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Star-Studded List Of Presenters Announced For 2016 FACE Awards In Houston

Sarah Pepper And Lauren Kelly To Host 2016 FACE Awards

Multiple Reality Stars, An American Gladiator, Miss Texas And Local LGBTQ+ Society & Personalities Join Together For One Night To Honor LGBTQ+ Community For The 5th Annual Face Awards Presented By Avenue 360 Health & Wellness

HOUSTON — DEC 6­— It gets real this year for Houston’s LGBTQ+ FACE Awards as some of TV’s hottest reality stars and national personalities arrive in Montrose to attend the 5th annual award show that honors the LGBTQ+ community in December. The F.A.C.E. Awards presented by Avenue 360 Health & Wellness and Smirnoff Vodka is set for Monday, December 12 at South Beach the nightclub.The City of Houston has proclaimed this day to honor the LGBTQ+ community. Red carpet arrivals at 7PM and award show at 8:30PM. Hosted by Houston award winning Lauren Kelly of Mix96.5FM and Sarah Pepper of Houston’s HOT 97.5 FM. Joey Guerra, Music Critic from the Houston Chronicle and Joy Sewing, Fashion & Beauty Editor from the Houston Chronicle will host the official ‘Live From The Red Carpet’ pre-show presented by CBS Radio.

Rolling into their 5th year, the F.A.C.E. Awards kicks into true celebrity fashion to welcome celebrity reality stars for an evening that is promised to be the ‘VMA’s of Houston.’ Bravo’s hit TV show ‘Married to Medcine’ star Dr. Ashandra “Shan” Batiste  and charming TV reality husband, Richard Cumby are confirmed presenters. Miss Teen USAand Reality TV Star Nicole O’Brian Lassiter known as a former Miss Texas, and her role on CBS’ Survivor is also confirmed to present.

WEtv’s Network’s reality series Sisters In Law   Jolonda Jones will walk the red carpet and also present. Jones is no stranger to reality television. She has appeared on the hit CBS television show Survivor multiple times. But proudly, Jones is a Houstonian, and an outspoken advocate. Currently in production of a new reality show, and a full television camera crew in tow, Jones will grace the red carpet. Jones is currently filming a new reality show. WEtv’s Sisters In Law star Cherrise Traylor, will be joining the crowd that is set to honor some of Houston’s best in over twenty different categories. Traylor is a nationally known personal trainer, a former national football player for the Houston Energy, and an American Gladiator.

Doug Mason, president of Out At The Rodeo, long-time Houston LGBTQ+ legend Ray Hill, along side Lane Lewis are all confirmed to present. The FACE Awards welcomes the ACLU of Texas President Terri Burke as a presenter with Texas’ longest running Senator, Senator John Witmire.

Fran Watson, President of the GLBT Political Caucus joins ABC ReportePooja Lodhia, with Co-President of PFLAG HoustonJeffry Faircloth as presenters. Houston HOT 95.7 FM Morning Show co-hosts Ivan & Lucio, along side Paul Pettie and Joe Fuentes Jr. , Dee Dee Waters, President of Houston Pride Celebration Frankie Quijano, Houston LGBT personality Kofi, the Houston’s Ballet Harper Watters, and entertainer Morena Roas.

Black Lives Matter’s Ashton Woods will proudly present at the 2016 FACE Awards, the award show is geared around equality, and presenting honors to the LGBTQ+ community for the past year.

The F.A.C.E. Awards (First Achievers in Community Excellence) will honor people of the LGBTQ+ community in the following categories: Volunteer Of The Year, Activist Of The Year, Non-Profit Of The Year, Entertainer Of The Year, Bartender Of The Year, Event Of The Year, Business Of The Year, Barista Of The Year, Social Media Personality Of The Year, 10. Employer Of The Year, Politician Of The Year, Nightclub Of The Year, DJ Of The Year, Creative Artist Of The Year, Journalist Of The Year, Community Personality of The Year, Personal Trainer of The Year, Real Estate Agent of The Year, and Philanthropist of The Year.

 Avenue 360 Health And Wellness has been named the title sponsor for the 2016 F.A.C.E. Awards. Smirnoff® Vodka will lend their award-winning name as the official presenting sponsor. Corporate CBS Radio has been crowned title media partner for the Fifth annual award show.

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Rumer Willis, Tye Blue Headline House Of Blues Tonight

Rumer Willis, Tye Blue Headline House Of Blues Tonight

The “Over The Love” Tour Stops Tonight In Houston With Dancing With The Stars Winner Rumor Willis, And ‘Mystery Man,’ Houston Native Tye Blue!

HOUSTON — NOV 2.  She definitely blew America away with her dancing skills on ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars. Tonight HoustonRumer-Willis-Tye-Blue-Headline-House-Of-Blues-Tonight-About-Magazine-1 Rumer Willis, Tye Blue Headline House Of Blues Tonight gets a glimpse of the beauty, vocals, and personality that landed Rumor Willis as the winner of season 20 of DWTS.

Opening tonight’s ‘Over The Love’ tour at House of Blues is Houston native; Tye Blue, once labeled Willis’ ‘Mystery Man.’ Blue, known for his ‘always suave’ appearance is no stranger to Houston society or national theatre. Blue’s repertoire features shows like Rent, Hair, and the Houston Grand Opera.

This is the first U.S. concert tour for Willis, as she introduces herself to music fans around the nation, with her band and best friend Blue by her side. There should be no doubt tonight’s House of Blues show will surely include a chanteuse-style variety show of timeless standards ranging from cabaret and jazz to classic R&B and contemporary pop.

“Over The Love” plays 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2 at House of Blues, 1204 Caroline. For information, call 888-402-5837 or visit houseofblues.com/houston

TUTS Launches Public Campaign For New Building

Margaret Alkek Williams-(Photo by Priscilla Dixon) About Magazine

Theatre Under The Stars Announces $4,000,000 Gift And Campaign For New Building.

HOUSTON Oct 26 – Houston’s Theatre Under The Stars last week kicked off their public campaign ‘JUST IMAGINE Where Dreams Take The Stage.’ Included in the announcement was the gift of $4,000,000 from Margaret Alkek Williams.

The $15 million JUST IMAGINE campaign will allow TUTS to construct a new three-story building adjacent to the current Arts and Education Center at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. The building will be named Margaret Alkek Williams Center for Arts and Education.

The 20,000 square foot addition will feature a 140-seat black box studio, classrooms for voice, dance and acting, and rehearsal space.

Artistic Excellence Fund will be established to incubate new theatrical works and provide funds for innovative and top-quality productions.

To date, more than $10.5 million in gifts and pledges have been secured, including major gifts from The Brown Foundation, Inc., The Wortham Foundation, Dan L Duncan Foundation, Amy and Rob Pierce, The Cullen Foundation, The Elkins Foundation, The Fondren Foundation, The Hamill Foundation, Alan and Tricia Ratliff, Randy and Sandy Stilley, HEB, and ConocoPhillips.

For more information, please visit www.tuts.com. Theatre Under The Stars is a 501c3 Non Profit Organization.

 

The Search for True Love Shines On Film In “Don’t Marry Griff”

In This New Film, African American Gay Men Search for True Love Releasing Nationally

Don’t Marry Griff, the latest independent film by Color of Love Production Studios, tells the story of Lyodell Archer (Steven L. Coard) and best friend Sutton Brown (Chris DeLoatch) as their friendship is shaken to its core once Sutton confesses his love to Lyodell. Things get even more complicated because he chooses to do it as Lyodell is about to wed his fiancé, Griffith Lowell (JR Rolley).

Don’t Marry Griff is a romantic comedy about love shared between African American men,” explains director Steven L. Coard, who also stars in the film.  “I have always dreamed of the day when I could produce my own independent film for the gay African American community. I aim to create unique and original stories that will hopefully unite our community.”

Coard intends for Don’t Marry Griff to be the first of a series of movies that tackle love stories of gay African American characters.  “It’s important for African American gay men to have characters they can identify with while being entertained,” he says.

“I think most gay black men are striving to achieve the American Dream. I  know I want that white picket fence.  Although I am not looking for the children part,” he adds with a grin.

Don’t Marry Griff  stars Steven L. Coard, Chris DeLoatch and JR Rolley.

Coard had DeLoatch in mind for the role of Sutton when writing the film.  “I had seen him in the web series, ‘Bait’. He plays a psycho killer in the show but I saw a genuine goodness in him.”

The character of Sutton is the type of guy everyone dreams about being with one day.  He’s honest with a sense of humor.  He’s confident, courageous, communicative, a natural leader who listens and takes initiative.  He’s not afraid to go after what he wants and most importantly, he stands up to Griffith in the film and provides Lyodell a safe haven.

Coard originally had another actor in the role of Griffith, but as so often happens in independent filmmaking, two weeks before filming was set to begin, the actor dropped out. Coard was left scrambling to find someone to replace him.  DeLoatch recommended he consider JR Rolley, an actor known for playing  lovable guy-next-door roles.  Coard was doubtful as the role of Griffith called for a type-A, bad-ass personality.  “Despite my hesitation, I brought JR in to read for the part. I immediately saw the passion in his eyes and that he was very prepared and looking for a character opposite from the pretty boy roles he usually plays.”

All seemed to be back on track with filming, until the actor confirmed to play Lyodell unexpectedly dropped out, too.  Pressed for time, Coard decided to take on the role himself.  “I had wanted to focus on working behind the camera as executive producer and director but things don’t always work out the way you plan,” he laughs.  “I sucked it up and and called in my acting chops to start working again.”

Don’t Marry Griff is being distributed by Color of Love Production Studios, an award winning production company that specializes in creating stories about the LGBTQ community of color.   Founded by Steven L. Coard, the studio strives to  focus on unique issues of relevance to the gay African American identity.

“The wonderful thing about Don’t Marry Griff is that viewers do not need to be African American and gay to enjoy it,” says Coard.  “Anyone who has experienced a toxic relationship can relate to the film.  It entertains and is educational as well.   I won’t give away the ending but I will tell you, in Don’t Marry Griff , karma is a beeeotch.”

For more information, visit https://colorofloveproduction.com.