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Larry Buford is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer, and author of Book/CD titled "Things Are Gettin' Outta Hand" (Steuben Pub.) He writes Human Interest articles and entertainment reviews for various newspapers across the country. He is also an editor, and provides services for press releases, interviews, business letters, resumes, etc. A native Detroiter, he is a former Motown songwriter.
Don Cornelius

Don Cornelius Foundation Kicks Off Suicide Prevention Week Sept 7

Don Cornelius

Don Cornelius

*The Don Cornelius Foundation (DCF) is kicking off Suicide Prevention Week themed “I AM THE FACE,” with an afternoon of music and fellowship on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 3:00 pm at the popular Post & Beam restaurant.

The DCF is a non-profit organization formed by the family of Donald “Don” C. Cornelius, creator of “Soul Train,” who ended his life by suicide on February 1, 2012. Radio personality Pat Prescott from 94.7 The Wave will host.

Renaissance man Don Cornelius’ entrepreneurial spirit and vast contribution to television, music, the arts and popular culture is unparalleled. The foundation – whose slogan is ‘Life is beautiful, precious and worth living’ – was established to provide awareness, prevention and support for those contemplating suicide and survivors who have lost loved ones to suicide. Committed to identifying and supporting programs assisting those in transition and in need of healing, DCF has chosen three organizations for initial grants in 2014, namely New Directions for Veterans, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Urban LA, and The Los Angeles LGBT Center. These organizations are committed to serving underserved, at-risk communities and to increasing their capacities within the African American community.

Helmed by Restaurateur Brad Johnson and Chef Govind Armstrong, Post & Beam offers California cuisine with a touch of soul to the surrounding Baldwin Hills neighborhood and beyond. “We’re pleased to be associated with Post & Beam” says Don’s son Tony Cornelius who heads up DCF.

Post & Beam is located at 3767 Santa Rosalia Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90008. Tickets can be purchased online at:

Information is also available on the website

H.B. Barnum and Ron Brewington on ActorsE chat

H.B. Barnum on ActorsE Chat with Ron Brewington (Watch)

Brewington on ActorsE chat

H.B. Barnum and Ron Brewington

*(Hollywood) – Legendary music arranger and producer H.B. Barnum appeared on ActorsE Chat today with host Ron Brewington.

Barnum talked about his early beginnings as a child actor in television and radio, starting at the age of 4-years-old.

Born in Houston, TX, in 1936, Barnum also discussed changing his acting career to the recording industry as a singer with a doo-wop group, The Dootones, and then later joining another doo-wop group, The Robins.

Other discussions included: The point where Barnum’s singing career became outpaced by his work as an arranger and producer; working with an extraordinary cross spectrum of performers, including Lou Rawls, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, The Supremes, The Temptations, Etta James and many, many more; starting an annual Thanksgiving Day dinner for homeless persons in the Los Angeles community; forming and directing the H.B. Barnum Life Choir – a large, well-known gospel group that has traveled and performed all over the globe; and other related subjects.

Watch the program below:

ActorsE Chat is a live chat show on Actors Entertainment, a channel on the Actors Podcast Network, a Pepper Jay Productions LLC, with PR-Marketing-Sales by Live Video Inc.

The program is rated “PG” and is an informational program about the guest. It is not a gossip show – no dishing.

ActorsE Chat (Actors Entertainment on IMDb) is now in its 6th season, and has had over 1,200 guests and almost 6 million viewers. The one-hour program is seen live Monday through Friday worldwide on the internet.

Contact: Pepper Jay@ 310-345-9366 or [email protected]

Brook Benton and David Ruffin

‘Rainy Night in Georgia’ … Pain is Raining All Over the World!

Brook Benton and David Ruffin

Brook Benton and David Ruffin

*Memories:  “Rainy Night in Georgia.”

Here is some history. Tony Joe White wrote and recorded the song. Here is a history of the song (courtesy Wikipedia) and two of my favorite renditions of it by the late greats Brook Benton and David Ruffin. Enjoy!

michael & whitney

New R&B Hall of Fame Inductees: Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston

Michael and Whitney

*Some things just can’t be ignored! This year as Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston are being inducted into the momentous Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame and Museum (R&BHOF), the number five seems to keep coming up.

You see, their awards will be presented to their respective parents Joseph (Joe) Jackson, and Cissy Houston. Here’s where it gets interesting: Reportedly Joe was born in 1928, and Cissy was born five years later in 1933. They both were in their 30th year when their superstar offspring were born – Michael in 1958, and Whitney five years later (there’s that five again) in 1963. It’s been five years since Michael passed away.

In an article titled ‘Number 5 Numerology – A Dynamic Force’ author Hans Decoz wrote: ‘The number 5 is the most dynamic and energetic of all the single-digit numbers. It is unpredictable, always in motion and constantly in need of change. Although it is molded from an almost equal mix of masculine and feminine qualities, in general the 5 is slightly more feminine — albeit a daring, tomboyish kind of feminine, with nothing demure or submissive about her [‘her’ being the number].’ That seems to sum up the hallmark of both talents at the highlights of their careers.

On Sunday, August 24, 2014, this year’s R&BHOF induction ceremony will be held in Canton, OH at the Canton Palace Theater. Honorees will include, along with Michael and Whitney, The Whispers, Marvin Gaye, The Funk Brothers, Gene Chandler, Joe Jackson, and The Sweet Inspirations. Confirmed attendees and/or supporters (among others) are Duke Fakir (The Four Tops), Kim Weston, Martha Reeves, and the families of Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, and David Ruffin. Oh, and yes, the event begins at five.

Last year at the Cleveland State University in Ohio, many Detroiters and Motown alumni were inducted into the R&BHOF inaugural class such as The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Dramatics, and Jackie Wilson to name a few.

R&BHOF officials recently announced the likelihood of a permanent home for the official R&BHOF Museum being built in the city of Detroit. For further details please visit their website at:

Border Crisis

Is Border Crisis a Page Taken from the Civil Rights Play Book?

Border Crisis

History has it well documented that the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) played a significant role in drawing national attention to the plight of Black southerners subjected to the inhumane indignities of ‘Jim Crow.’ When mainstream media began showing America and the world images of students being hosed down, attacked by dogs and jailed, people began to see for the first time the sheer viciousness of southern bigotry and hatred at its worse.

From the peaceful sit-ins at lunch counters to the freedom rides, a new generation had arisen with a determination to redeem the ‘bad check’ America had passed on to them. They wanted an equal opportunity to become a part of the American dream, and their blood, sweat and tears paid off. The nation and the world asked how could this happen to young people in America? Their fathers fought in wars defending the nation! Hearts cried out to stop the injustice.

Now, could Central America and Mexico be borrowing a page from the civil rights play book – to win the sympathy of Americans through their children by sending them en masse to the American borders? On the question of should these children be turned away, or should America take them in, many Christians are divided. Some say they have broken the law and the law should be enforced, while others default to ‘What would Jesus do (WWJD)?’

Let’s consider motivation first of all. During the civil rights era the descendants of slaves – brought to American shores against their will – wanted nothing more than an equal chance to assimilate and be treated with dignity and respect in a place that was the only home they ever knew. They were willing to become all they could be as Americans. What is the true motivation fueling the current border crises?

It’s no secret that there is this thing called the Reconquista (reconquest) movement where Mexicans and other Hispanics want to reclaim American southwest territories that were ‘stolen’ by the United States in the 1800’s. It is reported that former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was, while in office (and presumably still is), a strong advocate of the movement as are other Hispanic political figures. Reports indicate that undocumented (illegal) immigrants are encouraged to have babies born in America (anchor babies), and told to remain loyal to their country as demonstrated with signs and flags they carry during their annual nationwide Cinco de Mayo march – a tradition that has been growing since 2006. They are also being told they don’t have to learn English – if they go to a public place like a supermarket, they can demand Spanish speaking services. So, why should America receive with open arms children who are being taught anti-Americanism? Are they coming in the spirit of peace which was the hallmark of the civil rights movement, or is this a ‘Trojan horse invasion’? If migrants are not willing to honor the banner of the American way of life, they should dwell in the land where their loyalties lie. In other words – and this might be a stretch – if they’d rather identify with ‘Caesar’ then let them render unto Caesar [Matt. 22:21, KJV]

There are also advocates who say America is a nation of immigrants and that we should welcome this unprecedented wave of ‘refugees’ escaping from the gang-related drug and human trafficking in their own country. That sounds benevolent, but why is the government willing to pay billions of dollars in emergency funds for border crimes, and it won’t effectively do something about the crime in cities like Detroit and Chicago? Why not send the National Guard to those cities to augment law enforcement? Why not appoint additional prosecutorial staffing support so that criminals like the one who shot and killed that Michigan two year old point blank, don’t fall through the cracks?

Yes it is the Christian way to help, but there is an idiom that says ‘Charity begins at home.’ The Bible says: ‘But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.’ [1 Tim 5:8, KJV]

It’s not a bad thing, but my question to all the Americans who choose to rush to the border to offer help to children whose parents chose not to accompany them, have you offered help to Detroit, Chicago or any other crime-ridden city where parents remain with their children amidst the dangers they too face on a daily basis? Think about it! As a sovereign nation, we have our own internal issues to deal with. Let the self-governing nations of Mexico, and Central America deal with theirs. Following are some comments received from different denominations within the Christian community:

‘If all of us Christians would just stop and think…what would Jesus do (WWJD)? Didn’t he tell us to love one another? Well how are we showing love if we are protesting and trying to stop these people from entering our country who are just seeking a better way of life?’ R. Tandy

‘Who is breaking the law? Is it illegal to stop a bus of illegals? If so, not good. Are these kids coming to our country illegally? Not good. This is not the time for open borders…’ J. Hunter

‘It is complicated as they are children. However, we do have to follow laws, and then make decisions.’ C. Robinson

‘I understand that part of the reason for the influx of immigrant children can be traced to their interpretation of the law (Pub.L. 110-457) [former president] Bush passed. Republicans ignore any reference to the Bush law, preferring instead to try to shift blame for the arrival of these children to President Obama.’ J. Ware

‘Could the NRA be behind this? If this is seen as a threat to homeland security, it helps justify the right to bear arms and supports their agenda.’ Anonymous

Yet another suggests that we’re seeing the proverbial ‘chickens coming home to roost’ due to America’s insatiable demand for illicit drugs smuggled from south of the border.

What are your thoughts?

Larry Buford is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer. Author of “Things Are Gettin’ Outta Hand” (Steuben Pub)  E-mail: [email protected]    Visit the author at (213) 220-8101

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George Pennacchio and ron brewington

George Pennacchio on ActorsE Chat with Ron Brewington (Watch)

Pennacchio (left) and Brewington

Pennacchio (left) and Brewington

(Hollywood) — Multi-award winning entertainment reporter George Pennacchio appeared on ActorsE Chat with host Ron Brewington.

Pennachio talked about his extensive duties as the “entertainment guru” at Los Angeles (CA) ABC affiliate, KABC7 “Eyewitness News” for the past 19 years.

He also discussed his thoughts about the changes in the entertainment industry over the past decade.

Other discussions included: Pennacchio’s experience interviewing numerous celebrities; appearing on the ‘red carpet’ during film openings and award shows; covering ‘Dancing With The Stars’ since the program began 19 seasons ago; the recent passing of actor Robin Williams and other related subjects.

Please click on the below link to see the program:

ActorsE Chat is a live chat show on Actors Entertainment, a channel on the Actors Podcast Network, a Pepper Jay Productions LLC, with PR-Marketing-Sales by Live Video Inc.

The program is rated “PG” and is an informational program about the guest. It is not a gossip show – no dishing.

ActorsE Chat (Actors Entertainment on IMDb) is now in its 6th season, and has had over 1,200 guests and almost 6 million viewers. The one-hour program is seen live Monday through Friday worldwide on the internet.