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Emmy-Winning Composer and Pianist Kris Bowers Discusses his Journey and Latest Concerto Debuting at Walt Disney Hall
February 7, 2020
The American Youth Symphony (AYS), in part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sounds About Town series will give the world premiere of Los Angeles native and Emmy award-winning composer and pianist Kris Bowers’s new violin concerto. Debuting February 8, 2020, at Walt Disney Hall, the piece played by violinist and former classmate Charles Yang titled For A Younger Self is an ode to Bowers’s younger self and their careers at Juilliard. ... read more »
The Blackhouse Foundation and Strayer University Name Donald Dankwa Brooks Winner of Scriptwriter Competition to Bring Real Perspectives on Criminal Justice to the Classroom
February 7, 2020
On Friday, after opening with the Inaugural Blackhouse Black Entertainment Critics Kickoff Breakfast, The Blackhouse Foundation joined Strayer Studios for ScriptED: Bring Learning to Life, the culmination of a nationwide competition to discover a talented, up-and-coming scriptwriter who can help bring real perspectives to Strayer’s Criminal Justice program. In an exciting and surprising twist, Karl McDonnell, CEO of Strategic Education, Inc. (SEI), the parent company of Strayer University, increased the prize awarded to scriptwriter contest winner Donald Dankwa Brooks from $10,000 to $25,000 and offered the remaining four finalists $10, 000 each. ... read more »
Media Pioneer and Tech Businessman Clayton Banks on Increasing Our Value in The Digital Economy
January 9, 2020
California born businessman Clayton Banks was an excited teen going to visit his brother at his UCLA dorm, he says, when he first encountered racism. “I was walking along and a car came by and someone yelled the N-word. I was just so appalled. I freaked out. I mean,” he paused at the memory, “I was really flabbergasted.” After he processed the incident Banks says he realized, “It had nothing to do with me. It was their ignorance.” ... read more »
“Hitsville: The Making of Motown” Premieres in Los Angeles, Reinforcing the Legacy of Berry Gordy’s Iconic Label
August 15, 2019
Many of Motown’s biggest icons were in attendance at the premiere of Showtime’s latest documentary, “Hitsville: the Making of Motown,” last Thursday, August 8 at the Harmony Gold Theater in Los Angeles. Unforgettable stars such as Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Thelma Houston and former Vandellas member Betty Kelly graced the red carpet alongside legendary producer William “Mickey” Stevenson, songwriter Janie Bradford, and of course, members of the Gordy family. ... read more »
‘I see it first and then I make it happen’— Michael Beasley
February 1, 2019
You may not know his name but it’s a good chance that you know actor Michael Beasley by his face, and it’s a nice face even when he has three teardrops painted under his eye, a mark charting the number of people that he murdered.  In real life, Beasley is a 6’3’’ lovable teddy bear.  ... read more »
Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury Fight Invigorates Boxing with Controversial Draw Decision
December 4, 2018
Tyson Fury, the 256½-pound Englishman, was laid out on his back panting as Deontay Wilder engaged in a victory dance in the twelfth round of their match at Staples Center on Saturday night. The fight was over by knockout, or so the world thought. As the referee counted, Fury got up. The crowd collectively gasped. ... read more »
LeBron James Set to Deliver “Shut Up and Dribble” Docu-Series on Showtime
August 7, 2018
LeBron James continues to advocate for blacks and this time it will be in the form of a three-part documentary series on the changing role of athletes in the current political environment. ... read more »
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