Thursday, January 24, 2008

Style and Focus News Bites

** Style and Focus Lifestyle PR would like to send our condolences out to Heath Ledger's family. May your privacy be respected during this extremely difficult time.

** On April 11th, CNN and special correspondent anchor Soledad O'Brien will be the first recipient of the Soledad O'Brien Freedom's Voice Award. Two organizations: Healthcare for the Underserved and Morehouse College's School of Medicine, created the award in her name to recognize professionals who serve as a catalysts for social change within their fields. O’Brien will receive the award at the inaugural Community Voices’ first Freedom’s Voice gala at the High Museum in Atlanta.

"Mrs. O'Brien's accomplishments in her field, her commitment to cover stories that might otherwise go untold, and her steadfast willingness to be a voice for those in our society who are unseen and unheard set a high standard," said by Dr. John E. Maupin, president of Morehouse School of Medicine (JET magazine).

** With the country possible suffering from a recession I found this article, "Congress Members Get $4,000 Pay Raise" from the Associated Press on the msnbc website to be quite interesting. Although it's a couple of weeks old, it's still very relevant.

** Legendary fashion designer Valentino retired from a 45 year old fashionable career on Wednesday with a haute couture show in Paris. He has dressed all the fashionably chic from the iconic Jacqueline Kennedy to the youthful chic Anne Hathaway. His spring collection consist of 75 looks, which was shown to 900 guests. The collection showcased the past and present with flowy draped dresses to white goddess gowns(WWD).

** Veteran actress Ruby Dee receives her first Academy Award Nomination for best supporting actress for the film "American Gangster". The 83-year-old actress career has spanned the stage, screen and television for nearly six decades.

** L'Oreal to buy Yves Saint Laurent Beaute for $1.68 Billion from PPR's Gucci Group in an attempt to strengthen its presence in the luxury market. In addition, L'Oreal will have licenses for the fragrances and cosmetics of the Stella McCartney, Oscar de la Renta and Ermenegildo Zegna brands, although the former will remain the property of the PPR Group (Cosmetics Design Europe).

** Singer Usher Raymond's father Usher Raymond III died this past Friday in Atlanta.

** Popular 90's talk show host Jenny Jones has launched a new website, On her new site she will be accepting applications from members of the public looking to create good deeds in 2008. The chosen applications will receive a financial compensation to accomplish their good deeds (People magazine).

** 50 Cent announced at the Sundance Film Festival that he is forming a production company with longtime manager Chris Lighty and producer Randell Emmett to produce indie films.

** Daniel Radcliffe has donated his eye glasses to a Holocaust exhibition. He gave his first pair of glasses from when he was six years old to the RESPECtacles project. Radcliffe also included a note saying: "Please find enclosed my first pair of glasses which I wore at school at six. I wish you every success with the exhibition."

The glasses will be used in an artwork installation to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day on Sunday, January 27th. The RESPECtacles display will be on show at Liverpool Town Hall from January 21st to 26th.

Other celebrities who have donated eye glasses include Yoko Ono, Stephen Fry, Jerry Springer, Paul O'Grady and Ronnie Corbett. More than 1,000 pairs have now collected in total. The image of stacks of mangled pairs of glasses acts as a stark reminder of number of lives lost during the horror of the Holocaust. After the exhibition, the glasses will be sent via Vision Aid Overseas to those with poor eyesight in the developing world.

Liverpool Lord Mayor Paul Clark said of Radcliffe's donation: "It is a wonderful gesture by Daniel, particularly as he will help us reach the younger generation. The glasses will form part of a symbolic piece of artwork which will help people to learn how important it is to never forget the horrors of the Holocaust" (People magazine and Hello magazine).

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