Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Jacquie Talks About Oscars

Jacquie Taliaferro, Founder, LaHitz Media
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E-NewsJanuary  25, 2016
Jada Pinkett Smith one of the first to call for the Boycott of Oscars 2016 made her announcement on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 18,2016.
Without even a mention of an Oscar for Black actors in  "Concussion," "Creed" (Sylvester Stallone is nominated while Michael B. Jordon is passed over and also overlooked, the Black film director & writer of "Creed" Ryan Coogler of "Oaktown"-no nomination for the director who also made the critically acclaimed "Fruitvale-Wow!); "Straight Outta Compton;" "Beasts of No Nation;" "Chi-Raq;" to name a few, will Hollywood continue to act like the "Soup Nazi of Seinfeld!" "No Soup," rather "No Oscar for you, today!" Will Hollywood own up to its lack of diversity?  KTVU carried the story on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. 

San Francisco film industry experts gave their insights.
What others are sayin'....

Don't just wait til the Oscars to complain:Whoopi Goldberg says she's not boycotting...

Spike Lee Quote Dr. King As He Declines to Attend to Accept His Honorary Oscar..."There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right."

Actress, Dancer, Director, Debbie Allen supports Jada Pinkett Smith and during an interview with "The Hollywood Reporter" says people should do what they feel and shared examples of unconscious bias in working on Amistad with Steven Spielberg.

Charlotte Rampling, Nominated for "45 Years," told a French Radio Station that the boycott "was racist to white people." and..."We can never know if it was really the case, but perhaps the black actors did not deserve to be in the final straight." Rampling regrets her remarks.

Don Cheadle,at Sundance talking about his direction debut for "Miles Ahead," chimes in to support Chris Rock, anchoring the February 28, 2016 Oscars. Chris Rock reportedly will adjust his monologue to address the boycott controversy.  That's nothing new for Rock who opened his remarks during the UPN Network & WB merge to the CW in 2006 with "All I see is White people," garnering him nervous laughter from the internal audience gathered in LA to find out about the changes.  Rock's "Everybody Hates Chris" was one of very few surviving Black shows from the previous networks that had built their brand on Black audiences.

Ben Carson, Presidential Candidate..."But at the end of the day, the American people have far more important concerns than a few Hollywood elites handing themselves awards."

First Aunt Viv on "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" TV Show that launched Will Smith's career, Janet Hubert...We got bigger sh_ to worry about than the Oscars.

As an added note... to those who say "it's only Hollywood," keep in mind that at the end of the day, Hollywood generates millions of images everyday that impact millions of decisions financially and socially, whether you get that loan or a Black child is shot dead in less than two (2) seconds by police without a thought.  Dr. Jerry Kang of UCLA, explained years ago "In Trojan Horses of Race " the power of images. Images can help create bias. 

"These implicit biases "have been demonstrated to have real-world consequence - in how we interpret actions, perform on exams, interact with others, and even shoot a gun."

Lighter Film News

SF Filmmaker Jacquie Taliaferro talks with San Francisco Carnaval's Director Roberto Hernandez and KBLX' Big Russ and CJ Flash of the "World Famous Rick and Russ Show with CJ Flash" about "Ride Along 2" moments after they viewed the film starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart with San Francisco's own Benjamin Bratt at the Metreon Entertainment Complex. (click image for video courtesy of Kali O'ray.)



ACCE Protestors Advocate Return of Pastor Yul Dorn's Home from San Jose Speculator Quan He
ACCE Protestors Advocate Return of Pastor Yul Dorn's Home from San Jose Speculator Quan He


Nalo Hopkinson, one of many writers at the Black Comix Festival Featured MLK Day at Yerba Buena Gardens
Nalo Hopkinson, one of many writers and artists at the Black Comix Festival Featured @ MLK Day at Yerba Buena Gardens.

VIDEOS By Ken Johnson

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Just Eating Chicken & Salad? Roland Martin of TV One Asked San Francisco's NAACP Gala Crowd

Why Are You Here?  Martin further queried the crowd gathered for the December 12th San Francisco Freedom Fund Gala.

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Jacquie Taliaferro, Founder, LaHitz Media
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E-NewsDecember 19, 2015
Roland Martin at the San Francisco NAACP Freedom Gala, says the focus should be on "FREEDOM."

Martin's speech is a must hear!  Thanks to Johnnie Burrell of International Media TV for chronicling the event.www.internationalmediatv.com.

Short overview video clip:

Jacquie Taliaferro and State Senator Mark Leno in short clip.
Pictured Jacquie Taliaferro and State Senator Mark Leno.
Clip of Press Conference & Gala Ceremonies that was emceed by 23 year old Evan Carlton Ward, a KRON Intern, son of publisher Amelia Ashley Ward, "An NAACP Kid." Video clip includes Roland Martin, State Senator Mark Leno, SF State's Kenneth Monteiro, President of Board of Supervisors London Breed, Supervisor Malia Cohen, and NAACP Honorees and Sponsors... Dr. Amos Brown begins by addressing "The Omnipresent Reality of Evil" as a moment of silence is held for Mario Woods killed in an officer involved shooting.

Video of Roland Martin's Speech
"Why Are You Here?"

Thanks again, Johnnie Burrell of International Media TVfor providing the video.

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

SF NAACP Call To Action: Attend SF Board of Supervisors' Meeting 11/17/15 & Loving Paris!

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Jacquie Taliaferro, Founder, LaHitz Media
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15, 2015



NOVEMBER 14, 2015                      



WHO:             Dr. Amos Brown, President of the San Francisco NAACP, NAACP Officials, Community Leaders, Housing Rights Activists, Non Profit Leaders, Concerned Citizens 

WHAT:           Call to Action to attend the San Francisco Board of Supervisors' Meeting 

WHERE:        City Hall, Board Chambers, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco 94102

WHEN:          2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 17, 2015

WHY:             Dr. Amos Brown, President of the San Francisco NAACP, NAACP officials, and housing rights activists are calling those concerned about social justice and equitable housing to attend the Tuesday, November 17th San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting.  The landmark legislation, 40% Neighborhood Preference, passed unanimously last week in the Land Use Committee will be considered by the full board of supervisors.

"Everyone concerned about equality should attend Tuesday'smeeting," said Dr. Amos Brown, President of the NAACP.  "If we lose this stabilizing legislation, we fall further down the slippery slope of inequality and injustice." 
 A set of statistics for one City of San Francisco affordable housing program that indicated approximately 200 Whites, 600 Asians, 140 Latinos and 65 Africans occupy the units, were presented in the Land Use Committee and they demonstrated the disparity caused by the current lottery system.  

"The consequences of the lottery system have been devastating to communities, particularly the African-American community, who have been leaving the city at an incredibly alarming rate," said Supervisor Malia Cohen, Chairman of the three-member Land Use Committee. "This is an incredibly bold and important legislation for the residents of San Francisco."  Cohen and the committee of Supervisor Scott Wiener, and Supervisor Jane Kim say the new legislation will be more equitable.  Supervisor London Breed, President of the Board of Supervisors attended the Land Use
Committee and also voiced her support of the legislation.


Supervisor Malia Cohen chairs the powerful Land Use Committee that includes members Supervisors Scott Wiener and Jane Kim. The committee unanimously passed the legislation with input from President of the Board of Supervisors London Breed on November 9, 2015.


The unique beauty and draw of Paris comes to mind amid the horrific reports of the aftermath of terrorist attacks.  Having covered and presented at the Cannes International Film Festival for over 20 years, Paris, a comforting and enlightening stop, along the way to the Cannes International Film Festival is deep in the heart of this native San Franciscan. 

To my family in France and to all my friends that I have met in Paris and Cannes over the years, I pray your safety and that of your family and friends.  

For those who have lost friends and family, I pray that you will in time be healed and will not let the light of Paris and France be dimmed by the darkness of November 13, 2015. Know that the U.S. and the world stands with you. 

Friend Filmmaker Sanelle Sibanda, whose film "Zola" screened at 68th Cannes International Film Festival and the San Francisco Black Film Festival 2015 on the Red Carpet .

Taliaferro Interviewed by Inside Cannes
SF Filmmaker Jacquie Taliaferro Interviewed about the LaHitz Media Sojourner Truth Award in Cannes.

Jacquie & Jimmy Jean-Louis
Jacquie Taliaferro and Jimmy Jean Louis at Cannes International Film Festival.
Cannes-SF Producer _ Jacquie
Meeting fellow San Franciscans in Cannes
Cannes-Afolabi Adesanya & Rhamatou Kieta
Friends Afolabi Adesanya, Nigerian Film Corporation CEO & renowned Nigerian Fillmmaker Rhamatou Kieta represent Nollywood at Cannes.

Cannes-Taliaferro, Mbato, Ebouaney, Jean-Lous
The fellowship of international artists working to improve the world through cinema is a basic theme in France.Jacquie Taliaferro with Eddie Mbato, CEO South African National Film Video Foundation, and International Stars Eriq Ebouaney and Jimmy Jean-Louis ( His film "Toussaint Louverture," opened the 2014 Oakland International Film Festival and he was the "Haitian" on NBC's "Heroes")

Fellow San Francisco Actor & Activist, Danny Glover, Receives the 2004 LaHitz@Cannes Sojourner Truth Award presented by actress Lynn Whitfield.


 Mavens of "Maison Revolution," Robin Bates and Connie Bryan of Maison de la Culture Noire Americane.
A salute to my fellow San Franciscan Robin Bates, whose book "Soul on the Seine Your Hip Guide to Black Paris, captures what WE love about Paris.   

Thank you for connecting Paris and San Francisco with your comrade Connie Bryan and the Maison Revolution- Maison de la Culture NoireAméricaine. May international designer and philanthropist Angele de Meideros of Afric E'lance and all of our mutual friends be well as our thoughts and prayers continue.

We were so pleased to hear Riki Stevenson is safe and sound!

From San Francisco to  Paris with Love!