A new style of matchmaking has put some mystery back into finding the perfect mate. It’s called paper bag dating and it is the polar opposite of love at first sight. It is, in fact, a blind date in the most literal sense. And while it is a little awkward, “Paper Bag Speed Dating” is the newest way singles are looking for love. By covering up their faces, organizers hope these potential matches can focus on the person rather than what they look like.
Drawing on both her life experience as a mother and research on children’s issues the woman you are about to meet addresses identity issues relevant to many children today. The first book, “I AM MIXED,” focuses on brother and sister Jay and Nia, and explores the thoughts and emotions shared from children of mixed ethnicities. The second book in the series, “I AM LIVING IN 2 HOMES”, navigates the complexities both child and parent face when dealing with separation and divorce.
Named one of People Magazine’s highly-coveted 50 Most Beautiful in 2014, Haitian-born actress Garcelle Beauvais immigrated to the United States at the age of seven with her mother and sisters, and has since charmed audiences with her dramatic and comedic abilities. Up next, seasoned actress Garcelle Beauvais has been cast to star in the upcoming indie film, “Loose”, from executive producer Dan Garcia. “Loose” is a coming of age story about a young girl Grace from a small town discovering her purpose in this world. Garcelle plays Lisa, her alcoholic single mother lost in her youth trying to live a caviar life on a spam budget at the expense of her daughter.
Above all, Garcelle’s most important job is being a mother. She has been inspired by motherhood to write a children’s book series entitled ‘I AM,’ addressing identity issues relevant to many children today. The first book ‘I AM MIXED’, about being siblings of mixed ethnicities, was released in August 2013. The second book, “I AM LIVING IN TWO HOMES”, addresses the difficulty of having parents who are no longer together as they discover the benefits of having two very different homes to explore and enjoy. The book was released on August 19, 2014.
Looking back, Garcelle got her start when she began modeling at the age of seventeen and easily transitioned to acting in the Aaron Spelling series “Models, Inc.” After that, she co-starred opposite Jamie Foxx for five years on the popular WB sitcom “The Jamie Foxx Show”. For four seasons she also starred on the highly rated Emmy© Award-winning series “NYPD Blue”. She was recently a series regular on TNT’s “Franklin & Bash.” Other television credits include: memorable roles in “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, “Arrested Development”, and “The Exes”, a starring role opposite Tim Daly in the ABC television show “Eyes” and guest appearances on “Human Target”, “Crash”, “The Bernie Mac Show”, and “The Bonnie Hunt Show”.
Most recently Garcelle can be seen in the film, WHITE HOUSE DOWN, directed by Roland Emmerich, where she stars alongside Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum as the First Lady of the United States. She can also be seen as the lead in the indie drama AND THEN THERE WAS YOU as well as the feature film, FLIGHT (directed by Robert Zemeckis), as Denzel Washington’s wife. She shot the independent film SMALL TIME alongside Chris Meloni and Bridget Monahan, directed by Joel Surnow which was released in April 2014. In between her acting projects, she also co-hosts for shows like E!’s “Fashion Police” and “Access Hollywood Live” on NBC. Garcelle’s additional feature film credits include: the Film Independent Award-nominated AMERICAN GUN, with Forrest Whitaker, Marcia Gay Harden and Donald Sutherland, WOMEN IN TROUBLE with Simon Baker and Josh Brolin, BARBERSHOP 2: Back in Business, with Queen Latifah and BAD COMPANY opposite Chris Rock and Anthony Hopkins. She also shot the short film EYES TO SEE which focuses on the Haiti earthquake, inspired by the writer/director’s personal involvement with the Haitian relief effort right after tragedy.
Garcelle supports the Step Up Women’s Network, a national non-profit that empowers women and girls to be strong and reach their full potential. She is also active with March of Dimes and the Yele Haiti Foundation.
The man you are about to meet has written a New York Times bestseller that sold 1.5 million copies worldwide, and has written a sequel to his book and is here to share what he’s learned about parenting his 6 year old daughter.
Adam Mansbach’s novels include The End of the Jews, winner of the California Book Award, and the best-selling Angry Black White Boy, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2005. His fiction and essays have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Believer, Granta, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. He is the 2010-2011 New Voices Professor of Fiction at Rutgers University. His book Go The F**k To Sleep was a New York Times Bestseller and sold 1.5 million copies worldwide. The sequel, You Have To F**king Eat will be published in November 2014 by Akashic Books. His daughter Vivien is six.
2014 is the 40th anniversary of “Happy Days,” and the actor who played “Ralph Mouth” in the series is apparently putting that mouth and remarkable voice to good use touring the country with his group, which is reminiscent of Sinatra and Buble.
Don is probably best known for his co-starring role as Ralph in the long running television series “Happy Days”. During this time, he worked with such emerging talents as Ron Howard and Garry Marshall. Recently, Don was seen in a recurring role on the hit TV show – “Glee”, as well as starring roles in the indie film – “The Yankles”, and “Chez Upshaw”, starring Kevin Pollack and Illeana Douglas. He just finished starring in “Campin Buddies”, along with a role in the independent film – “Remember Isobel”, and the short film – “Duality” Most’s other feature film credits include “ED TV”, directed by Ron Howard; “Crazy Mama”, directed by Jonathan Demme, and “The Great Buck Howard”, starring John Malkovich. In television, his other guest starring roles include “Men Of A Certain Age”, “Century City”, ‘Star Trek: Voyager’, ‘Yes, Dear’, ‘The Crow, ‘Sabrina’, ‘Sliders’, ‘Dark Skies’ and ‘The Family Guy’.
Following in the footsteps of some of his peers, Don has now directed three feature films. His first, “The Last Best Sunday”, had its World Premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival, and was a feature film winner at the Telluride IndieFest. “Moola”, starring William Mapother, Shailene Woodley, Treat Williams, Daniel Baldwin, and Curtis Armstrong, premiered at The Newport Beach Film Festival, where it earned Most The Outstanding Achievement In Directing Award. Don also directed “Harley’s Hill”, his first family film, which was recently seen on Showtime, Starz and Encore. In another area, Don has recently gone back to his first love – singing. Don has always loved the standards/swing/big band style of music, and has just mounted his show – “Donny Most Sings And Swings”. He recently performed it at “Catalina’s Jazz Club” in Hollywood, CA and “Vitello’s Jazz Club”, in Studio City, Los Angeles to great acclaim.
On January 26, 1996, Dave Schultz, Olympic gold medal winner and wrestling champion, was shot three times by du Pont family heir, John E. du Pont, at the famed Foxcatcher Farms estate in Pennsylvania. You might recall sensational media coverage and the subsequent murder trial, where du Pont was found guilty and sentenced to 13-30 years. He later died in prison. Here to share with you exactly what happened that fateful day is his brother.
Mark Schultz is an Olympic gold medalist, three-time NCAA champion, and two-time world champion in free-style wrestling.
The woman you are about to meet is a former New York Times career columnist and vice president of Encore.org, a nonprofit making it easier for millions of people to pursue “second acts” for the greater good. She has written the career-change bible for adults age 40 and up–a comprehensive, nuts-and-bolts guide, filled with inspiring stories of people in encore careers.
Marci is Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Encore.org and one of the nation’s leading authorities on career issues and workplace trends. A former blogger and columnist for The New York Times, her latest book is “The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life,” a step-by-step guide to finding work that serves the greater good. She is regularly called upon for commentary in media outlets around the world, and she has been interviewed by countless news organizations, including NBC’s Today and Nightly News, National Public Radio, AARP, the International Herald Tribune and USA Today. Marci serves on the board of directors of Girls Write Now, the Advisory Council of Echoing Green’s Work on Purpose Program, and as a mentor-editor for The OpEd Project.
She is a vice president of Encore.org, the leading nonprofit organization making it easier for millions of people to pursue encore careers, second acts for the greater good. She is also the author of One Person/Multiple Careers, and created the Shifting Careers column and blog for The New York Times. Her work and commentary have been featured in countless national media outlets, including USA Today, and NBC’s Today show. Ms. Alboher lives with her husband in New York City.