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World Poetry Celebrates Alan Santana !

 Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show, September 7, 1-2 pm, CFRO, 100.5,  had a short but important interview with the amazing Alan Santana who gave us insights into the world of boxing and how it helped him at 8 years old to overcome extreme bullying. Also the idea that boxing is like a chess match. My dad liked boxing and said it was “a pure art form” , a quote which I never understood until the interview with Alan.  He also helps youth and has written a book which focuses on  them to be the best they can be and not to get mixed up with shady characters. 

Also on the show were e-poems from Mamta Agarwal,  Poetic News  and a story from Sharon Rowe, read by Victor Swartzman. Music by Pancho and Sal.

To hear the show: CLICK HERE!

Alan Santana ,resounding, gregarious personality is an immediate characteristic that exudes Alan Santana. The fanatical ringside commentator extols an arsenal of burlesque, intelligence and accuracy that is adored by his many fans. A mutli- talented commentator, speaker and serial entrepreneur presiding as the North American Coordinator and Supervisor for the American Boxing Organisation and on the Board of Directors. , the California native is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable experts of our time. He has held the position of Executive Board Member with the World Boxing Hall of Fame, International Boxing Judge and his appointment to these positions has led to an array of opportunities in the boxing world. He has just recently joined the ABO (Adaptive Boxing Organization) as an International Ambassador and Spokesperson to help gain recognition for wheelchair athletes worldwide.

Santana began boxing at the age of 8 years old and it grew into a 20 year career. He earned a spot as a member of the California/USA Boxing Team from 1982 – 1985. During his amateur stint he won many state and local titles and recorded well over 100 plus fights. Shortly after starting his professional run, his career was unexpectedly hampered due to sustaining a career ending injury from an automobile accident. Santana continues his support of the coveted sport of boxing through national and international travel supervising title bouts as a champion of the sport and a passionate mentor to youth.

He currently presides as the CEO, President and Founder of No Teen Riders, INC., a non-profit organization created to educate teen drivers and their families by providing practical information, preventive measures, and compliance standards to reduce and eliminate teen vehicular deaths. Adding the title of author to his repertoire, Santana is also anticipating the release of his forthcoming book entitled UNPROTECTED: A Tactical Approach to Boxing, Business and Life, slated for release in the second quarter of 2017. Alan resides in Orange County, California and is married to wife Annamarie for over 31 years. They have four children, Victoria; twins Austin and Andrew; and Aaron.

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Alan came to us courtesy of  Osiris Munir,

 

World Poetry Celebrates the Dynamic Osiris Munir from the USA!

Ariadne’s News: The World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer, Jaz Gill and show operator, Sarah Ho welcomed the amazing President and CEO of Ankh Entertainment Osiris Munir (World Poetry’s newest international partner) on Tuesday, July 28th on CFRO 100.5 FM.  The show was full of tips, advice and the highlights of her life. To hear the show: CLICK HERE! 

Photos from the show:

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“Osiris is a photo journalist,  former model in Europe, writer and promoter. She is also the president and CEO of Ankh Entertainment. Her credits include Spotlight Enterprises, working with such clients as Jamie Foxx and Jay Leno, early on . The William Morris agency Universal Studio lot and the Universal Musical Group, an entertainment giant  and others.  She now writes  for  the Culver City News, Ankh Entertainment’s, Stones in the Color of Rare blog, and the weekly host of the new, in development, televised weekly, entertainment interview show, 15 Minutes.. For more about the show, 15 Minutes and to make comments and help to talk us up, set your browsers to www.15minutestheshow.com. www.ankhentertainmentone.net 15 Minutes and is are repped by former WME agent, William Branca of QCP Productions. www.quietcityproductions.com. After all, you know what they say, “everybody’s famous for 15 Minutes”. Channel art by street artist of Culver City, California.”

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A force to be dealt with, Osiris Munir is a product of the industry. She holds a monumental GIF which lends itself to the rhythm of life that all men and women are indeed, created equal. Growing up in the entertainment industry beginning mid 20’s and still in the groove, truly she is living proof that dedication, hard work and going for what one loves to do most definitely pays off.

Lover of laughter and all things artistic, Osiris landed her first job in the industry as a receptionist for a small local Beverly Hills comedy agency, Spotlight Enterprises. Within two weeks she became the Executive Assistant, to the VP of Spotlight, whose clients, Jay Leno, Damon Wayans, Jerry Seinfeld, Jaime Foxx, to name a few, zoomed from a mere $500 a show to minimum of $1200.00 per week. Jay, Jerry, and Damon were already in demand at the Pasadena Ice House, Improvs, the Laugh Factory, and the Comedy Store. Additionally, the boys were beginning to branch out to National clubs and doing well based on Bob aka Robert Williams Presidents method for sending a picture, short bio and above all a VHS. Mind you, this was at a time that Comedy was the lowest of the art forms to earn income.

Bob sure turned that around being the first to run the Beatlemania Tour featuring Maurice Hines who was a bigger Broadway star than Munir could ever imagine. Her youthful eyes witnessed the beginning of the most fruitful time in entertainment and all things flowed through Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and the William Morris WME Agency. Over hearing a conversation between one of Spotlights Agents and his wife, who was an IT at William Morris. Osiris jumped at the chance to do what she always loved to do, learn all about music and do ir with some of the top celebrities in the world. Everyone was at Morris. It was a time of the biggest, the baddest and the soon to be biggest, held all of their trust. When someone used the word, “BOSS,” it really meant the person had social standing, prestige, talent and expected to live and breathe entertainment for the rest of their lives.

The rest is her-story. Landing an assistant music agent position and without the mailroom experience, put her front and center. Many had graced the halls of lined press packets, CD’s, and music stuff but none of African American culture hired so swiftly and without doing the usual mailroom training. Osiris a former model had lived in Europe, proud to be at Morris and bold about getting to know how the big machine worked.

The experience of having access to the globe’s top entertainment lit her eyes up as she learned the ropes of conversation, who to talk to, what to say or not, and details galore. All the top hang spots were booked before arrival, all of the plush gatherings set, some private parties, and most tight end settings for global negotiations. Working with the first female agent to head up the Beverly Hills Country Fairs division in the music department, didn’t hurt.

After WME, Munir headed to the Universal Studio lot working as a Project Assistant Manager for the theme park. This door opened to the pop and alternative promotional division at Universal Music Group. Universal an entertainment giant and harbor or of the rich and famous boasted every possible band, single artist, jazz, rap, hip-hop, R&B. Country, Pop, Alternative and Gospel than any other label group during the 90’s. Far into the latter part of the early 2000,UMG, and her time at WME agency gave Osiris the complete and balanced package of a well-rounded professional industry background

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Now in 2015, Ms. Munir or O. if you’re close spends her time consulting and acting out her favorite life role as a photojournalist for local news media pools. Her personality sparkles as she entertains on her, in development 15Minute interview show. 15 Minutes takes her all over Los Angeles County and covers all aspects of the Hollywood experience. As a photographer for artist mediums, Osiris says, I’m often limited in space, and have to be quick on my feet, and showing no fear when trying to get a shot.” I plan to be the next Annie Liebowitz and really make it worldwide. For my presence to be felt and extended beyond my community and obvious ethnicity. To possess the skills and knowledge that appeal to all people and that any human can relate to.”

These days you can find Osiris at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon, California or at the Egyptian, Regal Theatre. Bonding with independent film groups and interviewing at high-end events, from Hollywood to downtown. Ms. Munir is a You Tube partner and post short clips of her news stories throughout all popular social media networks.

Ankh Entertainment a name she has carried since the year 2002, blogpost, “Stones in the Color of Rare is continuing to break new ground offering a variety of subjects, images, and video footage of creative talent that make up the rich body of creative arts of Southern California.

For more information, or to contact Osiris Munir please search www.ankhentertainmentone.net or email her at ankhentone@att.net

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World Poetry Remembers the Actress Dorothy Dandridge!

 

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Vintage Hollywood presents Lonely Girl the Private Life of Dorothy Dandridge with Rare Photographic Exhibition !

By: Osiris Munir  www.ankhentertainmentone.net.Submitted with permission by Ariadne Sawyer, reporter for the Tan The AFRO NEWS.

I would like to welcome Osiris and Ankh Entertainment as one of our new International Partners and to thank her for this article which was also featured in the  TAN The Afro News. http://www.theafronews.com/lonely-girl-the-private-life-of-dorothy-dandridge/ with thanks to Honore, the publisher.

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Lonely Girl, is a modern day adaptation of the real live memoirs of famed multi-ethnic actor, Dorothy Dandridge whose death records recently made their celebratory debut to the public from 50 years ago. The play a one-woman portrayal of the life and tragic circumstances surrounding Dandridge’s artistic talent, her life, and death are eloquently delivered by the beautiful, Bermudian born actor and vocalist, Wanda Ray Willis. Willis portrays with an uncanny familiarity the up and downs of Dorothy’s life and the numerous relations that she came to have over the course of her short but monumental career. With a background in singing, acting, writing, and music, Willis carries the spirit of Dandridge and proves that her wealthy background of professional training still reigns throughout her travels to NY, Japan and locally in Los Angeles where Wanda Ray lives.

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This also brings to mind the not so evident friendship between Dandridge’s and her white counterpart the illustrious and well-loved Marilyn Monroe.

Dandridge had come up through the harsh times of the early depression era into the golden arches of Hollywood and had set the pace for what was to become Black Hollywood.

Donald Bogle, author of “Bright Boulevards” and “Dorothy an Autobiography”, talks with vivid accuracy about the comings and goings of the elite folk of back in the day, say around the 1900’s when he states that blacks and whites were alive and doing well in Los Angeles. At the time, the city housed a variety of influential’s, amongst them, Lillian Gish, D. W. Griffiths, and a beautiful Black Spaniard that called herself, Madame Su-Te-Wan. Turns out that apparently the Madame took herself and her three children very seriously so much so that she moved all the way from NY out to Los Angeles just so she could follow through on a promise made to find D.W. Griffith. Thanks to Te-Wan’s bravery and commitment to making a better life for she and her young children her descendants came to own most of Los Angeles County and were called Black Spaniards. The areas known as Beverly Hills and West Hollywood were the back yard estates of these Spaniard families.

According to writer, director, Leroy Richardson III, Dorothy had the, it factor. Heralding from Cleveland, Ohio, the depression of the war left many without work however, the Dandridge sisters, also called, the Wonder Sisters intended for that not to be the case and headed to the stage prompted by their mother, Ruby, who had a bit of talent herself. Glamorous, talented, and strong, Dorothy Dandridge at the time earned more than any other actor in Hollywood, black or white. Her name and particular kind of beauty until this day, never received the warm reception, or adoration that Monroe received, well at least not publicly. Dandridge had a way with men, but when you’re curious, famous, warm, and looking for love, men will hang. Her being black enhanced her already deep and rich personality, however, it didn’t fly very well that she was so loved and so desired alas eventually the entertainment industry took back from her exactly what had been given, and more.

We’ve all heard the myth, or not, “once you go black you never go back”. Halle Berry, gave life to the part of the Hollywood version of the Dandridge legacy however; the story is so much more than that. Halle played a black woman who had lost husband and son, to the white man and his system, in her Oscar won role, “Monsters Ball.” Like Dandridge, Berry is a cross culture phenomena and outside of Tina Turner, seems to be the only other woman of color that is recognized creatively as a talent. Oprah pushed through distinguishing herself as a business icon and respectable actor, gaining respect and recognition globally, but none the beauty and broad range of talent as Dandridge. Dandridge played lead in musicals, with top leading white male actors at a time when it was unacceptable for black woman to do so.

Lena Horne another acceptable, yet ostracized actor, had made headway in film and on Broadway, but never quite made the LA scene her private world. There would be no such nonsense for the Dandridge sisters, and Ms. Dorothy, who learned to work her connections on both coasts.

As it were in the case of Peter Lawford, Dandridge’s unsettled lover and the only one, “I’m told”, who held steadfast in her heart. Lover after lover had come and gone in the starlet’s life. Few became husbands one Jack Dennison, who to this day is held in mind as a suspect and possible murderer. It was Otto Preminger, who would indeed come to love Dorothy and lead Bogle to Vivian Dandridge. In addition, there was the younger of the Harold Nicholas brothers, whom she married and had her one and only child Harolynn. Lynn would eventually become a ward of the courts. Lynn was born with a severe mental disorder, needed constant care and unable to be left alone. Dorothy worked hard to earn money from every aspect of her talent in order to take care of the child. One could make the assessment that guilt and the fact that money was dwindling fast, had a huge effect on her mental stability.

Both Marilyn and Dorothy were the times unsung heroine’s speaking out of turn purposefully and with the intent of having a voice, whether one wanted to hear it or not. Marilyn was the other mirror of remarkable charged for being alluring and had sex with not just one but both the Kennedy brothers. While Monroe became taunted because of her sexiness, Dorothy was charged with being, black, beautiful, and intelligent. Both women had access to a variety of male studs positioned just for their pleasure and Dandridge was no exception to this rule, she loved men and men loved her back.

Always ready to deliver creatively with poise and grace on screen, Dandridge made known her love for the European culture as she had lots of exposure by being married to Dennison who also acted as her husband and manager. With his contacts, Dorothy became a known socialite landing herself in circles of the prominent and well respected. As Dorothy’s name and reputation spread throughout the world of entertainment, jealously, backbiting, and affairs, one with singer, Nat King Cole began to take their toll. Regular black eyes, and the combination of pills and alcohol, began to mar Dandridge’s talent and abilities. Soon she would become a bed ridden yet active ball of nerves. Raped by her mother’s lover, she had attempted suicide three times. Life of tragedy or necessary circumstances towards the end of her life the star had a complete mental breakdown and placed on prescribed doses of Tophonol commonly known as Prozac, and used to treat depression. The actor hospitalized for severe and acute anemia. had to lie about her finances, in order to protect herself from Dennison.

Finally gaining a bit of excitement about her new found list of to do’s and her plan to go to NY study acting and the stage in New York, Marilyn who had been a support for her in between gigs or not, had been found dead in her Hollywood apartment. A few weeks later Dandridge would meet with the same demise.

Would today’s new media be accepting of an interplanetary goddess, would we love her? Would her talent find her on the get on the “Empire” bandwagon or confined to a certain genre?

How would she be portrayed? Hollywood had survived the early 1900’s but had Black Hollywood survived? Have we all been bamboozled into thinking that we’re in the mix? Is deception our only reward or have the spirits of Madame Su-We-Tan and the Black Spaniards previous owners of what is now called Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, risen from the annals of disgust and with hatchet in hand come to claim and threaten to shut down the extended version of the Disneyland we call, Holly and Wood.

Will Dorothy Dandridge ever have a stamp, or celebrated with the same vigor on the date of her birthday same as Marilyn? Who knows but one thing is for sure, Vintage Hollywood will make sure that when you see Wanda Ray Willis transformed from Willis to Dandridge, you’ll once again feel the sweet taste of a lonely girl’s lips upon your weary head and feel the overwhelming need to say, “ I love you Dorothy, I love you so much”.

For more information on writer, director’s, Leroy Richardson III, Vintage Hollywood presents “Lonely Girl”, a Rare and Photographic Exhibition and One-Woman show featuring Wanda RayWillis, call (323) 216-7528 or reference WWW.VINTAGEHOLLYWOODPRIVATEKLUB.COM.

4000 W. Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90018.

Wanda Ray Willis also appears at: CAFÉ FIRENZE ON MOORPARK IN STUDIO CITY, CA STARTING JUNE 26, EVERY 4TH FRIDAY, PERFORMING HER PIANO/VOCAL ACT.