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Friday, May 4, 2012

Girls to Gems gives away prom attire, makeovers for deserving high school girls


The mission of Girls to Gems is to illuminate and address key issues surrounding the prom experience, and to promote healthy self-esteem, celebrate academic achievement  and demonstrate to underprivileged deserving  girls in south central Los Angeles, that they matter and are worthy of having a "princess experience" at the prom, which, next to graduation, is one of the most pivotal events in the life of a high school student. 

This workshop will be delivered in one half day session and will cover prom etiquette, with a special focus on the nuances and social skills girls need to maximize their enjoyment of this iconic formal event and work to increase their confidence about interacting with others in this and any other formal setting. Chelsea Tavares, star of the ABC Family hit show, "Make It Or Break It" will attend to encourage the girls with her experience of overcoming obstacles while working towards her dream of being an actress. 

In addition to the workshop, participants will be given a special invitation to shop for free at the exclusive Girls To Gems boutique.  The boutique will house formal and after five dresses, shoes, handbags and accessories donated  by women from the Los Angeles area and the following sponsors: Forever 21, Jovani New York, Dillon Rogers, Unique-Vintage, Front Page Firm, Southern Girl Desserts, BET and Mary Kay   

Students will also be treated to mini makeovers by celebrity makeup and hair stylist  and etiquette tips to celebrate their triumphs in school, setting the stage for a memorable prom night. 



Details:
  • 75 to 100 girls in total will be selected from LA-area schools including: Crenshaw, Dorsey , St Mary's Academy, Washington Prep, Lou Dantzler Charter and Manual Arts.
  •  In addition to good conduct and attendance, each girl must have a GPA of 2.7 or higher and must submit a 1 page essay on  "What Kind of Gem am I and Why?"  to be considered.
  •  Each girl will also need a recommendation from a teacher and a school counselor. 

Time:
  • May 4, 2012
  • 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location:
  • The Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center in Leimert Park  3351 W. 43rd St. Los Angeles, CA 90008
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Thursday, May 3, 2012

James and Cheryl Fortune Talk Relationships in Summer Love Issue of Gospel Today

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Nashville, TN (May 2, 2012) - Multiple award winning, Grammy nominated recording artist, James Fortune & wife Cheryl talk about relationships in the cover story of the new issue of Gospel Today magazine. The May/June Issue features the Fortunes in the summer 'Love' issue along with five other prominent 'it' couples.

In the cover story, James & Cheryl share their powerful love story of survival and strength. As portraits of courage James & Cheryl recall the most difficult time in their marriage -the season of being homeless. The couple relives how they stuck by each other and leaned on their unwavering faith to survive despite an over 7 month stretch of being jobless, living in their car and subsequently moving from motel to motel.  
"It was a difficult time because it affected our entire family" said James. "To realize that I was having a hard time providing for my kids, in the midst of this family struggle proved a difficult, dark time in my life."

The Fortunes didn't allow their lives to be defined by that narrative and have thrived since that trying time. The Fortune's have enjoyed a burgeoning career along with successfully launching their own record imprint F.I.Y.A World Music in conjunction with Light Records, under which Cheryl's solo album will be released next year.


James' current CD IDENTITY quickly debuted at number #1 on Billboard's Top Gospel chart when it was released earlier this year and continues to remain in the Top 5. Further, the first single, "Still Able," continues to be one of the most played gospel songs at radio as Fortune by way of his dynamic performance and delivery has become a beloved pillar and treasure within the genre.

The year 2005 saw the explosive release of James Fortune and F.I.Y.A's debut album YOU SURVIVED. The title song, "You Survived" peaked at #2 on the R&B Gospel singles chart. He amassed worldwide recognition in 2009, with the award winning song, "I Trust You," off his sophomore release THE TRANSFORMATION. "I Trust You," held the number one slot on the Gospel National Airplay chart for over 30 weeks, making history by becoming the longest running #1 single of any genre. James' meteoric rise continued with the subsequent success in 2010 of "I Believe," which earned him his second ASCAP Writer's Award in 2011. "I Believe" also received a 2011 Soul Train nomination for "Best Gospel Performance" along with three Stellar Award nominations for "Contemporary CD of the Year," "Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year" and "Group/Duo of the Year."

The May/June Issue of Gospel Today hits newsstands next week and will also be available online at www.mygospeltoday.com.
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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Nick Canon and Mariah Carey Renew Their Vows In Paris

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Nick Cannon (31) and Mariah Carey (43) celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary by renewing their vows at the Eiffel Tower last Friday, while simultaneously celebrating the birthday of their one year old twins, a son Moroccan and a daughter Monroe. The couple beamed in old Hollywood style, wearing white attire accented in Black. Last year they renewed theor vows in the hospital after Mariah gave birth, Rev. Al Sharton officiating.

They are undoubtedly celebrating life too  as Cannon recovers from mild kidney failure, an enlarged vetrical in the heart and blood clots in his lung diagnosed earlier this year. He told people that his health issues stem from an autoimmune disease that is similar to Lupus.  The America's Got Talent host documenting his recovery in the Web series, “NCredible Health Hustle.”

America's Got Talent premieres on NBC on May 14 at 8/7 Central.
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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul Announces New Possible Pick to Play Her in her Upcoming Film

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 Multiple GRAMMY® Award-winner Aretha Franklin sees Audra McDonald as a strong contender to play the Queen of Soul in an upcoming film. During a recent visit to New York City, Franklin attended Broadway's Porgy and Bess. It was Franklin's first time seeing McDonald's on the Great White Way. She was very impressed with her performance and expressed an interest in her for the role.

Audra McDonald is an award-winning television and stage actor who has won four Tony® awards and two Emmy awards. McDonald has starred in ABC's Private Practice, and in Broadway musicals such as A Raisin in the Sun, Ragtime, Carousel and Master Class. A classical trained singer, she has performed in concerts with the New York Philharmonic and many others.

Franklin is continuing discussions with Hollywood executives and hopes to wrap up negotiations on the film in the coming months. She is not currently in negotiations with McDonald for the starring role in a bio-pic about Franklin. Last month, Franklin celebrated her 70th birthday at a dinner party in New York. She recently received TV Land's Music Icon Award.
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