Thursday, December 20, 2012

Youth Mentoring Connection Recruiting Mentors and Mentees

YMC is initiating this a new mentoring program. We are currently recruiting Mentees and Mentors. We are recruiting African-American/Black male youth (14-18) that are or have been on probation and reside on the following zip codes: 90008, 90018, 90043, 90044, 90047, 90220, 90247, 90250, 90301, 90302, 90746, 90805. For more information visit their website at

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tomorrow: APCH Holiday Fest and Toy Give Away

A Place Called Home (APCH) will be hosting its annual Holiday Fest and Toy Give Away. It will be snowing in Cali tomorrow at APCH. All are welcome. The line starts on 28th Street towards Naomi.  Come one come all! Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Please Keep Henry Sandoval in your thoughts and prayers

*From Youth Justice Coalition*

Last night at approximately 6pm, Henry Sandoval - a long-time youth leader and organizer with the Youth Justice Coalition and graduate of FREE L.A. High School - was shot across the street from Chuco's.  The bullet struck him in the side of his chest just below his left armpit as he was driving.

He was not the intended target - every one who knows Henry also knows that he lives, breathes and spreads unity, integrity and peace.  But as many have said, in L.A. bullets have no names. It's 2 am, and he just came out of surgery.  The surgeons reported that the bullet hit his heart and lung but did not do permanent damage.  The bullet has been removed and he is in stable condition.

As he was lying on the floor at Chuco's waiting for the paramedics, he asked that everyone pray for him.  Please, whoever you look to for strength and guidance - God, Allah, Jah, the ancestors, the stars, the universe - send up a special request for Henry. 

Thank you.  

We Love You, Henry!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Hollywood Black Film Festival A Huge Success with Diversity in Panels, Films and Parties

*Courtesy of Edna Sims, ESP Public Relations*

Founder and Executive Director Tanya Kersey of the Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) are proud of the huge success of this years’ film festival.  The four-day film festival took place Thursday, October 25, 2012 through Sunday, October 28, 2012, hosted at the W Hotel, with film screenings at the Montalban Theater in Hollywood, CA. 

Some of the highlighted events included, “Faith in Film: a Conversation with DeVon Franklin,” sponsored by Wells Fargo bank.  Franklin gave words of encouragement to the sold out crowd, “don’t be so anxious about tomorrow, that you miss the blessing of today.”

Michael Baisden’s Story Live Staged Reading was another big hit among attendees.  Don B. Welch, directed seasoned actors in performing scenes from finalist’s scripts submitted for consideration. 

The HBFF opened with the world premiere of “Note To Self” and after party. The red carpet arrivals included the cast of Note To Self and entertainment industry VIPs, such as Christian Keyes, Eva Marcille, LaToya Luckett, Richard T. Jones, Jackie Christie(Basketball Wives, LA), among others.
Photo credit: Hiltron Bailey
(l-r)     Actor Walter Fauntleroy; Producer Veronica Nichols; Producer ND Brown; Tanya Kersey, Founder and Executive Director Hollywood Black Film Festival; Actor Christian Keyes; Actress Brely Evans, Actress Eva Marcille and Director Trey Haley.  

About the HBFF
Founded in 1999, The Hollywood Black Film Festival aims to enhance the careers of emerging and established North American filmmakers through a public exhibition, competition program and industry panels.  Known amongst the entertainment industry’s powerbrokers as, “The Black Sundance,” the festival brings independent works of accomplished and aspiring black filmmakers to an environment encompassing the mainstream Hollywood community and Southern California film-going audiences. The festival’s goal is to play an integral role in discovering and launching independent films and filmmakers by bringing them to the attention of the industry, press and public.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Video:Who's Pissed About GMO's? Know the Truth

Watch this compelling video and know the truth about Prop 37 and GMO's

YJC Haunted Jailhouse and Screening of Precious Knowledge Oct. 31st

Courtesy of Youth Justice Coalition

Join us at Chuco's on Halloween for our
Haunted Jailhouse
followed by a special screening of
Precious Knowledge
documenting the inspiring struggle to save ethnic studies in the Tucson Public Schools. 
The Jailhouse is intended to educate L.A. on
Prop 34 (Death Penalty) YES,
Prop 35 (Human Trafficking) NO and
Prop 36 (Three Strikes) YES
Everything is free including the snacks!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Workshop: Miracle Super Foods That Heal 10/18

It is Cold/Flu season!!! "Is Your Health Out of Control? Crazy symptoms, poor digestion, inflammation off the charts, pain, poor eyesight, poor sleep, chronic infections, poor circulation, blood sugar problems,....??!*$%#! Come learn what your body (eyes, tongue, nails,..) are telling you and the "Super Foods" in your kitchen that are known to help Heal!!! 

You don't want to miss this very powerful workshop. RECLAIM YOUR HEALTH!!


Thursday, October 11, 2012

October Culture Alert

Here is the Southern California Culture Alert from Rina Rubenstein. Explore the arts within our community.  To become a part of the Culture Alert list or add your event email Rina at Click Here

Experience the Evoke Festival

The EVOKE Festival nurtures artists and new performance works that expand the dialogue about the Asian Pacific American experiences. EVOKE audience members will have unique opportunities to explore the work and engage in post-show discussions with artists Raja Bhattar, Alicia Virani, Chueh Jun-Fung, Mia Nakano, Nguyen Nguyen (with Jay Carlon and Ian Isles) and Rich Yap.
This inagural installation of the EWP EVOKE Festival presents the vivid reality and imaginations of Lesbian Gay, Bisexual and Transgender APA artists.

Performance Run:

Thursday, October 11 - Saturday, October 13 @ 8pm
Sunday, October 14 @ 2pm*
*The Sunday show will be preceded by a Family "Bring Your Own Brunch* gathering in the East West Players courtyard, starting at 12 noon.
All are welcome to join! Community organizations will have information tables and food trucks will have savory snacks available for purchase.
Running Time: 85 minutes

General Admission $10

For More Info-Click Here

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

BEING EXCELLENT: Kim Anthony launches Urban Excellence Magazine

Illustrious Speaker, Trainer, Author, Community Leader and Success Coach, Kim Anthony affirms excellence for herself, the community and the world in launching Urban Excellence Magazine.
Phenomenal Woman, Kim Anthony

 The mission of Urban Excellence Magazine is to become the foremost trusted source for personal growth and development resources for your ENTIRE career, health and wellness, spirituality, family, financial..being abundant in every area is key to your total success with extraordinary support. Urban Excellence Magazine is a a powerful online movement started by a powerful leader similarly to some of the leaders featured on the site, such as Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Cathy Hughes, Nikki Myers and more. 
Urban Excellence offers you a vast amount of information and tools such as leadership trainings, business profiles and networking, workshops and lots...lots more.
Be in excellence with your life by the way of Urban Excellence Magazine.

Night of POWER and LOVE: API Undocumented Cultural Show

Join Dream Team LA and South Asians for Justice Los Angeles for a night filled with music, dance, artwork, REVOLUTION, movement building, empowerment, and much more!! This will be a night you will never forget. 

All proceeds will go towards the scholarship and we request a $10.00 donation.

Donate through Chipin:

The event will provide a crucial space for queer, undocumented, and/or API youth to come together, collaborate, and support each other. We often have conversations about increasing the visibility of API and queer youth in the undocumented movement to make sure that we address the injustices people face holistically. The Power and Love: API Undocumented Cultural Show scholarship fundraiser actually accomplishes this.

The Night of Power and Love: API Undocumented Cultural Show will attempt to raise $5,000 for 5-10 scholarships for API Undocumented students, provide a space for local API community member to meet each other, and provide a space for local Dream Teams or undocumented group members to meet API community members in hopes for more collaborative work and organizing.

Performances by:
(Stay tuned! more performers will be confirmed)

Special Guest Artist: Sakuntala

**Anthony Ng
**Adrian James
**Jalebi Ghulam (Debut)
**Anupama Tadanki
**Sofia Campos
**Mariella Saba
**USC Drishti

If you would like your donation to be tax deductible, all checks should be payable to NDLON, memo Dream Team Los Angeles. Please send your donation to: UCLA Downtown Labor Center 675 S. Park View St., Los Angeles, CA 90057. For information, please contact Bupendra Ram at

Endorsed by: Asian Pacific American Legal Center, API Equality-L.A., California Immigrant Policy Center, C.I.R.C.L.E Project, F.U.E.L CSULB, IDEPSCA, Khmer Girls In Action, Korean-Americans United for Equality (KUE-LA), Long Beach IRC, National Immigration Law Center, Orange County Dream Team (OCDT), San Gabriel Valley Immigrant Youth Coalition, Satrang So Cal, South Asian Network.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Share Your Gifts and Let Your Soul Flow

Share your gifts and receive more than your heart could imagine.
Part of the Living Your Best Life Now Series


.Spoken Word
.Just say a few words

Mingle and Have some outrageous fun

Hosted by Bea Sweet

Kim Battle AKA Koke Boogotti will be mixin on the 1's and 2's as well as co-hosting

Surprises and Good Times are definitely in store

9:30.P.M. -2 A.M.

The Palms Bar
8572 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 

$7 until 11:00 PM

$10 After


Monday, October 1, 2012

Tomorrow....Free Workshop!!! The Art of Living Well in Any Economy!

The Art of Living Well in Any Economy!

Join us for a Free, Fun, Interactive Workshop Where You'll
Explore New Strategies for Creating the Life of Your Dreams!

Join us and discover new and innovative strategies for living WELL and achieving extraordinary results -- while dramatically improving your business, personal finances,  relationships, health,  wellness --  and ability to touch, move and inspire others as a visionary leader!

Bring plenty of business cards for networking with L.A.'s coolest, most dynamic, positive and progressive entrepreneurs and professionals -- and learn proven strategies that can be immediately applied to profit from your passion and live your dreams!" 

Event:                           The Art of Living Well in Any Economy!
                                  A Free, Fun, Interactive Workshop Where You'll Explore
                                 New Strategies for Creating the Life of Your Dreams!

Date:                                Tuesday, October 2, 2012

                                             Registration & Networking 6:30pm
                                             Mastermind Workshop 7:00pm-9:00pm

Location:                The Beverly Garland Hotel
                                             4222 Vineland Avenue | Studio City, California
Tuition:                   Complimentary! 
RSVP/Info:              Contact Kim Anthony at (310) 773-6140 

See you there!

About Spectrum Life Design Education:
Through a proven process that allows to you to discover and redesign the core beliefs that generate your life and your results, in SPECTRUM seminars and trainings provides an opportunity for to develop resiliency and creativity while upgrading your personal skills to thrive in this decade and beyond. By utilizing a synergistic approach to the art of living, participants receive practical tools that raise their level of awareness, intended to enrich the whole person: mind, body, heart, and spirit. This allows you to re-engage your real yearnings, connect with yourself and others on a deeper level and, and in the process, maximize your potential and goals.

SPECTRUM Life Design leaders have an impeccable track record and  over 80 years of experience in design, development, and delivery of life altering experiences in educational seminars for over 100,000 people worldwide. 

For more information about SPECTRUM Life Design Education contact Kim Anthony at
(310) 773-6140.

Get Producer's Credit by Simply Doing Good

A letter from World renowned writer, director, producer, Joy Shannon of Girl Nite Theater... Check out the live entertainment in the video below the letter :
Dear friends,

As you know, I'm doing a low-budget film about helping troubled female youth. It's called "3rd Generation Female Gangsta'". It's a feature length crime drama. I recently shot it and now I'm trying to raise money to finish the editing. For those who make a donation of $20 they get Producer's credit as a "Producer of Finishing Funds" and once the film is finished they will get a free download.

Attached is my donation video request from YouTube and it has sample scenes of the film. If you can make a donation that would be great! If you can forward this WIDELY that would be very helpful also.
Please help Black women filmmakers.

Thank you very, very much!



Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Rising Star "Renatta Nikole" stars in "Because He Loved Me" by Dexter Overall

Rising starlette coined as "The Gifted Masterpiece" , Renatta Nikole will star as  "Mya" in Dexter Overall's highly anticipated screenplay "Because He Loved Me."  The play is set to hit the stage at Prairie State College in Chicago, Ill on  Saturday, October 13, 2012. The doors open at 6:00 P.M. and show time is at 7:00 P.M.
Renatta Nikole is an actress, singer, painter, writer...a true ARTISTE!!. She is definitely the one to watch!

See the Gifted masterpiece in action in the trailer for Becasue He Loved Me below:

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Families Unlocking Futures-Compelling Report released

Photo Credit: Richard Ross of youth detained at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey
Release of Groundbreaking National Report
Solutions to the Crisis in Juvenile Justice

Today, Tuesday, September 25, 2012, the Youth Justice Coalition, as a part of the national network Justice for Families, assembled on the steps of the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration to release a report exposing the crisis in the juvenile injustice system.

Based on over 1,000 surveys with parents and family members of incarcerated youth and 24 focus groups nationwide, Families Unlocking Futures aims to correct misperceptions about system-involved youth and their families, and demonstrates the need for families’ active participation in redesigning the youth justice system in order to secure safer and more prosperous communities.

“We know that engaging, involving and supporting families are essential strategies if we truly want court-involved youth to succeed.  But the current system neither reflects nor embraces that truth,” said Bart Lubow, Director of the Juvenile Justice Strategy Group at the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  “As a matter of public safety, justice, and simple common sense, we should re-engineer juvenile justice so that families are at the center of the work.” 

Rickia Collins, a youth leader with the Youth Justice Coalition was in and out of the system from the age of 12.  "The system was supposed to protect us, to teach us, to raise us. Instead, I came to fear juvenile halls and jails as places that beat me down, stole my hope and squashed my dreams.  We are here today to push for real opportunities so all youth can succeed."

Maria Luisa Borrego is a parent leader with the Youth Justice Coalition.  Her only son Steven Menendez was 14 when he was arrested and transferred into adult court through direct file by the District Attorney without a judicial hearing.  He was sentenced to 50 to Life even though he was not accused of being the shooter, and it was his first arrest.  

Borrego’s story highlights the inhumane and extreme sentencing of young people who are transferred into adult court. "The idea that Steven will spend 50 years or more in prison seems to me exactly like a
death sentence.  Some days, I have thought that death might actually be less painful.  The law says my son is not repairable, but I have already witnessed the good man he is becoming.  This is happening despite the cold, violence and abuse he sees every day in juvenile hall and now state prison.  Imagine what he could accomplish – and what all the other youth serving Life sentences in the United Sates could accomplish – if they were given that opportunity.  This report is our plea that America will see our children as human beings not monsters."

Justice for Families is unique as a system-change effort led by families rather than public officials, lawyers and advocates. The perspectives of people that have been directly impacted are particularly honest and the solutions especially urgent.
Grace Bauer is Co-Director of Justice for Families.  Her son Corey was abused and neglected throughout his incarceration. She emphasized, “The juvenile justice system is rife with misconceptions and stereotypes about youth and their families. Whether we are trying to do what’s best for our own child or fight for systemic reform, we as the families of these young people have been blamed, ignored, and cut out of the process. The time is now to fix this broken system.”

Today’s action was an effort to do just that.  Youth and their families are demanding that the system include them in the debates and decisions impacting youth.  From the initial contact youth have with police in the streets or schools, to court, and within detention and incarceration, young people and their families have a right to critique and shape the system toward one that sees the humanity of all youth and ensures a future beyond cages and coffins.


Fall Classes at William Grant Still Arts Center

Embrace the Arts-Get to know the ARTIST in you!


FALL CLASSES  - $5 per class (Oct. 8 – Nov. 24)

No registration required - come on day of class


Drums  -  Marcus L. Miller

4 – 5 pm  (7 – 12 years)

5 – 6 pm (13 years and up)

Drawing & Painting  -  Raul Baltazar

4 – 5:30   (7 – 12 years)


Keyboard  -  Aeros Pierce

2:30 – 3:30 pm, (Adult / Senior)

4 – 5 pm, Beginner (7 – 18 years)

5 – 6 pm, Returning Students (7 -18 years)


Early Childhood Ukulele  -  Daniel Corral

4 – 5 pm, Beginner (3 - 6 years)

Guitar  -  Daniel Corral

5 – 6 pm, Beginner (7 -18 years)

6 - 7 pm, Beginner (Adult / Senior)


Line Dance  -  Nawili Gray

11 am – Noon (Adult/Seniors)

Crafting Circle – Cheryl Williams

Noon – 2 pm (Adult/Seniors)


Teen Art – Raul Baltazar   Noon – 2pm  (13 – 19 years)

Every third Saturday Art on the Lawn  - 10 – Noon (FREE All ages)

Save the Date!!!! October 6, 2012 Dragon's Flight  Opening Festival

Noon - 6 pm Free


Opening Concert & Resource Fair

Kamau Daood, Chicano Son, Marcus L. Miller World Drum Ensemble,
Rifleman, DJ Ern Medina of Soul Assassins Radio, Hosted by MC Verbs

Also presentations by grassroots organizations working on issues of

Live silk-screening by Dewey Tafoya

Saturday October 6, 2012 Noon – 6 pm       FREE

STAINED: An Intimate Portrayal of State Violence

A performance by Patrisse Marie Cullors

October 20, 2012 2 - 4 pm      FREE

Dia De Los Muertos Art Workshop

Lead by artists Cheryl Williams and Raul Baltazar

November 3, 2012  2 – 4 pm     FREE

Panel Discussion

More info TBA

November 10, 2012  2 - 4 pm      FREE

Health and Wellness Fair

More info TBA

November 17, 2012  11 am - 1 pm     FREE

DRAGON'S FLIGHT Exhibit                 October 6 – November 24, 2012

Dragon’s Flight is a six-week exhibition running from October 6
through November 24, introduced by a free one-day community arts
festival concert and celebration as the opening event on October 6
from 12 - 6 p.m. The exhibition’s theme is the transformative power of
creating art, and its ability to reclaim and re-grow personal identity
in the face of negative trauma. The artists curated into the
exhibition are specifically people who are or have been incarcerated
or in collaboration with incarcerated artists. The work exhibited is
drawn from pieces created both inside prison and on the outside.
Exhibition partners include A.D.E.L.A.N.T.E., a transition
organization founded by artist Victor Bono (whose work will be
featured in the exhibition) which is focused on healing the negative
trauma of incarceration; Sheila Pinkel (artist) and Margie Ghiz-Gillis
(of Art Release and former founder of Midnight Special Community
Bookstore), featuring a collection of artists in solitary detention at
the SHU in Pelican Bay, and the Youth Justice Coalition, a youth-led
movement to challenge race, gender and class inequality in the Los
Angeles County juvenile justice system; AK Angels, an incarcerated
women’s support group; Critical Resistance LA,  a national
organization dedicated to opposing the expansion of the prison
industrial complex and the Old Timers, a mentorship and support group
for youth and elders. The exhibition is put on in partnership with
the generous donations of local organizations, United Neighborhoods
Neighborhood Council and Mid-City Neighborhood Council.

The exhibition opening will take the form of a free one-day community
arts festival concert and celebration that will showcase musicians and
a variety of community organizations in support of the opening of
Dragon’s Flight exhibition.

Exhibit artists are Victor Bono, James “Doc” Holiday, Amanda Perez,
KUSH, Sharing Our Stiches (Women of the CIW), Katrina Amaya, Dianne
Fellman, Leonard Dixon, a multi-generational Oral History Documentary
project initiated by John Martinez and the Old Timers of Southern
California, giving cameras and mics to youth to document elders,
Sheila Pinkel, Jack L. Morris, David Earl Williams, YJC, murals by
AISE and more. Live music, community information tables from
exhibition partners and related service organizations, arts workshops
and other family-friendly activities will take place to launch the

William Grant Still Arts Center
2520 S. Westview st.
Los Angeles, ca. 90016

Bettie J. Spruill Presents" The Feminine Face of Leadership and Power"

For additional info go to: An unforgettable experience that will change your life!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

2012 Opportunity Nation Summit Live! Watch Now

Watch live streaming video from oppsummit at

Advocate Pathways for Young Leaders! Be apart and make a difference!

Buffie "The Body" Carruth shares her journey in celebration of her 100th Youtube Video

She took the video and modeling industry by storm in 2005. She made an impact on the world with her stunning beauty and amazing physic.  She started out with her then paid modeling site
Now, Buffie Carruth continues change lives an an empowering fitness guru. Her has generated a wave of majority female followers who want to promote healthy living in their lives. Viewers can log onto the site and see Buffie the dynamic personal trainer demonstrate powerful workout tips and techniques.

She celebrates her 100th Youtube video by sharing who she is with the world.
Buffie gets real in this little over 52 min video and opens up about her journey. Congratulations Buffie! To many more years of continued succes!

Click on the link below.
Buffie the Body: Is My Butt Fake and Why I Left the Hip Hop Industry? « Bodynomics

Friday, September 7, 2012

Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Expands 2013 Gracie Awards 
to Two Coasts

Prestigious Gracies to be Awarded in Los Angeles and New York
The Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) Foundation is pleased to announce that for the first time, the Gracie Awards will take place in both California and New York in 2013. The Gracies recognize exemplary programming created for women, by women and about women in all facets of media, including radio, television, cable and new media.  The Gracies Gala, which honors national winners, will return to the Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 21, 2013. The recipients of the Gracie Awards for excellence in local, online, public and student markets will be honored on June 26, 2013, at the Hilton New York.

“We are thrilled that The Gracies has become such an important industry event that this year we will celebrate the best media for, by and about women on both coasts,” said AWMF President, Erin M. Fuller.  “We are excited to return to Los Angeles, and by expanding our signature event to New York City, which served as The Gracies’ home for many years, we will better celebrate our award recipients.”

The Gracies are presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AWM that supports educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields.  The Gracies, established in 1975, honors programming and individuals of the highest caliber in all facets of radio, television, cable and digital media, including news, drama, comedy, commercials, public service, documentary and sports.

Previous winners at The Gracies include: Christiane Amanpour, Dr. Maya Angelou, Katie Couric, Giada de Laurentiis, Linda Ellerbee, Tina Fey, Savannah Guthrie, Chelsea Handler, Angie Harmon, Florence Henderson, Gayle King, Susan Lucci, Andrea Mitchell, Soledad O’Brien, Suze Orman, Amy Poehler, Rachael Ray, Susan Stamberg, Hannah Storm, Wanda Sykes, Barbara Walters, to name only a few.

For more information about the Gracies, visit
About the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM)The Alliance for Women in Media leverages the promise, passion and power of women in all forms of media. Formerly known as American Women in Radio & Television, AWM is the longest-established professional association dedicated to advancing women in media and entertainment, and celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2011. The Alliance for Women in Media carries forth its mission by educating, advocating and acting as a resource to its members and the industry at large via inspired thought leadership that illuminates areas of societal need.
About the Alliance for Women in Media FoundationThe Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (formerly known as The Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television) supports and promotes educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has created partnerships and joint-initiatives with the National Middle School Association, the Emma Bowen Foundation, the American Red Cross and other organizations that are philosophically aligned with the mission of the Foundation.  The Foundation also supports Empowering America®, an initiative which pays tribute to many of America’s most pioneering and inspiring women. Through this program, the Foundation provides Empowering America® educational collateral to needy urban middle schools around the country. The Foundation also produces nationally acclaimed recognition programs, including the Gracie Awards®, a live gala that honors exemplary programming created for, by, and about women.
*Courtesy of Edna Sims of ESSPR*

Shifts the Focus to the Issues and Voting Power of Black Women at the Republican and Democratic Conventions

Black women discuss the power of the sister voter during the DNC. Pictured (L-R) Glynda C. Carr, Higher Heights for America; Rev. Leah Daughtry (at podium), On These Things; Hazel Dukes, NAACP; Clayola Brown, A. Philip Randolph Institute; Melanie L. Campbell, NCBCP/Black Women's Roundtable; Dr. E Faye Williams, NCBW  
In their continuing efforts to make Black women's issues a top priority and remind elected officials and candidates of the voting power of Black women, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation's (NCBCP) Black Women's Roundtable co-hosted non-partisan round table discussions in conjunction with the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, FL, and this week at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, NC.

At the Charlotte Convention Center Black Women's Roundtable joined with Higher Heights for America to co-host, "Harnessing Black Women's Political Power: The Chisholm Effect 40 Years in the Making," a celebration and discussion about the power of the sister vote.

Hazel Dukes, president of the NAACP New York State Conference, opened the session delivering an electrifying speech outlining the historic run of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and chiding leaders for, 40 years after Chisholm's run, not properly recognizing the power of the black women's vote.

Reminding people of the Pew Research findings that the surge in black voter participation in 2008 was driven by increased participation among black women, Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO of the NCBCP and convener, Black Women's Roundtable said, "We're celebrating the phenomenal power of the sister vote. Black women are getting their swagger back in 2012. They're not just getting themselves prepared to vote, they are making sure their family, friends and neighbors are prepared to cast a ballot that counts in this very important election."  

Campbell adds, "Black women are leaders in turning out our community; our issues should be a top priority for elected officials and we need to see Black women appointed to powerful positions."

Other participants in the DNC conversation included: Rev. Leah Daughtry, President CEO of On These Thing, LLC and Former CEO of 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee; Clayola Brown, President of A. Philip Randolph Institute; Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD; Dr. E Faye Williams, National Chair of the National Congress of Black Women; and Glynda C. Carr, Co-Founder of Higher Heights for America and co-host of the DNC round table.

Over 30 Florida leaders joined national leaders for a more intimate discussion about the continuing economic crisis, criminal justice reform, and voter suppression tactics, during RNC round table held at St. Petersburg's Center for Community and Economic Justice. In addition to the conversation, Barbara Arnwine, executive director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, provided information and tools like the 866 OUR-VOTE hotline, to help the women educate their constituents, organizations and community members in countering the rampant black voter disenfranchisement in Florida.  

The lively discussion was co-convened by Salandra Benton, chair, Florida Coalition for Black Civic Participation; Dr. Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich, president and CEO, Center for Community and Economic Justice; Gypsy Gallardo, publisher, Power Broker Magazine; and Dr. Elsie Scott, president and CEO, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Participants included: Jessica Brown, national field director, Black Youth Vote; Chloe Choney, district director for Congresswoman Kathy Castor; and Shahra Anderson, regional Director for Senator Bill Nelson.

BWR is an intergenerational women's network of the NCBCP, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing civic engagement in Black and underserved communities and developing new leaders.  For more information visit

*From Jazzmyne PR*

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

InnerCity Struggle's 9th Annual Awards Dinner Invitation

 InnerCity Struggle cordially invites you to help sponsor InnerCity Struggle’s 9th Annual Awards Dinner. This year’s event will take place Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 at The Center at Cathedral Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles. The event is entitled “18 Years of Unifying the Eastside,” which will highlight our 18 year history of organizing youth, families and community residents in achieving policy changes in areas of college access, violence prevention and increasing after-school programs for local youth. We are honored to invite you to participate at this momentous anniversary, where hundreds of our supporters, community, labor and business leaders will come together to celebrate the stellar work of InnerCity Struggle’s youth and families, as well as our evening’s dinner honorees.  
This year's dinner will recognize the accomplishments and contributions of outstanding individuals that are leading the progressive fight to improve the quality of life on the Eastside and throughout the nation. The honorees include the following: 
  • Dream Team LA, a grassroots organization that was pivotal in advocating for the California DREAM Act and serves to empower the undocumented youth community. 

  • Assembly member Ricardo Lara, who was raised in East Los Angeles and worked on the passage of the landmark Assembly Bill (AB) 540, making college education more affordable for immigrant students.

  • Kafi D. Blumenfield, the President and CEO of the Liberty Hill Foundation, one of the nation's most admired social change foundations that focuses on an array of issues in Los Angeles including civic engagement, environmental justice, human rights and housing.

Please consider purchasing an ad space, a dinner ticket or making a contribution. Your support will enable us to further ICS’s long-term work towards educational equity; in addition, all proceeds from this year’s dinner are critical to developing and supporting the next generation of community leaders that are actively advocating for improved educational opportunities for all students in Eastside schools. Would you be able to purchase a dinner ticket and/or make a contribution?
We are confident that with your participation, we can reach this year’s fundraising goal of $200,000! 
Please feel free to contact Irene Rocha, United Students Site Organizer, directly at (323) 780-7605 Ext. 118 or via email at
InnerCity  Struggle  (ICS)  promotes  safe,  healthy  and  nonviolent  communities by  organizing  youth  and  families  in  Boyle  Heights, unincorporated  East  Los Angeles,  El Sereno and  Lincoln  Heights  to  work  toward  economic,  social  and  educational  justice. 

InnerCity Struggle is working to improve the quality of education in the four East Los Angeles communities (Boyle Heights, unincorporated East LA, El Sereno and Lincoln Heights) by engaging high school and middle school students and parents in developing leadership skills to voice concerns, raise community awareness and promote solutions.

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InnerCity Struggle has worked with youth and community residents since 1994. InnerCity Struggle involves youth, families and community members who work together for change in their communities.  InnerCity Struggle provides positive after-school programs for students to become involved in supporting our schools.  InnerCity Struggle has empowered students to reach their family’s dream of college.  The work of InnerCity Struggle demonstrates that youth and parents working together are a powerful force for improving their communities and making real change.
Program Description:
InnerCity Struggle works with high school students through United Students campus clubs at Roosevelt, Garfield, Wilson and Lincoln high schools. These clubs demand equitable opportunities and educational justice to ensure that all students graduate and attend college. In addition, InnerCity Struggle has a parent component called Familias Unidas that builds the power of parents and families to fight for equitable opportunities and quality education for both all children and youth. InnerCity Struggle's work is grounded in a theory of change that views real and lasting change occurring as a result of mass numbers of youth and families organizing at a grassroots level.
InnerCity Struggle also engages thousands of Eastside voters during critical election cycles to ensure they have all the information to make educated decisions at the ballot box.  We have also registered thousands of new voters and trained community residents to engage in Get-Out-The-Vote efforts.
Other Recent ICS Accomplishments:
  • Breakfast In the Classroom – ICS partnered with School Board President Monica Garcia, SEIU Local 99, and the LA Fund for Education to sponsor an LAUSD resolution to expand the Breakfast In the Classroom program to 100 schools next academic year and District-wide within 5 years.  Breakfast In the Classroom will provide students with greater access to beginning their day with a healthy meal during their 1st period of school to ensure a greater amount of students eat breakfast on a daily basis.
  • ETHS Wellness Center Inauguration as part of the Community Schools Campaign, which attempts to leverage community partnerships to provide necessary resources to students at Esteban E. Torres High School, ICS was able to secure 4 individual community health clinics to provide a total of 8 health providers to be available for students at ETHS.  Students will now have support on issues and conditions of Mental Health, Physical Health and Reproductive Health. To inaugurate the Wellness Center, ICS organized a Health Assembly with students from ETHS and special guests Congressman Esteban Torres (Ret.) and School Board President Monica Garcia.
  • Supporting A-G with the implementation of the A-G Resolution at stake, close to 40 staff, parents and youth of InnerCity Struggle mobilized to the May 8th School Board meeting to voice support for the implementation of the A-G Life Prep Resolution.  Several speakers, including parent leader Sra. Leon, US Alumni and current staff member Armando Sanchez, and Executive Director Maria Brenes spoke in front of the School Board to remind them of the commitment they made to students and parents 7 years ago and the need to move the A-G resolution forward.
  • Restorative Justice ICS staff has worked closely with the lead Roosevelt Principal in charge of the School-wide Discipline Committee to develop policy recommendations to discuss with the larger School-wide Discipline committee. Members include teachers, administrators, PLAS staff, students and parents. ICS has consistently trained and mobilized 2-3 parents and 3-5 students to actively participate in the monthly School-wide Discipline Committee. Soon after the Committee began to convene, United Students at Roosevelt won agreement for implementation of a School-Wide Positive Behavior Support Model which aims to treat disciplinary measures as individual cases of Restorative Justice.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012



By Azaan Kamau

Editors, Ifalade Ta’Shia Asanti and Azaan Kamau are proud to announce one of the most highly
anticipated anthologies of the decade. Letters to My Bully published by Glover Lane Press will
arrive to bookstores and on-line markets on August 15, 2012.

Why a Letter to My Bully?

Every day in America, 160,000 students miss school due to bullying. According to reports by
the Secret Service, two-thirds of school shootings are motivated by bullying. A whopping 43%
of middle school children avoid the bathroom and locker rooms at all costs due to certainty of
being bullied. And finally, the number one reason for suicides among youth ages 11-16 is

Glover Lane Press’ historical anthology, Letters to My Bully, not only gives victims of bullying
an outlet to express the impact of bullying in their lives, contributors speak on solutions to the
problem and offer healing advice to survivors. Letters to My Bully is a thought-provoking
collection of letters, poetry and essays written by youth, women, men, seniors and celebrities that
will change the way this country views survivors forever.

“As a survivor of bullying, I wanted to do a project that would not only help victims heal but
would help to educate the masses on how serious this issue is. I define bullying as abuse,
mistreatment, torment and harassment by peers, classmates, neighbors, the congregation,
siblings, parents, boyfriend, your spouse, etc. This is an issue that America must make a priority
as it relates to social justice and peace movements.” Says Glover Lane Press publisher, Azaan
Co-editor, Ifalade Ta’Shia Asanti says, “Letters to My Bully is an excellent tool for ministers,
teachers, community leaders, parents, teens and youth to educate those around them about the
dangers of bullying. Until everybody, everywhere is addressing this issue in some form, it will
continue to plague our great nation.” Says Ifalade.

Letters to My Bully includes contributions by Actor, Robert LaSardo and Huffington Post writer,
Kergan Edwards-Stout, as well as more than a dozen other best-selling, nationally celebrated
writers. There are also pieces written by child survivors and senior citizens.

Letters to My Bully is proud to be supported by national Peace Partners who have committed to
ensuring the message of this anthology will reach the masses.

Letters to My Bully edited by Ifalade Ta’Shia Asanti, Azaan Kamau and published by Glover
Lane Press will be released by August 15, 2012.

Purchase Letters to My Bully at:,,, (uploads on Kindle)
Please visit for more information.

Become a Peace Partner by inviting the editors and select authors from Letters to My Bully to
your venue for a community dialogue, book signing or Peace Party.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

A Promise, Mi Amiga

A Promise, Mi Amiga
Dedicated to Eugenia Wright-Hall

Eugenia Wright-Hall Jan. 7, 1952- March 31, 2011

You touched so many lives
With your delicate hands
You uplifted the world
with your strategic plans
You were always there
No matter what was needed
You shared your talents and made sure
everyone succeeded
You shined your light
ever so bright
No one could take their eyes off of you
You were such a beautiful sight
You inspired and motivated
You molded and created
You lived, breathed and displayed
excellence remarkably
You, mi Amiga, are truly extraordinary
You set the bar
And now we must climb
You are now really a shining star
We can look up and still see you shine
Thank you for being you.
Thank you for all that you have and continue to do.
Gone too soon but never forgotten....EVER!
You made us better.
Because you believed
We will continue to achieve
We know you are watching
Over us
Our cups runneth over with
The love you've given us
to give to others
To strive to be an example of what you
Bestowed and showed us
We promise to fulfill
The wishes that you placed in our hearts
Until we meet again
Mi Amiga

©2011 Betrice Coleman-Sweet

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Children's Mental Health Awareness Day Event Materials

Children's Mental Health Awareness Day is swiftly approaching. It is May 9, 2012. There are events that will be taking place nation wide to bring forth awareness and support.  The national website Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration  (SAMHSA) is your one stop shop for all upcoming events, information, activities and material for marketing, PR and social media.  Click on the link below.
Event Materials
National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, May 9, 2012

Friday, March 9, 2012

Happy Bearthday Luenell

  Photo Credit: Brandy Sanders

Cars were lined up for blocks and blocks down Crenshaw Blvd. last night!! Everyone was eager to celebrate Superstar Bad Girl of Comedy Luenell's Birthday! It was not only jammed packed but also jammin down at good ol' Maverick Flats. The Bday Queen had her fly custom made pimp cup, like her good friend Bishop Don Juan, and Champagne bottle toasting the night away looking stunning as always. With that amazing smile, she stays fancy with her nails done , hair done, everything did.

Some of Hollywood's legends  and brightest starswere in the house to live, laugh and love with Luenell last night including: 
Loretta Divine, John Marshall Jones, Guy Torry, Red Grant, Paula Jai White, T.K Carter, Cher Rue, Angela Dean, Norwood Young, Tiffany "New York" Pollard, Jemia Fredrique and many more!

Luenell with her manager/  friend, Papa Lee

In addition to her day of graciously blessing us with her presence, Luenell a lot to celebrate. She has been recently featured on Snoop's Bad Girl of Comedy Show which aired on Showtime on March 7th and she will once again be on the Silver screen in Adam Sandler's soon to be released "That's My Boy" 

Check out the trailer coutesy of Below.

Thursday, February 16, 2012


Live Concert Recording to Help Girls Who Age Out of Foster Care

LOS ANGELES – “The Gospel According to Tim McAfee-Lewis,” a concert to benefit The Kierrah Foundation, will be held Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at Agape International Spiritual Center, 5700 Buckingham Parkway, in Culver City, Ca. 90203. All concert proceeds benefit the foundation. The concert will be recorded live.

The event also will include a tribute to the late music icon Whitney Houston featuring Sabrina Johnson, one of Houston’s background singers, who will sing “I Love the Lord” from the soundtrack from “The Preacher’s Wife.” Also, 13-year-old Mimi Sledge will sing Houston’s “The Greatest Love of All.

Founded in 2004 by Brandy Sanders and her late husband Stanley Sanders, The Kierrah Foundation is a multilevel support system for young women who age out of the foster care system without family or friends. The Kierrah Foundation provides material, intellectual and emotional support to these young women. Through customized life plans and wrap-around services that are designed for their specific needs, the organization has guided hundreds of young women through a successful transition from foster care into adulthood.

McAfee-Lewis, who serves as assistant director of the Agape International Choir, has recorded for Island Records, Sony BMI, Capitol Records and Geffen Records. He has performed on the Grammy Award-nominated song, McAfee-Lewis has worked with some of the biggest names in music including Chaka Khan,, John Legend and India.Arie. He has recruited a dozen or so industry friends, each of whom has just as impressive and extensive a musical pedigree as his, for a cause he believes in.

Also performing will be singer/songwriter Nailah Porter who has written songs with Grammy Award-winner Billy Childs, and jazz icons, Tom Scott and Jeff Lorber; and Madeline Thompson and the legendary Clara Ward Singers, gospel .

The vocal artists will be accompanied by the world-renowned Agape House Band, featuring bassist, producer and vocalist Robert McDonald.

“We are a band of seasoned, local music professionals, all of whom are successful in our own right. We may not have the same level of name recognition but have incredible experience and talent that we are lending to a great cause, to help the young women of The Kierrah Foundation,” McAfee-Lewis said.

Special guests also include Mrs. Emma McAfee-Davis (McAfee-Lewis’ mother) and Neomi McClendon (his sister).

For Media/Press Inquiries contact Brandy Sanders at