5th Annual Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn Reunion Jam

5th Annual Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn Reunion Jam

Los Angeles-If you are longtime residents of Los Angeles, and perhaps you heard your parents speak fondly about, or you are of a certain age to remember the glory days of Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn Blues Club from back in the day on Central Avenue.

I was only four years old, living in Tampa, Florida when Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn was founded in 1064, by Laura Mae Gross, affectionally known as “Mama Laura”. Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn was in business on Central Avenue for 37 years. This was a jumping blues joint to see up and coming blues stars. In 1997, Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn relocated, re-energized to 4339 Leimert Park Blvd., in historic, and culturally vibrant Leimert Park Village. Sadly, Laura Mae Gross passed away in 2006. She left behind a lasting legacy in the local blues community and beyond.

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Viet Film Fest 2016 Celebrates New Venue and Renews Commitment to Cultivating the Next Generation of Storytellers

Viet Film Fest 2016 Celebrates New Venue and Renews Commitment to Cultivating the Next Generation of Storytellers

ORANGE, CA-The Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association (VAALA) is proud to announce that Viet Film Fest 2016 will have a new home, at AMC Orange 30 (The Outlets at Orange) from April 14-17. Viet Film Fest’s new larger and more central location is emblematic of its trajectory from a Little Saigon dream to an internationally renowned platform for Vietnamese voices. With a total of 24 films (11 features and 13 shorts), from countries such as Vietnam, Australia, Norway, France, and the United States, Viet Film Fest’s 2016 lineup showcases many “firsts” in Vietnamese cinema.

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The 14th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Announces Film Lineup

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 25, 2016) – The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announced today its 2016 lineup of narrative and documentary features, short films, and galas for its 14th annual festival. Opening the festival on April 6 is the U.S. premiere of the ensemble powerhouse ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES, from filmmaker and four-time IFFLA alum Pan Nalin. Anu Menon’s poignant WAITING, starring Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin, closes the festival with its North American premiere on April 10. Gala tickets and passes are now available at www.indianfilmfestival.org. Tickets for individual films will go on sale on March 18, 2016.

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Remebering Miles Davis at Pan African Film & Arts Festival

Remembering Miles Davis at Pan African Film & Arts Festival

Los Angeles-Black History Month, African American Heritage Month got under way with festive fanfare on Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

The Opening ceremony took place at Los Angeles City Hall. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr., and the Los Angeles City Council; Board of Public Works Commissioner Mike Davis; the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA); Our Authors Study Club; and the 2016 African American Heritage Month Committee ushered in the month to officially commemorate and celebrate the opening of African American Heritage Month in the city of Los Angeles.

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Global Pursuit of Positivity with Farahri!

Only few super stars contribute to the betterment of humanity after gaining tremendous success and fame; Farahri is one of such great people. Shining bright, vivacious Farahri is trying to empower the world with motivational and positive messages that she conveys via her music and she named it as Global Pursuit of Positivity (GPoP). The term GPoP is coined by Farahri herself with the purpose to encourage love and positive thinking towards humanity. No one has ever used musical power better than her before!

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Arab American Rapper Slams Trump in New Song

Arab American Rapper Slams Trump in New Song

PHOENIX — Rapper Mohamad Tokko, AKA “Yung Tokes”, a Dearborn native dropped a song, accompanied by a music video, as a response to business tycoon and presidential candidate Donald Trump’s bigoted comments.

Following Trump’s controversial plan last year to ban Muslims from entering the United States, Muslims and their allies took to social media condemning his remarks.

Yung Tokes’ song, titled “El Donald Trump”, highlights the frustration many Arab and Muslim Americans endure as a result of a dramatic rise in discrimination against them.

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Impassioned by Aamir Khan and eager to work against Scott Foley; Farahri asks to let go all the fear!

Positivity leads to betterment. This is what Farahri thinks and wants every person to be positive. It is undoubtedly a fact that the bold Farahri oozes what most of us yearn for. Isn’t it? And the secret of her successful life is nothing but her positive thoughts and behavior. She is the symbol that a little ray of positivity and good thoughts can pave ways towards better tomorrow.

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PAFF 2016, Special Screening: Ben & Ara, Narrative Feature

A film that explores the possibilities and limits of inter-religious, inter-racial, and intercultural relationships in our society today.

Ben Johnson is a struggling PhD candidate in the school of philosophy. It is his seventh year and this is the semester that he must finish his dissertation or all his work will be for nothing. He tries to jolt himself into action but soon tires of the activity. He takes a break and visits a local art gallery opening where he runs into a fellow PhD candidate, Ara.

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Sureshbhai Patel Didn't Get Justice Because He Couldn't Speak English

Sureshbhai Patel Didn’t Get Justice Because He Couldn’t Speak English

Sureshbhai Patel went for a walk in Huntsville, Alabama. He ended up paralysed, beaten up not by muggers or hoodlums but by the city’s own policemen. The story caused an international furore. A 57-year-old grandfather thrown down face first by the police because he spoke no English. Officer Eric Parker was arrested and charged with use of “excessive force”. The Governor of Alabama, Robert Bentley, personally apologized to India and in a letter addressed to the Consul-General in Atlanta hoped that “Mr. Patel will regain full use of his legs” and assured the Indian government as well as Indians living and working in the state that “we will see that justice is done”.

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