Forescee Hogan Rowles Sets Her Sights On 8th District
Nov04

Forescee Hogan Rowles Sets Her Sights On 8th District

A margin of less than one percentage point is all that stood between Forescee Hogan-Rowles and what could have been a forced run-off with sitting Councilman Bernard Parks for the District 8 Council seat back in 2011.

Many said the oh so tight race—one of the most-watched in the city— was a referendum on Parks. But others were impressed by the mark Hogan-Rowles made on the city’s political scene with the impressive showing.

One On One: Nate Parker
Nov04

One On One: Nate Parker

Growing up poor in Virginia, Nate Parker had one goal: a college education that would bring a job he could support his family on. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma, fate took over when an agent approached Parker, which prompted Parker to move to L.A. In less than a week he acquired representation with one of the top ten agencies in the city and three months later, he’d landed his first job—a guest stint on CBS’ “Cold Case”—and he hasn’t stopped working. From his role of troubled star debater in “The Great Debaters,” to Alicia Keyes’ love interest in “The Secret Life Of Bees,” to portraying the first NAACP President Ben Chavis in “Blood Done Sign My Name,” and starring in George Lucas’ film “Red Tails,” the married father of three leans toward playing strong black characters that provide a positive male image. This month, Parker stars alongside up-and-coming British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw in “Beyond The Lights.”

Community Leaders Tout Prop 47 As Key Step in Prison Reform
Nov04

Community Leaders Tout Prop 47 As Key Step in Prison Reform

As the November 4th election date nears, no legislation has drawn more input from the black community than Proposition 47, also called the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act. The law would allow criminals with smaller charges, like petty theft, shoplifting, and writing bad checks, to appeal their sentence. In return, the state would use the money saved to reinvest in Los Angeles schools.
Leaders from across Los Angeles—from LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas to City Councilmember Curren D. Price, Jr. —gathered in support of the act at First AME Church, all hoping to convince the crowd that, if there were ever a time in which they needed their vote, it was now.

Saving Grace: Sharon Leal
Nov03

Saving Grace: Sharon Leal

I only had one dream, and that was to be on Broadway,” says actress Sharon Leal. “I really didn’t think beyond just getting to the Broadway stage.”
But the career-making role she ultimately did land in Broadway’s Miss Saigon which bowed in the early 90's, was just the beginning for the Tucson, Arizona native, who has gone on to starring roles in such box office hits as “Dreamgirls,” “This Christmas,” Soul Men, and Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married?” and its highly successful sequel, Why Did I Get Married Too?, which grossed over $60 million at the domestic box office. Her independent film credits include “Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day” opposite Blair Underwood, “Carry Me Home” opposite Academy Award Winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and William Sadler, and a smash hit at 2013’s Toronto Film Festival titled “1982.”

Faith Gets Atlanta Housewife Phaedra Parks Through Real Life Drama
Nov03

Faith Gets Atlanta Housewife Phaedra Parks Through Real Life Drama

Though the Real Housewives of Atlanta was the third “Housewives” franchise to premiere in 2008 (after Orange County and New York City), the show has been the most-watched city since its second season. And unlike the others, whose ratings have been slipped in recent seasons, the Atlanta franchise is thriving with an early January 2014 episode becoming the highest-rated in “Housewives” history with a record 4.5 million viewers making for Bravo’s biggest night ever.

Black Vote Key to Midterms, Remains A Potent Force in National Elections
Nov03

Black Vote Key to Midterms, Remains A Potent Force in National Elections

A story in the New York Times just last month declared that the black vote was viewed as the “last hope for Democrats to hold senate”. The story went on to cite a confidential memo from a former Obama pollster predicting crushing defeat for Democrats nationwide if the party could not get black voters in large numbers to the poll.

Fact is, they are expected to play a huge role in determining whether Democrats can stop Republicans from gaining control of the Senate, particularly given that six of the 16 states with the highest black populations have key Senate races.

First Ladies High Tea
November will mark the 20th Anniversary of our Annual First Ladies High Tea, honoring the contributions of female leaders and women of faith to the Los Angeles community. For more information, visit www.firstladieshightea.com
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