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The Pain Foundation Screening of ‘Unseen Hands’ Book Signing and Silent Auction A Success

November 18, 2010 by  
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By: Songirl Sez, Special for Diversity News Magazine
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On Sunday, November 14, 2010, The Pain Foundation presented a screening of the film, ‘Unseen Hands’ directed by Don Johns at the Charles Aidikoff Screening Room on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Tickets ranged from $40-$60, with the event running from 6-10pm and was hosted by Patty McCall, Producer, Actress and Author of  “Unmasking The Pain Within”’.  The function included an auction, book signing and red carpet.


Based on a true story, the film ‘Unseen Hands’ depicts one woman’s journey through deceit, manipulation and marital abuse with raw onscreen performances by actor Eric Andersen and the ever stunning actress Alicia Benavides-Greenfield. The auction included items from Singer/Actress Jessica Simpson and Mark Sanchez, Football Quarterback for the New York Jets. Sponsors and Contributors of the evening were California Talent, Ingrid’s Café of Beverly Hills, Dan Nash, New Life In Christ Bible Fellowship, Joel Garza, Charles Aidikoff, Trish Steel, Safe Passage, March Sanchez, Jessica Simpson, Daryl Kerns, Alex Kube, On Track Pictures, Got Munchies, Diversity News Publications and Mariah McGuinnis.
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Guest speakers included Scott Vostad from the LAPD, Domestic Violence Speaker and Counselor Marty Brenner and Patty McCall. There were touching performances by Multi-Platinum Award Winning Guitarist/Producer Frank R Greenfield aka ‘DeVille’, American Music Awards and NAACP Awards Singer/Songwriter Shawntae Jackson, Singer Michael-Ann, Comedy Store Comedian Diane Kawasaki and 19 year old child abuse survivor and rapper Juny Honaker.

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Anger Management and Domestic Violence expert Marty Brenner spoke to the select crowd of around 100 people stating that “Anger is a feeling that needs to be vented by itself without hostility or aggression. No one deserves violent, raging behavior. Anger management enables us to function assertively and rationally when anger comes up, with the ability to protect our rights and express our needs when we feel violated.” He went on to explain that “the goal of anger management counseling is to totally immerse participants enough so that they can confront denial, accept responsibility for controlling their anger, become fully fluent in the anger management concepts and gain intensive hands-on experience in applying these concepts in their own lives.”

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An audience member asked Brenner if people with control issues, violent behavior and anger can change, he said “Yes they can – I did! Given the proper motivation, tools and strategies, any one can change.” He said he provides a “step-by-step process that helps them control their anger” which will in turn begin to change their anger patterns.


After the speakers, entertainment and screening concluded, guests were able to meet and greet the author and producer of the film in the lobby, where she was signing copies of “Unmasking The Pain Within.” Notables in attendance were Aura Imbarus, PhD., Educator and Author of “Out of the Transylvania Night,” Hit Recording Artist, Grammy Considered Songwriter and Animal and Children’s Rights Activist Fawn and Actor, Musician, Veronica DiPippo, Lisa Ann Vombrack, Emperor Frederick Von Seidl, Ingrid Bedrosian, Teresa Brown, Jimmy Driscoll,  Film Director Mark Valinsky.
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About Pain Foundation: P.A.I.N. Foundation is focused on the prevention and awareness of domestic violence against Women and children. Domestic violence is on the rise, some attribute it to the economy. It becomes a terrible cycle that spirals downward until the climatic destruction of a human being occurs. Lives are shattered and souls are lost, children witness this and they develop behaviors that continue the cycle. Bullying becomes acceptable behavior and more lives become negatively affected. The cycle must be broken, the violence must stop, the P.A.I.N. Foundation seeks to educate children and teens on ending the cycle and leading more positive and loving relationships. Help us stop the cycle and the abuse. Let us build a better tomorrow for our children and build a safer today. Use the tools we have, love, respect and ongoing education. To find out more and support the P.A.I.N. Foundation visit
http://painfoundation.blogspot.com/


Editor’s Note: Publicity event was coordinated by our parent company Diversity News Publications, the Public Relations Division. Photos of the event are courtesy & (C) 2010 by Daniela Hubbard, Francois Palais and Joel Garza for Diversity News Publications, a media and public relations firm. (C) 2010 By Diversity News Publications. All Rights Are Reserved.

Shane Facchinello is the winner of Local Celebrity LA 2010

March 24, 2010 by  
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localcelebritylagroupLike many things that start, they also have an end. Local Celebrity LA 2010, a singing reality competition started on 1-17-2010 and ran for eights weeks ending on March 21, 2010. People arrived earlier to be on the red carpet which was close to 50 feet long.

The grand finale was held on Sunday, March 21st at the Celebrity Centre Pavilion Theater in the heart of Hollywood, which is located at 5930 Franklin Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028.

First the red carpet ran from 7pm to 8pm. Then the show started at 8pm, and it ended at 9:45pm. Later, people were invited again to take photos on the red carpet. About 200 people attended the grand finale of 2010 Local Celebrity LA, including media outlets and production staff.

” When cultural diversity meets talent, you end up having a well done competition, where skills, hard work, and creativity will have the final word.  Fascinated by the level of professionalism and dedication displayed by both organizers and contestants.” said Aura Imbarus, Ph.D., author of “Out of the Transylvania Night.”

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The top five finalist contestants were Rosy Donovan, Shane Facchinello, Leah Turner, Leandro Fossi and Christina Aldana. The show opened with a group performance by Rosy Donovan, Leah Turner, Leandro Fossi and Christina Aldana singing “I Got a Feeling,” by Black Eyed Peas.
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They showed video clips of each contestant interviewed before singing solo on the stage. The first contestant to take the stage was Rosy Donovan who performed “Nobody’s supposed to be here.” Then Shane Facchinello was second and he sang “Flying with out wings,” Leah Turner sang “Fighter,” Leandro Fossi sang “I wish it would rain” and finally Christina Aldana sang “And I am telling you.” In the middle of the show, the contestants performed duets with mentor headline singers. First Rosy Donovan with Jael Gadsden performed “Take me or leave me,” Shane Facchinello with Paul Bradley “did Love who you’re with,” Leah Turner with Justin Chase sang “You Learn,” Leandro Fossi with Rob E C performed “Never leave you again,” and Christina Aldana with Latonius Earl sang “Fire and Desire.”


After each performance, the judges and celebrity guest judge gave feedback to the contestants. 2009 Local Celebrity LA winner Denicar Bergancia did a special performance before announcing the winner of 2010 Local Celebrity LA. Denicar sang “Right as Rain.”
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All singers were brought to the stage, Ryan Ray, the emcee, explained the grand prize in detail. He also thanked the sponsors and production team staff. The judges gave their final comments and best wishes to the contestants. Ryan Ray announced the winner. Ryan gave the certificate to Denicar Bergancia and Denicar Bergancia, who presented it to the 2010 Local Celebrity LA winner.


“Local Celebrity, LA was a fun all inclusive event that accomplished exactly what I wanted to do. Los Angeles has so much talent, and providing an additional opportunity to showcase that was not only an amazing feeling, but it also allowed singers and artists who may have been overlooked in the past the chance to network, meet industry professionals and continue living their dream. All while sharing they amazing voices/talent with folks here in la and through out the country, via our live on line broadcasting”. said Eric Rowe, California Talent President.
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The Official Local Celebrity LA 2010 winner is Shane Facchinello, who was given the opportunity to make a speech. The winner sang and played the piano. His final song was “Halo” by Beyonce.
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The event judges were Arnold G; International dance/pop recording artist, songwriter, dancer and performer, Fawn; Recording artist/songwriter/Hit recording artist and performer and Kris Searle; Singer/songwriter and international recording artist/performer. Special guest judge David Harrison Levi – STARMAKER.
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He continue “While the competition was amazing from a production stand point, getting additional sponsors on board would be great. Working with our current sponsors have been amazing and I am so thankful that they all came together and helped support the production. For next season, I would love to retrain many of the past sponsors and bring on several more.. having a venue with a great sound system and educated camera crew proved to be a tremendous asset and having our finale at the Celebrity Center, in Hollywood not only showcased the talents amazing singing ability but it created one of the most fun environments for the talent the audience and our on line viewers.”
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The celebrities who attended were Allan Rich (Celebrities songwriter), Latonius Earl, Paul Bradley, Jael Gadsden, Rob E C and Justin Chase (Local Celebrity LA Headline guest artists), Aura Imbarus (Book Author), Dr. John Carvalho (CAL STATE Dominguez Hills Senator), Kristin McCoy (Actress and model), John Prudhont (Actor/producer), Maria Prudhont (Music producer/manager), Suniil Sadarangani (Actor), Asha Puthli (Artist/Singer), Javelyn Jav (R&B Singer), Ben Roman ( Artist/Singer), CC Perkinson (Actress & Entertainment Reporter), Thushari J (Actress/Host), Denicar Bergancia (2009 Local Celebrity LA, winner), Tom Tangen (Movie Producer), Anca Sola, Gabe Escamilla (Graphic/fashion designer), Rachel Escalera and Nate Gaines (Former Local Celebrity LA contestants) and Anthony Searle.
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“When a group of passionate people come together in support of a common goal, the result can be magic. In this case, that magic has a name — Local Celebrity, Los Angeles. Week after week, not only did our contestants give it their all, but so did every single member of our production team. What an honor and a privilege it was to be part of this first season!” said Ryan Ray, Host, Local Celebrity, Los Angeles

Mr. Ray concluded “Hosting the show was always a true pleasure. Though it was always sad to see the contestants go home each week, in the end, there could be only one winner.”
The invited celebrities were Pepper Mashay ( International Dance Diva/Singer), Fred Wolf (Local Celebrity LA guest judge, 19 Entertainment of American Idol), Christine Devine (News Anchor FOX Channel 11), ALEXEN (Singer), Brandy Sanders (Founder of The Kierrah Foundation), Alex Varden (Music Maestro), Sean Michaels (Singer), Radhika Chaudhari (Actress), Michael Herrera (Fashion Designer), Evgeny Afineevsky (Movie Producer), Eugenia Wright (Publicist), Richard Merrill (Beauty advisor), Michelle & Ryan Powell (Eternite Media), Noah Rappaport (Promoter/publicist), Andy Wombwell (Stickam.com), Deanna Steward (LASC Stylist – shoplasc.com), Lars Slind (Model), Ghalib Dhalla (Indulge Magazine Publisher), Shayha (from Live-A-Legacy Hollywood), Joe Bannon (Actor/martial arts grand master), Ameona Almund (Actress, model and comedian know as Miss 2006 Beverly Hills), Joel W Gonzales (Actor/rapper), Derek Pratt (Model), and Vj Michael Benz (Performer/artist & songwriter)
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The winner of 2010 season one Local Celebrity Los Angeles will receive $800, do an on line interview with TonySweetOnAir.Com & KLBC Radio, will get to perform live in Long Beach City College and at the red carpet televised worldwide Hand in Hand Benefit Concert in Hollywood, and work with one of the judges to record a song for demo use. Also, the winner will be represented by California Talent and booked for a couple of events. Judge Kris Searle will offer free to the winner of Local Celebrity Los Angeles a “special guest” spot at his new night show on Sunday April 17th in North Hollywood. Also, the winner will receive 4 hours of recording studio time with Terrace Studios, and a 60 minute facial by Richard Merrill. Eternite Media will provide 100 Duplicated CD’s with Full Color Thermal Disc Print, 100 Full Color 2 Panel (2 Sided) Printed Inserts, and 100 Slim Jewel Cases.
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“My message to inspiring talent is to believe and to surround yourself with folks who believe in you; positive energy and a positive attitude will take you to places that you could never imagine.. hard work, dedication and the willingness to get through the tough times also makes you a better more well rounded person. Next season will be bigger, better and will showcase even more amazing talent.. becoming a fan on Facebook of LocalCelebritytTV, texting celebrity to 41411 and also frequently visiting www.localcelebritytv.com will all provide info on upcoming auditions, information and how to become a potential contestant for next seasons singing competition and even some competitions that will be going on later in the year. Any sponsors that may be interested in being apart of next seasons production can always email me at eric@caltalent.net. We are currently looking for Los Angeles’ best singers and songwriters; this competition will be focusing on findings LA’s best singer songwriter. Auditions will most likely begin in June, so stay tuned…there is still much for fun to be had.” Mr. Rowe concluded.
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The event was cover by the following approved photographers and media outlets OnairWithTonySweet.com, Rodrigo Vaz Photos, Diversity News, Examiner.com, Diversity News TV, Jeff Knight Photography & CC Variety TV. Once again, the show was broadcast live at http://www.localcelebritytv.com/
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“Local Celebrity LA was a Grand Finale!  There was a multitude of sparkles, smiles, and heart throbbing performances to keep my interest through most  of the event.  The red carpet was funtabulous, due to the terrific photographers and Esteban’s calm nature.” said Creceda J. LeMaire, Creative Counselor & Consultant at Fine Art Sales.
The event was produced live by California Talent, hosted by Ryan Ray of Wake Up TV and sponsored by Diversity News Publications, Photos were by Jeff Knight Photography and Rodrigo Vaz, and clothing for the host was provided by LASC. Local Celebrity Los Angeles 2010, executive event producer; Eric Rowe and California Talent president. Arnold G, event creator/founder from A&G Records/Entertainment.
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Editor’s Note: Story was proof read 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 photos shoots. © 2010 By Diversity News Publications. All Rights Are Reserved.

Justin Chase Performed Live at Local Celebrity Los Angeles Week 7 Finals

March 18, 2010 by  
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justinchaseThe contestants, judges, fans, media and celebrities arrived early to witness and be part of history by attending the Finals and Week 7 of the Local Celebrity Los Angeles.

Around 300 people attended the event held at Eleven Restaurant & Nightclub, located at 8811 Santa Monica Blvd in the city of West Hollywood, CA 90069. The show started at 10pm and lasted until 11:45 pm. It was broadcast live at http://www.localcelebritytv.com/

“I loved it-yes great show, lots of high energy and great contestants. Nice atmosphere as well, if you have not been supporting Local Celebrity L.A. You definitely have to best on the Planet.” said Joel W Gonzales, Actor/Rapper.

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Some of the celebrities and talent present were Ameona Almund (actress, model and comedian also Ms. Beverly Hills 2006 winner), Derek Pratt (model), Joel W. Gonzales (actor/rapper), Robert Boleyn (producer), Tony Sweet (On Air With Tony Sweet, online radio host), Denicar Bergancia (2009 Local Celebrity LA winner), David Harrison Levi – Star Marker (music producer), Latonius Earl (singer/performer and songwriter), Jael Gadsden (American Dreamz movie singer & songwriter), Paul Bradley (recording artist), Justin Chase (Local Celebrity LA Headline Guest Artist & performer), Reinhard Schulte (film producer), Kenneth A. Boyer, (Lifestyle Designer), Aura Imbarus (book author), Thushari J (actress/host), Asha Puthli (singer/artist), Ryan & Michelle Powell (Eternite Media), Eric Rowe (Local Celebrity LA producer and CA Talent president), Ben Roman (recording artist), Lars Slind (actor/model), Monica Wild (publicist), Adrian Reyes, Brian Miller, GG Smith, & Nate Gaines (former Local Celebrity LA contestants) and community leader Dr. John Carvalho (Cal State University Senator Member, Political Action Committee West Hollywood, Human Rights Campaign).


“The most important for me is to help these talents shine and be example to all other talents to come forward and challenge their ability in the entertainment industry, especially here in Hollywood.” said Arnold G, Creator/Judge of Local Celebrity – Los Angeles/Hollywood. He added “I have people saying ‘wow, your contestants are better singers than those people on American Idol.’ There are many reasons why some of our contestants are with us and our job is to mentor them to the highest statues in the music industry.” GoDaddy.com Hosting & Servers

The contestant eliminated at the end of the competition from fans texting votes, judges scores and voting ballots from the prior event (week 6) was Rachel Escalera.
The event judges were Arnold G; International dance/pop recording artist, songwriter, dancer and performer, Fawn; Recording artist/songwriter/Hit recording artist and performer and Kris Searle; Singer/songwriter and international recording artist/performer. Special guest judge Fred Wolf was back by popular demand from 19 Entertainment (American Idol).


The following media/press outlets covered the event Onairwithtonysweet.com, Jelly Noose News, Celebrity Magazine, Diversity News, Examiner.com and Diversity News TV.

“We all have dreams. I’ve learned through the process and now, it’s time give back. I look forward to your support this special event. I want them to feel it’s worth the effort. They stuck around till today. Please join us celebrate the finale and be part of an amazing result.” Mr. Arnold G concluded.

At the end of the show, the top 5 contestants finalist were interview by producers of the event. Also celebrities and talent took the opportunity to take more photos on the red carpet.

The event was produced live by California Talent, hosted by Ryan Ray of Wake Up TV and sponsored by Diversity News Publications, Photos by Rodrigo Vaz and clothing for the host was provided by LASC.

Per event producers, Local Celebrity Los Angeles grand finale will be held at the classy and prestigious Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA on March 21, 2010 from 7pm to 10pm.

Editor’s Note: Story was proof read by Songirl Sez special story for Diversity News For more information you can contact her at songirlsez_kcla@yahoo.com.

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

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Week 5 European pop singer and performer Paul Bradley performs at Local Celebrity Los Angeles

February 25, 2010 by  
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localcelebritylaweek5California Talent brought to you Local Celebrity LA week 5 and the week theme was Motown. As usual, interviews on the red carpet were done by Ryan Ray of Wake Up TV of all contestants, judges, the guest artist of the night and the producers of Pooltime The Movie.

The event was promoted for over two weeks to bring in a new special guest judge, Javelyn Jav. However, due to a family emergency, she was not able to attend. But the show must go on, and event organizers gave all their moral support to Ms. Jav.
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The contestants who performed live were, Nate Gaines: Aint’ To Proud To Beg, by the Temptations, Jonathan Hernandez: Cruzin, by Smokey Robinson, Leah Turner: (who opened New Years Eve in New York and Paramount Studios in Hollywood, CA for Adam Lambert) Higher Ground, by Stevie Wonder, GG Smith: Midnight Train to Georgia, by Gladys Knight and the Pipps, Christina Aldana: Natural Woman, by Aretha Franklin, Shane Facchinello: Who’s Loving You, by Michael Jackson, Rachel Escalera: Please Mr. Postman, by The Marvelettes, Rosy Donovan: Chain of Fools, by Aretha Franklin, Leandro Fossi: My Girl, by the Temptations and Brian Miller: (who auditioned in Hollywood for American Idol season 6) Dreams Girls; by The Supremes.

After all contestants finished their songs, headliner guest artist Paul Bradley took the stage and performed two songs “Still Believe,” and “Come to Me.” He made the crowd dance and sing. The venue had around 135 people. Also, cast members from Pool Time The Movie were present promoting their movie release. From February 7, 2010, the contestant with the lowest vote total, which determines the person eliminated from the competition at the end of the show, was GG Smith.
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“I believe Local Celebrity LA is a great program, it allows artist to showcase their passion for music. It gives me an opportunity to get in front of a live audience and live the dream.” said Leandro Fossi, Local Celebrity LA contestant.
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The event judges were Arnold G; International dance/pop recording artist, songwriter, dancer and performer, Fawn; Recording artist, songwriter and performer and Kris Searle; Singer, songwriter and international recording artist/performer.
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“I knew it would be fun and I looked forward to the challenge of having to sing a different genre every week. Of course I hope to win the competition, but more importantly I just wanted to work on what I love the most music.” Mr. Fossi concluded.
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Some of the celebrities and community leaders the attended the event included Dr. John Carvalho (Cal State University Senator Member, Political Action Committee West Hollywood, Human Rights Campaign), Paul Bradley (Headline Guest Artist), Tom Tangen (Movie Producer), Suniil Sadarangani (Bollywood To Hollywood Actor), Esteban “Steven” Escobar (Local Celebrity LA publicist, Editor of Diversity News & Writer for Examiner.com), Tony A. Sweet (Radio host, On Air with Tony Sweet), Michael Donahue (Movie Producer & Director), Eric Rowe (Local Celebrity LA producer and CA Talent president), Radhika Chaudhari (The Hunchback Actress), Tonya Noll (Pooltime The Movie editor), Jeff Hutson (Performer and Vegas headliner), Maria Garcia Spivey (Celebrity cook book), Karla Guy (Dance Your Ass Off), Stefani Scovolo (Singer/songwriter), Richard Merrill (Beauty Advisor), Junes B. Zahdi (Pooltime cast member), Adrian Reyes (Former Local Celebrity LA contestant), Mark C. Hanson (PoolTime The Movie Actor), Jeffrey Patrick Olson (PoolTime The Movie actor) and Marcus Harwell (PoolTime The Movie Actor).
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The media/press and photographer representatives present were Examiner.com, Onairwithtonysweet.com, Diversity News TV, Rodrigo Vaz Photos and Diversity News. The invited media/press were WTV, Hollywood TV, LA Times , FOX 11, Lafashionsnob.com, TheStarCeleb.com, Lookbookla.com, Livejelly.com, Phashiontv, Realtvfilms.com, Thrive News, WehoParty.com, CCVarietytv and TMZ.
The event was held on February 21, 2010 at Eleven Restaurant & Nightclub, located at 8811 Santa Monica Blvd in the city of West Hollywood, CA 90069 on 2-7-2010. from 9:00 pm to 11:45 pm. The event was hosted by Ryan Ray of Wake Up TV. Local Celebrity LA was broadcast again online via http://www.localcelebritytv.com/
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Once again the event was produced by California Talent, Hosted by Ryan Ray of Wake Up TV and sponsored by Diversity News Publications, Eleven Restaurant and Night Club, Photos by Rodrigo Vaz and LASC. The next event will be held on February 28, 2010 from 9pm to 11:45 pm and the song theme will be judges choice. Per event organizers on week 6 there will be double elimination and no show on March 7, 2010. The final will be held on March 14 and the finale on March 21, 2010.
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For more information about the Local Celebrity Los Angeles, please visit http://www.LocalCelebrityTV.com and http://www.WakeUpTV.com.

Editor’s Note: Story was proof read 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 photos shoots. © 2010 By Diversity News Publications. All Rights Are Reserved.
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Local Celebrity Los Angeles, A singing competition Round 3rd

February 2, 2010 by  
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localjudgesWhile the Grammys were almost done, Local Celebrity LA/Grammy After Party was starting at Eleven Night Club and Restaurant on 1-31-2010 where singers were ready to compete. First, the contestants were interviewed by Ryan Ray of Wake Up TV, and then by the judges. They all went to sit in their assigned areas and they were called in order to start performing live on stage.
There was something different on the stage, because it got a complete design and makeover. There were 3 small cams and one big professional camera recording the entire production. The stage was dressed up with a dark background so that the street could not be seen.

“Local Celebrity Los Angeles was a huge success at Club Eleven Sunday Eve. The Talent rivaled that of American Idol and the host Ryan Ray was masterful. The Judges Kris Searle, Fawn and Arnold G are supportive and right on the money with their critiques and appraisals of the talent.” said Tom Tangen, producer www.pooltimethemovie.com

Usually two contestants are sent home. but on Sunday night nobody was sent home. Each contestant was given a number from 1 to 10 so the audience at the venue and the online community could vote.


“Kudos to Club Eleven for this wonderful night showcasing local talent and bringing the Gay and Straight community together through music.” Mr. Tangen concluded.

The results will be released on February 7, where 4 contestants will go home. Jael Gadsden, Singer/songwriter featured in the movie “American Dreamz,” performed “All I Need” and
“Baby I’m Feelin You” live at Local Celebrity Los Angeles while the judges were adding their totals and the audience was voting via texting and paper ballots.

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Local Celebrity Los Angeles was such an amazing experience, it was like being at a taping of American Idol but only better talent I think. I applaud whoever put together this event. I will try to make it to every one.” said Derick Bell, Celebrity Model.

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Per the event organizers, there was a change regarding tonight’s results. They needed to get all the votes via testing, audience paper ballots, and judge’s numbers, and the eliminated contestants will be revealed on Sunday, February 7, 2010 at the end of the show.

The event ran according to schedule and about 80 people supported the singers at the venue. This is important because the audience are the ones making the decision as to who will be the next Local Celebrity LA winner.

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The event was held at Eleven Night Club and Restaurant located at 8811 Santa Monica Blvd in the city of West Hollywood, CA 9009. Local Celebrity LA was broadcast again online live via http://www.localcelebritytv.com/.

The next event will be held on 2-7-2010 and is called Local Celebrity Los Angeles and Robert Boleyn Birthday Bash. It will be held from 9:00 pm to 2am at Club Eleven.

The event was produced by California Talent, hosted by Ryan Ray of Wake Up TV, and sponsored by Diversity News Publications, Eleven Night Club Restaurant, Jeffknightphotography.com and LASC. For more information about Local Celebrity Los Angeles, please visit http://www.LocalCelebrityTV.com and http://www.WakeUpTV.com.

About Local Celebrity Los Angeles:
The purpose of LOCAL CELEBRITY LOS ANGELES is to Provide another outlet for so many of our talented singers right here in Los Angeles. This competition may be for those that have been overlooked at some point in the past, or for the new singer that is looking to get started in the industry. Los Angeles has chosen past winner Denicar Bergancia who won $200.00 cash on 11-15-2009. This season’s Local Celebrity Los Angeles winner will receive $800, an on line interview, get to perform live in Long Beach City College, interview with KLBC Radio, perform at the red carpet televised worldwide Hand in Hand Benefit Concert in Hollywood, and work with one of the judges to record a demo.

Note: Story proof read by Linda Krongold, Diversity News; New York, NY Special Correspondent you can contact her at andmeljar@aol.com.


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Local Celebrity Los Angeles, A singing competition round 2

January 27, 2010 by  
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localcelebritylaCalifornia Talent presented a singing competition on Sunday, January 24, 2010, week 2 of Local Celebrity Los Angeles. The second of 10 weeks and 8 returning artists were ready to perform on the stage, including 2 new singers added to the competition. First they all got interviewed on the red carpet by Ryan Ray of Wake Up TV, who hosted the event. The contestants, judges with friends and their publicists were allowed to take photographs on the red carpet. The red carpet started at 9:00 pm and the show started at 9:35 pm.

The event judges were Arnold G; International dance/pop recording artist, songwriter, dancer and performer, Fawn; Recording artist, songwriter and performer, and Kris Searle; Singer, songwriter and international recording artist/performer.

“Having performed at this venue (Eleven Nightclub), I know it’s no easy task to sing and to sing well in front of an audience. I thoroughly enjoyed the diverse group of talented singers who put themselves up for scrutiny. The event was well organized, well hosted, and you can’t beat a $5 cocktail!” said Ben Roman, Recording artist and entertainer.

Week 2 theme was Musical Icons and the contestants’ songs choices were BRIAN MILLER: Moondance, by Van Morrison, JASMINE LEE: At Last, by Etta James, MIKA MULKEY: I’m Going Down, by Mary J. Blige, ROSY DONOVAN: I’d Rather Go Blind, by Etta James, SHANE FACCHINELLO: Signed, Sealed, Delivered, by Stevie Wonder, RACHEL ESCALERA: La Llamada, by Selena, LEANDRO FOSSI: Against All Odds, by Phil Collins, JONATHAN HERNANDEZ: Living For the City, by Stevie Wonder, GG SMITH: I’m Every Woman: by Chaka Khan/Whitney Houston and NATE GAINES: Journey by (Steve Perry): Light. The singers were eliminated from the competition in round 2 were MIKA MULKEY and JASMINE LEE.
 “It was a pleasure to see that a number of the contestants dramatically improved their singing ability on stage tonight from their performances last week.” said Dr. John Carvalho, Cal State University Senator Member, Political Action Committee West Hollywood, Human Rights Campaign.

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Per California Talent’s event organizer and producer, the purpose of Local Celebrity Los Angeles is to provide another outlet for so many of our talented singers right here in Los Angeles. This competition may be for those that have been overlooked at some point in the past, or for the new singer that is looking to get started in the industry. Los Angeles’ past winner was Denicar Bergancia, who won $200.00 cash on 11-15-2009. This season’s Local Celebrity Los Angeles winner will receive $800, an on line interview, will get to perform live in Long Beach City College, get to interview with KLBC Radio, perform at the red carpet televised worldwide Hand in Hand Benefit Concert in Hollywood, and work with one of the judges to record a demo.


The event was held at Eleven Night Club and Restaurant located at 8811 Santa Monica Blvd in the city of West Hollywood, CA 90069. Local Celebrity LA was broadcast again online live via
http://www.localcelebritytv.com/. The next event will be held on 1-31-2010 and is titled Local Celebrity Los Angeles Singing Competition / Grammy after Party. It will be held from 9:00 pm to 2am at the same venue.

The event was produced by California Talent, hosted by Ryan Ray of Wake Up TV, and sponsored by Diversity News Publications, Eleven Night Club Restaurant, The Star Celeb, Jeffknightphotography.com and LASC. For more information about Local Celebrity Los Angeles, please visit http://www.LocalCelebrityTV.com and http://www.WakeUpTV.com



Editor Note: Story was proof read 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 Jeff Knight of Jeffknightphotography.com © 2010 By Diversity News Publications. All Rights Are Reserved.

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Local Celebrity Los Angeles 1-17 singing competition bringing talent to you.

January 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Featured, FEATURES

localclaThe rain and the Golden Globe Awards could not stop the performers, fashion designers, models, movie and music directors, fans, media, photographers and friends of Local Celebrity Los Angeles from attending the first most promoted event of the year.

At Local Celebrity Los Angeles people saw and were able to hear Los Angeles got talent.
Another part of this event was the fashion the was worn by celebrities including the host Ryan Ray, who was wearing some pieces of LASC.

“This was a fabulous evening and I enjoyed the many talented performers who demonstrated depth and artistry in their singing abilities.” said Dr. John Carvalho, Cal State University Senator Member, Political Action Committee West Hollywood, Human Rights Campaign.

The contestants who were eliminated were Diana Vega and Tara Thomas. The event was opened by Denicar Bergancia who won first prize in this contest last November 15, 2009 and was awarded $200.00.
 “I was really pleased by the quality of the competitors. I also felt MC Ryan Ray and the judges kept the evening exciting and energized. This will be a great weekly event in West Hollywood on Sundays.” Concluded Dr. Carvalho.


The contestants names and songs for the first week were as follows. The theme was INSPIRATION.
1. GG SMITH, Take me as I am by Mary J. Blige
2. DIANA VEGA, Hot and Cold by Katy Perry
3. RACHEL ESCALERA, How come you don’t call me by Alisha Keys
4. ROSY DONOVAN, Hurt by Christina Aguilera
5. TARA THOMAS, Hero by Mariah Carey
6. BRIAN MILLER, CLOSER By Neyo
7. MIKA MULKEY, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Hawaiian Style: Israel Kamakawiwo’ole or Bradduh Iz
8. NATE GAINES, Cherie Amor by Stevie Wonder
9. LEANDRO FOSSI, Someday by Rob Thomas
10. SHANE FACCHINELLO, I Believe I Can Fly by R. Kelly

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The event’s judges were Arnold G; International dance/pop recording artist, songwriter, dancer and performer, Fawn; Recording artist, songwriter and performer and Kris Searle; Singer, songwriter and international recording artist/performer. Hosted by: Ryan Ray of Wake Up TV

Local Celebrity Los Angeles was stream broadcasted via http://www.localcelebritytv.com. Per Wake Up TV and Local Celebrity Los Angeles host Ryan Ray, the show was viewed online 22,435 times. The website host confirmed that the show lasted about 2 hours and 30 minutes and for been the first time ever was broadcasted by Local Celebrity Los Angeles. It was ranked 4th place for the day, and 5th place for the most watched show with the total of 22,435 views on the world wide web.

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Per event organizers, there were more then 200 people who attended the event on 1-17-2010. Local Celebrity Los Angeles was held on Sunday, January 17, 2010 from 9 pm to 11:30 pm. at the Eleven Night Club and Restaurant located at 8811 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069.

There was a red carpet for photo opportunities, and interviews from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The show started around 9:45 pm and ended close to 12:00 am. During the red carpet, contestants and judges were interviewed by Ryan Ray of Wake Up TV, one of the event sponsors and the Local Celebrity master of ceremonies.

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Some of the celebrities and industry leaders who came to the event were John Carvalho, Ph.D Assistant Professor Department of Biology at Cal State University Dominguez Hills, Michael Donahue, Movie producer, Tom Tangen, Host and movie producer, Jordasche Bledsoe, Editor of The Star Celeb publication, Emma Zerner, Model, and Monique Jackson, Staffing recruiting specialist.

The event is to be held every Sundays from 9 pm to 11:30 pm until March 21, 2010. They hope to continue after that time, and will do other fun stuff to bring people to the club. They said to continue checking their Facebook account and website http://www.localcelebritytv.com

The event was produced by California Talent, hosted by Ryan Ray of Wake Up TV and sponsored by Diversity News PublicationsEleven Night Club Restaurant, The Star Celeb and LASC.

The event entrance fee was only $5.00 and there were prizes, drinks specials, giveaways and more surprises.

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Per the event organizers, Local Celebrity is a fun 10 week singing competition where 10 singers will wow the audience and the judges for a chance to become the Local Celebrity, LA.
The winner of this season’s Local Celebrity, LA will receive $800, and an on line interview with the judge. He or she will perform live at Long Beach City College, and KLBC Radio will interview the winner, who will be represented by 2 agents for 1 year. The winner has the potential of working with either a record, entertainment executive, or one of the judges to cut a 1 song demo, and lastly, achieve the title of being the first full season’s winner of Local Celebrity, LA 2010.

Some of the media representatives and photographers who attended the show were: Jeff Knight of jeffknightphotography.com, Thushari J; Diversity News TV/Livejelly.com, Alex Palomares of Diversity News, Wake Up TV, Emma Zerner, and Jordasche Bledsoe of The Star Celeb.

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Diversity News Publications, a public relations firm based in Hollywood, CA and parent company of Diversity News, a consumer news magazine, is one of the event sponsors for Local Celebrity Los Angeles and they got the exclusive of what is happen during and behind the event. Also the parent company Diversity News Publications is contracted for public relations services for Local Celebrity LA season.

Photos By Alex Palomares and Steven Escobar, Diversity News and Jeff Knight from jeffknightphotography.com  (C) 2010 By Diversity News Publications (www.diversitynewspublications.com) & E.E.Enterprises. All Rights Are Reserved.

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Editor’s Note: Story was proof read by Linda Krongold, our New York Correspondent Special For Diversity News. For more information you can contact her at andmeljar@aol.com

Special thanks to Jeff Knight of jeffknightphotography.com for contributing some royalty free exclusive photos to Steven Escobar of Diversity News Publications & writer for Examiner.com for publishing

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