The World Premiere of the Tragedy of JFK (As Told by Wm. Shakespeare)

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The Tragedy of JFK (as told by Wm. Shakespeare) is a very moving play about the conspiracy to assassinate the 35th President of the United States and its aftermath. Using Shakespearian text, this groundbreaking theatrical event illuminates what might have happened surrounding one of the most shocking events in American history, which altered the course of this entire nation for decades to come. This play also showcases the tragedies the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy. I was really affected by this show as reliving a very challenging part of American history was really heavy and […]

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Ladies Kicking Butt at the Lady Filmmakers Film Festival

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Had an amazing time at the first night of the Lady Filmmakers Film Festival at the Wilshire Screening Room, where the film that I acted in and co-produced is an official selection of the festival. I was honored to have my film screen in the “ladies kick butt” block of films. Kudos to Patricia DiSalvo Viayra, the CEO and Co-Founder of the festival and her husband Mike Viayra, her Co-Founder and Festival Director. Lady Filmmakers Festival is under the umbrella of the newly formed Lady Filmmakers Foundation, a 501c3 tax exempt charity. Lady Filmmakers Festival is in its 8th year and […]

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Hills Penthouse Launch and L7 Anniversary Celebration

Nice time at the L7 cocktail and wine mixer at the swanky Hills Penthouse. Sponsors for the event were St. Mayhem, Global Spirits (love their “Pink Paloma” with pomegranate liqueur and grapefruit soda and Kiss of the Gods, “Frappochteca” with coffee, chocolate and almond liquers, Chef Martin San Roman  and Hubert’s Lemonade will be available au natural or mixed with vodka.   They also had beautiful cheese, bread and vegetable platters and finish it all off with Chef Jaydene’s S’more Brownies. DJ Alex will mixed up some pop tunes at low volume! More info at http://l7network.com/

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Sue Wong’s Arthaus Malibu Sizzling End of Summer Celebration

Had an amazing time at internationally renowned designer Sue Wong’s BBQ celebration at her Arthaus Malibu estate! Sue celebrated the holiday weekend and the end of summer and guests toasted to Sue’s recent career developments such as her excellent licensing projects unfolding, diversifying the SUE WONG brand to a broad category of Fashion, Home and Lifestyle classifications. Sue look elegant in her timeless vintage obi she purchased in Kyoto Japan over 30 years ago! Sue’s guests were luminaries in the fields of Architecture, Design, Real Estate, HotelInvestment, PropertyDevelopers, Fashion, Music, Entertainment and the media such as Christine Devine of FOX […]

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So Very Vida Bestowed with A Nollywood Excellence in Media Award

I was presented with a prestigious Excellence in Media Award at the fourth annual Los Angeles Nollywood Film Association (LANFA) on Saturday August 6th at the James Bridges Theater at UCLA. This event recognized renowned international talents in the film, music and media industries within the African communities globally, so it was truly an honor to receive this wonderful award. LANFA has experienced tremendous growth since it’s inception and wanted to appreciate all those who have stayed the cause and also given back to their communities. King Bassey is the founder of the Nollywood awards and LANFA. Mark Sevier was the LA […]

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Artists For Trauma Adaptive Artists Multi-Media Art Show

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Artists for Trauma (AFT) held their Adaptive Artist Multi-Media Art show at the noted ENGEL & VOLKERS SOUTH BAY. This AFT fundraiser and public awareness event was a great introduction to this worthwhile charity and their mission to empower adaptive artists recovering from life altering trauma and who utilize healing through artistic platforms to expedite quality recovery and reinvention of their lives. The Artists For Trauma Adaptive Artist Multi-Media Art Show featured artwork by talented inspiring artists, utilizing various artistic disciplines following their life altering traumas that resulted in a total life change due to paralysis, spinal cord injuries, traumatic […]

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Sai Suman’s Sizzling Designs

Sai and a model dressed in Sai's designs walking down the runway at Sai's Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Malta Europe show

  Sai Suman is a talented fashion designer with a chic eye for detail who blends the western culture with traditional choices to craft the best in clothing. She has designed gowns for many celebrities and is a red carpet staple especially during awards season.   In 1995 when she was conferred with the title of Miss Thane (Jr.), her aspiration towards fashion took off, having done a ramp show for Alyque Padamsee added another dimension to her persona. Hailing from a family of educationists, she traveled a path less trodden in the field of fashion technology. She got chiseled […]

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So Very Vida was the Mainstage MC at Wonder Women Tech

Yours truly as the main stage MC of the WWT in the grand ballroom of the Long Beach Convention Center

I was honored to be the main stage MC in the grand ballroom of the Long Beach Convention Center at the noted Wonder Women Tech (WWT) Conference on Sunday, July 17th. WWT was founded by Lisa Mae Brunson, a true creative visionary, speaker, author & social innovator that is committed to impacting humanity on a global scale. She created a  non-profit organization which produces an annual conference and series of educational programming and initiatives that highlights, educates, and celebrates women and diversity in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) innovation and entrepreneurialism. Their conferences and programming offer a variety of speakers, panel discussions, coding […]

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Getty Museum’s Media Appreciation Night

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Had a great time at the Getty Museum’s Media Appreciation Night in their scenic hospitality suite as the sun was setting, so it was quite a vista. There were curator-led tour of the replicas of the Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road, which was very informative. I managed to also do some segments for “Live with Ford and Vida” with my co-host, celebrated actor Ford Austin. Here’s some links to our segments: https://www.facebook.com/LiveWithFordAndVida/videos/1730790300509202/ https://www.facebook.com/LiveWithFordAndVida/videos/1730792203842345/ https://www.facebook.com/LiveWithFordAndVida/videos/1730800313841534/ https://www.facebook.com/LiveWithFordAndVida/videos/1730846760503556/ Guests in attendance could also check out Friday Flights performances and installations and the Robert Mapplethorpe retrospective. More info at http://www.getty.edu/museum/about.html     […]

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Van Choat’s Undaunted Journey

From left to right: Filmmaker Shaji Pushpangathan, yours truly, Van, and John Mai.

Van Choat is a lovely woman with a very gentle disposition that I had the pleasure of meeting at the Love International Film Festival (LIFF). I had received a nomination for my work in Strangers in A Book, but I was much more taken with Van and her incredible journey. I rarely cover memoirs, but Van’s story really captured my heart. Van’s beloved grandmother Mau Vu lived to be a 106 years old much like my dear father. Van is the Chief of Specialized Contracts for the Los Angeles Air Force Base. There is much more to Van than her […]

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