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2nd Annual Beauty and the Beast SWAG Lounge Celebrates ESPYS, Philanthropy and 10 Years of Service

BATB SWAG Lounge 2014 Team

BATB SWAG Lounge 2014 Team

LOS ANGELES, CA-Last Tuesday on July 15, Westside Story News Editor, Naomi K. Bonman, had the pleasure of working alongside a fabulous group of people Trea Day Management and Publicity and BMB Entertainment held the 2nd installment of the Beauty and The Beast SWAG Lounge in honor of the 2014 ESPYS at Red Carpet Systems in downtown Los Angeles where over 250 special guests attended.

The luxurious event was hosted by Michael Johnson of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Grammy Nominated artist Charli Baltimore, China Upshaw of WEtv’s LA Hair, RaVaughn Brown and the LA Temptations football team. The event also celebrated the 10 year anniversary of producer and founder Trea Davenports boutique PR and reputation management agency, Trea Day PR.

The BEAST and BEAUTY themed party featured celebrities and special guests such as pro athletes, daytime soap stars, reality TV personalities, actors and performers from a variety of entertainment sources. Some of these stars included: Gary Owen, Think Like a Man Too; Claudette Ortiz, former member of City High and TV One’s R&B Diva’s LA; Sundy Carter, VH1′s Basketball Wives LA; Cocoa Brown (OWN’s  For Better or For Worse; actress Nancy Lascala; Kelly Perine, (UPN’s One On One); Cornelius Grant, original member of the Temptations; Glen Davis, LA Clippers; and a handful of others.

In lieu of the red carpet, there were special performances by singer/songwriter RaVaughn Brown; BET Comic View’s Hope Flood; a few indie acts; and 90s R&B royalty Brownstone reunited after 20 years to pay tribute to group founder Nicci Gilbert‘s (Co-creator of TV One’s R&B Divas) lifelong friend, Trea Davenport, noted industry fixer and PR Maven, for a decade of service to her clients.

Other festivities included an awareness opportunity for Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Michael Johnson’s MJ93 Fund, which promotes youth involvement in athletic and fitness activities and educational support programs. Johnson, a long time Trea Day PR client, was honored with 2014 Beauty & The Beast “Savage of Service” Award.

Johnson wasn’t the only one that walked away with something special from BATB 2014. VIPs enjoyed SWAG gifts bags from a variety of sponsors at the event. For more information on TREA DAY PR, please visit treadaypr.tumblr.com.

Uprising Music Soul Artist, Philip Michael Thomas Jr., Discusses His Musical Plans with the WSS News Team

From left to right: WSS intern Noelle Lilley; rising musician Philip Michael Jr.; WSS editor Naomi Bonman; WSS intern Mitchell Young; and WSS intern Ernest Carter

From left to right: WSS intern Noelle Lilley; rising musician Philip Michael Jr.; WSS editor Naomi Bonman; WSS intern Mitchell Young; and WSS intern Ernest Carter

SAN BERNARDINO, CA – Philip Michael Thomas Jr., son of popular 80s TV series Miami Vice actor, was coddled at birth by the likes of legends Betty Wright and the Bob Marley Family. Entertainment runs through his veins.

After perfecting his craft and recording over 10 albums worth of material with some of music’s elite Grammy Award winners which include Akon, Tank, and Shakespeare; there is little mystery why this universal artist has such a diverse sound and fan base.

The Westside Story News team had the pleasure of interviewing the rising star where he shared his successful endeavors, what he is currently working on and what he has in store for his fans in the future. To view the interview, please click here.

SAN BERNARDINO CITY UNIFIED STARTS SCHOOL YEAR WITH ONE MORE NEW SCHOOL AND RENAMES ANOTHER CAMPUS IN HONOR OF FORMER MAYOR

H. Frank Dominguez Elementary School

H. Frank Dominguez Elementary School

San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) will welcome students back for classes on Monday, August 4, the same day it opens the new H. Frank Dominguez Elementary School and the renamed W. R. “Bob” Holcomb Elementary School.

Dominguez Elementary School, located at 135 S. Allen Street, will serve 408 students in grades kindergarten through six. It is named for Vanir Group of Companies founder H. Frank Dominguez, who passed away in 2004 and left a legacy of community and philanthropic service.

Dominguez Elementary will be an exploratory school, where students will begin learning about potential careers while developing 21st-Century skills, like creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and civility, said Principal Alejandro Hernandez.

“We’re not going to put limits on our students,” said Hernandez, who previously served as principal of Muscoy Elementary School. “Our job is to help them explore the world and find their passion, whether it be engineering or culinary arts.”

Dominguez Elementary will hold a weeklong open house for parents and students starting on July 28 from 9 to 11 a.m., Monday through Friday.

The former Little Mountain Elementary campus, located at 1345 West 48th Street in San Bernardino’s north end, has been renamed W. R. “Bob” Holcomb Elementary School in memory of the man who went on to become the city’s longest-serving mayor.  Holcomb, who championed civil rights and helped bring Cal State San Bernardino to the city, died in 2010.

Superintendent Dr. Dale Marsden believes both schools will be a renewed source of pride and hope for San Bernardino.

“The namesakes of these two schools were great community leaders who dedicated their lives to instilling hope in our city,” Marsden said.  “Their legacy will remain alive as students learn about them and are inspired to aim for a bright future of their own.”