On Saturday, April 30, 2019, Christopher Street West (CSW), the 501(c)3 non-profit that produces the annual LA Pride Festival and Parade presented by Verizon, announced that EMMY and GRAMMY® Award-winning artist and hitmaker Paula Abdul will headline the 2019 LA Pride Festival Opening Ceremony with a special outdoor performance on Friday, June 7. As a trusted ally to the LGBTQ+ community, the iconic pop star is proud to show her support for her LGBTQ+ fans with an unforgettable 60-minute performance in West Hollywood Park as part of the free Friday night festivities.
” I am so happy to be a part of this year’s LA Pride Festival and to celebrate this year’s theme, #JUSTUNITE. Throughout the course of my career, the LGBTQ+ community has stood behind me, and I’m honored to now have the opportunity to show my support and gratitude by performing at this year’s Opening Ceremony. I’m hoping the night will be a chance for all generations of the community to come together to celebrate one another and the work that has been done,” said Paula Abdul.
About Christopher Street West (CSW): Christopher Street West (CSW), a 501(c)3 non-profit, organized the world’s first permitted parade advocating for gay rights on June 28, 1970 as a response to and in commemoration of the Stonewall Rebellion on Christopher Street in New York City the year prior. Since then, we have built a rich history as an active voice for the LGBTQ+ community across the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. For more information visit https://lapride.org/about/
About Paula Abdul:
Worldwide sensation Paula Abdul is best known as a music superstar, with 60 million records sold and 6 number one hits, and more recently for her nine-season run as a judge on American Idol. She continued her on-screen success as executive-producer and star in the CBS competition series, Live To Dance, followed by another role as a judge on Fox’s The X-Factor. She soon after completed two seasons as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance and one season on So You Think You Can Dance Australia. After over 25 years, she made her triumphant return to touring with Live Nation’s The Total Package Tour. Selling half-a-million tickets, Abdul hit 45 cities in the US alongside Boyz II Men and New Kids on the Block. Known as one of America’s pop music pioneers, she has been recognized with two Emmy Awards, two GRAMMY Awards, three American Music Awards and is a multi-platinum recording artist.
Paula has appeared on Fox’s Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life, ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat, Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva and more!
Aside from being a gifted entertainer, she has become an active spokesperson and advocate for national charity organizations, some of which include the American Humane Association, Natural Balance Pet Food and Petco, and Turnaround Arts. Recognized for her charitable work, the Avon Foundation previously tapped Abdul to become their Avon Global Ambassador for their international #CheckYourself digital campaign in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Paula Abdul has traveled the country, speaking publicly on her creative passions, drive, and professional experience. Some of the leading companies, organizations and events in which she has spoken at include WE.Org, Pepsico’s Women CEOs, Cigna Health, Greater Miami Jewish Federation for Women, Empower 180, Genius Network, Hudson Union Society and others. For more information visit https://paulaabdul.com/
On Tuesday, September 15, 2015, AIDS Walk Los Angeles held their 31st Annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles Kick-Off Party at Madame Tussauds Hollywood 6933 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028 6:30 8:30 p.m..
AWLA special reception kicking off party is the big fundraising weeks leading up to Walk, was hosted by Barrett Foa and Pauley Perrette of NCIS, plus ABC7 News Anchor Ellen Leyva!
Among the hosts there were key speakers such as WeHo Mayor Lindsey Horvath, Nick Wechsler from Revenge, Vallerie D Wagner and many more.
Complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were served a top Madame Tussauds’ beautiful rooftop lounge. Mingle with AIDS Walk supporters, staff, and volunteers, and stop by the COMMUNITY photo shoot held throughout the evening to get a new AIDS Walk profile pic! A special bonus to a free tour of the exhibit!
About AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA): APLA provides life-saving services for people living with HIV/AIDS across Los Angeles County, including medical, dental, and mental health, as well as HIV testing, prevention, and education programs. APLA delivers care to over 14,000 people annually and is a leader on policy and legislation that affects the HIV/AIDS and LGBT communities. For more information, visit apla.org and aplahw.org.
About AIDS Walk Los Angeles: Since 1985, AIDS Walk Los Angeles has raised more than $79 million for HIV programs and services throughout Los Angeles County, and has grown into one of the largest AIDS fundraising events in the country. In 2014 alone, 25,000 participants, many of whom were members of 1,600 corporate and community teams, raised over $2.2 million for AIDS Project Los Angeles and 27 other L.A. County AIDS service organizations. For more information, view the fact sheet or visit la.aidswalk.net.
Photos credit to: Gisele O/PartyBy5.com & Photo credit to: AIDS Walk Los Angeles 2015
Editor’s Note: Diversity News Magazine is a proud media partner for the fifth year in a row of AIDS Walk Los Angeles benefiting AIDS Project Los Angeles. For more information visit http://diversitynewsmagazine.org
On Saturday, August 15, 2015, the Los Angeles Nollywood Film Association honored Jarvee Hutcherson, President of MMPA and ASYM with the Multiculture Awards at the 3rd annual LA Nollywood Film Awards held at Four Points by Sheraton Los Angeles International Airport 9750 Airport Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045 from 3pm to 12 pm. The 3rd Annual LANFA Awards were produced by King Bassey.
Watch after the stage Exclusive interview by Steven Escobar.
About Jarvee Hutcherson:
Jarvee Hutcherson, is the President of the Multicultural Motion Picture Association (MMPA), oversees a roster of 1,500 members nationwide. Recognized as the Spokesperson and Representative of Diversity issues and inclusiveness within the Television Networks, Motion Picture Studios and production companies. Mr. Hutcherson also serves as National President of the American Society of Young Musicians (ASYM), Committed to the Enrichment and Advancement of Young Musicians Across the Globe! It also funds a mentorship program, Scholarship Endowment for young Musicians between the ages of 13 to 30 years old, and Drug rehabilitation program.
Editor’s Note: Congratulations to our friend Mr. Jarvee Hutcherson for this amazing recognition from LANFA Awards 2015. Diversity News Magazine, Diversity News TV and Diversity News Radio are proud to be media partners of the 3rd Annual LANFA Awards 2015.
On Sunday, June 14, 2015, Thousands of people gathered in West Hollywood Park to celebrate Christopher Street West (CSW) festival and parade production of their 45th Annual CSW LA Pride 2015 in West Hollywood, CA.
This year the 45th annual CSW LA Pride 2015 was held from Friday, June 12 to Sunday, June 14, 2015 in West Hollywood Park and between Crescent Heights and San Vicente Blvd Streets. The LA Pride consist of Festival where vendors sells products or services and non-profit organizations that provides information and recruit people. As well the festival showcase entertainers on their stages. And on Sunday that is when they do the parade and as well the festival concludes.
Sunday’s parade featured a Diverse group of individuals representing local charity organizations and well known corporates. Some of the parade participants and floats were: Univision, Pop Luck Club, Out@NBCUniversal, NBC LA, E Network, Esquire Network, CNBC, ComCast, Comcast-NBC Universal, Telemundo, Bravo and Universal Studios, Wells Fargo Bank, TMZ and Abbey Food & Bar, Micky’s West Hollywood, CSW LA Pride 2015 Honorees, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, TGirl Nights, Queen USA 2014 and Queen Universe 2015, We are One Be Transparent and CHLA, British Consulate General Los Angeles and Gelson’s Floats,Gloria Allred and the Supremes, Being Alive and AIDS Project LA (APLA), Cheer LA and Bienestar, John Chiang, Alex Padilla, Judy Chu and Lambda Legal, Los Angeles LGBT Center, Time Warner Cable, Bank of America, The Trevor Project and Colin Higgins Foundation and many more.
About Christopher Street West
For over 45 years, Christopher Street West (CSW) has produced LA PRIDE, a series of events celebrating the accomplishments of the LGBT community and shedding light on its continued struggle for equality. A year after the modern lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender liberation movement was launched by the mob-led rebellion at the Stonewall Inn on New York’s Christopher Street in June 1969, activists in Los Angeles’ community came together to honor the rebellion with the world’s first PRIDE Parade in Hollywood, CA. Today, the organization continues to promote equality and diversity amongst the LGBT community and its peers with a three-day event held in West Hollywood, CA. The non-profit organization is comprised of volunteers committed to the goals of human rights, education and outreach. For more information visit http://lapride.org
It was a night of Moroccan Magnificence Saturday evening, April 9, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California as Ingrid’s Cafe’ rolled out the red carpet for all their customers. The event was graciously hosted by Hit Recording Artist and Singer/Songwriter Fawn, whose song “Wish U Love” went to #6 on the Billboard Dance Charts and won the JPF Music Award for Dance Song Of The Year.
“Our Moroccan Dinner Night was a great success! Special Thanks to Steven, Celebrity Fawn, and Maria Amor , Founder and President of Exotifit for Humanity and Exotifit International/Beauty Pageant Mogul. Awesome Night” said Ingrid Bedrosian, Ingrid’s Cafe Owner & Chef.
Running from 6-10pm, and some of the red carpet arrivals, photos and interviews included Maria Amor and all of the Ms. Exoti Lady World Pageant 2011 Candidates, Singer/Songwriter Fawn, Writer, Book Author, Modeling and Pageant Coach Jennifer Ross-Kilgore, Actor, Producer and Dr. Mark Valinsky, TV personality and host Joey Valdez, acclaimed publicist Steven Escobar, celebrated chef Ingrid Bedrosian and pageant contestants Ms. Exoti-lady USA Christine Ames, Ms. Exoti-lady Philippines Maricris Bautista, Ms. Exoti-lady Canada Lucie Volotzsky, Ms. Exoti-lady El Salvador Marie Bogacz, Ms. Exoti-lady Hungary Monica Farah, Ms. Exoti-lady Ukraine Elaina Berman, Ms. Exoti-lady Iran Samira Chatila, Ms. Exoti-lady America Dr. Linda Selvin, Ms. Exoti-lady France Sohelia, Ms. Exoti-lady Washington USA Nikki Storm and Ms. Exoti-lady Malasia Mercy Alpert.
After the interviews and arrivals, dinner was served with a short welcoming introduction by Fawn who thanked every one for coming. The dinner portion of the evening began with a traditional Moroccan hand wash in rose pedal water with the special water poured from a stunning solid gold Moroccan tea pot. The food included an appetizer, main course and desert with tea. During the dinner, Fawn presented a 5 Stars Sponsor Award from Diversity News Magazine and Diversity News Publications to Chef & Restaurant Owner Ingrid Bedrosian for outstanding food, customer service, participation and community support to other local businesses, owners and non-profit organizations.
Dr. Linda Selvin who is representing Ms. America in the Exotifit Pageant stated that she “came out to support Ingrid and her cafe’, Maria Amor and Fawn who I adore and her music.” She went on to say that if she won the Exotifit pageant, she would “continue to do the work I already do on radio and in my private practice which is enlightening and helping other people grow in a spiritual, mental, physical and emotional way and to help integrate growth, stability and peace within themselves to help make a better world starting within themselves.”
Ms. Exoti-lady Ms. Malasia Mercy Alpert, said “Ingrid’s Cafe is such a beautiful place and we’re having a delicious Moroccan meal, I am enjoying myself-the food it is delicious and healthy.” Ms. Hungary Monica Farah said she was excited to come out because it was her first time to taste Moroccan food and her first time being in a pageant. Ms. El Salvador Marie Bogacz said that if she won the pageant, she would “like to help hungry children and children who suffer from cancer.” She went on to say that “It is close to my heart because of my nephew who is suffering from a low immune system.” About Ingrid’s Cafe’:
Ingrid’s Bistro has been in business since 2006. It is truly dream the come true for Ingrid Bedrosian to have a petit Chateau where she can share her passion with her guests. Ingrid started with catering part-time while working in the Corporate World and Entertainment Studios full-time. She always dreamed and planned to one day have her own business and it happened in August of 2006. Her joy of cooking and baking for others is unlimited and you can taste the labor of love in every bite. All products are fresh and organic and arranged very elegantly.
The restaurant owner has catered to well known celebrities who have dined at her bistro. She has made her place into a very European comfort for everyone. It has truly become a hidden but known place in Beverly Hills in such a short time. For more information visit http://www.ingridscafe.com/ or http://www.ingridsbistro.com
Fawn is an award winning recording artist and songwriter. Her song “Wish U Love” made it to #6 on the Billboard dance charts and was nominated for the Hollywood Music In Media Awards. Fawn’s songs have been heard in The Natalee Holloway Story, Ugly Betty, Young and The Restless and many more. She won 2 coveted JPF Music Award For best Dance album and best dance single, and her song Wish U Love made it into the top 150 hit dance songs for 2009. He music video of the same song remained in the top music videos for 5 months on MTV’s Logo Channel. For more information about Fawn visit her official website at http://www.fawnmusic.com