LA FILM FESTIVAL 2017: WHITNEY: CAN I BE ME

  Once upon a time, I was a music publicist and had the distinction of meeting Whitney Houston.  The Whitney Houston I met , was a fun-loving kind generous home-girl from New Jersey , who loved her friends and family hard.  She was a loyal as they come.  This particular day, Whitney came out to…

OUT OF STATE

When most people think about the island of Hawaii, thoughts of hula dancers, exotic drinks, sparkling oceans and sprawling beaches come to mind.  When I think of Hawaii, I remember a time as a young child on the island of Kailua playing with my Mom and Dad on the beach, awaiting the birth of my…

SKID ROW MARATHON

When one thinks about skid row, the last thing that would come to mind is running through the streets of Los Angeles to prepare for a marathon half way around the world. The Honorable Judge Craig Matthews spends his entire day sentencing convicted criminals from the Los Angeles Superior Court.  When he invites these skid…

BLOOD ROAD

Like so many in the U.S., my father was a Marine who served his country in Vietnam.  While he was away, he sent letters and reel-to-reel tapes to me, My Mom and my brother letting us in on his adventures, his fears and his never-ending love for us.  Daddy was one of millions of men…

THE FREEDOM TO MARRY

In 1983, very few gay organizations were making progress when AIDS hit.  AIDS shattered the silence about Gay people’s lives and many were uneducated about what caused the disease, how it was contracted and what could be done to eradicate it or stop it from spreading and killing millions of lives. Around that same time,…

POLITICAL ANIMALS

POLITICAL ANIMALS Prop 13 continues to be in the forefront of the LGBT community for some states.  Why?  There are just some people on this earth who think same-sex marriages should not be allowed.  These are more than likely the same people who thought interracial marriage was a fate worse than death. However, four openly…

I AM HEATH LEDGER

Sometimes people break through because of one thing….their voice, masculinity or body.  Heath Ledger had all this things in spades. Debuting at the Tribeca Film Festival last month, I Am Heath Ledger chronicles the young Oscar winner’s brief life in his own words through home movies and the testimony of those closest to him. Described…

COPWATCH

This year marks the 25th year of the riots in Los Angeles, which were a direct result of the Rodney King beating on March 3, 1991.  That beating just like the police brutality against Michael Brown, Eric Garner and so many more lives were captured on tape by innocent bystanders. Do we ever wonder what…

Trumped: Inside The Greatest Political Upset of All Time

  When the 2016 Presidential Election took place, my Mom and I went to vote together because we were confident the glass ceiling would be shattered by electing Hillary Clinton as President of the United States. Even when things began to take a turn for the worst, I was assured I would awaken to fantastic…

LET IT FALL

A few months ago, during a horrible rainstorm my GPS gave me shortcut that landed me in a park in the dark.  Feverishly driving to get out and get home safely, I was abruptly pulled over the “park police”.  As a resident of Los Angeles and with racial tensions at an all time high across…

Tribeca Film Festival 2017 – For Ahkeem

I am a native of St. Louis, Missouri.  The city I grew up in you could leave your car unlocked.  You could leave your front door open.  The whole neighborhood would be our babysitter and our disciplinarian when my Mom had to work or go to school. Holidays were spent with family driving all over…

United Shades of America

I became acutely aware of Bell when I stumbled upon his episode and interview with the Imperial Wizard of the KKK during his first season. I thought anyone brave and bold enough to have that conversation has my full and undivided attention.