Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tavalodet Mobarak Morgan Ingram

Light a candle to remember
Morgan Ingram and her life.
Morgan Ingram was a beautiful and bright soul with a bold personality to match. She had more drive than NASCAR and a penchant for the pen, but one dark day in December it was all taken away from her.

You see, Morgan was an individual who welcomed many different people into her life. As some of those people were light who shared the same big dreams and passions, there were those who were dark and had no direction unless it was to the nearest party to get loaded and laid.

As a gifted woman with a polished yet free-spirited personality, Morgan was stalked. Of course, if you have never been stalked, you would have zero idea of what she went through. As a result, her entire life was turned upside until one day everything changed forever.

Morgan Ingram was murdered on December 2, 2011 in her Carbondale, Colorado home. Today, we honor the force and face of stalking, as we celebrate her birthday. I decided to light a candle and I encourage you, my readers and friends to light one too. May karma find its way, so we can eventually have justice one day. Gone, but never forgotten. RIP Morgan Ingram!

August 16, 1991-December 2, 2011

For more information about Morgan Ingram, visit the official site today.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Candace Smith introduces the Lady Warrior shirt

The beautiful Candace Smith
wearing one of the Lady Warrior
shirts.
If you haven't noticed this Summer, Bravo's "Millionaire Matchmaker" made the move over to WE tv and rebranded the show as "Million Dollar Matchmaker".  There is a new format along with matchmakers from the past, but one thing remains the same is Candace Smith. In fact, matchmaker Candace Smith returns as a senior matchmaker; actually the only matchmaker to appear in every episode this season. In true Candace fashion, she keeps it sexy and so much fun every Friday night at 10pm/9c.  
 
In addition to the new show, Candace stars in the film My Father, Die, which premiered at South by Southwest and will be in theaters at the end of the year. This action thriller is set in the South and is written and directed by Sean Brosnan and produced by Pierce Brosnan, Sanja Banjic and Orian Williams. Amazing right?
 
And if that wasn't enough, the beautiful and brilliant philanthropist created the Lady Warrior Shirt, which gives a portion of proceeds to the Downtown Women's Center in the heart of Los Angeles, where she has been a longtime volunteer.  
Miss Hawaii 2014 Moani Hara
wearing the Lady Warrior shirt.
The Lady Warrior shirts are available
at Candace's official store.
 
When asked about the inspiration behind the shirts, Candace said, "The Lady Warrior Shirt was inspired by all the fascinating women in my life who are not at all the one-dimensional image perpetuated by the media. Some of these women include the young girls I have the pleasure of coaching; the resilient women at the Downtown Women’s Center I interact with; the boss women in the entertainment industry; the strong, Southern women in my family and my Miss USA sisters."
 
"Many have endured much more than anyone would ever know because of how high they hold their heads, the warmth in their hearts and the swag in their steps. I worked closely with Frank Denbow of Startup Threads (Shopify) to bring my vision to life and I'm eternally grateful," she continued.
 
What is Candace's mission? What inspired her to create the Lady Warrior Shirt? "I hope to not only spread awareness for the Downtown Women's Center but to also empower women of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds to find their inner warrior.  We are taught as young women to be ladies but it is also crucial that women learn to be fighters as well.  Women should be comfortable with this duality and celebrate it," she shared.
 
The Lady Warrior shirt is all about
women's empowerment. An
incentive to the soul.
So, how will the purchase of a shirt help the Downtown Women's Center? According to Candace, they will help the shelter immensely. "I worked with the Downtown Women's Center, where I have volunteered for many years, to arrange for a portion of all proceeds to go directly to the center. The Downtown Women’s Center is so important because it is not just a shelter; they provide permanent supportive housing and a safe and healthy community fostering dignity, respect, and personal stability with the goal of supporting the women until they feel strong again to be independent."
 
To support the Downtown Women's Center, simply purchase a Lady Warrior Shirt at Candace's official store. Just remember, when you do rock it to share the link along with the hashtag #LadyWarriorShirt all over social media.
 
Catch up with Candace on her official website as well as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
 
Check out my latest interview with her about Million Dollar Matchmaker here.

Monday, July 25, 2016

The 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival lineup

When it comes to music, one of the hottest events of the year is definitely the iHeartRadio Music Festival. Announced only an hour ago, the iHeartRadio Music Festival will be held on Friday, September 23rd and Saturday, September 24th at the T-Mobile Arena. Starting at 7:15 pm in the heart of Las Vegas, this is truly an event you're not going to want to miss. With millions upon millions of listeners worldwide, iHeartRadio has the largest audience in both radio and television in all of North America.

“When we first launched the festival six years ago people wondered how such a diverse line up of artists would play together on the same stage," said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia and producer for this year's event. "The fan reaction was immediate, and overnight the Festival became known as the year’s ultimate celebration of the best in all genres of music," he shared.

So, what will be the lineup for 2016? Who is performing? The 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival will feature performances by U2, Sting, Drake, Britney Spears, Sam Hunt, Twenty One Pilots, Billy Idol, Florida Georgia Line, OneRepublic, Sia, Cage the Elephant, Zedd, Tears for Fears, Ariana Grande, Pitbull and Usher. The iHeartRadio Music Festival will also include performances by this year's Macy's iHeartRadio Rising Star winner, Los 5.

“After five years of producing some of the best lineups to ever take the stage, we’re excited to unveil one of the strongest iHeartRadio Music Festival rosters to date,” Tom Poleman, President of National Programming at iHeartMedia shared. “This year’s show is a complete cross section of the best artists from every genre of music. The weekend will be a true representation of the diversity of our iHeartRadio stations across the country as well as the music you find on the iHeartRadio app,” he added.

The action doesn't stop there. The Daytime Village at this year's festival will return to the Las Vegas Village across from the Luxor hotel and casino on Saturday, September 24th with performances by Sam Hunt, Panic! At The Disco, Alessia Cara, Troye Sivan, Hailee Steinfeld, Good Charlotte, Jeremih, Lissie, Cold War Kids, Daya, Cage The Elephant, The Chainsmokers, Bryson Tiller and DNCE. The Village will also feature fan zones and specially curated interactive experiences by iHeartRadio’s brand partners. The tickets for the Village will be available here.

Proud sponsors of this year's festival include: MasterCard, T-Mobile, Garnier Fructis, ULTA, Taco Bell, Macy's, Ideal Image, Jack Link’s Jerky, Mazda, MGM Resorts, Mondelēz International (the maker of Oreo, Ritz, Trident and Sour Patch Kids), State Farm, StubHub, The CW Network, The Edge of Seventeen starring Hailee Steinfeld, X-Out (from the makers of Proactiv) and the TWIX brand.

Amazing right? And guess what? As of right now, MasterCard holders are allowed access to a limited number of tickets through a special pre-sale for the iHeartRadio Music Festival. To purchase tickets right now, simply click here.

Tickets go on sale to the general public (and non-MasterCard holders) this Saturday, July 30th at 1 p.m. EST. For more information about the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival, simply click here today. To purchase tickets visit AXS now. #iHeartRadio

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Examiner.com is closing: How to save your work

As you may or may not already be aware, Examiner.com is shutting down on July 10th. The website announced the close via email July 1st (Friday) with no real explanation. Media consumption has transformed dramatically over the years and as a result, content has been made more about the business priority rather than the meaning behind it. As of July 1st, Examiner.com is no longer taking submissions. With only 10 days to save your work, it can be modestly time consuming and virtually impossible if you have no help and thousands upon thousands of content. Today is July 5th so you now have only 5 days to save your work.

Although it's great to have a helping hand (Thank you so much, Joe, I love you) not everyone has the luxury of having someone help them backup their content. Recently, I discovered a program that has made this so much easier. You have no idea. It is called the Local Website Archive. You can download the program here.

Go to the page you want to save, select 'Add' followed by 'Continue' and let the program guide you through the rest. It's simple and allows you to save your work with just the click of your mouse. The Local Website Archive is efficient and quite effective when saving individual pages.

Since Examiner.com is closing, I will be writing with AEG's entertainment site, AXS.com who purchased Examiner.com in 2014. As always, I will continue to publish and share great content with you. If you haven't already applied to write for AXS, I highly encourage you to do so as it is a great platform.  

In the words of Farrokh Bulsara aka Freddie Mercury, The Show Must Go On.

Monday, June 27, 2016

From 'Million Dollar Matchmaker' to 'My Father, Die', Candace Smith talks dating

The beautiful and talented
Candace Smith.
(Photo by Kelly Fajack)
Candace Smith first made her television appearance in 2003 when she represented Ohio in the Miss USA pageant. As one of Barker's beauties on the hit game show Price is Right, Smith went on to do bigger things, making appearances in both television and in film. Then, in 2014, Smith made an appearance on the 8th season of Millionaire Matchmaker as the director of recruiting working with Patti Stanger, star and producer of the show. As her career continues to evolve with Million Dollar Matchmaker, the beautiful star has appeared in Pierce Brosnan's feature film My Father, Die which was released earlier this year. It's been quite a while since I spoke with Smith and recently, I had the opportunity catch up with her about the hit reality series Million Dollar Matchmaker, dating and her latest feature film, My Father, Die. Here is what she had to tell me...

(Q) Hello Candace. How are you? It is so great to speak with you again. What have you been up to since we last spoke?

C.S: Thank you for asking! I have been absolutely amazing, but insanely busy. I have a new TV show and a feature film both premiering this year, which is such a blessing. Patti Stanger and I are back for “Million Dollar Matchmaker” premiering July 8th on WE tv. It’s a brand new show with a fresh concept that will be must-see Summer TV. I’m most excited about starring in the feature film, My Father, Die, which will hit theaters at the end of the year. I play Nana, the heroine of this gritty action thriller set in the South. I had the opportunity to perform many of my own stunts and work with fire arms which is a tomboy’s dream come true.

(Q) Million Dollar Matchmaker is one of the hottest reality shows on television. Your role on the show has been outstanding. Is it true that you are going to have a bigger role this season?

C.S: Yes it’s true and “Million Dollar Matchmaker” will undoubtedly be a summer hit! The show has a fresh concept which allowed for my role to be expanded in our new Southern Californian office. I am beyond grateful to Patti, WE tv and Thinkfactory Media for trusting me with the bigger role. I essentially run the new office, but some of your favorite matchmakers will make appearances. “Million Dollar Matchmaker” will take you on a roller coaster ride with nonstop laughs, emotional breakthroughs and drama.

(Q) Is it true that if you love yourself, you can rely less on others to love you? Is there really a golden rule to finding your true love?

C.S: Yes, it is true and actually self-love is the most important lesson I teach my clients. I wouldn’t say it’s so much about relying on others, but more about not looking to others for affirmation in life. It’s important to invest your energy into being the best you mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically outside of a relationship. A relationship can easily become toxic when someone is looking to his or her partner to fill a void. Your partner should be the cherry on top of your already amazing life sundae.

The golden rule to finding true love is simply to be willing to do the work and make the necessary changes in your life to achieve your goal. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. This applies to your love life as well. Most likely, if you have decided you are now willing to settle down with a life partner, there are changes you need to make in your lifestyle in order to prepare. It could be changes professionally, socially and even spiritually. All great things in life require sacrifice and work.

(Q) It seems that a lot of love today is short-lived. Is it because most people feel like they are in love, but really are not? What do you think is the main reason a lot of relationships never last?

C.S: I feel a lot of relationships are short-lived in today’s society primarily because of technology, specifically social media. Most people have a lack of attention span and are constantly looking for the bigger and better deal. People are literally shopping for partners on dating apps in the same manner they would shop for groceries so the sad reality is many relationships are superficial. Instead of taking the time to truly get to know someone and work through the growing pains, many people move on when it gets a little tough. So a solid foundation is not established and the love does not last.

(Q) As we Spring into Summer, a lot of people are traveling as they are also enjoying the weather and the time off. For all of those people reading this interview, what advice do you have for them when it comes to dating this Summer?

C.S: When dating during the Summer, there is always more of a significance placed on the physical because people are in swim wear and revealing clothes. My biggest advice is not to get caught up in the physical unless all you want is a Summer fling. Also, be open to the Universe because love knows no geography. I met my man while vacationing in Honolulu and a year later I’m in an amazing relationship resulting in me splitting my time between Los Angeles and Honolulu. So you never know!

(Q) What are three things you should never ask on a first date?

C.S: On a first date I think you should avoid questions about someone’s financial status, religious beliefs and political views. It’s too soon to discuss topics that can result in strong judgment. The goal should be to establish a genuine friendship first.

(Q) You offer great advice when it comes to relationships and dating. I have to ask, Candace, if you could share one important dating tip, what would it be? Why is it important?

C.S: I truly appreciate that and like to believe I follow my own advice. A very important dating tip is to be as authentic to your true self as possible on a date. Allow the other person to meet the real you, not who you think this person would be attracted to. Many failed relationships begin with both people attempting to put their best foot forward but failing to reveal their true selves. We must all remember none of us are perfect and we are all flawed. However, that does not diminish our value and what we contribute to a relationship. Over time, your authentic self will be revealed. So why not allow that person to meet the true self from the very beginning?

(Q) If you could go on a date with anyone living or deceased, who would you go on a date with and why?

C.S: Of course I would go on a date with my man, but if I were single I would want to go on a date with Viggo Mortensen. I have been a huge fan of many of his independent films but I’m more drawn to his artistic, low-key nature. I had the opportunity to meet him and it was refreshing to find him so humble and grounded.

(Q) Describe your perfect date...

C.S: My perfect date evolves around amazing wine and food. I live for food, love to cook and explore new restaurants. I find a superb meal to be an aphrodisiac and allows two people to connect versus a movie. My perfect date is a very slow meal coursed out with stimulating conversation and laughter. The end of the night would most definitely involve live music, which I can’t get enough of in Hawaii along with some slow dancing. People have forgotten all about old school romance. It is really doesn’t take much if you are willing to turn your phone off, be open, positive and put forth effort to bring happiness to someone else.

Catch up with Candace on the hit reality series Million Dollar Matchmaker. The new season premieres Friday, July 8, 2016. Check your local cable listings for specific times and other info. For additional information visit Candace Smith's official site today.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Party this Summer with the 2016 Back to Vinyl Tour

Join SKAM Artist talents Bad Boy Bill
and Richard Vission for the 2016 Back
to Vinyl tour.
When it comes to true musical talent, SKAM Artist DJs Richard Vission and Bad Boy Bill epitomize it. As having DJ'd together for two decades, this one-of-a-kind tour will exclusively feature vinyl only DJing. As the world of music continues to evolve including the DJ market, vinyl paved the way for modern beat making and matching. As we Spring into Summer, many enthusiasts have never experienced let alone seen vinyl DJing live. Now is your chance to experience true vinyl DJing courtesy to two incredibly talented artists.

As a Grammy-nominated re-mixer and producer, Richard Vission has had over 40 hits top the Billboard Dance charts. He currently hosts the longest running weekly EDM mixshow in the United States, Powertools on Power 106 in the heart of Los Angeles.

Bad Boy Bill is another talented man, bringing you consistent beats that blow up more than just the spotlight. In fact, Bad Boy Bill's latest release 'Respect the Technique' garnered plays from everyone from DJ Snake to Laidback Luke to even Latroit and many more.

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For more information visit SKAM today. #BacktoVinyl