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Paff-how Sweet It Is

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Feb 12, 2008

PAFF-How Sweet It Is

Los Angeles-The Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) is in full stride. PAFF is dedicated to the advancement of cultural diversity and education through the exhibition of positive and realistic media images. The 16th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival officially got under way Thursday, February 7, with a star-studded red carpet Opening Night Gala Celebration. “Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation” the newest film by award-winning film maker Charles Burnett was screened during the Gala. The Opening Night Gala was sponsored in part by the Namibian Film... (more)

Tags: los angeles, jazz, hip-hop, movie, music, education, paff

Old School Celebration In Session

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Jan 22, 2008

Tampa, Fla. - My home town has it going on, and is also a happening place to visit year round. During the month of January, the city witnessed a tremendous surge in visitors. The city hosted the annual Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. January 1st, 60,000 college football fans saw Tennessee defeat Wisconsin. January 5th, our beloved Tampa Bay Buccaneers was defeated by the New York Giants in a NFL Wild Card Game at Raymond James Stadium before a capacity crowd of 65,000 fans. The city will also welcome over 500,000 people who will line up along Bayshore Blvd. for the annual Gasparilla... (more)

Tags: new york, football, jazz, hip-hop, nfl

10th Annual LA Kings Downtown On Ice

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Dec 4, 2007

The 10th Annual L.A. Kings Downtown On Ice. Los Angeles-Visitors to the Southland’s largest holiday outdoor ice skating rink, L.A. Kings Downtown On Ice, came prepared with sunglasses and bundled up in mittens, gloves and an extra layer of clothing’s. The first day of December in Los Angeles felt like the windy city of Chicago. It was a chilly, winter afternoon at Pershing Square, (532 South Olive Street) an oasis for free events and affordable family fun. I made the trip to Pershing Square downtown on public transit to partake in the Youth Programming, scheduled until... (more)

Tags: los angeles, hockey, jazz, music

Jazz At Drew-Good For Your Health

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Oct 8, 2007

Charles R. Drew University & Honda presented the 17th Annual “Jazz At Drew” Legacy Music Series and Cultural Marketplace and Health Pavilion. This is one of Southern California’s most popular music and charity events. This year featured another outstanding stellar line-up of jazz, gospel, R&B, and Latin jazz greats who performed on Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7, 2007 in the grassy outdoor setting on the campus of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science in Los Angeles. The Drew University All-Stars got the festival under way. The All-Stars include University and hospital... (more)

Tags: los angeles, jazz, hip-hop, medicine, california, music, education

Family Fun at The African Marketplace and Cultural Faire

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Aug 22, 2007

Los Angeles-A friend recently stated “I can’t believe that the African Marketplace and Cultural Faire is already happening.” This statement is welcome news for the organizers of the African Marketplace and Cultural Faire. This lets them know that this annual event is one of the most anticipated cultural events of the summer. KNBC Channel 4 Anchor Furnell Chatman, a perennial favorite, returned to host the African Marketplace Gala, which was held on August 17 at the new Nate Holden Performing Arts Center on Washington Boulevard in Los Angeles. The Gala featured performers were the IndigDance,... (more)

Tags: los angeles, new york, jazz, music

12th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Aug 2, 2007

Los Angeles - I’m not sure if the last weekend of July(28th and 29th) has been officially proclaimed “Central Avenue Jazz Festival Weekend” in Los Angeles. This festival is held each year at the same location and around the last weekend of July. Thousands of music aficionados came from all over California to partake in the rich cultural history that once were evident on Central Avenue-back in the day-from the 1920’s to the 1950’s. Central Avenue was part of an early national music circuit that included Harlem, Chicago, New Orleans, Memphis’ Beale Street, Cincinnati, Kansas City,... (more)

Tags: los angeles, jazz, california, music, education

Do You Like Good Music?

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Jul 15, 2007

Do You Like Good Music? Santa Monica, CA. - “I Like Good Music; Any Kind of Music” this is the title of a song by the O’Jays. The title of this song describes my taste in music. You have probably notice that all of the articles that I have written pertains to various genres of music. I greeted the line-up for the 23rd Annual Twilight Dance Series presented by Amoeba Music on the Santa Monica Pier with excitement. The best concerts on the bay are back, featuring an eclectic line-up of leading new artist and well loved favorites. The Santa Monica Pier marks the beginning of summer with incredible... (more)

Tags: miami, hip-hop, california, music, santa monica

Let Freedom Ring With Jazz

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Jul 5, 2007

Los Angeles-The nation celebrated its 231st Independence Day on July 4, 2007 with block parties, patriotic parades and speeches family picnics on the beach or at local parks. I joined several hundred people for “The 5th Annual Vision Outside” 4th of July Jazz Festival in Leimert Park village. Thanks to Bernard Parks, Councilman, District #8 and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, this festival is fast becoming a must attend event for 4th of July. The group Minority Report kicked off the festivities grooving on “Cold Duck Time” by Eddie Harris. This is a local... (more)

Tags: los angeles, jazz, music

Happy Feet Witnessed at the Long Beach Bayou Festival

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Jun 27, 2007

The 2007 installment of the Long Beach Bayou Festival was a tremendous success. The event was held at the Rainbow Lagoon-one of the original locations where the festival began long time ago. The dates were June 22-24. I’m wondering if the producers of the movie HAPPY FEET got the idea for a movie from attending a Cajun and zydeco dance, festival or concert. People who like Cajun and zydeco music can not stop dancing while the music is playing. I arrived at the new location in time to catch the last song performed by Lee Benoit & The Bayou Stompers. The expanded canopied dance floor was filled... (more)

Tags: los angeles, manhattan, jazz, movie, california, police, music, education

Party Time At The Playboy Jazz Festival

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Jun 20, 2007

Festival Productions organizers of the 29th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival (presented by L.A. Philharmonic Association) were fortunate enough to have a distraction free Fathers Day weekend June 16-17, 2007. The NBA Finals was finished two days before the festival. Paris Hilton was resting comfortably in her jail cell. The weather was pleasantly warm with a Caribbean breeze hovering over the Historic Hollywood Bowl for this year’s highly anticipated jazz festival of the summer. The festival got under way with the Eagle Rock High School Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Greg Samuel. The band... (more)

Tags: baseball, paris hilton, jazz, hip-hop, nba, hollywood, music

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