CHARLOTTE MAKALA REIGNS AS MISS AFRICA AMERICA

TANZANIAN-BORN CHARLOTTE MAKALA REIGNS AS MISS AFRICA AMERICA

On November 10th 2018 on a chilly North Hollywood night, I stood in front of a panel of beauty pageant judges, a moment later found myself almost choking on my tears and partially blinded by stage lights, I was in the top three! My heart pounded heavily in my plus size frame. I took a quick shallow breath and sucked in my stomach and stood up a little taller, the mic was passed to me like a baton in a marathon, or at least that is what it felt like as I raced to compose thoughts quickly enough in my head to answer the judges questions, my lips parted and I exhaled- today I reign as MISS AFRICA AMERICA 2018 for the Miss Africa America Pageant.

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17th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Announces 2019 Lineup Including Opening Night Tribute to Iconic Indian Actress TABU

17th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Announces 2019 Lineup Including Opening Night Tribute to Iconic Indian Actress TABU

Lineup boasts 3 World, 2 North American, 2 U.S. and 11 Los Angeles Premieres; Films to be told in 9 languages 2019 program features an impressive roster of female and first-time filmmakers, as well as festival alumni returning with their latest projects Magazine, Entertainment LOS ANGELES, CA  – The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles…

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A Mexican immigrant artist found ‘paradise’ in the West Philly punk scene. Now, he’s giving up his oddball American dream.

A Mexican immigrant artist found ‘paradise’ in the West Philly punk scene. Now, he’s giving up his oddball American dream.

When a 21-year-old punk from Mexico City known as Brujo made his way to West Philadelphia in 1998, he found a thriving creative community amid the DIY music venues and improvised artist studios, and a place to live in a once-abandoned house known as Squirrel Squat.

“I found a paradise in West Philly,” he said recently. “It was like 2 a.m., and people said, ‘Brujo, do you want pizza?’ I said, ‘Really? It’s 2 a.m.’ They said, ‘Yeah! Let’s go to the dumpster!’ ”

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INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF BLACK LATINOS (ISBL) PRESENTS ITS GALA, “Afro- Latinos Journey through the Americas and Caribbean.”

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF BLACK LATINOS (ISBL) PRESENTS ITS GALA, “Afro- Latinos Journey through the Americas and Caribbean.”

“Afro- Latinos Journey through the Americas and Caribbean.” This very special Philanthropic Event “1943 Afro-Cuban Jazz Invades New York” will be held from 3:00pm to 5:00pm (dancing to follow) on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at Candela La Brea, 831 South La Brea Ave. (8th Street & La Brea) Los Angeles California, 90036.

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Brazilian Singer, Musician And Actress, Rita Shukla, A Hollywood Success Story

Brazilian Singer, Musician And Actress, Rita Shukla, A Hollywood Success Story

Rita Shukla was born in the countryside of São Paulo, Brazil, in a town called Campinas, on August 2nd, 1986.

When she was 4 years old, her mother put her in music lessons, where Rita learned how to play the keyboards, the piano, the organ, and how to make vocal sounds mimicking the sounds from the keys. Her favorite toy was a little recording device with microphone, and at that same age, she used to record herself singing the soundtracks of soap operas onto her dad’s cassettes. That would make her dad a little upset, but that’s how she started showing her passion for singing and the arts.

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