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April 21, 2016

Beyoncé partners with three charities as part of the Formation World Tour

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As part of her Formation World Tour, Beyoncé has announced three charitable organizations that will partner with her own initiative, BeyGood.
   The singer wants to encourage fans to give to the three organizations, and demonstrates how easy it is to “pay it forward”.
   She proposes using one of three ways: online through CrowdRise, in partnership with United Way, to support the Flint, Michigan water crisis (where fans can qualify for winning VIP tickets to her tour); through their communities with United Way, with issues specific to each tour market; or on-site, after signing up with Global Citizen and Chime for Change, with opportunities to win tickets and upgrades on the tour.
   United Way will be present at very stop beginning with the North American leg. The first venue is Marlins Park, Miami, Fla. on April 27. Gucci’s Chime for Change, which BeyoncĂ© co-founded, and Global Citizen will have their programme in select tour locations, including Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Detroit and London. There are charity events in Houston, Compton (Calif.), and Detroit.
   Fans in Houston can give and support Rudy Rasmus and his Bread of Life initiative, combatting hunger in the city, and TurnAround Houston, to help create jobs. In Compton, the event will help Urban Education Institute, which works with youth through music and the arts. In Detroit, the event will celebrate the resourcefulness of the people of Flint and Detroit.
   Since the announcement of BeyGood, the initiative has claimed to have helped millions of people with employment, shelter and more. Tour dates are available at beyonce.com.

April 20, 2016

Recycle, rejuvenate and rejoice with the Secret Room

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Leyla Messian

The MTV Movie Awards should be thought of as the “Real People’s Choice Awards”, as it reflects the pop cultural phenomena people are actually paying money to see. By the same token, the Secret Room’s annual event for this event should be considered a solid barometer for new things people are going to want to try and buy. This spring edition of the pre-show party was a most refreshing mix of products which allowed people to recycle, rejuvenate, refresh and rejoice, not only against a pop-cultural backdrop, but also social changes in US culture taking root in California.
   The star attraction was Parfaire, a Pasadena-based medical æsthetics’ spa that also provides on-site services. In a private suite high above the revelry in the SLS’s bustling ballroom, guests enjoyed a choice of a Red Carpet Rejuvenating Facial or Botox treatments.
   Parfaire, under the direction of Dr Winnie, is one of the few Los Angeles “med-spas” that provide Kybella treatments, which permanently dissolve double-chin fat. Their patience and calming demeanour provided a welcoming respite for celebrities, press and other attendees pressured by the demands of the upcoming award show and related public appearances. The treatments were short, but remarkably relaxing and effective, providing living proof that a spa is only as good as the expertise and attitude of its doctors and staff.
   The last gasp of a southern California winter allowed guests to enjoy the pleasure of sipping wine while bundled up in cashmere in colours that matched the varietals. From JaM Cellars comes a new kind of Hollywood breakfast: Butter Chardonnay, Jam Merlot and Toast sparkling wine. Guests appreciated Repeat Cashmere’s buttery-soft scarves and ponchos crafted from snuggly but deceptively light and delicate fabrics. Among the rich neutrals and jewel tones, burgundy was the most popular colour with celebs.
   There was also plenty of bling to liven up the classic cashmere pieces. The Fleur de Lys and Me offered youthfully chic jewellery made of stainless steel (including VIP wrist bands with MTV logos). Other items included clever, customizable bracelets with snap-on, interchangable charms covered in crystals. Gris by Allison Hall tempted VIPs with fine modern jewellery designed with a nod to Ancient Rome, the Byzantine Empire and the Victorian era. Mixed metals, from rose gold to rhodium, provided the backdrop for precious and semi-precious stones swimming in ornate diamond pave settings.
   Tracey Tanner Studios offered Italian leather purses and make-up bags that allowed guests to make a statement beyond fluorescent snakeskin and dyed crocodile leather. The company’s simple bag designs were covered in psychedelic colours, tie-die patterns, and digitally printed images of the natural beauty of the cosmos. And what star would not want to walk down the red carpet carrying the universe in her hands?
   Sagjol showcased comfy yet edgy clothing for men and women of all shapes and sizes. The new line featured a denim-like fabric made from recycled ketchup bottles—here is fashion feeding the soul instead of landfills. Sagjol’s toasty jackets, soft-to-the-touch jeans and frayed biker vests are perfect for throwing over graphic T-shirts and sexy camisoles.
   Beauty and grooming aides were also geared for the young as well as the young-in-spirit. Prep’s Strands like Steel hair care line is marketed as ‘cool care for young hair’—especially for trendsetters who often put their locks through hell. The leave-in treatment protects stressed hair from sun, heat, hot spotlights and other sources of thermal damage. It also works great as a de-tangler for kinky and naturally curly hair that finds its way into annoying dreadlocks.
   ClixIt Heal and Conceal pens offered a convenient way to hide blemishes and heal in-grown hairs. These little pens conveniently fit into the tiniest of clutches. In terms of larger cover-ups, Fake Bake was back to invite celebs to step into the mobile tanning parlour for a double shot of ‘Espresso Tan’. They also premièred their anti-ageing self-tanning facial lotion, along with a daily moisturizer that also amplifies and preserves an existing natural or fake tan.
   There were also several tables devoted to the most intimate of female concerns. Disposable PantyPads are biodegradable period panties complete with padded reinforcement to protect ladies during long flights and longer business meetings. For those of us who get really cranky under these circumstances, there’s always Serenol, a non-prescription dietary supplement that has been clinically shown to put a smile on women’s faces during that time of month. Made with Swedish flower pollen extract, it reduces water retention and junk food cravings while promoting a good night’s sleep.
   Speaking of things that annoy the “lady of the house” and her overnight guest, Jack’s Furr­fighters showcased their newest fur-fighting gear: suede gloves that remove cat and dog hair from little black dresses, boyfriends’ suits, living room sofas and boudoir pillows. All the lady has to do is put on the glove, and pet the sofa or the man covered in cat hair.
   Hemp-based products, backed by their 9,000 year-old history, came out from the shadows for a star turn. Hemp oil beauty products from Kannaway.com introduced Hollywood to hemp-oil infused cleansers, serums, and moisturizers. When combined with hyaluronic acid and other botanicals, hemp oil banishes signs of premature ageing. RSHO Raw Hemp Oil (by HempMeds), is a dietary supplement known to reduce anxiety without making you high.
   For those who prefer to smoke their herbs, Hydra Vapor Tech showcased its state-of-the-art vapourizer carrying cases. Available in gold, silver, white and black, the sleek Titan II allows you to carry all of your vaping supplies in a tasteful and tidy manner. While vaping, you could chill out to your favourite music with jewel-toned Spider ear buds, engineered with a focus on bass, vital to one’s enjoyment of rap, hip-hop and rock.
   The event also came with a cherry on top, which was definitely not for kids: no pre-award show event would be complete without a platter of Jello-shots from Twisted Cherries. Guests and vendors alike could not resist gin and whiskey-infused cherries encased in tangy cherry gelatin. While Girl Meets World star Ava Kolker and Disney’s Lexie Kolker enjoyed their cookies, the rest of us indulged in those festive sips.
   Favourite stars from MTV-flavoured movies past and present in attendance included Judge Reinhold, Vincent Spano, Daphne Blunt, Kirk Morrison, Ken Davitian, Charisma Carpenter, Lauren Potter, Ryan Ochoa, Ginger Gonzoga, Ashlee Keating, Jessica Barth, as well as veteran soap opera divas Kate Linder and Diedre Hall.—Layla Messian, LA Correspondent










Leyla Messian

March 20, 2016

A product extravaganza: Kari Feinstein’s Style Lounge shows off for Oscar celebs

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Rebecca Sapp, courtesy Kari Feinstein

Above, from top: Kaykay Blaisdell, Lyndon Smith, and Danielle Nicolet.

Many remarkable brands were on display during Kari Feinstein’s Style Lounge, presented by LIFX. The impeccable Oscar gifting suite welcomed a number of celebrities to admire, experiment and appreciate these latest, trendy items. Felicity Huffman, Kaykay Blaisdell, Lyndon Smith, Danielle Nicolet, Brighton Sharbino, Beverley Mitchell, Jamie Foxx, Brian d’Arcy James, J. Alexander, Lati Grobman, Emma Bell and Fred Melamed were some of the Hollywood names to enter Feinstein’s fancy universe consisting of Jamba Juice, Amanda Blakley Skincare, Neutratone, Panache, Bioderma and more.
   Scarlet and Gold unveiled their intricate art prints, delightful tops and decorative Iphone cases for a chic look depicting simple phrases, symbols and signs. Owner Megan Smalley and her team work toward fulfilling their fundamental goals: creating, giving and inspiring. Votivo comes to the rescue ( www.votivo.com) with their multitude of aromatic products. The Soziety collection, consisting of absolutely exquisite scents, are elegantly packaged with eye-catching trapezoid boxes. Gorgeous Grey, Beautiful Blue, Best Dressed Black, Posh Purple, Pucker Up Pink, Remarkable Red, Gracious Green, Outrageous Orange, Wonderful White and Youthful Yellow awaken the senses and add a dab of glamour. To maintain an aromatic environment without a flame, Votivo’s Black Box fan diffusers are compact, and a breeze of fresh essences flow through the air with the press of a simple button. A desired fragrance pod, whether Pink Mimosa, Redcurrant, Honeysuckle, Clean Crisp or Teak, easily glides into the diffuser.
   From fashion to technology, Ultimate Ears are set to transform the way people listen to music and how sound emanates from a compact and sleek gadget. The UE Boom 2 is an advanced design with a 360-degree wireless Bluetooth speaker that can be enclosed in the palm of the listener’s hands. An exciting concept comes from LIFX, a blazingly luminous light with a life span exceeding 22 years. They even do free shipping to the US, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand.—Lola Cristall, Paris Editor









Rebecca Sapp, courtesy Kari Feinstein; Rochelle Brodin/Getty Images

March 13, 2016

Thoroughly modern Lili

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On the International Day of the Woman, author and filmmaker Leslie Zemeckis invited famous friends and admirers to celebrate the life of groundbreaking stripteuse Lili St Cyr. Indeed, the ‘Goddess of Love Incarnate’ would have been proud!
   During her Lucire photo session, author and filmmaker Leslie Zemeckis observed that burlesque Lili St Cyr would have felt quite at home amid the cinematic splendour of the landmark Culver Hotel in Culver City. Further more, she would have thoroughly been in her element at Zemeckis’s book signing of her latest book, Goddess of Love Incarnate: the Life of Stripteuse Lili St Cyr.
   A staid meet-and-greet with a card table this wasn’t. Boobs, Books & Burlesque was an all-out, go-for-broke night of glamour featuring signature Exotic Lili drinks hosted by Eppa SupraFruta Sangria, and steaming hot hors d’Ĺ“uvres coming out of the the Culver Hotel kitchen. Zemeckis made a grand entrance in an elaborate Christopher Kane dress and custom-made Kokin headpiece.
   Celebrities such as Christopher Lloyd and Kelsey Grammer were among the stars who came out to support Zemeckis and the event’s beneficiary, the Dr Susan Love Research Foundation. The enthusiastic crowd cheered on modern burlesque queens April Showers (the current reigning Miss Hollywood Burlesque) and Maxi Millions. The period vibe was further enhanced by the ’40s and ’50s song stylings of Sylvia and the Rhythm Boys.
   Proceeds from the book and party were dedicated to the Dr Susan Love Research Foundation, for a future without breast cancer. The same went for a lavish auction featuring luxury trips to Amsterdam, Chile and Barcelona, as well as one-of-a-kind experiences, including astronaut training and an Ultimate Sports Fan getaway.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor




Michael Lynn

March 9, 2016

Behati Prinsloo previews Victoria’s Secret Swim Special, airing March 9 on CBS

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Copyright ©2016 by Stefanie Keenan

Yesterday, Victoria’s Secret “angel” Behati Prinsloo previewed the company’s televised Swim Special, which airs on March 9 from 9 to 10 p.m. on CBS in the US (US EST and PST).
   At an event at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles, Prinsloo talked about her favourite trends for the season as the new collection, and the televised special, were announced.
   Trends identified by Victoria’s Secret for spring–summer 2016 include colour blocking, boho chic with paisley and crochet, and what it calls a ‘strappy swimwear collection with down-to-there cuts’.
   Models joining Prinsloo are Candice Swanepoel, Elsa Hosk, Jasmine Tookes, Josephine Skriver, Lais Ribeiro, Lily Aldridge, Martha Hunt, Romee Strijd, Sara Sampaio, Stella Maxwell, Taylor Hill and Vita Sidorkina, filmed in Saint-BarthĂ©lemy, with musical guests Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato.
   The Victoria’s Secret Swim Special will give behind-the-scenes coverage of their shoots as well as a travelogue of what Saint-Barth’s has to offer.

February 29, 2016

Doris Bergman’s Style Lounge and Party: style and substance before the Oscars

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Felix Salzman

While the presence of an ultra high-tech Maserati Ghibli and a customized McLaren 570S Coupe make a strong first impression, I was more interested in finding out what Doris Bergman had in store for VIP celebrities and talent involved in the 2016 Academy Awards. I was looking for items that would appeal to as many people as possible, especially with all of this year’s focus on making the Oscars more diverse.
   Doris always supports a charity that’s all inclusive. Wednesday’s Child is showcased in a weekly segment by Los Angeles news presenter Christine Devine. Wednesday’s Child assists harder-to-place children in the LA County foster care system. True to form, Doris once again hosted two foster teens in need of adoptive families. They received the VIP treatment, receiving wonderful products from the sponsors as well.
   If one is looking for colours other than white, Single Dress and Kaya de Koko deliver dresses and tops in a multitude of Technicolor jewel tones and prints reminiscent of vintage 1950s fabrics. No LBDs here. Instead, there’s a garden of pink, gold and red butterflies and blossoms scattered across waves of aqua fabric. I was pleasantly surprised to find plus sizes next to the familiar petites. Designer Galina Sobolev is focused on dressing real women. The same holds true for Samiah, whose 18th century-inspired custom coats can be tailored to fit men and women of all sizes and shapes. As this event was staged a few days after Valentine’s Day, I could not imagine anything more romantic than being bundled up in red satin-lined black brocade. Antique buttons grace every coat, while faux fur embellishes dramatic hoods and collars.
   I felt ready to go out to the forest and gather herbs, but Pura d’Or and the 2-Minute Club had already done that for me. Their 20 per cent vitamin C anti-ageing oil is made from alĹ“ vera, jelly mushroom, witch hazel bark and argan oil—a forest in a bottle that smooths fine lines and regenerates the skin. Their 100 per cent argan oil is an all-purpose beauty serum that hydrates the body, face and hair. It accentuates curls, prevents hair loss, protects the skin against the ravages of dry climates, reduces under-eye puffiness, and softens cuticles.
   Also rooted in nature is Ascend Cleanse, a pair of mind-body detox teas. Guayusa, the major ingredient of the Awaken tea, is prized by shamans throughout the Amazon. The dream-inducing guayusa is one of the world’s few caffeinated holly trees. Indigenous people say that one sip will bring you back to the Amazonian rainforest (while reducing bloating and other digestive issues). The Dreams tea, true to its name, uses catnip, chamomile and mugwort to evoke prophetic dreams and stimulate mental clarity.
   Twisted Silver, which unites the mined with the manmade, brought the rugged beauty of the southwest to Hollywood. Scraps of Victorian copper mesh becomes a double wrap bracelet or gothic choker. Chards of gypsum crystal from a St George, Utah mine dangle from bronze lariats and earrings. Geometric bracelets made from the leftover bronze button holes of Michael Jackson’s concert jackets were a hit with celebrities.
   I ended the day with a double dose of pre-Oscar fun. First, I enjoyed a sip of Rekorderlig cider in the passionfruit flavour, which was refreshing and slightly sweet. The reps told me the line is very popular in New Zealand. South Island Kiwis facing a cold winter can look forward to their recently launched spiced apple cider, which can be served hot with a slice of orange. Next, I sampled a savoury and sour cucumber margarita, compliments of Azul Imperial Tequila.
   Romantic, yet real, Doris Bergman once again pleased press and celebrities alike with an afternoon of post-Valentine’s pleasure.—Leyla Messian, Los Angeles Correspondent


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The Secret Room 2016 Oscar suite: the suite where everybody matters

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There is something about W Hollywood Hotel that makes every VIP feel special, from the sweeping entrance to the red carpets that lead the way to the ballrooms and other public areas. How everybody else feels once they get to their destination is another matter, especially when it comes to pre-Oscar events. I am happy to report that the vendors appearing at the Secret Room’s Oscar “show” brightened my busy week with their unique and useful products.
   Fake Bake presented their new facial self-tan lotion that imparts anti-ageing properties, along with a golden glow. Fruit stem cells plus other botanicals preserve and repair skin cells that have been abused by the bright lights of flash photography. Cailyn Cosmetics introduced Pure Lust Matte Tint for lips in a variety of waterproof reds, fuchsias and natural hues that enable women to sip cocktails without leaving embarrassing lip marks on the glass.
   It would take damn good soap to wash off this long-wearing lip tint. Dam Good Soap, a hand-made Canadian skin-care-in-a-bar collection, is made from organic olive oil enhanced with raw cocoa butter, honey and pure essential plant essences. Each bar of soap can last up to three months. Wouldn’t you prefer to wash your face with Thai lemongrass, Breakfast in Paris, or pomegranate instead of the aroma of sodium laurel sulphate or petroleum? I know I would!
   Two medical-grade skin care lines shared the stage with another research-based anti-wrinkle fighting system. Dermesse introduced celebrities to their Facelift in a Bottle, a 99 per cent natural collagen serum. Those desiring to stimulate collagen production can try L-ascorbic acid serum, while others concerned with acne or sun damage can strengthen their skin with hyaluronic acid cream. Dermesse also complements their scientific product line with a simple, natural sugar scrub.
   Airelle showcased a hydrating masque made with pure New Zealand manuka honey, as well as a facial serum that delivers more hyaluronic acid to prevent fine lines. Ageoff 90 Second Facelift recommended a two-step fight against wrinkles. Ageoff Glow caplets deliver a 65 per cent increase in collagen levels after 60 days, while Ageoff Instant Serum hides wrinkles immediately for those of us desiring to look our best in a matter of seconds.
   Label M, a professional hair and skin care line, brought their official London Fashion Week hair care products to Hollywood. Gents can prep their hair for the big night with Label Men, which contains New Zealand tea tree oil and Indian sandalwood. Its clean, masculine scent would appeal to ladies as well! Curly girls can enhance their tresses with Label M’s Curl Cream, which contains jojoba extract and an Enviroshield complex that protects sensitive hair against heat and sun. For the finishing touch, Label.M also offers a Diamond Dust Body Lotion that allows you to shimmer in the lights, thanks to black and white diamond and pearl dust in a rose petal oil base.
   Chicago jewellery designer Jan Payser gifted celebrities and press with mixed-metal Crystal Glow necklaces. Her higher-end pieces are inspired by elements of nature—tropical birds and exotic orchids forged in sterling silver and embellished with pastel-coloured pearls. These works of wearable art have a one-of-a-kind feel.
   Amy James, from Grand Prairie, Texas, showed off her Amy’s Social Butterfly greeting cards. Each intricate card is hand made by the company’s owner. She uses tiny scissors and swivel blades to create peacocks, Oscar statues and the Hollywood sign. From a distance, her three-dimensional cards looked like whimsical cake toppers and party favours.
   Representatives from two Australian companies were on hand to introduce taste-makers and trendsetters to something comfortable for everybody. Rashoodz Swimwear keeps babies and toddlers safe from the sun’s harmful rays. They even have a line of sunnies for image-conscious tykes. Kathy Sheeran of Island Trading Co. showed off her set of cotton pillow cases and sheets that assure a good night’s sleep after a night of revelry.
   No Secret Room Style Lounge would be complete without something special for the four-legged fans of Young Hollywood. The Petzi Treat Cam allows pet parents to interact with their furry child from anywhere at any time. By downloading the Petzi app, you can summon your cat or dog in a language they understand (baby talk), dispense a treat, and watch them go wild with delight from the comfort of your own computer or smart phone. The Petzi even lets you photograph your salivating, excited pet and share it on your favourite social media site. Pavlov would be proud.
   During a season when it seems as if only the lives of the rich and famous matter, the Pocket People were there to remind all of us that everyone matters. The Pocket People’s ultimate goal is to spread their message of love, comfort and empathy through their doll collection. Each hand-crafted doll is just a little bit different; their World of Pocketopia “community” is one that truly values diversity.—Leyla Messian, LA Correspondent






















February 15, 2016

This year’s Grammy celebration, broadcast in living colour

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If this year’s Oscars are like a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, the 2016 Grammys deliver a colourful sundae of flavour and texture. The cherry on top of the weekend was Roger Zamudio’s Red Carpet Events LA Style Lounge at the W Hollywood Hotel. Nominees, publicists, stylists and press were invited to explore several rooms full of new and established luxury products.
   This event marked the debut of Lavish Brows, a unique brow-enhancement system that can be done at home or in a salon. ‘Attaching these tiny brow hairs is as easy as putting on lipstick,’ says founder Mary Jane Dana. Lavish Brows is a godsend for women whose eyebrows are naturally sparse, overplucked or in need of a little drama. No more fake-looking, pencilled-in eyebrows that drip off of your forehead on a hot LA afternoon!
   City Color Cosmetics, available internationally through Ebay resellers, offered a lightweight, non-irritating make-up setting spray and eye-shadow primer that promises to prevent eye make-up from creasing and turning into facial mud puddles. This season’s eye-shadow colour palettes for daily wear include purple, charcoal and desert-inspired earth tones reminiscent of a southwestern sunset. Representatives of Cure Natural Aqua Gel gently removed dead skin and two-day-old spray tanning from celebrity hands, using a water-based, unscented lotion formulated without abrasive, artificial ingredients. Long-term users have noticed a brighter appearance as their sunspots faded away. Guests also had another choice of exfoliant, courtesy of Fake Bake. Their mobile spray-tanning tent was on hand, enabling Grammy attendees to show off their caramel-hued beauty on the red carpet.
   Korean-inspired Tikkun Spa offered guests an opportunity to unwind for a day at their Santa Monica location. What better way to detox after 24 hours of primping, posing and partying, than by lying on slabs of therapeutic Himalayan rock salt? Imagine yourself baking in a clay sauna, steaming your sins away in a eucalyptus haze, and finally plunging into a cold pool of water. Alternatively, a VIP could also choose to escape as far from LA as possible, and sip mojitos at the Shelbourne Wyndham Grand Resort in South Beach, Fla.
   Another essential item for the Hollywood insider’s morning-after kit included a healing tea from Nuwati Herbals, described as a ‘natural remedy from the medicine cabinet of Mother Earth’. This minty mĂ©lange of green tea, juniper, elderberries, wild cherries and rosehips immediately cleared the nasal passages of several attendees. There’s nothing better than a steaming, hot cup of diversity: it’s a special kind of sweetness, followed by a peppery kick. ‘One whiff from the bottle will scare your allergies or head cold away,’ one attendee commented.
   Guests who live in a never-ending party enjoyed Jell-o shots comprised of pineapple juice and gin- or whisky-infused Twisted Cherries. Those craving their minimum daily dose of living probiotics gravitated towards Lifeway Kefir, where they sampled hibiscus-rhubarb pie, a limited–edition flavour packaged in bottles designed by Cynthia Rowley. Clothing designer Tabitha Sellin showed off her new line of edgy suits, dresses, jackets and playful bow ties in a variety of dusky, muted jewel tones. Toronto’s Rok Cork displayed samples of made-to-order leather and cork handbags. Who knew that cork could be so durable and yet as soft as fine leather? Better still, it is completely waterproof!
   The last room contained a reminder that the beauty of diversity is not always welcome in many parts of the world. My Sister’s Village, founded by 14 year-old LA resident Naria Slann, provides an American boarding school education for Tanzanian albinos who are persecuted and often murdered by human traffickers. Those who wish to help protect these vulnerable children, or learn more about the difficulties they face, may visit iamf.org or www.gofundme.com/mysistersvillage.—Leyla Messian, LA Correspondent








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