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#BIGANG @BigAng The Way We Remember Her: @XXL by @ScottChurch @berngiacomazzo

While we’re happy to hear the news that Big Ang is still alive, despite initial reports to the contrary, we’re still sad and gutted over the news that she is currently in the fight for her life against cancer.

In light of all of the negative reports, then, we — Scott Church, Bernadette Giacomazzo, & the rest of our team — would like to share with you this video, showing Angela “Big Ang” Raiola the way we remember — and love — her.

She’s a no-nonsense, fearless lady who’s seen more than her fair share of drama…but she’s also a dear friend, a loving mother, and an even more loving grandmother.

Ang, we love you, and we’re always here for you. Please keep fighting this!

With love always,
Scott Church, Bernadette Giacomazzo, & the team

#Oscars2016 Roger Neal Style Hollywood (RNSH) 20th Annual Beauty & Couture Academy Award Suite

NEAL PUBLIC RELATIONS
10858 FRUITLAND DRIVE PH. 323-366-2796
STUDIO CITY, CA 91604 714-883-0231
EMAIL- prstarus2000@yahoo.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- BREAKING ACADEMY AWARD FASHION NEWS
WHAT: Roger Neal Style Hollywood (RNSH) 20th Annual Beauty & Couture Academy Award Suite
WHERE: LUXE HOTEL, 360 N. Rodeo Dr , Beverly Hills Ca in the Rodeo Dr. Penthouse
WHEN: Thursday February 25th – Friday February 26 — 9:30 am – 7:00 pm
WHO: 200 Stars Including 16 Oscar Nominees, A-List stars, Couture Designers and Beauty Services
OFFICIAL CHARITY: The John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health
ROGER NEAL STYLE HOLLYWOOD BEAUTY & COUTURE SUITE
CELEBRATING THE 88th ACADEMY AWARDS
200 STARS AND 16 CURRENT OSCAR NOMINEES, TO BENEFIT
THE JOHN RITTER FOUNDATION
CELEBRITY GOWN DESIGNERS SONJJIA BARAM, DEPAULA DESIGNS & OLGA BLANC
AMONG THE DESIGNERS UNVEILING THIEIR OSCAR COLLECTION OF GOWNS
NEUMA BEAUTY WILL HAVE SPECIAL HAIR CARE FOR NOMINEES
EYE LASH EXTENTIONS, FACIALS, MASSAGES, AMONG THE PAMPERING
SERVICES PROVIDED TO STARS AND NOMINEES ATTENDING
Beverly Hills, CA – Roger & Lynn Neal of Neal Public Relations, who is responsible for making designers like: Stuart Weitzman, Avakian, Katherine Baumann, Jewelry on 7th, Kwiat Diamonds, Jelly Belly, Gown Designers Addy Van Den Krommenacker, Avakian, Classified Cosmetics, Marley Coffee, Lorimar Winery, Medea Vodka, Niagaras Honeymoon Sweets, and Natalie K Diamonds to name a few household names during award season, is producing The Ultimate Beauty & Couture Suite in honor of the 87th Annual Academy Awards. Neal and wife Lynn for the past 19 years have produced the most talked about Academy Awards suites.  
The RNSH Academy Award suites will open Thursday Feb 25th thru – Friday February 26th 2016 at the LUXE Hotel at 360 N. Rodeo Dr in Beverly Hills in the Exclusive Rodeo Dr. Penthouse from 9:30 am 7:00 pm daily. Stars will be pampered with beauty treatments as they prepare for the biggest night in the world.

Neal said “We are thrilled to be back at the LUXE HOTEL on Rodeo Dr , we did our suite there over the last 5 years and are happy to be back in the newly renovated RODEO DR. PENTHOUSE SUITE. In 2015 we had 200 stars and 16 current Oscar nominees attend the suite including Best Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Actress, Best Makeup, Best Costume among others, and 5 of those nominees after coming to our suite won their Oscar on Oscar night, our suite has become as good luck charm for Nominees over the past 5 years.
As always our Suite will benefit multiple charities, and we will as always have a special unveiling in the suite.

OFFICIAL CHARITY
We are pleased to announce that one of our official Charity this year is the JOHN RITTER FOUNDATION.

GOWN DESIGNER SONJIIA BARAM AND MARAGRAT DI PAULA OF DI PAULA DESIGNS AND OLGA BLANC WILL PREMIERE THEIR OSCAR COLLECTIONS IN OUR SUITE.

Personal Touch Lingerie will have their Line of Swarovski Crystal Bra’s in our suite, and their Nubra, www.personaltouchlingerie.com

Massage Therapist Brynn Cannon of marvelous massage will be giving massages in our suite.
Brynn Cannon has been a massage therapist for more than 15 years. Her career began when she would work on family and friends for free before ever taking a lesson. Everyone loved her work and how intuitive she is. After her training in Maui she was Nationally Certified for 8 years, licensed in two states, and is now CAMTC Certified in California. She has worked with private clients at their homes, in hotels and day spas, at Poker tournaments, and at corporate events in Maui, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Swedish, Lomilomi, Deep Tissue and Reflexology are some of the modalities she does.
Famed Artist Mario Della Casa, will for the 3rd time be in our suite said Roger Neal, we are excited to have him with us again, this time Mario will have one of a kind paintings of Hollywood’s biggest stars. www.jeanniebottles.com

OFFICAL FACIALIST
Beverly Hills Facial’s MY BARE BEAUTFUL SKIN will provide facials
OFFICIAL WATER
HINT WATER has been selected for this year, has been named as the official water for our 2016 Suite
OFFICIAL CHAMPAGNE AND WINERY
Once again this year LORIMAR WINERY from Temecula Ca will be the official wine and champagne for the suite. www.lorimarwinery.com

OFFICIAL GOURMET CHOCOLATIERS
Brazilian Sweets GLAMOUR BOMBONIER is our official gourmet chocolatier
OFFICIAL BAKERY
Mary’s Cake Shop for the 4th year will be our bakery, her whimsical cakes are always a delight to see and eat, This year she will do a cake honoring one of the Oscar nominees….always sweet www.maryscakeshop.com This year Mary’s Cake shop will make a cake celebrating the Oscars that will be sure to grab headlines.

JEWELRY DESIGNER
ESTHER EYRE who does jewelry for the Royal Family in London will have her one of a kind Oscar collection pieces for stars and nominees to wear Oscar night www.ictrends.net

HANDBAG DESIGNER
MARCELO CALABRESE will have one of a kind handbag in the suite for stars to wear on Oscar night. www.ictrends.net

COUTURE GOWNS BY OLGA BLANC will have stunning gowns for Oscar night
www.ictrends.net

SMART SCARF BY FUR FRENZY
We are pleased to welcome Smart Scarf designer/ founder Pam Fischer and her fur frenzy smart scarf’s of course her faux fur scarfs and hooded scarfs complete with a place to keep your hands war and secret pockets to put your cell phone, and credit cards/id etc. www.furfrenzy.net

TIMMY WOODS HANDBAGS
For the 8th year in a row Timmy Woods will have her whimsical handbags for nominees and star for Oscar night.

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The RNSH Suites has become THE PLACE for stars to get pampered, select gowns, shoes, handbags and jewelry for the Oscars. For the past 20 years we have had no less than 3 nominees and at least 8 stars wear designs from the clients in our suite to the Oscars and to major parties. Neal will have over 200 stars and 16 Oscar Nominees attend this year, in the past stars included: William Shatner, Laura Dern ,Paul; Sorvino, Lanie Kazan, Quvenzhane Wallis, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Angela basset, Adam Lambert, Penelope Ann Miller, Wendi McClendon-Covey, Joe Montagna, Nominee Siedah Garrett, and Oscar winning director Michel Hazanavicius and his wife Berenice Bejo of THE ARTIST, Oscar nominated stars from Twelve Years A Slave, The Hobbit, Nebraska, Argo, Django, Hitchcock, Oscar Winner Shawn Christiansen, Oscar Winner Marcia Gay Hardin, Penny Marshall among many others
Our suite also has a purpose by spotlighting a charity each year. Roger Neal say’s “WE ARE NOT A GIFTING SUITE.” However, we do gift stars for coming and supporting our charities. The gift bag is worth $23k
Nominees and Stars Gift bags will contain couture jewelry, couture gown, gourmet chocolates, couture handbag, couture Lingere, Art from Mario Della Casa, a $10k stay at the Belleek Castle in Ireland, among other items.
The RNSH suites will have beauty treatments for stars and media. Neal says “What we are having is an exclusive invitation only suite, where stars and media will be invited into a much needed relaxing and comfortable atmosphere, to be pampered with some of the most expensive treatments available today.” We will also offer Couture for stylists dressing star and nominees for OSCAR night in our suite.
Stars will enjoy spa treatments that include: Oscar nominees and Alist stars will receive spa treatments from:
* Eyelash extensions by Long Mi Lashes/Daniel Dinh www.longmilashes.com
* Hair Blow Outs, Facials, Massages, Manicures, Pedicures, among other exclusive spa treatments.
* GM COLLLIN SKINCARE PARIS will be giving special product to our nominees which is always a hit.
Shelly Hill of Sparkle Nails will be doing manicures
Daniel Dinh will do eyelash extensions for stars
Guests will enjoy incredible couture designs by: Esther Jewelry, Marcelo Calabrese Handbags, DI Paula Gowns, Sonjjia Baram, Olga Blanc Gowns, Timmy Woods Handbags, Raju Rasiah Jewelry among others.

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As a Thank you to STARS, NOMINEES, PRESENTERS attending and supporting the charities they will receive:
* A stay at the Historical Belleek Castle in Ballina, Ireland www.belleekcastle.com
* Handbag from Marcelo Calabrese
*Handbag from Timmy Woods Beverly Hills
*Jewelry from royal family jeweler Esther from London
*certificates from Long Mi Lashes and Daniel Dinh
*Gown from DiPaula Designs
*Gown from Sonjjia Baram
*certificate from Brynn Cannon and Marvelous massage
*certificate from My Beautiful Bare Skin facials
And too many items to mention here.
* We will have a full bar with exclusive spirit brands
* Lorimar Wine & Champagne will be serving their award winning wines, champagnes and new dessert wines. www.lorimarwinery.com
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* Mary’s Cake Shop the hottest celebrity cakery will delight with a very special cake www.maryscakeshop.com
* HINT WATER will provide all of the water for the suite

*Ethel Richards author of THE BOBBY SHERMAN MIRACLE will have her book in our suite.

We will be updating this release daily and adding in more exciting news as we get closer to the Suite.

ALL MEDIA IS INVITED TO ATTEND, CREDIENTIALS A MUST, LIVE SHOTS WELCOMED
CONTACT:
ROGER NEAL @ prstarus2000@yahoo.com
NEAL PR 323-366- 2796 or 714-883-0231
Celebrating 33 years

[PHOTOS] @AmericanIdol & @BravoRHOC Stars Attend the Orange County Christmas Spectacular!

The Orange County Christmas Spectacular was held at the Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA, and it brought out the stars of “American Idol” & “Real Housewives of Orange County.”

Past contestants & winners of the popular reality singing competition all walked the red carpet, including Ruben Studdard, Tamyra Gray, Jessica Sanchez, Pia Toscano & more!

Also in attendance were Peggy Tanous & Taylor Armstrong of “The Real Housewives of Orange County.”

Additional photos can be found on the Corbis & PR Photos wires.

Check out the exclusive gallery on Bernadette Giacomazzo’s website.

[PICS & VIDEO] Sneak Peek of @ScottChurch ‘s shoot with @StacyFequiere at @FortheStarsUSA !

This is just a sneak peek of some of the many photos Scott Church took of model Stacy Ann Fequiere of America’s Next Top Model…tune in to see where they go next! Thanks to Jacob of For the Stars USA on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, CA; Kelly Robertson for Dinair for the excellent makeup; Joni Miller for the excellent hair; and of course the entire creative team for the shoot!

Check out the photos & video on Bernadette Giacomazzo’s website.

“Swimming with Sharks” book re-released, $1 from each sale to go to @RyanFoundation !

SWIMMING WITH SHARKS

Entertainment industry powerhouses Bernadette Giacomazzo and MJ Deskovic — who first came to prominence a decade ago when they dropped the first edition of the seminal Swimming with Sharks: A Real-World, How-To Guide to Success (and Failure) in the Business of Music — have updated, and re-released, the book, which is now available in print and digital formats.

The duo have pledged $1 of each net sale from their book to go to the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing entertainment and educational opportunities for children in hospitals across the country. Both women are ongoing supporters of the Foundation, and are committed to the entertainment industry’s spirit of “giving back” to those less fortunate.

Swimming with Sharks: A Real World, How To Guide to Success (and Failure) in the Business of Music (in the 21st Century) has been updated & re-released, but still retains all its original wit & wisdom. What began as a conversation on MySpace earned countless indie book accolades & awards, launched the successful mainstream careers of its two authors, and taught countless musicians about the in’s and out’s of the shark-infested business of music.

“When MJ and I first wrote Swimming with Sharks ten years ago, all we wanted to do was educate the artists we were working with,” said Giacomazzo. “We never, in a million years, dreamed that the book would open up a world of opportunities for us in the entertainment industry. But once it did, we felt that the only right thing to do was to give back to those less fortunate…our debt of gratitude, in one way, but our pleasure and our honor in another.”

“The Ryan Seacrest Foundation is a perfect combination of everything Bernadette and I stand for,” added Deskovic. “We believe in the spirit of charity, and we believe that both educational and entertainment opportunities should be made available to everyone…especially children, and most especially children in hospitals. We’re pleased to support the Foundation every way we know how, and we’re especially pleased to impart our hard-earned wisdom to those who need it in the form of this updated version of our book.”

The new edition of the book now features sound advice for music industry professionals, exclusive stories about your favorite celebrities, and insightful updates about the original cast of characters from the first edition of the book.

But in between the tales of the tape about celebrities from Kanye West (very nice) to Nick Lachey (not so much), and the hilarious quips from other industry insiders, is a book that’s chock full of essential tips that every musician & aspiring industry professional — regardless of genre — can take to heart and apply to his/her successful entertainment industry career…without getting eaten by the industry’s sharks.


Here are some of the reviews from the first edition of the book:

• “They don’t pull any punches…they write well with a keen eye on how the music business has changed beyond recognition.” – Metal 4 Life (UK)

• “A no-nonsense, tough-love book about the music industry.” – NYScene.com

• “What a fantastic book! Highest respect to all those involved.” – Kelli Wright, Kelli Wright Publicity (Australia)

• “Very solid advice, and great information. A must-read for any musician.” – Belinda Subraman, Belinda Subraman Presents (USA)

• “Great book! Funny as hell.” – Stephen Key, CEO of Hot Picks

• “We will blab about it everywhere we go!” — Lzzy, Lead Singer of Halestorm (Atlantic Records)

• “The distinctive voices of Bernadette Giacomazzo and MJ Deskovic lend many great pointers that will give a great jump start to the musician in this wonderful book.” — The Feminist Review

• “Jam-packed with valuable information and yet remains an easy and amusing read.” — Babble and Beat Magazine


To purchase a digital copy of the book, go here. To purchase a print copy of the book, go here.

via @berngiacomazzo [NEWS] “Empire” Actor @MalikYoba to host @iconic_32’s 1st Annual Pop Culture Summit in NYC

[via Bernadette Giacomazzo]

SELECT INTERVIEWS ARE AVAILABLE — please contact Bernadette Giacomazzo/KBPR at 516-322-1101 or bernadette@bernadettegiacomazzo.com

SPEAKERS & PRESENTERS INCLUDE: Malik Yoba, Fat Joe, Grammy-award winner Commissioner Gordon Williams, Bollywood actress Shenaz Treasury, and actor/activist Hill Harper.

iconic32, the innovative studio and lifestyle company, in partnership with John Jay College of Criminal Justice (John Jay) and the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) – is excited to announce its first annual “Pop Culture Summit,” which will take place on Saturday, October 3rd in New York City on campus at John Jay College, located at 524 W. 59th Street.

The iconic32 Pop Culture Summit is a new and unique fundraising platform that will raise awareness and financial resources for various causes, while providing the space for conscious creatives across various pop culture disciplines (technology, fashion, film, music, art and sports) to come together to share knowledge and co-create alongside some of the most renowned influencers, celebrities and YouTubers/Viners/digital influencers – in order to explore the role of pop culture as a change agent for social good.

The Pop Culture Summit’s core audiences are Millennials and Gen Zers, including anyone that wants to get more deeply embedded and knowledgeable about these youth audiences. The Summit will host approximately 350 attendees and it will also be live streamed.

Award-winning actor, humanitarian and co-founder of iconic32 Malik Yoba will serve as the master of ceremonies – and will guide attendees through a one-day creative, spiritual and inspirational journey.

The day will consist of:
• Morning yoga and meditation session powered by KIND Snacks
• Film screenings (Time is Illmatic, Rubble Kings)
• Speakers & panels (POP talks)
• Performances (music, dance, theatre)
• Co-creation Workshops (art, music, digital /film, photography, fashion)
• A marketplace with several custom-made and customizable products
• Final performances: attendees present ideas & content developed during co-creation workshops

iconic32 co-founder Sergio Morales said, “The Pop Culture Summit is one of the ways that our company is bringing our value proposition to life, which is to use pop culture to spark social good. Pop culture is an incredibly power medium and is deeply embedded into many facets of our everyday lives.

Unfortunately, pop culture is oftentimes used and associated with negative issues, messages and images, which become front and center for our younger generations and society at large. We are swinging the pendulum by leveraging pop culture as a change agent for social good, and as a way to create and unite communities of socially-conscious creatives, particularly our younger generations, to demonstrate that pop culture can and should be both cool AND good. The Pop Culture Summit will also serve as incubator to launch the process of product ideas and content, and we will be the springboard for an evergreen platform for people from all walks of life to participate and contribute to the evolution of these ideas into actual product development and distribution.”

“With a student body committed to contributing to the public good as fierce advocates for justice, John Jay College is a fitting partner for the first Pop Culture Summit. We are excited to join with iconic32 to explore the ways pop culture can serve as an agent for change,” said Lynette Cook-Francis, Vice President for Student Affairs at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

“DYCD is proud to partner with iconic32 for this groundbreaking summit,” said Department of Youth and Community Development Commissioner Bill Chong. “Pop culture has a tremendous impact on the life decisions of our young people, and by connecting them with influencers and experts in the creative fields of tech, fashion, film, music, art and sports, we inspire our youth to consider potential career paths and discover new ways to bring about social change.”

For additional information and to register for the iconic32 Pop Culture Summit, please visit iconic32.com.