Saturday, December 26, 2009

Celebrities and personalities attends California Talent 1st Annual Christmas Charity Toy Drive benefiting Layers of Love

By Esteban “Steven” Escobar, Diversity News Staff
By Linda Krongold, Proof Reader Special For Diversity News
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Tom Tangen, Michael Dean Shelton, Lucky Romero and other celebrities attends California Talent 1st Annual Christmas Charity Toy Drive benefiting Layers of Love.
After the Step and Repeat and red carpet was put in front of Eleven Night Club and Restaurant, stars and celebrities started to line up and take photographs with other celebrities, personalities, fans and friends.
Holidays songs were performed by Ivan Strada, Vanessa Simon, Jonathan Hernandez, Nathan Gaines, Tina Thomas and Danicar Bergancia. The event was hosted by Jeff Kraft.

“We've collected more than 30 toys and will be added to the boxes of toys we will be distributing to the children on Christmas Day. For sure you guys have made a difference in a child's life this holiday season” said Francis Aquino, President and Co-Founder of Layers of Love, a non profit organization.

Some of the celebrities and personalities that attended were Kris Searle, singer and songwriter; Arnold G, International dance/pop recording artist, songwriter, dancer and performer; Michael Dean Shelton, Philanthropist; Thushari Jayasekera, actress; Tom Tangen, host and producer; Brandy Sanders, founder of the Kierrah Foundation; Cathy Lin, model; Francis Aquino, co-founder of Layers of Love, Cher Rue, actress and TV personality; Tamara Wentworth, publicist & writer; Steven Escobar, Diversity News Publications publicist and Diversity News editor and reporter; DeeDee Bigelow, actress and producer; Lucky Romero, reality celebrity and personality; Parris Harris, fashion designer, photographer, public relations and fashion/casting coordinator; and Eric Rowe, California Talent President. The singers also took time to take photos with their fans and relatives at the red carpet.

The purpose of this event was to collect unwrapped toys to benefit Layers of Love, a non profit organization. Layers of Love will distribute toys to Children Hospital LA & APLA (Aids Project Los Angeles) client's kids. Francis Aquino, president and co-founder of Layers of Love, spoke about Layers of Love’s mission.

Eric Rowe, president of California Talent, stated that the purpose of this charity holiday event is to give back to the community.
The event was held on December 20, 2009 at Eleven Night Club and Restaurant at 8811 Santa Monica Blvd West Hollywood, CA 90069 from 9pm to 11pm.
The event was sponsored by: California Talent, Eleven Night Club, Diversity News Publications and Wake Up TV. Some of the media representatives and photographers the show up were: Livejelly.com, Diversity News TV, Phashion TV and Mohamed H. Aly.
On another note last November 15, 2009, Danicar Bergancia won the first prize and she was awarded $200.00. Local Celebrity‏ LA is a singing competition which will start on January 17, 2010 and will run for 10 weeks. The event judges are international dance/pop recording artist, songwriter, dancer and performer Arnold G; recording artist, songwriter and performer Fawn; and singer and songwriter Kris Searle. The event will be hosted by Ryan Ray of Wake Up TV. For more information visit http://www.caltalent.net/ & http://www.eleven.la/

Editor Note: Diversity News Publications, a public relations firm based in Hollywood and parent company of Diversity News, a consumer news magazine, was one of the event sponsors and contracted for public relations services. For more information visit our parent company site: http://www.diversitynewspublications.blogspot.com Special thanks to Michael David Schultz for taking the celebrity and personality photographs

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Susan Lucci, is Grand Marshal of The 2009 Hollywood Christmas Parade

The 2009 HOLLYWOOD CHRISTMAS PARADE was held live in Hollywood, CA from 6:00 P.M. on Sunday, November 29, 2009. Fox TV 11 reports on their website http://www.myfoxla.com that Tens of thousands turned out to watch the Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday night. After the Christmas Parade the is when the Christmas spirit is official in Hollywood.

“The Parade God’s were shining upon us with great weather. The Parade ran the smoothest it has run in years. It was an absolute delight!” Said William Lomas, President of the Hollywood’s Santa Parade LLC, producer of the Parade.

“The City of Los Angeles is proud to be one of the Presenting Sponsors of this Hollywood tradition,” Said Council President Eric Garcetti, who represents Hollywood Boulevard where the parade took place. He concluded “It’s great to be able to bring this free, family event to Hollywood Boulevard and to have the opportunity to show off the new revitalized Hollywood to the rest of the country.”

Per STEVE MOYER public relations firm for the event stated that This year’s parade featured 125 celebrities and VIPS; 14 award-winning bands, including three from outside the state of California; 8 Equestrian Units, 3 Specialty Characters, 10 Floats and 8 Giant Balloons. Santa Claus made a special appearance.

The Award winning bands the participated in the 2009 Hollywood Christmas Parade were Banning High School Mighty Marching Pilots Band(from Wilmington, CA); Frank Scott Bunnell High School Marching Band (from Stratford, CT); Concord High School Minuteman Marching Band and Auxiliary Units (from Concord, CA); Dana Middle School Marching Band (from San Pedro, CA); Greenwood Marching Woodmen Band (from Greenwood, IN); Hollywood High School Band (from Hollywood, CA); Idaho All Star Marching Band (from Boise, ID); Long Beach Junior Concert Band(from Long Beach, CA); Porterville High School Panther Band (from Porterville, CA); Santa Ana Winds Youth Band (from Santa Ana, CA); and Shawnee Mission Northwest Marching Cougar Pride Band (from Shawnee, KS).

The Parade will air nationally on MyNetworkTV on Thursday, December 10, 2009 from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. (Local Time)/7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (Central Avenue). An Encore Presentation of the event is set to air on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2009 at 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. (Local Time) 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (Central Time).

“Proceeds from the telecasts of the parade will benefit this year’s official charity, Feed The Children, a nonprofit relief organization which delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty or natural disasters. We are happy to do our part to help those in need.” Said David McKenzie, President of Associated Television International.

Erik Estrada and Laura McKenzie serve as the Broadcast Hosts for the Parade, while Kyle Massey and Christopher Massey serve as Roving Reporters.

The Hollywood Christmas Parade started from Orange Street and Hollywood Boulevard, traveling East on Hollywood Boulevard turning South onto Vine Street, and then traveling West onto Sunset Boulevard back to Orange Street.

The 2009 Hollywood Christmas Parade/Live Positively was Presented by Coca-Cola, The City of Los Angeles and Associated Television International. The event was produced by Hollywood’s Santa Parade LLC in association with the City of Los Angeles.

For more information about The 2009 Hollywood Christmas Parade/Live Positively Presented by Coca-Cola, please visit the parade’s official website, http://www.TheHollywoodChristmasParade.com.

The Arrival of Santa Claus – Photo is courtesy of Steve Moyer. (C) 2009 By Steve Moyer Public Relations. All Rights Are Reserved.

Editor Note: We would like to give special thanks to STEVE MOYER of Steve Moyer Public Relations staff for the updated press release and for sending pictures to post with story. Also to The Hollywood’s Santa Parade LLC staff. You Tube Video courtesy of keithkmj. Photos and You Tube Video are copyrighted by each creator/author.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Liberty Counsel files complaint with the FCC for indecent acts of Adam Lambert against ABC

Washington, D.C. – On November 24, 2009 Liberty Counsel (www.LC.org) posted a press release on their site stating the has filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission against the American Broadcasting Company (“ABC”) for airing an outrageously lewd and filthy performance by Adam Lambert on November 22, 2009 during the 2009 American Music Awards. Among other things, Lambert simulated oral sex, simulated digital penetration, simulated sadomasochistic conduct and engaged in homosexual open-mouth kissing.

Prior to going on-air, Lambert explained that his motive went beyond performing. According to the Associated Press, Lambert “wanted to break down a double standard that existed where female performers are often sexually provocative while men don’t do it that often.”
ABC’s reaction was to promote Lambert’s indecent acts. While the network edited portions of another performer’s number for the West Coast’s viewing, only one small portion of Lambert’s performance was removed. ABC actually teased and touted the rest of his actions as “what everyone will be talking about tomorrow.” This shows that it was Lambert’s obscene sexual conduct, not his vocal performance that ABC used to promote its show.

Anita L. Staver, President of Liberty Counsel, remarked: “The performance by Adam Lambert clearly crossed the line. ABC should be held accountable for airing this indecent and offensive performance. ABC promoted Lambert’s performance to boost its ratings. Now ABC should have to pay a hefty penalty to the FCC for assaulting its viewers with a debased performance by Adam Lambert.”

Those wishing to contact ABC about this decision can write to ABC, Inc., 500 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91521. ABC can also be reached by calling (818) 460-7477, or you may contact ABC on the web at Audience Relations Department.

Editor Note: Adam Lambert music sounds great, may be he should have not done the performance on ABC TV network because he is not establish yet. Here is Adam’s music link: http://www.ilike.com/artist/Adam+Lambert/photo/578669814?set=322636



Monday, November 16, 2009

Danicar Bergancia is the winner of Los Angeles Local Celebrity Singing Competition

By Esteban “Steven” Escobar, Diversity News Staff
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On Sunday, November 15, 2009 six contestants competed to win at Los Angeles Local Celebrity singing competion. The event was produced by California Talent agency and it was held from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm at Eleven Night Club in West Hollywood, CA.

The event judges were international dance/pop recording artist, songwriter, dancer and performer, Arnold G, recording artist, songwriter and performer Fawn and singer and songwriter Kris Searle.

“I feel great, it is a great experience and it shows the local community that there is talent everywhere in this city.” Said Danicar Bergancia of Long Beach, CA and the winner of LA’s Local Celebrity singing competition. She concluded “I wanted to take a chance and see if I can accomplish winning the competition and see if my talent can get me further on this industry.”


Los Angeles Local Celebrity Singing Competition contestants were Thallon Rose, Ivan Estrada, Adrian Reyes, Danicar Bergancia, Dil Reyes and Vanessa Simon. November 15, 2009 winner is Danicar Bergancia and she was selected by the majority support from audience fans.

The winner of this contest received $200.00 cash, also will have the opportunity to open up the 10 week competition starting after the New Year.

Event organizers hope to do it again and will be held auditions on 11/21, 12/5, 12/12, and 12/19, 2009 from 2 pm to 4 pm outside on the Club Eleven patio. Contentants must bring a headshot or photo and must have at least 2 songs ready to sing acapella. The competition will begin on 1/17/2010 and more info will be available via the Eleven Club website and California Talent agency at http://www.eleven.la & http://www.caltalent.net

Tish Tha Dish Roberts celebrates her birthday bash with friends and fans

Story by Steven Escobar, Diversity News Staff
Photo by Mohamed H. Ali for Diversity News
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The loudest event of the year 2009 was full of fans, business sponsors and friends celebrating Rock Star B-Day Bash and Charity Phasion Show, for Tish “ThaDish” Roberts benefiting The Salvation Army. The event was held at the Hollywood Billiards on Saturday, November 14, 2009 from 9:00 pm to 2:00 am.

“Yes I do feel like I was able to accomplish my goal of bringing together a really "Diverse" group of people to come and enjoy each other without any prejudges. We literally had a multi-cultured crowd with various age ranges and sexual orientations. We all networked, sang, danced and supported our community by coming together for non-profit "The Salvation Army".” Said Tish “ThaDish” Roberts, Actress, Choreographer, Personality, Host and Model.

Around 10:15 Tish “ThaDish” Roberts welcome her fans, sponsors and friends for coming to the event. Then she introduced DJ Noj, Mr. Munk and the sponsors.

Jody Banks-“ known as The West Coast Bombshell” was the first to perform and then follow by Ben Rombouts featuring Rodney Allen Rippey, The Martianz, Barris Kennedy Overdrive, Asphalt Messiah and D.I.E.

The fashion show was held from from 11:30 pm to 12:00 am, the fashion show designers were by P.H.unk X by Parris Harris, Heather Petrey and Afreaka creations.
The Raffle was hosted by Ginger Snappz & Beverly Fairfax. The cake was cut at midnight and the birthday song was sang. DJ Mr. Monk played from midnight until the end. Event co-hosts were Beverly Fairfax, Ginger Snappz, Ken Doll Johnson and Maryjane Green.

"321 Promotions" as a promoting partner feels like the event was a total success. We had approximately 150 people at the show. I know that time are tough, but I was glad to see that "Tish Tha Dish" Roberts was able to assemble such an "eclectic and eccentric" group of people from our own Los Angles community to come and help to support the non-profit, "The Salvation Army". Said Rita Mar.

Per event producers during the course of the entire event they had about 100-150 people. The raffle generated a total of $345.00. The Salvation Army will receive a check for $155.00. The event have over 15 different sponsors for the charity raffle.

“Rock Star BirthDay Bash and Charity Phasion Show,” was produced by Classy & Sassy Par Tease in association with Punk Mail and PhasionTV.

About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 129 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to http://www.salvationarmyusa.org


About Tish “ThaDish” Roberts:
Tish “ThaDish” Roberts, is known as a one woman entertainment wrecking machine. Have been performing, choreographing, and writing for over 20 years. Her career has progressed and expanded in the fields of modeling, standup, and voice over work. Tish “ThaDish” Roberts is feature on “In Coming2Hollywood Season 2” as one of the up and coming personalities and a cast member of “Ding Dong Show” at the Comedy Store in Hollywood every Monday night. Tish “ThaDish” Roberts is the Principal/CEO of Classy & Sassy Par Tease, a company available for your parties and entertainment events needs. For more information you can email: lmissambious@aol.com for prices. You can visit her Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/tish.roberts1 You can add Tish “ThaDish” Roberts to your LinkedIN professional network with the above email address and follow her on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/TishThaDish

Editor Note: Diversity News Publications our parent company of Diversity News, a consumer news magazine was one of the event sponsors. DIVERSITY NEWS PUBLICATIONS is honored to feature the following photographers for their hard work. They donated some of the photos to Diversity News Publications sites and if you need to hire them please click on slide show for contact information. Special Thank you to Nelson Shen, Mohamed H. Aly and Francois Palais for the photos.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Oliver Tolentino and Michael Herrera headliners at FASHION LOS ANGELES PARTY

By Steven Escobar, Diversity News Staff
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Circus Disco Club was the place where about more then 200 fashionistas admires and lovers gathered to witness Fashion Los Angeles Party on November 7, 2009.

It features fashion designer OLIVER TOLENTINO’S 2010 Spring Summer Collection & HAUS OF ''M'' by Michael Herrera, a designer of contemporary men and women's line composed of sleek lines, progressive graphics and eco blends. A special presentation by Carmela Leelin of BODY PAINT WORK.

“My dresses are one-of-a-kind and made-to-order. We cut, sew, and embroider everything by hand. When I say by hand, I literally mean stitch by stitch. So, sometimes, it takes several months for just one garment to be finished.” Said Oliver Tolentino to the AsianJournal.com who feature him on The Asian Journal MDWK MAGAZINE cover story published November 4, 2009.

The event presented live performances by upcoming sensational star Lianna Gutierrez and Monti Montanez, former member of the group Menudo who will release his CD this coming 2010 year.

“The LA fashion party was fabulous. It showcased Filipino talent at its finest-2 young singers to open and close the show, and the young Ricky Martin with his good looks and amazing energy.” Said Richie Selva who attended the event.

Mr. Selva concluded “The first collection of Marc Herrera was fun and sporty, the creations of Carmela Leelin was provocative and colorful, and the finale with Oliver Tolentino's creations simply took the audience's breath away, as one collective gasp came after another as each gown was paraded. Tolentino is the new Valentino!”


At the entrance of the club they have the red carpet where designers, celebrities and personalities were able to take photographs. The event had a VIP area on the second floor where guests were able to eat and drink something before the show.

The event was held in Hollywood at Circus Disco Club located at 6655 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood, CA. from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Lots of photographers and media/press outlets covering the event.

The event production team were: Vic Perez: Director, Rhonda Saul and Daisy Diamante; Producers, Archie Barcelona; Choreographer, Jill Pineda and Lainie Lauron; Production Staff.


Sources: AsianJournal.com Special thanks to Tone Maxi, Celebrities Make-up stylist who invited me, Richie Selva, Jill Pineda and Lainie Lauron.
Photos and Video by Esteban “Steven” Escobar, Diversity News. © 2009 By Diversity News Publications(http://www.diversitynewspublications.com/) and Diversity News Productions. All Rights Are Reserved.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Tish “ThaDish” Roberts Birthday Bash and Charity Phasion Show benefiting The Salvation Army

Personalities and artists attending: Beverly Fairfax, Ginger Snappz, Tish “ThaDish” Roberts, Ken Doll Johnson, Maryjane Green, Heather Petrey, Sarah Cruse, DJ Munk, DJ Noj, LaShan and more.
Hollywood, CA October 25, 2009 Classy & Sassy Par Tease in association with Punk Mail & PhasionTV officially announced “Rock Star Birthday Bash and Charity Phasion Show,” for Tish “ThaDish” Roberts benefiting The Salvation Army.
“One of the main purposes of this event is to serve as a reminder to all of us that, even though we may be going through tough times, there is ALWAYS someone who is suffering more that you are. We are all a community rich or poor and we are all human beings. The Salvation Army has been around for decades and has helped so many families in crisis. I believe that if it is in your financial ability to help someone less fortunate than yourself, than do it. Sometimes in life there are situations beyond your control and you just need someone to give you a hand.” Said Tish “ThaDish” Roberts, Actress, Choreographer, Personality, Host and Model.
The event will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2009 from 9pm to 2am at the Hollywood BILLIARDS 5750 Hollywood Blvd Hollywood, CA 90028. This event is for 21 and plus only.
The Hollywood BILLIARDS telephone is (323) 4650115.
“Again with the economy the way it is, the nonprofits are really suffering. In compiling such a "Diverse" group of entertainers, artists and sponsors to celebrate my birthday, it is my intention to bring back a sense of caring and compassion for your fellow man regardless of race, sex, age, ethnicity, economic status or sexual orientation. We are all in this world together. We should all learn to love, tolerate and understand each other.” Ms. Roberts concluded.

The event main host and guest of honor is Tish “ThaDish” Roberts including co-hosts Beverly Fairfax, Ginger Snappz, Ken Doll Johnson and Maryjane Green. It features designer and fashion coordinator Parris Harris.
This is a benefit to help raise needed money for THE SALVATION ARMY, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. “Rock Star BirthDay Bash and Charity Phasion Show,” is produced by Classy & Sassy Par Tease with Punk Mail.
Some of the event sponsors are: Well Connected Gear, Le Dame Footwear, The 5 Signs DJ Crew, Zena Day Spa, David Kahn Jeans and Beyond Belief: Honeymoon at Burning Man the movie.

About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 129 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to
http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/

About Tish “ThaDish” Roberts:
Tish “ThaDish” Roberts, is known as a one woman entertainment wrecking machine. Have been performing, choreographing, and writing for over 20 years. Her career has progressed and expanded in the fields of modeling, standup, and voice over work. Tish “ThaDish” Roberts is feature on “In Coming2Hollywood Season 2” as one of the up and coming personalities and a cast member of “Ding Dong Show” at the Comedy Store in Hollywood every Monday night. Tish “ThaDish” Roberts is the Principal/CEO of Classy & Sassy Par Tease, a company available for your parties and entertainment events needs. For more information you can email: lmissambious@aol.com for prices. You can visit her Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/tish.roberts1 You can add Tish “ThaDish” Roberts to your LinkedIN professional network with the above email address and follow her on Twitter at:
http://twitter.com/TishThaDish

About DIVERSITY NEWS PUBLICATIONS:
Diversity News Publications, is a public relations firm specialized in Advertising, Design, Marketing, Printing & Public Relations services who combines all sources in one. Diversity News Publications publishes Diversity News Hollywood, Diversity News Online, Diversity News Los Angeles and Diversity News, a consumer news magazine. For more information you visit web site at
http://www.diversitynewspublications.com/
For PRESS/MEDIA CONTACT: Esteban “Steven” Escobar, Media Relations Specialist
DIVERSITY NEWS PUBLICATIONS (213) 3219408 Email: diversitynews@hotmail.com

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Ricki Lake is the new Queen of the 22nd Annual West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval

Story By Esteban "Steven" Escobar, Diversity News Staff
Photo By Alex Palomares, Diversity News Photographer
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Thousands of hundreds of people gathered to celebrate on October 31, 2009 in the City of West Hollywood, CA the 2009 Halloween Costume Carnaval. The event gives the opportunity to revelers to express their selves. It was held from 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard in West Hollywood.

“I’m to bring honor and dignity to the streets of West Hollywood.” Said Ricki Lake, Actress, personality and Queen of the 2009 West Hollywood Costume Carnaval.
She concluded: “Elton John and now me, this is my America, this is our WEHO.”


Actress, Emmy-nominated television personality and independent filmmaker Ricki Lake was crowned the new Queen of the 22nd Annual West Hollywood Costume Carnaval 2009.
She received flowers and even the key of the City of West Hollywood from The Mayor Abbe Land. The Coronation of the Queen was held approximately at 8:30 p.m. on the “Arcade Stage” located at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and San Vicente Boulevard. The honorary titles of “Queen of the Carnaval” is a highlight at the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval, with the coronation taking place in front of more than 250,000 anticipated revelers.

Event organizers expected almost a half million of revelers at the 22nd Annual West Hollywood Costume Carnaval 2009. The event is known as largest national Halloween celebration in the world. It attracts all kinds of people from all over the USA and even outside the USA. The event is celebrated by all kinds of revelers with their families, their kids, teens and even their dogs.


While Ricki Lake was receiving her Crown, La Toya Jackson serves milkshakes at store named: Millions of Milkshakes located at 8910 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA. She was serving her milkshake brand drink and ice cream benefiting AIDS Project Los Angeles.

Executive hosts for the event were the West Hollywood City Council and it was produced by Authentic, and entertainment and experiential marketing agency. For more information about the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval visit www.weho.org/halloween or the West Hollywood Marketing & Visitors Bureau http://www.visitwesthollywood.com/

Display photo by Alex Palomares, Diversity News Photographer. First slide show photos by Alex Palomares, Diversity News Photographer. Second slide show photos by Esteban “Steven” Escobar, Diversity News Staff. Photos can be use with permission from the publisher.© 2009 by Diversity News Publications (www.diversitynewspublications.com). All Rights Are Reserved.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Recording artists united as one to perform at Hand in Hand Benefit Concert to help the flood victims of the Philippines

By Esteban “Steven” Escobar, Diversity News Staff
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On Monday, October 19, 2009 A&G Records in association with Philippine Aid Society held Hand in Hand Benefit Concert – Typhoon Emergency to help the flood victims of the Philippines.
The recording artists the performed were Earl, Jezda, Kris Searle, Jael Gadsden, Fawn, Asha Puthli, Stuart Guest, Rob C and Arnold G.
“Arnold, thank you so much for all the work that went into organizing this. I also appreciate all the artists who pitched in and volunteered their talent. Wish I could have been there.” Said Tim Troutman, Executive Director of the Philippine Aid Society.
Per A&G Entertainment Productions they raised $508 and few bags of clothing and food. $500 can feed a village of people in the Philippines.

The event was from 9pm to 11pm and held at RAGE RESTAURANT & NIGHT CLUB, a popular dance club in the city of West Hollywood, CA.

“Hand In Hand Benefit Concert was a splendid evening of FANTASTIC entertainment. Clearly you poured your heart & soul into having everything turn out so well. You really got you...job done.... And, made a BIG difference for those suffering in the Philippines.” Said Tom Emberson.



First the artists took some photos on the red carpet. The show started with a montage video, produced by Brian LeBow, “Carry On”, song was on the background of the video which is written and sung by Arnold G. The Silk Sisters (Aeriel) were first to open the show, then Stuart Guest, Kris Searle, Jael Gadsden, Lotonius Earl, Jezda, Royalty hip hop dancers, Fawn, Rob C, Asha Puthli, Brake-Dancers and then Darion Movasseghi, drummer ended the show. The event was hosted by Elaine Lockley-smith.

“Hand in Hand Benefit Concert - Typhoon Emergency.” was sponsored by A&G Records, RAGE, Parris Harris and Diversity News.

About Phillipine Aid Society:
Philippine Aid Society is a non profit organization which is organized to provide a variety of charitable services in the Philippines. They are a small organization and their management staff consists entirely of volunteers.For more information you can visit there website at http://www.philippineaid.org/

Photos are courtesy of A&G Records, Parris Harris and Diversity News. © 2009 By Diversity News Publications (www.diversitynewspublications.com). All Rights Are Reserved.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

CARLA LAEMMLE Celebrates her Centennial & Honor Gala

Story By Esteban “Steven” Escobar, Diversity News Staff
Photos By Alex Palomares, Diversity News Photographer
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CARLA LAEMMLE celebrates her 100th Birthday & honor gala with friends, peers and family members. Carla was honored and recognized of her work on October 20, 2009 at The Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, CA.

More then 500 people attended the event. Carla received honors and birthday wishes from very reputable politicians, friends and celebrities. Some of the wishes came from former first ladies and President Bush. CA Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Los Angeles mayor; Antonio Villaraigosa including others acknowledge her with great honor and recognition for the contribution to our society. Carla was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution.


“It was an honor to host a party for Carla Laemmle. She's one of the last living silent film stars, and that's amazing. But what's more, her family sacrificed so much to save Jewish refugees during World War II. She's led an extraordinary life. And she knows how to party, even at 100.” Said Carla's friend & event host Tom Tangen.

He continue “Carla was moved during the video presentation. The video featured clips of her various films including"Dracula" with Bela Lugosi and"The Phantom of the Opera" with Lon Chaney. The crowd cheered, the mayor and governor sent commendations for her. She was thrilled.”

At the end Carla thank every one who were present and who send her wishes. Then later she walked to the reception area with Tom Tangem.

“There were 500 in attendance, which is a compliment for any star. But especially for a woman who has lived 100 years in Hollywood, and has as broad and diverse a resume as any diva in Tinsel town.” Mr. Tangen concluded.
The event was hosted at The Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, CA and sponsored by Famous Monsters Of Filmland, Universal Studios & American Cimematheque At The Egyptian.



Per Elusive Entertainment CARLA LAEMMLE was “One of the oldest living silent film stars, and the first ever to speak in a talking horror picture, Dracula (1931), Carla Laemmle returns to her original Phantom of the Opera stage at Universal Studios-- the studio that her uncle Carl Laemmle founded. Carla spent her childhood on the Universal lot and was the prima ballerina in the 1925 version of Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney.”

She was recently celebrated with a lifetime achievement award at the Southern California Motion Picture Council. Carla is a follower of Buddhist philosophies, and a survivor of the McCarthy Black List era. Carla Laemmle sheds light on Hollywood, then and now.

For more information about CARLA LAEMMLE you can visit: http://www.amongtheruggedpeaks.com/

EDITOR NOTE: Esteban “Steven” Escobar of Diversity News wants to officially thanks again Tom Tangen for the VIP invitation. It was an unforgettable event. Also thanks to Kristen Snyder, Managing Editor of Famous Monster of Filmland for the help and recognition to me and Diversity News. Last but not least to CARLA LAEMMLE “HAPPY BIRTHDAY.” When I went to thank Tom for the VIP invitation, I wished her Happy Birthday and she was so sweet. Sources: Tom Tangen, Elusive Entertainment Productions and special thanks to The Famous Monsters of Filmland (video footage), Robert Aragon (video footage) , The American Cinemateque ,The Egyptian Theatre, Mike Donaghue ,Inge Jaklin, Bela Lugosi Jr., Universal Studios and The Southern California Motion Picture Council.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

30 thousand walkers including celebrities and politicians take part of the 25th Annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles 2009

Above photo by Alex Palomares, Diversity News Photographer
On Sunday, October 18, 2009 more then 30 thousand walkers including celebrities and politicians took part of the 25th Annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles. The walk started from 10 am to 2pm in West Hollywood, CA at the West Hollywood Park: The route start was from San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and ended at Melrose Avenue & San Vicente Boulevard.

“I feel like experience that I had with AIDS WALK LA 2009 has definitely made a major impact on my life. First and for most, I want thank both Esteban “Steven” Escobar and Diversity News for encouraging me to become a part of this momentous and historical event. The energy of the crowd was electric. There were so many "Diverse" people taking part in this event including families with small children. Everyone was very positive and ready to become a joined voice in getting the word out about AIDS/HIV awareness. I also commend the support of the crew that works for the organization. They made sure that all of us participants were well hydrated and properly nourished throughout the event. They even cheered us on and made us feel special for participating. There were also DJ's and live musical performances that help to keep our energy up to endure the walk.” Said Tish “ThaDish” Roberts, actress, model, host and choreographer and Diversity News #3960 Team Leader for AIDS WALK L.A. 2009.

Rain or Shine the streets of West Hollywood were full of caring and passionate people the walked with their friends, co-workers, their kids, couples and even dogs. The walk is 10K (6.2 mile) and walkers received a Certificate of Completion at the end of the walk. The Total 2009 Funds Raised: $3,146,206.00.

Ms. Roberts continued “I loved the experience of the event. In my personal opinion, it was all about being selfless of your time, energy and having compassion for human life. I am a total advocate for the advancement of not only social change, but of us as a people fighting to regain a better quality of life by staying healthy. This requires us not only becoming educated regarding serious or life threatening diseases, but to remain vocal in demanding that cures are still a priority for the proper channels to facilitate.”


Some of the celebrities and notable figures at AIDS Walk LA event included “Desperate Housewives’”

Felicity Huffman, Kathryn Joosten, Charlie Carver, and Maiara Walsh; “Weeds’” Mary-Louise Parker;
“Battlestar Gallactica’s” Trica Helfer and Katee Sackhoff; “General Hospital’s” Julie Marie Berman,

Sonya Eddy, Fiola Hughes, Kent King, Kimberly McCullough, Minae Noji, and Jason Thompson;
“Girls Next Door’s” Crystal Harris, Kristina and Karissa Shannon; Aaron Carter (“Dancing with the Stars”); Candis Cayne (“Dirty Sexy Money”); Wilson Cruz (“He’s Just Not That Into You”); Maria Da Silva
(“CNN Hero” Award Recipient); Lashinda Demus (Olympian Hurdler and 2009 USA Outdoor
Champion); La Toya Jackson; Ricki Lake (“Charm School with Ricki Lake”); Pauley Perrette
(“NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigation Service”); Ashley Roberts (“Pussycat Dolls”); Daniela Ruah
(“NCIS: Los Angeles”); Darryl Stephens (“Noah’s Arc”); Boo Boo Stewart (“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”).
Also, Zelda Rubinstein (“Poltergeist”) and George Takei (“Star Trek”), who both attended the first
AIDS Walk, were present at the milestone event.

“ I definitely plan on walking next year and every year after that. I am a "Lifer". This is such a worthy cause and this non profit deserves all of the support it can get. I will remain a supporter and do my best to continue to get more people involved in the AIDS walk.” Ms. Roberts concluded.

Since AIDS Walk Los Angeles was establish, they has raised more than $66 million for APLA and other Los Angeles County HIV/AIDS service organizations.

The speakers were Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks co-founder, APLA board member, and AWLA sponsor, who spoke on behalf of APLA. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land spoke about the current HIV/AIDS crisis in Los Angeles and about the importance of the community’s response. Including, Jeffrey Crowley, President Obama’s Director of the office of National AIDS Policy, spoke about the national AIDS strategy.

Diversity News#3960 Team of Diversity News Publications was once again part of this year AIDS Walk LA event. They recruited 32 team members and raised $445.00.

AIDS Project Los Angeles:
AIDS Project Los Angeles, one of the largest non‐profit AIDS service organizations in the United States, provides bilingual direct services, prevention education and leadership on HIV/AIDS‐related policy and legislation. With more than 25 years of service, APLA is a community‐based, volunteer‐supported organization with local, national and global reach. For more information, visit apla.org.

AIDS Walk Los Angeles:
The world’s first such event, AIDS Walk Los Angeles was created in 1985 and has raised more than $66 million for HIV programs and services throughout Los Angeles County. The event launched the nationwide AIDS Walk movement and has grown into one of the largest AIDS fundraising events in the country.
Over 25 years, more than a half million participants, many of whom were members of corporate and community teams, have raised crucial funds for AIDS Project Los Angeles and over a dozen other AIDS service organizations. For more information, visit www.aidswalk.net.

About MZA Events:
MZA Events was founded in 1984 by Craig R. Miller and his organization
of activists. Miller is the originator of the AIDS Walk fundraising model and has produced
hundreds of fundraising events – large and small – generating more than $350 million for major
AIDS organizations throughout the country and the communities they serve. For more
information, please visit www.mzaevents.com.

About DIVERSITY NEWS#3960
Diversity News #3960 Team has been participating since 2003 to the present with AIDS WALK LOS ANGELES to raise money for a great cause that helps others and to give back to the community where they live and do business.

About DIVERSITY NEWS PUBLICATIONS
Is a public relations firm specialized in Advertising, Design, Marketing, Printing & Public Relations services who combines all sources in one. Diversity News Publications publishes Diversity News Hollywood, Diversity News Online, Diversity News Los Angeles and Diversity News, a consumer news magazine.
For more information you visit web site at http://www.diversitynewspublications.com/ or follow on Twitter at:
http://www.twitter.com/eediversitynews

First slide show photos by Esteban “Steven” Escobar, Diversity News Staff. Second slide show photos by Alex Palomares, Diversity News Photographer. Photos can be use with permission from the publisher.
© 2009 by Diversity News Publications (www.diversitynewspublications.com). All Rights Are Reserved.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

“Hand in Hand Benefit Concert - Typhoon Emergency" To Help With AID For The Philippines

Hollywood, CA --- October 14, 2009 A&G Records in association with Philippine Aid Society announced Multi-talented recording artists Lotonius Earl, Jezda, Kris Searle, Jael Gadsden, Fawn, Asha Puthli, Stuart Guest, Rob C and Arnold G to perform live at "Hand in Hand Benefit Concert - Typhoon Emergency."

"To be honest, I can't take credit for the idea. This was Arnold G's initiative. When he approached me about doing the concert, I was all for it because I could tell he had a heart to help the Philippines" Said Tim Troutman, Executive Director of the Philippine Aid Society.
The event will be held on Monday, October 19, 2009 from 9pm to 11pm at Rage Restaurant & Bar 8911 Santa Monica Blvd West Hollywood, CA 90069. Telephone: (310) 652-7055.
He continue "I hope it will raise awareness for the Philippines and the serious need they have there. I also hope to raise some money because every dollar raised translates directly into emergency items for the victims."
Event will be hosted by Rana Davis, popular long time hostess and emcee in Southern California.
This is a benefit concert to help raise awareness and needed funds to help the victims of the devastating floods the occurred on September 26, 2009. The Manila metro area was pummeled by Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy) which resulted in the worst flooding the Philippines has seen in over 40 years. Some are calling the storm the "Katrina of the Philippines." Nearly 699 people have lost their lives and countless thousands have lost everything they own. To be sure, millions of Filipinos, living in one of the poorest countries in the world, were deeply affected by this tragedy in the Phillipines. All proceeds will go to the Philippine Aid Society a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

The goal is to raise $100,000. That will go a long way to restoring family housing, getting medicine, food and clothing to those in direct need in the Philippines.

"Tens of Thousands of people in Manila and surrounding areas have lost everything they own. We can't give it all back to them, but this money raised will go to help them survive and recover from this tragedy." Concluded Troutman.
Also donations of clothing and can foods will be accepted on location, as well at: Manila Forwarder: 4323 Eagle Rock Blvd, Unit 313, Los Angeles, CA 90041 Telephone: (323) 478-1599. Cash donations are being encouraged and will be managed directly by Tim Troutman, Executive Director of the Philippine Aid Society, with offices in the United States (North Carolina) and in the Philippines (Kamuning, Quezon City).

Red carpet is schedule to start at 8:30pm. The show will start from 9pm to 11pm.
Event is free, but $10 donation is recommended for the cause.
"Hand in Hand Benefit Concert - Typhoon Emergency." is sponsored by A&G Records, RAGE, ParrisHarris and Diversity News.

Courtesy video from Brian LeBow of LeBow Media shows images on the devastating floods. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvliwFfCig8 Event flyer is posted at http://www.philippineaid.org/2009/10/arnold-g-hollywood-fundraiser/ and http://diversitynewspublications.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/Philippine-Aid-Society-Flyer-October-19-2009-RAGE-in-WEHO-copy-JPEG.jpg

About Phillipine Aid Society:
Philippine Aid Society is a non profit organization which is organized to provide a variety of charitable services in the Philippines. They are a small organization and their management staff consists entirely of volunteers.
For more information you can visit there website at
http://www.philippineaid.org/

About Diversity News Publications:
Is a public relations firm specialized in Advertising, Design, Marketing, Printing & Public Relations services who combines all sources in one. Diversity News Publications publishes Diversity News Hollywood, Diversity News Online, Diversity News Los Angeles and Diversity News, a consumer news magazine.
For more information you visit web site at http://www.diversitynewspublications.com/ or follow on Twitter at:
http://www.twitter.com/eediversitynews

Sources: A&G Records, LeBow Media, Phillipine Aid Society, Diversity News Publications, YouTube, Facebook.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

DIVERSITY NEWS WELCOMES TWO NEW FACES ALEX PALOMARES AND LINDA KRONGOLD TO THE TEAM

Hollywood, CA --- October 13, 2009 Diversity News Publications officially announced that Alex Palomares has joined as Exclusive Special Events Photographer and Linda Krongold as New York Correspondent of Diversity News Publications.

“I am very happy to welcome Alex Palomares & Linda Krongold to the Diversity News Family Of Companies.” Said Esteban “Steven” Escobar, Executive Editor-In-Chief of Diversity News, published by Diversity News Publications. He concluded. “I hope that you will treat, cooperate with, and respect them the same or even better than me to perform their duties and trust them with their media coverage.”
Alex will be taking photographs for the following blogs Diversity News Hollywood, Diversity News Online and Diversity News Los Angeles and some videos for our Diversity News Channel on YouTube. He will also be the photographer for the main site Diversity News, a consumer news magazine published by Diversity News Publications.

“I want the opportunity to gain experience, and to grow within a credited established company like Diversity News. Also, be part of something I believe in.” Said Alex Palomares, Exclusive Special Events Photographer of Diversity News.

Alex Palomares became part of Diversity News Publications effective October 10, 2009. He resides in Lancaster, CA and works during the day in the Hotel and Resorts industry. He come to Diversity News with very high recommendations from well known leaders in the media and political industry.

He concluded: “I want to utilize my skills in a positive way, on top of learning new skills to take with me in the future.”
Alex Palomores' first special assignment is to walk with the Diversity News#3960 team for AIDS WALK LA 2009 and at the same time cover the event for possible feature on Diversity News Publications sites.
“I enjoy meeting and learning about diverse kinds of people. I also love reading and writing. As a high school teacher, I have decent English skills, and feel I can help as a proofreader. Diversity News Publications is fun, upbeat, and current, and I would love to be a part of that”. said Linda Krongold, NY. Correspondent for Diversity News.

Linda Satloff Krongold became part of Diversity News Publications team effective October 9, 2009.
Linda Krongold resides in NYC. She is a teacher for the NYC Board of Education during the day, and during her free time she will be writing, proof reading, reporting and contributing as a correspondent for Diversity News Publications.
“I would love to help the Publication in any way I can. I also love meeting new people and making new friends, both of which I think will happen as part of working here!” She concluded.

Linda first official assignment with Diversity News Publications was to proof read DRIVEN Straight To The Dance Floor CD Review which it was published on Diversity News, a consumer news magazine and Diversity News Hollywood, published by Diversity News Publications. She has also covered and written about American Idol Season 8 runner up Adam Lambert.

About Diversity News Publications:
Is a public relations firm specialize in Advertising, Design, Marketing, Printing & Public Relations who combines all sources in one .
Diversity News Publications parent company is E.E. and Diversity News Publications Enterprises who owns Diversity News Productions, Diversity News Printing Services, Diversity News Publishing, Diversity News #3960, Diversity News Magazine & Revista Diversidad.


For more information visit web site at http://www.diversitynewspublications.com

Friday, October 9, 2009

EXCLUSIVE: “DRIVEN Straight To The Dance Floor”

ALBUM MUSIC REVIEW:“DRIVEN Straight To The Dance Floor”
By Esteban “Steven” Escobar, Diversity News
By Linda Satloff Krongold, Proof Reader Special For Diversity News
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After listening over and over again for almost three weeks, I finally can write a music album review for “DRIVEN Straight To The Dance Floor” by Arnold G.
Arnold Garcia is his real full name, but as an international dance/pop recording artist, songwriter, dancer and performer, he is well known as “ARNOLD G.”
DRIVEN Straight To The Dance Floor is Arnold G’s 12 tracks complete album. It was released in 2006 by A&G Records, and manufactured and distributed by IRIS Distribution.
DRIVEN Straight To The Dance Floor is a Trance, Dance, House, Electronica, Ghetto and Pop album.
The album CD focuses on giving the listener a message that means something. The listener can perhaps relate to it, and try to drive himself to the next level.
Some of the songs got my attention because of the meaning of the lyrics.

Arnold G Demo Reel

On the GRind MySpace Videos


For example, “LAND OF ECSTASY,” at the beginning sounds mysterious and tense, but I got the message that you do not need to take Ecstasy to listen to music.

“GIVE IT TO ME BABY,” is clearly a dance fun song to enjoy when you and your partner are in a good relationship. Another song that provides a message is “ANGEL EYES.” It sounds good and has great rhythm, but it is a sad lonely song that tries to tell and give you a message that Meth (drug) is not the solution to life’s problems.

Clearly, “OCEAN DREAMS” sounds like you have lost somebody that you used to love. For those of you who want to show your ex-partner that you do not love him/her any more, “I’M NOT IN LOVE,” is the perfect song to play or dedicate. It is beautiful and romantic, with great vocals, sounds and an excellent mix.

“FEEL THE BEAT,” “I WANT TO DANCE,” “TRIBAL OF THE WORLD,” “CAN YOU FEEL IT,” and “DANCE TO THE BEAT,” are different house styles. By listening and dancing with these songs you can feel hot and the electric with energy. When you hear the mix of special sounds, and the drums effect, the lyric’s meaning and rhythm will make you dance all over the dance floor. Another song that gives the listener a great message is “OUR RAINBOW.” The meaning and sounds with the excellent background singer Janel Wagner is an amazing duet it brings love and DIVERSITY.

Finally, last but not least, “CARRY ON,” is a pop song written by Arnold G and the music composed by Claudio Collino. The message is for depth and passion. We’ve lost many to terminal illness and seemingly insurable diseases. The song’s sound is clear. Remembrance, awareness, courage and hope are part of the cure. Once again, this has great vocals with a great message.

Arnold G’s new singles sneak previews of two songs from his 2008 single CD promos are “I’M FREE,” and “YOU GOT ME HOT.”

“I’M FREE,” is a ballad song with a very clear message. It talks about how to help deal with life circumstances and free you for being a victim in general. “YOU GOT ME HOT,” featuring Jezda, is a pop single with four different styles such hip-hop, dance, funky, groovy and house mixes.

It doesn’t matter what kind of music you listen to. What it is important always is the message in it. I wonder if all special sounds can be heard live in a concert because I would love to live that amazing, unforgettable experience. The songs are written and performed by Arnold G. Arnold G is a member of ASCAP.

Arnold G hit the right target with his album title “DRIVEN Straight To The Dance Floor,” because it makes me, and will make you, want to sing and dance. I love the special effects, the different songs, the rhythm and most importantly the unique amazing message in each song which makes it a diverse album. I would highly recommend buying his CD because we can learn a lot from his message. His lyrics are so poignant mixed with high-energy music along with his soulful voice; it gives so much meaning to the song. His dance and performance abilities, will take you to the next level of appreciation. I highly recommend buying his concert’s ticket and have an unforgettable lifetime experience.

I can feel and see his passion for his music and how he entertains his audiences; he puts so much emotions and feelings to everything he touches. Arnold G's vocals have so much soulful and smooth rhythm. The only problem is that some of the songs are too long. According to Arnold G, it was purposely done for DJ friendly. DJ needs time to mix one song to another. It explains why the majority of hit songs are from 5 to 7 minutes long. This is why some of the songs are extended. In my opinion, the CD should be formatted to radio ready instead of DJ friendly. It should be kept at a minimum of 4 minutes, but no more than 5 minutes. I have to agree with other music reviewers that a couple of the songs style sounds were alike. I think the robotic voice doesn’t express his natural actual voice. Which I rather hear more of his natural voice. I feel Arnold G voice got melted along with other instrumentals. But, I still love his music and lyrics and I recommend to all of you to buy his music because you will love it. And as the title says DRIVEN Straight To The Dance Floor.

Recently Arnold G’s song “I Want To Dance” was considered for BEST DANCE RECORDING on the 52nd Annual Grammy Ballot. In 2009, Arnold G has been placed on the Official Ballot for the 51st Grammy Awards with 6 entries; Song Of The Year", Best New Artist, Best Male, Pop Vocal Performance, Best Dance Recording - I'm Not In Love" and "Ocean Dreams", Best Rap/Sung Collaboration Arnold G featuring Jezda - "You Got Me Hot", and Composing/Arranging Claudio Collino & DJ Paul E, arranger (Arnold G) for I'm Not In Love. In prior years, Arnold G was placed on the Official Ballot for the 2008 Grammy Awards with 2 entries in the following categories "Record Of The Year" and "Album Of The Year"!

For more information about Arnold G tours, events, videos, public appearances and new releases please visit http://www.arnoldg.com/, http://www.myspace.com/arnoldg, http://www.reverbnation.com/arnoldg, http://www.youtube.com/arnoldg, and http://www.agrecordsmusic.com/

You can purchase his music at iTunes, Amazon, Napster, MSN, AMIES ST, Dance Record (DR), Hot-MP3, Yahoo, XYZ MP3, Rhapsody and other major digital retailers. You can also purchase his CD exclusibly at CDbaby.com.

Arnold G also has a fan page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/arnoldgmusic and follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ArnoldG_Music
To buy Arnold G’s music you can check CD Baby at http://cdbaby.com/cd/arnoldg. It is at available on all major digital retailers such as: iTunes, Amazon, MSN, Yahoo Music, Napster, Rhapsody, AMIE, XYZ MP3, Dance Records, Hot-MP3



ABOUT ARNOLD G:
As for Arnold G, his music consists of Dance, House, Hip Hop and even Ballads. He has performed for audiences ranging from 1000 - 30,000 people in Eastern Europe, Canada and throughout different parts of the USA. He knows how to work large audiences and is a professional that can be trusted to deliver amazing shows to his audiences.
On top of the excellent quality of our shows, we have an extensive mailing list a large fan base of about 10,000 personal contacts, as well as our fans from Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, ReverbNation, OurStage and SoundClick.

Arnold G, the Grammy Ballot Recording Artist, was born and raised primarily in Camarillo, California. This is where dancing and singing got its’ foothold into Arnold G’s heart. Since his father was a Dancer and his Mother was a Singer, he learned that music could take him anywhere he wanted to go, especially when he became homeless at thirteen. At this young age, Arnold G decided he would not let his circumstances determine his fate, so he continued to go to school, while delivering papers and fixing electronics, just to have enough money for food and clothing.
While in high school, no one knew of Arnold G’s situation, because he continued as if nothing was wrong, by joining sports and the choir. As Arnold G became more involved with choir, he would sing and dance at the school performances "The Entertainers", earning him the title, “Dr. Dance!” Even though, Arnold G loved the attention from his friends, what made him the happiest, was that his mom would miss other obligations, just to come and see him perform.

After high school, Arnold G modeled for a while and became a professional dancer for major icons in the Music Industry. But even that didn’t seem to quench Arnold G’s thirst for life and music. He then began singing, after his mother passed away. Arnold G started taking voice lessons and singing at Karaoke bars to build up his confidence. All of a sudden, he started to win contests and sometimes, the audience members would pay the KJ or him to sing special songs. This created a Musical Master.
Once Arnold G saw that music was his destiny, he created his first CD, “Driven: Straight to the Dance Floor” and began performing with professional dancers. Arnold G became The First Male Madonna, owning the stage and his audiences, as he toured all over Eastern Europe, Canada, and the US, including shows at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. His futuristic nature; his sense for entertainment; and his exotic looks are taking him places that he has never been before.
Now, looking to tour Japan and to lead the revolution of bridging Japanese Entertainment with America, Arnold G also wants to leave a musical legacy in the US. Arnold G has started AG Entertainment Productions (AGEP) to create all the projects that are floating around in his head. Arnold G’s shows will hit Hollywood and Las Vegas and hopefully in the future, replace the Blue Man Group with his Trance Warrior and Ocean Dreams shows.

Arnold G is so passionate about making a difference through music and creating an awareness, that he has become an Activist, that not only helps other Artists, but "Hearts and Minds" on this website explains how he helps people who struggle with health issues; mental, physical or emotional. That’s why he wrote songs, such as “Carry On,” for people with AIDS and cancer. He also wrote “I’m Free,” to help people let go of the past, so they can move forward without the baggage from their prior life challenges. “Angel Eyes,” is another song that he wrote, as he saw how Meth and other drugs took over people’s lives.

But Arnold G’s giving doesn’t even stop there; he also has a soft spot in his heart for children, as he knows that change starts with them. That is how the show “Madam” became the talk of the evening at The International Family Film Festival Awards Ceremony. Arnold G put together this dramatic performance for a non-profit organization called Freshi-films and Freshi-flix, and was a key factor in raising awareness and money for the after school program, which teaches children how to shoot film.
With all that said, you know Arnold G is embarking on new territories of creating music and contributing to society in some big fashion. Keep your eyes posted on this one. Arnold G is worthy of your time and attention.

Sources: www.arnoldg.com, billboard.com, msn.com, facebook.com, Amy Breunig and myspace.com

Editor Note: Arnold G biography is courtesy of Amy Breunig of Breunig Publishing, 2009. Photos and videos are courtesy of Arnold G & A&G Records. EXCLUSIVE: “DRIVEN Straight To The Dance Floor” music album review is written by Esteban “Steven” Escobar and proof read by Linda Satloff Krongold of Diversity News, a consumer news magazine published by Diversity News Publications. Linda Satloff Krongold resides in Brooklyn, NY. She is a Speech teacher for NYC Board of Education during the day and during free time she will be writing, proof reading, reporting and contributing as exclusive special correspondent for Diversity News Publications. If you would like to comment or contact Linda please feel free at her email:andmeljar@aol.com © 2009 By Diversity News. All Rights Are Reserved.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

CARLA LAEMMLE CELEBRATES HER 100TH BIRTHDAY WITH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS







Los Angeles, CA – On October 6, 2009 Famous Monsters of Filmland announced the American actress, Carla Laemmle, niece of Universal Pictures founder Carl Laemmle, will be celebrating her 100th birthday with her family and friends at the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles, California on Tuesday, October 20, 2009. The Cinematheque at the Egyptian is located at 6712 Hollywood Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90028. She will be presented with Lifetime Achievement Awards by Tom Tangen, Inge Jaklin and Dr. Udo Bayer.

Special invited guests include Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Marvin Paige, Ray Bradbury, Leonard Maltin, Rick Baker, George Clayton Johnson, Sara Karloff, Bela Lugosi Jr., Leonard Neubauer, Scott MacQueen, Gloria Stuart, Earl Hamner, Lupita Tovar, Bob Burns, Ron Chaney, David Skall, and others.

Carla Laemmle’s birthday is a celebration of over eight decades in cinema. The actress has lived a most extraordinary life, growing up on her uncle’s Universal lot and witnessing the early years of Hollywood’s growth. At just 16 she was the prima ballerina who danced in the Lon Chaney classic The Phantom of the Opera (1925). She also spoke the first lines in Universal’s first “talkie movie” Dracula (1931) starring Bela Lugosi, the classic horror film that established the beginning of Universal Pictures’ success and legacy in popular horror films. Carla Laemmle is now the last surviving cast member of both films.

Laemmle continued to star in small roles until the late 1930s and recently became the subject of two biographies titled after her immortal opening lines. The first is a written biography by Rick Atkins called Among the Rugged Peaks: An Intimate Biography of Carla Laemmle. The second is a film biography, Among The Rugged Peaks, by actor, producer, and director, and interviewer, Tom Tangen, a red carpet favorite who has cataloged over 2,000 celebrity interviews. The film, edited by Emmy-winning Mary DeChambres, will debut in 2010 from Elusive Entertainment [AmongTheRuggedPeaks.com].

In May 2009, Carla Laemmle also co-authored a book with Daniel Kinske, Growing Up With Monsters: My Times at Universal Studios in Rhymes, detailing her experiences growing up on a motion picture studio lot. The instant hit offered an introduction by sci-fi legend Ray Bradbury and illustrations by Jack Davis and Hermann Mejia. Sponsored by Famous Monsters of Filmland and Universal Studios, the VIP private, invitation- only event will begin at 4:30pm with a dinner followed by special events. After-dinner celebrations include Carla Laemmle’s Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony, a ballet performance organized by Famous Monsters of Filmland’s Robert Aragon, musical performances, a speech from the birthday girl, and concluding with a coffee and birthday cake social hour featuring live piano.

About Famousmonsters.com:
Famousmonsters.com is a cutting edge online portal for all things relating to genre entertainment. Visitors to the site will experience a rich and multifaceted world comprised of videos, games, contests, shopping, social networking, and news.

About FAMOUS MOSTERS OF FILMLAND:
FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND (words and distinctive lettering design) is a registered trademark of Philip Kim. Reproduction or use of the FM name or logo in any manner, including but not limited to internet "tribute" sites without express prior written permission from the trademark owner is strictly prohibited. All contents of website ©2008 Philip Kim.

For more information visit: www.famousmonstersoffilmland.com

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Screen Actors Guild Declares October “Diversity Awareness Month”

Los Angeles — Screen Actors Guild announced on September 29, 2009 that it has declared October “Diversity Awareness Month.” For decades, SAG has been a leader in advocating diverse hiring of underrepresented groups, including ethnic minorities, women, seniors, LGBT actors and performers with disabilities in the entertainment industry.
While the Guild works year round to advance issues of employment diversity, it is shining a spotlight during October on the efforts of its Affirmative Action & Diversity Department, as well as the union’s various diversity committees comprised of SAG members.
“Screen Actors Guild historically and consistently has strived for fairness and diversity both within our Guild and the industry at large,” said Interim National Executive Director David White.

“We are continuously working to make a difference toward a more representational, multicultural community,” White said. “I encourage all of our friends in the creative community to work toward a more diverse and accurate media landscape and invite them to participate in our diversity events in October and throughout the year.”

“Screen Actors Guild’s membership is made up of diverse actors,” said SAG Ethnic Employment Opportunities National Committee Chair Sumi Haru. “It is the media’s responsibility to be a reflection of its diverse audience and our members deserve a fair opportunity to be employed. While we’ve certainly seen improvements in this area over the years, SAG continues in its quest to fully make the media reflective of the American scene.”

In October, SAG will release various diversity-based reports and videos via SAG.org, including the highly anticipated Casting Data Report. This analysis of hiring statistics based on ethnicity/race, age and gender is an instrumental tool used by the entertainment industry.

“Diversity issues in the workplace, such as equal employment and representation as well as prevention of harassment and discrimination, impact all employees on a daily basis,” said National Director/Senior EEO Counsel of SAG Affirmative Action & Diversity Rebecca Yee.

The month features a dozen events either sponsored by SAG or where SAG members are participating in an effort to make visible those who are invisible in media. A full list of events is available online here. SAG kicked off its celebration on Monday, Sept. 28 with the National President’s Task Force on American Indians Membership Caucus where SAG National President Ken Howard addressed the Guild’s American Indian membership.

Additional highlights of the month include:
Oct. 7 – Out in Hollywood III: The Rise of the LGBT ActorIn celebration of National Coming Out Day, SAG National LGBT Actors Committee and GLAAD present a panel of LGBT actors, director-producers and casting professionals to explore the challenges and opportunities of being out in entertainment. Featuring Mad Men’s Bryan Batt, Oscar-winner Dan Jinks, Emmy-winner Paris Barclay, and more. SAG James Cagney Board Room, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10 & 11 – National Equality March in Washington, D.C. SAG National LGBT Actors Committee leads a group of members, staff and allies marching for full federal equality for LGBT people.

Oct. 19 – 18th Annual Access Awards Los Angeles County Commission on Disabilities and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will present an Access Award to the tri-union (SAG, AFTRA, AEA) I AM PWD campaign for its “leadership, commitment and outstanding contribution for advancing equality and access for people with disabilities.” Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens, Downtown Los Angeles

Oct. 24 – The Hollywood Disabilities ForumThe tri-union I AM PWD campaign, in partnership with WGAW Writers with Disabilities and Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts, presents an executive industry conference on accuracy, inclusion and access of people with disabilities in entertainment. UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

About SAG:
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

IN/SIGNIFICANT OTHERS movie premier and John Schwert interview


By Esteban “Steven” Escobar, Diversity News Staff
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After a successful world premiere last weekend at the 25th Boston Film Festival and winning for Best Screenplay, as well Best Film at the Charlotte Film Festival this past weekend In/Significant Others is a movie the portray relationships.

Esteban “Steven” Escobar of DIVERSITY NEWS is honored to feature John Schwert, writer, director and producer of IN/Significant Others with the coordination of Jenn Allison from Earth Xstasy Entertainment. With his busy schedule John Schwert took some time to answer some of my questions.




DN: What do you hope to accomplish with this movie?
JS: Since the film mostly deals with relationships, husband and wife, boss and subordinate, siblings, friends and/or lovers, I wanted to explore how manipulation influences those relationships and to expose it in such a way that audiences could see two different types of manipulation: direct or overt manipulation as well as unintentional or subconscious manipulation.

JS: In writing the script, I came up with and a handful of realistic characters that I could introduce manipulation to and follow its effect on their relationships: a soldier that returns from Iraq to discover his wife was raped, a brother who struggles to keep up with a successful sibling, a nurse with a drug-addicted sister, and a woman having an affair with a married friend; as well as a set of circumstances that bound all of them together, the homicide investigation.

DN: What is the message?
JS: I also thought it was important to manipulate the audience in how they follow the characters and interpret the story, hence the cameraman and sound boom guy who interview everyone as the story progresses. The way in which we cut between their “video” interview footage and the main “live-action” narrative is a continuation of the manipulation theme. The key was to avoid it from becoming melodramatic or cheesy, but rather to keep it truthful and interesting, and in the form of a dramatic thriller.

DN: The purpose?
JS: I really want audiences to take away from the film the fact that manipulation does in fact exist in all relationships, whether someone is directly lying to someone else or their manipulation is masked in fear, or even in their subconscious and they can’t acknowledge it, it still exists. This is of course in addition to the idea that it is possible to make great narrative films without spending millions of dollars.

DN: Where will be the movie been shown? Premier parties?
JS: Had its world premiere last weekend at the Boston Film Festival and won for Best Screenplay, as well as won Best Film at the Charlotte Film Festival this past weekend.
In/Significant Others also had successful screenings at the Kansas International Film Festival and the Port Townsend Film Festival, and will screen in October at the Black Swamp Film Festival, and then in December at the Bahamas International Film Festival.

DN: If people need more information about the movie, where they can go? websites?
JS: For more information you can visit them on Facebook under IN/SIGNIFICANT OTHERS to see the trailers and become a fan of the film, as well their official site: www.4wproductions.com.
Please visit us on Facebook to see the trailers and become a fan of the film, as well as our official site: http://www.4wproductions.com



About John Schwert
He is a writer, director and producer.
Growing up in Western New York, John Schwert graduated from St. John Fisher College in 1997 with a business degree in marketing and advertising. Schwert relocated to the Carolinas after college and began working on the popular WB television show Dawson’s Creek. He subsequently entered the corporate world and began working in marketing, branding and advertising at two of the nation’s top five banks. While his days belonged to working within the corporate realm, his nights and weekends were split between freelancing on local independent films and acquiring his Masters degree from Queens University . In 2004, John Schwert then left his corporate job behind to adapt, direct and produce his first feature-length motion picture.

Among Brothers was based on the actual events surrounding the death of Jennifer Morgan, who was murdered in 1994 at Francis Marion College . Filmed in Charlotte over 24 days in September of 2004, the entire movie was financed by a second mortgage on Schwert’s home. Since its premiere at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, the feature film went on to play 17 film festivals, winning awards at the Houston World-fest as well as the Southern exposure Film Festival, and picking up great reviews and a fan-base along the way (www.amongbrothers.com).

In 2006, Among Brothers was released domestically by Vanguard Cinema (85 minutes, English) and internationally by Oasis International, who acquired all of the foreign rights and is selling the film internationally from 2006 through 2011. In May of 2007, Among Brothers and John Schwert were the basis for a two-hour Dateline NBC special titled Scenes From A Murder based on Jennifer Morgan’s still unsolved murder (www.msnbc.com).

John Schwert’s success with Among Brothers led to more work for the filmmaker. In 2005, he was hired by Columbia Pictures to work on Talladega Nights and then by Dreamworks for Eddie Murphy’s comedy Norbit. Schwert spent 2006 and 2007 working under producer Judd Apatow (40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up) on the feature films Super Bad, The Pineapple Express and Step Brothers. In addition to producing over a dozen short films, Schwert has worked on a variety of other projects in recent years, including commercial work for Pytka and MJZ Productions, Disney, Sprint/Nextel and NASCAR, and television work for Sony and ABC.

In keeping with his goal to produce and direct more Carolina feature film projects, Schwert established North Poplar Pictures, LLC in 2008 and announced production of his next feature film, In/Significant Others, a multi-narrative drama that navigates through the different lives of one city’s residents, each of whom is connected to the same local homicide investigation (www.insigothers.com).

The ensemble cast of characters includes an Iraq War vet returned home to an emotionally disturbed wife, a new father living in the shadow of a successful older brother, a sister caught up in a web of addiction, and a cameraman who attempts to exploit the reality behind all of their stories, or at least his version of them. The search for truth becomes a life and death struggle as the subtle manipulation of all relationships is exposed in this dramatic thriller.

The cast for In/Significant Others includes: Burgess Jenkins (Remember The Titans, One Tree Hill), Andrea Powell (Songcatcher, The Limbo Room), Scott Miles (October Sky), Keith Harris (Junebug), Brian Lafontaine, Mark Scarboro, Brett Gentile, and Tiffany Montgomery.

A New York native, Schwert splits his time between Los Angeles and Charlotte, NC, which is home to his company Fourth Ward Productions, and where “In/Significant Others” was shot in 2008. The ensemble cast includes a variety of film and television actors, all with North Carolina roots.

About Jenn Allison:
Currently holds double college degree- BA in elementary education and psychology. Post Grad- acting, writing, and producing.

About Earth Xstasy:
Earth Xstasy Entertainment was created to be a dynamic marketing resource for people who are passionate about achieving their professional goals. For more information you can visit site at http://www.earthxstasyent.com/

Photos and movie trailer are courtesy of John Schwert and Fourth Ward Productions, Inc. © 2009 By Fourth Ward Productions, Inc. All Rights Are Reserved.

Note: Esteban “Steven” Escobar and (http://www.diversitynewspublications.com)Diversity News, a consumer news magazine, published by Diversity News Publications wants to thanks John Schwert for the interview, photos and movie trailer. Also to Jenn Allison for making this interview possible.

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