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February 8th, 2018 by Aiyonna White

By Aiyonna White, Contributor

In honor of Black History Month, The Paley Center for Media has announced a panel discussion with prolific African-American creators in the industry. They Run the Show: 

African-American Creators and Producers in Conversation will be at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills February 13 at 7 pm. The panelists will discuss the adversary faced by African-Americans in the industry, the current state of the industry, and other topics.  

Here is the complete list of panelists:

Cheo Hodari Coker, Creator/Executive Producer/Showrunner, Luke Cage

Courtney A. Kemp, Creator/Executive Producer/Showrunner, Power

Janine Sherman Barrois, Executive 

Producer/Showrunner, Claws

Lee Daniels, Creator/Executive Producer, Empire and Star

Prentice Penny, Executive Producer/Showrunner, Insecure

Yvette Lee Bowser, Executive Producer/Showrunner, Dear White People

Moderator: Nischelle Turner, Entertainment Tonight

The Paley Center never fails to impress. The panelists are outstanding and the shows are some of the best.  

This event is one of several in the Paley Center’s Black History Month Celebration, titled African-American Achievements in Television: A Black History Spotlight Presented by Citi. Tickets on sale here and on the Paley Center website.







About Paley Live:

PaleyLive programs offer television fans the rare opportunity to engage with the cast and creative teams of their favorite programs in intimate settings held at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. All PaleyLive programs are selected by the Paley Center to not only expand society’s understanding of the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, but also for their ability to educate and entertain the public.

Leave a comment below about this Black History Month Paley Center Program and favorite TV shows/cast members. 


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August 26th, 2017 by Cherry

LOVING | Fangirl Critic Pick | Directed by Jeff Nichols Biography | Drama | PG-13 | 2h 3m

By Cherry Davis NOV. 3, 2016

Anti-miscegenation laws or miscegenation laws were laws that enforced racial segregation at the level of marriage and intimate relationships by criminalizing interracial marriage and sometimes also sex between members of different races.




Just think what that means and how a couple in Virginia changed the course of marriage for people of all races and sexual orientation.


I was familiar with the Loving story but seeing their story in this political landscape reminded me how far we’ve come but how much further we have to go for true equality for all people (race, sexual orientation, citizenship). My heart was in my throat from the opening scene. Jeff Nichol’s caressed this story with the eyes of love and it speaks to the division of America’s past and current division of race. Loving takes us back to a time with anti-miscegenation laws were on the books in many states so when Mildred and Richard crossed state lines to marry in Washington, DC it started a domino affect that is still cited in court cases today. A white man and woman of color (Black and Native American) could not legally marry in Virginia. Virginia passed the first law in 1691 to prevent interracial couples from having children.



Loving takes place in the late 1950s with Mildred (Ruth Negga) and Richard (Joel Edgerton) a young couple in love living in a small area outside of town (where the blacks, Native Americans and poor whites) lived in an easy peace. Mildred and Richard have a chemistry and deep friendship that was noticed not just by white but black people and not everyone approved but most didn’t say anything as long as they seemed to be ‘spending time’ with one another.


img_0245 I noticed the looks from a few white men at the race and a black woman at the fabric store. But they were protected by their love and affection but eventually the read world intruded in their fairy tale.

Mr. Nichols (‘Take Shelter’, ‘Mud’) has a light touch with the film that follows the couple as if you’re an angel looking over their shoulders. It’s a film of small sights and long lingering looks (not always of passion) where love runs up against a brick wall and refuses to stop. Some people may not know the history of our country but in the 1950s Jim Crow was the law of many states as in the signs that say ‘Separate but Equal’ and it was a time when America was in a huge upheaval with the beginning steps of the Civil Rights movement.


The Loving’s first come to the attention of the local police after they return from Washington, DC and happily display the marriage license. They fell asleep in each other arms and woke to Sheriff R. Garnett Brooks (Marton Csokas) and his deputies with flashlights and angry voices. It was the first inkling of how they had crossed the ‘invisible’ line that they were never to have crossed. Mildred and Richard were arrested and jailed for not following the law against interracial marriage in Virginia. From that moment your heart will be beating so fast for them fear of the legal ramifications, the unspoken threat of being lynched and if their love would survive the many obstacles in their path.


Looking at this couple and how Mildred finally had said ‘enough’ she wanted her life with her beloved husband, children and extended family back and the lengths/sacrifices is simply fascinating. Watching their story unfold from Richard’s deep connection with black people and easy kinship to Mildred’s close relationship with her family the film takes the photo from ‘Life’ magazine and give them life. The team behind the movie from set, location, cast, makeup, hair, cinematography and direction made this feel like we had stepped back in time. It’s incredibly moving to tell the story of two people fighting the state of VA with the assistance of the ACLU, a green lawyer wanting to fight the law, the Georgetown Professor who introduces him to his more experience co-counsel and all the moving parts to find the right case to strike down these laws is simply fascinating.


The story of the Lovings have been told in numerous books and movies over the decades but Mr. Nichol’s found ‘The Loving Story’ (2011) documentary directed by Nancy Buirski with archival film footage to be an inspiration of the family. Seeing them as people and how they interacted with one another enabled him to write/direct a film that truly reflects this couple. A woman who may have been shy but had a will of iron when it came to her family and a strong solid husband who always took care of his wife and put his family first even over the objections from kin and the law.  


This film is like a river that follows it’s own path no matter how long it may take to carve out the land. I strongly recommend this film for the quiet moments, the sighs and yes the love that fought to be heard all the way to the Supreme Court.


Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (portrayed in the film by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who fell in love and were married in 1958 from acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud, Midnight Special).


The couple had grown up in Central Point, a small town in Virginia that was more integrated than surrounding areas in the American South. Yet it was the state of Virginia, where they were making their home and starting a family, that first jailed and then banished them. Richard and Mildred relocated with their children to the inner city of Washington, D.C. While relatives made them feel welcome there, the more urban environment did not feel like home to them. Ultimately, the pull of their roots in Virginia would spur Mildred to try to find a way back.Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry. Richard and Mildred returned home and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since.


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July 9th, 2017 by Cherry


I am looking forward to attending the 2017 Politicon (, the “Unconventional Political Convention,” that is headlined by Adam Carolla and a multitude of The Daily Show contributors for the upcoming third annual convention (July 29 -30). Millions of fans have been watching late night shows, comics and reading posts from a variety of viewpoints. Longtime wonks and newly passionate voters have the opportunity to not only attend panels, socialize with other attendees and the Democracy Village. I’ve perused the announced panels and have a couple of my ‘must attend’ (see below). CNN will take over the Democracy Village stage for an entire day of programming on Saturday, July 29 featuring Jake Tapper, Chris Cillizza, Brianna Keilar, Dylan Byers, Hunter Schwarz, and Kate Bennett. To close out the day, Jake Tapper will host a special edition of CNN’s Politics on Tap a barroom event series that pairs powerhouse political figures with an intimate crowd for an interview over cocktails. Tickets are available for purchase online ($50 per day or $80 for the weekend): The first 5,000 people to purchase Politicon tickets will also receive a complimentary copy of CNN’s bookUnprecedented: The Election That Changed Everything upon entry to Politicon in July.
“I don’t care if you’re a Republican or a Democrat, liberal or conservative, as long as you’re not stupid and you’re not a liar,” Adam Carolla said. “I can’t wait to get to Politicon to knock some sense into these people!”


JULY 29 – 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM







JULY 30 – 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM







JULY 30 – 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM





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JULY 30 – 1:30 – 2:30 PM








To date, Politicon has announced well-known participants from across the political spectrum including James Carville, Ann Coulter, Tomi Lahren, Pod Save America, Congressman Ted Lieu, Symone Sanders, Michael Steele, Bill Kristol, David Frum, Robert Davi, Krystal Ball, Guy Benson, Jen Psaki, Dr. Alveda King, Bob Shrum, Touré, Amy Holmes, Scottie Nell Hughes, Sally Kohn, Elisha Krauss, Greg Proops, Malcolm Nance, and Anthony Scaramucci.

Adam CarollaThe Adam Carolla Show podcast & No Safe Spaces documentary

Anthony Atamanuik ‒ Trump impersonator & star of Comedy Central’s The President Show

Roy Wood Jr.The Daily Show

Michelle WolfThe Daily Show

Jordan CarlosThe Colbert Report & The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore

Grace ParraThe Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore

Lizz WinsteadThe Daily Show co-creator

Trae Crowder ‒ author of The Liberal Redneck Manifesto: Draggin’ Dixie Outta the Dark

Al MadrigalThe Daily Show & co-creator of All Things Comedy podcast network

Jena FriedmanThe Daily Show & Late Show with David Letterman

Greg ProopsThe Smartest Man in the World podcast & Whose Line Is It Anyway?

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July 10th, 2016 by Alexcea Matthews

Not too long ago I had the distinct pleasure of spending my day at two very different, but equally as informing, conventions around the LA area.


Dwelling on all the Designs

I started my day–after spending 20 minutes looking for parking–at the LA Convention Center for the 11th annual Dwell on Design show. While there, I was able to browse around and check out up and coming architecture, furniture, appliances, comforts, and much more, for the modern age.


Interior decorating meets Pinterest with Decorist and ATG

I learned a lot about prefab housing from LivingHomes’ new spinoff Plant Prefab, and was even able to tour a few full-scale model houses. I also got to sit in the world’s most comfortable bean-bag chair from LoveSac, and get a massage from $8,000 god of a machine.

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Lovely examples from VintageView Wine Racks

From interior decorators that can use your very own Pinterest boards to create your dream home–thanks Decorist– to wine racks specialized to your specifications, I have seen the future of housing, and I’m excited for more.

So after speaking with a few of the vendors and enjoying my second cup of coffee for the day, it was time to head out of DTLA and make my way to Pasadena for the 2nd annual Politicon Convention.

In only it’s second year, Politicon has firmly established itself as what Huffington Post calls “the Coachella of politics”. From Sarah Palin to 10-year old boys the line-up was extremely diverse.


Should we #legalizeit? From right: Mat Ferner, Nicole Boxer, Jordan Carlos, John Ratzenberger, and Hal Sparks.

I had the pleasure of sitting in on a panel about the legalization of weed with a great and lively group of debaters. Matt Ferner, Nicole Boxer, Jordan Carlos, Hal Sparks, and  John Ratzenberger were all great at making their respective arguments and respecting one another’s positions.

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Me with stand up comedian and recurring Colbert Report character, Jordan Carlos

Next and sadly finally, I enjoyed a hilarious comedy show with the likes of Jay Pharoah
Darrell Hammond,  Al Madrigal, and Greg Proops Toure. All were perfect at keeping the audience laughing while still talking about social issues and the political climate of our country–no easy feat!

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Me with SNL’s best Kanye and President Obama impersonator, Jay Pharoah.

Eventually I had to say goodbye to my new friends at Politicon and make my way back home. And after 2o minutes of being lost in Pasadena, not able to find my car, I did just that.

Thank you to Cherry LA for letting me tag along on an amazing Sunday!

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May 15th, 2016 by Cherry


I learned of the camps where American citizens of Japanese descent were sent to during WWII and always thought it was a symptom of American xenophobia where people who don’t ‘look like Americans’ are treated as less human. I know some people think this in the past and it would never happen again but I sadly knew this hatred of other was simply bubbling under the surface. It boiled over after the attack on September 11th (Anti-Muslim) and with the election of President Obama (Black racism) that seemed to make it ‘ok’ to spout racist through a lens of love of ‘America’. Now with Donald Trump running for President the normal dog whistle ‘Southern Strategy’ is no longer whispers but shouts against the ‘other’.

This is why I plan to attend Go for Broke National Education Center’s Defining Courage Exhibition on Saturday, May 28th DTLA (Little Tokyo) with a community festival. This timely exhibition will provoke conversations about the rise of American xenophobia and how the Japanese American experience during WWII might be repeated if Donald Trump is elected with his views on Mexicans and Muslims.

As citizens of conscious let us join the Broke National Education Center and walk in the steps of the Japanese American citizens at the internment camps as well as think that this should never happen again in our country.

Learn more about about the center and the event below.


WWII ended 70 years ago, but we are still facing some of the same issues regarding the rights of citizens, what it means to be an American and most importantly  who is an American.  Issues of Religion, Race & Ethnicity are at the forefront of political discussion.  Underlying this all is the idea of ‘what does an American look like’.  Go For Broke reminds us that we are all Americans, and puts visitors in the shoes of the Japanese Americans, as they were sent to incarceration camps, called to serve in the military (even though they were viewed as the enemy), and in many ways prove that they deserved to be in the country they were either born in or immigrated to.


Go For Broke National Education Center to Debut New Facilities
and Defining Courage Exhibition with  Free Public Opening On May 28, 2016

Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) will debut its new facilities and groundbreaking Defining Courageexhibition on Saturday, May 28, 2016, with a Ribbon Cutting and Homecoming Festival in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles. The Defining Courage exhibition will feature free timed-entry during the Homecoming Festival.   Exhibition admittance is limited and early reservations are recommended. Free tickets are available online beginning on April 8, 2016.  To learn more, or to register for tickets, please visit

Located in the former Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, GFBNEC has a mission to educate and inspire character and equality through the virtue and valor of our World War II American veterans of Japanese ancestry.  This story of courage in the face of discrimination, of equality and the rights of citizenship is inextricably linked to its facilities, the former Temple.

Nishi Hongwanji Temple:  Little Tokyo District, Los Angeles, 1942
Built in 1925, the Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple was once among the largest and most influential Buddhist Temples in the United States.  At the time, Little Tokyo was home to more than 30,000 Japanese Americans.  However, with the beginning of World War II, the community was changed.  In 1942, the neighborhood’s Japanese Americans were forced to leave.  They were assembled outside the Temple, where government buses took them to incarceration camps.

A true community center, the Temple held these displaced families’ belongings until they were able to reclaim them after the war.   After WWII, the Temple reopened and provided shelter to residents who returned from the incarceration camps. The Japanese American World War II story begins at this Temple and places like it.  From this very building, families were displaced in an atmosphere of fear, discrimination, and almost universal prejudice.  But arising from this unjust treatment, 33,000 citizens of Japanese ancestry came forward, as Americans to serve in their country’s military.

Defining Courage Exhibition:
The Defining Courage exhibition documents the Japanese American World War II experience beginning with Pearl Harbor and draws parallels to our contemporary times.

Pearl Harbor changed the lives of all Americans, but one group of citizens was affected beyond compare. Japanese Americans were literally stripped of their rights as citizens, and sent to incarceration camps.  In spite of this, as stated by 100thBattalion veteran Ben Tamashiro and commemorated on the Go For Broke Monument, “Rising to the defense of their country, by the thousands they came – these young Japanese American soldiers from Hawaii, the States, America’s concentration camps – to fight in Europe and the Pacific during World War II. Looked upon with suspicion, set apart and deprived of their constitutional rights, they nevertheless remained steadfast and served with indomitable spirit and uncommon valor, for theirs was a fight to prove loyalty. This legacy will serve as a sobering reminder that never again shall any group be denied liberty and the rights of citizenship.”

The Defining Courage exhibition is divided into eight sections to illustrate the difficult decisions Japanese Americans were forced to make, and prompts visitors to explore what their decisions might be in similar circumstances.

Pearl Harbor Aftermath:
The lives of Japanese Americans changed dramatically during the months immediately following the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Lives Left Behind:
“All of a sudden our friends were not our friends…we weren’t Americans anymore, we were Japs.  Nobody ever used that word before, but we in Hawaii were now considered Japs.  One year we were neighbors, and the next year we were enemies.”–Stanley M. Akita, Hanamuana, HI

Japanese American families on the mainland were forcibly relocated to incarceration camps in accordance with Executive Order 9066. This meant that Japanese Americans had to sell their businesses, and their possessions–often for pennies on the dollar– unless they could find someone who was willing to store them.   Heirlooms, family pets, photographs and friends were almost immediately lost.  Community leaders were taken by the FBI.  Families with relatives in Japan and America were torn apart.  Almost overnight, these Americans lost everything, including their identity as Americans.

History Revisited:
The events of WWII are strikingly relevant today.  In History Revisited, we examine how we can stay safe as a country while simultaneously honoring the Bill of Rights.  The current global climate is bringing the Japanese American experiences of WWII to the fore, again.  Some parallels include the treatment of Arab and Muslim Americans after the events of 9/11; the USA Patriot Act of 2001; nativist rhetoric against immigrants; and the rise of racial profiling.

Piece it Together:
What was it like to be an American one day, and a person of suspicion the next?  Piece it Together is an interactive storytelling component that provides a window into the experiences and emotions of Japanese Americans during WWII.  Visitors begin the journey geographically, selecting a destination.  They are then placed in the shoes of young Japanese Americans during the war.  They are confronted with decisions like “Will you join the military while your family is incarcerated?”; “Will you protest against the government’s unjust treatment?”; “Will you leave your family behind in the incarceration camp to seek education on the East Coast?”  In this computer-based activity, they then make a decision and face the consequences, learning about real-life Japanese Americans who made similar choices during World War II.

Propaganda Deconstructed:
The exhibition warns against propaganda, fear mongering, and the abridgement of constitutional rights.  To illustrate the power of the media and others, Propaganda Deconstructed teaches visitors the methods by which propaganda is spread.  Visitors learn how stories, images, and videos are often edited to change the meaning.  On a large touch-screen, visitors experiment with cropping modern images in order to express differing messages.

Media Maker:
Media Maker lets visitors create their own mini-documentary films about the Japanese American World War II experience and its relevance to today.  This computer-based activity provides visitors an opportunity to create a short film using drag and drop technology.  Visitors draw from a library of hundreds of oral history clips, historic photographs and films, documents, and the personal stories of hundreds of wartime Japanese Americans. After the video has been created, visitors will be able to email themselves a link to their documentary to share with their friends and family.

Woven Thoughts:
The political and social climate during World War II is quite relevant today.  Woven Thoughts provides visitors with an opportunity to weigh in on contemporary issues. Participants will cast their vote in response to a question by selecting a piece of fabric and weaving it into a wire grid. These different colored ribbons will form a mosaic that provides a visual representation of public sentiment.

The Nisei soldiers, members of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service (MIS), served heroically in Europe and the Pacific. The 100th/442nd remains the most highly decorated unit in US military history for its size and length of service, and the MIS was credited with shortening the war by two years.
World War II stories often focus on the battlefield.  However, courage is manifested in many ways, and some of the most important can happen anywhere, and at any time, including finding courage:

  • To stand up and speak out
  • To face fear
  • To say ‘No’­
  • To fight injustice

Passing the Torch:
Defining Courage closes with a selection of quotes from the Japanese American soldiers ‘passing the torch’ on to the next generation.  These quotes are taken from GFBNEC’s Hanashi oral history collection.  The Japanese American veteran experience is a story of resilience, courage and a firm belief in the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

Defining Courage provides an opportunity for visitors to experience the results of fear mongering and discrimination and reminds us that as Americans, we are all citizens.  Through the stories of the Japanese American soldiers of World War II, visitors learn how to act with similar courage in their own lives.

About Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC)
Since its formation in 1989, Go For Broke National Education Center has been committed to educating the public about the responsibilities, challenges, and rights of American citizenship by using the life stories of the Japanese American soldiers of World War II. In order to share these stories, they began video recording the oral histories of Japanese American veterans, and today they have the largest collection of its kind in the country. The interviews have been incorporated into a complete curriculum with lesson plans and web-based project learning to share their story with youth across the country.

In 1999, GFBNEC dedicated the Go For Broke Monument in the Little Tokyo District of Los Angeles. On the monument are the insignias of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Military Intelligence Service (MIS), 522nd Field Artillery Battalion, 232nd Combat Engineer Company, and the 1399 Engineer Construction Battalion. For more information, visit

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October 8th, 2015 by Cherry


It’s two full days of panels, comedy, art, book signing and thoughtful discussion from both sides of the spectrum. The schedule is so full of events and a lineup of MUST see people that you are going to want to split yourself in thirds … heck in to FIVE to see everything! Here’s a list of my panels that I MUST see!




Learn what it takes to write speeches for candidates and elected officials from the best in the business: Jon Favreau, Obama’s speechwriter during the 2008 campaign trail; Jon Macks, whose work as a poltical consultant and as Jay Leno’s 22 year monologue writer led to work with John Kerry and…


A discussion of justice reform, gun control, and social inequality, with two women who share a tragic connection to those issues: Lucy McBath, mother of Jordan Davis and Lezley McSpadden mother of Michael Brown. Moderated by Michael Skolnik.


A discussion of how online forums, apps and social media are being used in political campaigns and social advocacy. How do current government tech policies affect these platforms? What current changes are making strides for a different type of election in 2016? Moderator: Alice Ollstein Wynter Mitchell Emily Schwartz Nicco Mele…


When Americans talk about Islam these days, the focus is very often on jihad, ISIS and the Taliban, all the ways in which fundamentalist aspects of the religion have posed a terrorism crisis for us and the world. The discussion often boils down to two sides: progressive apologists versus Fox-style fear…


An all-access look at one of the most unique political campaigns of the past election year – the Congressional run of American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken, examining what it takes to run a campaign from the perspective of a candidate who is both a newcomer to the American political scene,…
5:30 PM


“Mad As Hell” documents Cenk Uygur’s rise from obscure YouTube personality to politically disillusioned MSNBC host to the creator of the wildly successful internet news network, The Young Turks. Watch the film followed by a Q&A with Cenk and director Andrew Napier.
6:30 PM


Join POLITICO for cocktails and a cutting-edge conversation exploring millennials as voters and critical voices in 2016. How are Washington and Hollywood teaming up to tailor civic engagement and social messaging to the millennial audience? How can politicians, media and the private sector learn from these strategies to get this…


From bakeries to boardrooms to bathrooms, from sex-ed to speech to the Supreme Court: balancing civil liberties in an increasingly complex culture.
7 PM


Amazon’s gives a sneak preview of the first two episodes of their new series: A glimpse into an alternate history of North America. What life after WWII may have been like if the Nazis had won the war.
8 PM


The legendary rivals go head to head in a full mental contact debate over domestic and international issues. Judge: Steven Olikara Moderated by: Rick Ungar
11 AM


Jose Antonio Vargas will take questions and discuss his conversation-stirring documentary on white privilege.
12 PM


Hillary Clinton may or may not get the Democratic nomination for President, but if she does, what difference would a female President make? Does a woman have to be a feminist to make a difference for women in politics? This panel will discuss common myths and perceptions, and actual research, about…
12:30 PM


Black Lives Matter and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights will bring their Caravan for Justice tour to Politicon with an event hosted and moderated by Tourè, marking the tours final stop after visiting cities all around Aalifornia highlighting how the families of the victims of police brutality are..


The writer/director of Airplane! and the creator of the The Naked Gun franchises screens a selection of his political short films and other clips poking fun poking fun at political issues from a Conservative, but unhinged, point of view.
1 PM


Alejandra Campoverdi, Managing Editor of #EmergingUS at the LA Times, moderates a lively discussion with Cristobal Joshua Alex, President of the Latino Victory Project, Hon. Marilinda Garcia, and Felix Sanchez, Chairman/Co-Founder of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, about the role Latinos will play in 2016 and media representation of…


A discussion of how politics, and politicians, have an impact on key womens health issues, from legal rights surrounding family planning, to funding for breast and ovarian cancer.
2 PM


A new show from Panoply about the human feeding frenzy that is Washington during a presidential campaign cycle, with Alex Wagner, host of MSNBC’s “Now with Alex Wagner,” Mark Leibovich, New York Times Magazine’s national correspondent and author of “This Town,” and Annie Lowrey, contributing editor at New York Magazine.
2:30 PM


They say that laughter is the best medicine, but sometimes it’s also the best way to get an important message across. In a world full of Donald Trumps and Michele Bachmans, it’s hard to keep a straight face while witnessing what’s happening within our political sphere. With the popularity of…
3 PM


With more than a year until the 2016 Presidential election, anything can happen. Newt Gingrich, James Carville, David Axelrod, and Alex Castellanos break down the campaign as it stands now, and project what to expect as the quest for the White House ramps up.
4 PM


Watch the rising stars of political comedy perform live and compete for the title of Politicomic 2015!


Some of your favorite liberal and conservative talk radio hosts switch sides and debate in support of their opposing views. Join the conversation using the hashtag #NotToday.


The combative Conservative commentator in discussion with the progressive political pundit.
4:30 PM


“The War Room” earned a nomination for Best Documentary and universal acclaim for its inside look at Bill Clinton’s successful, and controversy-ridden campaign for the White House. Meet the players featured in the documentary, including campaign manager James Carville, as they discuss favorite scenes and offer even more intimate details behind…
6:00 PM


What role should America take in addressing refugees escaping from war torn regions such as Syria, or immigrants fleeing poverty ridden countries?


Politicon comes to a close with a five star lineup of comedy talent, featuring standup sets by Evan Sayet and Robert Powell III riffing on national news and political culture; Jeff Ross in conversation with Jon Macks; and Daily Show creator Lizz Winstead and Daily Show correspondent Jordan Klepper giving…
7:00 PM


Trevor Noah, the new host of the Daily Show, performs live in front of Politicon, followed immediately by a one on one conversation with James Carville.

Politicon Los Angeles 2 Days, 12 Rooms and 100,000 square feet of Live Broadcasts, Panels, Movie Screenings, Debates, Art, Book Signings, Music and Comedy! Entertain Democracy.

I’m excited to cover the 2015 Politicon at the Los Angeles Convention Center October 9 & 10.  I’m a political geek that’s excited about issues, how technology is changing running for office and fundraising.


Am I the only one geeking out about Trevor North? I’m enjoying the first couple of Daily Shows he’s helmed and am interested how he’ll make it his own.

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August 16th, 2014 by Cherry

I might be heading to Texas this year to work on Wendy Davis campaign for Governor!  I’ve been excited about her since watching her try to hold the line from a conservative legislature hell bent on stopping reproductive health for women!   I don’t know why they always are about how abortion is killing babies but they don’t want to take care of the kids on earth right now AND don’t want anyone using birth control it makes my head explode with this illogical circular logic (so to speak).   I recently read a report that young people in Texas don’t realize that AIDS is an STD that you get from sex!!! In what world is ignorance the way to combat unplanned pregnancy?   I see nothing wrong with abstinence I waited a long time before having sex for the first time (probably should have waited even longer not the best experience) but I knew sex education and how to prevent an unwanted pregnancy!   I’m hoping that Wendy will turn Texas purple and that all the people who’s rights to vote have been suppressed rise up and fight (in the voting booth) and kick the son of a bitches out (excuse my language).   I don’t hold with the theory of only ‘one god’ should be in charge of our legislature.  I think that the whole ‘separation of church and state’ is right since my religious beliefs aren’t yours.  Instead let’s rule our country with decency and respect for every from the smallest child to the oldest senior.  A country where we offer a helping hand to one another.  Where we all work together to get the economy back on track with revitalizing our nation with rebuilding the infrastructure to compete globally.   A country where ALL schools are able to educate the next generation to find a job in the world today.  Where innovation and research is supported.   So that’s why I’m supporting Wendy and all the progressive candidates that want to make our towns, cities, state and country great!  Run Wendy RUN!!!

Dear friend,

You’ve seen the recent poll, you’ve watched our ad, and you know the momentum is with this campaign. Now we need your help in recruiting folks to join our field staff and assist in our statewide effort to elect Wendy Davis Governor of Texas.

This is a terrific opportunity — no matter where you live now — to get some hands-on experience with an exciting political campaign. You’ll be an integral part of our grassroots organization by managing volunteers and supporters from all across Texas who are ready to work hard to bring a different kind of leadership to Austin.

All you need is a strong work ethic – preferably one that lasts for 12 hours a day 7 days a week, the ability to knock on doors and talk with potential voters, and a desire to elect a governor who’ll make sure every Texan’s voice is heard. You don’t need previous campaign experience. We’ll teach you how to talk to voters about Wendy and organize your volunteers towards a win in November.

If you want to be a part of history, apply now: Just click here for all the details.

Please feel free to forward this email to someone you think might be interested. Texas is a big state so we’re counting on Team Wendy to the cast a wide net.

I couldn’t be prouder of my staff and would love to add your name to the list.


Chris Turner
Campaign Manager
Wendy R. Davis for Governor, Inc.


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June 9th, 2014 by Cherry

We are our brother’s keepers (and sisters too) and if ANY of their neighbors had done the RIGHT thing and call the police about neighbor’s making terrorist threats against the police MAYBE these innocent kids would still have their parents.  Instead because they choose to stick their head in the ground ‘mind their business’ and not behave as part of society we have ANOTHER senseless tragedy by BAD people with guns!  Notice I didn’t say mentally ill (since they are sane and evil) but instead BAD people.   Now I don’t want to lay all the blame on neighbors who may have been frightened of them but really how many innocent people must die because of craven cowards refuse to enact common sense gun laws!  Really I bet guns would be a hell of a lot safer if individuals could sue gun manufacturers!  But once again the cowards on the hill and state houses DON’T care about us but are instead motivated by greed and pursuit of power.  We as as a people have to stand up and insist that they do something and if they don’t than we need to elect men & women who will!!!  How many mothers and fathers will cry over their dead children?? How many criminals will terrorise the innocent?   Let’s rise up and insist that our government work to keep us safe!  Do you think I’m asking too much?  Leave a comment below ….

Jared and Amanda Miller FACEBOOK

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June 9th, 2014 by Cherry

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is coming to Los Angeles to drop some major astrophysic knowledge on us at the Pantages!!!!

So buy your damn ticket and get ready for your IQ to increase tenfold

That is all ….




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July 15th, 2013 by Cherry

The ACLU is having a special screening of the new film about the death of Oscar Grant in Oakland, CA right here in Los Angeles and I hope that everyone will attend and hear what the producer and civil rights attorney will say about this senseless murder.  I know that like many of you the trial of Mr. Zimmerman and his acquittal leaves a bitter taste in your mouth.  Well it does mine since I can’t speak for everyone I will say that the fact that Mr. Zimmerman is now free leaves me with such fury that I can’t express it without tears falling down my cheeks.  When will the open season of black males be ended?  Why is that someone else’s fear of a black man ‘justifies’ their killing them and not being punished.  I can’t imagine how the jury can look at what happened and not see that the choices Mr. Zimmerman made caused the death of a kid going to the store for Arizona Tea and Skittles.  I’m not sure how that made Trayvon Martin the ‘aggressor’ but in their minds I suppose all they saw was a scary black thug and not an innocent person walking home.

I hope that this film and the MANY deaths of innocent black males will finally start not a dialogue (I’m SICK of words) but a change in how people are prosecuted, that the ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws reversed across the United States and that we start prosecuting people EQUALLY under the law.

ACLU Screening of Fruitvale StationOn December 31, 2008, 22-year-old Oscar Grant was shot in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop in Oakland by BART officers. His death would shake the Bay Area- and the entire nation – to its very core. Writer and director Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station, winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, recounts Oscar’s final hours on that tragic day.

The ACLU of Southern California and Bet Tzedek invite you to a special screening of Fruitvale Station on Thursday, July 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Regal L.A. LIVE Theater in Downtown Los Angeles.

Ephraim Walker, the film’s producer and the civil rights attorney who represented the Grant family, will participate in a panel Q&A following the screening among other surprise guests.

Seating is limited. Admission is $12, and all tickets will be held at the door.

Purchase your tickets online or contact Vicki Fox at 213-977-5227

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