Last night was the cast and crew party for Seeking Valentina, a short film that I was honored to play a nice supporting role in, at Lyfe Kitchen in West Hollywood. What I loved about working on this project is that it bucks stereotypes of Iranian-Americans. This gripping psychological thriller was directed by Armin Nasseri and it revolves around an Iranian-American writer, Benjamin (Ali Bavarian), in the pangs of grief, who takes in a mysterious tenant named Valentina (Kristin West). When she mysteriously disappears, it is for the audience to decide if she a ghost, a hallucination, a dream or a […]
One of the first media people I was blessed with having the pleasure of meeting in LA eons ago was the one and only Clinton H. Wallace. If memory serves me correctly, we met at The West of Brooklyn premiere. He is a trusted friend and colleague and has been like a big brother to me. Clinton is of Cuban and German ancestry on his mother’s side and Jamaican and Scottish ancestry on his father’s side, but for some reason, the Cuban and Jamaican sides stand out the most to me personality-wise, so I affectionally refer to him at the “Cubaican” […]
I had the pleasure of attending the Mission Save Her Charity Dinner hosted by Booywood star Reggie Benjamin and beautiful supermodel and actress Iwona Burnat (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and The Real Housewives of Poland) at their beautiful estate in Calabasas. Reggie is one of the founders of this noteworthy charity and is very passionate about raising awareness to educate the international community about human trafficking, while also saving women and girls all over the world from these evils. All over the world thousands of helpless women do not have a voice and are silenced by the horrors which […]
I had a great time at the ESPY’s Celebrity Connected Gifting Suite at the swanky JW Marriott. Well worth the trek downtown, especially since I got to meet Jiffpom, the cutest dog ever! Too cute!
Much fun was had at the Sharknado 3/Syfy Party at super swanky Hotel Solamar during Comic Con. Ran into a few friends and made some new ones. Everything was of course, shark-themed, even down to the “Singnado” karaoke room. The highlight of the evening was running into the acclaimed Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning actress Shohreh Aghdashloo, who is one of the stars of the hot new Syfy show, The Expanse. She is also a relative and is the first woman to be featured on www.Ghaffaris.com, our family geneology site. It’s been a pleasure to interview her over the years and I’d […]
So at practically the very last minute I attended my first Comic Con. And boy was it a learning experience. I missed out on so much as I literally attended it on the fly, but learned more than I ever imagined. There were so many great moments…all in one day! So I’ll sum it up here visually with a few snippets and many photos… I was very excited for my friend and fellow Persian Cas Anvar who is currently rocking it as a series regular in two, yes that’s right, TWO Syfy series, The Expanse and Olympus! The Expanse is […]
I had the pleasure of getting invited to the Coming Home with Nick Palance Event at the glamorous beachside Casa Del Mar Hotel where some lovely and amazingly accomplished friends of mine were given well-deserved Certificates of Recognition for all their vast charitable endeavors. Acclaimed Pop-Opera recording artist Nick Palance was the impressive headliner of “Coming Home with Nick Palance and Friends” charity gala to benefit OPCC and individuals who are homeless. This memorable evening included a red carpet gala reception, seated dinner by Executive Chef Alberico Nunziata in a spectacular ballroom overlooking the sea, silent auction, and an exciting […]
In the hulabaloo of my commendation at the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce the week before, I decided to check out the BET week Pre-Beauty & Brains Fashion Show and Gifting Suite at the California Market Center, a true mecca of West Coast fashion. It was great to run into my friends Phillip Delacruz from Dama Tequila and BJ from Hula Girl.
On Wednesday June 24th, there was a red carpet celebration for Jane Owen PR’s fourth anniversary. Cocktails, DJs, Entertainment, celebs, gift bags and good times were had at the hip new Indonesian steakhouse Hutchinson Cocktails and Grill at 826 N La Cienega in West Hollywood. Jane is a super cool publicist and such a sweet person that it’s no surprise that I ran into some good friends and made new ones. “To me, this anniversary is a real celebration of everyone who has supported me. While it’s a celebration of my career, moreover, it’s a celebration of everyone else who has helped […]
This post is about an amazing gown I wore designed by this wonderful designer Edison Cortez of Thomas and Edison. I had the honor of wearing a beautiful beaded strapless gown by the amazingly gifted Edison Cortez of Thomas and Edison at my commendation from the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce the other night. Just putting on the dress was fun as it was a wrap style dress! I love the gold beading on the bodice that was all done by hand. And the gown was pure silk. Edison’s designs are usually very sexy, alluring, and oh so […]