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DECEMBER 2016

A LETTER FROM

THE EDITOR

In this edition, we are pleased to answer the question, “What ever happened to the Grammy Award winning group called, Tavares?” Do you remember the chart toping song “Penny For Your Thoughts?” While the fans of Tavares worldwide enjoyed the obvious success of the group, Feliciano Tavares, a.k.a. Butch was in a creative limbo after writing PRATHER JACKSON the title song for their third album. We are honored to answer that question with our one-on-one conversation and exclusive cover story. As we prepare for Christmas and excitedly anticipate the start of the New Year, we are reminded of the many things that we each share in-common, irrespective of politics. When I think about the past US Presidential election, I am reminded that when people feel disenfranchised they may not outwardly express their dismay, but they feel pain. I think we can all learn from this and show a little more empathy to our fellow brother and sister, and not just during the holidays. I also wish to acknowledge and thank philanthropist and Queen of Beverly Hills, Ms. Munni Irone for her outstanding work and her display of empathy to the world thru her Arts for Peace Awards. I am delighted to announce that our publication recently received acknowledgement from the 2016 Arts for Peace Awards, held recently in Beverly Hills, for Hollywood Weekly Magazine’s contributions to the media. As a recipient of the 2016 Arts for Peace Award for Media and the 2014 Nollywood & African Film Critics Award (NAFCA), it suggests that Hollywood Weekly Magazine is doing our job and gaining global respect.

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Our congratulations to the Dr. Seuss Museum. Progress is continuing, as the museum honoring Theodor Geisel and is slated to open in 2017. And while on the subject, we also wish to celebrate Capitol Records 75th Anniversary!

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deteriorated.

ver the past two decades Tavares fans wondered, “What ever happened to them”, and why did they disappear while their number one hit single, “Penny For Your Thoughts” was at the top of the charts with numerous prestigious accolades, not to mention receiving a Grammy? A story of betrayal and control was brewing but never revealed until now. While fans of Tavares worldwide enjoyed the obvious success of the group, Feliciano Tavares, a.k.a. Butch, was in creative limbo.

But Feliciano “Butch” Tavares never displayed what he called a slave mentality. He was committed to moving on once the decision was made to leave Capitol Records, while still at the top of their game. Despite those facts, his decision altered the destiny of one of the most successful groups of the period. The decision to leave created adverse consequences for everyone. However, “Butch” was never one to be daunted by trials or rest on his laurels.

After writing the title song for their third album “IN THE CITY” it appeared that he was well on his way to becoming the writer and artist. But his philosophical approach didn’t fit the image that the company had in mind for the group. Butch, found himself in a creative funk of sorts and wondered if this was the end of his dream. Tension began to build. He felt his ambition to become that true Artist, not only the singer of songs, but the writer of them as well, were being somewhat ignored. But that was not the only issue. He felt at the time that the money the group was making was being controlled by management and tried to address the issue, but with no results. In a bold move, he decided to take matters into his own hands. He brought-in his accountant to audit the group’s books. It was intended to bring attention to his concerns, and he wants to be clear. In no way was he suggesting that there was any misappropriation of funds; he just didn’t like the way the money was being handled! And from that point on, his relationship with management

HIS DECISION TO LEAVE THE LABEL WHILE AT THE HEIGHT OF THEIR SUCCESS DESPITE THE FACT THAT HIS DECISION ALTERED THE DESTINY OF ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL GROUPS OF THAT PERIOD HIS INTEGRITY UNFORTUNATELY MANIFESTED ADVERSE CONSEQUENCES FOR ALL INVOLVED.

Today, he and his brothers Pooch, and Victor, who by the way was the lead singer to their very first hit “Check it Out,” have new and relevant music being played on the airways written and that was produced by Butch and his friends. He is already feeling the love and support of the fans (old and new ) that wondered what in the world happened to Tavares and what is Tavares Now doing? This is the true story of Feliciano “Butch” Tavares: From One To Number None, UNTIL NOW. The group formed from 5 brothers, and achieved an American dream. Erected from Cape Verdean roots, their musical heritage led them to the status as one of the greatest R & B groups of all time. Along the way, they worked with major recording artists such as Jerry Butler and Brenda Lee Eager, as well as Freda Payne, all who had hit records. They worked with top groups including the Temptations, Ike and Tina Turner and the O’Jays, and many others. Their career reached stellar heights during the 70’s and 80’s. They rode the crest of success resulting in 8 singles on Billboard’s Top 40, 12 singles on the R & B Top 10 chart, 3 dance chart hits, 10 hit albums, and won a Grammy for their recording of “More than a Woman.” On the soundtrack of the ‘Saturday Night Fever, ” the movie starring John Travolta, garnered more than 28 million sales, and was recently certified as 15 times Platinum. This led to world tours as headliners, dozens of appearances on major television and radio shows as musical guests, notably on Soul Train hosted by Don Cornelius, and induction into the Cape Verdean heritage Hall of Fame 2006.

By Carmelita Pittman After such an impressive record, and after two decades their fans have wondered why did they disappear? According to Butch, there were a collection of circumstances that explains what happened. As he recalls, when he and his brothers were first introduced to Capitol Records they were given a tour of the building. Many stars such as Frank Sinatra, and of course, the Beetles had a floor named after them. Yet, the very recording artist most responsible for that building being built, namely Nat King Cole, an extremely talented singer and musician of African descent, remained noticeably missing from the roster. Outspoken, Butch was quick to ask, “Where is the floor named after Nat King Cole?” This

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got their record executives attention, all while at the height of their success. Although his decision altered the destiny of one of the most successful groups of that period, his integrity, unfortunately, created adverse consequences.

The group decided to follow his lead and eventually signed with R.C.A Records. The group rose to the occasion hitting the charts running with their first number one single called “Deeper In Love” from the album appropriately called “New Directions.” Written and produced by Leon Sylvers from the popular family group called “The Sylvers” it featured Butch on lead vocals. The follow up song was called “Penny For Your Thoughts.” It was written by Kenny Nolan and produced by J. Center with Butch and his brother Pooch commandingly singing the lead vocals. It was nominated for a Grammy. And just when you thought that it couldn’t get any better the company released their third chart topping single entitled “Words And Music.” The group also expanded their horizons releasing their first video. So with all the success the group was enjoying, Butch couldn’t see any reason not to approach the label regarding his music as he as almost certain that his destiny had finally arrived, but

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But Butch is not the type of individual to be put in a box, and another situation emerged along the way. Although the other brothers were content with receiving a weekly per diem he wasn’t. Butch didn’t like the way the money was being handled. He wanted it known, as far as he was concerned, he didn’t need anyone to handle his affairs. After he finished a show, like in the past, he wanted his share of the profits like before they had management. But to his dismay, nothing changed. So, in a bold move, he took matters into his own hands and brought in an accountant to examine the books. Unfortunately, there were executives at the record label who took offense, but Butch didn’t care. He wasn’t suggesting that there had been any misappropriation of funds, only that he didn’t like the way the things were being handled. He informed management that he didn’t want a partnership and that he was totally capable of handling his financial affairs, but again no change. Butch demanded his money! But to no avail. Butch then informed the group that he was leaving Capitol, because of the unresolved issues. He didn’t see the opportunity for growth musically and that to him was unacceptable.

HIS DECISION TO LEAVE THE LABEL WHILE AT THE HEIGHT OF THEIR SUCCESS DESPITE THE FACT THAT HIS DECISION ALTERED THE DESTINY OF ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL GROUPS OF THAT PERIOD HIS INTEGRITY UNFORTUNATELY MANIFESTED ADVERSE CONSEQUENCES 8 HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY


him from further success, by those with their own agenda. He questioned, “was it because he and his brother Pooch sang lead and management weren’t exactly seeing eye to eye? Perhaps if their song crossed-over it would have given Butch too much power considering the internal struggle that was going on? Perhaps the label was not ready for him to achieve the recognition that had been bestowed to Hall and Oates? “With that success I then approached the gentleman, and I use the word “loosely,” that was the head of A & R, to listen to what I was writing. I was very confident that I was finally going to realize my long awaited dream. But to put it bluntly, he said that he did not want to hear music that I had written. I should be satisfied with our current success. Then I reminded him of the deal that we struck from the inception and he said, “WELL, I LIED. I should have put it in writing. I don’t want to hear it.” With that being said, Butch restrained himself, and stormed out. Butch told him “If God keeps me alive you’ll hear from me again”, as he left. “Who leaves with 3 number 1 hits? You have to believe in something higher than yourself.” He placed his faith in the higher power most of us call God. He did not know where his actions would lead to but his beliefs were not to be compromised. However noble that was, it led to his brothers being dismissed from R.C.A., as well.

it wasn’t to be. Butch, however, is never being one to shrink in the face of adversity and he continued to dream. He also wondered how their hit, “She’s Gone” written by Daryl Hall & John Oates from their album, “Abandoned Luncheonette” released in 1973 but covered by Tavares in 1974, suspiciously did not cross over to the pop charts! Hall and Oates, seeing Tavares’s failed attempt to cross over, enjoyed much more than success, and they become pop icons. He thought perhaps his militant stance speaking out on issues of the day involving social and political consciousness might have prevented the

Yet Butch recalls early memories of being favored as a youngster with his brother Ralph and Pooch which drew envy from some of his siblings. He references Joseph and the coat of many color’s from the Biblical story. In the Biblical story the brothers were envious and deceived Joseph and sold him into slavery, yet he rose to the most prominent position in Egypt and actually rescued his brothers and family from the famine. His father, who loved him rejoiced after reuniting with him and the brothers, were forgiven and blessed with land and wealth. He talks of his youth and his unfair treatment of one of his brothers. After his admittance of wrong doing to that brother, the two brothers resolved their issues. They are now working together and both are actually involved with the new music that’s out now. He and Pooch expressed their support for their brother. “After almost losing Pooch to an serious illness a few years ago, it makes it even more gratifying to be able to have him still with us. I’m feeling so blessed to sing and share another lead vocal with him. It means the world to me.” Pooch and Victor signed to Butch’s newly formed Record Label called “Ear Candy Record Label. Feliciano “Flash” Tavares, is a father of the 7 boys, John, Ralph, Arthur (“Pooch), Antone,( ‘Chubby”), Victor , Perry Lee (“Tiny”) and Feliciano Jr. Although Butch left the R.C.A. label he is now back on the scene forming the New Tavares with his two brothers, Arthur “Pooch” and Victor. Having been on the roller coaster of life, he stayed true to his childhood dreams and belief in God. He says,” a true artist is one who sometimes eats chicken, but HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY 9


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ONE OF HIS SONGS IS: Ghetto Prince Me Born one of 10 me Roughneck boy I see Came up in the Hood Always tried to be good For a friend shed a tear Walked the streets with no fear For a friend I would die in the truth there’s no lie,

sometimes he has to eat the feathers.” The new song on the Ear Candy label which he founded is entitled “I’m in Heaven 24/ 7.” The first time it was performed on stage he and his brothers received a standing ovation At first, the audience was hungry for familiar hits and when Butch started talking about new music the audience started to boo. Butch responded by saying, “ we’ll start to sing the song and if you don’t like it we’ll stop and sing any song you want to hear.”

He continues, “to be quite honest, you couldn’t blame them they had paid to hear what was familiar to them.” But I’d come back with a glare when Butch began to sing the song the audience stood on To my friends I’m loyal their feet from beginning to end. They received a standing ovation. And yes, the Tavares Brothers have made a great For my family I’ll toil contribution to music history, yet the New Tavares are here Try to do me wrong to give as much as they can as long as they can. Their new Like a snake I will coil release has already reached number 1 on the sales charts, and another song is on the way. The New Tavares will Cause I’m a ghetto boy continue to uplift, energize, break ground and stand the test Don’t make my blood boil of time for generations to come. don’t let anyone stare

BY FELICIANO “BUTCH” TAVARES

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BUTCH HAS MANY STORIES OF HOW DIVINE INTERVENTION HAS SAVED HIS LIFE AND THE LIVES OF OTHERS INCLUDING HIS BROTHER ARTHUR “POOCH” WHO SUFFERED 7 STROKES IN ONE DAY. POOCH IS DOING WELL NOW AND GOLFS AND SINGS AGAIN


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DR. SEUSS MUSEUM Progress Continuing on Museum Honoring Dr. Seuss in Springfield, MA First Museum to Honor Theodor Geisel is Slated to Open in 2017

THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL

In the senior yearbook for 1920/1921, Ted’s fellow classmates voted him both Class Artist and Class Wit. The early works that Ted produced in high school certainly suggest how he would have earned these titles. Educator Edwin “Red” Smith, who taught at Central High School and was a graduate of Dartmouth College, recognized Ted’s talent and was the first teacher to make Ted consider writing as a career. After graduating from Springfield’s Central High School in the spring of 1921, Ted went on to attend nearby Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, where he continued to develop his writing and artistic skills.

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The Springfield Museums continue to make great strides toward opening the world’s first museum honoring Theodor Seuss Geisel, who was born and raised in Springfield, MA. The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum is slated to open in June of 2017, and will include interactive displays featuring familiar Seuss characters, exhibits of familyowned objects and memorabilia, and a re-creation of Ted Geisel’s artist studio, among other highlights. Museum officials are already planning for a large-scale opening celebration, and are actively working with city officials and community organizations on ideas for welcoming Dr. Seuss fans to Springfield for this momentous occasion. The timing of the opening will coincide with the 15th anniversary of the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, which opened on the Museums’ Quadrangle in June 2002 and features statues of Ted Geisel’s most famous creations, including one of Ted himself at his

drawing table. Next year also marks the 80th anniversary of Ted Geisel’s first work of children’s literature, And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street, which is set here in Ted Geisel’s hometown. The real-life Mulberry Street is located only a few blocks from the Museums’ campus. Work is underway to convert the historic William Pynchon Memorial Building, formerly the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum, into The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum. The Cultural Facilities Fund of the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the State of Massachusetts have funded restoration of the building’s exterior, including a new patio and much-needed repairs to the roof and windows. Last month, a large whimsically-shaped archway was also unveiled, giving the museum building an appropriately “Seussian” entrance. Conception and fabrication of the first floor interactive spaces is also well underway, with exhibit designers


THE FIRST CHILDREN’S BOOK BY DR. SEUSS, AND TO THINK THAT I SAW IT ON MULBERRY STREET, WAS INSPIRED BY TED’S CHILDHOOD MEMORIES OF SPRINGFIELD, MA. IT WAS PUBLISHED IN 1937 AFTER 27 OTHER PUBLISHERS HAD REJECTED IT. WHEN AND TO THINK THAT I SAW IT ON MULBERRY STREET WAS FIRST SOLD IN STORES, SPRINGFIELD CITIZENS QUEUED OUTSIDE THE POPULAR JOHNSON’S BOOK STORE IN COURT SQUARE TO DISCOVER IF IT WAS A GOSSIP STORY ABOUT RESIDENTS OF THE CITY. MUCH TO THEIR RELIEF, IT WAS NOT! ONE CITIZEN TOLD A REPORTER OF THE SPRINGFIELD UNION THAT THE BOOK WOULD MAKE THEIR STREET FAMOUS, AND ITS LEGACY AS THE FIRST CHILDREN’S BOOK BY DR. SEUSS HAS CERTAINLY DONE THAT.

IN THIS BOOK, HORTON THE ELEPHANT RETURNS TO PROTECT THE TINY COMMUNITY OF WHOVILLE, WHERE MICROSCOPIC CREATURES CALLED WHOS LIVE. THROUGHOUT THE BOOK HORTON PROCLAIMS, “A PERSON’S A PERSON, NO MATTER HOW SMALL.”

TED WROTE THIS BOOK IN RESPONSE TO A CHALLENGE THAT HE WRITE A BOOK THAT FIRST-GRADERS CAN’T PUT DOWN USING ONLY 225 WORDS. THE IMPRESSIVE SALES OF THE BOOK HELPED TO LAUNCH THE BEGINNER BOOK SERIES WHICH WERE DESIGNED TO COMBAT THE GROWING PROBLEM OF LITERACY IN AMERICA BY HELPING CHILDREN LEARN HOW TO READ.

developing stations featuring beloved Seuss characters like The Cat in the Hat, Horton, and The Lorax. The first level will have a decidedly children’s museum feel, with visitors allowed to take an interactive tour of the many Springfield sights that were such a major part of Ted Geisel’s childhood. Rhyming and word play are major elements in these spaces, with opportunities for parents and kids to explore new sounds and vocabulary, invent stories, and engage in activities that encourage teamwork and creative thinking. Museum staff has also been busy cataloging the many new objects donated to the new museum by Ted Geisel’s stepdaughters, Lark Grey Dimond-Cates and Leagrey Dimond. Items from Ted’s drawing studio, including the desk where he created his most memorable characters, will be displayed as part of a full re-creation of his workspace. Other featured objects will include Ted’s collection of whimsical bowties, as well as original drawings and sculptures created by Geisel, most of which have never been seen by the public. An exciting new addition to the Museum plan is The Cat’s Corner, a Dr. Seuss-themed resource space on the lower level of the Museum, which will serve as the site of educational, art-making and literacy-based activities for both school groups and the general public. “We’re very excited to see the progress on the museum project thus far, particularly with regard to the design of

TED’S RHYMING PICTURE BOOK ABOUT THE BIG CIRCUS DREAMS OF YOUNG MORRIS MCGURK MIGHT HAVE DRAWN UPON BOYHOOD MEMORIES. IN SPRINGFIELD, THE ARRIVAL OF THE CIRCUS IN TOWN WAS HERALDED BY FESTIVE PARADES DOWN MAIN STREET.

WRITTEN TO REFLECT TED’S VIEWS ON THE COMMERCIALISM OF CHRISTMAS, THE GRINCH HAS BECOME A HOLIDAY STANDARD.

the activity spaces that will allow children and families to interact with familiar Dr. Seuss characters in an entirely new way,” said Susan Brandt, President of Dr. Seuss Enterprises. Kay Simpson, President of the Springfield Museums, commented “The project has really started to pick up steam, and you can truly sense the enthusiasm and anticipation for the new museum from visitors and local residents.” That sense of excitement has spurred a wave of donations, with over $5.7 million of the $7 million goal already raised from a combination of individuals, corporations, and foundations. One of the earliest donations to the project came in the form of pennies collected by Springfield schoolchildren in 2013, a testament to the civic pride felt by local residents for their hometown hero. Online donations are now being accepted through a new website titled SeussInSpringfield.org, which also provides information about Ted Geisel’s early years in Springfield through timelines and rare family photographs. The site also includes conceptual drawings of the first floor interactive spaces, an interactive map of the Dr. Seuss Sculpture Garden, and quizzes for Seuss fans of all ages to test their knowledge of Seuss trivia. “The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum will be a major tourist attraction for the city and region, and we’re very much looking forward to inviting fans of Dr. Seuss to Springfield for this momentous occasion next June,” commented Simpson.

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Carnival Corporation to Sponsor NBC’s

“The

New Celebrity Apprentice”

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arnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the world’s largest leisure travel company, today announced it will sponsor the two-part finale of the upcoming season of NBC’s “The New Celebrity Apprentice” airing next year on February 6 and 13. The sponsorship also features Carnival Corporation launching the Celebrity Apprentice Charity Challenge, supporting the charities chosen by the celebrity contestants while driving consumer engagement with the show. “The New Celebrity Apprentice” premieres on January 2

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With “The New Celebrity Apprentice” featuring a component that brings attention to worthwhile charities, the Charity Challenge will give viewers of the hit program opportunities to win cruise giveaways each week while also supporting the charities chosen by the celebrity participants. The initiative will go live in December and run through the duration of the program’s eighth season. Further details on the Charity Challenge will be released by Carnival Corporation in mid-December. Carnival Corporation and its four North American brands


Carnival Corporation recently launched three original television programs that showcase adventures aboard each of the company’s 10 cruise line brands, which includes “The Voyager with Josh Garcia,” airing on NBC nationwide on Saturday mornings. Additionally, Carnival Corporation exposed a broader consumer audience to cruising with its first-ever Super Bowl commercial in 2015, also on NBC, and an initiative this year with AT&T and Samsung to allow consumers to take a fully immersive virtual reality cruise.

– Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Seabourn – will be featured in the show’s twopart season finale, details of which will be shared in the coming months. These brands and Carnival Corporation’s six other global cruise line brands, comprise the world’s largest cruise company. “Cruise vacations are growing faster than ever in popularity, but there are still many people who have not discovered why cruising is such a great vacation and exceptional value,” said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation. “We expect ‘The New Celebrity Apprentice’ will be a big hit with viewers, and being able to reach millions of people watching the program is a powerful way for us to generate awareness of cruising and help inspire people to consider cruising when they are planning their vacations. We are also looking forward to generating awareness of and support for several well-deserving charitable groups by offering cruise giveaways that will create a lot of excitement.” Carnival Corporation’s sponsorship of NBC’s popular program is the latest initiative in the company’s ongoing strategy to find innovative ways to expand the market and inspire consumers to consider a cruise for their next vacation.

Former two-term California governor, successful businessman and international movie superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger will host the show and work with worldclass business leaders as boardroom advisors. The list includes investment guru Warren Buffett, one of the most successful businessmen in the world; former Microsoft CEO and Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer; Tyra Banks, a supermodel, actress, TV host, producer, and CEO of the Tyra Banks Company and cosmetics brand, TYRA Beauty; actress, author and entrepreneur Jessica Alba, founder and chief creative officer of The Honest Company and Honest Beauty; and Schwarzenegger’s trusted confidante and nephew, prominent entertainment attorney Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger. This season’s 16 celebrity contestants vying for the title of Celebrity Apprentice and a $250,000 check to support their designated charity include the following: Four-time boxing world champion Laila Ali; actress, host and entrepreneur Brooke Burke-Charvet; Pro-Football Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson; Grammy Awardwinning singer and songwriter Boy George; American Ninja Warrior host and comedian Matt Iseman; actress, producer and writer Carrie Keagan; Emmy Award-winning television star and celebrity stylist Carson Kressley; fourtime Olympic gold medalist and WNBA champion Lisa Leslie; comedian, film and television star Jon Lovitz; Mötley Crüe lead singer Vince Neil; reality TV star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi; actress and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards; former UFC standout mixed martial artist Chael Sonnen; co-host of Dish Nation and Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Williams; Heisman Trophy winner, College Football Hall of Fame inductee and ESPN sports analyst Ricky Williams; and singer and television host Carnie Wilson.

ABOUT CARNIVAL CORPORATION & PLC Carnival Corporation & plc is the largest leisure travel company in the world, with a portfolio of 10 cruise brands in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia comprised of Carnival Cruise Line, Fathom, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, P&O Cruises (Australia) and P&O Cruises (UK). Together, these brands operate 101 ships visiting over 700 ports around the world and totaling 225,000 lower berths with 18 new ships scheduled to be delivered between 2016 and 2022. Carnival Corporation & plc also operates Holland America Princess Alaska Tours, the leading tour companies in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon. Traded on both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, Carnival Corporation & plc is the only group in the world to be included in both the S&P500 and the FTSE 100 indices.

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Look Your Best This Holiday Season

Whether you’re driving home for the Holidays to see family, or heading out to glitzy parties to see old friends over the festive period, no doubt you’ll want to look your best. With these top seven Holiday beauty tips you’ll be looking gorgeous for those under-the-mistletoe moments.

Tired Eyes All those nights partying to Mariah Carey and Wham! is bound to leave even young eyes looking tired. To make sure you stay looking bright and alert over the Holidays. Give yourself a little eye massage to get rid of puffy eyes. Begin at the corner of one of your eyes and work your way up, between your brow bone and your eye, rubbing as you go until you reach the outer edge of your eye. Repeat along your lower lash line. A go to product that brightens, and softens the look of aging eyes is BENEV GF Eye Gel, this product uses growth factor technology. Also, be careful about where you apply your blusher as applying it too high can make you look tired.

Flat Stomach For most of us, a flat, washboard stomach is like the elixir of life – a distant, priceless dream that will never become a reality. Yet we have a few tricks that might make that flat tummy achievable. Firstly, try taking 16 HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY

peppermint capsules or aloe vera juice. Each do a fantastic job in supporting the digestive system and both can help you achieve a flat stomach by preventing bloating. So that you can look amazing in your Holiday outfit, you can also cut out certain foods that can cause excessive gas and bloating. Try to limit things that contain refined sugar, or fermented products like cheese and alcohol.

Have A Great Time We’re about to reveal one of the best beauty Holiday tips of all time, so sit comfortably and listen up. Here it is: enjoy yourself. It sounds so simple, but whatever you’re up to this Holiday Season, make sure you spend time with people you like and spend at least some time with people who make you feel good about yourself. Having a great time is the perfect beauty treatment because when you’re having a great time it shows: your skin glows, your eyes brighten and everyone in the room will be sure to notice.


Glittery Lips Nothing says the Holidays like glitter, and slathering some sparkly goodness on your pout will definitely bring you some Christmas cheer this year. To master the look, line your lips with a light colored lip pencil and add foundation to the corners of your mouth. Then apply a creamy lipstick using a lip brush before using a flat brush to add on your glitter. You can finish with a gloss. The one thing to bear in mind if you’re considering having glittery lips for a Christmas do is that drinking, eating and kissing may be off limits; so weigh up your priorities before donning a glitter pout.

Simple Up ‘Do The Holidays are such a frantic time that it can be difficult to find the energy to fuss over hair styles. Yet if you want to look fantastic then one of the best beauty tips you can master is the art of simple hairdos. If you want to put your hair up, try twisting one section from the front of your hair; once twisted pin into place at the back of your head. Repeat with the other side. Then take the remainder of your hair and tie a messy bun. This look is elegant, simple and more importantly quick.

Combat Alcohol Although you may like sipping a tasty mojito or cosmopolitan, your skin doesn’t. Alcohol dehydrates you and can leave your skin dry, grey and dull. To make sure your skin glows despite the endless flow of alcohol over the festive period your typical moisturizer won’t be enough. Instead invest in BENEV Hyaluronic Cream which contains you guessed it Hyaluronic Acid. This cream Intensely hydrates, softens, and soothes skin to promote a more youthful, supple appearance without a greasy feel.

Party Make-Up Party make-up has to be right if you want to look good, but your skin needs to be on point if you want to really glow. Appling BENEV GF Hydrogel Moisturizing Mask will really get you soaked up in moisture. This super hydrating gel mask designed to calm skin and rebalance the moisture barrier while delivering potent skin nutrients. HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY 17


CINEMA TWAIN Val Kilmer VAL KILMER WILL MAKE A RARE PERSONAL APPEARANCE THIS DECEMBER AT SAN JOSE STAGE COMPANY, TO INTRODUCE TWO SCREENINGS OF CINEMA TWAIN, THE FILM OF HIS ONE MAN PLAY ABOUT MARK TWAIN San Jose Stage Company (Randall King, Artistic Director and Cathleen King, Executive Director), announced today that Val Kilmer will appear in person at the theatre on December 29 and December 30 to introduce two special film screenings of his one-man play about Mark Twain. The one-man show, CITIZEN TWAIN, has played to sold-out houses at performing arts venues nationwide.

“‘The Stage Company is absolutely thrilled to present two Great American icons, as personified by consummate Actor/Master Craftsman Mr. Val Kilmer in his stage-tofilm personification of one of our nation’s greatest novelists & truly timeless humorists, Mark Twain,” said Artistic Director, Randall King. “We are honored to have both men share The Stage with our audience!” “I’m very happy to be appearing at The Stage to present CINEMA TWAIN,” said Kilmer. “Talking about Mark Twain’s love of humanity after the show is pure joy. He’s such a great American, one might call him an honorary founding father; and such a great example to remind us to love our fellow man, rich or poor, black or white or red or yellow, blue or red, whether from the north or south, east or west you get the idea! He loved us all with open laughing arms... And how willing he was to acknowledge his own faults. I’m having so much fun sharing the role I created for my stage play CITIZEN TWAIN and hope you’ll all come out to The Stage to see it.” Kilmer, famous for his portrayals of iconic characters such as Jim Morrison (THE DOORS), Doc Holliday

CINEMA TWAIN will screen at San Jose Stage Company on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, December 30, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $75.00 - $500.00. A Meet and Greet with Val Kilmer following the screenings is available 18 HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY

for an additional $50.00 per person. San Jose Stage Company is located at 490 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95113. Tickets may be purchased by phone at408283-7142, online at www.thestage.org, or in person at the San Jose Stage Company Box Office.


(TOMBSTONE) and Batman (BATMAN), inhabits the spirit of legendary American figure Mark Twain in this film of his acclaimed one-man show. A master of reinvention, Kilmer transforms himself into the “First American,” Mark Twain, in a comedic and moving performance that is both contemporary and reflective. The piece is based on the life of the man, Samuel Clemens, and of course his writings as Mark Twain. From his thoughts on politics (including his famous disdain for the U.S. Congress), to his family and ultimately his faith and God, Twain spins a series of yarns with his timeless satire and incomparable wit.

FOR CALENDAR EDITORS: WHAT: Val Kilmer appears in-person to introduce CINEMA TWAIN Film Screening WHEN: Thursday, December 29 at 7:30 p.m. / Friday, December 30 at 8:00 p.m. WHERE: San Jose Stage Company, 490 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Kilmer will introduce the 90-minute film and conduct a question and answer period with the audience following the screening. For an additional $50.00 per person, VIP ticket holders will have an opportunity to meet Val, chat, and take photos after the Q&A. Through powerful, provocative and profound theatre, San Jose Stage Company (The Stage) – now in its 34th season - seeks to expand community, forge creative partnerships, and challenge individuals in order to illuminate the human condition.

TICKETS: For tickets ($75 - $500) or more information, the public may contact San Jose Stage Company box office at 408-2837142, or www.thestage.org. For an additional $50.00 per person, VIP ticket holders will have an opportunity to meet Val, chat, and take photos after the Q&A.

For more information on Mr. Kilmer: www.valkilmer.com.

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DIRECTOR WIL V. MOORE, ACTRESS/PRODUCER DELKA NENKOVA

LARRY, KEITH, NIKKI, ZULTAN, ERIKA AND SUNNY

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ithin the exclusive offices of Santa Monica based Dick Clark Productions is nestled a private screening room that is frequent by members of the Motion Picture Academy and others. Major films are routinely screened by industry executives that on any day might vary from a select pick of prominent entertainment journalist, to a-list actors, producers and directors.

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It was within this setting that Hollywood Weekly Magazine held its annual Christmas party. This year the event also served, in-part, to make up for a missed opportunity to acknowledge key supporters who were scheduled to receive awards at the 3rd Annual Hollywood Weekly Film Festival. That event, honored the returned of the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams, back to Los Angeles. Like most of Hollywood


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Weekly’s events, the international film festival was held before a packed house, this past September at Harmony Gold Theater on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. But this event was all about celebrating Hollywood Weekly’s Christmas party. The evening featured great conversations and networking with musicians, actors and producers like Emcee Nice who was spotted in the house. And this reporter could not overlook gorgeous Canadian model Helen Chimon, and Empire’s Eric Lane. It’s worth mentioning that Emcee Nice has an impressive resume of success and is the co-creator of a popular urban animation series on Netflix that is seen in 16 countries. The Christmas party also featured a screening of “Delka: Stand-Up Tall or Fall,” a film based upon a Bulgarian circus performer pursuing her dreams to make it to America. Guest were treated to award-winning food by internationally renowned Chef Jeffery Roberto, who catered an exclusive array of deliciously tasty eatables, made to taste as MODEL HELEN CHIMON

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good as its name, “Susi 0n a Roll.” Not to be over-looked, Mr. BJ Drake served a variety of cocktails and beverages with his Hulu Girls logo neatly placed on the step n repeat featuring an impressive list of sponsors, with Carnival Cruise Lines most prominently positioned. And speaking of sponsors, Publisher Prather Jackson acknowledge the magazine’s Personal Injury Attorney of the Year, Michael Ehline, BJ Drake of Hulu Girls and the CEO of MDC Enterprises, Mr. Michael D. Coxson, as “Best Investment Advisor.” But the night belonged to Prather Jackson. Mr. Jackson has built an international magazine that in 2014 garnered an “African Oscar” from the Nollywood Film Critics Award. Mr. Jackson was previously acknowledged by Munni Irone at the recent Arts for Peace Gala in Beverly Hills for his work in the media. His award was bestowed by Mrs. Carmilita Pittman, who graciously replaced Ms. Ironne who was in Africa and unable to personally attend. HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY 21


CAPITOL RECORDS TO LAUNCH YEAR-LONG 75TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION IN NOVEMBER EXTENSIVE SLATE OF PROJECTS WILL ENCOMPASS MUSIC, FILM AND LITERARY WORLDS

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apitol Records, one of the world’s preeminent music companies and the first record label established on the West Coast, will launch its 75th Anniversary Celebration in November with an extensive slate of music, film and literary projects that will pay tribute to Capitol artists spanning the past eight decades and shine a spotlight on their historic contributions to music and popular culture. Capitol Music Group (CMG) Chairman & CEO Steve Barnett today announced three of the company’s planned endeavors: A year-long major vinyl reissue campaign – The Capitol Records 75th Anniversary Collection, 75 albums that illustrate the unparalleled artistry of Capitol Records throughout its history – launched in partnership with leading home furnishings destination Crate and Barrel; the publication of a deluxe photograph and essay book from TASCHEN, 75 Years Of Capitol Records, on December 15, and the development of a Capitol Records docuseries being produced by Nigel Sinclair/Whitehorse Pictures (The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, No Direction Home: Bob Dylan), with individual episodes to be directed by music luminaries and Capitol artists, past and present.

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Crate and Barrel: Partnerships Leading home furnishings retailer Crate and Barrel has partnered with Capitol for its 75th Anniversary celebration to feature The Capitol Records 75th Anniversary Collection in stores nationwide. The collection can be found within The Listening Room, where consumers can find an exclusive collection of furniture, accessories and cutting edge audio equipment.

CAPITOL RECORDS TO LAUNCH YEAR-LONG 75TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION • Los Angeles City Council to proclaim November 15 Capitol Records Day in the city • Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to unveil Capitol Records Walk of Fame Star of Recognition • Official account of company - 75 Years Of Capitol Records - to be published by TASCHEN • Partnerships with Crate and Barrel and American Airlines highlight extended reach to music fans The year-long celebration will commence on Tuesday, November 15 when Capitol becomes the first record company to receive a star of recognition from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which will be installed in front of the landmark Capitol Tower and adjacent to the internationally-renowned Hollywood Walk of Fame. At the star’s unveiling, the State the Los Angeles City Council will present Capitol with a resolution declaring November 15 Capitol Records Day in the city. Beginning that evening, the spire on top of the Capitol Tower that has always emitted “Hollywood” in Morse code will change to “Capitol 75,” and will continue to flash in that manner for the next 12 months. THE CAPITOL RECORDS 75TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION – VINYL REISSUE PROGRAM To select 75 albums that represent the best of Capitol Records from among literally thousands of works the company has released over the past 75 years, the label convened an advisory board of noted music journalists, authors and renowned creative figures to decide on the final list of albums that comprise The Capitol Records 75th Anniversary Collection. The result spans myriad Capitol eras and musical genres, and includes best sellers, influential works and lesser-known gems (see below). The reissue program begins this month, and titles will be available through music retailers throughout 2017.

THE CAPITOL RECORDS BUILDING The Capitol Records Building, also known as the Capitol Records Tower, is a Hollywood Boulevard Commercial and Entertainment District building that is located in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The building is a thirteen-story tower that was designed by Welton Becket and is one of the city’s landmarks. [4] Construction occurred soon after British company EMI acquired Capitol Records in 1955, and was completed in April 1956. Located just north of the Hollywood and Vine intersection, the Capitol Records Tower houses the consolidation of Capitol Records’ West Coast operations and is also home to the recording studios and echo chambers of Capitol Studios. The building is a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. The building houses the Capitol Studios, a recording facility which includes eight echo chambers engineered by guitarist Les Paul and three main studios, A, B, and C. Frank Sinatra had a close association with the studios, and the Georg Neumann U 47 microphone that he carried around with him is housed there, and is used and maintained regularly for studio sessions. The first album recorded in the tower was Frank Sinatra Conducts Tone Poems of Color. In 2012, Studio A received a brand new AMS Neve 88R mixing console, and was designed and built for Al Schmitt and Paul McCartney.

75 YEARS OF CAPITOL RECORDS – TASCHEN RELEASE IN DECEMBER To commemorate Capitol’s extraordinary history of recorded music, TASCHEN is publishing the official account of Capitol Records from its founding year of 1942 through to today. To be released December 15, 75 Years of Capitol Records follows the label’s evolution and the making of some of the greatest music of the 20th and 21st centuries. The book includes hundreds of images from Capitol’s extensive archives, as well as a foreword by Beck and essays by cultural historians and music and architecture critics. This photographic and musical history includes the label’s most commercially successful, creative and important artists whose work has defined Capitol Records, music and popular culture for the past eight decades. 75 Years of Capitol Records is also available at Capitol’s online store.

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ENSURING YOU’RE READY WHEN YOUR CURTAIN CALLS

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n today’s day and age not everyone understands the benefits of life insurance. However, the team at People Helping People (PHP), not only provides excellent service but strives to educate individuals over the importance of what happens when your ‘curtain calls’.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, California with offices all over the USA, PHP is known for ‘bringing back life to the insurance industry’. To further explain, life insurance is a contract between the policy holder and the insurer that covers costs and expenses due to unforeseen circumstances and events and is the recognition of the value of life and its uncertainty that covers yourself and your loved ones. PHP is a company built on teamwork and embracing the ever

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changing cultural business environment. PHP is a Financial Marketing Organization that markets the top insurance and financial companies.

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Through its remarkable agents who have extensive knowledge, PHP, understands that life insurance can be a sensitive topic and will make a positive and memorable experience for individuals and families alike. Patrick Bastien, Financial Coach and Expansion Recruiter, is a PHP employee with over 20 years in the IT industry and has a history of working and consulting for top cooperation’s as well as being a fashion photographer in NYC and LA. “I found a career with People Helping People in developing and helping people reach their financial freedom,” Bastien explains. “My team of Top Financial Experts and I help insure that our clients have a standing ovation for their curtain call”. Many people live a life of success, but what happens when your time is up? What legacy do you leave behind for your families and love ones? So many people make their money for what it brings them today, but do not plan for their future. PHP delves into that realm to provide options for the individual and its family members. “We help people protect themselves and their families,” states Bastien. “We help them plan for their retirement and show them the importance of planning at a young age and not wait till they are at the end of their career to start”. From the mailman to the CEO, PHP works with everyone on the economic ladder as there is no limit to whom they assist. A few clients have been: Shaquille O’Neal, Pharrell Williams, and even author, business owner, and speaker Grant Cardon. So many people make the mistake of not obtaining life insurance, but it doesn’t have to be you. Learn your options and pick a plan that fits you and your lifestyle. With a passion in life to see people win. PHP positions people to win -- to win in life, win in their legacy, and most importantly win for their “curtain call”.

“I FOUND A CAREER WITH PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE IN DEVELOPING AND HELPING PEOPLE REACH THEIR FINANCIAL FREEDOM,” FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON BUILDING AND PROTECTING YOUR WEALTH PLEASE VISIT:

patrickbastien.com or simply call 310-597-6749

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

EDITOR’S NOTE: The celebrated one-man show “Colorstruck” now in its 10th year, uses comedy, drama, music, visuals, and spoken word to examine race in America, and the need for more diversity and inclusion. After each performance audience members of all races, ages, genders and religions, engage in constructive dialogue regarding the issues raised in “Colorstruck” to help bridge the widening racial divide that exists in America today. “Colorstruck’s” motto is: There is only one race, the human race. Mr. Donald Lacy is also the founder of a special organization the LoveLife Foundation, which he created for his beloved daughter, LoEshe’ Lacy. The LoveLife Foundation trains youth in media and performing arts and to use those tools to speak out against violence. The work of the LoveLife Foundation was proclaimed from the floor of the United States Congress in 2000. I recently sat down with Mr. Donald Lacy, writer, producer and performer of “Colorstruck”, and founder of the Lovelife Foundation, to discuss a wide range of topics including his views of social empowerment in the wake of the recent US Presidential election.

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COLORSTRUCK” “ADDRESSES SOCIAL PROBLEMS IN AN ENTERTAINING WAY HW: Welcome back Mr. Lacy. What’s been going on since we last spoke? DONALD LACY: Thanks for having me back. Wow, so much has happened since we last spoke. This summer I had the pleasure of acting in Cal Shakes’ production of “Fences”, directed by the fabulous Raelle Myrick-Hodges. It was a great experience to play such a wonderful character that the great August Wilson created. As you mentioned, I am the producer/ performer of “Colorstuck” which is still going strong, now in its 10th year. People may not know that this is the 50th year since the founding of the Black Panther Party. Beginning in October of this year, I did 3 performances with some of the Black Panther Party members present in the audience. I did this to pay respect to the Party, but also because of the issues which led to their formation, which were the innocent killings of mostly unarmed young Black men, women, and children. This is pretty much what we are still dealing with now, which is ironically tragic, although it’s hard to say if the problem has gotten worse. Today, with all of the devices, cameras and cell phones, we can document what’s happening. Emory Douglas was one of the “Colorstruck” post-show discussion panelists. He is the artist who did all the cartoons for the Black Panther newspaper. John Burris was also one of the 26 HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY

panelists. Mr. Burris is one of the leading attorneys in the world, representing families whose loved ones have been killed by law enforcement. I am looking forward to my next step, which would be to bring “Colorstruck” to Los Angeles. As a matter of fact after our interview, I am meeting with a theater owner here in Los Angeles to talk about bringing “Colorstruck” to his venue. I am also exploring options to take the show to New York. The timing could not be more perfect then it is right now. I know it may not be comfortable, but conversations about race are necessary and need to be had. I would like to eventually get “Colorstruck” on Netflix or some similar platform, particularly with the election of our next President. It’s been in the news that people with Muslims have been attacked because they were wearing a Muslim headdress. In fact since the election of Trump, there have been 700 attacks on minorities in the United States. The election of Trump underscores the climate of hate and division that is so prevalent in America today. This climate has a history rooted in institutionalized racism, so it’s important we acknowledge and understand the history so we can hopefully move forward. HW: Speaking of institutionalized racism, which we know exists in our society, how do you suggest that we move forward?


DONALD LACY: My father use to always say the only way to work out a problem is to talk about it. Now more than ever we have to talk. To me, that is the beauty of “Colorstruck”: perfect strangers having dialogue about our differences and how we can move past them. Since the election, I have had random people, mostly white, just approach me and ask, “Can I talk to you?” One thing that we all can do is to hold all politicians accountable. Trump makes some of the most racist, ridiculous statements, which is stirring up hate in the very country he has been elected to govern. It is up to the people to hold him accountable for his words and his actions. HW: And speaking of the President-elect, what would you say to him if you were provided with the opportunity? DONALD LACY: Why would you want to deport 11 million immigrants? Melania Trump, your wife is an immigrant. I would have a lot of questions. Donald Trump is a cold-calculating individual. I think they sat around and asked, “Who is the most disenfranchised group of people that doesn’t vote?” They concluded poor whites in some rural communities. And they put a lot of homophobic, xenophobic, racist rhetoric out there and I would guess, although I do not know this as fact, it probably galvanized their support and more of them registered than ever before. Then let’s demonize Mrs. Clinton. First of all, she was cleared of the email scandal but wait, they find sensitive, top-secret documents in Anthony Wieners server, of all places, a week before the election, then have news reports leaked that she was going to be indicted, but then say it was nothing. Unfortunately by then the damage had already been done. The average American is not going to pay attention to the fact that she was cleared. They just see her as if she were a criminal. And a record number of black people who voted for Obama didn’t vote for Hilary. They just didn’t vote. 29 percent of the Latino vote went to Trump. It’s incredible that anyone black or brown would vote for Trump. Voting for Trump, to me it’s like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders. Now that he’s in, we can protest all we want, but I say get over it. More than just protest, what are we going to do to organize? We should demand and hold him accountable. HW: Okay, now moving forward, tell me about your plans for 2017. Donald Lacy: Wow, I am excited. I have 2 film projects that I’m working on. First in line is “Romeo N’ Juliet Gettin’ Busy.” Now more than ever this piece is relevant. It’s loosely based upon Shakespeare’s story; it deals with the issue of race. The notion of race is a man-made concept. This movie is actually very funny, and highly entertaining with great music. The bottom line is we have to learn to get along with each other. The second film is: “LoveLife” which is the

true story of the extraordinary birth of my first born child LoEshe’ (Pronounced: Lo-E-Shay) who I delivered in a moving car on the freeway while I was driving. My daughter was murdered on October 20, 1997, an innocent victim to a shooting across the street from her high school. I started the LoveLife Foundation in her honor and have received national attention for our work. The movie details the ups and downs of a roller coaster ride that got me invited to the White House and proclaimed from the United States floor of Congress. This film will hopefully serve to inspire thousands of others who have lost children to violence to leave a legacy in the name of their deceased loved ones. I am amazed at all the good things that have come out of such a horribly tragic incident. The most lasting legacy for my daughter is that as of April 5, 2016, the Oakland City Council, by a vote of 5-4, passed a resolution declaring “Love Life” as the official motto for the City of Oakland. In 2017 all signs that say “Entering Oakland” will have the words Love Life on them to honor LoEshe’ and all victims of violence. It was a long hard fight but the night it was passed hundreds of Oakland citizens showed up in the City Council chambers to voice their overwhelming support for the initiative. I also have a television pilot that I am working on entitled “Under Siege” which deals with family members who are survivors of violence who band together to make a difference in the names of their murdered loved ones. It is loosely based on parents I have met during my journey who are amazing people who do incredible work. It is a gritty story that will show the beauty and resilience of the human spirit. It is powerful television that I feel strongly will make a significant impact. One of my dearest friends and creative collaborators is actor/ comedienne Ms. Laura Hayes who is one of the Queens of Comedy. She and I developed a reality show called Escorts 2 Executives which reforms former prostitutes and gets them ready for white collar jobs in the work force. Laura is strongly committed to helping others and does motivational speaking to encourage individuals to turn their lives around. Laura and I have also developed a sitcom called “Special Delivery” which takes place in a mail delivery service like the Post Office. The cast of colorful characters, who are employees and customers, are unique and multi-dimensional who are likeable and racially diverse. I am very excited about 2017 and all of the opportunities that are on the horizon. Everything that I do artistically will always be to bring more attention to the epidemic of gun violence that plagues our country. The LoveLife movement needs to spread from California to New York so we all can learn to value and appreciate the gift of human life. “Love Life, Don’t Take Life” for LoEshe’ and all victims of

The election of Trump underscores the climate of hate and division that is so prevalent in America today. This climate has a history rooted in institutionalized racism, so it’s important we acknowledge and understand the history so we can hopefully move forward. –Donald Lacy

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EPIGENETICS BY DR. CHERILYN LEE

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f you google the question, “What is epigenetics,” the first thing google will show you is how to pronounce it, the fact that it’s a noun related to biology, and that it’s “the study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression rather than alteration of the genetic code itself.” Sounds simple enough, but what does that mean?

CHERILYN LEE, R.N., NP, PH.D. Dr. Lee completed her training as a Registered Nurse from Southwest Community College in Los Angeles, California. She graduated as a Physician Assistant from Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Sciences in Los Angeles, California and later became a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. She received a Ph.D. in Holistic Nutrition from Clayton School of Natural Health in Birmingham, Alabama and is certified in Energy Medicine and is a Certified Natural Healthcare Professional.

Conrad H. Waddington coined the term epigenetics in 1942, making epigenetics is a relatively new concept in our quest for better health. When Waddington coined the term, the physical nature of genes and their role in heredity was not yet known; he was ahead of his time in postulating how genes might interact with their surroundings to produce a phenotype. Bruce Lipton, PhD, is a pioneer in epigenetics – the concept that our genes are not fixed, that they turn on and off. Epigenetics refers to changing phenotype (outward manifestation) without changing genotype, and it doesn’t necessarily require any fancy surgical intervention or complicated medical treatments. Epigenetic modifications don’t change the DNA sequence; they affect how cells “read” genes (Epigenetics: Definition & Examples by Rachael Rettner. http://www.livescience.com/37703-epigenetics. html) The Greek prefix epi- in epigenetics implies features that are “on top of ” or “in addition to” genetics; thus epigenetic traits exist on top of or in addition to the traditional molecular basis for inheritance. (http://pharmacistben. com/video/ben-fuchs-dr-joel-wallach-inter view/) Research is demystifying epigenetics as it relates to our health. For holistic health practitioners, “epigenetics” is basically giving a name to the type of care and guidance we’ve been giving their clients virtually all along. There’s a lot of complicated scientific information explaining epigenetics, but I’ll keep it simple in this article. We all have genetic codes. What we now know is that there are epigenetic codes that influence genetic codes more active or inactive. It’s difficult to alter genes themselves, but we can alter epigenes to control the activeness of genes.

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“What Is Epigenetics” (http://www.whatisepigenetics. com/fundamentals/) discusses clinical applications of epigenetics as relates to various cancers, mental retardation disorders, immune processes and disorders such as lupus-like autoimmunity and arthritis, neuropsychiatric disorders, and pediatric syndromes. Examples of epigenetics at work in people are found in the topic overview “Special Topic: Epigenetics: 20 Years and Rising” by Jeremy Cherfas (http://sciencewatch.com/ articles/special-topic-epigenetics) We need epigenetics to explain, for example, that of two genetically identical twins, one may suffer autism or schizophrenia while the other does not. Much of epigenetic research has focused on cancer, but in recent years this research has expanded to behavioral or psychiatric manifestations of epigenetic influence passing through generations. For example, children of malnourished mothers faced with limited food in later life seem to do okay. Those who have an abundance of food develop cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Epigenetic control is thus adaptive. (P.D. Gluckman, et al., “Epigenetic mechanisms that underpin metabolic and cardiovascular diseases,” Nature Reviews Endocrinology, 5(7): 401-8, 2009.) A review by Anura Hewagama and Bruce Richardson, of the University of Michigan, investigates the ways in which environmental factors interact with specific predisposing genetic elements to trigger diseases such as lupus, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis (A. Hewagama, et al., “The genetics and epigenetics of autoimmune diseases,” Journal of Autoimmunity, 33[1]: 3–11, 2009; 92 citations.) The November 2006 issue of Discover Magazine ran the article “DNA Is Not Destiny: The New Science of Epigenetics” by Ethan Watters in which an experiment was discussed involving laboratory agouti mice that, with no more than a change in diet, were prompted to give birth to young that were strikingly different in appearance and susceptibility to disease. Usually when agouti mice breed, most of the offspring are identical to the parents. The parent mice in Jirtle and Waterland’s experiment—yellow, fat, and susceptible to life-shortening disease—produced a majority of offspring that looked altogether different. These young mice were slender and mousy brown, and they did not display their parents’ susceptibility to cancer and diabetes, living to a spry old age. The effects of the agouti gene had been virtually erased. Remarkably, this transformation was achieved without altering a single letter of the mouse’s DNA. They merely changed the moms’ diet. Starting just before conception, Jirtle and Waterland fed a test group of mother mice a diet rich in methyl donors, small chemical clusters that can attach to a gene and turn it off. These


molecules are common in the environment and are found in many foods, including onions, garlic, beets, and in the food supplements often given to pregnant women. After being consumed by the mothers, the methyl donors worked their way into the developing embryos’ chromosomes and onto the critical agouti gene. The mothers passed along the agouti gene to their children intact, but thanks to their methyl-rich pregnancy diet, they had added to the gene a chemical switch that dimmed the gene’s deleterious effects. “It was a little eerie and a little scary to see how something as subtle as a nutritional change in the pregnant mother rat could have such a dramatic impact on the gene expression of the baby,” Jirtle says. “The results showed how important epigenetic changes could be.” What’s eyeopening is a growing body of evidence suggesting that the epigenetic changes wrought by one’s diet, behavior, or surroundings can work their way into the germ line and echo far into the future. Put simply, and as bizarre as it may sound, what you eat or smoke today could affect the health and behavior of your great-grandchildren. Recent research has made it increasingly clear that for all the popular attention devoted to genome-sequencing projects, the epigenome is just as critical as DNA to the healthy development of organisms, humans included. Jirtle and Waterland’s experiment was a benchmark demonstration that the epigenome is sensitive to cues from the environment. More and more, researchers are finding that an extra bit of a vitamin, a brief exposure to a toxin, even an added dose of mothering can tweak the epigenome—and thereby alter the software of our genes—in ways that affect an individual’s body and brain for life. According to Jirtle, “Before, genes predetermined outcomes. Now everything we do—everything we eat or smoke—can affect our gene expression and that of future generations. Epigenetics introduces the concept of free will into our idea of genetics.”

concerns by promoting better gene expression. Acting on this information can help you improve your own health and even the health of your children and grandchildren. Just a very basic awareness of epigenetics is valuable to helping us understand the importance of making good choices about what we consume and how we minimize stress in our lives. Are research results like the Jirtle and Waterland mice results relevant to human health? Well, mice are mammals, humans are mammals, so—yes. The good news is that what you do that’s healthy for yourself, you’re doing for your children, your grandchildren, your greatgrandchildren, and maybe even generations beyond. Isn’t it great to know that genetics does not have to be your destiny!

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adonna will present an evening of music, art, mischief and performance to benefit Raising Malawi during Art Basel on Friday, December 2, 2016 at the Faena Forum in Miami Beach, FL. The Material Girl will be joined by special guests: Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn, Emmy and Grammy awarding-winning comedian Chris Rock, two-time Grammy nominated singer Ariana Grande, and more. James Corden, host of Late Late Show, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the incredible night and Milutin Gatsby will serve as Fundraising Chairman for this incredible benefit evening. MDNA Skin will be among the event’s sponsors with additional support from BVLGARI. “Founding Raising Malawi is one of the most meaningful things I have done in my life,” said Madonna. “Raising Malawi’s evening of art, music and mischief at Art Basel will support our latest project to establish Malawi’s first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit. I’m excited to give others the opportunity to be part of this undertaking that will ultimately safe lives and help the children of Malawi.” Attending guests will be treated to a once in a lifetime special performance by award-winning global superstar Madonna, as well as a cocktail reception and seated dinner. The evening will feature a live auction conducted by Alexander Gilkes, co-founder of Paddle 8. The auction will include works from Madonna’s personal collection including Tamara de Lempicka’s painting La Couronne de Fleurs (1925) Tracey Emin’s print It Just Happens (2001), and three Herb Ritts prints from her 1985 wedding to Sean Penn. Other works by artists Damien Hirst, Julian Schnabel, Cindy Sherman, Richard Prince, Marilyn Minter, Ai Wei Wei, Steven Klein and Steven Meisel will also be up for grabs to the highest bidder. Pierre Dolmans and Lisa Schiff will curate the art auction. Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to bid on a trip with Madonna to visit Malawi for the opening of the new Mercy James Institute of Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, a portrait session with famed photography duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, as well as the Jeremy Scott for Moschino in collaboration with Rebel Heart Tour Costume Designer Arianne Phillips dress worn by Madonna on the Rebel Heart Tour.

MADONNA PRESENTS

AN EVENING OF MUSIC, ART, MISCHIEF AND PERFORMANCE TO BENEFIT RAISING MALAWI ON DECEMBER 2 AT FAENA FORUM IN MIAMI BEACH All proceeds from the evening will benefit Raising Malawi, the non-profit organization founded by Madonna in 2006 as it works to build Malawi’s first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit. The new facility, to be named the Mercy James Institute of Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, is set to open in 2017 and will double the number of life-saving surgeries performed on children each year, provide intensive care after critical surgeries, and train specialized Malawian medical staff. In a country with only four pediatric surgeons and where 50% of the population is under the age of 15, this new facility will transform the lives of Malawian children. “This fundraiser is critical to supporting Raising Malawi’s goal of improving access to high quality pediatric health care in Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world,” said Sarah Ezzy, Executive Director of Global Philanthropy Group, which manages Raising Malawi. This event will occur at the Faena Forum thanks to the generosity of Alan Faena and Len Blavantik. Special thanks to Guy Oseary. For tickets and information on this extraordinary event please contact: reservations@raisingmalawievent.com HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY 31


EDGAR AGUIRRE DIRECTOR, TALENT DEVELOPMENT AND INCLUSION Aguirre brings to the role over 15 years of experience in philanthropy, community outreach, public policy and fundraising.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the appointment of Edgar Aguirre as its Director, Talent Development and Inclusion.

with the culturally and ethnically diverse populations in the region, which resulted in overall audience growth and exponential growth in the Latino market.

Beginning November 21, Aguirre will become an integral member of the Academy’s education and outreach team and play a critical role in driving diversity awareness, inclusion and outreach efforts with stakeholders in the film community, as well as fundraising for key educational initiatives. He will report to Randy Haberkamp, Managing Director of Preservation and Foundation Programs.

“I am honored to join the Academy team in furthering expansion of opportunities for all professionals in the creative industry,” said Aguirre. “There is an alignment of support, enthusiasm, and goodwill within the industry that has the potential to create some meaningful and measurable opportunities. I look forward to working with all stakeholders in making this progress possible.”

“By bringing in Edgar we’ve found the experience and enthusiasm needed to help elevate our educational and outreach programs,” said Haberkamp. “He is a knowledgeable and versatile multi-tasker with a proven track record for results, and is ready to help expand our inclusion initiatives throughout the industry and beyond.”

In the decade prior to joining SCPR, Aguirre served as Vice President and General Manager of Los Angeles Public Media, as Director of Development for the Mexican American Alumni Association at Loyola Marymount University, and as Gift Planning Officer at the California Community Foundation.

Aguirre brings to the role over 15 years of experience in philanthropy, community outreach, public policy and fundraising. Since 2011 he has served as Managing Director, External Relations and Strategic Initiatives, at Southern California Public Radio, where he was responsible for creating and implementing SCPR external outreach initiatives, managing marketing and communication efforts, and directing special projects of strategic importance to the organization. During his time at SCPR, Aguirre led the successful implementation of a 3-year, $6 million comprehensive audience expansion and community outreach initiative aimed at connecting SCPR

Aguirre currently serves on the boards of the Latino Public Radio Consortium, the Los Angeles Urban Renewal Network and the Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation. He is the former Chair of the Southern California membership chapter of Hispanics in Philanthropy. He also served on the California Lutheran University Alumni Board of Directors, where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1999. He is a Jesse M. Unruh California State Assembly fellow, and completed his Master of Public Administration degree in 2005 as a Dean’s Merit Scholar from the USC Price School of Public Policy.


BRITISH FASHION AWARDS

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THE FASHION AWARDS 2016 IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SWAROVSKI WILL BE HELD AT THE ICONIC ROYAL ALBERT HALL ON MONDAY 5TH DECEMBER 2016 TO CELEBRATE THE BEST OF BRITISH AND INTERNATIONAL TALENT FROM THE GLOBAL FASHION COMMUNITY. THIS YEAR’S FASHION AWARDS WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR THE BRITISH FASHION COUNCIL’S EDUCATION FOUNDATION CHARITY FOR EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS TO HELP THE BEST TALENT ATTEND LEADING FASHION COLLEGES.

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SALMA HAYEK

n the occasion of the Fashion British Awards, that took place December Monday 5th night at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Salma Hayek, Demna Gvasalia, Lara Stone & Aymeline Valade, chose to wear Boucheron creations.

received the price of the “International Ready-To-Wear Designer”, honored our Maison by wearing two Quatre Radiant Edition rings.

The actress Salma Hayek wore the Celine High Jewelry necklace, the Cascade earrings and a Serpent Bohème ring, all in white gold set with diamonds. The Balenciaga Creative Director, Demna Gvasalia, who

LARA STONE

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SINGER, SONGWRITER, POET, NOVELIST, AND PAINTER

Leonard Cohen September 21, 1934 • November 7, 2016

Cohen died on November 7, 2016 at the age of 82 at his home in Los Angeles; cancer was a contributing cause. According to his manager, Cohen’s death was the result of a fall at his home on the night of November 7, and he subsequently died in his sleep. His death was announced on November 10. His funeral was held on November 10, 2016 in Montreal, at a cemetery on Mount Royal, his congregation Shaar Hashomayim confirmed. As was his wish, Cohen was laid to rest with a Jewish rite, in a simple pine casket, in a family plot. A memorial is planned to take place in Los Angeles. Cohen was survived by his two children and two grandchildren. Tributes were paid by numerous stars and political figures. Citizens and officials in Montreal, where he spent his early life, are considering honoring him by naming a street and other locations, including a library, after him. Mayor Denis Coderre announced that the city of Montreal will organize a tribute concert to Cohen. Cohen was born on September 21, 1934 in Westmount, Quebec, an English-speaking area of Montreal, into a middle-class Canadian Jewish family. His mother, Marsha (Masha) Klonitsky, was the daughter of a Talmudic writer, Rabbi Solomon Klonitsky-Kline, of Lithuanian Jewish ancestry. His paternal grandfather, whose family had moved from Poland to Canada, was Lyon Cohen, the founding president of the Canadian Jewish Congress. His father, Nathan Cohen owned a substantial clothing store and died

when Cohen was nine years old. Leonard Norman Cohen, was a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet, novelist, and painter. His work mostly explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. Cohen was inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest civilian honour. In 2011, Cohen received one of the Prince of Asturias Awards for literature and the ninth Glenn Gould Prize. Cohen pursued a career as a poet and novelist during the 1950s and early 1960s, and did not launch a music career until 1967, at the age of 33. His first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967), was followed by three more albums of folk music: Songs from a Room (1969), Songs of Love and Hate (1971) and New Skin for the Old Ceremony (1974). His 1977 record Death of a Ladies’ Man was co-written and produced by Phil Spector, which was a move away from Cohen’s previous minimalist sound. In 1979 Cohen returned with the more traditional Recent Songs, which blended his acoustic style with jazz and Oriental and Mediterranean influences. “Hallelujah” was first released on Cohen’s studio album Various Positions in 1984. I’m Your Man in 1988 marked Cohen’s turn to synthesized productions and remains his most popular album. In 1992 Cohen released its follow-up, The Future, which had dark lyrics and references to political and social unrest.

YOU WANT IT DARKER (2016) You Want It Darker is the fourteenth and final studio album by Canadian singersongwriter Leonard Cohen, released on 21 October 2016, by Columbia Records. The album was created while Cohen was dying and focuses on death, God, and humor. It was released to critical acclaim.

“ I went to his [Bob Dylan’s] concert. It was terrific. I’ve been to many Dylan concerts. This one, there was a walkway from the hotel to the auditorium, so you could enter into this private area, the people who had boxes. We were in one of those boxes. First of all, I’ve never been in a private box in an auditorium. That was fun. And a lot of members of the band came. But it was very loud. Fortunately, Raphael, our drummer, had earplugs, and he distributed them. Because our music is quite soft and that’s what we’ve been listening to for three or four months. As Sharon Robinson said, Bob Dylan has a secret code with his audience. If someone came from the moon and watched it they might wonder what was going on. In this particular case he had his back to one half of the audience and was playing the organ, beautifully I might say, and just running through the songs. Some were hard to recognize. But nobody cared. That’s not what they were there for and not what I was there for. Something else was going on, which was a celebration of some kind of genius that is so apparent and so clear and has touched people so deeply that all they need is some kind of symbolic unfolding of the event. It doesn’t have to be the songs. All it has to be is: remember that song and what it did to you. It’s a very strange event.” –Leonard Cohen 34 HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY


THE ONLY MOMENT THAT YOU CAN LIVE HERE COMFORTABLY IN THESE ABSOLUTELY IRRECONCILABLE CONFLICTS IS IN THIS MOMENT WHEN YOU EMBRACE IT ALL AND YOU SAY “LOOK, I DON’T UNDERSTAND A FUCKING THING AT ALL – HALLELUJAH!” –– LEONARD COHEN

Cohen returned to music in 2001 with the release of Ten New Songs, which was a major hit in Canada and Europe. His eleventh album, Dear Heather, followed in 2004. After a successful string of tours between 2008 and 2010, Cohen released three albums in the final four years of his life: Old Ideas (2012), Popular Problems (2014) and You Want It Darker (2016), the last of which was released three weeks before his death. Cohen was born on September 21, 1934 in Westmount, Quebec, an English-speaking area of Montreal, into a middleclass Canadian Jewish family. His mother, Marsha (Masha) Klonitsky, was the daughter of a Talmudic writer, Rabbi Solomon Klonitsky-Kline, of Lithuanian Jewish ancestry. His paternal grandfather, whose family had moved from Poland to Canada, was Lyon Cohen, the founding president of the Canadian Jewish Congress. His father, Nathan Cohen owned a substantial clothing store and died when Cohen was nine years old. The family observed Orthodox Judaism, and belonged to Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, to which Cohen retained connections all his life. On the topic of being a Kohen, Cohen told Richard Goldstein in 1967, “I had a very Messianic childhood. I was told I was a descendant of Aaron, the high priest.” Cohen attended Roslyn Elementary School, completed grades seven through nine at Herzliah High School, where his literary mentor Irving Layton taught,[8] then transferred in 1948 to Westmount High School, where he studied music and poetry. He became especially interested in the poetry of Federico García Lorca. Cohen involved himself actively beyond Westmount’s curriculum, in photography, on the yearbook staff, as a cheerleader, in campus clubs (Art, Current Events), and even when “heavily involved in the school’s theater program”, he served in the position of

WRITING PROCESS Cohen’s writing process, as he told an interviewer in 1998, was “like a bear stumbling into a beehive or a honey cache: I’m stumbling right into it and getting stuck, and it’s delicious and it’s horrible and I’m in it and it’s not very graceful and it’s very awkward and it’s very painful and yet there’s something inevitable about it.” In 2011 Cohen was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for literature.

President of the Students’ Council. During all of that period, Cohen taught himself to play the acoustic guitar, and formed a country–folk group that he called the Buckskin Boys. After a young Spanish guitar player taught him “a few chords and some flamenco”, Cohen switched to a classical guitar.[9] He has attributed his love of music to his mother, who, he said, had such a lovely voice: “She was Russian and sang songs around the house. And I know that those changes, those melodies, touched me very much. She would sing with us when I took my guitar to a restaurant with some friends; my mother would come, and we’d often sing all night. HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY 35


ARTS 4 PEACE MISSION IN AFRICA

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he rich continent of Africa is the Motherland to the world. It holds an untold history of wealth which ventures back to the Kush empire. Unbeknownst to western civilization Africa has held many secrets which have spawned civilization as we know it today. Contributions to Western culture have often gone unknown thanks in part from the conquest of European nations which have subjected it to oppression and domination. Yet there are horizons to be explored and developed to lift people who are striving for a better life. Enter Dame Munni Irone, Founder of Arts 4 Peace ( a.k.a. the Philanthropist Queen of Beverly Hills) who will be joined by Pepper Jay on an adventure and mission in Africa to spread PEACE around the world via the arts and tree planting. October 16, 2016 Arts 4 Peace established a major event at the Saban theatre in Beverly Hills which drew hundreds of attendees and encompassed the participation of all forms of art represented by accomplished visual and performing artists from various countries. Also included were outstanding global peace leaders, dignitaries, embassaries, political and entertainment figures as well as royalty from around the world. Arts 4 Peace will be generating the tree planting movement. Trees provide oxygen to the atmosphere and are a critical part of survival. There are tree planting ventures in place that

have already spawned great success such as that now moving forward that has transformed a desert wasteland into a thriving forest. Part of the methods used was to use sewage as fertilizer. The results have been amazing. Dame Munni Irone has been officially invited as a special guest of Honor to the one year Coronation Anniversary of His Imperial Majesty (H.I.M.) Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II ( The Ooni of Ife & African Foremost Monarch), which has been scheduled to take place on the 7th of December 2016 at the “Ancient City of Ile-Ife” in Africa. Multi-award winning Dame Munni Irone who is world renown as a “Global Symbol of Peace” will be coming to Africa to empower the people there with peace through her innovative method of imparting love and global healing. Part of her plans in Africa is to enrich the continent with “self generated electricity without solar, gas or windmill” and plant a global peace tree which shall unite the numerous African tribes as one family and through which incomes can be generated to care for the suffering communities and the less fortunate. Dame Munni Irone and her fellow global peace leader , Pepper Jay, from the United States of America (USA) will officially endorse “His Imperial Majesty (H.I.M.) Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja ll ( The Ooni of Life)” and “his Spiritual Majesty (H.S.M.) Emperor Alafia Adeoba Shalom” with Global Peace Leader Awards for their outstanding and immense leadership contributions


Munni Irone will be officially endorsed as an “African Peace Ambassador” by the African Foremost Monarch andthis endorsement shall grace her the opportunity of being the “Peaceful Voice of Africa” around the world.

in fostering peace in Africa and around the world. This official endorsement will be powered by the Arts for Peace organization with several medallions, certificates and honorary decorations as “Global Peace Leaders”. During the diplomatic stay of Dame Munni Irone with Pepper Jay in Nigeria, Dame Munni Irone will be partnering with the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria so as to explore the beautiful Nigerian culture. She will also be officially endorsed as an “African Peace Ambassador” by the African Foremost Monarch and this endorsement shall give grace to her opportunity of being the “Peaceful Voice of Africa” around the world.

As the “Ancient City of Ile-Ife” prepares to officially receive Dame Munni Irone in Africa, the Palace of the Ooni of ife (African Foremost Monarch) and the Global Executive Bodies of “The Venerable Sacred order of Truth” send many royal blessings of peace, for the sacred journey from the Western land of America to be a memorable adventure of a lifetime which will have impact in the continent of Africa. Quotes in this article are taken from the official report of His Spiritual Majesty (H.S.M.) Emperor Alafia Adeoba Shalom HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY 37


NBC’S ANNUAL

‘CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER’ WELCOMES THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH STAR-STUDDED MUSICAL TELECAST

NBC celebrates the lighting of the world’s most famous Christmas tree with “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” on Wednesday, Nov. 30 (8-9 p.m. ET). NBC’s “Today” anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, AI Raker and Hoda Kotb will host the broadcast from New York City’s Rockefeller Center. The special will feature dazzling holiday performances from Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Josh Groban, Tori Kelly, Sarah Mclachlan, Dolly Parton, Jordan Smith, Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood, the Radio City Rockettes and more. Prior to the pri meti me telecast, an additi onallive hour of the special wi II be broadcast on select NBC stations (7 -8 p.m. ET). Check local listings. The 84th annual tree lighting will feature a 94foot tall, 56-foot wide Norway spruce from Oneonta, N.Y. It is approximately 90 years old, weighs approximately 14 tons, and will be decorated with more than 50,000 multi-colored LED lights.

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS: TONY BENNETI No one in popular American music has recorded for so long and at such a high level of excellence than Tony Bennett. With mi IIi ons of records sold worldwide and platinum and gold albums to his credit, Bennett has received 19 Grammys and the Grammy Lifetime Award. His initial successes came via a string of Columbia singles in the early 1950s, including such chart-toppers as “Because of You,” “Rags to Riches” and a remake of Hank Williams’ “Cold, Cold Heart.” He had 24 songs in the Top 40, including “I WannaBe Around,” “The Good Life,” “Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)” and his signature song,” I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” which garnered him two Grammy Awards. In celebrati on of Bennett’s 90th birthday this year, NBC will air the two-hour special “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come” Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 9 p.m. A companion CD, “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90,” featuring the musical performances from the NBC special will be released Dec. 16 and Bennett’s latest book “Just Getting Started” will be released Nov. 15. www.twitter.com/itstonybennett NEIL DIAMOND Throughout an illustri ous and wide-ranging musical career, Nei I Diamond has sold more than 125 million albums worldwide and has charted 37 Top 40 singles and 16 Top 10 albums both in the U.S. and internationally. A Grammy Award-winning artist, Diamond is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fa me, the Songwriters Hall of Fa me and a recipient of the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the highest honors bestowed upon songwriters. Diamond’s many other achievements include a Golden Globe Award, 13 Grammy nominations and 2009’s NARAS’s MusiCares Person of the Year award. In October, Diamond released his holiday collection “Acoustic Chri stmas,” featuring new recordings of holiday favorites and ori ginal tracks by Diamond. www.twitter.com/neildiamond JOSH GROBAN Josh Groban is an i nternati on ally renowned singer, songwriter and actor whose baritone voice is instantly recogni zable and unparalleled among his peers. He has entertained fans across the globe with his multi platinum albums and DVDs (selling more than 30 mi IIi on worldwide), electrifying live performances, and comedic film and television appearances. Groban is the only artist who has had two albums land on Billboard’s list of 20 bestsellers of the last 10 years. In 2015, Groban released his seventh studio album, “Stages” - a collection of some of the greatest musical theater songs of all time, which Groban describes as “gorgeously arranged songs that have stood the test of time.” Groban is currently starring as “Pierre” in the new Broadway musical “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.” www.twitter.com/joshgroban TORI KELLY The 2016 Best New Artist Grammy Awardnominated singer-songwriter and producer has been hailed as an “Arti st to Watch” by Rolling Stone, USA Today and Spin .. The California native sold out her U.S. tour in support of her debut album, “Unbreakable Smile,” which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and includes the hits “Nobody Love” and “Should’ve Been Us.” “Unbreakable Smile” was reissued with two additional tracks: “Hollow,” which topped the Top 25 on pop radio and climbed on the Rhythmic charts, and a brand new song, “Something Beautiful.” This December, Kelly stars as Meena in the event film “Sing,” from Illuminati on Entertainment and Universal Pictures, alongside Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane and Scarlett Johansson. www. twitter.com/torikelly

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SARAH MCLACHLAN Sarah Mclachlan is one of the most celebrated singer songwriters with more than 40 mi IIi on albums sold worldwide. She is an eight-time Juno Award winner and a threetime Grammy Award winner. Mclachlan’s landmark fifth album, the 1 Ox-platinum “Surfacing,” contained two Grammywinning tracks: “Building a Mystery” and “Last Dance.” In October, Mclachlan released her holiday collection, “Wonderland,” featuring collaborations with Emmylou Harris, Martha Wainwright, Canadian quartet Half Moon Run and the Bulgari an Symphony Orchestra.www. twitter.com/SarahMclachlan DOLLY PARTON An i nternati on ally renowned superstar, the iconic Dolly Parton has contributed countless treasures to the world of music entertainment, penning classic songs such as “Jolene,” “Coat of Many Colors,” “Here You Come Again” and her mega-hit “I Will Always Love You.” Parton is the most honored female country performer of all time, achieving 25 RIM certified gold, platinum and multi platinum awards, 41 career top 1 0 country albums, seven Gram my Awards, 1 0 Country Music Association Awards, five Academy of Country Music Awards and three American Music Awards. In 1999, Parton was inducted as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Following last year’s holiday special, 2016’s “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” will air Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 9 p.m., and will unveil the next chapter in the life of young Dolly. www.twitter. com/DollyParton JORDAN SMITH Jordan Smith showed the world his musical gift in 2015 when he became the bestselling artist in the history of “The Voice” and the winner of season nine. Smith’s honesty made history. Not only did he cement himself as “The Voice’s” biggest seller, moving 1.5 million singles in six months, but he launched eight songs to the Top 1 0 of iT unes- the first artist from any season to hit the iT unes Top 10 every single week of the Live Rounds. He also became one of two “The Voice” artists to notch three #1 ‘s during the show’s season. This year Smith released his debut album, “Something Beautiful,” via Republic Records in March and his holiday album, “Tis the Season,” in October. www. twitter.com/JordanSmithlive GARTH BROOKS & TRISHA YEARWOOD Garth Brooks is the first artist in hi story to receive seven Diamond Awards for the now seven albums certified by the RIM at over 1 0 mi IIi on album sales each and remains the #1-selli ng solo artist in U.S. history certified by the RIM with more than 138 million album sales. Along with wife and platinum-selling, multiple Grammy-, CMA- and ACM-wining artist Trisha Yearwood, Brooks is currently on the three-year Garth Brooks World Tour with Yearwood, which began with 11 sold-out shows in the Allstate Arena in Chicago and, in year two, is approaching 5 million tickets sold, making it the biggest tour in the world. The duo will release their first-ever duets collaboration, “Chri stmas Together,” by Pearl Records later this month. www.twitter.com/garthbrooks; www. twitter.com/trishayearwood THE RADIO CITY ROCKETIES Embraced by generations of famili es, the “Chri stmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes” is a one-of-a-kind tradition where the unmistakable spirit of Christmas in New York comes alive. The 2016 production of the “Chri stmas Spectacular,” which runs Nov. 11- Jan. 2, features stunning Rockettes dance numbers, spectacular costumes and state-of-the-art technology. The Radio City Rockettes are a legendary dance company and have been a part of the fabric of New York City for decades. Since their debut in the “Chri stmas Spectacular” in 1933, the Rockettes have danced into the hearts of mi IIi ons and spread joy to people of all ages. Their precision technique continues to inspire fans of all ages and their talent and athleti cism is unrivaled. www.twitter.com/rockettes

For the eighth consecutive year, “Green Is Universal” - NBCUniversal’s sustainability initiative in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation- will kick off its annual treeplanting campaign during the “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” broadcast. This year viewers can “Share a Tree” to a national forest, by using #ShareATree or visiting www. greenisuniversal.com to create and share an animated holiday story. Each action will contribute to the Arbor Day Foundation’s tree-planting efforts, funded by a $25,000 donation from NBCUniversal.

ABOUT THE HOSTS: Matt Lauer has been co-anchor of NBC News’ “Today” since January 1997. During his tenure, Lauer has conducted numerous remarkable and newsmaking interviews, including President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush, Prince William and Prince Harry of Wales, former Secretary of State Hillary Cli nton and Capt. Richard Phi IIi ps. He has covered countless breaking news events, traveled to 49 different locations in his trademark “Where in the World Is Matt Lauer” series, and has anchored from the past eight Olympic Games. www.twitter.com/ Mlauer Savannah Guthrie is the co-anchor of NBC News’ “Today” as well as NBC News’ chief legal correspondent. Since joining “Today,” she has conducted a wide range of exclusive interviews with newsmakers, including President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Cli nton, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power and former U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords. Guthrie has anchored major breaking news events, including the Boston Marathon bombing, the Charlie Hebda shooting in Paris and the 2013 Moore, Okla., tornado. As part of her work on “Today,” she received a 2011 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Morning Show. www.twitter. com/SavannahGuthrie

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HOT NEW RELEASE “DELKA: Stand-Up Tall or Fall” is going wide for the Holidays on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play and a special Pre-Release Celebration of Delka’s upcoming Birthday on Dec. 11 with Vimeo On Demand @ vimeo.com/ondemand/delka *

THE FILM HAS WON “AWARD OF RECOGNITION (ACCOLADE GLOBAL FILM COMPETITION 2015)”, “BEST FEATURE FILM (L.A. NEW WAVE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016) AND DELKA IS EXTREMELY EXCITED TO BE NOMINATED FOR BEST LEAD ACTRESS ALONGSIDE REBECCA FERGUSON (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE) & RINKO KIKUCHI (BABEL) IN THE PRESTIGIOUS NICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016.

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herself on a journey, to the Land of the Free. The movie is presented in a magical (almost Fairy Tale) like way but still stays true to Delka’s story, embedded in realism. It is an avant-garde original but still entices with multi-ethnic dance & Circus performances, scored by Roger Suen (X-men, Prometheus).


The film has won “Award of Recognition (Accolade Global Film Competition 2015)”, “Best Feature Film (L.A. New Wave International Film Festival 2016) and DELKA is extremely excited to be nominated for Best Lead Actress alongside Rebecca Ferguson (Mission Impossible) & Rinko Kikuchi (Babel) in the Prestigious Nice International Film Festival 2016. “DELKA: Stand-Up Tall or Fall” has also been nominated for Best Original Screenplay Will V. Moore, (Story) Delka Nenkova & Best Hair/ Make-up. DELKA: Stand-Up Tall or Fall Best Lead Actress: DELKA NENKOVA Best Original Screenplay: WILL V. MOORE Best Story: DELKA NENKOVA Best Make-Up: Margie Cruz Kimbrough Best Director: WILL V. MOORE

“Mermaid Entertainment has employed an extremely multi-cultural/ethnic and talented crew with strong female & male characters. The cast includes Bulgarian, African, American, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Persian, Italian, straight and…gay…There is also Brent David Fraser (Wild at Heart, opposite Nicholas Cage) and an action sequence involving Daisy “The Lady” Lang (World Champion of Boxing), along with intense drama scenes from Delka Nenkova (Iron Man 2) who’s character undergoes multiple transformations on her journey; she performs her own circus acts, stunts and dance. The film is a layered “Dream upon a dream upon the dream”. Every character has different idealizations of what their dreams are, no matter whether they are Bulgarian, American, Communist, Capitalist, Socialist or Religious…..Delka’s journey is one of a spiritual melting pot. Her alter ego Rina, personifies a quest to Stand-Up Tall, and fight for her dream life.

The character is named after Delka Nenkova’s mother and “Rayna Knyaginya” the woman who sewed the Bulgarian Flag and led the fight for the Freedom of Bulgaria. She was very proud, strong, beautiful, and similar to Joan of Arc of The French Revolution. Will V. Moore is making his directional debut and is gaining attention as a creative virtuoso and hopes to have developed an international cult classic for the times. Delka Nenkova is back in the United States preparing for her new action film with Sean Stone (son of Oliver Stone) & Aki Aleong (General Hospital). Mermaid Entertainment is currently in pre-production on their next project “Fruit for the Butterfly” which beckons Mickey Rourke. http://mermaid-entertainment.com RUN TIME 106 MINS HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY 41


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n accomplished pianist, she is asked to perform in public throughout the year. Additionally, Briannagh sang the National Anthem at the opening of a Somerset Patriots baseball game (2013), performed in the Princeton Ballet’s renditions of “The Nutcracker” at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ and the State Theater in New Brunswick (December 2012). Expanding her resume, she has appeared in several television commercials and print advertising for Forman Mills clothing line and in a short film entitled, “Cake” directed by a NYU Tisch School MFA student that was submitted to a film competition in 2013. Briannagh is currently working on her material for her first album. She gained significant praise and recognition from her peers and fans with the single and video “American Fab Kid” she released in 2012). Both the song and video reflect American diversity and pride, expressed through fashion. A young, vibrant girl full of talent and ideas, Briannagh Dennehy aims to inspire other girls her age through video, song and dance. with her next single, “Stand Tall” which aims to encourage kids to believe in themselves and follow their dreams when other people are trying to discourage them.

Briannagh D is at it again! This time, her new rendition dubbed, “Everlasting Love” showcases her budding talent and her growing musical passion “Everlasting Love” is a vibrant and incredibly soulful masterpiece that is the embodiment of love in all facets of life. It is ode to the significant people in our lives who continue to inspire us. In her new song, Briannagh honors mentors and guardians, including parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, coaches or anyone who serves as an inspiration for others. Miss Briannagh Dennehy, has arrived and ready to make a positive, lasting impression on her peers for generations to come!

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They also give lecture demonstrations on Polyphonic Drum arrangements and are Masters of The Repeaters, The West African Talking Drums and The Nyahbinghi Sound. They also record and perform contemporary Roots, Rock, Reggae Sounds. They grew up with the Legendary TOMMY McCOOK and THE SKATALITES, OSSIE SCOTT and COUNT OSSIE and The MRR. So they are well schooled in first class rootical, cultural and contemporary arrangements. They play the Sounds of Bournemouth Gardens, Wareika Hills and Red Hills Road.

MABRAK THE ROOTS MAN SOUND

Leroy Mattis’s first drum was a plastic butter container. “My mother wouldn’t buy me a drum because back then the situation in Jamaica was very tense... In 1960 Jamaica was still an English colony, and the drum is a roots instrument.” Tommy McCook was living two doors down; during the first years of The Skatalites, Mattis would practice there. In 1970 he was National Junior Drumming Champion, with Count Ossie winning overall; four years later his ensemble battled in the Senior finals with the drummers of The Light of Saba. “Our group was initially called Genesis, it was a 7-piece drum group, but I changed the name to Mabrak, which means Thunder in Amharic. We knew that we were coming with a heavy sound.” 46 HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY

In the beginning the name of the group was GENESIS. GENESIS was the Light. The Light became Lightning. MABRAK is Lightning and Thunder. The Drumming Section of MABRAK won 2 of the 4 medals awarded for drumming in The Jamaica National Drum Music Finals in 1974. They won the National Solo Drum Champion Award and also The National Group Champion Award. They then recorded “DRUM TALK” a Jamaican landmark album at KING TUBBY’S and HARRY J. STUDIOS in Kingston, Jamaica.

Leroy Mabrak introduced The Roots of The Reggae & The Nyahbinghi Sound to The United States by bringing COUNT OSSIE & The MRR to perform in Crampton Auditorium, Washington D.C. in 1972. “THE HARDER THEY COME” movie was shown for the historic occasion. This was the premier showing of the movie in the USA and possibly outside of Jamaica. THE ROOTSMAN CD is their current recording with hits like “The Rootsman”, “Come Sister Come”, “Survival”, “Dis Ya Sound”, “Give Thanks & Praise” and “Jah Love is Forever”. They have appeared at THE JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, THE VILLAGE GATE, THE CIRCLE STAR, THE ZELLERBACH AUDITORIUM, STANFORD UNIVERSITY, THE MONTEREY and MOUNT SHASTA REGGAE FESTIVALS to name a few and at The WILLIAMETTE VALLEY FOLK FESTIVAL as a main act in the USA.

They have been headliners at THE STANFORD INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESIVAL 2004, THE BUDWEISER ARTIST: REGGAEFEST 2004 and THE SAN DIEGO MABRAK TITLE WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2004. Featured Drum Talk performers in THE TRIBAL STOMP FORMAT This was the first time in the history of MUSIC FESTIVAL 2007 and Leroy Mabrak LP recorded music anywhere in the world gave a command performance on Heroes LABEL: DUG OUT when the Talking Drum was used as a lead Night at THE VERANDAH in Kingston, GENRE: instrument in a song. Jamaica in October 2007. Outstanding WORLD performers at THE ROOTS & ROCK The Founder and leader Leroy Mabrak Mattis MUSIC FESTIVAL 2009, BAKERSFIELD, was responsible for these musical landmarks. He has also CA. which had 10 stages and 35 bands. Leroy performed developed the World’s First Electric Repeater Drum and with ERNIE RANGLIN at THE CRANEWAY PAVILLION functions as a Resource Consultant for Drum Music at in Richmond, CA. in Aug. 2010 and then gave a rootical Stanford University – Harmony House Dept. performance in THE LEGENDARY SHOWCASE billed The members of Mabrak are The International Masters THE MIGHTY DIAMONDS & MABRAK at THE of The Roots, Rock, Reggae Sound and have had hits on ASHKENAZ MUSIC CENTER in Berkley, CA. Aug. 2011 The British Charts with ITAL TALK/ LIQUID TALK in In the ’70s they performed throughout Jamaica giving the mid ’70s. Their recordings are well known in Germany, lecture demonstrations on The West African Musical France and in London. You can also hear them on THE Experience and The Diaspora. JAMAICA’S GOLDEN HITS, VOL.1 recording doing the gem “OH CAROLINA” – A Jamaican Classic from the They will rock you with their systematic sound vibrations 1960′s and on “GREEN ISLAND” which was composed by with their band as Masters of the Roots, Rock, Reggae the late great DON DRUMMOND of THE SKATALITES. Sound who are celebrating 42 years of Rootical Reggae They have won 4 medals for musical composition and arrangement at THE WORLD MUSIC CHAMPIONSHIPS 2003 which was held in Burbank, CA.

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