Ang Lee, Cynthia Nixon Honored at Provincetown Film Festival

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The 18th annual Cape Cod film event presented audience awards for best narrative feature to Anne Fontaine’s ‘The Innocents’ and for documentary to ‘The Music of Strangers’ and ‘Political Animals’ in a tie.

The 18th Annual Provincetown International Film Festival concluded Sunday, with the HBO Audience Awards going, for narrative feature, toThe Innocents, and for documentary, in a tie, toThe Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble and Political Animals.

Also during the festival at the tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the previously announced 2016 Filmmaker on the Edge Award was presented to Ang Lee, while this year’s Excellence in Acting Award went to Cynthia Nixon.

A French-Polish co-production directed by Anne Fontaine, The Innocents (Agnus Dei) is a post-WWII historical drama inspired by true events, about a young French Red Cross worker who discovers a Warsaw convent where several nuns raped by Soviet “liberators” are now in the late stages of pregnancy and facing a crisis of faith. The film will be released in the U.S. by Music Box Films.

Morgan Neville’s The Music of Strangers follows world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his international music collective on their mission to inspire cross-cultural connections. The Orchard has U.S. rights. Political Animals, directed by Jonah Markowitz and Tracy Wares, is a portrait of four lesbians elected to the California legislature whose tireless work yielded anti-discrimination protection for LGBT people.

The John Schlesinger Awards for first-time filmmakers also were presented, going for narrative to actor-turned-director Remy Auberjonois’ tense drama about an American female veteran’s struggle with PTSD following her return from Afghanistan, Blood Stripe; and for documentary, to Adam Irving’s Off the Rails, which follows a young New Yorker with Asperger’s syndrome whose obsession with the city’s transit system has led to him being jailed 32 times for victimless crimes.

Introducing Lee before conducting an onstage conversation with the Oscar-winning director, longtime Provincetown festival patron John Waters said: “Ang Lee may seem like he has sense and sensibility, but look at his career, it’s really nuts when you think about it. He’s made movies about suburban swingers, gay cowboys and lust-filled assassins. He made a brainy superhero movie, and a great film about Woodstock that I really loved that never even showed the music.”


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Mission accomplished: LeBron transforms Cleveland into a winner

When the improbable, seemingly impossible, was done, whenCleveland’s championship was, at long, long last, won, LeBron James simply went to his knees and wept. There was nothing else to do.

Wept for the accomplishment, his Cleveland Cavaliers defeating the Golden State Warriors here Sunday, 93-89 in Game 7 to become the first team in NBA history to come back from a 3-1 Finals deficit. Wept for the performance, 27 more points, 11 more assists and 11 more rebounds to cap a three-game stretch (averaging 36.3 points, 11.6 rebounds, 9.7 assists while facing elimination) as great as any player, ever.

Wept, too, because of Cleveland, because of Akron, because of The Decision and because of The Return, because of the Drive, the Fumble, the Shot, because of Jose Mesa and Rocky Colavito, because the people and places back home made this bigger than him, bigger than a single team, bigger than it even should be, a basketball game understandably meaning so much to so many.

“Just knowing what our city has been through, Northeast Ohio has been through,” James said. “You could go back to the Earnest Byner fumble, [John] Elway going 99 yards …”

So many fans stuffed downtown Cleveland on Sunday to watch the game on outdoor televisions and street-side bars that clogged the whole joint up. The highway patrol eventually had to shut down the highway entrances into town. They had come because they believed that 52 years of losing in every sport in every imaginable way, might now, for once, end.

“Our fans, they ride or die,” James continued. “For us to be able to end this, end this drought, our fans deserve it. They deserve it. And it was for them.”

Spent physically, emotionally, mentally and historically, LeBron James wept because somehow, someway he led the Cavs through a pressure cooker here, fraught with tight nerves and tense moments, including a final quarter in the crucible, where the best basketball players in the world kept melting in the moment.

A little less than a week ago the Cavs came here for Game 5 with everyone expecting them to get closed out. Parade route planned, legacies written. Instead James started an epic run. He played nearly every minute of every game, point guard on offense, center on defense, delivering baskets and rebounds and passes … and blocks .



Hollywood Reacts to Anton Yelchin’s Death


Hollywood was quick to mourn Anton Yelchin after news of the young actor’s unexpected death broke on Sunday. Yelchin, who was 27 died early Sunday in a car accident. Well known for his role in the recent Star Trek series of films, Yelchin was remembered by Paramount and J.J. Abrams, who directed the last two Star Trek films before handing over directing duties on the third film, Star Trek Beyond, to Justin Lin. That movie, which will be distributed by Paramount, hits theaters on July 22.

“All of us at Paramount join the world in morning the untimely passing of Anton Yelchin. As a member of the Star Trek family, he was beloved by so many and he will missed by all. We share our deepest condolences with his mother, father and family,” Paramount said in a statement.

Drake Doremus, who wrote and directed Like Crazy, the 2011 film that won Sundance’s grand jury prize and features Yelchin’s most acclaimed performance, was reached by The Hollywood Reporter shortly after the news broke. “I’m still in shock,” he said. “I’m having a hard time processing it. I just woke up and saw it online and thought it was a hoax, you know, like some of these things are. Then I talked to some people who confirmed it and it’s just devastating.” He continued, “Everyone’s devastated. I spoke to Felicity [Jones, Yelchin’s costar in Like Crazy], who is very devastated and very upset. And Jon Schwartz [Like Crazy‘s producer]. You just try to touch base with all the people you love and who changed your life, and he certainly changed all our lives.”

In her own statement, Jones said: “I’m devastated. A world without Anton is a lesser place. He touched everyone he met with his honesty and humanity. We have lost a unique and profound soul.”

Jodie Foster, who directed Yelchin in 2011’s The Beaver, mourned the young actor.

“What a rare and beautiful soul with his unstoppable passion for life. He was equal parts serious thinker and the most fun little brother you could ever dream of,” Foster said in a statement. “I am so honored to have been able to direct such a deep actor, so committed and genuine. I will forever be grateful for all of those little exchanges we shared, his contagious enthusiasm, his questions, his company. My heart breaks for his mom and dad who were a part of every anecdote. He carried their love into everything he touched.”


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Today is World Refugee Day

People internally displaced as a result of conflict and violence



Today is World Refugee Day –  1 in every 122 person on earth is a refugee or displaced by conflict or disaster within their own country. In countries like Yemen, many never leave to become refugees–they simply move to a safer part of their country. Like with refugee movements, this places pressure on a towns and villages equipped to care for a few guests but can’t handle the thousands who show up in need of food, clothes, water, shelter, jobs, sanitation services, and medical care:

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Raised by a single mom in Watts Los Angeles. He combined his love of writing, his recent doctoral degree research, and his curiosity about why people admire the men in their lives to create the book “Admired Man Why: The Making of an Admired Man.”

Listen to this episode at  and hear the advice on ‪#‎writing‬ and finishing a book w/Dr.Chris L. Hickey Sr.

Dr. Chris L. Hickey, Sr. is the CEO/President of the Admired Man Leadership Institute, where he lectures, facilitates workshops and conducts a comprehensive train-the-trainer curriculum, where participants earn a training Certificate, based on his four year national research, and resulting book, “Admired Man Why: The Making of an Admired Man.”

The Book: Admired Man Why?: The Making of an Admired Man
Stories about men people admire in their lives
60% of the people interviewed were women
Women have been buying the books for the men in their lives
Quality, Behavior, Characteristics (QBC) inspire others to admire
The top 5 things that people seem to appreciate and admire the most

The Author:
Raised by a single mom in Watts Los Angeles
Always wanted to be a writer
Earned a Masters degree in Educational Technology
Mom was incarcerated when he was 14
Proud of music accomplishments and fatherhood
Books he admire:
Body Language
On Becoming a Person

The Mindset:
Continuation of Doctorate dissertation research
Interviewed over 4,700 people
Wrote mostly at night after work
Those close to him didn’t agree with the title
Eventually allowed a professional to Edit and create book cover
Created a Training Curriculum to develop skills for young men from book
Didn’t change the grammar of the people he was interviewing

Thank You for finishing your book Dr. Chris L. Hickey Sr and for sharing your message with the world!
Listen to the episode to hear the Tip he provides for the soon-to-be published authors.

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‘The Voice Mexico’ Singer Jano Fuentes Gunned Down at Age 45


Tragedy has once again struck the Voice community. Only a week after 22-year-old The Voice U.S. finalist Christina Grimmie was gunned down in Orlando by a deranged fan, Alejandro “Jano” Fuentes, a top 10 contestant from The Voice Mexico (La Voz), has become a fatal victim of gun violence as well. According to multiple reports by CNN, TheChicago Tribune, and the Associated Press, Fuentes was shot to death in Chicago’s Brighton Park neighborhood, after celebrating his 45th birthday with friends.

The attack happened right in front of Tras Bambalinas, a Chicago school that Fuentes opened three years ago to teach young people performing arts. The day before the tragedy, the school posted a Facebook video of students singing “Happy Birthday” for Fuentes. A video of his final performance during his birthday celebration has also surfaced.

The Tribune reports that Fuentes was in a car last Thursday night when someone approached with a handgun and ordered him to exit the vehicle; when Fuentes refused, the gunman opened fire, shooting the singer three times in the head. The attacker fled and has not yet been found; police stated they had no suspects in the crime.

After the shooting, Fuentes was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was initially pronounced dead but placed on life support so that relatives could arrive from Mexico to say their goodbyes. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed Fuentes passed away on Saturday, according to the AP.


California State University, Dominguez Hills Hosted the California State Board of Equalization Jerome E. Horton’s Connecting Women to Power Business Conference

Hundreds of women visited California State University, Dominguez Hills today California State Board of Equalization Jerome E. Horton’s annual Connecting Women to Power Business Conference.

The Connecting Women to Power Business Conference: Navigating Beyond Your Limits brings together entrepreneurs and leaders from major corporations, government agencies, and key partner organizations to share ways of positioning women business owners to better compete in today’s global and ever-changing business climate. Learn more at

Some photos courtesy Donna Dymally Photography.

Need Father’s Day Plans? Join Dr. Chris L. Hickey Sr. and Honor Your ‘Admired Man’


Dr. Chris L.  Hickey Sr., author of Admired Man Why? The Making of an Admired Man will be conducting a workshop Friday, June 17, 2016 at the 9th Annual Fatherhood Solutions Conference and will be keynote for Saturday’s 6th Annual Honor Our Father’s.

Inspired by the admirable men he has encountered in his own life, Dr. Hickey set out to discover the specific qualities that cause a man to be respected. Thousands of interviews and questionnaires later, he has culled a powerful collection of stories that invoke the memories and emotions experienced by readers from admired men in their own lives.

Through his presentations and workshops, attendees are transported through their memories and internally challenged to embrace the lessons learned.

On Friday, June 17, 2016, Project Fatherhood will host its 9th Annual Fatherhood Solution Conference, from 8:30am – 4:30pm, at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel. Dr. Hickey will present his workshop “The Making of an Admired Man”. For tickets and information, visit…

Saturday, June 18, 2016, Kappa Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated presents its 6th Annual Honor Our Father’s Award Celebration & Scholarship Presentation, from 9:00am – 12:00pm, at the Carson Community Center. This event will honor and showcase local fathers and father figures who are outstanding role models in their home and community. Dr. Hickey will serve as the keynote speaker. For tickets and information, visit…




About Dr. Chris L. Hickey Sr.

Dr. Hickey is the Founder and Executive Director of Each One – Teach One Alliance for Academic Access, Achievement and Success, an organization that focuses on efforts to heighten community awareness of the overwhelming importance of reforming educational practices targeting at-risk youth. He is also the CEO/President of the Admired Man Leadership Institute, where he lectures and facilitates workshops based on his four year national research, and resulting book, “Admired Man Why: The Making of an Admired Man.” Learn more at

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