The Beautiful Babes from the Soaps were feted at Colors Restaurant at a very "Hip" luncheon, hosted by Emmy Award winning Days of Our Lives vixen, Judi Evans. Among the Daytime Divas sporting colorful Bisadora Hip Purses, (worn at the hip with an attractive chain belt), were Brook Kerr (Passions), Ashley Jones (Bold and the Beautiful) and Michelle Stafford (Young and the Restless). We were pleased to catch up with the former star of (Y&R) Brenda Dixon, who created the role of sexy siren, Jill. We worked with Brenda on a TV Show entitled Soap Talk, several years ago. I even brought along a photo taken of us during that time. As you can see, we haven't changed much!
|Judi Evans (Days of our Lives) and Sharon Case (Young & the Restless) at Hip Luncheon for Soap Opera Divas|
Some of the other beauties feasting on Executive Chef, Irving Medina's appetizing cuisine, included Kate Linder (Y& R), Danica Stewart (Passions) and designer Brandy Goldberg, who certainly makes a fashion statement with her very hip purses.
|Marci with Brenda Dixon (Young & The Restless) holding photo taken of them taping "Soap Talk"|
The newly renovated Century Plaza hotel was the venue for the 14th Annual Diversity Awards, honoring artists for exceptional achievements in film and TV. Co-hosted by Adam Beach (Flags of our Fathers), and Victoria Recano (The Insider), honorees included Maria Bello ( Best Actress in a Drama for World Trade Center), Director Michael Mann, (Ali, Miami Vice), and the Cast of Bones to name a few.
|Adam Beach (Flags of our Fathers) and Victoria Recano (The Insider) Hosts of Diversity Awards|
Some of the celebrity presenters included Oliver Stone, and the gorgeous Vivica A. Fox, whose form fitting evening gown was spectacular. The show opened with a spirited performance by The Copa de Brasil Band, and also included music by Recording Artist, Robin Thicke, the hubby of Paula Patton, who won the breakout actress honors for her role in Nova, alongside Denzel Washington.
|Vivica A. Fox looking gorgeous at Diversity Awards|
Funds raised from this event benefit the Multicultural Motion Picture's Association's Educational and Development Scholarship Fund. Jarvee E. Hutcherson, Executive Producer said, "We are very pleased to honor a very select group of artists at the Diversity Awards, who have broadened the creative landscape in the film and TV industry. A most noble cause indeed.
|Peter Liguori (Fox Broadcasting) with Randy Jackson at "A Place Called Home"|
And last, but not least, Randy Jackson (American Idol) was among the special guests at a Place Called Home, a dynamic facility that provides at risk youth with a secure, positive family environment, where they can regain hope, self respect and learn skills to lead a productive lifestyle. Others honored at this "Gala for the Children" included Peter Liguori, Fox Broadcasting Corp., and Holly Robinson Peete, wife of famed NFL Quarterback, Rodney Peete. Holly wears many hats - Mom (5 kids), actress, designer and author, and heads her own Foundation who are striving to find a cure for Parkinson's disease. We love the title of her new book, "Get Your Own Damn Beer, I'm Watching the Game - A Woman's Guide to Loving Pro Football". Since hubby Rodney is host of The Best Damn Sports Show Period - very appropriate don't you think? Another fabulous female on the Hollywood Beat.
|Rodney Peete, Thyonne Gordon (Executive Director), Holly Robinson Peete at "A Place Called Home"|
This Sunday evening, December 3, the Shrine Auditorium will host the "Ultimate Fight for Dignity and Justice" - A concert event that will help fund scholarships for African American and Latino students, and will also help support the continued work of the March 25th Coalition. The event consists of a benefit concert featuring Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan and a VIP Reception. Tickets for the concert range from $30 - $100, and are available through Ticketmaster. Additional information regarding tickets may be obtained by phoning 213-427-6001. The VIP Reception will feature Cesar Franco's Latin Band, Brazilian samba dancers, magicians, and celebrities. The reception also includes food, drinks, and a hosted bar. Tickets for the reception are $200 and are available through West Coast Boxing Entertainment by phoning 323-228-2753.
Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, founded in 1898 is considered the most important and influential group in the history of mariachi music, playing an integral role in the evolution of the genre. They have entertained countless heads of states throughout the world, have appeared in two hundred motion pictures and were the first Mariachi to perform at the White House. Mariachi Vargas is the only mariachi that's been allowed to perform at the Pyramids of Egypt.
|Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan will be performing Sunday, December 3 at the "Ultimate Fight for Dignity and Justice" concert|