My middle daughter, Joeigh, turns 31 years old today. I remember barely getting her mom to the hospital in time and I remember getting our place in Hermosa Beach all ready for her arrival. She was a painfully shy, skinny little girl who looked very much like one of my mom's family.
She was the only one of my kids who could really hold a tune! And she seemed to have inherited my math gene. At times it seemed like the only subject she liked in school.
Well, now she's all grown up and a mom herself. It's been a long time since I've sat watching her napping beneath the window on a sunny day or walked the few blocks up the hill to pick her up from school and strolled back down to Pacific Coast Highway hand in hand, or flown kites in the park, catching the updraft from the beach below.
Now I spend my days doing productive (but non-Dad) things everyday and am probably the poorer for it.
Well, have a happy 31st in Vegas, Joeigh. I think you're just getting to the fun part where Erica starts turning your hair gray! Hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did! ;-)
On Friday, March 26, 2010, “41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers” will be featured in a limited engagement at the Culver Plaza Theatres in Los Angeles through April 1. I am one of the producers on this project!!!
This engagement comes on the heels of the critically acclaimed film winning the 2010 Audience Favorite Award at the 18th Annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival wherein over 1,000 people came out to see this unprecedented documentary. (www.41central.com)
“41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers” is the first part in a documentary series that follows the Southern California Chapter of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense from its glorious Black Power beginnings through to its tragic demise and is the most in-depth study ever of L.A. Chapter founder Alprentice “Bunchy Carter” and features first hand accounts of the Party’s formation as told by the original surviving members. This film gives the viewer an eyewitness account of Bunchy and John Huggins’ murders at U.C.L.A. in 1968 and includes exclusive interviews with Black Panther Party leaders Geronimo Ji Jagga, Kathleen Cleaver, and Elaine Brown. Also featured are former Black Panther members Ericka Huggins, Roland & Ronald Freeman, Wayne Pharr, Jeffrey Everett, Long John Washington, Muhammad Mubarak, former L.A.P.D. Chief Bernard Parks, US Organization member Wesley Kabaila, U.C.L.A. Professor Scot Brown, and many others.
We believe that this film can used as both an educational tool and a tool to help heal the wounds that for many African-Americans are still open as it relates to the L.A.P.D. and what happened now over forty years ago. While history has unfairly characterized the Southern California Chapter of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense as one of most violent Black political groups in the United States, this is the same organization that in April of 1969 developed and initiated what would later become a national program utilized by the United States government, the “Free Breakfast for Children” program which provided meals to children in the community each morning before school. In addition, on December 27, 1969, the Party opened the Bunchy Carter Free Health Clinic, a free medical clinic program that included Sickle Cell testing for people in the Los Angeles community.
As one of the producers of this film, I’d like to invite you to attend the premiere of the film on March 26, 2010 at 9 p.m. at the Culver Plaza Theatres. The details for this event are as follows:
Friday, March 26, 2010
Red Carpet at 8 p.m. Event Starts at 9 p.m. Culver Plaza Theatres 9919 Washington BoulevardLos Angeles