been able to touch over a span of 20 years,” offers Ruffin. “There are grown women as well as young girls out there in the world who we have positively influenced and I am just extremely grateful.”
Tickets are available at www.Littlemissafricanamericaninc.org and at the Wilshire Ebell box office.
For a visual overview of the pageant and its impact on contestants, go to