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Pre-Grammy Awards Party Benefiting Toys for Tots in Hollywood

January 22, 2011 by  
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David Harrison Levi Pre-Grammy and Birthday Celebration 2011The line to the Highlands Night Club was long, from the entrance to the venue to the electric stairs. Lots of actors, actress, publicists, agents, managers, recording artists and media representatives watched history unveil at David Harrison Levi’s Pre-Grammy and Birthday Celebration to raise Cancer Awareness and benefit Toys for Tots.

“The evening was filled with Love, Fun & Excitement. David did a very Honorable thing by sharing his birthday with both Toys for Tots & Breast Cancer Awareness. Everyone there seemed really happy to come together as a Community to celebrate this ‘Joyful’ occasion.” Said Tish “Tha Dish” Roberts, Actress.

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Lots of things were happening inside the highland. Many of those who wanted to get their picture taken and be interviewed walked to the patio on 3 red carpets ready to be set up, and others went to get ready for the stage performance. There was so much happening that it was hard to catch all the movements, so we will highlight some of them. David Harrison Levi opened the night by welcoming everyone and introducing recording artists to perform, while others made a line for the red carpet.


“I am honored that somebody feels the need to publicly acknowledge my efforts in supporting this great city in any way I can. Change always bothers somebody but I can’t let that stop me in my goal in helping stop run-away film productions and businesses.” Said Tony Boldi, Honorary Mayor of Hollywood. He continue “Parking is also a huge problem for the tax paying and voting citizens as well as many other issues I have openly discussed. I know it’s a long road but have the support of many and feel the need to say something with or without a title…hope this helps shed some light on the issue.”

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Per Mr. Harrison, over 2100 people attended to celebrate his event at the Highlands, including over 80 media outlets representatives. The event was held from 7:00 PM to 2:00 AM at The Highlands Nightclub on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 located at 6801 Hollywood Blvd 4TH Floor Hollywood, CA 90028.

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Some of the celebrities and personalities who attended the event were: Actress Tish Roberts from (“Stand In”, NBC’S hit T.V. show “Community”, “Criminal Minds Suspect Behavior”, “True Blood” and “Lie To Me” with Tim Roth) with producer /DJ Trevi, Actress Thushari Jayasekera (play role as Pinky on NBC’s Outsourced TV Show), John Carvalho, Ph.D. (Advocate for the LGBT Arts, Music and Entertainment Scene; HRC Political Action Committee; CSUDH Senator), Maria Amor (EXOTIFIT), Ernesto J. Higuera (Executive , “Gay Los Angeles”), Michael Westman (Executive , “Gay Los Angeles”), German Angel (CEO, World Video Television), Tony Boldi (Honorary Mayor of Hollywood, California), Kris Searle (Grammy Nominee Considered International Recording Artist and Four Time Los Angeles Music Award Winner), Pepper MaShay (International DIVA), Willie Ames (Los Angeles Music Award Winning Recording Artist), Rob EC (Electropop Recording Artist and Member of the Recording Academy), Michael Donahue (Movie Director), Tom Tangen (Movie Producer/Actor), Trey McCurley (Actor), Eric Rowland (Recording Artist), Justin Chase (Recording Artist), Lui Attanasi (Recording Artist), Ivan Strada (Recording Artist), Charles Anthony (Co-Producer WeHo Knights Television; Recording Artist), Collen Henderson (West Hollywood Real Estate Agent), Murray Swanby (Events Host for Planet Salon), Scotty Aspen (Fox Television), Chad Evans, Ryan Pasquelatto, Jeffrey Paine (West Hollywood Real Estate Agent), Tyrone Power (celebrity-cocoon movies), Carla Power, Ray M. Quiroga (Producer/Actor), Norma A. G. Quiroga , Michael Quiroga, Steven Woo (Co-producer, Motion Picture “The Extra”), Jimmy Dux (Model), Yessica Hernandez (Singer), Marielena Castaneda (Actress), Lucino Ortiz (Assistant to Model), Ladd Jackson, Ian Shapiro, Jon Roo, Mirella Orduno (Actress), Fernando Gonzalez (Financial Investor for movies), Miriam Ayala Cesena (Actress), Rebeca Lopez (Artist), Fernando Trujillo (Artist), Travis Jourdain (Celebrity Photographer), Jeff Knight (Celebrity Photographer), Eric Ronald Kandell (Fashion Model), Patty McCall (author of Unmasking the Pain Within, Actress/Producer), Dr. Mark Valinsky (Actor/Producer/Photographer), Stephanie Weaver (Film distributor), Justin Keisel, Stuart Guest (Recording Artist), Andre Agazaryan (Actor) and many more.

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“The Grammy Awards Pre-Party at The Highlands-Kodak Theater was a success by any standard. In the words of Actor Michael Quiroga, ‘it was a great introduction to Hollywood culture!’ Indeed, security informed me on the night of the event that an incredible 2,132 people attended, which is a significant number given that most were Hollywood celebrities, political dignitaries, and entertainment industry professionals. Members of the Screen Actors Guild and Lions Club attended, as did a wealth of actors, recording artists (including members of the Grammys), movie directors and producers. The performances by DIVA Pepper MaShay and Ditch were excellent, and the “Sydney Collection” fashion show was stunning and well orchestrated by Parris Harris. I want to congratulate Tony Boldi for receiving the Honorary Mayorship of Hollywood and David Harrison Levi for putting on such an exciting, marquee red carpet event. I also want to give a special thanks to the West Hollywood LGBT community that came out in droves to attend. Finally, a special shout out is deserved for Steven Escobar and Diversity News Magazine, German Angel and World Video Television, Hollywood Broker TV, AK Photography, Celebrity Photographer Travis Jourdain, and Ernesto J. Higuera and Michael Westman, whose photographs and media coverage made the event come alive!” Said Dr. John Carvalho (Advocate for the LGBT Arts, Music and Entertainment Scene in West Hollywood, HRC PAC, CSUDH Senator).

“I believe tonight’s event at the Highlands is an excellent way that up and coming artists in the entertainment industry can meet advanced professionals and collaborate on projects that will promote and enhance their careers. The economy has hit the nation hard, and it is events like these that help to reenergize the entertainment industry and further the lives of younger artists. In addition, David Levi is promoting breast cancer awareness, which is a worthy cause we can all agree to support.” Dr. Carvalho concluded.

Event organizers reported that they were able to collect about 600 toys & canned food items for the USMC Toys For Tots & the Los Angeles Mission. 

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2010 Los Angeles LGBT PRIDE 40th Anniversary Festival & Parade Celebration

June 14, 2010 by  
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Sharon and Kelly Osbourne at LA PRIDE 2010On Friday, June 11 to Sunday June 13, 2010 Christopher Street West (CSW) held Los Angeles LGBT Pride 40th Anniversary Festival and Parade Celebration in West Hollywood, CA. Per CSW Over half a million of people were expected during the weekend celebration.

CSW 2010 Honorees were Jane Velez-Mitchell – Person of the Year Award, Nadia Sutton – Morris Kight Lifetime Achievement Award, Best in Drag Show – CSW Special Community Award, HONOR PAC – CSW Special Community Award, Guy Baldwin – Berman/Schaffer Award, Bamby Salcedo – Connie Norman Award, Ari Ruiz – Outstanding Youth Leader Award, Sheryl Lee Ralph – George Moscone Award, Reverend Dr. Neil G. Thomas – Harvey Milk Award, West Coast Singers – Pat Parker Arts Award, D.I.V.A. – Torie Osborn / Dick Michaels Media Award and M•A•C Cosmetics – The Sheldon Andelson Award.

Last year’s 2009 CSW LA PRIDE honorees were Jeanne Córdova; Morris Kight Lifetime Achievement Award, Therese Stewart; Woman of the Year Award, John A. Pérez; Man of the Year Award, Claudette Colbert a.k.a. “Claudette Sexy DJ”; CSW Special Community Award, Jim Williams; CSW Special Community Award, Chris Angel Murphy; Outstanding Youth Leader Award, Hollywood United Methodist Church; Berman/Schafer Award, Doug Spearman; Connie Norman Award, Sean Penn; George Moscone Award, Maria Louise Roman; Harvey Milk Award, Tom of Finland Foundation; Pat Parker Arts Award, Regent Media; Sheldon Andelson Award, and Pat Rocco; Torie Osborn/Dick Michaels Media Award.

These year some of the LA PRIDE Main Stage show performances were on Saturday, June 12, 2010 by Kelis, Matisse and En Vogue and on Sunday, June 13, 2010 the line up were Josie Cotton, Martha Davis & The Motels and Kelly Rowland. Also special performance courtesy of DJ Casey Alva was International Dance Diva Pepper Mashay. Both days were hosted by Billy Masters & Momma.

Some of the speakers at the press conference held on Sunday, June 13, 2010 were John A. Perez, Jane Velez-Mitchell, Christopher Street West Board President Rodney Scott, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Sharon & Kelly Osbourne.

About Christopher Street West:
A non-profit organization, Christopher Street West, is a leading partner in the advancement of rights and equality for the LGBT community. Led by professionally-driven, volunteer-based board members, Christopher Street West produces one of the largest Pride Celebrations in the United States with an expanding global presence reaching millions of people every year. For more information about the LA PRIDE Parade and Festival visit http://www.lapride.org/
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Editor’s Note: Photos courtesy of Daniela Hubbard, Diversity News and for Examiner.com You can contact Daniela for photos at http://danielahubbard@gmail.com Also Ray Chavez, Diversity News and for Examiner.com You can contact Ray for photos at rayc1588@gmail.com  & Fawn, FFD Images. For Photos Licensing please email: diversitynews@hotmail.com Special Thank You to Diversity News and for Examiner.com Celebrity Reporters Fawn & Kris Searle. (C) 2010 Diversity News Publications All Rights Are Reserved.

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Exclusive Interview: Pepper Mashay to perform at CSW LA PRIDE 2010

June 1, 2010 by  
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Pepper MaShayInternational recording artist and performer dance diva Pepper Mashay to perform at the Main Stage of CSW (Christopher Street West) LA PRIDE 2010.  The 40th Anniversary of LA PRIDE will be held in the City of West Hollywood on June 11 through June 13, 2010.

Pepper Mashay is DJ Casey Alva special guest. The Main Stage will be hosted by LA PRIDE Ben Patrick Johnson &  Marcellas, Momma & Billy Masters.

We contacted Pepper Mashay for an exclusive interview and here is what she told Steven Escobar of Diversity News.

DN:  How do you feel performing at LA Pride 2010?

PM: “I’m really happy being able to perform at L.A. Pride this year!! The last time I performed at “Pride” was in 2004 with Kristine W. I got a chance to do a duet with Kristine during her set. It was Great!!”
DN: Whom do you want to thanks to make this happen for you?

PM: “I want to thank Bob Kechter at Next Music Group, DJ Casey Alva, and the L.A. Pride Board for allowing me to do what I love and that is to perform for all of my fans and friends!!”

DN: What song will you performing at the event? What time you will be on the Main Stage?

PM: “I’m singing my latest release “Love & Understanding” (available at Beatport) and of course “Dive In The Pool”.  I’ll have my dancers  “Blyss” and “Sean” with me also. Its going to be fun!! I’ll go on around 8:15pm. I’m warming up the crowd for Kelly Rowland, who will go on around 9:00 pm”.

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DN: Any message for your fans?

PM: “I want to tell my fans I can’t wait to see them and that I hope to say hello to each and everyone of them. Their smiling faces give me alot of satisfaction when I do my performance”.

DN: Any recent projects you working on?

PM: “I’m still promoting “Cosmic Love Juice” which is still high on the Record Pool Charts. I’m promoting 2 new remix singles “Burnin” and ‘Things U Do To Me” for the dance market.  I’m performing  at  “Avalon” on June 10th at the famous “Tigerheat” party with DJ Ray Rhodes. I hope to see everyone there also. I’ll be doing a video for “Love & Understanding” soon. I’m liking the video scene alot now. Eversince “Freeway Of Love”, i’ve gotten a whole new audience. Its Great!!”

DN: Where people to find more information about your performances, projects etc?

PM: Fans and Friends can reach me at my website:  http://www.peppermashay.com , http://www.facebook.com/peppermashayfanpage and http://www.myspace.com/frecklebandit

All of my upcoming shows will be up on the sites!! I love all of my fans when they reach me online. Its really cool getting in touch thru the internet!! I look forward in seeing everyone at L.A. Pride 2010!!”

Steven Escobar (DN): Pepper congratulations and thanks for taking the time in providing us an exclusive interview. Best of Luck.

Editor Note: Photo courtesy of Pepper Mashay

Pepper Mashay and Stephen Baldwin attends Pre Oscar Party and Anniversary Celebration

March 6, 2010 by  
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peppermMore then 1000 people were at the Pre Oscar Party and Anniversary Celebration held by David Harrison Levi. The place was full of lots of people who wanted to meet, celebrate and network with industry shakers and makers. It was hard to walk inside the venue, and the line for the red carpet was very long, but celebrities did not care about it because they wanted to be photographed and interviewed.

“The event was entertaining, and Life is an upscale, remarkable club! Great night with great friends.” said DeeDee Bigelow, Actress/Producer.

In an email dated 3-4-2010 to his Facebook friends, Davi Harrison Levi thanked all the media, photographers and all the musicians who performed on the day of the event. Some of the people that he mentioned were Stephen Baldwin, Estelle Harris (Seinfeld), Skip E. Lowe (TV Host) , Jaira Valenti, Tamara Wentworth, Cher Rue, Lee Lang and Seth Donavan. He also thanked his musical guest artists and bands: David Williams, Lyric, SpaceMonk, Natalia Flores, D ‘London, Kate Campbell, Thomas King, Larry Willard, Dian Wilson, Leona, Valerie from the Philippines, Smitty, Pepper Mashay, Wency Marjorie, MOI, Jamie Meyer, Tatiana Nicole Del Toro (from American Idol Season 8), the Adam Lasher Band, Minna Valance & Martin Gerschwitz.
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“With all the events I have attended and hosted, this was the most organized and I feel the most successful. We had a great team that worked hard to put together the event, an amazing group of artists that performed live, celebrity guests, a slew of press and media, and most importantly, A large group of people that came out to support the event and the cause. I could not have been more proud of how the event went, and look forward to working with David Harrison Levi again on the carpet.” said Seth Donavan, Actor/Red Carpet Host.
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The place was filled up to the max, possibly because people knew that this kind of event would enable them to make lots of connections for their carreer. Also, they wanted to hear their favorite artists performing such as MOI, SpaceMonk, Smitty, Tatiana Nicole Del Toro, the Adam Lasher Band, and the international dance diva Pepper MaShay. The red carpet talent, celebrities and media representatives were handled by Cher Rue, Jaira Valenti and Tamara Wentworth.
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The event was held on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 from 8:00 pm to 2:00 am at Life on Wilshire located at 6311 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048.
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Editor’s Note: Story was proof read by Linda Krongold, our New York, NY Special Correspondent For Diversity News. For more information you can contact her at andmeljar@aol.com

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Pepper MaShay, Freeway of Love Official Music Video

February 21, 2010 by  
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peppermashayfreewayofloveOn February 20, 2010 International Dance Diva Pepper MaShay released her official music video for her single cd “Freeway of Love.”

 Per Pepper MaShay the music video was recorded in Houston Texas and directed by Russ Miller of Cynsings Studios.

Starting: Pepper MaShay
Song: Freeway of Love
Remixes by: Steely M. & Cary August, Germanys Dany Wild, Spains Oscar Salguero.
Record Label: CAPP Records
Song Released: 8-18-2009
Available on Apple iTunes Music Store and other digital music
Video Release: 2-20-2010

Pepper MaShay was born on Muncie, Indiana on March 8. Pepper movie credits includes The Bodyguard, Three Men & a Little Lady, Strapped, National Lampoon’s Xmas Vacation, What’s Love Got To Do With It and Out For Justice. 
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This year 2010 Pepper MaShay was nominated for the 5th Annual JustCircuit Awards Hall of Fame in the category of Artist (Music) Pepper MaShay & category for Song “Dive in the Pool,” by Pepper MaShay. You can view the list at: http://www.justcircuit.com

Also last year on November 30, 2009 Pepper MaShay was nominated for the 9th Annual West Hollywood Awards in the category of Friend of the community: Pepper MaShay. The WEHO Awards will be presented on March 8, 2010 at the Playboy Mansion. For more information visit: http://www.wehoawards.org
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For more information about Pepper MaShay visit her official websites
http://peppermashay.com/ and http://myspace.com/frecklebandit. You can also find Pepper on Facebook become her fan and follow her on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/peppermashay53
Editor’s note: Congratulations to Pepper MaShay for her accomplishments and we wish her the best of luck.
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Pepper MaShay performs live at the Pre Grammy Party at Life on Wilshire

January 30, 2010 by  
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davidOver 800 people attended the Pre Grammy Party held at Life on Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA.

“The event was awesome and bigger turnout then we thought
” said Cher Rue, actress.

They had a red carpet and step and repeat at the pre Grammy party, which played a tribute to the “King of Rock n’ Roll” Elvis Presley. Also the event was dedicated to artists lost last year, including the King of Pop Michael Jackson. The venue was pack with actors, models, actress, singers and publicists. There were also lots of media taking videos and photos of everyone. The highlight of the night was Pepper MaShay who performed 3 songs.

Please see below video of the event.

Michael & Rebecca Gray owners of Life on Wilshire & their entire staff make their guests and friends feel so welcomed. There were about 800+ people who attended the event.

Some of the live performers were international recording artist Smitty, Cameo Adele, Chadwick Music, SpaceMonk, new recording artist D’ London, international disco and dance diva Pepper Mashay, Jeanette Turner, Abraham McDonald, Alestar Digby, and Martin Gershwitz.

The team event organizers were Lydia, Monica Wild, Cher Rue and Seth Donavan. It was produced by Wild Eagle Entertainment & Cher Rue Productions. The event was held on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 from 8:00pm to 2:00pm at Life on Wilshire located at 6311 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles CA. 90048. For more information visit http://www.lifeonwilshire.com

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

Photos courtesy of Jeff Knight of Jeffknightphotography.com © 2010 By Diversity News Publications. All Rights Are Reserved.

Countdown to the 9th Annual WEHO Awards Nominee Celebration Party

January 28, 2010 by  
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lifegrouplaOn Monday, January 25, 2010 the West Hollywood Awards Board of Governors held the Countdown to the 9th Annual WEHO Awards Nominee Celebration Party. It was held at the WORLD FAMOUS WITCH’S HOUSE in Beverly Hills, CA from 6pm to 10pm. The event organizers provided complimentary cocktails and light fare to about 90 nominees that attended the event.

Some of the nominees and organizations represented that attended the event were international dance diva Pepper Mashay, who was nominated in the category of FRIEND OF THE COMMUNITY; Calpernia Adams in the category of POPULAR FEMALE PERSONALITY; Brian Putnam in the category of PHOTOGRAPHER; Diversity News in the category of PUBLICATION; Rockwell Restaurant in the category of NEW BUSINESS; Hamburger Mary’s and O-Bar Restaurant in the category of RESTAURANT BAR; Ben Roman of Hamburger Mary’s in the category of WAITPERSON; Ray Rhodes in the category of DISC JOCKEY; and Ben Roman in the category of ENTERTAINER.

Per the event organizers, the World Famous Witch’s House was built in 1921 for the movie studios & featured in hundreds of films, including CLUELESS. The event was sponsored by Vermont/Rockwell, Hamburger Mary’s and O Bar Restaurants. The music was provided by Dj Ray Rhodes.

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“It’s an honor for The Life Group LA to have been chosen as the beneficiary of this year’s Weho Awards by the Board of Governors. The funds raised will help insure that our programs are here for the HIV + infected and affected community that needs us, when they need us! It’s especially a privilege to be a part of this, a historical event as this year’s event will be held at the iconic Playboy Mansion on March 8th and marks the first big GLBT event to be held there.” said Sunnie Rose Berger, Executive Director and Co-Founder, The Life Group LA.

The West Hollywood Awards Board of Governors chose to have the proceeds benefit The Life Group LA, a coalition of people dedicated to the education, empowerment and emotional support of persons both infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, so that they may make informed choices and decisions regarding their healthcare and personal well being.

The 9th Annual West Hollywood Awards will be presented to the winners on Monday, March 8th, 2010 in the city of Holmby Hills, CA in The Playboy Mansion. For tables and ticket reservations, people must send requests to reservations@wehoawards.org or call: (310) 497-2869. The WEHO Awards are awarded to people nominated and voted on by the community. For more information about the WEHO (West Hollywood Awards) visit http://www.wehoawards.org

Editor Note: Story was proof read by Linda Krongold, our New York, NY Special Correspondent For Diversity News. For more information you can contact her at andmeljar@aol.com
Diversity News, a consumer news magazine is one of the nominees. We want to thank again our loyal readers, friends and partners for nominating us for a great award. As you may have seen we have been covering the West Hollywood community in our publication many times. Congratulations to all the nominees and Thank You so much for nominating Diversity News.

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Shangela wins 2010 California Entertainer of the Year on 1-12-2010

January 18, 2010 by  
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winnerThe 3 floors of the House of Blues were full of fans, celebrities and personalities waiting for hours to see who would be crowned “Miss Entertainer of The Year.” The event was done in association with the NO H8 Campaign fundraiser, with open photo shoots and an open silent auction benefiting The Matthew Shepard Foundation.

The contestants were ChaCha Cache, Chad Michaels, Delta Work, Detox Icunt, Fontasia L’Amour, Jasmine Masters, Lady K, Samantha Starr, Shae Shae LaReese, Shangela (Shangela TheDebutantess) and Willam (Willam Belli).

“I am so thrilled and honored to be the first ever California Entertainer of the Year! I plan on representing California proudly at the national EOY pageant in July!” said Shangela, Winner of 2010 EOY.

Celebrity judges included Nina West (head judge) Miss National Entertainer of the Year 2008,
Alyssa Edwards (multi-pageant system national titleholder), Calpernia Addams Miss Tennessee EOY 1999 and GLBTQ activist and performer, Aubrey O’Day from Danity Kane, Tiffany “New York” Pollard, Shanna Moakler Miss USA 1995 and co-director of the Miss California USA Pageant, Bridgette Marquadt from The Girls Next Door, Holly Madison from The Girls Next Door, Jai Rodriguez of Oy Vey! My Son is Gay! and Matthew Rose, producer of Rupaul’s Drag Race.

Shangela (Shangela TheDebutantess) won the 2010 Miss California Entertainer of the Year. She won the crown, $5000 in cash and $5000 in prizes. The winner SHANGELA will appear on the new season of Rupaul’s Drag Race beginning February 1 on Logo and VH1. The runner up was Chad Michaels, who won $1500 in cash and $5000 in prizes. The second runner up was Shae Shae LaResse, who received $1000 in cash and $2000 in prizes. Shangela and Chad Michaels have the option to compete in the Nationals in July in Louisville, Kentucky with all expenses paid by California Entertainer of the Year.

“I entered the contest to show everyone I was a triple threat and not just a perrenial television guest star. Plus I wanted to ride around on my Segway in Louboutins I returned to Neiman’s the very next day. I totally accomplished my goal and made everyone crack up. I think the show could’ve used a bit more funny and a bit less serious pageant-y atmosphere. Hopefully next year, I’ll be able to provide some because they’ve talked to me about a feature spot or hosting gig already.” said Willam Belli, EOY contestant.

The House of Blues is located at 8430 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069. The event was held on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 from 7:30 pm to 1:30 pm in the main room. The No H8 photoshoot was done by photographer Adam Bouska from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. More then 500 people attended the event. The event was hosted by Alec Mapa of the Ugly Betty Show.

“At the last minute Brandy number was visually appealing because Bianca Nicole was gorgeous but a ballad at that point in the already long night slowed it down even more making almost necessary to secure an after hours permit.” Concluded Willam.

California EOY donated $15,000 to the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Andrew Tweedie from the Foundation was there to see the event.

The silent auction, called “Heel Hate”, was added by California EOY. Autographed high heels from celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Shania Twain, Paula Deen, Salma Hayek, Paris Hilton and more are being auctioned on http://www.charitybuzz.com with 100% of the proceeds going to the Matthew Shepard Foundation. The auction will last through January 21. Fans, Celebrities and personalities were able to view the heels in person because they were on display at the pageant event.

Per Nicole Walther, Metro Public Relations Publicist, this is the first-ever California Entertainer of the Year Pageant to benefit the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Eleven of California’s fiercest drag performers battled it out for the crown and nearly $20,000 in cash and prizes were awarded. She added that the girls competed in the categories of creative evening gown, on stage questions, presentation, and talent.

Ms. Walther concluded the after 4 hours of show-stopping, jawdropping performances, the judge’s scores were tallied in accordance with the National Entertainer of the Year guidelines by head judge Nina West and certified by current Miss National Entertainer of the Year, Bianca Nicole (who did two incredible special performances).

The Pageant Director was Erin White. There was a special surprise performance by 80’s pop superstar Tiffany, who acknowledged International Dance Diva Pepper MaShay who was in the VIP area.

For more information about Entertainer of The Year visit http://www.californiaeoy.com For the event’s public relations agency information and updates visit http://www.metropublicrelations.com

Editor Note: Story was proof read by Linda Krongold, our New York, NY Special Correspondent For Diversity News. For more information you can contact her at andmeljar@aol.com
Congratulations to all the contestants and Shangela for winning this competition. We wish her good luck in the Nationals. Photos courtesy of Diversity News Publications.

Parris Harris, Darin Sanone and Pop Cat joined forces for the biggest Christmas party and L.A. FASHION AID 2009

December 19, 2009 by  
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Parris Harris joined forces with Darin Sanone & Pop Cat of Rage Night Club to held the biggest Christmas party ever and fundraiser for L.A. FASHION AID 2009.

Darin Sanone’s, Pop Cat IX – Christmas & Parris Harris’ L.A. *FASHION AID 2009 held, a Christmas toy and gift drive party benefiting the Kierrah Foundation.

The event was held at Rage Restaurant and Night Club, in West Hollywood, CA on Monday, December 14, 2009 from 7 pm to 2am.

For the Christmas party live performances were by Joel Evan and Queen Diva Pepper MaShay was courtesy and introduced by Ray Chatters of Next Music Group. She sang “Freeway of Love” as well “Get Soakin’ Wet. The music mix was done by Dj Tony Nuccio, DJ ME And Next Music Group.

“I like that the event was for a great cause, and it was near the holidays, so a lot of people came out”.  Said Emma Zerner, Model and Actress. She added “It was a great mixture of fashion and entertainment, to keep everyone interested. The event was a lot of fun, in the fabulous neighborhood of west hollywood.”
“I modeled in the show because I love fashion, and anything for charity is worth doing”
Ms. Zerner concluded.

During the fashion show VJ Michael Benz of The Martianz and Arlyn Royce took the stage to perform while models were modeling. The models also presented ART AID of Sun Behr “The Love Storm” & “The Perfections of Imperfections” & Sun Behr “Alexandria” collection. The models make up was done by Make Up Aid Maria Rivera of www.beautytechstudio.com and www.projectethos.com. The models hair was done by Hair Aid Jez Harris, Hair coordinator. The night was closed with the live performance of Javelyn Jav, a classical piano, pop ballad, alternative folk/rock and R&B singer.

Per Parris Harris, he is involved with the Kierrah Foundation for so many reasons such as “Because of the foster care system craziness. Also because Brandy Sanders needs all the help she can get. The girls are absolute beautiful and amazing survivors.” Said Parris Harris, Fashion Designer, Photographer, Public Relations and Fashion/Casting Coordinator. He added “He feels the his goal was accomplish and stated that “Yes, completely collecting toys and creating awareness about The Kierrah Foundation and there cause.” When asked why the event was combined with Darin Sanone’s and Pot Cat Christmas party he answered “The more the merry and Darin donated his night to The Kierrah Foundation and the Darin Rocks.” Mr. Harris concluded.

Parris Harris, is known as Hollywood’s Most Notorious Fashion Coordinator. Fashion Aid LA 2009 featured some of the following designers Treaz’ure Signature Designs, G Baby, Heather Petrey, African Cowboy, Blive, Carolyn Wilbourn, Punk Mail USA, Afreaka, Marina Phoenix, Tina Preston, Cow Girl Heaven, PHunk X, David Kahn, Rumple Munkeh, Arnel of Beverly Hills & Parris Harris.

Per Betrice Coleman-Sweet, The Kierrah Foundation publicist and Serving Angels Media stated that there were approximately 300 people throughout the night and about over a hundred gifts. Also some donations were made.

The Kierrah Foundation presented their 2nd Annual Parris Harris’ L.A. Fashion Aid 2009, a Toy & Gift Drive Party to collect toys for the children and gifts for their young women for the Holidays.

*Proceeds from this event will benefit The Kierrah Foundation for former foster girls and their children. Please visit website at www.kierrahfoundation.org or www.kierrahevents.org

About The Kierrah Foundation:
The Kierrah Foundation was established to help young women who have been adversely affected by being placed in the foster care system. The unique needs of these young women are underrepresented and underserved. The Kierrah Foundation is set up to be a multilevel support system for these young women who often are estranged from adult family members and must navigate the path to adulthood alone. The Foundation seeks to build their self-esteem and to squash the rampant self-doubt that makes these young women feel hopeless, disenfranchised and on the path to nowhere. The Foundation also offers women a unique opportunity to share valuable life experiences with upwardly mobile individuals who can encourage them to face the challenges ahead. For more information about The Kierrah Foundation visit: www.kierrahfoundation.org

Editor Note: Display photo Courtesy of Nelson Shen from nelson photo images at http://www.myspace.com/nelson_photo