Henrietta Lacks

Hey Spotlights I hope your day is amazing. I had the pleasure of attending the screening of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks directed by George C. Wolfe and starring Oprah Winfrey, who played Deborah the daughter of Henrietta Lacks.  It is based on the book written by Rebecca Skloot and documents the story of Henrietta Lacks, who was diagnosed with cervical cancer in the 1950s, and whose cancer cells (later known as HeLa) would change the course of cancer treatment and modern medicine. The film premiered on HBO on April 22, 2017. If you do not have HBO please get the book or do a simple google search to learn more about this amazing woman and how she changed the world of medicine.

Photo of Henrietta Lacks

Photo of Deborah pictured with photos of her mother and older sister.

Until next time Spotlights have a great week.

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LEDISI (ISO) VOCALISTS

HEY SPOTLIGHTS I WANT TO SPREAD SOME SUNSHINE TO YOU ALL…

ATTENTION ALL VOCALISTS R&B’S SONGSTRESS LEDISI IS HOSTING OPEN AUDITIONS FOR BACKGROUND  VOCALISTS. 
COME OUT ON WEDNESDAY MARCH 22, 2017 FROM 12-5 

AMP STUDIOS 5259 LANKERSHIM BLVD NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA 91601

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT ROLAND JACK  AT TEAMLEDISI@GMAIL.COM

CHECK OUT YOURS TRULY IN LEDISI’S  BRAVO VIDEO  I REMEMBER MY MOM THINKING THAT WAS ME SINGING LOL 

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THE HOLLYWOOD CONFIDENTIAL -ISSA RAE

Hello Spotlights, how are you dazzling lights of influence? I hope all is well, last night it went down at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. The Hollywood Confidential partnered with SAG-AFTRA and Walgreens for an amazing Panel discussion, about the (television) entertainment industry with panelist Issa Rae , Logan Laurie, and Dawn-Lyen Gardner.


Each panelist was amazing and had their own journey into the entertainment industry.

Issa Rae (HBO’s Insecure) kept it real and shared her struggles of being broke, celebrating way too early (quitting her job), and how she learned patience with the process of transitioning from the internet to Network Television. As a native of Los Angeles it was very important for her to highlight South Los Angeles in her hit show Insecure. 



Dawn -Lyen Gardner (OWN’s Queen Sugar) another Los Angeles native was your typical LA story she was approached by a manager and was told that her complexion would look great on television. Dawn entered the industry at a young age, she shared that as a black actress she has a responsibility to the community. 


Logan Laurie (VH1’s Hit the Floor) moved out to LA at the age of 14 she wish someone would have told her about the struggle life of being an actress. A struggle of hers is she didnt want to be typecasted in hollywood, prior to landing her role on Hit The Floor, Logan spent 8 months in dancing training on her own dime. (Talk about dedication) 
Whether you are an up and coming entertainer or seasoned this event was the place to be because many gems were dropped. Issa said let your work speak for itself, Dawn said stay in learning mode when youre not working be in acting class. Logan said she was a realist but she was very much in tuned with God. Make sure that you communicate with God and take his lead. 


Here are my gems for my spotlights 1) Invest in your craft/yourself by attending acting/modeling classes /workshops, 2) maintain your health/style/look 3) Do the work by gaining experience/exposure even if its non-paid, step out of your comfort zone. 4) Continue to put out content (updating headshots, portfolios, blogs, etc and stay creative! 


The best surprise: Logan ended the event in prayer. I am telling you don’t just come to Los Angeles. thinking you don’t need prayer or God – this entertainment world isn’t for the faint of heart. 

 

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For more information on The Hollywood Confidential Visit www.hollywoodconfidentialla.com 

Allow God to lead you in this journey we call life”. -Spotlight Diva 

FLOYD MAYWEATHER’S  40th BIRTHDAY BASH

Hey spotlights, this weekend was very busy in LA. You know when Pretty Boy Floyd has a party it’s going to be bananas! I want to give a shoutout to Karen of Fully Covered PR for being a part of this fab event. 


Mariah Carey sings Happy Birthday Big Tigga hosts  Game and Justin Bieber Game, Justin Bieber, and Floyd 

ONLY Floyd with the real life Tigers SWV Celebrity Stylist -Chris G


Melyssa Ford 


Pepa and SWV 

Love and Basket Ball Wives (Malaysia) 

Nicole Murphy and Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta (Arian) 

Eva Marceille 

Lil Mama Lil Mama 
Bre-Z (Rapper/Actress) Empire 
Michael Jai White Too $hortKim Whitley Erica MenaMayweather Sr.Angel Brinks Love & BasketBall LATocarra Jones 

Jason Lee (Hollywood Unlocked) Shawn K DRAINE – FULLY COVERED PR 

SPOTLIGHT DIVA & TEDDY RILEY 
SPOTLIGHT DIVA 

ALRIGHT PEEPS UNTIL NEXT TIME 

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THIS BODY CAMPAIGN – LANE BRYANT

 What’s your body made for?

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Yours truly was featured on Lane Bryant’s  #thisbody campaign

Message From Lane Bryant:

“This is my body. I live in it. Love in it. Work it all the way. This body is all me. Every curve, every roll, every inch. This body is with me every day. Through highs and lows. Ups and downs. This is the body I embrace. To those who doubt what my body can do? I say, watch me. I will show you what this body is. Conquer conventions with who I am. This body is beautiful. Resilient. Fierce. Made to turn heads. Start a revolution. Get it on. Go for broke. Honey, this body is made for anything I want.”

Create your own meme and share the message on http://share.thisbody.com/

Lilit Hovhannisyan (Special Performance Piece featuring yours truly)

‪#‎spotted‬ I had the esteem honor to perform alongside  Lilit Hovhannisyan in her first U.S Concert held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.  After a much needed performance hiatus, I was back on the stage performing for 1000+ people. What a blessing I enjoyed every minute of that process and performance Thank you to everyone that made that day happen I am ready to do it all over again.

Lilit Hovhannisyan
Vahram Petrosyan
Inessa Vardan

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Kelly Rowland and BET Networks are casting

Attention all talented female performers Kelly Rowland and Bet are looking for the next super star group! Please read below for the instructions on how to submit! Please follow the directions do not omit or do anything extra save that for the audition! You must be available to film in Los Angeles November 2015- March 2016! Good Luck ladies knock ’em dead!

Kelly Rowland and BET

*EVERYONE MUST SING
*DON’T FORGET TO INCLUDE VIDEOS OF YOU SINGING NON-PRODUCED POP/R&B COVER SONGS.
*NO DOWNLOADS ACCEPTED- Upload your videos to youtube, mark unlisted and send us the link
 

 

Kelly Rowland and BET

SELMA THE MOVIE

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SELMA MOVIE DISCOVER THE STORY BEHIND THE LEGEND.

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I had the esteem honor and pleasure to be invited to a screening of the movie Selma in Los Angeles, Ca and life hasn’t been the same since. Directed by Ava DuVernay and starting David Oyelowo.

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Selma was perfectly directed by Ava Duvernay and special kudos to the casting company they hit it on the nail with the cast of this film.
After the screening there was a Q&A

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The Q&A included the Director Ava DuVernay , Actor David Oyelowo , Producer Dede Gardner , and Producer Jeremy Kleiner

That night reassured me that when something is meant for you no one can take it away. Mr. Oyelowo has been studying researching and preparing himself to play Martin for over 10 years (can we say diligent ?) he knew he wanted to play Martin before Selma was written. With many changes in the project the universe brought the perfect director to bring this movie to life and the rest is just history!!!!

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I left the screening motivated, empowered , and encouraged! This movie is a must see Selma opens in NY , LA, DC, ATL on Christmas Day check below for ticket information
http://paramountshowtimes.com/us/selma/

Thank you Ava DuVernay for your incredible gift and sharing it with the world!

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Ava DuVernay & I
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David Oyelowo & I

DON’T FORGET Selma opens in NY , LA, DC, ATL on Christmas Day check below for ticket information
http://paramountshowtimes.com/us/selma/

GRAMMY NOMINATIONS

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The first batch of nominees for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday December 5, 2014 .
As you know Social Media has been blowing up with thoughts on certain categories not being aired to certain artists being nominated and many being overlooked. In all, there will be 83 categories. More Grammy nominations will be announced throughout the day via Twitter. It will culminate with the Album of the Year contenders revealed on A Very Grammy Christmas, airing on CBS Friday at 9 p.m. ET. I will save my personal commentary for later you can follow me on twitter @1spotlightdiva and IG @spotlightdiva
This is national TV.” The Grammys will be held on Feb. 8, 2015 at the Staples Center in L.A. and will air live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.

Here is a list of the categories and nominees:

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
Dierks Bentley, Riser
Eric Church, The Outsiders
Brandy Clark, 12 Stories
Miranda Lambert, Platinum
Lee Ann Womack, The Way I’m Livin’

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM
Coldplay, Ghost Stories
Miley Cyrus, Bangerz
Ariana Grande, My Everything
Katy Perry, Prism
Ed Sheeran, X
Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour

BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM
Jhené Aiko, Sail Out
Beyoncé, Beyoncé
Chris Brown, X
Mali Music, Mali Is…
Pharrell Williams, Girl

RECORD OF THE YEAR
Iggy Azalea, “Fancy (feat. Charli XCX)”
Sia, “Chandelier”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”

BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE
John Legend, “All of Me (Live Version)”
Sia, “Chandelier”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

BEST ROCK SONG
Paramore, “Ain’t It Fun”
Beck, “Blue Moon”
The Black Keys, “Fever”
Ryan Adams, “Gimme Something Good”
Jack White, “Lazaretto”

BEST ROCK ALBUM
Ryan Adams, Ryan Adams
Beck, Morning Phase
Black Keys, Turn Blue
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye
U2, Songs of Innocence

BEST NEW ARTIST
Bastille
Iggy Azalea
Brandy Clark
Haim
Sam Smith

BEST COUNTRY SONG
Kenny Chesney, “American Kids”
Miranda Lambert, “Automatic”
Eric Church, “Give Me Back My Hometown”
Glen Campbell, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”
Tim McGraw, “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s”

BEST REGGAE ALBUM
Ziggy Marley, Fly Rasta
Lee Scratch Perry, Back On the Controls
Sean Paul, Full Frequency
Shaggy, Out of Many, One Music
Sly & Robbie & Spicy Chocolate, The Reggae Power
Soja, Amid the Noise and the Haste

BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM
Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, Cheek to Cheek
Johnny Mathis, Sending You a Little Christmas
Annie Lennox, Nostalgia
Barbra Streisand, Partners
Barry Manilow, Night Songs

TAMALA JONES SWIMWEAR COLLECTION

Actress Tamala Jones of ABC’s hit series “Castle” presented designer Liz Luque’s 2015 Fancy swimwear fashion show benefiting Cancer Awareness.
Tamala also announced her partnership with Fancy Swimwear to create celebrity swimwear brands.
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Liz Luque (Fancy Swimwear)
& Tamala Jones
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Liz ,Tamala, & Models

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WATCH THE SWIM COLLECTION
IN ACTION

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Cyrene Tankard (“Thicker Than Water”)

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Spotlightdiva & Tamala Jones

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SpotlightDiva & Designer Liz Luque