2010 PRESS


EMMY-NOMINATED MUSIC DIRECTOR RICKEY MINOR
SET TO PERFORM AT THE
FOURTH ANNUAL LEIMERT PARK VILLAGE BOOK FAIR

LOS ANGELES – The Liemert Park Village Book Fair will certainly end on a good note when Emmy-nominated music director Rickey Minor takes the stage on Saturday, June 26 at 5 p.m. for a booksigning and special performance. Minor is the author of the book, “There’s No Traffic on the Extra Mile,” sharing his recollections of collaborating with such Grammy award-winning artists as Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Ray Charles and Beyonce.

In his book, the ultimate “American Idol-insider” reveals just what it takes to achieve your dreams -- recalling his journey from South Central to center stage. In “There’s No Traffic on the Extra Mile,” Minor spins stories from his life in the music business into inspirational gold, imparting the lessons he has learned the hard way.

The former music director of “American Idol” made his debut this month as the band leader of “The Tonight Show.” He has also served as music director of the Super Bowl, the Grammy Awards and the NAACP Image Awards.

“We are very excited to have someone of Rickey’s caliber grace our main stage,” said Cynthia Exum,
executive producer and founder of the Leimert Park Village Book Fair. “Because Rickey grew up in South Central, I am deeply touched that he’s returning to the community to showcase his musical talents and inspire other musicians. This gesture of giving back to the community speaks volumes to me.”

About the Leimert Park Village Book Fair
More than 150 authors, poets, spoken word performers, artists, and celebrities are confirmed to participate in the day’s activities. In addition to Minor, other highlight participants include Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr., Pulitzer Prize winner Douglas A. Blackmon, best-selling author Eric Jerome Dickey, prominent literary giant Ishmael Reed, advertising guru Tom Burrell, and business mogul & founder of the FUBU collection Daymond John as well as Nene Leakes from Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” All will be on hand to meet and great festival attendees as well as sign copies of their latest works. Also, multi-talented actress and author Kim Wayans of the Wayans entertainment family has been named as the 2010 Ambassador.

And more than 5,000 enthusiastic book lovers, families and fans will be treated to celebrity readings, book signings, writing workshops, panel discussions, poetry readings, stage performances, and musical entertainment for the whole family – all encouraging reading, writing and literacy in the African American community. Plus, in the Children’s Village, sponsored by Nestle USA, kids will enjoy a crafts pavilion, celebrity storytelling, face-painting, book give-a-ways and more. A Healthy Food Preparation Pavilion, sponsored by The Gas Company, will feature cooking demonstrations and food sampling by noted Bay area Chef Bryant Terry and local favorites Chefs Sharon Winbush and Kevin Smith.

Founded and produced by Cynthia E. Exum and Associates in partnership with Los Angeles City Councilmember Bernard C. Parks, 8th District and in association with the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and Eso Won Books, the fourth annual Leimert Park Village Book fair is a family-oriented event held in the heart of Leimert Park. Corporate Sponsors include Nestle USA, The Gas Company, Time Warner Cable, Xerox Community Involvement Program, Strategic Counsel PLC, McDonalds and KABC-Channel 7 with additional support from community partners – the Leimert Park Village Business Improvement Association, the Leimert Park Village Merchant’s Association and the Walt Disney Company. Additional information can be found at the book fair’s official website: www.leimertparkbookfair.com.

The Leimert Park Village Book Fair will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Leimert Park on the Vision Theatre Back lot, located at 43rd Street and Degnan Boulevard. The family-oriented event is held in the heart of Leimert Park, which is considered the center of the African American arts/intellectual scene. The event is free and open to the public.

“Whether you’re coming out to meet your favorite author or discover new ones, the fourth annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair will have something for everyone!”added Exum.

Other Musical Offerings:
Grammy-winning rap legend Kool Mo Dee will lead a panel discussion on “I Am Hip Hop: the Rise of a Post Hip Hop Generation” from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Vision Theatre Lobby in Leimert Park. Other members of the panel include Dr. Marcyliena Morgan, the director of African and African American Studies and founder and executive director of the Hip-hop Archive at Harvard University; and rap artist Skee-lo, a two-time Grammy nominee and founder and CEO of Skee-lo Musik.

Want to Go?
Leimert Park Village Book Fair
Saturday, June 26, 2010
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Leimert Park | Vision Theatre Back lot | 43rd Street and Degnan Boulevard
The event is free and open to the public.

The Leimert Park Village Book Fair will feature iconoclast interviews, booksignings, writing workshops, panel discussions, poetry readings, stage performances, musical entertainment and a variety of activities for the whole family. Plus, in the Children’s Village, kids will enjoy a crafts pavilion, celebrity storytelling, face-painting, book give-aways and more.