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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 2nd, 2017 by Cherry

Yes I’m late to the Woman Power Wonder Woman film that came out a few weeks ago. I’m alway son the fence about DC Comic movies since they are usually disappointing or <ehh>. My curiosity about Wonder Woman is that this is the first superhero film helmed by a woman actor AND director so my feminist senses have been tingling for a while. I started getting twinges with each cast announcement that didn’t fit with my idea of an Amazon Goddess and it’s just so damned white (yes I said it). I suspected that the women of color would most been the background with no speaking lines. But I was mildly


pleasantly surprised that it was more diverse than I thought it would be with the black nanny, Senator Acantha (Florence Kasumba) and Artemis warrior (Ann Wolf) (who had the body I would imagine closer to an Amazon but THAT would not appeal to as many male eyes <guffaw>). Having about 5 – 6 lines between them so an improvement over the no words I expected. I liked the film didn’t love it the way everyone else did but Wonder Woman isn’t one of my beloved characters and I would have preferred more time with the Amazon society and getting to know Diana and the warrior women more than Steve Trevor (Chris Pine). I didn’t get any fire from Diana more of a curiosity about sleeping with a guy than love or passion but Chris doesn’t seem to have much chemistry with anyone so <ehh>. The WWI aspect with interesting with a female villain Dr. Maru (Elena Anaya) who just wanted to use ‘SCIENCE’ to poison Germany’s enemies but I’m not sure they didn’t go into the scar and it seemed as if it was more of an unrequited passion for Ludendorff (Danny Huston) aka the male gaze. I did like that Diana’s fighting companions included the Chief (Eugene Brave Rock), Sameer (Saïd Taghmaoui) and Charlie (Ewen Bremner) who had backstories that I really want to learn more about in subsequent DC series (TV/Movies/Online content). It was interesting to watch a super hero so based in ‘real life’ so that it felt more like a war spy film than something out of comic book. It was visually lighter than most comic book films so I could really see what was going on and the basic story was fine. As far an an origin film for people who don’t know much about Wonder Woman mythology it was good just a bit slow for me with more filler than I would have liked and way too many characters so not everyone got enough screen time but I know what that means. We’ll see them in flashbacks in the sequel. I recommend the film for anyone who likes super hero comic book films, who want to support a female led film, a movie directed by a woman and likes the idea of warrior women. If you go in expecting Girl Power aka women of all colors than you will be disappointed but white feminism . 

If I refused to see films that don’t reflect my diverse life I’d likely never see a movie or watch tv again well a few shows but not some of my favorites. 

What do you think? Did you enjoy the film or did you decide to wait and watch at home? Leave a comment below or tweet me at cherry_LA with comments and thanks for reading!


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February 2nd, 2017 by Cherry

Paley Center NY & LA are celebrating Black History Month with events for kids and adults! Visitors will be able to enjoy archived screening with Oprah Winfrey, Kerry Washington, Diahann Carroll, Lee Daniels, Cicely Tyson, and others share personal stories as they introduce historic TV moments from Julia, Soul Train, Roots, In Living Color, Scandal, Empire and many more programs. You’ll be able to see portraits of iconic talents and walk the red carpet with favorite stars! Attendees can share pictures on social with #PaleyTribute.

In Los Angeles, the monitors are on the second floor with the portraits. In New York, you can watch the full tributes in the Spielberg Gallery or go to the Library on the fourth floor to watch individual Tribute segments.

Attendees in both New York and Los Angeles will have the opportunity to watch classic and significant programs from the Paley Archive that celebrate and examine the African-American experience (see schedule below)

NY & LA: 
February 5 and February 12

12:15 pm
The Proud Family: “Party” (2002)
Penny Proud parties down in this episode of the popular animated family sitcom. (23 minutes)

12:39 pm
The Muppet Show: Lena Horne (1976)
Legendary vocalist Lena Horne drops by for a visit with Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the gang. (24 minutes)

1:04 pm
Bernie Mac Show: “The Night of Terror” (2005)
Zombies, played for laughs, because that’s what happens when you combine comedian Bernie Mac and kids. (30 minutes)

1:27 pm
Julia: “Am I, Pardon the Expression, Blacklisted?” (1968)
Groundbreaking sitcom about widowed nurse Julia Baker (Diahann Carroll) and her young son, Corey. (25 minutes)

1:51 pm
The Richard Pryor Show: Robin Williams, Charles Fletcher (1977)
Controversial in its time, this comedy-variety show hosted by comedian Richard Pryor lasted just four episodes, due to disagreements over content with the network (NBC). (51 minutes)

2:43 pm
In Living Color (1990)
Homey D. Clown clowns around in this installment of the influential sketch comedy show created by Keenen Ivory Wayans and Damon Wayans. (23 minutes)

3:07 pm
ABC Novel for Television: Roots (1977)
Premiere episode of iconic miniseries (celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year), based on Alex Haley’s book, focuses on Kunta Kinte, an African warrior who is captured by slave traders and brought to America. (37 minutes)

NY & LA:
February 19 and February 26

12:15 pm
Sesame Street: “Big Birds Pen Pal” (2002)
Sweep the clouds away with this diversity-themed episode of the great American children’s series, still running strong in its forty-eighth year.

1:16 pm
Justice League: “Legends Part 1” (2002)
Superhero superteam battles supervillains in alternate dimension. (22 minutes)

1:39 pm
Justice League: “Legends Part 2” (2002)
Superheroes vs. supervillains, part two. (22 minutes)

2:02 pm
Teen Titans: “Car Trouble” (2003)
Cyborg’s new supercar starts with T, and that stands for trouble. (22 minutes)

2:24 pm
The Oprah Winfrey Show: “Malcolm X” (1992)
Oprah chats with director Spike Lee about his film Malcolm X, plus Malcolm’s widow and daughter. (44 minutes)

3:09 pm

Paris: “Dead Men Don’t Kill” (1979)
Paris (James Earl Jones) tries to save a possibly innocent man on death row in this stark episode of the criminally underappreciated cop drama. (50 minutes)



4:00 pm
Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Piano Lesson (1995)
TV adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a family in 1930s Pittsburgh and the conflict over an antique piano, a family heirloom with great symbolic value; starring Charles Dutton, Alfre Woodard, and Courtney B. Vance. (1 hour 40 minutes)

In New York and Los Angeles, families are welcome to enjoy family screenings and craft activities that celebrate African-American history and pop culture. 


Also in New York, the Paley Center’s Education department will present two workshops:

Wednesday, February 22, 2017; 2:00 pm
Screening and Discussion: CBS Reports: Who Speaks for Birmingham (1961)
Come see this rarely seen one hour in-depth news report which sought to let Birmingham residents, both black and white, speak on behalf of their community, then the center of international attention due to racial violence and strife.
Recommended for children ages 14 and older.

Thursday, February 23, 2017; 2:00 pm
Workshop: The Civil Rights Movement and Television
In the years between 1954 and 1965, more legislation was passed, more court decisions were rendered, and more social change was effected in the name of civil rights than ever before. The rise of the Civil Rights Movement paralleled the growing use of television in the United States. In 1950 television was still in its infancy, but by 1960, televisions were present in 90 percent of American homes. Television provided the American public with a means to witness the struggle for civil rights nearly in real time and led a more informed society to enact social change.  In this workshop participants view and discuss important television clips from the Paley Center’s civil rights archive.
Recommended for children ages 13 and older. 

Email to make reservations.

Exhibits, Screenings, & Family Activities

February 2017, in Los Angeles & New York
Wednesdays to Sundays
12:00 to 5:00 pm (LA)
12:00 to 6:00 pm; Thursdays until 8:00 pm (NY)
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.


The Paley Center for Media in LA
465 N. Beverly Drive,
at S. Santa Monica Blvd.
More info about visiting.

The Paley Center for Media in NY
25 West 52 Street
(Between 5th and 6th Avenues)
More info about visiting.

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February 2nd, 2017 by Cherry

If you are a fan of ABC’s ‘American Crime’ I know where you will be this March 1st (Wednesday)! You’ll be at the Paley Center for Media with Felicity Huffman, Lili Taylor, Connor Jessup, Richard Cabral, Benito Martinez, Ana Mulvoy-Ten, Mickaëlle X. Bizet, John Ridley and Michael McDonald!

The Paley Center for Media will present their first event with the cast and creative team of the ABC  drama. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Friday, February 3rd) to attend the PaleyLive LA event. It’s going to be quite the treat since this drama has had fans on the edge of their seats from episode one. Thanks to the Paley Center you might have a chance to ask the pressing question that has tickled your curiosity and learn what the focus will be on the next season.

“We are excited to welcome this critically-acclaimed series to the Paley Center stage for the first time ever, in what we know will be an entertaining, engaging and insightful conversation,” said Maureen J. Reidy, President and CEO of The Paley Center for Media. “PaleyLive programs continue to give TV fans the most thrilling and intimate experience by bringing together the talented actors, writers, and creators with the audiences that love them.”


Felicity Huffman, “Jeanette Hesby”; Lili Taylor, “Clair Coates”; Connor Jessup, “Coy Henson”; Richard Cabral, “Isaac Castillo”; Benito Martinez, “Luis Salazar”;Ana Mulvoy-Ten, “Shae Reese”; Mickaëlle X. Bizet, “Gabrielle Durand”; John Ridley, Creator & Executive Producer; and Michael McDonald, Executive Producer are scheduled to attend the March 1st talk and screening of the premier episode. The series will be premiering March 12th on ABC but LA fans can get a first watch thanks to PaleyLive LA. If you are a Paley Center Supporting, Patron or Individual member you can purchase tickets now and general public fans can buy starting February 3rd at 9 am PT.

This year season 3’s storyline will be on forced labor in the agricultural community, class division, individual rights and modern day sharecropping aka indentured servitude all from the viewpoint of how people see crime. It promises to spark debate and conversation around the ‘water cooler’ and over dinner in many homes.

For more information on how to support the Paley Center, panel updates and to purchase tickets please visit

About The Paley Center for Media

The Paley Center for Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the collection and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit

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October 23rd, 2016 by Cherry

The Forum, “Expanding the Conversation: Asian Americans in Media,” is Designed to be a Solutions-Oriented Conversation

About the Status of Asian Americans Moving the Needle on Diversity and Inclusion in Hollywood is taking place on November 2nd. I’m very excited about this panel talking about the lack of diversity for Asian actors sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal and the Center for Asian American Media.


Image result for Center for Asian American Media “People are hungry for authentic representations of Asian Americans,” Stephen Gong, CAAM’s Executive Director, said. “CAAM is extremely proud to present this forum during a pivotal time in our nation. We believe that positive social change takes place not from above, but from within, from many local actions occurring simultaneously. We hope this conversation will spark real change within the media industry.”


Panelists for This Forum Include Sandra Oh (Sideways, Grey’s Anatomy), Grace Lee (Peabody Award-winning director of American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs), Karen Horne (SVP, Talent Development & Inclusion, NBCUniversal) and the moderator Richard Lui (MSNBC Anchor). This panel of talent from in front and behind the camera will offer will have a conversation about working in Hollywood.


It’s an important topic as our nation becomes more diverse and entertainment has to appeal to a global market. I strongly disagree with the belief that everyone’s default is a white man/woman. I enjoy seeing people of not only diverse backgrounds but telling stories from their point of view. It’s been over twenty years since an Asian American had a series on network TV and with the success of Fresh Off the Boat, Dr. Ken and Quantico hopefully will encourage Hollywood to not whitewash stories. If you look at the demographics Asians make up the largest growing ethnic group in the United States and more than half of the nation’s children under 18 are expected to be part of a minority race or ethnic group by 2020 (US Census). This is why Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are insisting on having a conversation about why their voices should be heard and seen!

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Karen Horne is the Senior Vice President, Programming Talent Development and Inclusion for NBC Entertainment and Universal Television Studios. Horne oversees in-front-of and behind-the-camera diversity efforts for NBC and Universal Television. NBC’s Writers on the Verge Program, the Emerging Directors Program, nationwide talent search StandUp NBC, NBC’s Late Night Writers Workshop and the NBCUniversal Short Film Festival are among the more than 20 programs she heads while also overseeing NBC’s Diversity Staffing Initiative and working with the creative programming team to identify diverse development.


Image result for Grace Lee directed the Peabody award-winning documentary AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGSGrace Lee directed the Peabody award-winning documentary AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS that was broadcast on the PBS series POV. Her other documentaries include THE GRACE LEE PROJECT, MAKERS: WOMEN IN POLITICS and OFF THE MENU: ASIAN AMERICA. Her other directing credits include the feature film JANEANE FROM DES MOINES, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival as well as AMERICAN ZOMBIE which premiered at Slamdance and is distributed by Cinema Libre. She is currently a Women at Sundance Fellow.


Image result for Sandra Oh 2016Sandra Oh was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Sandra Oh moved to Los Angeles in 1996 to begin the first of seven seasons as Rita Wu, the smart and sassy assistant on the HBO comedy series, Arli$$, for which she won a Cable Ace Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy. She has been nominated for five Emmy Awards and won a Golden Globe Award (Best Actress in a Supporting Role), a Screen Actors Guild Awards (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor/ Cast in a Drama Series) and a Diversity Award (2005 Creative Liberty Award) for her portrayal of Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy. Ms. Oh jumped the pond for SKY1’s Thorne: Scaredy Cat, which aired in the US on Starz Encore. Sandra is currently guest starring on ABC’s American Crime. Ms. Oh’s recent theatre work includes Julia Cho’s Office Hour, which premiered at SCR this spring and will be at the Public in 2018. As well as an upcoming production of Hansol Jung’s Wild Goose Dreams at La Jolla 2017. She has starred in productions of Death and the Maiden at Victory Gardens in Chicago, Diana Son’s Stop Kiss and Satellites at the Public in NYC, Jessica Hagedorn’s “Dogeaters” at La Jolla Playhouse and Oleanna at the Grand theatre and National Arts Centre in Canada.


Image result for Richard Lui msnbcRichard Lui is a journalist and news anchor for MSNBC. Before in 2007 at CNN Worldwide, he became the first Asian American male to anchor a daily, national cable news show.





The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. We do this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media. To learn more, visit #storiestolight


NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. To learn more visit:


About the NBCUniversal Talent Infusion Programs (NBCUNI TIPS)   Since 2000, NBCUniversal has been dedicated to discovering and nurturing on screen and behind-the-camera talent of diverse and inclusive backgrounds through the NBCUniversal Talent Infusion Programs (NBCUNI TIPS). NBCUNI TIPS are amongst the most extensive and robust diversity and inclusion programs in the television industry. They feature 21 programs including the Writer’s on the Verge Program, Diverse Staff Writer Initiative, Emerging Director Program, StandUp NBC nationwide search for stand-up comedians and the NBCUniversal SHORT FILM FESTIVAL that celebrates diverse stories. Program alumni are celebrated producers, writers, directors and actors in the entertainment industry who have gone on to win Academy Awards®, Emmys, Golden Globes and SAG Awards. For more information, visit #nbcunitips

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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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March 1st, 2015 by Cherry

Did you see what Rodriguez said to TMZ (video details) about rather she’d been cast as the new Green Lantern:

I think it’s so stupid for everybody — because of this whole, you know, ‘minorities in Hollywood’ thing…But it’s so stupid, it’s like, stop stealing all the white people’s superheroes. Make up your own, you know what I’m saying? Like, what’s up with that?

Michelle Rodriguez Facebook Page

This is going to be short and sweet. As a nerd girl who grew up reading comic books back in the day I would like to tell Michelle she’s wrong that People of Color (POC), Women and LGBT (I added that) need to create their own mythology and heroes. We are creating our own characters but we have the same love for Superman, Wonderwoman, Batman, Aquaman and the Green Lantern (well I like him have never been super into that character) as the people who created them. Even more importantly Stan Lee himself (the GOD of comic books) says he’s HAPPY to have his characters evolve to keep up with society well what they heck now I’ve taken a little creative license paraphrase on it but click on link for direct quote (MTV Splashpage). These are fictional characters and as such as the current artists change them to reflect new storylines to keep them fresh well yes they might change color or sexuality or gender and that’s OK since Hollywood has a bad habit of whitewashing characters all the time. I can’t say how frustrated I am when they decide to cast a blonde woman in Akira or that it’s always OK to blind cast as long as it’s to white people. I like to see people who look like me reflected not just as background standins but as supporting cast members and STARS! She might be one of the chosen favorite few who get roles that normally would go to a white woman or man but she needs to acknowledge her privilege of being a light complexioned beautiful hispanic woman. The same as Zoe is getting color blind casting and is treated like an ‘exotic’ beauty as opposed as being considered Black or Latino. It seems as if some of these actors who are the chosen few to be able to transcend their race instead of helping others are just enjoying their privilege and leaving the rest behind. So instead of standing with the power class why don’t you stand with you fans? Why don’t you stand with other actors who want to be judged on talent instead of dismissed because they are Black, Mexican, Korean, Jewish and don’t look ‘white’ enough to be one of the chosen few? I say SHAME on you Michelle and Jennifer Lopez and Zoe Saldana and Anthony Mackie (to name a few) for not supporting other actors! I’m frustrated that when they have a new movie out all of a sudden they are down with brown and will give interviews to Latina Magazine, Ebony and sites to reach out to fellow POCs to get our dollar bills but they aren’t with us to voice that their should be more inclusion. Instead I hear them say that color doesn’t matter and it doesn’t for THEM! Since they are the lucky exception to the rules and as long as they get their money they are OK with it. But yet they still want OUR support to buy tickets for their movies but don’t want to be considered as one of ‘us’. So they can try to hoard all the good but eventually their fans will find actors who do WHO will be honest about not only their privilege but that image matters. Seeing a hero that looks like ‘me’ is life affirming and Hollywood better wise up to the changing demographics of not only the US but the world. White might right to them but GREEN is what funds the business! Oh and by the way Michelle if you don’t want to role am sure that a lot of kickass women of color can take the role and OWN it so step aside!



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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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