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4th Annual Eva Longoria Foundation Dinner Helps Build a Better Future for Latinas

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LOS ANGELES, CA-  A dinner celebrating The Eva Longoria Foundation raised funds to support the Foundation’s mission to help Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship. The dinner took place on Thursday, November 5th at Eva Longoria’s restaurant, Beso, in Los Angeles. Attendees included Eva Longoria, Mario Lopez, Zachary Levi (“Heroes Reborn”), Roselyn Sanchez (“Devious Maids”), Judy Reyes (“Devious Maids”), Amaury Nolasco (“Prison Break”, “Telenovela”), Holly Robinson Peete, Rodney Peete, Alex Meneses (“Telenovela”), Diana Maria Riva (“Telenovela”), Izzy Diaz (“Telenovela”), Jadyn Douglas (“Telenovela”), Steven Bauer (“Ray Donovan”), Robin Antin (Pussycat Dolls), Rebecca Da Costa (THE BAG MAN) and philanthropist and activist Henry Muñoz.  

Guests arrived at Beso Hollywood for cocktails followed by dinner and remarks from Eva Longoria and Laysha Ward, President of Community Relations at Target. Host Eva Longoria spoke about the launch of the Foundation’s nationwide Latina mentorship network and its 2015 Parent Engagement Convening, which brought 40 top experts together to find ways to involve exponentially more parents in their children’s education. Longoria also described the Foundation’s signature STEM education programs, which have helped more than 2,600 Latinas develop technology skills, such as coding and robotics. Actress, producer, and star of “Devious Maids” Judy Reyes spoke about the Foundation’s commitment to cultivating the full potential of Latinas. Actor and host of EXTRA Mario Lopez and CEO of Muñoz & Company and Foundation Board Member Henry Muñoz also made remarks about the value of the Foundation’s work to Latinas and the country as a whole. Premiere event sponsor Target announced an additional $100,000 contribution to the Foundation. Event sponsors included HBO/Time Warner, The Jacki and Gilbert Cisneros Foundation, Creative Artist Agency, and the Televisa Foundation. Denim designer Henry & Belle and apparel brand good hYOUman provided guests with complimentary women’s jeans and men’s shirts. Executive Chef Angel Estrada prepared an exquisite four-course meal for guests.

The Eva Longoria Foundation was established in 2012 by actress, activist and philanthropist Eva Longoria. The Foundation gives Latinas the tools to succeed through education and entrepreneurship. There are currently 25 million Latinas in the US and by 2015, they will make up 15% of the total population. The Foundation works to improve the futures not only of the Latinas they serve, but also of the US as a whole.

If you would like to donate to the Eva Longoria Foundation, please visit www.evalongoriafoundation.org/donate.

Gospel Brunch Honors Iconic Local Youth Advocates

Dr. Margaret B. Hill

Dr. Margaret B. Hill

RIVERSIDE, CA– Extraordinary leaders and youth programs will be recognized and awarded at the Theta Pi Sigma Inland Empire alumnae chapter observance

Tori Weiston, Ph.D

Tori Weiston, Ph.D

of the 93rd Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. Founders’ Day on Saturday, November 14, 11 a.m., at the Mountain Meadows Golf Club in Pomona.

The honorees are: Dr. Margaret B. Hill, a 40+ years educator, administrator, author, columnist and founder of Maggie’s Kids Foundation; Tori Weiston, Ph.D., scholar, mentor and practitioner as well as founder and executive director of the Youth Mentoring Action Network; and Shannon O’Brien, co-founder and executive director of Children Resources Inc., as well as a member of the San Bernardino City Unified School District’s Task Force for African American Student Achievement. Also being honored is the Evelyn E. Perkins Scholarship Foundation, co-founded in their mother’s name by sisters Danessa Jackson, Michelle Heard and Trudi Perkins, which in just six years has awarded more than $20,000 in scholarships to high school students from single-parent homes. Each of this year’s honorees has established impactful local community movements geared toward equipping and inspiring youth to dream more, learn more, do more and become more.

“The endeavors of these trailblazing leaders and organizations strongly align with our sorority’s focus,” says Deborah Moore, president of the Theta Pi Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho. “And it makes this a most fitting tribute marking our 93rd Founders’ Day observance.”

Tickets are $45 each for the Founders’ Day observance and can be purchased through Eventbrite.com by entering “Theta Pi Sigma Gospel Brunch”; by contacting the chapter at

Shannon O’Brien

Shannon O’Brien

thetapisigma1922@yahoo.com or 951.777.4148; or by contacting any of the chapter members directly. Proceeds will help fund scholarships for Inland Empire youth. Donations are also accepted via Eventbrite.With the theme “This Means WAR!”, the November 14 event will also feature gospel music

Danessa Jackson Co-Founder for EEPSF

Danessa Jackson Co-Founder for EEPSF

from soloist Lillian Crawford, a performance by the Victory Praise Dancers and songs of praise by the Loveland Church Praise Team Leads (Allegra Parks, Valerie Singleton and Brian Bradley, featuring Grammy nominated arranger Marco Basci).

Moore explains, “We’re praying that attendees will leave fully armored to join us in going to war against low self-esteem, bullying, police brutality, poverty, teen pregnancy and anything else that prevents our youth from becoming all that they can be.”

What It Do With The LUE: IE Hair Expo

skittlesThe IE Hair EXPO 2015 is WHAT IT DO WITH THE LUE! Umm, can you say major SUCCESS! I can’t say enough how much fun and how exciting the hair show was. This past Sunday, I had the pleasure of attending the 1st Annual IE Hair Expo hosted by Jacquetta Green of Cali All Stars Entertainment and Jessie Green of Joe Reed Records and all the sponsors that helped to make this happen in the IE. They knocked it out of the ball park. This was a much needed event, not just for the San Bernardino Community, but for the Cosmetology and Barber community as a whole.

I mean, you had just about every barbershop and hair shop from the IE in that thang representing to the fullest. You had Loved Ones, Artistically Yours, Cold Cutz, Anointed Braids, Star’s A Cut Above, Nappy Roots Salon, and Barber City to name a few. There was nonstop action! It was an all age event that included barber competitions, a fashion show, tutorials, food vendors, and community vendors such as Crown Wigs and The Plug, an urban fashion and graphic store; and Ribs. Local artists also lit up the stage with their talent.

The event was hosted by DJ Fredy Fresco of 99.1 KGGI. There was a special guest appearance by Doris Mosley, Mater Stylist educator, and produce of SIBE which stands for Spectrum International Beauty EXPO.

Sunday this was the place to be in the Inland Empire. I was especially happy that I was able to spend $20 bucks and receive $75.00 to $100.00 worth of hair product. Now that’s winning!! The day ended with a night of celebration featuring rapper Staxx Huges and Fitz Taylor and others. Congratulations to all the talented winners which included: Anointed Touch Braidery, they took 1st place in Most Original; Make Up artist Peaches of Straight To The Head; DJ Mysteree and Deevetva Foy, Director of ADMIN for LUE Productions; Jacquetta Greeen, event coordinator and CEO of Cali All Stars; and Mr. Wilson, owner of Crown Wigs in San Bernardino. Can’t wait for next year! L’zzz!