Friday, December 31, 2010

Nigeria’s Best Kept Beauty Secret

A Nigerian beauty Adaeze. Photo Credit: Nigerian Entertainment Today.

Do you know Nigeria’s best kept beauty secret?
I found it on the BEST YOU blog and you can find out the details from the following article.

Nigeria’s Best Kept Beauty Secret

Shea nuts. Photo Credit: My Bath House

When Moabong Oku left Nigeria 16 years ago, one beauty aid she brought with her was shea butter. It’s made from the nut of Africa’s karite tree, indigenous to some 20 countries in the dry savannah belt, called the Sahel, which stretches from West Senegal to Sudan.

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Thursday, December 02, 2010

Beyonce’s I AM…WORLD TOUR DVD Certified Double Platinum



NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Beyoncé‘s I AM…WORLD TOUR full-length concert film, lensed during the artist’s record-breaking international concert tour, has been certified double platinum after its initial release on Friday, November 26. The deluxe DVD/Soundtrack edition—including the concert DVD, a live soundtrack, an exclusive, intimate documentary and explosive travelogue, and a 40-page collection of never-seen photos—was released on Tuesday, November 30. The DVD holds the #1 position on Nielsen SoundScan Music DVD chart.

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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Before You Sleep With Him or Her

As we mark World AIDS Day, please note that even though the infections of AIDS are reported to be on the decline, there are still over three million cases of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria and we can reduce the figure if we increase our efforts to control and prevent the further spread of the pandemic in Nigeria.

Safer methods of sex are still the best ways to save you from contracting HIV.
Paying lip service to the slogans and going behind to indulge in wanton sexual intercourse with those who are promiscuous is fooling yourself.

Majority of our youths are hypocrites of the HIV/AIDS Control and Prevention campaigns, because they have failed to control themselves in their relationships. They have unprotected sex all the time.

Most of the young male students in Nigeria have indiscriminate sex with even trollops on and off campus and sleep with love-peddlers and also sleep with their regular girlfriends who in most cases cheat on their boyfriends and continue the spread of HIV/AIDS and increasing the grave consequences of the pandemic in Nigeria and abroad as they travel to and fro.

Be honest and save yourself from HIV/AIDS before it is too late.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

Take Action Now!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Real Girlfriend

The Real Girlfriend

She is honest, but may not be Miss Perfect.
She will tell you the truth no matter what lies others tell you.
She does not tolerate nonsense.
She appreciates you and encourages you to be the best in your field.
She appreciates every gift you give her and also gives you too.
She respects you and your family and she is very proud of you.
She is The Virtuous Woman - Proverbs 31:10-31 and will make a good life partner.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Video: Forbes lists Children International a top charity

Video: Forbes lists Children International a top charity

Kansas City, MO (November 18, 2010) /PRNewswire/ — Forbes magazine recognizes Children International, a U.S.-based humanitarian organization, as a top charity.

In a year when many large national charities are reporting declines in donations, Children International’s income was up over 5% in 2010. The organization attributes the increase to the generosity of American consumers during a difficult economy and their commitment to supporting children living in poverty.

Forbes rated Children International as one of the 200 largest charities based upon three financial efficiency ratios and the trend from 2009. Their survey rated Children International in the following manner:

88% fundraising efficiency
81% charitable commitment
98% donor dependency
During 2010, Children International received more than $146 million in direct public support from 300,000 generous contributors, making it possible for the organization to spend over 82% to effectively change the lives of hundreds of thousands of poor children and their families around the world.

President and CEO of Children International Jim Cook said, “Children International is fortunate to have such dedicated supporters, even in this trying economy. Our donors are committed child advocates and have made it possible for us to be acknowledged by Forbes magazine as a leading charity.”

To help a child living in poverty, visit

About Children International:
Established in 1936, Children International is a humanitarian organization with its headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. Children International’s programs help more than 335,000 children and their families in 11 countries around the world including Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Zambia, Honduras, India, the Philippines and the United States. For more information about Children International or to sponsor a child, visit

Dolores Quinn Kitchin
Public Relations
Children International
Direct: (816) 943-3730
Mobile: (816) 718-0711

New Tallest Married Couple

The new Tallest Married Couple was announced today in celebration of Guinness World Records Day 2010. Hailing from California, Wayne and Laurie Hallquist stand more than 13 ft 4 in combined. The Guinness World Records 2010 book is available now. Photo Courtesy of Hasain Rasheed / Guinness World Records. NOT FOR ARCHIVE. (PRNewsFoto/Guinness World Records)

18 Nov 2010 10:00 Africa/Lagos

Guinness World Records® Reveals New Tallest Married Couple at the Guinness World Records Museum

Towering More Than 13 Feet 4-Inches Combined, California Natives Take Love to New Heights in Celebration of Guinness World Records Day 2010

NEW YORK, Nov. 18, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Guinness World Records, the global authority on record breaking, today announces the new "Tallest Married Couple" at the Guinness World Records Museum in Hollywood, California. The colossal couple - Wayne and Laurie Hallquist from Stockton, California - stand a jaw-dropping 13.44 ft. (407.4 cm). Wayne is a ceiling-grazing, doorway bumping 6 feet 10.4 inches tall and Laurie is an impressive 6 feet 5.95 inches. With a combined height measuring more than 13 feet 4-inches tall, these tall drinks of water really take love to new heights!

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In honor of Guinness World Records Day 2010, an international celebration of record-breaking feats, the new "Tallest Married Couple" will commemorate their new title as well as seven years of monumental marriage in a Guinness World Records ceremony unlike any other. Official adjudicator Stuart Claxton will preside over the couple's astounding achievement and announce the dynamic duo's incredible proportions while presenting the pair with an official Guinness World Records certificate.

"We're excited and proud," declared the statuesque Laurie. "Representing the U.S. in this year's Guinness World Records Day is quite a thrill."

The lofty pair met at a singles gathering hosted by their local Baptist church seven years ago and have been happily married ever since. Wayne currently works as a telecommunications engineer and Laurie, a former women's basketball player at California State University, is a Stockton realtor. The Hallquists collect classic cars, enjoy boating and sleep in a California King size bed measuring 7 ft.! They currently do not have children.


Guinness World Records 2011 was published on September 15th, 2010 and is the latest edition of the world's best-selling copyright book (115 million copies to date). Guinness World Records is the globally-recognized authority on record-breaking achievements.

Some of the top height and marriage-related records include:

* Previous Tallest Married Couple

The previous record-holders for “Tallest Married Couple” were Wilco (Netherlands) and Keisha van Kleef-Bolton (UK) with a combined average height of 13 ft. 3.3 in. (404.7 cm). The couple met after Keisha contacted the UK’s Tall Persons Club in search of a dance partner. Shortly afterward, the tall twosome were married at the All Saints Church in London on November 27, 2001. Guinness World Records recorded the pair’s record at their home in England, on March 18, 2009.

* Tallest Married Couple Ever

Anna Hanen Swan (Canada) (1846–88) was said to be 8 ft. 1 in. (2.46 m) but actually measured 7 ft. 5.5 in. (2.27 m). On June 18, 1871, she married Martin van Buren Bates (USA) (1845–1919) who stood 7 ft. 2.5 in. (2.2 m), making them the tallest married couple on record.

* Tallest American Man Living

The Tallest Living Man in the United States of America is Igor Vovkovinskiy (USA) who measured 7 ft. 8.33 in. (2.34 m) at The Dr. Oz Show in New York, New York, USA on May 18, 2010.

* Tallest Man Living

The tallest man living is Sultan Kosen (Turkey, b. December 10, 1982) who measured 8 ft. 1 in. (246.5 cm) in Ankara, Turkey, on February 11, 2009. Sultan is also the record holder for the largest feet on a living person.

* Tallest Man Ever

The tallest man in medical history for whom there is irrefutable evidence is Robert Pershing Wadlow (USA) (born 6:30 a.m. at Alton, Illinois, USA on February 22, 1918), who when last measured on June 27, 1940, was found to be 8 ft. 11.1 in. (2.72 m) tall. Wadlow died at 1:30 a.m. on July 15, 1940 in a hotel in Manistee, Michigan, as a result of a septic blister on his right ankle caused by a brace, which had been poorly fitted only a week earlier.

* Tallest Woman Living

Yao Defen (China) recorded an average height of 7 ft. 7 in. (233.3 cm) when last documented. There is evidence that suggests she may still be growing, as a portion of tumor remains on her pituitary gland, the organ that regulates the production of growth hormone. She was born on July 15, 1972 in Liuan, Anhui, Shucheng, China.

* Tallest Woman Ever

Zeng Jinlian (China) (b. June 26, 1964) of Yujiang village in the Bright Moon Commune, Hunan Province, measured 8 ft. 1.75 in. (2.48 m) when she died on February 13, 1982. This figure represented her height with assumed normal spinal curvature because she suffered from severe scoliosis (curvature of the spine) and could not stand up straight. She began to grow abnormally from the age of four months and stood 5 ft. 1.5 in. (1.56 m) before her fourth birthday and 7 ft. 1.5 in. (2.17 m) when she was 13.

* Greatest Height Differential – Married Couple

Fabien Pretou (France) (b. June 15, 1968) who stood at 6 ft. 2 in. (188.5 cm) married Natalie Lucius (France) (b. January 19, 1966) measuring 3 ft. 1 in. (94 cm) tall at Seyssinet-Pariset, France on April 14, 1990, a height difference of 37 in. (94.5 cm).

* Shortest Married Couple

Douglas Maistre Breger da Silva (b. September 21, 1969) and Claudia Pereira Rocha (b. September 6, 1972) (both Brazil) when married on the October 27, 1998, in Curitiba, Brazil, measured 35 in. (90 cm) and 36 in. (93 cm) respectively.

* Longest Marriage - Living Couple

Herbert Fisher (USA, b. June 10, 1905) and Zelmyra Fisher (USA, b. December 10, 1907) were married on May 13, 1924 in North Carolina, USA. They had been married 84 years 50 days as of June 1, 2008.

* Oldest Married Couple - Aggregate Age

Karl Delven (Norway, b. August 31, 1897) married Gudrun Haug (Norway, b. October 14, 1900) at Hole, Norway, on June 4, 1927. They remained married until Gudrun's death on April 24, 2004. At this time Gudrun was aged 103 years 193 days and Karl was 106 years 237 days - an aggregate age of 210 years 65 days.

About Guinness World Records

Guinness World Records is the universally recognized authority on record-breaking achievement. First published in 1955, the annual Guinness World Records book is published in more than 100 countries and 25 languages and is one of the highest-selling books under copyright of all time with more than 3 million copies sold annually across the globe. Guinness World Records celebrated its 50th anniversary edition in 2004, a year after the sale of its 100 millionth copy. Guinness World Records also annually publishes the Gamer's Edition; a records book devoted solely to the world of computer gaming and high score record achievements.

SOURCE Guinness World Records

CONTACT: Jamie Panas or Sara Wilcox, Guinness World Records,; Brian Reinert ( or Mark Karges (, Bender/Helper Impact, +1-212-689-6360

Prince William Presents Kate Middleton with Princess Diana's Engagement Ring

16 Nov 2010 20:36 Africa/Lagos

Prince William Presents Kate Middleton with Princess Diana's Engagement Ring

Reproduction now offered by The Natural Sapphire Company

NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The Natural Sapphire Company would like to congratulate Prince William and Kate Middleton on their long awaited engagement.

Prince William has chosen to keep with royal tradition and presented Ms. Middleton with Princess Diana's blue sapphire engagement ring. The famous diamond halo setting of her oval blue sapphire became an iconic design in the jewelry world when it was first given to Princess Diana by Prince Charles. Prince William and Kate Middleton have not selected a wedding date yet, but rumors are swirling about the spring or summer of 2011.

The Natural Sapphire Company – Princess Diana Mounting. (PRNewsFoto/The Natural Sapphire Company)

The Natural Sapphire Company – Princess Diana. (PRNewsFoto/The Natural Sapphire Company)

Evan Guttman, CIO of The Natural Sapphire Company comments, "We have been receiving a number of phone calls and emails inquiring about blue sapphires and the design of Princess Diana's engagement ring."

The Natural Sapphire Company currently offers a reproduction setting of Princess Diana's engagement ring.

The setting can be custom created to fit with any sapphire shape and size. It is the perfect engagement ring for any fiance's finger.

The Natural Sapphire Company is a 70-year-old gem cutting company that specializes in fine sapphires. Sapphires have grown in popularity as non-diamond alternatives for engagement rings in recent years. Blue sapphires now stand as one of the most popular gemstones for engagement rings, second only to diamonds. The most popular sapphires are blue, but they are found in all colors including the popular shades of pink and yellow. The most rare sapphire color is "padparadscha," a pinkish-orange tone.

The Natural Sapphire Company has the largest collection of natural untreated sapphires in the world. You can visit them online at:

SOURCE The Natural Sapphire Company

CONTACT: Evan Guttman, +1-212-869-1165,
Web Site:

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

24/7 NIGERIA on Song

I have been very busy on my 24 hours news and information portal 24/7 NIGERIA launched last summer. 24/7 Nigeria was hacked within a month, but I thank God it was restored by my Ukrainian webmaster Pavel who is a genius. The site has become the most appreciated Nigerian website on WordPress with overwhelming commendations from hundreds of visitors and over one million unique visits within only four months. My target is to have 1 million visits daily and 30 million monthly before next summer. You should visit 24/7 Nigeria if you have not done so. It is really challenging to be the creator and owner and also exciting for me.

Lest we forget, I am also the Editor of Supple Magazine Online edition on, and Pavel customized the template for the premier film festivals and movie info site in Africa.

With my kisses and roses,
Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima
The Rhema of His Love.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Finding the Love of Your Life

Finding the Love of Your Life: Ten Principles for Choosing the Right Marriage Partner [Paperback]

No matter what stage of courship you are in, whether still looking or think you've found someone, whether you've been married before or not - this clear and reasoned approach will significantly increase your chances of building a happy and enduring bond.



Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Newspaper-Inspired Fashions Make Headlines on the Runway

First-of-Its Kind Green Catwalk and Workshop Event Features Eco-Friendly Fashions Made From Recycled Newspaper

- Designer Fashions to Be Auctioned Off on eBay to Benefit Green Charities -

NEW YORK (Sept. 22, 2010) /PRNewswire/ — Four leading green fashion designers made news today – “yesterday’s news’’ that is – by turning recycled newspaper into eco-friendly fashions. The unique, trend-setting designs were unveiled at the Yesterday’s News® Green Catwalk Event and Workshop in New York City. Made with recycled newspaper, Yesterday’s News® brand cat litter served as inspiration for eco-friendly designers Anthony Lilore of RESTORE CLOTHING™, Bahar Shahpar, Lara Miller and Samantha Pleet, who debuted their original fashions made from newspaper at the New York City event. The designs will all be auctioned off for charity from Sept. 22-29, 2010 (, with proceeds going to each designer’s green charity of choice.

The fashion show and green workshop event was part of the Yesterday’s News Do-Gooder Design Challenge, a campaign to celebrate the millions of cat owners across the country who make good green choices for their cats, home and environment. The campaign is also helping to spread the word that going green is in fashion all year-round.

“Today’s event demonstrates that good, green choices should be a part of every aspect of our lives – from the way we dress to the food we eat to the way we care for our cats,” said Renee Loux, green living expert, author and spokesperson for the Yesterday’s News® Do-Gooder Design Challenge. “It was a thrill to see the amazing and stylish newspaper fashions created by these leading eco-friendly designers. Now, cat owners everywhere can do their part by bidding on their favorite designs to benefit green charities.”

The event, which was free and open to the public, also marked the conclusion of the Yesterday’s News® Handbag Design Contest that challenged cat owners to design the “it” handbag of the season using assets from the cat litter brand’s new recyclable packaging. Through a custom-built online application, cat owners could select a handbag style from 16 different options and create their own design by choosing different colors, patterns, shapes and sizes.

The three Grand Prize Winners of the Yesterday’s News Handbag Design Contest had their designs turned into actual handbags by leading eco-friendly handbag designer, Elias Abadi, president and head designer of Nahui Ollin, Candy Wrapper Handbags. The final handbag prototypes were unveiled for the first time to the contest winners who were in the audience at the Green Catwalk event. The three Grand Prize winners are: Dr. Deborah Ekstrom (Rutland, Mass.), Leigh Hoodenpyle (Fletcher, N.C.) and Robin Traylor (Oklahoma City, Okla.).

Eco-friendly fashionistas and other “do-gooders” can bid on the newspaper designs and the three handbags – all collector’s items from this first-of-its-kind Green Catwalk event -- during the Yesterday’s News Do-Gooder Charity Auction. The charity auction, hosted by eBay, will run from September 22-29 and will be managed by Auction Cause, a premier online auction management agency. Proceeds from the highest bid for each item will go to the designers’ green charities of choice. Consumers can visit for charity auction information. In addition, Yesterday’s News is making a $6,000 donation to each charity. The charities include: Kiva, Riverkeeper, The Land Connection and Trees for the Future.

“It was exciting to see our designers embrace the Do-Gooder Design Challenge and transform newspaper into fashion-forward designs that looked fabulous on the runway and will benefit good green causes,” said Vanessa Hutt, Assistant Brand Manager, Yesterday’s News. “We know that millions of cat owners share our commitment to ‘do good’ all year round and we encourage everyone to start taking small steps to live green in their daily lives.”

Following the fashion show, attendees were also invited to visit the Green Workshop to learn green living tips for their cats, home and environment from a number of eco-friendly experts including: Kaight, Riverkeeper, Teens Turning Green, DEX New York, green living expert Renee Loux and the five eco-friendly designers.

Yesterday’s News is a cat litter made from recycled materials including paper and sawdust. On average, 44 million pounds of paper is recycled into Yesterday’s News each year. The eco-friendly cat litter introduced a new recyclable bag – one of the first in the pet care industry – in January 2010. For more information on Yesterday’s News, the Do Gooder Design Challenge and Handbag Design Contest, go to

About Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
Yesterday’s News® brand cat litter is manufactured by Nestlé Purina PetCare Company which promotes responsible pet care, humane education, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. The North American headquarters for Nestlé Purina PetCare is located at Checkerboard Square in St. Louis, Missouri, where Ralston Purina was founded more than a century ago. The company is part of the Swiss-based Nestlé S.A. – the world’s largest food company.

About eBay
Founded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY) connects hundreds of millions of buyers and sellers globally on a daily basis through eBay, the world's largest online marketplace, and PayPal, which enables individuals and businesses to securely, easily and quickly send and receive online payments. We also reach millions through specialized marketplaces such as StubHub, the world's largest ticket marketplace, and eBay Classifieds sites, which together have a presence in more than 1,000 cities around the world. For more information about the company and our global portfolio of online brands, visit

Media Contacts:
Jenna Walsh
Cone Inc.
Julie Kahn
Nestle Purina PetCare Company

Monday, September 13, 2010

Lady Gaga Dominates the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards With Eight Moonman Awards Including Coveted 'Video Of The Year'

13 Sep 2010 05:57 Africa/Lagos

Lady Gaga Dominates the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards With Eight Moonman Awards Including Coveted 'Video Of The Year'

Kanye West and Taylor Swift Return to the VMA Stage

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Lady Gaga, outdoing even herself with her adventurous couture, dominated the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, adding eight to her collection of Moonmen with awards including "Video Of The Year," "Best Dance Video," "Best Pop Video" and "Best Female Video." Eminem, who opened this year's Awards with a triumphant performance, walked away with two statues for "Best Male Video" and "Best Hip Hop Video." VMA newcomers 30 Seconds To Mars and Florence + The Machine took home their first wins for "Best Rock Video" and "Best Art Direction," respectively. Justin Bieber was voted "Best New Artist."

A year after Taylor Swift's first VMA win was interrupted by Kanye West, the two returned to musically play out last year's drama, once again on the VMA stage. For an exclusive live performance, Taylor sang "Innocence," an emotional song she wrote about how she felt after last year's incident. Later in the evening and this year as an official performer, Kanye debuted "Runaway" (featuring Pusha T from Clipse), a personal statement on the turbulence of the last year.

MTV aired the 2010 Video Music Awards live on Sunday, September 12 from Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, having transformed the venue into a 1950's sculptural nod to modernism. The VMA's kicked off with an epic performance by Eminem backed by an orchestra to present a medley of his comeback anthem "Not Afraid" into a fiery version of "Love The Way You Lie" with surprise guest Rihanna. Host Chelsea Handler brought her edgy comedic flair to the Awards, making a dramatic entrance that riffed on Lady Gaga's extravagant fashion sense, flying onto the stage wearing a suburban house on her head, complete with a single car garage, and ending her monologue by releasing a dove from her dress. Backstage before taking the stage, Chelsea was shown receiving "encouragement" from well wishers Li'l John, Flo Rida and a score-settling Lindsay Lohan.

Kim Kardashian introduced Justin Bieber, who made his VMA debut performance with an outdoor set of "Baby" into "Somebody to Love" to throngs of adoring fans - including Kim herself who, waving a restraining order, professed she'd nonetheless wait for the young heartthrob in his dressing room.

In another show highlight, the one-and-only Cher presented Lady Gaga with her "Video Of The Year" Award, donning the same outfit (yes, she still fit into it) that she barely wore more than 20 years ago in her own memorable video "If I Could Turn Back Time."

With an intro by Ke$ha and Trey Songz, Usher's electric entrance and pounding energy brought down the house with a medley of "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love" into "OMG!," showing off his dance moves against an other-worldly combination of visual effects.

The physicality of Usher's set contrasted with VMA newcomer Florence + The Machine's ethereal, breakout performance of "Dog Days Are Over," featuring a large-scale dance number with scores of dancers and percussionists to create a flowing dream-like sequence.

Representing the rock side of the house, Linkin Park extended the VMA stage to include the first-ever performance at the landmark Griffith Observatory, where they performed their powerful single "The Catalyst" against the stunning backdrop of a spectacular Los Angeles sunset.

Hip-hop artist Drake was joined on onstage by Mary J. Blige and Swizz Beatz for a performance of his hit single "Fancy," set against a supper club backdrop. Shortly following Drake's performance, Chelsea stumbled upon the cast of "Jersey Shore" in, what else, a hot tub. Teasing the cast about how dirty the water is, she finally agreed to jump in fully clothed, only to emerge wet and pregnant.

Additional performances included a medley by "dream team" Bruno Mars, B.o.B and Paramore, marking the first time ever that B.o.B and Hayley Williams of Paramore sang their hit single "Airplanes" together.

Joining this year's VMA house artist deadmau5 to perform their current hit singles was Travie McCoy, Jason Derulo and Robyn. The night was filled with a long list of musical artists and stars including: Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Justin Timberlake, MTV Tr3s Artist of the Year Romeo from Aventura, Sofia Vergara, Jared Leto, Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, cast members from "Glee" and "True Blood," Ne-Yo, Ellen DeGeneres, the cast of the upcoming film "Jackass 3-D," Penn Badgley, Selena Gomez, Emma Stone and Ashley Greene.



Lady Gaga
Title: Bad Romance
Album: The Fame Monster
Director: Francis Lawrence
Label: Interscope, Cherrytree, Streamline, KonLive
Production Company: DNA Inc.
Producers: Heather Heller, Nicole Ehrlich and Kathy Angstadt

Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris
Title: Baby
Album: My World Part II
Director: Ray Kay
Label: Island Def Jam, RBMG
Production Company: Rockhard Films
Producer: Nicole Acacio

Title: Not Afraid
Album: Recovery
Director: Rich Lee
Label: Aftermath, Interscope
Production Company: DNA
Producer: Justin Diener

Lady Gaga
Title: Bad Romance
Album: The Fame Monster
Director: Francis Lawrence
Label: Interscope, Cherrytree, Streamline, KonLive
Production Company: DNA Inc.
Producers: Heather Heller, Nicole Ehrlich and Kathy Angstadt

Title: Not Afraid
Album: Recovery
Director: Rich Lee
Label: Aftermath, Interscope
Production Company: DNA
Producer: Justin Diener

Lady Gaga
Title: Bad Romance
Album: The Fame Monster
Director: Francis Lawrence
Label: Interscope, Cherrytree, Streamline, KonLive
Production Company: DNA Inc.
Producers: Heather Heller, Nicole Ehrlich and Kathy Angstadt

30 Seconds To Mars
Title: Kings and Queens
Album: This Is War
Director: Bartholomew Cubbins
Label: Virgin Records
Production Company: Hello and Co.
Producers: Jared Leto, Emma Ludbrook, Sheeira Rees-Davies, Melissa Larsen,
Dave Robertson

Lady Gaga
Title: Bad Romance
Album: The Fame Monster
Director: Francis Lawrence
Label: Interscope, Cherrytree, Streamline, KonLive
Production Company: DNA Inc.
Producers: Heather Heller, Nicole Ehrlich and Kathy Angstadt

Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce
Title: Telephone
Album: The Fame Monster
Director: Jonas Akerlund
Label: Interscope, Cherry Tree, Streamline, KonLive
Production Company: Serial Pictures/Anonymous Content
Producers: Stephanie Bruni, Violaine Etienne and Nicole Ehrlich


Lady Gaga
Title: Bad Romance
Album: The Fame Monster
Director: Francis Lawrence
Label: Interscope, Cherrytree, Streamline, KonLive
Production Company: DNA Inc.
Producers: Heather Heller, Nicole Ehrlich and Kathy Angstadt
Choreography: Laurieann Gibson

Lady Gaga
Title: Bad Romance
Album: The Fame Monster
Director: Francis Lawrence
Label: Interscope, Cherrytree, Streamline, KonLive
Production Company: DNA Inc.
Producers: Heather Heller, Nicole Ehrlich and Kathy Angstadt

Lady Gaga
Title: Bad Romance
Album: The Fame Monster
Director: Francis Lawrence
Label: Interscope, Cherrytree, Streamline, KonLive
Production Company: DNA Inc.
Producers: Heather Heller, Nicole Ehrlich and Kathy Angstadt
Editor: Jarrett Fijal

Title: Uprising
Album: The Resistance
Director: Hydra
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Production Company: Humble
Producer: Humble
Special Effects: Sam Stevens

Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
Title: Empire State of Mind
Album: The Blueprint 3
Director: Hype Williams
Label: Roc Nation
Production Company: Naaila Entertainment
Producer: Abdur Rahman

Florence + The Machine
Title: Dogs Days Are Over
Album: Lungs
Director: LEGS

The Black Keys
Title: Tighten Up
Album: Brothers
Director: Chris Marrs Pillero
Label: Nonesuch
Production Company: Symphony 9
Producer: John Lathan

Jesse Ignjatovic/Den of Thieves is the Executive Producer for the "2010 MTV Video Music Awards." Dave Sirulnick is Executive Producer. Garrett English is co-Executive Producer/Executive in Charge of Production. Amy Doyle is Executive Producer. Joanna Bomberg is Executive in Charge of Music and Talent. Jen Jones is co-Executive Producer. Hamish Hamilton is Director. Wendy Plaut is Celebrity Talent Executive.

Official sponsors of the "2010 MTV Video Music Awards" are 5® REACT(TM) Gum,, Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid, Rhapsody®, Samsung Fascinate a Galaxy S phone, Taco Bell® and Verizon Wireless.

The "2010 MTV Video Music Awards" was available to a potential viewing audience of more than 1.2 billion people via MTV's global network of 63 channels reaching 605 million households around the world as well as through syndication. In addition, its convergent programming & content will reach the entire interactive community, via MTV's more than 200 digital media properties around the world.

About MTV:

MTV is the dynamic, vibrant experiment at the intersection of music, creativity and youth culture. For over 28 years, MTV has evolved, challenged the norm, and detonated boundaries -- giving each new generation a creative outlet and voice that entertains, informs and unites on every platform and screen. On-air, MTV is the number one full day-ad supported network for P12-24. Online, averaged 24.5 million monthly unique visitors during the second quarter of 2010 -- up +13% year-over-year. Average video streams for the second quarter of 2010 increased +8% from Q1/2010. And MTV's successful sibling networks MTV2 and mtvU each deliver unprecedented customized content, super-serving young males, music fans, and college students like no one else. MTV is part of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Wanna know more? Come on in...

Source: MTV

CONTACT: Melissa Barreto of MTV, +1-212-846-7226,

Web Site:

Teenage Infatuations and other Assumptions of Love

Teenage Infatuations and other Assumptions of Love

She calls him her boyfriend, but he does accept her as his girlfriend. He calls another girl his girlfriend.
He assumes she is his girlfriend, but she actually belongs to another guy.

The above scenarios are quite common in relationships among teens and older people.
I see men who assume that they are having a relationship with a particular woman when she has not even agreed to go out with the man with such a fantasy.

Sleeping with someone may not be a serious relationship to him or her.
To him or her, you have simply had sex. Period. No more, no less.

Millions of teenage girls mistake infatuation for love when they exchange emotional messages online and the pictures of a pretty face suddenly make her or him to “fall in love” but it is all lust.
It is part of growing up into adulthood. But the consequences of the mistaken passions could do them more harm than good in life. Like date despoil harms the intellectual and sexual development of many impressionable teenage girls who are most vulnerable to such mistakes of infatuations.

No reasonable or sensible person should take online “fans” or “friends” you have never met or do not know their family backgrounds seriously. Many psychos are on Facebook, Twitter, Tagged, MySpace, etc.
Many are even calling ghosts their “FRIENDS”, but they should actually be FIENDS.

Nobody will come online, go to clubs or parties and tell total strangers the facts of his or her life. So, they have to tell lies after lies in conceit and deceit depending on the targets.

Humans would lie countless times to get whatever they want.
Boys would like to get girls to have sexual intercourse with them.
Girls would lie to boys and sugar daddies to get gifts and cash from them.
It’s what I call “Bargain Romance”. It is a game of guts and wits.
If you want to have fun, enjoy the game while it lasts.
Infatuations and assumptions of love are romantic fancies.

I was sitting with some guys this morning when one of them was boasting of his latest sexual conquest in detail.
He found out that a hood queen was easy to lay and even explained that he had to use some Vaseline lotion to lubricate her womanliness before penetrating her and that she now begged him not to tell a particular guy he knew. I mean not to “kiss and tell”. Only cheats are scared of “kiss and tell”.

A popular celebrity columnist in Nigeria told a young guy that she would have agreed to sleep with him, but she was afraid that he would kiss and tell. This guy would definitely kiss and tell. The fact is this guy believes that sleeping with a woman he fancied is not a big deal and does not amount to any pact of secrecy. A typical Lagos boy who loves to “fork and talk”. Many of the girls he has slept with call him “my boyfriend”, but he simply calls each one, “the girl I have forked” and says he does not have any girlfriend.

A very pretty and sexy girl on Victoria Island in Lagos does not deny the fact that she is a nymphomaniac. She is addicted to sex and a case that would make a girl in America or Europe go to a rehab for psychotherapy, but in Nigeria she is not really bothered. She sleeps with any guy she desires and LOVE has nothing to do with it. But many guys who have slept with her and called her “my girlfriend” later found out the unclothed truth. She is single and free and as we say in local parlance ‘she no send o!”. She loves sex like food and having sex to her is like answering the call of nature. It’s not a big deal and does not use it as a meal ticket like many girls in Nigeria.

Mature and secure men and women know when and how to separate the fact from the fiction.
Saying “I love you” 10,000 times may not end up in true love, because in most cases, that “I love you” is coming from either your sweet tooth or stomach and not from your heart.

A young woman received a bag of packets of chocolates and cookies from an older man and excitedly she called him and said “I love you”. But the “I love you” was only coming from her sweet tooth. He chuckled, because he knew the truth, but simply played along to make her happy.
Another young man thought she was having a relationship with a guy and actually thought she was his one and only true partner, but was surprised when they broke up and his “in relationship” status remained unchanged. The fact is, he was having a real relationship with another woman and not her.

It would be better, healthier and safer to define your intents and purposes when relating with the opposite gender and avoid living in Fool’s Paradise. One swallow does not make a summer.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Justin Bieber Is Proactiv®

5 HOURS AGO!Giantkiller! Justin Bieber beats Shaquille O'Neal on the basketball court (and he's two feet shorter)

PALM DESERT, Calif., Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Singing sensation Justin Bieber is speaking out as a huge fan - and has just been named a spokesperson - of Proactiv®, America's #1 acne system. Bieber will talk to teens about being proactive about acne and skin care to prevent breakouts as part of the brand's unique Be Proactiv® marketing campaign.

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The Canadian-born YouTube sensation was the first recording artist to have seven songs from a debut album on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, with My World, which was released in November 2009 on Island Def Jam. Rocketed into the spotlight, Bieber credits his devoted loyal fan base for discovering him, saying, "I owe everything to my fans. They found me on YouTube and they make this whole thing fun."

He followed up the success of his debut album with the release of his first full studio release, My World 2.0 released in March 2010 and has since achieved even greater success; debuting at number one and certified platinum in less than two months of release in the United States, making Justin the youngest solo male artist to have a number 1 album on the Billboard Top 100 since Stevie Wonder in 1963. His album remained number 1 on the charts for four-weeks. He has over 8 million fans on Facebook, and over 4 million followers on Twitter, and his current hit "Baby" is the most viewed YouTube video of all time, at just over 260 million views. He has sold over 5 million albums worldwide to date.

Called the world's biggest pop star by People Magazine, Bieber joins a star-studded line-up of celebrity customers-turned-spokespeople, including leading pop music artists Katy Perry and Avril Lavigne, actresses Jenna Fischer and Jennifer Love Hewitt, singer and actress Julianne Hough, and many more.

"This is kind of a way I can give back to my fans, by letting them know I use Proactiv and that it's really easy - 1, 2, 3 and you're done. My fans already know I'm just a regular kid, except the stuff about my life that's not regular... like performing to thousands of kids and always being in the spotlight. But, I know that for a teenager, it doesn't matter how many people are looking at you, you don't want acne on your face."

As part of his work with Proactiv, Bieber will also raise awareness for an educational cause that's important to him, Pencils of Promise. Pencils of Promise is a nonprofit organization started less than two years ago to build schools and increase educational opportunities in less fortunate communities around the world.

"Pencils of Promise is an organization that I've been involved with since it was founded and I am really proud to support their work. Education and helping kids around the world is something I am passionate about. Working with Proactiv, we are going to help Pencils of Promise build 15 schools around the world," said Bieber.

For more information about Justin, Pencils of Promise, special offers from Proactiv, and exclusive behind-the-scenes videos from his Proactiv commercial shoot, visit

About Proactiv

Celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2010, Proactiv® Solution is America's #1 acne system, and a leader in acne prevention and treatment. Now with new micro-crystal benzoyl peroxide, Proactiv utilizes a three-step Combination Therapy® to directly target the root causes of acne - bacteria, oil production, and dead skin cell build up - and heal and soothe acne prone skin. Proactiv clears existing blemishes, soothes inflammation and redness, and helps to prevent new breakouts from occurring. Proactiv Solution has a complete line of products, beyond the Three-Step System, including moisturizers, sunscreens, spot treatments and body washes formulated specifically for acne prone skin.

Proactiv was developed by former acne sufferers and leading dermatologists, Katie Rodan, M.D. and Kathy Fields, M.D. It has been used successfully by millions of women, men and teens around the world. Proactiv has been recognized with 28 awards and honors from the beauty and health industry.

For more information about Proactiv, call (800) 778-1011 or visit

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

New DR. SCHOLL’S® FOR HER Fast Flats™

New DR. SCHOLL’S® FOR HER Fast Flats™ Offer a Practical Solution For a Long Day or Night in Heels

For women on-the-go, a stylish pair of foldable flats is now available at mass retailers nationwide.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Online Dating Study Gives Romance Tours Thumbs Up

Online Dating Study Gives Romance Tours Thumbs Up

Anastasia Intl. Publishes Dramatic Video Testimonial

Bangor, Maine – 9 August, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — A study commissioned by dating giant Anastasia International has found that Romance Tours attended by western men in hopes of finding a bride in Russia and CIS are highly effective. Organized Romance Tours take men from behind their computers on excursions through Russia and Ukraine with the object of connecting them with ladies in search of amour and possibly marriage. The Public Relations Department at Anastasia interviewed 1,697 Western clients who had attended at least one of her Romance Tours between 2002 and 2009, and discovered a significant percentage not only found a lasting relationship, but an enduring marriage.

Results showed a whopping 18.9%, nearly 1 in 5 of those interviewed, were now either married (13%) or in what qualifies as a lasting relationship (5.9%) with a Russian or Ukrainian woman they met on an Anastasia Romance Tour. Of course in the real world not all is champagne and caviar. A small percentage of those surveyed became engaged but broke it off (2.3%). However, 322 of them (19%) found their sojourn so sweet as to prompt them to take part in several Anastasia Romance Tours. One gentleman and Anastasia member had even attended in excess of 30 tours. 30% of all participants rated their excursion from "fun" and "well run" to "the best trip of my life".

First hand recorded testimonials from Tour Participants including a U.S. Air Force Pilot returning home from Iraq, a pharmacist, a Texas insurance adjuster, and a CPA can be seen and heard in video interviews lending credence to the effectiveness and practicality such excursions provide in finding love and happiness.

The new survey complements a report from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) which found that international dating portals are responsible for "4,000 to 6,000 marriages" per year. It states "...marriages arranged through these services would appear to have a lower divorce rate than the nation as a whole, fully 80 percent of these marriages having lasted over the years for which reports are available." This is in comparison to the U.S. divorce rate which has hovered in the neighborhood of 50-56% over the past few years.

Among other comments, a large portion of Anastasia's Romance Tour participants found the staff and U.S. representatives "good" to "great". While a small percentage commented that some ladies smoke cigarettes, initiatives in Eastern European countries to curb smoking have made an impact, with these concerns coming from men who attended earlier tours in 2002-2003. Suggestions for improvements included organizing a European river tour, perhaps a cruise on the Ukraine's Dnieper.

Comments concerning’s website included compliments on the quality and beauty of the ladies and the easy-to-use and efficient email service. But the most significant applause came for Anastasia’s Live Chat service which rated 9’s and 10’s out of 10 for chatability and cost effectiveness in connecting with Ladies.

Although internet dating is the 3rd largest online revenue generator, the sector produces scant statistics to qualify its success. With this study, Anastasia hopes to quantify and qualify the benefits and success of international online dating and Romance Tours.

About Anastasia
Founded in 1993, Anastasia is the industry’s leading International Introduction and Romance Tour Company with over 80 million online visitors yearly and over 1.5 million letters exchanged onsite daily. Anastasia’s affiliate program incorporates over a thousand affiliated dating agencies from most major cities of the former USSR. To learn more about Anastasia International, please visit their informative web

Friday, July 23, 2010

The Choice is Yours

One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.
~ Aristotle, Greek critic, philosopher, physicist, & zoologist (384 BC - 322 BC)

Before you fall for the temptations of having fun no matter the risks, think of your future and make sure that what you do today will not haunt you tomorrow.

What benefit do you gain when you have lied, cheated and stolen to catch up with the Joneses among your peers who are actually prostitutes and gigolos pretending to be girlfriends and boyfriends in romance.

Have you not seen the consequences of brazen acts of FAKE LIFE, because others are doing it anyway?

Well, would you prefer to be others or BE YOU, walking with your head raised up and not hanging your head to hide the grimace of shame on your face whenever you come across or run into someone who knows your past?

Why not let people have good memories of you instead of bad records of your evils in the name of name of relationship?

Have you noticed how many of the Fly Girls have become shadows on the walls of history while the ones who appreciated the values and virtues of life are still walking tall.
Who cares about a good name?
Well, only a street dog does not care about whatever name you call it.

‘Oh, nobody is perfect,” you often blurt in defence of your deliberate acts of ignominy.
You are caught cheating and your lame excuse is Nobody is perfect.
You are caught lying and again it is another Nobody is perfect.
Well, our foolish excuses for our fraudulent ways of life have given Nigeria a bad name. And Nobody is perfect has not made the rest of the world to feel sorry for Nigerians online or offline.

419 is 419.
From 419 lovers to 419 fraudsters.
Call a spade a spade.
It is not only the corrupt politicians who are destroying Nigeria, but every cheat, liar, thief, prostitute, gigolo and other ignominious dogs of the earth.

Four great things make great people for the benefit of humanity.
Dignity, humility, integrity and nobility.
Without them, you would end up in the junk yard of history.

What you do today will follow you tomorrow with either joy or sorrow.

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe.
The choice is yours.

Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
~ Matthew 5:16

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Elyse Taylor in O'Neill Girls Spring 2011 Collections

Elyse Taylor in O'Neill Girls Spring 2011 Collections

O'Neill Girls Launches Spring 2011 Collections Featuring International Supermodel Elyse Taylor

Taylor to Appear in Creative Campaigns and Co-Design Limited Edition Swimwear

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IRVINE, Calif., July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- O'Neill (, the original California surf, snow and youth lifestyle brand, today announced international supermodel Elyse Taylor as its brand ambassador to be featured in the marketing and consumer advertising efforts for O'Neill Girls through 2011. As part of the collaboration, O'Neill Girls will also be unveiling an exclusive swimwear collection, Elyse Taylor for O'Neill, later next year.

Born in Vaucluse, Sydney, Taylor is one of today's most coveted young models. Since her career began, the Australian beauty has worked with high fashion brands including Victoria's Secret, and appeared on runways for Marc Jacobs, Alberta Ferretti, Dolce & Gabbana, and Roberto Cavalli. For O'Neill Girls, she will be included in retail and online videos, digital and print advertising, product hangtags, and other promotional content. Imagery from O'Neill's Spring 2011 photo shoot, shot on location in the Virgin Islands by Kyle Alexander, will debut at the Miami Swim Tradeshow this weekend.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with someone as talented, creative and down to earth as Elyse," said Cedar Carter, Marketing Director for O'Neill Girls. "She's a laid back beach girl who also has a lot of energy and style. She not only embodies the O'Neill Girls lifestyle, but also loves fashion and design, and has walked the runways for many of our girls' favorite brands. She is a wonderful addition to our team."

"I've always been a huge fan of O'Neill and am excited to be working with the company on various projects for 2011," added Taylor. "Growing up along the coast, the water and the beach were always part of my life, so it's great to work with a brand that represents so many of my passions. I'm really looking forward to collaborating with the design teams, drawing inspiration from O'Neill's California roots and my own experiences travelling around the world."

Scheduled for release in 2011 at specialty retailers and boutiques, Elyse Taylor for O'Neill will complement the brand's 2011 lifestyle collections that merge 1970's retro surf styling with indie culture and ethnic influences.

For a sneak peek into the O'Neill Girls Spring 2011 photo shoot, visit

O'Neill Girls is dedicated to and inspired by the adventurous and free-spirited young female. Driven by O'Neill's heritage as the original California surf brand since 1952, O'Neill Girls stays true to its roots, while offering a unique fashion perspective that is modern and fresh.

Featuring a range of styles for all seasons both on and off the beach, O'Neill Girls includes a blend of effortlessly cool prints, dresses, tees, denim, fleece, jackets, accessories, swimwear and wetsuits.

Featured in hundreds of magazines and available in more than 85 countries around the world, O'Neill Girls reflects its personality through innovative collections, signature events, and exceptional athletes. With talented team riders including surfers Malia Manuel and Sage Erikson, the brand continues to push the envelope of performance and is committed to providing today's most advanced and authentic youth lifestyle products. Connecting fashion, surf and youth culture, O'Neill Girls introduced "Generation Next" in 2008 with Teen Vogue, an annual high school design program to foster tomorrow's fashion talents and create inspiration for future product lines.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

She Is So Irresistible, But She Is Dangerous Too

She Is So Irresistible, But She Is Dangerous Too

She is so irresistible, but you know that sleeping with her will do you more harm than good, FLEE before she lures you into her loving arms and wraps you with her charms.
In fact if you have to drive her away, do so.

You have to do this if,

1. You know she has a jealous and dangerous boyfriend or she is married.
2. You know she is a material girl who will be a devourer of your heart and soul and leave you broke when the cookie crumbles.
3. If she is a shameless cheat and lies to you that she loves you, but she is only using you to make ends meet or using you as a dummy to spite a rival or another guy.

Angela Bassett and Paula Patton Star in new Wedding Comedy "Jumping the Broom"

Angela Bassett

12 Jul 2010 19:53 Africa/Lagos

Ageless beauty Angela Bassett and Paula Patton Star With Laz Alonso, Mike Epps, Loretta Devine and Meagan Good in TriStar Pictures' JUMPING THE BROOM

The Wedding Comedy Begins Principal Photography in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia Today

LOS ANGELES, July 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Principal photography has begun in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia on the TriStar Pictures' production of the wedding comedy JUMPING THE BROOM directed by Salim Akil from a screenplay written by Arlene Gibbs and Elizabeth Hunter. The film is slated for theatrical release on May 6, 2011 and distributed by Sony Pictures.

Paula Patton

The film stars Angela Bassett (NOTORIOUS, MEET THE BROWNS), Paula Patton (PRECIOUS, DEJA VU), Laz Alonso (JUST WRIGHT, AVATAR), Mike Epps (THE HANGOVER, RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION), Loretta Devine (DEATH AT A FUNERAL, FIRST SUNDAY), Meagan Good (STOMP THE YARD), Tasha Smith(COUPLES RETREAT, WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO?), DeRay Davis (OLD DOGS, SEMI-PRO), Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Romeo Miller (HONEY), Gary Dourdan (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, PERFECT STRANGER), Pooch Hall (The Game), Brian Stokes Mitchell (THE PRINCE OF EGYPT), and Valarie Pettiford (WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO?, STOMP THE YARD).

T.D. Jakes, Tracey E. Edmonds, Curtis Wallace, Elizabeth Hunter and Glendon Palmer will produce the project.

JUMPING THE BROOM focuses on a weekend wedding in Martha's Vineyard where two families from divergent socioeconomic backgrounds clash during their first meeting before the big event.

JUMPING THE BROOM will shoot in Lunenberg until August 13, 2010.

Source: TriStar Pictures

CONTACT: Karen Tyrell, +1-416-516-6218, for TriStar Pictures

Sunday, July 11, 2010

8 Finalists Top 'Your OWN Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star'

9 Jul 2010 19:00 Africa/Lagos

'Your OWN Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star' Announces Top Online Finalists Coming to Hollywood

Over 15,000 People Auditioned Over 143 Million Votes Were Cast in the 7 Week Online Contest

LOS ANGELES, July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The online votes for the "Your OWN Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star" competition have been verified, and the top five finalists have been chosen. And because of the overwhelming response to the online auditions (over 143 million votes), OWN has decided to select the next three vote getters to join the other finalists at the final auditions in Los Angeles. The online finalists, in order of verified vote count, are:

1. Jacqueline Wattimo of Waterton, MA with 9,360,096 votes.

2. Dr. Phyllis Tucker-Wicks of Tampa, FL with 8,453,803 votes.

3. Stacia Pierce of East Lansing, MI with 7,604,501 votes.

4. Kornelius Bascombe of Raleigh, NC with 5,856,075 votes.

5. Dr. Tony Roach of Abilene, TX with 3,842,648 votes.

6. Maria Holloway of Miami, FL with 3,796,219 votes.

7. Zach Anner of Austin, TX with 3,484,018 votes.

8. Jasbina Ahluwalia of Oak Brook, IL with 2,728,232 votes.

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From the total pool of hopeful superstars coming to Hollywood, 10 will be selected to participate in the reality series, "Your OWN Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star." At least one of the top five from the online popular vote is guaranteed a spot among the 10 on the series.

When auditions closed June 26, 2010, there were more than 9,500 online videos and more than 6,100 contestants who came to open casting calls in New Jersey, Texas, California and Georgia. Over 143 million votes were cast online and the results were carefully verified by a third party before the winners of the online competition were announced.

During the verification process, the final vote counts fluctuated, as votes that could not be authenticated were eliminated from the competition. The verification process did not change the top 8 applicants with the most votes online.

"The response was amazing with over 15,000 people having auditioned," said Executive Producer Mark Burnett. "Oprah Winfrey is such an inspiration and motivates people to seek their dreams. This response shows the enormity of those who wish to communicate their ideas on television."

"Your OWN Show," presented by Kohl's and premiering on OWN in January 2011, will be a reality series in which contestants compete in a "host boot camp." Challenges will range from booking interviews and researching story ideas, to successfully completing an actual screen test. The person selected to be the winner will receive a 6-episode commitment for his or her own show, executive produced by Mark Burnett, and scheduled to premiere on OWN in 2011.


A joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery Communications, LLC, OWN: THE OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK is a multi-platform media company designed to entertain, inform, and inspire people to live their best lives. OWN will debut on January 1, 2011 in approximately 80 million homes, on what is currently the Discovery Health Channel. The venture also will include the award-winning digital platform, For more information, please visit

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Friday, July 09, 2010

Wendy's® Raises the Bar on Salads

9 Jul 2010 11:00 Africa/Lagos

Wendy's® Raises the Bar on Salads

Four New Salads Deliver High Quality Ingredients, Freshly Prepared

DUBLIN, Ohio, July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Wendy's, the chain that first brought the salad bar to quick service customers over 30 years ago, then pioneered the premium salad offering with their Garden Sensations line in 2002, is reinventing quick service salads once again. The new fresh and flavorful line-up - Apple Pecan Chicken, BLT Cobb, Spicy Chicken Caesar and Baja - is now available in restaurants nationwide.

The four reinvented salads combine real ingredients and fresh preparation to deliver an unrivaled taste in every bite. With Wendy's new salads, customers can experience real high-quality ingredients and flavor combinations similar to what they get in a cafe or casual dining restaurant, but with the great value and convenience they expect from Wendy's.

The salads are prepared fresh in-store and topped with a variety of premium ingredients not usually found at fast food restaurants: 11 types of greens, including a spring mix; fruits like cranberries and two types of apples; real blue cheese crumbles and shaved Asiago cheese; fresh Pico de Gallo and guacamole; roasted pecans and warm chicken. Then each salad is served with Marzetti's all natural and preservative-free dressings, made especially for Wendy's, including Pomegranate Vinaigrette, Avocado Ranch, Lemon Garlic Caesar and Creamy Red Jalapeno.

The new line-up was first tested in Nashville, TN, Columbus, OH, Salt Lake City, UT and Richmond, VA, earlier this year and produced strong results. Sales of the salads exceeded expectations and customer reviews were highly favorable, spurring Wendy's to launch the salads as a permanent menu item.

"We are raising the bar on salads again," says Ken Calwell, chief marketing officer for Wendy's.

"Wendy's new premium salads offer the high-quality ingredients and choice that our customers crave. After a successful round of testing, we are thrilled to bring these new salads to consumers nationwide."

Wendy's new salads are available nationwide at the suggested retail price of $5.99. Prices will vary.

About the salads:

Apple Pecan Chicken Salad

A blend of fresh lettuce and spring mix salad greens, topped with
real blue cheese crumbles, U.S. grown, hand-picked Granny Smith and
sweet red apple pieces, roasted pecans seasoned with sea salt,
cayenne pepper and sugar, dried Ocean Spray cranberries and warm
grilled chicken. This salad comes with all natural, preservative-
free Pomegranate Vinaigrette dressing.

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BLT Cobb Salad

A blend of fresh lettuce and spring mix salad greens, topped with two
strips of Applewood Smoked Bacon, freshly chopped tomatoes, real
blue cheese crumbles, chopped hard boiled eggs and warm grilled
chicken. This salad is served with all natural, preservative-free
creamy Avocado Ranch dressing.

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Baja Salad

A blend of fresh lettuce and spring mix salad greens, topped with
natural cheddar and pepper jack cheeses, guacamole made with Hass
avocados, freshly prepared Pico de Gallo, all natural tortilla
chips, and Wendy's famous rich and meaty chili. This salad is served
with all natural, preservative-free Creamy Red Jalapeno dressing.

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Spicy Chicken Caesar

A bed of fresh romaine lettuce topped with vine ripened grape
tomatoes, natural shaved Asiago cheese, French bread croutons
seasoned with sea salt, black pepper and garlic and Wendy's famous
Spicy Chicken. This salad is served with all natural, preservative-
free Lemon Garlic Caesar dressing.

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Wendy's will also continue to offer the Garden and Caesar side salads:

Garden Side Salad

A blend of fresh salad greens, topped with grape tomatoes, matchstick
carrots, and French bread croutons seasoned with sea salt, black
pepper and garlic. This salad is served with the customer's choice
of dressing.

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Caesar Side Salad

A bed of fresh salad greens, topped with shaved Asiago cheese, grape
tomatoes, French bread croutons seasoned with sea salt, black pepper
and garlic. This salad is served with all natural, preservative-
free Lemon Garlic Caesar dressing.

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Wendy's International Overview

Wendy's International is one of the world's most successful restaurant operating and franchising companies with more than 6,600 restaurants worldwide. Wendy's is a subsidiary of Wendy's/Arby's Group, Inc (NYSE:WEN) . More information is available at, or

Lauren Knox, 404-879-9157 Denny Lynch, 614-764-3553

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