Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Annie Lee & The Dudes Jazz & Comedy Art Exhibit This Weekend

 Come join Annie Lee as she invites her male counterparts to the biggest Los Angeles Urban Art Exhibit in 2013. The art exhibit will give art lovers the opportunity to meet, greet and purchase originals and reprints art from Melvin King, Charles Bibbs, Frank Frasier, Ken Gatewood, Poncho Brown, John Toms, Charlie Black, Andre Hines, Robert Stevenson and event co-host J Anthony Brown.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Inaugural Forum for Art and Peace Children of Refugees

The Inaugural Forum for Art and Peace Children of Refugees is this Sunday 12/8 at
Khmer Arts Academy, 1364 Obispo Ave., Long Beach, California 90804 from 1:00-630 pm.
We have taken away the fee and made it "pay as you wish" 

100% donations collected for Inaugural Forum for Art and Peace will benefit the International Rescue Committee, dedicated to aiding displaced populations from the Syrian Crisis and other global conflicts. Children of Refugees seeks to foster dialogue and collaboration among diverse minds and talents, creating positive, tangible effects locally and throughout our world. This event, imagined by artist and activist Prumsodun Ok, brings together dozens of creators, scholars, and leaders to expound on the refugee experience through performances and conversations. Join us for a day of live performances, discussions and networking opportunities. Attendees are asked to give within their means, and bring open hearts and clear minds to share in dialogue.

About the Artists and Presenters
All speakers and performers featured in the Inaugural Forum for Art and Peace have agreed to perform at no cost.
Toni Shapiro-Phim, Director of Programs at the Philadelphia Folklore Project
Teru Kuwayama, TED Fellow and Photojournalist, Founder of the Battlespace project
Quetzal, GRAMMY Award-winning social-political music group (Martha Gonzalez, Quetzal Flore, Tylana Enomoto, Juan Perez, and Alberto Lopez)
Yannis Adoniou, Goldie Award-winning choreographer, Founding Artistic Director of KUNST-STOFF dance company
Naazneen Diwan, Creative Writer, KalaShakti workshop facilitator, and PhD candidate at UCLA
Faisal Attrache, emerging Syrian-American filmmaker
Anna B. Scott, Artistic Director of VISCERA Performance Instigation Troupe, Afrofuturist
Leilani Chan, award-winning Founding Artistic Director of TeAda Productions, Department of Cultural Affairs Artist-in-Residence
Eriko Azuma, Founder of RedSoil production company, multidisciplinary storyteller from Tokyo
Rafa Esparza, Los Angeles-based performance artist inspired by personal narratives and kinship
Khmer Arts Academy, Cambodian classical dance organization serving the greater Long Beach area

Children of Refugees’ Inaugural Forum For Art and Peace, is made possible through the generous support of the A/P/A Institute at NYU, UCLA Asian American Studies Department, UCLA Asian American Studies Center, Sophy's Thai and Cambodian Cuisine, and individual donors.
Get more info from the Event FaceBook Page here

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

3rd Annual People's Market on Black Friday

Planning on shopping this Black Friday? Come to our 3rd Annual People’s Market at The Community Birth Center! Shop Local and support investing in your community rather than corporations this BLACK FRIDAY on Nov 29th at The Community Birth Center, from 11am-4pm.

So excited to have The Community Birth Center hosting this event! All funds raised will go directly to the center!

Please visit their website:

Past People's Market has been a great success! Always with Over 25 vendors and over a hundred people show up to support their community!

Line-Up of VENDORS: (so far, still more to come!!!)

Selling: Organic raw vegan chocolate & treats, lip balms & body butters.

Food: Vegan tamales and other side dish tbd, agua fresco!
Selling: Soaps and natural body butters RAC Soap. Shirts and buttons- RAC LA. Bracelets and trinkets- Handmade Items from mx donated for fundraising for RAC@TEERS & Veggie Monsters!

Selling: Homemade accessories (wallets, pouches, sleeves), printed goods (shirts and greeting cards), baby wears (beanies, legging, shoes), and natural balms and salves!

Selling: Handmade Art ( Paintings ) & Jewelry!

Selling: Young fem clothing, shoes, and accessories!

Selling: Blackgold Hand-made beadwork and beaded jewelry and Moon-light Pads, reusable Mynstrual care!

Selling: Jewelry, some books and maybe service iridology exams ( eye exams with a magnifying glass)!

Selling: Crochet- Gloves and hats; hair accessories, infant clothes; cards!

Selling: Hand-made accessories- crocheted bags, scarves, hats, beaded jewelry, fine art prints!

Selling: Hair Bows!

Selling: Handmade purses, wallets, painting, art decor, jewelry!

Selling: Art, paintings, framed prints, sculptures, jewelry and more!

Selling: Re-purposed art made with recycled material including: earrings, hand bags, snack bags, other jewelry, homemade paper booklets, and re-loved clothes!

Click Here  for the event on Facebook!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Alliance for Women in Media Foundation & Ford Motor Company Fund $5,000 Student Media Scholarship Competition

Alliance for Women in Media Foundation & Ford Motor Company Fund
$5,000 Student Media Scholarship Competition:
Blazing the Trail: Celebrating the Women of Empowering America®
Deadline: December 16, 2013

For almost a decade, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) has been telling the stories of inspiring women from American history with its Empowering America program. In 2008, AWMF expanded the Empowering America program to share the stories of these women with middle schools across the country.

In partnership with the Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, AWMF developed educational collateral and put it in the hands of teachers to stimulate and enhance classroom conversations about these female icons, who have pioneered in fields such as science, social reform, public service, sports, journalism, music and aviation. Past subjects of Empowering America programs include Annie Easley, Gloria Estefan, Gabrielle Giffords, Barbara Jordan, Christa McAuliffe, Muriel Siebert, Sonia Sotomayor, and many more.

AWM invites students to submit a creative and thought-provoking script for a two to three minute video celebrating the many inspiring women from the 2013 Empowering America booklet. Previous winning videos can be viewed here.

For the full application document, visit our website.

Submission Requirements: Please submit a proposed script for the video along with a sample of previous video work and letter of recommendation from a professor or media professional. The script must include and incorporate the competition theme, Blazing the Trail: Celebrating the Women of Empowering America, and feature at least four women from the 2013 Empowering America program (booklet available here).

Application Requirements:
You must be full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited college or university.

AWMF and Ford Motor Company Fund will select one student winner to receive $5,000, payable to the winning student’s educational institution upon completion of the video

Selection: The script, sample video and recommendation along with any collateral are due December 16, 2013. A panel consisting of representatives from AWMF and Ford Motor Company Fund will choose the winning student.  We will launch the video as part of our Women’s History month initiative.

Recognition and Requirements:
·         The winning video will be posted on the AWMF web site for use by middle schools across the country, as well as incorporated into the Empowering America program wherever possible.
·         The video will be prominently distributed and displayed on AWM’s and social media outlets.
·         Determinations of appropriateness will be made in the sole discretion of AWM and Ford Motor Company Fund.
·         Application materials will not be returned to the student.
                           Questions?  Please contact Kate Niswander at AWMF at 703-506-3290 or
                                                                                      Submission deadline is December 16, 2013.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

November Culture Alert- Free Community Activities

From Rina Rubenstein
This is a very odd November: the month ends with Thanksgiving weekend, so almost all the listed 
 events are before then. (Chanuka coincides with T-day for the 1st time since 1888; this apparently won't happen again for another 77,798 years). But there's still plenty to do in LA this month, including the almost 800 free cultural events listed here: talks, walks, readings, plays, hikes, movies, openings, & concerts. Among the interesting people you can meet around town are Agn├Ęs Varda, Petula Clark, Jeff Garlin, Ann Rice, Tim Conway, Roy Choi, Corey Feldman, Graham Nash, Randi Zuckerberg, Artie Lange, Giada De Laurentiis, Tori Spelling, Will Ferrell, Mike Tyson, & astronaut Chris Hadfield.

Have a blast!!


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The New Black: a Documentary on Race and LGBT Equality Showing This Saturday, November 2nd

The New Black Exclusive Theatrical Engagement at Laemmle Music Hall 3, Nov 1 – 7, 2013 Audience Q&As feature Filmmaker Yoruba Richen and Film Principal Karess Taylor-Hughes

  Over a dozen community organizations are proud to support the Los Angeles theatrical run of one of this year's most provocative and timely documentary films - "THE NEW BLACK" - A FILM BY YORUBA RICHEN

This moving and insightful film has sparked meaningful dialogue and audience raves on the film festival circuit. It was awarded the Audience Award at AFI DOCS; Audience Award at PHILLY Q FEST; and the Audience Award at FRAMELINE SAN FRANCISCO; and won Best Documentary at the URBANWORLD FILM FESTIVAL.

Directed and produced by Yoruba Richen, THE NEW BLACK addresses the issue of how the African American community is dealing with the gay community in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar—the black church and reveals the Christian right wing’s strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda. THE NEW BLACK takes viewers into the pews and onto the streets and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it tells the story of the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland and charts the evolution of this divisive issue within the black community.

“We’re at a historic moment where LGBT issues are at the forefront of the national debate," says Richen. "It's an honor for The New Black to be a part of the conversation. Partnering with Los Angeles area community organizations allows us to bring this film and important discussions to a wide range of audiences.”

Organizations supporting screenings include On Level Ground, GSA Networks, Company Unity Fellowship Church, CARE Multicultural Healing, Sky Earth Fire Organization, Sistah Sinema, Black Lesbians United (BLU), Sankofa Events Project Management, Fuller Seminary, Sista2Sista and the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC).’s founder Monica Anderson will moderate discussions at a number of the weekend screenings.

“Regardless of your race or religious beliefs, everyone should see this film,” says Sharon Lettman-Hicks, documentary subject and Executive Director/CEO of NBJC, the nation’s leading black LGBT civil rights organization. “The black community is not a monolith—this film makes that unequivocally clear. It’s time we weed through the stereotypes and get to the real stories around family and faith.”

To purchase limited release discount tickets to the November 2nd, 9:30pm screening visit:

To purchase tickets for all other Los Angeles screenings visit the Laemmle website:

The exclusive engagement at The Laemmle Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA runs from November 1 – 7, 2013.

For more information about The New Black visit

Credit: Kin Folkz

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tomorrow!!! Be a Part of Food Policy History at City Hall


Join the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, city leaders, community leaders and partners for the 3rd annual National Food Day to bring awareness to the Good Food for All Agenda, where food is sustainable, local, fair, humane and healthy for all Angelenos!
WHEN: Wednesday October 23, 2013
WHERE: City Hall. 200 N. Spring Street. Los Angeles, CA 90012
TIME: 8:30 am – 11:00 am
PARKING: Parking lots are located off of Main Street south of 2nd street.
BUILDING ACCESS: Please check in on the 1st floor from the Main Street entrance to City Hall.
The building is wheelchair accessible.
MEET AT: 3rd Floor Rotunda. Program begins at 9:00 am sharp

Last year, supporters packed the Rotunda to learn about our Working Groups, sign our Good Food Pledge, and witness the launch of the Good Food Purchasing Program. On Wednesday, October 23rd, join us at City Hall to: recognize progress made by institutions participating in the inaugural year of the Good Food Purchasing Program, celebrate the launch of our first annual Los Angeles Food System Snapshot, hear from public officials on food issues in Los Angeles, and sample delicious, LAUSD student-inspired recipes that use local, sustainable, humane, fair and nutritious ingredients.
Confirmed Speakers:
Councilmember Paul Koretz, District 5
Councilmember Nury Martinez, District 6
Councilmember Felipe Fuentes, District 7
Councilmember Curren D. Price, Jr., District 9
Councilmember Mike Bonin, District 11
City Controller Ron Galperin
LAUSD School Board Member Steve Zimmer, LAUSD Board of Education, District 4
Dr. Paul Simon, LA County Department of Public Health, Director of Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention
Following the speakers and Working Group displays in the Rotunda, we move to Council Chambers for exciting legislative updates and forward movement on critical policies!
You won't want to miss it.

Follow on InstaGram @lagoodfood or Twitter @GoodFoodLA

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

This Weekend: High Tea Spa Party Benefiting Planet Rehab

AB Weddings & Special Events and Athena Katalaris (Master of Ceremony) cordially invites you to "High Tea Spa Party" benefiting Planet Rehab Organization on October 20th from 1-4. It will be fun afternoon of festivities with amazing vendors, delicious appetizers provided by Olive Bistro and flavored Teas. Ladies please wear a fancy hat to go with the theme (not mandatory) but would be fun. Its a charity event to raise awareness and donations for Planet Rehab Organization which is an animal sanctuary with emphasis on reconnecting people to nature.  Photographer RocknFilm will be taking fun and memorable pictures of this event. Tickets are $5 per person in advance and $10 at the door so RSVP. This is for kids and adults.

Vendors Participant:

Alexa K Beauty
Jockey Person to Person-
Anita Jewles Anita Danelian
Emma Masseuse
Belle Candy Accessories
Serendipity Cupcakes
Autumn Professional Massage Services

Master of Ceremony:
Athena Talin

Serena Laurel'


AB Weddings & Special Events

Coast Anabelle Hotel


Purchase Advance Tickets Here.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Michael Baisden adopts a high school class of 28 young men to spark One Dream One Team mentoring agenda

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."

 Join the effort on Facebook, follow on Twitter, YouTube and online at .

For information on "One Dream One Team" go to 
Find or Follow Michael on Facebook or Twitter: BaisdenLive

*Story and Photos from Jazzmyne Public Ralations c/o Makeda Smith*

Monday, October 7, 2013

All Day Fun: Ceanothus LA This Sunday October 13

Ceanothus LA" will be Sunday October 13th from 9-3pm and it will be a full day of workshops and festivities, including an open megaphone and a procession around the park!

* Participants include: Tongva and Alaska Tlingit Storytellers, Southern California Native Birdsingers, Tiat Society, Traditional Japanese Flute & Drum, Tinkus Bolivia Ensemble, Mexika Danzantes, Brazilian Drums/Dance Ensemble, Ovarian Psychos/Cycles
Workshops/activities will include: Southern California Native Basket Weavers, Tongva Cordage making, Essential Oils & native plants workshops, Tongva beadworking, mask-making, puppet-making, yoga, and more!
Did I mention there will have a mud pit for the young at heart with solar showers?!?

This is an all ages, ZERO WASTE event so bring your kiddos, a picnic blanket, some snacks, and don't forget your water bottle!

If you would like to volunteer the day before with set-up, or day of during the event and breaking it down, we would love the extra help!


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

"Winnie Mandela" Opens Hollywood Black Film Festival Oct. 2nd

The Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) is proud to announce its 2013 Opening Night Film is Winnie Mandela. Starring Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson(Dreamgirls) and Academy Award nomineeTerrence Howard (Hustle & Flow), Winnie Mandela is an epic story of love, sacrifice and courage. Moving from a remote tribal village to the sprawling metropolis of Johannesburg, South Africa, a proud young Winnie (Jennifer Hudson) soon found love with a rising political star, Nelson Mandela (Terrence Howard).  When Nelson was imprisoned for protesting the brutal Apartheid government, Winnie worked tirelessly to win his freedom and to carry on his message of peace and equality.  Her struggle to keep the Mandela dream alive was rewarded by years of persecution and imprisonment, including 18 months of solitary confinement.

  Throughout, her resolve to fight for her freedom, her family and her country never wavered.  Her leadership and unconquerable spirit caught the attention of the world and earned her the name “the mother of the nation.” 

Winnie Mandela opens HBFF on Wednesday, October 2 at 7:oo PM at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre, 1615 Vine St., Hollywood, CA. After-party follows across the street at Station Hollywood, The W Hotel Hollywood, 6250 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA.

For more info please visit HBFF website.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013



The GRAMMY Foundation® is currently accepting applications for its 2014 GRAMMY Camp®, GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session, and GRAMMY Signature Schools programs for high school students and high school music programs. These programs are part of the Foundation's GRAMMY in the Schools® offerings and are supported in part by Converse, Journeys, the Hot Topic Foundation, and the McNally Smith College of Music.

"GRAMMY Camp and GRAMMY Camp Jazz Session are immersive programs that afford high school students opportunities to get hands-on experience with a variety of music industry careers, and our GRAMMY Signature Schools program provides recognition and much-needed resources to high schools to benefit their music programs," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation. "These initiatives, along with our other GRAMMY in the Schools programs, are instructing and inspiring music's next generation."

Students and schools interested in participating in the 2014 GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session and GRAMMY Signature Schools programs can apply at Completed applications are due Oct. 22 for both programs. Oct. 22 is also the early decision deadline for students interested in attending the 10th annual GRAMMY Camp to be held in summer 2014.

The GRAMMY Foundation is also pleased to announce that recordings from the jazz program can now be purchased on iTunes, and other quality online music outlets. Albums released from 2007–2013 are now available for download. These projects were recorded at the world-famous Capitol Recording Studios (EMI Music) in Hollywood, Calif., by GRAMMY-winning engineers Manny Marroquin and Al Schmitt, and mastered by GRAMMY winner Bernie Grundman.

GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session
High school (public, private, parochial, home-schooled, etc.) singers and instrumentalists are encouraged to audition for GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session (formerly GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles). Selectees will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles, the host city for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, Jan. 17–27, 2014. Students will perform at high-profile GRAMMY Week events and recording sessions and will attend the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast on Jan. 26, 2014. Musical directors for the GRAMMY Camp Jazz Session are Justin DiCioccio (Manhattan School of Music), Susanna Wegner (music professional) and Dr. Ron McCurdy (USC Thornton School of Music). Students are also eligible for college scholarships through the college incentive program (more than $2 million available) offered by program partners Berklee College of Music, USC Thornton School of Music, the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and Manhattan School of Music. The school of each selectee will receive a professional cymbal courtesy of Zildjian. The GRAMMY Camp Jazz Session program receives additional support from the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, Zildjian, Capitol Recording Studios (EMI Music), CenterStaging, and Guitar Center.

GRAMMY Signature Schools
Just as the GRAMMY Award recognizes excellence in recording, the GRAMMY Foundation's GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes top public high schools across the country for outstanding commitment to their music education programs. Each of the GRAMMY Signature Schools will receive a custom award and a monetary grant to benefit its music program. The top programs are designated Gold recipients. The best of the Gold recipients is designated the National GRAMMY Signature School. For schools that are economically underserved, the GRAMMY Foundation established the Enterprise Award category to recognize the efforts in music education made by these schools. GRAMMY Signature Schools recipients are determined by the Blue Ribbon Committee, a panel of top music educators and professionals.

The GRAMMY Foundation has also established the GRAMMY Signature Schools Community Award, an extension of the GRAMMY Signature Schools program. Through this alliance, the GRAMMY Foundation identifies deserving public high school music programs to receive the award and a $2,000 grant. To date, approximately $700,000 in grants has been distributed to approximately 350 schools.

The program offers selected high school students an interactive residential summer music experience. Focusing on all aspects of commercial music, this unique opportunity provides instruction by industry professionals in an immersive creative environment with cutting-edge technology in professional facilities. The program offers seven music career tracks: Audio Engineering; Electronic Music Production; Music Journalism; Music Business; Songwriting; a Performance Track for Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboard, Vocal, and Winds & Strings; and Video Production. All tracks culminate in media projects, recordings and/or showcase performances. Early decision applicants for GRAMMY Camp will receive a 10 percent tuition discount if selected to attend GRAMMY Camp. They receive this discount whether they are selected as part of the early decision process or drawn from the regular applicant pool. Applicants not selected via early decision will be reconsidered with the final pool of applications. The final GRAMMY Camp application deadline is March 31, 2014. In the past, approximately 70 percent of GRAMMY Camp participants who have applied for financial aid received assistance.

The GRAMMY Foundation® was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy®, to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage. In recognition of the significant role of teachers in shaping their students’ musical experiences, the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy are partnering to present our first Music Educator Award. Open to current U.S. music teachers in K through college, the Music Educator Award will be given out during GRAMMY Week 2014. For more information about our music education programs, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, please like "GRAMMY in the Schools®" on Facebook at, follow the GRAMMY Foundation on Twitter @GRAMMYFdn at and join us on Instagram @GRAMMYFdn.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Los Angeles OIC and Russell Simmons' RushCard Needs our support to bring computers to 300 Families

From Chris Bridges, Executive Director of OIC

Los Angeles OIC has partnered with Russell Simmons and the RUSHCARD Prepaid Visa organization. Our “Computers For Families” program provides computers and internet access for the underserved, disadvantaged, veterans and low-income families who may be receiving some form of government assistance. This Technology Bridge is created to assist our neighbors in preparing and finding employment as well as assisting students to achieve higher educational levels. We need your community investment today to support this effort.

As such, the RUSHCARD Prepaid Visa can provide debit cards for many that are denied banking privileges. Internet access requires debit/credit cards or a checking account for service.

RUSHCARD Prepaid Visa is providing a platform for fundraising and a challenge that will allow a non-profit to win/match up to $50,000 over the next thirty days. The RUSHCARD “Rise To Thrive Charity Challenge” begins today and ends October 22nd. 

This grassroots fundraising effort is created to provide a computer for 300 students, veterans or families/households along with monthly internet access. For as little as $10.00 you would pay for one month of High-Speed internet service and $150 for a refurbished computer. (See attached flyer.)

Help us double your contribution. Visit our “Rise To Thrive” website and be among the first to make an investment into our future.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Art of Elysium 5th Annual GENESIS EVENT Fri Sept 20th at Siren Studios‏

The Art of Elysium invites you to our
Friday September 20th, 9pm
at Siren Studios Sunset
6063 West Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood 90028


A celebration of emerging artists
Presented by Hudson Jeans
In Association with Siren Studios
Celebrating the grand opening of the Siren Cube

Special live musical performances by 
 Hudson, Incan Abraham and jenny o. 
DJs Bizzy, Chris Kennedy and Brandon Soileau 
Art and fashion installation by 
Hudson Jeans
2013 Host Committee includes: Charlsey Adkins, Katrina Begin + Michael Masini, Pete Black, Beau Dunn, Joshua Carmichael Fearnley + Matt Walker, Jasper Grey, Luke Grimes, Gillian Jacobs + Chris Storer, Jennifer Hackett, Ashley Hinshaw, Brandon Kaufer, Alex Martinetti, Mason McCulley, Chet Mehta, Marianna Palka, Chris Panizzon, Tim Rock, Haroula Rose, Vanessa Rothholtz, Yotam Solomon, Alyssa Some, Florent Sourice, Kevin Tighe, Liliana Wolking, Deborah Ann Woll

Produced by Best Events and Bolthouse Productions

Tickets: $150 Admits One • $250 Admits Two

Proceeds to benefit The Art of Elysium Art Programs!' a place or condition of ideal happiness
Mission: The Art of Elysium, a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization founded in 1997, encourages working actors, artists and musicians to voluntarily dedicate their time and talent to children who are battling serious medical conditions. We provide artistic workshops in the following disciplines: acting, art, comedy, fashion, music, radio, songwriting and creative writing. 

This is a ticketed event and there will be no comps. BUT, keep in mind you will be rubbing elbows with an amazing crowd at a super hot Hollywood party, of course with open bar. Moreover you are donating to a very special cause.
Make a difference and give, far too many just take!

Be sure to buy your tickets from the eventbrite link above before they sell out!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Introducing Mr. JB Brown

JB Brown is a charismatic actor and comedian who is imprinting his swaggaliciousness all over Hollywood. He has an unforgettable voice and a smile that is out of this world.
Check out JB's awesome acting reel. A star has arrived!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

150 Youth and Chorus Orchestra Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Speech w Free Concert‏

* Credit: KRPR Media*

In August of 1963, hundreds of thousands of Americans converged on Washington DC for one of the largest rallies for human rights in the history of the United States.  The "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom" called for civil and economic rights for those who had been both inadvertently and purposefully denied the opportunity to pursue the very happiness that Thomas Jefferson proclaimed to be the right of all Americans. The March especially sought freedom and justice for African Americans who had particularly suffered the pains of discrimination, hatred, exclusion, and even death through both legal and extralegal processes.  The march is widely credited with helping to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
During that march, on Wednesday, August 28, 1963, Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech;  a speech in which he advocated for racial harmony for all of America.  The speech inspired hope in the hopeless, freedom for the oppressed and light for those who walked in darkness.  It has been repeated millions of times around the globe since that time  and its best known phrase - "I have a Dream" - has become the mantra of all who love freedom and seek a better life - whether in the United States or elsewhere.

Because of its impact, the 50th Anniversary of the speech is being celebrated all over the world!  The celebration in the County of Los Angeles will take the form of a Unity Day Concert to be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, August 26 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall located at 111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012.  

On this day, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will approve a motion by Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas, to declare this day as "Unity Day"!   The Unity Day Concert represents the County's official celebration of the anniversary of Dr. King's speech.

The concert will feature The Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA) in a chorus composed of approximately 150 singers representing various choirs from around the County.  The ensemble will perform: "I Was Glad", by C. Hubert Parry.  The second ensemble will be "I Have a Dream" (a setting of Dr. King's speech for choir and orchestra), by Charles Dickerson (Music Director, Conductor of ICYOLA and producer of the Unity Day Concert.)  The final selection is Beethoven's monumental "Ninth Symphony".  

The choirs represented include:  The Choir of St. James Church; The Knox Presbyterian Church Choir; The Angel City Chorale; The Breath of Life Seventh-day Adventist Church Choir; the Gwen Wyatt Chorale; The Delta Choraliers; The UCLA Chorale; The Hosannah Choir of the Young Nak Presbyterian Church; The Holman Choir of Holman United Methodist Church; The Chancel Choir of Rolling Hills United Methodist Church; All Saints Episcopal Church, Pasadena; The Philippine Chamber Singers; Prime Note Ensemble; The Gay Men's Chorus; Peninsula High School Choir; The Welsh Choir of Southern California; The Verdi Chorus, and many others.  The quartet of soloists for the Beethoven Nine will be Soprano Xiaobo Su, Mezzo-Soprano Melina Kitic, Tenor H. Waring Shapre, and Bass Roberto Gomez.
During the Unity Day Concert, various Los Angeles Supervisors will present a "Spirit of the Dream" award to a constituent whose life exemplifies Dr. King's Dream during a special award ceremony sure to be one of the highlights of the evening.  Awardees are: 
  • Lupe Bojorquez of the 1st District, presented by Supervisor Gloria Molina
  • James M. Lawson, Jr. of the 2nd District, presented by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
  • Rev. Ira Woodfin Dickason of the 3rd District, presented by Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky
  • Mrs. Johnnie Savoy of the 4th District, presented by Supervisor Don Knabe
  • Mr. Tecumseh Shackelford of the 5th District, presented by Supervisor Mike Antonovich
The Unity Day Concert generously underwritten by a grant from The Wells Fargo Foundation. President of the Foundation, Tim Hanlon, will bring greetings and remarks.  Also in attendance is Jonathan Weedman, Vice President of the Foundation representing Southern California.    The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is also a co-sponsor of the event, and Reverend William Smart, President of the SCLC, will also bring greetings.

The following have confirmed their attendance:
  • Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
  • Supervisor Mike Antonovich
  • Reverend Ira Woodfin Dickason
  • Tecumseh Shackelford
  • Tim Hanlon
  • Jonathan Weedman
  • William Smart
Tickets for the concert are free and are available through the offices of the County Supervisors or through ICYOLA as follows:
  • Supervisor Gloria Molina:  213-974-1111
  • Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas:  213-974-2222
  • Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky:  213-974-3333
  • Supervisor Don Knabe:  213-974-4444
  • Supervisor Mike Antonovich:  213-974-5555
  • ICYOLA:  310-412-6777