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I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

Actress and Journalist Vida Ghaffari to be honored by West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce

On June 18, 2015, grant and award-winning journalist and talented actress and voiceover artist, Vida Ghaffari, will receive a special honor for her career achievements by the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce at Delphi Greek Restaurant

Actress Cida Ghaffari on the red carpet
Actress Vida Ghaffari on the red carpet

June 16, 2015 – WESTWOOD, Calif. — Roozbeh Farahanipour, The Chamber’s President and the owner of Delphi Greek, which is located at 1383 Westwood Boulevard, will be bestowing this honor upon Vida. “As a journalist, I have always loved covering events in the West LA area and love the sense of community there. I am so honored to receive this commendation from Roozbeh and the Chamber, especially since it’s one of the largest and oldest Chambers in Southern California, and because they are so community minded,” says Vida.

In addition to distinguished Chamber members and government officials, numerous celebrities are scheduled to appear in support of Vida’s event such as Legendary Oscar winner Margaret O’Brien ( Meet Me in St. Louis, Little Women), President of the Southern California Motion Picture Council and actor Randal Malone (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dahmer vs. Gacy), Legendary actor James Hong (Kung Fu Panda 3, Mulan), Kate Linder (The Young and The Restless), Bai Ling (Crank: High Voltage, Finding Julia), John Blyth Barrymore (Mansion of Blood, Mata Hari), Reatha Grey (Off Their Rockers, Legendary Iranian actresses Apick Youssefian (The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam, Cry of the Village) and her daughter Mary Apick (Homeland, Price for Freedom), James Wilder (3 Holes and a Smoking Gun, Melrose Place), Film Composer David Raiklen (Mia, A Dancer’s Journey, Space Command Redemption), actor and journalist Harrison Held (Jimmy Kimmel Live, Hollywood Icons) and Rob Roy Thomas, TV showrunner (Free Ride, How to Cheat on Your Wife), creator of the “soft scripted” method, are scheduled to attend. Because of Vida’s long standing relationship with the fashion community, designers such as Sue Wong, and Sonia ETE, Edison Cortez of Thomas and Edison, Shekhar Rahate, Julia Clancey and Rita Mezrahi of Claires Collections, are also scheduled to turn out. This star-studded event will also have royalty in attending such as HH Prince Maximillian Ferdinand Von Anhalt of Germany and HH Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg Lippe, Nachod of Germany, and HRH Qajar Persian Princess Mandana FarmanFarmaian. and others will be there to show their support to Vida, who will have influential and well regarded international, national and local media covering this event.

In addition to being a very successful journalist and a HPC founder, Vida is best known for her apperances on the television comedies, Mind of Mencia and The Mindy Project. She will soon be seen in the films Pond Scum, Natural Born Killers, Seeking Valentina and Strangers in a Book. She is also about to launch her own blog about entertainment and fashion, So Very Vida.More about Vida at http://www.imdb.me/vidaghaffari

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

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Dwell on Design LA 2015

By Adrian Brooks CollinsJune 1st

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From the green conscious, no-paper, Dwell on Design LA 2015 App, to the pic perfect, life size mockup of Elan Musk’s with UCLA’s Hyperloop, this year’s Dwell convention is clearly innovation driven.  The concave OLED 4k pixel LG 32” screen is an eye-popping counterpart to their spokesmodel and design icon, Nate Berkus.  Where else would you find a folding bicycle helmet prototype and a family sized hanging indoor outdoor patio pod under one roof?  Whatever your plans make time to visit this truly exciting collection of countless building, design and decor notes in an orchestra of color, light and space.  With the construction boom, renovation and real estate valuation, there’s no greater, friendlier, and culinarily enhanced environ to explore.  The DODA 2015 App easily assists you with a virtual walk through and tour, talk and presentation scheduling so that seeing it all is doable.  The careful layout of plant laden and tastefully appointed rough, hewn repurposed wood and stone composite slabs are a workshop of possibility waiting to be bring your design dream to life.

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Dustin Brown

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Introducing Feature Artist Pastele!

Singer/Songwriter Pastele shoots an exclusive photo shoot in West Hollywood, amongst local graffiti art and hollywood culture.  May 5th 2015

The colorful edgy recording artist is known for her combination of visual art and music. Knowing, that Pastele attended NYC’s Fashion Institute of Technology for illustration, it’s probably a given for her to enjoy modeling in front of inspiring street art in Los Angeles CA.

The photos are vibrant, funky, and fun while Pastele poses with attitude showing off her artistry. The interesting thing about this girl, is that, she’s heavily inspired by the Jamaican culture, and often crosses her music over into reggae and dancehall. Pastele has spoke about major influences in her music such as Gwen Stefani, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Bruno Mars, and Pink which explains how she is able to merge pop culture and the reggae/dancehall world.

Pastele, is set to feature on a major single coming out with artist/producer Mr. Wonder this month called “Falling”. The song is describe to tie in reggae, hip-hop, and a bit of a slowed down DJ Mustard vibe as well as having reggae artist Lutan Fyah, feature on one of Pastele’s singles.

The latest release by Pastele right now, is her Official Music Video “Lazy Lazy Love” which combines a sensual beautiful video and paint on bodies, definitely worth checking out. The song has a funky reggae beat with up-stroke guitar while Pastele sings in a lower register into a powerful loving chorus. It’s great how this artist keeps to her brand and uses paint and art in almost all her photos and videos!
We can’t wait to see more from this artist and hear all she’s got coming out, should be a good year for her. It’s about time the industry takes a daring dive into music with more culture and wordily influence.

First look at Pastele’s latest shoot here!


Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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Sue Wong Sweet Hollywood Party



Photos courtesy of Greg Doherty

For those in the know, prominent fashion designer Sue Wong, held an exclusive and upscale fashion event in the heart of Hollywood at the Hollywood and Highland complex. Sue held this event where her close friends and supporters could enjoy some cocktails and canapé. This space, which is a part of the Art Hearts Fashion’s (AHF) designer lineup, was set up with some of LA’s top clothing brands who have held fashion shows via AHF’s Parker Whitaker Productions.

Sue’s team did a great job of organizing the event. Greta Kovacs-Schmid, Sue’s personable and skilled publicist, ran the red carpet quite smoothly in this busy location, all while wearing a beautiful Sue Wong art deco inspired gown with feathers at the hem.

Luke Eleftheriou, Wong’s executive attache and go-to guy, excelled at displaying Sue Wong’s fragrance. Luke has such a great eye for layout and style. This alluring fragrance smells so luxuriant.

Aside from seeing the elegant Sue Wong herself, there were many entrepreneurs, celebrities and even some royalty at the event. Sue has been busy designing fabulous gowns and traveling around the world and can now add this frangrance to her great line.

The backdrops that photographer Greg Doherty took for Sue Wong were prominently displayed on the red carpet area. They made such cool back drops for photos.

The first two people I saw on the red carpet were Sarah Whitaker and he sister Erin of Parker Whitaker Productions. Known for their classy events, the ladies from Parker Whitaker were promoting their latest nail polish line. Erin said, ”were trying to make something fun and exciting in fashion. Something that can be worn every day and makes a statement.”  The nail polish comes in five different colors. Each one has its own naughty name. There’s Blow, Sugar High, Gold Digger, Trashy Chic, and Rich & Popular. The nail polish is a lot of fun. The ladies have plans for lounge wear and booty shorts.
Check out their website at ParkerWhitaker.com

Actress Jacqueline Murphy was stunning on the red carpet in her fabulous Sue Wong dress in blue. She recently starred in “Run All Night” starring Liam Neeson. HPC’s Vida G. also made a fashion statement in a feminine silver and lace gown from Sue’s line. Also in attendance was Faith Boutin, the managing Editor at FVM Global magazine. It’s a blog for news from the fashion trenches. Also on the red carpet dressed in Sue Wong’s designs were actresses Lori Alan and Fia Perera, the Co-Founders of No To Dog meat. This is a worldwide campaign to end the illegal dog and cat meat trade through Asia.
More info about this cause at notodogmeat.com.

KC Mussman from Nocturnal Designz was also on the red carpet. She is the founder and CEO of this exciting effects makeup company. She told me about the challenges of doing effects makeup in there fashion world. She showed me some strikingly cool designs of hers from her Facebook page.
Check out heir website at nocturnal-designz.com.

Another well known Sue Wong collaborator was Marika Soderlund-Robison of Kicka Custom Design Inc. Marika designed all the headdresses that are so prominently displayed on the celebrity supermodelsthat wear Sue Wong gowns on the runway. During Sue’s show last month’s Art Heart Fashion show, the paparazzi was wild with excitement over her new designs this season and Kicka’s headdresses.
Check out her work at kickacustomdesign.com.

The surprise guest of the evening was Prince Maximilian Ferdinand Von Anhalt, who is known for his role on the reality TV show, Millionaire Matchmaker. Prince Ferdinand is a lot of fun to be around and he dresses so well! He’s the adopted son of Zsa Zsa Gabor and his father is Frederic Prinz von Anhalt who himself was adopted by Princess Marie-Auguste of Anhalt.

It was so nice of Sue to host this event for her line and spend time with her friends at this exclusive event. The Hollywood Press Corps looks forward to our next event with this amazing designer.
Check out Sue Wong’s latest designs at suewong.com.

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation First Annual Blue Diamond Gala

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Former Dodger pitcher Darren Powell with his wife at the Blue Diamond gala

April 16, 2015 Over $2,000,000.00 was raised for charity at The Inagural Dodgers Blue Diamond Gala. The Jackie Robinson foundation raised money along with the Los Angeles Dodger foundation. Their goal is to support education, literacy, and sports for families that are in need in the Los Angeles area.

The Blue Diamond gala is the foundations first event for 2015. Many great things have been happening since new ownership took over. Magic Johnson is on the board of directors at the foundation and an owner. Last year the foundation raised $1,000,000.00 for charity.

The Celebrities in attendance included Rachel Robinson, widow of baseball great Jackie Robinson. Many Dodger players from today and the past were in attendance.
Manny Motta and his wife Margarita spoke about the importance of education for children. “Education is number one!” Manny said. Manny also spoke about Yasiel Puig. “Its exciting to see what Puig has accomplished. He just keeps getting better and better.”
Another celebrity that walked the blue carpet was Alex Anfanger. He is one of the creators of Big Time in Hollywood on Comedy Central. The show is creating a lot of buzz. The Comedy Central channel brings such a high level of comedy to television. Alex said he was at the event as a huge Dodgers fan. When asked about his thoughts on education he said, “Education is important!”k

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Former Los Angeles Dodger Tommy Davis on the blue carpet

Tommy Davis of the Los Angeles Dodgers stopped by and had so many positive things to say about the Dodgers. He spoke of the foundation supporting literacy programs in the city and told some great stories about signing up with the Dodgers many years ago.

Dennis Powell, a former Dodger pitcher stopped by with his wife to take some photos. These older baseball celebrities have such a positive outlook on life. It was a lot of fun to be around them and hear what they have to say.

Darryl Thomas was an opening day pitcher in 1980. He went on to play every position on the field except pitching. He played for the Dodgers for 15 years and had many great things to say about them. Darryl went on to reflect on Jackie Robinson. How Jackie had opened doors for many black ball players. Darryl said that Jackie was well structured for the job. His experience in the military helped him deal with racism in baseball. Darryl said that baseball takes a lot of dedication.

Finally, Justin Hartley walked the blue carpet with his wife. Justin said the silent auction is great way to raise money for kids. Originally from Chicago, Justin is a long time Dodger fan and supporter. He said the new ownership of the stadium is amazing.

Some of the silent auction items at the Blur Diamond Gala
Some of the silent auction items at the Blur Diamond Gala

It was such an honor to meet these legends of Dodger baseball. It was a lot of fun to be down on the baseball field. It was also great that so much money was raised for inner city youth who will benefit from the programs that this night has funded.

Dodgers website

http://m.dodgers.mlb.com

Dodgers Foundation

http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/la/community/dream_foundation.jsp

Jackie Robinson Foundation

http://www.jackierobinson.org

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

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