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Pam Grier Receives the "Champion of Challenges Award"

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By Lea Michelle Cash

The Wellness Community has several locations stationed throughout the Southland. However, the Wellness Community located in West Los Angeles is the largest cancer support organization worldwide.

Celebrating its 28th anniversary this year, programs include support groups, individual counseling and education on complex cancer related topics as well as assistance with stress reduction & exercise programs. Its mission is ensure that all people impacted with cancer are empowered by knowledge and strengthened of actions.

Recently, on August 7th the organization gathered together community and friends to raise money towards helping people regain control of their lives, reduce feelings of isolation, and restore hope regardless of their stage battling their disease, because all services at the Wellness Community Center are free. Individuals come from all over Southern California, and the 3rd annual fundraising goal was aimed towards hiring an African American therapist on staff at the West Los Angeles location.

Their goal was achieved, as many stepped out at the Cicada Restaurant in downtown Los Angeles to support the outstanding organization fundraising mission. The gala evening belonged to shutting down cancer.

The event co-hosted by entrepreneur and businessperson Joe Williams and his wife Kathy, celebrated the bravery and survival for African American cancer survivors, and honored those who have fought valiantly, but lost their battles.

One such person was the late public relations icon and entertainment veteran, Pat Tobin who died of colon cancer. She was honored posthumously with a presentation and award from legendary balladeer, Howard Hewett, a personal family friend of Tobin’s. The award was given to Pat’s daughter, Lauren Tobin and her grandson.

Actress, Pam Grier, the “Champion of Challenge Award” honoree spoke after the acceptance of her award. She has written a book detailing her journey with cancer. When she was diagnosed with cervical cancer, it had spread to another organ, and she was given 18 months to live. The title of her book is “Foxy: My Life in Three Acts.” Before her presentation, renowned oncology surgeon, Dr. Ronald Hurst, delivered a keynote address. Both speakers related their wellness message from the heart stating, “Fear, is the greatest cause that many people will died from cancer.”

They both pointed out to the listening audience that health care screenings are very important. They produce early interventions, and unquestionably saves lives.

Celebrities who attended the event were Camille Winbush, the legendary Keith David, renowned artist Synthia St. James, Councilman Bernard Parks and comedian Luenell.

2010 Teen Choice Awards

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By Lea Michelle Cash –

On Sunday, at Universal Studios’ Gibson Amphitheatre, the hundreds of teen fans that attended the 2010 Teen Choice Awards had several surprises in store for them, as they embarked on their adventure of having a beach party blast with many of the hottest celebrities in Hollywood.

There were screams, screams and more screams. The annual Fox two-hour broadcast was an absolute teen screaming extravaganza, where the red carpet is blue instead of red. The entire cast of teen sensational hits such as “Glee” and “Twilight” were present. In addition, Hillary Duff and the entire family of Kardashians girls stepped out sending the teens into an overwhelming hair rising frenzy.

The evening produced many winners nominated by the teens and selected by the teens as winners. This year the teens logged on to a special website and casted more than 85 million votes in support of their favorite celebrities from film, television, music, fashion and sports.

The teens had many choices to choice from and in summary, some of the evenings winners were: Choice Movie: Sci Fi “Avatar”; Choice Movie Actress (Drama): Sandra Bullock; Choice Movie Actor (Drama) Robert Pattinson; Tina Fey and Ashton Kutcher won in the category of Choice Movie Actress and Actor for Comedy. Television winners were, Choice TV Show (Drama): “Gossip Girls”; Choice Actor, Chace Crawford, Choice actress, Leighton Meester; Choice TV Reality show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”. American Idol won a few awards as well.

In music, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, Beyonce, Eminem, Keith Urban and Taylor Swift all received the coveted surfboard.

David Beckham, Choice Athlete and “The Sims 3 for Choice Video game. Katy Perry, who hosted the event, set off the night on a flashy stage with a performance of her latest song, "Teenage Dream." Justin Bieber accepted an award and performed "U Smile" via satellite. Young R&B singer sensation Jason Derulo performed and P Diddy closed out the night with a spectacular performance. George Lopez, Ellen DeGeneres and Betty White made guest appearances.

Comedy Comes to the Inland Empire

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By Sonja Brown –

The House Party Comedy Tour hosted by Christopher “Kid” Reeves himself stopped by the Pechanga Comedy Club Thursday night Aug. 5. The Club was brought to it’s knees in laughter by Ray Lamont, also known as the “The Human I-pod” for his wide assortment music catalog of songs which he performs through singing, beat-boxing and self narration. This earned him a rare standing ovation with this unique brand of comedy, a perfect blend of voice and music imitations of well known singers and performers.

He absolutely left the crowd wanting and begging for more as some audience members threw money on the stage for him to tell another story while interjecting a song and clone-like voice imitation of music to performers like Barry White, Anita Baker, The Bee-Gee’s, Prince and many more.

The mixed crowd was simply amazed! If you closed your eyes it would be hard to tell if you were listening to the real thing.

After the show I got to ask Mr. Lamont how got started any why he did this kind of comedy to which he replied “to make people happy and forget about their troubles for a little while”. He absolutely brings his ’real self’ to the stage so you are not just seeing an ’act’ but someone who genuinely cares about the people sitting before him. By the end of the show everyone was on their feet. He has been doing this for 20yrs. and has performed on Def Comedy Jam, Comicview, and other comedy outlets. You can also find Jay Lamont on Utube. Let’s support our comedians.

Coming the weekend of Aug. 20th: DL Hugley.

Gloria Estefan Gives Exclusive Socal Performance At San Manuel Casino

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Thursday, October 14, 2010, San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino welcomes Gloria Estefan to the Inland Empire in her only Southern California performance of 2010. Tickets are on sale today and available at Ticketmaster.com and the San Manuel Box Office for $90, $100, and $110.

An icon for Latinos all over the world, Cuban-American songstress Gloria Estefan will perform her most famous songs in an exclusive one night only event at San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino. The pop music sensation has sold over 70-million records, recorded 24 albums, and won seven Grammy® Awards. Her most recent album, “90 Millas”, pays homage to the world’s most influential and respected Latino musicians of the past 50 years, all while keeping the authentic sounds of Cuban music.

Estefan began her singing career in Miami, where she was invited to sing with a local band called Miami Latin Boys. The combination of excellent musicians and Estefan’s vocal talent won the city over. The group polished their style and sound to become internationally known as the Miami Sound Machine. They released seven albums over the course of seven years. They made music history with the release of “Conga,” the hit single that appeared simultaneously in Billboard’s Pop, Latin, Soul and Dance charts.

In the late 1980’s, Estefan’s name took center stage, although she was still being backed by the band. A collection of her most popular songs, Greatest Hits, came out in 1992, and the next year Estefan released her first Spanish album, “Mi Terra”, in a decade. She went on to be named the Queen of Latin Pop, compose music for the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, and become a New York Times best-selling author of two children’s books.

Every Thursday night with headliner entertainment, San Manuel gives away $1,000 just for seeing the show. To be eligible to win, guests only need a ticket to the show, a Club Serrano card and to be 21 or older. Guests can enter beginning at noon on such days. Three drawings will be held on those nights: $250 at 7:20 p.m., $250 at 10:00 p.m. and $500 at 11:00 p.m. Winners must be present.

NOTE: Doors open at 6:30. Must be 21 to enter Casino.

Wyclef Jean Set to Announce Haitian Presidency Run

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(Reuters) - Hip-hop singer Wyclef Jean will announce his bid for president of earthquake-ravaged Haiti this week, Time magazine has reported.

Haiti, which was hit January 12 by a deadly 7.0-magnitude earthquake, is scheduled to vote on November 28 to elect a new leader to replace President Rene Preval, whose term ends in February.

"If I can't take five years out to serve my country as President, then everything I've been singing about, like equal rights, doesn't mean anything," Jean said in an interview with Time on Tuesday.

There has been widespread speculation that Jean would seek the office. Last week in Haiti he said he was taking the necessary legal steps toward running for president, including having his fingerprints taken by the judicial police. However, he said last week that he had not made a definite decision.

Many analysts predict Jean -- who at 37 is very popular among Haitians, particularly the young -- would easily win the presidential election.

A three-time Grammy award-winner, Jean was a founding member of the hip-hop trio The Fugees and won wider fame for his collaboration with Colombian pop star Shakira. He released a song two years ago called "If I Was President."

Jean established the Yele Haiti Foundation in 2005 to provide humanitarian aid to the people of Haiti. He said after the January 12 earthquake which killed up to 300,000 people that Haiti's future rested on education, job creation and investment.

"If not for the earthquake, I probably would have waited another 10 years before doing this," Jean told Time. "The quake drove home to me that Haiti can't wait another 10 years for us to bring it into the 21st century."

Jean emigrated to the United States aged 9, but has maintained his Haitian citizenship, a requirement for running for the presidency.


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