Ladies Kicking Butt at the Lady Filmmakers Film Festival

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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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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Sai Suman’s Sizzling Designs

  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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Best Dressed At the Oscars

While I’m no Richard Blackwell, I’ve done my fair share of fashion journalism over the years, so I can only hope to know a thing or two about couture. I must say that there were some amazing gowns this year at the Academy Awards, but I was really feeling the blue and green toned gowns worn by  two time Oscar nominee (The Impossible, 21 Grams) Naomi Watts, and this year’s nominees Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) and Cate Blanchett (Carol). I love the sapphire blue and purple embellishments on the Armani Prive gown she wore and how she went all out with […]

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Awarded with an Entrepreneur Award by The World Networks

On December 8th, I had the honor of being bestowed with an Entrepreneur Award by the lovely, amazing and inspiring Lousine Karibian of The World Networks at the lavish Taglyan Complex in the heart of Hollywood. The event recognized the top 25 Entrepreneurs and community leaders who have been selected for the following:  (1) being recommended by numerous people for their leadership skills (2) offering a unique product or service (3) being involved in the community by supporting non profit organizations (4) making a difference in the world as they have made a mark in their industry (5) empowering other […]

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The Roger Neal Style Hollywood Oscar Viewing Dinner

                                THE HOLLYWOOD MUSEUM PRESENTS    THE ROGER NEAL STYLE HOLLYWOOD OSCAR VIEWING DINNER          FEB 28TH OSCAR NIGHT AT THE HOLLYWOOD MUSEUM DISCOVER HOLLYWOOD MAGAZINE NAMED AS A MEDIA SPONSOR THE JOHN RITTER FOUNDATION FOR AORTIC HEALTH AND SAFETY HARBOR KIDS ARE THE OFFICIAL CHARITIES The Roger Neal Style Hollywood Oscar Viewing Dinner which will be a yearly event will take place Oscar Night Feb 28th at the World Famous Hollywood Museum located On Highland Ave in Hollywood Ca. www.thehollywoodmuseum.com Roger Neal is […]

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Nice time at the APSIH Networking event

It was a meeting of the minds as The Association of  Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage (APSIH) held their networking event on November 18th. Following their previous successful networking event, they hosted their second quarterly Networking event at the Garage in West LA.       APSIH is a group that I hold dear to my heart as they awarded my beloved father, Dr. Abolghassem Ghaffari, with a Distinguished Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award at UCLA shortly after his 100th birthday. This was one of my favorite LA moments, not just because of my dad receiving the award, but also […]

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Delphi Greek’s 30th Anniversary!

Opa! On October 18, 2015, I had the pleasure of attending Delphi Greek Restaurant’s 30th anniversary. This Westwood-based restaurant was honored with an impressive nine commendations from government officials. There was even a festive blue carpet and ribbon cutting ceremony. Roozbeh Farahanipour is the tireless and kindly owner and operator of Delphi Greek and along with his devoted family, his lovely mom and his talented wife Chef Rana, an award-winning pastry chef, they run a wonderful family business. The ceremony was MC’d by Chairman of the Westwood Community Council Steve Sann and awards were presented to owner and operator Roozbeh […]

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Geeking Out at the Geekies!

The Geekie Awards® was held at Club Nokia at LA Live this year and as always, there were some great costumes courtesy of cosplayers in attendance! This award show is by geeks for geeks™, aimed at putting the true geek culture in the spotlight as a collection of valid, respected, award-winning genres for storytelling and creation. In an industry filled with countless award shows for established celebrities, they honor talented, independent creators and give them the opportunity to receive recognition in front of an active and appreciative worldwide audience and leaders in their respective industries. They inspire creativity and hope […]

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Presenter at Los Angeles Nollywood Film Awards

On Saturday, August 15, the third annual Los Angeles Nollywood Film Awards (LANFA) took place at the LAX 4 Points Sheraton Hotel. The purpose of this yearly awards ceremony is to recognize the leading worldwide contributors to the African film industry that are working towards growing and developing that industry. King Bassey is the founder of LANFA and he does a great job of bringing the community together, which is quite a feat as it’s an international group. I had the honor of being the presenter for noted fashion designer and friend Eugene Sidney.  “I was truly honored to be bestowed an […]

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