By JR, Special For Diversity News Magazine
It was a night of Moroccan Magnificence Saturday evening, April 9, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California as Ingrid’s Cafe’ rolled out the red carpet for all their customers. The event was graciously hosted by Hit Recording Artist and Singer/Songwriter Fawn, whose song “Wish U Love” went to #6 on the Billboard Dance Charts and won the JPF Music Award for Dance Song Of The Year.
“Our Moroccan Dinner Night was a great success! Special Thanks to Steven, Celebrity Fawn, and Maria Amor , Founder and President of Exotifit for Humanity and Exotifit International/Beauty Pageant Mogul. Awesome Night” said Ingrid Bedrosian, Ingrid’s Cafe Owner & Chef.
Running from 6-10pm, and some of the red carpet arrivals, photos and interviews included Maria Amor and all of the Ms. Exoti Lady World Pageant 2011 Candidates, Singer/Songwriter Fawn, Writer, Book Author, Modeling and Pageant Coach Jennifer Ross-Kilgore, Actor, Producer and Dr. Mark Valinsky, TV personality and host Joey Valdez, acclaimed publicist Steven Escobar, celebrated chef Ingrid Bedrosian and pageant contestants Ms. Exoti-lady USA Christine Ames, Ms. Exoti-lady Philippines Maricris Bautista, Ms. Exoti-lady Canada Lucie Volotzsky, Ms. Exoti-lady El Salvador Marie Bogacz, Ms. Exoti-lady Hungary Monica Farah, Ms. Exoti-lady Ukraine Elaina Berman, Ms. Exoti-lady Iran Samira Chatila, Ms. Exoti-lady America Dr. Linda Selvin, Ms. Exoti-lady France Sohelia, Ms. Exoti-lady Washington USA Nikki Storm and Ms. Exoti-lady Malasia Mercy Alpert.
After the interviews and arrivals, dinner was served with a short welcoming introduction by Fawn who thanked every one for coming. The dinner portion of the evening began with a traditional Moroccan hand wash in rose pedal water with the special water poured from a stunning solid gold Moroccan tea pot. The food included an appetizer, main course and desert with tea. During the dinner, Fawn presented a 5 Stars Sponsor Award from Diversity News Magazine and Diversity News Publications to Chef & Restaurant Owner Ingrid Bedrosian for outstanding food, customer service, participation and community support to other local businesses, owners and non-profit organizations.
Dr. Linda Selvin who is representing Ms. America in the Exotifit Pageant stated that she “came out to support Ingrid and her cafe’, Maria Amor and Fawn who I adore and her music.” She went on to say that if she won the Exotifit pageant, she would “continue to do the work I already do on radio and in my private practice which is enlightening and helping other people grow in a spiritual, mental, physical and emotional way and to help integrate growth, stability and peace within themselves to help make a better world starting within themselves.”
Ms. Exoti-lady Ms. Malasia Mercy Alpert, said “Ingrid’s Cafe is such a beautiful place and we’re having a delicious Moroccan meal, I am enjoying myself-the food it is delicious and healthy.” Ms. Hungary Monica Farah said she was excited to come out because it was her first time to taste Moroccan food and her first time being in a pageant. Ms. El Salvador Marie Bogacz said that if she won the pageant, she would “like to help hungry children and children who suffer from cancer.” She went on to say that “It is close to my heart because of my nephew who is suffering from a low immune system.”
About Ingrid’s Cafe’:
Ingrid’s Bistro has been in business since 2006. It is truly dream the come true for Ingrid Bedrosian to have a petit Chateau where she can share her passion with her guests. Ingrid started with catering part-time while working in the Corporate World and Entertainment Studios full-time. She always dreamed and planned to one day have her own business and it happened in August of 2006. Her joy of cooking and baking for others is unlimited and you can taste the labor of love in every bite. All products are fresh and organic and arranged very elegantly.
The restaurant owner has catered to well known celebrities who have dined at her bistro. She has made her place into a very European comfort for everyone. It has truly become a hidden but known place in Beverly Hills in such a short time. For more information visit http://www.ingridscafe.com/ or http://www.ingridsbistro.com
Fawn is an award winning recording artist and songwriter. Her song “Wish U Love” made it to #6 on the Billboard dance charts and was nominated for the Hollywood Music In Media Awards. Fawn’s songs have been heard in The Natalee Holloway Story, Ugly Betty, Young and The Restless and many more. She won 2 coveted JPF Music Award For best Dance album and best dance single, and her song Wish U Love made it into the top 150 hit dance songs for 2009. He music video of the same song remained in the top music videos for 5 months on MTV’s Logo Channel. For more information about Fawn visit her official website at http://www.fawnmusic.com
Photos credit to: Daniela Hubbard from Daniela Hubbard Photography and PRPhotos.com
Editor’s Note: As of date of this story Ms. Exoti-lady America Dr. Linda Selvin is no longer part of the Ms. Exoti-Lady World Pageant 2011 competition. We wish her good luck in her career.
On Thursday, April 7, 2011 FoxNews.com reported that a top editor at AOL’s Huffington Post Media Group’s Moviefone was fired Wednesday after suggesting in an email that terminated freelancers should consider contributing to the website for free, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Some critics say the decision to fire Moviefone Editor-in-Chief Patricia Chiu is hypocritical considering Huffington Post’s controversial longtime practice of not paying contributors to the site.
Chiu reportedly circulated a memo to freelancers and bloggers who had just received notice that they were fired as part of a company restructuring that would include a move back to using mostly paid staff journalists. But it was her suggestion that the freelancers should continue to work for free that reportedly landed Chiu in hot water.
“We will, indeed, be moving away from a freelancer model and toward one relying on full-time staffers,” the e-mail read. “Sometime soon – this week, I believe – many of you will be receiving an [email] informing you that your services as a freelancer will no longer be required. You will be invited to contribute as part of our non-paid blogger system; and though I know that for many of you this will not be an option financially, I strongly encourage you to consider it if you/d like to keep writing for us, because we value all of your voices and input.”
Last month, the national Newspaper Guild called for a boycott of Huffington Post after a “refusal to compensate its thousands of writers in the wake of its $315 million merger with AOL.”
But AOL/Huffington Post rep Mario Ruiz defended the website’s practices, saying most of their free bloggers are “not professional writers.”
“People blog on HuffPost for free for the same reason they go on cable TV shows every night for free: because they are passionate about their ideas, want them to be heard by the largest possible audience, and understand the value that that kind of visibility can bring,” Ruiz told FoxNews.com in a March email.
“There’s no commitment; they can post as frequently or infrequently as they would like to. The Huffington Post makes no claim of ownership over their posts, and they can cross-post on other sites, including their own,” he said.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the email wasn’t Chiu’s first misstep.
Several weeks ago, she reportedly urged staffers to take into consideration the need to maintain positive relationships with movie studios when making editorial decisions.
“The reality of our situation is that, as a movies site, we work with movie studios every day, and it is in our best interests to stay on good terms with them,” she is quoted as writing. “Staying on good terms with studios means that we will relay information if asked. It does not mean that we would ever force a writer or an editor to edit their work for the sake of a studio – or anyone else.”
AOL’s $315 million purchase of HuffingtonPost has resulted in AOL laying off roughly 20 percent of its workforce, or about 900 employees. According to the New York Post, none of Huffington Post’s staff was affected.
On Wednesday, AOL also fired the last of its freelancers at its business and finance sites, AOL Daily Finance and Walletpop. According to Business Insider, the full-time staff at those sites is down to 1-2 employees.
FoxNews.com’s Diane Macedo contributed to this report.
Editor’s Note: It is sad the big online media sites want writer to work for free and yes some are bloggers but the same expectations are demanded from them. Many bloggers did not went to school for journalism but still they are doing a great job in telling us the news.