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AYUKO BABU is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF). The 22nd annual PAFF will be held on February 6-17, 2014, in Los Angeles. The film festival is the nation’s largest and most prestigious Black film festival. Over the years, it has showcased films from all parts of the world, representing such countries as Angola, Austria, England, Bermuda, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, Brazil, Kenya, Mexico, South Africa, Nigeria, and of course, the United States. Learn more at http://www.paff.org. (1/25/14, Bobbee Zeno)
THE REV. ED BACON is rector of All Saints Church in Pasadena, California – a 4000-member inclusive, multi-ethnic urban parish with a reputation for effective social action and a radically inclusive spirit. Rev. Bacon serves on the boards of several community organizations and interfaith groups, and is a passionate advocate for peace and justice in our community, the nation, and the world. He has been a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show and the Oprah Winfrey Network’s Super Soul Sunday, a regular guest host on Oprah Radio’s Soul Series and a contributor on Oprah.com. He is the author of 8 Habits of Love: Overcome Fear and Transform Your Life. (7/5/15 and 12/6/15, Dr. Connie Corley)
BETH BAKER is a long-time freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers. Her new book, With a Little Help from Our Friends: Creating Community As We Grow Older, explores how and where we might choose to age. Drawing on new research showing the importance of social support to healthy aging and the risks associated with loneliness and isolation, the author encourages the reader to plan for a future with strong connections. Learn more at her website. (9/27/14, 3/13/16 Cynthia Friedlob)
The documentary, "Troupers," marks the directorial debut for both SARATOGA BALLANTINE and Dea Lawrence. Having spent most of their lives pursuing their passion of acting, the theatre, and the pain and misery that may sometimes accompany accolades, they decided to investigate how anyone can spend a lifetime in this crazy profession. More here. (2/20/13 ET Online, John Semper Jr.)
Award-winning author RUSSELL BANKS grew up in a working-class world that has played a major role in shaping his writing. A prolific writer of fiction, his titles include, The Darling, The Sweet Hereafter, Cloudsplitter, Rule of the Bone, Affliction, Lost Memory of Skin, and a collection of short stories titled A Permanent Member of the Family. Both Affliction and The Sweet Hereafter, were adapted into feature films which received widespread critical acclaim. Learn more here. (10/15/11, 6/25/17 Tim Carpenter)
Actor ORSON BEAN has worked extensively on television and the stage. He appeared frequently on televised game shows in the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, and was a long-time panelist on the television game show "To Tell the Truth." He made many appearances on "The Tonight Show," and appeared most recently as an actor in "Desperate Housewives," "Two and a Half Men," and "Modern Family." He's also an author of several books. On stage, he was the the star of the original cast of "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" (1955), and was featured in "Subways Are For Sleeping" (1961), for which he received a Tony Award nomination as Best Featured Actor in a Musical. He is appearing through 11/29/15 in his one-man show, "Safe at Home" at the Pacific Resident Theater. (Alicia Sedwick, 11/8/15)
YVONNE BEATTY is an accomplished fine artist who has exhibited at many Southern California venues including Angels Gate Cultural Center, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, and UC San Diego. Her work was part the 62nd Annual United Nations DPI/NGO Conference in Mexico City and she has had a solo exhibition in the offices of the President of the Board of Supervisors at San Francisco City Hall. Ms. Beatty has also taught art to disadvantaged children in Compton, CA. She is curator of the Harlem Renaissance West exhibit at the Museum of African American Art in the Baldwin Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. The exhibit was conceived by Ms. Beatty as a way to explore the changes in African American art since the days of the Harlem Renaissance. It is scheduled to open on January 18, 2015. Learn more about Yvonne and Harlem Renaissance West at her website. (8/23/14, Cynthia Friedlob)
Actor RICHARD BENJAMIN is well known for his roles in television and film including Goodbye, Columbus; Diary of a Mad Housewife; Catch-22; and Love at First Bite. He co-starred with his wife, Paula Prentiss, in the television series, He & She. His first film project as a director was My Favorite Year (1982), which brought an Oscar nomination to its star, Peter O'Toole. In 1976, Benjamin won a Golden Globe award for his supporting role as a harried theatrical agent in the feature film, The Sunshine Boys, based on the play by Neil Simon.To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the film, Benjamin appeared at a special, one night only screening at the Laemmle Royal Theater in West L.A. where he was interviewed by Stephen Farber for their Anniversary Classics Series. Learn more about Richard Benjamin here. (1/24/16, John Semper Jr.)
SKY BERGMAN is an accomplished, award-winning photographer. Her fine art work is included in permanent collections at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (National Library of France) in Paris. Her book, The Naked & The Nude: Images from the Sculpture Series, includes an introduction by Hèléne Pinet, curator of photography at the Rodin Museum in Paris. She has shot book covers for Random House and Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Inc., and magazine spreads that appeared in Smithsonian, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, Reader’s Digest, and Archaeology Odyssey. Sky currently is a Professor of Photography and Video at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. The documentary, "Lives Well Lived: Celebrating the Secrets, Wit and Wisdom of Age," is Sky’s directorial debut. (2/5/17 Dr. Connie Corley)
FRED BEAUFORD is a former Associate Professor of American Studies at SUNY/Old Westbury. He has also taught at N.Y.U., UC Berkeley, USC and Cal State Northridge. He is also the former editor of "The Crisis Magazine," the official publication of the NAACP. He founded "Neworld Magazine: The Multi-cultural Magazine of the Arts;" and served as editor/founder of "Black Creation Magazine." Beauford is the author of five novels, including the critically acclaimed bestseller, The Year Jerry Garcia Died. He is also the author of The Rejected American, a collection of essays. In 1999 he founded Morton Books with co-founder Rob Morton. (12/7/13, Bobbee Zeno)
SHARON BEGLEY - Sharon, widely known for her ability to break down complex scientific theories and write about them in beautiful prose, is a Senior Editor and Science Columnist for Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and the author of the ground-breaking book, Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain. For more info on Sharon, click here.
DALE BELL was a Producer of the Academy Award-winning film Woodstock and has produced public television and multimedia for over 50 years. With Harry Wiland, he founded the Media Policy Center and developed its media model, for which they were elected Ashoka Lifetime Fellows as social entrepreneurs. Since the broadcast of "And Thou Shalt Honor" in 2002, Dale has become a national spokesman for eldercare. (6/21/14, Tim Carpenter)
BERYL BENDER BIRCH, Founder and Director of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute, is the best-selling author of several books on yoga, including POWER YOGA. She is a long time leader in speaking out on the critical importance of spiritual revolution, the combination of activism and practice, and is also the co-founder of the Give Back Yoga Foundation which supports yoga teachers world-wide in developing give back projects in their communities. Find her books here. (11/8/14 Dr. Connie Corley)
Dubbed the “dean of elder bloggers” by AARP, RONNI BENNETT has been writing her popular blog, “Time Goes By: What It’s Really Like to Get Older,” since 2004. Prior to that, for many years, Ronni wrote and produced for such television programs as Biography, 20/20, and The Barbara Walters Specials. Ronni speaks at technology conferences and in the media about seniors’ technology needs and “elderblogging.” Read her blog here. (2/9/13, and 5/19/12 ET Online, Cynthia Friedlob)
DR. DONNA BENTON is an assistant research professor at the USC Davis School of Gerontology, Co-director of the USC Family Caregiver Support Center, and Director of Older Adult Services at Pacific Clinics. She is a clinical psychologist who specializes in gerontology. She is in her last term as commissioner on the California Commission on Aging. She has worked in the field of aging for over 30 years. Dr. Benton has presented her research and clinical work on elder abuse, minority aging, and caregiving locally, nationally, and internationally. She is committed to promoting collaborative partnerships and policies that enhance services for families caring for older adults. (11/8/15 Dr. Connie Corley)
CLARA BINGHAM produced the documentary “The Last Mountain,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011, screened in theaters in over 60 cities, and won the International Documentary Association’s Pare Lorentz Award. Bingham’s second book, Class Action: The Landmark Case that Changed Sexual Harassment Law, was adapted into the 2005 feature film, “North Country” (Warner Bros) starring Charlize Theron and Francis McDormand. Clara also served as a Washington, D.C., correspondent for Newsweek from 1989 to 1993, where she covered the George H. W. Bush White House leading up to and during the 1992 presidential election. Clara Bingham discusses her most recent book, Witness to the Revolution: Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies, and the Year America Lost its Mind and Found Its Soul. Learn more here. (Tim Carpenter 7/31/16)
DR. JOSEPH BOBROW, ROSHI, is the author of Waking Up From War: A Better Way Home For Veterans and Nations, with a foreword by H.H. The Dalai Lama. He is also the founder of Coming Home Project, a non-profit organization of psychotherapists, veterans, and interfaith leaders whose programs help Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, service members, and their families and caregivers alleviate the emotional, social and family, and moral injuries of war. Joseph is a psychologist-psychoanalyst and the Zen master of Deep Streams Institute. (4/3/16 Dr. Connie Corley)
MARIA BODMANN is a dalang, a master shadow artist trained in the Balinese art of Wayang Kulit (shadow puppet theater). She tells stories; sings; plays gamelan music; makes shadow figures of all kinds; and choreographs traditional, contemporary, and experimental shadow performances. She has a BFA and MFA from CalArts. Along with her company, Bali & Beyond, MaRia has performed and taught extensively, including her popular workshops at NoHo SAC. (1/17/15, Cynthia Friedlob)
BERNICE BRATTER - Bernice is the author of Project Renewment: The First Retirement Model for Career Women, a licensed marriage and family therapist and an advocate for both women and the aging. She has been featured on 60 Minutes, 20/20 and in Hour Detroit magazine. For more info on Bernice and her most recent book, click here.
ARNOLD BRESKY, M.D. - Dr. Bresky is a physician specializing in geriatric health and will talk about his new book, "The Secret for Caregiver Success," plus his 9-point system for health, longevity and "tuning up the brain." More information here.
THE BREWERY ARTWALK is a twice a year open studio weekend at the world's largest art complex in downtown Los Angeles. With over 100 participating resident artists (including a number of senior artists), visitors will have the opportunity to see new work, speak with the artists, and purchase artwork directly from the artists' studios. Admission and parking are free. Visit breweryartwalk.com for more information and to see samples of the work that will be on display. (9/27/15, 3/27/16 Cynthia Friedlob)
LARRY BRILLIANT is a physician, epidemiologist, technologist, author, and the former director of Google’s philanthropic arm, Google.org. Dr. Brilliant participated in the successful World Health Organization (WHO) smallpox eradication program, and he is co-founder of the Seva Foundation which partners worldwide to create self-sustaining programs that preserve and restore sight. His new book is, Sometimes Brilliant: The Impossible Adventure of a Spiritual Seeker and Visionary Physician Who Helped Conquer the Worst Disease in History.Learn more here. (5/7/17 Dr. Connie Corley)
RICHARD P. BROWN, MD developed a comprehensive neurophysiological theory of the effects of yoga breathing on the mind and body, particularly its benefits in anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Drawing upon his research and experiences as a certified teacher of Aikido (4th Dan), yoga, Qigong, and Open Focus Meditation, he developed the Breath~Body~Mind workshops for health care professionals, yoga teachers, survivors of mass disasters, research studies, people with medical illnesses such as cancer, and the general public. Learn more here.
ARDIE BRYANT was known worldwide as the "Innovator of Modern Jazz Tap" and the "Ambassador of Tap!" He was a master jazz tap percussionist, tap preservationist, historian, public speaker, composer, arranger, actor, choreographer and musician with seven decades of professional experience. He toured the world as a Goodwill Ambassador for the Department of Defense, and the sounds of his percussive feet and his dance memories are preserved as part of the Jazz Oral History Program in the Archives Center of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History. ~ segment from 2006 show with host Bobbee Zeno (3/5/17 - Aride's son David with host Dr. Connie Corley)
A native of England, producer IAN BRYCE started out as a production assistant on “Return of the Jedi” before going on to carve out a career highlighted by box office smash hits. In 1999, he won a Golden Globe Award, and earned both Academy Award® and BAFTA nominations for his work as a producer on the widely acclaimed World War II drama, “Saving Private Ryan.” No stranger to big action adventure films, he produced the mega-blockbuster “Spider-Man,” as well as five “Transformers” films. Bryce has also produced “Almost Famous,” “Hancock,” “Speed,” “Twister,” “Forces of Nature,” and others. He has a first look deal with Paramount Pictures, and is at work on several projects in development. More info here. (1/8/17 Tim Carpenter)
ADA PULLINI BROWN is a painter and educator. She was born in New York City where she began her art education at the High School of Art and Design, and later earned her BA in Studio Art at Queens College of the City University of New York. She earned her Master of Fine Arts as a Teaching Fellow at University of Houston. Ada is a Professor of Drawing and Painting at Rio Hondo College and the Director of ArTravel Workshops, a travel and painting program of the Brentwood Art Center. Over the years, her art has evolved around the question of how a woman artist can paint the female figure. Learn more here. (1/10/16, 7/3/16 Cynthia Friedlob)
DR. BARTON BUECHNER is an adjunct professor in the Adler University Masters in Psychology with Emphasis in Military Psychology (MAMP) program. In addition to supervising student capstone projects, Dr. Buechner teaches course in Operational Psychology, Research Methods, and Morality, Ethics, and Social Justice. He also serves as the Michigan State Vice-Chair of the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR); is the Veterans Knowledge Community representative for the National Association of Student Program Administrators (NASPA) Region IV-East, and is a member of the Boards of Directors of the CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution and the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation. (11/6/16 Dr. Connie Corley)
The BURBANK SENIOR ARTISTS COLONY POETRY GROUP led by HANNAH MENKIN discusses the process of writing poetry and what the writing experience means to them. The featured poets are Jo Lynda, Dolly, Abagail, and Felicia. Hannah Menkin is an educator, poet, and visual artist, who uses an integrative approach to help adults, older adults, and veterans discover their own voice through oral history, memoir, storytelling, and the creative/expressive arts. Funding for the group comes from Poets & Writers Inc., The Irvine Foundation, and EngAGE, Inc. Read more about the group in an article from Poets & Writers entitled, The Wisdom People of Hannah Menkin’s Poetry Workshop. (1/3/15 Helene Weinberg)