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:
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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.
www.freetheslaves.net

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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Think About it!...Get Involved...TAKE ACTION!!!!

Check out the slideshow below:

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Los Angeles 2010 Full Figure Fashion Week(end)

The Los Angeles Full Figure Fashion Weekend took place on Oct 28- Oct.30 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel. It was definitely a FULL weekend... Full of Beauty, Class, Style, Fashion, Panel Discussions, Entertainment by the Lovely Kelly Price, Stars and much more. Here is a recap of FFF Week(end) hosted by Creator/Producer Gwen Devoe. Sponsors included the Fabulous Cher Rue, Sonsi, Sealed With a Kiss Designs, Marinello School of Beauty and many more. The Curvy Fashionista herself Miss Marie Denee was in the house. Celebrity guests included Judge Karen Mills-Francis, Kim Coles, Alana Chandler, Cher Rue, Kelly Price, Lon MQ and Vernetta Jenkins. These are some video re-caps of the FULL-filled Weekend!!


Video by Hips And Curves with Celebrity Models Lola Parker, Samantha Davis and Yatta Smith just to name a few...HOTTT!!!



Video by Sonsi Woman



Video from Plus Size Magazine



IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel



Introduction by Gwen Devoe shot by Cher Rue


Presented by Curves and Chaos

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Hot Comedienne Luenell Arrives in Chilly Baltimore


Hot chic comedienne Luenell reports that she has arrived safely in chilly Baltimore. Lu is on the East Coast for the premier of the film '35 and Tickin’ Luenell co-stars in the flick with Meagan Good, Keith Robinson, Mike Epps, Clifton Powell, Jill Marie Jones, Nicole Ari Parker, Tamala Jones, Darius McCrary (partial star studded cast).



Kym Whitley, stars and executive produces. Russ Parr directs.



It is rumored that the President may attend the East Coast premiere to be held at The Lincoln Theatre. Just in case, Luenell had a special dress designed by famed fashion designer Angela Dean. Luenell is skidded to return to sunny LA for the West Coast premier to be held November 17th at Raleigh Studios. Word is she is making a list of her closest friends to support her on the big night in Hollywood. Luenell remains an "in-demand" comic with bookings coast to coast.



Source: ISA PR

Photo Credit: William Hanford Lee Jr.