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LUE Productions Brings the Heat Again with the 2nd Annual Indie Artist Award Show

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- From leaving the office to grinding all night in the studio, to street promotions, to doing shows from city to city, Indie Artists hustle and they hustle hard to be heard. On Saturday, October 15, LUE Productions will be acknowledging those hardworking artists at the second annual “My Music, My Mic: Indie Artist Award Show”. The award show will take place from 6p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Sports Center at the National Orange Show located at 690 S. Arrowhead Street in San Bernardino.

The night will be filled with photo ops, raffles, live  performances, vendors, a fashion show hosted by The Plug  and LUE Productions BBW models, and much more! To kick the night off and keep things upbeat, Comedian Anthony Stone, Big Dee,  BBW winner Dee Dela Cruz, and BBW model Porscha McCoy will be the hosts and announcing some of the hottest talent to emerge out of the Inland Empire.

The recipients that will be recognized this year include: Annyett Royale, Apple Watts, C LO, CNova, James & Jamal Moreno of The Plug, So Cal Street Team a.k.a. Squaaad, DCorfxtop, DJ Demico, DJ Mpress, D’zyl, Eugene Jones, King Dice, Krystal Yvonne, Nova of Heartbreak, Radio Base, Tipse Smash Gang, Noface the Shadowmen, Bernard Holmes a.k.a. BJ, Fitz Taylor, Rowdogg, Skater Dee, Staxx Hughes, and Tinigi Star. In addition to the artist award recipients, there will also be special community recognitions of individuals and companies that will be receiving The Allen Award for their hard work, dedication, and commitment that show in the community and for the support that show indie artists. These individuals include: 5 Cent, Angel Baby, Curtis King, Danny Alcarez, Edwin Johnson, Janet Kirtley, Johnny Lee Bell, and LaShaun Turner.  

In addition to the awardees there will be a special guest speakers. Terrance Stone of Young Visionaries and LaNae Noorwood of United Nations of Consciousness will be bringing their wisdom to the stage. There will also be a special performance from Inland Empire’s hip hop legend, Dirty Birdy.

This will be an epic night that you don’t want to miss out on. The Inland Empire will stepping out in their best and latest attire. Early bird tickets are $20 before October 1 and $25 after and at the door. Tickets can be purchased via PayPal and sent to Lue.info@yahoo.com. For more information, please call (909) 567-1000, (909) 496-2151, (909) 556-7637, or (714) 833-3196. 

Tears, Laughter, and Unity Arise During the Premiere of The Diamond Monologues

Photo credit Freddie Washington

Photo credit Freddie Washington

By Naomi K. Bonman

After a two year process of grinding it out, The Diamond Monologues finally came to life on Saturday, October 1 in Ontario, California. The Diamond Monologues has been in the works by author and now playwright, T’ana Phelice. In order for the play to be a success like it was, Phelice had to ensure that she had the right team in place and the right girls to bring the monologues to life, and it was well worth the wait!

Jacquene Richardson. Photo credit Freddie Washington

Jacquene Richardson. Photo credit Freddie Washington

The evening began with an empowerment series with speakers Nakea Brown, Rebuild Your Laugh; and Karla Quebec, Mrs. Latina Global (Guatemala) contestant. Brown prophesied on being ‘The Message’. We each have a message that we have been called to give out to the people through our passions, gifts, and purpose. Quebec followed by giving her personal and very deep testimony of what her childhood and teenage years were like and how they formed her into becoming the strong woman that she is today. To compliment the speakers, Jacquene Richardson also gave her testimony through spoken word.

Photo credit Freddie Washington

Photo credit Freddie Washington

The pieces of the puzzle would not be complete without the diamond of the show. These five ladies did an excellent job in bringing the characters of the book to life and tapping into what their character went through to relate to it and make the issue their own. The cast included: Asia Smith (Tia), T’ana Phelice (Monqiue, writer), Precious Chapman (Sheena, Director), Karina “KJ” Johns (Bernice), and Ericka Marmolej (Veronica).

For those that missed, you definitely missed a phenomenal show! But you will have another chance to see it in Los Angeles, California in January 2017. To keep updated on the exact show date and time or to purchase a book, please visit www.tanaphelice.com.

Karla Quebec. Photo credit Freddie Washington

Karla Quebec. Photo credit Freddie Washington

Photo credit Freddie Washington

Photo credit Freddie Washington

Photo credit Freddie Washington

Photo credit Freddie Washington

Photo credit Freddie Washington

Photo credit Freddie Washington

Meet Kimberley Zulkowski, Former Foster Child Turned Hollywood Filmmaker

By Naomi K. Bonman

 The best Hollywood success stories are those that have testimonies of triumph, courage, and strength. They are the ones that capture the audience’s hearts and inspires them that they too can overcome whatever they are going through or where they are from in order to accomplish their dreams. Kimberley Zulkowski is a former foster child that has broken the mold and has become a successful Hollywood filmmaker.

I recently was able to catch up with Zulkowski for a second interview where she went deeper into her life’s journey. She shared her story of strength, survival, and sparkle through her upbringings in Milwaukee. She is now using her experiences to inspire others and to also give back to her community. 

In the interview, Kim chatted about her current crusade to help #OperationSaveMilwaukee, which is on a mission to stop the killing and clean up this 52306 zip code. The area has been seeing a spike in homicides within the last two years which has become a nightmare for such a small town. In lieu to #OperationSaveMilwaukee, Zulkowski is also working on a new production titled, “53206” where she has used local city actors who are now up to par with big names, such as Loretta Devine, Denzel Washington, and many other greats.

In addition to the film, Zulkowski also serves as a private donor of ‘Angels of Darkness’ to families who are unable to pay for funeral services for those that were victims of the violence in the community. She helps victims of homicide with their transition to heaven from outfitting them in the most beautiful of clothes, often releasing doves with a horse and carriage with proper prosthetic make-up and complimenting casket.

“From 9-year-old children gunned down in the comfort of their own home watching television on their couch to grown men, Kimberley dedicates herself entirely to the repair of her former community. Though successful and with a beautiful family of her own in the safety of the suburbs,  Kimberley still returns to serve as a mentor to those in dire straights needing guidance, food, “blessing bags” stuffed with personal hygiene products and more. If anyone knows how to #GiveBack, it is Kimberley Zulkowski.” stated by Kelly K. of Jaded Umbrella. 

To listen to the interview, click below: