IN A WORLD WITH BOOKS
We are a dedicated group of individuals who believe in the power of reading and how it can enrich one’s life. We are a volunteer organization, and every gift we receive will help purchase and deliver books to underserved and underprivileged children.
In the spirit of the generosity of Don LaFontaine, we give these books because books were the fundamental, integral foundation of his voiceover career. Our dream is to expand this ideal to reach across the nation so that every child can have at least one book in their home.
There is so much noise in the world right now it's hard to hear what is truth what is fabricated what is fiction and what is fact. That's why it's really important every day to find some quiet time to be with yourself and to shut out the noise of our busy social media engaged media field lives. Quiet is a gift. Take it in.
Please let us all try to make the most informed decision in this upcoming election; not by party but by good principles. Read, read, read.
I've just finished performing in a new American musical called Born For This! In it we explore the themes of purpose, faith, fame, and family through the lens of gospel singer Bebe Winans and family. We are all searching for greater meaning in our lives and to live with great purpose. I hope you'll go see it when it gets to LA!
In spite of any stressors and difficulties, we still live in a great country, that has a tainted history certainly, but still holds possibilities for making a good life. We've work to do though and together we are stronger!
FINDING MY VOICE: MY JOURNEY THROUGH GRIEF TO GRACE
Living with the Loss of Don LaFontaine
Whitaker LaFontaine, Nita
NitWhit Inc. (250 pp.) | ISBN: 978-0985264826;
In her affecting debut memoir, LaFontaine asserts that “love doesn’t end when a loved one dies,” but can, through friends and with grace, become deeper and more sacred.
The author and her husband, Don LaFontaine, came from vastly different backgrounds, but both had powerful voices. She performed her first church solo at the age of 3 and later sang in the Miss America pageant as Miss Louisiana—the first woman of color to hold that title. He was the voice behind the famous movie trailer introduction, “In a world,” among other catchphrases; his voice work appeared in more than 5,000 movie trailers, as well as in numerous television shows and commercials. Not long after Nita and Don met in Los Angeles in the 1980s, they merged into “one motion, one word, ‘DonandNita.’ ” After 20 years of marriage, with three beautiful daughters, their dream life was interrupted when Don was diagnosed with lung cancer. In the memoir, Don undergoes chemo and fights the disease in the intensive care unit at Cedars-Sinai, cracking jokes all the while, as the author flashes back to her childhood and highlights from the life she and Don shared. Read more
Talent is the thing. If that were all there was then Nita Whitaker would be singing for the kings and queens, because her talent defies description. Richly trained with essences of soul and sprinkled with pop, jazz and gospel flavoring, it is difficult to put Nita into one category. Having performed on stage as well as big and small screen, her expansive talent and humor continues to find new avenues to be expressed. Nita has produced a short run of the play Dog sees God along and ‘Rent-unplugged’. She has also co-produced four independent CD’s, Nita continues to grow and expand.
This former Miss Louisiana and Hall of Fame Star Search Grand Champion Winner is comfortable singing in any setting from an intimate club, to a large arena as well as stage, television, and movies. She has been the guest performer at The Freedom Awards honoring Oprah Winfrey, President Bill Clinton and actress Ruby Dee. She has sung duets with Andrea Bocelli and Michael Bolton, sung with Patti Austin and Broadway legend Ben Vereen and has performed with Josh Groban, Michael Buble’ and Chris Botti. Having David Foster as one of her mentors, she has performed and shared the stage with countless celebrities including Barbara Streisand, Faith Hill, Celine Dion, Richard Marx, Stevie Wonder and Yolanda Adams. A work still unwritten, Nita continues to hone her skills as well as other creative ventures. She penned her first award winning memoir titled, Finding My Voice: My Journey through Grief to Grace. She has found hers. The best is yet to come.