She has graced the pages of Mimi magazine, landed a nomination on a hit African entertainment award show and now she is an exclusive feature and cover model for Vanguard’s, Allure Magazine. In the exclusive interview, Airis gives readers a deeper look into her music, her childhood and her aspirations. In the interview, Airis discusses growing up in Nigeria and discovering her love for music at an early age and her journey to the United States to pursue studies in Engineering. “Originally, I wanted to be a doctor, but the length of study discouraged me. I settled for engineering because it was a challenging discipline and also very promising.” She eventually reconnected with her passion and ventured out to start her own music label, Airis Music 2010.
Stephanie Okereke has done it again! This time she will be an exclusive feature in Poize Magazine, an editorial that seeks to shed the negative image of the African woman in the media by disseminating positive media images, profiling successful women of African descent all in efforts to motivate the next generation of African leaders from all socio-economic backgrounds.
The feature by Poize Magazine on Stephanie will be the first publication to detail the A-list actress from a Non-Nollywood and humanitarian angle by focusing on her Non-governmental organization (NGO), Extended Hands. The mission of Extended Hands is to raise awareness on the many healthcare and personal challenges women in Nigeria face and the understanding that education is the foundation that saves us from any kind of cultural. This is one of the many humanitarian acts by Stephanie. She has also recently partnered with USAID/ACQUIRES Fistula Care Project with the goal of helping the eradication of Vesico vaginal fistula in Nigeria, a major gynecological problem that studies show affects over 800,000 women in Nigeria.
Stephanie recently embarked on a tour with the USAID/ACQUIRES fistula care team beginning in South Eastern, Nigeria. During a visit to one of the Fistula Centers, Stephanie Okereke had one on one interaction with some of the patients who’d recently undergone Free Repair Surgery, courtesy of the amiable First Lady, Mrs. Josephine Elechi.
“This trip has strengthened my resolve to do all I can to advocate for the poor rural women who bear the brunt of this condition….I’ll continue to lend my voice, energy and time towards fighting this dreaded enemy of womanhood” -Stephanie Okereke
The tour begins in South Eastern Nigeria but the group will visit other states in Nigeria in the coming weeks and will also be conducting a National Seminar on Female Genital Mutilation, a traditional practice that has been linked to the cause of fistula.
Stephanie Okereke recognizes the need for awareness and education about women’s health in Nigerian communities and the publication by Poize Magazine on Stephanie is a stepping stone for the Nollywood actress as it brings to light her genuinue care for the well-being and care of her country people. To learn more about Stephanie Okereke and her works, please visit, www.stephanieokereke.net.
Poize Magazine will officially launch this October and in honor of the launch, the Poize team will be hosting a celebration dinner on October 1, 2010. The event will take place at The Royalton, 8201 Weston Rd, Vaughan, ON. Tickets to the event can be purchased by contacting, Blessing Okumagba at 647.993.0696 or Haela Baha at 416.820.3615. You can also fine Poize Mag on facebook, http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=68592836696
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One of Africa’s most popular editorials, Mimi Magazine, featured international pop star, Airis in their recent issue. The article titled ‘The Airis Project” gives readers a glimpse into the life and music of Airis.
FILM & TELEVISION ACTRESS AND PRODUCER, VIVICA A. FOX HEADLINES THE WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL FILM AND ARTS FESTIVAL
In celebration of its 5th year anniversary in Miami starting on Friday, March 26th
MIAMI, FL — The Women’s International Film and Arts Festival will be celebrating its 5th anniversary from March 26th – April 3rd, 2010 in Miami, Florida. The headline movie for the Festival features Hollywood Star, Vivica A. Fox in Junkyard Dog, a suspense thriller co-starring Brad Dourif, directed by Kim Bass and produced by Deanna Shapiro. The movie will premiere on Friday, April 2nd to a red carpet event on the festival’s closing weekend.
The 5th annual Women’s International Film Festival (WIFF) promises to be internationally star packed. With almost 400 films received from more than 30 countries this year, the nine day festival will screen 68 films all about women in one of the most popular cities of the world–Miami. This year’s films feature notable actors from around the world such as: Ali Zahoor (The EastEnders), Hassani Shapi (Star Wars I &II and James Bond: The World is Not Enough), Narinder Samra (Silver Street), Christopher Villiers (Bloody Sunday), Elaine Hendrix (Parent Trap), Holly Robinson Peete (Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper), Vanessa Simmons (Run’s House, Daddy’s Girls), Natasha Lyonne (American Pie) and many more.
This year’s event will feature the festival’s “WIFF Around the Globe” theme. A nightly celebration focusing on regions of the world: North America, Africa & Its Diaspora, Europe, India, Asia and the Caribbean with films, food, drinks and other cultural components. In addition, on March 28th there will be a Celebration of Women Concert/Family Fun Fest featuring Sony Latin America Artists. The festival also offers the “Women’s Empowerment Series” hosted by the University of Miami, which presents films addressing women’s issues.
WIFF has garnered unwavering support by many of the most prominent women in the industry and South Florida. Notable mentions include Emmy, Grammy & 2008 Golden Globe Award Winning Actress (American Gangster) and WIFF Founding Honorary Chair Ms. Ruby Dee; and 2010 Honorary Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, US Congresswoman; 2007 Oscar nominee Adriana Barraza (“Babel”); “The Breakfast Club’s” Alley Sheedy, international performing artist Lucrecia, Nighttime TV host Chelsea Handler and many more.
“I am honored to participate in the 5th annual Women’s International Film Festival. This festival not only showcases the talent of women across the world; it brings them together to share in a dialogue about issues concerning women through arts,” said Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
The Festival is anticipating over 10,000 attendees for this year’s event. 2010 sponsors include Sony Music- Latin, The Miami-Dade County, City of Miami, United States 2010 Census, Barefoot Wine and Bubbly, New Times, WLRN, WPBT, Miami Science Museum, The Opium Group, ICY Public Relations, Greater Miami Host Committee Inc., Mega TV, GoLiveMiami.com and Opera Suites and Marina.
About The Festival
The Women’s International Film & Arts Festival (WIFF) is a unique, cultural event featuring films, visual and performance arts and other artistic expressions by women. Founded by a truly International individual, Yvonne McCormack-Lyons has spent the past 20 years in the fields of communications and women based arts and culture programs. Mrs. McCormack-Lyons is a Canadian citizen, a second generation Jamaican, who was born in England, raised in Canada and now resides in Miami Florida. A graduate of Howard University Washington D.C., and York University Toronto, Canada, Mrs. McCormack-Lyons has been spearheading the award winning Women’s International Film & Arts Festival for the past four years.
It is one of only two film festivals in the Southeastern United States specifically dedicated to women, recognizing their brilliance and accomplishments. The opening night of the festival will be held at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33135 on Friday, March 26, 2010.
For a preliminary listing of the 2010 Festival films, log on to www.wiffonline.org/program.php . A complete schedule of films will be available on Friday, February 26th. To learn more about the Women’s International Film and Arts Festival, visit www.womensfilmfest.com
Hello Icy Readers. We wanted to let you in on this article about Yvonne McCormack- Lyons. Founder of the Women’s International Film & Arts Festival Miami. Read more here.
The Women’s International Film & Arts Festival was Founded by a truly International individual, Yvonne McCormack-Lyons. She has spent the past 20 years in the fields of communications and women based arts and culture programs. Mrs. McCormack-Lyons is a Canadian citizen, a second generation Jamaican, who was born in England and raised in Canada. A graduate of York University, Mrs. McCormack-Lyons has been spearheading the award winning Women’s International Film & Arts Festival for the past four years. It is one of only two film festivals in the Southeastern United States specifically dedicated to women, recognizing their brilliance and accomplishments.
Hello Icy Readers. To the left is the new branding image for WIFF.
“I am honored to participate in the 5th annual Women’s International Film Festival. This festival not only showcases the talent of women across the world, it brings them together to share in a dialogue about issues concerning women through arts,” said Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Hello Icy readers. We are excited to announce that ICY Public Relations is the official PR company for the Women’s International Film Festival. (www.wiffonline.org) We look forward to this exceptional event (March 25-April 2, 2010) and we will keep you up-to-date. With over 400 films already in, this 5th year anniversary is going to be especially unique. Let the filming begin.
The Women’s International Film & Arts Festival (WIFF) is a unique, cultural event featuring films, visual and performance arts and other artistic expressions by women. It is one of only two film festivals
in the Southeastern United States specifically dedicated to women, recognizing their brilliance and accomplishments. Held annually during Women’s History month, the event is designed to celebrate
women and to help them realize their dreams, visions and voices. With women representing only 7% of film directors, every effort should be made to enhance the opportunity for women’s voices to be heard, and to present a wider range of roles and identity choices for women. Through panel discussions, workshops, and symposia, WIFF’s goals include empowering women of all ages to see themselves in a broader context.
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Meet the stars Elizabeth Peña (The Lost City) and Steven Bauer (Scarface) at the Botanical Gardens on South Beach.
The Women’s International Film Festival is pleased to present an exclusive, Florida Premiere and one time, Miami only advance screening of “How The Garcia Girls Spent their Summer.” Wednesday, May 7, 2008 7:30 p.m., at the enchanting Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive.
Meet the stars Elizabeth Peña (The Lost City) and Steven Bauer (Scarface) at the Botanical Gardens on South Beach.
Join us for the movie, Q&A with Elizabeth and Steven, and meet and greet the stars at the reception with wine and hors d’heouvres. Also receive a discount shopping pass for Macy’s South Beach from 12-7pm – with free makeovers, a complimentary personal shopping experience, just in time for Mother’s Day. Contact Carrie Freedman 305.674.6237
Tickets are only $25 in advance, $35 at the door or $45 (which includes a one year membership to WIFF). Click http://www.womensfilmfest.com/ to purchase your ticket or call 305-653-9700. Seats are limited. Please RSVP.
“How The Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer”
What does female desire look like? In her tenderly comic, richly textured feature debut, Georgina Garcia Riedel lovingly explores the terrain of longing, loneliness, and self-realization among three generations of single women in a Mexican American family as they grapple with romantic drought.
Steven Bauer and Elizabeth Peña in a scene from “How The Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer.” Also Starring America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Lucy Gallardo, Jorge Cervera Jr., Nick Najera, Leo Minaya
Come Meet Steven and Elizabeth, at the Botanical Gardens on South Beach
Women’s International Film Festival | South Florida – March 28 – April 6, 2008
305-653-9700 |3606 Grand Avenue | Miami, FL 33133
VISUAL COLLABORATIVE (AN EXCLUSIVE ART EXHIBITION DISPLAYING THE WORK OF VARIOUS RISING NATIONAL ARTISTS AROUND THE COUNTRY) PRODUCES ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL OPENING ART EXHIBITION IN MIAMI.
MIAMI, FL – Art enthusiasts, community writers and various artists came together on Saturday, April 12 to celebrate the opening of the weeklong art exhibition in Miami. Adeave studios and Icy Public Relations, the producers of this yearly Art Exhibition, hosted 6 artists in this exclusive art event opening called Visual Collaborative. The event took place at Undercurrent Arts, 2563 North Miami Avenue Miami, FL. With over 350 people in attendance throughout the night, the event was a great success.
The Artists for the 2008 Visual Collaborative Art Exhibition were Ade Olufeko- New York, Dawn Okoro – Texas, Jens Karlsson – New York, Linda Zacks – New York, Miko Simmons – Minnesota, Tiphanie Brooke – Arizona. Miko Simmons’ provocative art was the highlight of the evening.
Visual Collaborative is an annual group exhibition/networking event focused on creative professionals and visual artists from all around the country, showcasing a rich blend of media work. These works include New Media Design, Abstract Art, Interactive Design, Oil Paintings and Traditional Painting styles.
This year Visual Collaborative adopted a new community outreach program that will enable the team to give the proceeds to charity to help build the bridge between the community and the arts. The charity of choice this year was the Voices for Children Miami- Dade. The mission of Voices for Children Foundation is to raise funds to ensure that every abused and neglected child in Miami-Dade County has a court-appointed Guardian Ad Litem and that financial assistance and other resources are available for their accompanying health, educational and social needs.
A much-deserved appreciation goes to our charity partner Voices for Children Miami-Dade and all the sponsors of the event including Drysack and Martin Miller’s Gin for the complimentary drinks for all the guests and Exotica Unique for the contemporary furniture. Our heartfelt thanks also goes to Wildfire for their management expertise, 4SHO Productions for their media sponsorship, Ella Brown Couture for its financial support, Undercurrent Arts for the use of the Gallery and assistance with the Art set up and Loquat Event Management Company for their extraordinary planning services and complimentary gifts for all the guests. Thank you to all of the guests that came to show their support. We look forward to seeing you next year.
The Visual Collaborative team has chosen New York as the next location for the 2009 Art Exhibition next spring. For more information, please contact ICY Public Relations at 305.940.0067, or visit us online at www.visualcollaborative.com.
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