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Black Hollywood Makes First Ladies High Tea a Star-Studded Affair

Black Hollywood Makes First Ladies High Tea a Star-Studded Affair

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Radio Facts: posttea16Gospel Legend Dr. Bobby Jones, R&B Crooner Kenny Lattimore. First Ladies Honoreees; Marguerite Reeve, Faith Community Church; Judi Wortham-Sauls; Holman United Methodist Church, Ranza Trotter; Morningstar Baptist Church and Linda G. Hodge, Living Praise Christian Center. Stellar Award winner & Grammy nominee Tina Campbell; Mary Mary, Lisa Collins, Founder, First Ladies High Tea & Publisher, LA Focus, renowned actress Lynn Whitfield, OWN’s “Greenleaf”, Adrienne Richard; Global Talent Management, Walmart International and Javier Angulo, Walmart’s Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations. (Left Photo: Tina Campbell and Lynn Whitfield) The 19th L.A. Focus’ First Ladies High Tea held recently at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills was a glorious affair. Over 1,000 attendees were blessed to have witnessed a star-studded event, as the ladies in attendance wore their Sunday Best Hats! Renowned actress Lynn Whitfield received the prestigious Legacy Award and actress Edwina Findley-Dickerson, star of Tyler Perry’s “If Loving You Is Wrong” was presented the Shining Star Award. Powerful performances by Mary Mary’s Tina Campbell, R&B crooner Kenny Lattimore, and vocalist Judith McAllister, as the legendary Dr. Bobby Jones and Dr. Beverly “BAM” Crawford, Pastor of Bible Enrichment Fellowship International Church served as co-hosts for the event. Other celebrity participants included; dynamic actress Rhyon Nicole Brown; Michel’le in Lifetime’s Surviving Compton, Actress Christina Elmore; TNT’s The Last Ship, Actress Alley Mills; The Bold and the Beautiful and TV Personality & Host Claudia Jordan The event honored women and First Ladies who have served the communities well, through their activism and charitable contributions. The First Lady Honorees included: Marguerite Reeve, Faith Community Church; Linda G. Hodge, Living Praise Christian Center; Judi Wortham-Sauls; Holman United Methodist Church and Ranza Trotter; Morningstar Baptist Church.
Black Hollywood Comes Together to Fight the Power 1

Black Hollywood Comes Together to Fight the Power

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Radio Facts: screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-10-18-25-amBlack Hollywood is not standing by on the sidelines when it comes to social justice and the continuous murdering of unarmed Black men by local law enforcement agencies. Last night, they showed up in numbers in front of the CNN building leading the community by storm to stand together in solidarity for social justice. Legendary comedian, Cedric the Entertainer, led the charge for a call-to-action march & rally for Black Hollywood elite to come together to set an example and educate the community providing actual action items for them to take away [such as registering to vote] and make a change after the recent police inflicted murders of the unarmed Terrence Crutcher, Keith Lamont Hill and Alfred Olango. These efforts were organized by brand strategist Steve Jones, Brand Maverick Entertainment--the same organizer of the panel event series The Hollywood Confidential and gathering celebrities to participate in the previous Los Angeles #OccupyCityHall Movement--and strongly supported by model/actress Eva Marcille (America's Next Top Model, Born Again Virgin) and actor Kendrick Sampson (How to Get Away With Murder, The Vampire Diaries,) Tina Knowles-Lawson, Meagan Good, DeVon Franklin, Robi Reed, Jim and Monique Brown, Omar and Keisha Epps and Russell Simmons. Additional celebrities in attendance included Kym Whitley, Claudia Jordan, Elise Neal, and Gabrielle Dennis (Fox's Rosewood.) At the rally, a newly formed non-profit organization was unveiled as the Artistic Alliance for Justice (AAJ). AAJ's mission is to utilize their [celebrities and entertainment influencers] collective resources and individual platforms to amplify initiatives that invoke positive social and political change. In remembrance of why everyone gathered, AAJ welcomed the mothers of police inflicted tragedies to take a moment of silence for the loss of their loved ones including the mothers/grandmothers of Wakeisha Wilson (killed Easter Sunday 2016 by LAPD,) Kendrec McDade (Pasadena City College student killed by Pasadena police in 2012,) and Keith Bursey (killed by LAPD in June 2016 while parked at a convenience store.) AAJ not only rallied together celebrities and the community, but also collaborated with California for Progress (www.californiaforprogress.com), Campaign Zero (JoinCampaignZero.org), Color of Change (www.colorofchange.org) and Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles (www.blacklivesmatter.com). screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-10-18-38-am screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-10-18-53-am screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-10-19-02-am screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-10-19-16-am screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-10-21-27-am  
Black Hollywood Joined the #OccupyCityHall Movement in Support of All Initiatives that aim to Invoke Change 1

Black Hollywood Joined the #OccupyCityHall Movement in Support of All Initiatives that aim to...

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Members of Black Hollywood Joined the #OccupyCityHall Movement in Support of All Initiatives that aim to Invoke Change [caption id="attachment_174549" align="alignnone" width="939"]LOS ANGELES, CA -JULY 17: _ _ _ _ members of Black Hollywood seen at #OccupyCityHall Movement in Support of All Initiatives to Invoke Change on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at City Hall in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by @ArnoldShoots) LOS ANGELES, CA -JULY 17: _ _ _ _ members of Black Hollywood seen at #OccupyCityHall Movement in Support of All Initiatives to Invoke Change on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at City Hall in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by @ArnoldShoots)[/caption] LOS ANGELES, CA -JULY 17: _ _ _ _ members of Black Hollywood seen at #OccupyCityHall Movement in Support of All Initiatives to Invoke Change on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at City Hall in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by @ArnoldShoots) 1.) Photo Credit/Tag In Text at time of post. 2.) To read as: [Photo by @ArnoldShoots] JULY 17, 2016 (LOS ANGELES) - Black Hollywood showed up in numbers this weekend to join in on the #OccupyCityHall movement in an effort to support all initiatives that invoke change. The well-known faces and entertainers came together as one community to utilize their levels of influence and visibility platforms to begin making an impact driving positive messaging for social justice and necessary change. The ongoing #OccupyCityHall movement was sparked as a result of the Los Angeles Police Commission's decision on Tuesday July 12, that the fatal shooting of Redel Jones last year was justified and "in-policy." Jones, an African-American woman who matched the description of a robbery suspect, was shot in an alleyway in South Los Angeles after police say she moved towards and officer holding a knife. According to the Associated Press, approximately 100 protesters marched from the meeting at police headquarters to the Los Angeles City Hall on Tuesday, July 12, where they were denied entry by LAPD. The movement is still in effect, with many of the protesters staying overnight outside the building. Those who were in attendance joining the movement at Los Angeles City Hall yesterday, Sunday, July 17, were Megan Good, DeVon Franklin, Marlon Wayans, Terrence J, Omar Epps, Keisha Epps, Tina Knowles-Lawson, Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker, Kimberly Elise, Chris Spencer, Eva Marcille, Dondre Whitfield, Lance Gross, Affion Crockett, Logan Browning, Kendrick Sampson and Datari Turner. The members of Hollywood brought the overnight protestors food, water and provided words of gratitude, empowerment, encouragement and faith in their actions of banning together in solidarity referencing their celebrity not removing their humanity. “My only desire is to do my part and to be used in anyway possible to help bring about change that is not only desperately needed, but literally a life or death matter." -- Meagan Good "I participated as a way to be part of producing a peaceful solution to the debilitating violence impacting our country. The bridge between the community, law enforcement and Hollywood is critical and we just want to help bring awareness to the issues and highlight productive solutions that can bring about the peace we all desperately need right now." --DeVon Franklin (statement to The Hollywood Reporter) “It is my belief that there is strength in unity and power in numbers. We must heal together, love together, be accountable together and educate/band together in order to eradicate the injustices that plague our community.” -- Keisha Epps “We respect and admire those within the law enforcement community who serve with honor and humanity. But time and time again, we've seen the blatant use of excessive force being used against our fellow citizens (some of which have lost their lives) in unwarranted situations. And time and time again, those police officers aren't held accountable for their unjust actions. We can no longer stand idly or become desensitized by the actions of a few which ruin the lives of many." -Omar Epps   [caption id="attachment_174550" align="alignnone" width="939"]LOS ANGELES, CA -JULY 17: _ _ _ _ members of Black Hollywood seen at #OccupyCityHall Movement in Support of All Initiatives to Invoke Change on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at City Hall in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by @ArnoldShoots) LOS ANGELES, CA -JULY 17: _ _ _ _ members of Black Hollywood seen at #OccupyCityHall Movement in Support of All Initiatives to Invoke Change on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at City Hall in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by @ArnoldShoots)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_174551" align="alignnone" width="939"]LOS ANGELES, CA -JULY 17: _ _ _ _ members of Black Hollywood seen at #OccupyCityHall Movement in Support of All Initiatives to Invoke Change on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at City Hall in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by @ArnoldShoots) LOS ANGELES, CA -JULY 17: _ _ _ _ members of Black Hollywood seen at #OccupyCityHall Movement in Support of All Initiatives to Invoke Change on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at City Hall in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by @ArnoldShoots)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_174552" align="alignnone" width="939"]LOS ANGELES, CA -JULY 17: _ _ _ _ members of Black Hollywood seen at #OccupyCityHall Movement in Support of All Initiatives to Invoke Change on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at City Hall in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by @ArnoldShoots) LOS ANGELES, CA -JULY 17: _ _ _ _ members of Black Hollywood seen at #OccupyCityHall Movement in Support of All Initiatives to Invoke Change on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at City Hall in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by @ArnoldShoots)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_174553" align="alignnone" width="939"]LOS ANGELES, CA -JULY 17: _ _ _ _ members of Black Hollywood seen at #OccupyCityHall Movement in Support of All Initiatives to Invoke Change on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at City Hall in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by @ArnoldShoots) LOS ANGELES, CA -JULY 17: _ _ _ _ members of Black Hollywood seen at #OccupyCityHall Movement in Support of All Initiatives to Invoke Change on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at City Hall in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by @ArnoldShoots)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_174554" align="alignnone" width="939"]LOS ANGELES, CA -JULY 17: _ _ _ _ members of Black Hollywood seen at #OccupyCityHall Movement in Support of All Initiatives to Invoke Change on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at City Hall in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by @ArnoldShoots) LOS ANGELES, CA -JULY 17: _ _ _ _ members of Black Hollywood seen at #OccupyCityHall Movement in Support of All Initiatives to Invoke Change on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at City Hall in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by @ArnoldShoots)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_174555" align="alignnone" width="939"]LOS ANGELES, CA -JULY 17: _ _ _ _ members of Black Hollywood seen at #OccupyCityHall Movement in Support of All Initiatives to Invoke Change on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at City Hall in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by @ArnoldShoots) LOS ANGELES, CA -JULY 17: _ _ _ _ members of Black Hollywood seen at #OccupyCityHall Movement in Support of All Initiatives to Invoke Change on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at City Hall in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by @ArnoldShoots)[/caption] LOS ANGELES, CA -JULY 17: _ _ _ _ members of Black Hollywood seen at #OccupyCityHall Movement in Support of All Initiatives to Invoke Change on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at City Hall in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by @ArnoldShoots)
The Best Man Holiday Best Men Talk the State of Black Hollywood 2

The Best Man Holiday Best Men Talk the State of Black Hollywood

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Radio Facts: The Best Man Holiday men consisting of Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Terrance Howard, and Harold Perrineau chopped it up with Arsenio Hall about the current state of Black Hollywood. As Taye Diggs once questioned, "Are Black actors slaves in a system they don't control?"  

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