The Oak Ridge Boys To Pay Respects To Former First Lady Barbara Bush


President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush pose for a photo with The Oak Ridge Boys. (Photo submitted)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Oak Ridge Boys will travel to Houston, Texas Saturday to celebrate the life of Former First Lady Barbara Pierce Bush. The Oaks share a long loving history with the Bush family.

The Oak Ridge Boys have shared the Bush’s company almost every year since 1982 when George H.W. Bush was Vice President to Ronald Reagan. President Reagan had invited the group to play at the Congressional barbecue on the lawn of the White House, and that afternoon they saw the Vice President taking long strides toward them.

Oak Ridge Boys with President Bush (Photo Mailchimp)

“I can’t be at the show tonight, fellas,” he said. “But I love The Oak Ridge Boys, so could you sing a few songs before I go?”

Since that time, the Oaks and their wives have been the guests of President and Mrs. Bush at their homes in Kennebunkport and Houston, or on one of the numerous occasions where the Bushes have attended the Oaks’ shows, most often at the Opera House in Galveston, Texas.

They have also been guests at and/or performed at the White House at the behest of the Bushes. During President Bush’s re-election campaign, the group traveled on Air Force One with the First Couple.

From Joe Bonsall’s book On the Road with The Oak Ridge Boys (Harvest House, 2015) —

Two events with President Bush #41 are very memorable. Once, while he was President, we were in the Oval Office with him, and he said, “Hey, I have to show you where I listen to you fellows here… I have a new sound set that is just great.”

Well, he leads us to a small private inner office right behind the Oval Office and he turns on the sound. Immediately “Dig A Little Deeper In The Well” blares out of the speakers, and we are all grooving and laughing when I notice the RED PHONE on the desk. I was thinking, ‘Boy, if this rings he will never hear it!’

Then there was the time on the campaign trail that has been chronicled in several books. We were on Air Force One and everyone on the plane knew that the election in 1992 was lost and that the young Governor of Arkansas, Bill Clinton, would be the next President. Well, President Bush’s son George W. Bush came back to where we were seated and spoke in a soft voice.

“My dad really needs you guys right now… he’s kind of down and really needs a lift,” he said.

He led us to the front of the plane to a version of the Oval Office and there sat the President. We gathered around him and sang “Amazing Grace.” There was not a dry eye on Air Force One as everyone came up to the front as we sang. I will never forget that moment as long as I live. None of us will!

Also from On the Road…

Duane Allen and Former First Lady Barbara Bush (Photo Twitter)

George and Barbara Bush have invited The Oak Ridge Boys and our wives to Kennebunkport, Maine many times over the years and for us it is like staying at the world’s greatest bed and breakfast – only much better! The historic vibes alone in this wonderful place is mesmerizing. World leaders of all kinds have met here over many decades and to stand here on this veranda and gaze out over the North Atlantic is always very humbling and thought provoking. We have put on some wonderful private shows for the Bush family and their friends here and as a reward for singing we eat great food and even get to go fishing way off the Maine Coast with #41 on his monster speedboat The Fidelity. As recently as last fall (2014) the four of us were singing in New York State and made a quick swing over to Maine to share a bit of Lobster with the Bushes at Walkers Point. Talk about old friends… These precious people are getting older now as well and I dread the day when I will hear that we have lost them. The greatest memories I have during this life of singing songs are the direct result of our friendship with George and Barbara Bush.

– One time at Walker’s Point a bunch of those Segway things turned up. Everyone was freewheeling all around the grounds when a secret service agent invited me to give it a try. I (Joe) lost control immediately and went head over teakettle right into Barbara Bush’s garden. I really made a mess, too. I ran to my cabin to bandage up and hide from her for almost two hours.

– In late 2013 we were told that CNN Films and The Bush #41 Library and Foundation was putting together a documentary that would show right after the 90th Birthday of George H.W. Bush in June of 2014. Well, a camera crew came to a show and filmed us sitting in a semi-circle telling stories. That night on the show the crew filmed us singing “Amazing Grace” and that was it. Fast forward to June 15, 2014. The film is called “41 on 41,” where the complete story of the 41st President of The United States is revealed through the lens and the story telling of 41 friends. It was magnificent and very moving. I sat in front of my TV and took in every moment, but I’ll tell you as I witnessed the way the documentary flowed I could not envision The Oak Ridge Boys fitting in and we didn’t. As the two-hour film entered the last half hour I really figured that we had ended up on the editing room floor and I was fine with it. I was so honored just to know this man, and I was so moved by the story of this great American. Then with two minutes left I heard my voice saying, “Here is a song for our President George Herbert Walker Bush” and there I was up on the screen. We started to sing “Amazing Grace.” There appeared a full panorama of the Oaks and the script underneath said, ‘The Oak Ridge Boys in a special performance.’ Then the credits rolled as we continued to sing, and I was so overcome with emotion that I wept my eyes out right there on my couch! We were the only music act to appear on “41 on 41,”and we will forever be grateful to CNN Films and The George H.W. Bush Library for including us. AGAIN… we are honored beyond words to once again sing “Amazing Grace” for our President… George Herbert Walker Bush!

Duane Allen shares a fun story about the family’s famous dog Millie:

Former First Lady Barbara Bush with her dog Millie (Photo Weny)

“We were eating dinner with the Bush family at Kennebunkport… “Millie”, the famous dog, was hanging around me because I had been playing with her. So, I gave her a bite from my food, and Barbara caught me. She asked, “What are you doing? Millie is on a strict diet, and you cannot give her food from the table.” I felt like crawling under the table. What Barbara did not know was this – earlier in the afternoon, I had been out on the deck, watching the ocean and enjoying just being outside. I was drinking sweet iced tea and eating pistachio nuts – throwing the nut shells over the deck wall, down the rocks that led to the ocean. “Millie” had been with me on the deck, and we became good friends quickly. What I did not know was that “Millie” would disappear and go around the deck wall, and eat those pistachio nut shells.

I looked around and they were all gone – she had eaten all of those shells. Well, at the dinner table later on, “Millie” had come to me for more treats. I dared not tell Barbara that she had been eating pistachio nut shells all afternoon. I expected that she would get sick or die from those shells. Thank God she just passed them on! Hahahaha! “Barbara, if you are reading this, I am sooooo sorry.” – Duane

Oak Ridge Boys individual notes:

– Texas born Duane Allen campaigned for the young politician in the 1960s. Duane and his college buddies covered areas around northeast Texas with flyers. He was attending Texas A&M at Commerce, Texas:

I did not meet the Bush family in the 60’s. My older brother John Allen was in the House of Representatives and he asked me to place flyers on cars and strip malls all over northeast Texas. My brother was the first person to ever tell me about George Bush. I said to him, “We Allens are Democrats.” My brother John, a Democrat, said, “I know, he is a Republican, but we need to get him elected because he is a good man.” – Duane

– Richard’s wife, Donna, chaired the Bushes’ 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration at the Grand Ole Opry House in 1995. The event was a fundraiser for several charities and attended by the Bush family as well as friends, celebrities, and political dignitaries.

– Barbara Bush not only encouraged Joe to write his parents’ memoir, G.I. Joe & Lillie: A Life of Love & Loyalty (New Leaf Press, 2003), she contributed the Foreword to the book.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush with William Lee Golden’s painting Bush Garden (Photo Twitter)



– William Lee Golden’s oil painting, entitled Bush Garden, which was inspired by a walk in Mrs. Bush’s garden at Walker’s Point, has been displayed at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.



About The Oak Ridge Boys:

Oak Ridge Boys with Former President Bush and Barbara Bush (Photo

The Oak Ridge Boys, who have sold over 41 million units worldwide, are synonymous with “America, apple pie, baseball, pop, rock, gospel and country music.” In addition to their awards and accolades in the country and pop music fields, they have garnered five GRAMMY® Awards and nine GMA DOVE Awards as well as the Mainstream Artist of the Year Award at the ICM Awards. The group—Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban—have earned prestigious membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame (2015 Inductees) and Grand Ole Opry, and are known worldwide as one of recording history’s most extraordinary musical successes. They have charted single after single and album after album, celebrating two double-platinum albums and more than 30 Top 10 hits, including No. 1 chart-toppers “Elvira,” “Bobbie Sue,” “Thank God For Kids,” “American Made,” “Y’All Come Back Saloon,” among dozens more. For more information and to view upcoming tour dates for The Oak Ridge Boys, please visit



Los Angeles Unified School District “We Are One!” Benefit Concert

L. A. Unified alumni Patricia and David Arquette hosted the show
Photo Credit: Kenya Lewis

By: Judy Shields

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 4/13/2018 – “When you sacrifice for your own child as a parent you can stay up all night making ways out of no ways so that your child can have certain opportunities. Our children in LAUSD are our children!” Rory Pullens, L.A. Unified Senior Executive Director of Arts Education told The Hollywood Times on the red carpet last night


We Are One-LA School District performers (Photo THT)

Performers and stars came out for the “We Are One!” Benefit Concert for Arts Education Presented in Association with The Music Center at The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Although the wind was blowing pretty good last night, that did not deter the stars, performers and board members from walking the red carpet and having their photos taken and doing interviews.

The Phineas Banning High School Marching Pilots Band were among the hundreds of students performing Thursday night on the stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Photo Credit: Monica Carazo

The LA Unified We Are One! Benefit Concert represents the goal for all of Los Angeles’ city entities; LA Unified, City/ County/State Governments, Arts, Businesses and Cultural sectors to come together as one unit and work together to support the next generations of LA Unified student artists.

David & Patricia Arquette on stage (Photo THT)

Through this Benefit Concert, the Arts Education Branch will raise additional funding to expand its arts efforts and forge closer partnerships with companies and individuals committed to the arts, arts education, and future generations of artists.

Nickelodeon, HBO, and Warner Bros. Entertainment have already signed on as sponsors and funding/resource partners.

Welcome remarks were made by Brother and Sister Actors David & Patricia Arquette.

Here was the concert schedule from last night:














The red carpet began about 6 p.m. last night and here is a look at the stars, performers and board members that walked the red carpet.

Actress Patricia Arquette (Photo THT)
Actor David Arquette (Photo THT)
Grammy Winner Judith Hill (Photo THT)
Actress Samantha Gangal (Photo THT)
Actor Anderson Slayton (Photo THT)
Actress Ainsley Ross (Photo THT)
Actress Brooklyn Robinson (Photo THT)
Actor Bryson Robinson (Photo THT)
Ralph Johnson (Earth Wind & Fire Original band member) & Wife (Photo THT)
Senator Ben Allen (Photo THT)
























Kacey Fifield & Ainsley Ross (Photo THT)
Actress Ally Walker (Photo THT)









Actress Patricia Arquette (Photo THT)

Patricia Arquette interview: THT: “How do you see the future for arts in schools?”
Patricia Arquette: “We really need it and we have more single parents than ever and millions of kids that they are trying to raise alone while they are being paid less.  Enough is enough and we don’t have time for this anymore!  We have to make some radical changes and we have to make that happen.”

Actor David Arquette (Photo THT)

David Arquette interview: THT: “What bring you out to this event?”
David Arquette:  “I’m just here to support the L.A. Unified School District and their really strong move to support the arts. It is really an incredible thing that they did, because you hear all about the budget cuts and all the bad stuff, but we want to focus on the good stuff tonight. They are putting a priority on the arts and education and everybody out here supporting them is really a great thing.”

Judith Hill performing (Photo THT)

Ms. Judith Hill interview:  THT: “What are working on?”
Judith Hill: “I am working on my second album, it’s been a long-time coming with this album because with a joint project with a musical as well, which is going to be premiering later on this year.  It’s called “Golden Child” and its about diversity similar to the theme of tonight about celebrating people’s diversity and it’s a powerful story. We are looking forward to sharing that and it’s going to be here in LA.”

Kacey Fifield Interview: THT: “How important is art education to you and what motivates you the most?”
Kacey Fifield: “I think the art education is extremely important because if we grow and not being exposed to the arts, then how truly can you be the best and express ourselves and be inspired.  I go to a regular school and I feel like that is good for me.”

Songwriter/Actor/Performer Torin Floyd

Torin Floyd Interview: THT: “What brings you out here tonight?”
Torn Floyd: “I love The Hollywood Times, I am here supporting LAUSD and this wonderful event they are having. I am a singer/songwriter from LA myself, I grew up in Pasadena, so I just wanted to come and spread some love and just thank you for all that LAUSD does for our children.”
THT: “What type of music do you write and perform?”
Torin Floyd: “I do Pop and R&B. I like to fuss everything because living in LA you have the wonderful culture around you so I want my music to reflect the culture.”

THT: “How young were you when you started singing?
Torin Floyd: I started singing very young at five years old and I have been trying to pursue acting and having an agent that early pursued me into music and musical theatre. I started doing plays in college and writing my own projects and here I am releasing my first song on Spotify and iTunes called ‘Take Me Higher.'”

Board of Education Member Scott Schmerelson (Photo THT)

Scott Schmerelson Board Member Interview: THT: “What District are you with?”
Scott Schmerelson: “Board District 3, which is basically the Western San Fernando Valley and some of the Eastern San Fernando Valley.”
THT: “What do you do on the board?”
Scott Schmerelson:  “I make sure that my kids get the best education possible.  I make sure that my schools are tip-top as far as repairs and having what they need. I make sure that all my employees are happy so the kids get a good education, so I have a lot to do and I do it every day.”
THT: “What is your success rate?”
Scott Schmerelson:  “OMG, our graduation in the valley is just fantastic, happy people with very few problems.  It is just a great place to work.  The Arts is what saves a lot of kids from dropping out of school. Some kids are not motivated by academics, but by sports and arts they come to school every single day and that is my hope to bring them in to see how important education is. The purpose of this program is to have music and arts in every single school we have on a rotating basis, so that all kids have a chance.”

Lupita Infante (Photo THT)

Interview with Lupita Infante: THT: “When did you get started in music?”
Lupita Infante:  “Well it’s been a family tradition as well, but definitely through middle school I was in choir and in high school I was in the jazz choir.  Having the music in school is very important, hence why this event is so important to me.  Something inside me was growing this love for music and I went to college and I’ve made it part of my career.”
THT: “How did you get into Madiachi music?”
Lupita Infante: “That is where the family part comes from, my grandfather, Pedro Infante, he was very well-known in Mexico, actor and singer and my father followed in those footsteps and now there is me.”


Rory Pullens “We are One” (Photo THT)

Rory Pullens Interview:  THT: “You look so excited tonight, tell us why?”
Rory Pullens: “I’m excited to be here because we are here tonight for young people of LA Unified to experience something that has never been done before. To actually come together at a venue like the Music Center, right here in downtown LA and have an event of this magnitude which all about raising the awareness of the importance of the arts, generating the revenue so these young people can have music in their classrooms, art supplies they need and the resources that they need to have, because at the end of the day, one out of every six jobs here in LA county is in the creative industry.  So by students experiencing the arts now is all about making this clear pathway for them that will last forever.”  The major sponsor  for tonight HBO, Nickelodeon, Warner Brothers all here tonight, you got the major represented, you got city council, you got county supervisors.  I believe everyone will come together and act as one to ensure that these young people have what they need, that is why the theme is ‘We Are One!'”

The messages delivered during the concert were some powerful messages indeed.  The speeches moved us all to cheering and getting up on their feet.

Rory Pullens taking a shelfie of audience holding up one finger for “We Are One” motto

Rory Pullens told the audience that he could have a thousand jobs, but that he wasn’t looking for a job, he wants to be involved in a movement that he is passion about and he cares about and it going to make a difference.  He quoted a good friend of his “I want to be able to change the world!”

“The budget of the arts education branch at LA Unified, while it has doubled in size, thanks to the leadership of our board and our superintendent, from the years 2014 – 2018, the arts grant budget has doubled in size,” said Rory Pullens.

Here are a couple of videos of the local kids from different LA schools performing onstage last night:

About the Los Angeles Unified School District (LA Unified)
Second largest in the nation, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LA Unified) enrolls nearly 650,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, at over 900 schools that offer a variety of specialized and comprehensive educational programs.

The boundaries spread over 720 square miles in six local districts that include the metropolitan city of Los Angeles as well as all or parts of 31 smaller municipalities and several unincorporated sections of Southern California.

About the LA Unified Arts Education Branch
Part of the Los Angeles Unified School District and its rigorous Division of Instruction, the Arts Education Branch partners with local and national arts, entertainment and philanthropic communities to collaboratively support the growth of a robust arts culture. Nearly 650,000 K-12 students receive a comprehensive and challenging visual and performing arts curriculum. The Arts Education Branch sponsors school, family, and community arts-related programs and staff professional development for cutting-edge arts education design and implementation. It believes that all LA Unified students, from every culture and socioeconomic level, deserve quality arts learning in dance, music, theatre, visual and media arts as part of the core curriculum.
For more information, please visit:

2nd Annual Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival, April 21st Laemmle Monica Film Center, Santa Monica

From KCET and Link TV Announces 2018 Lineup for Earth Day Weekend

By: Judy Shields


West Coast Premiere of ‘Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story’
at Sony Studios Friday, April 20th

Saturday, April 21 All-Day Festival Features Celebrity Introduced Screenings – Followed by Q&A Panels; Kicks Off With Free Screening of Hulu Original Documentary March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step’ Plus National Geographic’s ‘Jane,’ ‘The Last Animals,’ ‘Evolution of Organic’ and Closing Night Screening of Environmental Documentary Series ‘Earth Focus’


















KCETLink Media Group, a leading national independent broadcast and digital media network, has announced that its two services, KCET public television in Los Angeles and independent satellite network Link TV, will launch the second annual EARTH FOCUS ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL, the only festival of its kind in Los Angeles on April 20, 2018, with a private opening night reception and West Coast premiere of Abramorama’s “Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story” followed by a full day of environmental-themed films, many of which are free and open to the public to attend. The film from actress/filmmaker Ashley Bell follows a daring 48-hour mission across Thailand to rescue a captive Asian elephant and set her free. The screening will take place at Sony Pictures Studios Kim Novak Theatre. A post-screening Q&A will follow with filmmakers Ashley Bell, Roddy Tabatabai and John Michael McCarthy, Executive Producer David Casselman as well as the film’s Sangdeaun Lek Chailert moderated by KCET MUST SEE MOVIES host and Deadline chief film critic Pete Hammond. This presentation continues KCETLink’s commitment to educating audiences about the global elephant poaching crisis following its 2016 award-winning campaign for EARTH FOCUS: Illicit Ivory. KCET and Link TV have partnered with the Save Elephant Foundation, a Thai non–profit organization dedicated to providing care and assistance to Thailand’s captive elephant population through a multifaceted approach involving local community outreach, rescue and rehabilitation programs and educational ecotourism operations.

“Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story” follows filmmaker Bell, and a team of elephant rescuers led by world renowned Asian elephant conservationist and TIME Magazine’s “Hero of Asia,” Sangdeaun Lek Chailert, as they embark on a daring mission 480 miles across Thailand to rescue a 70-year old partially blind trekking elephant and bring her to freedom. The film aims to ignite a new way of thinking about this species and shows us what can be done to prevent the extinction of Asian elephants. The rapidly decreasing numbers of elephants in the world, combined with the popularity of elephant trekking camps and recent announcement to lift a ban on “trophy” elephant imports, makes this a timely and important film as it presents a solution to the problem. The film depicts a better way to co-exist with and enjoy elephants that will not put them at risk. The film is written and directed by Bell, John Michael McCarthy, and Fernanda Rossi, executive produced by Steve Bannerman, David Casselman, Pam Casselman, Ian Hultquist, Sofia Hultquist, Samantha Housman, Leandro Marini, Roddy Tabatabai and produced by Bell, McCarthy and Ross M. Dinerstein. Abramorama is handling the global release and rights management for the film on behalf of production companies Grumble Grumble, Change For Balance and Campfire.

Ashley Bell Love & Bananas: An elephant Story

Five pair of tickets will be given away to the opening night screening event “Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story” via Go to for details.

“We are committed to bringing environmental awareness and dialogue on multiple platforms through our EARTH FOCUS franchise, and are proud to host the festival as a resource for enlightenment and education,” said Juan Devis, Chief Creative Officer for KCETLink Media Group. “Capitalizing on the success of last year, we’ve been able to curate an incredible lineup that covers a range of issues impacting the environment today. We hope these films can encourage our community here in Southern California to play a part in helping save our planet for tomorrow.”

The Hollywood Times covered last years Environmental Film Festival, and it was outstanding. This year promises to be ever better. Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story is such a touching and heart-warming story, that everyone needs to see when it is released April 22nd, check your local movie theater for showing times.  It will change what you thought you knew about elephants in captivity.

Ashley Bell & an Elephant from Love & Bananas Documentary About a Thai Elephant Rescue

Following the opening night event at Sony Pictures Studios, Los Angeles’ only environmental film festival will take place Sat., April 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Laemmle’s Monica Film Center in Santa Monica (1332 2nd St., Santa Monica, CA. 90401) in partnership with Laemmle’s Theatres. The second annual EARTH FOCUS ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL is open to the public kicking off with an environmental shorts screening from UCLA’s Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS) program followed by four acclaimed films and closing with a screening of two all-new, back-to-back episodes of KCET and Link TV’s EARTH FOCUS, the longest running environmental news magazine on U.S. television. The screening will premiere two episodes from the new season, exploring how environmental changes are forcing all living creatures to adapt in order to survive. The series premieres later this month, created in partnership with the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Green Wish Co-Founders Ed Begley Jr. & Raphael Sbarge (Photo THT)

Thanks to Green Wish, a grassroots nonprofit that helps other local nonprofit green organizations fund projects for their communities, and, the media sponsor for the festival, celebrity environmental activists including filmmaker/actor Raphael Sbarge (Once Upon A Time, Murder in the First, Longmire), actor Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul) and actress Sharon Lawrence (Shameless, Queen Sugar, NYPD Blue) will introduce each film that will be followed by post-screening dialogues with the filmmakers. General admission tickets are available starting today at

The Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival is also in partnership with Sony Pictures Television Network’s Picture This Festival For The Planet along with sponsors including UCLA’s LENS, the International Documentary Association and Motev, an environmentally conscious global executive transportation service. The EARTH FOCUS ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL will also showcase green organizations in Los Angeles that include Heal The Bay, River LA, Sierra Club, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Project Save Our Surf and L.A. Works with tables upstairs in the mezzanine area at the Laemmle’s Monica offering important environmental educational information and volunteer opportunities to attendees. Additional supporters include: The Ocean Foundation, Kiss the Ground and Reef Check.

Go Metro and take the Expo Line to Downtown Santa Monica Station and walk a quick ten minutes to the festival. Attendees will receive a free KCET hat by showing a TAP card at check in. Additionally, Laemmle’s is offering a special discounted deal of $5 for a popcorn and soda all day to attendees of the festival. More information on Laemmle’s Monica can be found at

The schedule (subject to change) for Saturday, April 21 at Laemmle’s Monica Film Center in Santa Monica (1332 2nd St., Santa Monica, CA. 90401 is as follows:

  • 9:30 a.m.: Opening of all-day festival with Heal The Bay, River LA, Sierra Club, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Project Save Our Surf and L.A. Works in the upstairs mezzanine area of the Laemmle’s Monica Film Center.
  • 9:45 a.m.: UCLA LENS Environmental Shorts Screenings (Total Running Time 1 hr.) – FREE!

In partnership with KCET, UCLA’s Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS) has launched a yearlong collaboration to create innovative forms of immersive environmental reporting and documentary storytelling. The project brings together UCLA faculty and students from English, Film, Anthropology and Environmental Science and also represents an original collaboration between LENS and UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television. Films being shown include Taylor Yard: A Change of Heart in Los Angeles and Urban Ark Los Angeles introduced by Allison Carruth, LENS Faculty Director. A Q&A following features LENS co-founder Jon Christensen with moderator UCLA Film professor Kristy Guevara-Flanagan.


  • 10 a.m.: “March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step” (Total Running Time 1 hr. 15 min.) – FREE!

Filmmaker Luc Jacquet returns to the Antarctic to revisit the Emperor Penguins who call the frozen continent home. A decade after making his Academy Award® winning March of the Penguins, Jacquet spent two months shooting in the Antarctic winter using the new technology of 4K cameras, airborne drones, and under-ice diving to show the astonishing lives of these mysterious creatures in an entirely new light.

Sharon Lawrence 2017 Environmental Film Festival (Photo: THT)

The film tells the story of two penguins, a father and son, as they face and overcome the almost unimaginable challenges of life in this hostile land. Introduced by actress Sharon Lawrence. Q&A following with Sara Mandel, aviculturist (bird expert) in charge of the June Keyes Penguin Habitat at Long Beach’s Aquarium of the Pacific, and moderated by Sharon Lawrence.



  • 11 a.m.: “The Last Animals” (Total Running Time 1 hr. 32 min.)

  • Conflict photographer Kate Brooks turns her lens from the war zones she is used to covering to a new kind of genocide – the killing of African Elephants and Rhinos – in this sweeping and sobering exposé. As the single-digit population of Northern White Rhinoceros ticks closer to zero, Brooks outlines the myriad factors contributing to the current epidemic of highly effective poaching and trafficking syndicates, drawing startling connections between the illegal wildlife trade, drug cartels, international terrorism and border security. But all is not yet lost – at the same time, Brooks documents the heroic efforts of conservationists, park rangers, and scientists to protect these animals in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Q&A will follow.


  • 12 p.m.: “Evolution of Organic” + short film “The Soil Story” (Total Running Time 1 hr. 28 min.)

Academy Award® nominated director Mark Kitchell (“Berkeley in the Sixties,” “A Fierce Green Fire”) brings us the story of organic agriculture, told by those who built the movement. The film is narrated by recent Oscar® winner Frances McDormand. A motley crew of back-to-the-landers, spiritual seekers and farmers’ sons and daughters reject chemical farming and set out to explore organic alternatives. It’s a heartfelt journey of change from a small band of rebels to a cultural transformation in the way we grow and eat food. By now organic has gone mainstream – split into an industry oriented toward bringing organic to all people, and a movement that has realized a vision of sustainable agriculture. Prior to the film, the short film “The Soil Story” from LA’s environmental non-profit Kiss the Ground, explores the first viable, low-cost way to reverse climate change through soil. Introduced by actor and filmmaker Raphael Sbarge. Q&A will follow.

  • 2:30 p.m.: “Jane” (Total Running Time 1 hr. 30 min.)

    Patrick Fabian and Kristin Davis – 2007 Environmental Film Festival (Photo: THT)

Oscar®– and Emmy®-nominated director Brett Morgen uses a trove of never-before-seen 16 mm footage unearthed after 50 years from the National Geographic archives to shed fresh light on trailblazing conservationist Jane Goodall. Morgen tells Goodall’s story starting in 1960, when the 26-year-old British woman arrives in a remote area of northwestern Tanzania to study chimpanzees.

Drawing on stunning wildlife footage and exclusive interviews with Goodall, as well as research footage from the Jane Goodall Institute and Goodall family videos, Morgen offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of a woman who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists. Introduced by actor Patrick Fabian. Q&A will follow.


  • 5 p.m.: “Earth Focus: Sea Level Rising-Living with Water” & “Earth Focus: Climate Migration” (Total Running Time 1 hr.) – FREE!

Earth Focus: Sea Level Rising-Living with Water” explores how Louisiana is learning from Hurricane Katrina.  Forecasts are dire for Louisiana to experience the second-highest sea level rise in the world. There is a big movement brewing in New Orleans to build adaptive “resilience zones.” In Southeast Louisiana, the native peoples of the Isle de Jean Charles have become the first U.S. citizens moving within their homeland displaced by climate change.

Juan Devis The Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences 65th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards

Earth Focus: Climate Migration” follows populations that are dramatically shifting as climate change drives migration. Droughts and floods are driving many people away from their rural, farming communities into big cities. We see how this is manifesting in Mongolia and examine the factors leading to the new community of Haitian people living in limbo at the border between Mexico and the U.S. Q&A following with Director Nicky Milne and moderated by KCETLink TV Chief Creative Officer Juan Devis.

Each of the films included in the film festival will be augmented by original content published on KCET and Link TV’s web sites at and, on related topics ranging from environmental justice to climate activism to green gentrification. Contributors will include veteran environmental journalists and other experts. Additionally, visitors to the websites will be treated to multimedia features, environmental-related discussion boards and social media videos as well as trailers to the films being featured.

The EARTH FOCUS ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL is part of KCET’s month-long commitment to provide a robust library of content on multiple platforms intended to ignite compassion and action for helping to save and heal the planet. Additional content on KCET and Link TV that focuses on environmental challenges and solutions include:

  • EARTH FOCUS PRESENTS documentary film series airs Wed., at 9 p.m. on KCET and Link TV. The lineup includes: “Gringo Trails” (4/4), “Bluefin” (4/11), “Replan It” (4/18), and “Thank You For The Rain” (4/25).
  • ARTBOUND, KCET and Link TV’s arts and culture series airing Tues. at 9 p.m., presents two all-new environmental-themed specials that tie in the global conscious efforts surrounding art. “No Trespassing: A Survey of Environmental Art” airs 4/10 while “The Art of Basketweaving” airs 4/24.Two new environmental series, AMERICAN RIVERS and ANGRY PLANET will premiere on KCET on Tues., Apr. 3 at 10 p.m. and Wed. Apr. 4 at 8 p.m. respectively. While on Link TV, AMERICAN RIVERS will premiere on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning Apr. 8 and ANGRY PLANET airs at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT beginning Apr.4.

Join the conversation on social media using #EarthFocus and #KCETgreen.


EARTH FOCUS is supported by the Orange County Community Foundation, the Farvue Foundation and other generous institutional funders. The EARTH FOCUS series was created by Raisa Scriabine. 


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Oprah Winfrey and “60 Minutes” Get The First Look Inside a Memorial to the Victims of Lynchings This Sunday on CBS

Oprah Winfrey and “60 Minutes” Get The First Look Inside a Memorial to the Victims of Lynchings This Sunday on CBS

“The National Memorial for Peace and Justice” in Alabama Opens on April 26

Oprah Winfrey and “60 Minutes” Get The First Look Inside a Memorial to the Victims of Lynchings of More Than 4,300 Men, Women and Children, This Sunday on CBS

Oprah Winfrey brings 60 MINUTES cameras into a new memorial dedicated to the thousands of victims of lynchings that took place over a 70-year period following the Civil War. It will be the first time the public sees the inside of the structure and its 805 steel markers, each bearing the names of people murdered – often with thousands of onlookers amid a picnic-like atmosphere. Her report will be broadcast on 60 MINUTES Sunday, April 8 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Each marker represents a state county and contains the names of victims of lynchings from that area. The memorial takes up six acres in the heart of Montgomery, Ala., perhaps the best-known city in the struggle for civil rights. Alabama was also the scene of 361 documented lynchings.

The efforts to build “The National Memorial for Peace and Justice” were led by Bryan Stevenson, a lawyer who founded the Equal Justice Initiative. Asked by Winfrey why he chose to commemorate lynching as opposed to other injustices done by white people to the black community, he says the murderous acts were a way for whites to maintain political control over African Americans, who were supposed to get the right to vote after the Civil War. “Lynching was especially effective because it would allow the whole community to know that we did this to this person…a message that, if you try to vote, if you try to advocate for your rights…anything that complicates white supremacy…and political power, we will kill you.”

Among the more than 4,300 cases of lynching documented by Stevenson and his team was the story of Jesse Washington, a black man accused of a crime in Waco, Texas. One team member, criminal defense attorney Sia Sanneh, found a newspaper account of Washington’s murder. She tells Winfrey it described a crowd of 15,000, many “dressed in their Sunday best.” It detailed how Washington’s clothing was soaked in oil before he was tied to a tree and then lowered into a fire set beneath him. “I think it’s incredibly telling that death was not enough…People would be killed and then shot and then set on fire,” she says. “There are some cases where the body was dragged to the heart of the black community.”

In addition to the monuments displaying the names of the victims, the team has collected jars filled with soil from many places where lynchings took place. Winfrey and cameras record descendants of lynching victim Wes Johnson collecting soil from an Alabama cotton field. The 18-year-old was accused of assaulting a white woman, arrested and then taken from his cell by a mob before his trial. He was shot and then hanged from a tree. Stevenson tells Winfrey, “Something happened here that was wrong…unjust, and too few people have talked about it. So that’s what we want to do today. We want to recognize the wrong that was done to Wes Johnson.”

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In First For Women’s exclusive cover story, country music icon Shania Twain reveals she is feeling great

Shania Twain gears up for her international Now tour kicking off May 3.

Shania tells First for Women that she chooses to focus on her triumphs.  On sale now!

“I’m feeling really good,” she tells First. “I’m feeling like I’ve achieved an enormous amount in the last couple of years.”

Indeed, in addition to releasing her first studio album in 15 years, she also made her acting debut in the new film Trading Paint, out June 1.

Releasing a new album was a special accomplishment for her — after complications from Lyme disease left her vocal cords damaged, Shania worried she might never record another album.

“I had gone through so many scary times with my voice and getting my voice back,” she admits to First. “I wondered if I would ever be able to record an album again and put a permanent stamp on a body of work. I was petrified about diving into the album and taking on the challenge.”

But Shania refused to let fear hold her back. “I felt, personally, I needed to do it and rediscover a lot of things about myself,” she tells the mag. “Once I dove in, the confidence started to build from that point on.”

Shania’s hard work paid off: Her album Now debuted to critical acclaim, and she’s thrilled to get to share it with her fans on tour. “I’m looking forward to this tour like no other,” she tells First. “Being able to take this music live to everyone is surreal for me.”

For more on Shania, and to read her top wellness strategies that keep her feeling good, pick up the new issue of FFW, on stands now!

Deana Martin Announces List Of Celebrity Guests For The Deana Martin Celebrity Roast

Honoring The ‘Man Of The Hour’ Joe Mantegna

The April 15th event to host celebrity guests and cast members from Criminal Minds, The Sopranos, Westworld, NYPD Blue, plus others.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Deana Martin returns to the Showroom at the South Point Casino in Las Vegas for her next edition of The Deana Martin Celebrity Roast honoring the ‘Man of the Hour’ – world-renowned actor, producer, writer and director, Joe Mantegna on Sunday, April 15 at 6 p.m. Deana Martin continues her father’s legacy by recreating The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast, which ran on NBC between 1974 to 1984.

Joe Mantegna, best known for his role as David Rossi in the CBS hit-series Criminal Minds, is the “Man of the Hour,’ and will have his life and career roasted by special celebrity guests. In addition, Mantegna is known for roles In box office hits, including Three Amigos, The Godfather Part III and Up Close & Personal. Mantegna won a Tony Award for David Mamet’s play Glengarry Glen Ross and earned Emmy Award nominations for his roles in three different miniseries: The Last Don (1997), The Rat Pack (Starring as Dean Martin,1999), and The Starter Wife (2007). He’s also known for his role voicing Fat Tony in The Simpsons.

Deana is excited to announce the celebrity guests who will join her in roasting Joe Mantegna: Singer, actor, and star of Saturday Night Live, Joe Piscopo; actor and Sopranos guest star, Lou Martini, Jr.; star of Westworld, Clifton Collins; star of Criminal Minds, Kirsten Vangsness; star of NYPD Blue, Gail O’Grady; “The Bad Boy of New Jersey” comedian, Mike Marino; director and star of Criminal Minds, Matthew Gray Gubler; and legendary comedian and Tonight Show Host, Tom Dreesen.

“Joe Mantegna is ‘one of the good guys’, so roasting him will be difficult. But with our creative and talented cast of Roasters, we will take no prisoners. So, fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night,” says Deana Martin

Tickets for The Deana Martin Celebrity Roast are available for purchase on the South Point website.

For additional information on Deana Martin’s appearances and concert events, please visit

About Deana Martin:

Deana Martin is an influential American singer, actor and performer and the very proud daughter of iconic entertainer, Dean Martin. Her 2006 debut CD release, “Memories Are Made of This,” stayed in the top ten for 40 consecutive weeks.

Her follow-up CD, 2009’s, ” Volare,” debuted in the top ten of the Billboard charts, followed by 2011’s seasonal evergreen, “White Christmas,” 2013’s critically acclaimed “Destination Moon.”



Her latest, 2016’s “Swing Street,” garnered her airplay on top jazz, standards and country radio stations, emphasizing her prominent status as a hit recording artist.


As a celebrated author, Deana found herself on the New York Times’ coveted #1 Best Seller list with her 2004 memoir, “Memories Are Made of This: Dean Martin Through His Daughter’s Eyes.” In it, she shares never-before-told stories about her father and his ‘pallies’.

The e-book version returned Ms. Martin to the best-selling book charts in 2015 on Wall Street Journal’s roster of best-selling e-books.

Jimmy Fallon & Tarik Trotter To Do a Home-Cooked Meal For One Lucky Family

Jimmy Fallon and Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter from The Roots just announced they’ll be visiting Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 17 and want to try a home-cooked meal for one lucky family.

Fans can send an e-mail to before Sunday, April 8 with a special recipe and why they’d like to host Jimmy and Tarik.

Winner will be announced later this month. “The Tonight Show” will live stream the entire dinner party on Facebook that evening.

Official hashtag is #SurpriseDinnerParty.




“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” airs weeknights at 11:35pm ET/10:35pm CT.

About the Show

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” made its début from Studio 6B in Rockefeller Center on Feb. 17, 2014. Emmy Award- and Grammy Award-winning comedian Jimmy Fallon brings a high-tempo energy to the storied NBC franchise with his welcoming interview style, love of audience participation, spot-on impersonations and innovative sketches. For almost 60 years, “The Tonight Show” has been an American television institution home to big-name celebrity guests and top musical and comedic talent. Taking a cue from predecessors, including hosts Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, Fallon carries on the tradition audiences know and love. Known for his huge online presence, Fallon also brings along many popular segments, celeb sketches

Jeffrey Lamplin and Francis Marion University Choir Shine on Good Morning America Stage and go Viral

Jeffrey Lampkin and Francis Marion University YGB Gospel Choir

The Choir’s Performance Generates the Most Organic Views Ever (1.4+ Million Views) on GMA Anchor’s Robin Roberts’ Social Media Platform

Coming off winning first place and $2,000 at the Lift Every Voice Choir Competition in Lake City, South Carolina, the Award-winning Francis Marion University YGB Gospel Choir led by choir director Jeffrey Lampkin, made a stop at Good Morning America in New York City during their “My Mind Is Made Up” Spring tour March 16-20. A portion of the choir went to GMA and Lampkin was recognized by producers for his participation on American Idol.

Lampkin and a portion of his choir were asked to sing during GMA’s commercial break. After the show ended, the choir received the chance of a lifetime to sing for journalist and GMA anchor Robin Roberts and the other anchors and producers of GMA. The choir performed gospel legend John P. Kee’s “My Mind Is Made Up,” to an overwhelming response from both the crowd and Roberts herself, who decided to post the video on her Facebook page, generating over 1 million organic views in 5 days. To date, reaching 1.4+ million views, the viral video is the most watched video ever posted by Roberts on any of her social media platforms.

Jeffrey Lampkin with GMA Anchor Robin Roberts

“#AfterGMA This is all the #MondayMotivation you’ll need! We were fortunate to have the Francis Marion University YGB choir in our audience this morn…after Good Morning America they took us all to church!,” states Robin Roberts.

 Lampkin and the choir are working on their new single “AnyDay Now,” which they performed live on The Eddy Awards in Jacksonville FL with Grammy Award Winner and Gospel Legend of the famed Clark Sisters, Jacky Clark-Chilsholm. Written by Lampkin and produced by producer/engineer Roosevelt McLamore (Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Case), “AnyDay Now” is set to impact gospel radio this summer and all digital retailers.

Jeffrey Lampkin with Former NFL Player and GMA Anchor Michael Strahan


Additionally, Lampkin and his choir will also be featured on two dates on the popular Festival Of Praise Tour headlined by GRAMMY winners Fred Hammond and Donnie McClurkin, April 8th in Florence SC and April 20th in Columbia SC.

Watch Jeffrey Lampkin and Francis Marion University YGB Gospel Choir’s performance here:



Investigation Discovery Explores Suspicious Death of Hollywood Icon in “Natalie Wood: An American Murder Mystery”

One-hour Special Premiering Monday, April 16 at 10/9c, Only on ID

In the early morning hours of November 29, 1981, Hollywood star, Natalie Wood vanishes from the yacht of her actor husband, Robert Wagner, into the open waters off Catalina Island. Hours later, a search party finds Wood’s body floating outside of a cavern with the cause of death then declared to be, drowning.

Police spring into action but have little information about the moments before she disappeared. What happened to one of Hollywood’s most famous rising stars? Investigation Discovery (ID) explores fact versus fiction with the world premiere special, NATALIE WOOD: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY premiering Monday, April 16 at 10/9c.

Natalie wood dies (Photo LATimes article)

ID retraces the events that led to that fateful night, from her rise to fame to her tumultuous relationship with her famous beau, to exclusive interviews with those who were on the scene, hoping to finally uncover what really happened during her final moments. Initially deemed an accident, Wood’s case was officially re-opened in 2011 due to dramatic new eyewitness testimony, and more recently, Robert Wagner has been deemed a “person of interest” by the LA County Sheriff’s Department.

“The suspicious death of Natalie Wood is one of those controversial cases that continues to resonate as one of Hollywood’s greatest tragedies,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President, Investigation Discovery, Destination America and American Heroes Channel. “There are still so many unanswered questions surrounding her death that we hope this special will, once and for all, provide some insight into what really happened that fateful night to Natalie Wood.”

NATALIE WOOD: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY is an extensive, 360-degree look into the suspicious circumstances surrounding Natalie Wood’s drowning more than three decades ago. The latest installment in ID’s record-breaking AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY franchise, this 60-minute special features interviews with key people in Natalie’s life – including her sister, Lana Wood, and hair dresser, Ginger Blymer, in addition to an all-new, never-before-seen interview with Doug Oudin, the acting harbor master the night Natalie died. Additional commentary on the case is provided by legal experts, historians and journalists who have followed the case from the very beginning.

NATALIE WOOD: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY is produced for ID by American Media, Inc. and Jupiter Entertainment with Allison Wallach, Tim McConville, Matt Sprouse, David Pecker, Patrick Reardon and Dylan Howard as executive producers. For ID, Pamela Deutsch is senior executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America.

About Investigation Discovery

Investigation Discovery (ID) is the leading crime and justice network on television, delivering the highest-quality programming to approximately 85 million U.S. households. From harrowing crimes to in-depth investigations and heart-breaking mysteries behind these “real people, real stories”, the always revealing network challenges our understanding of culture, society and the human condition. The #1 network for women in all of cable, ID’s programming is available in both high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD), as well as anytime and anywhere through the network’s TV Everywhere offering, IDGo. For exclusive web content and bonus material, fans can follow ID on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook or check out the network’s true crime blog, CrimeFeed.

Investigation Discovery is part of Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world’s #1 pay-TV programmer reaching 3 billion cumulative subscribers in 220 countries and territories to satisfy curiosity and captivate viewers with a portfolio of premium nonfiction content brands. For additional information about ID, please visit

Skirt Club is an Upscale View of an All-Female World

By: Audrey Rock

Los Angeles, California (The Hollywood Times) 4/3/2018 – “90% of women are curious about other women” declares the front page of the Skirt Club website.

Sexy, smoky, moody, understated, and high-end. The site acts a harbinger of what’s to come. That is, if you’re accepted. Skirt Club offers sensual parties and events in London, Berlin, Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco; with a brand new chapter in Shanghai, and on opening April in Melbourne, Australia.

Skirt Club (Photo Victoria Dawe)

Members are all-female and strictly vetted by a Skirt Club committee headed by founder Genevieve LeJeune; since their motto is “Confidence: bedroom to boardroom.” It’s no surprise that Skirt’s members are highly accomplished.

On a chilly evening in February, deep in the center of downtown Los Angeles, a “Mini-Skirt” event was held at an undisclosed location, and THT was invited. New Skirt Club members were presented with a small token at the door—a sexy black ribbon with a tiny key attached to it, in order to identify them as new to the experience.

Skirt Club (Photo Victoria Dawe)



Shrouded under deep secrecy, which adds to the appeal of the experience, (women are even encouraged to use a pseudonym, and photography is prohibited) the rope bondage workshop, erotic fashion show, and art exhibition was brimming with overachiever.   Scientists, public figures, artists, public relations specialists, writers.

They were all there to check out a “softer” Skirt Club experience. It’s a sampling, designed to whet the appetites of intellectually refined women who may make a lifestyle of Skirt Club.

Skirt Club (Photo Victoria Dawe)

“From day one, it was important that Skirt Club cater to a sophisticated audience,” LeJeune told THT. “We find that women with a higher level of professionalism are much more able and willing to be discrete, which is critical for our members and their ability to enjoy being a part of the experience.”

What a sampling it was. The central activity was an impossibly sexy rope bondage workshop taught by a well-known world master in the art.   Her implementation was a devastating demonstration of how women can make a bedroom experience potent simply by drawing it out with suspense, grace, and a dash of mystery. LeJeune says it’s just that lack of male presence that allows women to behave in ways that allow for that kind of understated, yet explosively potent, sensuality. It’s also a chance for self-reflection.

“I have the pleasure of attending most of Skirt Club’s events, so I get to speak with members around the world at each one,” she said. “One sentiment I always hear everywhere is that our members enjoy the zero-male aspect of our events and that’s the principle reason they attend! I have always observed how women behave differently when men are not around. Its important women recognize this and analyze why.”

Skirt Club (Photo Victoria Dawe)

It’s not for lack of trying that men don’t find their way into Skirt Club events. But LeJeune says Skirt Club will remain it’s own distinct entity—different even from other all-girl clubs around the world. And it is wildly successful at that.

“What we are is the first and only club exclusively for women where they can express themselves sexually without judgment,” stated LeJeune. “The majority of our members are women looking to explore their bi-curiosity either cerebrally or physically with other women of the same ilk, and we don’t necessarily care to put a sexual label on who they are or will be.”

Skirt Club isn’t getting any smaller anytime soon. The Australia chapter opens this Thursday. Saturday, Skirt Club hosts in Los Angeles at a downtown penthouse loft undisclosed to anyone but those invited through membership. It’s tantalizingly named “Velvet Rope”, and it’s a Japanese themed soirée, complete with Shibari (means “to tie” in Japanese) rope bondage lessons, champagne, cocktails, and successful Los Angeles women between the ages of 21 and 49. Dress is “gracefully restrained,” and of course, the guest list is closed.

Skirt Club(Photo Victoria Dawe)

If you’re one of the “curious” 90%, and have passed the rigorous vetting process, maybe you’ll be there, too—just remember not to leave any notions of masculine sexuality behind. This is an all-women’s world.

Our Only Male Northern White Rhino, Sudan, is Gone

By: Judy Shields

Story by Cheche Winnie

Sudan was the last male northern white rhino alive. He died at the age of 45 years after bravely fighting the old-aged related sicknesses. He suffered degeneration of muscles that gave him extensive skin wounds. He was unable to stand during his last 24 hours and thus helped to rest by his vets.

He has not been well for some time and different organizations have been working very hard to take good care of him. They did everything they could.

The Hollywood Times featured an article about Sudan a month ago, here it is:

“It saddens me to hear of the passing of Sudan.  It was a sad story that those around him knew, one day soon, Sudan would leave this world.  Just imagine, man caused the extinction of a God created animal and now the young children in the world will never be able to see a male northern white rhinoceros, truly sad.” The Hollywood Times.

Sudan was rescued in 1975 from Sudan by the Dvůr Králové Zoo located in the Czech Republic. He was only two years old and captivation was the only means available to safe him and his kind. His kind was facing serious threat of poaching which wiped away his kind. Rhino’s horn was in a high demand and poachers mercilessly killed them. The Zoo enabled him sire a daughter, Najin, and a grand-daughter, Fatu. These three were later moved to the Ol – Pejeta Conservancy in 2009.

Najin is 27 years old while Fatu is 17 years old. Sadly none of them have managed to have a calf due to some short-comings. Najin is not able to get pregnant while Fatu can not be able to carry a pregnancy till birth. These challenges have led to fails of the many ways tried by the vets to ensure that this species does not disappear. This means that getting a pure northern white rhino is next to impossible.

We have two species of rhinos. the white rhinos and the black rhinos. The unique difference between these species is the shape of their mouths. Whereby the white rhino have a wide mouth while the black rhino have a sharp one.

The White Rhinos are grouped into two sub-species, the southern white rhino and the northern white rhino. The Southern white rhino are near threaten and are believed to be approximately 21,085. For the northern white rhino, they are only two of them remaining.(In the whole world)
Interesting fact: Northern white rhinos are distinguished from their relatives by hairier ears, differing dental structures, and smaller body size.

The Black Rhino consist of 4 sub-species : greater one-horned, sumatran, javan and one that is already declared extinct. The Greater one-horned black rhino are vulnerable to extinction while both the Sumatran and Javan are critically endangered.Every rhino species is under threat and if we don’t up our game, we will lose them all.Sudan was a great help to his kind and a vivid manifestation of mankind cruelty.

I think we came to appreciate and embrace him almost too late. Within the very short time we allowed him a chance to survive, he taught us a lot and secured a place in our hearts. People came from all corners of the world to enjoy his company and he enjoyed that too. We went ahead to even introduce him to a dating app that helped to collect funds which are being used to save the rest. He won made awards and well utilized his second chance of living. Yes, we may have tried our best to save the northern white rhino but we were too late.

I hope Sudan will be the last of the species to suffer our cruelty. May his death help us realize and act towards saving other species. Lets save while we still can. The many condolences and sorry messages all over the internet will go to waste if we just leave it at that. We enjoyed him and are now hurt by his death, what we do next matters the most.

Sudan was able to show us the beautiful side of nature that we have been heavily over-exploiting and considering not important. He opened our eyes to the realities of our actions. We either shape-up or shape-out. It’s time we seriously consider the consequences of our actions towards nature.

We deforested our forests so when the floods came, it destroyed property and lives. Drought had hit hard on us, killing both animals and humans. most of the nomadic families left their homes for greener pastures that could not be found anywhere. Chaos broke up, people fought and enmity grew. But the skies decided to open up. Unfortunately, the rains were unstoppable turning to floods. Greed people had already grabbed the rivers and hence water had no way to pass through. So the waters passed through them and carried everything standing their way. Nature never have apologies or explanations when fury in action.

Nothing yet has been said regarding the SGR meant to pass through the Nairobi National Park. So it will eventually pass through then our wildlife will one step closer to extinction. Our Park in the City will be a history and more “Sudans” will bid us goodbye.

OBEY Clothing Partner with Children Incorporated on New Tee-Shirts Designed by Artist Shepard Fairey

For the latest OBEY Awareness Collection, OBEY Clothing partnered with Children Incorporated, a non-profit that aids children both around the globe and at home in the United States.

The tee-shirts for this collaboration feature a graphic by Shepard Fairey, based on photos taken by Shelley Callahan, the Director of Development for Children Incorporated.

Obey clothing 2008 Nordstrom Dept Store

The collection is now available online at OBEYCLOTHING.COM and worldwide at select retailers.

OBEY will donate 100% of net profits from sales of the Children Incorporated tees to the cause at hand.


Children Incorporated envisions a world in which all children have access to education, hope, and opportunity.

We share the belief that our future generations are our most valuable resource and want to see all children be given the support and resources to thrive.

Since 1964, their incredible organization has helped offer sustainable solutions for children in need. By providing basic needs like food, clothing, and healthcare, as well as affirmation, encouragement, and social support, they empower children to thrive.

To date, Children Incorporated has reached over 250,000 children across 23 countries with over 300 programs and outreach projects, making a real difference towards breaking the cycle of poverty.

OBEY Awareness: Children Incorporated

OBEY Awareness was founded in 2007 as a way to educate and fundraise for causes and organizations that Shepard Fairey and OBEY support and are passionate about. Throughout each year OBEY Clothing features dedicated collections to raise funds for these causes.

This unique program is always evolving, advocating for a myriad of different causes with a sense of hope and a willingness to help as the central constant. All net profits generated from the sale of OBEY Awareness product are donated to the cause at hand. We encourage you to learn more and make a difference.

To purchase the tee-shirts:


About Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. In 1989 he created the “Andre the Giant has a Posse” sticker that transformed into the OBEY GIANT art campaign, with imagery that has changed the way people see art and the urban landscape. After 29 years, his work has evolved into an acclaimed body of art, which includes the 2008 “Hope” portrait of Barack Obama, found at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The artist collaborated with Amplifier in 2017 to create the We The People series recognizable during the Women’s Marches and other rallies around the world in defense of national and global social justice issues.

Fairey’s stickers, guerilla street art presence, and 85 plus public murals are recognizable worldwide. His works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and many others.

The artist’s most recent body of work “Damaged,” was his largest-ever solo fine art exhibition, which ran in Los Angeles from November 11, 2017, through December 17, 2017.

The “Damaged” opening reception set record attendance with more than 10,000 guests and the show drew an unprecedented number of visitors to experience the art firsthand during the exhibition run.

For more information on OBEY, visit



About Children Incorporated

Children Incorporated is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that provides assistance to children in twenty-three countries around the world, including the U.S. For more than fifty years, their organization has helped offer sustainable solutions for children to receive food, clothing, and healthcare. They envision a world in which all children have access to education, hope, and opportunity. By meeting basic needs and providing affirmation and encouragement, they empower children to grow and ultimately break the cycle of poverty.

To date, Children Incorporated has reached over 250,000 in 300 projects around the globe.

For more information on Children Incorporated, visit

After Nearly 40 Years in the Entertainment Business, Sean Penn Tells “CBS Sunday Morning” The Thrill is Gone

Penn Tells Tracy Smith: “I’m Not in Love with That Anymore”


Sean Penn and Tracy Smith (Photo CBS)

After nearly 40 years in the entertainment business – and earning some of the industry’s top honors – actor-director-writer Sean Penn says the thrill is gone, in an interview with Tracy Smith for CBS SUNDAY MORNING to be broadcast Sunday, March 25 (9:00 AM, ET) on the CBS Television Network.

The two-time Academy Award winner tells Smith he doesn’t enjoy acting these days. “I, you know, I think that this has been true for some time,” Penn tells Smith. Penn makes his startling admission about acting in a wide-ranging interview with Smith tied to the release of his first novel, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, published by Simon & Schuster, a CBS company.

“It can be great when you’re working with good actors or good directors or good writing as an exercise,” Penn tells Smith of acting. “But do I have a belief that it has a lasting value? Maybe, I could make the argument intellectually. But I don’t have a visceral – I’m not in love with that anymore.”

What he does love, he says, is writing – which he does in longhand, not on a computer. Bob Honey is about a septic tank salesman-turned-assassin who kills people with a mallet. Among his other actions, Honey sends a letter containing a veiled threat to a fictional president.

Does he worry people won’t get the joke?

“You know, some people are going to get this book and some people are – not going to get this book,” Penn says. “Some people, I think, will really enjoy it, others will loathe it. And – and that really is what I’d like to say about me, you know?

Sean Penn (Photo CBS)

Penn also talks with Smith about his ongoing philanthropic efforts to help rebuild Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and personally going to New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. He also discusses his infamous interview with then escaped drug lord Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman; his legal battle with producer Lee Daniels; life after acting; and what advice he might give to his younger self.

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Caitlin Conant Named Political Director of CBS News

Caitlin Conant has been named Political Director of CBS News, it was announced today by David Rhodes, President of CBS News. Conant will begin her new role on Monday, April 9 and will be based in Washington, D.C.

Caitlin Conant (Photo CBS)

In her new position, Conant will report directly to CBS News Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief Christopher Isham and help guide the network’s political and campaign coverage.

Conant is currently Executive Director of Communications for CBS News in Washington. In that role, she manages the communications and media relations for the Washington, D.C. Bureau and its correspondents. She worked closely with then-FACE THE NATION moderator John Dickerson and currently works with FACE THE NATION moderator Margaret Brennan and executive producer Mary Hager on editorial planning and strategic branding. Conant serves as the principal spokesperson on political, polling and press access matters, and works on political and Capitol Hill outreach for the Washington Bureau. Conant also helped plan and execute CBS News’ earned media strategy during the 2016 election cycle.

“Caitlin’s background in national politics and her experience here at CBS News give her the strengths and perspectives to be a superb political director – we are all very excited that she will be leading our political coverage as we head into what will certainly be a fascinating and challenging political cycle,” said Isham.

“After nearly a decade on Capitol Hill and presidential and Senate campaigns, I joined CBS News and the world of media,” said Conant. “Nearly two years later, CBS News feels like home. I am honored and humbled to take on this new role, and am eager to continue to work with my colleagues here as we prepare to cover the critical midterms and the exciting election season to come.”

Conant joined CBS News in May 2016, in the midst of the historic presidential election. Prior to joining CBS News, Conant spent eight years working in the U.S. Senate and on various political campaigns. Conant most recently worked for Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) presidential campaign where she directed regional press and surrogate communications. Prior to that, she served as communications director for Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH). Conant also served as a communications advisor for Joni Ernst’s (R-IA) U.S. Senate campaign; press secretary for Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC); deputy press secretary for Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s (R-MN) presidential campaign, and legislative correspondent for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). Conant got her start in politics right after college while working for McCain’s presidential campaign in 2008.

Conant is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and was born in Washington, D.C.

The Mister Roger’s Neighborhood 50th Anniversary Celebration!

The Mister Roger’s Neighborhood 50th Anniversary Celebration!

The Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood 50th anniversary celebration will continue with a very special Twitch marathon of the iconic series from The Fred Rogers Company beginning on Tuesday, March 20th – Fred Rogers’ 90th birthday – at 10 am PT. Twitch is teaming up with PBS to air 90 of the most popular episodes on, followed by a complete run of the show’s 856 episodes!

Mister Rogers

With an uncanny ability to travel through time, Futuremangaming will emcee the entire run, dropping in at various times to provide words of wisdom straight from the future as the audience journeys from black and white to color.

Anyone may also co-stream the show from their own neighborhoods by setting their game to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and capturing the stream on

Co-streaming is a feature unique to Twitch that allows a creator to share another channel’s video feed, but with their own commentary and community, resulting in a more personalized, social experience.

Its You I Like Francois Clemmons Pool 2 (Photo Credit The Fred Rogers Company)

Twitch is running the top 90 episodes from 3/20-3/22 and then switching over to all episodes on 3/22 to early in the morning 4/8. The marathon will run 24 hours, round the clock, until the very end.

The marathon is free to watch for everyone

Here are some popular creators who will be co-streaming the marathon:


MRN fish episode image
MR-Chef Brockett-Julia Child 1 (Photo Credit The Fred Rogers Company)


The Paley Center for Media Opening Event Celebrity Guest Barbra Steisand

The Paley Center for Media Opening Event Celebrity Guest 

Emmy Award-Winning Writer, Producer, and Director Ryan Murphy and the Legendary Barbra Streisand joined in conversation for the PaleyFest Icon Tribute to Ms. Streisand, Marking the First Time She Will Be Honored for Her Body of Work in Television last night at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Stellar Lineup of Over 100 Stars from Television’s Hottest Shows Including: Seth MacFarlane, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Anna Faris, Allison Janney, Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Iain Armitage, Zoe Perry, Freddie Highmore, Rutina Wesley, Ava DuVernay, KJ Apa, and Lili Reinhart.


Select Discussions Will Live Stream from the Paley Center’s Facebook Page Including The Handmaid’s Tale, Supernatural, The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon, The Good Doctor, Mom, Queen Sugar, Riverdale, and Stranger Things

Supernatural and Scooby-Doo Team Up for the Ultimate Mystery Mash-Up

Adding to the excitement, the Paley Center will live stream from select conversations through the official Paley Center Facebook page. The selected conversations include: The Handmaid’s Tale (March 18 at  2:25 pm PT), Supernatural (March 20 at 7:35 pm PT); The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon (March 21 at 7:44 pm PT); The Good Doctor (March 22 at 8:22 pm PT); Mom (March 24 at 2:30 pm PT); Queen Sugar (March 24 at 7:30 pm PT); Riverdale (March 25 at 2:50 pm PT); and Stranger Things (March 25 at 7:30 pm PT). Go to for details.

Celebrating thirty-five years as the premier television Festival, PaleyFest LA will take place at the iconic DOLBY Theatre in Hollywood, giving fans access to special screenings, exclusive conversations, and behind-the-scenes scoops and breaking news from the stars and creative minds behind their favorite shows. The lineup of shows also includes FOX’s The Orville, NBC’s Will & Grace, and HBO’s Silicon Valley.

“We’re honored to open this year’s PaleyFest with the incredible team of Barbra Streisand and Ryan Murphy for what promises to be an electrifying and unforgettable conversation,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President & CEO. “And we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share other PaleyFest conversations with a global audience through our official Facebook page.”

Leading all PaleyFest conversations will be moderators who represent the best of entertainment and media including: Jim Halterman, TV Guide (The Orville); Dan Bucatinsky (Will & Grace); Debra Birnbaum, Variety (The Handmaid’s Tale); Stacy Hunt Wilson, Vulture/New York Magazine (Silicon Valley); Samantha Highfill, Entertainment Weekly (Supernatural); Jessica Radloff, Glamour (The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon); George Pennacchio, KABC-TV (The Good Doctor); Nischelle Turner, Entertainment Tonight (Mom and Queen Sugar); and Tim Stack, Entertainment Weekly (Riverdale).

In addition, guests attending the Supernatural event will be treated to the world premiere of “Scoobynatural,” the highly anticipated Supernatural and Scooby-Doo crossover episode.

In celebration of this exciting mash-up episodic event, “The Mystery Machine” and “Baby” will be parked just steps away from the DOLBY Theatre in the Hollywood & Highland center court, on March 20, from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm; retailer Hot Topic will release an exclusive collection of Scoobynatural merchandise; and to top it off, Scooby-Doo himself will stop by from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. 

The Festival benefits the Paley Center’s preservation and archival digitization efforts, and its ongoing mission to explore the importance and impact of media on society. The Paley Center is home to the nation’s foremost publicly accessible archives of television and radio content, over 160,000 programs spanning the history of media including the recently launched African-American, Hispanic, LGBT, and Women’s collections.

PaleyFest LA 2018 is proudly sponsored by: Citi, the Official Card; and JetBlue, the Official Airline.

To purchase the remaining tickets, please visit or download the Paley App at

About The Paley Center for Media: The Paley Center for Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the Paley Center’s permanent media collection, which contains over 160,000 television and radio programs and advertisements and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit

About Citi: Citi offers its credit and debit cardmembers access to tickets to more than 12,000 events annually through Citi® Private Pass®, the bank’s entertainment access program. Citi Private Pass provides special access to presale tickets and VIP experiences to some of the world’s biggest artists and events ranging from music, sports, dining, theater, comedy, festivals, and other live entertainment. For more information, please visit or follow @citiprivatepass on Twitter.

About JetBlue: JetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline®, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 38 million customers a year to 101 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 1,000 daily flights. From LAX, JetBlue offers nonstop transcontinental service to New York, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Buffalo, and Orlando. All customers flying JetBlue enjoy free wi-fi, snacks, drinks and nonstop entertainment, plus extra legroom and award-winning service. The Mint Experience, JetBlue’s take on a premium travel experience, is offered on select coast-to-coast routes and features lie-flat seats, added service, artisanal dining options and revitalizing amenities. For more information, please visit

ABC Announces the First-Ever ‘Roseanne 300’ for the Nascar Xfinity Series Race Hosted by Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, March 17th


Michael Fishman Will Serve as Honorary Grand Marshal

ABC’s iconic comedy series “Roseanne” has been named title sponsor for NASCAR’s Xfinity Series Race at Auto Club Speedway. The “Roseanne 300” will take place on Saturday, March 17.


NASCAR fans will see Michael Fishman, who plays D.J. in the series, serve as Honorary Grand Marshal and give the command “Drivers, start your engines.” He will also participate in the post-race Gatorade Victory Lane Celebration following the race.

The official race hashtag will be #Roseanne300.

Special “Roseanne 300” branding will be prominently featured on the official pace car and throughout the track including the pre-race stage, turf logo, trackside billboard and Gatorade Victory Lane.

“Roseanne” returns to The ABC Television Network on Tuesday, March 27, at 8 p.m. EDT, with nine new episodes featuring the complete original cast –

Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman and Lecy Goranson. Sarah Chalke, who played the character Becky in later seasons, will also appear as new character Andrea.New cast joining the one-of-a-kind Conner family includes Emma Kenney as Harris Conner-Healy, Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy and Jayden Rey as Mary Conner.

With fresh stories that tackle today’s issues and even more laughs from a brilliant cast and crew that haven’t missed a beat, audiences old and new will celebrate the homecoming of America’s favorite working-class family.

Roseanne Barr executive produces, along with Sara Gilbert, Tom Werner, Bruce Helford, Whitney Cummings and Tony Hernandez. The series is from Carsey-Werner Television.


General admission tickets to the Auto Club 400 start at $50.00 which Xfinity tickets start at $35.00. Call 1-800-944-RACE (7223), shop online, or stop by the Auto Club Speedway ticket office at 9300 Cherry Ave. in Fontana.

About Auto Club Speedway

A sold out Auto Club Speedway watch the NASCAR Auto Club 400 Sunday in Fontana.

Located 50 miles east of Los Angeles in Fontana, Auto Club Speedway is California’s premier motorsports facility, hosting over 320 days of track activity each year including the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 weekend, March 16–18, 2018. The two-mile D-shaped oval is one of the fastest tracks on the circuit. The Speedway is also home to numerous movies, television and commercial productions, photo shoots, new car testing, club racing and a variety of racing schools. For more information on events at Auto Club Speedway, call 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or visit

For more information on “Roseanne,” visit

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CHEAT TWEET: Come see @ReelMFishman be the Honorary Grand Marshal at the @NASCAR #Roseanne300 on Saturday, March 17. #RoseanneonABC #ABCPublicity

Homes4Families (H4F) Hosted its First Celebs4Vets Build-Veteran Enriched Neighborhood®

Over the weekend, Homes 4 Families (H4F) hosted its first Celebs4Vets Build at the Veteran Enriched Neighborhood® in Santa Clarita, California on March 10, 2018.

Celebs4Vets is a membership-based group comprised of representatives of the entertainment industry who subscribe to the Homes 4 Families mission and lend their support by participating in H4F activities, events and programs. The Celebs4Vets Build provided members with the opportunity to help build one of the remaining 18 of 78 homes for low-income veterans and their families in Santa Clarita, California before H4F moves on to build another 56 veteran homes in Palmdale. Celebrities were divided into teams (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC), and the teams each rolled up their sleeves to spend the day framing their own portions of a house while also calling upon their fans to sponsor their team’s efforts. The build teams were highlighted by groups from Lethal Weapon, Speechless, SEAL Team, and The Brave, among others, representing their networks.

“We’re thrilled to bring individuals from the entertainment industry together to collaborate on volunteer efforts that we are all extremely passionate about,” said Donna Deutchman, President and CEO. “This build will be a special day for the veteran community as we literally raise the roof on a new home.”

Photos by Matt Lorenz

Cast of FOX’s Lethal Weapon and Family-Brad Sharp (music artist, Keesha’s husband), FOX team captain Keesha Sharp, Chandler Kinney, Taryn Kinney (Chandler’s mother), Johnathan Fernandez


Cast of CBS’ SEAL Team Neil Brown Jr., Ethan Brown (Neil’s son), Justin Melnick, CBS team captain Judd Lormand and Toni Trucks








Lifting a wall in place
NBC’s The Brave-Sofia Pernas and NBC team captain Natacha Karam








Alison Haislip (co-host of Battlebots) and Jessy Hodges (VH1’s Hindsight)
Toni Trucks from CBS’ SEAL Team








About Homes4Families

To date, Homes 4 Families has partnered with non-profits, government entities, and corporations to bring the outcome-proven Enriched Neighborhood® model to communities. Primarily with Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys (SF/SCV) as builder, we have built over 144 homes in 5 Enriched Neighborhoods® in Northern Los Angeles County, are under construction on 80 homes for low-income veteran families, and are working with Habitat for Humanity Riverside to build 38 additional homes for low-income veterans.

Mission – Our mission is to build resiliency, neighbors, better futures, and homes for veteran families.

Our construction and social services are 96-98% of our spending each year. That is, as documented by our third party audit, only 2 to 4% annually goes to administration and fundraising.

The veterans we serve are low-income, working, Honorably Discharged members of the target community and surrounding areas.

Veterans are provided with specialized services and education to assist with Military trauma and to move them into the middle class. These services include financial literacy, health and wellness and vet-to-vet support, and have been designed, tested and registered/copyrighted.

The Enriched Neighborhood® model provides permanent housing in a neighborhood context that focuses on moving low-income families up into the middle class through specifically designed services for veterans and their families.

 Low-income civilian and veteran families are given an opportunity to purchase a home with a low-interest mortgage, and resale restrictions, keeping the home in the affordable housing market for a fixed number of years while allowing for modest equity growth for the family.

 What makes this model most unique is the no-cost self-sufficiency training and social services such as financial training and health and safety information, which allow our families to become self-sufficient and learn skills and necessary tools to move out of the endless cycle of poverty housing and into the middle class. Although the numerous programs offered to the participants are exciting, what really counts are the results they produce. In the pilot Enriched Neighborhoods® built by Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys, they have seen outstanding results such as 99.9% High School Graduation Rates, and 0% foreclosures.

48 Hours Peter Van Sant Speaks to Stephen Nichols Accused of Pushing his Fiancée to Her Death

An Oregon Man Accused of Pushing his Fiancée to Her Death on a Hike Tells Peter Van Sant What May Have Happened That Fateful Day, in “48 HOURS: Mystery at Eagle Creek”

Stephen Nichols Tells Van Sant: “Either I Pushed Her, She Jumped on Her Own Accord or She Slipped”

Saturday, March 17, 10:00 PM, ET/PT

An Oregon man accused of pushing his fiancée off a steep cliff during a hike nine years ago tells Peter Van Sant what may have happened that fateful day, in an unusual interview for 48 HOURS: “Mystery at Eagle Creek,” to be broadcast Saturday, March 17 (10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

“Either I pushed her, she jumped on her own accord or she slipped,” Stephen Nichols tells Van Sant in a new interview with 48 HOURS about the case against him for the death of Rhonda Casto in 2009.

That question is at the heart of the investigation into what happened on March 16, 2009. Casto, a 23-year-old mother, set out for a hike with Nichols along the Eagle Creek Trail. On the way back, she left the trail, falling 150 feet before hitting solid ground. Nichols said he tried to resuscitate her. He called 9-1-1. Nichols later claimed Casto had been acting high, being silly and running on the slippery trail before she fell. Nichols initially wasn’t charged with any crime.

Rhonda Casto

Her family, however, didn’t believe Nichols’ version of what happened and continued to press sheriff’s deputies to dig deeper. Meanwhile, Nichols started a new life raising their daughter and teaching English in China. The investigation went quiet until 2014, when a secret grand jury indicted Nichols for murder.

He was arrested in San Francisco on a trip home the following year and charged with Casto’s murder in Oregon. He pleaded not guilty.

What happened in the Columbia River Gorge that day?

In a new interview, Nichols tells Van Sant that Casto was asking strange questions as they headed to the hike.

“She said – ‘If anything ever happens to me, would you promise to watch our daughter and take care of her?’” Nichols tells Van Sant. “And I go, ‘What are you talking about?’ She goes, ‘I already know I’m gonna die by the age 25.’”

Pressed by Van Sant on what he saw when Casto fell, Nichols says, “Next question.”

After she fell, Nichols maintains he climbed down the 150-foot cliff to reach her. He compares her to a wounded soldier. Asked whether Rhonda was alive when he got there, Nichols is even more elusive, and the interview takes a bizarre turn.

“Hmm, now we’re – and that’s the part I’m not going into,” Nichols says.

“Did you put Rhonda out of misery that day?” Van Sant asks.

“Let me ask you,” Nichols responds, “if you shoot your war buddy because you see how much pain he’s in, is that murder?”

“What do you say?” Van Sant asks.

“I say no. Course not,” Nichols says.

Julia Simmons, Casto’s mother, believes Nichols killed her to collect on a $1 million life insurance policy. “People that have to make up lies are, you know, you can obviously tell that they’re guilty,” Simmons says.

What happened on the hike, and what did Nichols do? Van Sant and 48 HOURS investigate the case and the outcome that no one saw coming through interviews with Casto’s family, friends, Nichols and others.

48 HOURS: “Mystery at Eagle Creek” is produced by Susan Mallie and Jennifer Terker. Michelle Fanucci is the development producer.  Mike Vele, Ken Blum, Richard Barber and Diana Modica are the editors. Anthony Batson is the senior broadcast producer. Nancy Kramer is the executive story editor. Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer.

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Season 2 – Animated Spaced-Themed Series Ready Jet Go! April 2nd PBS Kids

Season 2 of the hit animated space-themed series Ready Jet Go! blasts off Monday, April 2, on PBS KIDS (check local listings) with a special week of girl-empowering episodes that will get young viewers from coast-to-coast psyched about space and science. A brand-new out-of-this-world episode will launch every weekday.

The new episodes feature the adventures of Boxwood Terrace’s very own Mindy Melendez – starting with the half-hour special, “Mindy Turns 5”. Now that Mindy’s a big girl, it’s her turn to zoom off to space with Jet and the gang for the first time, at last! And the Season 2 fun continues this summer with a space-infused new episode set to roll out each Wednesday in June and July.

For even more stellar STEM-focused learning, each episode features live-action interstitials with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory astrophysicist Dr. Amy Mainzer, science consultant for the series.

To help ring in the new season, Ready Jet Go! creator Craig Bartlett (Hey Arnold!, Dinosaur Train) will participate in a can’t-miss Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) on April 2 at 3pm ET. Fans can stop by to ask Craig about the new season, what’s coming next – and anything else Redditors might want to know about. We’d love for you to spread the word about the upcoming AMA, and we invite you to join Craig yourself to ask him anything! Just check out the Sub-Reddit IAmA on April 2 and Craig will be there!

Ready Jet Go! Season 2 premiere week, tune in with the little space explorers in their life for exciting new adventures every day from April 2 to April 6!

Ready Jet Go! Season 2 Premiere Week

Episode Descriptions – Monday, April 2, 2018

“Mindy Turns 5” – Half-Hour Special!

Mindy has finally turned 5 and is super excited that she is now old enough to go to space. But she’s planned a tea party in the back yard. The kids convince Mindy to move her tea party to the Moon! In her first trip to space ever, Mindy gets to board the Propulsion family saucer and experience space travel, rounding out their Moon tea party with a quick trip out to Pluto and back.


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

“Endless Summer”: Jet is amazed to find out that the entire Earth doesn’t have the same season at the same time. So he flies with Sydney and Sean from the northern hemisphere to the southern hemisphere to compare, and experience holidays in winter and summer… all in one day!

“Jet Shrinks the Kids”: Mindy feels bad that she’s the smallest kid in the group, so sympathetic Jet and friends use a shrink-ray and become her size. The plan goes awry, and Jet, Sean, Sydney, and Sunspot become the size of mice. Mindy has to follow intricate diagrams to reverse the shrink-ray!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

“Mindy’s Ice Rink”: Mindy is impatient for winter because she wants to ice skate. So Jet, Sean, Sydney, and Celery fly to Saturn’s icy rings to gather ice from them, and return to build a Saturn-ringed skating rink around Jet’s house.

“Measure for Measure”: Jet, Sydney, Sean, Mindy, and Sunspot decide to make a scaled replica of the solar system using found items in their own neighborhood, and in doing so learn that an Astronomical Unit is the distance from the Earth to the Sun.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

“Mindy and Carrot Bake”: While making a cake, Carrot and Mindy find they are one are short one ingredient, so they head to the store, but Carrot accidentally pushes a wrong button on the wagon’s newly-updated control panel and they take off into outer space! Using a diagram, methodical experimentation, and record keeping, Mindy and Carrot figure out how to properly fly the saucer back home, where they finally finish the cake.

“Commander Cressida Begins”: Mindy has a problem: now that she’s been to space with the bigger kids, she realizes how much there is out there to see! How can she decide where to explore next? Sydney asks her mom, Dr. Skelley, who presents them with the very first edition of Commander Cressida comics! In reading the comic book, Mindy comes to appreciate that she, like Commander Cressida, can explore space “one adventure at a time.”

Friday, April 6, 2018

“Mindy’s Bedtime”: Mindy has to go to bed when the Sun goes down, but she’s having such a fun day with her friends, she asks Jet and the others to help her keep the Sun from going down. The older kids humor Mindy and try to help “slow down the Sun.” All their efforts make Mindy so sleepy that she decides to go home and sleep.

“Galileo, Galileo!”: Sydney and Jet are having a hard time explaining to Mindy that the Sun doesn’t move – the Earth is moving around the Sun, so the Sun just SEEMS to move. Then Sean comes over dressed as his science hero Galileo, getting ready to do a school report. Mindy asks “Galileo” to explain how come the Sun seems to move, and Sean practices for his report by explaining how the planets move, in character as Galileo!