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.
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Worldwide — Sunday, March 13th, 2022 — Sai Suman just donned her New Spring/Summer’22 collection’s Custom couture Crystal gown at the 2022 Critics Choice Awards looking ravishing, and it deserves ALL the commotion.
(L-R) Maggie Gyllenhaal and fashion designer Sai Suman (Footage by Adam Finmann )
But the Surprise factor was that Sai Suman walked the red carpet with Hollywood & paparazzi’s favourite actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. They both looked stunning in neutral colours complimenting each other’s style and exchanging smiles for the paparazzi. I must say they both looked so stunningly extravagant and glamorous.
Sai has been known for couture designs worn by Hollywood A-listers and her designs have been photographed on red carpet events, which includes – the Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, the Cannes Film Festival and many more. Nothing seems to stop her. She has also been appearing in talk shows and on news networks as a fashion expert and has been a prominent face attending the red carpet events as well. Sai has been showcasing in many international platforms presenting her collections at premieres and highly acclaimed top fashion show events globally.
Sai Suman and her designs are getting rapidly popular amongst the stars and award events with her presence and appearances.
Her photos from the recent Critics Choice Awards says it all. Sai was not only seen with Maggie Gyllenhaal on the red carpet but has been also seen with actress Kristen Dunst. Her long time actor cliente, Lakeith Stanfield, whom Sai has styled in the past and was titled best dressed by Vogue and many news channels. Actress singer Kristin Chenoweth was seen singing at the party and exchanged few dance moves with Sai. And Sai couldn’t stop praising and adoring actress Kristen Wiig who has been Sai Suman’s all time favourite.
“This was definitely a memorable and long awaited fun event attended since the pandemic,” said Sai Suman.
The 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards was held at the Fairmont Century Plaza on March 13, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. It was completely brimful with Hollywood’s Who’s Who at the red carpet at the awards.
We hope to see more of Sai Suman with more fashion surprises her sleeves to come and her creations donned on the red carpet by celebrities.
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).
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.
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.
Hollywood film star, playgirl magazine star, model, celebrity fitness trainer, producer & LA HOLLYWOOD talk radio show co/HOST Derek Webb, has been selected to be nominated for the famous iconic star on the Hollywood walk of fame. Hollywood film star actor Webb whose career in the Hollywood film & entertainment industry began when he was only 19 years old with his famous playgirl magazine star appearance is now a developed Hollywood actor & film star , playgirl magazine star, celebrity fitness trainer, LA HOLLYWOOD TALK RADIO SHOW co/host. This talented multi hypenate has now placed another big milestone in his Hollywood film & entertainment career. At only 31 years old, Webb, the New Hampshire native, is now being nominated for a star on April 2022.
Webb who’s best known for his Hollywood hit featured film roles titles such as Hollywood Werewolf with Andy Dick, 14 ghost, Staycation staring Kelli Maroney, vulpes staring along side Hollywood icon sandy Johnson also know for being the cover man for Spotlight Entertainment magazine & soon will be on the cover of Hollywood Weekly Magazine says he’s is very honored thrilled to be receiving a nomination of this great historic size & magnitude. “It’s an honor, aprivilege, with such more passion & integrity I have & will be a accenting the nomination for a star on Hollywood’s legendary Hollywood walk of fame. It’s an honor to be getting nominated for such a iconic historical award Hollywood achievement. I am very looking forward to the exciting experience & excitement this announcement is going to be given to my major audiences, fan base, supporters & more but more importantly, it’s such emotional iconic moment to have my name edged in to the nomination process & to be selected to be nominated for one of Hollywood entertainment industries biggest industry awards is a major hard earned achievement. I’m very honored proud to have obtain my self to be nominated for such beautiful award for such amazing phenomenal dedication hard work not only from my self but from all my fans viewers & audiences,” said Webb. He has also confirmed he has spoken with the Hollywood chamber of commerce & the Hollywood walk of fame chamber of commerce committee who has informed him of how their nominee and/or nomination process works. “What a phenomenal opportunity to have my name amongst amazing, iconic and legendary artists such as David Bowie, Michael Jackson and many other greats. It’s a true honor for me and my team,” he added. If not selected, Webb says he is very grateful and thankful for being nominated and the thought that I was at least nominated, even if not chosen speaks volumes for all I have done & accomplished in my career look forward to many other great iconic legendary endeavors to come.”
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Los Angeles, CA — Friday, August 27th, 2021 —On August 27, Live Lounge presented by 17LIVE hosted the first-ever label showcase for global superstar, Kygo’sPalm Tree Records, a joint venture with Sony Music Entertainment. With over 15 billion cumulative global audio and video streams, the Norwegian artist is best known for chart-topping hits like the multiplatinum “It Ain’t Me” [with Selena Gomez], “Higher Love” [with Whitney Houston], “Like It Is” [with Zara Larsson & Tyga], and “Lose Somebody” [with OneRepublic]. Among the attendees were influencers and celebrities alike such as model/TV personality Camille Kostek, Football player Chase DeMoor from the hit Netflix show “Too Hot To Handle” with Billboard’s on-camera host Chelsea Briggs on the mic doing hosting duties, and much more.
“I’m excited for my artists to have the opportunity to show the world what they’re capable of.” – Kygo
Kygo’s Palm Tree Records showcase featured performances by Palm Tree Records artists Frank Walker, Forester,Haywood, andPetey Martin. Toronto-based DJ/Producer Frank Walker has captivated fans across the globe with his club-ready collaborations such as “Like Gold” with Loud Luxury and Stephen Puth, along with solo releases like “Dancing In The Dark” which was recently nominated for a Juno award. Los Angeles-based indie electronic duoForester has already shown his impact on the scene, blending acoustic instrumentation with electronic elements that transport the listener to wide open spaces earning them over 20 million total streams across their catalog.
Songwriter/producer Haywood has penned hits for everyone from Katy Perry and Kygo to BLACKPINK and Selena Gomez and is now a featured solo artist with a glorious and glossy sound of her own on a series of 2021 singles for Palm Tree Records. Nashville-based Petey Martin wrote/produced “Ashes” by Celine Dion for the Deadpool 2 Motion Picture Soundtrack, “Bigger Than” by Justin Jesso & Seeb, and five songs on Kygo’s ‘Golden Hour’ album, including the lead single “Like It Is.” He made his debut as an artist collaborating with Matoma on “Keep It Simple” and released his introductory single “Come Back Home” on Palm Tree Records featuring two-time Grammy winner Lauren Daigle.
“I’m excited to partner with 17LIVE to host our first-ever Palm Tree Records showcase and be able to live stream it to millions of people around the world while interacting with users of the platform.” – David Rishty, President of Palm Tree Records
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — West Hollywood, CA — Monday, March 9th, 2020 — The Hollywood Press Corps dispatched top photographer, Ellen Zuckerman, to cover the star studded red carpet for the Monday night premiere of Corey Feldman’s long-awaited documentary My Truth: The Rape of 2 Coreys. Corey Feldman is a sexual abuse survivor, activist and national ambassador for CHILD USA. Corey is also a member of SAG committees on sexual harassment, and he was instrumental in getting the Child Victim’s Act passed in California and New York last year. He brought his whole TRUTH to light, as promised. My Truth is helmed by award winning director Brian Herzlinger (My Date with Drew) and features interviews with many of The Two Coreys’ friends and co-stars including Keith Coogan (Adventures in Babysitting, The Fox & The Hound), Jamison Newlander (The Lost Boys) the late Kristoff St. John (Bad News Bears, The Young & The Restless) in his final interview. The documentary also includes an exclusive interview with Disney star and childhood sexual assault survivor Ricky Garcia, who recently came forward about his own abuse as a teen star in the industry. Corey hopes that this film will serve as a call to action so that justice can be served, and children can finally be protected.
A few of the people that the Hollywood Press Corps saw at the premiere were Corey Feldman, his wife Courtney Feldman, Playboy model Susannah Sprague, Rosanna Arquette, Patricia Richardson, Dave Navarro, Chris Kattan, Crystal Hefner and Jamie Kennedy (Scream, Malibu’s Most Wanted).
Although there were some issues with the live streaming portion of the event, It was still a big success. Many celebrities came out to show support for Corey and this project. After the screening at the Directors Guild, the event moved to the legendary Rainbow club on Sunset, where, of course, Ron Jeremy was hanging out.
Corey hopes to get My Truth: The Rape of 2 Coreys to everyone that ordered the Live Streaming portion of the event as soon as possible.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — (Feb. 27, 2020) — The Hollywood Press Corps got a chance to speak with actress Vanessa Lua. Vanessa can be seen on Season 10 of Shameless on Showtime. Vanessa is an actress, writer and host of WhatTheHellDidSheSay, a YouTube channel where she interviews celebrities.
Hollywood Press Corps (HPC): We just saw you on Shameless as Aunt Telma! Please tell us about your experience in shooting this show.
It was an incredible opportunity. I got to work with an amazing cast and crew. They have been together for 10 years now so they are a big family and they were very welcoming to me, specially Ethan Cutcosky (Carl) who was very attentive with everyone, also, there is one scene where I get to sit on with the whole family on the couch and it was my first time meeting Shannola (V) and Steve (“Kevin”) and oh my god Shanola lights the room with her big smile. I love her and both received me with a big hug. I also had the opportunity to shoot in Chicago and it was my first time there. I got to meet John Wells and even share a Mexican candy with him.
HPC: What is William H. Macy really like?
Bill was very reserved but kind. He directed the second episode I was on and he did a great job. As an actor he was so good that I just have to react to his energy. I have to tell you I gave him some “chongos Zamoranos” , a Mexican candy handmade from my hometown Zamora. I was so nervous because I didn’t want to bother him and I knew it was my last chance to give it to him so when I got his attention I realized the container broke and it was a mess. I gave it to him, I told him to be careful when he open it and I ran away. We never spoke about it.
HPC: Are you currently writing anything new?
Currently I’m promoting my short film LA DEGOLLADORA that is an official selection at the Pasadena International Film Festival. I wrote it, directed and acted so I am very excited to see it on the big screen. You can join me on Sunday, March 15 at 7:45 PM at Laemmle Playhouse 7. Get your passes at: https://www.pasadenafilmfestival.org
HPC: You’re a model who has a connection with Texas. Could you tell us about that?
I’m one of the guest models for Fashion Cited, a charity event that benefits the Legal Hospice of Texas and features a stunning runway fashion presentation highlighting Dallas clothiers and designers.It is such an honor to walk in those beautiful outfits. Being a model was my childhood dream but unfortunately I don’t look like a model (I’m not even tall!) but that shows you that dreams come true. So keep dreaming and help people in need get legal help. You can get your tickets at https://legalhospice.org/events/
HPC: What is your hometown? Could you tell us about it?
I am from Zamora, Michoacan, and you should add it to your next visit to Mexico. The food is amazing! Best tacos, pan dulce, papas cocidas, agues frescas! Zamora is know for the strawberries and “Los dulces del Portal” (that includes the chongos Zamoranos), and it has one of the most beautiful churches ” El Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe”. And if you drive 20 minutes north, you will find my favorite place on earth, El Lago de Camecuaro.
HPC: What’s it like to do celebrity interviews on the red carpet for whatthehelldidshesay?
I love my youtube channel WhatTheHellDidSheSay. It is a joy to talk to celebrities, find out how they overcome obstacles and ask them to say something in Spanish. I feel is a way to be a bridge between Hollywood Celebrities and the Latino audience.
HPC: Do you have a favorite interview from whatthehelldidshesay?
It is so hard to pick a favorite interview, I love them all, they all are so special. Wait, I loved when I interviewed James Cameron and he directed me. I alsoI really enjoy talking to Topher Grace, specially because he retweeted the interview saying “Wait, is this my favorite interview ever?” And of course Josh Radnor who made me choose between a date or an interview. Check out my channel at www.whatthehelldidshesay.com
HPC: What do you hope to achieve in 2020?
I’m currently performing improvised Comedy in Spanish with my troupe Impromundeando. I hope this year we get stronger as a team. All the members are very talented and hardworking and that is very inspiring. This year I want to focus more on my comedy writing, my stand up comedy and maybe a two person play. I also want to focus on my personal growth. I teach a recovery class at K2 CrossFit and that has taught me how important is to take care of your mind and body. I feel that this is a wish list so I am going to throw to win an Emmy out there.
HPC: What’s one thing that would surprise people to know about you?
I’m terrified of bicycles but I have done several triathlons. I still have my bike hanging on the wall of my studio apartment to remind me that fear might never disappear but that I have defeated it several times.
Multi -talented artist Jacques Derosena is a noted French Instagram Host Influencer /Musician/ Actor/ Producer & Co-Owner of the Luxury Persian Fragrance Brand “Sattar”. His music is currently playing in Spotify & France Radio artist: JAYYFLASH. He is a yearly curated host & attendee of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France & is a yearly special guest of Baron de Rothschild Mouton Cadet Cannes. Derosena recently filmed the anticipated Cary Elwes and Penelope Mitchell Superhero film ” The Hyperions”. He filmed a supporting role on the Theatrical Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig Film “Downsizing”.
With his winning smile, this rising star just became the new main model face of AMERICAN EXPRESS and also has print campaigns for Audi, Facebook, Target, WhatsApp, McDonalds, DoorDash & DIGICEL. He finished filming his Leading Role in The Weinstein Company Animation Film “Underdogs” Co-starring “Ariana Grande, Katie Holmes, Bella Thorne andJohn Leguizamo”.
He has also produced the highly anticipated horror Film “Black Pumpkin” and is currently prepping the much anticipated Horror Film” The House In The Middle Of Nowhere”. His past credits include: His role in the Lionsgate film ” Hunger Games, Mocking Jay”, the character role “The Gurgles” on The Disney Show “Good Luck Charlie”, HBO’s “The Wire” , video games such as Sony: Uncharted 4, a character role on The Sketch Music Variety/Comedy show “Arbor Live” airing in Canada which won The 2013 People’s Choice Awards for Best Television Program/Promotion of Aboriginal Music.
How did you get your start in acting? I started by being an extra on a tv show that was shooting in Maryland. I then began to take acting classes at theater conservatories and continued my studies at Stella Adler Studios New York and The Herbert Berghof (HB) Studio of New York, where I soon started booking small parts in tv and films.
How did you make the transition to also produce as well act and how’s it like to be a multi-hyphenate?
I started to produce short films because I didn’t want to wait for
opportunities. I wanted to create them as well. I eventually moved on to producing feature films and this has helped tremendously in telling stories.
I noticed you have a great international background. Do you ever play foreign characters given all the languages you speak?
I do often play foreign characters such as: African, Caribbean. It has
been of great use of me speaking French and being able to switch into different dialects.
What’s it like to be a model especially a hand model?
Being a model and a hand model is quite an interesting journey. Being the face of a popular brand brings more awareness and opportunities and being a hand model has been a fun, creative way of using my hands in different ads.
What was it like to win the prestigious Accolade Award?
Winning an Accolade Award was amazing. Getting an award for something that you created and the audience, people receiving it well. I am grateful for the experience and the award recognition.
How did you get involved with the Kapow Film Festival?
Our Film Director created the Kapow Film Festival. After discussing with us its premise and mission, we became involved and have been exposed to amazing storytellers from all over the world and bringing their stories to the general public.
What advice do you give those just starting out in this industry?
My advice would be to get involved in as many organizations as
possible. Ask questions. It’s all about information and experience that help with confidence.
What upcoming projects do you have coming up?
Feature Films: Black Pumpkin, The House in The Middle Of Nowhere.
You have achieved so much in this industry. Is there any other facet
you’d like to conquer (i.e. directing)?
I love producing. I love putting projects together. Perhaps someday I
may look at directing but for now, I’m Loving Acting & producing.
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — HOLLYWOOD, CA —The Hollywood Press Corps has exlusive photos from the Christmas party at the private home of Jonas Tahlin. Jonas is the CEO of Absolut Elyx. His home was transformed into an elaborate festive wonderland scene to celebrate the start of the holiday season. This event was hosted by B. Åkerlund and Miranda Dickson. The party was to celebrate the holiday in the most extravagant setting with guests including A-list celebrities and well-known drag queens wearing the most elaborate costumes.
The Hollywood Hills mansion pulled out all the stops with a number of eccentric decorations, inducing a welcome from Santa and his reindeers, Christmas carolers and real snow! Upon arrival, guests were welcomed by the Elyx Elf and offered a traditional Swedish Glögg made with Elyx and took photos in the snow on Santa’s sleigh.
B. Åkerlund, an esteemed stylist and costume designer, arrived wearing a spectacular red Christmas dress. She was soon joined by Fergie and Marilyn Manson, who wore a chic red trouser suit decorated in jewels.
As guests made their way inside, they were wowed by the festive feast which filled the length of the room and included cheeses, festive sweets and delicious sizzling sausages. Absolut Elyx, created a number of bespoke festival cocktails for the evening, including ‘Felix Navidad’, ‘Julemus Spritz’ and ‘Jingle Bell’, all made with Absolut Elyx and festive flavors.
Fergie and Marilyn Manson sat together in the ‘Gatsby Room’ where they were spotted chatting the night away with friends as they sipped on Elyx cocktails.
Absolut Elyx is the new definition of luxury vodka, built on the principles of quality, integrity and true craftsmanship. Every drop is made with soft winter wheat from a single estate, in Åhus, Sweden. Absolut Elyx is manually distilled in a 1921 copper rectification column, removing all impurities and resulting in the silky smooth Elyx Vodka. Jonas Tahlin, CEO of Absolut Elyx, and his team are knowledgeable to oversee the century-old distillation process that has been passed down through generations of Swedish vodka-makers. Absolut Elyx has join forces with Water For People to drive awareness and support for long-term solutions to the global water crisis. Through their partnership, Water For People will provide one week of safe water to more than 100,000 people worldwide for every copper purchase in the Elyx Boutique. In just one year, Elyx has already provided approximately 20,000 people with access to safe water for generations to come. Discover more at ElyxBoutique.com and on Instagram @AbsolutElyx.
The Hollywood Press Corps looks forward to the next exclusive party at Jonas’ house!
The “Legacy Charitable Foundation” held its fifth annual Holiday Masquerade Ball on December 8 at The Majestic Downtown in Los Angeles.
In an effort to support “Echoes of Hope” which serves communities by helping children, youth and young adults in need by eliminating barriers and assisting them to reach their full potential, the Holiday Ball encouraged giving with this event which included, open bar, full sushi bar and catered dinner. Aside from creating awareness, the organization raises funds to bridge the gap between those in need and support the programs that help them strive.
The Legacy Charitable Foundation assists our community by promoting social welfare and supporting other non profit organizations with an emphasis on improving health research such as Alzheimer’s and cancer, homeless assistance organizations, disabled or sick youth, foster youth, education, financial literacy, low income family residences and overall well being of all people that are in need of hope. The evening climaxed with an electrifying performance by CeCe Peniston, (Best known for her hit single “Finally”) and other number one hits.
Attendees walking the red carpet included, CeCe Peniston who also performed later in the evening, actress Paloma Movales, actress Chanel Minnifield, Dr. Lisa Masterson of “The Doctors”, comedian Patrick Neal, Pol Atteu and Patrick Simpson of “Gown and Out in Beverly Hills” with their lovable dog “Snow White”, Celeste Thorson of “The Have and Have Nots”, Zack Levy of Legacy Foundation, Abraham Mehrian Chairman of The Legacy Foundation, Giovanna Healy Founder of “Sisters of Strength”, Jennifer Brown Legacy President, Bill Mena board member of Legacy Foundation, Gonzalo Cruz Schiavone board member and Sylvia Valdiva of The Legacy Foundation. Holiday season is a time for reflection and giving and giving they did.