May 29th, 2009
From the Herald:
Lou Gossett Jr. is a lucky man. The veteran actor got to spend his 73rd birthday Tuesday with his family in L.A., then fly to Miami and do it all over again with Santana Moss.
The former Miami Hurricane and current wide receiver for the Washington Redskins is turning 30 in grand style Friday night at the Eden Roc (his actual birthday is Monday). Hosted by Wild on E! host Cindy Taylor, Moss’ party will feature a Frederick’s of Hollywood fashion show and guest appearances by former baseball star Sammy Sosa, comedian Angel Salazar, former Miss Universe Barbara Palacios, salsa great Willy Chirino and Steven Bauer, with whom Gossett is starring in a new Fox cop show, Miracle Mile.
Gossett plays a ready-to-retire police chief in this upcoming gritty drama set in 1975 Los Angeles.
”This is about as deep and rough as cops get in real life,” says Gossett, on the way to LAX. “My character is going through some personal challenges; it’s not your standard blah blah blah. You really appreciate police work. ”
Read more at the Herald Website.
May 21st, 2009
The U.S. Dream Academy tonight held its 8th annual Power of a Dream Gala, which raised over $600,000 for its nationally-recognized nonprofit afterschool and mentoring program.
Gala co-chairs U.S. Senators John Ensign (R-NV) and Mark L. Pryor (D-AR), along with Congresswomen Maxine Waters (D-CA), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), and Diane Watson (D-CA), and former Secretary of Defense William Cohen and his wife Janet Langhart Cohen were among the 500 attendees who joined U.S. Dream Academy CEO Wintley Phipps to honor three individuals who have shown by example the positive results of following your dreams and serving as role models for at-risk youth.
Mr. Gossett received the prestigious 2009 Legacy Award for his work with the Eracism Foundation. Previous honorees had included former Pres. Bill Clinton, Cicely Tyson and Neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson.
DC native Taraji P. Henson was presented with the 2009 President’s Award, and LDS Business College dean of academic outreach Keith Poelman was honored as 2009 Mentor of the Year for his volunteer service at the Dream Academy Learning Center in Salt Lake City, UT.
Read more about this inspirational evening here.
May 15th, 2009
From the Wheelock Website:
Mr. Gossett has been an enduring public presence for more than five decades and ranks as one of the most respected actors of stage, screen, and television. He has appeared in almost 160 television and film productions since his career began in 1958.
In 1983, he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the film, An Officer and a Gentleman. Mr. Gossett also performed in the renowned television miniseries Roots and was a member of the original Broadway cast of A Raisin in the Sun. In 1961, he starred alongside Sidney Poitier in the film adaptation of the play. During his career, Mr. Gossett has won several Emmy, Golden Globe, and NAACP Image awards.
In 2006, Gossett launched The Eracism Foundation with the aim of eradicating the systematic impacts of all forms of racism by providing programs that foster cultural diversity, historical enrichment, education, and antiviolence initiatives. By addressing these issues, connecting individuals to their history and culture, The Eracism Foundation empowers the recipients of these services to improve the quality of life in their respective communities.
Mr. Gossett will deliver the commencement address.