Internationally renowned artist, Bernard Stanley Hoyes to exhibit at Museum of African American Art (MAAA)

 Bernard Hoyes

Bernard Hoyes

The Museum of African American Art | Los Angeles

Internationally renowned artist, Bernard Stanley Hoyes to exhibit at Museum of African American Art (MAAA), July 2 through September 24

Bernard Hoyes

MAAAA 

 

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Bernard Stanley Hoyes demonstrated artistic abilities early. When he was trotted off to live with a great aunt in rural Jamaica, his exposure to the revival cults, ceremonies and rituals planted seeds deep within, that would manifest in his art years later.

Hoyes's formal art studies began at Junior Art Centre at the Institute of Jamaica. At age 15 he left Jamaica for New York City. His lessons continued at the Art Students League and Vermont Academy. A heady combination of his drive to excel and the influence of the civil rights movement placed Hoyes at the helm of propelling the Academy to

institute social and cultural programs. Upon graduation he was the first recipient of the Frederick Stanley Art Award and saw the launching of the school's first formal arts department. When Hoyes attended an alumni reception some years later, to receive the Florence Sabin Distinguished Alumni Award, he felt pride in seeing the new edifice housing a formal art department. He earned a Bachelor in Fine Arts in painting and graphic design from the California School of Arts and Crafts in Oakland.

The artist states, “I have been a creator of art, symbols of ancestral echoes since a child in Jamaica...The images I convey symbolize a culmination of these ancestral echoes brought to classical form. They are contemporary,eternal in spirit and stand as praise to our existence --past, present and future.”

During the 70’s he, worked intensively on his “Rag Series” which symbolized, documented and prophesied his journey from a struggling artist to one of prominence. In the early 80’s he began works that recalled his Afro-Caribbean roots, specifically the rituals of African Spirituality and Christianity, since the Middle Passage. Now internationally acclaimed, Bernard Stanley Hoyes is an artist with a self-validated

mission, a spiritual vision and challenge to master unique compositions of spiritual significance. Hoyes says, “I desire to visually engross the viewer through powerful expressive works. I paint from an intuitive point of view. During this process, the spirits take possession and a ritual theme becomes dominant.”

Hoyes has participated in numerous solo exhibitions here and abroad. He has created murals in the inner city of Los Angeles, Ca. He has curated exhibitions and held a position on the board at the Museum of African American Art in Los Angeles. Won awards of Excellence for his famous “Revival Series,” nationally and internationally. His works have been featured in numerous television and film productions, and collected internationally.

Recognition and affirmation of traditional African religion and spirituality in Bernard Stanley Hoyes’ artworks continue to find universal appeal, stunning audiences worldwide. One of his commissioned murals, graces the exterior wall of the First A.M.E. Church, Los Angeles, along LaSalle and 21st. Titled: "In The Spirit of Contribution,” it is dedicated to both African American and Hispanic people who’ve made noteworthy contributions to the building of America. Hoyes artworks are in museums, galleries and private collections worldwide, for more information visit:www.bernardhoyes.com. Oprah Winfrey, Natalie Cole, Steve Harvey, Keenan Ivory Wayans and the National Urban League are among his collectors. President Barack Obama has even been photographed in front of his work. His craft has been fêted internationally in museums, galleries around the world.

Bernard Stanley Hoyes now resides and creates from his studio in Desert Hot Springs, California. The Bernard Stanley Hoyes, MAAA exhibit: “Evolving Art Practice, Rags to the Revival Series,” will open Sunday,July 2 and run through Sunday, September 24. The Museum of African American Art (MAAA) has free admission is open Thursdays to Sundays, 12:00pm to 5:00PM, located on the third floor of Macy’s in Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 4005 Crenshaw Blvd. For more information visit: www.maaala.org.

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President Trump Issues Proclamation for Caribbean American Heritage Month

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 31, 2017

NATIONAL CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH, 2017

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

      National Caribbean-American Heritage Month is a celebration of the accomplishments of Caribbean Americans and our long, shared history with the peoples of the Caribbean.  We are grateful for the culture Caribbean Americans have shared with our Nation and the many contributions they have made to our society.  

      Throughout our history, Caribbean Americans have helped create and maintain the strength and independence of our Nation.  Alexander Hamilton, who came from poverty in Nevis, was a key contributor to our Constitution and the first Secretary of the Treasury, helping to establish our modern financial system and to create the United States Coast Guard.

      Every day, Caribbean Americans help make America more prosperous and secure.  Our Nation is particularly grateful to the many Caribbean Americans who have served and are currently serving in our Armed Forces, protecting our Nation, and promoting freedom and peace around the world.  Today, more than four million Caribbean Americans live in the United States and continue to contribute to a vibrant culture that enriches our Nation. 

      NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2017 as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.  I encourage all Americans to join in celebrating the history, culture, and achievements of Caribbean Americans with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

      IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand thisthirty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.

DONALD J. TRUMP

 

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King of the Dancehall to Screen at Pan African Film Festival

 King of the Dancehall will screen in LA this Thursday during the 25th staging of the Pan African Film Festival.  In a thoroughly entertaining fish-out-of-water tale, New York ex-con Tarzan travels to Jamaica to hook up with a cousin and start a minor-league drug-smuggling operation. Once in Kingston, however, he is sidetracked and captivated by a rather conservative local beauty, Maya, whose exuberance on the dance floor makes Tarzan determined to measure up and perhaps gain her affections. But first he has to learn the moves... Stars Nick Cannon, Whoopie Goldberg, Busta Rhimes, Lou Gossett, Jr. and Kimberly Patterson. See PAFF.org for details.  ---Image & story courtesy of PAFF.org 

King of the Dancehall will screen in LA this Thursday during the 25th staging of the Pan African Film Festival.  In a thoroughly entertaining fish-out-of-water tale, New York ex-con Tarzan travels to Jamaica to hook up with a cousin and start a minor-league drug-smuggling operation. Once in Kingston, however, he is sidetracked and captivated by a rather conservative local beauty, Maya, whose exuberance on the dance floor makes Tarzan determined to measure up and perhaps gain her affections. But first he has to learn the moves... Stars Nick Cannon, Whoopie Goldberg, Busta Rhimes, Lou Gossett, Jr. and Kimberly Patterson. See PAFF.org for details.

---Image & story courtesy of PAFF.org 

LOS ANGELES, CA, February, 2017 - The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) recently announced  that Ncredible Entertainment's KING OF THE DANCEHALL, written and directed by Nick Cannon, will screen as the Opening Night Film at PAFF 25. The film will screen Thursday February 9 at 8pm at the Directors Guild of America - 7920 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90046 

KING OF THE DANCEHALL is the feature film directorial debut of actor, producer and consummate entertainer, Nick Cannon who also stars in this high- energy musical about a young man from Brooklyn who gets caught up in the vibrant Kingston music scene during a visit to Jamaica. When Tarzan (Cannon) hatches a scheme to cover the costs of medical care for his sick mother, he has to decamp from his native New York to Kingston, Jamaica. Once on the Caribbean island, he solicits the help of his fast-talking cousin and makes quick headway in the world of weed. But there's another, much tougher scene that he's not prepared for: the dancehall. In addition to Cannon, the film stars, Academy Award nominee, Whoopi Goldberg, Academy Award winner, Louis Gossett Jr. and Grammy Award nominee, Busta Rhymes. KING OF THE DANCEHALL will debut exclusively on YouTube Red later this year.

KING OF THE DANCEHALL joins this year's selection of PAFF 25 Galas, which include TV ONE's MEDIA, (Centerpiece) and THE PREACHER'S SON (Closing

Night) with a Lifetime Achievement Award tribute to legendary actress Alfre Woodard.

The Centerpiece Screening will be TV One's MEDIA starring Brian White and Pooch Hall will screen Wednesday February 15 at 8pm. Closing Night Gala will be the World Premiere of THE PREACHER'S SON (Directed by Trey Haley) screening on Sunday February 19 at 8pm the Cinemark Baldwin Hills Theater.

In addition, PAFF 25 Special Screenings includes; Sankofa PAFF 25th Anniversary Gala, screening CHASING TRANE, a moving documentary on the music of John Coltrane. Monday, February 20 held on the closing night of the festival.
Other Special Screenings include; TANNA, based on a true story of young love against all odds; 93 DAYS, chronicles the little known story of a Nigerian couples work to stop the Ebola virus starring Danny Glover and Tim Reid, and AFROLATINOS: AN UNTAUGHT HISTORY, a documentary giving voice to communities throughout the Caribbean and South America and NETFLIX' A BURNING SANDS, on a hazing incident gone deadly wrong. 

CHANCE THE RAPPER, LITTLE BIG TOWN, AND STURGILL SIMPSON TO PERFORM ON THE 59TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS®

 Chance the Rapper - Image courtesy of the Recording Academy on Instagram

Chance the Rapper - Image courtesy of the Recording Academy on Instagram

Music's Biggest Night® — Hosted By James Corden — Airs Live On CBS, Feb. 12, 2017

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Feb. 2017) — Music's Biggest Night® just got bigger with newly added performances by two-time current GRAMMY® nominee William Bell and GRAMMY winner Gary Clark Jr.; current seven-time GRAMMY nominee Chance The Rapper; two-time GRAMMY winners Little Big Town; and current two-time GRAMMY nominee Sturgill Simpson. Previously announced performers include Adele, Daft Punk, Dave Grohl, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Bruno Mars, Metallica, Maren Morris, Anderson .Paak, A Tribe Called Quest, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and The Weeknd. Award-winning television personality and performer James Corden is set to host the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards® for the first time. Taking place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network,Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Additional performers will be announced shortly.

 "It's important to The Recording Academy that the GRAMMY stage showcases artists across all disciplines and genres, and we take pride in our ability to elevate the best in music while, at the same time, introducing audiences to sounds and songs they’d previously not heard," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy." As fans' access to music has increased, so has their appetite for variety expanded. This year's lineup already reflects that—and we're still not done!"

Bell is nominated for Best Traditional R&B Performance ("The Three Of Me") and Best Americana Album (This Is Where I Live).

Chance The Rapper is nominated for Best Rap Album (Coloring Book), Best New Artist, Best Rap/Sung Performance ("Ultralight Beam"), and Best Rap Performance ("No Problem"). He's also nominated three times in theBest Rap Song category ("Ultralight Beam," "No Problem," and" Famous").

Simpson is nominated for Album Of The Year and Best Country Album (A Sailor's Guide To Earth).

The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, Ben Winston is a producer, and David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers.

 

CLIVE DAVIS AND THE RECORDING ACADEMY® TO HONOR BET NETWORKS CHAIRMAN AND CEO DEBRA L. LEE WITH THE GRAMMY SALUTE TO INDUSTRY ICONS® AWARD AT THE 2017 PRE-GRAMMY® GALA

 Photo source: The Recording Academy (Twitter)

Photo source: The Recording Academy (Twitter)

SANTA MONICA, Calif.  — Clive Davis and The Recording Academy® will present the annual Pre-GRAMMY® Galaon Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., the evening preceding the 59th Annual GRAMMYAwards®. As part of the celebration, BET Networks Chairman and CEO Debra L. Lee will be recognized as the 2017 GRAMMYSalute To Industry Icons® honoree for her significant contributions to the music industry.

Sponsored by Hilton, Mastercard, JBL by HARMAN, and Delta Airlines, the invitation-only Pre-GRAMMY Gala has long been one of the music industry's most prestigious events, having hosted the industry's top leaders and welcomed the world's most talented artists on its stage. For nearly 10 years, the gala has also included a presentation to honor industry luminaries through The Recording Academy's GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons Award. Past recipients include Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, Irving Azoff, Martin Bandier, Sir Richard Branson, Clive Davis, Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen, Berry Gordy, Lucian Grainge, Doug Morris, Mo Ostin, and Antonio "L.A." Reid.

"For this year's GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons Award, The Recording Academy is proud to honor the extraordinary Debra L. Lee, a groundbreaking figure whose innovative vision, commitment to entertainment, and philanthropic work have had a profound impact on the industry as well as our broader culture," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "Debra has elevated BET to the remarkable platform it is today, and we look forward to celebrating our first, and definitely not the last, female honoree as our industry continues to recognize the significant contributions of female leaders."

"I am thrilled that The Recording Academy is presenting BET Networks Chairman and CEO Debra L. Lee with this year's GRAMMYSalute To Industry Icons Award," said Clive Davis, co-host of the Pre-GRAMMY Gala.  "Debra's many years of wonderful work and dedication to the network, as well as raising the profile of businesswomen in the African-American community, has been remarkable and she truly deserves this great honor."

"It is such a tremendous honor to receive this year's GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons Award. Music is a part of BET's DNA and it's always been my goal to touch people by educating, inspiring, providing opportunity, and affecting real change through the powerful medium of entertainment," said Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET Networks. "I am proud and thrilled to be the first woman to join this dynamic group of industry trailblazers ."

Recently inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, Lee is one of this country's most respected business executives. As Chairman and CEO of BET Networks, the leading media and entertainment company for African-Americans and lovers of black culture, she is one of the highest ranking African-American women in the media industry. A graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Harvard Law School, Lee has led BET's successful reinvigorated brand approach, creating quality programming that respects, reflects and elevates its audience, including hit shows "Being Mary Jane," "Real Husbands Of Hollywood," the biggest celebration ofBlack music and achievement, the “BET Awards”  and the upcoming three-night epic miniseries "The New Edition Story" airing in January. Prior to her appointment as CEO in March 1996, Lee served as the network's executive vice president of strategic business development. In 2003 Lee was given the Distinguished Vanguard Award for Leadership from the NCTA — The Internet & Television Association, making her the first African-American female executive to receive the honor. Under her leadership, BET continues to bring quality programming to an audience of over 90 million households domestically and over 38 million homes internationally.

COUNTDOWN TO OCSARS 2017

Heidi Klum arrives at The 88th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 28, 2016.

Photo by Aaron Poole / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Three hundred thirty-six feature films are eligible for the Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced recently.

To be eligible for 89th Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days.

Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format. 

Feature films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release are not eligible for Academy Awards in any category. 

Nominations for the 89th Oscars® will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.  The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR THE 48TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS


LeBron James to Receive NAACP Jackie Robinson Sports Award
Beyoncé Leads with 7 Nominations;
Solange Knowles with 5 Nominations;
Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar Received 4 Nominations;
Donald Glover and Nate Parker both Received 3 Nominations
ABC and HBO Lead the Nominations in the TV Categories;
Columbia Records Leads in the Recording Category


LOS ANGELES, CA (December 2016) - The nominees for the 48th NAACP Image Awards were announced recently. 

Beyoncé leads the pack with 7 nominations, followed by her sister Solange Knowles with 5 nominations. Additionally, Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar received 4 nominations, while Donald Glover and Nate Parker both received nominations for 3 awards.

The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. Winners will be announced during the two-hour star-studded event hosted by Anthony Anderson, which will broadcast LIVE on TV ONE on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 9pm/8c as a two-hour special. A 90-minute pre-show will air live from the red carpet at 7:30pm/6:30c.

"The NAACP is delighted to have a great collaboration with TV One and we look forward to working with them again to create a memorable evening of entertainment celebrating the hard work, perseverance, and achievements of those in our community," stated Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors.

"The Image Awards is the premier showcase for art and advocacy reflecting the depth and diversity of the African-American experience. It is an American prism through which we see a breadth of culture and color reflected in film, television, music and literature in ways that reveal our shared humanity. At a moment when America is so divided, the Image Awards represents an hour that brings us together," stated Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO, NAACP.

The 48th NAACP Image Awards production team will be returning including Executive Producers Reginald Hudlin and Phil Gurin, Director Tony McCuin, Co-Executive Producers Kimmie H. Kim and Byron Phillips, and Talent Producer Robin Reinhardt.

Here is a partial list of nominees:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

  • Beyoncé
  • Viola Davis
  • Regina King
  • Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
  • Chance the Rapper

TELEVISION 

Outstanding Comedy Series

  • "Atlanta" (FX)
  • "black-ish" (ABC)
  • "Insecure" (HBO)
  • "Survivor's Remorse" (Starz)
  • "The Carmichael Show" (NBC)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Anthony Anderson - "black-ish" (ABC)
  • Don Cheadle - "House of Lies" (Showtime)
  • Donald Glover - "Atlanta" (FX)
  • Dwayne Johnson - "Ballers" (HBO)
  • Kevin Hart - "Real Husbands of Hollywood" (BET)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Issa Rae - "Insecure" (HBO)
  • Keesha Sharp - "Lethal Weapon" (FOX)
  • Niecy Nash - "The Soul Man" (TV Land)
  • Tracee Ellis Ross - "black-ish" (ABC)
  • Uzo Aduba - "Orange is the New Black" (Netflix)

Outstanding Drama Series

  • "Empire" (FOX)
  • "Power" (Starz)
  • "Queen Sugar" (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
  • "This Is Us" (NBC)
  • "Underground" (WGN America)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

  • Kofi Siriboe - "Queen Sugar" (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
  • Mike Colter - "Marvel's Luke Cage" (Netflix)
  • Omari Hardwick - "Power" (Starz)
  • Sterling K. Brown - "This Is Us" (NBC)
  • Terrence Howard - "Empire" (FOX)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

  • Jurnee Smollett-Bell - "Underground" (WGN America)
  • Kerry Washington - "Scandal" (ABC)
  • Rutina Wesley - "Queen Sugar" (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
  • Taraji P. Henson - "Empire" (FOX)
  • Viola Davis - "How to Get Away with Murder" (ABC)

RECORDING


Outstanding New Artist

  • Chance the Rapper (Chance the Rapper)
  • Chloe X Halle (Columbia Records)
  • MAJOR. (BOE/Empire)
  • Ro James (RCA Records/ByStorm Entertainment)
  • Serayah (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Male Artist

  • Anthony Hamilton (RCA Records)
  • Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
  • Chance the Rapper (Chance the Rapper)
  • Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg Entertainment/ Aftermath/Interscope Records)
  • Maxwell (Columbia)

Outstanding Female Artist

  • Alicia Keys (RCA Records)
  • Beyoncé (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)
  • Fantasia (RCA Records/19 Recordings Limited)
  • K. Michelle (Atlantic Records)
  • Solange (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Album

  • "A Seat At The Table" - Solange (Columbia Records)
  • "Coloring Book" - Chance the Rapper (Chance the Rapper)
  • "Lemonade" - Beyoncé (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)
  • "untitled unmastered." - Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath/Interscope Records)
  • "What I'm Feelin" - Anthony Hamilton (RCA Records)

MOTION PICTURE 
 

Outstanding Motion Picture

  • "Fences" (Paramount Pictures)
  • "Hidden Figures" (20th Century Fox)
  • "Loving" (Focus Features/Big Beach)
  • "Moonlight" (A24)
  • "The Birth of a Nation" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

  • Denzel Washington - "Fences" (Paramount Pictures)
  • Don Cheadle - "Miles Ahead" (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Nate Parker - "The Birth of a Nation" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • Stephan James - "Race" (Focus Features/The Luminary Group A Solofilms/Trinidad/Trinity/Trinity Race Production)
  • Will Smith - "Collateral Beauty" (Warner Bros. Pictures/New Line Cinema)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

  • Angela Bassett - "London Has Fallen" (Focus Features/Millennium Films/G-Base Production)
  • Madina Nalwanga - "Queen of Katwe" (Walt Disney Studios)
  • Ruth Negga - "Loving" (Focus Features/Big Beach)
  • Taraji P. Henson - "Hidden Figures" (20th Century Fox)
  • Tika Sumpter - "Southside With You" (Roadside Attractions)

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    Guests on the red carpet at the Holiday in Hollywood Reception.

Guests on the red carpet at the Holiday in Hollywood Reception.

LOS ANGELES(December 20, 2016) – Caribbean nationals in Los Angeles recently celebrated the holidays with two spectacular events in Hollywood. The Caribbean Holiday in Hollywood themed weekend events included, a holiday reception and Caribbean Christmas Tree Lighting. The two events, complete with delicious Caribbean fruit cake, jerk chicken dinner and gifts for the children were all reminiscent of Christmastime in the Caribbean.

 Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana and The Bahamas were among the countries represented at the Holiday in Hollywood events. The celebrations were hosted by myKEEtv Caribbean TV Network. The Los Angeles-based company hosts the annual events as part of its commitment to highlight and preserve Caribbean traditions.

Bombay East & West Indian Market in Chatsworth, California sponsored the Holiday in Hollywood events. Celebrity chef, Bernard James who operates Taste of the Caribbean Restaurant in Hollywood catered dinner for the Caribbean Christmas Tree Lighting. Guyanese businessmen own both entities. myKEEtv partnered with the companies to offer the food and festivities at no cost to the attendees.  

The weekend of events were held on Friday, December 16th (Holiday Reception) and Sunday, December 18th (Christmas Tree Lighting). 

Latinos de Hoy Awards in Hollywood

myKEEtv captured spectacular moments at this year’s Latinos de Hoy Awards.  The star-studded event in Hollywood attracted some of the most celebrated names in Latino culture. Actress Jaina Lee Ortiz, star of the hit series Rosewood, hosted the event at the Dolby Theatre. The Latinos de Hoy Awards is presented by the Los Angeles Times. It is an annual celebration that recognizes the contributions of Latinos in the entertainment industry. It is marks the culmination of National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations in Los Angeles.


Among this year’s awardees were; members of the cast of Disney’s Eleana of Avalor. The animated movie was recognized with a Programming Award.  Other honorees were, Enrique Olvera – Culinary Award; Jose Moreno Hernandez , Inspirational Award; Julissa Arce,  Emerging Leader Award; Luis Valdez – Master of the Arts Award; Patty Arvielo,  Business Award; Patty Rodriguez. Cultural Influencer Award; Thomas Saenz, Dolores Huerta Civic Leadership Award; Dan Guerrero , LGBT Award and Edward James Oimos with the Legend Award. 

T&T Ambassador Meets with Nationals in California

Trinidad & Tobago's Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Anthony Phillips-Spencer recently met with members of the T&T community in Los Angeles.     The Citizens & Friends of Trinidad & Tobago (CFTT) hosted the Ambassador. He was in Los Angeles for a town hall meeting with community members. Among the controversial issues addressed, was the new measure to facilitate processing of passports for T&T Citizens in Los Angeles.

    The ambassador assured the community that a resolution is in the making. He told the intimate gathering that beginning in 2017, a representative from his office in Washington DC will visit LA at least once every few months.  The ambassador said the representative will assists the community with the processing of passport applications. 

Barbados Independence Celebrations in LA

Francesca Harewood (right) shares a moment with actor Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter ( 2nd from left) and myKEEtv reporter, Racquel Marshall (left). 

Francesca Harewood, vice president of Business Affairs at NBC Universal was master of ceremony at the Barbados 50th independence celebration in Southern California.  A taste of Barbados – A cultural Extravaganza was the theme of the celebration organized by the Barbados Association of Southern California.

     In an interview with myKEEtv, Harewood said she was thrilled to be celebrating with the  Bajan community.

     Renowned Jamaican-born actor, Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter introduced Harewood prior to her assuming the tasks for the evening.

     Gunter also directed a theatrical production presented at the event.  The play, 50 Years Aren’t 50 Days was written by journalist Wolsley Grannum.

     As part of the celebrations, recognition awards were presented to artist, Romeo Downer as well as longtime community contributors, Neville and Dulcie Harrison.

     The formal part of the evening culminated with an homage to former prime ministers, a champagne toast, a 50th independence cake and a cropover (traditional Bajan festival) style cultural presentation. The event was held in Monterey Park California.

myKEEtv's coverage of Barbados 50th event is sponsored by the Barbados Association of Southern California (BASC).