Celebrating the Regional Emmy Awards 2021

Still soaking up the National Academy of Arts and Sciences Pacific Southwest (NATAS-PSW) Emmy Awards. I love being president of this chapter. 

While I was honored to be nominated for “Outstanding Achievement for Special Events Coverage” of last year’s virtual show, I did not receive an Emmy Award this year. However, I had so much fun on the pre-show Zoom and participating in the virtual awards. 

Then on Saturday we distributed the statues at Viejas Casino and Resort. A photographer snapped red carpet pictures and a videographer recorded acceptance speeches. We also enjoyed a little swag – check out the delicious popcorn gifted by Popped Gourmet Popcorn

Behind the Scenes Prep for Virtual NATAS-PSW Emmy Awards

Our 47th Annual Pacific Southwest Emmy® Awards will be virtual again this year, due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, the show must go on!

Our virtual awards show will be broadcast, Friday, June 4, 2021 on Facebook @nataspsw.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes pic of me getting ready to shoot my president’s message for the upcoming virtual Emmy Awards. Shout out to my sister-in-law for the hair and makeup assist 💄

Understanding Gut Health

Learn about the power of good gut health!

Here’s my Mediaplanet article featuring registered dietitian Dr. Megan Rossi, who wants consumers to understand their gut health and the impact it can have on their bodies.

Here’s an excerpt:

“Over 70 different chronic diseases have now been linked with our gut microbes,” said Dr. Megan Rossi Ph.D., who leads research at King’s College London investigating nutrition-based therapies in gut health, including pre and probiotics, dietary fibers, food additives, and more. She is also known to her social media followers as The Gut Health Doctor.

Rossi noted that studies show good gut health can help people with type two diabetes, heart disease, mental illness, and more.

Actor and Army Veteran JR Martinez on His Rebirth Journey

This Veterans Day, let’s thank and appreciate veterans’ service to country and the community.

For this Mediaplanet article, I interviewed Army veteran, JR Martinez, who was burned on over 30% of his body from in a roadside bomb in Iraq. The “Dancing With the Stars” winner continues to give back to the military community through his motivational speaking, podcast and community outreach.

It’s no wonder the name of his podcast is “REBIRTH with J.R. Martinez.” 

“I believe parts of me died the day I was injured. Other parts of me were born,” he said. “I call it a rebirth because this is essentially my second chance at life.”

How Actor Nicholas Gonzalez is Celebrating His Hispanic Heritage

I recently interviewed actor Nicholas Gonzalez about better representation for Latinos in the entertainment industry.

In my Mediaplanet article, “The Good Doctor” actor also discusses how he celebrates his heritage and gives back to the community.

On “The Good Doctor,” Gonzalez’s character was the supporting role to the white, male lead. He says his character was a great cultural representation of how there’s more work to be done.

“We want to see these characters,” he says. “They’re not just there to highlight the white lead character. We need more leads. We need more stories about not the second guy, not the fourth, fifth character down the line.”

Protecting People With Chronic Lung Disease During the Pandemic

Today the U.S. reached the grim milestone of 200,000 deaths due to COVID-19. The coronavirus is particularly worrisome for people with other health conditions.

In this Mediaplanet article, Dr. Albert A. Rizzo, chief medical officer for the American Lung Association, tells me how people with chronic lung disease can protect themselves.

Here’s an excerpt:

Dr. Rizzo recommends people with lung disease maintain healthy habits, including proper sleep, diet, and exercise, as well as not smoking or vaping. They should continue their regular medicines. 

“American Horror Story” Actress Jamie Brewer’s Inspiring and Empowering Story

“Don’t let your disability be your disadvantage.” That’s the message from “American Horror Story” actress Jamie Brewer.

In my Mediaplanet article, the advocate for people with disabilities talked to me about her career, her positive outlook and the inclusivity work in the entertainment industry that still needs to be done.

How Loni Love Is Taking Care of herself During the Pandemic

TV host and comedian Loni Love is taking care of herself during the pandemic and she wants to help others too.

In my Mediaplanet article, the “The Real” co-host explains the importance of self-care, checking in on friends and supporting the Black community.

Here’s an excerpt:

“Mental is just as important as physical health, and especially during a pandemic where you’re spending a lot of time alone,” she said. “I try to make sure that my friends are OK.”

“The Secret: Dare to Dream” Review

The Secret: Dare to Dream” is all about the power of positive thinking. Although it started production in 2018 and is being released now during the pandemic, it’s a fitting film for this time frame. Like in the film, where a hurricane causes damage, we’re all facing a crisis too these days.

In the movie, which is based on the best-selling book, “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne, Katie Holmes plays Miranda Wells, a widowed mom of three kids. The family is down on their luck both financially and emotionally. Miranda is dating her boss, Tucker played by Jerry O’Connell. There’s respect there and love, but is it romantic love?

secretdtd-movies-he-poster-01Miranda gets into a fender bender and bumps the truck up Bray Johnson, a college professor from Nashville, played by Josh Lucas. Viewers know that Bray had stopped at Miranda’s house earlier to drop off some paperwork but she wasn’t home. While there, he briefly interacted with her son. Bray offers to fix Miranda’s bumper and soon sits down with the whole family.

But a storm is brewing in Louisiana, where the family lives. Miranda’s house is a mess after storm damage and Bray seems there to pick up the pieces.

Why is he so helpful? And what was in that envelope that he needed to give her at the beginning of the movie? Most of the movie goes by, before we are find out what’s in that envelope – what’s the secret?

Along the way, there are relationship twists and turns for the whole family including Miranda, her boyfriend and her kids. There’s also a growing connection between Miranda and Bray.

“The Secret” has charming moments but at times the dialogue is like a Ted Talk of positive phrases:

  • “Anything is possible if you really want it.”
  • “We get what we expect.”
  • “The more you think about something, the more you draw it to you.”

Bray’s belief is that whatever happens – even the bad stuff – can lead to better things. He tells Miranda, “Think of what you want, not what you don’t want.”

For Miranda, the problem is she’s too stressed to think about what she wants. It’s not until a stranger walks into her life that she starts to realize she has the power to dream and think about what she really wants.

This movie is a respite from some of the real life drama we’re all facing and the message is uplifting. It’s entertaining and made me smile; a reminder that we all need focus on the good things in life, including figuring out what we want and going for it.

The Lionsgate film is available on demand. Watch the trailer here.