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/
Winter often means that it’s too cold to go outside, the roads are impassable and there are fewer daylight hours. During warmer times, there’s a ton of fun activities you get to do for fun. But come winter, crickets are chirping in your head without any worthwhile ideas to do to pass time.
Staying indoors is considered boring, plain and repetitive, but if you’re open-minded, there are some really fun activities you can do to keep yourself entertained at home. Here are some great ideas on how to kill time during the winter months.
Read an Interesting Book
Are you one of those guys who buys a ton of books but never gets to read them? Winter time is a great time for you to finally get some quiet time and start reading an interesting book. If you have none at home, you can search online for some of the best sellers on a variety of genres. Here you’ll find an endless list of books to get lost in at least until winter is over.
Try Your Luck Online
Gambling is something that people have turned to for fun for years. Playing online, is a new way of gambling that is fast gathering momentum. How about giving it a shot this winter. If you are quite new at online gambling you can find the best online sites here, no need to worry, just follow the easy sign-up process and you’ll be fine.
Always Start by choosing a credible online site regulated and licensed.
Cook Some Good Food
Everyone has that one or two dishes they love ordering in from their favorite restaurant. Now that you’re indoors, it may be a good time to try out the recipe. In fact, why not make enough food that you can pack in smaller containers and store in the fridge to last you a few days.
What’s more, you can try to make your own original cocktails to sip as you eat the warm dish you made yourself. Cooking is a great way to warm up during the cold winter.
Watch the Latest Movies
Each year, lots of movies and TV series are released. If you love to cover yourself and stay warm during the winter, his is the plan. They keep you occupied and entertained. Movies have a way of leaving you in high spirits. With numerous free movie sites available online, it would take ages for you to watch everything available. Start with Game of Thrones, The Passage, The Crown, and wile at it, try Start UP.
Pick Out a New Hobby
If you like riding bikes as a hobby, for instance, it can be challenging to keep up during the winter. Have you thought about finding alternative hobbies to kill time? How about knitting, drawing or painting? These three are good hobbies to take up because they are easy to learn even if you’re trying them for the first time.
Plus, hobbies have a way of whetting your creative side. For example, you may be surprised to find out how great you are at painting.
Winter doesn’t have to be that time of the year that you look down on. With the activity ideas suggested above, the winter season is surely going to be a season you anticipate.
The World Series of Poker draws in poker players from around the world in a quest to win the ever-coveted gold championship bracelet. As the popularity of poker has grown, players from all walks of life have taken up the game and among them are stars of music industry. Let’s take a look at some of the music stars that have played at the World Series of Poker.
Rapper and R&B star Nelly has made headlines over the year for playing at the WSOP. While he hasn’t made big money at the event as of yet, he did make headlines in 2010 when he made Day 2 of the event. While that is far from the title, making it through Day 1 is a step that literally thousands of players fail to accomplish and it was a good first step. Nelly is a regular at the poker tables in and around Vegas and he will likely be there this year.
Anthrax lead guitarist Scott Ian has been a regular at the WSOP Main Event for years now and has advanced past Day 1 of the event numerous times. Ian has actually shown so much promise at the poker tables that he was tutored for a while by professional poker players Phil Hellmuth and Annie Duke and even had a sponsorship with an online poker site.
However, the most successful musician to play the WSOP is Godsmack’s Sully Erna. Erna has been coming to the WSOP for years and actually made the money of the Main Event in both 2006 and 2007. His best finish was in 2007 where he place 237th. While that does not sound like a huge accomplishment, Erna still pulled in over $45,000 for his finish. Of course, that is still a far cry from the $8.25 Million that Champion Jerry Yang took home.
As poker continues to increase in popularity worldwide, don’t be surprised to see more music artist try their hand at the game. Poker is said to have the adrenaline rush of performing in front of a 100,000 screaming fans, and the Millions at stake doesn’t hurt either.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Article first published on Diversity News Magazine Dot Com now known as DiversityNewsMagazine.org
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