Jan 222017
Women’s March on Washington

Women’s March on Washington

On the day after the inauguration of President Trump America – and the world! – awakened.

There were no celebrations honoring President Trump. Millions of people have taken to the streets across America to speak up for women rights, human rights, civil rights, immigrant rights, Black Lives Matter, LGBT and transgender rights and many other rights threatened by the new President’s agenda.

Mass Protests In Texas

Mass Protests In Texas

The turnout was unbelievable. The Women’s March at the Washington Mall which planned on 200,000 participants attracted more than 500,000. Many planned marches became in-place demonstrations because the massive turnout left no place to march. Over 600 mass protests against President Trump’s values and anticipated policies took place throughout the world today.

The immediate reaction of President Trump? None. He didn’t address the protesters. Not on the street. Not via media. Not via Twitter. He attended a prayer service, spoke to CIA and bowled with his family in the White House. America first….

The good news: America is well and alive. Another good news, the world stands behind us: demonstrations in support of ours took place throughout Europe, Australia and other continents. More good news, we have artists and politicians who use the power of their celebrity for good.

The bad news: the leading theme of the marches and protests were cherished American values. The message: this is our wishlist. There is no concrete plan on how the wishlist should be implemented.

Final thought: where were all these good people on Election Day, the day before the election and on the day the election results were announced? There was time, opportunity and ways to express and assert our values effectively, take control over the issues and the Country we all hold dear. America awakened the day AFTER President Trump took the oath of office.

Former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox Quesada addressed President Trump in a tweet:
“….. America was already great and successful, then you happened!”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said:
“We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience.”

Let us NOT forget it: stay awake America!

Protests the day after 2017 Presidential Inauguration

Women’s March on Washington

Article by Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich



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Jan 122015


National Competition to Take Place May 4 in New York

Mark Taper Forum

Regional finals will take place at Mark Taper Forum

Center Theatre Group has selected 12 local students to participate in the regional finals of the 2015 August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC) to be held at the CTG/Mark Taper Forum on March, 2, 2015.

With the support of the CTG Affiliates, this is the fourth consecutive year that CTG will host the Southern California component of the national monologue competition. The program is designed to inspire and educate Los Angeles youth through the work of August Wilson.

“Center Theatre Group is honored to play a part in sustaining the legacy of August Wilson by introducing him and his work to a new generation. The power of CTG’s August Wilson Monologue Competition is in giving students the opportunity to study a significant African-American playwright as a source for their own education, self-reflection and creative expression,” says CTG’s Director of Education and Community Partnerships Leslie K. Johnson. “I am incredibly proud of all the young people who participated in the program and am excited to work with our regional finalists as they prepare for their performance at the Mark Taper Forum. I can’t wait to see this year’s participants bring Wilson’s characters to life.”

Those chosen to participate in the competition are Philip Patrick Bucknor (Los Angeles), Javen K. Crosby (Burbank), Danielle N. Davis (Los Angeles), Trécey Dory (Los Angeles), Shaila Essley (Chino Hills), Avery Girion (Sherman Oaks), Camryn Hamm (Rancho Cucamonga), Katharine Lauffer (Valencia), Wayne R. Mackins-Harris (Los Angeles), Miles Millikan (Los Angeles), Wendy R. Morrow (Los Angeles) and Paul Vincent III (North Hollywood). The students represent several local high schools including Idyllwild Arts Academy, Los Angeles High School of the Arts, Marlborough School, Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts, Rancho Cucamonga High School and Valencia High School.

Jan 092015


The New Album Forever Charlie In Stores January 27th 2015

Charlie Wilson’s Forever Charlie Tour Will Come To L.A. In March
Grammy nominated artist Charlie Wilson announced today his national tour Forever Charlie will kick off on February 12, 2015 in Cleveland, OH. Charlie Wilson’s new single “Goodnight Kisses” was the #1 most added song at Urban Radio and Billboard says about the single “…Over snap-and-swing doo-wop-inspired production, the GAP Band co-founder sings sweetly about his loved one’s smoochies. Wilson is still as convincing a romantic as ever.” Charlie is joined on Tour by highly regarded “Kem” and “Joe.” Both of whom will perform all of their numerous hits. The Forever Charlie Tour will truly be the “R&B Event of 2015”. Tickets for the March 25th concert at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE will go on sale Friday, January 9th at 10am at AXS.com.

Fans who pre-order Forever Charlie, from the singer’s official on-line store, will gain first access to pre-sale tickets for the upcoming tour. At the time of purchase, buyers will receive a pre-sale code. This particular pre-sale will begin on January 6th at 10:00 AM local time. The general public on-sale begins January 9th starting at 10:00 AM local time. Detailed information will be available on www.charliewilsonmusic.com.

American Express card members can also enjoy a pre-sale by purchasing tickets using their AMEX card beginning January 7th at 10:00 AM local time. VIP packages will be available and will include a seat within the first 10 rows and a meet and greet with Charlie Wilson (among other exclusive VIP tour items).

“I am so glad to be on the road once again and to bring my show to so many cities across the country. It’s going to be a special night for all the ladies that will join me and my special guests!” says Charlie Wilson.

Wilson has received seven Grammy nominations and multiple awards throughout his career; he was named Billboard magazine’s #1 Adult R&B Artist and has had eight #1 records that topped the Billboard Urban Adult Contemporary radio chart including, “Without You,” “Charlie, Last Name Wilson,” “Magic,” “There Goes My Baby,” “Can’t Live Without You,” “You Are,” “Life of the Party” and “My Love Is All I Have.” Most recently, Wilson received a Grammy nomination for the songs “If I Believe” in the Gospel category; he was also an NAACP Outstanding Album Award winner for the album Love, Charlie and BET presented to Wilson a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.

For more information on Charlie Wilson please visit his official website at www.charliewilsonmusic.com