A client found us with some raggedy gossipScoop. “Psst…I bet you can’t guess why Erykah Badu gave me a tip for a “Job well Done…” or “What HALLE BERRY said when she found that I had a wife and child…” I pondered, who is this? Intrigued, I prodded who IS T.H.I.S., really? The more he talked, the more I listened. Oh d*mn it’s PIERRE turned SNITCH Author. If anyone would know what happens behind Hollywood’s closed doors it’s PIERRE. He introduced me to “My 100 Homies & Phonies of Hollywood,” a hilarious and sometimes serious book of recant of tabloid targets, Hollywood tastemakers and paparazzi favorites. From Hollywood heavyweights Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, comedy legends RICHARD PRYOR and BERNIE MAC to the queen of Messy herself, Talk Show host Wendy Williams – how bold, how spicy.
After nearly a ten year hiatus from the Hollywood scene PIERRE has hit the syndicated radio circuit running. From the Monique Show to the Rickey Smiley Radio Show to the ever funny Steve Harvey Morning Show where he was asked to play co-host in Steve Harvey’s absence to nearly 7 million morning listeners nationwide, we can safely say HE IS BAACCK. ! As our newest talent on the Couture Agency roster, I will serve as his personal publicist (Puhlease wish me L.U.C.K. ~ he’s a hand / mouth full.) For interviews, an electronic press kit or for PIERRE Edwards biography, email: media [at] thepublicists [dot] com or visit our corporate website at www.thepublicists.com (Talent and Speakers).
I had the opportunity to attend the 100 Black Men of America Conference in NY this past weekend. I learned more about the organization and was pleasantly impressed there were more than 350 mentees who also attended the conference. These children were very well behaved and clearly disciplined. I guess men CAN control children better (smile). They have several educational and mentoring programs that suit children of all ages. I am only familiar with one – The Eagle Academy. The 100 Black Men of America report more than 10000 members. In attendance were: Former Gov. Douglas Wilder (D-VA), Musician Maxwell, Governor Patterson )NY), Congressman Kendrick Meeks (NY), Actress Vivica A. Fox and more. Wow.
Tavis Smiley opened the “America I Am” traveling exhibit in Atlanta on Thursday night and I joined him on his Accountable Tour in Washington DC, sponsored by Nationwide Insurance the week prior. The Nationwide Insurance information sessions were truly informative. I attended several before I had to rush off to Philadelphia. The “American I AM,” sponsored by Wal-Mart is interesting and should be coming soon to a city near you . Ciao ~
Our offices were closed this weekend. Generally our office is open from 9-12pm most Saturdays. We attended the graduation of our Creative Director, Keturah M. Drake. At Couture she was responsible for our design concept for many of our high profile events and to say she was “Great” was an understatement.You See, Keturah is very talented, yet modest indeed. Not only did she graduate Drexel University in Fashion Design, she won nearly every award offered and received not 1 but 4 job offers from some MAJOR fashion designers. Although Keturah’s journey has ended here, she will still contribute our “Art, Music, Vibe” e-newsletter read by more than 25,000 subscribers. It was fantastic working with Keturah and we will miss her big hair and big spirit. From us to her, we wish her much success. You can see her award winning fashion designs in our Art, Music, Vibe summer e-newsletter which will be sent June 15, 2009.
Alas, our task is accomplished. “Truth is in the Capitol” as NCBW National Chair, Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq. often says. On April 28, 2009, abolitionist and suffragette Sojourner Truth became the the first Black Woman memorialized in the United States Capitol. The initiative garnered national and international media attention. Who better to unveil the bust other than the first Black First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.
After nearly a ten year effort, the National Congress of Black Women (NCBW) cited victory as their effort to have a Bill passed to have Sojourner Truth added to the United States Capitol was signed into Law. The event was an astounding success as A-Listers, Top Government officials and U.S. citizens witnessed the historical event. Most importantly the program was sponsored by the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and NCBW. Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid and others.
An incredible special presentation of “Ain’t I a Woman,” by esteemed Actress Cicely Tyson and a musical performance by Lomax Spaulding Yolanda Adams and Dorinda Clarke Cole left the audience speechless. It was indeed a historical day. I was grateful to be a part of history.
Ivy K. Pendleton, Publicist
We would also like to give Kudos to our modest Vice President, Ivy K. Pendleton who performed all of the Marketing, Publicity and event production for the effort. JOB WELL DONE IVY!!!!! Kamaria Salau, Publicist at Couture managed the Sojourner Truth Donors Luncheon at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington DC. She was instrumental in working with VIPs such as Sheila Jackson Lee, Cathy Hughes, Cicely Tyson, Dorinda Clarke Cole, Diane Watson and many others. If you want to follow what Ivy K. Pendleton, Kamaria Salau and the rest of the Couture Agency Publicists are doing, you can follow us on our social networking sites: www.twitter.com/coutureagency and http://www.facebook.com/pages/Washington-DC/Publicity-and-Marketing/135358565696?ref=nf
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