*From New York to Hollywood, this award season has been filled with the best in gifting. Distinctive Assets, one of the leaders in award show swag, presented its annual independently produced “Everyone Wins” Nominee Gift Bags. Distinctive Assets once again indulged and titillated the major Oscar nominees with what have become the most buzzed about swag in history.
“Every human being, regardless of career or fame, appreciates a great gift,” says Lash Fary, founder of Distinctive Assets. “While our ‘Everyone Wins’ Gift Bag is certainly not given based on need, it is put together with a profound sense of gratitude for the incredible performances these talented individuals gave all of us this year.”
The “Everyone Wins” Nominee Gift Bags were delivered to nominees in the Best Actor and Actress, Best Supporting Actor andActress and Best Director categories. They were not handed out at the ceremony or at a hotel gift suite but rather conveniently delivered to nominees in the week leading up to the show. The “Everyone Wins” Gift Bag is, as always, a blend of fabulous, fun, quirky, useful and indulgent items meant to thrill and pamper those who may have everything money can buy but still savor the simple joy of a gift. To quote Samuel L. Jackson (when he appeared on the Ellen show post-Oscars last year), “The best thing about being famous is the free stuff.”
This year’s gift bonanza stars a luxury small-ship adventure with International Expeditions (choice of Amazon, Galapagos, Iceland or Costa Rica-Panama voyages); Coda Signature premium cannabis-infused edibles, topicals and concentrates; an annual VIP membership to MOTA ― LA’s first cannabis-friendly social club; private phobia relief sessions with the world’s number one phobia expert Kalliope Barlis; and Jarritos-filled Yeti Coolers along with a commitment from Jarritos to donate a pallet of their great-tasting flavored soft drinks to a charitable event of the nominee’s choice.
Lucky nominees like Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Rami Malek, Adam Driver, Regina King, Mahershala Ali, Emma Stone, Sam Rockwell, Melissa McCarthy and Spike Lee also received the following: premier handcrafted A. Junod Absinthe, Age Interventionist Renee Lynn’s CBDRxSupreme protocol, personal training sessions with celebrity trainer Alexis Seletzky, AP4GooD limited-edition art T-shirts, one-of-a-kind custom stained glass portraits from Artist John Thoman, a week-long Greek beachfront escape at Avaton Luxury Villas Resort.
Other gift items included Blush & Whimsy magical color changing lipstick, Chocolatines Chocouture Collection, CloSYS – the Spa Kit for your Mouth, a week of mind/body/spirit renewal at the famed Golden Door luxury wellness resort; guilt-free chocolate (gluten free, dairy free, naturally sweetened) from Good Girl Chocolate, Happiest Tee luxury t-shirts, High Beauty High Five Cannabis Facial Moisturizer and High Expectations Cannabis Facial Oil.
The nominees also received Instytutum Results-Driven Skincare Collection, It’s a 10 Haircare Miracle Hair Dryer, innovative dental health products from Knotty Floss, Kusshi makeup bag/organizer, Love Is Stronger Than Hate tote bags and customized Stars of Hope, MILLIANNA fashion-inspired jewelry, Mister Poop Emoji Plunger, 3d Luxury Wellness Retreat in Malibu, MZ Skin Lift & Lustre serum and Hydra-Bright eye masks, Optimum Nutrition Salted Toffee Pretzel Crisp Bars, effective/safe/green/made-in-America hair care systems from Organic Hair Care, a one-year supply of Oxygenetix Breathable Foundation, and Nannette de Gaspé reinvigorating beauty products to soothe + repair + uplift + de-stress.
The nominee gift bags concluded with Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies, PETA Agent for Animals Spy Pens, hand-crafted gourmet Posh Pretzels, Reian Williams Fine Art, Rouge Maple pure organic maple syrup and Glamour Gourmet gift set, hands-free Safety Dog Leash, Salix all-natural hair-inhibiting lotion, one-of-a-kind customized fragrances from Sue Phillips of Scenterprises, Soul Candles to support well-being from Soul Shropshire, Southern Wicked Lemonade all-natural lemonade moonshine, TAPS for Hope Afghan Lapis Bracelets, The Beauty Book for Brain Cancer, The Green Garmento Gigantote and reusable garment bags, Tru Niagen Age Better NAD-increasing dietary supplement, virtually unlimited rejuvenating beauty treatments from the Upper East Side’s Dr. Konstantin Vasyukevich, VidaHair Growth Natural Hair Growth System, and WSJ. Magazine with free subscription card.
“While this gift bag does always boast an impressive value, that is never our goal. A great gift has nothing to do with the cost,” says noted gift expert, Lash Fary. “We understand the interest in the ‘wow’ number associated with this now-legendary gift bag, but we prefer to simply celebrate the fun and festive nature of the contents . . . no matter how big or small.”
Is Pres. Elect Biden Obama’s 3rd Term? & What 44 Said About Black America’s Progress Under His Watch on ‘Breakfast Club’ (VIDEO)
*Attorney Antonio Moore discusses the recent Obama Breakfast Club interview during his Book tour.
Moore harshly critiques the interview of Pres. Obama performed by Charlamagne, DJ Envy and Angela Yee.
He also looks closer at President Elect Joe Biden’s cabinet picks and measures them again Barack Obama & Bill Clinton’s prior administrations.
The Virtual United Negro College Fund Tour Heads to NY, DC & NJ on Fri & Sat-Nov. 20 & 21 (EUR EXCLUSIVE!)
*African American students interested in going to college can attend the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) Fall 2020 virtual Empower Me Tour. Set for this Friday and Saturday (November 20 & 21, 2020), New York, District of Columbia, and New Jersey will be repped. (This year’s tour kicked off earlier this month in Wisconsin and Illinois). To register, go here.
The Empower Me Tour is an extension of the goals of the UNCF. Founded in 1944, the UNCF, a non-profit, has raised more than $5 billion and helped more than 500,000 students attend 37 private historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
The EUR caught up with Stacey Lee, the tour’s director for four years, who discussed the importance of the event.
“The UNCF is the nation’s largest provider of education support to minority students,” said Lee. “The Empowerment Tour has been executed for the past 12 years and last year along we offered over $12 million dollars in scholarships.”
Lee continued, “I think the great thing is that during these times, even with COVID-19, is that a number of corporations (Wells Fargo/P&/FedEx/Disney/Goldman Sachs) and donors have really been providing opportunity and financial access to our schools and students.”
The tour is packed with information and resources so that students and parents have the right tools to make informed decisions.
“It’s a free event that provides educational support, scholarships, interviews with colleges, empowerment, and information on how to get to and through college. We also provide this information for parents as well. We have a parent section that focuses on financial aid and the things you need to get your students to college.”
Lee continued, “Sometimes we have students that don’t realize that they can attend college. They can receive scholarships. Some of them don’t even know what an HBCU is. So, it’s inspirational for me to see these students receive this information and the excitement that’s around this tour.”
In addition to college information, panel sessions on issues affecting the community will also take place. Legendary rapper Bun B will be part of a special My Black Is Beautiful panel. The panel will have discussions with girls and boys and the MC will lead the male portion.
“It’s about empowerment,” Bun B told the EUR. “It’s vital for us to lift each other up and amplify each other’s voices. We just talk about now what that role is in this COVID world. And with everything that we are seeing with young Black men on television, we want to keep them motivated and centered. We want to make sure that they are not discouraged in this moment.”
Ever since Kamala Harris threw her hat into the presidential race and elected vice president of the United States, a spotlight has shined on the fact that she’s an HBCU grad (Howard University) and member of the African American sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha. These facts are not lost on the UNCF.
“Kamala has really boosted people’s awareness about HBCUs and (African American sororities) and the type of people that come out of HBCUs. HBCUS have also provided so many people from science, mathematics, and engineering programs (STEM).”
Bun B added, “We have more than enough examples to show you how beneficial an education from an HBCU can be. So, there is no reason to not be a part of an HBCU because the world is just as available to you as it is for anyone else attending any other type of university.”
New Music Buzz: Jazzy Rita Shelby’s ‘Goodbye 2020’
*SB Music presents “Goodbye 2020” a new single for the times we are in.
“Goodbye 2020” is performed by Jazzy Rita Shelby and written by Miss Shelby (ASCAP) and Eddie Lawrence Miller (BMI).
It’s the perfect anthem to end a year that has impacted the globe.
EURweb’s Jazzy Rita is also a prolific lyricist who has teamed up with Eddie Miller for “Goodbye 2020” because it was timely and convenient for the birth of a song such as this.
Eddie Miller is a coveted keyboardist & vocalist who performs regularly with Brian Culbertson and he’s the Rhodes Festival musical director. Jazzy Rita rose to notoriety as host & performer at The Starlight Jazz Serenade, an annual benefit concert in North Hollywood with an A list of stars. As a teen Miss Shelby was inspired to write songs by the legendary David Porter.
This year has been a year like no other. “Goodbye 2020” is an ode to the world for the year that we have seen and the hope that lies ahead. Radio Programmers click here for adds.
“Goodbye 2020” is released on the SB Music label and was recorded at Wishing Wells Studio in Canoga Park, CA. Willie Daniels and Mildred Black perform background vocals along with Jazzy Rita. The video is produced & directed by Jazzy Rita (LaRita Shelby), filmed & edited by Reggie Simon of Simon Vision Media, with wardrobe styling by Jazzy Rita and Poet Roni Girl’s Army Couture. “Goodbye 2020” is available on most digital platforms. Click here to listen on Spotify.
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