The Third Annual Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival 2015

The third annual Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival wrapped up an epic 3-day weekend in Downtown Las Vegas. More than 90,000 people took over the streets eager to catch headlining performances by legendary musicians Stevie Wonder and Duran Duran, Billboard chart-toppers Imagine Dragons and Hozier, hip-hop heavyweights Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg, dance music artists Major Lazer, Kygo, Porter Robinson and many more who hit the four outdoor stages throughout the one-of-a-kind weekend.

The best in music, art, culinary and learning came together to kick-off the fall festival season with each component owning more than 18 square blocks of Downtown, the largest land-space the festival has owned in its three years. Spotted during the weekend were young Hollywood favorites Vanessa Hudgens, Emily Osment, Emmanuelle Chriqui and first time speakers at the speakers at the Learning Series Kat Graham and Rosario Dawson who were seen roaming the festival grounds.

Day One – Friday, September 25:

  • The opening night was led by non-other than R&B star Stevie Wonder, who serenated the crowd at the main Downtown Stage performing his top hits including, “Isn’t She Lovely,” and “Superstition”
  • The interactive art installation welcomed murals painted by international street artists  D*face and also featured Banksy’s New York delivery truck, which made its Las Vegas debut at the festival
  • Food Network’s own pastry chef, Duff Goldman participated in the culinary demonstrations offering festivalgoers tip and tricks to his craft
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy joined electronic house DJ, Discovery Project, on the Troubadour Stage, the debut tent at this year’s festival

Day Two – Saturday, September 26:

  • The city’s own hometown heroes, Imagine Dragons, wrapped an electrifying performance in front of thousands of screaming fans
  • Actor and Director, Justin Baldoni surprised a young girl on stage named Claire Wineland, who is diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, by gifting 15 minutes of his speaking time to allow her to deliver an inspirational speech. It has been Claire’s dream to be a public speaker.
  • Noted French chef, Hubert Keller offered a full culinary demonstration of his ultimate Fleur hamburger


Day Three – Sunday, September 27:

  • The Killers reunited with Brandon Flowers on the main stage
  • Emerging new artist, Halsey jumped off stage in the middle of her performance to give one lucky fan her first kiss
  • Vampire Diaries actress, Kat Graham performed her new album at The Downtown Container Park
  • Actress Rosario Dawson spoke on stage in front of a crowded room about life challenges and obstacles at the Learning Series
  • Weezer collaborated with fellow Life is Beautiful performers Best Coast during their set
  • Kendrick Lamar closed out the 3-day festival with crowds chanted his name


Day 1 Assets:

–          Video footage available here:

–          2015 Life Is Beautiful Festival Day One  – Part 1 / Photo Credit: FilmMagic for Life is Beautiful

–          2015 Life is Beautiful Festival Day One – Part 2 / Photo Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Life is Beautiful

Day 2 Assets:

–          Video footage available here:

–          Life is Beautiful Day 2 / Photo Credit: Erik Kabik for Life is Beautiful

–          2015 Life Is Beautiful Festival Day Two  – Part 1 / Photo Credit: FilmMagic for Life is Beautiful

–          2015 Life is Beautiful Festival Day Two – Part 2 / Photo Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Life is Beautiful

Day 3 Assets:

–          Video footage available here:

–          Life is Beautiful Day 3 / Photo Credit: Erik Kabik for Life is Beautiful

–          2015 Life Is Beautiful Festival Day Three – Part 1 / Photo Credit: FilmMagic for Life is Beautiful

–          2015 Life Is Beautiful Festival Day Three – Part 2 / Photo Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Life is Beautiful

LAS VEGAS, NV - September 27: ***HOUSE COVERAGE*** pictured at at Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas, NV on September 27, 2015. Credit: Erik Kabik Photography/ MediaPunch

LAS VEGAS, NV – September 27: ***HOUSE COVERAGE*** pictured at at Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas, NV on September 27, 2015. Credit: Erik Kabik Photography/ MediaPunch


Stevie Wonder

Brandon Flowers Killers


Imagine Dragons

© Erik  Kabik/

© Erik Kabik/

© Erik  Kabik/

Imagine Dragons Crowd

Kendrick Lamar, Kravitz

Kendrick Lamar

Justin Baldoni with Claire


Rosario Dawson


FOX Continues 10 City “Rosewood” Screening Tour in Miami (Media Recap)

FOX continues the 10-City “Rosewood” Screening Tour in Miami. Press and influencers were privy to never before seen footage of FOX’s star-studded line-up of new dramas, new mysteries, and new thrills this Fall on FOX. Alongside “EMPIRE”, one of the most popular primetime series in the network’s history, FOX will introduce Miami-based investigative series,  “ROSEWOOD” starring Morris Chestnut, “SCREAM QUEENS” with Keke Palmer and futuristic crime drama, “MINORITY REPORT” featuring Meagan Good.
Monday, September 21st
Tuesday, September 22nd
Wednesday, September 23rd
9:00PM – “EMPIRE”

Guests Can’t Wait to Share About FOX’s Newest Show “Rosewood” Premiering September 23rd!


Attendees at the FOX “Rosewood” Screening Tour


Guest Enjoyed Complimentary Food by the Bite and Beverages at the FOX “Rosewood” Screening Tour


Phil Buchanan (Former NFL Athlete), Leon Fragee (Celebrity Stylist)& guest


Complimentary “Rosewood” Swag Bags

Arts Hearts Fashion Opening Day at Grand Central Station Presented by AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Association with FTL Moda (Media Recap)


Opening day for prestigious bi-coastal fashion platform Art Hearts Fashion commenced last night with a 5 designer showcase hosted at Vanderbilt Hall presented by AIDS Healthcare Foundation in association with FTL Moda. Art Hearts Fashion Founder and Designer Erik Rosete opened the show with his Mister Triple X “Vortex” collection. This season Mister Triple X debuted a flirtatious metallic pallet featuring rich body-con dresses, shorts and the designer’s signature bunny ears. Zachary/Nathaniel was next to the runway presenting an inspired collection of dark hues, plunging necklines and leather features. Expert draping made for flattering silhouettes in the designs, expertly pair with sheer and leather. Tarek Sinno’s rich color scheme of blues, reds and golds accentuated the feminine form with fanciful ornate detailing and unexpected structured features. Striking lines and intricate jeweling elicited excitement from guests and media. Designer Gregorio Sanchez enlivened the runway with bright pops of color and fine hand embroidery. This cohesive collection full of bold patterned skirts and romantic tops expressed a natural vibrant energy and movement. Cary Santiago closed the evening with a jaw dropping collection full of high drama. The cinematic designs are impeccably crafted demonstrating Santiago’s ingenious artistry.

Official Makeup Sponsor The Organic Face™ and Official Hair Care Sponsor Marrakesh worked with designers bringing their visions to life on the runway.

As a voice for artistic and cutting edge designers, Art Hearts Fashion is paving the way toward the future of Fashion Week. Art Hearts Fashion’s philanthropic drive stretches from coast to coast, putting the spotlight on how fashion can promote constructive ideals and influence the progressive evolution of the fashion industry. Each season, AHF works with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and Make-A-Wish. Participating designers can be seen on every major Hollywood celebrity including: Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Niki Minaj, Rita Ora, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Miley Cirus, Carrie Underwood, and countless more. The platform is unequivocally intertwined with the causes and organizations it supports.

Special thanks to Art Hearts Fashion sponsors and supporters including: AIDS Healthcare Foundation, VOSS Events, Savvy Traveler, and Monster Energy.

Art Hearts Fashion is produced by Erik Rosete and ParkerWhitaker Productions

Day 2 of Art Hearts Fashion Continues Tonight at The Refectory at The High Line Hotel

The upcoming Art Hearts Fashion LA will be held in Los Angeles October 5-10th 2015. For press access please email

Photos of event:

Photo Credit Bob Cox

Mister Triple X

Zachary NathanielTarek Sinno

Gregorio Sanchez

Cary Santiago

Photo Credit Troy Tackett

BTS Photos: Photo Credit: Aremis Studios 

Photo Credit Paulina Bandremer

Designer Mister Triple X

Designer Zachary Nathaniel

Designer Gregorio Sanchez

Designer Cary Santiago

[Media Recap] Virgoland Presents Reneard Confessions of A Virgo Album Release Party 9.8.15

Confessions of a Virgo 4

Audi Atlanta was filled with beautiful cars, beautiful music and beautiful people for singer/songwriter Reneard’s “Confessions of A Virgo” album release party.  The evening was hosted by Rashan Ali (Multimedia Personality/Philanthropist) and the “Ode to R&B” musical soundtrack was provided by Jay Tek (Program Director – Streetz 94.5).  Guest were treated to delightful hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Marlo (Cravings Express) and complimentary cocktails courtesy of Hennessy. Later that evening, the man of the hour Reneard took the stage for a soulful live performance with a full band as he performed select records from “Confessions of A Virgo” including the single “Yea Yeah” with special guest rap duo TK N Cash. In between songs Reneard had an intimate Q and A with host Rashan Ali where he spoke on his influences, features on the album, and how his Dad always pushed him to work hard for what he wanted in life. A heartfelt moment took place on stage when Reneard surprised his Dad with a commemorative “Confessions of A Virgo” plaque as a token of his appreciation.  Reneard was then surprised by a commemorative plague of his own by Greg Smith (SESAC Writer/Publisher Relations). The evening concluded with guest, friends and family purchasing copies of “Confessions of A Virgo” and taking pictures with Reneard. “Confessions of A Virgo” is available now on: iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.

Special Thanks

Audi Atlanta



Cravings Express

Salt and Pepper Productions

:: Courtesy of The Resource Guild ::

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Photo Credit: Shawn Bell

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Singer/Songwriter Reneard Releases Debut Album “Confessions of A Virgo”


​Reneard and his Wife Latoya Green (Red Dress) Taking a Picture with Fans at Reneard’s “Confessions of A Virgo” Album Release Party at Audi Atlanta


​Crowd Shot: Reneard Performing “Yea Yeah” Live with Rap Duo TK n Cash during his “Confessions of A Virgo” Album Release Party at Audi Atlanta


​Reneard and Masud Wiggins (General Manager Audi Atlanta) at the “Confessions of A Virgo” Album Release Party at Audi Atlanta


Collaborative Partners: Catering Sponsor Chef Marlo (Cravings Express), Host for the Evening Rashan Ali (Multimedia Personality/ Philanthropist), and Cocktail Sponsor Michael “Hezo” Gonzalez (Moet Hennessy) at Reneard’s “Confessions of A Virgo” Album Release Party at Audi Atlanta


​Reneard Presenting a Commemorative “Confessions of A Virgo” Plaque to his Father Bobby Green with Host for the Evening Rashan Ali (Multimedia Personality/Philanthropist) at the “Confessions of A Virgo” Album Release Party at Audi Atlanta


​Reneard Being Presented a Commemorative “Confessions of A Virgo” Plaque by Greg Smith (SESAC) at the “Confessions of A Virgo” Album Release Party at Audi Atlanta


​Reneard Using his Falsetto for a High Note During his Live Performance at the “Confessions of A Virgo” Album Release Party at Audi Atlanta


​Reneard Using his Falsetto for a High Note During his Live Performance at the “Confessions of A Virgo” Album Release Party at Audi Atlanta


​Rashan Ali (Multimedia Personality/ Philanthropist) Host Reneard’s “Confessions of A Virgo” Album Release Party at Audi Atlanta


​Reneard with Rap Duo TK N Cash at the “Confessions of A Virgo” Album Release Party at Audi Atlanta


​ Singer/Songwriter Reneard at his “Confessions of A Virgo” Album Release Party at Audi Atlanta


Writing is a lifestyle Las Vegas Edition

LAS VEGAS – Best-Selling Author/Advocate Ni’cola Mitchell launched her 10th book, “Pum Pum” and hosted Shop & Sip, where an audience of over 100 toast-makers, readers, and media at Devanna Love Boutique and Beauty Bar owned by Las Vegas Socialite Melissia Rene, an opportunity to have an intimate experience with Mitchell and an ability to support an organization that provides so much support to the AIDS community in Las Vegas.  .

Guest where able to enjoy food, wine courtesy of Southern Wine and Spirits, special performances provided by Audeo Piouz and GQ and Eurotrash Collective, prize give-a-ways, shopping, and live music by 97.5 Rock Star D.J D-Money. In honor of Mitchell’s Caribbean culture, she also had models dressed in Caribbean Carnival attire providing refreshments and books to the guest. AFAN, Aid for Aids Nevada was also onsite providing health awareness.

Guyanese “Cooley” DJ Devi Dev sat down with Ni’cola Mitchell where she asked specific questions from her new book Pum Pum, where Mitchell got her start from, and how did her Caribbean heritage inspire her on this project. Ni’cola Mitchell gave a glimpse into her life and upcoming projects, then followed with an intimate Q&A period with her audience. “I just wanted to provide an entertaining and thought provocative tool to allow people to learn about social issues that lies within the Caribbean, while providing support to a worthy cause, AFAN.”

The live audience voiced enjoying stories and shared experiences with Mitchell, and the gifts and services of all sponsors involved Hustle Water, Peace Love and Buttercream, Southern Wine Spirits, and Conspire Designs.

About Ni’cola Mitchell:

Best-Selling Author and recently featured in Black Enterprise 2015 as one of the 5-Follow Worthy Bloggers to Watch, entered the literary scene with one main objective: To Stimulate Your Mind, One Word at a Time. Through her independent publishing company NCM Publishing, Mitchell published numerous titles which have been featured on various best-selling lists throughout the country. Mitchell’s distinctive writing talent has led her to become a featured columnist for Urb Society Magazine, a nominee for the 2014 I Am a Diva Literary Awards, and was recognized by University of Nevada Las Vegas, Upward Bound Program as their 2015 Honoree.

For more information visit:

Follow Ni’cola Mitchell on Twitter and Instagram: @MsNicola & @Mz_Nicola

This event is on social media here: #PumPumShopNSip

Media Recap


Ni’cola Mitchell launches new book Pum Pum


GQ Performing “Movin”


Ni’cola performing with GQ


GQ Performing Movin


Q/A with Ni’cola Mitchell and DJ Devi Dev


Pum Pum Shop N Sip


Pum Pum Shop N Sip


Audeo Piouz performing live during the Pum Pum Shop N Sip


DJ Devi Dev interviewing Ni’cola


Ni’cola interacting with audience


Pum Pum Shop N Sip


Pum Pum Shop N Sip


Caribbean Carnival Model


Pum Pum Shop N Sip


Pum Pum Shop N Sip


Pum Pum Shop N Sip



Pum Pum Shop N Sip


Bartending provided by Biouj Events


Catering by Debbie DC Cole


Author’s Prelude from the book Pum Pum, from the pen of Ni’cola

Being a Jamaican national, but growing up in the United States, I always felt out of place. Whenever we went back home to Jamaica, my family members would say that I chat like a Yankee (spoke like an American) and was a fake Yaude… In America, especially the West Side of Las Vegas (the hood), where back in the 80’s there were very few West Indian people. My friends and their parents, would shun almost everything about my heritage. From the food we ate, the way that we spoke, to the way I could wind my hips when I danced. The constant ridicule made me embarrassed of my roots, my upbringings. It made me hate it whenever my Mother would blast the Calypso music from the floor model stereo in our living room and my step father would stand in the door way dancing for our neighbors. I began hating who I was and practiced to speak American and tried to become someone that I was not. I felt like no one understood me except my best friend Steeve Washington. He embraced my culture with open arms, and would come over and dance and learned how to chat Jamaican Patois, a dialect that is also known as Jamaican Creole by linguists. (It is an English-based creole language with West African and Spanish influences.)

It wasn’t until the movie How Stella Got Her Groove Back in the 90’s, which was depicted from the book by Terry McMillian that being from Jamaica finally became cool.  This is when dancehall singers like Patra, Shabba, and Spragga Benz became popular. Now all my friends and American born cousins, were asking me to teach them how to dance like that.

Then in 1997, when my all-time favorite independent Jamaican film Dancehall Queen came out, my love and respect for my country grew even more. This movie told a story of a struggling single mother, who worked as a street vendor while trying to raise her two daughters. She had a man that offered her household money, in exchange he wanted her teenage daughter, a neighborhood thug that was after her brother, and the most important issue, her lack of money.

This is when she decided to take matters into her own hands and create this dancing celebrity that competed for cash prizes and became the dance hall queen. This movie made me become fascinated with the story of real dance hall queens, and I began researching them. I never knew that 15 years later, I would be writing a story inspired by them and their everyday struggles and journeys.

So in 2013 I began writing my story of the dance hall queen, but kept getting stuck. It didn’t seem authentic to me. Yes I was born on this island, but I was raised in America. So I changed the story up some. I decided to write the story from the perception of my oldest daughter Destani’s biggest fear. That one day immigration was going to snatch me up, and deport me back to Jamaica.  Even adding that element to the story, it still felt like it was missing something, so I again, I put the book to the side.

It wasn’t until July of 2013 when I heard the story of Dwayne Jones, a homeless transgender 16 year old boy that was murdered on the streets of Montego Bay during an Anti-LGBT attack. Not only was this child murdered, for wearing female clothing, but he beaten, stabbed, shot, and run over by a car. When I heard of this story, I was not only horrified, because this baby was the same age as my child, but it baffled me that no one was charged for his arrest because Jamaica is one of the 70 out of 195 countries in the world that still honors the buggery law. This law, also known as the sodomy law which outlaws “unnatural” and immoral sex which includes: anal, oral, and bestiality.

So I added this component in the book as well. Now that I told you where I came up with the concept of this book, I want you to understand one thing.  Yes there are many social issues in this book from  deportation, LGBT, and being a dancehall queen, but I the main objective that I want you as the reader to get from this book is to not judge. You may not agree with one’s lifestyle, their background, their belief system, or who they want to be intimate with, but it is not for you to agree. If we all agreed on everything, we would not be human species that God put us on this earth to be. So with that being said, I hope that you enjoy this book. After all the time that I have spent on it, I can honestly say, it has grown to be one of the best books that I have written. Sit back and enjoy!

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