The Queen Behind the Scene


You have more than likely been on the entertainment end of many of Inglewood resident Erica Beckwith’s many promotional events, but the probability of knowing she was the promoter is remote.
Beckwith attended Inglewood High School from 1983-86 before graduating from Crenshaw in 1987.
Always known for her very bright personality, being a perfectionist and extrovert, she always had a desire to help others.
Erica Beckwith followed out on a journey that began with promoting comedy in the late 1990s at the Mixed Nut Comedy Club, which is now recognized as the Comedy Union on Pico Blvd. She has worked with legendary comedian J Anthony Brown and actor Alex Thomas (“Don’t Be a Menace to South Central”) to name a few.
Eventually Beckwith found her comfort zone working for “Big Mike Productions” concentrating on stage plays that introduced “A man who finds a wife finds a good thing”, derived from Proverbs 18:22.
The play starred Grammy Award winning singer Howard Hewett, Jr. and R&B singer James DeBarge. Owner of the company Mike Brown died in 2018, ending more than a decade of service for Beckwith.
She moved on, starting a gospel choir with the late rapper Nate Dogg. Together their “Innate Praise” choir never got off the ground because of Nate Dogg suffered a sever stroke and never recovered.
However, because of that experience with Nate Dogg, Beckwith discovered American Idol sensation Jacob Lusk who finished 5th in the 10th season of the show.
While she continues to work with Lusk today, she also spends most her time assisting a bevy of artist and choirs, such as the L.A. Inner City Mass Choir, which was inspired after the 1992 Riots.
In 2013 she was responsible for helping to establish the KJLH Radio Free Choir, which performs at many of the station’s events and its owner Stevie Wonder’s charity functions. KJLH’s Continuity Director Traci Brown started the choir.
Beckwith spends countless hours recruiting talent for the choir, booking a variety of artist for gigs all while maintaining a regular 9-5 job. She stretches herself to the limit of which she knows no boundary.
Her indefatigable efforts in assisting and helping others is not considered work to Beckwith, because she does not solicit any payment, but does so she says because of her belief that her blessings come from God.
Recently, Erica Beckwith learned that she suffers from diabetes, heart disease and kidney failure.
She just began what she calls a holistic health diet she hopes will heal her. So far she is more vibrant than ever.
“I want to help encourage people to follow their vision,” she explained to Inglewood Today.
Other people dreams motivate Beckwith and encourage her to do what seamlessly comes natural.
That is helping someone else. It is what keeps her happy, joyous and free.


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