Thursday, February 28, 2013

African American History Month - Herb J. Wesson Jr. & Bernard & Shirley Kinsey Collection @ The Barrett Art Gallery & The Broad Stage

This evening, Bernard & Shirley Kinsey, in conjunction with Santa Monica College Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery, will have a Multi-Media Presentation @ The Barrett Art Gallery & Broad Stage. The Cultivators by Samuel L. Dunson Jr. and the curator is Khalil Kinsey. This is a presentation that you will not want to miss. Dr. Bernard Kinsey is a brilliant, masterful orator of African American history. Make sure to reserve a ticket now! 310.434.3200 &

Just the other day, I got a chance to stop by an excellent exhibit at Los Angeles City Hall. Herb J.Wesson Jr. and his staff, with Albert E. Lord III as Deputy, created an amazing compilation, touching on so many different elements related to the contributions that African Americans have made in this beautiful country that we call the United States of America!...I'm just sorry that I hadn't heard of the exhibit earlier!...

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Pan African Film and Arts Festival - - now through - Feb 18th 2013

It's a lovely Saturday morning in Los Angeles, and Louise Richardson., and I are heading for the Pan African Film and Arts Festival for another fantastic, energetic, day of film and arts.

The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is celebrating its 21st anniversary in grand style, with a string of highly - anticipated films - oh yes!

 There are a total of 154 films, representing 34 countries---that is, 23 documents, 13 short documentaries, 67 narrative features, and 51 narrative shorts.

Today, we're going to see the following:

"Fair Game?" | 1 to 3 pm
Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills 15 at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, in collaboration with the Pan African Film Festival, Strategic Concepts in in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE) will host a fundraiser and screening of Mario Van Peebles' film, "Fair Game?"  In this film, "Fair Game?" African American entertainers, professionals and executives weigh in on the barriers facing young African American men in the "post-racial" era of America's first African American president. Facilitated by Mr. Van Peebles and Youhance (aka Merc 80), the audience will engage in a Q & A examining the responsibility of community members, and music and film leaders to create organic solutions to these barriers. SCOPE has worked in South LA for 20 years with low-income families impacting meaningful changes like job creation programs with clear pathways from training to employment. For more information, please visit:

"Raising Izzie" | 5:30 to 9:30pm (US/Narrative Feature/88 min) Director: Roger Bobb
Union Bank joins the 21st Annual Pan African Film Festival(PAFF) in the ongoing celebration of Black History Month. The bank will co-host a private screening a " Raising Izzie," starring Vanessa Williams and Rockmond Dunbar, best known for their roles in the television series "Soul Food".

Synopsis: Gertie and Izzie are two young girls on their own. Abandoned by their father and orphaned by their mother, they are doing the best they can to stay in school and stay undetected and stay together. For more info., please visit www.pafflorg

"PAPA", (2012/US/Narrative Short/23min) Director Bambadjan Bamba Feb 16 @ 5:00pm Q & A
Papa is a stoic African father who runs his household with an iron fist while Pepe, his rebellious son, forces him to either reconsider his ways risk losing his entire family. for more information, visit

Please stop by the community room at the mall for CUC/ KRST Unity Center of African Spiritual Science - they are presenting, INSIDE STORY - A lunch and a movie $35.00. organized by  Alake Adewale, Khepera Auset and Akosua Adobea, photographer at KRST. Nice meeting Andre Parvenu aka Msonga-Mbele!

Love & light,

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Out of Darkness Exhibit – Artist Calida Garcia Rawles @ Ebell Los Angeles

Out of Darkness Exhibit –  Artist Calida Garcia Rawles
@The Ebell Los Angeles  - Feb 6th – Feb 27, 2013

For Immediate Release
Press Release

CTC PR Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Los Angeles, California

Calida Garcia Rawles, Los Angeles, CA.

'Out of Darkness' is the latest series of portraits by Wilmington, Delaware born,
Los Angeles based Artist, and graduate of Spelman College as well as New York University, where she earned her Master's of Art.

Artist Calida Garcia Rawles Opening Reception – Thursday, Feb 14, 2013, 5-8pm

'Out of Darkness' is 
the latest series of portraits by Los Angeles 
based artist Calida Garcia Rawles. In this series, Calida Garcia Rawles captures celebrated personalities of "Basquiat" (Artist, Jessye Norman (American Opera Singer)
and Raven Wilkinson (Ballerina) are prime examples of those whose political, intellectual, and artistic excellence have cemented them as icons in  traditionally white institutions.
The subjects of these revealing portrayals "emerge" from the confines of race, and in doing so, challenge viewers to rethink the complex and often binding notions of black identity in America.

Calida Garcia Rawles’ Artist Exhibition Runs Wednesday, February 6, 2013 – Wednesday,
Feb 27, 2013

Location: The Ebell of Los Angeles – The Art Salon, 741 South Lucerne Blvd., LA, CA 90005

About Calida Garcia Rawles

Calida’s aesthetic sensibility was nurtured by her parents and refined at Spelman College, where she studied art and later served as an artist-in-residence, and at New York University, where she earned a master’s of art.

She has exhibited her paintings nationally and abroad, exploring the concepts of beauty and identity. Several of her works have been published in the compendium  Roll Call:
A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature Art
In addition, Calida Garcia Rawles wrote and illustrated her first children's book,
Same Difference (, which addresses the difficult and divisive issues of beauty and identity. 

Calida also has a parenting blog (, where she writes about the often-comedic trials and tribulations of raising two girls.

Calida Garcia Rawles currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.
Their son is in the Navy and is stationed in Seattle Washington.

For Press inquiries, please contact Carla @ Carla Thomas Consulting – CTC/ PR 310.388.7960


Out of Darkness Exhibition – Artist Calida Garcia Rawles
 Opens: Feb 6th running through Feb 27, 2013
Artist Reception is on Feb 14, 2013 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
@ Ebell Los Angeles – 741 South Lucerne Blvd., LA, CA 90005 

Please RSVP to: or call 323-931-1277 x131

For press inquiries, or to arrange interviews with artist Calida Garcia Rawles, please contact: 


Twitter: Carla_Patra
P.O. Box 3034 BH, CA 90212

Please follow Calida Garcia Rawles
Twitter: @ArtistCalida 

“Jessye Norman”, 48 x 48 inches, Acrylic on Canvas 2012. 

Inquiries: Carla Thomas Consulting / PR– CTC/ PR 310.388.7960