Friday, November 20, 2009

Diversity News nominated for Wake UP! Award

Diversity News nominated for Wake UP! Award

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Kierrah Foundation First Annual Spotlight On Sisters Awards and Fashion Show Explosion

By Esteban “Steven” Escobar, Diversity News Staff __________________________________________________________
On sunday the purple carpet was pulled out for the stars and celebrities to stop and take photographs before entering inside the Taglyan Cultural Center. The Kierrah Foundation hosted the first annual Spotlight On Sisters Awards and Fashion Show Explosion, “Honoring Women in Entertainment.” The event was held on November 8, 2009 from 5:00 pm to 12pm. at The Taglyan Cultural Center located at 1201 N. Vine Street, Hollywood, CA.

The event featured Purple Carpet, Awards Dinner and Ceremony, Cocktail After Party and Fashion Show Explosion.

“Spotlight on Sisters event was filled with incredible energy and enthusiasm. What Brandy Sanders does is very inspiring. I enjoyed the delicious food, the performances were dazzling and the fashion show made me want to move and get some of those outfits for myself. This is the first time I'v seen musician/dance sensation Arnold G & team perform live and he had a wonderful stage presence.” Said Thushari Jayasekera. actress/performance artist at Live Jelly Entertainment.

During the Awards dinner and Ceremony the following awards were presented to Rickie Byars Beckwith, Estela Cruz, Brenda LeeEager, Zabrina Horton, Treaz’ure Lee, DJ Spark, Luenell, Parker McKenna Posey, Barbara Walden,Tamica Washington-Miller & Sandy Wee. Also Cassius Vernon Weathersby was recognized with The Brother Award.

The awards presenters were Georgia Anne Muldrow, Stephan Muldrow, Billy Osborne, Parris Harris and Shawn Carter Peterson. The Featured Vocalists; Jesse Campbell, Mortonette Stephens & Gino Walker. The invited Celebrity guest included Keith Robinson ("Dreamgirls"), Ernest "Raj" Thomas ("What's Happening") & Pop/R&B Singer Tionne Williams.

The Live Entertainment music was brought by MING FREEMAN, Musical Director. A tribute was held for The Kierrah Foundation founder Stanley "Unc" Sanders who was born on April 30, 1953 and passed away on Saturday, February 7, 2009.

During the Cocktail After Party special performances were by Tim McAfee-Lewis & New Thought, Arnold G, VJ Michael Benz & Tristan Starchild of The Martianz,The Twins Sean & John. The Cocktail Party was hosted by KJLH RADIO DJ JiJi Sweet.

Some of The SPOTLIGHT ON SISTERS DESIGNERS for the Fashion Show Explosion were by Astarte Woman by Design, Carolyn Wilbouen, Linda Key, Afican Cowboy, Delise Ana, Engineered By Remy, Tina Preston, Heather Petrey, Cow Girl HeavenBlive Couture, Lily Blue and Parris Harris. Parris Harris' Fashion Explosion featured Kierrah Star Models & Designers.
Spotlight On Sisters Awards and Fashion Show Explosion, “Honoring Women in Entertainment” proceeds benefit The Kierrah Foundation for former foster girls and their children. The Awards and Dinner event was hosted by Actress Kyla Pratt.

The event production team were: Executive Producers; Brandy Sanders & Parris Harris, Writer/Producer; Daniela Ryan, Associate Producers; Valezka Andino, Jai Bright, Betrice Coleman-Sweet and Angela Lauren, Director of Music; Ming Freeman and Fashion Director; Parris Harris.

About The Kierrah Foundation:
The Kierrah Foundation was established to help young women who have been adversely affected by being placed in the foster care system. The unique needs of these young women are underrepresented and underserved. The Kierrah Foundation is set up to be a multilevel support system for these young women who often are estranged from adult family members and must navigate the path to adulthood alone. The Foundation seeks to build their self-esteem and to squash the rampant self-doubt that makes these young women feel hopeless, disenfranchised and on the path to nowhere. The Foundation also offers women a unique opportunity to share valuable life experiences with upwardly mobile individuals who can encourage them to face the challenges ahead. For more information about The Kierrah Foundation and Spotlight On Sisters visit: http://

Display photo courtesy of Mohamed H. Aly. Slide photos show by Esteban "Steven" Escobar, Diversity News. © 2009 By Diversity News Publications. All Rights Are Reserved.
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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Deputy Chief Charles L. Beck is the new 55th LAPD Chief

Today Tuesday, November 03, 2009 LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the selection of Deputy Chief Charles L. Beck is the new 55th LAPD Chief. He takes over former LAPD Chief William J. Bratton who resigned as chief of the Los Angeles Police Department in August 5, 2009.

“Beginning his career with the LAPD 32 years ago, Chief Charlie Beck has earned the reputation as a progressive police reformer,” Said Mayor Villaraigosa in a press release by his Office of the Mayor City of Los Angeles.

He concluded “He is a man of character and integrity, a police officer who is tough on crime, and he is a leader with a deep respect and understanding of the police officers under his command and the communities they are sworn to protect and serve. Chief Charlie Beck is the right man to lead the Los Angeles Police Department.”

Here is the new LAPD Chief biography:
Deputy Chief Charles L. Beck was born in Long Beach, California in 1953. He was educated locally and attended California State University at Long Beach. His father was a Los Angeles Police officer who retired in 1980 at the rank of Deputy Chief.

Deputy Chief Beck was appointed to the Department in March 1977 after serving two years in the Los Angeles Police Reserve Corps. He was promoted to Sergeant in June 1984, to Lieutenant in April 1993, to Captain in July 1999, Commander in April 2005, and to Deputy Chief in August 2006. As an officer, his patrol assignments have included Rampart, Southeast, Pacific and Hollywood Areas. As a sergeant, his assignments were Harbor and Southwest patrol, South Bureau C.R.A.S.H. and Internal Affairs Division.
Upon being promoted to captain, he was originally assigned as the Commanding Officer of Southeast Operations Support Division where he spent approximately two years before being transferred to Juvenile Division. As a Commander, he was the Assistant to the Director, Office of Operations.
Upon being promoted to Deputy Chief, he assumed command of Operations - South Bureau.
Commander Beck is the current president of the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Police Relief Association and competes regularly in local motocross events. He is a current Police and Fire Motocross national champion and has won dozens of medals in state, national and international competitions.

Photo and Biography courtesy of the Office of the Mayor City of Los Angeles ANTONIO R. VILLARAIGOSA.

Editor Note: Esteban "Steven" Escobar, Editor of Diversity News, Diversity News Los Angeles, Diversity News Hollywood and Diversity News Online published by Diversity News Publications want to congratulate and wish LAPD Chief Charles L. Beck good luck with his LIFE AND CAREER.