Stop the Gun Violence Youth Empowerment Summit Saturday October 23rd 12:00pm to 3:00pm


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JATA X ENTERTAINMENT and SAW EVENTS PRESENTS

Stop the Gun Violence Youth Empowerment Summit 2021

DATE AND TIME: Saturday, October 23, 2021 – 12PM – 3PM

LOCATION: South Mountain Grove, 400 E. Mountain Rd., Allentown, PA 18103


The Stop the Gun Violence Youth Empowerment Summit is a free event to the community which is intended to bring the Lehigh Valley community together in response to the gun violence affecting our youth. Panel speakers are: Trumpeter James Gibbs III, Cory and Tasha Strong founders of Dirty Soles Footwear Group, and Entrepreneur Kaleem D. Bailey. Additionally, youth will be connected with resources and alternatives to choose from in order to obtain positive solutions in their lives. The event will also include a deejay and special musical guests and performances.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children ages 10 to 17. There will be free parking available and refreshments.

Currently seeking vendors, sponsors, and donations (financial and school supplies). A portion of the proceeds to benefit local community organizations.

For questions, please contact Mr. Andre Thompson at 484-375-7753 or andrejatax@gmail.com

AEDC: Urban Made Minority -Owned Business Loans

 


Al Sharpton calls on Biden to fight the filibuster: ‘If we can’t depend on you here, when can we?’


Al Sharpton wearing a suit and tie: Photograph: Erik Pendzich/Rex/Shutterstock© Provided by The Guardian Photograph: Erik Pendzich/Rex/Shutterstock


Earlier this summer, Al Sharpton traveled to Philadelphia to attend Joe Biden’s speech on voting rights. After delivering his remarks – a ringing call to arms against the march of restrictive election laws – the US president asked the veteran Black civil rights leader what he thought.

“If the African American voters feel that there was not an aggressive fight and there’s low turnout, [Democrats] can easily lose the Senate and the House and Joe Biden will be an early lame duck,” Sharpton said. “They will be totally neutered if they don’t do something about this.”

Tony Todd to star in August Wilson’s How I Learned What I Learned at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival in Center Valley, July 1st to July 11th

 

LV-BNN has (4) Free Pair of tickets for the first  four emails to ke@lvbnn.com

Topic: I want my Tony Todd Ticket

How I Learned What I Learned
 will be performed on the Festival’s indoor Main Stage to a limited capacity, socially distanced audience. The show will preview at 6:30pm on June 29 and 30. 

Opening night is Thursday, July 1 at 6:30pm, and the production runs through July 11.

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Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival has announced its re-opening for Summer 2021, with exciting plans for a variety of outdoor, indoor, and virtual performances. The season will run June 25 to August 1 at, and adjacent to, the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA. 

Though the full season will be announced soon, the summer season will feature August Wilson’s one-man theatrical memoir How I Learned What I Learned, starring veteran stage, film, and television actor Tony Todd.

With an acting career spanning more than 30 years, Mr. Todd has an extensive list of credits in all genres. His films include Oliver Stone's Academy Award-winning Platoon; Lean On Me with Morgan Freeman; Clint Eastwood’s Bird; and the voice of the Fallen in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen; among many others.

The charismatic six-foot-five actor is perhaps best known for his chilling performances in horror and sci-fi films including the title role in the Candyman franchise, as well as the Hatchet and Final Destination franchise hits, along with Night of the Living Dead, The Crow, and The Rock.

On television, he has had prominent guest starring roles in numerous critically-acclaimed television series including Riverdale for the CW, Room 104 for HBO, Scream for MTV, the villain Zoom on the CW series The Flash, recurring roles on all three incarnations of Star Trek, and many more.

Mr. Todd has received accolades for numerous roles on stage including a coveted Helen Hayes Award for his performance in Athol Fugard’s The Captain’s Tiger at the La Jolla Playhouse, Manhattan Theatre Club, and The Kennedy Center; and originating the title role in the world premiere of August Wilson’s King Hedley II in Pittsburgh, Boston, and Seattle. (Variety lauded, “Todd’s King Hedley dominates the stage.” His performance “was a memorable tour-de-force.”)


How I Learned What I Learned will be performed on the Festival’s indoor Main Stage to a limited capacity, socially distanced audience. The show will preview at 6:30pm on June 29 and 30. Opening night is Thursday, July 1 at 6:30pm, and the production runs through July 11.

Read more about the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival here

Watch a Never-Before-Aired James Baldwin Interview From 1979

Buried by ABC at the time, the segment reveals a unique glimpse into Baldwin’s private life—as well as his resounding criticism about white fragility, as blisteringly relevant today as it was in 1979.

By Adrienne Westenfeld June 15, 2021


In 1979, up-and-coming television producer Joseph Lovett scored the opportunity of a lifetime. Just a few months into his stint at 20/20, ABC’s upstart television news magazine, Lovett was assigned a profile of James Baldwin, pegged to the publication of Baldwin’s nineteenth book, Just Above My Head. Lovett was “beyond thrilled” to tell the titanic American writer’s story—but it’s taken until 2021 for that interview to see the light of day. Buried by ABC at the time, the segment has resurfaced over four decades later, revealing a unique glimpse into Baldwin’s private life—as well as his resounding criticism about white fragility, as blisteringly relevant today as it was in 1979.

When Lovett received the assignment, he was excited to meet one of his heroes: “I had been reading [Baldwin] since I was a teenager. I thought he was brilliant and brave and speaking to the moment of history that we were all living in. I was thrilled; I was beyond thrilled.”  

Coard: Congress patronizes with Juneteenth, ignores lynching

 


Michael Coard Jun 19, 2021


OK. I’ll give credit where credit is due.

Thank you, 117th Congress, for finally passing Senate Bill 475, officially known as “Juneteenth National Independence Day” and technically known as Public Law No. 117-17. Also, thank you, President Joe Biden, for quickly signing that bill into law June 17.

But, um, I ain’t too impressed because what y’all did is akin to giving starving diners a mere morsel from the massive buffet they already paid extra for. I mean, yeah, they appreciate a few breadcrumbs and all since they’re famished. However, it’s not enough, not nearly enough! You owe ‘em more, much more!

As Brother Malcolm X so profoundly and prophetically stated, “The white man will try to satisfy us with symbolic victories rather than economic equity and justice.” And as yours truly, Michael X, adds, “They’ll do that rather than provide judicial, educational, and other substantive equity and justice.”

The white man has owed us since Aug. 25, 1619, when he began formally enslaving us in British colonial America. And he continues to owe us since the Redemption Era, the Black Codes, sharecropping, peonage labor, convict-leasing, pervasive lynchings, Jim Crow, the sabotaging of Brown v. Board of Education, legislative voter disenfranchisement, court-sanctioned gerrymandering, redlining, stop and frisk, police brutality/murder, mass incarceration, and all other components of systemic racism in general.  read more