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4th annual ‘Miracles for Kids’ Golf invitational

The Santa Ana Country Club was the location for the “Miracles for Kids” annual invitational golf tournament on Monday, July 25. Miracles for Kids is a foundation dedicated to funding programs for families in need with critically ill children.

As well as a competitive round of golf, prizes also included a $1M Shootout, $5000 putting contest, $5000 Hole In One package, chipping clinic, longest drive contest and a 9th hole party station with tequila and tacos. Sponsored by Perricone Farms, Tito’s Vodka, Urban Golf Performance, Fletcher Jones Motorcars and many more, many opportunities to win prizes were available to all participants.

Autumn Strier, Co founder and CEO of Miracles for Kids
Carts ready for play
crew prepares bunker

Founded in 2002, Miracles for Kids creates stability for families that are struggling with the financial and emotional challenges of caring and providing while their child fights critical illness.

A participant tees off

A day of golf and a provided breakfast and lunch provided participants a day of gratitude for themselves and a much needed gift to those who need it most.

2nd Annual “Fashion with a purpose” fashion shOw

Grand Hope Park in downtown Los Angeles was the location for the 2nd annual “Fashion with a Purpose” fashion show presented by Rionel Fisher and Tamela Robinson-Fisher of Restored Reflections.

Hosted by KJLH radio personality Tammi Mac, the event took place on June 25, 2022.

The event’s goal is to use fashion to spotlight entrepreneurship and bring awareness to our at-risk, inner city youth and young adults. Proceeds from the event support Restored Reflections, a non profit that provides economic impact training, education and community development to youth and young adults.

The Red Carpet was followed by the fashion show which included designers Blue Strips, Doll Pieces, Filters, Hooded Faith, TrendiReds and Mad Clothing. Fashion accessories, food and drink among other things were available at many kiosks throughout the park.

“Back to Lyla” release

1091 Pictures and Foster Peoductions is to release “Back to Lyla” on June 28, 2022.

The film will be released on several Video on Demand platforms including Amazon, iTunes, Direct TV and many others. Directed by America Young and starring Hassie Harrison and Gonzalo Martin with strong support from Emma Kenney, Tracie Thoms and Chris Lee.

Described as a romantic comedy, the film tells the story of a young man who discovers he may soon die and finds comfort in a group of childhood friends who accompany him on a journey to find closure after the love of his life “Lyla” has moved on.

4th Annual Griot Gala Oscars After Party

The 4th Annual Griot Gala was held on March 27th at the famous BOA Steakhouse on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. Hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, many celebrities walked the red carpet while many more attended the after party inside.


Designed and produced by Dwight Eubanks and Annette Bibby Oliver of Dreamhouse MBG, beautiful design surrounded the red carpet as well as transformed the interior of BOA Steakhouse where the after party continued well into the evening.

Honorees for the evening’s event were Phylicia Rashad of “The Cosby Show”, Cheech Marin of “Cheech and Chong” and Renee Lawless of “The Haves and Have Nots”.

Walking the red carpet were Debbie Allen, William Stanford (Abbot Elementary), Taja V. Simpson (The Oval), CJ Franco (HBO MAX), Meosha Davis, Megan Pormer (FOX TV Host), Kizzo, Caitlin O’Connor (model and actress), Petri Hawkins-Byrd (Judge Judy), Daniele Lawson (King Richard) and many more. Griot Gala attracts more attention and grows by the year, promising a bigger and brighter next year on Oscar night.

Ugly sweater after party

An “Ugly Sweater” after party for OxeFit, hosted by NBA player Dwight Howard and arranged by PR Firm Jade Umbrella was held at SOHO Warehouse in Los Angeles following the Lakers/Suns game on Tuesday, December 21, 2021.

VIP attendees were encouraged to wear their ugliest Christmas sweaters and many walked the red carpet showing off their hideous attire, some simply wowed with their individual style.


VIP attendees walking the red carpet included, Tara V. Simpson (BET’s “The Oval , Caitlin O’Connor, Newton Mayage (HBO’s “Winning Time”, George Daniels, Austin Dotson, Amin Joseph (FX’s “Snowfall”, Jimmie Allen (CMA’s “New Artist of the Year”, Anis Maknojia (Actor/Producer), Lamar Odom and Rab Shanabeh (Chairman and CEO of OxeFit).

Rab Shanableh
Caitlin O’Connor

Jimmie Allen

Celebrating the launch of OxeFit commercial use unit as well as OxeFit’s XS1 home fitness unit, all proceeds from event helped fund “Shields for Families”, a non profit organization that serves high risk families in South Los Angeles. Visit ShieldsforFamilies.com for more information.


Actor/Producer Anis Maknojia

Music was spun by DJ Millie, DJ Kayla Collins, DJ Cassidy and DJ Drama with an open bar and appetizers for all attendees. A beautiful night for an ugly sweater during holiday season in Los Angeles.

Popovich:Road to hollywood

On Sunday, September 5, 2021 the world premiere of Popovich: Road to Hollywood was presented during the “Dances with Films” film festival held at TCL Chinese Theater.
The film stars Gregory Popovich, animal rights activist, producer and lifelong advocate of animal rights, along with Robin Slomina , Shannon Calcutt, Voki Kalfayan, Jimmy Slomina and Rex, the rescued dog also starring in the film.

Gregory Popovich performed tricks with his pets before the screening and attendants gave rave reviews for the film after its premiere. On an extremely hot day in Hollywood, a brief but extreme downpour of cats and dogs cooled off the day for all who attended.

La Jolla International Fashion Film Fest

The 12th annual La Jolla International Fashion Film Fest was held at The Lot in La Jolla, California on July 23rd and 24th, 2021.
With designers, models, filmmakers and more the red carpet was festive and colorful, followed by screenings of the top films and awards presented to the artists making them possible.




Several performances by music artists and dance innovators took place on the red carpet itself between guest arrivals as attendees sipped their favorite libations on a warm day by the ocean. Local and worldwide media covered this festive annual event and needless to say, a great time was had by all. Exposing the world to films, design and imagination in the realm of fashion is at the core of this event and La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival shines a bright spotlight on just that.

GUARDaHEART Foundation Presents Unmasked Heart Disease Featuring DIABETESpredict.

GUARDaHEART Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to fighting heart disease with the mission: “LEARN. DETECT. PREVENT.” GUARDaHEART works with strategic partners, healthcare providers, and other non-profit organizations to promote awareness through education and risk detection tools, to ultimately empower preventative action and reduce the risk of heart disease worldwide.

DIABETESPredict is an advanced genetic testing for the prevention of diabetes. DIABETESpredict is a laboratory test that provides a high-sensitivity and high-specificity evaluation of the genetic predisposition to develop diabetes.

PULS Cardiac Test is a simple, non-invasive blood test that predicts the likelihood of a patient having a heart attack within the next five years. It works by detecting the true leading cause of heart attacks: Unstable Cardiac Lesion Ruptures. PULS Cardiac Test Wins 2016 Diamond ABBY Award for Innovation in Healthcare.  Dr. Douglas H. Harrington is the inventor of the PULS Cardiac Test.  A complimentary PULS Cardiac Test was made available to any guest that wished to take the test at the event. 

Douglas S. Harrington, MD will speak about DIABETESpredict and PULS Cardiac Test. Dr. Harrington is the Chairman of the GUARDaHEART Foundation and a Fellow of the American Society of Preventive Cardiology and the American Society of Clinical Pathology. 

Estrella Harrington (Founder of GUARDaHEART Foundation), Dr. Douglas S. Harrington (Chairman of the GUARDaHEART Foundation, Fellow of the American Society of Preventive Cardiology), Braunwyn Windham-Burke (RHOC), Richard Nevels (Actor/ HBO’s Insecure), Jeremy Miller (Actor/ Growing Pains), Ryan James (Actor/ Amazon Prime’s The Underground Railroad), Deja Mattox, (Plays Savannah in Disney ‘Big Shot”), Dave Meadows (Military Navy SEAL, Producer), Simon Lunche (Music Artist), CC Perkinson (Lifetime actress, NBC reality star, Professional Jockey), Nimi Adokiye (Actress, Bob Hearts Abishola), Annie Nelson (Author & Founder of American Soldier Network), Dusty Lang (Six Gun Sal, Southern Rock Band -Rhythm Guitarist), Matt Geinitz, (six Gun Sal, Southern Rock Band-Bassplayer), Juliet Ramos (Model), Neil D’Monte (Actor Storyboard Artist), Michelle Ware, D.0. (Board Certified Physician, Owner of Los Feliz MedSpa), Tom Hallick (Young & Restless), Jane Galloway, (Dr Jane Galloway Founder of T.R.I.B.E.), Anthony Pazos (WE tv’s L.A. Hair,) attended or were expected to attend.

The event took place at a private residence in Newport Beach with drinks, heart healthy food and entertainment provided. Snacking and drinking libations while overlooking the bay filled with yachts, all while supporting good health is an ideal way to spend a Saturday in Southern California.

A Night of Shopping, SEx and Rock N Roll

 “A Night of Shopping, Sex + Rock N’ Roll with billion dollar disruptor and founder of the media dubbed “female  viagra” Cindy Eckert and Celebrity Fashion Designer Nikki Lund”, in Dallas, Texas was a tremendous success! The evening included the release of Nikki Lund’s newest Destiny collection inside MKT Store hosted by Nikki Lund and Cindy Eckert CEO/ Founder of Pink Ceiling. The night began with celebrity arrivals who graced the pink carpet as they mingled with the media. Amanda Orso, The High- Low Hostess entertained the star studded group with her Covid themed signature cocktails, aperitifs, and exquisite decor. All celebrities and media were gifted  a custom swag bag created by The High-Low Hostess. To top it off all guests will had a chance to shop Nikki Lunds Collection first! Special thanks to our sponsors; Didiani Beauty,Floetic Beauty, Vitabrid C12, Luxie Beauty, Kelly’s Kreations Soy Candles, Frenchie Baulè Vodka, Zonin, Haywire, and Baloons WOW.
Thank you to all celebrity talent that attended:  Nikki Lund, Cindy Eckert, Taylor Tomasi, Erica Rose (The Bachelor, Below Deck), Amanda Orso (High-Low Hostess), Manny Fresco (Social Influencer), Kari Brittingham (RHOD), D’Andra Simmons (RHOD), Cindi Rose (Married to Medicine), Dr. Jessica Sheperd and many more. 
ABOUT NIKKI LUND:

Growing up in Los Angeles, Nikki Lund cultivated the three unique passions that would come to define her empowering life journey and multi-faceted career. She can trace her success as a world renowned fashion designer to those moments she spent learning to sew watching her mother and grandmother. As a songwriter and musical artist, she was inspired by her mom, who sang Italian opera, and her dad, a bass player. Her performances and popular recordings with her brother Trevin (including the rock band Secret Minds and her current dance/pop tracks) had their roots in having their sister shoot artsy music videos when they were kids. And when Nikki sold $10,000 worth of butterfly hair clips on a trip to NYC at age ten, she offered a preview of her incredible ongoing run as the visionary fashion entrepreneur behind the global brands Eccentric Symphony, White Trash Beautiful and Nikki Rich.  

For the creative hyphenate, Renaissance woman and cultural tastemaker, all of these previous accolades laid the foundation for breakthroughs on all fronts in 2016. Returning to her first love of making edgy, high octane music, Nikki (recording with Trevin on guitar) kicked her career as a pop/dance artist into high gear with the release of her powerhouse single “Love Overdose.” The track, co-written with Lauren Christy of seven time Grammy winning songwriting/production team The Matrix, reached #12 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart.

She brings that same passionate spirit to her new Nikki Lund signature clothing line. The 200 item collection incorporates elements of her previous three brands. Nikki believes there is something effortlessly cool about California style, and her goal is to bring some of that breeziness to women’s wardrobes. Doing a little research into what makes women crave the style of “beach babes,” she learned that it’s because they are surprisingly polished, though it never feels like they try too hard to create a great outfit.

“The Nikki Lund signature line has some of the edgy elements of White Trash Beautiful and Nikki Rich,” she says, “and goes back to the Eccentric Symphony styled loungewear that allows savvy women consumers of all ages to dress up and dress down with a rock and roll edge. I focused a lot of my favorite silhouettes from throughout my career that are great for mix and matching, including blouses, dresses and jackets. It’s functional clothing, washables and wearables that translate to day or night wear.” 

Emerging as a force in the industry after cutting her teeth in the NYC fashion world working runway shows as an intern for Jill Stuart and Anna Sui, Nikki has put on dozens of wildly successful runway shows for her various lines. She has been widely celebrated for her sophisticated, fashion forward ready-to-wear designs and custom creations for a host of   superstars, including Carrie Underwood, Kate Beckinsale, Robert Plant, Miley Cyrus, Nicole Scherzinger, Heather Locklear, Blake Shelton, Jon Bon Jovi, Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato, Steven Tyler and Britney Spears.

“My new brand Nikki Lund represents the first time I had enough faith in myself to launch a brand completely by myself,” Nikki says of the line, which is completely manufactured in Los Angeles. “I have the most fun creating something from nothing and seeing how people respond to my ideas and designs. I’ve always been a rock and roll chick pushing the envelope. When people check out my clothing and my songs, I want them to know I’m an outside the box thinker, a genuine, down to earth artist who is committed to the fashion and music industries for the long haul. I also create contemporary paintings and am a passionate ambassador for the children’s charity Art of Elysium. I’m working towards a future of value and usefulness. I like helping people with my God given talents. I am a funnel and will keep giving back and exploring all the limitless possibilities. As long as I have breath in my lungs, I have a purpose to fulfill!” As seen in; The U.S. Sun, Entertainment Tonight, Hollywood Life, Vogue 

ABOUT THE PINK CEILING CEO CINDY ECKERT:

Self-made and stiletto strapping, Cindy has built two businesses from scratch and sold them for record setting returns. Her exits total more than $1.5B. See why Fortune called her “a tireless force of nature” and Entrepreneur Magazine put her on their cover of Women to Watch.

Cindy has been featured in…

Entrepreneur | Fortune | The New York Times

Vanity Fair | Inc. | The Tim Ferriss Show

Forbes | TEDx | MSNBC | Fast Company

FIRST Annual “Ride for the rite”

May 29th ushered in a resurgence on Memorial Day weekend, a resurgence of freedom, support for veterans and music for all. Held at the Scottish Rite Cultural Center in Long Beach, performances by Scott Gronsky, Kimberly Dawn and headlines by Southern Rock band Six Gun Sal helped raise much needed funds for homeless and disabled veterans.
Among the many sponsors included Hint Water, Double Cross Vodka and promoted by Kelly K Public Relations. Guests included Tito Ortiz, Amber Nichole Miller, Pam and Morris Chestnut, as well as a large host of others, all enjoying the beverages and food in the VIP room while celebrating the freedoms we enjoy as a result of our brave men and women of the military.
No masks were required and after a year and a half of restrictions, I can only say the freedom of exposing our smiling faces was refreshing but pales in comparison to the freedoms our veterans fought and still fight for.