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Former American Idol Kara DioGuardi Molested & Raped Music by Producer

April 19, 2011 by  
Filed under Entertainment News, FEATURES, Music, TV Shows

US Magazine reported on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 that Kara DioGuardi has dealt with far worse things than judge-table spats on American Idol.
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In a frank new memoir, A Helluva High Note, the music industry vet and former Idol judge, 40, reveals that she suffered molestation as a a child and, as a young adult, was date-raped by a prominent music producer.

DioGuardi says that, at age 11, a teenaged family friend repeatedly molested her. “On one particular day, he took me into the the back shed of his house and put his hands all over my [body],” DioGuardi writes in an excerpt at E! News. “I remember freezing and not knowing what to do.”

Another painful secret: In 2000, as her music career rose, she went on a date with a “fairly known producer,” who sexually forced himself upon her after a cordial dinner.
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“[W]ithin a few hours, he was on top of me, pumping, sweating, and speaking to me in Spanish, not a word of which I could understand,” DioGuardi writes.

She kept the violent date-rape secret for fear it would ruin her career, she says.

DioGuardi also writes of sexual harassment at the hands of a “hugely successful artist” who was obsessed with “Russian porn” and hiring strippers for perform sex acts in front of him.

Of her early season 9 departure from Idol, the star explains that she was struggling to get pregnant via IVF.

“I wanted a child and there was no way I could get pregnant under the stress of eighteen-hour work days and live TV. . . My desire to be in control of my destiny was larger than my need to be a household name.” A Helluva High Note hits shelves April 26; DioGuardi will next appear on TV via Platinum Hit, a new Bravo reality series debuting May 30.

For more information visit US Magazine at http://www.usmagazine.com/healthylifestyle/news/kara-dioguardi-i-was-molested-date-raped-2011194

Source: US Magazine

Photo credit to: Albert L. Ortega/PR Photos

John Mayer, Justin Timberlake, Quincy Jones and Bill Withers attend I Create Music ASCAP Expo 2010

April 28, 2010 by  
Filed under Featured, FEATURES

It was a three-day Expo and conference that took place from April 22 – 24, 2010 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, CA. The event was hosted and produced by ASCAP.

ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Expo 2010 gives the opportunity for songwriters, composers and producers to learn and network.

Hundred of thousands of music creators from all genres of music are able to listen to panels, check workshops, visit master classes, and meet keynote speakers. It also provides one-on-one sessions with well-known singers and songwriters. The attendees also get critiqued by entertainment industry professionals, and have the opportunity to network with people from different parts of the nation. By attending the Expo they can see current products and state of the art technology demonstrations by vendors, which can help them with their music careers. Also, they are able to see live performances by their favorite singers.

The Expo opened on Thursday, April 22, 2010 from 8:00 am to 12:00 am, then continued on Friday, April 23, 2010 from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm, and concluded on Saturday, April 24, 2010 from 9:45 am to 6:45 pm

There was a lot to cover from the Expo event, so we selected to cover the following on Thursday, April 22, 2010 from 1:45 to 3:00 pm. “We Create Music” panelists included: Jason Mraz, songwriter, performer (I’m Yours, Make It Mine, Lucky, The Remedy), C.Tricky Stewart, producer, songwriter (Single Ladies; put a ring on it, Umbrella, Touch My Body, Just fine), Brian Tyler, composer (Film Eagle Eye, Rambo, Fast and Furious, The Expendables), and Phil Vassar, songwriter, performer (Just Another Day In Paradise, Bye Bye, Six Pack Summer, In a Real Love). The panelist moderator was Paul Williams, songwriter and actor (Evergreen, Rainy Days and Mondays, We’ve Only Just Begun, The Rainbow Connection, President and Chairman of the Board ASCAP).
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From 5:15 to 6:30 pm they held an “I Create Music” Interview with John Mayer (singer, songwriter and guitarist) conducted by Erik Philbrook from ASCAP.

On Friday, April 23, 2010 from 5:15 to 6:30 pm they held an “I Create Music” interview with Quincy Jones (musician, composer, producer, arranger and conductor) interviewed by Ludacris (artist) (We missed this interview.). Also, they presented I Create Music Center Stage at the Highlands from 8:00 to 10:00 pm where Chantal Kreviazuk, Allison Iraheta, Raul Midon and Gordie Sampson sang for their fans and members. The event was hosted by Loretta Munoz of ASCAP.
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On Saturday, April 24, 2010 ASCAP presented “Just the Two of Us: A conversation between Justin Timberlake (songwriter, performer, producer and actor) and Bill Withers (multi-Grammy Award winner singer, songwriter)” from 3:45 to 5:00 pm.
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ASCAP has offices in New York, London, Miami, Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, Nashville and Atlanta.

About ASCAP:
ASCAP is a membership association of more than 380,000 U.S. composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers of every kind of music. Through agreements with affiliated international societies, ASCAP also represents hundreds of thousands of music creators worldwide. ASCAP is the only U.S. performing rights organization created and controlled by composers, songwriters and music publishers, with a Board of Directors elected by and from the membership.

ASCAP protects the rights of its members by licensing and distributing royalties for the non-dramatic public performances of their copyrighted works. ASCAP’s licensees encompass all who want to perform copyrighted music publicly. ASCAP makes giving and obtaining permission to perform music simple for both creators and users of music. For more information visit http://www.ascap.com

Editor’s note: Quotes, photos and videos from the panelist artists will be added soon because we are still editing them. By the way, we want to thank ASCAP’s publicity firm for allowing us to cover this event, but we are sad to share with you that ASCAP employees did not allow the press/media outlets to take photos, go backstage to take photos. or ask the artists questions, so there are no direct quotes or questions from them. The only people allowed to record and take photographs were their employees.
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Story was proofread by Linda Krongold, our New York, NY Special Correspondent For Diversity News. For more information you can contact her at andmeljar@aol.com.

Photos courtesy of Rodrigo Vaz. You can contact Rodrigo at rodrigo.m.c.m.vaz@gmail.com for photo shoots. © 2010 By Diversity News Publications. All Rights Are Reserved.

Allison Iraheta of American Idol Season 8 attended The 17th Annual MMPA Oscar Week Student Filmakers Luncheon

March 10, 2010 by  
Filed under Featured, FEATURES

allisonOn Friday, March 5, 2010 The 17th Annual Multicultural Motion Picture Association Oscar Week Student Filmmakers Luncheon was held at The Montage Beverly Hills Hotel from 10 am to 2pm.

The MMPA presented students with financial awards for their film projects. The event was hosted by Chris Schauble, KNBC-4 Los Angeles News Anchor.

The students were expected to meet this year 82nd Academy Award Nominees: Lee Daniels, and the cast of “Precious” Gabourey Sidibe, Monique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Anika Noni Rose (The Frog Princess), Aaron Quinn, (The Blind Side) Tom Ford and David Scaerce (A Single Man) Kimberley Myers and Shelly Jo Reesman. The expected celebrities guests were Colin Firth, Morgan Freeman, Sandra Bullock , Carrey Mulligan, Anna Kendrick, Tami Farrell, Jeremy Renner, Henry Selick, Jon Musker, Ron Clements, Judith Ehrlich, Rick Goldsmith, Robert Kenner, Pamela Bach-Hasselhoff, Elise Pearlstein, Stephen Bognar, Gregori J Martin , Tivi Magnusson, Joel & Ethan Coen and more.

Some of the celebrities the attended were Singer Allison Iraheta, Model Sophie Turner, Actor Eric Zuley, Actress Lily Collins, Actor Quinton Aaron, Ray McKinnon, Model Derek Pratt, Nurse Cherilyn Lee, Actor Lorenzo Lamas and fiance Shawna Craig.
About The Multicultural Motion Picture Association (MMPA):
Is a 501 © 3 non-profit arts that provides scholarships annually to a certain number of qualified film students and trade guild apprentices who have shown dedication and talent for furthering their studies in the cinematic arts. The MMPA’s annual Oscar Week Luncheon is always a highly anticipated afternoon event amid sumptuous mid-day dining where talented young filmmakers intermingle with Academy Award® nominees and studio executives. The MMPA utilizes committed individuals who bring their skills and commitment to schools, as well as youth and civic organizations, where teens and young adults need career mentoring, coupled with equipment and technical support. For more information visit http://www.thediversityawards.org
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