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Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Diversity News Publications

November 24, 2011 by  
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Happy Thanksgiving 2011Our editorial, photography, marketing and public relation teams wish you and your family a “Happy Safe Thanksgiving Day and Weekend.”

Have you ever wonder what is Thanksgiving? and why is been celebrated? Wikipedia.org describes as follows:

 

Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a holiday celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. It has officially been an annual tradition since 1863, when during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving to be celebrated on Thursday, November 26.[1] As a federal and popular holiday in the U.S., Thanksgiving is one of the major holidays of the year. Together with Christmas and the New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader holiday season.

The event that Americans commonly call the “First Thanksgiving” was celebrated to give thanksto God for guiding them safely to the New World.[2] The first Thanksgiving feast lasted three days, providing enough food for 13 Pilgrims and 90 Native Americans.[3] The feast consisted offish (codeels, and bass) and shellfish (clamslobster, and mussels), wild fowl (ducksgeese,swans, and turkey), venisonberries and fruitvegetables (peaspumpkinbeetroot and possibly, wild or cultivated onion), harvest grains (barley and wheat), and the Three Sisters:beans, dried Indian maize or corn, and squash.[2][4][5][6] The New England colonists were accustomed to regularly celebrating “thanksgivings”—days of prayer thanking God for blessings such as military victory or the end of a drought.[7]

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Since being fixed at the fourth Thursday in November by law in 1941, the holiday in the United States can occur on any date from November 22 to November 28. When it falls on November 22 or 23, it is not the last Thursday, but the penultimate Thursday in November. As it is a Federal holiday, all United States government offices are closed and employees are paid for that day. It is also a holiday for the New York Stock Exchange and most other financial markets and financial services companies.

THANKSGIVING DATES, 2011–2021

  • November 24, 2011
  • November 22, 2012
  • November 28, 2013
  • November 27, 2014
  • November 26, 2015
  • November 24, 2016
  • November 23, 2017
  • November 22, 2018
  • November 28, 2019
  • November 26, 2020
  • November 25, 2021

DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING

The day after Thanksgiving is a day off for some companies and many schools. It is popularly known as Black Friday, because of the heavy shopping that day helps put retailers’ books back into black. Black Friday has been considered by retailers to be the start of the Christmas shopping season since as early as the 1930s.

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2011 Honda Los Angeles Marathon presented by K‐Swiss on March 20th

February 6, 2011 by  
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LA Marathon 2011The 26th running of the Honda LA Marathon presented by K‐Swiss will take place on Sunday, March 20, 2011 on the nation’s most dramatic marathon course, from Dodger Stadium to the Pacific Ocean.
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A visit to Los Angeles often includes landmarks such as Dodger Stadium, Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and the beaches in Santa Monica for a dip in the Pacific Ocean.
Imagine seeing them all . . . without a single car in front of you! It’s possible only for participants in the 26th Honda LA Marathon presented by K-Swiss on March 20, 2011.


“The morning was perfect,” said 2010 runner-up Richard Limo of Kenya, who made his firstever visit to Los Angeles for the race last year. “The run to the sea was great. Mile 24 [on San Vicente Boulevard] was a great place to see balloons and flowers and the breeze from the ocean was really great.”
Although the race has been among the top-ten marathons in the world since its inception in 1986, the new Stadium to the Sea course – from Dodger Stadium to Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica – helped to set a new record of 26,054 registrants for the 2010 race. And registrations are coming in briskly for 2011.
“There will be no race-day registration for the Honda LA Marathon in 2011,” noted LA MARATHON LLC Chief Operating Officer Nick Curl. “We had to cut off registration early last year and we’re asking people to register now and not be disappointed at the last minute.”
Race registration is easy and takes only minutes on the race Web site, www.LAMarathon.com.


Out-of-town runners are being welcomed with excellent hotel options, either close to the start in downtown Los Angeles, or close to the finish in Santa Monica, Venice and Marina del Rey, beginning at $99 per night (plus applicable taxes). A menu of five downtown hotels and 18 Santa Monica-area properties is available through the “Travel” section of the Marathon Web
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site, with full details on pricing and complimentary raceday transportation options from both areas to the start at Dodger Stadium, and from the finish in Santa Monica back to the official downtown hotels.
All runners receive a specially-prepared “technical shirt” for raceday, with a specially-struck commemorative medal waiting at the finish line, and a finisher’s certificate which can be retrieved electronically after the race results are certified.
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Looking back on the record-setting 2010 race, many of the runners agreed with women’s runner-up Teyba Naser of Ethiopia that “I enjoyed the course, especially the scene as we approached the finish area at the beach.” The same excitement awaits those who register in time to be included in the 2011 edition on March 20.


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Please note that the times shown are tentative and subject to change.
18 March Friday Honda LA Marathon Expo @ Dodger Stadium 10:00 a.m.‐8:00 p.m.
19 March Saturday LA 5K @ Dodger Stadium 8:00 a.m.
19 March Saturday KiDSMARATHON @ Dodger Stadium 8:30 a.m.
19 March Saturday Honda LA Marathon Expo @ Dodger Stadium 9:00 a.m.‐6:00 p.m.
20 March Sunday Honda LA Marathon XXVI ~7:00 a.m.
• Elite field:
A world‐class field of men and women will vie for a prize purse of $256,200 in the 2011 race, including a $100,000 bonus for the winner of the unique Honda LA Marathon Challenge for the first runner – male or female – to cross the finish line (the women will start with a handicap of several minutes):
1st place: Men & Women: $25,000 plus a new Honda Insight EX sedan
with Navigation (MSRP of $23,100).
2nd place: Men & Women: $12,500.
3rd place: Men & Women: $10,000.
4th place: Men & Women: $ 5,000.
5th place: Men & Women: $ 2,500.
Challenge Bonus:
$100,000 for the first runner to finish!
Kenyan men have won this race 12 years in a row, with Wesley Korir as the two‐time defending champion; Kenyan Edna Kiplagat’s win in 2010 broke a streak of five straight wins by Russian women. Kiplagat won the Challenge; women have won it four of the seven times it has been held.
The race records are 2:08:24 for men (Wesley Korir of Kenya in 2009) and 2:25:39 for women  (Tatiana Petrova of Russia in 2009).


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We inspire athletes and connect communities. With thousands of volunteers, tens of thousands of participants, and hundreds of thousands of spectators, the Honda Los Angeles Marathon presented by K-Swiss is one of the largest organized road races in the country. For more information, visit www.lamarathon.com.

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Misty Gonzales Performs Live at Cirque-Du-Soleil “Rock & Roll Freedom Show” Benefiting Wing And A Prayer

February 5, 2011 by  
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Misty Gonzales At Key ClubOn February 2, 2011 the stage was set for a great cause and recording artist Misty Gonzales who performed live to raise funds and Awareness for A Wing And A Prayer, a non profit organization. One of the guest performers to open for Misty Gonzales was Eighteen year old pop and rock artist Jory Glick.

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Misty Gonzales came to the stage and performed couple acts in front of over 250 fans including media representatives. During her performance she feature background dancers and acrobats dancers going up to the ceiling and come down to the stage. It looks the fan enjoyed the show (We got videos and feel free to leave comments on them).

The event organizers held a red carpet and VIP Plush Lounge for friends and the media where they were able to take photos of every one performing at the event. When guess where leaving they were giving a gift bag full of goodies including Misty Gonzales EP.  Chrissy Sutphin with her associate from Luck Media & Marketing Inc., coordinated the media and talent at the event.

The event was held in the Sunset Strip world famous the Key Club located at 9039 Sunset Boulevard., West Hollywood, CA 90069 on February 2, 2011 from 8:00 pm to around 11:30 pm. The event was produced by Freedom Child Entertainment at Key Club in West Hollywood, CA. The media, talent and marketing was handle by Luck Media & Marketing Inc. Rock & Roll Freedom Show Executive Producers were Tom Wilson and Misty Gonzales.

About Luck Media & Marketing Inc.: Since launching LUCK Media & Marketing in 1999, music industry veteran Steve Levesque and his dynamic team of media specialists have been an instrumental force in the breaking of hundreds of emerging independent artists, revitalizing the careers of established performers and helping independent labels gain a foothold in the marketplace. Evolving into a well rounded full service “one stop shop” entertainment company dedicated to marketing, promotion, publicity and management consulting, LUCK has propelled artists “from the streets to the stadiums” in a wide variety of genres: pop, R&B, country, jazz, new age, adult contemporary, classic rock, alt rock, hardcore, rap/hip-hop, metal, Americana, folk, blues, electronic and more. For more information visit http://luckmedia.com


Videos Courtesy (C) 2011 By Diversity News Productions, a division of Diversity News Publications and Photos Courtesy and (C) 2011 by Celebrity and Events photographer Francois Palais for Los Angeles County Events Examiner and Diversity News Magazine.


Sources: Luck Media & Marketing Inc, Hollywood Events Examiner and Diversity News Magazine

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Editor’s Note: We want to Thanks Chrissy Sutphin who made sure our team were treated right at the event and we worked with Chrissy Sutphin of Luck Media & Marketing Inc., atThe Hollywood Music In Media Awards 2010 were Legendary Jane Fonda attended the event.



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Sherak and Mo’Nique Announced The 83rd Academy Awards Nominations

January 25, 2011 by  
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The 2011 Oscar AwardsOn Tuesday, January 25, 2011 The 83rd Academy Awards 2011 Nominations were announced by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and 2009 Oscar® winner Mo’Nique in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
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Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

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Nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards
Performance by an actor in a leading role

Javier Bardem in “Biutiful” (Roadside Attractions)
Jeff Bridges in “True Grit” (Paramount)
Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network” (Sony Pictures Releasing)
Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company)
James Franco in “127 Hours” (Fox Searchlight)
Performance by an actor in a supporting role

Christian Bale in “The Fighter” (Paramount)
John Hawkes in “Winter’s Bone” (Roadside Attractions)
Jeremy Renner in “The Town” (Warner Bros.)
Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right” (Focus Features)
Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company)
Performance by an actress in a leading role

Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right” (Focus Features)
Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole” (Lionsgate)
Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone” (Roadside Attractions)
Natalie Portman in “Black Swan” (Fox Searchlight)
Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine” (The Weinstein Company)
Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Amy Adams in “The Fighter” (Paramount)
Helena Bonham Carter in “The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company)
Melissa Leo in “The Fighter” (Paramount)
Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”(Paramount)
Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Best animated feature film of the year

“How to Train Your Dragon” (Paramount), Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
“The Illusionist” (Sony Pictures Classics), Sylvain Chomet
“Toy Story 3” (Walt Disney), Lee Unkrich
Achievement in art direction

“Alice in Wonderland” (Walt Disney), Production Design: Robert Stromberg, Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” (Warner Bros.), Production Design: Stuart Craig, Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
“Inception” (Warner Bros.), Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas, Set Decoration: Larry Dias and Doug Mowat
“The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company), Production Design: Eve Stewart, Set Decoration: Judy Farr
“True Grit” (Paramount), Production Design: Jess Gonchor, Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh
Achievement in cinematography

“Black Swan” (Fox Searchlight), Matthew Libatique
“Inception” (Warner Bros.), Wally Pfister
“The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company), Danny Cohen
“The Social Network” (Sony Pictures Releasing), Jeff Cronenweth
“True Grit” (Paramount), Roger Deakins
Achievement in costume design

“Alice in Wonderland” (Walt Disney), Colleen Atwood
“I Am Love” (Magnolia Pictures), Antonella Cannarozzi
“The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company), Jenny Beavan
“The Tempest” (Miramax), Sandy Powell
“True Grit” (Paramount), Mary Zophres
Achievement in directing

“Black Swan” (Fox Searchlight), Darren Aronofsky
“The Fighter” (Paramount), David O. Russell
“The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company), Tom Hooper
“The Social Network” (Sony Pictures Releasing), David Fincher
“True Grit” (Paramount), Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Best documentary feature

“Exit through the Gift Shop” (Producers Distribution Agency), A Paranoid Pictures Production, Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz
“Gasland”, A Gasland Production, Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic
“Inside Job” (Sony Pictures Classics), A Representational Pictures Production, Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
“Restrepo” (National Geographic Entertainment), An Outpost Films Production, Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
“Waste Land” (Arthouse Films), An Almega Projects Production, Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley
Best documentary short subject

“Killing in the Name”, A Moxie Firecracker Films Production, Nominees to be determined
“Poster Girl”, A Portrayal Films Production, Nominees to be determined
“Strangers No More”, A Simon & Goodman Picture Company Production, Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
“Sun Come Up”, A Sun Come Up Production, Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger
“The Warriors of Qiugang”, A Thomas Lennon Films Production, Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon
Achievement in film editing

“Black Swan” (Fox Searchlight), Andrew Weisblum
“The Fighter” (Paramount), Pamela Martin
“The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company), Tariq Anwar
“127 Hours” (Fox Searchlight), Jon Harris
“The Social Network” (Sony Pictures Releasing), Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter
Best foreign language film of the year

“Biutiful” (Roadside Attractions), A Menage Atroz, Mod Producciones and Ikiru Films Production, Mexico
“Dogtooth” (Kino International), A Boo Production, Greece
“In a Better World” (Sony Pictures Classics), A Zentropa Production, Denmark
“Incendies” (Sony Pictures Classics), A Micro-Scope Production, Canada
“Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)” (Cohen Media Group), A Tassili Films Production, Algeria
Achievement in makeup

“Barney’s Version” (Sony Pictures Classics), Adrien Morot
“The Way Back” (Newmarket Films in association with Wrekin Hill Entertainment and Image Entertainment), Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
“The Wolfman” (Universal), Rick Baker and Dave Elsey
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

“How to Train Your Dragon” (Paramount), John Powell
“Inception” (Warner Bros.), Hans Zimmer
“The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company), Alexandre Desplat
“127 Hours” (Fox Searchlight), A.R. Rahman
“The Social Network” (Sony Pictures Releasing), Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

“Coming Home” from “Country Strong” (Sony Pictures Releasing (Screen Gems)), Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
“I See the Light” from “Tangled” (Walt Disney), Music by Alan Menken, Lyric by Glenn Slater
“If I Rise” from “127 Hours” (Fox Searchlight), Music by A.R. Rahman, Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong
“We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3” (Walt Disney), Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
Best motion picture of the year

“Black Swan” (Fox Searchlight), A Protozoa and Phoenix Pictures Production, Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
“The Fighter” (Paramount), A Relativity Media Production, David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
“Inception” (Warner Bros.), A Warner Bros. UK Services Production, Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
“The Kids Are All Right” (Focus Features), An Antidote Films, Mandalay Vision and Gilbert Films Production, Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers
“The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company), A See-Saw Films and Bedlam Production, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
“127 Hours” (Fox Searchlight), An Hours Production, Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
“The Social Network” (Sony Pictures Releasing), A Columbia Pictures Production, Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
“Toy Story 3” (Walt Disney), A Pixar Production, Darla K. Anderson, Producer
“True Grit” (Paramount), A Paramount Pictures Production, Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
“Winter’s Bone” (Roadside Attractions), A Winter’s Bone Production, Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers
Best animated short film

“Day & Night” (Walt Disney), A Pixar Animation Studios Production, Teddy Newton
“The Gruffalo”, A Magic Light Pictures Production, Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
“Let’s Pollute”, A Geefwee Boedoe Production, Geefwee Boedoe
“The Lost Thing”, (Nick Batzias for Madman Entertainment), A Passion Pictures Australia Production, Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
“Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)”, A Sacrebleu Production, Bastien Dubois
Best live action short film

“The Confession” (National Film and Television School), A National Film and Television School Production, Tanel Toom
“The Crush” (Network Ireland Television), A Purdy Pictures Production, Michael Creagh
“God of Love”, A Luke Matheny Production, Luke Matheny
“Na Wewe” (Premium Films), A CUT! Production, Ivan Goldschmidt
“Wish 143”, A Swing and Shift Films/Union Pictures Production, Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite
Achievement in sound editing

“Inception” (Warner Bros.), Richard King
“Toy Story 3” (Walt Disney), Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
“Tron: Legacy” (Walt Disney), Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
“True Grit” (Paramount), Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
“Unstoppable” (20th Century Fox), Mark P. Stoeckinger
Achievement in sound mixing

“Inception” (Warner Bros.), Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick
“The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company), Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley
“Salt” (Sony Pictures Releasing), Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin
“The Social Network” (Sony Pictures Releasing), Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten
“True Grit” (Paramount), Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland
Achievement in visual effects

“Alice in Wonderland” (Walt Disney), Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” (Warner Bros.), Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
“Hereafter” (Warner Bros.), Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell
“Inception” (Warner Bros.), Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
“Iron Man 2” (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment, Distributed by Paramount), Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick
Adapted screenplay

“127 Hours” (Fox Searchlight), Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
“The Social Network” (Sony Pictures Releasing), Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
“Toy Story 3” (Walt Disney), Screenplay by Michael Arndt, Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
“True Grit” (Paramount), Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
“Winter’s Bone” (Roadside Attractions), Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini
Original screenplay

“Another Year” (Sony Pictures Classics), Written by Mike Leigh
“The Fighter” (Paramount), Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson, Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
“Inception” (Warner Bros.), Written by Christopher Nolan
“The Kids Are All Right” (Focus Features), Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
“The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company), Screenplay by David Seidler

About The Academy:
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards – in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners – the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies. For more information about The Academy visit http://www.oscars.orghttp://www.facebook.com/TheAcademy,http://www.youtube.com/Oscars and http://www.twitter.com/TheAcademy


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Actress Thushari Jayasekera Attends The Second Annual Tasty Awards

January 15, 2011 by  
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Taste Awards 2011On Thursday, January 13, 2011 The Second Annual Tasty Awards was held from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA.
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The Tasty Awards was hosted by comedian Zane Lamprey and event was produced by Taste TV & sponsored by Kikkoman.


The Awards presenters were: Leslie Sbrocco, Chef Tanya Holland, Chef Nathan Lyon, Bobby Bognar, Candice Kumai, Brian Boitano, Chef Daniel Green, Luciene Salomone, Amy Paffrath, Chef Kevin Roberts, Jeannie Mai, Aida Mollenkamp, Peter Ishkhans, Darryl Robinson, Fabio Viviani and Manouschka Guerrier.
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Actress Thushari Jayasekera was in attendance at the event and she told Diversity News Magazine that “She loves to watch the food shows & wanted to check out the new event. Also she enjoyed the show and got to meet many of the presenters & winners.”

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Nominees and Honorees for the 2nd Annual Tasty Awards are listed below. Winners are highlighted.

CATEGORY SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
OFFICIAL HONOREES
Person of the Year Mario Batali
Tastemaker of the Year Melissa Rivers and Joan Rivers
The Kikkoman Pioneer Award

Martha Stewart, Alton Brown, Food Network
Lifetime Achievement Niecy Nash, Gordon Ramsay
Outstanding Inspiration Tyra Banks
Outstanding Vision Cat Cora
Outstanding Passion Guy Fieri
Outstanding Entertainer Ryan Seacrest
Outstanding Technology Innovation Twitter, iPad
Stylemaker of the Year Heidi Klum
Breakout Foodies of the Year Dinner with the Band (IFC), Food Party(IFC), Food Jammers (Cooking Channel, Halogen TV), Everyday Food (PBS)
Breakout Fashionistas of the Year Mod-TV.com, DailyFrontRow.com Chic Report, Teenage Paparazzo (HBO), The Red Carpet Issue (Sundance)
Guilty Addiction of the Year “Flipping Out” (Bravo), “The Spin Crowd”(E! Entertainment)
Great Taste Gail Simmons, Jeannie Mai
CATEGORY FINALIST AWARD NOMINEES WATCH
OFFICIAL FINALISTS
Best Drink or Beverage Program: Television Drink Up with Darryl Robinson (Cooking Channel)
The Winemakers (PBS)
Drinking Made Easy with Zane Lamprey (HD Net)
Wine & Dine with Mastro (CoLours TV, AMG)
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Best Drink or Beverage Program: Web

12 Second Cocktails
Art of the Drink
Raising the Bar with Jamie Boudreau
Mixology
Thirsty Girl TV
Wine Library TV
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Best Food Program: Television America’s Test Kitchen (PBS)
Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (Food Network)
Good Eats (Food Network)
No Reservations (Travel Channel)
Top Chef (Bravo)
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (ABC)
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Best Food Program: Web

Average Betty
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Aarti Parti
The Culinary Institute of America
Working Class Foodies
Jamie Oliver Recipes
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Best Food Travel Series: Television Avec Eric (PBS)
Bizarre Foods (Travel Channel)
Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (Food Network)
The Great Food Truck Race (Food Network)
No Reservations (Travel Channel)
Throwdown With Bobby Flay (Food Network)
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Best Food Travel Series: Web CMN Travels-Culinary Media Network
Working Class Foodies
Vegan Hotspot
Without Borders
Savoring the Best of World Flavors: World Culinary Arts Series
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The Kikkoman Award for Best Reality Series: Food or Drink


The Great Food Truck Race (Food Network)
The Next Food Network Star (Food Network)
Top Chef (Bravo)
Iron Chef America (Food Network)
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (ABC)
Top Chef Masters (Bravo)
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Best Food or Drink Video Podcast Avec Eric (PBS)
Average Betty
Epicurious
Farmers’ Market Gourmet
Simply Ming (PBS)
Working Class Foodies
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Best Fashion or Design Program : Television America’s Next Top Model (CW)
Kimora, Life in the Fab Lane (Style Network)
Project Runway (Lifetime)
The Rachel Zoe Project (Bravo)
What Not To Wear (TLC)
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Best Fashion or Design Program : Web Cool Hunting
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Is a Sri Lankan American actress, performer, and writer.  Actress Thushari Jayasekera, currently is in the role of Pinky on NBC’s Outsourced TV Show. Outsourced second season is to air on a new time, at 10:30 pm after 30 Rock, starting Thursday, January 20, 2011 on NBC.   For more information about Actress Thushari Jayasekera you can visit her IMDB at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3469610/ or follow her on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/thusharijayasek


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State of California New Laws of 2011

January 1, 2011 by  
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State of California New Laws 2011Welcome to the Golden State.
As you may be aware each year the State of CA makes new law effective the 1st of the year. This year was no exception and see some of the new laws the are effective January 1, 2011.Wireless from AT&T


Hoa Quách from La Mesa Patch reports and highlights some of the laws with a description of what they are:
  • AB 119 – prevents insurance companies from charging different rates for men and women for identical coverage.
  • SB 782 – prevents landlords from evicting tenants who are victims of domestic or sexual abuse or stalking.
  • AB 1844— informally known as Chelsea’s Law and authored by local Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher—will increase penalties, parole provisions and oversight of sex offenders, including a “one-strike, life-without-parole penalty” for some. 
  • AB 1871 – allows people to lease out their cars when they are not being used—alleviating the need to purchase additional insurance.
  • AB 537 – will make food stamps an acceptable form of payment at farmers markets through an EBT process.
  • SB 1411 makes it a misdemeanor to maliciously impersonate someone via a social media outlet or through e-mails.
  • SB 1317 –  allows the state to slap parents with a $2,000 fine if their K-8 child misses more than 10 percent of the school year without a valid excuse. It also allows the state to punish parents with up to a year in prison for the misdemeanor.
  • AB 715 – makes a change to the California Green Building Standards code. The change will require new California buildings to be energy efficient.
  • SB 1449 – makes the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana an infraction with a penalty of a $100 fine.
  • AB 12 – allows foster youth to acquire state services until the age of 21.
  • SB 1399 – allows California to medically parole state prison inmates with physical incapacitating conditions and ultimately shifts some of the cost of care to the federal government.
  • AB 97 – bans the use of trans-fats in food facilities.
New Laws Report is a list of all bills enacted in a calendar year during the Regular Session of the Legislature. The list identifies the bill and chapter number, lead author, and the subject of the measure. All bills on the list become effective on January 1 following the year of enactment, unless otherwise noted.
For complete the complete list which are 725 new laws please click to download them at: StateofCANewLaws2011



Sources: http://lamesa.patch.com



Note: AB = Assembly Bill        SB = Senate Bill
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Diversity News Magazine & Maryam Talk Radio from KLAS FM Official Media Partners

December 19, 2010 by  
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Maryam Talk Radio on KLAS FM 89.7Diversity News Publications PR announced on Sunday, December 19, 2010 that Diversity News Magazine on the net at (http://www.diversitynewspublications.com) and Maryam Talk Radio from KLAS FM are now official media partners.
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“I am very proud, happy and excited to be partners with such a well known and established company and very honored to be partners with Diversity News Publications.” Said Maryam Shepardson, Maryam Talk Radio Host. She continue “I decided to become partners with Diversity News Magazine mainly because I really enjoy reading up on Diversity’s latest news and breaking story’s from the magazine.”


Diversity News Publications it is very selected whom they want to be affiliated but after researching and thinking about their readership interests and by putting them first, partnership with Maryam Talk Radio of KLAS FM the is another benefit for the current loyal readers of the online consumer news magazine.
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“I think it will benefit both of us because we are able to connect both our audience and listeners with one another and reach a lot of variety of different styles genre’s  of people.” Concluded Ms. Shepardson.

Maryam with Eric Zuley“I am very excited to officially welcome Maryam Talk Radio from KLAS FM, especially their host Maryam Shepardson to the Diversity News Publications Media Networks.” Said Esteban Steven Escobar, Executive Editor-In-Chief from Diversity News Magazine. He added “ I have to agree with her that with this new partnership we both are going to benefit and most important our audience and the is a win situation.”

Diversity News Publications also controls and operates other online sites such as: “Diversity News Hollywood”, “Diversity News Online” and “Diversity News Los Angeles”. Many of our photos and articles get reposted on the above mention publications.

“I hope this business partnership will last for many years to come and we hope to work hard to help each other media outlets and become the best of the west.” Concluded Mr. Escobar.


On Air with MaryamAbout Maryam Shepardson:
Maryam Shepardson grew up as a small city country girl from Montgomery Alabama. Always knowing that she wanted to be involved in the entertainment business. She started as a singer for 7 years. She had managers etc.. but nothing ever fell threw successfully so she decided to switch over to radio and become a radio personality. She moved to Vegas 12 years ago with her father who convinced her to travel over to Los Angeles where she found a job at Klasfm.com 89.7 on the American Radio Network in Hollywood, California. She have been with the company now for almost 2 years 22 months. She  always wanted to be a celebrity one day but slowly realized in reality it is not that simple so now I just stay in the limelight as much as possible to get recognition in my field as a radio Personality. She still love singing it has always been her first love maybe later on she hope to continue and re pursue it again in the near future. Maryam loves doing radio and networking with industry professionals. She is a single mom and have a beautiful 10year old daughter who loves the industry just as much as her mom.
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Her daughter is always singing around the house and that is motivation for Maryam to keep moving on in life and to become successful. She knows it is a process and you must go threw steps and levels to become more known in the industry. She is aware that it takes alot of time, patience and connecting with the right people. Maryam will not loose sight of that and will keep moving forward everyday. For more information about Maryam visit http://www.maryamtalkradio.com or http://www.maryamatklasfm.com


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About Diversity News Magazine:
Is a consumer news magazine covering News, Entertainment, Features, Awards, Sports, 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 their Diverse community world wide and focusing in local, nation and international News, Entertainment, Features, Sports and more importantly newsworthy items that would be of interest to our Diverse cultures affecting their specific town and the Diverse World.


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About Diversity News Publications:
Founded in 2003 Diversity News Publications, is a media and public relations firm specialized in Advertising, Design, Marketing, Printing & Public Relations services who combines all sources in one. For information visit http://www.diversitynewspublications.com & http://www.diversitynewspublications.blogspot.com/
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CSI Actress Jorja Fox Co-Produces Documentary “How I Became An Elephant”

December 3, 2010 by  
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By Songirl Sez, Special For Diversity News
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On Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 9:30pm there was a pre-release special screening at the Artivist Film Festival of the documentary “How I Became An Elephant” produced by Jorja Fox and Tim Gorski. Due to incredible demand, the exclusive screening was held in the large movie theater at the Egyptian in Hollywood. The pre-release was originally scheduled for Saturday, December 4th in a smaller theater but was re-scheduled to accommodate a beyond sold-out audience of over 400 enthusiasts.

Directed by Award winning film makers, Tim Gorski and Synthian Sharp, this “Rattle The Cage Productions” documentary tells the heartwarming and heartwrenchheart-wrenching14 year old girl, Juliette West who journeys to Thailand to meet up with Asia’s famed Elephant savior, Lek Chailert. With love in their hearts and determination in their minds, Lek and Juliette set out to rescue the female elephant, Ratree, a severely abused 35 year-old elephant, from the Surin Elephant Roundup. Volunteers and the RTC film production crew made the 22 hour trip by truck to transport Ratree (which means Midnight, because she was their “midnight girl”), to her new home at the Elephant Nature Park. The film details what elephants go through overseas, with a short capsulization of their treatment in the United States. When asked about the film, Jorja Fox said “This movie is about elephants, it’s for elephants. It’s for our kids and their kids. But it applies to all the world’s animals, and the environment as a whole.” Film goer Melody said “I cried. They are such beautiful animals. I just can’t understand how people could treat them badly. How could someone see the pain and sadness in the eyes of any living creature and still hurt it?” When other audience members were asked to comment, the reactions seemed to be the same. Jean said “It was dreadful to see those majestic creatures treated so badly.” She went on to say “as for the Circus, I have never been and would never go.” Last Change For Animals undercover investigator Bryan stated “this is a must see movie for any one who is conscious. Whether you’re an elephant expert or have never seen an elephant before, you will learn something and be moved to action by this film.” Shop our Free Shipping Collection at 1-800-BASKETS.COM - 468x60

Notables in attendance were Shaun Monson (award winning director), Fawn (award-winning singer/songwriter/recording artist), Shannon Keith (award winning director), Actress Lisa Tharps (Cold Case), Charles Hambleton (Award winning producer of “The Cove”), Actor Brian Vandenberg (Destroy, Build, Destroy), Activist/Actress Ciddy Fonteboa, Gene Blalock (award winning editor/musician), Christina Cho (Peta Award Winner), Meggan Anderson (Activist/Playboy Model) and Shannon Mann (Whale Wars).

To find out more about this documentary and when it’s official premiere debuts, go tohttp://www.howibecameanelephant.com or follow on twitter @HIBAELEPHANT



About Jorja Fox:
Jorja-An Fox (born July 7, 1968, in New YorkNew York), is an American actress. She first came to prominence as a guest star on the television drama ER, portraying the recurring role of Dr. Maggie Doyle from 1996 to 1999. This was followed by another critical success in the recurring role of Secret Service Agent Gina Toscano on The West Wing in 2000. She is arguably best known for her work as Sara Sidle in the hit CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, a role she has portrayed as both a regular (2000–2007, 2010–) and recurring (2008–2010) cast member.
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Screen Actors Guild Celebrates Diversity Awareness Month During October

October 1, 2010 by  
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SAG October Diversity MonthOn Friday, October 1, 2010 Screen Actors Guild announced in a press release that for the second year, Screen Actors Guild will celebrate Diversity Awareness Month during the month of October with a slate of programs and activities exhibiting the value of diversity and equal employment of diverse actors in film, television and other recorded media.

From a Diversity Careers in Focus conference at national headquarters to SAG’s Dare to Be Diverse screening series, an inclusive and abundant lineup awaits. (See the complete calendar below.)

“SAG’s Diversity Awareness Month celebration is a mission that is close to my heart and one to which I am personally dedicated, and have been for more than 40 years,” said SAG National President Ken Howard. “Our union, our industry and our culture are made stronger and more powerful when everyone has equal access to work opportunities. It’s time to swing wide the door of opportunity that has remained closed to so many for so long.”

The Guild has, since its inception, been an advocate for diversity and equal employment in the workplace and entertainment industry. In addition to protecting all members against discrimination and harassment, SAG Affirmative Action & Diversity works closely with members who are LGBT, performers of color, performers with disabilities, senior performers and women to increase employment opportunities for these underemployed and underrepresented groups.

“SAG has chosen October to highlight our everyday advocacy and initiatives,” said Rebecca Yee, national director of SAG Affirmative Action & Diversity, “but it is a 24/7, year-round effort to shift our media landscape toward desiring and developing more accurate and diverse portrayals of the American Scene in film and television.”

SAG Celebrates Diversity MonthSAG DIVERSITY AWARENESS MONTH CALENDAR OF PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

Friday, October 1 — National Disability Employment Awareness Month
This year’s theme — Talent Has No Boundaries: Workforce Diversity Includes Workers With Disabilities — is acutely aligned with the mission of SAG Affirmative Action & Diversity to improve and increase equal employment opportunities for actors with disabilities. This year’s theme also proves auspicious as the Tri-Union AEA/AFTRA/SAG I AM PWD (IAMPWD.org) Campaign released an inaugural analysis of characters with disabilities on primetime television for the 2010/11 season. Click here for the report.

Tuesday, October 5 – Los Angeles, CA
SAG Dare to Be Diverse screening of Holy Rollers, presented by SAG Affirmative Action & Diversity and hosted by Writers Guild of America, West Latino Writers Committee in the James Cagney Board Room of SAG National Headquarters in Los Angeles at 7 p.m. Free admission. Click here for RSVP information.

Tuesday, October 5 – New York, NY
The Blackhouse Foundation’s 2011 Film Festival Season Kick Off Event. SAG Affirmative Action & Diversity and SAGIndie are proud sponsors of this event, which celebrates diverse films at Sundance, Tribeca and LA Film Festivals. Visit http://theblackhouse.org for more information about the foundation’s upcoming festival season.

Friday, October 8 – Los Angeles, CA
26th Media Access Awards Press Breakfast, Beverly Hills. SAG National Performers with Disabilities (PWD) Committee and SAG Affirmative Action & Diversity, along with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, AFTRA, CSA, PGA, WGAW, Friends of Californians with Disabilities, the Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities and the RJ Mitte Diversity Award, honor industry professionals “for promoting awareness of the disability experience, accessibility for people with disabilities and the accurate depiction of characters with disabilities.”

The Media Access Awards 2010 SAG Harold Russell Award recipient is actor Danny Woodburn (Seinfeld; Death to Smoochy).

Thursday, October 14 – Los Angeles, CA
Diamond in the Raw Foundation will host SAG “Know Your Rights!” Workshop. Presented by SAG Affirmative Action & Diversity, a select group of stuntwomen will participate in a specialized seminar about what members should know to protect themselves in the entertainment industry. Visit http://diamondintheraw.com for more information about the Diamond in the Raw Foundation.

Friday, October 15 – Los Angeles, CA
SAG Dare to be Diverse screening of Night Catches Us at the La Femme Film Festival, sponsored by SAG National Women’s Committee and SAG Affirmative Action & Diversity, at the Renberg Theatre in Hollywood at 7 p.m.  Q&A with filmmaker, cast and NAACP following the film. Free admission for SAG members. YOU MUST RSVP to http://www.lafemme.org/sag/ and type “sag” for username and “member” for password – lower case only. Visit http://www.lafemme.org/ for schedule and more information about La Femme Film Festival.

Saturday, October 16 – Los Angeles, CA
SAG Diversity “Get Your ACT Together” Careers in Focus Conference at SAG National Headquarters from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  A one-of-a-kind opportunity for actors and entertainment industry professionals to network and learn from each other under one roof.  Sponsored by SAG Affirmative Action & Diversity, in conjunction with SAG National Spanish Language Media Task Force and SAG President’s National Task Force for American Indians, this day-long conference features multiple career and talent development workshops and seminars presented byBack Stage, Casting Society of America, iActor, SAG New Media and more! Click here for schedule and more information.

Sunday, October 17 – Los Angeles, CA
Diamond in the Raw Foundation Awards. SAG Affirmative Action & Diversity and SAG National Women’s Committee celebrate achievements of Hollywood’s stuntwomen at this annual luncheon at the Skirball Cultural Center. SAG members receive a discount to attend the luncheon. Click here for details.

Monday, October 18 – Los Angeles, CA
19th Annual Access Award Luncheon.  SAG Affirmative Action & Diversity celebrate with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles County Commission on Disabilities at their annual awards luncheon that recognizes those who have made a difference in the lives of people with disabilities.  Click here for details.

Monday, October 18 – New York, NY
HOLA Awards. SAG Affirmative Action & Diversity marks the occasion of Hispanic Heritage Month as a proud sponsor of the 11th Annual Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) Awards, and congratulates this year’s awardees including HOLA Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Rita Moreno. Visit www.hellohola.org for more information about HOLA.

Tuesday, November 2 – Los Angeles, CA
SAG Dare to Be Diverse screening of Taqwacores, presented by SAG Affirmative Action & Diversity and hosted by the Arab Film Festival in the James Cagney Board Room of SAG National Headquarters in Los Angeles at 7 p.m. Free admission.  RSVP information forthcoming.  Visit forhttp://arabfilmfestival.org/ for more information about the Arab Film Fest.

November 4-11 – Los Angeles, CA
AFI Film Festival. As part of the SAG Dare To Be Diverse screening series, SAG Affirmative Action & Diversity is a proud community sponsor of the AFI Film Festival presented by Audi, and will present a free screening for SAG members. Additional information forthcoming. Click herefor more information about AFI.

Friday, November 5–7 – San Francisco, CA
New Media Film Festival. SAG National LGBT Actors Committee and SAG New Media are proud sponsors of the New Media Film Festival.  The LGBT Actors Committee will conduct a panel focused on LGBT projects in the new media landscape. SAG members may attend the panel for free and can secure a discount pass to the festival. Check back for discount details. Click here for more information about the New Media Film Festival.

Saturday, November 13 – New York, NY
Pride in Our Union. SAG National LGBT Actors Committee and SAG Affirmative Action & Diversity will participate in the Empire State Pride Agenda’s Pride and Solidarity in Action Forum for New York City Union Members, and present a panel discussion on workplace issues facing LGBT performers. SAG members are encouraged to attend. Click here for more information.

Saturday, November 20 – Los Angeles, CA
LA Skins Fest. As a part of this Native American film festival, SAG President’s National Task Force for American Indians will present a premiere screening event of its new educational video and a special screening of Reel Injun at the James Cagney Board Room at SAG National Headquarters. RSVP information and additional details forthcoming.


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About SAG
Screen Actors Guild is the nation’s largest labor union representing working actors. Established in 1933, SAG has a rich history in the American labor movement, from standing up to studios to break long-term engagement contracts in the 1940s to fighting for artists’ rights amid the digital revolution sweeping the entertainment industry in the 21st century. With 20 Branches nationwide, SAG represents more than 125,000 actors who work in film and digital motion pictures and television programs, commercials, video games, industrials, Internet and all new media formats. The Guild exists to enhance actors’ working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists’ rights. SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO. Headquartered in Los Angeles, you can visit SAG online at SAG.org.


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