Sunday, December 19, 2010
The Los Angeles Preparatory & Performing Arts Center is a multicultural theatrical dance adaptation of Tchaikovsky's famed Nutcracker.
This version of the holiday classic is set in 1950's Harlem and tells the story of young Claire and the Chocolate Nutcracker as the two journey the world in a dream from Harlem, to Egypt, to West Africa. The multicultural dance adaptation is cast with theatre professionals and children from The Los Angeles Preparatory and Performing Arts Center.
The Wilshire Ebell Theater - 4401 West 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90005-323.939.0126
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
It's called California's First Lady Maria Shriver's Women's Conference. It was where all of this massive amounts of positive energy circulated over these past three days.
(If I were you, I'd go to the website and watch the entire 3 day event. It was absolutely wonderful.)
Why? Because now, more than ever, we as a people, need to collectively get together and discuss what it is that needs to be done to make this world a better place - eradicating the world of Breast Cancer, Alzheimer's disease, Autism*, obesity, poor nutrition, homelessness - then put into action what our ideas are. If one can visualize and idea, one can make it happen. Mary J. Blige, who has an organization called FFAWN, bravely stood up and told us about the abuse that ran through 2 generations in her family and not only did it touch my heart, but had everyone in my section in tears. The Asian woman sitting two rows up from me had to be handed tissue because she couldn't stop crying. All different nationalities yelling out, "We hear you Mary, We feel you, Mary!" Lord, have mercy! Just ask the women who were the recipients of the Minerva Awards 2010 - Carolyn Blashek, Oral Lee Brown, Sister Terry Dodge, Sandra Day O'Connor and Oprah Winfrey.
I'm hoping that this note motivates you to discover how you too, can be an Architect of Change. I'd like to thank Lena Cole Dennis for a wonderful day. Now, what are WE going to do? That's the question. Remember, it starts with you.
Love & light,
Deepak Chopra - DeepakChopra.com
Gayle King - The Gayle King Show
* Holly Robinson-Peete & Rodney Peete - Hollyrodfoundation.org
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Dizzy made his way from Cheraw, South Carolina to Philladelphia, with his family - one of 9 children - when he was 14.
It was in 1937 when the great Cuban trumpeter Mario Bauza took Dizzy to hear the Latin sounds of Spanish Harlem and Dizzy fell in love with it. Eventually Dizzy, along with Charles Mingus, Stan Getz stepped up the Big Band game with amazing sounds and created a movement that caused multiple revolutions w/ Be-Bop and Afro-Cuban music. According to composer and jazz theorist George Russell, "Be-Bob was uneasy music, meant to shake people up."
Donald Maggin wrote a book entitled, Dizzy: The Life and Time of John Birkes Gillespie. According to Mr. Maggin, Dizzy blew that trumpet, which someone accidentally sat on at his wife's birthday, and he didn't want to upset his wife by not performing, so, making lemonade out of lemons, he rocked that Trumpet, which, as a result, tilted upwards at an angle of 45°, becoming his signature instrument - it was magic!
His contemporaries - Thelonious Monk, Ella Fitzgerald, Charles " Bird" Parker, Cab Calloway, Kenny Clark, Sonny Rollins wrapped sound around your senses and couldn't help but seep into your very soul.
Ever since I was a child, I loved Jazz. I was so young and didn't realize how fortunate I was to know Dizzy Gillespie. The last time that I got a chance to spend time with him, was when he was visiting the West Coast back in 1985. I was the baby of the bunch, back stage watching Dizzy as he got ready for a performance at the Henry J, Kaiser Convention Center in Oakland, CA. It was a fund raising event for the East Oakland Development Foundation. The late Jerry Dean ( KJAZ emcee) emceed that night. Dizzy, Max Roach, Nancy Wilson were on the Markquee. Everyone was still celebrating Dizzy's Birthday, and so there was a party for Dizzy after the concert. It was an amazing night!( If you were there, shoot me a note please)
I loved Caravan, Salt Peanuts and A Night in Tunisia. What were some of your favorites by Dizzy Gillespie?
Do yourself a favor and get to know Dizzy Gillespie - Read:
To Be or Not to Bop - Memoirs - Dizzy Gillespie w/ Al Frazier
Dizzy: The Life and Time of John Birkes Gillespie - Donald Maggin
Also, check out NPR radio - The Lasting Impact of Dizzy Gillespie
photo property of - just elite.net - John Birkes "Dizzy" Gillespie
Sunday, October 17, 2010
You guessed it - it was a full house and everyone was dressed for success. Barbara A. Perkins, Founder and President of Friends of Sisters at the Well, Inc., looked magnificent and truly was the perfect Hostess, making everyone feel so welcomed.
The Mistress of Ceremony was Erica Alexander, Actor/Producer/Activist/Advocate. (Great job, Erica!) The Announcer was the incomparable Ms. KiKi Shepard, who knocked everyone out with her grace and style.
The event started out beautifully with Rev. Andriette Earl speaking true words of wisdom with such a positive spirit.
ascended from the depths of the theater using her vocal range to control the motions, then the two of them joining in unison, mid stage, stepping together in a syncopated rhythm, then separately - still feeling the vibe as Eartha continued to move to the mellifluous voice of Laurnea, and it was so exhilarating!
The Harpist from the Hood, Destiny, the Sound Sculptress ,who is also a vocalist, performed with friends. The Honorees for 2010:
Honorable Congresswoman Diane E. Watson, a lifetime resident of the 33rd California Congressional District, currently serves on the International Relations and Government Reform Committees.
Charisse Bremond-Weaver, President of the Brotherhood Crusade, the community service and development organization founded by her late father, Walther Bremond, in 1968.
Denise Pines, President of denise+pines inc., a brand strategy, media development and event production firm. Previously, Denise served as the President of The Tavis Smiley Group, Inc. for 15 years.
Kimberly Freeman, Director of Community relations Southern California Gas Company. Kimberly is the "Go to person" with regards to charitable donations in the community.
Lady Yvette Williams, Chairperson of the Women's Ministry at Ward AME Church. Lady Yvette is fortunate enough to wake up every morning blessed to be a role model in the community, assisting and leading others on the path of righteousness.
There was a lovely Tribute to the late Dr. Dorthy I. Height, a pioneer of change who worked closely with Mary McLeod Bethune, both women broke the ground and set the pavement for better education and equal rights for women in the USA.
Susan L. Taylor, Founder/ CEO of The National CARES Mentoring Movement, spoke of the importance of everyone of us taking an active part in mentoring our youth. Susan showed a moving video with so many celebrities - Danny Glover, Harry Belafonte, Oprah Winfrey -
I solute Susan L. Taylor Founder/ CEO, Barbara A.Perkins, Executive Director and Brent Burton, Chairman of The National CARES Mentoring Movement.
What will you do to help our youth today? Please get in contact with The National CARES Mentoring Movement and volunteer ONE hour a week. It could change a child's life.
Love & light,
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
In 1997, I met Varnette P. Honeywood while I was attending a Holy Royal Family Reunion that Dr. Asa Hilliard, III organized during the same time that an Art Fair was in full swing, at the Omni Hotel, in Atlanta, GA. One thing I will never forget was her warm spirit and how patient and kind she was.
After a two year battle with cancer, Varnette P. Honeywood laid down with her ancestors on September 13, 2010. She was 59 years old.
There were so many positively lovely depictions of African-American self love in her paintings until it was very difficult for me to narrow it down to one, so I say, you owe it to yourself to view her artwork.
Dr. Bill and Dr. Camille Cosby fell in love with Varnette P. Honeywood's art work and used her painting entitled "Birthday" (1974) on the living-room wall of "The Cosby Show" from 1984-1992. Honeywood told Jacqueline Trescott of the Washington Post in 1997 that the Cosbys "came into my life at a time when I needed that confidence. People had been chipping away at my confidence." According to King Solomon, "There is a time and a season for everything."
Rest in peace, Varnette. You will be missed.
Funeral Services for Varnette P. Honeywood will be held at
Messiah Baptist Church, Friday, September 24 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Please send flowers
Messiah Baptist Church
4500 West Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016
Love & light,
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
My Mother was her sisters' keeper. All of her siblings relied on her strength as well. She never gave it a second thought when they were in need. They would move right on in with us! Now 4 of the 6 have passed on. Now it's just her and her sister, KellyRose.
This Sunday is Mother's Day. Please, take a moment and thank the Mother in your life. It could be an Aunt, Sister, Cousin or a neighbor. Show that woman some love as often as you can.
Give her her flowers while she can still enjoy them!
To all of you Mothers out there - Happy Mother's Day to you - Super Women!
Click on to: The Intruders - "I'll Always Love My Mama" http://popup.lala.com/popup/504684689312122178
Photography by Nick Gizpenc
Sunday, April 25, 2010
If you need emergency medical assistance right now, please call 9-1-1. If you can hold on for just a little while longer, head on over to the LA Sports Arena
3939 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90037
Get a wrist band so that you can get medical assistance. We'll be there to help you.
Keep in mind that "...We have to lean on one another, help one another, love one another." President Obama
Love and light,
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
The first part in the series is entitled:
What You Didn't Learn in High School History
It was very enlightening. Dr. & Mrs. Kinsey brought knowledge to the table . Hear me when I tell you that most everyone in attendance was hungry for knowledge.
The real history of African American triumphs and contributions should no longer remain a secret. It should explode into our classrooms and into our collective conscience.” - Bernard Kinsey
Dr. Kinsey essentially said that we need to re-language our thought process and words with regards to what actually happened to those who were captured during the slave trade. Black people/African Americans/Negros - which ever adjective that one prefers to use to describe Africans in America - were enslaved - kidnapped by brutal force (guns) and held against their will.
Only the strongest of the strongest survived the rocky 6 month journey in the bowels of a very crowded ship. A ship as cold and unfeeling as the captors and the many people that orchestrated the journey.
Yes, there were free Africans that navigated the globe and conducted business in America before this country was colonized, but by far and large, the vast majority of African Americans were picked up in the interior of West Africa - between Senegal and Angola - as Free people and brought to the shores of America enslaved. Yes America's African Ancestors were FREE People that were ENSLAVED by Europeans (British, French for starters). These slaves were pure human capital, distributed throughout what is called the triangle - Africa the Caribbean and North America an Europe.
I could have listened to the Kinsey's talk all day and night. But I must say, if it were not for Kevin Ross and Facebook, along with his blogtalkradio.com, who featured Bernard Kinsey on one of last week's shows, I would not have known about this most momentous event.
But your soul tells you that Black
is the light of the world."
Love & light, C
Monday, January 18, 2010
What does Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday mean to you? That's the question.