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: Guests in attendance could also check out Friday Flights performances and installations and the Robert Mapplethorpe retrospective. More info at     […]

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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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Sue Wong’s Super Sale!

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Calling all fiscally savvy fashionistas! International designer Sue Wong’s mega sale awaits this Wednesday, June 13th to Friday, June 15th ! There are amazing bargains of the century to be had for a fraction of the cost! 50% to 70% off WHOLESALE prices!!! The prices will be give away!!! $59 to $199 for regular items normally priced from $300 to $1,000!! It’s a once in a lifetime change to acquire exceptional collectibles in fashion, furniture, art and accessories like rare archival samples from an iconic designer. I’ve already bought a couple of gowns and will be heading back to get […]

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Love International Opening Ceremony

With beautiful actress Sheree J. Wilson, who is a judge of the festival

Nice time at the Kickoff Party, which was the opening ceremony of the Love International Children’s Film Festival (LIFF) at Flame International restaurant in West LA. The festival will continue throughout the week with all day screenings at the iconic Crest Theatre in Westwood, CA; official selections and show times can be viewed at  July 16th will bring the festival to a close with an extravagant and celebrity-attended closing ceremony at the historic Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, an after-party at Bardot-Avalon Hollywood will immediately follow. The official after-party will be announced in the days leading up to […]

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Getting Glammed for My So Very Vida Launch

Getting done up by the Sher and Shog. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Bang/GettyImages

Since I have a fashion and beauty blog, I had to get glammed in the best way possible for my So Very Vida blog launch event, so who do I turn to for the best makeup in town? The fabulous Jade Martinez, celebrity makeup artist extraordinaire and founder of one of my favorite makeup lines on the planet, Moonstar Cosmetics. Jade collaborated with two of my favorite sisters in the makeup industry, Sher and Lili, of Mazi Salon in Glendale. The sisters are a dynamic duo in full face makeup and contouring. They are amazing and would put the Kardashians […]

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Jessica Nail Clinic Re-opening!

Ford, Michelle Mullen, publisher of Nails Magazine and Jessica, the founder of Jessica Nail Clinic

Had a great time with my Live with Ford and Vida co-host, celebrated actor Ford Austin at the at the exclusive re-opening of the iconic JESSICA Nail Clinic! LA’s favorite manicure oasis has remodeled its Sunset Plaza location, revamped its signature treatments, and rebranded into a full-service spa with a new name – THE CLINIC. As a very OCD person, I loved it there as it was super clean like a clinic, but beautiful, luxurious and airy like a spa. More about our show at: More about Jessica Nail clinic: Instagram @jessicacosmetics Twitter @Jessica_Int

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