On Saturday, May 15, 2010 Avenue Entertainment Management held a private Industry Networking and Mixer in a classy and sassy Beverly/Hollywood Hills mansion from 9:00 pm to about 2:00 am.
The music DJ was provided by DJ Keefer and the food for all guests was make by the industry chef “De Mas.” People line up to taste Chef De Mas food the he prepared during the evening.
Recording artists Destenee McKenzie and QUE performed live at the event. Some of the people that attended were Paula Labaredas, Ryan W. Torres, Thushari J, Fawn, Eric Zuley, Derek Pratt, Mark Valinsky, Lawrence Griffin and many more.
Editor Note: Special thank you to the house owners and Ryan Torres for the invite.
Allison Iraheta of American Idol Season 8 attended The 17th Annual MMPA Oscar Week Student Filmakers Luncheon
The MMPA presented students with financial awards for their film projects. The event was hosted by Chris Schauble, KNBC-4 Los Angeles News Anchor.
The students were expected to meet this year 82nd Academy Award Nominees: Lee Daniels, and the cast of “Precious” Gabourey Sidibe, Monique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Anika Noni Rose (The Frog Princess), Aaron Quinn, (The Blind Side) Tom Ford and David Scaerce (A Single Man) Kimberley Myers and Shelly Jo Reesman. The expected celebrities guests were Colin Firth, Morgan Freeman, Sandra Bullock , Carrey Mulligan, Anna Kendrick, Tami Farrell, Jeremy Renner, Henry Selick, Jon Musker, Ron Clements, Judith Ehrlich, Rick Goldsmith, Robert Kenner, Pamela Bach-Hasselhoff, Elise Pearlstein, Stephen Bognar, Gregori J Martin , Tivi Magnusson, Joel & Ethan Coen and more.
Some of the celebrities the attended were Singer Allison Iraheta, Model Sophie Turner, Actor Eric Zuley, Actress Lily Collins, Actor Quinton Aaron, Ray McKinnon, Model Derek Pratt, Nurse Cherilyn Lee, Actor Lorenzo Lamas and fiance Shawna Craig.
About The Multicultural Motion Picture Association (MMPA):
Is a 501 © 3 non-profit arts that provides scholarships annually to a certain number of qualified film students and trade guild apprentices who have shown dedication and talent for furthering their studies in the cinematic arts. The MMPA’s annual Oscar Week Luncheon is always a highly anticipated afternoon event amid sumptuous mid-day dining where talented young filmmakers intermingle with Academy Award® nominees and studio executives. The MMPA utilizes committed individuals who bring their skills and commitment to schools, as well as youth and civic organizations, where teens and young adults need career mentoring, coupled with equipment and technical support. For more information visit http://www.thediversityawards.org
Photos courtesy of Rodrigo Vaz for Diversity News Publications (C) 2010 Rodrigo Vaz & Diversity News Publications. All Rights Are Reserved.
Usually, the contestants or judges get interviewed first, but this week the person who got on the red carpet was Justin Chase as a sneak preview to show people who they will see perform on 3-14-2010 at Local Celebrity LA.
“It has been an experience that has enabled me to grow for sure. I am 100% fine with it ending early.” said Shane Facchinello, Local Celebrity LA contestant.
Also, the guest judge Fred Wolf from 19 Entertainment who had worked with American Idol was interviewed on the red carpet. Rob E C who was the headline guest artist was interviewed about being part of Local Celebrity LA, and he promoted his new album “Breakout.” Later the eight remaining contestants and finally the judges were interviewed on the red carpet.
“I think the Local Celebrity LA team are doing a fantastic job in having the Local Celebrity LA singing contest. It has given a platform to people to showcase their singing talent and in the process discover gems one would never hear or see. What better place than LA to start such a noble enterprise. I look forward with bated breath for the upcoming rounds. More power to Local Celebrity LA.” said Suniil Sadarangani, Actor/Producer, Bollywood To Hollywood and September Tapes.
Rob E C performed two songs, “Heaven”, and “Right Here Waiting” almost at the end of the show. His fans showed that they liked his outstanding performance.
More than 150 people were present at the venue, which consisted of singers and fans, and also included some of the celebrities and talent courtesy of WTV. These were Eric Zuley “EZ”, Ameona Almund (Ms. Beverly Hills 2006), Derek Pratt, Joel W. Gonzales, Abby Model, Devon Guzzie and Ryan Torres. Some of the invited celebrities by EZ were Pamela Hasselhoff, Ron Whitaker, Sophie Turner, Martin Klebba, Miss California and much more. Also in attendance were Suniil Sadaranga (Bollywood To Hollywood Actor), Eric Rowe (Local Celebrity LA producer and CA Talent president), Radhika Chaudhari (The Hunchback Actress), Adrian Reyes, GG Smith, & Nate Gaines (Former Local Celebrity LA contestants) and community leader Dr. John Carvalho (Cal State University Senator Member, Political Action Committee West Hollywood, Human Rights Campaign).
Before eliminating the two contestants, Fawn one of the judges made the following statement: “Congratulations for making it this far, you all are very, very talented and it’s such a blessing for all of us to heard you each week”. said Fawn, Local Celebrity LA judge. She continued, “Really Amazing talent and no matter what happens, I want each keep going because you will make it if don’t give up.”
The contestants that performed were Rosy Donovan (Beautiful Disaster: by Kelly Clarkson), Rachel Escalera (Too Little Too Late: by JoJo), Brian Miller ( Feeling Good: by Michael Buble), Leah Turner ( Never Again: Kelly Clarkson), Christina Aldana ( I Will Always Love You: by Whitney Houston), Jonathan Hernandez (Apologize: by One Republic), Shane Facchinello ( Superstition: by Stevie Wonder) and Leandro Fossi (Escape: by Enrique Iglesias). The two contestants who were eliminated at the end of the competition from the fans votes via texting and ballot from the prior event were Jonathan Hernandez and Brian Miller.
The event judges were Arnold G; International dance/pop recording artist, songwriter, dancer and performer, Fawn; Recording artist, songwriter and performer and Kris Searle; Singer, songwriter and international recording artist/performer.
Local Celebrity Los Angeles week 6 semi finals was the judges song choice, which Brian Miller was not able to perform, but was allowed to perform another song.
The event was held at Eleven Restaurant & Nightclub, located at 8811 Santa Monica Blvd in the city of West Hollywood, CA 90069 on 2-7-2010 from 9:00 pm to 11:45 pm. The event was hosted by Ryan Ray of Wake Up TV. Local Celebrity LA was broadcast again online via http://www.localcelebritytv.com/
Also Diversity News TV & WTV covered most of the show for possible online distribution. Photos of the event were taken by RodrigoVaz.Com. WTV covered the event and interviewed some of the contestants, guest artists, and event producers on the red carpet and inside the venue.
The event was produced by California Talent, hosted by Ryan Ray of Wake Up TV and sponsored by Diversity News Publications, Eleven Night Club Restaurant, Photos by Rodrigo Vaz and clothing for host provided by LASC.
The next show will be held on March 14, 2010 and will present Justin Chase live in concert at the Local Celebrity Los Angeles Week 7 final, The grand finale will be on March 21, 2010 with surprises.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
By Tamara Wentworth, special story for Diversity News
Cher Rue, Jaira Valenti, and Tamara Wentworth hosted Jeremiah Vaughn’s 36th birthday bash and save a life charity event. The evening started off with an amazing red carpet. Many wonderful celebrities were in attendance. All were trying to get a chance at a photo with Jeremiah. Celebrities like Derek Pratt, Ashlee Keating, Iliana Fischer, CC Perkinson, Johnny V. Amanda Rushing, Dee Dee Bigelow, Suzanne Revell, and Al Burke to name a few.
Life is a very classy and elegant environment to hold a party. Everywhere you looked you could find a cluster of people mingling and making connections, while listening to some great performers. The performers of the night were pretty spectacular people. Kathy Buckley opened up the evening with a humorous stand up bit. She was very funny yelling all the people that were talking over her comedy routine. She is known most for being the very first female hearing-impaired comedienne. She just finished at Cesar’s Palace and was kind enough to support Jeremiah’s cause. Along with Kathy, came Geri Jewell. You may remember her from Deadwood and back in the day as Blair’s cousin on Facts of Life. Next a wonderful new musical artist name Lyric performed one of his new songs, “Addicted to you.” Next up, was ex playboy model and now recording artist Iliana Fischer. She performed two beautiful songs off of her newly released cd “Caliente.” After Iliana, was the awesome band “No Boundaries.” This band is unique in the fact that the members are all handicapped in some fashion. They have performed as far as China, and most of the time can be found at an Easter Seals, or Special Olympics event. MOI was the highlight of the evening. The lead singer and guitarist Moi Navarro has a voice and is not afraid to show it. He mesmerized us with his new single “Superman.”
The sponsors came out to help support the cause as well. “The Cougar and the Kitten”, CC Perkinson and Jennifer Tapiero, were on the scene looking stunningly. The owners of Plaisir, Daniel Salva and Philippe Dray, came out to see how everyone was enjoying their tasty treats. Their delectable shop can be found at 8613 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, Ca 90069. www.Plaisir-La.com
With the tasty treats, great drinks, wonderful music, and of course a good cause, who can think of a better way to spend an evening than with friends at LIFE on Wilshire located at 6311 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles CA. 90048. For more information visit http://www.lifeonwilshire.com. The event was held on Thursday, February 25, 2010 from 7:30 pm to 2:00 am.
Photos courtesy of Tamara Wentworth from Wentworth Public Relations. You can visit her website at http://www.wentworthpublicrelations.com/
Editor’s Note: We want to thanks Tamara Wentworth for covering the event.