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India’s Daughter

India’s Daughter. Wow! I sat in the audience at the screening of India’s Daughter at the San Diego Film Festival, trying not to cry, trying not to cringe. I was only somewhat successful. I knew of the incident because I am a diehard fan of Amy Goodman and DemocracyNow.org. Amy Goodman covered the brutal gang rape of Jyoti Singh Pandey, the 23-year-old medical student by...

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India’s Daughter

SDFF Variety Night of the Stars

  October 1, 2015 was the night that the Museum of Contemporary art in San Diego became the gathering place for likeminded fans to pay homage to people in the film industry that are making progressive change.   Adrien Brody was this year’s recipient of the Cinema Vanguard Award. Celebrated for his work in The Pianist, Houdini, The Grand Budapest Hotel and a slew of...

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Variety Presents NIGHT OF THE STARS

Review Mother of George

Yes, I know I am very very late to the party. Mother of George premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, January 2013 and I am just writing this review nearly 3 years later. However, no matter how much time has passed, Mother of George still deserves many marvelous reviews. Director Andrew Dosunmu has given us a treasure that raises the bar for African films in...

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Review Mother of George

2015 Leimert Park Village African Art and Music Festival in Los Angeles

2015 Labor Day weekend marked the 7th annual Leimert Park Village African Art and Music Festival in Los Angeles, California. From the opening day African drum procession to the African drum circle that closed the weekend’s cultural events, jazz, blues, reggae, R & B, Afro beat, hip hop, rock, and neo soul music was the soulful soundtrack of the festival. The stage was also filled...

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2015 Leimert Park Village African Art and Music Festival in Los Angeles

Ester Lou of Black & Sexy T.V.

Ester Lou Weithers is ​a 21st century storyteller, eager to write and direct stories that reflect ​the cares of her generation. The daughter of a pastor, Ester learned the power of story at a young age. However, her strict religious upbringing in Houston by her Caribbean immigrant parents prompted her to work in corporate America after leaving Florida A&M University. She flirted with a career...

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Ester Lou of Black & Sexy T.V.

Survivors Remorse

  After venting about the portrayal of dark-skinned black women in Straight Outta Compton, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that all of the female characters in Survivor’s Remorse are played by coffee-colored sisters. I discovered Survivor’s Remorse at the beginning of the second season via a billboard on Sunset and La Brea. I binged-watched all the episodes in Season 1 and then began season...

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Survivors Remorse

LA Uncubed Job Fair/Block Party in Santa Monica

Uncubed returned to Los Angeles, California for another insanely fabulous summer block party in Downtown Santa Monica. The mission: link job seekers in the tech industry with hiring startups. However, Uncubed is not your average boring job fair. LA Uncubed’s day of food trucks, open bar, freebies from every company present, upbeat music, sidewalk art, Pacific Ocean breeze and California sunshine was complemented with presentations...

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LA Uncubed Job Fair/Block Party in Santa Monica

Hollywood Carnival Ready for Bacchanal

Every year, Caribbeans from Jamaica, Barbados, Guyana, The Bahamas, Trinidad & Tobago and many other islands flock to cities like Miami, Boston, Toronto and Big Bad Brooklyn for the carnivals that welcome all expatriates with the colors of paradise and the music that forces your heart to beat in the same rhythm. Here comes Los Angeles, California! June 27th saw Hollywood Boulevard transform into Di...

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Hollywood Carnival Ready for Bacchanal

The Last Jimmy: A Hip Hop Musical

I think a number of the leaders are, whether you like it or not, in the hip-hop generation. And when they understand enough, they’ll do wonders. I count on them. ~ Maya Angelou How do we spread Michelle Alexander’s message about the prison industrial complex which she detailed inhere bestselling book, The New Jim Crow? How do we proliferate discussions and debates that engage our...

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The Last Jimmy: A Hip Hop Musical

Making Money With Thumbtack

To bid or not to bid? This questioned plagued me time and time again as a Thumbtack.com newbie. I’d sit in front of my computer giving my screen the side eye with almost absolute certainty that Thumbtack was a scam! I was sure that Thumbtack had employees submitting fake leads to get unwitting professionals like myself to waste money buying credits to send quotes to...

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Making Money With Thumbtack

I Help Women By Confronting Men

My name is Miss Guilty Pleazures and I sell sex for a living. Well, not in the traditional way; I sell sex toys, confidence, love, romance and exploration. For the past 18 years as the owner of Guilty Pleasures Inc, my main goals have always been to empower women to take control of their own orgasms and to teach men that sex toys are not...

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I Help Women By Confronting Men

Traveling to Aruba With Friends

When my BFF Mia asked if I would be interested in joining her and a group of our friends from Chicago on a trip to Aruba, my only response was, “Umm, is the Pope Catholic?” I think she got the point. I WAS IN!! I don’t know how in 3 years of working in Corporate America, I had somehow “ forgotten” to take a vacation....

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Traveling to Aruba With Friends

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