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Monday, December 19, 2011

10 Awesome Holiday Gifts (The IDEAL 10 celebrity gift guide

Winter is a wonderful time of year. There are many dates between 
December and March where gift giving is a common tradition. If you are getting a last minute gift for Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukkah, a special birthday or just because! 
Sometimes finding the perfect gift for someone requires a little 
creativity and imagination. Don’t worry; we have taken care of that for 
you this year. We have listed some of our favorite gifts and compared 


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

JD Williams "Bodie" from HBO's The Wire...The IDEAL Magazine "exclusive"

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JD Williams played "Bodie" on HBO's critically acclaimed "The Wire," which is coming upon its 10 year anniversary. The IDEAL Magazine honored this show by creating a 22 page editorial spread with some of the characters from the show. JD was a part of this tribute, and here are a few EXTRAS to go along with the featured article featured on pages 22-23:

What were you doing (in your life) when you joined the cast of the Wire? "When the wire started I was doing my first barrage of Indies...and Pootie Tang,hahaha"

How do you feel your character changed the dynamics of the show? "My character affected the dynamic of the show by giving the viewers another perspective to analyze and cheer for. You had someone at EVERY level who was likable and hate-able."


Tara Denman with JD on The IDEAL Magazine shoot set
Photographer: Shamel Williams
Stylist: Tara Denman
Marv the Barb, Tara Denman, Shamel Washington on The IDEAL Magazine Shoot set
"Hassan, Julito and JD, it was an extreme pleasure to work with all of you.  You all exuded immense professionalism and delivered remarkable work.  I hope to work with each one of you in the near future."  -Tara D."

Groomer: Marvin "Marv The Barb" Church 

""Working in 3 different cities for the "Wire shoot" was inspirational due to the success of the individuals that were a part of it. It was great to work with others who share the same passion and dedication in their profession. This was a full circle moment."

Make-up: Krintine Rangel
"It was an honor to work with the cast from "The Wire" & even more JD williams and granting me the opportunity to work on him as his makeup artist. All 3 men were awesome and very down to earth & wouldn't second guess it if they ask me to work with them in the future." - Kristine Rangel

Editorial Assistant: Louel Valentine
Shoot Location: New York
3­Piece Suit:  The Curious Man - designed by Patrick Kennedy

Shirt:  The Curious Man - designed by Patrick Kennedy

Scarf: B. OYAMA 


Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Winter 2011 issue of The IDEAL Magazine Has JUST Released. Take a LOOK!


Trevis Cage
Assistant Publicist 
Ideal PR Media

(Washington, DC) - Ideal PR Media announces the release of the fresh-look and new winter issue of The IDEAL Magazine available NOW.

The Winter 2011-2012 issue features a 22-page “Now and Then” tribute to the popular HBO series,
The Wire. “This spread means that I have arrived and I’m here to stay forever,” said Tray Chaney (Poot from the series). “The Wire is still known as one of the best shows in history and to be united with my cast members (once again) was an honor.” Other cast members featured in the article include J.D. Williams (Bodie), Hassan Johnson (Wee-Bey), Tristan Wilds (Michael Lee), and others.
Still trying to find gifts for the holiday season? Don’t worry. We found 10 IDEAL gift ideas your friends and family would love; especially if they remind you of celebrities such as 50 Cent, Kim Kardashian, and Keri Hilson. What do Brad Pitt and Justin Bieber have in common? We will show you in our “Drink Like a Celebrity” article. 

Mother of R&B singer Tyrese, Priscilla Gibson, shares her testimony of how she overcame her alcohol addiction. Singer Ginuwine and his wife Solé discuss the personal impact cancer has had on their family in “A Night of Pink Hope.”
Also in this issue, D. Woods (formerly of Danity Kane) gives us an update on her passion for the stage and Hollywood’s young actress, Paige Hurd (Everybody Hates Chris) shows us another side of her style in a special editorial spread. We highlight  up and coming rapper/songwriter H.Wood City as well as actress/writer Tiffany Black in our “Pay Attention” section of the magazine. 

In every issue of The IDEAL Magazine, readers can expect updates from their favorite celebrities in “Front & Center,” learn about new artists in “Pay Attention,” find out what’s hot in  “The IDEAL 10,” be encouraged by “One to Grown On” and stay stylish and ahead of the fashion and beauty trends in “Beauty Beaux.” 

The IDEAL Magazine is a digital entertainment lifestyles magazine published quarterly. The IDEAL magazine highlights stories and interests of urban young adults ages 13-30 years old. With a focus on everything pop-culture, The IDEAL Magazine blends celebrity content with current trends in music, TV, film, fashion, sports, and education relative to its target audience. Based out of Washington, DC, The IDEAL Magazine has writers and photographers around the United States of America to provide a wide range of story and demographic coverage. The IDEAL Magazine is distributed online though Ideal PR Media with Neeta Wooten as Editor-in-Chief.

Current and past issues of The IDEAL Magazine can be found HERE



Cheryl Burke and Rob Kardashian

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Last night, fashion editors, Manhattan’s social elite, and taste-makers alike celebrated the announcement of Ideology’s new face of the brand, Cheryl Burke, who was on hand for the festivities at the chic Dream Downtown Hotel. Cheryl, renowned professional dancer and two-time winner of DANCING WITH THE STARS, will appear in the campaign for the line launching in February 2012. 

Guests sipped on cocktails and previewed the collection to the tunes of Reality TV’s newest DJ, Rob Kardashian, who spent time in the DJ booth and mingling with guests. Fashion celebutants Phillip BlochRichie Rich, and SupermodelIrina Shayk, who was wearing a sexy cocktail dress, turned heads while professional dancers surprised guests with hot and original dance routines wearing the new line. The new line reflects a modern design comprised of functional easy to mix-and-match pieces that add a beat of unexpected fashion to any errand, tango, or work-out.   

MTV's Week Long Celebration of Music

Robyn performing at the O Music Awards. Her performance of “Dancing on My Own” has been nominated as best live MTV performance of the year

MTV,, today announced a weeklong celebration of year in music in which it will name the year’s best artists, songs and performances. For the first time, MTV is pulling together its music powerhouses from MTV News, and MTV Music & Talent, to collaborate on three different year end lists: EDM (electronic dance artist of the year), song of the year and artist of the year.
Beginning Monday, December 12, from 8am to 9am ET, during MTV’s morning music hours, AMTV, editors from MTV News, MTV Music & Talent, and will take part in a spirited debate, where they will reveal their collective choices for best EDM (electronic dance artist of the year) joined by MTV Iggy (Monday, December 12TH) song of the year (Wednesday, December 14th) and artist of the year (Thursday, December 15th). During AMTV, the panel will countdown their selections from #10 to #3, leaving the audience in limbo to debate the list. Each day at 4:59pm ET, Sway will reveal the top choices and present the award to the #1 pick. After the winner is revealed, the acceptance speech will run sporadically throughout our primetime hours. The debates will also be featured on mtvU and MTV Hits, and extensive news stories will be featured on MTV News and various sites.
In addition to the panel selected lists, for the first time, MTV is asking fans to vote on MTV’s best live musical performance of the year and support their favorite artist and song by tweeting #MTVBest2011. The nominees span MTV’s various award shows and concert series including MTV Video Music Awards, MTV Unplugged, mtvU Woodie Awards, O Music Awards, Live in NYC, Spring Break, mtvU Movies and Music Fest and Buzzworthy Live. Nominees include Adele’s “Someone Like You” from the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, Odd Future’s “Sandwiches and Yonkers” from the 2011 mtvU Woodie Awards, Thirty Seconds to Mars’ “Hurricane” from MTV Unplugged, Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own” from O Music Awards 2 and Two Door Cinema Club’s “What You Know” from Live In NYC.  The top voted performances will be revealed during MTV’s AMTV between 8am-9am ET on Tuesday, December 13, with the two top fan selection revealed by Sway later that day at 4:59pm ET.
MTV2 will celebrate the year end music with a variety of best lists including its annual “Best of Sucker Free Countdown #1’s” debuting December 12 at 7am ET and “MTV2’s 120 Minutes with Matt Pinfield” will reveal its  top 10 moments of the year  during a special debuting on 12/23 at 6am ET. 

Monday, November 28, 2011

Favorite Fashion Choices for December Parties...

Time to get those fall fashions organized.  The invites are beginning to come in for tons of holiday functions. Its important to organize what is in your closet so you are fully prepared to avoid those common fashion no-no's. Taking inventory of what you have and which outfits are good for "office" related functions and "friend" related functions can help when making the outfit choices. Don't forget the accessories. You don't always need a new outfit, sometimes a new belt and necklace can do the trick.
Take a look at some of our favorite fall fashions for daytime, nightime and anytime (page 41-42 of Nov/Dec issue of CenterStage1 Magazine)


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Don't forget the cocktails...Thanksgiving drinks

All things pumpkin...Drinks for the entire day...based on your deal with your in-laws, your mother's complaining and the uncomfortable subjects your family will bring up...
Checkout the list of drink ideas you can make to go along with your mood :-)

Open publication - Ideal PR Media - More Ideal PR Media Issues

Jennifer Aniston, Robin Williams, Morgan Freeman, George Lopez, Shaun White, Dwyane Wade and Luis Fonsi Star in St. Jude Thanks and Giving® Campaign Asking Shoppers to Support St. Jude this Holiday Season

For 50 years, the entertainment industry has embraced the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. When Danny Thomas set out to build the hospital in 1962, some of the biggest stars of that era such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, Sammy Davis Jr., Dinah Shore and Jack Benny donated their time and talents to help raise awareness and funds for St. Jude. Today, that tradition continues with celebrities from film, television, music and sports all donating their time, talents and support to the 2011 St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign. Jennifer AnistonRobin WilliamsMorgan FreemanGeorge LopezShaun WhiteDwyane Wade and singer Luis Fonsi will join Marlo Thomas in helping raise awareness and funds for St. Jude, one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other deadly childhood diseases.

Heartwarming national television spots for the Thanks and Giving campaign will air featuring each celebrity paired with the biggest stars of all - St. Jude patients. The spots will air across broadcast and cable networks in English and Spanish and online. The celebrities are also featured in a movie trailer that will appear on screens nationwide at theatre industry giants including Regal Entertainment Group, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark and Carmike Cinemas as well as many others.  In addition, the trailer will be shown on American Airlines and Delta Air Lines flights. All the spots, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, began showing on Nov 22 at 

“No family ever pays St. Jude for treatment thanks to the thousands of people across the country who support programs like Thanks and Giving,” said Morgan Freeman, who appears alongside St. Jude patients Mia and Camryn in one of this year’s television spots. “With your help, we can help give hope this holiday season to kids battling cancer and other deadly diseases.” 

Created by Marlo Thomas, and her siblings Terre and Tony Thomas, the Thanks and Giving campaign brings together celebrities, media and corporations to ask shoppers to “Give thanks for the healthy kids in your life, and give to those who are not.”

“Fifty years ago my father, Danny Thomas, went to the entertainment industry to help him found St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said Marlo Thomas, national outreach director for St. Jude. “It means so much to the Thomas family that the new generation of entertainment has also taken the St. Jude families to their hearts and are committed to St. Jude’s lifesaving mission of finding cures and saving children.”

The campaign will also get a boost of star power from several new and returning friends of St. Jude that encompass a wide spectrum of the entertainment industry. This year, the star of the upcoming NBC show “Smash” Katharine McPhee will serve as the St. Jude Give thanks. Walk. grand marshal and will walk alongside St. Jude supporters at the New York City walk. History Channel’s “American Pickers” star Mike Wolfe and his Antique Archaeology-Nashville crew will rally his fans to donate to St. Jude in support of his participation in the Nashville Give thanks. Walk.™ and Disney stars Elise Neal (“A.N.T. Farm”) and Adam Irigoyen (“Shake it Up”) will join walkers at the Los Angeles event. On the fashion front, Victoria’s Secret model Lily Aldridge is modeling the new DKNY tee from the St. Jude Holiday Gift Book that features a poem written by 10-year-old St. Jude patient Micah. Country music artist Blake Shelton, comedian George Lopez and actor Hill Harper have taken to the airwaves and recorded special radio messages in English and singer Luis Fonsi has recorded messages in Spanish that will air on more than 200 radio stations across the nation during the holiday season.

Thanks and Giving was created to build awareness and raise funds for St. Jude during the season that exemplifies thanks and giving to so many. The official kickoff event for the campaign is the annual St. Jude Give thanks. Walk.™ held on Nov. 19 in 80 communities nationwide. The campaign then runs from Thanksgiving week through the end of the year.

St. Jude is the nation’s leading pediatric research and treatment center devoted solely to children with cancer and other deadly diseases. It is the only pediatric cancer research hospital that covers all of the costs for treatment, travel, food and lodging for each patient and a family member. To learn more about the Thanks and Giving campaign and to learn about the more than 60 brands participating in the campaign, visit

A very special thanks to Katie

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Avril Lavigne and Brody Jenner at Lucky Strike in NY

Avril Lavigne - Rockstar, philanthropist, fashion designer hit the lanes last night at Lucky Strike in NYC to celebrate the Picksie 2.0 App Launch in support of her charity The Avril Lavigne Foundation with boyfriend Brody Jenner.  

Surrounded by lucky contest winning fans, Lavigne checked out the app, and killed it on the lanes while getting the occasional snuggle from Brody and enjoying the chicken skewers.  

About Picksie 2.0                                                                                                                            
Picksie is a location-based discovery service optimized for iOS devices that answer the question “What can I do, right here, right now?” Picksie applies a user’s profile, past ratings, searches and reviews, as well as current day, time and weather, to recommend events, activities and places of interest – such as restaurants, theatres, museums, cafes, bars and cinemas. By creating a Picksie profile, users save time deciding what to do and receive instant recommendations that match their unique likes and location. Please visit or  to download.

About The Avril Lavigne Foundation
The Avril Lavigne Foundation R.O.C.K.S.  Respect, Opportunity, Choices, Knowledge, and Strength in support of children and youth living with serious illnesses and disabilities. Award-winning singer/songwriter and philanthropist Avril Lavigne created The Avril Lavigne Foundation in early 2010. Please visit: for more information

 Special thanks to Aileen Brody of 5WPR


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Celebrities at GBK Gift Suite for American Music Awards

Designer headphone company Fanny Wang participated in a GBK Productions AMA gifting suite yesterday November 18 at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. GBK is known for having some of the best gifting suites surrounding the hottest award shows in Los Angeles. GBK has always been gracious and kind to Ideal PR clients and Ideal PR Media over the years.

This year Lil Jon and Soulja Boy fell in love with the Fanny Wang headphones.

Twilight’s Edi Gathegi and Bronson PelletierMike “The Situation” Sorrentino, and Josh Sussman also were at the gift suite and showed their support.

Star of Glee and co-host of the AMA red carpet pre-show Josh Sussman said of the Fanny Wang headphones, ““These are so cool.  I like that I can share these with my girlfriend when I’m flying.”

Fanny Wang Headphone Co.’s headphones are said to be the ultimate merging of high fashion and technological expertise and have previously been seen on celebrities and athletes such as NY Giants’ Prince Amukamara,Bachelor Pad’s Vienna Girardi, and actors Jason Ritter and Suits’ Patrick Adams, to name a few. 

A very special thanks to Colleen of MPRM Communications

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How Do You Work Out The Thanksgiving Battle?

A few of our readers have asked how to work out the battle of where they spend thanksgiving if both sides of the family are in different cities? The common answer is to alternate years, but are there any other alternatives?


Friday, November 18, 2011

Get The Fashion Look Seen in "My Week With Marilyn"

When "My Week With Marilyn" hits theaters next week, Marilyn lovers will have the opportunity to watch actress Michelle Williams channel this fashionable global icon.

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'50s Style Siren Black Stretch High Waisted Pencil Skirt; $80

Monroe was a private woman off set and w
hen not strutting her sex-kitten persona, she stuck to a monochromatic wardrobe.

Hardly did she ever veer from white, cream, beige, camel, red and black. Aside from her signature white halter dress, Marilyn was also famous for being photographed in chunky cardigans, capri pants and pencil skirts.

1950's Style White Marilyn Satin Halter Dress; $78

Check out how you can achieve Marilyn's simple and luxurious look seen here and more at

Special Thanks to Robin Doyle for the images.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Dishcrawl DC: Penn Quarter...Absolutely Heavenly

JoAnn Pham

Event Coverage: Neeta Wooten
Images: Donell Sellow (DES Photography) for Ideal PR Media

In today’s society, we each have many decisions we have to make on a daily basis, some more complex than others. Thankfully, "Dishcrawl DC" isn’t one of the more complex decisions on the list; it is an easy, no-brainer decision. In fact, this event is so awesome that they take ALL of the decision-making and thought processing out of the equation. All you have to do is enjoy!

 They choose the date, they choose the time, they choose the locations, they choose the dishes, they choose the order in which you experience each of the four locations...they even bring 49 other happy, fun and interesting people for you to meet and eat with.  In fact, it is the most simple and amazing on-going food tasting experience that I know of in Washington, DC. Insert the pounding sound of my stamp of approval and an oversized-melodramatic stamp into the picture (smile).

The first ever DishCrawl DC was headed up by JoAnn Pham, the delightful Ambassador for the evening and her assistant Katherine. JoAnn opened the event by explaining exactly what Dishcrawl’s mission is. “This is a chance to have a gathering each month for you to come out and taste the local food within your neighborhood and socialize. We hope you get to meet some great friends today and try some new food that you may not had the chance to try before and have a really great time.”

In the Penn Quarter neighborhood starting at 8th and D Streets, NW, four restaurants were chosen and two items were provided at each location.

Teaism was our meeting place and first tasting experience. With the help of nametags we were able to mix and mingle with one another before the first tasting experience began.   

Michelle Brown, one of the owners of Teaism discussed that one of the reason’s they opened the store was “so that people could come and drink beautiful, pure and exquisite teas.”  Their food concept is inspired Asia and influenced by one world “wholesome.” Michelle stated that they do not use any high fructose corn syrup, MSG, or trans fats.“We use very pure fats. We cook with rice-brand oil only, no canola, no soy oil... we use a little bit of coconut and olive oil and we are bringing flax and hemp into the menu to supplement your heath.” They pride themselves on making most of their items from scratch to avoid having soy in their foods. Teaism has plans to open a new location in Old Town Alexandria Virginia in the spring of 2012

The two items presented were the following:
Soba Noodle Salad: Vegetarian Korean style noodle salad with napa cabbage and sugar snap peas drizzled with a spicy Korean chile sauce
Dog Bite: grilled sliced smoked chicken apple sausage with togarashi mayo with jicama-slaw in a ficelle roll

Noodles, dog bite, the freshly made mayonnaise spiced blend was the common favorite. 

 A few comments from the group included: 
“I really like the spicy mayonnaise aioli spread that was on the dog bite”“The kick in the noodles was great”

The array of Asian teas accompanied each sampling very well.

The second stop on the Dishcrawl was at Meatballs.

Meatballs Options:
Classic Beef, Chicken, Lamb, Lentil, Crab
Tasting included two meatball minis

The mushroom sauce was the hit.  Regardless of which type of meatball the crowd chose, the crowd favorite was the mushroom sauce and the bread. 

“It would be nice if the sauce came in a dipping cup, that way you could dip your mini into the sauce that way every bite would be the amount of sauce you want on each bite.”

Brain (L) and best friend/store manager (R)

Manager and co-owner Brian:
Founded in Oct 2009 by Luke in New York City, NY. This Washington, DC location is their first outside of NY. All of the seafood comes directly from their father’s seafood processing plant in Maine who has been in the business for over 35 years. Sourcing their drinks, food, décor and even employees from Maine, Brian said they try to bring as much of Maine to DC as possible.

Two menu items:
Lobster Roll
Clam chowder

The comments were

“One of the best I’ve ever tasted, its not chewy, very creamy, potatoes are perfect in size and texture.”
“This is the best claim chowder I have ever had”

“This is THE best lobster sandwich I have ever had”

My sentiments in that I enjoyed the lobster roll so much that I dreamed about it (literally) the next 2 days and can’t wait to get back down there to buy one. Why was it so good? Brian explained how they prepare their signature lobster roll.

“We take a New England Style split-topped bun, we butter each side, toast it. Put a little bit of mayonnaise, chilled seafood, lemon butter and add spices on top of that,” said Brian.

The last stop of the evening was at Red Velvet Cupcake:
Were the motto of fresh baking is taken seriously. They bake everything fresh and daily and are open 8am-11pm M-F and 9am-11pm Sat/Sun.

“We have bakers in here 23 hours a day making sure we have fresh product for every day part.” “In our commitment to the neighborhood we donate to non-profit organizations on a daily basis. So if we have left over cupcakes and you are involved in a non-profit organization and you want to request our day-old cupcakes, we are happy to give them to you,” said Tracy Wilson, General manager for the store.

Two items served:
Vanilla bean cupcake
Red Velvet cupcake

Tracy Wilson
The red velvet cupcake is a signature favorite that everyone enjoyed thoroughly, yet it was the vanilla bean cupcake that people were fight over if there were extras given out.  And rightfully so, as they use Madagascar bourbon vanilla and layer the vanilla flavor in this tiny piece of heaven.

Some comments included:
 “The cupcakes melted in my mouth, the cake was moist and the flavors blended very well together.”

“I loved the red velvet, and as much as I love red velvet, that vanilla bean cupcake was the best ever. Its not like typical cake seams like there was something else in there because it was really good.”

When I randomly asked people if they would visit the location again, everyone said yes. Some even said they would travel from a far distance to get that vanilla bean cupcake.

While all of the locations were absolutely wonderful, and different crowd members had different favorites, we all walked away with new friends, a full belly, and a history of smiles and good tastes in our mouths. This was definitely an amazing kick-off to the first ever Dishcrawl DC. 

Hurry up and reserve your place for the December Dishcrawl, which is set to explore the neighborhood foods in the Adams Morgan area. To find out more visit

A very special thanks to JoAnn and her staff for being very gracious and accommodating to Ideal PR Media
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