*Los Angeles, CA – WACO (Where Art Can Occur) Theater Center, Los Angeles’s premiere non-profit gallery and cultural center, announced it will host a Virtual Celebration to raise funds for its programs and families impacted by COVID-19.
The event, which is a free and open public benefit program, will stream on WACO’s Facebook and YouTube channels on Saturday, September 19th, at 5:00 pm (PDT). A virtual art auction preview can be viewed by texting WACO2020 to 243-725. Virtual art gallery will be available until Sunday, September 27.
WACO Theater Center proudly welcomes back global beauty and personal care brand SheaMoisture as the Presenting Sponsor for the 2020 Virtual Celebration. The brand has been a consistent supporter of WACO programs since 2016, working closely with the Center to passionately foster art and education initiatives for underserved youth.
The Virtual Celebration will celebrate various forms of art that uplift the community, empower entrepreneurship, and sow back into local programs.
The online event will be hosted by WACO Co-Artistic Directors Richard Lawson and Tina Knowles Lawson, champions of art and culture who founded the non-profit gallery and performance complex.
“WACO was created to stand at the intersection of Black culture and art. For the past three years, we have worked to create a safe space for students to be nourished, grow, and learn,” said Tina Knowles Lawson. “This year, our gathering will feel and look different, but the mission unequivocally remains the same,” said Co-Artistic Director Richard Lawson. “We are looking forward to continuing the tradition of celebrating art and Black culture to create meaningful change for our children.”
The Virtual Celebration will benefit the performing arts, visual art, education and mentorship programs within WACO Theater Center, focusing on providing support to selected families affected by COVID-19. The evening will be filled with surprises, including highlights from the Wearable Art Gala and a special celebrity version of “Ms. Tina’s Corny Jokes.” The highly anticipated art auction will be in a virtual format, with proceeds going to the featured artists and WACO families affected by the pandemic and Covid-19 virus. A preview and registration for the auction can be completed by texting WACO2020 to 243-725.
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Jay-Z, Solange Knowles, Samuel L. Jackson, Kelly Rowland, Octavia Spencer, Tiffany Haddish, Angela Bassett, Lynn Whitfield, Issa Rae, Yara Shahidi, Megan Thee Stallion, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Lena Waithe, Cynthia Erivo, and Lil Rel Howery are confirmed to participate with music provided by DJ Millie.
Beyoncé Knowles Carter, Solange Knowles, Bianca Lawson, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams will serve as Honorary Chairpersons for the Virtual Celebration.
WACO’s Virtual Celebration will include an online virtual silent auction. The preview began August 25th, and features fine art works by artists such as Robert Pruitt, ‘The Pretty Artist’ Tiffanie Anderson, Chaz Guest, Ron Bass, Samuel Levi Jones, Harry Adams,Tyler Clark, Quiana Parks, Toni Scott, Gherdai Hassell, Charis Kelley, A. Nichel, Erica Puckett and designer Lorraine Schwartz among others.
The auction will raise money for WACO Theater Center programs which consist of enrichment and leadership initiatives that empower inner-city students ages 12-14, exposing children to all aspects of art and life that they would otherwise not have the opportunity to experience. Money raised will also help families affected by COVID-19.
WACO has received a variety of art pieces from luminaries Kehinde Wiley, Lauren Halsey, Barnette, Bethany Collins, Genevieve Gagnaird, Eduardo Sarbia, and Radcliffe Bailey. The virtual art gallery will be available for viewing until Sunday, September 27th.
Business and entertainment industry leaders serving on WACO’s 2020 Virtual Celebration Host Committee include Kawanna Brown, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Cheryl Creuzot, Babe Evans, Melba Farquhar, Lela Rochon Fuqua, Mai Lassiter, Holly Robinson-Peete, Robi Reed, Eula Smith and Jo-An Turman. WACO’s Board of Directors include Glynn Turman, Ralph and Melba Farquhar, Angeliki G. Jack, John Wiseman, and Steve Pamon.
The Celebration will be part of WACO’s virtual Theatrical Season 2020-21, which will include a myriad of productions including spoken word, stage readings, and celebrating award-winning playwrights.
Since its inception, WACO has presented the Wearable Art Gala as its annual fundraising event. The Gala will return to the Barker Hangar next year on Saturday, June 5, 2021.
ABOUT WACO THEATER CENTER
The Lawson’s state-of-the-art cultural center in Los Angeles, which houses Richard Lawson Studios, recently presented the 50th-anniversary production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, No Place to be Somebody, by Charles Gordone. Lawson served as Director and Knowles Lawson as Hair and Makeup Designer. The pair is committed to providing a creative center where art can occur and empower actors, artists, and youth within a diversified pool of LA communities to celebrate their own talent and artistry. For programs, classes, and upcoming productions and events, visit www.WACOTheaterCenter.com and follow @WacoTheater on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
AUCTION PREVIEW, REGISTRATION, DONATIONS AND SPONSORS
For more information, visit www.wacotheatercenter.com. WACO Theater Center is a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.
SheaMoisture is committed to serving those who have been underserved. Shea butter is one of the brand’s core ingredients, praised for its hydrating, nourishing, and repairing properties, and is ethically sourced from women’s co-ops in Northern Ghana as part of SheaMoisture’s purpose-driven Community Commerce business model. Built on the core belief that commerce can bring true economic independence to communities and empower women to break the cycles of poverty, the brand directly reinvests in the communities it serves throughout the US. SheaMoisture continues to create economic opportunities for women and other minority entrepreneurs in its ecosystem with engaging events, investment funds and educational programs. SheaMoisture is a global beauty leader in the hair care, bath, body, skin care, baby and men’s categories, and is distributed in retailers throughout the world. SheaMoisture is a subsidiary of Unilever.
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The Wallis Presents: The Sorting Room Sessions with Barbara Morrison Dec. 5th
Popular Nightclub Series Goes Virtual with Six Entertaining Programs
Produced by The Wallis Available on Demand December 5th 2020 – January 23rd 2021
*(BEVERLY HILLS) — The Sorting Room Sessions, the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts’ popular nightclub series, goes virtual with six entertaining programs, including two holiday-themed shows, featuring an array of captivating magicians and stellar pop, jazz and classical music artists. The programs are presented digitally on Saturday evenings at 8:00pm from December 5, 2020, to January 23, 2021, with single tickets and multi-show ticket packages now available. Purchase of digital concert includes 24-hour viewing access. The programs include:
Barbara Morrison: Standing On Their Shoulders
ON DEMAND: Saturday, December 5, 2020, 8:00 PM
Launching The Wallis’ virtual Sorting Room Sessions, jazz and blues legend Barbara Morrison, named by NPR one of the “50 Greatest Jazz Vocalists,” displays her stunning two-and-a-half-octave range and rich, soulful, musical interpretations in Standing On Their Shoulders, a musical tribute to the iconic jazz and blues singers Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington and Ella Fitzgerald, and the songs they helped popularize. Over the course of her 61-year career, the three-time Grammy Award-nominee has performed with a virtual “Who’s Who” of the jazz and blues worlds, including Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Etta James, Johnny Otis, Nancy Wilson, Mel Tormé, Joe Williams, Tony Bennett and Keb’ Mo. In addition, Morrison has guest starred with the Count Basie Orchestra, the Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra and Louie Bellson Band, among others. Click here for tickets.
A Night of Holiday Magic
Featuring Magicians Elizabeth Messick, Michaelann Awesome, Patricia Magicia and Simone Turkington
ON DEMAND: Saturday, December 12, 2020, 8:00 PM
The holiday season promises to be even more magical with this special family-friendly program featuring four LA-based magicians. Musical, funny and enchanting, these elite Magic Castle members, including Elizabeth Messick, Michaelann Awesome, Patricia Magicia and Simone Turkington, will astonish and amaze the entire family with their gift of awe-inspiring holiday-themed magic. Messick, known as “The Siren of Magic,” enchants with her vintage flair. Close-up magician and stand-up comic Awesome weaves humor and mystery into her slight-of-hand performances. French magician Magicia mesmerizes adults and children alike with her uncanny abilities. Turkington infuses the sights and sounds of the 60s into the visual, card and mentalism effects that comprise her repertoire.
Audra Mae: Songs of Joy and Peace
with Dylan Meek and special guests Darren Criss and Tracie Thoms
ON DEMAND: Saturday, December 19, 2020, 8:00 PM
Powerhouse vocalist Audra Mae, great grandniece of Judy Garland, and keyboard wizard Dylan Meek infuse the yuletide season with music from the classic holiday films. Joining them are special guests Darren Criss (Glee) and Tracie Thoms (Rent, Cold Case, The Devil Wears Prada). NPR declares, “Audra Mae has a compelling natural sweetness to her style that simply calls for attention” and Out magazine proclaims, “Singer-songwriter Audra Mae is kicking ass across musical genres.” The show is presented in association with For The Record Live, acclaimed for its a genre-bending form of live entertainment turning the soundtracks of iconic filmmakers into thrilling immersive theatrical concerts. The Wallis has a long and successful history with For The Record Live, including the acclaimed co-productions of FOR THE RECORD: SCORSESE American Crime Requiem and the record-breaking hit production of Love Actually Live.
An Evening with Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and Pianist Fabio Bidini
ON DEMAND: Saturday, January 9, 2021, 8:00 PM
The Wallis’ Sorting Room Sessions continues on January 9, 2021, with acclaimed violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and renowned pianist Fabio Bidini heralding the New Year with a musical journey to France. The program includes Gounod’s Ave Mari, Massanet’s gloriously dramatic Méditation from the opera Thais, a sublime cornerstone of the violin repertoire, and Ravel’s exuberant jazz-inflected Sonata No.2 in G Major. Meyers has been hailed for “playing that flows from the heart” (The New York Times) and her “vigorous mastery, unflinching technical skills and stylish elegance” (Los Angeles Times). Bidini, a finalist in the 1993 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, has been proclaimed a “keyboard wizard (with) a beautiful tone” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) “capable of an admirable simplicity…truly touching” (The New York Times).
Richard Shelton in Sinatra: RAW
ON DEMAND: Saturday, January 16, 8:00 PM
Multi-award winning British actor and singer Richard Shelton presents a cabaret version of his riveting hit show, Sinatra: RAW, a gritty portrayal of Sinatra at his final public performance in Vegas that has attracted sell-out crowds in in the UK, London, Los Angeles and Australia, where he won “Best Solo Performance” at the Adelaide Festival. The Times (London) proclaims, “Richard Shelton’s masterful take on Ol’ Blue Eyes is a must-see.” Warning: this performance contains strong language.
Sheléa: A Tribute to Alan & Marilyn Bergman
ON DEMAND: Saturday, January 23, 8:00 PM
From the White House, the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, to the Grammy Museum and the Emmy Awards, singer/songwriter/keyboardist, Sheléa has transcended the boundaries of musical classification with her versatile and distinctive voice. On this special evening at The Wallis, Sheléa will perform songs written by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, the Oscar-winning married couple whose lyrics to songs such as “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life,” “Pretty World” and “Smile” have earned them induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
San Francisco Classical Voice hails her ability “to leave audiences gobsmacked.”
Single Sorting Room Session on demand shows are $25.00 per household, for viewing on Smart TV, computer, smartphone or tablet. Multi-show series are also available at $60 for a choice of three events and $96 for all six performances. Patrons will receive a link and password on December 1, 2020. On Demand purchase includes a 24-hour window of access from 8:00 PM the evening of the performance until 7:59 PM the following day. Tickets cannot be transferred or shared. Tickets may be purchased by visiting TheWallis.org/SR, by email at [email protected] or by calling 310.746.4000 (Tuesday – Friday, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm).
For Tickets: https://www.thewallis.org/SR
The Wallis Presents: THE SORTING ROOM SESSIONS
On Demand Performances:
Saturday, December 5, 2020, 8 PM – Barbara Morrison: Standing on Their Shoulders
Saturday, December 12, 2020, 8PM – A Night of Holiday Magic
Saturday, December 19, 2020, 8PM – Audra Mae: Songs of Joy and Peace with Dylan Meek
Saturday, January 9, 2021, 8PM – Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and Pianist Fabio Bidini
Saturday, January 16, 2021, 8PM – Richard Shelton in Sinatra: RAW
Saturday, January 23, 2021, 8PM – Sheléa: A Tribute to Alan and Marilyn Bergman
RUN TIMES: Each on demand show runs approximately 45 minutes.
On Demand purchase includes a 24-hour window of access from 8:00 PM the evening of the performance until 7:59 PM the following day. Tickets cannot be transferred or shared.
TheWallis.org/SR 310.746.4000 (Tue.-Fri. 9:30 am – 2:30 pm) [email protected]
Black Lawmakers from States Across the Country Are Meeting This Week
*Various state legislators, policy advocates, subject matter experts, and young emerging leaders from across the country will convene virtually for the National Black Conference of State Legislators (NBCSL) this week. It is the NBCSL’s 44th annual legislative conference and college fair.
Members of the California Legislative Black Caucus — including the group’s chair Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) — are expected to attend.
Hundreds are expected to participate in the online meetings, which will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 30 through Dec. 5. Conference discussions will focus on how state leaders are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and finding solutions to the many challenges that exist as a result of the crisis.
“Join us and tens of thousands just like you at the most extraordinary virtual summit in modern history,” said South Carolina House of Representatives’ member Gilda Cobb-Hunter, a Democrat and president of NBCSL. “NBCSL’s annual summit will empower you through education and training, encouraging you to lead, equipping you to work and empowering you to thrive. Make the rest of your life the best of your rights.”
Organizers say conference attendees will also learn about steps leaders around the country are taking to protect the Black community from police violence while tackling a myriad of social and environmental justice issues.
The NBCSL is an organization that represents and serves the interests of African American State legislators. It serves as a national network, information exchange, advocate, and catalyst for public policy development as well as joint action on critical issues affecting African Americans and other marginalized communities.
In addition, this year NBCSL partnered with S.A.V.E. — Students Advocating Vital Engagements — to launch the inaugural “S.A.V.E. Summit” on Dec. 4 and Dec. 5. S.A.V.E. is an organization that inspires young people to become civically engaged.
S.A.V.E. members are looking forward to reaching out to about 100,000 young people participating in the NBCSL annual legislative conference.
The S.A.V.E. Summit will present workshops with the help of experts and celebrities, including Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, former NBA player Metta World Peace and Gene Simmons of the heavy metal rock band KISS. Students interested in participating in the event, can register for free at SaveThatSeat.com.
The 700-member NBCSL, representing more than 60 million Americans of various racial backgrounds, has worked over the last several years to include students in their programs as a means of giving them the tools to learn about and implement their civic duties.
During the summit, young people from around the country will shape public policy and promote positive social change.
Through research, education, and advocacy, NBCSL strengthens its members and helps ensure their strong, effective, and influential voice on Capitol Hill. Get more information about NBCSL’s annual Legislative Conference.
“Registration is free,” Cobb-Hunter said. “That means the only currency you’ll be spending is your time. So, spend it wisely.”
Antonio Ray Harvey | California Black Media
Mike Tyson (54) / Roy Jones Jr (51) Fight to A Draw – Jake Paul Knocks Out Nate Robinson! / WATCH
*Well, it’s Sunday morning and if you’re waking up with the Tyson-Jones fight on your mind, you’re wondering who won, right? The answer is … it was unofficially ruled a draw.
The Mike Tyson/Roy Jones Jr. heavyweight exhibition fight surprised a lot of fans and went the full 8 rounds at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Afterward, Tyson, who last fought in 2005, said he would “absolutely” do another exhibition.
“I could’ve done everything better,” Tyson said. “Everything I was doing I could’ve done it better, so God willing, I’ll be better the next exhibition.”
Admittedly, both fighters, in their 50s, looked pretty good, but ultimately Tyson, 54, overwhelmed Jones, 51, with heavy hits, breaking down Jones after the fourth round. Tyson outlanded Jones 67-37, according to CompuBox.
#TysonJones is scored a draw! 👀
Mike Tyson agrees.
Roy Jones Jr not so much… 😂 pic.twitter.com/XgwOyyQx3W
— Boxing on BT Sport 🥊 (@BTSportBoxing) November 29, 2020
Tyson also had a 57-28 advantage in power punches, including 35 to the body. After the bout, Jones admitted that Tyson’s body shots “took a toll” on him.
“I like him, but the dude is so strong man,” Jones said afterward. “I understand why they say some things are ‘bucket list’ because when he hits you, if it’s his head, his punches, his body shots, it don’t matter. Everything hurts. So, for me I thought I did enough boxing on the outside to edge it out, but I’m cool with the draw. It means we just might have to do it again, but I don’t know.”
As we said up top, the fight was an 8-rounder and each of those lasted two minutes. Additionally, each fighter wore 12-ounce gloves and no headgear. The WBC also created a “Frontline Battle belt,” which was awarded to both fighters.
“I thought it was dope. I’m a little upset that they made it a draw, but they gave it their all,” said YouTuber Jake Paul, who scored a brutal second-round knockout over former NBA guard Nate Robinson on the undercard. “And, they both looked good. Mike came out swinging. Mike won. Let’s give Mike the W.”
Oh yeah, speaking of 23-year-old Paul’s fight with Robinson, check out the YouTuber’s devastating knockout of the 36-year-old ex-NBAer:
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Getting back to Tyson and Jones, after the fight, both men appeared healthy, thank goodness. Tyson said he is not doing any other fighting … unless it’s an exhibition. He has also pledged to give his purse to charity.
“This is better than fighting for championships,” Tyson said of the fight. “We’re humanitarians now. We can do something good for the world. We’ve got to do this again.”
The man they call “Iron Mike” is more fragile than you might think. Or at least he wants you to think that. It’s been 15 years since his last fight. He said he wanted to get back in the ring again but he was scared of getting injured because it had been such a long layoff.
“I’m afraid I might get hurt. Why nobody care about my ass?” Tyson said to Jim Gray in a postfight interview. “I haven’t fought in 15 years. [Jones] stopped fighting two years ago, and everybody’s worried about his ass.”
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