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.