Singing For Change Outside The Santa Monica Farmers Market.

I was doing my weekly trip to The Santa Monica Farmers Market when I heard a beautiful song playing.  I was surprised to find out that it was live  and that this voice belonged to Melanie Matthews an opera singer and play write.  She told me she wrote a play called “To Die For Mandy” that runs Halloween Weekend.    Enjoy.

Everything Is Copy: Tonight at The New York Film Festival.

Everything Is Copy a documentary about the life of Nora Ephron tonight at the New York Film Festival

Everything Is Copy a documentary about the life of Nora Ephron tonight at the New York Film Festival

Everything Is Copy a documentary film about the life of writer/director Nora Ephron will screen tonight Tuesday, September 29 at the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center, the film is directed by her son Jacob Bernstein. I have been excited to see the final cut of this piece because well everybody loves Nora and because I was hired to do hair and makeup for some of the interviews.   Mathew Eng over at Tribeca writes:

Ephron’s bountiful but abbreviated life is a master class in how to take pride in one’s talents and pursue them with all the certitude and focus that so many of us lack as we only run around in circles, either too timid or distracted to really write ourselves as the true protagonists of our own lives. In a way, we’ve never needed Nora Ephron more, but as Everything is Copy

The hi light of this gig for me was working on Nora’s sister Amy who is also a novelist, a writer at Vogue Magazine and has her own online magazine called . It was a treat to hear the stories according to Amy, she is whitty and a riot. Some of the other notable people in this doc include Steven Spielberg, Mike Nichols, Lena Dunham, Rosie O’Donnell, Babs or Barbara Walters, and her second husband – Jacobs dad Carl Bernstein.

If you don’t get to see it tonight, you’ll have to wait until March when it will air on HBO. I cannot wait.

Do you have favorite Nora movie, quote or book?

President Obama Sings Amazing Grace at Clementa Pickney Funeral

Wow what an intense day, seriously I have been in tears today, It’s been bittersweet. while the SCOTUS ruling made the LGBTQ community throw a rainbow party (well deserved) the funeral of Clementa Pickney one of the nine people who were killed last week was laid to rest today.

President Obama gave one of the best speeches in American History and then broke out into a soulful rendition of Amazing Grace. This was Amazing.

President Obama Made Me Cry: Marriage Equality for All.

Marriage Equality for ALL!

I realize that this blog is getting a little not food I’m in the process of categorizing a little better, But I am full of gay feelings that I had to share president Obamas Speech. The supreme court has ruled that same sex marriage is legal nation wide. Yup. So this is good, we will be seeing more gay weddings new traditions. 

President Obamas Speech:  I was in tears watching this, and not just because I’m a big o gay I think it’s because It was heartfelt. I reminds me of all the work that has been done by the older queers and so much he talked about being bullied and harassed, lord that was a heavy.

During the speech I was  of the time I road the bus to somewhere in Leimert Park, because I wanted to hear this man speak. Flyers had been passed out and the kids mostly high school aged laughed at the idea of a black man being elected president.  They laughed.  So today I realize that we have come a long way, and that the future is brighter if we work on. it. Small steps, big results.

We are All Created Equal” President Obama

The Firtst Gay wedding in Los Angeles, Ahhhh we’ve come such a long way…

Two Sisters & Jitomate Salad.

Two Sister Salad by Victor Lomeli

Corn, Yellow Green, Beans and Tomatoes harvested in California.

Once upon a time the Natives planted Corn, Yellow Green Beans and Squash near each other.  See video. Conscious farmers still do.  Its a perfect relationship between the corn the squash and beans, everyone benefits. Like family. The blessing of living in Los Angeles is the options of fresh produce at the Farmers Market, I don’t mean to sound obnoxious but honestly I find most often that the farmers market is less expensive than the grocery store, if you know how to shop and build relationships with the farmers. Relationships, just like the the Three sisters right, have your three farmers. Ay, anyways, back to what I left of, Three Sisters yes,  Three Sisters, that’s the name the Natives gave the trio.  This recipe does not have the squash that’s why I am calling it Two Sisters. As always I invite you  to experiment with ingredients, but remember always making choices that serve your intention. Mami, take it easy on the salt and unnecessary  fat

Here’s what you need and how to do it.

20 YELLOW GREEN BEANS I mean is that even their real name? I tried to find out, I promise. These are crispy fresh when eaten raw  and when slightly grilled the taste reminds me of something  I would have at Nanbankan.  In this recipe we are going to do both grilled and raw. Low in calories and high in nutritional value, boosts magnesium and iron intake. 


Non GMO Organic. Dont compromise on this.

2 TOMATOES DICED –If you live in Hollywood the tomato guy (at the north east side of the market on Ivar  and Hollywood Blvd. across the street from Eva Langoria’s Restaurant, BESO) has the meatiest, bright and perfectly imperfect tomatoes.

1/2 Onion Diced if you’ve got the time soak in lemon/ lime juice, reminds me of my grandmothers cooking. ahhhhhhh.

1 cup Salad Greens.

2 tbs. Olive Oil

1/2 Lemon

2 Cloves Garlic Crushed

Heat up a sauce pan and a little olive oil and grill the 17 Yellow Green Beans. Don’t over cook.

Throw in the diced onions and garlic

Keep it moving. Until you so golden spots allow to cool a little

Dice the remaining fresh Yellow Green Beans and mix with the Salad Greens and remaining oil.

Place your Salad on the plate

and the grilled green yellow beans on top of that salad.

Pow. mami oh so so good and nutritious.

If you have the space learn how to grow your own traditional three sisters garden.  Continue reading

Dylan Roof Manifesto is both Heartbreaking and Frightening.

The following is not a typical post on this site but I felt the need to share the alleged manifesto as posted to a website.  I paste this in the hopes that we can open up a discussion about what is happening in our nation today and in hopes that we who produce content make sure that we show people of color in proper light respect.  I hope that the post does not offend anyone please note that the manifesto has strong language.  

“I forgive you,” the daughter of victim Ethel Lance, 70 says to Dylan Roof her mothers killer.

Dylan Roof shot and killed 9 people during a bible study.  

On Friday June 19, 2015 a twenty year old man named Dylan Roof gunned down nine people who where at bible study the victims identified by Coroner Charleston County Coroner Rae Wooten : Cynthia Hurd, 54; Susie Jackson, 87; Ethel Lance, 70; Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49; Hon. Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41; Tywanza Sanders, 26; Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., 74; Rev. Sharonda Singleton, 45; Myra Thompson, 59.   My thoughts are with the family of the victims and everyone involved.  You can read more coverage here 

Or you can hear the manifesto here: Dylan Roof Manifesto Reading.

The following is the manifesto:

“I was not raised in a racist home or environment. Living in the South, almost every White person has a small amount of racial awareness, simply beause of the numbers of negroes in this part of the country. But it is a superficial awareness. Growing up, in school, the White and black kids would make racial jokes toward each other, but all they were were jokes. Me and White friends would sometimes would watch things that would make us think that “blacks were the real racists” and other elementary thoughts like this, but there was no real understanding behind it

The event that truly awakened me was the Trayvon Martin case. I kept hearing and seeing his name, and eventually I decided to look him up. I read the Wikipedia article and right away I was unable to understand what the big deal was. It was obvious that Zimmerman was in the right. But more importantly this prompted me to type in the words “black on White crime” into Google, and I have never been Continue reading