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April 16th, 2017 by Cherry

laapff banner.pngI’m so excited about the upcoming Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival this April 27th with films that represent diversity from across the world. I’ve attended over the years and have always been impressed by the selection of films form comedy to documentary to drama that truly represent the diversity that often is overlooked in entertainment. I also recommend attendance of the C3 Conference that will focus on Future Forward a full day of panels with creatives from behind the camera talking issues that are important to those starting out in the business as well as established creatives. 

 

On my list to see:

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Colored Hearts

ROBIN JOHNSON, SOMLIT INTHALANGSY / USA / 2017 / 15 MINS

A modern day couple is forced to end their interracial relationship. This is a love story about an Asian American/African American couple inspired by a true story.

Plays In:
FilAm Creations: A Filmmaker Movement

Art Share L.A.
May 3, 2017 6:00 pm Buy Tickets

Bronzeville, Little Tokyo

EVENTSSPECIAL PRESENTATIONTRANSMEDIA

FREE PROGRAM. “Bronzeville, Little Tokyo” sheds light on an overlooked moment in history when Japanese and Japanese-Americans were displaced and African-Americans moved into Little Tokyo. To honor this period, there will be a special two-day program featuring an interactive media installation, a 360° virtual reality presentation, and a live Jazz performance on Historic First Street North.

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Historic Nishi Building
April 29, 2017 3:00 pmFREE

Bronzeville, Little Tokyo

Historic Nishi Building
April 30, 2017 3:00 pmFREE

Bronzeville, Little Tokyo

Union Center for the Arts Courtyard
April 30, 2017 6:00 pmFREE

 

Occasionally, I Saw Glimpses of Hawai‘i

CHRISTOPHER MAKOTO YOGI / SHORTS COMPETITION / USA / 2016 / 15 MINS

A film essay looking at 100 years of Hawai‘i in film, explores issues of representation and gender. This filmic deconstruction is a lively, often infuriating examination of Hollywood’s portrayal of the islands, highlighting the essential necessity of homegrown filmmaking.

Three Sassy Sisters

NIA DINATA / SPECIAL PRESENTATION / INDONESIA / 2016 / 124 MINS

Three sassy sisters: Gendis (32), Ella (28), and Bebe (19), are very passionate about running their family boutique hotel by the beach in the eastern part of Indonesia’s archipelago. Their grandmother, however, is frustrated because she is unable to find the ideal matches for her granddaughters. Grandma doesn’t give up. Her ultimate goal in life is to find suitable men for her granddaughters.

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Welcome To My Life

ELIZABETH ITO / USA / 2015 / 8 MINS

In this mockumentary short, a family of monsters tries to lead a normal American life.

Plays In:
Itsy Bitsy Shorts

Tateuchi Democracy Forum
April 29, 2017 10:00 am

 

Wexford Plaza

JOYCE WONG / NARRATIVE COMPETITION / CANADA / 2017 / 82 MINS

A slice-of-life dark comedy about a lonely female security guard, and the misunderstood sexual encounter that unravels her life.

WEXFORD PLAZA

Downtown Independent
May 1, 2017 7:00 pm

Who Is Arthur Chu?

YU GU, SCOTT DRUCKER / DOCUMENTARY COMPETITIONLAAPFF BEST OF THE FEST IN OC / USA / 2017 / 90 MINS

WHO IS ARTHUR CHU? follows the controversial 11-time Jeopardy! winner turned Internet iconoclast, Arthur Chu, as he struggles to reform society and himself in a seminal year.

WHO IS ARTHUR CHU?

Downtown Independent
May 1, 2017 9:30 pm Buy Tickets

WHO IS ARTHUR CHU? (ENCORE)

CGV Buena Park
May 6, 2017 9:30 pm

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C3: Saturday – Motion Picture Editors Guild: “Editing for Animation and Stop Motion”

C3 CONFERENCE / PANEL / 75 MINS

A contemplative dialogue with the editors from some of the biggest box office animated/stop motion films in history – discussing the industry, their processes and their look into the future of animation. *Panels are not individually sold. The admission fee for one day will include all the panels on that day. The admission fee for both days will include all the panels of the C3 Conference.

C3: Saturday – Motion Picture Editors Guild: “Editing for Animation and Stop Motion”

Aratani Central Hall at JANM
April 29, 2017 1:45 pm

 

2017 LAAPF GALA PRESENTATIONS

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OPENING NIGHT FILM | BETTER LUCK TOMORROW | DIRECTED BY JUSTIN LIN

 APRIL 27 | 7:00  PM | EGYPTIAN THEATER

Come celebrate the 15th anniversary of BETTER LUCK TOMORROW (co-presented by YOMYOMF)! The film premiered at Sundance amid controversy and is a benchmark for APA cinema. The Festival is screening the original Sundance cut, in glorious 35mm film. Director Justin Lin will present the film and joined by his cast for this anniversary celebration.

 

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CENTERPIECE FILM | GOOK | DIRECTED BY JUSTIN CHON

APRIL 29 | 8:00 PM | ARATANI THEATER

 Eli and Daniel are two Korean-American brothers who own a struggling shoe store. They have a unique and unlikely friendship with a young 11-year-old African American girl, Kamilla. The film is set during the first day of the LA riots, forcing them to defend their store while contemplating the future of their own personal dreams and the meaning of family.

Director/Writer and Actor Justin Chon and his cast and crew will be in attendance to present this film.

 

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CLOSING NIGHT FILM | COLUMBUS | DIRECTED BY KOGONADA

MAY 4 | 7:00 PM | DIRECTOR’S GUILD OF AMERICA

Casey lives with her mother in a little-known Midwestern town haunted by the promise of modernism. Jin, a visitor from the other side of the world, attends to his dying father. Burdened by the future, they find respite in one another and the architecture that surrounds them.

Cast and crew of COLOMBUS including JOHN CHO will be in attendance.

 

ADDITIONAL FEATURE FILMS HIGHLIGHTS AT LAAPFF 2017:

COMPETITION NARRATIVES

  • CARDINAL X Dir.: Angie Wang

  • CHEE AND T Dir.: Tanuj Chopra

  • COLUMBUS Dir.: Kogonada

  • GOOK Dir.: Justin Chon

  • I CAN I WILL I DID Dir.: Nadine Truong

  • THE LOCKPICKER Dir.: Randall Okita

  • NORMAN JONES Dir.: Mike Sakamoto

  • WEXFORD PLAZA Dir.: Joyce Wong

  • WINDOW HORSES Dir.: Ann Marie Fleming

COMPETITION DOCUMENTARIES 

  • 95 AND 6 TO GO Dir.: Kimi Takesue

  • A TIME TO SWIM Dir.: Ashley Duong

  • FINDING KUKAN Dir.: Robin Lung

  • GHOST MAGNET ROACH MOTEL Dir.: Shinpei Takeda

  • MELE MURALS Dir.: Tadashi Nakamura

  • MIXED MATCH Dir.: Jeff Chiba Stearns

  • RESISTANCE AT TULE LAKE Dir.: Konrad Aderer

  • SAVE MY SEOUL Dir.: Jason Y. Lee

  • UNBROKEN GLASS Dir.: Dinesh Sabu

  • WHO IS ARTHUR CHU? Dirs.: Yu Gu and Scott Drucker

     

INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

  • MOTHERLAND Dir.: Ramona S. Diaz

  • PLASTIC CHINA Dir.: Wang Jiu-liang

  • SMALL TALK Dir.: Huang Hui-Chen

  • TOKYO IDOLS Dir.: Kyoko Miyake

 

INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE FEATURES

  • BY THE TIME IT GETS DARK Dir.: Anocha Suwichakornpong

  • DIAMOND ISLAND Dir: Davy Chou

  • KING OF PEKING Dir.: Sam Voutas

  • POP AYE Dir.: Kristen Tan

  • RESEBA – THE DARK WIND Dir.: Hussein Hassan

  • THE ROAD TO MANDALAY Dir.: Midi Z

  • SAVING SALLY Dir.: Avid Liongoren

  • THE SOUL OF THE TIGER Dir.: François Yang

  • THE SOWER Dir.: Yosuke Takeuchi

  • TAXI STORIES Dir.: Doris Yeung

  • TURN LEFT TURN RIGHT Dir.: Douglas Seok

SPECIAL FILM PRESENTATIONS

  • ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL – Dir.: Steve James
  • JOSHUA: TEENAGER VS. SUPERPOWER – Dir.:  Joe Piscatella
  • YELLOW (20th Anniversary Screening) Dir.: Chris Chan Lee

 

For complete program information please visit  festival.vconline.org.

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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 paleycenter.org

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 paleycenter.org

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December 27th, 2016 by Cherry

The season 2 of WGN America’s Outsiders will premier on  January 24th. Lucky Los Angeles fans of the series can see a screening & panel on January 10th with cast, creator and executive producers. It should be a fascinating talk as this is the third original series from WGN. I watched the first season and found it to be a great family drama that pushes the boundaries of what you’d expect about a ‘mountain’ people series. It has stories that span from class, education to interracial relations. Leave a comment below what’s been your favorite episode and what you’d like to ask during the panel.

THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA PRESENTS A PALEYLIVE LA SEASON TWO PREMIERE EVENT OF WGN AMERICA’S OUTSIDERS

The Series Cast, Creator and Executive Producers Will Celebrate with a Screening and Panel Conversation on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 in Beverly Hills  

Christina Jackson As Sally Ann & Kyle Gallner As Hasil

 

The Paley Center for Media will present a PaleyLive LA premiere event: Outsiders: Season Two Premiere Screening & Conversation on Tuesday, January 10th. The event is open to the public and features the series cast and creatives for an intimate panel discussion and audience Q&A following the screening. Tickets for the event are currently on sale to Paley Supporting and Patron Members. Tickets go on sale to Paley Individual Members Tuesday, December 20, at 9:00 a.m. and to the General Public on Wednesday, December 21 at 9:00 am.

Big Foster And Lil Foster

From Executive Producers Peter Mattei, Peter Tolan and Paul Giamatti, Outsiders explores the epic struggle of the Farrell Clan, who have lived atop the rugged Shay Mountain for over two hundred years, and their battle to defend their land and way of life from the town below. The WGN America hit original drama series returns for a highly anticipated season two on January 24, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Participants are subject to change. For more information, panel updates, and to purchase tickets please visit paleycenter.org.

**Panelists to appear schedule permitting.

 

Outsiders: Season Two Premiere Screening & Conversation**

Paul Giamatti, Executive Producer

Peter Mattei, Creator and Executive Producer

Peter Tolan, Executive Producer

David Morse, “Big Foster”

Ryan Hurst, “Lil Foster”

Gillian Alexy, “G’Winveer” 

Kyle Gallner, “Hasil”

Christina Jackson, “Sally-Ann”

Francie Swift, “Haylie Grimes”

The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills

465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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 paleycenter.org

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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.

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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.

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Interior decorating meets Pinterest with Decorist and ATG stores.com.

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.

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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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April 16th, 2016 by Cherry

I’m all in for the new original Viki series Dramaworld premiering April 17th. I had the opportunity to interview  Liv Hewson (Claire) and Sean Dulake (Joon Park) and briefly chat with Chris Martin (Director/Writer) and Sebastian Lee (Producer). Sean Dulake and Chris Martin worked on creatingScreen Shot 2016-04-16 at 12.30.54 AM an original series that would appeal to the passionate fans of Viki from across the world. From that dream Dramaworld was born! It’s a ultimate love letter to anyone who’s a major fangirl or fanboy of a TV or Movie. You know the person who is consumed and lives to talk about their favorite rather you want to hear about it or not!

The funny series is a show within a show. Claire is a major fangirl of Joon Park a K-Drama star who she follows in every series he stars in and she’s currently consumed with ‘Taste of Love‘ a IMG_7105distraction from her real life of being a student who works PT in the family business. Through a zany mishap she’s transported into ‘Dramaworld‘ where she meets a fanboy played by Justin Chon (Seth) who’s a helpmate aka instagator to make sure each series goes according to plan. Boy meets girl, mishaps conspire to keep them apart and finally boy gets girl (or girl gets boy .. I am a feminist). But the meat of Dramaworld is that Taste of Love is off center and it’s not going according to plan. So it’s up to our stars to realign the stars so that love can bloom.

I was able to see the first two episodes and it’s the perfect blend of whimsy, humor and soap opera drama that transcends language (don’t worry they have subtitles). I don’t want to give anything away but it all makes sense with little throwaway lines explaining how everyone can understand each other despite speaking different languages, how Claire got to Dramaworld and it’s different than the real world.

The cast said that it was inspired by a love of Back to the Future or that it’s Narnia with the wardrobe transporting the hero to another world but I think of it as a mix of Pleasantville and Nurse Betty come to mind for me but other than that it’s a really original concept that nobody has done right in a long time.

If your in Los Angeles and got tickets for the Dramaworld premier Saturday, April 16th at the Ace Hotel Theatre than make sure you say ‘hi’. If you didn’t get your tickets it’s sold out so you’ll have to watch me interviewing cast on periscope and streamup (Cherry_LA). You’ll be able to enjoy the new Viki series on Sunday.

 

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What is the most exciting — and most terrifying — thing that can happen to a K-drama fanatic?Claire Duncan is a 20-year-old college student who finds her real life boring. Maybe that’s because she’s never looking up, instead having her nose buried in her smartphone and watching her IMG_7106favorite Korean drama, “Taste of Love,” starring her favorite actor Joon Park (Sean Dulake). Joon Park plays the hot chef and protagonists in “Taste of Love” who is still waiting for his one true love to come into his life. Through a touch of the supernatural and a sprinkle of magic, Claire’s desire to shed her own boring life and live in the world of “Taste of Love” comes true when she is transported into her favorite drama and comes face-to-face with Joon Park! There, Claire also meets the mysterious waiter Seth Ko, who made his own journey into the drama years ago from the real world and mentors Claire on how to navigate the drama world. When the appearance of Claire throws “Taste of Love” off-balance, causing other dramas to splice into the series, what kind of crazy adventure will Claire experience? “Dramaworld” is a 2016 Viki original series, produced in partnership. Set in Los Angeles and Seoul, the first-ever American-Korean mashup series is written by Josh Billig and Chris Martin and directed by Chris Martin.

About Viki

Viki is a global TV site with TV shows, movies and other premium content, translated into more than 200 languages by a community of avid fans. With nearly 40 million viewers each month and over one billion words translated, Viki uniquely brings global prime-time entertainment to new audiences and unlocks new markets and revenue opportunities for content owners. Viki was named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer 2014 and is an independent subsidiary of Japanese Internet services company Rakuten. Viki has offices in San Francisco, Singapore, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo.

 

About Jetavana Entertainment

Jetavana Entertainment is a pioneer domestic cultural investment company from China, engaged in film & TV drama investment, live shows, equity investment, artist management, and new media development and investment. Founded by the renowned Ivy Zhong, former president of Chinese studio Galloping Horse and producer of many successful film projects including “Eternal Moment,” “Reign of Assassins,” “The Karate Kid,” “Ender’s Game,” “The Crossing,” “Guns and Roses”  and the adventure comedy “Just Another Pandora’s Box.” Jetavana Entertainment recently announced a strategic long-term co-production collaboration deal with European comic & graphic novel publisher Humanoids Inc, to co-produce 8 films together, based on Humanoids’s successful library.

 

About EnterMedia Contents

EnterMedia Contents, a U.S. and Korea based production company founded by Sebastian Lee and David Kim. In 2014, they signed a first-look deal with ABC Network, and in 2015, they inked a first-look producing deal with Tomorrow ITV Studios headed by Marty Adelstein. Additionally, the production company has developed two Korean formats, “My Love From the Star” and “Good Doctor,” in the U.S. EnterMedia is also executive producing a Korean adaptation of USA Network’s “Suits.” EnterMedia is repped by WME.

 

About Third Culture Content

Third Culture Content, founded by Sean Dulake and Chris Martin, focuses on creating content for a more interconnected world that blends cultures together in both the digital and traditional media space. Sean Dulake has starred in numerous South Korean television dramas including “Jejungwon” and “Athena: Goddess of War,” and Chris Martin is a director and writer that has made critically acclaimed projects throughout Asia.

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October 8th, 2014 by Cherry

I’ve said it before and am saying it again DC Comics makes good TV! With the premier episode of the hotly anticipated new series on the #CW it was worth every moment. They had the perfect amount of backstory (his power, family, motivation) for those new to the speedy world without boring us comic book people. The pace is good and it makes sense. I wish that some other series would take notes ABC Shield (2nd season and back to their old trick of uneven pacing .. urgh).

I’m especially impressed with the casual diverse casting that reflects the society I live and work in that pays homage to the comic but doesn’t allow it to define the characters 100% ABC (TALKING TO YOU AGAIN) about Once Upon a Time that feels like Snow White is more than a character name! Dammit I’m one (of many) Black, Brown, Red, Yellow and Beige that love fairy tales and want to see us in more than a supporting role. (stepping off soapbox) back to my new favorite show Flash. One of storylines am looking to explore is the Dad-Triangle where I’m sure his loyalties will be tested as time goes on (it’s been a while since I read the comics so am excited to see what directions the plot will take).

I have to say that it makes sense to combine Tuesday night CW with the creaking horse of Supernatural (urghh so lacking in diversity .. really angels can’t be diverse either???) with a show that has fanboys and fangirls excited enough to stay around. I suppose it’s a good match (they are both fantasy) but the tone it looks like this season for SN is a little too dark for Flash fans. I’ll wait for the numbers.

Check out my YouTube interview with creative team and cast at the 2014 Paleyfest.

What did you think of the premier episode? Who are you geek crushing on? Leave a comment below ….

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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 ….

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May 11th, 2014 by Cherry

The first moment I saw this poster out of the corner of my eye I was intrigued.  A black woman dressed in such formal and expensive clothing for that time of history I’ve never seen such a movie poster!  I didn’t know much about the movie but I said to myself I’m going to see this movie so I went home and looked up the movie.  You can’t imagine my excitement to learn this little known (to me) story of how England started to emancipate slavery.   How a man falling in love and having a relationship with a black woman would come to influence the course of British History and slavery.   I saw the film and was beyond impressed with the story, cast and direction.  I uploaded a review of the film on my youtube channel CherryLosAngeles  new period drama Belle.   As well as the Q&A with two cast members at the Arclight in Hollywood.  

Belle

I know that some might immediately dismiss this as a ‘black movie’ or a ‘slave movie’ ie depressing downer but it’s a film about the human state of being.  About being a woman, about being black in a society where you are the minority (really the only one in Belle’s case) and someone who grows into a woman who decides to follow her own path.  I know it’s a period drama with corsets, men in short pants and the live of the gentry (titled rich) but it’s so much more directed by a woman who made the subject so relatable to us trying to live a life true to our own moral compass.

This film is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love. After meeting an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.

Director: Amma Asante – Cast: Gubu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson, Sarah Gadon,Penelope Wilton
‎1hr 45min‎‎ – Rated PG‎‎ – Drama‎

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March 30th, 2014 by Cherry

Photo: We are looking GOOD at the Fourth Annual National Lifestyle Bloggers Conference & Bloggers Junket #LALLBLOG14 "Going Big, or Going Home!"  #SnapCollage #collage @cushwayapps

LL Blog Badge v2 ATTENDING (1)It’s not easy being a blogger.  You spend the bulk of your creative time alone pondering the keyboard trying to figure out what to write, how to articulate it and the best way to break through the noise of various social media platforms.  It was why I was so excited when Lizza Monet Morales reached out to me to offer a scholarship to attend the 2014 Lifestyle Blogger Conference at LA Mart – Maker City LA (DTLA).  I’d heard about it last year (since I follow Lizza) but I just couldn’t afford the fee to attend.  But with the patronage of Lizza and LLABC I was able to spend two glorious days with my peers!

Being with the other bloggers made me feel like the Velveteen RabbitPhoto: I'm learning so much at the Fourth Annual Lifestyle Blogger Conference from now only the panelists but other attendees!  Thanks so much for #LallBlog2014 and @xoxolizza for this opportunity who with the love of his little boy became real!  I’m a REAL Blogger whose opinions and thoughts are valued by my followers but I’m not generating the income I want.  I’m ‘blogging wrong’!  I know it sounds funny to write it out like that but I am!  I’m a visual person who enjoys shooting film and video so my blog always takes a backseat to my other creative endeavors.  I’m like a child who sees a shiny object and gets distracted.  I get distracted with my tweaking of my videos (they are my babies!) to make them perfect.  I want to tell the stories from my viewpoint that are compelling, interesting and ‘me’ in all my quirky geeky POV.  I distribute them mainly on my own YouTube channel and as a CNN iReporter (it’s exhilarating when my coverage is broadcast on CNN and friends/family email or call to tell me that they saw me on TV I get focused on that ‘reward’ like Pavlov’s dogs but not on the TRUE reward to be valued for my creative endeavors with money).

So from the first moment meeting the other bloggers listening to their frustrations and successes I thought for the next two days “Hey that’s happened to me” or “Hey I WISH that would happen to me!”  I didn’t feel alone in front of my computer.

Photo: I learned the importance of TAGGING my photos! @TargetLatino Wrkshp at #Lallblog14 thx @xoxolizza & #Lallblog14 #SnapCollage #collage @cushwayappsI’ve learned a lot from the many talented panelists and other attendees.  Let me break it down to the points that really touched me and will make me a better blogger utilizing various platforms to put the ‘Business’ in my Blogging!

  • Be NICE kindness is a virtue that makes you someone people WANT to work with and will seek out! Daniel R. Musto @danielrmusto
  • You have to ask and not be a wallflower!  xoxoLizza gave me the confidence to talk with attendees AND her about collaborating on my geek centric POV project.  She gave me the confidence to ‘ask’ and not fear ‘no’!
  • The Networking for Bloggers panel was so right that you have to reach out to ask about guesting on blogs that fit your brand.  As well as reaching out to those blogs that parallel your interest to expose your writing to a new audience.  If you don’t connect and link with other blogs, social media accounts and brands you won’t increase your traffic and reach!  @cassiebetts,  MoxxeeMedia,  @MichelleEmails  and Alyssa Curran @LyssaCurran  and my girl Lizza Monet Morales xoxoLizza Panel Moderator
  • Don’t underestimate the effective use of Pinterest for image outreach! Claudia Havi Goffan @TargetLatino
  • Look at failure as a learning experience as good as an MBA from Yale and that you HAVE to accept help from those whose experience fills in the gap of your lack of knowledge/experience to be a business success!  Patricia Velasquez @wayuuprincess
  • Find a tax professional that’s adept with the special needs of a social media professional blogger that will be able to advise you the best way to maximize your tax deductions! Paul and Lee http://www.coupledumb.com/
  • You have to protect your intellectual property and rights with a contract since your brand is your business and you have to treat it that way! Rosa Elena Sahugun  www.abogadarosaelenasahagun.com
  • Be true to your brand and use that as the core for all your Photo: Not Just a Blogger panel at the Lifestyle Bloggers Conference with @MarieDenee @norah_s @marianthefoodie @VeronicaGlamm at #Lallblog14 thx @xoxolizza & #Lallblog14endeavors from volunteering to the creation of new revenue streams.  Marie Denee @MarieDenee, Norah Salazar @norah_s & Marian Bacol-Uba @marianthefoodie
  • KNOW your audience!!! Use your analytics to see what they are interested in reading; what gets traction and the most effective platform for your content! John Urquiza  www.thegeniusofwater.us & Calvin Lee @mayhemstudios
  • Hold yourself to a standard and your audience will trust you as well as prospective partners/brands that will want to reach them.  If you are willing to sell your voice for money eventually no one will listen.  @Mamavation Leah Segedie @bookieboo, Teresa Garza @teresagarzaMariluz Gonzalez @VesperPR & Luz Rivas @DIYgirls @LuzRivas

I realize that I don’t have to go it alone and that I need to reach out to my community to network, celebrate success, and cry over failures!  It’s time that I reach out to collaborate, to find mentors, for ME to mentor and the friendship of fellow bloggers.  I want to thank Lizza, the Latina Lifestyle Bloggers Collective and SoCal Lady Bloggers for welcoming me to the conference this weekend.  I came to learn, to think and face my personal fears of failure but realize that failure teaches and I’m ready to learn!  If you weren’t able to attend the Lifestyle Blogger Conference this year make sure you follow Latina Lifestyle Bloggers Collective and SoCal Lady Bloggers to keep up to date.  I STRONGLY recommend that you network by following all of the panelists whose wealth of knowledge is invaluable!

What do you think makes a good blog?  Let me know in the comments below or tweet me!  I’d love to connect!

Till next time …

Photo: Thanks @justfab for the gorgeous bags from the #PaulinaRubio Spring Collection for the #lallblog14 #SnapCollage #collage @cushwayappsPhoto: Thank you for the cool grab bag with snacks, vitamins, chocolate, eyeliner and more!! I'm going big in 2014 #lallblog14 #SnapCollage #collage @cushwayapps

Photo: Thanks to our break sponsors @PretzelCrisps @OnBeverages at the Lifestyle Bloggers Conference #Lallblog14 @xoxolizza #SnapCollage #collage @cushwayapps

Photo: Enjoying iced coffee thanks to @stumptowncoffe Fourth Annual National Lifestyle Bloggers Conference & Bloggers Junket #LALLBLOG14 #stumptowncoffe #SnapCollage #collage @cushwayapps

Photo: @Asweetdesign thanks for the cupcakes Fourth Annual National Lifestyle Bloggers Conference & Bloggers Junket #LALLBLOG14 #xoxolizza #SnapCollage #collage @cushwayapps

Photo: Dang that's some tasty mashed potatoes, BBQ chicken, salad and breadsticks at the Fourth Annual National Lifestyle Bloggers Conference & Bloggers Junket #LALLBLOG14 Thanks for the great lunch!! #onbeverages #stonefiregrill #xoxolizza #SnapCollage #collage @cushwayapps #blogger #dtla #losangeles

Photo: Good food, drink and conversation at the Fourth Annual National Lifestyle Bloggers Conference & Bloggers Junket #LALLBLOG14 #xoxolizza #onbeverages #stonefiregrill #SnapCollage #collage @cushwayapps

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March 18th, 2014 by Cherry

LL Blog Badge v2 ATTENDING (1)Are you interested in taking your blog to the next level?  If you’re in Los Angeles you should join me at the 4th Annual Lifestyle Blogger Conference taking place on March 27 – 29th.   This is an opportunity to learn how to make a living out of your passion for writing using your blog as a kickoff to a successful business.  It’s not just about being creative it’s about being a smart creative writer who has a plan that will generate money so that they are able to do what the love.  Rather it’s talking about the latest jewelry line, how to plan the perfect wedding, decorating made easy or (like me) trying to take my geekiness to the next level with my blog incorporating my diverse interests in fashion, shopping, bargains, dating, travel, natural hair and getting fit.  I’m like a lot of people .. a bit of a jigsaw puzzle that when you first open the box it’s a confusing mess but as you slowly piece it together you’ll see the design in all it’s beauty .. well in my case quirkiness!

I’m VERY blessed to have the opportunity to attend the conference courtesy of #LALLBLOG14 and Lizza Monet Morales aka xoxolizza @twitter & xoxolizza @Instagram sponsoring my attendance to help me figure out better way to connect the pieces of my blog.  I have the geek down and just need to get the contacts for the business to pop!  So check out the schedule for the event and then go to eventbrite to buy a ticket!  You don’t have to figure out the business of blogging alone!  Get great advice from the professionals!!!!

The Fourth Annual National Lifestyle Bloggers Conference & Bloggers Junket (#LALLBLOG14) is a two-day, one-track conference focused on business development and growth for bloggers that are focused on “Going Big, or Going Home!”  

Conference Highlights Include:

  • Invitation to the Opening Night kick-off Reception
  • Three Keynotes
  • Two sponsored lunches
  • Snacks +  Drinks
  • Behind the scenes tour of the LA Mart
  • Blogger Junket (One-on-one blogger meetings with brand reps)
  • SWAG Bag (Valued at $100+)
  • Opportunity to win hourly prizes
  • Seven workshops/panels, including:

* Networking for Bloggers in the Social Media Age (Panel)
Expert speakers will provide you with key tools, tips, and must do’s to help you grow your blogging network and avoid burning your bridges
Speakers include:  @district2ptco  @cassiebetts  @moxxe  @michelleemails @lyssacurran 

* Legal 101 for Bloggers
Rosa Elena Sahugun, one of LA’s leading lawyers, will provide #lallblog14 attendees with do’s and don’t’s in contract law.
She will also discuss libel, slander and defamation and how to keep your blogging business on course.

* How to create a Digital Strategy to Promote and Grow your Blog/Online Business (Panel)
The Digital Strategy panel has the expertise of former FIDM instructor and international marketing professional John Urquiza.
Joining John Urquiza on the Digital Strategy panel will be @mayhemstudios @vickyayala

This #powerhouse panel will make you think outside of your blog and create a Digital Strategy that is well rounded. 

* Not Just a Blogger – Showcasing bloggers that have used their blog as a spring board to further grow their career (panel)
This panel of bloggers made a career outside of their blog, and will share tools and tips for other bloggers to follow in their footsteps.
@MarieDenee (The Curvy Fashionista)  @norah_s  and @marianthefoodie will teach attendees how to utilize their blog for career growth.

* Maximizing SEO for your Blog/Online Business (workshop)
Learn world-class SEO knowledge from recent keynote from Engage Mexico and founder of Target Latino, Claudia Havi Goffan.
Claudia has created a presentation with SEO strategies that are done by leading Fortune 500 brands that bloggers can use to grow their online presence. 

* Tax Do’s and Don’t for Bloggers (workshop)
The Tax For Bloggers workshop to help us all get our blogging business on course.
A leading Los Angeles “Enrolled Agent,” which is NOT the same as a regular tax pro, will help you navigate tax law to help you grow your business

* The Ethics of Blogging (panel)
This is our “signature panel.”
Panelists include @mamavation founder @bookieboo, journalist turned blogger@teresagarza, entertainment and lifestyle PR agency founder and radio personality @VesperPR, and Founder and executive director of @DIYgirls and MIT grad, @LuzRivas.

* and much, much, more!!

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Fourth Annual Lifestyle Bloggers Conference - March 27-29....

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