*Actress/singer Ashley Argota, most known for her role as Lulu on Nickelodeon’s “True Jackson, VP” starring Keke Palmer, will serve on the panel of judges at the Sunday June 27, 2010 “Uplifting Minds II” entertainment conference’s national talent competition showcase held at the Los Angeles Convention Center (West Hall Theater) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Artists will be judged in vocals, songwriting and dance for the ULMII Best Artist Award and a list of prizes donated by sponsors that include a free music video, free music track, free legal consultation, a slot as an opening act to a hot L.A. performer and much more. The showcase admission is free and it precedes the entertainment business seminars from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., where pre-registration is required.
Ashley also started her career competing at ten years old with 200 artists at the Apollo Theater in New York for a chance to perform at “Showtime at the Apollo” as the Star of Tomorrow – and she won! Born January 9, 2010 in Redlands, California of Filipino descent, Ashley Argota was onstage since the age of three. After the Apollo win Argota travel the country in the stage production of The Lion King. In 2003 she competed in Star Search.
“My mom put me in acting class at age five” Argota said about her start in entertainment. “She said because I had lots of energy. I was singing before I was acting. I don’t think I started talking first, I was singing! I met Suzanne Coston there (her manager at dePasse Entertainment Group). I was rehearsing and a lady was following me back stage she said, ‘that was a really good rehearsal.’”
Ashley later joined with Moho Productions to produce her debut CD “Ashley” and her first single “Dreams’ Come True” was the theme song of the Orlando Citrus Parade and she also performed it at the 4th Annual “Create Your Dreams Gala” in Las Vegas. In 2008 her career took another push as she acquired a major role on Nickelodeon’s “True Jackson, VP” starring Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee) as the best zany best friend. Argota also appeared on “iCarly”; a Reese’s Wal-Mart commercial, and is spokesperson of Ashley Furniture stores.
“It’s been a world-wind,” Ashley said about her career since 2008. “No sleep and gets hectic, but I am having fun!”
As a community activist Ashley has donated her time for the Girl Scouts’ “Girl-fest” in Riverside, California; Ronald McDonald House charities for disadvantaged youth, and of course on Sunday June 27th from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. she will be serving as judge at the 11th annual “Uplifting Minds II” talent showcase, where admission is free, where she will get the opportunity to give advice on performances.
“It (volunteering) started by me doing a charity event a while ago, I had a great time. Then I did a Halloween event where I am now their “Starlight Ambassador.”
For more on Ashley Argota log onto her website at www.ashleyargota.com or www.myspace.com/ashleyargota and for more information on the “Uplifting Minds II” entertainment conference log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com.
Radio personality Doresa Harvey host the Baltimore Saturday April 17th ‘Uplifting Minds II’ national talent competition showcase
Baltimore radio personality Doresa Harvey (Heaven 600) comes back again to host the “Uplifting Minds II” (ULMII) entertainment conference’s talent competition showcase, presented by The Baltimore Times. The showcase will to be held Saturday April 17, 2010 at Sojourner-Douglass College auditorium (200 North Central, Baltimore, MD 21202) from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Deadline to be in the line-up of the talent showcase approaches. Winners in the vocal, songwriting and dance categories will receive a free music video; free music track; opportunity to perform as opening act at the African-American Heritage Festival; free vocal coaching, and free legal advice from two entertainment attorneys.
Assisting Doresa hosting the showcase is Baltimore’s own DJ Fatman (who is also a sensational singer). Admission to the talent competition showcase is free and takes place after the conference’s ULMII entertainment business seminars held from 9 a.m. 11a.m. – pre-registration is required.
When Harvey, who is also a comedian/actress, was asked if she could donate her time once again — she simply replied, “Sweetie, see you there.”
Harvey started at WCAO/Clear Channel an intern in 1991 and later as a paid intern – working as a board technician. Two years later Doresa was promoted to Public Service Assistant. By 1994 Doresa was promoted again to weekend programming and also as radio personality on “Melodies of Inspiration” on Sundays at WACO/Clear Channel’s V103 FM station and as a fill in for Heaven 600’s mid-day shift.
Today Doresa works solely as a radio personality at Heaven 600 on her own “Doresa Harvey Show” Monday through Friday during the mid-day slots from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Affectionately known by her listeners as “The Mid-Day Diva” Harvey has a loving and funny personality that has garnered her such popularity that she has become the #1 mid-day Gospel personality on WCAO’s Heaven 600, the #1 rated Gospel Contemporary station in the country.
Harvey is also known for volunteering her time hosting community events, such as Uplifting Minds II, and hosting fundraisers. The 11 year-old entertainment conferences have had the pleasure of having Doresa Harvey as host for 10 years.