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In the Life Media Honors Awarded at Gala

In The Life Media, producers of the groundbreaking LGBT public affairs program In The Life, has presented its 2010 Pioneer Award to philanthropist Henry van Ameringen at the Season Premiere Gala at Manhattan's The Morgan Museum on October 4th, 2010. Honoree Van Ameringen

As the president of two major foundations, van Ameringen, 80, is among the most prolific philanthropists in the country. According to public records, his foundations issued grants to over 200 institutions in 2009, funding many of New York City's LGBT organizations, HIV/AIDS service providers, social justice organizations, community health centers and more.

In The Life Media Executive Director Michelle Kristel explained, "As discreet as he is generous, van Ameringen is truly a pioneering, if elusive, leader behind the scenes of the LGBT civil rights movement. Though his philanthropic legacy spans over half a century, he remains notoriously modest and the great contributions he has made toward social justice have gone largely unpublicized.

ITLM is thrilled to host this rare event publicly honoring van Ameringen, whose life-long dedication to social justice reflects ITLM's mission to advance equality within and beyond the LGBT communities."

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said, “Let me just say there are very few AIDS service organizations and LGBT groups in the City of New York that have not benefited from Henry's philanthropy.

Added Quinn, "And one of the things about Henry's philanthropy is he actually doesn't want you to know about it. Thank you, In The Life Media, for finally getting Henry to relent and letting us honor him."

Debuting in 1992, In the Life is a 30-minute program nationally broadcast on public television. It has received three Emmy Award nominations, a Lambda Legal Liberty Award, the Courage Award from the NYC Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, the Seigenthaler Award from the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association and a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Journalism.

The October edition of In The Life, was screened at the gala. Titled "Surviving the Past," the episode deals with Florida's past and present struggles to overcome anti-gay discrimination, focusing on the state's adoption laws and on the campaign of openly gay mayor Craig Lowe. On a lighter note, the episode also features a conversation with legendary actor/singer (and gay icon) Liza Minnelli and actor/playwright Charles Busch.

Busch was on hand to honor van Ameringen, along with comedian Kate Clinton and hip hop artist Shorty Roc.

Brownlow, Coppola, Godard and Wallach to Receive Academy’s Governors Awards

Eli Wallach, Francis Ford Coppola and Kevin Brownlow

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted last night to present the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to producer-director Francis Ford Coppola and Honorary Awards to historian and preservationist Kevin Brownlow, director Jean-Luc Godard and actor Eli Wallach. All four awards will be presented at the Academy’s 2nd Annual Governors Awards dinner on Saturday, November 13, at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.

Read more: Brownlow, Coppola, Godard and...

Makeup Maven Sam Fine Puts on Shoes

Renowned makeup artist Sam Fine, whose celebrity clients Tyra Banks, Halle Berry, Naomi Campbell, Patti Labelle, Vanessa L. Williams and others testify to his being a leading light among women of color, is at the pinnacle of his profession. Once at a pinnacle, of course, one wants to start expanding boundaries.

That's the idea behind the Chicago native's newly launched collaboration with the Brazilian footwear company Cavage: Who better, the reasoning goes, to predict and pick shoe colors that will match makeup trends for the coming Fall/Winter 2010 fashion season?

Fine's "Sunshine" line of Cavage flats debuted last night at DEX New York, on West 30th Street in the fashion district. The multifaceted makeup/photography/hair studio served as the setting for Fine and  Cavage's introduction of a stylish line, with an equally multifaceted, multihued and multilingual multitude of fashionistas and industry professionals in attendance.

The distinctive touches at the event were:

• A startlingly realistic trompe l'oeil of a cake by the art-pastry firm Cakes by Manny

• Two boutique brands of drink — the Louisville, Ky.-based Rhythm Liqueur, a 70 proof citrus liquor infused with caffeine, ginseng, taurine, damiana and B vitamins; and Izze, a fruit juice concentrate-sweetened soda that originated in Boulder, Colo, in 2002, and successful enough to have been purchased for a reported $75 million from PepsiCo in 2006

Fine, whose work has appeared on the covers and pages of Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar, Essence, Vibe and Marie Claire and was chosen as the first African-American spokesperson for Revlon and Covergirl Cosmetics, mingled with the crowd and spoke with the press.

Following the photos below, watch an exclusive video of Sam Fine answering questions on fashion trends for fall.










Photos and videos by: Frank Lovece
Interviewer: Maitland McDonagh

Emergency Benefit Concert for Haiti

Emergency Benefit Concert for Haiti 4 Nights, Jan 20th–25th, 2010 is being held at City Winery, 155 Varick Street, New York City. The SoHo winery/restaurant is hosting a series of Emergency Benefit Concerts to raise $100,000 in four nights to help the victims of Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake.


Patti Smith, Swell Season, Josh Ritter, Lewis Black, Vernon Reid and Corey Glover of Living Colour, the Young People's Choir of New York City, Rosanne Cash , Yo La Tengo, Marshall Crenshaw, John Wesley Harding, Brian Stokes Mitchell and many others

City Winery CEO and founder Michael Dorf has reached out to musicians and artists to donate their time and talents to assist in the relief efforts in the devastated nation. No country in the Western Hemisphere has been battered more than Haiti in the last 500 years—the nearly complete annihilation of its native population over two decades, a brutal slave regime, ongoing foreign military interventions over hundreds of years, brutal dictatorships supported by western powers, blockades of aid and more recently, devastating natural disasters from hurricanes to this latest earthquake.  

Haitians are strong and resilient people—theirs is the first country in the world to establish an independent republic led by former slaves. The devastation writ large by the earthquake will persist for generations, but by acting today in concert, everyone can make a difference in how that recovery proceeds. The artists confirmed have all donated their time and talent so that the citizens of Haiti can rebuild and reshape their future.

100% of funds raided from this benefit will be directed Doctors Without Borders, Partnership in Health and to the Emergency Mobile Hospitals initiative administered by the United Nations.  The cost of a ticket is a charitable donation and is tax deductible as allowed by law.

Big Hearted Donor Tickets for $200 100% Donated  - 100% Tax Deductible.
(includes a bottle of City Winery wine signed by every artist appearing each night.)

Schedule So Far:

01/20 9pm - $75  Patti Smith, The Swell Season, John Wesley Harding, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Yo La Tengo, Young People’s Choir of New York City, Joshua Bell

01/21 9pm - $50  Lewis Black, Willie Nile, Vernon Reid & Corey Glover of Living Colour, Rich Pagano & The Sugarcane Cups, Marshall Crenshaw

01/24 8pm - $50  Rosanne Cash, Madeleine Peyroux, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Tambou Combo, BETTY

01/25 8pm - $20  20 Indie artists: Vienna Teng, Amber Rubarth, Ari Hest, Alex Berger, Nate Campany and many more.

For further information and concert updates, visit

Emergency Benefit Concert for Haiti
Jan 20th – 25, 2010

City Winery
155 Varick Street
New York City



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