Monthly Archives: October 2014

Difference Matters Magazine’s Top Corporate Allies Diversity Gala-2014

Dr. Lori Sokol, Founder & Publisher, Difference Matters Magazine, hosted the Gala.
Panelists were : Loreen Arbus, President of The Loreen Arbus Foundation,
Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D., CEO of the YWCA USA and
Sam McClure, Vice President of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).

• Dr. Lori Sokol, Founder & Publisher, Sokol Media Inc.
• Loreen Arbus, President of The Loreen Arbus Foundation/Producer/Disability Rights Activist and first woman to head up programming for a major U.S. Television network.
• Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D., CEO of the YWCA USA.
• Sam McClure, Vice President of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).
• Liz Abzug, Founder & President, Bella Abzug Leadership Institute.
• Camilla Barungi, of “Project Runway” fame/entrepreneur/activist.
• Linda Stein, artist, author, feminist, educator, intellectual, lecturer, journalist and philanthropist.
• Lauren LoGiudice, Actress/Activist.”
• Aryn Cole,” The Sisters Plotz”, “Ugly Betty”, “All My Children.”
• Stacey Tisdale, Correspondent PBS “NewsHour.”
• Lisa Ferber, co-star of the upcoming film “The Sisters Plotz”.
• Wendy Diamond, Founder, Women’s Entrepreneurship Day & Publisher, Animal Fair Media.

About Lori Sokol:
Lori Sokol is one of the nation’s most influential writers and editors covering women’s issues, politics, business, and LGBT issues. A regular contributor to The Huffington Post and host of the Radio Show, “Work Life Matters with Dr. Lori Sokol” on 1490AM WGCH, she has written for The New York Times business blog, Slate, The Baltimore Sun, Women’s eNews, and several other publications. Sokol is a frequent guest on television, appearing on MSNBC, NY1 News, Fox News, WPIX News, and CNBC. Her book, The Agile Workplace and Workforce: The New Future of Work, was published by Working Mother Media in October, 2011.

Yoko Ono Presenting Hamish Dodds President and CEO Hard Rock International -2014

Yoko Ono is a multimedia artist who became known worldwide in the 1960s when she married Beatles front man John Lennon.

Yoko Ono first met John Lennon of the Beatles in November 1966, when he visited a preview of her exhibition at a gallery in London. They began an affair approximately 18 months later and married in March 1969. The couple collaborated on art, film and musical projects until 1980, when Lennon was shot by a deranged fan. Ono has continued her art career as well as efforts to honor Lennon’s memory, including starting the Lennon Ono Grant for Peace Prize in 2002.

Ono first met John Lennon of the English rock band the Beatles on November 9, 1966, when he visited a preview of her exhibition at the Indica Gallery in London, England. Lennon was taken with the positive, interactive nature of her work. He especially cited a ladder leading up to a black canvas with a spyglass on a chain, which revealed the word “yes” written on the ceiling. The two began an affair approximately 18 months later. Lennon divorced his first wife, Cynthia (with whom he had a son, Julian, born in 1963), and married

Since Lennon’s death, Ono has continued her career, recording albums, performing concert tours and composing two off-Broadway musicals. She exhibited her art internationally, and the first U.S. retrospective of her work opened in New York City in 2002.

Ono has also continued to honor Lennon’s memory with a number of different projects. On October 9, 2002, she inaugurated the Lennon Ono Grant for Peace Prize to commemorate what would have been Lennon’s 62nd birthday. On Lennon’s birthday in 2007, she unveiled the Imagine Peace Tower on Videy, an island in Iceland. This outdoor artwork, created by Ono, represents her and Lennon’s commitment to world peace.

World Liberty was on hand where Ms Yoko Ono ,Presented The T.J. Martell s Spirit of Excellence Award to Mr Hamish Dodds, President and CEO of Hard Rock International.

Exclusive interview with John Paul Dejoria co-founder of Paul Mitchell Salon hair care line-2014

John Paul Jones DeJoria is an American billionaire businessman and philanthropist best known as a co-founder of the Paul Mitchell line of hair products and The Patron Spirits Company.

DeJoria entered the world of hair care as an employee of Redken Laboratories. He was fired from this position, he claims over a disagreement on business strategies. In 1980, he formed John Paul Mitchell Systems with hairdresser Paul Mitchell and a loan for $700. DeJoria also owns 70% of The Patron Spirits Company. The company is a premium tequila brand, and in 2011 they sold approximately 2,450,000 cases. Additionally, DeJoria has a business interest in the African oil industry through his holdings in Madagascar Oil Ltd.

DeJoria co-founded the Patrón Spirits Company in 1989 and is a founding partner of the House of Blues nightclub chain and has interests in Pyrat Rum, Ultimat Vodka, Solar Utility, Sun King Solar, Touchstone Natural Gas, Three Star Energy, Diamond Audio, a Harley Davidson dealership, a diamond company (DeJoria), mobile technology developer ROK AMERICAS, the John Paul Pet company, which does hair and personal grooming for animals, and J&D Acquisitions LLC, the parent company for the Larson, Striper, Triumph, Marquis and Carver boat companies formed with Minneapolis-based investor Irwin L. Jacobs.

Dejoria is a supporter of Food4Africa. In 2008, DeJoria traveled to sub-Saharan Africa to join Nelson Mandela in his efforts to help feed over 17,000 orphaned children through Food4Africa. In the same year his company Paul Mitchell helped provide over 400,000 life-saving meals for the children.

Afo Verde Chairman and CEO of Sony Music Latin America -2014

Afo Verde, who since 2009 has been serving as president, Latin Region, for Sony Music Entertainment, has been promoted to the post of Chairman and CEO for the Latin Region, Spain and Portugal. Verde, who had previously overseen the label’s U.S. Latin operations as well as in Latin America, will now expand his purview to include Spain and Portugal, as is the case with Jesús López, chairman/CEO of Universal Music Latin America/Iberian Penninsula.

“By including Spain and Portugal under the Latin umbrella, a true Latin Region has been created,” said Edgar Berger, President & CEO, International, for Sony Music Entertainment in a memo. Verde will continue to report to Berger.

Verde, a composer and producer from Argentina has worked with Soda Stereo, Diego Torres and Fabulosos Cadillacs, among many others, and is known for his strong artist relations and his artistic involvement in projects. As an executive, he was director of A&R for BMG Argentina from 1996 to 2001. Then, in 2005, he was appointed president of Sony Music SUR (Argentina and Chile).

The company’s roster includes Ricky Martin, Romeo Santos and Chayanne, among many others.

World Liberty TV, Team had the pleasure of interviewing Mr Verde, at The T.J. Martell Foundation’s 39th Annual Gala, in NYC where Mr Verde made History as being the first Music Executive of Latin Background to Receive the Prestigious T.J. Martell Lifetime Music Industry Achievement Award .See the Exclusive interview in our World Liberty TV, Latino Channel.

Interview with Chayanne, Puerto Rican Latin pop singer, actor and composer-2014

Elmer Figueroa Arce better known under the stage name Chayanne, is a Puerto Rican Latin pop singer, actor and composer. As a solo artist, Chayanne has released 21 solo albums and sold over 30 million albums worldwide. After Los Chicos separated in 1984, Chayanne began his career as a solo artist. He signed with RCA Ariola and released his first album, Chayanne es mi Nombre, that year. His second album with RCA, Sangre Latina was released in 1986.

After three years with RCA, Chayanne switched labels to Sony Music and broke out with his first self-titled album in 1987. This album featured a blend of ballads and dance tracks, a formula for which Chayanne would be famous. It featured two hit songs, the ballad “Peligro de Amor” written by Michael Sullivan and Paulo Massadas and a song that would cement him as an overall performer, the upbeat dance track “Fiesta en América” written by Honorio Herrero.

Following the album’s release, Chayanne began an international tour to promote Mi Tiempo. Among the places visited early in the tour were Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, and the United States. On August 24, 2008, he began a series of presentations in Spain. When interviewed he noted that the concert would be fluid “like a musical”, and “more Latin” than his previous presentations, being composed of “more pop, Brazilian, Caribbean and reggae rhythms” which he would use to “dance constantly”. He also gave a special performance in Miss Universe 2003 pageant.

In the 1980s, Chayanne participated in several soap operas and starred in the comedy series Generaciones with Luis Antonio Rivera. More recently, he has received several offers for acting jobs, but he has declined most of them for conflicting with his musical career, which he considers his priority.

World Liberty TV, Had the pleasure of interviewing Chayanne, here in New York City, see what he had to say.

T.J. Martell Foundation’s 39th Annual NY Honors Gala-2014

The T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research raised $1.6 million at the T.J. Martell Foundation 39th Honors Gala held in New York on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the legendary Cipriani on 42nd Street. The annual fundraiser is one of the most highly anticipated events of the season and honored John Paul DeJoria, Co-founder of Paul Mitchell Hair Products and Patron Spirits Company, Afo Verde, Chairman & CEO Sony Latin, Will Botwin, President & CEO, Red Light Management, Marsha Vlasic, President, Artist Group International and Hard Rock International.

John Paul DeJoria received the Lifetime Humanitarian Award from Tony Martell, Founder & CEO of The T.J. Martell Foundation, Hamish Dodds accepted the Spirit of Excellence Award on behalf of Hard Rock International from Yoko Ono, Afo Verde received the Lifetime Music Industry Achievement Award from Latin superstar Chayanne, Will Botwin received the Visionary Leadership Award from singer/songwriter Ben Harper, and Marsha Vlasic received the Spirit of Music Award from recording artist Regina Spektor. The annual New York Honors Gala brings together hundreds of music and entertainment leaders, top business executives and celebrities.

It is one of the most important events for the T.J. Martell Foundation, allowing the organization to continue its work in Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS research.
Performers included Latin recording artist Vincentico, Ben Folds and Republic Nashville recording artists The Band Perry took the stage. Other celebrities who attended the event include Kevin Jonas, TV host Tom Murro and Miss New York 2014.

“This year’s Honors Gala was everything we expected it to be and more,” said Laura Heatherly, CEO of the T.J. Martell Foundation. “I am so honored to have been amongst some of the world’s best in business, music and philanthropy during such an exciting night.”

The proceeds raised from the event will assist the largest foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDs. The T.J. Martell Foundation is headquartered in New York, is a national 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was founded in 1975 by music industry executive Tony Martell and his colleagues in loving memory of his son T.J., who died of leukemia. The Foundation has provided more than $260 million dollars for research that supports top hospitals in the United States.

BRAG 44th Annual Scholarship & Awards Gala-2014

The 44th Annual BRAG Gala was held at The New York Hilton midtown Manhattan. This years theme “Dare, Defy, Disrupt,” exemplified the spirit of this years honorees. Honorees included Edward Enninful, Fashion and Style Director at W Magazine, who received the BRAG Business Achievement Award, Shawuan Johnson, SVP/ GMM of Women’s Apparel and Accessories at Tommy Hilfiger, received the BRAG Special Recognition Award and Boris Kodjoe, Patrick Kodjoe & James G. Brown, Jr. founders of ALFA (The Luxury for Custom-Tailored Clothing), where honored with The BRAG JJ Thomas Innovator Award.
Lloyd Boston, TV Host and Style Contributor, hosted of this year’s event and his year’s special music talent included guests DJ Kiss, as well as a live performance by singer/ songwriter Sebastian Mikael.

Honoree Edward Enninful was unable to attend due to travel, however, modeling icon Ajak Deng and W Magazine Market and Accessories Director Karla Martinez accepted on his behalf.

Scholarships were awarded to 31 students who are interested in pursuing careers in fashion and retail related industries.

About the BRAG Gala: Each year as BRAG celebrates excellence in fashion and retail, it also awards scholarships to students who are interested in careers in the industry, have achieved academic success, and exhibit the financial need. As advocates for diversity in retail-related industries, BRAG serves as one of few organizations that offer guidance to high school students, college students and young professionals. To date, BRAG has awarded over $900,000 in scholarships to more than 400 students.

Empire State Pride Agenda 23rd Annual Fall Dinner in NYC-2014

The Pride Agenda’s annual Fall Dinner brings together hundreds of supporters to celebrate the LGBT community and demonstrate our strength and commitment to achieving equality and justice for all LGBT New Yorkers. We will be joined by LGBT leaders, straight allies, politicians and decision makers who are all proud to stand up for the rights of LGBT New Yorkers.

The Fall Dinner benefits the Empire State Pride Agenda, whose work focuses on advancing equality for all LGBT New Yorkers and our families, including the passage of a statewide transgender non-discrimination law, family protections, securing resources for those most vulnerable, and helping to elect pro-LGBT representatives to office.

Empire State Pride Agenda with:
Host TV Comedy’s Billy Eichner
Honorees Christine Quinn and Louis A. Bradbury
New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverit
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer
New York political power players and hundreds of the city’s LGBT supporters

Get Geeked New York Show Case at Metropolitan West-2014

Whether you’re a professional geek (i.e., member of the press) or a gadget-loving consumer, getgeeked New York is for you!

Things got started with an exclusive media event beginning at 4:00pm.
But getgeeked New York isn’t your typical press event, they had product launches onstage and great speakers.

Getgeeked New York is the new technology event from the co-founder of DigitalLife and the creator of the gdgt Live Tour.

The following Vendors are showcased in our World Liberty TV:

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2

Martian Notifier SmartWatch

Icon Q Speakers

Jerry “The King” Lawler Wrestling Champion interview at Comic Con-2014

Jerry O’Neil Lawler is an American semi-retired professional wrestler and color commentator in WWE. He is currently signed to WWE where he serves the play-by-play commentator on Raw and WWE PPVs. Lawler is known throughout the Professional Wrestling world as Jerry “The King” Lawler

Lawler is a former world champion, and has held 168 championships throughout his career. Overall, Lawler has held more championships than any other current WWE wrestler, though he has never won any WWE championships since joining the company.

Lawler began his WWF career in December 1992 as an announcer on WWF Superstars of Wrestling.From 1993 to 1995, he feuded with Bret Hart and the rest of the Hart family. The feud began at King of the Ring when Lawler interrupted Hart’s victory ceremony and attacked Bret.Lawler claimed that he was the only true king in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), and the two were scheduled to wrestle at SummerSlam to settle the dispute. At the event, however, Lawler came to the ring on crutches and claimed that he could not wrestle because of injuries suffered in a car accident. Hart faced Lawler’s “court jester”, Doink the Clown instead, and beat him by submission. Lawler then attacked Hart, revealing that he was not injured. Hart defeated Lawler by submission but refused to release the Sharpshooter. As a result, the referee reversed the decision and awarded the title of “Undisputed King of the World Wrestling Federation” to Lawler.

Though he has spent most of his life in Memphis, Lawler did spend a part of his childhood in Ohio after his father was transferred to a job in the state. Though this stay was brief, it would have an influence on Lawler throughout his life thereafter. He often cites Cleveland as his second-favorite city behind only Memphis and is a die-hard fan of both the Cleveland Indians and the Cleveland Browns. When WWE comes to Cleveland, Lawler will usually wear a Browns jersey or an Indians jersey, and during baseball season, he will throw out the first pitch at an Indians game.

Lawler is a collector of Coca-Cola and Superman merchandise, and owns a replica of the Batmobile from the 1960s Batman series.

Exclusive interview with Mick Foley ,Hall of Fame Wrestler-2014

MickFoley, Sr, is a retired American professional wrestler, author, comedian, color commentator, actor, and voice actor. He has worked for many wrestling promotions, including World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) as well as numerous promotions in Japan. He is often referred to as “The Hardcore Legend”, a nickname he shares with Terry Funk.

Foley has wrestled both under his real name and various personas, including Dude Love, Cactus Jack, and Mankind, also known as the Three Faces of Foley. Foley is a four-time world champion (three WWF Championships, and one TNA World Heavyweight Championship), an 11-time tag team champion (eight WWF Tag Team titles, two ECW World Tag Team titles, and one WCW World Tag Team Championship), a one-time TNA Legends Champion and the inaugural WWF Hardcore Champion.

Few parents give much thought to the jovial man in the Santa suit who promises their kids they’ll get everything they want for Christmas. If they did, they might be surprised. The new documentary I AM SANTA CLAUS looks at the men who put on the red suit every December and selflessly commit themselves to making anonymous children happy. Directed by Tommy Avallone and produced by Hall of Fame professional wrestler, Mick Foley, I AM SANTA CLAUS is the latest film that’s being release as part of the successful “Morgan Spurlock Presents” film label.

Everyone thinks of Santa Claus as a magical figure without flaws, but the men who keep his legend alive, real-bearded professional Santas, are rarely anything like the jolly old Saint Nick we’ve all grown up knowing. In reality, the mall Santa in your cherished children’s photo has problems just like the rest of us. Even the most jovial of men fall victim to divorce, job loss, insecurity and even the occasional hangover.

Tommy Avallone’s documentary I AM SANTA CLAUS – featuring Hall of Fame pro wrestler (and producer of the film) Mick Foley, who knows a thing or two about make-believe – follows the lives of five professional Santas for an entire year, as they anticipate and prepare for Christmas season and then return to their “real” lives during the off-season. We see who they actually are: flawed, flesh-and-blood men who nevertheless feel a great responsibility to protect the spotless reputation of the “Red Suit.”

World Liberty TV, Team was on hand to interview Mick foley in regarding his upcoming Documentary Titled: I Am Santa Claus. At The NY Comic Con 2014, see what he had to say to us.

New York Comic Con and Super week -2014

The convention started with a 10-day-long ‘New York Super Week,’ which included 110 events around Manhattan and Brooklyn leading into Comic Con. The annual four-day nerd fest kicked off its ninth installment Oct. 9.

The annual four-day nerdfest known as New York Comic Con —kicked off its ninth installment Oct. 9 — has grown by leaps and bounds since its modest beginnings in 2006.

Last year’s event, which took up every nook and cranny of the Javits Center, drew a record 133,000 geeks, many of whom hid their secret identities under homemade costumes. The attendance was just over half the number of the annual pilgrimage at the older, more established San Diego Comic Con.

For fans in real-life Gotham, it’s become the ultimate geek mecca.

Yes, even the celebrities in attendance geek out when they beam into a haven for fellow lovers of comic books, sci-fi movies, superhero TV shows and video games.

“The whole idea of Super Week is to bust outside the walls of the Javits and to spread our pop culture goodness through the Borough of Manhattan,” says Lance Fensterman, the manager in charge of the New York show.

World Liberty TV, Gaming and Toys Team was on hand to meet the movers and the shakers of the Comic Con, also see interviews of some of the vendors exhibiting at Comic Con-2014.