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Artists For Trauma models Michael Kors at In Store Fashion Show at Macy’s Topanga

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Artists For Trauma models Michael Kors at In Store Fashion Show at Macy’s Topanga

Sunday, September 17th from 2 pm -4 pm, Artists For Trauma (AFT) in conjunction with the upscale Macy’s Topanga and the noted Michael Kors line will present a fashion show with AFT adaptive models.

AFT Founder and President Laura Sharpe. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/Gettyimages

“These six chosen models are adored by their community and are not only gorgeous, but physically and mentally strong, having persevered through life challenges that most of us will never know.” – Laura T. Sharpe, Artists For Trauma Founder and CEO.

AFT model and celebrated actor Ford Austin and his wife Emmy award-winning producer Lauree Dash. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/Gettyimages
AFT model and artist Richard Bell. Photo courtesy of Michael Bezjian/Gettyimages

WHO: Numerous celebrities and VIPs expected at this event such as Laura T. Sharpe, the founder of Artists for Trauma, AFT model and celebrated actor Ford Austin (Live By Night, Bosch), his wife, Emmy award-winning producer Lauree Dash (The Doctors, Access Hollywood), actress and fashion blogger Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project, Holy Terror, So Very Vida), noted filmmaker Massimiliano Cerchi (Mayday, The Night Shift), Chanel Ryan (The Late Late Show with James Cordon, Dead Sea) other AFT models such as noted artist Richard Bell, Tobias Forrest, actress Mia Schaikewitz (Push Girls), actress Vanessa Osman and Janelle Hinshaw. Also in attendance are actors James Cavlo (Raising Hope, Carly), Tatyana Figueiredo (Suicide Squad, The Business), Casey Burke (The Middle, 20th Cen- tury Women), Joey Lutheran (The Long Road Home, Modern Family), Kacey Fifield (Game Shakers, React to That), Siaki Si’l (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Austin and Ally), Kiana Lyz Rivera (Major Crimes, The Immigrant), Kendall Monroe, Entertainment attorney Nadia Davari, Founder and CEO of The World Networks Lousine Karibian and Social Media Influencer Ilmar Molder.

 

AFT model and actress Vanessa Osman
AFT model and actress Mia Schaikewitz from Push Girls

WHEN: September 17th,
press check-in 12:30pm

red carpet 1-2pm fashion show 2-4

WHERE: Macy’s Topanga, 21900 Vanowen St, Canoga Park, CA 91304
PARKING: Free parking at Topanga MALL ATTIRE: Upscale Casual

Artists For Trauma, founded by trauma survivor Laura Sharpe in 2011, was inspired by her personal journey to recovery from life altering trauma. Sharpe connected with the world of art as a source of healing from her near-mortal wounds. AFT reveals and shares the blueprint of Sharpe’s astonishing re- covery to help other civilian and military trauma survivors positively reconnect with themselves, their families and their communities.

The AFT organization aims to expedite recovery through artistic expression and human connection, providing a creative portal to help patients process complex emotions, regain confidence and build self- acceptance after suffering a traumatic experience.

More info about Artists For Trauma : http://www.artistsfortrauma.org/

Macy’s, established in 1858, is the Great American Department Store – an iconic retailing brand over 740 stores operating coast-to-coast and online. Macy’s Westfield Topanga Plaza offers a first class se- lection of top fashion brands including Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Clinique, Estee Lauder & Levis. In addition to shoes and clothing, Macy’s has a wide variety of housewares, gifts and furniture.

Macy’s will also have a VIP sale that day from 2-4pm with an extra 30% off on designers that rarely go on sale and 15% off any beauty purchase with your Macy’s card.

More info about Macys Topanga: https://l.macys.com/canoga-park-ca

Michael Kors is a world-renowned, award-winning designer of luxury accessories and ready-to-wear. His namesake company, established in 1981, currently produces a range of products under his signa- ture Michael Kors Collection and MICHAEL Michael Kors labels. These products include accessories, footwear, watches, jewelry, men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, eyewear and a full line of fragrance products.

More info about Michael Kors: https://www.michaelkors.com/

RSVP: Please send talent and press submissions to williamsonmgmt@gmail.com, for the charity’s outreach and marketing/pr committees.

More info about AFT: http://www.artistsfortrauma.org/
More info about Macys Topanga: https://l.macys.com/canoga-park-ca More info about Michael Kors: https://www.michaelkors.com/

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The Los Angeles Nollywood Film Awards Ceremony and Music Festival

On Saturday, August 26th, the Los Angeles Nollywood Film Awards (LANFA) will have their film awards ceremony and music festival at 8039 S Vermont Ave in Los Angeles and screen an international slate of films.

King Bassey, the founder of the Nollywood Awards

Numerous celebrities and VIPs expected at this event such as LANFA founder King Bassey, Honorees Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Check Point) and Dawna Lee Heising (Bladerunner, Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance), Special Guest noted radio host and media personality Mother Love, HPC’s own Vida G. (The Mindy Project, Holy Terror) as a presenter and Co-host Ford Austin (Live By Night, Bosch).

 

Press Check-in is at 4:30pm, with red carpet arrivals at 5-6:30pm, the much anticipated awards presentation at 6:30pm-9:30pm and the afterparty 9:30pm Free parking in the lot and lots of street parking. The attire will range from cocktail attire to black tie.

LANFA was created by King Bassey, who hails from Akwa Ibom, Nigeria. He has an associates degree in Electronic tech and micro computer from National Technical School and a Bachelors degree in Media Production at Intercontinental University Los Angeles. His concentration was in the area of directing, producing, editing, screenwriting and cinematography. After looking at the negative image and portrayal of Africans on Television, King Bassey became one of the first to start Afrikan Network Television on UHF channel in the early 90s, bringing programs from Africa to educate people about Africa, it was even featured in LA Times. After many years the station could not make it because of funding, King Bassey did not give up, he embarked on a song writing career.  He has released about three albums, the most recent one, David Dance, and started organization called the  Los Angeles Nollywood Film Association (LANFA). Lanfa’s goal is to provide a platform for our creative artists to produce and showcase the unique artistic abilities, increase the level of awareness in the community, promote the brand, strengthen and grow the credibility of the group. To also foster the creation of successful working partnerships, empower networking, raise visibility, and strengthen distribution and marketing channels. Every year, the festival screens Afrikan and other international films in August 24th -26th. He won several awards, best African singer and writer from the City of Los Angeles, Award for best Video Programming,  Educational & Documentary, Media award for best photographer.  He directed and produced his first films called Johno the Fake Producer, in 2007, his second film Undisciplined, about the way Parents raise their Children, and in 2010, he directed Queen In LA. Movie, About Human Trafficking. His latest film in the making now is called A Woman In A Man’s World, Multicultural Film creating awareness on Global Fight for violence against Women in work, Home and Church. starting campaign call LET’S GET OUR WOMEN BACK.

 

Trailers on YouTube:

A Woman In A Man’s World: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pl6zgbdhdFA

Queen In LA :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ux5vIHg1XdY&t=4s

Undisciplined: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mG0HSWSrUa4&t=17s

More info about LANFA and to purchase tickets: http://www.lanfaa.com/tickets

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Award Winning Celebrity Fashion Designer Sai Suman’s ‘The Queen in Me’ Fashion Show is a Regal Success

On Tuesday, April 11th at 7pm, Award Winning Hollywood Celebrity Fashion Designer Sai Suman launched her much anticipated official Hollywood Fall/winter 2017 Runway collection titled “The Queen in Me”, which took place at the swanky Sofitel hotel at 8555 Beverly blvd in Los Angeles. It was a completely star-studded evening jam packed with celebrities and media. The event was presented by Sai Suman in conjunction with the World Networks which was founded by the vivacious entrepreneur Lousine Karibian and the media partners of the event who hosted the red carpet, noted actress/fashion blogger and HPC’s own Vida G. (The Mindy Project, Jimmy Kimmel Live, So Very Vida) and celebrated actor Ford Austin (Heels, Live by Night) of “Live with Ford and Vida”.

Celebrity fashion designer Sai Suman

 

The bustling red carpet, chock full of international celebrities and media, started at 7pm and was followed by the Fashion Runway show at 9:30pm having the elegant royal era theme, ‘The Queen in Me’ with a romantic Paris feel and runway music reminiscent of “La Vie En Rose”. Models walked in the perfect Royal exquisite and glamorous designs illustrating of the theme as it describes, swaying the audiences taking them back to the 1920 era with the modern touch of 2017 styling and detailing on a time travel back and forth between 1920’s to 2017 with the mesmerizing women and men’s fall/winter collection. The collection has a very unique fabric and appliqué detailing on women’s collection whereas Mens suit/tux has a very interesting and eclectic mix of fabric combination seen in velvets, cotton and even leather making it stand out from the basic regular tuxedo trend. This dazzling collection has gold, diamond and pearl delicate appliqué with few having a 3D flower laser cut detailing on the Royal style gowns.

Sai with her models at the grand finale of the show!

Overall it was a show that truly gave a feel of all the Queens all gathered in a royal gala charming the audience with their regal style and fashion in a story narrated by the designer herself with her limitless imagination and creativity.

Sai with noted actor Jimmy Jean-Louis. Both are dressed in Sai Suman Couture!

This designer is surely going to be one of the names to be remembered in history among the other legendary designers who are as gifted as her! Sai Suman is an epitome of style and fantasy and has surely achieved a niche at a very young age inspiring many young aspirants to achieve their dreams.

“I live fashion…I breathe fashion! Fashion is not just a necessity for me, but it’s also my passion. Impossible unique creations challenges me. Fashion for me is a platform to narrate story in my own way through my Runway collection! This season’s inspiration “The Queen in me” is dedicated to empowering women and highlighting their beauty within. The Queen in me is to let all women know and discover that there is a Queen/ princess in everyone. It’s all about embracing your beauty no matter what shape or size you are! You are beautiful because you are you,” said Sai.

The Hollywood Launch Runway fashion show was a concept created by Sai Suman and was executed by the World Networks to showcase Sai’s vision and creativity to all her celebrity and media colleagues for them to experience the journey of her fantasy and glamour under one roof, giving them the experience to be a part of a world-class Couture high fashion fall/winter 2017 launch collection.

ABOUT SAI SUMAN

Sai Suman has been designing for HOLLYWOOD’s A list stars at red carpet galas and premieres as well as other events and also has done personalized designing. Her collection and designs have been a hit and quite popular among the Hollywood actors and the whole entertainment industry in no time where Sai at such a young age has reached an international level of high appreciation and credibility. 

Sai has been showcasing in many international platforms as well presenting her collections at premieres and highly acclaimed top fashion events such as New York Couture Fashion Week, Dubai Fashion Week, and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia and Mercedes Benz fashion week in Europe, to name a few and Sai has carved a niche for herself at the very beginning of her journey.

Recently Sai was honored by the Entrepreneur Award of the year 2017 in Fashion Designing at the World Networks in Los Angeles as the ambassador of Dubai for the Network. 

Sai has also been awarded as “Fashion Designer for 2013-14” at the Dubai Fashion Awards. This wunderkind has also won “Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Excellence in Designing” award at the Global Achievers Awards held in Bangkok in May 2013 for her astounding creative sensibilities.

‘SAI SUMAN’, has been transforming her imagination, fantasy into a wearable piece of art. Her work represents a unique and intriguing combination of fashion and technology. Sai’s collections are compromised of impeccably cut outfits and sophisticated haute couture and red carpet gowns that are ornate and intricately detailed while her designs speak volumes about her passion and her work.

Sai Suman is a designer who creates a blend of western fashion elements with a traditional touch of handwork, creating a new fashion statement. She likes experimenting to create uniqueness in her style and to bring out timeless yet trendsetting collections. Sai Suman loves to create a unique blend of western with a traditional touch to it. She has always been inspired by the futuristic vision in fashion hence has presented several art pieces integrated with light technology in many esteemed international fashion week show. Sai Suman has been a pioneer in experimenting the use of unique fabrics designing the costumes for Bollywood actresses. Sai has also designed looks for international television stars, contributed her designs to several Bollywood music videos, magazine cover shoots, reality shows and is now styling for Hollywood as well.

Sai is the youngest designer to create and combine fashion with technology and creativity, presenting Haute Couture with Hi-Tech designs in various international platforms as the youngest Indian designer alongside with the top senior renowned international designers from different countries respectively.

The inspiration for this young and talented Hollywood celebrity fashion designer, ‘Sai Suman,’ has been the surrealistic fantasy world that tickles her imagination and transforms that fantasy into a wearable pieces of art.

More info at  www.saisuman.ws

Photos courtesy of Bob Delgadillo

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The World Premiere of the Tragedy of JFK as Told by William Shakespeare

The renowned Blank Theatre has announced the world premiere production of The Tragedy of JFK (as told by Wm. Shakespeare), conceived, adapted, and directed by Daniel Henning. Performances began on September 24th with the opening night set for Saturday, October 1 at 8pm.

The play's poster
The play’s poster

The Tragedy of JFK (as told by Wm. Shakespeare) is the tale of the conspiracy to assassinate the 35th President of the United States and its aftermath. Using Shakespearian text, this groundbreaking theatrical event illuminates what might have happened surrounding one of the most shocking events in American history.

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Actors Ford Austin and Casey McKinnon

This show stars Ford Austin, Chad Brannon, Time Winters, Tony Abatemarco, Cris D’Annunzio, Casey McKinnon, Susan Denaker, Kellie McIver, Bruce Nehlsen, Jacob Sidnet, Jerry Della Salla, Johnny Walker, Jonathon Lamer, Brett Collier, Brian Brennan, Roslyn Cohn and John Knight.

Daniel Henning is a recognized expert on the JFK assassination. He has lectured at colleges and appeared for countless hours on talk radio at stations such as KABC, WABC, KFI, KPFK, WMAL, andothers.

Still from the show
Still from the show

The Blank Theatre is Hollywood’s resident theatre, consistently offering some of the most high quality and entertaining productions in the area. In its 26- year history, The Blank has won hundreds of awards including every major award in Los Angeles for Outstanding Production (LA Drama Critics Circle, Ovation, LA Weekly, NAACP, BroadwayWorld, and Back Stage Garlands).

The Blank has been at the forefront of providing high quality productions with a risk-taking sensibility and entertaining experiences. With programs such as its Living Room Series and its annual nationwide Young Playwrights Festival, The Blank Theatre is committed to developing excellence in artistic talent and providing the opportunity for artists to take bold risks. For more info, please visit www.TheBlank.com.

The Tragedy of JFK (as told by Wm. Shakespeare) will begin previews on Saturday, September 24 at 8pm and continue on Sunday, September 25 at 2pm, Monday, September 26 at 8pm, and Friday, September 30 at 8:30pm. Opening is set for Saturday, October 1 at 8pm. The regular performance schedule will be Friday at 8:30pm, Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 2pm through November 6. Tickets are available now and may be purchased online at www.TheBlank.com or via phone at (323) 661-9827. The Skylight Theatre is located at 1816 1⁄2 N. Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles, 90027.

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Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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The Fourth Annual Nollywood Awards is a Great Success

The fourth annual Los Angeles Nollywood Film Association (LANFA)’s Nollywood Awards took place on Saturday August 6th at the James Bridges Theater at UCLA. This event recognized renowned international talents in the film, music and media industries within the African communities globally. LANFA has experienced tremendous growth since it’s inception and wanted to appreciate all those who have stayed the cause and also given back to their communities. King Bassey is the founder of the Nollywood awards and LANFA. Mark Sevier was the LA Coordinator of LANFA and Amelia Johnson was the head of marketing. Additionally Mark won a best actor award for the film “The Chosen One.”

Mistress of Ceremonies Denise O'Brien, Founder of the Nollywood awards King Bassey, awardee Vida Ghaffari and presenter Ford Austin
Mistress of Ceremonies Denise O’Brien, Founder of the Nollywood awards King Bassey, awardee Vida Ghaffari and presenter Ford Austin
Awardee Mark Sevier
Awardee and LA coordinator for the Nollywood Awards Mark Sevier
Beauty queen and model Amelia Johnson and Mark Sevier
Beauty queen and model Amelia Johnson and Mark Sevier

HPC’s own Vida G. , who is also an award-winning actress and fashion and beauty blogger, was presented with a prestigious Excellence in Media Award at this prestigious event. Celebrated actor Ford Austin presented Vida’s award to her.  Ford is Vida’s co-host on their popular Facebook live show, “Live with Ford and Vida.”  “Live with Ford and Vida” was also an official sponsor of this auspicious event. Entrepreneur Laverne Tillis also presented this award to Vida.

Awardee Vida with her award and presenters Ford Austin and Laverne Tillis
Awardee Vida with her award and presenters Ford Austin and Laverne Tillis. Ford and Vida are dressed in Sai Suman Couture
Romane 4th from left with actor Said Faraj (second from left) and all the other awardees.

Also in attendance was filmmaker and awardee Romane Simon, who is also a prolific author. Simon has an interesting background. Originating from Haiti, his grandfather was Antoine Simon, the president of Haiti.

Presenter and founder of the World Networks Lousine Karibian with awardees Said Faraj and Vida Ghaffari

More info at http://www.Lanfaa.com

Photos courtesy of Mark Sevier and Bob Delgadillo

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Artists For Trauma Adaptive Artists Multi-Media Art Show

Artists for Trauma (AFT) held their Adaptive Artist Multi-Media Art show at the noted ENGEL & VOLKERS SOUTH BAY. This AFT fundraiser and public awareness event was a great introduction to this worthwhile charity and their mission to empower adaptive artists recovering from life altering trauma and who utilize healing through artistic platforms to expedite quality recovery and reinvention of their lives.

The Artists For Trauma Adaptive Artist Multi-Media Art Show featured artwork by talented inspiring artists, utilizing various artistic disciplines following their life altering traumas that resulted in a total life change due to paralysis, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and PTSD. This opening exhibition featured artwork by members such as Melissa Allensworth, Andrew Angulo, my “Live with Ford and Vida co-host Ford Austin, Richard Bell, Michael Hansel and Brandon Newcomer. 100% of All Art Sales proceeds benefit Artists for Trauma and the 5+ adaptive artists. AFT was founded by Laura T. Sharpe, who is a trauma survivor herself and selflessly wants to help other trauma survivors to be empowered, inspired and healed.

“We feel very blessed to have been embraced by Artists For Trauma and Laura Sharpe. We hope that with the support of AFT, we can shine a bright light of hope on the spirits of all trauma survivors and those overcoming PTSD,” said Ford Austin.

Ford’s loving wife, Lauree Dash, who was there for every step of his inspiring recovery, echoed his sentiments. “I’m so grateful to Laura and AFT. Laura was an inspiration and huge support in Ford’s recovery. She was an angel who paved the way for us showing us recovery was possible. She was a tangible example of the resiliency and the ability we all possess to heal. It is so vital to have a role model who shows you recovery is possible. The singing lessons AFT so generously provided Ford helped him regain his voice and helped his brain heal from his TBI. Engagement with arts provided a way for Ford to heal organically, and quickly,” she added.

It has been a privilege and honor to work with Ford Austin and his loving, supportive wife Lauree, from the early months of Ford’s near death, life altering traumatic car crash 5 years ago to his now inspiring and thriving quality of life recovery ; rich with empowerment and forward progress in his various artistic endeavors as a once again working actor, Lifetime member of the Actor’s Studio , Director, producer , writer and Artists for Trauma Ambassador. Artist for Trauma recognizes and respects the sacred trust of the individuals and families who partner with us in our integrative, healing through art programs during a most vulnerable period of their lives,” added Laura Sharpe.

Engel & Volkers Southbay was the main sponsor for this event. Additional sponsors were AFT, Buiced, Display Art Installation, ICCS, Moby Arts, Sharpe Interior Systems, and Top Shelf Concierge Services-Luxury Transportation. More info at http://www.artistsfortrauma.org/

Photos courtesy of Guillermo Proano/PR Photos and Michael Bezjian/Gettyimages

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Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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So Very Vida’s Successful Blog Launch Party in Conjunction With the World Networks

All of Hollywood was a buzz, as noted actress, voice over artist and fashion blogger Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project, Jimmy Kimmel Live) just had the exclusive, jam packed launch party for her self-titled blog, www.soveryvida.com, at the glitzy W Hotel Hollywood on June 29th. Ever the media maven, Vida hosted the event in conjunction with www.theworldnetworks.com, which was founded by savvy entrepreneur Lousine Karibian.

 

Aligning with the W was on point with Vida’s brand as she has showcased many high end events  in the luxury goods market such as the Rand Review, exclusive Oscar and Emmy Gifting Suites, front row coverage of LA Fashion Week, The Film Fashion Awards and countless other high-tier, private events. “Hollywood is such an integral part of my career and I’m honored that I got the chance to collaborate with Lousine, The World Networks and the W for this event. Lousine is a real visionary and she has created such a wonderful organization that really empowers all types of entrepreneurs especially women, which is what I strive to do with my blog and in all aspects of my media career. More than anything though, I was touched by the support of so many friends and colleagues coming out to support me. Though I do go to events as a blogger, it can often be a very solitary experience as it is full of deadlines and mastering word press and constantly in a state of follow up and pursuit of what is timely and blog-worthy. So to see all my fabulous guests there for me, on a very warm night in Hollywood, with at least 6 big events going from the Paley Center, to a Zac Efron premiere, and even a Paris Hilton perfume launch, well, I’m truly excited and grateful for all of this warmth and support. I also wanted to thank the lovely ladies at the LA Fashion Magazine as well as the staff from Malin + Goetz, who stopped by as well as my amazing hair and makeup teams, Maryam from Chic Look, and Jade and her wonderful Moonstar Cosmetics and Starving Artists Project team,” said Ghaffari. Vida was dressed in a Sue Wong gown, her hair was by Maryam Motaghy of Chic Look Salon in Valley Village, CA. Vida’s head makeup artist was Jade Martinez, founder and CEO of Moonstar Cosmetics. She was assisted by makeup artists LiliaYeremyan and her sister Sher Yeremyan, who is the owner of Mazi Salon in Glendale, CA.

Vida getting glammed celebrity makeup artists Shog and Sher

Numerous celebrities and attended this event such as celebrated actor Ford Austin (Bosch, Dahmer vs Gacy, Facebook Live with Ford and Vida), his wife, Emmy-winning producer Lauree Dash, Kate Linder (The Young and the Restless, Mother’s Day), Actress/Radio Personality Amber Lynn (Host ofRock’N’SeXXXy Uncensored, star of Who’s Jenna?), Pej Vahdat (Bones-series regular, Shameless), Larry Thomas (Seinfeld), Isaac C. Singleton Jr. (Deadpool, Guardians of the Galaxy), Assaf Cohen (American Sniper, Entourage), Gabriel Jarret (Real Genius), Carrie Lazar (The Magnificent Seven), Rico E. Anderson (Star Trek: Horizon, the Fosters), Kim Estes (Fresh Off the Boat, Pretty Little Liars), Cecilia Specht (Scandal, Partners), Dawna Lee Heising (Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance), actor/filmmaker/on-air host Tyrone Tann (Lavanderia,Blooob, Stauros Entertainment), Hoyt Richards (The Mangled, Intersection),Reatha Grey (Off Their Rockers, Betrothed), Anna Easteden (Two and a Half Men), actress/model Max Wasa (House of Manson, Playboy Playmate), actress and model Dani Sciacca (The Witch Chronicles 2), Jon Mack (Blunt Force Trauma, Saw 6), Michelle Bernard (Any Given Sunday, Grease Live!), Actress and model Miki Black (CSI: NY, Maxim,Benchwarmer), Mandy Amano (Teeth and Blood, Crank: High Voltage), Actress/model Natasha Blasick (Days of Our Lives), Musician Martin Blasick, Actress/model Lisa Cash (General Hospital, Maxim St. Patty’s Day girl), entertainment attorney Nadia Davari, and filmmaker Steven Aryamlooi (My Girlfriend’s Back, Love…& Other Four Letter Words) as well as internationally renowned fashion designer Sue Wong, HSH Rudolf Kniase Melikoff (Kingdoms of Armenia, Georgia, and Imperial Russia). Also in attendance upper echelon of style makers and influencers such as RachelMcCord of the popular McCord List, Motown Maurice and others to show their support for Vida and her thriving blog. The gift bags were full of great juices courtesy of Bai, products from Adin of California, GreenFish premium detergent and a copy of The LA Fashion Magazine, who was a media partner. Supporters for the event were Jhenyaby Melanie Gasparyan, Lululemon Athletica, Dawn Christie and Sue Wong.

Vida with the “Soup Nazi,” Actor Larry Thomas
Actor Ford Austin with his wife, Emmy award-winning producer Lauree
Vida with Honorable Gregory Karahalios, Consul General of Greece
Vida with actor Pej Vahdat
Vida with Lousine Karibian, founder of the World Networks
Noted actress Reatha Grey
Vida with fashion designer Sue Wong. Vida is dressed in a Sue Wong gown
Vida with noted actress Kate Linder, star of the Young and the Restless
Vida with Actor Assaf Cohen

ABOUT VIDA GHAFFARI

Born and raised in the DC area, Vida Ghaffari comes from a long line of renowned diplomats, scholars, actors/directors, writers, and poets and knows her way around high-end fashion and glamour. Vida wants to uphold the family tradition through the arts and the media. She has been active on the Tinsel town scene as an accomplished actress, journalist, a voiceover artist, and industry insider. With her rich, smart, and sassy signature voice, Vida works steadily as a voiceover artist. Vida recently voiced two characters in the award-winning animated film “Lovesick Fool” created by Emmy-nominated director Dominic Polcino (“The Simpsons,” “Family Guy,” and “King of the Hill”). Acclaimed actors Fred Willard, Lisa Kudrow, and Janeane Garofalo also voiced roles in this film. This comedic powerhouse landed a great co-starring role in Mindy Kaling’s humorous and much buzzed about show “The Mindy Project.” She has also starred in Comedy Central’s “Mind of Mencia“. These projects cap off a number of successes for the versatile starlet. She will soon be shooting a supporting role in multi award-winning filmmaker Gregory Hatanaka’s “Darling Nikki” alongside James Duval (“Independence Day,”Donnie Darko“), Kristine DeBell(“Meatballs”), Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s “Game of Death,””Black Belt Jones”).  She will also star in “Copperhead Creek” opposite James Van Patten (of “Saw” fame), which is a western by Rick Groat. Vida is also nominated for a Best Actress award at the coveted Love International Film Festival which starts today. Vida’s multi award-winning blog was named by On Trend Magazine as a blog to watch. More info about Vida via facebook, twitter, and instagram at her handles @VidaGhaffari and @soveryvida. More info about Vida at www.soveryvida.com

ABOUT THE WORLD NETWORKS:

The World Networks is, as its name implies, an international networking group created and developed by its CEOLousine Karibian in 2011. To its immense credit, this networking group has members from nearly every country on the globe. Karibian is also the CEO and founder of The Armenian American Network (TAAN), which she started in October, 2010. After she had founded TAAN, Karibian’s contacts from different backgrounds asked her, “Could you do this for our people as well?” And so was born The World Networks organization to bridge various ethnic and geographic communities. Not only is Lousine Karibian the entrepreneur’s entrepreneur, but she is also most certainly the net worker’s net worker, having built her company, The World Networks, into a truly global enterprise. She is also a terrific marketing person, as her clients will attest. More info via facebook and instagram at her handle @theworldnetworks and at www.TheWorldNetworks.com

ABOUT STATION AT THE W HOTEL HOLLYWOOD

The elegant yet hip W Hotel is in the heart of Hollywood. Step outside and discover Station Hollywood, located just outside of the Living Room at W Hollywood and adjacent to Hollywood Boulevard. More info athttp://www.whollywoodhotel.com/station-hollywood-bar

Photos courtesy of Bob Delgadillo

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Celebrated Actor Ford Austin and Actress and Noted Blogger Vida Ghaffari Hosted the Exclusive IberJoya Jewelry Show in Conjunction With Macy’s Topanga

To quote the iconic Marilyn Monroe, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” as celebrated actor Ford Austin of  http://www.actorfordaustin.com (Bosch,Dahmer vs Gacy) and actress and noted fashion blogger Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project, Jimmy Kimmel Live, www.soveryvida.com), of “Facebook Live with Ford and Vida”, co-hosted the luxury event of the season, the exclusive IberJoya trunk show at Macy’s Topanga Mall on Sunday, June 12th.

There were coveted gift bags for the VIP guests stocked with beauty products and fragrance samples from Proctor & Gamble’s P&G Prestige Products Line. P&G also had a raffle for a gift basket worth $500 and the winner was actress Holly Fields (The O.C., Jag).

“We were very excited about this partnership between Macy’s Topanga and the Iberjoya jewelry line and we hope to continue this thriving collaboration with Ford and Vida,” says Jon Albert, store manager of Macy’s Topanga.

“I’ve been dreaming of this collaboration with on-air talents Ford and Vida and this Iberjoya show was the perfect opportunity to showcase beautiful jewels with skilled influencers like Ford and Vida,” added a proud Marie-Rose Akiki, Executive Fashion Stylist and Corporate Sales at My Stylist @ MacysTopanga.

“There was a great buzz at this Macy’s surrounding this event and Iberjoya received a very strong social media presence as a result of this popular event,” said Iberjoya sales rep Michael Falvey.

“I had the opportunity to wear almost $200,000 in exquisite Iberjoya jewelry, and I felt like a million bucks. With all the black tie events I’ve attended, I’ve never seen any jewelry line that rivals this line in terms of elegance, style, quality, and sparkle! What a glitzy and momentous way to launch the first event that we co-hosted, which was at our all-time favorite department store Macys,” said an excited event co-host Vida Ghaffari.

Numerous celebrity and other VIP guests attended such as Ford’s wife, Emmy award-winning producer Lauree Dash, Laura T. Sharpe, Founder, Artists For Trauma, Laura Saltman (Correspondent, Producer The Insider, Access Hollywood’s Dish of Salt), actors Hank Garrett (Three Days of the Condor, Car 54, Where are you?), Pej Vahdat (Series Regular on Bones), Lisa Cash (Actress, General Hospital, Model, Maxim St. Patty’s Day girl), Anna Easteden (Actress, Junkie, At the End of Time), Michelle Bernard (Actress, Any Given Sunday, Grease Live!), Rico E. Anderson (Actor, The Fosters, Star Trek: Horizon), Suze LanierBramlett (Actress, Hills Have Eyes, Betrothed), Reatha Grey (Actress, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, Betrothed), Tyrone Tann (Actor, Filmmaker LavanderiaBlooob, On-Air Host Stauros Entertainment), Alain Washnevsky (Septembers in Shiraz, Scandal), Entertainment attorney Nadia Davari, Legendary Iranian actresses Apick Youssefian(The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam, Cry of the Village) and her daughter Mary Apick (Homeland, 12 Angry Men and Women), as well as royalty such HRH Prince Emad Zand II (Persian Zand dynasty) architect, luxury interior and jewelry and accessories designer as well as the upper echelon of stylemakers and influencers such as Faith Boutin, managing director of FVM Global Magazine and others were in attendance to show their support.

Iberjoya is one of the leading diamond manufacturers and suppliers in the jewelry industry. Their specialties range from loose diamonds to finished jewelry. With over 50 years in the industry, they pride themselves as being highly innovative and adaptable to any market, allowing them to provide their customers with the best possible value.

Macy’s, established in 1858, is the Great American Department Store – an iconic retailing brand over 740 stores operating coast-to-coast and online. Macy’s Westfield Topanga Plaza offers a first class selection of top fashion brands including Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, CliniqueEstee Lauder & Levis. In addition to shoes and clothing, Macy’s has a wide variety of housewares, gifts and furniture.

Macy’s also had a private shopping sale from 3 to 8 pm and at macys.com where customers got an additional 30% off on select regular, sale and clearance clothing and jewelry. They also got an extra 20% off of select regular, sale and clearance home items and watches, an extra 10% off of select regular, sale and clearance electrics/electronics.

Actors Ford Austin and Vida Ghaffari bring their knowledge, wit and candor to “Live with Ford and Vida!” Ford is a celebrated actor and filmmaker who is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio and a SAG convention delegate. More info at  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1284939/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1 Vida is also a noted voice over artist and blogger with So Very Vida. More info at http://www.imdb.me/vidaghaffari More info about “Live with Ford and Vida” at https://www.facebook.com/LiveWithFordAndVida/

Photos courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/Gettyimages, Guillermo Proano/PR Photos and Bob Delgadillo/WENN

Dustin Brown

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Taurus Birthday Party at the W Hotel in Hollywood

What’s your sign? Well, Angela Downey of Downey’s Desserts, www.downeysdesserts.com, Producer Jenna Urban of Urban Media Group, and Celebrity Photographer Bob Delgadillo have similar birthdays, so they are all Taurus or rather Taureans, so they celebrated their birthdays in style at the swanky W Hotel in Hollywood. Hollywood Press Corps was proud to be a media partner of this epic birthday party!

Birthday gals Angela and Jenna with birthday guy Uncle Bob
Birthday gals Angela and Jenna with birthday guy Uncle Bob

The beautiful red carpet hosts were Integrity Entertainment PR, fashion and entertainment specialist Kim Cox, Mrs. Latina Global of Columbia (Yanith Forero), and a couple of the Mrs. Asia USA ladies of the Philippines (Amelia Johnson and Pinay Ako).

Jenna celebrating with friends
Jenna celebrating with friends
Uncle Bob, actors Dawna Lee Heising, THT's Vida G. and Ford Austin. Vida and Ford are dressed in Sai Suman
Uncle Bob, actors Dawna Lee Heising, THT’s Vida G. and Ford Austin. Vida and Ford are dressed in Sai Suman. Vida proudly points to the HPC logo and so does Uncle Bob!
Host Erica Allseitz with comic Gil Fajardo
On-camera host Erica Allseitz with comic Gil Fajardo

 

Jenna and Uncle Bob and their guest rock the red carpet!
Jenna and Uncle Bob and their guest rock the red carpet!
Artist Sham Ibrahim, birthday gal Angela with artwork made my Sham and friends
Artist Sham Ibrahim, birthday gal Angela with artwork made my Sham and friends
Miss Philippines Asia USA Amelia Johnson with Nancy Salim, owner of My Oasis Spa
Miss Philippines Asia USA Amelia Johnson with Nancy Salim, owner of My Oasis Spa
Publicist Denise O'Brien and friends
Publicist Denise O’Brien and friends

Photos courtesy of Sheri Determan, Disco Stella, Mark Sevier, Namli Inc. Photos, Donna Dymally, and Liza Crilly-Tyner.

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

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Shriekfest has a Ghoulish Opening Night Party

I went to an event I look forward to every year last night, the Shriekfest Film Festival Opening Night Party. My friend, the lovely and oh so talented actress Denise Gossett created the festival.

She started the festival in early 2001 when starred in the horror film “Chain Of Souls” and was searching for ways to get the word out. She soon discovered there really weren’t any film festivals focusing on horror and wisely came up with the idea to start a horror film festival.

With Denise on the red carpet of Shriekfest
With Denise on the red carpet of Shriekfest

“I told my sister-in-law Kimberlee my “silly” idea. She loved it! And even though we had no idea what we were doing, we immediately got to work, said Denise.

With my horror posse of wonderful fellow actors, Kristin West, Devanny Pinn, Bill Oberst Jr., myself, Mo Kelly, Scott Engrotti and Marv Blauvelt
With my horror posse of wonderful fellow actors, Kristin West, Devanny Pinn, Bill Oberst Jr., myself, Mo Kelly, Scott Engrotti and Marv Blauvelt

“I always say naivete will take you far and we are proof. We thought doing this festival would be fun and perhaps we’d be able to make some money to put towards making our own films. Little did we know how popular this “little” festival would become! After a few years Kimberlee ended up moving back to her home town in Michigan to raise her son. Her brother, my husband, Todd Beeson stepped in and 3 years ago I finally “let” him retire,” she added.

Denise with festival judge Karina Wilson
Denise with festival judge Karina Wilson

They are currently in their 15th year and submissions have gone through the roof and entries now come from every country!

Actresses Suze Lanier-Bramlett and Reatha Grey
Actresses Suze Lanier-Bramlett and Reatha Grey
Corpsi does a crazy choke pose with Denise and a colleague
Corpsi of Girls and Corpses Magazine does a crazy choke pose with Denise and a colleague

“I just want to say how truly grateful I am for all of the supportive filmmakers, screenwriters, and fans. Thank you for keeping us around,” she said.

TV host JosiKat strikes a pose on the red carpet
TV host JosiKat strikes a pose on the red carpet
Denise and Joann Thomas, co-founder of the FANtastic Film Festival
Denise and Joann Thomas, co-founder of the FANtastic Film Festival

Denise moved to Los Angeles from Orlando, FL. Denise has been in the entertainment business for more than 20 years primarily as an actress. She can be seen in the latest Tom Hiddleston movie “I Saw the Light”, with Morris Chestnut in “When the Bough Breaks” in the Mel Gibson movie “Get the Gringo”, “The Last Ride” with Dennis Hopper and on such tv shows as “The Office”, “The New Adventures of Old Christine”, “Samantha Who?”, “Veronica Mars”, “Fashion House”, “Believers Among Us”, “Superboy”, “Guilty Or Innocent”, “The Life of Tonya Harding”, “What Should You Do?”, a recurring role on “Zoey 101”, “Drake & Josh”, “Born on a Bad Day”, and many more! Denise has also had lead roles in many feature films. She can also be seen in the SciFi film “Decaying Orbit” and the horror films “La Llorona”, “Carnies”, “The Mutilation Man”, “Fright Club”, and in the upcoming “The Cellar Door 2: Preymate.”

Sharing a laugh with actor Ford Austin
Sharing a laugh with actor Ford Austin

More info about the festival at https://www.shriekfest.com

 

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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