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LITTLE MISS AFRICAN AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP PAGEANT

Posted by TSUE on August 11, 2008

LAILA ALI, CHANDRA WILSON,
JAMES PICKENS JR. AND LISARAYE MISICK HELP
LITTLE MISS AFRICAN AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP PAGEANT
RING IN FIFTEEN YEARS
 
Producer Lisa Ruffin Celebrates 15 Years of Inspiring Little Misses

 
Laila Ali  Chandra Wilson  James Pickens, Jr.   LisaRaye Misack

Los Angeles, CA – For 15 years, actress/ choreographer Lisa Ruffin, has emphasized brains over beauty, positively impacting the lives of hundreds of impressionable young girls over the years with her Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant.  When the Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant (LMAA) celebrates its landmark 15th year on Sunday, August 10, 2008 at 4:00 pm in Los Angeles, California at the Universal Sheraton in Universal City, it will be an occasion not to be missed.
 
Lisa RuffinIn addition to a pageantry of intelligent young women, aged 6-12, a host of celebrity talent will serve as judges, making the event a most memorable one for everyone involved.  Emmy nominated actress, Chandra Wilson (ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy), World Boxing Champion Laila Ali, actress LisaRaye Misick ( All of Us)  and James Pickens Jr. (ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy) are confirmed to join an already celebrity packed panel of judges and presenters, which includes: Curtis Conway, former NFL Player and Antwone Fisher (Director, Training Day),Tequan Richmond (Everybody Hates Chris), Jimmy Jean Louis (Heroes), actress Roz Ryan, soulful balladeer, Howard Hewett and news anchor Tony McEwing, just to name a few.

 
            “This annual event is so special to my heart,” reveals Ruffin, “it is truly a labor of love.  These little women are the leaders of tomorrow.  I have an alumni of young adults today that just makes my heart so proud.  It is a special pleasure to have my celebrity friends join in this effort.  The experience is one the young ladies and their families will treasure forever!”  
 
            LMAA is a non-profit educational program designed to showcase the creative and academic talents of young girls living in urban centers throughout the country. Each year, girls between the ages of 6-12 years old participate in this program. The pageant provides an early introduction to the arts and training in public speaking, while promoting individual creativity and stimulating a heightened cultural understanding.  It is the largest scholarship pageant for African American girls of this age group.
 
            Created by Lisa Ruffin in 1993, LMAA has raised thousands of dollars towards the educational aspirations of its participants as well as their families.  Thousands of lives have been touched and changed through this program.
 
            This year, LMAA will provide prizes and scholarships to schools including Phillips Performing Arts Musical Theater for Kids, Alexia Robinson’s Acting School and City of Angeles Ballet. The reigning Queen will receive a trip to Disney World in Florida.  Contestants will also have the opportunity to meet with people who have become successful in a variety of professions. 
             
            To learn more about LMAA, visit: www.littlemissafricanamerican.com .  Tickets are still available at Ticket Master and www.TicketMaster.com.

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Zo’s Million Dollar Shootout

Posted by TSUE on August 11, 2008

5th ANNUAL ZO’S MILLION DOLLAR SHOOTOUT OFFERS
ONE DAY TO MAKE ONE SHOT TO WIN ONE MILLION DOLLARS
Alonzo Mourning’s Popular Golfing Experience to Benefit Children at Risk
 
WESTCHESTER, NY (August 5th, 2008) — Get your golf clubs ready and practice your best swing!  NBA champion Alonzo Mourning alongside his closest friends from the sports, entertainment, political and business world will host the 5th Annual Zo’s Million Dollar Shootout at the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester, New York on Monday, August 18th, 2008.  To date, not one golfer in town has been able to claim the one million dollars – is this your lucky year?
 
Zo’s Million Dollar Shootout has been a staple golf outing along the northeast corridor for the past four years, where tons of golfers not only come out to test their swing for the chance at one million dollars but also to support Alonzo Mourning Charities’ community initiatives.  The foundation empowers and educates today’s youth through various educational programs and works to stimulate the development of youth enrichment centers that assists at-risk children in low socioeconomic communities. 
 
“We know there’s a million dollar shooter out there waiting to show off his or her skills so we encourage you to leave your business suits behind for the day and join us on the greens,” said Alonzo Mourning, Founder of Alonzo Mourning Charities.  “Your support helps positively impact the youth we serve who might not have a chance to advance without our assistance.  With increased financial resources, we’re able to change the lives of so many deserving children through education and mentoring.”
 
Mourning, who has personal ties to the New Jersey area where he lived for several years, is partnering with City of Newark’s Mayor Cory Booker, who will be at the event, to designate a portion of proceeds from Zo’s Million Dollar Shootout to support and fund a local charity project that will be announced soon.  Mourning and Mayor Booker share the same vision for the young people of their communities and recognize the importance of collaborating efforts in order to truly make a difference in the lives of children who need it the most.   
 
Donald Trump and the Trump National Golf Club hosts Zo’s Million Dollar Shootout each year.  The golf course is among the most highly regarded in the area boasting world-class facilities and a 7,291-yard par 72 golf course designed by golf course architect Jim Fazio.  Located in the heart of Westchester County, Trump National Golf Club is just 30 minutes from Manhattan and under an hour from Newark.
 
Participants in the tournament will not only shoot it out for the chance to win one million dollars, but will also enjoy a complimentary gift bag with top-of-the-line golf gear, welcome breakfast reception, putting contest, round of golf, post-reception feast featuring culinary delights, awards ceremony, and a live auction with exclusive items and experiences up for bid.  Register for a foursome and/or receive additional information by20visiting www.ZoShootOut.com or calling 305/476-0095.
 
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ABOUT ALONZO MOURNING CHARITIES:
Alonzo Mourning Charities (AM Charities) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) public fundraising foundation.  Its mission is to encourage the educational development of youth by creating programs and youth enrichment centers that promote positive change in low socioeconomic communities.  Since 1997, AM Charities has raised more than $6.5 million for various programs that aid in the development of children and their families.  In addition to supporting numerous educational initiatives, Mourning focuses his att ention to stimulating the development of youth enrichment centers.  With the help of donors, Mourning opened the first center in 2003 in the historic area of Overtown, in South Florida, known as the Overtown Youth Center.  For more information, visit www.AMCharities.org.

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Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes-Legacy.com Condolences

Posted by TSUE on August 11, 2008

As you most certainly know, two well-known African-American artists and entertainers, have passed away.

 Legacy.com has featured Guest Books for Mr. Isaac Hayes and Mr. Bernie Mac on its site. In your coverage of either celebrity, please consider offering a way to allow the general public to express their condolences. You may find the Guest Books at http://www.legacy.com/gb/guestbookview.aspx?personId=115344639 and http://www.legacy.com/gb/guestbookview.aspx?personId=115220922, respectively

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