September 22, 2017

EMMY-WINNER KATE MCKINNON STEPS OUT WITH HER GORGEOUS GIRLFRIEND JACKIE ABBOTT

Kate McKinnon had her special someone by her side as she was named Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: girlfriend Jackie Abbott, who she embraced before heading up to the stage.
An emotional McKinnon may have been teary-eyed, but she still looked drop-dead gorgeous in a black and white gown with a small keyhole cutout.
Backstage, "Rupaul's Drag Race" judge Michelle Visage shared a snapshot with the happy couple: "Her girlfriend Jackie was just as lovely as she is!!!" VIsage wrote.
McKinnon -- who is the first openly gay female cast member in "SNL" history -- beat out co-stars Leslie Jones and Vanessa Bayer for the award, but the three women couldn't have been more supportive of each other, all emphasizing their mutual love, respect and friendship ahead of the ceremony.

September 20, 2017

ENTERTAINMENT AND POP CULTURE EXPERT RON ROECKER SIGNS WITH BARON RIDGE PRODUCTIONS SPEAKERS BUREAU



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Ron has been the on-camera media/ event spokesperson/entertainment/pop culture expert for the GRAMMY Awards, ET, Access Hollywood, MTV, VH1, and has been featured as the entertainment authority on morning news shows on all the major networks. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies, recording artists, non-profits and celebrities and speaks on topics including media training, branding, entrepreneurship and crisis communications.

Ron’s client list reads like a “Who’s Who” from Rolling Stone or People magazine and he brings his passion and humor to the podium. He shares stories of his personal journal that are relatable to anyone in the audience who is facing a struggle, or has had to make a change in their life for the better. If you are looking for a speaker who inspires, entertains and motivates with a theatrical polish, then Ron would be a perfect fit!

September 19, 2017

LATIN GRAMMYS POSTPONE NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCEMENT IN LIGHT OF HURRICANE DEVESTATION



NEWS RELEASE

As an outgrowth of the terrible and tragic recent natural disasters affecting Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Houston, and Florida, the homes to many Hispanic communities, The Latin Recording Academy® is postponing the announcement for the 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards® nominations announcement to a later date.

At this time, our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by these catastrophic events and ones that may come.

Gabriel Abaroa Jr. 
President /CEO
The Latin Recording Academy

A consecuencia de los terribles y trágicos desastres naturales recientes que han afectado a México, Puerto Rico, la República Dominicana, Houston y Florida, donde viven muchas comunidades hispanas, La Academia Latina de la Grabación® ha pospuesto hasta nueva fecha el anuncio de las nominaciones a la 18.a Entrega Anual del Latin GRAMMY®.

En este momento, nuestros pensamientos y oraciones están con todos los afectados por estos acontecimientos catastróficos y los que puedan seguirles.

 Gabriel Abaroa Jr.
Presidente/CEO
La Academia Latina de la Grabación

Como consequência dos terríveis e trágicos recentes desastres naturais que afetam México, Porto Rico, República Dominicana, Houston e Flórida, lar de muitas comunidades latinas, a Academia Latina da GravaçãoTM decidiu adiar o anúncio das indicações à 18.Entrega Anual do Latin GRAMMY® para uma outra data.

August 29, 2017

MUSICARES ESTABLISHES RELIEF FUND FOR MUSIC COMMUNITY DEVASTATED BY HURRICANE HARVEY

MUSICARES® ANNOUNCES RELIEF RESOURCES FOR MUSIC PEOPLE AFFECTED BY HURRICANE HARVEY 

VISIT GRAMMY.COM/MUSICARES/DONATIONS TO DONATE

SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (AUG. 29, 2017) — MusiCares® announced today the establishment of a relief fund to support members of the music community affected by the recent devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Assistance includes basic living expenses such as shelter, food, utilities, and transportation; medical expenses, including doctor and hospital bills, and medications; clothing; instrument and recording equipment replacement; relocation costs; home repairs; debris removal; and more. To donate to the fund, visit www.grammy.com/musicares/donations and choose "Hurricane Relief" in the gift designation drop-down menu.
Music people seeking assistance can contact the South Regional MusiCares office at 615.327.0050 or toll-free at 877.626.2748 or apply online at www.grammy.com/sites/com/files/mc_disaster_relief_app.pdf. MusiCares' services are completely confidential.
"Now is a time when we must come together and take care of those who need help, as we are only just beginning to understand how life-altering Hurricane Harvey will be for its victims and their communities," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy™ and MusiCares. "It's important that we step up and support the creative community, and take action to provide immediate assistance to members of our music family."
The Recording Academy has also implemented a Hurricane Harvey employee donation program, which matches donations made by its staff dollar-for-dollar up to $20,000. Previous’ disaster relief efforts were also organized for victims of the Gulf and Nashville floods, as well as Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Katrina.
ABOUT MUSICARES
A friend and ally of the music community, MusiCares was established by the Recording Academy to safeguard the health and well-being of all music people. A four-star charity and safety net in times of need, MusiCares offers confidential preventative, recovery, and emergency programs to address financial, medical, and personal health issues. Through the generosity of our donors and volunteer professionals, our dedicated team works across the country to ensure the music community has the resources and support it needs.
For more information, visit www.musicares.org, "like" MusiCares on Facebook, and follow @MusiCares on Twitter and Instagram.
 
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August 22, 2017

Why Pink's New Song "What About Us" Is the Antidote to Donald Trump



I don't care if you are Democrat or Republic. I don't care if you voted for Hillary or Donald. Before I write anything about Pink's amazing new single, I want you to read the lyrics. But I want you to read the lyrics as if they were written from the time Donald Trump was first elected President up until today. I want you to think about them. Then I want you to click on the link below and really listen...

We are searchlights, we can see in the dark
We are rockets, pointed up at the stars
We are billions of beautiful hearts
And you sold us down the river too far

What about us?
What about all the times you said you had the answers?
What about us?
What about all the broken happy ever afters
What about us?
What about all the plans that ended in disaster?
What about love? What about trust?
What about us?

We are problems that want to be solved
We are children that need to be loved
We were willing, we came when you called
But man you fooled us, enough is enough

What about us?
What about all the times you said you had the answers?
What about us?
What about all the broken happy ever afters?
What about us?
What about all the plans that ended in disaster?
What about love? What about trust?
What about us?

What about us?
What about all the plans that ended in disaster?
What about love? What about trust?
What about us?

Sticks and stones they may break these bones
But then I'll be ready, are you ready?
It's the start of us, waking up, come on
Are you ready? I'll be ready
I don't want control, I want to let go
Are you ready? I'll be ready
Cause now it's time to let them know
We are ready

What about...
What about us?
What about all the times you said you had the answers?






August 17, 2017

RECORDING ACADEMY/MUSICARES ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD


NEWS RELEASE 

MUSICARES® NAMES NEW BOARD LEADERSHIP AND MEMBERS
 
SANTA MONICA, CALIF. AUGUST 17, 2017 — The MusiCares Foundation®—an affiliated charity of the Recording Academy—announced new elected leadership and Board members.

The MusiCares® Board elected former Vice Chair Michael McDonald, founder and CEO of artist management company Mick Management as Chair; Board member Kirdis Postelle, senior vice president, Warner Bros. Records, as Vice Chair; and Board member James Higa, executive director, Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, as Secretary/Treasurer. MusiCares' departing Chair Alexandra Patsavas, founder, Chop Shop Music Supervision, has been named Chair Emeritus.

Newly elected MusiCares Foundation Board members include Steve Boom, vice president, Amazon Music; Ambrosia Healy, executive vice president and head of media strategy and relations, Capitol Music Group; Jeff Jones, CEO, Apple Corps Ltd.; and Carianne Marshall, partner and head of creative licensing, SONGS Music Publishing.

"A vibrant board is the lifeblood for a nonprofit, and since the Recording Academy established MusiCares in 1989, we have been fortunate to have dedicated and passionate Board members," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy and MusiCares. "Our new members and elected leaders, along with our current members, are continuing this tradition of enlightened stewardship. They bring fresh ideas and commitment to their roles, which along with our tried and true programs and events, keep MusiCares strong and able to provide critical resources to members of the music community in crisis."

ABOUT MUSICARES
A friend and ally of the music community, MusiCares was established by the Recording Academy to safeguard the health and well-being of all music people. A four-star charity and safety net in times of need, MusiCares offers confidential preventative, recovery, and emergency programs to address financial, medical, and personal health issues. Through the generosity of our donors and volunteer professionals, our dedicated team works across the country to ensure the music community has the resources and support it needs.

For more information, visit www.musicares.org, "like" MusiCares on Facebook, and follow @MusiCares on Twitter and Instagram.

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August 15, 2017

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July 31, 2017

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Amazing Documentary "Bright Lights" about the Unwavering Relationship between Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds



Carrie: "Hello, we're here with a woman who alleges to be my mother. 
I don't buy it for a minute. But, um, this is how we'll find out." 
Debbie: "I have proof." 
Carrie: "You have films."
Debbie: "I have films and I have a certificate."
Carrie: "You have the films that I'm happy." 
Debbie: "Oh, yes, well, because you doubted it for so long."
Carrie: "You knew that I was going to doubt it later so you filmed me being happy?"
Debbie: "No, I thought if you filmed children and you had happy children then you filmed them who knew when you would say 'I'm very unhappy' and that's a fake film! That I made it up." 

That's how this HBO documentary, produced by Carrie's brother Todd Fisher, starts out. And after that, it leads you on an entertaining and insightful journey, not of two of Hollywood's most unlikely icons, but of a relationship that transcends mother/daughter. It's a story that transcends the strength of a woman who not only survives adversity but thrives on it. 



Debbie Reynolds, who didn't have any dance experience when she landed her iconic part in "Singing in the Rain," had a career in the movies, the tabloids, and Vegas; she even had a resurgence when she played Deborah Messing's mom on the hit NBC sitcom "Will & Grace." Her husband (and Carrie's father), Eddie Fisher, infamously left Reynolds for Elizabeth Taylor in one of the most exploited stories in Hollywood history.


Carrie Fisher had her first role in the movie "Shampoo" with Warren Beatty and married Paul Simon. But it was her role in what she would refer to as the "B-movie that I just agreed to do" (Star Wars) that would make her an indelible part of pop culture's history. With an amazing singing voice that she never truly utilized and a constant battle with drug addiction, depression and a bi-polar diagnosis, she evolved as a witty writer and a tell-it-like-it is satirist and Hollywood icon.


This documentary is so engaging and entertaining that you can't stop watching it. It is not a glamour piece created by the only living relative of Carrie and Debbie. It shows the love, the struggle, the humor, the loyalty of a true family partnership. 

I suggest you check it out -- to be reminded about how no family is perfect...but sticking with family will certainly make things more interesting and bearable. 



July 19, 2017

GRAMMY Winning Legendary Band FLEETWOOD MAC to be Honored at MusiCares "Person of the Year" Benefit before 2018 GRAMMY Awards


 
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (July 19, 2017) — Two-time GRAMMY® winners Fleetwood Mac will be honored at the 2018 MusiCares® Person of the Year tribute on Friday,Jan. 262018, it was announced today by Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation® and the Recording Academy. Proceeds from the 28th annual benefit gala—to be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City during GRAMMY® Week two nights prior to the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards®—will provide essential support for MusiCares (www.musicares.org), which ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, and personal need. The evening's tribute chairs are Shelli and Irving Azoff, Dorothy and Martin Bandier, Kristin and James Dolan, and Anna Chapman and Ronald Perelman.

Fleetwood Mac are being honored as the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year in recognition of their significant creative accomplishments and their longtime support of a number of charitable causes, including MusiCares, the premier safety net of critical resources for the music industry.

"Our 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute is a celebration of firsts—the first time our annual signature gala will be held in New York City in 15 years, and the first time in the benefit's history that we will honor a band," said Portnow. "This excitement is only matched by the genuine thrill and privilege of paying tribute to Fleetwood Mac, a legendary and influential group of artists whose music has provided the soundtrack for music lovers around the world."

"It's a tremendous honor to be the first band to receive the MusiCares Person of the Year award," said Mick Fleetwood on behalf of Fleetwood Mac. "Independently and together, we all set off on a journey to spend our lives as artists, songwriters, and musicians. None of us did it alone and there were plenty of helping hands along the way, so we applaud and celebrate MusiCares' guiding principles of giving musicians a helping hand and a place to turn in times of need. We are very appreciative of this recognition."


As one of the best-selling bands of all time, Fleetwood Mac have sold more than 100 million records worldwide and established their place in rock and roll music history. Having created a distinctive sound that endures today, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Their 1977 album Rumours remains one of the best-selling albums of all time. In 2015, the band's classic and most successful line up—comprising Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Stevie Nicks—reunited for the first time since 1998 for the On With The Show tour. The tour sold out arenas across the globe and showcased classic hit songs from Fleetwood Mac's career such as "The Chain," "Go Your Own Way," "Dreams," "Don't Stop," "Big Love," "Little Lies," and "Rhiannon," among others.

The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute ceremony is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week and was last held in New York City in 2003. The celebration culminates with the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Established in 1989 by the Recording Academy, the MusiCares Foundation offershealth and human services and programs to members of the music community, including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent, utilities, and car payments; medical expenses, including doctor, dentist and hospital bills; psychotherapy; and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, hepatitis C, and other critical illnesses. MusiCares offers nationwideeducational workshops covering a variety of subjects, including financial, legal, medical, and substance abuse issues, and programs in collaboration with health care professionals that provide services such as flu shots, hearing tests and medical/dental screening.
 
The MusiCares MAP Fund® provides access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community. Staffed by qualified chemical dependency and intervention specialists, MusiCares offers Safe Harbor Room® support, sponsored in part by the Bohemian Foundation, to provide a network to those in recovery while they are participating in the production of televised music shows and other major music events. MusiCares holds weekly addiction support groups for people to discuss how to best cope with the issues surrounding the recovery process. The MusiCares Sober Touring Network is a database of individuals across the United States who can take music people to recovery support meetings while on the road.

For more information, please visit www.musicares.org. For breaking news and exclusive content, please "like" MusiCares on Facebook and follow @MusiCares onTwitter and Instagram.