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.