Thursday, December 12, 2013

The 2014 Golden Globe Nominations Are Here!

The 2014 Golden Globe Nominations Are Here!

Yes, early this morning while I was still sleep, the 2014 Golden Globes nominations were announced. Congratulations to all the nominees including Kerry Washington for Best Actress in her role as 'Olivia Pope' in the ABC hit, "Scandal...

And that's pretty much it for Best Drama nomination. Even her co-stars, many well deserving of a nomination, did not even get a head nod in their direction.
Actor Don Cheadle earned a Best Actor in a TV Series Comedy nomination for "House of Lies."

Lee Daniels' "The Butler" was snubbed for any nominations. Michael B. Jordan, who starred in "Fruitvale Station" was also snubbed for Best Actor, Drama. However, "12 Years a Slave" received quite a few...

John Ridley earned a Best Screenplay nomination for "12 Years a Slave..."

Hans Zimmer(above pic) earned a Best Original Score nomination for "12 Years a Slave,"

Director Steve McQueen earned a Best Director nomination for "12 Years a Slave" and  actor Chiwetel Ejiofor received a Best Actor in a Drama for "12 Years a Slave." "12 Years..." also earned a Best Motion Picture, Drama nomination, Lupita Nyong earned Best Supporting Actress and  Michael Fassbender earned a Best Supporting Actor nom for "12 Years..."

Other nominees include Best Supporting Actor Barkhad Abdi for "Captain Phillips," Alex Heffes(Best Original Score) for "Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom,"  "Ordinary Love" from the film, "Mandela," earned a Best Original Song nomination. Idris Elba earned a Best Actor, Drama, for "Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom."

Congratulations to all of the nominees!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

PASH Foundation's A Culinary Affair Nov. 14 in Hollywood Hills, CA. in Support of Alzheimer's Awareness Month

I do not know Nikki Hoard. But one of her sources reached out to me to request help in getting the word out about "A Culinary Affair" PASH Foundation fundraiser event to raise awareness about Alzheimer's Disease. PASH Foundation founder Hoard's mother died from Early Onset Alzheimer's in 2009 at age 60. Her mother was diagnosed at age 54. I automatically connected with this due to my oldest sister being diagnosed in 2005 at 53. My sister is still with us but my family and I know struggle and challenges. This event takes place Thursday, Nov. 14 in Hollywood Hills, CA. Even if you cannot physically be there, you can donate. I am passing the information on. PicMonkey banner1 We invite you to join "A CULINARY AFFAIR" food & wine pairing event. This is an Exclusive event sponsored by PASH Entertainment & Cooking With Coetry to support the PASH Foundation for November's NATIONAL ALZHEIMER'S AWARENESS Month. Currently, there are OVER 5 MILLION AMERICANS diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States & the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that CANNOT be prevented, cured or even slowed. The PASH Foundation is dedicated to providing financial support & resources primarily to the families & people diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s, as well as Alzheimer patients. Please support National Alzheimer's Awareness Month and continue helping us to fund research to find a cure. PARTY 4 A PURPOSE ~ A CULINARY AFFAIR!
A Culinary Affair ~ Party 4 A Purpose *** NOVEMBER 14, 2013. THURSDAY @ 7:30PM. Reserve you seat now (limited seating) for the ultimate dining experience. ONE NIGHT ONLY! On Thursday, come enjoy a Very Exclusive Intimate evening of "Cooking with Coetry" ~ A Culinary Affair ~ with Culinary Enthusiast, Chef Coe, where he will present "sensory experience" of food & wine and the arts of poetry & jazz, for a special group of guests. Guests can prepare to be astounded with a spectacular (4) course cuisine & wine pairing, where each course uniquely reveals the beauty and mystery of the wines. When appropriately paired, food & wine have the ability to enhance each other’s flavors, making them more pronounced, rendering the entire tasting experience a more satisfying and enjoyable one. Chef Coe's delicacies are of ingredients simply prepared with time honored techniques and accentuated with organic produce, fresh herbs, local ranch raised meats and fresh Pacific seafood. So come join us for A Culinary Affair and dine like a star in the Hollywood Hills, with a gourmet (4) course cuisine, wine, live jazz, live art, and a little "Coetry".
LOCATION: Castle The location of ~ A Culinary Affair ~ will take place at a private Castle located in Hollywood Hills, Ca. Guests can enjoy fine dining while enjoying breathtaking 360 degree views of the stunning Los Angeles skyline. Due to this being a very exclusive event, with various celebs & attendees, the exact location will be given only to guests that make a reservation.
Culinary Affair Dining Experience (4) Course Cuisine All courses will be paired with a wine Lobster Crab Cakes with 2 sauces, a sweet & spicy aioli, and a citrus mango avocado sauce + wine pairing Arugula Salad with red & golden beets, almonds, cranberry goat cheese, & balsamic vinaigrette dressing + wine pairing Choice of either + wine pairing (1) Filet Mignon 4oz with a Fig & Burgundy wine sauce, Peruvian purple potatoes, & asparagus (2) New Zealand Red Snapper 4oz with a lemon herb sauce, red quinoa, heirloom tomatoes, & broccolini Pumpkin Rum Spice Cake with homemade pumpkin ice cream & a caramel sauce + wine pairing VEGETARIAN dishes are available upon special request & no additional cost. After the event, if there was a particular wine that you enjoyed from the wine pairings, guests will also have the option of purchasing a bottle of wine from $10-20. RESERVATIONS ONLY EVENT WHEN: Thursday, November 14th 2013 TIME: 7:30-10pm WHERE: Castle, Hollywood Hills, CA (exact address given with Reservation confirmation) ATTIRE: Theme: Hollywood Glam ~ Black & White attire only Men: Upscale Business (jacket & slacks required) Ladies: Cocktail Dress (pearls, diamonds, etc GLAM) *** Reservations INDIVIDUAL RESERVATION ~ Click on the link below to make your reservation ~ This event will fill up fast. LIMITED SEATING! Reserve Now! You must be at least 21 years of age to attend. By making a reservation you are legally agreeing that you are at least 21 years of age. Reservation - $75 FILET MIGNON main course Reservation - $75 RED SNAPPER main course Reservation - $85 BOTH/ FILET MIGNON & RED SNAPPER main course COUPLE Reservation Options: SAVE 20% $120 - (4) Course Dinner + Wine Pairing - Choice of Main Course - Filet Mignon (or) Red Snapper $135 - (4) Course Dinner + Wine Pairing - Includes (2) BOTH Main Courses - (2)Filet Mignon 4oz & (2)Red Snapper 4oz food5 COUPLE RESERVATION ~ Click on the link below to make your reservation ~ You & your guest must be at least 21 years of age to attend. By making a reservation you are legally agreeing that both are at least 21 years of age. Reservation - $120 (1)FILET MIGNON & (1)RED SNAPPER main course Reservation - $120 (2)FILET MIGNON main course Reservation - $120 (2)RED SNAPPER main course Reservation - $135 BOTH (2)FILET MIGNON & (2)RED SNAPPER main course After the event, if there was a particular wine that you enjoyed from the wine pairings, guests will also have the option of purchasing a bottle of wine from $10-20. After the event, if there was a particular wine that you enjoyed from the wine pairings, guests will also have the option of purchasing a bottle of wine from $10-20. *** Pash_foundation logo November is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month ~PARTY WITH A PURPOSE~ A portion of the event proceeds will go to the PASH Foundation. The PASH Foundation is a foundation dedicated to providing financial support & resources primarily to the families & people diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s, as well as Alzheimer patients. donate button DONATIONS Can I Donate If I Am Unable To Attend? Please click on the donate button If you are passionate as we are about supporting National Alzheimer's Awareness Month and are unable to attend our event, and would still LOVE to support, please feel free to donate to the PASH Foundation. Donations of $25 or more will automatically receive a "Cooking With Coetry" Souvenir event wine glass autographed by Chef Coe himself. The PASH Foundation thanks you for your support! Questions: Please email us at *** SILENT AUCTION & GIFT BAGS: If you and/or your company have a product/service and would like to donate at this exclusive event, we are offering opportunities for a silent auction & gift bags. Why should you donate? Guests attending will be an elite group of industry professionals, celebs, executives, and food & wine connoisseur & you would be supporting a great foundation. The PASH Foundation thanks you for your contribution! sponsor logo auction *** Our sponsors cookingwithcoetry logo Pash_ fella logo *Tickets are non-refundable ©2013 Beautiful People Party Group | 12115 Magnolia Blvd ste 24, valley village, ca 91607

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

And The Doctor is In! Gary, IN's own Dr. Rachael L. Ross a new host on syndicated medical show, "The Doctors."

When I first met Dr. Rachael L. Ross, I interviewed her on an idea she came up with that brought relief to menstrual cramps. Needless to say it was not followed all the way through and a couple years later, adhesive heating pouches were invented and sold in stores. While conducting the interview that resulted in this latest story, Ross and I laughed from our guts about that moment. It's all good; she is doing it big as the new co-host of the syndicated show, "The Doctors." and she is still a practicing family physician at her family's clinic in Gary. Read my story in today's Post-Tribune and like The Doctors fan page on Facebook, as well as Ross' fan page, Dr. Rachael and show her some love. Visit for airing times and listings in your area.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


It is two days after the 2013 Emmy Awards, which I heard was not cute at all so I am glad I avoided it. The good news for me is post-Emmy there's a slew of new dramas on various networks and I am trying to catch every single one. I am not talking about the reality TV shows, I'm talking well-scripted, well-written one hour dramas and suspense that will likely have me wound up like a paranoid person seconds before someone sneaks up and lightly taps her shoulder. The new and returning dramas started a week before the Emmys with the premiere of FOX's "Sleepy Hollow." This latest rendition of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman leans toward the Bible's Book of Revelations with Ichabod returning to the now modern but still creepy Sleepy Hollow and partners with a police lieutenant played by actress Nicole Beharie("42")who as a child along with her now institutionalized sister, seen figures of demons that has a connection with the Headless Horseman. This series has a "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" twist to it and two episodes in I am loving it. And Tom Mison is a very hot looking Ichabod Crane. Next is the revamping of a classic TV drama. Veteran TV, Film, Stage actor and bestselling author, Blair Underwood heads the cast of NBC's "Ironside" playing the title role, Robert T. Ironside. Originally aired in 1967 with the late Raymond Burr in the title role, this new version is updated in many ways. You can watch the pilot episode on and other sites as the official premiere is next Wednesday, Oct. 2. NBC and CBS are apparently fighting over viewership numbers as they bring it with two exciting dramas Monday nights at 10/9 p.m. First there's NBC's "The Blacklist" starring James Spader. "The Blacklist" stars James Spader as a bad boy...what he is very, very good at playing. He is on the FBI's Most Wanted List and he literally walks inside FBI headquarters and surrenders. But of course, Spader's character has a reason for doing this. He only wants to communicate with a newly hired FBI profiler who is trying to start a family. What unfolds are a series of surprises that kept me on the edge of my seat, and it is only the pilot episode! Chicago born actor Harry Lennix also stars in this thriller. Meanwhile, CBS is airing a new thriller, "Hostages" on the same time slot on Mondays. I watched this thriller starring actors Dylan McDermott and Toni Collette, on this morning and my mouth dropped in just about every scene. Collette plays a renowned surgeon chosen to operate on the President of the United States. Cool, right? Yeah, well McDermott's character - who is with the FBI - or is he? - also chose Collette's character to do something for him. Kill the President during surgery. Why? Don't know yet, but already into the pilot some secrets have spilled in Collette's character's family...whom by the way, will die if she does not kill the President. Yeah, you need to catch "Hostages" either on Demand or I also look forward to ABC's "Betrayal," "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland." While I am thrilled with these new shows, I also can't wait for my returning favorites. And the bad news is I have to juggle these. CBS' "Person of Interest" has been moved from its popular Thursday slot to Tuesdays starting tonight at 10/9 p.m. NBC's "Chicago Fire" has been moved from Wednesdays at 8 p.m. to Tuesdays at what time? 10/9 p.m. You two networks are ticking me off for that. It will be a good season. And as long as ABC keeps Scandal on Thursday nights at 10/9 p.m. I won't snap. Check out another blogger as she speaks about old school stars and such re-appearing in the new school. Val Boaten and her blog,

Monday, August 26, 2013

The City of Gary's Annual Michael Jackson Tribute Aug. 29-31, 2013: Details right here!

UPDATE: ADDITIONAL INFO FROM THE CITY OF GARY,IN's MAYOR'S OFFICE AND DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 26, 2013 Three-Day Tribute to Honor Michael Jackson in Gary, Ind. Michael's Legacy will be hosted by Joyce Irby (former member of Klymaxx) and Glenn Cosby (radio personality for Chicago’s V-103 WVAZ-FM) at 2300 Jackson St. (Gary, Ind.) - Fans of Gary native and world famous performer Michael Jackson will have a chance to celebrate this iconic entertainer for three days. Beginning Aug. 29 at 3:30p.m., a block party will kick-off at 2300 Jackson St. filled with an afternoon of music, live entertainment and food vendors. Festivities will continue Friday, Aug. 30 at 3:30p.m. with more performances by local Gary talent as well as acts from across the country. The block party on Saturday will begin at 11:30a.m. with music, fun, games and will conclude with a fireworks display at dusk. At the request of matriarch Katherine Jackson, President of 442 No. Mass. Productions Sandy Christmas has been working with city officials to plan this tribute. "Mrs. Jackson, in honoring her son, wanted to give back to the city of Gary, Indiana," said Christmas. "The city has been very helpful in identifying local talent and vendors to ensure that this event will be successful." Jackson will also be presented with an award from representatives of Roosevelt High School at the start of Friday’s festivities. Some of the vendors include Miller Pizza, Glen Park Shrimp, Big Daddy's Barbeque, Jamba Juice along with several others. There will also be a DJ on-site each day playing MJ tunes in between the performances. "We are honored that Mrs. Jackson is hosting such a celebratory affair for Gary's most famous native son," said Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson. "Fans from near and far are invited to come out and have a great time. It's a perfect way to kick-off your long weekend." For a more information about the line-up of performers, visit ### City of Gary’s Mission To serve the current and future citizens of Gary by providing a safe, clean and working city that continuously improves the quality of life of its residents and establishes Gary as a national model for urban revitalization. City of Gary’s Vision The City of Gary will be safe, smart, accessible, prosperous and green. City Hall will provide the citizens of Gary with effective and responsive service while maintaining high ethical standards and fiscal discipline. Chelsea L. Whittington Director of Communications, City of Gary O: 219-881-1314 F: 219-881-1397 E: Description: Description: South Shore CVA Facebook Description: Description: South Shore CVA Twitter Description: Description: South Shore CVA Youtube Description: Description: Icon@2xDownload our new 311 Application for iPhone or Android Media reps may reach Sandy Christmas at or (818) 272-0053. It is hard to believe that this will be the fourth year the city of Gary is celebrating the King of Pop Michael Joseph Jackson's birthday(Aug. 29, 1958). A lot of events are taking place in Jackson's hometown from Aug. 29-31 and all are invited to come and join in on the fun! For all the details, visit http://www.officialmjjtribute or follow ‏@officialmjjtribute. Also, check out more details at Please enjoy a few photos taken by yours truly of previous birthday celebrations including a 2011 celebration where Katherine Jackson and Jackson's children Paris, Prince Michael and Blanket visited Gary.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

"Transformers 4" begins filming this week!

Optimus Prime and the crew are returning to Chicago! Filming starts this week and ends Oct. 2. Here's Huffington Post's "Chicago Around Town" link to the story!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

My Newest Cable Original TV Series Obsession, "The Bridge."

FX has done it again with another original series, "The Bridge." Since "Scandal" is not holding its season 3 premiere until the first Thursday in I've pretty much been in Scandal Rehab since that CRAZY season finale, I have been hunting down cable shows and originals on Netflix for drama. But when I heard about this new FX show, "The Bridge" on Wednesday nights I thought, 'this may be interesting.' I stand corrected; Sonya Cross, the female lead on this drama is BEYOND Interesting! And she and the story line have my full and undivided attention! A little background: "The Bridge" is set on a border between El Paso, Texas and Juarez and a gruesome discovery is revealed in what I called a serious gangster move by the killer(s)? in the pilot episode that aired July 10. Two detectives - one from El Paso, the other from Juarez - show up on the bridge where the victim was dumped. These two detectives, Sonya Cross and Marco Ruiz clash from jump, but end up having to work together anyway. Cox and Ruiz have their own set of demons but Cross is so mysterious, you have to know what is under her skin. The additional cast include a drug addicted journalist played by Matthew Lillard in his best smart ass behavior. He was one of the killers in the first "Scream" movie which was a hilarious role. The dialogue for the show is English and Spanish with subtitles for the Spanish dialogue and you do not get lost in the translation. But you have to watch the entire episode, as, like "Scandal" any second or moment within the episode some secrets are revealed. The writing for "The Bridge" is excellent and smooth. I have to admit I do love a twisted drama and "The Bridge" is worth crossing. Tomorrow night is episode #5 but if you want to catch the first four episodes you can go to the official page for "The Bridge" on Facebook or watch Here's a clip from FX's "The Bridge" from the official Facebook page.

Monday, June 17, 2013

MySpace(YES MySpace!)is the newest in social media ventures!

This morning I came across a blog from "The Tom Joyner Morning Show" producer Nikki Woods about MySpace; Nikki Woods ‏@nikkiwoods MYSPACE: DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK ... The blog talks about MySpace renewing itself in a global way that will benefit all people, especially aspiring musicians, artists,etc. After reading it, I reflected on how once upon a time I was 'spaced out' on MySpace. Remember when MySpace was the be all/end all of social media? I was definitely into it...a LOT into it. Pictures, journal like entries, telling people about myself. And, of course adding friends and meeting new people who shared the same interests as I. Then came Facebook. I did not discover it; in 2007, a friend of mine sent an invite as a way to expand our networks and promote her memoir, which I was co-writing. The memoir by the way is "Unflappable" and can be purchased at I was leery as to what Facebook was about and how it would help but knowing my friend would persist in having me accept the invite, I typed in my profile and became a "Face-bookie." And within moments, I had more than 20 requests from people asking for Facebook friends. Friends and family I knew and associated with offline, as well as friends/classmates/relatives I've not seen nor met, also requested my friendship. I began to like, then love Facebook. MySpace, meanwhile, was slowly but surely getting no more love from me. Hey, I was not the only heart breaker; some of my MySpace folks crossed to the other side too! Soon enough we gave Facebook all of our space and then we we were all atwitter for Twitter, chained into LinkedIn and being quick with Instagram. MySpace was left floating around on its own. Now, as explained in Miss Woods' morning blog entry, MySpace could be invited to join the social gangs again. Read her link and maybe, just maybe, we can put some room aside and let more space in. Now if I can just remember the password.