L.A. Premiere of Zahra and the Oil Man Film at Pan African Festival

Her Hustle is Better Than Yours

L.A. Premiere of Zahra and the Oil Man, a Favorite of the African-American Film Festival Circuit and Nominee of Black Reel Award for Outstanding Short Film

Through the lens of Yucef Mayes, the delicate relationship between a father and his daughter is explored with refreshing honesty”

— Cythnia Horner Right On Digital!

UNITED STATES, February 1, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — L.A. Premiere of Zahra and the Oil Man, a Favorite of the AfricanAmerican Film Festival Circuit and Nominee of Black Reel Awards for Outstanding Short Film

LOS ANGELES, CA — Critically acclaimed short film, Zahra and the Oil Man (ZAOM), will make its public screening at 28th Annual Pan African Film Festival at Cinemark 15 BHC 4020 Marlton Avenue Los Angeles, CA on Mon, Feb 17@11:20a; Wed, Feb 19@6:40p; Sun, Feb 23@4:30p. ZAOM is Nominated for Black Reel Awards for Outstanding Short Film, which will air on Feb. 6th livestreamed on BlogTalk Radio. http://blackreelawards.com/queen-is-king/
Directed by Yucef Mayes, ZAOM is a relevant and timely short film that explores the story of a father and daughter as they struggle to sell scented oils on the streets of Newark, New Jersey. “Through the lens of Yucef Mayes, the delicate relationship between a father and his daughter is explored with refreshing honesty,” said Cynthia Horner, founder of Right On! Digital.

“The film beautifully juxtaposes tradition and modernity, complex masculine and feminine gender dynamics, and Christian/Muslim intersections in African-American urban enclaves. The sub-themes of entrepreneurship, community engagement, and self-actualization are equally provocative. I am particularly moved by how the film captures and reflects black independence and hustle muscle across generations,” said Dr. Lanisa Kitchiner, director of education and scholarly initiatives at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.

ZAOM has premiered at the American Black Film Festival in Miami Beach, Florida, in the “Emerging Directors Showcase” category. It has been the “Official Selection” of the Color of Conversation Film Festival in Denver, Colorado; and presented at the BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival in Massachusetts. Won Best Short Film at Newark
International Film Festival. Best Actor for Brian Dives (Oil Man) and Social Impact
Award from Kwanzaa Film Festival. Nominated for Best Short Film at Black and Latino Film Awards NYC 2019.

ZAOM was one of the recipients of the Third Space Grants awarded by Express
Newark in 2018. The Third Space Grants, aggregating more than $200,000, afford
Newark artists the opportunity to pursue their work with the Rutgers University– Newark community at Express Newark. Accordingly, during the year 2019-2020, Mayes will partner with Truth, Racial Healing, Transformation Center to host six community grassroots screenings, each suited for a specific audience. This targeted outreach will lead to deeper and more meaningful impact.
Individuals involved in the development of the film include Yucef Mayes
(producer/writer/director), Aaron Melvin (writer/producer), Rodney Gilbert (producer), Kay the Kreator (director of photography/editor), Abdul Rahim (sound and lights engineer), Paulette Jones of Urban F.A.M.E. Media Group (producer), and Hakima Benjamin of Kennedy O Entertainment (producer).

The cast includes Megan Hackett (Zahra), Brian Dives (Hafeez, the Oil Man), Saladine Stafford (Murad), and LJ Nelson (Makkai).

ZAOM sponsors include Express Newark; Newark Arts; Yendor LLC; Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Center; Shine Black Art & Film; Urban F.A.M.E. Media Group; and Kennedy O Entertainment.
A trailer for the film is available for preview

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A Moonshot for Kids: Congressional Briefing Scheduled for Childhood Brain Cancer Advocacy Group’s Plea for Awareness

Jace Ward will speak at the #Moonshot4Kids Briefing and Summit 2/13/2020

Jack Demeter, 8/30/2008 – 7/30/2012, Agua Dulce, CA

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You can find, “Finding Chica”, by Mitch Albom, on Amazon

Pediatric Brain Cancer Experts, Industry Leaders, Patients, and Families Convene in Washington DC for Congressional Briefing on H.Res.114 and Inaugural Summit.

DIPG is a death sentence for children today, but it doesn’t have to be; this resolution is an important first step in securing the resources needed to develop better treatment options and find a cure.”

— Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA-14)

SANTA CLARITA, CA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, February 1, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — DIPG Advocacy Group’s long quest to attain acknowledgment from the US House of Representatives for the deadliest pediatric cancer, diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, is reaching a literal summit for pediatric brain cancer awareness and research. An unincorporated association of childhood brain cancer foundations and individual childhood cancer advocates, DIPG Advocacy Group was formed to promote greater support in the childhood brain cancer community for the DIPG Awareness Resolution, which was first introduced to the US House of Representatives January 13, 2016, just one day after Vice President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative was announced. From its beginnings as the first DIPG Awareness Resolution to pass a State Legislature in California in 2014 inspired by Jack’s Angels Foundation’s namesake James-William “Jack” Demeter of Agua Dulce, CA who perished to DIPG on July 30th, 2012, it was re-introduced to the 116th Congress on February 8th, 2019 by Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA-14) with leading cosponsor David Joyce (R-OH-14) as H. Res. 114. In her Feb. 8, 2019 press statement she notes, “DIPG is a death sentence for children today, but it doesn’t have to be… This resolution is an important first step in securing the support, attention, and resources needed to develop better treatment options and find a cure.” As of 1/30/2020, 88 cosponsors have signed-on in support.

Janet Demeter, President of Jack’s Angels and Jack’s mom, joined with childhood cancer advocate Paul Miller of Littleton CO, and Elizabeth Psar, President of Julia Barbara Foundation in Knoxville, TN as DIPG Advocacy Group to support “the little bill that could”, in the summer of 2017. They continually bring stories from families around the country to their lawmakers offices in Washington, where often constituent voices are lost to policy issues. “Even with noted exceptions for which the Resolution qualifies, such as bereavement and the urgent need for decisive action, some staffers simply do not transmit the requests for support of anything designating a day of awareness,” notes Demeter, who is no stranger to rejection. “When you represent…families currently struggling to live with the horror of DIPG, your voice is no match against the other concerns of the day. No one wants to think about dying children, and few know that brain cancer is such a terrible killer of our children, which is the whole point of the resolution of course, so that people know.”

In support of the DIPG Awareness Resolution, experts from around the world will testify in a briefing to members of Congress and their staff at 11am on Thursday, Feb. 13 in the Gold Room of the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC. The panel includes Dr. Sabine Mueller, Director, DIPG Centre of Excellence, University Children’s Hospital Zurich; Dr. Adam Resnick, Director of Data Driven Discovery in Biomedicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Scientific Chair, Children’s Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium (CBTTC), PNOC; Dr. Charles Keller, Scientific Director, Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute (cc-TDI), Beaverton, OR NCI/COG Soft Tissue Sarcoma (STS) Committee; Josh Allen, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Oncoceutics; 2016 Forbes “30 Under 30” and inventor of ONC201, and David Arons CEO, National Brain Tumor Society and Member, NCI Council of Research Advocates and Clinical Trials Advisory Committee.

Most importantly, Jace Ward, a 20 year-old pre-law student from Kansas State University diagnosed with DIPG, will speak to the reality of the disease and his good fortune in having access to the hopeful treatment ONC 201. Learning of Jace’s diagnosis and the predicament in the summer 2019 of the potential shut-down of production of the promising drug, the pediatric brain cancer community’s support and collaboration was crucial to the re-opening of the clinical trial. “It’s because of Jace’s advocacy on behalf of other children and his desire to speak to the experience of DIPG that our group first started trying to find a way to get a hearing before Congress, so that he can be the voice for DIPG,” Demeter states unequivocally.

H. Res. 114, “Expressing support for the designation of the 17th day in May as “DIPG Awareness Day” to raise awareness and encourage research into cures for diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) and pediatric cancers in general,” raises awareness to the statistics of DIPG, pediatric brain cancer, and asks for greater consideration for pediatric cancer research in general. Demeter explains, "We hope that DIPG can be an ambassador of sorts, a powerful example for the public to consider, representing the lack of options for deadly pediatric disease." Community consensus was reached for May 17th in collaboration with the Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation in Bethesda, MD, as 32 States in 2019 have, as a result of the "DIPG-Across-the-Map" project, declared through legislative resolution or gubernatorial proclamation a May 17th Awareness Day for DIPG. The US Senate has recognized it as well in 2019 with S. Res. 223, although passing it retroactively on May 23, 2019. Ironically, Jace was diagnosed on May 17, 2019.

Jace’s mother, Lisa Ward, is a new admin to the DIPG Advocacy Group since September, 2019 and in taking on the job of organizing the briefing reception, discovered out of the intense community need for sharing vital information and overwhelming desire of the private sector, government agencies such as FDA and NCI, data management companies and top researchers to collaborate on solutions, the project has literally turned into “The State of DIPG” conference with the entire event entitled the Moonshot4Kids Congressional Briefing and Summit. The Summit will consist of a professional panel, DIPG families, childhood cancer advocates, and clinicians. This portion of the event will take place at 2pm on February 13, 2020 at the offices of Covington and Burling LLP in Washington DC, as a platform for community support and professional collaboration between the public and private sector. “Lisa Ward has helped facilitate the beginning of an inaugural event of hope for DIPG and pediatric brain cancer, through all the groups who have played a role in research and advocacy. It’s free to attend, all-inclusive, and brings the top thinkers and leaders in research, data management, and treatment to the table,” explains Demeter, “a literal dream-come-true.”

Also of note to speak at the morning briefing will be Dr. Malcolm Smith, Associate Branch Chief, Pediatrics in the Clinical Investigations Branch [Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program, Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis], National Cancer Institute. As a federal employee, Dr. Smith is not able to take a position on H.Res. 114. He will be providing an update on research supported by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health to advance much needed progress for children with DIPG and their families, a certain highlight for health policy staff attendees.

In noted author Mitch Albom's most recent book, "Finding Chica," he illustrates his experience adopting a 7-year old girl who dies of DIPG. To lend his personal support as a DIPG parent to the briefing, he states frankly, "To be told 'there is no cure' is devastating to any patient. When told to kids as young as 3 or 4, it is beyond tragic. DIPG robs our future generations. If we do not dedicate serious funding and research to it right now, we are turning our backs on our most precious resource, our children."

For more information and for updates about the event including registration, visit dipgadvocacy.org/congressional-briefing.

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David Slay, Acclaimed Chef, to Open New Italian Restaurant Tuesday February 4, 2020

David Slay, Acclaimed Chef

David Slay, owner of Slay Steak + Fish House, is set to open Slay Italian Kitchen on Tuesday February 4, 2020.

LOS ANGELES , CA, USA, February 1, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Manhattan Beach local restaurant owner, David Slay, is opening a new Italian restaurant in the city. Slay, who took over Darren's and built Slay Steak + Fish House in February 2019, is set to open Slay Italian Kitchen exactly one year later on Tuesday February 4, 2020. It seems that February is certainly a lucky month for David. The new restaurant will be in the spot previously occupied by Jimmy's Kouzina, which recently closed after 35 years. The restaurant will be another family affair for Slay, whose wife Gale and son David Slay Jr. will be partners in the restaurant.

“ Our cooking style is rustic Italian featuring stone fired pizza, roasts and veggies,” boasts David Slay. “A lot of our vegetables will be grown at our vineyard along with several of our Slay wines.”

As an accomplished chef with his own vineyard where he grows a lot of his produce, Slay will certainly continue his trend of providing the most fresh and best types of food and vegetables for people to fathom over. “There’s nothing like when you have something right out of the ground,” states Slay. He will serve dishes heavy on seafood with pastas made in-house as well as seasonally inspired pizzas, all made with produce from Slay Estate & Vineyard in Santa Barbara, where he grows items such as tomatoes, lettuce and fruits. He’s also planning on a beer and wine bar where he’ll be pouring pinot noir and chardonnay from his own brand of wines.

Clocking in at 2,000 square feet, Slay Italian Kitchen also has a patio that seats 20, and sits only three blocks away from Slay Steak + Fish House. Dinner will run nightly from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. weekdays, and from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. for weekend brunch. Slay is currently growing his portfolio of restaurants as he also owns Park Ave Steaks & Chops and Il Garage Ristorante in Orange County. The new 50-seat restaurant has kept Jimmy’s Kouzina open kitchen concept but added more light colors, hardwood tables and murals depicting olive trees and vineyard scenes.

Opening Tuesday February 4, 2020

SLAY Italian Kitchen Hours:
Monday – Thursday 5 pm – 10 pm
Friday – Saturday 5 pm – 11 pm
Sunday 5 pm – 10 pm

Slay Italian Kitchen
1001 Manhattan Ave #5429,
Manhattan Beach, CA

Brunch Starting February 14th
Friday – Sunday 11 am – 3 pm


David Slay


Chef David Slay enjoys a well-earned reputation as one of the most professional and hardworking chefs in the hospitality business. In 2017, he leveraged his success in the dining industry into winemaking and founded Slay Estate and Vineyard, which is set in the majestic Santa Barbara wine country and its prestigious Sta. Rita Hills AVA. He brings his meticulous attention to detail and focus on personable service from his work at Park Ave Dining and il garage ristorante in Orange County, California to the art of running a vineyard, creating breathtaking wine blends, responsible farming, and putting on unforgettable events.

Slay took over two years to prepare the estate and worked hand-in-hand with vineyard managers and workers on all details, which visitors can notice immediately upon arrival. At his restaurants, Slay is as likely to be found watching over the staff of sous chefs, bakers, and pastry chefs as he is to be spotted visiting customers at their tables to explain how he prepared their meal. That same dedication forms the foundation of the Slay Estate and Vineyard and of the relationships with the vineyard workers.

David’s journey to Slay Vineyard started at a very young age. A third-generation American restaurateur, David began his training at the age of 11 in his father’s kitchen. He apprenticed with classically trained European chefs in Las Vegas when he was 17, and at 20 opened his first restaurant, a 26 seat French café with no liquor license, due to the fact he was not old enough to get one.

David apprenticed with two-star chef Gerard Vie at Tros Marches in Versailles and A. Beauvillier Restaurant in Paris with famed chef Marc Angel. Afterward, he was the owner and chef of several popular fine dining restaurants in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, before tackling the competitive California restaurant scene, where he became the face and spirit of David Slay’s La Veranda in Beverly Hills, the renowned California/European-style bistro he founded in 1989. Under Slay’s direction, La Veranda was recognized as one of the “Best Gold Medal Restaurants in the United States” and Los Angeles Magazine included David Slay on a list of “300 Reasons Not to Pack Up and Leave L.A”. David then created and currently runs two successful restaurants: Park Ave Dining and il garage ristorante in Orange County, California. Both restaurants are consistently among the top-rated restaurants in Zagat, and il garage was recently named one of the top Italian restaurants in Southern California in Orange County Register. On top of that, he just opened two new restaurants closer to home in Manhattan Beach, California: Slay Steak + Fish House and Slay Italian Kitchen.

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OTM Mumbai begins with a bold move

MUMBAI, INDIA, February 1, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — When Greece started participating in OTM Mumbai in 2016, it was considered a bold move to diversify from its traditional markets. It has since seen record-breaking growth, with tourist arrivals from India more than doubling in 2017.

Today, January 31, 2020, Tourism Ministers from Greece and India to inaugurate the leading travel show in Asia-Pacific, OTM Mumbai. The Tourism Minister of Greece, Harris Theocharis, was joined by the Indian Minister of State for Tourism, Prahlad Singh Patel, and the Tourism Minister of Uttarakhand, Satpal Maharaj, at the inaugural ceremony of OTM Mumbai, one of India’s best-known travel tradeshows, at the Bombay Exhibition Centre scheduled for February 3.

India’s longest-running travel tradeshow OTM is expected to also host 1050+ exhibitors from 55+ countries, of which 23 are National Tourism Organisations (NTOs). Premium destinations from Europe, Africa, and the Americas will be present at the show along with their Asian counterparts. Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Nepal will uphold the Asian presence at the show. Azerbaijan and Greece will be there to add a European flavor. Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda are also strongly present at OTM.

India’s domestic favorites are also center-stage—over 30 State Tourism Boards and Union Territories are set to exhibit with stunning pavilions that highlight their unique cultural aesthetics.

With Mumbai being the largest source market in India for outbound as well as domestic travel, the show continues to grow every year. The three-day show brings together 15,000+ travel industry professionals including 800+ top B2B buyers of travel from India’s most prominent source markets.

High profile speakers at OTM include the President of Thomas Cook (India), the President of SOTC and the Chief Business Officer of MakeMyTrip.

According to data released by the Ministry of Tourism, Indians take more than a billion trips within India and 30million abroad, every year.

About OTM

OTM Mumbai is the Gateway to India's travel markets. OTM 2020 will take place at the Bombay Exhibition Centre from 3 – 5 February 2020. A truly global event – over 1,000 exhibitors from 55+ countries participate at the three-day event and over 15,000 B2B trade buyers from India, Asia and beyond attend OTM. Since 1989, it gives those in the tourism industry a platform to do business in one of the fastest-growing travel markets in the world – India.

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