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Glee Wins Award at the 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards 2011 in Los Angeles

April 12, 2011 by  
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Glee at the 2011 GLAAD AwardsOn Sunday, April 10, 2011 The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) held their 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards which it was presented by Rokk Vodka & Wells Fargo.
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The event honored Kristin Chenoweth, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt, and the best in television and journalism. The 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards was hosted by Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles, CA.

The purpose of the GLAAD Media Awards are to recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the issues that affect their lives.  The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD’s work to amplify stories of LGBT people and issues that build support for equality. The event featured a blue red carpet, silent auction and provided cocktails, then later the dinner, awards ceremony and after-party.

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“I’m very grateful to everyone at GLAAD for thinking of me for this honor.” said Robert Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment Chairman.
“I salute all the producers, writers, network executives, and actors who took on the issue and broke ground way before I did — and who continue to do it today.  Many of you are in the room tonight.  I share this award with you.  While we still have a long way to go, we have made great strides both politically and in our media.  May that not only continue, but increase in velocity… because we can help change the way the world thinks about LGBT people, not to mention how LGBT people think about themselves.” Concluded Mr. Greenblatt.
“I want to encourage many people of all faiths to come forward and stand with me.” said Kristin Chenoweth.
“Even if you don’t believe in Jesus the way I do, he did teach love — not just tolerance, but acceptance.  I’m lucky I had parents who adopted me at birth, conservative Southern Baptists who said, ‘You will love everyone the same’…Mostly I would like to thank GLAAD for this amazing, amazing honor.  This is the biggest honor I have ever received.” Concluded Ms. Chenoweth.


Kirsten Dunst presented a Special Recognition award to Bianca “Nikki” Peet, a 17-year-old student from Corpus Christi, Texas, for her efforts to organize a Gay-Straight Alliance at her high school after her principal originally prohibited the group.

 

The following GLAAD Media Award recipients were presented on Sunday at 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles:
  • Vanguard Award to:  Kristin Chenoweth (presented by Sean Hayes)
  • Stephen F. Kolzak Award to:  NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt (presented by Singer Dolly Parton)
  • Outstanding Film – Limited Release to:  I Love You Phillip Morris
  • Outstanding Comedy Series to :  TIE: Glee (Fox) [accepted by: Chris Colfer and Mike O’Malley] and Modern Family (ABC)  [accepted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Julie Bowen and Ariel Winter]
  • Outstanding Reality Program to:  Project Runway(Lifetime)  [accepted by: Mondo Guerra, Michael Costello, and producer Jonathan Murray]
  • Outstanding TV Journalism Segment to: “Fort Worth Speech” The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell (MSNBC) [accepted by: Lawrence O’Donnell, Fort Worth City Councilmember Joel Burns and his husband J.D. Angle]
  • Special Recognition to: Bianca “Nikki” Peet (presented by Kirsten Dunst)


The following celebrity guests and presenters attended the event in Los Angeles: Jensen Atwood (Noah’s Arc), Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato (World of Wonder), Josh Berman (Drop Dead Diva), Chaz Bono(Becoming Chaz), Liz Brixius, Linda Wallem, Stephen Wallem (Nurse Jackie), Chef Jesse Brune (Private Chefs of Beverly Hills),Joel Burns, J.D. Angle (City Councilmember, Fort Worth, TX), Jamie ClaytonNina Poon (TRANSform Me), Chris ColferMike O’Malley (Glee), Michael CostelloMondo GuerraJonathan Murray (Project Runway), Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy), Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia), Omar Epps (House), Melissa Etheridge (singer), Colin Farrell (Fright Night), Jesse Tyler FergusonJulie BowenAriel Winter (Modern Family), Javier Fuentes-León (Undertow), Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies), Robert Gant (Queer as Folk), Sean Hayes (Promises, Promises), Amber Heard (Drive Angry), Megan Hilty (9 to 5: The Musical), Maurice Jamal (Glo TV Network), Paul James (GREEK), Allison Janney (Mr. Sunshine), Anne Jeffreys (Falcon Crest), Dan Jinks (Milk), Josh Kilmer-PurcellBrent Ridge (The Fabulous Beekman Boys), Dave Koz (saxophonist), Janice Langbehn (activist), Peggy Lipton (Twin Peaks), Meat Loaf (Celebrity Apprentice), Marlee Matlin (Celebrity Apprentice), Joel McHale (Community), Stephanie Miller (The Stephanie Miller Show), Shareen Mitchell (Dresscue Me), Shay MitchellLucy HaleAshley Benson(Pretty Little Liars), Cameron Monaghan (Shameless), Lawrence O’Donnell (The Last Word on MSNBC), Lu Parker (KTLA), Dolly Parton (singer), Bianca “Nikki” Peet (activist), Craig Robinson (The Office), Jai Rodriguez (Groomer Has It), Ann Rutherford (Gone with the Wind), Adam Scott,Aubrey PlazaRettaJim O’Heir (Parks and Recreation), ShangelaJessica WildSantino RiceMike Ruiz (RuPaul’s Drag Race),Tori SpellingDean McDermottBill HornScout Masterson, (Tori & Dean: sTORIbook Weddings), Lisa Vanderpump (Real Housewives of Bev. Hills), Mayor AntonioVillaraigosa, Diane Warren (songwriter), and GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios.

Per event organizers the final GLAAD Media Awards event will take place in San Francisco on May 14 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.  The New York GLAAD Media Awards were held on March 19 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square.
About GLAAD: The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality. For more information, please visit www.glaad.org.

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Johansson, Murphy, Eger & Russell To Receive Award at HRC LA Gala

March 10, 2011 by  
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On Wednesday, March 9, 2011 Human Rights Campaign announced that Scarlett Johansson to receive Ally for Equality Award and Patrick Murphy, former Congressman from Pennsylvania to receive the HRC National Leadership Award at the 2011 HRC Los Angeles Gala.
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Also Rabbi Denise Eger and Rev. Canon Susan Russell will receive the HRC Community Equality Award.
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The event will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2011 starting at 5:30 pm at Ritz-Carlton/JW Marriott L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA. Also expected to make an appearance are Jessie Tyler Ferguson (ABC’s “Modern Family”) and Jillian Michaels (NBC’s “Biggest Loser”).

For more information about the event and to purchase tickets visit http://www.hrcladinner.com/


About The HRC Los Angeles Gala:
The HRC Los Angeles Gala is one of the largest LGBT fundraising events in Southern California, drawing more than 1,000 guests in past years, including national LGBT leaders in entertainment, community service, business and politics.

About Human Rights Campaign:
Founded in 1980, The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. For more information about the organization visit http://www.hrc.org

Sources: Pearson Brown, HRC LA & HRC.org

Photos Courtesy of HRC Los Angeles Gala

Editor’s Note: Article first published on Los Angeles County Events Examiner of Examiner.com on March 10, 2011.

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The 42nd NAACP Image Awards 2011 Complete Winners List

March 5, 2011 by  
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The 42nd NAACP Image Awards Red Carpet and Award WinnersOn Friday, March 4, 2011 The 42nd NAACP Image Awards were handle out live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA.
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The awards show was broadcast for two-hours from 8:00 – 10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX Network. The 42nd NAACP Image Awards was hosted by Holly Robinson Peete and Wayne Brady.


The 42nd NAACP Image Awards Complete Winners List is courtesy of http://www.thewrap.com

TV

  • Outstanding Comedy Series: “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”
  • Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series: David Mann – “Meet the Browns”
  • Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series: Vanessa Williams – “Desperate Housewives”
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Ice Cube – “Are We There Yet?”
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Sofia Vergara – “Modern Family”
  • Outstanding Drama Series: “Grey’s Anatomy”
  • Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series: LL Cool J – “NCIS: Los Angeles”
  • Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Regina King – “Southland”
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Terrence Howard – “Law & Order: Los Angeles”
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: S. Epatha Merkerson – “Law & Order”
  • Outstanding TV Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special: “Sins of the Mother”
  • Outstanding Actor in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special: Idris Elba – “Luther”
  • Outstanding Actress in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special: Jill Scott – “Sins of the Mother”
  • Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series: Darnell Williams (“All My Children”
  • Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series: Tatyana Ali – “The Young and the Restless”
  • Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special): “Unsung”
  • Outstanding Talk Series: “The View”
  • Outstanding Reality Series: “Sunday Best”
  • Outstanding Variety (Series or Special): “UNCF An Evening of Stars Tribute to Lionel Richie”
  • Outstanding Children’s Program: “True Jackson, VP”
  • Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children’s Program (Series or Special): Keke Palmer – “True Jackson, VP”
  • Outstanding Documentary (Theatrical or Television): “For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots”
  • Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series: Aaron McGruder – “The Boondocks”
  • Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series: Shonda Rhimes – “Private Practice” – (Did You Hear What Happened to Charlotte King?)
  • Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series: Kevin Rodney Sullivan – “Modern Family” (Game Changer)
  • Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series: Millicent Shelton – “Men of a Certain Age” (Go with the Flow)
  • FILM
  • Outstanding Motion Picture: “For Colored Girls”
  • Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture: Denzel Washington – “The Book of Eli”
  • Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture: Halle Berry – “Frankie and Alice”
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Samuel L. Jackson – “Mother and Child”
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Kimberly Elise – “For Colored Girls”
  • Outstanding Independent Motion Picture: “Frankie and Alice”
  • Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture: “Biutiful”
  • Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television): Mary King, Anna Waterhouse, Joe Shrapnel, Marko King, Jonathan Watters, Cheryl Edwards – “Frankie and Alice” and Michael Elliot – “Just Wright”
  • Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television): Tyler Perry – “For Colored Girls”
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    MUSIC

    • Outstanding New Artist: Willow Smith
    • Outstanding Male Artist: Usher
    • Outstanding Female Artist: Mary J. Blige
    • Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration: John Legend and The Roots
    • Outstanding Jazz Album: “From Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf – Live in Marciac” – The Wynton Marsalis Quintet and Richard Galliano
    • Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary): “You Are Not Alone” – Mavis Staples
    • Outstanding World Music Album: “VOCAbuLarieS” – Bobby McFerrin
    • Outstanding Music Video: “Un-thinkable (I’m Ready)” – Alicia Keys
    • Outstanding Song: “Bittersweet” – Fantasia Barrino
    • Outstanding Album: “Wake Up!” – John Legend and The Roots

     

    LITERATURE

    • Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction: Getting to Happy by Terry McMillan
    • Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
    • Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author: The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
    • Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Auto-Biography: You Don’t Know Me: Reflections of My Father, Ray Charles by Ray Charles Robinson, Jr.
    • Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional: A Boy Should Know How to Tie a Tie: And Other Lessons for Succeeding in Life by Antwone Fisher
    • Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry:  100 Best African-American Poems by Nikki Giovanni
    • Outstanding Literary Work – Children: My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete, Ryan Elizabeth Peete (Authors), Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)
    • Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens: Condoleezza Rice: A Memoir of My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me by Condoleezza Rice



    The NAACP Image Awards also presented special awards to Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA – Surgeon General awarded (The Chairman’s Award) and General Colin L. Powell (The President’s Award).

    If you want to find out who was nominated visit http://diversitynewspublications.com/2011/01/american-idol-glee-30-rock-nominated-for-the-42nd-naacp-image-awards/ and who attended the  Nominees’ Luncheon visit http://diversitynewspublications.com/2011/02/the-42nd-naacp-image-awards-nominees%E2%80%99-luncheon-at-the-beverly-hills-hotel/

    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

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    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

    Photos Courtesy and (C) 2011 by Events & Celebrity Photographer Rodrigo Vaz for Diversity News Publications. (C) 2011 By Diversity News Publications.

    Editor’s Note: Congratulations to all the winners, especial thank you to Rodrigo Vaz for covering the event for us.
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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


    Photos Courtesy and (C) 2011 by Events & Celebrity Photographer Rodrigo Vaz for Diversity News Publications. (C) 2011 By Diversity News Publications.
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    The 42nd NAACP Image Awards Nominees’ Luncheon at The Beverly Hills Hotel

    February 13, 2011 by  
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    The 42nd NAACP Image Awards Nominees’ Luncheon at The Beverly Hills HotelOn Saturday, February 12, 2011 The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held the 42nd NAACP Image Awards Nominees’ Luncheon at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA from 11:15 am.
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    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. The event was hosted by Actor/Comedian Affion Crockett.

    Some of the celebrities the attended the nominees luncheon were: Actor James Pickens Jr., Actress Tamera Mowry, Tia Mowry, Actress Ashley Argota, Actress Chandra Wilson, Actress Holly Robinson Peete, Author Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Producer Debra Martin Chase, Singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, Actor Benito Martinez, Director Millicent Shelton, Pastor and Gospel artist Marvin Sapp and many more.


    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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    Editor’s Note: Special Thank You to Publicist Adeline Petty from The Lippin Group for all her help and work.
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    Examiner.com Teams up with Thomson Reuters

    December 14, 2010 by  
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    Reuters and Examiner.com partnershipExaminer.com who reaches over 22 million readers per month announced on Monday, December 13, 2010 the new partnership with Thomson Reuters to license, distribute and share Examiners content across the United States through their new flagship service, Reuters America.


    Per Rick Blair, Examiner.com CEO stated “The participation in Reuters America marks a huge milestone in the history of Examiner.com. Reuters, the news and media division of Thomson Reuters, is the world’s largest multimedia news provider touching more than 1 billion people a day. Today’s announcement of our partnership is a strong show of confidence in the quality and credibility found in your content.”

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    He added “Examiner.com has always believed in its Examiners, and we’ve operated under the mores that there is value in and desire for content important to people’s day-to-day lives. We believe this distribution deal confirms a growing sentiment in the industry – there is not only readership interest in your content by Examiner.com’s 22 million unique visitors; there is interest from the traditional media marketplace.” For more information about this annoucement please visit http://blog.examiner.com/


    About Thomson Reuters:

    Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.

    They combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, healthcare, science and media markets, powered by the world’s most trusted news organization.

    Thomson Reuters shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: TRI) and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: TRI).

    About Examiner.com

    Examiner.com is a media company based in DenverColorado, that operates a network oflocal news websites, allowing “pro-am contributors”[1][2] to share their city-based knowledge on a blog-like platform, in 238 markets throughout the United States and parts of Canada with two national editions, one for each country.[3][4][5][1]

    Examiner.com is a division of Clarity Media Group, with the primary investor being billionaire businessman Philip Anschutz, owner of Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), Regal Cinemas, and other media and entertainment companies.[3][4][6] Examiner.com has over 55,000 contributors,[2] commonly referred to as “Examiners.” Examiner.com is reaching over 22 million readers per month. For more information visit: http://www.examiner.com
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    CNN’s Larry King Grand Marshal of The Hollywood Christmas Parade 2010

    December 1, 2010 by  
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    The Hollywood Christmas Parade 2010On November 28, 2010 The Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefiting Marine Toys for Tots was held in Hollywood, CA and featured Television Icon and Emmy Award, Peabody Award, Cable ACE Award winner and Host of CNN’s Larry King as the Hollywood Christmas Parade 2010 Grand Marshal.
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    Him and his wife attended the red carpet and then the parade was held in Hollywood, CA. The event was held from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm in the center of Hollywood by the Hollywood Stars Walk of Fame. The 2010 Hollywood Christmas Parade was hosted by Erik Estrada and Laura McKenzie.



    Other Celebrities and VIP’s the attended were, including Santa Claus. Some of them are:

    Vivica A. Fox (Independence Day), Michael Gogin, Nolan Gould, Jimmy Bennett,

    Eric Garcetti, President, Los Angeles City Council and Chris Harrison (The Bachelor).

    Also Kate Linder, Julia Pace Mitchell and Melody Thomas Scott, Stars from CBS’s (The Young and the Restless)

    Fivel and Boo Boo Stewart (Twilight – Eclipse)

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    The Hollywood Christmas Parade  did a U-shaped route throughout Hollywood, CA starting at Orange Street and Hollywood Boulevard, traveling East onto Hollywood Boulevard turning South onto Vine Street, and then traveling West onto Sunset Boulevard back to Orange Street.


    For more information about The 2010 Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefiting Marine Toys for Tots,please visit their official parade’s website at,www.TheHollywoodChristmasParade.com
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    About Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots: The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.



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    Editor’s Note: Hollywood Events Examiner for Examiner.com and Diversity News Magazine, published by Diversity News Publications were there with professional photographers on the ground covering the red carpet and parade event. Special thank you to publicist Steve Moyer of Steve Moyer Public Relations for providing credentials for our staff to cover this Hollywood event tradition.

    John Mayer, Justin Timberlake, Quincy Jones and Bill Withers attend I Create Music ASCAP Expo 2010

    April 28, 2010 by  
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    It was a three-day Expo and conference that took place from April 22 – 24, 2010 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, CA. The event was hosted and produced by ASCAP.

    ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Expo 2010 gives the opportunity for songwriters, composers and producers to learn and network.

    Hundred of thousands of music creators from all genres of music are able to listen to panels, check workshops, visit master classes, and meet keynote speakers. It also provides one-on-one sessions with well-known singers and songwriters. The attendees also get critiqued by entertainment industry professionals, and have the opportunity to network with people from different parts of the nation. By attending the Expo they can see current products and state of the art technology demonstrations by vendors, which can help them with their music careers. Also, they are able to see live performances by their favorite singers.

    The Expo opened on Thursday, April 22, 2010 from 8:00 am to 12:00 am, then continued on Friday, April 23, 2010 from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm, and concluded on Saturday, April 24, 2010 from 9:45 am to 6:45 pm

    There was a lot to cover from the Expo event, so we selected to cover the following on Thursday, April 22, 2010 from 1:45 to 3:00 pm. “We Create Music” panelists included: Jason Mraz, songwriter, performer (I’m Yours, Make It Mine, Lucky, The Remedy), C.Tricky Stewart, producer, songwriter (Single Ladies; put a ring on it, Umbrella, Touch My Body, Just fine), Brian Tyler, composer (Film Eagle Eye, Rambo, Fast and Furious, The Expendables), and Phil Vassar, songwriter, performer (Just Another Day In Paradise, Bye Bye, Six Pack Summer, In a Real Love). The panelist moderator was Paul Williams, songwriter and actor (Evergreen, Rainy Days and Mondays, We’ve Only Just Begun, The Rainbow Connection, President and Chairman of the Board ASCAP).
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    From 5:15 to 6:30 pm they held an “I Create Music” Interview with John Mayer (singer, songwriter and guitarist) conducted by Erik Philbrook from ASCAP.

    On Friday, April 23, 2010 from 5:15 to 6:30 pm they held an “I Create Music” interview with Quincy Jones (musician, composer, producer, arranger and conductor) interviewed by Ludacris (artist) (We missed this interview.). Also, they presented I Create Music Center Stage at the Highlands from 8:00 to 10:00 pm where Chantal Kreviazuk, Allison Iraheta, Raul Midon and Gordie Sampson sang for their fans and members. The event was hosted by Loretta Munoz of ASCAP.
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    On Saturday, April 24, 2010 ASCAP presented “Just the Two of Us: A conversation between Justin Timberlake (songwriter, performer, producer and actor) and Bill Withers (multi-Grammy Award winner singer, songwriter)” from 3:45 to 5:00 pm.
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    ASCAP has offices in New York, London, Miami, Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, Nashville and Atlanta.

    About ASCAP:
    ASCAP is a membership association of more than 380,000 U.S. composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers of every kind of music. Through agreements with affiliated international societies, ASCAP also represents hundreds of thousands of music creators worldwide. ASCAP is the only U.S. performing rights organization created and controlled by composers, songwriters and music publishers, with a Board of Directors elected by and from the membership.

    ASCAP protects the rights of its members by licensing and distributing royalties for the non-dramatic public performances of their copyrighted works. ASCAP’s licensees encompass all who want to perform copyrighted music publicly. ASCAP makes giving and obtaining permission to perform music simple for both creators and users of music. For more information visit http://www.ascap.com

    Editor’s note: Quotes, photos and videos from the panelist artists will be added soon because we are still editing them. By the way, we want to thank ASCAP’s publicity firm for allowing us to cover this event, but we are sad to share with you that ASCAP employees did not allow the press/media outlets to take photos, go backstage to take photos. or ask the artists questions, so there are no direct quotes or questions from them. The only people allowed to record and take photographs were their employees.
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    Story was proofread by Linda Krongold, our New York, NY Special Correspondent For Diversity News. For more information you can contact her at andmeljar@aol.com.

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

    Randy Jackson and Sally Ann Salsano attend HRTS Newsmaker Luncheon Series Hitmakers Cable Reality

    April 25, 2010 by  
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    hrtsnewsmakersThe Hitmakers Cable Reality, part of the Newsmaker Luncheon Series, was presented by The Hollywood Radio & Television Society (HRTS) on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 from 11: am to 2pm at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.

    First, all the celebrities lined up in front of the step and repeat banner. They were able to get interviewed and photographed by various media/press outlets. Later, they networked with each other. The industry panelists were Thom Beers (Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers), Mark Cronin (The Surreal Life, Rock of Love), Jason Goldberg (Punk’d), Randy Jackson (Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew and judge from American Idol), Graig Piligian (Ghost Hunters, The Ultimate Fighter) and Sally Ann Salsano (Jersey Shore, Tool Academy). The event was moderated by Chris Harrison, TV host of The Bachelor & The Bachelorette.

    The panelists discussed the differences in working for the networks versus the Cable industry. They stated that when you work for cable, you are able to be more creative versus at the networks where you do not have the freedom that cable provides to them as producers. By working for the networks you need to follow their rules and guidelines. A couple of hundred people who are members of HRTS attended the luncheon and panelist event . (See and listen to exclusive unscripted video from the panelist talking about the networks and cable).


    About HRTS: HRTS is the entertainment industry’s premier information and networking forum. Chartered since 1947, the HRTS gathers together leading industry executives and companies representing broadcast and cable networks, studios, talent and management agencies, producers, legal and financial firms, new media companies and more to address issues that are relevant to the ongoing success and future of the entertainment business. Current HRTS membership represents over 700 executives and 48 leading companies from across the entire industry landscape. For more information about HRTS events and membership visit http://www.hrts.org
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    Story was proofread 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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    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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