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Monday, July 2, 2018

Hustle Is Mandatory Celebrity Charity Game

Written By Evan L. Jackson 
Photos By Evan L. Jackson 

In the spirit of giving back the Hustle Is Mandatory Celebrity Charity Game was held at The Pacific Lodge, A Division Of Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services. The theme was 'I Took The Stairs To Success' and there was a great turnout. What was very interesting is that most of the celebrity guests told me it was important for them to not only play but speak with and bond with the youth there because they related to them. Most notably HBO Ballers Actor Kris D. Lofton who coincidentally plays a young star in the NFL who needs guidance himself after being seen as troubled. Just like his character Kris D. Lofton says sometimes a different voice from a more relatable source is exactly what these kids need. 

The youth there seemed genuinely hyped to play against the celebrities and what was very cool was seeing them talk and get to know these stars and seeing the realization that they are just like them.

zumer sports
Macleem sportswear
RawFit Athletics
Miss Jessies
The Formula Entertainment
Alternative Retail
Perricone H2 water
Grab a ball and Play Foundation
Power 106

Celebs that attended;
RaShaud (HustleIsManadatory)
Larry Sanders (Former NBA player; Cavaliers)
Enimal (HBO Insecure )
Kris Lofton (HBO Ballers)
JCthaBarber (Celebrity Barber)
John Jordan (Actor/Model)
Keiona Laude ( Fashion Model)
Mani (rapper)
DAX (Recording Artist)
Jay Brantley (CEO- Macleem Sportswear)
Robert Foster 

Host: GioVanni Watson ( Host of Hollywood Unlocked/Actor/Dancer) 


Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Movement LA Presents Bosses Brunch

Fashion Designer Kisha Waters, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and Talk Show Host Brandee "Kurvy" J
Written by Evan L. Jackson
Photos by Evan L. Jackson

When I think about "Movements" I think about the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Panther's 'Free Food Program: a collective who's common goal is to utilize their power to create positive change and open new avenues where there weren't before. And now the next wave for this generation is the Women Empowerment Movement. A perfect exemplar of this generation's power push is The Movement LA Bosses Brunch. Organized by Fashion Designer Kisha Waters and Talk Show Host Brandee "Kurvy" J this event was special because it focused on upward mobility of the self made businessperson and to me celebrated Black womanhood and all the magical opportunities that come from it. 

One of the great voices of that evening was Dr. Cheyenne Bryant - Author, Motivational Speaker & NAACP President of the San Pedro branch. While she spoke to my Young Bold And Regal Correspondent Cherish I can tell how mesmerizing she was based off her answers. Making analogies of protecting your energy to allowing people to come into your garden and not simply leave when they want but cultivate & grow within your ecosystem. As Dr. Bryant contributed to the warm atmosphere of knowledge and inspiration there was even more trans formative figures that would deliver gems of wisdom.

As Brandee & Kisha continued hosting the Bosses Brunch there was a flurry during intermission - a palpable buzz. Congresswoman Maxine Waters walked through doors, she was treated with such reverence and respect you felt honored to be in that room automatically. The day was already magic yet her presence cemented why were all there. As I spoke with Kisha after the festivities, she glowed when referring to Aunite Maxine "She stayed the whole time." Representative Maxine Waters is aware of her power to influence and to inspire, utilizing her voice she is one of the many leaders of the women empowerment movement taking place today.

This was a great start to a series I hope continues for years to come. Kisha & Brandee J are so mindful and intelligent to hold this event because they know the impact this will bring to uplift the black businesswoman and anybody who want to inhabit the title of a "Boss". It takes effort, losses, collaborations and the ability to preserve to become the boss you want to be in this world. So gladly to put yourself up on game, follow The Movement LA and next year go to the Bosses Brunch. 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Sundance Institute Screening Of 'Sorry To Bother You'

As the summer season begins and in the midst of the Sequoias that are the splashy blockbuster movies, the film "Sorry To Bother You" serves as a refreshing satire that  is both eerily timely and brilliantly directed by Bootsy Riley. Starring Actor Lakeith Stanfield, of  FX hit show 'Atlanta' fame and Actress Tessa Thompson, who seems to be in every hot show and film in the last year with "Creed" squeal in post production, a standout performance in HBO's Westworld & her run as  Valkriye 'Thor Ragnarok'  both stars serve as the bedrock in which Bootsy builds this not so far off future that is the American Dream. 

With a tongue and cheek name like Cassius Green, played by Lakieth Stanfield, he is financially struggling and finds a come up in the telemarketing game. On his first day,  Legendary actor Danny Glover offers advice to Cassius "Use your white voice" proceeded by a white voice! It sounds bizarre but as Bootsy said in the post screening of the film he wanted to show the ridiculousness of that world to prove the foolishness in ours. Lakeith as an actor has had scene stealing roles in 'Atlanta' and even held down an episode of his own- most notably the creepy yet outstanding episode on the tragic Teddy Perkins -and other films but in "Sorry To Bother You" he establishes himself as an actor who can carry a movie from start to finish. First seen as down trodden with a girl who loves him yet he feels is slipping away in a desperate move and pure money grab Cassius becomes a "Power Baller" a top of the line salesmen for Regal View Telemarketing. The Power Baller sees Cassius leveling up  but he soon realizes it's a total front for selling slave labor to companies like Worry Free. Which has many aspects one of which is their TV department which grossly boasts the number one show in the country - humiliating their employees at the expense for ratings. How much money does it take to take a man's soul? At what cost? That is why Lakeith's performance is so good, the desperate measures he faces combined with  the power struggle on the tokenism of him being black man with providing financial means for himself is fascinating. Oh wait, there's more, a lot more.  

'Sorry To Bother You' Actor Lakeith Stanfield

 The seats filled at the Ace Hotel theater for the screening of 'Sorry To Bother You'. And I was walking in just from the Red Carpet and Lakeith Stanfield was in a greenish wig with a white bandana and I knew this screening would be different, wierd even, but good wierd. That type of wierd that cultivates great creative art. As Tessa  Thompson rolled in, I thought I really hope she gets a chance to shine in this film. And she did! As the foil to her power hungry man in "Sorry To Bother You" Tessa plays her character, Detroit as a carefree artist who goes with the flow but ultimately wants to see profits from her art while holding down her love in Cassius. If Cassius is a reflection of the sign of the times of the struggling worker, Tessa's character is the dichotomy of the idealistic, angsty, and radical artist who also seeks to gain validation and monetize their art through capitalistic gains. It's almost the same tug of war we face on the daily as millienials. We don't want to work for the man yet the man pays our bills and affords us those luxuries. But having a voice in all of this, isn't it worth it to buck the system? It definitely is, that's why it was so refreshing when Detriot called Cassius out on his bullshit and did not compromise until he found his way. Tessa's superpower as an actress is her authentic nature and the ability to automatically enhance her co-star's performance by being magnificent in her own role. She does it so effortlessly you almost take for granted her performance then BANG, she's off screen, and with that the joy is sucked out of Cassius the rock that was his girl is no more. He's lost in his career and the greed of money has taken over until the moral decay is finally struck by a bolt of consciousness.   

The there is no wasted minute, scene, or second in 'Sorry To Bother You' and that's all thanks to Director and Writer Bootsy Collin. Cutting his teeth as musician for over 20 years and a native of Oakland his fingerprints are all over this film because he once was Cassius. Working for telemarketing company he revealed that along with stating actual times he would say "I'm going to use that in a movie". What was the most exciting part of the night was the support Bootsy got from the Sundance Institute. Sundance Film Festival is world renowned and they've cultivated a branch of their film festival to grow the new generation of filmmakers through their Sundance Lab and Sundance Catalsyt. Workshops sorting out the kinks in scripts, connecting the creative to investors that will fund their film, and making their movies come to the screen. The film 'Sorry To Bother You' was wrought with symbolism, overt and hidden pop culture gems. Bootsy's Oakland roots show in the film - it's funk, like his style yet fresh, it's strange but for the sake of it but to drive a message home, it's wild but not for the point of making chaos but to create change and most of all it's damn fun! Go see 'Sorry To Bother You' when it comes out in July 6th and remember to use your voice for good. 

Actress Rosario Dawson

Singer Jhene Aiko

'Superior Donuts' Actor Jermaine Fowler

'Atlanta' Actor RJ Walker


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Industry Connect 101 : Breaking Into The Music

Written By Evan L. Jackson 

The number one question in Entertainment is 'how do I get my big break?' or better yet 'How do I make it?'. Ironically enough it isn't a one time deal. To truly make it in the industry it takes consistency, longevity and most notably a brand. That's why it was so impressive to attend the Industry Connect 101 : Breaking Into The Music presented by Los Angeles Film School. Featuring music industry legend Steve Lobel, Media Personality Jen De Leon, A&R Epic Records Executive Zoe Young, and Casting Producer of The Four Joshua Heart. This variety of music minds in the building brought a healthy perspective of what it means to be successful in music.  Steve Lobel adhered to the mindset of emotionally connecting with your fan base through your art and love for the craft with that type of will he believes you'll always win through. Zoe Young gave us insight on what execs are looking for and a look on the cutting edge of the music biz. Joshua came from the side of one of the hottest shows on TV, The Four - what they look for might be a 180 degrees from what you are giving but that's not the point, is it? It's what type of career can you carve for yourself and how authentic you can be with it. That's what makes a brand, that what keeps you stay in the now, and that's how you break into the music industry.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

The Lashed Ladies In LA Luncheon

Written By Evan L. Jackson
Photos by Evan L. Jackson

Lost in the midst of covering celebrities is the humanity, so I thought it was ingenious when Holistic Healer and Spiritual Educator Treasure of Treasure Gemz decided to host The Lashed Ladies In LA Luncheon in honor of her best friend Blac Chyna. You can see how the two would connect: both great mothers, business woman at heart, not afraid to speak their mind and most of all compassionate souls. I mean if your best friend doesn't support you like this than who will? The Luncheon was also a celebration of Women Empowerment and a focus on women in business. With author and motivational speaker Arie Rose telling my Correspondent Cherish how home sick she was because the yearning for her own daughter but we could see she found solace in the women gathered strength from her story.

The biggest surprise was when Amber Rose made it an appearance but it shouldn't come as a shock: real recognizes real and successful women always stay together. At first modest on the mic and not showing any signs of speaking Amber felt compelled to speak not about her self, but selflessly about about the bond between Blac Chyna, Treasure, and her self. Once again the love is clear, between them all, three business woman who do the thankless work of being a mother. That appreciation and respect among them all was a site to see and needs to be featured more. Black women have always and will continue to support each other no matter how mediums, media, or other formats portray them as. And when it comes to women empowering each other other that was such a warm feeling in the room. The energy was positive and it was fun to be there because you can learn game from women who have made a success of themselves and be in a room full women going places. 

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Feel Young, Be Bold, Live Regal