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#WhatsHotNow: These Boots Were Made For Walkin’ — and Education!

Roma Boots Sadie Robertson - LIVE ORIGINALABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” Sadie Roberston wants you to “Live Original” her own personal motto and her philanthropic quest now that she’s collaborating with Roma Boots to design a collection of rain boots with her “Live Original” flair.  Roma Boots complements the American beauty’s values by being both philanthropic and stylish.

The collection is now available for pre-order at

EMMA FloralWhen Samuel Bistrian decided to merge his knowledge of retail fashion with his passion for humanitarian efforts, Roma Boots was founded. Having grown up in impoverished, communist Romania, Samuel constantly sought to give back. So when he founded Roma Boots his mission was to  “Give poverty the boot!” through aid and education. Since its inception in 2010, Roma Boots has received attention from national and international publications as well as Hollywood celebrity support.

As a contributor to conscientious consumerism, Roma Boots is a ‘buy one, give one’ company that donates a pair of boots to a child in need for each pair sold. The company has been able to donate tens of thousands of Roma Boots over the last four years in 20 countries on four continents. And, ten percent of all Roma Boots sales go towards cultural and educational initiatives.

OPINCA floralRoma Boots are multi-weather boots made of natural rubber with soft cotton lining in a fair trade factory. Both functional and fashionable, they are waterproof, comfortable, slip resistant, and eco-friendly. Available in a wide variety of vivid, solid colors, the Sadie Robertson collection introduces a new look that will boast vibrant floral designs.

The Sadie Robertson “Live Original” Collection will launch in October.


A pair of Roma Boots is a fun and fashion-forward necessity for your socially conscious self, friend, or family member. The collection is available for pre-order Roma Boots can also be found in more than 300 boutiques and regional stores around the U.S. Roma Boots are also sold internationally in the U.K., Japan, South Korea, and Germany.



Imagining Brad at Theatre Asylum Has Been Extended. Here’s why you should go:

 33% of all proceeds will be donated to non-profit agencies that help survivors of domestic abuse and provides outreach to prevent its happening

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IMAGINING BRAD Continues Through July 25, 2015

Additionally, IMAGINING BRAD  will continue its TALK BACK EVENT SCHEDULE for the ongoing performances

Each evening will include a Talk Back promptly after the show in which distinguished guests – some involved in helping victims of domestic abuse rebuild their lives AND some that have incorporated their own experience with abuse into their art – writers, comedians, poets, filmmakers, musicians, etc. Our hope is that a vibrant conversation will take place amongst the panelists giving us a bit more information on the facts and figures as well as a mission that we can each go forth with to insite change at a personal level. Of course, there will be time allowed for questions from the audience.  The strength of the human spirit to survive and thrive will astound.

May 13 – Good Shepherd Shelter (representative)

May 20 – Rainbow Services (Judy Gordon – Director of Volunteers and Education)

May 27 – Peace Over Violence (Nora Mitchell – Emergency Services Coordinator)

Your attendance and support helps these organizations!:

Peace Over Violence:

Good Shepherd Shelter:

Rainbow Services:

Jenesse Center Incorporated:

Haven Hills:

Imagining Brad plays at 8 PM on Wednesday’s, May 13, 20, May 27. They will go on a short hiatus during the HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVA reopening Thursday, July 9. Imagining Brad plays Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM

Tickets, Imagining Brad, domestic violence, domestic abuseTickets are $20 at:

 IMAGINING BRAD, directed by Clare Carey (Aquarius, Coach), starring Sirena Irwin (I Love Lucy Live on Stage, SpongeBob Square Pants) and Sarah Randall Hunt (Unfinished Business, Chronic) announces an extension through July 25. The production will take a brief hiatus for Hollywood Fringe Festival then reopen on Thursday, July 9 at Theatre Asylum (6322 Santa Monica Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90038) and run Thursday, Friday and Saturday’s at 8 PM through July 25, 2015.

Nashville – graffiti – a ball of flesh – a tuft of blue hair – hymnals -beer in Styrofoam mugs – respectable orgasms…In this absurd, poignant, uncomfortably funny play written by Academy Award nominated Peter Hedges, two women grow a unique friendship of compassion, support, and survival. Imagining Brad beautifully reveals the often-disquieting dynamics in the relationship of men and women in contemporary society.


Peter Hedges is a novelist, playwright, filmmaker, and director best known for his novel and screenplay “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” “Pieces of April,” “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” and “Dan in Real Life,” and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for “About a Boy.”

Sirena Irwin (playing Dana Sue Kaye) originated the role of Lucy Ricardo in the touring production of “I Love Lucy Live On Stage,” which garnered her numerous awards (500+ performances). She has also been recurring on SpongeBob Square Pants since 1999 (100+episodes as well as both movies)

Sarah Randall Hunt (playing Brad’s Wife) is most known for her work on film in Unfinished Business (with Vince Vaughn), Chronic (with Tim Roth), and on stage in MachinalBoeing Boeing, and sings with the folk rock band, “A Band Called Honalee.”

Clare Carey, (Director) is a hard working actress whose credits go back three decades.  She has a juicy recurring role in the upcoming NBC Drama Aquarius, starring David Duchovny. Clare got her start  starring in the hit series ‘Coach’ and more recently she was a regular on Starz’ series Crash, with Dennis Hopper, the Fox series ‘Point Pleasant’, ABC Family’s ‘So Little Time.’ She has had recurring roles on Jericho, NCIS, Chuck and Medical Investigation, and many memorable guest star roles including CSI, Revenge, Major Crimes, House MD, Weeds,’Without a Trace, ER,  and Grey’s Anatomy. Clare has directed  short films including “The Hardest Part” and “Girl Power Parking Lot” as well as the critically acclaimed original kids musical, “Princess Bean’s Messy World” at the Electric Lodge.

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Red Earth is collaborating with Actress Angie Harmon to Launch ” Angie Harmon X Red Earth” jewelry collection on April 16.  

Presale Starts Today March 13 until March 22 at!

Angie Harmon X Red Earth

Ethical lifestyle accessories brand Red Earth is set to unveil a new jewelry collection designed by actress Angie Harmon on Thursday, April 16.

Aligned with Red Earth culture, pieces from this collection, ANGIE HARMON X RED EARTH, are all created from recycled materials that include old locks, door knobs and bone from Africa.  

Designed in the U.S. and handmade in Kenya, Red Earth works directly with exquisite artisans in Africa to help grow and support their businesses, to create jobs and further commerce. 


What we love most about this line: 

Prices range from $30 – $195. Everything made from recyclables!

Check out some of the Look Book photos on our Facebook page


Red Earth Founder Travis Gravette says of the collaboration with Harmon, “We are so excited to release this collection.  Angie was the perfect partner.  Her sense of design and fashion is totally in sync with our brand and she gets the heart of our company to use business for good.”  

ANGIE HARMON X RED EARTH delivers signature creations unique to Angie including symbolic skull designs and other distinctively rustic handmade pieces. A percentage of all revenue of this collection will go to UNICEF, of which Angie is an ambassador.    

Harmon adds, “It was such an amazing experience working with the Red Earth team on this collection. Each handmade piece is unique and that is what gives this collection so much substance and character.”  


Red Earth is an ethical lifestyle brand creating jewelry with a rugged elegance, skillfully crafted abroad. We cultivate hope and opportunity through fashion. Red Earth is telling a different story about Africa, one of beauty and entrepreneurship, not charity. The Company helps these African artisans grow their businesses to create even more jobs- this is about using business for good in a country with 40% unemployment. Red Earth is a direct trade business and works in tandem with these artists to ensure that every employee is treated and paid fairly. The artists set their own prices and Red Earth pays 50% upfront and 50% once the projects are complete.   

A sibling duo, Travis Gravette and Katy McDonald, have a rich history in their philanthropic efforts. In 2006, Travis personally founded Think Know Act, a non-profit to empower local leaders in Africa who are working to end extreme poverty in their own communities. This socially-conscious family works day in and day out to help grow the working middle class in Africa with Red Earth as their vehicle.   


Born in Dallas, Texas, Angie Harmon is best known for her starring role as Assistant District Attorney Abbie Carmichael on NBC’s Emmy®-winning drama Law & Order.   Angie currently stars in the TNT hit drama “Rizzoli & Isles” as police detective Jane Rizzoli for which she won a 2015 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Actress. The show is currently airing their 5th season and will return for a 6th season this summer.  

Harmon was appointed UNICEF Ambassador in January 2013, and is committed to using her talent and recognition to fundraise, educate and advocate on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable children.  For the past two years, she has appeared as the spokesperson for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s End Trafficking Project, raising awareness about child trafficking and mobilizing communities to take meaningful action to help protect children.   

Harmon’s many film roles include the lead role of “Abby” in the Sony Screen Gems feature film The Good Mother and a starring role opposite Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan in the independent feature film Seraphim Falls. She was also seen in Fun With Dick and Jane and Agent Cody Banks  

Bono sings for Mario Batali’s Supper

Chef Mario Batali wants to cook you the #BestMealEver…and Bono wants to sing for his supper…


In the greatest culinary  journey to date, Bono makes a rare appearance on Instagram to promote Mario Batali’s cooking lesson on – part of (RED)’s EAT (RED). DRINK (RED) to SAVE LIVES for an AIDS free generation.

Check it out:

In short, Mario’s helping to raise a lot of dough for a cause that’s very dear to his heart – a cause that he calls one of the greatest challenges of our time – the fight against AIDS.  So, Mario and are offering one lucky foodie the chance to see their culinary dreams come true. And making the contest truly sweet is that each $10 ticket entry helps fight AIDS and save lives by helping to provide HIV+ pregnant women access to the lifesaving medication they heed to ensure that their children are born HIV free.

The contest is part of this June’s EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES campaign to #86AIDS, spearheaded by Mario Batali.  The term “86” is food industry lingo for something no longer being available.  It’s ‘nixed’!  And that is what Mario, Omaze and a team of some of the biggest names in food are working for on the anniversary month of June in which AIDS was discovered 33 years ago – to help ‘86 AIDS’.

From June 1- June 10th, hundreds of restaurants, food trucks, bars and food markets worldwide are adding a (RED) item to their menus and making donations to the Global Fund to fight AIDS.  Learn more about the campaign at RED.ORG.

Singing to promote a supper experience like no other, the video promotes a once-in-a-lifetime cooking experience with Mario Batali, currently running as part of a competition on

For ten dollars, anyone can enter, with proceeds going to fight AIDS. The randomly chosen winner will be flown to New York to cook, and eat, with Mario Batali.  Mario in turn released a new video in which he marvels at the delicious details of the experience.

#BestMealEver   #86AIDS


“Will You Marrow Me?” The San Gennaro Feast in Hollywood Starts Today!

Tea Cups at the San Gennaro Feast Hollywood

Thursday, September 26th  was the first night of the 12th Annual Galbani® Cheese Italian Feast of San Gennaro, Los Angeles. The evening’s fundraiser was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla with Mark DeCarlo Master of Ceremonies, and featured songs from the San Remo Music Festival and “That’s Amore! An Italian American Songbook.”

Kicking off October’s Italian Heritage Month, Hollywood will be celebrating everything it means to be Italian, the festival Officially opens in Hollywood to the public starting today from September 27–29, 2013 from 11:00am to 11:00pm. 

Located across the street from the Hollywood and Highland complex and Metro Red Line, directly behind the Jimmy Kimmel Live Theater at 1651 N. Highland Ave.

General admission is $5 and kids under 12 are free.

All proceeds benefit the San Gennaro Foundation, established to provide aid to children and families in need in Los Angeles.

In honor of the Feast’s 12th Anniversary and to raise funds for their various charities, there will be special events going on throughout the weekend, including:

  • feastA “Gravy-Sauce” competition and “Galbani® String Cheese-building” contest hosted by The Meatballs of Comedy, Live Telethon for Veterans from the Main Stage on Sunday September 29th and a weekend. 
  • ‘Will You Marrow Me?” donor campaign for Be the Match registry, which recruits marrow donors to save lives of blood cancer patients.
  • Blood Drive for City of HopeCedars SinaiChildren’s Hospital and American Red Cross will also be hosted on-site.
  • A Procession of St. Gennaro on Hollywood Blvd. will begin at noon on Saturday, September 28th and conclude with a Mass on the Main Stage presided by Monsignor Antonio Cacciapuoti.
  • And there will be so much more!

For more information about the Galbani® Cheese Italian Feast of San Gennaro, Los Angeles, please visit or call (818) 508-0082.

WE Connect on Thursday May 23rd


Mix, Mingle,  and Ignite Entrepreneurship for women While Supporting A Good Cause

Tweet it!  Hashtag:#WEConnect13

Up and coming professionals throughout Los Angeles will gather for one night of celebrating and supporting women entrepreneurship in the heart of the city.  Held at the hub of startups, ROC Santa Monica, WE Connect will combine networking, boutique shopping and beauty and massage stations while benefiting the charitable programs of

Women Empowered.

A unique non-profit organization, Women Empowered has been inspiring women throughout greater Los Angeles since 2008. Expand your networks with like-minded individuals who are dedicated to women’s development, personal growth and the strength of formidable connections. Support women entrepreneurship by visiting our exhibitor lounge – filled with local women business owners with established products and services.  10% of all the evening’s proceeds will go back to Women Empowered.WOMEN EMPOWERED LOGO

Be inspired by renowned keynote speaker, Reba Merrill , Celebrity Journalist, Author & Entrepreneur. Having interviewed hundreds of Hollywood’s hottest stars from Whitney Houston , to Tom Cruise , to Cher, Reba will share her story of making a name for herself in a male dominated industry in an untouchable career that spanned decades.

Music provided by the “silky” blends of female DJ, Dyla, who will spin her magic throughout the evening. Another shining star in a male driven industry, this rising female DJ, remixer, and producer delivers with some of the hottest electronic dance music on the scene. The first 60 guests will receive a fabulous VIP Swag Bag, and lucky raffle winner will receive a free Kindle Fire. Enjoy cocktails and delicious tapas in a trendy atmosphere while supporting a good cause.

When: Thursday, May 23rd
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where: ROC Santa Monica, 604 Arizona, Santa Monica, CA
Guests: Professional women and men throughout Greater Los Angeles

buy ticketsWomen Empowered is excited to partner with LA professionals who share adesire for empowerment in an innovative setting. Tickets and more information are available by clicking the tickets link.

Sponsors include: Microsoft, resource Natural Spring Water, O.P.I, Pure Barre, Ms. Magazine, OM Organic Mixology, Rosenthal – The Malibu  Estate, LaLicious, Yummy Dutchy, Nail Garden , Pretzel Crisps, Savour This Moment, Shades of Color African American Gifts and Hana Clegg Photography.

About Women Empowered:
Women Empowered  is an organization that connects, educates and supports women of all ages and backgrounds, and inspires them to give back to their communities through mentorship, networking and volunteerism.

Check out their Social Sites: (Facebook)(Twitter)(Pinterest)(YouTube

Hashtag: #WEConnect13

Food Tank: A Better Way To Feed The World

Food TankThere’s no doubt that the food system is broken. More than 1 billion people are overweight or obese, nearly 1 billion people go to bed hungry every night, and at least 2 billion people suffer from micronutrient deficiencies.

We can find ways to solve these problems, though. Solutions are out there–in fields, in kitchens, and in board rooms all over the world. And you are a big part of those solutions.

“Fixing the system requires CHANGE conversation.”

If we start now, there is an opportunity to develop a better vision for the global food system. We need to change the conversation and find ways to make food production—and consumption—more economically, environmentally, and socially just and sustainable.
Less than a week from today, Ellen Gustafson, the co-founder of FEED and the founder of the 30 Project and Danielle Nierenberg will be launching Food Tank: The Food Think Tank: a bold new voice in the fight for health-based agriculture, alleviating hunger and poverty, stemming the tide of obesity, and improving nutrition.
Food Tank.2Food Tank’s goal is to be a clearing house and community to inform, share, and scale up innovations that are helping alleviate hunger and poverty while also protecting the environment. Their goal is to  help connect producers and consumers, policy-makers and activists, and farmers and eaters in vital ways, offer original research, share stories of success and impact, and propose innovative solutions of what’s working on the ground.
Throughout 2013 Food Tank will be actively traveling and touring–listening to you talk about the innovations that are working in YOUR communities. They want to involve YOU in this process as much as possible.
You can connect with them right now on social media–Food Tank is already live on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and YouTube.
Food Tank Danielle & Ellen