Thursday, October 31, 2013

“Embarazado” DOES NOT Mean “Embarrassed.”

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Thomas Roberts and Mel B To Host 2013 MISS UNIVERSE® Pageant

17 Oct 2013 20:00 Africa/Lagos

Miss Universe Organization Announces Thomas Roberts ("MSNBC Live") And Mel B ("America's Got Talent") As Hosts For The 2013 MISS UNIVERSE® Competition

NEW YORK, Oct. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- NBC, Donald J. Trump, and Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, announced today that Thomas Roberts and Mel B will host the 62nd Annual Miss Universe® Competition airing Saturday, Nov. 9 (9-11 p.m. ET/PT) from Crocus City Hall in Moscow. The global event will also air with a Spanish simulcast on Telemundo.

Thomas Roberts is an award-winning journalist and host of "MSNBC Live" at 11a.m. weekdays. Roberts also serves as a fill-in host and contributor on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" and NBC's "Today." He received a 2002 Emmy-nomination for his work on the documentary "Parvo Puppies" and also received an Edward R. Murrow Award in 2001 for a documentary he produced titled "When Parents Don't Pay."

Melanie Brown recently appeared as a member of the NBC family as a judge on the eighth season of the hit summer show "America's Got Talent." The global superstar, known best to audiences as "Mel B" of the Spice Girls, is a chart-topping musical artist, actress, author and television personality. Mel B's brazen persona was at the core of the Spice Girls' worldwide success, racking up worldwide record sales of $55 million. Recently Mel B returned to her musical roots with her first single in almost a decade, "For Once in My Life." She previously hosted the MISS UNIVERSE® Competition when it was held in Vietnam in 2008.

Veteran MISS UNIVERSE commentator, Jeannie Mai, also returns to take viewers behind-the-scenes to engage with contestants, talent and fans throughout the telecast. Mai is best known as the host of Style Network's two-time Emmy Award-nominated makeover series "How Do I Look?" and is also recognized for her fashion segments on NBC's "Today."

Panic! At The Disco is set to perform during the MISS UNIVERSE broadcast. They recently released their fourth studio album, "Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!" which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The album features the single "Miss Jackson (feat. LOLO)," which debuted at #9 on the iTunes Top Singles Chart. Since its release, the official video has reached over 5.5 million YouTube views. The Grammy-nominated group's 2005 double-platinum "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out" featured the global smash "I Write Sins Not Tragedies." Panic! At The Disco is set to tour Europe in November and will embark on a national US headline tour in January.

International recording artist EMIN will also take the stage during the pageant. EMIN spent much of this year traveling the globe promoting his hit single "Amor," which has already been released in Russia, Great Britain, his native Azerbaijan and is set for wide release this year. The reigning Miss Universe Olivia Culpo is also featured in the popular music video that has had more than 4.5 million views on YouTube since its release. EMIN will debut "In Another Life," the new single from his upcoming CD, for worldwide release in early 2014.

This will be the first time in the pageant's 62-year history that the competition will be held in Russia. Barry Adelman of dick clark productions (dcp) will be returning as executive producer of the pageant, which marks his third year producing the show. The MISS UNIVERSE telecast is broadcast in approximately 190 countries and an estimated 1 billion viewers worldwide are expected to tune in. Contestants will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview as they vie for the coveted title of Miss Universe 2013. Culpo will crown her successor at the conclusion of the two-hour telecast.

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The Miss Universe Organization, a Donald J. Trump and NBCUniversal joint venture, is a global community empowering role models of beauty, health and leadership for young women of today. The organization is dedicated to partnering with charities around the world, and to increasing HIV/AIDS awareness by focusing on women's health issues. For more information, visit:; Facebook:; Twitter and Instagram: @MissUniverse.

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Monday, October 07, 2013

Nigeria Premieres "Girl Rising" for International Day of the Girl Child

The Nigerian premiere of the groundbreaking CNN film "Girl Rising" comes up on the United Nations' International Day of the Girl Child, Friday October 11 at 10 am at the Silverbird Cinemas, Silverbird Galleria on Victoria Island, Lagos. And a special screening the following day on Saturday October 12 at the same venue.

Zonta International Clubs in Nigeria, Kudirat Initiative for Democracy, Nigerians Report Online and the United Nations Information Centre are bringing "Girl Rising" global campaign to Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa with over 6 million girls out of school. The event will be co-hosted by Nollywood divas Kate Henshaw and Ibinabo Fiberesima, popular female rapper Yetunde Alabi aka Sasha P, Daniella Okoye, the reigning 2013 Princess of the Universe beauty queen and Amy Oyekunle, the Executive Director of Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND), producer of the Nigerian adaptation of Eve Ensler's "Vagina Monologues" and one of the few women working on initiatives dedicated to the advancement of girls and women for leadership and political participation as well as championing causes to mitigate violence against women and girls in Nigeria. And the Special Guest Speaker is Holly Gordon, the Executive Producer of "Girl Rising' and Executive Director of 10x10.

Kate Henshaw.

Ibinabo Fiberesima.

Sasha P.

Amy Oyekunle.

Daniella Okoye.

Marie Arana Azure Antoinette Kayce Freed Jennings Holly Gordon Rosalind Hudnell and Shabana Basij-Rasikh at 10x10's event.

"Girl Rising" spotlights the stories of nine unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. The film captures their dreams, their voices and their remarkable lives. It is also a movement dedicated to empowering and achieving educational equity for Girls around the world.

This International Day of the Girl Child celebration will bring 350 students and teachers, key influencers in business, government dignitaries and members of the civil society together to raise global visibility about the importance of educating Girls. It will be registered on the Girl Rising campaign map with the goal of capturing the attention of global policy leaders and inspiring them to include Girls’ education on the post­2015 United Nations agenda, an important step for achieving educational equality for Girls.

“We, the Co-hosts of the Nigerian Premiere of Girl Rising, believe in the power of education to change not only a Girl, but the world.” By hosting an International Day of the Girl Child Event in Lagos, we are demonstrating our commitment to breaking down the barriers that prevent Girls around the world from going to school ­ barriers like Child Marriage, Sex Trafficking, Gender Violence and Discrimination. We are proud to be part of this growing movement, raising visibility in Lagos alongside thousands of other events worldwide.”

The Girl Rising event in Lagos is proudly supported by the British Deputy High Commission in Lagos, Silverbird, Kiddies and Brands Company, Educare Trust, and Cool 96.9 FM.

Girl Rising was directed by Academy Award­ nominee Richard E. Robbins and is narrated by top Hollywood stars Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Chloë Moretz, Liam Neeson, Freida Pinto, Meryl Streep, and Kerry Washington

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Tuesday, October 01, 2013

My Heart is a Bouquet of Roses

My heart is a bouquet of roses
Roses of my heart of hearts
Roses full of my sacred secrets
Roses of my enchanted passions
Enchanted passions of my most precious moments
Precious moments of my sacred love
Sacred love from the grove of the daughters of Jove.
Daughters of Jove, my most enchanted muses
Enchanted muses sleeping with me on my bed of roses.
Bed of roses of my beloved who tickle me with their sweet kisses
Sweet kisses of their sweet lips inflaming my enchanted verses.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima,

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