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Kids in the Spotlight 2014

By | November 4, 2014

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Brian with KITS director Tige Charity

On Saturday night I was delighted to once again attend the Kids in the Spotlight Film Festival and Jordan Awards at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills.

This was the 5th year for the event and it was hosted by Ty Burrell, Emmy-winning star of “Modern Family”. Kids in the Spotlight (KITS) finds a way to touch my heart each and every year. KITS gives children that are in foster care or otherwise underprivileged the opportunity to write, cast, direct, and star in their very own short films. The goal is to give these kids the chance to express their creativity and develop an interest in the film industry while building up their confidence and sense of accomplishment. The program culminates in Saturday’s festival. Let me set the scene.

The “Kids” arrive in limousines and step onto a stunning “blue carpet” complete with flash bulbs, interviews, waves, and cheers. Their movie posters dot the theatre lobby, which is filled with dignitaries, celebrities, and invited guests. The room buzzes as proud parents, siblings, and friends anticipate the big premiere of the films created by their loved ones. The kids are the stars of the night, having the time of their lives evidenced by the big smile across each of their faces. KITS Director Tige Charity floats around the room, making sure everything runs smoothly and that everyone is having a good time. Other KITS board members support Tige’s efforts, keeping things flowing and greeting and acknowledging every attendee.

The biggest KITS audience yet packed into the theatre with many forced to stand in the back. The lights dimmed, the screen came to life, and we were treated to the results of weeks of training, collaboration, and imagination.

The product of everyone’s efforts is a truly amazing experience for all in attendance. The KITS staff and volunteers become mentors for the kids and top industry professionals including producers, writers, makeup artists, and more are assembled to help with the films and give them advice. Perhaps the best part about KITS is that it’s a 100% free program for the participants. The team is dedicated to giving back to the community and providing something special for kids that truly deserve it. Witnessing this kind of selfless outreach always leaves me feeling proud and inspired.

After the films were screened, a number of awards were given out. The smiles on the faces of these kids when they step on the stage to accept awards for their hard work always brings tears to my eyes. At that moment, it’s all worth it. To be a part of the love and joy that fills the theatre is so very satisfying. It becomes clear how important KITS is for everyone involved. This is an event that I will attend for many years to come and I’m excited to see it grow and evolve.

Check out kidsinthespotlight.org and support this great organization. They are truly making dreams come true.

Writer, producer, comedienne, and author T Faye Griffin is a member of the KITS team and spoke about her rewarding experience with the event. Watch below. 

 

2014 LA LGBT Center Vanguard Awards and Anniversary Gala

By | September 27, 2014

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It’s that time again! The Vanguard Awards at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 45th Anniversary Gala is coming up on November 8.

Every year the Vanguard Awards celebrate and honor individuals and organizations that have helped make strides in the fight for equality and tolerance of the LGBT population.

This year’s honorees are George and Brad Takei, Marvel Entertainment Group, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Each of them has made vast contributions to the LGBT movement in their own way. From politics, to speaking out in public, to diversity in comic book characters, each of their varied efforts is deserving of our recognition.

The Gala will be held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza and tickets are on sale now! Click here to purchase. 

BE SURE TO SELECT BRIAN DARLING AS YOUR HOST WHEN YOU’RE BUYING TICKETS! SEE BELOW

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T Faye Griffin’s Book “Morning Manna” Now Available!

By | September 6, 2014

The wait is over. After months of anticipation, T Faye Griffin’s crowd funded book Morning Manna is now available on Amazon.

The talented and award winning writer/producer/actor/comedienne inspired her community to donate the money needed to publish her passion project. The full title of the book is Morning Manna: Wisdom Served With Humor and Heart and it delivers daily bites of Biblical, no holds barred wisdom. Each entry is designed to educate and nourish the soul while being warm and entertaining. The project began as simple Facebook posts and evolved into the full length book.

An NAACP award winner and proud product of South Central LA, Griffin was able to raise over $7,600 from more than 100 contributors and couldn’t be happier that this day has finally come. Click here or the image below to purchase the book on Amazon.

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T Faye appeared on the Brian Darling show where she discussed everything from comedy writing to her charity work to her obsession with Lucille Ball. Watch below:

Morning Manna can also be found on The Brian Darling Store!

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Honey Maid Continues Support for LGBT Movement

By | June 12, 2014

Nabisco brand Honey Maid has become a strong supporter of the LGBT equality movement and it doesn’t look like they’ll be slowing down any time soon.

What started as an effort to showcase the diversity of today’s families has spun into a full fledged campaign supporting the LGBT community. Honey Maid published the following tweets voicing their support:


It all started back in March when the brand released commercials that portrayed gay parents among straight ones. After the ads received large amounts of feedback and press, Honey Maid released a video utilizing the responses, both positive and negative. The brilliant concept shows the overwhelming support for the LGBT community while criticizing their detractors with class.

Corporate support for the LGBT movement is growing steadily and promises to be a major factor in achieving equality.

Beverly Hills Chamber Open House

By | October 5, 2012

The Beverly Hills Chamber moved to a new location at 9400 S. Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills and held their open house on October 4, 2012. As Ambassador Chair I once again had the privelege to spend time with other great professionals. Pictured below with Chamber Executive Director Alexander Stettinsky, fellow Ambassador Fauna Hodel, and Event Planner & Master brownie baker Randy Fuhrman.

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Preparing Kids for College

By | October 2, 2012

Download the Practical Suggestions on Preparing Kids for College

Source: Kindly provided by & re-posted with permission from the Whittier Trust Company, Investment & Wealth Management

President Obama Concert at Nokia Theater in Los Angeles

By | September 26, 2012

President Obama will be back to Los Angeles for an amazing concert and dinner.

Save the Date: Sunday, October 7, 2012

In addition to superstars Katy Perry and Earth, Wind & Fire, the 30 Days to Victory concert on October 7th will also include performances by Jon Bon Jovi, Jennifer Hudson and Stevie Wonder. And of course, DNC Keynote Speaker, Mayor Julián Castro and, of course, the man, President Barack Obama.

This is truly an evening your friends will NOT want to miss. The $250 tickets are half sold out and we’re hopeful that this incredible lineup will completely sell out the night. Let me know if you have any questions.

This will be just 30 days from Election day!

President Obama Concert at Nokia Theater in Downtown Los Angeles

$10,000 per person ~ Photo with VIP access ~ Please RSVP here:
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RSVP for Photo with VIP Access to President Obama Concert

$2,500 per person ~ Lounge pass with Lower Orchestra Seating
$1,000 per person ~ Premium Orchestra Seating
$250 per person ~ Loge Seating
RSVP for President Obama Concert

Tickets are selling quickly! Please RSVP to reserve your spot as soon as possible.

Special Dinner with President Obama

$25,000 per person ~ Includes dinner and a photo
$40,000 per person ~ Includes dinner and a photo with a special greet reception
RSVP for Special Dinner with President Obama

Email me with any questions with any questions or to RSVP.
Alternatively, contact Lorna Johnson directly on 310.413-1391 or lornajcnm@gmail.com.
I hope you can join President Obama for these amazing events. Thank you for everything you do to make this world a better place. Please pass this on to all in your network.

Celebrity Arts Veterans Benefit for Boys & Girls Club/Bring Hollywood Home

By | September 26, 2012

Artisfactions.com Celebrity Art Events & Tracy Saunders Present an Exclusive, Celebrity Multi-Media Art Fund Raiser Benefiting the Boys & Girls Club & Bring Hollywood Home Foundation

Artist Julia Diller (daughter-in-law to the late Phyllis Diller) and 2 Time Olympian, Veteran and Artist Gary Visconti will be Celebrated along with Honoring Our Veterans (TBA).

Save the Date:
Sunday, November 11, 2012
4:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)
Pier Point Inn & Spa
Ventura, CA

Visit the Artisfactions Celebrity Events page to register, and for more details on proceeds.

Please note: October 21st is the last day to purchase tickets (and for all other sponsor, ad, swag & raffle donation deadlines) at for this November 11th Celebrity Art event. Space is limited and all must RSVP and be on the guest list to enter. Press & Media need to submit requests to cover this event.
Contact 805.641.0824 or email Artisfactions@gmail.com for more info.

Kids in the Spotlight 2012 Film Festival

By | September 26, 2012

(download the event flyer)

Tige Charity’s Kids in the Spotlight allows kids to express themselves through the art of film-making and encourages interest in careers in the movie industry, which is so prevalent in Los Angeles.

The 2012 “Movies by Kids, for Kids” annual film festival is just around the corner!

Save the Date:
Sunday October 28, 2012

Location:
Writers Guild Theatre
125 South Doheny Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Kids in the Spotlight, Inc. (KITS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in May 2009. Their program trains youth in foster care programs and other under-served youth to create, write, cast and star in their own short films. This training culminates in the annual film festival competition “Movies by Kids, for Kids”.

Visit www.kidsinthespotlight.org for more information.

Opening Night of Memphis at the Pantages Theatre

By | August 1, 2012

Opening night of MEMPHIS at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.

For tickets and more information go to www.broadwayla.org