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://
www.kierrahfoundation.org http://www.spotlightonsisters.org

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.
Sources: www.kierrahfoundation.org, http://www.spotlightonsisters.org/, L.A. Focus Newspaper , Parris Harris & A&G Records.

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