Cloves Campbell the Co-Publisher of the Arizona Informant Newspaper is Today’s Honoree

ClovesCampbellRepresentative Cloves Campbell, Jr. worked in the family business for over 25 years. Currently the Board Chairman and Co-Publisher of the Arizona Informant Newspaper, he held several positions at the paper. The Arizona Informant Newspaper has served the African American community of Arizona for 40 years.

Cloves Campbell currently serves in the Arizona State House of Representatives for District 16. Elected in 2006 he serves on the House Appropriations Committee, Banking and Insurance Committee and the Sub-Committee on Library and Archives. Equally active in the community, Cloves Campbell sits on several boards which include: Governor’s African American Advisory Board, Attorney General’s African American Advisory Board, Black Theater Troupe Board, Salvation Army Advisory Board, West Coast Black Publishers Board, Tanner Chapel A.M.E. Church Board of Trustees, and the 100 Black Men of Phoenix. He is also a Life Member of the NAACP.

Born and raised in South Phoenix, Cloves Campbell attended (Sheraton Park), Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School, Percy L. Julian Jr. High, and East Phoenix High School.  He is an alumni of Pitzer College in Claremont, CA with a majored in Political Science.  Married for 19 years to Lanette, they have three children Daivon, Chanette and Cloves III.

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Comedian Gary O’Neal is Today’s Honoree

GaryONealBorn Gary Wayne O’Neal Jr,  this native of Washington DC has always been an Entertainer. As far back as grade school, his 5th grade teacher Mrs Jeanie O’Conner told him that he will be seen and heard in the world. Having that I embedded in his head,  he packed up and moved to California to pursue his dreams of being in the world of Entertainment.

Currently a resident of California of 10 yrs, he’s 8 years deep in the Comedy scene. He’s headlined and performed at The Jon Lovitz Comedy, The World Famous Comedy Store and Hollywood Improv and The Icehouse in Pasadena to name a few. He can be seen in a feature film called Bushwacked as a cowardly gangster in his pictorial debut on Ambush Films. Since then he’s been in a few National Commercials from CarFax to Dial Soap. He also can be seen on VH-1′s Hollywood Exes as a “hell date” for Mayte Garcia (The ex wife of Prince).

He has comedic sketches posted on YouTube under GOMacc Productions,  (Drug Test Backfire, Road Rage  Backfire and Creepin) which he wrote and produced on to name a few) He currently has his sights on NFL FOX Sundays doing sketches with Rob Riggle and more feature films on the big screen in the very near future!

He’s referred to by his peers as Mr. Dress Shoez!!! a name he created meaning putting your Mind Heart and Soul towards accomplishing your Goal and both feet are your best foot forward which he does on a daily basis. Be on the lookout for this one man wrecking crew to be seen EVERYWHERE!!! Dress Shoez!!!

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Photographer Starla Fortunato is Today’s Honoree

StarlaStarla Fortunato is truly bi-coastal being born in n Houston TX and raised between NY & CA.

Serving 2 years in the US Army after graduating High School was a grand window into diversity.

My camera and paintbrush were my constant companions in my world travels and in 1996 I went back to school to study photography as a full time career. Most recently studying at Art Center at Night – to continue to grow as an artist.

Star Images Photography is photo studio specializing in portraits for all artistic and business needs with expertise in Diversity Life Style & Healthy Living Beauty/Yoga.

We offer all services necessary in image creation and have produced projects ranging from the simple to complex.  I enjoy collaborating with my clients to help bring their vision to life.

Published in Glamour, Teen Vogue, The Guardian, San Antonio, American Way, New York Times, LA Times and have been a contributor to Venice, TV Guide & Angeleno Magazines.

Advertising campaigns include LAPD, Four Seasons Hotels, Health Net of California and collaborations with Morgan Freeman along with numerous musician artists, actors, business professionals, publishing houses and public relations firms for the entertainment industry and media campaigns.

My muse & husband Jimmy who I live happily ever after with in Los Angeles with many wild creatures who roam freely in our backyard.

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Film and Television Expert Johnie Tidwell is Today’s Honoree

JohnieJohnie Tidwell is a new media producer + online filmmaker that produces marketing & documentary content for businesses. Tidwell consults and trains entrepreneurs & freelancers to use video to brand themselves. JT has worked in the film and television industry for over 25 years.

Online presence is the new digital currency for everyone. Are you a small business, creative artist, non-profit organization, start-ups, producers or advocate of a worthy cause? I have seen the power of television, film, radio, print build small brands and household names. The internet, mobile devices, blog sites are currently the most powerful new media tools to distribute your content. Online Video/Photo/Audio/Social is worth a billion words in telling one’s personal story .

This is what I do for businesses, artists and entrepreneurs, connecting them to new followers – who then become customers/fans/community.

Experienced with a background in film, television, radio, advertising, internet industies and working with public relations/marketing/agency reps has give me a broad perspective on traditional and new media.

Currently in development on start-up, film, music and online projects for distribution. Training entrepreneurs/network marketing to evolve into becoming micro media moguls leveraging their personal brand. I also curate independent animations for an animation blog and produce a video show with a community radio show in Las Vegas.

Making a few adjustments in your online strategy can change the course of your personal brand.

Education Degrees, Work Experiences, Credentials:

*Internet Marketing Training For Creative Arts & Small Biz

*Affliate Member of The Empower Network

*A.A. Fine Arts – Parkland College , B.A. Cinema & Photography Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, M.F.A. Producer’s Program (Television & Film) – Chapman University – Orange Calfornia

*NBC, PBS, CBS, Disney Studios, Paramount Studios, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Saban Entertainment, Showtime Network, Sundance Channel

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Entrepreneur Chad Cooper is Today’s Honoree

ChadCooperEvery Millennium or so, there are Great People that are capable of making a profound impact on the Planet. On Feb. 17th 1971, Chad Cooper was born make a difference in the earth. Born to an elderly, sickly single mother, he has always had to face his challenges head-on and has had the fortitude to overcome them. Dropping out of school at the age 16, he started working for McDonald’s to bring home extra money. He then discovered an extraordinary gift for business. By the time he was 19, he had received his GED and enrolled in college.

He never allowed circumstances to control him, but though the leading of the Lord, he always controlled his circumstances. Cooper was called to preach at age 12 and licensed at age 16. He maintains that preaching is his greatest calling and ultimate mission in life.  By the time Chad was 24 years old, he had already grossed over a million dollars through faith, hard work and sweat as businessman He has a deep passion to reach all people through the arts. In the last 7 years, he has overseen the 1st phase of the National tour of “Church Mess” The Play – traveling to more than 150 cities/320 shows, touching over 350,000 fans and has grossed more than $8,500.000.00 revenue. Although, the entertainment Industry is highly competitive, Chad has withstood many obstacles to deliver the positive message of healing, salvation and deliverance. 

As a Professional Marketer and businessman,having ran a successful marketing firm on both Wall Street in New York and Brickell Avenue in Miami; Chad Cooper’s greatest success can be found at home, where he has been married for over 16 years to Alicia Robinson Cooper and to this union he fathered three children Celebrity Elise, Chad II and Caleb Ethan Cooper. He has successfully developed local talent and created international reach and he continues to make a difference in the lives of others. The unprecedented success of “Church Mess” The Play continues as he partners with the Great talented people across the country to take “Church Mess” The Play to the Next Level. Additionally, look for Cooper’s new movie “Family Mess” to be released on the Big Screen the summer of 2014 in select theaters.

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Music And The Brain Founder Lisha Lercari is Today’s Honoree

LishaA former NYC teacher who’s passionate about teaching music to young children, Lercari is the founder of Music and the Brain, a non-profit program that offers public school students the tools to learn, read and play music through classroom keyboard instruction.

Over 100 schools and 55,000 children in New York City, around the country and overseas are enrolled in the program, particularly important for youngsters in grades K-6 in lower socio-economic neighborhoods.

Inspired by scientific and neurological research linking music and cognitive development, Music and the Brain (MATB) includes invaluable teacher training, piano books, keyboards, CDs, and rhythm cards. In too many schools, music education resources are often lacking, and this comprehensive and sequential curriculum is designed for success in all levels (particularly K-6).

Lisha1Moved by a Newsweek cover story entitled “Your Child’s Brain”, New York City’s 42nd Street Fund developed MATB as a classroom keyboard instruction program. The article highlighted research linking cognitive abilities and music in the developing minds of children. The Fund believed the encouraging laboratory research should lead to real life improvements in NYC public school education.

Check out this article on Take about Music and The Brain that will give you more insight into this great program.


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Elizabeth Golden of Golden Earth is Today’s Honoree

Elizabeth Golden started Golden Earth with one goal in mind: to bring wellness to the planet. Elizabeth feels called by the universe to share her gift and vision of spiritual, healthy living which she learned through her expertise as an aromatherapist and a student of ancient healing practices and teachings.we use organic essential oils or wild crafted essential oils in our products that are “all natural,”

Elizabeth follows through on her promises and infuses her products with 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils and other high quality natural ingredients that are nourishing to the body, sustainable and promote healing and overall wellness for the body, mind and spirit.

We at Golden Earth are dedicated to educating our customers about essential oils and the amazing gifts contained within each essential oil, including all the healing properties that help support us in our daily lives and help us feel balanced,  the products we provide are as healthy and as beneficial as we can make them. using the essential oils is the key to healthy living and one of mother earth’s most powerfully therapeutic plants, we have created a full line of natural perfumes, chakra oils, aromatherapy body lotions, massage lotions, and other body care products.

Beyond Golden Earth’s calling of educating and promoting wellness for our customers through our therapeutic grade essential oil products, we are dedicated to promoting the wellness of the earth and all of her inhabitants. in accordance with that mission, we at golden earth do what we can to keep our planet clean and healthy.

We are a member of the Green Products Alliance, a supporter of Green America, and a member of the Organic Trade Association. Our company is proud to recycle and re-use to help sustain our beautiful planet.  We re-use all of the boxes and other packing materials we receive from our suppliers. Golden earth also supports a number of local and national charities that are working toward improving the lives of people and animals. we are a supporter of safety harbor kids, a charity for orphans and homeless children, as well as the youth mentoring connection, and child help which is a wonderful organization for abused and neglected children . We also support PETA and various animal support and rescue organizations.

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