Monday, July 21, 2014

National Congress of Black Women Luncheon Set

Los Angeles Chapter Of The National Congress Of Black Women

Honoring Those Making A Difference In The Community
Awards and Scholarship Luncheon

Saturday, August 16

LOS ANGELES, CA – Saturday, August 16, 2014, will be an afternoon of delectable dishes, fabulous friends, and highly esteemed honorees and guests as the National Congress of Black Women, Incorporated, Los Angeles Chapter hosts its Fifth Year Anniversary Awards and Scholarship Luncheon.  The celebration begins at 11:00 AM with a reception and silent auction at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles, 506 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90071.  The luncheon “Honoring Those Making a Difference” in our communities immediately follows at noon. Connie Turner, Public Affairs Regional Manager of Southern California Edison; Mike Harriel, Public Affairs Regional Manager of Southern California Gas; and Stephanie D. Wilson, Astronaut, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are being recognized for their commitment to serving our communities. Linda Clemons, Global Sales and Body Language Expert and National Congress of Black Women, Inc., Board Member, is the Keynote Speaker; and Reverend Omarosa Manigault, Media Personality, will serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies. 

Mike Harriel, Public Affairs Regional Manager 
of Southern California Gas

  Connie Turner, Public Affairs Regional Manager 
of Southern California Edison

For thirty years, the National Congress of Black Women, Incorporated has operated nationally and internationally as a nonprofit 501(c)(3).  In 2009, the Los Angeles Chapter was founded, joining the fight to improve our communities through educational, economic and cultural development of African American women and their families.    Annually, the organization is able to offer scholarships to local students and works towards achieving program initiatives through its partnerships and fundraising opportunities such as the annual luncheon. 

On August 16th, the members of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Congress of Black Women, Inc., their honored guests, and community supporters are gathering to celebrate the successes of the past while fundraising in preparation for the challenges of the future. “There will be opportunities to bid on exclusive auction items, meet and mingle with the honorees and sponsors, enjoy live music entertainment by Royalty Project and much more! Not only are we inviting everyone to come out and have a great time, but the proceeds from this major fundraising event allows us to continue offering unparalleled programs and services in our communities,” proclaims Judy Matthews, Chair.  For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (800) 895-3180 or visit the website


Diana Gibson Of Fountain Theatre Passes At 69

LOS ANGELES (July 21, 2014) — Producer, writer, director, actress and longtime subscriptions director at the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles, Diana Moore Gibson passed away on Thursday, July 17 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from multiple complications following pneumonia. She was 69.

Born Nov. 11, 1944 in Des Moines, Iowa, Diana moved to Los Angeles to attend USC, where she earned MFAs in both Painting and Drama and was the recipient of the prestigious Cole Porter Award.

She was a member of and performed with the USC-USA Festival Theatre Company, for which she wrote and directed two folk-rock musicals that went on to tour internationally: The Word, based on the Old Testament, was performed at the Jeanetta Cochran Theatre in London and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; and Words and Pictures, about the history of art, toured to nine American Houses in Germany, the Cambridge Arts Theatre in England and the Edinburgh Fringe. She also wrote the musical Cinderelle, an adaptation of the Cinderella story, which was directed by Jack Bender at USC and at the Los Angeles Performing Arts Festival at Barnsdall Park, and Baby Steps, a collection of one-acts that was directed by Kevin Tighe at Hollywood’s MET Theatre in 1983.

Ms. Gibson joined Ted Schmitt at the Cast Theatre in Hollywood in 1986, where she served as associate artistic director until 1989, then as artistic director from 1989-1999. Highlights of her decade-long tenure include Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award-winning world premieres of David Steen's Avenue A and Melody Jones by Dan Gerrity and Jeremy Lawrence, as well as ten acclaimed world premieres by playwright Justin Tanner.

In 1999, Diana joined the Fountain Theatre as subscriptions director, a position she claimed to enjoy “more than any of those [previous positions].” She frequently referred to Fountain staff and subscribers as “a magical group of people.” A continual presence in the Fountain lobby, she knew the majority of the Fountain's 1500 subscribers, “her members,” by name, and remembered the names of their spouses and children as well. Known for her gruff, straight-talking manner and acerbic sense of humor, she often said how much she enjoyed chatting with subscribers, both on the phone and in the Fountain lobby.

She is survived by her sister Julie Gibson Josephson, brother-in-law Steve Josephson and niece Kira Moore Josephson.

The Fountain Theatre has established the Diana Gibson Subscriber Fund, to provide Fountain subscriptions to low-income students and seniors.

A memorial to honor Diana’s life and accomplishments will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2 at 1 p.m. at the Fountain Theatre. For more information and to RSVP, email  or call (323) 663-1525.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

'The Brothers Size' Has Many Dimensions

By Darlene Donloe

There is a lot of intensity in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brothers Size.

Set in San Pere, Louisiana, near the Bayou, the show starts off hot and increases its intensity as the show progresses.  That’s because the show hits on all cylinders. The acting, directing, set design and the dialogue are all on point – making this incredibly poignant, emotional and intense production a must see.

The riveting show feels humid and sticky and is steeped with affecting music and a Southern tempo. It’s an intimate look inside the relationship of two brothers who love each other, but who live very different lives.  It’s a moving, full story about love and sorrow.  McCraney once again uses his signature style of having the actors speak the stage directions and then perform them. It works!

Oshoosi Size (Matthew Hancock) is the recently paroled younger brother of Ogun Size (Gilbert Glenn Brown). Determined to turn his life around without constantly being reminded of his previous transgressions, Oshoosi, grudgingly begins working at his brother’s auto repair shop.

Enter Elegba (Theo Perkins), Oshoosi’s friend and former fellow inmate. Elegba begins to plant things in Oshoosi’s brain to confuse him and cause him to possibly make a detour on his road to discovery and recovery.  Elegba would prefer Oshoosi continue his errant ways. The result leaves Oshoosi torn between his brother, his allegiance and his dreams.

The characters’ first names are deities from West African Yoruba mythology.

 (l-r) Gilbert Glenn Brown, Matthew Hancock (seated) and Theo Perkins

This is the kind of show that invades your soul and stays in the gut long after the curtain falls. It’s so well done it leaves the audience wanting more. What happens after the show is over?  In this one-act, 90 minutes production the audience becomes fully invested in these characters.  McCraney has written well-defined, unique, mysterious and engaging characters.

The acting by all three actors is superb. Brown is intense and absorbing. Hancock is brilliant and Perkins is titillating.

Brown and Hancock are convincing as brothers who have a turbulent, yet loving relationship.  They have several magnetic scenes together. A standout is when the brothers listen to and then sing Percy Sledge’s Try a Little Tenderness.

Shirley Jo Finney has directed a gem. Her direction is fluid and controlled.

The Brothers Size is not only a standout, it’s one of the best productions of the season.

This Los Angeles premiere is the second play in  McCraney’s Brother/Sister Plays.  The first was In the Red and Brown Water and the third is Marcus: Or The Secret of Sweet.

The Brothers Size is written by Tarell Alvin McCraney, directed by Shirley Jo Finney and stars Gilbert Glenn Brown, Matthew Hancock and Theodore Perkins.

On the DONLOE SCALE: D (don’t bother), O (oh, no), N (needs work), L (likeable), O (OK) and E (excellent), The Brothers Size gets an E (excellent).

The Brothers Size, The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles, CA  90029; 8 p.m. Wed.-Sat, 2 p.m. Sun through Sept. 14; $25-$34; 323 663-1525 or

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Grand Opening Of Roscoe's Media Center

By Darlene Donloe
It was standing room only at the Brownstone Bistro for the grand opening of Roscoe’s Media Center. Celebrities, politicians and community leaders came out in support of Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles’ owner Herb Hudson’s community media center. 

The not-for-profit Roscoe's Media Center is a state-of-the-art broadcast and media center located in the Los Angeles community that offers quality broadcast service and audio/voice-over production and internet radio. The Center is housed on the second floor of the Brownstone Bistro, which is across the street from the legendary Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles restaurant on Pico Boulevard. (

 Lawrence Hilton Jacobs

“This is the best,” said actor Lawrence Hilton Jacobs (Welcome Back Kotter) about the media center. “You can come here, record. Plus, you’re near Roscoe’s. It’s a nice place. The best part is that it’s in the community.”

“This is a chance to showcase soulful music with the world and welcome them into our family,” said Prince Blackman, known as the Voice of Roscoe's. “This is a blessing.”

 Prince Blackman

 Ellia English

“What an opportunity,” said Ellia English, who starred on The Jamie Foxx Show. “This is such a fabulous opportunity in the community. It gives folks a chance to see behind the scenes.”


Celebrities on hand included Jacobs, English, Master P, John Wilson (Grammy winner), Ralph Henderson (Senior VP & NBA players association senior Vice President of Finance), Kathleen Bradley, Ernest Harden Jr. (The Jeffersons), Felix Giles – NASCAR off road,  Los Angeles Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, singer Shire (Gun Hill), Chef Greg King owner of the food truck (Postcards: Central American Soul Food), artist, actor and model Aamir Ali and gospel artist Al Mac Will.

Attendees feasted on, what else, chicken, waffles, prime rib, mac n cheese, meatballs, artichokes, chips and salad). Pit Bull flowed freely.

The Roscoe’s Media Center is located at The Brownstone Bistro, 5047 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, 90019.



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Entertainers Basketball Classic Set For July 27th

Hosted By Power 105.1’s Breakfast Club & DJ Clue,
The EBC America Celebrity Basketball Challenge Will Feature Performances by
Fabolous, Wale, French Montana, Big Sean and some of
Basketball’s Biggest Names
New York, NY, (July 16, 2014) — It was announced today that The Entertainers Basketball Classic Inc., (EBC) — the most recognizable streetball tournament in the world — and LineRocket Entertainment present the EBC America Celebrity Basketball Challenge, featuring four celebrity-coached teams by hip hop artists Fabolous, Wale and recently added, Kendrick Lamar and French Montana. Hosted by Power 105.1’s Breakfast Club & DJ Clue, the famous streetball tournament will bring its non-stop action-packed version of basketball from Rucker Park in Harlem to Brooklyn’s own Barclays Center on Sunday, July 27th, 2014. Tipping off at 4 p.m., the celebrity basketball challenge will also feature live performances by Fabolous, Wale, French Montana, Big Sean and more.
“The Entertainers Basketball Classic at Rucker Park has been a breeding ground for some of the best and authentic streetball players in the world,” says EBC Founder Greg Marius. “This Barclays Center event will take what we do everyday in the summer for 2,000 people at Rucker Park to an unimaginable level at an NBA arena. With Fabolous, Wale, Kendrick Lamar and French Montana as celebrity coaches, July 27th at Barclays Center will be an unforgettable night of streetball and entertainment. It’s go hard or go home!” 
The EBC America Celebrity Basketball Challenge will feature four celebrity-coached teams, from  major cities, each trying to prove its city has the best basketball players. Each team will have three to five professionals and seven streetball players representing its city. There will be two semi-final games, as well as the championship for bragging rights, so the fans get to see three games for the price of one.
The EBC America Celebrity Basketball Challenge 2014 features Wale’s Team DMV (DC/ Maryland/ Virginia) vs. French Montana’s Team Montana; and Fabolous’ Team Fabolous vs. Kendrick Lamar’s Team LA. The final two teams will square off in the championship game.
Wale’s Team DMV vs. French Montana’s Team Montana
Fabolous’ Team Fabolous vs. Kendrick Lamar’s Team LA
Championship Game
Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased online via Ticketmaster, by visiting or, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets will also be available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center beginning Saturday, June 21 at noon, if tickets are still available.
This year, the EBC America Celebrity Basketball Challenge promises to bring out the best of the best celebrity coached teams and surprise appearances by some of the biggest names in music and professional basketball.  Last year at the EBC in Rucker Park, special appearances included: NBA All-stars Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, David Lee of the Golden State Warriors, Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets, Tyreke Evans of the New Orleans Pelicans, Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Hornets and retired NBA players Shaquille O’Neal and Shawn Kemp. Also attending last year was newly appointed NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, a long time tournament supporter. Musical artists and celebrities who made appearances last year and coached basketball teams included Rick Ross, R. Kelly, Yo Gotti, 2 Chainz, Fabolous, Fat Joe, Waka Flocka, Troy Ave, Vado, Swizz Beatz and Daymond John of ABC’s “Shark Tank.”
About The EBC:
The Entertainers Basketball Classic was founded by Greg Marius in 1982 in Harlem, NY and is one of the most recognizable streetball tournaments in the world. The EBC Tournament features a Men’s and Women’s division, as well as AAU Youth divisions.  The Men’s division is one of only a few tournaments in New York to be sanctioned by the NBA and the NCAA.  The EBC has played host to a lineup of A-list celebrities, athletes and politicians, including former President Bill Clinton, former NBA Commissioner David Stern, Denzel Washington, BeyoncĂ©, Lebron James, David Duchovny, Michael Rappaport and music superstars who have been EBC team owners or celebrity coaches such as Jay-Z, Mary J.Blige, Alicia Keys, P.Diddy, Fat Joe, and Jermaine Dupri, among others.  Throughout the years the tournament has attracted fans from all over the world and included more than 30 NBA professionals who have played in the EBC tournament such as Kevin Durant, David Lee, Kyrie Irving, Tyreke Evans, Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Kevin Garnett, Stephon Marbury, Baron Davis, Vince Carter, Kenyon Martin, Ron Artest, and more.

Atlanta's Hip-Hop Artist, Blu, Releases New Music

July 16, 2014 (Los Angeles, CA) – Atlanta’s hip-hop artist, Blu, is releasing new music. In September, Blu is releasing his hit song, “Gon Head” along with four other songs on MVMNT Music.

Blu is Free’s music is hip-hop focused but driven by true musicianship. Blu prefers to perform with his band. What’s best is, instrumentation, rather than programs and electronics drive his music. Blu’s music is not conscious, it is not political, and yet it’s music that speaks to you about the everyday issues – positive and negatives that people face in life. He also focuses on the entertainment factor. When it comes to showmanship, he exploits a stage like James Brown or Prince. He prefers guitars, bass, drums, horns, and vocalist on stage with him rather than a DJ and hypeman. It’s a show for grown and mature ears, one that will fill your ears, eyes and soul with “Feel Good” vibes. 

Blue said he wants his music, "To Change one life for the better, maybe with a lyric or song."

Blu is hittin' with “Gon’ Head”, “All Around” and “Get It How You Live,” songs that reveal who he is.

Blu is a songwriter, producer, performer and entrepreneur.  In 2013 he started: The MVMNT. He did so that not only he, but other artist, entertainers, composers, writers and producers could have a space and place to create a sound that is derived from the GREATS and that will THRIVE in the present.

Links to songs

Single: Gon’ Head

All Around

Monday, July 14, 2014

CNBC Announces Fall Primetime Lineup

CNBC to Air ‘Shark Tank’ Monday - Friday in September
CNBC Greenlights Third Season of ‘The Car Chasers’ and Announces Premiere Dates for ‘The Profit’ and ‘The Filthy Rich Guide’

LOS ANGELES, CA & ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — July 14, 2014 — CNBC − the fastest-growing cable network among P18-49 and P25-54 in primetime − today unveiled its fall primetime programming lineup which includes CNBC’s popular original series  THE PROFIT and THE CAR CHASERS  and new original THE FILTHY RICH GUIDE.  The network also announced expanded plans to air its exclusive off-network cable run of ABC’s SHARK TANK Monday through Friday beginning September 22ndSHARK TANK currently airs Tuesdays (“Shark Tank Tuesdays”) at 8 & 9 pm ET/PT on CNBC.  The announcements were made today by Jim Ackerman, Senior Vice President of Primetime Alternative, CNBC.

“‘The Profit’ and ‘Shark Tank’ have helped transform CNBC’s Tuesday night lineup into appointment television and also delivered a younger audience to the network in primetime,” said Ackerman.  “Our robust fall lineup speaks to our commitment to building on this positive momentum.”

New and Returning Original Series:
THE FILTHY RICH GUIDE, a new series to join the primetime lineup, premieres Wednesday, October 1st at 10PM ET/PT and consists of five half-hour episodes.  THE FILTHY RICH GUIDE is a fun, fast-paced guide that catalogues the ways in which the .01 percent spend their money.  The series is an insider look at a world where party never ends, the cash flow doesn't stop, and the hi-tech toys are the biggest and most expensive in the world. From secret worlds, to outrageous mansions, to private islands, it's the Filthy Rich Guide to the best that (a ridiculous amount of) money can buy. THE FILTHY RICH GUIDE is produced for CNBC by Leopard USA with Dave Hamilton and Dan Taberski serving as executive producers.

THE PROFIT returns Tuesday, October 14 at 10PM ET/PT with 10 new episodes including a special follow-up episode on many of the businesses from seasons one and two.  THE PROFIT follows self-made millionaire and serial entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis as he saves struggling businesses while investing his own cash in the process. Over 14 episodes, Marcus Lemonis has invested more than $7 million in small businesses featured on the series.   In the new episodes, Lemonis meets with businesses across the country including a coffee company in Greenville, SC, a clothing label from New York, NY and a sports novelty business in Coopersburg, PA, among others. THE PROFIT is produced for CNBC by Machete Productions with Amber Mazzola serving as executive producer.

THE CAR CHASERS has been renewed for a third season premiering Wednesday, November 5th at 10PM ET/PT.  One of the first reality series to debut on CNBC, THE CAR CHASERS takes viewers into the world of car flipping.  Set in Lubbock, Texas, Jeff Allen, Meg Bailey and the “Flat 12” team return with 16 new half-hour episodes and plenty of wheeling and dealing. THE CAR CHASERS is produced for CNBC by ITV Studios America with Tom Greenhut serving as executive producer.

About CNBC:
With CNBC in the U.S., CNBC in Asia Pacific, CNBC in Europe, Middle East and Africa, CNBC World and CNBC HD , CNBC is the recognized world leader in business news and provides real-time financial market coverage and business information to approximately 371 million homes worldwide, including more than 100 million households in the United States and Canada. CNBC also provides daily business updates to 400 million households across China. The network's 15 live hours a day of business programming in North America (weekdays from 4:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. ET) is produced at CNBC's global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., and includes reports from CNBC News bureaus worldwide. CNBC at night features a mix of new reality programming, CNBC’s highly successful series produced exclusively for CNBC and a number of distinctive in-house documentaries.

CNBC also has a vast portfolio of digital products which deliver real-time financial market news and information across a variety of platforms. These include, the online destination for global business; CNBC PRO, the premium, integrated desktop/mobile service that provides real-time global market data and live access to CNBC global programming; and a suite of CNBC Mobile products including the CNBC Real-Time iPhone and iPad Apps.