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An Evening of Royal Love featuring Willie Latimore and Friends Draws National Attention with Moving Tribute to the Houston family

Comedian Jaye Devan, Singer Devyn Kelly and Willie Latimore

Comedian Jaye Devan, Singer Devyn Kelly and Willie Latimore

LOS ANGELES, CA- Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Author and Elite City Production’s founder Willie Latimore celebrated his 30 year milestone of life, love and music at an intimate fundraising event on Sunday night at the House of Music and Entertainment (H.O.M.E.) in Beverly Hills.

Latimore’s fans were treated to a phenomenal lineup of entertainment including; the comedic talents of Jaye Devan, singer Devyn Kelly, songwriter/recording artist Desmond “Decope” Copeland, and humanitarian/recording artist Barry Bartlett expounded on Latimore’s new book “Removing Your Mountains Thru the Power of Love” and performed a riveting spoken word piece. Special appearances included RCA Recording artist Aanysa; “Raising Whitley” cast members Harold Bell and Samantha Cha (host); comedian and actor Derrick Fields (co-host); international model, motivational speaker and body builder Shawn Lupree and a host of other special guests.

As the somber news about the demise of Bobbi Kristina Brown broke, Fox Channel 11 News captured an awe-inspiring tribute to Whitney Houston and Bobbi Kristina Brown, and got reaction from guests about her untimely death.

The evening continued as Latimore and the superb vocal talents of NBC’s The Voice Season 7 finalist Damien Lawson teamed up on stage, their voices harmoniously blending together, giving an earth-shattering performance.

Latimore performed his latest single, “How Do I Get To Love“, and concluded by taking everyone to church with an anointed medley of spirit-filled songs, leaving his audience longing for more.

For more information about upcoming shows forthcoming, visit www.willielatimore.com.

Ernest J. Wilson, III Joins Cal Wellness’ Board of Directors

unnamed (4)SAN BERNARDINO, CA- The California Wellness Foundation’s (Cal Wellness) Board of Directors elected a new member, Ernest J. Wilson III, who is Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, a professor of political science and a faculty fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy. His service is effective immediately.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Wilson to the Board and believe he will bring new expertise to the Foundation,” said Elizabeth M. Gomez, Cal Wellness’ Board chair. “He has a fresh perspective from his work related to academia, communications and political science. We are all looking forward to working with him as Cal Wellness implements its Advancing Wellness grants program.”

Wilson is the Walter H. Annenberg Chair in Communication at USC’s Annenberg School, a renowned higher education institution that offers multidisciplinary approaches to the study of communication and journalism. He also heads USC Annenberg’s Third Space, an initiative that helps create a talent pool of next-generation leaders who will shape the future of media, communications, entertainment and business.

He holds a doctorate in political science and has served as director of international programs and resources on the National Security Council at the White House; director of the Policy and Planning Unit for the U.S. Information Agency; deputy director of the Global Information Infrastructure Commission; an advisor for President Barack Obama’s transition team; and a board member and board chair of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The 24th Annual Pan African Film Festival Opens its Call for Submissions

LOS ANGELES, CA- The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is ready to take moviegoers on a cinematic journey with international film screenings from around the globe with the announcement of its Call for Submissions. The 24th annual PAFF, the nation’s largest and most prestigious Black film festival will be held on February 4th to the 15th, 2016 in Los Angeles. Over the years, it has showcased films from all parts of the world, representing such countries as Angola, Nigeria, Jamaica, New Zealand, Rwanda, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, Brazil, Kenya, Mexico, South Africa, England, Mexico, Japan, France and of course, the United States. With the pulse on the international film market, PAFF has opened the minds of its audiences, and transported them to faraway lands and back home again.

“Over the years, the filmmakers from around the world have become more sophisticated in telling their stories,” says Asantewa Olatunji, the director of programming for PAFF. “In our ever shrinking world, it is so important to understand the experiences and points of views of other peoples and cultures.”

Last year, more than 40,000 people attended the film festival, which has long been a highly anticipated event in Los Angeles attended by local, national and international guests. Currently, PAFF is accepting submissions of features and shorts; narrative and documentary films made by or about people of African descent. You can currently apply by going online to the PAFF website at www.paff.org and clicking onto “Submit Film”. Fill out the online application and either upload your film with your completed application or send in a DVD to PAFF at 6820 LaTijera Blvd. Ste. 200, Los Angeles, CA 90045.

PAFF is currently accepting applications for films and videos made by and/or about people of African descent. (Please note: the filmmaker need not be of African descent.) Preferably, films should depict positive and realistic images and can be of any genre – drama, comedy, horror, adventure, animation, romance, science fiction, experimental, etc. PAFF accepts features and shorts both narrative and documentary.

The PAFF competition categories are: Best Narrative Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary, Best Director – First Feature, plus a variety of Audience Favorite Awards. Films in competition must be copyrighted no earlier than 2014. With the exception of Audience Favorite Awards, films are judged by industry professionals. In addition to competition awards, other programming and festival special prizes will be awarded.

For information about the festival, submission procedures, fees and registration, click www.paff.org or email submissions@paff.org. Early submissions will be accepted beginning July 20 through August 7; regular submissions begin August 8 and run through October 2, 2015. Late submissions will be accepted from October 3 to October 31