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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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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.

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A Curl Story Pt 1: Meet The Twisted Sister

A Curl Story is Beautiful Textures’ all new look book, showcasing six amazing styles created by celebrity stylist Tasheara Neshell and  features Vlogger Chime Edwards.

A Curl Story is Beautiful Textures’ all new look book, showcasing six amazing styles created by celebrity stylist Tasheara Neshell and features Vlogger Chime Edwards.

*A Curl Story is Beautiful Textures’ all new look book, showcasing six amazing styles created by celebrity stylist Tasheara Neshell. Featuring Vlogger Chime Edwards, the looks highlight the use of Beautiful Textures styling items such as Curl Definer Mousse, Curl Control Defining Pudding and Edges to Ends (pomade).

Meet The Twisted Sister: Terrific Two-Strand Twist.  This fall go all out with luxurious curls that toss and turn no matter what the weather brings.  Complement your natural texture with this fabulous look created by shampooing with Beautiful Textures’ Tangle Taming Shampoo and do a deep conditioning session with Rapid Repair Deep Treatment. Rinse and apply a few dollops of Curl Control Defining Pudding and do a chunky two-strand twist. Set it under the dryer and unravel with a few drops of Beautiful Textures’ Shine & Silken Growth Serum.

Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner

To allow consumers to get a jump start on the new styles for fall, Beautiful Textures is also offering a $1.00 off coupon good for various Beautiful Textures styling products. This coupon, good at Walmart and other retailers, can be downloaded from the Beautiful Textures Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BeautifulTextures.

For more information about Beautiful Textures products please visit Beautiful Textures.com. For styling tips and secrets, as well as more information about the “Fall in Love with Your Hair” five city tour, please like Beautiful Textures on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BeautifulTextures) and follow the conversation on Twitter @LovinMyTextures, #BeautifulTextures.

About Beautiful Textures

Enriched with soothing Aloe Vera, the strengthening power of Coconut, Olive, Soy and Argan Oils as well as softening Shea and Mango Butters, Beautiful Textures addresses the needs of consumers with kinky-coily, curly, wavy and frizzy hair patterns, providing solutions that will help them achieve versatile hairstyles. Beautiful Textures is comprised of 10 moisture-rich products (Tangle Taming Moisturizing Shampoo, Tangle Taming Leave-In Conditioner, Curl Control Defining Pudding, Curl Definer Mousse, Moisture Butter Whipped Curl Crème, Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner, Curly to Straight Flat Iron Silkener, Shine & Silken Growth Oil, Naturally Straight Texture Manageability TM System and Edges to Ends Silkener) that prevent breakage, define curls, smooth tresses and promote maximum growth. Available in stores now, each product retails for less than ten dollars. The Beautiful Textures product line is now available at Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Sally’s Beauty Supply and local beauty supply stores.

 

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Beautiful Textures™ Launches ‘Fall in Love with Your Hair’ Campaign

Beautiful Textures Fall in Love with Your Hair Campaign

Diana’s Glory is a featured style created by Beautiful Textures’ celebrity stylist Tasheara Neshell. Featuring Vlogger Chime Edwards, the look highlights the use of Beautiful Textures styling items such as Curl Definer Mousse, Curl Control Defining Pudding and Edges to Ends (pomade).

* SAVANNAH, GA – The radiant colors, burnished sunshine and cooler temperatures of fall mark a new season of inspiration for fashion and beauty for women across the country.

In celebration of the season, Beautiful Textures™, the leading hair care innovator for women of color with curly, coily or kinky hair, is launching a nationwide campaign inviting women everywhere to fall in love with their hair.

Through the Fall in Love with Your Hair campaign, Beautiful Textures is enabling women to experience their premium quality, affordably priced line of moisturizing shampoos, conditioners, treatments and styling aids while unveiling the season’s most alluring hair styles.

A major highlight of the campaign is the unveiling of a digital look book featuring celebrated vlogger Chime Edwards.  Entitled A Curl Story, the Beautiful Textures fall digital look book showcases six hairstyles for women with textured hair, including new takes on the classic updo and ponytail.

Beautiful Textures Fall in Love with Your Hair is launching with a five-city sampling tour that kicked off in Atlanta on October 21 with additional stops scheduled in Houston (October 23), New Orleans (October 26), Chicago (October 28) and Cleveland (October 31).  For times and locations, please visit www.BeautifulTextures.com.

On each stop of the Fall in Love with Your Hair tour, nearly 300 curlfriends will gather for a full beauty immersion, discussing the latest natural hair trends and healthy hair tips for the winter months ahead.  Guests will have the opportunity to meet with and hear the latest from a stellar panel of hair experts while taking part in live hair demonstrations and hands-on style stations.

Beautiful Textures launches 5 city tour with new products and Digital Look Book!

Beautiful Textures launches 5 city tour with new products and Digital Look Book!

Among the key products to be sampled are:

  • Curl Definer Mousse® – Restores shine and body while softening and defining curls without build-up
  • Curl Definer Styling Custard® – Frizz taming, non-flaking hold and curl separation manageability
  • Moisture Butter Whipped Curl Crème® –Revives softness and bounce
  • Curl Control Defining Pudding® – Smooths and defines styles every day with ease
  • Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner® – Helps control damage and adds brilliant shine

 

“Fall is a time to celebrate change,” says Charlene Dance, global marketing director of Strength of Nature, makers of Beautiful Textures and other leading ethnic hair care products. “The Beautiful Textures girl is also about change, switching up her look as often as leaves turn color in autumn!  We couldn’t think of a better way to usher in the new season than to highlight the variety of products from our line that help women achieve the ultimate in versatility with their hair styles every day.”

To allow consumers to get a jumpstart on the new styles for fall, Beautiful Textures is also offering a $1.00 off coupon good for various Beautiful Textures styling products. This coupon good at Walmart and other retailers can be downloaded from the Beautiful Textures Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BeautifulTextures.

For more information about Beautiful Textures products please visit Beautiful Textures.com. For styling tips and secrets, as well as more information about the “Fall in Love with Your Hair” five city tour, please like Beautiful Textures on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BeautifulTextures) and follow the conversation on Twitter @LovinMyTextures, #BeautifulTextures.

About Beautiful Textures
Enriched with soothing Aloe Vera, the strengthening power of Coconut, Olive, Soy and Argan Oils as well as softening Shea and Mango Butters, Beautiful Textures addresses the needs of consumers with kinky-coily, curly, wavy and frizzy hair patterns, providing solutions that will help them achieve versatile hairstyles. Beautiful Textures is comprised of 10 moisture-rich products (Tangle Taming Moisturizing Shampoo, Tangle Taming Leave-In Conditioner, Curl Control Defining Pudding, Curl Definer Mousse, Moisture Butter Whipped Curl Crème, Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner, Curly to Straight Flat Iron Silkener, Shine & Silken Growth Oil, Naturally Straight Texture Manageability TM System and Edges to Ends Silkener) that prevent breakage, define curls, smooth tresses and promote maximum growth. Available in stores now, each product retails for less than ten dollars. The Beautiful Textures product line is now available at Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Sally’s Beauty Supply and local beauty supply stores.

 

(Beautiful Textures Fall in Love with Your Hair Campaign )
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Last Chance to See West Coast Premiere of ‘Choir Boy’

Cast of Choir Boy delights audiences at LA's Geffen Playhouse til October 26th 2014 Photo by Michael Lamont

Cast of Choir Boy delights audiences at LA’s Geffen Playhouse til October 26th 2014
Photo by Michael Lamont

“Choir Boy is an amazing production on every level. There are no weak spots here. Every member of this talented ensemble of actors shine! Sorry it has to close so soon!–DeBorah B. Pryor, EURweb.com

Don’t miss this amazing production in it’s final Los Angeles Performances at The Geffen Playhouse through October 26, 2014.  The show is written by Tarell Alvin McCraney, directed by Trip Cullman and features Nicholas L. Ashe, Grantham Coleman, Caleb Eberhardt, Leonard Kelly-Young, Donovan Mitchell, Jeremy Pope & Michael A. Shepperd.

The show is set in the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys, where academics and spiritually inspired vocals ignite and sometimes clash. Still the young gifted students sort through complex emotions and the pressures that they face from stern superiors with songs filled with the depths of their souls and the height of their ambitions.  Great seats are still available.   Enter Promo Code: EURWEB for special discounts of this West Coast Premiere.  Go to GeffenPlayhouse.com.

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Mother Love Ready to Return to TV

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Mother Love campaigns for new television show! Current host of the Mother Love Show on LATalkRadio.com & spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association.

*Talk show host, author, comedian, actress and humanitarian Mother Love is putting her fans on notice that she is poised to make a return to television.

In 1998 Mother Love transitioned from her radio career into syndicated television when she hosted the show Forgive Or Forget. Just two years later Mother Love was back in the market for a venue for her worldwide appeal with a hometown feel.

Internet radio was the perfect fit, and Mother Love has graced the mic for the past several years via her sassy, spirited and high ranked show on LA Talk Radio.  She has hosted scores of celebrities, authors, community figures and other exciting guests.  The show airs Monday through Friday from 2:00-4:00 pm Pacific Time at LATalkRadio.com.

Mother Love is a also long-time spokesperson for the American Diabetes AssociationNovo Nordisk, Glucerna, and AETNA.  Mother Love has authored three books Forgive and Forget(Harper Collins 1999), Half The Mother/Twice The Love (Atria Books 2006) and Listen Up Girlfriends (St Martin’s Press 1995).

Forgive or Forget (Mother Love’s previous TV show) now airs on Bounce TV but currently the Cleveland native has her heart and soul devoted to answering the call to all of those who ask when she’s going to be back on TV with a new show.   The even more fabulous Mother Love has taken that mission into her own hands by launching a campaign to Get Mother Love on TV.  Click here to join her fans and Get Mother Love on TV!

Among Mother Love’s many accomplishments she has received the 2010 USC Annenberg School of Journalism and Communications Award, the 2009 Living History Makers Award from Turning Point, Inc. and The Most Inspirational Woman of 2010 from Women In Business.  Mother Love is also a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

 

(Mother Love Ready To Return To TV )