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Two TV Icons Take the Stage at The Pompano Beach Cultural Center

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- The Pompano Beach Cultural Center is proud to present the humorous and insightful stage play "Willie & Esther", starring 70s television legends Ted Lange and BerNadette Stanis. Combining quick-witted dialogue and deeply emotional scenes, James Graham Bronson's story follows two middle-aged African American lovers as they fantasize about robbing a bank.

Ted Lange, best known for his role as Isaac on "The Love Boat," and BerNadette Stanis, who gained fame as Thelma in the groundbreaking sitcom "Good Times," portray the couple for two special performances; Saturday, March 26 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 27 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $45-$75. Learn more at https://www.pompanobeacharts.org.

"'Willie & Esther' premiered in 1987 at the Inner City Cultural Center in Los Angeles and won first place at the Center's first short-play competition, beating out more than 100 other plays from around the U.S.," said Phyllis Korab, Cultural Affairs Director. "Since then, the play has had many successful stagings, including an acclaimed Off-Broadway run. Now, we are thrilled to launch our own production, showcasing the talents of two beloved television stars."

The play centers on a couple who hatch a plan to overcome their troubles by robbing a bank. A frustrated scam artist, Willie, is a warehouse worker scheming to achieve a big break. Meanwhile, Esther endures the drudgery of her beauty parlor job and Willie's endless schemes. Hilarious, touching, and real as a bad day, this play's truth is that sometimes the only way to overcome your troubles is to laugh at them with someone you love.

"Willie & Esther is riotous, seamless, even daring because it pulls out the emotional stops and triumphs on its own terms," -- Los Angeles Times.

ABOUT THE CAST:

BerNadette Stanis is a Juilliard School trained actress, best known for her breakout role as sassy Thelma Evans in "Good Times." Stanis is also the author of four books: "Situations 101: Relationships, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly"; "For Men Only"; "Situations 101: Finances"; and "The Last Night."

Ted Lange personifies the Renaissance Man Theatre Award he received from the NAACP. A graduate of London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Lange's career had gained worldwide attention as a gifted actor of stage and screen, revered director and prolific writer. He has written 25 plays and counts three Shakespearean plays among his directing credits.

RELATED PROGRAMMING:

Live on the Set: The Love Boat with Theodore Lange | March 24 | 7 - 9 p.m. | FREE

Join us for a screening of an episode of "The Love Boat" at 7:15 p.m. followed by an Interview and audience Q&A with Theodore William Lange who portrayed Isaac on the wildly successful television show. This romantic and comic drama aired from 1977 to 1987 on ABC and followed three story lines of the passengers and crew of the cruise ship, Pacific Princess.

Live on the Set: Good Times with BernNadette Stanis l March 25 | 7 pm - 9 p.m. | FREE

Join us for a screening of an episode of "Good Times" at 7:15 p.m. followed by an Interview and audience Q&A with BernNadette Stanis who played Thelma on the sitcom that aired for six seasons on CBS from 1974 to 1979. Created by Eric Monte and Mike Evans and developed by executive producer Norman Lear, "Good Times" was television's first African American two-parent family sitcom. Florida and James Evans and their three children live in a public housing project in a poor, black neighborhood in inner-city Chicago and the show's characters attempt to overcome poverty.

Writing the Play-Master Class with Ted Lange | March 28 | 6 - 9 p.m. | $65

In this playwriting masterclass led by legendary actor, playwright, and director Ted Lange from the iconic television show "The Love Boat" you will discover or rediscover, the playwriter in you! Whether you've never written anything before, you're experienced in another kind of writing, or you're a playwright looking to sharpen your skills, "Writing the Play" offers clear, step-by-step guidance in the basics: character, conflict, and structure, setting, dialogue, and formatting. But that's not all. Need to make that good script great? We'll study more than a dozen elements you can use in the rewriting process to move your script up a level and then discuss what to do next in the development process.

WHERE:

Pompano Beach Cultural Center is located at 50 Atlantic Boulevard, Pompano Beach, Florida.

About the City of Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department

The mission of the Cultural Affairs Department is to provide cultural programming that includes visual arts, digital media, music, film, theater, dance and public art for the enjoyment and enrichment of residents and visitors to Pompano Beach, Broward County, and the greater South Florida area. The department programs and manages the City's premiere cultural arts venues, including the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, Ali Cultural Arts Center, Bailey Contemporary Arts Center, and the Blanche Ely House Museum. The department also oversees the City's Public Art Program and the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts' Our Town grant awarded to the Pompano Beach Crossroads place-making arts initiative.

Learn more: https://www.pompanobeacharts.org/

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Bass Player Clint ‘Payback’ Sands Rallies Hip Hop Pioneers for Check Your Risk Campaign for Diabetes Awareness Month

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Chuck D and Flavor Flav of Public Enemy, Coolio, Kid Frost and the Dogg Pound's Kurupt are just a few of the hip hop pioneer veterans who responded when bass player/ music producer Clint "Payback" Sands reached out to his friends, inviting them to sound the alarm and participate in the "Check Your Risk" (CYR) awareness campaign for National Diabetes Awareness and Prevention Month in November. The campaign, an initiative of Marci Kenon, founder of the New York-based Preventive Lifestyle Assistance Network (PLAN), alongside Alicia Hollins, founder of The Eight, a Riverside, CA based community service organization, was originally launched in November 2020, in an effort to break the chains that type 2 diabetes has on members of underserved communities.

CYR encourages prevention with a quick online survey. The free "Check Your Risk" assessment can be taken at https://www.checkyourrisk.org/survey.

Actor Keith Robinson ("Dreamgirls"), rappers Ms. Toi, Spice 1, and Dana Dane also a sampling of the many artists that joined the campaign effort and sent their video appeals. Participants DJ/producer Battlecat and lyricist Kokane shared stories of their struggles and triumphs in combatting this lifestyle disease plaguing Blacks and Latinos throughout the country. New York City mayoral candidate Eric Adams gave support to the 2020 inaugural launch by providing a webinar hosted by The Eight and PLAN, the organizations run by Hollins and Kenon, respectively.

"Thirty-four million people in the United States have diabetes," laments Clint "Payback" Sands, who has played bass on numerous rap albums for artists including Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg, noting recent stats from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) site. In his promotional video for the new CYR campaign, he further reveals, "One in five don't even know if they have it. I have type 2 diabetes. I was lucky. I only lost some toes. Hip-hop legend Biz Markie recently lost his life to complications related to type 2 diabetes. Knowing your risk can save your life."

The CYR video promotion seeks to encourage respondents to anonymously answer online eight questions devised by the CDC. They are then recommended to go for an annual exam that includes bloodwork and to take the results with them. They can also choose to be directed to online prevention programs and health challenges to assist them with proper nutrition, a variety of exercise programs, and the daily support and accountability they need to thrive.

"While working with the CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP), a couple of things became clear immediately," says Kenon, a Harlem-based certified lifestyle coach and fitness trainer who has personally stayed a step ahead of a 2012 prediabetes diagnosis. "People do not know they have prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Both are preventable and reversible through positive lifestyle changes in diet and exercise. I have been amazed by the health transformations of clients who have completed PLAN's DPP classes. But too few people know about these prevention programs and have access to them. We are trying to change that."

The Eight's Alicia Hollins, who recently shed over 100 pounds and has spent years serving the needs of marginalized families in California's Riverside county adds, "What people don't know about their personal risk can hurt them. We know the power of influencers to aid in our mission to eradicate diabetes. With the help of a growing number of celebrities and corporate leaders, we are looking to reach far more people in underserved communities this year. Perhaps, we'll even reach our one million goal!"

Take the Check Your Risk survey at https://www.checkyourrisk.org/.

Check out Clint "Payback" Sands and his celebrity friends at https://youtu.be/7lqs5lAHLbI and https://youtu.be/YqCPkBad_cQ.

For more information on PLAN and The Eight, go to https://www.joinplanglobal.com/ and https://www.theeight501c3.org/contact.

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner Joins Exit 36 Slam Poetry Festival as Celebrity Judge

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- Pompano Beach Arts is proud to announce that television icon Malcolm-Jamal Warner is joining the fourth annual "Exit 36 Slam Poetry Festival" as a celebrity judge. The famed star of "The Cosby Show" and current hit "The Resident" will also be performing his poetry at the festival and sharing thoughts about his career during an Artist Talk.

The three-day event attracts the premier spoken word artists in the country and will take place December 9-11, 2021 at the City's cultural venues. Event details and tickets are available at https://www.pompanobeacharts.org/exit36.

"We are honored that actor and poet Malcolm-Jamal Warner will be a judge at this year's festival. His participation will shine the national spotlight on an event that is growing in prestige every year," said Phyllis Korab, Director, Cultural Affair Department. "Warner stole our hearts as a lovable Huxtable kid in the 80s and is now gaining raves as Dr. Andre Jeremiah Austin on the hit show 'The Resident.' But many do not realize the acclaimed actor is also a leading voice in the spoken word realm."

Warner, who is a Grammy(R) Award-winner, has tackled many important issues with his spoken word performances including problems with the penal system and in 2020 he chronicled life as a black man with his film "Word Warriors III."

Warner has said, "Poetry had always been a huge part of my life. My father went to Lincoln University with Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson, so I literally came out of the womb listening to Gil Scott-Heron. So, poetry's always been a huge part of the expression of self."

The Exit 36 Slam Poetry Festival was founded by Eccentrich, one of the top-ranking female poets in the country. She developed the platform to serve the community through educational, theatrical, and literary performances. The festival showcases local, regional, and nationally recognized poets, while educating and encouraging self-expression in local youth.

"Now more than ever, spoken word artists are shaping the cultural and social dialogue in our country," said Eccentrich. "This form of expression empowers those who have felt unheard, providing platform to address both deeply personal situations and larger global issues. We are excited to return for our fourth year, and we look forward working with a dynamic group of participants."

TICKET AND SCHEDULE INFORMATION:

Tickets are $10 a day or $25 for a festival pass, available at https://www.pompanobeacharts.org/exit36

* Thursday, December 9, 2021

Bailey Contemporary Arts Center

Artist Talk & Happy Hour 6p to 7p (In-person and virtually via zoom)

Prelim bout - 7p to 8p (In-person and virtually via zoom)

Artist Market & pop-up poetry - 8p to 9p

* Friday, December 10, 2021

Blanche Ely House Museum

Lunch Time Story Slam - 12p to 1p (In-person and virtually via zoom)

Pompano Beach Cultural Center

Artist Talk - 6p to 7p (In-person and virtually via zoom)

Prelim bout 7p to 8p (In-person and virtually via zoom)

Artist Market & Cyphers - 8p to 9p

* Saturday, December 11, 2021

Pompano Beach Cultural Center

Final Stage - 7p to 10p (In-person and virtually via zoom)

About the City of Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department

The mission of the Cultural Affairs Department is to provide cultural programming that includes visual arts, digital media, music, film, theater, dance and public art for the enjoyment and enrichment of residents and visitors to Pompano Beach, Broward County, and the greater South Florida area. The department programs and manages the City's premiere cultural arts venues including the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, Ali Cultural Arts Center, Bailey Contemporary Arts Center, and the Blanche Ely House Museum. The department also oversees the City's Public Art Program and the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts' Our Town grant awarded to the Pompano Beach Crossroads place-making arts initiative.

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‘Get Laughs or Cry Trying with Ken Rudnick’ is official selection at Battle of the Sketches

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- "Get Laughs or Cry Trying" is a fresh digital sketch comedy series, releasing original sketches on 4K HD on YouTube every Sunday through January 16, 2022, followed by HD release the next day on Instagram. The second episode, "PostMurder" premiered July 25, 2021, and is an Official Selection of The 4th Annual Battle of the Sketches.

"PostMurder" is a parody of popular app-based delivery services, with a dark twist. "As someone who's spent a lot on app-based food delivery -- did I say that right? -- anyway, I'm happy it's paid off. I mean it hasn't paid off financially, of course, but it's great just to be a contender for an award," Ken Rudnick shared. The writer, director, creator and sometimes co-star just wants to make people laugh.

"I missed the sketches we did back in college, when I was part of LCC, Lapu the Coyote that Cares Theatre Company." The UCLA sketch troupe, founded in 1995 by Randall Park, Dave Lee and Derek Mateo was a place for students to put on original plays and sketch shows where underrepresented artists would be able to play starring roles. "As someone from the sketch comedy community I never expected to win anything, whether it be a contest or my parents' approval. And to be fair, we may not win," Ken said. "But as someone who's never been selected to play a sport, being an official selection still feels like a W." The sketch will go head-to-head with comedy from around the world on October 16, 2021 at the Alamo Drafthouse Mueller in Austin, Texas, vying for recognition as Battle of the Sketches' Live Round Champion.

"My favorite part was creating and throwing the fake blood," co-star Myra Vitela said when describing the process of making the sketch, "It was a mix of ketchup, hot sauce, and some other stuff. It smelled so bad and it got everywhere, but the end result was hilarious." PostMurder was edited by Judith Schomp. When informed of the official selection status, Gregory Rosenberg who co-stars with Rudnick and Vitela revealed, "I didn't plan on being shirtless so early in my sketch career, but it wasn't gratuitous or anything."

Ken enlisted a group of young Hollywood talent, including co-producer Erin Walsh, Cameron "Camera" Coulter, and composer Stefan Ecklund, and asked them to make sketches on a shoe-string budget during COVID.

The "Get Laughs" series stars Ken Rudnick and Frankie Kevich, and features Sean Choi, Hector Claros, Zef Husain, Billy Levin, Amber Li, Anne Mathews, Vik Ramen, Kaitlyn Ricci, Gregory Rosenberg, Jomi Segun-Williams, Andres Valdez, Myra Vitela, and Patrick Zhang.

"We're looking forward to being able to do live screenings and shows when COVID is over," Ken said. "But even while people are stuck at home, we're going to make them laugh, or cry trying."

More information: http://getlaughsorcrytrying.com/ (redirects to Linktree page).

About "Get Laughs or Cry Trying with Ken Rudnick"

"Get Laughs or Cry Trying with Ken Rudnick" is a digital sketch comedy series available on YouTube and Instagram.

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GetLaughsOrCryTrying

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/kenrudnick

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/getlaughsorcrytrying/

Twitter: @laughs_cry #getlaughsorcrytrying

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Caption: "Get Laughs or Cry Trying Episode 2" photo with Official Selection Laurel from Battle of the Sketches 2021.

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Caption: "Get Laughs or Cry Trying" Series Poster. Featuring cast Frankie Kevich, Myra Vitela, Amber Li, Kaitlyn Ricci, Gregory Rosenberg, Sean Choi, Ken Rudnick.

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Chris Spencer Announces ‘Real Husbands of Hollywood’ Returning for Sixth Season

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Having just returned from Belize to promote STEMREGEN®, a natural stem cell enhancer documented to increase the number of circulating stem cells, feature actor, comedian, writer and producer Chris Spencer is pleased to announce that everyone's favorite husbands are coming back - the "Real Husbands of Hollywood" has been renewed for a sixth season by BET.

"I am delighted to announce that 'Real Husbands of Hollywood' is coming back to BET for season six," said co-creator and co-executive producer Chris Spencer. "I'm looking forward the continuing adventures of Kevin Hart and the Hollywood husbands. We've got an exciting, adventure-filled season in store for everyone."

Created by Chris Spencer and Kevin Hart, "Real Husbands of Hollywood" follows Kevin Hart, Duane Martin, Nick Cannon, Boris Kodjoe, J.B. Smoove, Nelly, Jackie Long Robin Thicke, and their celebrity friends, playing a fictionalized version of themselves, as they try to navigate the Hollywood landscape.

About Chris Spencer

Chris Spencer is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. He is the co-creator, co-developer, co-writer and co-executive producer of the scripted comedy, Real Husbands of Hollywood. He has starred in several film projects and is also one of the most sought-after writers having done projects with Wayans family and Jamie Foxx and was the producer of the 22nd annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor honoring Dave Chappelle. He also travels the country as a standup comedian and has performed on "The Chris Rock Show," "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and HBO's "Def Comedy Jam." Mr. Spencer co-hosts a weekly radio show, "Date Night with Chris & Vanessa," on Kevin Hart's SiriusXM channel, LOLRadio. He is working on several projects with the likes of Morgan Freeman, LeBron James, Fox and Universal Pictures.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Herbert Dogan

310-433-8072

hgd@kalyagen.com

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SOCIAL MEDIA:

#therealchrisspencer #realhusbandsofhollywood #bigwilliechallenge #stemregen #kalyagen

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Bella Zuniga and Luiz Gohara Announce the Birth of Their Baby Girl

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Colombian model, Bella Zuniga, and her partner, Luiz Gohara, a Brazilian baseball player, are excited to announce the birth of their healthy baby girl, Emilia. She was born in Arizona on July 23 and is the couple's first child together. The name, Emilia, was chosen by the couple to honor Zuniga's grandmother.

"We are over the moon in love with her," Zuniga and Gohara share.

The couple plan to raise Emilia in the United States and are dedicating their time to taking care of her. Zuniga plans to return to her modeling job after a while and Gohara plans to find a new baseball team to play for in the future when things settle down.

During pregnancy, the couple decided they did not want to know the sex of their baby. They preferred it be a surprise.

"And, it was a wonderful surprise," Zuniga says. "I've always wanted a daughter and I can't wait for us to do fun things together. It feels so surreal to be a mom and I'm excited about this new stage of my life."

With an extensive social media presence, the duo will document their family's developments and adventures for their followers.

Zuniga documented her pregnancy to her fanbase and announced the birth of her baby on Instagram with an adorable post of Emilia sleeping, captioned: "Welcome to the world my little princess." The post received a positive reaction from followers, with fans congratulating the couple on their new baby.

"It's Bella's Life" is Zuniga's YouTube channel. She regularly posts makeup content and family vlogs so viewers can get a glimpse into her life. On September 17, she posted a vlog at Wildlife World Zoo, showcasing precious footage of Emilia watching the animals.

Zuniga and Gohara began their relationship back in 2018 while Gohara was playing for the Atlanta Braves. They have been together ever since and look forward to a bright future together raising their new daughter.

For more information, visit: https://itsbellasslife.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ItsBellasslife

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Designer and TV Personality Cary Weldy Launches New Book: ‘The Power of Tattoos’

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Why do some shapes in art increase aggression? Can a sun tattoo create inflammation in the body? What makes black, the most popular color of tattoos and fashion, statistically the worst color to wear for cultivating happiness, attracting love, winning in sports, and achieving success? In his groundbreaking new book, Cary Weldy discusses how the science of art - including the lines, shapes, colors, patterns, and symbology in a single tattoo or art piece on the wall - dramatically changes one's life experience.

From his energy-based approach to art and interior design to his appearances on HGTV, readers familiar with Cary Weldy will appreciate his new offering, in which he speaks to both the tattooed enthusiast and art aficionado. He launched his second book "The Power of Tattoos: Twelve Hidden Energy Secrets of Body Art Every Tattooed Enthusiast Should Know" in paperback worldwide on Aug. 23, 2020, on Amazon.com. Within three days, the book became a #1 new release on Amazon worldwide, as well as in the top-selling 100 books among 50,000 titles on tattoos and fashion globally.

"While working with clients and their art over the past two decades, I noticed something rather startling," says Weldy. "Artwork usually reflects the personal stories of our past. But curiously, our art also creates our future. With tattoos, it is even more profound. The longer we are near a piece of art, the more we go into resonance with the energy and information radiating from the colors, shapes, lines, patterns, and symbology in a single image. The time we are exposed to an image matters."

"In 1889, Oscar Wilde wrote that life imitates art far more than art imitates life," Weldy explains. "As a trained chemical engineer who believes in science, I wanted to put Wilde's theory to the test to find out how our art shapes our lives. For six years, I interviewed dozens of inked enthusiasts all over the world and dug into the research about the science of art. It is true that every piece of art we are around affects us, much like being near a friend. Science confirms that when we are around a happy or sad friend, we begin to resonate with his or her energy. After we absorb it, we become it."

"For example, the most popular color in fashion is black, which is also the top color used to ink tattoos," Weldy says. "Despite its widespread popularity and belief that black is the 'power color,' wearing it has rather devastating consequences. Studies show the color black increases aggression, evokes anxiety and depression, and adversely impacts the immune system. In sports, black is the #1 losing color."

"In nature, however, most living things are rich in vibrant color, and what little in nature that is black usually has a destructive, deadening quality to it - including mold, tooth decay, many cancers, burned wood, volcanic ash, coal, ants, crows, black bears, skunks, frostbite, and decaying meat," Weldy adds. "This color is an energetic black hole that absorbs light, heat, and other energy forms. Simply said, black radiates the energy of destruction and death."

"Red, on the other hand, has been shown to be the winning color, hands down," Weldy explains. "For centuries, Pranic Feng Shui practitioners have observed that the color red has an expansive quality, versus the contracting quality of black that is much like an energy vampire. Red has been shown to make people more attractive, elevate test scores for students, and give sports teams the winning edge. Since 1946, English football teams have won more games than they lost when wearing red, and another study revealed that between 1940 and 2013, the color of NCAA uniforms for the top-performing teams was rarely black. In fact, the winning teams wore red. Global companies, such as McDonald's, Target, and Coca-Cola, successfully use red to create a clear advantage in a competitive marketplace."

In Weldy's new book, readers will also learn:

* The 12 elements of art that change one's destiny, including color, shape, symbolism, proximity to an image, length of exposure, quantity of tattoos, and how widely distributed an image is.

* Which symbols in art can attract success, and which symbols invite negative experiences.

* How some shapes promote harmony, positive emotions, and prosperity, while other shapes such as sharp angles found in many tattoos escalate stress, aggression, and other negative emotions, as research confirms. "These studies explain why getting more than three or four tattoos usually results in increased aggression, anxiety, substance abuse, and other health issues," Weldy says.

About the Author:

Cary Weldy is an experienced interior designer, builder, and accomplished leader in advertising, PR, and branding in Fortune 500 companies. With his education in engineering and extensive studies in dowsing and subtle energy over the past 30 years, he brings rare insight and knowledge in how energy from art, media, and architecture influences people's lives. In his global consulting practice, Weldy provides practical solutions to individuals and corporate clients to transform the energy in their homes, workplaces, products, and media.

For more than 25 years, Cary Weldy has studied the secrets of the masters of art, architecture, and energy, including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Vitruvius, Plato, and the ancient Egyptian temple masters. Since 1991, he has extensively studied energy and healing modalities around the country, with certifications in Polarity Energy work, QiGong, Reconnective Therapy with Herwig and Kerstin Schoen, Advanced Pranic Healing with Master Co, and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) with Steve Shields and Kay Phillips.

In 2011, Weldy published his first book entitled "Spiritual Values in the Workplace: The Soul of Success in the 21st Century" with Hay House's Balboa Press, where he discusses energy in the business environment. In addition to numerous appearances on HGTV, TLC, and other networks, he appears on TV and radio shows, conducts seminars and workshops, and speaks at conferences. In 2012, he created, produced, and hosted a TV show called "Sacred Spaces," achieving three Accolade awards.

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Celebrated Shoe Designer Mark Schwartz and Fashion Aficionado Krystal Paris Announce the Launch of Epiphany Shoes and their Partnership with Celebrity TV Personality, Samantha Goldberg

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Mark Schwartz and Krystal Paris today announced the launch of their new high-end endeavor, Epiphany Shoes. The new company will focus on the creation and distribution of boutique, hand made designer shoes for women. Initially, the shoes will be sold exclusively online, premiering with the Fall/Winter shoe collection in August 2020, at www.EpiphanyShoes.com.

Epiphany Shoes are hand made in Italy with a great deal of attention to detail and perfection in every shoe. They have a modern sleek design that will compliment any dress attire. Epiphany Shoes celebrates design with fashion forward form and beautifully sculpted heels.

The shoes embody style and comfort for women of all ages, who love their shoes and wear them continually. The design process takes us through the back roads and mountains of Italy working with the best tanneries; handpicking the finest leathers and suedes. The factory is a family owned facility that has over 50 years' experience. The care and thought in the design process is key. Our goal is to make the most beautiful and comfortable shoes that not only provide confidence, but also accompany you in this journey of life. Epiphany Shoes capture the modern day woman! This is a labor of love by designers Mark Schwartz and Krystal Paris!

About Mark Schwartz

With an eye for design, shoe designer and artist Mark Schwartz has transformed the way the world looks at shoes today. For over 35 years, Mr. Schwartz has produced unique and compelling designs of shoes, considered by him to be the most artistic and important accessory in a woman's wardrobe. His shoe designs have graced the runways of Paris, Milan and New York, as well as the pages of fashion publications such as Vogue, Elle and W Magazine.

As a young man in the early 1980's, Mark Schwartz launched his shoe design career by assisting shoe design master Roger Vivier, and within two years Mr. Schwartz rose to become the creative director for Roger Vivier International. Mr. Schwartz aided with the design of many eclectic collections during his 7 years with the company. Roger Vivier introduced Mr. Schwartz to many of the influential players of the 1980's New York art scene, most importantly Andy Warhol, who mentored Schwartz until his death and was the one who urged Mr. Schwartz to paint his shoe designs. Schwartz and Warhol would meet two or three times a month to exchange ideas and talk about shoes and art. Warhol was a huge influence on Mark pushing him to come up with creative ways to do paintings that included shoes and leaving a strong artistic imprint that Schwartz still uses today in all of his work.

As an accomplished footwear designer and artist, Mr. Schwartz has designed shoes for Barney's, Bergdorf Goodman, Cleo Bottier, and Neiman Marcus. Mr. Schwartz has collaborated on design projects in the past with Balenciaga, Chanel, Gucci, and Jean Claude Jitrois, Ralph Lauren, Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, Christian Lacroix, Hermes and Bill Blass, Richard Tyler, Joyce Echols and Calvin Klein. He has made shoes for Oprah Winfrey, Madonna, Julia Roberts, Sharon Stone, Julia Louis - Dreyfus, Natasha Richardson, Tina Turner, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Halle Berry, Angelina Jolie, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Gianna Milani and Wendy Williams.

About Krystal Paris

Epiphany's other creator is Krystal Paris. She is a left-handed muse that contributes a touch of magic to every well thought out design. This busy socialite has mingled in the Fashion Industry for over 25 years. Krystal has traveled the world and understands the demand for fresh new captivating ideas. Together this ultimate duo make Epiphany Shoes stand out among the rest!

Remember to look for the Epiphany Shoes Fall/Winter shoe collection, featured at https://www.epiphanyshoes.com/, in August 2020!

Have you had your Epiphany today?

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About Samantha Goldberg

Television Personality, Samantha Goldberg, aka "Sassi Sammi" is an acclaimed Celebrity Event Designer, Award Winning TV Personality, and Celebrity Spokesperson. She is noted as one of the pioneers in "Reality Television." Samantha's is known as the "Fabulously famous Party Planner to the stars" as seen on the Style Networks "Whose Wedding Is It Anyway" and various other networks such as Warner Brothers, We, TLC and Comcast WMCN.

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Ready, Set, Slide! Big Mucci’s ‘The Set Slide’ going viral

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- 71 North Entertainment's artist Mark "Big Mucci" Wynn, best known for his "Bikers Shuffle" and "Cleveland Shuffle," is gaining new attention for another line dance track - "The Set Slide."

A 2014 production, "The Set Slide" is being given new life via TikTok, where the "Set Slide Line Dance Challenge" is making its way across the world.

"'The Set Slide' is a continuation of the 'Bikers Shuffle.' which was dedicated to the motorcycle community," Big Mucci said. "After that came out, people in different sets, like clubs and social groups, kept coming up to me asking to make a dance for their clubs. I'm not in all those clubs, so this one is just dedicated to all the sets. I even put the roller skaters in there."

The motivation behind Big Mucci's music is to bring people of different backgrounds and ages together through line dancing.

"These groups of people love to do things together, and it's a brotherhood and camaraderie," he said. "'The Set Slide' came out in 2014, but 'Bikers Shuffle' has overshadowed it. That came out in 2009, and now it's 2020, so I think people have done it so much they are looking for something new."

The rebirth of "The Set Slide" is proven in its social media attention. "The Set Slide" video on Big Mucci's TikTok page has exploded to more than 460,000 views, while the page itself, launched in mid-April, has grown to nearly 32,000 followers and more than 100,000 likes. "The Set Slide" on Spotify has swelled to 7,761 streams, a growth of more than 5,000 percent in the last month, and monthly, his Spotify has nearly 25,000 listeners.

Big Mucci's YouTube and Facebook pages have also seen a rise, with 33,000 and 821,000 views, respectively.

"I put 'The Set Slide' on TikTok in the last week of April, and it just took on a whole new life," Big Mucci said. "I put up a clip of me and my partner leading the dance, and people started doing it themselves and reposting it.

"During the pandemic, I wanted to give people something to do at home with their families. Line dance is also a form of exercise, so I think people saw that then went to my YouTube and found more dances they could do together in their living rooms.

Big Mucci's ultimate goal with his music is to bring people together.

"The 'Trail Riders Shuffle' is also going viral," he said. "That one is for trail riders and saddle clubs, which are mostly people in the south that ride horses. It's big in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas, and goes as far over as South Carolina. Thousands of them like to meet up, go on a horseback ride, then meet up in a field and party all night with music and vendors."

Big Mucci's other group-specific hits include his original debut in 1997, "Let Me See Dat Bootie Bounce," "The Birthday Slide," "ReBirth of the Shuffle," "The Mickey James," and the "Breast Cancer Awareness Shuffle."

"I operate by the belief that if people show me love, I show them love back," he said. "If I go to an event, I analyze what is going on and the people's lifestyle, then I incorporate that into a song.

"The music itself makes me come up with the dances when I start grooving to it, and I always make my dances to where everyone can do them - from the little kids to the elders. It's all about bringing unity and connecting everyone together."

After 23 years in the business, Big Mucci said it's amazing his career is still going.

"'Bootie Bounce' came out, and then 'Cleveland Shuffle' went global [and reached No. 44 on the top 100 Billboard Charts], and I've been doing this nonstop ever since," he said.

The music will continue this year, as Big Mucci's fifth studio album, "Big Mucci's Line Dance Movement, Part III," is set to drop by the end of 2020.

Born in Cleveland, the birthplace of Rock & Roll, Big Mucci served his country as a United States Marine. After returning home from serving his country, Big Mucci formed his line dance rap group 71 North Boyz in 1997. In 2004, he embarked on a successful solo career. Big Mucci is praised for the quality of his choreography, flow and beats for beginner and intermediate line dancing.

He has won numerous awards, including Producer Of The Year, Line-Dance Of The Year, Artist Of The Year, Best Rap/Hip-Hop Act Of The Year, The Academy of Line-Dancing's Lifetime Achievement Award, and The State of Ohio Hip-Hop Awards' Lifetime Achievement Award.

For more about Big Mucci, people can go to his YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/BigMucci), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BigMucci), Spotify (http://www.open.spotify.com/artist/3J4NyWIyckQkncdfizUmHq) or TikTok (https://www.tiktok.com/@bigmucci).

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Gary Fritzen, Composer, and California Arts Org, Art-In-Relation Team for ‘There Will Be Light’ – You Sing It, New Song Challenge

STOCKTON, Calif -- Gary Fritzen, award winning composer of musical theatre, feeling the weight of the covid-19 pandemic announces a challenge for singers of all abilities and interest to sing his new song, "There Will Be Light."

Gary has been composing music for over 30 years. With a specialty in musical theatre, you can find some of his published works, such as "Toy Camp" and "Metaphasia" in the Pioneer Drama Services catalog (pioneerdrama.com). Winner of the Schubert Frendrich Playwriting award, he was a winner of the American College Theatre Festival Kennedy Center for best musical score, for "Vanya!"

Mr. Fritzen continued writing musicals for Santa Monica Community College from 1995-2016. Gary has used all of his musical experience to write this song "There Will Be Light" while he works from home as a public High School Music Teacher in the City of Manteca, California (musd.net). As he watches the entire world in lock down and comforts his students online that are nervous for the future, Gary felt a need to write a song that brings hope to his family, friends and loved ones.

With this composition, he is challenging singers to learn the song and sing it for their friends and audiences as well. Art-In-Relation, a production company in Southern California, artistic director Jonas Sills, and Gary Fritzen are teaming up to make a donation of $10 for every person who records this song to Direct Relief ( https://www.directrelief.org/ ) charity organization that donates directly to covid-19 relief up to $5,000 total.

Each submission will be screened to be posted on the YouTube channel for the song and posted nationally!

To hear a sample of the song please visit: https://youtu.be/YnhZMobQMEM

Links to a lead sheet and instrumental tracks are below the YouTube link.

To submit for this challenge please email a video submission to therewillbelightchallenge@yahoo.com. This can be a mp4 file or a YouTube link.

Direct Relief
* Direct Relief working in overdrive to get protective gear and critical care medications to as many health workers as possible, as quickly as possible, with emergency deliveries leaving daily for medical facilities across the U.S.
* Direct Relief is coordinating with public health authorities, nonprofit organizations and businesses in the U.S. and globally to provide personal protective equipment and essential medical items to health workers responding to coronavirus (COVID-19).
* Direct Relief working in overdrive to get protective gear and critical care medications to as many health workers as possible, as quickly as possible, with emergency deliveries leaving daily for medical facilities across the U.S.
* Direct Relief is coordinating with public health authorities, nonprofit organizations and businesses in the U.S. and globally to provide personal protective equipment and essential medical items to health workers responding to coronavirus (COVID-19).
* Direct Relief is also staging personal protective equipment with regional response agencies across the world, including in the Caribbean and South America through the Pan American Health Organization.

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