Coming - The Dynamic Duo

Two dynamic events ahead in my Great Minds Salon Series:

March 26 at 7:00pm: From King to Obama: Witness to a Turbulent History, by Earl Ofari Hutchinsono

April 2, 2015 at 7:00pm: The Perfect Kill by Robert Baer: 21 Laws for Assassins


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Celebrating the 50th Anniversary
of the Selma March

From King to Obama:
Witness to a Turbulent History

by Earl Ofari Hutchinson
Available on Amazon
Date: Thursday, March 26 at 7:00 PM
Hosts: Jan Goodman and Jerry Manpearl
939 San Vicente Blvd Santa Monica, CA. 90402
TICKETS: $25.00 includes dinner and drinks
  • Written by: Shawnte Passmore, Contributing writer, author, columnist and activist Earl Ofari Hutchinson is shown at a community rally in 2013. He has a new book coming out March 7, entitled "From King to Obama: Witness to a Turbulent History." (Photo by Gary McCarthy)

LOS ANGELES - For many, the only chance encounter with legendary figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez are found in history books, "From King to Obama: Witness to a Turbulent History."

Before the author became a political commentator or president of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable, he reported for the alternative weekly Los Angeles Free Press. With only a tape recorder and camera in his hand, he covered rallies for the civil rights and black power movements along with anti-war protests - which many celebrities attended to express their political views.

After working at the paper, he went on to host two shows, jazz and sports, on the Pacifica Radio outlet KPFK-FM.

Hutchinson remembers the first time he saw dreadlocks on anyone when he met Bob Marley, who was on his first American tour. While the hairstyle was a novelty for people in the U.S., it was not the only thing that caught Hutchinson's attention. The reggae star never discuassed his music, but only talked about his Rastafarian religion. He aslo praised his heroes, Ethiopian leader and messianic figure in Rastafari, Haile Selassie, and black nationalist leader of the 1920s, Marcus Garvey.

"The book is about two things: it's a memoir of my rememberance of my compiled interviews and engagements with these people who turned out to be legendary figures over time," Hutchinson said. "Secondly, over the years, people have urged me to write a biography because they would say, 'Earl, you've done a lot. You've seen a lot.'"

Hutchinson said he never gave much attention to the thought until he saw the 2014 biopic film of James Brown, "Get On Up."

"We had Brown at the station, saw three of his concerts - and now with biopic films on Nina Simone and Marvin Gae - it just hit me. I was there. I could give another perspective, not just literary, but as real people," he said.

In the book, Hutchinson's earliest recollection of meeting revered figures started at the age of 5 in Southside Chicago during the holidays. Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson used to live right around the corner from him and purchased Christmas cards from his stand.

After meeting the celebrated gospel artist, he later went on th hear a famous pastor speak. His minister father, who was very active in the civil rights movement, took the young Hutchinson to see the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. speak at a rally held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Hutchinson's moment of watching King from only a few feet away left a lasting impression on the writer.

The author of several books said capturing the essence of what the meemoir was really about could only be summed up to witnessing a turbulent time in American history from the 1960s to 70s. "These figures represented visionaries who revolutionized the arts, politics and social events in America," he said. "I wanted to give a perspective to Dr. King all the way to President Obama - a foundation, a progression from King to Obama."

Hutchinson cautions that the book is not only for historian buffs. It is a reflective account meant to inspire and encourage readers.

"All contributions, all parts of history is living history. We're still feeling the effects of it today. Obviously, Dr. King made it better for so many people," he said.

To coinside with living history, the book willbe released on the 50th anniversary of the Selma March which is March 7.

The book is available for pre-orders on Amazon.

Robert Baer
21 Laws of Assassins
April 6, 2015
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
Host: Linda Liebovitch
Address will be given with RSVP
Tickets: $25 each guest
PDLA and SCADA members $20
Dinner and Drinks are included

What is the definition of assassination? Robert B. Baer's boss at the CIA once told him, "Its a bullet with a man's name on it." Sometimes assassination is the senseless act of a psychotic, bloodletting without social value. Other times, it can be the sanest and most humane way to change the course of conflict: one bullet, one death, case closed. Assasination has been dramatized by literature and politicized by infamous murders thoughout history, and for Robert Baer, one of the most accomplished agents to ever work for the CIA, it's a source of endless fascination, speculation, and intrigue.

Over several decades, Baer served as an operative, from Iraq to New Delhi and beyond; notably, his career was the model for the acclaimed movie Syriana. In The Perfect Kill, he takes us on a serpentine adventure through the history of political murder, its connections to, and differences from the ubiquitous use of drones in state-sponsored killing; his firsthand experience with political executions; and his decades-long cat-and-mouse hunt, across the Middle East and Europe for the most effective and deadliest assassin of the modern age. A true maverick with an undeniably captivating personal story, Baer pulls back the curtain on the underbelly of world politics and the quiet murderers who operate on the fringe of our society. Brian Grazer has optioned Bob's latest book, The Perfect Kill for a major motion picture.

Robert Booker "Bob" Baer is an American author and former CIA case officer who was primarily assigned to the Middle East.[1] He is currently's intelligence columnist and has contributed to Vanity Fair, the Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. Baer is a frequent commentator and author about issues related to international relations, espionage and U.S. Foreign policy. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's Imagine Entertainment recently purchased the rights to The Perfect Kill.

Political Science Professor Peter Mathews

Peter Mathews' life's work involves educating the public on accurate facts and progressife ideas in order to create and expand equal opportunity in America and the world. That has driven his quest for economic and social justice through the media and hiss work in the community.

Peter Mathews has spent 30 years as a College and University Professor. Peter is a full-time professor of Political Science at Cypress College, and an adjunct professor of Sociology at Long Beach City College. He has taught at CSU Fullerton, and currently a Featured Political Analyst and Contributing Partner on the "Head-On" Radio Show on KEIB AM 1150 in Los Angles, California. During 2012 and 2013, Peter served as a Political Analyst on KTLK Progressive Talk Radio's popular "The David Cruz Show" in Los Angeles as well as on KNBC-TV, KCBS-TV, KTLA-TV, CNN radio, KPFK radio, KPFA radio, KPCC radio, a commentator on KNX News Radio, BBC radio, and many others. He is a columnist on several newspaper and magazines. Having lived, traveled taught and conducted research in 27 countries including Brazil, Britain, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Nicaragua, and elsewhere. Peter Mathews has gained first hand knowledge of public policy issues uch as healthcare, education, economic develpment, international relations, and environmental sustainabilty in these and other societies.


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