Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tom Burrell on TV Brainwashing of African Americans

Advertising Legend Tom Burrell of Burrell Communications discusses his book BRAINWASHED: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority & the effects of TV brainwashing of African Americans during the Leimert Book Fair at EsoWon Books.

LAPD Using Threats, Citations & Arrests to Keep Performers off Hollywood

LAPD has issued a verbal ban on all characters and street performers. Although there is no official law on the books to enforce it. Because of a few bad apples, the LAPD and the city have wiped out all performers on Hollywood Blvd. To enforce the ban, the LAPD has used threats, bogus citations of loitering and arrests to get their point across. City Councilman Eric Garcetti who is responsible for Hollywood & Highland has denied numerous attempts to open a dialogue or to speak on the matter. Needless to say, I will not be voting for him in any capacity again.

Rickey Minor Has A Major Day at the Leimert Book Fair

Rickey Minor former band leader for American Idol and now making music for the Tonight Show with Jay Leno received a warm welcome at the Leimert Book Fair with his book “There's No Traffic on the Extra Mile”.

Kim Wayans Multi-Talented Sister

Kim Wayans authoress of Amy Hodgepodge children's book series is also an actress, comedian and playwright. Ms. Wayans was a big hit at the Leimert Book Fair. Kim read to the kids, took photos with fans and autographed her books.

Pulitzer Prize Winner for Non-Fiction Douglas A. Blackmon's Slavery by Another Name

I was minding my own business just covering the Leimert Book Fair when I had to put down my camera and just listen to the stories from "Slavery By Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II" by Douglas A. Blackmon.
I started to feel sick and I went over to someone backstage and said I was getting really mad listening to Douglas speak about the injustice and incarceration of so many Blacks in America. My friend reminded me to breath and he said it was the truth and the truth was painful. I had to excuse myself and I wept. Later I told Mr. Blackmon, thank you so much for making me cry and wanting a drink. I also thanked him for having the balls to write such an important book. "Slavery By Another Name" by Douglas A. Blackmon is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the history of America.

NeNe Leakes At the Leimert Park Book Fair: Never Make The Same Mistake Twice

NeNe Leakes of Real Housewives of Atlanta worked the stage as well as her shoes at the Leimert Park Book Fair. NeNe discussed her book "Never Make The Same Mistake Twice" and answered questions from the audience.

Legendary Actor and Gentleman: Lou Gossett Jr. Attends the Leimert Book Fair

What a class act. Lou Gossett Jr. blew me away with his stories and his hope for the next generation. Thank you Lou, for all your great work, your wisdom and your humor. I can't say enough about this man. But I will add the video soon to give you a glimpse of how inspiring this man is. I live to shoot stories like the ones that Mr. Gossett shared. Lou Gossett Jr. was the crown jewel of the Leimert Book Fair.

Omar Miller of CSI: Miami Supports His Friend G-Dub

Omar Miller super sweet and super tall came out to the Leimert Book Fair on Saturday to support his long time friend, Ghalee "G-Dub" Wadood, who is the author of "BLOOD CUZZINS" . Look for Omar Miller in the Sorcerer's Apprentice.

Nate Parker Proud New Poppa Visits the Leimert Book Fair

Handsome young actor and proud new dad, Nate Parker took time out of his busy schedule to attend the 4th Annual Leimert Book Fair on Saturday. Nate who has appeared in films such as The Great Debaters, Blood Done Sign My Name and The Secret Life of Bees is following in the line of Ossie Davis making good quality movies.

NeNe Leakes Tries To Be Sweet at Compartes Chocolatier

NeNe Leakes dished out the drama and the chocolate Friday at the uber chic Compartes Chocolatier located at 912 South Barrington Avenue in Brentwood. With a new attitude and a new hair du, NeNe was full of fun.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Grey's Anatomy Chandra Wilson

Lovely Chandra Wilson was recently seen at the Ivy. Wilson said she was on hiatus from the ABC drama Gray's Anatomy.