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Jennifer Lopez Named World’s Most Beautiful Woman By People Magazine

April 14, 2011 by  
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Jennifer LopezOn Thursday, April 14, 2011 People Magazine (www.people.com) Named Jennifer Lopez as the World’s Most Beautiful Woman. Jennifer Lopez will never have to fear the dreaded bottom three! The ‘American Idol’ judge has been named People‘s 2011 World’s Most Beautiful Woman.
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Despite her success over the years as a singer, actress, and now judge, Jennifer told People that she was excited to top the list. “Rarely am I left speechless, but I feel honored,” she says. “I feel not worthy, you know? I feel happy and proud. Proud that I’m not 25!”

Jennifer believes that her beauty isn’t on the surface but comes from how she feels on the inside. “I think it’s because I have a lot of love in my life,” she tells the magazine. “I feel lucky to be an attractive person, but I’ve always felt that real beauty always comes from your heart.”

Jennifer LopezBut the one thing she wants people to remember? She has to look beautiful and glammed up for her job. “I don’t want anybody thinking it’s easy,” she explains. “It does take time and it’s hard work. HDTV wide-screen is nobody’s friend!”

Other female celebs joining Jennifer as “World’s Beautiful 2011” honorees include Reese WitherspoonJessica Simpson and Emma Stone, while male stars like Zac EfronRyan Reynolds and Kellan Lutz also made the list.

About Jennifer Lopez:
Jennifer Lynn Lopez (born July 24, 1969[1]), often nicknamed J.Lo, is an American actress, singer, record producer, dancer, television personality, fashion designer and television producer. Lopez began her career as a dancer on the television comedy program In Living Color. Subsequently venturing into acting, she gained recognition in the 1995 action-thriller Money Train.

Her first leading role was in the biographical film Selena (1997), in which she earned an ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress. She earned her second ALMA Award for her performance in Out of Sight (1998). She has since starred in various films, including The Wedding Planner (2001),Maid in Manhattan (2002), Shall We Dance? (2004), Monster-in-Law (2005), and The Back-up Plan (2010).

Lopez came to prominence within the music industry following the release of her debut studio album On the 6 (1999) which spawned the number one hit single “If You Had My Love“. Her second studio album J.Lo (2001) was a commercial success, selling eight million copies worldwide. J to tha L-O!: The Remixes (2002) became her second consecutive album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 while her third and fourth studio albums – This Is Me… Then(2002) and Rebirth (2005) – peaked at number two on the Billboard 200. In 2007, she released two albums including her first full Spanish-language album Como Ama una Mujer, and her fifth English studio album Brave. Returning to music with a new record label, Lopez is scheduled to release her seventh studio album, titled Love?, on April 19, 2011. Its single “On the Floor” is currently impacting charts worldwide. Her contributions to the music industry have garnered her numerous achievements including two Grammy Award nominations; two Latin Grammy Awardnominations; three American Music Awards, amongst six nominations; and the estimated sale of over 55 million records worldwide.[2][3][4] Billboard ranked her as the 27th Artist of the 2000s decade.[5] Lending her musical knowledge to others, Lopez is currently a member of the judging panel of American reality television competition American Idol.[6][7]

She led People en Español‘s list of “100 Most Influential Hispanics” in February 2007.[8] She has parlayed her media fame into a fashion line and various perfumes with her celebrity endorsement.[9] Outside of her work in the entertainment industry, Lopez advocates human rights, vaccinations and is a supporter of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.


Sources: MySpace.com, People.comWikipedia

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The Recording Academy New Changes for the 54th GRAMMY Awards

April 6, 2011 by  
Filed under Awards, Breaking News, Featured, FEATURES, Music

Neil PortnowOn Wednesday, April 6, 2011 The Recording Academy announced that it has restructured the GRAMMY Categories across all genres and Fields, bringing the total number of Categories to be recognized at the 54th GRAMMY Awards in 2012, to 78 (from 109). All Fields remain the same.
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The announcement was made this morning at The Academy’s headquarters by President/CEO Neil Portnow, Academy Board Chair Emeritus and five-time GRAMMY winner Jimmy Jam, and Vice President of Awards Bill Freimuth. Additionally, a minimum of 40 distinct artist entries will be required in each Category (up from 25). Detailed information on these and other recent changes may be found at www.grammy.com/announcement.
“Every year, we diligently examine our Awards structure to develop an overall guiding vision and ensure that it remains a balanced and viable process,” said Portnow. “After careful and extensive review and analysis of all Categories and Fields, it was objectively determined that our GRAMMY Categories be restructured to the continued competition and prestige of the highest and only peer-recognized award in music. Our Board of Trustees continues to demonstrate its dedication to keeping The Recording Academy a pertinent and responsive organization in our dynamic music community.” Music Factory Direct For 53 years, The Recording Academy has recognized musical excellence with the GRAMMY Awards — the most prestigious and only peer-recognized award in music — and the awards have grown from 28 Categories in 1959, to awards in 109 Categories for the most recent 53rd GRAMMYs. This growth springs from a tradition of honoring specific genres and/or subgenres within a Field, and it has basically been approached one Category at a time without a current overall guiding vision and without consistency across the various genre Fields. In 2009, The Academy initiated a first-ever comprehensive evaluation of its Awards process, which led to a desire for change. A transformation of the entire Awards structure would ensure that all Fields would be treated with parity. Diligent research, careful analysis, and thoughtful discussion of all Fields resulted in an overarching framework and a restructuring of Categories to 78, and ensures that every submission continues to have a home.

In addition to the restructuring of Categories, two rule changes have been established and four Fields have been renamed. It is now expected that each Category shall have at least 40 distinct artist entries, up from 25. If a Category receives between 25 – 39 entries, only three recordings would receive nominations that year. Should there be fewer than 25 entries in a Category, that Category would immediately go on hiatus for the current year — no award given — and entries would be screened into the next most logical Category. If a Category receives fewer than 25 entries for three consecutive years, the Category would be discontinued, and submissions would be entered in the next most appropriate Category.

The second rule change is regarding voting. Previously, voting members were allowed to vote in up to nine genre Fields plus the General Field on the first ballot and eight genre Fields plus the General Field on the second ballot, including every category within each chosen Field. Now, on each ballot, voters may vote in up to 20 Categories in the genre Fields plus the four Categories of the General Field — which includes Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best New Artist. Additionally, there are name changes to four Fields: Musical Show is now Musical Theater; the Film/ Television/Other Visual Media Field is now called Music For Visual Media; the Gospel Field has been renamed the Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Field; and the Dance Field has been renamed the Dance/Electronica Field.

The Awards restructuring proposal was presented by The Recording Academy’s Awards & Nominations (A&N) Committee — comprised of elected Academy leaders from across the country representing various genres of the music community — and was voted on and passed by The Academy’s Board of Trustees — made up of musicians, producers, engineers, songwriters, and other music professionals. The A&N Committee spent more than a year reviewing, analyzing, and evaluating the GRAMMY Awards process and Categories with great objectivity and fair-mindedness, before presenting its recommendations to the Board of Trustees for ratification. While at times incredibly challenging for each member of the committee to restructure Categories in their own respective genres, the greater purpose of promoting unity within the music community and ensuring that all Fields be treated with parity outweighed natural inclinations to resist change.

Please visit www.grammy.com/announcement for the following resources and detailed information:

  • A Category Comparison Chart (comparing Categories from the 53rd GRAMMYs to the upcoming 54th GRAMMYs)
  • An Explanation of Category Restructuring across all genres
  • A Category Mapper (an interactive feature that will show where to enter submissions under the new structure)
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Upcoming dates and deadlines for the 54th GRAMMY Awards online entry period

About The Recording Academy:
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization’s social networks as a Twitter follower at www.twitter.com/thegrammys, a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/thegrammys, and aYouTube channel subscriber at www.youtube.com/thegrammys.
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Actor Erik Estrada & wife Nanette Mirkovich at LA Fashion Weekend

March 19, 2011 by  
Filed under Entertainment, Events, Featured

On Friday, March 18, 2011 The Gallery Los Angeles presented the L.A. Fashion Weekend at Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood, CA. Mikey Koffman, founder of The Gallery Los Angeles openned the night by welcoming every one to the event.
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Actor Erik Estrada, with his wife Nanette Mirkovich & daughter Francesca were some of the celebrities the attended the red carpet and fashion show. Singer K’Sandra performed and then followed by featured designs from Denim of Virtue, Laguna Beach Jeans Co., Dotrine Jeans, Adiktion and XCVI.

The event started from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm at The Sunset Gower Studios located at 1438 North Gower Street, Hollywood, California 90028. This year L.A. Fashion Weekend was only two days showcasing Fall and Winter 2011 designs.

For last year coverage which featured singer Christina Milian performance and her own C.Milian Eyewear line, click on LA Fashion Weekend 2010.
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About Erik EstradaHenry Enrique “Erik” Estrada[1] (born March 16, 1949) is an American actor, known for his co-starring lead role in the 1977–1983 United States police television series CHiPs.[1] He later became known for his work in Spanish language telenovelas, and in more recent years, his appearances in reality television shows and infomercials and as a regular voice on the Cartoon Network show Sealab 2021.

About The Gallery Los Angeles: Was founded by Mikey Koffman and The Gallery Los Angeles is a full service marketing and event production company located in the Cooper Design Space in downtown Los Angeles . With a focus on sustainability and giving back to the community at large, The Gallery Los Angeles utilizes a carbon offset program and works closely with numerous non profit organizations. For more information visit http://www.thegalleryla.comhttp://www.losangelesfw.com/

Photos Courtesy and (C) 2011 By Daniela Hubbard from Daniela Hubbard Photography & PRphotos.comfor Diversity News Publications

Sources: Wikipedia, LA Fashion Weekend, Examiner.com and Diversity News Magazine

Editor’s Note: We only attended one night only, please feel free to leave comments about article and the photos.

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ActorsE Chat Interviews Actor Producer Photographer Mark Valinsky

March 15, 2011 by  
Filed under Featured, FEATURES

On January 31, 2011 the multi talented Mark Valinsky was a guest on the Pepper Jay Actor’s Entertainment show.
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Mark relates, “Pepper and her staff are consummate professionals at what they do. I have been interviewed numerous times, nationally and internationally on television and in print. Being interviewed by actress and hostess Alyson Sullivan was one of the most free thinking, impromptu and fun interviews I have ever been a part of.”

Director Adrian Carr relates after viewing the interview, “That was fun to watch Mark – Alyson Sullivan was a wonderful interviewer – immediately put you at ease hence made it more enjoyable for us.” Actor Azmyth Kaminski added, “Gotta Say Mark, Your one hell of a speaker. I was pleased to learn some new things from this interview. Your presence is well at peace on camera & off. Love seeing what your doing, Keep up all the hard work & more magic is right around the corner.”

Mark’s accomplishments have been featured in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World as well as other prestigious biographical texts. He is an author of eight published medical research papers and has helped edit and produce 12 teaching videos. Mark has had his photography displayed in art galleries and is now in negotiations with another two galleries in the Los Angeles for up coming shows in the summer and fall of this year. Mark is presently selecting and editing materials for four upcoming books on his photography also to be released later this year in time for his art gallery exhibitions. In addition Mark has been asked to produce and act in a number of upcoming film projects by the writer Jeff Madsen, who Mark has previously collaborated with on a completed film called “The Cost of Living”
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You’ve heard the old and false statement, “Jack of all trades master of none”? “I don’t believe it! Limited thinking. Limited life.” confidently states Mark. “Can you imagine what the world would be like if they told Leonardo da Vinci, “Hey Leo, why don’t you just stick to your painting and knock off writing down all those crazy ideas you keep putting in your journals?” Should we have stopped Thomas Edison at the phonograph? Or how about telling multi talented people in the movie industry such as Clint Eastwood to just stick to acting and quit thinking he can write, direct and compose music?”

To see Mark Valinsky’s interview click on video or go to:

Video streaming by UstreamTo learn more about Mark’s acting, producing, and photography professions and talents you can click on the various links located just below the picture of Alyson and Mark on the Actors E interview webpage.

For additional guest appearances, interviews, auditions or contracting of Mark Valinsky please email me directly at pr@PrestigeImagePR.com.
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2011 Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Dinner and Awards Gala

March 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Awards, Events, Featured, FEATURES

2011 Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Dinner and Awards GalaAt a new elegant venue in the center of downtown LA, The Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Steering Committee held the 2011 Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Dinner and Awards Gala.
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Approximatively 1000 HRC supporters showed at the event, including celebrities, politicians, media representatives, and volunteers. Selected celebrities and personalities walked the red carpet.
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Joe Solmonese, HRC President came from Washington, D.C. and spoke at the event. He talked about the challenges, accomplishments and success stories during 2010. He also introduced Craig Stowell to all the members. Craig Stowell is known as a conservative Republican who spoke about the challenges facing the gay community and his support for his gay brother Calvin Stowell. Also, honoree Eric Alva spoke about the membership benefits of HRC and the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) Repeal Act signed by President Barack Obama on December 23, 2010.
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The award recipients were  Scarlett Johansson and Patrick Murphy who both received an Ally for Equality Award; and Rabbi Denise Eger and Rev. Canon Susan Russell who received the HRC Community Equality Award.

Some of the celebrities and personalities who posed on the red carpet were Andy Arnold, Clare Thomas, Betty DeGeneres, Eric Alva, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Natasha Alam, Patrick J. Murphy, Rabbi Denise L. Eger, Rev. Susan Russell, Chef Stuart O’Keeffe, Chelsea Montgomery, Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel, Michael Manning, Craig & Calvin Stowell.

The event was held on Saturday, March 12, 2011 from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm at the Ritz-Carlton/JW Marriott L.A. Live at 900 West Olympic Blvd in Los Angeles, CA.
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About The HRC Los Angeles Gala: The HRC Los Angeles Gala is one of the largest LGBT fundraising events in Southern California, drawing more than 1,000 guests in past years, including national LGBT leaders in entertainment, community service, business and politics. For more information visit http://www.hrcladinner.com/

About Human Rights Campaign: Founded in 1980, The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. For more information about the organization visit http://www.hrc.org
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Photos Courtesy of Celebrity Photographer Daniela Hubbard from Daniela Hubbard Photography & Events/Celebrity Photographer Rodrigo Vaz from Rodrigo Vaz Photos for Los Angeles County Events Examiner & Diversity News Magazine. (C) 2011 By Rodrigo Vaz & Diversity News Publications.

Sources: HRC LA & HRC.org, PrPhotos.com, Diversity News Magazine

Editor’s Note: Story was proofread by Linda Krongold, our New York, NY Special Correspondent For Diversity News. For more information you can contact her andmeljar@aol.com.

Also article was published first on The LA County Events Examiner page of Examiner.com

Sorry but our photographers were not allowed inside the dinner and awards presentation, so whatever we are reporting is for the access provided only to cover the red carpet arrivals. Speak up your mind, please leave your comments and feel free to contact writer at: diversitynews@hotmail.com

The Jennifer Day Indoor Beach Party and Live Concert A Huge Success

June 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Entertainment, Events, Featured

Jennifer DayThe photographers and media/press outlets were ready and waiting for Jennifer Day at the red carpet, set up to welcome her at her own day’s event titled “The Jennifer Day Indoor Beach Party and Live Concert.”

Photographers took photos at the red carpet of other actors and actress, including personalities. The TV outlets interviewed some of the actors/actress that attended the event.

Singer, actress and performer Jennifer Day arrived in a red Mercedez-Benz car and very happily got out of the car and said hello to the photographers and camera crew waiting for her. She took photos on the red carpet by herself, was interviewed by TV crews, and then took pictures with some of her fellow actors/actress and fans.

“Jennifer Day’s Indoor Beach Party Live Concert Event was a lot of fun. Jennifer really knows how to command an audience with her musical talent and charm. Thank you to Mr. Buddy Sampson for organizing such a successful event. It was a pleasure to attend.” said Tisha Rivera, Actress (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3491252/).
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Jennifer came out on the stage which was decorated with lots of colorful balloons and roses, and she performed a couple of songs.

At the end of the event Jennifer took photos with her fans and performed her last songs. Jennifer Day feature Heather, Ysobelle and Rushaun at her show.

Guests and fans including media outlets were treated to some wine, non-alcoholic drinks, and cookies.

The event was held on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 and took place at Complete Actors Place 13752 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 from 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm.

Jennifer Day recently completed a movie with actor Steven Bauer, tittle “Showstopper,”  which is scheduled for theatrical release in late 2010.
For more information about Jennifer Day visit her IMDB http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2414230/ or http://www.JenniferDay.tv
Editor’s Note: The only bad thing at the event was parking. Now that the City of Los Angeles is desperate for revenue, they are charging to park at the 2 hour meters from 6pm to 8pm. To make it worse, you need a parking permit to park or you get a ticket in the City of Sherman Oaks by the hill side .
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Story was proof read by Linda Krongold, our New York, NY Special Correspondent For Diversity News. For more information you can contact her at andmeljar@aol.com
Photos courtesy of Jeff Knight from http://www.Jeffknightphotography.com & Daniela Hubbard from http://www.Danielahubbard.com for Diversity News Publications Special Thank You to Andre Cohen & Tisha Rivera for the photos and video introduction.

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