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

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Hollywood Black Film Festival Announces Official Lineup for 2013 Fest

Hollywood Black Film Festival Announces
Official Lineup for 2013 Fest 
67 Films Express a Broad Range of Themes and Issues
By Edna Sims  

The Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) today announced its official lineup of films for the 2013 fest.  A total of 67 films will be presented.  HBFF 2013 runs October 2-6, 2013 in Hollywood, CA.  Screenings will be held at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre, 1615 Vine Street, Hollywood, CA.

The HBFF 2013 lineup of 67 Official Selections includes 5 Features, 41 Shorts, 11 Student Films, 8 Docs and 2 Web Series. 

"From action to comedy and romance to family-friendly, our lineup offers something for everyone. I think we've put together an incredible lineup representative of the vast creative talents of emerging and veteran black filmmakers," says Tanya Kersey, the festival's founder and executive director.  "This year's films reflect the full diversity of the black experience in America, and reflect a wide range of cinematic expressions from progressive black voices throughout the Diaspora."

A new sidebar will debut this year called Film Diaspora.  Film Diaspora will highlight independent films and filmmakers from the African Diaspora. Films submitted to compete in this category must have been produced by filmmakers residing outside the U.S. in Africa, the Caribbean or Latin America.

“HBFF has a history of screening films from throughout the Diaspora. In addition to opening the 2011 festival with “A Million Colours,” a South African film, we’ve screened films from Nigeria, Ghana, Central African Republic, Burundi, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Niger, Haiti, Bahamas, Jamaica, Brazil, Cuba, and Trinidad and Tobago, so Film Diaspora is a natural extension of our commitment to Black filmmakers throughout the Diaspora,” said Kersey.

In its inaugural year, Film Diaspora will unspool 5 films (3 features and 2 shorts) from four countries -- Cameroon, Madagascar, Nigeria and South Africa.

Following is the complete lineup of films:


Hard Time Bus
Writer: Owen Mowatt - Director: Dean Charles

THY Will Be Done
Writer/Director: Albert Johnson


'00:03:00 THRILLER'
Writer: Teri Woods - Director: Dupuy Fatal III

Anger Mis Manangement
Writer/Director: Jorge Sanchez

Bored of the Rings
Writer/Director: Rashim Cannad

Charity Case
Writer: Jerod Brennen - Director: Jenn Shaw

Clean Teeth Wednesdays
Writer/Director: Catherine Bruhier

Colored My Mind
Writer/Director: Nia Hill

Descent of a Superstar
Writer: Alexander McCoy-Smith - Director: Omari Matlock

Faux Pas
Writer: Aaron Coats - Director: Raphael Nash

Finding Our Voice
Writer/Director: Daniel Lir

Five Dollars
Writer: Chris Cromie - Director: Reza Dahya

Writer/Director: Ricky Horne

If I Were A Bell
Writer/Director: Sherese Robinson Lee

Lil Tokyo Reporter
Writer/Director: Jeffrey Chin

Living & Loving In The Moment
Writer/Director: Jonathan A. Lewis

Lou's Prey
Writer/Director: Juan Davis

Lunch with Jeremiah
Writer: Elijah Rock - Director: Shelton Mack

Writer/Director: Jacquin Deleon

One Night A Stranger
Writer/Director: Chris Strikes

Perfect Day
Writer/Director: Derrick L. Sanders

Prima Facie
Writer: David Tinsley/Story Michael Shahin - Director: David Tinsley

Ritechus Cry
Writer: Jacolby Percy/Co-Writer Byron Morris - Director: Jacolby Percy

Writer/Director: Akil DuPont

Writer/Director: Tchaiko Omawale

Soul Mates
Writer/Director: Reginald Jackson

String of Light
Writer/Director: Asher Emmanuel

Sunday's at Noon
Writer: Lyric Anderson/Co-Writer Tami Roman - Director: Karamuu Kush

The Bully
Writer/Director: Jamie Burton-Oare

The Bully
Writer/Director: Frederick Fields

The Coffers
Writer/Director: Eric Wilson

The Companion
Writer/Director: Dreka Shevon

The Silent Treatment
Writer/Director: Martine Jean

The Vacancy
Writer/Director: James Dinkins

The Watch
Writer/Director: Roger Franks

Writer/Director: Shola Amoo

Troubled Man
Writer/Director: Aaron Lewis

Writer: Raykel Tolson - Director: Raykel Tolson/Co Director Jamall Crenshaw

Used to BE
Writer: John Calhoun - Director: Steve Toles

Victim Of Circumstance
Writer: Torrei Hart - Director: Zaahir Abdullah

Ying and Yang
Writer: Devere Rogers - Director: Kevin Darnell Walker


Beyond the Echo of the Drum
Writer/Director: Lori Webster

Death of a Wizard
Writer: Alex Thompson/Co Writer Sasha Whitaker - Director: Edward Varine

Writer/Director: ShaneBook

Fall Beats
Writer/Director: Misa Spencer

Girls Like Us! Part 1
Writer: Anike Bay - Director: Chan Smith / Co-Director: James McFarland

Writer/Director: McKinley Johnson

Writer/Director: Anthony Harper

Nigga... Nigga... NIGGA!
Writer/Director: Michael Blevins

Secrets For Strangers
Writer/Director: Boniquea Matthews

Southern Hospitality
Writer: Atoki Lleka - Director: Dennis Hodges

Writer/Director: Brandon Lake


Adopted ID
Writer: Andrew Togobo - Director: Sonia Godding-Togobo

American Beatboxer
Writer/Director: Manauvskar Kublall

A Profile In Courage: Linda L. Smith
Writer/Director: Reginald Brown

In Search of the Black Knight
Writer/Director: Tamarat Makonnen

Prison Body - Freedom Soul: The Saga Of Robert Coney
Writer/Director: Richard Willis Jr

Writer/Director: Adeyemi Michael

Step Up
Writer/Director: Noube Rateau

Take Us Home
Writer/Director: Aileen LeBlanc/Co-Director Orly Malessa


Life Coach Chronicles
Writer/Director: Freda Hobbs

Mommy Unsensored: Confessions of a Real Mom
Writer: Adrian Dukes/Charity Jordan/Keilana Franklin/Neil Maxwell/Shannon Byrd/Sonya Tate-Smith/Zoie Sykes/
Director: Christine Horn/Justin Jordan/David Kote/Nik Mynyon/Sharell Luckett/


Malagasy Mankany (Legends of Madagascar)
Writer/Director: Haminiaina Ratovarivony

Flower Girl
Director: Michelle Bello

Ninah’s Dowry
Director: Victor Viyuoh

Director: Eunice Chiwesha Goldstein
South Africa

Director: Willis Ikedum

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

EOTM Awards: Fitting in by Standing OUT

Sunday, August 4, 2013 was a memorable night with astounding energy from some industry "do-gooders" sharing all of their gifts and talents while making a difference in the lives of others. I am talking about the Inaugural EOTM Awards which took place at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, CA.
 Nominees and winners both expressed their gratitude for being acknowledge for their profound accomplishments.

Winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award and VH1 Basketball Wives Star Tami Roman tweeted, "Thank you Carla and for a memorable night recognizing the grind & hustle of entrepreneurs! See you next year :) " Winner of Oustanding Actress  in a TV Series Award, Legendary Actress Marla Gibbs stated, "It feels good to be acknowledged for the first time in 40 years."

It was a definite  loving moment when Hip Hop Legend, Actress and Philanthropist Yolanda " Yo Yo" Whitaker accepted The Aaron Hatcher Humanitarian Award from Aaron's father, Singer Rahn Anthoni and Grandmother Selena Gaffney she stated, " We are all with you in this fight. We support each other."

Significatly special recognition to Carla Simpson, CEO of EOTM Media  and Monea Williams, Vice President of EOTM Media for igniting the spark that is going to light up the world.


Below find a collage story of red carpet and award show candids. 

*Photo Credit Bea Sweet*

2013 EOTM Awards


“THE ORACLE” Jamminized, Heather Parker Romanticized,

Leroya Sanford Schoolified while Stevie Mack Laughtified

“An Intimate Night with Malcolm-Jamal Warner”

By Kimi Rochelle

  TWICEDOT Online Newspaper presented an “Up Close and Personal Experience” with Emmy nominated Director/Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner Saturday, July 27th in a packed, affluent and celebrity filled Beverly Hills Country Club.  

The evening began as you entered the IN THE ART Room inspired by artist Clarence Pencilman Pointer where original portrayals of personalities became alive including a homeless man called “Survivor”,  Steve Harvey, President Obama Barak and the recent Malcolm-Jamal Warner to name a few.  In fact, Warner signed the original piece that went on display to auction.

Guests completed the room by taking pictures and being interviewed my Smooth Jazz News, KRPR Media/Urban Lyfestyles Magazine and Comedian Stevie Mack for his television show.

As music subconsciously transformed the atmosphere, dinner began while Dama Tequila circulated samples.  The music, the tasting and mind provoking artwork was just to set the tone for more of what's to come!  And what came next to us all was a surprise!

Comedian Stevie Mack not only hosted the night, but had the guests smiling with laughter through his comedy performance that weaved the entire program into a true night of enlightening entertainment.  12 yr old Comedian Leroya Sanford stepped to the mic next surprising all with spoken words of poetry that seemed way beyond her own understanding yet her approach of deep provoking rhythms could only come from someone that could relate.  Heather Parker, “Funky Sunshine”, brought love and being in love and made you want to go get love.   "THE ORACLE" Denise Lyles-Cook added funk music as she sang and rapped and spoke lyrics about society and self and made the listener groove as they tasted a touch of the 60’s revolution still current with today.  Taking it to the bridged was an eruption of total sexually erotic poems by the guest of honor Malcolm-Jamal Warner.  And while at first you had to get past his known stereotype image of “Theo” from the “Cosby” Show; it was apparent that “Theo” is long gone and what you have in front of you is a grown, deep, sexual, stimulating man…and everyone welcomed it!

A rare and transparent insightful night of deep, emotional and thought provoking poetry that touched the souls of all that heard combined with a touch of laughter was to give awareness to those on Skid Row Downtown LA through Fred Jordan Missions.  In addition, an evening of Spoken Word with Malcolm-Jamal Warner and friends launched TWICEDOT; the next generation's fun and interactive online newspaper with 24/7 personal access to resources, programs, news, shopping, plus top mentors to world leaders and fortune 500 executives.

Sponsors included: TWICEDOT, Thank-You Plan, The Beverly Hills Country Club, Dama Tequila, Stevie Mack TV/Radio, Motion Picture Company, Sugar and Spice Sweets, Celebrity Red Carpet

Photos by:  Ramon Ward-KRPR Media