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Purple Rain Movie Poster


Hi folks,

It’s Wednesday…after a long day of traveling…I am exhausted but happy as a five-year-old at Disneyland!

With lots of effort and careful planning I was able to attend the Purple Rain panel and screening at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills!

Special thanks to Manuela for mentioning the event on her Facebook page back in July. After two days of waiting, I was able to purchase tickets.

Spent the next few weeks reading and watching whatever behind the scenes articles and video footage about Purple Rain I could find. I got to say, it was great to learn the story behind this Summer blockbuster.

Fast forward to Sunday, I was on the edge of my seat that in another 24 hours I’d be in Los Angeles…

7AM Monday Morning, went about with getting ready and loading up the car…12 hours until the event. After dropping my dogs off at the boarding kennel that was it, right… well about an hour into the trip it almost became a disaster because the outfit I picked out to wear had been left behind! Turned around and went back despite it costing me and my folks an opportunity of getting into town early but worth it nonetheless.

Checked into the hotel around 4pm with just enough time to grab some dinner and change outfits…

If anyone who attended saw me at all, I was the one with jeans, a t-shirt and a blue & white striped sweater.

Traffic was surprisingly good considering this was a Monday… I was born and raised in LA for a good portion of my life so heavy traffic and commuting is nothing new. Word of advice, have snacks and water in your car for this sort of thing.

A short walk through security and one flight of stairs later, I got up to the main auditorium.

The panel hadn’t started though I sadly missed the opening by Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs’ speech and the clip of Prince’s acceptance speech at the Oscars. I did get a nice view of the stage from the back row and had brought along my binoculars which was helpful.

There was plenty of applause as Jerome Benton, Marie France, Jill Jones, Robert Cavallo, Albert Magnoli, Marcus Miller and Reggie Hudlin made their way to the stage one by one. Joseph Ruffalo who was in the audience was given an honorable mention and stood up when his name was called.
However, the audience gave a standing ovation for special guest, Appollonia Kotero!

I will admit from watching the panel it was wonderful hearing the stories of people who worked with Prince in their own words.

I found myself laughing and becoming emotional during the event. Hearing how much these people enjoyed working with Prince along with Appollonia’s heartfelt commentary really gave me an opportunity to learn more about who my cousin was in addition to hearing that those who worked with him had a great deal of love and respect for him.

As the evening went on, I noticed someone getting up from the seats a few rows away from me. He looked so familiar…then I thought… it’s Van Jones! Stepping out into the theater with my Dad and sure enough it was him, in person!  We had an opportunity to talk for a brief moment due his ride coming to pick him up in 20 minutes. It was a pleasant chat. Wasn’t able to take a picture with him but was still great.

My Dad and I ended up staying in the hallway for a few minutes after, saw Reggie Hudlin and Manuela.

I will admit talking with Manuela was just one of the highlights for me that night. I even got a photo with her…

Her exact words: “You’re the only one getting a picture tonight!”

All in all, we hit it off very well.

After the movie ended, people who attended started to leave the auditorium and head downstairs.

Snapped a photo of the Oscar statue on my way out. Got an opportunity to speak with Albert Magnoli, Marie France and Robert Cavallo. They were all wonderful.

I also met other people including Erica Gimpel, also known as Cocoa from the hit TV show Fame.

I did spot Jerome Benton and Cat Glover but missed out on speaking to them, Jill Jones, Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Appollonia were nowhere to be found, from what I could see… so they likely took a different exit out of the theater.

I did mention to Robert Cavallo that I had seen his interview on 20/20 back in April… turns out the news crew spent quite a bit of time at his house with 5 cameras!

A few photos and exchange of contact information later, it was time to head outside as the theater was getting ready to close for the night.
A Prince group called The Bumpsquad had a banner set up outside the theater. Various people signed the banner which will be hung on the fence at Paisley Park this weekend. My family was able to sign it before they closed up shop. What I wrote was this:

“Thank you for bringing joy 2 my life… I ♥ you, cousin.”

Anyway… I enjoyed myself and it was great to meet the people who had known my cousin through the years. They did offer their sympathy and commended my efforts to come to the panel and screening… we enjoyed talking that evening.

After leaving, my folks and I stopped for a bite to eat before heading back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep…nothing says LA like a Pink’s hotdog with fries and a Dr. Brown’s cream soda. Then it was lights out.


I hope those I met that night will be the start of some wonderful friendships.

I believe cousin Prince would be happy to know part of his family was in attendance for the event and met some of his longtime friends as well. I certainly will stay in touch.

This being both my first Prince and Academy event was truly special and one I will remember.

I have to say Reggie Hudlin, Marcus Miller, Cheryl Boone Isaacs and anyone else involved did an excellent job for this event.

If I missed meeting anyone else besides Jerome Benton, Appollonia Kotero, Jill Jones, Marcus Miller, Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Joseph Ruffalo… I hope we cross paths again one day. The stories you shared about your time together with Prince were definitely music to my ears. I am proud to have him for a cousin and miss Prince every day and will always love him.

To those I met on Monday night: Van Jones, Manuela, Reggie Hudlin, Marie France, Albert Magnoli, Robert Cavallo, Erica Gimpel, Tamika and Laurence, I thank you for your kind words and greatly appreciate a moment of your time. Prince has a special place in everyone’s hearts, mine included.

I hope to see you all again soon.

It was a great Monday night. I couldn’t think of a happier ending to a Summer day.




See you on Friday!




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Hey folks,

Well here I am…back from my trip… *sigh* why?! no really, Vegas isn’t my kind of town, it’s a long story I’d rather not discuss but in all honestly living here for almost eight years has been anything but enjoyable. I was born Los Angeles and spent most of my life there, trust me big city person and living in a town with just 2 million doesn’t mix.

Living in a desert with hot triple digit temperatures in the summer and seasonal allergies from March to October isn’t fun at all!

But enough about that, my last full day in L.A. couldn’t have been better.

Drove out to Ventura and enjoyed a nice seafood lunch at Brophy brothers. Best calamari and fries I’ve had in a long time.

It was overcast but nice.

Got some good photos.

Topped the evening off with a nice family dinner at Numero Uno with my brother and dessert at Yogurtland.

Overall, I enjoyed myself.

Today was nice… had a nice complimentary breakfast, visited a family friend, after all the good byes and such I was back on the road.

Already I’m missing the city, seeing Santa Monica beach and my seasonal allergies not giving me a fit.

Hopefully all that will go away with comic-con coming up in July.

Stay tuned for some photos and more updates.

See ya on Wednesday!

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Hey folks,

Having a great week in L.A.

Spent the afternoon with my brother, had buffalo burgers for lunch at Billy’s Grill and drove out to Balboa Lake in the valley. Spent some time out there feeding the ducks, geese and other birds. Got several great photos, overall it was a great day. Topped it off with a trip to Pearl’s.

Picked up my brother this morning for breakfast at Nick’s.

Spent some time mostly in the city but aside from that it was a decent day.

I’m only sad that I leave on Monday.

Well, I plan to make the most of the rest of my trip.

See ya on Monday!

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Hi y’all,

Still in L.A. and enjoying every minute of it!

Didn’t do much today, went to the library and spent some time around town.

Overall, it’s been a pleasant day…

Been enjoying my trip and tomorrow I get to spend an awesome afternoon tomorrow with my brother!

Will post how things go…

See ya on Friday

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Hi all,

Posting from L.A.

I have to say, it’s been nice so far…

I did get sick on Saturday due to eating some bad leftover Mexican food for dinner the night before.

Aside from that I’m enjoying my trip.

Went out to Santa Monica and got some great photos.

I’ve got a few things planned for this trip, visiting my brother, going to Pearl’s art supply store, that sort of thing…

I’m hoping this’ll be one of the highlights of my spring break.

Will post more updates later…

See ya on Wednesday!

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Good Day in L.A.

Hey folks,

It’s Wednesday, anyway, spent a day in L.A.

Got up early which wasn’t all that pleasant, was cold and tired.

After a short pit stop in Primm Valley, kept on going.

Woke up some time later and was able to see the sunrise, ironically the track Daybreak by Lawson Rollins was playing on the radio.

Got quite a surprise seeing the mountains in San Bernardino Nat’l forest covered in snow!

After grabbing breakfast and going through downtown, it took some time but I did manage to get out to Santa Monica.

It was cold and there was some cloud cover out on the ocean but aside from that it was nice.

Got some coffee at Starbucks prior to that, great to have a cold morning even though Spring started last week.

Grabbed some chicken and a pie at Knotts Berry Farm and headed back.

Despite it being a day trip and (me getting sick) it was a good day.

Will post the photos I’ve taken later on.

See ya on Friday!

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Hey Y’all!

It’s Saturday, wait… since when do I post on Saturdays? I normally don’t but here’s why.

I was unable to update last night due to being on the road and getting in late.

Woke up this morning to birds singing outside, great alarm clock!

Needless to say, it was rather crazy today…but I won’t go into detail about that.

Just being in the city makes me feel good.

In other news I wrote the logline for my TV series today!

Will continue to update how my progress goes, I also listened in to another teleconference. I missed most of it due to dialing the wrong number but will catch up when it goes to podcast.

But I have to say writing out my logline was a milestone for me since I’ve been putting off my projects for quite some time.

But this year I plan to finish my scripts and register them.

Will post my progress in later posts.

See ya on Monday!

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