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It’s been a busy week in the city with fun fundraisers and thrilling announcement for upcoming events.

This weekend marked the second annual Harlem EatUp! Festival, which brought together Harlem’s best chefs, artists and musicians with celebrities chefs from around the country to celebrate the food and culture of the neighborhood. Co-Founded by Marcus Samuelsson and Herb Karlitz, the festival weekend was filled with delectable dishes from local Harlem restaurants, such as Sylvia’s, Melba’s, Charles’ Country Pan Fried Chicken, Blvd Bistro, Row House, Blujeen, Streetbird, Lolo’s Seafood Shack, and Chaiwali; dozens of family activities and a Kid’s Zone presented by Aetna; free yoga in the park from Lara Land; and performances by DJ Stormin Norman and the WAFFLE Crew.

As part of the festival, celebrity chefs Bobby Flay, Emeril Lagasse, Aaron Sanchez, Alex Guarnaschelli and Scott Conant collaborated with Harlem chefs, such as Carlos Swepson and Joseph “JJ” Johnson, throughout the weekend on guest chef dinners and culinary demonstrations. Harlem EatUp! was also attended by Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka, Gayle King, Bevy Smith, Sarah Stiles and the First Lady of New York, Chirlane McCray, who all enjoyed a taste of Harlem’s finest cuisines.

The fourth annual Discover Many Hopes fundraiser gala took place this week and was hosted by Actor and Tony Award Nominee Zachary Levi and Fitness and Wellness Entrepreneur Tracy Anderson. The event was also co-chaired by iconic Photographer – Patrick McMullan, Film Producer and Director – Jeff Oppenheim and an Executive Producer of The Global Citizen Festival in Central Park – Jeffrey Zarnow.

Notable attendees included: Many Hopes Co-Founder – Thomas Keown, Zachary Levi, Tracy Anderson, Patrick McMullan, Jeff Oppenheim, Jeffrey Zarnow, Empire Actor – Malik Yoba, Gossip Girl Actress – Alice Callahan, NY Knicks Player – Lance Thomas and Artist – Bradley Theodore. Previous celebrity supporters include: Karen Elson, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Stam, Leighton Meester and AnnaLynne McCord.

In the weeks ahead more great days are ready to be marked in the calendar.

The Central Park Conservancy will host its annual Taste of Summer benefit, a culinary fête held under the stars at the iconic Bethesda Terrace in Central Park, on Wednesday, June 8 from 7PM – 11PM. The evening is presented by Macquarie, and over 800 guests are expected to enjoy tastings prepared by celebrated NYC chefs and restaurants, inventive cocktails, a luxury-filled silent auction, dancing and music by Hannah Bronfman. The event benefits the Conservancy’s mission of keeping the City’s most popular outdoor space maintained and beautiful.

The Plaza will serve as this year’s Taste Café host with offerings from Billy’s Bakery, Eloise at The Plaza, Frannie’s YoArt, Luke’s Lobster, Ora Di Pasta, Pain D’Avignon, Piada, Sabi Sushi, The Palm Court, The Todd English Food Hall, Vin Sur Vingt and William Greenberg Desserts.

Additional restaurants serving savory bites under the historic Minton tile in the Arcade of Bethesda Terrace include: A Voce Columbus, Aretsky’s Patroon, The Back Room, Benoit New York, Bodega Negra at Dream Downtown, Canard, Casa Lever, Delaware & Hudson, Felice, Junoon, Kappo Masa, The Loeb Boathouse Central Park, Maccioni Restaurants, Maya, The Milling Room, Pampano Restaurant, Petrossian, Porter House Bar and Grill, Ristorante Morini, Rotisserie Georgette, Sant Ambroeus, The Smith, SOUTHGATE Bar & Restaurant, Spice Market, SUSHISAMBA, Tavern on the Green, Thalassa Restaurant, Toloache, Tulsi andVANDAL.

For those with a sweet tooth, the following restaurants will provide dessert: Añejo Tribeca, Bridgewater Chocolate, Canard Inc., Loi Estiatorio, Serendipity 3 and Sprinkles.

Guests will sip on wines provided by Kim Crawford, spirits from William Grant & Sons, beer fromBrooklyn Brewery and coffee from Illy Caffé. Event designer Bryan Rafanelli of Rafanelli Events will set the mood with contemporary, vibrant summery décor. For more information on the Conservancy and Taste of Summer, please visitwww.centralparknyc.org/taste.

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT), which has supported women calling the shots throughout the entertainment industry for nearly 40 years, will celebrate renowned makeup artists, hair stylists and costume designers in film, television and digital media at the 2016 New York Women in Film & Television Designing Women Awards Gala the evening of Monday, June 13, 2016. The 17th annual event, co-presented by Variety, recognizes the powerful transformations, characters and stories that backstage design teams and talent create and oversee. Designing Women’s spirited festivities bring together actors, producers, directors, writers, designers and fashion and beauty influencers, among other notable attendees, to honor the creative genius of women in the industry.

At each Designing Women event there is a palpable sense of energy between honorees, cast members, stylists, and attendees. The awards presentation, characteristically unique and beautiful items on display — including actual costumes, photographs, posters, film clips and video interviews — highlight the work of the immensely talented honorees. The reception that takes place at the end of the evening gives guests a special opportunity to recognize and appreciate the depth and breadth of the work these too-often unsung heroines do for their colleagues and the entertainment business every day.

This year’s event will take place at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue, between 34th and 35th Streets,  in the Proshansky Auditorium starting at 7:00 p.m. To purchase tickets, please visit www.nywift.org/design or call 212-679-0870. The event costs $75 for New York Women in Film & Television members and $150 for non-members. Members of Locals 764, 798 and 829 are also eligible for the $75 tickets. Proceeds benefit the non-profit educational programs New York Women in Film & Television offers all year long.

Rooftop Films is excited to add both Little Men and Author: The JT LeRoy Story to the 20th Annual Summer Series. The Rooftop Films Summer Series takes place from May 20th – August 20th in various locations across New York City.

Rising rents & family ties collide in Ira Sachs’ (Keep the Lights On) Little Men, which tells the story of two families in a changing south Brooklyn. Jeff Feuerzeig’s (The Devil and Daniel Johnston) Author recounts the rise and fall of former punk rocker Laura Albert’s alterego JT LeRoy. The films will be shown on Friday, July 15th and Thursday, August 18th respectively. Both events will take place at Industry City, in Sunset Park, Brooklyn (the part of Brooklyn in which the Little Men was shot) and will include live music and an after-party sponsored by Stella Artois.  Rooftop Films is also happy to announce that Tribeca Shortlist, the premium subscription video on demand service for film lovers featuring an expertly curated collection of critically acclaimed movies, will be the exclusive video subscription sponsor of the 20th Annual Summer Series. The service will sponsor 35 screenings, many of which will include a filmmaker question and answer.

The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) announced today the ten narratives selected for the 2016 IFP Filmmaker Labs, IFP’s annual yearlong fellowship for first-time feature directors. The creative teams of the selected films are currently attending the first week’s sessions – The Time Warner Foundation Completion Labs – taking place May 23-27th in New York City. The IFP Narrative Filmmaker Labs are the only labs that support first-time feature directors with projects in post-production as they complete, market and distribute their films. The Labs provide filmmakers with the technical, creative and strategic tools necessary to launch their films and careers.

Now entering its twelfth year with over 100+ first-feature filmmakers supported, the community of Labs alumni is comprised of some of the most exciting and critically-acclaimed artists working today across film, television, new media and VR; these include multi-hyphenate creators such as Amy Seimetz (“The Girlfriend Experience”), Alex Karpovsky (“Girls”), David Lowery (PETE’S DRAGON), Dee Rees (BESSIE), Andrew Dosunmu (MOTHER OF GEORGE), Tim Sutton (DARK NIGHT), Jennifer Phang (ADVANTAGEOUS), and Terence Nance (AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY).

Recent 2015 IFP Labs Fellows have been already making their mark on the festival circuit. Just this year, THE ARBALEST won SXSW’s Narrative Grand Jury Prize and DONALD CRIED received distribution from The Orchard. Of the ten selected projects, seven have already premiered at top festivals including SXSW, Tribeca, Los Angeles Film Festival, Slamdance and Bentonville and two fellows are shooting new projects this summer.

“To highlight and support diverse stories and storytellers has always been the mission of the IFP Labs and of IFP as a whole,” says Joana Vicente, Executive Director of IFP and the Made in NY Media Center. “This year’s Narrative Lab Fellows are a perfect example of this, and the boundless creativity and diversity in their work is evident in just how wide-ranging these films’ settings are: from Kyiv, Ukraine, to the Alaskan fish canneries, to right here in Brooklyn’s Borough Park neighborhood.”

Under the artistic direction of IFP Head of Programming Amy Dotson and Program Manager and Producer Zach Mandinach, the supervising 2016 Narrative Lab leaders include Jon Reiss, director/producer and author (BOMB IT!; Think Outside the Box Office), Susan Stover, producer (WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE; HIGH ART; HAPPY ACCIDENTS); Pierce Varous, producer (ALWAYS SHINE; H.) and founder of Nice Dissolve; Scott Macaulay, Filmmaker Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief and producer (JULIEN-DONKEY BOY). Individual Workshop

And, finally The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts announced Rick Bayless, renowned Chicago-based Chef, restaurateur, philanthropist and TV personality, is the second-ever honoree of the Julia Child Award. The Julia Child Award is given to an individual who has made a profound and significant difference in the way America cooks, eats and drinks and is presented in association with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (NMAH). The 2016 Julia Child Award will be presented at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History at a gala October 27, 2016.

In addition to the Award, Chef Bayless will receive a $50,000 grant of which he will donate to a food-related non-profit of his choosing. He has selected the Frontera Farmer Foundation to receive the grant in order to help fulfill its mission of supporting small Midwestern farms and sustainable regional cuisine.

The Award will be presented to Chef Bayless by esteemed journalist Scott Simon of NPR’s Weekend Edition during the gala, which kicks-off the second annual Smithsonian Food History Weekend. The gala will be held at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. on October 27, 2016 and supports the Museum’s American Food History project. Click here to purchase tickets.

 

 

ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for Times Square Chronicles and is a frequent guest at film, fashion and art events throughout New York City and Los Angeles due to her stature as The Sensible Socialite.Passionate about people ElizaBeth spent many years working as a travel reporter and television producer after graduating with high honors from University of Southern California. The work has afforded her the opportunity to explore Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It has greatly influenced the way in which ElizaBeth sees a story and has created a heightened awareness for the way people around the world live today.

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Ultimate Power Lunch – UN Women For Peace Association Hosts Star-Studded Celebration

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This was not another ladies who lunch moment in the Big Apple. This was the best power lunch this season and it was all for a phenomenal cause.

On May 3, hundreds of attendees gathered inside the grand of hall of Casa Cipriani for the UN Women For Peace Association Annual Awards Luncheon. The afternoon was graced with an uplifting and harmonious affair that was one for the history books. In this moment in history the gratitude and love that filled the room was deeply appreciated and revered.  Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo, Christian Elliott, The Honorable Joanne King Herring, Vicki Hollub, and Kevin Hyland OBE were all respectfully honored by  UNWFPA for achievements that have been the touchstone of change in modern times.

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 3: AnnaLynne McCord and Rosanna Scotto attend UNWFPA 2022 Awards Luncheon at Casa Cipriani on May 3, 2022 in New York. (Photo by Michael Ostuni/PMC/PMC)

Rosanna Scotto of FOX 5’s, Good Day New York emceed the delightful day that showcased the incredible strength of the women who were celebrated. Sitting over lunch, the crowd took in moving performances in between speeches that brought forth an equal amount of tears, laughter and inspiration. Wendy Moten sang Somewhere Over The Rainbow and country star Drew Baldridge sang his original song She’s Somebody’s Daughter.

As each award was presented the crowd was uplifted to their feet and applauded. It was a fitting tone for the harmonious event that made each guest realize the truly powerful mission statement of the organization.

Moments like when actress and SAG-AFTRA President, Fran Drescher, made the keynote address made the men and women in the room listen with awe. Sharing her personal story of rape survival, she brought to attention the much needed work that continues to be needed around the world.

The advocate stated with direct determination about her work with the group along with SAG-AFTRA, “We support the UN Trust Fund to end violence against women and girls as well as our own initiatives to impact national necessary changes in this area. We are committed to the prevention of violence against women and girls in the provision of services to those affected by violence. Just read from the implementation of laws and policies against violence, and to the empowerment of women and girls and societies where they’re under advantaged. This year we are launching an aggressive generational campaign called counting on men as we believe, without addressing men and boys, we will continue to fail to make progress on the issues related to violence against women and girls.”

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 3: Rebecca Damon, Fran Drescher and Ezra Night attend UNWFPA 2022 Awards Luncheon at Casa Cipriani on May 3, 2022 in New York. (Photo by Michael Ostuni/PMC/PMC)

A key highlight of the lunch was when UNWFPA President Rema DuPont presented a posthumous Legacy Award to UNWFPA Founder, Dame Muna Rihani Al-Nasser. Her husband H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al- Nasser, with their son, Aziz Al-Nasser in the audience, accepted the award in her honor.

“UN Women for Peace Association will continue to support women and girls with our new Muna Rihani Al-Nasser Scholarship Fund for educating at-risk and underprivileged girls,” stated Rema.

Luncheon Co-Chairs were H.E. Sheikha Paula al Sabah, H.R.H. Princess Camilla of Bourbon of Two Siciles, Duchess of Castro, Susan Gutfreund, Leila Heller, Francine LeFrak, Pat Kerr Tigrett, and Regional Chairs include Countess Bérengère de Pontac, Genesis Jones, Annie Joubran, Youngsong Martin, Melissa Metz, Suzan Lee Park, Dr. Christina Rahm-Thomas, and Clayton Thomas. Guests included Reagan and Doug Bauer, Rita Cosby, Amanda Diaz, Kat Graham (award presenter), AnnaLynne McCord with Benjamin W. Decker, Denise Schwartz and Marc Rosen, Barbara Tober, as well as UNWFPA Board of Directors Michal Grayevsky (Treasurer), Valbona Neritani, and Anne Marie Dougherty.

MAY 4: Joanne King Herring and Vicky Hollub attend 2022/05/unwfpa-2022-awards-luncheon/2RDWtfrmZM on May 4, 2022. (Photo by Michael Ostuni/PMC/PMC)

Other notable honorees included Ambassador Rosemary A. DiCarlo received the Leadership Award for her decades of work as a peacekeeper and an advocate for women’s rights. In 2018 DiCarlo became the first woman to assume the position of Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs at the United Nations. DiCarlo has served at the United States Department of State as Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, and represented the United States at the Security Council, General Assembly and other United Nations bodies. Past recipients of this award include First Lady of Panama, Lorena Castillo Garcia de Varela, Deborra-Lee Furness, Secretary-General H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon.

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 3: Kat Graham and Claire Angelle attend UNWFPA 2022 Awards Luncheon at Casa Cipriani on May 3, 2022 in New York. (Photo by Michael Ostuni/PMC/PMC)

The Honorable Joanne King Herring received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding achievements and years of work to end human trafficking and for helping survivors, which are disproportionately women and children. Herring is a political activist, philanthropist, diplomat, and former television talk show host. While she was born in a world where women had limited choices, she rose to form the most significant alliance that brought an end to the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan and saved America from an economic catastrophe. Long known within the corridors of power in both Afghanistan and Pakistan, Herring’s freedom fighting role in southwest Asia was brought to a wider American audience when the true-life 1980s story of Charlie Wilson’s War was retold in 2007, with Oscar winning actress Julia Roberts playing the remarkable Herring. Past recipients of this award include Eve Branson, Loreen Arbus, and Francine LeFrak.

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 3: Rosanna Scotto attends UNWFPA 2022 Awards Luncheon at Casa Cipriani on May 3, 2022 in New York. (Photo by Michael Ostuni/PMC/PMC)

Kevin Hyland OBE received the Advocacy Award for his remarkable contributions to ending violence against women and girls everywhere. Hyland dedicated over 30 years to public service, including leading London’s Human Trafficking Unit. Hyland was appointed as the UK’s first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and was elected as Ireland’s representative to the Council of Europe Independent Group of Experts for Trafficking. He was instrumental in the establishment and remains chief advisor to the Santa Marta Group, a high-level partnership between law enforcement agencies, faith groups and civil society launched by Pope Francis at the Vatican. He leads several international anti trafficking projects chairing the Responsible Recruitment Group of the Institute of Human Rights and Business and the Island of Ireland Human Trafficking Project and provides strategic leadership to the OSCE in producing global victim support guidance.

Vicki Hollub received the Humanitarian Award for her outstanding achievements in rescuing over 500 girls, and their families, by bringing them safely from Afghanistan to Portugal. Hollub was the first woman to head a major American oil company as President and CEO of Occidental Petroleum. She also serves on the boards of Lockheed Martin and the American Petroleum Institute, and is a stewardship board member for the World Economic Forum’s Platform for Shaping the Future of Energy and Material, and a member of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative. Past recipients of this award include Leyla Ilham Aliyeva, Dayle Haddon, HRH Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies, and Paul Bettany.

Christian Elliott received the Media Award for his heroic efforts to end modern-day slavery. Elliot created the global campaign to combat human trafficking, entitled Can you see me?. The campaign reached millions of people, equipping the general public to recognize indicators of human trafficking, and report suspected scenarios. Elliot is Global Development Officer of A21, a nonprofit organization works to end in human trafficking, with offices in 14 countries worldwide.

This was truly one lunch that will never be forgotten.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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‘The Hollywood Reporter’ Hosts ‘Raising Our Voices: Setting Hollywood’s Inclusion Agenda’

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The Hollywood Reporter hosted the inaugural “Raising Our Voices: Setting Hollywood’s Inclusion Agenda” luncheon, presented by Walmart at the Maybourne Beverly Hills on Wednesday, April 20th.

“Raising Our Voices” brings together the industry’s most influential and inspiring executives, storytellers and thought-leaders for a groundbreaking series of discussions on the state and future of Hollywood’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) movement.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 20: (L-R) Troy Kotsur and Geena Davis attend The Hollywood Reporter’s Raising Our Voices, presented by Walmart, at The Maybourne Beverly Hills on April 20, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter )

During the program, keynote speaker Marlee Matlin (Academy Award-winning actor, star of Apple Studios’ 2022 “Best Picture” Oscar-winner CODA and disability advocate) was introduced by Troy Kotsur (2022 “Best Supporting Actor” Oscar-winner, CODA). During the speech, Matlin discussed the lack of representation of the deaf and disabled community within the entertainment industry and the importance of working together to help amplify these authentic and diverse voices.

Additional key moments from the program included:

  • Bird Runningwater (producer and global Indigenous activist) and Crystal Echo Hawk (President and CEO at IllumiNative) opened the program and discussed the importance of inclusion.
  • Nekesa Mumbi Moody (Editorial Director of The Hollywood Reporter) introduced Geena Davis (Oscar-winning actor, Founder/Chair, The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, The Bentonville Film Festival) who recognized the need for more female inclusion within children and family media and made it her career goal to bring about more diversity and inclusion in front of and behind the camera.
  • Geena Davis introduced Jean Batthany (Walmart Chief Creative Officer) who discussed Walmart’s commitment to driving greater equity and the power of Hollywood to inspire systemic change in society.
  • Rebecca Sun (The Hollywood Reporter’s Senior Editor, Diversity and Inclusion) introduced Dr. Yalda Uhls (UCLA assistant adjunct professor and Founder of the Center for Scholars and Storytellers) who shared details regarding data included in the first inclusion report in 2020 and how diversity affects Hollywood production.
  • Stacey Wilson Hunt (award-winning entertainment journalist) led the State of Inclusion in Hollywood panel, which included questions posed to Alex Schmider (Director of Transgender Representation, GLAAD), Dr. Sharoni Little (Head of Global Inclusion Strategy at CAA), Gloria Calderón Kellett (writer, producer, director and actor), Latasha Gillespie (Head of Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Amazon Studios, Prime Video and IMDb), Samata Narra (Senior Vice-President, Equity + Inclusion, Content, Warner Bros. Discovery) and Wilmer Valderrama (actor and activist).
  • Julie Gehrki (Vice President of Philanthropy, Walmart) and Tony Waller (Vice President, Constituent Relations and Racial Equity, Walmart) discussed Walmart’s efforts to advance racial equity and announced a $1 million grant to the Ghetto Film School to create a storytelling training program for Black businesses in partnership with WOCStar Capital.
  • Colleen Bataille (Head of Marketing and Communications, WOCStar Capital) and Ghetto Film School student, Alyse Arteaga discussed how Walmart’s grant allows the organizations to help Black businesses market their companies and secure capital through storytelling, in turn helping to grow their businesses.
  • Carlos Lopez Estrada discussed the Ghetto Film School’s mission to teach its students how to use their voices to tell authentic, impactful stories and how the support from Walmart aligns with this mission.
  • Richie Siegel (Co-founder and President of Inevitable Foundation) and Nic Novicki (Founder and Director of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge) discussed representation and accommodation for disabled individuals. Novicki also outlined the goals of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge.
  • Heather Rossi (American Sign Language interpreter and chief ASL consultant on CODA), Jack Jason, Justin Maurer and Rorri Burton acted as interpreters during the program.

Additional notable talent in attendance included Amy Landecker, Daniel Durant and Natalie Morales.

 

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Broadcasting + Cable Hall of Fame Awards Honors Media Trailblazers

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It was a night that honored the best in media.

On Thursday, April 14, the Broadcasting + Cable Hall of Fame Awards took place. The 30th anniversary gala paid tribute to the pioneers, innovators and stars of broadcast, cable, and broadband television.

More than 800 decision makers in the broadcast, cable TV and other media industries gathered in the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City for the memorable evening.

Hannah Storm and Al Roker co-hosted the luxurious soiree that presented the first ever Iconic Network Award to ESPN.

Twelve of the industry’s most notable individuals were inducted into the 2022 Broadcasting + Cable Hall of Fame during the 30th Anniversary Gala including: Savannah Guthrie – Co-Anchor of TODAY and NBC News Chief Legal Correspondent; Hoda Kotb – Co-Anchor of NBC News’ TODAY and Co-Host of TODAY with Hoda & Jenna; Emily Barr – President & CEO, Graham Media Group; Nomi Bergman – President, Advance/Newhouse Investment Partnership; Brandon Burgess – Former Chairman/CEO ION Media Networks; Susanne Daniels – Media Consultant & Lecturer – Former Global Head of YouTube Originals; Pearlena Igbokwe, Chairman, Universal Studio Group; Leo MacCourtney – President, Katz Television Group; Dan Mason – Past President and CEO, CBS Radio;  Steve Miron – Chief Executive Officer, Advance/Newhouse Partnership; Steven R. Swartz – President & CEO, Hearst; and Curtis Symonds – President, HBCU GO TV/Allen Media Group.

During an emotionally empowering speech, Kotb brought the audience to near tears as she spoke about her incredible and inspirational journey to the top of the industry.

“I am grateful to be inducted into the Broadcasting + Cable Hall of Fame,” she proudly told the audience.  “This award is to all the women who felt not worthy. You are worth it.”

The entire gala carried the same tone of beautiful and hopeful remarks that gloriously brought dignity to each one of the recipients. A coveted Hall of Fame honor is more than the acknowledgement of a successful career – it’s entry into an exclusive community of honorees that have truly changed the paradigm of the industry.

Previous honorees have included greats like Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil McGraw, Michael Powell, the cast of The View, Robert A. Iger, Dr. John Malone and more.

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Katharine McPhee Foster Honors World Mental Health Day with Zumba Fun

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Dance it out.

This week the the talented Katharine McPhee Foster helped bring mental health awareness to center stage.

The super star and Zumba Instructor Jeimy Bueno gathered in Manhattan to lead a thrilling Zumba session that helped kick off a moment of bliss and happiness after nearly two years of struggle due to the pandemic.

The dazzling class was jam-packed with colorful joy that showcased a surprise performance by Broadway Actresses Phoebe Koyabe and Gabrielle Carrubba in honor of World Mental Health Day coming up on Sunday. The day was also special as Zumba made a donation to the World Federation For Mental Health.

– New York, NY – 10/07/2021 – Zumba hosts #StepIntoHappy event with actress Katharine McPhee Foster in celebration of World Health-PHOTO by: Michael Simon/startraksphoto.com

Zumba is taking World Mental Health Day a step further this month to raise awareness around the importance and recognition of mental health, and mental health related illness and issues.

Over the past 10 years, Zumba Love, the organization’s philanthropic platform, has been dedicated to raising funds that have garnished $7.5M to date, Through dance, fitness, friendship and love, Zumba has created a platform to champion support and education around mental health this month and into the future.

In addition to this session, Zumba has partnered with Therapist and New York Times bestselling Author Nedra Tawwab who will be releasing weekly mental health tips every Tuesday on the Zumba IG channel addressing Mental Fitness, Social Anxiety, Body Positivity/ Body Neutrality and Postpartum Depression.

The social series “In and Out” also has launched. The fitness industry has been focused on the physical before-and-after of working out, showing images of bodies only and making it solely weight-driven. At Zumba, they like to flip-the-script and focus on the emotional transformation that leads to sweat and smiles.

Offering a full schedule of mental health focused activities on Instagram on World Mental Health Day on October 10, Zumba has a schedule of activities, which will go live on Saturday, October 9th on @zumba

Photo Credit: Michael Simon/Startraksphoto

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A Dazzling Night – Global Citizen Live

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Global Citizen Live captivated the world last night. Around the planet the voices were heard as they sang and spoke about some of the most important topics of modern times.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 25: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex speak onstage during Global Citizen Live, New York on September 25, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen )

The 24-hour, worldwide broadcast event was part of a campaign to defend the planet and defeat poverty by petitioning world leaders, philanthropists, and the private sector to prioritize new commitments towards climate change and famine. Artists, luminaries, and dignitaries took the stage around the world, Global Citizen announced 157 million trees, and US$1.1 billion committed to climate, famine, and COVID-19 response efforts.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 25: Chris Martin and Billie Eilish perform onstage during Global Citizen Live, New York on September 25, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen)

Central Park hosted part of the worldwide event and the showcase of incredible talent was breathtaking. Captivating performances by the likes of Coldplay, Billie Eilish, Camila Cabello, Jennifer Lopez, Lizzo, Meek Mill, Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara, Burna Boy, Cyndi Lauper, Jon Batiste, and Lang Lang touched the hearts of over 60,000 fans gathered on The Great Lawn.

“This is my first time back on the stage in two and half years. This is magical… sing along for the rest of the show if you can,” said Mendes told the crowd during an electrifying performance that included songs “Summer of Love” and “Wonder.”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 25: Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes perform onstage during Global Citizen Live, New York on September 25, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen )

Other highlights included Lizzo juicing the audience up with “Good as Hell” and telling the lawn to chant back with her, “We are the generation to make a change! We are a generation to save our planet!”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 25: Lizzo performs onstage during Global Citizen Live, New York on September 25, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen )

When the queen of the Bronx, J.Lo took the stage with “Pa Ti” the concert turned the cool breezes of the night into a steamy dance floor. More grand moments were displayed as Billie Eilish electrified the event followed by a truly dazzling show by Cold Play. The audience was bright with hope and bliss as they jumped up and down wearing synchronized lit up bracelets that sparkled to the tunes of “Yellow” and “Higher Power.”

The night took a surprise turn when legendary singer Paul Simon took the stage. With a beautiful and heartfelt solo performance of “The Sound of Silence” it brought together the impact that Global Citizen Live has on the world.

This was more than a concert. This was a way for the world to heal.

For more information about Global Citizen Live, visit www.globalcitizen.org, and follow @glblctzn on Instagram, Tik Tok, Twitter, and YouTube.

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