Sandra Evers-Manly

Reel Black Men Film Showcase Features Director Michael Schultz

Schultz salutes 2023 film directors, Maurice J. Irvin will host, David Massey and Juel Taylor will be presenters   Michael Schultz, a critically acclaimed director and producer, will be a special guest at the 25th Annual Reel Black Men Short Film Showcase opening night celebration on Thursday, September 22, at 7:30 p.m., at the Regal Theater, LA LIVE. Talented actor and director Maurice J. Irvin will serve as the host. “We are exceptionally proud to have these two amazing men and friends of the BHERC join us for this great celebration,” said BHERC Executive Director and Director of Festival Operations

BHERC Hosts 30th Annual ‘Sistas’ Short Film Showcase and Festival

The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) will host the 30th Anniversary of Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves Short Film Showcase and Virtual Film Festival on Friday, May 19, through Sunday, May 21, at the Directors Guild of America, 7920 Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles. The event will be streamed at BHERC.TV from May 22-31.

Legends Awards Salute Trailblazing Black Women

The Black Women Legends Awards will be presented to five accomplished African Americans at the “Power, Leadership and Influence of the Black Woman” luncheon on April 15. The achievements of the recipients are equaled by the attainments of the women for whom the Black Women Legends Awards are named – described as trailblazers who broke down barriers. 

Faith Film Festival Closes with Pastors’ Film Review & Roundtable

  Local Pastors, community leaders and clergy announce their film picks from this year’s Faith-based Film Festival. The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) extended the 2nd Annual BHERC Faith-Based & Inspirational Film Festival (FBIFF) through Sunday, October 3, to allow additional access and viewing of the films. Curated from 1,000+ entries from across the globe, the selection committee programmed 34 films for this year’s festival. Initially scheduled to be a hybrid event, the rise in the Delta variant of the COVID – 19 virus led to the festival being held online and currently streaming 24/7 on www.BHERC.TV. To obtain festival tickets,

Urban League Hosts ‘100 Years of Black History in L.A.’

Achieving a century of progress is not easy, but the Los Angeles Urban League (LAUL) defied the odds by celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Founded in 1921, the heralded organization has made a huge impact for the last 10 decades by promoting business opportunities, training and development and coalition building on behalf of African Americans.

Till Victory Is Won

As I examine Black History Month 2021, and what may be accomplished during the shortest month of the year, I am reminded of a special song that continues to motivate generations since the late 1890’s. First commissioned as a poem, “Life Every Voice and Sing” was written by James Weldon Johnson, Principal of the segregated Stanton School in Jacksonville, Florida.

President Sandra Evers-Manly Talks About BHERC Complete Program for the 26th Annual African American Film Marketplace & S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase Oct. 23 to Nov. 29, 2020

Ms. Sandra J. Evers-Manly is president of the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC), and former president of the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP in Los Angeles, California. Evers-Manly is the cousin of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers. She is author of the book “Raided Up By Mrs. Manly and Her L’s” and ardent philanthropist and recent member of the 2020 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Academy.


The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) “Operation Love” volunteer team members welcomed a steady flow of donors Sunday, May 24  from 1:00 to 3:00PM.  Their goal for this day, was to gather 100 blankets that they would in turn distribute to the homeless the following week.  What they could not anticipate, was the outpour and steady march of vehicles and face masked pedestrians that pushed that goal to an unbelievable 1121 blankets. In addition, monetary donations for the purchase of additional blankets were collected as well.


On April 29, 1992, Ward Economic Development Corp (WEDC) had just completed its first housing development – Ward Villas (WV).  In the first month, neighbors – even those who were skeptical about who would move into affordable housing – came to help us protect the newly completed 90,000 + square ft. state of the art complex from being burned or looted.  People of good will provided staples, helped to “man” the fire hoses, stood guard, help residents feel comfortable, setting in place a close community relatedness that has lasted over these last 29 years.