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- Here’s What Would Happen If Couples Just Learned to CompromiseI recently had a client, who was afraid to get into a relationship, say, “I just don’t want to lose myself in a relationship.” Well of course I peeled that onion back and discovered that the core of the issue was that my client didn’t realize that compromising isn’t the same thing as settling. Why […]
- What Ingredients Are Needed to Create a Thriving and Fruitful Marriage?Dear Dr. Buckingham, I am a 28-year-old single male, but I recently proposed to my girl. I want to get married fairly soon. I have been following you and you often talk about unconditional love in your articles. I know that love is needed to develop and sustain a marriage, but I am pretty sure […]
- Stop Losing Money: Here’s Why You Should Get Help With Your TaxesAccording to Benjamin Franklin, there are only two things certain in life: death and taxes. Unfortunately, this year’s April 18th tax deadline is fast approaching. With a tax code that is 74,608 pages long and changes being made yearly, it’s almost impossible for an individual to be aware of all the tax credits or deductions […]
- 5 Important Things Women Often Overlook Because They’re in LOVEI love my husband. I’ve known him for 20 years and we’ve been married for over 8 years. We have two kids together and a third on the way. Our lives aren’t perfect, but we certainly love what we have built. We’ve been blessed. But can I tell you a secret? My love for him […]
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- Step Family Life: 5 Very Real Concerns of a Biological MotherWhen my husband proposed to me, I was elated. He was finally going to put a ring on it after six months of dating. This was in 1999, so I realize this may seem odd. However, I knew in my heart that he was my husband and I told him this. I knew in my […]
- 5 Signs Your Marriage is Going to Be OKHave you ever gotten to a point in your marriage where you thought you and your spouse would never overcome a certain situation? So many marriages reach a period of time where the couple may question everything about their union. Stress, disagreements and just life can easily take us to a negative space where we […]
- 4 Ways to Prevent Emotional Baggage From Ruining Your New RelationshipsInitially when we meet people we meet their representative- the perfect, good behavior version of themselves. But, at what point do you meet the real person? As the relationship is growing towards monogamy and possibly marriage, when are the masks removed, allowing full disclosure to come into play? When do you meet, see and/or discuss […]
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Monthly Archives: October 2011
Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers West
DAY OF BLACK DOCS
(A Screening of Black Documentary Films)
Saturday, November 5, 2011
1:00 – 6:00 p.m.
American Film Institute – Mark Goodson Theater
2021 Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
(Snacks sold separately)
Purchase your all-access event tickets on Nov. 5th at AFI or go to
THE BLACK POWER MIX TAPE – A fascinating new take on the racial history of the U.S. in the 60’s and ’70’s; SING YOUR SONG, on the life and times of singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte; and the Jamie Foxx executive produced documentary THUNDER SOUL, following the extraordinary alumni from Houston’s storied Kashmere High School Stage Band.
SING YOUR SONG – Susanne Rostock’s inspiring and biographical documentary of the
life and times of singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte. From his rise to fame as a singer, inspired by Paul Robeson, and his experiences touring a segregated country, to his provocative crossover into Hollywood, Belafonte’s groundbreaking career personifies the American civil rights movement and impacted many other social-justice movements.
THUNDER SOUL – A Jamie Foxx executive produced documentary detailing the extraordinary alumni from Houston’s storied Kashmere High School Stage Band who returns home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for the 92-year-old “Prof,” their beloved band leader who broke the color barrier and transformed the school’s struggling jazz band into a world-class funk powerhouse in the early 1970s.
THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE is an award winning compilation feature documentary that displays the story of the African-American community 1967-1975, the people, the society and the style that fueled a change. Told with beautiful footage and lost in the archives in Sweden for 30 years. Written and directed by: Göran Hugo Olsson; co-produced by: Joslyn Barnes & Danny Glover, Louverture Films.
Q&A guest panelists include Director Mark Landsman and Community Engagement Director Kimber Smith of Thunder Soul.
“These are amazing stories that underscore how the human spirit can blossom when adversity meets determination” says BAD West co-chairperson Denise Hamilton. “I’m really excited about the diversity of the documentaries we have this year” adds co-chairman David Massey.
BAD West is a collective of documentary filmmakers of African descent that advocate the recognition and professional advancement of Black documentary filmmakers.
Day of Black Docs is co-sponsored by the International Documentary Association, the California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators; the Education is a Civil Right Committee and Hollywood Shorts.
For additional info, call Queen Publicity at (310) 849-3820 or e-mail Allison Queen at email@example.com.
Whitney Coleman teams up with Indie Super Director- Jace for what will be one of the greatest releases of the year Stranger Pt. 2 Love Me.
The night before Halloween will be one to remember. One of Indy’s hottest artists, Whitney Coleman, will be in full concert along with her live band. The Whitney Coleman Project has been sweeping the circle city by storm with performances at The Jazz Kitchen, Oranje, and some of the city’s dopest venues. This Blue Moon Sunday she has promised to bring her highly acclaimed energy with a little something extra.
As if a dope feature wasn’t enough… We will also welcome home one of the most widely known names in spoken word poetry, Tasha Jones. Tasha Jones returns to the city for one-night-only. As the co host of Blue Moon Sunday, Tasha will share her own flavor and a few new pieces of poetry.
Lastly, you will be able to enjoy art for the eyes as you indulge in art for the ears. Be the first to see new art by Artist Kevin Wilson. Wilson’s exclusive Opening will unveil some of the most thought-provoking art pieces of his career. The installation will remain at The Walker until November 30th.
To learn more about what is going on at the Walker, visit http://www.walkertheatre.com.
Alexis Garrett performs for Blue Moon Sunday Reunion
Check out what soul singer KirkPatrick has to say about Blue Moon Sunday….
Legendary Singer Goldie Stops by Blue Moon Sunday
Have you ever heard a voice that immediately made you smile. You must have heard Melissa ‘Missy’ Briggs. Although she remains unknown to many, she has a top tier voice and a reason to sing.
My first encounter with Briggs was at Blue Moon Sunday in the early 2000’s. She was singing back-up for Tasha Jones. Since then, I have worked with her and learned why she is quickly catching the attention of music lovers.
In the song Lock It Down, she is stepping out of the shadows to show why she needs a top spot on Indy’s ‘Best Kept Secret List’.
Listen and enjoy!
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The online world premier of ‘STRANGER Pt. 2 Love Me’ will be our iLL EXXXCLUSIVE on October 24, 2011 at 10am.
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This past Monday I had the great opportunity to assist my employer to tell its story. Every year we invite community residents in the Indianapolis community to an event that is full of food, conversations, and community celebration. This annual event is the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center’s (INRC) Annual Meeting.
This year’s event was no different than years past. We recognized community organizations that did exceptional work collaborating to impact communities, presented our accomplished keynote speaker, and reported on the progress that our organization made through its five signature programs.
After general greetings and recognition of guests, we jumped right into our Collaborative Spirit Awards. INRC’s Collaborative Spirit Awards offers communities an opportunity to showcase the work that they do to improve Indianapolis Neighborhoods.
This year’s three finalists were: Near Westside, Southeast Neighborhoods, & Millersville at Fall Creek Valley. The Near West Side Community Organization developed a community-wide picnic. This was a great means of getting residents connected to the organization and to each other. Several neighborhoods on the southeast side of Indianapolis banded together to form a Southeast Congress. They also developed a website as a medium to keep everyone updated on their work. The winner of the Collaborative Spirit Award, Millersville at Fall Creek Valley, developed four projects. These projects included: a treasured homes tour along with brochure detailing historic aspects of the community, a concert series in partnership with IPS # 106, a farmers market café, and a Greenspace Gateway Beautification Initiative in conjunction with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. For their great service in the community the winner of the Collaborative Spirit Award received a plaque along with a cash award.
Next, we made way for our keynote speaker. The keynote address was delivered by Indianapolis Star columnist, Matt Tully. He has made a tremendous impact on our community through sharing the tremendous number of opportunities the community has to get involved in Indianapolis Public Schools. Matt Tully offered a heart-warming story of how a desperate local high school needed funding; and how the Indianapolis community rallied to raise ten year’s worth of funding for its theatre program just by attending a single performance. His speech captured the essence of what it means to be a neighbor. It was based on the fact that we can change the reality of inner-city youth if we care enough to get involved.
Our last order of business was to let people know about the progress we made through our work over the past year. Instead of reading from a boring report, we decided to add a little creative flare to our presentation. We adapted the melody of the 1980s chart-topping song ‘Tom’s Diner’. With all original lyrics, we explained the work that we do, as well as its impact. The audience was not only welcoming of our off-the-wall presentation; they joined in with singing and swaying to the infectiously simple tune. After completing our musical rendition, it was clear that INRC was serious about finding new ways to tell its story.
In conclusion, this year’s annual meeting was a success. We connected residents to the work that community organizations are doing, presented one of Indianapolis’s positive forces in local media, and found new ways to tell our story. I think I see a full out theatric production coming, if we hope to top this year’s Annual Meeting.