South LA Saves ‘Power & Purpose’ Conference Set to Inspire Financial Success



The conference is set for Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, at Doubletree by Hilton Torrance.

LOS ANGELES – Jan. 23, 2017 – PRLog — Get ready for the 4th Annual South LA Saves “Power & Purpose” Conference Presented by Capital One.

The organizers have assembled an amazing panel of entrepreneurs to speak on “Power & Purpose”. They will INSPIRE you, MOTIVATE you and ENCOURAGE you as 2017 gets in Full Swing!

Tickets available:
(Early Bird $15, Regular $25)

unnamed-5Hosting this year’s event is “The Expert Connector”, Cortney Ren’ae of Flourishe Media Group.

The Panel features seasoned professionals sharing Real and Honest stories of their Successes and Failures. The panel will share some of their greatest lessons in BUSINESS, RELATIONSHIPS, and LIFE!


This event is for you if:

• You want to grow in your Business
• You want to grow in your Relationships
• You want to grow in your Life
• You could benefit from being around other Positive people
• You said THIS is YOUR YEAR!
• If you are Ready to DUMP YOUR DEBT and BUILD YOUR WEALTH, this is a MUST ATTEND for YOU!

Panelist Include:

unnamed-2Toushonta Hogan, CEO,
Scentsational Soaps

Toushonta Hogan is the creator of Scentsational Soaps, an all-natural skincare line for both men and women. A modern-day Renaissance woman described as always having an entrepreneurial spirit. After years of making glycerin soaps by hand, a visit to the Strawberry Festival in California inspired Hogan to evolve her hobby into a successful business. With research and persistence Hogan devised an all-natural beauty formula and launched Scentsational Soaps in 2007. The company offers a variety of spa-quality products including handmade soaps, body butters, bath salts, body mist and much more. Her products are currently available in Target Stores.

unnamed-4Restee Collins III, Founder, The Blueprint Project

Restee Collins, III is a Speaker, Civic Leader, Sports Coach and Entrepreneur. Charismatic in his demeanor, his ability to engage and connect with individuals, has made an impact, globally. An ardent student of the Word, Restee is a Spiritual leader, providing divine insight, wisdom and is prolific and dynamic in his delivery. He is the Founder of The Blueprint Project, which gives a road map to success in the areas of faith, family, finance and fitness. Through mentorship and initiatives catering to the whole man, the family is preserved.

unnamed-6Kandee Lewis, Executive Director, The Positive Results Corporation

Kandee is the Executive Director of The Positive Results Corporation, a non-profit whose Mission is to address Bullying, Interpersonal Violence and Sexual Assault in Youth and Communities of Color. A Masterful Trainer, Facilitator and Certified Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Advocate, Kandee specializing in Bullying, Teen Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, Abuse, Healthy Relationships, Leadership Development and developing Youth Peer Advocates.

unnamed-1 Jarim Person-Lynn, Author and Founder of ‘The Winner’s Circle Group LLC’

Keynote Speaker Jarim is the “No Nonesense”, Author of Brass Knuckle Finance & This is Why You’re Broke, and Wealth Coach for The Winner’s Circle Group LLC., Jarim Person-Lynn. Jarim is known for his “In Your Face” approach to getting his clients on the path of financial freedom! He is ready to help YOU get on track with your 2017 Financial Goals! You do not want to miss, Jarim Person-Lynn “7 Steps to Zero Debt.”

Michelle Collins, Founder and Director of ‘The Persona Program’

Co-Keynote Speaker Michelle is Founder & Program Director for The Persona Program, Michelle Collins. Keynote Speaker! Founder & Program Director for The Persona Program,Michelle Collins. Join Michelle as she MOTIVATES and INSPIRES US to be the Very Best version of Ourselves!

Event Powered by: Capital One, South LA Saves, C.U.S.P. (Committed to Uplifting Single Parents), Golden Women Foundation, Innovative Entrepreneurs Community, Flourishe Media Group, SPMG Media

WHAT: 4th Annual South LA Saves “Power & Purpose” Conference Presented by: Capital One

WHEN: Saturday, March 4, 2017, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

WHERE: DoubleTree by Hilton Torrance, 2133 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance CA 90503


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Twitter: @SouthLASaves

South LA Saves

South LA Saves is a coalition of nonprofit organizations, businesses, financial institutions, and government agencies working to promote saving through information, motivation, and action. They encourage good saving behavior throughout the community by motivating and supporting individuals and families to save money, reduce debt, and build wealth. Learn more at…

SPMG Media

SPMG Media is the fastest growing boutique public relations and marketing firm in the US. With experience in a variety of industries, we utilize a unique blend of traditional PR and New Media marketing to increase our clients brand and business awareness. Our clients include nonprofit organizations, profit organizations, entertainers, politicians, community organizations and entrepreneurs. Learn more at


2017 Women At Sundance Brunch, Co-Hosted By Refinery29, DOVE Chocolate And The Sundance Institute

Kerry Washington, Samira Wiley, Lauren Morelli and 400 other industry insiders networked at the Women at Sundance brunch.


Kerry Washington, Samira Wiley, Marti Noxon and 400 industry insiders braved a blizzard for the Women at Sundance 2017 brunch on Monday at The Shop in Park City, Utah. Sponsored by Refinery 29 and the Sundance Institute, the event provided a chance for networking as well as eating; the spread included a bloody Mary bar, mimosas and Dove chocolate crepes.

Following remarks by the Sundance Institute’s Kati Putnam and Refinery29’s chief content officer Amy Emmerich (who is in charge of scripted, female-focused content at the digital-media company), Washington joined “Manchester by the Sea” producer Kimberly Steward for a conversation aimed to empower and inspire the group.

“I’m such a huge fan of Kimberly,” said Washington, who, by design, hadn’t met Steward prior to taking the stage. “She had this amazing, beautiful profile in the New York Times and she was talking about women she admired in the business. I was so honored to be named. I said, ‘I want to be in a room with that woman — a woman who shouts out other women.’”

After producing HBO’s “Confirmation” last year, Washington said she was eager to play a larger role behind the camera. “I’ve been lucky because it is not often that you get to be mentored in the way that I’ve been mentored. Because of the success of ‘Scandal’ on ABC, I was able to have a producing deal there. That’s not something that can happen easily.”

She then put the spotlight back on Steward and the audience. “I want to hear more about being a financier and what you’re looking for,” Washington insisted. “I feel like we all would want to hear what it is that financiers need to hear in order to pick us.”

Earlier that morning, “Orange is the New Black” producer Lauren Morelli and her fiancée Wiley, sipped coffee while discussing the state of the industry. “Having conversations with women all morning has been such a lovely way to start the day,” Morelli said. “I concur. Being here fosters an environment of inspiration,” Wiley added.

“At the Women’s March on Saturday, there was a man wearing a button that said, ‘Seven percent of directors are female,’” Morelli continued. “You know those numbers, but there was something about seeing it so plainly in the middle of something so inspirational. You think, ‘Is it going to get better?’ But I feel like all I can do is put different work into the world and make sure that work represents the world as I see it.”




Oscar Nominations 2017: The Complete List

The modern musical “La La Land” led the race for the 89th Academy Awards on Tuesday with a record-tying 14 nominations, including for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress.

“All About Eve” and “Titanic” also received 14 nominations, with six and 11 wins, respectively.

Both films won for Best Picture, where “La La Land” is competing with a deep field of nine, including “Manchester by the Sea” and “Moonlight,” which won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama. “La La Land” claimed the trophy for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and 11 past winners, including Brie Larson, Jennifer Hudson and Jason Reitman, announced the nominees in the 24 categories through videos via a livestream.

The 89th Academy Awards will take place on Feb. 26, with Jimmy Kimmel set to host the annual awards show.

See the list of nominees below. 

Best Picture



“Hacksaw Ridge”

“Hell or High Water”

“Hidden Figures”

“La La Land”


“Manchester by the Sea”


Best Actress

Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”

Ruth Negga, “Loving”

Natalie Portman, “Jackie”

Emma Stone, “La La Land”

Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Best Actor

Casey Affleck, “Manchester by The Sea”

Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”

Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”

Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”

Denzel Washington, “Fences”

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”

Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”

Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”

Dev Patel, “Lion”

Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis, “Fences”

Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”

Nicole Kidman, “Lion”

Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”

Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”

Best Director

Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”

Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge”

Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”

Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”

Denis Villeneuve, “Arrival”

Best Original Screenplay

“Hell or High Water”

“La La Land”

“The Lobster”

“Manchester by the Sea”

“20th Century Women”

Best Adapted Screenplay



“Hidden Figures”





“La La Land”




Best Documentary Feature

“Fire at Sea”

“I Am Not Your Negro”

“Life, Animated”

“O.J.: Made in America:


Best Documentary Short Subject


“4.1 Miles”

“Joe’s Violin”

“Watani: My Homeland”

“The White Helmets”

Best Animated Feature 

“Kubo and the Two Strings”


“My Life as a Zucchini”

“The Red Turtle”


Best Animated Short

“Blind Vaysha”

“Borrowed Time”

“Pear Cider and Cigarettes”



Best Original Song

“Audition” — “La La Land”
“Can’t Stop the Feeling” — “Trolls”
“City of Stars” — “La La Land”
“The Empty Chair” — “Jim: The James Foley Story.”
“How Far I’ll Go” — “Moana”

Best Live Action Short

“Ennemis Interieurs”
“La Femme et le TGV”
“Silent Nights”

Best Foreign Film

“Land of Mine” (Denmark)

“A Man Called Ove” (Sweden)

“The Salesman” (Iran)

“Tanna” (Australia)

“Toni Erdmann” (Germany)

Best Sound Editing


“Deepwater Horizon”

“Hacksaw Ridge”

“La La Land”


Best Sound Mixing

“Hacksaw Ridge”
“La La Land”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
“13 Hours”

Best Film Editing


“Hacksaw Ridge”

“Hell or High Water”

“La La Land”


Best Production Design


“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

“Hail, Caesar!”

“La La Land”


Best Costume Design


“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

“Florence Foster Jenkins”


“La La Land”

Best Original Score


“La La Land”




Visual Effects

“Deepwater Horizon”

“Doctor Strange”

“The Jungle Book”

“Kubo and the Two Strings”

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

Best Makeup and Hair Styling

“A Man Called Ove”
“Star Trek Beyond”
“Suicide Squad”


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