Rita Cosby is one of the most recognized and respected broadcasters in America and has been quoted and profiled by hundreds of media outlets across the country and overseas. She is a renowned Emmy-winning TV host, radio host, veteran correspondent and multiple best selling author, who anchored highly rated primetime shows on Fox News Channel and MSNBC. Throughout her illustrious TV career, Rita has secured some of the biggest interviews, including exclusives with more than twenty world leaders, including five U.S. Presidents. In June 2014, she made international headlines when she interviewed Pope Francis at the Vatican about his historic Mideast Peace Summit.
She has written back-to-back New York Times Best Selling books. Her recent one, “QUIET HERO: Secrets From My Father’s Past,” details her fascinating discovery about her own father, a Nazi prisoner of war, who was saved by American troops. In 2016, she was honored with the Jan Karski Humanitarian Award, named after one of the heroes of the Holocaust. Because of Rita’s “extraordinary journalism and exemplary service on behalf of her community,” October 11th, 2010 was officially named “Rita Cosby Day” in the State of New York. In 2011, she was recognized by the US Congress for her professional and charitable achievements.
During his career Jackson has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and won several awards, including a Grammy Award, thirteen Billboard Music Awards, six World Music Awards, three American Music Awards and four BET Awards. He has pursued an acting career, appearing in the semi-autobiographical film Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2005), the Iraq War film Home of the Brave (2006) and Righteous Kill (2008). 50 Cent was ranked the sixth-best artist of the 2000s, the third-best rapper (behind Eminem and Nelly), and Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and The Massacre were ranked the 12th and 37th best albums of the decade by Billboard.
Polanco aspired to be an actress from an early age but “always doubted auditioning because of [her] weight”, so she completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology atHunter College. After college she began working in the healthcare industry with the intention of becoming a nurse. She was working as a hospital administrator at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, while studying nursing, when she gained courage to pursue acting again and registered herself into an acting studio. She attended BIH Studios in New York, which is where she was signed by the talent agency Shirley Grant Management. Her first acting credits were minor parts on the television series Unforgettable and NYC 22.
Polanco subsequently appeared in the independent film Gimme Shelter (2013) before returning to her role on Orange Is the New Black for the show’s second season. In June 2014, it was announced that she had been promoted from a recurring role to a series regular for the show’s third season, which was released in June 2015. She appeared in the comedy films The Cobbler (2014) and Joy (2015), and will next star in the film The Perfect Match (2016), as well as Orange Is the New Black’s fourth season.
On August 4, 2015, the NFL announced that Polanco is part of their Women’s Apparel line along with Jamie Chung, Alyssa Milano and many more. Polanco is the only Latina to be featured in the new season’s apparel campaign and she is representing the New York Giants.
VERNE TROYER “MINI ME”
Verne Troyer is best known for his role as “Mini-Me,” Dr. Evil’s smaller and more concentrated pure evil protégé, in the hit comedy Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002). Even though Verne has become recognized as a “Big Man in the business,” he has been working in show business as an actor and stuntman for several years. Troyer, born in Sturgis, Michigan, had always dreamed growing up of getting into showbiz. Shortly after his high school graduation in 1987, Verne moved with some friends to Arlington, Texas, where, in 1993, he got his first break into showbiz as a stunt double for a 9-month-old baby on a film called Baby’s Day Out (1994). Over the next few years, Verne made several film and television appearances, often portraying animals or small children.
ARNAUD DE CHAMPVIGY
Arnaud De Champvigy is a hard of hearing international model and actor, born April 5, 1981 France-Swiss.
He debuted as a model in 1999, in one of the best international agencies in Paris. There followed numerous appearances in various magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar (China) and other international editions, as well as commercials and TV commercial in Europe and Asia. He worked with Armani, Louis Vuitton, Valentino…. also the high brands watches Piaget, Hublot, IWC and Vacheron&Costantin. Following his acclaimed run in 2008, when the election of Mister Switzerland, he won an advertising contract and has become a nationally recognized personality. In 2009, Arnaud De Champvigy becomes ambassador of the “Fashion Week” in China, alongside Christophe Guillarmé, the famous french stylist, also ambassador.
In 2015, Arnaud De Champvigy is nomminate first Runner Up of Grand Finalist Top Model In London 14th March 2015. He is the first deaf model man in worldwide with 8 years experience professional modeling to work with a lot high fashion brand before the public discovery another deaf model man….. the young Nyle DiMarco.
Kim Feenstra is a Dutch model of Indonesian descent. She was the winning contestant of Cycle 2 of Holland’s Next Top Model in 2007, partially deaf in both ears due to an accident when she was a child.
For more than 60 years, LICADD has successfully delivered evidence-based programs designed to prevent and treat substance abuse and addiction. LICADD offers crisis intervention, screenings, brief interventions, referrals to treatment and several family and parent education workshops to help Long Islanders struggling with the effects of addiction. Through our Open Arms, EAP Program, LICADD has provided targeted solution-focused support to companies all along the East Coast, serving over 60,000 employees and their families.
LICADD is Long Island’s premier non-profit agency providing life-saving alcohol and drug prevention and intervention services to at-risk children, individuals, and families across the region. With offices in Mineola, Holbrook and Riverhead, LICADD conducts evidence-based prevention programs, community outreach initiatives, and a mentoring program for children of incarcerated parents and public policy advocacy.
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