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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Illusionist Criss Angel honored with star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

By Karen Ostlund
Photo credit: Clinton H.Wallace@Photomundo

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced that illusionist Criss Angel (born Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos) was honored with the 2,615th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. PDT.
Criss star is located at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard next to the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and across the street from the star of Houdini!  
Angel began his career in New York City, before moving his base of operations to the Las Vegas Valley. He is known for starring in the television and stage show Criss Angel Mindfreak and his previous live performance illusion show Criss Angel Believe in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil at the Luxor casino in Las Vegas. The show generated $150 million in tourist revenue to Las Vegas in 2010, but has since been replaced by Mindfreak LIVE on 11 May 2016. 
He also starred in the television series Criss Angel BeLIEve on Spike TV, the reality-competition television show Phenomenon on NBC, and the 2014 stage show Criss Angel Magicjam.
 Criss Angel recently created and directed a music video for Latin pop princess Belinda and world-renowned DJ/Producer Steve Aoki which will be released this summer 2017.
(left) Actor Gary Oldman, Criss Angel and magician Lance Burton


“Hollywood is a magical place, and when we honor Criss Angel with his own star, the magic will continue to spread! We are very proud to include him on our famous Walk of Fame,” stated Walk of Fame Producer Ana Martinez.

Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler,was the emcee of the event to unveil the star with guest speakers Lance Burton, Randy Couture and Gary Oldman.

For more than a decade, Criss Angel has dominated the world of magic as the biggest name on the planet. From his role as star, creator, executive producer and director of the most successful magic television series of all time, Criss Angel MINDFREAK on A&E Network, to his No. 1 best-selling Las Vegas stage shows Criss Angel BeLIEve and Criss Angel MINDFREAK LIVE! (in partnership with Cirque du Soleil® and MGM Resorts), to countless critically-acclaimed television specials and series, best-selling books, top-grossing retail products, music CDs.

Illusionist Criss Angel infront of his Hollywood Walk of Fame Star infront of Roosevelt Hotel
Chris Angel 2017 YouTube Videos:https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=criss+angel+2017+magic

Angel’s book, Criss Angel MINDFREAK: Secret Revelations (Harper Collins) was a national bestseller and is now in multiple printings. Angel is also an accomplished musician, having produced and performed on five self-titled CDs, which accompany all his live performances and TV appearances.

Angel has received numerous awards throughout his career: “Magician of the Year” an unprecedented six times, including from The Magic Castle—far more than any other magician. He was the youngest magician inducted into the International Magicians Society Hall of Fame. Angel was also presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award, The World Magic Legacy Award “A Living Legend,” at The World of Magic Seminar in Las Vegas.
Additionally, Angel was recently named the first recipient of “Magician of the Decade,” as well as “Magician of the Century” and “Innovator of the Decade.” Angel received an International Magic Lifetime Achievement Award and was unanimously selected as the recipient of the 22nd Louie Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Art of Magic.

Angel is tireless in his ongoing efforts to help children through his charitable works. His Johnny Crisstopher Children’s Charitable Foundation, a JDS Foundation (formerly Believe Anything Is Possible), was renamed last year after his then two-year old son Johnny was diagnosed with leukemia. Angel has also received the Male Wish Granter of the Year Award and the Chris Greicius Celebrity Award for his work and dedication to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, having just granted his 50th wish.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Sign are registered trademarks of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. #hollywoodwalkoffame  

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Marvel Comics, Stan Lee put his hand & footprints at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX

Photos by Karen Ostlund.
 The Ceremony was presented by Legion M, ICON: Celebrating Stan Lee, the first ever handprint-footprints ceremony in TCL history to be organized and hosted by the fans.
(Center) Stan Lee sitting among speakers in attendance to start ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX,
 (Hollywood,CA) July 18, two days before San Diego Comic-Con Convention, the iconic creator and force behind Marvel Comics, Stan Lee, put his handprints and footprints in cement in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in Hollywood, CA.
Sran Lee put his handprint at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in Hollywood

“Stan Lee gave us the heroes that fueled our imagination and aspirations” said Kevin Smith, Filmmaker, Actor, Writer, Comedian and Stan Lee Fan.

”Now, WE, the fans, are coming together to give this permanent monument and tribute to the man that gave us so much.”

Stan Lee, the chief creative force behind the rise of Marvel Comics, brought to life some of the world’s most famous heroes and infamous villains, including Spider-Man, The Hulk, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, Daredevil, Dr. Strange, The Avengers, Loki, and Dr. Doom. His stories featured heroes and villains that were more psychologically complex than had ever been seen previously, inspiring legions of fans.

According to his autobiography, Excelsior, “Lee put the human in the superhuman.” Lee’s connection to fans immediately led him to Legion M’s unique model of being the first fan-owned entertainment company, and he has been supportive of Legion M since its launch in 2016. Legion M embodies the fan culture that Lee’s work launched, perpetuating a legacy that has impacted generations.
By organizing and rallying the fans, celebrities, companies and anyone who has been positively impacted by Lee’s work, Legion M is paying a heartfelt, historic and overdue tribute to one of the greatest storytellers of our time.
(left) Comic book artist Todd McFarlane, Marvel chief Kevin Feige, Stan Lee, writer/director Kevin Smith, ‘Black Panther’ film star Chadwick Boseman, and Clark Gregg

Stan Lee's hand & foot print with signature in cement, July 18

“On behalf of Stan Lee and Stan Lee Collectibles, we’re deeply moved and appreciative of the groundswell of fan support Stan has always enjoyed, and we’re grateful that his fans have united together with Legion M to give him this great honor,” said Stan Lee Collectibles CEO Max Anderson.
Stan Lee signs his name in cement at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX
 As a producer, writer, editor, publisher, actor, host and executive, and idol to many, Stan ‘the Man’ Lee has left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry having created or co-created 90% of Marvel’s most recognized characters. These creations have spawned books, films, television series, video games, web series, Broadway shows and more offering a steady stream of box office.
In 2017, Stan will celebrate his 95th birthday and 70th wedding anniversary, along with the 78th anniversary of the day he first started as an assistant filling inkwells at Timely Comics – now Marvel Comics – which over a lifetime of work he helped turn into one of the biggest media brands in the world.
Group photos of Stan Lee, friends and speakers attending July 18 
Stan Lee with ‘Star Trek’ star Nichelle Nichols after ceremony was over
Myself inside SPIDER MAN photo booth for new movie HomeComing
Fans were invited to get involved, attend the event,and pay tribute to Stan, take home a piece of history and more by visiting https://thelegionm.com/celebrating-stan-lee

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

25-foot Wilmer Valderrama puppet revealed at Hollywood & Highland

Photos & story by Karen Ostlund


 Giant puppet revealed yesterday! In celebration of the today, July 11 premiere of the new original TV series, "The Hollywood Puppet Sh!tshow," Fuse TV and Wilmer Valderrama [Creator, Executive Producer, Host]  revealed a 25-foot Wilmer Valderrama puppet activation in the courtyard of Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, CA. He said: " I am the only cast, but I use well-known performers on stage as my puppets in the show as: Lil Jon, Amber Rose, Terry Crews, Gina Rodriquez and Steve Aoki.


Big stars. Small puppets. Crazy stories. It's a comedy puppet show.
You can watch them all recount their true, untold wildest adventures reenacted by their very own doppelgänger marionette puppets, created exclusively for the FUSE TV series, premiering today Tuesday, July 11, 10:30PM.
http://www.fuse.tv/shows/the-hollywood-puppet-shitshow
Sneak preview:
https://youtu.be/ADzlKWpezM4
                              
Noon, July 10th at Hollywood & Highland, Wilmer Valderrama
                                    
Wilmer Valderrama revealed a 25-foot Wilmer Valderrama puppet

Monday, July 10, 2017

#ConcernFoundation 42nd Annual Block Party in Hollywood raised $ 1.8 milllion

Photos & story by Karen Ostlund (Hollywood, CA)
Entrance of "Kingdom of Concern" at Paramount

 Last Saturday, July 8th, The Concern Foundation for cancer research hosted its 42nd signature Block Party on the back lot of Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood.
July 8, The Concern Foundation Block Party at Paramount Back Lot

 The Block Party is the organization’s largest fundraiser and this year’s theme was “Kingdom of Concern; An Evening of Feasting, Revelry and Dance.” The food and entertainment focused event attracted close to 4,000 guests with a goal to raise funds in research, focused on immunology based methods to treat cancer.


  The Paramount Studios backlot streets were filled with over 75 food and beverage vendors under the direction of Nancy Eisenstadt, Megan Mulcahy and Whitney Carroll.
The Urban Oven Pizza

Notable restaurants were  Vibrato Grill Jazz, Ocean Prime, The Grill on the Alley, Fogo de Chao, Lawry’s The Prime Rib, The Urban Oven, The Palm and Pink’s Famous Hot Dogs among many.
Tom Nolan Band was main stage opening and closing performance
 Entertainment  included performances on multiple stages by the Tom Nolan Band, D’ City Sound featuring DJ Dwayne. The evening Master of Ceremonies was KNX1070 News radio’s Frank Mottek. A/V Masters donated all of the audio and visual components.

             
Musicians going on stage




One of the highlights of the evening was the silent and live auction under the direction of this year’s auction chairs Lynne Fox, Wendi Nogradi, Courtney Teller & Madeline Rose.  Live and silent auction items and packages include one-of-a-kind opportunities, concert and event tickets, restaurants and golf packages.
Pink's Hotdogs:  beef, turkey and vegan

Victorian Horse - theme of Kingdom of Concern

   
The night featured dancing, casino-style games, Brian Kramer Digital photography studio, Island Ink airbrush tattoos and salon and spa services.
Lawry’s The Prime Rib

For the 13th year Concern helped celebrate The Best of LA 2017® on Los Angeles magazine’s street which featured  lounges, photo booths, food stations, DJ dancing, Peerless Coffee and California wineries.
Sponsor car Infiniti QX 60 2017

2017 Concern Foundation Block Party theme – Kingdom of Concern - raised over $1.8 million.
 Bruce Singer, Kelly Stone & Sharon Stone (stage-photo by J.Barsky)

Each year, the Block Party honors individuals who are making significant impacts in our community. This year’s Spirit of Concern Humanitarians Award recipients were KELLY STONE, BRUCE SINGER and EDEN ALPERT.

Kelly Stone was born in Pennsylvania but moved to LA in the early 80’s to continue her work as a nurse. Six years later she ends up having 5 trauma surgeries and was in and out of wheel chairs for 4 years. After her downfall, she realized the most important thing to have in life is hope. She started getting involved in the homeless community and later in 1993 with the help of her sister and Sharon Stone, they founded a nonprofit organization called Plant Hope. Planet Hope provides job fairs, housing, summer camps for homeless, disabled and abused families.

Bruce Singer was born in Bronx New York and attended Long Island University and Harvard University for International Law and Foreign Service. After getting his law degree from Whitter College of Law he served as a law clerk for Criminal/Superior Courts in LA. He had many successful businesses but he really got not helping the less fortunate when he met Kelly. Together they have accomplished bigger projects to benefit the sick and homeless.

Eden Alpert has been a part of the Concern foundation since the beginning. Her and her daughter have actively participated in many fundraisings and events for the cause. She believes that being involved in this cause will make a big difference in the community. 
La Provence Cafe desserts



“Concern Foundation is proud to honor these exceptional people for their passion, commitment to philanthropy and involvement in the community,” said Derek Alpert, president of Concern Foundation. “They truly exemplify what Concern Foundation represents to the cancer community, locally and around the world. We recognize the most inspiring people in our community at our Block Party and we provide funding to only the best cancer research scientists that are making a difference in conquering cancer.”


          


Bar Hayama Sushi Rolls
Concern Foundation’s mission is to conquer cancer by providing essential funds to support the early yet critical stages of discovery. Since its inception in 1968, Concern has raised and awarded $59 million to over 750 gifted cancer scientists around the world.
For 49 years, Concern has pioneered the advancement of cancer immunology—the study of the relationship between the immune system and  cancer—a field that is now widely acknowledged to hold the most potential for discovering treatments and preventions for cancer.
With 90-95% of net proceeds going directly to research, Concern Foundation has made significant strides toward bridging a major gap in research funding by focusing its grants on young, innovative researchers with breakthrough ideas.
http://www.concernfoundation.org/block-party
Myself in Concern Foundation's Photobooth 3DCheeze

 Kingdom of Concern was an evening of feasting, revelry and dance on the back lot of Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood. The event was led by event chair Lexy Carroll and a team of volunteers and designed once again by John Ferdenzi of Town and Country Event Rentals.#concernfoundation #teamconcern #concernblockparty


 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Recap of DWELL on Design Outdoor 2017


Photos by Karen Ostlund
(Los Angeles, CA) Recap of DWELL on Design, June 23, 25th downtown LA Convention Center. Many booth came from West Hollywood Design District to show.
DWELL OUTDOOR RETURNED WITH A PREFAB HOME, TINY HOME BY KIM LEWIS, SPECIAL AUTOCAMP GIVEAWAY & MODULAR CAMPING BRAND, HAPPIER CAMPER 
OUTDOOR LOUNGE DWELL 2017

DWELL popular pavilion showcased a full-size prefab home from Method Homes and a tiny home from Kim Lewis Tiny Home. AutoCamp  hosted a special contest, and Happier Camper featured a photo booth and hosted a bar at the Opening Night Reception, June 23rd. 
Dwell on Design was excited to showcase the best in outdoor design with the return of Dwell Outdoor at 17,000 square feet space. Dwell Outdoor highlighted contemporary outdoor furnishings, a full-size modern prefab home, a custom-built tiny home, and design forward brands for the adventurous. This year’s homes, all available to tour, included the Kim Lewis Tiny Home and the Method Homes Prefab. The camping brand, AutoCamp, had their luxurious Airstreams on-site and the modular trailer company, Happier Camper. 
Kim Lewis Design House

Dwell Outdoor welcomed Kim Lewis, the "The Little Lady with Big Ideas", best known as the Lead Designer behind ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and founder of Kim Lewis Designs in Austin, Texas. Her latest design project, Kim Lewis Tiny Home, is a series of custom built small homes each designed around a specific theme and aesthetic. Her third Tiny Home, the Joshua Tree Tiny Home made its debut at Dwell on Design, and featured white ship-lap walls, copper pipe shelving, LaCantina sliding doors, and a 24-inch colored range from Blue Star, among many  great brands. 

Method Homes returned to Dwell Outdoor and showcased its new Annata Model. The Annata is designed by Chris Pardo Design: Elemental Architecture and comes in two and three module versions. Brands featured in the Annata include Daltile, European Home, Hästens, Sugatsune, and Mohawk Industries to name a few. It is designed with a focus on indoor/outdoor living and is ideal for the wine country and coastal areas of California. 
AutoCamp
 Dwell Outdoor was also home to the Architecture and Design Film Festival (ADFF). Open Air Cinema provided screens for attendees to view a curated, highly anticipated group of short architecture and design films.
AutoCamp, the unique California Airstream lodging experience hosted their Adventure Experience Live at Dwell Outdoor. The experience  transported guests to an innovative outdoor setting which features their chic and contemporary Airstreams where camping meets modern luxury. 
Happier Camper
Happier Camper, the California-
based friendly camper brand
showcased their popular HC1
model on-site. Retro-modern at
heart, delivering affordable
adventure and ground-breaking
flexibility in an ultra-light
package, the HC1 is the result of a
lifetime of enthusiasm and years
of careful design. The AdaptivTM
modular interior features included
a huge rear hatch, wide entry
door, classic fenders, honeycomb
fiberglass floor and large panoramic windows.
 
About Dwell on Design
June 23- 25, 2017 / Los Angeles Convention Center
is a three full days of dynamic exhibitions, unparalleled educational opportunities, new home technologies, onstage panels, 40+ speakers, and more than 2,000 innovative modern furnishings and products, Dwell on Design is the largest modern design event on the west coast. In addition to featuring over 200 exhibiting brands, Dwell on Design encourages an ongoing design dialogue. dwellondesign.com
Dwell is a media and technology brand focused on design and architecture. Through an award-
winning magazine that has been published since 2000, and a sharing platform launched in 2016,
Dwell promotes an architecture that is optimistic and innovative. In December 2016 Dwell
launched a collection of products with Target called Modern by Dwell Magazine. Dwell, Dwell
Homes, Dwell Prefab, and Dwell on Design are registered trademarks of Dwell Media, LLC.
Dwell Media, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary company of Dwell Life, Inc. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Report from Yulin - Mixed Results On Fight Ban at Chinese Dog Meat Festival 2017

Report from Yulin, Humane Society International
Animal groups see mixed results as dog vendors fight sales ban at Chinese dog meat festival
The mood in the dog markets is greatly subdued.
The ban came into effect on 15th June one week prior to the festival that begins on the summer solstice of 21st June. It will be strictly enforced with fines of up to 100,000 yuan and risk of arrest for violations. VIDEO & PHOTOS June 15, 2017:
https://newsroom.humanesociety.org/fetcher/index.php?searchMerlin=1&searchBrightcove=1&submitted=1&mw=d&q=ChinaDogMeat0616&lang=en


Updated, June 16, 2017:

Chinese activists have asked Humane Society International to help circulate video filmed yesterday (June 15) at Nanqiao market in Yulin, China showing Yulin law enforcement officers closing down dog meat stalls and enforcing the compromise sales ban. As HSI reported earlier, a last-minute compromise deal was reached between angry dog meat vendors and the Yulin authorities whereby vendors are permitted to sell dog meat but limited to two dog carcasses per stand, a dramatic reduction for most vendors.

It seems that many dog meat traders have gravitated towards Nanqiao market as trading at Dongkou market, a hub for the dog meat trade, has become more problematic. HSI's Chinese partners spotted traders at Nanqiao market to be selling in apparent violation of the new order. They reported the activity to the authorities in Yulin. This was then followed by a crackdown whereby the traders were told to close down their stands, as shown in this video. Support our fight against cruelty.

HSI’s partner groups are also reporting that the Yulin police department has set up a temporary office in the main Dongkou market for daily inspections to enforce the order, and so HSI would encourage Chinese activists on the ground to swiftly report any violations they see. HSI’s partner groups will continue to monitor the situation and assist the Yulin police in taking action against dog meat vendors who violate the order.

Dr. Peter Li, HSI’s China policy specialist, said: “It is encouraging to see the Yulin authorities enforcing the compromise ban that they themselves struck with Yulin officials. It shows that while the restricted sales order is by no means perfect, it is absolutely having an impact and Yulin law enforcement want to be seen to be taking it seriously. Our Chinese partners share the frustration of animal campaigners around the world that change in Yulin is a long time coming, but they are keen for this video to go viral so that people can see that progress is being made and the dog traders are definitely feeling the pressure. This kind of crackdown is certainly causing vendors to hold off buying more dogs, and word is spreading.”


Chinese animal campaigners have traveled to the city of Yulin to assess the impact of a ban on dog meat sales introduced by Yulin officials starting June 15 2017.

Chinese animal protection groups are monitoring the main dog meat market called Dongkou, as well as other locations around Yulin, and confirm that while some dog meat is still on sale, it is currently in much smaller volumes than they have witnessed in previous years. Some dog vendors have reported that the Yulin authorities have been persuaded to make concessions to them in the last few days, although others are reducing their trade in anticipation of the ban's being more robustly implemented later this week.

HSI's Chinese activist partner Sean Long said: “It doesn’t look like business as usual at Dongkou market in Yulin. It’s disappointing to see dog meat still on sale, but nothing like the amount we’ve seen in the past. Business was slow at the market, with far fewer buyers. Some vendors we spoke with said they believed they were allowed to sell dog meat again, and hinted that some kind of concession had been gained from the authorities just in the last couple of days. However, other vendors expressed doubt that they would be allowed to continue selling dog meat for long and said that there was so much genuine uncertainty that they had decided not to order more dogs in case they can’t sell them.”

Humane Society International has campaigned for several years for an end to the Yulin dog meat festival, and is tackling the trade in dogs and cats for human consumption that takes place all year round and nationwide across China. HSI believes that while it is discouraging to see that Yulin authorities may be bowing to the interest of the dog meat traders, the impact the reported ban on sales of dog meat appears to be having on reducing sales is still a significant step in the right direction.

Dr Peter Li, HSI’s China policy specialist, said: “It’s so easy to be disheartened because of course we all want to see a total and immediate end to the sale of dogs and dog meat at Yulin, and we want to see the authorities act decisively in the public interest. But we’ve always known that ending the dog meat festival at Yulin won’t be as simple as switching off a light. Instead, it’s lots of smaller victories that build toward the end goal. From our sources in Yulin, we have learned that the authorities were taking some actions such as sending inspectors to the market to enforce the sales restriction order and starting to stop inbound dog trucks.”

We shall monitor the situation in Yulin directly through our partner group activists further up to and during the “festival” on June 21 - China’s annual dog meat festival in Yulin, at which thousands of dogs and cats are brutally bludgeoned to death and sold for their meat, animal campaigners Duo Duo Project and Humane Society International have received reports from Chinese activist and confirmed by three traders at Yulin's biggest dog meat market Dongkou, that the Yulin government is set to prohibit restaurants, street vendors and market traders from selling dog meat at the event.

The news is warmly if cautiously welcomed by Duo Duo Project, HSI and their respective Chinese animal group partners on the ground, all of whom have campaigned for years for an end to the brutality of Yulin and China’s year-round dog meat trade. While campaigners recognise that the ban is temporary and does not yet signal an end to the Yulin event in advance of which dogs are still likely to be killed, it is nonetheless a milestone victory in the ongoing campaign to end mass dog and cat slaughter at Yulin, and is evidence of growing political will from inside China to clamp down on the trade.

Andrea Gung, executive director of Duo Duo Project, says: “Even if this is a temporary ban, we hope this will have a domino effect, leading to the collapse of the dog meat trade. I have visited Yulin many times in the last two years. This ban is consistent with my experience that Yulin and the rest of the country are changing for the better. I am very impressed that the younger generation in Yulin and in China is as compassionate as their counterparts in the rest of world. Duo Duo Project also wants to congratulate Mr. Mo Gong Ming, Yulin's new Party Secretary, for his progressive and visionary leadership. I hope this will turn out to be the beginning of the end of the dog eating habit in China.”

Peter Li, China Policy specialist at Humane Society International, says: “The Yulin dog meat festival is not over just yet, but if this news is true as we hope, it is a really big nail in the coffin for a gruesome event that has come to symbolise China’s crime-fuelled dog meat trade. Millions of dogs and cats are stolen each year, including pets, and driven thousands of miles across China to be bludgeoned to death in front of each other. As opposition to this trade has grown within China and across the world, much focus has been placed on the Yulin festival and so it is significant politically that the authorities are taking the outrage to curb this cruelty seriously. At last year’s Yulin festival there were roadblocks set up to deter dog trucks coming in, and now this ban signals further progress. Regrettably, many dogs and cats will still be killed for the Yulin festival in advance of the ban, so their suffering is not over yet, but this is certainly a milestone victory and we commend the Yulin authorities for taking this action.”

Duo Duo and HSI are urging Yulin authorities to make the ban permanent; make public service announcements warning against transporting dogs for the dog meat trade that highlight the new associated penalties; enforce food safety laws and regulations; and build a government facility to house dogs confiscated from the dog meat trade.

More than 10 million dogs and around four million cats are killed every year across China for their meat. Contrary to popular belief, the Yulin festival is not a traditional event but one invented in 2010 by dog meat traders to boost flagging sales. At its height an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 dogs were killed at Yulin, reduced to 2,000 to 3,000 in recent years. Most of the dogs are stolen pets and strays grabbed from the streets still wearing their collars when they reach the slaughterhouse where they are typically beaten to death. Most people in China don’t eat dogs, and pet owners and dog thieves have had numerous violent clashes. The dog meat trade also poses a threat to public health, with the World Health Organisation warning that the trade spreads rabies and increases the risk of cholera.

Last year, a petition with 11 million signatures was handed in to the Yulin government in Beijing on behalf of Humane Society International, Duo Duo Project, RaiseUrPaw, Care2 and Avaaz. The late Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher and her dog Gary gathered with the campaigners outside the Chinese Embassy in London to send the petition on its way. Speaking at the event, Fisher said "There is so much animal suffering in the world, and much of it you feel helpless to end. But stopping the Yulin dog meat festival and ending all that suffering is easy. All the Chinese authorities need to do is declare it shut down, and the killing stops. These poor dogs need us to fight for them. Every single one of them is as precious as my dear Gary, every one of them is someone's best friend."

Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., introduced a congressional resolution last year condemning the Yulin dog meat festival and urging China to end its dog meat trade. He reintroduced it this year, and H. Res. 30 already has the bipartisan support of 153 cosponsors.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

LAPride ResistMarch 2017 To Remember

Photos by Karen Ostlund

#RESISTMARCH KICKED OFF 9AM SUNDAY, JUNE 11 BEGINNING AT HOLLYWOOD AND HIGHLAND IN HOLLYWOOD.
9AM, June 11 Hollywood & Highland ResistMarch 2017
 The March began in Hollywood with a brief opening ceremony speaker program including a tribute to the one year anniversary of the Orlando massacre, lifting 49 balloons. The March finished two hours later in West Hollywood with a rally featuring speakers including the U.S. Congressional Delegation.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti hold the opening speech 9AM at the intersection of Hollywood and La Brea, to remember the 70's:
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

" Just as we did in 1970's first LGBTQ+ Pride, we are going to march in unity with those who believe that America's strength is its diversity. Not just LGBTQ+ people but all Americans and dreamers will be wrapped in the Rainbow Flag".

Last Sunday, June 11 2017, the #ResistMarch brought together people from all walks of life for a peaceful protest march that began at the intersection of Hollywood Blvd. & Highland Ave in Hollywood and concluded at the intersection of Santa Monica Blvd. & La Peer Dr. in West Hollywood. Instead of the Pride Parade with floats celebrating the past progress of the LGBTQ+ community, the #ResistMarch gathered to ensure the community’s future and remember the past.

“This year the LGBTQ+ community is lending its iconic rainbow flag to anyone who feels their rights are at risk and to everyone who believes that America's strength is its diversity.” said Brian Pendleton, Founder of #ResistMarch. “When they come for one of us, they come for all of us. Which is why we our diverse intersectional community must unite as one.”
 This inter-sectional diversity is reflected in the wide array of over 100 partner organizations that have committed their support to the #ResistMarch, including GLAAD, Planned Parenthood, Black Lives Matters, ACLU, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, the Human Rights Campaign, APLA, Bienestar, the City of West Hollywood.
(in blue)West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman

“GLAAD is proud to support the #ResistMarch on June 11th. In a time when LGBTQ people are being erased, it is now more important than ever that we stand in solidarity,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President & CEO of GLAAD.

Sue Dunlop, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, noted, “On June 11th, we will join the #ResistMarch in support of fundamental civil and human rights for all people, everywhere.”

The only float was ResistMarch bus
John D'Amico, Councilmember proclaimed “The shoulders we stand on are broad and strong and have carried us here. The #ResistMarch is showing up for yourself and your rights. The #ResistMarch is peace and protest and pleasure and passion and people. The #ResistMarch is authentic. The #ResistMarch is who we are.”
Adam Lambert


#ResistMarch organizers prepared an opening ceremony with speakers in Hollywood and at the end of the march route, a speaker program and entertainment.
U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

Speakers included: U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Congressman Adam Schiff, U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters, U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu, California, Los Angeles Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, Los Angeles Councilman David Ryu, West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman, Trans Activist Bamby Salcedo, AIDS Activist Phil Wilson, #ResistMarch Founder Brian Pendleton, HRC President Chad Griffin, Haim, Margaret Cho, RuPaul, Adam Lambert, Jussie Smollett, Cheyenne Jackson, The Gay Men’s Chorus Of Los Angeles, The Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, America Ferrera, Black Lives Matter’s Dr. Melina Abdullah, NALEO National Chairman John Duran, Planned Parenthood’s Sue Dunlap, Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lorri Jean and Women’s March L.A. Founder Emi Guereca.
Grand Marshall Alexei Romanoff

LA Pride Festival, Saturday June 10 to Sunday June 11th 2017 took place in West Hollywood Park, bringing out over 62,000 people over the 2-day festival.  The weekend featured a wealth of musical talent ranging from Chromeo, Brandy, Young M.A, Aaron Carter, and Leon Else on the main stage; to Latin artists Graciela Beltran, Carmen Jara, and Selena Tribute Band on the Plaza Stage; to a variety of emerging Hip-Hop artists like Jay Will, DJ Bad, and Sevyn Streeter on the Boulevard Stage.
The weekend was hosted by Gigi Gorgeous alongside Billy Francesca and included celeb guests Tommy Lee who took to the drums joining Brooke Candy onstage.  Other notable guests included Sparkley and Spencer Ludwig, WWE’s Darren Young & Ariane Andrew.


Plannedparenthood Sue Dunlap

LAPride Festival infront Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood

Singer Sparkley
Singer Brooke Candy

Spencer Ludwig
HULU TV new sponsor LAPrideFestival