New feature to highlight young artists

LOS ANGELES – A new comic strip and feature column called “Simply Jessica” debuts on the entertainment page this week designed to highlight the achievements of promising young artists and entertainers from throughout Los Angeles, Wave officials announced this week.

The new column, penned by a fictional character named Jessica, will spotlight a rising artist each week while also featuring a comic strip addressing popular topics of interest to young people, officials said. An online version of the column will publish a more detailed question-and-answer session with the artist, officials said.

The weekly feature will highlight potential “A-list” celebrities of tomorrow while helping to encourage up-and-coming actors, performers, writers and other cultural artisans, said Gregory J. Huskisson, executive vice president of content and audience.

“Because young people often get so much negative press in our society, we wanted to highlight some of the positive steps young artists are taking to ply their trade and fulfill their destiny,” Huskisson said.

“The ‘Simply Jessica’ feature is designed not only to publicize the achievements of some of our lesser-known young artists, but also to encourage them to continue to reach for the stars,” Huskisson said. “Ultimately, we are simply fulfilling the traditional role of the black press: Educate, empower, enlighten and inspire.”

The strip will be featured each week on The Wave’s Entertainment Page, along with Bill Vaughan’s Tasty Clips column.

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