Dallas Based YGBA to Sing “Peace Song” at HDA July Meeting

Last week, the Young Gifted and Black (YGBA) singing group, performed an original piece in front of the Dallas Police Department Headquarters that went viral on the internet and the timing could not have been better. The country is sending thoughts and prayers to the victims, survivors and families affected by the shooting in Dallas, and the families of the men shot and killed in Louisiana and Minnesota last week. They will perform this same original piece at the Hollywood Diversity Association’s July Monthly Meeting.

“This will be a beautiful reminder to us all that we need to work together to help each other heal and remember the lives that were lost”, states J.R. Pittman, Co-Founder of the Hollywood Diversity Association.

The Hollywood Diversity Association (HDA) will host monthly meetings that feature guest speakers from every aspect of the film and television industry. The monthly speakers series are designed to provide insight into the inner-workings of Hollywood both in-front and behind the scenes. Hollywood Diversity Association membership (FREE) is required and a $20 donation is encouraged. Click here to RSVP

The HDA monthly meeting will take place at the Barnsdall Gallery Theater, 4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027 at 6:30PM.

The Hollywood Diversity Association is proud to announce that Hollywood rising star Jocko Sims will be the guest speaker for the July 12th HDA monthly meeting. Jocko Sims is one of the most engaging acting, writing and producing talents on the rise with roles in feature projects such as the award-winning Dreamgirls, Jarhead, and 2014’s box office smash Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, opposite Gary Oldman. Sims also starred with the late Dennis Hopper in Starz’s first original drama series, Crash, and has had recurring roles on Showtime’s Masters of Sex, TNT’s Franklin & Bash and ABC’s Castle, as well as appearances on numerous notable television series such as Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS, Covert Affairs, Burn Notice, CSI and Bones among many others.

Sims is currently one of the stars of Michael Bay’s hit series, The Last Ship which is in its third season on TNT. In the post apocalyptic drama, Jocko plays Lieutenant Carlton Burk, a member of the U.S. Navy as he and his shipmates attempt to spread the cure for a virus that has caused a worldwide pandemic.

Off the screen, Sims is currently writing and producing a comedy series, and he hosts the weekly Apollo Night LA Radio show designed to showcase indie music artists from around the world (http://apollonightla.com). Originally hailing from Texas, Sims graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in theater and currently resides in Los Angeles.


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