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EMANUEL Documentary Available For Free Now On The Starz App And Across Most Starz On-Demand Platforms Through June 23rd
Panel Discussion Will Include Executive Producers Viola Davis, Julius Tennon
and Co-Producer Mariska Hargitay
“Stop the Silence,” an initiative created to help restore peace, bring comfort to George Floyd’s family and supporters, honor black lives lost, lead peaceful protests, prayers for healing and champion for justice, will host a Q & A to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, via Facebook Live.
The discussion will be moderated by EMANUEL documentary producer, Pastor and activist  Dimas Salaberrios. Pastor Dimas is continuing his mission to fight racial injustice with the newly announced “Stop The Silence” initiative, bringing community and faith leaders together in prayerful protest against police brutality and systemic racism in order to both promote awareness, and offer hope and healing.
This dialogue will help encourage reflection, understanding and meaningful education regarding issues of racial injustice in our country. Download the discussion guide at
EMANUEL SYNOPSIS:  National headlines blazed the story: Churchgoers Gunned Down During Prayer Service in Charleston, South Carolina. After a 21-year-old white supremacist opened fire in Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, nine African Americans lay dead, leaving their families and the nation to grapple with this senseless act of terror. Featuring intimate interviews with survivors and family members, EMANUEL—from executive producers Stephen Curry and Viola Davis, co-producer Mariska Hargitay, and director Brian Ivie (The Drop Box)—is a poignant story of justice and faith, love and hate, examining the healing power of forgiveness.  The film will be available for FREE on the following platforms without a subscription through June 23rd: the STARZ App and STARZ On-Demand, Amazon and iTunes, AT&T, Dish, Roku Verizon, Cox, DirecTV, Mediacom NBC Universal.
Watch the movie:
WHO:  Featuring: 

The Honorable James E. Clyburn (House Majority Whip) 
Viola Davis (Executive Producer) 
Julius Tennon (Executive Producer) 
Mariska Hargitay (Co-Producer) 
Dr. A.R. Bernard (Author/Pastor) 
Moderator: Pastor Dimas Salaberrios (Producer)
WHEN:            Panel Discussion:
Tuesday, June 16th at 6PM ET / 3PM PT
 WHERE:           We Stop the Silence Facebook Live
The Emanuel Nine
Myra Thompson                                             Susie Jackson
Ethel Lance                                                     Daniel Simmons, Sr. 
DePayne Middleton-Doctor                           Tywanza Sanders
Sharonda Coleman-Singleton                         Clementa Pinckney
Cynthia Graham Hurd

For more information on “Stop the Silence,” Emanuel and interview requests with Pastor Dimas, please contact

I was wrong and here's some wisdom from @rickwarren & @actorinspirit #actorinspiration #racialhealing #faith #peace

"This past week has brought me to my knees so many times.
In light of the current events around racism and social injustice, I want to lovingly remind you that everything I create (whether it’s a program or a post) will always come from a space that stands for love, inclusion, diversity, unity, peace, compassion and acceptance.
And yet, I too, have so much more to learn on the topic of racism."
I wish I had written that, but I didn't. It's from an actress/acting coach, Wendy Braun, who sent me this via her Actor Inspiration newsletter today and it just spoke to me.
The first week everything happened with George Floyd and I heard the young man sing his heart, I just wanna live, I too was on my knees, heartbroken. 
However, as time went on, I became angry and defensive because I was scared and wondering how much more mayhem and madness would take place before people were killed.
My anger and fear Pastor Rick Warren addresses in his message entitled, A Faith That Plants Seeds of Peace, which you can watch here. I admit, I've not been sowing seeds of peace with my last blog and it was wrong.
I was wrong.
Listen and see if you might feel a little remorse yourself.

This is why I listen. I am convicted every time I hear his words of wisdom taken from the Bible. I confess hearing African American's pain was so uncomfortable, so overwhelming, so gut-wrenching, I had a rebuttal of facts, logic, and reasons why we shouldn't feel it as a society and I didn't have love.
And that is where I need to grow and change. And I am deeply sorry to those who read my words and were hurt.
It wasn't kind. It wasn't loving. It wasn't wise.
And I sincerely apologize. 
I think that's why Rick Warren's message was one I ran from yesterday. I wasn't ready to have my heart affected, or my opinions reconsidered, or to have my motives and heart be seen through the eyes of Jesus and His word. 
I wanted to pretend my self-righteous anger against the looters was just that, righteous. It still makes me mad, but I also want to be someone who hears the pain and understands rather than someone who lectures and "Karen's" a group of people who are hurting and acting out. 
Doesn't make looting right. Doesn't make the multiple murders of innocent people right. Doesn't make the loss of police through the senseless violence of the mobs right. It doesn't ease the pain of business owners who may have lost everything. 
But maybe, just maybe, listening creates a bridge, where once there was a valley of misunderstanding, racism, and more healing down the road which leads to reconciliation, forgiveness and peace. I hope you take the time to listen to Pastor Rick too and thank you for reading what I'm sharing. 
Maybe, those who are in the wrong, will come to know the God of forgiveness, of love, of peace and of justice because one person's loving actions made a difference and show a different way of living.
I want to continue sharing how Wendy is listening and sharing from her heart as an excerpt that especially spoke to me because I felt heard and understood.
I hope you do too.
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"Change is upon us, and we are all feeling it.

Change is also messy, emotional, uncertain, painful + requires deep discomfort to really grow, learn and evolve.

So many feelings are coming up.  We are seeing this on a global level and we are feeling it on an individual level.

As artists, I know we are feeling it, because that’s what we do. We feel. We empathize.  We emote.  We seek to understand the human condition.

But I also want to also remind you, that although we live in the digital age, you are not required to process your emotions in public.

Of course, I do hope you are taking time to process your emotions, release them in a way that is healthy and then do what feels best for you.

We all process things differently and we are all called to different actions that will drive us to different lanes.

Your lane might be writing.
Your lane might be donating.
Your lane might be protesting.
Your lane might be organizing.
Your lane might be volunteering.
Your lane might be painting a mural.
Your lane might be a dance or a song.
Your lane might be forwarding petitions.
Your lane might be talking to your children.
Your lane might be making a compelling video.
Your lane might be educating yourself in a new way.
Your lane might be tending to your own mental health.
Your lane might be doing what you can to stay sober today.

Some things to keep in mind:
1) Everyone’s lane is different.
2) Your lane might change from day to day.
3) Don’t feel guilty that you "should be" in all of the other lanes.  It’s impossible.
4) Don’t worry about directing the traffic in the other lanes.

If we want to bring compassion, acceptance + love into the world, we must begin with ourselves.  

So don’t judge yourself for whatever lane you are riding in on any given day.

As you soften your own self-judgment, and then let go of judging others for what they are doing or not doing, you are actually helping create the change that we are all seeking.

Be a beacon of love + light in whatever lane is calling you right now, and know that it does have a ripple effect."
You can read her entire blog here which is entitled Being A Beacon Of Light + Love ❤️ I hope you do take the time to read her entire blog because it's really beautiful and expresses how she reflects love in the world. I think it will bless you too. 
You never know who will be your teacher or lead you on a different path. I'm glad I have  Christian Pastors like Rick Warren at Saddleback Church, Pastor Miles McPherson at The Rock in San Deigo, Pastor Andy Stanley at Northpoint in Atlanta, and so many others I learn from when I take the time to listen.
I'm also glad I met Actress/Coach Wendy Braun. Recognize her from Atypical?  MV5BMjRhYWIyZDctMTk3MS00ZjE2LTgzNTctYWIxZjU5YTUyYjhlXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyODExNTExMTM@._V1_

The funny thing is I looked up her credits after taking her workshop and she had been in a short film by Director Jason Reitman called In God We Trust which I screened at my film festival in the 90's.
Funny how you run across people in Hollywood years later and realize you had a connection from years ago. Kudos to her. 
I've run across a lot of filmmakers, actors, directors and others who were part of my Short Pictures International Film Festival (SPIFF) from that time and they've gone on to do big things, like feature films you'd recognize. Maybe one day I'll do a Where Are They Now blog, but for now, want to close by saying, this isn't an easy time in America right now.
We're all going to experience different emotions, different reactions and "different lanes." I think it's how we drive forward that will determine whether our world remains a train wreck mired in racism, hurt and pain, or will we choose to make conscious decisions to change the direction of our metaphorical car, turn around and drive towards goodness, hope, love and peace with God guiding our way?
The choice is up to you. Jesus take the wheel is all I gotta say... 

I'm letting go, give me one more chance, save me from this road I'm on....


Here's a preliminary list of all the #santamonica businesses with damage & looting this past week. #smallbusiness #recallgavinnewsom

Preliminary list of businesses with damage and looting yesterday in Santa Monica.
7 11 (Wilshire)
99 cents store (Pico / Stewart)
Adidas (3rd)
Anthropologie (3rd)
AT&T (Wilshire)
Awesome Eyes (4th / Colorado)
Bay Cities (Broadway)
Be Crystal Clear (Broadway)
Benny's Tacos & Chicken Rotisserie (Wilshire)
Bevmo (Wilshire)
Big 5 (Wilshire)
Big Jo's (Broadway)
Bloomingdale's (Broadway / 3rd)
Blue Daisy (Broadway)
Brandy Melville (3rd)
Broadway Wine & Spirits (Broadway)
Cash for Gold (Lincoln / Cedar)
Centinela Feed (Lincoln)
Central Compounding Pharmacy (Wilshire)
Chase Bank (4th)
Chevron (Wilshire)
Citi Bank (Wilshire)
Coffee Bean (2nd / Broadway)
Cold Stone Creamery (Wilshire)
CoolKicks (3rd)
Co-Opportunity Market (Broadway)
Crimson (Broadway)
Crossroads Trading (4th)
CVS (Lincoln)
CVS (Main)
CVS (Santa Monica / 26th)
CVS (Wilshire)
Cynergy Cycles (Santa Monica / 23rd)
Dash Run Studio (Lincoln / Wilshire)
Dianese (Lincoln)
DrugTown (Montana/7th)
Fisher Hardware & Lumber (Lincoln)
Flight 23 (3rd)
Foot Action (3rd)
Gap (3rd)
Gap (Wilshire / 20th)
Goodwill (Santa Monica)
Hayk’s Smoke Shop (Wilshire)
Heroic Italian Deli (Santa Monica)
Hi-De-Ho Comics (Broadway)
The Hive (Broadway)
Hummis Bar Express (3rd / Arizona)
Jack’s Jewelers (4th)
Jamba Juice (4th)
Jewelry On 7th (7th / Broadway)
Kaiser Permanente (9th / Broadway)
Les Miller, optometry
Lincoln Barbers (Lincoln)
M & A Tobacco Inc (Lincoln)
Magicopolis (4th)
Massage Garden (Main)
McCarthy Pharmacy (Lincoln / Ocean)
New Balance (26th)
Nike (3rd)
Ocean Park Optometry (Lincoln / Ocean)
Patagonia (4th)
Pharmica (Montana)
Phenix Salon Suites (Broadway / 7th)
Pottery Barn (4th)
REI (4th / Santa Monica)
Rite Aid (Pico / 24th)
Rite Aid (Wilshire / 14th)
Rite Aid (Wilshire / 18th)
Sake House (Santa Monica / 4th)
Salon Tru (Santa Monica)
Salvation Army
Sand n Surf (Broadway / 2nd)
Santa Monica Car Sound & Window Tinting (Santa Monica)
Santa Monica Homeopathic Pharmacy (Broadway)
Santa Monica Jewelry and Loan (4th)
Santa Monica Massage & Reflexology Center (2nd / Santa Monica)
Santa Monica Music Center (Santa Monica)
Sherwin Wiliams (Pico/Licoln)
Shoe Palace (2nd / Santa Monica)
Simply Salad (2nd / Santa Monica)
Solidarity (Lincoln)
Sprint on (7th / Wilshire)
St John's Medical Plaza Pharmacy & Offices (Arizona / 20th)
The Stables (Pico)
Star Liquor (Main / Bay)
Starbucks (11th)
Subway (Wilshire / Euclid)
Sunnin (Wilshire)
Sunny Optometry
Supercuts (Wilshire / 19th)
T-Mobile (3rd)
Tar & Roses (Santa Monica)
Target (Santa Monica)
Thai Vegan (Santa Monica)
Toe Heaven Spa (Main)
Tory Burch (Santa Monica Place)
Training Mate (Lincoln)
Ulta (Wilshire)
Umami Burger (Broadway)
Undefeated (Main)
UPS Store (5th)
Van's (Broadway / 4th)
Verizon (Main)
Vons (Wilshire / Euclid)
Vons (Lincoln / Broadway)
Walgreens (Lincoln)
Walgreens (Wilshire)
Wasteland (4th)
Wexler’s Deli (Santa Monica)
Wonders of the World (Lincoln / Broadway)
World Oil (Lincoln)
Ye Olde King's Head (Santa Monica)

Prayer for peace and protection I just read on Facebook I really like. We need some grace about now.

Holy heavenly Father, our Savior Jesus, our guide and comforter the Holy Spirit you are all alone worthy of praise and honor, we worship you, we love you, we give you thanks.
We pray without any fear and in complete faith because we know that the powers of darkness do not have the capacity to withstand the power and authority of the most high God and shed blood of Jesus Christ. I decree and declare that He who is in me is greater than he who is in the world. We renounce Satan and his dark world and refuse to believe his lies.
In Jesus mighty name and on his behalf we bind the strongman over Washington DC, we break any curse existing over our President Donald Trump, over Washington DC, over our police and national guard, and over our governmental systems.
In the name and authority of Jesus Christ we bind and declare victory over the spirits of fear hate, racism and greed and destroy every work of the evil one.
In the name of Jesus I anoint and bless President Trump, I cover him his family and the Vice President and his family with the precious, perfect and powerful blood of Jesus Christ. In Jesus name I decree that only the presence and will of God the Holy Father be present in the White House and in Washington DC.
I ask all these things in Jesus mighty, matchless name and with His power and authority.

Changing society starts at home and here's some ways we can all help. #father #goals #dreams #hope

By Joy A. Kennelly

I don't know if other writers experience this, but I frame what I'm going to say in my head before I put it down on paper. And this morning, I woke up three times with things I wanted to write which made me realize I need to get it out. So hello again. 

I heard a black author say that looters were stealing because their income disparity was so bad they knew they would never achieve the ability to own a Louis Vuitton purse or any luxury item they stole like art from a gallery on Melrose.

I call bulls$%@. So would Harriet Tubman.

Harriet-Tubman-quote-great-dream-change-the-world-1068x561You know what I think is the root of this issue of rampant lawlessness? Other than the desire to take advantage of white guilt and continue the negative narrative that has plagued the African American community for decades? Fatherlessness which creates all these other issues. Check out this infographic created by the organization behind and the blurb from their website which I've excerpted here: 

Download FatherlessInfographic

The Consequences of Fatherlessness

Some fathering advocates would say that almost every social ill faced by America’s children is related to fatherlessness. Six are noted here. (Also see related fatherlessness epidemic infographic)

As supported by the data below, children from fatherless homes are more likely to be poor, become involved in drug and alcohol abuse, drop out of school, and suffer from health and emotional problems. Boys are more likely to become involved in crime, and girls are more likely to become pregnant as teens."

@thefathereffect  movie is now streaming for FREE until #FathersDay on YouTube & The Father Effect Facebook page. Check it out and share with family & friends! 

I have a friend who was working on a documentary about fatherhood back in 2010 and was really surprised at how much the lack of a father affects children and the impact it has on society as a result. Do you really think young black men, as young as 12 years old and black girls as young as 7, would be involved in protests, looting and rioting, if their fathers had been present in their lives and cared to protect them? I highly doubt it. It's why I cling to my heavenly Father when my earthly Father abandons me emotionally.

But don't take my word for it, take experts because if you do even a simple search of fatherhood all kinds of articles come up indicating how much the lack of a father affects boys and girls in the African American community. And society in general.

I observed it firsthand while living with a Latina single mom and her bi-racial, African American/Latina daughter. The mother worked a low paying day job all day and often worked late into the night/early morning doing Uber to cover her bills, while her daughter was left home alone, smoking pot with her friends, watching adult themed shows that were violent, sexual, and totally beyond anything children should be watching thanks to Netflix. The birthfather never paid child support, but would occasionally take the daughter to stay at the celebrities home he was security for to enjoy a weekend while the celebrity was away. Needless to say, there was a lot of rage in the mom and a lot of jealousy in the daughter who thought doing hair was her way out of poverty.

Due to lack of supervision and a desire to feel loved, this 16 year old got pregnant. But not after first attempting suicide twice, and that was all within the 7 months I lived there. It was my firsthand introduction to what it's like to live in an environment of little income, little hope, and total lack of supervision. The mother tried to compensate by buying the daughter expensive gifts she could barely afford, but the daughter was so spoiled she rarely appreciated the sacrifices her mother made for her. Rather, this selfish girl sadly thought her deadbeat Dad was her hero despite his total lack of financial support due to having so many other baby mamas he should have been supporting.

Where does the cycle of poverty end? Living there it sometimes felt like the chicken and the egg. What do you deal with first? The lack of child support? The abuse? The lack of supervision? I don't know.

I do know that's why I placed my son in an open adoption knowing myself and my family as I do. I love them all, but they haven't always been the most supportive or encouraging of me which helped make the decision easier. They also haven't been the most open-minded to my dating black men in the past which is another reason. Ironically, no desire now which my little Mom wasn't alive to see me change my mind.

America-it-is-not-our-differences-that-divide-us-it-9736284I remember one relative who wouldn't let me bring my black friend to Thanksgiving despite his being very well-educated, kind, and funny from a quality family. And that was years ago. I skipped quite a few Thanksgivings after that, but came to accept that was her experience growing up and I won't change it. It's why she's never met my bi-racial son and probably never will, although she was there during my pre-adoption baby shower and has supported me when other family members haven't.

We have a loving, kind relationship and I value her in my life. We just view race very differently. Perhaps we're a little closer now though.

I also remember being told by a friend who spoke to my middle sister about my pregnancy that she told my friend I wouldn't be a good mother which hurt deeply. My sister also said something racially motivated which I have since forgotten, but it also tempered my willingness to bring my child into my immediate family. 

My youngest sister was always supportive and even came to the hospital when my son was born. I stayed with her and her girls after having my appendix removed while five months pregnant which was a very dangerous operation to have for my unborn son. I remember telling my Mom in the hospital, I know I'm placing him in adoption, but I don't want him to die. She was there every step of the way and would even go to visit the adoptive family with me because she was Grandma in body, heart and mind to my son. I only wish she had been alive to meet him when I brought him out to visit a few years after her death. She always kept in touch with the adoptive family and cared about everything I would share about him.

That meant a lot. I don't have a lot of people in my life who understand or know that period in my life because my closest guy friend died of cancer a few years back and others have moved on, like some friendships do. Looking at me, you wouldn't guess I have a son and I rarely put it out there, but I feel like it today because it helps explain my decision to those who have questions. I have an open adoption which is explained here: 

Open-Adoption-Branded-SmallerI'll never forget my niece laying her little head on my chest to comfort me when I was crying after a particularly rough conversation with an adoption attorney telling me I would never find the family I was looking for and just to accept anyone. She wasn't very old, but she was intuitive and caring. Something I needed then.

And now. 

Because as I write and think about everything going on in the world today, it just breaks my heart that we're still experiencing the same racial tension and violence we experienced back when Rodney King was beaten during the LA Riots. Another Hispanic friend, who has relatives in the police, said what didn't come out during the arrest back then was that he was so high on something and resisting arrest very aggressively which is why it got so crazy. Nothing could bring him down and they had to use force to stop him.

The LA Riots back then were a scar upon Los Angeles, as these are too. And the Mayor and Governor and people responsible for the districts that have been torn up really did nothing to stop it this time.

I saw a video circulating on Instagram that the Santa Monica police knew TWO days ahead of time what was going to happen. Which businesses would be hit, where and when. It was sent to them and they did nothing to warn anyone. If I could share from Instagram I would, but since I can't, follow these accounts if you want to see what's really happening in our city because the local news only whitewashes everything. 

Corruptifornia aggregates all kinds of great content to show what's really going on from a perspective you won't see elsewhere. I also like seeing what this one called LA Street People puts out too. And LA Hood Life, which documents the homelessness, riots and current news. These are citizen journalists doing what our local news oftentimes refuses to do.


So getting back to my first point, to the black author who says blacks are entitled to looting, ruining small businesses and wrecking cities because you feel you will never achieve racial parity, you are so right. You, and those who do this, never will.

Quote-if-you-succumb-to-the-temptation-of-using-violence-in-the-struggle-unborn-generations-martin-luther-king-51-93-96And you deserve the rap sheets, the bias, the negative stereotypes because you're perpetuating this. What about taking responsibility for once in your culture and acknowledge blacks kill more blacks than police officers do. How about stopping aborting black babies? Because you're doing a great job of wiping out your race all by yourself. Don't believe me?

Read this excerpt from 

Minority_Billboard (1)"Abortion is the number one killer of black lives in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, abortion kills more black people than HIV, homicide, diabetes, accident, cancer, and heart disease … combined.

In 2014, African-American women comprised 13.3% of the U.S. population, but black women had 36% of all abortions."

So excuse me if I don't buy the I'm an innocent black person who has done nothing to deserve this BS by that black author. I don't have the income to buy luxury things, but NEVER in a million years would I join looters to "get mine." That's where the fallacy that it's okay to rob, steal and destroy other's businesses because you "deserve" this is wrong and detrimental to even your own black business owners. I have seen so many black officers, black business owners, and black people in general hurt and damaged by their own people in this awful time I refuse to accept the current narrative that all white people are bad and we owe you anything.

Dear Black People, get it together. Call out the looters and those destroying your communities, your hope, your babies. STOP BLAMING WHITE PEOPLE FOR THE ISSUES YOU OFTEN BRING ON YOURSELF! TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR LIVES AND BEGIN TO MAKE CHANGES.


Yes, police brutality is wrong. Yes, George Floyd shouldn't have been killed. Yes, this happens way too often. Yes, yes, yes, yes and yes. But I refuse to buy into the narrative that blacks are innocent when I see actions like this during the last weekend here: Rioting in Trenton, NJ  and here: Violent attack in Riverside

I know others feel this way too. I also support peaceful protests, but their voice gets overshadowed by the violence, loss of businesses, loss of life, loss of sense of safety and other issues now facing our society. However, the dialog needs to continue. Let's just hope it brings resolution that is balanced and honest on both sides because compromise, maturity, responsibility means looking at ourselves and our community to determine how we move forward differently.

And with this I close.  





Here's a great initiative to support diverse voices by @ActorsConn. If you're a black actor - check it out & apply! #acting #NYC #ZOOM #alwaysbelearning #BLM #entertainment

This is taken from the newsletter I received this morning from Actors Connection. I didn't have anything to say and this seemed like a great way to use my blog for good. If you have positive things you're doing to assist African American's move forward in society and I like them, I will share them here. All emails can be sent to joykennellyactress (at) gmail (dot) com. Thank you!

EH_x4W8WkAM4MHSHey All!

I'm really excited to announce a few new programs Actors Connection is pulling together in support of the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement.  We went dark for Free at Three the other day and I spent the time asking myself how we can do more.  What can we do?  What SHOULD we do?  How should we do it?

We want to become HYPER ALLIES!  And although everyone on staff has been participating in their own ways individually (donating, marching, advocating ---you name it!)-- as a company we wanted to PUT OUR MONEY WHERE OUR MOUTH IS and show you that without a shadow of a doubt-- WE LOVE YOU and ARE HERE FOR YOU.


So here is what we are doing.

1) We are launching weekly MICRO SCHOLARSHIPS of $100 for actors of color for the months of June and July.  To apply, email us a video of you talking about how YOU as an ARTIST can create change in our industry.  We know we are going to love them all so winners will be selected at random.  Email your submission to and mark "MICRO SCHOLARSHIP" in the subject line.  We know you are using lots of your resources to support your mission right now, so let us help keep your career going in the meantime.

African American reviewing a script
2) We are investing $5000 in projects by content creators in our new ACtivate Your Voice Program.  We will be accepting project proposals all month.  We are looking to support projects that celebrate YOUR unique voice and projects that will inspire CHANGE.  The top 10 proposals will do a live pitch to the AC leadership team and one person will be selected in early July.  To submit, email and mark the subject "ACTIVATE YOUR VOICE". You must include the following:

  • Headshots and Bios of all key players in the project
  • Short one paragraph synopsis on the project
  • Project timeline
  • Project budget
  • Description of the change you would like to create due to this project and how you expect to engage people in it's message

3) We are scheduling a ZOOM PANEL about bringing more equity & equality to our industry.  Stay tuned.  We will announce these details soon.  It'll be an awesome community conversation with the goal of writing down actionable steps to suggest to the members of the entertainment community.

We are working hard to make our impact reflect our intention.  

We love you.  Like a lot.  Our customers are some of the most extraordinary humans on this planet.  Helping you makes our hearts happy.

Be the change,
The AC Team

Here's some of the other great things they've been doing overall that you might enjoy if you're an actor or creative who wants to get involved during our lockdown experience.

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TODAY,  June 3rd, Allison Kirschner, Casting Associate at 3pm EST

June 4th, Malissa Young, Manager at 3pm EST
June 5th, Martin Bentsen, Marketing and Branding Consultant at 3pm EST
June 8th, Bob Kale, Casting Director/Coach AT 4PM EST
June 9th, Elaine Bromka, Emmy Award Winning Actress, at 3pm EST
June 10th, Up-to-Date-Theatricals at 3pm EST
June 11th, Jason Lockhart, Atlanta Models and Talent at 3pm EST
June 12th, RJ Magee, Casting Director, at 3pm EST

Space is LIMITED!  Login early to reserve your spot!
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Thank God for Black Preachers and other thoughts this 9th day of the riots, protests and looting. #BLM #LOVECONQUERSALL #Justice #peace

By Joy A. Kennelly

Have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised to see the peace marches happening in Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach yesterday. But while it's easy to march, it will be interesting to see if the white people marching decide to hire black people for more than delivering their groceries, their take-out orders, or retail jobs. I hate to say it, but talk is cheap and action means more when taken in a new positive direction. 

So, all you investors and celebrities living in the South Bay in your mansions, will you hire minorities on  your sets? Fund their startups? Rebuild their businesses? Fund their dreams? Or merely march once, figure you've done your civic duty and go back to your normal lives feeling better about yourselves? Will you donate to help change inner city kids lives? Will you recognize the constant threat of violence so many children grow up under with no hope for a way out of the vicious cycle because their parents aren't able to get out of years of systematic poverty? 

And yes, minorities do hold some of the responsibility for their situations, just like I do mine. I'm just saying, let's take the high road and create a bridge to another life rather than wave at them from the other side and wish them well. 

And that's all I'll say on that for now. 

I listened to a black preacher my friend Maria and my little Mom used to love named Creflo Dollar who really spoke to me this morning. I want to share the scripture he shared and how he shared it because maybe you need a little encouragement today too. I always love black preachers because they've been through some things and they get how much we need God in times like these. Sometimes I think white preachers are so far removed from the trenches minorities live with on a daily basis they just can't give the comfort necessary to those of us living with the nightmare on a daily basis.

Last night I had numerous thugs walking around near my place setting off fireworks - not just fireworks, cherry bombs that sounded like bombs. Firecrackers that sounded like gunshots. Finally I had enough and yelled at them to cut it out. Then I saw more going off and I called the police. The idiot dispatcher was like where is it? I gave them a general vicinity and because she still refused to understand I told her I'd go do her job for her and raced over to the street the largest display was coming from only to find a group of young kids. 

Interestingly though, earlier, down the street I heard what sounded like a domestic violence disturbance from the messed up house down the street and kept waiting for someone to yell for help. It eventually subsided so I didn't report it. However, when I raced out of my house to track down the explosions I saw a black guy wearing a hoodie scurrying away and two cars ran the stop sign to get away too.

This is my life right now. And what minorities live with on a regular basis in these low income neighborhoods.

I was so mad I called Maxine Waters and demanded she do something to make it stop. I also tweeted at her, and all the black bishops leading these congregations in the hood, and all the black politicians doing nothing to quell the unrest. Whether or not it does any good will have to be seen. But I felt better. LOL

Sometimes you just need to yell and scream which is why I understand why people are "peacefully" protesting. However, allowing Antifa to run wild and not report it as news is where the media is failing society. They're so intent on libeling our President they refuse to report anything else than that which is a total disservice to the black officer who lost his life due to looters, the black businesses that have been devastated, the black homeless living in DTLA and under the bridge near Otis, or anywhere you drive in California lately.


At a certain point we either defend our state and our rights as citizens to live in a city that is devoid of corruption, or accept the results of it. Gavin Newsom acts like Robin Hood, only the poor people he thinks he's saving aren't who most normal people want him to save. We want him to save our Veterans, our Homeless, our Seniors and when he spends $150 million to save illegals I have a problem with that. BIG PROBLEM.

Who is going to bail out the businesses that were just ransacked, looted and damaged? Why are celebrities saying defund the police when they have expensive security protecting them? When will they be as defenseless as the rest of us to hear how insane what they're saying is, or who they're funding is? I just can't understand the depths of ignorance and self-righteous posturing I see. But then again, you may consider what I'm doing the same. LOL And therein lies the conundrum. 

I know I said I wasn't going to say anything else, but this really, really, really bugs me. And 140 characters in a tweet aren't enough to express my sheer frustration and anger at the lack of protection, leadership, and sanctity of human life I see in all areas of California administration. 

I'm glad Jamie Foxx, Stephen Jackson and others are in Minneapolis calling for justice. I stand with them. There needs to be change and justice, but you have to also realize this isn't a one-sided conversation. Watch this:

I was happy to hear Andrew Cuomo back off his statement criticizing the NYPD after what they're having to face with organized rioting. If you don't believe me, then believe this soviet since so many of you love Russia.:)

Or how about Investigative journalist.Winner of Alfred I duPont–Columbia Uni Silver Baton, multiple Emmys, Edward R. Murrow Awards etc Lara Logan Has No Agenda on Fox Nation Just read her twitter feed because it's all there:

Saw this just now and feel it fits my thoughts today. 

SloganAnd with that, I will close out this missive with the words of the Pastor I promised to share earlier, but then got fired up sharing something else.:)

Psalm 91: 1 - 16

 I DECLARE Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]

I DECLARE I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

I DECLARE Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.

I DECLARE He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

I DECLARE You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.

I DECLARE A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.

I DECLARE You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.

I DECLARE If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
    no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.


I DECLARE For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;


I DECLARE they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.


I DECLARE You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.


I DECLARE “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.


I DECLARE He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

Amen and Amen. May God bless the reading of His word and God bless you. 

What I saw in Santa Monica and Venice yesterday after the looting. Recommendations based on people I believe in and support. #silentmajority #blackouttuesday #tech #entertainment #America

By Joy A. Kennelly

I want to start off by saying these are my thoughts and if you're reading, then you must find them of interest. Just know, I'm not perfect. I don't have all the answers. I'm sharing from my heart and my worldview which may differ from yours. In fact, in all likelihood I know it does because I haven't heard this expressed in a public forum which is why I feel compelled to do so.

That's why I write.

To express a worldview I don't always read or hear when I look out into the world. May add value, may not. But these are my thoughts. It may also reflect certain parts of me that need maturing so give me grace as I will try to give you some too. And as I get these thoughts out of my brain on to "paper" so to speak, then I can look at them objectively and realize there are still areas of growth I need. (So I want to clarify that not all black men cheat, only the ones I happen to have "dated.")

I also look and see how far I've come from where I was. And perhaps, how much I still have to go. Journaling has a way of doing that which is why I love it so much.

Yesterday I drove down to Santa Monica after hearing the press conference put on by their city officials out of a desire to help with the clean up from the looters taking advantage of the peaceful protests. I woke up late, which is typical during this lockdown experience lately despite hours of sleep, and by the time I arrived, the majority of the graffiti, debris, etc was taken care of by Public Works and an army of concerned citizens. 

I drove around the entire city looking for an area I could help and to be honest, many people were doing the same by foot because it was really cleaned up. The business area curfew of 1:00pm had put a sense of urgency around the boarding up of the windows and street clean-up which I also feel was part of it. I posted a bunch of pictures and videos on my insta account here:

I was shocked and saddened at the same time. But also encouraged and the one thought that kept repeating in my mind was Look for the helpers as Mr. Rogers always used to say. And there were so many. It really warmed my heart and helped me to understand we are good people. We want to be kind. We want to hear. We want to be part of the change that is so necessary right now.

Look at Jimmy Fallon. What a lot of guts to be that vulnerable last night with his apology and guest choices.

I was further encouraged waiting in line at the grocery store to see a white couple invite a young black man to step in front of them to buy his small purchase when their cart was full. It's small gestures that show people they're seen. They're heard. They're part of us.

I listened to the heart of Miles McPherson, the pastor The Rock San Diego, and was sad to hear what he's experienced in his life as a black man, but also encouraged by what he had to say. I'm showing it here in full because you might have missed it and it's so powerful. He's a former NFL player, had a cocaine addiction, became a Christian, got his theology degree and now leads a 18,000 person church throughout San Diego.

And if you really want to do a deep dive, read his book, The Third Option: Hope for a Racially Divided Nation, which you can find on Amazon, his church bookstore, and Barnes & Noble.

Book1"Pastor Miles McPherson’s new book, The Third Option: Hope for a Racially Divided Nation, offers guidance on this issue, by identifying the cultural influences that shape our attitudes on race, and explaining why we must honor the priceless value of God’s image in all people." 

I was also really encouraged by the images I saw from the Palos Verdes peaceful protest which you can view on my friend's instagram account too: and here:

If I had my phone with me when I went to the beach the other day I would have taken a picture of the lone female activist standing outside the Manhattan Beach library holding a sign that said, Black Lives DO Matter, Check your privilege. I asked her first if she was from there and she said yes. Then I asked if there was a lot of resistance, knowing the people who live there like I do having grown up with many of them and worked around them too. And again, she said yes.

I sometimes think people just don't want to examine themselves because if they did, then they'd have to change.

I see this in the tech industry which prefers to fund young, white males and excludes minorities (women, blacks, Hispanics.) When I left in 2014 only 4% of female founders were receiving funding. Last year I attended an investment seminar put on by a friend of mine to see if anything had changed. When I asked the most vocal female panelist what the stats were now, she said the marker hadn't changed one iota. It's the main reason I left.

I loved being around smart people who are so innovative, but also being around such a myopic viewpoint that only white men can produce anything of value was too oppressive and small-minded for me to continue to support or participate.

I find it ironic that one of the lead investors is saying he wants to review his view of minorities in light of all the riots and I had to comment, then consider funding minorities because I'm sure if he began reviewing his investments he would have to agree, it's woefully few and far between. Even his conference is probably all white. Not sure, but how many black tech companies have you heard about in this realm lately? Because you know only CEO's generally get a platform at such conferences and if they're not getting funded, then they're not having a platform either. 

Don't believe me? Then read this Crunchbase article:

Untapped Opportunity: Minority Founders Still Being Overlooked 

However, it's not all bad news. Check out this February 2020 article too:

25 Black Entrepreneurs Making Waves

Maybe if more investors see this article they will realize they're missing an entire investment category that has high returns. Perhaps hiring more minorities who are capable of analyzing the ROI potential from a real perspective might help. I say the same for hiring more female investors on their team too. The irony of leaving an industry is that it's like a guy you ignore, when you don't need or want them any more, all of a sudden you're that much more desirable.

Ironic, isn't it? Not to say anything will happen about the conversation I will have next week, but to even have it again after years of radio silence is interesting to say the least.

The entertainment industry is also very myopic, but I think having the changes that have happened recently in the Academy have begun to make a difference. Plus, the fact the film, Black Panther was so successful probably didn't hurt. "'Storylines with a strong black character or identity are crossing cultural boundaries to grab diverse audiences and start conversations. That insight is important for culture and content creators, as well as manufacturers and retailers looking to create engaging, high-impact advertising campaigns,'” said Andrew McCaskill, senior vice president, Communications and Multicultural Marketing, at Nielsen." excerpt from a 2 year old Forbes article which can read if you click the link.

However, it's still an issue which is why I admire Tyler Perry so much. And The Rock. And Kevin Hart. They didn't let race limit their lives and have accomplished so much and overcome so much. Doesn't mean I agree with everything they promote or stand for, or share, but the majority of it I do so...

The image that keeps coming to mind after reviewing everything happening recently is our country is like a child that is deeply hurting and throwing a tantrum where they're kicking and screaming and crying on the ground until they can't cry any more and lay there breathing heavily until they are quiet. I feel like we're still in the raising hell stage and it may take awhile before it ends because the pain, the loss, the heartache, the deaths, the injustice and the economic struggle has been so long, so deep, so below the surface of most white's perception it is taking something this drastic, (whether the protests are invaded by Antifa as I believe, or not), to create radical change. 

I was duly impressed by this one woman's interpretation as expressed in her book and which you can read an article on if you click the following link: Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race

For years, racism has been defined by the violence of far-right extremists, but a more insidious kind of prejudice can be found where many least expect it – at the heart of respectable society Listen to the audio version of this long read

I have lots of black friends, have dated numerous black men, have a mixed race son, and yet, even so, I still learn something about the black experience. I think as a country we need to continue to be open, to hear, to care and to share, but I also feel there needs to be radical changes to how dirty cops continue to escape justice, how tech investment is parsed out, and how entertainment is presented.

We need to change the messages, the system, the money structure to allow there to be true common ground. We can't speak it. We have to live it by our actions. When I ran my short film festival I always tried to represent diverse voices. I'll never forget a black filmmaker friend of mine saying how surprised he was to be the only black guy at the Kodak reception for filmmakers. I told him it was because his film wasn't the traditional black film and it was something white judges felt comfortable recognizing. I think it's changed since the 90's, but I've never forgotten his surprise. 

My son shared a petition he is sharing and I'm not sure how it will evoke change, or if it's feasible, but I offer it here simply because I support my son and his opinion. I'm in disagreement where he calls for the legalization of cannabis, because seeing how it's affected Denver, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, I don't believe it's part of this solution. I think it's a distraction. And I've told him so. But I will let you make up your own mind once you read it. I also am not saying that I believe all cops are bad. I'm just presenting this as part of the dialog needed and because my mixed race son is expressing his viewpoint.

Prevent police brutality with tangible solutions

And now, if you'll excuse me I need to get back to my life again. Been listening to a few webinars at the same time and now need to implement what I've been learning.