Don’t Miss this Year’s Daytime Emmys

I’m looking back on some of the times I’ve attended the Daytime Emmys as a guest of my friend and The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Pacific Southwest Chapter colleague MaryEllen Eagelston.  

The Daytime Emmys are always so much fun! I love the red carpet experience, the rush of excitement and mingling with some if TV’s best talent, who work in front of the camera and behind the scenes.

This year’s Daytime Emmys show will air tonight, Friday, June 25, 2021 at 8 pm Eastern on CBS TV. I’ll be watching! Will you? 🎉

Carrie Ann Inaba Shares Her Autoimmune Disease Journey During Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month

March is Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month and TV host and dancer Carrie Ann Inaba is talking about her chronic pain from autoimmune diseases.

In my Mediaplanet article, she shares how she manages the pain and how she’s helping others through her platform Carrie Ann Conversations.

Here’s an article excerpt:

“Pain is a powerful teacher,” said Inaba, who wants to be a resource for people living with pain and autoimmune disorders. She recommends taking notes at each medical appointment since the appointments can be stressful and distracting. She also encourages communicating your pain to your doctors, and if a doctor isn’t helping you, to seek another opinion. 

“You can’t give up,” she said. “Life with or without pain is a gift and I’m grateful for it all.”

Remembering Cameron Boyce and Honoring His Legacy

Actor Cameron Boyce died last year of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) and now his family is continuing his humanitarian work. In my Mediaplanet article, his parents explain the 20-year old had a mission for good.

Cameron Boyce

“He would most definitely want us to take care of each other and be loving to one another, and to be strong,” says his mother, Libby Boyce. “He would most definitely want us to continue working on things that make the world a better place.”

Read more about his epilepsy, #SUDEP and the projects he loved. This article ran last week in a Neurological Disorders report inside USA TODAY. Read the article here.

Get more information about Cameron Boyce’s Foundation.

Angry Birds 2: Animated Summer Fun

Ready for a fun movie? The Angry Birds Movie 2 opened this week and it’s a cute summer flick with humor, a great soundtrack and a new inspiring character. My kids and I got a sneak peek and we loved it!

 

Angry Birds 2 Cast

Even if you didn’t see the first Angry Birds movie, you’ll quickly catch up to meet the crew. Last time the angry birds, guided by Red who’s played by Jason Sudeikis, battled the green piggies led by Leonard, who’s voiced by Bill Hader.

Red and Leonard
Red (Jason Sudeikis) and Leonard (Bill Hader) in Columbia Pictures and Rovio Animations’ ANGRY BIRDS 2.

This time they have to join forces to take on a new nemesis – Eagle Island’s Zeta, played by Leslie Jones. Zeta is fed up living in frozen conditions so she decides she’s going to take over Bird and Piggy Islands for her own paradise. She blasts ice bombs at the birds and pigs but instead of surrendering, the once-enemies, band together to fight for their homes.

ANGRY BIRDS 2 Zeta
Zeta (Leslie Jones) in Columbia Pictures and Rovio Animations’ ANGRY BIRDS 2.ANGRY

Zeta 2

Red wants to be the hero but instead it’s Silver, voiced by Rachel Bloom, who has all the good insights, calm demeanor and scientific know-how.

Silver

Silver is cool under pressure and shows being smart is awesome. She’s girl power through and through. In the end, Red isn’t threatened by her. Instead they work together, making a great team.

Kids and adults will enjoy Angry Birds Movie 2 – it’s lighthearted but it still has lots of heart and some nice lessons too.

 

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

September is Hispanic Heritage month. I was honored to write a number of articles for Mediaplanet’s “Hispanic Heritage” report, published recently in The Los Angeles Times and PeriódicoHOY.

Rita Moreno article-Mediaplanet
Photo credit: Austin Hargrave

The cover story was about #EGOT award winner Rita Moreno, who​ discusses her passion for her Puerto Rican roots and her 70-year career, including her role as Anita in “West Side Story​.” Check out the article here.

Here are some of the other articles I wrote for this Hispanic Heritage report:

How Hispanic Real Estate Professionals Are Helping Boost Hispanic Homeownership

Actress Katherine Castro On Her Hispanic Heritage: “It’s Who I Am”

Meet Lizzie Velasquez: Latina YouTuber Who’s Focused On Positivity

Why Participation In Clinical Trials is a Must for Hispanics

Hispanic Actress & Immigration Advocate Francia Raisa’s Call for Unity