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!