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LaRita "Jazzy Rita" Shelby is a broadcast media & marketing professional. She serves as V.P. of Marketing and Special Programming at EURweb.com. Additionally she is an actress, singer/songwriter who has appeared on TV and in film.
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The ANA Hosts Multicultural Marketing & Diversity Conference

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Bob Liodice, President and CEO of the Association of National Advertisers addresses delegates at the Multicultural & Diversity Conference in Miami, Florida Nov. 9-11th 2014

*iHeart Media was the presenting sponsor for the ANA/Association of National Advertisers‘ annual Multicultural Marketing and Diversity Conference, Nov. 9-11th at the lovely Fountaine Bleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida.

The resort styled historic hotel was host to executives from major corporations and brands who convened for a three day conference designed to explore the diverse cultures that make up the global marketplace and analyze new tactics to reach them.

Industry taste makers, marketers and brands such as Coca Cola, Walmart, Kraft Foods, Kellogg Company, Clorox, Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide, Dunkin Brands,  Honey Maid, AT&T,  Kimberly Clark and more boldly addressed the fact that in the United States the minority has become the majority.  This means that the larger percentage of the consumer base is comprised of  African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic & racially mixed households and millennials. Not only is multicultural the new general market, ANA Chairman Gilbert Davila urges marketers to include ethnic insights in a newly defined total market approach.  This also includes more advertising and marketing targeting the LGBT and disabled community.

The 2014 ANA Multicultural and Diversity conference also provided a platform for niche brands that have become mainstream such as Pandora, Twitter and Zumba Fitness.

EURweb’s Jazzy Rita Shelby was in attendance and spoke with ANA President and CEO Bob Liodice.

Race and Ethnicity in Advertising was discussed by Faith Davis Ruffins, Curator and Historian from the Smithsonian Institute and the Advertising Educational Foundation and Dr. Shirley Davis presented perspectives on Understanding Unconscious Bias In Advertising from Cook Ross, in partnership with Foote Cone and Belding.  This of course was among many other impressive presentations.

The ANA offers year round seminars and training to members and non-members in advertising, marketing, branding, media, advocacy and  research.  For more information about the ANA or upcoming events go to www.ANA.net.

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ANA Announces Winners of its 2014 Multicultural Excellence Awards

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Derrick Coleman “Trust Your Power” ad big winner for P&G at ANA’s Excellence Awards. Nov. 10, 2014 Miami, Fl.

*Miami, FL – Procter & Gamble’s Duracell brand and its agency Saatchi and Saatchi received top honors, last week (11-11-14), winning the first ever, Best in Show award in the ANA’s (Association of National Advertisers) Multicultural Excellence Awards competition for “Trust Your Power.”

The ad portrays the resilient story of Derrick Coleman, the first legally deaf player to be part of an NFL offense and a fullback with the Seattle Seahawks.

The story line: Coleman, like Duracell, is driven by power.

In addition,10 companies, and their agencies, were presented with grand prizes for industry leading advertising across 10 categories. The awards ceremony was held during the ANA’s Multicultural Marketing and Diversity Conference.

Now in its 14th year, the 2014 Multicultural Excellence Awards recognize client side marketers and their agency, or media partners, who produced industry leading multicultural advertising campaigns between June 2013 and June 2014. This year’s competition, open to both ANA members and non-members, received a record 215 entries.

The 2014 grand prize brand and agency winners in each of the categories are as follows:

Category: African American
Brand: NBA
Agency:GlobalHue, The Marketing Arm & Cultur8

Category: Asian
Brand: Godiva Chocolatier
Agency: IW Group Inc. (tie)

Category: Asian
Brand: Verizon Wireless
Agency: AdAsia Communications, Inc.(tie)

Category: Digital Media
Brand: Dallas Pets Alive!
Agency: Dieste

Category: Hispanic
Brand: Allstate Insurance Company
Agency: Lapiz

Category: LGBT
Brand: Honey Maid (Mondelez International)
Agency: Droga5

Category: People with Disabilities
Brand: Duracell (Procter & Gamble)
Agency: Saatchi and Saatchi

Category: Print
Brand: Special Olympics Texas
Agency: LatinWorks

Category: Radio
Brand: Tecate (Heineken USA)
Agency: iNSPIRE!

Category: Significant Results
Brand: Dallas Pets Alive!
Agency:Dieste

Category: Total Market
Brand: The Coca-Cola Company
Agency: Wieden + Kennedy

The Best in Show award is given to the best of the grand prize winners in all 10 categories

“We’re proud to honor the grand prize and best in show winners and their agencies who implemented such tremendous multicultural campaigns,” said Bob Liodice, ANA president and CEO. “The companies are trend-setting leaders whose sound strategies and success have further raised the industry’s bar in multicultural work.”

The ANA announced the award recipients at the ANA Multicultural Excellence Awards Dinner hosted by Bill Duggan, Group Executive Vice President and Janine Martella, Director of Committees and Conferences at the ANA.

The ANA Multicultural Marketing & Diversity Committee established the awards 14 years ago to help raise awareness and recognition for outstanding work in African-American, Asian, Hispanic, LGBT and People with Disabilities advertising. A portion of the proceeds collected from the awards submission fees will help to fund scholarships for high-potential multicultural students who plan to pursue careers in advertising and/or marketing.

About the ANA:
The ANA (Association of National Advertisers) provides leadership that advances marketing excellence and shapes the future of the industry. Founded in 1910, ANA’s membership includes more than 630 companies with 10,000 brands that collectively spend over $250 billion in marketing and advertising. The ANA pursues “collaborative mastery” that advances the interests of marketers and promotes and protects the well-being of the marketing community. For more information, visit www.ana.net, follow us onTwitter, or join us on Facebook

 

 

Source:
Sheelagh Doyle
[email protected]
Association of National Advertisers/ANA

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President Bill Clinton Awarded at Star Studded Gala

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Former President Bill Clinton speaks onstage at the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition at Dolby Theatre on November 9, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 09: Former President Bill Clinton speaks onstage at the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition at Dolby Theatre on November 9, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz)

*The music is monk and jazz is king!  That is the resounding take away from the events hosted by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz last weekend in Los Angeles.  On Sunday, November 9, 2014 President Bill Clinton received the Maria Fisher Founder’s Award for his contributions to the preservation of jazz around the world.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Musician Herbie Hancock speaks onstage at the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition at Dolby Theatre on November 9, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 09: Musician Herbie Hancock speaks onstage at the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition at Dolby Theatre on November 9, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz)

Monk Institute chairman Herbie Hancock stated: “President Clinton has been a jazz advocate for decades and supported the education programs of the Thelonious Monk Institute throughout his Presidency.  He continues to be recognized for his creativity on the tenor saxophone, skills he honed during his youth through public school music programs.”

Joining the stellar list of stars on Sunday were Quincy Jones, Billy Dee Williams, Kevin Spacey, Wayne Shorter,  Don Cheadle, Goldie Hawn, Queen Latifah, T. S. Monk, Dianne Reeves, Pharrell and Chaka Khan.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Singer/songwriter Chaka Khan performs onstage at the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition at Dolby Theatre on November 9, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 09: Singer/songwriter Chaka Khan performs onstage at the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition at Dolby Theatre on November 9, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz)

On Saturday the infamous Monk Institute International Jazz Trumpet semi final competition was held at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music in Shoenberg Hall where Berkeley’s Billy Buss, Brooklyn’s Adam O’Farrill and Chicago’s Marquis Hill nabbed the top three positions and the chance to perform in the finals on Sunday.  The grand prized ended up going to Marquis Hill for his astounding rendition of “If I Were A Bell” and “Polka Dots & Moonbeams.”

- HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Winner Marquis Hill performs onstage at the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition at Dolby Theatre on November 9, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz) Photo Credit - Getty Images for Thelonious Monk

– HOLLYWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 09: Winner Marquis Hill performs onstage at the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition at Dolby Theatre on November 9, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz)
Photo Credit – Getty Images for Thelonious Monk

Among Marquis’ winnings are a recording contract with Concord Music Group and a $25,000 first place scholarship.  Sunday night judges included Ambrose Akinmusire (winner of the 2007 Monk Trumpet Competition), Randy Brecker, Roy Hargrove,  Quincy Jones, Jimmy Owens and Arturo Sandoval.

Honorable mentions in the semi-finals would certainly go to Benny Benack III of Pittsburgh,  Alphonso Horne of Jacksonville, Florida, Alejandro Berti of Caracas, Venezuela and Mao Sone of Chiba, Japan although all thirteen contestants were extraordinary.  An added treat for the audience was the event host Thelonious Monk, Jr. who exuded his father’s cool and jazzy swag.  Both nights featured the stellar trio comprised of pianist Reginald  “Reggie” Thomas, bassist Rodney Whitaker and drummer Carl Allen.  These guys grooved to perfection from the first stanza to the last.   Highlights of the evening included Kevin Spacey’s vocal chops on “Fly Me To The Moon,” and Pharrell Williams singing his mega hit “Happy,” accompanied by Herbie Hancock.  The audience went through the roof!

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Musician Herbie Hancock (L) and singer/songwriter Pharrell Williams perform onstage at the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition at Dolby Theatre on November 9, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 09: Musician Herbie Hancock (L) and singer/songwriter Pharrell Williams perform onstage at the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition at Dolby Theatre on November 9, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz)

Air transportation for the event was provided by United Airlines, Official Airline of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.  Proceeds from the All-Star Gala Concert will support the Institute’s jazz education programs in public schools across America. Through its Competition and wide range of year-round programs, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz is committed to identifying and training the world’s leading young jazz musicians who will preserve the traditions of jazz while expanding the music in new directions. All of the Institute’s education programs are provided free of charge, with a special emphasis on serving economically disadvantaged public school students and their teachers and parents.  To donate or for more information go to www.monkinstitute.org.  Kudos go out to all donors, volunteers, supporters and music educators with special thanks to Mr. Tony White of the Los Angeles All City Marching and Jazz Bands and to  Dr. J. B. Dyas, Vice President Education and Curriculum Development Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz at UCLA.

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‘Celebrate’ with New Music from the Rance Allen Group (Listen)

The Rance Allen Group "Celebrate" the new release for 2014

The Rance Allen Group “Celebrate” the new release for 2014

*The Rance Allen Group has a new album in stores and online outlets.  It’s their latest release titled “Celebrate” on the Tyscot Music & Entertainment label.

The band of brothers have sustained over forty years in the music business and four albums with the Tyscot family. Last year the Rance Allen Group released a 2 disc box set titled “Amazing Grace” in conjunction with the DVD Documentary “Music Majors.”

The Rance Allen Group "Celebrate" - new release on Tyscot Music and Entertainment 2014

The Rance Allen Group “Celebrate” – new release on
Tyscot Music and Entertainment 2014

The Rance Allen Group consists of three brothers, which represent one forth of their family of twelve siblings.  Rance began preaching at just five years old and later formed a band with his brother Steve on bass and Tom on drums.   Rance never strayed from the ministry and he successfully merged his R&B musical influence with his own brand of gospel.  In 1985 he founded  New Bethel Church of God In Christ in Toledo, Ohio where he serves as Bishop.

The Allen brothers have weathered many storms personally and professionally and their new album serves up the praise and gives ample reason to “Celebrate.”  They are hoping that their fans will agree and endear this album to their hearts and music collections.

EURweb caught up with Rance Allen, who commented on  how the new “Celebrate” project came about.

The Rance Allen Group was the winner of the Bobby Jones Legend Award and a Trailblazer of Gospel honor from BMI.

Click here to purchase your copy of the new Rance Allen Group album “Celebrate.”  For more on Rance Allen and other artists on the Tyscot label go to www.Tyscot.com.

Hear samples of the new “Celebrate” album by The Rance Allen Group.

  1. A Lil’ Louder (Clap Your Hands) – http://www.tyscot.com/musicplay/RAG/Clapsnip.mp3
  2. Celebrate – http://www.tyscot.com/musicplay/RAG/Celebratesnip.mp3
  3. Champion – http://www.tyscot.com/musicplay/RAG/Championsnip.mp3
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Richard Tanner, bit player no more in “No Small Parts”

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Bit player no more Richard Tanner takes his story of Hollywood type casting to the stage for hit one man show “No Small Parts”

*Another one man show recently hit the theater circuit in Los Angeles and ironically no small feat was accomplished when actor Richard Tanner mounted  his one man show No Small Parts at the quaint Hollywood Lounge Theatre.

It’s a Wednesday night, one show per week engagement through November 19, 2014. The per usual actor’s bleeding heart tale turns out to be an energetic, autobiographical  excursion throughout the ups and downs of Mr. Tanner’s career, which has consisted of mostly “small parts.”

Tanner fully commits every part of his being to depicting youthful ambitions, diverse and ridiculous role castings and heart wrenching real life scenarios such as death, depression, odd jobs and homelessness. Tanner only touched upon the dramatic before bouncing off another punch line or quirky interjection, which could possibly border the actor’s real life coping mechanisms.  While leading roles may have eluded him as of yet, his talent is undeniable.  He is interesting, funny and electric as the normal guy or the wacky guy, but it would have been nice to see more of those painful moments evolve on stage un-rushed, and not so quickly detoured to the next mark, joke or audio visual cue.  No Small Parts was made even more engaging by the generous use of multi-media effects, complete with Mr. Tanner’s sizzle reel where the audience was fortunate enough to see a glimpse of his 75+ feature film and television roles, which have included The Agency, The West Wing, Monk, Star Trek and dozens more.

Richard Tanner also dispels the myth that issues of race and culture in Hollywood are designated to only one group of people.  Hilarious, sad but true details were disclosed about him as a Jewish actor from Long Island either being suggested or being cast as a terrorist, an African American, an Indian or any other number of stretches that only Hollywood seems to get away with when done well.  Although No Small Parts can be enjoyed by anyone, this is an actor’s piece, a Thespian’s story and an artist’s tale.  It’s for those who know that there is no way to measure the immeasurable importance of all who grace the screen or the stage absolutely knowing that there are No Small Parts.

No Small Parts is written by Richard Tanner and directed by Jim Fall.  It is presented on Wednesdays now through November 19th 2014 at the Hollywood Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood, California 90038.  For tickets call (323)661-4374 or go to www.SmallPartsTheShow.com Street Parking Available. Recommended for mature audiences.

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Sharon Leal Stars in ‘Stop Kiss’ at The Pasadena Playhouse

 

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Sharon Leal stars in ‘Stop Kiss’ on stage at The Pasadena Playhouse Nov. 4-30, 2014. Also starring Angela Lin, directed by Seema Sueko and written by Diana Son.

*With same sex relationships being more public and even politicized, it is not uncommon to see more of these romantic story lines on screen and on stage. 

The Pasadena Playhouse welcomesStop Kissa play written by Diana Son that has been widely received and is the winner of the GLAAD Media Award for Best New York Production. 

Broadway actress, film and TV star Sharon Leal (Rent, Miss Saigon, Dreamgirls, Boston Public, Private Practice) and Angela Lin (Father’s Love, H.O.M.E and Miracle Dogs) assume the role of two women whose public show of affection causes one of them to be brutally beaten.

The production of Stop Kiss showcases the directorial debut of Seema Sueko, from the Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company of San Diego. The play explores a range of human emotion and the complexities that are the byproducts of unbridled passion. 

Guests are also invited to chime in for Talk Back Tuesdays, a post-show event that features a panel discussion with the performers and community.  Also in the cast of Stop Kiss are John Sloan, Amanda Carlin, Brandon Scott and Jeff de Serrano.

Ms. Sueko is a new Associate Artistic Director for the Pasadena Playhouse and her work has earned awards from the American Theatre Wing, the National Endowment for the Arts, Actors’ Equity Association, and the N.A.A.C.P. San Diego Branch, among others. Sueko’s additional directing and acting credits include The Old Globe, Yale Repertory Theatre, 5th Avenue Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, and Native Voices at The Autry.

Early ticket purchases are suggested for Stop Kiss which runs November 4th through 30th main stage at The Pasadena Playhouse, located at 39 S. El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101.  Get your tickets now at PasadenaPlayhouse.org or call(626) 356-7529.  Sheldon Epps is the Artistic Director and Elizabeth Duran is the Executive Director of The Pasadena Playhouse.  They proudly invite local and neighboring communities to a season of Art, Inclusion and Equality.