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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Fame News!


This month we are looking back to this time last year to the Fame Reunion in Italy. Hard to believe its been a year already. We will be posting MP3s of the songs the cast performed at the Reunion concert.


Debbie Allen's Hot Chocolate Nutcracker is back for it's 7th year at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on December 16th and 17th. Starring Debbie Allen, Carlo Imperato
and Eartha Robinson.

Tickets and more Information


Cynthia Gibb stars in a new Christmas Movie called "Broadcasting Christmas". Here's the trailer for the movie.

video


Lee Curreri's wife Sherry Dean Curreri (who's also the sister of Fame original movie star Laura Dean) has written a book titled "Poor Little Puppy".

Here's what Lee had to say on Facebook:

"My wife Sherry Dean Curreri and my artist/songstress friend Linda Dalziel wrote a lovely children's book about our rescue pup, and best buddy Herbie. Seems like it would be a wonderful Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa present for the children and the pet-loving parents in your life! Check it out here:"

Buy on Amazon


After the American Presidential Elections last month some of the Fame cast had some inspirational things to say. #uprootingracism


Erica Gimpel Said:

"Hello Beautiful People,

I had to take a few days after this election to regroup. It has been a very emotional time. I am moved to share my thoughts with you:
This is what America looks like to me.
...
This is what makes America great is our diversity… That is our beauty
But we have ignored America’s greatest illness RACISM… And it has been festering for far too long… This is a pushback vote. The last hurrah for an old version of America that I refuse to allow to Brainwash and Whitewash this country… I refuse to allow this to happen.
There have been programs with titles like THE WAR ON DRUGS…
I don’t even like the word war, but we need on WAR ON RACISM. But not a war, we need STRATEGIES to uproot and heal racism at its core. We need to come up with a plan, a clear strategy of creating workshops, and going into the hot beds of society and the states where hatred and racism have been allowed to run rampant, and have a ten-year plan, a twenty-year plan on how we will transform this… I reach out to anyone who has any ideas or can direct me to organizations that are already in this process… But this is the essence of it and we need to uproot it and heal it NOW!

We know inclusion creates more diverse points of views, which generates greater odds for success, and any business knows that because we live in a global market… But I am not only speaking of this for business sake…I am speaking about this for the soul of our country, the soul of America… But it seems our country only listens when it comes down to profit and gain. So I offer this great quote I heard, “WHEN PEACE BECOMES MORE PROFITABLE THAN WAR, THE WORLD WILL KNOW PEACE.”
I pledge be a fighter for INCLUSION, EQUALITY FOR ALL PEOPLE and PEACE for the rest of my life!

I will keep the vision and the picture in my mind of an inclusive and vibrant America as we navigate through these unknown waters ahead… We will transform this. We will heal. And we will WIN!
Peace!"

#uprootingracism


Nia Peeples said:

"Last night after the announcement of Donald Trump as our president elect, a dear 20 something year old relative, let’s call him John, called crying and sent me a copy of a tweet by someone on the ground in NY:

“Am at a Trump rally in Manhattan, and thousands are chanting
‘We hate Muslims, we hate blacks, we want our great country back' ...Disgusting"


He was in tears at the thought of our fellow Americans voting in a President who has undeniably utter the words

“Laziness is a trait in blacks”
…it really doesn’t matter…as long as you’ve got a young, and beautiful, piece of ass.”

"…total and complete shutdown of Muslims"

“The point is, you can never be too greedy.”

"… Grab them in the Pussy. You can do anything.”

John was so disheartened at the thought of being a member of a nation who as a whole, embraces and subscribes to those very same sentiments. I understood his sadness. These statements are inexcusable. They are sentiments of separation, racism, sexism and capitalism at the expense of the masses. The feelings are real and they are warranted.
But I reminded John that the majority who voted Donald Trump in yesterday, voted President Barack Obama in for two terms. We are the same nation of people. And while some who voted for Donald Trump may have those very fearful sentiments as stated in the tweet, there’s simply no way they are the reason Donald Trump was elected. By sheer number, they couldn’t keep president Obama out. How in the world could they have put Trump in? There is something much bigger at play here.

Watching the BBC for the world view, they said something very astute. They called this “the greatest protest vote in history.” Why? Because it’s evident that our system is broken. We, as a nation, voted in President Obama hoping for change. But there was gridlock in Washington. It was the Democrats vs the Republicans. An US against THEM mentality. If one side won, the other lost. Period. There was no respect for the American people as a whole. We weren’t at the top of the agenda. At the top was Red or Blue. And both of them are at the mercy of their funding.

But here’s the beautiful part. Yes our system of government needs to change. The need for change is so unbearably obvious that we swung from a Barack Obama to a Donald Trump in a span of 8 years. But here’s how beautifully it worked: We voted, and it was so. Regardless of the parties preferences, regardless of the fact that an absolutely qualified Democratic candidate (love her or hate her,) was presented with near full support of her party, alongside a Republican candidate who could not even get the endorsement of many republican leaders like Mit Romney, Colin Powel and the Bushes, against all odds, regardless of the system’s limitations, we voted. And WE were able to make the call. This part of our system is working. This is the beauty of America.

So now here we are. On the surface there is tremendous separation. But I urge you to look deep down inside. Are we really so different? Do we all want peace? Do we all want freedom to express and expand? Do we all want abundance and joy? YES! Even those who utter words like, “We hate Muslims and blacks” utter them out of fear, fear that their peace and abundance and joy are being jeopardized. But we know better. We know that love is the only answer. And if we really believe that, then we know these times offer up a very unique opportunity to prove our belief in the power of love, compassion, forgiveness equality, respect and dignity, by standing firmly in that knowing. It’s not time to debate or try to convince anyone of anything. It’s simply time to stand in our knowing. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. The only way to prove it is to be it. Be the love. Be the compassion, the dignity, the equality and the respect…Be the change. And change will be.

In so much love,
Nia"


Have a great month and a wonderful Christmas,

Mark

Erica Gimpel Huffington Post Article 2016


In light of the fallout from our recent election, and the rise of racially motivated acts of violence in our country, I have been deeply pondering what action to take? In my quest, I reread a passage written by my Buddhist teacher:

“There may be times when, confronted by cruel reality, we verge on losing all hope. If we cannot feel hope, it is time to create some. We can do this by digging deeper within, searching for even a small glimmer of light, for the possibility of a way to begin to break through the impasse before us. And our capacity for hope can actually be expanded and strengthened by difficult circumstances. Hope that has not been tested is nothing more than a fragile dream. Hope begins from this challenge, this effort to strive toward an ideal, however distant it may seem”. - Daisaku Ikeda - Hold Hope, Wage Peace pg. 21-22

As these words began to reignite my sense of hope and determination, they also reawakened a deep-seated childhood dream. Being of bi-racial descent, my mother is African-American and my father is Slavic, I have always felt the importance of creating bridges of dialogue between different cultures, and now more than ever I am motivated to do so. Therefore, my action has become clear, I want to start the conversation about launching a national movement entitled UPROOTING RACISM.
Dearest Friends,

What would it take to unite the Black Lives Matter movement, LGBTQ Movement, Women’s Rights Movement, Environmental Rights Movement, The Muslim Rights Movement, The Latino & Immigration Rights Movement, and the Indigenous Peoples Movement?
This newly elected President!

We have an opportunity to come together like never before, as a united people for the equality and justice of all people and the planet. We have the opportunity to demand an end to the racist, sexist and bigoted rhetoric, and to act as one united force in the likes of which our country has never seen. The times demand us to be more organized than ever before, transcending race, gender, and socio economic lines. The times are demanding for us to Wake Up!

History has shown us time and again how the ones in power always pit “the people” against each other because it’s the easiest way to divide and conquer. However, these tactics are not new, and they are precisely being used again because the conditions and the level of desperation in our society has been at an all time high, allowing for a certain group of people to be seduced and seemingly given permission to act out in outrageously disrespectful and despicable ways.

I keep thinking about Dr. King and the civil rights movement. I have been especially pondering when Dr. King expanded the movement into the Poor Peoples Campaign, and that’s exactly when he became even more dangerous to the people in power because that’s when the movement focused on economics and the equal rights of all people.

It seems we maybe facing a similar time, especially when I recently read that the newly elected President, (elected by the archaic electoral college) wants to continue his rallies throughout his presidency. This struck an alarming chord in me and scenes from rallies in Germany began flooding my mind. It’s as though a darkness, hatred and racism has been unleashed, (which unfortunately is and has been America’s illness) but now is blatantly raging so much so that we have no other choice but to face it and address it.

I would like to propose that we create a national movement against racism. Let’s create strategies that address racism at the root and transform it in order to create lasting change. I would like to propose a name for this national movement, “UPROOTING RACISM”.

Together I know we can make a lasting impact, one that will create real change. However, everything we do will depend on our commitment, and our wise committed action.

I truly look forward to hearing your thoughts, contributions and ideas on creating the national movement “UPROOTING RACISM”.

In Peace, Justice, Friendship, Love and Hope,

Erica Gimpel

Actor, Singer-Songwriter, Writer, Producer

uprootingracismnow@gmail.com

#uprootingracism

Fame (Version 1) Live 2015 MP3 - Kids From Fame


Fame Version 1 performed by Erica Gimpel, Nia Peeples, Cynthia Gibb, Jesse Borrego, Carlo Imperato and Lee Curreri.

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