Unity at the Multicultural Film Festival

On ​​​​Sunday, April 2nd at 5pm, the Universe Multicultural Film Festival held their Red Carpet Awards Ceremony at the RHCC Community Center in the swanky city of Rolling Hills Estates. Celebrities in attendance from the event were Lynn Tang, Festival Founder and President, Awardees Aki Aleong (Babylon 5, Walker, Texas Ranger), Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Chuck Norris’ An Eye For An Eye), Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop, Sky, the #1 trending movie on Netflix opposite Norman Reedus) and presenter actor/filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill (Check Point, Lazarus: Day of the Dead). Aleong received the Lifetime Achievement Award, Landon received the Trailblazer […]

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Wrap up of Quarterly Wrap Festival

Had a great time hosting the grand finale of the Quarterly Wrap Festival at the Mayme A. Clayton Museum and Library. Such amazing talent and I was truly honored to have been handpicked by the fabulously talented actor and late night hopeful Motown Maurice to host this momentous occasion. Kudos to the fabulous judges, talented actors Jeff Meacham and Eric Paul Erickson as well as noted writer-director Jonathan Cocco for their excellent feedback. Finalists for the grand finale were Glasme, Deborah Ishida, Lorinda Hawkins Smith, and Wanda Ray Willis-Raynor, who was the winner. She gave an outstanding performance as the iconic […]

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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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Getty Museum’s Media Appreciation Night

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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Tea Time with Diplomats Diversi-Tea Gala

I recently had the pleasure of attending the 8th annual Diplomats Diversi-Tea Gala this Thursday, April 28, 2016 at the scenic FantaSea Yacht Club in Marina del Rey where my amazing friend, Global Fashion Icon-Philanthropist Sue Wong was bestowed with a humanitarian award. This  gala celebrates international diversity and cultural inclusiveness, spotlighting Diplomats who represent our global community. In addition to Sue, honorees included, His Excellency United Nations Ambassador Eden Charles from Trinidad and Tobago, and The Honorable, Consul Belen Gonzalez del Val from Spain.  They also recognized outstanding individuals who are empowering our world and Global Philanthropist Evalee Treen. […]

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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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Sir Jones 28th Anniversary Celebration!

One of my favorite media colleagues, Sir Jones, had his 28th anniversary party for all his years as a noted celebrity and fashion photographer at his new photo studio in North Hollywood. Jonesy always rocks the red carpet and he is such a spirited and high energy person to work with and pose for on the red carpet. There were performances by Chris LaVrar, Laci Kay, Frankee Razor, Young Cory, Tyran Brown, Jesaiah, Queen Jaz, and Jay Newz . This event was hosted by Chris LaVrar and Angelique Bates. the appealing dessert bar was by Sugar and Spyked. Sponsors for this […]

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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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