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Friday, February 29, 2008

Black Hollywood News Launch...Ideal PR Was There

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Ideal PR was there to support the launch of the new Black Hollywood News website in Hollywood, CA last night. Actress Erika Ringor (who can been seen in R Kelly's Trapped in the closet series as well as the soon to be release Wendy Williams film) came out to kick it with Ideal PR Owner and CEO Neeta Wooten. Also there was hometown (Washington, DC) friends Brandon Fobbs and Melvin Jackson Jr from The Wire and Lamman Rucker from Tyler Perry Movies "Why Did I get Married" and "Meet The Browns"

Be on the look out for this new online magazine dedicated to the lifestyle information for African Americans in Entertainment.
Thanks Tanya and Crystal (PS...nice meeting you all at the NAACP Image Awards and being so nice to Neeta, August and our clients!!!)

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Join R&B Sensation TEEDRA MOSES Monday February 25, 2008 at 9pm At BASQUE

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Join the R&B sensation TEEDRA MOSES "The Young Lioness" with her band in Hollywood, California at 9:00pm on Monday February 25, 2008 as she hosts at BASQUE nightclub located at 1707 Vine Avenue, Hollywood CA (on the corner of Vine at Hollywood Blvd). Teedra will hang out with the fans and perform a couple songs.
General Admission is $20.
This event is brought to you by Black Moses Music and Adictiv Ent.

For Media or Celebrity Invites please contact NEETA at IDEAL PR
To Learn More about Teedra Moses or to hear her music click here





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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Legendary Ruby Dee Honored by Black Enterprise; Angell Conwell & Carl Payne Were There To Show Their Reverence

Last night in Beverly Hills, CA the legendary Ruby Dee was honored for her lifetime of work in a Pre-Oscar celebration given by Black Enterprise Magazine. Not only was Ruby Dee still amazingly beautiful and graceful, she exuded power and grace with a commanding voice during her appreciation speech.

 
Ideal PR clients ANGELL CONWELL and CARL PAYNE were present at this historic event to congratulate Ms Ruby Dee and add thier hopes for her Oscar win with the other top African American entertainers. The night was extra special with a live performance by Will.I.AM and music all evening by DJ D-Nice (congrats on your engagement :-) Carl...you are rocking that Louis Vuitton tie...and Angell that black and white lace cocktail dress was made for you!

Carl Payne wearing a Louis Vuitton tie. Sharp!
Angell Conwell in all her fabulousness
 
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Friday, February 15, 2008

Michael B. Jordan at the 39th Annual NAACP Image Awards

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Yesterday in Los Angeles, California on a sunny but WINDY day, the NAACP held its 39th Annual Image Awards. Ideal PR took care of the talented actor MICHAEL B JORDAN from HBO's THE WIRE and ABC's "All My Children" on the red carpet and at the awards. This newly turned 21 year old stole hearts with that genuine smile of his.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Al B Sure! Featured in the Music Video "Princess" By Duo Live featuring Fabolous


Singer/ Radio Host Al B Sure! displays his smooth, sexy voice as he is featured in this recent song with Fabulous by emerging group Duo Live.
Al B Sure is still sexy...My My My
Thanks Daily Motion for the video

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NFL player Kerry Rhodes to receive the LIVE THE DREAM Award on February 18, 2008



For Media Inquires for Kerry Rhodes while he is in Birmingham Feb 18th-19th please contact Tamiko Thomas of Ideal PR who will be in Alabama with Kerry during this time...
CONGRATS KERRY

Contact Information For The Event Below:

Brannon Dawkins 205-241-8127 Melanie Davis 205-241-8102

CHAMBER ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THE 2007 “LIVE THE DREAM” AWARDS

Recognizing Excellence in the Region

Every year the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce wonders how it will top the next “Live the Dream” award winners. But the 2007 class has proven its worth with a star-packed group. The Chamber will honor the award recipients on Monday, February 18 at 5 p.m. at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (520 16th Street North). This group of accomplished citizens has not only excelled in their field, but also helps to put the spotlight on their hometown… the Birmingham region.

The 2007 “Live the Dream” Award recipients include:

· Rebecca Luker, Broadway Actor and Tony Award nominee

· Max Cooper, Tony Award-Winning Producer

· Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Civil Rights Activist (Lifetime Achievement)

· Kerry Rhodes, New York Jets Football Player

· Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

· Brett Blackledge, Pulitzer Prize winner

· Steve Orel, Education Activist

The Chamber created the annual awards program in 2003 to honor individuals or groups that have achieved their dreams and made a positive impact on the Birmingham region. The selection committee is comprised of regional leaders from key businesses, civic organizations, and representatives from surrounding counties. They select the winners based on strict criteria:

· Demonstration by the nominee that people in the region can “live their dreams.”

· Demonstrated excellence in his/her field or specialty.

· The nominee has made a substantial impact on the community.

· The accomplishment is worthy of emulation.

· The accomplishment is considered unique.

· The accomplishment enhances a sense of community in the region.

· The nominee has brought positive national or international recognition to the region.

Past winners of the award include U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, American Idol winners Ruben Studdard and Taylor Hicks, Miss America Deidre Downs, Teacher of the Year Betsy Rogers and NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley.

Photo and Interview Opportunity

“Live the Dream” Award

Monday, February 18 at 5 p.m.

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Biographies will be available to the media at the press conference.
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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Angell Conwell At The West Coast Premiere of A RAISIN IN THE SUN



The beautiful and talented actress Angell Conwell displayed her sophisticated side last night on the red carpet for the West Coast Premiere of "A Raisin In The Sun" Executive Produced by Sean "Puffy" Combs. In addition to cast members Sanaa Lathan, Sean Patrick Thomas and John Stamous, Gabrielle Union, Essence Atkins, Kyle & Cory Massey and others were there to show support...but none looked as lovely as Angell Conwell ;-)
Thanks Jared with Storyline Entertainment and Getty Images (Todd, Neilson and Mark!)

LOVE THOSE PURPLE SHOES!!!


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Al B Sure! Interviews George Benson about his performance on February 15

Ideal PR Client, R&B singer and Radio Show host (92.3 Los Angeles, CA)
AL B SURE!
Interviews the legendary George Benson...

Music Legend "George Benson" and Hot 92.3"s Al B. Sure! Chop about Benson's One Night Only upcoming performance @ the Los Angeles Philharmonic (The Walt Disney Concert Hall) February 15, 2008 at 8 p.m. Mr. Benson to give a tribute to His American Idol "Nat King Cole" by Performing Cole's famed classics as well as some of His own fan favorites!!! Don't Miss this Historical night! For more Info on the Legendary George Benson visit http://www.georgebenson.com and visit www.laphil.com
LISTEN BELOW!!!

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Monday, February 11, 2008

2008 Grammy Awards...Dwele, Angell Conwell, Adrienne Lau



The 2008 Grammy Awards were held in Los Angeles California on the most beautiful day of 2008 so far. Ideal PR had the pleasure of working with Grammy Nominated singer DWELE. Dwele entered the awards show with 4 nominations in total, one (1) solo and three (3) shared with Kanye West for his vocals in the hit song "Flashing Lights."


This laid back and humble singer had happy interactions with Corrine Bailey Ray, Keyshia Cole, Rihanna, Lyfe Jennings and others and enjoyed sitting front and center surrounded by other nominees and presenters such as Musiq, Feist, Foo Fighters, Chris Brown and of course Kanye West. CONGRATS DWELE, you deserve it~~~

PS...Congrats to The DC natives and friends Tank and Raheem DeVaughn for your nominations as well. We saw both Tank and Raheem on the red carpet and they looked happy and gorgeous to say the least.


Additionally, Asian Pop singer Adrienne Lau wowed the carpet with her silver shimmery dress. She is such a sweet young lady.



After the Grammy's they both enjoyed various after parties around the scene.



After a busy day in the life of an actress, Angell Conwell made sure to take time to drop by the special party congratulating her good pal, and Grammy winner Ne-Yo well wishes. The fans and general goers at the night club ritual must have taken a hundred pictures with the couple before they had a chance to meet, greet and congratulate Ne-Yo on his win. Also in attendance was Fat Joe, Keith Robinson, Echo and many other Hollywood faces. Thanks Remi and Erica.
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Friday, February 8, 2008

KERRY RHODES IN MARCH 2008 ISSUE OF SOURCE MAGAZINE



Check out Ideal PR Client and Super Sexy Safety KERRY RHODES (#25 of New York Jets) in the SOURCE MAGAZINE (March 2008) featured with ANTM Bianca.
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Angell Conwell at Tank's Pre-Grammy Toast



Actress Angell Conwell attended the Pre-Grammy toast at Hollywood's hot spot "Area" to give well wishes to the Washington, DC native and 2 time Grammy Nominee for this year TANK. Also in attendance was actress Erika Ringor (Love & basketball), super music producer and previous Grammy nominee Chris Henderson (also a Hampton University Alumni :-), Flex Alexander and Shanice Wilson with a host of other friends and associates of Tanks. Special Thanks to Monika, Arica and Echo of Echoing Soundz.

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Gordon Glass To Show At The Pan African Film Festival


GORDON GLASS the movie, written, produced and starred in by actor and everyone's friend Omar Benson Miller shows at the 2008 Pan African Film Festival on Friday Feb 8th at 4pm and Mon Feb 11th at 3:45pm. All showings are at the Magic Johnson Theaters Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles. Ideal PR provided the unit publicity for this film. It has also shown at the American Black Film Festival and the Hollywood Film Festivals this year. Congrats to Omar Benson Miller, Big Easy Productions and the entire Miller Family for such wonderful moves with their first independent film

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The 16th Annual Pan African Film Festival Panels February 9th - 16th 2008 in Los Angeles, California

For Media Credentials/ PR Information on the events below, please contact Neeta Wooten at Ideal PR

AMC Magic Johnson Theater 15 is located in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza at 4020 Marlton Avenue Los Angeles, California

Event/Media Contact for All events listed below are: Sherri James
and Neeta Wooten . For General Media/PR request about the festival, all requests should be directed to PUBLICITY@PAFF.ORG


ALL Media must be pre-approved and credentialed for all panel events and book signings. General Attendees can purchase tickets at the door for entry.


SATURDAY, February 9, 2008

11am – 1:30pm MUSICALLY SPEAKING: How to Hire a Composer for Your Film -
LOCATION: AMC MAGIC JOHNSON CRENSHAW 15 -
PRICE: $20.00

SUMMARY: "After you've created your masterpiece, you now need a composer whose score can elevate your film up a notch. Noted film composer, hit record producer (Michael Jackson) and KPFK's "For the Record" talk show host Samm Brown, III, ("Generations," "Isidingo") moderates a panel of black film composers including: award-winning composer Stephen James Taylor ("Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation," "10,000 Black Men Named George"); Kurt Farquhar ("King of Queens," "Girlfriends"); and Todd Cochran ("Woman Thou Art Loosed," "Hurricane"); to help you understand how to hire and communicate with a composer in order to get the best music for your film.
PANELISTS CONFIRMED: Kurt Farquhar, Steven James Taylor, Todd Cochran
MODERATOR: Samm Brown, III
Event/ Media Contact: Sherri James & Neeta Wooten

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2008
3pm – 5:30pm MUSIC SUPERVISION…INDIE STYLE! -
LOCATION: AMC MAGIC JOHNSON CRENSHAW 15 -
PRICE: $20.00

SUMMARY: "Understanding music supervision is the key to placing music in TV, film, video games and more. This panel discussion is designed to bridge the gap between independent recording artists and independent flmmakers and music supervisors."
PANELISTS: Kandi Cole, Garth Trinidad, Jason Bentley (invited), Vikter Duplaix, Grammy-nominated artist, Monica Bell, Music Exec, Angie Stone, Artist (invited), Craig Bowers, Manager
MODERATOR: Jasmyne Cannick
Event/ Media Contact: Sherri James & Neeta Wooten


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2008
4pm – 6pm A CONVERSATION WITH CHARLES BURNETT, Sponsored by the DGA -
LOCATION: AMC MAGIC JOHNSON CRENSHAW 15 -
PRICE: $5.00

SUMMARY:
"Join us for a discussion with one of our preeminent pioneering filmmakers. Considered one of America's greatest filmmakers, Charles Burnett was first noticed in 1981 with Killer of Sheep, which won a prize at Berlin. Burnett's award-winning work has been recognized by the National Society of Film Critics, the American Film Institute, the Sundance Film Festival and FIND (formerly IFP/West)."
MODERATOR: Eriq La Salle
Event/ Media Contact: Sherri James & Neeta Wooten


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2008
11am – 1:30pm HOW TO JUMPSTART YOUR SCREENWRITING CAREER -
LOCATION: AMC MAGIC JOHNSON CRENSHAW 15 -
PRICE $20.00

SUMMARY:
Have you developed a writing regimen? Do you have the formula for the three-act story? Do you know how to unleash your story as you lock into page counts, plot points, mid-points, end-points, turning-points, etc? If you don't know where to begin, "How to Jumpstart Your Screenwriting Career" workshop is the place you should be. Screening is an art, not just a craft, and the "business" is just that, "a business" and we can assist you in navigating your way through it.
PANELISTS: Ayanna Floyd, Sylvia Franklin, Tracy Grant, Eric Haywood, Teri Brown-Jackson, Shauna Robinson Leffall, Lamar R. Sally, Donna Michelle Anderson, Aaron Thomas
MODERATOR: Jennifer Williams, OBS President
Event/ Media Contact: Sherri James & Neeta Wooten


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2008
3pm – 5:30pm AFRICAN AMERICANS & ANIMATION: Is the future still bright? -
LOCATION: AMC MAGIC JOHNSON CRENSHAW 15 -
PRICE $20.00

SUMMARY:
What opportunities are there for storytellers who want to create animated African American-themed content? Where is the industry going? And, what opportunities should new content creators be prepared to take advantage of? This panel will explore business models in the animation field that work and identify strategies that new content creators should be considering.
PANELISTS: Bruce Smith,Disney, Jerry Brice, Animator, Joe Horne, Cartoon Network, Lynne Southerland, Imagi Animation, Bruce Johnson, Porchlight Entertainment, (invited), Fonz, Animator (invited), Marlon West, Disney, Brandon Schultz, Imajimation
MODERATOR: Eric Elder, Producer/Academic Director
Event/ Media Contact: Sherri James & Neeta Wooten


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2008 - THIS IS A NEW DATE & TIME
3pm - 5:30pm THE RISE OF THE BLACK STUDIO -
LOCATION: AMC MAGIC JOHNSON CRENSHAW 15 -
PRICE: $20.00

SUMMARY:
"2007 saw the creation of African American companies that have the ability to distribute their films to their audience – a new studio for the new millennium. How do these new players influence the films that make it into the marketplace? Is this the dawn of a new day or business as usual?"
PANELISTS: Jeff Clanagan, Tracey Edmonds, William Packer, Roger Bobb
MODERATOR: Reggie Hudlin
Event/ Media Contact: Sherri James & Neeta Wooten


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2008
3pm – 5:30pm TAKING ON THE WORLD: Foreign Distribution for Our Films -
LOCATION: AMC MAGIC JOHNSON CRENSHAW 15 -
PRICE: $20.00

SUMMARY:
"Hollywood has long held that our films don't play overseas. Join us for a conversation with foreign film experts who will tear down the myth and show you just how to get your film into the overseas market and reap the benefits of foreign distribution."
PANELISTS: Elaine McGee, Karlin-Green Media, Marty Poole, York Entertainment, Lise Romanoff, Vision Films, Valerie Watts-Meraz, Showtime (invited), Joy Riba, South African Broadcasting, Jim Dudleson, Tauras Entertainment (invited), Mark Lester or Adam Singer, AWP (invited)
MODERATOR: Page Ostrow, Ostrow & Company
Event/ Media Contact: Sherri James & Neeta Wooten


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2008
11am – 1:00pm SHAKING THE MONEY TREE: Get the Money You Need Now -
LOCATION: AMC MAGIC JOHNSON CRENSHAW 15 -
PRICE: $20.00

SUMMARY:
"How in the world do you find the money you need for your film? This panel will address the art of finding and retaining investors for your film. Managing these important money relationships is crucial to your success. Come learn from the stories of filmmakers who've successfully navigated the fundraising waters."
PANELISTS: Brian Hooks, Brian Hooks Entertainment, Nia Hill, The Momentum Experience, D'Angela Steed, The Momentum Experience, Hutson Miller, Three Tier Ent (invited), Adel Nur, Three Tier Ent, (invited)
MODERATOR: TBD
Event/ Media Contact: Sherri James & Neeta Wooten


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2008
1:30pm – 3:30pm ROMANCING THE FINANCING
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LOCATION: AMC MAGIC JOHNSON CRENSHAW 15 -
PRICE: $20.00

SUMMARY: "The owners of a dynamic new company, FilmBankers International, will walk audience members through their disciplined approach to independent film finance transactions for investors, filmmakers, and financial institutions."
PANELISTS: Brenda Doby-Flewellyn, Harold Lewis
Event/ Media Contact: Sherri James & Neeta Wooten


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2008 4pm - 6pm
THE NEW CIVIL RIGHTS FRONTIER: DISTRIBUTING ON THE INTERNET -
LOCATION: AMC MAGIC JOHNSON CRENSHAW 15
PRICE: $20.00

SUMMARY: We now live in a multi-platform world. Opportunities abound to create program content and reach your audience. Leslie Fields-Cruz of the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) will discuss the launch of NBPC's new media project, blackpublicmedia.org, a distribution portal for documentaries, shorts and current affairs programs that focus on the African American and African Diaspora Experience. Join Ms. Fields-Cruz and others us for a discussion on how to get your socially conscious film in front of your audience.
MODERATOR: Leslie Fields-Cruz, NBPC
PANELISTS: Leslie Rule, KQED, Krystal Freeman - New Orleans, Labor of Love.
Event/ Media Contact: Sherri James & Neeta Wooten


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2008
11:30am – 1:30pm NEIGHBORHOODS@WORK
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LOCATION: AMC MAGIC JOHNSON CRENSHAW 15
PRICE: FREE

SUMMARY: "Representatives from the Los Angeles Urban League discuss their new initiative "Neighborhoods@Work," and how their efforts are improving the lives of youth and families in our communities."
PANELISTS: Blair H. Taylor, Carlene Davis, D'Ann Morris, Charles Boyd, Kuliema Blueford, Renee Smith-Maddox
MODERATOR: Anthony Maddox
Event/ Media Contact: Sherri James & Neeta Wooten


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2008
3:00pm – 5:30pm FESTIVAL STRATEGIES: Getting Into and Getting the Most Out of Film Festivals
- LOCATION: AMC MAGIC JOHNSON CRENSHAW 15 -
PRICE: $10.00

SUMMARY: "Have you ever wondered why your film wasn't selected for an important film festival? Does it seem as though the same people get into the same festivals again and again? What's their secret? Join festival directors for an informative discussion on how to prepare the most attractive package for your film when submitting to festivals. Find out what a festival can do for you and what to expect and not expect from a film festival. Representatives from some of North America's best-known Black film festivals will share the do's and don'ts of the submission process and how to position your film for best exposure. Reasons for placing your film in a Black film festival will also be discussed."
PANELISTS: Asantewa Olatunji (Pan African Film Festival), Tanya Kersey (Hollywood Black Film Festival), Reinaldo Spech (African Diaspora Film Festival), Reggie Scott (American Black Film Festival), Charles Belk (Silver Lake Film Festival),
Mia Farrell, (VP International Publicity, Paramount Pictures)
MODERATOR: Sharifa Johka (African Voices)
Event/ Media Contact: Sherri James & Neeta Wooten


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2008
7:30pm – 9:00pm ESSENCE OF THE MARTIAL ARTS
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LOCATION: BALDWIN HILLS CRENSHAW PLAZA COMMUNITY ROOM -
PRICE: FREE

SUMMARY: "This workshop explores the influence of African martial arts, stunts and fight choreography in the movies today and in the future."
PANELISTS: Dr. Ahmses Maat, Master Amen Sebek and noted author Nijel Binns ("Nuba Wrestling: The Original Martial Arts")
MODERATOR: Tony Washington (Bonita Entertainment Films)
Event/ Media Contact: Sherri James & Neeta Wooten


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2008
11am – 1:30pm THE INTERSECTION BETWEEN NEW AND OLD MEDIA: How to Tell and Monetize Your Story
- LOCATION: AMC MAGIC JOHNSON CRENSHAW 15 -
PRICE: $20.00

SUMMARY: Learn from industry experts who will share their knowledge of how to use technology to tell your story and most importantly make a return on investment. As a result of a rapidly changing media marketplace, there are innovative ways to producer, distribute and market your content. Mozaic Media + Communications and UrbanMediaHub.com have partnered to present this panel discussion that will explore novel production and post production resources and provide paths for navigating on-line distribution. Attendees will be informed and empowered after viewing demos of the latest equipment and hearing strategies of how to market their project and reach their target audience.
PANELISTS: Tangier Clark (Editor), Geetanjali Dhillon, Esq. (Executive Producer "Jaman.com"), Jadolphus Fraser (writer/director), Felicia Morris (The Poetess, Poetess Media), Bashir Salahuddin (writer/director/actor), Kristian Valles (CEO, Visionary Media Group), Marceil Wright, Producer, One Nation Filmworks
MODERATOR: Ramona Wright, Principal, Mozaic Media + Communications
Event/ Media Contact: Sherri James & Neeta Wooten


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2008 -
LOCATION: BHCP COMMUNITY ROOM -
PRICE: FREE

11am - 1:30pm REAL ESTATE PANEL

PANELISTS: Linda Bronson-Abbot
Event/ Media Contact: Sherri James & Neeta Wooten

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2008
1:30pm - 2:45pm BOOK SIGNING
LOCATION: COMMUNITY ROOM - PRICE: FREE
Please join panelists for a book signing in the Community Room of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza with Paris the Book "Soul on the Seine" about Blacks in Paris."
PANELISTS: Neema Barnett, Malinda Williams ("Soul Food," "The Wood," "Idlewild")
MODERATOR: Jacquie Taliaferro

Event/ Media Contact: Sherri James & Neeta Wooten


SATURDAY FEBRUARY 16, 2008
3pm – 5:30pm WOMEN IN MEDIA -
LOCATION: AMC MAGIC JOHNSON CRENSHAW 15
PRICE: $20.00

SUMMARY: "In 2008, women are finally taking their rightful place in the entertainment industry as showrunners ("Grey's Anatomy"), producers ("America's Next Top Model"), CEOs (Our Stories Films) and more. Join a panel of distinguished women who have made their mark on Hollywood and continue to set trends for a future generation of women actresses, storytellers, and tastemakers. This panel includes a reception for the Sojourner Truth Award. At 1:30pm, please join panelists for a book signing in the Community Room of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza with Paris the Book "Soul on the Seine" about Blacks in Paris."
PANELISTS: Neema Barnett, Malinda Williams ("Soul Food," "The Wood," "Idlewild")
MODERATOR: Jacquie Taliaferro
Event/ Media Contact: Sherri James & Neeta Wooten
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Kerry Rhodes at NY Fashion Week Front Row for Custo Barcelona Show

Ideal PR Client KERRY RHODES
No Words needed but Fabulous...

Keep your eyes open for Kerry's 2nd Annual Celebrity Charity Basketball Game & Weekend taking place late June 2008 in Birmingham Alabama
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