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42nd Annual NAACP Image Awards Nominees’ Pre-Show Gala

On Thursday, March 3, 2011 The NAACP hosted The 42nd Annual NAACP Image Awards Nominees’ Pre-show Gala at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, CA from 7:45 pm.
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Some of the celebrities the attended event were Smokey Robinson, Tamera Mowry, Dr Regina Benjamin, Affion Crockett, Aisha Hinds, Marla Gibbs, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Wendy Davis, Beth Payne, Aaron D. Spears, Yvette Freeman and Michael Colyar.


The NAACP Image Awards show will be broadcast live for two-hours on Friday, March 4, 2011 from 8:00 – 10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX Channel 11.
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About NAACP Image Awards:
The NAACP Image Awards is the nation’s premier event celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts (television, recording, literature, motion picture and writing & directing), as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors. For more information visit http://www.naacpimageawards.net

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


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Quinton Aaron hosts The New Frontier Democratic Club Celebrity Fund Raiser for President Barack Obama

April 20, 2010 by  
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quintonaaronOn Friday, April 16th, 2010 The New Frontier Democratic Club (50 years golden) in association with Beverly Hills Live presented The Democratic Jump-Off Red Carpet Celebrity Fund Raiser in celebration of the California State Democratic Convention to support President Barack Obama.

The event was held at Club 740 downtown Los Angeles, 740 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA from 8:00 PM to 12:00 AM.

Quinton hosted the event that also paid tribute to Sheryl Lee Ralph and rap pioneer Kurtis Blow. Others celebrities in attendance included Steve Russell (Troop), music producer Ollie E. Brown, soul singer Brenda Lee Eager, Kiki Shepard (Show Time at the Apollo) and Jay King (Club Nouveau), Kathleen Bradley, Beverly Todd, Judy Pace and many others.
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The confirmed celebrity guests were Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side – hosts event), Sheryl Lee Ralph (honoree), Kurtis Blow (rap pioneer to received tribute), actress Beverly Todd, Luenell (comedienne Borat, All About Steve), Kym Whitley (comedienne), Kathleen Bradley (former “Barker’s Beauty”), Steve Russell (lead singer of the group Troop), Annie McKnight (comedienne BET’s Comic View), Ollie E. Brown (famed Music Producer/Percussionist), Sam Bell (celebrity fitness trainer), actress, Kiki Shepard, actor Vincent M. Ward, comedienne Beth Payne, comedian Michael Colyar, singer Trueful and local, state and city government officials.
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Actress Luenell, recording artists Fawn and Brenda Lee Eager attend The Disco Ball Charity Event

April 12, 2010 by  
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fawnluenelldiscoballOn Thursday, April 8, 2010, The Kierrah Foundation presented One Nation Under a Cause: 70’s Disco Ball at the Legendary Jewel’s Catch One located at 4067 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019 from 7 P.M. to Midnight. The event was hosted by comedian Michael Colyar.

“On behalf of The Kierrah Foundation, Parris Harris and Serving Angels Media, we would like to offer our sincere thanks for making the 70’s Disco Ball a complete success.” said Brandy Sanders, Founder. She continued, “Words alone cannot express our humble gratitude! We understand that you have a very strict schedule, however, you took the time to support The Kierrah Foundation. It was a historic and memorable night! The night could not have been so with out you!”

There were about 200 people at the event. which included celebrities, models and media representatives. People were dressed in the 70’s decade attire. The event included a fashion show coordinated by Parris Harris. Also, it featured a red carpet, and VIP lounge with complimentary drinks and a goody bag. Some of the special performances of the event were by Tap Dancing Sensations Sean and John and Brenda Lee Eager.

“I thought that the event was a lot of fun, and there was a really great turnout. The Disco Ball was in full swing, celebrating the 70’s with legends, celebrities, a fashion show, performers, red carpet, and more! The venue was really expansive, so there was a lot of room for people to mix and mingle. There were some featured vendors that had really beautiful merchandise on display, available for viewing and purchase.” said Emma Zerner, fashion model and actress.


Some of the celebrities that attended the event were Cassius Vernon Weathersby, Billy Osborne of LTD Fame, Dian Wilson, Eugenia Wright, John Prudhont, Lars Anthony Slind, Sagar Parekh, Tom Tangen, Maria Prudhont, David Harrison Levi, Teresa Wyatt, Luenell, Tony Boldi, Alana Chandler, Thushari J, Cher Rue, Emma Zerner, Fawn, Annie Mcknight, Antoinette Smith Genesis, Charyse Monet, Dee Freeman, Kymedienne Jackson, Suniil Sadarangani, Red Grant, Sam Bell and Kathleen Bradley.
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“We hope that this event was as phenomenal for you as it was for us. As we grow, we hope that you will grow with us. The Kierrah Foundation is committed to making a difference in the lives of our young “former foster girls.” We are able to do so with your support, time and love. We thank you again for making the vision a reality.” Ms. Sanders concluded.


The event executive producers were Brandy Sanders, Parris Harris and Betrice Coleman-Sweet. The event was produced by The Kierrah Foundation and sponsored by Parris Harris, Serving Angels Media, Jewels Catch One and Amoeba Music. The media/press outlets were Diversity News, ISA Public Relations, Donald Carraway Photography, Jeff Knight Photography, Photos by Rodrigo Vaz, Nelson Shen, Mohamed Aly and The Pulse of Entertainment.
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“I got involved with the Kierrah Foundation about a year ago. The Kierrah Foundation serves to help young women who have been adversely affected by being placed in the foster care system, aging out, with no place to go. Through special events like the Disco Ball, this foundation brings attention to this issue which a lot of people aren’t even aware exists; by doing this, they can help out or find a way to contribute to this worthy cause.” Ms. Zerner concluded.
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About the Kierrah Foundation:
It was founded in 2004 by Brandy Sanders and her late husband Stan Sanders, The Kierrah Foundation assists young women whom have “aged-out” of the foster care system without family or friends. Their purpose is to provide material, intellectual, and emotional support to former foster girls with their transition from state care to early adulthood. For more information go to http://www.kierrahfoundation.org

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

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One Nation Under A Cause: 70 Disco Ball fundraiser for The Kierrah Foundation on April 8, 2010

March 14, 2010 by  
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discoballThe Kierrah Foundation announced Friday, March 12, 2010 the will held  “One Nation Under a Cause: 70’s Disco Ball” event at the Legendary Jewel’s Catch One from 7 P.M. to Midnight.  This is a fundraiser event to benefit The Kierrah Foundation.

The event will be hosted by Kierrah’s King of Comedy, Michael Colyar (“The Princess and the Frog”, “Norbit”, “Barbershop”).

The event organizers expect on the night Kierrah’s Best Man, Shawn Carter Peterson (“Bones”,”Eli Stone”) will get the party started with the introduction to the Disco Ball festivities and Kierrah’s Angel of Laughter Luenell (“Borat”, “Californication”, “The Hustle”) will host the Legendary Gong Show along with some of her fun and zany friends. The Rockin’ DJ Lovey C will jam 70’s play all the hits all night long.


Announced as special live performances are by Songstress/Writer/Poet Aquilah Ali, Tap Dancing Sensations Sean and John, Pop/R&B Singer Trueful will serenade the ladies and the Soul and Disco Band Custom Made and added exclusive performance by Singer/Songwriter, Jesse Campbell for the Memorial Tribute montage of the 70s Legends the made their transitions from this life but will live on forever. Also a Flash to the 70’s Fashion showcase presented by “Hollywood’s Most Notorious Fashion Coordinator” Parris Harris featuring designs by African Cowboy and Carolyn Wilbourn. Also the Kierrah Foundation will feature their star models: Battina Cooper, Cynthia Jenkins, Danielle Korman, Emma Zerner (model and actress), Khadija Sy, Regge, Samantha Davis, Teresa Wyatt, Yatta Smith and Yonah Eveline.
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They will have the Soul Train Line, Best Dressed Contest, Dance Contests, Auctions, Raffles, Shopping, Games and More! People will be able to meet and greet the 70’s Legends, Celebrity & VIP Guests in the Psychedelic Shack VIP Lounge. Red Carpet Arrival, Photo and Press Opportunities will be available to approved media outlets. Also they will provide a Host Bar, Gift Bags and More.
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The invited celebrities, VIP guests and surprise 70’s legends will be: confirmed 70’s Legends; The Kierrah’s Angel of Song, Soul Singer/Songwriter Brenda Lee Eager (“Ain’t Understanding Mellow”, “Wild Women Blues”, “Grace: The Brenda Lee Eager Story”), Kierrah’s Honorary Brother, Filmmaker/Producer Cassius Vernon Weathersby (“You Got Served”, “House Party 4: Down to the Last Minute”, “D.C. Cab”).


Confirmed Celebrities & VIP Guests are: Pop and Rnb Twins 2-U-Neek, Actress/Comedienne Annie McKnight (“The Soloist”, “BET’s Comic View”), Model/Actress Antoinette Smith Genesis, Actor/Artist Arif Kinchen (“Method & Red”, “The Wash”), Actor Bill Lee Brown (“Without A Trace”, “The Shield”, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”), Actress Dee Freeman (“Pretty”, “The Young and the Restless”, The Hughleys”), Singer/Entertainer Dian Wilson, PR Princess Eugenia Wright, (ISA Public Relations), Singer/Composer Fawn, Actress/Comedienne Kymedienne (“Operation Repo), Actor/Entertainer Lejon O. Stewart (“Community”, “Pirates of the Caribbean”), Actor/Dancer Sagar Parekh, Actress/Model/Pin Up Doll Stella Stewart, Celebrity Fitness Trainer Sam Bell, Singer/Songwriter/Vocal Arranger Tim McAfee Lewis, R& B Singer Tionne, Record Producer/Performer Jay King of Club Nouveau.
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The vip lounge is sponsored by Amoeba Music and media sponsor Diversity News. Their official security will be provided courtesy of Kappa Omega Omicron. The event will have a red carpet and will open it’s doors at: 7 P. M. Per organizers and publicist all media must be approved in advance and check in by: 7:30P.M.  The Red Carpet will be held at: 8:00P.M. and the show starts at 9:00P.M.
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If you want to cover the event email publicist at sweetrayolight@live.com and if you want more information about the organization visit http://kierrahfoundation.org/ or to buy tickets for the event visit http://kierrahevents.org/
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