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Curbing Bad Behavior/Nice Guys Do Win

Ron Carter and Bill WhitakerI believe nice guys do win. The adage “nice guys finish last” is outdated. Last Thursday evening, I attended a reception hosted by the Black Journalists Association of Southern California (BJA-SC). The well attended event was held at a swank boutique hotel, Maison 140, in Beverly Hills. I have lived in Los Angeles for a long time and never knew this hotel existed. So, it was a welcomed pleasure to socialize at a new preferred venue.  Shout out to my friends and BJA-SC board member and president Lois Pitter Bruce and Xavier Higgs, respectively, for coordinating the event. The highlight of the evening was honoring Broadcast Journalist Bill Whitaker as he leaves CBS TV in Los Angeles to join the staff of my favorite television show, CBS TV 60 Minutes’ in New York.Yes, Bill, a nice guy, did win. Bill is an intelligent, talented and charming gentlemen. I am happy CBS TV 60 Minutes’ chose him to be one of the “I’m” (an inside joke, Bill related to those of us who were present at the reception).
In two weeks, Bill will be traveling to Italy for his first CBS TV 60 Minutes’  assignment. Several of Bill’s colleagues (including his boss and her boss) from CBS TV Los Angeles were present to wish him well. The accolades Bill received from his colleagues who spoke were inspiring, because the speakers’ profound remarks centered on Bill’s professional, well-liked and admired, nice gentleman character. Bill was elated and surprised when artist Shelley Bruce presented him with a beautiful portrait painting.

I had the opportunity to speak with Bill, his wife and son. They were a humble and gracious family. Being in Bill’s presence reminded me that “nice guys” do win and when they win, they win BIG. Kudos Bill. I will be watching or taping your shows on CBS TV 60 Minutes’.

 

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Curbing Bad Behavior/Steven Miller’s Perseverance

elephants_My gardener‘s name is Steven Miller. He is one of the hardest and most diligent working individuals I know. Steven has been maintaining our (The Carters’) lawn . We are blessed to have someone with Steven’s skill working for us every week for over 10 years. Last weekend, Steven reinforced to me the power of perseverance. About five (5) years ago, Steven lost his truck which transported his tools (lawnmower, clippers, blower etc) to his work locations. Instead of quitting his profession, Steve chose to physically transport his tools up and down the hill, where we live, on foot to maintain our and his other clients’ lawns. During the last five (5) years, several of his clients fired him, because – I presumed – he did not owned what a gardener should have (truck, workers etc). Even though Steven has missed several appointments to maintain our lawn, my wife and I did not fire him. I must confess, I thought of firing him a few times. Thank God I did not. Steven is the BEST gardener we have ever had. He maintains our lawn like it is his own.
We offered to help Steven buy a truck so that he would not have to physically haul his gardening tools to his clients in our area. He would always kindly thank us and rejected the offer. I was very concerned about Steven’s health, because sometimes he looked tired, weary and frustrated. I know it must have been difficult for him hauling his tools around the hills in our area. We keep Steven in our prayers and continued to be one of his loyal clients.

Last Saturday, April 12, 2014, Steven pulled up to our home with a blue Toyota hatchback truck he bought last week. As you can imagine, we were happy to see him load his tools on and off the truck. Steven is a very quiet individual, so while we were making a big fuss congratulating him on his achievement, he smiled softly and thanked us for being loyal to him. I don’t know the source of Steven’s perseverance, but I must say it is one of the most heartening display of tenacity I have witnessed.

As I reflected on Steven’s journey over the last five (5) years, the adage “Rome was not built in a day” came to my mind. I also realized that all things are possible if we only believe. Congratulations Steven, you have demonstrated your courage in a selfless manner.

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Curbing Bad Behavior/Betting On Downtown Los Angeles

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I am betting on Los Angeles (LA) as I witnessed the surge of building activities taking place in downtown LA. As a resident of California, I am always pleased when my beloved city, Los Angeles, is referenced in a positive manner. When I moved from Brooklyn, New York to Los Angeles, California, my first job was in downtown Los Angeles where I worked for Bank of America (B of A), which was located on the northwest corner of 6th Street and Flower Avenue. The B of A building shared a courtyard with another building where the international oil company’s, Arco, offices were located. Both buildings because of their same size were called the “Twin Towers.” Today, Bank of America’s offices are no longer there, but prominently positioned in its place is City National Bank. The prestigious private Los Angeles City Club was recently relocated and is  housed on the top floor of the former Bank of America building. The 360 degrees view from the City Club top floor is breathtaking. On a clear day you can see the Pacific Ocean from the City Club.

There is something magnificent taking place downtown LA. The number of individuals living and working in downtown LA have tremendously increased. No longer is downtown Los Angeles a ghost town after 5 pm, when back in the mid 80s’ to late 90s’, downtown workers left the area to socialize and recreate in Hollywood, West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Westwood. Presently, downtown LA is teeming with live-work spaces, condos, apartments, restaurants, bars and hotels. Currently being built is the much talked about Korean Air 73-story hotel on the southwest corner of Wilshire Boulevard at Figueroa Street. This skyscraper will be the tallest building in downtown LA. I am also elated that across the street from the famous Staples Center, a Renaissance Hotel is being built. Downtown Los Angeles is no longer a sleepy city. Ask a friend to meet you downtown and the answer is no longer “no.” Usually, the responses are “let’s try that new restaurant or bar.”

It has taken many years for downtown Los Angeles to have its current resurgence. Those of us who live, work and recreate in Los Angeles anticipated this day would arrive. After all Los Angeles is the second largest media center in the United States of America. So, it stands to reason that the time would come when the rebirth of Los Angeles would be a well documented national story. Even Pharrell Williams, the Grammy awarding winning producer, is engaging Los Angeles. His hit song, “Happy,”  is one the most popular recordings in today’s pop culture. The video for “Happy” uses several downtown LA areas as scenes to tell the visual story of the song.

I am bullish on downtown Los Angeles and hope you are too. If you don’t live in Los Angeles, please come and visit a revived downtown Los Angeles.

 

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Curbing Bad Behavior/Channsin Berry

My friend Channsin Channsin Berry PhotoBerry is a gentleman on a mission. I am elated, because of the recent successes he has achieved. Chan, as he is fondly called, is a soft-spoken, intelligent and kind human being. Chan’s photo should be placed next to a sign which reads, “persevere, talent, good karma and success.” I met Chan 23 years ago when I was working for Mercury Records and he was working for Disney. Back in the early 1990s’, Chan provided me my first visit unto Disney’s film studios. At the time, he was president of Disney’s African-American employees and I was a publicist at Mercury Records for one of his favorite groups, Cameo. He invited me to a screening at the iconic studio in Burbank, California. Since then, Chan and I have remained friends. Back then, Chan spoke of making films, so it is gratifying to observe he is presently accomplishing his goals. We, my wife Veronica and I, have been guests at Chan’s home, during July 4th weekends, enjoying ourselves with his family and friends at his staple Independence Day social gathering.  I had the pleasure of meeting actor Richard “Shaft” Roundtree and actor/director/producer Bill Duke at Chan’s home. Both of these gentlemen were down-to-earth humble individuals. I was enlightened listening to them speak about the movie business. Thank you Chan for affording us the memories.
Over the past several years, Chan has directed and produced several documentaries. His film the “The Black Line, Part 1” was a critically acclaimed success. He has since found his groove with his recent film, “Dark Girls.” I was happy to note that Oprah Winfrey OWN Network aired the much heralded film.  Chan and his producing partner Bill Duke should be commended for bringing to movie theaters a film on African-American women’s skin color. If you have not seen this film, I recommend you see it. It is an enlightening and beautiful film.

Last Saturday night, Chan and I had the opportunity to chat at the Legacy Ladies 10th Anniversary Torch Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Chan was resplendent wearing a double-breasted tuxedo, one of my favorite clothing. The only other gentleman I know who could have worn Chan’s double-breasted tuxedo with such elegance is my friend Michael Stradford. Sorry fellas, when speaking of clothing Michael Stradford is “the man.” Check out Mike’s blog, Tall Guys Gear Guide. Sorry, I diverted. Chan was at the Torch Awards supporting his wife, Andrea, who is a Legacy Lady. Chan, as usual, was calm, soft-spoken and gracious while we discussed all the amazing happenings in both of our lives. It is wonderful and uplifting to witness “righteous” individuals’ successes. In my world, Chan is a righteous person. Look for and support his movies in theaters near you.

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