Miss Black USA Pageant Supports Youth Mentorship

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The Phenomenal Women of Las Vegas in conjunction with the Miss Black USA Scholarship Pageant will open opportunities for teenagers in the community to meet the delegates of the upcoming pageant and to be mentored.

The organizers are accepting applications and will choose 38 girls between ages 14 and 18 to be paired with pageant competitors who will mentor them in style and other areas. The girls must be enrolled in a school in the Clark County.

Kalilah Allen Harris is Miss Black USA 2007
Kalilah AllenHarris is Miss Black USA 2007

The mentoring event will be held at William U. Pearson Community Center at 1625 N. Carey Ave. in North Las Vegas from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fri., June 20. Deadline for applications is Mon., June 2.

The current crown belongs to Kalilah Allen-Harris. The new Miss Black USA will be crowned on Mon., June 23, at the Orleans Hotel & Casino Ballroom in Las Vegas. For more information, go to www.MissBlackUSA.org.

Trump Towers is Elegant, Affordable for Celebs and Families

Eddie Mekka, who played Carmine in “Laverne and Shirley,” recently stated that the new Trump International Hotel and Tower on the Las Vegas Strip lives up to all his expectations. Mekka was in town on break from touring.

And would you believe that you can stay in elegance at Trump Towers for about the same price you pay to stay at the Wynn and at some other hotels on the Strip? Elegant accommodations are offered for as affordable as $199 per night.

Steve Shalit, vice president and managing director of Trump International Hotel and Tower, along with James J. Palank, vice president of sales and marketing, told me there’s a strong marketing plan in effect. It aims to allow a broad range of guests to enjoy the experience of the Trump tradition. Consider the Trump Tower the next generation in luxury hospitality. Visit the website at www.trumplv.com.

Sidney Barnes Sets Jazzy Mood

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Jazz vocalist and funk legendary Sidney Barnes whose songs “I Bet You” and “(We Want) the Funk,” the latter co-written with George Clinton, has recently moved to Las Vegas from South Carolina.

One of his biggest claims to fame was fame as a lead member of a late 60’s Soul/Rock band Rotary Connection. Sidney currently appears as a singer, song writer, producer or musician on over 100 CD Compilations now on the world market, according to his MySpace biography.

Barnes’ new CD, “Setting the Mood,” is being released on his own website. Current information is available at www.myspace.com/sidneybarnes.

“I’m looking to slowly make my stake here. I’m putting together a trio and looking to entertain folks who love jazz,” said Barnes.

Benzer Benefits Autism Foundation

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Film Festival Happens in Vegas

CineVegas Film Festival once again will expose young new talented writers and directors on June 1-12 at the Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. CineVegas has helped launch the careers of new film producers who are innovative and not of the old-school approach to filmmaking. For tickets and information (702) 992-7979 or go to www.cinevegas.com.

Pete Allman, “The Man on the Scene,” is based in Marina del Rey, California, concentrating on producing feature films, television projects, and commercials. Pete also has an office in Las Vegas, which he visits occasionally.

Pete is also a restaurant critic, broadcast personality and celebrity interviewer. He produces inspirational messages for television and other media.

Of all the investigations he makes, we suspect he likes critiquing restaurants the most, because he can taste the food, savor the atmosphere, interact with people, and photograph all the goodies.

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