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to another issue of Hollywood Monthly!

On the cover of this month’s issue is Art Lewin, the owner of Art Lewin Bespoke, a leading company in the world of fashion and tailioring. This year, they celebrate their 35th anniversary in the industry! We take a look at Mr. Lewin’s journey and how his specialization in personalized garmets has led him to be in numerous other publications, as well as on TV and radio shows.

We have another spread from the wonderful Dr. Emily Letran! She talks about the success of the film A Fragile Flower! As March is Women’s History Month, she gives a shoutout to all of the women that have become important to her and the movie.

Missed the Oscars? Don’t worry, we’ve got the winners from 96th Academy Awards. You’ll just have to go through it to find out who won an Oscar on Hollywood’s biggest night!

Feel like hitting up the theaters this weekend? This month's ROUNDUP has a movie for everyone! Get a sneak peek at some of the new releases. You might find a favorite!

Need something new to watch? We’ve got you covered! We’ve highlighted some new movies and TV shows coming out in the next month; you can find these in theaters or on some of your favorite streaming platforms.

We also feature some other incredible people: Dr. Alvin S. Berger, Mathew Knowles, Mansoor Laghari, and Gernado G. Abrams.

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is something worth celebrating, and for those who have seen the journey of the dragon warrior since the beginning, this next entry is bound to savor an appetite. Now back and better than ever, “Kung Fu Panda 4” meets the return of the Dragon Warrior, now with another imposing villian that will leave this fat, lovable panda on the ropes: The Chameleon. With an enemy that can change form at will, based on warriors of the past, Po must now put his skills to the test and find a way to thwart an enemy who can match even his own power.

Kung Fu Panda has become one of the most anticipated films for viewers everywhere, as Dreamworks has shown us an amazing overarching story of growth in strength, peace, and maybe with a side of hunger, since the beginning. With Jack Black returning to take the helm of this panda’s next step in his journey, viewers couldn’t be more excited to see what lies ahead with this

trepidatious matter of affairs. However, with the help of a small, cunning, yet very skilled thief named Zhen, voiced by Awkwafina, Po must seek the answers to defeating this unique enemy, and in tandem, understand his true potential.

This film has had many people intrigued, after watching this goofy panda, slowly but surely, grow into a fierce warrior with every previous entry, they have wondered what’s next. This has been true for every previous film in this astonishingly endearing character, which Dreamworks has taken the time and care to dedicate to those who have been watching since the beginning. Since 2008 when the first film sparked the most awesome kind of pandemonium, fans have been eager to see Po overcome every obstacle, from himself or from his foes.

With a very talented cast, ranging from the king of awesomeness being voiced by Jack Black, alongside the undeniably fun Awkwafina, this dynamic duo has a lot

to show in terms of putting out a strong friendly dynamic on screen. With this duo at the helm, other talented actors such as Bryan Cranston, James Hong, and even Ian McShane returning to his role as Tai Lung, are sure to bring a very enjoyable experience in this fourth entry to the series.

The amount of extraordinary level of awesomeness has fans excited to see just what lies in this part of Po’s journey, and what kind of growth is to be shown this time around. Throughout the course of this series dramatic and powerful messages of hope and tranquility in one’s inner peace, this panda has shaped the hearts of many since the very beginning. As for what will happen in this film, audiences are wondering what will happen after the events that will transpire in this story, and what kind of course will Po face in his journey. Regardless, fans from all around the world will be able to see this powerful panda on the big screen soon.




as the next entry to this amazing mythic and emotionally charged hero's journey has had people excited. Considered by many fans as one of the best science fiction movies this year, "Dune Part Two" has become a surprisingly favorable masterpiece by viewers since released on March 1st.

With Denis Villeneuve taking the helm as director of this dramatic tale, this entry of this series has already sparked universal acclaim, reaching the heights as the first part did back in 2021. Already, fans have seen the imaginative and surprisingly endearing path of direction being exactly what the book series was going for, which leaves people excited to see where things will go with this journey going forward.

This next part to this overarching story sees Paul Atreides, played by Timothée Chalamet, unites with Chani, played by Zendaya, alongside the Fremen while on an very destructive warpath of revenge against

the conspirators who destroyed his family. Given the high stakes and the fierce level of danger in this world full of sand, Paul must make a hard choice between the love of his life and the fate of the known universe, using his foresight into what may be terrible future that only he can foresee. What dangers lie ahead for this bunch? Only fate will hold the answer.

"Dune Part Two" has achieved a tremendous start on opening day, getting a high score on Rotten Tomatoes and even winning over high critic scores overall. Nailing a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer, with an impressive 95% audience score, Villeneuve's adaptation on this book series has provided many fans a visual to give intrigue to this unique world. With a book series that has grown over the years in terms of popularity, Dune has a lot riding on this film adaptation, with the sincerity in the accuracies to the original source material.

With the positive reception of this second part to the dramatic tale a resounding success, fans do wonder how a potential third part could live up to expectations. Of course, while we still have a long ways of knowing how that will be executed, fans are already looking forward to seeing what Villeneuve can do through this point of the story. With a tale being as grandiose, spectacular and even consequential as this, the world of Dune does add a whole unique spin on the sensational series that has come out of both parts so far. Whatever will happen next, fans are itching to see what's next on the road to revenge.

These first two films are following the legacy that both Frank Herbert had started in 1965, and then continued by his son, Brian Herbert and writer Kevin J. Anderson. These films have a lot of expectations to meet, and so far, people have a good feeling about them. Going forward, we can only wait and see what happens next.





THING, as this mysterious tale of wonder that is shown through the lens of horror will have many people shaking in their beds. When a woman returns to her childhood home after many years, she is shocked to discover that her childhood imaginary friend has returned to haunt her now as an adult. This tale of revenge will leave a lot to the imagination, quite literally, as this old bear named Chauncey is not a good friend, as he is willing to show what happens what happens when you abandon a friend.

This film does have a lot of inspired points of imagination, or rather, by showing what imagination can do to your mind as the film gives a lot of intrigue with the plot. With director Jeff Wadlow even mentioning his inspiration from the hit-classic "Poltergeist", "Imaginary" hits the notes that can be seen from the nightmares that can be created when the mind. When taking the innocence

from one's childhood, looking back and seeing it through the eyes of adulthood, the surprisingly horrific aspect shows how those happy memories are spun into a nightmare.

This psychological thriller will make audiences rethink their childhood memories, as the concept of what makes an imaginary friend from childhood come back during adulthood, only to be on a path of revenge, would be like. Audiences have already taken a liking to this concept by Wadlow, as the progression of distinct unease from start to finish is almost hard to look away from. The uncertainty of what may or may not happen does give a very spooky and almost borderline terrifying outlook on how unexpected the imagination can be.

With DeWanda Wise playing as the mother and the source of this imaginary friend, she must find a way to put an end to this nightmare that she has unknowingly unleashed on her children. With the children

seen in the film, played by Taegen Burns and Pyper Braun, the tremendous acting of dread from this imaginary creature of deceit will manage to convince audiences the amount of fear that should be felt in the moment. Where the film goes will be surprising, but will also make viewers question their own imagination, from the past and even in the present.

No matter who you are, because even while you're no longer a child living a happy life, imagination running wild, that won't change as an adult. That imagination will always have an impact even when you grow up, as it will always shape the person you are, especially with your creativity. Thankfully, you won't find yourself being pursued by a teddy bear, as shown in this film. The core idea of this film studies a lot of key elements that people don't really think about when they're adults, but perhaps that could change when watching this film.



EVERY LITTLE THING IS GONNA BE ALRIGHT, at the tale of one of the most famous reggae artists of all time takes the big screen. As Bob Marley has made a dramatic impact in the world of music, we see how he left his footprint in the style that would soon be popularized by his songs that resonate with us to this day. As Reggae has stood the test of time as being one of the most impactful form of music, with the strong subsidiary beats being a huge focal point in the 70's, Bob Marley made his name through that strong impact, popularizing the Jamaican-originated style of music.

While we may have had tales like this shown in theaters before, with icons such as James Brown, Freddie Mercury and even Aretha Franklin getting their stories told, the story of Bob Marley takes on a very different feel in the journey to stardom. Taking on the fundamentals that Reggae can bring, even to this current generation, audiences can see

the era of when this unique style of music truly became the biggest, fantastical wonder of our time.

With British actor, Kingsley Ben-Adir taking on the role of this icon in the music industry, we can see the life of Bob Marley in a very interesting perspective. We see Marley overcome adversity to become the best of the best, as a Reggae musician starting out from the beginning, until being discovered and propelling to the very top. What makes this film a very tremendous story is that it really shows how revolutionary his style of music brought to the world, with positive vibes that are almost optimistic in the face of whatever negativity is effecting the world.

Through the challenging adversities that were faced back in the heyday of Bob Marley's upbringing, to now where his legacy lives on to this day, we can see how music can bring people together in the

positive vibes that he practically made in his craft. While Reggae may not be for everyone, this film helps pave a different outlook on the genre that not many people understand in what kind of vibes they bring to people. This film truly focuses on the music and how he was the true artist that had a dream to become a shining star in the world, and managed to take the world by storm through the kind of music from the Jamaican land he grew up in. In hindsight, we can see that he was a man of honest faith through what music could bring, and now, people can fully appreciate it through this film in its entirety.

The memories of Bob Marley can bring a lot of good vibes, along with the overall idea of what music can bring. With this film, people can not only hear, but now even see the amount of joy his music could bring, even now. Even if you are not personally a fan of Reggae, hearing the story behind this man could change that if given a chance.



LOVE HAS RISEN AND IS COMING ALIVE, as a very new take on the classic monster that shaped how we see terror on the big screen now has a more romantic take this time around. Of course, this is a very unique take on the classic horror icon, but through the modern spin on what makes Frankenstein so curious and redeemable.

Through this coming of age tale of romance and even borderline terror reminiscent of the classic Frankenstein monster, this film takes things to a whole new level. When a teenager named Lisa, played by Kathryn Newton, discovers her one true love is the legendary corpse himself, played by Cole Sprouse, we see how

much love can change somebody through influence, even from the gothic horror side of things, blood included, of course.

What makes things so unique with this tale is not just the theme of love, but really, how it is shown and told to the audience outright. Who says Frankenstein can't find love in a modern world and in the shape of a teenage romance, with a side of murder? That's what director Zelda Williams brings to the table with the very eye-opening tale of a girl who simply wanted to find love, but when she does, it doesn't simply lead to a happy conclusion. This love with a boy, who just so happens to be the infamous monster in horror films in the past, will lead her life

into a dark and very bloody path of violence. In this gothic tale, audiences see that even relationships can be influential, depending on who the partner is and, asks the question, what would a modern teenage romance be like with a monster like Frankenstein?

Audiences seem to find this romantic tale to be very enjoyable, with a unique concept that probably hasn't been seen since "The Bride of Frankenstein" back in the day. Where this romantic quest of heartthrobbing and even heart-stopping love will go is definitely interesting people. With the reimagining of this classic monster being brought into this kind of light, we can only wonder how will it end this time around.




especially when a girls trip to Tellahassee, Flordia takes on a wicked tailspin, when a mysterious case with upmost importance is found in a rental car. In this little road trip that soon changes to be a grand epic adventure of massive proportions, these two girls will soon realize that this journey of self-discovery will become one that isn't really just about themselves anymore.

From writers Ethan Coen and Tricia Cooke, we see the trails and tribulations free-spirited Jamie, played by Margaret Qualley, and demure friend Marian, played by Geraldine Viswanathan, are faced with enemies left and right, as they carry this case in a car that just so happened to be the one given to them. While this isn't the fresh start that these two were hoping for, this is definitely the beginning of a quest to stay on their path while avoiding a group of inept criminals. The aspects of true love,

especially when directly depicting same-sex relationships in a way that's feels almost hopeful and beautiful. We also see a very unique tale of survival that almost feels reminiscent of "Thelma and Louise", but with a familiar dynamic duo that feels similar to "Grace and Frankie" at the same time.

This dark LGBTQ comedy does come at left field, with the familiar aspects of a duo running away from people seen in previous films of the past, but with the style that Cohen brings in a way that feels unique and almost quirky to audiences. While there are aspects that are fun and raunchy, there are also areas that are commonly explored through the struggles of life and how even the threat of being taken down by criminals helps rediscover what love is all about. With the tremendous oddball crackups and goosebump-filled pursuits, audiences have a very distinct feeling that this roadtrip will be a sleigh ride by itself.

What makes this sort of film interesting, especially with the message it brings in a LGBTQ sense is interesting in itself. Sure, we have had films that tackled this sort of thing in the past, but the aspect that "Runaway Dolls" has to offer truly makes it original in more ways than one. It's funny, it's endearing, and it can even bring hope to the eyes of those wanting to experience their own journeys of finding love. While not entirely bound by a chase by criminals, the film does bring a distinct level of passion in self-discovery that can be inspiring through the lens of an adventure like this.

It doesn't matter who you are as a person, because if you would like to see a good movie that ties to a life-changing journey, you deserve to see this story. As for the comedy, the criminals and the wild adventure, it is all just a part of the fun. As for how much fun it truly is, all that remains is to see it all for yourself.


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Road House (2024)

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Monkey Man

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Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire March 29

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Sasquatch Sunset April 12

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Palm Royale

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The Baxters

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Best Original Screenplay

Justine Triet and Arthur Harari Anatomy of a Fall

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20 Days in Mariupol

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The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

Best Animated Feature Film

The Boy and the Heron


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Art Lewin Bespoke Celebrates 35 Great Years of High-Quality Custom Tailorship

Art Lewin Bespoke is a renowned name in the world of custom tailoring and fashion. In April 2024, they will be celebrating 35 years in business in Los Angeles, since 1989. Art Lewin has established himself as a master tailor and a go-to destination with locations throughout Southern California and Scottsdale, AZ for individuals seeking the perfect fit and style making Lewin one of the most successful custom clothiers in the country with over 23,000 clients and a state of the art 5000 square foot showroom in downtown Los Angeles.

What sets Art Lewin Bespoke apart from other tailors is their commitment to craftsmanship and attention to detail. Every garment created at our main Art Lewin Bespoke location is meticulously handcrafted, ensuring the highest level of quality and precision. From selecting the

finest fabrics to the final stitching, every step of the tailoring process is done with utmost care and skill.

Art Lewin Bespoke offers a wide range of services to cater to the diverse needs of their clients. Whether it’s a bespoke suit for a special occasion, a custom shirt for everyday wear, or tailoring to an existing garment, Art Lewin provides personalized solutions to suit individual preferences and style. One of the key aspects that sets Art Lewin Bespoke apart is their emphasis on personalized service. Each client is treated with the utmost care and attention, with the aim of creating a garment that not only fits perfectly but also reflects their personality and style. Lewin takes the time to understand the client’s preferences, lifestyle, and body type, ensuring that the final product is a true reflection of their individuality.

The front cover of Lewin’s book “Tailor Made Success”

Art Lewin Bespoke has dressed countless celebrities, business professionals, and discerning individuals who value impeccable style and quality. Their clientele includes Hollywood actors, musicians, and high-profile executives who trust Art Lewin to deliver the finest custom-made garments that make them look and feel their best.

Art Lewin Bespoke has established a reputation for excellence and has been recognized with numerous awards and accolades. Including their commitment to quality, craftsmanship, and personalized service has made them a trusted name in the industry with an impressive 94% client retention rate.

In conclusion, Art Lewin Bespoke is a true testament to the artistry and craftsmanship of custom tailoring. With their dedication to quality, attention to detail, and personalized service, Art Lewin has become synonymous with impeccable style and timeless elegance. Whether it’s a bespoke suit or a custom shirt, Art Lewin Bespoke is the destination for individuals who seek the perfect fit and style that truly reflects their individuality.

Married to his beautiful wife Jamie. In his spare time, he enjoys time with his family and friends, fine dining, socializing, working out, networking, traveling, daily reading and many weekend getaways. In his timeless commitment to the community, Lewin has donated more than $1 million to the Salvation Army and other non-profit organizations within his community.

About Art Lewin

Art Lewin is the owner of Art Lewin Bespoke, one of the nation’s premier Custom Clothiers. Mr. Lewin is considered one of the world’s most trusted experts in his field and the premier Bespoke Tailor to California’s most prominent Corporate Stars to some of Hollywood’s movie stars and many titans in their field. Mr. Lewin has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, CNN, Wall Street Journal, Hispanic Business Magazine, GQ, Entrepreneur Magazine, Esquire, Los Angeles Business Journal, American Express, INC Magazine, Club Corp Magazine, CSQ, Beverly Hills Lifestyle and featured on numerous other publications, Television & Radio shows.

Art Lewin Bespoke plans, coordinates & maintains your wardrobe so you are perfectly attired for any occasion since 1989. Mr.

Art Lewin’s Resume

The Guru of Custom Clothing. MyFoxLA

One of nation’s premier custom clothiers. American Express

Top 500 Hispanic-owned companies in America. Hispanic Business Magazine

Winner Best Custom Tailors in Los Angeles. MyFoxLA News 11

Voted #1 Custom Clothier in Los Angeles. L.A. Downtown News

California’s Businessman of the Year. Wall Street Journal

Top 100 fastest minority-owned businesses in LA. Los Angeles Business Journal

Nominated as Businessman of the Year. CA Chambers of Commerce

Top 100 National Hispanic Entrepreneurs. Hispanic Magazine

Top Custom Clothier in America. Club Corp Magazine

One of the Best Dressed Men in America. Esquire Magazine

Top 500 Minority-owned Businesses in United States. Entrepreneur Magazine.

Listed on the national prestigious Inc 500/5000 list. INC Magazine

Lewin says that our clients tell us that our workmanship, knowledge, attention to detail & service makes it readily apparent why we have been able to establish such a loyal following. With an impressive 94% client retention rate. Mr. Lewin sat on the Executive Committee Board & Chaired the Membership Committee at the City Club in DTLA. A prestigious member’s only executive private club. A Platinum & Board Member of Presidential Inner Circle. He’s also the Founder of PBN a professional business networking group with over 10,000 online members.

Married to his beautiful wife Jamie. In his spare time, he enjoys time with his family and friends, fine dining, socializing, working out, networking, traveling, daily reading and many weekend getaways. In his timeless commitment to the community, Lewin has donated more than $1 million to the Salvation Army and other non-profit organizations within his community.

Art Lewin smiling alongside his beautiful wife, Jamie.

Interview With Art Lewin

What motivates you the most in providing the best quality suits compared to other brands?

Art: My name is on the door and being the best in the business was my motivator from the start 35 years ago. Today, we are considered one of the premier bespoke suit and shirt makers in the world. And, I control the quality of our suits and shirts by making them in our main Los Angeles location.

What inspired you to select your career path into tailorship?

Art: It started by accident. I had dropped out of school and had 26 jobs by the age of 22. My last job was selling alpha-numeric pagers. And, one day I was door knocking in the business and I never looked back. I am still as driven as the day I started in 1989.

Do you have any preferred clientele to work with?

Art: In 1997, I decided to go after attorneys at that time - I knew that they had to wear suits on a daily basis, had lots of money and no extra time to go shopping. I decided to go to them offering them tons of time saving trips to the stores and it worked. Today, we have over 8,300 attorneys as clients and a total of 23,000 clients all together.

Tell us about a significant moment that you have experienced in your career.

Art: I have many. However, this one is about Hugh Hefner, the late founder of Play-boy. I used to admire him as a kid and one day about 24 years ago - I got to meet him briefly at one of Hollywood’s most amazing nightclubs called BarFly. I

found out that Hefner went in there with the playmates every Friday. So, I came up with an expensive idea to purchase a bottle service table every Friday until I became friendly with his security team and eventually Hefner. Finally, Hefner asked what I did for a living since I was spending about $2000 every Friday there to sit right next to his table and obviously I told Hefner what I did. From that day, he gave me the opportunity to make his trousers and shirts until his death in 2017. It was a highlight for me personally and professionally because I was able to tell the world that I was the one dressing him.

How does it feel to be one of the most leading custom clothiers in the country?

Art: Just like any professional in their line of work, It’s a pressure that makes you per-


form at a whole new level. It’s a good silent pressure that keeps you on your toes making sure that our workmanship, knowledge, attention to detail & service is what makes it readily apparent. It’s why we have been able to establish such a loyal following with an impressive 94% client retention.

In your opinion, what are the pros and cons to high-quality tailorship?

Art: A CON in our business is that In Savile Row in England, Each bespoke commission takes over 80 hours of handwork, and requires up to 8 individual fittings. The delivery of your suit will depend on your availability for fittings, and could be subject to time fluctuations pending demand. Here in the United States we do not have the luxury of time. However, we aim to deliver your suit within 4-6 weeks from your first appointment in which I consider a huge PRO. Even faster if needed to be.

How do you stay ahead of the curve when it comes to keeping up with trends within the fashion world?

Art: I drive my wife nuts about how obsessed I am about my business. I am always learning. When I say always, I mean every opportunity I have. I am always reading, googling & learning about my craft to make sure that I am on top of my game.

What inspired you to write a book?

Art: I have been keeping success notes/journals since I was 18 years old. I am in a field where I get to work with super successful business people. So, during Covid I had all the time in the world. I meet with 12 to 18 successful people a day and I tell everyone that I get 12 to 18 mini MBA’s daily. I decided to write the book and share with the world ideas on how to become successful in business. I wrote a book called Tailor Made Success for Entrepreneurs - sharing success nuggets from a few of my actual clients and myself.

Growing up, what were some of your favorite hobbies?

Art: Working out, reading, racquetball and also cycling.

What was a significant memory that you have in life that built you to the person you are today?

Art: When I was a kid, I was a semi-pro cyclist. My father was my coach and it taught me discipline & hard work and NOT TO

QUIT. My mother taught me perseverance and to be persistent and NOT TO QUIT. QUITTING OR TO KEEP GOING, they both hurt. I decided later.

Do you have any upcoming projects that you’re working on?

Art: YES... we are working on the OSCARS 2024 event - suiting up many of Hollywood’s most famous stars. As we have been doing so for the past 14 years or so. They are lots of fun. We also do the Emmys, Grammy’s and many other Red Carpet events throughout the new year.

What is a message that you have for the world?

Art: Do your best in your craft. Be obsessive in your craft. And, never ever ever QUIT if you’re doing what you love.


Dr. Alvin Berger: A Dentist Turned Author Crafting Stories of Love, Politics, and Ethical Dilemmas

Dr. Alvin Berger, a retired dentist and accomplished author, has travelled a fascinating journey that led him to become a prolific wiriter, sculptor and painter. His writing explores themes ranging from romance to political intrigue. Dr. Berger’s life story is as captivating as the characters he creates, filled with love, loss, and the pursuit of creativity. Dr. Berger’s path to becoming an author was unconventional, to say the least. Retiring from his career as a dentist in 2000, Dr. Berger found himself embarking on a new chapter of his life following the loss of his wife in 2010. It was during this period of profound change that he found solace in writing, spurred on by the encouragement of his beloved Vera, his partner of 11 years.

Their love story, born out of tragedy and forged through shared experiences, became the inspiration behind Dr. Berger’s debut novel, “Adama: A Mind of Her Own.” Venturing into the realm of fiction for the first time, Dr. Berger’s initial struggles with writer’s block were overcome by a newfound passion for storytelling. Dr. Berger’s writing process is as unique as his life story. Drawing on his background as a musician and dentist, he approaches storytelling with a sense of immersion, allowing the characters and plot to unfold organically. His novels, which include “We Love You, Madam President” and “Tentacles of Corruption,” tackle a diverse range of themes, from romance to political corruption, with each narrative infused with his own experiences and observations.

Navigating the world of publishing hasn’t been without its challenges for Dr. Berger. From self-publishing to finding the right publisher, he has encountered his fair share of setbacks and scams. Yet, through perseverance and a commitment to integrity, he has found success in sharing his stories with the world. Central to Dr. Berger’s journey as an author is the

unwavering support and collaboration of his partner, Vera. As his editor and confidante, Vera plays a pivotal role in shaping his narratives and ensuring their authenticity. Their relationship, characterized by mutual respect and admiration, serves as a guiding light in Dr. Berger’s creative endeavors.

As he reflects on his life’s journey and creative pursuits, Dr. Berger offers a message of hope and resilience to the world. Emphasizing the importance of integrity, open-mindedness, and perseverance, he encourages others to never give up on their dreams and to always strive to do the right thing. In a world filled with uncertainty and complexity, Dr. Berger’s stories serve as a beacon of light, remind-

ing us of the power of love, the pursuit of truth, and the resilience of the human spirit. As he continues to write and inspire others, his legacy will endure, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of readers everywhere.


In Tentacles of Corruption, Charles Barlow finds himself entangled in a complex web of deceit. How did you approach the development of his character and the challenges he faces throughout the story?

Alvin: One of my deceased friends, Bob Fiedler, who I used to speak to three times


Resting Sweetly

This is my first piece that I did in bonded bronze. My son, Gary, and I went to New York to a sculpting studio and they cast it for me. It was first done and Roma Plastilina and then cast. It’s hard to relate the emotions that I felt when I first saw it.


I set up my covered bridge table in the garage as soon as Vera left to get her nails done. It is the only time I have to do these paintings. We have no room in the house so I’m relegated to the garage. I so enjoy doing them. This one is called, “Starburst”.

a week. He was in Connecticut, I was in Florida and he loved my books and I sent him copies of the books and he said to me you ought to write a detective story. I’m thinking, oh, I know about a detective story. So I sat down thinking about how I should open the beginning chapter. Charles Barlow the detective, and Denise Florio comes in and she says I think my husband is cheating on me. And from there on out a story was made from there.

Going into your book Adama, Dr. Matt Cranston is a member of a top secret government agency. How did you develop this character and what challenges did you face in portraying his role?

Alvin: I was trying to figure out a character, so I used one that I knew best and that was being a dentist. As I was walking in New York City, it just hit me. To make this story more realistic he has to be a member of some top secret government organization which is very much common in many, many movies and stories. But I had to figure out the name of a prime consideration and that was really sitting there saying what does this guy do? How are you connected to the government? I used personal experience when I went through it myself; when I was in the service in 1954, I was in basic training and they wanted me to become part of the CIA and they did a search. When they did a search I was not allowed to become a member.

If the entire world was tuned in to our conversation right now, what is a message you would have for them?

Alvin: My message is never, ever give up, always honor your commitments and to always do the right thing. Your handshake is your bond. I also like to listen to everybody, different schools of thought. People must be open-minded and listen to all sides of the argument before they make a decision.

Dr. Alvin Berger’s books: We Love You, Madam President, Adama: A Mind Of Her Own, and Tentacles of Corruption



Within storytelling, there are narratives that not only entertain but also enlighten, inspire, and provoke meaningful conversations. Mansoor Laghari, a multifaceted writer, producer, humanitarian, and disabled US army veteran, stands at the intersection of such narratives, weaving tales that transcend boundaries and illuminate the human experience. In an exclusive interview with Hollywood Weekly, Mansoor sheds light on his upcoming film project, his journey as a filmmaker, and the profound message he seeks to convey to the world.

At the heart of the conversation is "Path of Liberation," a film previously known as "Naked Truth." Mansoor, alongside an Israeli Jewish director, Gabriela Tscherniak embark on a poignant journey to spotlight the life of a Pakistani human rights

activist. The decision to rename the film stemmed from the desire to avoid confusion with existing titles and to better reflect the essence of the story.

Mansoor passionately describes "Path of Liberation" as a testament to religious tolerance, equality, and humanity. The film portrays the collaboration between a Muslim-Pakistani man and an American Jewish journalist, echoing Mansoor and his director's own partnership. Through their intertwined narratives, the film confronts prevailing issues of religious strife and aims to foster understanding and compassion.

The project holds personal significance for Mansoor, as it mirrors the life and struggles of his late father, a political activist in Pakistan. Fleeing persecution, Mansoor found refuge in


the United States, driven by a profound determination to share his father's story with the world. Despite facing numerous challenges, including financial constraints and skepticism from others, Mansoor remained steadfast in his mission.

His journey reflects a resolute commitment to storytelling as a vehicle for change. In addition to the film, Mansoor is penning a book that delves deeper into his father's life, offering a comprehensive narrative that complements the cinematic portrayal. He emphasizes the importance of crafting a compelling script and underscores the value of networking in the industry.

As Mansoor reflects on his experiences, he acknowledges the hurdles encountered along the way. Yet, he remains unwavering in his belief that genuine storytelling can bridge divides and promote empathy. His message transcends religious and cultural boundaries, advocating for a world where humanity reigns supreme.

In closing, Mansoor leaves us with a powerful message of unity and understanding. He urges us to look beyond labels and embrace our shared humanity. In a world fraught with division, Mansoor's commitment to compassion and equality serves as a beacon of hope, illuminating the path toward a brighter, more inclusive future.

Mansoor Laghari's journey epitomizes the transformative power of storytelling. Through his film and forthcoming book, he invites audiences to embark on a journey of empathy, enlightenment, and empowerment. As "Path of Liberation" prepares to grace the silver screen, Mansoor's vision serves as a poignant reminder of the enduring impact of cinema in shaping hearts and minds.

Mansoor Laghari


We are very excited for your upcoming film “Naked Truth.” Could you discuss more about it?

Mansoor: Yes, so, for starters, we have decided to change the name of the movie to “Path of Liberation.” The name was decided by the director due to there being other projects that share similar names with our film. It was best to take a step back and approach this at a new angle.

What significance does this film hold?

Mansoor: The movie is based on the true life story of my father; he was against Islamic extremism and unfortutely died in jail. It's the story of a Muslim, Pakistani man, a political, human right activist. I would like to highlight as well, I'm a Muslim-American and I'm partnered with an Israeli Jewish director. We are coming together in this project to bring awareness about religious equality and humanity which reflects heavily in the story. The Pakistani Muslim man is intertwined with an American-Jewish journalist and the movie shows how they work together to help the people of Pakistan and bring this message of human rights and equality.

Can we expect any other projects coming from you in the near future?

Mansoor: I am currently in the final stages of a book that I am writing which covers the movie in greater detail. In a movie we only have two hours to tell a story that truthfully needs a surplus of hours to completely tell. The book will cover the whole lifetime story, like every, pretty much every event of his life is covered in the book. I wanted to have all the sacrifices and everything he did explained and described in detail. It is currently in the editing process and my plan is to release it within a couple months.

Right: Director of "Path of Liberation," Gabriela Tscherniak Below: Official movie poster for Path of Liberation CREDITS: Executive Producers: Mathew Helderman, Luke Tyler, Adam Harris Engelhard and Luke Morton of BONDIT Media Capital Casting directors: Lisa London and Catherine Stroud

AFragileFlower WinsatCannes!


March 8th is International Women’s Day, and this year, I am honored to celebrate the achievements of many women I have met through a special project.

I was first invited as an investor in the Vietnamese movie, A Fragile Flower, and the role quickly developed into being a member of the Board of Advisors, with the responsibility of managing and raising funds while working behind the scenes to address different challenges during the project. Through many months of learning and work, eventually becoming the CoExecutive Producer, I am proud to see the movie finished and released in theaters in the US on March 29, 2024.

At this very early stage, A Fragile Flower has already won “Best Female Director Feature Film” at the World Film Festival in Cannes, earning Vietnamese Director Mai Thu Huyen her first international award. The film has also been chosen as a Finalist at the 7th International Women Filmmaker Festival and recognized as an Official Selection at the LA Independent Women Film Awards, Rome World Cinema Fest, and

won 6 awards including Best picture at FLOW Film Festival in Florida. Visit www. for more information on our awards and release dates.

My true win in this project— having invested money and time while running 6 other businesses (group practice dentistry, speaking, commercial real estate investment, executive coaching, business consulting, and hosting conferences) are the meetings, introductions, and relationships created, where I have the honor of knowing and learning from several exceptional women, who I would like to celebrate this International Women’s Day.

Le Ly Hayslip: Vietnamese American author, peacemaker, and humanitarian. Her story was told in the film Heaven and Earth, directed by Oliver Stone. Her son, Tom Hayslip, just won numerous awards for producing Oppenheimer. She is now producing documentary films on women to empower young generation.

Carmen Chong: AREAA (Asian Real Estate Association of America) Global CEO,

owner/ broker of CC Legacy Financial Corp and CC Legacy Real Estate. She launched new divisions internationally to build business relationships with several global real estate brands, allowing AREAA global members to understand local markets and expand their network.

Jenny Thai: Film producer and co-founder of Love Life Learning Foundation and 3L

Dr. Emily Letran had the honor of meeting The Dalai Lama in India in February 2024 Dr. Emily Letran and Le Ly Hayslip, an icon of Vietnamese

TV, a 501©3 nonprofit organization. She is an Associate Producer of A Fragile Flower and is currently working on multiple film projects, including world refugee documentaries.

Lyllian Nguyen: Associate Producer of A Fragile Flower. She is the inaugural President of OVACC (Oregon Vietnamese American Cultural Center) and aims to preserve the beauty of Vietnamese heritage by sharing arts, music, and culinary experiences to the masses. She serves on the Board of Directors for AREAA and partners with the Vietnamese Dual Language Immersion program of Oregon to host the premiere of A Fragile Flower in Portland, OR.

Tana Thai Ha: Renowned philanthropist in the Vietnamese community in North America who has raised funds for handicapped orphans in Vietnam as well as disabled veterans. She is currently on the Advisory Board of Viet Museum (the first museum about refugees and

Vietnamese “boat people”), Vietnamese American Heritage Foundation, and frequently appears on TV and radio talk shows in Canada and the Bay area. She is an Associate Producer of A Fragile Flower

Quynh Nguyen: Associate Producer of A Fragile Flower and real estate agent extraordinaire. She is a visionary who’s passionate about cultures. Quynh is planning a trade mission program between her city, San Antonio, TX, to Vietnam to share culture and real estate investments.

Winners Are Doers

I am extremely honored to be part of this movie project and learn so much about the “Doers” around me. They are the mothers, aunts, sisters, and daughters who execute and create legacies. They are friends with politicians, celebrities, and world leaders, but you will never know because they don’t brag about their achievements as much as they should.

As a group, we simply laugh together while sharing childhood stories and inspiring each other to collaborate in our next philanthropic projects. As a group, we show up to tackle challenges, again and again, not in just one thing, but relentlessly over the years. As an entity, we are the unsung heroes of women entrepreneurship in America.

It's Your Turn

You don’t have to be involved in a movie project to be inspired. As an entrepreneur, you can learn from mentors and have plenty of opportunities to face challenges head-on, but the journey does not have to be lonely if you take the time to find “your tribe” and be inspired by them. You can visit to learn the 8-step system for business acceleration.

Follow Dr. Emily Letran on social media @coachemilyletran and remember to go see A Fragile Flower in theaters on March 29th, 2024!

About Emily

Dr Emily Letran is a serial entrepreneur, CEO of several multi-specialty dental practices, and private coach to many professionals. As an international speaker, she has been on TEDx and shared stages with countless business leaders including Sharon Lechter (Co-Author Rich Dad Poor Dad) and Kevin Harrington (Shark Tank). She has been featured on several magazines, Dental Town, Global Woman, Top Doctor, The Profitable Dentist, See Beyond as well as the media, Yahoo!Finance, Forbes, USA Today, and FOX. She is a contributing writer for several industry magazines. Dr Letran is the author of several books, the Founder of the non-profit Smile Champions, a Certified Kolbe Consultant, a member of Forbes Coaches Council, and the Founder of Exceptional Leverage Inc., a global coaching and consulting firm. She hosts her signature events, ACTION To WIN seminar, in several countries, and shares her expertise in personal growth and business management through her ACTION To WIN Academy programs. Dr. Letran has been knighted as a Lady of The Royal Order of Constantine The Great and Saint Helen for her work in philanthropy and currently enjoys practicing dentistry with her daughter in Huntington Beach, CA.

Entrepreneurs traveled to visit the Taj Mahal with Associate Producers Jenny Thai, Tana Thai Ha, Lyllian Nguyen, Quynh Nguyen Dr. Emily Letran and Carmen Chong, AREAA Global CEO Award winning Director and Actress Mai Thu Huyen



Actress, writer, producer, and director, Kim Quinn has appeared as Ruth in the Oscar Nominated film, Hidden Figures; as Nurse Ana in the Golden Globe and Critics Choice nominated film, Saint Vincent; and as Jewels in the Western comedy El Camino Christmas. In television, she starred as Gretchen in the cult classic, Terriers; and as Holly in the thriller Gypsy. Currently producing The Goat for Netflix, she was cast as Regina in the Humanitas Award Winning film, The Starling also on Netflix, which she also produced. Quinn produces all her films through her production company Goldenlight Films alongside her husband, writer/director Ted Melfi.

In the upcoming film American Dreamer, Quinn is Maggie, the complicated and concerned daughter of Astrid, played by Shirley MacLaine. When a stranger, played by Peter Dinklage, moves into her mother's spare room, suspicions arise.

Based on a true story from Chicago Public Radio’s The American Life, American Dreamer follows Phil Loder (Dinklage), a twice-divorced, frustrated, underpaid professor of economics, whose grand dream of home ownership is tragically out of reach. When an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity comes his way, Phil strikes a deal with Astrid Finnelli (MacLaine), a lonely, childless, near-death widow who offers her sprawling estate for pennies on the dollar. But Phil quickly learns the deal is too good to be true. American Dreamer debuts in theaters this Spring nationwide.



Thank you for taking the time for this interview. What drew you to this film and the role of Maggie?

Kim Quinn: I was honored to get my name in the hat. Maggie is so wild and unpredictable. I loved that about her. Every daughter needs to protect her mother when Phil comes snooping around. She gets a little suspicious. It was a role that was filled with many emotions and Maggie wasn’t shy to show them all.

Did you audition for the role? If so, what was that like?

Quinn: I did behind the scenes. I didn’t have a specific audition. It was more of a meeting than an audition.

How did you prepare for the role? Did you know someone who has a cantankerous but kind, loving mother?

Quinn: I think everyone has a mother that has things that they can pull from.

You must have a favorite scene. Why do you like it?

Quinn: It was the car scene where I was crying. It was the most fun because Peter made me laugh the whole time. I'd been really lovingly annoyed with him. I would try to cry and whenever I looked at him, he would crack a smile. He would rib me and that was fun. Peter is so charismatic and giving. He's so compassionate and such a pure actor. He cares about every detail. That was the great thing about this movie— you're working with a legend. Before a scene, he's in character and working out the things he needs to do. There was such a respect that went along with all the actors. And it was comforting to know that your fellow actors are all on the same page.

What did you find most challenging about this film and playing Maggie?

Quinn: I don’t know, I have to say, I just loved every minute of it. If there was a challenge it was a fun challenge.

The large house featured in the film was quite interesting. Where was it?

Quinn: That was in Victoria, Canada. It was during Covid, so no one was around. We were on this island and it was just us. We just had a great time because you got to be on set with this little film family at a time when no one was seeing anyone.

You’ve worked every side of this business in film and TV. What have you learned about show business that really surprised you?

Quinn: I wish I could say I learned this and put it in cement but it takes so many years to learn little pieces at a time. And after you learn all these little pieces, there’s freedom on the other side. It’s where you can enjoy the process instead of not being able to breathe and grueling through it. Being on both sides of the camera is invaluable because you get to watch the scenes come to life. You get to watch the story being told. It’s all about storytelling and servicing the story.

What do you like better the writing or directing?

Quinn: I love to direct. I haven't directed in a long time but I'm working on a film right now—The Goat for Netflix— which I'm excited about. It stars Melissa McCarthy and Kevin Hart. We're also working on Ranger’s Apprentice for Skydance (based on the novel by John Flanagan). I love producing because I get to watch the film and story come to life before my eyes. And acting, the same. And when you’re writing, you get to disappear into the minds of the characters. So they all service one another.

American Dreamer is at times funny, sad, and uplifting. What do you see as the core message of this film?

Quinn: I think it’s the dream in general. It’s something that many people still think exists. I think American Dreamer shows that with tenacity, not giving up, fighting for what you want in life, and going through

all the ups and downs with it; if you hold on to hope long enough, it will show up for you. It might not be on your timing but on God's timing.

What advice do you have for young talent struggling to make it in this business—particularly acting and writing?

Quinn: Just dive into any aspect of the craft because there are many different sides to it. And don't put yourself in one area because you're going to learn to be a better actor if you get behind the camera. And if you're behind the camera, you'll learn how to be a better writer. They all service each other and you really cannot lose.

What were you like in high school?

The girl most likely to…?

Quinn: Oh Lord, I was the laughing girl. I got kicked out of classes because I laughed. I wasn’t the class clown but I did beat my own drum. I wasn’t in drama. I didn’t start acting until I was in my 20s. I was a dance teacher after I left high school. I had a lot of different jobs growing up. At nine years old, I was a paper girl. We were poor and I was taught that if you wanted anything you had to buy it yourself. So I grew up with an appreciation for hard work. My mother made me weed this long wall every summer. And now, guess what, I love weeding.

Beyond the Beat: Gernado G. Abrams’ Path to Entrepreneurial Success

Few stories resonate as deeply as that of Gernado G. Abrams. An bi-coastal artist, producer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist hailing from Jacksonville, Florida to Huntington Beach, California, Abrams’ journey is one of overcoming adversity and using his talents to make a positive impact on the world. From a young age, Abrams found himself immersed in the world of music and ministry. Raised in a family where gospel music and spirituality were foundational, he honed his skills as an artist, participating in bands and graduating with music vocational skills. This early exposure to the power of music and community laid the groundwork for Abrams’ future endeavors in the industry. In the mid-90s, Abrams and his brother embarked on a bold venture, establishing their own music label. This marked the beginning of Abrams’ foray into the music business entrepreneurship, as he took on the roles of artist, producer, label manager, and owner. However, tragedy struck with the untimely murders of both his first cousin Rickie Abrams Sr. and brother Thomas Abrams Jr. also an artist ‘Psycho Versatile’ who were integral to the label’s operations. These devastating losses could have derailed Abrams’ aspirations, but instead, they served as catalysts for his resilience and determination. Determined to carry on his brothers’ legacies, Abrams completed his brother’s album and continued to release music under their label. He also founded a foundation ‘Stop The Violence Use Your Talents, Incorporated’, in honor of his late family members,channeling his grief into a mission to stop violence and uplift aspiring talents. Through documentary filmmaking, Abrams sought to immortalize the stories of his brothers and shed light on the impact of violence within the music industry. Abrams’ entrepreneurial

spirit extended beyond music, as he ventured into television production with the creation of the “Stop The Violence TV Show”. Airing on broadcast TV in Florida and reaching audiences across the country, and internationally through public access channels, the show aimed to raise awareness about the consequences of violence and promote positive change. Abrams’ dedication to social impact and community engagement exemplifies his commitment to using his platform for the greater good. In addition to his philanthropic efforts, Abrams diversifies his business portfolio by providing professional business management and accounting services for over 25 years through his company Bungi Enterprises in the Los Angeles California metropolitan area. His multidimensional approach to entrepreneurship reflects his adaptability and strategic vision in navigating the ever-evolving entertainment landscape. Under his new label, B.M.O. Boss Music Online, Abrams collaborates with international artists, bridging cultural divides through the universal language of music. Central to Abrams’ artistic endeavors is his eclectic musical style, influenced by gospel, reggae, and hip-hop. Drawing inspiration from artists like Bob Marley and groups like The Jacksons, Abrams infuses his music with positivity and spirituality, keeping faith at the forefront of his creative process. His albums, including “Persistence”, “Positive Vibes”, and his upcoming single release “LIT,” serve as testaments to his unwavering perseverance and resilience in the face of adversity. Beyond music, Abrams is also an accomplished author, with two published books and another due out this year titled “In Tune With Purpose” all focusing on entrepreneurship and personal development. His literary works offer invaluable

Learn more about G. Abrams on his website at

insights gleaned from his own experiences, providing aspiring entrepreneurs with tools for success and strategies for overcoming obstacles. Looking ahead, Abrams remains steadfast in his pursuit of creative expression and social impact. He is currently in post-production for a feature film “Out East” about his life, offering audiences a glimpse into his journey of triumph over tragedy. Additionally, Abrams continues to explore new avenues for artistic expression, including his “Doggie Park Animation Series” and other exciting multimedia projects. As the sun sets over the horizon of Abrams’ coastal sanctuary, he reflects on his journey with gratitude and optimism. Despite the challenges he has faced, Abrams remains unwavering in his commitment to creating positive change through his art and entrepreneurial endeavors. With each project and endeavor, he leaves an indelible mark on the world, inspiring others to persevere and pursue their dreams against all odds.


HW: “For our viewers that don’t know you, can you explain just a little bit of your background and how you have come to this point in your career?”

Gernado: “I’m a from Florida to California basically I am bi-coastal, I got to this point from my early childhood. Coming up around my culture, southern island vibes, the beaches, water, church, ministry you know coming up around musicians and going to Fame: “School Of The Arts” as an artist musician. I was in a few bands, graduating with music vocational skills, utilizing my talent as an artist to venture into business and writing. Also managing my brother who was an artist on the label that we started back in the mid 90s. Fast forward, A few years towards the early 2000s, he was murdered. Before that I had another brother, my first cousin that was a part of the business that was also murdered. Those tolls as a family and as well as a business owner took me to a whole nother height in life by mustering up the energy and courage to create something positive out of the negative. I started a nonprofit foundation called “Stop The Violence, Use Your Talent”. We aired on Broadcast TV in Florida and then took it to Public Access

TV in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, New York, Texas all the way across the country to Los Angeles. WeHo TV to LA 36, we aired weekly and also had the opportunity to air in the Caribbean Islands and Jamaica.”

HW: “We were very interested to know more about your writing. Can we look forward to any new books coming out this year?”

Gernado: “So right now I’m completing my third book and that’ll be out this year around the holidays, but the ones that are currently out are “Winning” Against All Odds Entrepreneur Tools For Success”. These are self help books and I talk about a lot of the life lessons that I have learned through this journey, and go into detail on what it takes to succeed in the business world through hard work and having a positive outlook. Then the second book I did about two years later after “Winning” was released and published through my self-publishing company, Bungi Abrams Publishing. You can get the books anywhere from Amazon or bookstores, whatever your preference is, you can find me. But the second book is “Keeping It G”. That’s “Keeping it G: From Sun Up To Sun Down, that’s my life.” I am G.

HW: “What are some upcoming projects that you have in the works at the moment?”

Gernado: “I got a dance floor project, a twenty-four track album just due out this year, more music videos, and I’m producing other artists with Boss Music Online, but I’m releasing more music. I’ve been releasing singles for the last 12 months, and have one more single being released that will complete the rollout for this special 2024 “24 K G” project. The song is called “LIT”. As well as more visual Boss Music Videos and a feature film that we are currently in post production for. The film is called “Out East”. It’s sort of a life story, and you can check out the synopsis on IMDB for more information.” We up next, processing.

Abrams Music label, B.M.O. Boss Music Online, collaborates with international artists, bridging cultural divides through the universal language of music.

A movement that was developed after losing two brothers in the streets of Florida. Stop The Violence Use Your Talents (S.T.V.U.Y.T.) created to expose our talents through multimedia from community events, documentaries, and TV Shows ‘Stop The Violence TV Show. You can see episodes of his show on YouTube at Stop The Violence TV Show.



From the picturesque coastal city of Malibu, Missy Sunseri has carved out a niche for herself in the field of psychological healing and sports performance. With her innovative approach and unwavering dedication, she is redefining what it means to unlock the potential of the human mind. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Missy’s journey began on the fields, where she quickly distinguished herself as a star athlete. However, life took an unexpected turn following a family tragedy that shook her to the core. It was during this tumultuous period that Missy’s path veered towards a deeper understanding of the human psyche, leading her to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Robert Morris University. But it wasn’t just academic curiosity that drove Missy; it was a personal quest for healing. Struggling with chronic PTSD and anxiety, she embarked on a journey of self-discovery that would ultimately shape her future and her career.

In her darkest moments, she found solace and salvation in the transformative power of hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). These modalities not only saved her life but ignited a passion within her to help others navigate their own inner landscapes. With a newfound sense of purpose, Missy set her sights on California, the land of endless possibilities. There, she immersed herself in studies at the Hypnosis Motivation Institute (HMI), graduating with honors and laying the foundation for her groundbreaking practice, “The Natural Mind.”

“The Natural Mind” isn’t just another therapy practice; it’s a sanctuary for healing and growth. Combining her extensive certifications in NLP, hypnotherapy, sports psychology, and more, Missy offers a holistic approach to wellness that transcends traditional methods. Her sessions go beyond mere conversation; they are immersive experiences that tap into the subconscious mind, unlocking hidden

potentials and reshaping lives.

Missy’s impact extends far beyond the walls of her practice. She has become a pillar of support and inspiration in the Malibu community, garnering attention for her innovative techniques and compassionate approach. Features in local publications like the Malibu Surfside News and Malibu Patch have brought her work to a broader audience, shining a spotlight on the transformative work she is doing.

One area where Missy has made significant strides is in the realm of sports psychology. Drawing upon her own experiences as a former athlete, she has developed unique methods to enhance athletic performance and instill confidence in her clients. Whether working with elite athletes or aspiring amateurs, Missy’s goal remains the same: to unlock their full potential and help them achieve their goals on and off the field.

But perhaps one of Missy’s most impactful initiatives is the establishment of The Missy Sunseri Scholarship. This scholarship serves as a beacon of hope for aspiring athletes, providing financial support and mentorship to help them pursue their dreams. It’s a testament to Missy’s commitment to giving back to the community and empowering the next generation of athletes. Looking to the future, Missy’s vision for “The Natural Mind” is one of continued growth and impact. She envisions her practice as a hub for transformation and empowerment, where individuals from all walks of life can find solace, support, and healing. Her ultimate goal is to reshape lives and futures, one session at a time.

In a world where mental health and wellness are more important than ever, Missy Sunseri and her story of resilience, dedication, and transformation serves as a testament to the power of the human spirit. Through “The Natural Mind,” she is not just changing lives; she is changing the world, one session at a time.



“My goal is to help people reframe their past, help change their present and live a positive timeline. My company is called “The Natural Mind”, because the mission is to release any limiting belief, anything that society has brought down on you, any past trauma, and get you to your natural state of being... your natural mind.”


Can you tell us a little about your background?

Missy: I am from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. When I was younger I was always the one who was helping everybody around me and aware of how people were feeling. It was during college that my brother passed away and I decided to switch majors to psychology. Soon after that I came out here on my own healing journey in which hypnotherapy and NLP helped save my life. So I went to school for it and wanted other people to feel the relief I felt from hypnosis and NLP.

Can you share any key lessons or insights you’ve gained during your training with Audrey Hope?

Missy: She’s just so awesome. With Audrey, there’s no excuses, there’s no victimhood. It’s taking responsibility and taking the power from that trauma and turning it into your own. You don’t have to sit around with your trauma. You can go in, reframe it, release it and get it out. Looking at it with her, I learned to just get to the root and get rid of it. Your trauma is not you and it doesn’t have to be talked about. For years, I learned from her how to get to the source fast.

What’s a memorable story you’ve experienced working as a hypnotherapist?

Missy: Yes, I had a client who went to trauma facilities, they had severe depression and literally had no reactions to anything. I started working with him and I saw the shift. This was a young man in his early 20s, and to see the shift in somebody at that time of their life, in such a hard position. It is the most beautiful thing to see that person’s release and smile on their face. And now I don’t even see him anymore and he is living his best life without depression or medication.

How do you approach your practices? Are you just having the patients recall specific memories that caused them trauma in the first place?

Missy: So with that client’s therapy we worked with the 95% of our brain. So for instance, our conscious brain is only 5%. So by going into the subconscious brain, it can tell us what age something stemmed from and when it happened. Who told them that and etcetera. Then what I do is bring that age out and we heal the age of when that thing happened and that brings the healing to now.

Do you perform any past life regressions during your sessions?

Missy: Yes, I can do past life regression. Sometimes our trauma is from another life, so we have to go back and figure out what was going on there. We must reframe and release that, because sometimes we’re not even sure where that trauma is coming from. We talked about that problem and it’s interesting. A lot of times you find out that your anxiety was there to protect you. It came to protect you at a young age, or your anger came to protect you at a young age as well because you were sad about something and you needed strength. It’s very fascinating to realize that my anxiety wasn’t there to hurt me, but rather it was actually there to protect me. So we reframe that picture and then decide to release it or transform it into something new.

I thought that was very interesting how your services deal with sports. What are you exactly doing with your practices to benefit athletes?

Missy: So I was personally a big athlete myself growing up and I was always a team leader, helping people with confidence, getting everybody ready for the game, pumped out things like that and I decided to take my private practice into the sports world too. I did this because at certain ages you can change a kid’s life by coming in and helping them. If they’re in high


school, even if they’re in college, if they’re in middle school, by giving them that tool of confidence they’re able to walk through their life with an ability that is irreplaceable. Athletes are already in hypnosis when they play. So I created a method called the “Flow State Method”, and what it does is it gives you access to your flow state so you could use it in sports or in performances, you could use it for test taking anything that you need confidence in. What I do is take them in hypnosis and we release any old negative thought patterns that have gotten into their head then release it and replace it with a positive reinforcement. Now with a consistent practice of hypnosis, they could imagine a picture and have instant access to their flow state. So with athletes, it’s about releasing those false beliefs and empowering the confidence in that natural flow state inside of them.”

Do you have any upcoming projects or workshops that you’d like the audience to know about?

Missy: "The Flow State Message” will be coming out soon. It will be tailored for individual life, sports and performance. It’s a great tool to have for everyday life, to release limiting beliefs, really any self doubt that you may have and helps build this confidence inside you that you have always known was there but just needed somebody else to help point it out.


Mathew Knowles : Navigating the Rhythms of Life, Legacy, and Resilience

We are extremely grateful here at Hollywood Weekly to have been able to speak with Mr. Mathew Knowles and rediscover his story—as well as give insight to what is going on currently in his journey today. The mountain of achievements Knowles has earned is truly commendable and inspiring. Most of the world may know Mr. Knowles for his fatherhood and entrepreneurial geniusness—but we are here to shed light to the world that Mathew Knowles adds even more to that table.

Mr. Knowles grew up with the spirit of entrepreneurship from a young age, he explained a fun fact about how this spirit runs deep within the family tree and he was among the third generation of entrepreneurs within his lineage. His parents both were entrepreneurs and lived by the principles of integrity. Always helping those out in need within the small town of Gadsden, Alabama they resided in. He shared that he did not live in the wealthiest of homes but his loving and supportive parents instilled into him at a young age that the sky is not the limit and he can achieve anything that resonates deeply in his soul. His mother was a huge advocate for education and encouraged the importance of curiosity to young Knowles. She took up the torch to protest alongside those fighting against segregation during the Civil Rights Movement. This led to young Knowles being one of the very few black people to attend all-white schools from elementary through his years in college at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He expressed the difficulties of this experience but also shed light on the lessons and advantages he gained from it as well. He shared that it allowed him to understand another culture other than his own and this advantage opened many doors for him in the future.

Mr. Knowles would then venture into corporate America for twenty years. His early career at Xerox Medical Systems catapult


ed him to global recognition as the number one salesperson across the organization. Knowles not only excelled in sales but also initiated. groundbreaking efforts within Xerox, earning the organization recognition from Forbes as the number one workplace for minority professionals— decades ahead of corporate America’s focus on inclusivity. Knowles reflected on a crucial juncture in his corporate career when a neurosurgeon informed him that the medical instruments he marketed were not suitable for their intended use anymore due to new technological advances. This realization marked a turning point, prompting him to exit corporate America and search for his true passion. Simultaneously, he received requests to manage a young rapper named Lil’ O and a budding group named Girls Time, later known as Destiny’s Child. The convergence of these opportunities led him to the music industry, requiring a deep dive into knowledge acquisition.

Transitioning into the role of both a father and a manager presented its challenges. Knowles candidly shared the difficulties of balancing familial dynamics with the demands of the music industry. His early focus on managing Lil’ O allowed him to lay the foundation for Destiny’s Child’s success without compromising the family bond. Reflecting on his proudest moments as a father, Knowles emphasized the pure joy of seeing his daughters, Beyoncé and Solange, achieve their goals and find happiness in their passions. He acknowledged the importance of learning from mistakes and the significance of family moments beyond industry accomplishments.

As Knowles boldly ventured into the film industry, he highlighted his experience with soundtracks and unveiled ongoing projects with Music World Music Film & Television, LLC. While details remained confidential, he expressed enthusiasm for upcoming ventures that span film and television. In a profound revelation, Knowles shared his journey as a male breast cancer survivor. Drawing on his background in the medical field, he under

scored the significance of early detection and how a course on male breast cancer saved his life. Advocating for awareness, he emphasized the need for uncomfortable conversations about racism, health, and wellness. The conversation also touched upon Knowles’ impact as an educator, holding professorships at Pepperdine University and the London College of Creative Media. His sought-after status as a speaker, consultant, and educator in various fields, including sales, marketing, leadership, mindset, entrepreneurship, mental health, and wellness, highlighted the breadth of his expertise. He spoke passionately about motivating and educating young minds. Knowles instills in his students the importance of finding their passion, building confidence, and embracing life lessons beyond the course curriculum. And invites those interested in booking him for speaking engagements to visit

In a final, reflective note, Knowles emphasized the transformative power of passion, confidence, and life lessons. The interview provided a profound glimpse into the life of a multifaceted individual whose journey exemplifies resilience, adaptability, and an unwavering commitment to making a meaningful impact in various spheres.

I always tell my students, I want to teach and leave a legacy that I taught people and gave them tools that they can use in life lessons and, having that confidence in themselves.
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INTERVIEW BY HollyWood Weekly

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HW: “What are some of the proudest moments you have experienced as a father?”

MK: “One of the proudest moments as a father is just seeing my kids happy. Kelly lived with us when she was ten to twenty. She was like a daughter to me. Seeing them happy, that’s just a father’s love, seeing his kids happy and seeing them accomplish what they worked very hard for to pursue their passions. We all make mistakes. You get up, brush yourself off and learn from it. Seeing Solange and Beyoncé become amazing mothers is also something great that I cherish. I’m taking my manager and music executive hat off. I’m speaking as a dad.”

HW: “Your impact on a multitude of industries is undeniable. Are there any principles that you believe contribute to building such an enduring legacy?”

MK: “Understanding distribution, sales, marketing, and realizing that the world is bigger than North America. Knowing that there’s seven plus billion people in the world and not putting all of your focus just on America, but rather globally is key. As well as having trust in a team, because it’s not just I, it’s we. I have been fortunate to build some great teams over the years; marketing teams, street teams, all sorts of teams. It still boils down to the talent and passion of the artists. It really starts there, because you need both. You need the passion and the artistry.” O3 O3

HW: “Are there any upcoming projects that you would like to speak about or highlight?”

MK: “I have a number of projects that will hopefully come to light in the next 12 to 24 months. It’s a long lead time in the film and TV industry versus music. That’s something that I have to get comfortable with because I’m so used to having it happen right away. Sometimes it could be three, four years for a film that we are involved in. So we’re working on my story, “The Mathew Knowles Story.” We are also invested in some Destiny’s Child products and a multitude of other projects for film and T V. Although, it looks too early to bring those out to light. Hopefully, I will have an opportunity to speak with you in a year or so. Then we can be more specific. But yes, we are working on some incredible film projects with



Lacy Darryl Phillips, known affectionately as The Uncle Earl, has traversed a remarkable path through the realms of music, theater, and radio, leaving an indelible mark on each domain. In a candid discussion, Phillips generously shared insights into his journey, motivations, and profound experiences.

Phillips' upbringing was steeped in music, with his mother's soulful tunes providing the soundtrack to his early years. From a tender age, he found himself immersed in a rich musical tapestry spanning genres from soul to jazz, laying the foundation for his own artistic pursuits. Despite initially gravitating towards theater, Phillips' foray into electronic music came unexpectedly in the mid-2000s when a friend recognized his vocal prowess for dance music—a revelation that would shape his future trajectory. The road to success, however, was not without its challenges. Phillips encountered skepticism from naysayers who questioned his late entry into the music industry. Undeterred, he persevered, drawing strength from his passion and innate talent. His journey is punctuated by moments of triumph, from sharing the stage with legendary figures like Betty Davis to receiving accolades, such as induction into the Akademia Music Hall of Fame in Los Angeles.

Central to Phillips' narrative is his dedication to uplifting aspiring artists through his radio show, The Ultimate Underground. Initially born out of a serendipitous encounter, the show burgeoned into a platform for showcasing unsigned and independent talent—a testament to Phillips' unwavering commitment to nurturing artistic voices. Beyond his musical endeavors, Phillips is a multifaceted creative force, delving into theatrical productions with projects like "New School the Musical." His boundless enthusiasm for exploration and collaboration undersores his philosophy of contributing positively to the artistic community. As Phillips reflects on his journey, one sentiment rings

clear: his mission transcends personal accolades. For him, it's about fostering connection, spreading joy, and amplifying voices that often go unheard. His message resonates with a profound sense of unity and empathy—a call to harness the transformative power of music to make the world a better place.

In the tapestry of Lacy Darryl Phillips' life, each thread represents a testament to resilience, creativity, and unwavering passion. Through his music, his words, and his actions, Phillips continues to inspire and uplift, leaving an indelible legacy that reverberates far beyond the realms of entertainment.

Lacy Darryl Phillips, aka The Uncle Earl

First off, I was curious... how did you come up with your name, The Uncle Earl?

Lacy: The Uncle Earl was given to me by my grandmother, when I was a young man. When I was about seven or eight years old, I had this little swagger. I had a pot belly, a sway back and bow legs and pigeon toes. She said I had an old soul, I thought you were probably an Uncle Earl. When I was a kid, I had to wear the little metal bar with the special shoes to straighten up my legs as well. It just resonated with me. And then, when I went into my music and had a radio show, it was The Uncle Earl and the Heir and my company's Royal Productions. So, it just stuck with me.

What led you to the radio industry?

Lacy: That was sort of a fluke, because I'd never thought to do a radio show, but I felt when I was living in LA. It was about 2009, 2010. I saw a little teeny ad in the LA Times and they were looking for people to do voice overs. So, I went to this audition, and they gave me a copy degree and they were like oh wow, you did that really well. Have you been talking about doing your radio show? I was like no. They gave me five minutes. My first radio show was like five minutes to see my tester. And then they're like, oh, that was great, so you could be able to give you a half hour one day a week. I was like cool So, I did that for a couple of months. They said, look, why don't you try an hour? I was like okay, even they gave me an hour one day a week and then after that that went well for like six more months. They said, well, why don't you do it like two or three times a week? So, then it went up to three times a week, and then that went great. And they said, well, you know you're doing so well, why don't you just do it every day? So, then I was on six days a week and then it went up to two hour shows twice a day. So, by the time I finished, I was at six days a week, two hours a show twice a day, and that was a big schedule. One great thing too is I had a really good sponsor when I first started, they loved what I was doing and how I was doing it. The show is called the Ultimate Underground.

What's going on in your life right now, are there any projects that you're working on that you have in store for the future?

Lacy: Yes, yes, so at the end of the year before my mom passed, I was working on a

new project. It's a musical, a stage musical and it's called “New School the Musical.” It was a film project that I was working on while I was living in LA, and this was back in the mid 2000s when I started working on it. My buddy asked me to be a lyricist for this film that he was working on. I said, okay, sure. He gave me some tracks and showed me the script and said you know, within the story, give me some lyrics and put some songs in it. So that went well. So I wrote half the soundtrack for the film, then fast forward. During the pandemic I called him and I said hey, man, what's going on with that film we were working on? He said, oh man, that's in the drawer. I said well, can I

have the right to adapt it for the stage and make it a musical? He said sure, so then I got a writing partner and we restructured it for the stage, did a psychozool read and last November we did a stage reading of the first act and it went absolutely fantastic and I reached out to some people. So that's a project that's on hold right now, but that's a possibility for 2024 coming up. Some other projects that are in development are a few music projects that will be released on Earl Hicks records coming out soon in my stuff and other artists and I'll start putting out all the artists blog on my legal page this year and I'm going to be inducted into the Music Hall of Fame in Los Angeles in May.

Above: Lacy Darryl Phillips, aka The Uncle Earl Right: Earl Hitz Records logo
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