Temara Melek knows exactly who she is. Whether she’s gracing the screen on your favorite TV show or playing in your headphones, the young singer has always had a clear vision. “I’ve always loved pop music, I loved Britney Spears, Nsync, the Backstreet Boys and Madonna”. It’s no surprise then, that Melek’s new single “Privacy” is a glimmering pop track that makes listeners want to get up and dance. Temara full-heartedly leans into the pop-star persona, with catchy pop melodies and sparkling backing beats. She also recognizes this song as a bit of a departure from her earlier works. “This song shows a little more growth and maturity for me. I want people to understand it’s okay to take time for yourself so that you can find your own happiness.”
Jackie R Jacobson is one of the fastest rising young actresses with an impressive slate on the horizon. Jackie is currently one of the stars of Netflix’s hit teen comedy “Malibu Rescue.” On the show she plays the co-lead role of ‘Dylan;’ a super-cute-but-overwhelmed prefect of the valley pod. A bit of a dork and an infamous scatterbrain, Dylan has been deliberately assigned to teach lifeguard training skills to “The Valley Pod” consisting of Tyler (Ricardo Hurtado from Nickelodeon’s “School of Rock”), Eric (Alkoya Brunson), Gina (Breanna Yde) and Lizzie (Abby Donnelly) to ensure they would fail. Justifiably angry with this realization, Dylan is determined for her valley pod to succeed. “Malibu Rescue” the movie premiered May 13th and the series is set to premiere June 3, 2019 on Netflix!
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jackie knew she wanted to be an actress at a young age. After landing her first acting gig at 11 years old with “Criminal Minds,” from there she went on to shoot a variety of roles showcasing her versatility. Past credits include guest-starring roles on “The Night Shift,” “Bella and the Bulldogs,” and “Game Shakers” just to name a few.
When she isn’t acting, Jackie is an outspoken advocate for American Diabetes Association & The Alzheimer’s Foundation, both causes that have directly affected her family.
Jackie resides in LA with her family and toy Pomeranian named Chicken Wings.
For years people have probably asked and wondered, whatever happened to Kyla Pratt? She’s right here and apparently she’s all grown up!
Most of us remember Kyla from Disney’s first animated series, “The Proud Family,” where she was best recognized as the voice of ‘Penny Proud,’ and as Breanna Latrice Barnes in UPN’s hit series “One on One.”
After playing the daughter of Eddie Murphy’s character in the films Dr Dolittle and Dr. Dolittle 2, she returned to her motherly duties.
In 2010, Kyla gave birth to a baby girl, Lyric Kai Kirkpatrick; and in 2013, she gave birth to her other daughter, Liyah Kirkpatrick.
Although Kyla continued to act on small projects to keep herself busy, her devotion to her girls and the importance of bonding with her family was a priority.
Kyla joined the cast of BET’s “Lets Stay Together” (in 2014) during its second season; and in February 2014 was voted #97 on VHI’s 100 Greatest Child Stars.
One of the most arduous things to execute is to change the minds of the fans by convincing them that you are no longer a ‘kid’ anymore. The transition from kid star to leading actress can be challenging at times, but that wasn’t the case for her.
Kyla understands the power of reinvention. Thus, when she wasn’t in front of the camera, she was busy molding herself into an ingenue right before our eyes. Kyla has been heavily involved in private coaching and attending acting classes to perfect her acting skills. Concurrently, taking advanced yoga and pilates classes to mold her incredible body.
Well, we guess hard work pays off!
As of late, she starred in the Tate Bros Film, Back To The Goode Life, which aired a couple of weeks ago on BET opposite London Brown. She played ‘Francesca Goode’ – a successful, New York banker who goes from being a `Boss Lady’ to a`Broke Chick’ – the FBI freezed all her assets after she’s wrongfully blamed for unethical banking. Directed by Tamika Miller.
That’s not all she has been brewing…
Recently, Kyla Pratt has signed onto the Fox comedy pilot, “Patty’s Auto.”
The inspiration is taken from Patrice Banks’ Girls Auto Clinic – an automobile repair shop ran by all female mechanics. The project is based around ‘Patty’ (Carra Patterson) and the eclectic women who work for her. Kyla will be playing the role of ‘Tiny,’ Patty’s younger sister with a different father who gives manicures inside the shop, often getting frustrated with her sibling for treating her like a kid (even when she acts like one herself ). This show promises to be comical, endearing and whispered to be one of her best performances.
So while we are at home mulling over on whatever happened to Ms. Pratt?! She’s too busy working.
Talent: Kyla Pratt.
As we celebrate Black History Month, which takes place every February, RespectAbility recognizes the contributions made and the important presence of African Americans to the United States. It is important to note this includes more than 5.6 million African Americans living with a disability in the U.S., 3.4 million of which are working-age African Americans with disabilities. Therefore, we would like to reflect on the realities and challenges that continue to shape the lives of African Americans with disabilities. The full piece provides statistics relating to employment, education, criminal justice and more.
Some celebrities and business leaders are using their voice to share their stories, educating people about both visible and invisible disabilities. They are defying the statistics and have remained highly successful with their disabilities. These role models make a big difference in setting high expectations for youth with disabilities. RespectAbility will be sharing content throughout this month – and throughout the entire year – highlighting additional African Americans with disabilities, including some personal pieces from our own team members.
INCREASING DISABILITY INCLUSION IN HOLLYWOOD
– Tameir Yeheyes, RespectAbility Spring 2018 Fellow
Maya Angelou had selective mutism, an anxiety disorder that causes a child to not speak due to physical and psychological trauma they endured. In the five-year span that she experienced this, her listening, observing and memorizing skills improved and her love of books expanded. This helped her later when she began working in becoming successful in her career.
– Julia Wood, RespectAbility Fall 2017 Fellow
Halle Berry is an advocate for ending violence against women, an advocate for individuals with disabilities, and has been fighting for virtually her whole life.
– Julia Wood, RespectAbility Fall 2017 Fellow
At the height of her career, Missy Elliott experienced a dramatic and dangerous weight loss; she was diagnosed with Graves’ disease, which attacks the thyroid.
– Ryan Knight, RespectAbility Spring 2018 Fellow
The first Deafblind person to graduate from law school, Haben Girma stated that removing barriers for herself helped in her journey to becoming a disability advocate. Her disability advocacy is not restricted to education; she also uses the media to decrease the stigma in the community.
– Theresa Maher, RespectAbility Fall 2017 Fellow
Reading scripts and writing books as often as Goldberg does was hard at first with her dyslexia. Like she did in elementary school, Goldberg found it easiest to have someone read to her so she could memorize the lines for her scripts. For her books, she dictates instead of writing before sitting down with an editor to adjust the language.
– Theresa Maher, RespectAbility Fall 2017 Fellow
Diana Elizabeth Jordan, actress, writer, producer and director, is an important figure in the conversation about the inclusivity or lack thereof of people with disabilities in Hollywood. She found a way to get into and around Hollywood, with the help of her faith and self-confidence.
– Bryan Munguia, RespectAbility Spring 2018 Fellow
When it comes to the traditional expectations of a pop star in Hollywood, Solange Knowles shatters the glass ceiling as a woman of color who also happens to be diagnosed with a disability that affects 10 percent of the U.S. population: ADHD. Knowles has been outspoken about her ADHD, educating people about her disability.
– Litsa Dremousis, The Washington Post
Jenifer Lewis resisted the diagnosis at first and refused to take medication until a self-described nervous breakdown left her convulsing in sobs, a hostage to her untreated neurochemistry. A quarter-century later, she is thriving and happy because, as she says, she “does the work.”
Secret Room Events presented a Hawaiian Style Retreat in honor of the Nominees for the 2019 Golden Globes . This luxury celebrity gift suite will took place at InterContinental Century City on Friday, Jan. 4th, 2019.
Open to only celebrities and media, this event hosted some of today’s most unique, fashionable and luxurious companies, products and services. From trips, to Hawaii. American Luxury Tours will be gifting 7 night stays to the Nominees and special media & Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa gifted a 2 night stay including breakfast and massages, high end jewelry, to hip and trendy baby and pet products and luxurious skin and hair care products, the Secret Room is a total pampering experience.
Secret Room Events sponsored this year’s event with Anne Neilson Home, Thomas George Estates, BARE NATURE.
Guests lucky enough to score an invite to experience this lavish event, The Secret Room Event, were provided luxurious services ranging from massages, Eye Lashes, Teeth whitening, Botox, fillers & nails. Also on hand Beverly Hills Tennis Academy will be giving free tennis gift certificates to the Nominees and media .
The following sponsors were on hand to gift their amazing brands:
Camouflage cellulite body Liner
Baroque & Rose
Greek Island Labs
Anne Neilson Home
Buckle me baby car seat coats
Sun Soaker Flexible solar
Silver Stork (care packages)
Frill Plant –based frozen Dessert
Thomas George Estates
Secret Celebrity Licensing ,LLC
Nicole Kelly , MD
A20 WATER/ Think Alkaline
Nominees and special media walked out with a huge tote bag filled with our amazing gift bags sponsors:
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
American Luxury Tours
San Clemente Cookie Dough Co
LIVIE AND LUCA
LIFE CHOICE LTD
OUR PLANET SOAP
Bae Vegan perfume
Charlston & Harlow candle Co
Cherry Blooms cosmetics
Cover Made Bedding
Chefs cut real jerky
Pacha soap Co
Jane Bakes cookies
LUMIFY™ redness reliever eye drops
Dr Gingers Healthcare products LLC
LIVE LOVE POP
Boho By Moe
Dalmatia Imported by Atalanta
Bubbies Ice cream
*Featured image by Amanda Elkins
Rising star, Lilimar, is the embodiment of class and style. She is a young, energetic and gorgeous Latina – born in Venezuela to Cuban parents – and is the accumulation of everything Young Hollywood strives to be. She is best known for her series regular role on the Nickelodeon series “Bella & The Bulldogs,” but can now be seen starring in the networks popular new series: “Knight Squad,” which returns for season 2 in early 2019. Lilimar stars as the lead role of “Sage” a very interesting witch, that is full or fire and fury (but in a good way!). “Knight Squad is set at a magical school for knights in training, where two mismatched students form an unlikely alliance to protect each other’s secret and pursue their dreams,” according to a Nickelodeon show description.
Off-screen, Lilimar has used her strong social presence to set empowering, self-love social initiatives like #FreshFaceFriday and #StarGazeSaturday; with the goal of lifting up her followers and encouraging them to embrace their unique beauty and individuality.
“I was really excited to start both of these on my socials, because I just love connecting with my stargazers (my supporters). I’m so incredibly grateful for every ounce of love & support they show as it always keeps me so positive and happy so I wanted to do something that shows that I support THEM just as much.” – Lilimar
The goal is to encourage young people to break boundaries and not be afraid to show the world who they really are beneath the make-up, the clothes, and fake images we try to portray online. We live in a world where we’re forcing ourselves to achieve perfection through photos instead of embracing our true natural beautiful selves. Connecting directly with her fans on these topics, Lilimar discusses issues that teens think about today like peer pressure, family, owning your individual power, societal norms in the modern age.
Her messages of truth and self-love are the reason why she’s poised to be America’s newest sweetheart.
Infectious and uplifting, Tina’s newest single is all about loving yourself when you’re at your loneliest. Quite often, we’ve set upon a path of success that leads us down a path that only we can travel. This is especially true when pursuing the art of music and pushing onwards to the success as a recording artist, with all its highs and lows. That’s how the birth of “Solo” came to be when Tina was feeling low and alone with the need to share her internal struggles in a format for her to push on her own path of success.
Currently based in Long Island, Tina DeCara is a tour-de-force of a singer-songwriter. Her soulful voice and songwriting capabilities were inspired by some of the greatest performers of music world. Among her influences include Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, Dave Grohl and legends including Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Michael Jackson. Recently starring in FUSE TV’s national docu-series “Saturday Morning Fever,” Tina DeCara was the only female singer-songwriter to showcase her talents in singing, acting and dancing.
Lizza Monet Morales, aka @xoxolizza, is an actor, TV host, best-selling author and content creator in both English and Spanish. She has leveraged her love of tech, fashion, and inspirational messages to create a global social media fan-base (LoveBug Nation) while becoming one of the top Latinas in entertainment media.
You’ll often find this multi-passionate entrepreneur, who is committed to “seeing the world through love-filled eyes,” rocking her signature heart-shaped sunglasses in an airport or on one of her globetrotting #LizzaOnTheGo adventures on and off set. She was nicknamed the “Carmen San Diego of Livestream” after traveling close to 300,000 miles around the world in 2015.
Lizza is also the founder of Classy Chingonas, an online and in-person women’s community that holds supper clubs and interactive events around the world for Latina entrepreneurs, executives and thought leaders.
As an actor, she was recently seen in David Mamet’s “Phil Spector” biopic for HBO starring Al Pacino and Helen Mirren. She was also a series regular on VH1’s” New York Goes to Hollywood.
In 2016 and 2017, she won Best Live Broadcaster at the TECLA Awards. In 2017, Alegria magazine featured her on their cover as one of the top Latina Influencers in the U.S. and Twitter named her one of their nine global #SheInspires women for Women’s Day 2016.
In the spring of 2016, Ms. Morales was invited by FLOTUS Michelle Obama to attend The United States of Women Summit as one of the country’s “agents of change.” And that fall she was invited by President Barrack Obama to attend the invite only South by South Lawn (SWXSL) at The White House. During the 2016 election cycle, she served as a judge for VotoLatino and FUSE Media’s Crash the Parties competition, alongside Emmy award winning host Rachel Maddow and NPR’s Marina Hinojosa.
On the fashion front, IMG, which produces the most impactful Fashion Week events around the globe, named Lizza one of their “Global Committee Experts” for their 2015-2016 DHL Exported fashion designer competition. She was one of six experts picked, which included acclaimed designer Nicole Miller and Vogue Italy’s Sara Maino.
Ford Automotive named her one of the “Mujer Legandarias” (Lengendary Women) in the United States. Additionally, the Lincoln Motor Company selected her as of their ten “Damas de Lincoln” for a campaign profiling exceptional Latina leaders in 2015. That same year, Lizza was selected as one of the “Top Eight Latino Influencers in the US” by the American Latino Heritage Fund.
In 2014, she was named Top Latino Vlogger of the year by LATISM 2014 and selected as one of their 100 Top Blogueras in the US in 2014, 2015 and again in 2016.
She’s been on-air talent for Access Hollywood, Telemundo, EXTRA, Univision, Celebrity Justice, The Insider and The TV-Guide Channel amongst others and has reported for US Weekly and People Magazine.
On the client side, she’s worked with a variety of brands, including but not limited to the GRAMMYs, United Airlines, Nike, Microsoft, Ford, Marriott, Formula E Racing, Red Bull, Best Western, Sears, NASCAR, AT&T, and CoverGirl.
Lizza has also been featured in Cosmo for Latinas, Alegria magazine and Vanity Fair and on The Conan O’Brien Show, CNN, CNN en Español and NPR.
You can connect with her online by looking up @xoxolizza on any social media platform you’re on. Drop a line and say “hi”.
“Mo’s music is sure to leave its mark on the states.” –VIBE
“As expected, this is a banger.” –HotNewHipHop
“Overdose,” which premiered via VIBE, is charged up by Agnez’s soulful delivery and expansive range, the track volleys between moments of R&B bliss and pure pop power. The track is off to a great start globally having quickly generated over 10 million streams to date. The song hit a number of streaming charts around the globe upon release including the Spotify Global & U.S. Top 50 alongside Spotify viral charts in over 30+ countries. “Overdose” will impact Urban Radio in America shortly.
Vaulting to the forefront of pop culture in North America and beyond, AGNEZ MO’s breakout single Coke Bottle featuring. Timbal and T.I. accumulated over 16 million views within a few months’ time. Her 2017 independent EP, X, yielded fan favorites Damn I Love You and Long As I Get Paid and received acclaim from Idolator, Vogue, Hollywood Life, and more. “Overdose” notably marks AGNEZ MO’s debut for 300 Entertainment, which she signed to earlier this year, and immediately hit 28 radio stations and shot to #1 on iTunes in Indonesia upon release.
An international force in the truest sense, AGNEZ MO made history as the most awarded Indonesian artist ever whose accolades encompass a total 170 honors. Among those, she achieved eight Panasonic Awards, five Nickelodeon Indonesia Kids’ Choice Awards, and four MTV Indonesia Awards not to mention numerous multiplatinum certifications back home. Her social presence also staggeringly eclipses 35 million cumulative followers.
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