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GospelChops Battles Drumstick Manufacturer Vic Firth Company in Landmark Trademark Infringement Case


Sacramento, CA – When internationally renowned drum video producer, Gerald Forrest introduced GospelChops to the music community back in 2004, it was an effort that was recognized as ground breaking.  The web portal was a unique homage to the musical roots of the Black church as Forrest brought recognition to gospel musicians who were routinely overlooked by mainstream media outlets and music instrument manufacturers.  A relentless visionary, Forrest expounded upon the concept over the years, expanding his brand with the performance/instruction “Sessionz” series, which included “Shed Sessionz” and “Bass Sessionz.” Forrest now finds himself in a David vs. Goliath type biblical battle as he fights to protect his brands and the integrity of his constituents.  His lawyer, Cari A. Cohorn of Cohorn Law ( has filed a lawsuit on his behalf for willful trademark infringement, trademark counterfeiting, and unfair and deceptive trade practices against Vic Firth Company, an industry leader in the drumstick market, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California (Case No 2:16−CV−02981−KJM−EFB). Forrest is seeking a jury trial, injunctive relief, treble damages and attorneys’ fees based on infringement of his federally registered Shed Sessionz, GospelChops, and GC GospelChops trademarks.

In the complaint, Forrest alleges that use of the title, “The Shed Sessions” by Vic Firth Company for its drum video advertisements, infringes the “Shed Sessionz” trademark, which Forrest has used exclusively in commerce as a source identifier for his drum video series since at least 2006. The complaint further alleges that Vic Firth Company is unjustly benefitting from the outstanding global reputation of Shed Sessionz and GC GospelChops as sources for drum videos and drumsticks, earned from more than a decade of sales of DVD’s and drumsticks prominently featuring the Shed Sessionz and GC GospelChops marks.

Forrest further alleges that Vic Firth Company uses his federally registered trademarks or confusingly similar marks as metatags on its web pages and videos hosted on the Vic Firth channel at to gain priority in search engine rankings and in violation of federal law.

The complaint cites a business relationship from 2008 to 2013 between Vic Firth Company and Forrest, in which Vic Firth manufactured drumsticks for Forrest printed with the GC GospelChops trademark accompanied by the ® symbol. Forrest cites this as evidence that Vic Firth Company’s acts were “knowing, willful, deliberate, in bad faith, and in utter disregard of Plaintiff’s rights.”

“The drumming industry has a long history of contempt and disrespect for Black, gospel drummers,” cites Forrest.  “This was the original impetus behind GospelChops as I sought to create a vehicle for an untapped and under-appreciated market.  It is impossible to understand the devastating impact of this infringement unless you acknowledge all the components. There are no Black-owned entities within this realm. It is clearly no accident that after I take the initiative to create a niche market for gospel musicians, my intellectual property is stolen by one of the largest companies in this industry. I am taking a stand for gospel musicians around the world. I may appear the underdog here, but history has shown that giants do not always prevail.”

“The allegations in this case paint a picture of ‘reverse confusion’ trademark infringement,” explains attorney Cari A. Cohorn.  “This occurs when a large, well-established company infringes on a mark owned by a smaller company (typically a competitor).  Instances of reverse confusion infringement can be devastating to the smaller company – and to competition itself – by creating improper obstacles to the smaller company’s growth.  Among other things, because of the greater marketing reach of the larger company, the public is likely to assume that the smaller company is the one attempting to unfairly capitalize on the larger company’s goodwill and brand recognition.”

The Shed Sessionz video series is one of the most popular drumming ventures in history. The “Sessionz” series has featured performances by some of the industry’s most extraordinary players, including Tony Royster Jr., Thomas Pridgen, Ronald Bruner Jr., Matt Garstka, and Grammy Award-winning drummer Peter Erskine.

After years of community building efforts and charitable work, GospelChops received 501(c)3 status in 2010. Building on his legacy in the gospel music arena, Forrest released his first documentary project in 2014 entitled “Boswell & Figg,” which chronicles the church’s influence in the development of two phenomenal drummers.

Forrest boldly continues the GospelChops’ legacy with expansion into the music instrument market with the recent introduction of the 18-inch SHED Crash™ cymbal and the upcoming DVD, “Shed Sessionz VOL. 4,” slated for release later this year.  The SHED cymbals have received global acclaim with international sales well above Forrest’s expectations.  In addition, with “Shed Sessionz VOL. 4,” Forrest is promising to stretch the boundaries of his directorial creativity further than ever before.

Currently in his third year at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Forrest has concentrated his studies on intellectual property law, including copyrights, trademarks, and brand protection strategies and will graduate in 2017, earning a Juris Doctor degree.

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Registered Nurse and Mom Debi Madaio Celebrates Women’s History Month with Planned Relaunch of New Jersey’s Popular Medical Marijuana Themed Eatery


 Trenton, NJ – Debi Madaio never thought she would become a public advocate for medical marijuana.  As the co-owner of NJWeedman’s Joint, a popular marijuana-themed eatery, located in Trenton, NJ, and the partner of Ed Forchion aka NJ Weedman, one of the cannabis industry’s most controversial figureheads, she has found herself pushed to the forefront of a movement where the voices of women are becoming increasingly vocal.  A registered nurse, the mother of a special needs child, and a card carrying medical marijuana patient (even though she does not partake of the plant), Debi Madaio has come to terms with her position in the movement.  In the midst of Women’s History Month, a time dedicated to women’s achievements, Madaio has announced her plans to reopen Trenton’s only cannabis-themed eatery under new management.  NJWeedman’s Joint will reopen on April 20, “National Weed Day,” as Weedbukx, the Urban Chic Café.

While NJWeedman’s Joint was a local eatery, Madaio envisions Weedbukx as a more trendy, upscale location that will attract clientele from other neighborhoods and even tourists. The restaurant’s ambiance will mirror an actual medical marijuana grow room with curtains, table clothes and chairs designed and fashioned after marijuana leaves.  The menu will feature weekly ‘weed’ specials alongside Chef John Upshaw’s prized weed-inspired dishes like “Snoop’s Dream,” a fish and grits dish; the “Pothead Sandwich,” fried fish with a shrimp crab relish and sriracha sauce; and the “East Coast Cannabis Coalition,” a turkey meatball dinner with marinara sauce and spaghetti. No cannabis is used in any of the entrees!

While marijuana continues to blossom as one the nation’s fastest growing industries, Madaio emerges as a compelling female force in the expanding battle to legalize it.  As the woman behind NJWeedman, she has remained relatively quiet until now.  Forchion has garnered international headlines for his aggressive activism in the fight for legalization.  His legal battles have become legendary, and as the co-owner of NJWeedman’s Joint, the former restaurant attracted national notoriety as well as discord for its ‘green-themed’ entrees.

Madaio, on the other hand, is a mother who is more concerned about the well-being of her 11-year old special needs child, Aiden. Ms. Madaio has an undergraduate degree in criminal justice as well as in nursing, and is currently enrolled in a Family Nurse Practitioner program. While currently working long hours, she envisions the eatery as an outlet which will provide work and income closer to home and nearer her child.

As a medical professional and dedicated parent, Madaio has begun the lengthy process of enrolling her son so he can become a medical marijuana patient within the state of New Jersey.  She believes that cannabis oil, a product obtained by separating the resins from the plant, is the best antidote for her son’s long list of debilitating conditions.

Madaio met Forchion several years ago at Trenton’s “First Annual Cannabis Conference.” Jennie Stormes, a medical marijuana mom advocate had invited her.  It was Stormes who first educated Madaio about the benefits of cannabis oil for children suffering from seizures.  Stormes had been at the forefront of efforts to expand New Jersey’s medical marijuana program to minors before eventually leaving New Jersey for Colorado to secure better care for her severely epileptic son.

“I thought Stormes was crazy until I started doing the research about cannabis oil.  She had tried everything on her son, and nothing proved beneficial like the oil.  It gravely concerns me that my own son has been prescribed all kinds of pharmaceuticals considered legal even to the point of addiction, while the side effects are sometimes worse than the actual illness. Yet the doctors laugh at me when I suggest a plant that has been proven to work wonders,” cites Madaio.  

Madaio and Forchion established a friendship after the conference and eventually became a couple.  When Forchion later decided to open a business, Madaio, feeling more educated about cannabis from her association with Storme, partnered with him.  “I wanted to keep Jennie’s dream alive and let Governor Christie know that New Jersians want legalization.”

“It’s easy to demonize adults in this war against marijuana.  But there are so many ailing minors who can benefit from this plant,” expresses Madaio.  “My ultimate dream is to provide for my son and to secure him the proper cannabis care that he needs. With Weedbukx Café, we are hoping to provide an upscale environment where people can celebrate the wonders of marijuana in a fun environment without partaking in the actual use of it. With card carrying medical marijuana patients, we follow NJ CUMMA guidelines. If we can educate more people via Weedbukx Café about our overall mission, then that is all the better.”

Weedbukx Café will open on 4/20 at 322 E. State St. in Trenton, NJ.  Debi Madaio can be reached at, @flamingo2b on Instagram and on Facebook at “Nurses Who Have Disabled Children.”

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FlyingOver50 Brings Exotic Movement to Yoga in Quartz Hill With Special Valentine’s Day Dance Workshop


Quartz Hill -Yoga In Quartz Hill, a cozy and welcoming Yoga Studio and Wellness Center, located in the heart of Quartz Hill, will offer residents a unique Valentine’s Day dance workshop on Saturday, February 11 at 1:00 p.m. The wellness center will host “FlyingOver50 Dance Flow – Exotic Movement w/ Makeda” an enriching presentation of exotic movement and dance flow, particularly catering to women over 40 and 50 years of age.

Makeda Smith is a 56 year old grandmother, Palmdale resident and Hollywood publicist who has received national attention for her dancing acumen. She is bringing exotic movement classes to the Antelope Valley with the intention of offering older women an outlet for self-expression and self-love through movement which is specifically designed to tap into the feminine center. She describes the class as a dance movement session that will nurture womanly essence while conditioning the core and toning muscles. The Special V-Day Dance Flow Workshop, on Saturday, February 11, will launch a series of weekly classes to be every Saturday at the studio. Yoga In Quartz Hill is located at 42116 50th St W, Ste A, in Quartz Hill, CA ( about 45 minutes outside of the San Fernando Valley.)

Makeda is currently featured in the February print edition of Prevention Magazine, the world’s most established healthy lifestyle brand. In the Prevention “Personal Journey” feature, written by Kera Bolanik, the magazine explores how Makeda uses pole dancing, movement and aerial art as a health and wellness regimen, and reveals the life altering events that propelled her to the dance studio. Makeda credits dancing for instilling her with a renewed sense of self-empowerment during a tumultuous period in her life after the market crashed in 2008. A former resident of Quartz Hill, Smith lost her home and real estate investments and filed for bankruptcy.

“I’m ecstatic that Yoga in Quartz Hill studio owner, Violet Davis, shares my vision for empowering women, particularly older women. Exotic movement as an art form and exercise program has exploded in popularity over the last several years, but many women over 40, and especially over 50, don’t believe it is something we can do. I had no formal dance or gymnastic training when I started, but when you approach this art form at a beginner level, you gradually tone and build muscle. I am hoping women, young and old will come to check out not only my class but the studio’s full offering of classes as well.

For more information, go to for a full itinerary of classes or call (661) 339-0638.  For additional details about Makeda and FlyingOver50, go to or call or text 323-380-8819.

Intimacy Experts Jet Setting Jasmine and King Noire Offer Free “Fitness Meets Fetish” Valentine’s Day Video Gift At



Palm Harbor, FL – Intimacy experts Jet Setting Jasmine and King Noire have been titillating their fan base with their special brand of ‘fitness and fetish’ since 2010. That’s when Jasmine initially launched Jet Setting Jasmine, LLC, a company that incorporates a uniquely sensual approach to “Sexual Wellness & Education” with the goal of offering women and couples a healthy yet sexually satisfying experience through exercise, imagery techniques and demonstrations. Upon meeting her mate, King Noire, shortly after, Jasmine expanded the agency’s concept and outreach and the two have emerged as one of the relationship industry’s hottest, cutting-edge sexpert couples. This Valentine’s Day, the dynamic sex duo showcase their special brand of “Fitness Meets Fetish” for full body wellbeing, with a free, calorie-scorching Valentine’s Day video gift at The passion-laced clip is from the couple’s award-winning film production, “Orally Yours,” which was voted “Best Fetish Feature Length Film of 2016” at The Fetish Con Awards.
Jet Setting Jasmine
“Valentine’s Day lends adults the perfect opportunity to reestablish intimacy and introduce new ways to unwind and unleash their sexiest inhibitions,” offers Jasmine. “What King and I present in our classes, workshops and presentations is no longer taboo, thanks to the popularity of recent films like ’50 Shades of Grey.’ It has always been my goal to offer couples, and particularly women, permission to relieve their ‘sex shame’, explore their fantasies, to watch and be instructed to embrace their kink.” 

“With Valentine’s Day being all about love,” adds King, co-owner of Jet Setting Jasmine, LLC, “what better way to incite romance than with a free video snippet from one of our hottest productions. The art of sexual expression is experiencing a worldwide revolution. People are exploring more expanded realms to ignite their devotion. With our educational offerings and our varied product line, Jasmine and I have created several avenues for safe and sexy navigation.”

Wise beyond her thirty-something years, Jasmine has always felt that she was chafing against the societal norms and the structured definitions of a being a woman. Throughout the course of speaking with and counselling other women, she realized that she was not alone. As a Licensed Clinical Therapist with a Bachelors of Art in Sociology, Masters of Clinical Social Work and Masters in Gerontology, Jasmine has expertly honed her innate ability to support and enrich others.

King Noire, on the other hand, is reputed for his sense of delivering individualized relaxation to clients using his special brand of Erotic Touch massage. A veteran adult industry entertainer, he is skilled in fetish training, fantasy work and is a live show performer. King is also a certified sexpert, a blogger for California Exotics, an award-winning filmmaker and a hip hop artist. A social activist as well, he is using the proceeds from his album “Music Is My Weapon,” to help build a medical facility, fresh water well and school in Guinea Bissau, West Africa.

The couple travels the world hosting sex education and fetish workshops, highlighting the more erotic side of sensuality with their Fantasy Flight parties and products. As a team, they provide a candid perspective and approach for their clients while addressing intimate questions about sexual fears, fetishes and fantasies.

In addition to teaching sex techniques, the couple has successfully merged their appreciation for fitness with their passion for fetish. They own and operate Body Altitudes Health & Fitness Studio in Palm Harbor, Florida where they offer not only personal training but also their signature Steel and Stilettos Fitness™ classes. Their production company, Royal Fetish Films, finds them producing, directing and acting in erotic film scenes. Giving back is very important to Jet Setting Jasmine, LLC, and Jasmine and King also host workshops and fundraisers for helping organizations such as domestic violence shelters.

2017 finds the team traveling to London for Eroticon ( in Camden Town on March 4 and 5 where they will present on the topic “The Adult Industry for People of Color”. While in London, the duo will host an “Art of Seduction” workshop on March 11 at the Academy Mew and a Steel and Stilettos Fitness™ class on the same date. Jet Setting Jasmine LLC does Jamaica, September 30 through October 5, as a Host Couple at the famed Hedonism II Resort, serving up Steel and Stilettos Fitness™ classes, live fetish demonstrations and coaching ( ).

Jasmine and King are committed advocates for equal practices and pay in the Adult Industry and lecture per the involvement and inclusion of people of color in the field. They presented at the Woodhull Foundation Annual Conference and the Sex Down South Conference last year and will also speak at this year’s EcoSexuality Conference at the University of Puerto Rico.

Infuse Valentine’s Day with pleasure and feed your fetishes at . A free video gift awaits you !

Phat Inc. Magazine and Subaru of San Bernardino Support Santa with 4th Annual Red Carpet Toy Drive

San Bernardino, CA – Local celebrity Vincent Ayon aka Invinceable, the publisher of Phat Inc. Magazine, is once again donning his Santa hat. With the support of Subaru of San Bernardino, the former hip hop artist proudly presents his 4th Annual Red Carpet Toy Drive. Hosted by Albert Ricks of Subaru San Bernardino and Phat Inc. Magazine, the 4th Annual Red Carpet Toy Drive takes place on Sunday, December 18 at 2:00 p.m. at the San Bernardino Auto Center, located at 645 Auto Center Drive in San Bernardino. The Red Carpet Toy Drive has become a staple in the Inland Empire community and is recognized as one of the area’s most entertaining and charitable events. Over 200 toys were collected and distributed last year.

“We are thrilled to once again partner with Subaru of San Bernardino for our annual Red Carpet Toy Drive,” says Invinceable, founder and publisher of Phat Inc. Magazine. “It’s an honor for Phat Inc. Magazine to be able to continue to bring cheer during the holiday season to so many wonderful kids. This is a great opportunity for the community to come together in the Christmas spirit while making a difference in the life of a child.”
The Red Carpet Toy Drive is free to the public and promises to be a day filled with music, courtesy of the Inland Empire’s own
Chris Loos of Old School 104.7 FM, live music performances, special guest celebrities, raffles, giveaways, and free goodie bags to the first 100 guests. Attendees who bring an unwrapped toy will receive a complimentary taco plate and a free beverage.
As with previous Christmas events, proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of the San Bernardino Mountain Communities. According to a report by the U.S. Census Bureau over 28.5% of children in the Inland Empire are living far below the poverty level. For over 20 years the Boys & Girls Club of the Mountain Communities has been helping these young people to reach their dreams and realize their full potential.
Invinceable has always strived to make his community proud. The rap music artist first made national headlines with the release of his single, “A Soldier Never Dies.” The touching anthem was dedicated to the memory of Invinceable’s cousin, Anthony Hector Vargas, a Marine who lost his life in a San Bernadino neighborhood home after returning from battle in Iraq.
For additional information regarding supporting or attending the Red Carpet Toy Drive, contact Invinceable at .

Mind Scientist Hypnotica Unleashes Modern Day Sexual Man Mastery Program In Celebration of 23 Years of Relationship Coaching

Hypnotica is announcing his new release, “Modern Day Sexual Man,” a new mastery program for men. With “”Modern Day Sexual Man,” Hypnotica is laying claim to unleashing “the most advanced sexual techniques for men that the world has ever seen.” The components of the project are a culmination of decades of scientific research, relationship coaching, intuition and personal experience, designed to upgrade the modern man into a genuine “superbeing.”


San Diego – For 23 years now, mind scientist / men’s lifestyle guru, Eric Von Sydow, aka Hypnotica, has been inciting men to enhance their sexual wellbeing. Recognized as the “Inner Game Guru” he has pioneered the field of male sexuality. As one of the “founding fathers” of the men’s movement in masculinity and lifestyle, he was an early mentor to now-famous figures like Neil Strauss (“The Game”) and David DeAngelo (“Double Your Dating”). His psyche-expanding techniques; which incorporate elements of neurolinguistics, neurosemantics, psycho cybernetics and shamanistic storytelling, have catapulted his legend in the field. Thousands of men boast success not only in their personal love relationships but also in their overall lives under his tutelage.
Hypnotica is announcing his new release, “Modern Day Sexual Man,” a new mastery program for men. With “”Modern Day Sexual Man,” Hypnotica is laying claim to unleashing “the most advanced sexual techniques for men that the world has ever seen.” The components of the project are a culmination of decades of scientific research, relationship coaching, intuition and personal experience, designed to upgrade the modern man into a genuine “superbeing.”
“When it comes to men tackling issues like love, sex and relationships, we don’t have a lot of resources like women. Men who have had a lot of sex, like rock stars, celebrities and porn stars, don’t share their secrets and academics that write about sex usually don’t have much real world experience. Men also battle issues of masculinity and pride, making them hesitant to seek out help,” reveals Hypnotica.


“For over two decades I have worked with men and assisted them in evolving their relationships with women,” notes Hypnotica. “I have also used myself as my own guinea pig, honing myself into what I consider to be an ideal man through a lot of trial and tribulation. My track record, experiences, travels and product offerings speak volumes. ‘Modern Day Sexual Man,’ is literally the supreme culmination everything I know.”

“Modern Day Sexual Man” is not your typical ‘how to’ guide. Hypnotica propels the listener beyond the norm of archetypal thinking when it comes to sex, pleasure and pleasing.    More than just ‘what to do’ and ‘how to do it,’ Hypnotica goes inside the mind of men to deprogram and reprogram old thoughts, guilt, repressed baggage and psychological blocks while unapologetically reviving and reclaiming manhood.
“Modern Day Sexual Man” is an eight-module video instructional that unveils sexual powerhouse techniques in the bedroom covering topics like desire, foreplay and performance. The package also includes a signature Hypnotica audio series for arousing the unconscious mind. The teaching guide is a lethal, immersive package powered for achieving ultimate, intimate pleasure.
“I can boldly state that nothing I have compiled or anyone else for that matter, compares to the ‘Modern Day Sexual Man,'” cites Hypnotica. “With ‘Modern Day Sexual Man,’ I am challenging men to bravely think outside of the box, to let go of societal barriers, release their fears and inhibitions and get back to being authentic men. Self-realized men know themselves and that knowledge allows them to nurture and support women fully, inside and outside of the bedroom.”
Hypnotica is an international seminar leader, relationship, dating and sex expert, mind scientist, hypnotist and self-evolvement coach. A man on a mission to re-ignite the sexual revolution, his multi- and inner-dimensional brilliance has commanded a legion of fans, male and female, who appreciate that his concepts are not only stimulating, but provocative, challenging and expansive.
Back in 2012, Hypnotica set the literary world on fire with his explosive autobiography, “Metawhore: My Cock Don’t Talk Politics,” revealing the unspoken politics of the dating game. Cleverly fusing his life’s sexscapades with thought provoking philosophy, “Metawhore” unmasked potent observations about the sexual semantics between the masculine and the feminine.
As a mind scientist and hypnotist, Hypnotica’s meditative audio odyssey experience, “The Sphinx of Imagination” and its remix with master sound producer Denver Clay, is a new age cult classic that redefined sound therapy with innovative acoustic-based healing.   The CD ranks consistently as the Number One best seller in the New Age category on
In addition to the “Modern Day Sexual Man,” Hypnotica boasts a vast library of offerings that stimulate self-development and improvement for namely men, but also women, who want to take their relationships to another level. A keynote speaker for “The Annihilation Method” dating program, he is also a featured lecturer in the “Double Your Dating” Advanced Series, Mastery Series, Power Sexuality and Body Language programs. His veritable collection of original CD’s and DVD’s, seminars and private consultations have inspired men around the world to reevaluate themselves as they master their inner kings.
Step into male mastery now at   and learn more about Hypnotica at

Vocalist Lori Jenaire Makes Billboard’s Top Five with Jazzy R&B Classic “As You Are” featuring Patrice Rushen and Supports AARDA #25for25 Fundraiser for Autoimmune Related Diseases

Vocalist Lori Jenaire is pledging .25 cents from every single sold of “As You Are” to the 25th anniversary celebration of the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc. (AARDA) #25for25 Campaign.



Los Angeles – With the release of her Top Five Billboard Hot Singles Sales charting debut, “As You Are,” featuring Patrice Rushen, a remake of the 1978 Pharoah Sander’s R&B soul classic which originally featured Phyllis Hyman, songstress Lori Jenaire is on a mission that transcends music sales and charting. The lovely diva is hoping to bring more attention to an issue that not only personally affects her, but also millions of others, autoimmune diseases.

Jenaire is pledging .25 cents from every single sold of “As You Are” to the 25th anniversary celebration of the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc. (AARDA) #25for25 Campaign. The AARDA #25for25 effort invites individuals and organizations around the world to recognize AARDA’s achievements on behalf of people with autoimmune diseases and to support their work going forward by donating to the organization. Jenaire is hoping that her remake of “As You Are” uplifts the spirit of those battling with their own autoimmune related health struggles while encouraging awareness and compassion for global healing on a mass level.
According to AARDA, there are more than 100 known autoimmune diseases (ADs), including psoriasis, Graves’ disease, Sjogren’s syndrome, Type 1 diabetes, relapsing polychondritis, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease and lupus. The underlying cause of all of these diseases is autoimmunity which disproportionately affects women. Of the 50 million Americans living and coping with ADs, more than 75 percent are women. Given the genetic component, autoimmune diseases can run in families. AD is one of the top 10 leading causes of death of women under the age of 65 and is responsible for more than $100 billion in direct health care costs annually.

“I am just so empowered by AARDA and the work that they have done and continue to do with regard to autoimmune related diseases,” says Jenaire, “I’m truly humbled to be able to partake in their #25for25 campaign as we raise awareness and money for the remarkable services they provide.”

Lori Jenaire has long been revered in music circles for the lush nuances of her vocal stylings. Heavily influenced by several legendary divas, including Sarah Vaughan, Anita Baker and Angela Bofill, the final comparisons most often parallel her to legendary chanteuse Phyllis Hyman. A statuesque performer at 6 feet tall, Jenaire’s striking Creole and Cape Verdean features even lend a resemblance to Hyman as well.

She amazingly transcends all expectations with her “As You Are” cover, propelling listeners into a space that brings the nostalgia of the ’70’s smack dab into the middle of 2016. “As You Are” solidifies the songbird once and for all as the successor to the Phyllis Hyman throne. The remake not only bellows vintage love and soulful power, but also masterfully echoes the deeply rich vocal subtleties of the original song.
“As You Are” is also a tremendous musical production. Renowned bassist Freddie “Ready” Washington not only produced and arranged the track, but also gathered together a team of music greats to perform live in the studio for the recording session. The melodious masterpiece includes multi-Grammy Award winning artist Patrice Rushen on Fender Rhodes and solo, Freddie Washington on bass and percussion, James Gadson on drums; Aaron Lindsey on acoustic piano, Gregory (G Moe) Moore on guitar; Eyvonne Williams on tambourine and Dorian Holly and Shannon Pearson on background vocals.
“‘As You Are’ holds a special significance for me now,” reveals Jenaire. “Coming face to face with my own recent diagnosis has brought me to terms with so many different things. When I listen to the lyrics of “As You Are,” they resonate with me so deeply. We all are in need of a quiet, safe space that is deep and internal. That is where the healing begins. ‘As You Are’ is that gentle reminder that we can all go there and be accepted as we are.”

When Lori Jenaire sings, angels take note, hearts open and souls are immensely satisfied. Hum along with Lori Jenaire at  and make a donation to AARDA by purchasing the single at  .

Take a peak inside the live studio session for “As You Are” at .

About Lori Jenaire

Early on in her career Jenaire remade The Mamas and Papa’s smash hit “California Dreamin'” and took the Jazz/R&B world by storm. An accomplished songwriter/arranger/performer, with several CD’s to her credit, including “Within Reach” and “Fruition,” Lori has consistently kept the memory of Phyllis Hyman alive with her CD releases.   The Chicago native has placed on the R&R Jazz Indicator charts climbing from No. 26 and reaching No. 7 on the Smooth indie chart at one point. Her debut on the dance/club scene produced a smash remix of “You Know How to Love Me” achieving Bullet status on the Billboard Top 20 Dance Charts and achieved Grammy consideration. Timeless classics “Magic Mona” and “You’re As Right as Rain,” covered on her CD “Within Reach,” also echoed Phyllis Hyman and were widely acclaimed by R&B/jazz purists internationally.
About American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) is the nation’s only non-profit organization dedicated to bringing a national focus to autoimmunity as a category of disease and a major women’s health issue, and promoting a collaborative research effort in order to find better treatments and a cure for all autoimmune diseases. For more information, please visit . Follow AARDA on social media, including Facebook at

; Twitter @AARDATweets and YouTube at .

Beauty Expert Agunes Launches Sexy Golddigger Skin Care Line at Avant Garde Magazine Annual Masquerade Ball

Los Angeles – Skin care expert Agunes will send witches and goblins running when she debuts her seductive new beauty care product, Sexy Golddigger (SG), at the Avant Garde Magazine Annual Masquerade Ball 2016 on Saturday, October 29 at the Majestic Downtown. The Halloween affair starts at 7:00 p.m and ends at 1:30 a.m. The Majestic Downtown is located at 650 S. Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles. The lovely Agunes will give away product samples and skin care demos to the varied costumed guests. Tickets are available at .


Los Angeles – Skin care expert Agunes will send witches and goblins running when she debuts her seductive new beauty care product, Sexy Golddigger (SG), at the Avant Garde Magazine Annual Masquerade Ball 2016 on Saturday, October 29 at the Majestic Downtown. The Halloween affair starts at 7:00 p.m and ends at 1:30 a.m. The Majestic Downtown is located at 650 S. Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles. The lovely Agunes will give away product samples and skin care demos to the varied costumed guests. Tickets are available at .
Sexy Golddigger is Hollywood’s best-kept anti-aging secret. Agunes personally formulated the ingredients to assist women and men with looking younger while providing a safe and effective alternative to painful and costly cosmetic injections. A revolutionary “topical botox” facial gel, Sexy Golddigger immediately tightens skin with lasting effects, reducing signs of skin aging, sagging and dryness.
Agunes’ anti-aging complex incorporates the latest innovations, combining active peptides, a “botox” alternative, and glycolonjugates from gogi berry extract for maximum synergistic effects that rebuild the skin’s cellular matrix. The unique all-in-one product adds hydration and skin tightening while actually brightening the skin.
After years in the hair care industry, Agunes decided she wanted to add another dimension to her client’s beauty regimen and Sexy Golddigger is the result. “My exclusive anti-aging dermal delivery system provides the skin the maximum reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. My ingredients are infused with natural botanicals and marine active ingredients designed to provide a topical supply of antioxidants to fight free radicals. I can honestly say that there is nothing like it on the market,” cites Agunes.
Agunes, who has a degree in English, always felt at home making others feel better. A graduate of Mary Moore Beauty School in Glendale, CA, she learned the nuances of hair and skin care and discovered a love for making others happy. After attending International Hairgoods Inc. (IHI), she worked for L’Oréal , Dermologica and several other companies that helped shape her knowledge about beauty and skin care.
Beauty won’t need a mask at the Avant Garde Magazine Annual Masquerade Ball 2016. Tickets can be purchased at  .
For more information on SG Sexy™, visit the website at  or e-mail Agunes at

Marcus Darc Hurts ‘Em Bad with “Hail Mary” Tupac Rap Challenge

Los Angeles – With the 20th anniversary of Tupac’s passing being acknowledged throughout the hip hop community, former Death Row artist, multi-platinum songwriter, producer and R&B stunner, Marcus Darc has added his video release to the growing number of contenders in the “Hail Mary Tupac Rap Challenge.”
Lending his trademark ‘X-plicit’ twist to the mix, Marcus goes ‘Darc’ in the video release and calls out the women of “Love and Hip Hop,” most specifically Moniece Slaughter from “Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood,” inviting her to ‘cum’ with him. Lyricist Smovee Smoov layers the solid production with his unique rap fire.

Moniece Slaughter from
“Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood”

Darc’s latest R&B offering “Twisted,” on Lucky Entertainment is in part produced by super producer Hurt M Badd. Hurt M Badd and Darc have been writing and producing since their days together in the group B-Rezell on Death Row Records, when the two were label mates with Tupac. Badd produced Tupac’s “Makaveli” album and is often acknowledged for his work on Pac’s singles “Hail Mary,” “Me & My Girlfriend” and “Just Like Daddy,” from the classic CD.

Darc’s single for “The Greatest,” from the “Twisted” project, is currently in heavy digital radio rotation and unabashedly boasts his steamy sexual prowess, as he stirs passion and heat with tales of his magic stick. The even steamier video for the single is slated to drop soon.
Check out Marcus Darc’s “Hail Mary” challenge at

Adorn Beauty Enhancements Celebrates Three Year Anniversary with a NAAF Fundraiser during Alopecia Areata Awareness Month

Atlanta – September marks two special occasions for beauty consultant and hair specialist, Archia Hall-Owens, better known as ChiChi Owens, the owner of Adorn Beauty Enhancements. ChiChi is not only celebrating her three-year anniversary in business, but she is also bringing heightened appreciation to Alopecia Areata Awareness Month. To commemorate both, ChiChi has committed to donating $25 for every custom wig sold during the month of September to The National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF).

ChiChi has had her own personal experience with combating hair loss. Relaxers, coloring, braiding and hair glue all played a part in waning her hairline. The matter was exacerbated when she could never find a wig that properly fit her smaller sized head, so she started gluing wefts of hair into stocking caps back in 2000. Her wig designs gave her a new felt since of confidence while she worked on stimulating the regrowth of her hair.
ChiChi was pleasantly surprised by the compliments and requests she got from women wanting her to provide custom wigs for them as well! She launched Adorn Beauty Enhancements as a central one-stop location for all things make-up and hair. The shop is located in Atlanta and online at  .
A beauty industry veteran with 15 years of experience, ChiChi originally obtained degrees in human resource management and psychology. She has found that both fields come into play when dealing with clients who are tackling issues of self-esteem and confidence due to hair loss and alopecia. After working in corporate for 10 years, doing weaves and make-up part time for friends and family, she finally decided to enroll in cosmetology school at the Fayette Beauty School, and later open her own business. Her passion for hair loss led her to the renowned Toni Love Training Center where she received her non-surgical Hair Loss Certification.
Unlike wigs found in retail stores, ChiChi’s exclusive line of custom medical wigs and hair prosthetics are specifically designed for the woman with little or no hair. The designs are partially or totally hand tied or sewn on with a sewing machine, with a smaller cap and a base that is specifically designed to not irritate a sensitive scalp.
Adorn Beauty’s exclusive line of custom medical quality wigs are for all nationalities and are designed for a totally natural and completely undetectable appearance; from the amount of hair in the cap, to how the hair moves when the wig is worn. Adorn’s medical custom wig prices start at $500, with custom fashion wigs starting at $100 excluding the hair.
“Something like losing one’s hair may not readily sound like a big deal, but our hair is essentially our crown, especially for women,” explains Owens. “That’s why I’m so grateful to organizations like NAAF that continually provide guidance, counseling and assistance to those effected by alopecia areata. I have found that many people are completely unaware of Alopecia Areata Awareness Month, so I’m thrilled to be able to celebrate my business anniversary while drawing attention to the dedicated month. I am fulfilled knowing that I am assisting with helping to heal hearts and heads with my knowledge, care and beautiful wig designs.”
About The National Alopecia Areata Foundation
The National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF) serves the community of people affected by an autoimmune skin disease called alopecia areata that results in hair loss and emotional pain. NAAF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1981 and headquartered in San Rafael, CA. NAAF supports research to find a cure or acceptable treatment for alopecia areata, supports those with the disease, and educates the public about alopecia areata.
About Alopecia Areata
Alopecia Areata is the most common autoimmune disease, affecting over 6.8 million Americans and 147 million people worldwide. It manifests with total or partial loss of scalp and body hair. There currently is no cure, and no treatment that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
For more information about The National Alopecia Areata Foundation, find them at  .
To purchase Adorn Beauty Enhancements’ custom wigs, go to .  Reach ChiChi Owens on Facebook at We_Adorn and on Instagram and Twitter at   @we_adorn.

Author Terry E. Hill Says Vote “The Committee” Relaunches Novel about The First Black Female President With a Twitter Election Campaign & Book Trailer



San Francisco – When bestselling author Terry E. Hill initially released his political stunner The Committee” on Urban Renaissance, an imprint of Kensington Publishing Corp., late last year, the idea of a female presidential candidate was still just a possibility and not a reality. Now almost eight months later, Hillary Clinton is the first female presidential nominee for a major U.S. political party. With current headlines surrounding the campaign reeking of scandal, controversy and devious manipulations, Hill knew it was time to reintroduce his work to book lovers.

“The Committee” is an enthralling tale that reveals the behind the scenes circumstances surrounding the making of the first Black female president. Though written as a fiction, considering the current political landscape, readers will wonder how far from the truth the book actually is. Hill has released a new trailer to promote “The Committee” and is launching a social media campaign to heighten awareness of this captivating tale.
Hill will tweet tantalizing teaser tidbits from “The Committee” starting Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5 during Labor Day weekend in a “Vote The Committee Twitter Election Campaign.” Highlighting the twists, turns and turmoil from the book that almost mirror current real life headlines, Hill will tag each passage with the hashtag #VoteTheCommitee and invite tweeters to repost the passage, adding their own political hashtags.  Three readers with the most retweets will each win a personally autographed copy of “The Committee.” The campaign will be promoted on Facebook at as well on the author’s page at .
“The Committee” twirls Illuminati conspiracy, New Orleans voodoo, American politics and a gay affair subplot mixing a delicious blend of characters in a series of synchronized occurrences. The newly released book trailer forThe Committee,” at, is produced by Markus Watson, the production genius behind Your Video Ninja ( The production vividly portrays the key highlights from the read and adds a sense of riveting potency to the overall literary experience.
“As a writer,” cites Hill, “I am particularly excited about the new book trailer. I ultimately envision ‘The Committee’ as a major motion film and the trailer beckons that reality. Markus Watson captures the excitement of my book in 85 succinct seconds! I’m almost compelled to reread my own work!”
In “The Committee,” Camille Ernestine Hardaway is the first African American female mayor of Los Angeles and she has it all – stunning good looks, power, a seemingly devoted husband and influential allies. ‘The Committee’ has decided that she will be the first Black female President of the United States and will stop at nothing to ensure their rising candidate reaches the White House.
Author Terry E. Hill

Author Terry E. Hill works hypnosis with the written word as he winds the reader deeper down a sinister rabbit hole with each chapter. The Committee’s” lethal combination of drama, intimidation, mysticism and murder make for a most intoxicating political thriller, especially when we find out that the secret society behind the country’s biggest political figures is a mysterious New Orleans family of Creole women who have headed ‘The Committee’ for over 150 years. It is they who in fact control the men mistaken to be the country’s power brokers.

‘The Committee’ has selected every US president since James Monroe and controls much of the country’s economy. When they make the decision that the United States is not only ready for a Black woman president, but also select her, the phrase, ‘hell hath no fury like a woman scorned’ takes on new and insidious meaning.
“The Committee” is Hill’s fourth novel. “Come Sunday Morning” was his first book, followed by “When Sunday Comes Again” in 2012 and “The Last Sunday” in 2013. The publisher consolidated Hill’s first two books into one and re-released it in 2014 as “The Come Sunday Morning Saga.” Hill’s novels have been selected as “must- reads” by and “best books of the year” by various bookstores and book clubs throughout the country. “The Come Sunday Morning Saga” has been acquired by more than 10,000 libraries in the U.S., Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Hill has developed a significant and very loyal audience who eagerly await each new release., an online property of Hello Beautiful, profiled the author as the next E. Lynn Harris for his clever storytelling and LGBT subplots. Hill’s writings are amazing works of fiction that continuously stir conversation on important topics nationwide.
Purchase “The Committee” on and wherever books are sold. Visit the author’s website at .
Follow Terry E. Hill on Twitter at @MrTerryEHill and on Facebook at Terry E. Hill and #VoteTheCommittee now!
Go presidential with the trailer at

Don’t Get It “Twisted” Marcus Darc’s New R&B Release Is X-plicitly Delicious

Twisted cover


Los Angeles – Multi-platinum songwriter, producer and R&B charmer Marcus Darc has been droppin drawers and making panties wet since the 80’s when he formed his first group in Chicago, R-Kelly & MGM.  As one of the original new school sexy soul singers, his signature sound has ‘erected’ a body of work that has all ways and always catered to what women want to hear.   Darc possesses no inhibitions when he writes, produces and performs for his target audience of females. Yet unlike most of today’s hip hop lyricists, who shun sentiment over gratuitous sex, Darc sensuously aims for hearts and hips, swaying them with synchronized satisfaction. “Twisted,” on Lucky Entertainment, his latest musical release since dropping “Pretty Woman” in 2013, is perhaps unprecedented in its aural explicitness. Darc leaves very little to the imagination when wooing and cooing his love interests, while inciting fantasy and fervor to a fever pitch.

“Twisted” is loaded with 13 shades of succulent seduction. Darc dedicates the production to Prince, his primary influence in the art of acoustic eroticism. Multi-platinum producer, Hurt M Badd, produced most of the project, including the first single release “The Greatest,” which is currently sweeping digital radio in heavy rotation. Hurt M Badd and Darc have been writing and producing since their days together in the group B-Rezell on Death Row Records, when the two were signed to the label. Badd produced Tupac’s “Makaveli” album and is often acknowledged for his work on Pac’s singles “Hail Mary,” “Me & My Girlfriend” and “Just Like Daddy,” from the classic CD. Chicago’s own Grammy nominated mastering engineer Slavic Livins, known for his work with Snoop Dogg, Common, Chief Keef and Avant, also lent his mixing talent and expertise to the project.    
Multi-platinum producer Hurt M Badd and R&B crooner Marcus Darc
photo credit: Don Davis aka Dr.Luv /  
“Collaborating with Hurt M Badd after all these years was great,” offers Darc about the musical process and vision for “Twisted.” “Badd knows as well as anybody, how I have always been an advocate for the ladies. A lot of artists sing ‘at’ them, I sing ‘to’ them. My music was considered too explicit back in the day, but now the musical arena is pretty much no holds barred. Time has finally caught up to a vision I had years ago. My mission to tastefully tease and please has come full circle, and “Twisted” is really not twisted at all anymore. I have always stated that women are sexual creatures and they crave music that acknowledges them as such.”
“The Greatest,” the debut single from “Twisted,” currently in heavy digital radio rotation release, unabashedly boasts Darc’s steamy sexual prowess, as he stirs passion and heat with tales of his magic stick. “XX” is a seductive invitation to ‘cum’ along with Darc, while “Let It Out” is a bounce-flavored ode to freakiness. “I know You Want Dis Luv” is a candid disclosure about the pleasures of self-induced romancing while “Shake A Lil Azz” is a classic twerk-a-thon anthem. “If Only” explores forbidden lust and “J.O.” unveils and details a cautionary tale of confessional gratification.
Darc’s musical legacy is quite extensive. His recent in-depth interview on (, where the artist/entertainer highlighted his industry exploits over the years, has garnered over 11,500 listens. During the interview, Darc discusses his uncanny knack for tapping new talent, i.e. R. Kelly, Hurt M Badd and even Jamie Foxx, (who Darc was about to replace R. Kelly with in the group MGM, before Foxx booked “In Living Color”) to his never before revealed run-ins with notorious Death Row founder Suge Knight.  Part 2 of the interview session is slated to post soon.
Jamie Foxx and Marcus Darc

Over the years, Darc has shared the stage as a performer with R-Kelly, Snoop Dogg, and Frankie Beverly & Maze, to name a few. His “My Pretty Woman” CD was a pinnacle achievement for him, showcasing his profound development as an artist. Songs like “So Many Wayz,” “Beautiful,” and “Touch U” were laced with live instrumentals, luscious vocals and evocative refrains, painting a tapestry of devotion to women and the art of loving them. While “Pretty Woman” was “G” rated, “Twisted” revels in a more explicit homage to the opposite sex.

Twist in carnal delight with Marcus Darc. Get “Twisted” on iTunes at, at Apple Music and wherever online music is sold. Friend Marcus Darc on Facebook at Marcus Darc and on Instagram at @MarcusDarc.