Honored to be Awarded at the First Annual Lucky Strike Film Festival

Acclaimed and prolific production company Lucky Strike Films has just launched the much anticipated first annual Lucky Strike Film Festival on September 21st to 23rd with their awards ceremony on September 22nd at the Regency Valley Plaza 6 Theatre in North Hollywood. I was truly honored to be awarded an Excellence in Media award as well as winning for Best Short Film Thriller for “Strangers in A Book.” Besides giving filmmakers the opportunity to have their movies premiered before enthusiastic audiences, the Lucky Strike Film Festival also hosted an awards show, complete with a snazzy red carpet event and after […]

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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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Sneak Peek of Upcoming Cover Shoot for FVM Global Magazine!

Had a blast shooting #BTS videos and pics of an upcoming Live with Ford & Vida cover shoot for FVM Global Magazine created by hair and makeup artist extraordinaire Steven Pellissier. Big thanks to him, the lovely Faith Harrington-Boutin, Managing Director of FVM, her stylist for the shoot,  the fabulous D’ Jesus Trujillo, wonderful photographer Joshua Kent, internationally renowned designer Sue Wong for the gowns, PK Bijoux for the beautiful, one-of-a-kind jewelry, Grenier Clothier for the suits, #DareToWearByDrRobby hand painted ties and the Fortoli showroom for the off the hook location! For more #BTS videos: https://www.facebook.com/LiveWithFordAndVida/videos/ Photos courtesy of Steven Pellissier, […]

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Sur Le Mur’s Premiere Opening of Per Bernal’s Fine Art Photography Studio

Had a blast and was truly honored to host the red carpet portion of  the much anticipated premiere opening of Per Bernal’s Fine Art Photography Studio presented by Sur le Mur. This well attended gallery opening in West Los Angeles was the talk of the town and truly raised the bar of the LA art world. “Per Bernal is a world class photographer praised for his talents in capturing the strength and excellence of the human body, thus has garnered the nickname; “The Annie Leibovitz of the Fitness World.” This exhibition, aptly titled “Oh Shoot,” was an eclectic evening featuring photography, graffiti, street, […]

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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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So Very Vida was the Mainstage MC at Wonder Women Tech

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

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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Napa Valley 2016 Auction and Tasting

Had a great time with the lovely influencer and blogger Rachel McCord of http://www.themccordlist.com at the Napa Valley 2016 Auction tasting at the Sofitel Hotel in West Hollywood. All the proceeds from this auction will go to children’s educational and community health charities. This auction has raised over 150 million dollars since 1981!   This event was in conjunction with the Napa Valley (www.napavintners.com), which is a community that supports local vintners. McCord was thrilled to celebrate the launch of their online auction, which runs from Sunday, May 29th at noon (PDT) to Sunday, June 5th, 2016.   ” I decided to support Napa […]

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Impromptu Promo Photoshoot for Live With Ford and Vida!

I recently attended the Taurus birthday party of celebrity photographers Uncle Bob and Jenna Urban as well as Angela Downey of Downey’s Desserts at the W Hotel Hollywood. I usually run on “Persian time,” but got there early, so I took advantage of the extra time and had an impromptu promo photo shoot for a new show I am co-hosting with my friend actor Ford Austin, called “Facebook Live with Ford and Vida.” Luckily Ford is on point and always arrives to his destinations early (as opposed to yours truly), so we had a lot of time to spare. Ford […]

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So Very Vida interviewed by Amber Lynn on Rock N’ SeXXXy Show

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by the stunning Amber Lynn on her popular Rock N’ SeXXXy show on LA Talk Radio alongside cool guests like Playboy Playmate, actress and comedienne Julie McCullough and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ricky Byrd. As it turns out, Amber is acting in a film called Who’s Jenna with Ronnie Marmo, a friend of mine. We will also be acting together in multi award-winning filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill’s much buzzed about film, Blood & Iron. I am always astounded by how small our community is. I learned a lot of beauty tips […]

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