All posts by Larry Buford

Larry Buford is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer, and author of Book/CD titled "Things Are Gettin' Outta Hand" (Steuben Pub.) www.amazon.com. 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.
Congresswoman Janice Hahn

Rep Janice Hahn On Compton Officers Carrying Assault Weapons on School Campus

Congresswoman Janice Hahn

Congresswoman Janice Hahn

*COMPTON, CA – Congresswoman Janice Hahn (CA-44) issued the following statement regarding a policy recently passed by the Compton Unified School Board that permits school police officers to carry assault weapons on school campus:

“I am concerned with the unintended consequences of a Compton Unified School Board policy that will permit school police officers to carry assault weapons such as AR-15 and AK style rifles on our school campus. Our schools’ police officers are there to ensure our children feel secure and ensure students have a safe place to learn. Sadly, school shootings across the nation have become all too familiar and I know that a similar tragedy in Compton is many parents’ worst fear. However, while we must take extra precautions to protect our children, our schools are not war zones and I understand the concern and alarm expressed by many in our community. Before the school board takes any further steps toward implementation of this policy, it is important that the voices of parents, teachers, students and residents are heard. I look forward to joining board member Emma Sharif in hosting a community forum to hear from both the school board and Compton residents.”

Larry Buford

Larry Buford: When You Hear Your Tune, Dance!

Larry Buford

Larry Buford

When you hear your tune, dance! Everybody has a tune; a purpose in life. How unfortunate it is for someone to waste the music – for someone to wait until the song is almost over before they venture out onto the dance floor, or even worse to never venture at all.

I find that one of the biggest concerns people have about pursuing dreams and goals is what others will think – what will other people say? It’s a valid concern, but no excuse for holding back. Someone out of town on vacation once said, “I can do and act as I want – I won’t have to see these people again.” That may have been spoken in a frivolous, fleeting context, but it’s a concept that can and should be adopted on a higher more meaningful level.

Did you know Christians are out-of-towners? Think about it – if we are indeed born again in Christ, and Christ is now seated at the right hand of our Heavenly Father, then doesn’t that make us citizens of Heaven? So what does it matter if we act a little strange or peculiar among strangers on earth? If they’re not part of the family of God, you may never see them again. In the song “They Won’t Go When I Go” Stevie Wonder sang “…they won’t go…where I go…no one can keep me from my destiny.”

Is there something you’ve been hesitant about doing, but too concerned about what people will think? Let people think and say what they like – we have a higher authority to answer to. In 2 Samuel 6:14 – 23 there’s the story of King David who was despised for dancing before the Lord with all his might. He didn’t care what others thought.

Author William W. Purkey wrote: “You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.”

Have you heard your tune yet? If not, ask God to play it for you, and when you hear it, dance like nobody’s business!!

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:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/i-am-the-face-tickets-12682942021

Information is also available on the website http://thedoncorneliusfoundation.org/

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!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDRbF80NKDU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZTbJSmOWWc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jESSintSYJs

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: http://www.rbhalloffame.com/