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New Author Lorna Clarke Osunsanmi Proclaims “Becoming Bold” Offering Life, Love, Relationship Advice with Debut Book Release


Los Angeles – Lorna Clarke Osunsanmi aka Lorna O. is not your average love coach. She is a life changer with an uncanny knack for vividly identifying self-help strategies. Her witty yet practical style underscores a nurturing demeanor that is a gateway way to big advice. Lorna knows first hand that you can’t just dish about dating and relationships without laying a foundational base within to achieve what it is you are seeking outside of yourself. Lorna Clarke Osunsanmi is that gentle but resolved push that propels you over edge into a realm of unlimited possibilities. She is the calm before the storm that changes everything.

With the release of “Becoming Bold” from Trafford Publishing, Lorna O. unleashes a straightforward guide for delving deep and mining one’s inner audaciousness. With the goal of unmasking and releasing latent deterrents to success, “Becoming BOLD” serves as the definitive guide to self-actualization and transformation. By going for the gusto, we set the pace for achieving ideal love and life.

“When a lion sees its prey, it goes after it. A board meeting is not held, a discussion doesn’t break out. No one in the history of mankind had to train a lion to be bold,” explains Lorna O. “It’s already in its DNA. I think that same primal, gut instinct is in the human DNA, but somewhere the bold instinct switch in our DNA got turned off. Some of us are able to flip the switch and reignite the spark but others need a little help. Living boldly empowers us to be productive, effective and successful in all areas of our life.”

“Becoming Bold” chronicles how Lorna O took those steps in her own journey toward realizing her dreams. Anecdotes and lessons from others, as well as mantras of encouragement add flavor to the guide, instilling motivation and inspiration in the reader. With chapters titles like “Roar,” “Do!” “Rest Easy while Walking Fast,” and “Illiusions of Loves Divine,” “Becoming BOLD” is a blast of stimulation.

A film and television producer working in Hollywood, Lorna O. graduated magna cum laude from Texas Woman’s University. The native Christiansted, St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands is the byproduct of parents who have sustained a 40-year marriage. With two older and younger siblings in 20 and 10-year marriages, respectively, Lorna has seen and heard the gamut of ups and downs in both relationships and marriages.

She has hosted “Yin N Yang,” a dating and relationship talk show for six years, currently airing in Miami, FL on Good Day Broadcasting and is working on a reality show with community of cheerleader mothers and daughters called Pom Pom Moms. The happily married advice diva continues to live bold daily and has plans for a series of additional inspirational books.

Be BOLD and uncover Lorna O’s guidance at and

NOTE TO MEDIA: Lorna O. is available for interviews at For review copies of “Becoming Bold” send name, media outlet and mailing address to as well.

Firing Conscious Awareness with Gangsta BeatsRondo Impacts the Rap Game with New CD “The Antidote”


Los Angeles – When Ron Valentine aka Rondo speaks, there is an intensity behind his thoughts that dominates every word. As the product of San Francisco’s stone cold streets, birthed from the union between a pimp and dope fiend, his very existence is a testimony to the power of what can be and not what should have been. We can’t help but acknowledge the alchemy that changed his once desolate landscape into a vision nurtured with unlimited possibility. Rondo has risen like a phoenix from the gutter and “The Antidote,” the new CD from his label, Crucial Records, is the soundtrack detailing a tale of redemption that embraces us all.

Offered as a vehicle to motivate and uplift, “The Antidote” could have been another rap CD layered with meaningless gangsta’ bravado. But “The Antidote” is a bold resurrection intended to impact the listener toward a new direction. As a masterful storyteller who escaped the harsh realities of drugs, abuse and self-destruction, Rondo is here to breath new life and reality into a world riddled with loss and empty materialism. “The Antidote” is the answer to a rap scene littered with lies. “The Antidote” is about healing the Mental and Spiritual self, bringing about a new consciousness and one truth.

“I want people to know that within all of us lies the capability to change any and every aspect of our own reality,” explains Rondo. “Plain and simple, I am not supposed to be here. As a product of my reality, I should be in jail or dead. But I transcended that notion, and we all can.”

“The Antidote” is ten tracks strong and supported by Rondo’s YouTube channel at It is here that one can further grasp the essence behind this artist in a revealing series of monologues intermingled with music from the new release.

Rondo was first inspired by the rap game after hearing The Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rappers Delight,” and Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five’s “The Message.” His talent was uncovered in 1990 by the platinum producer Crazy Rak, the producer for Too Short. Rondo’s raw talent and insatiable rhyming skills impressed Rak, and Rondo launched his career recording tracks on the compilation album, “On The Real Tip.” Since making his debut, Rondo has continued to attract legions of supporters around the world. Citing California rap legend Kam as a major influence on his career, Rondo has collaborated with hip hop giants such as Melle Mel, Tupac, Kam and Spice1.

Rondo intimately knows the world of violence, drugs, and misogyny but this rising king of “conscious rap” will never glorify such demons. His mission is to stimulate the planet by creating music that agitates toward elevation. “The Antidote” is a bold testimonial from an artist who paved his own way to manhood and is not ashamed to reveal his laborious path. With “Pain,” Rondo urges listeners to acknowledge the lessons life may bring to bear for the stepping stones they are. Rondo spits knowledge on “Compassion,” admonishing the need for more empathy toward our fellow man. On “I’m Guilty,” Rondo shows us a softer side rocking R&B and rap as he touches our heart with professions of genuine romantic love.

“Only until you know who you are, can you learn to appreciate and love self. So, having said that, we need to know our true value, not the nothingness we have been taught we are! If we can learn that life is the most precious gift one could ever have in this world, then and only then will we treat each other with the utmost respect. The most profound statement that I could ever make to any individual would be…Learn your worth and hopefully “The Antidote” serves to bring this message home,” reveals Rondo.

“The Antidote” is a potent remedy for what is ailing in society today and Rondo is definitely the cure ready to deliver us from ourselves. Get a dose at,, or wherever digital music is sold.

“The Antidote” record release party will be held on Friday, July 1st, from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. at 3785 West Cahuenga Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA.

For more information about Rondo, visit, or ,

NOTE TO MEDIA: Rondo is available for interview at For CD review request send name, media outlet and mailing address. MP3’s also available.

Legendary Visual Artist Bernard Stanley Hoyes Opens Studio for Rummage Sale


Los Angeles – L.A. culture icon, Bernard Stanley Hoyes is opening the doors of his private art studio and announcing an art rummage sale on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24, 2011 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 p.m. Considering the fact that Oprah Winfrey, Natalie Cole, Steve Harvey, Keenan Ivory Wayans and the National Urban League are among his collectors, this is a sale not to be missed.

Selections of Hoyes’ work have been featured in several television shows including the Showtime hit series, “Dexter” and President Barack Obama has even been photographed in front of his work. An internationally celebrated craftsman, Hoyes’ work is know for its African American and Jamaican influences, brilliance in color and depth of spirituality. Hoyes’s work is included amongst the artists featured in the coffee table pictorial, “L.A. Rising: SoCal Artists Before 1980” by Lyn Kienholz and also “Immaculate Immigrant: The Virgin of Guadalupe in Los Angeles: Reflections and Meditations” by Meg Garduño. His masterful work is also included in the 2011 African American Heritage Month Calendar and Cultural Guide for the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

Hoyes’ gallery is located at 985 Westchester Place in Los Angeles, (one block west of Wilton Place off of Olympic Blvd). Originals from his collection, as well as watercolors, serigraphs, etchings, limited editions, and poster, framed and unframed will all be available and in many instances, you will be able to make a deal directly with the Hoyes.

“Every few years, I begin to notice the art clutter in the studio. This rummage sale is a great opportunity to secure some beautiful pieces at bargain prices. Its also a house clearing for me so that I can make space to continue to create and expand into new dimensions,” adds Hoyes.

Art lovers unable to attend may browse online at and call

323-732-4601 for discounts and to arrange pick up. Offers made are good for the sale days only.

Washington Preparatory High School Brings Shakespeare To the Hood with Summer Theater Program


Los Angeles – When Melanie Andrews, the director of arts for Washington Preparatory High School, talks about the performing skills of her students, her commitment and passion is evident. With summer approaching and the waning state of the economy, she notes that many of her students will have nowhere to go. As a native of Los Angeles’ inner city herself, she knows first hand that the call of the streets will beckon many of them. But not if she can help it.

Andrews is launching a free Shakespeare Summer Academy Program on July 11, 2011 that will bring Shakespearean theater to the community! Her recent successful production of “Romeo and Juliet,” supported by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts at Washington Preparatory High proves that she is definitely on to something.

Award winning actor/director Harry Lennix has committed to the program along with dozens of actors from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts who will provide professional mentorships. Additional partners for the program include Alfred Johnson and the World Literary Crusade.

Students displaying exceptional merits will be awarded cash scholarships. The summer camp project starts July 11 and runs daily for a month, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 p.m. at Washington Preparatory High School. In addition to acting, vocal, dance and music classes will be held. The program is college preparatory with emphasis on auditioning for film and television as well.

Explains Andrews, “I am excited about this project because not only does it give these wonderful kids a chance to perform the work of the great William Shakespeare, but we are providing a much needed vehicle for their creative energy during the summer months!”

Washington Preparatory High School is located at 10860 Denker Avenue in Los Angeles. The school has been acknowledged as an “Arts Banner High School” by the Los Angeles’ district Arts Program.

There is space for fifty students to attend and enrollment at Washington Preparatory High School is not a requirement. To apply send short letter of interest to Melanie Andrews at or just come to Washington Prep on July 11th at 1:00 p.m. to fill out application. Andrews can also be reached at (310)766-8296.

Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant Turns 18 This Year Announces Nationwide Registration


Los Angeles – The Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant has a history of dedication to continuing a legacy of nurturing young girls into proud and intelligent young women. The longest running pageant for little African American misses, the scholarship event turns 18 this year as it announces a nationwide registration drive. The original creation of actress/ choreographer Lisa Ruffin, The Little Miss African American Scholarship pageant has consistently emphasized brains over beauty, positively impacting the lives of thousands of impressionable little women.

This year’s event will be held Sunday, August 7, 2011 at the Universal Sheraton Hotel at 4:00 p.m. with Red Carpet to take place at 3:00 p.m. The Universal Sheraton Hotel is located at 333 Universal Hollywood Drive in Universal City, CA.

“The pageant is such an important cornerstone in the lives of these young ladies,” cites Lisa Ruffin. “The economy, financial cutbacks, and the continual pursuing of sponsors challenges us, but the impact we make with the participants is well worth every minute of it. The young ladies grow into young women who come back to share wonderful memories with us, and that is the blessing in it all.”

In addition to preparing for the pageant, the budding aspirants will partake in a High Tea and Etiquette Class, along with the Famous Pajama Jam P.J. Party.

Young hopefuls, age 6 – 12 can submit their application for participation at For further information call 323-969-1728 or email Please include a picture of the contestant with her name, brief information and any available links.

For a visual overview of the pageant and its impact on contestants, go to

Soulful Singer Cheryl Pepsii Riley Enjoys Career Resurgence, Performs on The Mo’Nique Show Tuesday, 4/26


New York, NY – Soul singer Cheryl Pepsii Riley is enjoying her day in the sun. The songstress, who achieved popularity in the late ’80s with her hit release, “Thanks for My Child” has been keeping her brand alive these day performing via Tyler Perry’s many blockbuster plays and movie soundtracks, her fresh and compelling independent CD release, “Let Me Be Me,” and hosting a weekly talent showcase at the Village Underground in New York. Her latest play, Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s Big Happy Family” is currently available on DVD with interest refueled in the production by the film version’s recent release in theaters.

Riley reunited with Tyler Perry and cast members from “Madea’s Big Happy Family” on the set of “The Mo’Nique Show” where she delivered a titillating, show-stopping, solo performance as part of a medley of songs performed by the cast. The performance received a standing ovation! The episode airs on Tuesday, April 26 on BET at 11:00 p.m. EST/PST.

Keep up with Cheryl Pepsii Riley at http://www.CherylPepsiiRiley.comand catch her on Monday nights as she hosts her “Back in the Day, Black Velvet Painting, Blue Lights in da Basement, Musicians and Singers Jam” via webcast on

NOTE TO MEDIA: Cheryl Pepsii Riley is available for interviews at

Star Jones to Host Spirit of Democracy Awards and Launch of The National Coalition’s 35th Anniversary Celebration


Washington, DC – Former New York Prosecutor, TV host, and author, Star Jones, will serve as host of the 14th annual “Spirit of Democracy Awards Black & White Gala,” Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO of The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (The National Coalition), announced today. The Gala will be heldon May 18, 2011, 6 PM at the Renaissance DC Hotel. For ticket information call (202) 659-4929 or email

Selected for their unselfish dedication to education, social and economic justice, the 2011 Spirit of Democracy honorees are: Wade Henderson, president and CEO, Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights; Minyon Moore, principal, Dewey Square Group; Rev. Al Sharpton, president, National Action Network; and Yelberton Watkins, chief of staff, Congressman James Clyburn’s Office, Dennis Van Roekel, president, National Education Associationand Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers.

“We could not have chosen a better group of honorees to kick-off our 35th anniversary celebration. All of them are great leaders and are committed to empowering communities of color,” said Campbell. “This is the first of multiple anniversary events to take place throughout the year. We’re taking the rest of the year to celebrate and to build upon over three decades of leadership, engagement and empowerment in Black communities.”

Additional 35th anniversary events planned later this year include the launch of the Eddie Williams Civic Engagement and Social Innovation Training Academy on Sep 17, and the Women of Power 35: Mentor/Protégé Luncheon & Summit on Oct20. The luncheon & summit will be part of the close-out the final tour stop for Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) 2010-2011 “Healthy, Wealthy, &Wise” National Empowerment Tour. Made possible by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the tour provides tools to empower Black and underserved women and girls.

The Spirit of Democracy Awards are presented to individuals and organizations who have demonstrated a consistent commitment to creating balance in the democratic process and support The Nation Coalition’s mission and vision of making civic participation a cultural responsibility and tradition. Title 35th Anniversary Partners include AT&T and Verizon, among others. The event is open to the public. Individual ticket prices are $150. For tickets or more information call 202 659-4929 or visit to purchase online.

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Founded in 1976, the NCBCP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to increasing Black civic participation in civil society. For 35 years, The National Coalition has been a central force for Black civic engagement, leadership development and voter empowermentcreating effective coalition models and networks to address our communities’ emerging needs through its 80 membership organizations, 12 state-based affiliates, signature programs and initiatives—Black Women’s Roundtable, Black Youth Vote!, Youth Policy & Process, Voices of the Electorate and Unity Diaspora Coalition.

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Ed Forchion a/k/a NJWeedman Battles for Freedom as his Lawyer, John Vincent Saykanic, Esq. Files Historic Legal Defense Brief on 4/20 – Cannabis Day


Mount Holly, NJ – As medical marijuana smokers around the globe celebrate “4/20”– an internationally recognized date for the celebration of cannabis–Ed Forchion, aka NJWeedman and his lawyer, John Vincent Saykanic, Esq., will be filing a historic legal brief in New Jersey’s Burlington County Superior Court, battling for not only Forchion’s freedom but for the rights and recognition of marijuana smokers everywhere (Indictment No. 2010-08-066-I). The filing is historic as it challenges New Jersey drug legislation and may change how the state’s medical and criminal marijuana laws are enforced.

On April 1, 2010, Ed Forchion was arrested in Mount Holly, New Jersey with a pound of cannabis in the trunk of his car. A Burlington County grand jury indicted Forchion in August of last year for violation of the State’s drug laws. In October 2010 he pleaded not guilty. He faces more than a decade in prison if convicted.

Forchion is a dual citizen of New Jersey and California, and he has been evaluated and approved by a medical doctor in California to use marijuana (and has been given a California Medical Marijuana card, which was valid on the date of his New Jersey arrest). Mr. Forchion also operates a medical marijuana (dispensary) Temple in Hollywood, California called the “Liberty Bell Temple II.”

In December 2010, Superior Court Judge Charles Delehey permitted Forchion to challenge the constitutionality of the state’s marijuana laws, which makes marijuana possession illegal (and a Schedule I drug) because it purportedly has no medicinal value. At the same time, New Jersey is implementing a medical marijuana program for the treatment of needy and ill citizens since New Jersey became the 15th state to legalize the use of medical marijuana on January 18, 2010.

The legal brief raises eight grounds explaining why the indictment must be dismissed. These include that Mr. Forchion, as a practicing Rastafarian, should be granted a religious exemption under the First Amendment (and Equal Protection Clause) to possess marijuana since marijuana-known as ganja in the religion-operates as a sacrament and is an integral part of the Rastafarian religious ceremony. Since American Indians are granted an exemption to utilize peyote (a Schedule I drug) in their religious ceremonies, and since the Brazilian church Uniao do Vegetal (in New Mexico) is permitted an exemption to utilize the sacramental tea ayahuasca (also a Schedule I drug), Rastafarians should be afforded the same religious exemption and equal protection.

Other issues raised in the brief are: that marijuana should no longer be classified as a Schedule I drug (with the hardest drugs such as heroin, LSD, etc.) since even the State of New Jersey now recognizes its medicinal value; that Forchion should be able to possess the marijuana on the grounds of “medical necessity” since he is a medical marijuana patient (approved in California, one of his two residences); and that the New Jersey marijuana laws do not provide adequate notice that he could not possess his required medicine (and religious sacrament).

Saykanic says, “It’s not only un-American that Rastafarians are discriminated against for their sacred religious views, but it’s outrageous that the alleged ‘illegal’ drug that is their sacrament has now been acknowledged by the State to have great medicinal value, yet they continue to be persecuted.”

Saykanic also says, “The war on drugs is a complete failure and the most glaring example is the law illegalizing marijuana. The question to be asked is not whether marijuana should be legal but who is making huge profits (and gaining political capital) by propagating the war on marijuana and other drugs? The failed war is a ridiculous waste of taxpayers’ money and a denial of basic American privacy and liberty rights. Ed’s case could well be the beginning of the end of drug law tyranny. ”

“The state of New Jersey has made a mistake in classifying marijuana as just a criminal substance,” avows Forchion. Forchion says he uses marijuana for medicinal and religious purposes. Marijuana is frequently used for healing and ritualistic purposes in Rastafarianism, a religion he practices. Forchion will move to represent himself at trial.

As detailed in his book release, “Public Enemy # 420,” Forchion has a history that spans decades in his quest for his right to smoke marijuana legally. A cult figure in the marijuana legalization community, he achieved media notoriety when he was arrested for smoking marijuana in front of the entire New Jersey State Assembly in 2000, and garnered a national platform when he fired it up at Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, PA during the Republican National Convention.

Forchion has since become one of the most vocal and recognized members of the pro-pot movement. He is the founder of the Legalize Marijuana Party of New Jersey and has run previous campaigns for Governor, U.S. Senate, Congress, the State Legislature, and the Burlington County Board of Freeholders.

To read more about Ed Forchion a/k/a NJWeedman and support the cause, go to View his video interview about his pending case at

To view the legal brief, go to

NOTE TO MEDIA: Both Ed Forchion aka NJWeedman and John Vincent Saykanic, Esq are available for interview. Contact

Black Men’s Xchange National (BMX) Announces Annual Leadership Summit & Retreat with “Making the Invisible Visible” Video Release


New York – Since 1989, Black Men’s Xchange National (BMX) has been a sanctuary for thousands of same-gender-loving men to express, heal and overcome past traumas while developing leadership skills and becoming clear thinking assets to their respective communities. As the nation’s first and largest national African American/Black organization affirming the worth and self esteem of same-gender-loving (SGL) and bisexual males, BMX National conducts activities that promote healthy self-concept, constructive decision-making, cultural affirmation and critical consciousness.

The organization has announced its Annual BMX National Leadership Summit & Retreat, themed “Healing, Strategic Intelligence, Self-Love & Discovery” for May 6-9, 2011 at the West Sonoma Inn and Spa in the beautiful California coastal community of Guerneville, CA. The BMX National Annual Leadership Summit & Retreat aims to strengthen, heal and nurture the legacy of same-gender-loving (SGL), bisexual, gay-identified and heterosexual Black men. The experience strives to ensure a healthy, powerful and vital future of leadership and social justice for men from diverse walks of life.

In conjunction with the planned retreat, the organization has produced and released a moving and telling film short entitled “Making the Invisible Visible” available for viewing on at The video poignantly and powerfully parallels the theme from Ralph Ellison’s classic novel, “The Invisible Man” as indicative of the plight of the same-gender-loving man in modern day society.

“We are here and we are not invisible, nor are we the stereotypical and derogatory images often displayed in the media,” offers BMX National Coordinator Malcolm Harris. “BMX’s Annual Leadership Summit & Retreat presents a wonderful opportunity for Black men from across the country and globe to further grow and evolve. We are in pivotal times, where it is increasingly important to affirm our role and integrity in the Black community and beyond.”

Black Men’s Xchange was recently funded by the Center for Disease Control’s Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative (AAALI) program. As part of CDC’s innovative campaign, CDC has launched a $10 million, five-year partnership with 16 of the nation’s leading African-American organizations. The Leadership Initiative seeks to harness the collective strength and reach of traditional, longstanding African-American institutions to increase HIV-related awareness, knowledge and action within black communities across the United States. The CDC’s selection positions BMX alongside other legacy community black organizations such as the NAACP, the Urban League, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and American Urban Radio Networks.

Same gender loving (SGL) and bisexual Black men, ages 18 and up, are invited to attend BMX gatherings in cities across America including New York, Los Angeles, Baltimore/Washington, Chicago, Bay Area, Miami and the headquarters in Atlanta. BMX has membership in several states, including Houston, Texas; Washington DC; Detroit Michigan; Denver, Colorado; and Minneapolis, Minnesota.

On a bi-quarterly basis BMX also conducts events that involve people of diverse cultures, racial groups, women, and heterosexuals to enlighten one another regarding cultural differences and shared perspectives.

Black Men’s Xchange can be reached at or by contacting or calling 888-472-2837. For information about the BMX National Annual Leadership Summit & Retreat, themed “Healing, Strategic Intelligence, Self-Love & Discovery” for May 6-9, 2011 at the West Sonoma Inn and Spa and scholarship applications go to Watch “Making the Invisible Visible” on at

French Songstress Maty Soul Pours her “Herbal Tea” in the States and Releases New Music Video,


France – When songstress Maty Soul released her debut single “Herbal Tea” in France, music lovers around the globe sipped on the single’s deliciousness. The French music darling was serving a delectable bit of hip hop musical consciousness, sung in English, wrapped around her French dialect and tinged with reggae, R&B and folk flavor. A refreshing diversion on international music scene, fans literally took note around the world. Her debut album, “The Price of Consciousness” which dropped last September, produced by That Natural High on No Waiting In Vain Records, is an eclectic collection of warm sincerity recorded in Paris and mixed in Philadelphia and Los Angeles with selections in English and French.

Maty Soul has since been steadily making her voice heard while traveling and recording internationally.
“In My Village” ( is her latest video release from her debut album.

Shot in Kingston, Jamaica and directed by Ras Kassa (director of Nas and Damian Marley’s “Land of Promise”), “In My Village” solidifies her stance as an artist with real roots. Light head-nodding reggae rhythms give way to lyrics that embrace universal one love. In the video, Maty Soul magically floats above the ground in the Jamaican countryside as she welcomes everyone ‘home’ to a place to stay ‘in her village.’

The singer recently wrapped production on the video for her next single, a remix of “Bad Time,” shooting in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Paris and Avignon. Joined by Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group’s rap artist, Stalley, “Bad Time” covers more urbane territory delivering a “Wake Up” call to listeners. Directed by Alexander Boure a.k.a. Walking Bass, Maty sings, with Stalley adding to the flow with a freestyle verse.

Maty Soul was born in Paris spending half of her childhood in the south of France. She grew up listening to Miles Davis, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill and later Nina Simone and Donny Hathaway and was also influenced by artists from the hip hop generation. Living in the south of France, she often caught the train to Paris to see her favorite hip hop and soul artists. In 2006, with the launch of her MySpace page, Maty Soul opened her musical doors to the world, and she was well received. In fact, director Ras Kassa discovered her there!

Offers Maty, “My music has been my sojourn. The world outside of France has opened up to me. On a bigger scale, my travels are indicative of the common chord that music holds for us all. The states are where this music originated and it is considered the Mecca for music in the western world. I felt it was important to shoot my next video in the U.S. for that reason. Also, it’s important for me as a European artist to solidify my fan base in the states. It has all been quite an adventure filled with love.”

To taste Maty Soul’s “Herbal Tea” and explore “The Price of Consciousness,” listen in at and visit with her at View “In My Village” at

In the midst of possible charter takeover and fiscal crisis Washington Preparatory High School Announces the Show Must Go On and Presents FAME, The Musical


Washington Preparatory High School Pushes Art Program Forward with Grant from Success Through the Arts Foundation

Los Angeles – In the midst of possible charter takeover, fiscal crisis and pending teacher layoffs, the students and staff at Washington Preparatory High School continue to prove resilient. With a determined resolved that ‘the show must go on’ the educational inner city haven has announced the production of the legendary play, “FAME, The Musical.” Bolstered with a two year $55,000 grant from Success Through The Arts Foundation (STTAF), a long time supporter of performing arts at Washington Prep High School, the school continues to defy the critics, with groundbreaking art productions and teaching programs.

“FAME, The Musical” will be presented May 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 7:00 pm with a special matinee performance on Sunday, May 15 at 3:00 pm. Washington Preparatory High School is located at 10860 Denker Avenue in Los Angeles. Tickets are available for purchase at the school or by calling the school at 323-418-4042.

“Fame” is the spring production for the Washington High School Music Magnet Program. The modern day classic is based on a movie about New York’s’ famous High School of Performing Arts. It chronicles the lives of a group of talented students who are seeking fame by learning their various disciplines under the watchful eye of some of the best teachers in the country. Ironically, the story parallels Washington Preparatory High in a life imitates art fashion. The cast of over 40 students are being instructed by some of the best teachers in the state of California. The actual production is especially bittersweet for many of the teachers who are facing possible layoff as a result of the local district’s budget problems.

“In the spirit of Broadway,” asserts assistant principal and executive producer Jacquie Augustus, “we are determined that the show will go on and our kids will get at least one more chance to showcase their talent and shine! The “Fame” production is a great opportunity for the community to continue to support our arts program and hopefully, through the support of voters and the local community, we will continue to be able to change lives and impact the future of these promising youth via the arts.”

“Success Through The Arts Foundation is extremely pleased to be able to provide funds to Washington Prep to safeguard its performing arts programs,” adds board president, Andrew Garb. “We know from our own experience with Washington Preparatory High School that enriching the students’ educational experience by including performing arts will provide the self esteem they need to be successful high school students, go on to college, and become adults who are a credit to their community.”

The Success Through the Arts Foundation’s grant will benefit not only the school’s theater productions, but also their After School Conservatory of Music, Thelonious Monk, Filmmaking and Bee Bop to Hip Hop programs. The school will receive a new stage design program and a facelift grant to finish the auditorium renovation program. Overall improvements and upgrades include new stage lights and sound systems added to the theatre, along with new curtains, scrim, carpeting, new electrical and lighting for the house and the foyer.

In addition Washington Preparatory High School has just been approved to expand the New Music and Performing Arts Magnet Program from 150 students to 400 students enabling all the students in the Los Angeles Unified school district to now apply.

Living the Debbie Allen maxim, “Fame costs and this is where you start to pay,” from the original film, “Fame,” Washington Preparatory High School continues to beat the odds. Defying stereotypes and limited thinking, the school itself is ultimately the show that must go on!

To show your support for Washington Preparatory High School and for more information about the school and events, log on at or call Jacquie Augustus, Assistant Principal at 323-418-4042.

Back on the Airwaves, Levi “Who Loves You” Booker Celebrates with “Radio Free Classic Saturday”


Los Angeles – When veteran air personality Levi Booker rocked the Los Angeles airwaves back in the day with his “Rhythms of the Night” show on KJLH Radio, the town listened. His mellow resonance, coupled with soothing song selections, pampered the ears and swayed the heart. Better known as “Levi Who Loves You,” his show ran ten consecutive years, from 1994 to 2004, with many loyal listeners.

Well, ‘the Original OG of Los Angeles Radio’ is back on the air, rocking the radio and internet waves with his distinctive rendition of “Radio Free Classic Saturday,” from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on KJLH Radio Free 102.3 FM and A heat infused mix of old school hits from the ’70’s, ’80’s and 90’s, the three-hour show is a visceral concoction of hot sounds, conjuring fond memories and fun!

As the current Director of New Media / Marketing and Promotions at Los Angeles’ legendary KJLH Radio, Levi Booker is an institution himself. With four decades of radio history under his belt, Booker launched his career at the station in 1973. At the time, KJLH, now owned by Stevie Wonder, was under the auspices of the original owner, John Lamar Hill. The veteran radio personality went on to broadcast at numerous stations throughout his career. He was also one of the first African American DJ’s at the Houston rock station, KLOL/K101, where he landed a historical impromptu in-studio interview with George Harrison of The Beatles.

Los Angeles has remained home base however and “Levi Who Loves You” is loved in return. While New Yorkers had radio icon Frankie Crocker, Angelenos revered Levi Booker. Before the hip hop generation knew about stuntin’, Booker swayed the masses with the power behind his microphone. The larger than life personality fondly recalls the time he shut down Crenshaw Blvd. between Rodeo Rd. and Florence Ave, a span of over 10 city blocks. With a request to his listeners to “stop your cars, turn your radio up and let’s party,” traffic literally came to a stand still on the famous boulevard!

“Radio has transitioned and it is important that we transition with it,” reflects Booker. “However you don’t usurp the roots as you grow and expand, or you die. Sometimes it seems our music today has just died. ‘Classic Saturday’ is about revival, regeneration and renewal. I am uplifting the community with the hits they grew up listening and dancing to. There is power in the party and in the celebration. “Classic Saturday” on KJLH is the inspiration I bring with my unique programming and sequencing of the hits. There is nothing like it on the radio or internet right now! I am playing the music of your life!”

Tune in to Levi Booker every Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on KJLH Radio at 102.3 FM in Los Angeles or Party with Levi and celebrate your life!

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