Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Kids Shine at The 6th Annual Kierrah Foundation Holiday Extravaganza





(Hollywood, CA)- It was all about the kids at The 6th Annual Kierrah Foundation Holiday Extravaganza which took place on Wednesday Dec. 22, 2010 at The prestigious Celebrity Centre located in Hollywood, CA. This Red Carpet, star studded holiday celebration was for the benefit of The women and Children of The Kierrah Foundation. There was a fabulous fashion show coordinated by Hollywood's Most Notorious Fashion Coordinator, Parris Harris.  The Kierrah Kids and Kierrah Star Models rocked the runway with The Sidney Collection, Designs by Kevin James and Stoned Out Design T-Shirts by Latacha Knighten that were specifically designed for each child that attended the celebration.

Grand Performances by Rising Sensation Roxy Darr, Actress/Hip Hop Artist Lil Nay Nay, Singer Ayanna Stokes, Maya and Mandy of Heroine December and Legendary Singer/Songwriter Brenda Lee Eager along with her very talented grandsons The Simmonds Brothers. Miss Roxy Darr was dressed just like the Holiday Barbie that was on the flyer for the Holiday Extravaganza! The kids and adults were in awe of just how gorgeous she was.

The event was hosted by young stars brother and sister Carla and Carlon Jeffrey. The red carpet was hosted by Hip Hop artist Rashaun Peters.

Brandy Sanders,Founder of The Kierrah Foundation presented an The Kierrah Angel of the Year Award to Actress Parker Mckenna Posey for all her hard work, dedication and commitment that she has put forth with the foundation.

Starmaker David Harrison Levi came to the stage and announced that he will be honoring Brandy Sanders with The 2010 Citizen of the Year Award which took place Thursday December 23, 2010. What a exceptional way to celebrate the birthday of the holiday angel herself, Brandy Sanders. Happy Birthday rang out all over the Celebrity Centre soon after David Harrison Levi stepped down off the stage.

The Celebrity Centre was a magic holiday castle decorated so perfectly for Holiday Cheer. There where 4 tables filled with toys and there were some great women's gifts and certificates that were so graciously donated by Natalie Harper and NBC Universal.
 
Celebrities  who came out to support The Kierrah Foundation included Actress and Reality TV Star Sensation Tiffany "New York" Pollard, Actor Charyse Monet, Star Maker David Harrison Levi, Carla Jeffrey, Carlon Jeffrey, Lil Nay Nay, Parker Mckenna Posey, Ayanna Stokes, The Simmonds Brothers, Brenda Lee Eager, Celebrity Stuntwoman/Actress April Weeden Washington, Child star Kiera Washington,  Actor Exie Booker,  Hip Hop RaShaun Peters, Plus Size Supermodel Norva Michelle Williams, The 2011 Ethnic World Queens and many more.

Without a doubt a night of true Holiday Joy!

Special appreciation to the Celebrity Centre for hosting such a remarkable event!!

Special Thanks to our Holiday Angels: Shana Meyerson, Joseph Johnson & Stella, Lynne Bieh, Katherine Abernathy, Chrisena Coleman, Zoe Vincent Kimberly Fowler, Bucky Rogers, Javelyn Clevett, Howard Henley, Carla Dorhan Spiller, Christine Haymond, Sharon Ann Smith, Debra Hall, Jeff Lawson.  We could have pulled it off without your support.

And a Very Special to The Kierrah Foundation's sponsorship Coordinator Revina Thomas for her endless support and dedication.
 
Look at the millions of pics from an evening of giving

Justin Time with Chuck


In just recently celebrating over 20 years of service in the beauty industry, the name Justin has been said millions upon billions of times over. That is exactly what owner of Just In Time Hair Salon , Charles “Chuck” Walker wanted.  Justin is Chuck’s son who he lost to Cancer when Justin was only 7 years old. Chuck fought, kept his faith and believed and through all the pain, hurt, and stress he is now an icon in this industry. Chuck opens up and shares his struggles, his family history, his secrets and even gives some helpful tips. It is a story of triumph that comes Just In Time!

Photo credit: Vinnie Ratclif
Where are you from?  When did you move to California?
I am from Arkansas and I moved to California in 1982

When did you get into the industry?
I was licensed when I at 13 years old.

How did you become interested in hair?
I had 5 older brothers who were barbers and my Dad was a barber in the Navy.

So when did you open your first shop?
I opened my first shop in 1990. Just In Time ! My shop is a tribute to my son that I lost to Cancer when he was just 7 years old. His name was Justin. He passed away in 1990. I opened up my shop the same year that he passed.

What is your motivation and your drive to continue to push forward in what you are doing?
Since I lost him, I managed to keep my faith and strength. My wife and I have managed to produce triplets.  Since I lost Justin, I was blessed 3 times over with triplets.

How old are your triplets?
They are 17 years old. 2 boys and a girl.

Do you have any celebrity clients? If so who are they?
I do.  Jon B, Eric Dickerson,  Stevie Wonder has been through, Meshach Taylor, Eric Lauderville,  Warren G, Isa Hall, VP Motown Exec Frank Wilson, NFL Derrick Harden just to name a few.

Do you have any words for any young men who are trying to get into the industry right now?
The first thing to do is go to school and get certified then you go and work under someone to learn the business. There is a big difference between being a businessman and being a hairstylist. Most people think they are the same. There are 2 separate entities to the business.  If you are going to open up a shop, you need to know both.  If you are not established, I would not recommend you open a shop right now unless you have awfully strong finances. The economy is struggling so bad right now.

Do you have a specialty that makes you stand out?
My Shop is a family shop. We are open 7 days a week.  That gives us an ability to provide service when other people cannot.  It makes a big difference. Our doors are always open. We serve men, women and children.  We serve all nationalities. We do not discriminate.

So you do accept walk-ins right?
Yes we do accept walk ins

 What else are you into besides hair?
I do distribution of products as well. I work with health care products. I feel that the hair can’t look and feel as healthy if the body is not healthy. I recommend health care products and hair care products to compliment our services.  They intertwine with each other.

 Can you recommend some products both hair and health for me and the readers to use?
I have a product from a manufacturer called “Nioxant.”  It is a non-discriminating across the board shampoo and conditioner. All nationalities can use this product.  If you use this product, it is impossible for you to have a dandruff problem. This product is designed to grow your hair. It is the most amazing product that I have experienced. It actually saved my business at one point.  It can be used on your entire body and not just your hair.  It will give you a lifestyle that you have never had before. It is designed to detox your skin.  If you wash your face with it, it will provide you with a mini facial.  It goes into the follicles and pores and lifts out all toxins.  It is an amazing product because it is the only one out there that does what it does.
It can also be used for a full body massage. You have to actually experience it to believe it.  It has really embraced and changed people’s lives.

How long have you been distributing and using this product?
About 6 years

Can you discuss the importance of being a family man?
I currently have 2 nephews who work with me in the shop. I am the youngest of 10 kids. My mom passed in 93 and my Dad passed in 99. I had one sister and six brothers who all have been in the beauty industry at one point.  The main reason why I wanted to open this business is so that Justin will not be forgotten.  I wanted his name called billions and billions of times, so I have to come up with a concept or an idea to make that happen.  That is the type of relationship I had with him. I did not take it lightly and through my attitude and disposition, I was blessed with triplets. At one point, I wanted to run, I wanted to give up but at the end of the day I realized there was no place to go.

What is an affirmation that you live by everyday?
Keep my businesses going and that I can take care of my family.

How do you maintain such positive energy?
I think hair salons and barber shops are the cornerstone of the community.  They are places where people can go , relax, be  and express themselves regardless of what lifestyle they lead and not be judged.  They all have this one common denominator.  I think that is very important for people to know and understand.  If there are not barber shops and hair salons, then there is not a meeting place specifically in the black community.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Vinni Ratcliff, famed Hollywood photographer says goodbye to Teena Marie by releasing his last shot of her to her fans

Los Angeles, CA, Monday, December 27th, 2010 -- Vinni Ratcliff, famed Hollywood photojournalist has been shooting celebrities for more than twenty five years. Upon hearing of Teena Marie’s passing, like the rest of Hollywood and the world he was shocked.  Vinni had just taken photos of the diminutive star on October 10th, 2010 at Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Diva’s Simply Singing concert held at the Saban Theatre. There he captured Teena Marie and her beautiful daughter Alia Rose on the red carpet and backstage, as one of only two photographers allowed in the  backstage green room area.

Vinni recalls that Teena Marie was always warm and accommodating at photo requests.

Vinni is deeply sorrowful over her sudden death.  He describes his sadness as being “in a hole” and revealed to his publicist, Eugenia Wright that he had to get away to "the water" (beach front) to compose himself.

 Vinni Ratcliff is sharing his last shot of Teena Marie taken with her daughter Alia, to the media and to her fans.  Over the years he has compiled many photos of the R&B superstar.

Source: Eugenia Wright @ ISA PR www.isapublicrelations.com
Photo Credit:  Vinni Ratcliff

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Stars Come out for The Best of The Best II Hip Hop Showcase and Awards

If you are a true hip hop fan, you missed a night of ultimate hip hop. I am talking about the Best of The Best II Hip Hop Showcase and Awards presented by King Ryan Events.
There was fresh and raw talent exploding all across the stage on Saturday, December 11 at the Vanguard in Hollywood!


Actor/Media Mogul Eric Zuley was the presenter of the winner of the Best Hip Hop Album and winner to artist Skeet. Eric hit the red carpet with beautiful beauties on his arms, Maxim Models Vanessa Rey and Bianca Renee.

Bianca Renee, EZ, Vanessa Rey, Ricoshade & Charyse Monet

The Cameras could not stop flashing on the man and his gorgeous dates!


Crooked I and Eric Zuley

The house was packed!  Sitting in VIP rocking to the beats along with EZ, Bianca and Vanessa was non other than Legendary Hip Hop Artist Crooked I, Radio Talk Show Host Maryam Shepardson, Hip Hop Artist Ricoshade,  Rising Star Thr33zy, NCIS Arthur Edmonds and Actress Charyse Monet. Ez was not only rocking to the beats but he was also showing off his dancing skills.. He is a multi-talented MON-STAR!!!



For more info about the Best of The Best II please go to www.kingryanevents.com.

You know you can find EZ all across the net. Here is his blog  www.ericzuley.net   


Hip Hop Won't Stop!!!! Hip Hop Lives!!!

M.M.P.A. 10th Annual Hoiday Toy Drive

Holiday Angel and President of the Multi- Cultural Motion Picture Asscociation, Mr. Jarvee Hutcherson hosted the 10th Annual Holiday Toy Drive Extravaganza at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA on December 9th.



There were tons of toys and donations given for disadvantaged children.The Beautiful Christmas tree sat on stage with the many toys that would light up any child's world.  The amazing show was hosted by Sam Phillips. There were some wonderful performances by Heroine December, Raz B, Christopher Michael and many more performers donated their talent for the cause.

Celebrity Supporters included Celebrity Stuntwoman/Actress April Weeden-Washingtom, Actor/Media Mogul Eric Zuley, Actress Charyse Monet, Child Stars Kierra Washington and Jordin Gould,  Founder of the Kierrah Foundation Brandy Sanders, The Chocolate Bunny, Artist Pasqual  just to name a few.

Tis the season of giving!!!!






Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Celebrity Stuntwoman/Actress gives Teddy Bear Love for the Holidays

                                                              James Thomas and April Weeden-Washington 
Celebrity Stuntwoman/Actress/Singer April Weeden-Washington hosted a Teddy Bear Fundraiser for The Janice Denise Thomas Foundation on December 7, 2010 at Webber's Place in Reseda, CA. April's goal was to recieve 100 Teddy Bears for the children that the foundation serves. Ms. Washington is not only a Stuntwoman/Actress/Singer, she is also a philanthropist with a heart of gold.

The Janice Denise Thomas was established by her brother James Thomas. James was so moved by the amount of Teddy Bear's that were given. 


There was great food and a some live entertainment, with live band and singers. There was even some "bust your gut" comedy in the house which was hosted by Actor/ Comedian Evan Lionel. 


Check out pics from this night of celebration and giving!


















Saturday, December 11, 2010

Charles Walker owner of Just In Time Hair Trends in Pasadena celebrates 20 years in business

Photo Credit:Vinnie Ratcliff
Charles Walker owner of Just In Time Hair Trends in Pasadena celebrates 20 years in business with special guest
Media Mogul Lee Bailey and comic Annie McKnight

Special performance by R&B singer Trueful

Salon with down home atmosphere and a name with a hidden heart-felt message caters to a top tier celebrity clientele such as Stevie Wonder and Pasadena’s urban community celebrates, Sat., December 18th in Pasadena.


(Charles Walker aka Chuck opened his barber shop, Just In Time Hair Trends in Pasadena 20 years ago on December 18th, 1990. The son of an Arkansas barber and the youngest of six brothers who were all barbers, Chuck’s destiny was written in stone. Originally it wasn’t his plan, but his mother stepped in (“She forced me.” says Chuck) and advised that having a skill would ensure employment and food on the table. So, at the early age of 13, young Chuck Walker became a licensed barber in Springfield, Arkansas which he describes as, “Little House on the Prairie.”

Years later, after his move to LA’s metro district in sunny California, Chuck decided to name his own shop located in Pasadena after his son Justin, who tragically died from cancer at the age of 7.  Chuck vowed never to forget his son and as a tribute, Justin In Time Hair Trends was born. Chuck says, “I wanted people to say my son’s name a billion times even though they didn’t know they were saying it.” The thought of this type of memoriam is very heartfelt.

Chuck has never advertised but he let’s the work represent what he does best. He says “Best advertising is self testimony.” Well, word or “testimony” has spread that his barber and salon shop Just In Time Hair Trends is the place to go for the smart urban consumer looking for a precision cut and total hair grooming for men and women.  Among his celebrity clientele include:  Stevie Wonder, Jon B, former Motown VP Frank Wilson, producer/actor                      Eric Laneuville, American football receiver for the Green Bay Packers Derrick Harden, actor Meshach Taylor’s children, actor Isa Hall and many rappers who prefer to remain anonymous.

Celebrity hairstylist Gina Everett (stylist on music videos for Kanye West and Nicki Minaj) services patrons at Chuck’s Just In Time Hair Trends.   

On the day of his twentieth year in business, Saturday December 18th 2010, during Christmas time, Charles “Chuck” Walker will celebrate and honor the memory of his son Justin at his Pasadena salon Just In Time Hair Trends located at 1272 North Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA  91104 @ 7:00PM till 10:00PM in red carpet fashion. There will be champagne, hors d’hoeuvers, live DJ, gifting suite, entertainment and more. Many celebrities will be in attendance including, Media Mogul Lee Bailey, comedienne Annie McKnight, video vixen Suzette Tomlinson, actress Donna Rowe, Pop/R&B singer Trueful, R&B singer Tisto and many others.

For interviews with Charles “Chuck” Walker and or media clearance to the red carpet celebration contact: Eugenia Wright @ ISA Public Relations.com kleopatragirl117@hotmail.com 818.552.9459

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Raven-haired beauty Kim Kardashian launches watch collection

(Photo Credit: Vinni Ratcliff)

Kim Kardashian must have a line of endorsements two miles long and admirers all around the globe. Now Ms. Kim adds another notch by partnering with the Brissmor company (Black-owned business) to launch her own signature watch collection. The launch was held at The Whisper Lounge  @ The Grove in the Fairfax district. Kim looked stunning in a long  black flowing dress.

Kim Kardashian has mega star power which reminds me of a young Elizabeth Taylor.

Caption coverage:  Eugenia Wright aka Kleopatra Girl

Cher Rue Host Holiday Charity Event for Variety


Cher Rue and her celebrity friends came together on Friday, Dec.4th at The Ecco Lounge in Hollywood, CA for her annual Toy Drive/Fundraiser. Cher chooses a charity every year and this year she chose Variety Children's Charity.

It was a night of giving and celebration. With live performances from Jesse Hart, Certified PYT, Nathalie Matthews, Austin Anderson, Vikki Lizzi and Jeff Conway. There was a super hot fashion show coordinated by the Rockstar himself, Parris Harris. The show was hosted by the very funny Johnny V and the beautiful Brooke Lewis.

Celebrity guests to grace the red carpet were 
Aubry Fisher(LA Ink), Jeff Conaway(Grease, Taxi), Vikki Lizzi(Recording Artist, Film and Tv Actress), Brooke Lewis(Ms. Vampy, Scream Queen), Johhny V(Scott Baio 45 and single), Judy Tenuta(Comedian), Bobby Trendy(Anna Nicole Show), CC Perkinson(Actress), Sabrina Parisi(Model), Jesse Hart, Eric Ronald Kandell, Jamie McCall, Erin Murphy(Bewitched), Parris Harris, Fawn(Singer, Songwriter), Said Faraj(The Green Zone), Suniil Sadaragani(Bollywood to Hollywood), Tia Barr(Actress), Al Burke(Mr. Outrageous), Iliana Fischer(Playboy Model), Alana Chandler(Dr. Phils Housewives), Eric Zuley (Actor, Media Mogul), Charyse Monet (Actress), Ricoshade (Hip Hop Artist), Brandy Sanders (Founder of the Kierrah Foundation), Sterling Williams (Designer)  and many more.

Check out some pics below: (Photos by Kamori English Photography)













Monday, December 6, 2010

Tis The Season for Giving!!

Happy Holidays Everyone! Whew, get ready because December is starting off to be a busy month! However it is truly a giving month.  Follow the journey of these extraordinary visionaries as they use their gifts to give gifts. I am not only speaking of toys wrapped in Xmas wrapping paper. I am referring to gifts from the heart. The gift of touching someone's life. The gift of sharing, caring and love! You are going to read about some real life angels, who are making a difference! Happy Holiday!! Let's make it a year of giving for 2011! 



Monday, November 29, 2010

Luenell on comedy over-drive at the Comedy Store

Luenell with Legendary Singer Lenny Williams ( Photo: Vinni Ratcliff)
Luenell has been touring across the country playing at venues in every major city. Recently she returned to the famous Comedy Store in LA for Thanksgiving. Luenell pulled out all the stops and then some as she delivered fresh new material.

Lu is also famous for the funniest ad libs. I don’t think this comedy crack up can speak without making people laugh. Lu’s “dear diary” jokes about her personal trainer are too hysterical for decent words. Comments from the audience included “She is funnier than a mutha….”

Then to top it all off for the crescendo of laughter, she whips out a teeny weenie tiny bikini panty, a gift from her significant. With her full figure, she doesn’t know what to do with it, then a light bulb goes off and she places it on her person in an unimaginable spot.



Luenell is on comedy over-drive and there is no stopping her. With a booked schedule, check out when she is coming to your locale www.heyluenell.com

Celebs in the house included, good friend R&B legend Lenny Williams, Hip Hop princess Dvyne, celebrity fit trainer Kali Muscle, Fiu Fiu Brazilian goddess

Allyson Flores, members of Beyonce’s band, Tony Rock, Limousine mogul Norman Lewis and comedian Mike Epps to name a few.



Coverage: Eugenia Wright

Friday, November 26, 2010

Gina Everett's Red Carpet Grand Opening

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The Hair Doctor Celebrity Stylist Extraordinaire Gina Everett had a Star-Studded Red Carpet Grand Opening at her new location 360 Atelier in the heart of West Hollywood on Friday November 19, 2010.

There were tons of media everywhere
Celebrity guest to grace the red carpet include Esau Mcgraw, Tami "The Lyrical Boxer", Suzette Tomlinson, Tanya Kersey, Trueful, Isa Hall, Dyvne, Kali Muscle, Xango Henry, Donna Rowe, Irene Mama Stokes, Eugenia Wright, Playboy Model Josie Goldberg, Tisto, Ollie E. Brown, Annie Mcknight, Cat Poebe, Ultrame, and many others.

Check out the photos of this grand event:



Also check out my exclusive interview with The Fabulous Hair Doctor:
http://queenbsweet.blogspot.com/2010/10/hair-doctor.html

Friday, November 19, 2010

Donna Tell-A

Donna Rowe is a true beauty who encompasses true brains to back her many talents. She is the woman with a master plan with a limitless journey. Her passion is caring for people which she does effortlessly as a R.N. nurse, which she calls her day gig. However, she would not trade it for anything in the world. Wherever she is at the hospital or on the red carpet, Donna shines ever so brightly. In this interview, Donna discusses being thankful for a strict up bringing, her double life and the hot question, is she dating and what she looks for in her counterpart. She is the Donna Juan with a big heart!
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You were born and raised in Manila. How old were you when you came to the U.S.?
I was about 18 years old.

What is your ethnicity?
My mom is Filipino and my dad is Caucasian however his mom is Italian.

What were some of your challenges growing up being multi-racial?

Growing up in Manila, Philippines, some of the conservatives had an attitude like I am not full Filipino so I am not one of them. Majority of the people are kind –hearted and very accepting. They actually think I am pretty cool. They embrace me and who I am. I look a little different because I am taller than most of the girls in the Philippines. Everything was taught in English in school except for one course that was called Filipino which was taught in Tagalong. They embrace American. They are very westernized.

When did you start your modeling career? How did you get started?

I was actually 16 going on 17 years old. Well I got in trouble with my parents so they took part of my allowance away. My friend told me about this modeling agency and how they were looking for tall girls. I signed up and I started getting contracts on my own. It was actually my mom who took part of my allowance away.

So your mom was very strict? Can you talk a little bit abut that?

She always told me it was a tough world out there. She wanted me to know growing up that I wasn’t this little princess and everything would be all colorful. She exposed me to the real world. It is tough out there. She toughened me up and taught me not to trust everybody right away. She would tell me the truth like it is and not shelter me. She was realistic. She wanted me to know that I was a U.S. citizen and to eventually end up in the United States and living on my own.

Tell me about your web series?

Right now, I am focusing on films. I am also producing a web TV series called “Beverly Hills Fashion and Crimes” It is a detective show that has action in it. It also has fashion infused in the show. There are a lot of detective cop shows out there so I wanted this one to be a little bit different and a little more sexier. I wanted it to be more edgier. Being that I have a background in fashion and modeling, it just works out perfect. It will be premiering in April.

What is the name of the website where we can catch Beverly Hills Fashion and Crimes?

It will be on Cineplexstudios.com.

I have seen you on some runways, How is that experience for you?

I think it is pretty cool that I found myself back to doing some of the same things. I love doing it. I am also designing my own line of dresses. I am not 100% sure of the name but for right now it will be called “The Donnatella Couture.” It is all sketched out. I just have to put everything together. The problem that I have is that I have so many other things going on right now. Actually, the whole line will be featured in the show. I love modeling. It was my way of finding my way back to the entertainment business.

How did you step into acting?

Once I started back modeling and got me face out there my network grew. I got to expand. When people see you and like you, you get a lot of offers. That is what happened in my case. I have always been interested in acting. I am a person who has many different talents. For example dancing and modeling. I think acting brings it to full circle. It is a matter of being focused, hard work and being disciplined about the business (In which I am). It is so exciting. I have a couple of films coming up next year.

Can you tell us about your upcoming films or is it on the “hush-hush”?

I will be in the movie “Chester” and “The Undesirables” to be released in 2011 and 2012. I am not allowed to discuss the other ones.

Are you working on any other projects right now?

Yes, I have a fashion show coming up on December 4th with Cher Rue. It is a Christmas charity event. Parris Harris is the coordinator and I have done work with him in the past. I am doing some work with some people from the East Coast. There is a psychic, Karen Reeves and we will be doing a reading at the Playboy mansion with some of the playmates on November 29th. There is also an event on November 30th with Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna. Their manager’s name is Scott Polluck who is from the East Coast, and he will be getting me on some projects in New York in the spring. I also will be putting a fashion show together for my line, Donnatella Couture. This is all in addition to my nursing. I work 12 hour shifts, 3 days a week.

How long have you been a nurse? What inspired you to get into nursing?

I have been a R.N. nurse for 8 years. Nursing is my first passion. I love helping people. I do a lot of educating. I educate my patients on weight management, weight lose, hypertension, diabetes and other critical health issues. I am a patient advocate. That’s why in being in the entertainment industry, I love participating in benefits that brings awareness such as breast cancer or bone marrow. You have to have a certain type of personality to be in nursing. You have to love people and be patient. I love the duality.

Tell us more about the double life.

It’s Hollywood! It is for show. It is the glitz and glam. I never let it affect me. You hear about people being divas and turning into something else. But what is cool about the duality is that I can always go back to my nursing. It keeps me grounded. You would see me in my geeky glasses, my ponytail and big scrubs. I deal with real people with real problems and real life issues. The people that I work with are very supporting. When I am home alone, I am just quiet. When I am on the red carpet, I put on my persona, you know my character. I am in Hollywood, so I am a performer and an entertainer. When I go back to my nursing, I am a patient advocate. It is pretty cool to do both. One side allows me to express myself and be creative and the other side keeps me real.

How do you find “me” time? Do you meditate?

I try to find time to meditate. I need to do it more often. But it has been really busy. So, I find time in the shower or while I am driving alone.

Do you have a message for young women who would like to step into the entertainment industry?

My message is to be yourself. Don’t be afraid to explore your creative side. It is a tough world out there so be realistic. Know your strengths and weaknesses. Always have a plan A, B, and C. Don’t just go out to Hollywood and know that you are going to be a star. You have to have an education. You have to be able to feed yourself. That is what I did. People ask me why did I start later instead of earlier in Hollywood. I wanted to have a solid background. If this all ended tomorrow, I still have my career. I will never be out of money. Just have a plan. It is important to have a plan and create it to your needs. Not just to talk about but to live it, to do it, to act on it and to keep things real. I have fears like everyone else. The difference is I like to push it. I continue to stretch my boundaries and self limitations. Always believe in yourself.

I am pretty sure a lot of fans would want to know this, Are you married? If not are you dating?

I am not married and I am not dating.

What are the qualities that you look for in a mate?

A lot of my friends look for buff guys, you know the hotties. I am a little bit different. I am attracted to brains of a man. What turns me on is a man that is a smart and a man with a plan. I am not saying that being buff or attractive is a no no. I like a man that is mature and is stable. I love someone with a sense of humor who is passionate about life, who has a word of honor and true to themselves. I like a man who can actually recognize me as their counterpart and respects me as a woman.

WWW.DONNAROWE.NET

Friday, November 12, 2010

Let Fredoom Ring:The 2010 Freedom Awards

Art by Benjamin Swatez

It was a night to remember! A night filled with E's ; Educational, Eye Opening, Entertaining, Excellence and Evolution!!! It was the 2010 Freedom Awards. This year marks the 3rd of such significant events. It all took place at the astonishing Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center in Redondo Beach, CA on Sunday November 7, 2010. Dancing in the aisles was encouraged and the stage was set to explode with colors of life, love, enthusiasm and freedom.

The World Renowned Agape International Choir opened up this event with the most amazing sounds of music under the profound leadership of one of the world's greatest performers. She is also one of last year's honorees, the Musical Director of The Agape International Choir and The Musical Director of this year's Freedom Awards, Rickie Byars- Beckwith.

In addition, other musical legends to hit the stage that evening was Jason Mraz with the Agape Youth Choir as they sung the Freedom Song and Ghana Native Rocky Dawuni along with String Theory.

Academy Award Winner Forrest Whitaker and Actress Camilla Belle presented the first award. The Harriet Tubman Award was presented to JEEVIKA which means life free from bondage. JEEVIKA has helped over 5707 slaves and has grown to over 300 activists that are involved with their movement in ending slavery in Bangalore. The courageous gentlemen who accepted the award were former priest Kiran Kamal Prasad and Shirvanna Puttaiah who was also a former slave. For more information on JEEVIKA, please check out their website www.jeevika-free.org.
Kiran Kamal Prasad

The second award which is named after a great abolitionist William Wilberforce was presented by one of the greatest world spiritual leaders, Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith of Agape Spiritual Center. Roger Plant was the head of the UN-agency International Labor Organization. He counts the number of slaves and the profits made by slaveholders and reports them to government agencies. Mr. Plant's focus is to expose just how great this issue is and what must be done to eradicate it. Although he is retired, he still works as a consultant and an author.


CNN's Meredith Artley and Actor Vincent Kartheiser presented the Anne Templeton Zimmerman Fellowship Award to Journalist/Abolitionist Anne Keehn. CNN will run a series regarding slavery all across the world. Anne Keehn gave her testimony on how she discovered that slavery still exist through her travels and studies. Anne launched the Free The Slaves Blog (FTSBLOG.net). She shared that she wanted everyone to go to the blog and share just one story among their social media sites. She will be a pivotal part of Free The Slaves. Please go to the blog and be a part of the movement, go now to www.ftsblog.net


Power Couple/Activists/Abolitionists/Actors Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore presented the final award to the first U.S. citizen to ever receive the Frederick Douglass Award to Tina Frundt. Tina was a sex slave at the very young age of 14. She now walks the streets of Chicago with a team to rescue young women and girls daily. She stated that she works with girls as young as 11 years old. She founded an organization called Courtney's House where she offers support and even shelter. Tina said she will never stop her work and continue to be a leader in this fight against slavery. For more information on Tina Frundt and Courtney's House, please go to www.courtneyshouse.org
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James Kofi Anan was the 2008 Douglass Award Winner for the remarkable work that he does which is rescue young boys from slavery in his hometown of Ghana, Africa. James was a former slave himself and was sold into slavery at 6 years old. He expressed that due to his exposure from being honored at the Freedom Awards, he has received an out-pour of help for his foundation and kept him safe when he received death threats from slave holders. He continues to move forward and become better in his work. Please go to his website www.challegingheights.org
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Peggy Callahan and Jolene Smith, CEOs and Co-Founders of Free The Slaves said the Freedom Awards is not like any other award show and they were absolutely right. These women along with President & Co-Founder Dr. Kevin Bales have touched so many lives and made a solid impact by creating a voice for an "unspoken," deeply-rooted cause.
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Co-Founder & CEO of Free The Slaves Peggy CallahanCo founder and CEO Jolene Smith (center)

Free the Slaves liberates slaves around the world and assist them with rebuilding their lives. Free the Slaves works with grassroots groups on the front lines of slavery today. Free the Slaves build awareness, influences policy, and researches real-world solutions to end slavery for a lifetime.

The Freedom Rocks After party was the best way to end such an exciting night!! More sharing, more entertainment, being apart of the change and celebrating freedom! There were incredible photography taken by famous photojournalist Lisa Kristine. I had the opportunity to speak with Vincent Kartheiser and he stated that he was touched and looks forward to being a part of the movement.

Other stars who were in attendance: Kwanza Jones, Ryan Devlin, Paul Stanley, Alexandria Breckenridge, Makepeace Brothers, Natasha Alam, Brandy Sanders, Renee O'Connor, Benjamin Swatez, Brenda Lee Eager, Akuyoe Graham and many..many more!!

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It was an honor to be in the room of such diversity, leadership and colors of transformation.

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