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Diversity News Magazine Media Partner for The 5th Annual HERO Awards Hosted by Debra Wilson

Stonewall Young Democrats HERO Awards 2011
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Our magazine Diversity News is an official and proud media sponsor of the Stonewall Young Democrats 5th Annual HERO Awards. Please read story published on Diversity  News Magazine and Examiner.com

On May 17, 2011 The Stonewall Young Democrats (SYD), announced that the Honorable Betty Yee as the Honorary Awards Chairwoman and MadTV’s Debra Wilson as the Mistress of Ceremonies of  the 5th Annual HERO Awards to be held on August 20, 2011 at the Sheraton Gateway LAX located at 6101 West Century Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA 90045 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

The Honorable Betty Yee has served as a Member and Chairwoman of the Board of Equalization, the only elected tax commission in the nation. She is the former Chief Deputy Director for Budget with the California Department of Finance where she led the development of the Governor’s Budget, negotiations with the Legislature and key budget stakeholders, and fiscal analyses of legislation on behalf of the Administration. Betty Yee is a native of San Francisco.


Comedienne and actress Debra Wilson was the third longest-serving original cast member on the sketch comedy series MADtv, having appeared for the show’s first eight seasons. She has also done voice work for the animated series American Dad!Family GuyThe Proud Family, and many others. Debra Wilson has also made many independent films, including Jane White is Sick and Twisted, Sink Deep and Soul Mates. Debra Wilson is a strong ally of the LGBT Community and supports Marriage Equality.

The following individuals will be honored at the event: American Actress Candis Cayne (ABC’s Dirty Sexy Money), Hon. Mark Leno, California State Senator, Hon. Donna Groman, LA Superior Court Judge and Hon. Anthony Portantino, California State Assembly-member.

Read about Honorees for the 5th Annual HERO Awards:

  • Visionary Award: Candis Cayne. Candis Cayne is an American Actress & Performance Artist. Cayne came to national attention in 2007 for portraying transgender mistress Carmelita on ABC’s prime time drama Dirty Sexy Money. The role makes Candis Cayne the first transgender actress to play a recurring transgender character in prime time.
  • Trailblazer Award: Senator Mark Leno. Senator Leno serves as the California State Senator representing the 3rd District including San Francisco. He was elected in 2008 and is the first openly gay man to serve in the Senate. Leno was previously one of the first two openly gay men to serve in the Assembly. Most recently, he was successful in passing legislation known as SB 48 FAIR Education Act to add Gay History to the school curriculum and was signed by Governor Jerry Brown on July 14, 2011.
  • Youth Advocacy Award: Judge Donna Groman. Judge Groman has served as an openly lesbian judicial officer since 1997. She is presently the Supervising Judge of Kenyon Juvenile Justice Center, a juvenile delinquency court in South Los Angeles. Prior assignments include criminal and juvenile dependency.
  • Mentorship Award: Assemblyman: Anthony Portantino. Assemblyman Portantino has represented the 44th Assembly District since his election to the Assembly in November 2006. Assemblyman Portantino has worked with the HIV/AIDS community on bills that help make it easier to diagnose and support HIV positive patients.

Celebrities HERO Awards 2011Some of the celebrity guests expected to attend are: Carolyn Hennesy (Actress), Sara Rue (Actress), Syesha Mercado (Singer, American Idol), Yvette Yates (Actress), Phoebe Price (Actress), Louis Van Amstel (ABC’s Dancing w/the Stars), Jesse Garcia (Actor) and Gloria Bigelow (Comedian & LOGO TV).

TO ATTEND THE EVENT, YOU CAN PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS FOR UNDER 36 YRS: $25.00 AND 36 YRS AND OVER: $40.00 AT HTTP://STONEWALLYOUNGDEMS.ORG/HEROES/SPONSOR-US

About The HERO Awards:
The Annual HERO Awards, now in its fifth year, recognizes individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of the rights of the LGBT Community. Past recipients include: Congresswoman Judy Chu, Maria Elena Durazo, Karina Samala, Fmr. Congresswoman/US Ambassador Diane E. Watson, West Hollywood City Council Member Jeffrey Prang and Jorge Valencia. For more information visit http://stonewallyoungdems.org/heroes

Stonewall Young Democrats Los AngelesAbout SYD: Founded in 2004, Stonewall Young Democrats is a community of dedicated youth passionate about political and societal issues. They strive to give voice to LGBTQ youth and take action in a grassroots manner on matters of both local and national significance. For more information visit www.stonewallyoungdems.org

Photos credit to:  The Stonewall Young Democrats
Source:  The Stonewall Young Democrats, Examiner.com 

Editor’s Note: Our publication Diversity News Magazine, published by Diversity News Publications is a proud sponsor of the 2011 5th Annual HERO Awards. We want to congratulate all the Honorees.

Samira Chatila Wins Ms. Exoti-Lady World Pageant 2011 & Maria Amor Birthday Gala Benefiting Exotifit for Humanity

Samira Chatila Wins DNM cover page June 2011It took about 3 months for Exotifit International Inc to put together a beauty pageant competition for the first time ever. The event was held on Friday, May 20, 2011 at the Universal Hilton in Universal City, CA from 6 pm to 2am. The set up crew were the first to arrive at the Ballroom C&D at Universal Hilton located next to the famous Universal Studios.
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During the event they featured 5 red carpets with about 100 media outlet representatives and close to 1000 guests. Some of the sponsors were also able to display items for the silent auction that was held during the show.
“I want to thank every single beautiful people who came and graced our event. It was a tremendous success, we are still in euphoric state! We will send out our thank you’s in the following days. I want you to know that we at Exotifit always recognize those who support and help us. We love you and more to come from Exotifit!” Said Maria Amor, Event Producer.
The Ms. Exoti-Lady World Pageant 2011 judges, some sponsors and celebrities arrived in a limo where they were interviewed and photographed on the red carpet. Something different was that on the event media wall there were most of the sponsor’s logos and some celebrities’ images. The event emcees were Anne Judson-Yager & Jesse Jam Miranda, who kept the audience entertained during the entire show.

“Thank you Maria and Exotifit, All the Pageants, the media, my friends, Edy and the supporters. I really love you all. It’s a dream come true”. Said Samira Kazemeni Ms. Exoti Lady World Pageant 2011 Winner.
The show’s rundown was as follows. First the Ms. Exoti-Lady World Pageant 2011 opened the night with a special dance performance, and then Shane Atoms, top 90 contestant from American Idol season 10 and The Exoti-Angels took the stage and performed a couple of hit songs. The contestants came back on stage to compete in the swimsuit competition. The judges were introduced and then event producer Maria Amor spoke at the event and introduced author Jeraldine Saunders as the event’s guest speaker. Then Exoti-Lady returned to compete in the fashion wear competition, followed by a special performance by Justin Chase. After Justin Chase, the contestants returned to compete in the evening gown competition. Justin Chase was back to serenade the candidates. Special awards were presented to the candidates and finally the winner of Ms. Exoti-Lady World Pageant 2011 was announced. After the pageant was over, guests were invited to stay to join the after party which celebrated the event, including Maria Amor’s 29th birthday.
“Thank you so much for all the Birthday shout-outs!!! I had the perfect birthday celebration with my Exoti-Ladies, my Angels and Goddesses, Exoti-Family, Exoti-Friends, Exoti-Sponsors, Exoti-Media Partners and Exoti-Guests! I couldn’t ask for more except I miss my family in the Philippines”. Concluded Ms. Amor.

It started with 14 candidates, but 11 finalists made it to the finals and the following ladies made to the final show: Christine Ames (Ms. Exoti-Lady USA), Maricris Bautista (Ms. Exoti-Lady Philippines), Lucie Volotzky (Ms. Exoti-Lady Canada), Marie Bogacz (Ms. Exoti-Lady El Salvador), Monica Farah (Ms. Exoti-Lady Hungary), Elena Berman (Ms. Exoti-Lady Ukraine), Samira Chatila (Ms. Exoti-Lady Iran), Nikki Storm (Ms. Exoti-Lady Washington USA), Mercy Alpert (Ms. Exoti-Lady Malasia), Laura Villescaz (Ms. Exoti-Lady Mexico) and Soraya Fallah (Ms. Exoti-Lady Kurdistan).
“Last night was an incredible experience. Congratulations to all of the beautiful women of the Ms. Exoti=Lady world, The birthday queen Maria Amor, and every single person who made the pageant possible including our wonderful family and friends who came to support”, said former candidate Ms. Kurdistan Soraya Fallah.
The 1st place prize went to Samira Chatila who won the crown and official title of Ms Exoti-Lady World Pageant 2011, the first runner up was Mercy Alpert (Ms. Exoti-Lady Malasia) and 2nd place went to Maricris Bautista (Ms. Exoti-Lady Philippines).
Special awards were handed out to Marie Bogacz (Ms. Exoti-Lady El Salvador) for Ms. Exoti-Congeniality, Samira Chatila (Ms. Exoti-Lady Iran) for People’ Choice Award and ), and Maricris Bautista (Ms. Exoti-Lady Philippines) for Exoti-Supermodel.
The gold sponsors were Ingrid’s Café, Cesar’s Photography, Marina Berberyan, Ninet Ghookassian, Tarzana Cosmetic & Wellness Center (Dr. Kamran Safvati), Shekhar Rehate, Eleite Team Services Inc and Crystal Heelz. The silver sponsors were Parris Harris, D’Nasip, The Law offices of Jeffrey Jackson, Pinhi Golf, D’Moiselle Couture, Tatyana Peter. Bronze sponsors Sumthin’sweet creations, Casablanca Pro-Sound & Lighting, G&B Fashion Accessories, Nora Demirijian, Bizarre Make-Up by Gayane Martirosyan, AMG Consulting Group Inc, Hayavi Live International DJ & Dancers and Wanda Patterson (The Image Maker).
Some of the media sponsors  were Diversity News Magazine, Model Vanity Magazine, ModelforUS, Manila-US Times, Close-Up, Biz Mag, Palos Verdes TV, Rick Girl Production and Philippine Press (PPP).

Some of the pageant judges were: Sabrina Parisi, Wanda Patterson, Larry D Eudine, Esteban Steven Escobar (our magazine editor), Jeffrey C Jackson, Pamela Asobo Anchang and Jarvee E. Hutcherson.
“The program was well organized. The sheer amount of detailed work going into this pageant and the success of its outcome is reason to celebrate. I think future event planners need to learn from the team of creative minds who worked so tirelessly to make this pageant what it was” said Cklara Moradian.
She concluded, “I was moved while being entertained. The Exoti-ladies blew everyone away. To torture a cliche, I was truly inspired. If at the age of 40, I have the strength, courage, and gorgeous body of the women of the Exoti-World pageant, I will feel like a queen. It has motivated me to work on my health and get into a better shape so that one day I can inspire other young women and encourage them to take care of themselves. Maria Amor is the embodiment of the entrepreneurial spirit and I am honored to have met her.”
The celebrities and personalities who attended the event were: Jeraldine Saunders (The Love Boat Creator, Book author),  Jack Jones (Legendary award winning Artist), Steve Railsback (Actor), Jimmy Morian (Producer), Larry D. Eudine (Actor), Dina BarEl (Fashion Designer), Fawn (Recording Artist),  Exoti-Angels & Goddesses (Performers), Ali Dean (The Unit), Tatyana Peter (Celebrity Couturier), Johnny V (Actor/Host), Sam Sarpong (Model), Chris Getz (Baseball Player), Ernie Singleton (Personality), Rebecca Whitman (Actress), Harmony Blossom (Model), Gregory Hatanaka (Producer Director, Distributor), Wonna De Jong  (Producer, Investor), Heidi Fiamengo (Fashion Designer), Chelsea Autumn (TV Personality from Bravo’s Millionaire Match), John Palisano (Film Maker/Musician), Ingrid Bedrosian (Celebrity Chef & owner of Ingrid’s Cafe Chef), Thushari Jayasekera (Outsourced), Bogdan Szumilas (Producer, actor, talent manager), Noa G (Fashion Designer), Hollywood Men (Models), Mirriam Chui (Beauty Queen), Mike Torchia (Fitness Celebrity), Anoush Sadegh (Host) and Michelle Andria (Singer), Em Roberts (Exotifit For Humanity), Eva Barry (Exotifit For Humanity) and Amber Rice (Exotifit For Humanity). Ms. Exoti-Lady World Pageant 2011 event was directed by Maria Amor and produced by Exotifit by Maria Amor.
Our own Esteban Steven Escobar was one of the pageant judges and our sister company Diversity News Magazine with our parent company were media sponsors.


About Exotifit for Humanity: Founded in 2011, Is a 501(c)(3) non organization to help promote health, fitness, wellness, beauty and arts to underprivileged women, children as well the disabled. For more information visithttp://exotifitforhumanity.org/ or exotifit.com

About Maria Amor:
Maria Amor is an AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) Certified Aerobics Intructor, DVIDA (Dance Vision International Dance Association) Certified Ballroom Dance Instructor, a Paint Artist and Entrepreneur. Maria Amor is also the Founder and President of Exotifit for Humanity, Founder/CEO of Exotifit and President of MLT Enterprises. For more information visit http://www.exotifit.com/mariaamor.html

About Exotifit:
“It’s the sexiest workout ever”, says Maria Amor, founder of Exotifit, which blends diverse styles of musical dance with an invigorating soundtrack that gets you dancing to the rhythm. It’s far from a boring and unmotivating workout; it’s sexy. Exotifil is taught by Maria and some of her ExotiAngels, a
sister group comprised of some students and teachers who also perform at large functions and conventions such as the California Gift show and LA Fitness Expo.
Exotifit offers classes in groups or via private tutelage and also offers teacher certification for those interested in teaching Exotifit classes. Maria Amors’ Exotifit isn’t just a sexy and affordable workout for adults, but it’s a fun and energetic routine for children as well. Dances featured are African, salsa, chacha, tango, belly-dancing and many more. If you are looking for a fun, motivating workout, rush to your local fitness center for an Exotifit. For more information visit http://www.exotifit.com

Photos credit to: Travis Jourdain from 5 Minutes Photos, Nelson Shen & Stella Gomez

Source: Examiner.com

Editor’s Note: 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
Congratulations to Samira Chatila for winning the crown and title of Ms. Exoti-Lady World Pageant 2011. We want to wish her the best luck as the pageant carrier.

Paula Abdul Joins Simon Cowell on THE X FACTOR as Judge Panel

Paula AbdulOn Sunday, May 8, 2011 Fox.com reported that America’s sweetheart, world-renowned choreographer and pop icon Paula Abdul will join Cheryl Cole, Antonio “L.A.” Reid and Simon Cowell as a judge on THE X FACTOR, the highly anticipated singing competition series debuting this fall. Abdul, who sat alongside Cowell for eight seasons as a judge on AMERICAN IDOL, has worldwide album sales exceeding 50 million records, two No. 1 albums, six No. 1 singles, a Grammy Award, seven MTV Awards, two Emmy Awards, two People’s Choice Awards and two Kids’ Choice Awards. Abdul will join Cole, Cowell, and Reid as they travel to THE X FACTOR audition cities searching for the next global superstar or breakout music group.


“This show would never have been the same without Paula and I can’t believe I am saying this – I have missed her a lot, and I am thrilled she’s on the show,” said Simon Cowell.

“I am excited beyond words to be a part of THE X FACTOR. I couldn’t be happier to bring my love for cultivating talent and performance to such a wildly anticipated show,” said Paula Abdul. “I’m looking forward to being back with the FOX family and know that it will be an extraordinary journey — we’re going to have a blast. I’m also delighted and grateful to be sitting next to Simon again…but you might want to check back with me in a week or two!”

“Paula is not only the lovely, nurturing person that America fell in love with, but she’s also one of the fiercest competitors I’ve ever seen — which makes her a perfect fit to judge THE X FACTOR,” said Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “Paula and Simon have undeniable chemistry, and together with L.A. Reid and Cheryl Cole, I think we’ve put together an incredibly entertaining judges’ panel.”

“I’m thrilled to be working with Paula again,” says executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz. “A consummate entertainer in her own right, she has an extraordinary talent and generosity for nurturing performers — and her chemistry with Simon Cowell is like no other. I especially look forward to seeing her signature sensibilities in action during our mentoring rounds!”

Auditions have been held in Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, Seattle and Chicago. Dallas auditions take place on May 26. In addition to the open auditions, THE X FACTOR has audition booths in six more cities open through May 8.

During the open auditions, The X Factor Hotline (1-855-345-5678) will be updated with relevant audition details.


About Paula Abdul:
Paula Julie Abdul (play /ˈæbdl/; born June 19, 1962)[2] is an American recording artist, dancer,choreographer, actress and television personality.

In the 1980s, Abdul rose from cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers to highly sought-after choreographer at the height of the music video era before scoring a string of pop music-R&B hits in the late-1980s and early-1990s. Her six number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 tie her for fifth among the female solo performers who have reached #1 there.[3] She won a Grammy for “Best Music Video – Short Form” for “Opposites Attract” and twice won the “Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography“.

After her initial period of success, she suffered a series of setbacks in her professional and personal life, until she found renewed fame and success in the 2000s as a judge on the television series, American Idol, for eight years, before departing from the show. Abdul had moved on to another television series, CBS‘s Live to Dance, which debuted in January 2011. The series has since been canceled. Following her judging role in Live to Dance, Abdul moved to theAmerican version of The X Factor with her former American Idol co-judge Simon Cowell which will premiere in September 2011.[4] She is said to be working on a new album.[5][6]

Sources: Fox.com & Wikipedia
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Editor’s Note: Congratulations to Paula Abdul for taking a new job with The X Factor and for sure we will watch FOX Networks to see her again and Welcome back to The Fox Family.

Question? Will you watch The X Factor now the Paula Abdul is back on the FOX Networks?

The 42nd NAACP Image Awards 2011 Complete Winners List

March 5, 2011 by  
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The 42nd NAACP Image Awards Red Carpet and Award WinnersOn Friday, March 4, 2011 The 42nd NAACP Image Awards were handle out live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA.
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The awards show was broadcast for two-hours from 8:00 – 10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX Network. The 42nd NAACP Image Awards was hosted by Holly Robinson Peete and Wayne Brady.


The 42nd NAACP Image Awards Complete Winners List is courtesy of http://www.thewrap.com

TV

  • Outstanding Comedy Series: “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”
  • Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series: David Mann – “Meet the Browns”
  • Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series: Vanessa Williams – “Desperate Housewives”
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Ice Cube – “Are We There Yet?”
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Sofia Vergara – “Modern Family”
  • Outstanding Drama Series: “Grey’s Anatomy”
  • Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series: LL Cool J – “NCIS: Los Angeles”
  • Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Regina King – “Southland”
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Terrence Howard – “Law & Order: Los Angeles”
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: S. Epatha Merkerson – “Law & Order”
  • Outstanding TV Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special: “Sins of the Mother”
  • Outstanding Actor in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special: Idris Elba – “Luther”
  • Outstanding Actress in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special: Jill Scott – “Sins of the Mother”
  • Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series: Darnell Williams (“All My Children”
  • Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series: Tatyana Ali – “The Young and the Restless”
  • Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special): “Unsung”
  • Outstanding Talk Series: “The View”
  • Outstanding Reality Series: “Sunday Best”
  • Outstanding Variety (Series or Special): “UNCF An Evening of Stars Tribute to Lionel Richie”
  • Outstanding Children’s Program: “True Jackson, VP”
  • Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children’s Program (Series or Special): Keke Palmer – “True Jackson, VP”
  • Outstanding Documentary (Theatrical or Television): “For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots”
  • Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series: Aaron McGruder – “The Boondocks”
  • Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series: Shonda Rhimes – “Private Practice” – (Did You Hear What Happened to Charlotte King?)
  • Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series: Kevin Rodney Sullivan – “Modern Family” (Game Changer)
  • Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series: Millicent Shelton – “Men of a Certain Age” (Go with the Flow)
  • FILM
  • Outstanding Motion Picture: “For Colored Girls”
  • Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture: Denzel Washington – “The Book of Eli”
  • Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture: Halle Berry – “Frankie and Alice”
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Samuel L. Jackson – “Mother and Child”
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Kimberly Elise – “For Colored Girls”
  • Outstanding Independent Motion Picture: “Frankie and Alice”
  • Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture: “Biutiful”
  • Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television): Mary King, Anna Waterhouse, Joe Shrapnel, Marko King, Jonathan Watters, Cheryl Edwards – “Frankie and Alice” and Michael Elliot – “Just Wright”
  • Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television): Tyler Perry – “For Colored Girls”
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    MUSIC

    • Outstanding New Artist: Willow Smith
    • Outstanding Male Artist: Usher
    • Outstanding Female Artist: Mary J. Blige
    • Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration: John Legend and The Roots
    • Outstanding Jazz Album: “From Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf – Live in Marciac” – The Wynton Marsalis Quintet and Richard Galliano
    • Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary): “You Are Not Alone” – Mavis Staples
    • Outstanding World Music Album: “VOCAbuLarieS” – Bobby McFerrin
    • Outstanding Music Video: “Un-thinkable (I’m Ready)” – Alicia Keys
    • Outstanding Song: “Bittersweet” – Fantasia Barrino
    • Outstanding Album: “Wake Up!” – John Legend and The Roots

     

    LITERATURE

    • Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction: Getting to Happy by Terry McMillan
    • Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
    • Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author: The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
    • Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Auto-Biography: You Don’t Know Me: Reflections of My Father, Ray Charles by Ray Charles Robinson, Jr.
    • Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional: A Boy Should Know How to Tie a Tie: And Other Lessons for Succeeding in Life by Antwone Fisher
    • Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry:  100 Best African-American Poems by Nikki Giovanni
    • Outstanding Literary Work – Children: My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete, Ryan Elizabeth Peete (Authors), Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)
    • Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens: Condoleezza Rice: A Memoir of My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me by Condoleezza Rice



    The NAACP Image Awards also presented special awards to Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA – Surgeon General awarded (The Chairman’s Award) and General Colin L. Powell (The President’s Award).

    If you want to find out who was nominated visit http://diversitynewspublications.com/2011/01/american-idol-glee-30-rock-nominated-for-the-42nd-naacp-image-awards/ and who attended the  Nominees’ Luncheon visit http://diversitynewspublications.com/2011/02/the-42nd-naacp-image-awards-nominees%E2%80%99-luncheon-at-the-beverly-hills-hotel/

    About NAACP Image Awards:
    The NAACP Image Awards is the nation’s premier event celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts (television, recording, literature, motion picture and writing & directing), as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors. For more information visit http://www.naacpimageawards.net

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    About the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP):
    Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. The organization’s half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities and monitor equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. For more information visit http://www.naacp.org

    Photos Courtesy and (C) 2011 by Events & Celebrity Photographer Rodrigo Vaz for Diversity News Publications. (C) 2011 By Diversity News Publications.

    Editor’s Note: Congratulations to all the winners, especial thank you to Rodrigo Vaz for covering the event for us.
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    Glee and The Social Network Wins at The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2011

    January 16, 2011 by  
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    The 68th Annual Golden Globe® Awards was air LIVE coast-to-coast on Sunday, January 16, 2011 on NBC from 5:00-8:00 p.m. (PST) /8:00-11:00 p.m. (EST) from the Beverly Hilton Hotel with host Ricky Gervais.
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    The 68th Annual Golden Globe® Awards was seen in more than 160 countries and is produced by dick clark productions in association with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.


    The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards Some Nominees and Winners

    * Indicates winner

    Cecil B. DeMille Award (Winner)

    *Robert De Niro

    1. BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
      1. BLACK SWAN
        Protozoa Pictures & Cross Creek Pictures & Phoenix; Fox Searchlight Pictures
      2. THE FIGHTER
        Paramount Pictures and Relativity Media; Paramount Pictures and Relativity Media
      3. INCEPTION
        Warner Bros. Pictures UK LTD.; Warner Bros. Pictures

      * THE KING’S SPEECH (See-Saw Films and Bedlam Productions; The Weinstein Company)

      1. THE SOCIAL NETWORK
        Columbia Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing
    2. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
      1. HALLE BERRY FRANKIE AND ALICE
      2. NICOLE KIDMAN RABBIT HOLE
      3. JENNIFER LAWRENCE WINTER’S BONE
      4. *NATALIE PORTMAN

        BLACK SWAN
      5. MICHELLE WILLIAMS BLUE VALENTINE
    3. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
      1. JESSE EISENBERG THE SOCIAL NETWORK
      2. *COLIN FIRTH

        THE KING’S SPEECH
      3. JAMES FRANCO 127 HOURS
      4. RYAN GOSLING BLUE VALENTINE
      5. MARK WAHLBERG THE FIGHTER
    4. BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
      1. ALICE IN WONDERLAND
        Walt Disney Pictures; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
      2. BURLESQUE
        Screen Gems; Sony Pictures Releasing

      * THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT (Antidote Films, Mandalay Vision, Gilbert Films; Focus Features)

      1. RED
        di Bonaventura Pictures; Summit Entertainment
      2. THE TOURIST
        GK Films; Sony Pictures Releasing
    5. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
      1. *ANNETTE BENING

        THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
      2. ANNE HATHAWAY LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS
      3. ANGELINA JOLIE THE TOURIST
      4. JULIANNE MOORE THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
      5. EMMA STONE EASY A
    6. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
      1. JOHNNY DEPP ALICE IN WONDERLAND
      2. JOHNNY DEPP THE TOURIST
      3. *PAUL GIAMATTI

        BARNEY’S VERSION
      4. JAKE GYLLENHAAL LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS
      5. KEVIN SPACEY CASINO JACK
    7. BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
      1. DESPICABLE ME
        Universal Pictures, Illumination Entertainment; Universal Pictures
      2. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON
        DreamWorks Animation; Paramount Pictures
      3. THE ILLUSIONIST
        Django Films, Ciné B and France 3 Cinéma; Sony Pictures Classics
      4. TANGLED
        Walt Disney Animation Studios; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

      *TOY STORY 3 Disney * Pixar; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    8. BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
      1. BIUTIFUL (MEXICO/SPAIN)

        Menageatroz, Focus Features International; Roadside Attractions

      2. THE CONCERT (FRANCE)

        An Oï Oï Oï Productions, Les Productions Du Tresor, France 3 Cinema, Europacorp, Castel Films, Panache Productions, RTBF (Belgian Television), BIM Distrubuzione Co., Canal +, Cinecinema and France 3; The Weinstein Company

      3. THE EDGE (Kpaй) (RUSSIA)

        Teleshow/Rock Films; Central Partnership (Russia)

      4. I AM LOVE (IO SONO L’AMORE) (ITALY)

        First Sun; Magnolia Pictures

      5. *IN A BETTER WORLD (Hævnen)

        (DENMARK)

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    9. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
      1. AMY ADAMS THE FIGHTER
      2. HELENA BONHAM CARTER THE KING’S SPEECH
      3. MILA KUNIS BLACK SWAN
      4. *MELISSA LEO

        THE FIGHTER
      5. JACKI WEAVER ANIMAL KINGDOM
    10. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
      1. *CHRISTIAN BALE

        THE FIGHTER
      2. MICHAEL DOUGLAS WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS
      3. ANDREW GARFIELD THE SOCIAL NETWORK
      4. JEREMY RENNER THE TOWN
      5. GEOFFREY RUSH THE KING’S SPEECH
    11. BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
      1. DARREN ARONOFSKY BLACK SWAN
      2. *DAVID FINCHER

        THE SOCIAL NETWORK
      3. TOM HOOPER THE KING’S SPEECH
      4. CHRISTOPHER NOLAN INCEPTION
      5. DAVID O. RUSSELL THE FIGHTER
    12. BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
      1. DANNY BOYLE, SIMON BEAUFOY 127 HOURS
      2. LISA CHOLODENKO, STUART BLUMBERG THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
      3. CHRISTOPHER NOLAN INCEPTION
      4. DAVID SEIDLER THE KING’S SPEECH
      5. *AARON SORKIN

        THE SOCIAL NETWORK
    13. BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
      1. ALEXANDRE DESPLAT THE KING’S SPEECH
      2. DANNY ELFMAN ALICE IN WONDERLAND
      3. A.R. RAHMAN 127 HOURS
      4. * TRENT REZNOR, ATTICUS ROSS

        THE SOCIAL NETWORK
      5. HANS ZIMMER INCEPTION
    14. BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
      1. “BOUND TO YOU” — BURLESQUE
        Music by: Samuel Dixon
        Lyrics by: Christina Aguilera, Sia Furler
      2. “COMING HOME” — COUNTRY STRONG
        Music & Lyrics by: Bob DiPiero, Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey, Troy Verges
      3. “I SEE THE LIGHT” — TANGLED
        Music by: Alan Menken
        Lyrics by: Glenn Slater
      4. “THERE’S A PLACE FOR US” — CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER
        Music & Lyrics by: Carrie Underwood, David Hodges, Hillary Lindsey

      * “YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE LAST OF ME” — BURLESQUE (Music & Lyrics by: Diane Warren)

    15. BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

      * BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO) Leverage, Closest to the Hole Productions, Sikelia Productions and Cold Front Productions, HBO Entertainment

      1. DEXTER (SHOWTIME)
        Showtime, John Goldwyn Productions, The Colleton Company
      2. THE GOOD WIFE (CBS)
        CBS Television Studios
      3. MAD MEN (AMC)
        Lionsgate Television
      4. THE WALKING DEAD (AMC)
        AMC
    16. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
      1. JULIANNA MARGULIES THE GOOD WIFE
      2. ELISABETH MOSS MAD MEN
      3. PIPER PERABO COVERT AFFAIRS
      4. * KATEY SAGAL

        SONS OF ANARCHY
      5. KYRA SEDGWICK THE Closer
    17. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
      1. * STEVE BUSCEMI

        BOARDWALK EMPIRE

    18. BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

      * GLEE (FOX) Ryan Murphy Television, Twentieth Century Fox Television

      1. MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
        Twentieth Century Fox Television
      2. NURSE JACKIE (SHOWTIME)
        Showtime, Lionsgate Television, Jackson Group Entertainment, Madison Grain Elevator, Inc. & Delong Lumber, Caryn Mandabach Productions
    19. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES –COMEDY OR MUSICAL
      1. TONI COLLETTE UNITED STATES OF TARA
      2. EDIE FALCO NURSE JACKIE
      3. TINA FEY 30 ROCK
      4. *LAURA LINNEY

        THE BIG C
      5. LEA MICHELE GLEE
    20. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
      1. ALEC BALDWIN 30 ROCK
      2. STEVE CARELL THE OFFICE
      3. THOMAS JANE HUNG
      4. MATTHEW MORRISON GLEE
      5. *JIM PARSONS

        THE BIG BANG THEORY
    21. BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

      *CARLOS (SUNDANCE CHANNEL) Film En Stock and Egoli Tossell Film, Sundance Channel

    22. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
      1. *CLAIRE DANES

        TEMPLE GRANDIN
    23. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
      1. *AL PACINO

        YOU DON’T KNOW JACK

    24. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
      1. HOPE DAVIS THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP
      2. *JANE LYNCH

        GLEE
      3. KELLY MACDONALD BOARDWALK EMPIRE
      4. JULIA STILES DEXTER
      5. SOFIA VERGARA MODERN FAMILY
    25. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
      1. SCOTT CAAN HAWAII FIVE-O
      2. *CHRIS COLFER

        GLEE
      3. CHRIS NOTH THE GOOD WIFE
      4. ERIC STONESTREET MODERN FAMILY
      5. DAVID STRATHAIRN TEMPLE GRANDIN




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    Former American Idol Fantasia Makes Her Milkshake at Millions Of Milkshakes Culver City

    November 25, 2010 by  
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    Former American Idol Fantasia Makes Her MilkshakeFormer American Idol Season 3 Winner Fantasia makes her own custom Shake at Millions of Milkshakes on November 24, 2010 in Culver City, CA. Her shake consists of ‘The Southern Paradise Shake’ which comes with Strawberries, Pineapple, Coconut and Vanilla Cream.Wireless from AT&T


    Fantasia took photos with her daughter Dion Barrino.

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    About Fantasia:
    Fantasia Monique Barrino (born June 30, 1984) commonly known as Fantasia, is an American R&B/pop singer, Broadway and television actress who rose to fame as the winner of the third season of the television series American Idol in 2004. She has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards. After playing the part of Celie in the Broadway musical The Color Purple, she has been cast to be in the film adaptation of the musical.


    In 2004, she released her debut single, “I Believe“, which debuted at the top spot of theBillboard Hot 100. Subsequently, she released her debut album, Free Yourself, which went on to be certified Platinum by the RIAA and garnered Barrino four Grammy nominations in 2006. In 2006, she released her second album, Fantasia, which featured the number-one R&B hit “When I See U“. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA and received three Grammy nominations in 2008. She then played the part of Celie in the Broadway musical The Color Purple. Her third studio album, Back to Me, was released worldwide on August 24, 2010 and features the top-ten R&B hit “Bittersweet“. For more information visit: http://www.fantasiaofficial.com/us/home
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    People’s Choice Awards 2011 Nominees Announced

    November 12, 2010 by  
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    People's Choice Awards 2011On November 9, 2010 the People’s Choice Awards 2011 Nominees were announced at The London West Hollywood Hotel by Malin Akerman (“27 Dresses,” “Watchmen”), Michael Chiklis, (“No Ordinary Family”), Zachary Levi (“Chuck”), AnnaLynne McCord (“90210”), Jeff Probst (“Survivor”), Audrina Patridge (“The Hills”) along with host Queen Latifah and Executive Producer Mark Burnett.


    The winners will be announced via broadcast of People’s Choice Awards 2011 from the Nokia Theater, L.A. Live on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    Tickets to the awards show are now available for fans to purchase through Ticketmaster. Voting begins today at www.PeoplesChoice.com for all 44 categories and will end on Dec. 7, 2010, except for “Favorite New TV Drama” and “Favorite New TV Comedy” which will remain open for voting until night of show.

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    The list of potential nominees for PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS 2011 were determined by national ratings averages, box-office grosses, music sales, input from our media partners and E-Score Celebrity. This process generated the top 12 candidates per category. Fans picked their favorites at www.PeoplesChoice.com to generate the final list of nominees for PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS 2011. Fans had the option to write in their favorites not included among the provided candidates. All new network shows currently on air are eligible in the categories of “Favorite New TV Drama” and “Favorite New TV Comedy;” the top 5 will be announced Dec. 8, 2011.

    PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS 2011 Nominees:

    MOVIES:

    Favorite Movie
    Alice In Wonderland
    Inception
    Iron Man 2
    The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
    Toy Story 3

    Favorite Movie Actor
    Johnny Depp
    Leonardo DiCaprio
    Robert Downey Jr.
    Robert Pattinson
    Taylor Lautner

    Favorite Movie Actress
    Angelina Jolie
    Jennifer Aniston
    Julia Roberts
    Katherine Heigl
    Kristen Stewart

    Favorite Action Movie
    Iron Man 2
    Kick-Ass
    Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
    Robin Hood
    Salt

    Favorite Action Star
    Angelina Jolie
    Bradley Cooper
    Jackie Chan
    Jake Gyllenhaal
    Robert Downey Jr.

    Favorite Drama Movie
    Alice in Wonderland
    Dear John
    Inception
    The Social Network
    The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
    Favorite Family Movie
    Despicable Me
    How to Train Your Dragon
    Shrek Forever After
    The Karate Kid
    Toy Story 3

    Favorite Comedy Movie
    Date Night
    Easy A
    Grown Ups
    Sex and the City 2
    Valentine’s Day

    Favorite Comedic Star
    Adam Sandler
    Drew Barrymore
    Steve Carell
    Tina Fey
    Will Ferrell

    Favorite On-Screen Team
    Date Night (Tina Fey & Steve Carell)
    Inception (Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy & Dileep Rao)
    Iron Man 2 (Robert Downey Jr. & Don Cheadle)
    The Karate Kid (Jackie Chan & Jaden Smith)
    The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart & Taylor Lautner)

    Favorite Movie Star Under 25 presented by Moviefone
    Emma Watson
    Kristen Stewart
    Robert Pattinson
    Vanessa Hudgens
    Zac Efron

    Favorite Horror Movie (New! Voted in by fans)
    A Nightmare on Elm Street
    Let Me In
    Resident Evil: Afterlife
    The Crazies
    The Last Exorcism

    TELEVISION:

    Favorite TV Drama
    Gossip Girl
    Grey’s Anatomy
    House
    The Good Wife
    The Vampire Diaries

    Favorite TV Drama Actor
    Chace Crawford
    Hugh Laurie
    Ian Somerhalder
    Patrick Dempsey
    Taye Diggs

    Favorite TV Drama Actress
    Blake Lively
    Julianna Margulies
    Kate Walsh
    Lisa Edelstein
    Sandra Oh

    Favorite TV Comedy
    Glee
    How I Met Your Mother
    Modern Family
    The Big Bang Theory
    Two and a Half Men

    Favorite TV Comedy Actor
    Alec Baldwin
    Jim Parsons
    Matthew Morrison
    Neil Patrick Harris
    Steve Carell

    Favorite TV Comedy Actress
    Alyson Hannigan
    Courteney Cox
    Eva Longoria Parker
    Jane Lynch
    Tina Fey

    Favorite Competition Show
    American Idol
    America’s Got Talent
    Dancing With The Stars
    Hell’s Kitchen
    So You Think You Can Dance

    Favorite TV Crime Drama
    Bones
    Criminal Minds
    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
    Lie To Me
    NCIS

    Favorite TV Crime Fighter (New! Voted in by fans)
    Emily Deschanel (Bones)
    Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
    Mark Harmon (NCIS)
    Simon Baker (The Mentalist)
    Tim Roth (Lie to Me)

    Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show
    Fringe
    Smallville
    Supernatural
    The Vampire Diaries
    True Blood

    Favorite Talk Show Host
    Chelsea Handler
    Conan O’Brien
    Ellen DeGeneres
    George Lopez
    Oprah Winfrey

    Favorite TV Obsession
    Burn Notice
    Dexter
    Pretty Little Liars
    True Blood
    White Collar

    Favorite TV Guilty Pleasure
    Jersey Shore
    Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List
    Keeping Up with the Kardashians
    The Real Housewives of New Jersey
    Tosh.O

    Favorite TV Guest Star
    Betty White on Community
    Britney Spears on Glee
    Carrie Underwood on How I Met Your Mother
    Demi Lovato on Grey’s Anatomy
    Neil Patrick Harris on Glee

    Favorite TV Doctor (New! Voted in by fans)
    Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh)
    Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey)
    Gregory House (Hugh Laurie)
    James Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard)
    Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo)

    Favorite TV Family (New! Voted in by fans)
    The Griffins on Family Guy
    The Harpers on Two and a Half Men
    The Pritchetts/Dunphys on Modern Family
    The Scavos on Desperate Housewives
    The Simpsons on The Simpsons

    Favorite Family TV Movie
    Beauty & the Briefcase
    Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam
    iCarly: iPsycho
    Revenge of the Bridesmaids
    Starstruck

    Favorite TV Chef presented by DinnerTool.com
    Bobby Flay
    Gordon Ramsay
    Jamie Oliver
    Paula Deen
    Rachael Ray

    Favorite New TV Comedy
    $#*! My Dad Says
    Better With You
    Mike & Molly
    No Ordinary Family
    Outsourced
    Raising Hope
    Running Wilde

    Favorite New TV Drama
    Blue Bloods
    Chase
    Detroit 1-8-7
    Hawaii Five-0
    Hellcats
    Law and Order: Los Angeles
    Nikita
    The Defenders
    The Event

    MUSIC:

    Favorite Male Artist
    Eminem
    Enrique Iglesias
    Michael Buble
    Tim McGraw
    Usher

    Favorite Female Artist
    Carrie Underwood
    Katy Perry
    Lady Gaga
    P!nk
    Taylor Swift

    Favorite Song
    Airplanes by B.O.B featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore
    California Gurls by Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg
    Love The Way You Lie by Eminem featuring Rihanna
    OMG by Usher featuring Will.i.am
    Telephone by Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce

    Favorite Rock Band
    Daughtry
    Linkin Park
    Maroon 5
    Nickelback
    Paramore

    Favorite Breakout Artist
    B.o.B.
    Bruno Mars
    Justin Bieber
    Ke$ha
    Selena Gomez & the Scene

    Favorite Pop Artist
    Beyonce
    Katy Perry
    Lady Gaga
    P!nk
    Rihanna

    Favorite Country Artist
    Carrie Underwood
    Keith Urban
    Lady Antebellum
    Rascal Flatts
    Taylor Swift

    Favorite R&B Artist
    Alicia Keys
    Beyonce
    Mary J. Blige
    Ne-Yo
    Usher

    Favorite Hip-Hop Artist
    Drake
    Eminem
    Jay-Z
    Ludacris
    Snoop Dogg

    Favorite Music Video presented by VEVO
    Baby by Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris
    Love The Way You Lie by Eminem featuring Rihanna
    Teenage Dream by Katy Perry
    Telephone by Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce
    Waka Waka by Shakira featuring Freshlyground

    ONLINE:

    Favorite Online Sensation presented by Wonderwall.com
    Alicia Keys
    Betty White
    Jimmy Fallon
    Katy Perry
    Teri Hatcher

    Favorite Viral Video Star presented by Wheat Thins
    Giant Double Rainbow
    Greyson Chance “Paparazzi”
    Madison Square Park Proposal
    “Single Ladies” Devastation
    Tarp Surfing

    Keeping Up with the KardashiansABOUT PEOPLE’S CHOICE:
    Now in its 37th year, the People’s Choice Awards celebrate fan favorites in music, movies and television. The People’s Choice website at www.PeoplesChoice.com serves as a year-round destination for entertainment enthusiasts to voice their opinions on pop culture by voting in and creating polls and features an extensive video archive and photo gallery of People’s Choice Awards footage. PeoplesChoice.com houses the voting platform where fans determine the categories, nominees and winners for the annual awards show. Fred Nelson is the President of People’s Choice, and the awards show is produced by Procter & Gamble Productions, Inc. [NYSE:PG], which is represented by MediaVest Worldwide, Inc., supervisors of the production. Queen Latifah is the host of PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS 2011 and Mark Burnett is the Executive Producer.


    ABOUT THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:
    Mark Burnett is a producer of primetime television, cable and the internet, and has produced over 1,200 hours of television programming which regularly air in over 70 countries around the world. Burnett has revolutionized television with continuing hits such as “Survivor” (CBS), “The Apprentice” (NBC), and the now syndicated “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” (FOX).

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    Burnett has produced the MTV Movie Awards along with Audrey Morrissey for four years. In 2010, Mark and Audrey teamed up again when they took on People’s Choice for the first time. Audrey Morrissey is another prolific producer of television, cable and internet programming. A veteran of MTV, she and her company “Live Animals” now produce specials and series domestically and internationally. She once produced an outdoor concert in a Mexican jungle in the middle of a hurricane and has done over 100 specials including the People’s Choice Awards, the MTV Movie Awards, Kenny Chesney’s “Back Where I Come From”, CMT Crossroads, The CMT Music Awards, Latin VMA’s and the upcoming CMT Artists of the Year and Independent Spirit Awards.
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    Shine On 2 Hollywood Music Showcase; The Hottest Event Of The Summer, Benefits Hope 4 Children

    July 18, 2010 by  
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    Shine On 2 Hollywood Music Showcase "Artits Meet The Industry"The hot heat did not stop people from coming to the hottest event of the summer, “Shine On 2.”

    Shine On 2 Hollywood: A Music Showcase;”Artists Meet The Industry” Benefiting Hope 4 Children was held on July 15, 2010 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Celebrity Center in Hollywood, CA.

    “Arnold G is extremely passionate about his business and, seems quite sincere in helping seasoned talent reach new heights in their careers! The powerful cast of music and film industry professionals assembled for SHINE ON 2 will certainly help set the stage for some powerful breakthrough moments!” said Pixie Monroe, Casting Director Film and Television.

    The guests started to arrive 2 hours before the show and lined up to check in and get escorted to the seating area. Media/press and photographers arrived at the same time, they signed in, got their media badges, and were escorted to their assigned areas to start taking photos of the VIP’s, artists, panelists and event production team.

    “I have tremendous respect for Shine On Host, Gary Spears: As a host, performer, radio personality and long-time friend. Gary’s been a dedicated friend and has served as the co-host on one of my passion projects, a radio podcast entitled; “Casting Hope” for the past several years. He’s also been cast in numerous film and television projects since leaving mainstream radio and definitely always displays a high level of energy, humor and professionalism in his works”. Ms. Monroe concluded.
    Arnold G’s dancers opened the show, then host Gary Spears welcomed everyone to the event before he introduced the panelists. He showed Arnold G’s Shine On 2 message video, then he introduced the industry panelists Alex Cortez (AYRE Entertainment, Warner Brothers), Kevin McDowell (AEG & AEG Live), Allan Rich (Academy awardee, Grammy/Golden Globe nominee, music writer), Tony Sweet (radio personality at On Air With Tony Sweet, LA Talk Radio), Michael Kelly (record producer, Universal Music), Javelyn Jav (music producer, X-It Rite Records), Robby Martinez (musician, conductor, composer and performer), Asha Puthli (legendary Jazz & Soul singer & former recording artist for record labels EMI, CBS, Sony and RCA) and Arnold G (Recording artist, founder of Shine On, Bring It On, A&G Records & A&G Entertainment Productions). “I loved the event. It was two times better than Shine On 1 and if you always have an event like that one, it will be one of the best showcases ever. I was never bored. All the acts were great.” said Buddy Sampson, Publisher, The Scoop LA Newspaper.  He continue “Gary Spears was excellent! He added a professional dimension to the show, like Dick Clark. Bring him back. Shine On 2 It was awesome.” The first artists introduced by host Gary Spears to Shine On in front of the panelists were Kasey Iaeger who sang (Givin’ Up On You and Can’t Give Into This), and then Zedakiah Koterba who sang (Eye Of The Tiger and You’ve Get A Friend). Brooke Williams sang (I’m Back and Turns My Mind), American boy Justin Chase performed and sang (Fireplace, Finally and Don’t Give Up), and Sail by the Stars who came from Florida sang (I Wish I May, Icebergs Are For Penguins and If My Room Were a Rocketship). “I had an amazing time hosting Shine On 2. It was my first time hosting since leaving radio 3 years ago, so I had to wear diapers! LOL=laugh out loud. Seriously, this is a wonderful grass roots event that has legs so look for more in the future!” said Radio Personality, host & actor.  He added “If given the opportunity, I would host a garage sale but yes to Shine On 3! And Bring It On!” An intermission of 10 minutes was held and then Shine On 2 host Gary Spears welcomed everyone back and introduced the only Asian American to perform, Michael Walker, who sang (Cooler Than Me and We Can Do It). American Dreamz The Movie actress and singer Jael Gadsden took the stage and she sang (Drink the Water and All I need). Jarid Williams performed and sang the song requested by his fans(Can We Talk, Birthday song for the mother of one of his fans, and For All We Know); Latonius Earl returned by popular demand and he sang (Mya Song and So High); George Hodos sang (This is Love and Just A Man), and the last artist who blew the stage with her choreography and dancers was KingQueen who sang (U Make Me (LOL) and Man’s World. After each artist performed, host Gary Spears asked them some questions about their music. macys.com 07/25/2010 “I Loved the stage, loved the lightning. Everything went smooth and fast. Everyone that I met that worked on “the set” was very professional and knew what every ones name was, which means they took their time to know who is playing their venue. Also liked the fact that there was constant communication going on almost every day before the actual gig which took away a lot of stress.” said KingQueen, artist. She added “I liked every venue I have performed at. People have always been very humble to me so I don’t have a favorite place because I love every venue I play since it’s my life, it’s what I love. But my two favorites were Avalon and the one at the Celebrity Centre with Shine On 2, mostly because of the size of the stage and the sound system!” She continue “Absolutely, I saw artists I would have never seen before if it wasn’t for Shine On 2, which made me realize I have to step up even more because there is some great talent out there. And in the end of the day, watching other artists as a artist is to enjoy, watch, learn and go to improve yourself.” “The losers get fed to the crocodiles! I like to think of a host as one who is more background that forefront….remember it’s all about the talent! I’d like to see the one who gets the best score be given his/her/their concert at a local venue with industry types invited. These kids work their butts off and deserve to be heard!” concluded Mr. Spears. Per A&G Entertainment Productions, the event was sold out and there were more than 400 guests that came to support their favorite artist. Gary Spears introduced The Dance Diva that closed the show and this was Cynthia Manley. With her electric energy she performed her new single “Give” and she brought on stage all the artists including event executive producer Arnold G and non profit organization Hope 4 Children beneficiary Grace Walker. Host Gary Spears again thanked the panelists and mentioned that the Shine On 2 score sheet will be available in one week. He went ahead and thanked event supporters, Gabriel Escamilla (fashion designer) & Parris Harris (stage manager and fashion coordinator). He also thanked the venue Celebrity Center and Hope 4 Children founder Grace Walker. “It’s worthy showcase because you as a artist want to (should want to) perform everywhere from a small bar to a huge charity event.. If this is what you love then of course it’s worth there. A showcase reaches out to people that normally wouldn’t go to a club to see you perform because it’s too late, or not their thing. It’s a great way to expand your fan base.” Concluded KingQueen. Some of the talent and VIPs that attended the event were Vairon Perez, Janet Luna, Coreen Troche, Beatriz Vasquez, Ryan Ray, Alex Varden, David Harrison Levi, Dr. John Carvalho, Emily Morrow, Salvador Corona, Patrice Ryan, Monet Lu, Tom Emberson, Maria Amor, Nikki Gill, Pixie Monroe, Robin Sargent, Sonny Madera, Irene Soderberg, Dan Norris, Marco Tricca, Yari Paris, Tina Nguyen, Joseph Quinto and Stella Gomez. “I love performing I’m very comfortable doing it! I had an absolute great time performing amongst so many talented artists.” said Latonius J. Earl, Artists.  He continue “The quality of performers definitely changed for the better. Everyone was on top of their game. As far as doing anything different, Nothing, except changed my outfit. I just ask God for direction and I go with the flow.” Napster, LLC About Shine On: This is a unique grassroots music showcase, that is not your typical venue. It is specifically designed for the unsigned indie artist, band and musician with two stages where the best local unsigned indie artists are able to showcase their talents in the Hip Hop, R&B, Urban, Rock and Dance categories, in front of conference attendees and a panel of music industry experts to gain maximum exposure at a minimal cost. For more information visit http://www.agentertainmentproductions.com Wal-Mart.com USA, LLC “I actually believe this event changed my life. I went in with the mindset that things will be different after this and surely when it was all over I noticed that Latonius as a person/ entertainer was different. I’ll never be the same. Shine On is definitely Worthy!” Mr. Earl concluded. The media and photographers that covered the event were Wake Up TV, Diversity News TV, The Scoop LA Newspaper, Diversity News Magazine, Examiner.com, Stickam TV, Celebrity Service, Asian Journal, Gimmick City, Glendale News Press (Los Angeles Times), Philippines Times, The Photographer 007, Daniela Hubbard Photography, Jeff Knight Photography, Hope 4 Children and Artisfactions. 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

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    Shine On Hollywood: A Music Showcase;”Artists Meet The Industry” A Big Success

    June 5, 2010 by  
    Filed under Events, Featured, FEATURES

    A&G Entertainment Productions announced on Saturday, June 5, 2010 due to popular demand SHINE ON 2 Hollywood: A Music Showcase; “Artists Meet The Industry” will be held on July 15, 2010 from 5:30pm to 10:00pm at the Celebrity Center in Hollywood, CA.

    Also they announced the official release of SHINE ON Hollywood: A Music Showcase; “Artists Meet The Industry” DVD available now at http://:www.agentertainmentproductions.com

    “What got accomplished through ShineOn was even more than I had originally envisioned. The result was amazing!!!!! 4 out of 10 artists are now awaiting signature by various record labels. That result alone is deeply rewarding, and has me looking optimistically towards the future, and to the encore salute of ShineOn part 2 on July 15th. AGEP will continue to focus it’s effort and energy in Hollywood by creating awareness through this difference making venue. It is our intention to continue providing this incredible structure for the many artists who deserve our attention. Cheer from Hollywood!” said Arnold G, Creator, Director and Producer, ShineOn! Artists, panelists, VIP guests, fans and friends started to arrive around 6pm to witness and watch their favorite singers and to see the “Industry Panelists”. The artists, panelists and VIP guests walked to the red carpet to pose for about 14 media/press outlets who took their photos from 6pm to 6:45pm. Before the SHINE ON show started at 7pm, there was a special performance by Arnold G who song “Give It To Me Baby” with Emily Morrow (choreographer, dancer and assistant to Allan McCormick (TV, Film and Stage Choreographer) from Le Reve Wynn Las Vegas). Arnold’s dancers were Jerrell Johnson, Beatriz Vasquez and Salvador Corona. Arnold’s & the dancers costumes were designed by Gabriel Escamilla, Fashion Designer. Then Arnold G’s video was shown stating the purpose of SHINE ON. Ryan Ray, (Wake Up TV) the host, welcomed everyone to the show, and introduced all the panelists followed by the artists to perform on stage. “I think that “Shine On” is a wonderful event for upcoming artists! It gives one the tools needed to go from being a good artist to a Great Artist! I am very honor that I could be apart of “Shine On” Arnold G has started something that could World-wide.. Anything that will enhance my talent like “Shine On” I would definitely do it again”. said “Latonius J. Earl”, Recording Artist. Also Irene Soderberg, Artist, Performer & Songwriter said “In the ever evolving music industry, more on more artists are endeavoring to be seen. Having worked in the industry for 20 years. I was delighted to Hear and meet some very talented young singers, at the Shine On! competition created and produced by Arnold G on May 20th. Arnold did an exemplary job showcasing fresh and unique talent. Bravo!” The first one to take the stage was Brandy Guerra who performed “I Will Always Love You” and “You Are Not Alone.” Emily Mullen sang “Ride The Wave,” Tell Me Baby,” and “Say.” Stefani Scovolo sang “Fallen,” “The Climb,” and “I Remember.” Jesschelle performed and sang “No One,” “Get There Somehow,” and “Legacy.” Then Adrian Jaime Reyes sang and performed “On and On, “ “Breathless,” and “You Got Me So Crazy.” Jael Gadsden sang “Dancing With A Stranger,” “All I Need,” and “Drink The Water.” Latonius Earl sang “Speecheless,” “I Believed You,” and “My Song.”
    “It’s been my greatest pleasure to know Mr. Arnold G. He is most serious and ambitious artist, and his wonderfully produced showcase “Shine On! Hollywood” was a true success! I was amazed to see there such diversity of musical and vocal talent. Best wishes always!” said Maestro Alex Varden, M.A. Featured Local Celebrity LA 2010 Winner Shane Facchinello sang “Automatic,” and “Halo.” Jarid Williams sang “Superstar,” “Be So Sure,” and “A Song For You.” The last singer who closed the event for the night was QUE. “I was pleased to participate in the Shine On Showcase on May 20th and see, hear and meet some talented artists. Our organization, the Hollywood Music In Media Awards, makes it a point to support and attend such events as this one that offer opportunities for emerging artists. Kudos to Arnold G and the Shine On Showcase!” said Brent Harvey, Executive Producer of Hollywood Music in Media Awards. The show ended at 9:30 pm and guests were invited to the red carpet for photo opportunity with the artists and the panelists. Some of the artists were interviewed by Diversity News TV media representatives. Free Standard Shipping on Orders Over $100! Shop Things Remembered Personalized Gifts Now! “I think the event was inspiring. It is always great to sing on a stage and feel the exhilaration that comes from that. I felt like we were all a team that night cheering each other on as we performed our songs”. said Stefani Scovolo, Recording Artist/ Songwriter. The Industry Panelists were Allan Rich, Brent Harvey, Tony Sweet, Gary Spears, Irene Soderberg, Michael Kelly, Robby Martinez, Tamela D’Amico, Kevin McDowell and Arnold Garcia aka Arnold G. American Express Giftcards “I had an amazing time performing at the Shine On showcase. It was a great experience and I would love to do it again. “ said Adrian Reyes, Artist. A&G Entertainment Productions presented SHINE ON Hollywood, music showcase “Artists Meet The Industry”. It was held on May 20, 2010 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Celebrity Center located 5930 Franklin Avenue., Hollywood, CA 90028. macys.com “I went into this not expecting what it ended up to be. I was blown away by most of the talent and think that Arnold G did a GREAT job putting this together. It was well organized and didn’t contain any ‘gaps’ which can lose a person’s interest real fast. Anyone who wants to see some up and coming talent needs to attend the next event! Shine On did just what the title says!” said Gary Spears, Former radio personality KISS-FM & KBIG. Turn 21 today! The Event’s Major Sponsors were: A & G Records, Wake Up TV, Diversity News Publications, Hollywood in Media Awards & Conference, On Air With Tony Sweet, Gabriel Escamilla Fashion, Stickam TV and the IRS. “It was great seeing so much young talent showcased at Shine On. It was a wonderful opportunity for young vocalists to express themselves and for an enthusiastic audience to appreciate them.” said Allan Rich, Academy Awards, Grammy and Golden Globe nominee, Songwriter & Music Composer. Partial Sponsors were: Parris Harris, Maricele Mendelson, Rodrigovaz.com, Jeffknightphotography.com, and Avenue Entertainment Management. “I was truly amazed by the unique and spectacular presentation of all the artists. It was a personal thrill for me to see what Arnold created out of nothing more than his vision to make a difference for the young, and undiscovered in Hollywood. It was a magical evening of non-stop entertainment. A true joy to witness the self expression of all involved.” said Tom Emberson, President, IRIS Distribution GoDaddy.com Hosting & Servers Media Coverage was provided by Examiner.com, The Scoop LA Magazine, The Photographer 007, ElleLeePhotography.com, Diversity News Magazine, Diversity News TV, DmImages.net, Nelson Photo Images, Francois Palais Photo Service, Artisfactions.com and Daniela Hubbard Photography. Napster, LLC The event Executive Producer & creator was Arnold Garcia. Stage manager coordinator was Parris Harris and it was broadcast live on the word wide web via Stickam TV in association with Wake Up TV. Masterbeat.com Microphone 468x60

    Shine On Hollywood, A Music Showcase “Artists Meet The Industry” Video

    May 22, 2010 by  
    Filed under Featured, FEATURES

    A&G Entertainment Productions presented SHINE ON Hollywood, music showcase “Artists Meet The Industry”. It was held on May 20, 2010 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Celebrity Center.

    The artists the performed live were Latonius J. Earl, Jesschelle, Jael Gadsden, Adrian Reyes, Emily Amber, Jarid Williams, Brandy Guerra, Stefani Scovolo and QUE. Featuring Shanne Facchinello (Winner of Local Celebrity Los Angeles 2010).


    The Industry Panelists were Allan Rich, Brent Harvey, Tony Sweet, Gary Spears, Irene Soderberg, Michael Kelly, Robby Martinez, Tamela D’Amico, Kevin McDowell and Arnold Garcia aka Arnold G.


    Special performance by Arnold G “Give It To Me Baby” with Emily Morrow (choreographer, dancer and assistant to Allan McCormick (TV, Film and Stage Choreographer) from Le Reve Wynn Las Vegas). Arnold’s dancers: Jerrell Johnson, Beatriz Vasquez and Salvador Corona. Arnold’s & dancers Costumes designed by Gabriel Escamilla, Fashion Designer.
     

     

    Part I

    Hosted by Ryan Ray, of “Wake Up TV” and “Local Celebrity Los Angeles”
    Video Part II

    Arnold G Special Performance

    Video recorded and courtesy of Wake UP TV Media. (C) 2010 Diversity News Publications. All Rights Are Reserved by their owners.

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