Category Archives: Community

Jazz at Drew-A-Family Affair

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Photo Credit: Ricky Richardson | Copyright Protected 2017

By Ricky Richardson | Guest Contributor

Los Angeles, CA. – I had the honor and pleasure of returning to Wonderful Watts, Saturday, October 7, 2017, for the annual Jazz at Drew. I was in the right place, at the right time, given the large turnout of jazz enthusiasts, as well as music aficionados in attendance from all over Southern California and points beyond. Continue reading Jazz at Drew-A-Family Affair

36th Annual Watts Towers Day of Drum Festival Got Rhythm

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By Ricky Richardson | Guest Contributor

Watts, CA. – Watts-The sun shined brightly on Saturday, September 30th in wonderful Watts for the annual Day of the Drum Festival. This was the first of a two-part festivals presented by City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), and Friends of Watts Towers Arts Center. Continue reading 36th Annual Watts Towers Day of Drum Festival Got Rhythm

From Janitor to Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Innovation

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Photo Credit: Rudi Lopez, M.A. | Copyright Protected 2017

By Rudi Lopez, M.A., Editor-in-Chief | rudi.benhtv@gmail.com

San Bernardino, CA. – San Barnardino Valley Community College located in the Inland Empire hosted a keynote speaker who was a former janitor who came from humble beginnings only to become one of the most iconic innovators of a product that is still popular worldwide. A conference room maxed at capacity resulting in standing room of SBVC students who were treated to the founder of their favorite snack Flamin’ Hot Crunchy Cheetos. The majority of the students were of Latino/Hispanic decent, along with students of other ethnicity welcome Mr. Richard Montanez,  Vice President of Multicultural Sales and Marketing North America for PepsiCo. Continue reading From Janitor to Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Innovation

A Tiger’s Heart Wrapped In A Woman’s Hide

By Katelin J. Wright, President of Be Non Human

Playa Vista, CA. – Every once in a great while someone and/or something crosses your path & impacts your life inadvertently. This week I had the pleasure of stumbling upon Jenica’s beautiful & courageous triumph. I was so moved by her raw transparency that I couldn’t help but send her a private message via FB requesting her permission to share her story. Thankfully, she was beyond gracious & allowed me (a perfect stranger) the honor of highlighting her story in this weeks blog.   Continue reading A Tiger’s Heart Wrapped In A Woman’s Hide

DARE TO BE YOURSELF!

By Katelin J. Wright, President of Be Non Human

Playa Vista, CA. – You deserve to live a life you are excited about. Don’t let the opinions of others make you forget that. You are not in this world to live up to the expectations of others, nor should you feel that others are here to live up to yours. In fact, the more you approve of your own decisions in life, the less approval you need from everyone else. You have to dare to be yourself, and follow you own intuition – no matter how frightening or strange that may feel or prove to be. Don’t compare yourself to others. Don’t get discouraged by their progress or success. Follow your own path and stay true to your own purpose.

“You have to dare to be yourself, and follow you own intuition – no matter how frightening or strange that may feel or prove to be.”  – Katelin J. Wright

Risk more than is required. Learn more than is normal. Be bold. Be strong. Show courage. Breathe. Excel. Love. Lead. Speak your heart. Live your values. Laugh. Cry. Be creative. Simplify. Adore mastery. Release mediocrity. Aim high. Stay humble. Be kinder than expected. Deliver more than is needed. Exude passion. Shatter your limits. Transcend your fears. Inspire others. Dream big. Act now. Don’t stop. Create your legacy.

TRUE BEAUTY

By Katelin J. Wright, President of Be Non Human

Playa Vista, CA. – 99% of women HATE their bodies. We’re too fat, too thin, too dark, under-eye circles, wrinkles, fat ankles, funky toes, weird nose, bad teeth, ect., ect., ect…

We live in a society that has created an extremely deceitful illusion of what “PERFECTION/TRUE BEAUTY” is. According to society, in order to “be someone” you have to be “Beautiful”. Meaning, unless you have long blonde hair, mesmerizing violet blue eyes, double D firm breasts, a 32’ waistline, 36’ hips, voluptuously pouty lips, a small upturned nose, & a flawless sun-kissed complexion you’re neither “perfect” nor “beautiful”. This extremely skewed illusion has created an inferno of self-hatred.

In my opinion, TRUE BEAUTY is defined by what lies in the depths of one’s heart. Moreover, beauty is the essence of YOU. You are an original, a one and only, a creation of God. There is absolutely no one else in the world like you. When you focus on being your truest & most authentic self, there is absolutely NO competition.

Three Decades of Jazz, Latin Jazz, Smooth Jazz with Soul Celebrated in Long Beach

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Photo Credit: Ricky Richardson, Photographer | Copyright Protected 2017

By Ricky Richardson | Guest Contributor

Long Beach-Rainbow Promotions, LLC. Celebrated three memorable decades of jazz, Latin Jazz, Smooth Jazz, fusion, funk, R&B, and Soul with 20,000 music aficionados, Friday, August 11-Sunday, August 13, 2017.
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It All Starts with a Conversation


By Rudi Lopez, M.A. | rudi.benhtv@gmail.com

“Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.'” – Deuteronomy 15:11

Los Angeles, CA. – It all starts with a conversation. To understand what that means you have to know what drives the two brothers and Oh Cheeky co-founders brothers Daniel & Sean Ali-Akbar. Everything they do in life is driven by their faith and relationship with Jesus Christ and a foundation built on their non-denominational faith. For Daniel & Sean a life of SERVICE, helping others, giving back to their community and those less fortunate is a way of life. They are extremely humble, selfless and motivated to make a difference in this world.  Continue reading It All Starts with a Conversation

A Fight Against Cancer

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By Rudi Lopez, M.A. | rudi.benhtv@gmail.com

West Des Moines, IA. – As a parent of a 10 year old boy, I tend to be over protective at times, worry about his safety and health, and at times assume that my child is fragile or not capable of handling adversity. Continue reading A Fight Against Cancer