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If you missed the interview, you can listen to the archive radio show from Diversity News Radio, on AIR with Steven Escobar where he interviewed Film Director and Producer Alison Parker about “The Ferret Squad” on Friday, May 18. 2012 from 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm.

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About Alison Parker:
Alison Parker is a Director, Producer, and Editor living in Vancouver, BC, Canada. She was raised in Victoria and moved to Vancouver in 2000 to pursue her filmmaking career. She attended Columbia Academy, where she graduated with honors in 2002 as the Audio Student of the Year. After a brief stint as a sound engineer, Alison turned her focus to editing, producing, and directing her own films. Her first short, Night of the Unwed (2010), won 2nd place at the Dead on Film Zombie Short Film Festival. In 2011, Alison directed and produced several short films, a comedy web series about talking dogs, and co-produced a feature. Alison’s most ambitious project to date is the short film Jake & Jasper: A Ferret Tale (2011), which was funded by hundreds of ferret lovers around the world and features her own pet ferret Falcor as “Jasper”. Alison lives with her two ferrets, Falcor and Frisco. For more information visit http://www.theferretsquad.com/

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On Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Diversity News Publications publisher of Diversity News Magazine announced that Diversity News Magazine from The Diversity News Publications Family of Companies is an official media partners of the The Ferret Squad The Movie.
Alison Parker is currently raising funds to finish this film, which she hopes will be ready for release in the Spring of 2013. Again using social media sites as well as the web-based site Indiegogo, she is hoping to raise $50,000.00 prior to June 10, 2012. Interested potential funders can donate through the Indiegogo website directly (www.Indiegogo/TheFerretSquad). True to the main theme of the movie, 5% of donated funds will go to the cause of legalizing ferrets in the state of California through www.legalizeferrets.org.

“We are very honored to have Diversity News Magazine, published by Diversity News Publications, as The Ferret Squad’s media partner. Their promotional prowess has brought many hits to our Internet presence, and they offer a level of professionalism that exceeds most other publications. They are truly a promotional force to be reckoned with,” said Alison Parker, director of Jake and Jasper: A Ferret Tale and The Ferret Squad.

Steven Escobar, Executive Editor-In-Chief of Diversity News Magazine, Producer and Director of Diversity News TV, host of Diversity News Radio, President of Diversity News Publications and owner of owns E.E.Enterprises said “I am very happy that our organization is helping in getting the word out about this beautiful and amazing project. You know animals cannot talk but people like Alison Parker and Sally Meyer are making a difference in creating awareness and educating others that Ferrets are not bad animals, they are pets too, like cats, birds or dogs. By giving back a percentage of the movie to legalize Ferrets in California is something to say Thank you for giving voice to the ones the cannot speak.” Mr. Escobar concluded “Here at Diversity News Publications will do our best to help with the project and we will utilize all our media assets and resources to get the word out by reaching to our readers, partners, affiliates, family and friends.”

Synopsis: 
Max Jones (Connor Stanhope) is a teenage boy with a problem. He’s moving to California with his father. Unfortunately, Digger, his furry best friend, won’t be able to come along because ferrets are illegal in the Golden State.  When Max finds a way to sneak Digger across the border, he thinks his troubles are over.  But the fun and games have just begun!  Max meets and joins forces with The Ferret Squad, a group of quirky kids who spend their summer days rescuing and fostering illegal ferrets. When Animal Control plans to destroy some confiscated ferrets, Max and the Ferret Squad go on a desperate mission to save the poor animals by transporting them across the border with the law and their parents in hot pursuit.

For more information and to make a donation or help with the project please visit:
The Ferret Squad website: 
http://www.theferretsquad.com/

The Ferret Squad on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/TheFerretSquad

Find The Ferret Squad on Twitter: @TheFerretSquad
The Ferret Squad on IMDB:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2306785/combined

The fundraising campaign can be found on Indiegogo at http://www.indiegogo.com/TheFerretSquad

Donations can be made through the Indiegogo website. Major credit and debit cards and Paypal are accepted. The fundraiser ends on June 10, 2012.

The film is a production of Ferret Squad Media in cooperation with Union of BC Performers (UBCP), an autonomous branch of ACTRA.

About Alison Parker:
Alison Parker is a Director, Producer, and Editor living in Vancouver, BC, Canada. She was raised in Victoria and moved to Vancouver in 2000 to pursue her filmmaking career. She attended Columbia Academy, where she graduated with honors in 2002 as the Audio Student of the Year. After a brief stint as a sound engineer, Alison turned her focus to editing, producing, and directing her own films. Her first short, Night of the Unwed (2010), won 2nd place at the Dead on Film Zombie Short Film Festival. In 2011, Alison directed and produced several short films, a comedy web series about talking dogs, and co-produced a feature. Alison’s most ambitious project to date is the short film Jake & Jasper: A Ferret Tale (2011), which was funded by hundreds of ferret lovers around the world and features her own pet ferret Falcor as “Jasper”. Alison lives with her two ferrets, Falcor and Frisco. 

About Diversity News Magazine:
Is an award winning consumer news magazine covering News, Entertainment, Fashion, Features, Awards, Movies, Concerts, Sports, Red Carpet Events and much more. It is another venue for advertisers to advertise their products or services on the Classified and Display pages. The purpose of the magazine is to educate and inform its diverse community world wide and focusing on local, national, and international News, Entertainment, Features, Sports and, more importantly, newsworthy items that would be of interest to our audience. In 2009, Diversity News was nominated for The Wake Up Award, The WEHO Awards and on April 2011 received Exoti Media Award. For more information visit http://www.diversitynewsmagazine.com/

About Diversity News Publications:
Founded in 2003 Diversity News Publications, is a news/entertainment multimedia firm specialized in Advertising, Design, Marketing, Printing & Public Relations services who combines all sources in one. Diversity News Publications is the publisher of Diversity News Magazine and owns Diversity News TV, Diversity News Radio, Diversity News Productions and many more. For more information visit http://www.diversitynewspublications.com and www.diversitynewspublications.blogspot.com/

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MEDIA CONTACTS:
Alex Leon, Director of Marketing & PR
World Wide Vital Marketing & Public Relations Inc.              
TEL: (323) 465-3945
http://worldwidevitalpr.wordpress.com/
worldwidevitalpr@gmail.com

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Alison Parker, Director
Robyn Hoffman
The Ferret Squad Media
TELS: (604) 345-3263 or (203) 876-1002
http://www.theferretsquad.com/
ferretsquadmedia@gmail.com
racingferret@sbcglobal.net

Sources: The Ferret Squad street team,  Ferret Squad Media, World Wide Vital Marketing & Public Relations, Diversity News Magazine
Photos credit to: Ferret Squad Media

Editor’s Note: Diversity News Magazine and Diversity News Publications from The Diversity News Publications Family of Companies are proud media partners of The Ferret Squad The Movie.

USA President Barack Obama Speech to the Nation on Libya

March 28, 2011 by  
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On Monday, March 28, 2011 from The National Defense University in Washington, D.C. The President Obama address to the nation on Libya.
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[Speech Start] “Tonight, I’d like to update the American people on the international effort that we have led in Libya –- what we’ve done, what we plan to do, and why this matters to us.

I want to begin by paying tribute to our men and women in uniform who, once again, have acted with courage, professionalism and patriotism.  They have moved with incredible speed and strength.  Because of them and our dedicated diplomats, a coalition has been forged and countless lives have been saved.


Meanwhile, as we speak, our troops are supporting our ally Japan, leaving Iraq to its people, stopping the Taliban’s momentum in Afghanistan, and going after al Qaeda all across the globe.  As Commander-in-Chief, I’m grateful to our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and to their families. And I know all Americans share in that sentiment.

For generations, the United States of America has played a unique role as an anchor of global security and as an advocate for human freedom.  Mindful of the risks and costs of military action, we are naturally reluctant to use force to solve the world’s many challenges.  But when our interests and values are at stake, we have a responsibility to act.  That’s what happened in Libya over the course of these last six weeks.

Libya sits directly between Tunisia and Egypt -– two nations that inspired the world when their people rose up to take control of their own destiny.  For more than four decades, the Libyan people have been ruled by a tyrant -– Muammar Qaddafi.  He has denied his people freedom, exploited their wealth, murdered opponents at home and abroad, and terrorized innocent people around the world –- including Americans who were killed by Libyan agents.

Last month, Qaddafi’s grip of fear appeared to give way to the promise of freedom.  In cities and towns across the country, Libyans took to the streets to claim their basic human rights.  As one Libyan said, “For the first time we finally have hope that our nightmare of 40 years will soon be over.”

Faced with this opposition, Qaddafi began attacking his people.  As President, my immediate concern was the safety of our citizens, so we evacuated our embassy and all Americans who sought our assistance.  Then we took a series of swift steps in a matter of days to answer Qaddafi’s aggression.  We froze more than $33 billion of Qaddafi’s regime’s assets.  Joining with other nations at the United Nations Security Council, we broadened our sanctions, imposed an arms embargo, and enabled Qaddafi and those around him to be held accountable for their crimes.  I made it clear that Qaddafi had lost the confidence of his people and the legitimacy to lead, and I said that he needed to step down from power.

In the face of the world’s condemnation, Qaddafi chose to escalate his attacks, launching a military campaign against the Libyan people.  Innocent people were targeted for killing. Hospitals and ambulances were attacked.  Journalists were arrested, sexually assaulted, and killed.  Supplies of food and fuel were choked off.  Water for hundreds of thousands of people in Misurata was shut off.  Cities and towns were shelled, mosques were destroyed, and apartment buildings reduced to rubble.  Military jets and helicopter gunships were unleashed upon people who had no means to defend themselves against assaults from the air.

Confronted by this brutal repression and a looming humanitarian crisis, I ordered warships into the Mediterranean.  European allies declared their willingness to commit resources to stop the killing.  The Libyan opposition and the Arab League appealed to the world to save lives in Libya.  And so at my direction, America led an effort with our allies at the United Nations Security Council to pass a historic resolution that authorized a no-fly zone to stop the regime’s attacks from the air, and further authorized all necessary measures to protect the Libyan people.

Ten days ago, having tried to end the violence without using force, the international community offered Qaddafi a final chance to stop his campaign of killing, or face the consequences.  Rather than stand down, his forces continued their advance, bearing down on the city of Benghazi, home to nearly 700,000 men, women and children who sought their freedom from fear.


At this point, the United States and the world faced a choice.  Qaddafi declared he would show “no mercy” to his own people.  He compared them to rats, and threatened to go door to door to inflict punishment.  In the past, we have seen him hang civilians in the streets, and kill over a thousand people in a single day.  Now we saw regime forces on the outskirts of the city.  We knew that if we wanted — if we waited one more day, Benghazi, a city nearly the size of Charlotte, could suffer a massacre that would have reverberated across the region and stained the conscience of the world.

It was not in our national interest to let that happen.  I refused to let that happen.  And so nine days ago, after consulting the bipartisan leadership of Congress, I authorized military action to stop the killing and enforce U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973.

We struck regime forces approaching Benghazi to save that city and the people within it.  We hit Qaddafi’s troops in neighboring Ajdabiya, allowing the opposition to drive them out. We hit Qaddafi’s air defenses, which paved the way for a no-fly zone.  We targeted tanks and military assets that had been choking off towns and cities, and we cut off much of their source of supply.  And tonight, I can report that we have stopped Qaddafi’s deadly advance.

In this effort, the United States has not acted alone. Instead, we have been joined by a strong and growing coalition. This includes our closest allies -– nations like the United Kingdom, France, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Italy, Spain, Greece, and Turkey –- all of whom have fought by our sides for decades.  And it includes Arab partners like Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, who have chosen to meet their responsibilities to defend the Libyan people.

To summarize, then:  In just one month, the United States has worked with our international partners to mobilize a broad coalition, secure an international mandate to protect civilians, stop an advancing army, prevent a massacre, and establish a no-fly zone with our allies and partners.  To lend some perspective on how rapidly this military and diplomatic response came together, when people were being brutalized in Bosnia in the 1990s, it took the international community more than a year to intervene with air power to protect civilians.  It took us 31 days.

Moreover, we’ve accomplished these objectives consistent with the pledge that I made to the American people at the outset of our military operations.  I said that America’s role would be limited; that we would not put ground troops into Libya; that we would focus our unique capabilities on the front end of the operation and that we would transfer responsibility to our allies and partners.  Tonight, we are fulfilling that pledge.


Our most effective alliance, NATO, has taken command of the enforcement of the arms embargo and the no-fly zone.  Last night, NATO decided to take on the additional responsibility of protecting Libyan civilians.  This transfer from the United States to NATO will take place on Wednesday.  Going forward, the lead in enforcing the no-fly zone and protecting civilians on the ground will transition to our allies and partners, and I am fully confident that our coalition will keep the pressure on Qaddafi’s remaining forces.

In that effort, the United States will play a supporting role — including intelligence, logistical support, search and rescue assistance, and capabilities to jam regime communications. Because of this transition to a broader, NATO-based coalition, the risk and cost of this operation — to our military and to American taxpayers — will be reduced significantly.

So for those who doubted our capacity to carry out this operation, I want to be clear:  The United States of America has done what we said we would do.

That’s not to say that our work is complete.  In addition to our NATO responsibilities, we will work with the international community to provide assistance to the people of Libya, who need food for the hungry and medical care for the wounded.  We will safeguard the more than $33 billion that was frozen from the Qaddafi regime so that it’s available to rebuild Libya.  After all, the money doesn’t belong to Qaddafi or to us — it belongs to the Libyan people.  And we’ll make sure they receive it.

Tomorrow, Secretary Clinton will go to London, where she will meet with the Libyan opposition and consult with more than 30 nations.  These discussions will focus on what kind of political effort is necessary to pressure Qaddafi, while also supporting a transition to the future that the Libyan people deserve — because while our military mission is narrowly focused on saving lives, we continue to pursue the broader goal of a Libya that belongs not to a dictator, but to its people.

Now, despite the success of our efforts over the past week, I know that some Americans continue to have questions about our efforts in Libya.  Qaddafi has not yet stepped down from power, and until he does, Libya will remain dangerous.  Moreover, even after Qaddafi does leave power, 40 years of tyranny has left Libya fractured and without strong civil institutions.  The transition to a legitimate government that is responsive to the Libyan people will be a difficult task.  And while the United States will do our part to help, it will be a task for the international community and –- more importantly –- a task for the Libyan people themselves.

In fact, much of the debate in Washington has put forward a false choice when it comes to Libya.  On the one hand, some question why America should intervene at all -– even in limited ways –- in this distant land.  They argue that there are many places in the world where innocent civilians face brutal violence at the hands of their government, and America should not be expected to police the world, particularly when we have so many pressing needs here at home.

It’s true that America cannot use our military wherever repression occurs.  And given the costs and risks of intervention, we must always measure our interests against the need for action.  But that cannot be an argument for never acting on behalf of what’s right.  In this particular country -– Libya  — at this particular moment, we were faced with the prospect of violence on a horrific scale.  We had a unique ability to stop that violence:  an international mandate for action, a broad coalition prepared to join us, the support of Arab countries, and a plea for help from the Libyan people themselves.  We also had the ability to stop Qaddafi’s forces in their tracks without putting American troops on the ground.

To brush aside America’s responsibility as a leader and -– more profoundly -– our responsibilities to our fellow human beings under such circumstances would have been a betrayal of who we are.  Some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries.  The United States of America is different.  And as President, I refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action.

Moreover, America has an important strategic interest in preventing Qaddafi from overrunning those who oppose him.  A massacre would have driven thousands of additional refugees across Libya’s borders, putting enormous strains on the peaceful –- yet fragile -– transitions in Egypt and Tunisia.  The democratic impulses that are dawning across the region would be eclipsed by the darkest form of dictatorship, as repressive leaders concluded that violence is the best strategy to cling to power.  The writ of the United Nations Security Council would have been shown to be little more than empty words, crippling that institution’s future credibility to uphold global peace and security.  So while I will never minimize the costs involved in military action, I am convinced that a failure to act in Libya would have carried a far greater price for America.

Now, just as there are those who have argued against intervention in Libya, there are others who have suggested that we broaden our military mission beyond the task of protecting the Libyan people, and do whatever it takes to bring down Qaddafi and usher in a new government.

Of course, there is no question that Libya -– and the world –- would be better off with Qaddafi out of power.  I, along with many other world leaders, have embraced that goal, and will actively pursue it through non-military means.  But broadening our military mission to include regime change would be a mistake.
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The task that I assigned our forces -– to protect the Libyan people from immediate danger, and to establish a no-fly zone -– carries with it a U.N. mandate and international support.  It’s also what the Libyan opposition asked us to do.  If we tried to overthrow Qaddafi by force, our coalition would splinter.  We would likely have to put U.S. troops on the ground to accomplish that mission, or risk killing many civilians from the air.  The dangers faced by our men and women in uniform would be far greater.  So would the costs and our share of the responsibility for what comes next.

To be blunt, we went down that road in Iraq.  Thanks to the extraordinary sacrifices of our troops and the determination of our diplomats, we are hopeful about Iraq’s future.  But regime change there took eight years, thousands of American and Iraqi lives, and nearly a trillion dollars.  That is not something we can afford to repeat in Libya.

As the bulk of our military effort ratchets down, what we can do — and will do — is support the aspirations of the Libyan people.  We have intervened to stop a massacre, and we will work with our allies and partners to maintain the safety of civilians. We will deny the regime arms, cut off its supplies of cash, assist the opposition, and work with other nations to hasten the day when Qaddafi leaves power.  It may not happen overnight, as a badly weakened Qaddafi tries desperately to hang on to power.  But it should be clear to those around Qaddafi, and to every Libyan, that history is not on Qaddafi’s side.  With the time and space that we have provided for the Libyan people, they will be able to determine their own destiny, and that is how it should be.

Let me close by addressing what this action says about the use of America’s military power, and America’s broader leadership in the world, under my presidency.

As Commander-in-Chief, I have no greater responsibility than keeping this country safe.  And no decision weighs on me more than when to deploy our men and women in uniform.  I’ve made it clear that I will never hesitate to use our military swiftly, decisively, and unilaterally when necessary to defend our people, our homeland, our allies and our core interests.  That’s why we’re going after al Qaeda wherever they seek a foothold.  That is why we continue to fight in Afghanistan, even as we have ended our combat mission in Iraq and removed more than 100,000 troops from that country.
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There will be times, though, when our safety is not directly threatened, but our interests and our values are.  Sometimes, the course of history poses challenges that threaten our common humanity and our common security -– responding to natural disasters, for example; or preventing genocide and keeping the peace; ensuring regional security, and maintaining the flow of commerce.  These may not be America’s problems alone, but they are important to us.  They’re problems worth solving.  And in these circumstances, we know that the United States, as the world’s most powerful nation, will often be called upon to help.

In such cases, we should not be afraid to act -– but the burden of action should not be America’s alone.  As we have in Libya, our task is instead to mobilize the international community for collective action.  Because contrary to the claims of some, American leadership is not simply a matter of going it alone and bearing all of the burden ourselves.  Real leadership creates the conditions and coalitions for others to step up as well; to work with allies and partners so that they bear their share of the burden and pay their share of the costs; and to see that the principles of justice and human dignity are upheld by all.

That’s the kind of leadership we’ve shown in Libya.  Of course, even when we act as part of a coalition, the risks of any military action will be high.  Those risks were realized when one of our planes malfunctioned over Libya.  Yet when one of our airmen parachuted to the ground, in a country whose leader has so often demonized the United States –- in a region that has such a difficult history with our country –- this American did not find enemies.  Instead, he was met by people who embraced him.  One young Libyan who came to his aid said, “We are your friends.  We are so grateful to those men who are protecting the skies.”


This voice is just one of many in a region where a new generation is refusing to be denied their rights and opportunities any longer.

Yes, this change will make the world more complicated for a time.  Progress will be uneven, and change will come differently to different countries.  There are places, like Egypt, where this change will inspire us and raise our hopes.  And then there will be places, like Iran, where change is fiercely suppressed.  The dark forces of civil conflict and sectarian war will have to be averted, and difficult political and economic concerns will have to be addressed.

The United States will not be able to dictate the pace and scope of this change.  Only the people of the region can do that. But we can make a difference.

I believe that this movement of change cannot be turned back, and that we must stand alongside those who believe in the same core principles that have guided us through many storms:  our opposition to violence directed at one’s own people; our support for a set of universal rights, including the freedom for people to express themselves and choose their leaders; our support for governments that are ultimately responsive to the aspirations of the people.

Born, as we are, out of a revolution by those who longed to be free, we welcome the fact that history is on the move in the Middle East and North Africa, and that young people are leading the way.  Because wherever people long to be free, they will find a friend in the United States.  Ultimately, it is that faith — those ideals — that are the true measure of American leadership.

My fellow Americans, I know that at a time of upheaval overseas — when the news is filled with conflict and change — it can be tempting to turn away from the world.  And as I’ve said before, our strength abroad is anchored in our strength here at home.  That must always be our North Star — the ability of our people to reach their potential, to make wise choices with our resources, to enlarge the prosperity that serves as a wellspring for our power, and to live the values that we hold so dear.

But let us also remember that for generations, we have done the hard work of protecting our own people, as well as millions around the globe.  We have done so because we know that our own future is safer, our own future is brighter, if more of mankind can live with the bright light of freedom and dignity.

Tonight, let us give thanks for the Americans who are serving through these trying times, and the coalition that is carrying our effort forward.  And let us look to the future with confidence and hope not only for our own country, but for all those yearning for freedom around the world.

Thank you.  God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America. Thank you. [End of Speech]
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About President Barack Obama:

Barack H. Obama is the 44th President of the United States. His story is the American story — values from the heartland, a middle-class upbringing in a strong family, hard work and education as the means of getting ahead, and the conviction that a life so blessed should be lived in service to others.

With a father from Kenya and a mother from Kansas, President Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. He was raised with help from his grandfather, who served in Patton’s army, and his grandmother, who worked her way up from the secretarial pool to middle management at a bank.

After working his way through college with the help of scholarships and student loans, President Obama moved to Chicago, where he worked with a group of churches to help rebuild communities devastated by the closure of local steel plants.

He went on to attend law school, where he became the first African—American president of the Harvard Law Review. Upon graduation, he returned to Chicago to help lead a voter registration drive, teach constitutional law at the University of Chicago, and remain active in his community.

President Obama’s years of public service are based around his unwavering belief in the ability to unite people around a politics of purpose. In the Illinois State Senate, he passed the first major ethics reform in 25 years, cut taxes for working families, and expanded health care for children and their parents. As a United States Senator, he reached across the aisle to pass groundbreaking lobbying reform, lock up the world’s most dangerous weapons, and bring transparency to government by putting federal spending online.

He was elected the 44th President of the United States on November 4, 2008, and sworn in on January 20, 2009. He and his wife, Michelle, are the proud parents of two daughters, Malia, 12, and Sasha, 9.

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Editor’s Note: What do you think about President Obama involvement in Libya problem? Should the USA citizens pay for it?

EXCLUSIVE:DRIVEN Straight To The Dance Floor

October 9, 2009 by  
Filed under Entertainment, Featured

ArnoldgcoverALBUM MUSIC REVIEW:“DRIVEN Straight To The Dance Floor”
By Esteban “Steven” Escobar, Diversity News
By Linda Satloff Krongold, Proof Reader Special For Diversity News
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After listening over and over again for almost three weeks, I finally can write a music album review for “DRIVEN Straight To The Dance Floor” by Arnold G.

Arnold Garcia is his real full name, but as an international dance/pop recording artist, songwriter, dancer and performer, he is well known as “ARNOLD G.”
DRIVEN Straight To The Dance Floor is Arnold G’s 12 tracks complete album. It was released in 2006 by A&G Records, and manufactured and distributed by IRIS Distribution.
DRIVEN Straight To The Dance Floor is a Trance, Dance, House, Electronica, Ghetto and Pop album.
The album CD focuses on giving the listener a message that means something. The listener can perhaps relate to it, and try to drive himself to the next level.


Some of the songs got my attention because of the meaning of the lyrics.

For example, “LAND OF ECSTASY,” at the beginning sounds mysterious and tense, but I got the message that you do not need to take Ecstasy to listen to music.

“GIVE IT TO ME BABY,” is clearly a dance fun song to enjoy when you and your partner are in a good relationship. Another song that provides a message is “ANGEL EYES.” It sounds good and has great rhythm, but it is a sad lonely song that tries to tell and give you a message that Meth (drug) is not the solution to life’s problems.

Clearly, “OCEAN DREAMS” sounds like you have lost somebody that you used to love. For those of you who want to show your ex-partner that you do not love him/her any more, “I’M NOT IN LOVE,” is the perfect song to play or dedicate. It is beautiful and romantic, with great vocals, sounds and an excellent mix.

“FEEL THE BEAT,” “I WANT TO DANCE,” “TRIBAL OF THE WORLD,” “CAN YOU FEEL IT,” and “DANCE TO THE BEAT,” are different house styles. By listening and dancing with these songs you can feel hot and the electric with energy. When you hear the mix of special sounds, and the drums effect, the lyric’s meaning and rhythm will make you dance all over the dance floor. Another song that gives the listener a great message is “OUR RAINBOW.” The meaning and sounds with the excellent background singer Janel Wagner is an amazing duet it brings love and DIVERSITY.


Finally, last but not least, “CARRY ON,” is a pop song written by Arnold G and the music composed by Claudio Collino. The message is for depth and passion. We’ve lost many to terminal illness and seemingly insurable diseases. The song’s sound is clear. Remembrance, awareness, courage and hope are part of the cure. Once again, this has great vocals with a great message. Arnold G’s new singles sneak previews of two songs from his 2008 single CD promos are “I’M FREE,” and “YOU GOT ME HOT.” “I’M FREE,” is a ballad song with a very clear message. It talks about how to help deal with life circumstances and free you for being a victim in general. “YOU GOT ME HOT,” featuring Jezda, is a pop single with four different styles such hip-hop, dance, funky, groovy and house mixes. It doesn’t matter what kind of music you listen to.

What it is important always is the message in it. I wonder if all special sounds can be heard live in a concert because I would love to live that amazing, unforgettable experience. The songs are written and performed by Arnold G. Arnold G is a member of ASCAP. Arnold G hit the right target with his album title “DRIVEN Straight To The Dance Floor,” because it makes me, and will make you, want to sing and dance. I love the special effects, the different songs, the rhythm and most importantly the unique amazing message in each song which makes it a diverse album. I would highly recommend buying his CD because we can learn a lot from his message. His lyrics are so poignant mixed with high-energy music along with his soulful voice; it gives so much meaning to the song. His dance and performance abilities, will take you to the next level of appreciation. I highly recommend buying his concert’s ticket and have an unforgettable lifetime experience. I can feel and see his passion for his music and how he entertains his audiences; he puts so much emotions and feelings to everything he touches. Arnold G’s vocals have so much soulful and smooth rhythm. The only problem is that some of the songs are too long. According to Arnold G, it was purposely done for DJ friendly. DJ needs time to mix one song to another. It explains why the majority of hit songs are from 5 to 7 minutes long. This is why some of the songs are extended. In my opinion, the CD should be formatted to radio ready instead of DJ friendly. It should be kept at a minimum of 4 minutes, but no more than 5 minutes. I have to agree with other music reviewers that a couple of the songs style sounds were alike. I think the robotic voice doesn’t express his natural actual voice. Which I rather hear more of his natural voice. I feel Arnold G voice got melted along with other instrumentals. But, I still love his music and lyrics and I recommend to all of you to buy his music because you will love it. And as the title says DRIVEN Straight To The Dance Floor.

Recently Arnold G’s song “I Want To Dance” was considered for BEST DANCE RECORDING on the 52nd Annual Grammy Ballot. In 2009, Arnold G has been placed on the Official Ballot for the 51st Grammy Awards with 6 entries; Song Of The Year”, Best New Artist, Best Male, Pop Vocal Performance, Best Dance Recording – I’m Not In Love” and “Ocean Dreams”, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration Arnold G featuring Jezda – “You Got Me Hot”, and Composing/Arranging Claudio Collino & DJ Paul E, arranger (Arnold G) for I’m Not In Love. In prior years, Arnold G was placed on the Official Ballot for the 2008 Grammy Awards with 2 entries in the following categories “Record Of The Year” and “Album Of The Year”! For more information about Arnold G tours, events, videos, public appearances and new releases please visit http://www.arnoldg.com/, http://www.myspace.com/arnoldg, http://www.reverbnation.com/arnoldg, http://www.youtube.com/arnoldg, and http://www.agrecordsmusic.com/ You can purchase his music at iTunes, Amazon, Napster, MSN, AMIES ST, Dance Record (DR), Hot-MP3, Yahoo, XYZ MP3, Rhapsody and other major digital retailers.
You can also purchase his CD exclusibly at CDbaby.com. Arnold G also has a fan page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/arnoldgmusic and follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ArnoldG_Music To buy Arnold G’s music you can check CD Baby at http://cdbaby.com/cd/arnoldg. It is at available on all major digital retailers such as: iTunes, Amazon, MSN, Yahoo Music, Napster, Rhapsody, AMIE, XYZ MP3, Dance Records, Hot-MP3 ABOUT ARNOLD G: As for Arnold G, his music consists of Dance, House, Hip Hop and even Ballads. He has performed for audiences ranging from 1000 – 30,000 people in Eastern Europe, Canada and throughout different parts of the USA. He knows how to work large audiences and is a professional that can be trusted to deliver amazing shows to his audiences. On top of the excellent quality of our shows, we have an extensive mailing list a large fan base of about 10,000 personal contacts, as well as our fans from Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, ReverbNation, OurStage and SoundClick. Arnold G, the Grammy Ballot Recording Artist, was born and raised primarily in Camarillo, California. This is where dancing and singing got its’ foothold into Arnold G’s heart. Since his father was a Dancer and his Mother was a Singer, he learned that music could take him anywhere he wanted to go, especially when he became homeless at thirteen. At this young age, Arnold G decided he would not let his circumstances determine his fate, so he continued to go to school, while delivering papers and fixing electronics, just to have enough money for food and clothing. While in high school, no one knew of Arnold G’s situation, because he continued as if nothing was wrong, by joining sports and the choir. As Arnold G became more involved with choir, he would sing and dance at the school performances “The Entertainers”, earning him the title, “Dr. Dance!” Even though, Arnold G loved the attention from his friends, what made him the happiest, was that his mom would miss other obligations, just to come and see him perform. After high school, Arnold G modeled for a while and became a professional dancer for major icons in the Music Industry. But even that didn’t seem to quench Arnold G’s thirst for life and music. He then began singing, after his mother passed away. Arnold G started taking voice lessons and singing at Karaoke bars to build up his confidence. All of a sudden, he started to win contests and sometimes, the audience members would pay the KJ or him to sing special songs. This created a Musical Master. Once Arnold G saw that music was his destiny, he created his first CD, “Driven: Straight to the Dance Floor” and began performing with professional dancers.

Arnold G became The First Male Madonna, owning the stage and his audiences, as he toured all over Eastern Europe, Canada, and the US, including shows at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. His futuristic nature; his sense for entertainment; and his exotic looks are taking him places that he has never been before. Now, looking to tour Japan and to lead the revolution of bridging Japanese Entertainment with America, Arnold G also wants to leave a musical legacy in the US. Arnold G has started AG Entertainment Productions (AGEP) to create all the projects that are floating around in his head. Arnold G’s shows will hit Hollywood and Las Vegas and hopefully in the future, replace the Blue Man Group with his Trance Warrior and Ocean Dreams shows. Arnold G is so passionate about making a difference through music and creating an awareness, that he has become an Activist, that not only helps other Artists, but “Hearts and Minds” on this website explains how he helps people who struggle with health issues; mental, physical or emotional. That’s why he wrote songs, such as “Carry On,” for people with AIDS and cancer. He also wrote “I’m Free,” to help people let go of the past, so they can move forward without the baggage from their prior life challenges. “Angel Eyes,” is another song that he wrote, as he saw how Meth and other drugs took over people’s lives.
But Arnold G’s giving doesn’t even stop there; he also has a soft spot in his heart for children, as he knows that change starts with them. That is how the show “Madam” became the talk of the evening at The International Family Film Festival Awards Ceremony. Arnold G put together this dramatic performance for a non-profit organization called Freshi-films and Freshi-flix, and was a key factor in raising awareness and money for the after school program, which teaches children how to shoot film.
With all that said, you know Arnold G is embarking on new territories of creating music and contributing to society in some big fashion. Keep your eyes posted on this one. Arnold G is worthy of your time and attention.

Sources: www.arnoldg.com, billboard.com, msn.com, facebook.com, Amy Breunig and myspace.com

Editor Note: Arnold G biography is courtesy of Amy Breunig of Breunig Publishing, 2009. Photos and videos are courtesy of Arnold G & A&G Records. EXCLUSIVE: “DRIVEN Straight To The Dance Floor” music album review is written by Esteban “Steven” Escobar and proof read by Linda Satloff Krongold of Diversity News, a consumer news magazine published by Diversity News Publications. Linda Satloff Krongold resides in Brooklyn, NY. She is a Speech teacher for NYC Board of Education during the day and during free time she will be writing, proof reading, reporting and contributing as exclusive special correspondent for Diversity News Publications. If you would like to comment or contact Linda please feel free at her email:andmeljar@aol.com © 2009 By Diversity News. All Rights Are Reserved.