Feature Headline: COMMON, PATTI LABELLE, HARRY BELAFONTE
LOCATION: March begins at Schrader Blvd and Hollywood Blvd.
Featured Guests: COMMON, PATTI LABELLE, HARRY BELAFONTE, JoJo
Beautiful, simply does not describe the incomparable force known to the world as Patti LaBelle. As time continues to evolve, the soulful songbird’s name has become synonymous with grace, style, elegance and class. Belting out classic rhythm and blues renditions, pop standards and spiritual sonnets have created the unique platform of versatility that Ms. Patti is known and revered for. In addition to her amazing career as an entertainer and entrepreneurial success, Ms. LaBelle’s work as a humanitarian is just as legendary. She remains an advocate for adoption, foster care, Big Sisters and the United Negro College Fund, among many other initiatives. While Ms. LaBelle's celebrated 50-plus year career is respected world-wide, she has also endured and survived personal strife. Within a 10-year period, she lost her mother, three sisters and best friend to diabetes and cancer. In 1994, LaBelle was diagnosed with diabetes and shortly thereafter became a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association.
Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Grammy-winning actor and musician, Common continues to break down barriers with a multitude of critically acclaimed, diverse roles, and continued success at the box office. Common’s 11th studio album, BLACK AMERICA AGAIN, will arrive November 4th on ARTium/Def Jam Recordings. The album includes socially conscious new single, “Black America Again” featuring Stevie Wonder and the anthem “Letter to the Free,” the end-title track to Ava Duvernay’s powerful new documentary 13TH. The song has already been nominated for a 2016 Critics' Choice Documentary Award for “Best Song in a Documentary.”
Harry Belafonte is a legendary and multitalented artist and activist. He was the first black performer to win an Emmy Award and the first recording artist to sell over a million copies of a single album with Calypso (1956) featuring his hit “Day-O.” Belafonte first encountered the theater when he was given a ticket to a production at the American Negro Theatre in Harlem for doing repairs in an apartment. Soon after, he joined the Dramatic Workshop of the New School of Social Research with classmates like Marlon Brando and Tony Curtis and became thoroughly immersed in the world of theater. Paralleling this pursuit was his interest and love of jazz. His many firsts in the overturning of numerous racial barriers in American performing arts are legendary. Harry Belafonte received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in November 2014. Mr. Belafonte has 4 children, 8 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. He lives in New York with his wife, Pamela.
Born Joanna Levesque and raised in Massachusetts, she notched a #1 hit on the Billboard Pop Songs chart with her debut single, “Leave (Get Out),” when she was only 13; she was the youngest solo artist to have a #1 single in the U.S. She followed it up with a string of additional singles, most notably “Too Little Too Late,” another Top 3 smash, and the hit album The High Road in 2006. In 2015, she released a critically acclaimed trio of singles—she called it a “tringle”—to give fans a first taste of the sound she’d been developing with tunesmiths such as Harmony Samuels, Benny Blanco, Wayne Hector and Jason Evigan. Now, she’s ready to turn it over to the fans who have stuck with her after a full decade of challenges. “I don’t want them to experience me,” she says. “I want them to experience themselves. This music is for you. Listen to this in your car, do your workout with it, get ready to it, cry to it. It comes from my life, but it’s not for me anymore.” She smiles. “It’s for everyone.”
An Academy Award, Golden Globe® and Emmy nominated actress and choreographer, Rosie Perez was stealing eyes with riveting dramatic performances since the 90s in Spike Lee’s renowned classic Do the Right Thing, Ron Shelton’s White Men Can’t Jump, and Peter Weir’s Fearless. On the big screen, her performance in Peter Weir’s Fearless garnered her Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination. Perez’s film credits include Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing and Andrew Bergman’s It Could Happen to You, among many others. She received rave reviews for her performance in The Ritz and made her Broadway debut in the hit revival of Terence McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. This past year, she returned to Broadway for the highly successful Fish in the Dark with Larry David. Perez received critical acclaim for her directorial debut, ¡Yo Soy Boricua Pa’que Tu Lo Sepas!, a documentary which celebrates her firebrand activism for Puerto Rican pride. She currently serves as the Artistic Board Chair for Urban Arts Partnership. Since 1991, Perez has been vocal as an AIDS activist, lecturing in local inner-New York City high schools about AIDS and the importance safe-sex protection. Perez starred in and directed the Spanish AIDS PSA campaign "Join the Fight", and in 2010 President Barack Obama appointed her to The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). Last year, Perez received a humanitarian award from Bridging Access To Care for her AIDS activism efforts. Rosie details her childhood upbringing and career in her book, Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair).
Jencarlos Canela Born and raised in Miami, Florida; Jencarlos Canela, of Cuban decent and born on April 21st, 1988 is a singer, songwriter and actor. A true example of dedication, talent and professionalism; his rise to prominence reads like blueprints to global stardom. At the young age of 27, Canela has successfully starred in multiple televised productions, collaborated with some of the most prestigious musical talents of his time and performed in over 200 concerts in countries that include the United States, Canada, Dominican Republic, Panama, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Guyana, Guadeloupe, Nueva Caledonia, Rumania, Spain, and Martinique located in the French Islands, among others.
On November 30th in Los Angeles our fight to KEEP the PROMISE on AIDS coupled with the commemoration of World AIDS Day, we push to accelerate the fight against HIV/AIDS. Special performances by Patti LaBelle, COMMON, and a huge honor will be recognized for singer, songwriter, actor, and social activist Harry Belafonte. Come join the movement at this FREE CONCERT! Seats are limited. Register below.