So thankful and honored to have shared one helluva a year with the cast and crew of “The People v. OJ Simpson.” I want to give a special thank you to Ryan Murphy, one of the most extraordinary creative minds to ever hit television. Thanks so much for including me on this ride.

I also want to thank Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson for this experience, as well as the directors John Singleton and Anthony Hemingway, the writers including Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, D.V. DeVincentis, Joe Robert Cole, Maya Forbes, and Wallace Wolodarsky, and my fellow actors, especially Sarah Paulson, Nathan Lane, Courtney B. Vance, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Sterling K. Brown, Angel Parker, David Schwimmer, Kenny Choi, Keesha Sharp, Joseph Siravo, Jessica Blair Herman and my man John Travolta.

And of course, thank you so much to FX Network and FOX. Y’all killed it! BLESSINGS, and I love you all.

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Presented by Entrepreneur during the weekend of the 59th Grammy Awards, we held our first fundraiser for our International Arts & Philanthropy Foundation at City Summit & Gala 2017.

In association with Daniely Design Group, Allure Events & Catering and Brigade LA, the weekend featured iconic guest speakers and honored guests who came out to support the funding needs of our organization, and those of our recipients including Quincy Jones FoundationBreed Life, and Passion 4 K.I.D.S.

I co-founded International Arts & Philanthropy Foundation (IAPF) to support outstanding non-profits across a wide range of philanthropic efforts. In addition to serving as fiscal sponsor to start-up charities like Breed Life and my Always In The Club Foundation/Project:NOW, IAPF also partners with organizations to help with their fundraising initiatives.

THANK YOU so much to all of our sponsors for helping us realize this amazing weekend of philanthropy and social impact!

We kicked off the weekend’s events on Friday February 10th, with a private dinner held for our host committee and supporters that attracted some of the biggest thought leaders, philanthropists, and influencers. The night was hosted by FORBES RILEY, LIVIA SUZANNE CAUDELL, and DREW STERN, who I cannot thank enough for their amazing job of keeping the event pumped and engaging.  A very special thank you goes to Jeff Spenard & Ryan Treasure of VoiceAmerica – Live Internet Talk Radio for Amplifying the event, and to our sponsors Income Store and Allure Events & Catering. And a VERY special thanks to GREG REID of Secret Knock.

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On Saturday February 11th, we held our CITY SUMMIT Business Conference at USC Tower in downtown Los Angeles, bringing together leaders, entrepreneurs, and influential individuals to share business techniques, inspiring testimonies, and to network with like-minded achievers from organizations such as NASA, Virgin Galactic, and Google, among others. Thank you so much to our moderator GREG REID, all of our esteemed panelists, and our guest speakers HALLE BERRY and ANTHONY MACKIE for sharing their time, passions, and insights during this extraordinary event.

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Here’s a great story from PEOPLE on HALLE BERRY‘s powerful conversation.

And on Sunday February 12th we held our CITY GALA on the evening of the GRAMMYs, where we partied with a purpose during an unforgettable night of inspiration. The star studded event included a silent auction and a Charity Poker Tournament produced by HOLLYWOOD KNIGHTS. Thanks guys!! And my deepest gratitude and love to host JEFF TIMMONS (98 Degrees), our moderator GREG REID, our extraordinary auction house 501 AUCTIONS, and of course our honored guests at CITY GALA 2017:

THANK YOU SO MUCH to my dear friend JOHN TRAVOLTA (Honored Guest Speaker), QUINCY JONES (Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award), RUSSELL SIMMONS (Recipient of the Inspiration Award), and JOHN PAUL DeJORIA (Special Guest Presenter)

Finally, I want to give a VERY special and heartfelt thanks to RYAN LONG – Founder of CITY SUMMIT & GALA, who worked tirelessly to support our charities and the important work that we do. THANK YOU, Ryan!

Now check out a couple of videos and pictures below, and JOIN US inside the CITY GALA!!

More Red Carpet Interviews of John Travolta, Quincy Jones, and more!! 

FEATURE STORY on John Travolta from our presenting sponsor ENTREPRENEUR

Had a wonderful time celebrating an amazing year of diversity in television at The Television Academy’s Dynamic & Diverse event with SAG-AFTRA. Definitely hoping our show The People v. OJ Simpson wins, but incredibly excited for all of the shows this year! Snagged a few pics of the night. Enjoy!

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On April 5, 2016, we had a ball partying with a purpose! I traveled to my home town of Dallas/Fort Worth where I sponsored a not-for-profit viewing event for “THE VERDICT” – our series finale of FX/FOX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”

The evening was in association with International Arts & Philanthropy Foundation and FOX Audience Strategy, who I cannot thank enough for supporting my commitment to engage the community with a Q&A discussion surrounding real issues in the community today, using the trial and series as a point of departure.

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Our co-hosts were KJ Midday On The Radio & Lynne Haze from Smooth R&B 105.7, and the soundtrack was provided by none other than DJ Steve Nice of K104-FM Dallas, TX. THANK YOU so much for your support and enthusiasm.

Our event also launched Project:NOW’s upcoming campaign to raise much needed funding for local non-profits benefitting families and youth arts throughout the DFW area called Project:NOW – Dallas

Community leaders, and dear friends and family, came out to support local charities doing amazing work on the ground. I was honored to share this time with all of them: Jazz BeCuzzDaVerse LoungeCommunity Food BankFort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce’s Film Insitute, and DVA Productions Theatre – these organization are incredible, and I look forward to what we’ll do together in the future.

HELP US CONTINUE SUPPORTING FAMILIES & YOUTH ARTS IN DALLAS/FORT WORTH COMMUNITIES => DONATE to Project:NOW – Dallas

And thank you so much to The Tom Joyner Morning Show, Roland Martin/TVOne/News One Now, the CW Network/News Fix, and all of the local media outlets for having me on to discuss the show, and our Project:NOW Dallas initiative.

TOM JOYNER MORING SHOW Appearance:

CW’s NEWS FIX Appearance [Click image to WATCH]:

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To my publicist Brandi George, and my team on the ground: The architect of the event – Quincy Hammond (Look At Me Entertainment), our charity/sponsorship manager – Mahogany, our promoter – HC3, our photographer, all of our friends/volunteers, and our venue Azure – you guys mean more to me than you’ll ever know. THANK YOU for putting in the work so last minute and making this all happen.

And to my VP of Partnerships and Branding at Project:NOWAniesia Williams – you have been extraordinary, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

To follow our “Project:NOW – Dallas” campaign => please visit iLink2Media.com – a new and exciting global platform spotlighting celebrities and the art of giving back.

By Caitlin Walsh – I recently had the chance to chat with the extraordinary Dale Godboldo, who is currently playing a member of the defense “Dream Team” Carl E. Douglas on American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. Godboldo got his start on the 90’s hit “All New Mickey Mouse Club” and since then has appeared in a number of TV shows and movies, including MoeshaGoode BehaviorWanda at Large and as Agent Garrett in  the hit 2011 Marvel film “Thor.”

On top of his work as an actor, Godboldo is passionate about his philanthropy work with youth education, arts programs, and entrepreneurship.

Read entire interview => HERE

Actor/Producer Dale Godboldo talks about his role as ‘Dream Team’ attorney Carl E. Douglas on FX’s “The People V. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story,” his time as a cast member of “The All New Mickey Mouse Club,” and his philanthropic work with The Clinton Global Initiative LEAD Program.

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What a week! I was honored to donate my services as Director of Media for the City Gala on the evening of the The 2016 Grammys in support of Community Inspiring Today’s Youth and my Project:NOW initiative for youth entrepreneurship. 

15 camera crews, a drone, and a 5-hr stage show hosted by Diddy, that included a conversation with Sir Richard Branson moderated by Jane Seymour, an orchestra, a live musical performance by Chanel West Coast, a runway fashion show, and DJ sets from Paul Oakenfold, The Stafford Brothers, and DJ Sarah Robertson. Honorees included astronaut Buzz Aldrin and co-founder of Patron Spirits and Paul Mitchell, John Paul DeJoria.

I’m exhausted, but so incredibly proud of our team on the ground. They did EXTRAORDINARY work – all donated for our youth’s empowerment. THANK YOU to Foreground Media, Blair Bones Media, and Teru Media!!

I’m so proud to share that I’ll be co-starring as ‘Dream Team’ attorney Carl E. Douglas in Ryan Murphy’s FX television series, “AMERICAN CRIME STORY: THE PEOPLE V. OJ SIMPSON”.

Check out The Wrap’s announcement HERE.

We’re almost wrapped shooting the series, and I can’t tell you how amazing it’s been working with this cast of vets – John Travolta, Courtney B. Vance, David Schwimmer, Sarah Paulson, Nathan Lane… seriously, every day was like a master class in acting. 😉

But what I’m most excited about is telling this story – a tragedy that saw the life of two young people snuffed out, a completely mind-boggling court drama, and an exploration of race in America that will absolutely blow you away. See you in February, my friends. And check out the trailer below. #AmericanCrimeStory

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“You are an example of positive change that can be generated when working with professionalism and heart” – SHAKIRA

What an INCREDIBLE night! For the third consecutive year, Shakira’s ALAS Foundation and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) awarded the innovation, excellence, and investment in research programs and working for early childhood development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

I was honored to be asked to be one of the four presenters of the awards to some of the most extraordinary people I’ve ever met. My fellow presenters included IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno, ALAS Executive Director Juan Antonio Pungiluppi, and Latin Grammy winner FONSECA.

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Latin Grammy winner FONSECA, Alas’ Juan Pungiluppi, and Actor/Producer Dale Godboldo

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President Morena speaking at ALAS-IDB Awards, with FONSECA, Alas’ Juan Pungiluppi, and Actor/Producer Dale Godboldo

And here is a very special video from Shakira herself congratulating the winners, and urging us to take more action for early childhood development:

The winners, who stood out among more than 1,200 nominations, received recognition for their work, perseverance, and commitment to early childhood development for the children in their regions under 6 years old. There were four award categories:

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I presented this award to writer Menena Cottin, whose book was written in both braille and text – a beautiful depiction of how we see colors. The book reminds readers of the beauty we see when we close our eyes and feel.

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Las CondrinasThey seek to restore the social fabric of their communities in conflict, bringing together children from different backgrounds and teaching them to cooperate at an early age through play and appreciating their mutual differences.

CanguraTheir work focuses on reversing the negative effects of premature births, many of which impact how children learn and develop further, reflecting the methods of the kangaroo mother’s care for her children.

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One of the highlights of the evening was an extraordinary performance by kids who come from literally nothing, and turn their environment into something beautiful. OrquestaRecicla is made up of young people and children of the community of Cateura, Asunción, Paraguay. They had the ingenious idea of using remains of “junk” to develop musical instruments from the landfill in their community. The instruments imitate violins, violas, cellos, basses, guitars, flutes, saxophones and percussion instruments, but built with garbage. And now, these kids are performing all over the world. Even FONSECA did an impromptu song with them to show his support. Please visit their Facebook and give ’em ‘like’ => HERE 

And here’s some more pics of the evening!

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At the close of the event, FONSECA surprised the audience with a brief acapella performance of one of his most recent singles, “Entre Mi Vida y la Tuya” (Between My Life and Yours). I snagged a bit of it here on my cell 😉

Now, if you’re interested in getting involved with ALAS and all that they’re doing, check out Hillary Clinton, the special guest speaker of last year’s ALAS-IDB Awards:

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Jamaica! Love the island, and absolutely love the people. I was honored with an opportunity to help develop and launch its Inaugural Jamaica Film Festival this past July 7-11 in Kingston – home of the great Bob Marley. In fact, the Marley family’s Tuff Gong Records was an official sponsor along with Red Stripe… of course 😉
The week was filled with incredible new movies from local filmmakers, and panel discussions on the business of film, casting, music, TV, and even education sponsored by leading arts school, Full Sail University.
Arthur Wylie and I were there representing Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, and we brought with us Malik Yoba (Empire) and Writer/Executive Producer Jeffrey Reddick (creator of the $650 million Final Destination franchise). Other special guests included VP of FOX, Nicole Bernard, and actors Dorian Gregory (Charmed), Stephen Bishop (Being Mary Jane), Tonya Lee Williams (Young And The Restless), and m’lady, Ion Overman (Madea Goes To Jail). Everyone sat on panels and gave young filmmakers extraordinary insights on the business of entertainment. Even brand manager extraordinaire, Aniesia Williams, came out to help us launch what I’m sure will be a mainstay in the filmmaking community.
The opening night ceremony featured a special award given to former NBC executive Paula Madison Williams, who is truly one of the most incredible women I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. I’m looking forward to exploring opportunities to work with her in the future. You DEFINITELY want to read more about her  => HERE
Here’s a video with Paula Madison Williams and Arthur Wylie, discussing their passions for Jamaica:
Here’s a video with FOX’s Nicole Bernard:
Now check out the closing party, showing you how it’s done in the Caribbean!:
How did I get involved with all of this? Well, it started with our production company’s press conference last year in Montego Bay, where we announced our commitment to shooting the $90 million film trilogy, The White Witch Of Rose Hall,” based on the local legend of Annee Palmer (if you don’t know it, you might’ve heard of the song by Johnny Cash). Check out my post about the press conference HERE.
In working with Carole Beckford around this time (the film commissioner, and no doubt the hardest working woman on the island), I was made aware of her plans for Jamaica’s first official film festival – an event to promote the local industry for export around the world. Knowing the potential of local filmmakers, I committed right there to help wherever I could, and do my part to assist in developing the industry’s infrastructure.
Along with Arthur Wylie, Jeffrey Reddick, and Executive Producer Michael Rollins, I’m excited to roll up my sleeves and not only dig into our productions there, but as well, make a social impact through our non-profit efforts called EMPOWER JAMAICA:
Arthur Wylie Foundation is spearheading efforts to provide film industry and entrepreneurship training on the island with support from Project:NOW, an initiative I launched at the Clinton Global Initiative through my charity, Always In The Club Foundation. You can read more about Project:NOW and its launch with Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush in my earlier post HERE.
So check out the photo gallery below, and keep your eyes open for Jamaica! They’re coming out in a BIG way!

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Congrats to Carole Beckford and the Jamaica Film Commission on the launch of your Inaugural ‪#‎JamaicaFilmFestival this July 7th!! 🎬

If you didn’t know, Jamaica’s coming out STRONG this year in film and TV. I’ll be showing my support by sitting on a few panels alongside some amazing talent from Hollywood. We’re also bringing out my Executive Producing partner Jeffrey Reddick (wrote Final Destination) to share a little insight on how you create a $650 million movie franchise. I’m hoping to learn a bit from him myself 😉

We’ll be back in Jamaica with Jeffrey, my partner Arthur Wylie, and the rest of the Global Renaissance Entertainment Group team shooting White Witch Of Rose Hall very soon, and I’m looking forward to building relationships with the local filmmaking community on this trip. We’re committed to partnering with the island in a big way, to not only bring attention to the island’s…

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Lathan will portray the film’s protagonist, Tracy Ellison — a successful businesswoman and workaholic who believes that money is always the key to happiness.

Lathan will also star in Lionsgate’s “Now You See Me 2″ and the upcoming production of “The Best Man Wedding.”

“So many people have grown up on this series and I’m looking forward to bringing Tracy Ellison’s story to life through film,” Lathan said. “It’s my hope to continue to help bring diverse stories to the big screen.”

Geoffrey Fletcher (“Precious”) will write the script.

Dale Godboldo and Arthur Wylie will Executive Produce for Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, Inc.

“Lathan’s star power paired with Fletcher’s nuanced script work — we’re confident that ‘Flyy Girl’ will prove to be a classic,” Codeblack Films President Jeff Clanagan said.

Lathan’s credits iclude “Brown Sugar,” “Best Man’s Holiday” and “Love and Basketball.”

Robert Melnik handled Lathan’s deal on behalf of Codeblack Films. Codeblack’s Quincy Newell and Greg Snodgrass handled the Fletcher deal. CAA represents Fletcher.

See VARIETY article ==> HERE

This past March, I was honored with an invitation to attend CGI University (CGI U) in Miami as a member of Chelsea Clinton’s CGI LEAD program – a global community of accomplished young industry professionals and entrepreneurs who are passionate about engaging with the work of CGI members and committed to collaborating with the next generation of leaders to address our world’s urgent challenges. Here I am with two of my newest CGI LEAD buddies from the west coast – Aled Miles (also a member of CGI’s Elephant Action Network) and Elpida Harner.

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What’s CGI University?

Building on the successful model of Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), where members of the CGI community have made nearly 3,200 commitments which have improved the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries,

President Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. Each year, CGI U hosts a meeting where students, university representatives, topic experts, and celebrities come together to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton hosted CGI U 2015 at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida from March 6-8, 2015. The meeting brought together more than 1,100 students to make a difference in CGI U’s five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.

Some pretty amazing highlights included:

16124739533_6ee81fdd88 IMG_3357A panel session with America Ferrera, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Tawakkol Karman, Yale student Paul Lorem (grabbed a pic with this EXTRAORDINARY young man), and Vivek Murthy, United States Surgeon General.

e3d77af6-6825-4743-86fc-7f74c92673ef_2400On the eve of International Women’s Day, The Clinton Foundation geared up to launch NoCeilings.org and its “Not There” awareness campaign on gender inequality. During the Closing Plenary Session, Chelsea Clinton and Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton previewed the release of the No Ceilings Full Participation Report by the Clinton Foundation and Gates Foundation – See more at: https://www.clintonfoundation.org/blog/2015/03/30/young-women-aspire-change-world-clinton-global-initiative-university#sthash.jL7xYTO1.dpuf

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President Clinton sat down with Larry Wilmore, Host of “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,” about a broad range of topics, focusing on the impact that commitments made by CGI U students are having around the world. On the panel were also members of Pussy Riot. THAT was a trip. Watch their full conversation on YouTube. See more at: https://www.clintonfoundation.org/blog/2015/03/07/highlights-cgi-university-2015#sthash.MuTgo0Hl.dpuf

During the sponsor’s reception, I had a chance to spend a few moments chatting with Aloe Blac, Julia Rosenbaum (runs CGI LEAD), and the President himself (THAT was pretty damn cool).

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CGI U is more than just an event. It is a growing community of young leaders who don’t just discuss global challenges – they take real, concrete steps toward solving them. Throughout the year, and as a prerequisite of attending the CGI U meeting, students develop their own Commitments to Action: new, specific, and measurable initiatives that address pressing challenges on campus, in local communities, or around the world. Commitments range from manufacturing wheelchairs for developing countries to establishing campus bike share programs, from creating free vision clinics to developing e-learning applications for mobile phones.

CGI U is proof that young people have the power to make a significant impact by confronting some of the world’s most urgent challenges. Since 2008, students have made more than 5,500 Commitments to Action, and nearly $2 million in funding has been awarded to these commitment-makers through CGI U.

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Generation Hope: Gade Li! (Look At This!)

Gade Li is a photography workshop that will provide Haitian youth with opportunities to share their stories and desires for change in their communities. This will be a week-long workshop where 30-40 Haitian youth will learn skills and techniques for visual storytelling. They will then go out and document the social issues affecting their community of St. Marc through their own eyes and will have a chance to display their work. This workshop will serve as a form of activism and empowerment as these youth demand through their photos for everyone to stop and “Gade Li!” (Look at this!)

For me, the absolute highlight of CGI U was our Day of Action in the community of Liberty City. The President, Chelsea Clinton, The Miami Children’s Initiative, and CGI U students, worked with locals including former Miami Heat player, Shane Battier, and members of the Miami Dolphins, to beautify a housing complex and help make the property a better place for its families.

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These students’ commitment to the work was astounding, and I was left with a renewed spirit of civic duty. And I just fell in love with this little boy =)

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Here’s another pic with CGI LEAD member Elpida Harner, and another with CGI U member, Naomi Ross.

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For far more pictures, check out this post by Cecilia Gutierrez,
 CEO of Miami Children’s Initiative on The Clinton Foundation’s blog, detailing our activities during the Day of Action  => HERE

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