Honored to be a Nominee and Presenter at the Los Angeles Nollywood Awards

I am truly honored to be a nominee for Strangers in a Book and a presenter tomorrow, Saturday, August 26th, the Los Angeles Nollywood Film Awards (LANFA). Numerous celebrities and VIPs expected at this event such as LANFA founder King Bassey, Honorees Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Check Point) and Dawna Lee Heising (Bladerunner, Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance), Special Guest noted radio host and media personality Mother Love, Co-host Ford Austin (Live By Night, Bosch) and yours truly. Press Check-in is at 4:30pm, with red carpet arrivals at 5-6:30pm, the much anticipated awards presentation at 6:30pm-9:30pm and […]

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Meeting of the Arts and Minds at the Brain Mapping Foundation Gala

Had an intellectual yet artsy time at the Brain Mapping Foundation Gala. Was very inspired by all the brilliant minds, politicians, athletes and artists all in one place. It truly was a meeting of the minds. Hearing the doctors’ stories and experiences as well as the moving speech given by Travis Roy made for a truly inspiring event. The Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (“SBMT”), Brain Mapping Foundation (“BMF”), and the National Center for NanoBioElectonics (“NCNBE”) held their 14th Annual World Brain Mapping and Therapeutics Conference at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. SBMT was founded in […]

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Hollywood Meets Medicine, Science, Art, Technology, and Policy in LA LA Land

 So Very Vida is so very excited to participate in this event. It will take every smart gene that I didn’t inherit, but I wish I had, to keep up with these geniuses. Here’s the deets: The Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (“SBMT”), Brain Mapping Foundation (“BMF”), and the National Center for NanoBioElectonics (“NCNBE”) will hold their 14th Annual World Brain Mapping and Therapeutics Conference at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. SBMT was founded in 2004 to break boundaries in healthcare and to promote global interdisciplinary research to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of patients […]

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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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Celebrity Roast of Actress Joycelyne Lew

I had a wonderful time at the Celebrity Roast of Actress Joycelyne Lew at the Golden Dragon Restaurant in Chinatown!  Lew was roasted by some legendary stars of screen and martial arts such as Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Chuck Norris’ An Eye for An Eye), Aki Aleong (V, Babylon 5), James Hong (Kung Fu Panda, Blade Runner), Gerald Okamura (G.I. Joe, The Rise of Cobra, Mortal Kombat), Peter Kwong (The Golden Child, Big Trouble in China), Host Grand-Master Eric Lee (Rambo: First Blood Part II, 3 Ninjas) and many more. It was great catching up with noted celebs […]

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Halloween Hotness Heats Up Downtown LA

Had a great time at this year’s third annual Halloween Hotness at the Reserve in downtown LA. So nice to catch up with friends and check out the cool costumes all for a truly great cause. This charitable endeavor was created by Brian Sikoff to raise awareness about cancer. Proceeds from this event will go directly to the American Cancer Society. This event was conceived in honor of Brian’s fallen family members, Carmen and Lynn Kuchera, who passed away far too soon from this terrible disease. “A big thank you to everyone who supported us the last two years. We look forward to seeing all of […]

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Artists For Trauma Adaptive Artists Multi-Media Art Show

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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Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance Chops its way through AFM

The much buzzed about Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance was the belle of the ball on a global scale at the popular American Film Market (AFM) with a standing room only screening and meet and greet with the film’s stars. They also had an epic, star-studded party at 31TEN Lounge in Santa Monica. “We are delighted to present this film to the worldwide audience at AFM and hope that people around the world can experience Samurai Cop 2,” said award-winning writer-director-producer Gregory Hatanaka.   This much anticipated sequel to the legendary cult classic, Samurai Cop (1991), explores the dynamic duo […]

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Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence Meet and Greet

I was recently invited to an advanced screening of “Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence” and I really enjoyed it. Great action and a lot of laugh out loud moments. And the large ensemble cast was absolutely amazing! So many standout performances that I can’t narrow them down. This much anticipated sequel to the legendary cult classic, Samurai Cop (1991), explores the dynamic duo of Detective Frank Washington (Mark Frazier) and Joe Marshall (Mathew Karedas), who are teaming up once again in this action-packed tour de force. This time their mission is to solve a series of assassinations being committed by […]

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Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance Special Screenings

Cinema Epoch presents an exclusive screenings of award-winning filmmaker Gregory Hatanaka’s “Samurai Cop2: Deadly Vengeance” on Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10th, at the Laemmle Noho Theatre at 7:20pm. Hakanaka (“Mad Cowgirl,””Blue Dream”) and the stars of the film will conduct a Q and A after the film. More screening dates to be announced soon. I got the inside scoop of the film from Hatanaka, producer Joe Williamson, and Nikki D’Angelo, star of the much anticipated film,”Darling Nikki”, at a lunch meeting at the Smokehouse. I love this genre of film and it’s a really wonderful cast, so I’m […]

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